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Combat vet. Viral internet star. Inspiration to people around the world. Taylor Morris now has another accolade to add to a list that just keeps growing: citizen co-chair of the 57th Presidential Inauguration, according to a press release. Morris, an explosive ordnance disposal technician 2nd class, lost both legs above the knee, his left arm above the elbow and his right hand to an IED explosion in Afghanistan in May 2012. His inspirational story of recovery became famous when pictures taken by his friend Tim Dodd went viral on BuzzFeed. He now has fans around the world who follow his…

You may remember Taylor Morris from BuzzFeed’s “Love Story in 22 Pictures” or the Navy Times story about his recovery and his girlfriend’s unwavering support. Morris, a second class explosive ordnance disposal technician, deployed to Afghanistan and lost both legs above the knee, his left arm and his right hand in May. The last time we wrote about Morris, he was dancing with Kelly at a friend’s wedding and using his Otto Bock X2 prosthetic legs to pick her up at the airport. Now, he’s drifting. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxhUJmzTzps&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1[/youtube] In the video posted Dec. 31, Morris can be seen spinning and sliding…

Just two months after winning gold at the 2012 London Paralympics, Lt. Brad Snyder is partnering with Delta Gamma fraternity to help blinded veterans regain their independence. Delta Gamma’s new initiative, Service for Sight: Joining Forces, was launched on Veterans Day. Though the Greek organization already supports sight-related charities, donating $300,000 in 2011, this new program will specifically help blinded veterans. In September 2011, Snyder was leading an explosive ordnance disposal platoon in Afghanistan when he triggered an improvised explosive device. The blast left him irreversibly blind. “Gaining your independence back is the best aspect of feeling good as a…

One day, military personnel and civilians alike will enjoy much-simplified electronic lives. Until then, most of us are stuck with a plethora of batteries, connectors and chargers for the electronic devices so vital to our lives. Most, that is, except for Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, who should soon lose about 41 pounds worth of battery devices thanks to a lightweight power system developed by the Office of Naval Research’s TechSolutions Program. The group, responding to a request from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit 2, partnered with Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, Ind., and Protonex Technology Corp.. to…

The top 20 percent. That’s where Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit 2 now finds itself in terms of public AND private employers in terms of programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace. EODTEU 2, located in Virginia Beach, Va., received the 2010 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility from Rear Adm. Michael Tillotson, the commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, during an awards ceremony Feb. 4. “It’s fantastic to be recognized,” said Lt. Cmdr. Oliver Herion, the executive officer of EODTEU 2.  “Our team at all levels, officer, enlisted and…

On any given day, the Navy’s EOD sailors are deployed in just about every geographical command – and it’s not just Iraq or Afghanistan where explosive ordnance disposal technicians are putting their expertise to save lives and limbs. This week, one-quarter of the nearly-2,600 member EOD force is deployed, according to Navy Expeditionary Combatant Command, with EOD mobile and naval mobile diving and salvage units teams and platoons operating in Southern, Central, European, Africa and Pacific commands. EOD sailors also are participating in the biennial “Rim of the Pacific” exercises off Hawaii, joining in maritime security operations, disarming underwater mines…

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