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What is EOD?

Their Service
EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal, the disarming and disposal of bombs. EOD technicians are highly-trained military members serving in the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force who are responsible for disarming, rendering safe and disposing bombs. The EOD profession is one of the most dangerous occupations in the military.

On average there are over 7,000 brave men and women serving as EOD technicians who willingly put themselves in harms ways to protect the lives and property of others. Their service includes support to the most complex special operations missions.

In current conflicts, bombs known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are responsible for the majority of fatalities and severe injuries to our troops.

Their Sacrifices
When EODs technicians are wounded they sustain some of the most severe and often life-changing injuries including loss of limbs, burns, paralysis, blindness and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many EOD warriors also experience Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).

Recovery and rehabilitation from these injuries can be extensive and require months and sometimes years of inpatient and outpatient care and has a significant emotional and financial impact on the injured EOD warrior and their families.

For the families of fallen EOD warriors, surviving family members face many changes and challenges in their lives as they grieve the loss of a loved one.

Our Commitment
Fortunately, the EOD community is as resilient as it is steadfast. The EOD Warrior Foundation is supported by an indivisible network of EOD family and friends. This support enables wounded EOD warriors and their families and families of fallen EOD warriors to face the future with hope, knowing they are not alone, as they forge a new life and ensures the EOD heroes who make the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.
             

EOD Warrior Foundation

The EOD Undefeated Bike Ride directs our donations to serving wounded EOD Warriors and their families on their path the recovery and reintegration after incurring life changing injuries.

The EOD Warrior Foundation (EODWF) serves the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors, families of our wounded and fallen EOD warriors and by maintaining the EOD Memorial.

The EOD Warrior Foundation (EODWF) serves the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors, families of our wounded and fallen EOD warriors and by maintaining the EOD Memorial.

In 2013, the Foundation served more than 187 EOD families. Their support included $338,997 in financial assistance to 90 families; 20 of which were newly combat injured EOD technicians; $95,000 in scholarships to 36 EOD dependents; $28,201 for retreats; $12,228 for the care of the EOD Memorial and ceremony; and covered the expenses for 11 Honoree families to attend the memorial weekend when their loved one was added to the EOD Memorial Wall. In addition to warrior retreats, they hosted the Foundation’s first caregiver retreat and family events, and continue to expand their support to EOD family members.

As they meet the current needs of those who serve, they continue to prepare to meet the long-term and future needs of the EOD family by building the Foundation’s endowment, which grew to $2,684,622 in 2013. The Foundation operates with the core belief that the EOD family is for life and the endowment will continue to enable them to fulfill their ongoing pledge to serve EOD warriors and their families for years to come.

Click here to visit the EOD Warrior Foundation Website to learn more about this organization dedicated to this courageous group of service members.

The EOD Crab

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Badge is more commonly knows as the “crab”. This is where the EOD Warrior 5k logo is derived from. Each part of the EOD badge has an important meaning:

The Wreath

Symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained minimizing accident potentials through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of EOD Technicians who gave their lives while performing EOD duties.

The Bomb

Copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge, the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional and chemical/biological interest.

Lightning Bolts

Symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD Technicians in their endeavors to reduce hazards and render explosive ordnance harmless.

The Shield

Represents the EOD mission – to prevent a detonation and protect the surrounding area and property to the utmost.

“Our EOD Undefeated Ride recognizes both the sacrifices of our EOD heroes, and the foundation that is dedicated to providing much needed financial support to the warriors and their families.”
                                                             - Kevin Childre, US Navy EOD & founder of the
EOD Undefeated Ride

We Ride In Honor of Kevin Childre

US Navy EOD Cmdr. Kevin Childre and friends started the EOD Undefeated Bike Ride in 2009, the year that was the most devastating to the EOD community in injuries and lives lost. Sensing this vital need, Kevin founded the EOD Undefeated Bike Ride that would directly benefit the EOD Warrior Foundation – a charitable organization dedicated to the continued care of our wounded EOD technicians and their families. Having raised nearly one million dollars in its first four years, the Undefeated Ride remains the largest and most successful fundraising effort for our nation’s wounded EOD warriors across all branches of service. 

In May 2015, Kevin lost his life following a crash on a six-day bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego while promoting awareness of the EOD Warrior Foundation. 

At the time of his passing, Commander Childre was the Navy’s longest serving active duty EOD Technician. He was a beloved, respected, and unparalleled presence in the EOD community, the cycling community, and his community at large.

The 2015 EOD Undefeated Ride continues in his honor.

We are kpc.

I Am Kevin Childre

I am loyal. I am steadfast and true. I am a competitor.

A patriot. An instigator.

Confident. Funny. Sappy.

Charming. Brave.

Determined. Upbeat.

Passionate. Calm. Accepting.

Aspiring and inspiring.

Decisive.

Generous.

Willing.

I am ordinary and extraordinary.

I am Kevin Childre.

We are Kevin Childre.

KPC, we miss you. Fair winds and following seas.