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<i>The Eagle</i> - Learning an explosive job

6/24/2007 12:00 AM

Sometimes there's nothing better than spending time as a family outdoors. Just ask 31-year-old Donna Small, her sister and brother. It's not camping or fishing, though, that's brought these siblings together for five weeks near the Brazos River.

Student Robert Josleyn of Maple Hill, N.C., discharges ordnance at the munitions field at A&M's Riverside campus Thursday during a class offered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service.

It's detonating explosives. The right way, of course.

They are all enrolled in a course on disposal of unexploded ordnance - also known as UXO - offered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service in College Station. Since its inception in 1997, 346 people have completed the class, and at least 20 are working as private contractors in Iraq, locating and destroying ordnance, according to program coordinator Ed Fritz.

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