GCMC Public Affairs Staff Report

Nick Pratt

Andrew Nichols Pratt

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Feb. 5, 2014) -- Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Andrew Nichols Pratt, the former leader of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery April 4.

Pratt died Dec. 28, 2013 in Munich.

The ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. in the post chapel at the military cemetery in Arlington, Va. According to the Arlington web site, Family and friends should arrive at the cemetery approximately one half hour prior to the scheduled service time.

The primary mission of Arlington National Cemetery is to “function as the nation's premier military cemetery and shrine honoring those men and women who served in the Armed Forces,” according to its web site. In this regard, the cemetery performs more than 27 funeral services each day.

Since 1996, Pratt served as a professor of strategy and international politics for the Marshall Center. In the early organization of the Marshall Center, he served as a deputy department chairman. In 1998, he designed and was named the director of “Leaders for the 21st Century,” a security studies program oriented toward a younger participant. He organized and conducted 12 Leaders courses. Following 9/11, he developed the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies and served as its director for eight sessions. In February 2008, he was requested to serve as the U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security in Jerusalem and on the West Bank and participate in support of U.S. efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He returned to the Marshall Center in July 2008.

Prior to his retirement from the Marine Corps, he served as director of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Marine War College. Throughout his career, he was privileged to command extensively and at every level, from a CIA Special Operations Group team that conducted covert operations in denied areas in support of U.S. national security objectives overseas, to a battalion landing team deployed in the Persian Gulf. He has participated in active operations in the Near East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. In addition to serving with Marines, he served from 1978-1979 with the U.S. Military Observation Group which supported the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, Southern Lebanon. He also served in the White House during the close of the Nixon administration and the transition into the Ford administration.

Pratt received his undergraduate degree in engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and held two master of arts degrees, one in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., and one in international relations from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.