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Commander 1st Division

Major General Jake Ellwood, DSC
18 December 2018

Major General Justin (‘Jake’) Ellwood assumed command of the 1st Division and Deployable Joint Force Headquarters on 06 Dec 19 following his appointment as the of Deputy Chief of Army. He graduated from the Royal Military College – Duntroon in 1990 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. After undertaking regimental appointments in the 2nd/4th Battalion he was posted as an instructor at the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He subsequently served as Second in Command of a Warrior Company on a two year exchange with the Irish Guards in Germany during which time he deployed to Kosovo. Upon returning to Australia he served as a Company Commander and the Operations Officer in the 5th/7th Battalion. During this period he commanded a company on operations in East Timor. After completing Australian Command and Staff College, he served as the Brigade Major of the 1st Brigade. He was then posted to Army Headquarters as Director Reserves – Army.


Major General Ellwood was appointed as Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion from 2007 to 2008. During this tenure he commanded a light armoured battlegroup in Iraq and a light infantry battlegroup in East Timor. He was then posted as the Australian Army Liaison Officer to the United States Marine Corps in Quantico followed by a three year posting as Commander of the Combat Training Centre. This was followed by attendance at Higher Defence College in Canberra. Major General Ellwood subsequently deployed to Afghanistan as the Chief of Operations within Headquarters Resolute Support from 2014 to 2015. Major General Ellwood has served as both Chief of Staff, Headquarters Forces Command and Director General Career Management – Army.


Major General Ellwood was presented with a Commander British Forces Commendation for his service in Kosovo and a Divisional Commander’s Commendation for his work as the Brigade Major of the 1st Brigade. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his command and leadership in Iraq and a Commendation for Distinguished Service and the United States Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) for his service in Afghanistan.


He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University (with a double major in Strategic Studies and International Relations), a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) from Deakin University, a Masters of Management (Defence Studies) from the University of Canberra and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from Monash University. Major General Ellwood is also a graduate of the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Program.


Major General Ellwood is married to Nicole. They have two children who are both studying at University. Other than family pursuits, his hobbies include long distance running, military history, fishing and scuba diving.

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18 December 2018
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