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  • 11/10/2010 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    The Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning welcomed a new leader last Thursday and bid farewell to the MCoE’s inaugural commander.  Maj. Gen. Robert Brown succeeded Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter during a change of command ceremony on Soldiers Field beside the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park. The reviewing officer was Lt. Gen. John Sterling, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s deputy commanding general and chief of staff.  Read more…

    Click here for full Biographies

    Related story…Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations for recent Fort Benning Commading Generals :

    Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Arlington, Va.  Barbero is currently serving as the deputy commanding general for advising and training, U.S. Forces Iraq, Operation New Dawn, Iraq.

    Army Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commanding general for advising and training, U.S. Forces Iraq, Operation New, Dawn, Iraq.  Ferriter is currently serving as commanding general, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Fort Benning, Ga.

  • 10/30/2010 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 29, 2010) – With their effort to support wounded Soldiers, the non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops will be presenting Sgt. 1st Class Scot Noss with a new home on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in Trussville, Ala.

    Noss, who was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment,  was injured in 2007 when his Chinook helicopter crashed in the mountains of Southern Afghanistan. Scot was the most severely injured, suffering Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). It was his eighth tour of duty.

    “Scot hasn’t had the opportunity to really go home yet, and that’s been our goal since day one,” says RyAnne, Scot’s wife. “Home for us will be a safe, healthy environment for Scot so he can continue his improvement.”

    RyAnne holds a PhD in chemical engineering but has put her life on hold to look after Scot, helping dress and feed him daily and work with his physical therapists on developing his muscle strength and eye control. She hopes that one day he may be able to move his eyes to answer yes or no questions.

    “We may not have been blessed with the miracle of recovery, but we have been blessed with the miracle of community. People have come together to build a home for a complete stranger and Homes for Our Troops has made that possible,” RyAnne says. “It’s so amazing that they will present us with this wonderful handicap-accessible home and I didn’t have to worry about it at all! I am so grateful.”

    The 2,400-square-foot, four-bedroom house will be handicap accessible and provide maximum freedom of movement for SFC Noss. The home will be presented at no cost to SFC Noss and wife RyAnne .

    Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit organization with a mission to build specially-adapted homes for service members severely injured in combat operations since Sep.11, 2001. 

    For more information on this, contact the 75th Ranger Regiment Public Affairs Office at 706-545-4260 or at 75rtrpao@soc.mil.

  • 10/18/2010 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    Jim Tucker has requested help in identifying some WWII Rangers from a photo taken at the Camp Rudder, Eglin AFB, Florida sometime during 1970-1971 during a visit by some WWII Rangers. The visit was arranged by Pappy White who was an instructor during that time. The group was visiting to see and hear about training Rangers. It was the beginning of an effort to tie the WWII group into what would become the US, Army Ranger Association. The three in uniform left to right are Dick White, Pappy White (no relation) and Jim Tucker.

    For a larger photo to download; click here.

    If you have information; please contact:

    Jim Tucker


  • 10/12/2010 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    USA Today (Tuesday October 12, 2010 8:12:13 EDT) by Rick Hampson -

    EPSOM, N.H. undefined An hour before dawn, in a drizzle, with five hours sleep, Dave Cummings steps out onto his driveway. He turns on his video camera, picks up a basketball, steps to the foul line in front of the family hoop and shoots. Swish...Click here to read more.

  • 10/12/2010 7:03 AM | Anonymous

    Army Times (Monday October 11, 2010 5:40:57 EDT) By Lance M. Bacon - Staff writer

    Being a Ranger has many benefits undefined and faster promotions will soon be among them.  Beginning June 1, the Ranger tab will be worth an extra 40 points toward promotion to corporal and sergeant. Click to read more.


  • 10/07/2010 6:38 PM | Anonymous


    Please take note of the visitation times listed below.  5 PM to 9 PM on Friday is for Rangers and their families.


    Fair Haven Funeral Home

    7415 Hodgson Memorial Dr

    Savannah, GA

    8 OCT 2010  

    0800 a.m. to 4:00 pm (Immediate family only)

    4:00 p.m. Awards Presentation (Tentative)

    5:00p.m.-9:00 p.m. Rangers and their families, Friends of the Regiment, Family friends, Ranger Supporters, this is not a public viewing.



    St Frances Cabrini Catholic Church

    11500 Middleground Rd

    Savannah, GA31419

    9 OCT 2010  11:00 a.m.



    Bonaventure Cemetery

    330 Bonaventure Rd

    Thunderbolt, GA 31404

    9 OCT 2010 (following the Funeral)



    Kevin Barry’s

    117 West River ST

    Savannah, GA 31401

    9 OCT 2010 (following the Burial Service)


    Original Story: U.S. Army Ranger killed in combat (October 4, 2010 17:13)


    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 4, 2010) – A U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action on Oct. 1 during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Sgt. 1st Class Lance H. Vogeler was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, in the battalion mortar platoon of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

    Vogeler was killed by enemy indirect fire during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

    A native of Fredrick, Md., he enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 2001. For nearly nine years he served as a mortar man in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. The battalions of the 75th Ranger Regiment have been continuously deployed to Afghanistan since October 2001.

    “I wish the American people could truly understand the dedication and sacrifice that Lance Vogeler made for his country,” ,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Since December 2001, Lance has either been in combat or training for combat. This was his 12th combat deployment. Lance was the quintessential Ranger; he is a hero to our Nation, the Army, and his family.”

    Vogeler previously served on seven deployments to Afghanistan and four to Iraq.

    “In an organization full of great men, Lance Vogeler stood out for his leadership, dedication and all of his talents,” said Lt. Col. Michael Foster, commander of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “He has done so much for his Nation over the past nine years of combat action it is hard to put it into words. His loss will be felt across the whole Battalion and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

    Vogeler is survived by his wife, Melissa Lee Vogeler of Savannah, Ga.; his son, Kyle Vogeler, and his daughter, Madison Eyler, both of Frederick, Md.; and his parents, Timothy and Donna Vogeler, also of Frederick, Md.


    Sgt. 1st Class Lance Herman Vogeler, 29, was killed by enemy indirect fire during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

    Vogeler was a mortars section leader assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He was on his 12th deployment in support of the War on Terror with four previous deployments to Iraq and seven to Afghanistan.

    He was born on Aug. 9, 1981 in Manchester, Md. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 2001 from his hometown of Frederick, Md. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an indirect fire infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort Benning.

    Vogeler graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in December 2001, where he served as a gunner, fire direction chief, fire direction computer, squad leader and mortars section leader.

    His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, Emergency Room Medical Technician Basic Course, the U.S. Army Ranger Course, Infantry Mortar Platoon Course, Warrior Leader Course, Jumpmaster Course, Advanced Leader Course and the Senior Leader Course.

    His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge and the Parachutists Badge. He has also been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with combat star, Iraq Campaign Medal with combat star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral one, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral one.

    He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

  • 10/07/2010 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    Army Times (Thursday Oct 7, 2010 16:30:30 EDT) Under intense fire, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller called for his battle buddies to fall back, but he advanced undefined and sacrificed his life to save theirs.

    “It has been said that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point,” President Obama said in a solemn White House Medal of Honor ceremony Oct. 6.

    “For Rob Miller, the testing point came nearly three years ago in an Afghan valley. The courage he displayed that day reflects every virtue that defined his life.”

    The president gave Miller’s parents, Phil and Maureen Miller, their son’s posthumous Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration. More than 100 of Miller’s friends and loved ones were there, along with Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and Army Secretary John McHugh. The commander in chief told Miller’s story, praised him as a hero and recognized the military’s special operations forces across all branches.

    “These warriors are the best of the best, in an era that prizes celebrity and status, they are quiet professionals, never seeking the spotlight,” said Obama. “In a time of war, they have borne a burden far beyond their small numbers.”

    Miller, 24, was a weapons sergeant with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), of Fort Bragg, N.C., when he died in a remote part of northwest Afghanistan.

    Obama said Miller, growing up in Wheaton, Ill., was “wise beyond his years” and a “born leader.” The president told of how Miller wrote a poem about American soldiers fighting in World War II, men whom Miller would later emulate.

    “Men, like the soldier he would become himself, who he said, ‘fought day and night, fighting for what they thought was right,’” Obama said.

    Obama recognized Miller’s parents and seven siblings, including his brother Tom, who is training to become a Green Beret.

    Obama asked Miller’s teammates from A Company to stand and be recognized, and they received a standing ovation.

    Surrounded by insurgents

    Before dawn Jan. 25, 2008, Miller was on his second tour of Afghanistan when he and his team encountered Taliban fighters while on a foot patrol.

    After the team had attacked a Taliban compound with little resistance, the soldiers ran into a near-ambush on a narrow mountain trail. Miller undefined a Pashto speaker undefined was at the lead with a group of Afghan fighters, when “the whole valley seemed to explode with gunfire,” Obama said. “Bullets and rocket-propelled grenades rained down from every direction.”

    Surrounded by more than 100 insurgents, Miller radioed in enemy positions and coordinated the Afghan fighters.

    “Rob made a decision; he called for his team to fall back, and then he did something extraordinary,” Obama said, “Rob moved in the other direction, toward the enemy, drawing their guns away from his team and bringing the fire of all those insurgents upon himself.”

    Amid ferocious fighting, Miller seemed to disappear into the billowing dust. Still his teammates heard him calling enemy positions into his radio and the sound of his weapon as he provided cover for them.

    “Then, over the radio, they heard his voice undefined he had been hit,” Obama said. “But still he kept calling out enemy positions, still he kept firing, still he kept throwing his grenades. Then they heard it, Rob’s weapon fell silent.”

    Two soldiers braved the gunfire to aid Miller at the end, Obama said. Those soldiers were forced back, but determined to bring Miller home, the team braved more casualties to retrieve him. Five members of the patrol were wounded.

    “One of his teammates surely spoke for all of them when he said, ‘I would not be alive today if not for his ultimate sacrifice,’” Obama said.

    The president suggested Miller’s parents might eventually take comfort in the thought that their son gave his life protecting his friends and defending his country.

    “You gave your oldest son to America, and America is forever in your debt,” he said.

    Miller’s parents read a brief statement after the ceremony in which they recognized other fallen soldiers and their parents, in perhaps an oblique reference to the low number of Medal of Honor recipients. There have been seven recipients since the start of the current wars; an eighth Medal of Honor will be awarded to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, the only living recipient from the wars.

    “We are very proud and grateful that Rob showed such courage, and we are very humbled and grateful to receive his Medal of Honor,” Maureen Miller said. “We know there are other parents who have dealt with loss, there are others who have not received the recognition that they truly deserve, but we appreciate their service and sacrifice, and hope more will be recognized.”

  • 10/03/2010 5:23 AM | Anonymous

    A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Lutheran Church at 5980 Highway 73, Evergreen, CO on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at 2:30 p.m., followed by burial with full military honors at Evergreen Memorial Park, 26624 N. Turkey Creek Road, Evergreen, Colorado 80439.

    Memorial gifts can be made in Grider’s name to Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, 107 S. 9th St., Suite B, Canon City, CO 81212;or to Casas por Cristo, P.O. Box 971070, El Paso, TX 79997

    Grider is survived by his wife, Brittany Grider of Carthage, N.C., daughter Katie-Anne of Raleigh, N.C., and his parents Ron Grider of Brighton, Ill. and Rita Grider of St. Louis, Ill.


    Original story: Fort Bragg soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider, killed during combat operations in Afghanistan (September 21, 2010)

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Sept. 20, 2010) – A Special Operations Soldier was killed Sept. 18 during a combat operation in Konduz Province, Afghanistan.

    Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider, 30, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

    Grider was born in Alton, Ill. and graduated from Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, Ill. in 1998.  Grider enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman on Aug. 18, 1998. 

    Airborne qualified, he served with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a grenadier, rifleman and scout team leader.  Also during this time, Grider attended and graduated from ranger school. 

    Once Ranger qualified, he served with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., as a rifle team leader and squad leader where he deployed once to Afghanistan and three times to Iraq. 

    In November 2005, Grider was assigned as a special operations team member, U.S. Army Special Operations Command where he deployed an additional four times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

    He was posthumously awarded his third Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

    Grider is survived by his wife, Brittany Grider of Carthage, N.C., daughter Katie-Anne of Raleigh, N.C., and his parents Ron Grider of Brighton, Ill. and Rita Grider of St. Louis, Ill.


    Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider was born in Alton, Ill. on Sept. 18, 1980. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman on Aug. 18, 1998.

    After completing Infantry One Station Unit Training and Basic Airborne School, Grider was assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C. where he served for three years as a grenadier and a rifleman.

    In the spring of 2000, he attended 82nd Airborne Division Pre-Ranger Course, subsequently attending and graduating from Ranger School in May 2000.

    Grider was assigned as a scout team leader in March 2002 to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn., 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and served in this capacity for seven months before being reassigned to Fort Benning, Ga.

    In October 2002, Grider was assigned as a rifle team leader to Co. A, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment, transitioning to squad leader in October 2004. While assigned to Alpha Company, Grider deployed once to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom and three times to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Grider was assigned in November 2005 as a special operations team member, United States Army Special Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. For five years he performed this duty, deploying four times to Operation Iraqi Freedom and once more to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Grider’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Pre Ranger Course, Ranger School, Warrior Leader Course, Static Line Jumpmaster, Ranger Breacher and Master Breacher Courses, Advanced Land Navigation Course, Sapper Leader Course, Department of Defense High Risk Survival Course, Military Free Fall Course, Infantry Advanced Leader’s Course, and Infantry Senior Leader’s Course. Grider is a 1998 graduate of Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, Ill.

    Grider’s awards include two Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, three Army Commendation Medals , five Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (fourth award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with six Bronze Service Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and five Overseas Service Bars and the Valorous Unit Award.

    Grider was posthumously awarded his third Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

  • 10/03/2010 5:13 AM | Anonymous

    FORT BENNING, Ga. undefined The Department of the Army announced Thursday that MG Robert Brown will become the new commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning.

    Currently the chief of staff for United States Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany, MG Brown will replace MG Michael Ferriter.

    The change of command ceremony is set for 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park.

    MG Brown’s command experience includes that as commander of D Company, 1st Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colo.; commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (Mechanized), 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas, and Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and commander of 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Fort Lewis, Wash., and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also the deputy commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division in Mosul, Iraq.

    “General Brown is an outstanding Soldier and leader and friend and is the perfect choice to lead Fort Benning as we complete the transition to the Maneuver Center of Excellence,” said MG Ferriter. “Major General Brown brings a wealth of experience, positive energy, and a diverse background with service in Haiti, Bosnia and most recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I know that he and Patti will have a significantly positive impact on the Fort Benning community.”

    MG Ferriter’s next assignment is pending announcement.

  • 09/30/2010 9:40 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON undefined Henry Kissinger, who helped steer Vietnam policy during the war's darkest years, said Wednesday he is convinced that "most of what went wrong in Vietnam we did to ourselves" undefined beginning with underestimating the tenacity of North Vietnamese leaders.

    Offering a somber assessment of the conflict, which ended in 1975 with the humiliating fall of Saigon, Kissinger lamented the anguish that engulfed a generation of Americans as the war dragged on.

    And he said the core problem for the U.S. was that its central objective of preserving an independent, viable South Vietnamese state was unachievable undefined and that the U.S. adversary was unbending.

    "America wanted compromise," he said. "Hanoi wanted victory."

    Kissinger spoke at a State Department conference on the history of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. The department in recent months has published a series of reports, based on newly declassified documents, covering U.S. decision-making on Vietnam in the final years of the war.

    Kissinger was national security adviser and secretary of state under President Richard M. Nixon and continued in the role of chief diplomat during the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.

    In introducing Kissinger, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton undefined who opposed the war as a college student and has written that she held contradictory feelings about expressing her opposition undefined spoke in broad terms about how the conflict influenced her generation's view of the world.

    "Like everyone in those days, I had friends who enlisted undefined male friends who enlisted undefined were drafted, resisted, or became conscientious objectors; many long, painful, anguished conversations," she said. "And yet, the lessons of that era continue to inform the decisions we make."

    Kissinger offered a more personal, extensive assessment of the war that killed more than 58,000 U.S. servicemen.

    He said he regretted that what should have been straightforward disagreements over the U.S. approach to Vietnam became "transmuted into a moral issue undefined first about the moral adequacy of American foreign policy altogether and then into the moral adequacy of America."

    "To me, the tragedy of the Vietnam war was not that there were disagreements undefined that was inevitable, given the complexity of the (conflict) undefined but that the faith of Americans in each other became destroyed in the process," he said.

    He called himself "absolutely unreconstructed" on that point.

    "I believe that most of what went wrong in Vietnam we did to ourselves," he said, adding, "I would have preferred another outcome undefined at least another outcome that was not so intimately related to the way that we tore ourselves apart."

    In hindsight, Kissinger said, it is clear just how steadfast the North Vietnamese communists were in their goal of unification of the North and the South, having defeated their French colonial rulers in 1954.

    Historians are coming to the same conclusion.

    In his account of the conflict, "Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975," military historian John Prados wrote, "The (North) had a well-defined goal undefined reunification of the country undefined and an absolute belief in its cause."

    Kissinger credited his North Vietnamese adversary in the peace negotiations undefined Le Duc Tho undefined with skillfully and faithfully carrying out his government's instructions to outmaneuver the Americans.

    "He operated on us like a surgeon with a scalpel undefined with enormous skill," Kissinger said.

    Washington and Hanoi signed a peace accord in January 1973, and Kissinger and Tho were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace prize that year for their role in the negotiation. Tho declined the award.

    The peace accords provided a way out of Vietnam for the U.S., but it left South Vietnam vulnerable to a communist takeover.

    "We knew it was a precarious agreement," Kissinger said, and that the conflict was not really over. But Washington also was convinced that the South Vietnamese could hold off the communists, barring an all-out invasion.

    Kissinger joked that his long negotiating sessions with Tho took a heavy and lasting toll.

    "I would look a lot better if I had never met him," he said.

    A flavor of the negotiating difficulties is revealed in a newly declassified transcript of a meeting between Kissinger and Tho in Paris on May 21, 1973, in which they discussed problems implementing the peace accords.

    "We have been meeting for only 45 minutes and already you have totally confused us," Kissinger told Tho.

    To which Tho replied: "No, you are not confused yourself. You make the problem confused."

    By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
    Posted : Wednesday Sep 29, 2010 18:11:44 EDT


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