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.
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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A major part of my collection is my boxed games, here's a picture of a stack of most of them. Along with links to some related sites where you can find more information on the games.
Please note NONE of these are for sale for any price, all offers reasonable or otherwise will be ignored.
1 > Chaos Marauders An old card game based around an in fighting army of allied Chaos warriors and Greenskins By Games Workshop [link]
2 > Talisman (1st edition) The magical quest game. A universal classic by Games Workshop, once played never forgotten. [link]
3> Dungeon Quest Games Workshop's version of the Swedish dungeon game 'Drakborgen'. Contained some early examples of Citadel Plastics [link]
4> The Warlock of Firetop Mountain a boardgame by GW based on the Fighting Fantasy book of the same title. With more early Citadel Plastics. [link]
5> The Battle For Armageddon Another GW board game this one based on the first war of Armageddon from the Warhammer 40,000 background. Click the link below to download a PDF copy from GW's website! [link]
6> Warhammer Battle Magic An old boxed expansion for Warhammer allowing you to used wizards and magic in Warhammer. Contained seemingly endless spell and power cards thank god the magic system was heavily re-written in 6th edition to be dice rather than card based
7> Dragon's Gate One of the 'Darkworld' games by Waddingtons Games. Released around the same time as Heroquest was getting popular and with similar (but poor quality) miniatures to Heroquest. I also have the other games in the series Dark World and Village of Fear (not pictured) I got these second hand a few years back mainly for the plastic terrain parts that came in the boxes. [link]
8> the D&D board game not D&D in a box as you might expect, but a game not entirely unlike Heroquest, with some nice boards, specially marked dice and some annoyingly rubbery miniatures of D&D monsters that don't take to paint too well. [link]
9> GorkaMorkA The classic game of Orky vehicle fighting from the late 90's. One of my all time favorite games. This game changed the image of Ork Armies in Warhammer 40,000 and came with the first Ork Trukk models in the box.... But in these 'enlightened' days hardly anyones heard of it. [link] GorkaMorkA can now be downloaded from the GW website! [link] (scroll all the way down)
10> Mordheim My other all time favorite game. Skirmish Combat in the Warhammer World initially set in the ruined city of Mordheim, but many other campaign settings have been written since. In the box set you got plastic Skaven and Human Mercenaries. Currently me and a few friends are playing a campaign of Mordheim: Empire In Flames set in the rural backwaters of The Empire. [link]
11> The 'New and Easy to Master' Dungeons & Dragons Not to be confused with the D&D board game, this is D&D in a box from back in the days when the TSR still appeared on all things D&D. with a file-o-fax-type-folder-thing containing the rules for quick reference that doesn't really help. Most of the content of the box was kinda a letdown (no miniatures) but the game is ok. [link] (The link is for the current version of D&D/AD&D)
12> Man O' War The game of Raging Sea Battles in the Warhammer World. GW produced a wide variety of miniatures were to represent all kinds of ships, but the game it's self came with several barely distinguishable plastic ships. [link]
13> Talisman (3rd edition) This version came with some nice plastic hero miniatures.
14> Advanced HeroQuest As you might imagine GW's follow up game to HeroQuest. Nice detailed dungeon rules based around rolling lots of D12s. The rules covered nearly everything in the Warhammer World, but apart from the heroes -your classic line-up of Warrior, Wizard, Elf and Dwarf- the boxed game itself only came with a bunch of nearly identical humans and a bunch of barely distinguishable Skaven. One of the best things about it is the die-cut card modular dungeon pieces. [link] [link]
15> Epic 40,000 40k with tiny, tiny miniatures allowing for huge battles. This is the 2nd (or 3rd) edition depending on how you look at it and came with lots of Spacemarine and Ork miniatures. [link]
16> Warhammer (5th edition) Warhammer truly is THE game of Fantasy Battles. 5th edition came with plastic Bretonnians and Lizardmen and card buildings. Of course 5th edition isn't the only edition of Warhammer I own, I also have 2nd, 3rd, 4th, but alas I don't have the boxes, in fact in the case of 3rd I have the hardback edition of the rulebook and thus no box. Warhammer is Currently in it's 7th edition I havn't bothered to buy a new Warhammer Rulebook for a while as mainly play Mordheim now. [link]
17> SPACE HULK (1st edition) A Classic GW game, Genestealers V's Terminators in endless winding corridors. I got this second hand and found both the expansions (Deathwing & Genestealer) stuffed inside the box along with some plastic hybrids, but sadly all the terminators where missing. However I do have some Chaos terminators which I'll one day get painted up to use. [link]
18> HeroQuest Another GW classic. Published in conjunction with MB games I guess this is where my obsession with dungeons started long ago. Specially marked dice and a simple rule-set make for quick and fun game play. The HeroQuest miniatures are all great and I own no less than 5 copies of HeroQuest to date and several expansions. [link]) [link] (italian)
19> Dragonstrike TSR's attempt to cash in on Heroquest. It came with several dungeon boards and some of the worst plastic miniatures I've seen (and I've seen a lot). It also uniquely came with VHS video tape, which I would take the piss out of, but I've been beaten to it [link]
20> Talisman (4th edition) the most recent edition of the all time classic [link]
21> Space Crusade Yet another classic. Shortly after releasing Heroquest GW and MB Released a Sci-fi game set in the 40K universe (I presume at the time of the Crusades). It's game of Spacemarines V's everything else from the 40k background, Chaos, Orks, Genestealers, ect - including 'Chaos Androids' widely considered to be the first Necrons. [link]
I'd like to finish by saying this is not the full extent of all the games I own, there are a few others that don't have there boxes or weren't to hand at the time of me taking the pictures, anyway I hope you've enjoyed this.
The Space Shuttle Enterprise (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-101) was the first Space Shuttle orbiter. It was built for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to perform test flights in the atmosphere. It was constructed without engines or a functional heat shield, and was therefore not capable of spaceflight. On September 17, 1976, the first full scale prototype was completed.
Originally, Enterprise had been intended to be refitted for orbital flight, which would have made it the second space shuttle to fly after Columbia.However, during the construction of Columbia, details of the final design changed, particularly with regard to the weight of the fuselage and wings.Refitting Enterprise for spaceflight would have involved dismantling the orbiter and returning the sections to subcontractors across the country. As this was an expensive proposition, it was determined to be less costly to build Challenger around a body frame (STA-099) that had been created as a test article.Similarly, Enterprise was considered for refit to replace Challenger after the latter was destroyed, but Endeavour was built from structural spares instead.
On January 31, 1977, it was taken by road to Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, to begin operational testing. While at NASA Dryden Enterprise was used by NASA for a variety of ground and flight tests intended to validate aspects of the shuttle program. The initial nine-month testing period was referred to by the acronym ALT, for "Approach and Landing Test". These tests included a maiden "flight" on February 18, 1977, atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) to measure structural loads and ground handling and braking characteristics of the mated system. Ground tests of all orbiter subsystems were carried out to verify functionality prior to atmospheric flight. The mated Enterprise/SCA combination was then subjected to five test flights with Enterprise unmanned and unactivated. The purpose of these test flights was to measure the flight characteristics of the mated combination. These tests were followed with three test flights with Enterprise manned to test the shuttle flight control systems.
On August 12, 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise flew on its own for the first time. Enterprise underwent four more free flights where the craft separated from the SCA and was landed under astronaut control. These tests verified the flight characteristics of the orbiter design and were carried out under several aerodynamic and weight configurations. The first three flights were flown with a tailcone placed at the end of Enterprise's aft fuselage, which reduced drag and turbulence when mated to the SCA. The final two flights saw the tailcone removed and mockup main engines installed. On the fifth and final glider flight, pilot-induced oscillation problems were revealed, which had to be addressed before the first orbital launch occurred.
Upon completion of the Atlantis STS-135 mission, She will return back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be permenently displayed in a future facility built to showcase the history of the Space Shuttle program and the Shuttle program at KSC.
This costume were a total blast to wear, it was fun to run around and act like a little kid. Best part was all the small kids in their Finn costumes who asked for pics, I swear they make cosplay worth it.
I used the skirt from my police Jill costume and altered a pair of shoes that I already had, the shirt and socks I ordered off of Amazon and I patterned the hat off of the Finn one I bought at Hot Topic. To get the bunny ears to stand up I attached wire to a headband and wore it under the hat, it was a nice touch as I could adjust the ears as I saw fit. The sword was made our of cardboard, paper clay and wooden dowel rod, all of which made it super light weight to carry around. I did my make up using Urban Decay shadows and liners and I was SUPER happy with how well it turned out.
Previous image: [link] Removal of Thermal effect on side of Orbiter.
KSC celebrating Atlantis's final flight and final flight of the Space Shuttle program. Atlantis was rolled back to the Orbiter Processing Facility after landing this morning to a half-day event which brought out approx. 4,000 plus employees to celebrate her final flight and the final flight of the Shuttle program.