COLONEL SUSAN M. RIORDAN-SMITH

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Colonel Riordan-Smith is the commander of the 23d Mission Support Group at Moody AFB, Ga. She leads a group of more than 1,450 military and civilian members providing support and services to a population of 28,000 active duty, retired military and family members. Her group maintains an installation with more than 830 buildings and more than 17,500 acres, including an adjacent bombing or strafing range. She is responsible for ensuring the readiness of support forces to mobilize and deploy to build, secure, and sustain air base operations at austere bare base locations anywhere in the world.

 

The 23d Mission Support Group also retains responsibility for civil engineering, fire protection, environmental compliance, disaster preparedness response, security forces, airfield navigational systems, communications-computer systems, contracting, transportation, supply, food service, housing, recreation, family and community support programs, personnel, manpower, education and training.

 

Col. Riordan-Smith entered the Air Force in May 1994 upon graduation from Villanova University and completion of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program.  As a career civil engineer, she has a diverse background, serving as a design engineer, maintenance engineer, programmer, environmental chief, readiness officer, and operations chief.  Her previous experience includes headquarters tours at the Air Force Secretariat, Air Staff and Major Command levels.  She commanded  the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, 45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB, Florida where she led 647 military, civilian and contractors in the execution of operations, maintenance, housing, environmental, emergency response, protection, planning and construction for over $8.6B in real property mission assets at Patrick AFB, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and eastern space launch range locations.  She has deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base as the chief of programming in support of Operations NORTHERN and SOUTHERN WATCH, as subject matter expert regarding Air Base facilities during the Center of Army Lessons Learned study in support of both Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, Balad AB, Iraq as the chief of engineering in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Kabul Afghanistan as the AFCENT engineer to the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and the Air Expeditionary Task Force in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and RESOLUTE SUPPORT. 

 

Col Riordan-Smith is married to Scott T. Smith of Tiffin, Ohio. They have two children: a daughter, Margaret, and a son, Ryan. 

 

 

SERVICE HISTORY:

 

May 94 – Jun 97               Chief of SABER; Maintenance Engineer, Travis AFB, CA

Jun 97 – Mar 99                AMC Dorm Program Manager; AMC Facility Development Program Manager, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL

Apr 99 – May 00               Chief of Plans and Programs, Osan AB, Korea

May 00 – Jul 02                Chief of Maintenance Engineering, Aviano, AB, Italy

Aug 02 – Jun 05               Environmental Program Manager; Readiness Program Manager, Civil Engineer Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, VA

Jul 05 – Jun 07                 Chief of Operations, Beale AFB, CA

Jul 07 – Jun 08                 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell, AFB, AL

Jul 08 – Jul 09                  Facility Energy Program Director, Civil Engineer Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, VA

Jul 09 – Jul 11                  Director of Installation Programs; Executive Officer for Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations) , Secretariat of the Air Force, Pentagon, VA

Jul 11-Jul 13                     Commander, 45 Civil Engineer Squadron, Patrick AFB, FL

Jul 13 – Mar 14                 Division Chief, Enterprise Procurement; Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas

Nov 14 – Jun 16               Deputy Director, Environmental Management Directorate; Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas

Jun 16 – Present              Commander, 23d Mission Support Group, Moody AFB, Ga.

EDUCATION:

 

1994       Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University

1998       Squadron Officer School

2002       Masters of Arts and Sciences, Public Policy, Georgetown University

2008       Masters of Arts and Sciences, Operational Military Art, Air Force Air University

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

 

Bronze Star

Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and 3 oak leaf clusters

 

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

USAFE Company Grade Officer of the Year, Dec 01

Member of the Air Force Civil Engineering Squadron of the Year, 2001

AFSPC Outstanding CE Large Unit, 2011

AFSPC Maj Gen Dean Fox Award, CE Senior Military Manager, 2011

 

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

 

Second Lieutenant    09 Jun 94

First Lieutenant         09 Jun 96

Captain                     09 Jun 98

Major                         01 Nov 04

Lieutenant Colonel    01 Oct 09

Colonel                      01 Jan 16