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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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Renewed U.S. Sanctions on Iran: Why They Are Important

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On Monday the Trump Administration issued new sanctions on Iran, including sanctions against over two dozen people and other groups involved in Tehran’s nuclear program, ballistic missile tests, and the buying and selling of conventional weapons to the rogue nation, the world’s largest state...

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Arab Nations Recognizing Israel: What You Need to Know

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The ceremony at the White House this week where the island nation of Bahrain establishes diplomatic relations with Israel comes on the heels of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreeing last week to also sign the accord. Both nations will participate in the signing ceremony at the White House. This...

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Remembering the 19th Anniversary of 9/11

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On this 19th anniversary of the senseless slaughter that took place on a bright and beautiful day on the East Coast of the United States, we pause and take solemn moments to remember 9/11. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, it is a day that will live in infamy. Like Pearl Harbor, it was a...

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The Attack on Religion in the Military Continues

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There are several litigious organizations whose declared purpose is to eliminate any expression of religion from the cultural landscape of America. Their attack on religion is relentless; they grasp every opportunity to silence free speech if that speech does not align with their agendas. However,

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The Critical Need for a Unified Country (And a Possible Way Forward)

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