Saturday, November 10, 2018  ~  2 Kislev 5779
Veterans Shabbat 
Guest Speaker:
Bruce M. Smith
Colonel, US Army Reserve Unit, Retired

Featured Topic:
"Mission & Faith"

Haftarah will be chanted by:
Atty. Jerry Chariton 

Please join us in honoring  our local Veterans from Temple Israel & Temple B'nai B'rith,  and in welcoming our Guest Speaker, Bruce M. Smith, Retired Colonel, US Army Reserve Unit, brother of Jane Messinger, Executive Director, Temple Israel.  

A Back Mountain native and graduate of Wyoming Seminary and Bloomsburg University, Smith settled in the Baltimore, MD for most of his adult life. 

Throughout his military career, he was known for seeking out and serving in the most challenging and difficult assignments.  He served with distinction in diverse expeditionary and domestic command, leadership and important staff positions as a Special Troops Battalion Commander, Detachment Commander, Team Chief, Psychological Operations Officer, Ammunition Officer, Platoon Leader, Transportation Officer, Operations Officer, and Detachment Commander. 

He was deployed multiple times during his military career including combat missions during Operation Desert Storm where his team helped secure Death Valley and establish a temporary refugee camp north of Kuwait City. He served twice during 
Operation Iraqi Freedom, participated in the stabilizing Theater Detainee Operations after the international publicity after Abu-Gharib, prepared thousands of troops for follow on deployment, was responsible to plan and execute the logistics operations for 12 base camps in and around Kabul, Afghanistan, served domestically in Consequence Management Operations, and helped reconstitute his unit after its re-deployment from Iraq during the final phase of Operation New Dawn 2011.
At his retirement ceremony, this was the narrative:  "The list of his accomplishments runs far and wide, but one thing is for certain, Colonel Smith served with distinction. At all ranks and in all positions throughout his thirty year career, he is recognized as having always accomplished the mission and took care of Soldiers. He is recognized for the leadership, education, training and mentoring that he provided to our armed forces." 

Bronze Star Medal with (3) Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Commendation Medal with (5) Oak Leaf Clusters
Humanitarian Service Medal with (1) Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Achievement Medal (2) Oak Leaf Clusters
 Armed Forces Reserve Medal with (3) Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal (2) Oak Leaf Clusters
Global War on Terrorism (S)
Global War on Terrorism (E)
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Kuwaiti Liberation Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/1 Campaign Star
NATO Medal
Meritorious Unit Citation
Naval Meritorious Unit Citation
Parachutist Badge
Combat Infantryman Badge
Combat Action Badge
We hope you will make every effort to attend this special Shabbat!
Temple Israel, 236 S. River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702