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Photo of the day: Ranger earns Thai Jump Wings


It’s been so long I can’t remember the exact date. Let’s say 1995 based on my rank and sometime around monsoon season in Thailand. Alpha Company 2nd Ranger Battalion in support of Operation Cobra Gold, deployed to Thailand to work with and train the Thai Commandos. In this picture, I’m standing with my non-smiling Ranger counterpart. We had just performed several airborne operations from a Thai Air Force C-130. US Army Rangers and Thai Rangers sharing the skies over their beautiful country. Unlike other countries we’ve worked with, these guys were a real pleasure. They were smart, motivated to learn and always in good spirits. Despite their eagerness to see how we operate as a unit, these Thai Rangers proudly shared their intimate knowledge of the jungle and fieldcraft with us.

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About Erik Meisner

served in Attack Company, 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment as a rifle team leader with deployments to the Middle East, Central America and Asia. He's a licensed pilot, SCUBA diver and enjoys Alpine skiing, shooting, Overland camping, boating, sea kayaking, traveling and golf. Growing up in a military family, Erik had the pleasure to live and ski all over North America and Europe. Now residing in beautiful Northern Michigan with his wife and 2 sons they continue to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.