Master Chief Silva, a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1998 from Canoga Park, CA. Upon graduation from Recruit Training Command, he reported to Hospital Corpsman “A” School in Great Lakes, IL and graduated as the valedictorian for class 98240. Upon graduation, he reported to Field Medical Service School Camp Pendleton, CA where he earned his 8404 Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) code and graduated as the class Honor Graduate.
In April 1999, Hospitalman Recruit Silva reported for duty with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division aboard Camp Pendleton, CA. While assigned to Charlie Company he served as the Platoon Corpsman for 2nd platoon deploying with the 15TH MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT (MEU) to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC). He later became the Preventive Medicine Representative in the Battalion Aid Station and completed a second WESTPAC deployment with the 13TH MEU.
In November 2002, Petty Officer Second Class Silva reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. Where he served as the Command Chief Master-at-Arms, and later, as the Directorate Leading Petty Officer for Nursing Services.
In November 2005, Petty Officer First Class Silva reported to the Basic Instructor Training Course in Great Lakes, IL and upon graduation reported to Recruit Division Commander (RDC) School at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL. After successfully graduating, he served as an RDC for six recruit divisions, earned his Master Training Specialist qualification, became an RTC Fleet Quality Assurance Inspector, and was selected as the 2007 RDC of the Year.
After a successful tour at RTC Great Lakes, Chief Silva reported for duty with 3d Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division aboard Camp Lejeune, NC in May 2009. While assigned as the Battalion Medical Chief, Chief Silva deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan from January to August 2010 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Upon return from the combat deployment, Chief Silva was selected as the 2010 Commanding General’s Navy Senior Enlisted Leader of the Year and was assigned as the Division Navy Manpower and Personnel Chief and Senior Enlisted Leader for the Division Surgeon’s Office.
In January 2013, Senior Chief Silva reported to Naval Branch Health Clinic Portsmouth, NH where he served as the clinic’s Senior Enlisted Leader. Upon transfer, Senior Chief Silva reported to the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 193, and graduated with honors.
In March 2016, Senior Chief Silva reported to 2d Medical Battalion, 2d Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune, NC and was assigned as the Senior Enlisted Leader for Headquarters and Service Company. During this tour he was selected as the Navy Senior Enlisted Leader for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit where he deployed to FIFTH and SIXTH FLEET in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE, and to Haiti and Puerto Rico in support of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations following Hurricanes Matthew and Maria. Upon his return from the 24TH MEU he was assigned as the Navy Senior Enlisted Leader for Combat Logistics Regiment 25.
In October of 2018, Master Chief Silva reported to his current assignment as the Command Master Chief for Field Medical Training Battalion East, Camp Lejeune, NC.
Master Chief Silva is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.
His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards), and various unit awards.