|CDR Michael A. Smith|
Commanding Officer (December 2013 - May 2015)
Commander Michael Smith is a native of Waterbury, Vermont. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in December 1992 under the Delayed Entry Program. He reported to Naval Education and Training Command Orlando, Florida in May 1993. Upon completion of training as a Deck Seaman he returned to drill at Naval Reserve Center Burlington, Vermont. He was selected for his NROTC scholarship in August 1993, graduated from Norwich University and was commissioned in May of 1996.
CDR Smith’s initial sea tour was Communications Officer in USS SAMUEL B ROBERTS (FFG 58) in Norfolk, Virginia. He transferred to USS STUMP (DD 978) in 1999, serving as Auxiliaries Officer, Electrical Officer, and Damage Control Assistant. He extended onboard STUMP as Navigator and VBSS Officer, qualifying as Tactical Action Officer. He reported to USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54) in Yokosuka, Japan in December 2003 as Operations Officer, training and deploying for the first BMD patrol in September 2004. He transferred to USS PRINCETON (CG 59) in San Diego, California in June 2005 and served as Operations Officer until November 2006.
Ashore CDR Smith reported to Naval Postgraduate School in 2001. He reported to Commander, Naval Surface Forces in San Diego as AAW/BMD/SUW action officer in December 2006. During his TYCOM tour CDR Smith volunteered for an Individual Augmentation to Iraq as an Electronic Warfare Officer. He served 10 months as Brigade EWO for the 35th Engineer Brigade of the Missouri National Guard, the route clearance formation for Multi-National Division-Baghdad. He returned, completed his TYCOM tour, and reported to Commander, THIRD FLEET as BMD Officer in July 2009. He reported to USS LASSEN (DDG 82) in April 2012. CDR Smith assumed command of LASSEN 11 December 2013.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a MBA from Norwich University and a Masters of Science in Information System Operations from Naval Postgraduate School. CDR Smith’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various campaign and unit awards.