U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan H. Pulliam
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan H. Pulliam

Faces of MCIPAC, Okinawa

by Lance Cpl. Ryan Pulliam
U.S. Marine Corps

We asked U.S. Marine Sgt. Shane Briggs, an explosive ordinance disposal technician with Bravo Company, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, and native of Frankfort, New York, what makes his job important and what it takes to be an EOD technician.

“We are the on and off-base response to any unexploded ordinance found on Okinawa so that both the American and Japanese populace are safe.”

“As opposed to having your senior leaders calling the shots, I’m expected to make the same decisions as my gunnery sergeant. We’re all a team; we all should be able to pull the same amount of weight. You’re an independent thinker, you’re expected to think critically and solve problems. And that’s all we do is solve problems.”

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