Smith assumes command of Fort Leonard Wood Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, Brig. Gen. Mark Inch, Col. Bjarne Iverson, and Lt. Gen. David Halverson inspect the troops during Smith’s assumption of command ceremony. Maj. Gen. Smith assumed command of Fort Leonard Wood from Brig. Gen. Inch in a ceremony held June 7 on Gammon Field.
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Fort Leonard Wood welcomed back Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith during an assumption of command ceremony June 7 at Gammon Field.

Lt. Gen. David Halverson, deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, presided over the ceremony in which Smith assumed command of Fort Leonard Wood from Brig. Gen. Mark Inch.

After thanking Inch for his leadership, professionalism and candid advice while taking on the role of interim commander, Halverson addressed Smith.

“We really look forward to you taking the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence to the next level,” Halverson said to Smith. “Take care and mentor leaders, train our Soldiers, educate them, give them all experience so they can be everything they want to be.”

Smith thanked guests for coming to the ceremony and the military members on the field for making the ceremony professional and flawless.

“I am filled with pride and awe to stand here as your commanding general, and promise to do everything within my power to continue the great customs and traditions that I first learned here in 2005,” Smith said.

Smith is the first chemical officer to become the commanding general of Fort Leonard Wood since it opened in 1941.

“This is a historic day, not because of who I am, but because this day continues the lineage of bringing three regiments together to form the Maneuver Support Center,” Smith said. “It is also a big day because we have a chance to show off what we love, or who we love the most: our military members and our people.”

He added in closing that he has a duty and responsibility to everyone on the field.

“Each one of you on the field today has devoted yourselves to a higher calling, and it is my duty and responsibility — our duty and responsibility — to develop our people, capabilities and systems, so we are ready to continue facing our current and future challenges for our nation,” Smith said.

Smith has a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

His last three assignments were as the fourth commander of the United States Army 20th Support Command, (CBRNE — Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-yield Explosives); the 25th Chief of Chemical and commandant of the United States Army CBRN School; and G-3, 20th Support Command (CBRNE).
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