Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer (SW/FMF) Augustine Osazuwa is a native of Nigeria, Africa and migrated to the United States, Jul. 2003. He enlisted in the United States Navy, Apr. 26, 2004.
Upon completion of recruit training in Great Lakes, Ill., he attended Hospital Corpsman "A" School, graduating in Aug. 2004, reporting to his first duty station, Naval Medical Center Balboa in San Diego. During this tour he was advanced to petty officer third class and served as Leading Petty Officer (LPO) for the Corpsman Internship Program. As LPO, he was responsible for training 150 corpsman assigned to the medical and surgery department.
In Mar. 2007, he attended Field Medical Service School (FMSS), earning Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 8404 and reported for duty at Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton with the Battalion Aid Station for 9th Communications, 1st Radio Battalion and 1st Intelligence Battalion. During this tour, he attended to the daily care of more than 2,000 Marines and was primarily responsible to over 500 Marines attached to 1st Intelligence Battalion. Osazuwa was promoted to petty officer second class and earned his Fleet Marine Force (FMF) designation. Additionally, he forward deployed to Iraq in 2008 with 1st Intelligence Battalion and volunteered to serve as medical provider for more than 20 convoy operations in preparation for closing down Camp Fallujah.
Upon completion of his Fleet Marine Force tour in Dec. 2010, he reported to Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) School San Diego, where he was awarded NEC 8425, earning the distinction of Outstanding Student and was promoted to petty officer first class.
In Jan. 2011, he reported to Mine Countermeasure Ship Crew Conflict where he currently serves as Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman (SFIDC) and Senior Medical Department Representative (SMDR). In his capacity as the SFIDC/SMDR, he is the primary care provider for 85 Sailors, manages 10 ship-wide programs, and serves as the President of the First Class Petty Officer Association.
HM1 Osazuwa's personal decorations and military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5), Navy "E" Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (2), Iraq Campaign Ribbon, and numerous other service awards.