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History-Making Alumni to be Featured at Embry-Riddle's Veterans Appreciation Day and President's Speaker Series

Woodwards are First Married Couple in Air Force Active Service to Hold Rank of Brigadier General at the Same Time

Daytona Beach, FL, April 9, 2013

Veterans Appreciation Day

Margaret Woodward

Two Embry-Riddle graduates who made history as the first married couple in Air Force active service to hold the rank of brigadier general at the same time will be the guest speakers at two on-campus events saluting those with military service.

At 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, Air Force Maj. Gen. Margaret “Maggie” Woodward and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Daniel Woodward will talk and answer questions about their combined 60 years of experience in the Air Force as aviators, commanders, leaders and followers as part of the President’s Speaker Series in the auditorium of the Willie Miller Instructional Center on the Daytona Beach Campus. The free event is open to the public and will be broadcast on 1150AM WNDB and

The next day, Tuesday, April 16, the Woodwards will participate in the university’s fifth annual Veterans Appreciation Day with a ceremony and free luncheon for all local military veterans. Sponsored by Embry-Riddle President John P. Johnson, the event begins at 11 a.m. on the West Lawn next to the campus Student Center at 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.

In their speech they will emphasize the debt we owe our veterans by describing the four types of “photographs” – the eyes, hands, footsteps and spirit of America’s veterans – they would place in America's “photo album.”

“We’re very honored to have this accomplished couple join us for Veterans Appreciation Day as we remember all veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made for our freedom,” said Faith DesLauriers, Embry-Riddle Military & Veteran Student Services director. “We’re proud to say that their journey began at Embry-Riddle.”

Maj. Gen. Margaret “Maggie” Woodward graduated from Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus in 1997 with a master’s degree in aviation science. She is currently the chief of safety for U.S. Air Force Headquarters at the Pentagon and commander of the Air Force Safety Center at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. She has made history twice, in 2007 as the first woman to command the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base and in 2011 as the first woman to command a combat air campaign. She has accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours and is counted among the less than 5 percent of Air Force pilots who are women.

Retired Brig. Gen. Daniel Woodward received his second lieutenant commission in 1980 as a graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science. He served in a variety of operational and support positions throughout his career, including commander of a support group and a flight training wing, accruing more than 3,000 flight hours. Before retiring in 2009 he was deputy director of force management on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon and director of regional affairs in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs at Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He now teaches strategic management at Embry-Riddle’s Andrews Air Force Base campus.

For more information, contact Embry-Riddle Military & Veteran Student Services at (386) 226-6350.

Ceremony Schedule (11 a.m., April 16)
Formation by Embry-Riddle ROTC Units (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines)
ROTC Presentation of Colors
Opening Remarks by Dr. John P. Johnson, Embry-Riddle President
Keynote Address by the Woodwards
Missing Man Table Ceremony
Barbecue Lunch

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