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Cherry-Price Lecture

About the Cherry-Price Leadership Lecture
The Cherry-Price Leadership Lecture was established in 2017 and is made possible through the generosity of distinguished alums Howard Cherry ’65 ΒΘΠ Wellington, FL, and Rob Price ’65 ΒΘΠ of Lake Charles, LA. The lecture shines the spotlight on the character traits of successful leaders of our time, reinforcing Westminster’s mission to develop leaders of character and to prepare for lives of success, significance, and service. 

The 2018 Cherry-Price Leadership Lecture
Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding (Retired) — the former highest ranking attorney for the U.S. Air Force — will deliver the Cherry-Price Leadership Lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, in Coulter Lecture Hall in Coulter Science Center on the Westminster College campus. A reception will immediately follow at Coulter Atrium.

The lecture is open to the public.

Lieutenant General Richard C. Harding

Retired April 01, 2014

Harding was the Judge Advocate General (TJAG) at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In that position, he served as the Legal Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and all officers and agencies of the Department of the Air Force, leading more than 4,400 uniformed and civilian lawyers, paralegals, and legal-support personnel. He oversaw military justice, operational and international law, and civil law functions at every level of command.

A Harrowing 9/11 Experience
As a result of his experiences during Sept. 11, 2001, Harding has a special interest in national security: He was in an underground facility near Omaha, NE when the two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. “Then the phone that never rings...rang,” he recalls. “Within an hour after the phone call, President George W. Bush arrived.” In his lecture, Lt. General Harding will describe unclassified discussions on 9-11 among the national leaders and how they reacted to the deadliest terrorist attack on the United States in our nation’s history.

Education and Military Background
Harding received a Juris Doctor degree in 1979 from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he previously earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975. He entered the U.S. Air Force with a direct commission in 1980.

Harding graduated from Squadron Officer School at Maxell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL, in 1984. Harding also graduated from Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, AL, in 1988 and Air War College in Montgomery, AL, in 1994. The son of a U.S. Air Force Officer and grandson of a Naval officer, Harding is third-generation military.

Awards, Achievements, and Promotions
Throughout his military career, Harding has received the Distinguished Service Meal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal. His other achievements include the 1985 Outstanding Attorney of the Year with the 15th Air Force and Strategic Air Command, the Outstanding Legal Office Award in 1995 and 1998 with Pacific Air Forces, the Outstanding Senior Attorney Award in 1996 and 1997 with Pacific Air Forces, and the 2002 Outstanding Senior Attorney Award with the Air Combat Command.

Harding was promoted to Lieutenant General on Feb. 2, 2010, after previously serving as Brigadier General from 2006. He also previously served as Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, and Colonel, respectively.

Major Awards & Decorations

  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster

Other Achievements

  • 1985 Outstanding Attorney of the Year, 15th Air Force and Strategic Air Command
  • 1995 and 1998 Outstanding Legal Office, Pacific Air Forces
  • 1996 and 1997 Outstanding Senior Attorney, Pacific Air Forces
  • 2002 Outstanding Senior Attorney, Air Combat Command
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