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EODMU 11 Moves to Southern California

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110721-12

By Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (NNS) -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EODMU) 11 changed homeports from Whidbey Island, Wash., to Naval Outlying Field (NOLF) Imperial Beach, Calif., June 24.

With the new facilities, members of EODMU 11 said growing pains were inevitable.

"Once the [executive officer] showed me the gravity of what needed to be done, doing it ourselves just wasn't going to work," said Senior Chief Hull Technician Daniel Curley, EODMU 11's Maintenance and Material Management chief and supply department head.

The new facility provides EODMU 11 with training spaces, workout facilities and administrative offices all centrally located in one building.

"Taking an aircraft hangar and configuring it to the needs of our guys has really been a challenge," said Curley

The change in location not only means a new facility, but also provides EODMU 11 Sailors with more opportunities to spend time with their families. At Whidbey Island, Sailors would spend a large part of their time traveling to and from training evolutions because of the distance between facilities.

"It's good for the unit because they would be gone from their families for three or four months up in Whidbey and never have any family time. Down here in San Diego they have more family time. They can do their training and still focus on the family before their deployments," explained Yeoman 1st Class Cheryl Anderson.

The new facility offers a better overall training environment for EODMU 11 because of the buildings layout.

"In the future, I think this mobile unit will stand out. Now we have the airfields so that we can do air operations right here. We can go out and do improvised explosive device drills and things of that nature. We don't have to go elsewhere to train like some of the other mobile units do," said Lt. j.g. Steve Craney, officer-in-charge of Platoon 1101 at EODMU 11.

"A lot of the other mobile units come down and say, 'Wow, you have a ton of space down here,'" added Craney.

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