Major Jeremiah R. Wood attended the University of Colorado at Boulder under a Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps scholarship and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May of 2009 and reported to The Basic School in October of 2009. After graduating The Basic School, he attended Infantry Officer’s Course graduating in September of 2010.
In October 2010, Second Lieutenant Wood reported to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines where he served as the Anti-Armor Platoon Commander. His Platoon was then reformed into 3rd Platoon for an upcoming activation and deployment. In February 2011, Second Lieutenant Wood deployed with his unit to Operation Enduring Freedom 11.1 based out of Camp Leatherneck supporting the security mission for the 43,000 personnel deployed there.
In September 2011, First Lieutenant Wood returned with the deployment and remained with the unit until they deactivated in December 2011. First Lieutenant Wood next reported to Marine Air Training Support Group 22 to begin his training as a Naval Aviator. He reported to Training Squadron 6 in July 2012 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, and to Multi-Engine Advanced Training at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in April of 2013. Upon receiving his designation as a Naval Aviator in November 2013, Captain Wood reported to the KC-130J Fleet Replacement Detachment in January 2014.
In July 2014, Captain Wood reported to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 based in Iwakuni Japan where he supported numerous multi-national exercises to include: Cobra Gold, Balikitan, Talisman Sabre, Valiant Sheild and Red Flag. In April 2015 Captain Wood supported the Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief for Nepal during Operation Sahayogi Haat, coordinating logistics for the operation and flying in aid and supplies. Major Wood’s billet assignments included Loadmaster OIC, Intelligence OIC, Mission Planning Officer, Flight Duty Officer, and Current Operations Officer.
In July 2017, Captain Wood reported to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi again, this time as an instructor with Training Squadron 35. Throughout his tour, he trained numerous students in the Advanced Multi-Engine training pipeline. His billets while assigned to the training squadron included Flight Lead, Assistant Student Control Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Operations Officer.
In August 2020, Major Wood reported to Marine Corps Base Quantico for the Marine Corp’s Command and Staff College where he completed intermediate level professional military education and earned a Master’s Degree in Military Studies.
In August 2021, Major Wood reported to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 where he served as the Director of Safety and Standardization, and is currently serving as the Squadron’s Executive Officer.
Major Wood’s personal decorations include the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal (with gold star). He has over 2,000 flight hours between the KC-130J and the T-44C.