U.S. ARMY YuYU M aA PROVING GG RO uU ND, YuYU M aA ARIZON aA 85365 | VV OL uU ME 65 NN O. 17 MM OND aA Y SE p P TEMBER 5, 2016 German engineer enjoys work at Tropic Regions Test Center /Page 2 YTC commander speaks to economic development council /Page 5 YPG trail camera captures thirsty prairie ghost /Page 9 Y1By Mark Schauer From tanks and armored vehicles insurgent bunkers in Afghanistan, American adversaries have feared the deadly power of the FGM-148 Javelin missile for over two decades. guided Javelin projectile allows Soldiers to seek cover as soon as attack or top attack, the latter of which not only takes advantage of a tanks sparser armor on top, but can be handy against elevated positions in high mountains. The Javelin packs a humungous punch, and Soldiers in the Arizona National Guards 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry, trained on the weapon at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground on a sweltering weekend in mid-August. place this unit can exercise all of their organic weapons systems is on Yuma Proving Ground, said Luis Arroyo, chief of the Training They can do individual and some collective training at other places By Mark Schauer Minerva Peters, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground chief of staff, discussed some of her life experiences with an audience of more than 100 at a Womens Equality Day luncheon hosted by the Yuma Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol in late August. By turns poignant and inspirational, Peters recalled her childhood, the obstacles she faced getting a foothold in her youth, and the success and joy she felt in her eventual positions at 2000. I found the proving ground a great place for anyone to work, she said. Its a very challenging organization where you are respected, whether female or male. The only thing theyre looking for is if someone is capable of doing the job, and I really like that. When she was 10 years old, her father was severely disabled in a hardship on the family. Peters credited her mother with keeping the family Whoosh! National Guard missiles destroy tanks at YPG SEE J aA VELIN page 6 SEE WOMEN page 3Told women cant do it, Peters proved otherwise Though YPGs primary mission is testing military equipment, its vast ranges accommodate dozens of training events each year. Recently, Soldiers from the Arizona National Guards 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry trained here on the FGM-148 Javelin missile. (Photo by Mark Schauer)
2 sSEptPTEmbMBErR 5, 2016 THEE OUTPOST By Mark Schauer As the Armys premier test facility, Yuma Proving Ground has an international reputation and customer base. ground also hosts engineers from partner foreign nations for long-term details as part of the Armys Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program. Assigned to YPGs Tropic Regions Test Center (TRTC) for one year, Martin Hummel, an engineer from the German militarys Bundeswehr Technical Center for Protective and Special Technologies, is excited to have the opportunity, for professional and personal reasons. Technical stuff and work details are important, but so is learning about the society, language and culture of allied countries, he said. Hummels work at TRTC isnt his though. He had been to Fresno, California to visit a brother who lived in the country for a year, and in 2008 American stint much more rewarding. In Alabama it was a German company with German workers, so you talked German to each other and had no chance to learn the language. That was a big disadvantage. It wasnt an actual exchange. Hummels branch of engineering, mechatronics, is a multidisciplinary combination of mechanical, electrical, and information technology. He describes his test center in Germany as similar in mission, but smaller in sheer geographic size than YPG. Likewise, the breadth of YPGs extreme climate testing, encompassing desert, cold, and tropical natural environments dwarfs his previous experience. Everything is brand new to me because we just have a temperate climate in Europe, he said. There are a lot of things I didnt think about before that are very important. Hopefully when I return to Germany testing is and that we should test some of our materials in a tropic environment. Having met TRTC director Ernest Hugh at Bundeswehr during a visit there in 2015, Hummel requested to be assigned to TRTC when he applied for the exchange program. Granted his wish, there was plenty to do to prepare housing and furniture to getting an Arizona drivers license. Fortunately, Hummel had plenty of help from YPG personnel in negotiating the processes. Arriving at a new location, not to mention a cultural change, can be overwhelming said Hugh. The Hummel family transition and command group sponsorship was one of the smoothest and best Ive witnessed, a model to follow. Hummel and wife, Ursula, have taken advantage of their off-duty time to visit places like San Diego, Palm Springs and Tucson. Hummel hopes to someday host one or more of his YPG colleagues for a similar exchange in Germany, but looks forward to the several months he has left at TRTC. We enjoy each minute here, Hummel said. We are a little sad about leaving at the end of the program. Y2 THEOUtTPoOStT News may be submitted to: The E E ditor, Outpost, Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ, 85365. Phone: (928) 328 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 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 AT E E C and ARN E E WS. 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.Martin Hummel, an engineer from the German militarys Bundeswehr Technical Center for Protective and Special Technologies, is more than halfway through a one-year detail working for U.S. Army Tropic Regions Test Center as part of the Armys E E ngineer and Scientist E E xchange Program. (Photo by Mark Schauer) YPG Chief of Staff Minerva Peters, right, speaks at a Womens EEquality Day luncheon hosted by the Yuma Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol as from left, attorney Amanda Taylor and Rosa Madrigal, Division Chief of Operational Support for the Border Patrols Yuma sector, look on. Peters recalled the obstacles she faced getting a foothold in a male-dominated occupational eld in her youth, and the success and joy she felt in her eventual positions at YPG. (Photo by Mark Schauer) Next Outpost deadline is noon September 8thSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720 German engineer enjoys work at Tropic Regions Test Center
THEE OUTPOST s SEptPTEmbMBErR 5, 2016 3Y3 Beach Club Apts. 100393 Martin Hummel, an engineer from the German militarys Bundeswehr Technical Center for Protective and Special Technologies, is more than halfway through a one-year detail working for U.S. Army Tropic Regions Test Center as part of the Armys EEngineer and Scientist EExchange Program. (Photo by Mark Schauer) YPG Chief of Staff Minerva Peters, right, speaks at a Womens EEquality Day luncheon hosted by the Yuma Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol as from left, attorney Amanda Taylor and Rosa Madrigal, Division Chief of Operational Support for the Border Patrols Yuma sector, look on. Peters recalled the obstacles she faced getting a foothold in a male-dominated occupational eld in her youth, and the success and joy she felt in her eventual positions at YPG. (Photo by Mark Schauer) My mother, a 5-foot-2-inch woman from Mexico who had married a U.S. citizen and knew very little English, always found a way to feed us, get us to school, and make it clear that our one and only priority was to succeed in school. It was a private demonstration of courage that she continued the rest of her life. Peters excelled in school, particularly in math, but encountered gender-based prejudice even from people whose supposed purpose was to facilitate her success. My high school guidance counselor straight-out told me, people who are good at math usually are engineers, but you cant be because you are a woman. Thats literally what she told me, and this was a female counselor. Why I couldnt be an engineer, I dont know, but I was a very obedient told me I couldnt do something, therefore it must not be allowed. In college she earned a degree in mathematics, which made her eligible to be an operations research analyst. At that time, the Armys Operational Test and Evaluation Command Peters successfully applied for a position. In retrospect, however, the remarkably sexist. They asked questions like, as a woman, how do you feel about working for an organization whose purpose is to acquire weapons systems for male Soldiers? Or, as a woman, how are you going to handle the travel requirements in this job? How would you handle the situation if you got pregnant? Though the national culture has years, Peters realizes cultural and familial obstacles remain that some young girls must face. Look for opportunities to learn, she counselled. If you are learning, eventually success will come. My main advice is to accept challenges. If a challenge is given to you, take it and do the best you can with it, because more than likely you will succeed. If you are being asked to do it, it is because people already have men, too. WOMENFROM PAGEE 1 By Gregory Skaggs, Energy Manager Enjoying the seasonal weather here in Yuma? A person can get used to the heat, but it is hard to get used to summertime electric bills. Since are in July, August and September, it is a good time to remember the four most important actions you can take to save electricity and the taxpayers money. 1. Keep thermostats set to U.S. Army standards. The Army temperature standard for an air conditioned space is 78 degrees. When the area is unoccupied, such as at night or on weekends, the temperature standard is 85 degrees. Setting the thermostat more energy than a setting of 78, and more energy. 2. Power off things that you dont need. Do you remember to turn your lights off when you leave the conference rooms and other common areas when no one is there? Do you leave equipment on when you are not using it? If you dont need the lights or equipment to be on, and they dont have a sleep mode, just turn them off. DoD policy is to purchase only Energy Star rated equipment, when available. If you are purchasing Energy Star versions are available. 4. Keep doors and windows to air-conditioned areas closed. Is there anything wrong with your building that causes energy or water to be wasted? Can you see light streaming in around outside doors and windows in air-conditioned areas? Any holes in walls or broken windows? You might need new weather stripping or caulking. toilets, or faucets that drip or run? If we all pay attention to just these four things, we will save Army funds and meet our energy and water conservation goals. E nergyNERGY cornerCORNER Four simple steps for energy and water conservation
4 sSEptPTEmbMBErR 5, 2016 THEE OUTPOST Y4 TLC MANAGEMENT Themis & Paul Cavanagh928.726.5557670 E 32nd St, Ste 9 WWW.TLCMANAGEMENT.NET Find 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. RESPONSIVE CONCERNED RELIABLE HERE FOR YOU By Teri Womack As part of my constantly evolving job, recently I have been out and about around the proving ground more than ever taking photos of award ceremonies, retirements and other special events. Almost every time I have a camera in my hands, someone, no matter whether male or female, approaches me and emphatically says, Please dont take my photo! I totally understand how they feel. Age and a few extra pounds on my hips makes me less than enthusiastic to have my photo taken, because, most of the time, I dont like the result. Its even more unsettling when the photo is out of my control. On my own phone, I am armed with afraid to use them. The last few photos taken of me and my friends were exquisite shots of our toes in the water and lovely images of our hands toasting an important event, But even then we complained about how our feet and hands looked. But then, a close family member recently passed away and I began looking for photos for the memorial. I discovered them in my spare room, packed away in three clear plastic bins, ready and waiting for that long-ago plan to organize them in cute photo albums someday. Since someday never came, there were hundreds of photos, tossed in the bins in no particular order, which meant I had to go through all of them. Looking though those photos was like taking a trip down memory lane and I never once even considered anyones appearance, including my own. Thirty years of photos reminded me of all the laughter and love we had shared and experienced, so when I reached the end of the last bin, it didnt seem as if I had taken enough photos at all. Today, taking a photo is so convenient, with cell phones within our reach at all times. So now, I take photos of everything and everyone. I capture everyday moments, like my dogs pleading eyes when she sits in front of me begging to go for a walk and the smiles of my friends when were acting goofy on the patio at Starbucks, as well as that group shot at that incredible luncheon when I arrived wearing a pink boa and some awesome rhinestone sunglasses. Now, even if I dont feel I look my leave no doubt that I still dont know where to look on these cell phone cameras. We just never know as we journey through life when little things, those quick moments in time, will become important memories when we look back on them. Its easier to recapture the feelings later when youre holding a photo in your hand. So, if you see me out and about on the weekend, strike a pose and make sure to smile for the camera. And if we are taking a you will point out exactly where I should be looking, because I certainly dont need any more cross Photographs and memories A View Without a Point VIEWPOINTSFor many of us, summertime means going on a much needed vacation. For this Viewpoint, we asked members of the workforce about their favorite summer vacation memories. Maria Fonseca, Intern My best summer vacation memory was visiting amora de Hidalgo in the city of Michoacn, Mexico. It was one of the most beautiful, interesting, and cultural cities I have ever visited. I was excited about meeting my extended family and learning about Zamoras culture and traditions. Spanish colonial times and tasting the authentic Mexican cuisine was memorable, but the most enjoyable part of my vacation was spending time with my family.Mara Bowman, Program Analyst A few years ago I visited the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda, between Venice and Verona. Some of the towns around the lake, like Sirmione, Bardolino, Malcesine and Salo, were breathtaking and enlightening. What I enjoyed most were the evening strolls, breathing the tantalizing aromas homemade gelato, and, especially, the fragrance and vibrancy of the wines. It was a week full of enjoyment and discoveries I highly recommend it as a great place to vacation and most undeniably a place I want to revisit.
THEE OUTPOST s SEptPTEmbMBErR 5, 2016 5 Y5 Now Delivering To YPG 98001 Yuma Test Center commander speaks to community group Maintaining a positive relationship with the local community is important to any military installation, and something YPG has tried hard to foster for many years. Here, Yuma Test Center Commander Lt. Col. James DeBoer (left) speaks to over 100 attendees of a luncheon in mid-August sponsored by the Greater Yuma E E conomic Development Corporation as Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Commander Col. Ricardo Martinez (right) looks on. DeBoer provided an overview of YPG activities and answered questions from the audience. (Photo by Chuck Wullenjohn)
6 sSEptPTEmbMBErR 5, 2016 THEE OUTPOSTY6 in the state, but in order to execute full collective training for what is generally required for infantry companies and battalions, this is the only place in Arizona. Any time we can do one-stop Sgt. Maj. Daniel Figueroa of the 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry. Being able to do all the training we need money, and Soldier training. A Javelin operator needs to use a Command Launch Unit (CLU) attached to the Javelin tube to sight and launch the missile. There is a whoosh as the missile ejects from the launcher. About 20 feet out, a propulsive burning sound starts rapidly accelerates the missile to the target hundreds of feet downrange. tank target before the sound of the line. They compared the kick to a 12 gauge shotgun, but I think it was lighter, said Pfc. Matthew Shirley. You pull the trigger, you feel a little kick, and then its nice after that. Its a rush watching your target explode. The Soldiers enjoyed the fact that three disused tanks without any discernible damage were included in the target array set up downrange tanks took careful work from a variety of YPG support elements, from the Ammunition Recovery group that ensured paths to the target emplacement sites were cleared of all unexploded ordnance to the Threat Target Systems section which removed engines and other potentially hazardous materials from the tanks prior to their being towed into place across rugged, road-less terrain by YPGs motor pool. JAv VELINFROM PAGEE 1 When red, the Javelin missiles ight motor doesnt engage until it is ejected about 20 feet out of the tube, a safety feature for the operators benet. (Photos by Mark Schauer) The Javelin missile packs a humungous punch on a disused tank emplaced specically for the units training. When these gunners looked through their reticles at the target, they actually saw a tank, not a burned-out hulk of what used to be a tank, said Luis Arroyo, chief of the Training and E E xercise Management Ofce.
THEE OUTPOST s SEptPTEmbMBErR 5, 2016 7Y7 the right thing was to give them something meaty, something that is visually representative versus something that has been shot up, said Arroyo. When these gunners looked through their reticles at the target, they actually saw a tank, not a burned-out hulk of what used to be a tank. This was well worth the effort, both so they could get the to enhance the target range. Though YPGs primary mission is testing military equipment, its vast ranges accommodate dozens of training events each year. Protecting the test mission is Arroyo. Both missions can coexist coordination with the customer and a Marine Corps infantry battalion conducting a fast-paced, very large scope training exercise, without do it more often. The Soldiers were impressed with the facility and support from all levels of YPG. We love it out here, said Lt. Col. Dave Pidone, battalion commander. The facility is great and the leadership is extraordinarily responsive. This is the stuff Soldiers opportunity to come out here and train as close to our headquarters as we are is awesome. We hope to do a lot more of it. Get a CLU! Javelin operators need to use a Command Launch Unit (CLU) attached to the disposable tube to sight and launch the missile. The reusable CLU can also serve as a thermal sighting device independent of the launch tube. The Soldiers were impressed with the facility and support from all levels of YPG. We love it out here, said Lt. Col. Dave Pidone, battalion commander. The facility is great and the leadership is extraordinarily responsive. Soldiers in the Arizona National Guards 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry prepare a FGM-148 Javelin missile for ring. Any time we can do one-stop shopping, it benets us, said Sgt. Maj. Daniel Figueroa. Being able to do all the training we need to accomplish benets us in time, money, and Soldier training.
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