Captain Spencer T. Schoen, a native of Ramapo, NY, received his bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1992, a master of public health in health services management and policy with specialization in emergency medical services from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, in 1995, a master of arts in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 2008, and a masters in military studies from the Marine Corps University College of Command and Staff in 2008. He received a direct commission as a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) and attended Officer Indoctrination School at Naval Education and Training Center in Newport, RI, in April – May 1998.
His first assignment, beginning May 1998, was to Naval Dental Center Southwest in San Diego, CA, where he served as the department head for operating management and command legal officer. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February 2000 and in October 2000, transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy, as a Plans, Operations and Medical Intelligence (POMI) Officer where he served as head of the contingency
department and command emergency manager.
In July 2003, Lieutenant Schoen was selected for the Medical Service Corps Director’s Training program and reported to the Naval Medical Education and Training Command in Bethesda, MD, in a duty under instruction status where he completed a one-year fellowship with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Section in Washington, DC. During this tour he was credentialed as a Certified Emergency Manager®.
In June 2004, he reported to the Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security as the head of consequence management coordination where he was the Navy’s NDMS Federal Coordinating Center Program Director; the Navy action officer for an interagency/multi-jurisdictional initiative on the Strategic National Stockpile in the national capital region, and the installation emergency management officer for Navy Medicine Headquarters. Additionally, he worked closely with local, state and federal civilian and military partners on coordinating emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities for Navy Medicine assets. During this tour he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in November 2006.
In July 2008, he was assigned to 3d Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan, as the POMI officer. In this position, he served as the Deputy Division Surgeon, medical planner, and Navy personnel officer. He deployed in support of multiple joint and combined exercises and humanitarian assistance / disaster response operations.
In August 2010, Lieutenant Commander Schoen transferred to Headquarters, Marine Corps. First, to Plans, Policies, & Operations Division as the Health Services Support Officer, where he managed the Blue in Support of Green program within the Current Operations Section and was promoted to Commander in September 2011; then in 2013 he transferred to Combat Development and Integration Division as the head of the Navy Support Branch and Health Services Integrator for the Marine Corps.
In June 2016, Commander Schoen assumed command of Field Medical Training Battalion – West on board Camp Pendleton, CA. He was promoted to Captain in July 2017.
In July, 2018, Captain Schoen assumed his current duties as Commanding Officer of 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group on board Camp Pendleton, CA.
Captain Schoen’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two), Navy Commendation Medal (three) and Navy Achievement Medal (two). He is qualified Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer.
He is married to the former Cherylene Ilkhan of Woodside, NY. They have a daughter, Kaleigh Ariel, and son, Matthew Evan.