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 Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John "Jack" L. Hudson is new museum director
 He replaces Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Charles D. Metcalf, who is retiring after 14 years as director
 Hudson's priorities include obtaining a space shuttle, constructing the fourth building, and incorporating more emerging technology
 
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NMUSAF Change of Director
DAYTON, Ohio -- Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John "Jack" L. Hudson (center) became director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force during a ceremony on Dec. 16, 2010. Lt. Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger (left), vice commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided over the change of director ceremony. Hudson took the reins from Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Charles D. Metcalf (right) , who is retiring after serving 14 years as museum director. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jeff Fisher)
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New director takes the lead at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Posted 12/16/2010   Updated 12/16/2010 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


12/16/2010 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Leadership of the Air Force's national museum changed hands during a ceremony on Dec. 16 as Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John "Jack" L. Hudson became director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Hudson took the reins from Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Charles D. Metcalf, who is retiring after serving as museum director for the past 14 years. Lt. Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, vice commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided over the change of director ceremony.

"It is an honor to be selected as the next museum director and have the opportunity to help move the museum forward on the foundation that the museum team has built," said Hudson, who has served as the museum's deputy director for the past year. "The museum is a successful operation with a great staff, and I hope to help bring it to even greater heights."

As director, Hudson will manage the museum's 17-acre campus that includes nearly one million square feet of public exhibit space, more than 500 aerospace vehicles and 78,000 artifacts. He will also provide technical and professional guidance to the U.S. Air Force Heritage Program, which includes 12 field museums and 260 domestic and international heritage sites, accounting for nearly 43,000 items on loan. Additionally, he will ensure accountability for more than 6,400 historical artifacts and aerospace vehicles on loan to 474 civilian museums, cities, municipalities and veterans' organizations throughout the world.

Some of Hudson's top priorities include obtaining a space shuttle orbiter, constructing the fourth building, and incorporating more of today's emerging technology to stay relevant with today's visitors both at the museum and online.

"Adding a shuttle is our number one exhibit priority, which would be part of an expanded Space Gallery in the fourth building, along with our Presidential Aircraft Interpretive Center and Global Reach Gallery," Hudson said. "I also look forward to enhancing the museum's educational and online capabilities, including the virtual tour."

Following the change of director ceremony, former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. (Ret.) Ronald R. Fogleman presided over a retirement ceremony for Metcalf.

During his tenure as director, Metcalf increased museum attendance from 800,000 to more than 1.3 million visitors and achieved the highest national recognition for a museum, the American Association of Museums accreditation in 1998 and reaccreditation in 2008. He expanded museum facilities to include a 200,000-square-foot Cold War Gallery and a 60,000-square-foot Missile Gallery. Metcalf also supported a major capital construction program to enlarge the museum's exhibit space with a fourth building.

"Looking back over my time as director of this great institution, it is hard to believe the changes that have occurred in the past 14 years," Metcalf said. "With our highly-qualified staff, we have moved the museum forward by transforming our focus from hardware to telling the stories of Air Force men and women. I'm proud of all we've accomplished, and I look forward to watching the museum continue to thrive in the future."

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.



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