HALL OF FAME
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Mr. Roy James Autry
Civilian Personnel Officer
Mr. Roy J. Autry was born April 2, 1919. He graduated
from Tucson High School in January 1936 and went to work for the government
the same year.
Autry came to White Sands in 1960 as the range's
civilian personnel officer. One of his first actions was to reorganize the
office and institute a system for program review and analysis that was unique
at the time. It served as a model for the systems now commonplace throughout
the Army. He then went on to automate the production of personnel documents
and evaluation data. This move anticipated later Army action and eventually
became standard for the Ordnance Corps.
In 1963 Autry directed the largest reduction-in-force
in the history of the range. Over 2,000 employee notices were issued but only
205 employees were involuntarily separated. He arranged to have hundreds of
employees retrained for work in the electronics field by having the
instructors and materials shipped to White Sands. He also asked for and
received placement assistance from distant installations like Redstone
Arsenal, Alabama and China Lake, California that was unusual at the time but
is the norm today.
Autry is credited with starting many of the special
employment programs currently existing at the range. Before Federal
regulations spelled out definite handicap programs, Autry built local programs
for the mentally handicapped, physically handicapped and disadvantaged youth.
His Worker Trainee Program (WTO) served as a prototype for the rest of the
Army. In addition, he was responsible for the range's being designated as a
training center for command career program interns in the supply, procurement
and civilian personnel fields and for developing the first local engineer and
scientist intern program.
Autry retired from White Sands in 1974. He died in