On Oct. 10, 2022, Col. Paul J. Hettich, Antioch, Ill., was inducted into the 2022 class of the U.S. Army ROTC National Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was conducted at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The ceremony was hosted by Lt. Gen. (three stars) Raymond Mason, U.S. Army, retired, director, Army Emergency Relief. The guest speaker was Gen. (four stars) Gary M. Brito, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Major Gen. (two stars) Antonio Munera, U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Command, presented the inductees with a certificate, plaque and medal.
The ceremony included: Welcome and introduction, lunch, U.S. Army Band performance, introduction of keynote speaker, keynote remarks, presentation of scholarships, presentation of AUSA-ROTC Best Company Awards, 2022 ROTC Hall of Fame recognition video, ROTC Hall of Fame induction and closing remarks.
The U.S. Army Cadet Command Hall of Fame included 30 inductees from across the country and in rank from lieutenant general (three stars) to civilian, and five posthumous inductees.
Hall of Fame inductions are awarded to alumni whose character and distinguished service epitomize the qualities ROTC embodies. An inductee’s achievements exemplify “Leadership Excellence” deserving this recognition. In honor of an inductee's meritorious contribution to the nation, a permanent record of an inductee’s service and accomplishments will be added to a prestigious assembly of Hall of Fame inductees, each an enduring model and source of inspiration for Army ROTC cadets. Each inductee received a certificate, plaque and medal.
ROTC has its beginnings in the early 19th century when a handful of colleges offered military instruction to students. Today, graduates of the Army ROTC program continue to play a vital role in preserving America’s liberty.
ROTC boasts alumni such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Walmart founder Sam Walton.
Hettich attended ROTC at Loyola University of Chicago, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant on Aug. 26, 1987. He was later inducted into the Loyola University Chicago Rambler Battalion Hall of Fame on April 29, 2022.
Hettich is the adjutant of Antioch (Ill.) American Legion Post 748 and a lifetime member.