The 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD)
7551 Headquarters Loop Road
Staff Duty Office
The 52nd Ordnance Group is the command and control headquarters for all Army explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) companies and battalions located in the eastern half of the United States. Subordinate units maintain EOD quick reaction force teams, which evaluate, render safe and remove conventional, chemical and biological, or nuclear ordnance or improvised explosive devices that pose an immediate threat to public safety. While subordinate units are trained and equipped for combat operations, they also support a variety of peacetime missions, to include range surface clearance operations of active Army installations and recurring protection to the president of the United States and other dignitaries as directed.
Constituted Dec. 20, 1943, as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, the 52nd Ordnance Group was activated Dec. 27, 1943, at Camp Hood, Texas. The unit was reorganized and redesigned May 27, 1946. The unit again reorganized and redesignated as the 52nd Ordnance Composite Group but was inactivated June 30, 1948, in Austria.
On Jan. 8, 1952, the unit was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 52nd Ordnance Group and allotted to the regular Army. The unit was again activated Jan. 28, 1952, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, only to be again inactivated May 16, 1955, at Fort Bragg. Just over a decade later, the unit was again activated, Dec. 2, 1965, at Fort Bragg. In Vietnam, the group was inactivated Oct. 20, 1967, and remained so until it was redesignated Oct. 1, 1993, as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 52nd Ordnance Group and activated at Fort Gillem, Georgia. The EOD group relocated to Fort Campbell in June 2009.
The Group has distinguished itself numerous times in Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (July 2010 to July 2011 and May 2013 to February 2014) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (December 2005 to December 2006 and February 2008 to April 2009) as the theater counter-IED headquarters by providing analysis and exploitation to defeat the IED threat in the theater of operation.
In November 2016, the Group returned from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.