Perry Smith Parkway to honor retired Air Force general

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It is a big honor for a retired Air Force major general who calls Augusta home. Perry Smith now has a parkway named in his honor.

The News 12 military analyst and author of six books will share his name with a new road at Augusta Regional Airport.

Gen. Smith was honored at a ceremony Tuesday night at St Paul's River Room. Along with a room full of dignitaries, Smith was joined by two medal of honor winners.

Gen. Smith has been active for years raising money for The Boy Scouts, The St. Paul's River Room and The Augusta Museum Of History.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver also presented Smith with a key to the city for his "major and lasting impact on the city of Augusta for generations to come."

“Gen. Smith’s commitment to serving our great city and our community as a whole through his multitude of civic endeavors has been an inspiration to me personally, as I know it has been many others,” Copenhaver said.

Smith is not the first in his family to have a road named in his honor. His father-in-law is the late Jimmy Dyess.

Perry M. Smith was born in 1934 at West Point, N.Y., and graduated from Highland Falls (N.Y.) High School in 1952. As the son of an Army officer, he traveled extensively through this country during his youth -- including Hawaii from 1940 to 1942, where he was a witness of the Pearl Harbor attack.

He is a 1956 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, and in 1967, earned a doctorate in international relations from Columbia University in New York City. He graduated from the National War College in 1971. He commanded the F-15 fighter wing at Bitburg Germany from 1978 to 1979. He served at Udorn, Thailand, with the 555th (Triple Nickle) Tactical Fighter Squadron. While there, he flew 180 missions and had 370 combat hours in F-4D's. From 1983 to 1986 he was commandant of the National War College.

In retirement he has resided in Augusta, the hometown of his wife Connor Dyess Smith. He has been active in assisting the Boy Scouts in fundraising and developing new facilities and has been chair of the Augusta Museum of History. Gen. Smith has been an active and valuable member of the Augusta Kiwanis Club. He has served on the board of directors, given the club an annual briefing on world affairs and has been one of the most effective recruiters of new members. In recognition of his service and leadership to the club and the community, the club awarded him its prestigious George Barrett award.

He has served as senior warden of St. Paul’s Church, where he was instrumental in the building of the River Room and has been a regular contributor to the Fort Gordon Campus of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College as a guest speaker. He was a key fundraiser for the Fisher House at the Charlie Norwood VA. On the national scene, Gen. Smith is a sought-after speaker, a former military analyst for CNN and a proud member and secretary of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

Gen. Smith has also become a prolific writer, particularly on leadership.

He is a frequent op-ed contributor to The Augusta Chronicle and has authored the following books:
-Rules & Tools for Leaders
-Assignment Pentagon: How to Excel in a Bureaucracy,
-The Air Force Plans for Peace, 1943-1945
-How CNN Fought the War: A View from the Inside
-Creating Strategic Vision: Long-Range Planning for National Security
-A Hero Among Heroes: Jimmie Dyess and the 4th Marine Division


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