8th Army Gets First Female General

Brigadier General Tammy Smith became the first female general officer to serve the 8th Army in a headquarters-level position, according to the US Army. On July 7, General Smith became the Deputy Commanding General for Sustainment. She assumed command in Seoul, Korea from General David Puster who is retiring after 36 years.


According to her biography, the new leader of the 8th Army attended the University of Oregon on an ROTC scholarship in the early 1980s. She served in Panama, Costa Rica, and as a training officer at Ft. Jackson. Later, she headed up the 98th Training Division at Ft. Benning.

General Smith is tasked with the logistics of moving the 8th Army from its current location to Camp Humphrey. The 8th Army has been stationed in Korea since the Korean War.

For more information, check out this article at the Army's recently revamped website.

Photo by Eighth Army Public Affairs. 

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