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2    MOUNTAINEER — May 4, 2012          MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:                                   ICE comments     ...
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4       MOUNTAINEER — May 4, 2012Top enlisted leader addresses Soldiers              Story and photo by                   ...
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May 4, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER                7‘Blackjack’ Academy strengthens junior NCOsStory and photo by Staff Sgt. Shaun D...
8        MOUNTAINEER — May 4, 2012SFAT 38 constructs Soldiers hang up beretsoperations center      By 2nd Lt. Adam Mancini...
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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 18 May 4, 2012 Word of the month: SacrificeArmy,communityleaders signcovenantStory and photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Army and community leadersreaffirmed the relationship between theFort Carson and Front Range commu-nities during the signing of the ArmyCommunity Covenant at the ColoradoSprings City Hall Wednesday. During the ceremony, Secretary ofthe Army John McHugh highlightedthe long-standing relationship oftrust and mutual support that alreadyexists between Fort Carson and thesurrounding communities. “Really, this is a reaffirmation ofa partnership and friendship that hasbeen going on for many years,” Secretary of the Army John McHugh signs the Army Community Covenant, representing the relationship between the Soldiers ofMcHugh said. “In 1942, the taxpayers Fort Carson and the people of Colorado Springs during a ceremony at the Colorado Springs City Hall Wednesday.of this great community decided toget together and pool their recourses, buy some said. “That is what makes the partnership with Fort McLaughlin signed the document on behalf of theland and give it to the Army. That place is now Carson particularly special.” Soldiers and Families of Fort Carson.known as Fort Carson. McHugh, joined by Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Mayor of Colorado Springs Steve Bach, Civilian “There has been a partnership for every one of 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson commanding See Covenant on Page 6those 70 years that has thrived and prospered,” he general, and Garrison Commander Col. Robert F.Vice chief of staff visits post By Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell specific to the post. “My goal was to see how the Family members,” Austin said. 4th Infantry Division Austin, the 33rd vice chief of staff Department of the Army might help The VCSA began a fast-paced tour Public Affairs Office of the Army, toured the “Home of the to further the great efforts already across the post, meeting with Col. 4th Infantry Division” before attending under way here at Fort Carson, and at John McGrath, commander, Medical Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III visited Fort the opening ceremony of the 2012 other installations Armywide, in order to Department Activity, and hospital staff atCarson Monday to engage commanders, Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic ensure we are doing all that we possiblySoldiers and leaders, and discuss topics See VCSA on Page 4 Training Center in Colorado Springs. can to best support our Soldiers and Message board INSIDE The Fort Carson Commissary closes at 6 p.m. Sunday. No commissary services will be available at Fort Carson Monday and Tuesday as the store staff prepares for the grand opening of the new commissary Wednesday at 10 a.m. See Page 3 for more. Page 11 Page 13 Pages 22-23
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — May 4, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General: ICE comments Mayor welcomes Maj. Gen. Joseph AndersonGarrison Commander: Col. Robert F. McLaughlinFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: laud tax center Commentary by Jean Chambers From January-April, the tax center received home Dee McNutt Plans, Analysis and Integration Office 1,440 comments, an unprecedented amountChief, Print and Web Communications: Rick Emert The Fort Carson Tax Center recently closed out another highly successful for the installation in a four-month period, with a 99-percent satisfaction rate. Bidwill attributes the high rate of SoldiersEditor: Devin Fisher season serving the Fort Carson community, customer satisfaction to his top-notch staff By Steve BachStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland and the Interactive Customer Evaluation of assigned garrison Soldiers ranging Mayor, City ofHappenings: Nel Lampe can prove its customers’ satisfaction. from scouts to infantrymen to engineers. Colorado SpringsSports writer: Walt Johnson Returning a total of $9,156,822 in “Taxes are scary (for taxpayers). federal taxes and nearly $1 million in state Although we can’t control how much Dear members ofLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall taxes to the active-duty servicemembers, money customers will get back, we can “Warhorse” Brigade: retirees and Family members make them feel comfortable Welcome home. This commercial enterprise newspaper is it served, taxpayers are by helping them understand This letter serves toan authorized publication for members of the decidedly satisfied with the why returns were the way thank you all for yourDepartment of Defense. Contents of the service to this country.Mountaineer are not necessarily the official services they received at they were,” Bidwill said. “Noview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the tax center this year. matter how bad the return Your commitment tothe Department of the Army. Printed circulation According to tax center is, my Soldiers help them duty is very muchis 12,000 copies. lead, Capt. Connor Bidwill, understand what’s going on.” appreciated and you The editorial content of the the tax team was able to Given this customer- should be commendedMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public for all that youAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, save taxpayers $672,647 focused attitude, it is easy toTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is in tax preparation services see why so many customers have done.fcmountaineer@hotmail.com. by offering service at no provided positive feedback Colorado Springs The Mountaineer is posted on the charge to its customers, Scanning this quick response to the program. has a long-standingInternet at http://csmng.com. compared to commercial code with a smartphone The tax center will be friendship with the The Mountaineer is an unofficial military and thispublication authorized by AR 360-1. The tax preparation services. connects Fort Carson cus- staffed through the summerMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs That’s a lot of dollars. tomers to the Interactive and into the next tax season, community ralliesMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in Spending between 20 Custer Evaluation website. preparing amendments and around the men andno way connected with the Department of the minutes to more than an hour past returns. The location will women in uniform.Army, under exclusive written contract with with each customer between January be the same — Barkeley Avenue, building This city is proud ofFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. the accomplishments The appearance of advertising in this and mid-April, the tax center staff of 16 1358 — and additional signage is beingpublication, including inserts or supplements, Soldiers and two civilian employees created to help customers find the location. of the 2nd Brigadedoes not constitute endorsement by the processed 3,193 federal returns and 2,568 For more information or to make a Combat Team, (4thDepartment of the Army or Colorado Springs state returns this season as of April 17. tax preparation appointment, call Infantry Division).Military Newspaper Group, of the products or This is an average of 250 returns per week. 526-0322. To leave comments for the Welcome homeservices advertised. The printer reserves the to you all.right to reject advertisements. Based on ICE comments, the volume of tax center, or any other service offered Everything advertised in this publication satisfied customers was phenomenally high. on Fort Carson, visit http://ice.dis.mil.shall 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.If a violation or rejection of this equalopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed,the printer shall refuse to print advertisingfrom that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regardingadvertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military NewspaperGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Releases from outside sources are so I am an American Soldier.indicated. The deadline for submissions to theMountaineer is close of business the week I am a warrior and a member of a team.before the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.submissions for newspaper style, clarity andtypographical errors. I will always place the mission first. Policies and statements reflected in thenews and editorial columns represent views I will never accept defeat.of the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those of I will never quit.the Department of the Army. Reproduction of editorial material isauthorized. Please credit accordingly. I will never leave a fallen comrade. 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  3. 3. May 4, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Commissary opens Wednesday By Nancy O’Nell grocery departments; an interna- customer traffic.Defense Commissary Agency West Public Affairs Officer tional delicatessen and bakery; sushi to go and rotisserie chicken. “Every department is larger,” said store director Rhonda Quick facts Sustainability and energy- Smith. “With eight more registers • 122,964-square-foot facility Making good on a promise to saving features are priorities for and wider aisles, this store • 58,571-square-feet of sales area • 28 checkout counters (20 regular and 8 self-checkout)deliver a 21st century commissary DeCA, and the store meets helps us provide the high-quality • 21,000 items stockedbenefit to its customers, the Leadership in Energy and service our customers deserve • $60 million projected annual salesDefense Commissary Agency will Environmental Design standards and have earned.” • Energy-saving design featuresopen its newest full-service grocery for silver certification. An Energy Many events are planned to This project used sustainable and energy-saving designstore at Fort Carson Wednesday. Star-rated roofing system, Energy make the opening fun and provide features and meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental The community is invited to Star-rated equipment, natural opportunities for customers to win Design standards for silver certification. Sustainable andattend the 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting lighting in sales areas, LED prizes and save money. Grand energy design features include:ceremony. Doors to the $18.7 lighting on refrigerated-glass- opening promotional prices will 5 Low-maintenance, polished concrete floor in sales areamillion modern facility will door cases and walk-in freezers, begin Wednesday and run through 5 Natural lighting in sales area with automatic lightingopen immediately following. water-saving plumbing fixtures, Memorial Day. Products will be dimmer controls The new store is nearly 50- non-ozone-depleting refrigerants on promotional prices at varying 5 Energy Star-rated roofing system and equipmentpercent larger than the one it’s and native plants used in land- times throughout the period. 5 High-efficiency heating, ventilation and airreplacing, and it has something scaping are some of the many green Commissary vendors will conditioning systemsinside for every type of commis- technologies and features that award commissary gift cards and 5 Enhanced freezer and cooler insulationsary shopper, according to DeCA were designed into the project. other prizes daily through 5 Non-ozone-depleting refrigerantsDirector and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. About 115,000 authorized Memorial Day, with a grand prize, 5 Water-saving plumbing fixtures with automatic flush sensors “In the design phase, we shoppers live within the Fort an automobile, to be awarded on 5 Waterless urinals 5 Automatic exterior lighting controlsconsidered the unique needs of Carson Commissary commuting Memorial Day. 5 Interior motion-sensor lighting controlssingles, Families and retirees area, and the Fort Carson Plans Smith recommends customers 5 Energy-efficient interior lighting fixturesfrom all walks of military life,” Analysis and Integration Office shop often to take advantage of the 5 LED lighting on refrigerated glass door cases andJeu said. “Our customers are predicts the area’s military great prices and vendor giveaways. walk-in freezertelling us they want a variety of population will increase by 6,700 The old Fort Carson 5 Energy-conserving night curtains on open display caseschoices when they shop. This store in the next three years, when Fort Commissary will close at 6 p.m., 5 Refrigeration monitoring and control system fordelivers on that requirement and Carson becomes home to a new Sunday. No commissary services refrigeration, HVAC, lighting and utility meterswill make every shopping trip a combat aviation brigade. will be available at Fort Carson 5 Native plants in landscaping to reduce the need for irrigationpleasant experience.” 5 Adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings made with The bigger commissary, Monday and Tuesday as the compliant low-volatile organic compounds to improve The new commissary features with 28 checkout registers, was commissary staff prepares for overall indoor air qualityextensive produce, meat and built to handle the additional the grand opening. 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 B 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 illustr tion. Some quantities limited; subject to prior sale. *Cash, credit card, or debit card on these items. s employment required illustration. ra d
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — May 4, 2012Top enlisted leader addresses Soldiers Story and photo by the 14th sergeant major of the Army, Chandler “Our job is to be scouts for the secretary of the Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell addressed topics ranging from Army forces drawdownArmy and the chief of staff of the Army,” Chandler 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office to regulation changes and the Sexual Harassment/ said. “The past two years, we have been looking at Assault Response and Prevention program. ourselves … and asking ourselves what we need to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III In his opening remarks, Chandler informed the make changes on in how we train, in our leaderspoke to Fort Carson Soldiers and Family members at crowd that the questions the audience posed would development programs, the Army uniform and ourMcMahon Auditorium Wednesday, as part of a three- go to the Army secretary and chief of staff to help commitment to the American people.”day visit to the “Home of the 4th Infantry Division.” them make informed decisions on future changes Chandler told Soldiers what to expect upon In his first visit to Fort Carson since becoming for the Army. their next re-enlistments, and how the drawdown would affect their career paths. Soldiers of character, commitment and com- petence will succeed in today’s Army, he said. “We are not a zero-defect Army … but when you compromise the Army Values, you are really digging yourself into a place you do not want to be,” Chandler said. “Can you recover? Yes, but if you continue to display a pattern of misconduct or unsatisfactory performance, you are at risk.” Chandler then opened the forum for a question-and-answer session, where attendees asked questions on topics such as the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Education System, Physical Readiness Training, Army Combat Uniform changes, Army SHARP program and changes to Army regulations and policies. “Soldiers of Fort Carson need to see the senior enlisted leader of the Army take time out of his busy schedule to come here and talk to Soldiers,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Tramell Finch, outgoing maintenance sergeant major, logistics, 4th Inf. Div. The meeting concluded with the sergeant major of the Army handing out his personal coin to 31 Fort Carson Soldiers nominated by their units for exceptional performance. “I am going to take the knowledge I gained today back to my unit and share itSgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III addresses Soldiers, civilians and Family members during a town hall with my Soldiers and peers,” said Spc. Jacobmeeting at McMahon Auditorium Wednesday. Chandler discussed topics ranging from Army uniform changes to the Tyler, cavalry scout, 4th Squadron, 10thdrawdown of forces and answered questions from the audience. The visit marked Chandler’s first visit to Fort Carson Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combatsince being appointed the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army. Team, 4th Inf. Div.VCSA disposition, Fort Carson priorities and mission-related programs. Austin received a guided tour of the Ironhorse Fitness Center and Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program.from Page 1 Following the meeting, Austin Resiliency Campus led by Steave “I would like to say thanks to all of visited Soldiers at an arms room at 1st Barness, chief, Recreation Division, you for what you are doing,” said Austin.Evans Army Community Hospital for a Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Directorate of Family and Morale, “If you are a SHARP representative … around-table breakfast at the newly- Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., Welfare and Recreation. person that is leading in the formations,renovated EACH dining facility. where he held a sensing session with “A great garrison team came together or just supporting the program, let me Austin then traveled to the 4th a unit armorer. to provide this $40 million facility to thank you for what you are doing.”Inf. Div. Headquarters building where “It was great to be at Fort Carson the Soldiers and Families of Fort Austin handed out VCSA coins tohe spoke one-on-one with Maj. Gen. today and to spend some time with our Carson to enjoy,” Barness told Austin Soldiers who attended the luncheonJoseph Anderson, commanding leaders and Soldiers,” said Austin. “I during the walking tour of the campus. before moving on to the divisiongeneral, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson. was very impressed by the facilities Fort Carson Soldiers then welcomed headquarters where Fort Carson Anderson and his staff updated the I visited, including the resiliency and Austin to the Wolf Dining Facility to commanders assembled in the commandVCSA on the post mission, troop behavioral health centers.” eat lunch and discuss the Army Sexual conference room to discuss topics ranging from behavioral health to the Army Education System. “It was great to be “The overall impression from the junior enlisted Soldiers that attended at Fort Carson the discussion is that the senior leadership cares and is genuinely con- today and to cerned about the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said Sgt. 1st Class Vanessa Kennedy, equal spend some time opportunity leader/SHARP adviser, Headquarters and Headquarters with our leaders Battalion, 4th Inf. Div. After spending time with leaders and Soldiers.” and Soldiers at Fort Carson, Austin — Army Vice Chief of Staff participated in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Warrior Games. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III The Warrior Games showcases 200 wounded warriors from the Army, Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, center, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast commanding general, 4th Infantry Guard and U.S. Special Operations Division and Fort Carson, discusses the Command competing in seven post mission, troop disposition, priorities Olympic-style events. and mission-related programs with Vice “These Soldiers demonstrate extra- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. ordinary courage and determination,” Austin III, left, during his visit Monday. said Austin. “They represent the Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell and we’re really proud of them.”
  5. 5. May 4, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Town hall opens window of communication Story and photo by on the community. Samantha B. Koss “It’s really an honor to be able to Special to the Mountaineer work with all of our military instal- lations here,” Clark said. “We appre- Fort Carson leadership and ciate (Fort Carson’s) partnership …the Pikes Peak Area Council of we appreciate the open dialogue andGovernments held a partnership coordination that we have.”town hall April 26 to provide the Clark also serves as chair ofcommunity an opportunity to the PPACG, which helps maintaincommunicate openly with military military-community partnershipleaders. and ensures ongoing regional The group discussed issues coordination and collaboration toaffecting the local area and ideas meet the needs of Fort Carson.of how the Colorado Springs Fort Carson has partnered withcommunity and Fort Carson can PPACG for the last several years,work together to support Soldiers providing the community withand Families while meeting the updates on installation activities,community’s needs. particularly the impacts of growth “We appreciate all of your and ongoing deployments.support,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph About 2,700 Soldiers andAnderson, commanding general, 4,000 Family members will arrive4th Infantry Division and Fort to Fort Carson next spring with theCarson. “Our goal is to be tied addition of a combat aviationto this community.” brigade. Growth such as this and Anderson provided information Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, provided deployments affect the housingto the Colorado Springs community information to the Colorado Springs community on Fort Carson activities, including growth, industry, schools and other serviceson Fort Carson activities, including deployments and the community’s response to the post’s needs April 26 during the partnership in the community, she said.growth, deployments and the com- town hall meeting at Centennial Hall in downtown Colorado Springs. “We are very supportive of ourmunity’s response to the post’s needs. military here,” Clark said. “And we “Our goal is to be transparent The Pikes Peak region has five has a large military influence. will continue to support our men andto you, responsible to you, accountable major military installations with more Commissioner Sallie Clark, vice women in uniform and those veteransto you (and) to be good stewards and than 40,000 active-duty service- chair, El Paso County Board of who have served our country as well aspartners in this community,” Anderson members. Anderson said that partnership Commissioners, spoke on behalf of the the Families who are left behind manysaid to the group. “That is not a bumper with the community is important for Colorado Springs community and times and need to figure out how tosticker, that is the truth.” an area like Colorado Springs which addressed impacts Fort Carson has manage when deployments happen.” MOM DESERVES A FREE WEEK! ¡MAMÁ MERECE UNA SEMANA GRATIS! — OBTÉN UNA SEMANA GRATIS AL PAGAR UNA SEMANA EN CUALQUIER CONTRATO NUEVO* OFERTA TERMINA EL 12 DE MAYO GET ONE WEEK FREE HULK HOGAN TROY AIKMAN PRO WRESTLER HALL OF FAME QUARTERBACK WEEK IS PAID WHEN ONEW AGREEMENT* ANY NE ON SALE ENDS MAY 12 Come Visit One of Our 9 Locations in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo Area The advertised transaction is a rental-purchase agreement. *“Get one week free when one week is paid on any new agreement” offer applies to the first payment only on new agreements entered into between Monday April 23, 2012, and Saturday May 12, 2012, when offer ends. 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  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — May 4, 2012 CovenantMcHugh dines with Army athletes Story and photo by from Page 1 Aide to the Secretary of the Army William Hybl and Colorado Andrea Sutherland Springs City Councilman Scott Mountaineer staff Hente signed the covenant on behalf of the citizens and government of In the cafeteria at the Olympic Colorado Springs.Training Center in Colorado Springs, Fort Carson and ColoradoSecretary of the Army John McHugh Springs leaders signed a covenanttook his seat among the elite group of in 2009. By signing a newSoldier athletes. covenant, Bach, the newly-elected Over lunch, McHugh asked seven mayor, and Anderson reaffirmedSoldiers why they joined the military, the importance of strong tieshow they started competing in their between the two communities.respective sport and how their training in “As we celebrate this partner-the Army’s World Class Athlete Program ship, I am truly humbled by thehas helped their careers. commitment this community “The kind of qualities you have to bring provides on a daily basis to ouras world class athletes — the discipline military men and women,”and work ethic — are the same qualities Anderson said. “The outstandingyou possess as Soldiers,” McHugh said. support here is unequaled by “It’s not something you can switch Secretary of the Army John McHugh, center, talks with Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers, anywhere else I’ve been.off, sir,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel right, about his exercise regimen, Tuesday. McHugh dined with seven Army athletes “Your continued support isByers, a wrestler with the WCAP pro- at the Olympic Training Center, wishing them luck as they trained for the 2012 essential to our success in fightinggram and competitor in the 2012 Olympic Olympic Games in London. and winning our nation’s wars, andGames in London. we are extremely grateful for Byers earned his spot on the U.S. Olympic Team April 20 A race walker, Nunn qualified for the Olympic team in everything you do,” he said.at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa, in January by winning the 50-kilometer Race Walk in 4 hours, Bach, who settled in Coloradothe Greco-Roman championship series. He placed seventh 4 minutes, 41 seconds. He’ll compete in the event in London. Springs after serving as anin the event at the 2008 Olympic Games. Nunn said that it was an honor to meet McHugh. artilleryman at Fort Carson, said the Wrestlers Sgt. Spenser Mango and Spc. Justin Lester “It was humbling,” he said. covenant is a physical representationalso qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team. “He seemed personable,” said Sgt. 1st Class Keith of the residents of Colorado At lunch, Byers and the other athletes told McHugh Sanderson, WCAP athlete and Team USA Shooting team Springs’ commitment to the Soldiersabout their training schedules and shared stories about their member. “He wanted to know our stories. It’s nice to know and Families of Fort Carson.time in the Army. that someone of his caliber cares. It means a lot.” “On behalf of our city … I just Staff Sgt. John Nunn, a WCAP athlete, told McHugh Sanderson qualified in the men’s rapid fire pistol event want to express how much wethe story of when he beat everyone in his unit during their in which he placed fifth in the 2008 Olympic Games. respect all of our military, the U.S.two-mile physical training run. While the other Soldiers As McHugh and the athletes finished their lunch, he Army, the 4th Inf. Div. and all theran, Nunn said he walked, finishing the two miles in less offered his congratulations to the Olympians and wished people who serve and sacrifice sothan 13 minutes. them luck. much for us,” Bach said. “I hope “That’s like driving your Corvette and getting passed by “We’re awful proud of you,” he said. “Just to make the you know that your fellow citizensa little old lady,” said McHugh, laughing. Olympic team, I’d say you are all heroes.” here love you very much.” WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID
  7. 7. May 4, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7‘Blackjack’ Academy strengthens junior NCOsStory and photo by Staff Sgt. Shaun Delgado Academy in March to prepare junior leaders to Charles Selby, cavalry scout, Headquarters and 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, assume more responsibility. Headquarters Troop, 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. “There’s3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division The 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, always a Soldier out there who needs help or guidance.” Blackjack Academy teaches junior noncommissioned Comprised mainly of senior officers and noncom- With more than 300 Soldiers deployed as part of officers basic leadership tasks and standards, as well missioned officers, Soldiers supporting the 3rd BCTthe 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as the responsibilities and expectations that come SFAT mission in Afghanistan deployed last month,Security Forces Assistance Team mission in with senior leadership positions. leaving junior noncommissioned officers to fill keyAfghanistan, cavalry leaders opened “Blackjack” “Leadership is important in any role,” said Sgt. and essential leadership positions throughout the unit. “I like the fact that they’re not just telling us what they expect out of us, but they are also showing us in the regulations where they’re getting their information from and why they want these things the way they want them,” said Sgt. Michael Arnot, cavalry scout, Troop C. The troop first sergeants conducted the training during the course, which included unit and NCO history, leadership, corrective training and troop leading procedures. Blackjack Academy also addressed the basic skills and foundations of the Corps of the Noncommissioned Officer. Sgt. James Krottner, chemical operations specialist, HHT, said the corrective training and physical readiness training instruction were the most beneficial for him. “There is a lot of gray area of what you can and can’t do to Soldiers based on corrective training nowadays,” he said. “We learned a lot about strength training and also about the physical therapy process for our Soldiers.” Squadron leaders plan to continue the BlackjackJunior noncommissioned officers of 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Academy, developing the curriculum in the future toDivision, take the final “Blackjack” Academy exam in March. Junior NCOs attended the course, learning to fill senior maintain a proficient stock of junior NCOs within theleadership positions as more than 300 of the “Iron” Brigade’s senior officers and NCOs recently deployed in support unit, as they continue to fill the roles of deployedof the Security Force Assistance Team mission in Afghanistan. senior leaders. PLENTY OF BILLS T MONEY, NOT SO MUCH. Y T When your finance need rescuing es escuing, we can help. We ser ve the militar y exclusively, y and we’re committed to offering you a smarter tt way to borrow. for all credit types Stay afloat – apply today! 715 South Academy Blvd. 1850 East Woodmen Rd. 412 Eagleridge Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Pueblo, CO 81008 Lending | Saving | Le earning Follow us on 719-597-2311 719-277-0407 719-584-3028 © 2012. All loan applications are confi fidential and subject to our credit policies. No offi U.S. military endorsement is ficial implied. MidCountry Bank is a member FDIC. 12-DL-090-02 r
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — May 4, 2012SFAT 38 constructs Soldiers hang up beretsoperations center By 2nd Lt. Adam Mancini Sgt. Douglas Hurst, fire support noncom- Mountaineer staff Thirteen Soldiers were 1st STB, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div. Security Force Assistance Team 38, missioned officer, Headquarters and Head- honored for their service • 1st. Lt. Steve Bailey, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, quarters Troop, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, to the nation during a 43rd SB 4th Infantry Division 3rd BCT, assisted Colbert with the project. retirement ceremony • Chief Warrant Officer 3 Easily the team’s biggest member at 6 feet April 25 at the Special Jack Trammell, FORWARD OPERATING BASE 6 inches tall and weighing 300 pounds, the Events Center. 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.ZANGABAD, Afghanistan — Security Forces former football defensive end from the Idaho Soldiers, Family and • 1st. Sgt. Henry Davis,Assistance Team 38 began construction of the State Bengals added brawn and brains to the friends gathered to celebrate 1st Bn., 66th ArmorU.S.-Afghan Combined Tactical Operations building of the TOC. A handyman in his own the closing moments of the Regiment, 1st BCT,Center at Forward Operating Base Zangabad, right, Hurst also worked as a carpenter during Soldiers’ Army careers as 4th Inf. Div.located in the Horn of Panjwai’i, Kandahar college to pay for school. they were presented their • Sgt. 1st Class DonaldProvince, Afghanistan, April 23. “It builds camaraderie among the forces military decorations and Kerns, 4th Squadron, U.S. and Afghan National Army Soldiers, for the future of Afghanistan,” said Hurst. U.S. flags that had been 10th Cavalry Reg.,as well as Afghan National Civil Order Police, “The lack of tools, lumber and other flown over Fort Carson. The 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.will operate the TOC, developing working resources proved to be a difficult challenge, Soldiers’ spouses received • Sgt. 1st Class Paulrelationships between the ANA and ANCOP but the team ultimately prevailed,” he said. certificates of appreciation Coulter, Headquarters andbattalion staffs, and mentoring security force 1st Lt. Jared Moore, HHT, 4th Squadron, and a rose in recognition Headquarters Company,leaders to run their sections more effectively 10th Cavalry Reg., and 2nd Lt. Robert Pedrigi, of their service. 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div.and efficiently. HHC, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., designed the Those retiring were: • Sgt. 1st Class Edward Spc. Jason Colbert, combat medic serving operations center, developing the blueprints and • Col. Andrew Kosmowski, McClyment, 4thon the SFAT, Headquarters and Headquarters plans for the two experienced carpenters to work. U.S. Army Medical Engineer Bn.Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, “I gave Moore and Pedrigi an important Department Activity • Staff Sgt. James Seybert,3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry assignment to create a plan for the combined • Lt. Col. Daniel Parker, 759th Military Police Bn.Division, led the construction of the combined TOC, and they exceeded my expectations,” 43rd Sustainment Brigade • Sgt. Sheila Huffman,TOC, erecting three A-frame style wooden said Capt. Brian Murdock, team leader, SFAT • Lt. Col. Cynthia Shue, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div.easels, a large table and a wall to the front of the 38, and company commander, HHT, 4th Headquarters andtent within the first 48 hours of the project. Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. “I think it will allow us Headquarters Battalion, The next Fort Carson “I realize that my day-to-day duties to work (side-by-side) with our counterparts. 4th Infantry Division monthly postencompass a wide range of skillsets to make Once the ANCOP move into the combined • Lt. Col. Kevin retirementthe mission here more successful,” said TOC along with the ANA, it will be very Wesolowski, ceremonyColbert. “When I was younger, I worked beneficial to work with both ANSF partners.” U.S. Army takes placealongside my older brother, Jeff, during the The 3rd BCT Soldiers completed the TOC Garrison May 30 atsummer as a carpenter, and it feels great to in three days. Fort Carson 10 a.m. atuse those skills to help out the team today “Our group is comprised of team players • Maj. David Foundersto build a facility that will benefit both who are willing to step up and complete any Holloway, Field.International Security Assistance Forces and mission I give them, and I am proud to beour Afghan National Security Force partners.” the team leader,” said Murdock. www.montessorichild.com
  9. 9. May 4, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationSupply class — The Command Evaluation and Dining facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday Training Team will hold a Unit Supply Operations Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. class May 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the education Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. center, building 1117. The class will focus on the Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Supply CSDP checklist and go over supply Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. procedures and trends. Contact Rene Ayon at Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 503-0172 or email atrene.a.ayon.ctr@mail.mil to Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. register. The target audience is supply sergeants and clerks; supply officers are welcome. Walk-ins Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. will be accepted. (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Self-Help Weed Control Program — Department of Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Defense regulations require training for people LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. applying pesticides on military installations. Units 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. interested in participating in the program must Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. send Soldiers for training on the proper handling, transportation and application of herbicides. Once Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance processes to include turning in excess property, individuals are properly trained by the Directorate of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and reutilizing government property, web-based tools of Public Works base operations contractor, cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone available, special handling of property and Soldiers can be issued the appropriate products numbers and points of contact for services: environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, and equipment so units can treat weeds in rocked • Facility repair/service orders — Fort contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. areas around their unit facilities. Weed control Carson Support Services service order desk can be borrerorivera@dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike training sessions for Soldiers are available the first reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies Welsh at mike.welsh@dla.mil for reutilization/web and third Monday of the month, May-September, or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, tools; or Rufus Guillory at rufus.guillory@dla.mil. from 10 a.m. to noon in building 3708. Products damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon and equipment will be available for Soldiers on a • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric the second and third Wednesday of each month at hand receipt. Each unit may send up to five people Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. the Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, for training. Call 492-0166 for more information. civ@mail.mil when needing trash containers, trash 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services OfficeFinance travel processing — All inbound and is overflowing or emergency service is required. recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing ArtsFirst Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located in @mail.mil. Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit office assists Soldiers with room assignments and dennis.j.frost.civ@mail.mil. personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. terminations. For more information call 526-9735. • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Call 526-4730/4583 for more information.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. at the education center, building 1117, room 120. Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is • Base operations contracting officer Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs open to all active members and those interested in representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. becoming future SAMC members. The club was or email terry.j.hagen.civ@mail.mil for questions ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of on snow removal, grounds maintenance and first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing elite noncommissioned officers but is now an contractor response to service orders. sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness Armywide program for individuals who have met • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, the criteria and have proven themselves to be 524-0786 or email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mil to first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership request latrines, for service or to report damaged of their expiration term of service, but must attend process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. or overturned latrines. the briefing no later than 30 days prior to their ETS Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is or start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/8458.Command Evaluation and Training Team — able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in COMET provides commanders at all levels with a 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers should building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. responsive maintenance and supply assessment and call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for after Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from any training tool that improves the combat effectiveness, hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358-3275. military occupational specialty, have a general readiness and efficiency of their units’ logistical Questions can also be submitted by email to technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score programs. The team identifies supply and mainte- FtCarsonTDS@gmail.com. Know your rights. 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and nance weaknesses and problems, and provides Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or individual and unit reinforcement training based on Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP visit the website at http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. assessments. Results remain confidential for the unit process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide commander only. COMET provides assistance in powers of attorney or notary services to Soldiers Hours of Operation the majority of maintenance and supply management processing through the SRP. Retirees, Family areas with one-on-one training, and by conducting members and Soldiers not in the SRP process can • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from follow-up visits. The team also conducts classes to receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at the 7:30-10:30 a.m. help strengthen supply skills and improve mainte- main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St., • Initial and partial issues — Monday- nance readiness. Contact Tim Howarth at 503-3095 building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center. Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. or thomas.howarth3.ctr@mail.mil for information. Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday-Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of performs notary services on a walk-in basis from Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Public Works has an incentive program to prevent 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson Briefings 526-3321. Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — 5512/6477 for approval. participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call is held May 15-17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Education Center hours of operation — The 526-5898 for more information about the program. Grant Library. This training is required for all Mountain Post Training and Education Center,Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Soldiers asked to perform this solemn duty. Per building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Army Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited to • Counselor Support Center — Monday- those in the ranks of sergeant first class to command Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 sergeant major, chief warrant officer 2-5 and a.m. to 4:30 p.m. BOSS meetings captain and above. No reservations are required to • Army Learning Center — Monday- are held at 10 a.m. attend training. Classes offered on a first-come, Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the first and third first-served basis. Call Jean Graves at 526-5613/ • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Wednesday of each 5614 for more information. Education Support and Army Personnel month at the Foxhole. Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and For information, call Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in 12:30-4:30 p.m. 524-BOSS. building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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