Biographical information
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Nickname 30K
The Hardass
Born 1996
Birth place Alma, Arkansas
Age 28
Affiliations US Army logo United States Army
Ghosts Logo Ghost Recon
Occupation Soldier
Rank SgtFC.svg Sergeant First Class
Class Gunner
Appearances Ghost Recon: ALPHA
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
"Ain't no such thing as style points, kid. You do what you gotta do to get it done. Rest is just details."
— 30K to Kozak.

James "Jimmy" Grant Ellison, who has the nickname 30K, is an operator in the Ghosts. He is in the same squad as John Kozak, Pepper and Ghost Lead Cedric Ferguson. He is Ghost #2.


James Grant Ellison was born in Alma, Arkansas.[1]

Missions to RussiaEdit


30K infiltrating the command center

30K was part of Operation "Take Down Overlord". He dropped a grenade into a command center, destroying it, and then met up at the rally point.[2]

30K took part in a mission to Russia to disable six nuclear weapons on Sokolov's base. During the mission, he was chased by a drone but was saved by Ghost Lead. A helicopter took the missiles away before they were finished.[3]

Raven's Rock coupEdit

30K's Ghost Team undertook missions to Bolivia, Zambia, Georgia, and Russia during the Raven's Rock coup.[1]

For their mission to Bolivia, 30K and his squad were tasked with finding and extracting a gun-runner named Paez. The Ghosts believed that Paez held information that could help them discover who was behind the dirty bomb that destroyed Predator team. During the mission, Paez panicked after the Ghosts came under an ambush at the EZ and tried fleeing the area. Paez was intercepted and captured by the hostiles but was rescued and escorted by the Ghost team.[1]

After completing their mission in Bolivia, Hunter team was sent to Zambia to locate a weapon shipment that was sent to a local warlord, Macaba. The team put their optical camouflage technology to use for the first time in this mission, and used it extensively when following Macaba and quickly navigating through the refugee camp. The team dispatched Macaba after learning the location of the shipment and moved to the site in hopes of boarding the plane it was on. However, Hunter was too late in getting to the shipment, and the plane carrying the shipment attempted to take off and Hunter responded by destroying the right side engine via small arms fire. They succeeded and the plane crashed about two kilometers away, where Hunter tracked down the black box and evacuated after an intense firefight.[1]

The team then rescued CIA agent Daniel Sykes. Following up on Sykes' intelligence, the team captured a Pakistani weapons dealer.

He along with the other members of his Ghost Team assisted the Russian President in retaking his country after the Raven's Rock coup, striking at an Arctic weapons base and at an airport. They also assisted Russian loyalists. His team then escorted President Volodin into Moscow.

They then hunted down the coup leaders, although orders came down from on high "not to touch" "Ace". The team then left Ace on the train tracks where he lay wounded.


30K may have also assisted in the rebellion against President Raphael Rivera.[4]

Columbia and LibyaEdit

30K was part of a Ghost team led by Andrew Ross which had an operation in Columbia to rescue Delgado. At one point, he fired early. He and Ross mounted up to breach a door in Colombia, but 30K stopped him before he could launch a flash-bang grenade into a room full of gasoline canisters. Later, 30K assisted Kozak in retrieving the drone. The branch broke, and Kozak maneuvered the spare drone to catch him.[5]

In Libya, 30K was assigned to charge unto Tamer's boat, and saw the death of his informant. 30K cornered the agent on the bridge, but he shot himself.[5]

Later, 30K and the rest of his Ghost team were caught in a civil war, but they managed to escape. He and Kozak barely survived a booby-trapped warehouse.[5]

Soon after, they boarded the LCS-2, USS Independence. They and the ship's Marine contingent landed on the island hideout of the Bedayat jadeda. 30K climbed one of the buildings to provide cover with his machine gun, but was seriously injured. Several of the Marines charged the insurgents to provide cover for when Ross recovered him, and was left in the care of a Navy corpsman.[5]

Eight weeks later, he still walked with an aluminum cane, but reunited with Ross and the other Ghosts at the Liberator bar, where they were met by Mitchell. The team affirmed their readiness to return to duty.[5]


Grfs image render 30k


30K is armed with a suppressed Goblin during recon, a Stoner 93 w/red dot and bipod, and a cloaking device.[1] During the Chelyabinsk province mission, he carried a MR-B assault rifle.[3]



He teases his "little brother" Kozak about being in his "mother country." Even though Kozak is half Russian and was born in Brooklyn. 30K, ironically, appears to be a technophobe because of his dislike for the Warhound and saying that he doesn't trust anything with batteries. Due to a sarcastic remark, the Warhound identifies him as the "Queen of England". 30k appears to dislike Sailors and Marines. He appears to be a claustrophobic as he dislikes being in the corridors of the Russian ship. 30K and Pepper seem to be good friends as they almost always joke with each other. He was born in 1996.[1]

He complained that Kozak had "jinxed" them once during the Yemen operation. He also likes to tell different stories about how he got the nickname, including stealing 30,000 dollars from a warlord in Afghanistan who received it from the CIA to be an informant, in which he claims "Spent 1000 on booze and the rest to charity".[5]

He believed that they had a right to know if their CO was right in the head. He spoke to Kozak about Ross, who told him to let it go. Eventually, Ross told him the truth about his son.[5]

He drives a red Mustang Cobra.[5]

30K is somewhat a comic relief to the Ghosts.

Uniforms Edit


  • He participated in the Operation "Take Down Overlord" in the 2010 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier live-action trailer.
  • In the 2012 Ghost Recon: ALPHA prequel film, 30K  is portrayed by Keith Gilmore, while Troy Baker voices 30K in Future Soldier.
  • He is never called 30K in game, being called '30' by his team members. However. you can hear Kozak saying his full nickname when giving the order to revive 30K
  • When the player finishes the Future Soldier campaign, he is unlocked for use in Ghost Recon Commander.


Notes and referencesEdit

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