Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving
Captain Jim "JT" Turner
Commanding Officer
Center for EOD and Diving

Commanding Officer

Capt. Turner is a native of Garrison, New York, and enlisted in the Navy July 1980. His operational tours include duty aboard USS Independence (CV 62) where he deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet. In 1982 he attended Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) training and upon completion was assigned to SEAL Team 4 deploying to the U.S. 4th and 6th Fleet areas. Capt. Turner completed Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training in 1987 in Indian Head, Maryland and was assigned to EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Republic of the Philippines deploying throughout the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleets.

He served in various capacities as an EOD technician, most notably as an instructor at Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) where he completed First Class Diver training and was promoted to chief petty officer. While with the EODMU 6 Detachment in Panama City, Florida, he was commissioned as an ensign through the Limited Duty Officer Program then transferred to EODMU 5 in Guam. There he served as the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Detachment officer-in-charge (OIC) and deployed throughout U.S. 7th Fleet. In 1995 he returned to EODMU 6 Detachment Panama City as OIC, followed by duty at the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD), Eglin AFB where he completed a split tour as the director of training and Curriculum Instructional Standards officer.

In 2000, he transferred to the Defense EOD School, United Kingdom as the Navy Training Officer, followed by tours with EOD Group 2, the Maritime Force Protection Command, and as the executive officer, EOD Training and Evaluation 2. During this tour he completed an Individual Augmentee (IA) assignment to Iraq in support of U.S. Joint Forces Command theater wide assessment.

In 2007 Capt. Turner was assigned as OIC, Navy EOD Fleet Liaison Unit at the Navy EOD Technology Division, working with Joint Service EOD detachments. He assumed command of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 in 2008 and deployed as Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 to the U.S. 5th Fleet. Upon his command tour, he transferred to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) as the Science and Technology, assistant chief of staff. This was followed by a tour with Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR), where he completed an IA tour to Afghanistan as Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Paladin with the 52nd Ordnance Group. In August 2015 Captain Turner transferred to Expeditionary Warfighting Development Center (EXWDC) as Director of Training and then assumed command of CENEODDIVE on 3 June 2016.


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Mr. George Delano
Executive Director
Center for EOD and Diving

Executive Director

Mr. DeLano was born at Mitchell Air Force Base. He was raised on a variety of bases nation-wide. He graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1967. Mr. DeLano attended Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, and graduated in 1971 with a degree in history. He accepted an internship with the Higher Education Department at Murray and completed his MACT and SCT in history, political science, higher education, and developmental studies. Upon graduation in 1974, he accepted a position with Halifax Community College, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, as Director of the Developmental Studies Program. During this time, he worked with the North Carolina State Prison Systems in the areas of Adult Basic Education and GED. In 1979, Mr. DeLano accepted an internship with Memphis State University in Educational Administration and Supervision, where he completed all but the dissertation toward his Doctoral Degree.

Between 1982 and 1983, Mr. DeLano worked for the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, as the ABE/GED Coordinator for a Medium Security Prison in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1983, he accepted a position at Naval Air Technical Training Command (NATTC), Lakehurst, New Jersey, in the Curriculum and Instructional Office (CISO), working with the PR and AB curriculums. This was the beginning of over 20 years of service with the Department of the Navy.

From 1984 through 1986, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee, first working as an Instructional Systems Specialist with the Air Traffic Control Schools, than moving into the CISO office at NATTC Millington, where he worked closely with the MATC, MATCAL, AEAL11 and AW schools.

In 1986, he accepted a position at Chief of Naval Technical Training as the Training Program Coordinator for seven ratings. He had cognizance over the MM, BT, PM, ML, EM, IC and MR ratings. In this position he was a member of the SWTRR, IG and Technical Audit Teams and coordinated MILCON projects related to these ratings.

From 1993 to 2003 Mr. DeLano was the CISO Department Head at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center. He also became the Senior Civilian and performed position and personnel management duties for all Dive School civilian employees. As the Department Head, he was designated the Course Curriculum Model Manager for all courses and was the CO/XO's principal advisor on curriculum, manpower, commercial activities, ITRO and civilian issues. During this period, Mr. DeLano was selected by CNET to be one of the five Commercial Activities Regional team leaders, overseeing one of the larger CNET CA studies.

In 2003, he was selected as Executive Director for the Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving, and was one of the five original members to stand up this organization. Mr. DeLano's personal awards and recognitions include, Sustained Superior Performance (14 awards), Quality Step Increases, Letters of Commendation and Appreciation, Honorary Air Traffic Controller, and Master Training Specialist.


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NDCM Joseph T. Howard
Command Master Chief
Center for EOD and Diving

Command Master Chief

Master chief Howard was born in Waynesville, Ohio. Following in his father’s footsteps he enlisted in the US Navy in Jun 1988, shortly after graduating high school. He attended Recruit Training at Great Lakes, Ill.

His military education includes; Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn.; Torpedo-man’s Mate “A” School in Orlando, Fla.; Boatswain’s Mate Supervisor School in San Diego, Calif.; and Scuba Diver, Diver Second Class, and Diver First Class in Panama City, Fla. He has also attended multiple leadership courses of instruction.

Master Chief Howard is currently serving as Command Master Chief Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, Fla. Past assignments include: USS Phoenix (SSN 702); USS Baton Rouge (SSN 685); Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic, Kings Bay, Ga.; Seal Delivery Vehicle Team One, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Ships Intermediate Repair Facility, Mayport, Fla.; Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Naval Diving Salvage Training Center, Panama City, Fla.; Ships Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center, Sasebo, Japan; Center of EOD and Diving Liaison for the Special Warfare Recruiting at Navy Recruiting Command; and Command Master Chief Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One, Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Master Chief Howard is the recipient of the 2002 CNO Shore Sailor of the Year and First Coast Military Representative of the Year, Graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 173 and the Command Leadership Course.

Master Chief Howard’s military awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal(two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation(two awards), Navy Battle “E”, Good Conduct(six awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and various other campaign and service ribbons.


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