Benjamin P. Smith, CDR
Assist and Assess Team
College of Operational and Strategic Leadership
Commander Ben Smith was commissioned in 1993 after graduating from Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) with a degree in Nautical Science; he remained at MMA completing a Masters Degree in Maritime Management. In 1996, he completed Naval Aviator flight training and was later assigned to the “Easy Riders” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Three Seven (HSL-37). During his tour, he deployed with the USS PORT ROYAL and USS CHOSIN participating in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT FOX. In 2000, he went to NAS Brunswick serving as Assistant Air Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer and Search and Rescue (SAR) pilot where he received Chief of Naval Operations SAR Excellence Award for a life-saving mission in 2001. Returning to HSL-37 in 2003, he was Officer in Charge of Detachment FIVE embarked USS CROMMELIN and the squadron’s Operations Officer. In 2007, he graduated from U.S. Naval War College earning a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, and was assigned joint duty at the Inter-American Defense Board and College (IADB/C) in Washington, DC. As Executive Assistant to the Chairman, IADB and Assistant Chief of Staff, IADC, he worked extensively with senior civilian officials and military officers representing the 34 nations of the Organization of American States. He deployed to East Africa in 2011 assigned to Combined Joint Task Horn of Africa (CJTF HOA) where he served as Liaison Officer to the Somalia Affairs Unit. He joined the Naval War College faculty in March 2012.
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