Lt.Gen. Hudson assumes command of ASC

Event Date: August 15, 2005

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Lt. Gen. John "Jack" Hudson assumed command of Aeronautical Systems Center on August 15, 2005 during a ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The general was also promoted to his current rank during the event.

Air Force Materiel Command Commander Gen. Gregory Martin presided over the ceremony, which included a formation of enlisted, officer and civilian personnel representative of the acquisition workforce at ASC. The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight and Wright-Patterson Honor Guard also participated in the event.

"Leading the center is an enormous responsibility, and something I can't do on my own, but I know I have an absolutely superb group of leaders here," General Hudson said after the ceremony. "The center is here to deliver war-winning capabilities to military war fighters, and our goal is to deliver capabilities on time on and on budget for the U.S. Air Force, our sister services and our international allied partners."

"I had two previous assignments here at Aeronautical Systems Center in the 1990's, so I'm excited to be back and leading ASC. We consider the Miami Valley our home so it's just really great to be back 'home'."

General Hudson's previous assignment was at the Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs. As ASC commander, General Hudson will serve as the Program Executive Officer for aircraft procurement and modernization and will manage a budget of approximately $19 billion and a workforce of more than 12,000 people located here and at 37 units worldwide.

The general has served as the director of several system program offices, was the senior military assistant to the Undersecretary for Defense for Acquisition and Technology, and director of the Joint Strike Fighter program. He received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1973 and is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the A-10, A-7, T-38 and 42 other types of aircraft.