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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 11:45 pm

FORT HOOD — As he joined the III Corps command team, Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith said there are two important facts to know about him: He’s a fair and hard disciplinarian, and he’s a firm believer in standards and structure.

The new III Corps and Fort Hood top enlisted adviser also said all Army achievements are because of 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.”

Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, hosted a welcome ceremony for his new battle buddy Wednesday morning outside III Corps Headquarters.

Smith and his wife, Sandra, join Fort Hood for the first time in his 30-year career. He 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.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Smith worked his way up the ladder by taking on difficult jobs and doing them extremely well,” MacFarland said.

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.

Read more about Smith’s career in Wednesday’s Fort Hood Herald.

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