Brigadier General Ronald V. Hite, the 19th Commander of
White Sands Proving Ground/Missile Range, was born 10 May 1943 near
Jonesborough, Tennessee. He received his commission in 1964 following
graduation from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, with
a bachelorâ€™s degree in chemistry. In 1974, he earned a masterâ€™s in procurement
and contracting from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.
General Hite attended the Infantry Officer Basic
Course, the Ordnance Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, the
Defense Systems Management College and the Industrial College of the Armed
Some of General Hiteâ€™s early assignments included
service with the 8th Infantry Division, Germany; the 2nd Maintenance
Battalion, Vietnam; the Shillelagh and Lance Missile System Project Managers
Offices, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; the Foreign Military Sales Directorate,
Missile Command, Huntsville, Alabama; Executive Officer of the 227th
Maintenance Battalion, Korea; and the Directorate of Program Analysis and
Evaluation, Office of the Chief of Staff, Department of Army, Washington, DC.
He served as the commander of the 707th Maintenance Battalion, 7th Infantry
Division, Fort Ord, California, from 1979 to 1981. Then he was assigned to the
Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was one
of the founders of, and a staff leader in, the Combined Arms Services Staff
In 1984, he activated and was the first commander of
the U.S. Army Combat Systems Test Activity, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
At Aberdeen, he served as the Officer In Charge of the Bradley and Abrams Live
Fire Test Programs. In January 1988, he was appointed deputy commander of the
U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command.
Immediately prior to his assumption of command at White
Sands Missile Range on 10 August 1990, General Hite served in Warren,
Michigan, at the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command. His first assignment there
was as Program Executive Officer, Combat Support, where he was responsible for
development, production and fielding of the Army â€™s High Mobility
Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle, medium/heavy truck fleets and commercial
construction equipment. He next served as Deputy Program Executive Officer for
Future Systems, Armored Systems Modernization, responsible for establishing
development programs for the future tank, combat engineer vehicle,
self-propelled howitzer, line-of-site anti-tank system, ammunition re-supply
vehicle, and the infantry fighting vehicle.
Among his decorations are the Legion of Merit (with
three Oak leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal
(with three Oak leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, the Expert
Infantrymanâ€™s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, a Meritorious Unit
Citation and the Army General Staff Badge.
Following his assignment at White Sands Missile range,
he was promoted to Major General and assumed command of the US Army Test and
Evaluation Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground on 27 June 1991
General Hite and his wife, Mildred, have two children,
Mia and Tifani, and one grandchild.