Charles is a voting member of the ASTM and a member of the American Sports Builders Association. He was recognized in 2011 as the first CERTIFIED MASTER INSTALLER of the GeoFlo dynamic drainage blanket and shock pad. Charles’ installations include such high profile projects as the NFL Challenge Field in the Cayman Islands, LSU’s Alex Box Stadium and Tiger Park, the indoor practice facility for the UCLA Bruins, Louisiana Tech University’s baseball and softball fields. Red Wolf Stadium, home of the Arkansas State University Red Wolves, McNeese State University’s Cowboy Stadium and Cowboy Diamond, the University of San Diego, the baseball field, the football field as well as the softball field at the University of Central Arkansas, Vanderbilt University’s baseball field, Delta State University’s football field and Henderson State University’s football, baseball, softball and multi-purpose fields. Charles was also a member of the design team that developed the first synthetic turf running track in the world, GeoTrax, and handled the first North American Installation at Zachary (LA) High School. Additionally, he advanced the technology of the PATENTED GeoFlo drainage blanket and continues to work as a valuable consultant to the manufacturers of the GeoFlo dynamic drainage blanket.
In addition to his public service duties, Rainwater also served as a Colonel in the Joint Director of Military Support for Disaster Response Unit. He has served two tours in the Global War on Terrorism , serving in Kuwait , Iraq and Afghanistan , and also previously served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Congressional Liaison Office of the Louisiana Army National Guard. For his military service, Rainwater has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Rainwater earned a bachelor’s degree in government from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, a master’s degree in international relations from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, and is certified as a local government manager by Louisiana State University.