During the “Commander’s Call to Prayer” at the Civil Air Patrol national conference in San Antonio on Friday, 1 September 2017, Major General (Select) Mark E. Smith, one day away from assuming command of the organization, spoke. In his address, he discussed leadership from the perspective of Moses and Joshua. Smith compared himself to Joshua, saying that the current national commander, Major General Joseph Vazquez was an outstanding leader like Moses, who he would have to follow.
In 2017, Smith received a doctoral degree on ethical leadership. Integrity and moral leadership are important to the new CAP CEO.