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. 19 October 14, 2014 Whose salsa was the best? More pictures from luncheon /Page 2 San Luis students get peek at West Point Academy /Page 4 Protecting copter pilots from danger in landing zones /Page 6 Y1 By Yolie Canales Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 by celebrating the rich heritage, vibrant cultures, and invaluable contributions of Americans with Hispanic ancestry. On Thursday, September 25th, the Yuma Proving Ground Hispanic Heritage Committee together with YPGs 39th observance of Hispanic Heritage Month with an array of activities and luncheon. This gala and colorful event was attended by over 110 members of the workforce, invited guests and local dignitaries, who enjoyed an authentic Mexican meal and pastries along with an outstanding performance by YPGs Folkloric dancers: Rocio Fernandez, Mireya Rodriguez, Martha Wright, Vanessa Cuevas and Michelle Dominguez. In addition, vocalist Lorena Navarro, dressed in beautiful Mariachi attire, entertained the audience with several Mexican songs receiving an applause that spoke highly of her serene and beautiful voice. Attendees also had the opportunity to listen to a great presentation by Marci Rios, insurance agent for New York Life on how he legally immigrated to the U.S. with the help of a customs agent back in the 1950s. He shared with everyone his heartfelt appreciation to the United States for giving him the opportunity to grow up in this great country. He also shared how he has given back to the country that gave him so much by being a productive citizen and volunteering in a number of programs in the Yuma community. Another activity that took place Hispanic culture, heritage highlighted (PHOTO BY YOLIE CANALES)Beautifully smiling, Vanessa Cuevas and Rocio Fernandez proudly perform for the audience at the recent Hispanic luncheon. SEE HISPANIC page 2 Yuma Proving Ground Child Safety, Home Alone Policy /Page 9
2 TUESDAY, OCTO BER 14, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY2 THEOUTPOSTThe Outpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of AR 360. The 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. This newspaper uses material credited to ATEC and ARNEWS. While contributions are solicited, the PAO 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, Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ, 85365. Phone: (928) 328/6189 or DSN 899. Visit our website at: www.yuma.army.mil or email to: firstname.lastname@example.orgCommander: 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: Teri Womack Visual Information Manager: Riley Williams HISPANICFROM PAGE 1 (PHOTO S BY YO LIE CANALES)YPGs Technical Director Julio Dominguez (left) presents Marci Rios, Hispanic Heritage Luncheon guest speaker, with a token of appreciation for his inspiring speech and presentation. TOP: YPGs Folklore dancers perform in their colorful folkloric dresses. Facing camera: Martha Wright, Mireya Rodriguez and Michelle Dominguez. Backs to camera are Vanessa Cuevas and Rocio Fernandez. Workers enjoy the salsa (left). Dressed in her Mariachi attire, vocalist Lorena Navarro sings with her heart and soul at the recent Hispanic Heritage observance.
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4 TUESDAY, OCTO BER 14, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY4 LongRealtyYuma.com 10602 Camino Del Sol, Yuma, Az 85367 (928) 342-9851 THE YUMA EXPERTS We can make it happen00042598 By Staff Sgt. Tina VillalobosApproximately 300 students and West Point. go to West Point. event. San Luis students get peek at West Point (PHOTO S BY STAFF SGT TINA VILLALOBOS)Over 300 students, predominantly, Latinos, and parents, lled the auditorium at San Luis High School in San Luis, Arizona to listen to a presentation on military colleges and academies. For more information on West Point, contact your local West Point representative, or visit the West Point website for admission criteria. Richard Ireland, Field Force Rep for Yuma, Arizona, email@example.com. Maj. Andy Yang, West Point South West Regional Commander, 845-938-5717, Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org. West Point, United States Military Academy website: http://www.usma.edu/admissions/ SitePages/Home.aspx
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THE OUTPOST TUESDAY, OC TO BER 14, 2014 9Y9 Submitted by Paul Kilanski year, it is important that we be reminded of an important issue: unattended is determined by the standards for use in making unattended to be in imminent kids safe!YPG Child Safety, Home Alone Policy Next Outpost deadline is noon October 16th Sexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 a 24/7 Hotline Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720
10 TUESDAY, OCTO BER 14, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY10 CHAPLAINS CORNERWhy Worry?Submitted by Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas Thomison Good day Yuma Proving Ground. Do you worry much? I think most people worry, but too much worrying can make one grow weary. Worry can take strength and positive energy from us. It can even rob you of having a great day, week and month. I recall attending a meeting where the senior leader was providing opening remarks. He conveyed that things were going well for him, but he knew he should be worried about something, but didnt know exactly what. In other words, he was so accustomed to worrying, that for him not to be worried was odd. The Bible gives guidance on worrying saying, 25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27) The last worrying. So how do we lessen worry? You may start by making each day a clean slate day. Try starting each morning off fresh. The Bible says, 22 Because of the LORDs great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23) Each day is indeed a brand new day. Put this mindset into practice. When you get up each morning, take a walk or run. While doing so, look up at the blue Arizona sky, and think about the new mornings possibilities. What happens physically connects to our emotional well being. As your day continues, keep focused on the good that lies ahead, and give God thanks. By the end of the day, you will be amazed how few worries you actually have. Have a blessed day, Yuma Proving Ground, and dont worry about a thing. 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 coworkers 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: Any 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. Voluntary Leave Program updateResilience TipsSubmitted by Paul J. Kilanski, ACS, Master Resilience Trainer Physical Social Spiritual Emotional Family
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