Smith named new CSM for 29th Infantry Division

Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr.

Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr.

SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr. will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Cheyenne Johnson as the command sergeant major of the 29th Infantry Division, according to an announcement made Sept. 30, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Johnson now serves as the command sergeant major for the Virginia Army National Guard.

“I am very pleased with the assignment of Command Sgt. Maj. Smith to the 29th Division,” said Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commander of the 29th. “His vast range of experience, both in peacetime and combat, as well as his sincere concern for Soldiers, makes him the right person to take on this challenging position. As the division prepares for a strenuous Warfighter exercise, while also preparing for the nationally-critical Command and Control CBRN Response Element – Bravo mission, Command Sgt. Maj. Smith brings the consummate professionalism that will help the 29th Division continue to achieve the success that it is historically known for.”

Smith started his military career in 1989 as an infantryman on active duty with the U.S. Army and joined the Virginia National Guard in 1995. He served in numerous leadership positions in field artillery units including platoon sergeant and battery first sergeant. He served as an operations sergeant major in 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment prior to becoming command sergeant major of the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. He has served as the command sergeant major for the 329th Regional Support Group since 2011.

He has served multiple combat tours include Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm in Iraq as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Smith deployed as the command sergeant major of the 529th CSSB during their deployment to Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.

Smith is a graduate of the United State Army Sergeants Major Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Columbia Southern University. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutists Badge with Bronze Jump Star.