Major Jason G. Ellis enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 1999 and attended boot camp at MCRD San Diego. In January 2000, he attended corrections school at Lackland Air Force Base and was subsequently assigned to the Camp Pendleton Base Brig.
In September 2004, Major Ellis, then a sergeant, received orders to Recruiting Station Sacramento where he was a canvassing recruiter. Towards the end of his tour, he was accepted in the Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended Officer Candidate School.
Major Ellis was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 2006. Major Ellis completed Basic Officer Course 3-06 and Infantry Officer Course 1-07 at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.
Major Ellis then served as 81s platoon commander and weapons company executive officer with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, deploying both in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
In April 2010, Major Ellis transferred to 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island SC, where he served as a series commander and company commander for Company A. In June 2012, Major Ellis was selected to be the Aide de Camp for the Eastern Recruiting Region Commanding General.
In June 2013, Major Ellis was directed to Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia. Upon completion of school, he took command of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. After completing his tour as a company commander, Major Ellis was reassigned as the director of 2d Marine Division’s Combat Skills Center.
Major Ellis’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.