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Notable Native Americans /Page 3 Sheep, camels, other livestock help train military working dogs /Page 6 Counter-unmanned aircraft systems prove their worth at YPG /Page 7 SEE ATEC page 2 U.S. ARMY YUMA PROVING GROUND, YUMA, ARIZONA 85365 | VOLUME 50 NO. 19 MONDA Y, NOVEMBER 9, 2015 By Chuck Wullenjohn Army Test and Evaluation Command Commander Maj. Gen. Daniel Karbler spent two packed days at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground late last month visiting a wide variety of test sites and meeting since assuming command last June, Karbler viewed key projects in each mission area, listened to detailed on the challenging Hilly Trails test course. A friendly and personable man, he asked lots of questions and made a point of personally thanking each briefer for his or her professionalism, commitment and hard work. Before departing, Karbler took time to share some of his thoughts and insights regarding the world of military testing and the future. ATECs mission is to test military equipment and munitions. How important is this work to the national defense? Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, who assumed his position in August, has stated his three to be ready today. The second is to prepare for the Army of the future and the last deals with taking care of Soldiers and families. What we do in the test world directly contributes priorities. Last December, when we had a problem with 155mm howitzer tubes thousands of artillery rounds to make sure the tubes were safe to operate. This effort directly impacted the readiness of todays Army. The building within which I am sitting right now, Air Delivery, is where precision airdrop technology is tested. That work directly supports Soldiers in Afghanistan, as well as, prepares for the future. Whether its the Joint Lightweight Tactical Vehicle, future aviation platforms, or basically everything coming to the Army of the future, were testing now to make sure those systems are, effective, suitable, survivable, and safe to operate. This is directly in line with the priorities of General Milley. We dont want to procure equipment that has not been adequately tested that months or years down the road requires costly ATEC commander gets up close and personal view of YPG A friendly and personable man, ATEC commander Maj. Gen. Daniel Karbler made a point of personally thanking each employee he encountered for his or her professionalism, commitment and hard work, even aboard a tank under test. (Photo credit Mark Schauer)

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2 NOVEMBER 9, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY2 When you visit a test center, what types of things do you generally do and why are they valuable? with my ATEC teammates and thank them for what they do. I thank them for diligence in performing the test mission and thank them on behalf of the Army for ensuring that our Soldiers get only the best equipment. I like to visit test centers to get boots on the ground to see equipment being tested and talk with engineers and leadership to make sure testing is going right. I want to see what we at ATEC HQ can do to help. What have you seen at YPG that made a particular impression? Why?Having been a former customer of YPG, with Patriot missile units that came out for Weapons Tactical previously unaware of the scope of capabilities here. Range and space capabilities, aviation assets, artillery assets and gun crews, air delivery, the amount of controlled air space, the joint aspect of what goes on -incredible. The breadth and depth of Yuma Test Center and the proving ground as a whole is remarkable. YPG is the number one single employer of civilians in Yuma County. What message would you like to impart to the public about the YPG mission? The continued support to our Soldiers and civilians at YPG by the Yuma community is very much hope to get into the community to with which I know Yuma graces the proving ground. YPGs Commander and Command Sgt. Maj. have shared with me how patriotic this community is. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone in Yuma County for their great support. If you could gather the entire YPG workforce in a single room, what would you say to them? This is a big room we have! I would sincerely thank them for their attention to detail that separates what we do in the test world from what is done in the operational world. we have to be precise. I would also tell them to let me know when something is going off the rails or something. In terms of the federal budget, this is a time of uncertainty. How will this impact the ATEC and YPG future workload? Should individual employees be concerned?I wish I had a crystal ball. Given all the planning factors and given our assumptions for the budget that go out to FY19, frankly, I see little effect to individuals. The number of ATEC employees at Yuma Proving Ground is below the authorized level, which means the YPG workforce should be okay. I have advised commanders throughout ATEC to take a close look at hiring actions and to not hire to their authorized levels. Of course, physics gets a vote in this equation -we always need to maintain our capabilities and the quality of our work. Everyone in ATEC should keep themselves well informed about ongoing federal budget discussions. Individuals should vote and contact their congressional representatives if necessary. The Chief of Staff and the Secretary of Defense are both on record saying that sequestration is detrimental to the readiness of our forces. I certainly echo these sentiments. We feel it at ATEC, for we want to ensure we have the right amount of resources to fully test whatever equipment comes from program managers. Our mission is to uphold our motto truth in testing. The YPG workforce, like the ATEC workforce as a whole, is mostly made up of civilians. Do you see the same level of commitment to the military from people who wear a uniform and those who dont? commitment. Yesterday at YPG, I met a group of aspiring leaders for lunch. They were super smart engineers eager to do a good job. When I pointed out that they could be making more money on the outside, they talked of how unique their jobs are. When in school, they never thought they would be working with Abrams tanks, shooting artillery rounds or testing unmanned aircraft. These folks apply great engineering skills to serve their country and do a job that is unique and fascinating, as well as outside what their compadres are doing in other sectors of engineering. Yuma Proving Ground workforce. 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: 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. ATECFROM PAGE 1 Chief Warrant Ofcer Brian Perinon, chief of YPGs Airborne Test Force (left), leads Maj. Gen. Karbler on a tour of the parachute riggers shop. The breadth and depth of Yuma Test Center and the proving ground as a whole is remarkable, said Karbler. (Photo credit Chuck Wullenjohn)

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THE OUTPOST NOVEMBER 9, 2015 3Researched by Yolie Canales Editors Note: November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. During this month it is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. The following story is about the of the Cherokee nation and the struggles she endured when she and her family relocated to California from their native land of Oklahoma. Wilma Mankiller became the chief of the Cherokee nation. She was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, name Mankiller, derives from the high military rank achieved by a Cherokee ancestor. When she was 10 years old, her family relocated to San Francisco, Calif. In California, Mankiller graduated from high school, married and had two children. She studied sociology and went to work as a social worker. In 1969, she became active in the Native American Rights movement when the American Indian Movement (AIM) and other activists occupied Alcatraz. In 1974, after divorcing her husband, Mankiller and her two daughters, returned to her home in Tahlequah. She started working for the Cherokee nation while attending college. During this time, she was severely injured in a car crash that took the life of her best friend. Then, in 1980, just a year after the accident, she was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a chronic neuromuscular disease that causes varying degrees of weakness in the voluntary muscles of the body. Despite all these challenges Mankiller managed to complete a masters degree in Community Planning at the University of Arkansas. In 1983, she won election as deputy principal Cherokee chief and when the principal chief Ross Swimmer became head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1985, Mankiller succeeded him as principal chief. She won in her own right, two years later. By 1992, she received 82 percent of the vote. Mankiller was recognized for developing rural areas and providing services for Cherokee citizens. the Cherokee Nation grew from 55,000 to 156,000 tribal citizens. Through her work, she earned worldwide recognition for the Cherokee people. Her administration focused on the high unemployment rate and low levels of education on the reservation, and improving community health care and developing the economy of northeastern Oklahoma. She spent much of her time writing grants for health and education programs, including the Cherokee Home Health Agency and Head Start. She also created the Institute for Cherokee Literacy. We are better people and a stronger tribal nation because of her statesmanship, humility, grace, determination and decisiveness, Chad Smith, the Cherokees principal chief, said in a statement on the tribes Web site. When we become disheartened, we will be inspired by remembering how Wilma proceeded undaunted through so many trials and tribulations. In 1995, Mankiller was diagnosed with lymphoma and chose not to run for reelection. She was inducted into the National Womens Hall of Fame in 1993 and in 1998 President Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. remained an activist for NativeAmerican and womens rights until her death, on April 6, 2010, in Adair County, Oklahoma. Y3 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! 00072627 TLC MANAGEMENT Themis & Paul Cavanagh928.726.5557670 E 32nd St, Ste 9WWW.TLCMANAGEMENT.NETFind the Rental Home YOU Deserve AS A VETERAN,PAUL UNDERSTANDS THE NEEDS OF RELOCATING MILITARY FAMILIES AND IS DEDICATED TO ASSISTING ALL FAMILIES IN LOCATING THEIR NEXT RENTAL HOME. HE IS ALSO A RETIRED PEACE OFFICER WHO IS VERY SENSITIVE TO THE PARTICULAR NEEDS OF PLACING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THEIR FAMILIES. 00073326RESPONSIVE CONCERNED RELIABLE HERE FOR YOU! Notable Native AmericansWilma Mankiller, who was chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1985 to 1995, put much of her focus on education, health and housing. (Photo credit J. Pat Carter)

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4 NOVEMBER 9, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY4 Beach Club Apts. W00073318 By Teri Womack As the holiday season approaches that its been a busy 12 months for YPG and our involvement with the Yuma community -and its not over will round out 2015. On November 11, YPG Soldiers will be proudly waving from a Humvee as they travel through the streets of Yuma as part of the annual Yuma Veterans Day Parade. Col. Randy Murray, commander, and his wife, Deborah, will ride in a vintage convertible in the parades vanguard. Cpt. Steven Smith, chaplain, will provide the invocation and benediction at a ceremony honoring the end of World War I after the parade at the American Legion Hall on Virginia Drive. A bit of advice -be sure to arrive early to get a front row roadside seat and be sure to wave back! If you happen to be in the area of the Yuma Heritage Library at 1 p.m. on November 14th or 18th, stop in, pull up a chair, and soak up some history. The following presentations will be given by our very own YPG speakers: On November 13th, Chuck will present a slide show titled, Armys busiest test center increases military value each year. Heidner, Heritage Center Director, will show off his knowledge with a presentation entitled, Poston War Relocation Center the JapaneseAmerican internment camp in our backyard And you certainly dont want to miss the presentation given by Mark Schauer, Public Affairs Specialist, on November 18th titled UFO? Cold War frost in the Yuma desert. December kicks off with the City of Yuma Military Appreciation Day (MAD) on Saturday, December 5th, in downtown Yuma from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and you dont want to miss this day chock full and a scavenger hunt with local merchants. On the 9th of December, start the Guns public tours, sponsored with the Yuma Visitors Bureau. After the tour, it is topped off with a great lunch at the Cactus Caf, tour participants walk it off with a visit to the Heritage Center Museum. This year, we have added a miniversion of the big guns tour on Dec. 16th, called the YPG At Ease tour, of which there will be three. People love to see what we do out here at YPG on a daily basis! two holiday concerts of live music. The 62nd Army Band returns to Yuma on the 16th of December and will present two shows at the Yuma Historic Theatre. Tickets will go fast for both the 2 p.m. and the 7 p.m. shows! If you dont have the Christmas spirit when entering the theater to attend one of the concerts, youre almost guaranteed to have it when departing. This is a great way of year. December a big month for YPG community outreach events

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6 NOVEMBER 9, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY6By Chuck Wullenjohn The grunt of camels, bleating of sheep and cackle of chickens has returned to Yuma Proving Ground, as if the bygone days of homesteaders and the U.S. Army Camel Corps have returned but only for two days each month. Thats when Ben Standley of Yumas Camel Farm delivers a variety of barnyard animals, including two 1200 lb. camels, to YPGs K-9 Village to take part in realistic training for military working dogs and their handlers. Hundreds of military working dogs come through YPG each year to train amid lifelike village areas typical of Southwest Asia. The livestock is of realism, for as the trained dogs scents or odors, the sight, sound and smell of barnyard creatures can throw them off. Having the animals here is all about creating natural distractions, working dogs have to be able to discriminate between scents around them and not be distracted by the noise of animals. Military Working Dog Course Chief Staff Sgt. Alfred Nieto says this is critically important, for the intention of the YPG training is to integrate the canine teams into active forces. Overseas, our forces tend to operate in rural areas where barnyard animals are common, he animals seem to be everywhere, even inside houses. Sometimes these distractions at home helps limit problems later. Standley has been coming out to YPG for nearly three years, arriving around 6 a.m. He distributes the animals in secure cages throughout K-9 Village, with ample supplies of water, hay and food. Though the roster of animals varies a bit over the course of each year, sometimes including horses or cows, always making the trip are goats, sheep, donkeys, chickens, camels, and a goose. The 1200 lb. camels are docile creatures and rarely stomp or bare their teeth at the dogs, said Standley. The goose, however, can be mean. Shes aggressive and enjoys showing her dominance. The goose stands up straight and tall when seeing a dog approach, raising up as much as possible in order to appear large. its wings. I have observed a variety of reactions from the dogs, said Nieto. Some are curious, some are scared, and others dont know what to make of it. Many dont show any reaction at all. Most people feel the most unique animals among the menagerie visiting K-9 Village are the camels. Having lived and thrived in desert areas of the world for thousands of years, the most recognizable physical characteristic of camels are the humps on their backs. The humps are made of fatty tissue that get converted into energy and water whenever the need arises. consecutive days without water, camels are equipped with an inner eyelid that protects their eyes during sandstorms. Though they prefer meals of grass and grain, they can make a feast out of almost anything, including thorns, desert brush and bones even canvas tents. The interaction between barnyard animals and military working dogs at YPG is strictly controlled to prevent physical contact. We have over 300 animals at the farm and they all like coming out here, said Standley. All are desert heat. He likes to vary the animals the participants. The ones that dont get selected run around throwing a Sheep, camels, other livestock help train military working dogs The 1200 lb. camels are docile creatures and rarely stomp or bare their teeth at the dogs when they are in training. (Loaned photos) Though the roster of animals varies a bit over the course of each year, sometimes including horses or cows, always making the trip are goats, sheep, donkeys, chickens, camels, and a goose.

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THE OUTPOST NOVEMBER 9, 2015 7Y7at all. Most people feel the most unique animals among the menagerie visiting K-9 Village are the camels. Having lived and thrived in desert areas of the world for thousands of years, the most recognizable physical characteristic of camels are the humps on their backs. The humps are made of fatty tissue that get converted into energy and water whenever the need arises. consecutive days without water, camels are equipped with an inner eyelid that protects their eyes during sandstorms. Though they prefer meals of grass and grain, they can make a feast out of almost anything, including thorns, desert brush and bones even canvas tents. The interaction between barnyard animals and military working dogs at YPG is strictly controlled to prevent physical contact. We have over 300 animals at the farm and they all like coming out here, said Standley. All are desert heat. He likes to vary the animals the participants. The ones that dont get selected run around throwing a By Mark Schauer Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are the latest wonder of the aviation world. The United States military has used them for decades, and increasingly unmanned systems to perform dangerous reconnaissance and attack missions that save Soldiers lives. As the technology proliferates, however, Americas adversaries could potentially use UAS to target this nations troops, necessitating a robust counter-UAS defense system for use anywhere American forces may be deployed. U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground recently proved its mettle in this important and growing test mission in conjunction with the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF) that put counter-UAS systems under development through a series of rigorous scenarios. We had a total of nine counterUAS systems that came out to YPG to do performance characterization and assess their abilities to detect, identify, and neutralize UAS systems, said Peter Schaffer, electronic warfare branch team lead. Customers are interested in rapidly YPGs clear, stable air and vast institutional UAS testing knowledge makes it an attractive location to host this kind of work. Of at least equal importance to the counter-UAS mission, however, is the proving grounds robust sensortesting workload and ability to control a large swath of the radio frequency (RF) spectrum. YPG has more than 500 permanent radio frequencies, and several thousand temporary ones in a given month. Our ability to get RF clearances, unique, said Schaffer. We are a one-stop shop for this type of testing. The frequency authorizations Grant Ware, director of the Air Combat Directorate. The ability to jam that we have here is very Even more impressive was the fact When we came to YPG with the idea, we knew their team would with this event, even with such a short timeline said Lt. Col. Keith Matiskella, Solution Team Chief at the REF. We wanted to do a unique test, and the YPG team rose to the challenge. In addition to identifying sites suitable for the tests unique needs, YPG personnel obtained safety approvals for every piece of equipment brought to bear in the course of the evaluation, from the UAS themselves to ancillary components like radar trackers. We wanted to ensure we did everything possible to carry out the test safely, said Schaffer. This was put together rapidly, but we dont take shortcuts with safety. attitude that every single one of our to heart, added Mary Svoboda, health physicist. Their main goal is to run a safe, successful test. We have to pull in many to conduct a test this fortunate at YPG to have a large number of them. Realism in the scenarios was paramount: the test launched them from multiple points across YPGs vast test range, actively choosing spots that a real adversary might seek This is a blind test, said Schaffer. The systems dont know from where the UAS are going to be launched, and, once launched, they have to detect and track it. We score them on how long it takes each UAS and how accurate the tracking was. A variety of UAS were used over the course of days, against the systems under test. Some systems were capable of detecting and neutralizing targets, while others merely tracked them. In all, about 150 personnel supported the test, and all of this activity was accomplished without interfering with YPGs busy test mission in the more than 2,000 square miles of restricted airspace above the proving ground, a feat that required careful coordination with other test missions. Well over 100 the mock adversary forces changing position as necessary to make way for unrelated missions that required air space they had been using. The test was a success, and YPG mission increase going forward. I think its awesome that the aviation, electronic warfare, and sensor branches all worked together to make this happen, said Schaffer. Counter-unmanned aircraft systems prove their worth at YPG U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground recently proved its mettle in the important and growing counter-unmanned aircraft system test mission area by hosting a large scale exercise that put systems under development through a series of rigorous scenarios. In all, about 150 personnel supported the test. (Photo by Mark Schauer)

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THE OUTPOST NOVEMBER 9, 2015 9Y9 00073274 November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day the end took place on November 11, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson honored Day with the following words: To solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the countrys service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations... In 1954, Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, struck out the word Armistice and inserted the word Veterans. With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was moved around on the calendar, sometimes even appearing on the last Monday of October. Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor Americas veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and VIEWPOINTSOur nations 239 years of freedom did not come without a price. We asked members of the workforce to reect on what Veterans Day means to them.By Mark SchauerJuan Cuevas, branch chief: I am grateful for our veterans and the hard efforts they made at all hours to protect our freedom. Thats why I have great pride in what I do with the people at YTC making sure our Soldiers can do their job. My heart goes out to all the veterans: I have one cousin currently in the military, and one who is a veteran. My brother-in-law is also a veteran.Walter Lopez, test ofcer: It is a day to honor those people who have fought for our freedom and ensured our country is safe. Having a cousin in the Marines who has done two tours really makes it hit home. Ive seen many people like him, and it who have served, those who made it back with us and those who didnt.Ed Millis, data acquisition: I think Veterans Day should be America enjoys today, honor the men freedom, and ponder our contributions to keeping that honor vibrant and alive. Without our veterans, we could not have the America we live in today. The History of Veterans Day

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