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COL Vanek assumes command of the 75th Ranger Regiment

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

The 75th Ranger Regiment Change of Command ceremony took place this morning, July, 25, on Soldiers Field at the National Infantry Museum.

COL Mark Odom turned over his command of the Regiment to COL Christopher Vanek.

Odom assumed command of the Regiment on the same date in 2011, and has now been assigned to the Joint Chief of Staff in Washington D.C.

Vanek addressed the Rangers in the ceremony today, saying, "As our Army begins to conclude its direct combat involvement in our country's longest conflict, and as the nation starts to re-establish it's economic superiority, the Army will now, more than ever, look to the Regiment. It is an ultimate honor to once again join your ranks."

Vanek served as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, and was Commander of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team with the 25th Infantry Division.

Vanek is also a recent graduate from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

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