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. 9 Monday, May 12, 2014 Dollars donated to improve Price School playground /Page 4 Asian Pacic Islanders shine at luncheon /Pages 6-7 IMCOM welcomes new commander /Page 9 Y1 By Mark Schauer For years, YPG has conducted developmental and acceptance testing on scores of aerostats called the Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) and its smaller cousin the Persistent Ground Surveillance System (PGSS) for use in forward operating bases and above urban areas in combat zones. Both platforms marry the most cutting edge high-tech detection sensors to an inexpensive platform: an ordinary blimp. thousands of feet above ground level, tethered to an armature on a long, portable mooring trailer and lofting a sensor suite that allows ground controllers to continuously monitor a huge swath of land with video footage and radar. To prevent wind gusts from putting stress on the tether, the armature gently revolves in a strong breeze, rotating the entire aerostat. The blimp is raised and lowered with an easily-operated winch. More than 100 of the platforms have proved their worth numerous times standing guard above forward operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, but what is the future of this elegantly simple means of keeping surveillance over territory? Ive always thought that this system would Peacetime use for aerostatshave tremendous value when they started to bring them back to the states out of theater, said Col. Reed Young, YPG commander. Its the kind of Army because it is expensive to maintain and train Soldiers on and not the kind of thing that is easily operated in a peacetime environment. It just seems to me that if you have a real world U.S. government mission to protect the border, why not take advantage of an asset that the government already has? Toward this end, Young recently hosted representatives from the Yuma and Tucson sectors of the U.S. Border Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration for a day-long look at the PTDS and PGSS systems under test at the proving ground. We have very similar technologies with respect systems with these types of camera systems along SEE AEROST aA T sS page 2 (PHOTO ByY MARK SCHAUER) YPG commander Col. Reed Young recently hosted representatives fromthe Yuma and Tucson sectors of the U.S. Border Patrol, the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration for a day-long lookat the Persistent Threat Detection System and Persistent Ground SurveillanceSystem platforms under test at the proving ground. Young believes thesystems can be converted to peacetime use by agencies like the BorderPatrol. If you have a real world U.S. government mission to protect theborder, why not take advantage of an asset that the government already has?Young said.
2 MAY 12, 2014 THE OUTPOSTYY2with ground-based radar, said Felix Chavez, deputy chief patrol agent of the Tucson sector. Among other things, the visitors crowded into a mission control room to watch a 20 minute-long scenario in which simulated Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of simulated smugglers many miles from the platforms cameras based on instructions radioed to them from the aerostats camera operators. Further, in a real-life situation, an agent in a truck could watch the same video and radar feed supplied by the aerostat cameras from a laptop computer in their truck. Based on what Ive seen of the system and what Ive been briefed today, it seems to me that we could get oriented very quickly on the equipment and be able to implement it and execute with it, said Chavez. It doesnt seem like it would be a far stretch with respect to what we have in terms of our The ground control stations for the sensor and camera payloads aboard the aerostats are capable of keeping weeks of archive footage. Thus, controllers can review old footage in an effort to track exactly where perpetrators came from. Using it is a much better option than putting it in storage, said Young. You could maintain the readiness for the next time you deploy somewhere. That way all the cost and expense during peacetime provides a provides a springboard to use it the next time you go to war. For their part, the visitors were impressed with their visit and the systems capabilities. foremost, said Chavez. The capability of we can use in the border security mission. As for going above and beyond his to showcase the systems capabilities to domestic law enforcement agencies, Young is philosophical. Im not doing this as the commander of it as a patriotic American that sees a way to do something good for Americans for a valuable, viable mission that our country has. Part of being an American is to take these opportunities and be the impetus for ideas like this. (P hotosHOTOS BY MARK SC hH A ueUE R) YPG test ofcer Quang Ho (right) briefs visitors in a mission control roomafter the attendees watched a scenario in which simulated Border Patrolagents apprehended a group of simulated smugglers many miles from theplatforms cameras based on instructions radioed to them from the aerostatscamera operators. (AT RIGHT) The visitors got an up close look at the PTDS, a heliumlledlighter-than-air craft that oats thousands of feet above ground level. THEOUtTPoOStT The Outpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of ARAR 360. T he Outpost is published every two weeks by the Public AA ffairs Ofce, YY uma Proving Ground. Views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the AA rmy. This newspaper uses material credited to AA TE CC and ARAR NEWS. While contributions are solicited, the P AA O 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, YY uma Proving Ground, YY uma, AA Z, 85365. Phone: (928) 328/6189 or DSN 899. Visit our website at: www.yuma.army.mil or email to: firstname.lastname@example.orgCommander: CC ol. RR eed F. YY oung Public Affairs Ofcer: CC huck Wullenjohn Public Affairs Specialist/Editor: YY olanda CC anales Public Affairs Specialist: Mark Schauer Technical Editor, Cold Regions Test Center: CC lara Zachgo Marketing Specialist: T eri Womack Visual Information Manager: RR iley Williams AEROSTATF RR OM P AA GE 1
THE OUTPOST MAY 12, 2014 3YY3 I sure do love my morning Sun! Thank you, Mrs. Ahuero for your loyalty to the Yuma Sun. We appreciate you! See what youve been missing! Subscribe to the print edition of the Yuma Sun for as little as $13.87 per month. Subscribe to YumaSun.com, our online & e-edition, for as little as $8.99 per month. Call (928) 539-6900 to subscribe today.I was born in Yuma 79 years ago. My parents had twelve children, and Im number seven. I dont remember ever being without the Sun. My dad would come home after work and he would sit in the living room and open up the newspaper before anything else. He would read the entire paper. Im sure this is where we learned our love for the Sun. After I married, I briey left, came back to Yuma and subscribed to the Yuma Daily Sun. I havent been without the Sun since! To this day, Im the same; I start at the beginning and read it all! I go to daily Mass and when I return home, I make a cup of coffee, a piece of toast and sit in my recliner and read my Sun. This is my morning ritual. I have seen the many changes in the Sun through the years and I really think it gets better and better.Elisa Ahurero By Chaplain Douglas (Maj.) Thomison Good day Yuma Proving Ground. Yesterday, we recognized Mothers Day. The Holy Bible gives reference to encouraging women. The Bible says, I in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you [Timothy] also. (2 Timothy 1:5) Some people can relate to having encouraging mothers and overall positive cherish these current or past memories. Soon we will recognize dads on Fathers Day. A man named Job appears to have been a good father. The Bible says, In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters (Job 1:1-2) Thinking of fathers, do take the time to appreciate dads past and present. It is nice when we can celebrate special days with who came before us. However, many people do not have an abundance of warm memories to glean from and certain holidays can feel awkward and even sensitive. We cannot do anything about changing the past, but we can try and improve on self, so we can be the Lois and Eunices and Jobs of today and tomorrow. So how do we become a positive role model simply be present. The old adage that % of life is just showing up has merit. Go the extra mile in attending activities with friends and family. Once you arrive, pay close attention. Listen to those around you. Express interest. Leave on a positive note. These steps will make a considerable difference to loved ones. Indeed, we cannot change from where we came and our initial life circumstances. However, we can which may be our very own children. Have a blessed day!Role Model CHAPLAINS CORNERNext Outpost deadline is noon May 14thSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 or 328-3224 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720 SOCIAL SECURITYupdate from Carolyn W. Colvin Acting Commissioner of Social Security I have directed an immediate halt to further referrals under the Treasury Offset Program to recover debts owed to the agency that are 10 years old and older pending a thorough review of our responsibility and discretion under the current law to refer debt to the Treasury Department. If any Social Security or Supplemental they have been incorrectly assessed with an overpayment under this program, I encourage them to request an explanation or seek options to resolve the overpayment.
4 MAY 12, 2014 THE OUTPOSTYY4 00029726 Dollars donated to improve Price School playground (PhotoHOTO BY Yo YOLIeE CANALesES) Top row from left: Jennifer Harrington PTO President, Kate Alger, senior development manager for Lend Lease; Jody Sessions, general manager, IGH Army Hotels Candlewood Suites; Rick Martin, Garrison manager; Karl Koenig Yuma School District One Board Member, Amanda Stoermer, Price School Administrator, Dr. Darwin Stifer, Superintendent for Yuma School District One and Gordon Rogers, deputy manager for Garrison. Front row from left students: Victoria Ivey, Sophia Rosa, David Currier, Payton Crawford and Taylor Alonzo. By Yolie Canales The playground at Yuma Proving Grounds Price Elementary School will soon have covered shades, trees, new outdoor lighting, and picnic tables, all thanks to a generous donation made by IHG Army Hotels and Lend Lease during a ceremony at the school. with a $10,000 check to help pay the cost for the playground additions. We have had the privilege of donating funds in support of Price School on numerous occasions since we became part of the YPG community in 2009, said Kate Alger, senior development manager for Lend Lease. Alger said they have a special fundraising relationship with the school. All Privatization of Army localized charity partnerships varying from Fisher House to the Wounded Warrior Project based on location and need, said Alger. Price School has YPG. IHG maintains a strong yearround commitment to support the military men and women who are guests, work at its properties, and live in the communities where Lend Lease and IHG employees live and development by funding projects that address community challenges in the areas of housing, education, health, economic development, and environmental sustainability, and creates or supports programming to improve the quality of life for much, said Alger. Price School educates the children of those that contribute to making the YPG community strong and irreplaceable, she said. These children are the future Military Free Fall School instructors who will train elite service members that stay in our hotels, testers who will work on the latest equipment and teachers who will teach the next generation of YPG residents. Price Elementary School principal Amanda Stoermer said the money will go toward needed, productive uses. We plan to purchase a set of walkie talkies for emergencies and lighting around our school that is so necessary when we have evening functions, said Stoermer. We also plan to purchase ten mature trees for the playground so kids can have an area to play without being in the provide irrigation for the trees and install picnic tables. I am so grateful for the generous donation, said Stoermer with a smile. The students will be excited to see that when they return back to school next year, the trees will be up and the added additions will be there for their use.School ofcials presented a $10,000 check
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Asian Pacic Islanders shine at luncheon6 MAY 12, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY6 By Yolie Canales Since 1977, this month has been set aside each year as Asian (PHOTOS BY CHUCK WULLENJOHN)Back Row, left to right: Sgt. Chasidy Tenison, Staff Sgt. Lisa Wood, Julita Greek, Sgt. Gwendolyn Cavalier,. Bottom Row, left to right: Megan Brown, Sophia Rosa, Bradford Walk.Julita Greek, models a Mestiza dress. The dress was made more popular by former Philippine rst lady Imelda Marcos. Some even called it the Imelda dress, or Terno. Mestiza dress is known for its elegance, and buttery sleeves. It is usually worn for formal occasions. Asian Pacic Islanders shine at luncheonTHE OUTPOST MAY 12, 2014 7Y7(PHOTOS BY CHUCK WULLENJOHN)Back Row, left to right: Sgt. Chasidy Tenison, Staff Sgt. Lisa Wood, Julita Greek, Sgt. Gwendolyn Cavalier,. Bottom Row, left to right: Megan Brown, Sophia Rosa, Bradford Walk. Maj. Leilani Davis (below) is dancing to the beautiful He Me-le No Li-lo which you may recognize from the 2001 Disney animation movie, Lilo & Stitch. The song gives tribute to King David Ka-la-ka-ua and Queen Li-li-u`-o-ka-la-ni. They both made it their mission to preserve their Hawaiian culture in music and dance. At left, Listening to the wind traveling down the mountain range, the fragrance of a yellow ginger lei, is the setting of the sun off of Waikiki Beach. These are the words that bring back visions of home in HawaiiHere is I MISS YOU MY HAWAII. Sgt. Charina Hocog, speaks to the audience at the recent Asian Pacic Islanders Luncheon at the Cactus Caf.
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THE OUTPOST MAY 12, 2014 9YY9 Reds Bird Cage SaloonLocated in the heart of Historic Downtown Yuma231 Main St. 928-783-1050Mon-Fri 9am 2:30am Open Sat & Sun 6am Come And Join Us! By Amanda Kraus Rodriguez U.S. Army Installation Management Command Lt. Gen. David Halverson took command of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command from Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter during a ceremony on MacArthur Parade Field, Joint Base San Antonio -Fort Sam Houston. Halverson, who also took over as the Armys Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, came to IMCOM from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, where he served as deputy commanding general for almost two years. When we go to war, it is IMCOM that stays home and takes care of our families, said U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell, who presided over the ceremony. So, we put our best and brightest to that task. I have full faith in this new team, Campbell said, congratulating Lt. Gen. Halverson on his accomplishments and ability to carry on, facing the challenges of todays Army. The ceremony was attended by JBSA senior leaders, civic partners from the City of San Antonio and IMCOM region and garrison command teams, headquarters staff, employees and families. and IMCOM commanding general, Halverson expressed gratitude for his family and the opportunity to lead IMCOM. Halverson pledged to continue unwavering in the service of Soldiers and families. Karen and I are so pleased and proud to be here today, Halverson said. Were excited to continue to serve. To Mike and Margie [Lt. Gen. and Mrs. Ferriter], I would like to especially thank you both for your hard work. IMCOM and ACSIM set the conditions of Army success. Halverson concluded his remarks by saying that both he and his wife, Karen would put every effort into ensuring the continued success of the command and looked forward most to getting to know the team.A West Point graduate, Halverson served tours of duty in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Prior to joining TRADOC, he served as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Okla. IMCOM welcomes new commander (L oO AN eE D P hotoHOTO )Army Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson assumes duties as commanding general of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. A new social media platform: ArmyFit was launched in January, giving you a powerful new tool to take charge of your comprehensive tness and readiness. The Physical Dimension has been added to the Global Assessment Tool (GAT 2.0), providing a better graphical display of your results in each dimension of strength social, emotional, spiritual, family and physical. You will also see how they perform in Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition elements of the Performance Triad. In addition, you will receive your RealAge, a metricthat looks at all ve dimensions of strength and tells you your biological age compared to your calendar age. In time, GAT 2.0 will integrate medical and APFT data to deliver the mostcomprehensive physical tness score possible. ArmyFit is a secure social media platform that Soldiers, Family members and Army Civilians can use to actively improve their resilience and performance based on their GAT 2.0 results. Once you complete the GAT 2.0, youll have full access to all of the self-development resources within. You can then follow recommended experts and organizations. ArmyFit automatically gives recommendations based on your GAT 2.0 results and RealAge score, and you can choose experts based on your interests. You can also compete in self-improvement challenges as an individual or as part of a user team. You can share your improvements with your friends and earn badges with improvement. In addition, you can share as much or as little about yourself as you want by selecting privacy settings. No one else, including Commanders and Family members, has access to any of your personally identiable information. ArmyFit is where Comprehensive Resilience/Performance Modules (CRMs) now reside. In addition to familiar topics such as Building Your Teens Resilience, Effective Communication, High Performance Nutrition, and Goal Setting; CSF2 has added new, hardhitting modules such as Post-Traumatic Growth, and The Courage to Get Help. You can use theseCRMs, and ArmyFit generally, as a supporting tool with your units by encouraging them to use it to augment face-to-face Resilience Training. ArmyFit will continually add new functions and content. Coming soon are synching your activity monitors data with ArmyFit to chart your progress and compete with others, nancial tness assessments and training, and geotargeting to form local communities for virtual and face-to-face activities. Take the GAT 2.0 today and get started in ArmyFit by visiting, http://csf2.army. mil/armyt.html New Social Media Platform: ArmyFit
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