COMMANDER TIM B. SMITH
National Ice Center
Naval Ice Center (NAVICECEN)
Commander Tim B. Smith was born and raised in San Diego, CA graduating from Point Loma High School in 1986. Upon graduation, he attended University of California at Santa Cruz for one year before enlisting in the US Navy in 1988. While enlisted in the Navy, CDR Smith attended Machinist Mate "A" School, Naval Nuclear Power School, and the Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit in Windsor, CT where he was selected for instructor duty upon graduation. After one year of instructor duty, CDR Smith was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended Oregon State University where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in Nuclear Engineering.
Upon graduation, CDR Smith attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and received his commission on December 11, 1993.
While aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) he did UNITAS and Mediterranean deployments. After serving subsequent tours as the Main Propulsion Assistant and Navigator, he reported to Special Boat Unit TWELVE in Coronado, CA as a Boat Detachment Officer in Charge.
CDR Smith next attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned Master's degrees in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology. Upon graduation, he served as the Mobile Environmental Team Officer at COMNAVMETOCCEN San Diego and deployed to Kuwait as part of Combined Joint Task Force, Consequence Management. In 2002, CDR Smith assumed duties as Officer in Charge of Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment Point Mugu primarily responsible for the Joint Standoff Weapons Systems environmental package. In 2005, he reported to Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) and did both Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia deployments as Battle Watch Captain and Surface Operations Officer.
In 2008, CDR Smith attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned a Master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In 2009, CDR Smith was assigned to NATO Joint Forces Command as the Balkans Operations Chief supervising four, multinational Army Officers with responsibilities for transitioning NATO involvement in the Balkans. In 2011 he was reassigned as the Staff Meteorologist at Maritime HQ Nisida.
On September 13, 2012 CDR Smith assumed command of the Naval Ice Center.