Hudson assumes command from Talleri
Maj. Gen. Peter J. Talleri relinquished command of Marine Corps Installations Pacific and Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler to Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson June 14 during a ceremony outside Building 1 on Camp Foster[ .
Talleri has served as commanding general of MCB Camp Butler since July 2010 and commanding general of MCIPAC since the establishment of the command in September 2011.
Hudson was commissioned in 1981 upon graduation from The Citadel and was subsequently assigned to 2nd Force Service Support Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force. He served as a platoon commander and detachment commander with 2nd Landing Support Battalion and Marine Amphibious Unit Service Support Group 22.
“(My wife and I) are extremely excited and honored to be a part of this command and part of the Marines in the Pacific area of responsibility,” said Hudson. “We will do our utmost to continue to provide support to the Marines assigned to the Pacific area and their families during our tour."
Hudson has commanded many units since his commissioning and has participated in operations in Grenada, Lebanon, the Arabian Gulf, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. Before reporting to Okinawa as the commanding general of MCIPAC and MCB Camp Butler, he was the commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command, Albany, Ga.
In a letter, Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, said Hudson will uphold the standards of excellence set by Talleri, and he will continue to succeed just as he has done at his previous assignments.
“Hudson has my complete trust and confidence,” wrote Amos. “His leadership as the commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command was crucial in our efforts to support our Marines forward deployed, as well as reset and reconstitute the force after more than a decade of combat operations.”
The change of command signified Talleri’s retirement from the Marine Corps following 34 years of service. Talleri spoke to the attendees of the ceremony saying that he looks forward to the future and knows MCIPAC, MCB Camp Butler and the rest of the Marine Corps are in good hands.
“This change of command is about handing the torch over to another leader,” said Talleri. “We have a great leader in Maj. Gen. Hudson. He is excited to be here. He is a warrior. He and his wife are going to take it to the next level.”
Talleri looks forward to spending time with his family in Florida and the two grandchildren their family is expecting.
“I’m excited about tomorrow because the Marine Corps will only get better as a result of the great talent we have in it today,” said Talleri. “I am confident that the U.S. Marine Corps will continue to do even greater things as a result of the Marines and the families that support them. It’s been a great ride, my family has a lot to look forward to, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m very proud to have served.”