Vanek, a seasoned combat veteran with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, assumed command of the storied 75th Ranger Regiment in July 2013. A career infantryman, Vanek served multiple assignments with the regiment. He also served in Joint Special Operations Command and commanded a battalion in the 10th Mountain Division, leading them on a 15-month deployment to Iraq. He also commanded 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
The allegations included in the 15-6 report, which was heavily redacted before it was released to Army Times, span August 2013 through September 2014.