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CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT GREGORY A. SMITH

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Chief Master Sergeant Gregory A. Smith is the Command Chief Master Sergeant of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. The command is a major command of the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force component to U.S. Special Operations Command. The command has approximately 19,000 Total Force Airmen across 10 operational Wings and two Special Operations Groups. Chief Smith advises the Commander on the readiness, training, education, and resiliency of the enlisted force. He has held leadership positions at the Squadron, Wing, Command, and NATO levels.

Chief Smith entered the Air Force in March 1990. He began his career as an aircraft armament systems specialist and retrained as an AC-130U Aerial Gunner in 1996. His previous assignments include Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Eielson AFB, Alaska, Hurlburt Field, Florida, MacDill AFB, Florida, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, Stuttgart, Germany, and Mons, Belgium. Chief Smith has deployed in support of numerous contingencies, including Operations Joint Endeavor, Joint Forge, Silver Wake, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has flown more than 3,500 hours in AC-130H/U, HH-60G and various aircraft, including 1,379 combat hours.

EDUCATION
1995 Airman Leadership School, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
2003 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Tyndall AFB, Florida
2003 Associate’s degree in Applied Science, Aviation Operations, Community College of the Air Force
2003 Associate’s degree in Applied Science, Aircraft Armament Systems, Community College of the Air Force
2005 USAF Additional-Duty First Sergeant Symposium, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2006 Joint SNCO Professional Military Education Course, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
2007 U.S. Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2009 Bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude), Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, Henley-Putnam University, San Jose, California
2009 Methods of Instruction Course, Joint Special Operations University, Hurlburt Field, Florida
2012 USAF Leadership Enhancement Program - Gettysburg Leadership Experience, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
2012 USAF AFSO 21 Senior Leader’s Course, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
2012 USAF Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Learning, Greensboro, North Carolina
2013 Keystone Fellow, National Defense University, Washington D.C.
2014 USAF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Keenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina
2015 USSOCOM Summit Course, Joint Special Operations University, MacDill AFB, Florida

ASSIGNMENTS
1. March 1990 – April 1990, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. April 1990 – July 1990, Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist Technical Training Course, Lowry AFB, Colorado
3. August 1990 – January 1993, Armament Section Crew Member, 46th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, Florida
4. February 1993 – January 1996, A-10 Weapons Load Crew Member, 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
5. February 1996 – December 1999, AC-130U Aerial Gunner, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
6. January 2000 – December 2000, Ops Planner/AC-130 Instructor Gunner, 16th Operations Support Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
7. January 2001 – July 2004, Superintendent, Strategic Plans, 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida
8. August 2004 – December 2005, Flight Chief, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
9. January 2006 – April 2007, AC-130 Evaluator Gunner, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
10. December 2006 – February 2007, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Joint Task Force, USSOCOM
11. May 2007 – March 2008, Superintendent, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
12. April 2008 – June 2010, Command Aerial Gunner Functional Manager and AC-130H/U Evaluator Gunner, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida
13. July 2010 – January 2012, Course Director, Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, US Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Florida
14. February 2012 – August 2013, Command Chief, 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
15. September 2013 – July 2015, Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Special Operations Command Europe, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany
16. July 2015 – June 2016, Command Senior Enlisted Leader, NATO Special Operations Headquarters, Mons, Belgium
17. June 2016 – Present: Command Chief, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with Valor with nine oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Force Combat Action Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with service star Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars NATO Medal for Yugoslavia
Polish Armed Forces Medal with Gold Bar
Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal of Distinction (Special Operations)

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1995 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School
2003 Commandant’s Award and Distinguished Graduate, NCO Academy
2003 Stripes for Exceptional Performers Promotion to Master Sergeant
2007 Distinguished Graduate, AF Senior NCO Academy
2007 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award, Air Force Special Operations Command
2009 Distance Education Training Council National Outstanding Graduate Award

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant Nov. 1, 2010

(Current as of August 2018)