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Family illness propels Golf Cadet to begin Army journey

Cadet Hogan stands in formation with her company before evening revelry. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

Cadet Christine Hogan, a graduate student at the University of Southern California, stands in formation with her company before evening revelry. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

By Matthew Langston
Leader’s Training Course

Christine Hogan worked a busy job in corporate America. One event made her decide to drop everything.

The Leader’s Training Course.

Hogan, a Golf Company Cadet, spent five years working at Amgen, a major biotechnology company. While the company produced medicine focusing on illnesses such as cancer, it was Hogan’s job to reach out to foreign markets to try to expand Amgen’s reach.

“I did financial and technological assessments of companies in China, Japan and Russia and decided if we should purchase or partner with them to expand our product line to be able to serve more patients around the world,” Hogan said.

While working at Amgen, the graduate student at the University of Southern California received some news that made her reconsider everything. In June, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and would have to start taking some of the same medicine Amgen produced.

“I didn’t know what to do,” Hogan said. “Having any family member or friend diagnosed with cancer or a serious illness really hits home.”

With her mother starting chemotherapy and moving onto surgery in a couple of months, Hogan realized life is too short to not take full advantage of what she wanted to do in life. Hogan realized she had been taking on too much as a full-time student with a full-time job. So she quit her job and came to LTC.

“I really wanted to focus on pursuing my dreams and passions, and that is to be a surgeon and to fly aircraft,” she said. “I thought that LTC would give me the leadership experience and the tools to succeed.”

Considering the circumstances she faced back home, those who trained Hogan found it impressive and admirable for her to decide to attend LTC.

“You see a lot of people quit because of small issues at home,” 1st Lt. Tom Cowan said. “It’s really impressive that such a large, pressing issue is not keeping her from pursuing something as important and as great as becoming an Army officer.”

Despite the issue, Cowan said Hogan excelled and ranks among the top 10 Cadets in her platoon. He said she sets the example.

“She’s confident and willing to lead her peers,” Cowan said. “She’s an overall great leader with tons of future potential.”

Hogan said her family is supportive and proud of her decision to attend the course. As she aims to be in the National Guard, she said it would be a dream come true to attend medical school during the week and fly helicopters on the weekend.

In addition, she also wants to be the next U.S. surgeon general. She said she hopes to accomplish the goal with her hard work in medical school and at LTC.

“I want to become a leader in health care in a big way and make a big difference in the world,” Hogan said. “I think the experiences I’ve previously had, combined with the experiences at LTC and through ROTC while going to med school, will help me get there.”


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