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75th Ranger Regiment Special Troops Battalion
The 75th Regimental Special Troops Battalion (RSTB) was provisionally activated on July 17, 2006 and officially activated on Oct. 16, 2007 as a response to the demands of the War on Terror and the changing nature of Ranger operations.
The activation of RSTB provides the 75th Ranger Regiment and U.S. Army Special Operations Command with increased operational capabilities to sustained combat operations. RSTB conducts command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance functions in support of the 75th Ranger Regiment and other special operation task forces in order to enable the execution of joint special operations anywhere in the world. Additionally, RSTB provides qualified, trained and ready Rangers to sustain the Ranger Force.
The Regimental Special Troops Battalion is comprised of four distinct companies.
The Ranger Reconnaissance Company (RRC) provides worldwide reconnaissance and operation preparation of the environment in support of the 75th Ranger Regiment and other special operations units.
The Ranger Communications Company (RCC) provides the Regiment with world class command and control and communications in support of combat operations while meeting the additional communication requirements of other special operations task forces.
The Ranger Military Intelligence Company (RMIC) provides the 75th Ranger Regiment and the special operations command the ability to conduct human, signal, and imagery intelligence, and all source analysis operations in support of combat operations.
The Ranger Selection and Training Company (RS&TC) is the “gateway into the Regiment.” The programs of instructions (POI) within the RS&TC include the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP 1 and 2), Small Unit Ranger Tactics (SURT), and Pre-Special Operations Combat Medical Course (PSOCM).
RASP 1 assesses, trains, and identifies Soldiers of the rank of E-5 and below for service in the Regiment. RASP 2 conducts the assessment and selection for Soldiers E-6 and above. SURT prepares members of the Regiment for successful completion of the United States Army Ranger School. PSOCM is the preparatory training for all Combat Medics (68W) in the Special Operations Combat Medic Course.
Since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, RSTB has maintained elements continuously deployed to combat. Both in training and in combat, RSTB provides continuous support to the three Ranger Rifle Battalions and the Regimental Headquarters.
Special Combat recognitions (Combat Jump Operations)
- Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment Team 3 conducted a combat military freefall parachute drop onto Wrath Drop Zone in southeast Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2001, to establish a Flight Landing Strip for follow on combat operations.
- Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment Team 3 conducted a combat static line parachute drop onto Shiloh Drop Zone in southeast Afghanistan on Nov. 21, 2001, to establish a flight Landing Strip for follow on combat operations.
- Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment Team 3 conducted a combat military freefall parachute drop onto Tillman Drop Zone in southeast Afghanistan in July 2004 to emplace tactical equipment.
- Regimental Reconnaissance Company Team 1 conducted a combat military freefall parachute drop with tandem passenger in Afghanistan on July 11, 2009 in order to emplace tactical equipment.
The Regimental Special Troops Battalion continues to support the efforts in the War on Terror, with one third of their battalion constantly deployed.