Tammy Smith

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Tammy Smith (born 1963) is a Brigadier General of the U.S. Army Reserve. Smith was nominated to the Brigadier General position on 10 May 2012, and was formally promoted to the position in a private ceremony at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. She currently serves as deputy chief in the Army Reserve Office of the Chief, and served for a year in the Afghanistan War.

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  • A Soldier should never have to hide their family. The strength of our Soldiers is our families.
    • Army Times, September 2, 2012.
  • While the [Dept. of Defense] position is that orientation is a private matter, participating with family in traditional ceremonies such as the promotion is both common and expected of a leader. Looking at the photos of Tracey's joy as she pins the star on my shoulder is a memory that will imprint my heart forever. Her support keeps me Army Strong.
  • I am deeply honored, and genuinely humbled with my selection for Brigadier General. With this promotion, I embrace the opportunity to serve in positions of greater responsibility and to continue to lead the amazing Soldiers in the world’s premier Army. While the DoD position is that orientation is a private matter, participating with family in traditional ceremonies such as the promotion is both common and expected of a leader. I was grateful to be surrounded by my family, friends, and co-workers at this special event. Looking at the photos of Tracey’s joy as she pins the star on my shoulder is a memory that will imprint my heart forever. Her support keeps me Army Strong.

Quotes about Tammy Smith[edit]

  • Even though a majority of the rank and file opposed DADT before it was repealed, Smith's promotion signifies an increased acceptance of gays in the military that goes beyond the actual law.