Lieutenant Colonel Mark Smith, United States Marine Corps Reserves, is to be honored at the Masters Hall of Fame for outstanding achievements to the martial arts.
June 12, 2007 Sports News
(PRLEAP.COM) Costa Mesa, CA June 12, 2007- Lieutenant Colonel Mark Smith, United States Marine Corps Reserves, is to be honored at the Masters Hall of Fame for outstanding achievements to the martial arts. It is the Masters Hall of Fame distinct honor and pleasure to announce Lieutenant Colonel Mark Smith was nominated by Shihan Jeffery Anderson Masters Hall of Fame Board Member; for induction into the Masters Hall of Fame.
Lieutenant Colonel Smith said he is pleased to attend this prestigious event and accept his
award and induction at the 7th Annual Masters Hall of Fame Awards event at the Hilton Hotel and Resort in Costa Mesa California Saturday August 11th, 2007.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Smith was selected by the Shihan Jeffery Anderson; Masters Hall of Fame Board Member for his continued Leadership and Devotion to the Martial Arts Community.
Marks participation in and study of the Martial Arts began at the age of fifteen studying Jiu Jitsu at the Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu Academy. He studied there for two years, and then transitioned to study and participation in Kenpo Karate. Enlisting in the USMCR at seventeen, Lt. Col. Smith continued his studies and practice of martial arts as part of his daily training regime, and immediately following graduation from college began a four year active duty tour with the USMC, culminating in his final tour of duty with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion.
Returning to Reserve status in 1990, Lt. Col. Smith began a dual career as a law enforcement officer with the Indiana State Police and the United States Marine Corps. Throughout this period, he has studied under Dr. Paul Whitesell PhD, Superintendent Indiana State Police and LT. COL. (ret) Dave Grossman, USA, and through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, integrating the multi level components of the program into training Marines for the full spectrum of combat operations. Lt. Col. Smith has trained multiple units deploying for combat, including those for whom he served as Battalion Commander, and been in demand for his mastery of integrating the neurological effects of combat encounters, and how training, particularly martial training, needs to be tailored for the realities of the mortal encounter.
Lt. Col. Smith has served in Desert Storm, multiple counter-drug operations along the Southwest Border, and has been on active duty (mobilized) for the greater time since June 2002. Lt. Col. Smith was the Commanding Officer of 2d Bn, 24th Marines during OIF II-2 (Sep 2004 through Mar 2005) south of Baghdad in an area nicknamed the "Triangle of Death" for the success the Marines of 2d Bn had against the insurgent/terrorist networks of the South Baghdad and North Babil provinces.
Lt. Col. Smith actively participated in the Marine Corps Martial Arts programs as well as being a Black Belt in Shudokan Ryu Taiho Jutsu.
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