Captain Greg Smith hails from Parkville, Maryland and graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 1997. Captain Smith was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas in April 1999.
After initial training in the P-3C Orion, Captain Smith reported to Patrol Squadron FORTY, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He deployed with the “Fighting Marlins” to Bahrain, Diego Garcia, Japan, the Philippines, Oman and Qatar. In November 2002, Captain Smith reported to Patrol Squadron THIRTY, NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a Fleet Replacement Instructor NFO. He completed his Department Head tour with the Patrol Squadron TWO SIX “Tridents” at NAS Brunswick, Maine, where he served as Operations Officer in support of Team Trident’s multi-site deployment to Comalapa, El Salvador; Sigonella, Sicily; Camp Lemonier, Djibouti; and the Seychelles.
In March 2013, Captain Smith reported as Executive Officer, Patrol Squadron TWO SIX in Jacksonville, Florida, and deployed to Kadena, Japan in support of Seventh Fleet operations. He assumed command of the Tridents in April 2014 and led them through a tri-site deployment to Shaikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain; Incirlik Air Base, Turkey; and Comalapa, El Salvador in support of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE and MARTILLO. During his tour, the Tridents twice won the Atlantic Fleet Battle Efficiency Award.
Captain Smith’s staff tours include duty as Flag Secretary to Commander, Carrier Strike Group FIVE, embarked aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) forward-deployed in Yokosuka, Japan; Pakistan and Afghanistan Counter-narcotics Policy Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense-Policy; and Naval Strategist on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (OPNAV N3/N5).
Captain Smith earned a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1998 and graduated with distinction from the College of Naval Command and Staff with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2008. He also served as the Federal Executive Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics Laboratory from 2015-2016.
Captain Smith’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various campaign and unit awards.