Major General John M. Jansen, became the 44th Commandant of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy on July 31, 2017.
As Commandant, Major General Jansen reports to the President of National Defense University and is responsible for executing the Eisenhower School senior-level course of study with emphasis on the formulation and implementation of national security and resourcing strategy. Major General Jansen supervises approximately 380 personnel including faculty, staff, and students, and ensures mission accomplishment in preparing select senior leaders for strategic leadership of the institutions and activities associated with the integrated development and resource execution of national security strategy.
Major General John Jansen was commissioned via the Platoon Leaders Course commissioning source in 1986 after graduating from Indiana University where he earned a BS in Finance. He was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1990 and was assigned to VMFAT-101, MCAS El Toro, CA for conversion training in the F/A-18 Hornet. In 1991, he reported to VMFA-251, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Beaufort, SC, where he made two deployments to the Western Pacific in 1991 and 1993 and a deployment to Aviano Air Base, Italy in 1994 in support of Operations DENY FLIGHT and PROVIDE COMFORT over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Major General Jansen reported to 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division, in 1994 for service as a Forward Air Controller where he deployed to the Western Pacific. He then transferred to MAG-46, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, where he served as the Group Logistics Officer and the Operations Officer of VMFA-134. During this tour, he graduated Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). In 1998, he reported to VMFA-323, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, for service as Operations Officer then Aircraft Maintenance Officer and deployed in 1999 to the Persian Gulf on board the USS Constellation in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH over Iraq. He then reported to VMFA-314, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing in 2000 as the Executive Officer and deployed to the North Arabian Sea in 2001on board the USS John C. Stennis in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM over Afghanistan. In 2002, he reported to Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Prior to the beginning of the second semester in January 2003, he was re-assigned to the Coalition Forces Land Component Command Headquarters, Camp Doha, Kuwait as the Deputy Chief, C3 Aviation in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
He reported to VMFA-251, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, as Executive Officer in 2003 where he deployed to the Western Pacific. In 2004, he assumed command of VMFA-251, transitioned the squadron to a carrier-based squadron, and deployed in 2006 to the Arabian Gulf on board the USS ENTERPRISE in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2006, he was assigned to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Darmstadt, Germany where he served a Joint assignment as an Arms Control Inspection Team Chief implementing the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and then as the unit Executive Officer. In 2008, he reported to Rome, Italy for attendance in the NATO Defense College Senior Course. In 2009, he reported to Okinawa, Japan to assume duties as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. In 2011, he assumed command of Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar, CA. In 2013, he reported to HQMC, Programs and Resources Department. He assumed command of 3d MEB in 2015.
Major General Jansen has over 3100 flight hours with 2800 hours in the F/A-18 and over 480 arrested carrier landings. He was recognized as the 2006 Marine Tailhooker of the Year by the Tailhook Association. Personal awards include two Legions of Merit, Strike Flight Air Medal with the numeral two, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Defense Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.