Ordnance taken to Melrose range

Freedom New Mexico A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists identified the contents of a World War II-era ordnance located June 11 near a Hobbs museum. Tests confirmed Monday the nearly 100-pound ordnance was an incendiary device, typically composed of a gasoline and rubber mixture or oil […]

Threat of grenade found in Portales yard unknown

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Whether a grenade found Saturday in a Portales yard was live or not couldn’t be determined, according to Portales Police Department spokesperson Lonnie Berry. According to Berry, the condition of the grenade that had apparently been buried in the yard at Eighth and Chicago streets prevented personnel from […]

Roadside bombs remain top threat in Iraq

By Tom Philpott: Military Update AL FAW PALACE, BAGHDAD — His voice is as flat and unemotional as one might hope to hear from someone trained to disarm and dispose of bombs. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Hamaker, 31, is an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with EOD Mobile Unit 8, out of U.S. […]