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The Major George A. Smith Memorial Fund provides an annual award recognizing a notable veteran who defines their citizenship through service to our country, both in uniform and beyond.

The Major George A. Smith Memorial Fund provides an annual award recognizing a notable veteran who defines their citizenship through service to our country, both in uniform and beyond. The main criteria for this award are finding an exemplary patriot who has served in the military and returned to serve in their community. The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) will administer the fund, and the recipient will be recognized with their award at NCoC’s annual event.

The first honoree was Lt. Eric Greitens who was given the award at the National Conference on Citizenship on September 9, 2009 for his patriotism seen through his tours as a US Navy Seal and his social entrepreneurship exhibited through the creation of The Mission Continues.

Congratulations to Lt. Greitens!

Information about Major George A. Smith

Major (Ret.) George A. Smith served his country as a career military officer, serving in the Army for over 20 years. Eager to serve, George enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 and rose quickly through the ranks. George fulfilled his dream as part of the 82nd Airborne and later commanded the Ranger’s Alpha Company. He completed many tours overseas including peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, Yemen, and Egypt. As part of the 7th Infantry out of Fort Ord, he served in Just Cause, a military operation in Panama. In 1993, Major Smith retired out of the Presidio in San Francisco, his family’s home for many generations.

After retiring, George spent time raising his youngest children, Adam and Chloé. He attended Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas, hosted a military talk show in Okinawa, Japan, and served the European Congress of American Parents, Teachers, and Students (ECAPTS) while living in Germany. After returning to the states in 2004, he continued his acts of service while working for FEMA, helping with the hurricane aftermaths in Florida.

1. To honor amazing patriots who serve our country both in uniform and beyond