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Mike Rauhut is the son and brother of German immigrants; Horst and Magdalena Rauhut, and sisters Monika and Birgit. Born to immigrants in Washington, D.C., Mike was drawn to serve and recently concluded 34 years of U.S. Army service. Early in his service, Mike met his beautiful and talented wife Sandy, also a child of German immigrants, and together have two children: Hannah and Jacob. 

A native of Hinsdale, New York, Mike graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1989 and commissioned in the Infantry. He commanded at the platoon-, company-, battalion-, and brigade-levels. Mike also served in various staff, faculty, and leadership positions culminating most recently as the Assistant Chief of Staff for the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul; a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City; the ambassadorial military adviser to the US Mission to the United Nations; and the Director of the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. His assignments have taken him to locales as varied as Georgia & Germany, Saudi Arabia & South Sudan, Iraq, Korea, and Afghanistan. Mike holds a Master of Science in Operations Research and a Master of Strategic Studies.




Solid Steps Through Shifting Sand

Solid Steps is the story of one immigrant family’s journey from war-torn Europe to a land of promise and opportunity. It shares one generation’s transitional voyage by exploring meaningful themes through short, illustrative examples. Rich in unique context, part short-story and part travelogue, Solid Steps effuses a spirit of gratitude that will ring true for many immigrants, reminding us of the positive impact immigration has had on the United States and the nation’s constructive strategic influence when fighting for good. Easily digested in whole or in part, we trust you will find Solid Steps uplifting and inspirational.

Paperback | ISBN 978-1-947309-76-0 | 334 Pages
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / General