Nate Smith graduated with distinction from the Virginia Military Institute in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Science. Following his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps, he served as an Infantry Officer in rifle and weapons platoon commander billets during two deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 2005 to 2007, where he was twice decorated for exceptional performance in combat.

From 2007 to 2010 Nate assumed duties as a strategic weapons guard platoon commander and a Recapture Tactics Team commander at Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor, Washington. During his three years in Washington State, Nate was recognized for effecting Marine Corps-level changes in strategic weapon security procedures and training programs; for planning and conducting a joint training exercise with British Royal Marines in England; and for participating in a number of public speaking engagements in the local community.

Nate completed seven years of service in the Marine Corps in May 2010 and immediately assumed the position of Deputy Director at Hire Heroes USA; he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2012.

Nate was born in Portland, Maine and currently resides in Alpharetta, Georgia. He earned his Masters in Public Administration at the University of Georgia.

6 Responses to About

  1. james clare says:

    Your writing brings back memories, sir. I was in Ramadi 2006 and saw a few of the places you write about. It’s messed up to think that was only 5 years ago, seems like 20. I don’t really think about those times and I have tried to forget most of them, but when I come across some good stories, like yours, I think back and am proud of what we did. Semper Fi.

    Thank you,
    James Clare
    A 1/14

  2. Josh says:

    Well said! I was in 3/2 Kilo Company 1st PLT during your time there. Without mentioning any names, your fallen marine was a good friend of mine from 8th & I. We both PCS down to 3/2 together. Coming from a squad that faced some awful times during Spear, I fully understand where you are coming from. Thanks for your input on all if this. Many of us appreciate it. Semper Fi

  3. majrod says:

    How can I get in touch with you?

  4. John says:

    Wanted to thank you for writing this. I’m a platoon leader with the Army, deployed to Afghanistan and I happened to stumble across this blog by chance. Some of the things you’ve brought up here have made me question myself and provoked me to become a better leader for my soldiers. The example you have perhaps unwittingly given is greatly appreciated by someone coming after you. Thank you.

  5. John Baldwin says:

    I served under your command 10 years ago as part of the engineers assigned to you platoon. Not a day passes I don’t think about the losses we had the burdens we carried as Marines. I enjoy reading your posts. Semper Fi.

    John Baldwin

  6. Seth Hopper says:

    Semper Fi brother. I was attached to Wpns Plt, 81mm mortar section at the time you were there, operating out of OP Falcon. While I was there primarily in the role of communications support, providing data communications via satellite, during my time there I participated in many of the security patrols and raids that the platoon went on.
    Years later, as a SSgt, I received my first assignment as the communications electronics maintenance chief of 3/2, in Lejeune. Not a day goes by that I don’t remember those times, as well as the Marines I worked with while attached to 3/2.I have since been medically separated, but I happened to come across your page, and felt the need to leave a comment.

    SSgt Seth Hopper, (former)

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