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Commander Janice G. Smith
Commanding Officer

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Commander Janice G. Smith is a native of Jamaica West Indies and enlisted in the Navy in 1988. She served aboard the USS Yosemite AD-19 from 1989-1993 and at NAS Keywest from 1993-1997. She graduated from Troy State University with a Masters in Business Management and was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School (OCS) Program in 1997.

From 1998-2002 she completed Division Officer tours in USS OLENDORF (DD 972) as Damage Control Officer and USS NORMANDY (CG 60) as Fire Control Officer.

From 2002-2005 she served as the Cruise Missile Tactics Officer at Surface Warfare Development Group (SWDG).

She completed two Department Head tours in USS NORMANDY (CG-60) from March 2005 to October 2007 where she served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer.

In November 2008 she completed a one year assignment at the Naval War College where she completed requirements for JPME-PHASE I and earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. From December 2008 to December 2011 she served as Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation at the US Embassy in Nassau Bahamas, as a member of the U.S. Southern & Northern Command J5 Strategy and Policy Directorates.

From February 2012 to July 2013 she served as the AEGIS/ BMD Officer at Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Atlantic. She reported as Executive Officer in USS OSCAR AUSTIN DDG-79 in June 2014 and fleeted up to Commanding Officer on 2 May 2016.

Commander Smith completed five Fifth Fleet deployments and one Mediterranean deployment in support of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Fox, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Task Force East Africa Anti-terrorism tasking. While assigned to USS NORMANDY in 2005, she deployed to Europe and Africa in support of Standing Maritime Group One NATO operations.

Her Awards includes the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and various campaign, service, and unit awards.