Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1998, serving as part of the Presidential Guard Detachment, to deploying as an infantryman in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as a Master Instructor at the Marine Corps Staff NCO Academy Camp LeJeune, to gaining his Bachelors degree in Film and a Masters in Business and starting his own media production company, Jon Lawson has joined the Mission Force team to put forth a strong foot forward in making a difference in the veteran community.
Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1998, Jon Lawson was selected to be part of the Yankee White Presidential Support Unit - Guard Detachment and served in various capacities that supported security of personnel and installations in and around Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. Accepting orders as a Section Leader, he then served as Infantry Squad Leader with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Kilo Company. Later, he took orders to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Charlie Company where he would stay for his combat deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Here he was certified as a Coxswain Wave Leader and Raid Force Element Leader with the newly established Motorized Raid Force that replaced standard boat companies at the time. During his time as a Squad Leader, he trained foreign Djiboutian force in Africa in infantry tactics, implemented company-wide IED defeat training, combat life saver training, squad level urban tactical measures fortifying the “Strategic Corporal” and “Three Block War” concepts into company level operations. He was also a part of the testing personnel for the SAM-R prototype designated marksman rifle and trained with Special Operations Training Group East (SOTG) and Australian Master Sniper educators for employment. In 2007, Jon Lawson took orders to Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy due to injuries precluding him from future deployment as an infantryman. Here he worked with Marine Corps University and the MCU Enlisted Professional Military Education branch to establish the first Corporals Course run from the schoolhouse. Starting as the course’s Assistant Chief Instructor, he later took over as Chief Instructor, then NCOIC for the course and represented the course for SNCO Academy Camp Lejeune. While in this capacity, he became certified as a Senior Instructor and obtained both his Curriculum Developer/Administrator qualifications and Master Instructor. Receiving surgery for his injury, Jon Lawson was medically retired from military service in 2011. In 2012, Jon Lawson enrolled into the Full Sail University Film School Program and received his Bachelors in Science for Film with Directors Awards for Film Production, Special Effects Makeup and Cinematography in 2014. Moving to Virginia, he started Iron Alley Films, LLC a film production company for small end productions. He later enrolled again at Full Sail University to obtain his Master of Science in Business with a focus in Entertainment Business, obtaining honors as the Achievement Award graduate in 2018. Jon Lawson currently works in conjunction with Arrow Security & Training, LLC as an independent contractor and has started his media production company Echo 5 Media, focused on veteran content creators and businesses that seek to establish connection within the community. He continues to offer advice and promotion for veterans seeking to start and establish businesses by translating the business world as the new battle space for challenges to the veteran entrepreneur. Connecting veterans to their ambitions and then developing that into a reality is something that Jon Lawson takes personal pride in. In fall of 2020, Jon Lawson was tapped to become the Communications Director of Mission Force where he seeks to push forward in advocacy and response to the veteran community. Using his skills, knowledge of media and business he plans to work with Mission Force to build results and actual action, sharing the ideal that awareness is simply not enough... that actions must be committed to or nothing will change for our community.