Jennifer C. Foxworthy was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. Once she graduated high school from William Penn Senior High in 1991, she embarked on a journey that would lead her into an illustrious career serving in the United States Navy. Jennifer served her country proudly for 21 years (September 23, 1991 to April 30, 2013) retiring as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7).
In the first four years of her Naval career, Jennifer was an Ocean Systems Technical Analyst (OTA). Her job entailed detecting, localizing and tracking enemy submarines. Wanting to try something different, she eventually signed up for and went through the Naval Aircrew Candidate training in Pensacola, Florida in 1995. One of her greatest accomplishments was being among the elite few to graduate from this school. Surprisingly, she was the first African American female in over five years to complete this training.
For over 14 years as an Aircrewman, she flew on three different platforms (E6-A, P-3, and EP-3), flew in combat missions in support of three wars (Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq), logged over 3700 flight hours and received four Air Medals. She also knocked down stereotypes by becoming the first African American female Aircrewman, the first African American Aircrewman in the enlisted ranks, and the first female In Flight Technician during her squadron tours.
Jennifer's distinguished military career didn't stop there. She changed her focus in the military to Active Duty welfare and completed the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program School in Point Loma, California in 2010. In December 2011, she became a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADCI). She expertly managed over 119 drug and alcohol abuse/dependency cases, facilitated 212 hours of Early Education and Awareness classes and conducted 490 hours of therapy sessions that fostered successful drug and alcohol abuse/dependency recovery plans.
Jennifer reaped the rewards of working hard, helping others and being a role model. She earned numerous personal achievements and awards including Outstanding Military Person of the Year (an honor recognized by the Washington State Masons), 2007 Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Sea Sailor of the Year, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendations Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals as well as other unit and campaign awards. She also earned a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship as an Electronics Mechanic through the United States Department of Labor in May 2009. In March 2012, she received an Associate of Science in business Administration Degree from Columbia College of Missouri and is an active Alumnus.
Jennifer is excited about her second career choice as a powerful motivational speaker, published author of her first book titled Tomorrow My Sunshine Will Come: Memoirs of Women Who Survived Domestic Violence, and prolific blogger. She is an active member of Concerned Black Women of Calvert County (CBW), a lifetime member of Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), and President of Talk of The Town Toastmaster International Club. She is also the proud Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inspirationally Speaking, LLC as well as Founder of the Unstoppable You Women's Conference. Recently, Jennifer added TV Show Host to her list of endeavors. Her show, Living Unshackled ON Purpose, provides insight and inspiration while giving a 360 degree perspective into the horrible epidemic of domestic violence. Also, Jennifer has added Corporate Trainer for the College of Southern Maryland to her professional portfolio. Jennifer provides professional development training to corporate leaders in the southern Maryland area.
Additionally, Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor's in Communication and is currently attending University of Maryland University College in pursuit of a Master's in Management with a focus in Public Relations. Recently, Jennifer was recognized as the Calvert County Commission for Women's 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award in Business Leadership. She also was the recipient of the Columbia College of Missouri Alumni's 2015 Jane Froman Courage Award. In addition, she was selected for the 2015 Concerned Black Women's Community Excellence Award.
Above all, Jennifer is living proof that dreams, passions, and goals are obtainable if you trust in God, surround yourself with positive people, and put one foot in front of the other.
Some of Jennifer's positive people include her wonderful husband, Thomas, a six-year-old son, Noah, and her three stepchildren- Josh, Laura, and Matt. Jennifer and her family reside in southern Maryland.
Jennifer C. Foxworthy