Brig. Gen. Smith assumed command of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command on June 8, 2021.
BG James M. Smith is a native of Hampton, Virginia. He commissioned into the United States Army in 1992 from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (concentration in Accounting).
His military education includes: the Chemical Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the United States Marine Corps War College. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University, a Master of Science in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology, a Master's Degree in Theater Operations from the US Army Command and General Staff College, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps War College.
BG Smith's command assignments include: 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 599th Transportation Brigade, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii; 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and OPERATION NEW DAWN, Iraq; and B Company, 701st Main Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, US Army Europe.
Most recently serving as the 31st Chief of Transportation/Commandant, Unites States Army Transportation School, and Interim President, Army Logistics University, other significant assignments include: Executive Officer to the Commander, US Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; Colonel Assignments Manager/Branch Chief, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Washington DC; Lieutenant Colonel Assignment Officer, later Deputy Chief, Force Sustainment Division, Officer Personnel Management Directorate, US Army HRC, Alexandria, Virginia; Logistics Planner, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, later Executive Officer, 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood Texas, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; and Combat Developer, Information Systems Directorate, Combined Arms Support Command, Fort Lee and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Kuwait and Iraq.
BG Smith has completed multiple deployments in support OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION NEW DAWN, Iraq.
BG Smith's awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (1 SOLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
BG Smith is married to the former Catrina Williams of Detroit, Michigan. They have two children.