DVIDS – News – Major Smith takes command of the 586th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NM — Maj. Joshua Smith now leads an Air Force team that sponsors hundreds of test missions and evaluation activities at White Sands Missile Range each year.
Smith assumed command of the 586th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, in a change of command ceremony July 13 at WSMR.
“I am honored to be given the responsibility to serve as a detachment commander, and I look forward to starting work here,” he said.
In addition to leading the detachment that serves as liaison for all Air Force programs tested at WSMR, Smith will also serve as the Air Force deputy on site, interfacing with Army leaders and of the navy to use the resources of the tri-service range.
“My primary goal is to ensure the success of all Air Force programs that require White Sands resources and to continue to build a positive relationship with the Army and Navy within range,” he said. declared.
Most of the flight testing coordinated by 586 FLTS at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico is performed at WSMR. There, Det. 1 serves as the main interface between the client program and the WSMR supporting elements. Detachment members strive to maintain the relationships necessary to liaise with range support and assist test customers by developing operational requirements, scheduling range and airspace, assessing safety risks and by coordinating environmental assessments.
The 586 FLTS is a unit of Arnold Engineering Development Complex, headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee.
“The work done by the detachment is vital to the defense of our nation, and I look forward to supporting the detachment and working to help us answer the call faithfully and professionally,” Smith said.
Prior to his last assignment, Smith served as Sensor Division Chief and F-15EX Instructor Weapons System Officer for the 40th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He was responsible for testing new sensors on the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle and A-10 Thunderbolt II, as well as testing weapons and sensors on the F-15E Strike Eagle.
Smith said the service of his family members played a big part in his decision to join the Air Force.
“My father and grandfather served in the military, and I wanted to follow their example and fly fighters,” he said.
Smith entered the Air Force through the United States Air Force Academy, earning his commission in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the academy. He also holds a Master of Arts in Military Arts and Science from American Military University in Charles Town, West Virginia, and a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He is also a graduate of Squadron Officer School and the Basic Air and Space Course, both at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
Other assignments throughout Smith’s career have included F-15E Weapons System Officer and Training Officer for the 334th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina; T-38 Talon Flight Commander and instructor for the 435th Fighter Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; and an Experimental Flight Test Weapons System Officer Student for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB.
He has over 1,600 flight hours in more than two dozen aircraft.
Smith’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Smith said that through his previous experience, he gained a good understanding of the Air Force’s training and testing needs. He added that this knowledge will serve him well in his new position.
“I have worked with planning before and will be able to continue to build on my previous experience in flying, testing and planning,” he said. “Furthermore, I have served under incredible leaders and with terrific personnel in the Air Force to better know how I can serve in a leadership role.”

Date taken: 08.03.2022
Date posted: 08.03.2022 16:21
Story ID: 426424

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