Reed Bonadonna

Captain Bonadonna was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Merrick, New York on Long Island. He attended and graduated from Virginia Military Institute, and was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1979. After attending The Basic School and Infantry Officers Course, he was assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he performed various duties with the 8th Marine Regiment, to include Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer and Company Commander. He deployed to Beirut, Lebanon in 1982. After his tour with 8th Marines, Bonadonna was transferred to Parris Island, South Carolina to join the 1st Recruit Training Battalion. He served as a series officer and later as Regimental Instructional Training Officer. In 1986, he was assigned as Inspector-Instructor, Headquarters Company, 25th Marines in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1988, he left the active duty ranks to pursue graduate study at Boston University. He retained a reserve commission and served in a variety of billets with 25th Marines, to include Headquarters Company Commander, Operations Officer of the 1st Battalion, and Operations Officer of the Regiment. In the summers of 1995 and 1996 he was an instructor in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP). From 1996-1997, he served as liaison between HQMC Plans, Policies, and Operations and the Naval War College, participating in several war games at the NWC Wargaming Center. During this time, he was continuing to teach and to pursue graduate study at Boston University. He also taught as adjunct in area colleges in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He was a member of the adjunct faculty of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College from 1998-2001 and has served again in that role from 2009 to 2012. His last reserve assignments were as Field Historian, Marine Corps Historical Division and Senior Non-Resident Fellow of the Lejeune Leadership Institute. He completed a tour as Field Historian in support of 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade/Task Force Tarawa as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Colonel Bonadonna retired from the Marine Corps reserve in 2008. He joined the staff of the Commandant at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 2001 as a company officer and is currently Director of Ethics and Character Development. He has written on ethics and leadership. His doctoral dissertation, Served This Soldiering Through: Language, Masculinity, and Virtue in the World War II Soldier’s Novel, was published in book form,. Another book, Soldiers and Civilization: How the Profession of Arms Fought and Thought the Modern World into Existence will be published by Naval Institute Press in 2017. Captain/Colonel Bonadonna and his wife, Dr. Susan Bonadonna, MD, have three children: Erik, 24, Devon, 21, and Luke, 18. They reside in Larchmont, New York. His personal decorations include a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.