Lucas Hodge

Lucas Hodge

United States Army
MBA Candidate, Class of 2023
Owen Graduate School of Management

“I am excited to be a part of a community of veterans who I can work with to improve the Nashville community.”

Tell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?

I served as an Infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division from 2017-2021. I was a platoon leader, battle captain during deployment to Syria in 2019, and a battalion S4 up until I left the Army in May 2021. Above all other things, I value the relationships and friends I made in the Army and the lessons I learned from the incredible men and women I got to serve with every day.

What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?

My goal is to work with the undergraduate ROTC students to help prepare them for their time as officers and to work with the larger undergraduate population to help them understand the military and its role in society.

While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?

I plan to focus my studies at the Owen school on translating the operational and logistical skills I learned in the Army to the civilian world. I hope to learn how to apply what I know and where my knowledge is lacking in order to become successful in both business and the larger Nashville community.

What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?

I’ve had an incredible experience even before starting the program. BG Cheek really sold me on the program’s potential for service and for bringing people together, and I am excited to be a part of a community of veterans who I can work with the improve the Nashville community. I would absolutely encourage veterans who are serious about working in Nashville long-term to apply for this program.