Carl Smith was born and reared as the youngest of five children on a small farm in Carter County, Kentucky just outside of Grayson. He attended Prichard High School and enrolled in the University of Kentucky, Ashland Extension, upon graduation in 1963. Carl moved to main campus in Lexington in 1966 where he worked at the University Medical Center as a Chemical Surgical Technician in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics as he continued his undergraduate studies.
In the fall of 1968, Carl received his draft notice and was inducted into the US Army in April, 1969. Carl completed basic and advanced training, was selected for Officer Candidate School, and became an infantry Officer. Carl served in the military for the next thirty years with nine of those (1972-1981) in the active Reserve and National Guard. It was during those nine years that he became involved in Social Work. Carl received his Master’s in Social Work while working for the Bureau of Social Services in Kentucky. In 1981, he returned to the Active Army as a Social Work Officer where he served in various jobs for the next 18 years. Carl retired from the Army in 1999 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and began working for the Air Force in the Family Advocacy Program in San Antonio, Texas. Carl became the coordinator/director of juvenile treatment programs for The Brown Schools (in Texas) and Cornell Companies where he worked for the next 5 years. In 2008, he returned to Federal Service as a Clinical Social Worker at the Warrior Transition Battalion at Brooke Army Medical Center working with wounded warriors. From there, he moved in 2009, to the Army Medical Department Center and School as Branch Chief of the Combat and Operational Stress Control Training Branch and continued to serve.
Carl met his wife of thirty-eight years, Kathy Gober Smith from Enid, Oklahoma, while they were serving in Germany in 1973. She was an Army Medic and he was a Social Services Assistant on a detox ward at 5th General Hospital in Stuttgart. Kathy is retired and they live in San Antonio and have two daughters, Melissa and Staci, and two grandchildren, Dillon and Alanis. Melissa is an instructor at Texas State University, a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym and lives in San Antonio with her husband, Chris and two children. Staci and her husband, Nolan are completing their careers in the Air Force and live in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.