Once again, the City of Rye will carry on its tradition of honoring veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, 2018.
Rye American Legion Post 128 and the Auxiliary are organizing the ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the Rye City Hall Green.
(PHOTO: Keynote speaker Major General Robert I. Gruber.)
American Legion Post 128 Commander Fred de Barros will lead the formal ceremony. Rye City Mayor Josh Cohn, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and NYS Assemblyman Steve Otis are all scheduled to greet guests. The keynote speaker will be Major General Robert Gruber, NYANG (Ret.).
Members of the Rye City Council will also be in attendance. Robin Latimer, president of the American Legion Auxiliary will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. She will be accompanied by the local Brownie/Girl Scouts Troop.
Major General Robert I. Gruber is a retired United States Air Force officer who served as an assistant to the director, Air National Guard, for special projects, as the Air National Guard assistant to the judge advocate general and as principal advisor on Air National Guard legal services matters to the judge advocate general. His responsibilities included training oversight and operational readi-ness of more than 260 Air National Guard attorneys and more than 160 Air National Guard parale-gals, and as chair of the judge advocate general’s Air National Guard council, coordinating policies and programs for Air National Guard judge advocates and paralegals with the judge advocate gen-eral and the director, Air National Guard.
Major General Robert I. Gruber served as an assistant to the director, Air National Guard, for special projects. The special projects included the proposed uniform state code of military justice and manual for courts martial. He previously served as the Air National Guard assistant to the judge advocate general, United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. He then served as the principal adviser on Air National Guard legal services matters to the judge advocate general. His responsibilities included training oversight and operational readiness of more than 260 Air National Guard attorneys and more than 160 Air National Guard paralegals, and as chair of the judge advocate general’s Air National Guard council, coordinating policies and programs for Air National Guard judge advocates and paralegals with the judge advocate general and the director, Air National Guard.
The general was commissioned as a judge advocate in March 1976. In addition to his staff judge advocate assignments, he principally authored and edited the first edition of the widely acclaimed Air National Guard Commanders Legal Deskbook, which has become a staple of the libraries of every Air National Guard commander and judge advocate. The general was also one of the Air National Guard’s primary instructors and innovators of teaching methods at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
During his tenure at Maxwell, the general created the Contemporary Base Issues course, a participatory interactive problem-solving program for commanders and their key staff that was conduct-ed six times each year and institutionalized as a mandatory program in the Air National Guard. The general also conceived the Air National Guard Law Office course that expedited the effectiveness and familiarity of newly accessed judge advocates and paralegals with the unique law practice in an Air National Guard legal office. In addition, the general spearheaded the design of the day-long legal curriculum and teaching methods for the Air National Guard Senior Commanders course.
In recognition of the general’s contributions and accomplishments, the United States Air Force established the “Major General Robert I. Gruber Excellence in Teaching Award,” which is annually bestowed on the Air National Guard judge advocate or paralegal who best exemplifies the general’s creative and innovative teaching techniques.
While serving as a traditional member of the Air Force National Guard, Gruber pursued a civilian career as an attorney. Gruber was born and raised in Port Chester, NY. He is married and has three daughters.