Patrick A. Smith
Patrick A. Smith was commissioned as an Infantry Officer, OCS class 14-69, 3 April 1969 at the age of 19. He served as a Training Officer with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 3rd AIT Brigade USATC Infantry, Fort Polk Louisiana and attended the Jungle Operations Training Course School at Camp Sherman Canal Zone and was awarded the Jungle Expert Certificate. | He served with A/5/7, 1st Cavalry Division as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Viet Nam and the Cambodian Incursion. He served with HHC 1st Cavalry Division Rear as the Civilian Personnel Officer for Bien Hoa Army Base. Dr. Smith retired after serving 33 years in civilian law enforcement, 18 years as Chief of Police. | He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a past president of the California Peace Officers Association. He received his Doctor of Public Administration from the University of La Verne in 2010. | He received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Heroism, Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, Air Medal, Viet Nam Campaign Medal, and the Viet Nam Service Medal. | His last assignment was with HHC 3rd AIT Brigade USATC Fort Lewis Washington as Chairman of the Small Arms Committee.