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Wood enlists in Tennessee Air National Guard
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National Guard Brigadier Gen. Jason Cripps (Ret.) administered the oath of enlistment to McMinnville resident Harrison Wood, who is scheduled to report March 2.

McMinnville resident Harrison Wood has enlisted in the Tennessee Air National Guard and the 134th Air Refueling Wing stationed at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base near Knoxville. 

Wood will be part of the 134th Logistics Readiness Squadron in Aerial Port, which is responsible for the management and movement of cargo and passengers on the aircraft.

Wood leaves March 2 for eight weeks of basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2017 Warren County High School graduate. 

The enlistment ceremony took place at Central Church of Christ. Warren County native Brigadier Gen. Jason Cripps (Ret.) administered the oath of enlistment.

Wood says he has dreamed for years of working in the aircraft field and being in the military. “Then one day I just finally told myself, ‘You can do anything you set your mind to. You’ve always wanted to do it, so let’s go ahead and get with it,’” said Harrison.

Since enlisting, Wood has been attending drill sessions one weekend a month in Knoxville. Wood says his interest in aircraft goes back to his childhood, when he would spend time at the workplace of his father, Jay, who has spent his career working in the aircraft industry. 

Wood says of his father, “He’s my role model. He’s shown me what it’s like to be a man and to chase your dreams and always work hard.”

Wood says he has gotten encouragement throughout the enlistment process from his mother Keri and siblings Hayden, Hannah, and Hailey too. 

Gen. Cripps has high praise for Wood. “He’s a fine young man. He’ll do very well. He’s got a good head on his shoulders, a good family. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

Cripps notes that by serving in the Air National Guard, people can have a civilian career and still serve in the military. “We’ve got a lot of good folks here in Warren County, young men and women, who want to serve their country but they love their community,” said Cripps. “Harrison is representative of that and it makes you proud.”

Wood says when he graduates from basic training and officially becomes an airman, he thinks he will be filled with relief and will “have that realization, ‘Hey, I did what I’ve wanted to do.’”

Wood goes on to say, “I feel like I’m going to be so relieved to have finally put it all into motion, done what I’ve said I was going to do, and be where I want to be.”