Rear Admiral Warren Smith, a native of Princeton, New Jersey, earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Architecture from Yale University. He is a registered architect, licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey. He serves on the Dutchess County Planning Board, is President of the Board of Directors of Hudson River Heritage, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Smith was commissioned in the Navy in March 1981. Rear Admiral Smith's initial assignment was to the guided-missile destroyer USS Towers (DDG-9), forward deployed and home ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Communications Officer and later Navigator for the Towers and embarked Commander Destroyer Squadron 15, Rear Admiral Smith next reported to Pascagoula, MS in December 1983, to join the pre-commissioning detachment for CG-48 Yorktown, under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Rear Admiral Smith then served aboard USS Yorktown as Communications Officer during and after her July 1984 commissioning. Rear Admiral Smith left active duty service in July 1985 and joined the Naval Reserve.
Among his reserve assignments, Rear Admiral Smith served as Gaining Command Liaison Officer (Reserve OIC) for units attached to USS Nassau (LHA-4) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44), Selected Reserve Administrator (Reserve XO) for the USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7), Joint Public Affairs Operations Officer for United States Atlantic Command and United States Joint Forces Command units, and a Joint Staff Planner for Area Air Defense Commander Atlantic.
Rear Admiral Smith retired from the Navy Reserve in January 2007. Surface Warfare qualified, Rear Admiral Smith's awards include the Joint Service Commendation medal. Rear Admiral Smith has been a member of the New York Naval Militia since 2004.
In November 2015, Rear Admiral Smith was appointed the Regional Commander for NY Naval Militia Northern Command.
On October 18, 2019, Rear Admiral Smith was appointed to the position of Commander for the New York Naval Militia.