Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Captain Charles H. Andrews
United States Navy
Commanding Officer
Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Commanding Officer

Born and raised in Louisiana, Captain Andrews attended the University of Mississippi on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. After graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in June 1992.

Captain Andrews initially served at sea aboard USS Dextrous (MCM 13) as First Lieutenant, Supply Officer, and Operations Officer. During this assignment, he commissioned the ship and brought her through the initial certification process.

Following his tour aboard Dextrous, Captain Andrews attended Basic Diving Officer School and Explosive Ordnance Disposal School. Upon completion, he reported to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two. During this tour, he conducted one deployment as Officer in Charge of a mobile unit detachment, and one deployment as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Staff Officer for Commander, Carrier Group Eight. He was next assigned as the Executive Officer on USS Raven (MHC 61) home ported in Bahrain. He then earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. He next completed his Executive Officer tour at Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base. Following his Executive Officer tour, he was assigned to Navy Personnel Command as the EOD Officer Community Manager and Detailer. Captain Andrews then completed Commanding Officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three and made 2 deployments as Commander, Joint Task Force Paladin SW. His last assignment was the Executive Officer of the Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving.

CAPT Andrews assumed his present duties as Commanding Officer, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal on 5 June 2015.


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Lieutenant Commander Garrett Pankow
United States Navy
Executive Officer
Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Executive Director

Lt. Cmdr. Garrett Pankow, a native of Colorado, was commissioned in 2005 following his graduation from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

He reported for initial training at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida, for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Dive School. Following Dive School, he reported to USS Champion (MCM 4) in Ingleside, Texas, as the communications officer. Pankow proceeded to Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and upon completion was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 in Guam, where he served as platoon leader and assistant operations officer. He was next assigned to duties as officer in charge of EODMU 5, Platoon 501 in Sasebo, Japan.

Following completion of assignment in Japan, he reported to Carrier Strike Group 2 in Norfolk, Virginia for duties as the EOD and anti-terrorism and force protection officer and deployed with the George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of 6th and 5th Fleet operations and Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Pankow was subsequently assigned to Special Operations Command Korea in Seoul, Korea, where he served as the J35, Future Operations Branch, Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction operational planner, and later as the J3X, Sensitive Activities Branch chief.

He is currently serving as the executive officer, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal.


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

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Petty Officer Michael N. Riggs was born and raised in West Virginia. He graduated from Parkersburg High School in May 1990 and entered the U.S. Navy attending basic training in Orlando, Fla., in September 1991.

Riggs attended Electronics Technician Apprentice School in Orlando, Fla., and Great Lakes, Ill. His first duty assignment was with Naval Computer and Telecommunication Station in Diego Garcia, (British Indian Ocean Terriotry (B.I.O.T.) Following his tour at NCTS Diego Garcia, he served as a SATCOM ET at NCTS Sigonella, Sicily and the Joint Communications Support Element, MacDill AFB, Fla.

Riggs attended Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center and Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal graduating in 2002. Upon completion, he reported to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eight. During this tour, he conducted two deployments to Beirut, Lebanon and one to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA. Riggs reported to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two in March 2006 and deployed as EOD LCPO to Seal Team Two to Iraq supporting Special Operations Task Force - West (SOTF-W). As plank owner of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Twelve, Riggs deployed as company LCPO to Iraq supporting Task Force Troy-North. In 2010, Riggs reported to Commander Naval Special Warfare Group Two Training Detachment deploying to Afghanistan and conducting Counter-IED (C-IED) training to deploying Naval Special Warfare (NSW) units. In 2011, Riggs reported to Commander Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Two and deployed again to Afghanistan supporting Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Paladin, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF), and Special Operations Joint Task Force (SOJTF) - Afghanistan.

Riggs was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in May 2012. He reported to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Six as Command Master Chief in July 2013. In 2015, he deployed to Honduras and Guatemala as Command Master Chief, Southern Partnership Station-ashore.

Riggs’ academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College; Senior Enlisted Academy Class 174-Blue; Command Leadership School.

Riggs’ personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, and Naval Parachutist.


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