Ranger contingent deploys to Mideast

A contingent of soldiers from the 75th Ranger Regiment is deploying to the Middle East as part of the buildup of forces in the region, a military official confirmed on background.

The official did not say where the Army Rangers were headed in the region, but they add to an already large deployment of 3,500 paratroopers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. U.S. officials previously said that the paratroopers will act as a response force to regional threats from a base in Kuwait.

Politico first reported the move, noting the deployment involved a Ranger company comprised of 150 to 200 troops.

Rangers are known for airfield seizures and direct action raids. During airfield operations, Rangers assault and secure airports and terminals for follow-on operations, including mass airdrops of paratroopers and equipment, until eventually aircraft can land and unload equipment and supplies on the ground.

The deployment of Rangers isn’t entirely surprising, as they often work hand-in-hand with paratroopers during airfield seizures, which is a core competency of both units. The official did not say what role the Rangers would play in the region. The 75th Ranger Regiment is also known for conducting direct action raids to capture or kill high value targets.

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Author: Dian Welle