Military consultant addresses Bate reunion

August 08, 2004

An estimated 150 people attended the old Bate High School reunion Saturday at Danville High School.

Bate graduate Paul L. Smith of Fern Creek was the featured speaker.

Smith served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1977 and is a retired senior master sergeant.

In 1975, the Air Force chief of staff determined that the Air Force would lead the Department of Defense in developing an in-house management consultation service for senior Air Force commanders.

Col. Robert E. Chapman was selected personally by Gen. David C. Jones to head the newly formed Leadership and Management Development Center.

Col. Chapman had unlimited authority to select anyone from the Air Force to serve as the initial cadre of the first management consultation team. Smith was one of the first men chosen for the historical task.


Col. Peter Land said of Smith, "I have used him as an instructor for new consultants, many of whom were senior officers. He has been affectionately termed the consultant's consultant. We were impressed that his knowledge and grasp of organizational concepts were equal to or better than many consultants with advanced degrees in related disciplines."

Smith's military awards include the Air Force Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal and Longevity Service Award; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; and the Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Academy Medal.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1977, Smith worked for the YMCA in Louisville as the first director of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Program. He monitored YMCA's government-related programs involving more than 100 employees and several thousands of dollars.

He was recognized as a Distinguished Citizen of Louisville in 1979 and was honored as Captain of the Belle of Louisville.

Smith worked for the Veterans Administration from 1979-1999 and received many recognitions for his work in areas such as equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and veterans assistance.

Smith is the husband of Mary J. Young-Smith, also a Bate graduate.

The Bate alumni reunion is held every two years.

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