Shelley Woodworth, Col, USAF (Ret) retired from the Air Force in February 2021, as the Chief, Programming, Force Structure, and Basing Division, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. In this position, she led a team of 22 personnel to resource and equip 19,000 Air Commandos through force structure planning and programming, military basing initiatives, and development of the command’s program objective memorandum across both Air Force and US Special Operations Command funding totaling $26 billion.
Shelley previously commanded the 58th Operations Group, training 1,700 students annually as well as executing operational response to search and rescue missions, contingencies, and humanitarian missions. Prior to command, she served as the Senior Aviation Advisor for Counterterrorism Operations for the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, located in the Pentagon, Washington, DC. Colonel Rodriguez is a command pilot with 3,500 flying hours, serving in numerous operations worldwide. During her last deployment completed July 2019, she served as the Senior Air Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense for North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Resolute Support Mission located in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Currently, Shelley serves as Air Commando Association´s interim Operations and Communications Director and strongly desires to continue to serve Air Commandos and their families. As one of the original creators of what is now known as the SOCOM Care Coalition, she has a strong background in organizing resources to assist others and believes she can help further the ACA Mission. As testament to her commitment to others, Shelley has immersed herself in the evacuation of Afghan allies, working to not only evacuate but help resettle Afghan partners and their families.