White sand missile range or commonly known as WSMR is located in five counties in south of New Mexico. It is basically a missile range spread on an area of about 3200 square miles. It is also the largest military installation is United States of America. It gives a large area for military testing. It was established on July 9th 1945 by the ordinance corps (the United States army). Its basic operations were missile testing and range recovery but with the passage of time it also has started to provide grounds for research, testing, experimentation, development and training to the soldiers etc. it is used to test each and every weapon that has been made for the U.S army before handing it to the soldiers.
It also provides training on a higher level to help any nation in war or which is under natural disasters. WSMR has a park and a museum. It also has a museum which gives a great insight about the history of this place. It shows pictures of scientists who worked here in its early years and also display the tools that were used by them to carry out the research work. It also helps a lot to learn the origin of America’s missile and space technology. With this there is also a gift shop where you can buy stuff made by the local artists as well as goods displaying the missiles logo so that you remember your visit to this place.
Outside the museum is a park that has been set up to display the great variety of missiles and rockets which were tested at the WSMR. It constitutes of almost 40 – 45 rockets which have been tested there over a period of time. Each missile or rocket displays its unique name, date of its creation, its specification, specialty and other important note worthy features. The most astonishing thing that you would come across here is the great German V-2 rocket used by Hitler in the World War II. It lays the foundation of all the modern U.S missiles.
WSMR holds an important position not only for the army but also for the other armed forces like navy and the air force. Along with this it is also a crucial site for NASA to carry out their research and testing at the WSMR. The basic mission of WSMR is to provide and maintain facilities, services, energy and technological sustainability not only to the U.S army but also to the civilians. It also believes in providing the best service to the customers. At WSMR it is believed that selfless work and loyalty are the vital forces which could help WSMR to achieve its unique and unlimited potential.
With a loyal, motivated, respectful and selfless team of individuals WSMR is working in the way to glory. White sand missile range no doubt is dedicated to provide the best service not only to the armed forces but also to all its customers. WSMR believes in unity, team work and selfless dedication to a great cause of serving the country.