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R3 Welcomes Mike Smoot

R3 enthusiastically welcomes Mike Smoot to our Team.  Mike recently retired from the United States Navy following 22 years of service as a Special Operations Officer and Master EOD Technician. He has extensive experience leading complex and diverse teams in high-stress environments within the special operations EOD community.

Beginning his Navy career after completing Boot Camp and Parachute Rigger “A” school, he was initially stationed at EOD Mobile Unit TWO in Virginia Beach, VA, before transitioning to EOD training in Panama City, FL in 2003. Following successful completion, he joined EOD Mobile Unit Eleven in Whidbey Island, WA.  From there, Mike undertook various leadership assignments, including tours at EODMU TWELVE in Virginia Beach, VA, EODMU FIVE in Guam, and EOD Group ONE in San Diego, CA.

As an EOD Limited Duty Officer (LDO), Mike has vast experience in training and education in both operational commands and in formal Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) school-house settings. Operationally he served in training roles as the Training and Assessments Officer on the EODGRU ONE staff and as the Readiness and Training Officer for a forward deployed Mobile Unit.  He has multiple tours at NETC learning sites, serving as a training team leader and master training specialist at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, as a Division Officer at EOD School, and most recently as the Director of Training at EOD School.

In addition to multiple qualifications and awards, he earned a Bachelor of Science in National Security and graduated from the Joint Special Operations University, specializing in operational planning and the senior enlisted academy.

Mike will be an integral part of R3’s Northwest Florida team, focusing on the Southeastern United States.  He will immediately utilize his extensive and recent EOD community and NETC experience to directly shape future EOD training as part of the Navy’s Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) process. Mike brings a complete understanding of current EOD training and planned future requirements to our team.  Mike remains passionate about EOD training, and specifically making sure that EOD operators heading down range are as prepared as possible; it’s a huge win for the Joint EOD community and for R3 to have him on our team.

In Memoriam: R3 Mourns the Loss of Navy Veteran and Esteemed R3 Employee, LT (Ret.) Danny Theis

15 January 2024.  VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Navy EOD LT (Ret.) Danny Theis, 48. Danny joined R3 in June 2023, bringing with him a wealth of experience and expertise as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Lead Instructor for EODTEU TWO Instructor Support.

Before his role at R3, LT Theis served with honor and distinction in the Navy, where he dedicated his life to safeguarding others as an EOD Technician and later as an EOD Limited Duty Officer.  As a combat veteran, he earned universal respect and admiration for his unwavering professionalism and dedication to duty. His impact on the EOD community was profound, and his legacy will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of working alongside him.

R3 acknowledges the EOD community as a close-knit family that supports one another during challenging times. In the spirit of this camaraderie, R3 stands united in mourning the loss of LT (Ret.) Danny Theis. His contributions to our nation and our organization were invaluable and his absence will be deeply felt.

R3 receives 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award from U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su recognized R3 as one of the 859 recipients of the 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by U.S. Department of Labor. R3 earned the platinum award after applying earlier this year. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.

R3 joins 858 other companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, but also ensuring that they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service.

Recipients of the 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programming for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. More than 1,600 employers have earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018.

About R3:

R3 is an agile, Employee-Owned, Service–Disabled Veteran–Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that provides innovative strategic solutions across a broad spectrum of government and commercial domains. We rapidly identify Requirements, capture Resources, and maximize Readiness to accelerate our client’s success. Visit to learn more about our organization and some of the opportunities we enable in support of our nation’s veterans.

About the HIRE Vets Medallion Program: 

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is earned by businesses that demonstrate unparalleled commitment to attracting, hiring, and retaining veterans. The 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award application period will open to employers on Jan. 31, 2024. For more information about the program and the application process, visit