Civilian Recognized by EOD Community with Navy’s Highest Honors

Indian Head, Md. – Christopher Cherry, a civilian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) professional, was recognized with one of the Navy’s highest honors: the Department of the Navy (DON) Distinguished Public Service Award, at the EOD Technology and Training Program Board at Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, September 11.

Cherry was presented the award by Rear Adm. Eric H. Ver Hage, EOD Executive Manager, and Brig. Gen. Heidi J. Hoyle, Commanding General of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, both of whom serve as co-chairs of the EOD Program Board.

“Mr. Cherry’s entire career has been dedicated to providing our warfighters the tools necessary to identify and exploit improvised explosive devices they encounter in the field,” Ver Hage said. “It is my distinct pleasure and privilege to present him with this award on behalf of the countless number of EOD personnel he ensured were brought home safely.”

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Source: Naval Sea Systems Command