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Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges | Talking leadership and operating in a VUCA world

We explore leadership and operating in a VUCA world with Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges who holds the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), that he joined in February 2018.


A native of Quincy, Florida, General Hodges graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1980 and was commissioned in the Infantry. After his first assignment as an Infantry Lieutenant in Garlstedt, Germany, he commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade levels in the 101st Airborne Division, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


General Hodges has also served in a numerous Joint and Army Staff positions including Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Chief of Staff, 18th Airborne Corps; Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff; Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army; and Commander, NATO Allied Land Command (İzmir, Turkey). 


His last military assignment was as Commanding General, United States Army Europe from 2014 to 2017. He retired from the U.S. Army in January 2018 before taking up his role at CEPA.


I know I probably shouldn’t say this, but this episode ranks in my personal top 5 as I found Ben to be an incredibly humble and erudite man. There is so much practical wisdom and leadership advice in this episode that comes directly from him of those he has worked with and for. Enjoy!



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