A new commander is taking over the 14th Combat Support Hospital during a change of command ceremony Wednesday at Fort Benning.
Col. Paula C. Lodi, a native of Franklin, Mass., assumes the duties from Col. William S. Drennon during a 1 p.m. ceremony at Freedom Hall.Lodi’s most recent assignment was at the Pentagon, where she served on the Army staff.
Drennon’s new assignment is at Joint Base San Antonio, where he will serve as chief of the Leader Training Center.
For Drennon, his departure comes almost two months after he and 142 other soldiers returned to Fort Benning after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The men and women in the highly mobile unit are trained to treat wounds from bullets, improvised-explosive devices and other combat injuries.
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A graduate of Rutgers University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Lodi was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps second lieutenant. During her military career, she has graduated from numerous courses, including the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies.
Lodi is a distinguished honor graduate of the Naval War College, a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School and she attended Troy State University where she earned a master’s degree in public administration.
Lodi is a veteran of three tours in Iraq. She also took part in humanitarian missions, Operation Provide Comfort during the Gulf War and Hurricane Katrina Relief.
Some of her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Mary Walker Award, Humanitarian Service Medal the Military Outstanding Volunteer 1 Order of Military Medical Merit. She also earned an Expert Field Medical Badge.
For 20 years, Lodi has been married to retired Command Sgt. Maj. Henry R. Vance III and they have two daughters, Mackenzie and Meredith.