** RELEASE OCTOBER 7, 2019 ***
Dr. Tom Wiggins Airborne Ranger (RET)
Author of Disabled Leadership ISBN-10: 1694324672
Fifty-four million Americans suffer from diagnosed disabilities. Tom is one of them. During the course of his twenty-year career, he has been blessed with the opportunity to be inspired by Disabled Leaders, both in the operational environment and in the classroom. Over the past several years Dr. Wiggins has conceptualized what he refers to as “Disabled Leadership”. This concept proves how Disabled Leaders demonstrate leadership traits better than the general population. Disabled Leadership also serves to teach disabled leaders how they may emulate many fundamental characteristics to improve their leadership abilities. Disabled Leadership provides readers with self awareness, teaches leaders how to build platforms for success, and investigates the key traits of Disabled Leadership: Desire, Dedication, and Discipline. Dr. Wiggins shares personal stories and others inspirations in detailing his theory. Disabled Leadership covers a wide range of disabilities from deafness to blindness and from autism to cerebral palsy. Dr. Wiggins invites leaders to conceive, believe, and achieve any aspiration.
The 75th Regimental Special Troops Battalion (RSTB) was provisionally activated on 17 July, 2006 and officially activated on 16 October, 2007 as a response to the demands of the war on terror and the changing nature of Ranger operations. The activation of the RSTB provides the Ranger Regiment and Special Operations Command with increased operational capabilities to sustained combat operations. The 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, the RSTB provides qualified, trained and ready Rangers in order to sustain the Ranger Force. The Regimental Special Troops Battalion is comprised of four distinct companies.
Recognizing the need for a highly trained and mobile reaction force, the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Creighton Abrams, in the fall of 1973, directed the activation of the first battalion-size Ranger qualified personnel. Headquarters, Forces Command, issued General Order 127, directing the activation of the 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, with an effective date of January 31, 1974.
The 75th Ranger Regiment Military Intelligence Battalion (RMIB) was provisionally established on May 22, 2017 at Fort Benning, Georgia. The RMIB’s mission is to recruit, train, develop, and employ highly trained and specialized Rangers to conduct full spectrum intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, cyber, and electronic warfare operations in order to enhance the Regimental Commander’s situational awareness and inform his decision-making process. Presently, the RMIB consists of a headquarters detachment and two companies.
On this date in Ranger History: October 3, 1943: The 75th Infantry Regiment is first organized in the China-Burma-India theater as Task Force Galahad also known as Shipments 1688 A, B, C and as the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), the unit would serve until July 1, 1945, when it would be deactivated in China.
The 75th Infantry Regiment (5307th Composite Unit) was the first United States ground combat force to meet the enemy on the Continent of Asia during World War II. It was during the campaigns in the China-Burma-India theater that it became known as “Merrill’s Marauders” after its commander, Major General Frank D. Merrill.