Jacob Rittenhouse was born in Englewood, Colorado and moved to Spokane, Washington at the age of 1. He entered the Platoon Leader Course in November 2009 and reported to Officer Candidate School in July 2010 and July 2011.
Second Lieutenant Rittenhouse commissioned into the Marine Corps in June 2012 and reported to The Basic School (TBS), Quantico, VA in July 2013. After graduating TBS he reported to 1st Law Enforcement Battalion in Camp Pendleton, CA in January 2014 for On-The-Job Training.
In April 2014, Second Lieutenant Rittenhouse reported to the U.S. Army Military Police Basic Officer Leader Course aboard Fort Leonard Wood, MO and upon graduation was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty 5803, Military Police Officer.
First Lieutenant Rittenhouse reported back to Charlie Company, 1st Law Enforcement Battalion in September 2014 where he served as a Platoon Commander. In December 2015 he and his platoon were assigned as the Law Enforcement Detachment for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Central Command. In April 2016, he deployed to Al Jaber, Kuwait, and in August 2016 he was reassigned to Erbil, Iraq as the Officer in Charge, Expeditionary Forensic Exploitation Center - North.
In December 2016, Captain Rittenhouse redeployed to the United States and was assigned to 1st Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG) as the Law Enforcement Liaison Officer, Tactical Site Exploitation Instructor, and the Training Assistance to the Marine Corps (TAMACOR) Officer.
In June 2017, Captain Rittenhouse reported to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. He served as the Law Enforcement Integration Officer, Protection Officer, and the Force Deployment Officer for 2d Marine Aircraft Wing.
In November 2020 he was reassigned to the U.S. Army Military Police Captain’s Career Course and upon graduation in April 2021 he reported to Marine Corps Detachment Fort Leonard Wood, MO where he currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the United States Marine Corps Military Police School.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (fourth award).