Amber Smith’s career consists of over 15 years of experience in senior levels of government, a presidential administration, strategic communications and public affairs and the military. She is the former Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Outreach), Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was an advisor on the Department of Veterans Affairs presidential transition team. A combat veteran, Amber flew multiple combat tours as a light attack/reconnaissance helicopter pilot and air mission commander where she led missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is the best selling author of the book Danger Close.
In 2016, Amber served as the press secretary for caucus operations at the presidential convention in Cleveland, Ohio as well as an advisor on the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs presidential transition team. She has briefed the press corps at both the Department of Defense and Department of State.
Amber is a former OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot-in-command and air mission commander in the historic 101st Airborne Division. She is a combat veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars where she worked closely with the U.S. Infantry, NATO ground troops, Special Forces, Marines, as well as flew aerial security for Air Force One in 2008 for the President of the United States.
Amber’s best selling book, Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan (Atria, Simon & Schuster) describes how she flew into enemy fire in some of the most dangerous combat zones in the world. She was one of only a few women to fly the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter.
Amber frequently appears on national TV networks including Fox Business, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Hill.TV, and CNBC as a leading expert in defense, national security, military operations, and foreign policy. Amber has guested hosted WMAL Mornings on the Mall, Washington DC’s largest political morning talk show.
Smith is a renowned national speaker where she tells her inspirational story of perseverance and determination, lessons of leadership and communication, and achieving success under extreme pressure. She was the emcee at the sixth annual Navy SEAL Legacy Foundation in Dallas. Amber is also a frequent columnist where she provides analysis on global affairs, defense and national security.
Amber has a master of science degree in safety, security, and emergency management with a specialization and graduate certificate in Homeland Security from Eastern Kentucky University. She earned a bachelor of science in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.