Jake was raised in the small rural town of Perryton, Texas, where he worked on the family farm and ranch. His parents were loving but strict, instilling in Jake a lifelong commitment to faith, family and country.
He graduated in 1992 from the U.S. Naval Academy, beginning his aviation career. Over the course of 20 years, Jake flew the H-60 helicopter, F-14 Tomcat and the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Jake watched the second airliner hit the World Trade Center on TV while deployed on the USS Enterprise and was proud to participate on the first night strikes in Afghanistan, with his first strikes targeting the Tora Bora cave complex..
Jake went on to participate in the early strikes in Iraq in 2003 and was tasked with leading the U.S. assistance effort in the Indonesian tsunami disaster in 2005. Jake later served as a Social Aide in the Bush 43 White House before being deployed on the ground in 2006 for a combat mission with SEAL Team 5 to control air support for missions in Ramadi, Iraq.
He commanded a Super Hornet squadron with 12 aircraft worth $1 billion, 200 pilots and personnel, deploying in both 2009 and 2010 to Afghanistan on USS Eisenhower to support troops on the ground. Over his career he deployed nine times and spent over four years on ships at sea defending our Nation. He has received numerous Air Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon and two Bronze Stars.
On the day of his Navy retirement, Jake was appointed as a Commissioner on the Texas Veterans Commission to ensure Texas takes care of our 1.7 million veterans and advocates on their behalf.
He served as CEO of a speakers bureau that hires veterans, and is a commercial airline pilot and owner of his family’s ice business. Jake is a life member of the National Rifle Association and Texas State Rifle Association as well as a member of the Farm Bureau.
Jake is honored to be married to Shelby, and proud to be the father of two young Texans. The Ellzeys live in Midlothian, are committed Christians and are active members of Park Cities Baptist Church.