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White Sands Proving Ground/
White Sands Missile Range
Commanders

White Sands Proving Ground/White Sands Missile Range has had 26 Commanders since its Activation on July 9, 1945.  There commanders are listed below in chronological order.

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Col. Harold Turner
1st White Sands
Proving Ground
Commander
Jul 9, 1945 - Aug 3, 1947

BG Philip Blackmore
2nd White Sands
Proving Ground
Commander
Aug 4, 1947 - Jan 31, 1950

BG George Eddy
3rd White Sands
Proving Ground
Commander
Jan 12, 1950 - Jun 14, 1954

MG William Bell
4th White Sands
Proving Ground
Commander
Aug 1, 1954 - Jan 31, 1956

MG Waldo Laidlaw
5th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Feb 1, 1956 - Jun 30, 1960


MG John Shinkle
6th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Jul 1, 1960 - Jun 11, 1962

MG Frederick Thorlin
7th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Jul 9, 1962 - Jul 31, 1965


MG John Cone
8th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Aug 1, 1965 - Mar 30, 1966


MG Horace Davisson
9th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Oct 12, 1966-Mar 31, 1970

MG Edward deSaussure
10th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Apr 8,1970 - May 31, 1972


MG Arthur Sweeny
11th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Jun 1, 1972 - Jul 21, 1974

MG Robert Proudfoot
12th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Jul 29, 1974 - Jul 31, 1975

MG Orville Tobiason
13th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Sep 9, 1975 - Feb 28, 1979

MG Duard Ball
14th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Mar 19, 1979 - Jul 22, 1980
MG Alan Nord
15th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Jul 22,1980 - Sep 24,1982

MG Niles Fulwyler
16th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Sep 24, 1982 - Jun 4, 1986

MG Joe Owens
17th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Jun 4,1986 - Oct 16,1987

MG Thomas Jones
18th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Oct 16, 1987-Aug 10, 1990

BG Ronald Hite
19th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Aug 10, 1990 - Jul 11, 1991


BG Richard Wharton
20th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Jul 11, 1991 - Jun 24, 1994

BG Jerry Laws
21st White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Jun 24,1994 - Apr 13, 1998

BG Harry Gatanas
22nd White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Apr 13, 1998-Nov 16, 1999

BG Steven Flohr
23rd White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Nov 16, 1999-Oct 22, 2001


BG William Engel
24th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Oct 22, 2001 - May 2, 2003


Col. Lawrence Sowa
25th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
May 2, 2003 - Jul 17, 2003

BG Robert Reese
26th White Sands
Missile Range
Commander
Jul 17, 2003 - Nov 30, 2005



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