On Aug. 1, Hannibal native Colonel J. Anson Smith retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of distinguished service.

On Aug. 1, Hannibal native Colonel J. Anson Smith retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of distinguished service.

Colonel Smith’s final assignment was in San Antonio, Texas, where he served as the Director of the Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate and was the Army Medical Department’s lead agent in developing doctrine, future medical capabilities, and increased medical capacity in support of future warfare.

Prior to his arrival in San Antonio, he served as the Commander and Chief of Staff of the Pacific Regional Medical Command and Tripler Army Medical Center located in Oahu, Hawaii where his primary mission was to lead the direct healthcare system for military forces, their families, and beneficiaries in Korea, Japan, and Hawaii.

Colonel Smith was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps upon graduation from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1987 and was initially assigned to a five-year tour with the 7th Infantry Division, Fort Ord, California. In addition to the posts noted above, he held a variety of key leadership positions in medical and operational units in Europe, the United States, and Afghanistan.

Colonel Smith has completed two combat tours, serving as the Chief of Medical Plans and Operations for Combined Joint Task Force-76 in Afghanistan in 2004-2005; and later as the Chief of Staff for the Command Surgeon's Directorate, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in 2007-2008 where he advised and trained the Afghan National Army and Police Forces in combat health support operations.

Colonel Smith’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal (3rd Award), Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (6th Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Afghan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), the Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He is a graduate of the Resident Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

Colonel Smith graduated from Hannibal Senior High School in May 1981 and is the son of Phillip and Reverend Minnie Smith of Hannibal.