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ETEC Meeting: Lt. Col. John Hudson, US Army Corps of Engineers
May 2, 2014 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am EDT
Lieutenant Colonel John Hudson assumed command of the Nashville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on July 9, 2013. As Commander and District Engineer, Lieutenant Colonel Hudson manages the water resources development and navigable waterways operations for the Cumberland and Tennessee River basins covering 59,000 square miles, with 49 field offices touching seven states and a work force of over 700 employees.
On the Cumberland River, the Corps operates and maintains ten multi-purpose projects for navigation, flood damage reduction, hydropower, environmental stewardship, and recreation. Nine of these projects generate hydro-electric power and four have navigation locks. In the Tennessee River Basin, the District partners with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and operates 15 navigation locks at 10 locations. Throughout both river basins the District carries out all regulatory activities, stream bank protection, flood control, and operation and maintenance of all navigation facilities and the channels.
Lieutenant Colonel Hudson was commissioned into the US Army Corps of Engineers through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte ROTC Program in 1994. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Lead Engineer, Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.. He also served as the Executive Officer in the 9th Engineer Battalion, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Schweinfurt, Germany. While there he deployed with the battalion to Iraq in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 08-10.
Additional assignments and deployments include serving as the Assistant Project Manager for Base Realignment and closure (BRAC) construction at Ft. Carson, Colo., and Project Engineer on the US Air Force Academy Hospital Addition and Alteration as part of Omaha District, US Army Corps of Engineers; Resident Office Officer in Charge of the International Zone Reconstruction Office, Central District, Gulf Regions Division, US Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for oversight of reconstruction operations in Central and Southwestern Baghdad in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM 05-06. He served as Company Commander of Alpha Company, 54th Engineer Battalion and was task organized as part of the 3rd Infantry Division for the initial attack to Baghdad in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He has also served as the Chief of Construction Management, 130th Engineer Brigade; Construction Officer, 20th Engineer Brigade; Construction Platoon Leader, 27th Engineer Battalion as well as additional staff assignments at Battalion and Brigade levels.
Lieutenant Colonel Hudson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Iraq Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab and Parachutist Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel Hudson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri of Science and Technology, and a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering (Structural) at the University of Kansas. His military education includes the Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms and Staff Services School, and the Engineer Officer Advanced and Basic Courses. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.
He is married to the former Carolyn Sherrod and they have four children.