Category: Events

R3 Employee Participates in celebration of FBI Hazardous Devices School 50th Anniversary

The Public Safety Bomb Technician Memorial located at the HDS facility honors the 17                         PS bomb technicians who lost their lives in the performance of their duties

R3 Associate Tom Warren represented the company at the recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL. The event was held concurrently with the FBI-sponsored Bomb Squad Commanders Conference, attended by 320 selected commanders of public safety bomb squads from across the country. A lively auction of donated items at the anniversary dinner event raised over $25,000 for the Bomb Technician Memorial Fund and its scholarship program.

HDS was established in 1971 (the anniversary celebration was delayed by COVID) at Redstone Arsenal with the mission to train members of the public safety fire and police services to respond to the threat of improvised explosive devices. Originally operated by the U.S. Army with funding from the FBI, the FBI assumed complete responsibility for the school in 2017. HDS provides initial certification of all public safety bomb technicians through a combination of classroom and practical training. The school also recertifies currently service bomb technicians and offers advanced training courses. Since its inception, HDS has trained over 30,000 individuals serving in the 420 accredited public safety bomb squads across the country.

Prior to joining R3, Tom was an FBI Special Agent Bomb Technician, having graduated from HDS in 1989. In that role, he responded to a number of major bombing incidents including the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the World Trade Center bombing, and the Centennial Park bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Tom later served as the HDS Program Manager overseeing the operations of the school. As an R3 Associate, Tom currently supports the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s CBRN Office with policy, training, and operational plans development and execution.


R3 Employee Recognized for Support Team Contributions

R3’s Justin Speers is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Flight Support Technician supporting the 554th RED HORSE Squadron at Northwest Field, Andersen AFB, Guam.  The mission of the 554th is to provide the Air Force with a highly mobile civil engineering response force in support of contingency and/or special operations worldwide.

Justin works hard to deliver technical and logistics support to the EOD cadre at the Silver Flag Exercise Site.  Silver Flag is a 10-day course for civil engineers and force support personnel from across the Air Force that features fire protection, force bed-down, convoy training, disaster preparedness, explosive ordnance disposal, foodservice and lodging skills, chemical warfare operations, personnel accountability, and advanced base recovery after an attack.

Justin was recognized along with members of the EOD Flight Support Team in a letter of appreciation from the National Geospatial-Intelligence (GEOINT) Agency Research Directorate for the team’s outstanding support during the GEOINT Research and Development Team’s visit to Guam.  Justin’s assistance in providing logistics and resources support to the EOD flight helped drive GEOINT capabilities to the next level.  Way to go, Justin!

R3 Named Stars & Stripes Sponsor of THF Swim for SOF Event

R3 is proud to be a Stars & Stripes Sponsor for The Honor Foundation (THF) Swim for SOF event, an open water charity swim to raise awareness and funds to support the Special Operations Community taking place on September 18, 2021. Participants will swim across the Coronado Bay — from the beach near Hotel Del Coronado to Tidelands Park to the USS Midway.

Among the swimmers will be THF Alumni: U.S. Special Operators who have completed The Honor Foundation Program and have transitioned into their next career after active-duty service. These outstanding men and women are fundraising to help support future Fellows of the program as they begin their own journey in finding their next mission in life.

All proceeds will support THF, a nonprofit career transition program for U.S. Special Operations Forces that help them translate their elite military service to the private sector and helps create the next generation of corporate and community leaders.

Registration is now open to the public! If you are interested in swimming for this event and joining the THF mission, visit the Swim for SOF website for more info!