THE OUTPOST 1 Published for the employees and families of Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma Test Center, U.S. Army Garrison Yuma, Cold Regions Test Center and Tropic Regions Test CenterU.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, Arizona 85365 Volume 40 No. 18 Monday September 30, 2013 Students get unique look at YPG working dog training /Page 3 YPG Spotlights Rick Cave /Page 5 YPG enables Super Bowl caliber training to take place /Page 6 SEE VET eE R anAN page 2 Y1Veteran shares personal suicide storyBy Mark Schauer Each day, the United States loses one Soldier and 22 veterans to suicide. Andrew OBrien, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, almost became part of this grim statistic. These days, he shares his experiences with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide at military bases the world over, bringing to each a dose of reality from one who has lived it. I dont think PTSD is curable, he said. It is something you learn to live with. Before he was an antisuicide activist, Andrew OBrien was a young Soldier not unlike many others when he joined the Army in 2007. Raised in a broken home, he followed his older brother into the military, enticed by the sense of camaraderie and acceptance. His military occupational specialty was truck driver until deployment to Iraq, when he was offered the chance to become a lead gunner, which he readily accepted. That was the most excitement I ever felt in my life. It was the most responsibility Ive ever been given and biggest purpose I ever had. He was shot at more than once, but the most searing memory for OBrien was seeing the burned and mutilated bodies of three Military Policemen who had been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast. He was haunted by the sight, but leery of telling anyone. He felt the experience was tame relative to what other Soldiers, including his infantryman brother, experienced in their tours, and therefore he had no moral right to complain. He buckled down for his remaining time, and assumed he would be able to forget his deployment as soon as he got home. It didnt happen: he had recurring nightmares of the sight, sometimes with his girlfriend or close friends in the place of the three dead (PHOTO ByY MARK SCHAUER) Yuma Proving Grounds Garrison Manager Rick Martin (right), presents Andrew OBrien a certicate of appreciation for his outstanding personal suicide presentation. Soldiers. Every single night I had this exhaustion and depression. Every single night I experienced the worst thing I had ever seen in my life, and thought it would never end. This combined with six months of excessive drinking
2 SEPTEMBER 30, 2013T THEE OUTPTPOSTTY2 THEOUtTPoOStT TT he Outpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of A RR 360. TT he Outpost is published every two weeks by the PP ublic Affairs Ofce, Yuma PP roving Ground. Views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Army. TT his newspaper uses material credited to A TETE C and A RR N EE WS While contributions are solicited, the PP AO reserves the right to edit all submitted materials and mak e corrections, changes or deletions to conform with the policy of this newspaper. News may be submitted to: TT he EE ditor Outpost, Yuma PP roving Ground, Yuma, AZ, 85365. PP hone: (928) 328/6189 or DSN 899. Visit our website at: www.yuma.army.mil or email to: email@example.comCommander: Col. RR eed F. Young Public Affairs Ofcer: Chuck Wullenjohn Public Affairs Specialist/Editor: Yolanda Canales Public Affairs Specialist: MM ark Schauer T echnical Editor, Cold Regions Test Center: Clara Zachgo Marketing Specialist: TT eri Womack VETERANFRROMM PP AGEE 1 People are afraid to share their emotions because they think it makes them weak. We are not superhuman. We experience anxiety the same as anyone else. Andrew OBrien, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran
THE OUTPOST septe SEPTEMBeER 30, 2013 3Y3 New to Yuma? Local Restaurants Live Entertainment Local News National News International News Movie Times Local Sports Professional Sports Play Games ..... And Much, Much More! Get in the loop with By Mark Schauer Home to nine unique military working dog training courses, YPG is the premier location for handlers to train in desert conditions prior to deploying overseas. Two students from suburban Phoenix were recently given an up-close look at one of the training courses for a school project. The students are learning about working dogs in preparation for a project they will enter in the National History Day competition, in which more than 500,000 American primary and secondary students undertake projects relating to a common theme. Winners of a statewide competition proceed to the national competition. This years theme is rights and responsibilities. I dont think a lot of the kids who do this go to the extent that we do, said Stacey Trepanier, teacher at New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler, Ariz. Im really all about the experiences that comes along. The students, eighth grader Kira Armoogan and sixth grader Grant several of the courses instructors, including reminisces of their deployments overseas, before being taken on a tour of the mock Middle Eastern village used for training and witnessing a demonstration of some of the working dogs capabilities. The kids are doing a project many kids dont do, said Staff Sgt. Scott Chirdon, course chief of the Marine Corps Inter-service Advanced K9 Skills course. Theyre putting extra effort into their school work, Students get unique look at YPG training SEE DOGS page 4Though trained to detect explosives, military working dogs are also tenacious at bringing down opponents with powerful bites, as seen here. Two students from suburban Phoenix were recently given an up-close look at one of the training courses at YPG for a school project.
4 SEPTEMBER 30, 2013T THEE OUTPTPOSTSTY4 1350 E. 32nd Street 928-314-3400 Come by and ask about our new Special Military Discounted Prices. Increased Trade-In Values. Complimentary 12 Month/12,000 Mile Limited Warranties.Additional Discount On parts & Labor. Other Special Rewards. 00003312 so I wanted to give them as much information as I could to help their project and get the word out about what we do and how much we care about the dogs and students. Both students were impressed by what they saw. I think its awesome, said Armoogan. This is a once-in-alifetime thing, and its just amazing to look at all of this. Its really cool, agreed Grant. but the handlers are awesome. DOGSF RR O MM PP AG EE 3The recent arrival of attorney Karen Lloyd has enabled YPGs Command again offer the full range of Army legal assistance services. These client and preventive law services include guidance and advice in the areas of family law, real property (including landlord-tenant), economic and consumer matters, estate planning, and income tax assistance. Opinions regarding applicability of provisions in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) or Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) are also available. In general, eligible legal assistance patrons include active duty military, military dependents and military retirees. Reserve component members are also eligible for legal assistance on a limited basis, generally immediately before and after mobilization. In some limited circumstances, DoD civilian employees and contractors may be eligible for legal assistance, as when being deployed or assigned overseas in support of U.S. Armed Forces. The offers notary services, and YPG civilian employees not otherwise eligible for legal assistance may also take advantage of this service. Lloyd comes with a broad and diverse background. She has worked in private practice, and in positions at the federal, state, and local government levels. She has practiced primarily in the areas of criminal, maritime, administrative, and environmental law. However, she says that providing legal assistance to service members and their families has been one of the most satisfying aspects of my career, and I look forward to doing that once again here at Yuma Proving Ground. controller and retired Coast Guard and sub-specialty in marine safety/ maritime security. In addition to legal assistance services, she provides government ethics advice to military, civilian employees and management personnel, oversees the processing of small/local claims, and handles other administrative law matters. Hours of operation for the are posted on the YPG Intranet and Internet sites. Those needing legal assistance should call to make an appointment. Legal assistance appointments for general law matters are available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Emergency legal assistance will be provided on an as-needed basis. For more information regarding services or eligibility, or to schedule an appointment, call 328-2608. New lawyer boost YPGs legal team Next Outpost deadline is noon October 3rd SS exual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 or 328-3224 RR eport Domestic Violence: 328-2720 or 328-3224 Staff Sgt. Scott Chirdon (left), course chief of the Marine Corps Interservice Advanced K9 Skills course, shows the students a sleeve used in military working dog training at YPG.
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6 SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 THE OUTPOSTY6YPG enables Super Bowl-caliber training to take placeBy Mark Schauer (PHOTOS BY MARKSCHAUER)The Yuma Police Departments Special Enforcement Team (SET) recentlyundertook realistic training at YPG, spending an entire day practicing building entries and hostage rescues. It was the police departments rstvisit in two years, and the organization is looking forward to additional training events at the proving ground in the future. THE OUTPOST SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 7Y7YPG enables Super Bowl-caliber training to take place To use a sports analogy, the public wants a Super Bowl-caliber team to respond to their neighborhood for a said Ruby. During their day at the proving ground, the SET members formed into groups that rotated between different training scenarios. The groups conducted tricky tactical entrances a dark building and secure the room while keeping eyes trained on the sight of their weapons -constantly scanning for threats and not breaking formation or momentum. When maneuvering in cramped places in chaotic conditions, wounds from against. Though ready for the worst, Ruby says the decades-old SET has successfully ended all but two standoffs without using deadly force. Its kind of a stereotype that SET is going out there getting into a lot of doesnt happen that way because we have more options than the average These other options include using tear gas and other chemicals, as well as less-lethal beanbag rounds and sponge grenades. YPG Training Exercise Arroyo was impressed by the size of the SET, and says the busy proving ground can easily accommodate them. Its fairly simple to support these groups. All they need is a piece of terrain to practice on, and our facilities Were looking forward to possibly YPGs urban skills facilities give both military units and civilian lawenforcement agencies high value training. Additionally, the proving groundsisolation enables law enforcement to train dynamically without the publicthinking an actual call is in progress. Though ready for the worst, the decades-old YPD SET has successfully endedall but two standoffs without using deadly force. Its kind of a stereotypethat SET is going out there getting into a lot of shootings, said Sgt. JeffRuby. Typically, it doesnt happen that way because we have more optionsthan the average patrol ofcer or deputy on the street.
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THE OUTPOST SepteEPTEMBeER 30, 2013 9Y9 00000994 CLASSIFIEDS To place your ad call 928-783-4433 condominiums townhomes Place your Super Shopper ad online today Classifieds Work at YPG? Tired of the Commute?? Come see our housing and amazing rental rates at Desert Oasis Communities, the housing community on post! Please call 928329-9014 to set up an appointment to see our homes today! Or, visit us on the web at www. desert oasiscommunities. com currently you can receive 1 MONTH FREE RENT WITH A SIGNED 12 MONTH LEASE!!!! Contact us soon to learn more! Be cautious when driving on range roadsSubmitted by Safety Ofce Lets face it, we all get used to dealing with potentially dangerous situations while conducting and supporting test operations. After all, many of the items we work with harm to the enemy. Our test leaders remind us daily of the potential hazards we could face once operations begin on-site, but its easy to forget that every one of us could be confronted with a dangerous even deadly hazard before we get to the test sitedriving on Yuma Proving Grounds range roads. Its likely that all of us who have been working on the YPG ranges for a while have experienced wildlife on or near the roads. Its important for all of us to drive defensively and share the road with horses, burros and deer. If and when you see animals in the area, slow down and dont assume the animals will run away from your vehicle. All too often, a startled animal will dash straight into the roadway, leaving a driver with no way to avoid an impact. As conscientious drivers, we all want to do everything we possibly reaction may be to swerve away from the animal. Unfortunately, this may lead to the losing control of the vehicle and the people involved into a worse situation. However, there will be times where avoidance is not a safe option for the driver, and the best course of action is simply to take your foot off the accelerator, apply the brakes and allow the crash safety features engineered into your vehicle to do what they were designed to do. Even the best vehicle safety features airbags, crumple zones, anti-lock brakes, etc. wont keep you from getting seriously injured or killed in an accident if youre not wearing your seat belt. Seat belt use is mandatory on YPG and its required off-duty in accordance with Arizona law. Situational awareness is just as important as wearing a seat belt. Driving faster than the posted speed limit, driving too fast for the road and weather conditions, or operating a radio or phone while driving, can be as fan. This is especially true during, dusk to dawn or when visibility is otherwise impaired by dusty conditions or rainfall. Even after the rain stops, driving on desert roads can be hazardous because running water in the desert washes occasionally cuts into road surfaces and leaves dangerous gullies where the road used to be. Most recently, after a heavy rain storm at YPG, an employee with several years of range experience was seriously injured when he lost control of his vehicle as drove into a portion of the road that had been washed out. Always maintain a high level of situational awareness for your surroundings when driving. Watch out for animals and slow down in poor visibility conditions. After a rain storm, simply assume that there are probably washed out sections of the road and slow down accordingly. Remember our primary goal at Yuma Proving Ground NOBODY GETS HURT!! SAFETY CORNER
10 SEPTEMBER 30, 2013T THEE OUTPTPOSTT It is that time again. Flu season is between October through May and peaks in January. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (June 2013), last season in the United are manufactured according to what the experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. This year, the vaccines main component will B. That is why it is very important to get vaccinated every season once it comes available. Even with recent vaccination, you may not be protected for this season. Unlike the common cold virus, the fatigue, body aches, sore throat, nasal congestion, etc. It is a highly contagious disease that attacks the respiratory system (nose, throat, and lungs) and take up to a day before to feel any symptoms and continue to be infectious for up to seven days. So without knowing it, you may be passing it on even if you dont have any symptoms.Â Vaccines prevent an individual by introducing the virus (dead or weakened) into the body. The body introduced vaccine which will protect the individual from the disease. Those with chronic respiratory illness may Therefore, consider receiving the pneumonia vaccine concurrently with or older. foremost proper hand washing to prevent the spread of the virus and annual vaccination. It may be contraindicated to receive the vaccine if there has been or severe egg/egg protein allergy. It is best to check with your primary care manager. Vaccines are now available at your local Military Treatment Facility (MTF), community pharmacy, or provider clinics.PRIORITY CONTRAINDICATIONS/ PRECAUTIONS MILITARY VACCINE AGENCY Y10 00004815 00004561 Greetings Team YPG. Studies have shown that hot weather often equates to hot tempers. You may have heard the saying that there is something in the air. Well, hot air temperature may cause us to be a little edgy, but it doesnt have to. If we know that we are more vulnerable when the weather is hot, we need to watch our physical and emotional temperature gauge. Â Now, even though the weather is people are challenged with keeping their temper in check. If not controlled, anger can easily get out of hand, and gone out of control can cause broken relationships and lives. Proverbs 19:11 gives excellent advice to us. It says, Good sense makes a man slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. There are people we have all known who seem to feel that it was alright to be offended at the slightest perceived hint of a negative comment. They could get upset even with the most innocent comment. I truly believe that our home and community life would be far better off if tempers, in any season, were slow to respond to perceived offenses. How can we keep our tempers in check? First, employ the Golden Rule of do unto to others as you would have done unto you (treat people how you ways to let off steam. If someone upsets you, go take a walk, listen to uplifting music, and seek strength and peace from God. Finally, look for good in the other our own sentiments on others. You may also want to practice what James tells his listeners, My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19). You know, by putting into practice some of these techniques, we can stay calm, cool and collected in any season. Have a blessed day! CHAPLAINS CORNERCalm, cool and collectedSubmitted by Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas Thomison Its FLU time againSubmitted by Maj. Leilani R. Davis, YPG Health Clinic
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