Lt Col Gregory Ellison
Lt. Col.Ellisonis a combat veteran of the USArmy.He is running for United StatesHouse of Representativesin the state ofLA.Active Status:Retired
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The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is endorsing the 111th Combat Veteran For Congress in 8 years, he is Lieutenant Colonel Gregory W. Ellison, USMA ’75, USA (Ret) who resides in Lafayette, LA and has 20 years of service in the US Army. LTC Ellison is a fiscal and Constitutional conservative candidate who believes in: a smaller, leaner federal government, in lower taxes, keeping America Safe, restoring the moral fabric of our society, enforcing the laws of the Republic, repealing Obama Care; he will work to rein in the out of control spending by the irresponsible members of Congress, will work toward unleashing the private sector to create jobs & stimulate business investment, and curb the power of the Federal bureaucracy. LTC Ellison is running for election in the 3rd Congressional District of Louisiana in an open seat vacated by Cong Charles Boustany, Jr., who is running for the US Senate.
Gregory Ellison was born on November 18, 1952 in Tyler, Texas. Greg is one of four siblings and comes from a family that places a premium on service to country. His Great Uncle, for whom he, his son and grandson are named, was killed in action while serving in the Fourth Infantry Division in WW II. His father served in the Navy during the WW II era and his brother aboard the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. Second Lieutenant Ellison received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the US military Academy at West Point, NY in June 1975. In June of 1986, Maj Ellison received a Masters of Liberal Arts Degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. In June 1988, Maj Ellison received a Master Arts & Science from the School of Advance Military Studies at Fort Worth, KS. In June 1995, LTC Ellison received a Masters of Arts in Business with honors at Webster University at the San Antonio, TX campus. Greg graduated from Lafayette Senior High School in Lafayette, Louisiana; he was involved in Boy and Explorer Scouts. Greg was a Louisiana State Champion Swimmer. While the Vietnam War was still raging, Greg was admitted as a cadet to the United States Military Academy at West Point on July 1, 1971. While a cadet, Greg earned two letters in Swimming and anchored Army’s 400 yard freestyle relay against the Naval Academy. During his third summer at West Point, Greg attended Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, earning his airborne wings. Upon graduation from West Point on June 4, 1975, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Field Artillery and assigned to duty with the 2nd Armored Division (Patton’s Hell on Wheels). While a Lieutenant in 1st Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, he performed the duties of Forward Observer, Battery and Battalion Fire Direction Officer, and Battery Executive officer both at Fort Hood and in Germany for two, six month deployments on the East German Border. In November 1979, 1st LT Ellison was promoted to Captain.
In March 1980, after completing the Field Artillery Officer’s Advance Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Captain Ellison deployed to Germany. Captain Ellison was assigned to the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade, VII Corp Artillery in Wertheim, Germany. Captain Ellison served as the Brigade’s Nuclear Weapon’s Officer responsible for ensuring that the Brigade’s soldiers were prepared to accomplish their nuclear mission. Captain Ellison took command of an 8 inch Howitzer, Nuclear capable battery of Field Artillery with the 3rd Battalion, 35th Artillery Regiment. Upon completion of command in 1983, Greg was assigned to ROTC duty at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Then Captain Ellison was instrumental in returning the TCU program to prominence, recruiting many young men and women who served full careers in the US Army. While at TCU, Greg earned his first of three Masters Degrees in Liberal Arts. Upon completion of his TCU tour in May 1986, Cpt Ellison was promoted to Major and transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as student at the Army’s Command and General Staff College. While at Command and Staff College, Maj Ellison was selected for a second year of study at the School of Advanced Military Studies. While a student in advanced studies, Maj Ellison wrote a noted, thesis on the Iran-Iraq War, earning a second Master’s Degree in Military Arts and Sciences. In June 1988, upon completion of his Fort Leavenworth studies, Maj Ellison was once again assigned to III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. Major Ellison was initially detailed to the III Corps Artillery section at Fort Hood before being selected to be the Chief of the Tactical War Plans Branch for all of III Corps’ 45,000 soldiers.
During the last days of the Cold War, Major Ellison and his staff were responsible: for developing battle plans for the Corps’ tank divisions to defeat the Russians on the North German plane, and for III Corps briefings to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In June of 1990, Major Ellison was transferred to the First Cavalry (tank division) on Fort Hood as the Operations Officer (S-3) for the 1500 soldiers of the Division Artillery. Following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August of 1990, Major Ellison’s unit, deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Upon arrival in country, Major Ellison was notified of his below the zone selection (early promotion) to Lieutenant Colonel and Battalion Command. LTC Ellison and his staff planned, supervised and participated in nine artillery raids forward of friendly lines into Iraq as part of the Theater Deception Plan. During the invasion of Kuwait, LTC Ellison led a convoy of soldiers through an Iraqi minefield and subsequently participated in the final assault upon Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guards. LTC Ellison was permanently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in February of 1992, and assigned to a Readiness Group at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, overseeing the training of National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers in lieu of command. Lieutenant Colonel Ellison was Honorably Discharged from the US Army on June 30, 1995. He is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medals (with 2 Oak Leafs for Third Award), Army Commendation Medal, Parachutist Badge, and numerous Service and Campaign Medals. After a brief stint as a small business man in Killeen, Texas, Greg moved his family back home to Lafayette, Louisiana. He earned his Certified Professional Landman certificate and co-founded an oil and gas exploration company, Kitty Hawk Energy, LLC in 2003. Greg has been very active in community affairs: Board Member of Acadiana Outreach, Ascension Episcopal Vestry, and President of the PTA for the Episcopal School of Acadiana (ESA), ESA School Board, Chairman of the Board of AMIkids Acadiana, and Hearing Committee Member for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. Additionally, Greg is very active in United States Masters Swimming. In addition to many Top Ten National Times in his age group, Greg finished second in the 1999 US Masters National Championships in the 100 meter butterfly. Recently, he swam the Pensacola Bay Bridge Swim (5km) three times. Greg Ellison is a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the NRA, the US Military Academy Alumni Association, of the Master Swimming Association, Past School Board Member for a Private School, is a Past Board Chair of AMIkid.org Local Chapter, and is a life time member of the Episcopal Church. Greg Ellison has been endorsed by LTG Benjamin Freakley, USA (Ret), LTG Kenneth Hunzeker, USA (Ret), LTG Robert Dail, USA (Ret), LTG William B. Caldwell, USA (Ret), and the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC. On October 9, 2016, the Lafayette Daily Advertiser endorsed LTC Ellison’s candidacy in an editorial “For Congress, Greg Ellison Stand Above the Rest.” Greg has been married to the former Jane Zimmerman for 37 years and are members of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Lafayette, LA. Jane is a graduate of the University of Texas (Austin) and is a career educator; they have two children, Page age 34 and Greg, Jr. age 32. Their daughter Paige is a graduate of Texas A&M and LSU Law School and the mother of Eli Raney. Her husband David Raney graduated from Texas A & M and is employed by Baker Hughes. Greg Jr. is a graduate of LSU and employed as a Project Manager for Lemoine Construction Company. Greg Jr.’s wife Emily is a graduate of the University of Louisiana and is a kindergarten teacher in the public school system. Greg Jr. and Emily have two children: Sophia and William.
The Combat Veteran’s For Congress PAC is pleased to endorse Lt Col Gregory W. Ellison, USMA ’75, USA (Ret) who would bring to Congress extraordinary public sector and private sector skills and wisdom to better solve problems and represent the 3rd Congressional District of Louisiana and the country. If you review LTC Ellison’s positions on his Web site, you would be pleased with his stands; they agree with the Combat Veterans For Congress Mission Statement. We look forward to working with LTC Ellison, and are pleased that a Combat Veteran of his caliber is running for Congress. If you have friends, associates, or relatives who know voters in the 3rd Congressional District of Louisiana, kindly pass this endorsement annoucement onto them, and ask them to support LTC Ellison by working in his campaign, providing financial support for his campaign in any amount, and/or by networking with others who would be willing to support his campaign. The military is one of the few remaining institutions producing the caliber of men and women needed to restore this nation to the greatness our Founding Fathers envisioned. We have endorsed another Combat Veteran For Congress that General George Washington would have approved of. A Veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable “to The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including his life.”