Command Master Chief (May 2009 - September 2011)
Master Chief Sprague enlisted in the Navy under the delayed entry program October 1984. He attended Recruit Training at Great Lakes, Illinois February 1985 with immediate follow on orders to Hospital Corps “A” School in San Diego, California.
Master Chief Sprague’s first tour was Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida. During this tour he requested and was selected to attend Preventive Medicine School, Naval School of Health Sciences, Oakland, California.
Graduating Preventive Medicine School, Master Chief Sprague then reported to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After completing his tour, he transferred to Camp Johnson, North Carolina to attend Field Medical Service School, for Fleet Marine Force indoctrination, combat survival skills, and combat injuries treatment techniques.
Subsequent orders to 2D Marine Division, 2d Battalion 4th Marines, Master Chief Sprague was attached to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Battalion Landing Team 2/4 and deployed aboard the USS INCHON (LPH -12) for a Mediterranean deployment. Upon return from deployment, Master Chief Sprague was then redeployed to South Florida for Hurricane Andrew relief.
Completing his tour with 2d Marine Division, Master Chief Sprague accepted orders to Naval Branch Medical Clinic Fallon, Nevada. Upon completion of this tour, he chose orders to Branch Medical Clinic, Fleet Activities Chinhae, Korea. Master Chief Sprague was selected for promotion to and initiated a Chief Petty Officer during this tour.
Following his overseas tour, Master Chief Sprague was assigned as Division Officer, Preventive Medicine Directorate, Naval Health Care New England. His responsibilities included oversight of five satellite Preventive Medicine sections across New England and New York.
After his tour in New England, Master Chief Sprague reported to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). During this tour, he completed two major deployments in support of OIF and many short training and flight deck certification deployments. While on USS ENTERPRISE, Master Chief Sprague was promoted to Senior Chief.
Master Chief Sprague then reported to 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, North Carolina. During this tour he was promoted to Master Chief. He was immediately deployed to Iraq as the Wing Medical Plans Officer in support of OIF. Following a brief return to Cherry Point, Master Chief Sprague again deployed to Iraq for a one year tour as the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Command Master Chief Forward.
Master Chief Sprague transferred to Naval Health Clinics Hawaii, Pearl Harbor following his tour with 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. He applied to and was selected for the Command Master Chief program and chose orders to his current command, USS RUSSELL DDG-59. Master Chief Sprague reported aboard May 2009.
Master Chief Sprague is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Leadership School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree. His personal awards include: Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and numerous unit awards and campaign medals.