U.S. Marines from third Explosive Ordnance Disposal Firm, ninth Engineer Assist Battalion, third Marine Logistics Group, commenced Humanitarian Mine Motion Ranges 1 and a pair of Explosive Ordnance Disposal coaching with Royal Thai Army Thailand Mine Motion Middle counterparts, in Ratchaburi, Kingdom of Thailand, November 14, 2022. HMA is an ongoing program between the U.S. and Kingdom of Thailand to offer coaching in an effort to construct associate capability in secure disposal of present landmines and explosive remnants of warfare. The programs mix classroom instruction masking primary to intermediate EOD strategies, detailed ordnance courses, and disposal strategies, together with a number of vary days for sensible utility of the talents discovered.

Normal Supathat Narindarabhakdi, director common of the Thailand Mine Motion Middle, additionally expressed his pleasure for the most recent evolution of HMA coaching. “I really feel honored to be the individual to open EOD stage 1 and a pair of coaching. Right here we’re at engineering faculty, it’s a spot that gives data particularly within the topic of mine warfare. I hope that everybody will obtain data from the Thai and US instructors and use all this information to make them more adept of their work,” mentioned Narindarabhakdi.


U.S. Marine Corps Humanitarian Mine Motion (HMA) Thailand Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) instructors with third EOD Firm, ninth Engineer Assist Battalion, third Marine Logistics Group, and Thailand Mine Motion Middle (TMAC) college students, observe stopwatches till detonation throughout an EOD stage 1-2 course at Jarumanee coaching space, Ratchaburi, Thailand, November 22, 2022. (U.S. Marine Corps picture by Cpl. Moises Rodriguez)

“This stage 1 and a pair of goes to be difficult, however I’m assured that that is going to be the perfect one we’ve had to this point. the months of preparation that went into this iteration of coaching can pay dividends because the Royal Thailand Mine Motion Middle instructors take a bigger position. We’re transitioning now. Marine Forces Pacific EOD is taking a smaller position and the TMAC Demining Coaching Middle instructors are enjoying an even bigger position – taking management of the courses, schedule, and coaching,” mentioned U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeramie Pawloski, HMA Thailand Staff Chief with third EOD Co., ninth ESB.

Finally, through the course of the coaching the workforce from third EOD Firm will prepare 28 college students, immediately contributing to Thailand’s capability to conduct HMA and get rid of the specter of landmines and unexploded ordinance. The U.S.-Kingdom of Thailand HMA program has been lively since 2013, and is essential to advancing shared safety pursuits and commitments within the Indo-Pacific, concurrently strengthening U.S. Marines relationships with their Royal Thai Armed Forces companions, and dealing collectively to get rid of mines, unexploded ordnance, and explosive remnants of warfare.