Inside An Army Ranger Team Room Somewhere In Afghanistan

75th Rangers Regiment Team Room in Afghanistan
75th Rangers Regiment Team Room in Afghanistan (Photo: DVIDs)

Being an Army Ranger and a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment is something special. The Regiment has provided important direct action raiding forces in War on Terror for years. Here’s a look at the tools in their team room.

The U.S. Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment has released a rare set of photos from inside a team room with personal weapons of its personnel in Afghanistan. Rotating contingents of Army Rangers have served for years as key direct action forces for conducting raids on the Taliban and other terrorist groups in the country. The secretive Joint Special Operations Command has often directed these operations and they have sometimes been in cooperation with the most capable of the Afghan military’s own special operations units.

The set of photos posted by the 75th Ranger Regiment online through the U.S. military’s Defense Visual Information Distribution Service were taken nearly a year earlier at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. A flag seen in the background of some of the pictures indicates that deployed elements of the Regiment’s 3rd Battalion were using the armory at the time.

Each of the pictures has the same brief caption, which reads:

“U.S. special operations service members conduct combat operations in support of Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan, February 2019. RS is a NATO-led mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and institutions.”

Though there is no detailed description for each picture, it is easy to recognize weapons and other gear that Rangers are using on operations in Afghanistan, including modified M4A1 carbines, Mk 48 light machine guns, and an 84mm Carl Gustaf M3 recoilless rifle. The last weapon is one that has been in use around the world for decades, but which only came to the U.S. military in the late 1980s when the Rangers adopted them.

The use of the Carl Gustaf subsequently expanded throughout the U.S. special operations forces community and, more recently, the recoilless rifles have begun to make their way to conventional Army and Marine Corps units, according to the Drive.

Rangers Team Room Afghanistan Armory
Various guns at the Rangers Team Room in Afghansitan (Photo: DVIDs)
A trio of 7.62mm Mk 48 light machine guns. These guns also have laser aiming devices and a version of the Elcan Specter DR with 1.5x and 6x magnification modes
A trio of 7.62mm Mk 48 light machine guns. These guns also have laser aiming devices and a version of the Elcan Specter DR with 1.5x and 6x magnification modes. (Photo: DVIDs)

 

Another shot with the M3 recoilless rifle in the background.
Another shot with the M3 recoilless rifle in the background. (Photo: DVIDs)
An M3 Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle is just barely visible in the background on the floor. What appears to be an 84mm illumination round, which contains a parachute flare, is to its immediate right.
An M3 Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle is just barely visible in the background on the floor. What appears to be an 84mm illumination round, which contains a parachute flare, is to its immediate right. (Photo: DVIDs)
Rangers Team Room Afghanistan Individual with no Patches
An individual in the Armory with no visible unit patches inspects one of the M4A1 carbines with an EOTech Model 553 sight. (Photo: DVIDs)
Mk 48 with their barrels removed and stacks of spare barrels underneath.
Mk 48 with their barrels removed and stacks of spare barrels underneath. (Photo: DVIDs)
A close up of one of the Ranger M4A1s with an EOTech Model 553 sight.
A close up of one of the Ranger M4A1s with an EOTech Model 553 sight. (Photo: DVIDs)
US Army Rangers 75th Regiment Personal Gear Helmets
Other personal gear is also visible in the armory. This includes this row of helmets with night-vision goggles attached, at least one of which also has an infrared strobe light to help friendly aircraft identify the Rangers on the ground. (Photo: DVIDs)