Commander preparing WSMR for the future

WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin honors Webb V. Turner from WSMR’s Visual and Information Center during the commander’s first town hall at WSMR Aug. 13. Turner was recognized for serving the workforce for the past 50 years. Esau Villegas was also recognized for serving for 50 years. Three additional employees were recognized for serving for 35 years.

  WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin focused on his expectations of the workforce and providing a clear mission in his first quarterly Town Hall at the Post Theater Aug. 13. Coffin said he wants to do business in a way that will help prepare the workforce for the future rather than doing business as […]

Combating suicide with resiliency

Last year 299 Soldiers, including National Guard and Reserves, committed suicide. Since the last reported numbers in August  of this year, a total of 144 Soldiers, including National Guard and Reserve, have committed suicide. In an effort to combat these numbers and incorporate the health and wellness of the civilian workforce, the Army has established […]

Community celebrates Tri-Service Awards

Photo by Jose Salazar

WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin, right, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers pose with the Tri-Service awardees Aug. 15 at the Tri-Service Awards Banquet at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

Researchers conduct study on rare white lizards

The little white whiptail can be found on White Sands.

Researchers are conducting a study on three rare species of white lizards found only on the gypsum dunes at White Sands Missile Range and the White Sands National Monument. Doug Burkett, senior scientist with Eco-Inc, and a team of five biologists are conducting a study that will help understand the behaviors of the white lizard […]

Lt. Col. Elba Villacorta leads McAfee Clinic

U.S. Army Health Clinic Commander Lt. Col. Elba Villacorta took command on July 11.

It was because of her twin sister that McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic Commander Lt. Col. Elba Villacorta joined the ROTC program in college – a decision that ultimately led her to join the Army. Villacorta was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old.  As a […]

WSMR youth wins national sneaker contest

Jordan Armstrong, right, poses with judges and her prizes at the Odor-Eaters competition in New York City earlier this year.

White Sands Missile Range’s own Jordan Armstrong, 13, was crowned the girl with the stinkiest sneakers at the 39th Odor-Eaters National Rotten Sneaker Contest at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Times Square in New York City earlier this year. Armstrong, who won the regional competition at WSMR in October 2013, went on to compete […]

Tri-Service Awards recognize WSMR’s best

White Sands Missile Range will honor the best of its military at the 2014 Tri-Service Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The following White Sands Missile Range Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors will be recognized: U.S. Army Soldier of the Year Spc. Zachary Hale Spc. Zachary Hale was born […]

Valley Fever could be a problem for workers

A fungus found in the dirt and prominent throughout the southwest area can cause a severe rash and possibly pneumonia or meningitis if not properly diagnosed. The fungus, known as coccidioides, can cause an infection once it is inhaled. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only half of the individuals who have contracted the […]

Developmental programs to kick-off at White Sands Missile Range

Dear WSMR Team Mates – As we foreshadowed during the last Town Hall, I am pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the Reaching New Heights and WSMR Executive Development Programs from federal civilian employees. Information and application documents are attached and can be found on the LDB Portal at Both programs […]

Bell Gym construction to begin

In the October and November time-frame DPW will begin phase two of renovation project on Bell Gymnasium. This phase will consist of all asbestos removal from the basketball court area, weight room, men and women’s locker rooms and the front desk area.  Both locker rooms, the free weight area and the main lobby area will […]