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Commander Smith is a native of Kings Mountain, North Carolina and was commissioned into the Medical Service Corps of the United States Navy Reserve as an environmental health officer in October 1998. After completion of officer indoctrination school at Naval Air Station Pensacola Florida his first assignment was to Naval Hospital, Charleston South Carolina as an environmental health officer “EHO”/division officer.

In 1999 he transferred to the 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune North Carolina for duty as department head “EHO” with the preventative medicine department. While attached to Two-Med he served as the CBR officer and senior environmental investigations officer. During his tour at Camp Lejeune he was one of the first officers in the Navy to qualify for and receive the coveted Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Officer Qualification.

After leaving active duty training in 2001 he was assigned to Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center Charlotte for duty in the reserve component and was recalled to active duty in June of that year as a canvasser recruiter and division officer with Navy Reserve Recruiting Area Southeast DET FOUR Orlando, Florida. He accepted redesignation in July 2003 as a “TAR” officer 1687 and transferred a year later to Navy Reserve Recruiting Area Northeast in Washington D.C. In December 2005 he received orders to become enlisted programs officer and later officer programs officer at Navy Recruiting District Raleigh, North Carolina. During this tour he was redesignated to “FTS” human resources officer 1207. In December 2009 he reported to The Bureau of Naval Personnel at NSA Midsouth Millington TN. and assumed duties as information systems project manager for BUPERS 07. While at BUPERS, Cmdr. Smith screened for HR “Milestone” assignment and was transferred in October 2011 to Navy Recruiting Region East HQ Staff as region officer programs officer and assumed responsibility for all Navy officer recruiting east of the Mississippi River, as well as Europe, and Puerto Rico. In May 2013 he was screened for NOSC Command and received orders to Navy Operational Support Center Roanoke VA and assumed command in August of that year. During this tour he completed 0-5 HR Command PQS and subsequently accepted orders to Region MIDLANT Reserve Component Command in Norfolk Va. as the first HR chief staff officer in RESFOR history and currently serves in that position. During his tenure at RCC, Commander Smith screened for a second command tour as executive officer of Navy Recruiting District Raleigh, NC, which he assumed on February 22, 2019. He later assumed the role and responsibilities of commanding officer Navy Talent Acquisition Group Carolina, Raleigh, NC, August 21, 2020

Smith has studied at The University of North Carolina, and Marshall University. He holds a B.S. Degree in biology; and an MA in leadership studies and is also a graduate of The United States Air Force Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base Alabama where he completed joint professional military education phase I. He is PHR certified and is a Navy small arms instructor (SAMI) as well as a qualified Navy security force officer (NSFO).

 

His personal awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards).
 

 
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