Lieutenant Commander Chad Smith was commissioned via Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1999. He graduated from Miami (Ohio) University in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education and attended the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating in 2008 with a Master of Science in Information Warfare Systems Engineering.
LCDR Smith began his Information Warfare Officer career at the Naval Security Group Activity Kunia, HI in September 2001. He served as a Direct Support Officer aboard a variety of combatants in the Western Pacific and also as a watch officer.
In February 2004, Lieutenant Commander Smith reported to USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) as the Electronic Warfare/Ship's Signal Exploitation Space Officer. He deployed to Mediterranean Sea participating in Theater Security Cooperation, SOUTHCOM in support of Exercise New Horizons, and Standing NATO Forces Atlantic Operations.
In October 2008, Lieutenant Commander Smith reported to Naval Network Warfare Command. He served as the Information Warfare Officer/Cryptologic Technician Community Sponsor working a variety of community strategy and policy issues.
In May 2010, he reported to the staff of Commander, Carrier Strike Group TEN, embarked in USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75). Serving as the Flag Cryptologic Resource Coordinator, he deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Lieutenant Commander Smith reported as Executive Officer Navy Information Operations Command San Diego in June 2012.
Lieutenant Commander Smith's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards) and Navy Achievement Medal.