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Captain Gordon R. Smith
Chief of Staff, Navy Medicine East



  Captain Gordon Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valdosta State College in 1988.  He entered the Navy Nurse Corps under the Direct Commissioning Program and was sworn in as an ensign in 1989.  He received his Master of Science in Nursing, Health Systems Leadership from Duke University in 2003.
 
Smith’s operational tours include the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in support of the first Persian Gulf conflict as a staff nurse in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit; support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait as director of clinics and officer-in-charge of Troop Medical Clinic Camp Arifjan; and the Commanding Officer, NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Other assignments include clinical tours as Intensive Care Unit Nurse at Naval Hospital (NH) Oakland, NH Jacksonville, NH Yokosuka, and NH Camp Lejeune.  Smith served as NH Camp Pendleton’s department head, Information Management as his utilization tour.

Smith’s staff assignments include Branch Health Clinic Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek officer-in-charge, NH Jacksonville senior nurse executive and director for nursing services, Naval Health Clinic (NHC) Annapolis executive officer, NHC Quantico commanding officer, and Navy Medicine East (NME) quality director.
 
Smith’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), along with various other campaign medals and ribbons. 
 
Smith became NME chief of staff in January 2018.  NME is one of two regional commands that manage Navy Medicine’s global health care system.