Maj. Gen. John Broadmeadow, who took over as the commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command in July, recently rolled out his plans for the coming months. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)
MCLB-ALBANY — With six months under his belt as the commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command, Maj. Gen. John Broadmeadow has a mindset in place as to how the command is to move forward during a tenure which he already says may be difficult for him to leave behind.
A New England native, Broadmeadow came to the command, also known as LOGCOM, in July with roughly 30 years of service in the Marine Corps behind him. While finding the work rewarding, his career as a logistican almost never came to be.
“I knew I wanted to join the military when I was a kid,” he said. “I knew I wanted to fly; I wanted to join the Air Force. A Marine Corps recruiter (sold me on joining) and said ‘You can fly these (aircraft) too.’ I couldn’t see well enough, so I became a logistican.”
Broadmeadow’s family includes his wife and a son who is serving as a lieutenant in the Corps at Camp Pendleton in California. Like many generals before him, Broadmeadow said the welcoming party to Southwest Georgia was a warm one.
“My wife and I are settling into the area real well,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of friends. This has been an incredibly welcome and gracious community.”
What is particularly unique about this area, he said, is how closely integrated the base community is with the community outside of the fenceline.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in southern California, and in southern California, there are other things going on,” Broadmeadow said. “(In Albany) the caring and integration into the community is much deeper. The vast majority on base live in Albany and communities around Albany, and have been here awhile. The base brings great economic development, but the base gains a lot from the community.
” … To come to a place where the work force is so integrated with the community, it is a very different flavor for the community.”
As part of the vision set for LOGCOM in the coming months, the general has recently rolled out his guidance for the command — which will primarily focus on the retrograde of equipment as the drawdown from overseas continues, and on long-term plans to maintain that equipment.
“This will be a pretty dynamic year with a lot of changes,” he said. “LOGCOM will have a big role in the retrograde and resetting (of equipment).”
Part of that involves picking up where the previous commanding general, Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson, left off.
“He did a great job starting the reset effort,” Broadmeadow said. “We will be continuing what he has done. We will focus on doing it the quality way, but to get it to an end-state.”
Attention will also be given, he said, to returning the Corps back to the track it was on before the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks.
“We will return to our expeditionary roots,” Broadmeadow said. “Over the last 12 years, we have participated in sustained land combat. What the nation needs for the Marine Corps to do now is be its 911 force.
“We’ve learned a lot of lessons over those 12 years; we don’t want to forget that (but it is time to change focus).”
His general philosophy and leadership style, he said, is to maintain a linkage between LOGCOM and the other entities on base. By far, he said, what he’ll miss most when he has to leave the command will be the people.
“I grew up in New England and transplanted in southern California,” he said. “What makes this place special is the people. As we were unpacking, we had people welcoming us. I’m not looking forward to (leaving) just yet; I have some time — but I can already tell it will be the people we miss.
“They provide great value to the Marine Corps and its mission. The people in Albany can be proud of that.”
Broadmeadow graduated from Norwich University, 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.
He has served in a number of other billets in his career. As a general officer, he was assigned as the deputy commanding general for Marine Forces Pacific in August 2009. During this tour he also served as the combined force land component commander for Exercise Rim of the Pacific and as the deputy commander for Joint Task Force 505 in Japan for Operations Tomodachi and Pacific Passage. Broadmeadow assumed command of 1st Marine Logistics Group in June 2011 and deployed to Afghanistan in February 2012 for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Upon redeploying, in December 2012, he assumed the concurrent duty as commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He was promoted to major general in July 2013.
Broadmeadow is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School and Command and Staff College (non- resident programs), a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in 2001, the Joint Forces Staff College in 2008 and the National Defense University’s CAPSTONE Course in 2009. He holds 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.