HMC (SEL) DeGraff is a native of Queens, New York, & son of Jules and Jacinta Flores-DeGraff. He graduated Holy Cross High School in 1999 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June of 2000. He attended basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina followed by Field Radio Operator’s Course and AN-TC High Frequency Central Communication Control Operator Course in 29 Palms, California where he was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal. He reported to 6th Communications battalion Floyd Bennet Field, Brooklyn, NY.
HMC (SEL) DeGraff enlisted in the Navy June of 2002. He attended Hospital Corpsman “A” school, then Field Medical Service School in Camp Johnson, Jacksonville, NC. He was assigned to the USMC School of Infantry, Branch Medical Clinic Camp Geiger, NC from Mar 2003 to Mar 2005 where he served as Leading Petty Officer for Echo Company Marine Combat Training Battalion and the first Gold Div. Field Section Leader. In March 2005, he reported to Second Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point NC where he served as Marine Aircraft Group 14’s sick call Leading Petty Officer. He volunteered to deploy to Al Asad Air Base and Al Taqaddum Iraq, Marine wing Headquarters Squadron-2 FWD as HMM-268 FWD CASEVAC Corpsman (Jan 2006 – Jul 2006) and Tactical Air Command Center Medical liaison to the 2D MAW Battle Captain and the Direct Air Support Control Center (Jan 2007-Feb 2008).
In August 2008, HMC (SEL) DeGraff reported to Naval Operational Medical Institute, Pensacola, Fl for duties as Leading Petty Officer of the Directorate for Administration Department.
He has completed his Associates in Arts in Health Science Technology from Coastline Community College. He completed 102 semester credit hours toward Baccalaureate in Science in Health Care Management, Southern Illinois University.
HMC (SEL) DeGraff’s personal awards and medals include Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Military Outstanding Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (three awards), Certificate of Commendation (two awards), and a Flag Letter of Commendation.