Jerry A. Smith
Colonel Jerry A. Smith was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in 1962. His first duty assignment was as a Platoon Leader in the Missouri National Guard. He entered active duty on 2 July 1964 and served for 29 consecutive years. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Company Commander, 4-12 Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade, Republic of Vietnam; S3 Infantry Battalion, 2AD, Fort Hood, Texas; S3, Infantry Battalion, 2ID, Camp Greaves, South Korea; Operations/Training Officer, Headquarters TRADOC, Fort Monroe, Virginia; S3, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; Executive Officer, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; Commander, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; Deputy G3 Training, Army G3/DCSOPS, Pentagon; Deputy Commander & Chief of Staff, NTC, Fort Irwin, California; Chief of Staff, 3rd Armor Division, Germany, Kuwait, Iraq; Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Center and School, Fort Knox, Kentucky. | He is a graduate of the Air War College, Army Command & General Staff College, the Infantry Officers Advanced Course, the Infantry Officers Basic Course, Airborne School, and Officer Candidate School. | His military awards include the Legion of Merit (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Star), Vietnam Service Medal (1 Silver Star, 1 Bronze Star), Southeast Asia Service Medal (3 Bronze Stars), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (1st Hourglass), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), Overseas Service Bards (4), Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Army Superior Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.