British Forces News: New badge for IED search teams
The dangerous work of High Assurance Improvised Explosive Device (IED) search teams is being recognised with the creation of a Search Badge.
The oval-shaped badge is emblazoned with the word “Search”, with a design of an eye and flame above it, to represent the nature of the work.
The search teams are out on the ground in Helmand province every day of the year searching for roadside bombs, which are removed or destroyed by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operators.
The Adjutant General, Lieutenant General Mark Mans, has presented the badge to operators and advisors who have recently returned from Afghanistan and to those who will deploy shortly.
It was officially launched at Carver Barracks, Wimbish, Essex, the home of search specialists 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) and 101 Engineer Regiment (EOD).
Over 100 soldiers from 17 Field Squadron (EOD), part of 101 Engineer Regiment (EOD), who are also based at the barracks, are currently deployed in Afghanistan.