Michael W. Pratt, Colonel
National Security Affairs
Colonel Michael W. Pratt, U.S. Air Force, joined the NSA faculty in June 2010 and currently teaches National Security Decision Making (NSDM) and Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) courses. He is a 1988 graduate from the University of Maine, Orono where he received his commission through the Air Force ROTC program while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.
Colonel Pratt continued his education while serving on active duty and earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Maine 1993 and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO in 2000. Colonel Pratt’s professional military education includes Air Command and Staff College in 2001, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2010 where he was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate (DG).
Colonel Pratt earned his wings at Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training in 1990 and was assigned to fly the KC-135 Stratotanker where he has accrued more than 4,000 flying hours. He has flown more than 200 combat missions during 17 operational deployments in support of Operations DESERT STORM, DENY FLIGHT, ALLIED FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM—to include the opening nights of Operation DESERT STORM and Desert Strike. Immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he deployed to North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) where he was charged as the chief architect for the combat air patrol (CAP) refueling operations for all of North America, including Alaska, Canada and Iceland.
As the Deputy Chief of the Air Refueling Division for Air Mobility Command, he designed, planned and executed the air refueling “air-bridge” for the longest strike mission in history—a 44-hour B-2 strike on al-Qaeda strongholds in Afghanistan. Colonel Pratt is also credited with planning and executing the largest rotation of combat aircraft in history. He has commanded the 6th Operational Support Squadron, the 819th Global Support Squadron, and served as the deployed Commander of five Contingency Response Elements in austere combat zones as part of USTRANSCOMS Joint Task Force Port Opening (JTF-PO).
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