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TW6 Leadership

Chief Staff Officer (CSO)

Maj Michael R. Woodard

Major Woodard was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in 2002 after graduating Cum Laude from Florida State University with Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Physiology/Pre-Med. Upon graduating with honors from The Basic School, he was assigned to flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

1stLt Woodard completed flight training on the Commodore's List in both primary and advanced phases, and he was designated a Naval Aviator in September 2005. He selected F/A-18s and reported to VFA-106 for training in the Hornet.

After completing the FRS syllabus and earning "Top Hook", he reported to Marine Aircraft Group-31, Beaufort, SC, where he joined VMFA-251. While with the "Thunderbolts", he served as Schedules Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and deployed aboard the USS ENTERPRISE in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

In 2008, Captain Woodard reported to II MEF(Fwd). During the Jan-Sep 2009 deployment to Al Assad Air Base, Iraq, he served as Future Air Planner and Current Air Watch Officer in addition to augmenting the "Black Knights" of VMFA-314 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Following deployment, Captain Woodard served as the MAG-31 NATOPS Officer. In 2010, he joined the "Hawks" of VMFA(AW)-533 where he served as the Admin Officer and deployed to the Western Pacific in support of the Unit Deployment Program.

In 2011, Captain Woodard reported to Quantico, VA for resident Expeditionary Warfare School. Upon graduation in 2012, he returned to VFA-106 for duty as an instructor pilot. While there, he also served as Schedules Officer and the MATSG-33 Executive Officer.

In 2015, Major Woodard returned to VMFA(AW)-533, where he served as the Admin Officer and Executive Officer and deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

In 2018, Major Woodard reported to Training Air Wing SIX where he's currently serving as the Wing's Chief Staff Officer and Senior Marine, as well as a flight instructor at VT-86.

Major Woodard's personal awards include the Air Medal with Strike Flight numeral 7, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star.

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