Col. Lee G. Hudson became the new commander of Blue Grass Army Depot in an official Army change of command ceremony, June 27, replacing Col. Brian L. Rogers, who has retired from active duty and will remain in the Richmond area with his family.
Brig. Gen. Kevin G. O’Connell, commanding general of the Joint Munitions Command, headquartered at Rock Island Arsenal, IL., hosted the ceremony.
Col. Hudson, who joined the Army in 1990, is a native of San Francisco. He has a BS degree from Auburn University as well as an MBA, with honors, from Hawaii Pacific University. He also holds a Masters degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
From 2008 to 2010, COL Hudson commanded the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Support Battalion, and most recently, from 2010 to 2012, as commander of Mission Support Element, United States Army Office of Military Support, supporting Special Operations Forces and Counter-terrorism missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines and North Africa.
COL Hudson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and Master Parachutist, Ranger, Pathfinder and Air Assault Badges.
Col. Hudson and his family already have settled into the Richmond community.