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

Time Event Location Audience Notes
11:45 AMRanger 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

Time Event Location Audience Notes
6:20 AMRanger PTPeden FieldOpen to allBegins with Ranger Creed at 6:20 AM, Reveille at 6:30 AM followed by a 3.7 mile run.
10:00 AM-5:00 PM USARA Ranger Expo McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Main hallOpen to all Ranger associations and Care Coalition partners register with MAJ Tony Mayne at anthony.mayne@socom.mil
1:00 PMState of the 75th Ranger Regiment BriefMarshall Auditorium, McGinnis-Wickam HallOpen to all
2:00 PMDistinguished and Honorary Members of the 75th Ranger Regiment Induction Ceremony Marshall Aditorium, McGinnis-Wickam HallOpen to all
5:00 PMRanger Hall of Fame Dinner. National Infantry MuseumBy invitation only eventSocial hour followed by 6:00 PM dinner.
Photo Essay Slide 7

Wednesday, June 28

Time Event Location Audience Notes
5:00 AM-UTCEndurathonBegins at Peden Field and ends at Ranger MemorialOpen to all Event includes long movements via foot, bike and water.
8:00 AM-UTCRanger Physical Assessment Test and Stress ShootBegins at Honor Field, shooting at Farnsworth Ranger, and ends at Ranger MemorialOpen to all Champion to be announced at 10:15 AM at Ranger Memorial.
8:00 AM-UTC Boxing and Combatives Prelims and Semi-FinalsSmith GymOpen to all
8:00 AM-UTC Team Sports Competitions: Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, BasketballStewart-Watson Field, Engineer Field, Smith GymOpen to all
10:00 AM-5:00 PMUSARA Ranger Expo McGinnis-Wickam HallOpen to all Ranger associations and Care Coalition partners
11:00 AMRanger Association and Ranger Military/Veteran Support Organization BriefFenty Room, McGinnis-Wickam HallRanger associations and M/VSOs
1:00 PMRanger Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyMarshall Aditorium, McGinnis-Wickam HallOpen to all
3:00 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
7:00-10:00 PMBig Sky Bravery ConcertDowntown ColumbusOpen to all
Photo Essay Slide 2

Thursday, June 29

Time Event Location Audience Notes
9:00 AMChange of CommandNational Infantry Museum Parade FieldOpen to all
10:00 AMMeet and Greet with WWII RangersNational Infantry Museum, 1st floorOpen to all
1:00 AM The Darby Project Ranger Veteran Leader Award CeremonyNational Infantry Museum, 2nd floor, Ranger HallOpen to allAwardees include: MSG Ret. Leroy Petry (MoH), BG Ret. Joseph Stringham, MSG Ray Castillo, MSG Ret. Yandell, Mrs. Shelia Dudley, and Miss Kristina McNichol.
1:00 PM GallantFew Board MeeitngNational Infantry Museum, 2nd floorGallantFew board members and The Darby Project Ranger Veteran Leaders (RVL); follows The Darby Project Veteran Leader Awards Ceremony.RSVP to Karl Monger at karl@gallantfew.org.
6:00 PM75th Ranger Regiment Association (RRA) Dinner Guest Speaker: GEN Ret. Stanley A. McChrystalNational Infantry MuseumRegistered RRA members and invited RRA guests
6:00 PMDescendants of WW II Rangers Memorial CeremonyHilton Garden InnOpen to allMemorial wreath laying ceremony honoring WWII Rangers.
Photo Essay Slide 3

Friday, June 30

Time Event Location Audience Notes
5:30 PMUSARA President's Reception & Banquet Guest Speaker: TBADoubletree 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

Saturday, July 1

Time Event Location Audience Notes
8:00 AM Big Sky Bravery Ranger Rendezvous 5KDowntown ColumbusCommunity event 
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.


  • 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.
Ranger 75th Anniversary


The 75th Ranger Regiment does not support non-Department of Defense media requests during Ranger Rendezvous 2017 on or off the Fort Benning installation at 75th Ranger Regiment sponsored events. The Ranger Hall of Fame induction events are not conducted by the 75th Ranger Regiment and may host media if coordinated through the Fort Benning and Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade Public Affairs Offices.

All members of the 75th Ranger Regiment are required to gain approval for interviews and digital recording of their image before engagement with non-Department of Defense media. Please contact the 75th Ranger Regiment Public Affairs Office at 75rgrpao@soc.mil as required.