Distinguished veterans Fred Campos, Orlando Reyes, and Kevin Smith will be inducted into the UTA Military Science Hall of Honor during ceremonies March 21 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Campos was a member of the Sam Houston Rifles at Arlington State College (now UT Arlington). After the Tet Offensive in spring 1968, he joined the Marines and was attached to the Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, Force Reconnaissance. He served on active duty through 1970 and in the reserves until 1974.
After returning to civilian life, Campos began an information technology career at Electronic Data Systems. In 1996 he co-founded Remit Plus Software, which developed an electronic check processing system that became the financial industry standard. He now works as the western United States embedded software sales representative for IBM.
Reyes commanded the Sam Houston Rifles and was the highest-ranked UT Arlington cadet at the 1977 ROTC summer camp. After earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1979, he was commissioned in the Army artillery and served seven years throughout the United States and Germany.
Following active duty, he founded Reyes Insurance Agency and serves as the Arlington company’s president. He is a member of the Fort Worth Airpower Council, which raises money to support military personnel and their families. He is a life member and former finance vice president of UTA’s Cadet Corps Alumni Council.
Smith is recruiting and enrollments adviser in the UT Arlington Military Science Department, where he has worked since 2001. His efforts have helped the Maverick Battalion maintain a consistently high ranking among the nation’s ROTC programs.
A retired lieutenant colonel, Smith was an Army aviator who served several tours overseas, including combat duty in Iraq. He received the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and numerous other awards. He is being recognized with a Support Membership in the Hall of Honor.
The Military Science Department and Cadet Corps Alumni Council jointly bestow the Hall of Honor award.