White Sands Missile Range Activates New Training Center

LAS CRUCES – White Sands Missile Range has officially activated a new Special Forces Training Facility.

Two months ago, the WSMR held a ceremony to activate the base’s Special Operations Forces Training and Experimentation Center, or SOF-TEC, as a tenant directorate under the operational control of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).

According to WSMR Public Affairs, the SOF-TEC program at White Sands “allows U.S. SOF units and their partner forces to conduct training and certification for irregular warfare activities in an environment that replicates the modern battlefield.” .

“We can do things here at White Sands Missile Range for our nation that cannot be done anywhere else on Earth,” WSMR Commander Brigadier General Eric Little said March 8.

Little said WSMR’s large land area and airspace control above the base “from the surface of the earth to space…are just some of the attributes that uniquely qualify WSMR as the first range to support the SOF-TEC mission set.”

Deputy Commanding General - Support 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) Brig.  Gen. Derek Lipson speaks during the activation ceremony for the Special Operations Forces Training and Experimentation Center at White Sands Missile Range on March 8, 2022.

Deputy Commanding General – Support 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) Brig. General Derek Lipson said at the ceremony that the WSMR is an excellent choice for SOF-TEC.

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“About 2 million acres of training ground allows our special operations units to practice dispersed mission command in realistic and unforgiving terrain,” Lipson said. “White Sands Missile Range provides the ability to operate from underground to outer space and includes state-of-the-art cyber training facilities and allows us to replicate complex, multi-domain conditions in the real world so that our soldiers can operate today.”

Michael McDevitt is a city and county government reporter for the Sun-News. He can be reached at 575-202-3205, [email protected] or @MikeMcDTweets on Twitter.

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