VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) announced the recipients of the annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Leadership Awards on 28 August.
The Rear Adm. Drapper L. Kauffman Leadership Award winner is Lt. Thomas Cowhey, assigned to Expeditionary Exploitation Unit (EXU) 1. The award is named after Draper L. Kauffman, who was directed to establish a U.S. bomb disposal school at the Washington Navy Yard in 1941, due to his extensive bomb disposal experience in Europe and disarming the first intact bomb after the attack on Pearl Harbor. This school eventually became Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD), which was dedicated to him as the Draper Kauffman EOD training complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He served in leadership roles for 32 years (1941-1973), and is the plank owner of Navy EOD. The award is presented annually to one deserving EOD officer who serves in a platoon or company commander position.