Lieutenant Colonel Jason Smith retired from the US Marine Corps on 1 Sept 2016 after 22 years of service.  He joined the Marine Corps in January of 1995 after graduating from Louisiana State University. As an infantry officer, Jason commanded Marines at every rank during his service, including two combat deployments to Iraq as a company commander. He was in charge of Marine Corps recruiting for the state of New Jersey from 2007-2010 and served in units from North Carolina, California, Virginia, Louisiana and the country of Bahrain. Jason’s last posting was as the senior USMC exchange officer with the Royal Marines of the United Kingdom. His personal decorations include the Silver Star medal, Bronze Star medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.  Jason is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, was selected as the Basic School’s instructor of the year for 2000-2001, and was awarded the Marine Corps University Rose Award for teaching excellence.

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