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President Barack Obama has appointed Gentry O. Smith, a career Foreign Service officer and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., to be director of the Office of Foreign Missions with ambassadorial rank.

Ambassador Smith was initiated into Omega Psi Phi on April 1978 through the Iota Iota Chapter in Raleigh, North Carolina. According to Omega Psi Phi’s national website, “Bro. Smith is the line brother of Tony Knox, 40th Grand Basileus, and was part of the charter line for the Kappa Lambda Chapter at North Carolina State University.”

Ambassador Smith, 54, is originally from Weldon, North Carolina, and attended North Carolina State University, graduating in 1983 with a B.A. in political science. Before joining the State Department in 1987, he was a Raleigh, NC police officer.

Starting off his state department career working in diplomatic security at the department’s Washington field office,Smith got his first overseas posting in 1989, as assistant regional security officer in Cairo, Egypt. In 1991, he returned from Cairo to be part of the Secretary of State’s protective detail.

Ambassador Smith then became a criminal investigative liaison officer for the State Department and later traveled overseas again in 1996 to serve as regional security officer in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma. In 1999 he came back to the US for training at the Foreign Service Institute and after finishing returned to Cairo as deputy regional security officer. Four years later, he was named regional security officer in Tokyo where he was eventually named director of the Office of Physical Security Programs.

“His next post was as deputy assistant secretary and assistant director for countermeasures in October 2009 and he held that job until his nomination to lead the Office of Foreign Missions.

As director of the Office of Foreign Missions, Smith will be responsible for ensuring fair treatment for U.S. missions in other countries and assisting those attached to foreign missions in this country,” AllGov.com states.

Smith is married to his wife Georgette, and the couple have three children.

We at WatchTheYard.com would like to salute this Omega Man on his work and contributions!

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Omega Psi Phi Brothers Break Into A Soul-Stirring Hop At Funeral of Fallen Brother, Police Officer Thomas Orr III

The fraternity brothers of Thomas Orr, III are mourning the death of their brother a thirty-year-old off-duty police officer and member Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. who was shot and killed while attending a young professional’s party at a restaurant in Westport, Missouri.

According to Fox4, “Witness say two men, not Orr, got into an argument on the back patio of the restaurant. One of them pulled a gun and began shooting. One of the bullets hit and killed Officer Orr.”

Thomas Orr, III was a graduate of Lincoln University in Missouri and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

A true Omega man, Orr had dedicated his life to serving and protecting others as a Marshall, Mo., police officer, then as an officer in Lee’s Summit, assigned as the school resource officer at Bernard Campbell Middle School.

The passion and raw emotion of his fraternity brothers was displayed at his memorial where they broke into “All of My Love” and started hopping in respect to their brother. This video since gone viral and been viewed over 100,000 times on Youtube.

Watch this memorial video for Thomas Orr, III uploaded byKassandra Johnson below.

We ask that you keep Bro. Thomas Orr, III’s family, friends and fraternity brothers in your thoughts. We also ask that you leave your condolences and memories of him by sharing and leaving comments so that his family can see how much he meant to all of us.

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This Is How the Ques at Kansas State University Revealed Their New Line

The Mighty Delta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi located on the campus of Kansas State University has not had a line of five initiates since the Spring of 1983.

“The Syndicate” 1983 line of initiates included; Eric Bailey, Gerald Alphin, Mark Toliver, Dennis Adams, and Carlos Adams. April 14, 2017 marked the first time in 34 years that the chapter initiated five men, “The 5 Unbroken Souls of the Syndicate S.T.A.R”, which included; Gerrid Harris, Darrell Reese Jr., Braxton Jones, Austin McGaugh, and Gary Hackett III.

This Spring 2017 also marked the Delta Delta chapter’s 45th anniversary.

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Omega Psi Phi Honors Minister Louis Farrakhan with Lifetime Achievement Award

On August 26th, the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. welcomed the Minister Lewis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam to their headquarters outside of Atlanta to award him their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. David Marion, 1st Vice Grand Basileus, started the program stating,

“Minister Farrakhan has been a comforter to Black people for a long, long, long time. Honoring Minister Farrakhan is not an easy task. Some have asked why a Christian organization would honor a Muslim. Why would Farrakhan not deserve this? Has he not earned it?” The Final Call quotes him saying. “The Supreme Counsel of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity concluded he was so worthy and courageously voted to give him this esteemed award unanimously.”

Grand Basileus Tony Knox presented Minister Farrakhan with the Founders Robe, a purple and gold robe, the The Final Call states, stating,

“The men of Omega thought it would be fitting that we drape Minister Farrakhan in a robe because we want to cover a man who speaks the words of God.”

During Minister Farrakahn’s speech to the audience he said the following about Omega Psi Phi, referencing David in the Bible, “The law of God is a lamp under my feet. I dwell on that law night and day. This is what Omega men should always strive for, manhood in the face of an enemy who kills men who stand up. It is better to die standing up than bowing down to your enemy. That’s an Omega man.”

It's better to die standing up than to bow down to the enemy. #Farrakhan

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Minister Farrakhan also told the story about pledging Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at Winston Salam Teachers College where he was black balled off line in the 1950s before leaving the school.

“‘No wonder I pledged this fraternity I would be keeping company with giants,’ said the Minister as he passed photos of fraternity members such as Langston Hughes and Jesse Jackson,” The Final Call writes.

Mother Khadijah Farrakhan, the Minister’s wife, was also given a gift from the Omegas.

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