Linda M. Woods

Linda M. Woods

Let it be known that it is with great respect and admiration that we honor Airman Second Class Linda M. Woods, U.S. Air Force, upon her induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor. Woods served a distinguished military career, including service during the Cold War. Indeed, her contribution to her country is a feat to which we all should aspire.

Linda M. Woods, of Peshawbestown, Michigan was born of Native American and Alaskan descent on Tuesday, March 30, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. She was raised in an Ottawa Indian Village. Linda graduated from Suttons Bay High School in 1961 and earned an AA degree from San Jose Community College in 1979. Woods earned her MSW degree in social work from San Jose State University in 1994.

She enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Tuesday, September 18, 1962 at Detroit and completed Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Linda served as a switchboard operator with the 46th Communications Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana. Airman Second Class Woods was discharged on Wednesday, May 4, 1966. Linda is an Odawa tribal member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa Chippewa Indians. Woods assisted “nDigiDreams, LLC” in creating and sharing personal digital movies of Native Americans. She helps Native Americans deal with addiction, recovery and promotes healthy lifestyles. Linda partners with the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan in presenting “Access to Recovery Anishnaabek Healing Circle–Understanding our Journey,” to promote the Native American culture of Michigan. Woods represented her tribe at the Women in the Military Memorial at Arlington, Virginia in 2003 to honor Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman in history to die in combat and first woman killed in the Iraq War. She retired from her career in the field of substance in 2008. Linda is the first female veteran to create and carry the esteemed “Eagle Staff” symbol of Native American culture. Woods was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. She served as a cultural consultant for the “Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan” for 20 years. Linda was featured as the VA “Veteran of the Day” on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Woods was a member of the “Native American Veterans Delegation” to Normandy, France May 31-June 11 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of “Operation Overlord.” She is a member of the Eagletown American Legion Post 120 in Peshawbestown.

Indeed, the patriotic contributions of Airman Second Class Woods must be recognized, as in all who have served the United States of America in this capacity. The personal sacrifice so selflessly offered by these brave men and women for the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must never be forgotten. Linda Woods embraced the essence of American heroism and should be recognized as a role model by all individuals.

In special tribute, therefore, we honor Airman Second Class Woods for her exemplary service to the United States of America, and to commemorate her induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor.