FORT AP HILL, VIRGINIA (WUSA9)-- They train for one of the deadliest jobs in the world—EOD specialists. EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal. And some of the nation's top terrorist fighters trained at Fort AP Hill in Virginia.
Last week, for the first time ever, six elite bomb disposal units competed to be the team of the year.
In one scenario, a team from the Florida National Guard set off explosives near a replica of a mosque. Their goal: Not to shatter glass or damage a nearby wall.
"Proof is in the pudding. It's beautiful," said a smiling Sgt. Major Adam Reyes.
A team from Hawaii had to contend with a round of ammunition stuck in the bottom of a field artillery weapon.
These soldiers are the best of the best at what they do. They've come from across the continental United States and Hawaii.
From roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, to explosive-laden backpacks like the one set off at the Boston Marathon bombing, these soldiers have a three-part mission.
"Save lives, protect property, collect evidence," Sgt. Major Reyes told us. In fact, he calls it the greatest career the Army has to offer.
"It's a calling," he said.
In the competition, evaluators determined which team was the fastest and had the best technique for handling explosive material.
The Team of the Year honors went to the soldiers from Hawaii.
Written by Andrea McCarren, WUSA9
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