Two Sailors from Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) were awarded the Bronze Star Medal, for meritorious service in support of Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, during an award presentation held onboard Eglin Air Force Base Sept. 11.
During the command’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Memorial next to the Kauffman EOD Training Complex, NAVSCOLEOD’s Executive Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Garrett Pankow presented the medals to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Skyler Gronert and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Brian Oberley.
For Oberley, the occasion was also a recognition of a family legacy. His father, retired Master Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Patrick Oberley, attended the ceremony and is also a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, where he was involved in extensive mine countermeasures operations in the northern Arabian Gulf.