|Commander Michael L. Smith
Commanding Officer - Crew 201
CDR Smith was raised in Southern California and received his commission through University of San Diego's NROTC program in 1997.
At sea he held assignments as Ship's Maintenance Material Officer (SMMO) and OI Division Officer on USS PELELIU (LHA 5), First Lieutenant and Operations Officer on USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44), and Operations Officer (N3) in Amphibious Squadron Eight.
Ashore, CDR Smith served as Operations Officer on Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUWU) 105, OPNAV N86 Manpower Branch Head and Deputy Executive Assistant (DEA) to the Director of Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86), and Force Personnel Officer for Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific. CDR Smith earned his Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College, graduating with highest distinction and earning the Thys Prize for academic achievement."