EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The U.S. Air Force‘s elite bomb squad will be helping to secure President-elect Donald Trump’s compound in Florida in the months ahead.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight of the 96th Civil Engineer Group at the base — the largest and the busiest of all the service’s EOD units — “have a couple missions already scheduled to go and support him for some … holidays before he takes the oath,” said Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Schott, the group’s superintendent.
“Being here in Florida, the President-elect also has a summer home here in Florida, so we will also be supporting that,” Schott told Military.com on Thursday. He didn’t say how many teams of airmen would head to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, located in Palm Beach.
It isn’t the highest-profile stateside mission the unit will take up, Schott said. That designation “easily” belongs to Pope Francis’s visit in 2015, he said.
But Trump’s inauguration will be the “biggest event” in 2017, requiring roughly 170 to 200 EOD teams from all the services, Schott said. The 96th will contribute around four to six teams, he said.
The Air Force has 52 such units throughout the world.
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