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Ret. Col. Michael Homer Smith

April 16, 1941 ~ May 23, 2017 (age 76)

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Ret. Col. Michael H. Smith

Williamson:  Entered into rest on (Tuesday) May 23, 2017 at age 76.  He has returned to the loving arms of His Heavenly Father.

Predeceased by his daughter: Terri A. Clingerman.

Michael received his B.S. in Education in 1963 from SUNY Geneseo and received his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in 1964.  Smith was assigned to the 305th Bombardment Wing Bunker Hill AFB as Base Traffic Management Officer and then became Commander of the 305th Transportation Squadron.  In 1968, he was assigned as the Commander of the 6314th Transportation Squadron in Korea. He graduated from the Logistics program at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio with an M.S. degree in Logistics Management. Serving as the U.S. Air Force Port Representative, Mike covered Rotterdam, the Netherlands and then was reassigned to Germany as Transportation Directorate at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces.  During his three year tour of U.S.A.F.E. Col. Smith was Chief of the Consolidated European Theater Airlift Requirements Center, served as primary action officer for the conversion of tactical airlift operations. In 1977, at Scott AFB, he served as aerial port wartime planner and then Chief of the aereal Port Inspection Division Office of the Inspector General.  Moving onto K.I. Sawyer AFB, he was in control of the Wings financial and logistics resources. He continued as the Chief of Transportation Plans and Programs Division and was in the Pentagon until going to Travis AFB. Colonel Michael H. Smith was stationed at Travis AFB, California as Deputy Chief of Staff, Air Transportation Headquarters 22nd Air Force.  Col. Smith retired from the Air Force after 26 years of service, receiving numerous awards and medals on September 30, 1990.  After moving back to NY,  Col. Smith utilized his teaching degree and taught Global Studies in Marion Central School District for several years.  

Mike loved and was loved by his daughters and their mother, grandchildren, family members, former students and the very special people in his life who cared for him while he lived in Pultneyville.  He was an extraordinarily intelligent and humble man.  He was judicious, generous and very compassionate.  His family is so very proud of all that he accomplished as both an Air Force officer and teacher.

Survived by his daughter: Susan (Alain) Bergeron of Cedar City, UT and her mother: Nancy A. Smith of North Rose, NY; grandchildren: Matthew Smith (Alexandra), Rachel, Jason, Simon (Connie), and Joanie  Bergeron; son-in-law: Bruce Clingerman; brother: Steve (Colette) Smith of Hudson Falls, NY; sister: Pat (Ron) Totten of CT; brother-in-law: Ted (Bonnie) Saunders of Groveland, NY; sister-in-law: Mary (Joe) Miserak of Rubicon, WI; many extended family members and friends.

Private services in Arlington National Cemetery with military honors will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Avenue
Arlington, VA 22211

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