Commander Robin S. Smith
CDR Robin S. Smith is a native of Clarksburg, WV and enlisted in the US Navy in 1984 attending RTC Great Lakes in June of 1985. Upon completion of the Nuclear EM Pipeline (BE&E, EM’A’ in Great Lakes, Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Nuclear Power Prototype in Balston Spa, NY) he reported to USS WOODROW WILSON (BLUE) SSBN-624 in November 1986. During his tour on the WOODROW WILSON, he achieved the rank of EM1/SS and served as LPO of the nuclear refueling division. He was selected for fleet input to NROTC at the University of Florida where he earned a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and was commissioned in January 1995. More importantly, during this tour he met and married his wife, Michele.
Upon commissioning, he attended the Advanced Engineering pipeline through SWOS and reported to the USS ARTHUR W RADFORD (DD-968) as Auxiliaries Officer. After 14 months and obtaining his EOOW Letter and SWO pin, he shifted to CICO for his remaining 10 months and doubled as Overhaul Coordinator for the installation of the Advanced Enclosed Mast System. He then transferred to the USS THUNDERBOLT (PC-12) as Operations Officer. During his 14 months onboard, he served as overhaul coordinator and spent 2 months working with Army Special Forces as Naval Liaison Officer. CDR Smith then transferred to Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic where he served as International Military Students Officer. During this tour he earned a MBA from Old Dominion University and more importantly, adopted his first daughter Caitlyn. CDR Smith returned to sea as the Chief Engineer of USS STEPHEN W GROVES (FFG-29) where he qualified as TAO and earned his second EOOW letter. CDR Smith completed his department head tours as the decommissioning Chief Engineer aboard USS O’BANNON (DD 987).
CDR Smith transferred to Destroyer Squadron Fourteen as the Material Officer. In this capacity, he oversaw the decommissioning a cruiser, commissioning of a destroyer and the training cycles of 11 frigates in the Mayport Basin. Eighteen months into the tour, he was hand selected to develop the rules by which all Material and Trends Officers for all Eight CLASSRONS would operate. Additionally, he initially manned the Chief Staff Officer, Material and Trends, Supply, Combat Systems, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt positions until transfer to prospective Executive Officer Training Pipeline. His next assignment was as Executive Officer for USS KLAKRING (FFG 42) where he completed two training cycles and two full deployments, one to the Mediterranean, Black and Baltic Seas and the second a circumnavigation of South America.
CDR Smith is assigned as the Executive Officer for the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He is entitled to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Five Awards), Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and various other personal and unit citations. CDR Smith is accompanied by his wife, Michele, and his daughter Katie.