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Executes projects involving Chemical Warfare Materiel (CWM) in accordance with ER 1110-1-8153, including those paragraphs designating responsibilities for an OE Design Center (i.e., Paragraphs 9.d, 10.c.(3), 14.b(3)(a), 14.d.(4), 14.e. and 14.f.).  The RCWM Design Center also handles special projects on a case-by-case basis.

For more information please call
(256) 895-1240

We provide safe and secure overseas munitions clearance and management including recovery, transportation, segregation and destruction of munitions. We also perform low voltage electrical inspections of all U.S. Forces occupied facilities in Afghanistan including fire safety inspections and training.

For more information call
(256) 679-8728.

Call us and tell us about the site. We perform reconnaissance and provide a report estimating the Munitions and Explosives Concern (MEC) risk levels and areas. We overlay construction plan on the MEC risk map to create the removal design and estimate the cost. After the removal design is completed, one of our 11 contractors starts working in as little as 60 days. The clearance schedule is planned to support your construction schedule. We offer vegetation clearance services in MEC contaminated areas using remotely-operated forestry mulchers. We also have a  contractor offering a range of robot-enhanced services for both MEC clearance and range operations support needs. Work that can begin in as little as 30 days includes:

  • Vegetation Clearance
  • Surface MEC Clearance
  • Digital Geophysical Mapping (DGM) of subsurface anomalies
  • Trenching and dozing in MEC-contaminated areas
  • Subsurface MEC clearance
  • LOS and brush clearance
  • Autonomous mowing and surface clearance
  • Day and night operations
        

For more information, call (256) 895-1564. 

Responsible for performing safety oversight, quality assurance and contract surveillance for military munitions projects, ensuring compliance with unexploded ordnance (UXO) procedures and the contractor's project work and Accident Prevention plans by providing on-site OE safety specialists at military munitions projects, as well as reviewing procedures and documents to provide military munitions safety and technical assistance and guidance.
  • Establishes and maintains a technical capability to identify, investigate, and ensure the cleanup of unexploded ordnance, explosive waste, and military chemical agents from DOD Formerly Used Defense sites (FUDS), active installations, base closure properties and International Operations.
     
  • Provides OE Safety Specialist support to the CEHNC Chemical Warfare Material Design Center, the CEHNC Military Munitions' Design Center and the International Operations Center.
     
  • Has subject matter experts available for telephonic or written inquiries or attends meetings regarding military munitions safety and technical information/support for military munitions projects.
     
  • Upon request, provides support to other Military Munitions Design Centers and Remedial Action Districts.

For more information, call (256) 895-1598.

O&E Images

Two of EODT's senior unexploded ordnance technicians set up a large disposal 'shot' in Southwest Afghanistan using C4 and MICLIC donor charges.
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Two of EODT's senior unexploded ordnance technicians set up a large disposal 'shot' in Southwest Afghanistan using C4 and MICLIC donor charges.
Joint Munitions Disposal-Afghanistan personnel build an ammunition shot box and place C-4 over the unserviceable ammo scheduled to be destroyed, paying particular attention to the continuity of the explosives and ammo. It is then taped in place for extra security from movement to the range for demolition.
Joint Munitions Disposal-Afghanistan
Joint Munitions Disposal-Afghanistan personnel build an ammunition shot box and place C-4 over the unserviceable ammo scheduled to be destroyed, paying particular attention to the continuity of the explosives and ammo. It is then taped in place for extra security from movement to the range for demolition.
A large disposal 'shot' in Southwest Afghanistan using C4 and MICLIC donor charges.
Corps team destroying munitions in Afghanistan
A large disposal 'shot' in Southwest Afghanistan using C4 and MICLIC donor charges.
Personnel employed by U.S. contractor Sterling Global Operations Inc. conduct clearance operations on a firing range near Combat Operation Outpost (COP) McClain in Logar Province in May. The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville is managing the program to clean up U.S. military training ranges in Afghanistan and return the land to the Afghan people in a usable condition. (Courtesy photo)
U.S. range clearance in Afghanistan
Personnel employed by U.S. contractor Sterling Global Operations Inc. conduct clearance operations on a firing range near Combat Operation Outpost (COP) McClain in Logar Province in May. The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville is managing the program to clean up U.S. military training ranges in Afghanistan and return the land to the Afghan people in a usable condition. (Courtesy photo)
A contractor performs the dangerous work of manual munitions clearance activities on a range near Makuan in Afghanistan's Kandahar province in May. (Courtesy photo)
U.S. range clearance in Afghanistan
A contractor performs the dangerous work of manual munitions clearance activities on a range near Makuan in Afghanistan's Kandahar province in May. (Courtesy photo)
Any unexploded or abandoned ordnance that is found during range clearance activities is gathered together and disposed of in the appropriate manner, such as controlled detonation, to ensure it is destroyed in its entirety.  The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville is managing the program to clean up U.S. military training ranges in Afghanistan to return the land to the Afghan people in a usable condition.(Courtesy photo)
U.S. range clearance in Afghanistan
Any unexploded or abandoned ordnance that is found during range clearance activities is gathered together and disposed of in the appropriate manner, such as controlled detonation, to ensure it is destroyed in its entirety. The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville is managing the program to clean up U.S. military training ranges in Afghanistan to return the land to the Afghan people in a usable condition.(Courtesy photo)
U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville leadership recently conducted a site visit to Afghanistan to meet with Huntsville Center employees deployed there supporting a variety of missions to include Task Force Power, a multi-disciplined effort focusing on electrical inspections and fire safety awareness; Afghan-Wide Mine and Battle Area Clearance, which removes landmine and unexploded ordnance throughout the country; and environmental remediation and environmental footprint reduction programs set in place to leave a safer, cleaner environment once American presence is removed from Afghanistan. From left are Fred Cartes, Huntsville Center Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Burlin Emery, Tony Isadore, Mike Fields, Huntsville Center Commander Col. Robert Ruch, Kirk Baumann, Ken Barnett, Karen Moore, Plyer McManus, Nate Fisher and Bruce Railey. Gail Overman is not pictured.
Huntsville Center leadership visits Afghanistan
U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville leadership recently conducted a site visit to Afghanistan to meet with Huntsville Center employees deployed there supporting a variety of missions to include Task Force Power, a multi-disciplined effort focusing on electrical inspections and fire safety awareness; Afghan-Wide Mine and Battle Area Clearance, which removes landmine and unexploded ordnance throughout the country; and environmental remediation and environmental footprint reduction programs set in place to leave a safer, cleaner environment once American presence is removed from Afghanistan. From left are Fred Cartes, Huntsville Center Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Burlin Emery, Tony Isadore, Mike Fields, Huntsville Center Commander Col. Robert Ruch, Kirk Baumann, Ken Barnett, Karen Moore, Plyer McManus, Nate Fisher and Bruce Railey. Gail Overman is not pictured.
Charles Twing is presented a memento by Col. Robert Ruch, Huntsville Center commander, during Twing's retirement ceremony March 20. Twing served more than 24 years with Huntsville Center and was a pioneer in the Center's ordnance programs.
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Charles Twing is presented a memento by Col. Robert Ruch, Huntsville Center commander, during Twing's retirement ceremony March 20. Twing served more than 24 years with Huntsville Center and was a pioneer in the Center's ordnance programs.

Ordnance & Explosives Directorate

Huntsville Center’s Ordnance and Explosives Directorate safely eliminates or reduces risks from ordnance, explosives and recovered chemical warfare materiel.

Programs include:

Chemical Warfare Design Center that investigates and remediates chemical weapons remnants.

The Conventional Munitions Design Center that provides guidance for Formerly Used Defense Sites, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) sites and active ranges.

International Operations Division that manages the disposal of unserviceable ammunition and ammunition items recovered by U.S. field units during operations in Iraq, and demining operations in Afghanistan. The directorate also demilitarizes large rocket motors and multiple launch rocket systems.

Huntsville Center's Ordnance and Explosives Center of Expertise in cooperation with local Corps districts, public officials and interested citizens, supports detection and disposal of unexploded ordnance that poses an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health or to the environment.