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RANGER REGISTER - U.S. Army Ranger Association
RANGER REGISTER
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY RANGER
ASSOCIATION, INC. DEDICATED TO THE IDEALS AND PRICIPLES OF THE
AMERICAN MILITARY RANGER
ARM
ANNUAL RANGER MUSTER
2015
DoubleTree Hotel
Columbus/Fort Benning, Georgia
June 22-25, 2015
Volume XXII, Number 1
Summer 2015
TABLE of CONTENTS
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President's Message
Secretaries Report
VP, Personnel Report
Chaplain’s Corner
Executive Vice Presidents Report
Treasurer’s Report
Southeast Region Update
Northwest Region Update
International Region Update
USARA Election 2015
Candidate Statements
Online Voting
Why Veterans Miss Combat
29th Ranger Battalion
Annual Ranger Muster 2015
Hotel Reservations
ARM Reservations
Overview of ARM Events & Activities
ARM 2015 Schedule of Events & Activities
USARA ARM 2015 Raffle
USARA Officers, Directors and Staff
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Election 2015 Ballot
ARM 2015 Registration Form
RAFFLE 2015 Tickets (2 sheets / 16 tickets)
Cover by Ed.
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President’s Message
Travis West
When I was on active duty they used to say that members of the
75th Ranger Regiment are three-time volunteers: they
volunteered for the army, they volunteered for Airborne School,
and they volunteered to serve in the Regiment. Those who did
not serve in the most recent incarnation of the US Army’s Ranger
units were likewise volunteers, some for Ranger School and
others for previous Ranger units. Although the majority of
USARA’s members no longer serve on active duty I am impressed
at the number of members who continue to volunteer to serve.
As our organization continues to grow one of the challenges we
face is to ensure that the work necessary to meet our members’
expectations is sufficiently spread out to ensure that no
individual volunteer becomes overwhelmed. For those who are
looking for ways to give back to the Ranger community I would
encourage you to contact your Regional Director to ask how you
can help. Additionally, in the upcoming weeks you will see a
number of opportunities advertised in the email blasts and on
the website. The bottom line is, if you have the time and
willingness to contribute, there is a place for you in the
organization’s leadership.
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The Annual Ranger Muster is quickly approaching, and I look
forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones this June.
The schedule of events is now posted to the website
(www.ranger.org) and the ARM Planning Committee has once
again done a great job of putting together the slate of activities
for the week. In particular, there are two that I would encourage
all members to give special consideration to attending. First, this
year the opening reception has aptly been named the Ranger
Soldier Appreciation Night. This event will provide a great
opportunity for our veteran Rangers to have a beer with and
meet our younger, active duty Rangers. Second, on Tuesday,
June 23, we have been able to arrange for a briefing/workshops
on services and programs related to VA health care and the VA
disability compensation process. The program is intended to
help shed some light upon a process that has become
increasingly complex and difficult to navigate for veterans.
Closing with my standard prayer for relief, I ask that you please
keep our Ranger community in mind in your charitable giving.
Please also remember that sometimes the best support we can
provide to our fellow Rangers comes in the form of a phone call
rather than a cash donation.
Secretaries Report
Eddie Noland
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VP, Personnel’s Report
Art Silsby
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Chaplains Corner
Robert Gill
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both cunning and cruel. He attacks when least expected and
desires to destroy completely those whom he attacks. We must
be consistent in our integrity, which is our armor against Satan.
The lifeblood of integrity is becoming the same person no matter
where we are and no matter who is around. When we become
people of integrity, everything we are on the inside is obvious
from the outside. The Latin word for "integrity" literally means
"entire." The essence of the term is wholeness and
completeness. Webster's dictionary defines integrity as
"completeness; soundness; honesty, sincerity, etc. Thus you can
see, how much integrity depends on consistency. Consistency in
our walk and in our talk becomes a transportable cloak of
protection around us, going anywhere we go. Life becomes so
much simpler when there aren't so many costumes changes.
Both when I was wearing the uniform and in civilian life; when
I received a new assignment, I provided the new soldiers or
employees with a typed one and a half page (double spaced, in
all caps) of my expectations of them. In my group meeting
with them, I covered each item on the list. It included "things to
do and things not to do." repeated across the top of the page
(in all caps) was the word integrity, integrity, integrity, integrity,
integrity, integrity, integrity, which I read before covering the
other listed items. I wanted to leave no doubt in anyone's mind
that I considered integrity to be foremost in our dealings with
each other and that I expected integrity from each and every one
of them.
I pointed out that we all make mistakes, (no one is perfect) and
most mistakes I could accept (depending on the
circumstances). I would not look favorably on someone who
failed to learn from their mistakes, and continued to repeat the
same mistakes over and over. I told them the "good news" I
wanted to hear but the "bad news" I had to hear. I would then
give an example of "bad news" and explain as a result of my
being apprised of the bad news, I could better respond to my
chain of command when they inquired about this "bad
news" incident. As a result of being told about the "bad news" I
had an opportunity to lessen the perceived impact to my
superior. I could even give my superior a "heads up" on the "bad
news" and present my solution to the problem, possibly "nipping
in the bud" their dissatisfaction. The last thing I wanted to
happen was to receive an inquiry from a superior, wanting to
know about an incident/bad news of which I had no knowledge.
In closing, I assured everyone I was not going to "kill the
messenger" of "bad news" but I also was very plain that they
should never lie to me. People that make mistakes and learn
from them, can be valued employees but if you ever lie to me
you are gone!
In the old testament book of Daniel (chapter 3) we learn of 3
men who were consistent in their integrity, even though their
consistent integrity might cost them their very lives!
As Rangers we all are very aware that integrity is an expected
trait of each and every one of us. Let each of us put on the armor
of consistent integrity. In 1 peter 5:8 we learn that Satan walks
about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Satan is
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Executive Vice President’s Report
Tom Evans
As most of you know, the Ranger Register in now back to being
published quarterly. The current Ranger Register Publication
plan has the Register being sent to members on 25 February, 15
May, 25 August and 15 November. The only edition that is sent
out via the US Postal Service is the 15 May edition. The other
three editions are e-mailed to members. Additionally, a copy of
each Ranger Register is posted to the USARA web site at the
same time it is sent to the members.
The success of the Association to keep its members abreast of
its current initiatives and activities is largely contingent upon the
accuracy of the contact information it has on its members.
Consequently, it is important for all members to update their
contact information whenever a change occurs. Additionally, all
members are encouraged to periodically review their profiles to
ensure the accuracy of their information.
The Association continues to significantly increase its
membership and activities. The number of responses to a recent
help wanted e-mail blast for an Editor of the Ranger Register and
Facebook Administrator was very encouraging and allowed us to
identify a number of very viable candidates for each position. If
any member has the time, willingness and capability to assist in
any of the functions performed by the Association, we would be
delighted to hear from you.
I recently undertook a task of contacting a selected group of our
members by phone. In doing so, I learned that two of those
members had passed away. When other members learned of
their passing, they said they wished they had known as they
wanted to pay their last respects to a fellow Ranger and friend.
With this in mind, I kindly ask that members ask their next of kin
to advise the Association in the event of their passing which will
in turn prove their Rangers brothers with an opportunity to
attend their services and pay their last respects.
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Treasurer’s Report
Bob Kvederas
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post for our group tours and events. In hindsight, we found the
event conflicted with the Best Ranger Competition as well as
Spring Break for many families. Future consideration will be
given to doing another event in the area.
This will be my last post as Southeast Region Director. I am
stepping aside at the ARM in order to focus on a political run for
mayor of my city (Smyrna, GA). CSM (Ret.) Jeff Mellinger has
offered himself again to be Region Director, and we have been
working together for months to ensure a smooth transition. I
support Jeff 100% and know that you will do the same.
It has been an honor to serve you and the Association for many
years. I will miss the accomplishments we were able to bring
and the working relationships with many great Ranger
members. I will continue to support the organization and I wish
it and all of you the very best.
Northwest Region Update
Ernie Estrada
The last three months for the North-West Region has seen great
interest in Ranger events. There has been great involvement
around the monthly Ranger breakfasts held in Portland, Oregon,
Fife, Washington and in Alaska. The next three months will
revolve around recruiting efforts, promotion of USARA at large
events in the Pacific North-West, Ranger Rendezvous and the
NW Region USARA barbecue.
Southeast Region Update
Wade Lnenicka
The Southeast Region continues to grow its membership and to
"Lead The Way" within the Association. As of mid-April we have
over 500 members, or 29% of the entire organization's
membership. Breaking the 500 member mark is a new USARA
record for a region. Despite the strong growth in the Southeast
Region, as a percentage of the total it is down slightly over the
last few years. That reflects well on the other regions as they
continue to build their membership rolls. Congratulations to
them for the strong growth they have had!
Within the Southeast Region, the largest number of members
live in Georgia, with 164 members residing there. That number
of members leads all states in all regions, with Texas being a very
close second with 162 members. The competition with Texas
and the South Central Region for state leadership has been fun.
Three regions, the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast, all
combined to plan a rally at Fort Campbell in early April of
2015. We hoped to attract new members to the organization
and establish a close relationship with the Rangers in the Fort
Campbell area. However, we ended up having to cancel the
event when registrations did not meet the minimums set by the
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Ranger breakfasts have seen an increase of participation. We
have been active with promoting the event to include volunteer
efforts by non-profit My Ranger Biz Inc. who has published the
events greatly on social media as well as sending email and
calendar reminders to those in the area. Gold Star Mother Sue
Peney visited with great interest that also brought Medal of
Honor awardee, Leroy Petry to visit. Sue was given a tour of 2/75
Ranger Battalion and spent some quality time with our Rangers.
Ranger David Maestas attended two monthly events with the
Heroes to Hometown non-profit. Heroes to Hometowns
extends their services to include Veterans and has over 200
different agencies who have partnered with them. By extending
a helping hand to this organization, we are promoting USARA as
an entity proud to help our community and Veterans. We are
also able to meet with Rally Point, a non-profit with strong ties
to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). They offer many services
for Veterans that will also allow us to point our Rangers in a
strong direction when they decide to get out of the Army.
Chris Tomsen and his group in Alaska represented USARA at a
Project Appleseed shoot. The men in picture earned the
Rifleman patch by shooting over 210 on the Appleseed course
of fire (qualification test.. ie "AQT" ) equivalent to the WWII
Army Expert standard. All 22 students experienced quality
fundamental rifle marksmanship instruction, and shot over 400
rounds in instruction over 2 days.
The next 3 months will be very busy. The North-West region will
continue to attend monthly breakfasts. On April 24th, 2015
USARA has paid for a sponsor spot at the “Ride In Remembrance
Fundraiser” event for fallen Soldiers taking place at Northwest
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Harley-Davidson from 10am-3pm. We will have a tent to
proudly display USARA’s participation in the community for all
Veterans as well as promote membership.
The North-West Region intends to raise funds to participate in
the JBLM Armed Forces Day on May 16th to provide at a tent with
USARA banners to promote membership. We are also seeking
volunteers to dress in Revolutionary War garb as Rangers from
that era to help with the display.
We will participate with Memorial Day activities on May 25 th to
represent USARA on JBLM.
Members of the NW region will fly down to Fort Benning and
Columbus, GA in order to attend the Ranger Rendezvous and
USARA Muster. There is much excitement about this
Rendezvous as more Rangers from the past are being brought
into social media and informed of the event.
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Veterans and RCMP along with their families, as they await
medical care.
I will be attending Siffleur Falls, Alberta for the D-Day
Celebrations on 6 June and will lay a wreath on behalf of the
USARA and all Rangers, Past, Present and Future who make the
ultimate sacrifice.
Well Rangers, that is all for now and I hope to see as many as
possible make the 2015 USARA Muster this year. All the best to
you and yours and RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!!!
USARA Election 2015
USARA election of Association Officers is an Annual Event, with
½ of the Officer holders being elected each year. The election is
held in the month prior to the Annual Ranger Muster (ARM),
with the results of the election being announced at the ARM.
Members of the NW region will also attend the LRS/LRRPS/LRSD
reunion in Branson, MO following Ranger Rendezvous on June
25th to show our solidarity with the LRS community.
It is the responsibility of each Association member to insure that
his contact information is up to date, and that his Association
dues are current (members cannot vote if dues are not current).
Ernie Estrada is leading the planning with the NW USARA yearly
banquet in late July. The “Bo Baker Beast Feast” is still in the
planning stages but turn-out is expected to be high.
The following positions are up for election this year:
• Executive Vice President
• Secretary
• Vice President, Personnel
• Mid-Atlantic Region Director
• Southeast Region Director
• Southwest Region Director
International Region Update
Bob Copeland
On 3 February I attended the First Special Service Force
Congressional Gold Medal presentation at the Capitol Building in
Washington, DC. 46 FSSF Veterans attended to receive the
Congressional Gold Medal along with family and friends. Replica
Individual Congressional Gold Medals were awarded to each
attending FSSF Veteran by the FSSF Association, along with a
Silver Commemorative Coin, bestowed on each Veteran by the
Government of Canada, to recognize their WW11 Service and
Valor.
It was an Honor to have attended the Award Ceremony and
Reception, to spend time with these great outstanding
Warriors!! It should be noted that the USARA donated $500
toward the purchase of the Replica Congressional Gold Medals
which were presented to the FSSF Veterans at the evening
Reception. Thanks to out to Ranger Veteran Rick Yost, Director
USARA Mid-Atlantic Region and Ranger Veteran Brent Gulick,
Past Chairman and Member of the Washington, DC Chapter
82nd Airborne Association, for attending the FSSF Reception and
Replica CGM AWARDS, at the Pentagon.
On 8 February I attended the Mid-Term USARA BOARD MEETING
in Atlanta, Ga. A very successful gathering and much was
accomplished for the 2015 agenda.
I will be attending the ANZAC Day 100 Anniversary Celebration
Gala Dinner on 18 April. This gathering is to celebrate the service
men and women of Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and Canada
who served died in war, conflicts and peacekeeping
operations. The proceeds of this event go to Valor Place Military
Family Support House which is a temporary home away from
home, for all Canadian Forces members, families of the Fallen,
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Election 2015 Ballot
The ballot and candidate statements are included with this issue
of the Ranger Register. A separate mailing to members will not
occur.
Voting Instructions
ONLY REGULAR MEMBERS CAN VOTE (If you are an Affiliate;
Associate or Honorary Member you cannot vote. Disregard this
ballot; do not return to USARA).
Read the candidate statements.
Vote for the candidate of your choice by placing a check mark or
“X” in the ( ) after the candidate’s name on the ballot.
You can only vote for the Regional Directors, IF YOU RESIDE IN
THOSE REGIONS (States in those regions are listed on the ballot).
Be sure to PRINT AND SIGN your name and provide your
MEMBERSHIP NUMBER and REGION then place your ballot in
the self-addressed envelope provided. If you do not know the
USARA Region of which you are a member, you will find that
information provided above your name on the Ranger Register
address label.
Ballot Return Instructions:
Mail the completed Ballot in the envelope provided so as to have
it arrive at the National Headquarters NLT 1 June 2015. Ballots
received after that date will not be counted.
ALL REGULAR MEMBERS SHOULD VOTE.
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Candidate Statements
The factual information and perspective contained in the
Candidate Election Statements that follow are the responsibility
of the individual candidates.
Position: Executive Vice President
Candidate: Michael B. Ranger
Less than two weeks ago; there was no candidate for the
Executive Vice President position. Because I strongly believe
making an “appointment” to fill this important position is
unacceptable and goes against the precepts of the USARA
Bylaws; I made the decision to run. As always, I will dedicate
100% (and then some) of my time to the requirements and
needs of the Association as I did when I was previously twiceelected to the position. Among other things, I plan to propose
major changes to the USARA Bylaws Election process.
Position: Vice President Personnel
Candidate: David A. Maestas
I grew up in Vermont. I joined the Army in 1994 with a Ranger
contract. Subsequently I spent 5 ½ years with the 2 nd Ranger
Battalion holding every position in a rifle squad until squad
leader. Additionally I served as a Sniper Team Leader and
Section Leader. My deployments include participation in
Operation “Safe Haven” in Panama 1994. I saw service with the
10th Mountain Division in the Long Range Surveillance
Detachment (LRSD) with deployment to Kosovo in 2001. Later I
moved to the 2-14 Infantry where my battalion was attached to
10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) during the invasion of Iraq
in 2003. My platoon was the first conventional unit in Mosul,
Iraq. I then moved on to Special Forces in 2005 having earned
the Special Forces Engineer Sergeant MOS. I deployed back to
Iraq in 2008 for combat operations. Later I attended the Special
Forces Intelligence Sergeant Course then deployed as a Team
Sergeant for two more combat deployments in Afghanistan. My
awards include two bronze stars earned. In 2014 I retired after
20 years and 2 months of service. I currently am the CEO of a
business consulting firm. I am also the creator of a non-profit
which uses innovative methods to help Rangers in business,
education, counseling, and careers.
I seek this position as I feel I could have a great impact with the
networks and relationships I have already created. It is a chance
to contribute to the organization and to the Ranger Community.
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Since leaving the Army in March 2001 as a Major, I have
continued to serve the military as a government contractor. I
currently am the Government Business Lead of a small
government contractor. I also have a small startup designed to
assist veteran owned business.
I hold a BS, MA, MBA, and JD. Additionally, I am a certified
Project Management Professional (PMP). I am a life member of
the USARA, and several other military and service organizations
I have served as the Mid-Atlantic Region Director for several
years. With an upcoming move to California I can no longer do
so. With my experience as a Region Director and member of the
Board of Directors, as well as my background in private
enterprise I feel I am qualified for the position of Secretary.
I see it has an opportunity to continue to contribute to the
organization and the broader Ranger Community. I therefore ask
for your vote
Position: Southeast Region Director
Candidate: Jeffrey J. Mellinger
I served three months shy of 40 years of continuous active duty.
Graduated Ranger School in November 1975 w/ Class 2-76T.
Original member of the 2/75 Ranger (Dec 74 – Jun 79, Jul 81 –
Jul 83); original member of the 75th Ranger Regimental
Reconnaissance Detachment (84–85); 1/75 Ranger CSM (95- 97).
I am running to represent the Southeast Region (Kentucky,
Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi,
Alabama, Georgia and Florida) in an attempt to accomplish the
following:
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Seek opportunities to engage with leaders and
members of the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 75th
Regimental Special Troops Battalion, the 3rd Ranger
Battalion, the 1st Ranger Battalion and the Airborne &
Ranger Training Brigade to raise awareness of the
Association and its purpose.
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Seek opportunities to reach Rangers living and working
in the rest of the SE Region to raise awareness, increase
memberships and seek input.
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Increase memberships from the newest Ranger School
graduates to those eligible by their service, and
enhance the camaraderie of all Rangers
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Represent Southeast Region members and their
interests to the Association board, and serve as a
conduit for passing information and keeping the region
informed.
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Increase attendance at monthly Ranger breakfasts to
enhance camaraderie and generate interest in the
USARA.
Position: Secretary
Candidate: Rick Yost
I was commissioned at the Univ. of South Dakota as an Armor
officer. After Armor OBC, Ranger and Airborne school, my first
assignment was with the 3d ACR where I was a tank platoon
leader (during Desert Shield/Storm), and a troop executive
officer. My second assignment was with the Division Cavalry of
the 1st CAV DIV. After command, I attended advanced civil
schooling and upon graduation, I served in the IT department of
the CGSC at Fort Leavenworth. I left the military due to a MRB
decision.
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I look for opportunities to capture the relevant histories, stories
and memorabilia to preserve and share as appropriate.
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Position: Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Candidate: Scott M. Padgett
Due to a family emergency Ranger Padgett was not able to meet
the deadline for a Candidate Statement. He is a tabbed Ranger
graduating with Ranger Class 05/08 He served on active duty
with the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He has expressed a desire to be
the Region Director and to continue and expand upon the
current programs of the Region.
Position: Southwest Region Director
Candidate: Ranger Thomas N. Evans
Like many of the current members of the United States Army
Ranger Association and perhaps you, my primary reason
for joining the Association was to stay connected with the
Ranger community. My greatest rewards while previously
serving as the Director of the Southwest Region were the
opportunity to give back to the Ranger community, to meet and
associate with so many of my fellow Rangers and to provide
other Southwest members with that same opportunity.
As many of you know, I left the Director position in September
of 2014 when I was appointed to fill in as the Executive Vice
President of the Association. The term of my appointment ends
with the upcoming election. In the interim, Joe Harris, who was
appointed to take my place, has done a truly outstanding job in
continuing to lead the Region’s efforts and further enhance the
Region’s programs. With Joe Harris deciding not to run for
election for his current position, I decided to return to my roots
and have my name placed on the ballot. I respectfully ask for
your vote.
For those wishing to gain an insight into my biographical
information, please refer to the Fall 2014 edition of the Ranger
Register.
If elected, I will provide the necessary leadership and continue
the current membership programs and robust activities calendar
which will ensure that the Southwest Region continues to lead
the way and continues to be viewed as the model for other
Regions to emulate.
Online Voting
As of April 25, 2015 there are 1,330 of the 1,619 who have
confirmed, valid email addresses registered in the USARA
Membership Management System. NLT May 1, 2015
invitations to vote electronically will be sent to each.
Voting electronically online is the easiest and quickest method
available for members…please take advantage!
If you have OPTED OUT of taking surveys or polls with USARA
previously or with any other company using Survey Monkey
software you will not be able to vote If that is the case a link
will be provided where upon you can reinstate your ability to
use Survey Monkey applications once again.
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Why Veterans Miss Combat
Transcript of a speech given by
War Correspondent Sebastian Junger
January 2014
I'm going to ask and try to answer, in some ways, kind of an
uncomfortable question. Both civilians, obviously, and soldiers
suffer in war; I don't think any civilian has ever missed the war
that they were subjected to. I've been covering wars for almost
20 years, and one of the remarkable things for me is how many
soldiers find themselves missing it. How is it someone can go
through the worst experience imaginable, and come home, back
to their home, and their family, their country, and miss the war?
How does that work? What does it mean? We have to answer
that question, because if we don't, it'll be impossible to bring
soldiers back to a place in society where they belong, and I think
it'll also be impossible to stop war, if we don't understand how
that mechanism works.
The problem is that war does not have a simple, neat truth, one
simple, neat truth.
Any sane person hates war, hates the idea of war, wouldn't want
to have anything to do with it, doesn't want to be near it, doesn't
want to know about it. That's a sane response to war. But if I
asked all of you in this room, who here has paid money to go to
a cinema and be entertained by a Hollywood war movie, most of
you would probably raise your hands. That's what's so
complicated about war. And trust me, if a room full of peaceloving people finds something compelling about war, so do 20year-old soldiers who have been trained in it, I promise you.
That's the thing that has to be understood.
I've covered war for about 20 years, as I said, but my most
intense experiences in combat were with American soldiers in
Afghanistan. I've been in Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan in
the '90s, but it was with American soldiers in 2007, 2008, that I
was confronted with very intense combat. I was in a small valley
called the Korengal Valley in eastern Afghanistan. It was six miles
long. There were 150 men of Battle Company in that valley, and
for a while, while I was there, almost 20 percent of all the
combat in all of Afghanistan was happening in those six miles. A
hundred and fifty men were absorbing almost a fifth of the
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combat for all of NATO forces in the country, for a couple
months. It was very intense. I spent most of my time at a small
outpost called Restrepo. It was named after the platoon medic
that had been killed about two months into the deployment. It
was a few plywood B-huts clinging to a side of a ridge, and
sandbags, bunkers, gun positions, and there were 20 men up
there of Second Platoon, Battle Company. I spent most of my
time up there. There was no running water. There was no way
to bathe. The guys were up there for a month at a time. They
never even got out of their clothes. They fought. The worked.
They slept in the same clothes. They never took them off, and at
the end of the month, they went back down to the company
headquarters, and by then, their clothes were unwearable. They
burned them and got a new set. There was no Internet. There
was no phone. There was no communication with the outside
world up there. There was no cooked food. There was nothing
up there that young men typically like: no cars, no girls, no
television, nothing except combat. Combat they did learn to like.
I remember one day, it was a very hot day in the spring, and we
hadn't been in a fight in a couple of weeks, maybe. Usually, the
outpost was attacked, and we hadn't seen any combat in a
couple of weeks, and everyone was just stunned with boredom
and heat. And I remember the lieutenant walking past me sort
of stripped to the waist. It was incredibly hot. Stripped to the
waist, walked past me muttering, "Oh God, please someone
attack us today." That's how bored they were. That's war too, is
a lieutenant saying, "Please make something happen because
we're going crazy."
To understand that, you have to, for a moment, think about
combat not morally -- that's an important job to do — but for a
moment, don't think about it morally, think about it
neurologically. Let's think about what happens in your brain
when you're in combat. First of all, the experience is very bizarre,
it's a very bizarre one. It's not what I had expected. Usually,
you're not scared. I've been very scared in combat, but most of
the time when I was out there, I wasn't scared. I was very scared
beforehand and incredibly scared afterwards, and that fear that
comes afterwards can last years. I haven't been shot at in six
years, and I was woken up very abruptly this morning by a
nightmare that I was being strafed by aircraft, six years later. I've
never even been strafed by aircraft, and I was having nightmares
about it. Time slows down. You get this weird tunnel vision. You
notice some details very, very, very accurately and other things
drop out. It's almost a slightly altered state of mind. What's
happening in your brain is you're getting an enormous amount
of adrenaline pumped through your system. Young men will go
to great lengths to have that experience. It's wired into us. It's
hormonally supported. The mortality rate for young men in
society is six times what it is for young women from violence and
from accidents, just the stupid stuff that young men do: jumping
off of things they shouldn't jump off of, lighting things on fire
they shouldn't light on fire, I mean, you know what I'm talking
about. They die at six times the rate that young women do.
Statistically, you are safer as a teenage boy, you would be safer
in the fire department or the police department in most
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American cities than just walking around the streets of your
hometown looking for something to do, statistically.
You can imagine how that plays out in combat. At Restrepo,
every guy up there was almost killed, including me, including my
good friend Tim Hetherington, who was later killed in Libya.
There were guys walking around with bullet holes in their
uniforms, rounds that had cut through the fabric and didn't
touch their bodies.
I was leaning against some sandbags one morning, not much
going on, sort of spacing out, and some sand was kicked into the
side of, sort of hit the side of my face. Something hit the side of
my face, and I didn't know what it was. You have to understand
about bullets that they go a lot faster than sound, so if someone
shoots at you from a few hundred meters, the bullet goes by
you, or hits you obviously, half a second or so before the sound
catches up to it. So I had some sand sprayed in the side of my
face. Half a second later, I heard dut-dut-dut-dut-duh. It was
machine gun fire. It was the first round, the first burst of an hourlong firefight. What had happened was the bullet hit, a bullet hit
three or four inches from the side of my head. Imagine, just think
about it, because I certainly did, think about the angle of
deviation that saved my life. At 400 meters, it missed me by
three inches. Just think about the math on that. Every guy up
there had some experience like that, at least once, if not many
times.
The boys are up there for a year. They got back. Some of them
got out of the Army and had tremendous psychological
problems when they got home. Some of them stayed in the
Army and were more or less okay, psychologically. I was
particularly close to a guy named Brendan O'Byrne. I'm still very
good friends with him. He came back to the States. He got out of
the Army. I had a dinner party one night. I invited him, and he
started talking with a woman, one of my friends, and she knew
how bad it had been out there, and she said, "Brendan, is there
anything at all that you miss about being out in Afghanistan,
about the war?" And he thought about it quite a long time, and
finally he said, "Ma'am, I miss almost all of it." And he's one of
the most traumatized people I've seen from that war. "Ma'am, I
miss almost all of it."
What is he talking about? He's not a psychopath. He doesn't miss
killing people. He's not crazy. He doesn't miss getting shot at and
seeing his friends get killed. What is it that he misses? We have
to answer that. If we're going to stop war, we have to answer
that question.
I think what he missed is brotherhood. He missed, in some ways,
the opposite of killing. What he missed was connection to the
other men he was with. Now, brotherhood is different from
friendship. Friendship happens in society, obviously. The more
you like someone, the more you'd be willing to do for them.
Brotherhood has nothing to do with how you feel about the
other person. It's a mutual agreement in a group that you will
put the welfare of the group, you will put the safety of everyone
in the group above your own. In effect, you're saying, "I love
these other people more than I love myself."
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Brendan was a team leader in command of three men, and the
worst day in Afghanistan — He was almost killed so many times.
It didn't bother him. The worst thing that happened to him in
Afghanistan was one of his men was hit in the head with a bullet
in the helmet, knocked him over. They thought he was dead. It
was in the middle of a huge firefight. No one could deal with it,
and a minute later, Kyle Steiner sat back up from the dead, as it
were, because he'd come back to consciousness. The bullet had
just knocked him out. It glanced off the helmet. He remembers
people saying, as he was sort of half-conscious, he remembers
people saying, "Steiner's been hit in the head. Steiner's dead."
And he was thinking, "I'm not dead." And he sat up. And Brendan
realized after that that he could not protect his men, and that
was the only time he cried in Afghanistan, was realizing that.
That's brotherhood.
This wasn't invented recently. Many of you have probably read
"The Iliad." Achilles surely would have risked his life or given his
life to save his friend Patroclus. In World War II, there were many
stories of soldiers who were wounded, were brought to a rear
base hospital, who went AWOL, crawled out of windows, slipped
out doors, went AWOL, wounded, to make their way back to the
front lines to rejoin their brothers out there. So you think about
Brendan, you think about all these soldiers having an experience
like that, a bond like that, in a small group, where they loved 20
other people in some ways more than they loved themselves,
you think about how good that would feel, imagine it, and they
are blessed with that experience for a year, and then they come
home, and they are just back in society like the rest of us are, not
knowing who they can count on, not knowing who loves them,
who they can love, not knowing exactly what anyone they know
would do for them if it came down to it. That is terrifying.
Compared to that, war, psychologically, in some ways, is easy,
compared to that kind of alienation. That's why they miss it, and
that's what we have to understand and in some ways fix in our
society.
Thank you very much.
Sebastian Junger, a correspondent for Vanity Fair and ABC News,
Junger has covered stories all across the globe, igniting a new
interest in non-fiction. One of his main interests: war.
From 2007 to 2008, Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington
embedded with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in
Afghanistan. They spent intensive time with the soldiers at the
Restrepo outpost in the Korengal Valley, which saw more
combat than any other part of Afghanistan. The experience
became Junger's book WAR, and the documentary Restrepo,
which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best
Documentary in 2011. Junger and Hetherington planned to
make a second documentary on the topic, Korengal, meant to
help soldiers and civilians alike understand the fear, courage and
complexity involved in combat. It's a project that Junger decided
to carry on after Hetherington was killed in Libya while covering
the civil war there. Junger self-financed and released this film,
which starts its run on May 30, 2014, in New York City.
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29th Ranger Battalion
The 29th Provisional Ranger Battalion was a United States Army
unit in World War II. Formed in December 1942 in England as a
detachment of volunteers from the 29th Infantry Division, the
battalion underwent commando training under British
supervision and participated in raids on German installations,
mostly in concert with No. 4 Commando. The battalion was
disbanded in October 1943 and its men returned to their parent
units.
However, during the 1970s a single company, B Company,
1/29th Infantry, was stationed at Kelly Hill at Fort Benning,
Georgia. The company, on jump status, provided aggressor
support for the United States Army's Ranger Department at all
three Ranger Training camps (Darby, Dalonega and Camp
Rudder in Florida). The unit's personnel originally wore the
distinctive ranger black beret (this prior to the entire Army being
given black berets) and later the newly authorized tan beret
which replaced the Ranger black headgear. Those who
graduated from Ranger School were authorized to sew a Ranger
dress tab above the 1/29th Infantry teal blue "flash" with unit
crest on the beret.
The company would be integrated by the Ranger Department in
the early 1980s. A story ("Ranger Killers") on the unit appeared
in an issue of "Gung Ho Magazine" written by former B Company
ranger Greg Walker. The company was the last such Ranger unit
outside of the Ranger Department and the then existing two
Ranger Battalions (1st and 2nd)in the United States Army.
Two members of the 29th Ranger Battalion demonstrating their
fitness for photographers at the training center in Scotland. By
the time this image was published on Yank the battalion had
been disbanded and the men returned to their parent
organizations.
On Monday, 4 February 1943, ten officers and 166 enlisted men
and NCOs of the 29th Infantry Division were sent to Achnacarry,
Scotland. The British Commando instructors called this unit,
which was undergoing Ranger training, the 2nd Ranger
Battalion. However, another American unit also had that
designation, so the Rangers in the battalion and the American
staff officers called them the 29th Ranger Battalion, named after
its division. Major Randy Millholland of the 115th Infantry
Regiment, the battalion commanding officer, instructed his men
to "keep their eyes and ears open and their mouths shut."[1]
Millholland, a tough, energetic officer, was widely respected.
The Ranger trainees were immensely proud of their battalion
and did not want to be sent back to their old units as instructors
in Ranger tactics. Soon after the proud Rangers completed their
training, two of them accompanied a raiding force of British
Commandos during an attack on one of the Channel Islands. One
of these Rangers covered the withdrawal of his group, killing
three German soldiers and wounded several others. By the time
of this raid, the 29th Battalion had grown to include four Ranger
infantry companies and one headquarters company.
The following is from an article entitled, “29th RANGER
BATTALION (Dec. 1942 – Nov. 1943)” by J. Robert Slaughter
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which appeared in the Twenty-Niner Newsletter in July 1993.
Mr. Slaughter was a member of the Provisional Rangers. More
information can be found regarding the 29th Provisional Rangers
and the illustrious history of Maryland’s 29th division at the
Maryland Museum of Military History, Fifth Regiment Armory,
29th Division Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Many 29ers aren't aware that almost 500 volunteers from the
115th, 116th and 175th Infantry regiments were recruited into
an elite hit-and-run strike force whose mission would be to
gather enemy intelligence. commit disruptive sabotage or
simply to raid-in-force enemy installations. This unit was called
the "29th Provisional Ranger Battalion.
There were a few men recruited from other than infantry
regiments of the Division. I am aware of a young American who
joined the Canadian Army in 1939 and transferred to the 29th
Rangers. Lt. Ed McNabb was stationed in England and on the
staff of Eighth Air Support Command when he heard of the
formation. He, like many of us eagerly signed up.
In December 1942, a memo was sent to troops stationed in
England, most of whom were from the 29th Infantry Division,
asking for volunteers for a Provisional Ranger Battalion. Recruits
weren't hard to find. Over 1,000 men readily volunteered, then
had to pass rigid physical and mental examinations. That was the
easy part.
After a few weeks of training at Tidworth, the candidates were
sent north to Scotland for what many have said was the toughest
training they ever went through. Taking the course during
wintertime didn't make life any easier. The austere Commando
Depot at Achnacarry House, Spean Bridge, was located in the
highlands and near beautiful Loch Lochy.
Nearby green heather grew on craggy, low mountains which
created a mushy, water-logged moor. Ubiquitous mountain
streams tumbled downhill toward nearby deep, blue lochs.
Herds of deer, sheep, and wild ponies roamed in relative peace
in this wilderness. It rained often and a biting wind was constant.
One has to admit the scenery was beautiful to the eye but
unpleasant to the skin. Our instructors were from Lord Lovatt's
No, 4 Commando Unit and many of them were veterans of the
infamous Dieppe Raid. These officers and non-commissioned
officers were from the old school—very strict disciplinarians.
Within a short time, half the Ranger candidates had thrown in
the towel and were sent back to their original outfits. Those
finishing would become proud members of the "29th Provisional
Rangers."
What was the Commando concept and what had we
volunteered to do? The idea of a quick-hitting, lightly armed
shock force was initiated by the British in 1940. The cornerstone
of the Commando concept's success was their strict standards of
selection and the intensity of training. Some indication of what
qualities were sought in volunteers was given in a circular sent
by MO9 to the British infantry regiments in June 1940: ".. Able
to swim, immune from sea and air sickness, able to drive motor
vehicles, with courage, physical endurance, initiative and
resourceful, being active, expert marksmen, self-reliance, and an
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aggressive spirit toward the war.. .and must become expert in
military use of scouting...to stalk...to report everything taking
place day or night, silently and unseen ...and to live off the
country for considerable periods. Some of the Ranger candidates
were asked, 'have you ever killed a man?' And could you 'stick a
knife in a man... and twist it?'"Chief of Staff General George C.
Marshall and British Combined Operations Chief Lord Louis
Mountbatten first discussed the possibility of raising an
American Commando-type unit. Lord Mountbatten suggested
calling the force "Rangers."
A special shock-troop concept was fashioned after German
"Stosstruppen" of World War I. Their elitism, discipline and
fighting qualities were well-known to senior British officers. They
had also studied the French and Indian War of the 1750a A force
of 900 French-Canadian woodsmen and Indians defeated a
hand-picked expeditionary force of 1,400 British and American
regulars. The woodsmen using Indian tactics—stealth and taking
advantage of cover—out-flanked the superior force. The defeat
turned into a rout.
The first battalion of Rangers was recruited after General Lucian
K. Truscott, CG, of the 3rd Infantry Division, reported to the Joint
Chiefs of Staff on 26 May 1942, that there should be an American
force recruited along Commando lines. President Roosevelt had
already given his support. A battalion of Rangers was raised from
the 1st Infantry Division who were then stationed in Northern
Ireland.
One thousand volunteers were sent to Scotland for training. Five
hundred survived and became Rangers. This unit pre-ceded the
29th Rangers at Achnacarry Commando Depot, and a select few
went on the August 1942 Dieppe Raid with Nos. 3 and 4
Commando. They also spearheaded the invasions of North
Africa, Sicily and Italy.
Soon after the 1st Rangers left the Depot, the eager 29th Ranger
candidates arrived. We were quickly introduced to British Army
discipline and basic infantry training—the Commando way. We
also quickly realized how well the American soldier was treated.
Basic Commando training consisted of getting into top physical
shape by speed marching 7–15 miles; running the toughest
obstacle course in the world; mountain and cliff climbing;
abseiling down cliffs and buildings; unarmed combat; plus
stripped-to-the-waist physical exercises using 10-foot logs to
throw around. In addition to this we had to be proficient firing
our weapons; finding one's way on those desolate moors with
nothing but a map and compass, and to find and cook food
(living off the land). We learned to employ and defuse explosives
including plastics.
The obstacle course's path was a five-mile climb up a steady
grade. It had every diabolic obstacle the British could devise:
negotiating 10-foot walls, log and rope bridges traversing steep
ravines plus rope swings over water hazards. There was little
chance of escaping the mud and water hazards. Cadre acting as
umpires, graded the contestants' performances. Life-sized
targets popped up requiring snap judgment. One must quickly
decide whether to shoot (live ammunition) the pop-up targets
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or bayonet them. A miss or wrong decision could be judged fatal.
Running over the muddy course caused many weapons to
misfire. The entire team was required to finish on time. If an
umpired judged a squad member neutralized, he had to be
carried. Time was taken after the last member crossed the line.
If he failed to meet the deadline, the entire team had to run the
"black mile." The "black mile" was running the course on our day
off—Sunday.
Nearby Ben Nevis, the highest British mountain at 4,406 feet,
was a favorite climb. We once climbed two gut-wrenching
mountains in one day. Some slopes were so steep one had to
worry about sliding off backwards. Our instructors prodded us
along and didn't allow pauses. He cautioned that once you stop,
you won't be able to restart. Mountain climbing is like crossing a
desert and imagining mirages. The next step poses great
difficulty but the crest seems mercifully in sight. As one finally
nears what appears the elusive top, another "false crest"
appears, and then another and another.
This was tough duty. Our Commando instructor, Captain Hoar, a
veteran of the Dieppe Raid, was a career soldier. British officers,
prim and proper, carried a foot-long leather baton called a
"swagger stick." It had a purpose. During a tough speed march,
one of our men, unable to continue, dropped out along the road.
Captain Hoar ordered the man to his feet. The soldier pleaded
his inability to continue. That stick went into action around the
shoulders of the "yellow-bellied-coward-that-wasn't-fit-tobreathe-fresh-air!" We also observed him rib-kicking a slacker
who couldn't take one of the rigorous exercises. Both were sent
packing—in disgrace.
Speed marches were a British Commando specialty that
propelled the troops into quick-hitting strikes that were
designed to surprise the enemy. Stealth was another tactic that
made up for the heavy firepower that ordinary infantry troops
employ. The terrain around Fort William was hilly. We quickstepped uphill and double-timed down the other side.
The prescribed time for short hikes was 7 mph; longer ones, 5
mph. We traveled light—rifle, carbine, BAR, 60mm mortar,
cartridge belt and light pack.
Near the conclusion of these debilitating speed-marches and
just before rounding the curve up the last hill to camp, Captain
Hoar would yell in his curt British brogue, "Straighten up,
mytees! [mates!'] Get in step!" Camp was still a mile away, and
the wail of bagpipes could be heard in the distance. The kilted
pipers, standing at the entrance to camp, greeted us with one of
the traditional Highland tunes. This did wonders for morale. No
matter how tired we were, the sound of bagpipe music sent
adrenalin flowing. With tremendous pride, we marched into
camp in step and with heads held high.
Our graduation reward was a pair of "paratrooper" boots and a
3-inch felt patch sewn on an Eisenhower jacket. The patch was
rainbow-shaped with red background and blue lettering, "29th
RANGERS." These were visual displays of elitism and were worn
with great pride and, I must say, a bit of cockiness, The 29th
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Rangers didn't think there was an obstacle they couldn't hurdle
and were eager to prove themselves.
My chance came on my first 8-day pass to London. I was lounging
in Rainbow Corner, the Red Cross retreat for American
servicemen and women. A GI airborne corporal, who stood
about 5'8" and weighed about 160 pounds, swaggered over. I
was also a corporal at the time and about 6'5`l, weighing about
205 pounds. The cocky paratrooper looked up at me and asked
in a threatening voice, "Mack, you in the 'troopers?' " I answered
in the negative. I thought to myself, hell man, I'm in the 29th
Rangers! He then said with authority, "Take those Goddamned
boots oft!" Surprised. I wondered if he wasn't juiced even
though he had a few buddies and I was alone. He wasn't drunk,
he was a PARATROOPER! I answered with fire in my eyes, "why
don't YOU take them off me!" He bristled menacingly and began
to swing wildly. I easily stiff-armed and parried his blows, as his
buddies subdued the modern-day "David."
PICTURESQUE BUDE, CORNWALL : The 29th Rangers' first home
base was Bude, a beautiful seacoast village in Cornwall. Pre-war,
Bude was a "holidays" resort, famous for its nice weather,
beautiful beach and golf course. Our quarters were in one of the
swanky ocean-side hotels. My roommate was a Marylander
from the 115th whom everyone called "Smitty." Smith, I can't
remember his first name]. The training was rough but living
conditions and food were excellent. The weather was nice and
swimming in the ocean became part of our training. Everyone
sported a golden tan.
The Battalion was called on to test a variety of Army food
rations. An Army fights on its stomach so it's important the
meals be compact, filling, tasty and nourishing. Each company
tested a particular ration with each man weighing daily and
answering questionnaires. Company A tested C-rations;
Company B [my company], K-rations; C Company, 10-in-1s; D
Company, a combination of 10-in-1s and chocolate D-bars.
Ten days of grueling speed marches, averaging 25 miles a day,
were designed to prove which ration was best and also to
separate the men from the boys. We swore that no
supplemental food would be eaten during this test. The first day
was destined to be the worst—a 37mile speed march, quickstepping 5 mph, with a five-minute break on the hour and 20
minutes for lunch. I broke in a new pair of boots during this
ordeal. Blisters began to form 10 miles out. About halfway, the
boots had rubbed my feet and ankles raw. My socks were not
only sweaty but blood-soaked.
That night we tried to pitch tents on the wind-swept, soggy
moors. The first thing I did was tend to my bloody feet which
were a mess. I couldn't get the tent pegs to hold, so I sat on a
folded shelter-half to keep my bottom dry and wrapped a
blanket around my tired, aching body. No matter how I sat my
legs began to cramp. I spent a miserable night. I had to be ready
the next day or be disgraced. I persevered. My weight dropped
from 205 to 170 pounds in those 10 days. At the conclusion of
the exercise, the battalion returned to Rude looking like
survivors of the Bataan death march. Bedraggled and very
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hungry, we limped over the last hill into town. We showered and
changed into clean, dry clothes and headed for the mess hall for
breakfast. It was an all you-can-eat feast of powdered eggs,
bacon, sausage, pancakes, syrup, jelly, bread and coffee. I piled
my mess kit high and found a quiet place to eat. After a few bites
I was full. Stomachs had shrunk. After a few days, we gained
most of our weight back. They gave us the rest of the day to rest
and clean equipment.
The rest break didn't last long. The very next day it was back at
the grindstone. A daily dose of indoctrination on how tough we
had become caused many of us to believe it. Our officers were
young, smart, tough and aggressive. They seemed eager to go to
war. If one couldn't measure up, he was sent back. Soon the 29th
Rangers looked like an elite unit was supposed to—lean and
hard. After a few months at Bude we moved to Eastleigh, near
Dartmouth in Hampshire. My billet-mate was John Kennelly, an
Irish-Catholic from Waterbury, Conn. The British used the billet
system to room and board detachments into private homes. Our
landlady was a sixtyish widow named Mrs. Brand. For a short
while Mrs. Brand became our mother away from home. She
shared her meager food rations, depriving herself of the few
"luxury" items such as eggs, butter, cheese and sugar. When
time came to say good-by, we knew and she knew it would be
the last time we would see each other. She knew the
consequence of war better than we. I often wonder what
became of that wonderful lady.
DOVER: The channel port of Dover was our next move. Twentytwo miles across the Strait of Dover was the enemy-held French
port of Calais. Each side deployed huge artillery pieces which
were sheltered in limestone caves and rolled out on railway
tracks to firing positions. These cross-channel duels disrupted
lives of the citizens and their commerce. Non-essential civilians
and all children were evacuated. After the first shell exploded,
air-raid sirens sounded and wardens herded people to shelters.
Market Square, a favorite target in the center of town, was an
uninhabited pile of rubble.
Servicemen occasionally were invited to dances at the Armory.
Women from the British military, ATS, WAAFS and WRENS, also
were invited. This night the Royal Air Force Band was playing
Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey-type music and everyone was
having a grand lime until the loudest explosion I had ever heard.
The ground shook. The music didn't stop and everyone kept
dancing. Sirens screamed but no one paid attention. Finally,
helmeted whistle-blowing wardens rushed in and ushered
everyone to safety. It was very orderly.
Wartime Britain's philosophy was to live each day to the fullest.
Make no future plans. Make each moment count. Postpone
nothing if it can be done right now. They lived each day as if it
would be the last on earth. Eat, drink and be merry because
tomorrow might not come. In 1943 Britain was either partying
or stoically working. No one complained.
Dover was definitely a war zone. Not only did it experience crosschannel artillery duels but German bombers flew over almost
nightly on their way to London and other cities. Anti-aircraft
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batteries were stationed throughout the countryside and on top
of downtown buildings. What goes up must come back down.
While on nightly training exercises flak rained down from antiaircraft guns, bouncing off the ground like white-hot hail.
Occasionally, Jerry dropped unspent bombs on Dover and the
nearby countryside upon his return to der Fatherland.
Kennelly and I were billeted near downtown. One night after the
Lancasters raided the continent, one of them mortally wounded,
could not climb above one of the tethered barrage balloons. The
roar of the cripple's engines sounded as it if was going to hit our
house. The bomber snagged the balloon cable and crashed less
than a block away, setting off explosions. Could actual combat
be more hazardous?
Our mission in Dover was reportedly to prepare for a Dieppetype raid-in-force. Multi-national assault units were assembled
near Dover for this special secret mission. Canadian
infantrymen, British and French Commandos, Royal Marine
Commandos and American Rangers rehearsed day and night
while waiting for the "dark-of-the-moon." We were at last going
to be tested.
Without warning, an announcement was made that the 29th
Rangers were to disband and rejoin their original units who were
training for the invasion. Many hearts were saddened that these
magnificently-trained, handpicked men with their mission
unfulfilled would be scattered to the four winds. Why was this
mission aborted and why were the Rangers disbanded? We were
told the 2nd and 5th Rangers had been training in Florida and
would replace the 29th Rangers. Allow me to speculate. Just
prior to D-Day, High Command created a bogus army which was
to fool the Germans into thinking the main invasion effort would
be directed across the channel in the Calais area. This ploy was
to divert many divisions from Normandy. Could we have been
part of that bogus army?
To answer the big question, did the 29th Rangers take part in
three raids into occupied Norway and France as has been
reported? Answer: I was in the Rangers from beginning to end
and I never heard a former member who said he participated in
a live raid. I can assure one and all, the Battalion did not
participate as a unit on a live exercise. Ed McNabb, a former A
Company officer, now living in San Antonio, said he was told Lt.
John Dance and possibly Sergeant Toda might have. 29 Let's Go!
reported the Battalion made three raids and that Lt. Col.
Millholland had left his helmet on the beach. It is entirely
possible individuals were selected to accompany No. 3 or 4
Commando as observers. This takes not a whit from the fact, this
unit would have been outstanding in combat. It is a shame they
were never used.
The 29th Rangers were in existence 11 months—December 1942
to November 1943. During that short time the Battalion left a
legacy of what Ranger means. Even though they saw no combat
as a unit, they were a proud and disciplined group. Much of the
credit must go to the British Commando instructors, our
Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Randolph Millholland and
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Battalion Executive Officer, Major Lloyd Marr. Both had fine
combat records with the 115th Infantry Regiment.
I have often wondered if the 29th Ranger Battalion could have
accomplished the daunting D-Day task of scaling the cliffs at
Pointe du Hoc and then neutralize its gun batteries. Did we have
the necessary training, leadership, luck, courage and skill to do
what the 2nd Battalion Rangers did? No one will ever know for
sure, but I am certain that if a way could be found to accomplish
this "mission impossible," we could have.
NOTE on MAJ Randolph Millholland from oral history given to
COL (Ret) Michael Lewis, U.S. Army, circa 1979-1980.
I was fortunate to grow up a few houses up the street from BG
(ret) Randy Millholland. When I was in high school and applying
for admittance to West Point, BG Millholland told me stories of
his exploits during WW2. According to Millholland, he served on
the Montgomery's General Staff following his completion of the
British General Headquarters Battle School. At that time, he and
William Darby were ordered to attend the British Commando
School at Achnacarry. Both of the Americans were in their 30's
at the time and Millholland remarked that the class was entirely
made up of 18 year British kids, and keeping up with them was
the most difficult thing he had ever done, yet they finished the
course. Upon graduation, the British unit (possibly the Royal
Marines) leadership handed the two Americans the unit's green
beret; they looked at each other and said why not, they'd earned
it and they donned the green berets (arguably the first two
Americans to wear the distinctive special operations Green
Beret). Bill Darby, of course, went on to start the 1st Ranger
Battalion and when they deployed to North Africa, MAJ
Millholland was instructed to recruit his 29th Infantry Division
soldiers to lead through the Commando School and form the
29th Ranger Battalion as detailed previously. The 29th Rangers
were attached to Lord Lovat's No. 4 Commando and Millholland
personally participated in three raids with the British Commando
Unit on the coast of Norway. In the fall of 1943, Millholland led
a raid to Normandy at Ile d'Oussant, an island off the coast of
France destroying a German radar post and leaving his rifle
symbolically stabbed into the ground with his helmet liner on
top to send the message that the Americans had been there and
would return. He was reported the next day in the news by Axis
Sally as killed in action, the first of several times of such a report
(he was wounded in action in France leading the 3rd Battalion,
115th Infantry, 29th Division).
After the two Rangers accompanied the Commandos, an entire
company of the 29th was scheduled to raid the French coast.
However, on 18 October 1943, a notice was posted stating that
the 29th Ranger Infantry Battalion would cease to exist. All of
the battalion's Rangers were enraged. Some of them turned
their fury on their huts, shooting them up. The soldiers of the
29th were returned to their original units and fought bravely for
the rest of the war.
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Hotel Reservations
Including USARA Homecoming 2011, this is the fifth year of our partnership with Valley Hospitality Services and the DoubleTree Hotel
in Columbus, Georgia. The DoubleTree offers a great north Columbus, Georgia, location just
off of I-185 within a mile of the Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG) and 90 miles southwest
of Atlanta Hartsfield Airport (ATL). Our modern, upscale hotel is convenient for business trips,
family vacations, and military travel alike. Fort Benning, downtown Columbus attractions,
historical sites and corporate offices are all just minutes away. The DoubleTree Hotel provides
complimentary Columbus airport shuttle service; convenience close to the heart of Columbus;
a sparkling outdoor pool and whirlpool; a state-of-the-art, Precor®-equipped Fitness Center;
plenty of complimentary parking; and onsite dining at Houlihan’s, serving Classic American
food cooked from scratch for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and your favorite beverages.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree for Thursday June 18
through Thursday June 25, 2015 (check-out) for members, guests and
sponsors. The special room rate of $83 per night will be available until June
23st or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. We
recommend that you book as soon as possible. We have also reserved
rooms at the Hampton Inn (North) to make sure sufficient rooms are
available. Book by May 18th to reserve your room
Click DoubleTree Room Reservations to book a reservation at our preferred
rate. You may call the hotel at the telephone number shown below; be sure
to use the Group Name and Group Code to receive the preferred room rate.
You can make you reservation online at the USARA website and clicking U.S. Army Ranger Association Room Reservations to book a
reservation at our preferred rate.
You may also call the hotel at the telephone number shown below. Be sure to use the Group Name and Group Code to receive the
preferred room rate.
DoubleTree Hotel
5351 Sidney Simons Blvd
Columbus, Georgia 31904
Tel: (706) 327-6868
Fax: (706) 327-0041
Group Name: ARM 2015
Group Code: USARA
ARM Registration
Registration includes an Polo Shirt with USARA logo (choice of size); Discount coupons at local restaurants/businesses; Maps/directions;
Tickets for significant door prizes; Hospitality suite (premium beverages and snacks); Ranger store; and other surprises.
It is important that we have an accurate count of those attending each activity. Make sure you select only those you and/or your guest(s)
will attend.
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REGISTER ONLINE - The easiest way to register for ARM 2015 and pay by credit card by going to the
USARA website at www.ranger,org and logging in. Complete the online registration form, add guest
registrations and pay the total amount by credit card.
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REGISTER BY MAIL - If you prefer, you can complete the ARM 2015 Registration Form included
with this edition of the Ranger Register and send the form with a check to USARA.
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General Information
Registration and Ranger Store. Early registration will begin Sunday afternoon, June 21 in the Azalea Room. Registration will continue in
the Azalea Room; also the location of our Hospitality Suite and the Ranger Store. The Ranger Store will be open only Monday and
Tuesday (June 22 and 23). Someone will always be available to answer questions and provide assistance.
Dress for ARM 2015 will be casual; we will be getting “dirty” at some activities so dress accordingly with jeans, etc. The President’s
Reception and Banquet is “business casual” no jeans; no shorts; no tennis shoes. In short, we want our members to enjoy the ARM and
not be concerned with their attire. Leave your “coat & tie” at home and come to ARM 2015 to enjoy! Of course, those that want to
“dress” can.
The USARA Hospitality Suite will be setup in the Azalea Room and will be opened each evening; serving premium beverages and offering
various snacks. Like previous years, a bartender will take care of member needs.
Overview of ARM Events & Activities
Before Monday, June 22, 2015
Because the actual ARM 2015 schedule has been compacted (shortened) this year due to the Regimental Rendezvous change from
August to June; we have added a couple of non-supported days (specifically Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June20, 2015.
The ARM 2015 Schedule of Events & Activities that follows shows Ranger Class 06-15 Graduation at the Hurley Hill Training Area. For
those members who have not seen a recent gradation or the Rangers-in-Action Demonstration spending an extra day or so in
Columbus/Fort Benning is worthwhile.
75th Ranger Regiment Rendezvous begins…
Every two years, since the first Ranger Rendezvous was held in 1987, the week-long event has begun with the Regimental mass tactical
jump in to Fryar Drop Zone here, which is conducted in combat equipment in excess of 70 pounds. It provides an opportunity for the
regiment to showcase some of its tactics and abilities to family members and Ranger veterans, who may not normally be able to witness
such demonstrations. The Ranger Rendezvous included several days of sporting events such as football, boxing and combatives, as well
as a regimental barbeque. The culmination of the biennial rendezvous is always the Regimental Commander change-of-command
ceremony Thursday morning at the National Infantry Museum field at Fort Benning.
The events and activities for Ranger Rendezvous 2015 have been integrated into the USARA ARM 2015 Schedule of Events & Activities
to ensure members are aware of the many ongoing activities and so members can make choices of what to attend. Times and locations
are provided. Many Ranger soldiers from the Regiment and from the Airborne & Ranger Training Brigade have been invited to attend
several of the planned USARA events and activities.
75th Ranger Regiment will conduct an airborne operation onto Fryar Drop Zone
Monday, June 22, 2015 the 75th Ranger Regiment will conduct an airborne operation onto Fryar Drop Zone. Rangers will be in full
combat gear. This is a unique opportunity to observe such a massive airborne operation and Ranger Capabilities Demonstration. The
demonstration will include a military free-fall insertion from a Ranger Reconnaissance Team, pre-assault fires demonstration using
simulated ammunition followed by the airborne mass tactical insertion and a platoon size raid on an objective. A Static Display of unit
and personal weapons and equipment used will also be setup onsite. FREE Transportation to/from Fryar Drop Zone will be provided to
USARA members and guests.
2nd Annual USARA Ranger Soldier Appreciation Night
Come join us Monday evening, June 22 in the Somerset Room at the DoubleTree Hotel for the 2nd Annual USARA Ranger Soldier
Appreciation Night. This is an opportunity to them to meet Rangers who served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well as
Ranger brethren who have served in every modern conflict; meet the 2015 Ranger Hall of Fame Inductees; and moreover USARA can
honor their service though enthralling conversation; and abundant food and drink. USARA has invited Ranger soldiers along with
spouses and friends invited from the 75th Ranger Regiment and the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade to attend – where USARA
can publically show appreciate for their dedication and loyalty to the United States Army and out nation. Guests will enjoy a variety of
foods including carved-to-order herb crusted tenderloin with basil mayonnaise and creamed horseradish and tarragon sauce; tablecarved Maine Maple Syrup glazed smoked Pit Ham; Oven roasted Sage and Brown Butter boneless Turkey Breast; with sweet yeast
rolls or silver dollar rolls and horseradish and mustard sauces available for topping; Smoked Salmon served with Chopped Onion,
Lemon, Capers, Chopped Egg, Pumpernickel Squares, and Toast Points; fresh seasonal fruit with berries and honey yogurt; domestic
and international cheeses; grilled vegetable Portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, zucchini, squash, eggplant, artichoke hearts,
roma tomatoes and spring onions drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. International Cheese Display with Goat Log,
Sheep Milk Lamb Chopper 1/2 Wheel (Gouda Style), Rougette Triple Creme (Brie-like), Karst Cave Aged Cheese (Gruyere and Cheddar
blend), Blue Cheese Wheel Display garnished with Grapes, Dried Fruit, Nuts, Cornichons, Assorted Crackers and Ciabatta Bread
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Draft beer, red and white wine, soft drinks and tea are included. A pay as you go cash bar will be provided for member and guest
convenience.
USARA Member Breakfast
Tuesday morning, June 23 Meet COL David G. Fivecoat and CSM Curtis H Arnold Jr. the newest Airborne & Ranger Training Brigade
(ARTB) Commander and Command Sergeant Major. COL Fivecoat will present a status of ARTB.
Enjoy a breakfast buffet Fresh Fruit Salad with Citrus, Toasted Almonds and Honey; Fluffy Scrambled Eggs; Crisp Bacon and Sausage;
Grits with Cheese; Lyonnaise Potatoes; Orange and Cinnamon French Toast with Maple Syrup, Topped with Caramelized Bananas and
Toasted Pecans; Southern Biscuits and Gravy, House Made Fruit Breads, Butter and Preserves; Freshly Brewed Starbucks® Coffee,
Decaffeinated Coffee and Hot Tea; Chilled Orange, Grapefruit, Apple and Cranberry Juices.
Colonel David G. Fivecoat
Commander, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade
Over his twenty-one years of service, Colonel David G. Fivecoat has held leadership positions and staff
assignments in airborne, air assault, armor, and mechanized infantry units at the tactical, operational,
and strategic levels. These assignments included participation in contingency operations in Kosovo and
Bosnia, three combat tours in Iraq, and a combat tour leading the 3rd Battalion, 187 Infantry in
Afghanistan. Most recently, he was assigned to the Joint Staff. Colonel Fivecoat earned a Bachelor’s of
Science in Military History from the United States Military Academy, a Masters in Military Arts and
Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a Masters in National Security
Strategy from the National War College. In addition to being the lead writer and editor of FM 3-24.2,
Tactics in Counterinsurgency, he has had articles published in Infantry Magazine, Armor Magazine, Fires
Bulletin, Military Review, and Parameters. Awards and decorations earned by Colonel Fivecoat include
the Valorous Unit Award, four Bronze Star medals, and the Army Commendation Medal with V Device.
He is Ranger qualified and a Master Parachutist. Also, he has earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge,
the Air Assault Badge, and French Parachutist Badge.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Briefing/Seminar
Immediately after the USARA Member Breakfast, join us for the VA Benefits Briefing/Seminar. The VA
Team will explains some of the services and programs related to VA health care and the VA disability
compensation process. Additionally, you will learn how to navigate through the newly revised eBenefits
website. The eBenefits website is the result of collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of
Defense (DoD). We serve Veterans, Service members, Wounded Warriors, their family members, and their authorized caregivers. In
March 2007, the President's Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors (Dole/Shalala) was established by Executive Order
13426. The Commission recommended the creation of a Web portal that would provide Service Members, Veterans, their families, and
authorized caregivers with a single sign-on, central access point to clinical and benefits information. eBenefits is the result of the
Commission's recommendation. The National Resource Directory (NRD) became part of eBenefits in 2014. The NRD is a partnership
among DoD, VA, and the Department of Labor. Information found in the NRD comes from federal, state, and local government agencies;
Veteran and military service organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions; and professional
associations that provide assistance to Wounded Warriors and their families. It should be noted; the work gone into eBenefits has
assisted, and will continue to assist all veterans from all eras.
National Infantry Museum Tour
This state-of-the-art facility tells the story of the United States Army Infantryman, from the fields
of the American Revolution to the sands of Afghanistan. The museum houses an amazing display
of artifacts from all eras of American history and contains numerous interactive multimedia
exhibits, bringing our nation’s past to life through the latest in technological innovation. Exhibits
include the Last 100 Yards; Fort Benning Gallery; International Stage (1898-1920); World Power
(1920-1947); The Cold War (1947-1989); The Sole Superpower (1989-Present); Hall of Valor; The
Family Gallery; The Infantry Theater; Officer Candidate School Hall of Honor; and the Ranger Hall
of Honor (This gallery preserves the legacy of the most extraordinary soldiers in the military, the
U.S. Army Rangers. Here, we honor the nearly 200 Rangers who have been inducted into the
Ranger Hall of Fame since 1992. from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Grenada. A computerized database of Ranger Hall of Fame
inductees is also available). The Facility extends beyond the confines of the building. Outside, the Patriot Park campus also houses the
Parade Field, Heritage Walk, Founders Circle, the Memorial Walk of Honor and World War II Company Street.
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Ranger Hall of Fame (RHOF) Ceremony
The Ranger Hall of Fame was formed to honor and preserve the spirit and contributions of America's
most extraordinary Rangers. The members of the Ranger Hall of Fame Selection Board take particular
care to ensure that only the most extraordinary Rangers are inducted, a difficult mission given the high
caliber of all nominees. Their precepts are impartiality, fairness, and scrutiny. Inductees were selected
impartially from Ranger units and associations representing each era or Ranger history. Each nominee
was subjected to the scrutiny of the Selection Board to ensure the most extraordinary contributions are acknowledged. The selection
criterion is as unique as our Ranger history. To be eligible for selection to the Hall of Fame, a person must be deceased or have been
separated, or retired from active military service for at least three years at the time of nomination. He must have served in a Ranger
unit in combat or be a successful graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School. A Ranger unit is defined as those Army units recognized in
Ranger lineage or history. Achievement or service may be considered for individuals in a position in state or national government after
the Ranger has departed the Armed Forces.
The 23nd Annual (2015) Ranger Hall of Fame (RHOF) Ceremony is at 1:30pm, Wednesday June 24, 2015 at Marshall Auditorium,
McGinnis-Wickam Hall (Building 4), Fort Benning, Georgia.
Ranger Memorial
Photo by Ryan Krafthefer
The Ranger Memorial is a tribute to the United States Army Rangers.
The original idea of the Ranger Memorial was drawn on a sketch by two Rangers in a mess hall. The idea was to form a permanent
memorial to the contributions that Rangers have made to the defense of the United States and its allies throughout their long history.
The construction was completed in 1994 with 2,456 polished stones commemorating soldiers. In 1996, Phase II and 2,200 more
memorial stones along with indirect lighting, sprinkler system, ledger stones, and a locater system for helping to find the Rangers on
the walk.
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This memorial is unique as its approval had to be met not only by the Ranger Memorial Foundation that started action, but also Fort
Benning, TRADOC, and the Department of the Army.
The memorial is composed of a large Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife sitting between two
large marble pillars as the centerpiece. This knife was issued to British Commandos and
subsequently to the men of the newly formed 1st Ranger Battalion while they were
training with them in Achnacarry, Scotland. This knife later became a staple of the
inventory of airborne troops as well as other special operations units during WWII.
Another unique part of this monument is the walkway to the centerpiece. It is composed
of “purchased” stones by former and current Rangers with their unit information. No rank
is indicated on the stones of the soldiers, only the word “Ranger” as the first line. The
criteria for stone purchase are very strict and not every person can be on the “Ranger
Walk”. Anyone can buy a stone on the monument, but the stone has to be for a qualified
Ranger.
The Ranger Monument is one of the most visited military sites located on Fort Benning,
Georgia. Since its first corner stones were laid, the monument has become a focal point
for Ranger activities, family visits, and other happenings. The Ranger Monument is now
part of the Historic Trail of Fort Benning.
The Ranger Monument is located on Ranger Field east of the Maneuver Center’s Headquarters. Ranger Field was dedicated to the
sacrifices of U.S. Army Rangers to support and defend freedom around the globe. The Ranger Monument is the center piece of Ranger
Field.
President's Reception and Banquet
Full open bar and hors D’oeuvres Including Bruschetta with Fresh Tomato, Basil and Garlic; Bacon Wrapped Scallops; Coconut Shrimp;
Lobster Empanada
The buffet style dinner includes a tossed salad - lettuce, tomato, onions and croutons with ranch and Italian dressing (served at table);
carved-to-order Garlic and Pepper crusted Prime Rib with Au Jus and creamed horseradish sauce; Lemon Rosemary Chicken; Roasted
New Potatoes; southern style green beans Green Beans; Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots. Warm Bread Pudding with Ice Cream (served at
tables). Rolls with Butter (served in baskets on tables); freshly brewed Starbucks® regular coffee, decaffeinated coffee, a hot tea
selection and iced tea. Each table will be provided with a bottle of chardonnay and cabernet wine. Following dinner, we will conduct
our annual raffle and award door prizes. The guest speaker is MG Austin S. Miller, Commanding General, MCoE.
Major General Austin S. Miller
Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
Major General Scott Miller was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States
Military Academy at West Point in 1983. As an Infantry officer, Major General Miller served in a variety
of tactical assignments in mechanized, light infantry, and special operations units. He has served in the
82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 75th Ranger Regiment and United States Army Special
Operations Command. He has served in numerous joint command and staff assignments: the Deputy
Director of Special Operations; the Director, Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Center on the Joint Staff,
Washington, D.C.; and Commander, Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command in
Afghanistan.
Major General Miller has commanded at every rank from Captain to Major General, to include combat
tours in Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as support for contingency operations in Bosnia and Latin
America. Prior to his arrival at the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning,
Major General Miller was the Commander of NATO Special Operations Component CommandAfghanistan/Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan from June 2013 to June 2014.
Major General Miller holds a Master of Science degree in Strategy from the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. He is also a
graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with V device,
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with
oak leaf cluster. He has also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge with Star, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge,
Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.
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ARM 2015 Schedule of Events & Activities
Date
Start
End
Event
Location
June 19, 2015
06:00
08:00
Breakfast on your own
DoubleTree Hotel
Friday
09:30
10:30
Rangers in Action demonstration
Hurley Hill Training Area
11:00
11:45
Ranger Class 06-15 Graduation
Hurley Hill Training Area
12:00
17:00
On your own
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17:00
18:00
Unofficial Happy hour
Houlihan’s Restaurant
18:00
UTC
Dinner on your own
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June 20, 2015
All day
UTC
Early arrival
DoubleTree Hotel
Saturday
All day
UTC
On your own
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17:00
18:00
Unofficial Happy hour
Houlihan’s Restaurant
18:00
UTC
Dinner on your own
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June 21, 2015
All day
UTC
ARM 2015 Early arrival
DoubleTree
Sunday
14:00
17:00
ARM setup
Azalea Room
15:00
17:00
Early USARA ARM Registration
Azalea Room
17:00
18:00
Happy hour
Houlihan’s
June 22, 2015
All day
UTC
USARA ARM Registration
Azalea Room
Monday
08:00
10:00
Executive Committee Meeting (regular session)
Georgia Room
10:00
12:00
USARA Board Meeting (regular session)
Georgia Room
15:30
UTC
Ranger Regiment Static Display T
Fryar Drop Zone
16:00
UTC
Ranger Regiment Airborne Assault T
Fryar Drop Zone
18:30
UTC
CDR and Senior NCO Social
Uchee Creek Events Center
18:00
22:00
USARA Ranger Soldier Appreciation Night
Somerset Room
22:00
UTC
Hospitality Suite
Azalea Room
22:00
UTC
Ranger Store Open
Azalea Room
June 23, 2015
06:30
07:30
Regimental Physical Training / Commander Address
Stewart/Watson Field
Tuesday
07:00
08:30
USARA Member Breakfast
Somerset Room
The guest speaker is Colonel David G. Fivecoat, Commander, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade
09:00
12:00
Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Benefit Briefing
Somerset Room
12:00
13:00
Lunch on your own
DoubleTree Hotel
13:00
15:30
National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Tour T
National Infantry Museum
13:00
14:30
Regimental Commander State of the Regiment Briefing
Marshall Auditorium
14:30
16:00
Distinguished Member of the Regiment
Marshall Auditorium
17:00
UTC
Ranger Hall of Fame Dinner (by invitation only)
ARTB (RHOF)
18:00
UTC
Dinner on your own
Open
22:00
UTC
Hospitality Suite
Azalea Room
22:00
UTC
Ranger Store Open
Azalea Room
June 24, 2015
06:00
08:00
Breakfast on your own
DoubleTree Hotel
Wednesday
07:00
09:00
Endurathone
Peden Field
08:00
16:00
Basketball. Boxing and Combatives Prelims
Smith Gym
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End
Event
Location
June 24, 2015
08:00
09:30
General Membership Meeting
Somerset Room
Wednesday
09:30
10:30
Executive Committee Meeting (transition session)
Georgia Room
(Continued)
10:30
11:30
USARA Board Meeting (transition session)
Georgia Room
08:00
16:00
Team Sports
08:00
16:00
Stress shoot
Booker Range
11:30
12:30
Lunch on your own
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13:30
15:30
Ranger Hall of Fame (RHOF) Ceremony T
Marshall Auditorium
15:30
16:30
Ranger Memorial Tour T
Ranger Memorial
14:00
17:00
Boxing/Combatives Finals
Freedom Hall
17:00
22:00
No Host BBQ /Sports Day Awards Ceremony
Freedom Hall
18:00
22:00
USARA President’s Reception & Banquet
Somerset Room
22:00
UTC
Hospitality Suite
Azalea Room
Closed
Closed
Ranger Store Closed
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July 25, 2013
06:00
08:00
Breakfast on your own
DoubleTree Hotel
Thursday
08:30
09:00
Regimental Awards Ceremony
National Infantry Museum
09:00
10:00
Regimental Change-of-Command
National Infantry Museum
Stewart Watson Field; Engineer Field’s Softball Facility; Smith Gym
Colonel Marcus S. Evans assumes command of the 75th Ranger Regiment from Christopher S. Vanek during a
formal ceremony on the National Infantry Museum Soldier’s Field.
10:00
11:00
Regimental Change-of-Command Reception
National Infantry Museum
12:00
UTC
1-75th and 2-75th Ranger Battalion Redeployment
According to plan
12:00
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Hotel check-out
DoubleTree Hotel
12:00
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Depart ARM 2015
DoubleTree Hotel
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USARA ARM 2015 Raffle
1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize
2 Vets Arms Custom Built 5.56 Assault Rifle
USARA thanks Amber and Dean Brandly owners of 2 Vets
Arms, LLC, for their gracious donation for the ARM 2015
raffle. You thought their package in the past was great – this
year’s is unbelievable. For those that don’t know, Amber is
a U.S. Army combat veteran who served during Operation
Iraqi Freedom as an Army Intelligence Analyst. Dean is a US
Army combat veteran; an Infantryman who served as a
Sniper/Sniper Team Leader and Joint Fires Observer during
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Custom built 2VA 5.56 Alpha Assault Rifle by 2 Vets Arms
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Glock Pistol
Glock Pistol
Each Glock pistol is delivered only after passing stringent
quality inspections, exhaustive quality control checks,
and test firing. In addition, each pistol comes in a hard
shell case with a speed loader, two magazines, a cleaning
set, a cable lock, instructions for use manual, and firearm
safety brochure
5th Prize
Smith & Wesson M&P 9MM
Everything superior about M&P™ now comes in a
lightweight, carry size. 9mm for protection slim enough
to conceal yet big enough to shoot comfortably. End to
end, the striker-fired M&P SHIELD™ features true M&P
advantages from ergonomic design to simple operation
and durability. M&P SHIELD keeps you ready.
6th Prize
FNH FNS 9mm
The FNS™-9 offers the simplicity of double-action
striker-fired operation with the option of a manual
safety. The slide stop lever and magazine release are all
fully ambidextrous for ease of operation with either hand
from any firing position. Both the slide and barrel are
stainless steel and the checkered polymer frame has two
interchangeable blackstraps with lanyard eyelets.
4th Prize
Lone Wolf Tree Stand
It packs down to a slim 4" profile, making it easy to grab
and go on your way. The unique pivoting sit-and-climb
bar makes for easy climbing and positioning. Its
generously sized platform is built of sturdy, one-piece
cast aluminum. Two-panel contoured foam seat pad
enhances your comfort when sitting still. Fits trees 6" to
19" dia. Includes a bungee strap and backpack straps.
Stand is tested to TMA standards and includes a fullbody safety harness with Suspension Relief System
(SRS).
5th Prize
EK Fairbairn-Sykes MkII Knife
The Fairbairn-Sykes is probably the most-revered
military fighting knife of all time, made famous in World
War II by the British Commandos, the U.S. Army Rangers,
the SAS, SOE and Allied combat troops in all theaters of
operations. The U.S. Army Ranger Association
recognizes the Ek Fairbairn-Sykes MkII as the
evolutionary successor to the World War II F-S.
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US Army Ranger Association
USARA Officers, Directors and Staff
President
Executive Vice President
Secretary
Travis West
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Midwest)
[email protected]
(608) 561-1779
Tom Evans
Marina Del Rey, California (Southwest)
[email protected]
(310) 827-1491
Eddie Noland
Midland, Georgia (Southeast)
[email protected]
706-575-1138
Treasurer
Vice President Personnel
Vice President Logistics
Bob Kvederas
Colchester, Connecticut (Northeast)
[email protected]
(860) 884-8784
Art Silsby II
Gordon, Georgia (Southeast)
[email protected]
(478) 456-0870
Tom Fuller
Buena Vista, Georgia (Southeast)
[email protected]
(706) 573-7484
Chaplain/ Ranger Assistance
Sergeant-At-Arms
Historian
Robert Gill
Montgomery, Texas (South-Central)
[email protected]
(832) 216-7141
Aubrey Batts
Columbus, Georgia (Southeast)
[email protected]
(706) 366-9567
Alan Huffines
Abilene, Texas (South-Central)
[email protected]
(325) 513-1836
Fort Benning Liaison
National Fundraising Coordinator
Marketing Director
Jeff Mellinger
Cataula, Georgia (Southeast)
[email protected]
(703) 626-1073
John Boyert
Houston, Texas (South-Central)
[email protected]
(832) 603-2386
Marc Masoner
Blakely, Georgia (Southeast)
[email protected]
(678) 228-7233
Systems Administrator
Legal Officer
Social Media Coordinator
Mike Ranger
Knob Noster, Missouri (South-Central)
[email protected]
(660) 287-6604
Earle Lasseter
Columbus, Georgia (Southeast)
[email protected]
(706) 718-7500
Patrick Close
Peru, Indiana (Midwest)
[email protected]
(765) 470-2130
Northeast Region Director
Mid-Atlantic Region Director
Southeast Region Director
Jayson A. Taylor
Sylvania, Ohio
[email protected]
[email protected]
419-654-0199
Ricky L. Yost
[email protected]
McLean, Virginia
[email protected]
(202) 570-3131
Wade S. Lnenicka
[email protected]
Smyrna, Georgia
[email protected]
(770) 312-2377
Midwest Region Director
South-Central Region Director
Southwest Region Director
Brian H. Ganhs
Dearborn Michigan
[email protected]
[email protected]
(248) 933-5412
Scott A. Stetson
Natchitoches, Louisiana
[email protected]
[email protected]
(318) 521-3402
Joe E. Harris, Jr.
[email protected]
Ivins, Utah
[email protected]
(502) 974-5964
Northwest Region Director
International Region Director
Ernesto Estrada
[email protected]
Olympia, Washington
[email protected]
(360) 753-0767
Robert S. Copeland
[email protected]
Spruce Grove, Albert
[email protected]
(780) 970-7366
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