Executive Officer - NTAG Philadelphia
05 December 2022
CDR Alton Smith, a native of New Kent, Virginia, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1995 and reported to USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) Blue Crew as a Missile Technician after completion of recruit training, MT “A” and “C” schools.
He was commissioned through the Seaman to Admiral - 21 Program, graduating from University of Idaho in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in History and was designated as a Surface Warfare Officer.
Operational assignments include tours with USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) as Electronic Warfare Officer, USS Monterey (CG 61) as Damage Control Assistant, USS Kauffman (FFG 59) as Combat Systems Officer, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 as Combat Systems Officer, and most recently as Executive Officer aboard USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) Gold Crew.
His shore assignments include Associate Professor of Naval Science at NROTCU University of Idaho and Surface Warfare Instructor at Tactical Training Group Atlantic. He completed graduate studies at University of Idaho in 2012, earning a Master’s of Arts in History.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), and various individual and unit campaign awards.