Why "Crab Zone"
I first joined the military in 1991 and started going through EOD school right after basic training. At that time, the school was split between Eglin AFB for the first half and Indian Head Naval Ordnance Station (NOS) for the second half. There was a store not far outside the gate of Indian Head which catered to the EOD career field and that’s where everyone bought their “Flair”. The store was called The Frag Zone and it was such a proud, almost right of passage, to finally be able to walk in there and purchase something with an EOD badge on it. May God have mercy on your soul if you ever bought anything with “EOD” or the “Crab” on it before you graduated the school though! It was considered bad luck, especially if an instructor ever found out! I also remember contacting the shop I was being assigned to prior to leaving Indian Head, and they gave me an order for stuff I needed to pick up for them from The Frag Zone. That was just our go-to store for anything EOD.
Now that I’m moving forward on this venture, I wanted to bring some of that same familiarity back to the EOD community that our predecessors grew up with. As EOD techs know, our badge is often referred to as the “Crab” and it seemed eloquently fitting to name this new store, the Crab Zone. In my mind, it pays tribute to the Frag Zone while breathing new life into it and making it a better fit for today’s generation.
Where we are headed?
I’ve never done this before and I’m just as interested to see where we go from here as I hope you are!
We’re starting out small at first, primarily on-line with a limited selection…just until we can get our balance and maintain our footing. Then, well…you do have to wait and see 😉 I will say that there is a multi-staged business plan that, if everything goes well, The Crab Zone will become an enduring and appreciated service to the EOD warfighter, their families and our surrounding community.
Thank you all for your support and please don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s anything specific you want to see or contribute to your store.
The Crab Zone is an EOD family owned and operated company that strives to provide a high quality and affordable line of customized clothing, accessories and personalized products to the EOD and surrounding community.
Why Shop With Us
“Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius
That being said, I never worked when I was in the military. Then I found myself retiring after 23 years and was suddenly faced with the prospect that I might actually have to start working!
Many people know that I’ve often talked about opening an EOD paraphernalia and memorabilia store, a place where the EOD community could buy quality, affordable products that not only reflect on the mentality and skillset of today’s EOD generation but also on that of our predecessors. Since the military was no longer going to require me to move every couple of years, a muse told me that now is the time to follow that dream. So here I am, continuing to avoid “working” for a living and as a result, Crab Zone, LLC was born.