THE OUTPOST MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015 1By Gary N Jones, Attorney-Advisor In cooperation with the IRS VITA program, the YPG Tax Center is gearing up to provide eligible personnel free federal and state tax return preparation and month we will announce the Tax Center opening date, locations, hours of service, and other helpful Who is eligible for YPG Tax Center free services? Generally, active duty servicemembers of all ranks and branches who are stationed on YPG and their family members are eligible as are retired service Those brave souls who like preparing their own tax returns, about that option is at https:// org/achievesolutions/en/ If you are not eligible to use be able to use the IRS Free File taxpayers with less than $60,000 of annual income, but it also assists those with income over $60,000 who You can purchase commercial tax return preparation software to 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 41 No. 2 Monday, January 19, 2015 Out of Africa: New recreation director a world traveler /Page 4 YPG shines at Yumas Military Appreciation Day Festival/Page 6 Modernizing equipment for the Arctic Soldier/Page 9 SEE TAX SEASON page 2 Y1 The subject of authorized access by members of the public is an important issue at military installations throughout the nation, no matter the branch of of the Army has issued new access control requirements for Army installations Army Yuma Proving Ground recently initiated these Effective immediately, a background check of individual records through the National Crime Information Center is required for individuals entering the proving ground who do not possess card or Common Access Card (commonly called a CAC card and issued to government employees and These checks are performed by computer and normally Since these checks require cannot be conducted on This means that unescorted access to Yuma Proving Ground for these individuals Foreign nationals may obtain access to the proving ground only by being escorted at all times by an authorized New visitor access system at Yuma Proving Ground goes into effect Tax season is almost here: Prepare your documents
2 MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY2TAX SEASONFROM PAGE 1prepare your state and IRS posted information about this option or you can Google Tax return software to get a list of commercial questions, are eligible please schedule an appointment to Assistance Attorney provide on your return than help you respond two or three years later when you may owe hefty interest and penalties in addition to and Tax Center plan to publish tax tips on YPG all and other these postings are meant primarily for personnel eligible for Tax center are sections the Command Judge Advocate and are THEOUTPOST 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 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 By Teri WomackI have worked at YPG since 1986 and like so many things we do year after year, it has had the opportunity to do something I havent done for visitors eyes when I escorted a delightful group of winter YPG Behind the Big Guns Ive become fairly comfortable working behind the scenes coordinating for visits, but am very nervous and uncomfortable when addressing the microphone and prepared to introduce myself, I saw 50 pairs of eyes looking back at me with the expectation that I was going to say something brilliant and have worried as one smiling woman said Honey, we are just a bunch of folks in a big hurry to do nothing all day long! I relaxed, begin to converse with the group, and geared up even learned a few things along Lesson number one: The bigger the boys, the bigger the toys! At the Armor Test Branch, the and were escorted to the yard At the conclusion, I informed them that we were getting ready to leave and I would run ahead to ask the bus driver parked across the street to pull closer to there was a group of women waiting to board the bus and I When I asked, the ladies told had ventured even further back into the yard and joked that they others even noticed they were men, the women waved and It took a little persuasion, but we were soon ready to head to As we pulled away from the Armor Test Branch facility, I remembered that I began my federal service career many years ago in this building as a I had previously never set foot on a military installation and had no prior experience with I realized he actually wanted a Lesson number two: Lunch is the most important meal of the day. pulled me aside and asked when we would be heading to joked that the group was getting the them that lunch and recess had been my favorite subjects as we boarded the bus for the Lesson number three: Always check the restrooms to ensure you are leaving no man or woman behind! Concerned about the head count before we left the Heritage through the hallways quickly checking rooms that in my rush, I mistakenly informed a mannequin that the bus was leaving and she didnt want to no real people were around and I quickly realized that the mannequin was not a winter visitor, but a full time resident matter experts answered dozens of questions and I was not at all surprised that the questions directed to me were about the After all, they are the heart and soul of the proving ground and their commitment, dedication and hard work, are the reasons for YPGs impeccable Commentary
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015 3 Y3 Local ServiceCars, Trucks, Boats, RVs, Offroad! Search online, Find your next vehicle, Kick the tires, Drive it home. 00050536 concept of allowing the use of sick leave for family care and bereavement absences was incorporated into present law (5 Sick leave for family care or bereavement paid leave Provide care for a family member who is incapacitated by a health condition, or need to accompany a family member receiving a medical, dental or optical treatment (ATAAPS Type of Leave Code: LS; Reason Code: DE Provide care for a family member with a serious health condition (ATAAPS Type of Leave Code: LS, Reason Code: DC Attend or arrange a family members funeral (ATAAPS Type of Leave Code: LS, Reason Code: DE adoption (ATAAPS Type of Leave Code: LS, Reason Code: DF unpaid to family care: the birth of a son or daughter of the employee and the care of such son or daughter (ATAAPS Type of Leave Code: KA, Reason Code: DA the placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care (ATAAPS Type of Leave Code: KA, Reason Code: DB the care of the spouse, son, daughter, or parent of the employee who has a serious health condition (ATAAPS Type of Leave Code: KA, Reason Code: DC any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent of the employee is on (ATAAPS Type of Leave Code: KA, Reason Code: DM While both forms of leave must be requested and approved by a supervisor, there are some key differences to keep in mind: Judy Tredway G-1, Human Resources Director From the ATEC G-1 Directors OfceSICK LEAVE AND FMLA LEAVE FOR F AMILY CARE AND/OR BEREAVEMENT VIEWPOINTSIt is easy to make New Year resolutions at the end of December, but harder to sustain them into January. We asked members of the workforce what their new years resolutions were.To start exercising again and continue going to AWC for the also want to continue to make my and Wednesday evenings at kayaking, but I have to hit the breaches and change tubes all day long, and got an award for being Derek Yabo Weapons and hull maintenance Tina Wills Recreation directorPaul Wilson Heavy mobile equipment mechanic
4 MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY4By Mark Schauer is of vital importance to the national defense for its testing of virtually everything in the ground combat The proving grounds reason for existence, however, makes it especially challenging when it comes to personnel willing to brave Yumas intense summers, where daily high temperatures usually surpass 100 of June and stay there until the end of The parched desert climate wont be an issue for new recreation director Tina Wills, however, who has spent years in some of the worlds most was in Kuwait, Wills has spent years Peace Corps and then working at Camp way from her youth in State College, Pennsylvania, where she attended local schools and then Pennsylvania State As a kid I was always planning the group organizer and when I got to college I was guided into parks and camp counselor in Germany while still were here for the service members, When she earned her degree, however, there were no positions municipal parks and recreation summer camp program in Polk County, Florida into a lifelong dream of joining the she sold all of her belongings and after a three month training program found herself assigned to the North African I lived in a very small, remote village in the middle of the eastern type of person and enjoy roughing it, and the Peace Corps was roughing electricity in the village when I She lived in a home with a mud roof, It was very fun and challenging, She also became conversant in the I could go into the village and order all my fresh vegetables from the souk I could talk with most people in my worked on a variety of projects, from utilities to the community to volunteer work at the local school, which included painting a large world map They say the Peace Corps is the Her two years in the Peace Corps she was intrigued by a job listing for a recreation specialist position at torn nation widely considered one living conditionsa converted Connex It wasnt far away from my Peace Corps experience, she said with a done thatI lived in a mud house in security situation was such that personnel werent allowed to leave organized several popular bimonthly sites in neighboring nations like a complicated task that required coordination with the American was sometimes a challenge to keep schedule as they toured pyramids or sailed the Nile River, there were no problems in these sometimes volatile The Peace Corps does a very good job of teaching their volunteers to blend in with local surroundings and adapt, as well as respect cultural In her present job, Wills manages depend on, as well as the swimming pool, post library, auto skills center, and the Howard Cantonment Area car her spare time, and plans to begin a keep her in Yuma for the foreseeable with the sunsets and breathtaking Out of Africa: New recreation director a world traveler Tina Wills, helping a patron at the gym, says I fell in love with MWR. It is such a great organization: were here for the service members, and I love that. (PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUER)They say the Peace Corps is the toughest job youll ever love. Thats pretty accurate.
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6 MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY6By Mark Schauer Yuma has a long history of military presence and a large population of To celebrate both, the City of with a full day of activities on not quite enough to express the way we feel about our military, so we The events opening ceremony featured remarks from Yuma Test almost continuous presence in the Ground of today is the lineal descendant of those historic The good feeling toward the military was palpable amongst the thousands who strolled through the You can feel it here, said Bill The active support is not just talk or rhetoric in Yuma, you actually see even Canadian military veterans are out with their caps showing their YPGs street exhibit consisted Wheeled Vehicle, and two table displays of vintage Army helmets and reproductions of Army arms Inside the Yuma Art Center, an entire upstairs hallway was devoted to artwork produced by active duty This artwork will remain for public The YPG exhibit is excellent, enjoying themselves looking at all YPG shines at Yumas Military Appreciation Day festival Visitors stop to view the Army artwork on display in the Yuma Art Center during the Military Appreciation Day (MAD) festival in Yuma Historic Downtown.(PHOTOS BY MARK SCHAUER)Yuma Test Center Commander Lt. Col. James DeBoer, addresses the audience at the festivals opening ceremony in Yumas Historic Downtown SEE YPG SHINES page 7
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015 7Y7 An M119A2 105 mm howitzer and a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, were among the items displayed by Yuma Proving Ground at the MAD festival. A favorite, vintage Army helmets, is a big attraction for many children and their parents. YPGs Command Sgt Maj. Sean Ward and Sgt. Demarius Jackson talk to a visitor. Demarius said, It is always a good time out here.YPG SHINESFROM PAGE 6Visitors also had the opportunity to hear Heidner and YPG Chuck Wullenjohn give two presentations each on YPG and its history, as well as interact with Soldiers from the I enjoy being parachute rigger, who has participated in multiple community events in his time at
8 MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015 THE OUTPOST Subitted by Paul J. Kilanski ACS, Master Resilience Trainer Family resiliency refers to the ability of the family to use skills, attitudes, behaviors and resources to withstand, recover and even that threaten its stability and overall families share a variety of traits that These traits include: A shared sense of family, commitment and dependability, open Appreciation of one another and established, shared sense of meaning Effective communication that is honest, clear and positive, and the ability to accurately listen and coping and the ability to learn from system that successfully uses resources and is actively involved and connected to the community What can you do to improve your familys resiliency? Y8 00047222 w00051477 NEXT OUTPOST DEADLINE IS NOON JANUARY 22NDSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720 SEE RESILIENCY page 9What is family resiliency?
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015 9Submitted by Clara Zachgo, Technical Editor, CRTC With the spotlight of the Army shifting away from the desert environment and towards Arctic Soldier and an effort to modernize outdated equipment is quickly becoming an the Armys Soldier Enhancement Program equipment were recently Cold Regions Test Center tent whose performance was being evaluated application as a equipment tested were three different prototype Ahkio sleds, all vying to replace the current issue of arctic equipment are in particular need of replacement not only because they are so outdated, the tent is the original 1950 design and the Ahkio they are beginning to be unsupportable due to lack of available of 15 Soldiers from the from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, spent three weeks at CRTC putting the replacement equipment to the test and it could not have gone was initially concerned that the test schedule we put together may have been a bit overzealous, but the team of Soldiers performed exceptionally and completed all Each morning, the Soldiers had to set up the new tent, then take into one of the three new the Ahkio and tent on While on the trail, they set up and tore down the tents an additional two Soldiers spent the night last few days of testing the test team traveled to to see how each system handled deeper snow and Pitkin, a test participant was very pleased with the performance of the replacement tent and new tent is much easier to use and the new Ahkios dont tip like the Triplett who has been stationed in Alaska for several years, used the legacy Ahkio and training exercises before participating in testing and was extremely pleased with the new tents are better, lighter, They require a lot less improvement with the newer Ahkios was the old one left distinct patterns in the snow, but the new ones just show snow disturbance, he At the end of each day the Soldiers completed surveys about the performance of the and any suggestions that they had from their These surveys will help in the selection process and give the program managers the Soldier perspective on each All Soldiers from phenomenal feedback with well thought out recommendations corresponding to their John Viggato, a member of the Shelter Systems Team for Sustainment Systems who traveled to CRTC during the testing to engage with the test team, was very pleased with the quality data and feedback collected from to CRTC with this group of Soldiers was like giving the equipment to a battalion for the entire Elizabeth Palm, summed up the test Soldiers put just under Ahkio prototype and the new tent saw 90 Soldiers stayed engaged throughout the entire test and consistently gave The next step for the modernization of arctic equipment will be discussed during the upcoming Arctic Equipment Symposium Fort Wainwright in early Y9 00047222 RESILIENCYFROM PAGE 8 Modernizing equipment for the Arctic Soldier Soldiers pull the Ahkio and tent on a 3 to 5 kilometer hike. While on the trail, they set up and tore down the tents an additional two times. Each morning, the Soldiers had to set up the new tent, then take it down and re-pack it into one of the three new Ahkios. (PHOTOS BY CRTC STAFF)Family members can gain appreciation and affection for one another, develop a clear sense of family and strengths that can help sustain them through lifes challenges by: Valuing one another and spending time observing and honoring family history and rituals, customs, values Communicating effectively with one another in open, honest ways, sharing feelings, actively listening, problem solving and respecting differing
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