Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School graduate Patrick Raglow always knew he wanted to serve others, but was unsure how he was going to accomplish this.
Soon after he graduated from Stritch, Raglow enlisted in the Air Force and began a nearly 22-year career that would take him to over 20 countries.
Raglow served as a Master Air Battle Manger with over 3,000 hours on the AWACS aircraft and eventually took this experience and knowledge into several instructor assignments. His final assignment took him to southern Nevada and to a post-military career few saw coming.
|Cardinal Stritch Catholic High
School graduate Patrick Raglow
Raglow retired from the Air Force in the grade of Colonel in 2009. His final assignment was the commander of the 505th Operations Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada with more than 260 personnel in three active duty squadrons and two detachments across nine states.
Raglow’s other assignments have taken him to more than 23 countries of the world, with two tours in Germany and one in the Republic of Korea. He served as an aide to one of 11 USAF four-star General officers, facilitating official travel and meetings with US and foreign senior government officials.
He was a Master Air Battle Manager with over 3,000 hours on the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (or AWACS) aircraft. He has a distinguished background in education and instruction, with two Master’s Degrees and multiple assignments as an aircrew or academic platform instructor, including curriculum development, delivery and oversight, and from entry-level to senior officer environments.
Raglow has commanded organizations at the Flight, Squadron and Group level. He is a combat veteran, with service in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and humanitarian relief operations over Bosnia-Herzegovina, among others.
Raglow flew one of the first AWACS air sovereignty missions following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and subsequently directed the response operations for seven flying squadrons including the inclusion and operational certification of North Atlantic Treaty Organization aircrew and aircraft to conduct air defense missions over the continental United States.
When Raglow retired from the Air Force, he realized he wanted to continue helping others, but wasn’t sure how he was going to do this. He looked around and eventually found a job in Las Vegas. He served for 29 months as vice president for administration for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.
“Many people see the two (careers) as opposites, but they are not…in both lines of work they are a great force for good” Raglow said.
His new career has been a blessing in many ways.
“I have always valued God, Family, and Country, but at various times the order was wrong. At this point in my life, I have been able to re-prioritize in an appropriate way,” Raglow said.
Not only has he been able to put God first in his life, he has been able to take his world experiences and apply it to serving others.
In this role, he oversaw the agency’s retail operations, campus security, information technology, and facilities maintenance and housekeeping, along with other duties as assigned.
During his tenure, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada increased its retail floor space by 400 percent, shifted from corrective to preventative maintenance, implemented numerous cost avoidance initiatives with agency processes, vendors and contracts, and beautifully sustained its eight-acre main campus in top condition while safely hosting its more than 1,300 daily visitors and clients.
Last fall, Raglow was named Director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City diocese is a $4.7 million not-for-profit agency serving the residents of western Oklahoma through 14 social service programs. The move allowed him and his wife to be closer to their family.
Raglow feels incredibly blessed to be in the position he is in today.
“I've been a knucklehead a thousand times or more since I graduated, but I took to heart that if God demanded perfection prior to us contributing our gifts, no gifts would get contributed. So I can give of my talent despite remaining in need of redemption,” Raglow said.
Patrick and his wife Andrea live outside of Oklahoma City with their three children Thomas, Maria and Rebekah.
Patrick is the fifth of nine children born to Dr. and Mrs. Paul and Elaine Raglow of Walbridge. He attended St. Jerome Elementary School and Stritch. After high school, he received a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, a master of international relations from Troy State University, and graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College from Leavenworth, Kansas and received a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
He is a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond, Oklahoma and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. Patrick is also an Eagle Scout with several years’ experience on summer camp staff and as a Scoutmaster.
(This article is being reprinted courtesy of Kateri Schools. It appeared in its original form in the Winter 2013 edition of the Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School alumni magazine, “Our Family.”)