Col Allison graduated from the Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering in May 1998 and completed The Basic School in December 1998. He was assigned to flight school at Pensacola, FL, where he was winged in October 2000. After completing initial training in the CH-46E, Col Allison was assigned to HMM-264 at MCAS New River, NC. Col Allison spent five years in HMM-264, serving in the capacities of adjutant/legal officer, flight equipment officer in charge, pilot training officer, squadron weapons and tactics instructor, and current and future operations officer. He deployed with HMM-264 as part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom Horn of Africa, and Joint Task Force Liberia in 2003 and then to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.
From June 2006 to June 2009, Col Allison served at MAWTS-1 in Yuma, AZ, as a CH-46E instructor pilot and the squadron Aviation Safety Officer. Col Allison departed MAWTS-1 to attend the Marine Corps Command and Staff College where he graduated in June 2010 with distinction.
Following Command and Staff College, Col Allison reported to MAG-39 at Camp Pendleton, CA, where he participated in Operation Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2-10 in South Korea as an individual augment in the CJ-5. Upon return to MAG-39 in August 2010 he joined HMM-268 where he served as the Director of Safety and Standardization, the Aviation Command Element assistant operations officer and small-deck detachment officer in charge with the 11th MEU, and the squadron operations officer. Col Allison detached from HMM-268 in May 2013 and reported to the Naval Academy that June to serve as the Commandant of Midshipmen’s Staff Director. While there, he was promoted to O-5 and selected for O-5 command.
Col Allison took command of MAG-49 Detachment Delta as Site Commander in Norfolk, VA, from October 2014 to June 2017. During his time in command, he oversaw the sundown of the CH-46E and transitioned to the MV-22 while assisting HMM-774 with their transition to VMM. At the completion of command, Col Allison was selected for Top Level School and attended the Joint Advanced Warfare School in Norfolk, VA, graduating with distinction as a Joint Strategic Planner in July 2018.
Col Allison’s follow-on assignment was as a Joint Planner in US Central Command J5 at Tampa, FL from July 2018 to June 2021. While at USCENTCOM, Col Allison was selected as the Combatant Commander’s aide de camp and also served as the COCOM’s deputy executive officer.
Col Allison reported to Okinawa, Japan in July 2022 for duty as the 1st MAW G-5 and was promoted to his current rank the following month.
Col Allison’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Air Medal with gold star and numeral 6, Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, and Navy Achievement Medal.