Lieutenant General Frederick Benjamin “Ben” Hodges to Join CEPA

Will serve as the new Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies

 Washington, Thursday, June 29 – The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is honored to announce that Lieutenant General Frederick Benjamin “Ben” Hodges, Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, will be joining the institute after his retirement from active service later in 2017.

At CEPA, Hodges will hold the new Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies. Established in honor of General John J. Pershing, the first U.S. general to lead American soldiers in Europe, the Pershing Chair will contribute to CEPA research and provide military insight on questions of geo-strategy, deterrence, territorial defense and the European military balance.

"Ben is one of America’s most distinguished warriors and a powerful advocate for a stronger and more secure NATO,” said CEPA President A. Wess Mitchell. “He embodies the finest traditions of Atlanticism and is a longstanding supporter of CEPA's work. We are honored to welcome him as a future member of the CEPA team.”

Gen. Hodges began his career in the 101st Airborne and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and NATO’s ISAF mission in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Prior to becoming Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, he served as Commander of NATO Allied Land Command. Additionally, he has served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions, including as Tactics Instructor at the Infantry School; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; and Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, among others. In 2015, Gen. Hodges executed Operation Dragoon Ride – the longest and fastest movement of U.S. forces in Europe since General George S. Patton led his Third Army to relieve the siege of Bastogne in 1944. Since then, the U.S. Army has continued its commitment to allied security through ongoing efforts like Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Under Hodges’ leadership, CEPA’s Pershing Chair will contribute to the current debate on U.S. and NATO military challenges through research and published analysis, as well as expert seminars, conference panels and roundtable discussions on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Gen. Pershing was a trailblazer in navigating the complexities of American alliances and changing methods of warfare. He earned respect for mentoring a new generation of military leaders, as well as for demonstrating the best parts of American leadership in Europe. We are honored to have Ben uphold and advance this legacy at CEPA,” said Executive Vice President Peter B. Doran.

CEPA is a non-profit policy institute dedicated to the study of Central and Eastern Europe with offices in Washington and Warsaw. Since its creation in 2005, CEPA has grown rapidly to become a leading voice for strengthening security and democracy in the countries of post-Communist Europe. The institute’s mission is to promote an economically vibrant, strategically secure and politically free Central and Eastern Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States. Through written analysis and public events, CEPA educates policymakers on the need for sustained engagement, helps transatlantic businesses navigate changing strategic landscapes and builds networks of future leaders.