Dr. Raines is born in Murphysboro, Illinois, to Edgar Frank and Mary Bernice Raines neé Mohlenbrock.
Dr. Raines receives a Bachelor of Arts in history from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Dr. Raines receives a Master of Arts in history from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Dr. Raines marries Gretchen Rose Beuscher of Madison, Wisconsin.
Dr. Raines becomes assistant academic dean at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Dr. and Mrs. Raines have a son born, Edgar Jacob Raines.
Dr. Raines receives a Doctor of Philosophy in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Raines becomes a historian for the Office of Air Force History in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Raines becomes a historian for the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington, D.C.
Dr. and Mrs. Raines are divorced.
Dr. Raines is assigned to the U.S. Army Operations Center in the Pentagon to collect documents during Operation Urgent Fury, the invasion of Grenada.
Dr. Raines receives the Harry E. Pratt Award for his article “The Ku Klux Klan in Illinois, 1867-1875.”
Dr. Raines is assigned to the Army’s Special Review Committee on Department of Defense Reform (Goldwater-Nichols legislation) in the Pentagon.
Dr. Raines co-authors “The Army and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”
Dr. Raines marries Rebecca Celia Robbins, a fellow historian, from Searsport, Maine.
Dr. Raines authors “Eyes of Artillery: The Origins of Modern U.S. Army Aviation in World War II.”
Dr. Raines is assigned to the Secretary of the Army’s Realignment Task Force charged with examining the organizational implications of digitization for the Department of the Army.
Dr. Raines receives the Army Historical Foundation Award for his article “Disaster Off Casablanca: Air Operation Posts in Operation TORCH and the Role of Failure in Institutional Innovation.”
Dr. Raines authors “The Rucksack War: U.S. Army Operational Logistics in Grenada, 1983.”
Dr. Raines retires and receives the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Army.