CHARLESTON, SC (Oct. 30)--Admiral Leighton W. Smith Jr., Commander in Chief of the U. S. Naval Forces in Europe, will speak at The Citadel on Thursday, November 2, as part of the prestigious Greater Issues Series. The address, the first for the school year, will begin at 11:15 in McAlister Field House and is free and open to the public. The Cadet Honor Guard, accompanied by the Color Guard and members of the Regimental Band, will conduct a ceremony welcoming Admiral Smith at 10:40 in front of Bond Hall.
After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1962, Smith served in several naval attack sqaudrons during the Vietnam war. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Legion of Merit medal. Smith completed the Air Command and Staff College in 1974 and the Naval War College in 1986. His other assigments include serving as Commander of Light Attack Wing ONE, Commander of the USS Kalamazoo, Commander of the USS America, and Commander of Carrier Group SIX. In 1994 Smith was promoted to Admiral and named Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, and Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe.
The Citadel's Greater Issues Series, supported by a grant from the
Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation, provides an opportunity for many national
leaders to address the Corps of Cadets concerning the national and international issues that are shaping the United States and the world.