This may be Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith’s first time stationed at Fort Hood, but he said there’s no place else he would want to be at this stage of his career.
The infantryman with 30 years in the Army was officially welcomed as the top noncommissioned officer of III Corps and Fort Hood during a ceremony Aug. 20 outside III Corps headquarters.
Smith said he’s heard about the positive community surrounding Fort Hood and looks forward to getting involved.
“There’s not a soldier within our Army who would not take the opportunity to serve here at the Great Place,” Smith said.
This was the third ceremony in three weeks, to finalize the leadership within the Phantom Corps. Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland and British Brig. Tim Lai both arrived earlier this month as the commander and deputy commander.
Smith emphasized that the neither the ceremony nor the achievements mentioned were because of him — both were possible because of the soldiers.
“What all makes it happen, and all come together is the soldiers. Leaders can’t lead, provide guidance and instruction, sergeants can’t lead formations to do things without the soldiers,” Smith said. “It’s truly about the soldiers.”
MacFarland introduced the new enlisted advisor during the ceremony, and described Smith as a man up for a challenge.
“Command Sgt. Maj. Smith worked his way up the ladder by taking on difficult jobs and doing them extremely well,” MacFarland said. “I have no doubt his experience and leadership ability will have a tremendous impact on our soldiers, their families and our surrounding community.”
Smith most recently served as the top noncommissioned officer of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, Ky., where his previous commander lavished him with praise, MacFarland said. He also served with 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan., 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, and 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.
Smith is joined at Fort Hood by his wife, Sandra.
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