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Bartholomees assumes command of 173rd Airborne Brigade

Col. James B. Bartholomees III, center, new commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, chatted with colleagues before a change-of-command ceremony on Friday, July 7, 2017, in Vicenza, Italy.

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By NANCY MONTGOMERY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 7, 2017

VICENZA, Italy — The 173rd Airborne Brigade, America’s quick-reaction force for Europe and Africa, received a new commander on Friday.

Col. James. B. Bartholomees III, a U.S. Military Academy graduate, assumed command of the brigade at a ceremony here.

Bartholomees was part of the 3rd Ranger Battalion’s 2003 Iraq assault. As a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, he deployed nine times to Afghanistan. He has served with the regiment in positions ranging from company commander to task force commander.

The brigade’s former commander, Col. Greg Anderson, is headed to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., where he’ll serve as the executive officer. Anderson, also a West Point graduate, holds advanced degrees in defense analysis and strategic studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and the Army War College, respectively. While battalion commander for infantry and Ranger regiments out of Fort Drum, N.Y., and Fort Lewis, Wash., he, too, deployed repeatedly to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Col. Greg Anderson, commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade for the past two years, greeted well-wishers after a change-of-command ceremony on Friday, July 7, 2017, in Vicenza, Italy. Anderson's next posting is at CENTCOM in Tampa, Fla., where he'll be the command's executive officer.
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