Vol. 70 No. 5 Feb. 3, 2012 Word of the month: Communicate Pvts. Ryan McCulloch, left, and Julio Saunders, World Class Athlete Program, spar during a practice session at the WCAP taekwondo facility in Colorado Springs. Both Kicking Soldiers are trying to earn a spot in the 2016 for gold Olympics. See pages 20 and 21 for more on WCAP. Photo by Staff Sgt. Wayne BarnettConstruction begins on new training center By Andrea Sutherland signifying the start of construction of the Mission scenarios, which will “enable Soldiers to prepare Mountaineer staff Command Training Center. for all types of conflict.” “This facility gets to the heart of our mission: The MCTC, formerly known as the Battle Fort Carson leaders and representatives from the training Soldiers,” said Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, Command Training Center, will offer coursesU.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Native garrison commander. for individual, collective and leader training inAmerican Services Corp shoveled the first scoop of McLaughlin added that the MCTC woulddirt in a Jan. 27 ceremonial groundbreaking event, See Construction on Page 4 train Soldiers in both digital and practical training Message board INSIDE 201 Army 1 photo of the year — see Page 10. Page 15 Page 8 Page 29
2 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 3, 2012 MOUNTAINEER WLC honors Ethos sets Soldiers apartCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Joseph AndersonGarrison Commander: Col. Robert F. McLaughlinFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Commentary by Spc. Justin Kelly jungle-shrouded mountains Dee McNutt Warrior Leader Course graduate of South Vietnam. ThisChief, Print and Web Communications: hilltop was heavily manned Rick Emert Throughout the course of human history there have and had very limiting terrainEditor: Devin Fisher been many great nations and many great armies. features. The U.S. ArmyStaff writers: Andrea Sutherland The greatest of these have always been those whose took these obstacles on Dustin Senger ranks were filled with disciplined Soldiers who live by one-by-one, never quitting Kerstin Lopez a code of values, such as the members of the Roman in their vigorous assault up Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett Legion, who believed in fighting as one cohesive unit. the hill. The battle was oneHappenings: Nel Lampe They believed strongly in honor and duty to the state. of close combat, with bothSports writer: Walt Johnson A great army such as that under Alexander the Great sides exchanging fire withinLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall defeated armies three times their size. This was 20 meters of each other. accomplished through fighting as a team. His army had After 10 days, their beliefs This commercial enterprise newspaper is absolute faith in their ranks’ ability to watch one another’s in the Warrior Ethos “I willan authorized publication for members of the backs. However, never in the course of human history has never quit” had prevailed Spc. Justin B. KellyDepartment of Defense. Contents of the there been a group of Soldiers as dedicated, loyal and and the hill was taken. Warrior Ethos awardMountaineer are not necessarily the official competent as the members of the United States Army. In my opinion, the mostview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government orthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation The U.S. Army has accomplished this through important Warrior Ethos is “I will never leave a fallenis 12,000 copies. excellent training and instilling the values inherent in comrade.” A great example of this took place in the battle The editorial content of the the Warrior Ethos deep into our minds. of Mogadishu Oct. 3, 1993. A Black Hawk helicopter wasMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public I will always place the mission first. This sets the shot down during the battle, leaving many Soldiers strandedAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, Army’s standard for laying aside personal prejudice, fears behind enemy lines. Two snipers requested to hold off theTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. and problems. We learn this line; we live by this, to remind enemy forces until reinforcements could arrive. Master Sgt. 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Feb. 3, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Vice chief retires after 40 years By Master Sgt. Douglas Sample Army News Service In that role, Chiarelli would inform Gates on a quality that made him the perfect choice to be the full range of pressing security matters. He would also vice chief of staff of the Army.” advise the secretary on how his decisions would Panetta said the secretary knew that, “as long as WASHINGTON – The thunderous sound of the impact servicemembers on the battlefield. there were Soldiers in harm’s way, as long as there wasgun volley that echoed across Washington, Jan. 31, “If there is one thing that has been the hallmark a single Army Family in need, Pete would not rest. Andmarked the end to an acclaimed and storied military of Pete’s career, it is the depth of his concern for the for more than three years, Pete has not rested. Pete, youcareer for Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli. welfare of every Soldier,” Panetta said. “It’s that have earned a time of peace, a time for Family,” he said. Chiarelli served for the past Odierno thanked the Chiarellithree years as the Army’s vice chief Family for its support — includingof staff. At the end of his career, he both his children and wife, Bethwas applauded for his contributions Chiarelli, who stood by him duringto Soldiers, their Families, and the a 40-year military career andArmy institution. through 25 permanent change-of- The ceremony was hosted by station moves.Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Chiarelli spoke briefly aboutRaymond T. Odierno, and attended by his career from Fort Knox to hislawmakers, Department of Defense arrival here in Washington. Heofficials, and senior military officers. spoke passionately of Soldiers and Secretary of Defense Leon the contributions they have madePanetta used the Italian phrase to the country.“buon uomo,” meaning “good man,” “They are not just steely-eyedto describe Chiarelli, a man he killers,” Chiarelli said.includes among his friends. He said “Over the past decade they haveit is the strength and fortitude of made a tremendous difference inmen like Chiarelli that make the the lives of people living andArmy the greatest in the world. working in both theaters,” he said. Panetta said former Secretary of “I am incredibly and profoundlyDefense Robert Gates saw in Chiarelli proud of all they have accomplished.”a depth of knowledge, skill and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III has beenpassion for Soldiers and their Families Photo by Rachel Larue chosen as Chiarelli’s replacement forthat led the former secretary to choose Col. David P. Anders, commander, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) escorts Gen. Peter vice chief of staff. Austin becomesthe general to serve as his “right hand W. Chiarelli, 32nd Army vice chief of staff, to inspect the troops during Chiarelli’s retirement the first African-American to serveman” and senior military assistant. ceremony on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Jan. 31. in that role. UP $ UP TO TO 5,000 00 INSTANT CREDIT! 5 000.00 INSTAN CREDI T! 5,000.00 I NSTANT CREDI T! 000 00.0 NS NST REDIT D GOOD CAR ALARM SALE! BET TER BETTER BEST $ $ 19 19 29 29 $ 39 39 $ $ $ 19 19 15 15 19 19 STORE HOURS: No Payment ‘ti Next Mon h! No Payments ‘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 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 3, 2012 Construction from Page 1 state-of-the-art digital classrooms, said Sean Bolduc, director of the MCTC. Bolduc said digital training is already taking place on Fort Carson, but is spread out in buildings throughout the post. “This campus will consolidate resources and make things more efficient,” he said. Matthew Ellis, a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Omaha, Neb.), said the 83,000-square-foot building will be built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold standards and will include a 20,000-square-foot solar array field that will provide power to the campus. In addition to the main building, construction for 16 smaller buildings is also planned. “This is the third training center (of its kind) constructed in the Army,” said Ellis, addressing the crowd. “It takes many years and a diverse team to make this happen.” With construction continuing until June 2013 and a projected occupancy date of December 2013, troops will continue to train at existing facilities. Once complete, troops from the 4th Infantry Division, other Fort Carson units as well as National Guard Photo by Andrea Sutherland and Reserve components in Colorado,From left, Matthew Ellis, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Omaha, Neb.); Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, Utah,Division and Fort Carson; Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison commander; and Monte Larsen, chief operations officer of the Native Nebraska and New Mexico, willAmerican Services Corp; scoop the ceremonial first shovel of dirt at the Jan. 27 groundbreaking of the Mission Command Training Center. participate in training at the center.
Feb. 3, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5 ‘Attack’ deploys to Afghanistan Story and photo by Training, familiarizing pilots with flying at high Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell altitudes and landing on rugged terrain in the Rocky 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Mountains, and sharpened its skills during four rotations in two years to the U.S. Army National Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Regiment, deployed to Afghanistan in support of The Attack Battalion deployed to southern Operation Enduring Freedom in January. Afghanistan to support ground forces, conduct Approximately 400 Soldiers deployed to support reconnaissance missions and provide air transportation aviation operations in southern Afghanistan, marking support, said Williams. the aviation unit’s first deployment from Fort Carson Once in theater, the battalion operations center will since it relocated to the Mountain Post from Camp guide and consistently update more than 30 aircraft Eagle, Korea, three years ago. flying over Afghanistan at any time, said Maj. Nicholas The “Attack Battalion,” part of 25th Combat Dall, operations officer, 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg. Aviation Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, “We will watch the fight as it will rely on its seasoned veterans to happens; we will give command deci- lead first-time deployment Soldiers into combat, said Master Sgt. Jim “Anything that sions on aircraft lifts and movements,” said Cpl. Akeem Robinson, aviation Williams, senior aviation operations makes it fly, operations specialist, assigned to sergeant, 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg. Headquarters and Headquarters “We have a lot of aviators and anything that Company, 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg. senior noncommissioned officers The battalion deployed a that have deployed before, that are has power variety of aviation support-trained throwing a lot of experience into the deployment,” said Williams. running through professionals, including repairmen, armament specialists and air traffic The brigade prepared for its first deployment since arriving at the it, anything controllers. “Anything that makes it fly, Mountain Post by conducting multiple field training exercises and a culmi- that makes it anything that has power running through it, anything that makes itSgt. 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6 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 3, 2012DSTB redesignates as HHBNWambeke ‘thrilled and humbled’ to lead ‘Fit For Any Test’ Battalion Story and photo by Fort Carson. After settling into their new a DSTB, but Matt certainly was the noncommissioned officers and Pfc. Andrew Ingram home, the DSTB Soldiers prepared for right leader for the job,” said Antonia. Soldiers who accomplished the unit’s 4th Infantry Division deployment. Following months of “He did an extraordinary job; taking a mission every day. Public Affairs Office training, Tedesco led the battalion diverse selection of individuals and “It is hard to believe that nearly during a yearlong deployment to Iraq in transforming them into a highly func- three years have passed since taking Soldiers of Division Special Troops support of Operation New Dawn. tioning, cohesive and competent team.” command,” Tedesco said. “I am veryBattalion, 4th Infantry Division, gathered “It’s no secret the demands and Tedesco credited his success as a proud of the accomplishments of theas their battalion commander, Lt. Col. challenges associated with commanding battalion commander to the officers, Fit For Any Test Battalion, becauseMatthew Tedesco, and senior the Soldiers of this great battalionenlisted leader, Command Sgt. made the impossible possibleMajor Keith Moore, cased the through their dedication and hardbattalion’s colors one final time work. Commanding this battalionduring a deactivation ceremony at and its Soldiers has been the bestFort Carson, Jan. 23. experience of my 20-year career The next day, the same “Fit in the Army.”For Any Test” Soldiers, now The newly-designated HHBNmembers of the new Headquarters will continue to flourish underand Headquarters Battalion, 4th the guidance of Wambeke and theInf. Div., mustered to bid Tedesco support of his wife, Denisefarewell, and welcome the new Wambeke, said Antonia.battalion commander, Lt. Col. “As we transition thisBrad Wambeke, during a change important command, it is clearof command ceremony at Waller the Army made a great choice inPhysical Fitness Center. selecting Lt. Col. Brad and During the change of Denise Wambeke,” Antonia said.command ceremony, Col. Bruce “I know they are exactly the kindAntonia, chief of staff, 4th Inf. Div., of command team that will carrythanked Tedesco for his 35 months on the great work and caringof leadership during a period of leadership passed on from Mattgreat transition for the DSTB. and Cari (Tedesco).” Shortly after Tedesco took The DSTB’s reputation ofcommand in early 2009, he cased Lt. Col. Matthew Tedesco, commander, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, excellence will continue as thethe DSTB colors at Fort Hood, and Command Sgt. Maj. Keith Moore, senior enlisted leader, case the DSTB colors, signifying See HHBN on Page 12Texas, and then unfurled them at the battalion’s deactivation, during a ceremony at the unit’s motor pool on Fort Carson Jan. 23. QUALITY This is PPCC. We’re a top 50 school for military and veterans. We offer
Feb. 3, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous 524-0786 or email email@example.com to Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces physical. request latrines, for service or to report damaged Call 524-1461 or visit the website at http://www.VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans’ Association or overturned latrines. bragg.army.mil/sorb. 21st Reunion — is Feb. 25 at the Fort Myer, The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — Va., Officers’ Club. Contact Hoa McNabb at is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at Hours of Operation 800-506-2672 or email VIICorpsDSVA@aol. building 1430, room 240. During duty hours, com for more information. Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour DFAC hours — Fort Carson dining facilities operateFirst Sergeants’ Barracks Program — moves to phone number for after hours, holidays and under the following hours: building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard Monday. weekends is 719-358-3275. Questions can also • Wolf — Friday-Thursday. 7-9 a.m. (break- The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. be submitted by email to FtCarsonTDS@gmail. fast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The FSBP Office assists Soldiers com. Know your rights. (dinner). with room assignments and terminations. For Legal services — provided at the Soldier • Stack — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), more information call 526-9735. Readiness Processing site are for Soldiers 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. ClosedWork Management Branch — The DPW Work undergoing the SRP process. The SRP Legal Saturday and Sunday. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. Management Branch, responsible for processing Office will only provide powers of attorney or (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 work orders — Facilities Engineering Work notary services to Soldiers processing through the p.m. (dinner). Requests, DA Form 4283 — recently changed its SRP. Retirees, Family members and Soldiers not • Warfighter (Wilderness Road Complex) hours of operation. The Work Management in the SRP process can receive legal assistance — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 Branch, located in building 305, will be open and powers of attorney at the main legal office p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Closed Saturday and for processing work orders and other in-person located at 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, next Sunday. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), support from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. to the Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Afternoon customer support is by appointment prepares powers of attorney and performs notary • 10th SFG(A) LaRochelle — Friday, 7-9 only, call 526-2900. services on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), noVeterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from dinner. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Monday- can get assistance through the Veterans Services 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 Group, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for p.m. (lunch), no dinner. walk-ins and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. Briefings Central Issue Facility regular business hours — are The VSG is located at The Retired Enlisted listed below. Call 526-3321 to make appointments. Association Chapter 1 at 834 Emory Circle in Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from Colorado Springs. For more information call — is held Feb. 21-23 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 7:30-10:30 a.m. 719-337-0086. the Family Readiness Center, building 6237, • Initial issues — Monday-Thursday fromAudie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Sergeant room 104. This training is required for all 12:30-3 p.m. Audie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday of each Soldiers asked to perform this solemn duty. Per • Partial issues — Monday-Thursday from month at the Family Connection Center from 11:30 Army Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited to 12:30-3 p.m. a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all active those in the ranks of sergeant first class to command • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- members and those interested in becoming future sergeant major, chief warrant officer 2-5 and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. SAMC members. The club was originally a U.S. captain and above. No reservations are required • Direct exchange — Monday-Thursday Forces Command organization of elite noncommis- to attend training. Classes offered on a first-come, from 12:30-3 p.m. sioned officers but is now an Armywide program first-served basis. Call Jean Graves at 526- • Partial turn ins — Monday-Thursday for individuals who have met the criteria and have 5613/5614 for more information. from 12:30-3 p.m. proven themselves to be outstanding NCOs through Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency • Full turn ins — Monday-Thursday from a board/leadership process. Contact the SAMC Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in 7:30-10:30 a.m. president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- more information. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA 5512/6477 for approval.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of processes to include turning in excess property, Education Center hours of operation — The Public Works has an incentive program to prevent reutilizing government property, web-based tools Mountain Post Training and Education Center, recyclable waste from going to the landfill. available, special handling of property and environ- building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact • Counselor Support Center — Monday- for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera@ Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and firstname.lastname@example.org for reutilization/web tools; or • Army Learning Center — Monday- every participating battalion receives money Rufus Guillory at email@example.com. Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. quarterly; the top two battalions receive an additional Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to • Defense Activity for Nontraditional bonus amount. Call 526-5898 for more information noon the second and third Wednesday of each Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — about the program. month at the Joel Hefley Community Center Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is conference room, 6800 Prussman Ave. The Medical Activity Correspondence Department responsible for a wide variety of services on Retirement Services Off ice recommends office hours — The Correspondence (Release of Fort Carson. Services range from repair and spouses accompany Soldiers to the briefing. Information) Office in the Patient Administration maintenance of facilities to equipping units with Call 526-2840 for more information. Division hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday a sweeper and cleaning motor pools. Listed Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and below are phone numbers and points of contact for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays federal holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for for services: for personnel being reassigned stateside. The more information. • Facility repair/service orders — Fort briefings are held in building 1129, Freedom Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 Carson Support Services service order desk can be Performing Arts Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The Claims Office is reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- briefings start at 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required located on the first floor of building 6222, 1633 cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, to bring Department of the Army Form 5118, Mekong Street. Shipment under Full Replacement damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. signed by their unit personnel section, and a pen Value claimants must submit Department of • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric to complete forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for Defense Form 1840R to the carrier within 75 days. Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. more information. Shipment under Defense Personal Property firstname.lastname@example.org when needing trash containers, trash Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held Program claimants must log into the Defense is overflowing or emergency service is required. the first and third Tuesday of each month at Personal Property System at http://www.move.mil • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan noon at the education center, building 1117, and report all the items online within 75 days. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ room 120. Call University of Colorado- Claims must be submitted within nine months mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. Colorado Springs Army ROTC at 262-3475 for directly with carriers to receive full replacement • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan more information. value for missing and destroyed items. All other Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the claims should be submitted to Fort Carson Claims @mail.mil. first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing Office within two years of the date of delivery or • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness date of incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims Office Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, at 526-1355 for more information. email@example.com. first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary days of their expiration term of service, but must Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ attend the briefing no later than 30 days prior BOSS meetings @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help to their ETS or start of transition leave. Call are held at 10 a.m. tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. 526-2240/8458 for details. • Base operations contracting officer the first and third Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in representative — Call Bruce Gronczniak at 526- building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday of each 9262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant month at the Foxhole. questions on snow removal, grounds maintenance from any military occupational specialty, have a For information, call and contractor response to service orders. general technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. 524-BOSS. • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army Physical
8 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 3, 2012 Gas! Gas! Gas! ‘Raiders’ clear CBRN training By Spc. Cardell Brown “Raider” Soldiers entered the gas 1st Brigade Combat Team Public chamber in groups of 20, where they were Affairs, 4th Infantry Division exposed to 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile, or CS gas, a chemical usually used as a Since redeploying from Afghanistan, riot control agent. the Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat When someone is exposed to CS gas, Team, 4th Infantry Division, have their breathing becomes constricted, and worked tirelessly to remain proficient in coughing and gasping is very common, their war-fighting skills. said Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Moreno, CBRN The Soldiers of 1st Special Troops noncommissioned officer, Headquarters Battalion, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., conducted and Headquarters Detachment, 1st STB. a two-day chemical, biological, radiological Additional strain is placed on saliva and nuclear training event at Fort Carson and mucus producers, resulting in internal Training Area Range 72, Jan. 24-25. distress that can mitigate a Soldier’s “The gas chamber is designed to give combat effectiveness, he said. Soldiers confidence in their mask,” said Each group of Soldiers passed through Capt. Anna Lebo, chemical, biological, the chamber, where CBRN specialists radiological and nuclear officer, 1st STB. directed the group to remove masks and “It prepares Soldiers to be able to don and experience the difference between the clear their mask in case of a chemical filtered air of the gas masks and the air attack, and gives them the confidence that inside the chamber. their mask will protect them and allow them After 15 seconds of breathing the gas, to remain safe in a chemical environment.” the CBRN specialists directed the Soldiers to exit the chamber. Outside the chamber, teary-eyed and Spc. Juston Session, Company A, 1st coughing, Soldiers struggled to inhale fresh Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade air after their experience inside the chamber. Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, “Despite the discomfort that I faced in exits the gas chamber disoriented and the gas chamber, I now feel confident teary-eyed at Fort Carson Training See CBRN training on Page 12 Photo by Spc. Cardell Brown Area Range 72, Jan. 24. NOW IS THE TIME TO CAPITALIZE ON YOUR CAREER. 4331 Centennial Blvd. 1813 North Circle DriveGarden of the Gods & Centennial Circle & Constitution 635-2020 632-2020 CLASSES FORMING NOW, ENROLL TODAY! 4319 Integrity Center Point 1130 Lake Plaza Drive Master of Arts in At Colorado Christian University, NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) Curriculum and Instruction you will: 634-2020 578-2020 WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM , other Master of Business Administration Tuition discounts available for Exams as young as 6 months of age Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and their spouses. Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette Ft. Carson 576-5151 Air Force Academy 472-0524 Peterson AFB 574-5252
10 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 3, 2012 ‘Rough Riders’ support by sling loading supplies By Sgt. Ruth Pagan hookup of the sling load. 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Payton said Soldiers must attend three Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division schools to become certified sling-load inspectors: Sling Load Inspector KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Certification course and Air Assault and packing process of a sling load will never Pathfinder schools. However, a Soldier be on an adrenaline junkie’s list of things does not need to be certified to help with to do, but hooking a load to a helicopter the cargo bags or cargo nets. hovering 150 feet in the air might be. “We try to get Soldiers out there,” he Soldiers with Company A, 204th explained. “They aren’t qualified to inspect Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade loads, but they can do everything else. Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, are “They can rig it, and they can hook it supporting their fellow Soldiers through up; (sling-load inspectors) are right there sling-load missions. with them to make sure everything’s safe.” “A lot of it is on the fly,” said Staff Sgt. It is important to ensure the cargo Jesse Payton, noncommissioned-officer- is secure to keep everyone safe, said in-charge of sling-load operations. “It all Pfc. Devryann Robertson, ammunition depends on the aircraft’s schedule. Some specialist, Company A, 204th BSB. are last minute, and some are planned out “I helped rig up a Humvee,” said a week in advance. It’s a rush.” Robertson. “We had to make sure that A sling load is external cargo hooked all the glass was taped up, so that if it to a helicopter in flight, and transported to breaks during the lift, it won’t fly off the receiving destination, said Payton. and hurt anyone.” Photo by Jim Barnett Deployed to Afghanistan, the support Having additional Soldiers trained to New CSM Soldiers of 204th BSB are responsible for supplying Soldiers throughout Kandahar help with sling-load operations is important to helping the sling-load inspectors deliver Col. Michael Kasales, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th province, said Payton. supplies to the Soldiers operating in Infantry Division, left, passes the sword of the noncommissioned officer “They can’t be reached by ground, remote locations, said Payton. to Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Maddi, signifying his assumption of so all their supplies have to come in by “(It gives) me great joy to know we are responsibility as the “Iron” Brigade’s senior noncommissioned officer air,” he said. actually helping those guys out there that during a ceremony in the Special Events Center Jan. 31. Maddi comes The Soldiers of Company A determine are living rough,” Lewis said. “We work to Fort Carson from Fort Polk, La., where he served with the 2nd the weight of the package and type of hand-in-hand with each other. They do Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 10th Mountain Division. aircraft flown for the mission to determine their job; I do my job. Everybody is happy, the equipment needed for staging and and the Army is successful.” Photo by Sgt. Breanne Pye 201 Army photo of the year 1 Pfc. Kevin March, armored crewman, assigned to 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, with his squad to search orchards throughout the district and build rapport Company C., 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, with the local population. This photograph, shot by Sgt. Breanne Pye, 1st BCT 4th Infantry Division, stands atop a cliff overlooking the Arghandab River Valley public affairs, 4th Inf. Div., earned U.S. Army best photo of 2011 on the U.S. Army Jan. 31, 2011. March, a native of Dodgeville, Wis., was conducting a foot patrol Facebook page.