Personal integrity is key, USU alum tells students

Go abroad and see the world, Ambassador Lynn M. Hansen told students Thursday in the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.Hansen graduated from USU in 1960 with a degree in German and minors in Russian and physical education. He was involved with USU during his years and was given the Man of the Year Robins award.”Everything that has happened in my life started here at Utah State,” Hansen said.While at USU, Hansen joined the Air Force ROTC.”I joined the ROTC to avoid being drafted by the Army,” he said. “I grew to love it and what it meant.”Hansen spent 23 years in the Air Force working in a variety of positions and agencies.”If you look at my biography, you’d think, ‘There’s a man who can’t hold a job,’” he said.Hansen said he spent time in the Soviet Union working “more or less as a spy” and was in Vietnam for much of the Vietnam War.Time in a war zone was not always spent in combat.He told a story of a time in Vietnam when it was decided a type of holding cell for the captured enemies was needed. Hansen went scrounging for materials to build the cell. He dropped the materials off and went on another assignment. By the time he came back, a building had been built, but instead of a holding cell, they built an officer’s club.Hansen said he enjoyed all of his years in the military, except for the eight years he spent working in the Pentagon. After not getting a promotion he thought he deserved, his résumé got stuck to a pile of someone else’s papers, which led to an even better promotion as the assistant director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Hansen retired from the Air Force in 1983, after 23 years of active service.

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