Head of U.S. Army CBRN school relinquishes colors

Brig. General Leslie C. Smith relinquished command of the U.S. Army Chemical Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School during a traditional military relinquishment-of-command ceremony this morning.

Smith has served as the 25th Chief of Chemical and Commandant of the U.S. Army CBRN School since June 28, 2008, waynesvilledailyguide.com reports.

Smith, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has had a long, distinguished career specializing in CBRN defense. From 1993 to 1996, he served in the Chemical Branch PERSCOM in Alexandria, Virginia. From 1997 to 1999, he was assigned to Taegu, South Korea, to the 23d Chemical Battalion. From June 1999 to June 2001, he was assigned to the Joint Staff, J-5, where he served as the Chairman’s representative to the Biological Weapons Convention Protocol. He assumed command of the 83rd Chemical Battalion from June 2001 to 2003..

Smith became the 25th Chief of Chemical and Commandant of the United States Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School in June 2008.

Smith will next serve as the new commander of the U.S. Army 20th Support Command (CBRNE), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. 

Col. Vance P. Visser, who is currently deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom, has been selected as the new head of the school and will assume command of the U.S. Army CBRN School in August, military officials told waynesvilledailyguide.com.

Col. Bret Van Camp, the newly arrived assistant commandant, USACBRNS, will serve as the interim commandant until Visser assumes command.