THE OUTPOST MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 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. 23 Monday, December 8, 2014 Y1 COL Murrays Christmas Message The months have passed by quickly since I assumed command of U.S. ArmyYuma Proving Ground last June. This time has been personally rewarding and Iknow 2015 will be even better. As the year comes to an end, my family and I wish every member of the YPGteam a safe and happy holiday season. As the Armys busiest test organization,we have done our job well and will undoubtedly continue to excel next year. This is a busy time of year and I urge you to be safe in all you do. Pleasedont drink and drive. Get appropriate rest during long trips, and remember to thinksafety during any holiday activity. My wife, Deborah, and my sons, Jonathon and Michael, join with me inwishing all of you a happy holiday season. Thank you for a wonderful year and Ilook forward to seeing you all back in 2015.
2 MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 THE OUTPOST About 150 people gathered at Yuma International Airport on Dec. 4, to witnesson video monitor the rst launch of NASAs Orion Space Capsule. Thoughweather concerns delayed the launch, attendees were treated to hands-onexhibits by both NASA and Yuma Proving Ground, which extensively tested thesophisticated parachutes that will safely return the Orion capsule to Earth. Here, YPG meteorology Chief Nickolas McCall, shows a spectator a radiosondeused by the MET team to gather weather conditions in the upper atmosphere. Y2THEOUTPOST The 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 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: 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: email@example.comCommander: 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 Lots going on in December NASA launches spacecraft with YPG-tested parachutesPHOTO BY CHUCK WULLENJOHNSEE DECEMBER page 4 By Chuck Wullenjohn December is a busy month at Yuma Proving Ground for a number of reasons. Though testing slows during the Christmas-New Years Day period, the winter schedule always seems to keep the workforce busy. An important thing to realize about YPG is that, even though the proving ground is the Armys center of excellence for testing equipment and munitions in extreme hot weather, a great deal of the testing workload is directed here because of YPGs facilities, ranges and excellent reputation. YPGs testers are busy conducting test projects throughout the year not just during the hot weather months. The test workload varies each week, but typically numbers 80 to 90 individual tests. Most dont make headlines and others are sensitive for one reason or another. Some test projects, however, are more public in nature. One event that occurred Dec. 4, occurred partly due to critical testing that took place at YPG for a particularly interesting customer; NASA. Early this month, NASA conducted astronauts into deep space, including missions to an asteroid and, eventually, Mars. The launch saw an uncrewed Orion space capsule soar 3,600 miles into space after its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. What does this have to do with YPG? Numerous tests of the descent of the spacecraft took place at the proving ground for many years, the last occurring this past August. These parachutes slow the miles per hour when it enters the upper levels of the atmosphere to a speed of 17 miles per hour when it achieves a water landing. Numerous failure scenarios were studied during this time, with many replicated in detail during test drops. When last weeks mission took place, a YPG meteorologist was even on board the ocean vessel that recovered the capsule. The Christmas season has begun and the end of the year will arrive before we know it. Since this past Sunday was Dec. 7, however, it behooves us to remember the importance of this date. President Franklin Roosevelt said it is a day that will live in infamy, for on that date Japanese forces attacked American ground and naval forces at military personnel and destroying What took place was a tragic shock to all Americans. We also need, however, to remember other United States military personnel located at installations throughout Japanese attacks that day. These included forces at Wake Island, Guam and in the Philippines. British forces were attacked in Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as, Dutch forces in Java. Many individuals became casualties during these wellorchestrated air onslaughts. Many Americans who were around on Dec. 7, 1941, remember with
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 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! 00043458 From The ATEC G-1Directors Ofce Retirement (Part 1 of 3) Issue 15-02 20 October 2014Retirement is an important and individualized topic. If you have you should contact the Army for advice and assistance. The following information may be of interest to those considering retirement: you to determine if all of your service need to make deposits for periods reductions and deductions will annuity will begin to accrue the day following your retirement if to accrue the day following your retirement if you retire on the last day of a month. If you retire on any begin to accrue until the following application for Date of Final which is your last working day as a to support relevant periods of service is included with your retirement application. This deposit payments for both military and civilian service. Military deposits must be paid in full prior to retirement. your retirement application is where you will receive all correspondence deposited into the bank account you list on your retirement application. If you plan to change banks with new direct deposit information on your retirement application. coming out of your pay will cease upon retirement. mypay.aspxJudy Tredway G-1, Human Resources Director SEE DECEMBER page 4 SEE APPETITES page 4 Dining facility satises demanding winter appetitesBy Chuck Wullenjohn facility that operates about six the facility performs a big role in supporting test operations conducted amid the coldest conditions in the temperatures that routinely dip below some of the most formidable weather conditions imaginable. The extreme coffee and freezes rubber tires to the ground. Engine lubricants thicken compounds change. Thermos bottles hot for one hour. spend many hours downrange each facility focuses on serving the many test and training customers. facility maintains specialized
4 MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 THE OUTPOST deliver hot coffee, soup and pastry to test sites each morning and will do so again in the afternoon if needed. Cold weather activities require that humans take in twice the normal quantity of calories, plus, more carbohydrates. Also, the human brain seems to slow down after hours in extreme cold and hot food serves to alleviate it. Four cooks are employed at the facility, one a baker who prepares fresh pastry, some type of bread each day and a dessert for lunch and dinner. They are on the payroll as permanent-seasonal employees who work about half each year. The normal season is between 1 November and 31 March, but exact dates are dictated by the test schedule. The 2013/14 winter meant the dining facility didnt close until late April. Johnson and all the cooks take great pride in the quality of the food. We pretty much do our cooking from scratch, she said, including using real potatoes and fresh vegetables, whenever possible, rather than the dehydrated, frozen or canned ones. Thats unusual for an Army dining facility and the quality is much better. They roast their own meats and bake their own pies. Hamburgers are grilled from onethird pound patties of beef. Diners pay the standard Army rate for meals. Currently that price is $2.60 for breakfast and $4.65 for lunch and dinner. She feels the dining facility has become the heart of Bolio. People congregate at our tables throughout the day to discuss test programs or take breaks, she said. The coffee pot is always on during the winter months. I watch people while they eat, said Johnson with a smile. I like to see people take a bite and get that wow look. I love this facial expression. Johnson has been involved with the food world much of her life. She began working at her fathers restaurant in Tucson, Az., at 12 years of age, later majored in culinary arts at school and has worked at CRTC for 12 years. Food is my favorite thing, she said, though she also functions on a year-round basis as littered with the debris of military fair weather, but failed when the going got rough. CRTCs dining facility does an exemplary job at playing its role in taking the edge off the challenges of extreme winter testing conditions. Y4 00045631-out Toni Johnson conducts an inventory of the kitchen equipment and supplies at the Bolio Lake Test Complex dinning facility which operates six months each year. Soldiers at Cold Regions Test Centers dining facility wait patiently for lunch as the cook prepares their hamburgers. (PHOTO BY ATH ENA SCHROEDER) (PHOTO BY CHUCK WULLENJOHN)DECEMBERFROM PAGE 2APPETITESFROM PAGE 3 accuracy where they were and what they were doing at the time, just like contemporary Americans recall where they were on Sept. 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked. Dec. 7th is a date that truly has lived in infamy I, for one, think of it vividly each year, though I wasnt even born at the time. As a military installation, everyone at YPG is proud of our record of service in contributing to the national defense, ensuring the safety of Americas men and women in uniform and helping make Yuma into the wonderful community it is today. On behalf of the entire Public Mark Schauer, Teri Womack, Riley Williams, Tina Villalobos and myself have a great Christmas season!
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 5Y5 GET DUNE PASSES HERE! 00042978 VIEWPOINTS I plan to spend the Christmas season in Hawaii. I try to do this at least every-other-year to get out of the brutal wind and extreme cold. We still have a Christmas tree and my child puts up pictures that he draws at school. Hawaii is warm this time of year and we look forward to it. Asked at the Cold Regions Test CenterHow do you plan to spend Christmas day amid the freezing cold of Alaskas interior?I will spend it with my daughters and sons here in Delta Junction. We alternate whose house we gather at. Because it is so cold you really cant do anything outside, so well stay inside and enjoy one another, opening presents and playing games. Santa Claus shows up in person in full regalia each year.Julie Brennan, CRTC Admin Support AssistantHaving been in the military for more than 20 years, my family has grown to interlock with the families of fellow Soldiers. Our Christmas is usually spent with the families of Soldiers that surround me. This year, I will be with Sergeants 1st Class Foday Turay and Nathan Torelo and their families. We normally do Thanksgiving at my home and Christmas at the home of Torello.1st Sgt Edward Balboa, CRTC Gordon Plute, Security ManagerMy in-laws live in the property bordering mine and my daughter and her family live beyond them, so I look forward to all three families gathering to share the holiday. Well meet at my house. The inside will be decorated I found in my temperatures that the plastic insulation of the holiday lights becomes very brittle. When you put in a staple, you break it and ruin the light set.Kyle Anderson, Chief, Test Support Division be snow outside, but it will all be good. Most Christmases are will bring to the town of North Pole to see Santa Claus. Weve that tree away and go out into the woods for a real one. An Athena Schroeder, Videographer
6 MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 THE OUTPOSTBY MARK SCHAUER An essential part of YPGs test activities occur in the skies far above the proving grounds vast ranges. From helicopters to unmanned aircraft, the cutting edge airframes military aviators depend on are tested and weaponized from the proving largest and busiest is Laguna Army Dating from the years after World seen a great deal of history, from testing of the Global Positioning serving as the takeoff point for the largest-ever payload extracted from in support of YPGs mission, and operators boast similar military experience. Arnold, LAAF chief. Most are dual up. We can perform a wide variety of missions, from being radar targets to Due to an increase in diversity of aircraft landing and departing from LAAF, YPG re-commissioned the While this designation means little to passengers passing through, it is a both safety and future expansion. ask a pilot to do something, but they of this is to make operations more Among other things, Class D airspace prohibits aircraft from entering an airports airspace also mandates pilots to follow Class D airspace also allows us to accept unmanned aircraft under certain conditions, which is another class D means better safety and it LAAF, which hosts a variety of aircraft. helicopters mixed with people who said Weaver. Each week we get a new crew of pilots that have to be ferry members of the recentlyexpanded military freefall school to their test jumps, another factor that a must. Class D status also means additional standards for maintenance controllers. We have to maintain our radios Y6 YPG airfield significantlyboosts air control regimen Miranda Weaver, air trafc controller, directs an incoming aircraft as Tom Sandoval, air trafc controller looks on. The airelds pilots each y hundreds of hours per year in support of YPGs mission, and most are former military ofcers.(PHOTOS BY MARK SCHAUER)
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 7 that inspects items every week. Y7 YPG airfield significantlyboosts air control regimen Due to an increase in diversity of aircraft landing and departing from Laguna Army Aireld, YPG recommissioned the air trafc control tower last month. An aircraft ready for take off at YPGs Laguna Army Aireld awaits the control towers approval. (PHOTO S BY MARK SCHAUER) LOANED PHOTO We have a dedicated air trafc controller equipment maintenance mechanic that inspects items every week.
8 MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY8 Local ServiceCars, Trucks, Boats, RVs, Offroad! Search online, Find your next vehicle, Kick the tires, Drive it home. 00046706 By Mark Schauer His story would have been impressive enough: retired Marine Gunnery Sgt., former accomplished children. However, Hernel Aitkens path to his current life stretches far further than the average ex-Marine. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, future career came thanks to his ambition in pursuing a high school history project. His choice was American history, but he encountered a problem. The Jamaican libraries dont have many books on American history, he explained. It is a former British colony, so there are a lot of books on England. Undeterred, young Aitken made an appointment at the American Embassy in Kingston, a consulate in a downtown high rise with a private elevator. He reached console dinged, and what happened next changed his life. When the door opened, I beheld a young Marine standing post in his dress blue uniform, said Aitken. I remember looking at that fellow and thinking, I like the way that uniform looks. If I ever get the chance, thats going to be me. Little did he know that his dream was attainable. Soon thereafter, he and his family immigrated to the United before moving on to a rough neighborhood in Baltimore in the dead of winter. The proud family worked, but struggled, and Aitken felt he had to do more to help support his parents and two siblings. At 17, he left high school and joined the Marine Corps with his parents reluctant permission. His original military occupational specialty was as a aviation maintenance mechanic clerk and soon he worked his way up to maintenance chief. He was stationed on Okinawa then volunteered to attend Marine Security Guard School in Quantico, Va., thus beginning the most memorable four years of his military career. The school building is built like an embassy. From the minute you walk in the door, the whole place is run like an embassy. Its a functioning school and barracks. During training, the Marines learned every aspect of diplomatic security, from courses in etiquette to how to repel an armed invasion of was in London, where he met such luminaries such as Princess Diana and former Secretary of State James Baker. He was especially proud to spend 30 minutes discussing leadership in a small group with his hero, then-Gen. Colin Powell. After a second posting at the American embassy in the West African nation of Mali, Aitken rotated back to the States to the presidential helicopter squadron. He came to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in 1995 and has lived in the community since. Upon retirement as a gunnery sergeant, Aitken used his provost marshal experience in landing a job with the Yuma Police Department. He found serving as a but not without its tragic and dangerous moments. dead and maimed accident victims, and had to break the devastating news to the victims next of kin. Once he shot and wounded a suspect who attempted to grab his service weapon as Aitken was placing him under arrest. You do your best to be as compassionate as you can while trying to gather information for the investigation. After more than a Employee brings decades of diplomatic service, more to YPG Hernel Aitken says he is just a kid from Jamaica; from a very humble background and blessed beyond measures. SEE EMPLOYEE page 9
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 9Y9 Local ServiceCars, Trucks, Boats, RVs, Offroad!Search online, Find your next vehicle, Kick the tires, Drive it home. 00046706 00047866 After a second posting at the American embassy in the West African nation of Mali, Aitken rotated back to the States to the presidential helicopter squadron. He came to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in 1995 and has lived in the community since. Upon retirement as a gunnery sergeant, Aitken used his provost marshal experience in landing a job with the Yuma Police Department. He found serving as a but not without its tragic and dangerous moments. dead and maimed accident victims, and had to break the devastating news to the victims next of kin. Once he shot and wounded a suspect who attempted to grab his service weapon as Aitken was placing him under arrest. You do your best to be as compassionate as you can while trying to gather information for the investigation. After more than a Employee brings decades of diplomatic service, more to YPGdecade on both the Yuma Police Department and the YPG Police Department, Aitken was ready for a change. I miss the job sometimes, he said. But Im getting older and With freshly minted degrees in business management under his belt, he was an ideal candidate for his current position working in the directorate of human resources. In addition to his other duties, Aitken organizes and emcees events such as the quarterly garrison employee recognition ceremony. Those who listen carefully to his speaking voice 1980s radio personality Aitken United States. I wanted to be Casey Kasem, he said with a smile. At one point I actually went down to a radio station and applied for a job. They said I had a good speaking voice, but would never make it in the business. Nevertheless, Aitken did well enough for himself without a radio career, both professionally and personally. havent done it in a while. Ive been playing soccer since I was four years old. Unfortunately, time is what I of. Aitken served as a volunteer youth soccer referee for more than 20 years before being sidelined by knee problems. He still manages to play softball with his wife and off duty works part time as assistant manager Im a kid from Jamaica from a simple and very humble background who has rubbed elbows with the rich and famous, he said. I have been around the world and done many things that other people only dream of doing. Ive been blessed beyond measure. Next Outpost deadline is noon December 31stSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720 CHAPLAINS CORNERWhat Matters Most Submitted by Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas Thomison Good day Yuma Proving Ground. You can tell the holidays are fast approaching when retail stores start expanding their inventory. In fact, some store aisles begin getting smaller and smaller due to all the potential gifts on display. Thinking of holidays and gift giving, there was an aunt shopping for her nephew. After she presented the gift to him she said, Im sorry you dont like my Christmas gift, but I asked if you preferred large checks or small checks. The nephew replied, I know, but I didnt think you meant neckties. Still thinking of gift giving, I recall hearing of a woman who was in the rush of last-minute Christmas shopping. Thus, she bought a box of bothering to read the verse, she hastily signed and addressed all but one of them. Several days after they had been mailed, she came across the one card that hadnt been sent, and she looked at the message she had sent. She was say . a little gift is on the way. Friends, please do not get caught up in the holiday frenzy of buying gifts, cooking meals, and attending events. These matters can all be quite good, but pace yourself and foremost seek the things that are matter most and that are lasting. The Bible says, Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be Yuma Proving Ground, thanks for all you do for our nation. Have a wonderful Holy Season. May God bless you and yours now and always! SEE EMPLOYEE page 9 EMPLOYEEFROM PAGE 8
10 MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 THE OUTPOSTY10 By Daniel Steward, Wildlife Biologist The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a series of hikes this winter commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. In mid-November, rangers from the refuge Refuge Wilderness area along its boundary with YPG. The trail crossed over 2 miles of steep rocky mountaintops and ended at Watchmans Cabin where participants could see a vivid portion of Arizonas colorful mining history. This was wildlife and learn about the values the wilderness offers. The Wilderness Act (1964) created the National Wilderness Preservation System. These lands represent the nations highest form of land protection. No roads, vehicles or permanent structures are allowed in designated wilderness areas. While no part of YPG is designated as wilderness, neighboring land managers, Imperial and Kofa National Wildlife Refuges, and the Bureau of Land Management, administer wilderness areas along portions of the proving grounds boundaries. For more information on future hikes, check out http://www.fws.gov/refuge/imperial/. Guided desert hikes offered this winter Hikers atop a hill take in an awesome view of the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. (LOANED PHOTO) Scholarships for military children Applications for new season available Dec. 15 By Cherie Huntington, DeCA public affairs specialist As the Scholarships for Military Children Program enters its 15th year, more than 8,000 students have shared nearly $13 million in scholarships. Applications for the 2015-2016 schoolyear awards become available starting Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at http://www. militaryscholar.org. Starting last year, each award rose to $2,000 from $1,500. An applicant must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university of a service member on active duty, Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 13, 2015. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods, not Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, fulltime, in the fall of 2015 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program. Applicants who are awarded a full scholarship or receive an appointment to one of the military preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually for payment of Commissary partners and the general public donate money to the program; every dollar donated goes directly to funding scholarships. For more information, call 856-616-9311 or email at: militaryscholar@ scholarshipmanagers.com.
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