FORT BENNING, Ga., (Oct. 1, 2014) -- The 75th Ranger Regiment is scheduled to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its activation at 9 a.m. Oct. 3.
The ceremony, which will be held at the Ranger Memorial, starts with an airborne demonstration to include military free fall and a fast rope insertion and extraction demonstration.
During the ceremony, honors will be made to the Rangers who have sacrificed their lives in defense of the country, a pedestal honoring the Rangers who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom will be dedicated, as well as a rededication of the Chief of Staff of the Army's Charters to the 75th Ranger Regiment.
As a result of the demonstrated effectiveness of the Ranger battalions, the Department of the Army announced in 1984 that it was increasing the size of the active duty Ranger force to its highest level in 40 years.
A Rifle Battalion and a Regimental Headquarters were activated and received their colors Oct. 3, 1984, at Fort Benning.
In the 30 years since the Regiment was activated, the Rangers have participated in every contingency operation from Operation Just Cause to the War on Terror.
The men of the 75th Ranger Regiment have been continually deployed in
support of the War on Terror since the initial invasion into Afghanistan
Oct. 19, 2001, and in Iraq from March 20, 2003, to August 2010.
The Regiment is still in continuous contact with the enemy in Afghanistan.