BG Anthony Woods



Major General (MG) Anthony Woods received an early commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1984 through the ROTC program at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University in 1987 and an M.S. from the United States Army War College in 2010. He served in several leadership positions in the 1st Battalion, 112th Armor Regiment in Dallas, TX. These positions include serving as the Battalion Executive Officer during Operation Noble Eagle.

Noble Eagle was the first deployment of troops to protect America's infrastructure from terrorist attacks after 9-11. In 2005, MG Woods became the first African American Commander of the 1st Battalion, 112th Armor, leading his unit in the first American training exercise in the country of Romania after the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2006, MG Woods served as Deputy Commander for Operation Jump Start (OJS), an initiative started by President Bush to secure the Southwest border.

MG Woods also served as the Deputy Commander of the Joint Interagency Task Force (JI-A-TF). JIATF was Texas' first attempt to establish a dedicated task force designed to support law enforcement during a man-made or natural disaster. MG Woods commanded the 136th Regional Training Institute in 2010, leading it to be awarded as an Institution of Excellence by the Army Training and Doctrine Command. In 2012, MG Woods deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as the Task Force Commander of the Security Forces Agency Task Force (SFAT). SFAT oversaw and mentored Brigade-level and Kandak staff throughout Southern Afghanistan. From 2015 until now, MG Woods has served in various positions with the Texas State Guard, including his current position as the Commanding General of the Texas State Guard. As a former Dallas Police Officer and Special Agent (SA) with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), SA Woods served in the Los Angeles Field Division before moving to the Houston Field Division, Waco Resident Office in 1999. In 2005, SA Woods transferred to the Houston office, where he served on several High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area teams (HIDTA) before moving to the technical group. MG Woods retired from the DEA in June 2018 and started his Private Investigation company, Checkmate Surveillance Investigators LLC.

MG Anthony Woods is married to Cecilia, formerly Cecilia Durham of Dallas, Texas; they have been married for 16 years and have seven children. Tony, a graduate of Tarleton State University; Amanda and Christen, both graduates of Sam Houston State University; Dalton, a graduate of North Texas State University; Ciara, a graduate of the College of Health Care Professionals; David is in the United States Air Force, stationed in Louisiana; and Daniel is a Senior at Lamar University. MG and Mrs. Woods have one grandson, Marcellus Marquise Pullom.

BG Antony Woods


Bachelor of Science, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
ROTC Commission, University of Texas – Arlington, Texas
Armor Officer Basic (Single Track) Course
Armor Officer Advanced Course
Command Arms Services Staff School
Command and General Staff Officer Course
Armor Pre-Command Course
United States Army War College
Security Force Assistance Course


Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal/w Campaign Star
Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (8)
National Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass Device and M Device
NATO Medal
Army Superior Unit Award
Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal


  • Second Lieutenant      December 22, 1984     ROTC
  • Second Lieutenant      June 1, 1985                  ARNG
  • First Lieutenant           December 21, 1987     ARNG
  • Captain                         May 1, 1991                   ARNG
  • Major                            April 19, 1999                ARNG
  • Lieutenant Colonel     June 10, 2005                ARNG
  • Colonel                         April 3, 2009                  ARNG
  • Colonel                         January 16, 2015          TXSG
  • Brigadier General       March 1, 2018              TXSG
  • Major General             August 5, 2022             TXSG

(Current as of August 2023)