During the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment’s change of command ceremony July 20, LTC Mark O’Donnell took the reins from COL Daniel Walrath. The unit just returned from Afghanistan.
The reviewing officer, 75th Ranger Regiment Commander COL Michael Kurilla, told the Rangers standing on the parade field at the National Infantry Museum and the audience sitting in the grandstands that while Walrath is without peer, O’Donnell is no stranger to the Ranger community.
O’Donnell returns to the regiment from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
During his remarks, O’Donnell said he has spent his career in awe of the Ranger scroll and all of the men who stand behind it.
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“I am truly humbled to stand in your ranks,” O’Donnell told the Rangers of 3rd Battalion. “I will never take this opportunity for granted.”
Calling the Rangers national treasures, Walrath said the 3rd Battalion is the “force of choice for the mission impossible … and wouldn’t want it any other way.
“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve with you during these historic times,” he said. “We made a difference.”