Colonel Samuel P. Smith, Jr.
Commander, HQ, U.S. Army Garrison, JRTC and Fort Polk
COL Sam Smith began his Army career by joining the Early Commissioning Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Kemper Military Junior College in Boonville, Missouri in 1996 where he earned an Associate’s Degree.
Upon completion, he graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and received a Reserve commission into the Military Intelligence Corps in 1998. He served in the 629th Military Intelligence Battalion, 29th Infantry Division, Maryland Army National Guard while completing his Bachelor Degree from the University of Maryland. Upon receiving his Bachelor Degree in 2001, he pursued his active duty career in the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps in 2001.
COL Smith also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, an Executive Master’s degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, He is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officers’ Basic and Advanced Course and the Counterintelligence Agent Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
COL Smith has served in a variety of assignments to include Platoon Leader, 629th Military Intelligence Battalion, Maryland Army National Guard, Assistant Battalion S2, 3/4 Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 82d Airborne Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battalion S2, 3/4 Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 82d Airborne Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battle Captain, HHC, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Intelligence Operations Officer, 18th Airborne Corps, G2, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Mission Manager (G2X), 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Battalion Personnel Officer, 310th Military Intelligence Battalion; and Company Commander HHC, 310th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.
COL Smith was accepted in 2008 to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of the Secretary of Defense, Army Staff Internship Program. Upon completion of his studies at Georgetown University, he was assigned to the Pentagon for two years. In 2009, he was assigned to the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Congressional Affairs Office. In 2010 he was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff G2, as a Special Assistant to the Army G2 and functioned as the Deputy Director and Acting Director, Army G2 Initiatives Group. From 2012-2014, he was assigned to the 902nd MI Group and served as Battalion S3 and XO in the 310th Military Intelligence Battalion. COL Smith was also assigned to the Office of Military Support as the ACE Chief and DJ2 from 2014-2016. Afterwards, he served as the Division G2 for the 7th Infantry Division at JBLM from 2016-2018.
COL Smith is no stranger to the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, having served here as the Senior Intelligence OCT. COL Smith’s most recent assignment was at the Pentagon where he served as the Executive Officer to the Director of Defense Intelligence in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security.
COL Smith’s deployments include Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Iraqi Freedom; and multiple tours to Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
COL Smith’s partner Hernan DePaiva lives in Washington D.C.