Master Chief Charles A. Padilla was born in Gallup, New Mexico and enlisted in the delayed entry program in December 1998 and attended Recruit Training in Great Lakes. After Recruit Training he attended Naval Hospital Corps School. Upon completion he reported for instruction at Field Medical Service School, Camp Pendleton, CA. After the completion of his training he was assigned to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Staff Sick Call as a General duty HM. He was then transferred to 1st Force Service Support Group, 1st Medical Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA in 2001. While assigned to 1st Medical Battalion in 2003 he deployed with Alpha Surgical Company to Operation Iraqi Freedom I where he served as Medical Regulating Petty Officer. Upon returned he was transferred to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Service Support Group and re-deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II as the Commanding Generals Personal Security Detachment Hospital Corpsman. In December of 2005 he reported for instructor duty at Field Medical Service School, Camp Pendleton, CA. While there he served as a Team Leader, Platoon Advisor, Leading Petty Officer of the Academics Section and the Command Curriculum Developer and was selected to Chief Petty Officer in 2009. He then transferred to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA in 2010 and deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom 10.2, Sangin, Afghanistan where he served as Senior Medical Department Representative. Upon return from deployment in 2011 he was then assigned as Senior Enlisted Leader, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division and was selected to Senior Chief in 2012. In February 2013 Senior Chief Padilla reported to Naval Medical Center San Diego as Senior Enlisted Leader, Directorate for Medical Services. In March 2013 he was appointed by the Navy Surgeon General as the Field Medical Service Technician (NEC 8404) Enlisted Technical Leader and was selected to Master Chief in 2015. In March 2016 Master Chief Padilla reported to Health Services, Headquarters Marine Corps as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to The Medical Officer of the Marine Corps.
Master Chief‘s Padilla’s is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 171 (Grey). His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with one star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with four stars, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Military Outstanding Service Medal and many service and campaign awards.