Smith retires at top Sgt. after 20 years

Bradley (Brad) Smith from Warren has retired after 20 years of honorable service in the United States Air Force. He retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, reserved for only one percent of the enlisted force. He recently served as the Superintendent of the 633d Contracting Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., where he led an 89-member organization responsible for a $1 billion contract portfolio.

Smith had the opportunity to serve at numerous locations. His assignments included locations in New York, Korea, New Jersey, South Dakota, Turkey, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Virginia. He has had the opportunity to travel to 35 countries during his 20 year career. He deployed six times, highlighted by two tours in Iraq and a humanitarian assistance effort in Mali, Africa, where awarded more than $400,000 dollars in contracts building AIDS hospitals and schools.

Smith had several accomplishments throughout his career. He has been recognized at every level in his profession to include a national level award, Air Force Secretary of the Air Force Professionalism in Contracting award and several Major Command and Installation honors.

He is married to the former Melinda Wise and has two daughters, Savannah and Ashley. His parents are David and Lynn Smith and in-laws are Jerry and Rosanne Wise, all from Warren. He has moved to Waldorf, Md., and will continue to serve the nation in a civilian capacity in the Washington D. C. area.