The talent of military, civilians, and contractors alike has earned White Sands Missile Range a well deserved reputation worldwide as a premier testing facility. Now is the time to recognize the former White Sands personnel whose work and dedication are still part of today’s missile range legacy.
Nominations are now open for the White Sands Missile Range Hall of Fame. Established in 1980 to honor those who made lasting contributions to the missile range, the Hall of Fame is the highest honor the installation can bestow on an individual. Current members include Werner von Braun, the famous German rocket scientist, and Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto.
Nominations close on March 31. For more information on nomination procedures or to request a copy of the White Sands Hall of Fame Guide, please contact the WSMR Public Affairs Office at 678-1134. The guide contains the forms, guidelines and procedures for the Hall of Fame nomination. Submit nominations to: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range, Chief of Staff, ATTN: TEDT-WS-CS (Hall of Fame Nominations), White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, 88002.
To be nominated for the Hall of Fame, a nominee must have been responsible for significant and lasting deeds of achievements in support of the missile range mission. The contributions may be in various areas such as research, cost savings, technological advances, safety, public relations, equal opportunity or heroic deeds.
Dr. Donald Hoock and Joseph Trammel were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. Hoock is recognized for his research on obscurants during his tenure with Army Research Laboratory at WSMR. Hoock coauthored two models that helped predict and understand clouds and other obscurants during combat. One of the models, the Combined Obscuration Model for Battlefield-Induced Contaminants (COMBIC), was adopted by the Army war gaming community and remains today as the primary model used in Army war gaming simulations to model obscurant smoke, dust, and haze effects.
Trammel is recognized for his contributions to the WSMR community and his work with the Security and Counterintelligence effort for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at WSMR. As Security Team Leader, his job was to protect ARL technology in support of the Soldier on the battlefield. Trammel’s expert security operation functions made countless critical projects, including an IED countermeasure that was used in Iraq and Afghanistan, possible.
All former military, civilian and contractor personnel who once served at White Sands are eligible for nomination. No one currently working at the range is eligible.
The White Sands Hall of Fame is located inside the main museum building just inside the Las Cruces gate at the missile range.