Sidney Oaksmith graduated from Annapolis Senior High School in 1973 and attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, where he joined Army ROTC. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery branch, where he served for over 26 years.
His assignments include two tours in the Federal Republic of Germany with the 75th Field Artillery Command and 56th Field Artillery Command and assignment to the 101st ABN Division. He served in both Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM as a Brigade Fire Support Officer for 1st Brigade, 101st ABN Division (AASLT). COL (Ret.) Oaksmith has also served as a Political-Military Planner, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC. His commands include command of 8-inch and Pershing II Missile batteries in the Federal Republic of Germany, command of the 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery (MLRS) in the Republic of Korea, and command of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He also served as the Director of the Commander’s Action Group with the US Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
After retiring from the U.S. Army, COL (Ret.) Sid Oaksmith embarked on a civilian career that culminated as a financial advisor for First Command Financial Services, where he could enjoy life and help people achieve financial peace of mind. Upon Sid’s death in October, 2014, his daughter, First Command Financial Services Advisor Gretchen Butler, and his wife, Becky Oaksmith, endowed a scholarship in Sid’s name. For more information about Sid Oaksmith, please click here.
This scholarship, the Sid Oaksmith ’77 Memorial Scholarship, will be used to support students at Virginia Tech. It is intended that at least $1,000/year will be awarded, and the first award will be made in 2016.
Recipients must meet the following criteria:
- Undergraduate student at Virginia Tech in any field of study
- Have demonstrated financial need
- Have parent who is serving or has served in the U.S. military, either active duty or guard/reserve
Scholarship awards shall be made in accordance with accepted policies of Virginia Tech’s Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Please click here to view the names of the recipients on our Meet our Recipients page.