LTC Eric A. Vanek
2916th Aviation Battalion



Lieutenant Colonel Eric A. Vanek grew up in Plymouth, New Hampshire and received his commission in 1997 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

His military education includes: Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Combined Arms Service Staff School, the Aviation Captains Course, 160th Green Platoon, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Aircraft Qualification Courses for OH-58 A/C, UH-60, UH-60M, MH-60L, and UH-72, SERE High Risk Level C Course, Mountain Warfare School, and both the Airborne and Air Assault Schools.

LTC Vanek has served in a variety of assignments that include: Flight Platoon Leader with L Company 1-159th Aviation Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina (1998-2000); Brigade Current Operations Officer with 18th Aviation Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina (2000-2001); Executive Officer with C Company 52nd Aviation Regiment (AVIM), Camp Humphreys, Korea (2002-2003); Flight Platoon Leader with A Company, 3/160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Company Commander of HHC, 3/160th, Company Commander of C, 3/160th, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia (2003-2009); Battalion Operations and Executive Officer with 3-101st, Fort Campbell, Kentucky (2010-2012); Joint Aviation Planner, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Florida (2013-2016).

LTC Vanek’s awards include: the Bronze Star Medal; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Air Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the Kosovo Campaign Medal; the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals; the Korean Defense Service Medal; the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon; the United Nations Medal; as well as the Combat Action Badge; the Army Senior Aviator Badge; Airborne and Air Assault Badges.