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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. 26 Monday, February 3, 2014 SEE TUNNEL page 6 Y1 PHOTO BY YOLIE CANALES Michelle Bannar, widow of the late Military Freefall School instructor Master Sgt. George Bannar, touches the granite stone honoring her husbands memory as Master Sgt. Bannars mother, Sheila Long, looks on emotionally. Bannar said her husband began keeping a journal during his last deployment to Afghanistan, and mentioned Yuma frequently. This was the best military family he had. In Yuma he had the best time of his life and career. His heart is here. By Mark SchauerIt was 15 years in the making, so long that the man it is now named for, Master Sgt. George Bannar, once told his wife Michelle he thought it would never happen. First assigned to the Military Freefall School in August 2008, Bannar was the charge from 2009 to 2012, serving as an instructor to the schools basic and advanced courses. He taught special forces candidates and future freefall instructors how to maneuver in the air with precision, and was frustrated that students had to go to Fort Bragg in the middle of the course to gain critical training time within that installations wind tunnel prior to going on actual jumps at YPGs drop zones. overseas tour in 2012, he began to keep a journal, and frequently mentioned Yuma. This was the best military family he had, said Michelle Bannar. In Yuma he had the best time of his life and career. This is where his heart is. Though he lost his life in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, last August, the legacy of a man described by Col. Miguel Correa, commander of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, as, the epitome of a Special Forces NCO, his memory lives on in students past and future. The wind tunnel that now bears his name is the largest of its kind in the world, with able to accommodate eight jumpers simultaneously with a top speed of 175 miles per hour. Its presence at YPG means freefall students no longer have to return to Fort Bragg during the course to get critical practice time. It represents the nexus decisive response to a changing world, and the belief that if you put a good man between you and the problem and properly Vertical wind tunnel dedicated Unforgotten WWII veterans remains laid to rest/Page 4 Scientic careers highlighted to area students/Page 2 More photos from the wind tunnel dedication/Page 6


2 FEBRUARY 3, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY2THE OUTPOST FEBRUARY 3, 2014 3 By Yolie CanalesIts never too early to open the eyes and minds of young people about the types of careers available once they graduate from high school and college. In late January, 80 students from Yumas 4th Ave Jr. High School were given the unique opportunity of touring several Yuma Proving Ground facilities. Kerry Morse, career coordinator at the school, said many of the students dont know much about what goes on outside their realm which, for many, are their homes and neighborhoods. Some students have never heard of YPG or, for that matter, where its located or what types of jobs are out here, said Morse. Tours such as these bring awareness and offer them the opportunity to spread their horizons as they see the type of work they can to do once completing their education. To start off the tour, the students toured the Electronics Division where they learned about the divisions mission in supporting the testing world at YPG. They also had the opportunity to learn how math and science play important roles in the they were provided with a demonstration on the sophisticated radar tracking systems and other equipment used by radar specialist/ technicians. They then traveled to the Air Delivery Complex where they learned about the mission of the Airborne Test Force. Here, numerous students asked questions regarding the height at which parachutists release their parachutes, the type of training that goes into much more. They toured the facility where they saw how parachutes are repaired and viewed different sizes of parachutes used at YPG. One student commented that when he travels on Highway 95 with his parents, he has noticed a great tall building but had no idea what it contained. Now I know, he said. The students were also taken to the General Motors (GM) complex where they were given a windshield tour of the numerous test courses used to test GM vehicles. Morse said, The students learned a great deal from the GM visit and now have knowledge of what GM does at their courses and what the proving ground is all about. Additionally, they had the privilege of touring the museum which, for some, ever been to a museum at all. This tour was the best our school has participated in, said school principal Jose Casares. Im so glad I was asked to serve as a chaperone. Hands-down, this has been the most awesome, educational and impressive tour I have ever been involved with. This was an excellent opportunity for all of us. Scientic careers highlighted to area students LOANED PHOTOS4th Ave. Jr. High School Principal Jose Casares (right) poses for a group photo with the students outside the Electronics Division. Justin Keesey from the radar section, demonstrates the power of a tracking radar by tracking a .177 caliber BB.


Y3 Whether Youre Coming or Going Ive Got You Covered! Isabel ShadleIf you are a rst time buyer or need a specialist for a short sale, let me help you transition in or out of Yuma 928.941.0608 00020118Territory THE OUTPOST FEBRUARY 3, 2014 3 By Yolie Canales Approximately 70 small business owners from the Yuma area, prime contractors, numerous federal organizations, and contracting agencies participated in a recent Local Buy Event, a for the Yuma area. The event was a partnership effort between numerous organizations with the goal of facilitating the procurement of local goods, particularly from small, minority and businesses operated by veterans. during the matchmaking session to resources, said Georgette Dilworth, Small Business Specialist from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Yuma Proving Ground. Over the past year, the sensitivity to the importance of buying products has been greatly raised. A dollar spent at a local business to seven times and those local dollars create additional jobs and tax revenues. Dilworth said it is fortunate to have great community partners and businesses that are committed to fostering development of the local business community. This has been a great relationships, she said.Procuring items locally gets boost from event LOANED PHOTOLeft to right are James Pipper, Georgette Dilworth, Daniel Ayala and Randy Nelson. THEOUTPOSTThe Outpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of AR 360. The Outpost is published every two weeks by the Public Affairs Ofce, Yuma Proving Ground. Views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Army. This newspaper uses material credited to ATEC and ARNEWS. While contributions are solicited, the PAO 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 Editor, Outpost, Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ, 85365. Phone: (928) 328/6189 or DSN 899. Visit our website at: or email to: Commander: Col. Reed F. Young Public Affairs Ofcer: Chuck Wullenjohn Public Affairs Specialist/Editor: Yolanda Canales Public Affairs Specialist: Mark Schauer Technical Editor, Cold Regions Test Center: Clara Zachgo Marketing Specialist: Teri Womack A dollar spent at a local business circulates ve to seven times and those local dollars create additional jobs and tax revenues. Georgette Dilworth Next Outpost deadline is noon February 6thSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 or 328-3224 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720


4 FEBRUARY 3, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY4 00020187 By Yolie Canales Unforgotten WWII veterans remains laid to rest PHOTO BY YO LIE CANALESA bugle sounds Taps as U.S. ags wave in the background and a nal salute by Chaplain Douglas Thomison is rendered to Pvt. Paul Meeh, a World War II-era U.S. Army cavalry veteran. Korey Kaderli and Jessica Lisk hold Meehs ashes before spreading them at the YPG Horse Stables. SEE VETERAN page 5


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6 FEBRUARY 3, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY6 resource him, he will always succeed, said Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland, U.S. Army Special Operation Command commander. I can to a warrior like George than one that impacts every special forces operator who will come after him. The dedication ceremony capped a morning of events that included a personnel and cargo parachute demonstration at a YPG the terminal freefall where students depart from to jump from the aircraft. The scores in attendance at both sites were also treated to static displays of personnel parachutes on mannequins and cargo bundles rigged for air drop. Following the dedication, a large crowd gathered within the wind tunnel to observe Michelle Banner take the ceremonial Im just lucky to be here and be part of this family, she said afterward. It is the best family you can have.EXCLUSIVE COMPANYIn the six decades of military freefall, fewer than as instructors, and this select group has trained more than 21,000 freefall parachutists. To qualify for this instruction, a prospective student needs to have completed a minimum his or her career, though most students have many more than this. Regardless, the increased complexity of freefall parachuting usually renders such experiences irrelevant to a students TUNNELFROM PAGE 1 PHOTOS BY MARK SCHAUERTop: Sheila Long, mother of Master Sgt. Bannar, receives a commemorative plaque in her sons honor from Lt. General Charles Cleveland. Above: The audience renders honors to the American ag being jumped into the ceremony as the national anthem plays. Left: Military Freefall School instructor Jose Reyes jumps the American ag into the ceremony as hundreds watch below.


Y7THE OUTPOST FEBRUARY 3, 2014 7 PHOTOS BY MARK SCHAUERTop: Sheila Long, mother of Master Sgt. Bannar, receives a commemorative plaque in her sons honor from Lt. General Charles Cleveland. Above: The audience renders honors to the American ag being jumped into the ceremony as the national anthem plays. Left: Military Freefall School instructor Jose Reyes jumps the American ag into the ceremony as hundreds watch below. ultimate success. This is the hardest school to get to, but the easiest school to pass, said Sgt. 1st Class Kevin McDaniel, freefall instructor. Basically, students need to show that they can control their body and be safe in the air. The only time-sensitive task in this class is pulling at the right altitude, because eventually the ground is coming up. McDaniel says most students successfully complete the intensive threeweek course that begins with classes that teach how to pack a parachute and maneuver in freefall. Next is a week putting the classroom lessons in practice inside a vertical wind tunnel, followed by real jumps from altitude with an instructor an arms-length the real jumps arent graded, instructors have a good sense of whether or not a student is poised for success, and the presence of the vertical wind tunnel in Yuma is a boon to future students who need additional practice. Before, you would have to go all the way back to jumper to help him graduate the course, said McDaniel. Now if a student has a problem, you can take him to the wind tunnel right after his jump, help him work on it, and get him back up there again to help him pass graded exercises. Its a controlled environment, added Charles Sims, freefall instructor. One minute in the wind tunnel equals one jump. A student who successfully completes the solo freefalls then moves on to group jumps with two instructors assisting upwards of eight students. The ultimate test involves night jumps that simulate the covert insertion special forces perform overseas. If the student succeeds at all of this, they graduate the course.FIRST OF ITS KIND government has contracted a vertical wind tunnel, said Ernesto Elias of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The construction process was typical, the product was not.The nearly 100-foot-tall structure contains over 4,000 tons of concrete and 80 tons of steel. The building was completed in about a year, six months ahead of schedule, and 95 percent of the labor to build the $10.3 million structure came from within Yuma. Even on the hottest desert days, the wind tunnels chamber can be cooled down to 75 degrees.The opening of the wind of upgrades to the Freefall School that will ultimately see the number of students increase by more than 50 percent. Next year, the Casa212 aircraft that currently ferries students and jumpers for their jumps will be replaced by C27Js, a larger and faster aircraft that more closely resembles the type of planes Special Forces operators use in theater. PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUERThe ceremonial rst ride in the newly-dedicated tunnel went to Michelle Bannar. He was a very unique and incredible person, she said of her late husband afterwards. He reminded me every day to live life and not be too serious. He was the love of my life. PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUERLt. General Charles Cleveland, commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, served as the events guest speaker. He described the new wind tunnel and other upgrades to freefall school equipment as, critical steps in our way ahead for Army special operations, and the men who will make it happen are Georges apprentices. PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUERCol. Miguel Correa, commander of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, addresses the audience at the dedication. He praised the remarkably expedited process to name the facility in honor of Master Sgt. George Bannar, which took a mere six weeks.


8 FEBRUARY 3, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY8 GET DUNE PASSES HERE! 00019315 0002017532nd St. 726-0022(Next to Lowes) Exclusive On New & Used Guns MILITARY/LAW ENFORCEMENT PRICING INDOOR RANGE IS OPEN From OVER 1800 GUNS Gunsmith On Duty $ THE OUTPOST FEBRUARY 3, 2014 9 PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUERYPG commander Col. Reed Young (left) speaks to Michael Mansour (center), legislative aide, and (right) Sean Johnson, veteran liaison for U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, during a recent visit to the proving ground. The legislative staffers also visited the proving grounds Airborne Test Force and Laguna Army Aireld during their afternoon visit.Arizona Legislative aide visits YPG The Outpost is published every other week. The next issue will be out Feb. 17.


Y9 00019162 THE OUTPOST FEBRUARY 3, 2014 9 Valley Fever germs uprooted by recent dust stormsBy Jill Labossiere, YRMCYuma Regional Medical Center Infection Prevention Nurse Jill Labossiere explains in this writeup that valley fever is a fungus found naturally here and its in our soil. Wind gusts as strong as 50 miles per hour recently stirred up huge dust clouds. Underneath it all, a harmful germ has been uprooted. Labossiere says, when soil becomes disturbed, through nature, like dust storms, the fungus clings to the soil. The soil becomes airborne and we share that air as we breath, therefore, we get the fungus in our bodies. According to Labossiere, a number of cases are found locally. Fifty thousand people in the United States develop the disease. Two-thirds of those people are in counties including Maricopa, Pinal and Pima County. However, Labossiere says most peoples immune systems people like you and I can breathe the fungus germ. We may have no symptoms. We may never have symptoms. We may never ever know we have the germ. But if you have a chronic health condition, than youre at a lot higher risk and you really need to watch for symptoms. Valley Fever symptoms are usually are noticed about a week after exposure or even up to a month. Labossiere says one key difference is, many Valley Fever patients begin to develop skin rashes. She says exposure is higher with dust storms. If you were out in the dust storm or any dust storm in Arizona and develop like symptoms, call your doctor and just double check to be sure you dont have it. VIEWPOINTSThey may not have been fancy, but everyone remembers their rst car. We asked members of the workforce to reminisce about the rst car they ever owned. Tom Cook Test vehicle operations licensing coordinator Larry Buthmann ContractingA 1977 Oldsmobile Omega. It was a four-door broughm with power windows and brakes, and a vinyl roof. It was an old grandma car and I was embarrassed worked on it, the car turned out to be a lot of fun. I lowered it a couple of inches and put nice wheels and tires on it, and it was really neat. I loved that car, but I sold it for $500 when I was 19. It was the fastest car aroundmy kids will never have a car that fast. It was a deep red 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL. I think the XL must have stood for extra large, because it was a huge car. I bought it used at Fort Hood in 1975 when I was in uniform and took it over to Belgium with me. It was an oil burner, and I lived on the same street as the commanderhe didnt like getting behind me on the way to work. Nick McColl Meteorology chiefIt was a 1988 Toyota pick-up that my dad gave to me. It was a good vehicle that had its quirks, so it needed repairs and when I was in college in Vermont it had trouble staying running and I thought the carburetor was the cause. My roommate, Gabe, invited me down to his parents house in Florida for spring break, so I took the carburetor off of the truck, put it in a box, hauled it down to Florida, and rebuilt it in their driveway. It ended up not being the problem. I have a 1993 Toyota pickup with 480,000 miles on it now. PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUERYPG commander Col. Reed Young (left) speaks to Michael Mansour (center), legislative aide, and (right) Sean Johnson, veteran liaison for U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, during a recent visit to the proving ground. The legislative staffers also visited the proving grounds Airborne Test Force and Laguna Army Aireld during their afternoon visit.


10 FEBRUARY 3, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY10 We Thank the Men & Women of the U.S. Armed ForcesCome in and pick up your Yuma Landing Coin. Special courtesy given to Active Military with ID 19311 By Paul J. Kilanski, Exceptional Family Member Program ManagerMany parents and educational professionals confuse Attention What is ADHD? Chaplains CornerBy Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas ThomisonHello YPG. In the last couple editions of The Outpost we have examined our entrance into year 2014. As noted, I truly believe we should strive for self improvement. At the same time we shouldnt be overzealous in our wants or for quick results. In other words, what is your balance between accomplishing goals (needed) and being currently satised? Consider the following story. A little boy went to see his favorite aunt. When he arrived, his aunt asked him what he wanted to do. He answered, I love your pancakes, and when we have pancakes at home, I only get to eat three. While Im here at your house, I get to eat as many pancakes as I want. The next morning, the boys aunt began to pile pancakes on his plate. The little guy just kept eating and eating the pancakes as fast as he could. By the time he had eaten his tenth pancake, his pace had slowed down considerably. In the middle of eating his eleventh pancake, the boy came to an abrupt stop. His aunt asked, Are you ready for some more pancakes? With a pained expression on his face, the boy looked up at his aunt and said, Oh no, I dont want any more. In fact, I dont even want the pancakes Ive already eaten. Life is truly a balancing act between striving for the things that bring fulllment and being satised with our three pancakes. Ponder what the Apostle Paul says, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12) The Apostle Pauls secret to contentment in life is not about having ample food to eat (pancakes). Rather it is concerning something deeper. It is about being at peace with self and at peace in and through God. As 2014 continues to unfold, may you nd the secret (be at peace) of being content. Thanks for all you do for our community and nation YPG. Have a blessed day.Being Content


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