Beale EOD diffuse simulated crisis situation

9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal, morale patch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

An EOD technician wears a 9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal, morale patch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Airman 1st Class Alex Nona, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, inspects equipment prior to entering an abandoned building known as the “bomb factory” during an exercise May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Nona and other EOD technicians were tasked to eliminate numerous improvised explosive devices and a radioactive dispersal device within the abandoned structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Airman 1st Class Alex Nona, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, inspects equipment prior to entering an abandoned building known as the “bomb factory” during an exercise May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Nona and other EOD technicians set out to eliminate numerous improvised explosive devices and a radioactive dispersal device within the abandoned structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Soldiers with the 95th Civil Support Team inspect an abandoned building for radiological material May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. The building was a simulated “bomb factory” during an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Soldiers with the 95th Civil Support Team inspect an abandoned building for radiological material May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. The building was a simulated “bomb factory” during an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis-situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Tech. Sgt. Noah Cheney, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, evaluates potential entry access points to an abandoned structure known as the “bomb factory” during Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis situation May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. The structure Cheney needed access to contained various improvised explosive devices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Tech. Sgt. Noah Cheney, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, evaluates potential entry access points to an abandoned structure known as the “bomb factory” during Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis-situation May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. The structure Cheney needed access to contained various improvised explosive devices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Explosive ordnance disposal technicians discuss a plan to enter an abandoned structure May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. The EOD technicians were participating in Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Explosive ordnance disposal technicians discuss a plan to enter an abandoned structure May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. The EOD technicians participated in Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis-situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Airman 1st Class Alex Nona, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, inspects the interior of an abandoned structure known as the “bomb factory” prior to entry during an exercise May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Nona and other EOD technicians were tasked to eliminate numerous improvised explosive devices and a radioactive dispersal device within the abandoned structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Airman 1st Class Alex Nona, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, inspects the interior of an abandoned structure known as the “bomb factory” prior to entry during an exercise May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Nona and other EOD technicians set out to eliminate numerous improvised explosive devices and a radioactive dispersal device within the abandoned structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Staff Sgt. David Dezwaan (left), and Airman 1st Class Alex Nona, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians, conduct radioactive detection methods during an exercise May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. The EOD technicians were participating in Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Staff Sgt. David Dezwaan (left), and Airman 1st Class Alex Nona, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians, conduct radioactive detection methods during an exercise May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. The EOD technicians participated in Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis-situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Fox, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, uses a device intended to detect radioactive materials May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Fox and other EOD technicians were participating in Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Fox, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, uses a device intended to detect radioactive materials May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Fox and other EOD technicians participated in Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis-situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Staff Sgt. David Dezwaan, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, attempts to enter a room with multiple booby-trap simulated improvised explosive devices May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Dezwaan, and other EOD technicians were tasked to eliminate numerous improvised explosive devices and a radioactive dispersal device within the abandoned structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Staff Sgt. David Dezwaan, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, attempts to enter a room with multiple booby-trap simulated improvised explosive devices May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Dezwaan, and other EOD technicians set out to eliminate numerous improvised explosive devices and a radioactive dispersal device within the abandoned structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Staff Sgt. David Dezwaan (left), and Airman 1st Class Alex Nona, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians, diffuse a simulated improvised explosive device May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Dezwaan and Nona were participating in Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)
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Staff Sgt. David Dezwaan (left), and Airman 1st Class Alex Nona, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians, diffuse a simulated improvised explosive device May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Dezwaan and Nona participated in Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis-situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Tech. Sgt. Noah Cheney, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, prepares to enter an abandoned structure known as the “bomb factory” during an exercise May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Cheney and other EOD technicians were tasked to eliminate numerous improvised explosive devices and a radioactive dispersal device within the abandoned structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)
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Tech. Sgt. Noah Cheney, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, prepares to enter an abandoned structure known as the “bomb factory” during an exercise May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Cheney and other EOD technicians set out to eliminate numerous improvised explosive devices and a radioactive dispersal device within the abandoned structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Tech. Sgt. Noah Cheney, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, diffuses a simulated improvised explosive device May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Cheney was participating in Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)
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Tech. Sgt. Noah Cheney, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, diffuses a simulated improvised explosive device May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Cheney participated in Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis-situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Staff Sgt. David Dezwaan, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, inspects the wiring of a simulated radioactive dispersal device during an exercise May 5th, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Dezwaan and other EOD technicians were able to eliminate the threat of numerous improvised explosive devices and the radioactive dispersal device during Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)
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Staff Sgt. David Dezwaan, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, inspects the wiring of a simulated radioactive dispersal device during an exercise May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. Dezwaan and other EOD technicians eliminated the threat of numerous improvised explosive devices and the radioactive dispersal device during Operation: Half-Life, an exercise designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis-situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

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Explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to the 9th Civil Engineer Squadron participated in Operation: Half-Life May 5, 2016, at Clear Lake, California. The exercise was designed to evaluate a synchronized, multi-agency response to a crisis situation.

The 95th Civil Support Team led the exercise, a California National Guard team intended to assess suspected nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological threats. Various other agencies along with Airmen assigned to the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, participated in the exercise.

"A training operation such as this one is really beneficial for us because we’re working with the Army CST, various civil authorities, fire department and police department, and it’s great to see how they operate and the type of equipment they use," said Tech. Sgt. Noah Cheney, 9th CES EOD technician. "Working in that joint environment is the greatest benefit from this training."

Cheney and his team of EOD technicians were tasked to locate and eliminate a radioactive dispersal device within an abandoned structure known as the "bomb factory." During the process, the team encountered multiple improvised explosive devices limiting access to the structure. They were able to diffuse the IEDs and disable the RDD.

"Accessing the multiple IEDs within the structure was difficult," said Staff Sgt. Daniel Fox, 9th CES EOD technician. "All of the entrances were blocked off so we had to create different entries. I have yet to experience a real-world scenario similar to this. The exercise encompassed a lot more than the standard mission. My horizon was broadened and I was able to strengthen my skill set."