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SSG-Smith-Photo-225x300SSG Shannon Smith was more than just a Soldier in the United States Army, more than a Squad Leader in the 545th MP CO, and more than just a Military Policeman. He was a loving husband, a devoted friend and a loyal battle buddy who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting in this Global War on Terror. While deployed during OIF-II he was responsible for saving numerous lives, including that of his Brigade Commander and other members of his element. They were facing significant threat at the Al Karama IP station in Sadr City in early June 2004 and then again on the eastern edge of Falujah. On each occasion SSG Smith put himself in harm’s way and used his expert skills to eliminate the threat. On a separate occasion, at the Khadamyah Prison, SSG Smith was single handedly responsible for quelling a riot with one well placed shot.

After his deployment, he was later assigned as a SRT instructor at Fort Leonard Wood because of his tactical and technical prowess. In the year and half that he was there, he was responsible for training over 900 officers, NCOs, and selected DOD personnel in protective services operations. He has traveled all over the world training and teaching, including HRP training in Afghanistan and conducting the first ever Special Reaction Mobile Transition Team in Europe. He conducted numerous missions supporting the Secret Service Counter Sniper Teams with the President of the United States while visiting Fort Hood. After his time at Fort Leonard Wood, he was assigned to the 545th Military Police Company in Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was assigned as squad leader and utilized his expert war fighter skills to train and prepare his Soldiers for a deployment to Iraq. During their train-up he was selected as the Battle Field Hero for the 545th MP CO at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. While his squad was on patrol in Iraq, his truck was struck by a roadside bomb and SSG Shannon Smith was killed. His efforts and acts of heroism have placed him at the top of the regiment and as such he has been awarded the Commandant’s 100.

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