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U.S. ARMY YUMA PROVING GROUND, YUMA, ARIZONA 85365 | VOLUME 67 NO. 4 FEBRUARY 19, 2018 Rapid Equipping Force conducts electronic warfare assessment /Page 4 Black History Month: Harlem Hell Fighters proved their mettle /Page 5 See you at the rodeo /Page 11 Y1 By Chuck Wullenjohn U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground celebrated its 75th birthday in style a party attended by over 11,000 well-wishers from throughout Yuma County, nearby areas and even further. In the planning stage for months, the birthday began early Saturday Feb. 3 and concluded after darkness fell that evening with a stupendous zone that attracted huge crowds of the younger set, a large display of the most spic and span military weapon systems youll ever come across, lots of vendors, great food, parachutists, antique cars, and a slate of tuneful live musicians offering musical entertainment covering standards from the 1940s to today. Thousands of vehicles crowded the roads leading to YPG for hours, leading to congestion that stretched several miles, causing some frustrated drivers to turn around and go home. Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) buses arrived at YPG crammed with riders, leaving some stranded behind at the bus stops. Despite these hurdles, the vast majority persisted and were rewarded with an exciting day. The takeaway from the huge crowds is that Yuma supports our in our community, said Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls. There is little to see of Yuma Proving Ground as people drive along highway 95, which helped create interest in the event. Most people know YPG is there, but they dont understand what goes on, said Nicholls. Today was a great day to address that and communicate the magic behind YPG. Col. Ross Poppenberger, commander, spent the entire day at the event, visiting all booths and exhibits, including talking with staff. As he surveyed the crowd enjoying musical entertainment from the main stage, he brimmed over with good things to say. I absolutely believe that the staff of Yuma Proving Ground hit this event out of the park, he enthused. People manning our displays were asked good, challenging questions by people who were really interested. This was a great way to showcase what we do and to share our mission with the community. A wide variety of people from a number of YPG organizations were involved in planning the event, from the Department of Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR), to the Department of Public Works, (DPW), as well as a great many more. People at YPG, including By Clara Zachgo Maj. Gen. John Charlton made his second trip to the US Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) on February 7. He spent the day taking a close look at some of the ongoing test efforts and meeting numerous employees. Test Complex (MTC) highlighted the ongoing Bradley test, along with the facilities at the MTC that not only support military testing, but commercial automotive testing as well. From there, Charlton made 75th anniversary gala was a home run ATEC Commanding General visits CRTC SEE GENERAL page 2 SEE ANNIVERSARY page 6 The Military Free Fall School thrilled the audience at the opening ceremony of YPGs 75th Anniversary celebration with a precision parachute exhibition that featured a rousing patriotic nish as instructor Jose Reyes jumped in the American ag. The event, the largest party in the proving grounds history, drew over 11,000 attendees throughout the day. (Photo by Chuck Wullenjohn)


2 FEBRUARY 19, 2018 THE OUTPOST his way to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Test where he rode in the vehicle across some of CRTCs cross country trails. The JLTV tour ended at the Bolio Lake Complex for lunch at the Warren Randall Dining Facility. hovering around a frigid -35 degrees Fahrenheit, it was a great time to demonstrate just how cold it was! When it is extremely cold outside you can throw very hot water into the air and it will freeze before it hits the ground, creating a dramatic cloud of steam and frozen droplets. After lunch at the dining facility, Charlton made stops at various downrange facilities and test sites, including the newly-named Storey Test Site (after a long time passed away) and the upcoming stop was at the Soldier Protection Systems Test where a group of Soldiers were being put through a new obstacle course fabricated by CRTCs Allied Trades, the Load course. The Commanding General took some time to go through part learn about some of the new SPS test items. 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: or email to: mark.a.schauer.civ@mail.milCommander: 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. Geese GENERALFROM PAGE 1 10% Off For Our Military Every DayStaff Wears Red On Fridays To Show Support For Our Troops1731 S Sunridge Dr928-539-9000 Our 50s Style Diner has the Best Shakes in Town! OPEN 24 HOURSIndoor/Outdoor seating 24 Hrs. Baymont Inn & Suites Guests Receive A Hot, Cooked To Order Breakfast At Pennys Diner Russell Hollembaek shows Maj. Gen. John Charlton and Col. Ross Poppenberger equipment used to groom snow elds for tests. Charlton made his second trip to CRTC earlier this month. (Photos by Sebastian Saarloos) Charlton took a rsthand look at the newly-constructed Load Effects Assessment Program (LEAP) obstacle course fabricated by CRTC personnel as YPG Commander Col. Ross Poppenberger (left) and CRTC Commander Col. Gina Adam look on.


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4 FEBRUARY 19, 2018 THE OUTPOST By Capt. Dustin Gabus Against the stillness and quiet of the desolate Yuma desert, an invisible battle raged. However, instead of bullets and bombs, these combatants harnessed the power of electromagnetic waves to disrupt their opponent. Tech Research Institute, conducted an electronic warfare test exercise here to assess the capabilities of multiple systems against a series of communication and data threats. As technology accelerates, the Army must continue to innovate faster than current and potential adversaries across multiple domainsincluding the electromagnetic spectrum, said solutions team chief. This is why the new threats emerge downrange. Dubbed Desert Burnoff, the event in recent years by the U.S. Army to evaluate the offensive capabilities of multiple electronic warfare platforms, according to Schumacher. The test accessed each vendors ability to detect, identify, geolocate and disrupt targeted systems. While 15 industry and military organizations selected six vendors that met preferred solutions outside the standard U.S. Army supply chain to meet the urgent requirements of deployed U.S. Army units. As of 2015, the enduring program under U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Since 2015, the an increase in electronic warfare equipment requests originating from several U.S. Army service component commands. In deployed units with multiple electronic warfare systems. Along with the recent uptick in submitted requirements, interest in electronic warfare capabilities has increased with the U.S. Armys emphasis to develop capabilities exploiting potential vulnerabilities across multiple sectors of warfare. The emerging Multi-Domain Battle Concept calls for U.S. Army elements and contested areas, including the electromagnetic spectrum. According to the concept, this synchronization of capabilities across joint and multinational forces will create windows of domain superiority and preserve joint forces freedom of movement. the latest, cutting-edge, overmatch materiel solutions to support Soldiers deployed overseas, said Maj. Keith pipeline to meet a requirement, we often depend on our industry partners to provide innovative solutions. like Desert Burnoff to access various government and commercial offthe-shelf equipment. The results decisions and other military agencies conducting similar research. Y4 136771 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 Rapid Equipping Force conducts electronic warfare assessment at YPG YPGs Electronic Warfare (EW) Branchs mission is to plan, execute, and analyze data from tests of systems in a realistic Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) test environment. The branch supports both developmental and operational testing by generating thousands of simultaneous radiofrequency signals designed to replicate specic realworld areas. (Photo by Mark Schauer)


THE OUTPOST FEBRUARY 19, 2018 5By Col. Richard Goldenberg When the African American National Guard Soldiers of New Yorks 15th Infantry Regiment arrived in France in December 1917, they expected to conduct combat training and enter the trenches of the Western Front right away. They could not have been more wrong. The troops were ordered to unload supply ships at the docks for their mass of supply troops known as stevedores, working long hours in the port at St. Nazaire. More than 380,000 African Americans served in the Army during World War I, according to the National Archives. Approximately 200,000 of these were sent to who deployed were assigned to labor and stevedore battalions, assigned to tasks that many Army leaders saw as most appropriate. These troops performed essential duties for the building roads, bridges, and trenches in support of the front-line battles. In St. Nazaire, the New York National Guard Soldiers learned they would work to prepare the docks and rail lines to be a major port of entry for the hundreds of thousands of forces yet to arrive in France. The African American regiment was a quick and easy source of labor, according to author Stephen Harris in his 2003 book, Harlems Hell Fighters. combat Soldiers had not signed up for labor. They were committed to the war. They had no place to put the regiment, said infantry Capt. Hamilton Fish, according to the Harris book. They werent going to put us in a white division, not in 1917, anyway; so our troops were sent in to the supply and services as laborers to lay railroad tracks. This naturally upset our men tremendously. The regiments best advocate was their commander, Col. William Hayward. He argued his case in a letter to General Pershing, outlining the regiments mobilization and training, and followed up immediately with a personal visit to Pershings headquarters. He would bring with him the regiments most formidable weapon in swaying opinion: the regimental band, lauded While the regiment literally laid the tracks for the arrival of the two million troops deploying to France, the regimental band toured the region, performing for French and American audiences at rest centers and hospitals. The 369th Band was unlike any other performance audiences had seen or heard before, noted Harris. The regimental band is credited with introducing jazz music to France during the war. After some three months of labor constructing nearby railways to move supplies forward, the Soldiers learned that they had orders to join the French 16th Division for three weeks of combat training. They also learned they had a new regimental number as the nowrenamed 369th Infantry Regiment. Not that it mattered much to the Soldiers; they still carried their nickname from New York, the Black Rattlers, and carried their regimental everywhere they went in France. While the 369th Infantry would become part of the U.S. Armys 92nd Infantry Division, it would forces. This solved the dilemma for Pershing and the American with the African-American troops. The black troops would see combat, but alongside French forces, who were already accustomed to the many races and ethnicities already serving in the ranks of their colonial troops. After learning valuable lessons in trench warfare from their French partners, the Soldiers of to prove their worth as combat troops when they entered the front lines, holding their line against the last German spring offensive near Chateau-Thierry. Their value was not lost on the French, and the regiment continued participating in the Aisne-Marne counter offensive in the summer of 1918 alongside the French 162nd Infantry Division. The regiment would go on to prove itself in combat operations throughout the rest of the war, receiving the French highest honor, the Croix de Guerre, for its unit actions, alongside some 171 individual decorations for heroism. Y5 Harlem Hell Fighters proved their mettle, patriotism in World War I 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 142072 Soldiers of the 369th Infantry Regiment man a trench in France during World War I. More than 380,000 African Americans served in the Army during World War I, approximately 200,000 of which were sent to Europe. (Loaned photo)


6 FEBRUARY 19, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y6volunteers, came together as a team, and Im really proud of the hard work Ive seen, said Rick Bassett, Director of DFMWR. The only real problem I came across was the caused some to turn around and go home. This was a disappointing development well discuss in the after action review. The interaction between members of the public and YPG subject matter experts was remarkable to see. People closely inspected military systems, crawling inside and climbing atop armored vehicles. Questions came fast and furious, quickly as they came. Charles Frost, an eight year YPG veteran, spent the day supervising activities around an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, which proved a popular attraction. Many had only seen the tank on television or in movies, so were impressed to view the steel behemoth in person. They peppered Frost with questions. They wanted to know how fast is goes, how large the crew is and questions like that, but they also asked about what takes place at YPG regarding testing, he said. People were extremely interested. Many ever had the opportunity to see these items up close. YPGs workforce is used to working with military hardware as part of the job and it is easy to forget that the public does not have this access. Seeing it and touching it at YPGs anniversary gala was special. The public has few chances to see some of these platforms, so it was rewarding all around, said Frost. He had more to say, but was forced to quickly conclude when several families walked toward the M1 and began climbing aboard. Taking his work seriously, Frost moved toward them, maintaining a close watch to ensure safety. Many people worked behind the scenes performing chores crucial to the event. Billy Taylor, engineering ANNIVERSARY FROM PAGE 1 Children of all ages loved the static displays, but nothing captivated the imagination like the gear used every day by YPGs Airborne Test Force. (Photo by Mark Schauer) Ground Combat team leader Marco Nixen gives a television interview during the event. The 75th anniversary celebration received extensive coverage in the local media, both before and during the event. (Photo by Mark Schauer) During the opening ceremonies, YPG Commander Col. Ross Poppenberger was proud to induct Yuma-area recruits into the Army as a crowd of thousands cheered them on. Poppenberger gave the seless young recruits his very best wishes as they embarked upon their Army service. (Photo by Chuck Wullenjohn)


THE OUTPOST FEBRUARY 19, 2018 7Y7technician in the Department of Public Works, worked the entire day and spent an intense two weeks beforehand. DPW contributions included installing fencing, making provisions for 40 portable toilets, arranging for generators to produce electricity, numerous power extensions, and much more. There were many challenges, but the YPG team was positive, knowing happen, said Taylor. We just worked through the issues one by one and experienced many successes along the way. He felt a personal sense of satisfaction as the day wound down. People around me were predicting an attendance of 3000, a number exceeded early in the day, he said. up, the presence on Cox Field, all was to sustain our high level of performance all day long. Taylors job was to coordinate FSI contractors providing electricians, grounds people, trash pick-up and many more services. These guys were great, he said during the event, with a great spirit of cooperation. Like me, many of them probably wont be going home until midnight. Taylor and his crew worked six hours the day after, too. Though supporting the event diverted him and those he works with from the day-to-day test mission, he feels it was worth it. The positive public relations we created was great, but the spirit of comradery I felt with the entire team made me proud, said Taylor. This has been a great experience. of the event was that it brought three past Yuma Proving Ground commanders back for a day. They were Col. Robert Filbey (ret) who commanded the proving ground between 1996 and 2000, Col. Steve Kreider (ret.) who commanded between 2003 and 2006, and Col. Reed Young (ret.) who commanded between 2011 and 2014. Kreider says serving as proving ground commander was the highlight of his military career. YPG performs a critical mission that doubled in size while I was commander, he said, but it was the people who really stand out. Today was a great opportunity to return to see many old friends and thank them for their efforts each day. The YPG Heritage Center Museum people. The museum set an all-time visitation record by welcoming 2,089 visitors in a single day. The previous record was 752. We attracted constant crowds throughout the day, said Heritage Ground Combat team leader Marco Nixen gives a television interview during the event. The 75th anniversary celebration received extensive coverage in the local media, both before and during the event. (Photo by Mark Schauer) The Manhattan Dolls delighted the crowd performing standards from the Big Band era. (Photos by Mark Schauer) YPG Family, Morale, Recreation and Welfare Director Rick Bessett (right) knows a stunning classic car when he sees one, and made sure YPGs 75th Anniversary extravaganza had a number of them on display, alongside contemporary military vehicles like the Bradley Fighting Vehicle over his shoulder. Ground Combat team leader Issac Rodriguez spent the entire day elding questions about the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle from curious attendees. YPGs people made the event a great one. SEE ANNIVERSARY page 8


8 FEBRUARY 19, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y8 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 Center curator Bill Heidner. The museum was packed. There was no single point of interest in the museum. Veterans from the 1960s hovered around were fascinated by YPGs role in the development of the Global Positioning System (GPS.) The training of military working dogs at YPG attracted others. Some relaxed War about the California-Arizona Maneuver Area training camps of World War II, of which YPGs Camp Laguna was one. It was a crazy day at the museum, but in a good way, said Heidner. Local media played a key role in the weeks prior to the gala event in providing information to the public. For a while, it seemed like YPG was appearing on television and discussed on radio every hour. As the event took place, multiple media outlets spent hours at YPG making numerous news stories that were broadcast live. KBLU radio broadcast its morning talk program for three hours each of the two days prior to the event, interviewing 11 different people in the process, including two past proving ground commanders. Radio host Russ Clark reported that he was happy with each interview and received outstanding comments from listeners. He estimates that over 60,000 people tuned in each morning. YPGs impressive 75th anniversary gala is now history and everyone success. If you played a role in exhibit, you richly deserve thanks for doing a great job and a hearty pat on the back. It was the largest public event in the proving grounds history YPGs workforce should look back on it with pride. ANNIVERSARYFROM PAGE 7 Roger Clyne, lead singer of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, sings Hello New Day in the headlining bands rst-ever appearance in Yuma. Local favorite Downtime also performed at the event. (Photo by Mark Schauer)


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