Commander Christopher E. Smith


Raised in Brunswick, Maine, Commander Smith graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1998 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. Commander Smith earned his wings as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in September, 1999.

In June, 2000, he reported to Patrol Squadron FOUR SEVEN (VP-47). With the Golden Swordsmen he completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf and the Western Pacific. His duties included Special Projects Officer, Readiness Officer and NFO Training Officer. In 2003, Commander Smith reported to Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) for duty as an Instructor NFO. While at the Pro's Nest, he served as the SLAM-ER Fleet Introduction Team Lead, the NATOPS Division Officer and the NFO Standardization Officer.

For his second operational tour he served onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, Shooter. While onboard, Commander Smith served as the V-3 Division Officer and deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He then reported to the Navy Personnel Command and served as the Maritime Aviation Detailer for Junior Officers.

For his Department Head tour, Commander Smith again reported to the Golden Swordsmen of VP-47. He served as Tactics Officer, Admin Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer and deployed in support of EUCOM and AFRICOM. Following his Department Head tour, Commander Smith served as the Director of Intelligence at Cruise Missile Support Activity, Pacific.

Commander Smith is the recipient of the 2010 Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Commander Smith and his wife, Sarah, have five children, Wyatt, Owen, Evan, Elizabeth, and Naomi.