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AFMC announces staff moves, Owen to replace Hudson at ASC

Posted 5/6/2009   Updated 5/6/2009 Email story   Print story


5/6/2009 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Air Force officials announced today that Major General Thomas J. Owen will become the next commander of Aeronautical Systems Center here, succeeding Lt. Gen. John "Jack" Hudson who is retiring.

The change of command ceremony and General Hudson's retirement are set for August 14.

General Owen is presently director, Logistics and Sustainment, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He entered the Air Force in 1978 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Early in his career he worked on B-52 Stratofortress and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft and later served as an F-15 Eagle maintenance supervisor. The general has commanded an aircraft generation squadron maintaining F-16 Fighting Falcon and OA-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft; a maintenance squadron performing intermediate level aircraft and munitions maintenance; and a combat logistics support squadron providing F-16 and F-4 Phantom aircraft battle damage repair, supply and transportation support.

General Owen was the first logistics group commander for the first and only wing operating the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. For more than three years, he was Director of the C-5 System Program Office at the San Antonio and Warner Robins Air Logistics Centers. He has also served as Director for the C-17 and F-22A System Program Offices at the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, and Director of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support at Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas. Prior to his current assignment, he was Commander of the Warner Robins ALC, Robins AFB, Ga.

General Hudson has been Aeronautical System Center commander since August 2005. As ASC Commander and Program Executive Officer for aircraft procurement and modernization, he lead 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.

Maj. Gen. Kathleen D. Close, commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill AFB, Utah, is slated to succeed General Owen.

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