Colonel Christian Ellinger serves as the Command Inspector General for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California and the Western Recruiting Region. He has served 30 years on active duty. Colonel Ellinger started his military career as an enlisted infantry Marine and after being commissioned, as a Field Artillery Officer. Colonel Ellinger has commanded at the Cannon Battery, Artillery Battalion and Artillery Regimental levels and has deployed numerous times, in support of both combat operations and other missions.
Colonel Ellinger earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and his Master of Arts Degree in National Defense and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Amphibious Warfare School, the U.S. Army’s Basic Airborne School, the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Course, the U.S. Navy’s College of Command and Staff, and Joint Professional Military Education Phase II.
Colonel Ellinger’s military and civilian awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (5th award), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4th award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award) the Combat Action Ribbon and the Honorable and Ancient Orders of Saint Barbara.