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Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center
Commander Cameron R. Chen
United States Navy
Commanding Officer
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

Commanding Officer

Cmdr. Chen is a California native and he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He also earned a master’s degree in Applied Physics from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. His initial operational assignments include damage control assistant and later operations officer onboard USS Guardian (MCM 5) homeported in Sasebo, Japan; officer in charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 3 Marine Mammal Systems Detachment; and EOD Mobile Unit 3 Detachment 11 while deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in support of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force.

While serving at Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Dam Neck, Virginia, he initially was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Tactical Development Squadron 2 and later served as EOD squadron commander. While executive officer of EOD Mobile Unit 11, Chen supervised the unit’s homeport shift from Whidbey Island, Washington, to Imperial Beach, California.

Staff assignments have included flag lieutenant for Carrier Strike Group 8, and with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Naval Warfare Integration Group (N00X) as an Irregular and Mine Warfare analyst. He also served on the CNO’s OPNAV N81 staff as Mine Counter-Measures program assessment section head. He most recently served as the Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) operations officer assigned to the Joint Staff, J-39 Global Operations Directorate.

He is a graduate of the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Surface Warfare Officer School, Mine Warfare Training Center, and Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School.

Chen is a designated EOD Warfare Officer, Deep Sea Diving Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, and Naval Parachutist and is proud to have served in Explosive Ordnance Disposal, US Marine Corps, and Naval Special Warfare units awarded the Presidential Unit and Meritorious Unit Citations. He is conversant in Mandarin and a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations.


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Lieutenant Commander Joseph H. Sandoval
United States Navy
Executive Officer
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

Executive Director

LCDR Sandoval is a New Mexico native and graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. His initial operational assignments include Damage Control Assistant of MCM Crew Fearless, homeported in Ingleside, Texas and Combat Expeditionary Support Company Commander at Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12 while deployed to Salah Ad Din province, Iraq in support of the 3rd Infantry Division.

His staff assignments have included Department Head for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Defense Nuclear Weapons School Accident/Incident Response Section, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Liaison Officer for Carrier Strike Group 3, and Future Operations Planner for Special Operations Command Africa, as well as Deputy Commander of Special Operations Command Forward-Central Africa.

He is a graduate of the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Surface Warfare Officer School, Mine Warfare Training Center, and Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School.

LCDR Sandoval is a designated EOD Warfare Officer, Deep Sea Diving Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, and Naval Parachutist. He is conversant in Spanish, possesses a broad science background, and is well-versed on Weapons of Mass Destruction.


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NDCM Joseph T. Howard
United States Navy
Command Master Chief
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

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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