Captain Ellis’s sea assignments include an initial operational tour with HSL-44 where she deployed in USS Caron (DD 970) and USS Arthur W Radford (DD 968). She served as the Assistant Air Officer onboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), while assigned to Iwo Jima she was recognized as the Naval Helicopter Association’s Shipboard Pilot of the Year for 2006. She served as a Department Head with HSL-46 where she deployed as the Officer in Charge in USS Vicksburg (CG 69) and then served as the squadron’s Maintenance Officer. CAPT Ellis served as Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer of HSM-35 during which time the Magicians earned the 2016 Captain Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare excellence.
Ashore, CAPT Ellis served as the Flag Aide to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; the Training Department Head for the Fleet Replacement Squadron, HSL-40; a Project Officer assigned to Joint Staff J7 for Future Joint Force Development; and as the Anti-Submarine Warfare and Aviation Branch Head for the Director of Surface Warfare (OPNAV N96C2).
Her personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various unit commendations and service campaign awards.