Command Chief Warrant Officer Russell Smith

Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army Reserve

Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) Russell P. Smith enlisted in the active Army as an intelligence analyst in 1977.  His first duty assignment was with the 197th Infantry Brigade (Separate) at Fort Benning, Georgia.  After working as an analyst, he decided to switch intelligence disciplines and became a counterintelligence special agent in 1981.  Upon completion of training at Fort Huachuca, Ariz, he was assigned to the Pentagon.   After his assignment at the Pentagon, he was sent to Europe to conduct operations with the 66th Military Intelligence Group.  In 1985, he left active duty to serve as an Army civilian.  
   
In his civilian capacity within the Department of Defense intelligence community, he served at various locations with the US Army’s 902D Military Intelligence Group, the Joint Interagency Task Force South, Key West, Florida, and with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington DC.   
            
In 1993, CW5 Smith joined the Army Reserve and attended Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.  After appointment as a warrant officer he served in a multitude of reserve- and active component units while also deploying twice overseas since September 2001.  He has served as a team chief, operations officer, training officer, commander, and instructor during his career.  In addition to his two overseas tours, he had tours with Headquarters, Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) and worked on the Army G-2 Staff.  His most recent assignment was as the Deputy Commandant, US Army Reserve, for the Army Warrant Officer Career College.
 
CW5 Smith holds numerous skill qualification identifiers as well as the additional skill identifier for Certified Strategic Debriefer.  CW5 Smith has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has a graduate certificate in Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (Polygraph Examiner).  He is a graduate of the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course. 
 
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with two service stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal (with two campaign stars).
 
He is married and has two grown children living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.