Frederick Benjamin “Ben” Hodges is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general who served as commanding general, United States Army Europe. Born in Quincy, Florida and attended West Point Military Academy he went on to retire after serving his duty overseas for over six years as commander general, United States Army Europe.
Hodges failed to allege how his follow-up questions for Eady should have been handled during trial counsel’s failure, nor could he demonstrate how Hodges was prejudiced as a result. Accordingly, this claim was quickly dismissed.
Early Life and Education
Frederick Benjamin “Ben” Hodges grew up in Reynolds, Georgia – a small southern community with close ties. At Reynolds High School and Mercer University where he majored in civil engineering before enrolling as a pilot with the United States Army Air Forces.
Hodges served 35 years as an Infantry Commander at Company, Battalion, and Brigade levels; including Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Afghanistan. He taught tactics at United States Military Academy as well as serving on Joint and Army Staffs including Tactics Instructor, Army Infantry Officer School; Congress Liaison Officer Officer (CLIO); and Aide-de-Camp to Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
Researchers at IBM Research Austin relied on him for research on complex, large-scale, multiphysics problems in environmental fluid mechanics. One of his key contributions included developing new methods to solve computationally difficult environmental fluid dynamics issues using advanced microprocessor technology.
Hodges has held roles within his 37-year military career ranging from infantry instructor and legislative liaison for Army to Air Force chief of staff and head of USAREUR; additionally he served as multi-national commander in Afghanistan.
Hodges is widely respected for his outspoken opposition to Russia, believing they seek to dismantle NATO. Hodges has warned that stationing U.S. forces in Poland would be seen by NATO allies as unnecessary provocations that could spark Russian retaliation against Washington.
His forthright remarks regarding the Army’s requirements in Europe to counter a rising Russia were often unwelcome in Washington and rankled some of his Army colleagues. He frequently addressed press outlets and appeared on German talk shows before visiting think tanks and universities as an advisor or guest lecturer.
Achievement and Honors
General Clark has completed multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as multiple shipboard assignments in the 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. He earned the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (four awards) as well as numerous unit and service decorations during these assignments.
Hodges has not only been commander of U.S. Army Europe but has held multiple Army and joint staff roles over his distinguished military career. These have included serving as battalion executive officer; aide-de-camp to Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and assistant chief of staff of XVIII Airborne Corps.
He will join The Citadel coaching staff this fall as inside linebackers coach, alongside defensive coordinator Tony Grantham. Prior to that he served as defensive coordinator at Saginaw Valley State where his defense ranked among the nation’s leaders for points allowed, tackles-for-loss and third down defense.
Hodges spent his military service holding various leadership roles. These included tactics instructor at Infantry School, chief of plans with 2nd Infantry Division in Korea and Army Congressional Liaison Officer.
At the University of Texas at Austin, he holds a tenured professor position within the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department. His research expertise lies in environmental fluid dynamics; specifically river flows, lake dynamics and estuary circulation. Furthermore, as part of IBM Research Austin team he has also created computational methods that facilitate more efficient model simulations in these areas.
Ben Hodges has been married for more than 25 years and enjoys raising a beautiful family. Throughout this time he has remained silent about his personal life, not getting involved with any scandals or disputes.
Ben Hodges has not provided the media with details regarding his net worth or personal matters; however, his pro bono practice involves counseling and litigating for veterans denied disability benefits, prisoners, home associations and housing disputes among others.
Hodges has spoken frequently on NATO and European security matters at military conferences worldwide. Additionally, he frequently appears as a guest on foreign radio and television programs and never engages in any controversies or rumors; his official authority Twitter handle boasts over 25K followers with regular tweets reaching over 2.5 million messages!