THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015 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 41 No. 10 Monday, May, 11, 2015 SEE FOAM page 2 Y1 New hangar protected by cascade of foamBy Mark SchauerYPGs test mission extends beyond evaluating virtually every piece of equipment a Soldier is likely to use: it even includes buildings used to support the proving grounds mission. for defending over 2,500 personnel and hundreds of millions of dollars in One of the proving grounds newest structures, a tensioned fabric hangar built to house high performance C27J cargo aircraft, has special requirements. Aircraft contain fuel lines throughout their structure, even in the spray from ceiling sprinklers inside a hangar. To counteract this problem, in YPGs new hangar uses high expansion foam instead of water. Foam suppresses vapors from the fuel and remains there for a protection specialist. Even if the fuel keeps pouring, the foam covers it up. enclosed place like a hangar, where a pool of thousands of pounds of quickly ignite into a raging inferno, if not multiple explosions. Meant to blanket the aircraft in a longlasting blanket of foam, the hangars system can be either manually or automatically activated. You can manually activate it and it can see a spark, said Bailey. If it Additionally, deploying foam causes less water damage than a conventional sprinkler system. There is water damage, but it is would result in far more damage, said Bailey. Before certifying the hangar for use, ensure that the deployed foam would cover the four corners of a simulated aircraft to a depth of three feet within two minutes of the systems activation. Automatically mixed with water in a tank in an adjacent storage shed, the piped-in foam was dispersed throughout the hangar with four large fans mounted to the ceiling rafters. The foam continued to expand with a soapy consistence for many minutes beyond this, enveloping the hangar in a blanket of foam reaching halfway to used a refracting meter to test the foams water ratio. If you have a water sprinkler system, all you need is water to come out to do its job, said Bailey. Foam Suppressing re is imperative in an enclosed place like a hangar,where a pool of thousands of pounds of fuel and its ammable vapors couldquickly ignite into a raging inferno, if not multiple explosions. YPGsnewest hangar boasts a foam re retardant system capableof blanketing an aircraft in less than two minutes, as seen here. (Photos by Mark Schauer)AWC actively assists transitioning military personnel / Page 3 120mm Mortar tube shows its stuff / Page 6 Health Clinic upgrades services /Page 4
2 MONDAY, MAY 11 2015 THE OUTPOSTY2 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: 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 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. Automatically mixed with water in a tank in anadjacent storage shed, the re retardant systems piped-in foam isdispersed throughout the hangar by four large fans. Meant toblanket an aircraft in a long-lasting blanket of foam, the hangars systemcan be either manually or automatically activated.FOAMFROM PAGE 1 has to be chemically correct. Happily, the foam inundated the hangar well within the allotted time. When the foam eventually dissipates, the hangar can be cleaned with push brooms, with the sweepings then put in barrels and removed to an environmentally appropriate place. The C27J, formerly used as a niche cargo plane to supplement the larger C-130, was extensively tested at YPG now support operations of the Armys Military Freefall School. CHAPLAINS CORNERWatch Your EmotionsBy Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas ThomisonGood day Yuma Proving Ground. I encourage you to watch your emotions. Several times in the Bible, Moses made some emotional decisions that netted him poor or dreadful results. For example, In Exodus 32:19 when Moses came down the mountain of Sinai and saw the people of Israel committing sinful acts and totally out of control. You see, they were engaged in idol worship (worshipping the golden calf) and indulging in revelry. So angered by what he saw, Moses threw the stone tablets, which were the original Ten Commandants, down the mountain and they broke into pieces. In Exodus 31:18, we are told that the original tablets meaning that they were divinely written without any input from man. The result of this emotional decision, as small as it may seem, is found in Exodus 34. Moses had to spend another 40 days and nights with the Lord chiseling out the new Ten Commandments. I cant help but wonder what Moses was saying to himself as he was chiseling the second edition of the commandants. Could it have been, Man, if I had only kept the original tablets, then I would not be reinventing the wheel? All of us, at one point or another, have made our share of emotional decisions. And each time we make an emotional decision it usually costs us something. For example, we may have to repeat or do something more than once, rather than being time (like Moses). It could cost us credibility with others. It might even cost us personal relationships. Over time we must learn that it is much better to make sound decisions based on reasoning rather the emotions. Yuma Proving Ground, dont let your emotions control you. Control your emotions! Have a blessed day. Next Outpost deadline is noon May 14thSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720MAN, IF I HAD ONL Y KEPT THE ORIGINAL TABLETS, THEN I WOULD NOT BE REINVENTING THE WHEEL?
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015 3Y3 16 Craft Beers on Tap 00061677712 S. 4th Ave.928-783-0260 AWC actively assists transitioning military personnelBy Yolie CanalesWhen military personnel know they will be leaving the military, whether its a year or more away, they need to start planning their transition into civilian life. They what to do if they are going back to school or starting a new job. For many, this is truly a them, but for their entire family, if married. So, to make this a smooth transition, they must truly prepare. Gabriela Siqueiros-Herwig, coordinator of Veteran Services at Arizona Western College (AWC), is ready to help local veterans with all their academic needs and inquiries. She is responsible for all educational guidance for student veterans using Veterans Many student veterans at AWC are members of the Yuma Proving Ground workforce, others work in the private sector or other government agencies. Though some have been out of the military for some time, hundreds are just transitioning from active duty. This is a challenging time of their lives, said Herwig. can come to with their academic choices and other campus other veterans on campus so they can feel comfortable and be able to relate to them. There are a great many monitoring and reporting requirements to the VA when using educational This is a big chunk of what our Veteran Services Department does at AWC, said Herwig. They ensure students are attending classes, evaluate their previous college or military experience, provide them with new student orientation, and assist as they transition from the military world to the academic world. We also provide referral services, she explained. Many veterans do not know of the numerous agencies in the Yuma community to assist them with many of their issues they might face, such hardships. Having worked for the Department of Economic Security (DES) as a social worker, Herwig was well prepared for the position. I had the opportunity to gain knowledge of many local resources out there for veterans, not to mention my personal military background in the Navy, she explained. Her Gabriela Herwig is ready to provide assistance and guidance to student veterans who plan to enroll at Arizona Western College for classes. (Photo by Yolie Canales)THEY NEED TO FIND SOMEONE THEY CAN COME TO WITH THEIR ACADEMIC CHOICES AND OTHER CAMPUS INQUIRIES.husband is a retired Marine and her stepson was in the Army. These varied perspectives have made it easy for me to relate to our veterans and be able to help with their issues pertaining to academics and other matters. For those veterans who dont know where to start their academic path at AWC, Herwig said they need to visit the Veteran Services Department, located in the 3C building on the second to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. It is important to bring tells the school what educational the number of months they have this document is not available. Another necessary document military experience and any other college or CLEP transcripts. This shows the VA what classes the veteran has taken. Once the student veteran referred to me and I take it from there, said Herwig. One thing I stress to veterans is they must stay enrolled and make sure to take courses needed for their degree. The VA will monitor this and their For more information regarding services, feel free to call Gabriela Herwig at 344-7683 or drop her an email at: gabriela.herwig@ azwestern.edu.
4 MONDAY, MAY 11 2015 THE OUTPOSTY4 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! By Mark Schauer When YPG was home to hundreds of Soldiers in the 1970s, the proving ground had a 15 bed hospital staffed with four uniformed physicians, including cardiac and internal medicine specialists and a surgeon. In more recent decades, on-post medical care has been provided at a health clinic that for many years lacked physicians. YPGs Health Clinic upgrades servicesSince late last year, however, the clinics staff has gained a physicians patients appreciate their presence. I think the clinic has improved a lot, said Staff Sgt. Colin Alexander of the Airborne Test Force. It is nice to be able to be seen here instead of at a clinic in the Foothills, or the hospital. The bustling clinic has undergone other improvements and innovations in recent months, too, including the arrival of new ambulances and an electronic messaging system that makes patient communication more convenient and secure. New ambulancesServiceable ambulances are of vital importance to the Health Clinics mission. Military Freefall School training jumps require an ambulance on hand at drop zones in case of a mishap, and other tests also request this support at times. The Health Clinics previous rigs were from early in the last decade, and had seen constant use since that time. We originally ordered the new ambulances in February 2009 and year, said Sgt. Christopher Pierson, of patient administration and vehicle maintenance. The three new ambulances boast a host of upgraded features, such as a back-up camera and radio headsets for communication between personnel in the front and rear compartments. The rear compartment is larger than on previous ambulances and also has air conditioning, which its predecessor lacked. Pierson says the new rigs models, as well as better at coping with unimproved desert terrain. Its more of a heavy duty truck, said Pierson.CommunicationThe Health Clinic recently began offering patients access to Relay Health, a secure electronic messaging system between patients and their medical providers. It means easier access to information, said Jayson Cabalbag, information technology specialist. Its an online medical folder that gives you access to your medical documents wherever you have access to an internet connection. If you are PCSing, this follows you to your next command. You can consult your doctor on non-emergency things, request an or request a referral, added Tracy new system especially convenient for access to their childs vaccination and other records. Patients can create their own account in the optional program by visiting www.relayhealth.com. I think its a good thing and hope saves on phone tag and drive time.Mosquito seasonYPGs ranges are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including some bothersome insects. The least welcome of these is likely the ordinary mosquito, which, aside from irritating bites, could potentially be the vector for diseases like malaria and West Nile Virus. Fortunately, the YPG Health Clinics preventative medicine team regularly monitors the posts mosquito population for infectious diseases. I didnt think preventative medicine was going to have anything to do with mosquitos, but here we mainly do Three new ambulances at YPG, boast a host of upgraded features, such as a back-up camera and radio headsets for clearer communication between personnel in the front and rear compartments. SERVICES SEE SER VICES page 5
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6 MONDAY, MAY 11 2015 THE OUTPOSTY6 120mm mortar tube shows its stuff By Mark Schauer For versatility and power, the humble weapon for generations of infantrymen. Quicker than calling in an artillery strike and capable of hitting targets at high angles, the mortar is likely to become even more important as technology makes mortar projectiles more accurate and maneuverable, and capable of reaching greater distances. Though these advances have already led to mortar projectiles such as the GPS-guided XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition, the mortar remained unchanged since the early 1990s. Currently, a ballistic tube for use with the 120mm mortar, the largest in the Armys inventory, is undergoing initial testing at YPG. Data from this cannon will support development of We are redesigning this tube because there have been developments within the 120mm system in the propellant and projectiles that require the tube to do more than it really can, said Paul Koelbel, an engineer with the Armys Benet Laboratories. Our goal is to design a new tube that will allow the existing and future 120mm projectiles to do all they can do. 20 years, added Robert Cooley, design years from now. One of the most important aspects of the early development is protecting Soldiers who use the tube in the future from harm caused by the tremendous arms length away from their bodies. Though the tube has blast attenuators at the muzzle to direct the force away from it, the effects of a mortar report have been likened to the feel of 200 pounds of force hitting the body. The customer wants to create a pressure overblast the weapon are, said Ariel Melchor, many rounds at different charges a user can take. Toward this end, in addition to gathering the typical information about the characteristics of the mortar tube in action, the prototype cannon is surrounded by tripod-mounted sensors that measure overpressure in the areas around it. The goal behind everything we do is safety of the user, said Koelbel. We need to have performance out of our equipment, but that performance cant come at the cost of the user. Our goal is to develop One of the most important aspects of the early development is protecting Soldiers who use the mortar tube in the future from harm caused by the tremendous concussion of a mortar round ring an arms length away from their bodies. Toward this end, the prototype cannon is surrounded by tripod-mounted sensors that measure overpressure in the areas around it, as seen here. (Photos by Mark Schauer) Testing of the prototype has attracted media interest from the Canadian science television program Daily Planet, which recently sent a lm crew to witness a typical day of testing. Here, cameraman Travis Johnson attaches a GoPro camera to the tube as weapons operators John Devine (left) and John Delgado look on.SEE MOR TAR page 7WHAT WE PUT IN THE FIELD FIVE YEARS FROM NOW HAS TO BE GOOD 15 YEARS FROM NOW . OUR GOAL IS TO DEVELOP THE SAFEST AND MOST RESILIENT EQUIPMENT SO THE USER ISNT IN ANY DANGER FROM HIS OWN ACTIONS.
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015 7Y7 YPG weapons operator John Devine (left) and test ofcer Ariel Melchor examine a 120mm mortar projectile prior to a test re from the prototype tube. The mortar is likely to become even more important to infantry as technology makes mortar projectiles more accurate and maneuverable, and capable of reaching greater distances. YPG weapons operators Tristan McCollum (left) and John Delgado prepare a 120mm mortar round for a test re from the prototype mortar ballistic cannon tube under test. Mortar rounds have advanced in recent years with projectiles such as the GPS-guided XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition, yet the tubes they are red from have remain unchanged for more than two decades.YPG weapons operator Tristan McCollum loads a 120 mm mortar projectile. Other test centers possess enough land to conduct mortar tests, yet customers continue to choose YPG for its exibility, favorable weather, and institutional knowledge of mortar systems. When were able to bring a gun out to Yuma, the proving ground provides experienced mechanics and investigators, said Robert Cooley, design team leader. When ring, we can rely on expert advice from people who maintain these systems on a recurring basis.MORTARFROM PAGE 6 the safest and most resilient equipment so the user isnt in any danger from his own actions. There are additional safety features for the team testing the prototypes, too. In addition to the standard practice weapons operators are protected by the prototype cannons ability to remotely elevate and depress, a port to facilitate nitrogen, and the ability to be triggerThe performance characteristics of the tube and round are measured using the typical compliment of high speed cameras that can shoot thousands of frames per second, radar, and forward observers downrange. When were able to bring a gun out to Yuma, the proving ground provides experienced mechanics and investigators, said Cooley. When from people who maintain these systems on a recurring basis. From our scheduling standpoint, because of the weather and ranges available at Yuma Proving Ground, we can shoot at any range our cannons can reach, pretty much day in and day out. They are top notch people who really deliver the support and data we need, added Koelbel.
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THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015 9Y9 LongRealtyYuma.com 10602 Camino Del Sol, Yuma, Az 85367 (928) 342-9851 THE YUMA EXPERTS We can make it happen Using Exercise to Beat Stress Submitted by Paul J. Kilanski, Family Advocacy Program SpecialistGet active Nothing can beat regular exercise as a stress-busting technique. The that our bodies go into a state of high arousal but there is often nowhere for that energy to go, so our bodies can stay in this state for hours at a time. Exercise is the best way to dissipate the excess energy, especially if you have a sedentary job. Its a good idea to channel your energy into proper exercise, be it a brisk walk, a run, a bike ride or a game of squash. You dont need to join a health clubexercise can be as informal as taking the dog for a walk, or dancing at home to your favorite music. Experts recommend that we exercise at a moderate intensity for a minimum of 30 minutes, most days of the week. And there are many reasons to do so. Exercise not only improves health and reduces stress, it also relaxes tense muscles and helps you to sleep. It causes the release of chemicals called endorphins into your bloodstream, making you feel relaxed and happy. As such, it can be a helpful tool in as keeping you trim and reducing your risk of heart conditions and stroke, managing high blood pressure, diabetes are better able to handle the long-term effects of stress without suffering ill health. What to choose Walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, aerobics classes or DVDs, and dancing are all great forms of exercise. If you choose something you enjoy, it wont feel like a chore. It is also a good idea to vary your activities to avoid boredom. For example, if you normally exercise indoors, try an outdoor activity. Exercise should be fun. Its keep going with an exercise program that you dont enjoy. Exercising with a friend might encourage you to keep it up longer, and try activities that will make you forget youre exercising, such as rollerExcuses, excuses! write them down and assess each one. Perhaps you say: exercise. conscious. However, exercise doesnt have to take place at the gym or on a treadmill. Anyone can exercise even without spending money, leaving the house or having a particular skill. And everyone feels better afterwards. Just remember to warm up and cool down, to avoid injury.Walking are able to incorporate some walking into our schedules. An organized walking routine can be a great form of aerobic exercise. Its free, and strengthens the heart and lungs as well as the legs. It also helps to prevent osteoporosis, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helps with diabetes, for 30 minutes most days can be an easily achievable target, perhaps walking all or part of the way to work, or a 15 minute burst at lunchtime and another in the evening. As your alternating with a slow jog. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a choice that will become automatic after a short time.YogaYoga reduces stress and improves circulation and posture. It may even reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Yoga is an ancient Indian practice, dating back more than 5000 years. The word yoga means union, and was originally designed to lead to union of the human spirit with nature. However, today many people use it as a technique to link the body and mind in a way that encourages peacefulness and relaxation. It uses stretching postures, breathing, and meditation techniques to calm the mind and tone the body. There are different types of yoga, but almost of those used in the West are forms of Hatha Yoga. This is a combination of asanas (physical exercises and postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and meditation. You can learn about yoga from books and videos, but the best way is through attending a class with an experienced instructor. Chrissy Randle is ready to "Step It Out" at the YPG tness challenge for 2015 with members of her team. (Photos by Mark Schauer)SEE STRESS page 10
10 MONDAY, MAY 11 2015 THE OUTPOSTY10 rooms for rent automobiles SAFETY CORNEREntering, exiting a vehicle safelySubmitted by YPG Safety Ofce Inattention, speed and rushing in an emergency are all causes of injuries sustained while entering and exiting a vehicle. Three points of contact: The Three-Point Contact System is designed to keep you safe and injury free. Maintain three-point contact at all vehicle: two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand, until you are securely Safely entering & exiting a vehicle Face the vehicle when you enter. Use the grab bar to assist you bar is not available. Dont grab the steering wheelit can turn theres a grab handle intended for this purpose. You may need to Examine the ground before you exit. Look for water, cracks, rocks, and uneven surfaces. Use each step until you reach the ground. Never jump down or fall forward out of a vehicle; clothing can catch on the door handle, seat adjustments, seat belt, etc. resulting in a potentially serious, uncontrolled fall. And remember... Only climb on dedicated stepping areas; fuel tanks and fenders can be slippery. Maintain three-point contact at the most direct and secure points until you reach the ground, vehicle seat, or other stable platform. vehicle. Make slow, deliberate movements to avoid slips or falls. Always, wear shoes with sturdy, no-slip soles. In hot and cold weather, wear gloves to help you grip hand railings. Tai Chi Also known as tai chi chuan, this form of martial art will help to reduce stress and improve strength Taoist philosophy, it was developed for health, self-defense, and spiritual development. It combines a series of gentle physical movements and breathing techniques, allowing you to experience a meditative state. The (life energy) through the body by dissolving blockages both within the body and between the body and the environment. Through concentration, coordinated breathing and slow, graceful body movements, it aims to increase well-being. It has recently been found that Tai Chi has physiological and psychosocial patients with chronic health conditions. Tai chi is now practiced all over the world and, as with yoga, its best to Members of the YPG workforce, join in on the YPG tness challenge as they walk early on the morning of April 30th.STRESSFROM PAGE 9
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