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08-05-2011


UC Alum is Living to Serve Others

 


Jason Wood traded in the maroon and white for his army gear and has served his country on the field of battle and off trying to make a difference in the world.

Williamsburg, Ky. - Jason Wood, a native of Hampton, Va., attended University of the Cumberlands (UC) from 2000 to 2004 and was graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. While at UC Jason was a member of ROTC and the football team. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Since then Jason has spent his life looking to help people that need it most.

“I still remember sitting in my dorm room at UC when 9/11 happened, it was the driving force for me to want to protect our nation in combat.”

Jason was a decorated officer during his seven years of active duty that included three combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His numerous awards included being named the 2009 Transportation Corps Regimental Officer of the Year by both the Transportation Corps Regimental Association and the United States Army Forces Command. He was inducted into the Military Order of Saint Christopher and he received the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

“Obviously, it’s a rewarding experience to be able to serve your country and then get recognized for it,” said Wood. “Ninety percent of the job was done by my soldiers and I can’t thank them enough for their hard work.”

In Jason’s last two years of service he became an Aide to Camp to 2 Star Major General James Hodge in which Wood said, “It was an honor.” During this time Jason embarked on a trip to Haiti after the devastating earthquakes. “After seeing the Haiti NGO camps and the people it drove me to do something more.”

Since returning from his trip, Jason has been busy with many projects. He became a high-level volunteer with The Mission Continues, which gives wounded and injured veterans the chance to serve their communities if they can no longer serve their country in the Army.

This led Jason to do many service projects around the St. Louis, MO area and in Hampton Roads, VA. Currently, Jason is the Tidewater and Richmond, VA Project Leader where he coordinates and manages all logistical and recruitment aspects of the service events.

Jason also volunteers his time twice a week for an hour each time to be an academic mentor for Higher Achievement. He is involved in many marathons for foundations and on November 13 plans to run in the Outer Banks Marathon to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation.

With all his time devoted to others, Jason is even able to continue his education as he is in his third semester of earning his Masters degree in Logistics Management – Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Logistics.

Recently, Jason was nominated by GQ for the Better Men Better World Award. Around 220 people were selected as nominees and the winner will be announced sometime in September.

When asked to reflect on his time at Cumberlands Jason said, “Cumberlands is where I got a chance to grow and mature into an adult. All the faculty, staff, friends and teammates helped me learn to handle situations I have experienced in life. I still stay in touch with Dr. Pilant and Dr. Wake. UC had a lifelong impact on me and I loved my time there.”

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.