A Back Mountain native and graduate of Wyoming Seminary and Bloomsburg University, Smith settled in the Baltimore, MD for most of his adult life.
Throughout his military career, he was known for seeking out and serving in the most challenging and difficult assignments. He served with distinction in diverse expeditionary and domestic command, leadership and important staff positions as a Special Troops Battalion Commander, Detachment Commander, Team Chief, Psychological Operations Officer, Ammunition Officer, Platoon Leader, Transportation Officer, Operations Officer, and Detachment Commander.
He was deployed multiple times during his military career including combat missions during Operation Desert Storm where his team helped secure Death Valley and establish a temporary refugee camp north of Kuwait City. He served twice during
Operation Iraqi Freedom, participated in the stabilizing Theater Detainee Operations after the international publicity after Abu-Gharib, prepared thousands of troops for follow on deployment, was responsible to plan and execute the logistics operations for 12 base camps in and around Kabul, Afghanistan, served domestically in Consequence Management Operations, and helped reconstitute his unit after its re-deployment from Iraq during the final phase of Operation New Dawn 2011.