WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin has begun filming a series of videos meant to address issues that are important to the WSMR community. The series of videos are titled WSMR Commander Talks and will be filmed on a regular basis.
The first video of the series features Coffin providing a detailed explanation as to how the inclement weather decisions are made, specifically during the Jan. 22 snowstorm. In the video Coffin explained a series of events that occurred prior to making the decision to close the installation for the day.
Coffin explained that his goal is to make an inclement weather decision by 4 a.m. On Jan. 22 light snow was reported but the roads were still clear. White Sands police officers were driving through San Augustine Pass every hour to ensure that the road was still open. At 5:30 a.m. Coffin said he was notified by the Directorate of Emergency Services that the road conditions were worsening. It was then that Coffin, WSMR Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Brian Michelson and DES decided to implement a two-hour delay for the installation.
Coffin said the reason he is not able to close the installation the day before a reported snowstorm is because snowstorms that are reported do not always arrive. There were four reported snowstorms this year and three out of the four times snow did not hit the ground. Coffin said he cannot rely on weather reports to make the call.
“Weather is not an exact science,” Coffin said.
Coffin reiterated that if individuals feel the roads are too dangerous to drive before an official call is made, they must contact their supervisors to develop an appropriate plan of action.
“If you ever feel like it’s unsafe to drive, please take the personal responsibility to call your supervisor, discuss your situation, and if necessary, turn around and go home,” Coffin said.
Coffin encouraged the workforce to submit their issues, which could possibly be selected as the topic of the discussion for the future series of videos.
Call the Public Affairs Office at (575) 678-1134 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a concern that can be featured in the next WSMR Commander Talks.