Key Mission Successes
Some of the key mission successes presented include:
- Payload Transporter Replaceable Environmental and Electromagnetic Test and Assessment
- Patriot Advanced Capability -3 Environmental Assessment (with known challenges at the Temperature Test Facility). Outstanding Enterprise Effort
- B-61 Nuclear Bomb – High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse and Near Strike Lightning Test and Assessment
- Air Launched Cruise Missile Transient Electromagnetic Environment Test and Assessment – Initiated the Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation on Ordnance
- Pulsed Neutron Environment Test Capabilities and Requirements Document – Phase 0 – Service Completion
- DARPA/Air Force Demonstrator Laser Weapon System – Continued Success and Interest Throughout DoD
White Sands Missile Range Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin talked about the importance of building the bench. “Knowledge management doesn’t just happen. It takes planning and effort to ensure the mission can continue without degrading as people transition from the organization.”
Forty percent of the WSMR work force is eligible to retire in the next 5 years so it is important that supervisors make sure the following takes place in each organization:
- Conducting exit interviews
- Creating continuity books
- Mentoring fellow employees
GEMS Summer Program
White Sands Missile Range will host two GEMS programs during the summer to include:
- July 18 to 22 ARL WSMR GEMS II – High School
- July 25 to 29 ATEC WSMR GEMS I – Middle School
Volunteers are needed as module leads, van drivers, and set-up/break-down of lunches and modules
It is important that community members use WSMR facilities or risk losing them. These facilities include:
- WSMR Aquatics Center – Building 462, Flagler Street (575) 678-1068
- Closed Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon for lap swimming; Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to noon for lap swimming; Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to noon for lap swimming; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Activity Duty free with military ID; Civilians $2 per person; 30 punch card $40; children one and under swim for free.
- WSMR Golf Course – Building 1338, Ripley Street (575) 678-1759
- Closed Monday; Tuesday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Cart fee: $14 per rider for 18 holes and $9 per rider for 9 holes.
- Fees range from $6 for 9 holes to $22 for 18 holes. Call for more information.
It is important to remember summer safety to include:
- Distractions while driving: Cell phone usage, texting, eating, changing radio stations, etc.
- Many water related deaths are attributed to boating accidents and no use of life jackets. About 88 percent of accidents involve men. It only takes an average of 60 seconds for an adult to drown.
- Dehydration: make sure you drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun when the temperature rises.
- Motorcycle accidents: Motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than someone riding in a car, of those accidents 35 percent of them were caused by the motorcyclist riding too fast.