THE OUTPOST 1 Published for the employees and families of Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma Test Center, U.S. Army Garrison Yuma, Cold Regions Test Center and Tropic Regions Test CenterU.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, Arizona 85365 V olume 40 No. 16 Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Safety Corner: Youre never too old for a lesson in grilling /Page 8 IMCOM winners recognized in ceremony /Page 4 CRTC employees take advantage of warmer temps /Page 3 Y1 SEE P aA R a A CH ut UT I sts STS page 6 YPG testing impacts safety of parachutistsLOANED PHOTO A successful exit jump is far more complex than simply jumping out of an airplane. C-17 cargo aircraft have a maximum weight limit for ights that accommodate mass jumps to prevent mid-air collisions caused by the aircrafts backwash and prevent stalling at the slow speeds necessary for a safe insertion. By Mark Schauer In successfully conducting military operations, the United States has relied upon air superiority as an indispensible means of delivering equipment, supplies, and troops to remote areas. Mass exit of paratroopers are deep behind enemy lines, which can then be used to receive and deploy more troops and armament. The tactic has been used by American forces since World War II and remains relevant today. There is far more to a successful combat insertion than simply jumping out of jumpers can be impacted by the air disturbance called wing tip vortex created by all aircraft, even military cargo planes with wings sporting downwash. Another problem is that as the weight of the aircraft increases, changes and has been shown to effect the minimum separation distance between parachutists. The weight of the aircraft affects the resulting wing tip vortices. To cope with this and other potential problems caused by aircraft weight, C-17 cargo airplanes have a accommodate mass jumps, a weight limit that was increased thanks to a gross weight test conducted by YPG air delivery testers that wrapped up last autumn. Currently, YPG testers are breaking down data from the second phase, which is even more intricate. Our conclusion at the end of the increasing the weight of the aircraft
2 TUESDAY, SEPtTEMBER 2, 2014 THEE OUUTPPOSSTYY2 THEOUtTPoOStT The Outpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of ARAR 360. The Outpost is published every two weeks by the P P ublic AA ffairs Ofce, YY uma P P roving Ground. Views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the AA rmy. This newspaper uses material credited to AA T E E C and ARAR N E E W S S While contributions are solicited, the PA PA O reserves the right to edit all submitted materials and mak e corrections, changes or deletions to conform with the policy of this newspaper. News may be submitted to: The E E ditor, Outpost, YY uma P P roving Ground, YY uma, AA Z, 85365. PP hone: (928) 328/6189 or DS DS N 899. Visit our website at: www.yuma.army.mil or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Commander: Col. R R andy M M urray Public Affairs Ofcer: Chuck Wullenjohn Public Affairs Specialist/Editor: YY olanda Canales Public Affair s Specialist: MM ark S S chauer Technical Editor, Cold Regions Test Center: Clara Zachgo Marketing Specialist: Teri WomackVisual Information Manager: RR iley Williams ( PhotoPHOTO BY C hH U cC K WULLE nN J ohnOHN )YPG is frequently visited by people from other organizations seeking to learn more about the proving grounds test mission. In late August 2014, several staffers from Senator John McCains Washington DC and Phoenix ofces stopped by for several hours, as well as two staffers from the Arizona governors ofce, plus Brig. Gen. William Hall of the Arizona National Guard. It was quite a visit and each person came away with a great deal of new information under his or her belt.Ofcials visit and learn about the YPYP G mission YPG workforce: I ran across this information and think its great to share. If you have questions, please refer to the websites at the end of the article. Medicare is health insurance for the following: People age 65 or older; People under age 65 with certain disabilities; and, People of any age with EndStage Renal Disease (ESRD) (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant) General Information: Both CSRS and FERS employees must pay the Medicare Part A tax which is 1.45 percent of pay. Generally, people who are over age 65 and receiving automatically qualify for Medicare Parts A and B. The Medicare Part B premium will be deducted from the monthly social Individuals who do not have at least 40 credits (quarters) in the Social Security System may pay the Medicare Part B premium directly to the Social Security Administration. Eligibility Federal employees are eligible for Medicare. Enrollment If an individual is receiving a Social automatically be enrolled in Medicare Part B at the age of 65 unless waived. Additional Information There are four parts to Medicare: Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Medicare Part C, and Medicare Part D. Part A Hospital Insurance is paid for by a portion of the Social Security tax. It helps pay for inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care, hospice care, and other services. Part B Medical Insurance is paid for by the monthly premiums of enrollees and by general funds from the United States Treasury. It helps pay for doctors fees, outpatient hospital visits, and other medical services and supplies not covered by Part A. Part C Medicare Advantage Plans (such as an HMO or PPO) allows you to choose to receive all of your health care services through a provider organization. You must have both Parts A and B to enroll in Part C. Part D Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage is voluntary and the costs are paid for by the monthly premiums of enrollees and Medicare. Publications: Electronic publications regarding Medicare and other Social Security topics are available at www. socialsecurity.gov/pubs/ index.html. Sign up for more information regarding all four parts of Medicare at their website: www.medicare.gov Do You Know? ... Medicare
THE OUTPOST t TUESDAY, sSEPTeEMBeER 2, 2014 3Y3 00038376 By Yolie Canales The people of the Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) recently took advantage of the short but warm summer months to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun by participating in Organization Day activities. Living and working in one of the coldest areas in Alaska, CRTCs workforce is happy to take advantage of fair summer weather that doesnt require them to get bundled up. Organization Day activities ranged from canoe races to dodge-ball to egg tossing and much more. It was a plenty of sunshine and good food, said Clara Zachgo, technical editor, who provided the Outpost with a number of photos. Originally, Organization Day was a day set up for Soldiers to get out of their rooms and away from the stresses of everyday life, while spending time with their families relaxing and meeting new people. Eventually, civilians were included as active participants. Today, its a day for everyone to let their hair down and build camaraderie and this is exactly what the people of CRTC did on July 24th. The U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) is located in the interior of Alaska on Fort Greely, comprised of over 670,000 acres of range, controlled airspace and support facilities. It is an important component of the Yuma Proving Ground team. Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Torello and Kyle Anderson compete in the big tire roll during the Iron Man relay. Making the most of Alaskas short summer (PhotosHOTOS ByY JeENNIFeER LaAWlessLESS) Canoe races begin as competitors peddle with all their might hoping to win the competition. The command team sprints diligently during the dodge-ball competition, however, Jeff Lipscomb (far right) is in no hurry, he is just having fun!
4 TUESDAY, SSEPtTEMBER 2, 2014 THEE OUUTPPOSSTYY4 rfrn rfntbntb r New construction in Villa Chaparral! Beautiful home on corner lot. Easy care landscaping, vaulted ceilings, tile thru-out except bdrms. RO & Stainless appliances. Open floor plan w/ French doors that lead you to a Fully Extended Patio. Parking for boat or RV access. Many upgrades to mention. MLS#109703 00038819 By Yolie Canales Several dozen garrison employees were recognized for a variety of reasons in a recent ceremony. Length of service, civilian of the quarter, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service were among the many awards presented. Presenting the awards were Yuma Proving Ground Commander Col. Randy Murray and Gordon Rogers, garrison manager. The awards presented were as follows:Length of service certicates: 35 years: Chris Lee 30 Years: Jose Arguelles: 20 years military and 10 years federal 25 years: Michael Amaya, Terree Fae Castello and Patricia Koenigs 15 Years: Charles Beasely and William Clark 10 Years: Shawn Baker, David Nieto Jr., Carlos Teran Jr., Billy Graves and Yolanda Zepeda 5 Years: Steven Navarro, Brian Baker and Courtney Payne Achievement Medal for Civilian Service: Connie Everly, Deborah Campbell, Ron Van Why and Regi Willoughby Certicates of Achievement: Michael Brandon, Marla Lewis, Patricia Koenigs and Cheryl Orgeron Civilian of Quarter certicate: Teresa Day Garrison Managers coin: Michael Kemmerer Commanders coin: Diedric Cave and Deborah Wheeler Commanders Letter: Jackie Bailey, Charles Beasely, Martin Loterbauer, Steven Houll, Connie Everly and Deborah CampbellIn addition to the above, Olin Pakkala and Payton Crawford appreciation for their participation in the Voting Contest Award competition. Present at the ceremony was lMCOM Central Regions Director Thomas Shoenbeck, who was conducting installation visits throughout the southwest. He was extremely impressed with the professionalism and the amount of work that gets done right here at YPG.The best of IMCOM recognized Posing for a photo with Thomas Shoenbeck are Hernel Aitken and Cpl. Jasmine Carreon. Both were presented with the Garrison coin for their support during the recent Unit Voting Awareness Week. YPG Commander Col. Randy Murray presents Debbie Campbell with a letter of appreciation. Thomas Shoenbeck brings laughter to attendees as he addresses them during the IMCOM award presentation ceremony.( PhotoPHOTO S BY MM ARK S S C h H AUER)Gordon Rogers (left), garrison manager, presents Olin Pakkala with a certicate of appreciation for winning the Voter Awareness Week Poster contest. Not available for photo was Payton Crawford. Yolanda Zepeda, Youth Sports Director/Program Manager for Youth Services, is recognized by Gordon Rogers for 10 years of government service.
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Y6 (LOANED PHOTOS) Airborne Soldiers participating in a mass insertion must contend with a roiling aerial sea caused by the backwash of massive cargo airplanes speeding through the air. YPG testers recently undertook an ambitious two week study of the life cycle of these aerial disturbances in an effort to reduce the amount of distance required between planes participating in a mass jump. FR OO M P AA G E E 1effect on the jumper interactions and minimum separation distance, said are transitioning to the second phase the C-17 aircraft and analyze this just as a speed boat produces a The commercial passenger and Thus, airborne Soldiers participating in a mass insertion must negotiate these conditions safely, the formations of C-17s carrying if this distance could be shortened, more Soldiers could reach the ground potential for deadly consequences for 6 T TUESDAy Y SSEpPTEmMBErR 2, 2014THE THE OUTOUTPOSTOST If the vortices that come off these aircraft dont get dissipated or blown off the drop zone, the parachutists who deploy from following planes face the risk of contact. This can result in collapsed parachute canopies. Keith Allen, test ofcerSoldiers in subsequent formations of off the drop zone, the parachutists result in collapsed parachute realtime to accommodate different C-17 through all these passes P aA R a A CHU ti TI S t T S
THE OUTPOST TuesUESDAY, SepteEPTEMBeER 2, 2014 7 To study the vortices caused by cargo planes, YPG testers conducted more than 150 ights across all hours of the day and night for two weeks, using a LIDAR-equipped chase plane to characterize the aerial disturbance left in the planes wake. The testers frequently changed their ight approaches in real time to accommodate different wind and weather conditions. A single C-17 cargo aircraft can hold 100 airborne Soldiers, making it a powerful platform for force projection far behind enemy lines. YPGs recent testing of aerial vortexes caused by the heavy planes means more Soldiers can enter a ght in a shorter period of time. to the aircraft as we could to really measure the difference with what happens to the vortices. missions across all hours of the day and night, and over different terrain features. The LIDAR used to scan the air disturbances caused by the vortices is sensitive enough to pick up everything within the scanned area, including wind, thermals, and ground effects that were unrelated to the C-17 passing through the area. To be useful, this data had to be separated out from the effects of the C-17 in time and space, a time-consuming task. Despite these challenges, Allen said 90 percent of data. Your model is only as good as the data you are putting into it, he observed. Something like this is so complex that you cant possibly simulate every scenario, so you have to be smart about how you do it. You have to understand what assumptions and biases you are making, and eventually you will have to manage your risks and validate your assumptions mannequins, then graduating to live jumpers. YPG testers are still processing the conduct similar testing in different natural environments in the future. Allen says the information learned in this testing will be useful to other air drop activities, both at YPG and beyond. This is applicable not only to the military, but in a commercial sense, said Allen. Our main goal is to characterize the behavior, strength and dissipation rates when the vortices encounter
8 TUESDAY, SSEPtTEMBER 2, 2014 THEE OUUTPPOSSTYY8 GET DUNE PASSES HERE! By CWO 4 KELVIN L. MILLER, Fort Stewart, GeorgiaI have always taken safety seriously. However, after 18 years of sitting through the same safety classes over and over again, they tend to become mundane. In fact, it had gotten to the point where I could predict what the presenter was going to say. So why continue to sit through these classes? Im an old guy, Ive been married most of my career and I do not fall into any of the high-risk categories. Ive learned, however, that youre never too old or experienced to do something stupid. It was a four-day weekend and about two days after the customary my backyard, preparing my grill to barbeque steaks and chicken. I arranged all of the charcoal into a little pyramid at the bottom of the grill, lighter. The coals started to burn well I then placed the lighter and lighter went into the house to check on the meat. When I returned, the coals were turning white and the needle on the grills temperature sensor was rising. Pretty soon Id be cooking or so I thought. I bounced back and forth between checking the grill and getting the meat ready. After about 20 minutes, though, I noticed the grill was losing heat. I checked the coals and they were not burning like they should. I decided gingerly added more. I thought the coals would immediately ignite the unknown reason, I closed the top of the grill and reached for the grill lighter. but then remembered I had placed it away from the grill. After about two minutes, I opened the cover on the grill and attempted to light the coals. But the lighter would not light. After a quick check, I tried again. I was about the lighter ignited. What happened afterward reminded me why I should have paid more attention to those grill safety classes. I could see the vapor air about a second before I started the lighter. Unfortunately, the conscious part of my brain did not send the, Hey, stupid, dont do that! signal to the rest lighter immediately ignited the vapor, conscious part of my brain had failed me, the subconscious part did not. It was instinct that caused me to close my eyes, turn my head to the right and dive backward away from the as fast as it appeared. I laid on the ground in shock over what had just happened. The lower part of my arms, my eyebrows and all of the hair on top of my head turned white. I looked liked a frostbitten old man. I received Never be complacent around coals, the outside air temperature, the caused a dangerous buildup of lighter to start your coals. There are cheap are safer for you and better for the environment. However, if you must use protective equipment. Goggles will help protect your eyes, and a longyour arms. Most importantly, always SAFETY CORNERUp in Flames
THE OUTPOST TuesUESDAY, septeSEPTEMBeER 2, 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! CHAPLAINS CORNERWhat did you do this summer?By Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas Thomison Good day Yuma Proving Ground. Well, the kids are back to school. As in years past, some children are excited to return to school and others are not (kids returning to school and excitement level probably holds true with parents as well). I dont know if it is still the case, school the teacher asking the class, What did you do this summer? Some kids would have something electrifying to share, and some would not. Speaking on behalf of my family, we had an awesome summer and some positive experiences to convey. One of our family highlights included visiting as well as climbing the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, Colorado. If you are not familiar with this National Park, long before President Theodore Roosevelt established it as such in 1906; it was settled by Native Americans over 800 years ago. Over time, Native Americans would build many elaborate house dwellings in the cliffs. Today, with over 650 cliff dwellings, it is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States. From the park entrance to the dwelling sites, it takes approximately one-half hour of driving, but it is well worth the effort. You see, one has many options of which ancient cliff dwellings to tour. The one we enjoyed most was Balcony House. Mesa Verde advertises it as the most adventurous cliff dwelling tour in the park and you may enter Balcony House by ranger-guided tour only. During this trek one will pass through a small tunnel on your knees, enter passage ways, and climb two sets of ladders and then look out over miles of beautiful mountains. But the highlight is climbing the largest ladder, the 32-foot ladder. You climb with two people abreast and about a dozen or more climbers scaling the ladder at once. No regrets! Yes, Mesa Verde was a memorable experience. The kids are indeed back summer and counting my blessings. The Holy Bible says, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forgot not all a great summer. Have a blessed day YPG.Boost Your Barbeque IQOutdoor grilling can be fun, but there is a risk for serious injury and property damage for those who are careless. The following guidelines provided by the Home Safety Council can help you minimize your risk and ensure your grilling experiences are always fun, safe and successful. is completely cool. or bushes. it is working properly and not leaking. attempt to light the grill again until the leak is xed. When lighting a charcoal grill, do it right the rst time. Choose pre-treated charcoal or carefully follow directions on the charcoal starter uid can. Once you have lit the charcoal, never add more lighter uid, as it may cause the can to explode. Use paper or kindling to help a slow-starting grill.
10 TUESDAY, sSEPTTEMBER 2, 2014T THE OUTTPOSTTY10 IMCOM NEWS The Ice Bucket Challenge is viral on the Internet. Although raising research funds and awareness for Lou Gehrigs disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS) is a noble effort, this activity is not to be performed by Service Members while in uniform. Service members or military units who have participated in internet videos of this promotion while in uniform or acting in should remove that content from social media sites immediately. The Joint Ethics Regulation (JER 3-209) prohibits federal activities that imply endorsement or preferential treatment to non federal organizations. Military members who support this effort must do so out of uniform. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a fundraising/awareness campaign promoted by a military members are prohibited from endorsing a fundraising There are also a number of hazards associated with shocking the human body with cold water. The real danger however, is the trend of people trying to one-up each other with more and more extreme deliveries of ice water. Jumping from elevated surfaces, standing awkwardly on ladders, or dramatic movements in vehicles are becoming more and more common. Each presents an unacceptable risk to our force. Service members and DOD civilians are free to support fundraising efforts as long as they do so as a private citizen.Ice Bucket challenges are a No-Go when in uniform Next Outpost deadline is noon September 4thSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 a 24/7 Hotline Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720 Tips for families who want to become volunteersSometimes busy schedules can allow for little family time. Volunteering provides a great opportunity to devote time to spend together. Life lessons can be taught through service. By volunteering as a family, you have a chance to expand the perspectives of hand to new issues. Talking them through experience and grow in their understanding. It can also encourage life-long volunteering. When families volunteer, children/teens are more likely to develop the habit of giving back to their communities, and are more likely to volunteer on their own in the future. Contact the Army Volunteer Coordinator (AVC) here on YPG. AVC will assist your Family in the search. Opportunities are there that can accommodate the skills, interests, and maturity of all Family Members. Discuss possible Volunteer opportunities with your Family. This can be a great way to help children/teens think about what matters to them and can help you learn about each other as a family in new ways. Make the decision together as a Family. It is a great way to ensure that everyone accepts, willingly supports and participates in something together. YPG ARM yY VOLUNTEER COORDIN aA TOR 928-328-2501 BLD g G 309, 301 C STREET, ACS
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