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Command Master Chief
Master Chief Donald C. Schrader III
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

Command Master Chief Schrader, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, enlisted in the United States Navy in October 1992.  He attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.  After recruit training, he attended Hospital Corpsman A-School, in which he later graduated with distinction.  Upon graduating A-School in May 1993, he continued his training at Field Medical Service School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  In July 1993, Master Chief Schrader reported to Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida as a general duty corpsman.

In April 1996, Master Chief Schrader graduated with honors as a Physical Therapy Technician, from the United States Army's Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S), Academy of Health Sciences (AHS) in San Antonio Texas.  Master Chief Schrader went on to serve as a Physical Therapy Technician at Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Naval Hospital Pensacola; Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station; Naval Air Station Pensacola; Naval Aero-technical Training Center, Pensacola; Makalapa, Branch Medical Clinic, Pearl Harbor; Branch Medical Clinic Kaneohe, and Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine.  While assigned to NAS Brunswick, he became a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and EMT instructor.

Master Chief Schrader’s other assignments include Leading Chief Petty Officer of the ship’s Military Medical Department aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63).  While assigned to the USS KITTY HAWK, Master Chief Schrader earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare and Aviation Warfare designations.  He served as Senior Enlisted Advisor for Navy Personnel Command’s, Transients, Patients, Prisoners, and Holdees section (PERS-4013).  He served as Senior Enlisted Advisor for multiple 3d Medical Battalion elements to include Senior Enlisted Advisor, Charlie Surgical Company; Senior Enlisted Advisor, Bravo Forward Surgical Company; and Senior Enlisted Advisor, Headquarters and Service Company.  In 2010, he was selected to serve as Command Master Chief of 3d Medical Battalion, 3d Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.  Later, his battalion was instrumental in supporting the Japanese government for OPERATION TOMODACHI following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011.

In February 2013, Master Chief Schrader was accepted to the Command Master Chief (CMDCM) program, earning the Navy Enlisted Classification “9580”, which is now Navy Occupational Specialty “8CMC”.  He subsequently reported as Command Master Chief to 3d Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.  In November 2013, he served as Senior Enlisted Leader to JOINT TASK FORCE 505, J-9, providing critical humanitarian and disaster response to Philippine island of Leyte, which sustained devastating effects from Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Master Chief Schrader served as Command Master Chief to Navy Munitions Command Pacific, CONUS West Division, aboard Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Seal Beach, California.  He “dual-hatted” as the base Command Master Chief for five months of this tour.  In February 2018, Command Master Chief Schrader was selected to serve as Command Master Chief to 1st Marine Division (Reinforced), I Marine Expeditionary Force, the Marine Corps’ largest and most highly decorated combat element.  In March 2020, he was selected to serve as Command Master Chief, Marine Forces Pacific, and assumed the position in October 2020.

Master Chief Schrader holds a Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security and Public Health Preparedness from Pennsylvania State University, pursuing his passion for disaster management and emergency preparedness.  Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, and an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy.  Master Chief Schrader also achieved certification from the Orange County Fire Authority and Irvine Police Department as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member.  CERT members are community leaders that provide support when events exceed the capabilities of police and fire response to disasters and emergencies.

His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  He was also awarded the Nippon Zenkokai Award by the government of Japan, for “life-saving and heroic deeds”.  Master Chief Schrader is a graduate of the National Defense University’s Keystone course (16-1), the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy’s Command Executive Leadership Seminar, the Naval War College’s Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 146), and the Command Master Chief course (13020).

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific