Jason T. Evans, a 1979 graduate of Bellevue West High School and a 1984 graduate of Bellevue University, will be promoted to Army major general July 3 in ceremonies to be held at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Olde Towne.
He will be accompanied by his wife, Machelle, who is also a 1979 graduate of Bellevue West.
The newly minted two-star general has served in command and staff positions in the United States, Italy, Somalia, Kosovo, Germany and Iraq. He comes from a multi-generational military family with his father, John Henry Evans Jr., serving 30 years in the Air Force and retiring with the rank of senior master sergeant. Jason Evans’ sister, Desiree Evans, is an Army sergeant first class.
The elder Evans and his wife, Helen, are Bellevue residents. The senior Evans will pin the second star on his son, as he has for each of his son’s promotions.
Machelle Evans said she and her husband were eager to perform the promotion in a church as they both regard his successful military career as a blessing.
“So we called St. Mary’s in Bellevue where we renewed our 10th anniversary vows and had our 25th anniversary blessed,” she said. “And they said yes.”
She said they also wanted to perform the ceremony in Nebraska because the elder Evans is no longer able to travel and would be unable to pin his son’s second star.
Evans has held many leadership positions in the Army, including the post of adjutant general and assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs.
The ceremony will be performed by Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, where Evans currently serves as deputy commander.