ARLINGTON, VA- The training and technology for future joint forces – along with the experiences of those wounded during their service – are the focus of the 2017 Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal Symposium and Exhibition, taking place Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 8 and 9, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, North Bethesda, MD.
The National Defense Industrial Association produces this event in partnership with the EOD Warrior Foundation. This year’s event looks at “realigning the EOD force of the future,” including ways to effectively deter threats while protecting the warfighter as much as possible.
Beside military, attendees also include first responders and relevant professionals from federal agencies. More than 50 exhibitors will be set up at the symposium, which also will feature:
- Sessions and panels discussions of the latest measures against improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance, as well as combating weapons of mass destruction
- Technical papers from Johns Hopkins University’s Energetics Research that address EOD threat solutions
- Interagency speakers and panelists, including the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Bombing Prevention
- The Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization’s annual technology outreach event
- Joint service EOD program board updates
- Service EOD program manager’s capability gap updates
Attendees can meet and talk to wounded EOD service members about their injuries and recovery. They’ll be on hand during an EOD Warrior Foundation Silent Auction, which begins Tuesday of the event.
“The Global EOD Symposium and Exhibition is an incredibly valuable way to bring the EOD community together and ensure that industry leaders have an opportunity to speak first hand with those doing this critical and lifesaving job every day,” said Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation in Niceville, FL. The foundation and NDIA collaboration is one “that we value greatly,” Motsek said. “Partnerships between organizations like ours are invaluable in the non-profit arena, and we are thankful for all NDIA does to support EOD warriors and their families.”
For an agenda and speakers of the Global EOD Symposium and Exhibition, visit www.ndia.org and click on “events.”
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ABOUT EOD WARRIOR FOUNDATION
The EOD Warrior Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help EOD warriors and their family members; a priority is on wounded EOD warriors and the families of fallen EOD warriors. Specific programs include financial relief, college scholarships, hope, and wellness programs that include therapeutic healing retreats and care for the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. To learn more about the foundation or see its events calendar, visit www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.