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R3 Welcomes Tim Mendenhall

MCPO (Ret.) Tim Mendenhall (in uniform) with (left to right) R3’s Ken Martin, Ken Normand, Rex Rousseau, and Dean Muriano at Tim’s retirement ceremony

Tim Mendenhall brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the R3 team, having served in the United States Navy for over 33 years as a Master EOD Technician and Master Blaster of the Navy. His extensive background spans various functional areas within the special operations EOD community.

Tim’s journey in the Navy began after completing Boot Camp and Storekeeper “A” School, where he was initially stationed at Naval Communications Station in Exmouth, Australia. Subsequently, he served aboard the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) in San Diego, California, before transitioning to EOD training in Panama City, Florida, in 1994. After graduating from EOD school, he joined his first EOD Operational unit, EOD Mobile Unit Five in Agana, Guam.

Tim’s Navy career encompassed multiple assignments, including tours at EODMU Six in Charleston, South Carolina, and EOD Group Two in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He participated in critical deployments supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF), including a significant deployment with the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Paladin in Bagram, Afghanistan.

In the realm of training and education, Tim served as an instructor at EOD school, a program manager at the Center for EOD and Diving (CEODD) in Panama City, Florida, and as the Officer in Charge of the Preconditioning and Assessment Course in Great Lakes, Illinois.

During his final tour of duty, Tim was stationed at the Bureau of Personnel in Millington, Tennessee, where he held the position of EOD Enlisted Community Manager. In this role, he provided comprehensive community management for the entire Navy enlisted EOD community, overseeing accessions, advancements, promotions, incentives, and separations. He played a pivotal role in shaping and optimizing Navy EOD through policy and doctrine development.

We are excited to welcome Tim to R3! He will be joining our Northwest Florida team, leveraging his extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects surrounding the EOD rating to directly shape future EOD training as part of the Navy’s Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) process. Tim’s character, demeanor, knowledge, and experience make him an ideal fit for RRL development and the R3 team.

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.

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.