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Army Rangers to Perform at Olympics Opening Ceremonies

May 27, 1996

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) _ Add Fort Benning’s U.S. Army Rangers to the list of performers who will showcase their talents at the Summer Olympics’ opening ceremonies in Atlanta on July 19.

Exactly what the elite troops will do is top secret, officials said.

``The Rangers will come from Camp Dahlonega, and will be demonstrating Ranger-kinds of things,″ said an Olympic official who didn’t want to be identified.

Dahlonega is the home of Camp Merrill, an extension of Fort Benning, where Ranger students go through the mountain phase of their training.

The Rangers will likely be showing off some of their special skills such as rappelling, getting in and out of training areas by helicopter and hand-to-hand combat techniques, which thousands of civilians have seen during ``Rangers in Action″ at Fort Benning.

``Those who will be participating have all been sworn to secrecy,″ said Monica Manganaro, a Fort Benning spokeswoman.

The Rangers’ participation needs approval from the Department of Defense, and that is considered certain, officials said.

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