Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cassadaga Valley Graduate Promoted To Colonel - Jamestown Post Journal

Kel-Lee Rauch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilbert of Jamestown, was promoted to the grade of colonel in the United States Army Reserve.

Col. Rauch, a 1980 graduate from Cassadaga Valley Central School, received both her undergraduate and ROTC commission as a Signal Officer in May 1984 from Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pa. She received her master of science in administration from Central Michigan University in 2005. She spent her first seven years in the Army as an Army Reserve Soldier holding numerous positions, most memorable of which was the aide-de-camp for the commanding general of the 335th Signal Command.

In 1993, Rauch joined the Active Guard Reserve program and held numerous signal jobs on active duty before switching to Human Resources branch. She is on her second deployment as the deputy chief of staff for the 335th Signal Command at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Her first deployment took her to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, where she served as Army Reserve Affairs Liaison Officer to the 82nd Airborne Division for 13 months, which caused her to travel extensively throughout Afghanistan coordinating with Army Reserve Soldiers.

Rauch is married to Lt. Col. Thomas W. Rauch from Tallahassee, Fla. They live in Atlanta, Ga.

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