BG Jeffrey Smiley was wounded during an “insider attack” on Thursday, Oct. 18 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
The Pentagon reports BG Smiley is recovering from a gunshot wound and remains in charge of Train, Advise, Assist and Command.
According to the Pentagon, BG Smiley and Gen. Scott Miller, the head of US and NATO Forces in Afghanistan were caught in the crossfire of an attack targeting Afghan officials, including the police chief of Kandahar province, who were killed in the incident.
Gen. Miller reportedly drew his sidearm, but did not fire, a coalition member told news services. CNN reports the Taliban released a statement claiming responsibility, saying they killed “the notorious police chief,”
BG Jeffrey Smiley, who is also Commander of the California National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division. He is serving his second tour in Afghanistan. He served on the California National Guard Counterdrug Task Force in the 90s. He was past Secretary of the NGAC from 2000 to 2005. We look forward to his recovery, successful completion of his tour, his return to California, and reunification with his wife Kathy and their sons.