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THE OUTPOST MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 1 By Chuck Wullenjohn littered with the debris of military fair weather, but failed when the going got rough. One of the most deadly environmental extremes for the unprepared is the cold weather environment, which can bring military operations to a halt within minutes. Segments of the arctic environment, such as extreme in environmental chambers at numerous test locations over the years. These chambers, however, cannot duplicate the synergistic effects of temperature, wind and snow in a large enough arena to truly represent the challenge of winter warfare in its devastating totality. That means testing in the natural environment remains as meaningful today as in the past. Alaskas Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC), managed by U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, today offers a full range of test capabilities and the professional expertise for all cold weather test operations. The test center operates over 670,000 acres of range, amid one of the best cold weather testing environments in the world. Situated in the heart of Alaskas rugged interior, about two hours from Fairbanks, CRTC is located in the only area in the western hemisphere cold enough to have an average winter temperature lower than 5 degrees Fahrenheit. The winter climate is characterized by periods lasting from several days to several weeks of below zero temperatures, with lows plunging as low as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Test experience has shown that successful cold weather testing, which includes test setup, the actual test and an evaluation period, requires at least a six hour block of time in which the ambient temperature remains within test guidelines. CRTC has ten times more of these periods than winter test sites in the lower 48 states. CRTC test professionals have tested an astonishing variety of items in the cold weather environment. These include combat and tactical vehicles, infantry and special operations weapons, ammunition, missiles, clothing, power generation and decontamination equipment, items incorporate technical changes or additions that improve cold weather performance One of the unique aspects of CRTC that makes it an invaluable testing 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. 3 Monday, February 2, 2015 YPGs Small Business Programs hosts recent Acquisition Forecast Event/Page 2 Martin Luther Kings legacy honored/Page 3 Viewing the past: YPG Soldiers visit, reect/Page 6 SEE TESTING page 2 Y1 YPG manages Army extreme cold weather testing in AlaskaTest experience has shown that successful cold weather testing, which includes test setup, the actual test and an evaluation period, requires at least a six hour block of time in which the ambient temperature remains within test guidelines. CRTC has ten times more of these periods than winter test sites in the lower 48 states. (LOANED PHOTO)


2 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 THE OUTPOSTSubmitted by Georgette Dilworth Over 55 small business owners from Yuma, Arizona, prime contractors, various Federal organizations and contracting agencies participated in the recent Acquisition Forecast Open House held at Yuma Proving Ground and hosted by the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) Yuma Proving Grounds Small Business Programs (SBP). MICC-YPG was tasked with leading a combined effort to conduct two acquisition forecast open year. MICCs YPG held their 2nd Acquisition forecast open house on 10 Dec 2014. This event was held in an informal setting at no cost to the Army which helps increase the Small Business visibility into MICCsYPG acquisitions. Georgette Dilworth, small business specialist, collaborated with Mike McDaniel, contracting director to make the event happen and be a success. It is very fortunate to have great community partners and businesses that are committed to fostering development of the local diverse business community, said Dilworth. This has been a great step in developing some mutually This event garnered over 55 attendees from the local community and abroad. McDaniel welcomed the attendees to the event followed by an overview on MICC Small Business programs and goal achievements for the past three years by Dilworth. Agenda speakers included, Craig Jordan and Aregnaz Mooradian, Lendor Relations Specialist of SBA Phoenix thorough presentation that included Limitations of Subcontracting, Changes to SBA Regulations and the HUBZone Empowerment Program. The attendees from Fed-Bid included Diego Patterson, director account operations, Chris Anninos, senior account manager and Cally Daschbach, seller relations specialist, who also presented on FedBid and the Reverse Auctioning Process. Kent Muller from PTACProcurement Technical Assistance Center gave a brief synopsis on the PTAC and how they also assist Small Businesses to understand requirements. The event ended with a question and answer period with Dilworth and McDaniel, who were able to provide answers to participants inquiries Based on the strong attendance record and positive feedback from attendees, the Acquisition Forecast Open House event will continue to grow both in size and in substance. Due to the MICC-YPG Acquisition Forecast events, there have been two awards made to a Local 8A, WOSB which helps support the local community including the Fire Suppression Requirement and the Waste-Water Treatment Requirement. Y2 location is the test centers long experience in combining developmental and operational testing, which has traditionally been performed separately at many other locations. CRTC has always had a need for Soldiers from tactical units to operate equipment or wear specially designed cold weather clothing during tests, so it was a natural marriage. Just as Soldiers need to be all they can be, so must military equipment. And to ensure quality, reliability is no substitute for natural environment testing. As the Department of the Armys extreme natural environment test expert, Yuma Proving Ground manages hot weather testing in Arizona, tropic testing in Panama and other tropic locations, and in Alaska. Its testing like this that ensures American military equipment and munitions function properly and reliably, wherever deployed around the world.TESTINGFROM PAGE 1 YPGs Small Business Programs hosts recent Acquisition Forecast Event Georgette Dilworth, Small Business Specialist and Adrienne Moore, Contract Specialist, pause for a photo right before the open house kicks off. (LOANED PHOTO) (PHOTOS BY Y OLIE CANALES)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: or email to: yolanda.o.canales.civ@mail.milCommander: 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: T eri Womack Visual Information Manager: Riley Williams


THE OUTPOST MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 3By Yolie Canales Few modern Americans are recipients of the coveted Nobel Peace Prize. One such man is Martin Luther King, who committed his entire being to winning and spreading equality and fairness. Yuma Proving Ground celebrated his memory last month on his birthday. The event was held at the YPG Post Chapel and attended by members of the workforce, invited guests and community residents who set aside time to honor one of Time magazines top 100 people of the past century. He was a man who improved the nation for everyone by leading a mass struggle for racial equality that doomed segregation and changed America forever. Born in 1929, King was trained as a religious leader and developed into a person with deeplyheld convictions and courage. Where others preached hatred, he taught the principles of love, non-violence and a patriotic commitment to make democracy work for all Americans. King, made the attainment of equal rights during his life work. He was arrested 30 times, beaten repeatedly, imprisoned, and maligned. But his non-violent tactics won in the end, because they were right. YPGs celebration included guest speaker Sylvester Graves, a local entrepreneur and retired Major from the United States Marine Corps; vocalist Donna McFadden; a conversation with Dr. King by Phillip Duhart of YPGs Drug and Charina Hocog from YPGs Veterinary Clinic who sang the National Anthem. Col. Randy Murray, YPG commander, had the honor of presenting Graves with a token of appreciation for his participation in the celebration. Cake and refreshments were available afterward. Y3 Local ServiceCars, Trucks, Boats, RVs, Offroad! Search online, Find your next vehicle, Kick the tires, Drive it home. 00050536 (LOANED PHOTO) Martin Luther Kings legacy honored Guest speaker Sylvester Graves talks about the great impressions Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made in the lives of so many Americans. (PHOTOS BY Y OLIE CANALES)Donna McFadden performs a tuneful musical selection at the Martin Luther King birthday celebration. Col. Randy Murray, YPG commander, presents Sylvester Graves and wife, Portia, a token of appreciation for their participation. Looking on is Gordon Rogers, YPGs garrison manager. Sgt. Charina Hocog from the YPG Veterinary Clinic sings the National Anthem with great pride and dedication.


4 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY4YPG meteorologist provides shipboard support to NASA By Mark Schauer Yuma Proving Ground personnel pride themselves on going the extra mile for test customers. But it isnt often they go hundreds of Ocean. In 2014, YPG meteorologist Mark Hendrickson did it three times, once on the USS San Diego and twice on the USS Anchorage, in support of NASA testing of the Orion space capsule, culminating in in outer space in December. Hendricksons support of the mission gave him a front row seat as the capsule successfully splashed down in the ocean a mere miles away from the ship. The Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle is NASAs next generation manned deep space exploration vehicle, and the Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) is responsible for decelerating the hurtling capsule to a lazy 17 miles per hour as it returns to Earth. With nearly 20 drop tests of the CPAS conducted at YPG, Hendrickson and his fellow members of the proving grounds meteorology team experience in supporting evaluation of the system. A key part of their forecasting support comes from launching weather balloons that carry a weather sensor package called an aerosonde. Critical meteorological data testers depend on is obtained from the small device: whereas surface winds could be calm or non-existent, high above the earth at the altitudes the CPAS is tested at, a roiling wind storm could be in progress. In testing performed at YPG, wind speeds aloft circumstances in which a drop occurs, or even result in a postponement. For the space, however, accurate wind data was even more important: NASA wanted a meteorologist aboard the Orions recovery ship. They needed that data to pinpoint where the capsule and parachutes would splash down, and also to verify the NASA Space Meteorology Groups weather forecast for wind, said Hendrickson. Weve been doing our balloon launching and supporting air drops of the CPAS, and the Space Meteorology Group requested we do the same thing on the ship. The Navy discontinued its upper air program: they dont launch balloons from ships anymore. With about a year to go before the Orions scheduled technician Ryan Ingham performed a site survey of the Navy ship to verify YPGs met team could support the testing. When it was clear they could, Hendrickson volunteered to take the assignment. For each of the three sea missions, he took two full systems with him, one serving as a backup, and was pleased that all of a pick-up truck. On the last trip, Hendrickson was at sea for eight days, having left home the Sunday after Thanksgiving knowing that weather delays could result in his being at sea away from for as long as three weeks. Shipboard, he bunked with 12 other personnel as the Anchorage made its way to the Orions planned splashdown site, about 600 miles off of the southwestern coast of Baja California. I have a lot of respect for sailors, but I dont think I could be in the Navy. There are lots of low hatches on ships. Though occupied with plenty of meetings, there with watching movies. There was no cell phone coverage at sea, so his only means of communication with family back home was through email. He ate in the mess hall, and found the fare underwhelming. Its quite a bit worse than when I was in the Air Force. Its kind of like school cafeteria food. We did get surf and turf the night we recovered the Orion, so that was nice. Fortunately, the mission was favored with good weather throughout their Mark Hendrickson, prepares to launch a weather balloon that carries a weather sensor package called an aerosonde. In testing performed at YPG, wind speeds aloft could inuence the time and circumstances in which a drop occurs, or even result in a postponement. Yuma Proving Ground personnel pride themselves on going the extra mile for test customers. But it isnt often they go hundreds of miles offshore in the Pacic Ocean. In 2014, YPG meteorologist Mark Hendrickson did it three times, once on the USS San Diego and twice on the USS Anchorage, in support of NASA testing of the Orion space capsule, culminating in the Orions historic rst ight in outer space in December.(PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUER)SEE NASA page 7


THE OUTPOST MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 5 Y5 I AM YOUR HOMETOWN REALTORWhether buying or selling, allow me to help you through the changes. Selling Yuma Real Estate since 1983.Carolyn McKelvey Malouff Home (928) 783-5507 00049431 w00053665 10602 Camino Del Sol, Yuma, Az 85367 (928) 342-9851 THE YUMA EXPERTS We can make it happen00053662 By Chaplain Douglas (Maj.) ThomisonGood day Yuma Proving Ground (YPG). People far and wide appreciate your YPG work ethic and dedicated commitment. I hope you enjoy what you do here at YPG. Thinking of work, a childs father kept bringing home ofce work just about every night. Finally his young son asked why? Dad explained that he had so much work he couldnt nish it all during the day. The boy reasoned, Then why dont they put you in a slower group? We all have probably felt overwhelmed (cant get it all done) or had certain work challenges that seem hard to breach and may wish we could be put into the slower group. However, we know both for our organization as well as our own well-being, we need to continue to move ahead. Over my Army working years one thing that got me motivated was singing Army cadences. In fact, one Army cadence entitled Hard Work gets me inspired. If you want to get pumped up go online and listen to this cadence. The lyrics in part (leader can add lines) are as follows: Leader: Everybodys doin it right Troops Response: Hard work, work Leader: Hard Work, thats what they say Troops: Hard work, work Leader: Hard Work, to earn my pay Troops: Hard work, work Indeed, singing cadences can stimulate the willing participant, and motivate you to do your best. The Bible says, Whatever your hand nds to do, do it with all your might (Ecclesiastes 9:10) Another important point to uplift you at work and overall in life is to trust God. The Bible tells us to Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) Yuma Proving Ground, keep up the great job! Do not let anything get you down for long. Simply do your best and trust God. Have a blessed day. CHAPLAINS CORNERHard Work


6 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY6By Mark Schauer Yuma Proving Ground is most renowned for testing virtually every piece of equipment in the ground combat arsenal. To ensure continuity in this vital mission, the proving grounds civilian workforce of engineers, data collectors and others have usually exceeded the number of Soldiers throughout its more than 70 year history. Army testing in the desert near modern YPG, occurred during World War II, but back then, training Soldiers was the prime activity. And what Soldiers they were! that assaulted the beaches at Normandy in June 1944, and helped repel Hitlers massive, but unsuccessful, last gasp offensive in the Ardennes Forest that bitterly cold winter. As German resistance melted away with the spring thaw, they liberated Nazi death camps inside Germany. The men who engaged in these heroics were made, not born. The destinies of 20 divisions, more than 200,000 men, were forged in the massive Desert Maneuver Area that spanned Arizona, California, and Nevada. They trained in the blazing hot desert to prepare for combat in North Africa, but the Allies defeated the Nazis there before their training it served them well in their deployment to Europe: more than one veteran of Desert Maneuver Area training said that the intense hardships of combat in Belgiums raw winter were less grueling than a summer in southwestern Arizona subsisting on two quarts of water per day. YPG is the last active Army installation in the Desert Maneuver Area, and within its boundaries lies what once was Camp Laguna. Today, the camps legacy lives on in a free Europe, not in architectural remains: all that concrete pads, rock-lined pathways that were once and scattered detritus of camp life: badly rusted tin ration cans and cups, and the occasional glass Coke bottle. But the greatest generations successors in uniform nonetheless look upon the site as reverently as if it were home to a great cathedral, or a massive ancient ruin, raw recruits faced in training so many decades ago. As I look at this today, I know I am going back to an said Col. Randy Murray, YPG commander. But the Soldiers back then, many of whom had just entered the Army, had nothing but desert. YPGs uniformed personnel recently spent nearly an hour on an interpretive tour of the camps remains as part of the Development and NonDevelopment programs. Each Army unit is tasked with establishing a program for Viewing the past:YPG Soldiers visit, reect This unit crest rendered in stone is one of the last vestiges of World War IIera Camp Laguna. Heidner speculates that this crest was made by a cleanup crew on site shortly after training at the site ended, who likely obliterated similar crests made by earlier units. Heritage Center curator Bill Heidner (right) recently guided YPG Soldiers on a tour of the remnants of historic Camp Laguna as part of the proving grounds Ofcer Professional Development and NCO Development Program. Future topics of the monthly program include the Armys latest operating concept and engineering ethics. Stone walkways once anked by hundreds of tents remain on the Camp Laguna site after more than 70 years. This post has a lot of great historical content regarding the beginning of what we do in the modern day, said Col. Randy Murray, YPG commander. Unlike at many installations, here we have the opportunity to drive a short distance and actually see it. (PHOTOS BY MARK SCHAUER)SEE VISIT page 7


THE OUTPOST MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 7 Y7 A family history of any type of allergy increases the risk that a child may develop asthma. Children with asthma and food allergies are at increased risk for anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, even when their asthma is well controlled. For children with known food allergies, especially those who also have asthma, parents should be thoroughly familiar with food ingredients. If their child has an anaphylactic reaction to foods, they should also carry an emergency dose of epinephrine at all times and make sure there is some with the child care provider and at school. Epinephrine, a drug that stops or slows down anaphylaxis, is available in spring-loaded self-injectable syringes. Though not a cure, a dose of epinephrine administered soon after symptoms begin should stall severe symptoms long enough to get necessary medical attention by calling emergency medical services (911). discoloration, overripening, and spoiling, are known to trigger asthma attacks. These additives are found in processed beverages and foods, including fruit juices, soft drinks, cider vinegar, potato chips, dried fruits and vegetables, maraschino cherries, and wines. Numerous reports of allergic reactionsmostly among people with asthmaand ingestion have led the Food and Drug Administration to ban the used in certain processed foods, provided they are listed on labels in quantities higher than 10 parts per million, or when used at all in manufacturing. Processed potatoes and some canned foods may be cautious about any processed or prepared food. journey at sea, and there was only a Low cloud cover was the only winds were rougher. It was pretty uneventful, overall, which was probably a good thing. On the historic day, various dignitaries, including astronaut Sunni Williams, were aboard the Anchorage. Other astronauts of the past were there in spirit: Hendrickson recalls a crew meeting messages from former members of the famous Apollo missions to the moon expressing their support and well-wishes. From his makeshift weather station on the ships deck, Hendrickson launched a weather balloon and monitored its data as it ascended far into the stratosphere. Meanwhile, the Orion itself was successfully launched in Florida and ascending to 3,600 miles above the earth, after which it orbited the planet twice and re-entered at speeds topping 20,000 miles per hour. The CPAS deployed without a hitch, and the capsules splashdown occurred within sight of the Anchorage a mere seconds after it was scheduled to do so, after which the crew aboard ship winched it from the sea. could launch as early as 2021, but there will be at least one more before then. Hendrickson says he would be happy to support the test again. It is really fascinating to see such a big project come together. It was the best temporary duty trip Ive ever had.NASAFROM PAGE 4Asthma and food allergies From left, YTC commander Lt. Col. James DeBoer, YPG Command Sgt. Maj. Sean Ward, and Heritage Center curator Bill Heidner look at the rusted remains of tin cans discarded by Soldiers of the 1940s at Camp Laguna. Part of the Desert Maneuver Area that spanned three states, 20 divisions of Soldiers trained for combat in North Africa ended up deploying to Europe to conquer the heart of the Nazi regime. their own use, and due to its relatively small compliment of uniformed personnel, YPGs program combines program will discuss the Armys new operating concept and engineering ethics, among other topics, but for January focused on YPGs connection to the Desert Maneuver Area, victory in World War II, and the proving grounds role in the creation of the modern Army. I think this is one of the biggest things an Army museum should be doing in support of a command, especially in the study of leadership, said Bill Heidner, Heritage Center curator, who led the tour. You cant look at an Army leadership manual about every two pages. We try to tie in those kinds of historical vignettes here as well. During the tour, the Soldiers walked the remarkably preserved stone-lined pathways, paused at a unit insignia constructed from rocks more than 70 years earlier, and tried to picture the sights and sounds of that long ago time. said Master Sgt. Brian Davis, NCO in charge of YPGs Airborne Test Force, who is serving the second stint at YPG. I had heard of it and knew where it was, but never visited. History is always interesting, especially when you can actually see the debris. As they heard about the primitive conditions at Camp Laguna, the Soldiers found contrasts and parallels with hardships they faced in training and when deployed to combat theaters in the countrys recent wars. Ive heard World War II veterans say that they have great respect for our guys in theater who serve not knowing who the enemy is, said Davis. But we have the utmost respect for them: look at Normandy. They knew exactly who the enemy was, and what they were going into, and they still pushed forward. Thats pretty impressive.VISITFROM PAGE 6


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THE OUTPOST MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 9Y9 00053664 Luxury Lifestyle...Affordable Excellence! ENERGY STARHomes + SolarElliott Homes Solar Communities: Araby Crossing NEW PLANS! Araby and 32nd Street 928-783-1800 Las Barrancas 12310 Grand View Drive 928-345-1623 #246945 | ROC # 244491 | DRE # LC656392000* Some restrictions may apply. Features, amenities, special oers and pricing subject to change without notice. Special pricing/ special oers cannot be combined.Solar homes with a wealth of energy-saving, watersaving and money-saving features Private, gated community with clubhouse, pool and spa Open oor plans with mountain and valley views Close to shopping, restaurants and services Priced from $229,950 to $243,950 Call 928-317-9701 or take a drive to 24th Street and Araby Road.Buy before March 31, 2015 and well include a Private Spa in your own backyard! Submitted by Patty Nabozny, Human Resources SpecialistThe goal of the U.S. Army is to achieve a Model Equal Employment Opportunity Program, facilitating the hiring, placement, and advancement of individuals with disabilities and all employees. To assist in this effort, it is critical that the Army have accurate data regarding disability We therefore ask each employee to verify his/her disability status and race/ethnicity within the Defense Civilian Personnel Data Systems MY BIZ application. Providing this data is voluntary, but you may be assured that it is not shared with your supervisors. The MY BIZ application and disability status and demographical data can be found on the CPOL Portal at in the Employee Tab or you can go to BIR/docs/Quick_Guide-UpdateYour-Disability-Status.pdf To update your Ethnicity and Race Race instead of Disability in step 2d. Updating your information electronically is the best way to At the very least, please go into the Update My Information portion of MY BIZ and verify that your information is correct. We have found, when we do rough numbers queries, that most employees have no information listed. Yuma Proving Ground therefore, has no way of documenting the diversity of our workforce or of knowing with any certainty where we truly stand. If you are unable to access MY BIZ, contact the CPAC. Thank you for contributing to the accuracy of Armys information.Self-identication of disability and race/ethnicitywhen we received the phone call every parent dreads. Mom and Dad, Ive been in an accident. When I arrived at the scene, all I saw was red and blue lights and placed my son in the back of a squad car to keep warm because of the snow. When I got to him, it was so good to hug him and hear his voice. His truck had been totaled in the accident, and I realized how lucky I have been so much worse. Witnesses told police that my son had run a red light and another driver making a left turn had turned into him. He told me he was going almost 40 mph at the time of the accident. Dad, the light changed from green to yellow and the roads were wet and I did not want to slide, he said. I knew that I could make the light. As I sat there and listened to him, surrounded by all of the commotion me where he got his aggressive driving habits. Im ashamed to say he learned them from me. He spent years watching me drive too fast for the road conditions, slamming on the brakes because I was following too He was watching when my speed would increase after passing a cop, joking about how lucky I was to have avoided a ticket. He heard me yell at other drivers when they cut me off. And I, too, always thought I could beat the light. Without realizing it, I had passed my bad driving habits on to my son. My sons accident served as a wakeup call for us both. Weve since changed our driving habits. For me, Id prefer to pass on lessons about how to be a safe, responsible driver. What about you? What lessons knowingly or unknowingly are you teaching your children? Is it time for a change? Author: USACR/Safety Center Knowledge EditorLESSONSFROM PAGE 8


10 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 THE OUTPOST Y10 VIEWPOINTSYuma Proving Ground is a workplace like few others. We asked members of the workforce their recollections of their rst day here. thing that struck me was the age and look of the meteorology building: It was built in the 1950s and looks kind of like a tin shack, and I wondered what I was getting myself into. It was all good, though: upgraded a lot since then. I started out as a data collector a little over a going to a dust course and it was pretty intense. I didnt expect there to be that much dust over everything. There was nowhere to heat up my lunch, either, and the vehicle under test broke Mark Hendrickson Meteorologist Renee Solis Administrative assistantI hired on as a GS-03 mechanical engineering draftsmen in October 1980. I in-processed on main post, in a building that isnt there anymore. I remember putting my name and other information on a letter board with white plastic letters for my ID photo and holding it up, which made you feel like a convict, and then being blinded by the any of these buildings were. Back then I couldnt imagine the year 2015 or being here 35 years, but I wouldnt have it any other way.Bill Aynes Test ofcer NEXT OUTPOST DEADLINE IS NOON FEBRUARY 5THSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720Physical Yoga has been shown to improve exibility, increase range of motion, lower blood pressure and stress hormones, improve core strength, improve muscular strength, and improve mood. Social Incorporate a buddy or family member into the process of setting your next goal. Having someone who shares your enthusiasm for your goal and helps you stay accountable is a key ingredient to goal attainment. Spiritual Start doing something routinely that will strengthen your spirit. A spiritual practice could be anything from prayer to spending time in nature to volunteering at a food bank. Emotional Make it a priority to visualize yourself achieving your goals. Not only will you build condence by seeing yourself attain your goals, but you will also feel and experience the act of achieving, which can create positive emotional balance. Family Set limits on your activities outside of the family. Each time you are asked to join a club or a committee, volunteer for an activity or help out with a project, ask yourself one question: If I join, what impact will this have on my family? Submitted by Paul Kilanski Spirituality is a broad concept that is often confused with religion. While spirituality can be part of a particular religion, it can also be independent of religion. Spirituality is the part of us that connects us to our state of mind, being and place, and gives us a sense of belonging and purpose. Some people explore their spirituality through a relationship with a higher source, such as God, while others develop their spirituality through a self-directed relationship with their inner self. However spirituality is practiced, it is as much a part of being human as physical and emotional aspects. We all have a spiritual dimension within us. And as with our other dimensionsour physical, emotional and social dimensionswe need to maintain a strong, healthy spirit in order to maintain a state of total well-being. During times of chaos, however, the inner resources that sustain us are challenged and can wane. To sustain total wellbeing, we need to develop our spiritual resilience so that we can stay focused and weather all types concerns to the normal strain of life. Spiritual resilience is the ability to recover the emotional, psychological and physical strength required to adjust to adversity or a traumatic change. It means having the inner spiritual fortitude to bounce back People with strong spiritual resilience adapt to stressful change more successfully than those with less-developed spiritual resilience. Spiritual resilience works in conjunction with all the dimensions of human functioning to achieve a state of total well-being. When all components of your life are healthy and work together, you can achieve a sense of balance that leads to your total well-being. In this position, you are at your best to perform both personally and professionally.What Is Spiritual Resilience?RESILIENCE TIPS


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