|The soldier is a 1990 graduate of FCHS|
The family of MSG David Bryan Smith joined him during his special retirement ceremony at the Pentagon Tuesday. From left are Jacob, Taylor and Meredith Smith, MSG Smith and his father, Dave Smith.
Friday, November 15, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
MSG David Bryan Smith, formerly of Franklin County, was honored Nov. 12 during a special ceremony at the Pentagon in the Hall of Heroes, marking his retirement from the U.S. Army after 23 years of service.
The master sergeant is the son of David E. and Joan Smith of Fork Mountain.
Smith was deployed to Afghanistan and Pakistan five times as a member of the 3rd Special Forces Group A as a communications sergeant.
During one of those deployments to Afghanistan, Smith lost an arm from an enemy explosive device during a military operation.
Smith also conducted numerous training deployments to the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Yemen, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.
During his military career, Smith was awarded two Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Commendation Medals for Valor, two Purple Hearts, Special Forces Tab, Master Parachutist Badge and Canadian Commander-in-Chief Unit Citation.
As a member of the 82nd Airborne Division for eight and a half years, Smith was also deployed for five months in Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm in 1991 and for four months in support of the Cuban refugee crisis in Panama in 1995.
Smith also did an internship under Jared Shepard, founder, CEO and president of Intelligent Waves, a veteran-owned small business provider for information technology products and services to the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the intelligence community.
Shepard is also director of Warriors Ethos, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping wounded military personnel rebuild their lives.
Smith, 41, and his wife, Meredith, have two children, Jacob, 13, and Taylor, 17. The Smiths live in Rockville, Md., where Smith is enrolled at Georgetown University.
Smith was one of three career Army soldiers honored during the ceremony Tuesday, hosted by the Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. The other two retiring soldiers were SFC Mark Holbert and SSG Antonio Turner.