December saw the 75th Ranger Regiment achieving an astounding feat. On December 17, the U.S. Army Rangers passed the 7,000-days mark of unbroken combat operations.
After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Rangers were on the first units to deploy against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who harbored the terrorist organization, as part of the Global War on Terror (GWOT).
Rangers deployed on combat operations in October of 2001. A Ranger Reconnaissance team jumped into Afghanistan to recon an airfield. A few days later, on October 19, 2001, A Company, 3rd Ranger Battalion, jumped in that airfield, known as Objective Rhino, and took it.
During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Army Rangers assaulted, took, and defended the Haditha Dam, a vital strategic position, for days against a superior enemy.
Then, as the Islamic insurgency ignited, Rangers conducted counterterrorism operations throughout Iraq. The extremely heavy workload that was placed on the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) meant that Rangers were tasked with increasingly important missions.
The limited number of operators that Delta Force and SEAL Team 6 could deploy offered the 75th Ranger Regiment an opportunity to be more than a blocking force for the military’s Special Mission Units, an impression that had been cultivated, and even encouraged by some, in the 1980s and 1990s and cemented during the Battle of Mogadishu.
Rangers began getting high-value target missions that were pretty on the target deck, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. They did, however, continue to provide support to SEAL Team 6 and Delta Force during national-level missions, like Operation Neptune Spear, the SEAL Team 6 raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, and Operation Kayla Mueller, the Delta Force raid that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, in 2019.
The 75th Ranger Regiment is the US military’s premier direct action and light infantry special operations unit. Comprised of five battalions, the 75th Ranger Regiment specializes in direct action, airfield seizures, special reconnaissance, and counterterrorism.
The unit has three infantry battalions (1st Ranger Battalion based in Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; 2nd Ranger Battalion based in Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; 3rd Ranger Battalion based in Fort Benning, Georgia), one Special Troops Battalion located in Fort Benning, and one Ranger Military Intelligence Battalion, which is also the newest addition to the unit, being activated last June, again based in Fort Benning.
The 75th Ranger Regiment shouldn’t be confused with Ranger School, which is the military’s premier leadership course and open to all branches. Although most Rangers, especially those in a leadership position, have gone through the two-month Ranger School, graduating Ranger School doesn’t translate to an assignment with the 75th Ranger Regiment.
To serve in the unit, a soldier has to pass the Ranger Assessment and Selection Process (RASP), which has two versions (RASP 1 and RASP 2), depending on the candidate’s rank.
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Yes 7000 days (19 years and counting) with one additional request: Please count the lifeless miserable worthless anvils that continue to be guided into hell by those who choose to protect the very freedoms these Antifa and BLMs hide behind in the name cowardice, and please continue to hammer these soulless rat bastards back into their holes they choose to crawl out of and wage war on the world in the name of Islam.
Ross lecompte says
Unfortunately Trump has been listening to this hype from the right . Some of you
Really believe you can be hero’s in a civil war – ANY war has no heroes, just unfortunate situations , that place unsuspecting people in positions that need vigorous responses, quickly . Some can react positively . These souls we name heroes . Those that survive, if not possessing, character defects, maybe caused by the conflict or prior upbringing, will wish to forget these reactions. Is any animal a hero for destroying an attacker, or is only the victor deserving of the Hero title ?
The only Hero’s I recognize are those persons who choose to live honest heathy respectful lives, who honor other
Humans and all of nature’s creations and whose main focus in life is to love and spread Love throughout their lives.
Mankind is motivated by only 2 emotions . LOVE and FEAR ! Love is a feeling and
Emotional state of , being safe and ,connected to the Good of Life .
Fear derives from feelings of threat and being disconnected from the peace and the Good of Life . Both are options we can choose
Sean Murphy says
Yo, you deep dude. Thank god we have the internet or you might just be some nameless nobody that no one cares about.
So if someone breaks into your home and threatens to take or kill your wife and kids are you going to sit back and let them? What if they came in and took your wife and or kids and kidnapped them? Would you just sit back and let them do it or would you hunt them down and do whatever it took to get them back. If you say you wouldnt kill to get your family back, youve got serious problems.
Jerome Schley says
Greed beats love in 50% of humans as an motivating emotion.
Vanessa Villarreal says
My son serves this country and willingly gave up his life so that you can sleep and enjoy your life. Many other family members of those who have loved ones serving this nation or having served do not appreciate your comment. We live in worry while they take on fights you would run away from. Your truly ridiculous.
spoken like a true cowardess bitch
Not taking anything away from the Rangers and their amazing operations. BUT…Most of their deployments are pretty short, no more than 4 months at a time. A bit disingenuous when articles like this come out and then yiu have the articles that say 13 deployment combat Veteran. I get it but make that clear. Those 15 month deployments in Iraq and all those 12 month deployments to Afghanistan are not as sexy but they happen
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Rangers lead the way!
Mark Hull says
Those 4 month deployments result in more missions conducted by the Ranger element than those conventional units conduct in their 15 month deployments. Two very different operational tempos and mission types.
Have you read the press releases from the various Ranger Battalions after their deployments on the number of missions conducted, HVTs killed or captured during that 4 month deployments? If not Google them they are award ceremonies and all public releases.
Mahalo all who knows well.
7000 days. This is a milestone.
David Nicholls says
20 years of military actions with no declaration of war, just at countries chosen by the USA as “enemy” each over 2000 miles(?) from USA. After the 9/11 attack the vast majority of terrorist deaths in USA was from domestic right-wing groups.
Makes you wonder?
Orion Lewis says
You must have mis-typed your response. You meant ” the vast majority of terrorist deaths in USA was from islamic extremists and liberal lunatics. (Vegas, Washington Navy yard, Ft, Hood, Sandy Hook, Aurora, San Bernardino, Nashville, Boston, Chris Dorner, grocery beheadings, hatchet attacks, Garland, TX…….)
John Mc says
Not to mention the number of assaults of peaceful people exercising their 1st ammendment rights by ANTIFA, the true fascists (anyone who doubts that just research the tactics of the Nazi party in the 20’s & 30’s, they’re identical).
P N Marcus says
Fred RM says
Really? And 2+2=5, and the moon is made of green cheese?
The Vegas shooter wasn’t liberal or Islamic. He was born in Iowa, hardly a liberal state, and had no Islamic activity in his background.
Washington Naval Yard=Aaron Alexis, who had mental health issues (as in hearing voices in his head.)
WA Naval yard=Mental health issues.
Sandy Hook? Which one. 2009=OH BOY! I found and Islamist! but 2014? Sorry, just another crazy person.
The problem in this country is we have too many people, such as yourself, but also on the left, who simply don’t care about facts, don’t care to use reason, can’t bring themselves to admit the other side has some useful things to say too. They like to throw grenades on every subject, and the two casualties are truth and country. I have to argue with left extremists as much as people like you.
JEB BRYANT says
I am sure you served…to make assumptions that it has only been right wing groups within the USA displays your unlettered ignorance. Numerous different factions with different ideology have conducted terroristic action. Your assessment is flawed and based on what our media feeds the average citizen.
Fred Sdicismal says
yeah i think im with david on this one, why are we protecting america from islamic terrorist who killed 2,977 people and injured over 6,000 more in 9/11 alone, when the real terrorist are just your average right wing white male. those disgusting people wanting to make america great again, shame on them, shame om all of you for loving your fellow american even if they have different veiws. and golly thanks for pointing that out, david, these guys probably wouldnt have known that most hostile countries are thousands of miles away. what do these guys think, its not like they have planes, boats, missiles, nukes, ect. smh some people can be sooo stupid. thankfully now that biden has won, this will all be over. i can finally go to sleep knowing trump wont come eat my children as he worships demons and sacrifices babies(oh wait not that one, i forgot hes anti abortion).
if you didnt already know, that was 1000% sarcastic
7000 days. My lord.