Thursday, October 3, 2013

Remembering Blackhawk Down

Today is the 20th Anniversary of one of the most costly and important operations in the 75th Ranger Regiment’s history.
Ranger Regiment, US Army, Mogadishu, Blackhawk Down, Special Forces

The battle, which took place in the Bakara Market area of Mogadishu, is well known to many and the courage of the Rangers, Operators and Pilots is well documented. There was a huge cost; 16 members of Task Force Ranger were killed and 83 were wounded.
Although this raid is occasionally used by some as an example of failure, those that do so often fail to mention that the purpose of the raid, capturing enemy personnel at the objective, was accomplished and that all detainees were evacuated back to the staging base. The Task Force mission was accomplished.

Importantly, the battle of the Black Sea was a watershed for new ideas, tactics, techniques, procedures, equipment, and medical skills. The Regiment went to school and learned from their experiences. The result was a better Regiment. One that was ready to deal with the realities of a new and rapidly changing battlefield and acknowledged that combat flexibility is vital to defeat today's enemy. Certainly the experiences over the last 12 years of continuous combat in Afghanistan and Iraq were heavily influenced by the actions of our Rangers on that single day in the Bakara Market area.

Please take a moment to remember our fallen Rangers from this momentous battle. The lessons drawn from their sacrifices are present throughout the 75th Ranger Regiment today. And keep their families in your thoughts and prayers as well.

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