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Capt. Vincent Martinez will assume command of the Naval Surface Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) during a formal ceremony June 26.

Martinez is from Syracuse, N.Y. After receiving his commission from Officer Candidate School in 1988, his initial training included Surface Warfare, Basic Diving and Salvage Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). He has since earned designations as a Surface Warfare Officer, Special Operations Officer, Master EOD Technician, Naval Parachutist and Acquisition Professional. He has a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.

Martinez’s previous tours include USS Bolster (ARS 38), Officer in Charge (OIC) EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 Detachment (DET) 1, MK 4 & MK 7 Marine Mammal Systems Officer, and OIC EODMU 3 DET North Island. During this time frame, he deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia, and the Republic of Korea. Additionally, he was responsible for waterside explosive security, following the Oklahoma City bombing for the 1996 Republican National Convention.

In 1997, he reported to Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division with additional duty to Program Executive Office for Mine Warfare as the EOD Underwater Program Manager. In August of 2000, he reported to Commander, Fleet Forces Command (N8) Directorate as the EOD, Diving and Mine Warfare Requirements Officer. Martinez served as the Executive Officer of EODMU 6 located in Charleston, S.C. In February 2003, he deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom with I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). From June 2004 to February 2007, he was the Commanding Officer (CO), EODMU 5, located in Guam.

He served as the Deputy Director of Technology and Requirements for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), from 2007-2008, and deployed to Afghanistan as Deputy Commander Joint Task Force (JTF) PALADIN 2008-2009.

In June 2009, Martinez commanded TASK FORCE 56 in Bahrain until July 2011. Following his major command tour, he attended the National War College. Most recently, from July 2012-April 2014, Martinez served as the Deputy Director, Navy Staff, Pentagon Washington, D.C.

NSWC IHEODTD - a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and part of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Enterprise - is a leader in ordnance, energetics, and EOD solutions. The Division is located in Indian Head, Md. and has active duty personnel, civilian scientists, engineers and support personnel across the United States. The NSWC IHEODTD team focuses on energetics and ordnance research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit, and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.