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Captain Smith's first shore tour in 1996 was as an instructor in Patrol Squadron THIRTY, VP-30, the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron, at NAS Jacksonville, FL, where he served as the NFO NATOPS Officer, and as a Fleet NATOPS Evaluator.
He next reported to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as the Operations Administration Officer in 1999 where he earned his qualification as Officer of the Deck (Underway), and deployed in 2001 to FIFTH Fleet, taking part in the opening strikes of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his disassociated sea tour, Captain Smith returned in May 2003 to the "Red Lancers" of VP-10 at NAS Brunswick, ME, for his Department Head tour, serving as the Safety/NATOPS Officer, Administration Officer, and Maintenance Officer, deploying to the SIXTH and FOURTH Fleets.
In June 2005, Captain Smith's next shore tour was as the Operations Officer in Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN (CPRW-11) at NAS Jacksonville. He was reassigned in June 2006 to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC, where he served as an Action Officer in the Command, Control, Communications and Computers (J6) Directorate.
Captain Smith reported to the "Pelicans" of VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, FL, in April 2008 as the Executive Officer and assumed command in June 2009. During his tour, VP-45 conducted a split site deployment to FOURTH and SEVENTH Fleets, was awarded consecutive CNO Aviation Safety "S" Awards (2009, 2010) and the Battle Efficiency Award in 2010.
Following his command tour, Captain Smith reported to Commander Task Force 72 in NAF Atsugi, Japan, as the Operations, Plans and Policy Officer, participating in Operation TOMODACHI following the March 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. His next shore assignment in 2013 was at U.S. Fleet Forces Command serving as the head for the Fleet Execution and Certifications (N71) Branch.
Captain Smith assumed duties as Commanding Officer of USS WASP (LHD 1) in April 2016.
Captain Smith is a graduate of the Naval War College in 2002 and the National War College in 2013. Over his career he has accumulated over 3,400 flight hours, primarily in the P-3C Orion. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Award (4), and other personal, campaign and service ribbons.
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