James T. Wood

Air Force JROTC Instructor

336-861-6870 (Extension 67232) 

Courses Taught:

Air Force JROTC, Leadership Education, Aerospace Science, Wellness, Military Drill and Ceremony




CMSgt (Ret) Wood is from Columbia, South Carolina.  He enlisted in the Air Force in April 1983 as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist (Crew Chief).  Chief Wood has held jobs at every level from operational squadrons through major air force commands.  His Special Duty Assignments include Commandant, Tyndall Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Maintenance Superintendent, USAF Aerial Demonstration Squadron (Thunderbirds) and the Air Combat Command Office of the Inspector General.  His final active duty position was the 90th Missile Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant, F.E.Warren AFB, Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Following his retirement in 2006, Chief Wood entered the Virginia Public School System. He has held Aerospace Science Instructor positions at Amelia, Lancaster and Suffolk County high schools totaling over 12 years.  He was selected for his current position in March of 2020.  He is married to Jennifer, his wife and best friend and they reside in Gloucester, Virginia.  Chief Wood and Jennifer have three adult children, Jason, Brandon and Elaina.        



1999 – Undergraduate Degree, Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

1992 – Undergraduate Degree, Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Air University

1985 - NCO Preparatory School, Leadership Award

1987 - NCO Leadership School, Leadership and Academic Award

1988 - Command NCO Academy by correspondence

1988 – Air Force Europe Command NCO Academy In-Residence

1991 - Senior NCO Academy by correspondence

1997 - Naval Senior NCO Academy In-Residence

2002 – Air Force Academic Instructor School

2007 – Air Force JROTC Instructor School

2012 – Air Force JROTC Instructor Recertification Course


Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC)

Air Force Commendation Medal (3 OLC)

Air Force Achievement Medal (1 OLC)

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

HQ Air Force Junior ROTC Outstanding Instructor Award

VA-962 (Amelia High School) Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award

VA-20064 (Lancaster High School) Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award

VA-20024 (Lakeland High School) Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award with Merit