CDR Linda Dunn Smith is originally from Philadelphia, PA. There, she graduated from Temple   University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Anthropology. In 1997, she   volunteered for AmeriCorps at Trenton, NJ as a Community Awareness Liaison and   Educator. Subsequently, she earned a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from   Columbia University in New York, NY. In June, 2000 she was commissioned in the U.S. Navy   Medical Service Corps as an Environmental Health Officer. Her first duty station was Naval   Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA where she served as the Epidemiology Division Officer and   Department Head, Fleet Hospital Portsmouth, Preventive Medicine.   

 In 2007, upon receiving her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia College of   Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA, CDR Smith re-commissioned in the U.S. Navy   Medical  Corps.  She completed an internal medicine internship at Naval Medical Center   Portsmouth, VA. During her General Medical Officer tour at Navy and Marine Corps Public   Health Center, she led a malaria outbreak investigation in multiple U.S. Marine Corps   Reserve units and served on the Navy's Evidence Based Health Advisory Board. She   completed a Preventative Medicine residency and earned a Masters of Public Health and   Tropical Medicine at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA in 2012. She was Chief Resident during her final year. 

In July, 2012 CDR Smith reported for duty at Norfolk, VA as the Preventive Medicine Officer for Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Two. There she conducted a world-wide tuberculosis outbreak investigation and developed a training curriculum for Environmental Health Officers. As the Officer-in-Charge, Forward Deployable Preventative Medicine Unit Team Two, she overhauled Operational Readiness training which directly resulted in a highly successful Operational Readiness Exam. 

CDR Smith transferred to II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC in July 2014. Her duties there included: Department Head, Force Health Protection; Acting Force Surgeon; Medical Director of Operational Continuing Medical Education, and interim Marine Expeditionary Battalion Surgeon during Bold Alligator 14. Additionally, CDR Smith was Public Health Emergency Officer and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for II Marine Expeditionary Headquarters Group.  

In August, 2016 CDR Smith transferred to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA. During her tour she served as: Department Head, Health Promotion and Wellness; interim Department Head, Preventive Medicine; Director of Public Health; Warfighting Operational Director; Immunizations Medical Director; and finally as Regional Public Health Emergency Officer for Marine Corps Installation West/Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA, Naval Base Ventura County and Naval Weapons Seal Beach combating the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.  

Currently, CDR Smith serves as executive officer, Navy Medical Research Unit – San Antonio, supporting its primary mission to conduct gap-driven combat casualty care, craniofacial, and directed energy research to improve survival, operational readiness, and safety of Department of Defense personnel engaged in routine and expeditionary operations. 

CDR Smith has earned the Fleet Marine Forces warfare designator. Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Award with Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
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