Lt. Col. Jeffery J. Bragg enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard in 1994 as an M1A1 Armor Crewman (19K), and served concurrently as an enlisted guardsman while attending North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia, attaining the rank of Sergeant/E5. Bragg graduated in 1998 as a Distinguished Military Graduate and received his commission as a second lieutenant in Aviation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. Following Flight School and the Officer Basic Course, Bragg was assigned to 1-101st Aviation Regiment “Expect No Mercy” at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as an Attack Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Executive Officer.
In 2003, Bragg graduated from the Armor Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, and Joint Fire Power Controllers Course before being assigned to the 2d Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. Bragg was assigned to 1-2 Attack “Strike Deep” in the 2d Aviation Brigade at Camp Page, Korea, in 2003, where he served as the Assistant Battalion S-3 and then as the C/1-2 Attack Company Commander “Bushwackers” until 2005.
Bragg was then assigned to 1st Battalion, 160th SOAR (Abn) at Fort Campbell, where he served as an MH-60L DAP Platoon Leader in C Company, Battalion Assistant S-3, and then as the 160th SOAR (Abn) Regiment Operations Officer from 2005 to 2009.
In 2009, Bragg attended the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Military Operational Art and Science. He was then assigned to 3d Battalion, 160th SOAR (Abn) at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, in 2010, where he served as the Battalion S-3 for two years. In June 2012, Bragg was selected and reassigned back to Fort Campbell to serve as the 160th SOAR (Abn) Regimental S-3, where he served until June 2013. In June of 2013, Bragg was selected to command the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion (SOATB) at Fort Campbell and served as the battalion commander until July 2015. In March of 2016, Bragg was selected to command 1st Battalion 101st Aviation Regiment “Expect No Mercy”, where he commanded until November 2017. In January of 2018, Bragg was assigned to U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence to serve as the Director, Directorate of Evaluations and Standards.
Bragg’s military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course; Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course; Armor Captains Career Course; Combined Arms and Services Staff School; Joint Fire Power Controllers Course; Air Command and Staff College; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape High Risk (Level C) Course; Air Assault School; and Airborne School. Bragg is rated in the OH-58 A/C, AH-64A/D/E, UH-60A/L, MH-60L COMNAV/CAAS (DAP), and MH-6M (Little Bird). Bragg is a rated Instructor Pilot in the AH-64/D/E Apache aircraft.
Bragg’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal (Numeral 2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Master Army Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
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