LOGCOM’s Hudson reflects on Albany



MCLB-ALBANY — While Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson prepares himself, his wife and three daughters for his next duty station, he has a lot to be proud of from his time in Albany.

In his last media sit-down before relinquishing command of Marine Corps Logistics Command, or LOGCOM — the primary tenant command aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany — on Friday, Hudson reflected on what all has been accomplished since he first came into the post two years ago.

“We have had four or five major accomplishments,” he said. “We’ve been tasked with the retrograde of equipment from Afghanistan, and we’ve now gotten 63 percent of all the Marine Corps equipment out. We also initiated the reset and rebuild of equipment a year early, during Fiscal Year 2012.

“That is important so we can get (the equipment) rebuilt and sent to forces (throughout the world) ... There has been a tremendous amount of effort from Marines and civilian Marines.”

Hudson initially came from the 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton, Calif., to his post in Albany as a brigadier general in July 2011, replacing Maj. Gen. James Kessler. He is now moving on to assume command of Marine Corps Installations Pacific in Okinawa, Japan.

The depth of the mission involved at LOGCOM, as well as learning the leadership skills that come with supervising a civilian work force, are among the things the outgoing general said he would be taking with him to his next assignment.

“The most difficult (part about the post) has been just getting up on the information and knowledge to discuss the issues we face,” he said.

He will also be taking with him the memories of the people he has interacted with inside and outside of Albany’s military community.

“(My family and I) have developed so many life-long relationships,” Hudson said. “It is a bittersweet feeling as you transfer from one command to the next. Two years might not have been enough to get what I wanted done. There may be some things I didn’t get to that I might not have gotten to in four years.

“... The best thing (about the two years in Albany) has been the people (aboard the installation). I think they have a fundamental understanding to do everything a young Marine (needs) to logistically complete their tasks. We understand that focus, and we have been working with dedicated professionals.”

Hudson is temporarily passing the the torch on to Michael Madden, executive deputy of LOGCOM, until Brig. Gen. John Broadmeadow is able to assume command in late July.

Soon to be a major general, Broadmeadow has been serving as the commanding general at 1st Marine Logistics Group — the same post the outgoing LOGCOM general once held.

“There may be some growing pains, but he is a solid Marine officer,” Hudson said.

Commissioned in 1981 after graduation from The Citadel, Hudson was subsequently assigned to the 2d Force Service Support Group where he served as a platoon commander and detachment commander with 2d Landing Support Battalion and Marine Amphibious Unit Service Support Group 22. In 1984, he reported to Headquarters, 12th Marine Corps District where he worked as the supply and logistics officer.

In 1988, he was assigned to the 1st Force Service Support Group and served as the operations officer and executive officer of Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 15, and as a company commander and operations officer for 1st Landing Support Battalion. Assigned to the Marine Corps Combat Development Command from 1992-1996, he served as the logistics assessment officer within the Warfighting Development Integration Division and as the aide-de-camp to the commanding general.

After that, Hudson went to the I Marine Expeditionary Force where he was the I MEF Maritime Prepositioning Force program officer and the I MEF G-4 operations officer. From 1998-2000, he was assigned to 1st Force Service Support Group where he served as the commanding officer for Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 11 and the 1st Force Service Support Group G-3 operations officer.

Following graduation from the Marine Corps War College, Hudson was a faculty member at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College from 2001-2003. Afterward, he served as the 1st Marine Logistics Group assistant chief of staff G-3, chief of staff and commanding officer for Combat Logistics Regiment 15.

In 2006-07, he served as the chief of staff for Logistics Directorate, U.S. Central Command. Following that assignment, he served as the chief for the Office of Military Cooperation and the United States Defense Representative in Kuwait — and from there went to his post at the 1st Marine Logistics Group. He has participated in operations conducted in Grenada, Lebanon, the Arabian Gulf, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hudson is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Marine Corps War College. In addition to a master of military studies and a master of strategic studies, he holds a master of science in human resource management.