Patrick Smith

Veteran Advocate

Patrick served in the United States Navy from 2007 – 2012 as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman. After attending basic training and Hospital Corpsman “A” school at Naval Station Great Lakes, Patrick completed Field Medical Service School at Camp Pendleton, California.

Once finished with schools, Patrick was stationed at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, where he took the roll of Weapons Platoon Corpsman, Charley Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.

His Battalion deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where Patrick and his Marines provided security and assistance to the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, performing controlled detonations of IEDs and thousands of pounds of bomb making materials collected from throughout the Al Anbar Province.  

Upon returning to California, Patrick was made the Senior Company Corpsman for Charley Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, overseeing the medical readiness of all Marines and Sailors in the company. Patrick also took on a roll as a trainer to ensure that all Corpsman maintained a high standard of care in both clinical medicine and combat casualty care.

1st Battalion, 7th Marines embarked on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit out of Okinawa and took part in Operation Forest Light, a joint training operation with the Japanese Self Defense Force. During this time, Patrick provided classes in field medicine and care under fire to the medical personnel of the JSDF.

After again returning to Twentynine Palms, Patrick spent the remainder of his enlistment with Delta Company, 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion. In addition to proving care to the Marines of Delta Company, Patrick continued to train Corpsman base wide to perpetuate the success of the Navy and Marine Corps team.    

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