Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Craig Hodges was born and raised in Iowa. He graduated from Norwalk High School in May 1988 and enlisted in the Navy February 1990. He attended basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Hodges attended HM “A” school and graduated in August 1990. Upon graduation, he reported to Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Virginia where he was the Senior Corpsman on the General Medicine Unit and EMT at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. In February 1992, he reported to Field Medical Service School. Upon graduation, he reported to 1st Light Armored Infantry Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton California. His platoon deployed with 2nd Battalion 9th Marines on the 15th MEU and participated in Operation Restore Hope. He was promoted to HM3 in January of 1993. Upon his return from the MEU, he was assigned to Headquarters and Service Company for the remainder of his tour and earned the Fleet Marine Force Ribbon. He then was transferred to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. During his tour, he was assigned to the administration department for his first year and then moved to the Recruit Sickcall Department and served as a “Company Corpsman” for Fox Company. During this tour he was advanced to HM2.
In 1998, Hodges transferred to 9th Communication Battalion, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group, Camp Pendleton California. While assigned, he was the Assistant LPO of Headquarters and Service Company. In 2001 Hodges was then transferred to Instructor Duty at Field Medical Service School. He was assigned as the S-4 SAT platoon Coordinator for his first year and then moved to the S-3 to be a Platoon Advisor. He was promoted to HM1 and earned his designation as a Master Training Specialist. He was then transferred to 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton California in 2004. During this tour he was deployed with the 13th MEU and embarked on a WESTPAC cruise that found all embarked troops sent into Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After 2 months in Iraq, the MEU was re-embarked on their ships and finished the cruise back to California. After returning from the MEU he finished his tour at 1st Maintenance Battalion as the Acting LCPO. In 2007 he was selected for Chief Petty Officer.
In January 2008, he reported to Naval Hospital Okinawa where he was assigned as the LCPO for Staff Education and Training for 18 Months. He was then fleeted up to be the Department Head of Staff Education and Training and subsequently promoted to Senior Chief in July of 2010. His remaining time was served as the Senior Enlisted Leader in the Directorate for Medical Services. In January 2011 he transferred to Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton California where he was assigned as the Regimental Senior Chief. In February 20012 he deployed with 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD) as the Command Master Chief for a one year tour of Duty in Afghanistan. After his return from deployment he was assigned as the Assistant Planner for the Health Service Support Element. In February 2014 he was transferred to Naval Hospital 29 Palms, California and he was the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Directorate for Administration. Hodges was promoted to his current rank in May of 2014. In October of that same year, he was transferred to the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, where he spent 3 years as the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Directorate for Fleet Medicine. In June of 2017 he was transferred to his current assignment as the Command Master Chief, 1st Dental Battalion/ Naval Dental Center Camp Pendleton, California.
Master Chief Hodges’s personal awards include Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.