Local Navy sailor shows off his work at the Western Idaho Fair

Posted at 9:15 PM, Aug 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-27 23:15:55-04

Lieutenant commander Evan Colbert is happy to be back in Boise, the Treasure Valley native is showing off some of the tools of his trade to the Western Idaho fair. A member of the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, he uses robots on the job. When possible EOD teams as their called will send their metal little helpers in to disarm and dispose of bombs. They'll control them remotely while the robots get's up close and personal with explosives.

"Hopefully, what we do renders that item safe and then we make that area safer for everyone else," said lieutenant commander Evan Colbert.

At the Western Idaho Fair, Lieutenant commander Colbert and his team showed off their gadgets to the crowd and even gave kids a chance to pilot them. Kids say it's just like playing a video game,

"It felt like I was in the robot and I was driving it. It's like my I pad," said little Brynlee Kress who got to play with one of the robots.

It's all part of an effort to show landlocked states like Idaho what the navy is all about, and to give some sailors a chance to visit home.

"I grew up here so I'm also happy to come back but it's to give back to the kids the community but also we want them to know about the navy and navy EOD," said lieutenant commander Evan Colbert.