US Mountain Ranger Association

Promoting fellowship & brotherhood among US Army Rangers

Pursuant to our mission of promoting fellowship and brotherhood among all US Army Rangers, the US Mountain Ranger Association continually serves its fellow Rangers through programs honoring and assisting its members, their families and all Rangers, past and present.

USMRA is incorporated under the laws of the State of Georgia. As a charitable organization, it is exempt from Federal Income Tax under the terms of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

We are entirely self-supporting by donations and the tireless work of our members in a variety revenue generating activities with the goal of providing for scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors, recognizing former Camp Frank D. Merrill instructors, honoring our Fallen Rangers and supporting other special programs.

Membership Requirements

Membership in the USMRA is simple. All that is required is to be a graduate of US Army Ranger School or have served in a Ranger unit during combat operations.

Membership Form

Having been assigned at Camp Merrill is NOT a prerequisite for membership.


There are no membership dues. We operate stictly by donations. Consider setting up a monthly donation through PayPal.

Community Partners


2020 USMRA Bylaws

2022 USMRA Board of Directors

J.D. Kirby (Chairman)
Chuck Windham
Bob Suchke
Jason Wistoski
John Howerton
Bill Poole

2022 USMRA Officers

Bob Williams
  • Entered service on May 12,1981 from the great state of Iowa
  • Served with Charlie Weapons Plt, 2nd Bn (Ranger) 75th Infantry from Oct 1981 to May 1983
  • Graduated with Ranger Class 9-82
  • Served with 1st Bn, 7th SFGA from May 1983 to May 1984
  • Served with 2nd Ranger Company, Camp Merrill, GA, Aggressor Plt, 31/33 Staff, & Assit S-3 NCO from May 1984 to Dec 1987
  • Medically discharged Dec 22, 1987 as an E-6, Staff Sergeant
  • Earned a BA in English Education and a MA in Middle School Social Studies
  • Served as a public school teaher at the middle school, high school, and technical college levels from 1993 to 2019
  • Select as a Distinguished Member of the Ranger Training Brigade in 2016
John Howerton
  • Entered service from San Antonio, TX, in July 2000 as an infantryman (11B)
  • 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Ft.Bragg, NC
  • 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ft. Benning, GA
  • 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Campbell, KY
  • 6th Ranger Training Battalion, Eglin AFB, FL
  • 2nd Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Hood, TX
  • 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry (Airborne), JBER, AK
  • CSM, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega, GA
  • Retired May 2022
Drew Herbert
  • Entered Service in Novenber 1983 completing OSUT at Ft. Benning, GA
  • Served in the Panama Canal Zone from 1984-1987
  • Assigned to A Co. 1-505 PIR, Ft. Bragg, NC in 1987
  • Transferred to the Joint Rediness traning Center, Ft Chaffee in 1992
  • In 1996 assigned to 5th RTB at Camp Merrill unit retirement in November 2003
  • PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, BSNCO Course, Ranger Tab, Jumpmaster, EIB, CIB, Jungle Warfare
Bill Poole
  • Graduated U.S. Military Academy, BS Eng., commissioned 2nd Lt. Infantry 1966
  • Graduated Ranger Class 10-66, Airborne school, Ft. Benning
  • Platoon Ldr., Company CO, 4th/18th Infantry, Berlin Brigade
  • Aide de camp, US Commander of Berlin
  • Military Advisor School, Ft. Bragg, Vietnamese language school, Ft. Bliss
  • MACV District advisor, Kien Hoa Province Mocay District, 68-69
  • ROTC Professor, Georgia Military College
  • Graduated UGA Law School, J.D. 1973; GSU Business school EMBA 1988
  • Practiced corporate/tax law specializing in international business 1973-2019
  • Retired to Yahoola Valley Dahlonega small horse farm 2019
  • Member Board and President R Ranch in the Mountains, Dahlonega and pro bono legal counsel
  • Pro bono legal counsel The Holly Theatre, Dahlonega