Okinawa, Japan --
Rudd, 44, a native of Post, Texas, served as the sergeant major of Headquarters Regiment, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and was participating in exercise Key Resolve.
"Sgt. Maj. Rudd gave 27 years of dedicated service to the Marine Corps, and it was an honor to work with him. His death is a great loss to Headquarters Regiment and the Corps," said Col. Christopher A. Feyedelem, commanding officer, Headquarters Regiment, 3rd MLG. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and coworkers."
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, an Army Commendation Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon.
The death is currently under investigation, and no further information is available at this time. We ask that media please respect the family's privacy during this challenging time.