Lieutenant Commander Jack L Smock Jr. is a native of Peterstown, West Virginia. He graduated from Peterstown High School in May 1986 and enlisted in the Navy in July of 1990. In March of 1991 he attend boot camp in Great Lakes IL, and later attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School, Basic Electronic Rate Training and Fire Control Technician “A” school in Groton, Connecticut.
His first assignment was USS KENTUCKY SSBN 737 (B) home ported in Kings Bay, Georgia. In February of 1997 he reported to Trident Training Facility as a Fire Control Tactics instructor, certifying as a Master Training Specialist.
In January 2000, he reported to his next assignment onboard USS RHODE ISLAND SSBN 740 (G), where, in September of 2003, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
In September 2003, he was assigned to USS NEBRASKA SSBN 739 (G) as the Torpedo Fire Control Leading Chief Petty Officer, where he found his next big challenge in executing a change of homeport move from Kings Bay GA to Bangor WA.
In February 2006 he was selected for a Commission in the Limited Duty Officer Program. After attending Officer Indoctrination School in Pensacola FL and Basic Officer Submarine School in Groton Connecticut, he reported onboard the USS ALASKA SSBN 732 (B) as the Assistant Weapons Officer. While assigned to ALASKA the ship conducted a change of homeport to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth VA for an Engineering Refueling Overhaul. In May 2008 he transferred to Strategic Weapons Facility as the Nuclear Weapons Security Officer in Kings Bay Georgia.
In December 2011 LT Smock reported to PMA 280 in Patuxent River Maryland as the Deputy Program Manager for the retirement of the Nuclear Tomahawk Missile. He also received his Bachelor’s Degree from Grantham University at this time.
In February 2014 LT Smock served as Weapons Officer onboard USS EMORY S LAND AS39 home ported in Diego Garcia. In January 2015 he reported to the Navy Submarine Torpedo Facility as the Production Officer at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Virginia. In July, 2016 he was promoted to LCDR and assigned as the Executive Officer at NSTF Yorktown. June 2019 LCDR Smock reported to Naval Weapons Station Earle New Jersey as the installation Executive Officer. LCDR Smock’s awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Navy Commendation Medals, 7 Navy Achievement Medals and numerous other commendations and citations.