CMDCM (SW/AW/FMF) Lamar Bethel
Command Master Chief
Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command Yokosuka

Born in Belleville, New Jersey and raised in Danville, Virginia, Master Chief Bethel graduated from George Washington High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy in Jun 1991 and reported to recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois.

Master Chief Bethel completed Hospital Corpsman ‘A’ school and reported to his first assignment at Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Virginia, where he served as Anesthesia Technician. His subsequent sea, and overseas duty assignments include: Plankowner of John C. Stennis (CVN-74) as General Duty Corpsman; Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan as Division LPO; 2ND Medical Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as Company LCPO; USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN-77) as Department LCPO; Naval Branch Health Clinic Bahrain as Senior Enlisted Leader, and Naval Beach Unit SEVEN (NBU-7) as Command Master Chief.

His shore duty assignment include: BHC Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia as Basic X-ray Technician; Naval School of Health Sciences, Portsmouth, Virginia attending Advanced X-ray “C” School; Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia as Radiology Leading Petty Officer; Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan as Radiology Leading Petty Officer; Deployed for a six-month tour of duty in Kuwait with Expeditionary Medical Facility Dallas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was selected to the rank of Chief Petty Officer; Navy Medicine Training Support Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas as Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program Leading Chief Petty Officer, and was promoted to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer; USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN-77) as Medical Department Leading Chief Petty Officer; Deployed for 10-months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, and Active Endeavor, and was selected for Master Chief while onboard. In January 2016, he was selected for the Command Master Chief Program.

In January 2021, Master Chief Bethel reported to his present assignment as the Command Master Chief at U.S. Naval Hospital (NMRTC) Yokosuka, Japan. Master Chief Bethel’s personal awards include; the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (7 awards), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (2 awards). He is qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Fleet Marine Force Specialist, and Master Training Specialist. Master Chief Bethel holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. He is a graduate of the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 124 Blue) and the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 18090).
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