Wesley Smith | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

Wesley Smith

Chaplain Colonel (Retired) J. Wesley Smith is Senior Military Analyst at the American Center for Law and Justice. He served 26 years in the Army, with two combat deployments. Prior to his retirement in 2013 Wesley was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Chaplains (Headquarters Department of the Army) with duty as the Senior Army Chaplain at Dover Air Force Base and the Dover Port Mortuary, as well as the senior- ranking Army Chaplain for over-watch of all Casualty Operations.

In his military career he served as a Field Artillery Battalion Chaplain, a Field Hospital Chaplain, a Battalion and Assistant Brigade Chaplain with US Army Aviation, and as the Brigade Chaplain for the 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division. For four years he was the Religion and Culture Analyst for Army Central Command (ARCENT) where he advised the Commanding General’s staff on the impact of religion and culture on the Army’s mission in the 17 countries in which ARCENT operated.

His military education includes the Chaplain Officer Basic Course, the Chaplain Officer Advanced Course, Combined Armed Services Staff School, The Chaplain Colonels Course, and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Chaplain Smith holds a Bachelors Degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity Degree from Vanderbilt University, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the University of the South at Sewanee. He is an Episcopal Priest affiliated with the Diocese of Atlanta.

Among his awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral 3, the Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal and the Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal.

Latest By
Wesley Smith

What We Need to Know About Negotiations with North Korea

By Wesley Smith1524153390228

It was revealed this week that CIA Director (and Secretary of State nominee) Mike Pompeo traveled Easter Weekend for personal talks with Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea. It was a surprising development, which comes as the United States and North Korea lay the groundwork for direct talks...

read more

The Adversary Within NATO

By Wesley Smith1524146400000

Robert W. Welch, Jr. said, “For not only every democracy, but certainly every republic, bears within itself the seeds of its own destruction.” Welch’s argument was that the very openness and democratic ideals within a nation (or institution) carry with it the risk that the members will vote to...

read more

The Dangerous and Uncertain World We Live In

By Wesley Smith1521039600000

These are dangerous times, and the threat of war is greater now than at any time since the end of the Cold War, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Director Coats and Army Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, Jr., the director of the Defense...

read more

Sheriff Israel: An Amazing Failure of Leadership

By Wesley Smith1519920000000

As the sad saga of the mass shootings at the high school in Parkland, Florida continues to play out in front of us—the grief, the sorrow, the unheeded warnings and the calls for various actions to curb gun violence— the Sheriff of Broward County, Scott Israel , remains at the front and center of...

read more
More By
Wesley Smith

Iran's Attack On Israel's Airspace

By Wesley Smith1518475659621

Another Failed Obama False Narrative Defeated

By Wesley Smith1517934397926

Five Things to Know About the Protests in Iran

By Wesley Smith1515083253270

Obama-era Handling of Hezbollah Under Investigation

By Wesley Smith1514479304167