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The Scout Rangers, known officially as the First Scout Ranger Regiment, is a Philippine Army Special Operations Command unit specializing in anti-guerrilla jungle warfare, raids, ambushes, close quarters combat, urban warfare and sabotage.

1st Scout Ranger Regiment
Scout Ranger Regimental Seal.png
Pin Badge of the Scout Rangers
ActiveNovember 25, 1950 - Present
CountryPhilippines Philippines
BranchPhilippine Army
TypeUSA - Special Forces Branch Insignia.png Special Forces
RoleAnti-guerrilla jungle warfare
Raiding operations
Unconventional Warfare
Counter-terrorism
Hostage rescue
Size5 Battalions
Part ofUnder the Philippine Army Special Operations Command (PASOC)
Garrison/HQFort Andres Bonifacio, Makati City
Camp Mateo Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal (Main)
Nickname(s)Musangs, FSRR, Strikers, Rangers, SR, Scout Ranger
Motto(s)We Strike
ColorsRed
MarchScout Ranger
Mascot(s)Civet / Black panther[1]
AnniversariesNovember 25
Engagements
DecorationsPresidential Unit Citation (Philippines) Streamer.png
Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge
Presidential Streamer Award
Commanders
Current
commander
Brigadier General William Gonzales PA.
Notable
commanders

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HistoryEdit

The First Scout Ranger Regiment was formed on November 25, 1950 under the command of former AFP Vice Chief of Staff and Defense Secretary Rafael M. Ileto.[2] The unit was modelled after two legendary fighting groups, the intelligence gathering American Alamo Scouts and the combat ready US Army Rangers, the unit was created due to a growing need to counter the Hukbalahap guerrillas and its rebellion with a force trained in small unit actions.[2] The Scout Rangers participated in the December 1989 coup attempt against the administration of Corazon Aquino.[3] Led by then Captain Danilo Lim, Major Abraham Purugganan and Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Galvez, some 2500 Rangers took over Makati in the most destructive coup attempt against the Aquino administration,[3][4] which left hundreds of civilians and soldiers dead, and hundreds more injured.

The Scout Rangers played a major role in capturing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebel camp during the 2000 all-out war against the MILF. In The Battle of Marawi of 2017, the Rangers were the first elite unit deployed along with 1st Infantry division to eliminate the Islamic State-inspired groups such as the Maute and Abu Sayyaf including their leaders Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute brothers, who attacked the Islamic city. In this conflict the Rangers had suffered many casualties including a Ranger Captain since the battle of Zamboanga city, However one of the rangers killed Hapilon at the final stage of battle.[5][6]

Their headquarters is based at Camp Mateo Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal while their training school is based at Camp Tecson in San Miguel, Bulacan.

UnitsEdit

The following are subordinate battalions and companies of the 1st Scout Rangers.[citation needed]

BattalionsEdit

  • 1st Scout Ranger Battalion
  • 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion
  • 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion
  • 4th Scout Ranger Battalion
  • 5th Scout Ranger Battalion

CompaniesEdit

  • 1st Scout Ranger Company "Reconnaissance"
  • 2nd Scout Ranger Company "Venceremos" (Sp., "We will win")
  • 3rd Scout Ranger Company "Terminator"
  • 4th Scout Ranger Company "Final Option"
  • 5th Scout Ranger Company "Salaknib" (Iloko, "Shield")
  • 6th Scout Ranger Company "The Cutting Edge"
  • 7th Scout Ranger Company "In Hoc Signo Vinces" (L., "Under this sign thou shalt conquer")
  • 8th Scout Ranger Company "Destruere Hostis Deus" (L., "Destroy the enemy of God")
  • 9th Scout Ranger Company "Angát sa Ibá!" (Tag., "Above all others!")
  • 10th Scout Ranger Company "We Lead" (Ultimus Fortis)
  • 11th Scout Ranger Company "Pericoloso" (It., "Dangerous")
  • 12th Scout Ranger Company "Always Ready"
  • 13th Scout Ranger Company "Warrior"
  • 14th Scout Ranger Company "Mabalasik" (Tag., "Fierce")
  • 15th Scout Ranger Company "Mandirigmâ" (Tag., "Fighters" or "Warriors")
  • 16th Scout Ranger Company "Mabangís" (Tag., "Vicious")
  • 17th Scout Ranger Company "Mapanganib" (Tag., "Dangerous")
  • 18th Scout Ranger Company "Makamandág" (Tag., "Venomous")
  • 19th Scout Ranger Company "Dimalupig" (Tag., "Unbeatable")
  • 20th Scout Ranger Company "Hellcat"
  • 21st Scout Ranger Company "Mapangahas" (Tag., "Fearless")
  • 22nd Scout Ranger Company "Cul Peri Duro (Tag., "Strike Hard")

CommandersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ http://rangercabunzky.blogspot.com/2014/08/5-interesting-facts-that-you-do-not.html
  2. ^ a b Strike Musang's Home Page. at WebCite (archived 2009-10-23). Retrieved on November 1, 2007. Archived 2009-10-22.
  3. ^ a b One Brave Man. Retrieved on November 4, 2008.
  4. ^ MUTINY BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF 1989 SIEGE. Retrieved on November 4, 2008.
  5. ^ "Army commander shares how they killed Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute". cdodev.com. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  6. ^ http://www.cdodev.com/2017/10/17/army-commander-shares-how-they-killed-isnilon-hapilon-and-omar-maute/

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