Woodward promoted to brigadier general

By Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-TrainingJanuary 30, 2024

Brig Gen. Scott Woodward, Combined Arms Center-Training deputy commanding general, stands at attention as daughters Savannah and Sydney and spouse Judy pin his new rank on his uniform during his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs.
Brig Gen. Scott Woodward, Combined Arms Center-Training deputy commanding general, stands at attention as daughters Savannah and Sydney and spouse Judy pin his new rank on his uniform during his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs. (Photo Credit: Tisha Swart-Entwistle) VIEW ORIGINAL
Brig Gen. Scott Woodward, Combined Arms Center-Training deputy commanding general, stands at attention as daughters Savannah and Sydney and spouse Judy pin his new rank on his uniform during his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs.

Combined Arms Center-Training Deputy Commanding General Scott C. Woodward was promoted to brigadier general during a ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Former Training and Doctrine Command Commanding General, retired Gen. Paul E. Funk II presided over the ceremony.

Retired Gen. Paul E. Funk II, speaks during the promotion ceremony for Combined Arms Center-Training Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Scott Woodward Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Funk presided over the ceremony for Woodward. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs.
Retired Gen. Paul E. Funk II, speaks during the promotion ceremony for Combined Arms Center-Training Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Scott Woodward Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Funk presided over the ceremony for Woodward. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs. (Photo Credit: Tisha Swart-Entwistle) VIEW ORIGINAL
Retired Gen. Paul E. Funk II, speaks during the promotion ceremony for Combined Arms Center-Training Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Scott Woodward Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Funk presided over the ceremony for Woodward. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs.

“This is an amazing day,” Funk said. “My name is Funk and I’m an American Soldier and this is one of the proudest days of my life.”

Funk asked the Woodward family to stand and be recognized as he thanked them for their service.

“This is a promotion ceremony steeped in military tradition, but it is also a family affair,” Funk said.

Funk talked about the times he served with Woodward over the years and how important it was to have him on his team.

“I think in all my years, I’ve not seen a guy as selfless, humble and determined as Scott Woodward,” Funk said.

Brig Gen. Scott Woodward, Combined Arms Center-Training deputy commanding general, smiles as daughters Savannah and Sydney and spouse Judy pin his new rank on his uniform during his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs.
Brig Gen. Scott Woodward, Combined Arms Center-Training deputy commanding general, smiles as daughters Savannah and Sydney and spouse Judy pin his new rank on his uniform during his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs. (Photo Credit: Tisha Swart-Entwistle) VIEW ORIGINAL
Brig Gen. Scott Woodward, Combined Arms Center-Training deputy commanding general, smiles as daughters Savannah and Sydney and spouse Judy pin his new rank on his uniform during his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs.

A general officer promotion ceremony often includes many military traditions - some are present in almost every promotion ceremony, like pinning on rank and the reaffirmation of the oath of office. Traditions unique to brigadier general officer promotions include the presentation of the general officer pistol belt, unfurling of a one-star general flag, salute battery canon fire and the presentation of a shell casing representing the first canon round fired in honor of the new general officer.

Woodward’s wife Judy, and daughters Savannah and Sydney, pinned the new rank on Woodward’s uniform during the ceremony. Woodward’s father, retired Lt. Col. Timothy D. Woodward, and brother, Timothy J. Woodward, presented the general officer belt, holster and pistol.

CAC-T Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Chris Kohunsky helped Woodward unfurl his one-star general officer flag and Funk administered the oath of commissioned officers to Woodward.

Salute battery NCOIC Staff Sgt. Jeremy Calvin presented Woodward with the shell casing after the salute battery completed their volleys honoring Woodward.

Woodward thanked everyone who attended the ceremony as well as those who were watching online.

Combined Arms Center-Training Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Scott Woodward speaks to the audience during his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs.
Combined Arms Center-Training Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Scott Woodward speaks to the audience during his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs. (Photo Credit: Tisha Swart-Entwistle) VIEW ORIGINAL
Combined Arms Center-Training Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Scott Woodward speaks to the audience during his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs.

“There are so many people that I want to thank and so many people that have had a tremendous impact on me and my family over the years that I could really stand up here for a couple of hours and talk,” Woodward said.

He first thanked his parents for their support and talked about how he was raised with the Army values.

“My mom and dad raised me the right way,” Woodward said. “They taught me some hard lessons, they taught me the value of hard work and they really taught me the value of relationships and people.”

Woodward also thanked his wife Judy Woodward. He joked that she had told him earlier in the week that she didn’t want him getting mushy during his speech, and that she wanted to know what he was going to say ahead of time.

“What we agreed to was ‘we are a team,’” Woodward said.

Woodward also thanked other friends and family members for their support over the years, including his two daughters, Savannah and Sydney.

“They’ve grown up, they have their own lives now and I couldn’t be more proud if I tried,” Woodward said.

He also thanked Funk for his mentorship and leadership over the years.

“You taught me how important people are,” Woodward said to Funk. “Funk’s Fundamental number 25 is ‘the Army is a people business,’”

Woodward said it’s important to make time for people.

“Because nobody gets to where they are by themselves,” Woodward said.

He said that others saw potential in him somewhere along the way and invested time in him and that’s what he wants to do for others going forward.

“I’m honored to be in the Unites States Army, I’m honored to serve with all of you,” Woodward said. “I’m proud every single day when I wake up, to be able to look in the mirror and still be able to call myself a Soldier.”

Woodward assumed responsibility for CAC-T in August 2022. Prior to CAC-T, Woodward served in numerous leadership and staff positions. His operational and combat deployments include Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Desert Spring, Kuwait; two deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and two deployments to Operation Inherent Resolve, Iraq and Syria.

Sydney Woodward helps her father, Combined Arms Center-Training Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Scott Woodward, cut a cake with an antique saber after his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs.
Sydney Woodward helps her father, Combined Arms Center-Training Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Scott Woodward, cut a cake with an antique saber after his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs. (Photo Credit: Tisha Swart-Entwistle) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sydney Woodward helps her father, Combined Arms Center-Training Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Scott Woodward, cut a cake with an antique saber after his promotion ceremony Jan. 26, 2024 at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Combined Arms Center-Training Public Affairs.