Four-star General Addresses Leadership Communication

by University Relations

General Roger A. Brady (Ret.), former commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, became the first four-star general to speak at Azusa Pacific, on October 22 in Munson Chapel. The daylong campus visit by General Brady and his wife, Litha, hosted by the Department of Communication Studies and the Office of University Relations, included this address, "The Role of Communication in Principled Leadership," as well as a luncheon, class visits, and a reception.

General Brady practiced leadership communication in commanding more than 25,000 Air Force personnel in Europe, and authored and self-published Forget Success: How Principled Leaders Use Character, Communication, and Caring to Get There Anyway. “We were thrilled about this opportunity to receive insights from a leader who had such a significant span of care,” said Bala A. Musa, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. “Our students benefited greatly from hearing about how communication enhances effective leadership.”

This Vietnam veteran and command pilot earned several decorations, including the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, and Order of the Sword, the highest honor Air Force enlisted personnel can award someone. He received his first general’s star in 1995, and retired 16 years later after 41 years of active military service, making him the longest-serving active-duty Air Force officer in history. At the height of his career, he provided command and control for air, space, and missile defense for activities in an area of operations covering 51 countries.

Originally published in the Fall '14 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.