Lt. Gen. Lance L. Smith is Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
The general entered the Air Force in 1970 after completing Officer Training School. He served two tours at the Pentagon and was Commandant of the NATO School at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Commandant of Air War College and Vice Commander of Air University. He commanded two fighter wings and led two air expeditionary force deployments to Southwest Asia: AEF III and the 4th Air Expeditionary Wing. He flew more than 165 combat missions in Southeast and Southwest Asia in the A-1 Skyraider and the F-15E Strike Eagle. A command pilot, he has more than 3,000 hours in the T-33, T-37, T-38, A-1, A-7, A-10, F-111F, F-15E and F-16.
1969 Bachelor of arts degree in business management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg
1978 Master of arts degree in business management, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
1982 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1990 Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
1994 Advanced Executive Program, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
1. June 1970 - June 1971, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. June 1971 - September 1971, A-1 combat crew training, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
3. October 1971 - October 1972, A-1 pilot, 1st Special Operations Squadron, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
4. October 1972 - July 1973, instructor pilot training, Randolph AFB, Texas
5. July 1973 - September 1977, instructor pilot and chief, check section, 96th Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
6. September 1977 - January 1979, staff officer, Air Staff Training Program, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
7. January 1979 - August 1981, student, A-7 Corsair conversion training, A-7D aircraft commander, flight commander and assistant operations officer, 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, La.
8. August 1981 - June 1982, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. June 1982 - July 1986, Air Staff officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations; Project Checkmate analyst for interdiction, Europe and Southwest Asia; Air Force team chief, Joint Assessment and Initiative Office, and executive officer to the Air Force Director of Operations, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
10. July 1986 - July 1989, Chief of Safety, later, Assistant Deputy Commander for Operations, 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach AFB, S.C.
11. July 1989 - June 1990, student, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
12. June 1990 - August 1992, Commandant, NATO School, SHAPE, Oberammergau, Germany
13. August 1992 - September 1993, Vice Commander, later, Commander, 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, N.M.
14. September 1993 - June 1995, Assistant Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
15. June 1995 - July 1997, Commander, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
16. July 1997 - August 1998, Vice Commander, 7th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Korea, and Chief of Staff, Combined Republic of Korea and U.S. Air Component Command, Osan Air Base, South Korea
17. September 1998 - December 1999, Commandant, Air War College, and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
18. December 1999 - November 2001, Commander, Air Force Doctrine Center, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
19. November 2001 - October 2003, Deputy Commander, United Nations Command; Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea; Commander, Air Component Command, Republic of Korea and U.S. Combined Forces Command; and Commander, 7th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Osan AB, South Korea
20. October 2003 - present, Deputy Commander, United States Central Commander, MacDill AFB, Fla.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,000
Aircraft flown: T-33, T-37, T-38, A-1, A-7, A-10, F-111F, F-15E and F-16
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one silver and three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
German Honor Cross in silver
Order of National Security Merit Cheonsu Medal, Republic of Korea
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 18, 1970
First Lieutenant Nov 11, 1971
Captain Oct. 18, 1973
Major Dec. 4, 1978
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 1, 1982
Colonel July 1, 1989
Brigadier General July 1, 1995
Major General April 1, 1998
Lieutenant General Jan. 1, 2002