Speaker Brigadier General (BG) Leslie C. Smith
Commanding General, 20th Support Command (CBRNE)
Brigadier General (BG) Leslie C. Smith is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army 20th Support Command (CBRNE).
He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. BG Smith received an early commission from Georgia Southern University (GSU) in 1983 as part of the Simultaneous Membership Program with the Georgia Army National Guard. He served from 1983-1985 as a Fire Support Team Chief in the 1-230th FA Bn of the 48th Infantry Bde. In 1985, he graduated with a BBA in accounting and as a distinguished military graduate from GSU and was branched as a Chemical Officer.
From 1986 to 1989, BG Smith was assigned to 3-52nd ADA Bn in Germany. While stationed there, he served as the Battalion Chemical Officer, Assistant S3 and headquarters platoon leader.
From 1990 to 1993, he was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division in Ft Bragg, NC and served as the 82d Division Chemical Section Staff Officer, DIVARTY Chemical Officer and 21st Chemical Company Commander. While in the 82d ABN DIV, he deployed as part of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
From 1993 to 1996, he served in the Chemical Branch PERSCOM in Alexandria, VA. He initially served as the future readiness officer of the branch and then moved to the company grade assignment officer position.
From 1997-1999, he was assigned to Taegu, South Korea to the 23d Chemical Bn. He served as the Battalion S3 and XO and assisted the commander and staff with activating four heavy decontamination chemical companies and planned their follow on training, maintenance, and stationing in theater.
From June 1999 to June 2001, he was assigned to the Joint Staff, J-5 where he served as the Chairman’s representative to the Biological Weapons Convention Protocol.
From June 2001 to 2003, he assumed command of the 83rd Chemical Bn. The Soldiers of the battalion participated in Operations Noble Eagle (around the Pentagon), Enduring Freedom (Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Qatar), and Iraqi Freedom (Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan).
From July 2003 to July 2004, BG Smith served in the Army Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs, G8 as the Deputy Division Chief and Chief NBC Branch for the Full Dimensional Protection Division.
From July 2005 to 2007, he commanded the 3rd Chemical Bde at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. The brigade consisted of two battalions that train Soldiers and officers on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) operations, one battalion of Transportation Advanced Individual Training, three Basic Combat Training battalions, and one reception battalion.
From August 2007 to June 2008, he served as the G3, 20th SUPCOM (CBRNE) responsible for the operations of two EOD groups, one CBRN Bde and multiple combat enablers for the command.
Last updated 10 August 2010
From June 2008 to June 2010, BG Smith served as the 25th Chief of Chemical and Commandant of the United States Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School.
His military education includes the Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, and Command and General Staff College. He holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Strategy from the National Defense University.
BG Smith’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Legion of Merit
(1OLC), Defense Services Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Senior Parachutist Badge, and both the Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges.