James E. Smith (general)

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James E. Smith is a colonel in the United States Air Force who is currently serving as the commander of the Peterson-Schriever Garrison, a new unit in the United States Space Force.[1] He was previously the commander of the 50th Space Wing before it was inactivated and replaced by the Peterson-Schriever Garrison.[2] He was also nominated for transfer to the U.S. Space Force[3] and promotion to brigadier general.[4]

James E. Smith
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Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service1997–present (23 years)
RankUS Air Force O6 shoulderboard rotated.svg Colonel
Commands heldPeterson-Schriever Garrison
50th Space Wing
1st Range Operations Squadron
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Meritorious Service Medal (4)
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
SignatureJames E. Smith signature.jpg

Smith was commissioned in 1997 as the top graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. His operations experience includes directing range support for launch operations from the Eastern Range, Cape Canaveral, Fla., and providing command and control for national reconnaissance and Global Positioning System spacecraft.[1]

EducationEdit

  • 1997 Bachelor of Science, Astronautical Engineering and Japanese language minor, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 1999 Master of Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Mass. Institute of Technology, Cambridge
  • 2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
  • 2003 Air Force Intern Program, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • 2003 Certificate Program, Organizational Management, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • 2007 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. by correspondence
  • 2010 Master of Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2012 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
  • 2017 Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Washington, D.C.
  • 2018 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

AssignmentsEdit

1. May 1997 - May 1999, Graduate Student and Charles Stark Draper Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
2. May 1999 - June 2002, Spacecraft Systems Engineer and Chief, GPS Spacecraft Systems Analysis, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo.
3. June 2002 - June 2003, Intern, Air Force Intern Program, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
4. July 2003 - May 2006, Chief, Space Control Demonstration Operations Flight and Wing Executive Officer, Space Superiority Materiel Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
5. June 2006 - June 2008, Chief, Space Operations Division and Assistant Operations Officer, Space Operations Squadron, Aerospace Data Facility - Colorado, Buckley AFB, Colo.
6. July 2009 - June 2010, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 2010 - July 2012, Chief, Mission Area Architecting Branch, Directorate of Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo. (January 2012 - June 2012, Program Manager and Acting Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency-Northern Afghanistan, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan)
8. August 2012 - May 2014, Commander, 1st Range Operations Squadron, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.
9. May 2014 - May 2015, Assistant Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
10. June 2015 - June 2016, Chief, Air Force and Air Defense Security Assistance Team, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq
11. July 2016 - June 2017, Student, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
12. June 2017 – June 2019, Commander, Air Force Element, and Chief, Mission Operations & Engineering, RAF Menwith Hill, United Kingdom.
13. June 2019 – July 2020, Commander, 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo.
14. July 2020 – Present, Commander, Peterson-Schriever Garrison, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Awards and decorationsEdit

  Command Space Operations Badge
Senior Acquisitions and Financial Management Badge
Air Staff Badge
Commander's Insignia
  Defense Superior Service Medal
    Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
     Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
      Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
     Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with three oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze service star
  Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
  Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Training Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster
  NATO Medal

Effective dates of promotionEdit

Rank Date
  Second lieutenant May 28, 1997
  First lieutenant May 28, 1999
  Captain May 28, 2001
  Major Nov. 1, 2006
  Lieutenant colonel Dec. 1, 2011
  Colonel May 1, 2016

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Colonel James E. Smith". vanderberg.af.mil. July 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "50th SW Changes Command". Schriever Air Force Base. June 25, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "PN2172 — Space Force". United States Congress. Retrieved August 14, 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "PN44 — Space Force". United States Congress. Retrieved January 7, 2021.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Jennifer L. Grant
Commander of the 50th Space Wing
2019–2020
Command inactivated
New office Commander of Peterson-Schriever Garrison
2020–present
Incumbent