Erik Flint

Erik Flint

Department of History
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD title: In the Shadow of the Mountain: Fort Lewis, Vietnam, and the All-Volunteer Army 1962-1975
Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Gumz
PhD Modern History


  • BA History/Military Science, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA 1993
  • MA International Land Warfare Studies, American Military University, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA 2007.
  • PhD Modern History, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK 2016 (Projected)
  • Military Academic Qualifications:
    • U.S. Army Culture Institute Instructor Course (Basic and Advanced), Fort Lewis, Washington, USA 2007.
    • U.S. Army Field Historian’s Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA 2008
    • Command and General Staff Officer Course, U.S. Army Combined Arms School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA 2010
    • U.S. Army Combined Arms School Faculty Development Course, U.S. Army Combined Arms School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA 2013


Erik Flint is a career U.S. military officer with active and reserve service in the both the United States Marine Corps and United States Army.  He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry in the U.S. Army Reserve where he serves as a Command and General Staff Officer Course instructor teaching critical thinking and operational and strategic planning. 

Erik has worked as a professional historian in various civilian and military capacities including service as a U.S. Special Operations combat historian in Iraq and as a Second World War battlefield historian/tour guide in Europe.


Despite the tremendous amount of academic and popular scholarship on the American experience in Vietnam and its aftermath, no one as yet has examined the impact of the war and its aftermath on the population and organizations of a single military installation as a means to provide greater personal understanding of this extraordinary time in American history.

Through my research I will explore the impact of the war in Vietnam and the subsequent transition to an all-volunteer force on the culture and operations of the United States Army between 1962 and 1975 by examining specifically the U.S. Army post of Fort Lewis, Washington in the American Pacific Northwest.