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The outpost
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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 V olume 40 No. 17 Monday, September 15, 2014 Quick-thinking TRAX employees save lives /Page 2 Wrongful actions can bring big about problems /Page 4 Deep in mud but great fun for CRTC participants /Page 10 Y1 By Mark Schauer Land mines are widely considered the cruelest and most indiscriminate of weapons, and have been banned by most of the worlds nations. Yet Americas adversaries continue to use these weapons and their cousin, the improvised explosive device (IED), in an attempt to slow American forces. In such cases, the speediest way to successfully overcome these munitions is with a spectacular offense, and few weapons used by combat infantrymen deliver more bang than the Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC). It was originally designed to is a little bit broader in that it has been used against general hazards in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said Tim Healy, branch chief for demolitions for Project Manager Close Combat Systems. We used it extensively against IEDs and in suspected areas of IEDs. The MICLIC resembles a series of giant sausage links with each link in the 350 foot-long chain being a block of powerful C-4 explosive. The cable that holds the charges together is attached to Massive explosion on Kofa Range SEE KOF aA page 6 (PHOTOS ByY MARKSSCHAUER) The Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) is used by American forces who needto clear mine and improvised explosive device-contaminated areas as rapidlyas possible. YPG conducts lot acceptance tests on samples of the munition.Here, YPG personnel prepare a MICLIC charge for a test re. Tribal consultations receive major emphasis at YPG /Page 8


2 MONDAY, SEPTEmMBER 15, 2014T THEE OOUTPOTPOSTTYY2 By Yolie CanalesWhen you hear a story about livesustaining care being provided at the site of a medical emergency, we are all inspired to greater acts of human kindness. However, sometimes, when people witness someone in need, they hesitate and become nervous so nervous they arent able to help. Following is an incredible story of two brave Yuma Proving Ground individuals who acted in just the opposite manner. They went above and beyond the norm in showing kindness and compassion in a time of crisis. This past summer, as Randy Ehrlich, threat systems lead, and Curtis Webb, weapons group manager, were driving to Yuma in their government vehicle to visit a vendor, they noticed two vehicles on the north side of Highway 80 near Ave. 6E, that had collided. Although they did not witness the accident, they saw that the occupants were still in their vehicles. They came to a stop and Ehrlich immediately called 911 -Webb ran female appeared to be hurt with a possible broken nose and fractured wrist. After assessing the situation, Webb asked another concerned citizen, who had also stopped, to keep the injured lady calm and not to move her. He and Ehrlich hurried to the second vehicle where the injured occupant had already been removed by another concerned citizen. They noticed, however, that the vehicle compartment. Webb ran back to their again. Fortunately, the battery was Ehrlich had retrieved, they sliced through the battery cable to eliminate arrived. Their calm assessment of the situation, quick action, and knowledge of and use of available tools, provided situation and kept this event from Jaysen Lockett, Safety/Quality Assurance manager for TRAX Test Services. Both Webb and Ehrlich were appreciation by Col. Randy Murray, YPG commander, during a recent safety award recognition ceremony. situation from turning far worse. What great intentions and concern for others into action. Quick-thinking TRAX employees save lives ( PhPH OTO BY YY OLIE CANALE s S )Randy Ehrlich, threat systems lead, and Curtis Webb, weapons group manager, went above and beyond the norm in a time of crisis. THEOUtTPoOStT TT he O O utpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of ARAR 360. TT he OO utpost is published every two weeks by the P P ublic AA ffairs O O fce, YY uma P P roving Ground. Views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the AA rmy. TT his newspaper uses material credited to ATEA TE C and ARNEARNE WS. While contributions are solicited, the PAO PAO reserves the right to edit all submitted materials and make corrections, changes or deletions to conform with the policy of this newspaper. NN ews may be submitted to: TT he E E ditor, O O utpost, YY uma P P roving Ground, YY uma, AA Z, 85365. PP hone: (928) 328/6189 or D D S N N 899. Visit our website at: or email to: Commander: Col. R R andy Murray Public Affairs Ofcer: Chuck Wullenjohn Public Affairs Specialist/Editor: YY olanda Canales Public Affair s Specialist: Mark Schauer Technical Editor, Cold Regions Test Center: Clara Zachgo Marketing Specialist: T T eri W omackVisual Information Manager: RR iley Williams


THE OUTPOST MONDAY, SEPTEMMBER 15, 2014 3Y3 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 CORNERHoly DayBy Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas Thomison Good day, Yuma Proving Ground. Recently, we celebrated Labor summer. On Labor Day we consider the contributions and achievements made by all American workers. This holiday also brings to mind the beginning of a season of holidays (the next six months all contain at least one federal holiday). Now the word holiday is derived from the words holy and day (the notion of holidays has often originated in connection with religious observances). A formal a day set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities, especially business or work, are suspended or reduced. special days, I encourage you to and discuss what these holidays mean for you and yours. It may give you cause to learn something new, further a tradition or start a new one. From a spiritual perspective ones holiday may begin with reading a Bible verse we will rejoice and be glad in it. There once lived a man of discernment named William Longstaff. He wrote the words to Be Holy. What is interesting is that Longstaff was neither a pastor nor a songwriter. Rather, he was a businessman. You see, after hearing an inspirational sermon from 1 because I am holy, he wrote a poem Holy. Longstaff took to heart being intentional in holy living. I recall one of my seminary through life water skiing, or you can go deep sea diving. In other words you can skim the surface of life or truly explore what is beneath the surface. During your life journey of exploration you will not want to miss the important things in life. Holidays provide an excellent opportunity to go deeper. Yuma Proving Ground, do enjoy your holidays to the utmost. I encourage you to add some depth and discernment to the already special time marked on your calendar. Have a blessed day!  


4 MONDAY, SEPTEmMBER 15, 2014T THEE OOUTPOTPOSTTYY4 rfrn rfntbntb r Cute, fully furnished 3 bedroom 2 full bath, doublewide mobile on TWO LOTS! Plenty of room......Shows pride of ownership. Just bring your tooth brush! MLS#111607 New construction in Villa Chaparral! Beautiful home on corner lot. Easy care landscaping, vaulted ceilings, tile throughout Reverse Osmosis and Stainless Steel appliances. Split floor plan with French doors that lead you to a fully extended patio. Parking for boat or RV access. Many upgrades to mention. Seller is very motivated!! MLS#10970300040403 By Mike Davis, Director, YPG Network Enterprise Center Yuma Proving Ground is the home of testing and evaluation of many leadingedge systems critical to the defense of our nation. Working in that environment can lead down the path of complacency. We should never forget that numerous adversaries are out to get their hands on the data some of us handle daily. We should also never forget that their efforts are not happening in some realm distant from us, like the fantasy of the latest spy movie or Edward Snowdens latest statement reported on the evening news. The adversaries are right in front of us, potentially as far away as our computers. We know that facilities such as YPG are targets of covert efforts to gain access to information about the research and development activities conducted daily. When we have spillages, security violations that result in wrongful make it easier for adversaries to get information to those who should not be seeing it and the end result is damage to our national security and the increased likelihood of harming U.S. men and women in the uniformed services. Those of us who have been granted understand our obligations to safeguard and handling information, our responsibilities in the handling and use prior to communicating with the media to your position for pre-publication review prior to public release under laws and regulations can have serious and lasting consequences. of trust, unlawful, and may result in criminal and administrative sanctions under several laws. Criminal sanctions could include criminal sanctions are not pursued, administrative sanctions are serious and could include suspension without pay, revocation of clearance, and termination of employment. information in our jobs, each of us must remain vigilant and safeguard materials to ensure that they do not fall into the wrong hands. Negligence can put critical data in the hands of our death. So, know your obligations and always act to protect information. and wrong behaviors at all times will keep this information out of the wrong hands. Wrongful actions bring big problems Soldiers past and present are seless, disciplined, and innovative. They have lived, served, and led with moral and ethical courage. They are Soldiers for Life and their attributes will make them a welcome addition to any organization. Once a Soldier, Always a Soldier. (Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army) created the Soldier for Life Program community efforts to facilitate successful reintegration of our Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families and instill their values, ethos and leadership within communities. The Soldier for Life Campaign is a holistic approach to the life cycle career of a Soldier. We take care of our teammates by ensuring Soldiers Start Strong, their communities after they leave our The Soldier for Life Program is chartered to develop a national engagement and integration strategy government, and communities to reintegration. Soldier for Life government, and community efforts designed to employ, educate, and care for Soldiers, Veterans, their Families, and Families of the Fallen. engagements to develop understanding and awareness of the employment, education and healthcare programs that exist or are evolving to assist Soldiers, Veterans and their Families as they reintegrate following their service to the Nation. Properly supporting our Veterans requires a team approach by mil/SFL For questions, comments or concerns, please contact Soldier for For Life Program Next Outpost deadline is noon September 18thSexual AA ssault Hotline: 920-3104 (a 24/7 Hotline) RR eport DD omestic Violence: 328-2720


THE OUTPOST MoONDAY, septemSEPTEMBeER 15, 2014 5YY5 Scan with your smart phone to view website with more information.You put your familys health rst. We do the same. Foothills Location 11142 S. Scottsdale Drive Yuma, AZ 85367 928-345-6830 NEW SUMMER HOURS! 7am 7pm Monday Friday (928)341-4563 Where parents can bring their sick children to be seen by a pediatrician. Valley Location 2377 S. 22nd Dr., Yuma, AZ 928-343-0488 Clinic Hours: 7am 7pm Monday thru Friday Prime Care Kids: Mon. Fri.: 5pm 11pm Sat. Sun. & Holidays: 9am 3pm00039331 284 W. 32nd Street Yuma, AZ 85364 928-341-4563 24 Hrs 7 Days a Week Central Location VIEWPOINTSIn addition to the extreme heat, YPG employees need to be mindful of potentially harmful desert animals. We asked members of the workforce which desert creature they are most wary of. Samantha Howerton Quality assurance specialist Isaac Russell AnalystSidewinders. Theyre cool to watch, but that is about it. We actually had a baby one in the foyer last summer, and they like going in and out of the magazines because they are cool inside. Coyotes are the animal I would worry about for extended periods in the desert. They get into your gear and food, and if you live out at the edge of the desert and keep chickens, as I do, they eat your chickens. If theyre hungry enough, they lose all fear of humans. Maria Ramirez Lead custodian I hate scorpions! They give me the creeps. We see them almost every day at work, and snakes, too. I dont like the lizards, either.Go-GettersSeptember Go-Getters are from Mrs. Stoermers 2nd and 3rd grade class Nadia Noriega (left) and Justin Runion (right).


6 MONDAY, SEPTEmMBER 15, 2014T THEE OOUTPOTPOSTTT THEE OOUTPOTPOSTT MONDAY, SEPTEmMBER 15, 2014 7YY6Y Y7 the charges, the overpressure from the Lot acceptance testing, the testing effectiveness, is an important part certain parts of the lot acceptance test an even more personal connection to wear a uniform, I am still helping out The power of the detonation is enough to destroy anyburied land mines or improvised explosive devices within 10 to 15 meters ofthe blast, ample room to allow a mine roller and infantry to pass.KOFAFROROM PAPA GEE 1 With the MICLIC attached to the Mark 22 rocket and ready to re, weapons operator Jeff Trujillo pulls the weapons ring pin. PhPH OTO sS BY MARK SC hH A uU ER Lot acceptance testing, the testing of a sample of munitions in real-world conditions to ensure reliability and effectiveness, is an important part of YPGs mission. Fire! The rocket carries the MICLIC downrange.


8 MONDAY, SEPTEmMBER 15, 2014T THEE OOUTPOTPOSTTYY8 GET DUNE PASSES HERE! By Chuck Wullenjohn The federal government formally recognizes 565 American Indian governments and Alaska native entities, 22 within the state of Arizona. Since the earliest days of the American republic, the federal government recognized tribes as sovereign nations with inherent powers of selfgovernment and religious freedom, and set forth a legal relationship in the Constitution, as well as various treaties, laws, executive orders, and court decisions. It is the policy of the federal government to respect tribal interests and, for this reason, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground places great emphasis in frequently consulting with Native American tribes regarding cultural resource and environmental issues. Consultation is a process to ensure meaningful and timely It is a dialogue in which information and opinions are respectfully exchanged in both directions. consult with the 13 Arizona tribes that have having ties to the 1300 square mile proving ground, as well as the Quechan tribe, which is headquartered in California. The details of YPGs human history go back many millennia, much further than many can imagine. The archaeological record shows humans have traversed the modernday boundaries of YPG for at least 7,000 years. Tucked away amidst the posts vast ranges are jaw-dropping, virtually inaccessible Native American historical Tribal consultations receive major emphasis at YPG SEE TRIBAL page 9(PhPHOTO BY ChucHUCK WuULLENJOhHN)U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground places great emphasis in frequently consulting with Native American tribes regarding cultural resource and environmental issues.


THE OUTPOST MoONDAY, SeptemEPTEMBeER 15, 2014 9 YY9sites, running the gamut from simple trails with scattered debris, like arrowheads and pottery sherds, to canyon campgrounds covered with scores of rich artifacts of a bygone time. The stewardship of these irreplaceable cultural resources is a high YPG priority, with the proving ground annually performing detailed surveys of between 12,000 and 15,000 acres. If necessary, the installation erecting signs and gates to other activities. Trespassing on military land is unsafe, particularly so in YPGs case, and a violation of federal law. The most recent tribal consultation took place in late August, a two-day event that drew top leaders from YPG and tribal governments. Over 30 people attended. We have a commitment to the tribes to take care of the land, explained Dr. Meg McDonald, YPG cultural resources manager. The meetings are meant to discuss our actions, effects on historic properties and, basically, to establish and maintain a two-way dialogue. Holding these meetings at YPG means we can visit sites together, which is always worthwhile. YPG Biologist Daniel Steward presented management at the consultation in which he discussed a number of issues pertaining to local wildlife populations, such as the desert tortoise, Sonoran Pronghorn, golden eagle, bighorn sheep, and more. A lively giveand-take ensued, with tribal representatives pointing out that tortoises and bighorn sheep are revered animals to them. Input from the tribes helps us avoid impacts to cultural resources and helps us gather information that helps us balance our use, said Steward. He says his favorite aspect of these meetings is visiting resource areas together with tribal representatives in which the Native Americans share stories and songs based around the YPG landscape. When youre looking up at a mountaintop and theyre telling you about its religious The stories, legends and history they share puts the desert in a whole new perspective. Some people in the modern world may question the value of considering cultural issues dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Steward has a ready response. This is our heritage, he says. Presentday society lives on this continent, but we human footprint is much older. We need to remember where we came from, for it helps us appreciate the land even more. Manfred Scott, acting chair of the Quechan cultural committee, took an active role in the conference by asking questions and stating concerns. This was his third YPG consultation and believes meetings like this are important. Government agencies tend to look at the different, perspective, he said. Its not just the cultural materials; its everything the landscape, the environment, the mountains, the animals. This is where were from. The Quechan have lived in this area for thousands of years. Wholistic perspectives like this make tribal consultations invaluable. TRIBALFRROM PA A GE 1SEE TRIBAL page 9 (P hotoHOTO BY C hucHUC K W uU LL eE NJ ohOH N)The most recent tribal consultation took place in late August, a two-day event that drew top leaders from YPG and tribal governments. Submitted by Paul J. Kilanski, ACS, Master Resilience TrainerPhysical Physical resilience inuences your mood. Taking daily walks of 20 minutes or more can enhance your mood by combating lethargy associated with feeling down and/or depressed, therefore, boosting your immune system functioning and overall resistance to getting sick. Social Make a regular plan to check in with your battle buddy, even if things are going well for both of you. Maintaining your social connections is just like maintaining physical tness; its easier to give and get help during tough times if youve kept up your relationships. Spiritual Take the time to do some serious thinking about your life vision. Having a clear sense of what provides purpose and meaning can help to make you a more resilient person. Emotional Positive emotions can undo the negative effects of negative emotions. Emotions of anxiety and anger correspond with muscle tension, increased heart rate, and fast, shallow breathing. Undo these effects by nding a way to generate positive emotions: appreciate what you have, nd humor in the situation, or think about what can improve in the future. Family A resilient Family nds strength and acceptance in friendships with neighbors, co-workers, informal caregivers and extended Family members.Resilience TipsDuring and after back-toschool season, parents have many to-do items. As you prepare to send your children back to school, or as you ramp up for another year of homeschooling efforts, keep in mind that TRICARE provides several resources to help parents keep their families healthy. Aches, pains and fevers can put a damper on the learning sore throats can send your children home from school early. Be sure to contact TRICAREs Nurse Advice Line (NAL) for advice on what to do. The NAL is the Military Health Systems (MHS) newest initiative to improve ready access to safe, high quality care. When you call, the nurse will ask you about your childs illness. Please make sure that your child is present so you can assess their condition as the nurse asks questions. If your child is over age 13, the nurse may ask to speak to your child directly. Feel free to stay on another line or use a speakerphone option if that makes you more comfortable. If selfcare is recommended, the nurse may provide you with advice on home treatments and remedies. If your child needs an appointment, the NAL will try to schedule one for you at your local MTF, or will advise you to seek care within the network. The NAL helps you get access to the right type of care at the right time. To learn more about the services the Nurse Advice Line offers, visit NAL. For more information on preparing for the back to school season with TRICARE, visit www. Call the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line this Back to School Season!


10 MONDAY, SEPTEmMBER 15, 2014T THEE OOUTPOTPOSTTYY10By Yolie Canales Alaskans in general take advantage of their short summer months as often as they can by joining summer activities and have fun along the way. Mud runs, which are one of several summer activities, have exploded in popularity over the past few years in Alaska. One example is the Warrior Dash, which started as one run in 2009 with 2,000 participants. In 2012, 65 Warrior Dash events were held across the world, involving more than 1 million participants. Today, you have no shortage of mud-related obstacle races from which to choose. Each race is different, so its important to know exactly what youre getting into before you sign up. Mud Factor is the of MFers out playing in the mud! Most recently, members of the Cold Regions Test Center participated in the 2014 Mud Factor Seriously Fun, 5k Obstacle Run. There was no competition so there were no winners, just a lot of employees having fun in the sun and mud! DD eep in the ooze great fun for C RT RT C participantsMud slingingMembers of the Cold Regions Test Center pose for a photo, nice and clean, right before the fun begins. Afterward, everyone was cloaked in mud (below right). (PhPHOTOsS BY JENNIFER LAW lL E ssSS ) Rusty Pochatko (above left) from the maintenance shop has begun the muddy trail as his clothes are proof of where he has been, however, it is not over yet. Test Ofcer Elissa Palm zips down hill (below left) as spectators cheer her on. For Rusty, Elissa and the other CRTC participants, this was the nal goal of the event get as muddy as you can but have fun!


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