A native of Gallup New Mexico, Master Chief Padilla began his Naval service in December 1998. After completing basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL he attended Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes and Field Medical Service School in Camp Pendleton, CA.
He reported to Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA for his first tour of duty. His shore tours include Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA; instructor duty at Field Medical Service School, Camp Pendleton, CA; a second tour at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA and he is currently assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington DC.
His sea duty assignments include: Alpha Company, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group Camp Pendleton, CA; Headquarters Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group Camp Pendleton, CA; 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division Camp Pendleton CA; Regimental Headquarters, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division Camp Pendleton CA; and Regimental Headquarters, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division Camp Pendleton CA.
Master Chief Padilla is an Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist, Naval Parachutist, and a Master Training Specialist. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 171 (Grey).
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal with four gold stars and various unit and service awards.
He and his wife Jessica, originally from Gallup, NM, have two children.