Commander, Northern Command
Commissioned March 1981 from OCS, Newport, RI, CAPT 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, CAPT Smith next reported to Pascagoula, MS in December 1983, to join the precommissioning detachment for CG-48 Yorktown, under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Assigned as Communications Officer, CAPT Smith served aboard USS Yorktown during and after her July 1984 commissioning, leaving active duty in July 1985. Among his reserve assignments, CAPT Smith has 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. CAPT Smith retired from the Navy Reserve in January 2007.
CAPT Smith is a registered architect, licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey. He has worked for architectural design firms in Princeton, NJ, New Haven, CT, and New York City. His practice has encompassed office towers, residential buildings, commercial and educational facilities. CAPT Smith has been principal of his own firm, Warren Temple Smith Architects, LLC, based in Rhinebeck, NY since 1993.
A native of Princeton, NJ, CAPT Smith earned bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from Yale University. 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.