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 Troy R. Lawson
United States Navy
Executive Officer
Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Executive Director

Lieutenant Commander Lawson enlisted in the Navy in October 1988 and attended Basic Training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida. His first tour of duty was aboard the USS Nitro (AE-23) where he was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer and deployed to the Middle East in support of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He transferred to Naval Diving and Salvage School in July 1991 for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training, graduating from Naval School EOD in November 1992. LCDR Lawson then served at Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) Six where he was advance to Petty Officer First Class and earned his Senior EOD Technician designation. Following that tour, he reported for duty to EODMU Three Detachment Middle Pacific, Hawaii where he earned his Master EOD Technician designation.

LCDR Lawson was then assigned to EODMU Eight Detachment Bahrain and advanced to Chief Petty Officer where he served two years as Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) of Operations, became a Plank Owner of EODMU FourR in Bahrain and was assigned as LCPO of Detachment Ten where he conducted combat operations in Iraq and subsequently decorated for Valor. Returning from Iraq he was assigned to EODMU Four Detachment Six, this assignment would find him supporting Army Special Forces and return him to combat operations in Iraq where he would be awarded the Bronze Star. LCDR Lawson commissioned in June 2004 and was assigned to EODMU Five Guam as Officer In Charge (OIC) of a Special Operations Forces (SOF) Platoon conducting operations Japan, Philippines, Korea and Australia, in 2006 he transferred to EODMU Five Detachment Marianas as Officer In Charge responsible for EOD response operations in the Asia Pacific Area of Responsibility (AOR).

LCDR Lawson was then assigned to Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) where he served two years as Department Head for Advanced Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and subsequently became the Training Officer, in 2011 he was assigned to EODMU Eight as the Readiness and Training Officer. In 2014 LCDR Lawson returned to NAVSCOLEOD as the Training Officer and now serves as the Executive Officer and as Chairman, Department of Defense EOD Technical Training Acceptance Board.

CDR Lawson’s personal awards include, the Bronze Star, Two Joint Commendation Medals, Seven Navy Commendation Medals; one with “V” (Valor), Five Navy Achievement Medals; Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal; w/ 4 Stars, Navy Expert Rifle and Pistol Medals.


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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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