Highlighting outstanding people within INSCOM: Spc. Michelle Woodard

By Ralph Van HoutemMay 16, 2022

Highlighting outstanding people within INSCOM: Spc. Michelle Woodard
Spc. Michelle Woodard, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), poses for a photo at the INSCOM photo studio, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Mar. 16. (Photo Credit: Connor Kelly) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) continues to highlight Soldiers and Army Civilians who make an impact on the U.S. Army and INSCOM. INSCOM honors the contributions of our Soldiers and Army Civilians celebrating their achievements throughout the year.

Our Soldiers and Army Civilians serve with distinction and are role models exemplifying the Army's highest values. Our people stand as a reminder of the strength the Army has gained through a high-quality diverse all-volunteer force.

We are honored to highlight Spc. Michelle Woodard, network infrastructure technician.

Why did you join the Army?

I joined the Army to get myself into a better position than what I was in before. I knew I was not going anywhere; I could not pay for college with the goals I had in mind, and for the first time I was scared that I was not going to be able to become the person I wanted to be, so I joined the Army to make a better life.

Can you tell me about your journey to become a member of G-6?

When I chose this Army MOS (Military Occupational Specialty), I really looked for something that I was good at and enjoyed doing. I feel that I am contributing to keeping INSCOM productive by fixing their IT issues, but it has also given me the hands-on experience to work in the civilian sector. I feel that this MOS (25B, information technology specialist) correlates well with many other civilian jobs and provides opportunities to attain civilian education and certifications.

What are your thoughts on leadership and teamwork? 

When I started seeing behavioral health specialists for help with my anxiety, my leadership was very helpful and understanding, supporting, and making sure I had enough time to take care of those needs. Any problem that I have had, they have been there for me to provide all the resources to fix or get a better handle on the issue.

What advice do you have for junior Soldiers and Army Civilians? 

My advice for junior Soldiers and Army Civilians is that if you have any sort of problem, talk to your leadership, and keep them on the same page, therefore they can help you as best as they can. Just be communicative to your team and take priority in your own needs. Yes, make sure you are productive at work, but that doesn’t mean to neglect yourself too.

What is your goal for INSCOM or how do you plan on continuing to make a positive impact at INSCOM?

My goal for INSCOM is to prove to myself that I have what it takes for not only the Army life, but also for my line of work. The way that I plan on completing this is to stay focused and motivated for whatever the Army needs from me, and still get my college degree and certifications. Got to stay focused!

Please join us in thanking Spc. Woodard for her military service!

Vigilance Always!