Jose Toro is the new director for the White Sands Missile Range Logistics Readiness Center. He took some time to answer some questions to introduce himself to the WSMR Community.
Where are you from and where is home for you?
I was born in Puerto Rico and I claim Phoenix, Arizona, as my home because the weather and the environment is very good.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel Logistician Quartermaster of 23 years. I’ve worked for three years as a contractor for Northrup Grumman. In 2003 I became a civil service employee. I’ve been to Europe, Germany, Korea and I just came from Japan. I had a total of 12 years overseas. My wife is from Colombia. We have three kids, one is a Sergeant at Fort Drum, New York, and I have two kids at home in Phoenix; One will be a senior and the other will be a seventh grader.
When you were younger what did you aspire to be?
I aspired to be a veterinarian but after my fourth year in college I didn’t want to take courses like chemistry and advanced chemistry so I graduated with a sociology degree.
What led you to the Army?
I decided to go into the military because my father’s retired military and I have a brother who served in the Air Force and another brother served in the Army. I wanted to follow my father’s footsteps. I liked what he was doing in the military and the responsibility he had and I wanted to have that same type of responsibility.
What led you to your field?
I’ve been a logistician all of my life, it’s in my blood. I like doing logistics, it’s a challenge. The challenge is to make sure the warfighter has what they need when they need it.
What have you learned from your previous leadership roles?
Leading people. Throughout my military career I’ve been in charge of people. I used what I learned in the military to lead the civil workforce. It’s how you lead your people through difficult situations, to get them to form a team and get the job done that is the biggest challenge.
What do you and your family like to do for fun?
We like to travel, we did a lot of traveling in Europe and Korea. We did some traveling in Japan. We like seeing new cultures and new places.
What do you like to do for fun?
I officiate basketball, softball and baseball. I haven’t done it in town yet, I’m going to wait for the August timeframe for basketball to start up again. I really got into flight simulation too.
How do you feel about coming to WSMR?
I haven’t been CONUS for 13 years so I didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived at WSMR I wasn’t used to such a small installation. After being here for four weeks I learned that it’s not a bad place. You have the life support you need here and if you want more than that you can always head to Las Cruces.
What do you hope to accomplish while you’re here?
Build an efficient and effective team of logistician professionals. We’ve got a good team already but I think we can do it better. There’s a great team, you can tell they have a love for logistics. We just need to support the Garrison and Senior Commander. I’m just glad to be here.