Portland resident Captain Jonathan Bratten has been selected as the US Army Center of Miilary History’s first Scholar- in-Residence at West Point, New York according to a press release issued by the Maine National Guard today.
A published author, Bratten will spend his first year as a guest faculty member at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. Following that duty, Bratten will spend his second year at the Army’s Center of Military History in Washington, D.C. to develop educational history tours known in the military as staff rides. Staff rides are an official training event prescribed in Army regulations and are a useful tool for studying the conditions and events of historic battles as a means of learning the application of both military doctrine and tactics.
Bratten currently serves as the full time command historian for the Maine National Guard. In addition to commanding the 251st Engineer Co (Sapper) headquartered in Norway, Maine, he also previously commanded the 185th Engineer Support Company based in Houlton and Caribou and recently deployed to Washington, D.C. in support of the 59th Presidential inauguration.
In addition to his roles as a staff advisor and commander, Bratten is the subject of many community requests here in Maine, often giving lectures for various history and veterans’ organizations, as well as in Maine schools through the Maine Army National Guard History Outreach Program. He is well-versed in several areas of history, but his education and experience have led him to focus on colonial America, the Civil War and World War 1.
Bratten’s recent book – TO THE LAST MAN; A NATIONAL GUARD REGIMENT IN THE GREAT WAR – 1917-1919 is available in hardcopy from the Army University Press. It’s available in paperback from Amazon.com The book details the dramatic experiences of Maine’s 103rd Infantry Regiment during World War 1.
A native of Ohio, Bratten holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in history from the University of New Hampshire.