The Outpost

Employee spotlight

- By Ana Henderson

Jered Ford has steadily moved up the ranks at Yuma Proving Ground since starting his career 14 years ago.

Ford grew up in Northern Arizona and graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a Mechanical Engineerin­g degree.

He first heard about YPG from his Grandfathe­r, an Air Force Veteran living in Yuma, who heard YPG was hiring engineers.

Ford was hired in 2007 by YPG contractor ECIII as a test officer in the Munitions and Weapons (M&W) branch. He then transition­ed to government service as a civilian employee a year later.

For eight years Ford worked as a test officer overseeing test programs and learned the foundation of testing.

“The experience working with teams and external organizati­ons as well as the experience with the artillery systems and ammunition have fed my knowledge about the systems and the testing associated with them.”

Ford’s next move was into a leadership role, yet he didn’t leave the M&W branch. He served as team lead for the counter-fire team for about two years and then for the Artillery 1 team.

In December 2020, Ford was named the Munitions and Weapons Artillery Branch Chief. He stepped into the position in March of 2021. He knows the work performed by the M&W team makes an impact.

“Our division is an excellent test division. It’s very profession­al and very busy. It’s an important test division with the Army’s top modernizat­ion priority on longrange precision firing which is in our wheelhouse.”

Adding, “The work that we have been doing is really important to the Army Modernizat­ion and ultimately to the Soldiers.”

In his free time, Ford enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his wife of 15 years, Deanna, and their three daughters.

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