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CW5, U. S. Army Retired



Chief Warrant Officer 5 David A. Ratliff, U. S. Army Retired, is from Muncie, Indiana and a graduate of Ball State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1972.  He entered basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky in June 1972 and received the American Spirit Honor award as the outstanding Soldier of the Cycle.  His enlisted assignments as a trumpet player were:  First US Army Band, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland and the 298th Army Band, Berlin, Germany.  He is a graduate of the 3rd Armored Division Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Frankfurt, Germany in April 1975 and was promoted to SSG in June 1976.  He entered the Army Warrant Officer Bandmaster Course in January 1977 and was appointed a Warrant Officer One on 8 June 1977.

His Warrant Officer assignments were:  Commander and Bandmaster, 74th Army Band, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; 298th Army Band, Berlin, Germany; 19th Army Band, Fort Dix, New Jersey; 2nd Infantry Division Band, Camp Casey, Korea; and the First US Army Band, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.  In his final assignment he was the Army Bands Proponency Officer, Adjutant General School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

CW5 Ratliff’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal (Berlin), the National Defense Service Medal with 2 stars, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

CW5 Ratliff is a graduate of the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course and the Warrant Officer Senior Course.  He was promoted to CW5 on 1 August 1995 and was the senior Warrant Officer Bandmaster in the United States Army at the time of his retirement.  He retired on 28 February 2005 with nearly thirty-three years of service.  He is currently working at the Adjutant General School, Soldier Support Institute, Fort Jackson, SC as the Chief, Operations.

He was the secretary and President of the Berlin Chapter, USAWOA 1981-1984.

His wife Kay is a retired teacher with Meadowfield Elementary School, Columbia, SC.  They have one daughter, Stefanie, her husband, Alex and two grandsons – Tyler and David.

He was inducted into the Adjutant General’s Corps Hall of Fame in May 2012 and also named a Distinguished Member of the Adjutant General’s Corps Regiment.


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