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White Sands Missile Range, the Department of Defense’s largest test facility and range, has a new leader.
The sprawling Army post just outside of Las Cruces welcomed its new commanding officer Brig. Gen. Eric D. Little and said goodbye to Brig. Gen. David C. Trybula.
Trybula had led WSMR since July 2019. He was credited with helping the giant installation weather the Covid-19 pandemic while continuing to help the Army and all other branches of service test and evaluate new capabilities.
Trybula will now become the deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and the commanding general for the Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts.
Little, an Army aviator by trade, was promoted from colonel to brigadier general, or a one-star general, about an hour before taking command.
Little had previously served as the deputy commander for operations for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.
Little was promoted in front of his parents, siblings and several of his grown children, who all participated in the ceremony.
Trybula was given the Legion of Merit for his outstanding service at the helm of WSMR. His wife, Jill, was give the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.