By Kevin Shannahan
Ask any NSU football fan where the best tailgating food can be found at home games, and NSU’s Army ROTC will be the Demon fans’ clear choice. Richard Hooter, wearing his ubiquitous Army Ranger ballcap, has been a fixture of Demon football for years. Every home gameday, NSU’s Armory is transformed into the best restaurant in town.
There is, however, far more to Richard Hooter than his culinary skills. He was honored by his alma mater during the halftime of NSU’s basketball game against Nicholls. A 1974 graduate of Northwestern State, he completed his degree after being drafted and serving in Vietnam. He returned to the Army after graduating and served a full career as an Infantry officer, retiring to Natchitoches with his wife of 49 years, the former JoAnn Ammons.
Not content with a well earned retirement, he mentors NSU ROTC cadets, the next generation to carry America’s faith and honor against her enemies. Husband, father, grandfather, soldier and citizen, Richard Hooter embodies what is good and right about the citizen-soldier concept of ROTC. He is eminently deserving of the Veteran Recognition Award from Northwestern State University. Well done sir!