Brigadier General Jason Morris was commissioned in May 1992 after graduating with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy. Following The Basic School, he graduated from the Infantry Officer Course and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. At the First Team, Lieutenant Morris served as a rifle platoon commander, the 81mm mortar platoon commander, and the Weapons Company executive officer. On his second unit deployment program deployment to Okinawa, Lieutenant Morris assumed command of Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, and was promoted to Captain.
In August 1996, Captain Morris reported to The Basic School for instructor duty where he was assigned to the Defense Section, Instructor Group. For three years, Captain Morris served as a patrolling and defense instructor, a Delta Company 4-97 staff platoon commander, and finally as an Infantry Officer Course instructor. In August 1999, he reported to the Amphibious Warfare School.
In June 2000, Captain Morris reported to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines as the Commanding Officer, Bravo Company and deployed to Okinawa for a 31st MEU (SOC) deployment. In August 2001, Captain Morris received the Leftwich Award and was subsequently assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer, Fifth Marine Regiment. In July 2002, then-Major Morris was reassigned as the Director, 1st Marine Division Schools until January 2003 when he was reassigned to the Division G-3 as the Assistant Operations Officer. During Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, he served in the Division Forward Command Post until being reassigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines as its Executive Officer on 27 March 2003.
After redeploying from Iraq in June 2003, Major Morris assumed command of Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Portland, Oregon. During his three years of command, RS Portland won 12th Marine Corps District Station of the Year honors three years in a row and Western Recruiting Region Station of the Year in 2004 and 2005. From 2006 through 2007, Major Morris attended the Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College and School of Advanced Warfighting.
In July 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Morris reported to I MEF and deployed forward to Fallujah, Iraq, where he served as the Future Operations Officer, G-3 Iraqi Security Forces, Multi-National Force West. Following his redeployment in February 2009, he served as the Deputy G-5 and Chief of Plans, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
In September 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Morris assumed command of 3d Battalion, 5th Marines and led its combat deployment to Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan conducting counterinsurgency operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 10-2. After relinquishing command in June 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Morris attended the College of Naval Warfare in Newport, RI from where he graduated in June 2012. Lieutenant Colonel Morris reported to U.S. Northern Command in July 2012 and was assigned to the Theater Security Cooperation Branch, Future Operations Division, USNORTHCOM Directorate of Operations. In January 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Morris was reassigned as the Chief, NC/J32 Counter-threat Network Division.
After being promoted in June 2014, Colonel Morris assumed command of the 9th Marine Corps District, relocated its headquarters to Naval Station Great Lakes Illinois, and for three years led the Marine Corps’ enlisted, officer and prior service recruiting efforts across the Midwest.
In August 2017, Colonel Morris reported back to I MEF and served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 Operations, where he led the MEF’s planning and execution of its current and future operations in support of its global force deployments and preparations for MEF-level Major Combat Operations.
On 1 July 2019, Colonel Morris assumed the rank of Brigadier General.
Brigadier General Morris holds a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters in Military Studies from the USMC Command and Staff College, a Masters in Operational Studies from the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting, and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategy Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He graduated with honors from The Basic School, the Amphibious Warfare School, the USMC Command and Staff College, the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting, and the U.S. Naval War College. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, Class 195.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (with Combat Distinguishing Device) with one Gold Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one Gold Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one Gold Star, and the Combat Action Ribbon with one Gold Star.