The 75th Ranger Regiment hosts its bi-annual change of command activities - Ranger Rendezvous - at Fort Benning, Georgia beginning Monday, June 26 and ending Friday, June 30, 2017. Ranger Rendezvous 2017 marks the beginning of a 15 month celebration of the 75 year anniversary of the modern American Ranger during World War II with the establishment of 1st Ranger Battalion on June 19, 1942 and Merrill's Marauders on Oct 3, 1943.
Ranger Rendezvous 2017 is the 30th anniversary of the Rendezvous held in 1987. The four-day event begins on Monday, June 26 with a mass tactical airborne assault. The following morning on Tuesday, June 27, Rangers begin the day with a PT run, conduct a State of the 75th Ranger Regiment brief, and induct Ranger Regiment legends as Distinguished and Honorary Members of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Wednesday, June 28 features Ranger tactical and physical competitions to include a combat-focused stress shoot, a Best Ranger-style endurance event, boxing, combatives and team sporting events. In the afternoon, the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade inducts the Class of 2017 into the Ranger Hall of Fame followed by the no host Ranger BBQ. The week culminates on Thursday, June 29 with the 75th Ranger Regiment's Change of Command at the National Infantry Museum Parade Field.
Throughout the week, there are a variety of fellowship opportunities for Ranger veterans, families and guests. Click on the dates above to see a list of each day's activities. The schedule of events is continuously updated.
|TBD AM-12:00 PM||Big Sky Bravery Golf Tournament||Green Island Country Club||By invitation only event|
|3:30 PM||Ranger Static Display||Fryar Drop Zone||Open to all|
|4:00 PM||Ranger Airborne Operation||Fryar Drop Zone||Open to all|
|7:00 PM||United States Ranger Association (USARA) Ranger Appreciation Night||Doubletree Hotel||Registered USARA members and invited USARA guests||Dress is casual civilian.|
|6:00 AM||Ranger PT||Peden Field||Open to all||Consists of 4 to 5 mile run|
|8:00 AM-5:00 PM||USARA Ranger Expo set-up||McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Main hall||Participants|
|9:00 AM-5:00 PM||USARA Ranger Expo||McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Main hall||Open to all||Ranger associations and Care Coalition partners|
|10:00 AM||RHOF Call for Nominations Meeting||McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Room TBA||Ranger associations and RHOF members|
|1:00 PM||State of the 75th Ranger Regiment Brief||Marshall Auditorium, McGinnis-Wickam Hall||Open to all|
|2:30 PM||Distinguished and Honorary Members of the 75th Ranger Regiment Induction Ceremony||Marshall Aditorium, McGinnis-Wickam Hall||Open to all|
|6:00 PM||Ranger Hall of Fame Dinner.||By invitation only event|
|9:00 AM-5:00 PM||USARA Ranger Expo||McGinnis-Wickam Hall||Ranger associations and Care Coalition partners|
|1:00 PM||Ranger Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony||Marshall Aditorium, McGinnis-Wickam Hall||Open to all|
|3:30 PM||Boxing and Combatives Finals||Smith Gym||Open to all|
|5:00 PM||USARA Ranger Expo tear-down||McGinnis-Wickam Hall||Particpants|
|5:00 PM||No Host BBQ||Freedom Hall, Lawson Army Airfield||75th Ranger Regiment - active duty, veterans and family members||Price TBD|
|TBA PM||Big Sky Bravery Concert||Downtown Columbus||Open to all|
|9:00 AM||Change of Command||National Infantry Museum Parade Field||Open to all|
|(T) 10:30 AM||Ranger 75th Anniversary Print Unveiling by James Dietz||National Infantry Museum, 1st floor||Open to all|
|TBD||75th Ranger Regiment Association (RRA) Dinner||TBD||Registered RRA members and invited RRA guests|
|5:30 PM||USARA President's Reception & Banquet||Doubletree Hotel||Registered USARA members and invited USARA guests||Reception begins at 5:30 pm followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. Dress for USARA Members and Guests is business casual or coat & tie. Dress for active military is the Army Service Uniform (ASU) or service equivalent. Color guard dress is the Army Combat Uniform (ACU).|
New to Ranger Rendezvous 2017, Ranger associations and United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition partners will line the main hall of McGinnis-Wickam Hall at Fort Benning on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27 and 28 to provide exposure to the myriad of resources available to the Rangers and their families that “move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier”.
The Ranger Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. allowing all guests the opportunity to visit with loyal Ranger supports before the State of the Regiment Brief and Distinguished and Honorary Members of the 75th Ranger Regiment induction ceremony on Tuesday and the Ranger Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Wednesday.