Meridian businessman and civic leader C.D. Smith was officially installed as the State Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Mississippi National Guard on Saturday.
Smith is the regional manager of Bell South's east center and golden triangle district.
Smith served in the Mississippi National Guard for five years in the 70's and then transferred to the air national guard.
Part of his new duties will be to represent the some 2,000 enlisted personnel on promotion, retention and assignment.