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Nathan David Pike

Born October 5, 1970 , Rochester, MN
Gender Male
Parents David W. Hostettler (biological father died) Richard L. Pike (second Dad) Betty J. Pike (Mickelson)
Schools Attended

John Marshall High School-Rochester, MN- 1989

Rochester Technical & Community College-Rochester, MN- A.S. Individual Studies 2013

College of Saint Scholastica- Duluth, MN - B.A. Organizational Behavior 2015

Branch of Service Army
Additional Identifiers Non-commissioned Officer
National Guard
Service Timeframe 1988 - 2009
War/Conflict Afghanistan 2001-2014

Kosovo- KFOR 5B & KFOR 9
Principal Units and Locations

Regular Army Service -HQ Company AMFL- Allied Mobile Forces Land Component (Allied Command Europe) 1989-1992. B co 4/101st AVN (Kingsmen)B co 2/327th INF Fort Campbell, KY 1990-1994. MN National Guard service B co 1/135th INF 47th INF DIV 1988-1989. B co 2/135th INF Regt 34th INF DIV 1994-2009. Afghanistan 2005-2006- 2nd Company, 1st Kandak (battalion) 1st Brigade, 203rd "Thunder Corps"- Regional Command East.

Military Awards and Decorations

Combat Infantryman Badge-Expert Infantryman Badge- Air Assault Badge- French Forces Commando Badge (foreign award) Bronze Star Medal- Meritorious Service Medal

The only decent picture of me in dress uniform taken shortly after my return from Afghanistan in 2006. Note the air assault badge is attached to the oval blue & gray patch. At that time 2/135th INF was still considered an air assault unit in the MN Army National Guard. In December 2006 the was unit lost the designation and no more special oval patch.


Statement of service for Nathan Pike. I enlisted into the Minnesota Army National Guard in B co 1/135th INF in Rochester on May of 1988 while a high school junior. I attended basic training at Fort Benning, GA with E 1/19th INF on Sand Hill. I returned to finish my senior year of high school and returned to Fort Benning for my advanced individual training with E 3/32nd INF back on Sand Hill or commonly known as “Sand Hilton”. Real men went to Harmony Church or simply known as the “Church” at The Benning School for Boys (Fort Benning).

After failing out of my first year in college I ran away and joined the regular Army for four years. After failing at Airborne School- need more PT! I was assigned to HQ Co. AMFL in than West Germany, stationed at Sullivan Barracks in Mannheim. I also spent time at Turley barracks when our unit moved during the reconstruction and upgrade at Sullivan. I witnessed the reunification of West & East Germany and managed to call home the day and talked to my parents all while trying to hold the phone out of the phone booth so my parents could hear the celebration going in Germany. Imagine cars honking, fireworks and people screaming…thousands of people. In Germany I earned the Expert Infantryman Badge, French Forces Commando Badge and an Army Commendation Medal. Our unit did not participate in Operations Desert Shield/Storm, we watched the war unfold on television.

I rotated back to the States in February 1992 and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. My first unit B co. 4/101 AVN- I was a door gunner for six months on Blackhawk helicopters. Our unit conducted a rotation to the famed National Training Center-Fort Irwin, California. We got to fly out in Blackhawks. Three glorious days of flying over the United States and we flew back after our rotation. After my six months were up I was assigned to B co. 2/327 INF. A line company. I served as an M-249 gunner, rifleman and team leader. Earned the air assault badge and an Army Achievement Medal, so much more could be said but due to word limits I will stop.

After I left the regular Army I returned home and enlisted back into my old Guard unit, however B co. is now part of the 2nd Battalion-135th INF (Mechanized). The 1st Battalion had cased their colors. I settled into the Guard life, one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer. Ripley in the nice months and home station in the winter and rotations to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas and Gowen Field, Idaho.

In early 2000 at a drill weekend B co. is informed of a deployment to southwest Asia. The fall of 2000 arrives B co. ramps up for deployment. I am left behind because of family issues. One weekend a month and two weeks in the summer continue as well as B co. returns and life continues. In 2003 the entire 2/135 INF is mobilized for peacekeeping operations in Kosovo. We were lucky and drew a second deployment BACK to Kosovo in 2007. Right returning from Kosovo the first time, I volunteered for a deployment to Afghanistan. I served as an Embedded Tactical Trainer (ETT) to train and work with the fledgling Afghan National Army. Two hundred Guard and Reservist from across the United States served as the band-aid between Task Force Phoenix 3 and TF Phoenix 4. From my Afghan service I earned the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge and a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in a combat zone. I retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard in 2009 received the Meritorious Service Medal for retirement and left at the rank of staff sergeant. So much more should be said, but perhaps it is best left to my memory.