Mike "Dan-O" Bratley was 'transplanted' from Moosup, Connecticut to Kennewick, Washington upon his father's retirement from the Navy (a retired Submarine qualified Master Chief). Following his father's lead he enlisted on September 3rd, 1985 as an Electronics Technician and volunteered for Submarine duty. While enlisted he served in the USS Florida (SSBN-728), at Trident Training Facility (TTF) and Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) eventually obtaining the rank of ET1(SS). Upon graduating from the University of Idaho in December of 1995 he was commissioned via the Enlisted Commissioning Program, went on to earn his Naval Aviator wings in 1999, and has flown more than 3,000 hours in 6 different aircraft and completed over 400 arrested landings on 8 aircraft carriers.
Sea tours as a commissioned officer include Command of Fleet Logistics and Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40) in Norfolk, Virginia, Air Boss onboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) and Squadron tours in Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 (VAW-126), and Fleet Logistics and Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40). Deployments include VRC-40 Detachment 4 OIC supporting the USS Enterprise (CVN65), the maiden (and second) cruise of the USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) supporting Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Ashore, Captain Bratley commanded U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia, and served as a Fleet Replacement Instructor at VAW-120 for all variants of the E-2 Hawkeye, and as Engagement Division Executive Officer, Lesson Learned Analyst at Joint Forces Command (later Joint Staff J7) Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis Center. He is currently serving as the Commanding Officer of NROTC Hampton Roads Consortium.
Captain Bratley earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Naval Science and Psychology from the University of Idaho, as well as an MS in Management and M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Individual awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and numerous campaign and unit awards.
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