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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. xx Monday, August 4, 2014 Todd Hudson: Helping light the bulb of knowledge /Page 3 Seek out peace that soothes the soul during summer storms /Page 4 Precision parachutes put through their aerial paces /Page 6 Y1 By Mark Schauer It might seem strange for an place. But as an Air Force brat, YPG archeologist Meg McDonald moved frequently by the time she was an adolescent. Her answer to where she is from is slow and thoughtful. I guess Im from the Air Force, but my dad retired when I was pretty young, so Im mostly from southern California. Ask her what inspired her to become an archaeologist, however, and her answer is rapid and warm. I was about 10 and a friend of mine and I read a book about Tutankhamun and we decided we wanted to be archaeologists. Neither of us ended up being one, though: she became a teacher, and I ended up going to school and becoming a statistician. Her Masters degree in biostatistics from the University of California at Los Angeles came after a bachelors in biology from the University of California at Riverside, but neither occupation seemed destined to last a lifetime. I got really tired of being indoors all the time, so I decided to go back to school. She returned to her alma matter UC-Riverside to pursue her longtime dream of a career in archeology. Her after excavating a rock shelter at Californias Anza Borrego Desert State Park, a feat that took the help of dozens of supporters from school and from Ocotillo, Calif. and that was undertaken direction of her dissertation advisor, took a month, while the second stage took six weeks, all in the unforgiving winter. I think maybe the worst thing for some people doing archaeology in that kind of context is that youre working all day in the dirt and camping out and not able to take showers. In the summer youre coated with dirt while wearing sunscreen. exploits of Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, but still has its moments of excitement. Theres good excitement and bad excitement. The good things are exciting YPG archaeologist digs through pastMeg McDonald, YPG archeologist, says meeting with the 14 local tribes who hold a spiritual connection to land within portions-or all of-YPGs boundaries is among her favorite job elements.(PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUER)SEE ARCHAEOLOGIST page 2


2 A UGUST 4, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY2 THEOUTPOST T he Outpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of AR 360. T he 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. T his newspaper uses material credited to ATEC and ARNEWS. While contributions are solicited, the P AO 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: T he Editor, Outpost, Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ, 85365. Phone: (928) 328/6189 or DSN 899. Visit our website at: or email to: yolanda.o.canales.civ@mail.milCommander: Col. Randy Murray 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: T eri Womack Visual Information Manager: Riley Williams shelters, and painted pottery. Then theres things like your battery is dead and you have to walk out ten miles, or you get lost and get stuck out overnight. One day we came out from my dissertation place at the end of the because someone had let the air out of both. A newly minted doctorate of archaeology, McDonald set out on a variety of jobs before arriving at YPG nearly eight years ago. I worked primarily on contracts for Caltrans and military installations, she explained, noting that most of the work involved conducting archaeological surveys prior to road or other construction. After about a decade doing this, she moved on to the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Marine Corps. As for her job at YPG, she says meeting with the 14 local tribes who hold a spiritual connection to land within portions-or all of-YPGs boundaries is among her favorite job elements. job, she said. Id like to do it more often. Citing her former experience with the Forest Service, McDonald says archaeologists and senior leaders made an effort to invite tribal partners for excursions and activities that had nothing to do with proposed projects within the Forest Service land, which she says went far toward establishing good rapport with all concerned. Ive been trying to do that kind of thing here. It works out very well to take tribal members and the cultural committees out to see the sites and have it not be just related to projects. Its great and works out very well. Not that the job is always easy: The archaeological record shows humans have traversed the large modern-day boundaries of YPG for at least 7,000 years, none of which negates YPGs decades-long mission of rigorously tested virtually every piece of equipment in the ground combat arsenal. McDonald is philosophical about cultural resource laws and the mission of much of the rest of the workforce. They all have a mission, and thats to do their testing. I think they are supportive, but dont always understand what the regulations and laws are. McDonald is active in educating the workforce, however, bringing along test reaching out to members of the workforce with years of on-the-ground experience who have recognized protected sites on their own. In the case of one drop zone at YPG, extensive knowledge of ancient native trails that skirt the area and educates other range personnel on their locations and importance. Hes great, McDonald says simply. He really takes ownership of it. Pinnell credits McDonald with his knowledge of the area, and says she has given presentations to all aviation and rigger personnel about the importance of the area. For his part, Pinnell educates new employees on the same vital material. said Pinnell. What a resource for YPG to have. Meanwhile, McDonald is quick to add that the problem of unscrupulous people looting worse in geographic areas that, unlike YPG, are not as well protected by virtue of limited access. Its kind of sad, she said. I look at collections that Bill and Edith Wallace did where I did my dissertation work, and they inches in size. If you go out there now, the pot sherds arent even an inch across. What are the odds that natural processes pulverized or degraded these in 30 years? Despite all this, however, McDonald looks do, she said with a smile. ARCHAEOLOGISTFROM P AGE 1 It works out very well to take tribal members and the cultural committees out to see the sites and have it not be just related to projects. Its great and works out very well. Meg McDonald, YPG archaeologistBy Carmela GonzalesThe Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI) is taking place August 2529 at YPG. This inspection is conducted by the Defense Information Security Agency for the purpose of ensuring a consistent level of security. All government agencies must demonstrate and maintain compliance with a large and growing number of regulations, directives and standards in this area. The areas that will be inspected are: leadership management, physical security, administration, training, network operations, human factors, and command operational behavior. Command operational behavior is our day-to-day operation of the network. What can a YPG computer user do to assist? Ensure that all information assurance training is completed and updated. Ensure that an acceptable user policy (within 2 years) has been signed and properly uploaded. Remove unapproved software from all computers. Do not use USB removable digital cameras, etc. Reboot systems every night. Remove Common Access Cards (CAC) when not at your system. Properly mark media with information stored on the away. Comply with all NEC policies, standard operating procedures and letters of instructions. For more information, contact your Information (IASO).Cyber readiness inspection slated for last week of month


THE OUTPOST A UGUST 4, 2014 3Y3 00036393 By Mark Schauer As Yuma Countys premier hightech workplace, YPG has for decades been a magnet for skilled workers in Likewise, the proving ground also has a vested interest in encouraging local youth to pursue math and One such homegrown employee, Todd Hudson, chief of the radiofrequency environment and analysis division, has been nurturing the next generation of YPG workers through the proving grounds Build The Antelope High School graduate spent six years in the degree in electrical engineering at member of his family with a college It would have been nice if somebody had told me growing up to get in school to get a good job so I As part of YPGs command outreach program, Hudson recently volunteered to speak about his job and lead an activity at a career day for young members of the Salvation The purpose of career day was to introduce the kids to the wide variety of career opportunities in our community, said Kari Tatar, development coordinator for the looking for business owners and community leaders to share career goal was to connect the subjects kids learn about in school to the various occupations available in the world of Hudson was eager to lend a hand 17, with older kids serving as leaders about his job and the proving ground, but wanted a hands-on project to on a project that involved making a freestanding tower out of ordinary I tried to pick something that was relatively easy for a wide range of age groups and wouldnt be too 10 different things I could execute, but the paper project seemed like the Hudson had the kids form groups of 10 and gave each group four There were no rules, Hudson it, however you wanted to do it, but As it turned out, Hudsons tower I broke it into strips, rolled them, and taped them together, Hudson pretty cool, and I said, thats what engineering teaches you: You can little bit about the physics of strength and forces of gravity and what you Todd did a great job with the kids they are still trying to recreate his Hudson enjoys his extracurricular outreach activities and plans to do It was fun and I was glad to do it, YPG and engineering a little bit and got some of the local people thinking Helping light the bulb of knowledge (PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUER) Todd Hudson, chief of the radiofrequency environment and analysis division, has been nurturing the next generation of YPG workers through the proving grounds Build the Bench program. He graduated from Antelope High School.


4 AUGUST 4, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY4 rf ntbnrbnnt rnnbn nbbb nn Funeral/Bereavement Leave J u d y T r e d w a y G 1 H u m a n R e s o u r c e s D i r e c t o r Funeral Leave Employees often ask how much funeral leave is granted to attend a family member s funeral. With one very specific exception, funeral leave is charged against an employees annual or sick leave, depending on the circumstances. An employee is entitled to us e sick leave when the employee arranges for or attends* a family member's funeral Family member is defined as: (1) Spouse, and parents thereof; (6) Domestic partner and parents thereof, including domestic (2) Sons and daughters, and spouses thereof; part ners of any individual in 2 thru 5 of this definition; & (3) Parents, and spouses thereof; (7) Any individual related by blood or affinity whose close (4) Brothers and sisters, and spouses thereof; a ssociation with the employee is the equivalent of a family (5) Grandparents and grandchildren, and relationship. ** spouses thereof; Sick leave is appropriate only when arranging for or att ending the family members funeral. Sick leave is not appropriate for handling other tasks associat ed with the death of a family member such as probating a will, serving as executor, disposing of property, etc. **The term equivalent of a family relationship is not intended to mean a favorite aunt, uncle, cousin or similar relationship. It is intended to mean a relati onship equal to those specified. For example, an employee who was raised by an aunt may use sick le ave to arrange for or atte nd the aunts funeral but not for an aunt whom they never met. Similarly, sick leave would be appropriate to arrange or attend the funeral of a cousin who was raised by the employees parents, resulting in brother/sister type of relationship. ( les/2010/06/ 14/2010-14252/absence-and-leavedefinitions-of-family-member-immediate-relative-and-related-terms#h-10l (July 2010)) The one exception where sick leave is not charged for making arrangements for or attending a funeral is when an immediate relative dies as a result of wounds, disease, or injury incurred while serving as a member of the Armed Forces in a combat zone Up to three days is permitted without charge to leave. (US Code 6326, Absence in Connection with Funerals of Immediate Relatives in the Armed Forces) Since the law allows up to a three day absence in the circumstances described above, it is justifiable to permit civilian employees to take up to three days of sick leave to make arrangements for or to attend a family members funeral. This leave can be combined with other sick leave provided the sick leave is for an absence covered by provisions of sick leave regulations. Definitions of domestic partner, family member, parent, and son or daughter can be found at: rsight/pay-leav e/leave-administr ation/fact-sheets/definitionsrelated-to-family-member-and-immediate-relative-for-purposes-of-sick-leave/ Issue 14-12 15 July 2014F r o m t h e A T E C G 1 D i r e c t o r s O f f i c e CHAPLAINS CORNERPeaceBy Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas Thomison Good day Yuma Proving Ground. Well, I guess the Dog Days of summer (hot and sticky period of summer, from July 3 to August 11) are upon us. That being said, what are you doing to beat the heat? You may have a favorite shade tree or swimming hole to retreat to. I would imagine you have found a way to physically cool off. Do attempt to stay physically refreshed. So in these dog days how are you fairing spiritually? The weather and respective seasons can have a bearing on our demeanor, but it should not be the primary gauge directing us. As with getting physically adapted to the heat of the summer, we need to be at spiritual peace throughout the seasons of life. When thinking of spiritual peace, the hymn It is Well With My Soul song and God, it causes me to take in life and the variety of situations we may encounter, and conclude that no matter the season or challenges internal and eternal peace. The hymns lyrics say: When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul. Refrain: It is well with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul. This summer do spend some time physically as well as spiritually taking the opportunity to recharge your batteries. Until we meet again may The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26) F Y 1 4 3 R D Q U A R T E R I C E C U S T O M E R S E R V I C E R O L L C A L L Congratulations to the followi ng personnel who are recogniz ed for their great customer service at Yuma Proving Ground YPG customers were so im pressed 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.milB a k e r B r i a n B e d w e l l A s h l e y B e r n a r d M i c h a e l B r a u n M o n i q u e C a t h e r W i l l i a m C l a r k D a v i d D a y t o n R o s a E l l i s M a r c E v e r l y C o n n i e G o r d o n J o y c e H a l l T h o m a s H a n n o n M e g a n H a r r i s K i l i p a k i M a r t i n J a s o n M o e G r e g M o r e n o P a u l M o r e n o Z e k e O r n e l a s M i k e O v e r s t r e e t R a q u e l P e r k i n s A m a n d a P o l l a r d M a t t P o r a d e k N y a n a S G T R a u M i c h a e l R e i d M i c h a e l S a n c h e z A n t o n i o S a w y e r S t e v e S p e a k s D a v e W i l l e t t D a v i d


THE OUTPOST A UGUST 4, 2014 5Y5 GET DUNE PASSES HERE! VIEWPOINTSVideo games have been an inescapable part of childhood for over 30 years. We asked members of the YPG workforce what their favorite videogame was when they were kids. Jamie Lujan Custodian Sarah Mitson Operations research analyst David Dupuis Test ofcer


6 AUGUST 4, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY6 Story and Photos By Mark Schauer Troops in combat often depend on airlifts for resupply, and in the worst conditions time can be a matter of life or death. When opened at high altitudes, a large payload from a cargo plane could take 25-30 minutes to reach the ground. Conversely, a payload falling with only the braking power of an initial drogue parachute falls seconds. An important part of the airdrop equation is precision and YPG has long tested parachutes guided by the Global Positioning System (GPS) to ensure troop materials, no matter what it is, lands in their hands, not the adversaries. One of the latest of the high tech parachutes tested here is manufactured by a Canadian company called Mist Mobility Integrated System Technology (MMIST). This companys Sherpa Provider parachute can safely land items of various sizes suing either round or ram air parachutes. The systems are designed for 100 pounds to 10,000 pounds of guided delivery to a spot, but the minimum were doing is 500 pounds, said want to test their different systems MMIST has tested at YPG since 2002, and plans to do so for the foreseeable future. Obviously you have a lot of infrastructure at is advantageous to us, said Alexandre Cote, project manager. The load building is premium-class: when we test elsewhere, we have to build all of our own loads, and its very arduous. This saves two to three weeks of work for us. aircraft and the advantage of a large drop zone which gives us a lot of altitude, added Trevor Fitzgerald, manager of parachute systems. They have recovery systems and trucks and payload loaders to load the systems. Its basically one-stop shopping. Currently, testers are pushing the systems envelope, beginning drops that take the system close to its limits. Air masses and air speeds and deployment speeds of a parachute vary greatly once you get into the higher altitudes, said Fitzpatrick. Having done much, much testing at 10,000 and 12,000 feet, were now essentially doubling that up to 25,000 feet, near our maximum altitude. On one recent day, the testers combined two entirely different scenarios: Were dropping absolute max on a small system and absolute minimum Precision parachutes put through their aerial paces Cargo parachute testers rely on YPG personnel to build and load bundles of multiple sizes, congurations, and weights. The load building is premium-class: when we test elsewhere, we have to build all of our own loads, and its very arduous, said Alexandre Cote, vice president of Mist Mobility Integrated Sysytem Technology. This saves two to three weeks of work for us. This rigged bundle is ready to be loaded onto a K-Loader, visible in the background, along with other bundles. From here, the heavy loads are driven to the aircraft and loaded aboard. SEE PARACHUTES page 10


THE OUTPOST AUGUST 4, 2014 7Y7 Precision parachutes put through their aerial pacesLoading cargo bundles for air drop tests is a painstaking process involving the work of multiple personnel, as seen here. The rigged bundles for this test were dropped from high above YPGs test ranges in the C-130 aircraft seen here. The bundles ranged in size from 500 pounds to 10,000 pounds. Cargo parachute testers rely on YPG personnel to build and load bundles of multiple sizes, congurations, and weights. The load building is premium-class: when we test elsewhere, we have to build all of our own loads, and its very arduous, said Alexandre Cote, vice president of Mist Mobility Integrated Sysytem Technology. This saves two to three weeks of work for us. AT RIGHT: Within minutes of the nal landing, a parachute recovery team arrived on the drop zone to carefully untangle and pack the parachutes, as seen here. The crew then tied them into bundles which were loaded onto large at bed trucks.


10 AUGUST 4, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY10 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! on a heavy system, said Fitzpatrick. The rigged air drop bundles were carefully loaded into a white C-130 aircraft in the pre-dawn hours and took to the air. After several dry passes, the bundles were released. a parachute recovery team arrived on the drop zone to carefully untangle and pack the parachutes, then tie them into bundles which were loaded The result of that days test was a mixed bag: one system performed exactly as planned. It was as close Fitzpatrick. One of the other bundles parachutes had a catastrophic failure, with the canopy shearing away from r risers in the intense conditions. But no people or cargo were hurt as it fell on the isolated drop zone, and engineers were already looking forward to gathering the ill-fated necessary improvements to prevent a recurrence. Thats why we test, said Fitzpatrick. Were learning lots.PARACHUTESFROM PAGE 7 Submitted by Paul J. Kilanski, Family Advocacy Program Manager It is important to separate the emotion of anger from the behavior that is so often displayed by angry people. If you can express your anger in a healthy way, you can demonstrate that it is possible to be angry without being aggressive. How do you manage anger? Anger management is a skill and like any skill, it requires practice. Here are some guidelines: Be aware of your bodys response to anger. When you feel yourself getting angry, notice how your body is responding physiologically. Anger isnt just a psychological response that exists only in your mind. Anger has physical aspects as well. You may notice that your heart is beating faster, your breathing is shallow and there may be a knot in the pit of your stomach. Breathe deeply. Deep breathe will help to calm your body and increase the supply of oxygen to your brain oxygen that will help you think clearly and calmly. Dont discount the old advice to take a deep breath and count to ten. It really does have a purpose. Ask yourself, Why am I angry? Take a brief break to calm down and ask yourself: Why am I allowing this person or event to trigger my anger? Have they hit a sore spot? Made me feel frightened, insecure or inadequate in some way? Could I be overreacting because of other stresses in my lifetrouble at home or nancial concerns? Decide if you want to speak up. Do you want the person to know that you are angry? At times, it may be an opportunity to show that you can express anger without sarcasm, yelling or other undesirable behavior. At other times, you might decide not to discuss your anger, but simply to carry on in a calm manner. If you want to express your anger here are some steps to follow: Be direct, specic and brief. Stick to one issue at a time and dont bring up the past. It is difcult enough to resolve one problem at a time; dont get out your laundry list. Past issues are likely to cause confusion and resentment. Focus on your feelings, not blame. Dont blame others for your actions or feelings. You are the only one that has control over these. Listen to the other persons response. Listen to what the other person is saying. Try to hear the real message they are conveying. Be realistic about your expectations. The other person has a right to an opinion that is different from your opinion. Recognize that you can not change the other persons behavior, only your own. Anger is a difcult emotion for many of us to deal with, and it is one that can be easily triggered by challenging individuals. By improving your own ability to manage your anger and express it in a productive way, you can become a positive and powerful role model for others. Steps toward managing anger We have YPG family members in need of assistance. Leave donations as small as one hour are truly appreciated. We can only accept donations from Appropriated Fund civil service employees. The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) is a way to donate annual leave to co-workers who are experiencing a medical emergency (their own or a family members emergency) and do not have enough leave to cover their absences. These employees have used or will use all sick and annual leave before being eligible to receive donations. YPG currently has a small number of employees on the VLTP recipient list: serious respiratory condition childbirth suffer from ongoing healthcomplications treatment following surgery surgery and recovery from multiple surgeries andcontinued doctor care undergo severalreconstructive surgeries from knee surgeryAny donation will be appreciated by the recipient. You can donate as little as one hour of annual leave or as much as one half of what you accrue in a leave year, although you must be able to use use or lose annual leave before the end of the leave year. If you are interested in donating annual leave to your co-worker, just complete Optional Form 630-A and forward it back to the CPAC. Well see the donation gets to the appropriate recipient. Please note, we can only accept donations that indicate to whom the hours are to be given please indicate who should be given your hours. You can split the donations, as long as donations are in full-hour increments. Just to recap: the recipients must use all available sick and annual leave before they receive donations donors arent funding a new vacation plan for recipients. Donors can only donate annual leave; sick leave is not eligible to be donated. If the recipient doesnt use all leave donated, that leftover leave is divided up among donors and returned to them. VLTP needed for employees


8 AUGUST 4, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY8 rfrntbb frbn rfnfrttb trrf trrtt tftrtrrrtrr b f ttnft frtrrtrtrrrt fttt t frrttnfr btrtrrf r f tntfrr trfn trrt rtntrrf r tf tttnt rrttrt trfttnrt r ftrfff nttrnt ttft Submitted by Paul J. Kilanski, Family Advocacy Program SpecialistUnfortunately, teasing is often part of growing up almost every child experiences it. But it isnt always as innocuous as it seems. Words can cause pain. Teasing becomes bullying when it is repetitive or when there is a conscious intent to hurt another child. It can be verbal bullying (making threats, name-calling), psychological bullying (excluding children, spreading rumors), or physical bullying (hitting, pushing, taking a childs possessions). Bullying behavior is prevalent throughout the world and it cuts across socio-economic, racial/ ethnic, and cultural lines. Researchers estimate that 20 to 30 percent of school-age children are involved in bullying incidents, as either perpetrators or victims. Bullying can begin as early as preschool and intensify during transitional stages, such as starting school in 1st grade or going into middle school. Victims of bullying are often shy and tend to be physically weaker than their peers. They may also have low self-esteem and poor social skills, which makes it hard for them to stand up for themselves. Bullies consider these children safe targets because they usually dont retaliate. If your child is the victim of bullying, he may suffer physically and emotionally, and his schoolwork will likely show it. Grades drop because, instead of listening to the teacher, kids are wondering what they did wrong and whether anyone will sit with them at lunch. If bullying persists, they may be afraid to go to school. Problems with low self-esteem and depression can last into adulthood and interfere with personal and professional lives. Bullies are affected too, even into adulthood; they may have difculty forming positive relationships. They are more apt to use tobacco and alcohol, and to be abusive spouses. Some studies have even found a correlation with later criminal activities. If youre concerned that your child is a victim of teasing or bullying, look for these signs of stress: such as stomach-aches or headaches with no apparent cause problems no one is calling or extending invitations calling herself a loser, or a former friend a jerk recounts incidences of teasing or bullying, be empathetic. If your child has trouble verbalizing her feelings, read a story about children being teased or bullied. You can also use puppets, dolls, or stuffed animals to encourage a young child to act out problems. Once youve opened the door, help your child begin to problem-solve. Role-play situations and teach your child ways to respond. You might also need to help your child nd a way to move on by encouraging her to reach out and make new friends. She might join teams and school clubs to widen her circle. Adults need to intervene to help children resolve bullying issues, but calling another parent directly can be tricky unless he or she is a close friend. It is easy to nd yourself in a he said/ she said argument. Try to nd an intermediary: even if the bullying occurs outside of school, a teacher, counselor, coach, or after-school program director may be able to help mediate a productive discussion. If you do nd yourself talking directly to the other parent, try to do it in person rather than over the phone. Dont begin with an angry recounting of the other childs offenses. Set the stage for a collaborative approach by suggesting going to the playground, or walking the children to school together, to observe interactions and jointly express disapproval for any unacceptable behavior. Many schools (sometimes as part of a statewide effort) have programs especially designed to raise awareness of bullying behavior and to help parents and teachers deal effectively with it. Check with your local school district to see if it has such a program. Schools and parents can work effectively behind the scenes to help a child meet and make new friends via study groups or science-lab partnerships. If you are concerned about your child: you; describe any teasing or bullying you may have witnessed. school, and enlist her help in nding ways to solve the problem. ask that she keep an eye out for the behavior you described. nd out whether there are any things he may be doing in class to attract teasing. Ask how he responds to the teasing, and discuss helping him develop a more effective response. a follow-up appointment to discuss how things are going. your concerns, and your child starts to withdraw or not want to go to school, consider the possibility of therapeutic intervention. Ask to meet with referral to the appropriate school professional.All about bullying


THE OUTPOST A UGUST 4, 2014 9Y9 10% OFF Military Discount 928-287-9479 Open M-FKeeping You On the Road is our Mission 00035264 By Wilma Carrasquillo-Facio Social Security District Manager, Yuma AZ If youve ever watched funny videos showing thieves undoing themselves, or read weird news stories about criminals who do stupid things, you have an idea of how we feel at Social Security when we learn about some of the people who try (and fail) to defraud taxpayers. Social of the Inspector General diligently work to uncover fraud and prosecute offenders to the full extent of the law. We take fraud seriously. Here are some real Social Security fraud stories. Police rushed to the house of a Florida man whod been shot in the face. The gunshot victim was in possession of about 250 stolen Social Security checks. He got batches of checks from a postal worker who was stealing them from the mail and had been selling the stolen checks on the street. The victim cooperated with authorities and received a sentence of two years in federal prison for theft of government funds and theft of mail. A Maryland waterman falsely though he owned and operated racked up $36,691 in disability services. He has been indicted and faces up to 10 years in prison for theft of government property and 5 years in prison for making a false statement to Social Security and for A Pennsylvania man pled guilty to pocketing more than $304,000 of his deceased mothers Social Security in 1973. While Social Security employees are always on the lookout for fraud and have historically been one of our best weapons against it, we also rely on you to let us know when you suspect someone is committing fraud against Social Security. They are, in fact, stealing your tax dollars. Reporting fraud is a smart thing to do. Its easy to report fraud online by visiting the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse page at Reporting fraud is the smart (and right) thing to do. Committing fraud is stupid and illegal SOCIAL SECURITY CORNER By Paul Kilanski Army spouses and Department of the Army civilians are encouraged to take the Global Assessment Tool self-assessment tool that tells you your current level of resilience and how you can improve. After completing the GAT, youll receive a personal assessment in each of the emotional, spiritual, family, and physical, as well as your RealAge, which, based on the survey answers, gives your biological age compared to your calendar age. The results show how you are doing with regard to the three elements of the performance triad sleep, activity, and nutrition. The GAT is for you and you alone, and protections are in place to ensure that no one, to include your peers, friends or family members, can access this information. Taking the GAT is an annual requirement for Soldiers, but spouses and civilians can also use the tool to develop a greater understanding of the training, tools and resources available. By taking the GAT and using the wide range of tools and resources available within ArmyFit, the online platform where the GAT is housed and where follow-on self-development resources are available and tailored to your needs, the total program can be of an account by clicking ArmyFit Login and then Sign Up under Dont have an account. Youll to authenticate with DEERS. If you have a Common Access Card (CAC) or AKO user name and password, that information can also be used to log-in. GAT 2.0 is for spouses and civilians too! Next Outpost deadline is noon July 10thSexual Assault Hotline: 328-3224 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720 or 328-3224


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