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177th EOD trains with 21st WMD-CST
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Russell J. Bongiovanni, right, explosive ordnance disposal technician, 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, explains how to use the firing mechanism on the modern demolition initiator reel to Maj. Rene Roa, deputy commander, 21st Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team (21st WMD-CST), New Jersey National Guard, during a training exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 11, 2021. EOD Airmen, along with civilian contractors, trained the 21st WMD-CST on homemade explosives, the materials that are used, the effects they produce, and to recognize the signs of test sites where explosives have been detonated. The 21st WMD-CST supports civil authorities at man-made or natural disasters by identifying chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear substances, assess the consequences, and advises on response measures.