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Col. Thomas Vandal, right, smiles at the crowd just before the start of the Friday afternoon ceremony to formally make him the commander of the operations group at the Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Vandal is taking the reins from outgoing Col. Mike Davis, left.
Col. Thomas Vandal, right, smiles at the crowd just before the start of the Friday afternoon ceremony to formally make him the commander of the operations group at the Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Vandal is taking the reins from outgoing Col. Mike Davis, left. (Ben Murray / S&S)
Col. Thomas Vandal, right, smiles at the crowd just before the start of the Friday afternoon ceremony to formally make him the commander of the operations group at the Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Vandal is taking the reins from outgoing Col. Mike Davis, left.
Col. Thomas Vandal, right, smiles at the crowd just before the start of the Friday afternoon ceremony to formally make him the commander of the operations group at the Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Vandal is taking the reins from outgoing Col. Mike Davis, left. (Ben Murray / S&S)
Col. Thomas Vandal, left, takes the unit colors for the Combat Maneuver Training Center’s operations group from 7th Army Training Command’s Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling.
Col. Thomas Vandal, left, takes the unit colors for the Combat Maneuver Training Center’s operations group from 7th Army Training Command’s Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling. (Ben Murray / S&S)

HOHENFELS, Germany — In the second of three top-level turnovers of authority of the main commands at the Hohenfels training area, Col. Mike Davis on Friday passed the unit colors for the operations group at the base’s Combat Maneuver Training Center to Col. Thomas Vandal.

Speaking in weather so hot that two men standing in formation had to be carted away on stretchers, Davis talked about the “tremendous transformation” at the base that has made it one of the Army’s top field training areas.

“I am humbled by the thought of joining you, and I am excited by our transformation into a [Joint Multinational Training Center],” Vandal said.

A former professor of military science and plans officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, Vandal also commanded two artillery units based in the States before coming to Hohenfels.

The Friday handover at the training area followed the change of command for the home unit of the CMTC, the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, or opposition force, earlier in the week.

On Wednesday, Lt. Col. Randall Copeland handed the unit colors to Lt. Col. Timothy DeLass, also a former professor of military science and deputy commander of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

The third and final ceremony will be Wednesday when Lt. Col. David Witty transfers authority of the 282nd Base Support Battalion to Lt. Col. James Matheson.

The Hohenfels changes are part of a spate of rotations in the area that have also seen commanders at Grafenwöhr and Vilseck passing flags in recent weeks. The string will end Aug. 4 when Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of the 7th Army Training Command, leaves the command for a new assignment.

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