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EODMU 8 Holds Change of Command

April 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM UTC

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack, EODMU 8 Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain - Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8, the “Thunderstealers”, held a change of command ceremony and building dedication, April 24, aboard Naval Station Rota, Spain.

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack, EODMU 8 Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain - Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8, the “Thunderstealers”, held a change of command ceremony and building dedication, April 24, aboard Naval Station Rota, Spain.

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NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain (April 24, 2014) - Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Zachary Radcliff presents two signs in the simulated urban terrain compound, Hogan’s Alley, during a dedication ceremony in honor of two Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 Sailors who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The dedication ceremony was part of EODMU 8’s change of command ceremony in which Cmdr. Oliver R. Herion relieved Cmdr. Bradley J. Andros as commanding officer of EODMU 8. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack) Join the conversation onTwitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Oliver R. Herion relieved Cmdr. Bradley J. Andros as commanding officer.

“I was humbled to lead the Thunderstealers when I first took command and that humility grew day by day,” said Andros. “And I stand here before you, today, still humble.”

Andros went on to thank his family for keeping him grounded, remarked on Herion’s great deal of experience and prowess as a leader and asked EODMU 8 to “give him everything you gave me.”

Herion spoke briefly about taking the helm as the mobile unit’s commander and thanked Andros on multiple counts.

“Brad [Andros], thank you for an excellent turnover,” said Herion. “Everything I have seen over the past few weeks has been even better than you described. Thanks for your mentorship across our force while previously serving as our community manager and detailer. During that tour you watered a lot of acorns that are growing into solid oaks today, and I am at this career milestone in large part because of actions you personally took on my behalf several years ago. Navy EOD is a stronger combat force today thanks to your service in Millington, and operational leadership here in Rota.”

A building dedication was also part of the ceremony.

A group of Sailors also unveiled two large signs in honor of two EODMU 8 Sailors who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan: Engineman 2nd Class Edward Koth and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Tony Randolph. The dismounted operation training area at Naval Station Rota, located in the simulated urban terrain compound known as Hogan’s Alley, was dedicated to Randolph while the urban training complex in Hogan’s Alley was dedicated to Koth.

EODMU 8 provides operational explosive ordnance disposal capability as required for the location, identification, rendering safe, recovery, field evaluation and disposal of all explosive ordnance, including chemical and nuclear weapons.

Homeported in Rota, EODMU 8 supports maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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140424-N-BS486-1551 NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain (April 24, 2014) - Cmdr. Oliver R. Herion relieves Cmdr. Bradley J. Andros as commanding officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 in the simulated urban terrain compound, Hogan’s Alley. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

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140424-N-BS486-1531 NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain (April 24, 2014) - Cmdr. Bradley J. Andros thanks Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 Sailors during an EODMU 8 change of command ceremony in the simulated urban terrain compound, Hogan’s Alley. Cmdr. Oliver R. Herion relieved Cmdr. Bradley J. Andros as commanding officer of EODMU 8. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+