Mr. Hudgens is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He attended the University of North Carolina and was commissioned as an Ensign upon graduation in 1977 through the NROTC program.
Mr. Hudgens served aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) for two major deployments as an F-14A pilot in VF-143. He resigned his active duty commission in 1983, affiliated with the Navy Reserve, and in the civilian sector was employed by Eastern Airlines.
Mr. Hudgens was recalled to active duty as a Full Time Support officer in 1989. He was assigned to numerous leadership positions within the Navy Reserve Force for the next 18 years, most notably as Deputy Commander, Navy Reserve Force and as the Director of Staff for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet.
Mr. Hudgens was awarded the following personal decorations during his Navy service: the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).
Mr. Hudgens retired from active duty in February 2007. He has served as the Executive Director, Navy Reserve Force since April 2008.