17th Commander - Major General Joe S. Owens
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17th Commander
White Sands Missile Range
Page 17 of 33
Major General Joe Owens
Commander
Jun 4, 1986 - Oct 16, 1987

     Major General Joe S. Owens, the 17th Commander of White Sands Proving Ground/Missile Range, was born in Little Rock, AR on December 4, 1931. Upon completion of the Reserve Officers Training Corps curriculum and the educational course of study at the University of Oklahoma, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He also holds a Master of Science degree in public administration. His military education includes completion of the Field Artillery School’s Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the US Army Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College.
     He became Commanding General, White Sands Missile Range, NM in June 1986. Other key assignments held recently include a tour as Deputy Commanding General, VII Corps, US Army Europe and Commander, Greater Stuttgart Military Community; Commanding General, US Army Readiness and Mobilization Region VII, and Deputy Commanding General, Fifth US Army, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
     Maj. Gen. Owens served in a variety of important career building assignments preparatory to his most recent duties. He has been the Assistant Chief of Staff, G1 (Personnel) and Commander of the 1st Battalion, 5th Artillery, both in the 1st Infantry Division, Vietnam. Also in Vietnam, he commanded the 7th Batta1ion, 15th Artillery, 1st Field Force. He was the Chief, Automation and Reports Branch, Control Division, Joint Secretariat, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC. At Fort Sill, OK he served as the Director of Personnel and Community Activities for the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center. There he was also Deputy Commander, and later Commander, III Corps Artillery. In Europe, he was Commander of Division Artillery, and subsequently Chief of Staff, in the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized). He also served as the Chief of Staff V Corps.
     Awards and decorations Maj. Gen. Owens has received include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, several Air Medals and the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
     He was married to the former Ruth A. (Ann) Gray. They had two children: Joe S. Jr. and Lisa Ann Hawkins.