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Volume 71, No. 4 Toftoy mural unveiled at Frontier ClubPage 6 Follow us on social media: @wsmissilerange wsmissilerange whitesandsmissilerange WSMR WhiteSandsMissile RangePAO August 2018Movies and Community CalendarBack Page wsmissilerange white sands missile range PHOTO BY LEAH ROMERO Col. Christopher Ward, center, receives the colors from Brenda Lee McCullough, Director, U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Readiness, left, signifying his new role as Garrison Commander at White Sands Missile Range. See story on page 6. You can also see the ceremony at the Defense Visual Information Service at Change of Command University of New Mexico President Dr. Garnett S. Stokes, third from left, UNM Chancellor Paul Roth, left, UNM Regent Bradley Hosmer, second from left, met wtih White Sands Missile Range Commander Brig. Gen. Eric Sanchez, right, July 24 to learn more about the mission and help strengthen their partnership with the installation.PHOTO BY CAMMY MONTOYACommunity leaders tour Missile RangeWSMR engineers develop solution for lost bandwidth By Adriana Salas de Santiago Staff WriterWhite Sands Missile Range Electronic En gineers are working to gether with local univer sity students to determine a solution for lost band width accrued by com mercial cell phone com panies in 2015. The collaboration be tween the University of Texas at El Paso and WSMR allows students to gain hands-on experi ence and for the installa tion to gain the research information necessary to create a viable solution for lost bandwidth, which is vital for obtaining test mission data. Were still scratch ing the surface, said Fil Macias, WSMR supervi sor electronics engineer. Were trying to figure out, what are the limita tions and challenges and the future holds. WSMR now has to work more efficiently with less bandwidth to be able to gather test data PHOTO BY ADRIANA SALAS DE SANTIAGOA look at a data node located off of Nike. The nodes are implemented throughout the range to collect spectrum data in an effort to help predict real-time interference.SEE BANDWIDTH ON PAGE 4


Announcements WSMR Commander ......................................... Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez Chief of Public Affairs ......................................................... Robert Carver Editor ........................................................................ Miriam U. Rodriguez Staff Writer ........................................................ Adriana Salas de Santiago Staff Writer ........................................................................ Charles RobertsE-mail us WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE N.M. EDITORIAL POLICYThis newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Missile Ranger are Army, or White Sands Missile Range. It is published monthly in digital format and posted Online. All Editorial Content of the Missile Ranger is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the Public Affairs ADVERTISING POLICYThe appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorse 2 Missile Ranger August 2018 Thursday, August 9 th 9:30am 11:30am White Sands School


Second Front 3 Missile Ranger August 2018Air and Missile Defense System Prepares for Future Expanded Role By Chuck Roberts Staff WriterLondoners looked helplessly to the sky during World War II as German V-2 rockets plummeted into a city defenseless against bal listic missiles. Before the war ended, an esti mated 2,754 Londoners died as a result of more than 1,400 V-2 rockets launched more than 700 miles from Peenemunde on the northern coast of Germany. in 1991, Saddam Hus missiles against Coali tion Forces and citizens in Saudi Arabia and Is rael. However, during this war, the U.S. Army deployed the Patriot mis sile defense system for proving its effectiveness. As citizens and Sol diers watched incom ing Scuds approaching, they witnessed the Pa triot guided interceptors destroy them in mid-air. Today, an Army Air at White Sands Missile Range is helping pave the way for a future air and missile defense system that broadens and en Instead of selecting from among separate an ti-air and missile defense systems such as the Pa triot, Sentinel, or Termi nal High Altitude Area mander will have si multaneous and instant access to a myriad of anti-air and missile de fense systems and their radar sensors all linked together. Any sensor, any shooter is what the Ar mys Integrated Air about, said Capt. Chris topher Barber, Com mander of the 3rd Battal tillery Regiment, Air and tachment at White Sands Missile Range. Its going to com pletely change the par adigm and the way we conduct air defense op erations, Barber said. As with most ma jor military technolog ical changes and devel opments, there is a small army of engineers and subject matter experts tasked with taking a pro ject from the drawing At White Sands Mis sile Range, that task falls to Barber, who leads the detachment of 132 Sol diers. Their focus the past two years has been integrating the Patriot system with the Senti nel, a radar system that can automatically ac quire, track and identify enemy targets such as cruise missiles, aircraft and unmanned aerial ve hicles. The integration of the two previous independ ent systems will enable an integrated, layered defense design. Where each entity is then able to complement each other, creating a system of sys tems. Were putting this portion of the Army In tegrated Air and Missile its rigors to ensure all the software and hardware is running like its sup posed to before pushing it out to the operational force, and I think our unit is making great strides in getting there, Barber said. He is the third com tachment was stood up at White Sands Missile Range in 2014. testing at the Tobin Wells training area at Fort Bliss, Texas, about 50 miles from White Sands testing takes place on the White Sands test ing range not too distant from where the worlds first atomic bomb was vember 2015, Barber said a Patriot missile shot down a drone that was detected, tracked and engaged using a Senti nel radar, thus validat We provide the prac tical application piece, said Chief Warrant Of vino, a Senior Test Of only a matter of testing and verifying what the software engineers have developed, Trevino said, but to see how it would react if unexpected re al-world events on the battlefield required an Engagement Operator to re-posture the system. So the Soldier here is bringing that tactical sig nificance and practical application that the soft ware engineer just isnt privy to, said Trevino. To the casual observer, an interceptor taking out a drone during a test takes only a matter of seconds, but Barber said each phase of testing re quires months of metic ulous preparation and planning. Attention to detail is paramount. I stress this every day with my Soldiers, espe cially the new ones com ing in, said Barber. I need these guys here to give their best effort be cause this is the future of our national security, both here in the United States and globally. Barber also gets his point across with Sol diers by putting it on a more personal level about work. If you have a bad day and arent giving your best efforts, then that in creases the likelihood that a mistake could get fielded, and you could wind up using the very same air and missile de fense system that is sup posed to be protecting you and the fellow Sol diers around you, said Barber. The fact that the Test working and testing at the birthplace of Amer icas missile and space program isnt lost on Bar ber, and he tries to instill a sense of belonging to that history with monthly educational staff rides for his Soldiers to learn more about the local history that surrounds them. They are a part of history, Barber said of his Soldiers. We are on the forefront right now to defend against tacti cal ballistic missiles and air breathing threats and possibly change an out come at some point. As his tour of duty nears an end with the also reflected on serv ing at White Sands and community. What I like is the rel evance of anti-missile de fense, said Trevino. Air are strategic chess pieces and strategic global as sets. When theres a ground war going on and our brothers and sisters are in harms way, we provide that level of com fort for those guys on the ground. Thats the reality If you want to be rel evant at all times. If you want to have a mission at all times, air defense is where you want to be. U.S. ARMY PHOTOA Patriot missile is launched for a test of the Armys Integrated Air and Missile Defense program.


4 Missile Ranger August 2018Bandwidth among encroaching cell phone technology. Bandwidth is vital for telemetry on the range, which helps determine real-time solutions for sess what went wrong and what went well. I think its one of our most important sensors, Macias said. Its an im portant source of infor mation. The reason were here is to collect data. Macias and his team of engineers from the Infor rectorate to include Pa suda, have been working with UTEP Electrical En gineering graduate stu dents to develop a model is placed on a telemetry antenna, which monitors LTE frequencies in an ef fort to reduce interference during a test mission. In order to properly obtain data during a test mis sion, the team concluded they must work at higher frequencies; however, higher frequency means greater challenges to col lect data. Currently the installation uses what is known as a legacy Spec trum Monitoring Sys tem, which works to pro tect the ranges spectrum by tracking interference and providing Radio Fre quency data. Macias said the new telemetry tracker will not only provide cur rent capabilities of the old system but will also pro vide real-time interfer ence tracking capabilities. The students are help in doing so, are devel oping an automated test framework capable of presenting varying spec trum conditions, Macias said. The information gath eredwill provide the team with the necessary information to make ad justments to systems that will become part of the WSMR telemetry oper ations. There are also 24 sen sor arrays, known as data nodes, which are imple mented throughout the range to collect spectrum data in an effort to help predict real-time interfer ence. The new tracker has already been tested in re cent test missions like Patriot, Black Brant and The new system has provided positive results, even in its early stages. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019. Our teams have been working diligently getting this new capability and have done an exceptional job of engineering and in tegration, Macias said. have been working with UTEP engineering grad uate students Pablo Ran gel, Juan Gonzalez, Jose Castillo and Mizra Mo hammad since March 2016. There were never more than three students on the project, and when a student would graduate another student would be brought in. Rangel went on to ob rently working as an as sociate professor at the Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Gonzalez obtained his masters de gree while working on the project and moved to Aus tin, Texas, where he ac cepted a position at Intel. He worked so closely with even invited them to join his thesis committee. It was a great collab oration, Gonzalez said. Usually when youre in school you never really know what you want to do until youre exposed to itI want to thank them for giving us that opportunity. It was great the range opened up that partnership with us. The student contributions help the team under stand conditions where the telemetry capability could experience interfer ence due to internal or ex ternal signals emanating from a commercial wire less service. As wireless appli cations grow, so do the number of devices, net works and systems vy ing for the communica tions spectrum, he said. This could pose a chal lenge. The WSMR IM team is also working with Range Operations and Army Re search and Laboratory for facets of the project. The collaboration with UTEP students was made possi ble through the academic partnership between the ARL Open Campus Pro gram under the leader an electronics engineer. said the partnership with the students not only pro vided them with an op portunity to teach college students, it also taught them a lot. Aside from having to learn to use the Corral said they learned a lot in terms of new tech nology. It was like going back to school, Corral said. It went both ways, we learned and they learned, The partnership with UTEP also serves as a cost-saving form of re search because Macias said he is able to validate tracking performance without having to sched ule a missile shot. This way we have been able to verify the system by introducing numerous conditions, he said. By the time it gets into the hands of the test operator, we know it will work. In 2015, 25 MHz was to be auctioned off for commercial use. Prior to 2010, the spectrum was allocated for the instal lations use and no other entity was allowed to ac cess the band. Since 2010, the spectrum has become ideal for cell technology and the FCC developed a National Broadband Plan calling for 500 MHz to be sold off in an effort to pro mote economic growth. WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Eric Sanchez visited the students at UTEP in May to empha size his dedication to the partnership between local universities and the range. The project has four ob jectives; becoming more trum, improving teleme trys recovery to be more ferent frequency bands and improving the way bandwidth is managed trum Managing. Weve got to start get ting smarter about shar ing and coexisting, Macias said. We expect te lemetry will evolve just like cell phone technol ogy has evolved. Macias said he is con an entirely new telemetry and spectrum capability by this time next year. Weve actually gone back to our engineering principles, he said. going to work. CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE COURTESY PHOTOPabel Corral, far left, and Duke Yasuda, left, pose for a photo with WSMR IM team members in front of the new telemetry trackers.


5 Missile Ranger August 2018Trinity Site Staff Ride a success Story and photos by Leah Romero Staff WriterA group of White Sands Missile Range ci vilian employees partic ipated in the inaugural Trinity Site Staff Ride on July 3. The purpose of the Public Affairs-sponsored event, revived from years past, is to boost morale and give employees a ing moment for the in stallation. The group of six were made up of civilian em ployees from various ar eas of the installation. After a two-hour ride through the test range, glimpse of an Oryx for some, they arrived at the Trinity Site to see the obelisk marking ground zero, Jumbo and the Mc Jumbo was a 214-ton steel casing designed to encase the bomb to prevent dangerous plutonium from scatter ing across the country side if the chain reaction failed to occur. As con bomb design grew, how ever, it was decided not to use Jumbo. The casing sits at the entrance of the walkway headed toward ground zero. The group then toured inside the ranch house where the plutonium core was as sembled and transported inside a Chrysler Plym outh for the 2-mile trip to the test site. rator of the WSMR Museum, accompanied the group on the tour and gave an insightful his torical account of each site, and participants were given time to look around, ask questions and take pictures. The six people who at tended the tour were cho sen in a way that would include a range of de partments and number of working years at WSMR. Experience ranged from over 20 years at the in stallation to only a few months. One of them was Laura Norton, the Equal Em ployment Opportunity Manager for the garrison who has been at WSMR for four months. She said she enjoyed the tour and is personally fascinated with World War II his tory. We have some really unique things here, and so understanding that and appreciating that her itage and history, that is part of what we do here today, Norton said. Pedro Parra, a meteor ology technician in the torate, has been working at WSMR for 15 years and has a total of 37 years of federal employment. Parra said in all his years of working at the installa tion, he had been near the Trinity Site but never in side the gate. History has always been interesting to me and I see so many re minders of past life on the test range, Parra said. Ive always wanted to take a Trinity tour and this was a great oppor tunity to take advantage of. Both Parra and Norton said they are interested in taking more tours to learn more about the WSMR area. Public Affairs used the trip as a pilot and plans to offer future Trinity Site Staff Rides on a regular basis. Future trips and the opportunity to sign up will be posted on the Participants from the inaugural Trinity Site Staff Ride view the obelisk marking the spot where the morale and give employees insight into White Sands history, will be conducted on a regular basis. Future trips will be posted on the WSDM New Page, along with guidelines for signing up for the trip. Submissions to the Missile Ranger are ac cepted anytime for publication in the follow ing issue, space permitting. All submissions will be edited for style, con tent and propriety. Submissions must include name and a telephone number for that point of contact. Submissions can be made by e-mail to the following usarmy.wsmr.atec.list.ranger@mail. ICE The Interactive Cus tomer Evaluation System or ICE is currently only accessible on the .mil net tion Systems Agency is now maintaining the ICE servers. As a result every thing related to ICE works from a .mil network. However, using ICE on a device or com puter will not work. Workforce Profes sional Development The following Work opment seminars will be presented: Aug. 22 Time Man agement for Real People presented by Glen Adams 9 to 11 a.m. at at Building 21080, Room 134 Sept. 19 TSP to ROTH Conversion pre sented by Tom Chaney and Ernie Sichler 9 to 11 a.m. at at Building 21080, Room 134 Oct. 24 Identify Challenges and Leader ship presented by Mari ette Mealor 9 to 11 a.m. at Building 21080, Room 134 Nov. 14 Social Se curity presented by Tom Chaney and Ernie Sichler 9 to 11 a.m. at Building 21080, Room 134 Holiday Season presented by SMILE 9 to 11 a.m. at Building 21080, Room 134 Assistants Training Schedule rick Fant and Melissa Pe rez 9 to 11 a.m. at Build ing 21080, Training Room Sept. 12 Resume Writing and Interview Skills presented by Glen Adams 9 to 11 a.m. at Building 21080, Training Room Oct. 17 Executive Ad ministrative Skills Mar vin Perkins 9 to 11 a.m. at Building 21080. Training Room Cindy Cook 9 to 11 a.m. at Building 21080, Train ing Room sented by Jessica Maitland and Melissa Perez 9 to 11 A participant from the inaugural Trinity Site Staff Ride views displays inside the McDonald Ranch House.


6 Missile Ranger August 2018 By Victoria Garcia Staff WriterThe White Sands Missile Range Garri son Command passed Col. Christopher J. Ward during a change of com mand ceremony held July 17 in front of the majes tic landscape of the Organ Mountains Parade Field. Although a change of command ceremony is an Army tradition that focuses on time-honored values and traditions rather than the accom plishments of individu als, Browns hard work and successes were too great to ignore for White Sands Missile Range Commander Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, who con gratulated Brown on a job well done. He has been one of the best team players you could ever ask for, San chez said. Ive watched him build his team, the Garrison team, over the last two years and Ive been in awe just watch ing the things hes been able to do. Sanchez went on to praise Brown for being a dynamic and innovative leader who took the time to know everyone around him, such as people from grounds and roads crew. Hes very good at communicating the good, the bad and the uglyI could always count on Col. Browns judgement to make the right call, Sanchez said. Sanchez thanked both Brown and his wife Chris tina for not only their con tributions to WSMR, but for their friendship and loyalty. When it came time for Brown to deliver his part a memorable two years at White Sands. It has been a long, educational and at times, dif and I arrived just over two years ago, Brown said. This is one of the most rewarding assignments and I can tell you that Im absolutely certain that I took care of and took command of the best. command two years ago, he said he vowed to con tinue the installations functions and services, to overcome the challenges ahead by pulling together as a team, and to contrib ute to the legacy of the birthplace of Americas missile and space activity. Two years later, Brown said he is positive that he hit that mark. Brown acknowledged the support of not only the dedicated volunteers, whom he called the life blood of the community, but also his wife. I like to talk about teamwork. Shes my teammate. Honey, you put together one heck of a team and made my job real easy, Brown said. Ward, a native of Cald well, Idaho, is no stranger to New Mexico as he was commissioned at the New Mexico Military Institute in 1994. My family and I are really happy and excited to be a part of the White Sands team.Ward assumes Garrison command Toftoy mural unveiled in Frontier Club room By Wesley Gray Staff WriterAs we move for ward, people come and go. Sometimes the past gets left behind, and we are here today to ensure Maj. Gen. Holger Nelson Toftoy is remembered for his passion in rocketry. Following this intro duction, Garrison Ar chaeologist Bill Godby and White Sands Missile Range Commander Brig. Gen. Eric Sanchez helped unveil a 3 by 6-foot re production of a mural mounted at the entrance of the newly renamed Toftoy Room, formerly the Aztec Room, at the WSMR Frontier Club. The renaming was suggested by Sanchez to both honor Toftoy and artist Robert Glaisek. The original 6 by 17-foot mural, located in the Mabuilding, was painted in 1957 by a then Private 1st Class named Robert Glaisek. Glaisek was an artist with the Illustration Section at the time. Toftoy began his mili tary career in 1926 when he was commissioned from West Point. In 1944, Toftoy be came Chief of the Army Ordnance Technical In telligence team to seek out and evaluate enemy ordnance in Europe. Toward the end of World War II, Toftoy was tasked to recover German V-2 rockets and parts and ship them back to the United State. He also recognized the value and need to utilize German engineers and scientists to teach us how to assemble and launch the rockets. Operation Paperclip was created to bring the scientists to the U.S. for that purpose and stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. Maj. James Hamill served as the boots on the ground to execute Tof toys plan. For 10 days, Hamill and his crew loaded V-2 rockets and parts into freight trains and trans ported them from Ger many to Belgium, and then to New Orleans be fore arriving in Las Cruces aboard 300 railroad freight cars. The reassembly of the V-2 rockets at White Sands Proving Ground was a tremendous ef fort, including translat ing manuals into Eng lish, building infrastruc ture such as test stands and blockhouses and as sembly and testing of the motors. Reconstruction of the rockets was led by Wer nher von Braun and his team of German paper clippers, as they were called, who traveled daily from Fort Bliss to the Proving Grounds to assist the American sci entists and engineers. In April of 1946, the first V-2 rocket was launched Army Launch Area 1, now known as Launch Complex 33. Sixty seven V-2 rocket launches followed, ex ploring the upper atmos phere and paving the way for the development of the space program, our first lunar landing and future military develop ment of ballistic missiles. To help commemorate Toftoys achievement, Hamill reached out to a painter Glaisek in 1957 and asked him to produce a mural honoring his for mer boss Toftoy. Taking several months, Glaisek created the mag Organ Mountains that towered above White Sands Proving Ground. Off to the left-hand side of the mural is a Spanish Conquistador symbolizing the early ex ploration and settlement of the southwest. On the opposite end of the painting is Tof toy, who represents the scientists and engineers working at White Sands. Cupped in his hands is an atom, as Glaisek said he believed it possible that nuclear energy might be used to power spaceships in the future. ral are seen gazing up at the moon. In a recent interview Glaisek stated space was a hot topic as both the United States and Soviet Union announced they would launch man made satellites for the In ternational Geophysical go to the moon. The space race had be gun. In his comments dur ing the renaming cere mony, Sanchez joked that tors Office, where the mural resides, he could not keep his eyes off it. I was attracted more to the mural than what was being briefed to me. U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY ADRIANA SALAS DE SANTIAGOArchaeologist Bill Godby and Brig. Gen. Eric Sanchez unveil a mural marking the new Toftoy Room at White Sands Missile Range.


7 Missile Ranger August 2018 Maingate United, a group of civic leaders and business people in the Alamogordo area visited White Sands Missile Range and had a chance to see some of the capabilities WSMR has to offer its testing customers to include a missile launch. Their job is to be a liaison with Holloman Air Force Base, Fort Bliss and WSMR. View the video at: watch?v=6Ma1IxOqsFUCommunity leaders visit WSMR U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY MIKE SMITH Prior to his arrival Dolce served as the test lead for the Air Forces Vice Chief of Staffs directed hypersonic Air-Launch Rapid Response Weapon.Air Force Change of Command Museum hosts TRADOC TRADOCThe White Sands Museum hosted the TRA workforce professional development. In its years of operation, White Sands Missile Range has been associated not only with developmental and oper ational testing of various weapon systems but also future-force shaping ana lytical efforts. trine Command Analy sis Center White Sands Missile Range, TRACWSMR, has been a tenant unit on WSMR in some form since the 1970s. Its mission is to provide rel evant, credible analysis to inform decisions about the Armys most impor tant and challenging is sues. Recently, members of TRAC-WSMR took the opportunity to get some face-to-face time with the forerunners that set the stage for the kinds of future systems TRAC is helping to advance. On May 5 Civilian and Mil itary personnel from TRAC-WSMR partici pated in a private tour of the White Sands Missile Range Museum. The tour was a capstone to a twopart review on past and tillery systems. The White Sands Mis sile Range Museum is open to the public Mon day thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals or units wishing to learn 2250. Darren Court, White Sands Missile Range Museum director, discusses the development of the U.S. militarys Nike program, which has its roots on WSMR, in front of actual systems designed and tested here. Darren Court, White Sands Missile Range Museum director, discusses the V2 rocket program in front of an original V2 rocket currently on display at the museum. The rocket was built by German scientists during World War II. This same rocket was later seized by US forces and taken to the United States, where it became the basis for Americas own rocket program.


8 Missile Ranger August 2018 Community Calendar submissions are compiled by the Public Affairs Office. Any WSMR organization wishing to publicize an event on this calendar should submit information to Frequently Called Numbers Aquatic Center 678-1068 Army Community Service 678-6767 Arts and Crafts Center 678-5321 Auto Crafts Center 678-5800 Bell Gym 678-3374 Bowling Center 678-3465 Community Center 678-4134 Commissary 678-2313 Frontier Club 678-2055 Library 678-5820 McAfee Army Health Clinic 674-3500 Museum 678-2250 Post Chapel 678-2615 Outdoor Recreation 678-1713 White Sands Schools 674-1241 678-4140 IHG Army Hotel, WSMR 678-1838/4559 Community Calendar Monday, Aug. 6 Frontier Club Chicken teriyaki Tuesday, Aug. 7 Frontier Club Taco Tuesday Wednesday, Aug. 8 Frontier Club Pork medeira Thursday, Aug. 9 Frontier Club Swedish meatballs Friday, Aug. 10 Frontier Club Nachos Monday, Aug. 13 Frontier Club Ginger pepper beef Tuesday, Aug. 14 Frontier Club Red chile enchiladas Wednesday, Aug. 15 Frontier Club Grilled chicken spiedini Thursday, Aug. 16 Frontier Club Grilled pork chops Friday, Aug. 17 Frontier Club Monday, Aug. 20 Frontier Club Green chile relleno Tuesday, Aug. 21 Frontier Club Green chile enchiladas Wednesday, Aug. 22 Frontier Club Green chile chicken Alfredo Thursday, Aug. 23 Frontier Club Green chile meatloaf Green Chile Festival 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 Closed Saturday and Sunday Aug. 9 WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Eric Sanchez farewell dinner Aug. 10 WSMR Change of Command Oct. 6 Trinity Site Open House