Lieutenant General Franklin Hagenbeck will speak about West Point's role as a preeminent leadership development institution through its Center for Excellence in Professional Military Ethic. He will also share his observations as commander of Operation Anaconda, the first large-scale battle in the U.S. conflict in Afghanistan, and the lessons learned from combat theater.
Hagenbeck was born in Morocco to a U.S. Navy family and was commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy in 1971. He has commanded at every level from company through division, culminating as Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division. He has also served in the 25th Infantry Division, 10th Mountain Division, 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions, and TRADOC.
Before becoming superintendent, Hagenbeck served as the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, and in numerous staff positions, including Chief of Staff, 10th Mountain Division; Director, Officer Personnel Management Directorate, U.S. Total Army Personnel Command; and Assistant Division Commander (Operations), 101st Airborne Division.
Hagenbeck's decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak-leaf cluster; the Legion of Merit with four oak-leaf clusters; the Bronze Star with one oak-leaf cluster; the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak-leaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with one oak-leaf cluster; the Army Achievement Medal; the Air Assault Badge; the Master Parachutist Badge; the Expert Infantryman Badge; Australian, British, and Honduran Airborne Wings; the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge; and the Army Staff Identification Badge.