Rathge, Michael, CW4

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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Current/Last Service Branch
Current/Last Primary MOS
153B-UH-1 Pilot
Current/Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1983-1986, 100B, S Troop, 4th Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Previously Held MOS
67V10-Observation/Scout Helicopter Repairer
67N20-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
67N10-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
09W-Warrant Officer Flight Student
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Service Years
1971 - 1996


Chief Warrant Officer 4

Two Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Order of The Spur

 Military Association Memberships
US Army Warrant Officers AssociationArmy Together We ServedNational Rifle Association (NRA)Post 4895, Howard Smiley Johnson Post
  1979, US Army Warrant Officers Association - Assoc. Page
  2012, Army Together We Served [Verified]
  2013, National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]
  2014, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 4895, Howard Smiley Johnson Post (Clarksville, Tennessee) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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   1977-1980, 100B, Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Warrant Officer 1
From Month/Year
March / 1977
To Month/Year
March / 1980
Air Cavalry Troop Unit Page
Warrant Officer 1
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
 Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Details

Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Cavalry Unit
Parent Unit
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Dave Sorensen, Stan Kennedy, Lee Anderson, John Converse, Jim Shepard, Denver Sheriff, Ron Stamschror, Larry Cunningham, Glen Baxter, Ron Trussel, Jay Dickerson,

Best Moment
Cpt James L Pittman, Flight Surgeon, saved my life several times during the medivac flight to 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt after my MVA in Göttingen.


Worst Moment
24-hour/day scalp itch as the severed trunk nerves in my forehead slowly healed. This literally took years and, 30 years later, it still occurs when I get fatigued.

Chain of Command
MAJ Buddy Arnold, ST (A), 11 ACR
MAJ Paul K Tanguay, CST (P), C&C Sqdn, 11 ACR
CPT Bud Howard, Lift Platoon Leader
CPT Kenneth L Travis,


Other Memories
Assigned to Support Troop (Air) on Sickels Army Airfield. Facilities were primitive, sheds with pallet floors and buses used by maintenance shops. Sheep grazing on airfield. We called it the "hilltop swamp". Flew the border "trace" between East and West Germany a lot as a "Border IP" I was grounded for several months due to a POV accident. Partied way more than necessary!

My Photos For This Unit
Ski school in Garmisch-Partenkirschen
Two good guys
Party in Burghaun
Party in Burghaun
5 Members Also There at Same Time
Air Cavalry Troop

Storie, Steven, 1SG, (1969-1989) AV 67Z50 First Sergeant
Warner, Arthur, SFC, (1964-1984) AV 67Z50 Sergeant First Class
Cox, Gary, SGT, (1974-1978) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Clark, Linn, SP 4, (1980-1985) MD 91B10 Specialist 4
Stone, William, SFC, (1967-1989) AV Staff Sergeant

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