Capt Ludlow enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island in May of 2000. Following Marine Combat Training, he attended Logistics Operations School and was assigned to Company D, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion in February 2001 for duty as a Maintenance Management Specialist. In 2003, he deployed with Company D in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Capt Ludlow’s follow on assignments included Instructor duty at Logistics Operations School and Maintenance Management Chief, Ordinance Maintenance Company, 3d Material Readiness Battalion, Okinawa, Japan. In 2007, Capt Ludlow was selected for the Marine Corps Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and attended the University of Memphis. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2009.
Upon completion of The Basic School and Assault Amphibian Officer’s course, Capt Ludlow was assigned to Company A, 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion for duty as a Platoon Commander. In 2010, Capt Ludlow deployed with Company A in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Continuing Promise to Central and South America.
After returning from this deployment, Capt Ludlow was assigned as the AAV Platoon Commander, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). He deployed with the 24th MEU in 2012 to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf.
Upon returning from the 24th MEU, Capt Ludlow attended the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course in Ft. Benning, Georgia. Upon graduation in December 2013, he reported to the Program Manager, Advanced Amphibious Assault, Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia for duty as a AAV Project Officer.
In August 2016, Capt Ludlow reported to 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion and assumed duties as the Assistant Operations Officer until January 2017 when he took command of Company A.