A native of Lumberton, N. C., Force Master Chief Hosea Smith began his naval career on 15 September 1987 at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. followed by completion of the Hospital Corpsman “A” School.
He reported to his first duty station at Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL where he was assigned as a General Duty Hospital Corpsman and held a variety of assignments, to include Leading Petty Officer of Overseas Screening. During this tour, he was advanced to Third Class Petty Officer. In October 1990, Master Chief Smith reported to Field Medical Service School, Camp Johnson, NC. After graduation, he reported to 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment where he deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. He was later assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment where he again deployed to the Persian Gulf onboard the USS Nashville (LPD 13) as part of the Battalion Landing Team.
In February 1993, Master Chief Smith reported to Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, Quantico, VA and served as the Field Leading Petty Officer. He then transferred in September 1996, to Navy Personnel Command and served at the Health and Physical Readiness Department (PERS-6). In September 1998, Master Chief Smith was accepted to Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman School in San Diego, CA where he graduated with high distinction and was meritoriously advanced to Petty Officer First Class. In October 1999, Master Chief Smith reported to USS O’Brien (DD-975), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. During this tour, the ship participated in numerous exercises and deployed to the Persian Gulf where the USS O’Brien earned the distinction “First to Fire”, launching tomahawk missiles to start Operation Enduring Freedom.
In January 2003, Master Chief Smith reported to Naval Special Warfare, Advanced Training Command at Little Creek, VA. During this tour he earned his Master Training Specialist designation. In January 2006, he reported to PRE-Commissioning Unit, Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron Four (later renamed Maritime Expeditionary Security Four) as the Senior Medical Department Representative. In addition to his medical duties, he volunteered to serve in the gapped Command Senior Chief billet and led MAREXSECRON FOUR on its initial CENTCOM deployment. In January 2009, he transferred to Maritime Expeditionary Security Group 2 as the Senior ISIC Independent Duty Corpsman. In June 2010, Master Chief Smith reported as the Command Master Chief of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan.
During this tour he successfully coordinated the landmark 650 million dollar hospital relocation project in which the seamless move to a state of the art facility provided support to over 55,000 operational forces and their family members.
In July 2013, Master Chief Smith assumed the duties simultaneously as Regional Command Master Chief of Navy Medicine West and Command Master Chief of Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA. In March 2015, he turned over responsibilities of Naval Medical Center San Diego and is now solely responsible
for Navy Medicine West as the Regional Command Master Chief. Master Chief Smith is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 136 and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course in
Newport, RI. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Touro University International. Master Chief Smith’s personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (Two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Seven awards), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and various campaign and unit awards.