"This is a special day in his life and to ask me to be a part of this, well, I couldn't be more honored," said Reyes.
Several cadets in the HU Army ROTC Pirate Batallion were present to witness their department's professor of military science advance in his career. Reyes spoke to them, pointing out all of Smedley's military accomplishments and charging them to follow suit. "Cadets, please hear what I am saying because you have in front of you a blueprint," he said.
HU military alumni stationed at Ft. Eustis, Ft. Monroe and the Pentagon also returned to their alma mater for the ceremony.
“I couldn’t be happier to be here at Hampton University to continue my career,” said Smedley following his pinning.