The Cadet Corps Alumni Chapter (CCAC) and the Department of Military
Science at The University of Texas at Arlington will induct two new
members into Military Science Hall of Honor at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
16, in the Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W.
First St. Honorees are Robert W. Irish and Col. (Ret) Thomas A.
Irish entered The University of Texas at Arlington,
then Arlington State College (ASC), in 1961. He was a member of the
Pistol Team that defeated the U. S. Military Academy in 1962-63 and
became the National Intercollegiate Pistol Champion. In the ASC Cadet
Corps, he attained the rank of cadet major and served as the cadet
battalion S3. He graduated in 1966 in mathematics, was commissioned a
second lieutenant in the Signal Corps, and was assigned to the Army
In 1969, Irish graduated from the Perkins School of
Theology at Southern Methodist University with a Master of Divinity
degree. He was ordained a minister in the United Methodist Church.
Following his graduation he was called to active duty for two years. He
was then assigned to the 51st Signal Battalion in Korea, where he
served as company commander of HHC and president of the Do Bong
Orphanage until he was released from active duty in June 1971.
1972, Irish resigned his position in the church and entered the
business world. During the next 34 years, he went from an electronic
salesman to the head of several large companies. In 1985 he was asked
to join the founding board at UT Arlington’s Automation and Robotics
Research Institute, where he served until he retired in 1990.
2004, Irish was selected by the secretary of defense as one of 43
executives to tour military bases in Europe, the Mideast and Africa. In
the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, he received high-level
briefing on the latest efforts to combat terrorism in sensitive areas
of the world.
In 2005, his business book, The Entrepreneur’s
Compass, was published. Irish currently works with the Center for the
Advanced Study and Practice of Evangelism at Southern Methodist
Col. Schneider graduated from The University of Texas
at Arlington in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was a member of
the Corps of Cadets and performed with the Sam Houston Rifle Drill
Team. He served as the team commander when they won the Texas State
Championship in 1977. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the
Upon completion of the Ordnance Officers Basic
Course, Schneider began his career as chief of the Maintenance
Evaluation at the Cold Regions Test Center, Fort Greely, Ark, and then
went on to the 9th Infantry Division, where he served in various staff
assignments and as commander of a Heavy Maintenance Company. The U.S.
Army Ordnance Center and School was next, where he served as an
instructor and executive officer to the Commanding General. He then
served as an ordnance advisor in Saudi Arabia. Upon his return to the
United States, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, was the
DISCOM support operations officer, DISCOM S3, and the executive
officer, 4th Forward Support Battalion. He was assigned to Fort
Indiantown Gap, Pa, to serve as chief in the Combat Service Support
Assistance Division. His next assignment took him to Europe, where he
served as the assistant chief of staff for logistics for the 21st
TAACOM, and later as battalion commander of the 201st Forward Support
Battalion. In 1998 he was assigned to Task Force Falcon/1st Infantry
Division as the Division G4, where he planned, equipped, and prepared
the Task Force for deployment to Kosovo. Promoted to colonel, his final
assignment was that of commander, United Nations Command (Rear). He was
the representative in Japan responsible for interacting with the
government of Japan, U.S. forces in Japan, and the embassies of eight
UNC member nations. He retired in August 2004.
and decorations include Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious
Service Medal (4 awards), Army Commendation Medal (5 awards), Army
Achievement Medal (2 awards), and the Army Superior Unit Award. His
service awards include National Defense Service Medal (2 awards),
Southwest Asia Medal (3 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Medal,
Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Medal, NATA Medal
Bosnia/Tuzia, Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal
from the government of Saudi Arabia.
Upon retirement, he accepted
a position as a senior logistics analyst working on the Army’s Future
Combat Systems (FCS) program. In September 2005, Schneider moved to
Kuwait to work for CSA Ltd, and he continues to serve there.
Arlington President James D. Spaniolo is the guest speaker. A reception
will follow the induction ceremony in the Palo Duro Lounge of the
University Center. A Carlisle Cannon salute and toast to fallen
comrades will follow the reception.
For more information, contact the Department of Military Science at (817) 272-3281.
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