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Marine retires after 30 years of service to Corps

By Jason M. Webb | | June 25, 2009

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After serving more than 30 years as of service to his country, Col. Ludovic M. Baudoin d’Ajoux, director, Logistics Capabilities Center, Marine Corps Logistics Command, retired from active service in a ceremony in front of hundreds Friday at Schmid Field.

Called simply Col. “Bo”, by his friends and peers, was retired by Maj. Gen. Willie J. Williams, commanding general, LOGCOM, who praised the prior enlisted Marine for his dedication to the Corps.

“I can honestly say, Bo, that you never failed me. And I know that your heart and mind was always in it,” Williams said.  “Everything that he’s been asked to do he has truly stepped up in a major and meaningful way and ensured that he made a truly and significant contribution to the defense of our nation.”

Baudoin d’Ajoux enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as a private through sergeant.  After completing college at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he attended the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in April 1984. 

His first assignment was to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 (HMLA-167) Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Contingency Operation Earnest Will and Preying Mantis.

In May 1993 he deployed in support of NATO operations Deliberate Force and Deny Flight.

In July 1996, Baudoin d’Ajoux was selected to attend the Naval War College Newport, R.I., and graduated with a Master’s of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. 

In 2003, he assumed command of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26 which supported Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Iraqi Freedom II, Combined Joint Task Force -180 HOA Djibouti and operation in Haiti.

In 2004 he was selected to attend the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies and reported to LOGCOM in 2005. He served initially as the deputy director of the Maintenance Directorate and in 2006 he was assigned as the director of the Studies and Analysis and assumed the duties as the director of the Logistics Capabilities Center.

He was promoted to his current rank in 2006.

During his retirement ceremony Baudoin d’Ajoux thanked his family and friends, and gave his thoughts about what he has learned over the years.

“People are the key to everything we do. That’s our most prized and precious resource that we have,” Baudoin d’Ajoux said in front of hundreds gathered for his retirement.  “Those resources have to be cared for, nurtured, mentored and more importantly the leader in return has to take some mentorship from his people.  It’s a two-way street that makes this work.”

In a ceremony before Baudoin d’Ajoux’s closing remarks he received the Legion of Merit from Williams, who said afterward “It’s been great having him as a member of this command and claiming him as my friend.  I salute you for a job well done.”

Baudoin d’Ajoux’s other awards includes the Meritorious Service Medal in lieu of fourth award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and other various unit and personal awards.


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