Reich, Stephen, MAJ

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Last Rank
Major
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
15A-Aviation, General
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
2004-2005, 15A, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment/B Company
Service Years
1993 - 2005

Aviation

Major



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1971
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Washington, CONN

Casualty Date
Jun 28, 2005
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne


 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenChapter 606The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2005, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2005, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 606 (Sergeant At Arms) (Warren, Ohio) - Chap. Page
  2005, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award
Aviator Badge (Senior)

Parachutist (Basic)Air Assault Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1993, Aviation Officer Basic Course (Fort Rucker, AL), A
  1994, Aviation Officer Rotary Wing Course (Fort Rucker, AL), A
 Unit Assignments
US Army Cadet Command5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment/A Company12th Aviation BrigadeInfantry Officer Advanced Course
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR)
  1994-1996, 15A, US Army Cadet Command
  1996-1998, 15A, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment/A Company
  1998-2000, 15A, 12th Aviation Brigade
  2000-2001, 15A, Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  2001-2003, 15A, 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
  2003-2004, 15A, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR)
  2004-2005, 15A, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment/B Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1995-1996 Operation Joint Endeavor (IFOR)
  2005-2005 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation I (2001-06)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1989-1993, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
MAJ. STEPHEN C. REICH

Killed in action on June 28, 2005

Operation Enduring Freedom

Maj. Stephen C. Reich died June 28, 2005 in eastern Afghanistan when his MH-47D Helicopter was shot down by enemy fire during combat operations.

He was born May 22, 1971 in Ohio, and was raised in Washington, Conn. He graduated from the United States Military Academy with a bachelor’s of science degree in Arabic and Spanish, and received his commission in 1993. In 1994, he attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course and Initial Entry Rotary Wing training. In 1995, Reich was assigned to the University of Kentucky Reserve Officer Training Corp program, and played professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

After receiving a UH-60 Blackhawk transition in 1996, he was ordered to Germany where he served as Platoon Leader in Company A, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment. During his subsequent tour with the 12th Aviation Brigade, he served in Operation Allied Force deploying to Hungary, Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo.

Returning from Germany in 2000, Reich attended the Infantry Captain's Career Course at Ft. Benning, Ga., followed by the Combined Arms Services Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Upon arrival to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, he deployed with 2nd Battalion to Operation Enduring Freedom, as Battle Captain in support of Task Force Dagger. In December 2001, he served as Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion's detachment of MH-47E aircraft in Afghanistan. He commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion from February 2002 through May 2003. Reich recently completed a one-year assignment to Daegu, Republic of Korea as the Operations Officer for E Company, 160th SOAR (Airborne). He took command of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. on August 5, 2004.

Reich’s military schools include the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course, the Airborne School and the Air Assault Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Senior Army Aviator Badge and the Airborne and Air Assault Badges. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal for valor and the Combat Action Badge.

Reich is survived by his wife, Jill, of Panama City, Fla.

-NSDQ-

   
Comments/Citation

Major Stephen C. Reich (May 22, 1971 - June 28, 2005) was an American minor league baseball player and soldier who was killed in action while on a rescue mission in Afghanistan at age 34. Reich played for the "Team USA" baseball team in 1993, and has more wins than any other pitcher in the history of the United States Military Academy (West Point).


Born in Ohio and raised in Connecticut, Reich was the star pitcher at Shepaug Valley High School, a lefthander who led the varsity baseball team to a state championship in 1987 where he pitched and won the championship game. He led the team back to title contention in 1989. Coming out of high school, Reich was a highly touted pitching prospect, but he chose the military over professional baseball.


He attended the United States Military Academy, where he pitched for the Army baseball team. Reich was a star pitcher for Army and holds the record for most wins by a West Point pitcher. "He was one of the best to ever come through here," said Bob Beretta, a spokesman for the Army baseball team. "When we say someone here is the best since, it's always the best since Steve Reich”


Reich was known for his fastball and command, rarely walking a batter. He signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 1996 after completing two years of a four-year military commitment, and pitched two games in the minor leagues before being recalled by the Army.


Even after his initial military commitment ended, Reich was a highly touted pitcher, but he chose military service over professional baseball.


In 1993, Reich was named to the "Team USA" baseball team. He carried the American flag while representing Team USA in 1993 at the World University Games. He made 17 appearances for Team USA playing in Italy, Nicaragua and Cuba and at the World University Games.


In 1996, Reich was ordered to Germany. He served in Operation Allied Force in Hungary, Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo.


Reich served four tours of duty in Afghanistan and was killed in action on June 28, 2005. Reich was on a mission to rescue an elite U.S. military team. Reich was one of 16 troops aboard an Army Special Operations MH-47 Chinook helicopter that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in the mountains of eastern Afgahanistan's Kunar province. The soldiers were assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) from Georgia.


   
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