CW2 Jac’kel R. Smalls is a native of Goose Creek, SC. After graduating from Goose Creek High School, Mr. Smalls attended and graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Liberty University with a Masters in Business Administration.
CW2 Smalls entered the Army in July 2007. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and attended AIT at the U.S. Army School of Music at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, VA. His enlisted assignments include: the 2nd Infantry Division Band Uijongbu, Korea; the 392nd Army Band Fort Lee, VA; the 56th Army Band, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA and the 1st Armored Division Band, Fort Bliss, TX.
CW2 Smalls graduated from Warrant Officer Candidate School and the U.S. Army School of Music’s Army Warrant Officer Basic Course in 2014.He served as Commander of the 77th Army Band at Fort Sill OK from 2014 to 2016. He currently serves as Associate Conductor for the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”.
His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; the Army Good Conduct Medal, second award; the National Defense Service Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the NCO Professional Development ribbon, second award; and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
CW2 Smalls is married and has two children.