JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment will welcome a new commander and bid farewell to their present commander 10 a.m. Thursday at Watkins Parade Field on JBLM Lewis Main.
Lt. Col. Jay Bartholomees will assume command from Col. Gregory K. Anderson during the change of command ceremony.
Bartholomees is no stranger to the 75th Ranger Regiment. He served with 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as a Ranger Rifle Platoon Leader. He also served as the Battalion Logistics Officer and later as a Ranger Rifle Company Commander at 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Following completion of the Intermediate Level Education Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Bartholomees was assigned to 2d Battalion as the Battalion Liaison Officer and Battalion Executive Officer. He then moved to the Regimental Headquarters and served as the Regimental Senior Liaison Officer, Regimental Operations Officer, Regimental Executive Officer and the Regimental Deputy Commander.
His most recent assignment was as Commander, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Anderson assumed command of 2d Bn., June 2012 and he will be attending U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
Following completion of the War College, Anderson will assume command of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy.
In more than 12 years of combat, Rangers have established themselves as the nation’s most elite Special Operations offensive infantry force capable of planning and executing complex worldwide operations in high-risk, uncertain, and politically sensitive areas. Targeting high value targets across Iraq and Afghanistan, 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment has conducted more than 3500 raids during its 19 combat deployments resulting in the killing or capturing of thousands of key al-Qaeda, Taliban, and other insurgent leaders.