At a young age, Jeremy Dean moved from Washington state to Colorado, and spent most of his childhood in and around Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from high school in 2006, he attended college at the University of Oregon for two years and then moved back home to Colorado. For the next two years, Jeremy coached wrestling and worked various service industry jobs. During this time, he contemplated military service. Jeremy had always admired both of my grandfathers, one of whom served in Vietnam, and the other in World War II.
In 2010, Jeremy enlisted in the military, joining the Army as an Infrantryman. During Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was offered the opportunity to assess for Special Forces Selection. Immediately following Basic Training, Jeremy attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. After Airborne School, and before his Special Forces training began, Jeremy learned about Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians. Feeling that EOD was a better personal fit, he chose to attend Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Jeremy graduated as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician in early 2012. Upon graduation, Jeremy assessed for and was selected to the 21st Ordnance Company (WMD) (EOD), the government’s bomb disposal unit for weapons of mass destruction. His decision to assess for the 21st stemmed from my love of science and intellectual challenges.
During Jeremy’s three years at the 21st, he received training from Sandia, Los Alamos, Idaho, and Livermore National Laboratories in addition to other government and private facilities across the country. He also participated in international joint training exercises.
In January of 2015 Jeremy began attending the University of New Mexico, and in May of 2015, he was honorably discharged from the United States Army as a Sergeant. Jeremy is now using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to pursue degrees in Biology and Psychology, with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. In addition to being a student, Jeremy also teaches a fundamental chemistry course at UNM, and participates in Sevilleta desert rodent research with the UNM Biology Department. After graduating from UNM, Jeremy hopes to attend UNM Medical School and serve as a physician in New Mexico.
Most importantly, in 2010 Jeremy married his beautiful wife, Nikki. Jeremy claims that he owes any military, academic, and professional success to her. Nikki has also volunteered with Jeremy at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial, and both love being members of the Albuquerque community.