Major General Tammy Smith was a 4-year Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship recipient and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1986, and commissioned into the Quartermaster Corps. Upon completion of the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, VA, she became a Platoon Leader in the 193rd Support Battalion at Fort Clayton, Panama. She continued on to command the Logistic Support Detachment of Task Force 36 in Camino De La Paz, Costa Rica, and then attended the Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course again at Fort Lee. Following the Advanced Course, Major General Smith commanded Bravo Company, 3-28th Infantry Battalion (Basic Combat Training), at Fort Jackson, SC, and then served as the S-4 in the 1st Basic Combat Training Brigade. She served as the Senior Supply Company Observer/Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center prior to transitioning into the Army Reserve in 1996.

As an Army Reserve officer, Major General Smith served as a Basic Combat Training Battalion S-3 in Clemson, SC. She returned to active duty as an Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) officer and was assigned as a Mobilization Planner followed by the Secretary to the General Staff of the 99th Regional Readiness Command in Coraopolis, PA. Major General Smith then served on the Army Staff in DAMO-ODR (Readiness) and as an operations officer in G-3, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR), Pentagon. Major General Smith served as Director, Army Reserve General Officer Management Office and later deployed as the Chief of Army Reserve Affairs for United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A), OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Upon return from Afghanistan she was dual-hatted as the Chief, General Officer Management Office and the Director of the Senior Leader Development Office in Arlington, VA. As a Brigadier General she was the Director, Human Capital Enterprise and OCAR Deputy Chief of Staff at Fort Belvoir, VA, and Commanding General, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) at Fort Benning, GA. More recently Major General Smith served as the Deputy Commanding General- Sustainment, Eighth United States Army, Korea, and then as the Deputy G-1 for the Deputy Chief of Staff G-1, Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA), Pentagon. Major General Smith transitioned to the Army Secretariat in the Spring of 2019 and is currently serving as the Senior Military Advisor & Director, Quality of Life within the ASA (M&RA).

Major General Smith holds a Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Her research focused on executive leader transitions into new organizations. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Management from Webster University, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. Major General Smith’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal (two oak leaf clusters), the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medals (two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medals (four oak leaf clusters), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, and the Army Staff Badge. She was inducted into the Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 2016.

Major General Smith is married to Tracey Hepner-Smith, formerly of Cleveland, OH.