Lieutenant Colonel (R)
Legion of Merit
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Billy M. Hughes graduated from Arkansas State University as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Printing Management. He commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Regular Army and detailed as an Armor officer. After two years in the 4th Tank Battalion, 68th Armor Division, LTC Hughes was transferred to the Adjutant General Corps. LTC Hughes served in Germany and Korea. While in Korea he was a Chief, Protocol, 8th U.S. Army forces and in the United Nations Command. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam; 1966-67 and 1970-71. He was assigned to the Army Publications Center in Baltimore, Maryland and is credited with implementing a computerized management system the center used for decades.
LTC Hughes’ awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Combat Medal, and Vietnam Campaign w/Palm, 3 Overseas Bars, SPS Badge with Pistol Bar, and the National Defense Ribbon.
LTC Hughes earned a Master’s of Arts in Public Administration from Central Michigan University in 1978. He served as the Vice President for Human Relations for Financial Service Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia.
Lieutenant Colonel Hughes is married to Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Zina L. (Antoskow II) Hughes. He has one daughter, Kelly Megan and three sons, Todd Patrick, Steven Mark, and Bradley Alan.