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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 8 Feb. 24, 2012 Word of the month: CommunicateAfghanistan bound4th BCT cases colors Story and photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office times the nation has called, and four times the brigade has answered.” Mingus said he looked forward to working closely with his Afghan counterparts to find the best way The 4th BCT colors will remain cased until forward for the people of Afghanistan. Col. James Mingus and Command Sgt. Maj. Mingus and Griffin unfurl them in Afghanistan, Spc. Joseph Regan, a cavalry scout assigned toKevin Griffin, commander and senior enlisted leader assuming their mission in support of Operation Troop B, 3rd Battalion, 61st Cavalry Regiment, saidof 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Enduring Freedom. he looked forward to assisting the Afghan people incased the “Warrior” Brigade colors during a ceremony The Warrior Brigade will face many unique reaching their goals.at the Fort Carson Special Events Center, Feb. 16. challenges during its deployment in support of “I like being deployed,” Regan said. “We go Each of the brigade’s six battalions also furled their OEF, said Mingus. out there and help a country that really needs it.organizational colors, signifying the units’ departure for “Our challenge, and our real mission during this My last deployment, we trained the Iraqi Army,an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. deployment, will be to empower our Afghan partners,” and it was inspiring to see how hard they work — “Today marks the fourth time these colors have he said. “In most cases, they are absolutely ready. They how much they care about defending their countrybeen cased, and the second time prior to a deployment are tenacious, fearless, hard working and honorable and making it better.”to Afghanistan,” Mingus told the assembled Soldiers people, who want nothing more than a better futureand members of the Mountain Post community. “Four for their Families and children.” See 4th BCT on Page 4 Col. James Mingus, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin, the brigade’s senior enlisted leader, case the brigade colors Feb. 16 at the Special Events Center, signifying the unit’s departure from Fort Carson. Three-thousand 4th BCT Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan for a nine-month mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Message board INSIDE Fort Carson hosts 2012 USA Boxing National Championships Sunday-March 3 at Special Events Center. See Page 28 Pages 20-21 Page 14 Page 8
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 24, 2012 MOUNTAINEER WLC honorsCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. Robert F. McLaughlin Warrior Ethos words to live by Commentary by Spc. Daniel Hanson dawn. History is full of examples, such as the Nazi blitzkriegFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Warrior Ethos award to which much of Europe fell, where the odds seemed Dee McNutt insurmountable and defeat imminent. But in these momentsChief, Print and Web Communications: Since the dawn of time every advanced society has of darkness, dedicated Soldiers stood tall, refused to back Rick Emert featured a set of moral principles at its core, which provided down and became the living standard of the Warrior Ethos guidelines for people to live by. As a member of today’s by never surrendering, even in the face of certain doom.Editor: Devin Fisher Army, I firmly believe that the Warrior Ethos is the “I will never quit.” Adversity is a constant feature ofStaff writers: Andrea Sutherland embodiment of how every Soldier should live his life. Army life and at times even the most dedicated individual Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett The Warrior Ethos is an ever-present facet of daily will be tempted to abandon a challenging task. However,Happenings: Nel Lampe life that is instilled within all those who wish to improve being a Soldier, thus being held to higher standards thanSports writer: Walt Johnson themselves and refuse to compromise. all others, we must never succumb toLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall No matter how big or small the task or this weakness. Nothing good comes challenge that one faces may be, the Warrior easily and those who refuse to earn their Ethos undoubtedly contains a guideline with merit through blood, sweat and tears have This commercial enterprise newspaper isan authorized publication for members of the which it may be confronted and overcome. no place in the Army.Department of Defense. Contents of the “I will always place the mission first.” “I will never leave a fallen comrade.”Mountaineer are not necessarily the official Life is an endless conflict; no matter what This may be the most poignant and impor-view of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the circumstance or the demands, or lack tant line of the Warrior Ethos. Althoughthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation thereof, of the task at hand, there will be mission completion is eternally paramount,is 12,000 copies. The editorial content of the challenges and distractions involved before the mission itself cannot be accomplishedMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public it can be accomplished. As Soldiers, our without every team member working inAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, primary objective will always be completing conjunction from start to finish. WhoeverTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is the mission with all other considerations goes in will come out, regardless of whatfcmountaineer@hotmail.com. being secondary. By following the first may be encountered. As a unified Army of The Mountaineer is posted on the tenet of the Warrior Ethos, Soldiers are brothers and sisters we must always ensureInternet at http://csmng.com. given a shining beacon with which they can Spc. Daniel Hanson that we take care of one another. If someone The Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The constantly remind themselves of what is Warrior Ethos award is abandoned then we are lost as a whole.Mountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs truly important. It matters not whether you The Warrior Ethos is the bindingMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in are frying in the sun, freezing in the cold or starving principle by which every Soldier must conduct his everydayno way connected with the Department of theArmy, under exclusive written contract with while waiting for resupply, our collective mission must life; it is truly the glue that binds each individual SoldierFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. always come first and be successful. together, to form us all into an Army united by heart, mind The appearance of advertising in this “I will never accept defeat.” No matter how bleak and spirit. Without the Warrior Ethos to guide us, the U.S.publication, including inserts or supplements, the situation may seem, we, as Soldiers, must always Army would not be able to function at its current machine-does not constitute endorsement by the remember the saying that it is always darkest before the like efficiency that makes us the best Army in the world.Department 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 othernonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. Top WLC graduates Sgt. Matthew Anderson, HHBNIf a violation or rejection of this equalopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, Sgt. Lafayelle Bell-Basnight, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.the printer shall refuse to print advertising Spc. Tanner Bloomquist, 4th STBfrom that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905. Sgt. Joshua Bone, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg. All correspondence or queries regardingadvertising and subscriptions should be directed Staff Sgt. B.J. Bookwalter, 630th Trans.to Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Sgt. Jason Bridges, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg.Group, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. Spc. Bong Chi, 230th Finance The Mountaineer’s editorial content is Sgt. Ruben Christmas, 59th QMedited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort Spc. Mark Coombs, 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg.Carson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Sgt. Luke Coutras, 10th SFG(A) Releases from outside sources are soindicated. The deadline for submissions to the Sgt. Sheri Cullinan, MSEMountaineer is close of business the week Cpl. Aaron Deshawne, 1st STBbefore the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit Cpl. Keenan Durnell, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg.submissions for newspaper style, clarity andtypographical errors. Spc. Teddy Dwiggins, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg. Policies and statements reflected in the Pfc. Marco Estima, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.news and editorial columns represent viewsof the individual writers and under no Sgt. Jason Bridges Spc. Patrick Gunning, 2nd Trans.circumstances are to be considered those of Distinguished and Spc. Daniel Hanson, HHBNthe Department of the Army. Reproduction of editorial material is leadership awards Sgt. Jacob Hargrave, HHBNauthorized. Please credit accordingly. Spc. Jose Hernandez, 4th BSB Spc. Magnus Hokstad, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg. Spc. Sakeera Jackson, 4th BSB Sgt. Kelsey Koningsor, HHBN Spc. Todd Mackay, 53rd Sig. Bn. Classified advertising Spc. David Persaud, 230th Finance 329-5236 Sgt. Omar Rodriguez, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg. 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  3. 3. Feb. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3 For the troops Rob Womelsdorf, Northrop Grumman, left, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Ed Soriano, second from right, present $50,000 and USA Boxing Championship tickets to Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, and Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison commander, Feb. 17. The contribution will go to a 501(c)3 which manages donated funds that will support Soldiers and Families. Photo by Antonio FrancisQUALITY This is PPCC. your life, not the other way around. That’s why we offer night, weekend and online classes, in addition to our regular weekday options. Flexibility is one reason why PPCC is one of the nation’s top 50 schools providing higher education to military and veterans. Visit us online to learn more. ppcc.edu or call 719.502.2000 The people pictured are not actual service members
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 24, 2012Civil service form to provide snapshot of experience By Andrea Sutherland personnel believe will benefit both “By consolidating data onto a single employees can access CRB forms Mountaineer staff employees and supervisors. page, employees are able to review through Civilian Personnel Online at the “The CRB is best described by a their personnel data, ensuring the employee portal login. Employees can use Department of the Army civilians ‘snapshot’ of an employee’s personnel off icial database information is CPOL or MyBiz to update credentials,may now take advantage of a new form, data,” said Michele Magrini, workforce accurate and complete.” providing a concise reflection of eachthe Civilian Record Brief, which development specialist for Directorate Developed by IMCOM personnel, employee’s experience.Installation Management Command of Human Resources at Fort Carson. the CRB allows employees to update “The CRB can also be utilized work experience, education, training, with resume and applications for awards, professional licenses and IMCOM Mentoring programs, certif ications and other related IMCOM Developmental Programs, “The (Civilian Record Brief) enables experience. Magrini added that CRB forms and other discriminators for HQ level programs participation,” Magrini said. civilian employees to include employment will aid employees in future jobs. “The CRB enables civilian IMCOM personnel and civilian employees at Fort Sill, Okla., tested data not included in official records ... employees to include employment data not included in official records, such as the CRB system in April. According to an information paper, 42 percent of non-Army positions or developmental 732 IMCOM civilians accessed the which may be of value to future employers.” assignments, which may be of value to pilot CRB. Of those employees, — Michele Magrini future employers,” she said. nearly 30 percent requested assistance According to IMCOM officials, in updating credentials.4th BCTfrom Page 1 and studied the terrain and people of Afghanistan in the classroom, said first-time deployer Spc. Laura Taylor, transportation Weapons, VIN As the Warrior Brigade prepared for itsupcoming deployment, veteran Soldiersconstantly impressed upon new troops the specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 704th Brigade Support Battalion. “We are very ready to go,” said Taylor. “I locations changeimportance of constant vigilance, said Regan. am excited about the Soldiers I am deploying “Situational awareness is really impor- with. They work hard, they are dedicated to The location to registertant,” he said. “We have to know what is their jobs and they look out for each other.” personal weapons and to havegoing on around us at all times; we all want Approximately 3,000 4th BCT Soldiers vehicle identification numbersto come home safe.” will depart Fort Carson during the next To develop this discipline, the Warrior several weeks for Afghanistan. The brigade verified will soon change.Brigade Soldiers honed their combat skills at will serve in an advise and assist capacity Beginning Thursday, the Fortthe range, built team cohesion during field during its nine-month deployment, training Carson Provost Marshal Officeexercises at the Fort Carson Training Area, and developing Afghan security forces. will begin registering personal weapons at the PMO, building 2700. This process is currently Correction being conducted at the vehicle registration office near Gate 1. The 46th Engineer Detachment was incorrectly identified VIN verifications will move to in the Feb. 17 article “Engineers, Airmen join forces.” The 46 Eng. is part of Headquarters and the VRO near Gate 1 effective Headquarters Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion. Thursday. Currently this service The Mountaineer staff regrets the error. is provided at the PMO building.
  5. 5. Feb. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Film features past ‘Ivy’ Div. Soldier By Andrea Sutherland adrenaline and adventure as well as International Film Festival in Boulder detonated as Baskis’ vehicle drove Mountaineer staff heart-wrenching emotion as Soldiers, Saturday, earning the “People’s Choice over the bomb. The blast blew the Marines, a Navy master-at-arms and a Award” and “Best Call 2 Action Film.” 300-pound door, sending shrapnel As Steve Baskis made the final Gold Star Mother share their stories. In the film, Baskis described the through the cabin.steps to the 20,162-foot summit of “This movie was an intensely day “the lights went out.” “It ripped through my buddy,Mount Lobuche, audience members emotional experience,” Brown said. “To “It just felt like something bad Victor,” he said. “That metal hit me inerupted in cheers and applause, some see it on the big screen was awesome. was going to happen,” he said in the small fragments, super-heated shrapnel.”wiping away tears. (The audience reaction) was unbelievable. film. “It was a beautiful day — blue sky, One piece of shrapnel struck On the screen, Baskis caught his I was stunned.” tan desert. That’s when everybody’s Baskis in the temple while other piecesbreath as the camera panned around the “High Ground” premiered to a life changed.” embedded in his skin.Himalayas revealing the breathtaking sold-out audience at the Boulder An improvised explosive device On screen, Baskis revealed the burnssights he will never see. on his arms and legs, highlighting “Being blind, I rely on hearing a large burn on his neck, whichto experience things,” he said. he calls the “kiss of death.”“I was listening to the audience. “I’m okay with sharing,” heTo hear the cheering and the said in a phone interview. “I thinkclapping, it was amazing to hear it helps. I was more nervous sittingthat reaction.” in the theater hearing the audience In 2008, Baskis was a specialist reaction. I was amazed at howwith the now deactivated 3rd powerful it was.”Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, Before his injury, Baskis said4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th he had hiked and mountaineered.Infantry Division. At 22, his life His first climb as a blind individualchanged dramatically when a came Nov. 11, 2009, when heroadside bomb detonated under summited Iztaccíhuatl, a 17,802-his vehicle, burning and blinding foot dormant volcano in Mexico.him and killing his friend and Baskis made the climb withfellow Soldier. Erik Weihenmayer, the first Baskis left the Army and in blind individual to summit2010, he joined 10 Iraq and Mount Everest. The two reunitedAfghanistan war veterans partici- for the Lobuche climb.pating in the first Soldiers to Since the Nepal expedition,Summits program, which led Photo by Rex Pemberton Baskis has summited Mountdisabled veterans into the back- Steve Baskis overcomes extreme physical challenges to reach the summit of Mount Lobuche. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania andcountry for “wilderness therapy.” Baskis, an Iraq War veteran who served with the 4th Infantry Division, was blinded in 2008 after plans to chase peaks in Ecuador Filmmaker Michael Brown an improvised explosive device detonated. Baskis joined 10 other wounded veterans for the climb, and Russia.documented the journey, producing which was documented by filmmaker Michael Brown. Brown’s movie, “High Ground,” debuted at “I’m just trying to stay busy,”a feature-length film that reveals the Boulder International Film Festival Saturday to a sold-out audience. he said. Only one kind of auto insurance is earned once, but may be handed down from generation to generation. At USAA, our commitment to serve the financial needs of military members, veterans who have honorably served and their eligible family members is without equal. It’s why we save members $450 a year on average1 when they switch to USAA Auto Insurance. Begin your legacy. 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  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 24, 2012 ‘Regulars’ hone infantry skills Story and photo by Meeks said. “They work on their movements, Pfc. Nathan Thome help each other and critique their battle drills 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs until they get it right.” Office, 4th Infantry Division This training improved the way Soldiers operate in a combat environment, said A team of four Soldiers walked through a infantry team leader Spc. Isaiah Beckham. muddy, wooded area, using the lush foliage Soldiers learned how to use their senses as concealment for its movements. Reaching an and adapt to new situations. open field, the Soldiers lowered into the prone “This training showed how well teams position, hurtling in three-to-five second rushes, could react and break contact with an enemy,” using two-man intervals to engage the enemy. said Beckham. Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, Conducting three phases of training, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat “Regular” Soldiers performed a blank and Team, 4th Infantry Division, used the wooded dry-fire exercise, a live-fire exercise and squad training area of Fort Carson Range 155 to movement exercises, honing their collective conduct live-fire exercises and battle drills skills in basic infantry tasks. Feb. 13-16. This exercise served as a good refresher “The main point of this exercise is to for the Soldiers who haven’t been to the build teamwork and confidence within the field in a while, said Meeks. The teams Soldiers’ teams,” said Company A 1st Sgt. practice battle drills until the movements Chris Simmons. “Teamwork is the basis of become second nature. everything we do, so we conduct battle drills Returning to the field, Soldiers developed to instill the Soldiers with confidence in their skills they learned in basic training, as battle tactics.” well as new skills they learned in their unit, Each team member participating in the said Simmons. exercise relied on his individual skills and his Crawling through the mud and sand comrades to successfully navigate the lane. during field exercises is exactly the kind of “A live-fire exercise is important because realistic training Soldiers need, said Meeks. Soldiers have to learn to work in cohesion and It’s the hard work of being in the field, sweating communicate with each other,” said Sgt. John from a hard day’s work, which makes their Meeks, Company A team leader. experiences worthwhile. Working together as a unit, the infantrymen “The Soldiers love being out in the field;Pfc. Jason Chapman, infantryman, Company A, 1st Battalion, 22nd covered each other’s movements, while keeping it’s what they signed up to do,” said Simmons.Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, an eye on their surroundings. “Every Soldier that signs up to be infantry,uses foliage at Fort Carson Range 155 to stay hidden from enemy sight “While conducting these exercises, the did it for the field training — to get in theFeb. 3 during a company level live-fire training exercise. Soldiers learn the ins-and-outs of each other,” mud and train as hard as they can.” AN UNPRECEDENTED MOTION PICTURE Military life is STARRING ACTIVE DUTY NAVY SEALS stressful enough. Going to the dentist doesn’t need to be. At Debbie Roubal DDS, PC we’ve lived the stressful lifestyle you’re living. Dr. Debbie Roubal General Dentist and Military Spouse Debbie Roubal DDS PC, where the military community always has a friend. Call (719) 636-1933 for a stress free dental appointment, REAL WEAPONS. or visit us online at www.springsteeth.com REAL TACTICS. INVITING YOU INTO THE ALL NEW... REAL HEROES. Certified used Hondas and other Certified used vehicles Your MPG HQ We 785-5060 h Matc USAA South Academy at Fountain g Pricin www.FrontRangeHonda.com Price Protection Guarantee good on same model within 14 days of purchase... see store for details.
  7. 7. Feb. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous 524-0786 or email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mil to U.S. citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army request latrines, for service or to report damaged Physical Fitness Test, and pass a Special ForcesThe Central Issue Facility — will be closed for or overturned latrines. physical. Call 524-1461 or visit the website at renovations Friday. Emergencies will be handled on The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. an individual basis. The CIF will reopen Monday is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at with regular business hours. Call Catherine building 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Hours of Operation Martinez at 524-1888 for more information. Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hourFirst Sergeants’ Barracks Program — moved to phone number for after hours, holidays and DFAC hours — Fort Carson dining facilities operate building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours weekends is 719-358-3275. Questions can also under the following hours: of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- be submitted by email to FtCarsonTDS@gmail. • Wolf — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 Friday. The FSBP Office assists Soldiers with com. Know your rights. a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Monday- room assignments and terminations. For more Legal services — provided at the Soldier Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 information call 526-9735. Readiness Processing site are for Soldiers p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner).Work Management Branch — The DPW Work undergoing the SRP process. The SRP Legal • Stack — Friday-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 hours of operation. The Work Management in the SRP process can receive legal assistance Complex) — Closed Friday. Monday-Thursday, Branch, located in building 305, will be open for and powers of attorney at the main legal office 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. processing work orders and other in-person located at 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, next (lunch), no dinner. support from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. to the Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance • 10th SFG(A) LaRochelle — Friday, 7-9 Afternoon customer support is by appointment prepares powers of attorney and performs notary a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no only, call 526-2900. services on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. dinner. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast),Veterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). can get assistance through the Veterans Services 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from 7:30- Group, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for 10:30 a.m. walk-ins and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. Briefings • Initial issues — Monday-Thursday from The VSG is located at The Retired Enlisted 12:30-3 p.m. Association Chapter 1 at 834 Emory Circle in Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training • Partial issues — Monday-Thursday from Colorado Springs. For more information call — is held March 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 12:30-3 p.m. 719-337-0086. in the Family Readiness Center, building 6237, • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday-Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson room 104. This training is required for all Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Soldiers asked to perform this solemn duty. Per • Direct exchange — Monday-Thursday Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection Army Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited to from 12:30-3 p.m. Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC those in the ranks of sergeant first class to command • Partial turn ins — Monday-Thursday is open to all active members and those interested sergeant major, chief warrant officer 2-5 and from 12:30-3 p.m. in becoming future SAMC members. The club was captain and above. No reservations are required • Full turn ins — Monday-Thursday from originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of to attend training. Classes offered on a first-come, 7:30-10:30 a.m. elite noncommissioned officers but is now an first-served basis. Call Jean Graves at 526- • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- Armywide program for individuals who have met 5613/5614 for more information. 5512/6477 for approval. the criteria and have proven themselves to be Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Education Center hours of operation — The outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located Mountain Post Training and Education Center, process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. in building 381, conducts orientations Fridays building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss • Counselor Support Center — Monday-Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of DLA processes to include turning in excess Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 Public Works has an incentive program to prevent property, reutilizing government property, a.m. to 4:30 p.m. recyclable waste from going to the landfill. web-based tools available, special handling of • Army Learning Center — Monday- Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards property and environmental needs. To schedule Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort an orientation, contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points are arnaldo.borrerorivera@dla.mil for receiving/ Education Support and Army Personnel assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods turned turn in; Mike Welsh at mike.welsh@dla.mil for Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and in and every participating battalion receives money reutilization/web tools; or Rufus Guillory at 12:30-4:30 p.m. quarterly; the top two battalions receive an additional rufus.guillory@dla.mil. Medical Activity Correspondence Department bonus amount. Call 526-5898 for more information Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to office hours — The Correspondence (Release of about the program. noon the second and third Wednesday of each Information) Office in the Patient AdministrationDirectorate of Public Works services — DPW is month at the Joel Hefley Community Center Division hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort conference room, 6800 Prussman Ave. The 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance Retirement Services Off ice recommends federal holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and spouses accompany Soldiers to the briefing. more information. cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone Call 526-2840 for more information. Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 numbers and points of contact for services: Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The Claims Office is • Facility repair/service orders — Fort for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays located on the first floor of building 6222, 1633 Carson Support Services service order desk can for personnel being reassigned stateside. The Mekong Street. Shipment under Full Replacement be reached at 526-5345. Use this number for briefings are held in building 1129, Freedom Value claimants must submit Department of emergencies or routine tasks and for reporting Performing Arts Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and Defense Form 1840R to the carrier within 75 days. wind damage, damaged traffic signs or other briefings start at 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required Shipment under Defense Personal Property facility damage. to bring Department of the Army Form 5118, Program claimants must log into the Defense • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric signed by their unit personnel section, and a pen Personal Property System at http://www.move.mil Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. to complete forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for and report all the items online within 75 days. civ@mail.mil when needing trash containers, trash more information. Claims must be submitted within nine months is overflowing or emergency service is required. Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held directly with carriers to receive full replacement • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan the first and third Tuesday of each month at value for missing and destroyed items. All other Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ noon at the education center, building 1117, claims should be submitted to Fort Carson Claims mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. room 120. Call University of Colorado- Office within two years of the date of delivery or • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Colorado Springs Army ROTC at 262-3475 for date of incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims Office Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ more information. at 526-1355 for more information. @mail.mil. ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness BOSS dennis.j.frost.civ@mail.mil. Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 meetings are Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ days of their expiration term of service, but must held at 10 a.m. @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help attend the briefing no later than 30 days prior the first and third tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. to their ETS or start of transition leave. Call Wednesday of • Base operations contracting officer 526-2240/8458 for details. each month at representative — Call Bruce Gronczniak at 526-9262 Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in the Foxhole. For or email bruce.e.gronczniak.civ@mail.mil for building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. questions on snow removal, grounds maintenance Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant information, and contractor response to service orders. from any military occupational specialty, have call 524-BOSS. • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at a general technical score of at least 107, be a
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 24, 2012 Park ranger Paul Zaenger tells Soldiers and Airmen from the FrontSoldiers, Airmen Range community about the history of Black Canyon during a joint single Soldiers and Airmen camping trip to the Gunnison National Park Feb. 19.enjoy outdoors Story and photos by share a bond dating back to 1872, when the Pfc. Andrew Ingram cavalry guarded and tended Yellowstone,4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office the world’s first national park, said Wolin. “We wanted to make sure that these Twenty Soldiers and Airmen wrapped Soldiers are enjoying their public lands,” he said.in thick layers and wool hats looked “We want to make sure that they realize thesedisbelievingly at their campsite. places are part of what they are defending.” “This is where we are staying?” asked Army After a few minutes of horseplay, thePfc. KeAndra Wright, with a note of shock in military men and women cleared pathsher voice. “I can’t even see the ground.” through the snow and set up tents to guard Snow, at least 2-feet deep, covered the against the winter wind that would whipground and the picnic table. After a few more through their camp later that night.stunned moments, one Soldier gave a war Once the camp was complete, the rangerscry and dove into the snow, quickly followed and wilderness guides led the troops to aby many of the campers. trail, where the Soldiers and Airmen spent The Colorado National Parks Services the remainder of the daylight hours learningand Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides cross-country skiing.sponsored the camping trip to Black Canyon While skiing proved a difficult challengein the Gunnison National Park with the for many of the campers, the experienceBetter Opportunities for Single Soldiers and pushed them to find enjoyment in thingsSingle Airmen Initiative. they probably would not have expected, said The guides and rangers held the event to Wright, a financial management techniciangive back to servicemembers and encourage assigned to Company A, 230th FinanceColorado’s military community to become Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade.more involved in the outdoor activities “I’m from Texas, so I had never seenoffered in the Centennial State, said Jeff snow before coming to Colorado,” WrightWolin, park ranger. said. “It’s cold, but since I’m in Colorado, I “The national parks service cares for 397 figured I should probably try a new experienceof America’s most special places,” Wolin and see if I like it.”said. “These are places that belong to all Darkness fell before the servicemembersAmericans. When these Soldiers and Airmen completed the cross country course, andare out defending our nation, they are headlamps illuminated the snow as the groupdefending democracy; they are defending slid back to its starting line and removed skis. Staff Sgt. Luis Rosa, Company B, 1st Special Troops Battalion 1st Brigadefreedom and they are defending our ideals. Back at camp, the Soldiers and Airmen Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, leads the way through the countrysideNational parks embody those ideals.” See Camping on Page 12 with snowshoes during a single Soldiers and Airmen camping trip to The military and national parks service Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Feb. 19.
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  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 24, 2012From around the world‘Raider’ Soldier fulfills dream to save lives Story and photo by Pfc. Nathan Thome 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Capt. Paul Office, 4th Infantry Division Auchincloss, left, physician Certain individuals provide medical treatment to assistant,the sick and injured on a daily basis. These heroes use reviews atheir special skills to save people’s lives. This was the patient’s filedream of one little boy growing up in Rhodesia, with Pfc. ErikZimbabwe and South Africa, who eventually made Hughes, medic,his way to “Raider” Brigade to take care of Soldiers. both assigned Capt. Paul Auchincloss, physician assistant, to Headquartersassigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Headquarters1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Company, 1stCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, grew up knowing Battalion, 22ndhis dream was to become a health care provider. Infantry Auchincloss said he moved around a lot growing Regiment, 1stup, eventually settling in Pietermaritzburg, South Brigade CombatAfrica, where he graduated high school in 1992. Team, 4thAfter graduating and not being eligible for medical Infantry Division,school, he decided to pursue a career in aviation, while Feb. 3, at thecontinuing to seek medical training. A combination Wounded Warriorof scholastic achievements and changing ethnic climate Medical Clinic onposed a considerable challenge. Fort Carson. As a result, Auchincloss said he went into aviationschooling, where he graduated at the top of his thanks to the persistent nudging and prodding University and later transferred to the University ofclass, becoming one of Zimbabwe’s youngest provided by his wife, who also had many similar Virginia School of Nursing.commercial pilots at the age of 19, and being goals and aspirations. Just prior to degree completion, he was picked upnamed pilot of the year and instructor pilot of the “I began to take Emergency Medical Technician by the Army’s Interservice Physician Assistantyear by the Mashonaland Flying Club in Zimbabwe and Shock Trauma Technician classes when I lived in Program, through which he was commissioned a U.S.in 1993 and 1994 respectively. Harrisonburg, Va., 14 days after entering the United Army officer and became a physician assistant. Auchincloss said he flew hunters and tourists in States — thanks to the hard work and preparation of “The Noncommissioned Officer Corps is theand out of neighboring countries until he moved to my devoted spouse,” said Auchincloss. “I also ‘Backbone of the Army,’” said Auchincloss. “I believethe United States in 1995. specialized in Heavy Vehicle Extrication, Vertical that it is this insight and experience that makes me a While living in America, Auchincloss decided Rope Rescue and Cave Rescue.” better leader and officer as it provides a differentto once again pursue his dream of becoming a doctor, The devoted medic received a commendation for perspective, which is useful in the medical community.” lifesaving excellence and was named rookie EMT of “I watched many of Auchincloss’ lectures to the year in 1996 by the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad. groups of medics and corpsmen; his mastery in the “... watching him with In 1997, Auchincloss enlisted in the Army, with subject of medicine, and ability to communicate it in an the goal of earning money for college and supporting entertaining style, reflected his passion of the subject,” patients showed how his Family. said Lt. Cmdr. Ralph Leonard, staff physician, assigned Auchincloss said he enlisted as a field artilleryman to U.S. Navy Hospital at Camp Lejeune, N.C. “But much he truly cared and climbed through the ranks to sergeant first class, actually watching him with patients showed how after a brief change in military occupational skill to much he truly cared about Soldiers.” about Soldiers. that of intelligence analyst. From there, he continued During Raider Brigade’s 2010 deployment to — Lt. Cmdr. Ralph Leonard his education in medical studies in 2005, where he See Auchincloss on Page 12 enrolled into college at the Virginia Commonwealth When it comes to Public Record Discover Virtual Reality Therapy Information, Not actual soldiers. Screen shot of Virtual Therapy Program. Our virtual reality therapy uses sights, sounds and smells, enabling Rely on the patients to sucessfully manage problematic situations in a safe Experts secure environment. 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