Bethesda native serves at Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal

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By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Catherine Bland, Navy Office of Community Outreach

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.- Ensign Peter Cashmere, a native of Bethesda, Maryland, serves the U.S. Navy assigned to Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patrick Elkins,
Navy Office of Community Outreach

Cashmere graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 2018.


The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Bethesda.


“I learned growing up to find the time to enjoy the work and people no matter the task,” said Cashmere.


Cashmere joined the Navy one year ago.


“I joined the Navy because my father served in the Navy,” said Cashmere.


Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal provides high-risk specialized explosive ordnance disposal training to U.S. and partner nation military and selected U.S. government personnel. The school trains approximately 2,200 students annually and prepares them morally, mentally and physically to succeed across the full range of military operations.


“Having a cadre of students who are eager to learn and extremely hardworking, ensures the future of our Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal community,” said Capt. Steven Beall, commanding officer, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal.


Serving in the Navy means Cashmere is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.


“The Navy is important to national defense because we provide freedom of navigation,” said Cashmere.


With 90% of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to trained sailors and a strong Navy.


Cashmere has many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during military service.


As Cashmere and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the U.S. Navy.


“I am most proud of being part of a collaborative effort for good daily,” said Cashmere. “I like what I do and I like working with people who are very motivated for a goal that I believe is implicitly good.”


Cashmere is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.


“I would like to thank my parents for being examples of life and service,” added Cashmere.

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