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Smith, Col. Anthony

Smith, Col. Anthony

Honorary Board Member - VAFB

Colonel Anthony L. Smith is the Commander, 71st Mission Support Group, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. As the Installation Manager, he is responsible for the $550M flying operations and base operations contracts and all support for the Vance missio and community; including procurement, civil engineering, firefighting, security and law enforcement, communications, peronnel, supply, transportation, housing, recreation and services activities.

Previously, he served as the Chief of the Budget and Analysis Division, Resources Directorate at Headquarters Air Force Installation and Missions Support Center, Air Force Material Comman where he managed 6.9 billion dollars.

Prior to attending Air War College, Col Smithserved as the Senior Military Assistant to the Director of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the world’s largest finance and accounting agency. He supported their effort to strengthen financial management while reduicing costs, processing over 120 million pay transactions to all service members, civilian employees, vendors and contractors of the Department of Defense.

Col Smith entered the Air Force after receiving his commission through Reserve Officer Training Corps at Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina in May 1997. He has served in a variety of positions at the wing, center, major command, Air Force and Defense Agency levels. He deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2006.


1997 Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC

1997 Basic Financial Management Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas

2002 Master of Science in Cost Analysis, Air Force Institue of Technology, Wright-Patterson, AFB, Ohio

2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2003 Financial Management Staff Officer Course, Keesler AFB, Miss.

2007 Defense Financial Management and Comptroller School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2009 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2013 Air War College, by correspondence

2018 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.


  1. June 1997 – Aug 2000, Financial Services Flight Commander and Deputy Financial Analysis Flight Commander, 92nd Comptroller Squadron, 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
  2. Aug 2000 – April 2002, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  3. April 2002 – March 2005, Cost Analyst and Chief, Program Control, Space Tracking and Surveillance System, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
  4. March 2005 – July 2008, Budget Analyst and Executive Officer, Financial Management & Comptroller, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
  5. July 2008 – June 2009, Student, Air Comman and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  6. July 2009 – June 2012, Commander, 4th Comptroller Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC
  7. July 2012 – July 2014, Commander, 2nd Comptroller Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, LA
  8. August 2014 – July 2017, Direcotr, Coast Integration, Policy and Workforce Development, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters US Air Force, Washington, DC
  9. July 2016 – July 2017, Senior Military Assistnat to the Director, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Arlington, VA
  10. Jul 2017 – May 2018, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  11. June 2018 – July 2019, Budget Director, Resources and Management Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
  12. July 2019 – present, Commander, 71st Mission Support Group


Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritourious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal


Department of Defense Financial Management & Comptroller Program, Level III

Acquisition Professional Developement Program, Bus-FM/CE Level II

Certified Defense Financial Manager

Certified Cost Estrimator and Analyst


Second Lieutenant          May 28, 1997

First Lieutenant               May 28, 1999

Captain                           May 28, 2001

Major                               February 1, 2007

Lieutenant Colonel          April 1, 2012

Colonel                            October 1, 2018