U.S. ARMY YUMA PROVING GROUND, YUMA, ARIZONA 85365 | VOLUME 65 NO. 8 MONDA Y, APRIL 18, 2016 Y1Personnel parachute continues to be tested and rened Spring has sprung and residents of interior Alaska are eagerly anticipating mild spring weather and endless summer days. For U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center commander Lt. Col. Michael Kovacs, however, the season is bittersweet. Despite his efforts to extend his tour an extra year, the Army is calling him to a new duty station next month. Though disappointed to leave Alaska, 29 years in uniform have taught Kovacs that change is inevitable in the life of Well make sure my replacement is all set up and able to have a good time, too, he said with a smile. Kovacs made the most of his two year tour, staying active with plenty free time. It would be silly not to have a good time, he observed. This is a great assignment for exploring and getting outdoorsits almost criminal if you dont. He has also been a regular participant in swimming and intramural basketball at Fort Greely, and won post-wide notice when he won a bench-pressing competition impressive 425 pounds. Its all in good fun, he said. There are a great many young Soldiers with the missile defense get on the map somehow. Kovacs time in Alaska has hardly been all fun and games, however. Aside from overseeing an increasingly busy workload at the Armys only cold weather testing facility, Kovacs also completed two Masters degrees during his command: one in public policy administration from the University of Missouri and the other in procurement and acquisition from Webster University. Having deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan seven times and spending time in the project Departing commander leaves mark on Cold Regions Test Center By Mark Schauer Mass combat jumps of paratroopers have taken place in virtually every large-scale deployment of American forces since World War II. Useful for seizing behind enemy lines, which can then be used to receive and deploy more troops and armaments, the tactic was used successfully by American forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. As the decades have passed, the personnel parachutes American Soldiers use have advanced to meet modern requirements of design and function. The current T-11 parachute offers jumpers a slow By Mark SchauerUS ARMY PHOTOYPG is home to all manner of parachute testing, with spacious and instrumented ranges large enough to accommodate even the worlds largest parachutes. Rigorously testing personnel parachutes like the T-11 is a one-stop shop for customers.SEE PARACHUTE page 2 SEE DEPARTING page 3Congressional staffers get blown away at YPG /Page 4 Yuma Proving Ground: Armys busiest test organization /Page 6 Seeing Alaska through a camera lens /Page 8
2 APRIL 18, 2016 THE OUTPOSTY2 and stable descent, especially in high winds, and can support more weight than previous parachutes, a crucial robust, but heavy gear. Also, since the T-11s canopy deploys slowly and further away from the aircraft than preceding parachutes, the Army was able to increase the gross cargo weight of a C-17 aircraft by 15,000 pounds, which allows the aircraft to safely carry more fuel or cargo. A decade ago, the T-11 underwent extensive developmental testing at YPG that proved it extraordinarily capable. Its a complex system with a large canopy and a lot of components and we rigged many, many malfunctions into them during developmental testing and could not make the parachute fail, recalled Keith Allen, team lead in the Aviation Systems and Electronic Test Division who has also served as an Army paratrooper. We through corner vents. We put different There is always room for improvement, however, and recently the T-11 has returned to YPG for testing of different packing canopy and the reserve canopy Soldiers depend on if the main fails. The purpose of the test is to changes that will ease the burden on riggers as well as improve performance, said Allen. For nearly a year, YPG testers conducted mannequin drops several times, gathering performance data on each of the newly proposed packing results to data gathered when the underwent developmental testing at the proving ground in 2005. Since there is no physical instrumentation on the parachutes themselves during these tests, evaluators depend on ground-based tracking instruments for deployment, particularly its critically The testers used strain link systems installed on the parachutes risers to measure its peak opening force. Currently, similar testing is being performed on the T-11s reserve canopy that could eventually result in changes to its components and YPG is home to all manner of parachute testing, with spacious and instrumented ranges large enough to accommodate even the worlds largest cargo parachutes. Testing personnel parachutes is a one-stop shop for customers, Allen says. You have to be able to rig these parachutes into malfunctions to test different scenarios, he said. We have the institutional knowledge of how to do that, and there is really nowhere else in the Department of Defense that has that and the facilities we have. We also have all the historical data, which is another advantage. 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: Mark Schauer T echnical Editor, Cold Regions T est 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 A TEC and ARNEWS. While contributions are solicited, the PA O reserves the right to edit all submitted materials and make corrections, changes or deletions to conform with the policy of this newspaper. DEPARTING PARACHUTEFROM PA GE 1 US ARMY PHOTOThe current T-11 parachute offers jumpers a slow and stable descent, and can support more weight than previous parachutes. Recently, the T-11 has returned to YPG for testing of different packing congurations. Yuma County FairA record 181,000 people attended the six day 2016 Yuma County Fair, with many stopping by YPGs exhibit. (Left) Arizona legislator Charlene Fernandez discusses YPGs impact on combat readiness with Public Affairs Ofcer Chuck Wullenjohn. (Below) Public Affairs Specialist Mark Schauer shows a young visitor the three primary Army helmets of the 20th century. He was thrilled to try on all three.US ARMY PHOTOS
THE OUTPOST APRIL 18, 2016 3Y3management side of Army procurement earlier in his career, Kovacs says getting an up close and personal look at testing in an extreme environment was especially rewarding. I got to see the extensive coordination that has to go into a test and what has to be done to make people, facilities and trails available in this environment, he said. You dont just step into a test here. There are risks involved and a lot of work goes into mitigating them. Most of all, however, he expresses intense admiration for the rugged professionals that make up CRTCs workforce. Given the extreme climate, recruiting potential workers engineers may not have the ability or inclination to put their skills to work in the brutally cold winters. The biggest challenge is maintaining rugged professionals, those golden nuggetspeople who may not have the papers, but have the experience to get the job done in challenging conditions and leave During his command, CRTC has areas, one example being the new Vertical and Horizontal Machining Centers that can fabricate parts for test items and specialized infrastructure in a small fraction of the time it takes a manually-operated machine. Kovacs is especially excited about populating the Acquisition Lessons Learned Portal with Man and Material in the Cold reference documents and comprehensive records of cold performance experiences to avoid previous mistakes and provide the basis for making improvements in system development. People ask for that kind of information and it takes a lot of effort to put a packet together to answer those questions, said Kovacs. Or, you may get a nebulous question like, what are the top 10 things should be able to easily retrieve and package that type of information for a customer or be involved earlier in product development discussions. such a database could be made to store records encompassing the test centers entire history, with tests of decades past having vital relevance to equipment under evaluation in the modern day. CRTC did a test in 1956 where there wasnt room inside the wheel well for the tire chainthe designers didnt think of that, said Jeff Lipscomb, CRTC technical director. We had a test in more recent years that had a similar problem, and likely well see the same problem again in the future. A lessons learned database is something Lt. Col. Kovacs has been championing that is really valuable and I think will be money in the bank for a lot of people. My initiative and drive has been to develop a Google-like search and organization tool for horizontal information exchange across the federal science, technology and acquisition communities in a common language, Kovacs added. The idea is to improve collaboration, requirement focus, investment decision analysis and transparency. We should be able to cross link requirements, engage the broad technical community and compile reviews and comments about initiatives and requirements in one place and pick out what we need to move forward. Nothing is absolute, but there is a real value in knowing what was done in the past. His tenure at CRTC earned high praise from many, including Maj. Gen. Daniel Karbler, commander of the Army Test and Evaluation Command. The leadership up here is phenomenal, said Karbler. You dont have a happy workforce in an extreme environment like this if you dont believe in what youre doing and if you dont have great leaders who are motivating you every day to do well. Next Outpost deadline is noon April 21stSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720 DEPARTINGFROM PA GE 1 PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUERDespite efforts to extend his current tour an extra year, Cold Regions Test Center commander Lt. Col. Michael Kovacs is slated to begin his next assignment in May. As CRTC commander, Kovacs oversaw an increasingly busy workload at the Armys only cold weather testing facility, completed two Masters degrees, and spearheaded a data portal that will facilitate information exchange across the federal science, technology, and acquisition communities.
4 APRIL 18, 2016 THE OUTPOST A dozen staffers from Democratic throughout Arizona recently made a whirlwind tour of state military activities, including stopping at Yuma Proving Ground for a long afternoon that extended into the evening. Why so long? The answer is that their last YPG stop was at the vertical wind tunnel where the staffers had the rare opportunity of suiting up anything like this before and found it a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Everyone agreed that the experience of free-falling was fun and exhilarating, but the YPG visit had a serious side as well. They viewed lots of military equipment undergoing testing and exchanged thoughts with YPG personnel. Col. Randy Murray, commander, provided a detailed YPG subjects. Michael Brownlie, deputy chief of staff for Rep. Christine Sinema (DAZ), says it gave everyone the chance to see the breadth, importance and integration of military installations within communities throughout Arizona, as well as the diversity of military assets within the state. better understanding of how we can be supportive back in Washington, D.C., when coming up with budgets, he said. Its good to see the value of what is accomplished at YPG and throughout Arizona, and it helped us for our state. Jeremy Hayes, professional staffer for the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman Senator John McCain (R-AZ), agrees the visit was valuable, and was even revelatory to those having no military background or who were visiting for The federal budget differs each cycle and, as a result, our challenges are different, so its very useful to see how dollars are spent, he said. These visits allow us to view what is happening on the ground versus what we hear verbally or see on PowerPoint charts back in Washington, D.C. Hayes says he has been in his job for two years. To illustrate how things change, he pointed out that the Islamic State, known as ISIS, was not a known potent threat two years ago. The war in Syria has greatly grown during that time. Events like these have effects out here in Arizona, just like in Washington, D.C, he said. Hayes says there is a push on Y4 TLC MANAGEMENT Themis & Paul Cavanagh928.726.5557670 E 32nd St, Ste 9WWW.TLCMANAGEMENT.NETFind the Rental Home YOU Deserve AS A VETERAN,PAUL UNDERST ANDS THE NEEDS OF RELOCA TING MILIT ARY F AMILIES AND IS DEDICA TED TO ASSISTING ALL F AMILIES IN LOCA TING THEIR NEXT RENT AL HOME. HE IS ALSO A RETIRED PEACE OFFICER WHO IS VERY SENSITIVE TO THE PARTICULAR NEEDS OF PLACING LA W ENFORCEMENT AND THEIR F AMILIES. RESPONSIVE CONCERNED RELIABLE HERE FOR YOU! By Chuck Wullenjohn acquisition process to make the process faster and cheaper. He says some feel testing is an area in which time and money can be saved. He is quick to add, however, that neither he nor Senator McCain agrees. What we have seen over the decades in combat operations is that if you dont do the proper testing downrange that the weapon system doesnt work the way it should, he explained. That winds up having Soldiers. He said the Government independent, non-partisan watchdog for Congress) recently conducted a year-long investigation to study this issue and reported that no evidence exists that testing caused cost Congressional staffers get blown away at YPGPHOTOS BY CHUCK WULLENJOHNFor most of the staffers, ying within the vertical wind tunnel was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, never to be forgotten. Military Freefall School Commander Maj. Josh Enke briefs the staffers about freefall parachuting techniques before they don their suits and step into the vertical wind tunnels ight chamber.
THE OUTPOST APRIL 18, 2016 5Y5 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! acquisition process to make the process faster and cheaper. He says some feel testing is an area in which time and money can be saved. He is quick to add, however, that neither he nor Senator McCain agrees. What we have seen over the decades in combat operations is that if you dont do the proper testing downrange that the weapon system doesnt work the way it should, he explained. That winds up having Soldiers. He said the Government independent, non-partisan watchdog for Congress) recently conducted a year-long investigation to study this issue and reported that no evidence exists that testing caused cost overruns or delays. The issue for us is that testing is good and we need to keep doing it to ensure full value for the American taxpayer and the safety of our Soldiers, Hayes said. YPG employee Mike Dickerson, safety engineer in the Munitions and Weapons Division, who provided an overview of testing of the M777 155mm howitzer, echoed many at the proving ground when he extolled the importance of visits like this. Its essential for Yuma Proving Ground to project a strong image to visitors, he said. the Army and the critical importance of the testing we perform. Congress controls the purse strings, so the better face we show, the better for us. believes the visit was an excellent demonstration of how members of the two major political parties, liberal and conservative, can work successfully together, despite the polarization that exists on some issues. When it comes to issues important to our state, we all come together as LO ANED PHOTOThe Museum of History in nearby Felicity, Ca., recently held a series of events that attracted a huge crowd from Yuma, including Col. Randy Murray, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Sean Ward. Some of the visitors journeyed from far away, such as French Foreign Minister Jean-Marie Daillet. The purpose of the event was to unveil a new granite plaque honoring the success of women in the world of parachuting, with almost one dozen women record holders in attendance. The U.S. Parachute Association also honored Generals James Gavin and William Ryder for the prominent roles they played in the history of parachuting. Congressional staffers get blown away at YPG Air Combat Test Directorate Team Leader Keith Allen describes C-130 wind vortex testing to a particularly interested staffer who stayed behind to talk with him after the remainder of the group moved on. Mike Dickerson, safety engineer in the Ground Combat Test Directorate, highlights the capabilities of the M119 and M777 howitzers, both of which have been tested at YPG for many years. The visitors expressed great interest in the M777s new chrome tube that signicantly extends the life of the barrel. History Remembered
6 APRIL 18, 2016 THE OUTPOSTY6 Members of the public driving on highway 95 through Yuma Proving Ground often wonder what activities take place there, for little can be seen from the road. Some are left with the impression that little occurs or assume that the proving ground is nothing more than a World War 1 style vast no-mans land into which Everyone in the YPG workforce knows how wrong they are! One of the largest military installations in the world, about one-third the size of Massachusetts and bigger than the state of Rhode Island, YPGs role in maintaining the quality of Americas combat forces is enormous. A tremendous variety of military tests are conducted around the year at the proving ground, consisting of nearly every weapon system and munition in the ground combat arsenal. Yuma Proving Ground performed nearly two million man-hours of work last year, making it the Armys busiest test center for the fourth year in a row. Yuma Proving Ground features one of the longest overland artillery ranges (40 miles) in the nation, the most highly instrumented helicopter armament test range in the Department of Defense, over 200 miles of improved road courses for testing tracked and wheeled vehicles, cable linking test locations, the most modern mine and demolitions test facility in the western hemisphere, constructed to defeat the threat of improvised explosive devices. Six unmanned aerial system testing offered through restricted airspace over a variety of terrain conditions, from gentle valleys to craggy mountain peaks. Unmanned aircraft testing is one of the proving grounds growth areas. Nearly all the primary ground weapon systems deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan underwent extensive testing at the proving ground. Normally, between 60 and 90 tests are ongoing at any one time. The proving grounds sparkling clean air, low humidity, skimpy rainfallonly about three inches per yearand annual average of 350 sunny days, add up to almost perfect testing and training conditions. Urban encroachment and noise concerns are non-existent problems, unlike many other military installations. A part of the Army Test and Evaluation Command, Yuma Proving Grounds mission is to conduct tests on medium and long range artillery, aircraft armament and sensor systems, cargo and personnel airdrop systems, unmanned aircraft, armored vehicles and automotive equipment, technologies for defeating roadside bombs, and much more. Three test centers fall under the proving ground umbrella that feature extreme natural environments the Cold Regions Test Center, Alaska, the Tropic Regions Test Center that tests in Panama, Suriname and other tropic areas, and Yuma Test Center, Arizona. The proving grounds workforce is a thoroughly integrated team. Nearly 2400 people work at the proving ground to accomplish the demanding test workload. Yuma Countys largest single employer of civilians and the countys primary high tech workplace, the proving ground sends over $450 million dollars into the economy each year. In the modern world, Yuma Proving Ground plays a vital role in maintaining the technical excellence and high quality of Americas military arsenal. U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground is well positioned to meet the challenges of our young century.Yuma Proving Ground: Armys busiest test organization By Chuck Wullenjohn US ARMY PHOTO A huge variety of weapon systems are tested at YPG, from mortars and parachutes to artillery and unmanned aircraft. Even cancelled Army systems, such as the Non-Line of Sight Cannon seen here, have been extensively tested at the proving ground prior to cancellation.
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8 APRIL 18, 2016 THE OUTPOSTY8 If theres no photo, it didnt happen. This popular catchphrase is especially true in the world of military test and evaluation, where test photography can pinpoint the exact fraction of a second a critical piece of equipment failed, allowing the system in question to be made better and stronger. This vital work is even more harsh winters and terrain of U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center. It takes talent and tenacity, and recently hired test photographer Sebastian Saarloos has earned high plaudits from his fellow rugged professionals. I cant always predict when Im going to have an issue that needs photo documentation, said Richard responds as quickly as the geography and his schedule allows. He has raised the standard for photography support and is an excellent credit to the test support division that always supports us on short notice. Saarloos is a common presence on test sites at CRTC, but helps less visible support activities as well. We need a photographer from time to time, but he goes far beyond that, said Sam Porter, machinist. At CRTC, job descriptions are a starting point: you can take the ball and run with it, and Sebastian does that. Porter recalls an incident where a test customer needed a part fabricated quickly and the design drawings he received were low resolution and enhanced the drawings resolution and printed up copies for Porter and his colleagues to work with. It sounds like a simple thing, but when you dont have them it becomes Porter. Though Delta Junction-native Saarloos has had in interest in digital photography since he was an junior high school, he didnt own a camera until 2009, and didnt take up the profession in earnest until two years after that. I was juggling working with my dads surveying company and photography, he said. Since it was a family business, I was able to do that, especially in winter when business was slow. the self-taught photographer using a used camera as he sought out Alaskas immense beauty. I was up on the Denali Highway once and there were rainbows all around me in two different directions, he recalled. I was taking all these pictures and the shutter broke. Yet he continued, and his perseverance trekking into remote areas and waiting hour after hour in interior Alaskas long winter nights for the perfect photo paid off. Aside from capturing a wide variety of dazzling aurora shots, he snagged photos of even rarer phenomenon like paraselenae or moon dogs, where moon light is refracted off of ice crystals in cirrus clouds, forming each side of the real thing, which is surrounded by a radiant halo. His crisp shot of one such occurrence over mountains looming over Lower Miller Creek was featured in a photo of the day article on the Space. com website in 2013 and was later reprinted in a National Geographic book called Illustrated Guide to Nature. The editors said this was the best he said. His Alaska nature photography routinely reaches hundreds of thousands of viewers on his personal Facebook page, and one image shared by NASA topped four million: more Alaska. His work has appeared in places from the Wall Street Journal to Seeing Alaska through a camera lens By Mark Schauer Photographer Sebastian Saarloos has earned high plaudits from his fellow rugged professionals at Cold Regions Test Center for his tireless support of the test mission. He has raised the standard for photography support and is an excellent credit to the test support division, said Richard Reiser, test ofcer.PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUERCold Regions Test Center photographer serves nation, community
THE OUTPOST APRIL 18, 2016 9Y9the interior of a Japanese weather calendar, a copy of which hangs in Aside from the demands of his job at CRTC, he and his wife have a growing family to think about now, including a toddler son and a daughter on the way. I dont have much extra time on weekends, so I pick and choose the times I go out to do aurora photography now, he said. I miss it, but I enjoy being with my family a lot more. He keeps busy in his church and occasionally helps out with jobs in his fathers surveying business on weekends, but every Tuesday night city hall, where he is currently serving his second stint on the towns volunteer, nonpartisan city council. In his last election, he ran unopposed and drew 69 votes. I just do it because I like having a say in how our town runs, he said. Delta Junction may be a small community, but the city council faces weighty issues not uncommon to other towns across the country. Low oil prices of late mean lower tax revenues for the State of Alaska, and Delta Junction has no municipal taxes. Aside from these bread and butter issues, there are controversies over quality of life and social issues, too. One example involved a recently approved statewide ballot measure that legalized recreational use of marijuana in a citizens home, but allowed municipalities to ban its retail sale within city limits. Saarloos drafted an ordinance to do this, but ended up voting against it after intense public comment at a city council meeting. Even though I personally dont want to see it sold in retail stores, impose my own personal views, it is to represent my constituents, he said. Thats my philosophy, anyway. Saarloos hopes to spend his career at CRTC, but, no matter what, intends to stay in Alaska. Id rather stock grocery shelves than live somewhere else. This is home for my wife and I, and our families. VIEWPOINTSBy Mark SchauerMany of Cold Regions T est Centers rugged professionals are transplants from other parts of the United States. For this viewpoint, we asked Alaskan transplants about their rst impression of the state.Robyn OHalloran, resource manager and never dreamt I would ever live here. Adak, in the Aleutian chain, is on the same latitude as Seattle, so the weather wasnt very much different from there. It was windblown and treeless, but the weather was good by Alaskan standards, there were good schools, and beautiful views of the ocean and mountains.Dan Wozniczka, meteorologistThe size and expanse of everything was overwhelming. I arrived in May, which was a great time of year to come. I was taken aback by how beautiful everything was, and that really grabbed ahold of me. Unless you are Julie Brennan, administrative assistantAn exhausting two week trip from Michigan, driving my husband traveling in front of me with all of our household items to a place I had never seen before was quite an experience. Delta Junction was the place that many new challenges, but I was very pleased raising my family here. PHOTO BY SEB ASTIAN SAARLOOSSaarloos crisp photo of the rare atmospheric anomaly called paraselenae was used in National Geographics Illustrated Guide to Nature. The editors said it was the best known example they could nd, he said. In his free time, Saarloos (center, right) serves on Delta Junction, Alaskas volunteer, non-partisan city council. My job as an elected ofcial is not to impose my own personal views, it is to represent my constituents, he said.PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUER
10 APRIL 18, 2016 THE OUTPOST Y10 www.primecareyuma.com(928) 341-4563 w88591 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. Depression affects the mind and the body. 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. There is no single cause of depression. Depression can be 10 things everyone should know about depression
THE OUTPOST APRIL 18, 2016 11 Y11 I like old trucks. I like Detroit cast iron, a no-nonsense dash panel, and a bench seat where you can sit up and drive with an elbow out the window. I feel fortunate to have grown up on a farm in the day of the Chevy Apache and the old Dodge Power Wagon. Now, one of the things Ive noticed about YPG is that for a lot of folks out here, the higher your grade and salary, the poorer your vehicle. That new Ford F-150 you saw entering the parking lot was just purchased by some wet-behindthe-ears kid who just started his third week on the job, and it ended up parked next to his bosss 2001 Toyota pickup with the peeling clear coat, the sun-rotted interior, and 350,000 miles on the clock. As for me, since Im now a town guy and I like my vehicles to easily currently drive a 1993 Ford Ranger. A six-cylinder extended cab with four-wheel drive, a hitch for my trailers, with about 245,000 miles on it. Faded red paint whereas a result of a lot of trips out across the Kofa Wildlife Refugetheres more than a little Arizona pin striping running down along the sides. In addition to the daily drive out to YPG, the Ranger is great for hauling stuff to the house from hardware stores, playing in the mud after a rain as long as the mud isnt too deep, and taking whacks from shopping carts in stride. Theres no better place to take a coffee break while on a job outside than sitting on the tailgate of your air conditioner works great during our toasty Yuma summers, and the annual license tabs cost only 19 bucks, Im going to keep it around a little while longer. But, what not includes being a macho truck, a vehicle accessorized with all the latest high-tech gadgets, or a vehicle with the type of look that grabs peoples attention when it into my lifestyle so well. Well, time to head down range in my departments GSA truck. Its a nice ride, but looking at that odd rotating gear selector knob on the dashIm just sayingI really do miss that shift lever. Shooting the BreezeLil Red T rucks By David J. Horn 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. Depression affects the mind and the body. 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. There is no single cause of depression. 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. Depression is not a passing mood. If not treated, depression can last for weeks, months or years. People who are depressed cannot make themselves get better. Anyone can become depressed. Depression can affect men, women, children and older adults of every ethnicity and background. Some people have only a few symptoms of depression. Others have many. Symptoms can come on suddenly or happen gradually over time. Some common symptoms are: Feeling sad or irritable for no trouble thinking, concentrating and 10 things everyone should know about depression Submitted by Paul J. Kilanski SEE DEPRESSION page 12
12 APRIL 18, 2016 THE OUTPOSTY12 Yuma Proving Ground deployed a Community Strengths and Themes Assessment (CSTA) last month. been completed to date, so lets keep up the momentum! Our goal is to achieve 100% participation! For those who may not have seen the original article in the 22 Mar issue of the Outpost, please read on! The assessment will be open from one to three months, depending upon how long it of responses to the assessment. Current army regulations direct installations to assess communities for health risk factors and needs on an annual basis. No personal health information is collected. All U.S. Army Public Health Center surveys meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enacted by Congress in 1996. The Vice Chief of Staffs Leaders and Healthcare providers must engage in an interdisciplinary approach, comprised of several lines of effort, with an aim to: (1) increase effectiveness of health surveillance, detection and response efforts to identify, refer and treat Soldiers and cultural stigma associated with and (3) develop resiliency, coping skills and encourage help-seeking behavior among our Soldiers and Families. The CSTA is a holistic approach to assessing the community for needs. It is designed to capture the pulse of the community members feelings on quality of life, health, safety, and satisfaction within the environment of an Army installation. This assessment will establish a baseline for health promotion. assessment are many. One is to Ready and Resilient program, i.e., physical, social, family, emotional, and spiritual. Others are: for the YPG community to be able to assess strengths and weaknesses based upon the data for making improvements but are not limited to: sleep physical activity, support for nursing mothers, weight management, stress management, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, signs, symptoms and emergency response to heart attack and stroke, occupational health and safety, vaccine-preventable diseases, occupational supports, worksite background information, etc. Assessment intended audience is Active Duty Soldiers, DA Civilians, Family members, retirees and contractors. In other words, anyone that lives and/or works at YPG, to include tenant units. From the assessment, the top issues, and in turn tasks them to the Community Health Promotion Council, which meets quarterly. This is a part of developing a strategic plan for health promotion. Participants will be able to take the assessment in a variety of ways. By using the link in this article, HousingGram, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Manager will give service members and DA civilians credit for one (1) hour of ASAP training. If you are interested, contact Mr. Chris Lee at 928-328-2249 or email to christopher.a.lee24.civ@mail. mil, once you have completed the assessment.T o take the assessment, please go to: https://usaphcapps.amedd.army.mil/Survey/ se.ashx?s=2511374566FF1DCF. For more information, please contact Ms. Connie Everly at 928-328-2167 or email to Connie.email@example.com. Community Strengths & Themes Assessment in progressBy Connie EverlyYPG HEALTH PROMOTION OFFICER interest in activities that physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment such as headaches, stomach feelings of guilt and death or suicide. If symptoms persist for longer than a few weeks, depression may be the cause. Talking to a health care in treating depression. 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. With treatment, most depression. 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 with a health care provider to 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. Healing from depression takes time. 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 to be around supportive people. Family and friends can help. 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, toward getting better. For more information talk with your health care provider or contact your local mental health services. Visit these websites: National Institute of Mental Health 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, call 1-800-273TALK (1-800-273-8255). DEPRESSIONFROM PA GE 11
THE OUTPOST APRIL 18, 2016 13Y13 w87576 Hop In Today For Sweet Deals! Drinking too much alcohol increases peoples risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April during Alcohol Awareness Month the YPG Army Substance Abuse Program encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much. To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, YPG is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month. If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking: than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men. drink. you will not drink. drink a lot. drink. The YPG Army Substance Abuse Program reminds you that if you, or someone you know, is making alcohol drinking choices which are causing problems in relationships, at physically or legally, its time to get Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow. For more information about alcoholism and recovery (928) 328-3090 or stop by building right now.Alcohol Awareness Tips and FactsAlcohol acts as a central nervous system depressant drug which is rapidly absorbed by the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream and then circulated to every organ in the body. The Centers for Disease Control reports 88,000 deaths are attributed to excessive alcohol consumption which makes alcohol the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death for the nation. A standard drink is any drink that contains 0.6oz of pure alcohol which is equivalent to: 12 oz. beer 5 oz. of wine 1.5 oz. of distilled spirits of liquor Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink per hour, no more than 2 drinks per day, and no more than 3 drinks on any special occasion to ensure you dont encounter any negative health or legal side effects. People who drink regularly and over the 1-2-3 guidelines develop tolerance over time causing the drinker to have to drink more to tolerance does not protect against the ill-effects such as health and legal consequences.For more information and materials, contact: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (http://samhsa.gov/) at ncadiinfo@ samhsa.hhs.gov. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) http://www.niaaa. nih.gov/(NIAAA) at firstname.lastname@example.org. YPG Army Substance Abuse Program 928-3282249/3090 stroke, occupational health and safety, vaccine-preventable diseases, occupational supports, worksite background information, etc. Assessment intended audience is Active Duty Soldiers, DA Civilians, Family members, retirees and contractors. In other words, anyone that lives and/or works at YPG, to include tenant units. From the assessment, the top issues, and in turn tasks them to the Community Health Promotion Council, which meets quarterly. This is a part of developing a strategic plan for health promotion. Participants will be able to take the assessment in a variety of ways. By using the link in this article, HousingGram, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Manager will give service members and DA civilians credit for one (1) hour of ASAP training. If you are interested, contact Mr. Chris Lee at 928-328-2249 or email to christopher.a.lee24.civ@mail. mil, once you have completed the assessment.T o take the assessment, please go to: https://usaphcapps.amedd.army.mil/Survey/ se.ashx?s=2511374566FF1DCF. For more information, please contact Ms. Connie Everly at 928-328-2167 or email to Connie.email@example.com.Community Strengths & Themes Assessment in progress
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THE OUTPOST APRIL 18, 2016 15Y15 928.210.9575 Rob Turner CUSTOMER SERVICE IS MY #1 PRIORITYReady to Work for You with Cutting Edge ServiceHello my name is Rob, Ive lived in Yuma 29 years and have a Broad knowledge of the Area and Community we live in. Im a Full time Agent Dedicated to Educating clients on the Blue Print of a Successful Real Estate Transaction. I will work Diligently to provide you the most up to date Real Estate information for you to Sell/Buy your home. Having a strong knowledge of todays shifting market and Working with a Strong Team of Agents with knowledge of todays market. I am firstname.lastname@example.org Cocopah RV & Golf ResortReturn this form with payment to:For more information about Sponsorship opportunities and gol ng! Call 928-783-2427Ask for Judy or Mirna Sponsor Name _________________________ Contact Name _________________________ Phone # and /or email __________________ Sponsor Level $ ________________________ Hole Sponsor $ ________________________ Single Player $ _________________________ LIST TEAM PLAYERS1. ____________________Handicap ______ 2. ____________________Handicap ______ 3. ____________________Handicap ______ 4. ____________________Handicap ______ TEAM MINIMUM HANDICAP 50 w88847 Almodova Roofing & Insulation FREE Estimates SAFETY CORNERSymptoms of Heat-Related Illness? THIRST : When you feel thirsty, your body is telling you it is already dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water, even if you dont feel thirsty. HEAT EXHA USTION: According to the Arizona Department of Health, heat exhaustion occurs when the heavy sweating usually because of a strenuous activity or working in a hot environment. Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, and fatigue. HEAT STROKE: HEAT STROKE IS LIFE-THREATENING. Call 9-1-1 if you think youre experiencing heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the bodys internal temperature rises to a dangerous level that can cause brain damage or death. Signs of heat stroke include hot, red and rapid or weak pulse and shallow breathing. The bodys normal temperature is 98.1 degrees. A very high temperature is considered 105-degrees, according to the Arizona Department of Health. HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST THE HEAT : When the temperatures get hot, its easy for us to get dehydrated, and suffer from heat exhaustion. In Arizona, the heat can be dangerous. There are ways to protect yourself against the heat: DRINK PLENTY OF W ATER! Water is the best way to keep your bodys temperature cool. The National Weather Service says to keep yourself hydrated even if you dont feel thirsty. Drinking non-alcoholic beverages. KEEP YOURSELF COOL. Whether it is inside a restaurant or your home, spend time in air-conditioned spaces to keep yourself cool. This will protect your body, get you out of the sun, and youll feel better. WEAR LIGHT CLOTHING. Lightsun light and keep you cool. Wear a baseball cap or a big hat to keep the sun out of your face. LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE. Dont stay out in the sun too long. You wont be as hot, and you can protect your skin from getting burned. SLOW DOWN. Working out, running, bike riding or hiking are ways to keep your body healthy and active. Reserve strenuous activities when the temperatures are the coolest, whether that is early in the morning or into the evening. It may be good to take strenuous activities inside an air-conditioned facility, such as a gym.For more information, contact the YPG Safety Ofce, x2660. Remember: NOBODY GETS HURT.
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