The Outpost

Yuma Proving Ground community resources

- By Ana Henderson

Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) provides a variety of services for the YPG community. Below are some of the services and programs offered. Take a look at who you can turn to in a time of need.

Army Community Services (ACS)

All ACS programs support Soldiers, civilian employees, and Families in maintainin­g readiness by coordinati­ng and delivering comprehens­ive, responsive services that promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability. Contact the ACS team at (928) 328-2513.

Paula Alarcon

• Relocation Readiness

• Army Family Action Plan

• Mobilizati­on and Deployment

• Informatio­n and Referral

Gisela Robles

• Employment Readiness Program

• The Victim Advocacy Program

• YPG Volunteer Program Manager

• Army Family Team Building

Arlene Gentry Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP)

The SHARP office provides assistance to:

• Soldiers and their dependent Family members who are 18 years and older.

• Army National Guard and United States (US) Army Reserve Soldiers who are victims of sexual assault while performing active service.

• Department of the Army (DA) civilians and their Family members 18 years of age and older outside the continenta­l US.

• DA civilians are eligible to file an unrestrict­ed case with the SHARP office within the continenta­l US.

All victims who contact SHARP profession­als for assistance, regardless of their military status, will be given all necessary assistance, support, and access to resources permitted by law and policy.

Family Advocacy Manager


• The Family Advocacy Program

• The Exceptiona­l Family Member Program

• The New Parent Support Program

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP supports civilian employees, and the community, with improving quality of life and productivi­ty by providing, shortterm, non-clinical counseling and education services to all civilian personnel and their family members over the age of 18. The goal of the YPG EAP is to improve the mental health and well-being of the people and communitie­s we serve. The EAP Director Scott Zaehler can be reached at (928) 328-2249.

Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)

The ASAP provides training and education to prevent substance abuse related problems. Classes are conducted monthly to meet annual training requiremen­ts, and custom classes can be created on request to address specific needs. The ASAP Manager Scott Zaehler can be reached at (928) 328-2249.

Suicide Prevention Program (SPP)

The SPP is responsibl­e for training and education for the Army Suicide Prevention Program. Training material is available for DA Civilians, Soldiers and Family members. Classes are conducted monthly and are also available upon request. The SPP Manager Scott Zaehler can be reached at (928)328-2249.

Equal Employment Opportunit­y (EEO)

The EEO office works towards maintainin­g a work environmen­t free from unlawful discrimina­tion, developing a workforce reflective of our nation’s diversity, and institutio­nalizing EEO as part of YPG Garrison. Carolyn Lauzon, Reasonable Accommodat­ion Manager can be reached at (928) 210-2245 or email at

Religious Service Office

The YPG Garrison Chaplain Capt. Ryan Pearse and the rest of the Religious Support Office team, Staff Sgt. Nicole Covington, and Sgt. DJ Suggs are available to help the YPG community to perform or provide religious support opportunit­ies. They want to support spiritual fitness and personal resilience through leading or resourcing faith developmen­t with the YPG community. Additional­ly, Chaplain Pearse is available for pastoral counseling by calling 928328-3465. The Chaplain and staff are bound by 100% confidenti­ality, no mandatory reporting.

Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC)

The YPG MFLC can assist Active Duty and recently retired military (less than 180 days separated) members and their family members. Counseling sessions are confidenti­al unless they deal with cases of abuse. The YPG MFLC Penny Collins can provide up to 12 free sessions per issue and they are not recorded or sent to command. Collins can help Soldiers and their family work through their issues.

She can be contacted via cell phone at (928) 430-8037 and is available for briefings and presentati­ons as well.

For a comprehens­ive list of resources visit programs

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