Las Cruces – Residents and motorists in and around White Sands Missile Range can expect to see increased traffic for the next six weeks as a large-scale test is conducted on the sprawling missile range.
There will be more vehicles, to include military vehicles, entering the WSMR
main post from both El Paso and Las Cruces. Motorists will notice this
increased traffic on War Road as well as U.S. Highway 70 and U.S. Highway 54
near the missile range exits. The test runs 24 hours a day, Monday through
Fridays. Activities will be curtailed on the weekends.
This test program, called the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE), starts
today and runs through July 15, 2011 on both the missile range and at Fort
Bliss. NIE will test and evaluate 30 different systems connecting to
several networks "talking" to each other.
There will be about 3,800 Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division stationed at Fort Bliss.
Additionally, there will be about an additional 2,000 Soldiers, government, and contractor support personnel from other locations.