Graduate, United States Military Academy, 1967. Master of Arts, University Kentucky, 1976. Master of Business Administration, Long Island University, 1979.
Graduate, Command and General Staff College. Graduate, Canada National Defense College.
Smith is also a graduate of the Canadian National Defense College. Smith served one tour in Vietnam during 1968 as an infantry platoon leader. Other major duty assignments were as Deputy for Readiness for the United States. Pacific Command from 1991-1993.
He then served as Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, in Belgium, followed by a tour as Assistant Division Commander for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.