Cherry Point's bomb robots helping save lives

Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 01:01 AM.

While the EOD’s main duty is in Iraq or Afghanistan, the team will occasionally get calls to help authorities in Eastern North Carolina.

"Typically, it’s unexploded ordnance," Coyne said. "Once in a while, we’ll get a suspicious package or a suspicious vehicle."

Last year, the team was called out to a suspicious vehicle that had been in the Cherry Point pass and identification parking lot for too long. The team used a robot to inspect the car before personnel moved in.

"We get cannonballs all the time," Coyne said of work in the civilian community. "I’m kind of a history buff, so finding a Civil War relic is one of the perks of the job."

But the bottom line for Coyne is that the robots help save lives.

"The EOD field uses a lot of different remote tools because no one wants to be banging on it with a hammer," Coyne said. "These tools take a lot of training to master and these robots are a big part of that. Before we walk up to something, we want to know exactly what we’re dealing with." 

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