Brigadier General USA (Ret)
Chairman of the Board
He assumed the duties of Putnam County Sheriff on January 1st, 2002. Don graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in June 1969. During his company grade years he served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Cavalry Troop Commander, Instructor, and Company Tactical Officer in a variety of assignments at Fort Ord, CA., Fort Knox, KY, West Point, NY, and in the Republic of Vietnam. His tour in Vietnam included service as both a Platoon Leader and Troop Commander in C Troop, 10th Cavalry. Following graduation from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, General Smith was assigned for duty in the U.S. Army Europe, where he spent 6 years in the 8th infantry division (Mechanized).
General Smith’s command tour with the Division was in Mainz-Gonsenheim, Germany, where he commanded the 4th Battalion, 69th Armor from 1982-1984. He later commanded the 194th Separate Armored Brigade at Fort Knox, KY, from August 1989 to August 1991. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with an oak leaf cluster. From 1993 through 1996, General Smith also performed the major additional duty of Chief of the United States Delegation to the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM), a world organization consisting of 113 member nations who promote world peace by sponsoring military sports world championships. He served on the Executive Committee of this international organization and was also the President of its Permanent Commission for Information and Public Relations from 1994 through 1996.