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Lt. Gen. Leslie C Smith '97

MSA General Administration

Retired Inspector General - Army

Lt. Gen. Leslie Smith, 66th Inspector General of the U.S. Army. Over his three decades of military service, he has held a wide range of leadership positions, beginning with his earliest days as a Field Artillery Officer and later with the Chemical Officer Corps.

In 2001, Smith assumed command of the 83rd Chemical Battalion, where elements deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. He next served on the Army staff as the deputy G-8 division chief and chief, NBC Branch for the Full Dimensional Protection Division. In 2005, he assumed command of the 3rd Chemical Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and later served as the G-3, 20th Support Command. From 2008-2010, he was the 25th chief of chemical and commandant of the Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School.

In 2010, Smith returned to the 20th Support Command as the commanding general. In June 2013, he became the first chemical officer to serve as the commanding general of the United States Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood. He assumed his current position in February 2018, previously serving as the deputy IG.

Smith holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Georgia Southern University, a MS degree in administration from Central Michigan University, and a MA in national security strategy from the National Defense University.