April 14, 2000
Admiral Leighton Smith, USN (Retired), will give an address entitled "The Three Rs of Success in Bosnia" at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in Bond Hall 165 on The Citadel campus. A reception will follow. The public is invited to attend.
Admiral Smith, who is presently serving as a senior fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis, has a long and distinguished career. A graduate of the Naval Academy, he received his wings in January 1964, and went on to fly carrier-based, light-attack, jet aircraft during multiple deployments to the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Western Pacific, and Indian Oceans. He flew in more than 280 combat missions in waters off of North Vietnam and commanded at sea all levels in the aviation community. He has logged more than 4,200 flying hours and conducted 1000 carrier-arrested landings.
Appointed to four-star rank in April 1994, he became commander in chief Allied Forces Southern Europe. In December 1994, he assumed, concurrently, command of the NATO-led Implementation Force in Bosnia.
His military awards include two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, three Legion of Merits, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Meritorious Service Medals, and 29 Air Medals. He has also received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, the French Order of National Merit with the rank of Grand Officer, and, on March 5, 1997, he was made an honorary knight of Great Britain in a private audience with the queen.