Airmen destroy grenade launchers.
In order to destroy the launchers explosively, it would've completely exhausted the unit's C-4 resources, said Capt. Doug Tippet, explosive ordnance device flight commander.
"With unexploded ordnance littering the ground everywhere at Tallil, it wouldn't have been a wise decision to deplete our entire supply of plastic explosives," he said.
The cost of C-4 is $7.50 per block, but acquiring and receiving the explosive is difficult because of current demand and manufacturing limitations.
After some experiments, structural craftsmen determined the launchers could be destroyed using a welding torch, so the craftsmen made a work table to hold the launchers while they were torched. After the weapons were rendered useless, they were buried.
--Lt. Col. Dave Maharrey 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron
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|Title Annotation:||Airman's World; Tallil Air Base, Iraq|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2004|
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