Smits was a career soldier and officer for his entire professional career. During the Ascension War, he served under Joseph Smythe as the head of Special Operations Command, and was a well respected leader. Among the officers under him were Lieutenant Colonel Richard Knowles, Major Bernard Dent, and Major William Bishop. He also worked closely with Captain Herbert Gergenstein for matters involving Military Intelligence. Early in his career he served under Ret. Lieutenant General Alfred Goldworth for many years.
His fate after his faction went down to defeat in that war is unknown.