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Smoky Mountain Satellite under new management...

With Craig Love stepping down as the Smoky Mountain Chair, John O'Donnell (CDR, USN, (Ret)) has stepped up to lead the Smoky Mountain Satellite. Meet John:

A graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago, John was commissioned through OCS in 1982. A qualified Surface Warfare Officer, he has served on USS New Orleans (LPH-11), USS Reeves (CG-24), USS Waddell (DDG-24), Destroyer Squadron Seven, USS Ranger (CV-61), USS Constellation (CV-64), and USS Thach (FFG-43). He has also served in two Navy Training Commands and graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a qualified Joint Specialty Officer. After retirement, he was a city planner for 15 years of two suburbs of San Diego, CA. Relocating to WNC in 2022, he and his wife Stephanie live in Waynesville, NC. We share a house with an Alaskan Malamute, LOKI and spend our time exploring the geography and geology of the area.

09/01/23/ WNC MOAA/ Introduction/