Major General Justin (Jake) Ellwood assumed the appointment of Deputy Chief of Army on 3rd May 2018. He graduated from the Royal Military College – Duntroon in 1990 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. His early career includes platoon command in the 2nd/4th Battalion and operational service with the Irish Guards in Kosovo as Second in Commander of a Warrior Company. Major General Ellwood commanded an infantry company in East Timor and served as the Brigade Major of the 1st Brigade.
Major General Ellwood was appointed Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion from 2007 to 2008. During his tenure, he commanded a light armoured battlegroup in Iraq and a light infantry battlegroup in East Timor. He has also served as Commander of the Combat Training Centre. Major General Ellwood was deployed to Afghanistan as the Chief of Operations within Headquarters Resolute Support from 2104 to 2015. His career also encompasses diverse staff roles as Director Reserves – Army, Liaison Officer of the United States Marine Corps, Chief of Staff Headquarters Forces Command and as Director General Career Management – Army.
Major General Ellwood’s personal awards include Commander British Forces Commendation and Divisional Commander’s Commendation. 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 and Masters of Arts 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 a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and Higher Defence College, as well as a graduate of the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Program.
Major General Ellwood is married to Nicole and they have two children. His hobbies include distance running, military history, fishing and scuba diving.