Nathan Smith
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Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Nathan S. Smith received his commission from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2009, he earned a Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Leadership from Tennessee Technological University. Colonel Smith is a 1999 graduate of Aerospace Basic Course, a 2005 graduate of Squadron Officer School and a 2010 graduate of Air Command and Staff College. 


Colonel Smith began his career as a special projects officer and transition lieutenant for the 93rd Operations Group, Robins AFB, Georgia. In 2000, Colonel Smith attended Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Mississippi, and then completed Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) at Moody AFB, Georgia. After competing F-16 initial qualification training in 2002 at Luke AFB, Arizona, he was assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah. While stationed at Hill AFB, Colonel Smith was deployed in 2004 to Al Udeid AB, Qatar, and to Balad AB, Iraq, in 2005, both deployments were in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. After leaving Hill AFB, Colonel Smith was stationed at Luke AFB as an F-16 instructor pilot. While at Luke, he served as an assistant scheduler, flight commander and special missions syllabus manager. Colonel Smith then moved to Columbus AFB, serving as a T-38 instructor pilot in the 50th Flying Training Squadron. Additionally, he served as the 14th Flying Training Wing Chief, Commander’s Action Group, 50th Flying Training Squadron check flight commander, flight evaluator and assistant director of operations. He then re-qualified in the F-16 and moved to Kunsan AB, Korea, where he served as the 8th Fighter Wing Director of Staff. After returning from overseas, Colonel Smith returned to Luke AFB where he served as the director of operations for the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s 425th Fighter Squadron. Following his second assignment at Luke AFB, Colonel Smith was again assigned to Columbus AFB, serving this time as the 14th Flying Training Wing Chief of Safety and completing his assignment and career as the commander, 50th Flying Training Squadron.