Lieutenant Commander Clayton was commissioned in the Medical Service Corps as an Industrial Hygiene Officer via the Navy's Health Services Collegiate Program after earning his Masters of Science of Public Health Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003.
His assignment as an Industrial Hygiene Officer was Naval Branch Health Clinic - Mayport, Florida from 2003 - 2005. While stationed at NBHC Mayport, he completed a nine month deployment to Guantanamo Bay Cuba in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. His was assigned aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) from 2005 - 2007 as the Assistant Safety Officer and Division Officer for the Safety Department. While aboard KENNEDY he qualified as Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer and was a member of the decommissioning crew. His next assignment was at Naval Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit 2 in Norfolk, Virginia from 2007-2010. During this tour, he served as Head of Fleet/Fleet Marine Force Service Department. He provided direct support to over 36 surface ships and commands in Djibuti, Africa and Cairo, Egypt. He received assignment as Director of Occupational Health, Environmental and Safety Services for 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force Okinawa, Japan from 2010 2013. While in Okinawa, Japan Lieutenant Commander Clayton served as Assistant Chief of Staff and served as the Program Manager for the 3d MLG Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer program. Lieutenant Commander Clayton reported aboard Health Services, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps in August of 2013 where he currently serves as Homeland Defense Coordinator.
Lieutenant Commander Clayton’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Ribbon, Navy Expert Rifleman and Navy Expert Pistol Ribbon.