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Maj. Mark Fogle and Chief Master Sgt. Neil Jones salute the Memorial Wall after the names of fallen Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians were read during the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Maj. Mark Fogle and Chief Master Sgt. Neil Jones salute the Memorial Wall after the names of fallen Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians were read during the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Sgt. Maj. Brian Curtis reveals a new name to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Wall during the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Sgt. Maj. Brian Curtis reveals a new name to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Wall during the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno comforts Mandi Bennett, widow of Staff Sgt. Wade Bennett, during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno comforts Mandi Bennett, widow of Staff Sgt. Wade Bennett, during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno comforts Audrey Baker, daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Baker, during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno comforts Audrey Baker, daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Baker, during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

A former explosive ordnance disposal technician takes a photo of the memorial wall before the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

A former explosive ordnance disposal technician takes a photo of the memorial wall before the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Peltz, the master of ceremony for the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Service, salutes during the presentation of the colors May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Peltz, the master of ceremony for the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Service, salutes during the presentation of the colors May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Capt. William Noel, Navy School EOD commandant, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos salute during the presentation of the colors at the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Odierno, the event guest-speaker, spoke to each of the Army families as folded flags were presented to them.  Amos presented a flag to each of the families of the fallen Marines.  Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Capt. William Noel, Navy School EOD commandant, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos salute during the presentation of the colors at the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Odierno, the event guest-speaker, spoke to each of the Army families as folded flags were presented to them. Amos presented a flag to each of the families of the fallen Marines. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno speaks to explosive ordnance disposal technicians from all services and their families during the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno speaks to explosive ordnance disposal technicians from all services and their families during the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Vicki Baker, widow of Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Baker, weeps while their daughter, Audrey, holds a flag presented to her during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Vicki Baker, widow of Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Baker, weeps while their daughter, Audrey, holds a flag presented to her during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Sgt. Maj. Brian Curtis reveals a new name to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Wall during the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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Sgt. Maj. Brian Curtis reveals a new name to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Wall during the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

An Airman takes a photo of a name of one of the fallen explosive ordnance disposal technicians listed on the memorial wall after the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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An Airman takes a photo of a name of one of the fallen explosive ordnance disposal technicians listed on the memorial wall after the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Violeta Mullins, widow of Gunnery Sgt. Greg Mullins, and their daughter Giovanna, speak with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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Violeta Mullins, widow of Gunnery Sgt. Greg Mullins, and their daughter Giovanna, speak with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen bring in a wreath to lay in front of the Air Force section of the EOD Memorial Wall at the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen bring in a wreath to lay in front of the Air Force section of the EOD Memorial Wall at the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Monica Marsh, mother of Staff Sgt. Mathew Marsh, listens to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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Monica Marsh, mother of Staff Sgt. Mathew Marsh, listens to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Susie Ortiz, widow of Sgt. Miguel Ortiz, speaks with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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Susie Ortiz, widow of Sgt. Miguel Ortiz, speaks with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos during the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

A Marine salutes during the retiring of the colors at the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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A Marine salutes during the retiring of the colors at the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Army and Marine explosive ordnance disposal technicians salute during the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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Army and Marine explosive ordnance disposal technicians salute during the 45th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 3, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Spouses, children and families members of fallen Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians gather at the Memorial Wall after the annual ceremony May 3 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year.  The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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Spouses, children and families members of fallen Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians gather at the Memorial Wall after the annual ceremony May 3 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eight new names of Army and Marine EOD technicians, who lost their lives, were added to the wall this year. The all-service total now stands at 306. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal hosted the 45th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony at the EOD Memorial here May 3.

The EOD community from all four services gathered to remember the historical legacy of 298 EOD heroes as well as to add an additional eight EOD technicians to the EOD Memorial (four Soldiers and four Marines) who recently gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, delivered a speech that characterized the extraordinary efforts and critical aspects of these EOD heroes and the EOD mission as well as the immeasurable sacrifice of their families.

"This memorial represents 72 years of service by the EOD community. From World War II onward, we pay tribute to the men and women who volunteered to serve for one of the most dangerous missions in our profession - that of personnel protection and explosives identification, disarmament, and demolition," said Odierno. "This memorial celebrates the professionalism, selfless service and sacrifices of our EOD heroes in operations at home and abroad."

"In times of war and in times of peace, these EOD technicians and leaders protected our fellow service members by accomplishing our mission each day. This morning, we recognize eight service members whose names will be placed alongside those of 298 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

NAVSCOLEOD's four service detachment commanders and senior enlisted placed a wreath next to their respective service's cenotaph on the memorial while a fellow service member read the names of their fallen EOD heroes aloud, concluding with the phrase "We Remember."

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Amos, presented a flag (previously flown over the EOD Memorial) to each of the families of the four fallen Marines and Army Brig. Gen. James Burton also presented a flag to each of the families of the four Soldiers.

"We Remember" signifies the very essence and ethos of EOD technicians to never forget the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of the EOD brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice. The EOD Memorial stands as a monument to the honor, courage, and commitment exemplified by EOD technicians from all four services as they performed the EOD mission.

"EOD technicians of all services make a solemn promise when we enter the EOD community that we will never forget," said Capt. William Noel, the NAVSCOLEOD commanding officer. "We will never forget those heroes who have gone before us, their bravery, courage, and their ultimate sacrifice. New EOD technicians who graduate each week at this school in front of this memorial share this promise and vow to carry on this charge throughout their careers and years to come. Legacy and honoree families, we will never forget."