John L. "Jack" Hudson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He manages the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum, portraying the heritage and traditions of the Air Force through specialized exhibits. The museum features a 17-acre campus that includes nearly one million square feet of public exhibit space with more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of historical artifacts on display. Mr. Hudson is responsible for more than 130,000 artifacts in the National Collection both at the museum and on loan to military and civilian sites all over the world. He provides technical and professional guidance to the U.S. Air Force Heritage Program, which includes 12 field museums, and 260 domestic and international heritage sites. Additionally, he assists in ensuring accountability for artifacts on loan to more than 470 civilian museums, cities, municipalities and veterans' organizations throughout the world.
Mr. Hudson entered the Air Force in 1973 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and served for 36 years on active duty in a variety of positions including T-38 instructor pilot; A-10 pilot, instructor pilot and flight examiner; and test pilot. He served as director of several Air Force and joint system program offices and was senior military assistant to the Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition and Technology. Mr. Hudson also held assignments as Program Executive Officer and Program Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition; and Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs. He last served as Commander of the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB before his retirement in October 2009 in the grade of lieutenant general. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in December 2009 and served as the museum's Deputy Director until December 2010.
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 - August 2009, Commander, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
21. December 2009 - December 2010, Deputy Director, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
22. December 2010 - present, Director, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
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
(Current as of March 2012)