Command Sergeant Major Alonzo J. Smith entered the Army in August 1984 and graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia as an Infantryman.
During his years of service, Command Sergeant Major Smith has held numerous leadership positions to include: Squad Leader, Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant and Battalion Command Sergeant Major. His previous assignments with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) include serving as the Operations Sergeant Major for 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Battalion Command Sergeant Major for 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment and Brigade Command Sergeant Major for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). His previous assignments include 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York; 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In addition, Command Sergeant Major Smith has served at Fort Benning as a Drill Sergeant, Airborne Instructor and the Battalion Command Sergeant Major for the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).
Command Sergeant Major Smith has been deployed to Guam, Wake Island, Haiti, Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo. He has also participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as a First Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-07, an Operations Sergeant Major with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Operation Iraqi Freedom 2007-09, a Battalion Command Sergeant Major with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), and with Operation Enduring Freedom 2010-11 as a Brigade Command Sergeant Major with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Command Sergeant Major Smith’s training deployments include Germany, Australia, Thailand, Japan, Panama, four National Training Center (NTC) rotations and seven Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) rotations.
Command Sergeant Major Smith is a graduate of all of the Non Commissioned Officer Education System courses, to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, First Sergeant Course, Master Fitness Trainer, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, Master Gunner, Drill Sergeant, Airborne and Air Assault School.
His military awards and decorations include the Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with six Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with six Oak Leaf Clusters), and various deployment and campaign ribbons.
Command Sergeant Major Smith is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina and is married.