The public is invited to attend a Veterans Day program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Erath County Courthouse. The guest speaker will be LTC Jason Vranes, professor of Military Science at Tarleton State University.

Vranes was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery officer in 1994 through the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating from the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course in 1995, he was assigned as a Launcher Platoon Leader in 2-43 ADA Battalion in Fort Polk, Louisiana. He was transferred to the 1-7 ADA Battalion in Kaiserslautern, Germany so he could be stationed with his wife. During this tour, he served as a Battery Executive Officer where he deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Northern Watch.

Upon finishing this tour, he attended the Field Artillery Advanced Course in 1999. In 2000, he was assigned back to Heidelbarg Germany and served on the V Corps G3 staff in the Corps Air Defense Element. He went on to serve in Ansbach Germany as the HHB Commander, 6th Battalion, 52nd Regiment Air Defense Artillery as part of the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. During this assignment, he deployed his unit on two separate occasions. The first deployment was in 2001 in support of Operation Northern Watch and the second one was in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon re-deployment he was assigned to 1st Personnel Command in Heidelberg, Germany as the Assignments Officer for Combat Arms officers stationed throughout all of Europe. In 2006, he attended the Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama. Upon graduating, he was stationed in Fort Bliss.

From 2008-09, Vranes completed a 15-month tour to Doha, Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He holds a BS from the United States Military Academy, an MBA from Liberty University, and a Master of Military Operational Air and Science Degree from the Air Command and Staff College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC); Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC); Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (3 OLC); and the Parachutist Badge.