New Dugway Proving Ground commander assigned

Col. A. Scott Estes has been assigned as the commander of Utah's Dugway Proving Ground, an Army base where systems are tested to defend against chemical and biological weapons.

"It is indeed humbling to have the honor to be part of and lead a team that has arguably done more to protect our nation and our forces from the threats posted by weapons of mass destruction than any other," Estes said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
The post, which lies 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City in Skull Valley, also tests smoke, obscurants and meteorological devices. Command changed to Estes from U.S. Army Col. William E. King during a recent parade ceremony, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
During King's two year tenure, the Army post began testing the nation's first cruise missile defense program and the Army's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program. The program led to four new hangers at the airfield and hundreds more civil service and contractor jobs.

King will move to Edgewood, Md., where he will be the chief of staff for operations plans and training for the 20th Support Command of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives.
Estes was most recently the CBRNE division chief in the Deputy Directorate for Anti-terrorism and Homeland Defense. The post, created in 1942, occupies about 800,000 acres, which is about the size of Rhode Island. Most of what goes on in Dugway's testing areas has been made top secret by the Department of Defense.