Smith promoted in Mississippi Army NG
JACKSON, Miss.— Anthony ‘Andy’ W. Smith of Wiggins, Miss., was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Mississippi Army National Guard here June 1.
Lt. Col. Smith had his new rank pinned on by Col. Jerry D. (Chip) Butler, Jr., deputy commander, 66th Troop Command, and Smith’s wife, Jeannine.
Smith enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard in 1985, and completed Officer Candidate School (Mississippi Military Academy) June 3, 1989. Following OCS he attended numerous military courses culminating in advanced areas of engineering, logistics, safety, and battlefield operations. Presently, he is assigned as the facilities branch chief, Joint Force Headquarters.
He has earned numerous awards and decorations during his 27 years of service among which are: the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (8 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2 OLC), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 OLC), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2 OLC with Mobilization Device (3 OLC)), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Bar (2 OLC), Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (4 OLC), Mississippi Commendation Medal, Mississippi War Medal (3 awards), Mississippi Recruiting Medal, Mississippi Emergency Service Medal, Mississippi Longevity Medal (6 OLC) and the Army/Air Force Presidential Unit Citation.
Smith is a 1985 graduate of Copiah Academy, Gallman, Miss., and in 1995, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He is married to the former Jeannine Minor of New Orleans, and they have four children, Justin, 23; Jonathan, 21; Megan, 16 and Taylor, nine years old. He is the son of Ernest and Linda Smith of Crystal Springs.