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Rear Admiral Michael Smith

Rear Adm. Smith is currently the 64th President, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). He is a 1983 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and his first division officer assignments following nuclear power training were aboard the USS Texas (CGN 39). After earning a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, he reported as combat systems officer in the USS Leftwich (DD 984) where he participated in Operation Desert Storm.

He was the last operational chief engineer on USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), served as a junior officer detailer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington D.C., and was executive officer on USS Chosin (CG 65).

He then served as flag secretary to the Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet during the build-up to and operations in Kosovo.  In July 2000, he reported as commanding officer in USS Porter (DDG 78) after which he served in the Chief of Naval Operations’ Warfare Assessment (N70) and Surface Warfare (N76) Divisions.

Smith served as commander, Destroyer Squadron 23 and as the Sea Combat Commander for the Nimitz Strike Group. On deployment, he also served as the deputy task force commander for coalition maritime operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf where he worked directly with both the Iraqi Navy and Multi-National Forces in Southeast Iraq.

Smith subsequently served as special assistant to two Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the director of their Chairman’s Action Group.  He then served as the executive assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.  After that, he served as Director, Strategy and Policy Division (OPNAV N51).  Prior to his current assignment, he served as Commander, Carrier Strike Group THREE.





 Mr. Joseph O'Hara

Mr. O’Hara is a GS employee serving as the Technical Deputy for President, Board of Inspection and Survey.  Previously, he served seven years as Navy Region Midwest Operations Program Director, N3 with responsibility over Antiterrorism Force Protection, Fire and Emergency Services, Occupational Safety and Health, Personnel Security and Emergency Management programs for a 16 State area of operation; to include a C4ISR capable Regional Operations Center (ROC), and the Navy Emergency Planning Liaison Officer (NEPLO) and Defense Support to Civil Authority (DSCA) Program.  He was a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Terrorism Liaison Officer Committee for the Chicago area, Lake County Gang Task Force, and was a certified State and Local Antiterrorism Training (SLATT) instructor through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. He was also assigned as the Training, Readiness and Evaluation Program Director, N7 for Navy Region Midwest from October 2007 through August of 2008. 

Mr. O’Hara retired from active duty in November 2007 with 24 years, having served as a Limited Duty Officer (LDO) for both Engineering and Security. He served three years as the Main Propulsion Assistant aboard USS Cape St. George (CG-71), two years at Fleet Information Warfare Center (FIWC), three years as Chief Engineer/Executive Officer on USS Whirlwind (PC-11) and three years as Security Officer for Naval Station Great Lakes, IL and Public Safety Director for Navy Region Midwest.    

Mr. O’Hara possesses extensive knowledge and experience in Surface Engineering, Antiterrorism Force Protection, Budget planning and execution, Emergency and Consequence Management, Fire and Emergency Services, and Occupational Safety and Health program management. 

He received a degree in Electromechanical Technologies in May, 2006 from Excelsior College, Albany NY. 




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