Category: Events

Marines honored at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, R3 Sponsors

27 May 2024 – R3 proudly sponsored the Mt Soledad National Veterans Memorial ceremony honoring the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines “Darkhorse” unit from the Battle of Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2010-11.  Sangin is considered to have been the bloodiest battleground in our war in Afghanistan with several brutal ambush and IED attacks.  R3 Senior EOD Instructor Andrew Barnes was a Marine EOD Team Leader in support of 3/5 at the time.  Pictured from left: Kevin Brown, Mark Zambon, Andrew Barnes, Mark Sanders. Barnes served as a Marine EOD Team Leader supporting 3/5 during the battle.Andrew Barnes and Mark Zambon recount the deployment with Major General Jason Morris, former Bn CO of 3/5, and in command at the time of the battle.





Team R3 attends EOD Memorial Ceremony and Ball

R3 teammates and spouses took time to remember our fallen, wounded, and Gold Star families at the 55th EOD Memorial Ceremony and Ball.  This annual event recalibrates our azimuth of service to the community and refreshes our perspective of gratitude for those EOD operators who gave their all.

The EOD Memorial honors the 344 EOD technicians who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in the line of duty.  The wall currently remembers fallen EOD warriors from 1942 to the present.

At the Ball, from left: Mike Smoot, Ken Normand, Ken Martin, Rex Rousseau, Ryan Bedner, Keanna Spencer, Chris Merwin, Mark Sanders, Dean Muriano, and Jerry Shelton.

R3 sponsors 55th Annual EOD Memorial Ball

At R3, giving back to the community is more than a commitment; it’s a proud tradition. That’s why we’re dedicated to supporting the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation (EODWF) and its vital programs. As a sponsor of the 55th Annual EOD Memorial Ball, we’re honored to contribute to the Foundation’s mission of assisting EOD Families in need through financial support and volunteer efforts. The ball will offer an evening filled with camaraderie and cherished memories. The entire EOD Community will come together to honor our fallen EOD Technicians, celebrate the gift of life, and strengthen the bonds within our unique community.

Join us in supporting the EODWF and honoring our courageous EOD technicians at this year’s EOD Memorial Weekend Events.

The EODWF plays a crucial role in providing financial assistance and support to Active-Duty, Reserve, and National Guard, Retired, and Veteran EOD technicians and their families. From financial aid to morale events, educational programs, and more, the Foundation ensures that the EOD family is supported every step of the way. Their unwavering commitment to caring for our EOD warriors and their families embodies the spirit of community and compassion.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for our nation.