THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 1 By Mark Schauer U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground is the Armys premiere range for artillery testing. A grand total of the at YPG across its seven decades of existence would few individual tests in the proving grounds history could rival the more than over the course of 11 days this past December. The sheer volume impressive, said Kermit Okamura, munitions and weapons division chief. In percent of what we did the previous year in all 155mm artillery. Some in the surrounding community fancifully assumed that the audible multi-day fusillade was an early celebration of the upcoming new year, but the reality was far more serious: the usability of the M109A6 Paladin selfpropelled howitzer hung in the balance. For more than 40 years, variants of the M109 have been the most potent selfpropelled howitzer in the Armys arsenal, able to rapidly deliver a punishing barrage of steel downrange across a wide radius of the of Vietnam to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. changes, all of which were tested at Yuma Proving Ground. Over the years, the cannons range has been doubled, the stowage space for artillery shells has been increased, and sophisticated digital communications, systems added. In some turreted vehicles, the gun barrel needs to have a bore evacuator which in turn is connected to the barrels interior via a series of evacuator holes. The bore evacuator collects high 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. 7 Monday, March 30, 2015 Parachuting becomes a passion / Page 2 Yuma Proving Grounds mission showcases its best at 2015 air show / Page 8 Arizona Guard MPs re on the move / Page 12 SEE ARTILLERY page 6 Y1 One round every two minutesCritical artillery test conducted In December, YPG testers red nearly 3,000 artillery rounds over the course of 11 days from M284 gun tubes used on M109A6 Paladins like the one shown here. The purpose of the test was to test a method of reclaiming cannon tubes that are no longer serviceable due to corrosion in the bore evacuator holes. LOANED PHOTO
2 MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY2By Yolie Canales Chris Brewer, lead supervisor at YPGs Air Delivery Complex, has been walking the concrete in and there as a parachute rigger in 1995. One could probably say this has become his second home. trees in his back yard as a child and loved the adrenaline rush it created. He knew way back then that he wanted to be a parachutist. In my mind, this was something I intended to do as a career, said Brewer. I loved it then and still do. to pursue his dream. He had other career, and tried some of them, but parachuting remained a passion. As lead supervisor, Brewer is in charge of 15 contract civilians, however, there are times when those numbers rise as high as 30, of which 90 percent are former Soldiers once stationed at YPG. His responsibilities range from overseeing the rigging of loads, to testing parachutes, right down to payroll, administrative work and any and all personnel issues. any given day, there is something different to deal with, but I love it, said Brewer. Whats not to love of airplanes and drop hundreds of heavy loads out of the same aircraft. There is always something going on in our shop. Even though he is lead supervisor and deals with many issues, he has four competent assistants, Mark Peters, Tom Hall, Rob Foote and Jeff Dozier, who help run different programs. Being a supervisor has its pros and cons, said Brewer. As a supervisor, you dont have the opportunity to get hands-on as often as you did when you were part of the working crew. You arent as involved as you would like be to in the actual work is done accurately, safely and in a timely manner. Safety is of a top priority. Mostly these have to do with materials, supplies and equipment, he explained. In our line of work, we need to have the newest and best equipment, especially when working with personnel parachutes. It takes a long time to get the supplies we is one of my biggest challenges. Sometimes they borrow from Parachuting becomes a passion THEOUTPOST 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 SEE PARACHUTING page 5 Chris Brewer (far right) joined with other YPG test jumpers at Fort Bragg, NC., in testing of the C-17 Increased Gross Weight program.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.LOANED PHOTO
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 3 Submitted by YPG Safety Ofce Driver distraction has become a growing concern in recent years. In 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 more were injured in distracted driving crashes. Yet, people continue to believe that they can drive and text or talk at the same time. Since 2009, Department of Transportation has launched several campaigns to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The agency has partnered with many safety groups to reach out to millions of Americans with the message that One Text or Call Could Wreck it All. Its distraction.gov website hosts an array of information about the dangers of driver distraction, as well as tools to help combat this growing problem. There you will nd facts and statistics, links to a decade of research, an interactive map that displays the distraction-related laws in each state, as well as regulations and enforcement information. The site also includes tools for parents, educators, teens, employers and community groups: Downloadable pledge to help end distracted driving Sample legislation Downloadable brochure for parents Parent-teen driving contract Sample employer policy Public service announcement videos Posters for employers, parents/teens and law enforcement As of December 2013, 153.3 billion text messages were sent in the US (includes PR, the Territories, and Guam) every month. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately, 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Sending or receiving a text takes a drivers eyes from the road for an average of ve seconds, the equivalent at 55 mph of driving the length of a football eld while blindfolded. Also, using a cell phone while driving whether its handheld or hands-free, delays a drivers reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The best way to end distracted driving is to get educated about the danger it poses. Please stop by the YPG Safety Ofce for information/resources on distracted driving, and always remember that at YPG: Nobody Gets Hurt. Y3 Entertainment Livestock Exhibitions Music Food Carnival Entertainment Livestock Exhibitions Music Food Carnival MARCH 31ST THRU APRIL 5TH LETS GO TO THE FAIR! Demolition Derby 7pm WednesdayMain Stage 8pm Friday Down Home Fun!visit our website at YUMAFAIR.COM or call 726-4420 00056931 A Thousand Horses April Is National Distracted Driving Awareness MonthThe Arizona Western College Running Club is its 5K Run/Walk and 3 x 1 Mile Relay on Saturday, in Yuma. The 5k Run/Walk is open to all ages and Both events are sponsored by AWC Running Club. Proceeds from the events will go to support the club. The 5k route is designed to offer participants a beautiful, scenic tour of the entire AWC main campus. Interested participants may register online at www. active.com or on site the day of the event. The 5k Relay charge is $30 for each team online; $40 per team at onsite registration. For more information, contact Mel Parker, coordinator career services at 344AWC Running Club Spring 5k and 3 X 1 Mile Relay
4 MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY4 By Yolie Canales Members from the Tech Parks Arizona, headquartered at the University of Arizona Technology and Science Park (UA Tech Park) pause for a photo at the HARP Gun site during their recent visit to YPG. The purpose for their visit was to create a better understanding among participants of YPGs capabilities and to learn the basic structure of the proving grounds operations, test mission, customers and industry interface. The team was accompanied by Julie Engle, President/CEO of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Center. Julio Dominguez, YPGs Technical Director, provided the group with an overview of the proving grounds mission. To say the least, they were quite impressed and wowed as they learned the number and variety of tests that are conducted on a yeararound basis at YPG. Aviation Systems and Electronic Test Division where Jason Croutch, sensor testing capabilities. Lastly, they toured the facility where Juan Cuevas, Simulation Branch of Chief and George Franck, mechanical engineer, briefed them on the nondestructive testing capabilities. The tour of YPG was very informative and answered several of our questions, said Molly Gilbert, director of University and Community Engagement. We see great opportunity to partner with YPG and utilize it as an asset that can help draw increased industry presence in the region. According to Gilbert, they were amazed at the capabilities and what they saw. YPG is a very large installation and it is amazing to see all the equipment that is tested for the military and civilian markets as well as the actual labs and equipment contained in them, she said. In addition, Gilbert said how they were impressed at the quality of personnel and their in-depth knowledge. YPG is truly a remarkable place. We are absolutely looking forward to a morein-depth visit. UA Tech Park is one of the nations premier research parks a dynamic, interactive community where innovators and business leaders meet, where emerging companies and technology giants work sideby-side. Located in one of Arizonas fast-growing suburban settings on Tucsons southeast side, the Parks spacious campus encompasses 1,345 acres and has almost two million square feet of space for high-tech facilities.Tucson visitors amazed at YPG capabilities during recent visit SEE VISITORS page 5 The Tucson visitors were particularly impressed with the High Altitude Research Project of the mid-1960s that resulted in the highest altitude cannon shot of all time. Posing for a photo next to the cannon was a treat.PHOTO BY Y OLIE CANALES
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 5 counterparts to meet deadlines. He considers the interaction between the Army, government and contractor workforce to be a environment. The satisfaction one gets when all your people are being taken care of and are happy supervisor can receive, he said. Born in Ohio and raised in California, Brewer every year. He is annually required to go through himself, have to take and pass an Army Physical which is a policy for parachutists. In his spare camping, or all of the above. Y5Tucson visitors amazed at YPG capabilities during recent visit VISITORSFROM PAGE 4PARACHUTINGFROM PAGE 2UA Tech Park creates interactive ground, which generates, attracts and supports technology companies and talent in alignment with the goals of the University of Arizona. Their special areas of interest include testing, evaluation, and Defense; Renewable energy; STEM education and water; Biotechnology and Intelligent transportation and vehicles. Submitted by Safety Ofce Falling while getting into or out of heavy equipment, a truck or tractor cab, hooking up air and electrical lines, or mounting or dismounting trailers is a sure way to get seriously hurt. An percent of all workplace accidents are the fault That same study showed that falls from ankle pain and they can take a long time to heal. WHAT IS THE 3-POINT RULE? The biggest cause of falls from vehicles is failure to follow the 3-point rule, a time tested safety technique proven to reduce to slips and falls. Three of the four critical points of your body (two hands and two feet) should be used to support you. Three points should be in contact with the vehicle while entering or exiting. Not only does it prevent falls, it reduces strain on your knees. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID FALLS? No matter what type of access system your vehicle has available, use the 3-point rule to Always make sure that three of your four points are in contact with the vehicle at all times two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand. The 3-point rule allows you to have maximum stability and support, thereby reducing the likelihood of slipping and falling. Use the 3-point rule each and every time you enter or exit your vehicle, and improve your safety by practicing these critical DOs and DONTs: DOs weather. hands. before exiting. DONTs up for it when you get down on the ground. avoid straining a muscle. balance or on an uneven surface, and fall. surface. handhold. Know the dos and donts of getting in and out of vehicles safely; practice the 3-point rule every day; and always remember that at YPG: Nobody Gets Hurt!Safety CornerThe 3-Point Rule Slips and Falls are Preventable!
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THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 7Y7 w57635 YPGs physical test facility. In my entire career at YPG, I have never seen a program charge. This pace was even more impressive considering that each round was remotely theater would. The pace of the evaluation of the third tube was far slower and more methodical that those of the other two. It was also more heavily instrumented, with high speed cameras fail after nearly 300 rounds engineering test data. Ordinarily when we test, we arent expecting anything to fail, but we are ready for it, said Flores. There is a certain level of risk to equipment that we accept. Since we were inducing a failure for this test, we took additional precautions for all instrumentation and vehicles, and conducted extra safety personnel. The pace was ambitious and for the duration of the test YPG was at the center of the Armys attention, but personnel involved in the testing took it in stride. People understood the urgency, but it didnt look said Okamura. Other than the high visibility and short test timeline, you wouldnt have noticed any difference in the way operations were going. The professionalism across the board was awesome. In all, the extraordinary efforts of well over 100 workers made the test a shining success. They were able to validate that the interim product was ATEC providing recommendation that will be issued with those newly ART ILLERYFROM PAGE 6During the ambitious 11-day test, weapons operators red an average of one artillery round every two minutes. This pace was even more impressive considering that each round was remotely red, a different process than ring it as Soldiers in theater would use.PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUER)
8 MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY8By Yolie Canales Yuma Proving Grounds participation in the a smaller scale once again. Planners worked hard to ensure that YPGs exhibit costs amounted to reduced costs by 95 percent compared to several years ago. With all the budget concerns and restrictions still in effect throughout the government, YPG still managed to assemble a most respectable exhibit. Thousands of visitors thought so as they handled to answer inquiries from the public. One display item that drew quite an attention, the venerable UH-1 Huey that will soon leave the proving ground as it is being replaced by the Blackhawk helicopter. Yes, indeed the proving ground put its best foot forward in designing an interesting, well-rounded exhibit of military equipment tested at YPG. YPGs exhibit location adjacent to one of the main air show entrance gates, ensured that the crowds stopping by never let up. The Humvee proved to be a popular attraction for young children. Yuma Proving Grounds mission showcases its best at 2015 air show PHOTOS BY MARK SCHAUERAn M119 105mm howitzer proved a center of attention, both for group photos and to get a close-up of view of equipment most often seen on television or in movies.
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 9Y9Yuma Proving Grounds mission showcases its best at 2015 air show Handling non-ring replica small arms was a big hit among young and old. This photo shows Gaboury Camarena a member of the Young Marines inspecting a handgun while brother, Malaki Madrid, to his right, waits patiently.PHOTOS BY MARK SCHAUERThe workhorse of YPGs helicopter eet, the venerable UH-1 Huey, is soon to leave the proving ground, as it is being replaced by the Blackhawk helicopter. Staff Sgt. Colin Alexander, from YPGs Airborne Test Force, talks to two young boys about aviation careers in the Army.
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12 MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY12Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Bryan Barbour Dust rises as a military convoy rolls across the gravel road. Tactical armored vehicles reach the crest of a hill when a Soldier in the gun turret yelled down to his truck commander inside, tank, 600 meters! From inside the M1151 Humvee, the command engage was bellowed back. Arizona Army National Guard (ARZRNG) Spc. Blake Hartwick .50-caliber machine gun, sending out a barrage of bullets. Immediately after, sounds of other automatic weapons The weapons training exercise, which occurred March 6, at Yuma Company from Bellemont, Arizona, Security Vehicles since completing their National Guard Reaction Force training mission. Previous training had been dealing more with how to operate in the United States, how to talk with civilians, and handle situations here, said Capt. Jerett Burman, commander things of that nature. Weve been exercising primarily in that mind set time getting back into our combat mindset. focused on how to operate locally within Arizona and with U.S. citizens for the last two years, its important for the Soldiers to receive this weapons Now we have to go out and re-learn said Burman. As the convoy of four tactical vehicles rolled down the road of the battle occurred here decades ago. Hartwick, as the lead M1151 Humvee target on the lane. Hartwicks lips clenched and his face scrunched up with intense focus. His hands tightly gripped the off a burst of rounds striking the side of a tank out on the range. Puffs of grey smoke were created as the bullets impacted off its rusted armor. Hartwicks expression changed to that of satisfaction. Arizona Guard MPs re on the move Spec. Blake Hartwick with the 856th Military Police Company in Prescott, Ariz., res an M2.50-caliber machine gun at a tank during a convoy live re exercise at YPG. Sgt. Matthew Adkins feeds a belt of ammunition at the gun turret of a M-1551 Humvee. LongRealtyYuma.com 10602 Camino Del Sol, Yuma, Az 85367 (928) 342-9851 THE YUMA EXPERTS We can make it happen00058553 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! 00058203 SEE GUARD page 7
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