Clint A. Cantrell

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Clint A. Cantrell

Teaching Fellow Criminal Justice (Residential), Special Agent (SA), Major, USAF Retired


Direct Office Phone: 423-775-2041

Field of Study: Criminal Justice

Office: Criminal Justice Department

Academic Degrees
  • M.S., Digital Forensic Science, Champlain College, 2017
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2003
  • B.S., Communications: News-Editorial Investigative Reporting, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1999


Special Agent (SA) Clint A. Cantrell teaches Criminal Justice and Digital Forensics courses on-campus as a Bryan College Teaching Fellow. His goal in teaching is to serve the students in helping prepare them for successful careers in law enforcement and related career fields. This preparation encompasses not only academics but faith and fitness, to include spiritual, mental and physical.

SA Cantrell joined the U.S. Air Force in 1988 as an enlisted (Airman Basic) Firefighter.  After returning from overseas and at the finish of his four-year enlistment, he transferred from active duty Air Force to the Tennessee Air National Guard (ANG) at McGhee Tyson, Knoxville.  Working as a firefighter for the ANG, he also gained employment as a fulltime firefighter with the state of TN working at the McGee Tyson Airport Fire Department.  During this time, he also went to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he eventually earned his Bachelor of Science in Communications and Master of Arts in Psychology with minors in statistics and criminal justice studies.  Upon graduation, SA Cantrell earned his commission in the USAF and returned to active duty with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI).

In 2003 Major Cantrell transferred from active duty to the USAF Reserves and joined the newly formed Department of Homeland Security as a Special Agent. SA Cantrell retired from the USAF in 2012.

From 2002 to 2009, SA Cantrell was an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR.

SA Cantrell has over 24 years conducting investigations ranging from national security, human trafficking, illegal narcotics, visa fraud, worksite enforcement, to child exploitation.

Professional (Digital Forensics) Certifications

  • DHI, Homeland Security Investigations, Counterintelligence Certification Course, August 2022

  • DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Leadership and Career Development, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, GA.  Instructor Development Course, 11 October 2019.

  • SANS SEC 401: Cyber Security Essentials, August 2018

  • DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Counter Proliferation Investigations Training Seminar, ICE CPITS-602, 18 March 2018.

  • DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Worksite Enforcement/Critical Infrastructure Protection, ICE WSEIP – 402, 31 July 2014.

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FLETC, EnCase Computer Forensics I Certification May 2012. Guidance Software.

  • DHS, HSI, Cyber Crimes Center (C3), Fairfax, VA. Advanced Computer Evidence Recovery Training Certification, April 2012.  US Treasury Computer Forensics Training Program.

  • DHS, HSI, Las Vegas, NV.  XRY Mobile Logical Forensics Certification, March 2012.  Micro Systemation.

  • U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Department of Defense Computer Investigations Training Program, Defense Cyber Crimes Center (DC3), Linthicum, MD. Certified Computer Forensic Field Examiner, April 2006.

  • DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), FLETC, Glynco, GA. Special Agent Training Course, January 2005.  ICESAT-503.

  • FLETC, Glynco, GA. Criminal Investigator Training Program, November 2004.  Class 443.

  • U.S. Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Squadron Officers School, May 2003.

  • U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Academy, Andrews Air Force Base, MD. Special Investigations Leadership Course, March 2001.

  • U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Academy, Andrews Air Force Base, MD. Special Investigators Advanced Course, September 2000.

  • U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Academy, Andrews Air Force Base, MD. Counter-Intelligence and Force Protection Course, February 2000.

  • U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Academy, Andrews Air Force Base, MD. Special Investigators Course, September 1999.

  • U.S. Air Force, Tyndall Air Force Base, FL.  Officer’s Training Course, August 1995.

  • Tennessee Air National Guard, McGhee Tyson Air Base, Knoxville, TN. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Course, May 1993.

  • U.S. Air Force, Chanute Air Force Base, IL. Fire Training Academy, July 1988.

  • U.S. Air Force, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. Basic Military Training, May 1988.

Criminal Justice Department
721 Bryan Drive
Dayton, TN 37321

Office Phone: 423-775-2041