U.S. ARMY YUMA PROVING GROUND, YUMA, ARIZONA 85365 | VOLUME 67 NO. 6 MARCH 19, 2018 Operation Snowbird ies in to Yuma Proving Ground /Page 3 YPG shines at local military appreciation day /Page 5 Creative program moves proving ground forward in 1950s /Page 8 Y1 By Chuck Wullenjohn The Army has been in Yuma a long time, since 1850, and has played a distinct role in helping Yuma develop permanent basis in 1850 to maintain military control over what had be come a vital, reliable crossing point on the thousand mile Colorado River continues this heritage today, though the proving grounds modern roots and driest desert areas in the United testing weapon systems in the Armys hicles like giant 60-ton M1 Abrams personnel parachutes, and a tremen overland artillery test range and the nations most highly instrumented proving ground contains 240 miles military vehicles, nearly 2000 miles By Mark Schauer Unlike most Army installations, primary purpose is not to train troops, but to conduct natural environment testing on virtually Also atypical is the presence locations across the proving grounds existence, Southwest Arizona was there are more than a dozen disused In its 76th year, YPG directly impacts national defenseProtecting YPG bat species more important than you think SEE BAT page 6 SEE IMPACT page 2 YPGs test workload incorporates a wide variety of military systems, including the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) being red here. YPG incorporates Americas longest overland artillery test range and the nations most highly instrumented helicopter armament test range. (US Army photo)
2 MARCH 19, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y2 wind tunnels, multiple villages con structed to mimic those in Southwest cleared parachute drop zones, one, the largest cleared drop zone in the which makes the proving ground and Marines in combat areas may not The 2400 men and women who who call Yuma their home, and most live in Yuma where they own homes, pay taxes, patronize local businesses, teach high school or college classes in the evenings and weekends, and They work countless hours rugged and trying conditions, to the community with a tremendous lo The local economic impact is roughly $450 million each year, which in cludes salaries, purchasing and other in Yuma County, putting people to work and directly supporting the and number one high technology player in this military supportive IMPACT FROM PAGE 1 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: firstname.lastname@example.orgCommander: 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. As Yuma Countys single largest employer of civilians and number one high technology workplace, YPG is proud to be a key player in this military supportive community. The local economic impact is roughly $450 million each year, which includes salaries, purchasing and other contract dollars. YPG personnel work countless hours throughout the year, often in extreme, rugged, and trying conditions, to produce the safest and most effective weapon systems on the planet. YPGs workers are essential parts of the community with a tremendous local economic and social impact. (Photos by Mark Schauer) 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
THE OUTPOST MARCH 19, 2018 3Y3 the community with a tremendous lo The local economic impact is roughly $450 million each year, which in cludes salaries, purchasing and other in Yuma County, putting people to work and directly supporting the and number one high technology player in this military supportive By Tech. Sgt. Austen Adriaens Operation Snowbird enhanced the Wings ability to deploy, execute and sustain rapid global mobility around More than 30 sorties were conduct The missions were carried out both with Containerized Delivery Systems We planned 28 airdrops and have Vogel, a combat systems operator That includes dropping high-ve locity CDS, a low-cost low altitude system that we use on the C-130, as training that we planned and ex vironment, allows senior leadership challenges that may arise during and maintenance issues increases increased overall readiness and strengthened relationships amongst are thinking worldwide operations, We have been able to work with our intelligence personnel and search and recovery teams to plan and execute various missions that would not be airmen participated in the training entire personnel that is down here are Operation Snowbird ies in to Yuma Proving GroundTwo Containerized Delivery Systems (CDS) fall to the ground after being released from a C-130 Hercules over YPG. Operation Snowbird, a training exercise, enhances the 133rd Airlift Wings ability to deploy, execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Hemquist (left), a load master with the 109th Airlift Squadron, goes through a preight checklist at YPG during Operation Snowbird.(Photos by Tech. Sgt. Austen R. Adriaens) 136771
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6 MARCH 19, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y6 prospecting digs penetrate the earth that plunge into deep, sometimes and unstable rock, the mines are incredibly dangerous to anyone who trespasses within the proving Theyre hazardous to people, but openings with barriers that will accessing them while allowing as possible to minimize impact on The worst thing you can do to a bat is walk into its home during the maternity period and disturb it, Theyll vacate the roost, and that had been drilled through solid rock, they installed a heavy steel gate, with resin covering the bolts that hold it mine elsewhere on the range with that had partially caved in, the team wire-cable mesh that will continue to block human access as the mound With this done, the team soon emplaced electronic data loggers to sunrise over the next six months, BAT FROM PAGE 1 Healthy bat populations are enormously benecial to the community as a whole: A pregnant female bat can eat more than double her body weight in insects every day. Yuma is a big agricultural producer, said Dr. Joel Diamond, research ecologist for Arizona Game and Fish. In the absence of these bat populations, you would need a lot more pesticides on the crops.(Photos by Mark Schauer) From treacherous drops to insufcient oxygen, old mines are no place for casual desert wanderers to tread. However, they are outstanding roosting sites for the 11 species of bats known to call YPG home. Our mines are so warm that these bats can stay active all year long, said Daniel Steward, YPG wildlife biologist.
THE OUTPOST MARCH 19, 2018 7Y7emplaced electronic data loggers to sunrise over the next six months, We want to determine as soon as possible whether bats are still using you put an alteration on a mine, it there was ample evidence that it was Yuma is a big agricultural would need a lot more pesticides on As average temperatures increase, so do insect populations, making Over the past 50 or 60 years, weve seen animals that didnt winter in this latitude do so now, said insect population every year, but no We take great pains to avoid washes whenever were doing any once-critically endangered Sonoran our land intensively, were also intensively managing our natural Prior to Yuma Proving Grounds existence, Southwest Arizona was home to all manner of mining, and there are more than a dozen disused shafts and mining sites scattered about the installation, some with remarkably well-preserved artifacts. It looks like a trash pile, but it really tells the story of who was here and when they were here, said Steward. From treacherous drops to insufcient oxygen, old mines are no place for casual desert wanderers to tread. However, they are outstanding roosting sites for the 11 species of bats known to call YPG home. Our mines are so warm that these bats can stay active all year long, said Daniel Steward, YPG wildlife biologist.
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