Photo by Laura Almaraz
Dennis Wayman is the new Voting Assistance Program Officer at White Sands Missile Range.
By Laura Almaraz
The Federal Voting Assistance Program at White Sands Missile Range has a new installation voting assistance officer.
Dennis Wayman will assist all service members, retirees, and civilians who have access to the installation with their voting needs.
“We need our voice to be heard, especially in the military when we are away from home.” said Wayman.
He can help voters register to vote, make a change of address, and find their hometown election dates.
Wayman, a Las Cruces resident, has been working at the office for less than a month, but he is no stranger to the area.
“I love White Sands. We used to get our ID cards here. It’s one of the Army’s best kept secrets,” he said. He added that he likes the area because he likes to hunt and fish.
The son of an Airman, Wayman was introduced to New Mexico while his father was serving in the U.S. Air Force. His father retired from Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque after being stationed at several Air Force bases throughout the country during his career. After his father retired, Wayman attended high school in Lordsburg and joined the Army at the age of 17.
During his 22 years of service, Wayman worked with the National Guard at the southern border in El Paso, Texas and deployed twice. He deployed to Bosnia in 1995 and Kosovo in 2011. He was medevaced out of Kosovo during his last deployment and spent his final two years in the military at Fort Bliss, Texas in a Warrior Transition Unit.
This is Wayman’s first civil service job after retiring from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 2 this January. He said his goal at WSMR is to move up the ranks while doing his part to help others.
Wayman said he is ready to start helping the community and is available for voting information or assistance during the regular work week. He can be reached at 678-8554 or at building 465, room 145.