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EOD Memorial 2018

Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, director of the Joint Improvised-threat Defeat Organization, presents a folded flag to family members at the 49th Annual EOD Memorial Service, May 5. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

EOD Memorial 2018

Chief Master Sgt. John Pilla and Lt. Col. Andrew Clemmensen salute the list of lost Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians during the 49th Annual EOD Memorial Service, May 5. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

EOD Memorial 2018

Capt. Charles Andrews, Naval School EOD commandant, speaks to the crowd at the 49th Annual EOD Memorial Service, May 5. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

EOD Memorial 2018

Lt. Col. H. Russell Ravenhorst removes the cover from a new name added to the Army’s side of the memorial wall during the 49th Annual EOD Memorial Service, May 5. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

EOD Memorial 2018

Senior Airman Makayla Scanlan, 96th Surgical Operations Squadron, holds the bugle in place as it plays Taps at the 49th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial ceremony May 5. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

EOD Memorial 2018

Olivia Smith comforts her father, Eric, after he received a folded flag for his father, Capt. Frederick Smith, at the 49th Annual EOD Memorial Service, May 5. Smith and other past EOD technicians’ names were added to the memorial wall during a ceremony this year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

EOD Memorial 2018

Lt. Gen. John B. Cooper, Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, salutes with Army leadership at the 49th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial ceremony May 5. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

EOD Memorial 2018

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Lavoie carries in a wreath to be placed in front of the monument during the 49th Annual EOD Memorial Service, May 5. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

EOD Memorial 2018

Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, director of the Joint Improvised-threat Defeat Organization, speaks to the crowd at the 49th Annual EOD Memorial Service, May 5. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

EOD Memorial 2018
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Command Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Riggs removes the cover from a new name added to the Navy’s side of the memorial wall during the 49th Annual EOD Memorial Service, May 5. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

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Staff Sgt. Cribbett holds a folded flag to be presented to a family during the 49th Annual EOD Memorial Service, May 5. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Army and Navy added 12 new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 338. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Dressed in the bright whites, deep blues and dense blacks of their service uniforms, Airmen, Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers came together once again May 6 to honor and remember their fallen explosive ordnance disposal brethren during the annual memorial ceremony at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex here.

Approximately 500 people ventured to the EOD Memorial Wall this year, as 12 new names were added to the engraved lists that now contains 338 people.  The 2018 event marked the ceremony's 49th year.

The schoolhouse’s commander, Navy Capt. Charles Andrews, welcomed the EOD technicians, family and community to the ceremony and explained why they were drawn back to memorial each year.

“We honor the 326 heroes of past years and welcome back our legacy families,” he said.  “We also honor the 12 to be added to the wall and welcome their families to ours.”

Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, director of the Joint Improvised-threat Defeat Organization, the ceremony's guest speaker, shared heartfelt sentiments to the families of fallen technicians in attendance.  He recounted the heartbreaking stories behind each of the new Soldiers’ and Sailors’ names added this year.

“Today, we remember.  We thank these brave souls whose sacrifices helped build the most elite EOD force this world has ever known,” he said.  “They are part of the fabric of America and one of our most endearing national treasures.”

Each year, a wreath is placed in front of each branch of service's list of names before they are read aloud.  After each list is completed with the phrase “We remember,” and the names are saluted by an enlisted and officer EOD member.

The families of the EOD technicians added to the wall each year receive a folded flag that was flown over the memorial.

The names added this year were:

Cpl. Norman Reynolds, Pvt. Joseph Seredinski, Capt. Paul Bowman, Capt. Frederick Smith, Lt. j.g. John Och, Lt. Lawrence Heideman, Lt. j.g. Marvin Johnson, Lt. j.g. George McNear III, Chief Petty Officer Robert Schamberger and Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Morris

The ceremony concluded with an honor guard rifle volley and the playing of Taps.  Afterward, families and EOD technicians both past and present descended upon the Wall for pictures, to touch the engraved brass name or just remember a fallen hero.