Brian Knight, Environmental Division Chief, U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range

Brian Knight

Environmental Division Chief, U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range

Brian Knight earned an undergraduate degree in anthropology from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Arts in archaeology also from New Mexico State University.   

He has served as the senior archaeology and historic preservation officer for Fort Bliss’ compliance with a number of laws and regulations. After 8 years in that position, he spent another 12 years as the Supervisor for the Conservation Branch at Fort Bliss, which includes cultural resources (archaeology, historical architecture, tribal liaisons), natural resources, National Environmental Protection Agency, and Environmental Liaison programs. 

He presently serves as the Environmental Division Chief, U.S. Army Garrison, White Sands Missile Range, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

In the News…

Under an agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense and New Mexico Land Conservancy, the habitat for about a million bats will be protected on about 315,000 acres of Southern New Mexico land. The land is privately owned and supports more than 500 variants of the species, according to a report from the Land Conservancy, including many listed for federal and state protections. 

Blocking the development of the ranch was an important issue for the Department of Defense as it contains a part of the western buffer for the White Sands Missile Range. 

Brian Knight, team manager with the U.S. Army for White Sands Missile Range, said the project would allow the facility to expand its space as part of the easement in the region known as the Western Call Up Area where officials at the missile range can extend its airspace needed for testing and other activities. 

“Completion of this historic project has been a very high priority for White Sands Missile Range,” Mr. Knight said. “Working with our neighbors to create compatible land use and minimize any encroachment to military space will sustain the unique capabilities that make WSMR the  premier test and evaluation range in the country.” 


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