July 19, 2021: Col. Samuel P. Smith, Jr. recently became the new Garrison Commander at Garrison Fort Polk. He succeeds former Commander, Col Ryan K. Roseberry, in the position. Col. Smith began his career by joining the Early Commissioning Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Kemper Military Junior College in Boonville, MO in 1996, where he earned an associate degree. Upon completion, he graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and received a Reserve commission into the Military Intelligence Corps in 1998. He served in the 629th Military Intelligence Battalion, 29th Infantry Division, Maryland Army National Guard while completing his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, and upon completion, pursued his active-duty career in the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps in 2001. He has since served in a variety of assignments including Assistant Battalion S2, ¾ Defense Artillery Regiment, 82d Airborne Division Fort Bragg, NC, Battle Captain, HHC, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, and Division G2 for the 7th Infantry Division at JBLM, among others. Prior to his current assignment, Col. Smith served as the Executive Officer to the Director of Defense Intelligence in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. Col. Smith holds a BA from the University of Maryland, an Executive Master’s degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is also a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officers’ Basic and Advanced Course and the Counterintelligence Agent Course at Fort Huachuca, AZ.