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U.S. ARMY YuYU M aA PROVING GG RO uU ND, YuYU M aA ARIZON aA 85365 | VV OL uU ME 67 NN O. 8 apAP RIL 17, 2017 Electro Optical Maintenance Lab has wide impact /Page 4 YPG impresses at the 2017 Yuma County Fair /Page 8 Protecting children from sexual abuse /Page 9 Y1By Chuck Wullenjohn No group is safe no race, no religion, no economic group. Age plays no role. And it has been a societal problem since the dawn of civilization. Were talking about sexual assault, which is being highlighted nationally throughout April. Sexual assault is different from nearly every other type of crime, for only one of every three such incidents are reported to law enforcement. There has long been a stigma associated with sexual assault that has prevented victims from speaking out. The Army is sponsoring Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month at installations around the world, with multiple awareness events occurring throughout April. At YPG, these events include 60 motorcycle riders who will parade from YPG to other locations throughout the Yuma community to raise public awareness and a panel presentation speak-out where individuals will be able to ask Parachutists highlight awareness of devastating problemJose Reyes, a Military Freefall School instructor with thousands of jumps under his belt, did the honors in carrying the newly designed Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention (SHARP) month ag from high up in the sky to the ground, safely landing just yards away from an awestruck audience of about 50. (Photo by Chuck Wullenjohn)SEE PROBLEM page 2By Mark Schauer Stephen Mason was quintessentially American. The son of a World War II veteran, he was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1946 and had a typical upbringing. An avid churchgoer with his parents and younger sister, Mindy, he graduated college with high honors, began his dream job as a school teacher, and intended to eventually attend graduate school. It was 1969, and nearly 500,000 of Masons countrymen in Vietnam. Unlike his fathers war, Vietnam was already a SEE M asAS ON page 6Sibling of deceased YPG Soldier returns to honor his memory


2 apr APRIL 17, 2017 THE OUTPOSTY2 THEOUtTPoOStT News may be submitted to: The Editor, Outpost, Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ, 85365. Phone: (928) 328 or DSN 899. Visit our website at: or email to: mark.a.schauer.civ@mail.milCommander: 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 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.experts and victim advocates. At YPGs kick-off ceremony held from YPGs Military Freefall School presented a one-of-a-kind Sexual it to the ground from high above. The designing contest that had been open to everyone in the YPG community. It was designed by Mireya Balcazar, range scheduler. A crowd of about 50 looked up in awe as parachutists descended to above to a pin-point landing just a few feet in front. Our message today is that we want to eradicate sexual violence throughout the nation, said Dina Mabry, sexual assault response coordinator. There is simply no place for sexual harassment, sexual assault or retaliation in our Army. She believes the problem can be conquered if we come together, but that starts with each individual. The more we educate ourselves, she says, the better we understand. Mabry has headed YPGs Sexual Assault Awareness Program for the two years she has been at YPG and feels good progress has been made. incident or something that happened a long time ago, I feel people are more comfortable than ever before in coming to us to talk about it. Sexual assault harms victims both physically and emotionally, and its lingering effects can haunt a victim much the same way as wounds received in battle. The problem is further complicated by the fear of a stigma or retaliation for reporting. In the military, these debilitating consequences not only affect the individual, but directly impact mission readiness by compromising unit cohesion, trust and discipline. PROBLEMFROM PAGE 1 A ag designing contest was held in the YPG community to select a unique ag honoring Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention Month. A panel of judges reviewed a number of entries before settling on one -the ag seen here. At the conclusion of SHARP month, it will be framed and hung on a wall in the Equal Employment Opportunity Ofce. Gordon Rogers, garrison manager, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Prosser wield a sword to cut the rst slice of the SHARP month cake. The cake featured the design of the YPG SHARP month ag that had been designed by Range Scheduler Mireya Balcazar. (Photos by Chuck Wullenjohn) The fatal vehicle accident that wasnt...


THE OUTPOST apr APRIL 17, 2017 3Y3 In the military, these debilitating consequences not only affect the individual, but directly impact mission readiness by compromising unit cohesion, trust and discipline. The fatal vehicle accident that wasnt... Submitted By: Ryan Whitehouse, Dugway Proving Ground A recent, non-work related vehicle accident while commuting to work serves as a reminder of for us all that life is precious and can be taken in an instant. It is a typical morning in the van pool. Fresh hot cup of coffee, meet at the pick-up location, last minute prework checkslunchbadgeand we are off. Darkness for the duration of the hour plus drive, headlights are on, a couple of coworkers are in the back asleep, others are playing on their phones or have that dazed look on their faces trying to think how the weekend snuck away so quickly. The driver, alert and focused, is doing his job. Keeping the vehicle near speed limit requirements, continuously scanning for wildlife on the sides of the road and just waiting in anticipation for the appearance of glowing green eyes of a mule deer standing in the middle of the road. The driver is in complete control of the situation and every passenger has relinquished their ability and control of the vehicle and trust that the driver will do his job. Everyone one who operates a motor vehicle expects other drivers to abide by the same rules. For the most part, we as a society and as motor vehicle operators meet this expectation. The car in the oncoming lane appears to drift outside their lane of travel into the path of the driver. This rapidly changing situation is about to turn ugly in a hurry. It is no longer a typical morning commute. Fortunately the van pool operator recognizes that the rapidly evolving situation needs intervention and makes a split second decision to turn into the ditch on the right side of the road to avoid a head-on collision with the oncoming car. Did the van pool operator think: will we roll; will we survive? What was the last thing he said to his spouse and kids before he left the house? Will this be the day he doesnt return home? As the van operator swerves, the oncoming car makes contact. The front left sides of both cars collide nearly a head-on collision. Airbags deploy within the van and leave a smoky haze. The front airbag curtain completely blocks the van operators view as he tries to maintain what little vehicle control remains after damage caused by contacting the oncoming vehicle. The vehicle comes to rest in the brush along the side of the road. The van operator is successful in avoiding a fatal situation for himself and his coworkers because he managed the risk: 1) he did his job, 2) his speed was manageable, 3) he made sure all occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts, 4) he was alert, 5) he was paying attention to the task at hand, 6) he recognized the abnormal situation of the oncoming car drifting into his lane, and 7) his critical, splitsecond life or death decision to face the lesser of two evils, he chose the ditch over a head-on collision. The situation described above is real. It happened to a group of employees on Mar. 29, 2017 while commuting to U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground. Dugway employee Roger Owen was the van pool driver. I would like to personally thank Roger for doing his job that day. I have no doubt in my mind I would be telling you a different story, a story about loss of life, if it were not Rogers rapid response to the situation. Because of Rogerss attentiveness and quick reaction, he avoided adding to the statistics for the national average of 3,287 deaths that occur on Americas roadways each and every day. Safety corner Next Outpost deadline is noon April 20thSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720


4 apr APRIL 17, 2017 THE OUTPOSTY4 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 Electro Optical Maintenance Lab has wide impact at YPG By Mark Schauer U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground tests virtually every piece of equipment in the ground combat arsenal in some of the worlds most extreme environments. Likewise, the equipment YPG needs to conduct its test mission is subject to the same extreme natural elements as the items under test. Giving sensitive test equipment extra protection from heat and dust are major concerns of test crews across the proving ground, as ensuring they are as rugged and portable as possible for treks far downrange, become necessary. Further, some highly specialized items are not commercially available at all, and would be cost prohibitive to attempt to have built outside the proving ground. YPGs electro optical maintenance (EOM) lab is responsible for the maintenance, repair, and even design of a variety of equipment, from cameras and lenses to bomb-defusing robots. It also designs and fabricates custom items to support the testing work force. explained Steve Taylor, EOM lead. We also build new equipment for those who want a new item to help with a test. The lab includes a machine shop that can refurbish venerable equipment by manufacturing replacement parts that are no longer available on the open market, separate trailers to splice and repair the repair of electronic equipment sensitive to dust. Its hard to imagine a piece of test support equipment that the EOM labs technicians havent repaired or enhanced. Most of them have their own specialty, from optics and high speed cameras to small surface mount circuit boards and small capacitors and resistors, said Taylor. One of the most fascinating pieces of equipment in the lab is a three dimensional (3D) printer, which uses computer aided design (CAD) to make virtual designs of products that are then printed in three-dimensions with an automated, additive process. The machine melts plastic in various thicknesses the user chooses to produce the part. If it has a lot of small parts that would take a lot of time to machine, they can be printed a great deal faster, especially something small like a lens cap, said Taylor. Plus, youre saving money by printing what you want instead of wasting material. In most cases, the part is so small we can have it in about 30 minutes. For those who fear plastic-printed items would fare poorly over time in the extreme Yuma heat, Taylor reports that items already out on the range have fared well thus far. Further, replacing a broken plastic part is less EOM lead Steve Taylor waits for a three dimensional printer to nish a part. The machine, which prints out computer aided design products with an automated, additive process, melts plastic in various thicknesses to produce a part. (Photos by Mark Schauer) Robert Bieser fabricates and machines metal items in support of the test mission, including items where replacement parts are no longer available on the open market.


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6 apr APRIL 17, 2017 THE OUTPOSTY6 nebulous circumstances, all while a polarized civilian population at home watched on television. Nonetheless, Mason enlisted. His draft number was seven, recalled Mindy Mason. He felt like he had to enlist to do what he wanted to do. What he wanted to do was study meteorology, and in May 1970 now Spc. Mason arrived at Yuma Proving Ground. Though civilian workers outnumbered uniformed personnel at that time, they did not do so at the same dramatic rate as today. In those crew chiefs were non-commissioned didnt cease until 1973, many of the troops at the proving ground during Masons tour were draftees. As such, the post closely resembled a typical Army garrison, albeit on a smaller scale. At that time, YPG had a 15 bed hospital staffed with four uniformed physicians, including cardiac and internal medicine specialists, as well as a surgeon. The post dentist held the rank of lieutenant colonel, and the post meteorology team comprised dozens of uniformed personnel using mechanical or analog equipment. Even then, YPGs primary mission was to test and evaluate artillery. However, the proving ground was just beginning another major activity, testing and integrating weapon systems into helicopters. The AHattempt to build a dedicated attack helicopter, a need that was ultimately Marylands Aberdeen Proving Ground and the construction of expensive and sophisticated infrastructure like runways, and laser and optical tracking sites that in upgraded form continue to support manned and unmanned aviation testing to this day. The Cheyenne test drew a number astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1971. It was in this environment that Mason worked, and he quickly made a mark. After duty hours he was a Sunday school teacher at the post chapel and taught part-time at James D. Price Elementary School. He liked being outside and enjoyed being a teacher, passing on whatever knowledge he had, recalled Mindy Mason. He was ethical and always interested in the community and civicminded things. With his buddy Paul Stone he also served as an assistant Boy Scout troop leader. He and my brother were good friends who met here, said Mason. They took some boys from the scout troop here to the High Sierras outside Bishop, Calif. MASONFROM PAGE 1 On August 10, 1972, Spc. Masons parents, Marjorie (left) and Fred (right) unveil a bronze plaque dedicated to him to at a park built on post primarily by Boy and Girl Scouts who looked up to him. The inscription reads: I I n memory of Sp.4 Stephen F. Mason, who served our community as an individual as well as a soldier. ( L L oaned photo) The son of a World War II II veteran, Spc. Stephen Mason grew up in central I I llinois and was stationed at YPG from 1970 to 1971, when he lost his life in a work-related accident while on temporary duty in California. I I n his spare time at YPG he taught students at James D. Price Elementary School and in Sunday School at the post chapel, while also serving as an assistant Boy Scout master. ( LL oaned photo) Spc. Stephen F. Mason (right) learns to ll a weather balloon while serving on YPGs meteorology team in 1970. Run by a small team of civilians today, in past decades the team was staffed by dozens of Soldiers collecting weather data. (LLoaned photo) Mason also took a tour of the YPG Meteorology Teams headquarters, located in the same building her brother Spc. Stephen Mason worked in during his tour at YPG in the early 1970s. Here, meteorologist Gabe LLangbauer shows her a barometer and weather data log book from that time period. (Photo by Mark Schauer)


THE OUTPOST apr APRIL 17, 2017 7Y7 That was in the summer of 1971. By fall, scientists from several California colleges and universities involved in Operation Foggy Cloud, an effort that tested fog-dispersing measures to help aircraft land safely, were conducting experiments at an airport near Humboldt State University. Soliciting meteorology team help from YPG, Mason accepted the challenge and spent several weeks on temporary duty there. On November 1st, Mason and another test worker were holding a tethered weather balloon when an unexpected gust carried the balloon a mile downwind into a high voltage power line. Masons metallic tether electrocuted him. He was 24 years old. Mason was so highly regarded by the youth of the post that the following summer YPGs command allowed the local Boy and Girl Scouts to build a park and name it in Masons memory. YPG commander Col. Norman Robertson and other local dignitaries joined the youngsters in hosting the Mason family for a dedication on August 10, 1972. Masons parents, sisters, and aunts were in attendance. It was a really nice dedication, recalled Mason. The Scouts were here and the commander spoke. It was an honor to get a tour and meet the commander. Mindy Mason was 16 years old and hadnt returned to YPG since until a recent visit. Escorted by YPG Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher to the park on Howard Cantonment Area named for her late brother so many years ago. She also toured YPGs Heritage Center and the which have been located in the same building since the 1950s. While there, YPG meteorologist Gabe Langbauer showed her vintage meteorological equipment from Spc. Masons era, along with a weather data log book from 1971. I was glad to see my brothers memorial still here, she said. Really, I learned quite a bit more about the mission of Yuma Proving Ground: I knew that they tested artillery and tanks, but thats all I knew. I had a great time. Nearly 45 years later, YPG Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Prosser (foreground) joined Spc. Masons sister Mindy in the same spot. Masons memories of the summer day it was dedicated were fresh: IIt was broiling. IIt was an honor to get a tour and meet the commander, but it was difcult, particularly for my parents. (Photo by Mark Schauer) Mason also took a tour of the YPG Meteorology Teams headquarters, located in the same building her brother Spc. Stephen Mason worked in during his tour at YPG in the early 1970s. Here, meteorologist Gabe LLangbauer shows her a barometer and weather data log book from that time period. (Photo by Mark Schauer)


8 apr APRIL 17, 2017 THE OUTPOSTY8 Defense Call Now (928) 726-5882 BUILD IT. TEST IT. FLY IT. YUMA COUNTYAIRPORT AUTHORITYCommercial Hangar Leases Furnished Office Rentals Build To Suit Opportunities 103383 Protecting children from sexual abuse Well over 100,000 people attended the six day 2017 Yuma County Fair, with many stopping by YPGs exhibit in the Commercial Building. From left photo, Marketing Specialist Teri Womack discusses YPGs economic impact on Yuma County with booth visitors. Next photo, Visual I I nformation Manager Riley Williams lets a pair of young visitors get hands-on with the three primary Army helmets of the 20th century. L L ast photo, Sal Camacho of the electronics branch was surprised to see a photo of himself at work on one of YPGs display boards, proudly showing the image to members of his family. These guys always wonder what I I do out there, but there is only so much I I can say, he commented. (Photos by Mark Schauer)YPG a crowd-pleaser at Yuma County Fair


THE OUTPOST apr APRIL 17, 2017 9Y9 Protecting children from sexual abuse Submitted by Paul J. Kilanski, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator We all have a role to play in protecting children from sexual abuse. Sadly, child sexual abuse is common. Thousands of cases of sexual abuse are reported every year in the United Stated. Many more are thought to go unreported. Child sexual abuse is a community problem. Abused children may suffer not only from the abuse but also from long-term effects, such as mental health disorders, drug and alcohol abuse or trouble with the law. These problems can affect everyone in the community. Fortunately, sexual abuse can be prevented. Parents, teachers, caregivers and other community members can all take an active role in helping protect children. Stopping abuse today can also help prevent it for future generations. Take an active role in childrens lives. Know what activities children are involved in and who they spend time with. Know about sexual predators and youth with sexual behavior problemsand how they work. Pay close attention to people who display these behaviors. Teach children important skills to protect themselves. Make sure they know they can talk to you about anything thats bothering them or if they feel mixed-up or confused. Be alert for signs of sexual abuse. If you suspect or are told about abuse, report it right away. Remember, reporting the child the help he or she needs. Help protect children by taking an active interest in their lives. Find out about the activities children are involved in. Ask about group activities they participate in such as sports or clubs, their favorite things, places they like to go, what happens at activities or events they go to. Talking to children regularly about what theyre doing can help you stay alert for possible problems. Pay special attention to adults and older children in their lives including coaches, teachers, baby sitters and family friends. Also, listen carefully to how children talk about these people. If a child seems scared of a certain person it may be a sign of a problem. There are dangers on the Internet. Make sure children know they should never send personal information (such as their name, address, photo or the name of their school) to strangers over the Internet, post personal information on Web sites that can be seen by strangers, agree to a face-to-face meeting with someone they met on the Internet or respond to sexual e-mails or other online messages. Encourage children to tell you if someone sends them messages that make them uncomfortable. Keep computers in a common area and monitor their use. Talk about what children should do if they get separated from their family in a public place. For example, tell them to go to a courtesy desk and ask for help. Remind children not to go into someones home or yard without permission from a parent. Teach children not to say anything to another person online that they would not say in person. Know what to do if a sex offender lives in your neighborhood. If you offender in your area get the facts. the person youve been told is an offender has actually been convicted (mistaken identity can happen), the type of crime that was committed and whether the person is thought to be at high risk for offending again. Dont take matters into your own hands. Dont harass your neighbor. If you see something suspicious or think a child may be in danger, call local law enforcement. Ultimately, its about adults and setting limits. If there is a sexual offender of any age in your area, make sure children never play with this person. Parents should make sure they know where their children are at all times. YPG Celebration Thursday, April 20, 2017Meet in front of the post library at 8:30 a.m. In celebration of Earth Day the Environmental Sciences Division of the Directorate of Public Works will be hosting hands-on and informative sessions for elementary age students about native species, wildlife, plants and cultural resources. Environmental staff and a volunteer guest will have live reptiles for the children to learn about rst hand. The students will learn about local plants, wildlife and Native American use of this areas natural resources. Native trees will be planted on a site recently cleared of an invasive species and we will showcase ongoing restoration efforts in the wash. Participants should wear footwear suitable for rough terrain, and clothing suitable for hiking and planting. All are welcome. The program is aimed at school aged children. For children not enrolled at Price School, please email Daniel Steward with ages and numbers of children.


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