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Naval Academy Preparatory School

Command Master Chief (SW/AW)

Nicholas R. Smith III

Command Senior Enlisted Leader


CMDCM Nicholas R. Smith III entered the Navy in October 2001 and attended Quartermaster “A” school. CMDCM Smith holds an Associate’s degree in Arts from the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry. CMDCM Smith graduated with Class 208 Red from the Senior Enlisted Academy in September 2017.

CMDCM Smith’s sea assignments include Assault Craft Unit-1, while aboard LCU-1632 deployed onboard USS Tarawa (LHA-1) in 2003, aboard LCU-1648 deployed onboard USS Duluth (LPD-6) in 2005 and served onboard USS Antietam (CG-54) in 2007, all of which were deployed in the SEVENTH and FIFTH Fleet AORs.  Additionally, he PRE-Commissioned the USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) and deployed once again to the SEVENTH and FIFTH Fleet AORs in 2013, and returned to the SEVENTH Fleet AOR in 2016. CMDCM Smith served aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) as Senior Quartermaster, and deployed in 2020/2021 during the peak of COVID-19, whose deployment and separation from their families lasted for 341 days with Nimitz on their historical patrol which was the longest duration since World War II.

Ashore, CMDCM Smith has served as a recruiter and Recruiter-in-Charge (RINC) onboard Navy Recruiting District Denver from December 2007 through January 2011. During his second shore assignment, CMDCM Smith earned his Afloat Training Specialist (ATS) and Master Training Specialist (MTS) designations as Navigation Assessor and Departmental LCPO for Deck/NAV/Air/SAR onboard Afloat Training Group Mayport from September 2016 through August 2019.  Most recently, he served as the Command Senior Enlisted leader for Naval Support Facility (NSF), Redzikowo Poland from May 2021 to April 2022

His decorations include numerous team, unit, and campaign awards as well as several individual awards.

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