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Ranger Officer Earns Military Honor

November 8, 2022 10:35 AM

Paul J. Hettich, a Lake County Forest Preserves ranger police officer, was inducted into the 2022 class of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps National Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Hall of Fame inductions are awarded to alumni whose character and distinguished service epitomize the qualities ROTC embodies, Col. James Culver wrote in a letter of congratulations to Hettich. “As your achievements exemplify leadership excellence, you deserve this recognition.”

In honor of Hettich’s meritorious contributions to the nation, a permanent record of his service and accomplishments is added to a prestigious assembly of Hall of Fame inductees. Inductees also receive a certificate, plaque and medal.

Hettich attended ROTC at Loyola University of Chicago, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1987. He was later inducted into Loyola University of Chicago's Rambler Battalion Hall of Fame in 2022.

Hettich retired from the military with more than 30 years of service on September 1, 2017. He commanded at all levels, from Special Forces (airborne) detachment commander (1987) to acting commanding general (2017) of an Expeditionary Sustainment Command. He completed five combat deployments, three to Kuwait/Iraq, one in Bosnia/Kosovo and one on the Horn of Africa.

Hettich is adjutant, Antioch American Legion; trustee, executive board, Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission; senior vice commander, Antioch VFW; vice president, Illinois, Reserve Organization Association; and legislative officer, Fort Sheridan Chapter, Reserve Organization Association. He is also an U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador for Illinois.

“Paul is a prime example of the dedicated staff that keep the picturesque forest preserves operating safely every day of the year,” said Executive Director Alex Ty Kovach.