Navy fires Guam EOD command master chief

A sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 conducts helicopter rope suspension technique training at Naval Base Guam in September 2017. (Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)

The Navy Times is reporting that the command master chief of the Guam-based Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 was fired in May.

An article posted on reports that Master Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposalman Michael Knudsen was relieved on May 21.

His dismissal was not announced by the Navy.

Knudsen was fired about a month before the release of a DoD Inspector General report critical of the failure of DoD personnel on Guam to “manage” the clearance of unexploded WW II ordnance.

The IG report concluded that DoD personnel assigned to Joint Region Marianas “did not properly plan and manage” the ‘Munitions and Explosives of Concern’ program.

According to the Navy Times article, a reader alerted Navy Times to Knudsen’s departure.