Army Ranger battalion deployment kills, captures 1,900 terrorists 

| March 16, 2019 | 15 Comments

The 1st Ranger Battalion has deployed 22 times to support the war on terror, the deputy commanding general of Joint Special Operations Command said.

The 1st Ranger Battalion’s members ran 198 combat missions that resulted in 1,900 terrorists killed or captured in their most recent deployment. After the deployment, 14 of the Rangers recently received valor awards.

Maj. Gen. Mark Schwartz, deputy commanding general of US Joint Special Operations Command, presented the awards at a ceremony earlier this month at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, according to an Army release.

“It is truly an honor to serve with men like you,” Schwartz told them.

The First Ranger Battalion has deployed 22 times in support of the Global War on Terrorism, Schwartz said.

During the deployment, the battalion took part in 198 combat operations in which 1,900 terrorists were killed or captured.

Master Sgt. Phillip Paquette received a Silver Star Medal, the third highest valor award. The 17-year Army veteran has spent his entire career with the 75th Ranger Regiment and commanded a joint task force in Afghanistan.

During an enemy engagement on April 25, 2018, Paquette, “selflessly and with little regard for his own personal safety, exposed himself to enemy fire several times in order to retrieve a casualty, suppress the enemy by direct fire and delivered several danger-close aerial munitions,” according to the citation.

His actions allowed the assault force to eliminate the enemy and move the unit to the helicopter landing zone to be flown out.

“Though the award is an individual award, it’s all about the men serving with me,” Paquette said. “We won’t leave anyone behind. We do what we do for the person to the left and to the right wearing tan berets and scrolls on our left and right sleeves. Serving as a Ranger is a lifelong relationship.”

Schwartz awarded eight Bronze Star medals for valor during the ceremony, including two to Staff Sgt. Nicolas Volk-Perez and he presented one to the 8-year-old Shannon Celez, daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, who gave his life during the deployment.

Celiz was killed in action on July 12, 2018 in Paktiya province. The 32-year-old was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at the time of his death.

“The 75th Ranger Regiment suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Sgt. 1st Class Chris Celiz. The Celiz family has been a critical component of our team and their community in Savannah, Georgia,” said Col. Brandon Tegtmeier, commander of 75th Ranger Regiment at the time of Celiz’ death. “Chris was a national treasure who led his Rangers with passion, competence, and an infectiously positive attitude no matter the situation. He will be greatly missed.”

Five Rangers received Joint Service Commendation Medals for valor and three were presented Purple Heart medals.

The two-star attributed JSOC’s operational tempo as being responsible for “the ongoing dialogue with the Taliban.”

Source: Army Ranger battalion deployment kills, captures 1,900 terrorists – Business Insider

Category: Army News, Holidays, Real Soldiers, Valor

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  1. JTB says:

    Keep it up..You have my full support…For whatever that is worth…

  2. Mason says:

    “It is truly an honor to serve with men like you,” Schwartz told them.

    REEEE! Triggered. “Men?” They are people, General.

  3. Club Manager, USA ret. says:


  4. 5th77th FA says:

    “Though the award is an individual award, it’s all about the men serving with me,”

    ….being responsible for “the ongoing dialogue with the Taliban.”

    BZ Rangers!…Lead the Way…

    Kill.them.all…Let Satan eat their souls!

    Still think all of the embellishing POSers need to be HANO ’bout 3 klicks east of a known enemy outpost. If they survive the HANO, they can show us how they did their derring do “back when they were badazz.”

  5. Comm Center Rat says:

    Outstanding kill/capture rate by the 1 BN 75th RR! Brave professional soldiers – agile and lethal, night or day, all weather, global ass kickers who lead the way.

    In recent Afghanistan news: “President Ashraf Ghani said in January that 45,000 soldiers and police officers had died in combat since late 2014. In recent months, the pace has been 30 to 40 deaths a day, a toll that one senior American commander described to Congress as ‘not sustainable.'” [NY Times]

    Looks like our mentoring role is gonna take another decade or two before the Afghanistan government is capable of providing its own security and defense.

  6. AKanonymoose says:

    sua sponte.

    Keep up the good fight.

  7. Sparks says:

    One of the great the Band of Brothers.

  8. AW1Ed says:

    Fair winds and following seas, SFC Celiz.

  9. M48DAT says:

    IMHO all awards should be upgraded a notch. RIP Ranger. Condolences to the family.Where do we find such men?

  10. Jeffery D Monroe says:

    Well You want find them in Hollywood,San Francisco,Seattle,Portland,NYC ,Chicago,Baltimore .

  11. streetsweeper says:

    Excellent work, gentlemen. Drive on!

  12. MI Ranger says:

    Great numbers to back up a great team. Always sad to hear one was lost. We will see you on the high ground SFC Celiz.

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