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The last Monday of May brings with it the celebration of Memorial Day. For many, this day marks the beginning of the summer season, filled with outdoor activities, vacations, family time and other enjoyable pursuits. The holiday also brings with it traditions of remembrance and paying honor to our forebearers and to the sacrifices made by our military in the defense of freedom. The traditions of Memorial Day started after the Civil War. This conflict claimed more American lives than any other conflict and prompted the establishment of the first national cemeteries. By late in the decade of the 1860s, towns and cities across the young country had begun holding springtime tributes to fallen warriors, and had also started the tradition of placing flowers on graves. Where and when the traditions specifically began are unclear, but in 1966 the U.S. named Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of Memorial Day; Waterloo has closed businesses and decorated graves every year since 1868. On May 5 of that year, General John A. Logan, leader of the Northern Civil War veterans association, called for a national event. "The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land." While Memorial Day started with the decoration of Civil War graves, by early in the 20th century, the holiday had evolved into a day to commemorate the fallen Americans of all wars. The tradition of honoring the fallen has continued and expanded during the intervening years, and this year we will hold parades, make speeches and decorate the graves of soldiers and family. We will have Bar B ques, enjoy family time and bask in the glow of the freedom won by our military past and present. As Army Soldiers and civilians, maybe this year, Memorial Day can also include a moment of reflection on what we do at Dugway. The things we all do every day at work are focused on the goal of making sure our American warfighters (and our allies), return home safely every time from every conflict, from every mission. The Dugway contribution to saving the lives of warfighters deserves celebration too. Happy Memorial Day! VOLUME 3, NUMBER 5 May 2017 ATEC COMMANDER CONGRATULATES BEST SMALL FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR EMPOWERING THE COMMAND PERSPECTIVE By Kenneth S. Gritton, Ph.D Technical Director, West Desert Test Center Maj. Gen. John W. Charlton, commander of Army Test and Evaluation Command, recently toured Dugway Proving Ground, one of nine AT EC testing locations. Inside this fire engine, often used to fight brush and range fires, he briefly operated its water cannons. The general congratulated Dugway's Fir e and Emergency Services Division for its selection as Installation Management Command's 2016 Best Small Fire Department of the Year. Deputy Chief Michael Cameron was also named by IMCOM and the Army as the 2016 Civilian Fire Officer of the Year. Photo by Al Vogel, Dugway Public Affairs Best Small Fire Department Page 2 DISPATCH INSIDE YOUR AND MUCH MORE Memorial Day traditions honor the sacrifices made by our military. Page 1. COMMAND PERSPECTIVE From E.A. to E.V. A closer look at the development of English Village. Page 5. DUGWAY STORIES SK CHALLENGE The latest information on the 4th edition of this unique challenge event. Page 4. BIG RECOGNITION ATEC Commander congratulates IMCOM Best Small Fire Department of the Year. Page 1&2. ATEC commander Charlton Page 3. GENERAL VISIT


April 2017 il PAGE 4 May 2017 www.dugway.a rmy .mil PAGE 2 Continued from Page 1. BEST SMALL FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR. . Maj. Gen. John W. Charlton (left), commander of Army Test and Evaluation Command, recently toured Dugway Proving Ground, one of nine ATEC testing locations. He was accompanied by Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew B. Connette (middle), also of ATEC. The two were joined in the 100 foo t ladder truck by Col. Sean Kirschner, commander of Dugway Proving Ground. The general congratulated Dugway's Fire and Emergency Services Division for it s s election as Installation Management Command's 2016 Best Small Fire Department of the Year. Photo by Al Vogel, Dugway Public Affairs Deputy Chief Michael Cameron was also named by IMCOM and the Army as the 2016 Civilian Fire Officer of the Year. Photo by Dugway DES DATE/TIME OF EVENT: Friday, 19 May 2017 Safety Briefing Begins at 0800 hrs LOCATION: Dugway Police Department Firearms Range Complex OTHER INFORMATION: $20 Entry Fee (covers cost of lunch) CLASSIFICATIONS: Military (Active Duty & Veterans) Law Enforcement/First Responders Civilians The Dugway Proving Ground 3 Gun Top Shot Competition is a shooting competition hosted by the Dugway Proving Ground FMWR in conjunction with the Dugway Police Department. The event consists of challenging multi The Dugway Police Department administers the event, providing top level expertise, With Dugway FMWR providing additional service support. For more information call: 435 831 2050


Maj. Gen. John W. Charlton, commander of the Army Test & Evaluation Command, toured Dugway Proving Ground Apr. 26 to become facilities and its outdoor test grids. Accompanying, the Command Sgt. Major Andrew B. Connette. When Charlton took command of ATEC in December of last year, he spoke candidly of meeting the needs of the Soldier in an operational environment. During his to visit to Dugway, he echoed those words of commitment and dedication to the Soldier. 50 year old instrumentation. We have to have the newest equipment and develop the newest capabilities that are cutting edge and next Charlton appeared genuinely pleased with the the Active Standoff Chamber and the Joint Ambient Breeze Tunnel. feet long, and houses a cavernous stainless steel, temperature controlled chamber 104 feet long and 13 feet wide. Inside the chamber wall of forced air that keeps a simulant cloud from escaping but does not interfere with the ends are aperture like doors that can be opened or shut depending on the Gary Millar, branch chief of the Test Support Division. Millar noted that because of its distinctive design, testers can be confident that their detectors can be validated for use in a real world threat environment. The Joint Ambient Breeze Tunnel is located adjacent to the ASC and tests standoff detectors. Standoff techniques enable the detection of chemical threats without contact, which eliminates contamination for operators and their equipment. Its custom 550 foot long, 46 foot wide structure has 49 foot high side walls, with a ceiling that can be lowered and raised to accommodate a specific test. It can track movement of a target cloud at 20 feet per beam, which scatters the light when it hits a chemical or biological simulant. Inside the JABT was a display of the new Test Grid Safari Instrumentation System. This portable grid test uses simulant disseminators mounted on trailers that can be wheeled to the sparse and outdoor ranges and grids. The idea is to provide a realistic variety of terrains like craggy mountain slopes and tapering canyons that might mirror future battlefields. With real time data from samplers and detectors, the safari system would provide statistics and assessment updates to an encrypted storage site, where testers would download the information for comparison studies. advantages to a portable test a faster way to collect and analyze data at various locations and provide faster data to decision makers in the event of a chemical or biological incident or attack. After viewing the two chambers, the general and his party boarded a National Guard Blackhawk for an overview tour of Dugway's nearly 800,000 acres of test sites and grids before making stops at the Hazardous Material Test Facility and read the paper or watch TV, you have concerns about [chemical and biological will be a continued emphasis in this area. And this test center will play a role in Charlton said he appreciated Dugway and would share what he saw with Army leaders and want you to know, I appreciate your strong commitment and sense of service to protect our May 2017 www.dugway.a rmy .mil PAGE 3 By Bonnie A. Robinson ARMY TEST & EVALUATION COMMAND GENERAL VISITS DUGWAY EMPOWERING THE commander; Army Test & Evaluation Command, Command Sgt. Major Andrew B. Connette; ATEC commander Maj. Gen. John W. Charlton; Ryan Harris, director, West Desert Test Center; Jeff Garcia, chief of the Test Support Division; and Gary Millar, b ran ch chief of the Test Support Division. The JABT tests standoff detectors for chemical and biological defense testing by maintain ing the same temperature and humidity as the outside temperature, but within a controlled environmental space. Photo by Bonnie A. Robinson, Dugway Public Affairs Maj. Gen. John W. Charlton, commander of Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) is briefed about the Test Grid Instrumentation System, a portable test using simulant disseminators mounted on trailers allows testers to utilize various ou tdo or areas and terrains to challenge chemical and biological sensors and detectors. Photo by Bonnie A. Robinson, Dugway Public Aff air s Maj. Gen. John W. Charlton, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation commander with and outdoor test grids. Photo by Bonnie A. Robinson, Dugway Public Affairs Maj. Gen. John W. Charlton, commander of Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) visit to U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah on April 12, 2017. Facilities visited were Building 4165 Chemical Lab, Combined Chemical Test Facility, Materiel Test Facility and the Kuddes Building for an informal lunch and meeting with Dugway's department heads. Photo by Al Vogel, Dugway Public Affairs


EMPOWERING THE Stress Awareness If you have 1 QUESTION that might need 4 ANSWERS, send it to us for consideration at: 4 4 ANSWERS 1 1 QUESTION Michael Robinson Environmental Protection Specialist day, I like to saddle up my horse, Ahab, and go for a ride in the hills near my Stress is a normal part of life, but when it becomes negative without relief or relaxation between challenges, it can harm your health. Negative stress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and problems sleeping. What do you do to relieve stress? Lynn Brothersen Installation Security Manager When I feel stressed, I go to the gym. The [Shocklee Fitness Center] has a very nice sauna to relax in after a Scott Rehfeld Garrison Information Systems Officer working with wood using the Dugway craft shop. I have made a table, a bed board, candle sticks, and a cabinet. I have also cut out a variety of wood Stephanie Sleeper Staff Action Specialist my bike up the canyon or lift For the fourth year, Dugway Proving Ground will invite developers, manufacturers and users of chemical and biological agent detectors to learn how well their systems perform in a series of authentic trials against simulated agent. The Sophos/Kydoimos (ancient Greek for "Wisdom over the din of battle.") Challenge IV is a two week international event Aug. 7 18. Three facilities will be used: Active Standoff Chamber, Ambient Breeze Tunnel and Target S outdoor grid. Each trial pushes the limits of chemical or biological detectors using simulants that mimic an attack or incident. Trials are conducted in late evening and night, into early morning hours. Participants retain their data and do not share it. Dugway does not record participant data, but it does record its own referee data for comparison. Participants share test facilities, simulant releases and Dugway support, allowing them to challenge their system at greatly reduced cost compared to full testing of one August 2016 total cost was more than $800,000, therefore cost sharing allowed for significant savings between Gomes, S/K Challenge IV test officer at Dugway's Special Programs Division. Since S/K Challenge's inception in 2014, international participants or observers have come from France, Canada, Norway, United Kingdom, Poland, Finland, Israel, Spain, New Zealand and elsewhere. U.S. participants included military, government agencies and private industry. Detectors vary from pocket sized to trailer mounted and are of two types: point detectors warn when agent directly encounters the detector, and standoff detectors use laser technology approaching agent. Consistently, past S/K Challenge participants have facilities, decades of experience in chemical and biological defense testing, world renowned expertise and the helpfulness of its personnel. Participants in S/K Challenge IV are allowed use of one technology and up to seven personnel, logistical support for outdoor and field testing, access to a V.I.P. day, an opportunity to meet with industry, international and government organizations from the worldwide chemical and biological defense community, and a final data package that includes meteorological and Dugway referee system data. May 2017 www.dugway.a rmy .mil PAGE 4 By Al Vogel DUGWAY TO CHALLENGE DETECTORS For more information on S/K Challenge IV, visit Since 1998, the University of Utah Veterans Day Committee has selected Utah veterans to be honored in a special military commemoration ceremony and honoree luncheon. Nominees are 10, 2017. The committee selects honorees primarily based on their honor, courage, commitment, and sacrifice during their military service to our nation, but decorations for valor are not required. Nominations are due by July 15, 2017. For more information or to nominate someone, go to or call 801 587 7222.


May 2017 my. mil PAGE 5 With the end of World War II in 1945, Dugway Proving Ground was placed on standby Jun. 30, 1947. Only a small caretaker contingent looked after hastily constructed wartime buildings in Dog Area (later, Ditto Area) for occasional tests. Soon it was realized there was no better place for testing chemical and biological weapons and defenses. Post war military budgets were growing, and the threat of a communist attack seemed plausible. In 1949, Dugway was fully reopened and received $22 million to expand its infrastructure. World War II barracks at Dog Area were converted into temporary family units, but new housing was planned. Easy Area, a brush covered slope 11 miles from Dog Area and just inside for the new housing and general administration area. But until its completion, Soldiers and civilians continued to live in Dog Area. In 1951, a mobile home park Fox Area -created (closed in 1978). At Dog Area, first through sixth grade students attended classes in two rooms, but high school students commuted to Tooele schools on an Army bus, more than 100 miles a day. Construction of a 400 unit housing in April 1952. The headquarters building, some barracks and dormitories were finished in June 1952. Two new schools for K 12 opened in fall of 1952 (now replaced, but still standing). Finally, on Dec. 23, 1952, eight year old Patricia Hale (daughter of Dugway commander Col. Donald Hale) cut a red ribbon to open the first of 400 housing units that cost nearly $3.5 million. The chapel, PX, commissary, hospital, theater and a few offices grade family quarters were completed in 1956 on a hill overlooking the new housing. Three name changes occurred in November 1965. Easy Area became English Village, named for Brig. Gen. Paul X. English of the Office of the Chief, Chemical Warfare Service, during World War II. Fox Area became Fries Park, for Maj. Gen. Amos A. Fries, chief of the Chemical Warfare Service from 1920 to 1929. The street Armitage Drive for Col. David 1957 to 1962. at nearly 4,000 residents after the construction of nearly 225 housing units making it the second largest city in Tooele County and the 14th largest in Utah. buildings still serve the community and employees, as rugged as the sagebrush and greasewood they replaced on a gentle slope more than 60 years ago. VILLAGE BUILT RAPIDLY IN 1950S Looking west from perhaps 3rd Street East, while English Village housing area was being built at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, in fall of 1952. Construction of the 400 unit Wherry housing began in April 1952 and was completed in late December. Photo by Salt Lake Tribune, courtesy of Utah Division of State History A Ground Water Storage Tank sits on the hillside above Easy Area, under construction in 1952. In 1965, the area was renamed English Village, after an Army general. This was the first of two tanks built to supply water to the housing and administrative area. The view is looking to the northeast, at the Stansbury Mountain range. Photo by Salt Lake Tribune, courtesy of Utah Division of State History Col. Donald Hale, commander of Dugway Proving Ground, looks on as his eight year old daughter Patricia Hale enters one of 400 newly built housing units on Dugway in 1952. Photo by Salt Lake Tribune, courtesy of Utah Division of State History


May 2017 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 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 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 CDR Visits Dugway 75th Anniversary/BG Burns May 2017 www.dugway.a rmy .mil PAGE 6 COMMUNITY CALENDAR