Military Science Instructor
Sergeant First Class William J. Ellis is a native of Crescent City, Florida. He graduated from United States Army Basic Combat Training in August 2001 as a light infantryman. Following completion of Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment in Ft. Lewis, Washington, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Tal’Afar, Iraq. Upon his return to Washington, he was assigned to Ft. Stewart Germany as a Rifle Team Leader and in 2007, he deployed to central Baghdad again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon completion of his assignment to Georgia he would be assigned to Vilseck, Germany and once again deployed to Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as Weapons Squad Leader. Completing his tour in Germany, SFC Ellis was selected to serve as a Drill Sergeant, shaping civilians into Soldiers, in 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment, Ft. Jackson, SC. Upon competition of his Drill Sergeant duties, SFC Ellis was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment “Rakkasans” at Ft. Campbell, KY. From June 2014- October 2017 SFC Ellis deployed twice to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve serving as both Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant of Charlie Company 3-187 Inf. SFC Ellis’s military education includes Infantry Basic Combat Training, Senior Leaders Course, First Sergeants Career Course, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, and Drill Sergeant School. SFC Ellis’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award), the Combat and Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Drill Sergeant Badge, and the German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency.