Hall of Honor
General Smyth Jr. was Commander of the Texas Air National Guard from
1981 to 1983. Prior to that assignment he served as Chief of Staff at
the Texas Air Guard Headquarters (1979-1981).
His flight experience included over 7,000 hours of flying time in over
60 aircraft. The aircraft included military fighter planes,
interceptors, transport, troop carrier, tanker, rotorcraft-helicopter
and FAA commercial planes. During his military career he served in
Korea, Japan, SE Asia and Europe. From 1967 to 1977 he completed
twenty-five deployments to Europe serving as either the Operations
Officer or Commander of Operation Creek Party. He was in continues
flight status from 1951 to 1984.
General Smyth in his civilian career was employed with Bell Helicopter
Textron in Fort Worth Texas from 1956 to 1992. His final role with them
was as Director of the V-22 Osprey Program and Chairman of the political
action committee. Other roles and duties at Bell included flight test
engineer, design engineer and project engineer. He received BS in
Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State
University in 1949.
After his retirement he expanded his role and contribution to the
community. He worked closely with Congressman Joe Barton serving as his
chair of the National Security Advisory group and on the Service Academy
Selection Board He also worked with the Executive Service Corp as a
consultant. This organization is made up retired business executives who
provide assistance and guidance to non-profit agencies needing help in
planning and organizational management development. He also served as
Board President of Tarrant Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
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