Master Sergeant Martin Coleman
of Lincoln, a member of the Nebraska
Air National Guard's 155th Air Refueling Wing, worked on explosive
ordnance disposal (EOD), including Improvised Explosive Devices
(IEDs), at the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq from March
2004 until June 2004 as part of the 447th Air Expeditionary Group.
The 447th was based at the Sather Air Base at the Baghdad International
Airport. He volunteered for his deployment and although his wife,
Heidi, wasn't happy he was going, she understood and was supportive.
Master Sergeant Martin
Ninety percent of Iraqis lead the same lives as Americans. They
just want to get on with living.
Master Sergeant Martin Coleman
objects were loaned by Martin Coleman
Army and Air National
Guard Mobilization: Two Different Models
Army National Guard personnel are usually
mobilized as units and, in most
cases, individual soldiers play no part in the decision. Army
National Guard deployments are typically one year.
Air National Guard personnel are often
mobilized individually or in small groups as volunteers, under what is termed the Air Expeditionary Group
concept. Active-duty, Reserve, and Guard personnel from several
units or specialties are brought together to perform the mission.
Members of an Air Expeditionary Group usually have the same duties
and responsibilities as they did in their own units. Current
Air National Guard deployments are typically four months.
Bagdad Bomb Squad
Meaning of the Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Badge
Air Force Commendation Medal earned by Coleman
ID card for access
to Camp Sather
Description of MRE
(Meal, Ready to Eat)
This tool is a set of blasting cap crimpers I used in the
field. They are used to "crimp" a blasting cap onto
a detonation cord or time fuse.
Trip portion of a land mine.
These are leaflets the U.S. dropped in Iraq to warn civilians
not to disturb unexploded ordnance items.
This is a photo of a VBIED [vehicle-borne
improvised explosive device, or car bomb] in mid explosion. This
was one of the last operations I worked on prior to leaving Iraq.
All the black specks you see in the photo are car pieces and
parts flying through the air.
The EOD Flight was asked by the Australians
to perform a subsurface check of an area just outside of the
control tower area. This area was going to be used for visitor
parking during the Anzac holiday. We found a lot of soda cans,
and junk buried there, but no munitions. This operation was done
as a personal courtesy for our Aussie friends at the tower. It
also got us invited to the party.
[Anzac Day is the Australian equivalent to our Memorial Day.]
This is a photo (from the left ) of Staff
Sergeant Lindsey Lietz sitting at the HMMWV [Humvee], Master
Sergeant Mathew Ott, myself (black vest), and Technical Sergeant
Kiren Flynn set up on Mission Supply Route Tampa, working on
disposing of a roadside IED. Staff Sergeant Lietz is controlling
the robot, while Technical Sergeant Flynn is watching the operation
with binoculars. Master Sergeant Ott and I are relaying information
between the other two, and observing the outlying area. The two
HMMWVs are parked in the "V" to protect us from any
potential blast, or small arms fire. MSR Tampa is a major transport
route and is a busy location for roadside IEDs.
This is a photo of my partner, Master Sergeant
Matthew Ott, and I setting up a demolition charge. The charge
was transported by our loyal and hardworking robot down to a
roadside bomb so we could dispose of it.
Maj. Gen. Roger Lempke
Maj. Martin Neal
Cpt. Cindy Mefford
Lt. Col. Tom Brewer
Spc. Andrew Rodriguez
Msgt. Martin Coleman
Spc. Jenny (Beck) Bos
Sgt. Sion Odom
Col. Thomas Schuurmans
Chaplain Brian Kane
Maj. Jim Oliver
Col. George Skuodas