December 28, 2012

Ranger Graduates From Guatemala’s Kaibil School

Very cool.  We had a couple dudes in my Company graduate from Colombian Lancero school.  They said that you had to be in a patrol base by 5pm during Jungle Phase because it gets so dark under triple canopy.  I also heard all kinds of horror stories that really made me want to go and check it.  This is the first time I’ve ever heard of any Americans going to the Kaibil School so I’m sure SSG Rodriguez had an interesting experience to say the least. -Jack

FORT BENNING, Ga. (USASOC News Service, Dec. 18, 2012) – For the first time in more than 25 years, an American Soldier has graduated from the Guatemalan special operations Kaibil School, in Poptún, Guatemala.

Staff Sgt. Joel R. Rodriguez, Jr., a Ranger Reconnaissance Team Leader assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., graduated December 2012.

“I volunteered to attend this school because I wanted the challenge,” said Rodriguez. “I wanted to test myself and it’s something I wanted to accomplish during my military career.”


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is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • templar 6

    Congrats to SSG Rodriguez, these are a rough bunch.  I have worked with these folks many times on private contract in Guata since 1994. I never attended thier course nor did I want to at anytime...There were real problems diplomatically with them and the US for various reasons. It's good to see a level of normalcy taking hold with regard to relations between our forces again. For many years the Israels ran the game in this AO and many restrictions on us and what we could do. I have seen more and more Americans popping around on occasion these days.   Respectfully

  • NeilAleksandrov

    The link to the article is not working on my end. error 404.

  • rnsone

    @Srmanuel RIP

  • Liberty Flyer

    Good work, Sgt Rodriguez! I hope he didn't have to sleep with one eye open as a good number of Kaibiles have left to work for the Zetas and other narco groups over the last few years. It's unfortunate the amount of collusion between many Latin American gov'ts and narco groups.

  • majrod

    I would hazard it's a safe bet that Ranger Rodriguez will be going to selection in the near future and has a very bright future.  Best wishes.