VIRGINIA BEACH (NNS) – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday and Master Chief of the Navy (MCPON) Russ Smith toured the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) Two Strike facility at Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek, Va., April 14, to learn how Navy EOD is focused on providing a holistic approach to training and maintaining long-term health for Navy EOD operators and divers.
Capt. Charles Eckhart, commodore of EODGRU 2, briefed Gilday and Smith on the EOD STRIKE program, which is focused on ensuring operators and divers stay healthier throughout their career.
“STRIKE is a readiness program aimed to advance and protect Navy EOD force health and wellness by reducing the risk of non-combat injuries,” said Eckhart. “The program will build a more capable and resilient EOD force.”