LTC Tong I. Smith
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Tong I. Smith graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1994. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. In 1998 he received a Masters degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
LTC Smith’s initial assignment was with the 317th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia where he served as a Platoon Leader, Assault and Obstacle Platoon Leader, Assistant S3, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Adjutant. Upon graduation from the Engineer Officer Advanced Course (EOAC) and Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), he was stationed at Camp Hovey, South Korea as the assistant brigade engineer for the 2nd Air Assault Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. While in Korea he assumed command of the 50th Assault Float Bridge Company at Camp Laguardia. After command, he was assigned to the Japan Engineer District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Camp Zama, Japan. There he served in several positions including project engineer, deputy resident engineer, construction services chief, project manager and deputy commander. While in Japan, he served in operational support to I and III Marine Expeditionary Forces on their deployments throughout the Pacific region.
After graduation from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 2006, he was assigned back to the 2nd Infantry Division where he served as the Assistant Division Engineer, G3 Chief of Training, Division Special Troops Battalion S3, and the Secretary of the General Staff. After Korea he was assigned with the Gulf Region District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq, serving as the resident officer in charge in Mosul, Iraq. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in January 2011.
In his most recent assignment, LTC Smith served as the Secretary of the General Staff for the Headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal; Army Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal; the Joint Service Achievement Medal; and the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Walter Hampton
Command Sergeant Major Walter Hampton began his military career after graduating from Thomas Edison Vocational and Technical High School in Jamaica, New York.
After completing Basic Combat Training at Fort Dix, NJ and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Tx, he served as a Combat Medic with 1st Battalion 66th Armor, 2nd Armored Division Fort Hood, Tx. He also served as the Battalion Aide Station NCOIC for the 2nd Battalion 43rd Air Defense Artillery (Hanau, Germany); He has also held various positions of leadership as a practical nurse while stationed at Munson Army Community Hospital, Fort Leavenworth, Ks.
Before becoming the Brigade Operations Sergeant Major in June 2008, Sergeant Major Hampton was a student at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, class 58. Other assignments include, Kansas City Recruiting Battalion Master Trainer and the First Sergeant of the Kansas City Recruiting Battalions Liberty Recruiting Company, the NCOIC of the Recruit the Recruiter Team, Operations NCOIC and Instructor of the Recruiting and Retention School and lastly multiple assignments as a Station Commander in the Atlanta Recruiting Battalion.
Sergeant Major Hampton is a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (Commandants List). In addition to his military education, he has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management (Magna Cum Laude) from TUI University in Cypress, Ca. and he is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from Trident University in Cypress, Ca.
His awards and decorations include the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Gold Recruiter Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct Medal with two Silver Knots, the National Defense Service Medal with one star, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three stars, the Outstanding Military Service Volunteer Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon 4th device, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait). Sergeant Major Hampton is also a recipient of the Gold Recruiter Ring, and a member of the Glen E. Morrell Order of Recruiting Excellence.