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The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is a military badge of the United States armed forces which recognizes those service members, qualified as explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians, who are specially trained to deal with the construction, deployment, disarmament, and disposal of high explosive munitions and may include other types of ordnance such as nuclear, biological and chemical weapons along with improvised explosive devices (IED) and improvised nuclear devices (IND). Also known as the “EOD Badge” or "Crab", the decoration is issued by the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The EOD Badge is the only occupational badge awarded to all four services under the United States Department of Defense.

The "crab", as it is commonly known, is the only joint service badge and can only be earned upon successful completion of the 38 week course at the Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Prior to attending NAVSCOLEOD, service members attend Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) in Panama City, FL for a 9 week EOD Diver Course. After NAVSCOLEOD, service members attend a 3-4 week course to earn "jump wings" at the Army's Ft. Benning, GA. Army service members will attend a course at Fort Lee, VA for 9-11 weeks before attending NAVSCOLEOD.

The Wreath Symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained minimizing accident potentials through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of those EOD personnel who gave their lives while performing EOD duties.

The Bomb Copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge, the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional and chemical/biological interest.

Lightning Bolts Symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD personnel in their endeavors to reduce hazards as well as to render explosive ordnance harmless.

The Shield Represents the EOD mission - to protect personnel and property.
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my second submission of this series, "Zar" is a mysterious ritual, a mixture of Egyptian and African culture that evolved over the ages, some times it is done for religious purposes and sometimes for exorcism. It is a dance accompanied by progressive intense percussion. These people you see in the photo are real "Zar" performers, who also do a show in a small place in down town Cairo, when you see them you feel like you are looking at some characters from a history book or you have moved a hundred years back in time... it was a truly unique experience, thanks for my beloved fiance who took me to this place, although she got scarred from this "paranormal" atmosphere and had some nightmares about them :D

other photo from the series

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My images may not be reproduced in any form without my written permission.
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101st Airborne re-enactors take a cruise a working LCVP.

If you're ever in Carentan, France and if it's out for it's little educational rides, do visit Challenge LCVP's PA20-4. Its a full restored World War II Higgins Boat, like the 1,100 that landed troops on D-Day on the nearby coast. (Carentan itself was liberated by the 101st Airborne) She was found as a wreck in an English river and combined with another broken Higgins Boat, it was rebuilt and restored to it's wartime appearance. One of the boat's histories is unknown, but the other is known to have landed Allied troops in North Africa. She was given the designation PA 30-4 in honor of a Higgins Boat that served on D-Day and landed troops on Omaha Beach.

The tour itself is just a little 30 minute trip up and down the canal, but as you do so, one of the volunteers tells the story of the Hggins Boats in French. I don't know French but it was great just riding on it, feeling the rumble of its engine and imagining what this what have felt like coming in under fire. It's mostly made of marine plywood except for that big bow ramp in the front. It sounds bad, but it beats the alternative of troops dropping off the sides and into the water.
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This picture is not one of mine. I saw this one facebook today and I wanted to share it with my fellow Deviants. This is a very important subject to me. I am very passionate about marine life and I want to major in marine biology in college. This picture.. disgusts me.

PLEASE READ! EVERYONE!

1. Recycle as much plastic as you can! The smallest pieces of plastic or litter lying around can cause an animal harm!
2. If you see trash or materials that can be recycled laying around.. PICK IT UP!
3. If you see someone polluting or littering, call them out!
4. Soda rings (a.k.a. 6 or 12 pack plastic rings that hold the cans together) you need to CUT each ring with a pair of scissors so it cannot get stuck around an animal's neck and cause harm
5. Speak up. Teach others around you not to pollute or litter. Whether it's family, friends, classmates, or just a person you sit next to on the bus everyday.
6. Pass it on. Volunteer, help pick up when you see litter, and show others how recycling can help our environment.
7. If you are in school, talk to the administrators, fellow classmates, and teachers about getting recycling bins, having presentations about recycling and how to stop littering, and ways to improve trash collection!

One person CAN make a difference! Pass this along my fellow deviants! You can help save many animals lives!
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A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet makes a near-supersonic speed flyby at the Cleveland National Air Show.

::geek speak follows::
As an object nears supersonic speeds, areas of low pressure form at various points around it due to the shedding of sound waves. If there's enough humidity in the air and/or the temperatures are right, clouds of vapor can be seen. These are known as Prandtl-Glauert singularities.

The speeds at which this CF-18 Hornet was traveling is in the range of what is known as transonic (between Mach 0.8 and 1.2).
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Duxford Airshow 2012, Cropped
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Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.

For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.
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Photographer: zia ul haq
PS Editer: Michael Biagioni

In a casket draped with our nation’s flag, lies a U.S. soldier. He wears my uniform, my flag, and my first name. He served his country with honor and courage. He was a good man, and an even better soldier.

I envy him, he has seen the end of the war on terror, and has died the way I wish too. Not of cancer, not on a deathbed, not of old age, or heart attack, or by accident, or of cowardly suicide, he died with a roar in his chest, and fire in his eyes. He died a hero.

Saluted by his comrades, missed by his family and friends, he will never be forgotten. His death was not a defeat, but graduation into a heavenly place. Under God's loving wing, in God's tender hand. He now knows only peace.
(read my 23march04 jounral entry for more details)

p.s. please +fav this, so all of devart will experience this.

p.s.s. anyone who dares think this is "overly patriotic" do me a favor and keep it to yourself.
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RIAT 2012, Cropped
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19 de junio. Gijón.
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