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Explosive leadership: ‘Standing on the shoulders of giants’

By Gary Sheftick, Army News Service July 7, 2020

Then-1st Lt. Katie Nisbet at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo)

FORT MEADE, Md. — The company that Capt. Katie Nisbet commands may only have 33 Soldiers, but it delivers a big bang.

She commands the 722nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She is also one of just 28 company-grade officers and warrant officers from across the Army’s three components selected this year for the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

“I like being in a small group,” Nisbet said of her company. “I get a lot more one-on-one interaction.”

With only two lieutenants in the unit working on their EOD certification, Nisbet often has the opportunity to serve as the duty officer and go out on calls with ordnance teams.

Her teams have recovered over 100 pieces of unexploded ordnance from Fort Bragg and surrounding communities. For instance, in February, a civilian found a live grenade while magnet fishing on post, and her team responded.

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