Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka
DeCA’s Hudson, Standard Retire After Decades of Service • FORT LEE
As the ball dropped on calendar year 2020 and the world moved into the more hopeful 2021, the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) announced that two of its long-time executive employees, Principal Deputy Director of the Store Operations Group James J. “Jay” Hudson Jr., and Chief of Staff Teena Standard, had retired. Hudson’s retirement became effect on Dec. 31, while Standard’s retirement became effective on Jan. 2.
The agency said it is conducting a formal recruitment process to select Hudson’s successor, while upon Standard’s retirement, Christopher Lyons, DeCA’s Resale and Government Affairs advisor, was chosen as the temporary chief of staff effective Jan. 3, and he will serve in that position until Standard’s permanent replacement is chosen.
Both Hudson and Standard had worked for about 40 years each in the military commissaries, spanning the pre-DeCA period, when each service had its own supermarkets, through the creation of the agency in 1990 and its implementation in 1991, into the present time.
To honor their career accomplishments, each executive received the DeCA Civilian Career Service Award from DeCA Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bill Moore for their years of service. Both Hudson and Standard received their respective awards on Dec. 15, during their final appearances at a headquarters’ senior staff meeting.
Upon presentation of their most recent agency awards, DeCA Director Moore spoke about each executive and how their work was valued by the agency.
About Hudson, Moore said, “I would like to wish you my very best on your upcoming retirement, and say thanks for your contributions to the agency, the Department of Defense, and our country.
“During your time with DeCA, you helped make the commissary benefit even better. Your professionalism and dedication produced outstanding customer support during your years in the federal civilian service.”
Moore also had high praise for Standard. “Teena has been a stabilizing force in headquarters and a constant source of institutional knowledge that has spanned several directors.
“We will miss her professionalism, expertise and dedication that significantly helped us deliver an efficient benefit to our patrons.”
Hudson had served as principal deputy director of the Store Operations Group since 2011 after being director of Performance and Policy from 2008 to 2011.
Before moving to Store Operations, he was the director of Corporate Communications from 2005 to 2008, where he oversaw the agency’s public affairs, history, website and audio-visual (AV) activities.
Hudson began his commissary career on active duty with the Air Force from 1981 to 1992, during which he served in various assignments in Europe and in the continental United States (CONUS) for the Air Force Commissary Service (AFCOMS), one of DeCA’s predecessor commissary entities.
In 1992, he left active duty and entered civil service as the store manager at NSB New London, Conn. Over the next 16 years, he served in a series of management assignments at store, zone, region and headquarters levels.
From 2004 to 2005, Hudson served as chief of the agency’s Corporate Operations Group, where he supported DeCA’s executive leadership and the agency’s functional process owners, staff office chiefs and their action officers.
Hudson has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and another in business management from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wis. He completed the Federal Executive Institute Center for Executive Leadership DeCA Corporate Successor Development Program in 2000, 2002 and 2005.
His most recent awards include the DeCA Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Superior Civilian Service Award.
Standard served as full-time headquarters chief of staff since January 2020, managing the daily operations and interrelations of the DeCA headquarters staff, and serving as the principal business management advisor to the agency’s chief operating officer (COO) and the director.
Before being named full-time chief of staff, Standard served as executive officer to the DeCA director from 2013 through 2019. From 2018 to June 2019, she also served as interim chief of staff.
Prior to being the executive officer to the DeCA director, Standard was chief of the Executive Services Division from 2010 to 2013, following a two-year assignment as a process improvement specialist, specializing in Lean Six Sigma, in DeCA’s Corporate Planning Directorate.
Standard began her federal civilian career with the Air Force as a clerk typist in 1979. She subsequently joined the Air Force Material Command Depot and Worldwide Supply Corps at Robins AFB, Ga.
In 1989, she joined AFCOMS as part of a pilot program to order commissary products locally and ship them to commissaries located in Turkey and Greece.
In 1994, Standard became a produce manager at Robins AFB. From 1996 to 1998, she served as an assistant commissary officer at NWS Charleston, S.C.
Standard later served as a store director in Georgia, from 1998 to 2002 at Hunter AAF, and later, from 2002 to 2006, at Robins AFB. After serving in the field, Standard rotated to headquarters, and from 2006 to 2008, she became deputy director at the agency’s Center for Learning.
Standard has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Leo University, Tampa, Fla. She is also a Department of Defense-certified Lean Six Sigma black belt.
Hudson had high regard for his DeCA experience. “I have had the honor of working with some of the most dedicated people in the world as they delivered the commissary benefit to America’s military members and their families around the world — often in a ‘come what may’ environment. The men and women of DeCA are the heart and soul of the commissary benefit. The dedication of our people will always stand out to me.
“Seeing the level of personal sacrifice our folks give during natural and man-made disasters, and even [during] a pandemic, is inspiring. Even when faced with their own personal issues during these tragedies, our people never cease to be there to provide the benefit for the military community. So to sum up my feelings about working for DeCA — I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated organization.”
Standard also valued the experience she had with the agency. “As I leave DeCA, I just want to say ‘thank you’ to my staff. You all show the highest level of professionalism and competence in your areas of expertise. Your flexibility and willingness to get the job done well are exhibited every single day.
“You have made me look good through some pretty challenging times and I feel extremely blessed to have worked with you.”
Edited by Larry Lapka
DeCA Director Bill Moore presents Jay Hudson and Teena Standard with the DeCA Civilian Career Service Award on Dec. 15, during their final appearances at a headquarters’ senior staff meeting.