About White Sands Missile Range, NM
White Sands Missile Range was created on July 9, 1945 in order to test long range rockets. Although the first atomic bomb was not exploded on the range itself, it was set off near the northern boundary. Many famous rockets and missiles, such as the V-2, were launched and tested here.
Today, it continues to be the largest test range in the United States, spanning 3200 square miles and containing parts of five counties of Southern New Mexico. Many sophisticated and advanced weapons systems are tested here each year.
The range is run by the United States Army Test and Evaluation Command and is itself composed of many different organizations, including the Logistics Readiness Center and Garrison Resource management. It is currently commanded by Timothy Coffin, and employs nearly four thousand people.