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An Open Night
Purchase Dinner Tickets by Tuesday for automatic reservations.

After Tuesday call 323.223.3948 for reservation.
No guarantee of meal without a reservation. Proof of purchase is required
 at the club in the form of a printed hard copy or digital receipt on phone.

January 10, 2019
 An Open Night - All are Welcome


Col. Greg Raths, USMC (ret.)


My Nine Lives
as a Fighter Pilot


Gregory Raths

Born in 1953 in Phoenix, the young boy with an adventurous spirit would grow up to become Colonel Greg Raths who wouldn't just fly jet fighters in combat, but also go on to work in the White House for our Commander-in-Chief, President Bill Clinton. After time in early education in Catholic schools, young Greg made a plan for his life, starting with college and then the Marines. It turned out that these were excellent choices. After graduating high school in 1971, Greg went to Arizona State University, where he would earn his Bachelor Degree in 1975, the same year he entered the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant.

Sticking to his plan, Greg would fulfill his lifelong dream to become a fighter pilot. He earned his Navy wings in 1977 and began his overseas tour in Japan and on the Aircraft Carrier USS Midway in 1979 flying the RF-4B Phantom II. 

In 1986 he was promoted to Major, commanded the Recruiting Station in Detroit, and in 1991 he was deployed to Bahrain during Desert Storm, flying the F/A-18 Hornet. He showed his abilities as a leader there, and in 1993 was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. From there, Greg headed a Marine Corps Fighter Squadron and took the squadron to sea aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (1993-1994). In 1996 he earned his Masters Degree from the National Defense University. After school he went to work at the White House as Assistant Chief of Staff of the White House Military Office, for three years.

From 1999 until 2001, Greg was a Marine Aircraft Group Commander, from 2003 to 2004 he was the Chief of Staff of a Marine Aircraft Wing, and in 2004 he took on his role as the Marine Aircraft Wing Commander for a brief period.

After his career in the military, Colonel Greg Raths retired to live a more peaceful life with his wife and spend more time with his son and twin daughters. He flew as a commercial airline pilot for a short time, before deciding to become an author. 

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