PATRON TWO SIX


 

 Commanding Officer 

 

COMMANDER Gregory Smith

COMMANDING OFFICER

UNITED STATES NAVY

     Commander Smith hails from Parkville, Maryland. He graduated with highest distinction from the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 1997.  He earned a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1998 prior to commencing flight training in Pensacola, Florida. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas in  April 1999.

     In October 1999, Commander Smith reported to Patrol Squadron FORTY, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and deployed with the Fighting Marlins to Diego Garcia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Japan, and the Philippines.  He served as Public Affairs Officer, Ordnance Branch Officer, Maritime Operations and Bear Trap Officer, NFO Training Officer, and Assistant Training Officer. 

     In November 2002, Commander Smith reported to Patrol Squadron THIRTY, NAS Jacksonville, Florida.  He served as Fleet Introduction Officer, C4I Systems and Tactical Mission Software Subject Matter Expert, and Fleet Standardization Officer.  He qualified as P-3C Weapons Tactics Instructor, Crew Resource Management Instructor, and Instructor Training Course Instructor.

     In August 2005, Commander Smith was assigned as the Flag Secretary to Commander, Carrier Strike Group FIVE, embarked aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) forward-deployed in Yokosuka, Japan.  He qualified as Flag Battle Watch Captain, Alongside Conning Officer, and Command Duty Officer (Underway). Next he reported to the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island and graduated with highest distinction in February 2008, earning a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

     Commander Smith reported to Patrol Squadron TWO SIX, NAS Brunswick, Maine in July 2008.  During his department head tour, he served as the Administrative Officer, Safety/NATOPS Officer, and Operations Officer in support of Team Trident’s multi-site deployment to Comalapa, El Salvador; Sigonella, Sicily; Camp Lemonier, Djibouti; and the Seychelles.   

     In June 2010, Commander Smith was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, where he served as Pakistan and Afghanistan Counternarcotics Policy Officer.

     Commander Smith is married to the former Jennifer Colyer of Hubbardston, Massachusetts.  They are the proud parents of four daughters. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various campaign and unit awards.