Captain Jerry Woods, U.S. Marine Corps, Ret. enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1998. In 2008, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. During his career, he served as an enlisted Infantryman deploying twice to Iraq from 2003-2004, and later to Afghanistan in 2014 as an Aviation Supply Officer.
During his second deployment to Iraq in August of 2004, Woods’ unit was involved in the Battle of the Najaf Cemetery. He and two other Marines were hit by a mortar round and Woods received severe shrapnel wounds to his left leg. While state-side, he fully recovered, but multiple pieces of shrapnel remain in his leg and one lodged in his left knee. Woods returned to full duty and eventually deployed again.
Golf has always been one of Woods’ most treasured hobbies. It has played a significant role in his recovery and transition from the military to the civilian sector. The sport has provided an avenue to escape when needed, provides a mental and physical challenge to help with healing, and many opportunities for him to meet and play with many other veterans. He is truly honored to be part of Team 43 and participate in the Warrior Open.
After 20 years of faithful and dedicated service, Woods retired in May 2018. He is now working for the U.S. Navy as a government contractor. He currently resides in Mechanicsburg, PA with his wife Tammy, and their two children, Kylie and Jacob.