Jeremy Cantrell was born in West Monroe, Louisiana, on November 18, 1983, to Gerald and Tina Cantrell. He went to Mississippi State University on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2006. After serving 4 years in the United States Air Force as a Space and Missile officer, he returned to his alma mater for a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area.
He attended Mitchell Elementary School in West Monroe, Louisiana, until moving to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he attended Culkin Elementary School, Warren Central Junior High School, and Warren Central High School respectively. During high school, Jeremy was active in Warren Central's Navy Junior ROTC program and played saxophone in the Big Blue Band.
In the fall of 2002, he enrolled at Mississippi State University to study political science on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He graduated in 2006. In 2010, Jeremy returned to Mississippi State where he earned a Masters of Public Policy and Administration degree in May 2012.
Jeremy met fellow Mississippi State University graduate, Radka Ferancova, in June of 2013. Originally from Slovakia, she moved to Mississippi on a tennis scholarship where she ultimately received two degrees from Mississippi State University. After over two years of dating, Jeremy asked Radka to marry him and their wedding is planned to take place late 2016 in Starkville, Mississippi.
His introduction to the military started as a Navy JROTC cadet in high school where he participated in the drill team and air rifle team. He became an Air Force ROTC cadet at Detachment 425 shortly before starting his first semester at Mississippi State University.
While a cadet, Jeremy completed the Airmanship 490 parachute training course at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the summer of 2003 and Field Training at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, the following year. After completing the AFROTC program and graduating from Mississippi State, he entered active duty.
Jeremy was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in May 2006. He successfully completed training at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to become a Space and Missile officer. He was assigned to Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, where he served as a Missile Combat Crew Member until 2010 when he left active duty and joined the Mississippi Air National Guard.
During his initial years in the Air National Guard, he worked one weekend a month at Key Field Air National Guard Base in Meridian, Mississippi, and two weeks in the summer at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida as a Space Operations Officer. The position focused on contingency planning for disaster situations. Specifically, the use of space assets to support domestic operations.
In 2012, Jeremy was selected for an assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in support of the partnership between the Mississippi National Guard and that country's Ministry of Defense. For almost 7 months, he coordinated military-to-military exchanges between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan and U.S. Military organizations to include the Mississippi National Guard.
The White House
Jeremy's first civilian work experience was during an internship at the White House during the fall of 2011. He interned at the Office of Presidential Correspondence from August through December and returned to Mississippi State to finish his last semester in the MPPA program.
He received orders for Uzbekistan and was on assignment within two weeks of graduation. The Temporary Duty Assignment was expected to turn into a 3-year assignment with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between National Guard Bureau and U.S. Central Command. However, the document was never signed due to funding issues and Jeremy returned to the Office of Presidential Correspondence in a staff position in May 2014 and worked there until he took a job as a defense contractor in 2015.
Jeremy launched StoryBrancher, a social network built around life stories, in 2014 in memory of his grandfather who passed away in 2004. The site has gone through major redesigns throughout 2016 and will be re-launching soon.
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