MAJ Jason Goodale
U.S. Marine Corps, Active Duty
I am currently serving on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Following in the footsteps of my father, grandfather and uncles, I earned my commission upon graduation from The University of Virginia in 2002. I’ve enjoyed a great career thus far as an Infantry Officer, starting with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines in Twentynine Palms where I deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
From 2006 to 2009, I was stationed at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. where I met my wife, Jennifer, who was also on active duty. We were married in 2008, and in February 2009, we moved to Ft. Benning, Georgia where I had the opportunity to attend the Army’s Maneuver Career Captains Course.
Upon the completion of the course, we headed to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and I became the Company Commander for Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. While serving with 1/9, I deployed with a Marine Expeditionary Unit and found myself in Haiti conducting relief efforts after the major earthquake in 2010. The MEU took me to several other parts of the world and finally back to Camp Lejeune, where I met my three-week-old daughter for the first time. Less than a year later, I was deployed to Afghanistan. Once we returned to CONUS, I served as the Battalion’s Executive Officer for a few months.
In 2013, I was selected to serve as a Congressional Fellow and spent one year learning about Congress in the office of Representative Mac Thornberry, (TX-13). I am currently serving as the Academics OIC at the Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia.
Each duty station and billet has offered different challenges and rewards. I’m proud to claim the title of Marine and serve with the finest brotherhood in the world.