Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Alonzo Smith joined the Army in 1984. During his 33-year career, he rose through the ranks to command sergeant major, a rank that just one percent of enlisted service members reach. CSM Smith has deployed around the world and served in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, seven Bronze Stars, and several others commensurate with his distinguished career. CSM Smith sustained severe wounds in Afghanistan in 2010, when an 82 mm recoilless rifle round struck his vehicle. Following his injury, CSM Smith underwent numerous surgeries, prolonged hospital stays, and extensive physical rehabilitation. CSM Smith also dealt with depression from his wounds and the uncertainty of recovery. He is a role model for all warriors and openly shares his personal experiences with post-traumatic stress to encourage warriors to seek help during recovery. He is also a registered Alumnus with WWP.
His final assignment was at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as III (U.S. Army) Corps command sergeant major from 2014 until 2017. He retired at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, a post where he served for almost 10 years.
CSM Smith joined the WWP Board of Directors in January 2018. His long, decorated military career brings unprecedented experience to the board, which enables the organization to better serve warriors and their families.