LtCol Lance Jackola was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He was commissioned in December, 1994 through the Officer Candidates Course. After completing The Basic Officer’s Course and the Infantry Officer’s Course, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 4th Marines where he served as a Weapons Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer. During this tour he deployed to the Western Pacific with the 13th MEU in 1996 and the 11th MEU in 1998. In 1999, Capt Jackola attended the MAGTF Intelligence Officers Course as part of the supplemental MOS program. He was then assigned to Camp Pendleton where he served as the Intelligence Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 39 from 1999 to 2002.
Capt Jackola attended the Armor Captain’s Career Course in Fort Knox, Kentucky in 2002 where he was a distinguished graduate. He was subsequently assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer and Fox Company Commander during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I. In 2004 he was assigned as the Operation Officer, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines and deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II.
From 2005 to 2008 Maj Jackola served as the Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station Chicago. Following his successful tour on recruiting duty, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia where he earned a Masters degree in Military Studies.
In 2009 Maj Jackola was assigned to Regimental Combat Team 1 where served as the Future Operations Officer and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Returning from Afghanistan in 2011, he served as the Officer in Charge of the Camp Pendleton Detachment, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, while the main body of the battalion deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
From April 2012 to Feb 2013, LtCol Jackola served as the Operations Officer of The Basic School in Quantico. In February 2013, he returned to 1st Marine Division where he served as the Executive Officer, 1st Marine Regiment prior to taking command of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. LtCol Jackola’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars in lieu of third award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device, and the Combat Action Ribbon.