|CDR Warren D. Smith
CDR Warren Smith is a California native and a 1998 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, MA. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in December 1998. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master’s Degree (with Distinction) in National Security Affairs for the Far East and East Asia in 2006.
CDR Smith’s initial sea duty assignment was to USS HEWITT (DD 966) in San Diego, CA where he served as the ship’s Strike Officer. Subsequent sea tours have included assignments on USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) in San Diego, CA as Assistant Operations Officer, and as Operations Officer onboard USS STETHEM (DDG 63) in Yokosuka, Japan and USS CAPE ST GEORGE (CG 71) in San Diego, CA.
CDR Smith has been assigned to several staff positions ashore. In 2003, he was assigned to US Naval Forces Central Command/Fifth Fleet as a TLAM Officer and Future Operations Planner. In 2010, Smith was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations staff, first within the Surface Warfare Division (N86) as a Ballistic Missile Defense Requirements Officer and as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director of the Navy Staff from May 2011 to August 2012. Most recently, he served on The Joint Staff (J-3) as a continuity planner from August 2012 to March 2013 and as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense, & Current Operations (J-33) from March 2013 to August 2014.
He has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as numerous campaign and unit awards. CDR Smith is also a recipient of the 2006 Monterey Council Navy League Award for Highest Academic Achievement and the Surface Warfare Officer School Newport Leadership Award.
CDR Smith assumed duties as Executive Officer, USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) in August 2014, and took command of USS MUSTIN in February 2017.