Under the direction of the Targets Management Office, the Lockheed-Martin operations and maintenance contractor provides flight services for the MQM-107, BQM-34, QH-50, QUH-1, QAH-1, HOKUM-X, LTMS, TBMTT, and BATS target systems. The central base of operations is located at Orogrande Range Camp, New Mexico with multiple target launch and control sites at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico and McGregor Range Complex, Ft. Bliss, Texas. Target systems can be equipped with numerous ancillary devices and can be deployed worldwide to support Air Defense training exercises, Tri-service T&E requirements, and foreign military sales programs. Single or multiple flight scenarios can be supported including simultaneous target sorties. Target aircraft can fly at various altitudes and speeds to simulate virtually any air defense threat. The drone aircraft can also serve as tug vehicles for low cost radar, IR, and gunnery tow targets.
Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas, rolled into battle against the dreaded "Y2K Bug," the computer glitch, also called the "Millennium Bug," that threatened to create a global disruption of computer and satellite communications systems on January 1, 2000. On Friday, October 3, the B/2-6 ADA soldiers pushed up the "clocks" to December 31, 1999, on their Avengers, Bradley Linebackers, Stingers, Sentinel radars, Air Battle Management Operations Center and Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAADC3I) sensor nodes. They fired Stinger missiles from an Avenger and Bradley Linebacker at one-fifth scale model airplanes, and then waited until the clock ticked past midnight into the year 2000 before launching Stinger missiles a second time to see if their computers could distinguish "00" as 2000 rather than 1900. They also tested their computer system's ability to adjust to February 29, 2000, a leap-year date. The computer systems within the equipment functioned correctly after the clocks rolled over to the years 2000. The Y2K demonstration, which took place at Fort Bliss' Orogrande Range, New Mexico, appeared to confirm Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre's prediction that Y2K computer problems will be "nuisances, not crises."
It is believed that Cabeza de Vaca, who walked from Florida to California circa 1536, passed through Mesilla, which is located three miles southwest of Las Cruces. Some Southwest historians hold that Cabeza de Vaca's route brought him northwest from San Angelo, Texas, along the Pecos River to a point north of Carlsbad, NM. Then his path led north of the Guadalupe Mountains, south of the Sacramento Mountains which form the visible east boundary of White Sands Missile Range, and then west through Fort Bliss' Orogrande Missile Range to the site that is now WSMR headquarters building.
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