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The Army appointed a new member to its Senior Executive Service during a ceremony on Redstone Arsenal Dec. 3.

Rob Stone, executive director of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, a subordinate command of the Army Test and Evaluation Command, took the oath of office during an SES induction ceremony hosted by Brig. Gen. Eric Little, commander of White Sands.

“Honestly, I don’t think I’ve met a leader in my 28 years who displays such a level of humility, while at the same time being completely comfortable and having the confidence to make a correction to anyone, at any time, if something is not right,” Little said. “And he does this in a fashion that makes the recipient of his counsel, understand, value, and truly appreciate that correction. It really is a gift,”

Since 2017, Stone served as the technical director and deputy commander of the Redstone Test Center, also a subordinate organization under ATEC.

Stone brings 35 years of experience in lifecycle test and evaluation to the senior civilian position at White Sands. His experience spans aviation and aviation systems, missiles, and sensor systems across the T&E domains of modeling and simulation, hardware in the loop, and open-air test.

“The Army identifies three attributes of leadership: character, presence and intellect,” Little said. “One could easily argue that intellect is probably the most important leadership attribute necessary to perform the SES duties of an executive director. I would not disagree with that. Anyone who knows Rob Stone clearly knows that he is a leader with superior intellect, and without question the right selection to serve our Army and our nation as a senior executive. What makes Rob special is that along with his intellectual talents, he is equally gifted with his character and his presence. In fact, I would go as far as saying character is his strongest attribute.”

Stone entered federal service in May 2000 with the Aviation Technical Test Center at Fort Rucker. He served as the lead engineer in the Data Processing Division and was responsible for experimental flight test data collection.

Much of Stone’s early work at ATTC paved the way for the capabilities currently in use for aviation flight test at Redstone Test Center. Stone later served in ATTC as the chief of the Integrated Systems Test Division and of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Division.

Stone transitioned back to Redstone Arsenal in 2010 when ATTC and the Redstone Technical Test Center were combined to make Redstone Test Center as a part of base realignment and closure.

In September 2017, Stone was selected as the technical director and deputy commander of RTC with responsibilities for leading the full spectrum technical test mission in the areas of aviation, small missiles and weapon sensors. Additionally, he was responsible for managing the center’s test capability portfolio as well as technical and leadership development of a 1,300-person workforce for the center.

In April 2021, Stone was selected as the interim executive director of White Sands Missile Range. In this position, he supports all aspects of the commanding general’s roles as both White Sands senior mission commander and ATEC deputy commander for developmental testing.

Stone’s efforts on behalf of ATEC and Redstone Test Center have been instrumental in enhancing the test capabilities for new Army weapons systems.

Stone is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. He has been married to his wife Kay for 32 years, and they have three children.

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