Command Master Chief Hosea Smith was born in Lumberton, N. C. and began his naval career on 15 September 1987 at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. followed by completion of the Hospital Corpsman “A” School in the same city.
He reported to his first duty station at Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fla. where he was assigned as a General Duty corpsman and held a variety of assignments including Leading Petty Officer of Overseas Screening. During this tour he was advanced to Third Class Petty Officer. In October 1990, Smith reported to Field Medical Service School, Camp Johnson, N. C. After graduation, he reported to 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune and 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 he reported to Marine Corps Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Va. and served as the Field LPO. During this tour he was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class. In September 1996, Smith transferred to the Navy Personnel Command and served at the Health and Physical Readiness Department (PERS-6).
In September 1998, he was accepted to Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman School at San Diego, Cal. where he graduated with high distinction and meritoriously advanced to First Class Petty Officer.
In October 1999, Smith reported to USS O’Brien (DD-975), forward deployed in 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, Smith reported to Naval Special Warfare, Advanced Training Command at Little Creek, Va. During this tour Smith was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and also earned his Master Training Specialist designation.
In January 2006, Smith 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 Smith reported to Maritime Expeditionary Security Group 2 as the Senior ISIC Independent Duty Corpsman.
In June 2010, Smith reported as Command Master Chief of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan. During this tour Smith 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, Smith assumed the duty as Command Master Chief of Navy Medicine West and Naval Medical Center San Diego. 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.
Smith’s 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, as well as various campaign and unit awards.