U.S. ARMY YUMA PROVING GROUND, YUMA, ARIZONA 85365 | VOLUME 67 NO. 2 JANUARY 22, 2018 Highest-ever artillery projectile shot /Page 4 YPG testing critical to development of GPS /Page 6 YPGs 75 years have had deep impact /Page 16 Y1
2 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y2 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: www.yuma.army.mil or email to: email@example.comCommander: Col. Ross Poppenberger 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. Bus schedule for YPG 75th Anniversary on February 3rd, 2018
THE OUTPOST JANUARY 22, 2018 3 Y3 By YPG Chief of Police Donnie Lucas Ensuring a great day at YPGVisit information you need to know February 3, 2018SCHEDULE OF EVENTSFREE ADMISSION For more information, call 928-328-3575.
4 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y4 By Chuck Wullenjohn Yuma blasts way into international space race in 1966 A gun crew loads the High Altitude Research Projectile gun at YPG prior to its record-setting projectile launch in 1966. The massive gun, constructed of two Navy 16 inch battleship tubes, red 30 rounds between June and November of that year. (US Army photo) Of the three HARP guns that were built, only YPGs remains in usable condition. The gun built on the Caribbean island Barbados, seen here in 1966, has long since corroded. Private industry customers remain interested in the HARP for its original intended purpose of launching satellites into space.(Loaned photo)
THE OUTPOST JANUARY 22, 2018 5 Y5 139293 Banking the way it ought beTheyre a rock solid institution for you indeed.-Gladys Wiggins, Yuma County Airport Rated 5 by BF, I.Hometown Banking 1st in Service (928) 783-3334Locations:4th Ave. & 28th St. 4th Ave. & 18th St. Fortuna Rd. & 38th St. 654 N. 1st Ave, San Luis Locally owned and operatedwww.1stbankyuma.comDownload our Mobile App. 139302 Yuma Proving Ground has had many distinguished visitors over the decades, but none as out-of-this-world as astronaut Neil Armstrong (left), the rst man to walk on the moon. Nineteen months after taking his giant leap for mankind, in February 1971 the Apollo 11 commander visited YPG to witness testing of the AH-56 Cheyenne attack helicopter. The photo of Armstrong, taken at Castle Dome Heliport, includes then-congressman Lucien Nedzi (right) of Michigan. Though the AH-56 was cancelled by the Army the following year, the program was a boon to aviation testing at YPG, as it brought about the construction of a substantial amount of infrastructure like laser and optical tracking sites. YPG has done testing for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) since 1966, when the mobility test article (MTA), a precursor to the lunar rover, came here for engineer design evaluations. (US Army photo)One out-of-this-world visitor
6 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y6 By Mark Schauer YPG testing critical to development of GPS In its 75 years of existence, YPG has tested all manner of cutting edge technology. From the mid 1970s to the early 1990s, testing at YPG was critical to the development of the handheld Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology used by millions of people today. By the early 1980s, GPS technology had been miniaturized to the point that a portable backpack unit weighing 25 pounds began testing with Soldiers at the proving ground. (US Army photo)
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8 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y8 By Mark Schauer Exclusive company Worlds largest vertical wind tunnel at YPG Michelle Bannar, widow of the late Military Freefall School instructor Master Sgt. George Bannar, touches the granite stone honoring her husbands memory at the dedication ceremony of the vertical wind tunnel in 2014. Bannar said her husband began keeping a journal during his last deployment to Afghanistan, and mentioned Yuma frequently. This was the best military family he had, she said. His heart is here. YPGs vertical wind tunnel can accommodate eight jumpers simultaneously with a top speed of 175 miles per hour. The nearly 100 foot-tall structure contains over 4,000 tons of concrete and 80 tons of steel. The building was completed in about a year, six months ahead of schedule, and 95% percent of the labor to build the $10.3 million structure came from within Yuma. (Photo by Mark Schauer)
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12 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y12 By David J. Horn A legacy shared by YPG test ofcers Yuma Proving Grounds Combat Automotive Systems Directorate puts military vehicles through a grueling reliability and performance regimen amid pristine desert terrain. When not racing across scores of miles of hot, treacherous desert road courses, vehicles like this M1 Abrams tank are put through other stresses, such as climbing this awing 60% grade. In comparison, the steepest grade on an American interstate highway is 6%. (Photos by Mark Schauer) Every M777 155mm howitzer produced is test red at YPG prior to being elded to troops. The Army, Marine Corps and Canadian forces use the M777 howitzer.
THE OUTPOST JANUARY 22, 2018 13 Y13 1743 W. 24th Street www.SpecialtyCare4u.com (928) 726-1556Come By & See Our New Patient Friendly LocationNationally & internationally recognized leader in medical device development and published scientist. Soft spoken approach to care that reassures patients and their families. ShoulderArthritis Instability Tendonitis Rotator Cuff KneeArthritis Joint Replacement Arthroscopy Sports Injuries Ligament Care Ankle Leg KneeFracture Care Wrist Elbow Shoulder Ron Clark, MD 139331 The mobility test article (MTA), a precursor to the lunar rover, came to YPG for engineer design evaluations in 1966. YPG has supported NASA testing since the earliest days of the American space program, and continues to in the present day. (US Army photo)
14 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y14 By Chuck Wullenjohn 9/11 tragedy leads to YPG workload explosion In the earliest days of the insurgency in Iraq, American forces came under frequent attacks that utilized the humble, easily transported mortar. To defend against this threat, the Army assembled the Counter Rocket Artillery Mortar system consisting of the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar and the AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel radar to detect incoming rounds, and the Land-based Phalanx Weapon System that spits out bursts of re at hostile projectiles. Thanks to rapid testing at YPG in the early days of the Iraq War, the system was deployed to Iraq in 2005, dramatically reducing mortar and other indirect re attacks. (Photo by Kurt Harrison)
THE OUTPOST JANUARY 22, 2018 15 Y15 BRAND NEW HOMES FROM THE$120s rfnrrfntbt928.344.2550 tnbt928.342.3100 rnnnnn 138218 Let BlindSmart show you how.We offer fabric swags, cornices and draperies as well as a full line of other window coverings. Military, Border Patrol, Police and Fire PersonnelDiscounts for Sunscreens & blind repairs are also available Call us today for your FREE in-home estimate! Celebrating 22 Years Covering Yumas WindowsRobert AtienzaSe habla EspaolRick Butler 928.342.5060 The best Blind date youll ever have! 139036 On April 2, 1962, the LeTourneau Overland Train seen here arrived at Yuma Test Station for evaluation. With a crew of six, the 572-foot long, 13 unit land train could haul 150 tons of cargo: if you look closely, you can see the full compliment of cargo cars loaded with a M113 armored personnel carrier, a bulldozer, a Jeep, and multiple cargo containers. At the time, the 54-wheel drive welded aluminum beast was the longest rubber-tired vehicle in the world. The result of logistical support problems encountered in World War II in areas without adequate highway and rail networks, the land train performed well, but was rendered obsolete by heavy lift helicopters like the S-64 Skycrane before it could be elded. Today, the land trains prime mover is a crowd-pleasing display item outside YPGs Heritage Center, which is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (US Army photo)54-wheel drive in the desert
16 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y16 By Chuck Wullenjohn Yuma Proving Ground continues areas Army historySoldiers depend on self-propelled howitzers for mobility and punishing repower and the M109 Paladin remains the most common platform of its type in the world, with variants in the inventories of the United States and more than 20 friendly foreign nations. Now on its seventh major iteration since it was rst elded, the platform has been tested at YPG since its inception. (US Army photo) The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle incorporated a long list of upgrades that will make it signicantly more advanced than the current tactical vehicle eet. Currently, the Army intends to purchase 55,000 JLTVs within the next 15-20 years. (Photo by Mark Schauer)
THE OUTPOST JANUARY 22, 2018 17 Y17 SEE HISTORY page 18 The M119 105 mm howitzer is the lightest, most technologically-advanced indirect re weapon system in the American arsenal. The 4,500-pound howitzer can be transported by Humvee, 2.5 ton truck, helicopter, or cargo plane. In particularly inhospitable terrain, the howitzer can even be delivered by a single parachute system with the Humvee and 105mm ammunition. (US Army photo) When the OH-58A Kiowa light observation helicopter was rst introduced in 1969, Yuma Proving Ground was less than 20 years old and the nation involvement in Vietnam was at its peak. YPG tested upgrades for the system, which was retired in 2017, throughout its lifetime. (US Army photo)
18 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y18 HISTORY FROM PAGE 17 When testing a combat vehicle, YPG test ofcers plan for dangers unimaginable to a civilian motorist: If the vehicles hull is rocked by a roadside bomb, can ve Soldiers in full protective gear escape with weapons at the ready before the vehicle is engulfed in ames? Will the engine stall halfway up a rocky 40% grade after driving through a ve-foot deep stream? Here, YPG drivers power through a fording basin in the all-terrain variant of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle. (Photo by Mark Schauer) YPG is home to all manner of parachute testing, with spacious and instrumented ranges large enough to accommodate even the worlds largest parachutes. Rigorously testing personnel parachutes like the T-11 is a one-stop shop for YPG customers. (US Army photo)
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20 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y20 By Mark Schauer Yuma Test Branch veteran recalls service during YPG visit Recently, Milton Dub Banning, who served at Yuma Test Branch from 1946 to 1949, returned to visit the remnants of the camp. The dam is still there, but little else from that long ago camp remains. The concrete pad that served as the foundation for his wood frame and tarpaper barracks still stands on the desert oor, the edges overgrown with scrub. (Photo by Mark Schauer) Even under controlled conditions, bridge testing at Yuma Test Station was dangerous work, as seen here. We had two M4 tanks that registered about 32 tons each, Banning recalled. After we made sure it could hold the trucks up, we had a brave guy that would take a tank and creep out. His orders were, If you feel any slipping, put it in reverse and back off. (US Army photo)
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22 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y22 By Mark Schauer Assembly of a newspaper From 1951 to the present, Outpost history long, varied U.S. Senator John McCain takes a look at the Outpost prior to an overight at YPG in 2010. Copies of each issue of the Outpost are mailed to a variety of local and state ofcials on a biweekly basis. (Photo by Mark Schauer) Started in 1951, the newspaper at Yuma Test Station was known as the Sidewinder until being renamed the Outpost in 1981. This 1965 issue discusses a visit from the legendary U.S. Senator Carl Hayden, accompanied by thenState Senator Harold Giss.
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24 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y24 By Mark Schauer Draftee remembers 1950s at Yuma test station In 1954, now-Cpl.Rosenberg (right) won a contest to name Yuma Test Stations recreation center. His prize was a new shirt and pants, donated by local merchant and then-State Senator Harold Giss (left). Pvt. Herbert Rosenberg came to Yuma Test Station in 1952 after being drafted during the Korean War. For me, serving at Yuma Test Station was an extraordinary learning experience, he said. I grew up here. (Loaned photos)
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26 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y26 By Mark Schauer Yuma Test Station veteran recalls early days Yuma resident Wilton Buzz Sawyer served stints at Yuma Test Station from 1952 to 1955 and 1957 to 1960. He met his wife of 64 years, Amelia, a Bard native, on his rst day at Yuma Test Station. (Photo by Mark Schauer) During Sawyers second stint at Yuma Test Station, the truck-mounted MGR-1 Honest John, the United States rst surface-to-surface nuclear-capable missile, was tested here in 1958. In order to accommodate missile testing, the branch received signicant upgrades in what was then state-of-the art telemetry, as seen here, and other range improvements. (US Army photo)
THE OUTPOST JANUARY 22, 2018 27 Y27 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 Reds Bird Cage SaloonLocated in the heart of Historic Downtown Yuma231 Main St. 928-783-1050 Happy 75th Anniversary YPG! Mon-Fri 9am 2:30am Open Sat & Sun 6amCome Celebrate With Us... Your Friends At At the same time Yuma Test Branch began operating in 1943, the Army established Camp Laguna a few miles to the west to train troops in mechanized warfare. Camp Laguna was one of 12 major U.S. Army desert training camps in the California-Arizona Maneuver Area (CAMA), an 18,000 square mile area chosen by Gen. George S. Patton (right), that became the training ground for over one million soldiers. Maj. Gen. Walton Walker (left) was the rst commander of CAMA. Upward of 15,000 troops were stationed at Camp Laguna at any one time for periods generally lasting six months. The purpose of the challenging training was to prepare soldiers for a severe life of combat in the deserts of North Africa or one of World War IIs other combat fronts. Camp Laguna and the other CAMA installations were crucial in preparing Army personnel for combat. Camp Laguna was deactivated and demolished in 1944. Other nearby CAMA facilities were Camps Pilot Knob, Hyder and Horn. (US Army photo)Stars shine on Camp Laguna
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30 JANUARY 22, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y30 It is an honor to support the continued success of your missions. From your friends at Yuma International Airport and the Defense Contractor ComplexCongratulations to the Soldiers and Staff at YPG on its 75th Anniversary. 139193 Parachute testing at YPG dates back to the founding of the Airborne Test Force in 1958. Army test jumpers are few in number and highly skilled, capable of preparing personnel and cargo parachutes and loads for a wide variety of systems. Additionally, jumping out of airplanes with new and emerging parachute system technologies is a routine part of the job. Today, the proving ground is home to all manner of parachute testing, with spacious and instrumented ranges large enough to accommodate even the worlds largest cargo parachutes. (US Army photo)Fighting Soldiers from the sky
THE OUTPOST JANUARY 22, 2018 31 Y31 It is an honor to support the continued success of your missions. From your friends at Yuma International Airport and the Defense Contractor ComplexCongratulations to the Soldiers and Staff at YPG on its 75th Anniversary. 139193
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