3rd Marine Division Leadership
Assistant Division Commander
Colonel Jason S.D. Perry
3d Marine Division

Colonel Perry was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 1994 upon graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese.

After graduating from The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon Commander, and Company Executive Officer. During this tour he deployed to the Western Pacific with the 15th and 13th Marine Expeditionary Units (Special Operations Capable).

In 1999 he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he completed a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies. Upon graduating he spent a year assigned to U.S. Embassy Tokyo where he completed in-country training as a Foreign Area Officer.

In 2001 Colonel Perry was reassigned to Second Battalion, Third Marines in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. During this time he deployed with Joint Task Force - 510 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM – Philippines as the Marine Security Element Commander on Basilan Island.

Upon returning to Hawaii, he assumed command of Company E, Second Battalion, Third Marines where he deployed to Okinawa on the Unit Deployment Program. In 2003, he was reassigned as the Weapons Company Commander where he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

In 2004, he reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he served as the Country Director for Japan in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

In 2007, Colonel Perry was selected for the Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellowship program and attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts completing a Master of Arts degree in International Relations.

In 2008, Colonel Perry received orders to First Battalion, Seventh Marines where he served as Battalion Executive Officer and deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Upon returning to Twentynine Palms, he deployed again as the Operations Officer for Regimental Combat Team – 7 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in Helmand, Afghanistan.

In 2011, Colonel Perry assumed command of Second Battalion, Fifth Marines and returning to Helmand Province, this time to the Musa Qala and Now Zad Districts. Upon his return, he served as the Current Operations Officer at I MEF from 2013-2014.  He was reassigned to Tokyo, Japan as a student at the Japan National Institute of Defense Studies and subsequently served as the Marine Forces Pacific Liaison Officer to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force.

From 2016 to 2017 Colonel Perry was a warfighting instructor at the Marine Air Ground Task Force Staff Training Program before being reassigned as Branch Head, Pacific Division, Plans Policies & Programs (PP&O), Headquarters Marine Corps where he served from 2017-2018.

From 2018 to 2020, Colonel Perry assumed Command of 4th Marine Regiment in Okinawa, Japan until assuming his current billet as Assistant Division Commander, 3rd Marine Division.

Colonel Perry’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star in lieu of second award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with two gold stars in lieu of subsequent awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with gold star in lieu of second award), Combat Action Ribbon, and the Japan Defense Cooperation Medal. He is also a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.