INDIAN HEAD, MD – Lt. Thomas Cowhey, a Platoon Leader with Expeditionary Exploitation Unit One (EXU-1) located at Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Maryland, received the Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman Leadership Award on Sept. 29. Kauffman organized the first U.S. Navy Demolition Teams in 1943 and is widely regarded as one of the forefathers of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). The annual award is presented to an EOD officer who serves in a platoon or company commander position.
Cowhey excelled as EXU-1 Platoon Five Commander and twice deployed as Commander, Task Group 75.9 (CTG 75.9). His actions allowed for the collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination of technical intelligence reports of conventional and improvised weapons systems, electronic components, documents/media and unmanned systems.
Source: Naval Sea Systems Command