spacerExecutive Officer

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spacerAlmond Smith III




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Commander Smith entered the Navy in July 1987. He completed recruit training in Orlando, Florida, yeoman "A" school in Meridian, Mississippi, basic enlisted submarine school in New London, Connecticut, and later officer indoctrination in Pensacola, Florida.


Cmdr. Smith’s enlisted tours were onboard USS Spadefish (SSN 668) supporting Desert Storm/Desert Shield, a shore duty tour at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, a leading yeoman tour onboard USS Pasadena (SSN 752), and was hand-picked to serve on the staff of Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program in Arlington, Virginia. While at Naval Reactors, he was advanced to chief yeoman (Submarines), and selected for commission as a limited duty officer (Admin).


Following commission, he served as educational services officer, personnel officer, ship’s secretary and BULL onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). While assigned, he participated in the first strikes against Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In August 2002, he reported as officer in charge, personnel support activity detachment, Kings Bay, Georgia. During this tour, the detachment was twice awarded the Transient Monitoring Unit's Certified Pipeline Mover Award; a distinctive honor within the Pay/Personnel Administrative Support System (PASS), marking the first time the detachment had been recognized by TMU in over five years. Additionally, PSD Kings Bay was twice awarded the Secretary of the Navy letter of commendation. From July to September 2005, he additionally served as Officer in Charge, PSD Jacksonville. In October 2005, he reported to commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as staff executive officer and flag secretary. He served in this position until October 2008, when he volunteered for a tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


In December 2008, he reported as the Deputy J1, to Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component in LSA Anaconda, Balad, Iraq (a.k.a. “Mortaritaville”). In August 2009, Commander Smith reported to commander, Navy Personnel Command where he served for a year as division director, administrative selection boards (PERS-84) and then as branch head, shore special programs detailers (PERS-4010). In March 2012, he reported as Administrative Officer, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) homeported in Everett Washington participating in RIMPAC 2012 and again deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was the Nimitz 2012 nominee for the Vice Adm. James Stockdale visionary leadership award. In July 2013, he reported as OIC, PSD San Antonio where he served until July 2015. In August 2015, he reported as section head, base support, and deputy senior Navy liaison officer on the staff of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia and ended his assignment at SACT, NATO in November 2017. During this tour, he received the NATO Certificate of Commendation for Meritorious Service.


In December 2015, he was selected for commander command (Ashore). He is a two time (1997, 2006) recipient of the Honolulu Council Navy League of the United States Award for Outstanding Military Service. Authorized to wear the Surface Warfare Officer Breast Insignia and the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Breast Insignia. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (Two Awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Seven Awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Five Awards), as well as numerous expeditionary and service awards. Commander Smith earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree (Cum Laude) in Education (Technical, Trade, and Industrial (Post Secondary Option)) from Valdosta State University and an Associate of Arts Degree.


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