Originally constituted as the 3rd Ordnance Battalion (Maintenance) in 1942, the 3rd Ordnance Battalion EOD is currently a subordinate unit of the 71st Ordnance Group EOD and is headquartered at Joint Base Lewis–McChord in Washington. As of 2018, it comprises four Ordnance Companies (129th, 707th, 710th, 759th, and 787th) and a Ordnance Training Company (53rd) in addition to its Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment. The 71st Ordnance Group is under the organizational command of the 555th Engineer Brigade.

The 3rd Ordnance Battalion Distinctive Unit Insignia, or unit crest, was approved originally for the 3rd Ordnance Battalion (Maintenance) on 26 August 1942 and was redesignated the 3rd Ordnance Battalion in 1955. The crimson and yellow colors are those of the Ordnance branch; the three torteaux, or roundels, evoke the image of cannon balls and also represent the Battalion’s numerical designation. A gear in the upper right recalls the unit’s history as a maintenance Battalion, while the palm tree symbolizes its origins in Southern California.

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