Lt. Gen. Edwin P. Smith
Lt. Gen. Edwin P. Smith commanded the US Army, Pacific from October 1998 to his retirement in November 2002. He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1967 and went on to earn two graduate degrees. He earned a Master of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from Long Island University. Smith is also a graduate of the Canadian National Defense College.
Smith served one tour in Vietnam during 1968 as an Infantry platoon leader. Promoted to Brig. Gen. in 1993, Smith's major command prior to USARPAC was as Commanding General of the US Army Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy. Other major duty assignments were as Deputy for Readiness for the US Pacific Command from 1991-1993. He then served as Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, in Belgium, followed by a tour as Assistant Division Commander for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
Smith's decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart. His official retirement date was 1 January 2003. He now serves as the Director of Asian Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks