Demonstration of skills accompanies Ranger graduation

Photos by Suhyoon Wood, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs


FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 29, 2018) – The Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia, held the graduation for the Ranger Course Jan. 26 at Victory Pond.

As part of the event, Soldiers of the ARTB demonstrated hand-to-hand combat, rappelling and many other Ranger techniques.

The speaker for the class of 02-18 was Master Sgt. (retired) Howard Max Mullen Jr., a 2013 Ranger Hall of Fame inductee, 2014 inductee in the International Close Combat Instructors Association and a U.S. Army Forces Command MG Aubrey “Red” Newman Leadership Award recipient.

During his 26-year Army career, Mullen conducted a 500-foot combat parachute assault on the island of Grenada during “Operation Urgent Fury,” served as a senior Ranger instructor and head combative instructor, and conducted more than 200 hand-to-hand combative demonstrations for visiting foreign dignitaries, diplomats, high schools and Ranger students, according to the biography provided at the event.

“My time as a Ranger instructor was an opportunity to see some of the finest leaders come through this course,” said Mullen.

The Ranger course lasts two months, seven days a week, nineteen hours a day. It includes three phases: the Benning phase conducted locally, the mountain phase conducted near Dahlonega, Georgia, and the swamp phase conducted at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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