U.S. ARMY YUMA PROVING GROUND, YUMA, ARIZONA 85365 | VOLUME 67 NO. 7 APRIL 2, 2018 CRTC tests new precision targeting system /Page 5 YPG display a hit at Yuma Air Show /Page 7 YPG celebrates Womens History Month /Page 8 Y1 By Chuck Wullenjohn A huge percentage of the annual YPG workload is devoted to conduct ing munitions tests large, small, conventional, precision guided, de velopmental, and futuristic. Nearly 70 percent of the tests conducted by Yuma Test Centers Munitions and Weapons Division are centered around munitions. One of the proving grounds larg est single test customers is based at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., and is known sible for the life-cycle acquisition management of all Army conven tional ammunition with the goal of providing high quality, reliable am munition to Americas Soldiers. Brig. Gen. Alfred Abramson, who entered the Army in 1990, assumed the topmost leadership role of the personable individual, he explains his role in a straightforward, unvarnished manner. As an acquisition professional, I have one agenda, he said. That is period, end of story. Abramson made a point of visit ing Yuma Proving Ground late last month to gain a better appreciation of the proving grounds capabilities and to get an in-depth look at its process es. He said he arrived with a blank sheet of paper, with no preconceived notions. During his intensive overnight visit, he spent most of his time on the Kofa Firing Range where he visited By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest Taking an idea from paper to operational assessment can be a lengthy and costly endeavor. Now, the Army Rapid offering a middle ground that could speed up the process of getting Last year, RCO began a series of burn-off events as a way of demonstrating whether a promising new technology works and if it is mature enough to close important capability gaps in areas that include electronic warfare and alternative position, navigation and timing. The burn-off brings together Top YPG customer shares thoughts on future test challengesThe heat is on: Burn-offs at YPG move ideas to the eld for assessment SEE BURN-OFFS page 3 SEE FUTURE page 6 Brig. Gen. Alfred Abramson, second from left, discusses the challenges of testing long range artillery systems with U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground Commander Col. Ross Poppenberger (right).
2 APRIL 2, 2018 THE OUTPOST By Mark Schauer Its winter in Yuma County, Arizona, and youre walking through a crowded street festival in mild, sunny weather. It might be Military Appreciation Day in downtown Yuma, or Somertons annual Tamale Festival. The streets are full of people and food smells permeate the air. At the end of the street is a stage with ambling crowd like an electromagnet, arresting their aimless movement and riveting their attention to a man in Ray Ban sunglasses playing a lowslung Fender Stratocaster. They see plastic black and teal and the voice, testifying about Mustang Sally and pride and joy, cold shock and the mountains crumbling to the sea. The singer playing the guitar is Tom Coz, a long-time employee of U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, backed by the Drifters, who include YPG employee Tab Wilcox on bass. We all have fun and make sure we like what we are doing, says Coz, and what they like doing most is playing the blues. for YPG in the summer of 1974 while on summer break from Yuma High School. He returned for another summer stint the next year, before being hired on full time upon graduation. He spent a year working in ammo conditioning chambers before moving over to observation, tracking impacts from with airbursts from illuminating mortar rounds. Today he is the section leadand one of the longest tenured personnel at YPG, showing the same enthusiasm for the mission throughout the decades. I like working with the people. The job is still a challenge, even now, and I really like that challenge. He recalls surveying equipment from the 1950s that was still in use when he started, and marvels at the technological advancement the tools of the trade sport today. The way we do the job is still the same, but what we do it with is different. It is more electronic and digital now, and better adapted to what we do. Its much more advanced now. Even back when he was working summers at YPG, Coz was already playing guitar, sneaking into the music room at Yuma High after hours to rehearse with whatever lineup his garage band had in a given week. His tastes ran toward the blues even then, though his primary fare was rock and roll. In high school we all have a band, but we were just messing around. We thought we were good, but it didnt really sound good. He began playing the guitar seriously 20 years ago, upgrading his guitars and taking a students ear to the music of guitarists he admired, from Robin Trower and Billy Gibbons to B.B. King and Carlos Santana. I didnt want to play them perfectly, but I wanted to pick up how they did it, he explained. You could tell that when they played a lead or a note, it was the way they feltit came from the heart. There were hardships and heartbreaks along the way, from lugging heavy speakers and organs to gigs to losing a treasured white Fender Startocaster to gravity when his guitar strap snapped as he left the stage at the California Bakery. But Coz remained committed to being an evangel of the blues, regardless of how unlikely a genre it was for the desert southwest. toward the blues, a lot of folks said, you wont get many gigs. But we did, after a while. Youd be surprised how many people in Yuma like this kind of music. Aside from the public festivals, he has played new years eve gigs at establishments in Yuma and Quartzsite, at the opening of music stores, and throughout the year at most of the communitys best known restaurants and bars that boast live music. Though he has no plans to retire from his day job, he still considers how being freed from the constraints of his demanding job would enable him to play gigs more often, and band can travel on weekends and be back for work on Monday morning. Las Vegas is good, but they contract bands by the week. But all of that is for sometime in the future. For now he is content to play to his committed fan base in Yuma, particularly with son Brandon, a music teacher at Yuma Catholic High School, on drums. Im trying to get people to like the blues, he said. There are a lot of folks who enjoy it, and I love playing it. 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. Carrying on the tradition: Tom Coz is a craftsman of observation, for test and music Yuma native Tom Coz, one of YPGs longest-tenured employees, spends his free time playing electric blues at gigs all over Yuma with his band, the Drifters. Here, Coz sings Jumping Jack Flash at the 2018 Yuma Air Show. (Photo by Mark Schauer)
THE OUTPOST APRIL 2, 2018 3 commercial capabilities in an operational demonstration to size them up against a set of criteria and determine if the Army can use a new technology--either by itself or in combination with existing need. For industry, the events provide a chance to showcase capabilities and receive formal and informal feedback. For the Army, they yield a greater awareness of what promising new technology is available now and how it performs. For example, last year RCO participated in a burn-off at YPG to assess dismounted electronic warfare systems. The data shared from that event helped mature and advance electronic warfare prototypes that RCO beginning in January. With burn-offs, well be able to determine if the technology is tangible now, said Rob Monto, head of RCOs emerging demonstrate it and see how well it works. For industry, this could potentially lead to additional demonstrations, prototyping and, if [the technology is] mature enough, limited production opportunities. solutions to capability gaps faster, by placing small bets in several different technology areas. It may only be a 70 or 80 percent solution, but it meets an urgent need, while helping to inform long-term programs in the months or years to come. This year RCO is participating came last month, when RCO partnered with the REF and the Project Manager for Electronic Warfare and Cyber on a burnoff at YPG. This event assessed immediate, short-term and longterm capabilities for mounted, tactical electronic warfare systems that can provide electronic support and attack capabilities to enable freedom of maneuver in the electromagnetic spectrum. Later in the year, RCO will hold additional burn-off-type events, electronic warfare and at aerial electronic support and electronic attack capability. The burn-offs support a new concept we are evolving this year, said Douglas Wiltsie, RCO director. What we want to be able to do is address a capability gap in terms of decompose the problem, engineer the problem, and see if theres technology that will allow us to get started very, very quickly. The intent is to put the problem out is available today, and move out. By Vince Avanzini, Physical Security Branch chief There are many changes coming that will further bolster our already-robust security posture. All one needs to do is pick up a newspaper or turn on a television set to see that we live in a dangerous world. It is the intent of the leadership of this Command to further improve the security posture on YPG to protect our personnel, Families, and way of life. One of the changes currently in progress is the installation of Dragons Teeth, better known security cameras at all our access will be installed at all of our outbound lanes on YPG. multitude of locations around the world. You have probably seen them at airports and car rental agencies, among other places. If a driver pays attention to the warning signs when approaching the spikes, obeys the speed limit, and does not back up, there will be no damage to their vehicle. The purpose of these spikes is to prevent rear entry onto our installations by those that might want to do us harm. We will continually update the YPG community on changes to come. Below is the scheduled construction schedule at each gate. During this construction there will and egressing from each access control point. Delays are expected, so please be cautious and pay patterns and detours. Construction for the installation of the spikes and additional cameras at ACPs is expected to be completed in a very timely manner. Security is never convenient but must occur in order to keep us safe.The scheduled construction dates are: Laguna Gate: Construction ongoing, to be completed April 4 Kofa Gate: April 6 through April 13 Howard Gate: April 20 through May 2 Walker Gate: May 9 through May 17Thank you in advance for your understanding. YPG has been recognized for excellence in security measures multiple times, and these current projects will help us adapt to evolving threats. Though these physical security initiatives are important, our greatest security asset continues to be our personnel. Remember: If you see something, say something. Y3 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! BURN-OFFS FROM PAGE 1YPG improving security posture Yuma native Tom Coz, one of YPGs longest-tenured employees, spends his free time playing electric blues at gigs all over Yuma with his band, the Drifters. Here, Coz sings Jumping Jack Flash at the 2018 Yuma Air Show. (Photo by Mark Schauer)
4 APRIL 2, 2018 THE OUTPOST By Melissa Gomez April is a beautiful time of year here at Yuma Proving Ground, the chance to get out and enjoy this unique area and all it has to offer. April is also a month full of opportunitya month for personal growth and growth together as a family. April is the National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Month of the Military Child, and the Army Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month just to name a few. National Child Abuse Prevention Month originally started as National Child Abuse Prevention Week in 1982. However, many quickly realized that one week just wasnt enough to raise awareness for child abuse and neglect prevention. So, in 1983, Congress decreed that April would be National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The goal of this month is not only to acknowledge and assist victims of child abuse/neglect, but to also educate ourselves and become empowered as communities to prevent others from becoming victims of these crimes. Child abuse prevention is possible through partnerships amongst families, social service organizations, schools, religious/civic groups, law enforcement agencies, and having an entire community devoted to the safety of our children. Here at YPG the Family Advocacy Program wishes to spread the message of prevention through planned family activities, classes, events and our partnerships with supporting agencies such as Amberlys Place and the Marine Corps Air Station FAP. Please 328-3224 for more information on upcoming events and free resources available to children and parents! We also invite you and your little ones to join us on April 12 for our Pinwheels for Prevention event! This event highlights our commitment to the education and prevention of child abuse in our community. The event takes place at Desert Oasis Play Area from 09001000. The problem of child abuse/ neglect is too big for any one organization to solve. We all must awareness and create change. Try some of these activities with your friends and family to help promote awareness and prevention. Read a book with your child and share time with them. This ensures the communication bridge between child and parent is always open and builds trust. Believe children if/when they report any type of abuse or neglect. Hold, cuddle and hug your child often, teaching them the difference between good and bad touches from others. Find a local parenting class or workshop to learn more skills childs needs. Help other parents who may need help do the same. Get involved! Consider volunteering for your local crisis intervention center or in programs that foster recovery and growth for children/youth. i.e. Big Brother/Big Sister, Boy/Girl Scouts, etc. Wear blue on 19 April to raise awareness for child abuse prevention. Explain to your children how wearing blue helps others know they care about keeping children safe. Share your photos on the Yuma Proving Ground FAP Facebook Page with the #YPGWearBlueDay for a chance to win a prevention prize.YPG has full slate of activities for National Child Abuse Prevention Month CRTC tests new precision targeting system to nd friend or foe on battleeld Y4 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 Next Outpost deadline is noon, April 5thSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 Report Domestic Violence: 287-3361
THE OUTPOST APRIL 2, 2018 5By Staff Sgt. Timothy Phillips Twenty Field Artillery Soldiers are testing the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Laser Designation The JETS-TLDS is a modular advanced sensor suite of three components: the hand-held target azimuth and vertical angle module Soldiers from Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska and Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 377 Parachute Field Artillery Regiment stationed at Anchorage, Alaska, are teaming up in a rigorous operational test on this new precision targeting device in the rugged Alaska terrain. The teams used the system in a wide spectrum of operations. They recognize, and identify vehicles and personnel at various distances to determine whether they are friend or foe. They also used the system in a simulated urban environment, where the Soldiers cleared multiple buildings and occupied rooftops and rooms to observe opposing forces in the city. Since the system is smaller you dont have to worry about bumping it around when clearing a building, said Sgt. Nicholas Apperson of Battery D, 2-377 PFAR. If you have to switch buildings, disassembling and reassembling the system is much quicker than other targeting devices. When it came time to use the with an AH-64 Apache from 1st Battalion, 25th Infantry Division Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, all of the test unit Soldier volunteered at once. Unfortunately, there was only enough ammo to have four teams participate. With the push that the Army is making for all Fire Support Specialists to become Joint Fires a tool at the platoon level that allows us to designate and mark targets for aircraft, said Pfc. Anthony Greenwood of Battery D, 2-8 FA. Its light weight makes it easy to take it out on a mission and utilize it to its fullest capability. During the last three weeks of the test, all 10 teams exercised the systems ability to determine target location. Soldiers were set at randomized ranging from 500 meters to 2 kilometers from their observation tactical movement from ORP to OP. After occupying their individual around them and determine exactly where they were at using the JETS TLDS. The Soldiers would then use the missions each 10-hour day.The lighter and a lot easier to pick up and learn all the functions quickly, said Staff Sgt. Christopher McKoy of Battery D, 2-8 FA. It is so simple that you can pick Other real-world training was forward observers conducting movement with a maneuver unit. Here, they would walk a ridge line and receive simulated intelligence reports of enemy targets at certain points along their route. After receiving the reports, the teams would be forced to establish a hasty OP and acquire targets quickly. After spending a month with the targeting systems, most Soldiers were ready for the system to be jump from what forward observers are used to and makes our job much Carlson of Battery D, 2-377 PFAR. I believe that this system would be an effective tool to detect and acquire targets of opportunity in many of the theaters that we are CRTC tests new precision targeting system to nd friend or foe on battleeld Y5 Foothills Beauty $229,900 Selling Homes in the Foothills area is my specialty. Only 20 minute drive to YPG from the Foothills. Denise Sweet-Mcgregor928-581-1529 firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, call 145568 Pfc. Anthony Greenwood (left) nds a target in his area using the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Laser Designation System (JETS TLDS), while Pfc. Jose Montiel of utilizes Precision Fires-Dismounted (PF-D) to send a re mission to higher headquarters. (Photos by Scott McClellan) Spc. Tyler Carlson scans his sector for targets using the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Laser Designation System during operational testing at CRTC.
6 APRIL 2, 2018 THE OUTPOST Y6numer ous test facilities, listened Abramson presented coins to several people providing what he considered unheralded but excellent test support. As he prepared to depart, he judged it as time well spent. My main takeaway is that I had not been fully cognizant how much Yuma Proving Ground is part of the process, he said, and I cannot underscore or say it enough. YPGs workforce is absolutely critical to our ability to provide quality rounds to the The makings of a successful organization All military installations consist of brick and mortar buildings, all built or mission. Abramson believes that what truly sets an organization apart from others is the quality of the workforce. What he saw in visits to YPG test fa cilities seems to have made an impact. It was obvious that folks at YPG absolutely love what they do and are fully dedicated to providing capabil I met people who have served 30 or more years, which is a testament both to good leadership and their commit ment to the important work performed at YPG, both of which have created a great organizational culture. Abramson said he had several aha moments at the various locations he visited. One related to the Precision testing taking place. He witnessed the complex, thorough process that takes whatever ambient temperature each test requires. The group of men and women who come together at YPG to do this is amazing, he said. Theyre ef to my perspective of YPGs capabil ing and qualifying the munitions we at PEO Ammunition provide to the Inection point As program executive for ammu nition, Abramson is responsible for ensuring the quality and dependability of munitions for the Army as well as other services, depending on the caliber. Its a big responsibility and, fortunately for him, the environment seems to be subtly changing. He feels the Army today is at an constrained environment of the recent past is changing. He believes re sources are beginning to move in the Armys direction, particularly regard ing readiness and modernization. Munitions today are getting more lethal, have greater range, and are more precision and accurate, said Abramson. We are in the develop ment stage of developing munitions that will carry us into the next 15 to 20 years. The test infrastructure must be pres ent to test these new munitions that have greatly increased capabilities. Not only that, but the development timetable has shortened. We are improving at breakneck speed and YPG is absolutely critical to the effort, he said. An aggressive schedule Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark priorities for the Army, establishing eight cross functional teams to carry them out. Of these teams, long range cus. PEO Ammunition is inextricably linked to this tip of the spear effort. We intend to bring about these new capabilities much quicker than the traditional acquisition process, said Abramson. We plan to demonstrate an initial capability within the long range/precision context in two years, which is an aggressive schedule. He went on to say that there will be numerous partners in this effort, organizations that will work shoulderto-shoulder to ensure everyones expertise is included. YPG needs to be prepared to test, validate and qualify these long range rounds, said Abramson. YPG is in the process of getting there, which is refreshing. He believes the intent of the Army Chief Of Staff will be achieved, and a partnership in which a village of people together build a capability that leads into the future will grow and prosper. But he also believes all organiza tions need to honestly ask themselves a question. The primary mission of the Army is to defend the nation. What are those things we are doing to achieve this goal and carry us into the future? asked Abramson. Those decisions are being made today. FUTURE FROM PAGE 1 When conducting early development testing of artillery projectiles, x-rays produce invaluable information. This photo shows Brig. Gen. Abramson studying x-rays of a precision round on a computer monitor. A friendly, personable individual, Brig. Gen. Alfred Abramson, Program Executive Ofcer Ammunition, boils down his responsibilities as an acquisition corps professional to one thing -to provide capability to the warghter. (Photo by Chuck Wullenjohn) Brig. Gen. Abramson discusses the challenges of ring and maintaining a wide variety of artillery systems with Wayne Schilders, chief of Yuma Proving Grounds Weapons Operation Division. (Photos by Chuck Wullenjohn)
THE OUTPOST APRIL 2, 2018 7Y7 By Minna Hernandez The excitement Yuma brings never fails, especially with the events held annually here in the countrys most military-friendly town. The annual Yuma Air Show is one of the events you dont want to miss, jam-packed with awing aerial acrobatics, live entertainment, fun activities for kids of all ages, and yummy food. Chief among the things to do was visiting YPGs display area, which consisted of a variety of military equipment that most people never time in six years, visitors saw a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and part of YPGs exhibit, along with a M119 105 mm howitzer, the allterrain variant of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle, and a Stryker Combat Vehicle. Kids of all ages also had a chance to try on the parachutes and associated gear used every day by the Soldiers of YPGs Airborne Test Force, as well as try on some vintage Army helmets courtesy of YPGs public affairs Bill Heidner had an entire table of side arms used from World War I to Vietnam. This years air show was an event with a great turn out from the participants to the vendors that were there. It was high energy all day. The ability to talk with military veterans and current enlisted military personnel at the event opened eyes to the many opportunities Yuma has to offer. Many of the folks who volunteer at these organizations while off duty are YPG employees during the work week. For example, YPG pilot Scott Myers and Master Sgt. Anthony Dickerson, Air Force Liaison at YPG, are both dedicated volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol, an organization focused on the future success of youth in the program by offering after school activities and helping them gain scholarships. Some of the organizations cadets were among the thousands of people who passed through YPGs display. The air show lets people from all over the country see what Yuma as a town has to offer. YPGs exhibit and personnel were an important part of showcasing the best of our community.YPG display a hit at Yuma Air Show YPG Heritage Center curator Bill Heidners display of replica small arms used by the United States Army in the 20th century was popular with kids of all ages. (Photo by Mark Schauer) YPGs display area was crowded throughout the entirety of the six hour Yuma Air Show. (Photo by Mark Schauer) Staff Sgt. Brandon Hunter lets delighted Civil Air Patrol cadets get up close and personal with a M-ATV at YPGs display at the Yuma Air Show. (Photo by Minna Hernandez) Staff Sgt. Nathan Newey helps a youngster try on a parachute just like the ones YPGs Airborne Test Force Soldiers use at the proving ground. (Photo by Minna Hernandez)
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