I grew up a Rams fan, so when I separated from the Air Force to pursue a fouryear degree and ultimately a commission in the Air Force, the logical, best choice was clearly ASU.
Recently named a lieutenant colonel-select, Hodge serves as deputy director of public affairs, Pacific Air Command, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Originally an enlisted personnel specialist, she enrolled at ASU in 1998, joined ROTC Detachment 847 in 2000, and graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and her commission as an Air Force second lieutenant.
Since then, she has served at several high-profile locations, including the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles and the Pentagon. She deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011.
Prior to her current assignment, Hodge directed worldwide assignments and professional development for more than 300 Air Force public affairs and band officers from the Air Force Personnel Center at Joint Base San Antonio- Randolph AFB. Her many honors and awards include a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.
In recognition of her exemplary Air Force achievements, the ASU Alumni Association has named Hodge its 2016 Distinguished ROTC Alumna.
“The outstanding education I received at ASU,” she said, “coupled with the collected leadership lessons acquired over the course of my cadet career in Detachment 847, genuinely prepared me to become a successful military officer and effective communications professional.”