White Sands Missile Range is now accepting nominations from all sources until the end of March for its Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame was established in 1980, and the purpose is to give appropriate and perpetual recognition to those members of the WSMR workforce, military and civilian, who have made singularly significant contributions to the mission on the Range and to the surrounding communities. It is the highest award the missile range can bestow on one of its own.
Past honorees include such individuals as Wernher von Braun, the famous German rocket scientist, and Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto. But you don’t have to be a world-class scientist to be recognized in the hall of fame. If anything, Tombaugh and von Braun are the exceptions.
“We’ve had a lot of wonderful, hard-working people who have worked at WSMR, but this honor is reserved for the few who have gone above and beyond the call of service during their tenure at WSMR,” said WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin.
The hall of fame includes 52 members. It contains both men and women, both civilian and military personnel, both government and contractor employees and a huge mix of professions – everything from chaplain to missile flight safety to public affairs to professional engineer to equal employment opportunity to “mover and shaker.” It is the embodiment of “Team WSMR,” the phrase missile range leaders have thrown around for decades.
The Army Research Lab has had a few inductees to include Joy Arthur, Donald Hoock and Joseph Trammel.
For information on nomination procedures or to request an updated copy of the White Sands Hall of Fame Guide, call the WSMR Public Affairs Office, (575) 678-1134. The guide contains the forms, guidelines and procedures for nomination.
To get into the hall of fame a nominee must have been responsible for significant and lasting deeds or achievements during their career at WSMR. The contributions may be in various areas such as research, innovations, cost savings, technological advances, safety, public relations, equal opportunity or heroic deeds.
All former military, civilian and contractor personnel who have served at White Sands are eligible for nomination. No one currently working at the range is eligible.