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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 66 NN O. 24 DECEMBER 11, 2017 From Motown to Y-town /Page 2 YPG Technical Director retiring next month /Page 8 YPG tests for the best /Page 12 Y1


2 DECEMBER 11, 2017 THEE OUTPOSTBy Mark Schauer U.S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds mission of testing nearly every piece of equipment in the ground combat arsenal requires the skill of hundreds of talented engineers who hail from all parts of the country. Many rise to distinction within the test community and spend entire careers here, even if they never imagined working and living in one of the worlds most extreme desert environments. An example is Rob Fillinger, a test Systems Division who enjoys the variety and importance of YPGs workload. Theres no such thing as a typical test, and thats one of the beauties of working at YPG, especially in the automotive branch. There are so many different platforms that we encounter, and many in a different phase of their acquisition cycle, from prototypes to legacy programs. In nearly 10 years here he has worked on virtually every platform the branch has tested, but is particularly proud of his work testing the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. I like that platform just for the fact that it has saved so many lives. It was crucial for our Soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Its near and dear to my heart. Born in tight knit Livonia, Michigan, Fillingers father worked for the local school system and his mother had a dog grooming business. Detroit, the auto industry was everpresent in the community. I thought for sure Id be working for one of the Big Three. I didnt have any one particular car company in mind: it wasnt who I was working for, it was what I was doing that I was interested in. Fillinger was always mechanicallyminded. Growing up I always wanted to know how things worked. At an early age I was taking things apart and putting them together again. In high school he ran on the track team and played basketball and football, where future NFL linebacker Tim Shaw was one of his teammates and friends. He worked through school, too. I was always a really hard worker growing up. I would scavenge and sell them. After high school, he got his degree in mechanical engineering from the regarded Lawrence Technological University and worked in a fabrication lab there concurrently. Several months after From Motown to Y-town: Combat Automotive Systems test ofcer had long road to YPG Y2 THEOUtTPoOStT News may be submitted to: The E E ditor, Outpost, Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ, 85365. Phone: (928) 328 or D D SN 899. Visit our website at: or email to: mark.a.schauer.civ@mail.milCommander: CC ol. RR oss Poppenberger Public Affair s Ofcer: CC huck Wullenjohn Public Affairs Specialist/Editor: M M ark Schauer Technical Editor, Cold Regions Test Center: C C lara Zachgo Marketing Specialist: Teri Womack Visual Information Manager: RR iley Williams The Outpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of A RR 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 EC EC and A R R N 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. MM ichigan native RR ob Fillinger, a test ofcer in the CC ombat Automotive Systems DD ivision, has worked at YPG for nearly 10 years He is a former civilian of the quarter and has been awarded two Army Achievement M M edals for C C ivilian Service. (Photo by M M ark Schauer)


THEE OUTPOST DECEMBER 11, 2017 3he graduated, he landed a job at doing vehicle emissions testing, and fate intervened: it was the autumn of 2007 and the economy was on the cusp of what ultimately became the Great Recession. It was a really tough time to be an engineer in the auto industry when I graduated. The week I got there they announced 17,000 layoffs: it took about three months to reach me. He lost his job less than three I had a good friend who grew up across the street from me who was a foreman at a construction company. That kept me on my feet for a few months while I was on my job hunt. Meanwhile, the housing market was collapsing as well. He knew that whenever the auto industry eventually began to recover, he would be competing against a glut of former workers with more experience in the industry than he had. Some of his friends had moved to Arizona seeking other opportunities, and he posted his resume in one of the major regional newspapers. A job recruiter found it, and called him with information about Yuma Proving Ground. I had never even heard of YPG, Fillinger said with a laugh. He started here in March 2008 and quickly distinguished himself as the racked up record-breaking levels of work: well over one million direct labor hours in a single year at its peak. His workload tended toward performance and environmental testing. To me, those types of test are more interesting and dynamic. There is a lot more data to go over and analyze. He has been civilian of the quarter for the proving ground and, so far, received two Army Achievement Army vehicles at the General Motors Desert Proving Ground located on leased land within YPG. Ive been over there several times and it was always a good experience testing there. The size of their dynamics pad alone makes it a great facility. Though he never dreamed of working in such a place, Fillinger has no plans to leave. He calls his coworkers his Yuma family. Theres a lot more money in private engineering, but I think the When you drive out of the gate and past the Big Guns at the end of the day, you know you did something good for our country and our Soldiers. Y3 TO ADVERTISE IN THE OUTPOST PLEASE CONTACTDARLENE FIRESTONE AT (928) 539-6829NATIONALS@YUMASUN.COMYUMA SUN, INC.2055 S. ARIZONA AVE.YUMA, AZ 85364 Fillinger has worked on virtually every platform the CCombat Automotive Systems DDivision has tested in the past decade. Though he never dreamed of working in such a place, Fillinger has no plans to leave. He calls his co-workers his Yuma family. (Photo by MM ark Schauer)


4 DECEMBER 11, 2017 THEE OUTPOSTY4Chaplains Corner A view without a point Up, up and away in a beautiful balloon By Teri Womack For many years, the YPG Meteoby providing wind data from the ground up to around 5,000 feet with several weather balloon launches that ascertain wind direction and if the wind speeds are decreasing or increasing. This year, I was able to see for myself just how important that wind information really is when I was invited to take part in a balloon ride with the media sponsored by winds at the surface are critical in determining if the hot air balloons mph is ok, and 10 mph means the hot air balloons will bounce all over the place and are considered unsafe to were smiling that morning and I was over-the-top excited to be able to go up, up and away in a beautiful bal loon! If I had any illusions about channeling my inner Glenda the Good Witch persona and daintily stepping into the basket of a brightly col ored hot air balloon and gracefully ascending skyward, I wasn t even close. First, you have to put the bal of the crew. Our pilot, Tom, was from Albu querque, N.M. and had many years of experience under his belt-and a quick sense of humor to boot. He duced us to some of the customs and traditions of riding in his balloon. (I think he may have made some of them up!) Now dont quote me as this being pure fact here, but from what I can recall (and a quick search on Google to be sure I wasnt totally off base) there are three parts to putting a hot air balloon together. The balloon part, which is called an envelope; the burner; and the wicker basket which is called well, actually, its just called a wicker basket. With instructions through every step of the process and a few pop quiz questions thrown in to make sure we were paying attention, the balloon was unfurled out of a bag that reminded me of the magicians trick where the brightly colored scarves just keeps coming and com ing out of a box. I couldnt believe in when we were done when I have lowcase! The balloon was carefully burner was attached to the wicker ropes were attached to the basket. I did have a tiny moment of concern there ropes are going to hold us up? Wouldnt a bunch of titanium steel cables do the job better? I decided I would just have to trust my pilot on that one. Next, a big gas powered fan was set up at the mouth of the envelope, cold air and the propane burners way to get into a wicker basket. It was a little tricky and the landing in, we were ready to go airborne. Id been forewarned that lifting off in a balloon feels like the ground is falling out from under you and since I seem to have a bad habit of forget ting that I am afraid of heights until I hop on a helicopter jump screaming out of a plane, or uncoordinatedly tumble into a wicker basket with a balloon attached, you can bet I didnt look down. But, I did look out and it was breathtaking. In between snapping photos, reminding myself to not drop my camera over the side and realizmy head had no chance of setting my was able to relax and enjoy our city from above. I wish I could give you stats and how the balloon is controlled, but I found myself lost in the view of seeing Yuma from 360 degrees. And a speeded up world below me, I felt like my own world up in the sky had slowed way down. Next Outpost deadline is noon, December 28thSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 Report Domestic Violence: 287-3361 MM arketing Specialist Teri Womack was invited to take part in a balloon ride with the media sponsored by the CC aballeros de Yuma. It was an unforgettable experience with breathtaking view of Yuma from the air. (Loaned photo) MMunitions and Weapons DDivision CChief Kermit Okamura (left) helps inate the envelope of a hot air balloon at the annual C Colorado RRiver BBalloon Festival. YPGs MMeteorology Team has supported the annual CColorado RRiver CCrossing BBalloon Festival by providing wind data for many years. (Photo by Teri Womack)


THEE OUTPOST DECEMBER 11, 2017 5Submitted by Melissa Gomez, Family Advocacy Program Manager Holiday traditions are a great way to create lasting family memories. Holiday traditions help families create shared meaning. This shared meaning builds bonds that last a lifetime. Families have the amazing opportunity of creating new tradi tions or sharing in old traditions with one another. There are plenty of ways to create brand-new holiday traditions regard less of what kind of holidays you grew up with. Try to create unique opportunities to share during this ilys wants and needs. Below are tips on how to start new holiday traditions for your own fam ily. T ry ideas that appeal to you Youre not likely to stick with a tradition that youre not interested in yourself. If you love decorating for the holidays try decorating as a family. Make a day of shopping, or unpacking decorations and put ting them up together. If baking is for you, try letting the kids help or deliver baked goods as a family to neighbors, friends and loved ones. It s always a good idea to instill the holiday spirit of giving; bring ing children on community-service outings is a great idea. Try creating a calendar with family activities and charitable or donation-based activities on it to complete with your family. Giving back helps make an impact and strengthen communities, while teaching children to care about baking cookies for First Responders who work on holiday evenings. Keep it simple Get the family involved in nostress activities like singing carols, decorating or even just wearing matching pajamas. Anything that fosters family bonding is a great idea. Whatever tradition you decide to start with your family, make sure everyone is on board. Successful traditions are those that your fam ily look forward to and that can be shared for years to come. Take into special account your kids input and interests, because these traditions will likely make up a big part of their childhood memories. Presented by the YPG Family Ad Service, building 309. (928) 328Helpline (928) 287-3361. Y5 Chaplains Corner Yuletide is not fool-tideBy Maj. Ronald Beltz Did you know that many years ago the Puritans thought that they their pagan rituals? They espe cially objected to the fact that the holiday usually came on a week day therefore distracting people, they thought, from the Lords Day of Sunday. But they did more than annually complain about it as we do-they took action and got rid settlements across 17th century America, a law was passed out mas. The market place was ordered to stay open for business as though it were no special occasion and all violators were prosecuted. It was against the law to make plum pudding on December 25th. The celebration was not referred to as Yuletide, but as fool-tide. and clean it up. Well, is this how far we want to go? Do we really want to be rid of it altogether? Puritans thought, be saved from us and our sinful ways? So what if we spend $40 billion annually better way of spending all that money than on gifts of love? And most of them are just that. And so what if all the lights and tinsel does create a fairy tale setting that soon disappears as does the so it lets us know, if only for a brief time, what life can be like if we only try. So let the message ring out this stroying this holy day, but rather, that we can never destroy this day Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be for all generations. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a The ties that bind


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THEE OUTPOST DECEMBER 11, 2017 7Y7 RR epresentatives of American Legion Post #19 came to YPG days before the holiday to distribute Thanksgiving baskets with all the trimmings to about 20 Soldiers and their Families as a small token of appreciation for their service. YPG employees Almina D D eWitt and B B ambi Graef are among the American Legion volunteers who help make the annual effort possible. On Thanksgiving D D ay, the more than 100 patrons who had dinner at YPGs C C actus C C af had surprise tableside visits from YPG C C ommander C C ol. R R oss Poppenberger and C C ommand Sgt. M M aj. C C hristopher Prosser wishing them the best compliments of the season and ensuring their food was delicious. (US Army photos)A very YPG Thanksgiving


8 DECEMBER 11, 2017 THEE OUTPOSTY8 Technical director retirement imminent By Mark Schauer When Julio Dominguez started as a test engineer at YPG in 1985, the new employee assumed he would soon tion had prepared him for: mining engineering. Then life happened. He and his family liked the Yuma community, and become prominent and respected members of it. Profes sionally, Dominguez, a proud Marine meeting the challenge of testing much of the equipment within the ground combat arsenal to ensure it worked wherever in the world a Soldier or Marine might depend on it, and rose through the civilian ranks to become the proving grounds technical direc tor since 2009. Now, after a more than 32-year career here, he has announced his January. To me it is kind of bittersweet. Im happy to be entering the next phase of my life, but I am not overjoyed about leaving YPG. Its been a great place to spend a career, more than anything because of the people I have had the privilege of working with. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it, gladly. guezs time at the proving ground was during the most dire days of combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan, where Soldiers and Marines saw threats from devastating improvised ex plosive devices. The Department of Defense rapidly tested technologies to defeat these threats and rapidly their destructive power: YPG testers and supporting personnel routinely worked 60 and 70-hour work weeks over the course of years to meet the critically tight schedules. Were one big team, he said of the proving ground. I grasped the true importance and value of that teamwork during the busy war years, from 2003 until a few years ago. Even though I already knew this, this workforces performance during the people will do absolutely anything to that we were asked to do quickly and the rapidity and effectiveness with which we did them were absolutely In one example he cites, when cor rosion pitting within the gun tube of a self-propelled howitzer threatened to thousands of rounds on a twenty-four hour basis for over two weeks to verify the true state of the guns in the the problem. There are literally thousands of American Service members who saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and survived their multiple toursand were more lethal to the enemy thanks to technologies and improved equipment tested at YPG. To Domin guez, however, this was all in a days work to the proving ground s dedicat ed professionals. In his mind, striving to make YPGs procedures the gold standard in test safety and workforce professionalism were his most impor tant accomplishments. My proudest achievement has been my role in improving safety I brought an outside eye for safety to the proving ground because of the places Id been and the things Id done before I came here. While working as a miner prior to entering the university, Dominguez was impressed by the rigorous safety culture that existed in an underground mine he worked in. Employees were encouraged to carry paper safety grams on their person or in their turn them in whenever they encoun tered something they felt could be a safety hazard. The company promised you two things: that the suspected shortfall would get inspected by a competent sary, and that you would get feedback within two days. Noting that testing munitions was potentially even more inherently dangerous than underground mining, he brought the Safety Gram to YPG. While working as the Director of YPGs procedures regarding range incident reporting (RIR). I said, lets look at every accident and near-miss as a learning opportunity. The goal of the RIR process is not to punish; it is to learn lessons and determine what we need to do to prevent a similar accident or hazard ous situation from occurring again, or at least minimize the ef fects if it does happen. Through the process, everything from installation of steps and handrails to test procedures for working with explosive items. Both programs exist to the present day, and Dominguez credits them with contributing to YPGs sterling safety record, but he is quick to state that what truly keeps people out of harms way is a safety culture, one in YPG Technical DDirector Julio DDominguez addresses members of the workforce at the Kofa Firing RRange. Were one big team, he said of the proving ground. I grasped the true importance and value of that teamwork during the busy war years, from 2003 until a few years ago. D Dominguez escorts then-Vice CChief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter CChiarelli (right) on a tour of a YPG gun position in 2011. That year, the YPG workforce gave a record 2.8 million direct labor hours to the Warghter. (Photos by MM ark Schauer)


THEE OUTPOST DECEMBER 11, 2017 9Y9which everyone is looking for ways to make processes safer. Dominguez is also pleased with the results of efforts to professionalize the workforce and create a standard have a formal training program or assigned you to shadow a person for four to six months, then they would let you go out and start conducting tests. When Dominguez started, he noticed that there were not enough engineers in the mission area he worked in. We had, and still have, very highly really know their test items and the technical aspects of testing them. But we also needed more people with knowledge in technical areas that engineers are trained in. In the early 1990s, he began to sys tematically hire more engineers. The level of technical competence increased dramatically as we kept our good techs and also hired people who had technical credentials. out on the range? cy. Remind everyone on your test that everyone is responsible for look ing for potential hazards. And watch out for complacency If your test is running so smoothly that it seems like it is on automatic, it could very well be on automaticthats when people start doing things without thinking. Do anything to bust the rhythm and re-focus everyone. Remind your rounds, or running a vehicle for 20 mile driven can kill someone who is not focusing on the job. As for the proving ground as a installations combination of infra structure, vast range, and institutional knowledge, all coupled with a cando attitude to get the mission done will keep it viable into the distant future. Keep pushing safety and qual ity. YPG gets a lot of work because we have established a reputation as quality products. That and our creamof-the-crop workforce is what helps keep YPG thriving. DDominguezs 32 years with YPG will draw to a close in early January. Its been a great place to spend a career, more than anything because of the people I have had the privilege of working with, he said. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it, gladly. A signicant portion of DDominguezs time at the proving ground was during the most dire days of combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. There are literally thousands of American Service members who survived their multiple toursand were more lethal to the enemythanks to technologies and improved equipment tested at YPG during that time.D Dominguez escorts then-Vice CChief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter CChiarelli (right) on a tour of a YPG gun position in 2011. That year, the YPG workforce gave a record 2.8 million direct labor hours to the Warghter. (Photos by MMark Schauer)


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THEE OUTPOST DECEMBER 11, 2017 11Y11 CUSTOMER SERVICE IS MY #1 PRIORITY rfnttbt rffntbrfntbt btff fffft ttbtbbtbtftftt bfbtft fttttft Call me today for a FREE Comparative Market Analysis, or with any of your real estate questions or needs!btb 134287 Reds Bird Cage SaloonLocated in the heart of Historic Downtown Yuma231 Main St. 928-783-1050Mon-Fri 9:30am 2:30am Open Sat & Sun 6am Come And Join Us! Christmas truce comes to blasted landscape of World War I By Bill Heidner They were the enemy, the Hun, and senior Army commanders encouraged an attitude of hatred to ward them, but for a relatively brief 1914, impromptu tree-lighting cere carols ushered in a holiday truce. In some instances, this truce lasted well into January. those same senior commanders who preferred a hateful attitude toward the enemy were not at all pleased. Western Front was thought to be so bad that when the Pope proposed a possible to carry out, and, therefore, rejected. But to common soldiers occupying their muddy trenches, in some cases only 60 yards apart from their enemies, it went from the realm of impossible to improbable footnote to a war that created 8.5 million dead among the combatants. (The total death toll for World War I, including civilian deaths, was well over 20,000,000.) It began in many areas with impromptu tree lighting ceremo nies held by the Germans. British troops, in particular, had been told to be wary of a possible attack, lights above the parapets of the Ger man trenches were taken as signs of impending combat action. In the twinkling lights and were sur Often what they received in return were renditions of Silent Night or O Tannenbaum sung by German soldiers in their front line trenches. Although the words were unknown, the melodies were familiar, as was the tradition of the decorated and lighted tree. While there are many legends regarding the tradition of the point toward Germany. The custom became the rage in Victorian Eng land when Prince Albert, a German, decorated Buckingham Palace with a candle-lit tree for his wife; Queen V ictoria. Little by little soldiers from both sides of the deadly trenches exposed themselves and came forth into the deadly no-mans land to exchange boxes from their governments and loved ones, which were shared be tween the sides. In one exchange, a heated discussion arose over the virtue of British cigarettes made of versus the German preferred Turkish tobacco. Onlookers from both sides laughed as they smoked each others offerings. blossomed to a wide-spread truce by vantage of the peace to recover and bury dead comrades who had been left in the deadly no-mans-land. In one sector a keg of beer was traded for plum pudding. When writing home, a British soldier remarked that he knew who had received the best exchange on that deal. In some areas, impromptu soccer matches occurred. The scores vary depending on who is telling the story, although in the more organized of these matches it is reported by both sides to have been a German victory. For the most part, the truce ended company commanders from the two sides had agreed on an appropriate signal. On the British side, they un mas. The Germans unfurled a bed sheet that said thanks. The British air. The two commanders saluted each other and exchanged bows. When they had each descended back into the trenches, the German commost sectors the immediacy of death to anyone exposed above the trench lines was back in full effect. The truce would have more lasting effects in some areas. One British soldier wrote home that he wished mas day. Some sectors reported a complete lack of the back and forth sniping that had occurred previously. But the memories would have even farther reaching effects. The few sur vivors of the war who witnessed this remarkable occurrence all remembered the sad irony of the night and day when peace on earth goodwill towards man poured forth from the deadly landscape of the war to end all wars.


12 DECEMBER 11, 2017 THEE OUTPOSTY12 YPG is all about ensuring weapon systems function in the real world By Chuck Wullenjohn Army senior leaders have long made it a practice to employ weapon systems and munitions that function properly in four climates: moderate; desert; arctic; and tropic. Of these, the three temperature extremes (des ert, arctic and tropic) fall under the management authority of U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, an Army nization. The three extreme weather test centers are operated by the prov ing grounds test experts at three widely dispersed locations experts to ensure military equipment and munitions function reliably on the that operates at a number of tropic locations, depending on the needs of each test Hawaii, Panama, Hondu ras, and Suriname. littered with the debris of military weather, but failed when the going got rough. Whether it was Napo leons forces driven back by the sub-zero temperatures of winter Russia in 1812 or the communica tion gear issued to American troops on Guadalcanal during World War II that failed due to tropical humidity, realistic natural environment testing is something military equipment and ammunition developers ignore only at the peril of American lives. Extreme environmental condi tions, ranging from extreme cold and high heat to salt spray and humid environmental chambers over the years. These chambers, however, do not duplicate the synergistic effects of temperature, wind, snow, solar radiation, insects, fungus, and more, in a large enough arena to truly represent the challenge of extreme environments in their potentially devastating totality. Realistic test ing is essential because these effects can quickly degrade the performance of man, machines, and materials. Simply stated, testing in the natural environment remains as meaningful today as in the past. Since World War II, the three Yuma Proving Ground test centers have performed work critical to ensuring the success of equipment and munitions issued to Americas military forces. Through periods of both contraction and expansion, nat ural environment testing has saved Today, nearly every item of ground combat equipment goes through testing at the proving ground. Yuma Proving Ground itself is one of the largest installations within the Army. Much of the nations environmen tal test expertise resides at Yuma Proving Ground and its test centers. Yuma Proving Ground is recognized as the Armys natural environment test expert. The three test cen ters mutually support each other throughout the year to maximize the use of personnel, technology and expensive equipment, as well as to share critical expertise. This saves ciency. The three YPG test centers are customer-focus, and directly support American forces deployed overseas with fast turnaround tests. Major test areas include: artillery and mortars, tracked armored vehicles, automotive equipment, cargo and personnel air delivery systems, unmanned aerial systems, aircraft systems, countermeasures used to defeat roadside bombs, and more. the largest of the three test centers and, though desert environmental testing is a critical component of its mission, a wide variety of tests are conducted throughout the year. About 2300 people work at Yuma Proving Ground, most of whom are civilian, and has an economic impact to the local community of about $450 million each year. Since World War II, the three Yuma Proving Ground test centers have performed work critical to ensuring the success of equipment and munitions issued to Americas military forces. Today, nearly every item of ground combat equipment goes through testing at the proving ground (Photo by MMark Schauer) The Yuma Test CC enter at YPG is the largest of the three test centers and, though desert environmental testing is a critical component of its mission, a wide variety of tests, such as this parachute evaluation, are conducted throughout the year. (Photo by M M ark Schauer) MM ilitary history is littered with the debris of equipment that worked ne in fair weather, but failed when the going got rough. RR ealistic natural environment testing is vital to ensure American Soldiers equipment works as it should wherever in the world they are called on to serve (Photo by Sebastian Saarloos) Articial conditioning chambers cannot duplicate the synergistic effects of temperature, solar radiation, insects, fungus, and more in a large enough arena to truly represent the challenge of extreme environments such as this tropical road course. (Photo by C C arlos M M ora)


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THEE OUTPOST DECEMBER 11, 2017 15 Y15 BRAND NEW HOMES FROM THE$120s rfnrrfntbt928.344.2550 tnbt928.342.3100 rnnnnn 135093 In cooperation with the Yuma Visitors BB ureau, YPG held the rst of seven public winter tours in early DD ecember. After a welcome from YPG C C ommander C C ol. R R oss Poppenberger (top photo), tour attendees visited two test facilities: at the Air D D elivery C C omplex, test ofcer Keith Allen (left, second photo) shows the visitors mannequins used in personnel parachute testing; while turret mechanic Gabriel Arzola (third photo) discusses armored vehicle testing at the proving ground. The tour guests also visited the YPG Heritage C C enter and had lunch at the C C actus CC af. (Photos by Teri Womack)YPG hosts rst tour of the 2017-2018 season