Where did you serve and what did you do?
Clubs/Organizations/Philanthropies: Eagle Scout Silver Palm, Treasurer, Pack 111; Boy Scouts of America District Chairman; Adjutant, Antioch American Legion (life member); Trustee, Executive Board, Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission; Senior Vice Commander, Antioch VFW (life member); Knights of Columbus (fourth degree); President, Petite Lake Gardens Home Owners Association; Board Member, Antioch Parks and Recreation Commission; Vice President, Illinois Reserve Officers Association; Elected Trustee and Vice President, Antioch Public Library District
How are you #StillServing?
U. S. Army Reserve Ambassador for Illinois Mr. Paul Joseph Hettich was Mandatory Retired as a Colonel with over 30 years of service. His last assignment was Commanding Officer of the 451st Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) (a Brigadier General Command). His highest award is the Legion of Merit (one Oak Leaf Cluster). He is a recipient of the General Winfield Scott Bronze Medallion (Civil Affairs Regiment) and the Honorable Order of Saint Christopher Medallion (Transportation Regiment). He is branch qualified in Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations, Signal, Transportation, and Medical Services. He has 19 Additional Skill Identifiers and two PDIs/PDSIs. His over-seas missions include Canada (2), Germany (9), Korea (2), Macedonia (1), Poland (2), Turkey (1), Djibouti (1), and Uganda (1). He completed five combat deployments in Kuwait/Iraq (3), Bosnia/Kosovo (1), and the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Burundi) (1). He mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom to command the 451st ESC. He commanded at all levels from Special Forces (Airborne) Detachment Commander (12th SFG (A)) to Army Component Commander (CJTF-HOA) and is a Joint Qualified Officer Level III with ASI 3L. He was awarded three U.S. State Department Meritorious Honor Awards by Ambassador Christopher Hill (2010) and received two Bronze Star Medals (2003, 2010). He was recognized by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner as an Honor 200 Illinois Bicentennial Honoree (2018). He received the College of Lake County Alumni Recognition Award 2021.
Why do you do it?
To keep serving