Photo by Miriam U. Rodriguez White Sands Missile Range Commander Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez presented Dan Hicks, director of Strategic Plans and Initiatives at WSMR, with a medal during his retirement ceremony and luncheon Oct. 31 at the Frontier Club. Hicks started his career at WSMR as a test engineer for the Army Materiel Test Directorate on the Patriot Missile System in 1982. Since 1982 he has worked as a Systems Performance Division Chief, Space, Sensor and Interoperability Branch Chief, Patriot Project Engineer, test conductor for the System Test and Assessment Directorate and Chief of Staff. He also had a close working relationship with the ranchers surrounding WSMR. Hicks has accepted a position as CEO with Spaceport America, starting Nov. 14.