In honor of Public Servant Appreciation week, we asked a few members of the White Sands Missile Range team why they chose to become public servants. \
Q: What inspired you to become a public servant?
A: “I became a public servant as a way to satisfy the situation at the time. When I graduated, I wanted to stay in the area and yet serve my country and that was a way to do both.” Richard Apodaca, Engineer
A: “I enjoy working with people. There are a lot of people at White Sands.” Yolanda Garcia, Management Analyst
A: “One of the greatest things that can inspire a photographer out here is the ability to learn research and development and to be able to work in an area of over 2 million acres where they’ve got tremendous amounts of wildlife and great photo opportunities to become a wildlife photographer.” Jose Salazar, Photographer
A: “The reason I became a public servant is to help people, especially service members and government employees having spent 22 years in the United States Army. I enjoy working with government employees. I enjoy working with the Soldiers, and it is a pleasure to serve the Soldiers who take care of us while we’re here in the States enjoying life and working our day to day jobs.” Sammie Lee Hubbard Jr., Safety and Occupational Health Specialist
A: “The reason I became a public servant is that as a new U.S. citizen and an older person, I am not able to serve my country in the military. Being a civil servant provides me the opportunity to serve my country and the war fighter. And that’s my inspiration.” Mariette Mealor, Business Development Specialist