Military Bios

Brigadier General Robert V. Woods:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Retired July 1, 1992.  
Brigadier General Robert V. Woods is vice commander, Sacramento Air Logistics Center, Air Force Logistics Command, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
General Woods was born in 1942, in Emporia, Kan. He received a bachelor of science degree in military science from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964 and a master's degree in urban sociology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1972. The general completed Squadron Officer School in 1970, Air Command and Staff College in 1972, Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1974 and the National War College in 1983.
Upon graduation from the academy, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He completed undergraduate pilot training and received pilot wings in August 1965 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. He then was assigned to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., where he flew C-130E's and C-141A's, and also served as aide to the wing commander.
The general transferred to the 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Tuy Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, in March 1969. There he served as a rescue airborne mission commander and HC-130 pilot, and also as an assistant operations officer.
General Woods returned to the United States in March 1970 and was assigned to the Air Force Academy as an air officer commanding Cadet Squadron 34. From October 1972 to July 1974 he served as aide to the commander, Headquarters Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. He then was assigned to Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as executive officer and aide to the commander.
In August 1975 the general transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as aide to the vice chief of staff. He became chief of the Congressional Section, Personnel Plans Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, in May 1976.
From May 1978 to August 1982 he was assigned to Norton Air Force Base, Calif. While there he served, first as operations officer and then as commander of the 15th Military Airlift Squadron. He later became assistant deputy commander for operations and then deputy commander for operations, 63rd Military Airlift Wing, at Norton.
After graduating from the National War College in June 1983, General Woods was assigned as vice commander of the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. He assumed command of the wing in February 1984. While at Travis, General Woods attended the National Defense University's Institute for Higher Defense Studies Capstone Course, graduating in May 1986. In July 1986 he was assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He assumed his present duties in August 1989.
The general is a command pilot with more than 6,300 flying hours. He has flown the C-5, C-12, C-21, C-130E, C-141, HC-130, HC-130P, HH-53, T-37, T-38, T-39, T-41 and UH-1 aircraft. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal. He was awarded his Parachutist Badge in February 1987.
He was promoted to brigadier general May 1, 1987, with same date of rank.


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