Finding a Path
Following his parents’ divorce, Clayton’s mother moved to South Africa for work. The youngest of five, his behavior worsened over time until he was placed in foster care at 15 years old. Thankfully, Charlie Williams and his wife opened their home to him. While Charlie has since passed, Hutmacher fondly remembers sitting and listening to his stories about life as a Marine and his time in Korea. On his decision to enlist, Hutmacher says, “I didn’t know what I needed other than somebody to put me on the straight and narrow…and the Marines seemed like a good choice.” Little did he know, this decision was the beginning of an incredible military career that spanned 40 years. During those four decades, Hutmacher served his nation with distinction and honor, first as an enlisted Marine, then as an Army warrant officer, and finally as a commissioned officer. He commanded the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, one of the most effective, efficient, and lethal manifestations of combat power and expertise the world has ever known.
Honoring the Fallen
Losing a Special Operations soldier is hard on the entire community, but it pales in comparison to the tremendous pain experienced by that soldier’s family, especially their children. While nothing can stop the anguish of such a profound loss, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) honors the legacy of those brave men and women by helping their children prepare for a successful future. Since 2018, MG Hutmacher has provided the leadership SOWF needs to move its mission forward and ensure that every child of a fallen Special Operations soldier, or Medal of Honor recipient gets an education. Whether it’s Harvard University or a trade school, they cover the financial burden (tuition, application fees, computer, etc.), but that’s only part of what they offer. Their “cradle-to-career” approach means providing preschool and private K–12 tuition assistance, academic counseling, private tutoring, and more. MG Hutmacher explains, “We also have a program for children with disabilities, of which I’m extremely proud. I’ve expanded the definition of disabilities to [include] significant behavioral and emotional issues since they’re clearly tied to the loss of a parent.”