Leadership insights offered May 22 by former prisoner of war

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Lee Ellis, author of "Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from Hanoi Hilton," will share his knowledge during three presentations here May 22.

During his talks, Ellis, a former prisoner of war, draws on his experiences at the “Hanoi Hilton” in Vietnam. 

“These sessions with Col. Ellis offer a unique opportunity for base personnel to gain leadership insights from someone with profound and firsthand experience,” said 2nd Lt. Nikita Smith, event organizer. “His teachings on resilience and honor are invaluable as we develop strong, capable teams to meet any challenge.”

The first session, specifically designed for lieutenant colonels, GS-14s, and above, will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Hanscom Conference Center.

Following this, a session open to all members of Team Hanscom will be held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the same location.

A lunch event at the Minuteman Commons is open to Airmen and federal civilians with four years or less of experience. This lunch, aimed at fostering early career leadership development, requires pre-registration. Interested individuals can secure a spot by contacting Smith at Nikita.Smith.3@us.af.mil.

Ellis flew 53 combat missions over North Vietnam before he was shot down and held as a POW for approximately five years.