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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. 1 J aA N uaUA RY 8, 2018 Organization Day a hit /Page 8 YPG Color Guard dedicates Bushmaster memorial /Page 10 YPG employee forges hope /Page 14 Y1 By Mark Schauer On any given day, scores of tests of military equipment vital to the success of American Soldiers are underway at YPG to ensure quality and reliability. Yet much of YPGs activities and dramatic impact on the national defense and local economy are unknown to the general public. In late December, the proving ground hosted community leaders on a tour that took them to position, and a vehicle test course. They also received YPG commander Col. Ross Poppenberger. Deputy Yuma Mayor Gary By Mark Schauer The mock-up of the Orion space capsule was in the cargo bay of a YPGs isolated drop zones, but at least part of one ground observers attention was far away. anniversary of the Apollo 17 the last manned mission to the moonlanding on the lunar surface. Humanity has left the bonds of the planet numerous times since, but never beyond low-Earth orbit, something astronaut Barry Butch Wilmore is intimately familiar with. The seasoned astronaut, with a resume that includes a stint as commander of the International Space Station, was eager to see the latest test of the Orions Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS), which represents one step closer to successorless than two years away, if all goes well here in the Yuma desert. Low Earth orbit is a wonderful place to be and we have had a lot of accomplishments there, but the Orion capsule will take us beyond Orion space capsule parachutes tested at YPGCommunity leaders wowed by YPGSEE LE aA DER sS page 2 SEE O O RION page 6 NASA successfully conducted the fth in a series of eight tests to qualify the parachute system for crewed Orion space capsule missions at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in late December. Orions parachutes help slow the capsule from about 300 mph to less than 20 mph in under 10 minutes and are critical to the safe return of the spacecraft and its future crews after deep-space missions. (US Army photo) Supporting the Warghter for 75 Years


2 JanuaANUARy Y 8, 2018 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. RR oss Poppenberger Public Affair s Ofcer: Chuck Wullenjohn Public Affairs Specialist/Editor: Mark Schauer Technical Editor, Cold Regions Test Center: Clara 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 ATEC and A R R NEWS. 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. LEADERSFRROM PAGE 1Knight, a local native, has been to previous occasions, yet still felt his most recent visit was fruitful. Every time Ive been out here, Ive seen something different, something new he said. What goes on out here is not the same evolves, and it is great to be updated. Ive always realized how important YPG is to the entire to the entire state. Knight feels the information he gained from this visit will make him a better advocate in the future for improvements such as widening YPG Commander Col. RRoss Poppenberger briefs community leaders on YPG activities during their visit. I want them to know what kind of capabilities exist right in their backyard and what we bring to the community, he said. Yuma Test Center Commander Lt. Col. Timothy Matthews (left) shows visitors a gun position during their tour. Artillery testing is a major component of YPGs test workload. (Photos by Mark Schauer) Keith Allen (left), team lead in the Aviation Systems and Electronic Test Division, discusses parachute testing at YPG with the visitors. Personnel and cargo parachutes of all shapes and sizes are tested on YPGs vast ranges.


THE OUTPOST JanuaANUARy Y 8, 2018 3Y3 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 If we can get it done, I envision it like Highway way with turnouts, he said. On the other side of the visit to YPG for Dr. Daniel Corr, president of Arizona Western It gave me more insight into the importance of YPG to the Yuma area and the economic multiplier effect this base has, he said. As a college president, it reinforces the notion that we need to continue developing a and other highly skilled workers, and we need to be part of the solution supplying them to YPG. Corr was particularly proud that many YPG employees are alumnus of AWC. The sophistication of these weapons is amazing, he said. The advancements tested here that will ultimately keep our Soldiers safer make me feel proud as a citizen that this work is being done right here in my neighborhood. I think it was a good visit, said Poppenberger. We took the opportunity to show the local community leaders a little bit more of what we do. I want them to know what capabilities exist right in their backyard and what we bring to the community. Yuma Test Center Commander Lt. Col. Timothy Matthews (left) shows visitors a gun position during their tour. Artillery testing is a major component of YPGs test workload. (Photos by Mark Schauer) Keith Allen (left), team lead in the Aviation Systems and Electronic Test Division, discusses parachute testing at YPG with the visitors. Personnel and cargo parachutes of all shapes and sizes are tested on YPGs vast ranges. Engineer RRoss Gwynn shows visitors one of YPGs mission control rooms. From here, YPG testers can monitor and gather data from parachute drops many miles downrange. Gabriela Siqueiros-Herwig, veteran services coordinator at Arizona Western College, enters a Stryker Combat Vehicle as Yuma Chamber of Commerce director JJohn Courtis, Yuma Test Commander Lt. Col. Timothy Matthews and Marco Nixen, team lead, look on. YPG has over 200 miles of road courses to accommodate vehicle testing.


4 JanuaANUARy Y 8, 2018 THE OUTPOSTY4 TO ADVERTISE IN THE OUTPOST PLEASE CONTACT DA RLENE FIRESTONE AT (928) 539-6829 NAT IONALS@YUMASUN.COM YUMA SUN, INC. 2055 S. ARIZONA AVE., YUMA, AZ 85364 Chaplains Corner Next Outpost deadline is noon, January 11thSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 Report Domestic Violence: 287-3361 Shootin the Breeze Its not from New York City By David J. Horn Change. Its one of those things in life thats usually not optional. Here at YPG, there are constantly new faces, new buildings, and new hoops to jump through to get our jobs done. With all that change going on, its nice to have at least one thing that you can depend on to be there day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Keeping the machin ery lubed and the gears turning. Of course what Im talking about, is whats found in every food service facility on postYPGs homemade salsa! OK, so it may not be the fanciest. I dont care whether its ever won an award from snobbish salsa connois seurs, or not. Im just saying, that theres no better morning meal, than to have two or three of those little plastic containers of YPG salsa, with a breakfast burrito on the side. with just the right consistency to be poured, dipped, or mixed in. Salsa with just the right amount of spicy burn. Now, I could go on and on talking about this, but since the Outpost is here to inform and provide a service to all its readers, the good news is here, that Im going to.yes, you guessed itSHARE with all of you, the actual recipe for authentic YPG salsa! By the way, several brave patrons of the Rock Garden Caf had to fork over huge bribes to get this information. So, here it is. Take the following ingredients and split them into two batches that you can run 2 cans of jalapeos 1 white onion 1 Tsp of Salt (adjusted to taste) 1 Tsp of Pepper (adjusted to taste) 1 Tsp of Garlic Powder (adjusted to taste) Cilantro (adjust to taste) Now, the bad news. I took this recipe home, and have tried to make it over several batches to get it just right. The problem is, what Ive been able to make myself has come close, but it has just never tasted as got to the point where I went back to the kitchen staff at the Roc Garden to ask them what I was doing wrong. The lady, without saying a word, just looked at meand smiled. Wow. The guards that protect the secret recipe for Coca-Cola, have nothing on these folks. Oh well, I guess theres only one thing left that I can do at this point. (After short delay) Good Morning to you, too. Yes, Id like to have a Breakfast Burrito, with bacon. Surehere you go. Thanks. By the way, can I get extra salsa to go with that?


THE OUTPOST JanuaANUARy Y 8, 2018 5Y5 Chaplains Corner A new year is a new beginningBy Maj. Ronald Beltz A pastor named Patricia Farris tells about being in Mexico one year with her husband on New Years Eve. They found them selves in the middle of something they didn t understand at the time. It was late in the evening, not yet midnight, and the central square was full of people, lights, music, kids, old people, and fam ilies. Stands were set up and people were selling, in addition to all the usual souvenirs and food and so forth, an array of very inex pensive pottery, mostly simple clay plates. What was interest ing was that people were buying these simple clay plates and then standing back and throwing them with full force against one wall of the great cathedral in the commu nity square, smashing the plates into smithereens. It was loud and raucous and exciting, according to Ms. Far ris. Only later did she learn that this tradition grew out of a deep human need to throw out the old, to start the New Year free of old resentments, old fears, old prejudices, old sins. Throw them out! says Patricia Farris, Let them smash against the strong fortress of faith and be done with it. God is ready to offer healing and new life. give you healing and a new be ginning! Self-harm and cuttingSelf-harm is when people hurt their bodies as a way of dealing with pain ful feelings and emotions. It is also called selfinjury There are many reasons why people hurt them selves. Some people hurt themselves to relieve emo tional pain or stress. Emotional pain can be caused or friends, physical or sexual abuse, eating disor ders, work or school problems, or loneliness. There are dif ferent ways people harm themselves. These include cutting, burning scratching, hitting themselves, punching walls or other hard surfaces, preventing wounds from healing, banging their heads or choking themselves. They are not trying to kill themselves but are trying to relieve emotional pain. It is very important for people who self-harm to get help. The same feelings that lead to self-harm can cause people to become suicidal in the future. Self-harm may lead to infections or permanent scars. In some cases, people may accidentally kill them selves. Some people also become dependent on self-harm. They can not stop even when they really want to. People keep self-harm a secret. They may hide self-harm for many reasons. Some people feel guilty and ashamed about what they have done to their bodies. Others fear they will be labeled crazy or sent away for treatment. Most people who hurt themselves are just struggling with tough feelings and situations. Some people are also dealing with depression or anxiety It is important for them to talk with a doctor or a therapist before things get worse. How does someone stop hurting them selves? The best way to stop is to tell someone and ask for help. You can get help from a professional such as a therapist. If you do not have a therapist, ask a parent, teacher, coach, counselor, doctor or Talk to others when you are in pain. No one can handle all of lifes problems on their own. Find other ways to deal with pain besides hurt ing yourself. Call a friend and talk about your feelings. Distract your self by going for a walk. Exercise to relieve stress. Draw or write in a journal to ex press your strong emotions. Listen to or play music that makes you happy This can help change your mood. If you know have a friend that is hurting themselves, talk to them and let them know that you care. People who self-harm often feel guilty about what they are doing. Knowing that someone cares can make a difference. Make sure a family member, doctor or therapist is aware of what is going on. You may need to tell someone what your friend is doing. Offer to be a safe person to talk to when your friend is thinking about hurting themselves.


6 JanuaANUARy Y 8, 2018 THE OUTPOSTY6low-Earth orbit into destinations unknown, Wilmore said. Though Wilmore and his colleagues long for the approaching day when humanity takes further strides into the solar system, they assure that the intervening years since the heady days of Apollo have been fruitful ones that will lay the groundwork for future success. Weve learned how to operate in space for long periods of time, he explained, noting that space station deployments are far longer than were those of the days-long Apollo missions. Human physiology is such that if you dont keep stress on the body, you will lose muscle mass and bone mass. Weve learned to mitigate those losses with pretty intense workout regimes every day. Most people associate space travel with tremendous speed, yet this is only half the equation of manned space exploration. Whereas a spacecraft has to travel hour to escape the Earth, and hurtles returning from deep space, to lower its occupants safely to the ground the same capsule needs to be decelerated to speeds slower than most people drive an automobile on a residential street. There is no model for that, said Koki Manchin, chief engineer for the CPAS system. The only way we know it works is because weve tested it and done it a bunch of times over a broad range of conditions. The rope that makes up the CPAS parachute cords is made of Kevlar, body armor. Each main parachute to deploy sequentially and pass through two stages prior to being parachutes deploy to slow the main parachutes taking it down to a languid landing speed of 17 miles per hour. Further, the parachute system is designed to compensate for a variety of failures in the hope that astronauts can still return to Earth safely if something goes wrong. I have returned to Earth in a winged vehicle and in a capsule, and its quite a ride, said Wilmore with a smile. Its a good feeling when the parachutes open. For this test, evaluators intentionally rigged one of the main parachutes to not deploy, hoping that the remaining chutes could withstand the additional stress of speed and mass the failure would cause. The capsule was dropped from the C-17 extracted from the cargo bay on a palette with two 28 foot parachutes ORIONFRROM PAGE 1 Astronaut Barry Butch Wilmore talks with the media at an isolated YPG drop zone prior to the latest test. Low Earth orbit is a wonderful place to be and we have had a lot of accomplishments there, but the Orion capsule will take us beyond lowEarth orbit into destinations unknown, he said. During the test, a mock-up of the Orion spacecraft was dropped from a C-17 aircraft ying at 35,000 feet. The evaluation was of a simulated scenario in which one of the three main parachutes failed to open after the deployment of several drogue parachutes that help slow and stabilize the spacecraft. (US Army photo)


THE OUTPOST JanuaANUARy Y 8, 2018 7Y7attached to it, then separated from the pa lette with the parachutes deploying as dozens of personnel watched from the drop zone and mission control room. Among them was YPG Commander Col. Ross Poppenberger. Im excited that NASA chooses YPG to do these missions, he said. Its a feather in the cap for the Yuma community and really shows the value YPG provides the nation. Our technical competence allows these other agencies to bring their equipment out here to test. between the capsules touchdown and successful landing, but the test represented weeks of preparation and years of design and construction work. Once the drop was completed, personnel fanned out and methodically recovered the massive deployed parachutes and lines to evaluate any damage that may have occurred to the parachutes, and know that it was not incurred from the recovery efforts. As the packed parachutes made the journey back to the Air Delivery Complex, where the parachutes were suspended from a high ceiling and carefully studied, workers from YPGs motor pool used a large crane to lift the massive test capsule onto a lowboy trailer for transport back to Yuma. As for the scores of channels of data collected during the relatively brief drop, full processing it will take months. YPG has tested military equipment and has supported NASA testing virtually since the inception of the The Mobility Test Article, tested was the precursor of the lunar rover that traversed the moon in 1971. Weve proven over and over against our capability of providing good, independent assessment, said Poppenberger. Every day in our core and in our culture we believe that what we are doing is vital to the nation. Astronaut Barry Butch Wilmore talks with the media at an isolated YPG drop zone prior to the latest test. Low Earth orbit is a wonderful place to be and we have had a lot of accomplishments there, but the Orion capsule will take us beyond lowEarth orbit into destinations unknown, he said.


8 JanuaANUARy Y 8, 2018 THE OUTPOSTY8By Mark Schauer The serious business of YPGs mission normally precludes a carnival atmosphere on post. Yet maintaining morale requires at least one day of relaxation for the workforce. workers from across the proving ground in December to participate in a variety of fun activities designed to build unit cohesion. and individuals, many employees took a day off from their normal duties to determine how many people it takes to pull a Humvee, who was most adept at a three-legged race, and which organization had the best volleyball players. The friendly competition in the buildup to the event was intense as each team eyed the coveted Commanders Cup, which was presented to the winner of the days activities. Weve been the busiest test center in the Army for eight years in a row, said Col. Ross Poppenberger, YPG First Organization Day in over seven years a hitTest ofcer Adam RR inne and C RR TC Technical Director J J eff Lipscomb sling beanbags in the nals for the corn hole toss. The team from the north won the event. Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Prosser smashes a hard single during the softball tournament as YPG Commander Col. RR oss Poppenberger looks on from on deck. Im so impressed with the vision CSM had on having an organization day, Poppenberger said. Teamwork is vital to accomplishing YPGs mission, and to winning a three-legged race. (Photos by PAO staff) The tire ip relay was not for the faint of heart, and cheering spectators sustained the competitors.


THE OUTPOST JanuaANUARy Y 8, 2018 9Y9commander. This is a small way of saying thanks and get people off the ranges to have some fun. The day had something for everyone, from bowling and poker to egg-relays and beanbag tosses. talented, intelligent and driven individuals who give their best every day to accomplish the mission, said Tina Manns, manpower chief. That focus and drive doesnt come without a priceit takes a toll on us. That makes it even more important to take time for recreation. Other popular events included the volleyball tournament and a closest-to-the-pin golf competition. An especially spirited basketball tournament was also a big hit, as was a homerun derby and softball tournament. Though strictly for bragging rights, impromptu tug-ofwar matches near the end of the day drew out the competitive spirit of many. At the end of the day, Poppenberger presented the Commanders Cup to Team Air Delivery, which won by a single point in the overall rankings. Whether playing or watching, all who attended had fun, reacquainted with people in different divisions, and ate delicious food prepared by Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. The beanbag toss area before and after the scored event. I got the impression that everyone enjoyed themselves, said Poppenberger. Were going to continue to do these kinds of things. Combat Automotive Directorate test ofcers have plenty of experience with HMMWVs, and showed it in the popular HMMWV pull event. The competition was erce in the nal bracket of the three-on-three basketball tournament, with YTC Commander Lt. Col. Timothy Matthews and Munitions and Weapons test ofcer JJ onny Clark leading their respective teams. Bragging rights were motivation enough for Combat and Automotive Directorate employees to give their all during the tug-of-war. The Soldiers of Team Air Delivery raise the Commanders Cup in triumph at the end of the day. I got the impression that everyone enjoyed themselves, said Col. R R oss Poppenberger, YPG commander.


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14 JanuaANUARy Y 8, 2018 THE OUTPOSTY14 YPG employee forges hope one refugee at a time By Mark Schauer Its lucky that James Schremp isnt a betting man. After all, what are the odds the former Marine and veteran employee of YPGs aircraft armament section would ever wager that one day hed serve as a volunteer helping Syrian hardscrabble Jordanian border town? And on multiple occasions, to boot? by hearing a missionarys harrowing stories of the situation in the nation of Jordan during his ordinary Sunday church service, was as nothing more than a willing heart connected to a pair of strong hands. He helped his church colleagues deliver food and other humanitarian supplies to refu gees living in rudimentary conditions and still traumatized by the horrors of civil war they had escaped. The small church he stayed at did the best they could providing social services to the and sewing and cooking classes, for example. Schremp wondered if he could offer something else. As fate would have it, Schremp, an avid hobbyist in the art of black smithing, thought the venerable art could give useful diversion and hope to the despairing folks he met, not to mention the opportunity to make pocket money by turning discarded metal scrap into jewelry and other salable items. Back home in the States he made and shipped to Jordan two anvils and a forge for just this pur pose, then journeyed back to Mafraq for another two-week stint at his own expense with his blacksmithing tools in tow to teach classes in a make shift blacksmithing shop set up at the church. He could have stopped therehe had already done far more than most people, and more than he had ever ex pected of himself. Yet the plight of the refugees he met and taught gnawed at him. Theyve spent all that time in Jordan in a refugee status where they cant theyve done nothingtheyre safe and dont have to worry about be ing shot in the street, but theyre in limbo. Then, another bit of serendipity of a group of Yuma blacksmithing enthusiasts Schremp belongs to had taken a metal casting class in the Midwest with a Jordanian national who was now an art professor at the University of Jordan in Amman. This individual asked him to serve as a guest instructor in her classes to teach her students the rudiments of black smithing. Schremp agreed, in part for the love of blacksmithing, but mostly out of a sense that the university con nection could help sustain his blacksmithing endeavors with the refugees in Mafraq. I had a feeling that if I could get them on board, it would be a help to the Mafraq group. They could actually go there and if any problems came up, cated, they would have a university behind them. When Schremp returned to Jordan found that a long-term volunteer at the small church had turned his black smith shop into a woodworking shop. the sawdust and re-set his anvils and local refugees as best he could with the help of an interpreter, but found several challenges. For example, though his young students seemed eager to learn, their attendance was spotty. Very few people have a car, Schremp said. You either walk or get a cab, and you have to have money to take a cab. You have to keep in mind that they are trying to eek out a living with very little money. The young men lacked basic safety was fashioning canvas coverings to protect their sandaled feet from stray forge sparks. Nonetheless, the stu dents made a variety of things once they got down to business, from an ornamental treble clef and decorative snail to eating utensils and portable coat and purse hooks. When his of fer to guest teach at the proved, Schremp made the commute distant but a world away from Mafraq. Here the large university had a predominately Jordanian student body, who helped make a forge that he left behind when his trip had concluded. Though art students, they took to blacksmithing quickly. The university students are used to long days, so they blew through projects really quick. I was amazed at how quickly they caught on. He enjoyed the experience, but was disappointed in one aspect. We had wanted to bring the uni versity students to Mafraq to have a combined class, but apparently some of their parents thought Mafraq was too dangerous because it has refugees and is right on the border . Schremp says the church in Ma fraq is expanding and that he plans to return for another missionary trip at some point in the future to lend a hand once again. Its amazing the more and more ly, theyre helpful. Its a help, but right now its just a drop in the bucket.Schremp used blacksmithing equipment he made and donated for his students. The students made a variety of things once they got down to business, from an ornamental treble clef and decorative snail to eating utensils and portable coat and purse hooks. In late October, JJ ames Schremp (right), a former Marine who has worked in YPGs aircraft armaments section for over 25 years, made his third trip to the nation of JJordan as a volunteer for his church. In addition to teaching the art of blacksmithing to Syrian refugees, he served as a guest instructor in a class at the University of JJordan in Amman. (Loaned photos)


THE OUTPOST JanuaANUARy Y 8, 2018 15 Y15 BRAND NEW HOMES FROM THE$120s rfnrrfntbt928.344.2550 tnbt928.342.3100 rnnnnn 138217 YPG residents gathered at Cox Field for the annual Christmas tree lighting on December 13th. The star of the show was Santa Claus, brought to the gathering aboard a re truck courtesy of the YPG Fire Department, but Yuma Test Center Commander Lt. Col. Timothy Matthews (top photo) helped youngsters put a patriotic topping on a smaller tree as they waited to tell Santa their Christmas wishes. A week later, Family Support Chief Mardy Clark (bottom photo) helped distribute Christmas baskets with all the trimmings donated to YPG Soldiers by volunteers from American Legion Post #19 as a small token of appreciation for their service. (Photos by Teri Womack)A very YPG Christmas Schremp used blacksmithing equipment he made and donated for his students. The students made a variety of things once they got down to business, from an ornamental treble clef and decorative snail to eating utensils and portable coat and purse hooks.


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