Admiral Ray Smith

It’s not the lofty sail but the unseen wind that moves the ship. You are the sail and your team is the ‘unseen wind.’

Admiral Raymond C. Smith U.S. Navy, Retired 31 Year SEAL

Admiral Ray Smith: Admiral Smith knows what it takes to build and sustain a high performance culture and he knows what it takes to unlock the full potential of large-scale organizations and specialized teams. Admiral Smith doesn’t teach good ideas he teaches leadership and team building methodologies that work.  Participants will have an uncommon opportunity to work directly with Admiral Smith through specialized lesson plans led by the Admiral. Red Flag programs have been purposefully designed to leverage his unique experiences as a decorated Commander of one of the world’s most effective, highly disciplined and top performing teams– the Navy SEAL Teams.  Some of Admiral Smith’s accomplishments include:

  • Led an Underwater Demolition Platoon in combat operations in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star (V) and Navy Commendation Medal (V) for heroic achievement
  • Commander of 1000 Navy SEALs assigned to operations in the Pacific and Middle East regions
  • Led 360 Navy SEALs and support personnel in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, conducting over 270 successful combat missions, incurring no fatalities. Awarded Navy Unit Commendation
  • One of only ten Navy captains and USMC colonels selected to work directly for the Chief of Naval Operations on the strategic vision for the Navy
  • Commanded the United States Navy’s entire SEAL force of 2500 officers and enlisted and the 2500 support personnel—the longest tenure in that position of any Navy SEAL Admiral
  • Director of SEAL training where he and his staff of SEAL instructors achieved the highest graduation rate in the history of SEAL training (55%)