National Guardsman to be promoted to brigadier general
BY DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Saturday, November 17, 2012
11/17/12 at 5:59 AM
Oklahoma Army National Guardsman Col. Hopper T. Smith will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Smith, of Edmond, was commissioned through the ROTC at Oklahoma State University in 1983 as an infantry officer.
He graduated from Tulsa Memorial High School in 1980 and enlisted as an infantryman in Company C, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry, 45th Infantry Brigade in Bartlesville in 1981. He graduated from OSU in 1983 with a bachelor's of science degree in geology.
Smith and his battalion were mobilized with the 45th Infantry Brigade in 2003 to deploy to Afghanistan. Upon arrival in Afghanistan, the 179th was reconfigured as the 1st Embedded Training Team under Task Force Phoenix and assigned as combat advisers to 1st Brigade, Afghan National Army. After a year in Afghanistan, Smith and the 179th returned to Oklahoma having trained thousands of new soldiers for the Afghan National Army.
Smith's new assignment will be assistant adjutant general-Army.
The promotion ceremony will be held in the Blue Room at the Capitol at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, the adjutant general for Oklahoma, will be the senior officials at the ceremony.
Original Print Headline: Guardsman to get brigadier general promotion
Col. Hopper T. Smith: His new assignment will be assistant adjutant general