The US Army Ranger Association invites you to attend its Annual Ranger Muster in Ft. Benning Georgia.  Please check back to this website regularly for updates.

Rooms may be booked at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbus at the following link:


Rooms are $111/daily plus tax and includes full hot breakfast daily.  As always, in the event the event hotel fills, we have reserved space at a nearby facility for over-flow purposes. Discounted reservation rates are available from July 13 through 22, 2018.  

Please contact Doc Attaway with any questions or concerns: art.attaway@ranger.org


2018 ARM Calendar

Registration:

In 2017, we experienced  a significant number of unregistered, walk-ins guests during the ARM. While we were excited to have our Brothers with us, it created a logistical challenge and caused delays distributing shirts and other items in a timely manner. In an effort to minimize these challenges in 2018, we encourage all ARM attendees to register in advance, if possible.

You will be able to register for the ARM via the website in April. Registering in advance will permit you to do the following:

  • select  to receive a collared Polo shirt or hat

  • select which, meals and events you desire to attend

  • purchase Raffle tickets

  • sponsor one or more active duty Rangers at the Ranger Appreciation Reception

  • designate your transportation needs

  • pay registration fees

In an effort to encourage individuals to register in advance, the cost of attending the 2018 ARM will be discounted by $5.00 per registration for those who register online.

Although we prefer registrations to be made in advance, members will still be able to register daily at the ARM.  Registration and packet pick-up will occur in the Magnolia Hospitality Room, beginning at 0900 Monday, July 16, 2018.  


Hats and T- shirts:  

This year you will be able to elect to receive either a Polo shirt or a hat with your registration for the ARM. Shirts and hats will be available during packet pick-up if you Register in advance. Shirts and hats will be available in a variety of colors, and for an additional $3 you can add “Army Ranger Muster – 2018”, “Ft. Benning, Georgia”.  Again, this will be on the selection form so read and complete carefully and fully please. Shirts and hats may not be available for on-site registrations, and in such an event will be mailed to you at a later date.

Raffle:

The Raffle will feature a number of firearms and knives as well as other items of interest for Rangers.  A separate page for the Raffle will be completed when item availability is final and we can announce definite prizes. This year, you will be able to purchase tickets in advance online for your convenience, and again to add order to the process during the ARM itself.

If you would like to donate an item as a raffle or door prize, please contact Doc Attaway at art.attaway@ranger.org.


Transportation:

This year we will have no large buses. Providing buses in past years has proven to be inefficient and cost-prohibitive, particularly given the relatively small number of individuals who have made use of this form of transportation. Instead, we anticipate providing alternative transportation based upon need  Please ensure you let us know during the pre-registration process if you will need help with transportation to events.  When planning your transportation needs, please bear in mind that off-site events this year will include the following:

  • RHOF Induction Ceremony – Ft. Benning


  • National Infantry Museum Tour - Columbus, near Ft. Benning front gate


  • Ranger School Graduation and Rangers in Action - Ft. Benning


  • NSA Range Day - Cusetta, GA (25 minutes from the hotel and attached to the back side of Ft Benning)


  • President’s Banquet – Downtown Columbus



President’s Banquet and Guest Speaker:

The President’s Banquet will be held on July 21, 2018, and will be located at the Rivermill Event Center in historic, downtown Columbus.  The banquet will be the first public event for the yet-to-be elected incoming president for the 2018-2020 term. As usual the Raffle will be conducted and many Door Prizes will be handed out.

We are proud to announce that our 2018 guest speaker for the President’s Dinner on July 21st will be CSM(r) Alfred “Greg” Birch.  CSM Birch retired from the U.S. Army in 2007 after over thirty years’ service in a variety of Special Operations units, where he participated in numerous combat missions, security, surveillance, dignitary protection and other sensitive operations. His service in Special Operations Forces included both the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 1st SFOD-D (Delta Force). He participated in numerous contingency missions in the Southern, Pacific, European and Central Command (SOUTHCOM, PACOM, EUCOM and CENTCOM) areas of responsibility. He served in Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor, Operation Joint Guard, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Repeatedly deployed into combat /hostile fire zones, he has been to more than 70 countries and participated in combat and reconnaissance/security missions in 13 different countries.

As a Senior Leader, CSM Birch served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as the 3rd Battalion Command Sergeant Major, including service in Iraq where he was awarded the Silver Star at the Battle of Haditha Dam, and then as the 75th Ranger Regimental Command Sergeant Major where he was the principal advisor to the Commander and staff for a 2200 man Special Operations unit. An expert trainer, he traveled with over 250 combat patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan to coach and mentor subordinates. He was awarded his second Bronze Star for meritorious service and a Purple Heart upon leaving the Regiment.

His service in the Delta Force extended from 1987 through 2002. While serving as the Squadron Sergeant Major, he received his first Bronze Star for valor at the Battle of Tora Bora. He spent nearly five years as a Recon Team Leader leading numerous small teams on assessments in high threat areas overseas, often working alone in foreign threat areas for extended periods. He routinely briefed high-level government officials. As an Assault Team Member and Team Leader, he worked as a Personal Security Tactical Supervisor for ambassadors, senior embassy staff members and General Officers in high threat areas. He conducted security surveys and vulnerability assessments on embassies and nuclear facilities. Other duty positions included assault team member, sniper, assault team sergeant, recon team sergeant, saber squadron sergeant major.

Prior to serving with Delta Force, CSM Birch served with the 2/75 Ranger Battalion, where he he served in every position from ammo bearer to platoon sergeant. His first duty station was with the 890th MP Company as a Military Policeman.



Range Day:

We will have a “Range Day” at the NSA Firing Range located adjacent to Ft. Benning, which is about a 20 minute drive from the hotel. Individuals who wish to participate will need to provide their own weapons and ammunition to use during the event. Targets, ear and eye protection, and the Range itself with a Safety Officer will be provided.  A Barbeque meal will be provided for a cost of $15/ per person. Register for the event in advance during pre-registration, so we may properly plan. Should you be flying and prefer not to carry a weapon in transit, please advise Doc Attaway in advance at art.attaway@ranger.org and he will attempt to provide access to firearms locally at the range.



RHOF:

The Induction ceremony for the 2018 Ranger Hall of Fame Class will occur on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in the Marshall Auditorium at McGinnis Wickham Hall. The ceremony is scheduled to commence at 1300.


Ranger Appreciation Reception:

A Ranger Appreciation Reception will be held at the Doubletree hotel.  Active duty Rangers from both the 75th Ranger Regiment as well as the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade are invited to attend.  As in the past, this event is entirely supported through the donations of members. If you would like to support a Ranger’s attendance, we ask that you consider providing a donation of $15. The more donations received, the more Rangers we can support. In years past, we have been able to support the attendance of more than 100 active duty Rangers, and are hopeful that the membership will provide similar support again this year. Donations can be made while registering, or through the donations section on the USARA website.


ARTB Breakfast:

On the morning of Tuesday, July 17, we will be joined for breakfast by COL Douglas Vincent, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade.  This will be COL Vincent’s third year presenting to the Association, and those of you who have attended in the past are aware of the great presentations he has previously provided.


Rangers in Action and Ranger School Graduation:

Ranger School Class 07-18 graduation will occur at 1100 on Friday, July 20 at the Hurley Hill Training Area on Victory Pond. The graduation will be preceded by a Ranger in Action demonstration, commencing at 1000.  The events are will attended, and you are encouraged to arrive by 0930 in order to find seating.  Directions to the location can be found at the

ARTB Website.


US Army Ranger Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 52126

Fort Benning, GA 31995-2126


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