Lt. Gen. John L. "Jack" Hudson is Commander, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As ASC Commander and Program Executive Officer for aircraft procurement and modernization, he leads the Air Force's center of excellence for development and acquisition of aeronautical systems. The center is responsible for the management of more than 556 Air Force, joint and international programs, executes an annual budget of $23 billion, and employs a work force of approximately 10,000 people located at Wright-Patterson AFB and 38 other locations worldwide.
General Hudson was born in New York state. He was commissioned in 1973 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served as a T-38 instructor pilot; an A-10 pilot, instructor pilot and flight examiner; and as a test pilot at Edwards AFB, Calif. The general has served on the Air Staff and as the director of several Air Force and joint system program offices, as the senior military assistant to the Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition and Technology, and as Program Executive Officer and Program Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. Prior to his current position, he was Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs.
General Hudson 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.
1973 Distinguished graduate, Bachelor of Science degree in astronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1974 Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics, Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.
1982 Distinguished graduate, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
1987 Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1991 Distinguished graduate, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1991 Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1993 Master of Science degree in management, Salve Regina University
1993 Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1997 Executive Program Management Course, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1997 Executive Development Program, Cornell University
2004 U.S.-Russia Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1. June 1973 - May 1974, graduate student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.
2. June 1974 - June 1975, student, undergraduate pilot training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
3. July 1975 - May 1978, T-38 instructor pilot, 90th Flying Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas
4. May 1978 - February 1979, student, T-38 Fighter Lead-in Training, Holloman AFB, N.M., later, student, A-10 Qualification Training, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
5. March 1979 - December 1981, A-10 pilot, instructor pilot and flight examiner, 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Bentwaters, England
6. January 1982 - June 1984, student, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, and A-10 test pilot, A-10 Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
7. June 1984 - June 1986, A-7 and T-38 instructor test pilot, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
8. July 1986 - June 1987, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. July 1987 - July 1990, program element monitor, F-117 and Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile programs, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
10. July 1990 - July 1991, student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
11. July 1991 - July 1993, Director of Projects, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile System Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. July 1993 - July 1994, executive officer to the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. July 1994 - May 1996, Director, Flight Training System Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
14. May 1996 - June 1997, Director, F-15 System Program Office, Robins AFB, Ga.
15. June 1997 - September 1997, Deputy for Aeronautical Systems, Strategic and Tactical Systems, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
16. September 1997 - May 1999, senior military assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
17. May 1999 - October 2001, Deputy Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Arlington, Va.
18. October 2001 - June 2004, Program Executive Officer and Program Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, Arlington, Va.
19. July 2004 - August 2005, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
20. August 2005 - present, Commander, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,500
Aircraft flown: A-10, A-7, T-38 and 42 other types of aircraft
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
2003 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, Purdue University
2003 Outstanding Aerospace Engineer, Purdue University
2003 Distinguished Alumnus, USAF Test Pilot School
2009 Heritage Award, Air Force Association Wright Memorial Chapter 212
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 6, 1973
First Lieutenant June 6, 1975
Captain June 6, 1977
Major Aug. 1, 1984
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 1989
Colonel Jan. 1, 1993
Brigadier General March 1, 1999
Major General Feb. 1, 2003
Lieutenant General Aug. 15, 2005
(Current as of September 2009)