IEDs and Post-Military Knowledge

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Post-Military Personnel Know IEDs

The Boston Marathon bombings have reintroduced the term IED, an acronym for improvised explosive device, into the American vocabulary.

IEDs aren’t new, however. Roadside bombs have long been a threat to U.S. soldiers serving in military theaters such as Iraq and Afghanistan.  Just ask post-military personnel from either conflict.

IEDs vary widely in shape and form, but they do share a common set of components and characteristics. As an article called IEDs and the American Street Threat explains, our best defense is

“intel and recognition”.

As a form of terrorist artillery, IEDs can be planted along roadsides, placed in vehicles, or worn by suicide bombers. Today, law enforcement agencies and other civilian responders are facing this deadly threat. How can veterans with real-world knowledge help counter this threat to homeland security?

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Christopher "Patches" Norton is a Retired 20 year United States Air Force Master Sergeant. Chris also served 5.5 years as the Lead Loadmaster on the Super Guppy Transport at NASA Johnson Space Center. Chris was Disability Retired from NASA in 2012 following an injury on a Super Guppy mission. As a Veteran, Chris turned to the Veterans Administration medical system for assistance and this is where this story really begins. What Chris seen at the Houston, TX VA Hospital left him with an urgent feeling and need to give back. But just as the Bible says, it's better to teach a man to fish than give him one. Chris searched and found the Empower Network and saw how he could bring help to 100's, 1000's and even tens of 1,000's in a powerful way. Although all of us have different challenges, Chris saw believes the Empower Network WILL work for anyone... and CLICKING RIGHT HERE is how it starts!!!

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