Rangers Lead The Way.

I’m not a Ranger. When I was in Basic Training at Ft. Benning, I saw the Ranger School students going through the “easy” part of their 61 day course. As bad as I was sucking wind, it pretty quickly became clear to me that those guys were facing a much higher hurdle than I felt like facing just then.

And the Rangers do produce some tough soldiers.

(Sergeant First Class Joe Kapacziewski) joined the Army in 2001, and has served with the 75th Ranger Regiment for his entire military career.
“Being part of the 75th Ranger Regiment means everything to me. I have had the privilege to serve in the Regiment for nine years now and cannot imagine doing any other job in the military. I love waking up every morning and going to work with 600 of my best friends,” he said.

Kapacziewski will deploy to Afghanistan in early 2011 as a Ranger platoon sergeant, a role to which he was recently promoted. While this will be his second deployment as a platoon sergeant, he has previously deployed to the Middle East six times, including three since his amputation (emphasis mine-ed).

“Being a platoon sergeant is the best job I’ve had in the Army and I am thankful my Chain of Command had the confidence in me to put me in this position,” Kapacziewski said. “My goal for this upcoming deployment is rid the world of as many terrorists as possible in the time we are over there. I will lead my fellow Rangers by setting the example in all we do and by being relentless in the pursuit of our enemies.”

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