Wesley Smith

Chaplain Colonel (Retired) J. Wesley Smith is a 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. Wesley organized the first Joint Service Team at the Dover Casualty Mortuary Operations Center. In that assignment, Chaplain Smith also re-designed the Casualty Notification system for the entire Army and was charged with implementing the training Army-wide.

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. He served four years as 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 Bachelor’s 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 received his Master’s Degree in Law with a focus in National Security from Regent University. 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.

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Biden's First Year in Office Is a Disaster by Any Unbiased Measure

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One need not be a partisan to look at the last twelve months and be highly, and rightfully, critical of the Biden presidency. It need not, and should not, involve personal attacks. The issues and the repercussions are too important for that. Rather, this is criticism of a world view and of actions...

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A Government Takeover of Your Right To Vote: What You Need To Know

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As Progressives in Congress seek to force a vote on elections in America that impacts your voting rights, we need to examine the facts and steer away from the lies, half-truths, and political games we are witnessing now. Many on the Left would have you believe that their chief concern is free and...

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The Challenges of 2022: What Should Worry the United States

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As we move into a new year, there are challenges and threats that loom large. But the largest ones may not be what you think. To listen to the leaders of the Left in the House and Senate, the biggest challenges are how to force through a divided Senate President Biden’s Build Back Better...

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China Is a Complex National Security Threat: What You Need To Know

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When it comes to true threats to the national security of the United States, one tends to think of either military threats or the ominous activities of terrorist groups who pose threats to our security and safety. And certainly, those threats are real, and what is often termed an existential...

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