The Second Ranger Battalion Assistance Foundation


Brief Overview - 2/75 Ranger Battalion:

The 75th Ranger Regiment, comprised of three battalions each having 600 airborne qualified volunteers, is the largest Special Operations Combat Element in the world. Rapidly deployable anywhere in the world in 18 hours or less, it is a lethal, agile, flexible force. On D Day, 2d Battalion Rangers (2/75) successfully carried out one of World War II's most vital and daring missions, the scaling of the 100-foot cliffs overlooking Omaha and Utah beaches. Tom Hanks portrayed a 2/75 officer in the movie Saving Private Ryan. During the modern Ranger era, the 2d Battalion, based at Ft. Lewis, WA, has fought in Grenada, Panama, and Haiti. Following 9/11 the Rangers of the 2d Battalion have been extraordinarily involved in the Global War On Terrorism ("GWOT"). The demands on the soldiers of the battalion are unprecedented in these perilous times. They have been deployed more frequently than at any time in the history of the unit, while, at the same time are still required to be "on call" and ready to go anywhere in the world by air, land, or sea.


The Sacrifice:

Many members of this elite unit have multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. There are a certain Rangers who have been on every single deployment since combat operations began in Southeast Asia in 2001. The nation's longest war has put the Rangers at constant risk. Indeed, 55 Rangers have been killed since 9/11. These conflicts also place an exceptional strain on the families of those Rangers, and the Foundation exists to ease the burden for all involved whenever possible.