Tracy D. (T.D.) Smyers rolled up his sleeves in early January, ready to lead the iconic humanitarian organization forward.
Smyers, a native Texan hailing from Wise County, comes to the Red Cross after an esteemed 30-year career in the United States Navy, having retired from his post as Base Commander at the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base (NASJRB) in Fort Worth, Texas.
Smyers’ Navy career included numerous senior leadership roles in global operations and logistics; human resource management; strategic planning; and resource optimization. He's worked in a variety of diverse locations around the world and at Navy Headquarters at the Pentagon.
Joining the American Red Cross is a change of direction for Smyers, but he's up for the challenge. "I'm definitely familiar with the work of the Red Cross, especially when it comes to the United States military. When a service member had an emergency at home, without fail, the American Red Cross would take care of them. I know that what I saw the Red Cross do for US Service-members will be mirrored in every program we offer."
Smyers holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Annapolis and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. A recently trained Red Cross volunteer, he is also a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America; chairs the USS Fort Worth Commissioning Committee; serves on the Board of Green Collar Vets and the Executive Council of the Armed Forces Bowl; and is a member of the Fort Worth Executive Roundtable and Fort Worth Mayor’s Military Advisory Council.
The American Red Cross North Texas Region includes 11 Red Cross chapters spanning 111 counties from the Texas Panhandle to Texarkana.