The White Sands Missile Range community welcomed incoming WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez and his wife Teresa to the community during a change of command ceremony Aug. 25.
Where are you coming from (last assignment)?
I was the Commander of 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.
Can you tell me a little about your previous assignment?
It was an Army assignment where I was responsible for all air and missile defense assets in the Pacific Theater. I worked directly for the Pacific Air Force Commander.
Where are you originally from and where is home for you?
I was raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico but home is wherever the Army sends us!
Who are your family members?
My wife’s name is Teresa and we have two daughters.
What did you aspire to be when you were young?
I loved baseball so I dreamed of being a professional baseball player when I was young.
What led you to military service?
I followed in my dad’s footsteps. He retired as a Colonel in the New Mexico National Guard.
Do you have any stories you would like to share from your time in military service?
One of the best parts of military service is the opportunity to meet people all over the world, I’ve made great friends both in and out of uniform.
What have you learned from previous leadership roles?
A leader is only as good as the people under him/her. There are many great people doing great things all over the world, and it’s too bad their stories aren’t shared more often.
Is there anyone who helped guide you to where you are today?
It all started with my parents. Additionally, there have been many great military mentors along the way including Maj. Gen. Dickinson and Brig. Gen. (Retired) Underhill.
What do you and your family like to do for fun?
When our kids were younger, we would go fishing and camping. We enjoyed spending time outdoors together.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy playing golf (badly) and playing the guitar.
What are your priorities in your new position?
Posturing the range to be successful both now and into the future.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time here at WSMR?
I hope we will continue to provide the best test capabilities in the nation, and ensure we take care of our work force and facilities in order to best posture our range to be successful both now and for the future.