Rathge, Michael, CW4

Aviation (Officer)
 TWS Ribbon Bar
 Photo In Uniform   Service Details
227 kb
View Reflection Shadow Box View Time Line View Family Time Line
Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Current/Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
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
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

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) Cold War Medal Order of The Spur Cold War Veteran

Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
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

 Photo Album   (More...

   1990-1992, 153B, A Company, 4th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment

Chief Warrant Officer 4
From Month/Year
October / 1990
To Month/Year
June / 1992
A Company Unit Page
Chief Warrant Officer 4
153B-UH-1 Pilot
The Saudi/Iraqi desert, (Talon Base)
Saudi Arabia
 A Company, 4th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment Details

A Company, 4th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment
Aviation Unit
Parent Unit
4th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Ed Stevens, Billy Blackburn, Eva Rodriguez Koller, Jim Elliott, Wanda Miller, Alex Bann, Carl Eisemann, Gary Cheeks, John Fox, John Alspaugh, Joe Olsen, Scott Macey, Doug Mohr, Darren Clayton, R. Santiago, Keith Savage, Tony Nistico, Larry Curtis, Keith Genter, Mike Kennedy, Al Koch, Winston Lacroix, Pete Mercier and others.

Best Moment
A birthday "party" thrown for me by the pilots and crewchiefs in the unit, complete with "cake" and "presents". I had been in the unit less than 60 days and it was a big surprise and huge morale boost for me. It accelerated the bonding between us prior to the start of the ground war. Their thoughtfulness showed me I was surrounded by good people. I'm proud to have served with them!


Worst Moment
Being lost and nearly out of fuel in the Saudi desert with codes on board because LORAN failed.

Chain of Command
LTC Williamson CPT(P) Edward R Stevens A, 4/159 Cmdr (Desert Shield and Desert Storm) CPT Michael H Garriott B, 4/159 Cmdr (after Desert Storm) 1LT Rob Jorgensen, 1LT Gary Dean (Pltn Ldrs)


Other Memories
Billions of stars. Orange air. The Highway Of Death. Taking weekly showers (whether you needed one or not). Capturing(rescuing) 3 Iraqis. Flying NVG without radar altimeter and surviving it. Being lost and nearly out of fuel in the Saudi desert with codes on board because LORAN failed, and figuring it out. LORAN sucks/GPS is awesome! BBC news on my walkman at night. Contemplating retirement for the first time (on my 40th birthday). Dung Beetles. Near Beer. Being issued our desert cammies just in time for the flight back to Germany. Doing "laudry" in kiddy pools.

My Photos For This Unit
Christmas 1990, Gulf War
Filming the Breach
Supporting the Troops
Near Beer
33 Members Also There at Same Time
4th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment

[Name Withheld], (1968-1991) AV 153B Chief Warrant Officer 3
Cox, Kenneth, SFC, (1972-1993) AV 67T40 Sergeant First Class
Drommer, Joseph, SPC, (1989-1993) QM 94B10 Specialist
Herber, Michael, SPC, (1985-1990) AV 67V Specialist
Youshock, John, SFC, (1982-2002) AV Sergeant First Class
B Company

George, Todd, PFC, (1989-1992) AV 67N10 Private First Class
D Company

Armstrong, Joseph, SGT, (1979-1995) AV 68N Sergeant
E Company

French, John Curtis, SGT, (1981-1996) AV 67N20 Sergeant
H Company

Franklin, Dan, SP 4, (1990-1995) AV Private First Class

Thomas, Stephen, CW2, (1989-1995) AV 153B Warrant Officer 1
Moreno, Kenneth, LTC, (1982-2008) AV 15A First Lieutenant
Curtis, Larry, CW4, (1974-1994) AV 100B Chief Warrant Officer 3
Powell, Byron, 1SG, (1985-2014) OD 94Z First Sergeant
Quichocho, Joseph, 1SG, (1970-1994) AV 15U40 First Sergeant
Wible, George, 1SG, (1968-1991) AV 67Z50 First Sergeant
Prier, Ken, 1SG, (1977-1999) AV 67R10 Sergeant First Class
Craine, Loren, MSG, (1980-2000) AV 67S Staff Sergeant
Keyworth, Mark, SFC, (1980-1996) AV 67S Staff Sergeant
Leiter, Paul, 1SG, (1980-2001) FA 13F10 Staff Sergeant
Pruett, James, SFC, (1980-2001) FA 13F30 Staff Sergeant
Brown, Lewis, SGT, (1981-1992) AV 93P Sergeant
Elkins, Everett, SGT, (1981-1992) OD 63S Sergeant
Raby, Shaun, SFC, (1985-2004) OD 63S Sergeant
Strebeck, Rudiger, SGT, (1988-1991) AV 15S20 Sergeant
Herdebu, Jeff, SGT, (1995-2005) OD 63B10 Specialist
Newhouse, Jonathan, SPC, (1987-1992) AV 67N20 Specialist
Sankey, Paul, CW5, (1986-Present) OD 63B10 Specialist
Von Gortler, Frederick, 1SG, (1973-1996) First Sergeant
I Company

Riether, David, SGT, (1988-1994) AV 68J Sergeant
Caccamo, Kathleen, MSG, (1988-Present) QM 76C Specialist 4
Duffey, Clifford, SSG, (1991-2011) AV 67V Specialist
Jones, Felicia, SGT, (1990-1999) QM 76C Private First Class
Peterschick, Travis, SGT, (1990-1996) AV Sergeant

Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011