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Military munitions components like rocket fuel, explosives, perchlorates used in pyrotechnics, and other harmful chemicals of war can escape the ordnance that houses them. When that happens, they get into the atmosphere or leach into the soil and groundwater. This causes serious environmental hazards.

While UXO contamination on formerly used defense sites (FUDS) and active military installations in the continental United States and Territories maybe not be immediately threatening to life and property that landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) in post and active conflict zones are, UXO and the components of UXO are extremely hazardous and should be avoided and reported to authorities.

Octavious Locklear and Terry Collins formed HL after decades of successful work at other large and small firms supporting the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of State (DoS), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), US Navy, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Having worked with hundreds of UXO and EOD technicians and establishing an extensive appreciation of what UXO and EOD staff are looking for; they decided to formed HL expressly to provide jobs for UXO and EOD technicians (many of whom are veterans) and support firms and government stakeholders with qualified, competent, and safe manpower resources. We have a great understanding of who in the industry is the best fit for your manpower needs.

Octavius’ and Terry’s extensive safe and successful work history in the MRS industry provides them with the experience and know-how to help you plan, organize, manage, and complete your project on time, within budget, and to the standards expected.

Octavius H. Locklear, a Native American from the Lumbee Tribe, grew up in the southeastern region of North Carolina. For over thirteen years, Octavius has been an integral part of the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) industry and has quickly worked his way up the corporate ladder. In 2005, Octavius received his UXO certification and entered the workforce as a UXO Technician Level I.

Over the years, Octavius worked extensively in his field of expertise, rising from a UXO Technician Level I to a UXO Technician Level III. At this level, he became a team leader and was in charge of the well-being as well as the production of his team.

Octavius has served in this capacity for over three years, and his team’s performance has always been exceptional. In September 2017, while still working as a UXO team leader, Octavius established H&L Environmental Services LLC, a Small Native American enterprise. Octavius has many years of invaluable experience and encompasses an extensive wealth of knowledge obtained through years of hard work and dedication.

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Matt Hughs joins H&L Environmental Services LLC as our Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective July 2019 with over 32 years of EOD/UXO leadership experience.

Matt is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major with 23 years of active Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) background. He served in numerous EOD positions and concluded his career leading the U.S. Army Training Detachment at the Naval Joint Service EOD School at Elgin AFB, FL.

He is a Master EOD Technician, certified Army Training Instructor, PMI certified Project Management Professional and an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.

He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Columbia College and is a recipient of the Order of Samuel Sharpe Award.

Retiring in 2006, Matt has worked in the UXO industry in a myriad of leadership positions to include Program/Project Manager, Director of Operations and recently as a Corporate Quality Manager. Additionally, he led the University of Tennessee/Relyant Global educational non-credit program, which encompassed the UXO Tech 1 Training program.

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Terry Collins assumed the role of H&L Environmental Services, LLC (HL) Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer in February 2018, bringing with him three decades of military service and commercial experience with complex organizations in the military, security, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and unexploded ordnance (UXO) remediation industries. Terry was honorably discharged after a noteworthy military career during which he served worldwide with the US Marine Corps (USMC) including combat during Operation Desert Storm.

As a decorated combat veteran, Terry followed up his service to our country with an exceptional career in the military munitions response program (MMRP) and humanitarian mine action (HMA) profession in the US and worldwide. As part of various corporate leadership teams from 1992-present, Terry has held multiple leadership positions including Director of UXO Services, Program and Project Manager.

Terry prides himself on having begun his MMRP career at the end of a shovel on project sites and progressed through the ranks to his current leadership role at HL.

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