21st Commander - Brigadier General Jerry Laws
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21th Commander
White Sands Missile Range
Page 21 of 33
Brigadier General Jerry Laws
Commander
Jun 24, 1994 - Apr 13, 1998

     Brigadier General Jerry L. Laws, the 21st Commander of White Sands Proving Ground/Missile Range, was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery Corps in August 1966. He later earned a Master's Degree in Management from Central Michigan University. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officers' Basic and Advanced Courses, Fixed and Rotary Wing Flight Training, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
     Brigadier General Laws assumed command of White Sands Missile Range on 24 June 1994. His early assignments included duties within the 1st Battalion, 321st Field Artillery (Airborne), 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; command of firing batteries within the 8th Battalion, 17th Field Artillery and 6th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery, 6th Infantry Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Aviation Officer, 18th Engineer Brigade, the Republic of South Vietnam; Aviation Staff Officer and Aide-de-Camp, Combined Arms Combat Developments Activity, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
     In 1974, Brigadier General Laws served as Adjutant and Commander, Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, the Republic of Korea. He next served as Aviation Staff Officer, Aerial Systems Branch, Combined Arms Combat Developments Activity, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Brigadier General Laws also served as Brigade Fire Support Officer and Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 35th Field Artillery Regiment, and Operations Officer (S-3), Division Artillery, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. He then served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Armored Division (Forward), Garlstedt, the Federal Republic of Germany. Brigadier General Laws also commanded the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment and the 4th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Division (Forward), the Federal Republic of Germany.
     In 1985, Brigadier General Laws served as Speech Writer, Congressional Affairs Branch, Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and Development, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. He next served as Division Chief, Operations/Plans Division (J-3), United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He also commanded the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps Artillery, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He served as Director, Gunnery Department and Director, Combat Developments, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He also served as Assistant Division Commander for Support, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
     Brigadier General Laws' decorations and badges include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with two subsequent awards); the Bronze Star Medal (with two subsequent awards); the Meritorious Service Medal (with three subsequent awards); the Air Medal (with nine subsequent awards); the Army Commendation Medal (with three subsequent awards); the Army Achievement Medal; Senior Army Aviator Badge; and Parachutist Badge.
     Brigadier General Jerry L. Laws is married to the former Louise C. "Misty" Mistick of North Braddock, Pennsylvania. They have three children - Christina, Mary Katherine, and Jay.