Tysons, Va. – LMI today announced the appointment of retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Leslie C. Smith to its board of directors.
The Honorable Lisa Disbrow, LMI’s chair, said, “Les is an extremely valuable addition to our board of directors. He is well respected throughout the military community and his expertise will be vital to LMI’s continued growth and overall strategy.”
Smith served over 35 distinguished years in the U.S. Army, with the last 3 years of his tenure as the 66th inspector general, Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Army, becoming the first chemical officer in that position. Throughout his career, he held various command and staff positions. Of note, after his time as a joint staff non-proliferation planner, he commanded the 83rd Chemical Battalion and the 3rd Chemical Brigade. Smith deployed to the Middle East for operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As a general officer, Smith served as the chief of chemical and the commandant of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) School, 20th Support Command–CBRN and Explosives Command. He was the commanding general of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood—the first Chemical Corps officer in either command position.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Senior Parachutist Badge, and both the Joint and Army Staff Identification badges.
LMI president and CEO Doug Wagoner stated, “Les has served our country with valor. We are fortunate to have a leader with such strong ethics and commitment to service join our board. With the vast military experience Les brings to our organization, he will undoubtedly offer an unmatched perspective that will continue to help LMI effectively support our clients’ missions.”
Smith received his commission from Georgia Southern University as a field artillery officer. After becoming a distinguished military graduate, he branched as a chemical officer. He holds master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and the National Defense University.