Natick Soldier Systems Center welcomes new senior commander

By Vannessa JoseyJune 11, 2021

Brig. Gen. David C. Trybula accepts the unit colors to assume command of Natick Soldier Systems Center from Lt. Gen. Thomas H. Todd III, deputy commanding general for Acquisition and Systems management at the U.S. Army Futures Command in Austin, Texas. Trybula most recently commanded White Sands Missile Range and served as the deputy commanding general for developmental testing for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, located at White Sands, N.M.
Brig. Gen. David C. Trybula accepts the unit colors to assume command of Natick Soldier Systems Center from Lt. Gen. Thomas H. Todd III, deputy commanding general for Acquisition and Systems management at the U.S. Army Futures Command in Austin, Texas. Trybula most recently commanded White Sands Missile Range and served as the deputy commanding general for developmental testing for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, located at White Sands, N.M. (Photo Credit: David Kamm_508-206-3578) VIEW ORIGINAL

NATICK, Mass. — Brig. Gen. David C. Trybula assumed command of Natick Soldier Systems Center during a ceremony on June 8, 2021.

Brig. Gen. Trybula also serves as deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

The change of command ceremony was hosted by Lt. Gen. Thomas H. Todd III, deputy commanding general for Acquisition and Systems Management at the U.S. Army Futures Command in Austin, Texas.

During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. James P. Bienlien relinquished command of Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) after more than a year in the role. His primary focus was installation modernization and strengthening partnerships.

“Brig. Gen. Bienlien has given several facelifts to the installation,” said Lt. Gen. Todd, who also served as the senior commander of NSSC from 2015 to 2017. “He has left a legacy that Soldiers can benefit from for years to come.”

Brig. Gen. Bienlien was assigned as NSSC senior commander in May 2020. During his tenure at Natick, he spent countless hours spearheading installation updates to include groundbreaking on the Soldier and Squad Performance Research Institute (S2PRINT) building and new mail facilities. Additionally, he cultivated the successful agreement between the commonwealth of Massachusetts and the installation allowing NSSC to serve as an alternative storage facility for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Brig. Gen. Bienlien thanked the Natick community for its support of his command and NSSC staff for their professionalism and expertise.

“Getting assigned here made me feel like the most important person in the world,” said Brig. Gen. Bienlien. “It has been a pleasure to be a part of a workforce that pushes the limits of engineering and is postured to provide modernization and increase readiness for today’s service member.”

Brig. Gen. Bienlien plans to retire from military service in June, after serving for more than 30 years in the Army.

Brig. Gen. Trybula most recently commanded White Sands Missile Range and served as the deputy commanding general for developmental testing for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, located at White Sands, N.M. In that role he managed multiple military components to support readiness and accelerate momentum of the largest modernization effort by the Army in a generation. During his time in command, he oversaw a premier open air test range and delivered superior testing, evaluation, research, training, innovative products and venues through a highly skilled and adaptive workforce.

During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Trybula took a few minutes to reflect on NSSC and its role in an era of modernization and equipping all warfighters.

“Thank you for this opportunity to command. I am humbled and truly honored,” said Brig. Gen. Trybula. “The mission for Natick is one team advancing innovative technology for today and tomorrow to achieve a vision that is one team committed to Soldier success.

“Everything is done for a joint community so our warfighters – our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Guardians and Coasties – all have what they need to ensure our National security. Our mission, vision and objectives are driven by the incredible and dedicated professionals that comprise team Natick, along with Natick’s location and surrounding communities. To Team Natick, I am awed by what you do every day including throughout COVID. I look forward to working with you, getting to know you and enabling you to fulfill your individual organization’s mission...focused on our number one priority taking care of people.”