R3 Welcomes Benjamin Stafford

CMC (Ret.) Ben Stafford (left) with CAPT (Ret.) Dean Muriano at Ben’s retirement ceremony

We are thrilled to welcome Benjamin Stafford to the R3 team. Ben recently retired from the United States Navy, culminating 30 years of service as a Command Master Chief and Master EOD Technician. He has extensive experience leading complex and diverse teams in high-stress environments, managing organizational-level programs, and advising and developing senior executives. Ben has a diverse background in numerous functional areas in EOD, Operational and Strategic Planning, project and program management, doctrine and policy development, and training delivery.

Beginning his Navy career as a Hull Maintenance Technician, serving on board the USS SIMON LAKE forward deployed to Italy, Ben screened for and later graduated from Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD). From there, he would go on to serve in multiple leadership capacities at EODMUs ELEVEN, TWELVE, TWO, SIX, AND EIGHT, as well as performing foreign material acquisition duties at the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV) and Arabic language and culture studies at Defense Language Institute. He finished his career as the Command Master Chief of NAVSCOLEOD.

In addition to multiple qualifications and awards, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts in Management. He graduated from the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief courses. He also earned certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and as a Registered Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner.

Ben will join our Northwest Florida team, utilizing his extensive and recent EOD community and Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) experience to directly shape future EOD training as part of the Navy’s Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) process.  While still in uniform, Ben was directly involved in laying the foundation for EOD RRL.  The opportunity to keep Ben’s vast knowledge and experience in play is a huge win for both the Navy and R3.