Three former ROTC cadets at The University of Texas at Arlington will be inducted into the Military Science Hall of Honor on Saturday, March 25.
Retired Lt. Col. Andy Cano, retired Col. Kenneth E. Smith, and Floyd Wine will be honored at 10:30 a.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Photo courtesy Alan Garonzik
The Carlisle Cannons will fire three blasts around 11:30 a.m. at The Green at College Park. A luncheon follows at noon and a performance by the Sam Houston Rifles Drill Team at 1 p.m.
Cano (’80, BS, Physical Education) served in the Insurgent Team and completed the Army Ranger course while at UTA. In 1983, he deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division in support of Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. He served with the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during the Operation Desert Shield/Storm campaigns in Kuwait and Iraq. After retiring in 2002, he became a JROTC instructor at James Madison High School in San Antonio. Cano returned to active duty in 2006 with the 4th Infantry Mechanized Division in Baghdad, Iraq. He returned to teaching in 2007 and retired in 2013.
Smith (’76, BA, History) served as first sergeant of the Sam Houston Rifles and completed Airborne School while at UTA. He commanded the 2nd Battalion 381st Regiment in Dallas. A graduate of the Army War College, he began work there in 2002, then in 2005 he became the college’s director of strategic leadership education program. Mobilized in Operation Enduring Freedom, Smith retired from the Army in 2006 and began a second career in logistics, maintenance, and warehouse management.
Wine (’69, AS, Aeronautical Engineering; ’83, BBA, Management), a former Sam Houston Rifles member, played in the Cadets Corps band and gave up a music scholarship in order to remain in the corps. An active member of the Cadet Corps Alumni Council, he has attended every Military Science Department event for the past six years, including providing logistics support to the 2010 “Long March” to Fort Hood. He is an active volunteer with the Sam Houston Rifles team. In 1969, Wine began at Bell Helicopter as an engineer, draftsman, instructor, and project leader. He retired in 2007.
Hall of Honor inductees retired Lt. Col. Andy Cano, retired Col. Kenneth E. Smith, and Floyd Wine
The UTA Military Science Hall of Honor was established in 1980 to recognize the achievements of those who participated in Army ROTC and were members of the Corps of Cadets, or who made significant contributions to the Corps of Cadets by their service. The Hall has more than one hundred members and is sponsored by the 114th Maverick Battalion and the Cadet Corps Alumni Council.
About The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 57,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020 Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report lists UTA as having the fifth highest undergraduate diversity index among national universities. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets list.
--Written by Teresa Newton