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Brian Keith Smith
Service: June 1, 2018 (Friday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg MD 20877

Brian Keith (BK) Smith, 56, passed away on May 24, 2018. He was a husband, father, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant and dedicated civil servant.

Brian was born on October 18, 1961 in Newark, NJ to Rufus and Geraldine Smith.  He later moved to Rahway, NJ and graduated from Rahway High School (NJ) on June 12, 1979. After graduation, he worked at Engelhard Corp (NJ), Plymouth Printing, Co (NJ) and Channel District Center (NJ).  In September 1985, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and reported for service in March 1986.

He attended basic training at Lackland AFB (TX) and technical training at Sheppard AFB (TX).  His first duty assigned was at Wright-Patterson AFB (OH), in September 1986, where he advanced from Medical Lab Student to Medical Laboratory Technician.  Brian went on to serve as Medical Lab Tech and Lab Manager at Bitburg Air Base (GE), Lackland AFB (TX), McGuire AFB (NJ), and Moody AFB (GA) from 1990 to 2008.  In March 2008, Brian received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Thomas A. Edison State College (NJ).   After 22 years of military service, Brian retired July 31, 2008 and settled in Maryland.  He went on to start his civil service career with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs as a Management/Program Analyst.

Brian loved the outdoors.  He loved playing golf and being around the water, whether at the shore or fishing by the lake.  He was passionate about veteran’s affairs, religion, politics , the New York Giants, and understanding people. 

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Erin, and daughters Gabrielle and Nicole.

A memorial service will take place at DeVol Funeral Home in Gaithersburg, MD on June 01, 2018 at 11:00 am. The service will be officiated by Reverend Bill Cochran. Flowers can be sent to DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg MD 20877.  Anyone wishing to donate in his honor, please give to the Air Force Aid Society (https://www.afas.org/ways-to-give/)

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