Legendary Tuskegee Airman Brig Gen Enoch Woodhouse Shares His Story


Legendary Tuskegee Airman Brigadier General Enoch

MetroStar was honored to host Brigadier General Enoch “Woody” Woodhouse II, a World War II veteran who, having served with the 332nd Fighter Group—the highly decorated WWII military and legendary all-Black fighter pilot unit—is one of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen. 

"General Woodhouse's warmth left a permanent mark in our building, reminding me that greatness is not just in achievement but also in the connection you create with others," said Karen Laury, MetroStar's Sr. People Operations Manager. 

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General Enoch “Woody” Woodhouse (center)  with members of MetroStar.

As a legendary Tuskegee Airman, his story transcends his remarkable military service, embodying inspiration in corporate leadership and selfless community service. His courage, perseverance, and dedication serve as a beacon of hope and motivation for future generations. 

Born just before the Great Depression, General Woodhouse defied economic and social odds to ascend through the ranks. Following the wake of Pearl Harbor, General Woodhouse enlisted despite being just sixteen-years-old. In 1946, at the age of nineteen, Woodhouse was commissioned as an officer (second lieutenant) and assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group, where he became the unit’s paymaster and finance officer.

“I can’t emphasize enough what military life has meant to me,” said General Woodhouse. “I've been to churches [and other] organizations, but the military, to me, is the first only and best organization in the United States that encourages equality and ability and the most important thing, recognition of authority.” 

Inspiring Veteran Stories  

Many of MetroStar’s employees, veterans themselves, echo the ethos of service championed by the Tuskegee Airmen. General Woodhouse’s visit symbolized the alignment of wartime valor with contemporary corporate strategy, inspiring discussions on diversity, empowerment, and inclusivity. General Woodhouse's commitment to uplifting communities and guiding future leaders embodies a relentless pursuit of paying forward opportunities, a philosophy that's built into MetroStar's company culture.  

General Visit 0208 Pic 3General Enoch “Woody” Woodhouse (right) with Former Maj Gen USAF (Ret.) Cedric George (left). 

Veteran Podcast

General Woodhouse's highly anticipated visit set the stage for the release of the second season of MetroStar's award-winning podcast, Civvies. The upcoming season, which military veteran Stephanie Holman will host, promises to delve deeper into the intricacies of military and civilian life experiences. Expect insightful discussions that highlight the importance of supporting veteran transitions and mental health, creating a platform for impactful conversations that resonate with a diverse audience. 

“Stepping into season two of MetroStar's Civvies podcast as a host is a true honor,” said Stephanie Holman, MetroStar's Talent Operations Specialist. “As an Army Veteran and Air Force spouse with over two decades in the military community, I'm thrilled to continue these crucial conversations and excited to amplify military veteran voices and provide a platform for their invaluable stories.” 

Stay tuned for the full episode featuring General Woodhouse's and the upcoming episodes of Civvies season two! Stream Civvies season one now.  

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