Jonathan Swanson is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina 26 March, 1982. He graduated from Page High School in June of 2000. Jonathan Swanson enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Upon completion of recruit training in October of 2000, Private First Class Swanson attended Bravo Company, Marine Corps Communications Electronics School, 29 Palms, California. He was assigned the military occupational specialty 2531, Field Radio Operator. Upon completion of Field Radio Operators Course, Lance Corporal Swanson was assigned to Communications Company Headquarters and Service Battalion, Fourth Force Service Support Group, Greensboro, NC. In January of 2003, Lance Corporal Swanson was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as a Radio Operator in Kuwait and Iraq. In October of 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. In February 2004, Corporal Swanson deployed to Central and South America in support of multi-national training exercise UNITAS, where he served as a Field Radio Operator. In April of 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served on the Personal Security Detail for the Multi National Forces West Commander. In June 2007, Sergeant Swanson was selected to become an 0651 in the Active Reserve program and was assigned as a Data Network Specialist with Fourth Supply Battalion, Fourth Marine Logistics Group, Newport News, VA where he served as the Information Systems Coordinator for the battalion. In June of 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and assigned to Fourth Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Fourth Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA where he served as the battalion’s Communications Chief. In July of 2011 Staff Sergeant Swanson graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. In April of 2013, Staff Sergeant Swanson was assigned to Communications Company, Fourth Marine Logistics Group, Greensboro, NC where he serves as the Cyber Systems Chief and Assistant Operations Chief. In December 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. From June of 2016 through May of 2020, Master Sergeant Swanson served as Inventory and Requirements Chief, HQMC, Reserve Affairs division. In December of 2016, he completed all requirements for a Master’s of Science in Information Systems Management from Liberty University. Master Sergeant Swanson was transferred to his current assignment at MWSS-471, Minneapolis Minnesota where he is currently serving as the Site Support Senior Enlisted Advisor.
Master Sergeant Swanson’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of a third award, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, and the Combat Action Ribbon.