Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Smith, new commandant of the Army Field Artillery School, is welcomed to Fort Sill during a ceremony Friday.
Fort Sill welcomed the new Chief of Field Artillery on Friday.
Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Smith is new commandant of the Field Artillery School and branch chief for the Field Artillery. He succeeds Brig. Gen. Stephen, who left Fort Sill last month for an assignment in Korea.
Smith, a native of Atlanta, is a graduate of The Citadel and was commissioned in 1991. He comes to Fort Sill from Fort Riley, Kan., where he was deputy commanding general for support for the 1st Infantry Division.
He served several assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division, including fire support officer in Afghanistan, parachute infantry battalion commander, and director of operations for Iraq and Syria as a member of Coalition Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve battling the Islamic State.
At the welcome ceremony, Fort Sill Commander Maj. Gen. Wilson Shoffner said Smith has a big job to fill. As chief of the Field Artillery, he’s responsible for education and leadership development, persuading young officers to join the branch, and managing the branch’s talent, Shoffner said.
And as commandant he has oversight over all Field Artillery School training not only for the Army but also for the Marines and allies.
He’ll also be director of the Future Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team, the Army’s top modernization priority.
Shoffner called Smith “one of the best, if not the best, field artillerymen, that I know. Full stop.” He said he’s also excited that Smith will have the opportunity to share what artillery forces learned from the recent experiences in Iraq and Syria.
Smith said the artillery had a “decisive effect” against the Islamic State forces, and after the ceremony said “it’s an exciting time to be in the Field Artillery.”
He said it was an “extremely complex operational environment” and he looks forward to sharing lessons that were learned not only from ground forces but air assets as well.