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.