Colonel Bob Hudson, USAF Retired, presenting "Christmas 1972, A War Story" to Torrance County residents and visitors, at the regular Commission Meeting April 25th, 2018.
Tune in to local radio KXNM 88.7 to hear this presentation, and the Commission Meeting broadcast Monday April 30th, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Colonel Bob Hudson was born in 1947, in Kansas City, Missouri. He joined the United States Air Force in 1970 and one year later earned his pilot’s wings. His first assignment was to Kincheloe Air Force Base, Michigan, flying the B-52. His Second assignment was as a T-39 Instructor and Flight Evaluator at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
Next he flew the FB-111 for eight years at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York, before being assigned to Headquarters Strategic Air Command where he was Chief of the Airborne Battlestaff and Director of the Future Command Control Systems Division. Colonel Hudson was then moved to be the Base Commander of a classified flight test facility and then four years later became the Base Commander of Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. His last assignment saw him as the 86th Airlift Wing Inspector General, Ramstein, Germany.
After 28 years, Colonel Hudson retired to Albuquerque where he now runs the Moriarty Municipal Airport. Among his many awards and decorations are two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with “V” device for Valor, the Bronze Star Medal with “V” devise for Valor, two Purple Hearts and the Prisoner of War Medal. Also Colonel Hudson had the honor of serving his country during Operation Southern Watch, the Cold War and Vietnam where he was unfortunately shot down on December 26th, 1972 and spent some time as a guest of the North Vietnamese inside their infamous prison system. He has been married for fifty years to his high school sweetheart and has two children and four grandchildren.