OFFICER HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
(formerly the Warrant
Officers Heritage Foundation)
A Non-Profit 501 (c) (3)
Preserving Army Warrant Officer
Founded May 29, 2003
DAVID A. RATLIFF
CW5, U. S. Army Retired
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,
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,
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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