MOUNT VERNON — Stephen Rhoades said he isn’t quite a veteran yet, since he’s still in the National Guard, and his brother is on active duty with the Air Force. But if they aren’t veterans yet, they will be.
The brothers are sons of Lee and Marge Rhoades. Stephen, the older brother, is a lieutenant colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard. The younger, Andy, is a navigator on MC-130 Combat Shadows and is currently stationed in Afghanistan.
Stephen has been associated with the military since he graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1988. After graduation, he attended the University of Dayton, majoring in business administration while also a member of ROTC.
He graduated from Dayton in 1992 and went on active duty. Stephen had always wanted to be a pilot and attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala.
From 1994 to 2000, he was with the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky., flying AH-64H Apache attack helicopters and MH-6 “Little Birds” for the division and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
A captain when he returned to civilian life in 2000, he joined the Ohio National Guard and commanded a company out of Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, flying Blackhawk helicopters, while also working as a pharmaceuticals salesman.
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