Jason Head ShotJason Ratka

Jason Ratka was born on February 19, 1975 in Belleville Illinois. He graduated from Belleville Township High School West in June of 1993, and subsequently attended college and graduated from Belleville Area College with an Associates in Art, and was awarded a scholarship from the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting. He also began Graduate studies in Fine Arts at Southern Illinois a University (Edwardsville, Illinois) and Cameron University ( Lawton, Oklahoma).

He entered the United States Army on June 6, 2000 and was honorably discharged in 2002 after serving his two year contract. He then rein listed on September 11, 2006 after caring for his family.

He has honorably served Ten years in the United Staes Army. He served as an infantry squad team leader on a MITT( Military Team or Transition Team), Quick Reaction Force, and escort security, during his combat tour in Iraq that lasted 15 months through 2 separate campaigns. He has been on several assignments to include the United States Military Academy( West Pointe,) Task Force Strike, South Korea during During the first days of Kim Jong Un assuming power over North Korea, and multiple training exercises in White Sands, New Mexico.

He was Medically retired in 2014 for Having Chronic PTSD, and other combat-related injuries.

He is currently certified in international and advance Family Law Mediation.

He is developing a program that uses instruments and music/songwriting in order to assist Military Veterans and their families trying to cope with PTSD.


West Pointe Trainer/facilitator

Patrol Base Operations    expert/facilitator

Land Navigation   expert/facilitator

Urban Warfare    expert/facilitator

Sticks Lanes observer

Graduation assessment team member for Cadet’s summer training   expert/facilitator


Non-Commissioned Officer Certifications-

Schools for advancement and promotion

Warriors leader course Honor grad

Advanced Leaders course Honor Grad

Cold weather Leaders Course Winter (Extreme Weather Survival Course) expert/facilitator

Computer Combat simulation instructor/facilitator (Battalion representative.) expert/facilitator

USFK United states forces Korean Theatre and 2 ID Specific training


Schools for positions and expertise from US Army*

Master fitness Trainer (Battery MFT) expert/facilitator

Crossfitt Level 1 Trainers course (Brigade trainer) expert/facilitator

Combatives trainer level 2 (Battery CT) expert/facilitator


Combat Life savers Course (medical combat medic.)

Local Hazardous materials training expert

Nuclear Biological Chemical (Battery NBC) expert/facilitator


Alcohol and Drug abuse prevention training.     expert/facilitator

Sexual assault and Rape Prevention (S.H.A.R.P.) Battalion representative).    expert/facilitator

Equal Opportunity/ Sexual Harassment (battalion EO).   expert/facilitator


Publications management certification    expert/facilitator

General Technical Study Course (GT improvement)

Publications management certification.    expert/facilitator


*expert/facilitator- I was considered the subject matter expert and certified to develop and instruct all aspects of the training in these particular areas as I see fit. Which would cover the  Battery, Battalion, and Brigade elements of Combat Arms.