White Sands Missile Range welcomes new Commander Col. David C. Trybula, second from left, during a Change of Command Ceremony conducted on July 17, 2019. Army Test and Evaluation Command Commander Maj. Gen. Joel K. Tyler presented him with the WSMR flag.

veterans Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at Isidro Baca Veterans Park in Socorro. The Veterans Day ceremony will feature remarks given by dignitaries to honor military veterans; that is, all persons who served and are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Guest speaker will be Col. David C. Trybula, Commander of White Sands Missile Range. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and commissioned as an Armor officer, Trybula served his company grade time in Armor and Cavalry units before receiving his functional designation as an Operational Research Systems Analyst.

Before assuming command at White Sands, his last assignment was Deputy Chief of Staff for Army Futures Command Headquarters. In the previous 10 years, he served as Strategic Initiatives Group Chief for the Under Secretary of the Army; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Resources, Facilities and Strategy; Director of Prospective Clinical Analytics with the U.S. Army Medical Command; Director of Afghan Assessment Group HQ and International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan; Senior Strategist and the Executive Director of the Army Science Board with the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army; and Chief of Staff of the Army National Cemeteries Program at Arlington National Cemetary.

Trybula says he comes from a family where service to the community and the nation is important. He is quoted in the August 2019 issue of the Missile Ranger that he believes in sustaining and improving relationships with local communities.

“WSMR cannot perform its mission without the support of the community,” Trybula said. “Similarly, the communities are not the same without WSMR. We have a symbiotic relationship.”

Also making remarks will be state Sen. Gabriel Ramos, New Mexico Tech President Stephen G. Wells, Mayor Ravi Bhasker, Gordy Hicks for the DAV, and Cdr. Ricardo Berry, U.S. Naval Reserve.

Veterans present at the ceremony will be recognized by service.

Isidro Baca Veterans Park honors Socorroans who have given their lives in our nation’s service.

Following the ceremony, a free hamburger/brat lunch will be served to the community at the Socorro chapter of Disabled American Veterans, 200 N. Fifth Street.

Parkview Elementary

Elsewhere on Monday, Parkview Elementary School will be observing Veterans Day with a program beginning at 9 a.m. in the school gym. Veterans attending will be invited to stand and be recognized. Students in grades K-2 will sing “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and students in grades 3-5 will sign “My Country Tis of Thee.”

Following the program, Principal Laurie Ocampo will invite vets to a continental breakfast in the staff lounge.

DAV member Peter Romero said the chapter is already preparing for their annual community Thanksgiving Dinner, and are in need of volunteers and/or donations.

The Thanksgiving dinner will be Saturday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.