The White Sands workforce and community are invited to the Headquarters Building Memorial Dedication in honor of Maj. Gen. Niles J. Fulwyler to be conducted at 9 a.m. on June 5 in front of Building 100. A reception at the WSMR Museum will immediately follow the ceremony.
Fulwyler was the 16th Commander of White Sands Missile Range, serving from Sept. 24, 1982 to June 4, 1986. He died on Jan. 11 of this year.
The major general is remembered as one of the missile range’s most charismatic leaders, making numerous lasting contributions to the WSMR mission. He also was lauded for bringing WSMR closer together with the regional communities.
When Fulwyler first arrived at White Sands in 1982 he immediately immersed himself in the effort to establish a Pershing II launch complex at Mountain Home, Idaho.
In 1984, White Sands, under Maj. Gen. Fulwyler’s leadership, hosted the Joint Logistics Conference. This conference brought the four-star logistics leadership from all the services to the missile range. The exposure for White Sands was necessary, as the missile range had been a well-kept secret since it was established in 1945.
Because of his influence the Departments of Army and Energy funded a restoration of the McDonald Ranch House at Trinity Site to its 1945 condition. The National Park Service did the Work. The dedication of the ranch house restoration in 1984 brought greater awareness of the site to the general public and attendance at open houses increased exponentially.
During his command Maj. Gen. Fulwyler was in constant demand as a speaker for local meetings and events. Evidence of his dynamic style came when the National Freedom Foundation awarded him the George Washington Honor Medal for Public Address while he was at White Sands.
Fulwyler was inducted into the White Sands Missile Range Hall of Fame in 1996.