Colonel David C. Smith is the Vice Commander of the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard in Savannah, Georgia. As the Vice Commander he provides leadership and support to more than 1,400 Airmen organized into four distinct groups to achieve the mission of the Wing: Maintenance Group, Medical Group, Mission Support Group, and Operations Group. Assisting the Commander, he ensures the wing and its Airmen are staffed, trained, and equipped to support the various mission requirements to support and execute domestic operations and overseas combat missions at a moment’s notice. The 165th Airlift Wing is equipped with the C-130H3 “Hercules” aircraft capable of conducting tactical airlift and combat airdrop sorties. Colonel Smith graduated and received his Bachelors, Masters, and Specialist degrees in Education from Georgia Southern University. Colonel Smith earned his commission on September 18, 1997 through the Academy of Military Science as a Distinguished Graduate.
In addition to his responsibilities with the Georgia Air National Guard, Colonel Smith is a teacher and administrator serving the students, staff, and parents of the Effingham County School District for the last 26 years. Colonel Smith is currently the Coordinator for Crossroads Academy Alternative School in the Effingham County School District.
EDUCATION: 1993 Bachelor of Science – Technology Education (STEM), Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 1999 Master of Science – Technology Education (STEM), Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (Distance Learning) 2009 Education Specialist – Educational Leadership, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 2010 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (Distance Learning) 2013 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (Distance Learning)
ASSIGNMENTS: 1. April 1994 – December 1996, Security Forces Journeyman, 165th Security Forces Squadron 2. January 1996 – September 1999. Personnel Officer, 165th Military Personnel Flight 3. October 1999 – February 2004, Executive Officer, 165th Mission Support Group 4. March 2004 – January 2007, Commander, 165th Security Forces Squadron 5. February 2007 – December 2007, Chief of Military Equal Opportunity, 165th Airlift Wing 6. January 2008 – December 2010, Inspector General, 165th Airlift Wing 7. January 2011 – September 2014, Commander, 165th Force Support Squadron 8. October 2014 – December 2016, Deputy Commander, 165th Mission Support Group 9. January 2017 – April 2017, Inspector General, 165th Airlift Wing 10. May 2017 – April 2018, Director of Operations, Plans & Readiness, HQs GA ANG 12. April 2018 – August 2019, Inspector General, HQs GA ANG 13. August 25, 2019 – Present, Vice Commander, 165th Airlift Wing
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal Army Achievement Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant September 18, 1997
First Lieutenant September 18, 1999
Captain October 13, 2001
Major February 11, 2007
Lieutenant Colonel April 17, 2011
Colonel September 13, 2019