Regional
1:14 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

White Sands In Las Cruces Gets New Commander

Las Cruces – White Sands Missile Range has announced a new leader.

Commander, Brig. Gen. John S. Regan will leave the missile range in July to become the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command/Director, Army Evaluation Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

The announcement was made by the Army's General Officer Management Office. The next WSMR Commander will be Col. John Ferrari.

Ferrari is just returning from deployment where he was Deputy Commander for Programs, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission - Afghanistan, Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan. Ferrari was recently nominated for promotion to Brigadier General by the President.

Regan will relinquish his command July 19 and Ferrari will assume command in
mid- August. In the interim, White Sands Missile Range Executive Director Bob
Carter will serve as acting director.

"Mirta [my wife] and I were blessed to be a part of this special place
during a historic time in our nation's and our installation's history" said
Regan. "We will always treasure our time here. The thing we will miss the
most is the great people at White Sands and the surrounding communities - so
dedicated, talented, and patriotic. I am happy that I will be able to keep in
touch with WSMR in my new assignment at Army Test and Evaluation Command."

Regan assumed command of White Sands Missile Range on August 24, 2009.
Before coming to the missile range, he was the Executive Officer to the Army's
Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs, G-8 at the Pentagon. He has served the
U.S. Army for 31 years.