Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson, commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command, says that the
mission of LOGCOM is taking care of and protecting those Marines serving overseas.
MCLB-ALBANY -- Several weeks ago, Maj. Gen. James Kessler handed Marine Corps Logistics Command over to Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson.
After that, Hudson -- who says he's a Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals fan -- was able to settle into a new office and start taking LOGCOM into the process of performing a number of tasks that will determine the course of its future.
"I've been on deck for just under three months now, and I'd say we've got a good game plan in place," the major general said.
Elements to work on at the command in the immediate future, as well as in the long-term, will include ensuring that those on deployments are taken care of logistically, supporting teams in the three Marine Expeditionary Force locations, moving forward with the consolidation of the maintenance centers in Albany and Barstow, Calif., and resetting LOGCOM as the Marine Corps withdraws from operations in Afghanistan.
"(The withdrawal process) is a major effort that will encompass a few years of action," Hudson said. "It will allow us to grow our maintenance requirements for the duration of the effort.
"It's all about accomplishing the mission of taking care of the people we have."
The resetting initiative will include the retrograde of equipment, a process that took 2-3 years in Iraq.
"In many cases, the equipment will need to be brought to zero-mile condition -- which will mean more work at Maintenance Center Albany," Hudson said. "It may mean an increase in the work force for a short period of time."
In the meantime, a team as been put in place to determine precisely how the consolidation process will be executed.
Hudson came to LOGCOM off an assignment in California, having served as the commanding general for 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton. He has been an active Marine for 30 years. He comes from a military lineage, having been born in Atlanta while his father was stationed at Fort McPherson there, and he says it seems good to be back in Georgia.
"I forgot about the Southern hospitality. I've never found a place so welcoming," Hudson said of Albany. "The community as a whole supports the base to the maximum extent. On a larger Marine Corps installation, you don't get that.
"I'm not sure if that is surprising, but it is eye-opening."
Since his father was in the Army, Hudson did not give much consideration to another career choice other than the military. He says, though, that it is difficult for him to explain why he joined the Marine Corps rather than the Army.
"The acceptance letter from West Point came in mid-spring of my senior year of high school, and I already had been accepted into The Citadel by then," he recalled. "(Why I joined the Marines rather than the Army) is a question I get asked all the time. It's just one of those life events you're not sure about.
"My father has been gone for 16 years, and I hope he would say I made the right decision."
When asked about his management style, Hudson said he prefers to actually refer to it as his "leadership style."
"I once had a boss that said: 'You lead people, and manage things'," he said.
One of the things he might be known for doing is walking in on personnel unannounced, not for the purpose of causing a distraction, but to get an idea of how things are going from the chairs his subordinates are sitting in.
"You get a sense on how an organization is doing by talking to those executing it," he said. "I'll also give directives when required, and I try to receive points of information from multiple sources and make the best decision I can."
During his career, Hudson has done multiple deployments, the most recent of which was a one-year stint in Afghanistan -- which ended roughly two months before his arrival in Albany. Through his deployments, he has also participated in operations conducted in Grenada, Lebanon, the Arabian Gulf, East Timor and Iraq.
Hudson was commissioned in 1981 after graduating from The Citadel. He was subsequently assigned to the 2nd Force Service Support Group, where he served as a platoon commander and detachment commander with 2nd Landing Support Battalion and Marine Amphibious Unit Service Support Group 22.
In his career, he has also served with the 12th Marine Corps District, the 1st Force Service Support Group, the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, I Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Central Command. Immediately prior to his assignment at Camp Pendleton, he served as the chief for the Office of Military Cooperation and the United States Defense Representative in Kuwait.
He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College -- where he also served as a faculty member from 2001 to 2003 -- and the Marine Corps War College. In addition to a Master of Military Studies and a Master of Strategic Studies, Hudson holds a Master of Science in human resource management.
He came to Albany with a wife and three teenage daughters -- one a senior in high school, one a junior in high school and another in the eighth grade. Luckily, his children have been able to adjust to the Albany area.
This may present a problem when their father's tour is up, in roughly two years.
"They have gotten involved in school and in sports," Hudson said. "It can be difficult for a school-age kid to come into a new school and engage, especially when there have been (sports) teams that have been together for some time.
"They'd like to get past the heat and the gnats, but they like it here."
Hudson, like his family, anticipates that it will be the people he misses the most once it's time to move on to the next assignment.
"It's always the people, no matter where you are," he said. "It will not only be the people working on the base, but the people outside it.
"When the Hudsons leave, the girls will be crying because they will be leaving friends they have made."