The LA Kings were thrilled to honor and recognize Major Douglass Rauschelbach of the United States Marine Corps at the Kings season opening game on Friday, October 5.
In a special pregame Military Homecoming ceremony, Major Rauschelbach was reunited with his wife and family, which was a complete surprise to their four children.
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Major Rauschelbach has been in the United States Marine Coprs since 1998 and is currently stationed with the 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton, CA.
After enlisting for four years, he completed his bachelor's degree in communications in order to become an Officer. Upon returning to active duty, Rauschelbach became a Logistics Officer and has since been stationed in California, Okinawa, North Carolina and Arizona.
Major Rauschelbach successfully completed the MBA program in Financial Management in 2013 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
He has been deployed to Bahrain with Task Force 51/5 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedom's Sentinel. In addition, he has had multiple deployments to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring freedom (Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan).
Major Rauschelbach and his wife Melissa have been together over 15 years and have four children together, Teagen, Roree, Bryan, and Bellamy.
"I couldn't ask for a better partner, best friend, and mother to my children," said Rauchelbach. "She has been able to hold everything together through multiple deployments and stay sane with 4 wonderful children."
Above all, family is the most important aspect of Rauchelbach's life, and it was emotional for everyone to see them together once again.