Ranger 75th Anniversary

Ranger Rendezvous 2017

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.

Ranger Airborne Operations

Monday, June 26

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Time Event Location Audience Notes
TBD AM-12:00 PMBig Sky Bravery Golf TournamentGreen Island Country ClubBy invitation only event
3:30 PMRanger Static Display Fryar Drop ZoneOpen to all
4:00 PMRanger Airborne Operation Fryar Drop ZoneOpen to all
7:00 PMUnited States Ranger Association (USARA) Ranger Appreciation NightDoubletree HotelRegistered USARA members and invited USARA guestsDress is casual civilian.
Photo Essay Slide 8

Tuesday, June 27

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Time Event Location Audience Notes
6:00 AMRanger PTPeden FieldOpen to allConsists of 4 to 5 mile run
8:00 AM-5:00 PM USARA Ranger Expo set-up McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Main hallParticipants
9:00 AM-5:00 PM USARA Ranger Expo McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Main hallOpen to all Ranger associations and Care Coalition partners
10:00 AMRHOF Call for Nominations Meeting McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Room TBARanger associations and RHOF members
1:00 PMState of the 75th Ranger Regiment BriefMarshall Auditorium, McGinnis-Wickam HallOpen to all
2:30 PMDistinguished and Honorary Members of the 75th Ranger Regiment Induction Ceremony Marshall Aditorium, McGinnis-Wickam HallOpen to all
6:00 PMRanger Hall of Fame Dinner. By invitation only event
Photo Essay Slide 7

Wednesday, June 28

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Time Event Location Audience Notes
9:00 AM-5:00 PMUSARA Ranger Expo McGinnis-Wickam Hall Ranger associations and Care Coalition partners
1:00 PMRanger Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyMarshall Aditorium, McGinnis-Wickam HallOpen to all
3:30 PMBoxing and Combatives FinalsSmith GymOpen to all
5:00 PMUSARA Ranger Expo tear-downMcGinnis-Wickam HallParticpants
5:00 PMNo Host BBQ Freedom Hall, Lawson Army Airfield75th Ranger Regiment - active duty, veterans and family membersPrice TBD
TBA PM Big Sky Bravery ConcertDowntown ColumbusOpen to all
Photo Essay Slide 2

Thursday, June 29

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Time Event Location Audience Notes
9:00 AMChange of CommandNational Infantry Museum Parade FieldOpen to all
(T) 10:30 AMRanger 75th Anniversary Print Unveiling by James Dietz National Infantry Museum, 1st floorOpen to all
TBD75th Ranger Regiment Association (RRA) DinnerTBDRegistered RRA members and invited RRA guests
Photo Essay Slide 3

Friday, June 30

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Time Event Location Audience Notes
5:30 PMUSARA President's Reception & BanquetDoubletree HotelRegistered USARA members and invited USARA guestsReception 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).
Photo Essay Slide 3

Ranger Expo 2017

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.

Notes:

  • Register for Ranger Expo with your organization’s point of contact information to 75rgrpao@soc.mil.
  • Participating Ranger associations must provide valid not-for-profit status to register.
  • No organization participating in the Ranger Expo may exchange goods or services for profit, fundraising, or membership; this includes raffles.