2011 Sailor of the Year Finalist
HM1(SW/FMF) Mat W. Pagan
Petty Officer Pagan is a native of Del Rio, TX. He graduated from Uvalde High School in 2000 with three years of Naval Science from the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Command. After high school, HM1 attended the University of Texas San Antonio and received the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic license in June 2000.

Petty Officer Pagan enlisted in the Navy in June 2000 and graduated Navy Basic Training at RTC Great Lakes in August 2000. After graduating Hospital Corpsman “A” School and Field Medical Service School, he was sent to his first duty station 3rd Force Service Support Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. Serving in the Acute Care Area, he became the Leading Petty Officer as a HN. He was also the Supply Petty Officer for Charlie Company and worked with Okinawa Fire Department personnel while assigned as an Emergency Medical Technician to the Camp Schwab Fire Department.

HM1 Pagan transferred to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force – 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion in March of 2001. He attained the rank of HM3 and served as the Senior Line Company Corpsman of Alpha Company, 2nd CEB while deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM attached to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines TASK FORCE TARAWA which participated in the initial assault in January 2003. Upon his return, he was assigned as the Senior Line Company Corpsman of Charlie Company, 2nd CEB and deployed again in August of 2004 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and participated in Operation PHANTOM FURY in Fallujah, Iraq.

In October of 2005, Petty Officer Pagan transferred to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines of the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. He attained the rank of HM2 and served as Senior Line Company Corpsman of Headquarters & Service Company as well as Sick Call Supervisor. In February of 2006, he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM to Ramadi, Iraq. He became a liaison of all coalition combat casualties, as well as the Mortuary Affairs Officer of the Army’s First Brigade Combat Team, providing “Angel Flights” for all fallen U. S. personnel within the Area of Operations.

Transferring to Naval Medical Center San Diego in July 2007, he was assigned as the Leading Petty Officer of Same Day Surgery / Post – Anesthesia Care Unit. In April of 2008, he was sent on an Individual Augmentation assignment to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines of the 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force for a Western Pacific Deployment as part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). He served as the Sick Call Supervisor, Range Safety Officer and Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor. In November of 2008, he returned back to Naval Medical Center San Diego as the Assistant Leading Petty Officer of the General Surgery Clinic.

Petty Officer Pagan detached and attended Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman school in November 2009 and graduated with Honors in November of 2010 as a First Class Petty Officer. HM1 Pagan is currently assigned to the USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) as the Senior Medical Department Representative / Medical Officer. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards total, 1 with Combat Valor device), the Combat Action Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal (3 awards), the Fleet Marine Force ribbon, the Iraq Campaign Medal with EGA and various unit and service awards.
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