42nd Dayton-Cincinnati
Aerospace Sciences Symposium

Opening Remarks by Special Guest

Mr. John L. Hudson
Mr. John L. "Jack" Hudson
Director, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Mr. John L. "Jack" Hudson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the 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.