The assistant principal at College Station's A&M Consolidated High School has taken on additional responsibilities.
On Saturday, Aug. 5, Mark Ybarra took over command of Bryan's National Guard Armory.
Ybarra is now in command of the 4th Battalion, 112th Armored Regiment, 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard.
"I'm excited to be here today," Ybarra said. "I just came back from a deployment overseas and I'm very excited to be here in Bryan. I've been with this unit for a while and I'm glad to be back. It's like being home."
Ybarra has been involved in the Texas Army National Guard for 10 years, serving six in Bryan. He returned from deployment in December 2005. Since then he's been working full-time for the College Station Independent School District.
Ybarra says it has been his goal to take over command of the unit.
"Taking command is part of your right of passage if you will," Ybarra said. "I knew that I still had time to do command and I pushed and pushed and tried to get this position because I do live in College Station."
Ybarra now has a plate full of responsibilities, but says he is ready for the challenge.
"It is a lot of time management, trusting your people, trusting the group that is here, and keeping on top of things," Ybarra said.
Members of the National Guard say they're excited about the change in command.
"This is really great," soldier Michael Dennis said. "I really don't know too much about the new commander but from what I've seen, he seems really great."
"It is good to know that he's going to be here for a while," soldier Andrew Frazier said. "It is good to have some stability in the unit and actually know who our commander is."
There are about 200 soldiers in the unit, and half of them are currently deployed in Kosovo.
A family day followed Saturday's ceremony.
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