White Sands Missile Range Test Center Commander Col. James O. Winbush was recognized by his peers for his exceptional work ethic during a farewell luncheon hosted by WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin May 12.
Winbush and his wife Sharlene have served WSMR for the past three years. The pair will be leaving WSMR and headed to the Pentagon for Winbush’s next assignment.
“The longer you stay in the Army, the harder it is to say goodbye to friends and family,” Winbush said. “These three years haven’t been enough time. Hopefully I met your standards.”
There were a series of gift presentations for both Winbush and his wife Sharlene. During his gift presentation to Winbush, WSMR Range Operations Director Gilbert Harding broke down the amount of test missions Winbush was a part of while he was here. Since July 2012, Winbush has been a part of 428 laser missions, 2,589 Fast Burst Reactor operations, and 453 applied environment operations, among several others.
“You’ve been here for three years. Do you realize how busy you’ve been,” Harding asked Winbush.
Among the group of presenters were leaders from organizations within the Test Center, Garrison, Logistics Readiness Center, Security Division, Resource Management, and the McAfee Health Clinic. Every presenter expressed their sincere gratitude for Winbush’s hard work that allowed them to complete their mission.
“Thank you for your leadership, thank you for your support,” said WSMR McAfee Commander Lt. Col. Elba Villacorta.
WSMR Garrison Commander Col. Brian Michelson and WSMR Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jesus DeGracia presented a Garrison plaque to Winbush during the ceremony. Coffin presented the final remarks prior to Winbush taking the stage. Coffin thanked Winbush and Sharlene for their service to the community and talked about how the rewards outweigh the challenges when serving as a commander.
Winbush took to the podium for the last time and took the opportunity to thank his wife and the entire workforce for their dedication to their profession even during times of fiscal and personnel constraints.
“We did more with less and I don’t even know how we did it,” Winbush said.
Winbush made sure to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the WSMR workforce. He said he was always receiving credit for the great work that others do and he wanted to make sure that it did not go unnoticed. Winbush ended his speech by thanking the community for making his stay at WSMR fun.
“The greater White Sands team will always hold a special place in my heart,” Winbush said.