William Smith

William Smith

Conservation Officer & Anti Poaching Unit Instructor

William Smith is a North Carolina native who currently resides in Temecula, California. From a very early age William spent as much time as possible outdoors, and continues to do so as an adult. At 18 William joined the United States Marine Corps where he would serve 13 years in the Infantry. While in the Marine Corps William fought in Iraq three times and in Afghanistan once. On his last Iraq deployment William was wounded twice, earning two Purple Hearts and a Navy And Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Valor. He was medically retired from the Marine Corps in May of 2015, and met Mike Veale shortly after. Over time the two worked together to find a battle rhythm to combat the ever-changing threat of poaching. After seeing the horrors that poachers are committing only for greed, William vowed that if he couldn’t stop them himself he would do everything he could for those who could. When not instructing Marines in combat tactics, William shares his experience with APU’s that need advanced training. William’s love of animals combined with his combat experiences and training have led to him becoming the Anti-Poaching Unit Instructor for Global Conservation Force.