White Sands Commanders

Brigadier General Eric Sanchez
33rd White Sands Missile Range Commander
27 August 2016 – 16 July 2018

Brigadier General Eric L. Sanchez assumed command of White Sands Missile Range on 25 August 2016. He is a 1987 Distinguished Military Graduate of New Mexico State University. Upon commissioning, he served at Fort Bliss, Texas, from 1988 to 1992 as a Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer in the 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, and deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991. From 1992 to 1995, he served as the Battalion Logistics Officer, and commanded D Battery, 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana, and deployed the unit twice to Southwest Asia.

After Battery Command, he was an instructor at the Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Fort Huachuca, Arizona from 1995 to 1997. He was then assigned to the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Hawaii where he served his first Joint assignment as an Information Warfare Officer from 1997 to 1999. Following graduation from Command and General Staff College, he served as S-3 and Executive Officer of 2nd Battalion 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment from 2000 to 2002. He served as the Deputy Commanding Officer, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from 2002 to 2003 and deployed in support of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served his second Joint assignment as part of the United States Pacific Command Staff from 2003 to 2005.

He then moved to Fort Shafter, Hawaii to assist in the stand-up of the 94th AAMDC from 2005 to 2006. In June 2006, he assumed command of the 1st Battalion 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment and deployed the unit from Fort Bliss, Texas to the Republic of Korea from 2007 to 2008. Following Battalion Command, he served as Deputy Director, TRADOC Capabilities Manager-Lower Tier from 2008 to 2010 at Fort Bliss, Texas. He commanded the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in Osan, Korea from 2011 to 2013. Following Brigade Command, he served as the Deputy Commander, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

Brigadier General Sanchez’ most recent assignment was as Commanding General, 94th AAMDC. His military education includes the Air Defense Artillery Basic and Advance Officer Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the National Defense University Capstone course. He holds Master’s of Science Degrees from Central Michigan University and the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Brigadier General Sanchez’ awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal with V Device (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

Brigadier General Sanchez and his wife Teresa have two children, Marilissa and Sophia.

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