Vol. 70 No. 21 May 25, 2012 Word of the month: Sacrifice Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch Heroes’ welcome Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, march past Colorado escorted to the Fort Carson Special Events Center, where they were greeted and Patriot Guard Riders at the Fort Carson Arrival/Departure Air Control Group, received by friends and loved ones. By the end of June, nearly 3,800 Soldiers of welcoming the Soldiers home from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, May 8. “Warhorse” Brigade will have redeployed, having successfully completed their “Warhorse” Soldiers completed in-processing upon arrival at the A/DACG and were mission. See pages 24-25 for more.School-Age Services earns accreditation By Andrea Sutherland process) turned our program staff into a team.” reliable verification that provides confidence and Mountaineer staff Patriot School-Age Services, which began support to an after school program’s children and youth, operating in July 2010 under the Directorate of parents, staff and community partners. The COA The Council on Accreditation announced May 15 Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, provides accreditation process involves a detailed reviewthat Fort Carson Patriot School-Age Services a variety of programs for children in first to fifth and analysis of both a program’s administrativereceived accreditation after completing a rigorous grades both after school and during the summer operations and its service delivery practices.”six-month process. months. The program supports technology, sports and Durgin said the Army-mandated accreditation “This was an excellent opportunity for our staff,” drama clubs as well as several summer camps. process validated the programs and services Patriotsaid Michelle Durgin, acting youth administrator, In its official announcement of the accreditation, See Patriot on Page 4Child, Youth and School Services. “The (accreditation the COA wrote, “COA accreditation is an objective and Message board INSIDE Find “U.S. Army Fort Carson” on Facebook for current news and events. Page 10 Page 15 Page 22
2 MOUNTAINEER — May 25, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson A challenge to honor all Commentary by Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell cope with the rigors of training, hardships of combat and Col. David L. Grosso 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office loss of brothers and sisters in arms?Fort Carson Public Affairs Officer: What drives men or women to serve their country? Dee McNutt Courage on the battlefield comes from the deepest Glory? Sacrifice? Belief that the cause is just? How does part of a Soldier’s spirit and will carry him through the the Soldier on the battlefield justify spilling another’sChief, Print and Web Communications: battle or lead him to the grave. blood, or his own? Rick Emert Many have attempted to immortalize the American Any servicemember who has experienced the lossEditor: Devin Fisher fighting spirit through books, movies and tales of bravery, of a comrade will tell you it’s far from easy to acceptStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland gallantry and courage in the line of duty. It was Plato and impossible to forget. who once said, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” Yet, every day more than 1 million AmericanHappenings: Nel Lampe But the true story of our nation’s conflicts can servicemembers fulfill duties they swore during an oath toSports writer: Walt Johnson only be told by those who have lived it; those who support and defend the Constitution of the United StatesLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall have fought, bled and triumphed on the battlefield against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. alongside their comrades. 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May 25, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Community salutes military service Story and photo by Samantha B. Koss the region nominated 14 of their top troops for the 2012 Fort Carson’s Sgt. 1st Class Courtney Williams, Special to the Mountaineer Outstanding Active-Duty Servicemember Award in 59th Military Police Company, 759th MP Battalion, three categories: junior enlisted, noncommissioned 42nd MP Brigade; Staff Sgt. Damion Bolton, 704th The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and officer and senior NCO. Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade CombatEconomic Development Corporation Military Team, 4th Infantry Division; and Spc. BernardAffairs Council hosted the annual Armed Forces Begay, 59th MP; each received nominationDay luncheon at the Broadmoor Hotel May 18 awards for their outstanding service to the militaryto thank the local military community for their and civilian communities.service to the nation. “It’s amazing to be able to represent an entire “(The military affairs division of the Chamber division single-handedly,” said Bolton, who wasof Commerce) strives to sustain and develop the only Soldier nominated from 4th Inf. Div.the diverse military missions throughout the Pikes “That’s just something I never thought I wouldPeak Region,” said Brian Binn, president of the have the opportunity to do.”chamber’s military affairs division. Bolton was nominated based on his exceptional Each year at the luncheon the military affairs military record, civilian education and involvementdivision honors all the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, in the community where he volunteers at aMarines and Coast Guard members for their military homeless shelter and visits the assisted livingservice and support to the Pikes Peak community. quarters around Colorado Springs. “Thank you for maintaining a strong bond “I am tied with the community and I stillbetween our military and this community and haven’t done enough,” Bolton said. “As a Soldier,enhancing the quality of life for our servicemembers you don’t have time, you make time.”every day,” said Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., The other two nominees were selected forcommander, North American Aerospace Defense their success in military board reviews, militaryCommand and U.S. Northern Command at achievements and physical training.Peterson Air Force Base, who served as the “I’m just a Soldier,” said Williams, Fortkeynote speaker. “It’s great to be among friends.” Carson’s latest addition to the Sergeant Audie The luncheon provides an occasion for the Murphy Club. “But it is an honor to be selectedcommunity to acknowledge the abundant Staff Sgt. Damion Bolton, left, 704th Brigade Support Battalion, to represent Fort Carson.”military service in the region but also gives the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, receives an The chamber also recognized the four primarychamber an opportunity to present three enlisted award for outstanding military service from Gen. Charles H. honor guards in the region for their support to theservicemembers with an award for their superior Jacoby, commander, North American Aerospace Defense community during ceremonies and parades.service to the community. Command and U.S. Northern Command, during the Armed Forces See Awards on Page 4 Commanders from all branches of military in Day luncheon May 18 at the Broadmoor.
4 MOUNTAINEER — May 25, 2012 Patriot from Page 1 School-Age Services offers. This was the first time the program applied for and received the accreditation, which is valid for five years. “COA makes sure you do what you say you’re doing,” Durgin said. Representatives from the COA visited Fort Carson May 7-8, evaluating programs and services offered, program administration and human resources, Durgin said. “They were looking (to ensure) we are adhering to best practices,” she said. “They were making sure we have consistent policies and that we are being held accountable.” Durgin said COA representatives interviewed staff, parents and children and observed the after school programs. “We have 150 kids coming through here every day,” she said, adding that if a child expressed interest in an activity the staff would work to accom- modate that hobby or sport. “(COA representatives) were impressed the kids had a choice of what Photo by Susan C. Galentine activity to participate in.”Fifth graders from Patriot Elementary School help plant trees at Carson Middle School May 11 in honor of Arbor Day. Durgin said the COA was also pleased with how the staff supported each other and that theCarson receives accreditation validated their efforts. “This just proves that we are not glorified baby sitters,” she said. “We are trained, child care professionals.” Parents interested in enrolling children in the‘Tree City’ honors Story by Danny Gray summer camps may contact Parent Central Services at 526-1101. There is limited availability. Environmental Division, were more than 3,400 Tree City communities in the United Every year the installation hosts tree-planting events including Awards Directorate of Public Works States and only 22 were schools, families and local from Page 3 recognized for the Sterling Tree organizations. Since 2008, more Fort Carson was recognized City award for growth. than 3,600 trees have been planted Master Sgt. Shawn Farnsworth, senior enlistedby the nonprofit Arbor Day This year, Fort Carson was within the cantonment area. leader of the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson MountedFoundation as a Sterling Tree recognized for education, public The effect of the ongoing Color Guard, received an award of appreciation onCity for its efforts to improve the awareness, partnerships, con- drought — the driest decade since behalf of the group for the mounted color guard’scommunity’s urban forest during struction project planning and the 1930s’ dust bowl years — has 46 years of support to the community.a tree-planting event held May 11 management, expanding tree challenged the installation with “It is an honor to be part of every parade and toat Carson Middle School. plantings and maintenance. increased tree mortality rates and be the face of Fort Carson in the community,” The recognition is for achiev- More than 1,100 trees were higher maintenance costs. To Farnsworth said.ing 10 years of sustained tree planted across the installation minimize the effects of the Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach presentedgrowth on post. Fort Carson has with major projects at the Fort drought, all new planted trees are Farnsworth with his award and thanked him and all themet the criteria of the Arbor Day Carson Resiliency Campus, now on drip irrigation. servicemembers at the luncheon for their support.Foundation’s Tree City Program Pershing Field, a living fence of Fort Carson’s urban forest “My wife, Suzi, and I are here on behalf offor its 25th consecutive year. trees at the old hospital complex program has come a long way and nearly 500,000 people in our city to pay tribute to The Growth Award is site, the new Training Audiovisual continues to set a high standard all those who have served and continue to serve inachieved by communities that Support Center complex, the new among Army installations with defense of our freedoms,” Bach said. “I just wanthave significantly improved commissary, other new command the aid of command emphasis, to say to those who sacrifice their lives how deeplyvital segments of their urban and unit structures and many unit and activity support and thankful we are for your service ... God bless youforest program. In 2011, there new housing units. community partnerships. all and thank you.” Installation run to cause traffic delays 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Due to the Ironhorse Run, the Fort Carson K Titus Boulevard from Magrath Avenue to community must be aware of the following traffic Specker Avenue The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson delays, and may choose to use alternate routes K Specker Avenue to Wetzel Avenue will celebrate Ironhorse Week, five days of from approximately 6:15-8 a.m. Once the runners K Wetzel Avenue from Specker Avenue to competition, displays and entertainment for units clear each of the below areas, traffic will resume: Prussman Boulevard on post, Soldiers and their Families, June 4-8. K Wetzel Avenue from Nelson Boulevard to Ironhorse Week, with the exception of the The celebration of camaraderie and esprit de Ellis Street Daughtry concert, is open to the public. Visitors corps starts June 4 with a four-mile installation run K Ellis Street from Wetzel Avenue to may enter any Fort Carson gate as long as they led by the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson commanding Magrath Avenue have a valid federal or state issued identification general, Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, and Command K Magrath Avenue (typically closed for card, driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, senior enlisted leader. physical training 6:30-8 a.m.) registration. All vehicles are subject to be searched.
May 25, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Armed Forces Day ParadeTrinidad unveils Veterans Park Memorial Story and photo by today, because every- Pfc. Andrew Ingram thing we do today is to 4th Infantry Division Public follow in your footsteps.” Affairs Office After the ceremony, the people of Trinidad TRINIDAD — Citizens from the gathered on Main Streetsouthern Colorado town of Trinidad to celebrate the com -honored Fort Carson Soldiers and munity’s 2nd Annualmilitary veterans at the unveiling of Armed Forces Daythe Veterans Park Memorial and during Parade, in whichan Armed Forces Day Parade, Saturday. Anderson and Sinise Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, were guests of honor.commanding general, 4th Infantry Sinise accompaniedDivision and Fort Carson, joined by Anderson to Trinidadactor and musician Gary Sinise, as part of his visit toand World War II and Korean War Fort Carson, where heveterans from the Trinidad community, performed with the Lt.unveiled the memorial. Dan Band for Soldiers “Congratulations to all of you for later that evening (seepulling this off,” Anderson said. “The story on Page 15).way you honor your veterans is Soldiers assigned tophenomenal. Thank you all for the Company A, 4thpartnership, support and cooperation Squadron, 10th Cavalryyou share with us.” Regiment, 3rd Brigade Anderson also expressed his Combat Team, 4th Inf. Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, and actor andgratitude for the gathered veterans, Div., and the Ivy Division musician Gary Sinise participate in the 2nd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Trinidad, Saturday.acknowledging their contributions to Band also marched inthe security and history of the nation. the parade, representing Fort Carson. today,” Sinise said. “It is my pleasure Memorial Park, where the Soldiers “Thank all of you for your “It is an honor to be in the presence to support this event and to support displayed military vehicles and localservice to our country,” he said. of so many great Americans who served all of you. God bless all of you.” children tried on different articles of“Thanks to all of you for setting the their country — from World War II Following the parade, the Trinidad personal protective equipment Soldiersexample for all of us in the military veterans to those who are serving community gathered at Miners use in training and in combat.
6 MOUNTAINEER — May 25, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationSelf-Help Weed Control Program — Department of Dining facility Friday-Monday Tuesday-Thursday Defense regulations require training for people Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. applying pesticides on military installations. Units 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: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. send Soldiers for training on the proper handling, Wolf Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. transportation and application of herbicides. Once Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. individuals are properly trained by the Directorate Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. of Public Works base operations contractor, Soldiers can be issued the appropriate products Warfighter Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. and equipment so units can treat weeds in rocked (Wilderness Road Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. areas around their unit facilities. Weed control Complex) Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. training sessions for Soldiers are available the first LaRochelle Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. and third Monday of the month, May-September, 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from 10 a.m. to noon in building 3708. Products Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. and equipment will be available for Soldiers on a hand receipt. Each unit may send up to five people or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, tools; or Rufus Guillory at firstname.lastname@example.org. for training. Call 492-0166 for more information. damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noonFinance travel processing — All inbound and • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric the second and third Wednesday of each month at outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. the Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family email@example.com when needing trash containers, trash 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay is overflowing or emergency service is required. recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ Reassignment briefings — are held TuesdaysFirst Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located in mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts office assists Soldiers with room assignments and @mail.mil. Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 terminations. For more information call 526-9735. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — a.m. Soldiers are required to bring DepartmentSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third firstname.lastname@example.org. personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held open to all active members and those interested in @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon becoming future SAMC members. The club was tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. at the education center, building 1117, room 120. originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of • Base operations contracting officer Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs elite noncommissioned officers but is now an representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. Armywide program for individuals who have met or email email@example.com for questions ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the criteria and have proven themselves to be on snow removal, grounds maintenance and the first and third Wednesday of each month. outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership contractor response to service orders. Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. 524-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers mustCommand Evaluation and Training Team — request latrines, for service or to report damaged be within 120 days of their expiration term of COMET provides commanders at all levels with a or overturned latrines. service, but must attend the briefing no later than responsive maintenance and supply assessment and The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transition training tool that improves the combat effectiveness, able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building leave. Call 526-2240/8458. readiness and efficiency of their units’ logistical 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers should Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in programs. The team identifies supply and mainte- call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for after building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. nance weaknesses and problems, and provides hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358-3275. Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from any individual and unit reinforcement training based on Questions can also be submitted by email to military occupational specialty, have a general assessments. Results remain confidential for the unit FtCarsonTDS@gmail.com. Know your rights. technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score commander only. COMET provides assistance in Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and the majority of maintenance and supply management Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or areas with one-on-one training, and by conducting process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide visit the website at http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. follow-up visits. The team also conducts classes to powers of attorney or notary services to Soldiers help strengthen supply skills and improve mainte- processing through the SRP. Retirees, Family Hours of Operation nance readiness. Contact Tim Howarth at 503-3095 members and Soldiers not in the SRP process can or email@example.com for information. receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at • In-processing — Monday-Thursday fromRecycle incentive program — The Directorate of the main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St., 7:30-10:30 a.m. Public Works has an incentive program to prevent building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center. • Initial and partial issues — Monday- recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards performs notary services on a walk-in basis from • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call Briefings • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call 526-5898 for more information about the program. 526-3321.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort — is held June 12-14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 5512/6477 for approval. Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance the Family Readiness Center, building 6237, room Education Center hours of operation — The of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and 104. This training is required for all Soldiers asked Mountain Post Training and Education Center, cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone to perform this solemn duty. Per Army Regulation building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: numbers and points of contact for services: 600-8-1, this duty is limited to those in the ranks of • Counselor Support Center — Monday- • Facility repair/service orders — Fort sergeant first class to command sergeant major, Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 Carson Support Services service order desk can be chief warrant officer 2-5 and captain and above. No a.m. to 4:30 p.m. reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies reservations are required to attend training. Classes • Army Learning Center — Monday- offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Jean Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.BOSS meetings are Graves at 526-5613/ 5614 for more information. • Defense Activity for Nontraditionalheld the first and third Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Education Support and Army PersonnelThursday of each Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. andmonth from 2-3:30 building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from 12:30-4:30 p.m.p.m. at The Foxhole. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to buildingContact Cpl. Rachael processes to include turning in excess property, 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Robertson at 524-2677 reutilizing government property, web-based tools Medical Activity Correspondence Department officeor visit the BOSS office available, special handling of property and hours — The Correspondence (Release of Infor-in room 106 of The Hub for more information. environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, mation) Office in the Patient Administration DivisionText “follow CarsonBOSS” to 40404 to receive updates contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m.and event information. firstname.lastname@example.org for receiving/turn in; Mike to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and federal Welsh at email@example.com for reutilization/web holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details.
May 25, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7ACS trains ‘Warhorse’ for home operations Story and photo by Soldiers returning from a deployment, said 2nd Lt. was downrange, and now he or she is back, and those Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch Anthony Sickelka, reintegration training officer-in- extra luxuries will have to come to a stop,” said 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs charge, Rear Detachment, 2nd BCT. Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda Tate, senior enlisted Office, 4th Infantry Division The day of training consisted of 11 briefings, adviser, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd BCT. ranging from a financial class that covered proper Soldiers see leadership all the time, said Tate. Army Community Service and local agencies ways to go about investing in a house, to the do’s Hearing this information from outside sources letsmake a combined effort to ensure Soldiers returning and don’ts of buying a car. Soldiers know their local community cares.from deployment receive proper training, rejoining “The financial training lets the Families know In addition to the day of classes at McMahonFort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division physically, they had all this extra money because their Soldier Auditorium, Soldiers received relationship counselingmentally and emotionally healthy. and a detailed medical screening. Fort Carson ACS conducted “We want the Soldiers toreintegration training for approxi- experience as little shock as possiblemately 400 Soldiers of 2nd Brigade integrating back into society,”Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., who said Sickelka. “Having an idea ofrecently returned from a yearlong what agencies are out there willdeployment to Afghanistan, with help them.”classes at McMahon Auditorium, ACS specialists took time toMay 16. instruct briefings and classes and ACS conducted classes that will worked one-on-one with Soldiersgive Soldiers resources, tools and and their Families, providinginformation to help them thrive multiple resources from eachduring their reintegration process, said agency, to include counseling,Terry Blansett, mobilization depart- pamphlets and contacts.ment manager, Fort Carson ACS. The Soldiers should take away ACS specialists and local the knowledge of what ACS is andagencies led classes on a wide array what agencies are there to supportof topics for Soldiers and spouses of them and their Families, said Blansett.the “Warhorse” Brigade throughout “My passion is to help Soldiersthe day. and their Families,” said Blansett. “We hope that through more “Making sure they have a successfulexposure, the Family members career and helping them thrivewill come out,” said Blansett. through this difficult time.”“This is as much for them as it is For more information aboutfor the Soldier.” Robin Wininger, regional education coordinator, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, services Fort Carson ACS The reintegration training is an briefs Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, on the seriousness of brain provides, call 526-4590 or visitessential part of coming home for injuries May 16 at McMahon Auditorium. building 1526. The Colorado Springs Business Journal can publish your legal notices. Easy and affordable. Ordinances Water Rights Public Trustee Sales Notices to Creditors City Planning Agenda Name Changes Summonses Adoption Notices Guardianships Sheriff’s Sales and more Call Kathy Bernheim at 719-329-5204 for more information 715 South Academy Blvd. 1850 East Woodmen Rd. 412 Eagleridge Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Pueblo, CO 81008 719-597-2311 719-277-0407 719-584-3028
8 MOUNTAINEER — May 25, 2012‘Attack’ Battalion partners with Manitou Story and photo by local businesses in downtown Manitou Christopher Langston, both AH-64D Manitou Springs would adopt the battal- Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell Springs, Rettke presented the mayor a Apache pilots, recently fulfilled the ion during a city ceremony next month.4th Infantry Division Public Affairs few tokens of gratitude on behalf of the promise, carrying the flag in honor of the “We want the Soldiers to know Office Attack Battalion, including an empty Manitou Springs community during a they have a community that is 100 flag case and a promise by the battalion combat mission originating from Forward percent supportive of them,” said MANITOU SPRINGS — The 1st commander to fly colors in honor of the Operating Base Wolverine in Afghanistan. Snyder. “Interacting with SoldiersBattalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, city and its patrons. Following the presentation, Snyder helps the citizens of Manitou Springsformally partnered the city of Manitou Chief Warrant Officer 4 Peter told Rettke and the Attack Battalion understand the hardships and sacrificesSprings during a ceremony held at a Hernandez and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Soldiers gathered at the city park that they endure every day.”downtown pavilion Saturday. Acting on behalf of deployed“Attack” Battalion Soldiers, Capt. Capt. Aaron Rettke, right,Aaron Rettke, commander, Rear commander, Rear Detachment,Detachment, 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg., 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviationpresented Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Regiment, presents a certificateSnyder with a U.S. flag, symbolic of a of authenticity to Manitounew partnership between the Fort Springs Mayor Marc SnyderCarson unit and more than 5,000 during a ceremony, Saturday.citizens of the local community. The battalion leadership, its pilotsand aviation Soldiers wanted to expresstheir gratitude to the community forsupporting the unit and taking care ofthe deployed Soldiers’ Families, friendsand loved ones, said Rettke. “This flag is an extenuation of therelationship formed between the peopleof Manitou Springs and the 1st Bn.,2nd Avn. Reg.,” Rettke told the audience,speaking on behalf of Lt. Col. DavidMoga, commander, 1st Bn., 2nd Avn.Reg., who currently leads the aviationbattalion on its mission to supportcoalition forces as part of OperationEnduring Freedom. In a sign of support for theSoldiers, the residents of ManitouSprings opened their doors to theAttack Battalion in February, providingfree services to military spouses, toursand entertainment on behalf of the cityand participating businesses. During the Wellness Day hosted by Hotels Rental Cars Military Flights Lowest Available Fares To and From Germany Fly toGermany & Enjoy... art, castles, cuisine, history and culture. SAVE ON YOUR FLIGHT Call TODAY for a FREE quote! For 15 years, we have specialized 719-392-2535 or in flights to/from USA for all firstname.lastname@example.org military personnel including Germany: 011 49 9641 924 390 retirees at discounted fares. Book online: www.usdtravel.com Fantastic Fares for Summer! Best Friends Find your new Best Friend in our Classified Section. COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH HEMISPHERE MEDIA CAPITAL AN AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH PARKES + MACDONALD IMAGE NATION A BARRY SONNENFELD FILM “MEN IN BLACK™3” JEMAINE CLEMENT MICHAEL STUHLBARG AND EMMA THOMPSON MUSIC DANNY ELFMAN PRODUCERS STEVEN SPIELBERG G. MAC BROWN BY EXECUTIVE MALIBU COMIC BY LOWELL CUNNINGHAM BY ETAN COHEN BY WALTER F. PARKES AND LAURIE MACDONALD BY BARRY SONNENFELD BASED ON THE WRITTEN PRODUCED DIRECTED FEATURING THE NEW SINGLE “BACK IN TIME” PERFORMED BY PITBULL For advertising information call 329-5236
10 MOUNTAINEER — May 25, 2012 ‘Raiders’ Story and photos by Spc. Nathan Thome 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division In a Junior ROTC classroom cadets learn the history, purpose and structure of the military, developing leadership skills and bolstering the principles that emphasize good leadership. Outside the classroom, the future Soldiers put that knowledge to the test learning to work together as a team and build their physical prowess. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, assisted Fountain-Fort Carson High School JROTC cadets by grading and supervising a “Raider Challenge” at the high school sports fields, May 5. Fifteen teams of cadets, representing schools from Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo and Loveland, partic- ipated in the competition, testing their physical strength and mental toughness. “These kids received training on the common core tasks that we as Soldiers do on a daily basis,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Smith, platoon sergeant, Company C, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg. The event proved to be a great experience for both the Soldiers and students, he said. “The ‘Regulars’ have a partnership with FFCHS, so when they told us about this event, we had Soldiers eager to volunteer,” said Smith. “This was an opportunity to give Sgt. Timothy Sikula, infantryman, Company A, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade back to the community and meet future servicemembers.” Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stands at the halfway point of the five-kilometer run/walk event, As the event started, retired Lt. Col. Tom Oetjen ensuring the teams stay within two arms length of each other, during the Junior ROTC “Raider and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Herbert Maison, Challenge” at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, May 5. FFCHS JROTC leaders, addressed cadets and their U.S. SURPLUS WE SELL: AIR SOFT FOOD INSURANCE MOUNTAIN HOUSE HEADQUARTERS FREEZE DRIED at your Fun Store 2475 S. Academy 574-8993 HOURS: MON-FRI, 9:00AM-5:30PM, SAT 10AM-4PM
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May 25, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 13 Carson honors fallen hero 1st Lt. Alejo Rene Thompson July 2, 1982 – May 11, 2012 1st Lt. Alejo Rene Thompson was born July 2, 1981, in Los Angeles. He enlisted in the Army in 2000 and completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, graduating as a signal support systems Photos by Pfc. Andrew Ingram specialist. He then graduated from AirborneAbove: Soldiers assigned School in 2001 and was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborneto 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Vicenza, Italy.Infantry Regiment, 4th He deployed in 2004 to Iraq for 10 months with 2nd Bn. As a staffBrigade Combat Team, sergeant, Thompson entered the Green to Gold program and graduated from4th Infantry Division, fire California State University — San Bernardino in 2010 as a distinguisheda 21-gun salute during a military graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice. He wasmemorial ceremony in commissioned as a signal officer in 2010 and branch detailed infantry. Hehonor of 1st Lt. Alejo Rene graduated from Air Assault School, Infantry Basic Officer Leadership CourseThompson at Soldiers and Ranger School and was transferred to Fort Carson where he was assignedMemorial Chapel, Monday. to 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He deployed to Afghanistan as the platoon leader from 2nd Platoon, Company A, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., March 4. Thompson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Right: Sgt. Dennis Kerr, Medal with bronze clasp (three knots), National Defense Service Medal, bugler, Ivy Division Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star, Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze Band, plays taps during star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Service Medal, Army a memorial ceremony Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Medal, Army Service in honor of 1st Lt. Alejo Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal with two bronze stars, Combat Rene Thompson at Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badges, Air Assault Badge and Ranger Tab. Soldiers’ Memorial Thompson is survived by his wife, Alejandra; son, Alex; daughter, Lannhey; Chapel, Monday. father, Alejo; mother, Evelyn; and brothers, Anthony and Charles. WELCOME This is PPCC. Please join us in welcoming PPCC’s new Dean of Business, Public Service Social Science, Bree Langemo, J.D. Joining PPCC from one of the nation’s leading community colleges, Bree brings a blend of private industry and educational expertise to our college. She is looking forward to developing community ppcc.edu | 719.502.2000 partnerships that help improve student success and expand curriculum.
14 MOUNTAINEER — May 25, 2012 SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS pAST AND PRESENT