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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Staples Grad New Vice Admiral, Gets Naval Command

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Vice Admiral Dixon Smith at ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) U.S. Navy photo
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Dixon Smith as he appeared in the 1978 Staples yearbook. Contributed photo

A 1978 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School has taken over as commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), the fifth commander since the command’s inception in 2003.

Just before the ceremony Friday at the Washington Navy Yard, Dixon R. Smith, a native of Westport’s Greens Farms area, was promoted to vice admiral, according to a U.S. Navy news release.

CNIC is responsible for managing shore installation support for the Navy’s fleet, fighters, and family. It is comprised of 11 regions and 69 Navy installations worldwide, with approximately 52,000 military and civilian personnel, the Navy said.

“I am honored and deeply humbled by your faith and confidence in me,” said Smith at the ceremony. “I’m excited by the opportunity for continued service to our navy and our nation.”

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Vice Admiral Dixon R. Smith. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) U.S. Navy photo

After graduating Staples, Smith attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Annapolis, Md. In 1983, he received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy. He was designated as a surface warfare officer in 1985 and then went on to serve aboard five surface combatants and held five shore assignments.

They included commander of Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Navy Region Hawaii, Navy Region Southwest, and most recently, Region Mid Atlantic prior to arriving in Washington, D.C.

Smith is the son of Glenn Litch West, of Lake Oswego, Ore. and James Lesesne Smith of Sister, Ore.

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