A native of Kennewick, Washington Mike “Dan-O” Bratley enlisted in the Navy in 1985 following his father’s lead (a retired Submarine qualified Master Chief) as an Electronics Technician. He volunteered for Submarine duty and served onboard USS Florida (SSBN-728), Trident Training Facility (TTF) and Deep Submergence Unit (DSU). He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1995, earned his Naval Aviator wings in 1999, has flown more than 3,000 hours in 6 different aircraft and completed over 400 arrested landings on 8 aircraft carriers.
Sea tours 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 served as a Fleet Replacement Instructor at VAW-120 for all variants of the E-2 Hawkeye, and as Engagement Division Executive Officer and Lesson Learned Analyst at Joint Forces Command (later Joint Staff J7) Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis center.
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 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.