Change of Command at 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron
It’s all change at 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron, with a new Squadron Commander taking post at the end of August and the Unit looking forward to building a strong future. Flt Lt Jodi Hudson assumed command at 504 Squadron on 30th August 2012, after finishing his time as temporary Squadron Commander at 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron.
Previous CO at 504 Squadron, Flt Lt Emma Butler, stood down early in the Summer, with Fg Off Gareth Fowler assuming temporary command until the arrival of Flt Lt Jodi Hudson as the new Officer Commanding 504 Squadron.
Deputy Squadron Commander at 504, Flt Lt Martin Vernon, welcomes Flt Lt Hudson to the Unit.
Flt Lt Jodi Hudson joined the Air Training Corps in 1996 as a Cadet at 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron, progressing through the Cadet rank structure before transferring to 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron in 2000 and being promoted to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. During his Cadet years, Jodi attended Glaisdale Comprehensive School in Bilborough and South Nottingham College in Clifton.
In 2002, Jodi ended his Cadet service and joined the regular Royal Air Force as a Logistics Technician. He progressed though basic training at RAF Halton, before being posted to RAF Northolt in London and then on to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. In 2005, Jodi completed a four month tour of the Falkland Islands, before deciding to leave the regular service in 2006 and embarking upon a civilian career.
Jodi returned to the ATC and joined 1359 (Beeston) Squadron as a Civilian Instructor in 2006, he became a ATC Sergeant in the same year. In 2007, Jodi gained the Queens Commission in the Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve (Training) Branch.
In 2008, Jodi was appointed Officer Commanding 1936 (Newton) Squadron and continued to command there until 2012. During these years, Jodi successfully completed the Officers’ Initial Course and Officers’ Senior Course at RAF College Cranwell. Alongside Squadron commitments, Flt Lt Hudson works as part of the South & East Midlands Wing Cadet Development Team, he was appointed Wing Initial NCO Course Director in 2007 and continues in this role today. In 2009 and 2011, Jodi was appointed Camp Commandant for the Central & East Region Summer Camps at JHQ Rheindahlen in Germany.
Flt Lt Hudson was awarded a Regional Commandant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service in 2009, as well as the Air Officer Commanding No 22 Training Group Team Commendation, as part of the 2009 Queens Birthday Honours List. In 2012, Jodi received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.
In 2012, Jodi was appointed temporary Squadron Commander at 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron. He also undertook the role of Training Officer for the South & East Midlands Wing Diamond Jubilee Camp at DTE Swynnerton.
Outside of the ATC, Flt Lt Hudson works as a Logistics Service Manager for Kuehne & Nagel, based at their offices in Nottingham. He lives with his partner, Jenny, who is a member of staff at 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron.
Flt Lt Hudson said:
“I’m delighted to be able to join 504 Squadron and look forward to working with the Cadets and staff of the Unit to build on the foundations laid by my predecessors. The Unit has fantastic potential and the Cadets are keen to embrace as much of what the Air Training Corps has to offer as possible. As a former Cadet of the Squadron, I feel privileged that 16 years after first enrolling in to 504 Squadron, I am now returning as Commanding Officer.”
The staff and Cadets of 504 Squadron would like to offer a warm welcome to Flt Lt Hudson.
Sgt(ATC) Mark Blacknell
504 Sqn MCO