Chief Master Sgt. Richard Etchberger will be inducted into the Hall of Heroes on Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. EDT, in the Pentagon Auditorium (Room BH650). Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy and Etchberger’s family will participate in the ceremony.
President Barack Obama is expected to present the Medal of Honor to Etchberger’s family at a ceremony at the White House on Sept. 21, 2010.
On Sept. 3, 2010 the White House announced Etchberger will be posthumously awarded the nation’s highest military honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on March 11, 1968.
Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Media interested in covering this event please call Air Force public affairs at 703-695-0640 for escort into the building.