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 V olume 40 No. 21 Monday, November 11, 2013 Residents, workers: Stop feeding and watering the wildlife/Page 4 YPGs Fall Festival highlights spooky season /Page 6 Hispanic poster contest winners announced /Page 9 Y1 By Mark Schauer hours in a career that has To be honest, this was what the crop dusters were with water at the bottom, YPG pilot inducted into Order of St. Michael (PHOTO B yY MARK SCHAUER)Lt. Col. Chad Harris, commander of YPGs Yuma Test Center (left), presents YPG Flight Services Division Chief Ralph Arnold with the coveted St. Michaels award in honor of his many contributions within the Army aviation eld.
Honoring Veterans DayIn Flanders FieldsIn Flanders elds the poppies grow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks still bravely singing, y Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders elds. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high! If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders elds. By Lt. Col. John McCrae, from original 1915 manuscript 2 NOVEMbBER 11, 2013 THEE OOUTPOOSTY2 THEOUtTPoOStT The OO utpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of A RR 360. The OO utpost is published every two weeks by the Public Affairs O O fce, Yuma Proving Ground. VV iews and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Army. This newspaper uses material credited to AT E E C and A R R N E E WS. While contributions are solicited, the PA OO reserves the right to edit all submitted materials and make corrections, changes or deletions to conform with the policy of this newspaper. News may be submitted to: The E E ditor, O O utpost, Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ, 85365. Phone: (928) 328/6189 or DSN 899. VV isit our website at: www.yuma.army.mil or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Commander: Col. R R eed F. Young Public Affairs Ofcer: Chuck Wullenjohn Public Affairs Specialist/Editor: Yolanda Canales Public Affairs Specialist: MM ark Schauer Technical Editor, Cold Regions Test Center: Clara Zachgo Marketing Specialist: Teri Womack We have YPG family members in need of assistance. Leave donations as small Â as one hour are truly appreciated. We can only accept donations from Â Appropriated Fund civil service employees. The V oluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) is a way to donate annual leave Â to co-workers who are experiencing a medical emergency (their own or a Â family members emergency) and do not have enough leave to cover their Â absences. These employees have used or will use all sick and annual leave Â before being eligible to receive donations. YPG currently has a small number of employees on the VLTP recipient list: Â child surgery and recovery family member son continues to suffer from ongoing health Â complications and Â post-op Newborn daughter will undergo several Â reconstructive surgeries *New to the program Any donation will be appreciated by the recipient. You can donate as littleÂ as one hour of annual leave or as much as one half of what you accrue Â be able to use use or lose annual leaveÂ before the end of the leave year. just Â complete Optional Form 630-A Well see the Â donation gets to the Â indicate to whom the hours are to be given please indicateÂ who should be given your hours. You can split the Â full-hour increments. Volunteer Leave Transfer Program update
THE OUTPOST NOVEMBER 11, 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 SAFETY CORNERSubmitted by Anne FisherA workshop is only as safe as you make it. One must ensure proper workshop safety since ultimately you are responsible for the safety of the personnel. Even a home workshop requires that you take care of safety measures. Here are a few ground rules. Keep the workshop as clean as you possibly can. Of course, a workshop is used for a number of uses and it can easily get cluttered. Make it a habit to organize on a daily basis. Even just putting tools and apparatus away in proper places would be a great beginning. Next, remember to keep all combustible items away from spark-producing activities. All from your welding table. Keep a Paint and glass can be damaged by sparks from a grinder, so keep these away from spark-producing equipment as well. Remember to wear safety goggles and face shield when grinding or using cutting tools. Never put off this safety essential that can prevent you from serious injury. Wearing them ensures you never have to go to the emergency room. Have reliable support for all your equipment. This prevents objects from falling, and causing painful injuries. Maintain organization and control of your work space. Take care of sudden interruptions in the form of kids, pets or friends who might just walk into your workshop. Make arrangements to keep such safe so that there are no hazards. Visualize and plan your projects with a view to avoid accidents. Ensure the usefulness of your tools in that they are up to the mark and ready for use. It can be tool is not working when you need it to work. You should also stay focused on the job with a great deal of concentration so as to ensure things do not go wrong. If you are not feeling up to it, leave the job for another time. Follow your intuition and instinct. You must also keep all precautions in mind when you undertake a job with inherent serious risks involved. Never imbibe alcohol when you are going to be in your workshop. You should also avoid your workshop when emotionally upset and only work when relaxed, and in control of your mind and body. Remember: NOBODY GETS HURT. Tips for Proper Workshop Safety
4 NOVEMBER 11, 2013 THEE OOUTPOOSTY4 PIZZA PASTADA BOYZ WEWINE! DOWNTOWN783-8383FOOTHILLS317-1717 1/2 OFF$10BOTTLES OF WINE16 LARGE CHEESE PIZZANo Substitutions. One Per Customer. Not valid in combination with other offers. Expires 11/27/13. No Substitutions. One Per Customer. Not valid in combination with other offers. Expires 11/27/13. +TAX EVERY WEDNESDAY!ADDITIONAL TOPPINGS $1.69 EA. WITH COUPON, PICK UP, DINE-IN OR DA-LIVERY00010475 Here at YPG we are fortunate to live and work in one of the richest desert environments in the United States. Our rugged desert mountains, washes, and the Colorado River next door, provide superb habitat for wildlife such as bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, and many other species. YPG American Southwest with the presence of wild horses and burros. Many of our employees and residents take great interest and pride in the wildlife around them. We encourage everyone to experience the wildlife of YPG, but it is important to do so safely. Occasionally we have some negative interactions with wildlife. Coyotes can become a nuisance and wild horses and burros are a hazard on the roads. YPG has recently enacted a policy to prevent feeding and watering of wildlife in order to prevent aggressive behavior of wildlife and to reduce vehicle collisions. One of the most common animals causing mischief around YPG is the coyote. Coyotes are extremely adaptable and can easily coexist with people. These wild canids are naturally shy sense human presence. However, when coyotes are deliberately or accidentally fed by humans they lose their fear of people. In some cases, this can lead to aggression. Coyotes occasionally attack pets on YPG and in one case even bit an employees boot. Nationally most cases of coyotes attacking humans involve the animals that were fed by people. Coyotes are attracted to pet food and unsecured garbage. Intentional feeding of coyotes is particularly dangerous because the animals learn to expect food from people. It may seem innocent to toss unwanted leftovers to a nearby coyote, but that same animal may visit someones home and endanger pets or children. Once a coyote associates humans with food, the coyotes life is in danger. Did you ever hear the saying a fed coyote is a dead coyote? When in close proximity to people coyotes are more susceptible to being hit by cars, shot, drowned in canals, and other accidents. Sadly, if a coyote becomes aggressive toward humans, the likelihood of the coyotes demise is far greater than in the wild. Possibly the most devastating type of negative interactions with wildlife are vehicle collisions with animals. Each year dozens of collisions occur between vehicles and wildlife, including deer, wild burros and horses. These accidents result in tremendous damage to vehicles, and usually death of the animal involved. Occupants of the vehicles have been injured and killed as a result of these collisions in the past. Impacts with wild horses and burros are particularly dangerous due to the animals large size. In an effort to minimize collisions YPG is actively managing water sources used by horses and burros. We are closing or installing burro fences on water sources that are near busy roads to reduce the amount of time the animals spend near roads. This is not an easy task because sometimes even lawn sprinklers produce enough water to attract horses and burros. Wildlife on YPG is a valuable resource and we all play an important role in conserving it as well as keeping our community safe. You can help by keeping pet food indoors, securing garbage cans, and picking up fruit fallen from trees. Use caution when driving around YPG and observe the posted speed limits. Many of our roads have curves and dips that animals in the road. Dont drive faster than your headlights. If you have any questions or concerns about wildlife you observe on YPG, please contact the Environmental Sciences Division at 328-2125. Feeding and watering wildlife? Stop! Submitted by Daniel Steward (LOA nN ED phPH O tT O s S )Residents and members of the workforce are not to feed coyotes, burros and horses that roam on the installation.
THE OUTPOST NoO VEMBeER 11, 2013 5Y5 00001004 VIEWPOINTSThe calling feature of cell phones is important, but how often do users dial out instead of using a bevy of apps? We asked members of the workforce, What is you favorite smart phone app? Justin Canzonetta Test Ofcer Steve Flores Branch chiefMint.com has a free app that you can put all of your different bank accounts, credit cards, and loans into and get reminders of payments due and tips on budgeting and saving money. My bank doesnt have a mobile app, so its nice to use this when Im on the go. I downloaded an odometer app to measure my bike route because I was curious about how much Im exercising. They have them with all the bells and whistles that let you share how far youve pedaled on Facebook and other social media, but I dont need any of that stuff. Spec. Richard Franco Health ClinicIts called Whats App, and it has a texting feature, video, voice, and awesome icons. Its better than texting, and its easy to use to communicate with people around the world for free. Next Outpost deadline is noon November 14th Sexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720
6 NOVEMBER 11, 2013 THE OUTPOSTY6 By Yolie Canales Approximately 200 military and civilian families took advantage of excellent evening weather in late October to participate in a variety of fun activities at YPGs annual fall festival. Sponsored by YPGs Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate, the event was held on Cox Field with over 20 game booths, rides and other attractions. our family attended the fall festival, said Tiffany Fraser, document control technician for the Combat Automotive Division. It was really nice, safe, and fun. Our three and half year son and I had a ball. She said the festival had games for children of all ages but the best thing was, instead of passing out candy to kids, they passed out toys. We loved it and plan to attend next year, she said Mardy Clark, family support director, said this was an event that bought together entire families, friends and neighbors in one place. It was particularly good to see the support of throughout the YPG community, as well as all individuals who volunteered to ensure the success of this event, he said. Clark pointed out that food and refreshments were available for everyone. About 100 hot dogs were sold by the Price Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. In addition, there were free snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy. Our biggest attraction was the pony rides, he said. It was one of the favorites, though the giant slide and the costume contest were other big attractions. My personal favorite was the free snow-cones, he smiled. An additional attraction was the haunted house sponsored by middle school students and teens. A costume parade was held by children of the Child Development Center on Thursday, Oct. 31st (Halloween Day). This gave proud parents the opportunity to march in the parade alongside their children, which is always a fun activity. Clark said if anyone wishes to see more booths or different activities at the festival next year, event suggestions. Just call 3283119. YPGs Fall Festival highlights... Most popular attraction at the festival was the pony rides. Children, ranging from infants to teenagers, enjoy the pony rides along Cox Field. Lt. Col. Chad Harris comforts his little son, who was not too happy with all the activity that was going around. As always, Sparky from the YPG Fire Department made his rounds adding an extra funny costume to the event. THE OUTPOST NOVEMBER 11, 2013 7Y7 Included in the Halloween festivities, were the students of Price Elementary School who marched in their costumes through YPG streets. YPGs Fall Festival highlights... From adults to teenagers to small children (at left), the Fall Festival had a little bit of fun for all! Several girls dressed in pretty costumes enjoy the sack race as they hop their way to the nish line. spooky seasonFrom pirates, to cowboys to little farmers and Frankenstein, the children (right) enjoyed themselves throughout the Halloween activities.
THE OUTPOST NoO VeEMBeER 11, 2013 7Y7 Included in the Halloween festivities, were the students of Price Elementary School who marched in their costumes through YPG streets. YPGs Fall Festival highlights... From adults to teenagers to small children (at left), the Fall Festival had a little bit of fun for all! Several girls dressed in pretty costumes enjoy the sack race as they hop their way to the nish line. spooky seasonFrom pirates, to cowboys to little farmers and Frankenstein, the children (right) enjoyed themselves throughout the Halloween activities.
8 NOVEMBER 11, 2013 THEE OOUTPOOSTY8 Central Location 284 W. 32nd Street Yuma, AZ 85364 928-341-4563 24 Hrs 7 Days a Week Foothills Location 11142 S. Scottsdale Drive Yuma, AZ 85367 928-345-6830 Mon. Fri.: 7:00am 7:00pm Sat. Sun.: Closed Valley Location 2377 S. 22nd Drive Yuma, AZ 85364 928-343-0488 Mon. Fri.: 7:00am 7:00pm Sat. Sun.: Closed Prime Care Kids: Mon. Fri.: 5pm 11pm Sat. Sun.: 1pm 6pm www.primecareyuma.com00010473 We Are Proud To Help Take Care Of Our Military Families We Accept TRICARE Paul Kilanski, Family Advocacy Program Manager, observes as Yuma Proving Ground employees take advantage of the free educational and promotional items at the ROC building during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the rst Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered womens advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.Domestic VV iolence Awareness MM onth observed at YPG (PhHOt T O ByY YOLIE CanaANALEsS)
THE OUTPOST NoO VeEMBeER 11, 2013 9Y9 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. 00010474 By Yolie Canales For the past 39 years, Yuma Proving Ground has observed Hispanic HeritageÂ Month with an array of activities highlighting the rich culture, history andÂ contributions Hispanics have made to our nation. Week long activitiesÂ highlighting Hispanic Month have included a luncheon, religious services, aÂ salsa tasting contest and a poster/essay contest with students from PriceÂ Elementary School participating.Â This year, however, the luncheon and salsa tasting contest had to be cancelled due to the federal government shutdown that affected YPGs 2000 member workforce. However, two of its activities did take place: the Post Chapels religious services and the poster contest. At the chapel, an array of Mexican pastries and refreshments were provided for both Catholic and Protestant Sunday services. At the school, a panel of judges met to select the best posters submitted by students from Price Elementary School. Prizes were awarded to the winners of this contest. The winners selected are as follows: Syney Deweese, Kindergarten, Peru; Natalie Heller, 1st grade, Puerto Rico; Chase Pinto, Brazil; and Mailey Puma, 4th grade, Mexico. Yuma Proving Grounds Garrison appreciate the hard work and effort in planning for this years observance. A special thanks to the Hispanic Committee and chairperson for their dedication to this years program. Hispanic Poster contest winners announced (P hotoHOTO B yY LI sS A MoMO RA lesLES )Winners of the poster contest (not in order) are Syney Deweese, Natalie Heller, Chase Pinto and Mailey Puma. (P hotoHOTO B yY Y olOL I e E CANA les LES ) Rudy Rodriguez casts his vote at the poster contest judging. By DeCA Public Affairs Division Commissaries will soon begin scanning customers Department of Defense (DoD) ID cards at checkouts as the Defense Commissary Agency continues its pursuit to deliver a 21st The commissary at Fort Lee, Va., an agency-wide rollout to all stores that begins Nov. 10 and will be completed by mid-January. Commissary shoppers are used to showing their ID cards to establish their eligibility to use the commissary. By scanning the ID at checkout, DeCA will no longer need to maintain any personal information on customers in its computer systems, such as the system used for customers who write checks. Scanning will also help improve the according to Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. Cross-referenced with other DOD data, the scan data will give DeCA useful information about patron usage, by military service, along with customer demographics that does not individual. This will eventually help the agency identify shopping needs and preferences information that is essential in todays retail business environment. It will also allow more accurate reporting to the military services on commissary usage. The demographic information DeCA will use is strictly limited to: card ID number, rank, military status, branch of service, age, household size and ZIP codes of residence and duty station. DeCA will not be using any personal information such as names, addresses or phone numbers. The methods, processes and information well use will not compromise our customers privacy they can be sure of that, Jeu said. Commissaries to start scanning IDs
10 NOVEMBER 11, 2013 THE OUTPOSTY10 00008369 00008626 CHAPLAINS CORNERWhats Important SUNDAY: 9:30 A. m M : CA thoTHO LI c C MA ss SS 11 A. m M .: P rotest ROTEST A nt NT W orsh ORSH I p P (F ree REE chCH ILD c C A re RE A vV AILA b B L e E ) MONDAY: KID s S KL ub UB (K-5): 1 p P m M toT O 3 p P m M B e E I n N G A A LL T h H A tT T he HE LorLOR D EX pects PECTS (B AA TT L L E) T een EEN Y outhOUTH Group GROUP : 6 p P m M toT O 7 p P m M WEDNE s S DAY: M others OTHERS of OF P reschoo RESCHOO L ers ERS (MOPS, meets MEETS every EVERY otherO THER week WEEK ): 9 A. m M to TO 11 A. m M (F ree REE chCH ILD c C A re RE A vV AILA b B L e E ) THUR s S DAY: C ommun OMMUN I ty TY BI b B L e E S tu TU D yY : 6 p P m M toT O 7:15 (F ree REE chCH ILD c C A re RE A vV AILA b B L e E ) By Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas Thomison Hello from the YPG Chapel. It is hard to believe that November has arrived. Hopefully you are enjoying increased outdoor activities. With the onset of November it causes me Veterans Day and Thanksgiving (I To assist us in bringing to mind past experiences. I recall attending many church and community fall delicious and plentiful. I also remember attending many Field Artillery Advanced Individual Training (AIT) graduation Proud To Be An American by Lee of Soldiers past and present coincided chorus lyrics: AA nd II m proud to be an AA merican, where at least I I know I I m free. AA nd I I wont forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. AA nd I I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. Cause there aint no doubt I I love this land, GG od bless the US A A Americans overall and veterans in particular. It is so very important years. Thank you! It is key to remember our past. It is also important to connect made today. Have a blessed day!YPG Chapel activities Congratulations to the following personnel who are recognized for their great customer service at Yuma Proving Ground. YPG customers were so impressed with their service, they submitted ICE comments to tell us what a terrific job they did. If you would like to comment on our Service Providers go to http://ice.disa.mil E l l i s M a r c E v e r l y C o n n i e F o r d M a r t y H a n l e y M a r k L e e C h r i s t o p h e r M o r a l e s A d a m O r n e l a s M i k e P a g a n M i k e P a r k e r K e v i n R o d r i g u e z R o n a l d R u s s e l l N i n a S a n t o c h i G a i l S a w y e r S t e v e V a n W h y R o n W a r d S t e v e
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