Col. Isabel Smith recognized by Latina Style Magazine for her military service

New York Army National Guard Col. Isabel Rivera Smith, a graduate of Lorain's Admiral King High School, has been recognized by Latina Style Magazine.

Smith was presented with the 2017 Latina Style Distinguished Military Service Award during a September 15, ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Smith, a veteran of 32 years in the Army and the Army National Guard, is the Chief of Staff for the 4,100-member 53rd Troop Command, one of the New York Army National Guard's two major commands.

As Chief of Staff, Smith is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the command, which has units across the state.

Smith, a resident of Goshen, N.Y., said she was surprised when she found out she was being given the award.

"It's an honor to receive this award and this recognition proves how important diversity is in the military," said Smith.

Smith is currently serving in Puerto Rico as part of the National Guard's efforts to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria.

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