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FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona ~ 4 SEPT 2012
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe

Posted on 09/03/2012 6:00:52 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

 
 

~The FReeper Canteen Presents~

Road Trip: Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona

The U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground is one of the largest military installations in the world. Situated in southwestern La Paz County and western Yuma County in southwestern Arizona, U.S., approximately 30 miles north-east of the city of Yuma. The proving ground is used for testing military equipment and encompasses 1,307.8 square miles in the Sonora Desert.

In a typical year, over 500,000 artillery, mortar and missile rounds are fired, 36,000 parachute drops take place, 200,000 grueling road miles are driven on military vehicles, and over 4000 air sorties are flown from the proving ground’s Laguna Army Airfield.

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A huge variety of weapon systems and munitions are tested. These include: long range artillery; missile firing aircraft; cargo and personnel parachutes; direct fire weapons; unmanned aerial systems; technologies to defeat roadside bombs; and a great many more.

Yuma Proving Ground test experts have worked on a seven-days-per-week, round-the-clock basis, to test eight variants of the Stryker armored vehicle since April 2002. Focusing on the vehicle's durability and performance, proving ground testers put 175,000 grueling road miles on the Stryker over gravel roads, pavement, cross-country, and all sorts of rough terrain.

This road testing took place to evaluate the engine, transmission, universal joints, and various other mechanical components. The Stryker variants fired well over 120,000 rounds from weapons mounted on the vehicles, including nearly 50,000 120mm projectiles from the Stryker Mortar Carrier.



Nearly all the primary ground weapon systems deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Enduring Freedom underwent extensive testing at the proving ground. As the Army's desert environment tester, the proving ground remains an extremely busy place. Yuma Proving Ground conducts weapon system and munitions testing for all U.S. military services, despite being an Army installation.

A small but significant number of tests are conducted each year for friendly foreign nations, such as Britain, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Italy, France, Israel, and others. The proving ground's long overland firing range (55 miles) and artillery and mortar testing expertise are a particular attraction. Private firms and law enforcement agencies (such as the U.S. Border Patrol and various police departments) have also tested weapons, munitions and other items at the proving ground.

Learn More About Yuma Proving Grounds Here!

 In 1959, 13 men joined together to form the Strategic Army Corps Sport Parachute Team, to compete in the then communist dominated sport of skydiving. The team performed so well that on June 1, 1961 the Army officially recognized, designated and activated the team as the U.S. Army Parachute Team. The "Golden Knights" are stationed at Fort Bragg, but participate in their Winter Training at Yuma Proving Ground.

Learn More About The Golden Knights Here!

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT~Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allies military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before. 

Please remember: The Canteen is a place to honor and entertain our troops. The Canteen is family friendly. Let's have fun!

We pray for your continued strength, to be strong in the face of adversity.

We pray for your safety, that you will return to your families and friends soon.

We pray that your hope, courage, and dignity remain unbroken, so that you may show others the way.

God Bless You All ~ Today, Tomorrow and Always

 

 



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To: Kathy in Alaska; txradioguy; beachn4fun; StarCMC; Lady Jag; laurenmarlowe; tomkow6; GodBlessUSA; ...











Good morning to everyone at the Canteen. More upper 90º day again. May have rain later this week.





101 posted on 09/04/2012 4:26:02 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Beautiful, (but hot!) Weather all weekend! :-)

No lessons, lots of rides and delightful walks with Linda. :-)


102 posted on 09/04/2012 4:36:39 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: laurenmarlowe; Kathy in Alaska; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; Arrowhead1952; HiJinx; AZamericonnie; ..

Are you ready for the Tuesday


Good morning, Everyone.

Good morning to our

military, our allies, and their families

Thank you, Lauren, for preparing the Canteen for today’s activities.

I'm really not ready to go back to work.
It was so nice to sleep in for four days straight.

DC Metroland Weather

~ Today...Cloudy.
A chance of showers in the morning...
Then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Highs in the mid 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 50 percent.

~ Tonight...Cloudy.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening...
Then a chance of showers after midnight.
Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 50 percent.

Hope everyone had a restful Labor Day.
I had a busy one
Went shopping to stimulate the economy
then cookout.

Have to move into the Lurker mode today.
It's the end of the fiscal year and I will be busy
from now until mid-Oct
depending on what the Gumment does.
Please stay.

Grab a cup of joe or tasty tea.

The FR Canteen is ALWAYS

Come on in and sit for a while.
There's always plenty of coffee, tea,
pancakes,
conversation,
silliness,
and plain old BS

REMEMBER THEM ~ DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM


ALGAARD, HAROLD LOWELL
3/4/1971
North Vietnam
KIA - Body not recovered.

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above Honoring those who have served before.


103 posted on 09/04/2012 4:38:30 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: tomkow6; beachn4fun
Good morning, Tomkow6.

((HUGS))Good morning, Beach.

How's it going?

104 posted on 09/04/2012 4:43:59 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: E.G.C.

HAPPY 2222SDAY, Edward!


105 posted on 09/04/2012 4:45:51 AM PDT by tomkow6 (...................TOMKOW6 ! The ONLY voice of reason & sanity in a chaotic Canteen!...............)
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To: beachn4fun
Good morning, Beachy!

*HUGS*

Hope you had a great holiday weekend!



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

106 posted on 09/04/2012 5:40:24 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

T’anks— We passed by this installation last time I visited my dad-when he lived in Yuma. Seeing the maneuvers sorta reminded me of Ft. Carson —then— but the training ground is significantly different.


107 posted on 09/04/2012 5:41:11 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


Good Morning To Our Valiant Troops, To Our Vets, To Our Families, Our FRiends, Our Allies And To All Canteen Denizens!

Godspeed our Troops around the Globe, especially those in combat!

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May The Lord Protect And Uphold Our Troops In Their Vital Mission!

May He Keep Safe Their Families During Their Time Of Separation!

May He Preserve And Uphold The American Nation In This Time Of Adversity!





Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

108 posted on 09/04/2012 5:42:49 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: beachn4fun
ACK, is it a workday already?

I'm not ready to go back to work either, but here we are.

Beautiful weather continues with cool, crisp mornings and 80's!

Going to be a busy, short week, kids start next Monday and still a lot of work to do.

OK, more coffee and I'm off!

Have a glorydocious day!

109 posted on 09/04/2012 6:10:33 AM PDT by PROCON (I have to vote for WHO?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Labor Day was just that Kathy,...((HUGS))...just a late evening mugging.


110 posted on 09/04/2012 6:44:03 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: E.G.C.

Good morning EG ((HUGS))

All is well.

Howz it out your way?


111 posted on 09/04/2012 6:58:44 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good morning CMN ((HUGS))

Had a nice 4-day weekend, thanks.

How about you?


112 posted on 09/04/2012 7:03:32 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: PROCON

Good morning Pro ((HUGS))

Happy ;( Tuesday.

Yeah, I hear ya. Yuck! back to work. And I have some staring at me from last week.

Have a summerlicious day.


113 posted on 09/04/2012 7:06:21 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Good morning dear ((HUGS))

How was your weekend/holiday?


114 posted on 09/04/2012 7:08:13 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: y'all; Arrowhead1952; beachn4fun; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska; HiJinx; ...

Goooooood mornin', Early Birds!
Join me with coffee/tea and a homemade cinnamon roll?
Night Owl slept in and it was GREAT! :)
This next 3 days are MY holiday!
...since I had to work all weekend! LOL!
Hope work isn't too meh after y'all's holiday!
Get 'er done...get outta there! :)
((((hugs))))

115 posted on 09/04/2012 7:11:39 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos)
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To: LUV W

Good morning night owl ((HUGS))

Woo Hoo...you get to sleep in for the next 3 days.

Homemade cinnamon rolls? you did that all by yourself?

;~>


116 posted on 09/04/2012 7:19:37 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: LUV W; beachn4fun; MEG33; Kathy in Alaska

Good morning ladies and (((HUGS))).


117 posted on 09/04/2012 7:34:19 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: beachn4fun

Howdy, Beachy! (((hugs)))

In your dreams! HUBBY baked them and froze them so I can
enjoy on special days...like today! LOL!

I don’t cook...remember? *grin*


118 posted on 09/04/2012 7:38:36 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos)
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To: beachn4fun

I had to work until midnight on Saturday and 1030 last night. Not much of a holiday for me.


119 posted on 09/04/2012 7:41:03 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Good mornin’ to you, too! (((hugs)))

I guess it’s just gonna be plain ole hot this week. I was
sure hoping September would bring cooler weather, but I
guess...this IS Texas after all! LOL!


120 posted on 09/04/2012 7:53:16 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos)
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To: LUV W
Good morning, Luv!

*HUGS*

Great to see you this morning!



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

121 posted on 09/04/2012 8:54:51 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: beachn4fun; LUV W; Kathy in Alaska
Well, I've just come back from Billingsley Ford in Duncan OK where I got my pickup's front rotors machined and new pads put in. Truck runs much better now.

Not much else is going on except that it's hot. Forecast to hit 100 again today.

122 posted on 09/04/2012 9:09:58 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thanks Kathy!

{{HUGS}}


123 posted on 09/04/2012 9:24:26 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Howdy, Conor! (((hugs)))

Always good to see you,too! :) Hope your day is running smoothly!


124 posted on 09/04/2012 9:30:04 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos)
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To: E.G.C.
where I got my pickup's front rotors machined and new pads put in

Already? Your truck's not that old is it?

125 posted on 09/04/2012 9:36:03 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: LUV W
I don’t cook...remember? *grin*

That's what I thought.
Must be nice!

126 posted on 09/04/2012 9:37:21 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
I had to work until midnight on Saturday and 1030 last night. Not much of a holiday for me.

You must enjoy it, you're still working ;~>

127 posted on 09/04/2012 9:39:22 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: beachn4fun
Happy Lurker Day, beachy...((HUGS)).
Tuesday after a Monday holiday is ugly.


128 posted on 09/04/2012 9:44:28 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: beachn4fun
2006 Ford Ranger. :-D

If you'll remember back in May I got stuck out at the lake and it ruined the transmission. I think this may have something to do with that.

129 posted on 09/04/2012 10:04:13 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: beachn4fun

It is nice. Cooking is highly overrated. :) Especially when
there are no kids left at home.


130 posted on 09/04/2012 10:14:06 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos)
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To: LUV W
I guess it’s just gonna be plain ole hot this week. I was sure hoping September would bring cooler weather...

You are right about the heat. Normally, we get rain the week before dove season starts. This is the second straight year that did not happen.

131 posted on 09/04/2012 10:20:02 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good afternoon, Kathy!

*HUGS*

I hope you are getting those pesky problems resolved! We're slipping into Attitude Adjustment time here - made some chili for dinner.



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

132 posted on 09/04/2012 2:48:19 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


Good Evening To Our Valiant Troops, To Our Vets, To Our Families, Our FRiends, Our Allies And To All Canteen Denizens!

Godspeed our Troops around the Globe, especially those in combat!



Evening Colors
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May The Lord Protect And Uphold Our Troops In Their Vital Mission!

May He Keep Safe Their Families During Their Time Of Separation!

May He Preserve And Uphold The American Nation In This Time Of Adversity!





Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

133 posted on 09/04/2012 4:25:36 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Old Sarge; Bride Of Old Sarge

Welcome welcome Bride & congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! *Hugs*


134 posted on 09/04/2012 11:04:11 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: LUV W
It is nice. Cooking is highly overrated. :) Especially when there are no kids left at home.

I agree. Unless it's your "thing" and you love to cook.
I'd be just as happy to order take out most days.

My motto matches that of Josephine Marcus in Tombstone -

"- All right, what's your idea of heaven? (Wyatt)

- Room service. (Josephine)"

135 posted on 09/05/2012 5:21:16 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: Darksheare

Yes, I would love to be on the Undead Thread pinglist....


136 posted on 09/05/2012 7:36:31 PM PDT by Bride Of Old Sarge
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