A year ago today, in the midst of a Government shutdown, there was a mass casualty situation in Afghanistan. Two of our Special Operations U.S. Army Rangers, SGT. PATRICK HAWKINS and PFC. CODY J. PATTERSON, both with the 3d Battalion Bco, were killed. Also killed while on the mission with them were Sgt. Joseph M. Peters and 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno. In addition to these casualties, several other Rangers were severely wounded.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hawkins, Patterson, Peters and Moreno families today, and always. We will never forget that these soldiers and their families gave it all to serve us. And to our brave warriors who continue to fight, heal and overcome the horrors of that day, your strength and determination to prevail is an inspiration to all.

Since the moment this tragedy occurred, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund has continued to fulfill our promise of support to the men and families of the 75th Ranger Regiment. When the Government didn’t do its job, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund did ours. As long as our Rangers and their families are in the fight, we stand by their side ready to support them.


PFC Cody Patterson SGT Patrick Hawkins