Air Force One Leadership: Colonel Bradley Hoagland

ColHoaglandColonel Bradley Hoagland is the Commander of the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews, Md. He is in charge of 17,000 personnel at the base, and he is the first to greet and the last to say goodbye to the President of the United States whenever Air Force One leaves or returns to the base. Col. Hoagland is also the father of Gregorian Fellow Brigid Hoagland. He came to Benedictine College to speak to ROTC students and, later, to the Gregorian Fellows about leadership. Here are our top quotes from his talk:

1.  Quoting Vince Lombardi, Col. Hoagland said, “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit.”

2.  Quoting John C. Maxwell, Col. Hoagland said of the necessity of empathy, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

3.  “It’s about analog leadership, which is kind of old-fashioned leadership. It’s about getting down with them eye to eye and asking them questions.”CatholicLeadersLogo

4.  “If you don’t walk in their shoes, if you just have sympathy instead of empathy, you’re not going to have the tools you need to be a good leader.”

5.  “If we don’t take care of the people, they’re the ones that are going to walk out.”

6.  “If we can develop a truly humble attitude, we can change the world.”

7.  “The best part of my career – and the hardest on my family – was when I went to Kuwait for a year.”

8.  “Smile.”

9.  “It’s not a skill set, it’s not training, it’s an attitude, about what you do and what you believe.”

10.  Quoting Ronald Reagan speaking of moral courage, Col. Hoagland said, “There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”

The Gregorian Institute is Benedictine College’s initiative to promote Catholic identity in public life by equipping leaders (the Gregorian speech digest), training leaders (the Gregorian Fellows), defending the faith (the Memorare Army for Religious Freedom), and celebrating Catholic identity (the Catholic Hall of Fame).

Eileen Wittig