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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 1 Jan. 6, 2012 Word of the month: Values Winter wonderland Corryne Harrell, 11, and her sister Mia, 8, speed down a hill on a sled Dec. 22 at Ironhorse Park. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Steven Harrell, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, not shown, took his Family out for a day in the snow during his holiday leave. Heavy snow began to fall Dec. 20 and accumulated about 6 inches by Dec. 22. Photo by Samantha B. KossHome for holidays2nd BCT returns from Afghanistan Engineers complete missions By Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell The Soldiers completed the By Dustin Senger in Iraq Dec. 22, during a ceremony 4th Infantry Division mission and returned from their Mountaineer staff surrounded by holiday decorations Public Affairs Office deployment in support of Operation and cheer. Capt. John Kubeika, Enduring Freedom about six Almost 200 Soldiers from 4th executive officer, 576th Engineer More than 400 Soldiers from the months early. Engineer Battalion redeployed in Company, returned from Afghanistan2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry “On behalf of all us here at Fort December, ending two one-year combat Dec. 30, with almost half of that unit’sDivision, were welcomed home from Carson and Colorado Springs, commitments in just four months. Soldiers still deployed.Afghanistan by Family and friends thanks for your service, thanks for Capt. Mike Custer, commander, Hundreds of Soldiers from 4thduring separate ceremonies Dec.16 and See 2nd BCT on Page 10 62nd Sapper Company, reported the See Engineers on Page 1122 at the Special Events Center. return of the Army’s final combat unit Message board INSIDE Contract and civilian vehicle decals no longer valid for installation entry beginning Jan. 15. See Page 15. Page 13 Page 6 Pages 20-21
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 6, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General: WLC honorsGarrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. Robert F. McLaughlinFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Ethos reminder not alone Commentary by Spc. Alexander M. Tallmadge accept defeat and the sheer will to keep fighting. Perhaps Dee McNutt Warrior Leader Course graduate it is this lack of docility that has allowed the strongerChief, Print and Web Communications: of the breed to be the victors or the examples we look to Rick Emert Throughout the darkest days and most desperate of for hope and courage in times of desperation.Editor: Devin Fisher times for Soldiers both past and present, there have always “No” is the only acceptable response a warrior canStaff writers: Andrea Sutherland been, and will always be, guiding lights and governing have when told by an adversary to quit. Imagine, if you Dustin Senger principles of civilized conduct. will, what would happen if the Soldiers of Gen. George Kerstin Lopez These beacons of guidance provide hope, instill courage Washington had decided to quit when faced with the Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett and bind men together in the bonds of brotherhood. These cold of a Valley Forge winter or if the Marines hadHappenings: Nel Lampe values, these principles, have been present since righteous just sat down and quit after storming the beaches ofSports writer: Walt Johnson Soldiers first stood against injustice and the Pacific. Quitting is never an optionLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall persecution. Not always referred to as an to a professional Soldier. ethos or a creed, warriors have passed Leaving the relative safety of cover them on from generation to generation. under fire and the stress of combat to This commercial enterprise newspaper isan authorized publication for members of the Placing a cause above oneself — retrieve a comrade in great danger withDepartment of Defense. Contents of the whether it is the defense of a teammate at no regard for personal safety is the finestMountaineer are not necessarily the official the risk of injury or death or the sacrifice example of the Warrior Ethos. But whenview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or that all Soldiers make while serving away “never leave a fallen comrade” is appliedthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation from their Families — is the most noble of in a broader manner, to include things suchis 12,000 copies. The editorial content of the Mountaineer actions. It takes rock-solid discipline and as policing up a comrade’s unfastenedis the responsibility of the Public Affairs Office, Herculean perseverance to ignore the deathly pocket button, offering a helping handFort Carson, CO 80913-5119, Tel.: 526-4144. perils and haunting doubts that accost the with a heavy load or lending a razor to aThe e-mail address is usarmy.carson.hqda-ocpa. brave set on accomplishment. The true fellow Soldier with an unshaven face, itlist.pao-mountaineer-editor@mail.mil. Soldier must look no farther than his comrade can be just as important to the helped The Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at http://csmng.com. at arms standing at his side to view the Spc. Alexander M. as a kind word or an act of compassion. epitome of always placing the mission first. When faced with adversity in the The Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The History is filled with examples of Tallmadge darkest moments, the Warrior Ethos helpsMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs Soldiers refusing to yield to the pressure Warrior Ethos award us remember that we are not alone andMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in of defeat. From the Battle of the Alamo to that we bear no burden without the helpno way connected with the Department of theArmy, under exclusive written contract with Operation Overlord and the invasion of Normandy, Soldiers of our comrades. It gives us the hope that when we strive,Fort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. have stood steadfast in the face of the highest of odds and when we hang on just a little bit longer and give it The appearance of advertising in this the hardest of trials. These Soldiers have perished, succeeded everything we have, including, if necessary, ourselvespublication, including inserts or supplements, and been killed, but common to them is the refusal to that we will return home with our honor and victory.does not constitute endorsement by theDepartment of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products orservices advertised. The printer reserves theright to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use orpatronage without regard to race, color, religion,sex, national origin, age, marital status, physicalhandicap, political affiliation or any other Top WLC graduates Spc. Ricky Fernandez, 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg.nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equal Spc. Timothy S. Smith, 1st Space Bn.opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, Sgt. Kristopher L. Beck, 743rd MI Bn.the printer shall refuse to print advertising Sgt. Andrew J. Baker, 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg.from that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905. Spc. William E. Bragassa, 1st STB All correspondence or queries regarding Sgt. Darian S. Barthel, 4th Bn., 42nd FA Reg.advertising and subscriptions should be directed Sgt. Sean C. Beverley, 53rd Signal Bn.to Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Spc. Vernon M. Buckner, 1st STBGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. Sgt. Benjamin P. Buschur, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg. The Mountaineer’s editorial content is Spc. Corey D. Carter, 4th BSBedited, prepared and provided by the Public Sgt. Zachary E. Clark, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg.Affairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Spc. Jacob R. Combs, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg. Releases from outside sources are so Spc. Butch C. Cuambot, 4th BSBindicated. The deadline for submissions to the Sgt. Richard B. Dodson, 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. RegMountaineer is close of business the week Sgt. Joshua E. Getts, 1st STBbefore the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit Spc. Ricky Fernandez Sgt. Bonn S. Franks, 1st STBsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity and Spc. David T. Gillette, DSTBtypographical errors. Distinguished award Spc. Andrew C. Glose, 4th Bn., 42nd FA Reg. Policies and statements reflected in thenews and editorial columns represent views Sgt. Joshua M. Gordon, 4th BSTBof the individual writers and under no Spc. Chad M. Hall, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg.circumstances are to be considered those of Sgt. Christopher J. Hogan, 53rd Signal Bn.the Department of the Army. Sgt. Trevor W. 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  3. 3. Jan. 6, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Leaders salute 8 years of sacrifice By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service BAGHDAD — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta joinedChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E.Dempsey and other U.S. and Iraq leaders in honoring eight yearsof service and sacrifice as they commemorated the end of theU.S. military mission in Iraq Dec. 15. “No words, no ceremony can provide full tribute to thesacrifices that have brought this day to pass,” the secretary saidduring the ceremony. Panetta paid tribute to the Iraqi government and militaryfor their courage, leadership and loyalty to Iraq’s future. “Your dream of an independent and sovereign Iraq is nowa reality,” he said. He also praised the leadership of Ambassador James Jeffreyand Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Forces - Iraq,who oversaw the drawdown that the secretary called “one of themost complex logistical undertakings in U.S. military history. “Your effort to make this day a reality is nothing short ofmiraculous,” he said. But Panetta reserved his highest praise for more than 1million U.S. military members who served in Iraq since 2003. “Your nation is deeply indebted to you,” he said. “You havedone everything your nation asked you to do and more. Yourdedication, your commitment to this mission has been thedriving force behind the remarkable progress we have seen herein Baghdad and across the country.” The secretary recognized the nearly 4,500 servicememberswho died and more than 30,000 who were wounded whilemaking this progress a reality. Photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo He also acknowledged Family members who have experienced Gen. Lloyd James Austin III, left, commander, United States Forces-Iraq, and Command Sgt. Maj.the strain, sacrifice and heartbreak of watching their loved ones Joseph R. Allen case the USF-I flag during a casing ceremony that marked the end of Operation New Dawn, at the former Sather Air Base, in Baghdad, Dec. 15. Since 2003, more than 1 million Soldiers, See Iraq on Page 4 Airmen, Sailors and Marines have served in Iraq. UP $ UP TO TO 5,000 00 INSTAN CRED T! 5 000.00 I NSTANT CREDI T! 5,000.00 INSTANT CREDIT! 000 00.0 NS NST REDI DIT GOOD CAR ALARM SALE! BET TER BETTER BEST $ $ 19 19 29 29 $ 39 39 $ $ $ 19 19 15 15 19 19 STORE HOURS: No Payments ‘ti Next Mon h! No Payment ‘til Next Month! ayments ‘til Next Month! yments ti ext on e t il nth S. Academy Blvd. X In the Mission Trace Shopping Center MEMBER 392-0181 Minimum six months employment and checking account required to finance. All models similar to illustration. Some quantities limited; subject to prior sale. *Cash, credit card, or debit card on these items. employment illustration.
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 6, 2012 Iraq In addition to a significant ‘Soldiers never wavered’ from Page 3 deploy into harm’s way time and time again. diplomatic presence, the United States will continue to promote partnership between U.S. and Iraqi military forces, Panetta said. “They (Soldiers) will cross the border out of Iraq The outcome being commem- “We will continue to help Iraq address violent extremism orated during the ceremony was with their heads held high. One of the most never certain, the secretary said. and defend against external extraordinary chapters in the history of the He recalled traveling to Iraq in 2006, one of the most challenging threats,” he said, helping protect “all that has been sacrificed and American military will come to an end. Iraq’s periods of the conflict, as part of accomplished. President George W. Bush’s Iraq “We will continue to have a future will be in the hands of its people. Study Group. Sectarian violence robust and enduring military America’s war in Iraq will be over.” had spiraled out of control and presence across the Middle East,” — President Barack Obama, Dec. 14 Iraq was in turmoil. he said. Five years later, “the mission For Iraq, Panetta called the day The magnitude of what this nation Soldiers never wavered in the face of of an Iraq that could govern and an opportunity for it to forge ahead and our Soldiers have accomplished in growing doubt. They continued to risk secure itself has become real,” the on a path to security and prosperity. Iraq is unprecedented. We have never life and limb for a cause larger than secretary said. “We undertake this transition been more proud of our Army — our themselves. For their heroic action, “The Iraqi army and police today reminding Iraq that it has in Soldiers, civilians and our Families. they received nearly 9,000 awards for have been rebuilt. Violence levels the United States a committed You freed over 25 million people from valor including ... Medals of Honor, are down, al-Qaida weakened, rule friend and a committed partner,” tyranny and given hope when hope 16 Distinguished Service Crosses and of law strengthened, educational he said. “We owe it to all the lives was forsaken. Our Army provided new 408 Silver Stars. opportunities expanded and that have been sacrificed in this opportunity for the people of Iraq. No We remember those who have economic growth expanding,” he war not to fail. other Army in the world could have made the ultimate sacrifice, our said. “And this progress has been “This is not the end,” he con- accomplished what you have done — wounded warriors, our Gold Star sustained even as we have with- cluded. “This is truly the beginning.” only American Soldiers. Families and all of our loved ones who drawn nearly 150,000 U.S. combat After the casing of the colors, Throughout Operation Iraqi have been touched by the horror of forces from the country.” Panetta met with about 100 service- Freedom and Operation New Dawn, war. Their sacrifices have given The cost has been high in members deployed during the final our Soldiers embodied physical and meaning to our values and ideals. For blood and treasure for the United days of Operation New Dawn to mental toughness and courage under that, we thank them. A grateful nation States and for the Iraqi people, thank them for their service. fire. Over the past eight years, the will always remember, respect and Panetta noted. “But because of the “It is because of you,” and quality of our Soldiers has stood in appreciate these heroes as the “Next sacrifices made, these years of war those who served here during the stark contrast to the desert sands. Greatest Generation.” have now yielded to a new era of past eight years, “that we are able Just as the World War II generation We are extremely proud of all of opportunity,” for a free, independent to be here today to mark the end defeated tyranny across the globe, a our Soldiers, civilians and Families. and sovereign Iraq, he said. of this war,” he said. new generation — galvanized by the Our Army has once again proved that Panetta emphasized that Iraq’s Asked by a young service- attacks of Sept. 11th — bravely it is America’s Force of Decisive challenges aren’t over, but member if the United States will be defeated tyranny once again. Even Action. Thank you for a job well done. promised that the United States able to assist the Iraqis in the future during the darkest days in Iraq, our Army Strong! will continue to stand with Iraq as if they need it, Panetta expressed it navigates those challenges. confidence that it will, in accordance Raymond F. Raymond T. Odierno John M. McHugh “Together with the Iraqi people, with an agreement to be reached Chandler III General, United States Secretary of the Army the United States welcomes the next by the Americans and Iraqis. Sergeant Major Army Chief of Staff stage in U.S.-Iraqi relations, one that “We may be ending the war, of the Army will be rooted in mutual interest but we are not walking away from and mutual respect,” he said. our responsibilities,” he said.Carson recognizes sustainability champions By Anneliesa Barta Beatty Communities, decreased the water needs for installation more than $1 million for its Qualified Sustainable Fort Carson Team landscaping in future homes by 65 percent by changing Recycling Program. landscape design, increased residential recycling Greg Willis and the team at Fort Carson’s Installation staff and local community members from five tons per month to 21 tons per month, and Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club also won thereceived sustainability awards from Fort Carson diverted thousands of tons of appliances, concrete, Sustainable Resources award for saving more thanleadership at the recent Colorado Sustainability asphalt and carpet padding from the landfill. 20 million gallons of water each year throughConference held in Colorado Springs. Ann Fetsch and Eric Fetsch won the water conservation. The team continues to show its Eleven awards in five categories were presented Sustainability Champions award for their service to dedication to preserving natural resources by re-usingby Deputy Garrison Commanders Col. John D. Catamount Institute, U.S. Green Building Council’s asphalt from old paths, composting grass clippingsKeenan and Steven J. McCoy and Sgt. Maj. John Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and recycling.S. Johnson, Directorate of Plans, Training, and for their mentorship and advocacy efforts in the Jessica Frank, Fort Carson’s Directorate of PublicMobilization and Security. Pikes Peak region. Recent successes include planning Works stormwater program manager, won the “I am pleased to recognize the individuals and and implementing the certification of the first Achievement in Sustainable Development award fororganizations both on post and in the LEED home show home in her work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers incommunity who are catalysts for Colorado and a Sustainability improving stormwater drainage designs that willchange and greatly contribute to our “I am pleased to Bike tour of Colorado Springs benefit the installation for years to come.continual progress toward Fort Carson’ssustainability goals,” Keenan said. recognize the that showcased the city’s many sustainable features. Carrie McCausland and Nick Kittle, employees of the City of Colorado Springs, each won the The Sustainable Progress through individuals and Col. Jonathan Gibbs and Superior Sustainability Leader award. McCausland’sPartnerships award was presented to U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson passion for recycling led to the successful imple-Frank Kinder, John Olson and Bob organizations ... Religious Support Office also mentation of recycling bins in downtown ColoradoMooney. Kinder, an alumnus ofSustainable Fort Carson, currently who are catalysts won the Sustainability Champions award for educating Springs. Kittle was instrumental in reducing emissions in the Pikes Peak region by more than 5works at Colorado Springs Utilities for change and chapel communities about million pounds of carbon dioxide, saving hundreds offocusing on commercial water conser- recycling, reducing electricity, thousands of taxpayer dollars through a combinationvation rebates and programs, promoting greatly contribute water consumption and of initiatives.water conservation and sustainability inthe Pikes Peak Region. to our continual ridesharing through “Green Chapel Initiative.” their Capt. Daniel J. Kull, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG Olson, a landscape architect and progress toward Donald P. Chase won the Fort Carson, also won the Superior Sustainabilityurban designer who works with the Excellence in Sustainable Leader award for educating approximately 9,000Sustainable Fort Carson Team, is a Fort Caron’s Resources award for achieving in-processing Soldiers each year about recyclingstrong proponent for holisticSustainability and Smart Growth on sustainability goals.” an 80 percent waste diversion rate at Peterson Air Force Base and energy conservation. He also established a free bike share program that provides mobility and — Col. John D. Keenanpost and in the community. and for efforts in recycling cost savings to Soldiers and reduces greenhouse gas Mooney, project director at Balfour scrap metal that earned the emissions on post.
  5. 5. Jan. 6, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Soldiers account for Arlington remains Story and photo by Sgt. Luisito Brooks Families of the fallen because it helps pay respect we carry here taking pictures.” Army News Service and keeps track of where they lay,” said Carney. With the process now over, Peterson said he is Like Carney, the demeanor of every Soldier proud to have honored the nation’s heroes in such ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, involved in the documentation process was very an exceptional way.Va. — Day or night, rain or shine, these men had a focused and solemn. “This is an unprecedented mission because itmission to complete. “This mission is taken very seriously by the has never been done before and it probably will Soldiers with Company D, 1st Battalion, 3rd Army,” said Peterson. “How we conduct ourselves never be done again,” said Peterson. “What we areU.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), finished as professionals in the military is the same attitude doing is paying tribute to our fallen comrades.”photographing and documenting the locationof every tombstone, grave marker andcremation site in Arlington NationalCemetery, Va., Dec. 23. “We are calling ourselves Task ForceChristman, after Pvt. William Christman, whowas the first Soldier buried here,” said Maj.Nate Peterson, commander, Company D.“The primary purpose of this process is toestablish an accountability of all remains inArlington National Cemetery. The cemeterydates back to 1874 when the cemetery wasrun by Union Soldiers who just had bad recordkeeping practices over the years. What weare doing is verifying what’s on record andcorrecting anything that’s not.” Peterson said the detailed informationwill be housed in a large electronic database.Over a period of a few months, the taskforce dedicated numerous hours to coverthe more than 259,000 sites spread across 624developed acres of the cemetery. “Our unit walked over every inch ofthe cemetery taking pictures of the front andback of every tombstone. We also taggedevery site with a GPS locater with its sectionand grave number,” said Spc. Al Carney, aninfantryman with Company D. It was evident for Carney the importanceof the completion of this task. Pvt. Eric Heim, an infantryman with Company D, 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), kneels to “What we are doing here is for the photograph the front and back of a tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 15. YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE NATION IS PROVEN. LET US PROVE OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU. National University‘s understanding of the military is evident in the enhanced educational experience we offer to you, including: Flexibility with course schedules during deployment Special military tuition rates Membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium A nonprofit institution EXPERIENCE OUR COMMITMENT 877.628.6828 | getinfo.nu.edu/military NATIONAL UNIVERSITY THE UNIVERSITY OF VALUES TM © 2011 National University 10357
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 6, 2012Leader visits troops at Camp Stone Story and photo by Assistance Forces and U.S. Forces “Thank you for volunteering to come multinational and coalition forces Sgt. April York Afghanistan visited Soldiers from 3rd over and deploy with us,” said Command convoy with more than 300 vehicles2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill. “Thank you for that traveled to Balamurghab toAffairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, leaving the comforts of home, your drop off working equipment, such as 4th Infantry Division, at Camp Stone Family and a nice safe environment.” generators and vehicles, and take HERAT, Afghanistan — Senior Dec. 14 to thank them for their service Although time was limited during back nonworking equipment as partenlisted leader of International Security and dedication. his visit, Hill filled every moment with of the right-sizing. opportunities to engage Soldiers. He There were other successes had lunch with Soldiers and the battalion mentioned by Sgt. 1st Class Joseph leadership in the Camp Stone dining Conway, battalion supply noncom- facility. He addressed the group about missioned officer-in-charge. the part they play in the surge recovery “Supply distribution has been an of troops in Afghanistan. overall success given all the challenges The 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg., leader- we have here,” he said. “It has been ship had to make some tough decisions an adventure.” and send home half of its forces One of the biggest challenges midway through deployment. Soldiers faced was determining if they Hill explained how ISAF and were going home or staying. USFOR-A made cuts throughout their “A lot of Soldiers were taking a hit forces as well. because we want to go home to our “We’ve had to make some tough Families but, at the same time, we cuts; we’ve cut as much fat as we can know we have to get the mission done and now we are cutting lean meat,” Hill over here,” said Sgt. Andre McCurtis, a said. “And now we are looking at you. water purification specialist. “It’s kind “Don’t look at it as downsizing, of tough on everyone.” look at it as ‘right-sizing,’” Hill said. When the discussions were “President (Barack) Obama gave complete, Hill presented a coin to (ISAF) and (USFOR-A) 30,000 more each Soldier, including the battalion troops than he planned on with the leadership, for their excellence and understanding that we would give them commitment to the mission. back when he asked for them and now Before Hill departed the camp, he he wants them back before Dec. 31.” gave the group advice in regards toCommand Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, left, senior enlisted leader of International Security During lunch, Hill also took the what he has learned over the years.Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, addresses Soldiers from 3rd opportunity to get to know the group “People are your legacy,” he said.Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry and ask them about their successes and “Long after you are gone those seedsDivision, on six key principles to being a good leader, alongside their battalion challenges during the deployment. that you planted grow up to be strongCommand Sgt. Maj. Delmer Traylor. Some of their successes were a trees — invest in them.” 4331 Centennial Blvd. 1813 North Circle Drive Colorado Publishing Company Garden of the Gods & Centennial Circle & Constitution 635-2020 632-2020 4319 Integrity Center Point 1130 Lake Plaza Drive We Have Your NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) Community Covered! 634-2020 578-2020 If you want to reach the Business Community, the Large Military Market, The Legal, Financial or the Real Estate Market, then we have you covered. WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM Exams as young as 6 months of age Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette Let us be a powerful tool in your marketing strategy. For advertising or subscription information call. www.csbj.com Ft. Carson 576-5151 Air Force Academy 472-0524 Peterson AFB 574-5252
  7. 7. Jan. 6, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Carson Support Services service order desk can start at 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required to bring be reached at 526-5345. Use this number for Department of the Army Form 5118, signed by theirFirst Sergeants’ Barracks Program — hours of emergencies or routine tasks and for reporting unit personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. operation changed Tuesday. Office hours are wind damage, damaged traffic signs or other Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. now 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The FSBP facility damage. Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held Office, located in building 1140, modular 2, 1886 • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon Ellis Street, assists Soldiers with room assignments Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. at the education center, building 1117, room 120. and terminations. civ@mail.mil when needing trash containers, trash Call University of Colorado-Colorado SpringsThe Army Attaché Management Division — is is overflowing or emergency service is required. Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. recruiting qualified regular Army noncommis- • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the sioned officers, sergeant-sergeant first class, to Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing serve in U.S. embassies around the world. For mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness more information or to request an application for • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, Defense Attaché assignment, contact Master Sgt. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 Matthew Tuiasosopo, Army Attaché Management @mail.mil. days of their expiration term of service, but must Division, at 202-231-7291 or 301-917-4729 or • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — attend the briefing no later than 30 days prior to email matthew.tuiasosopo@us.army.mil. Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email their ETS or start of transition leave. Call 526-Work Management Branch — The DPW Work dennis.j.frost.civ@mail.mil. 2240/8458 for details. Management Branch, responsible for processing • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in work orders — Facilities Engineering Work Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. Requests, DA Form 4283 — recently changed its @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from hours of operation. The Work Management tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. any military occupational specialty, have a general Branch, located in building 305, will be open for • Base operations contracting officer technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, processing work orders and other in-person representative — Call Bruce Gronczniak at 526- score 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness support from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. 9262 or email bruce.e.gronczniak.civ@mail.mil for Test, and pass a Special Forces physical. Call Afternoon customer support is by appointment questions on snow removal, grounds maintenance 524-1461 or visit the website at http://www.bragg. only, call 526-2900. and contractor response to service orders. army.mil/sorb.Veterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans can • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at get assistance through the Veterans Services 524-0786 or email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mil to Hours of Operation Group, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for walk-ins request latrines, for service or to report damaged and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. The VSG is or overturned latrines. DFAC hours — Fort Carson dining facilities operate located at The Retired Enlisted Association The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is under the following hours: Chapter 1 at 834 Emory Circle in Colorado able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building • Wolf — Friday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. Springs. For more information call 719-337-0086. 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number p.m. (dinner). Public Works has an incentive program to prevent for after hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358- • Stack — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 recyclable waste from going to the landfill. 3275. Questions can also be submitted by email to a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Closed Saturday Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards FtCarsonTDS@gmail.com. Know your rights. and Sunday. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points are Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the • Warfighter (Wilderness Road Complex) assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods SRP process. The SRP Legal Office will only — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 turned in and every participating battalion receives provide powers of attorney or notary services to p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Closed Saturday-Sunday. money quarterly; the top two battalions receive an Soldiers processing through the SRP. Retirees, Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 additional bonus amount. Call 526-5898 for more Family members and Soldiers not in the SRP a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. information about the program. process can receive legal assistance and powers of • 10th SFG(A) LaRochelle — Friday, 7-9Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Sergeant attorney at the main legal office located at 1633 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no Audie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday of Mekong St., building 6222, next to the Family dinner. Closed Saturday-Sunday. Monday- each month at the Family Connection Center from Readiness Center. Legal assistance prepares Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all powers of attorney and performs notary services (lunch), no dinner. active members and those interested in becoming on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Issue Facility regular business hours — are future SAMC members. The club was originally Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 8:30 listed below. Call 526-3321 to make appointments. a U.S. Forces Command organization of elite a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from noncommissioned officers but is now an 7:30-10:30 a.m. Armywide program for individuals who have met Briefings • Initial issues — Monday-Thursday from the criteria and have proven themselves to be 12:30-3 p.m. outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — • Partial issues — Monday-Thursday from process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. is held Jan. 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the 12:30-3 p.m. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. Family Readiness Center, building 6237, room • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday-Amnesty turn in — The Fort Carson Amnesty 104. This training is required for all Soldiers Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Program is intended to ensure the maximum asked to perform this solemn duty. Per Army • Direct exchange — Monday-Thursday recovery of abandoned military ammunition and Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited to those from 12:30-3 p.m. explosives. The program provides an opportunity for in the ranks of sergeant first class to command • Partial turn ins — Monday-Thursday individuals to turn in ammunition and explosives sergeant major, chief warrant officer 2-5 and from 12:30-3 p.m. and remain anonymous; no documentation is captain and above. No reservations are required • Full turn ins — Monday-Thursday from required for item turn in. The amnesty program to attend training. Classes offered on a first-come, 7:30-10:30 a.m. is not intended to circumvent normal turn-in first-served basis. Call Jean Graves at 526- • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- procedures. Amnesty turn ins will not be used 5613/5614 for more information. 5512/6477 for approval. as a basis for investigations or prosecutions and Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Education Center hours of operation — The are exempt from Army Regulation 190 series Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Mountain Post Training and Education Center, investigation requirements. Abandoned military building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: A&E, excluding small arms ammunition up to .50 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA • Counselor Support Center — Monday- caliber, should not be moved by untrained personnel processes to include turning in excess property, Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 — notify the 764th Explosive Ordnance Company, reutilizing government property, web-based a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 242nd EOD Battalion, 71st EOD, at 526-2643. tools available, special handling of property and • Army Learning Center — Monday- Abandoned A&E found on post may be turned in to environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Ammunition Reclamation Area, located on Butts contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Road (Route 5) one mile south of Butts Army borrerorivera@dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — Airfield, Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Welsh at mike.welsh@dla.mil for reutilization/web Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Military A&E found outside Fort Carson should be tools; or Rufus Guillory at rufus.guillory@dla.mil. reported to local civilian authorities or the military Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon police at 526-2333. Contact the ammunition supply the second and third Wednesday of each month at point at 526-4381 or quality assurance office at the Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, BOSS meetings 526-1795/1892 for more information. 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services are held at 10 a.m.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Office recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the first and third responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort the briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. Wednesday of each Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays month at the Foxhole. of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings For information, call numbers and points of contact for services: are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing 524-BOSS. • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Arts Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 6, 2012 Spc. William Orkies, forward observer, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, prepares to fire his M4 rifle at targets Dec. 8, during a four-day training exercise at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site.‘Phoenix’ rises from snow Story and photos by Spc. Cardell Brown operations anywhere in the world. building overall unit cohesion in the process.1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, The training began with a four-hour convoy from The two-hour combat lifesaver course was taught 4th Infantry Division Fort Carson to the southern training area where by Spc. William Prescott, combat medic, Phoenix Soldiers trained on weapon qualification Headquarters and Headquarters Company, who More than 250 Soldiers from 1st Special Troops ranges, military operations in urban terrain and trained Soldiers on proper tourniquet placement,Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry combat lifesaver exercises. trauma dressings and chest decompression methods.Division, conducted a training exercise at Piñon “Our Soldiers conducted day and night live-fire Prescott added that the skills being taught in theCanyon Maneuver Site Dec. 6-9. exercises with crew-served weapon systems as well course could save somebody’s life if the skills were The “Phoenix” Battalion’s f irst training as performing driver training and a combat lifesaver ever needed.exercise since redeploying from Afghanistan course to ensure they developed the proper skills Soldiers also went to designated ranges to learnwas geared toward conducting full-spectrum needed to combat any enemy threat,” said Maj. how to properly operate and shoot a .50-caliber Wayne Keeler, battalion Browning machine gun, an M240 machine gun, an operations officer-in- M249 light machine gun and an M203 grenade charge, Headquarters and launcher in addition to their primary M4 or M16 rifle. Headquarters Company, Despite challenging terrain, snow and blistering 1st STB. “This training cold weather, Soldiers participated in the live-fire event is the f irst of exercises with seemingly positive attitudes and a many we’ll participate in desire to succeed. to get ready for combat “I’ve never been this cold in my life and this operations in any part of field exercise is something that a lot of us were not the world.” looking forward to,” said Pfc. Bobby Tetherow, “We pulled our forward observer, Headquarters and Headquarters Soldiers away from Fort Detachment, 1st STB. “However, after going through Carson because we wanted different battle drills and practicing operating different them to get back into the crew-served weapons, it was well worth it.” mindset of being out in the Before completing their exercise, leaders and field,” said Russell. “With Soldiers participated in a steak dinner in downtown the help of the snow and Trinidad to spend time with local community leaders. the amount of training our “The community always has supported the Soldiers conducted, we ‘Raider’ Brigade while conducting training,” said were able to do just that.” Keeler. “Building rapport with those who support us Keeler added that the helps us accomplish our mission and builds a better tough, realistic training training environment.” at Piñon Canyon allows This training exercise laid the foundation forSpc. Jermaul Sledge, forward observer, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat junior leaders to develop all future training that Phoenix will undergo toTeam, 4th Infantry Division, practices operating a Lightweight Laser Designator critical war f ighting prepare for their next mission anywhere in theRange Finder Dec. 8, during a training exercise at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. leadership skills while world, said Keeler. Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, practice various movement techniques Dec. 9.
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  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 6, 20122nd BCT Mayor and Italian forces in the Badghis province to battlefrom Page 1 insurgents in dozens of skirmishes. The Soldiers worked in a cooperative effort toyour sacrifice, thanks for a job well done,” said build defensive positions for themselves andMaj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general,4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson. “Welcome home.We’re proud of your accomplishments.” Afghan forces on joint combat outposts in western Afghanistan. The brigade worked with national security and welcomes home The Soldiers mark the beginning of the return police forces to improve stability in the region asof 2nd BCT and will be followed by more units as well as improve the infrastructure of the country.they complete their missions in Afghanistan. The “Warhorse” Soldiers worked to improve their “You can’t (help) but be excited your brigade is area of operations by building roads and canals andcoming home, and it just means that we’re gettingcloser to the entire brigade returning,” said Capt.Jaquelle Sevigny, 2nd BCT rear detachment adjutant. also conducted humanitarian aid missions to improve the quality of life for the locals in their area. Friends and Family who had gone through the Soldiers The returning Soldiers worked closely with the trials and tribulations associated with a deployment By Steve BachAfghan national army and uniformed police to were just moments from being united with their Mayor, City of Colorado Springsprovide security and stability throughout western loved ones as all that stood between them and theAfghanistan. Operation Enduring Freedom veterans were a few Welcome home Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade “I think we did a great job tying in with the ceremonial formalities. Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and theoperational centers for Afghan forces,” said 1st Lt. “To all the Families here, thank you for your 4th Engineer Battalion’s 576th Eng. CompanyMario Nino, battle captain, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field sacrifice and service as well … remember the and 62nd Sapper Company, the last of ourArtillery Regiment. strength of our nation is our Army, the strength of Fort Carson Soldiers to depart the Iraqi theater The Soldiers partnered with Afghan National our Army is our Soldiers; but the strength of our of operation.Security Forces in Herat province and with ANSF Soldiers is our Families,” Anderson said. On behalf of Colorado Springs and our grateful The Soldiers returned home from Afghanistan citizens, I am honored to welcome you home to in time to spend the holidays with their Families. Fort Carson just in time for the holidays. “It’s a shame that everyone can’t be back with Your hard work and diligence have made us their Families for Christmas,” Nino said. “I think very proud. We realize you have sacrificed greatly it’s a tremendous thing to be close to Family, by spending precious time away from loved especially this time of year. The Army itself is its ones. Please know how glad we are for your own family, so for all of us to come home together safe return home. is extra special.” Your service to our country is respected “The best part of being back is getting to go and appreciated. We hope you enjoy this time home, spend time with the kids and get a warm with your Family and friends and know how shower,” said Pfc. Elizeo Rivera, a small arms and much we value your contributions to our artillery repairer, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd community and country. BCT, 4th Inf. Div.Sgt. Randolph Adams, a cannon crewmember assignedto 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2ndBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, holds hisdaughter, Madison, for the first time after a welcomehome ceremony held at the Special Events Center Dec.22. His wife, Ashley Adams, insisted that the first thinghe did upon returning home was change her diaper. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, render honors to the nation during the playing of the national anthem at their welcome home ceremony held at the Special Events Center Dec. 16. The Soldiers completed their mission in Afghanistan and were sent home in time to celebrate the holidays with their Families.
  11. 11. Jan. 6, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11Engineers — I’m glad they’re all safe,” said Sapper, 85 Soldiers from 576th Afghanistan until August.from Page 1 Lolita Reese, after reuniting with her Eng. were packing their bags, too. “We look forward to having them son, Spc. Max Burk, 62nd Sapper. The engineers had been supporting ... home with us,” said McKeehan.Eng. Bn. gathered Aug. 12 to case the With her eyes filled with tears, days three forward operatingcolors of 62nd Sapper and 576th before Christmas, Reese described bases, as well as per-Eng. The combat engineers started to her son’s early return from combat as forming patrols fromdeploy soon after, ready for a year of “the biggest present I could get in Kandahar Airfield toroute-clearing and sanitizing missions my whole life.” Camp Leatherneck.in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 62nd Sapper They assisted in the The following month, President carried out route-clearance and sanitation disarmament of moreBarack Obama announced that the missions, covering roughly 18,000 than 40 improvised40,000 U.S. servicemembers in Iraq miles in the Dhi Qar and Diwaniya explosive devices.would return home for the holidays, provinces, according to Custer. During “It’s good to be back,according to American Forces Press their final weeks at Contingency but its bittersweet sinceService, Oct. 21. Obama also promised Operating Base Adder, they provided part of our company isan end-of-year accelerated reduction force protection duties by staffing still over there,” said 2ndin the number of troops deployed to towers and conducting patrols. Lt. Matt McKeehan, 576thAfghanistan. Burk said the greatest feeling was Eng., after embracing his The Soldiers from 62nd Sapper were found in knowing “all my battle buddies wife. More than 100prepared for a 12-month deployment, made it home before Christmas.” Soldiers from the unit are“the long haul,” said Custer. News of Roughly 1,600 miles east of 62nd scheduled to remain ina full withdraw from Iraq Pfc. Drew Anderson, 576th Engineercaused many of the engi- Company, 4th Eng. Battalion, embracesneers to expect relocation his wife, Shawna Anderson, Dec. 30orders to Afghanistan, he after a welcome home ceremony. Drewsaid. However, the unit Anderson deployed in August withreceived confirmation of almost 200 other combat engineers totheir return to Fort Carson provide route-clearance and sanitationin late November. missions in Afghanistan. “Being the last unit incountry, we didn’t expectto be on that cut roster,” Capt. 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