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R3 Sponsors Annual EOD Auction

Vintage Dupont Blasting Machine, donated by R3’s Ken Normand, raised $5,700 to benefit the EOD Warrior Foundation

R3 Strategic Support Group is proud to have sponsored the 2023 Annual EOD Auction, held on Friday, May 5, 2023, at the Destin Fort Walton Beach Convention Center in Florida. As an agile, Employee-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, R3 is committed to supporting organizations and causes that make a positive impact on people’s lives.

The auction was a resounding success, raising over $90,000 for the EOD Warrior Foundation. Ken Normand, an R3 Program Manager, also made a personal contribution to the auction by donating a vintage Dupont Blasting Machine, which raised an impressive $5,700. R3 was thrilled to learn that his contribution made a significant impact on the overall success of the auction and will benefit EOD warriors and their families.

The EOD Warrior Foundation provides critical assistance and support to EOD warriors and their families, helping them cope with the physical, emotional, and psychological challenges of their work. R3 is honored to have been a part of this important event and is committed to continuing its support for the EOD Warrior Foundation and other organizations like it.

At R3, we believe that our success is measured not only by our bottom line but also by the impact we have on our communities and the world around us. That’s why we remain dedicated to supporting causes that make a difference and helping those who need it most.

R3 Attends Mt. Soledad’s 2nd Annual Women’s History Brunch

             Event program

La Jolla, CA – The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial recently hosted its 2nd Annual Women’s History Brunch, honoring over 140 servicewomen spanning 80+ years of service. Thanks to the generous table sponsorship from R3 Strategic Support Group, the event was a tremendous success, and the women in military service received the recognition they so richly deserve.


(Left to right) Diana Castillo, Jessica Henry, and Nilia Carreno representing R3 at the Women’s Veteran brunch



Diana Castillo, Jessica Henry, and Nilia Carreno from R3 were in attendance and showed their appreciation for the service of those being honored. The event was held on March 23, 2023, at the Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, CA.

The Guest of Honor for the 2nd Annual Women’s History Brunch was WWII Marine Corps Veteran Randy Tidmore. Randy, who recently turned 101 years old, was presented with a Veteran Honor Plaque in recognition of her remarkable service to her country.

    R3 Table Sponsorship
Group photo courtesy Jennifer Givens, Membership Program Manager

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is a United States National Memorial, and it is not federally funded. It is maintained by the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association Inc., supported solely through Memberships, Donations, and Plaque sales. The 2nd Annual Women’s History Brunch was a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by servicewomen throughout history, and the importance of supporting organizations like the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

R3 welcomes Bob Baughman

We are excited to have Bob Baughman join the R3 team.  Bob recently retired from the United States Navy after 32 years of service as a Special Operations Officer and Master EOD Technician.  He has a diverse background in numerous functional areas including EOD, Mine Countermeasures and Mining, Diving and Salvage, Warfare Requirements, and Doctrine Development.  Bob began his Navy career in 1990 after graduating from the University of Maryland in College Park and obtaining a Commission through Officers Candidate School in Newport Rhode Island.

Bob has spent the majority of his tours in operational billets and has held leadership positions at every level to include Commanding Officer of EOD Mobile Unit FIVE, EOD Group ONE, and Task Force 75; Deputy Commander of NSW Group ONE and Deputy Commander of Combined Joint Task Force Troy in Iraq.  He has also completed numerous staff tours including Commander THIRD Fleet, Commander FIFTH Fleet, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, and Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center.

Bob was also the first EOD recipient of the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership and will be supporting the Navy EOD Leadership Continuum program as a co-facilitator.  Additionally, he will also provide the Navy EOD Group ONE Requirements department with a range of JCIDS support to help validate joint and expeditionary warfighting requirements.