By Staff Writer
In 2023, the Safety Directorate at Air Mobility Command (AMC) welcomed Col Jeffrey A. Smith as its new Director. Smith was commissioned in May 2000 from Fayetteville State University’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. After completing pilot training, he served in a variety of positions, including Chief of Wing Flight Safety, Advanced Instrument Instructor, Navy Crew Resource Management Instructor, Chief of Information Protection, Wing Treaty Control Officer, Headquarters Chief of Joint Manpower, and Headquarters Air Expert for NATO operations in Afghanistan. To date, Smith is a Command Pilot with over 2,400 hours in military cargo and transport aircraft.
Prior to his current assignment, Smith also served as Director of Operations at the 423d Mobility Training Squadron, Joint-Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ; Commander, Air Operations Squadron, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, IL; Deputy Command Center Director, NORAD/USNORTHCOM, Peterson Space Force Base, CO; and Director of Intelligence, Operations, and Plans, 386 AEW, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait.
As AMC’s new Director, Smith will preserve the combat capability of AMC’s $40 billion global airlift, air refueling, and en route mobility support forces; manage AMC Commander’s Safety Investigation Boards; represent the command during Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force safety conferences; lead AMC’s Mishap Response Review Panel process and Operational Risk Management program; publish The Mobility Forum; and oversee the command’s safety award recognition program.
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