The Honorary Colonel of the Regiment (HCOR) is appointed by the Secretary of the Army. The HCOR is a distinguished retired commissioned officer in the rank of Colonel or above with prior service in a unit of the regiment. The appointment is for three years. A second 3-year tour may be granted by the appointing authority. Each regiment will have an HCOR, but only one HCOR will serve in the regiment at any given time. Additionally, no one officer can serve as HCOR for more than one regiment simultaneously. The HCOR oversees other honorary position programs and their maintenance. The HCOR may also act as a liaison between his or her regiment and a regimental association (private organization) if one exists. The duties of a HCOR are ceremonial and do not conflict with the chain of command. Attendance at regimental functions is by invitation and participation is encouraged. The position offers to the regiment the prestige, stature, and experience of the officer appointed as HCOR. The HCOR assists in fostering regimental esprit, traditions, and perpetuation of the history of the regiment. HCOR appointees will be appointed as Distinguished Members of the Regiment simultaneously with their appointment as HCOR. To date, four distinguished retired commissioned officers have been appointed as Honorary Colonel of the 28th Infantry Regiment.
Lieutenant General Robert Haldane
General Louis C. Menetrey
Brigadier General James E. Shelton
Colonel Billy G. Murphy
Colonel Samuell Hawes*