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Rear Admiral Ellison hails from Weymouth,
Massachusetts. After graduation from Weymouth High
School in 1965. he participated in the Reserve Officer
Candidate program while attending the Boston
University College ofEngineering. In 1966. he entered
the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1970 with a
Bachelor ofScience degree and a Commission as Ensign
in the U.S. Navy. Rear Admiral Ellison's operational,
educational. and staff experiences are extensive.
Rear Admiral Ellison has completed eight
operational sea tours with five of seven deployments in
crisis related operations. He was Combat Systems
Officer in USS VIRGINIA QCGN-385 during the Iranian
Hostage Crisis in the early Eighties. During Cold War
tensions with the Soviet Union. he operated in the
Mediterranean as Executive Officer in USS VOGE QFF
10473. As Commanding Officer in USS KIDD QDDG
9935, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in Desert Shield
Desert Storm. Serving as Assistant Chief of Staff for
Ops and Plans on the staff of Commander, Cruiser
Destroyer Group Eight, and as Commanding Officer iri
USS YORKTOWN CCG 483, he operated in the
Mediterranean supporting .Ioint!Coalition efforts during
Adriatic Hostilities. Rear Admiral Ellison is currently
Commander South Atlantic Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Rear Admiral Ellison's educational experiences
are diverse. From 1973-1976, he served as an Assistant
Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and eamed a Master
of Science degree at the George Washington University.
In 1984, he completed a Ph. D. in Businesr
Administration at the Pennsylvania State University in
1990, he was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Nava
Operations CCNOJ Executive Panel. During the 1995-
1996 academic year, he was a Fellow on the CNG
Strategic Studies Group at the Naval War College.
Rear Admiral Ellisonls Washingtonlloint staf
assignments are varied. He has had tours as: Manpower.
Personnel, Training Analyst for Assistant Secretary 01
Defense CForce management and Personneljg Land AUHCI
Warfare Branch Head on the staff of the CNO,s DirCCl0f-
Surface Warfare CN86jg and Executive Assistant to tht?
Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Rear Admiral Ellisonis personal awards includei
the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of MCH!
ftwo awardsb, the ? !Combat MVN, the
Meritorious Medal Cthree . it . rdsb, the NHVD'
Commenda ' : It Medal, the Navy Achie 1' ent Medal
and the my tGuard Achievement Medal. addition I0
these per 1 nal awards, Rear Admiral Elliso as earlle
several rvice awards, including the Com K ACU0
ar Admiral Ellison is married to v e forme
Leslie I-V azel DiGravio also ' of ym0Ufh'
Massachu tts. The Ellisons currently re ' e at Nara
Station Roo 'elt Roads, Puerto Rico. r' h21V9 three
children: , Kyle, and Kari