Colonel DOUGLAS I. “D.I.” SMITH
Retired 1 December 1999
SOURCE OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE: ROTC
MILITARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED
- Field Artillery Officer Basic Course
- Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course
United StatesArmy Command and General Staff College United States Army War College
PROMOTIONS DATES OF APPOINTMENT
- 2LT 23 Nov 69
- 1LT 23 Nov 70
- CPT 12 Oct 73
- MAJ 05 Dec 80
- LTC 1 Jul 87
1 Sep 92 COL
MAJOR DUTY ASSIGNMENTS
FROM TO ASSIGNMENT
Apr 70 - Jun 70 -- Student, Ranger Course, United States Army Infantry School,
Jul 70 - Dec 70 -- Forward Observer, Battery A, 2d Battalion, 10th Field Artillery,
Jan 70 - Jul 71 -- Executive Officer, Battery A, 2d Battalion, 10th Field Artillery,
Aug 71 - May 72 -- Student, Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course,
Aug 72 - Mar 73 -- Section Leader, 129th Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter), Eagle Combat Aviation Battalion (Provisional),
Apr 73 - Aug 75 -- Section Leader, later Platoon Commander, Battery A, 4th Battalion (Aerial Field Artillery), 77th Field Artillery, 101st Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Aug 75 - April 76 -- Operations Officer, Battery B, 4th Battalion (Aerial Field Artillery), 77th Field Artillery, 101st Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort
Jun 76 - Feb 77 -- Student, Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Feb 77 - Oct 78 -- Commander, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 28th Field Artillery Battalion, 210th Field Artillery Group, VII Corps Artillery,
Oct 78 - Jun 79 -- Assistant S-3 (Operations & Training) 2nd Battalion, 28th Field Artillery Battalion, 210th Field Artillery Group, VII Corps Artillery,
Jun 79 - Jul 80 -- Assistant Operations Officer (Training), VII Corps Artillery, VII Corps,
Jul 80 - Jul 83 -- Combat Developments Staff Officer, Department of Combat Developments, United States Army Aviation School, Fort Rucker, Alabama
Jul 83 - Jun 84 -- Student,
Jun 84 - Apr 85 -- Battalion S-3, 82nd Aviation Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division,
Apr 85 May 86 -- Commander, Company A, 82nd Aviation Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division,
May 86 - Aug 87 -- Brigade S-3, 82nd Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division,
Sep 87 - Jun 89 -- Deputy Brigade Commander,
Jul 89 - Jun 91 -- Commander, 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation
Jul 91 - Jun 92 -- Student,
Jul 92 - Aug 96 -- Director, Army Aviation Test Directorate, United States Army Test and Experimentation Command, United States Army Operational Test and Evaluation Command, Fort Hood, Texas.
Sep 96 - Nov 99 -- Inspector General,
- Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
- Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
- Meritorious Service Medal (with Silver Leaf Cluster)
- Air Medals (10 Awards)
- Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
- Senior Parachutist Badge
- Master Army Aviator Badge
- Ranger Tab
Army Aviation in Operation JUST CAUSE, Republic of Panama, Dec '89 - Jan '90. Army War College paper written by Lieutenant Colonel D.I. Smith, Class of '92. D.I. and his entire family were veterans of the Operation and lived in Panama from July 1989 to Jun 1991.
Click to view one page ABSTRACT
Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.
Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier.
Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.
Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.
Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.
Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.
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