Col. (Ret) Yoshi Smith

1805 Canyon View
Pullman, WA 99163

509-332-6693 : Home
509-432-3205 : Mobile

References available upon request.



I am seeking an administrative or leadership position that will capitalize on my military and university experience. I want to work alongside others that share a similar vision, pursuing excellence in all they do. I would prefer a round-table environment, where integrity and a strong work ethic reside.



  • Well developed writing and public speaking skills.
  • Experienced in instructing large class groups and mentoring individuals.
  • Comfortable interacting with a wide spectrum of audiences: from students to senior elected and high governmental officials.

Problem Solving

  • Go-to expert. Able to get to the heart of problems and implement lasting solutions at the appropriate level.
  • Flexible in how to prioritize and re-prioritize as needed.


  • Experienced, patient, compassionate, understanding, excellent listener.
  • Believes that everyone has a potential to contribute to society, no matter their past decisions. Looks for their redeeming qualities.


  • Over 30 years of successful leadership experience at all organizational levels.
  • Well-developed multi-tasking skills.

Work Experience

2001 - 2004 : US Air Force : Pullman, WA

Professor of Aerospace Studies :
Washington State University and University of Idaho

  • Directed recruiting, training, motivating, counseling, and educating Air Force officer candidates through college-level officer training program. Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies with rank of full professor. Instructed sophomore-level course on Air Power History. Managed a $635K budget funding scholarships, subsistence, recruiting, and operations.
  • Ranked in top 10 of 144 detachments nationally in numbers of commissionees and pilot selection rate.
  • Member, Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award Committee. Member, Center for Human Rights Director Search Committee.

1998 - 2001 : US Air Force : Fairchild AFB, WA

Chief Executive Officer

  • Directed operations, logistics, medical, financial, and all support functions for a base comprised of over 10,000 military and civilian personnel, 53 KC-135 aircraft worth over $2.77B, real property assets worth $348M, and annual operating budget exceeding $133M.
  • Established policies, procedures, and oversaw the operation of an entire base encompassing over 98,000 acres. Ensured combat readiness to meet worldwide taskings.
  • Chaired joint Air Force/Army/Spokane community restoration advisory board to resolve environmental issues affecting the Spokane, Washington community.

1997 - 1998 : US Air Force : Minot AFB, ND

City Manager

  • Directed 1,600-person organization ensuring total support of base mission, including bombardment and missile operations and numerous associate organizations.
  • Established policy, procedures, and oversaw the operations of services consisting of police, civil engineering, fire department, communications (radio, computer, and telephone support), food and entertainment service, airfield operations, and human resources serving 13,000 people.
  • Ensured optimal support for aircraft and missile operations encompassing over 8,500 square miles, 2,470 family housing units, and 19 dormitories. Oversaw $19.1M operating budget.

1996 - 1997 : US Air Force : Pentagon, Washinton DC

Chief of Safety Issues

  • Interfaced directly with the Secretary and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff and Air Force senior leadership on Air Force wide safety issues.
  • As the highest-ranking Air Force Safety Officer in the Pentagon, represented the Air Force at inter-service, intergovernmental, and government-industry briefings and conferences.

1993 - 1995 : US Air Force : Fairchild AFB, WA

Chief Operating Officer

  • Responsible for largest KC-135 operations group consisting of over 1,800 aircrews, maintenance, and operations support personnel in six different states. Directed and supervised diverse, complex worldwide air mobility and air refueling missions.
  • Supervised aircrew and on-equipment maintenance for 97 aircraft worth $5.1B. Executed $25M operating budget. Directed quality control programs for both flying and maintenance operations and combat readiness exercise programs.

1991 - 1993 : US Air Force : McConnell AFB, KS

Chief Executive Officer, Small Group

  • Air leader for combat unit of 22 aircrews, 18 KC-135 aircraft, and maintenance personnel. Directed training, discipline, morale, welfare, and career guidance of 310 personnel, and safe employment of over $939M worth of equipment.


Formal Schooling

  • Bachelors in Mathematics, University of Hawaii
  • Masters in Systems Management, University of Southern California
  • Executive Military Leadership School - Air War College

1995 - 1996 : US Air Force : Maxwell AFB, AL

  • One of approximately 250 officers in entire United States Air Force selected annually to attend senior executive level one-year residence course emphasizing leadership at the strategic level in the employment of air and space forces in support of national security.
  • Five-person leader in Air Force 2025 think-tank project, a forward-looking progressive military study.

Graduate of Air Force training programs

  • Over 8 years of military education to include: On-Scene Commander's Course (included HAZMAT incident operation); Senior Officer's Nuclear Accident Course; Base Commander's Course; Chief of Safety Course; Safety Program Management Course.


Air Force 2025 - Replenishment, 1996, United States Air Force: a forward-looking future study think-tank project directed by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force to present equipment, organization, doctrine, political climate and other proposals for the US Air Force in year 2025 and beyond.

Awards Recieved

  • Legion of Merit - Recognized for exceptionally meritorious service with one of highest awards in the US Air Force.
  • Strategic Air Command's Outstanding Chief of Safety of the Year - 1986.
  • Sijan Award winner for outstanding wing leadership, an organization of 4000 people.
  • Air Force winner of Environmental Quality Program - led Fairchild AFB to be #1 of 37 major installations; Department of Defense Award runner-up; White House Award for Recycling Program - one of 24 awarded among all military installations.
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