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. 10 Monday, May 26, 2014 Main Administrative Area renamed for Col. George Howard /Page 2 Cold Regions Test Center welcomes new commander /Page 4 YPG plays role in future NASA spacecraft success /Page 6 Y1 By Yolie Canales The Yuma Test Center workforce consists of nearly 1,500 people, commanded for the past three years by Lt. Col. Chad Harris, who soon departs for Austin, Texas. His next assignment is to perform a one-year acquisition fellowship as part of the Army War College, attending classes and performing research. He recently took time out from a busy week prior to his change of command that will take place on June 5th to share some thoughts about his three year tour at YTC. Q: You commanded the Yuma Test Center for three years. What were the biggest challenges you faced? The biggest challenge that comes to mind was the decline of the workload due to the war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan coming to a close. We saw, in 2011, the workload starting to decline. Because of that, we had to make some tough decisions about reorganization, and thats when we decided to roll NACCITEC back into Air Combat. We had a good result, but it was a tough situation to deal with. The other thing that comes to mind was last years furlough and sequestration. The impact of the government shutdown and the decisions that had to be made, as well as the friction and uncertainty that the workforce had to face, made these challenging times. The focus of YTC leaders was to get the mission accomplished but, at the same time, make sure the workforce is taken care of. Q: How did your previous career prepare you for this? From a leadership standpoint, I believe that if you can lead Soldiers, you can lead anybody. You just have to remember to treat people with respect and treat them how you want to be treated. The golden rule plays an important role here: If you want to be respected, you have to respect. Treat people fairly and with respect and theyll do the right thing. If you remember this, you can be successful anywhere.Outgoing test center commander shares parting thoughts PHOTO ByY YOLIE CANALES Lt. Col. Chad Harris takes one last photo before he changes command on June 5th. SEE P aA RTI ngNG page 3
2 MAY 26, 2014 THE OUTPOSTYY2 THEOUtTPoOStT The Outpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of AA R 360. The 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 TEC and AA RNEWS. 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: email@example.comCommander: Col. Reed F. YY oung Public Affairs Ofcer: Chuck Wullenjohn Public Affairs Specialist/Editor: YY olanda Canales Public Affairs Specialist: Mark Schauer Technical Editor, Cold Regions Test Center: Clara Zachgo Marketing Specialist: Teri Womack Visual Information Manager: Riley Williams By Mark Schauer YPGs reputation rests on its good name, and I always think its important to be articulate, whether it is organizations, places, or things, we try to market and sell YPG, any kind of confusion that exists is nothing but a distraction to the central purpose of trying to garner business and make sure people understand the One of the points of confusion that Young noticed early in his tenure as commander was the cantonment known for decades as the Main was the home of the command headquarters to rename the cantonment area to something submissions, but none of them really met the intent and spirit of the rules we had This time turning to a committee of historical experts, some more intriguing prospects We sent some of our smart folks off to do further research digging through history, said with two potential candidates: General Omar Though not a household name, Howard had made his way to Imperial Dam to help test replacements for badly antiquated pontoon defeat the Nazi war machine, as well as his Howard Cantonment Area (P hotosHOTOS BY MA rR K S chCH A uerUER )Unveiling the memorial plaque for the Col. George Howard Cantonment (above) are left to right: Dr. James Howard, son of the late Col. Howard; Col. Reed Young, YPG commander and Rick Martin, garrison commander. At left, Dr. Howard shared his appreciation and a few memories of his father with the attendees at the ceremony.see HOWARD page 9
THE OUTPOST MAY 26, 2014 3YY3 00031383 Q: What impressions will you take away from Yuma Test Center? That its HOT! Really, on a serious note, the workforce is the best thing here. When I visited in 2007, I saw the remarkable people who worked here, and in the past three years, this has continued to be reinforced. YTCs people are truly professionals, experts in what they do and have a missionfocused attitude. This is a remarkable place within the Department of Defense and the memories will remain with me forever. Q: How did YTC change while you were here? I believe we continued to improve as a test organization. I hope that when people review these last three years, they can say, yes, this is a great test center that has only gotten better. The workload decline caused us to make some really tough decisions but, in doing so, we maintained our world-class testing organization that has a great deal of capability and can compete with anyone in terms of test expertise and cost. Q: Throughout your tenure as commander, the Army has been involved in combat operations overseas. However, now that these have come to a close, what role does YTC play in supporting our troops? Every time I talk to others, I point out that what we do matters to Soldiers each and every day. From the standpoint that everything we test eventually ends up in the hands of Soldiers, whether it be the MRAP, Excalibur, counter-IED technologies, artillery systems, or anything else. All this technology is tested here to the protect our Soldiers from harm or neutralize an enemy threat. This is what I believe people at YTC need to be proud of. Q: What advice would you give the incoming YTC commander? Trust your people. The people here are great and they will make the mission happen and do it in a safe manner. There are close to 1,500 people who work at YTC and the commander or directors cannot be everywhere, so you have to trust that your people are doing the right thing. The workforce does a remarkable job and they do it safely. You have to go out and interact with them and talk to them. You will learn a lot --believe me, you learn something new every day. Q: How is YTC positioned for the future? I believe the future looks bright. Were on track and indications are that we are going to hit our projections. This year we will perform roughly 1.7 million direct labor hours, which is a lot. There is always going to be a need to do Army testing. Private industry contractors that come here to test know that YTC is a great place. We will continue to grow young leaders, invest in The capability and infrastructure we have at YTC and YPG as a whole, will continue to be a large portion of the ATEC test workload. Q: If you could gather the entire YTC workforce in one room, what would say? Thank you! Thanks for all the work you have done throughout these three years. What you do, matters. You go out there, especially in the hot summer time, day in and day out, and diligently test for Soldiers. The result of this testing keeps Soldiers safe. Thanks again. Q: What impression will you take away of the Yuma community? You would not have YPG without the Yuma community, and vice-versa. There is a great relationship that is noteworthy. Hopefully, the incoming commander continues to strengthen this and make it better. I will miss the local people, and the beautiful sunsets and sunrises! PARTINGFROMM PA A GE 1 We have YPG family members in need of assistance. Leave donations as smallas one hour are truly appreciated. We can only accept donations fromAppropriated Fund civil service employees.The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) is a way to donate annual leaveto co-workers who are experiencing a medical emergency (their own or afamily members emergency) and do not have enough leave to cover theirabsences. These employees have used or will use all sick and annual leavebefore being eligible to receive donations. YPG currently has a small number of employees on the VLTP recipient list: serious respiratory condition to suffer from ongoing healthcomplications; care and death of terminally ill father of child / maternity leave from multiple surgeries andcontinued doctor care will undergo severalreconstructive surgeries Any donation will be appreciated by the recipient. You can donate as littleas one hour of annual leave or as much as one half of what able to use use or lose annual leavebefore the end of the leave year. (This means that you cant donate 40hours on the last work day of the leave year; you would only be able todonate one days worth of leave.) thedonation gets to the appropriate recipient. indicate to whom the hours are to be given please indicatewho should be given your hours. are in full-hour increments. Just to recap: the recipients must use all available sick and annual leavebefore they receive donations donors arent funding a new vacation planfor recipients. Donors can only donate annual leave; sick leave is noteligible to donors and returned to them. Volunteer Leave Donation update
4 MAY 26, 2014 THE OUTPOSTYY4By Clara Zachgo The reins of the U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) were entrusted to a new leader during a change of command ceremony held at the Bolio Lake Test Complex on May 15. The men and women of CRTC, along with numerous friends and colleagues welcomed incoming commander, Lt. Col. Michael J. Kovacs, and bid farewell to outgoing commander, Col. Charles H. May. Kovacs accepted the colors during the ceremony from Col. Reed F. Young, Yuma Proving Ground Commander. Col. Young spoke to the audience describing May as an industrious and versatile individual who approached all tasks with great enthusiasm. Young praised his accomplishments of the past two years, saying Mays leadership was nothing short of outstanding. He established a remarkable rapport with the people at Fort Greely and the entire Delta Junction community. He was well-liked by those he came in contact with and will be remembered and missed. Col. May, you deserve to be proud. After welcoming Kovacs and his family, wife, Dawn and children Jared, Joseph, Joshua, Andrea, and Alexa to the YPG and CRTC team, Young concluded his speech as he addressed Kovacs, You are the right guy for this job and I have absolutely no doubt you will be successful. Kovacs, brings with him exceptional technical competence, Army test skills as an a tremendous reputation. He is a distinguished military graduate and Sapper Awardee from Candidate School. He has served in a variety of engineer and acquisition assignments, most recently as a Department of the Army System Coordinator for Soldier Maneuver Systems and Director of the Army Special Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities. Im looking forward to getting to know each one of you, to exchange ideas and maintain a healthy and robust community. This is a great opportunity to lead a professional organization recognized as the very best at what they do, said Kovacs to the CRTC workforce. The Cold Regions Test Center is a subordinate command of Yuma Proving Ground and the winter test element of the Army Test and Evaluation Command. Its mission is to plan, conduct, and report developmental and operational tests, assessments, and experiments with an emphasis on Soldier system integration and participation, in the natural environments, snow, extreme cold, and sub-arctic conditions, in order to provide acquisition and Army leadership with timely, accurate, and relevant information relating to Soldier MANPRINT, mission execution success, and system performance. CRTC provides quality testing by experienced cold weather experts and is the Department of Defenses only natural, cold environment test center. CRTC welcomes new commander (P hotoHOTO BY AtheATHE NA SC hH R oeOE D eE R)After accepting the command of the Cold Regions Test Center during a change of command ceremony, Lt. Col. Michael J. Kovacs (right) hands the guidon back to 1st Sgt. Edward Balboa of CRTC. CHAPLAINS CORNER CC omfort ZoneSubmitted by Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas Thomison Good day Yuma Proving Ground. Have you ever heard someone say, There is nothing to do around here? As summer approaches and the weather warms up, people may want to hold up in their homes which may even put more emphasis on the notion of having nothing to do. In a recent edition of The Outpost, I submitted an article encouraging folks to try and recharge ones batteries (and giving you something to do). Of late, have you taken the opportunity of trying something new? I do not want you to spend this summer or any portion of the year having the thought of theres nothing to do in Yuma. Sometimes it takes truly stepping out of our comfort zone to Recently, the YPG Chapel teenage youth group we call B.A.T.T.L.E., which stands for Becoming All That The Lord Expects, did something different. You see, they planned, and then early on a Saturday morning personally prepared homemade food, and subsequently went to a Yuma city park where homeless people sleep and hang out. At the park, the teens distributed food as well as interacted with many people. We all left the park with an uplifted feeling of connecting with the other. The B.A.T.T.L.E. group indeed stepped out of their comfort zone. In fact, not one of them had done anything like this before. However, each left this experience glowing. I am so very proud of the chapel youth group. Thus, before you or someone next to you says, there is nothing to do in Yuma, go and make a difference. Break out of your comfort is just around the bend. Have a blessed day! Next Outpost deadline is noon May 29th Sexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 or 328-3224 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720
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6 MAY 26, 2014 THE OUTPOSTYY6 By Mark Schauer YPG plays role in future NASA spacecraft success (P hotosHOTOS BY MARK SC hH A ueUE R) YPG recently conducted the 13th of 17 tests of the capsule parachuteassembly system for the Orion space craft. This test simulated a problemthat would force the capsule to return safely to the ground before reachingouter space, and was thus dropped from an elevation of 13,000 feet asopposed to the 25,000 to 35,000 feet of prior tests.
THE OUTPOST MAY 26, 2014 7YY7 from below the vehicle, said Chris Johnson, project manager for the CPAS system. For pad abort scenarios, the spacecraft speeds are much slower and because of the somewhat sideways, or what we want to test the parachutes in those different conditions to understand changes the deployment performance of the parachutes, including the timing differences in how long it takes the parachutes to get out. To create the proper conditions for the test, the mock Orion capsule had to be dropped from an altitude of 13,000 feet, whereas all previous ones have been conducted from at least 25,000 feet. This created new coordinating the test. One of the easier things about the high altitude drops is that were high above everyone else, so you dont have to worry as much about down other tests safety fans, said low velocity drop is typically conducted at 2,000 feet or lower. This one is at 13,000 feet, and the object coming out of the aircraft is a lot bigger. The test drop occurred without a hitch, however. Once the capsules four minute descent to the ground had occurred, YPG personnel fanned out and carefully recovered the massive deployed parachutes and lines from needs to gather the fabric from each of the 10,000 square feet of canopies slowly and methodically so testers can evaluate any damage that may have occurred to the chutes during incurred from the recovery efforts. YPG plays role in future NASA spacecraft success This time, the Kevlar lines and some fabric from one of the chutes were snagged in a tall creosote bush, necessitating long poles to ease it out of the crooked branches. As they trucked the packed parachutes back to the Air Delivery Complex, where the parachutes were suspended from a high ceiling and carefully studied, workers from YPGs motor pool used a large crane to lift the heavy capsule onto a lowboy trailer for transport back to Yuma. YPG testing has already resulted in design changes that improved the Orion capsule. The risers on the parachutes have been changed from steel to Kevlar, which reduced the overall mass of the system and made it easier to route them from where they attach to the capsule. Every change that we do to the parachutes, we test here, said Johnson. Testing in a full scale environment is very important to not only identify changes that need to be made, but test the implementation of those changes. YPG is unique in that advanced capabilities exist here in terms of doing low velocity air drops, and we build on the type of test techniques that have been developed over the years with the military to do the testing. AT LEFT: We didnt promise you a rose garden: At landing, the Kevlar lines and some fabric from one of the three parachutes snagged in a tall creosote bush, necessitating long poles and a lot of sweat to ease them out of the crookedbranches, as seen here. BELOW: Airborne Test Force Soldiers Staff Sgt. Aaron Engelman (rear) and Sgt. AaronAhn make nal preparations to the extraction parachutes for the palletcarrying the mock Orion space capsules from the C-17 aircraft.
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THE OUTPOST MAY 26, 2014 9 YY9 10% OFF Military Discount 928-287-9479 Open M-FKeeping You On the Road is our Mission 00030535 career when he served as dean of the engineering department at the University of Arizona, Howard seemed like an ideal choice for recognition. In the military we spend a lot of time memorializing the operational appropriate, said Young. But if its Yuma Proving Ground and its test mission, it seems very appropriate to me that we at least explore memorializing some folks who were important to test. The nearly 100 attendees of the event seemed to agree, as did representatives of the Howard family on hand to see the lavish interpretive display installed in a disused guard shack near the cantonments entrance. We hold this ceremony in very high esteem, said Dr. James Howard, son of the late Col. Howard. Our family greatly appreciates this honor. Spending time having memorials is not only for the people who have passed away, but for everyone else who is still involved in the process, added Young. I think the reason we give honorary awards is to recognize excellence, but also to motivate all the other people around.HOWARDFRO MM P AA GE 2 (PhotoHOTO BY MMArRK SChHAuer UER) After being presented with a memento of the proving ground, Dr. James Howard (second from left) takes a group photo with his wife and children, Col. Reed Young and Rick Martin. Forecast Forum Yuma Proving Ground Units and Mission & In stallation Contracting Command (MICC) This event will be on June 10th and June 11th 2014 9:00 am to noon Event sign-in begins at 8:00 am Event Location: Palm Garden Howard Gate Bldg 530, F Street Yuma Proving Ground, AZ 85365 For your convenience, registration may be completed in 1 of 3 ways: 1.On-Line Registration at: or email Registration at firstname.lastname@example.org 2.Call Sophia Gleich at the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC): (213) 448-2333 3.Fax your RSVP to PTAC. Complete th e below form and FAX to: (480) 491-5719 4.Please Register for the date that you wish to attend. 5.Attendance is limited to 2 representatives per your Company due to Capacity of 75 per event. **Very important : Drivers and vehicle occupants must have a Military ID or valid Civilian picture ID to gain access to Yuma Proving Ground through the Howard Gate. Drivers must have a CURRENT Drivers License, Auto Registration, and Auto Insurance. Allow extra time for inspection of your vehicle. Directions to Yuma Proving Ground will be provided. The Procurement Technical Assist ance Center (PTAC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Def ense (DoD) through a program that is Administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official Views of or imply endorsement by DoD or DLA. REGISTRATION
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