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On September 11, 2001, the United States of America was attacked by members of the religious extremist terrorist organization known as Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda’s center of operations, training and ideology was in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, their safe haven sponsored by the rogue Taliban regime. The United States swiftly responded, deploying elite light special operations units into Afghanistan to destroy Al Qaeda, remove the Taliban from control of the country, and restore a legitimate government to the nation.
The 75th Ranger Regiment was among the first combat units to deploy inside Afghanistan with a low-level combat parachute assault conducted on Objective Rhino. The parachute assault was the first combat airborne operation by United States forces since the 75th Ranger Regiment conducted a parachute assault into Panama in 1989. Additionally, Rangers of the 75th Ranger Regiment conducted two additional low level parachute assaults into the western part of Afghanistan during the early phase of the war to seize key terrain and provide support to ongoing combat operations. To date, the 75th Ranger Regiment is the only light Infantry unit to be continuously engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan since October 19, 2001, and the only unit required to maintain a significant portion of its combat power in theater conducting 24-hour combat operations.
Rangers from the 75th Ranger Regiment have been involved in every major phase and operation conducted in the country, engaging the enemy from the mountains in Tora Bora to the low laying lands near Kandahar, and in every major city and province in Afghanistan, from the remote cities of Jalalabad and Oruzgan to the larger cities of Kabul and Khowst along the Pakistan border. In operations like Anaconda and Redwing, and battles like Musa Qala in Helmand Province, Rangers of the 75th Ranger Regiment have fought to protect America from her enemies, and provide a better way of life and bring freedom to the repressed people of Afghanistan.
This limited edition print is a portrait of a Ranger unit in a mountainous region of Afghanistan, being reinforced at day break with a Ranger platoon fast roping into the rugged terrain of the Afghanistan countryside. MH-47 helicopters, crewed by members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) transport the Rangers to their objective. In the portrait, are the weapon systems and special equipment a typical Ranger Platoon will deploy with to fight the Taliban, from the 60mm Mortar, M240G multipurpose machinegun, and the M4A1 Carbine Rifle to special night vision equipment and body armor. The portrait is typical of the terrain that Rangers are required to maneuver in to effectively engage and maintain pressure on the enemy.
This print is dedicated to the Rangers who severed with and supported the 75th Ranger Regiment moving "Further, Faster, and Fighting Harder" as they have been called on to do in Afghanistan, and to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, while engaged in combat with the insurgents and terrorists who continue to spread terror and repression throughout the region.