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SEE CLOUDS page 2 U.S. ARMY YUMA PROVING GROUND, YUMA, ARIZONA 85365 VOLUME 48 NO. 14 MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2015 Enabling helicopter pilots to see through clouds of dustBy Chuck WullenjohnThe Army chief acquisition executive, Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, spent a full day at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in late June to learn about technologies being developed and tested that allow helicopter pilots to see through otherwise obscure clouds of blinding desert that technology in action in a real world setting. Extensive efforts are being made to devise a solution enabling helicopter pilots to navigate through what is called a degraded visual environment (DVE) caused by swirls of dust or snow. Huge clouds of dust, for instance, are kicked up by helicopters when landing in the desert, thwarting the ability of the pilot to view obstacles and accurately know the location of the aircraft in relation to surrounding terrain. Obviously, this is a dangerous situation responsible for causing numerous accidents. A DVE is the number one cause of non-combat Army fatalities. YPG workers have designed a realistic obstacle and target array for the testing, which includes power lines, posts and poles of varying composition, trees, foliage and much more. The desSitting in the cockpit of a helicopter, Army chief acquisition executive Heidi Shyu, says her interest in helicopter operations in degraded environments goes back a long way. (Photo by Chuck Wullenjohn)ert soil is disked regularly to assure that helicopters create huge clouds of dust, blinding the ability of pilots to safely land without the aid of newly developed sensor systems. Were the perfect place within the Army Test and Evaluation Command to test DVE sensor technology, said YPG Technical Director Julio Dominguez. Of the non-hostile helicopter accidents overseas, over 30 percent were caused by dust. The work taking place here is vital to improving safety. The system being developed to remedy the problem is called the Degraded Visual Environment Pilotage System. The system fuses together, assembles, in other words, data gathered from a variety of sensors (forward looking infrared radar, light detection and ranging systems, multi-mode radar, and others) and displays a visual image to the pilot. This image is surprisingly crisp, detailed and accurate. The goal is to enable helicopter pilots to navigate successfully and safely amid adverse conditions. We already operate at night better than our adversaries, hence the motto we own the night, said Bert Evans, YPG Sensor Test Branch Team Lead. The objective is for us to own all environments, enabling us to perform rescue or combat missions amid dust or snow storms. The dusty environment is the harshest and most challenging environment for sensors, he said. The success of this technology will be useful in the development of similar capabilities for other air and ground systems. Many research studies have been performed on soils in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as soil at YPG, and there are many similarities regarding the size of dust particles and their exact composition. One study he hopes to perform in the near future is to quantify dust clouds looking at dust density, particle size, and visibility within the cloud. The intention would be to accurately record the environmental factors that affect sensor performance, and replicate that environment for more accurate sensorto-sensor comparison in future test activities. Acquisition executive Shyu got an eyeful at the YPG test site located about 50 miles from the proving ground headquarters building. Spending a full day at a military base is absolutely huge, she said. Instead Helping small business get the job done /Page 4 High performance aircraft bolster YPG operations /Page 6 Ten things everyone should know about DEPRESSION /Page 9

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2 AUGUST 3, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY2 CLOUDSFROM PA GE 1 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: 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 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. Next Outpost deadline is noon August 6thSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720 of watching a collection of PowerPoint data, I was able to see the actual system in use. This is far more important than listening to presentations. You must do this. Shyu says her interest in helicopter operations in degraded environments goes back a long way. Solving the brownout problem would be a huge is taking place at Yuma Proving Ground is critical. From her perspective, military budgets in the future will continue to be tight due to sequestration. Particularly in must be judicious in how we spend our money. What is going on at the proving ground is extremely high priority. I saw a great job here, performed by dedicated folks. Im very impressed. Shyu said she now has a broader perspective of the capability that exists at Yuma Proving Ground and looks forward to an opportunity to return in the future. Lt. Col. James DeBoer, Yuma Test Center commander, piloted the aircraft Shyu took to the test site and discussed the various ranges over which the helicopter passed. He explained the diversity of YPGs test programs and highlighted the proving grounds history. She seemed impressed by the vast variety of tests we perform, said DeBoer. She viewed a very important program for the Army, so this was a good experience for everyone involved. Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, said that instead of viewing a collection of power point slides, she was able to the see the actual system in use. F r o m t h e A T E C G 1 D i r e c t o r s O f f i c e myPay Limited Access Account 1. Most employees are familiar with myPay, which is an automated system where an individuals Leave and Earnings Statement can be reviewed and printed. What employees may not know is that they can allow other individuals to their myPay account. This access is limited to view ing and printing tax and Leave and Earnings Statements. Individuals with limited access are not able to make pay re lated changes such as altering banking information and modifying allotments. 2. Granting someone limited access to myPay is done through the myPay website at https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx by clickin g on the Personal Setting Page link on the main menu and then selecting the Limited Access option. The login ID and password establish ed by the employee may be given to one or multiple individuals, at the employees discretion. The limited access password will expire every 150 days T he individual to whom permission has been granted will be prompted to change the password at the time myPay is accessed and the password has reached its 150 day expiration. 3 Dele ting a limited access account is simple and easy. The employee logs into myPay and clicks on the Delete your Limited Access Account link, on the Limited Access Account page. 4. Limited access is often a useful tool for spouses trusted caretakers, a nd tax preparers so they can view documents in myPay accounts without having the ability to make pay related changes. C i n d y K a n e G 1 H u m a n R e s o u r c e s D i r e c t o r ( A c t i n g )

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THE OUTPOST AUGUST 3, 2015 3Y3 00065294 $169 YPG introduces new mass communication system By Yolie Canales Yuma Proving Grounds Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization & Security (DPTMS), Ron Rodriguez and staff are cation referred to as AtHoc. This new system which is already in place at YPG, will notify anyone, anywhere, on any device when a mass warning needs to be sent to the workforce. The questions and answers below explain how the system will work at the proving ground. AtHoc is the name of a company that provides networked crisis communica tion. AtHoc is also the generic name for their subscription web-based mass warn AtHoc allows communication with personnel across networked computers, mobile devices, sirens, radios, and other media. It facilitates individuals to be able to communicate and interact from a mobile phone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, IP phone, email, text, interface or pager dependent on roles and permis sions. AtHoC allows emergency man agement personnel to share information, and create situational awareness: e.g., incident locations and evacuation routes. AtHoc is used throughout much of DoD and, with the inclusion of YPG, will be used at all installations that pri marily support the ATEC mission. YPG is launching AtHoc as part of the Armys Emergency Management Mod ernization Program (EM2P). AtHoc is System that in conjunction with other systems such as Giant Voice provides stallation personnel.AtHoc provides a rapid emergency accountability. The AtHoc system will enable Yuma Proving Ground to meet requirements with a system to commuand civilian personnel.in it?Basically, AtHoc software will be placed on all government systems on the YPG Intranet and associated with the user of that system. All organizations will have operators assigned responsible for ensuring that Soldiers, and government civilians self-enroll in the AtHoc system. Registration of personnel will generally include government supplied equipment including computers, landline or VOIP phones and Blackberry. These users can voluntarily enter other cell phones, e-mail addresses, and social media accounts. Select non-government personnel can sign-up for AtHoC on a case-by-case basis. are in contact via one of their designated or chosen means of communication. Examples of incidents that may spark closures due to running washes, areas to and other potential incidents that may spark an emergency message. An examis closed due to rain, employees can be routes are open before driving there to be turned around by DPS and then having remove the employees responsibility to communicate his/her situation with a supervisor. The subscriber information is maintained on a stand-alone secure server at a location on the east coast. The only personal information maintained on the server is the subscribers name, government numbers, e-mails and whatever other information the employee voluntarily provides. Again providing personal communications data is completely voluntary and must be done by the employee. After training is completed on 30 July, AtHoc will be available to employees as soon as they enroll. Based on feedback from other installations, quarterly updates are the norm. This is nothing more than the employee going into the system and either updating information or ensuring it is correctA new solution for communications between agencies

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4 AUGUST 3, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY4 Helping small business get the job done By Chuck Wullenjohn An organization may sponsor the best program imaginable, but without adequate communication, that program loses a tremendous portion of its effec tiveness. To prevent this, YPGs Mission-Installation Contracting Command (MICC) held its 3rd Acquisition Forecast Open House in early July to present informa tion regarding future contracting oppor tunities traditionally set aside for small business. These meetings take place twice each year. The meeting enabled over 60 company representatives to learn Col. Randy Murray, YPG commander, welcomes participants to Yuma Proving Grounds Mission-Installation Contracting Command (MICC) 3rd annual Acquisition Forecast Open House in early July. (Photos by Chuck Wullenjohn) Members of the YPG workforce joined participants attending the MICC open house where over 60 company representatives learn about and, hopefully, compete for future contracting opportunities set aside for small businesses. about and, hopefully, compete for those opportunities. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation, said Mike McDaniel, YPG MICC director. This meeting is important to the economic health of the entire county, for labor is provided locally and many of the supplies purchased by YPG come from the local area. The business opportunities discussed incorporate a large variety of professions and services. They include opportunities in: custodial; installation support services; facilities maintenance such as carpentry and high voltage electrical work; road maintenance; and much more. Detailed along with presentations by experts from outside agencies, including the Small Business Administration. Once again, we had an outstanding and immensely successful event with 62 participants at this years open house forum, said Georgette Dilworth, small business specialist from Yuma Proving Grounds MICC. In addition, the informative presentations given by Grant Ware, Director of Air Combat Systems on the U. S. Army Test & Evaluation Command; Gordon Rogers, garrison manager, who spoke on the U. S. Army Installation Management Command, and YPGs Public Works Directorate who briefed the audience on their requirements, were extremely appreciated. Small businesses are the largest employers in the United States, commented McDaniel. A great deal of innovation comes out of small businesses, so getting the word out of future opporwe want to do. Overall, I feel the event was excellent and the Small Business community was able to receive a lot of useful information, said Dilworth. Id like to express my appreciation to the Contracting team, directorates and the YPG Public Affairs for their great support. The MICC stands committed to ensuring the promotion of early exchanges of information about future acquisitions. An early exchange of information among industry and the program manager, in the acquisition process can identify and resolve concerns regarding the proposed acquisition and remedy any other industry concerns or questions. This exchange is what this open house was all about, said Dilworth.

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THE OUTPOST AUGUST 3, 2015 5Y5 LongRealtyYuma.com 10602 Camino Del Sol, Yuma, Az 85367 (928) 342-9851 THE YUMA EXPERTS We can make it happen00066157 00065847Spragues.com 32nd St. 726-0022(Next to Lowes) Exclusive On New & Used Guns MILITARY/LAW ENFORCEMENT PRICING INDOOR RANGE IS OPEN From OVER 1800 GUNS Gunsmith On Duty $399 VIEWPOINTSBy Mark SchauerHeroes open our eyes to possibilities, and inspire us in good times and bad. We asked members of the workforce which historical gure they admire most.Lt. Sean Underhill, YPG Police Department: Abraham Lincoln. He brought together a nation that was tearing itself apart. He was a self-motivated person who focused on education and brought the nation forward into new beliefs and ways of treating people that should have always been the norm. Heather Goyette,Librarian Franklin Roosevelt. He created jobs when we needed jobs and built a lot of infrastructure and national monuments that exist to this day. His leadership during World War II secured the world from fascist aggression. Jose Lopez Auto Skills Manager: Chesty Puller. He epitomized who and what a Marine is. Being a Marine and learning about him was really captivating to me. You want to be the best Marine you can and go above and beyond, and he was the Marines Marine.

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6 AUGUST 3, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY6 High performance aircraft bolster YPG operations By Mark Schauer YPGs 2,000 square miles of restricted airspace is getting busier. Home to a wide variety of combat helicopter and unmanned aircraft testing, the air drop test sorties in a typical year. Yet, since late last year, a U.S. Army Special has operated at the proving ground to support the expanding operations of the Military Freefall School, the tenant unit that trains elite parachutists. We have active duty pilots and active ing an Army cargo plane, said Sgt. 1st Class Cody Gustin, detachment sergeant. No contractors are involved except for maintenance. The Casa-212 aircraft that currently ferry freefall students for their jumps are being replaced by C27Js, a larger and faster aircraft that more closely resem bles the type of planes Special Forces operators use around the world. We can get two to three times as many jumpers in a plane at a time, get to altitude quicker, and get back down quicker, said Gustin. The Casa is a capable aircraft, just not that fast. The C27J, formerly used as a niche cargo plane to supplement the larger C-130, was extensively tested at YPG many as a high performance aircraft. Its got the same engine as a C-130J, with a great deal less drag and mass, said Gustin. Its an extremely capable aircraft. planes arrived in mid-June, with a second, joining it shortly after Independence Since late last year, a U.S. Army Special Operations Command ight detachment has operated at the proving ground to support the expanding operations of the Military Freefall School, the tenant unit that trains elite parachutists. The C27J aircraft seen here can achieve altitude more quickly than the aircraft formerly used to support the school, and also accommodates two to three times as many jumpers at a time. (Photos by Mark Schauer) numerous sorties per day, and enjoys the mission immensely. Working for the freefall school here is like working for an Operational Detachment Alpha for the 20-something years I was in the Regiment, said Chief Warevery day we are doing something important. The detachment expects an additional C27J by the end of the year, and YPGs the detachments presence. A new operations building, tensioned fabric hangar and large sunshade are in place, and another sunshade will be built in the near future. Weve got a good start, said Eicher. Hopefully we can save the Army money and get in lots of good training. Chief Warrant Ofcer Christopher Eicher, unit commander, is greeted by his family after arriving with the rst of the C27J aircraft.Weve got a good start. Hopefully, we can save the Army money and get in lots of good training, said Eicher. The C27J, formerly used as a niche cargo plane to supplement the larger C-130, accommodates palletized loads in addition to parachutists, as seen here. SEE OPERAT IONS page 7

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THE OUTPOST AUGUST 3, 2015 7Y7 Here, the rst of the high performance C27J aircraft in support of the Military Freefall School arrives at Laguna Army Aireld in midJune. A second arrived in July, and a third is expected by the end of the year. The C27J is a larger and faster aircraft that more closely resembles the type of planes Special Forces operators use around the world. The C27J, formerly used as a niche cargo plane to supplement the larger C-130, accommodates palletized loads in addition to parachutists, as seen here. OPERATIONSFROM PA GE 6

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THE OUTPOST AUGUST 3, 2015 9Y9 Local Dealers Local Buys Local ServiceCars, Trucks, Boats, RVs, Offroad! Search online. Find your next vehicle. Kick the tires. Drive it home.00062321 www.elliotthomes.com Elliott Homes Solar Communities: Sunset Terrace Townhomes 6171 E. Overlook Ln Just west of 24th St & Araby Rd 928-317-9701 Araby Crossing Araby & 32nd St 928-317-9701 Las Barrancas 12310 Grand View Dr Frontage Rd & 44th St 928-345-1623 Model Homes Open M-F 10am-5pm Weekends 11-5pm ROC #246945 ROC# 244491 VA Approved Builder Solar homes with a wealth of energy-saving, water-saving and money-saving features Excellent warranty from an experienced builder Close to MCAS Base Value prices range from the mid $100,000s to the high $300,000s Preferred lender assistance. Staff available to coordiante VA salesGo online! elliotthomes.com or facebook.com/elliotthomesyuma THREE new home communities with something for everyone. From upscale, low-maintenance townhomes at Sunset Terrace (with clubhouse and pool) to luxury living at Las Barrancas at the View. Ask about seller paid closing costs for VA buyers!00065495 Ten things everyone should know about DEPRESSION Submitted by Paul J. Kilanski, Family Advocacy Program Manager More than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from depression each year. Depression is not simply feeling sad. Like heart disease or diabetes, depression is a medical illness. The good news is that depression can be treated. It affects a persons thoughts, feelings, actions and health. It affects the way a person sleeps and eats. Depression can make it hard to go to school or work and can also affect relationships with other people. Depression can be triggered by changes in the brain, stress, illness or a painful life event. It can run in families and sometimes the cause is not always clear. If not treated, depression can last for weeks, months or years. People who are depressed cannot make themselves get better. Depression can affect men, women, children and older adults of every ethnicity and background. Others have many. Symptoms can come on suddenly or happen gradually over time. Some common symptoms are: Feeling sad or tiredness; changes in sleeping or eating habits; a loss of energy or enthusiasm; trouble thinking, concentrating and remembering; lack of interest in activities that once brought pleasure; physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment such as headaches, stomach problems and pain; feelings of guilt and despair; thoughts of death or suicide. If symptoms persist for longer than a few weeks, depression may be the cause. The health care provider will give a physical exam and ask questions about symptoms. A physical exam can rule out other causes such as another illness or medications that can cause depression-like symptoms. There are a variety of treatment options. Sometimes more than one approach is needed. Common treatments include: Antidepressant medicationThere are many types of antidepressant medications. You will need to work medication that works best. It may take several weeks or longer for the antidepressant to start working. Psychotherapy or counselingTherapy can help people change thought patterns and manage stress. While a person with depression cannot make himself get better, he or she may be able to help the process. Set small goals. Break big tasks into smaller ones. Stay active. Physical activity can help lift spirits. Eat three meals a day. Get plenty of sleep. Stay away from alcohol and other drugs. Try being around supportive people. The most important thing anyone can do for someone with depression, is to help them get treatment. It is also important to show care and concern. Do not ignore comments about suicide. Stay with the person until they get help. For people who are depressed, the hardest thing may be to reach out for help. This is, better. Visit the following websites: National Institute of Mental Health at: www.nimh.nih.gov National Alliance on Mental Illness www.nami. org, Mental Health America www. mentalhealthamerica.net If you are in crisis or afraid you may hurt yourself,

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