Lieutenant Colonel Sean M. Smith, son of Michael and Lucie Smith of Edgartown, assumed command of the Army’s Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (MARSS) Project Management Office on Jan. 29, 2016, in a ceremony held at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
According to a press release, the MARSS program is chartered by the Secretary of the Army to develop, procure, field, and supply life-cycle support for all the Army’s aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sensor payloads. Lieutenant Colonel Smith commands a government-industry team and manages a budget in excess of $800 million to deliver this critical capability to soldiers engaged in combat operations worldwide.
Smith is a 1991 graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, a 1995 graduate of Norwich University, and holds a Master of Science in Acquisition, Procurement, and Contract Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. His past assignments include deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as time in the Pentagon assigned to the Department of the Army Staff.