Master Sergeant Fred W. Hudgins Jr.
AFSC: 8F000, First Sergeant
Master Sergeant Fred W. Hudgins Jr. is currently assigned as the First Sergeant for the 161st Maintenance Squadron, 161st Air Refueling Wing (ARW), Arizona Air National Guard, Phoenix, Arizona. He has held the position since February 2008 following graduation from the First Sergeant Academy. He is the liaison between the commander and squadron members. He advises the commander on matters affecting the health, morale and welfare of the Maintenance Squadron enlisted members. Sergeant Hudgins maintains endless vigilance on the factors impacting the morale and well-being of the enlisted force, advises the commander of these assessments, and makes appropriate recommendations. In 2011 he volunteered to deploy as a First Sergeant to Kandahar, Afghanistan leading in a joint combat environment with the 466th Air Expeditionary Squadron (AES) in direct support of combat missions. Throughout the deployment he was responsible for 800 airmen located in the South, Southwest and Western portions of Afghanistan’s most hostile and volatile battle space. He traveled over 6,000 miles outside-the-wire via ground convoys, rotary and fixed wing aircraft in support of the 466 AES war fighter. Sergeant Hudgins was born in Piqua, Ohio. He lettered in football, basketball, track, and was awarded All-Greater Miami Valley Conference athlete. Following graduation from high school he subsequently enlisted in the Air Force in 1986. He served active duty assignments to Williams AFB, AZ and Kirtland AFB, NM and was a crew chief on T-38 aircraft until cross-training into personnel. He received multiple performance awards while on active duty and in the guard. Military awards include Meritorious Service Medal, AF Commendation Medal, AF Achievement Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award, AF Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, AF Longevity Service, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, USAF NCO PME Ribbon, and Air Force Training Ribbon. Sergeant Hudgins is active in the community volunteering time to coach and mentor youth. He earned a Bachelor Science degree in Business Administration and Master’s degree in Organizational Management. Sergeant Hudgins and wife Pamela have four children.