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Paul Hettich

Illinois Ambassador

Name: Paul Joseph Hettich (Colonel-Retired)

Hometown: Antioch, IL

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Business Position: Sheriff’s Department Court

Security Deputy Police Officer, Technical Theater Consultant


Civilian Education: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Master’s Certificate, U.S. Army Reserve Command; Master of Strategic Studies, U. S. Army War College; Master of Arts with Thesis (copyrighted), Theater Arts, Northern Illinois University; Bachelor of Arts, Communications and Technical Theater, Barat College of DePaul University; General Marketing Certificate, College of Lake County;

Diploma, Certified Police Officer, North-Eastern Illinois Police Academy; Credential, Contract Investigator (DoD)


Clubs/Organizations/Philanthropies: Eagle Scout Silver Palm; Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 92,  Boy Scouts of America; 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 Organization Association; Elected Trustee, Vice President, Antioch Public Library District.


Military Retirement Date, Date of Rank, Service: 01 SEP 2017, 25 SEP 2009, U. S. Army


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 was inducted into the US Army ROTC National Hall of Fame in 2022.