Maj. Gen. John Broadmeadow, foreground, makes remarks at an assumption-of-command ceremony outside the Marine Corps Logistics Command headquarters Friday morning. Broadmeadow has officially taken the position of commanding general of LOGCOM, replacing Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson.
MCLB-ALBANY, Ga. -- There's a new general in town.
Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow officially assumed command of Marine Corps Logistics Command, a tenant command of Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, during an assumption-of-command ceremony Friday on the parade field in front of the LOGCOM headquarters building on base.
Broadmeadow previously held the position of commanding general, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. -- the same position his predecessor, Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson, held before taking the LOGCOM post.
Broadmeadow has been watching LOGCOM since early in his career. He had the opportunity to visit the operations in Albany as a lieutenant, and not long ago was able to see more on the significance of the command's mission -- which is to maintain the equipment utilized by Marines in harm's way -- while on deployment in the Middle East.
"I saw Marines and civilian Marines from here who have changed the way we do things at LOGCOM," he said Friday. "As we move into the future, the ability to change will be important."
Broadmeadow is taking the helm at a time that the military is facing significant fiscal challenges, including the sequester cuts that has resulted in 3,000 people attached to MCLB-Albany receiving a 20 percent cut in pay over an 11-week period.
Among his goals over the years he is here is to help the command adapt, he said.
"This command is doing more than its fair share to ensure the country will be able to be fiscally ready," he said. "No matter what the fiscal environment, we will always be ready.
"... All you can do is empathize with them (the personnel being furloughed). We have some real issues to deal with, but we have to face reality the way it is. ... The command has to change, and that we will. Maj. Gen. Hudson did a good job; I feel very prepared (to pick up where he left of)."
At least from the logistical side of things, Broadmeadow said, the job he currently holds is considered a dream position in the Marine Corps -- but the job itself might not be the best thing about his tenure in Albany.
"We pulled in here on Monday, and the welcome we've received has been nothing like we've had before," the general said.
Hudson was relieved of the post on June 7, leaving to assume his duties as commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Pacific in Okinawa, Japan. Since Broadmeadow was immediately unable to take the Albany position, LOGCOM has most recently been under the direction of Michael Madden, executive deputy of the command.
A biography available on Broadmeadow from officials at the base says that he graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., in May 1983 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in July 1983. As a company grade officer from 1983-1995, he served in staff and command billets with 3rd Force Service Support Group, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade, Facilities Department Camp Pendleton, 1st Marine Corps District and 1st Force Service Support Group deploying to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope.
His command billets include commanding officer for Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 in Al Anbar, Iraq, commanding officer for Combat Logistics Regiment 17 and team chief and senior adviser to the 7th Iraqi Infantry Division in Iraq. He assumed command of 1st Marine Logistics Group in June 2011, relieving Hudson of the post before deploying to Afghanistan in February 2012.
Broadmeadow is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School and Command and Staff College (non-resident programs), a 2001 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the Joint Forces Staff College in 2008 and the National Defense University's CAPSTONE Course in 2009. He has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Norwich University, a dual master of arts degree in business administration and computer resources management from Webster University and a master of science degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, the biography notes.