margaret woodward '82 B.S.E.

Margaret Woodward is a major general in the United States Air Force. She develops, executes and evaluates all Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention, and nuclear surety programs to preserve combat readiness. Woodward graduated from Arizona State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. After graduation, she entered the Air Force where she flew aerial refueling aircraft such as the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, and the Boeing C-40 Clipper, as well as the T-37 and T-38 trainers for most of her career. Woodward  has  received numerous commendations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit  and the Bronze Star Medal. From 2007 to 2009, she was commander of the 89th Airlift Wing, which bares responsibility for Air Force One, and in June 2010 she became commander of the Seventeenth Air Force, the U.S. Air Force branch of the United States Africa Command. Woodward was the operational commander for the U.S. involvement in the 2011 military intervention in Libya known as Operation Odyssey Dawn.

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