U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce responded to the announcement that White Sands Missile Range will face the loss of 535 soldiers by 2019.
“The mission at White Sands has not changed, and regardless of troop presence, WSMR will continue to play a vital role in national defense,” said Pearce. “White Sands Missile Range is more important today than ever. Therefore, as a community we must continue to work together to ensure White Sands has the staff, support, and supplies needed to carry out its mission. I am confident that White Sands will remain a central and thriving part of the local community and economy.”
“I will also continue to work closely with my friend Congressman O’Rourke to protect the future of Ft. Bliss, and its vital role in the community and economy of Southern New Mexico,” Pearce continued. “Most importantly, I wish to thank all those who have served—and continue to serve—at White Sands, Ft. Bliss, Holloman, and our other military instillations throughout New Mexico and around the world. All Americans owe you a debt of gratitude for your sacrifice and dedication, and it is an honor to have you as part of our community.”