Ken Normand joined R3 in 2010 and currently manages three distinct R3 Programs: Civilian UXO Risk Mitigation (including maritime cable laying support operations); International Counter IED training (recent projects for both Italy and Canada) and the Joint Service EOD Pipeline Training Program via R3 prime contracts supporting EOD and Diving instructor requirements at both Naval School EOD and Naval Diving Salvage Training Center (NDSTC). Ken retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. He served at a wide variety of assignments including overseas mobile units and emergency response shore detachments in the Philippines, Guam, and Panama City, Florida. His initial tours of duty included diving, demolition, explosive research and development, parachuting and emergency response to WWII unexploded U.S. and Japanese ordnance during assignments in the Western Pacific. He served as Air Operations Officer and Readiness and Training Leading Chief where he was responsible for all facets of parachuting and air mobility operations at EOD Mobile Unit FIVE. He completed combat deployments in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. In OEF, he was a member of the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell (CEXC) providing weapons technical intelligence capability while executing a deliberate theater-wide counter-IED campaign against anti-coalition militia, al-Qaeda and Taliban forces. He collected and exploited technical intelligence and forensic evidence from hundreds of IED incidents.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Ribbon. Mr. Normand holds an Associate of Arts in Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness and a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security from American Military University. Mr. Normand was also a Master Training Specialist, High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) Freefall Jumpmaster, Static-line Jumpmaster, and Helicopter Rope Suspension Training (HRST) Master Instructor. He had extensive experience with homemade explosives (HME) and has attended the most demanding HME courses available at our national laboratories. Ken’s final assignment on active duty was lead instructor for IED training at the joint service Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal where he instructed all prospective EOD technicians in basic skills required to safely defeat the enemy’s use of IEDs.