Month: August 2022

R3 Attends EOD and Navy Diver Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony

R3’s Craig Smith (left) with EODCM (ret.) Rob  McCue

Craig Smith, EOD Training & Operations Subject Matter Expert at R3 attended the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Navy Special Operations Memorial at the EODGRU 2 compound at Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story on Aug. 19.

R3’s Craig Smith (left) with CDR Daniel Bailey                      (CO EODMU TWO)

The ceremony featured speakers and leaders from the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal community, both active duty, and veterans, followed by a groundbreaking with shovels.

Speakers included Rear Admiral Brad Andros, director of J10 Directorate of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction; Capt. Chuck Eckhart, commodore of EODGRU 2; Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, ret. and board member of Navy Special Operations Foundation (NSOF), and Henry Thrift, president of Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association (Navy EODA).

The memorial will be located on the EODGRU 2 compound, and it will feature the names of Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians and Navy Divers who died in the line of duty.  The memorial will be completed in February 2024.

     Memorial site (photo courtesy NSOF)

EODGRU 2 is a critical part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Force (NECF) that clears explosive hazards to provide access to denied areas; secures the undersea domain for complete freedom of maneuver; builds and fosters relationships with a constellation of capable and trusted partners, and protects the homeland and American way of life.

R3 to Exhibit at Navy Gold Coast Event

R3 will be exhibiting at the San Diego Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)’s 34th Annual Department of the Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event from September 6 – September 8, 2022.  The NDIA Department of the Navy Gold Coast Event is the premier Navy procurement conference in the country. Gold Coast provides a forum to educate, guide, and assist businesses, large and small, in support of the warfighter mission within the Department of the Navy and throughout the DOD.

This year’s theme: Thriving as a Department of the Navy Small Business in a World of Global Challenges.

U.S. small businesses serve as a catalyst for economic development, provide employment opportunities, and drive new ideas and innovations. To nurture their important role in the economy, the Federal Government has established programs and annual small business contracting goals for prime and subcontract dollars. The intent is to ensure that small businesses, like R3, have opportunities to fulfill the public policy objectives of the Federal government and provide warfighters access to a source of innovative products and services.

If you’re attending this year’s event, be sure to visit our booth to learn more about our services.