FORT BENNING, GA – Command Sergeant Major Rick Merritt will assume responsibility of the 75th Ranger Regiment from Regimental Command Sergeant Major Chris Hardy at 4 p.m. March 22 at Fort Benning's Ranger Memorial.
Merritt entered the Army March 1984, from his hometown of Ashland, Ky., and during his 26 years of service to the United States of America, has held every position from Rifleman to Command Sergeant Major. He has served multiple tours within the 75th Ranger Regiment, including several combat rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan. His most recent assignment was as Command Sergeant Major, Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Hardy has been chosen as the Maneuver Center of Excellence Command Sergeant Major, Fort Benning, Ga.
The 75th Ranger Regiment is a lethal, agile and flexible force, capable of executing a myriad of complex, joint special operations missions in support of U.S. policy and objectives. Today's Ranger Regiment is the Army's premier raid force. Each of the four geographically dispersed Ranger battalions are always combat ready, mentally and physically tough and prepared to fight the War on Terrorism. Their capabilities include air assault and direct action raids seizing key terrain such as airfields, destroying strategic facilities, and capturing or killing enemies of the Nation. Rangers are capable of conducting squad through regimental size operations using a variety of infiltration techniques including airborne, air assault and ground platforms. The Regiment remains an all-volunteer force with an intensive screening and selection process followed by combat-focused training. Rangers are resourced to maintain exceptional proficiency, experience and readiness.