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Wimberley VFW Post 6441 brought another outstanding salute to Wimberley for the annual Veterans Day observance.

All were invited to this special event  Monday, November 11th, from 10 to 11 AM in the Wimberley Texan Stadium.

The featured speaker was Colonel Margaret Woodward, Commanding Officer of the 12th Operations Group at Randolph Air Force Base.

Read more about Colonel Woodward's impressive accomplishments and service below.

Colonel Margaret H. Woodward was born in Maryland and raised in Palo Alto, California. She received her commission in 1982 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Arizona State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Colonel Woodward is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and the National War College. She earned master's degrees in Aeronautical Science and National Security Studies.

Colonel Woodward received her pilot wings at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi in November 1983. After completing Pilot Instructor Training she was assigned as a T-38 instructor pilot in the 50th Flying Training Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base.

In April 1987, Colonel Woodward was assigned to the 380th Air Refueling Squadron at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York as a KC-135 pilot where she became an aircraft commander, instructor pilot, and evaluator as Chief, Standardization/Evaluation Operations. In September 1990, Colonel Woodward returned to the Air Education and Training Command as a T-38 instructor pilot in the 86th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. She held multiple positions at Laughlin Air Force Base including flight commander and executive officer for the 47th Operations Group.

After completing Air Command and Staff College in June 1995, Colonel Woodward was assigned as the Deputy Director and later, Director of Protocol for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense. Colonel Woodward returned to fly in June 1998 as the Operations Officer and later, Commander of the 97th Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. During Operation Allied Force, in support of the liberation of Kosovo, she commanded the second largest combat tanker squadron in Air Force history, the 93rd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Moron Air Base, Spain.

From August 2000 to June 2001, Colonel Woodward attended the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. Following graduation she was assigned as Deputy Chief of the Air Force "Skunkworks," Strategy, Concepts, and Doctrine Division, and then Director, XO Commander's Action Group, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC. In July 2002 Colonel Woodward assumed command of the 12th Operations Group, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, the most diverse of its kind in Air Education and Training Command.

Colonel Woodward is a command pilot with over 3,200 flight hours in the T-37, T-38 and KC-135 A/Q/R/T. Her decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two devices, and the Combat Readiness Medal.

She is married to Colonel Dan Woodward, Commander, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas.s

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