Kappa Journal (Salute to the Military Issue)


LIEUTENANT GENERAL LESLIE C. SMITH The United States Army's 66 th Inspector General


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The Kappa Alpha Psi ® Journal

Fall 2018 VOLUME CV, ISSUE 3


The Kappa Alpha Psi ® Journal Established 1914 First Editor Frank M. Summers, Esq. Past Permanent Editors Lionel F. Artis 1921–1937 G. James Fleming 1938–1950 William L. Crump 1950–1975 Earl S. Clanton 1975–1985 Jonathan P. Hicks 1985–1989 Van Jordan 1989–1990 Mel L. Davis 1990–1999 Keflyn X. Reed 1999–2010 Jonathan P. Hicks 2011–2014 Thomas L. Cunningham IV 2014–2015 Cleveland Ferguson III, Esq. 2016— Editor Cleveland Ferguson III, Esq. Jacksonville (FL) Alumni Chapter KappaJournal1914@gmail.com Deputy Editor for Features Clarence Tucker Norfolk (VA) Alumni Chapter ctuckermpt@gmail.com Deputy Editor for Photography Michael L. Hume Belleville-O'Fallon (MS) Alumni Chapter mlhphotography@hotmail.com Contributing Copy Editor Erick B. Wicker Winter Park (FL) Alumni Chapter erickbwicker@hotmail.com Feature Writers Stuart Doyle Dr. Samuel Odom Aaron Williams Graphic Arts Contributor Justin L. Tyson Atmore (AL) Alumni Chapter justin.tyson38@gmail.com Grand Historian Kevin P. Scott Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter GrandHistorian1911@gmail.com Advertising Sales Director Sherman K. Kizart Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter

On the Cover: Silhouette Vanedra Smith and Lillie Smith, mother, pin Lieutenant General Leslie C. Smith. See article on page 11.


Journal Notes


Grand Polemarch’s Message


Junior Grand Polemarch's Message


Kappa Commentary

10 Kappa Salute

11 Cover Story: Lt. Gen. Smith

20 Lead Feature Story: Lt. Gen. Piggee

Alumni News: Lt. Col. Lang takes command. 31


MVAC Spotlights

36 Active Duty General Spotlight

38 MVAC Roll Call


From History's Lens

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To the Chapter Invisible

82 Kappa Alpha Psi ® Directory

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Achievement: Battles receives Wilkins Peacemaker Award. 3

34 Military and

Veterans Affairs Commission Review.

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32 MVAC Looks Back: US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Chief Judge Honored.

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Battles Recognized By Justice, MVAC Presents Roll Call in Honor of those who Serve(d) ***

opportunity to meet both brothers, it is a distinct honor to feature their stories. MVAC also provided other features of brothers who paved the way for so many today through our Look Back section. And, we honor their stories in this issue. *** The Journal staff is comprised of nine Province Reporters…almost on the way to being fully staffed for the most chal- lenging issue that faces the publication in terms of production: the pre-conclave issue. In that issue, we will attempt to provide a more comprehensive Senior Kappas Roll Call in addition to the advertise- ments for the 84 th Grand Chapter edi- tion. We will need every province and every chapter to ensure their members who are Senior Kappas are all represent- ed. The undergraduate issue is already in the books and will follow this issue after National Founders’ Day observances. With your continued adherence to deadlines and Journal standards, we can feature the range of achievement of Kappa Alpha Psi ® . The stories of your singular, honorable achievements are housed in every library and in every president's office where Kappa Alpha Psi ® has an active chapter. You fill our mentees with hope and our children's eyes with light. Keep answer- ing the call of Matthew 5:16.

The Grand Polemarch has chosen to expand his focus on the brothers who have served this great country in the United States Armed Forces by dedicat- ing this issue to a Roll Call commissioned by International Headquarters (IHQ) and the Military and Veterans Affairs Commission (MVAC). While imperfect, it comprises the members contained in IHQ’s databases or submissions provided by MVAC. MVAC, in its request through What’s Happening Across Kappa Land? detailed the Journal’s requirements for submissions; nevertheless, only a small number of submissions met the mini- mum photo requirements. The Journal staff employed every technique to bring the submissions up to publishing stan- dards. Where those standards could not be met, a brother’s name was listed with his respective branch of service along with those who did not submit photos. *** We celebrate the unparalleled achieve- ments of our brothers who have achieved the rank of Lieutenant General, among others. Lt. Gen. Leslie C. Smith is our cover story. He is the 66 th Inspector General of the United States Army. Lt. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 of the United States Army and leads our feature stories. Having had the

Cleveland Ferguson III, Esq. W ho can say what inspires a man to want to serve? When you look on the body of work of the 33 rd Administration, particularly as chronicled under the Kappa Alpha Psi ® Journal, you get a compelling vision of service by Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr. that is unmistakable. Consider that the U.S. Department of Justice named an award after Communi- ty Relations Service (CRS) Director and Civil Rights stalwart Roger W. Wilkins. Employees are considered for this award if their careers embody the cause of jus- tice, service and leadership in the CRS. Next, consider that in 2018, Brother Battles was conferred with this award and juxtapose this with his traversing four continents with the cause of assisting the downtrodden, the powerless, the under- represented—on behalf of Kappa Alpha Psi ® . If you have ever had the opportu- nity to meet this Kappa’s Kappa, you were always greeted with the jubilant power that comes from the commitment born of someone who has not forgotten His law, and you place that man at the helm of the greatest fraternity known to man, you can see the indomitable effects of Kappa’s Six-Point Plan all over this nation. From Learn2Live to Kappa Kamp, from Guide Right programming to unparal- leled philanthropy that is reflected in our annual reports at the local and national levels, Kappa Alpha Psi ® is comprised of men of culture, patriotism and valor that is simply unmatched. Here's to Brother Battles!

Thomas L. Battles, Jr. receives the Roger W. Wilkins Peacemaker Award from the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice.


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Brothers All,

T hroughout our great nation, the names of thousands of military heroes glisten on the polished surfaces of granite memorials in cities large and small, and communities suburban and rural. Traditionally, we honor these heroes at events recognizing Veterans Day, a time when we thank everyone who is serving or who has done so and is still with us. We pay tribute as well on Memorial Day, when we reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to our nation. The sacrifices of African Americans for this cause dates back to the years of America’s revolution, although their feats rarely received widespread acknowledgment historically. Not in newspapers, or textbooks, or public ceremonies, or national speeches. Nevertheless, since its inception 107 years ago, Kappa Alpha Psi ® proactively has bucked this trend. We knew then that we were privileged to have brothers whose stellar military accomplishments exemplified our goal of achievement. After all, seven of our 10 founders served. Also, through the Kappa Alpha Psi ® Journal and many other forums, we have devoted the time to share military Kap- pas’ victories and stories with the global population as well as brothers. In this edition’s cover story, for instance, Lieu- tenant General Leslie C. Smith, the U.S. Army’s newly sworn-in inspector general, shares insights into the family

and professional influences that helped pave the way to his successes. In the feature story, Army Lieutenant General Aundre F. Piggee, Deputy Chief of Staff G4 — a star in his own right — discuss- es his own mentors who “challenged him with incredible opportunities,” and how “competence, commitment and character” are essentials for effective leadership in the Army. Similar per- spectives come from two retired U.S. Air Force veterans, Brigadier Gen- eral David M. Hall and Colonel Eddie Levell Jr.; and retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Edward Moore Jr. We learn and grow from the lessons relayed from such accounts, which also provide our youth with a glimpse of the character and make-up of true role models. These Kappas may have risen to the stature of Four-Star General Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. (see A Look Back Winter 2016 issue, page 107) and 72 nd Laurel Wreath Laureate General Den- nis L. Via (see Cover Story , Summer 2016 issue, page 38). Or, they may be unsung heroes, with achievements not widely known or only recently discov- ered. Count James McCray and Harvey Russell Jr., Coast Guard servicemen during World War II, among those. Also, those who become familiar to us only after a national event with far- reaching effect as in the case of Antonio Davon Brown. In June 2017, Brother Brown was one of 49 shooting fatali- ties at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It turned out that this U.S. Army Reserve captain had tours of duty in Iraq and


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I highly encourage all brothers, whether individually or through a chapter, to recognize both Kappa veterans and brothers who currently are serving in our nation's armed forces. We must acknowledge them not only for their personal achievements but also for their elevation of Kappa Alpha Psi ® !

Afghanistan on his military resume. (He also held an M.B.A. and was working toward a Ph.D. when he died.) While African American soldiers and veterans historically have been on the backburner regarding recognition of their military contributions, the sacri- fices of their families has been a mere afterthought, if that. Therefore, it is im- portant that we support military families’ broad array of needs and always provide them with prayer and encouragement. So much has changed in the political and military landscape since Septem- ber 11, 2001 that there is now a keen awareness of the seriousness of military service. Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and the senior generation can recall when a deployment would last for six months at best whereas now 10 months to a year is not uncommon. The soldier returns home for, say, two weeks and goes out again for a year, missing birthdays, holidays, weddings and other special occasions with loved ones. This real scenario can lead to emotional toil for a family, yet, families too are proud of their sacrifice that allows a spouse, sib- ling or child to rise to the occasion for all our sake. This bravery and commit- ment to protect you, me and America is vital to preserving the freedoms and privileges we claim and avail as U.S. citizens. As mentioned, Kappa Alpha Psi ® always has understood the significance of sol- diers and veterans to our nation as well as within the fraternity. More recently,

my administration’s creation of the Military and Veterans Affairs Commis- sion (MVAC) has served as a prominent example. This commission is derived from the Kappa 6 Point Plan’s Commu- nity Service component, which aims to inspire public service interest through parallel initiatives on all levels of the fraternity. A main goal of the MVAC is to acknowledge and celebrate members of our noble clan who are both veter- ans and active duty military personnel. Furthermore, the commission serves as a strategic vehicle for reclamation. Through reclamation, which, too, is a Kappa 6 Point Plan component, the commission works to bring veterans home to Kappa and re-integrate them into the Bond. Brother Hawthorne “Peet” Proctor, who chairs the Com- mission, is directing the creation of programs for active and retired military veterans. I highly encourage all brothers, whether individually or through a chapter, to recognize both Kappa veterans and brothers who currently are serving in our nation’s armed forces. We must acknowledge them not only for their personal achievements but also their elevation of Kappa Alpha Psi ® . This edition of the Journal is unique in that it features a “roll call” of the fraternity’s soldiers, which is categorized by their branch of service. As a preface to the roll call, I take pride in calling out the name of each of our nation’s armed forces:

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The United States Navy The United States Army The United States Marines The United States Air Force The United States Coast Guard

and …

The military family spouses and children

As you reflect on or formally acknowl- edge the sacrifices of our Kappa soldiers and their families, heed this May 9, 1864 message from President Abraham Lincoln: “I am, indeed, very grateful to the brave men who have been struggling with the enemy in the field, to their noble com- manders who have directed them, and especially to our Maker....While we are grateful to all the brave men and officers for the events of the past few days, we should, above all, be very grateful to Almighty God, who gives us victory.”

Yours in the Bond,

Thomas L. Battles, Jr. Grand Polemarch

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Brothers All: T hroughout my life I have had a high sense of respect for those who serve in the United States Armed Forces. This respect stems from the respect I have for my father who is a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. His influence on my fellow siblings and me birthed in us a spirit of patriotism, honor, and respect that I will always hold near and dear to my heart. To the brothers who have chosen to put their lives on the line for our country, I not only salute you, but also pray God’s great peace and protection will be con- stantly over you, not only in your service to the country, but also in subsequent life. To brothers everywhere, I hope that we all honor those who have given their all for this country by exercising our rights, engaging in impactful community service, and doing all that we can to foster and

perpetuate democratic, civil society.

Lastly, as we honor our active and re- tired military brothers, let us all forever strive to embody those high ideals of brotherhood, patriotism, and achieve- ment exhibited by our early fraternity leaders on the battlefield of Le Mans, France during World War I. Let us never forget the sacrifice of all our great brothers in uniformed services.

His influence on my fellow siblings and me birthed in us a spirit of patriotism, honor, and respect that I will always hold near and dear to my heart.

Yours in the Bond,

Christopher G. Cross Junior Grand Vice Polemarch


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Faith of the Veterans By Rev. Dr. Tony C. Evans, Sr. National Chaplain

We Honor our Veterans in this issue of the Journal, for putting there lives on the line to ensure our safety! John 15:13 says it best, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” You will notice in this issue, that Kappa Men exemplified achievements at every level of leadership, every rank, served in every war/conflict involving our country, and to this day their commitment to honorable achievement continues. wrong person; it was the veteran , not the preacher who gave us the freedom of religion; it was the veteran , not the reporter, who gave us the freedom of the press; it was the veteran , not the poet who gave us the freedom of speech; it was the veteran , not the lawyer who gave us the right to a fair trial; it was the vet- eran , not the politician who gave us the right to vote; it is the veteran who salutes the flag and served under the flag, who gave us the freedom to proudly claim and wave our flags. Let us, with unconditional love, brothers all , honor our brothers that are veterans as well as those continuing to serve our country, but let us worship Jesus Christ, our Great Commander-In-Chief. I leave you with these closing thoughts. Many times we give credit to the

My scriptural text is Matthew 8:5- 13. It is centered around a Centurion (Military) officer caring for one of his servants. Long after the veteran has laid aside his military uniform he remains one of the most patriotic, most loyal , most committed Americans we have in the country, and beloved brothers within the noble bond of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Jesus honored the wish of the centurion as a result of his loyalty, commitment and service. In the 10th verse , “Assur- edly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” In verse 13 , Jesus rewarded the centurion in saying, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. Jesus honors the faith of a veteran according to Matthew 8:5-13. Down through the years, our veterans have served and committed to the cause of freedom, courage, and love of country. And because of such a commitment to a cause far greater than themselves, they are deserving of our honor. In our text, Jesus pays great honor to a military veteran, not because of his service to his country, but for his faith in God. IN verses 5-8, the military veteran gave honor to Christ. When ever a centurion is mentioned in the New Testament, it is always in a favorable light. The 10 th verse reads, “When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “ Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” Only two times in the New Testament that we are told that Jesus “marveled” at something. The other, was in Mark 6:6, Jesus “marveled” at the unbelief of the Jewish people in His hometown of Nazareth.

Now when Jesus had entered Caper- naum, a centurion came to Him, plead- ing with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord , I am not wor- thy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man un- der authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,‘ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assur- edly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” (Matthew 8:5-13) B rothers all, 100 years ago, seven years after a veteran by the name of Elder Watson Diggs (a great centurion), estab- lished what was to become the great- est fraternity in the world, World War I ended on November 11, 1918. After the war, Congress declared November 11 th an annual holiday. Originally it was called “Armistice Day”. In 1953 after the second World War ended, the name was changed to Veteran’s Day. My message for you in this special Journal edition focuses on Kappa veterans and military personnel.

One Kappa, One Nation Under God, In- divisible with Liberty and Justice for All.

To God be the Glory!


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Seven of our 10 Founders Served in the Military

By Paul Robinson, National Reclamation Chairman

Chapter Meetings, and other fraternal events or activities.

not have to be “Super Nupe” and attend every Kappa function. But with chapter meetings once a month, can Kappa have 2-3 hours? If you have other obligations on chapter meeting night, what about a committee meeting or mentoring Kappa Leaguers for an hour on Saturday? And if that doesn’t work, I’m sure the brothers will love to have you volunteer at any of our philanthropic activities like Adopt-A-Highway, voter registra- tion drives, and feeding the homeless to name a few. Similarly, the financial obligation of pay- ing dues should not be used as a barrier to coming home to Kappa. During my tenure as Polemarch of Dulles-Leesburg (VA) Alumni Chapter, we doubled in size in one year. How? We had a zero tolerance policy towards money being an issue. If a brother truly couldn’t pay his dues, another brother in the chapter would gladly pay them for him. Broth- ers who expressed a desire to attend an event, but weren’t financially positioned to do so were covered by another mem- ber or afforded the opportunity to work the event. I’m reminded that 7 of our 10 Re- vered Founders served in World War I: Founder Elder Watson Diggs, Founder Ezra Dee Alexander, Founder Henry Tourner Asher, Founder Marcus Peter Blakemore, Founder Guy Levis Grant, Founder Edward Giles Irvin, and Found- er John Milton Lee, who enlisted in the Army in 1917. Conventional wisdom is that they came home and focused on finding employment and focused on family. No one would question them be- ing too busy or unable to be active. But our Founders and World War I veterans had something different in mind. In addition to starting families and achiev- ing in their professions, the Founders went on to establish undergraduate and alumni chapters, alike. They served in leadership positions, attended Grand

If the Founders could serve in the mili- tary, the fraternity, and make valuable impact to their families and their profes- sions, are we living up to their commit- ment to our fraternity? Whether it’s pitching in on a committee call, calling to check on a brother, attending more chapter meetings or volunteering to give a senior Kappa or young Kappa a ride. Just Do It !!! I’m reminded that 7 of our 10 Revered Founders served in World War I: Founder Elder Watson Diggs, Founder Ezra Dee Alexander, Founder Henry Tourner Asher, Founder Marcus Peter Blakemore, Founder Guy Levis Grant, Founder Edward Giles Irvin, and Founder John Milton Lee, who enlisted in the Army in 1917.

O ne of the first things I was taught on my journey was God, family, school/career, and Kappa. You would be hard pressed to find someone that disagrees with the four points of the diamond, yet many times in life our priorities can get “out of whack.” If we place too much time and focus in one, a good Kappa man should feel off center. That’s not to say that fidelity is easy. Most working-class Americans put in so many hours in their profession that they unintentionally neglect family. But in the end, we all need balance in our lives for those things we hold dear. That said, I talk to inactive members daily across the country who provide valid reasons for their status. The number one priority for new graduates is finding a job, while for others it can be establishing a family. Some members experience financial hardship and incor- rectly believe that being active is synony- mous with paying dues. Even more still there are members who achieve in their careers to heights so great they are chal- lenged finding time for anything outside of their chosen profession. There’s an old saying that goes, “You can tell what a man loves by where he spends his time and his money.” You do

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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. salutes our members who are active duty military or veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Below: Scenes from the 83 rd Grand Chapter Meeting.


By Dr. Samuel Odom

Washington, D.C.

Lieutenant General. Leslie C. Smith sat down with Dr. Samuel Odom to discuss his experiences, insights, journey, and outlook as a U.S. Army General Officer commander, mentor, and community leader. Early years Lieutenant General Leslie Smith is a native of Atlanta, Georgia with roots in the State of Mississippi. Brother Smith was duly initiated in the spring of 1982 Initiate at the Iota Pi of Kappa Alpha Psi ® while attending Georgia Southern University. Lt. Gen. Smith comes from a family of military service beginning with his father who served with the 25 th Infantry Division during the Korean War in 1950. Lt. Gen. Smith’s (younger) brother, Lawrence C. Smith, commissioned through the Florida A&M University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. Lawrence served three years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Quartermaster Officer. He was a Platoon Leader and the installation Secretary General Staff officer at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Ft. Polk, La. Lawrence also served five years as an Army Reservist. Lawrence was initiated as a spring 1988 Initiate of the Alpha Xi of Kappa Alpha Psi ® at Florida A&M University. Lt. Gen. Smith’s sister, Lola Burse, served three years in the United States Marine Corps as a Communications Corporal before becoming an elementary school principal in Georgia.

U.S. Army Lieutenant General Leslie C. Smith, Inspector General of the Army, poses for a command portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Mar. 15, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Monica King). T he U.S. Army continues to recognize, reward and promote professional leadership. On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper, issued the Oath of Office and swore in Major General Leslie Carlton “Les” Smith as the U.S. Army’s 66 th Inspector General during a ceremony held at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Subsequent to the swearing in, the official promotion ceremony to Lieutenant General took place on Friday, February 9, 2018. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, hosted the event at Lincoln Hall Auditorium on Fort Lesley J. McNair in

Lt. Gen. Smith earned his commission through the ROTC program at Georgia Southern


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Daughters Tori and Taylor Smith pinning Lieutenant General Smith.

University in 1985. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and was branched as a Chemical Officer in the U.S. Army. Lt. Gen. Smith is the first U.S. Army Chemical Corps Officer to serve as the U.S. Army Inspector General. His promotion serves as a major milestone for the United States Army Chemical Corps, his alma mater, Georgia Southern University, and the Smith Family. Lt. Gen. Smith described his role and vision as a U.S. Army General Officer, senior leader, and community leader. They are drawn from his experience

Lieutenant General Smith sworn in by Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley.

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during the last 32 years in the Army and the many challenges and opportunities he faced. “The view as an Army officer is one that is built over years of service to the nation. We all receive the basics of ethics, leadership, and the tactical skills that we need for success. However, the key to our success is the character development that we learned as young people growing up around the United States. As a young man growing up in Atlanta, Georgia I faced many of the same challenges that most other young people faced growing up in the 1960s. However, my challenges were exacerbated with the death of my father from a short-term illness. Thankfully, my mother was undaunted. Born in Columbus, Mississippi, to Ms. Corine McCoy, she was the oldest in her family. My dad, Calvin, was also the oldest of 10 children born to Moses and Rosetta Smith of Mound Bayou, Mississippi (in the Mississippi Delta). My parents met at Rust College after my father’s return from the Korean War, and they settled in Atlanta because they recognized that it was a place that offered better opportunities for achievement.” (If you want to learn more about Mound Bayou, MS visit the National Museum of African American History.)

shop. That is just one example of the early involvement from positive family members that showed us that all things were possible if we worked hard. Today, I still follow those life-lessons from my formative years which taught me to treat everyone with dignity and respect, to have fun in what I do each day, and to make the mission happen. Kappa refined all of the traits that I developed in our schools, our churches, and our community organizations by showing me how to pull the entire package together. Kappa Alpha Psi ® showed me that young men of humble beginnings are not limited by their starting place in life, but can achieve great things if they are willing to commit themselves to their goals.” experiences & postings The United States Army Inspector General Agency has a rich and illustrious history which traces back to the days of the Revolutionary War. General George Washington tasked Baron von Steuben with teaching the Continental Army the essentials of military drills, tactics and discipline in order to prepare inexperienced soldiers for the challenges they faced during a critical point in our nation’s history. In recognition of his success, Washington appointed von Steuben as the Army’s first Inspector General, and the standards he established 240 years ago remain a vital foundation for the Agency’s operations today. The Inspector General Agency serves as the “eyes and ears” for the commander. “At my level, we support both the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army with their number one priority: Readiness. We accomplish this by teaching and training the force to get ahead of problem areas, sharing emerging trends, inspecting systems

“My mother was relentless in her focus on education and opportunity for her children. She changed her profession from teaching English to banking so that she could spend more time with her family instead of grading papers at night. The other strategic decision she made was to enroll all of her children in a parochial elementary school a few miles from our home. While our home was safe and we had fun, the public elementary schools were not up to the standard that she expected. These decisions set our family on a track for excellence and achievement in areas that she could not have imagined.” Mrs. Smith’s children’s achievements included the promotion of her son to Lieutenant General, her daughter’s service as a school principal, and another son’s service as an executive vice president for finance in a major company. “Our upbringing during the summers in Mound Bayou and Columbus, Georgia reinforced the standards she set for our family. My uncle Curtis was a great mentor and entrepreneur who ran a barber shop, a convenience store, and gas station, all while continuing to farm the family’s land. He gave me my first hair cut in his barber

Secretary of the United States Army Dr. Mark A. Esper swearing in Lieutenant General Smith.


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The Smith Family, from left: Patsy Hodges, mother In-law, daughters Tori and Taylor, Silhouette Vanedra, Lille Smith, mother, and CSA General Milley pose with Brother Smith upon his promotion to Lieutenant General.

and processes, and investigating areas of concern. While serving as the 66 th Inspector General, and as a General Officer for the past ten years, I’ve learned many valuable lessons through successes and challenges.” “My first assignment out of college was as the Chemical Officer for the 3 rd battalion, 52 nd Air Defense Artillery in Germany. That was a great initial assignment but at the same time, it presented many learning opportunities. As a young officer being away from home and from the United States for the first time, there was a steep learning curve in applying all that I had learned in ROTC and from Kappa in a real-world environment. Fortunately, there were great mentors in Germany that I was able to connect with who provided invaluable leadership lessons that helped develop me into the person I am today. These mentors reinforced values I had learned from Kappa: hard- work, honorable achievement, helping others; as well as lessons I had gained in ROTC: know your craft, determination, selflessness, be prepared. “Another great opportunity I had was as the company commander for the 21 st Chemical Company at the 82 nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I was in charge of 120 or so Soldiers,

many of them not much younger than me. It really gave me a sense of what it means to place the needs of others ahead of your own. There is probably no better assignment for a young officer to serve in as a company commander than the 82 nd Airborne Division. Physically and mentally demanding, that assignment helped shape my perspective on what the Army is all about.” deployed units to Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and South Korea in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Noble Eagle. There, he put to use the values and lessons he learned as a Kappa and as a leader. “I had the great privilege and honor of leading a group of very talented Soldiers and officers while deployed to Iraq. Although the environment was challenging and even unforgiving at times, the conditions required me to call upon all the lessons and values that had been inculcated in me from my family, the Army, and Kappa to achieve the Army’s desired outcome. The end result was that brave young men and women performed exceptionally well under the most demanding circumstances. The net effect of that experience I would As the battalion commander of the 83 rd Chemical Battalion, Lt. Gen. Smith

later apply to my role as Inspector General in helping units across the Army be prepared whenever and wherever the Army calls upon them.” These experiences helped mold Lt. Gen. Smith into the General Officer he is today. As the commander of the Army’s only Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives command, Lt. Gen. Smith learned to deal with complexities of units deployed and stationed in nineteen locations and three to five countries. “The dedication of Explosive ordnance Disposal and CBRN Soldiers who put themselves in harm’s way to mitigate the threats of weapons of mass destruction is awe inspiriting. I will never forget my years of service with this unique team.” “I am most proud of the results we have seen across our Army. We have a focused, adaptive and responsive force grounded in the Army’s values and high ethical standards. Our drive, perseverance, and focus on mission accomplishment make us the best in the business. I am honored to be a part of it. The United States Army Inspector General Agency is proud to lead the way in ensuring standards are met and enforced.”

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Leadership, Balance Lt. Gen. Smith also discussed the positive impact of his leadership on the Army’s junior and senior leaders in his current role. He believes the Army is not an intangible organization, but instead, the Army is at its core, the men and women who proudly wear the uniform. In that construct, Lt. Gen. Smith believes that positively touching the lives of the Army’s future leaders is one of the legacies he will leave behind. “I think my impact on our military is continuing to evolve. My childhood background and humble beginnings fostered an unmatched work ethic, a natural acceptance of increased responsibility, and a willingness to critically examine processes, and challenge them when necessary. Initially my leadership impact stemmed from actively listening to members of the force, without regard to rank, position or title. I began to build relationships and teams, and at some point, a positive culture developed. It was within this culture that I was able to mentor and teach peers and junior Soldiers about life, about a higher purpose, and about community service. Many of my discussions revolved around the challenges they were facing, or how important it was to be a good adult. Young Soldiers, and young people in general, are facing some “pretty big” decisions these days with the stresses of deployments, financial readiness, and new families. I am lucky to have navigated these challenges with my wife and children, and I am honored with every opportunity to provide sound advice to others. As a General Officer, I believe it is my responsibility to inspire the next generation and to help them in the same way that my family and community have helped me. No one does it alone.”

Above: Sgt. 1 st Class Brian Leahy, left, operations supervisor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4 th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 1 st Infantry Division, responds to then-Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, commanding general, Fort Leonard Wood and Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, during a brief on the unit’s Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response Force mission. The 4 th MEB conducted a weeklong training exercise on Fort Leonard Wood in a simulation of a nuclear detonation near Chicago. Smith questioned Leahy, a native of Rockford, Ill., how he would be emotionally impacted during an actual emergency and how that would affect his ability to respond on the DCRF mission if deployed to the Chicago area. (Photo illustration by U.S. Army Sgt. Kelly S. Malone).

over my career, I have been blessed to have the success that I have. But it’s important for everyone to understand, especially our youth, that I have learned as much, if not more, from my failures as I have from my achievements. Success is a two-sided coin. You cannot have success without some failures. The key is to learn from those failures and not let them stop you from achieving your goals and objectives. There is no shame in failure, there is only a lack of honor when you let your failure stop you from great achievement.” Faith and the Profession Lt. Gen. Smith then discussed the significance of faith, family support, mentorship and fraternity. He commented on his motivation, drive to achieve, and endurance through challenges that have enabled him to triumphantly overcome adversity while

sustaining his family and continuing to achieve within the Army.

“I think faith, family support, mentorship, and our fraternity are all important aspects of who I am today and my personal motivation. Above all, my Christian faith guides my life. Often it focuses me and comforts me in challenging times. When I was promoted to Lieutenant General (3- Star), it was a great day for me, my family, my friends and the Army. At all promotion ceremonies, the promotee has the opportunity to speak.” “I chose to highlight a verse from Proverbs because I think it captures the very essence of my personal philosophy to ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.’ In my previous job as the Deputy Inspector General and in my

“I want to make one last point about leadership and honor. As I look back


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current position as The Inspector General, I have chosen this personal philosophy because I recognize that, while the jobs are tough, I am more than capable of meeting every challenge when I trust in the Lord. Along with my strong sense of faith, I am lucky to have the support of my family who are my biggest fans. While serving in the Army has been both rewarding and challenging, Lt. Gen. Smith knows that his success would not have been possible without the support of his family. “To have a successful life, it is important to have a proper work- life balance. The Army recognizes that when a Soldier takes the step to voluntarily serve his nation by joining the Army, his family, although they do not take an oath, also serve and make sacrifices that many may not fully appreciate. Therefore, it is essential to balance work with family…and it also helps to have an understanding wife.” “I have also enjoyed the camaraderie of my fraternity brothers. Wherever I go in the Army, they are there living the values of service, altruism, sacrifice, and community every day. I am so proud of the stand that Kappa Alpha Psi ® has taken in support of the military and our veterans through the Military Veterans Coalition, and I look forward to seeing Kappa’s outreach at the 2019 conclave in Philadelphia. I think these efforts are positive examples of service to our veterans and our nation.” Lt. Gen. Smith identified the importance of embracing and living the Army profession, attributes that he speaks about during most of his discussions with leaders both inside and outside of the military. “As stated in the Army Profession video in 2012, ‘The United States Army is the greatest force for good

the world has ever seen. Army leaders sustain the profession by having members willing to accept it and a unique set of standards to maintain it.’ Included within the Army values are five essential characteristics of the profession: trust, military expertise, honorable service, esprit de corps, and stewardship that serve as our azimuth. As the Inspector General, I value these characteristics to strengthen our force. Trust is the positive relationship with the American people and serves as the lifeblood of our profession.” “As IGs, we maintain our trust with the American people by striving to improve the Army’s processes and by ensuring that they are fair and equal throughout our enterprise. We empower leaders across our force and we leverage their vast military experience to provide assistance to our Soldiers across the globe. For example, we conduct inspections involving highly sensitive national

interests, ensuring regulatory compliance, mission-readiness and good stewardship of our resources. The agency embodies honorable service because we ensure our administrative actions, investigations, and inspections are thorough and monitored. By protecting our Army, we protect the American people and support Warfighters around the World.” Exposure to kappa Lt. Gen. Smith reflected upon the many ways that Kappa Alpha Psi ® has prepared him for life’s challenges and triumphs in the ever-changing professional world of the Armed Forces. He also stressed the importance of achievement and giving back to the community and the next generation that follows. “As mentioned earlier, Kappa Alpha Psi ® helped set the conditions for my success in college and in my military

On April 20, 2017, then-Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, Deputy Inspector General, U.S. Army, spoke with National Guard Inspectors Generals during the IG workshop, at the Herbert R. Temple, Jr. Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington, Va. The NG IG workshop provided an opportunity for NG IGs from the 50 States, three Territories and District of Columbia, to collectively establish future courses of action for program improvements. IGs were also briefed on updated IG regulations, policy changes, and NG specific topics. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. David Eichaker/released).

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Kappas lay wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier

transitioning to freedom by provid- ing “housing, education, employ- ment training, and medical care.” Members of the The Old Guard volunteer to serve as Tomb Guard sentinels. It is an honored duty with detailed requirements ranging from their physical stature to their ability to memorize pages of information on the history of the grounds and monuments, pass rigorous tests, and perform the ceremonies with ulti- mate precision. They are responsible for guarding the Tomb, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, regardless of weather conditions. The Tomb itself holds the remains of an unidentified Ameri- can Soldier from World War I. The sarcophagus above the crypt is or- dained with various words and sym- bols representing the significance of the monument. For example, one panel depicts the three Greek figures for Peace, Victory, and Valor. How- ever, most prominent is the inscrip- tion on the back of the Tomb: “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.” The site also holds the crypts of three other unknown Soldiers from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The Kappa wreath laying was coordinated by the Military and Veterans Affairs Commission (MVAC) while members of the Grand Chapter young man, I was naturally drawn to an organization with leaders that achieved. What I did not realize was that their achievements on our college campus were only the beginning of many accomplishments that were to come. One of my line brothers, Keith Perdue (Iota Pi 1982), would graduate the next year and start blazing the trail for so many others through his engineering work and success in Atlanta. We encouraged, cajoled, challenged and

synergistic view of education and achievement that prioritizes making oneself and others better each day. The leaders on Georgia Southern’s campus in 1981 were Kappas. Brother Reggie Miller ran the Army ROTC program and his number two in that program, Larry O’Neil, was also a Kappa. There were Kappas on the student judicial board, and on the water polo team. They also served as members of the Student Government Association (SGA). As a of Directors (Alumni), represented the Grand Chapter while then-Major General Leslie Smith and Lieutenant Colonel Robert James, both of the U.S. Army and Alexandria-Fairfax (VA) Alumni Chapter, represented Kappas in the military. Several brothers from the surrounding areas, Including MG (R) Hawthorne "Peet" Proctor, MVAC Chairman, Col (R) Dwight Thomas, Vice-Chairman of MVAC, Steve Yearwood also a member of MVAC and other vet- eran Brothers were in attendance to observe the ceremony and represent Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. “Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored at Arlington.” Active military service of one day, or greater, beyond training and char- acterized by an Honorable Discharge is the minimum eligibility criteria for above-ground inurement on the premises; in-ground burial require- ments are the most stringent. One of the many interesting historical facts about the cemetery is it once was the site of Freedman's Village. Beginning in 1863, Freed- man’s Village served to assist slaves

At the request of Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr., brothers of the Fraternity and the U.S. Army participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington Na- tional Cemetery to honor America’s fallen. The wreath was solemnly laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in accordance with protocol and tradition. Led by a Soldier from the 3 rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), four brothers were honored to represent Kappa Alpha Psi ® in this public ceremony. Christopher Cross, Junior Grand Vice Polemarch, and Jimmy McMikle, Grand Board

service. The organizational skills that I developed, combined with the appreciation for teamwork and family are basic tenets that continue to serve me well, and have proven valuable to others at the highest levels of business and government. The ability to lead ever-changing organizations is built on the foundations of competence, commitment, and professionalism; but, most importantly, it is built on character. Kappa encourages a


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Fraternity Leaders and U.S. Army Personnel Gathered for this Solemn Occasion

brothers were present to render honors. Information about the Arling- ton National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and The Old Guard information is available at, https:// www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/.

Weeks after the Kappa wreath laying ceremony, our Brother Lieu- tenant General (Retired) Andrew P. Chambers was laid to rest in Arling- ton National Cemetery on October 18th, 2017. Along with his family and other friends, his Xi Chapter line brother, Brother Siegel Young Jr., as well as Gen (R) Dennis Via and other

was in Washington, D.C. to par- ticipate in the Congressional Black Caucus activities. This was the first time Kappa has participated in this revered American tradition and, as we continue to honor our military lin- eage, we will plan to honor America’s fallen in this ceremony, and others alike, in the years to come.

pushed each other to do more than we thought we could do. That same sense of focus and drive was present in the mentors and leaders that I met once joining Active Duty. The names are too many to mention but the 72 nd Laurel Wreath Recipient, General (Ret.) Dennis L. Via is a perfect example of a servant leader who exemplifies everything we expect in our fraternity. These great leaders set tremendous examples, laying a solid

foundation for our ‘Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor’.

on the valuable role that Kappa plays in helping youth to identify and cultivate their unique talents for a lifetime of achievement through service. In my view this exemplifies the essence of Kappa: Achievement is not what we do, it is who we are.”

During February 2018, I had an opportunity to speak with some Boy Scouts about what it means to be a successful Army Leader. I also had the chance to talk with groups from the Boys and Girls Club of America, as well as members of other civic and leadership organizations. As I spoke with each group, I reflected

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