Mr. Steve Raho was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. During his senior year of high school he was designated Scholar-Athlete of his school and named to the National Football Foundation High School Hall of Fame.
Mr. Raho attended Pennsylvania Military College on an ROTC Scholarship. He was selected the Outstanding Cadet of his class, awarded the President's Medal, the Cecil B. Demille Trophy, the Atlantic Aviation Trophy, and named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
Following his commissioning as a Regular Army officer, Mr. Raho attended infantry and airborne training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where—upon graduation—he was named Outstanding Leader of his class. Following graduation, Mr. Raho was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, as a mechanized infantry platoon leader, before deploying to Vietnam where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division as a rifle platoon leader and as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the 3rd Brigade. Following Vietnam, Mr. Raho attended Aviation Training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, graduating with honors as the Distinguished Graduate of his class.
Subsequent assignments include Company Command at Fort Dix, New Jersey; service as an Area Commander in the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Orlando, Florida; service as a Battalion S3, Asst. Division Aviation Officer, and Company Commander, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Command of the 128th Aviation Company, An-jong ni, Korea; Mobilization Plans and Personnel Management Officer, Aviation Branch, U.S. Army Military Personnel Center, Alexandria, Virginia; Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Commander, 52nd Aviation Battalion, Korea; Deputy Director of Army Safety, Office of the Chief of Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Commander, U.S. Army Readiness Group, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, and Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO) for the state of Pennsylvania; Director, Advanced Course Programs & Secretary, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; Director, Gulf War Declassification Project, U.S. Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, VA; Senior Analyst, Automation Research Systems, Alexandria, VA; Director, US Army Records Management & Declassification Agency, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Alexandria, VA.
Mr. Raho holds a Master of Arts degree from Webster University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee's Executive Management Development Program; the Federal Emergency Management Institute's National Security Emergency Preparedness Course; and the Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society Executive Development Program.
Mr. Raho's military awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, four Legions of Merit, Bronze Star, six Meritorious Service Medals, nine Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, the Republic of Vietnam's Gallantry Cross with Silver Star, and the Pennsylvania State Meritorious Service Medal. An Army parachutist and a senior Army Aviator, Mr. Raho has been honored with the Vietnamese Airborne Wings and Senior Republic of Korea Aviation Wings of Honor. In addition to holding a military instructor pilot rating, Mr. Raho is an airplane and helicopter pilot with FAA commercial, instrument and multi-engine certifications. Mr. Raho has also been awarded the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award and the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award.