WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Signups are open for the second annual Wright-Patterson Air Force Base EOD Memorial 5K, scheduled for May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at Eastwood Park, 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton. This race is held on National EOD Day, and honors members of the armed forces who have risked their lives disposing explosives. For more details on this year’s honoree and to sign up, go online to the EOD Memorial 5K web site.
Shirts may be ordered by anyone who wishes to support at https://www.eodcrabzone.com/product/2nd-annual-wrightpatt-5k10k/. For every shirt purchased, $7 will be donated to the EOD Warrior Foundation on behalf of the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron/EOD Flight.
Being remembered at this year’s event is Tech. Sgt. Daniel Douville who was killed in action in 2011 while operating in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He deployed four times, once to Albania in support of Operation Shining Hope, once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
While operating in the Helmand Province, Douville led his Air Force team in clearing lines of communication, enabling freedom of maneuver and ensuring the safety of coalition and local nationals by engaging and defeating the enemy’s weapon of choice: the improvised explosive device. Read about Douville at http://www.eodwarriorfoundation.org/memorial/warrior/daniel-ldouville#sthash.htAOgILO.
All proceeds from the 5K will be donated to the EOD Warrior Foundation. The foundation serves the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors, and families of wounded and fallen EOD warriors. The foundation also maintains the EOD Memorial Wall at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
“The EOD Warrior Foundation provides a lot of services to wounded and disabled EOD technicians as well as the families of the fallen,” said Tech. Sgt. Kurtis Stadsvold, event organizer. “The money that we raise from this event is secondary to providing an awareness of this foundation’s mission to improve the lives of the heroes that risked everything in service to their country.”
An event to underwrite costs associated with holding the EOD 5K will be held all day April 18 from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Chick-fil-A, 2360 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek. Chick-fil-A will donate a certain amount of the proceeds to the EOD Warrior Foundation. To participate, reveal the purpose behind the visit to the team member taking the order so he or she will use the “spirit” button on the register.