Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer (SW/FMF) Eric Wayne Hurley hails from Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Union High School and in Aug. 1998, he joined the United States Navy and attended boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill. Following boot camp, he attended Hospital Corpsman “A” School at Great Lakes, Ill. and Field Medical Service School (FMSS) at Camp Johnson, N.C.
After graduating FMSS, Petty Officer Hurley volunteered for temporary duty with Operation Bull Dog in Quantico, Va., serving as field corpsman for Golf Company, Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS).
Upon successful completion of his tour at OCS, he was stationed with 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, serving as 2nd Platoon and Weapons Platoon Corpsman, where he was promoted to petty officer third class, serving as an integral part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
After completing his tour, he reported to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune and was assigned to Caron Clinic at Courthouse Bay. He provided medical support to Marine Corps Engineer School and was promoted to petty officer second class. In 2005, he was selected for Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman (SFIDC) School.
While awaiting orders in May 2005, he volunteered for and completed a Medical Augmentee tour with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, supporting combat operations in the Anbar Province of Iraq.
In 2006, Hurley transferred to the Naval School of Health Sciences and completed SFIDC School, graduating at the top of his class with honors and distinction and advanced to petty officer first class.
In A 2007, he reported to USS Juneau (LPD 10), completing a hull swap with USS Denver (LPD 9).
In Aug. 2010, he transferred to Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One. During his time with COMLCSRON ONE, he has served as Immediate Superior in Command, Medical Readiness Coordinator and volunteered to serve as interim SFIDC for USS Sampson (DDG 102) during Sea Fair 2011.
Petty Officer Hurley received his associate degree in Health Sciences, Jan. 2011, and completed his bachelor's degree in Health Sciences, Dec. 2011, from George Washington University. He is currently completing his Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management with Trident University International.
Petty Officer Hurley’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4); Good Conduct Medal (4); Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; and Flag Letter of Commendation, and various service and campaign awards.