COL Jonathan P. Braga
Commander, United States Army
Garrison Fort Irwin, California
Colonel Jonathan P. Braga assumed Command of United States Army Garrison Fort Irwin and National Training Center in July 2013. Colonel Braga graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned an Infantry Officer in 1991. He served in multiple positions as an Infantry Officer as part of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea and the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at the National Training Center in Ft Irwin California.
Colonel Braga is a graduate of Special Forces Qualification Course. After graduating, he served with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico with numerous deployments throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America including humanitarian relief operations in Venezuela and Bolivia. Upon completion of this tour, he returned to Fort Bragg, NC and deployed several times to Afghanistan and Iraq in both OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Colonel Braga attended and received his Masters from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Following this assignment, he served as the operations officer for a joint organization in Washington, DC. This tour included several deployments to Iraq and across the Middle East and Africa including a tour as commander of a joint special operations task force. Colonel Braga returned to Fort Bragg to command at the battalion level and deploy several times to Iraq. He then served as a Brigade Level Operations Officer and Deputy Commander with several more deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq commanding a forward deployed joint special operations task force. Colonel Braga recently served as an Army War College Special Operations Fellow at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.