Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Commanding Officer

Captain Charles H. Andrews

United States Navy
Commanding Officer
Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Executive Officer

Lieutenant Commander Troy R. Lawson
United States Navy
Executive Officer
Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Command Master Chief

CMDCM Michael N. Riggs
United States Navy
Command Master Chief
Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Vision

Develop the premier learning organization for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians.

Mission

Educate students from United States military services, partner nations, and other government agencies in high-risk environments to qualify as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians. Prepare them morally, mentally, and physically to succeed across the full range of military operations.

Guiding Principles

  • Inspire a culture of combat readiness.
  • Improve the quality of instruction.
  • Enhance family readiness.

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Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal

EOD School

Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Eglin Air Force Base, FL is a jointly staffed school (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps) under the authority of DoDD 5160.62, providing high-risk specialized, basic and advanced EOD training to U.S. and partner nation military and selected USG personnel. Annual student quotas are 2,196.
EOD History

Prior to World War II, the Navy had no formal Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) program. Incidents and accidents which would now be handled by Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, were then handled by the best qualified ordnance personnel avaiPagetxte.

Early in World War II, because of the high casualty rate, it became obvious to the British that a need existed for a corps of skilled technicians to render safe or dispose of an increasing number of unexploded ordnance items which presented hazards to their people and operations.

Shortly before U.S. entry into World War II, an agreement was reached with the British whereby a nucleus of U.S. Naval officers and enlisted personnel would work with the British units in the field and subsequently bring the skills back home. When this group returned, the decision was made to provide formal Explosive Ordnance Disposal training in the United States. In June, 1941, the first Mine Disposal Class was convened at the Naval Gun Factory, Washington, DC. In December of the same year, the Bomb Disposal School was also established at the same location.
Two low drag bomb drawings.
The Bomb Disposal School was later moved to American University. The Advanced Mine School stayed at the Gun Factory (Washington Navy Yard) until it moved to the Naval Receiving Station, Anacostia in 1942. The School was renamed to the Mine Disposal School on October 21, 1943. In November 1945 the two schools were combined and established at the Naval Powder Factory, Indian Head, Maryland.

Bomb excavation image. In 1947, responsibility for Explosive Ordnance Disposal training for all services was delegated to the Navy, and officers and enlisted of all services were added to the staff. This relationship flourished, and as the performance of the newly formed Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians improved, the demand for their unique talents increased. By 1958, facilities required to meet these increased requirements were met by the dedication of Surface and Nuclear Training Buildings. Subsequently, a half million gallon diving pool (underwater training facility) was constructed greatly expanding the capability of the school to train Naval Officers and enlisted personnel in the peculiarities of EOD diving.

In late 1971, the Department of Defense consolidated the EOD Training and Technology Programs under the single managership of the Navy. This action, along with improving the training of the EOD technicians, resulted in the establishment of district organizations by the other services at NAVSCOLEOD and the creation of the DOD EOD Technical Training Acceptance Board.

To meet increased requirements for trained Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians, as well as to support expanding curriculum requirements, the Chief of Naval Operations, on 1 October 1985, established the Naval School, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Construction of these facilities began in October 1986, and was officially opened for business on 24 June 1988.

On 15 November 1996 a ground breaking ceremony was conducted at Eglin AFB. Construction began on the $16.2 million dollar military construction project which, on completion, would provide the facilities for all the basic EOD training at Eglin.

Today the consolidated Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Training Facility supports the Department of Defense Joint Service EOD training mission. This military construction project centralizes all basic EOD training at Eglin AFB, Florida. The consolidation saves the DoD $4.3 million dollars in annual recurring costs. The project provided for five new buildings totaling 117,000 square feet at a cost of $16.2 million dollars. In addition, a current Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Technology Infusion Project is underway which will upgrade our curriculum delivery technology with state-of-the-art computer based hardware and software.





Commanding Officer
Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Quarterdeck: (850) 882-8370
DSN 872, Comm 882
304 N. McCarthy Ave, Suite 117
Eglin A.F.B. FL 32542-5649

Command Quarter Deck
(850) 882-8370
DSN 872, Comm 882
304 N. McCarthy Ave, Suite 117
Eglin A.F.B. FL 32542-5649
Command PAO
(850) 882-7829
DSN 872, Comm 882
304 N. McCarthy Ave, Suite 117
Eglin A.F.B. FL 32542-5649