Multi-talented MP finds peace in music

| July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments


Spc. Caleb Smith, MP, HHC. 3rd BSTB, "TF Bayonet," 3rd BCT, 25th ID, plays his guitar at FOB-Fenty's chapel, Afghanistan, recently.

Spc. Caleb Smith, MP, HHC. 3rd BSTB, "TF Bayonet," 3rd BCT, 25th ID, plays his guitar at FOB-Fenty's chapel, Afghanistan, recently.

Story and Photo by
Spc. Hillary Rustine
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — With a record contract for a Christian rock album and the potential of stardom, people may wonder why Spc. Caleb Smith joined the Army.

Smith, a military police officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, “Task Force Bayonet,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, joined the Army as a catalyst to pursue his true passion: to serve the community as a military police officer.

Now, after two years of service, Smith uses his musical talents to sustain him during his yearlong deployment, here, with “TF Bronco.”

“I got laid off my job as an environmental technician at Griffiss Air Force Base (in Rome, NY.). I had a record contract, but it wasn’t enough money quick enough, so I joined the Army instead,” Smith said.

Smith said he enjoys what he’s doing and that the Army has been a good influence on him.

Smith joined the MP Corps because he eventually wants to work in federal law enforcement.

“I really didn’t look into the other (military occupational specialties) at all and was dead set on being an MP,” Smith said.

Even with his love for police work his true passion is in music. Smith learned to play 26 instruments. He taught himself how to play the majority of the instruments while in high school in Alaska. His favorite is the guitar.

“I play almost every instrument except violin and trumpet. The violin was always in the house, and my dad played it, but I couldn’t pick it up and play it (immediately) so it wasn’t interesting to me,” he said.

Smith’s father is a priest in the Orthodox Greek Church so they moved often as he was growing up between Canada and New York. Smith said he finds comfort in music, and because of his father’s influence, Smith continues to practice his religion and his music hand in hand by going to the chapel on Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields.

“I try to go to the chapel whenever I can,” Smith said. “The chaplain tries to get me to play a song every time (I go). I actually play guitar in the chapel as my stress reliever.”

Smith not only brings comfort to himself but also offers comfort and joy to those around him.

“Spc. Smith comes in the chapel twice a day, usually in the morning and after a mission in the evening,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Lindsey Jones, chaplain assistant, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT. “He plays guitar and sometimes brings his friends in with him. I’m sure some people come to the chapel just to hear him play and sing. He has the voice of an angel.”

(Editor’s Note: This is an online exclusive.)


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