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CMDCM (SW/AW/IDW) James Smith is a native of Southmont, NC. He graduated from Central Davidson High School in June of 1989 and enlisted in the Navy on 17 July, 1989, attending boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, FL followed by Cryptologic Technician Technical (CTT) “A” school at Naval Technical Training Center, Pensacola FL.  His first duty station was Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Misawa, Japan where he converted from CTT to CTR and promoted to the rank of CTR3. Master Chief then transferred to Direct Support Department NSGA Northwest, VA.  Then, he attended the last 58 course of instruction in Pensacola, FL and was assigned to Naval Information Warfare Activity (NIWA).  Master Chief’s next duty station was USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56), followed by CID Pensacola, FL where he was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer shortly after arriving in 2002. His duties included Intermediated Communications Signals Analysis Course instructor, team chief, and course manager. He also re-established the Navy’s Morse Code training program.  In 2005, Master Chief Smith was assigned to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC), Fort Gordon, GA. His duties there included Battle Watch Chief for the Fleet Information Operations Center, Assistant Cryptologic Coordinator for Commander Carrier Strike Group Eight, and Collection Management Division Chief.  Master Chief Smith transferred from Fort Gordon in 2008, and was assigned to NIOC Menwith Hill, UK. During his tour, he promoted to the rank of Senior Chief and worked as the Mission Operations Senior Enlisted Leader and Command Senior Chief. Master Chief Smith was selected for the Command Senior Chief program in 2011 and then attended the Senior Enlisted Academy and CMC/COB course in Newport RI.  Upon completion of the CMC course he reported as Command Senior Chief to MCM Crew Bulwark in San Diego, CA. In May 2012 he was selected for the rank of Master Chief and in November 2012, reported as the Command Master Chief of NIOC Sugar Grove, WV.  He reported to Expeditionary Combat Skills Course in Gulfport, MS in May of 2015.  After training, he reported onboard CORIVRON 2 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Va. in June of 2015.  His personal awards include the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous campaign and unit awards.