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LOGCOM set for new commanding general

Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson stands in front of a group of Marines as he gives remarks at his relinquishment of command ceremony outside of the Marine Corps Logistics Command headquarters on Friday evening. Hudson, who had been serving as the commanding general of LOGCOM since July 2011, is moving on to assume command of Marine Corps Installations Pacific in Okinawa, Japan. (June 7, 2013)

Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson stands in front of a group of Marines as he gives remarks at his relinquishment of command ceremony outside of the Marine Corps Logistics Command headquarters on Friday evening. Hudson, who had been serving as the commanding general of LOGCOM since July 2011, is moving on to assume command of Marine Corps Installations Pacific in Okinawa, Japan. (June 7, 2013)

MCLB-ALBANY -- Brig. Gen. John Broadmeadow will soon be replacing Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson as the commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command.

Hudson was relieved of the post Friday evening. Broadmeadow was unable to immediately take command, so Michael Madden, executive deputy of the command, will be taking over LOGCOM on an interim basis until Broadmeadow assumes the post in late July.

Broadmeadow, who will soon become a major general, is currently the commanding general of the 1st Marine Logistics Group in Camp Pendleton Calif.

There to formally relinquish Hudson of command on Friday was Lt. Gen. William Faulkner, deputy commandant for Installations and Logistics.

This is a change in leadership that is taking place as the Marine Corps is being reset and refocusing on its presence in the Pacific.

"What has happened under Maj. Gen. Hudson's leadership is that he has taken an already superb command (and improved it)," Faulkner said.

Directing his attention to Hudson, Faulkner concluded his remarks by saying: "... I know I speak for the commandant (of the Marine Corps) when I say you will be sorely missed."

In front of the LOGCOM headquarters Friday evening, Hudson spoke of the command's mission to enable the warfighter, as well as the memories he, his wife and three daughters will be leaving with.

"We leave with heavy hearts," he said. "We not only have family inside the wire, but family outside the wire. We will have lasting memories of all the events we went to here.

"It is very rare that someone comes into a location or command and feels a warm, Southern hospitality. Frankly, we have not gotten that before."

A biography available on Broadmeadow from the 1st Marine Logistics Group's website says that the incoming general 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 same 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 in business administration from Norwich University, a dual master of arts in business administration and computer resources management from Webster University and a master of science in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, the biography notes.

Hudson soon will assume his new position as commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Pacific in Okinawa, Japan. He initially came from his assignment at Camp Pendleton, Calif., to his post in Albany as a brigadier general in July 2011, replacing Maj. Gen. James Kessler.