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EOD Expeditionary Support Unit Marks One-Year Milestone

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080619-03
Release Date: 6/19/2008 11:46:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Jen Smith, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit (EODESU) 2 celebrated its first anniversary June 17, during an informal cake-cutting ceremony at its headquarters at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va.

"In doing this, I wanted to mark the occasion for my people because they are the ones who make it happen on a daily basis," said Lt. Cmdr Timothy Bellott, EODESU's commanding officer. "It happens on a daily basis because they take their time, do the right thing, and figure out how to get the job done."

Capt. Frank Morneau, commodore for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2 recognized Bellott and his unit for their accomplishments during the past year.

"When you look back at what you guys did in the short amount of time we allowed you to do it, you stepped up to the plate and you did it," said Morneau. "We do have folks in harm's way. We have some of your folks in harm's way. My hat goes off to what Expeditionary Support Unit 2 has done."

Rear Adm. Sharon Redpath, commander of Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG), echoed Morneau's praise.

"I am so impressed with each and every one of you and what you do everyday here," said Redpath, "because you have led the way for how we're handling the ESU's across [Navy Expeditionary Combat Command]. It's your example we're holding up to everyone. I can't thank you enough for your hard work and determination."

The ESU was established as a "stay-behind unit" to manage an array of functions: Vehicle and boat maintenance, the armory, communications, requisitions inventory, financial, medical and supply requirements.

"Those functions would become a part of ESU so the mobile unit commanding officer can focus on operational requirements and the training to get ready to deploy," said Bellott. "He doesn't have to worry about a purchase card, financial reports or vehicle maintenance reports. Those responsibilities came to ESU."

ESU was born by combining several other commands. According to Bellott, the combination provides many benefits.

"We've decreased the man-hours needed to maintain this procurement, and by procuring at a larger scale, we can get a better deal, in general," he said. "We're using a single, common warehouse so we don't have as much duplication. By combining [coordinated shipboard allowance list], we don't have to keep as much on the shelf to meet the daily requirements, which is also a cost saving measure."

For more news from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/necc/.

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