Chief Warrant Officer Five David Smith
Command Chief Warrant Officer
CW5 David P. Smith assumed duties of Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Florida Army National Guard on April 1, 2010. As a member of the Command Group, Mr. Smith advises the Adjutant General on all aspects of managing the Warrant Officer program and assists the Command Group in the strategic direction of the organization. Mr. Smith also serves as Vice Chair for the National Warrant Officer Senior Advisory Committee. Before assuming assignment as CCWO, Mr. Smith served as Commander, Detachment 8, Operational Support Airlift Command (C-12), Joint Force Headquarters, Florida. Prior to that Mr. Smith served as Commander of Detachment 1, Company H, 171st Aviation (C-23) unit in Brooksville, Florida.
CW5 Smith enlisted into the Florida Army National Guard in Nov 1981. After serving in Field Artillery until 1986, Mr. Smith then transferred into Florida Army National Guard aviation and was assigned as an Aircraft Power Plant Mechanic. In 1989, Mr. Smith applied and was accepted to Warrant Officer Flight Training. During his aviation career Mr. Smith served in a variety of positions including Supervisory Instructor Pilot, Instrument Examiner, Safety Officer, State Standardization Officer and Commander. Additionally, Mr. Smith served two OCONUS tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
CW5 Smith’s awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with bronze star, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with #3 device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve medal with M device/Silver hour glass, Florida Distinguished Service Medal, Florida Commendation Medal, Florida Meritorious Service Ribbon, Florida Service Ribbon (5) with silver oak leaf cluster, Florida Active Duty Service Ribbon (3) 2 oak leaf clusters and Combat Action Badge.
CW5 Smith is a Master Army Aviator, Standardization Pilot and Instrument Flight Examiner in four different military aircraft in rotary and fixed wing categories. Mr. Smith has accumulated more than 6,000 hours of accident and incident free flight hours. In addition to his military aircraft qualifications, Mr. Smith holds 7 FAA pilot and flight instructor ratings and is qualified in 13 different civilian aircraft in both fixed wing and rotorcraft categories.