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VOLUME 3, NUMBER 3A March 2017 Sipex Sun, project engineer and general engineer for Dugway's Test Support Division, was honored Feb. 25 as one of 10 Asian American Engineers of the Year for 2017 during a gala event in Bellevue, Wash. Twenty Asian Americans were recognized for their contributions in various categories. Sun was the only engineer to represent the Department of Defense. He has been a Civil Service employee at Dugway, for the Army, since 2002. The Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) award is held during National Engineers Week. It is the only national, annual award program to pay tribute to Asian engineers, scientists and corporate leaders each year. A resident of Roy, 120 miles from Dugway, Sun commutes to his office four days a week. He and his wife have one 16 year old son. Sun's devotion to engineering excellence led to his being nominated; various coworkers urged upper management to recommend him for the honor. Sun's dogged determination found in his work ethic didn't come easily or cheaply. Born in 1966 in Cambodia, as the oldest child of eight, he finished 3rd grade when revolution broke out. After the communist dictator Pol Pot and his brutal Khmer Rouge followers took power in 1975, Sun was taken from his parents. Reunited with his family when North Vietnam overthrew Pol Pot in 1979, Sun and his family walked through mine fields -to a refugee camp in Thailand. After two years in Thailand, the family was sponsored to the U.S. and settled in Logan, Utah. Mathematics is emphasized in Cambodia, Sun said, but newly arrived in America at 15 he had barely a 4th grade education. Placed in an English as a Second Language class, he began to speak it better. His grades improved. Noting Sun's math skills, his high school adviser suggested computer science, mathematics or engineering. Sun chose engineering, perhaps because it is a science that builds things, and he'd seen so much destruction. He graduated from Logan High School in 1985, earning his U.S. citizenship in 1988 after a major business refused to hire him as a summer intern without citizenship. In 1990 Sun became the first Cambodian to graduate from Utah State University, earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He worked in a variety of jobs related to engineering until hired in 2002 by Dugway. Sun worked on a wide variety of fixtures and instrumentation: SMARTMAN, to challenge gas masks and respirators with chemical or biological agents; SWATCH test of fabric and other materials for suits and gloves. He's designed test fixtures to challenge detectors and related defenses against chemical and biological agents and Jack Rabbit II, to release chlorine gas to learn how a tanker carful might affect the area around it. Sun's expertise, communication abilities across multiple levels and innovation were emphasized in recommendations from management, coworkers and command for this award. He remains active in his community, working with fellow newly arrived and long established Cambodians, actively supports Cambodian community gatherings in northern Utah, and cares for his aging father (his mother passed away in 2001). Sun also travels to Cambodia to provide financial support and engineering advice on well digging for clean water, construction, crop irrigation and plumbing. Quiet and modest, Sun agreed that his life had come far from the notoriously brutal "killing fields" of the Pol Pot regime. "From the farm to technology," he said, adding "I like to design something new, something challenging; always something new." DUGWAY ENGINEER NAMED ASIAN AMERICAN ENGINEER OF 2017 The USAG Dugway Town Hall Meeting is available for viewing now at: By Al Vogel Sipex Sun, project engineer and general engineer at U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. During a Feb. 25 gala event at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue, Wash., Sun was recognized as one of 10 Asian American Engineers of the Year. A Civil Service employee for the Army, he was the only representative of the U.S. military selected for the honor. Photo courtesy AAEOY USAG QUARTERLY TOWN HALL MEETING DISPATCH INSIDE YOUR AND MUCH MORE Mission and Mission Support Employees of the Year. Page 3. TOWN HALL AWARDS HONOR BESTOWED Innovative Dugway engineer receives prestigious national recognition. Page 1. Specialized German soldiers pave the way for future training. Page 2&3. BUNDESWEHR SOLDIERS Utah African American educator shares her unique experience. Page 4. BLACK HISTORY EVENT Observance event announced. Page 3. Photo by Al Vogel, Dugway Proving Ground Public Affairs


Thirteen specialized soldiers from Germany recently honed their chemical and biological defense skills for two weeks at Dugway Proving Ground, and paved the way for more training in following years. The Bundeswehr soldiers came from the CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) Defense Battalion 750, based at Bruchsal in southwestern Germany. Lt. Col. Dirk Bludau headed the delegation, who visited Dugway last April with three other members of Germany's armed forces: two scientists and Lt. Col. Dirk Veeck, the German liaison officer at the U.S. Army Chemical School in Missouri. "It was a short visit to establish first contact, to get a guided tour of all the facilities on Dugway, to identify useful training opportunities for Germans," Bludau said. "We have discovered that you have some really very unique test and training facilities. We have some very special CBRN defense soldiers in Germany, the Special Reaction Platoon for sophisticated CBRN reconnaissance." After the 2016 visit, the four concluded that periodic training at Dugway would greatly benefit the 2,000 highly trained soldiers of Germany's CBRN Defense Command, within the Bundeswehr's Joint Service. The Bundeswehr is the unified armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Joint Service, Medical Service) of Germany, with approximately 178,000 in uniform. The pilot course comprized one week with replicated chemical agent production using benign simulants, followed by a week of chemical dissemination with simulants. Training was conducted by the Special Programs Division of Dugway's West Desert Test Center, and overseen by Project Managers Kurt Malcom and Wendell Williams, who earlier traveled to Germany to visit the CBRN Defence Battalion 750. Williams managed the coordination, overall German program design, costs, chemical events and wrote much of the required paperwork. Malcom, who is fluent in German, was involved in course design and coordination, and all aspects of Homemade Explosives events at Dugway. Tony Kemp is deputy program manager. Williams emphasized that there were many others from Dugway who made the pilot training program a success: the chemists and biologists at Special Programs Division, Explosives and Dissemination Division, Chemical Test Division, Meteorology Division and Optics Branch. Creating the agreement required extraordinary effort and cooperation. Numerous documents had to be written and routed through the Pentagon, Department of Defense, Army Test and Evaluation Command, diplomatic channels, German Ministry of Defense and the Bundeswehr CBRN School. Joachim Ringer, a civilian scientist and chemist with the Bundeswehr CBRN Defence, Safety and Environmental Protection School in Bavaria, has overseen German chemical detection and facilities for 20 years. For him, the pilot course offered two goals: personally assess the value of Dugway's scientific point of view to Germany, and ensure that the preparatory training soldiers receive in Germany is compatible with what Dugway will teach. "This is important," Ringer said. "We need to prepare the personnel to make the best of the limited time they have at Dugway." Student training is greatly enhanced by learning in four March 2017 il PAGE 2 GERMAN SOLDIERS HONE SKILLS IN WMD DEFENSE AT DUGWAY The ATEC Town Hall Meeting is available for viewing now at: ATEC/U.S. ARMY DUGWA Y PROVING GROUND TOWN HALL MEE TING German Bundeswehr soldiers from the CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) Defence Battalion 750 use a chemical agent detector to identify a simulated chemical weapon agent in a mock illicit lab at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Dugway rec ent ly agreed to train Germany's specialized chemical and biological defense troops in the years ahead. Photo by Mario Sandoval, Dugway Optics By Al Vogel


in four settings: classroom, chemical and biological defense labs, technical demonstrations and learning the effects of an agent or explosive. Many of the 13 soldiers said they were greatly impressed by the Homemade Explosives Course, where scientists explain and create explosive devices from everyday materials (chemical weapons may be disseminated by an explosion). "The homemade explosives facility and course was amazing," Staff Sgt. Alexander Opel said. He was also impressed by the Materiel Test Facility chamber 50 feet long and wide, with 30 foot walls big enough to test small aircraft in a chemical environment. Time spent in labs, alongside scientists who frequently perform chemical and biological defense tests, was invaluable to the soldiers. They gained knowledge, asked questions and trained in nonconventional areas that challenged their judgement and capabilities. Separated into teams, one searched a cave like labyrinth to find a series of threat replicated biological production labs. Another team, miles away, searched a narrow concrete tunnel for replicated chemical production labs. They photographed each lab for evidence, then took samples of its suspicious contents. Encountering illicit labs in restricted space was a scenario they didn't anticipate, said Command Sgt. Maj. Ralf Oesterle, but the Germans adapted and performed well. Staff Sgt. Sarah Obieglo has trained at the U.S. Army Chemical School in Missouri, but this marked her first visit to Dugway. She praised the quality of the training they received here, and the breadth of knowledge she'll take back to Germany. "If they gave me the opportunity, I would definitely come back," she said. A soldier of the German Bundeswehr stands guard at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, while other specially trained German soldiers search out and sample replicated biological labs during an exercise. The nation's premiere center for testing defenses against biological and chemical weapons, Dugway plans to train the Bundeswehr soldiers at least annually. Photo by Al Vogel, Dugway Proving Ground Public Affairs A German Bundeswehr soldier from the CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) Defence Battalion 750 measures a liquid in a protective hood, during February 2017 training at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. More of Germany's soldiers specially trai ned in CBRN defense are expected to train at Dugway in the coming years, per a recent arrangement. Photo by Crystal Bowen, Dugway Optics German Bundeswehr soldiers from the CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) Defence Battalion 750 use a detector to identify a chemical process used in the production of chemical warfare agent, during training at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Dugway recently agreed to begin training Germany's specialized chemical and biological defense troops in the coming years. Photo by Mario Sandoval, Dugway Optics March 2017 il PAGE 3 GERMAN SOLDIERS HONE SKILLS ... EMPOWERING THE


February marks the 40th Anniversary observance of Black History Month. This Black Education. It seemed a perfect fit that the speaker for the event was Dr. Joyce M. Gray, a Utah educator and the first Utah African American teacher in Utah history to become a principal of an elementary school, an intermediate school and high school in Utah. experience allowed the audience of more than 90 attendees at the Dugway Community Club Feb. 16 to education through a different lens and better appreciate the legacy black educators, like Gray, are leaving for future generations. Gray noted, with concern, the achievement gap of young black males and the poverty rate that still threatens many African American families. Gray said that often these resources in their Gray used staggering statistics of black male dropout rates, low earning expectations, scores of schools closing or restructuring, and the loss of black educators to make her point that this is an on going teachers are leaving the black students believe their outlook lacks opportunities for higher education. Only one third of male black students expect to be able to pursue a college education in the foreseeable future. A more disturbing statistic males are considered on a But along with these negative statistics came the call of an educator who truly believes that, even with a negative forecast, teachers, parents and a community can to your seats, help is on the way. Dedicated teachers, educators and reformers are examining schools, and creating models to assist with higher education one another with impressive Gray noted the many great teachers who should be the classroom into the communities to help families and students prepare for education. Students need to said. In a touching moment, Gray recalled one of her teachers, Joe Mackey, who taught the school choir when she was that choir so much it hurt, particularly in Girls Glee or passion still evident in her me to become a music she broadened her pursuit am grateful that they help give Gray received a scholarship to attend Virginia State University where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree. She went on to earn her Master of Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. After graduating from college, Gray began her career as a music teacher in Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada. Later, feeling inspired to return to Utah, in 1984 she educational administration to become the first African American principal in the State of Utah. She served in the Arcadia Elementary School in the Granite School believe God wanted me to After six years, Gray defied the odds when she was appointed Principal of Granite Elementary School. Renowned for her achievement there, in 1992 Gray became Principal of Bryant Intermediate School, Salt Lake City School District where the school received schools awards, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 1996, Gray was selected to be principal of West High School, also in the Salt Lake City School District. Her outstanding leadership skills there led her to become Utah Principal of the Year in 1999. important accomplishments she had as a principal was to encourage an openness between students, teachers simply inspires future To students on achievement: this: Stay focused and commit to work before fun. It brings At the end of the presentation, Col. Sean commander presented Dr. Gray with a Certificate of Appreciation and a Dugway coin shaped like the she seemed especially pleased to receive. inspiration, sharing information that was hard to hear but helps us better understand. It was exactly said. Kirschner added that the U.S. Army embraces diversity as a way to maximize individual talents, increase morale and greatly enhance of the contributions of our African American Soldiers. Thank you Dr. Gray for coming and helping us honor The event ended with a traditional food tasting table with chicken wings, fried okra, black eyed peas, corn bread and pumpkin pie expertly prepared by the Dugway Community Club. March 2017 il PAGE 4 No need for service members to pay for outside tax assistance or risk missing specific military tax breaks. Soldiers -Active and Reserve Component -and their military families can use MilTax software and support services for free at Military OneSource to complete their taxes. Prepare and file taxes online with the easy to use software. Register online at: and legal/taxes?content_id=295240. For more information contact: U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground Legal Office Legal Assistance Attorney 435 831 3336 MilTax: Free Tax Services from Military OneSource American principal and Command Sgt. Major Community Club in English Village. Photo by Bonnie A. Robinson / Dugway Public Affairs BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROUGH THE EYES OF AMERICAN PRINCIPAL By Bonnie A. Robinson


March 2017 il PAGE 5 MARCH 2017 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 COMMUNITY CALENDAR Please share The Dispatch with family, friends, acquaintances or anyone who might be interested in news and happenings at Dugway Proving Ground. News, information or comment may be submitted to: DISPATCH Published bi monthly by the Public Affairs Office, Dugway Proving Ground. While contributions are solicited and welcomed, Dugway PAO reserves the right to edit all submitted materials and make corrections, changes or deletions to conform with the policies of this publication. The Editor, Dispatch, Dugway Proving Ground TEDT DP PA MS#2 5450 Doolittle Ave. Dugway, UT 84022 5022 Phone: (435) 831 3409 DSN 789 3409 Email to: Commander: COL Sean G. Kirschner Chief, PAO/Editor: Robert D. Saxon Public Affairs Specialist: Al Vogel Public Affairs Specialist: Bonnie Robinson Layout & Graphics: Robert Rampton Video & Web: Darrell Gray Currently playing on the Dugway YouTube Channel ATEC Town Hall/Awards Black History Month Garrison Town Hall Meeting Native American Heritage Innovation/Glovebox Update