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Command Master Chief

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Command Master Chief Ben Hodges joined the Navy from Nebraska in August 1999.  After completing Basic Training and HM “A” School in Great Lakes, IL he completed Field Medical Service School in Camp Pendleton, CA.

His previous Sea Duty assignments include: 3rd Medical Battalion, Okinawa; 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA; 1st Marine Division Surgeon’s Office Training Staff, Camp Pendleton, CA; 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA; 1st Marine Division G-1 Staff, Camp Pendleton, CA; NATO ROLE 3 MMU, Kandahar, Afghanistan; TASK FORCE MEDICAL SOUTH, Kandahar, Afghanistan; and USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75), Norfolk, VA.  

Shore Duty assignments include: VMFAT-101, MCAS Miramar, CA; Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN; and Field Medical Training Battalion-East, Camp Lejeune, NC.  

Previous Command Master Chief assignments include USS DEVASTATOR (MCM 6).  

He has completed Marine Corps Corporal’s Course, Sergeant’s Course, Navy Senior Enlisted Academy CLASS 165 (Blue), and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat CLASS 147.  

Master Chief Hodges’ personal qualifications and awards include the Enlisted Surface Warfare, Enlisted Aviation Warfare, and Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist; Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and various unit and campaign awards.