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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 25 June 22, 2012 Word of the month: Excellence Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Williams 237 years strong From left, Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commanding general, North American Soldiers of 4th Inf. Div. celebrated the Army’s 237th birthday with a traditional Army Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command; Pvt. Tyler ball in honor of the men and women in uniform serving in countries around the world Heuer, the youngest Soldier present at the Army birthday ball; Maj. Gen. Joseph to protect and defend freedom and the American way of life. Since its birth June 14, Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson; and 1775 — more than a year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence — the Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, the division’s senior enlisted leader; cut the first Army has fought in more than 183 campaigns, from the American Revolution to piece of the 237th Army birthday cake at the Special Events Center, June 16. The the current campaign in Afghanistan. See page 13 for more on the ball.DOD to balance manpower, technology By Amaani Lyle American Forces Press Service with options, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday. meet mission requirements. The force of the next decade, known as Joint Force 2020, must be postured Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told an audience at the to confront whatever challenges the United States WASHINGTON — As fiscal constraints National Press Club that he and other Defense faces, he told the forum.reshape priorities, the military will become a leaner Department officials will build the future force withforce but one still able to provide the nation’s leaders See Dempsey on Page 4 a focus on balancing manpower with technology to Message board INSIDE The roadway bridge over State Highway 115 near Gate 2 will be closed through Aug. 1. Gate 2 access will be limited to northbound traffic. Traffic exiting the gate will be detoured onto northbound Highway 115. Pages 32-33 Page 12 Pages 22-23
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — June 22, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Precautions, safetyGarrison Commander: Col. David L. GrossoFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNutt can prevent fires By Glenn Silloway Ø No open flames allowed inside governmentChief, Print and Web Communications: Fire chief facilities except for religious purposes or when Rick Emert coordinated and approved by the fire prevention office. The governor recently placed fire Ø Charcoal grills, gas grills andEditor: Devin Fisher restrictions in the state and El Paso County commercially produced fire pits areStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland officials placed stage 1 fire restrictions in allowed, however, they must be placedHappenings: Nel Lampe the county. In most cases, we use both state at least 10 feet away from anySports writer: Walt Johnson and local actions when determining the combustible structures, fences or other fire restriction level on Fort Carson. miscellaneous combustible items.Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall An increased level of restriction Further distances may be required may be enforced on Fort Carson as dependent on the surrounding areas. This commercial enterprise newspaper is determined by the commander. Ø Charcoals shall be properly extin-an authorized publication for members of the At this time, there are no guished and completely cold prior to disposal.Department of Defense. Contents of theMountaineer are not necessarily the official increased restrictions formally Ø Caution must be taken to properlyview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or in place on post, however, dispose of cigarette butts and people maythe Department of the Army. Printed circulation the normal permanent fire only smoke in designated areas 12,000 copies. restrictions and safety Ø Troop training activities are subject The editorial content of the practices apply: to daily bans and restrictions based on fireMountaineer is the responsibility of the PublicAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, Ø No fireworks allowed, danger rating. This is coordinated throughTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is except approved and Range commercially conducted Fires on Fort Carson can seriously The Mountaineer is posted on the performances. impact the mission, therefore it isInternet at Ø No open burning, everybody’s responsibility to be safe The Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The except fires and campfires and prevent fires. Always be aware ofMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs within permanently constructed conditions, high fire danger days shouldMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in fire grates in developed include postponing certain way connected with the Department of the campgrounds and picnic grounds. Know the restrictions where you live.Army, under exclusive written contract withFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. The appearance of advertising in thispublication, including inserts or supplements,does not constitute endorsement by theDepartment of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or Operations securityservices 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, 4th Inf. Div. Critical Information Listsex, national origin, age, marital status, physicalhandicap, political affiliation or any other The critical information identified belownonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equal must be protected in order to preventopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, unauthorized personnel from seriouslythe printer shall refuse to print advertisingfrom that source until the violation is corrected. degrading the 4th Infantry Division’s abilityFor display advertising call 634-5905. to effectively conduct any mission it plans, All correspondence or queries regarding trains for and executes. Adversaries mayadvertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper also use this information to target 4th Inf.Group, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, Div. Soldiers, Families and civilians.Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. The Mountaineer’s editorial content is Therefore it is vital that all personnel,edited, prepared and provided by the Public military or civilian, review and protect theAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort following critical information at all timesCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Releases from outside sources are so and locations:indicated. The deadline for submissions to the v Current and future operational plans,Mountaineer is close of business the weekbefore the next issue is published. The readiness, training, missions andMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit deployments, to include training schedules,submissions for newspaper style, clarity and operations orders and deployment andtypographical errors. Policies and statements reflected in the redeployment schedulesnews and editorial columns represent views v Installation access control proceduresof the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those of and physical security measuresthe Department of the Army. v Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Reproduction of editorial material is asset support such as collection sourcesauthorized. Please credit accordingly. and methods, capabilities/limitations, named operations and code words v Detailed travel itineraries and agendas of senior leaders v Composition and locations, installation Classified advertising maps indicating key nodes, critical v Information that may have a negative 329-5236 facilities and infrastructure impact on friendly relations with allies or v Privacy Act information or personal public opinion Display advertising 634-5905 identifiable information regarding unit v Documents marked as “For Official Use personnel and Families Only,” sensitive but unclassified information. Mountaineer editor v Information systems and communications Leaders and supervisors at all levels must 526-4144 equipment procedures and vulnerabilities encourage members to review, understand Post information — capabilities, limitations, frequencies and use this critical information list. 526-5811 and passwords All OPSEC questions, concerns or comments Post weather hotline v Logistical support to an operation or should be directed to the 4th Inf. Div. OPSEC 526-0096 activity to include undisclosed shortfalls officer, Capt. Jason Romanello at 503-0473.
  3. 3. June 22, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Community exceeds goals By Andrea Sutherland Community Service. “Without assistance from the helping Soldiers and their loved ones. According to its Mountaineer staff campaign, AER would not be able to help.” website, the organization does not accept government Braxton estimated that AER gave out funds and operates through contributions The Fort Carson community raised more than $1.5 million in assistance to 1,500 people from Soldiers and civilians, repayment of$249,700 for the national Army Emergency Relief in 2011 for various needs including rent AER loans and investment income.campaign, which took place March 1 to June 15. and utilities assistance, medical AER operates 86 stations at Army “We surpassed our goal,” said Fred Lewis, AER expenses, emergency travel, food and installations around the world. Theofficer at Fort Carson. funeral expenses. nonprofit partners with similar Although donations are collected yearlong, “AER always tries to say yes to organizations, such as the Air Forcecampaign officials had hoped to raise $200,000 during a request,” she said. Aid Society, Coast Guard Mutualthe campaign and exceeded their goal by nearly 25 Family members and Soldiers Assistance, Navy-Marine Corpspercent. Lewis said that units will be recognized for needing assistance may apply for Relief Society and the American Redtheir efforts in August. interest-free loans as well as grants Cross, to make sure all Soldiers and The money collected benefits hundreds of service- through AER. Grants and loans do not Family members are cared for.members and their loved ones. cover nonessentials, legal expenses, vehicle “You never know when you may need “This is about Soldiers helping Soldiers,” said purchase or lease or credit card bills. assistance,” Braxton said. “AER is always availableMary Braxton, financial readiness manager for Army Beginning in 1942, AER is a nonprofit dedicated to to assist Soldiers.” Army Emergency Relief AER average award was $3,205. better service for all the applicants.” Earlier this year AER announced the Earlier this month AER announced the ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Army consolidation of its spouse scholarship award of 2,614 scholarships to children of awards Emergency Relief announced the award of programs. Previously, there were separate pro- Soldiers under the Maj. Gen. James Ursano 757 scholarships totaling $2.2 million for grams for spouses depending on whether they Scholarship Program. spouses of active-duty and retired Soldiers were located in the United States or overseas. Army Emergency Relief is a private, college June 18. “The consolidation of the two spouse nonprofit organization dedicated to providing AER received 767 applications for the scholarship programs simplified the applica- financial assistance to active and retired Spouse Scholarship Program and was able tion process, as well as allowed all spouses Soldiers and their Families. Since 1942, money to award 757 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded based on financial need, and the size of each award varies. This year the to qualify for part-time attendance,” said Diann Evans, manager for AER’s scholarship programs. “This change allows us to provide AER has provided more than $1.4 billion to more than 3.4 million Soldiers, Families and retirees.
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — June 22, 2012Dempsey committed to promoting peace in thefrom Page 1 “We’ve embarked on a region in the wake of roughly 44,000 civilian and 14,000 military deaths “Ultimately, we have to protect the nation campaign to renew and there since 9/11. Whether serving in Central Asia, thefrom coercion,” whether that’s on the high seas, in refresh our understanding Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region orcyberspace or on land, Dempsey said. “We’ve got tobe able to provide the nation’s leader with options, so of what it means to be other places around the world, Dempsey said those entering the military can expectwe can’t afford to become a niche force.” The chairman noted the drawdown of troops in a profession — not more innovative professional development and training to confront modern threats.from Afghanistan, and said about 120,000 personnel in an occupation.” “We’ve embarked on a campaignwill transition out of the military in the next decade. — Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to renew and refresh our understandingThis will prompt an important linkage between DOD, of what it means to be in a professionthe Department of Veterans Affairs and other — not in an occupation — but a pro-organizations that assist servicemembers migrating fession,” Dempsey said.into the private sector. Dempsey said. “I want our partners to know that Despite budgetary constraints, the Defense The drawdown from Afghanistan will enable the we’ve been in the Pacific … but we’re starting to Department must make sure it maintains a ready,United States to direct greater attention to demographic, re-engage in a more positive and proactive way.” competent force composed of people capable ofeconomic and military shifts in the Asia-Pacific Dempsey also confirmed the United States’ com- performing future missions, he said.region. Joint Force 2020 also takes into account the mitment to improving strained relations in Pakistan. “We can’t trade manpower for technology,”deepening partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. “Pakistan is our most complex relationship … Dempsey said. “We need to find that balance between “Our presence there will help promote stability, but it’s an important relationship,” he said. investing in technology, investing in manpower andwhile our absence will be the destabilizing influence,” Dempsey noted that U.S. off icials remain not become enamored of shiny objects.” WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID
  5. 5. June 22, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5System to streamline HR, Soldier pay By Sgt. 1st Class Stephen B. Roach over their Soldiers online. To accomplish IPPS-A’s goal, the Army plans to Army News Service “Today, commanders, S-1s and HR specialists have have IPPS-A subsume more than 50 stove-piped legacy to access multiple systems to acquire similar infor- HR systems currently in existence. WASHINGTON — An Army Human Resources mation for Soldiers from different components. In some “The Army has too many databases that don’tsystem is currently under development and targeted cases, particularly with the Guard and U.S. Army work well with one another,” said Col. Robert McVay,to improve the way the force manages Soldiers’ Reserve Soldiers, data does not exist in any HR system.” IPPS-A project manager. “IPPS-A will replace manyinformation and pay. of them to create a single integrated Named the Integrated Personnel and system that improves the way thePay System-Army, the system will help Army does HR.”ensure Soldiers are paid on time and After a recent virtual town hallaccurately. For the first time, the Army with Adjutant General, Financewill automatically execute pay actions Corps and other HR professionals,in response to approved personnel McVay stressed his commitment toinformation changes, such as a change the grade or Family members. The Army “I stand by the program. Iintends to incrementally release IPPS-A believe in this program. And myover the next five years to accommodate team and I will make this system anecessary testing and training. reality,” said McVay. IPPS-A’s automatic processes will When fully fielded, IPPS-A willhelp reduce errors and streamline be the largest Enterprise ResourceSoldier assignment transitions, partic- Planning system in the world, affectingularly those between components. In more than 1.1 million Soldiers. It isaddition, Soldiers will have 24/7 considered to be the foundation of theaccess to their personal information Army’s overall strategy to revamponline and the ability to request changes Army HR. IPPS-A will also facilitateelectronically. These capabilities will the military pay mission transition toempower HR professionals to more HR professionals.efficiently and accurately execute The system is currently underSoldiers’ HR and pay actions. development and its first release is Jeanne Brooks, director of slated for launch in fiscal year 2013.Technology and Business Architecture U.S. Army photo To learn more about IPPS-A, visitIntegration, said IPPS-A will empower Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army Project Manager Col. Robert G. McVay the program website at http://www.commanders with greater visibility explains the system’s benefit to Adjutant General subject matter experts. Imagine Yourself in Western Classic. If You’re Active Military, Imagine $4,000 Toward Options,Upgrades, or Financing! Lorson Ranch. With majestic skies, sweeping mountain Classic Homes from the $220s vistas, and the rugged charm of its western heritage, Sales Center is Open Daily! Classic’s move into this exciting new neighborhood may 10315 Declaration Drive be our most spectacular accomplishment yet. Monday-Saturday: 10am to 6pm Especially with the grand opening of our new model, Sunday: Noon to 6pm one of our most popular 2-story floorplans, The Vail. Dreaming of a place to call home? Drop by Lorson Ranch and discover what’s new in today’s competitive housing Classic Homes market. We’ll not only show you a beautiful home where the “Classic Package" The Difference Really Hits Home. is included, we’ll treat you to a $4,000 discount (if you’re active military) that 719-390-6200 you can apply to additional options, upgrades or even financing! It’s a perfect time to move in—or up! So don’t wait. See Classic Homes in Lorson Ranch soon! *Pricing, incentives and availability subject to change without notice.
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — June 22, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationSelf-Help Weed Control Program — Department of Dining facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday Defense regulations require training for people Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. 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. 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. Dinner: Closed send Soldiers for training on the proper handling, Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. transportation and application of herbicides. Once Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. individuals are properly trained by the Directorate Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. of Public Works base operations contractor, Soldiers can be issued the appropriate products Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. and equipment so units can treat weeds in rocked (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. areas around their unit facilities. Weed control Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed training sessions for Soldiers are available the first LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. 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. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from 10 a.m. to noon in building 3708. Products Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed and equipment will be available for Soldiers on a hand receipt. Each unit may send up to five people Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 for training. Call 492-0166 for more information. a.m. Soldiers are required to bring DepartmentFinance travel processing — All inbound and • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family Use this number to obtain self-help Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. • Base operations contracting officer the first and third Tuesday of each month at Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 noon at the education center, building 1117,First Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located or email for questions room 120. Call University of Colorado- in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The on snow removal, grounds maintenance and Colorado Springs Army ROTC at 262-3475 for hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- contractor response to service orders. more information. Friday. The office assists Soldiers with room • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held assignments and terminations. For more information 524-0786 or email to the first and third Wednesday of each month. call 526-9707. request latrines, for service or to report damaged Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the SoldierSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson or overturned latrines. Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers must Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building be within 120 days of their expiration term of Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers should service, but must attend the briefing no later than SAMC is open to all active members and those call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for after 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transition interested in becoming future SAMC members. hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358-3275. leave. Call 526-2240/8458. The club was originally a U.S. Forces Command Questions can also be submitted by email to Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays organization of elite noncommissioned officers Know your rights. in building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. but is now an Armywide program for individuals Legal services — provided at the Soldier Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from who have met the criteria and have proven Readiness Processing site are for Soldiers under- any military occupational specialty, have a themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a going the SRP process. The SRP Legal Office general technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. board/leadership process. Contact the SAMC will only provide powers of attorney or notary citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army Physical president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 services to Soldiers processing through the SRP. Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces physical. for more information. Retirees, Family members and Soldiers not in Call 524-1461 or visit the website at http://Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of the SRP process can receive legal assistance Public Works has an incentive program to prevent and powers of attorney at the main legal office recyclable waste from going to the landfill. located at 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, next Hours of Operation Participating battalions can earn monetary to the Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance rewards for turning recyclable materials in to the prepares powers of attorney and performs notary • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from Fort Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points services on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 7:30-10:30 a.m. are assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and • Initial and partial issues — Monday- turned in and every participating battalion from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. receives money quarterly. Call 526-5898 for more • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- information about the program. Briefings Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance is held July 17-19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and the education center, building 1117, room 303c. 526-3321. cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone This training is required for all Soldiers asked to • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- numbers and points of contact for services: perform this solemn duty. Per Army Regulation 5512/6477 for approval. • Facility repair/service orders — Fort 600-8-1, this duty is limited to those in the ranks of Education Center hours of operation — The Carson Support Services service order desk can be sergeant first class to command sergeant major, Mountain Post Training and Education Center, reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies chief warrant officer 2-5 and captain and above. No building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, reservations are required to attend training. Classes • Counselor Support Center — Monday- damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Jean Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric Graves at 526-5613/ 5614 for more information. a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency • Army Learning Center — Monday- when needing trash containers, trash Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. is overflowing or emergency service is required. in building 381, conducts orientations Fridays • Defense Activity for Nontraditional • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss Education Support and Army Personnel Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ DLA processes to include turning in excess Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and for service needs or to report complaints. property, reutilizing government property, 12:30-4:30 p.m. • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan web-based tools available, special handling of Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ property and environmental needs. To schedule 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. an orientation, contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at Medical Activity Correspondence Department office • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — for receiving/ hours — The Correspondence (Release of Infor- turn in; Mike Welsh at for mation) Office in the Patient Administration Division BOSS meetings are reutilization/web tools; or Rufus Guillory at hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. held the first and third to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and federal Thursday of each Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details. month from 2-3:30 the second and third Wednesday of each month at Work Management Branch — The DPW Work p.m. at The Foxhole. the Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, Management Branch, responsible for processing Contact Cpl. Rachael 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office work orders — Facilities Engineering Work Robertson at 524-2677 recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the Requests, DA Form 4283 — is be open for or visit the BOSS office briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. processing work orders and other in-person in room 106 of The Hub for more information. Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays support from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” to 40404 to receive for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for Afternoon customer support is by appointment updates and event information. personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings only, call 526-2900. The Work Management are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Branch is located in building 1219.
  7. 7. June 22, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7 Passing the sword Command Sgt. Maj. Derryl Valk, center, receives the noncom- missioned officers sword from Lt. Col. Gerardo Meneses, left, 242nd Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), signifying his new responsibility as the senior enlisted leader for Soldiers of the “Fast, Tough, Efficient” Battalion. The passing of the sword from the outgoing senior enlisted leader, Master Sgt. Michael Kinney, right, to Valk represents the continuation of competent enlisted leadership in the battalion’s future. Photo by Jim Barnett 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 moreCall 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. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — June 22, 2012‘Raiders’ refine battle skills Story and photo by Spc. Nathan Thome Pete Erickson, commander, Company A, 1st Bn., to train during Raider Strike, because they wanted to1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 66th Armored Reg. “Soldiers set up a perimeter, so enhance their skills to accomplish the mission. 4th Infantry Division the elder and I could talk in private, while also Raider Strike is scheduled to end June 29, after providing security for the villagers.” which 1st BCT Soldiers will begin preparing to Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Upon completing training events, leaders conducted deploy to NTC, where units will use their enhancedInfantry Division, continued to train and hone an after-action review, providing units information on skills during realistic combat situations.their skills during “Raider Strike” conducted at how to improve, so “Raider” Soldiers will be better “Overall, I believe this training went very well,Fort Carson ranges, June 5, in preparation for an prepared for NTC. and Soldiers got a worthwhile experience that willupcoming rotation to the National Training Center at “We have taken everything we’ve learned and stay with them,” said Maj. Colin Brooks, executiveFort Irwin, Calif., in October. constantly tried to find ways to improve on it,” officer, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg. “Soldiers fully “Raider Strike provided extensive training to said Tylor. immersed themselves in the scenarios, each timemaneuver companies, who used the exercise to refine He said that while the majority of Fort Carson getting better with experience, which serves as antheir battle drills in a decisive action operations celebrated Iron Horse Week, 1st BCT Soldiers continued advantage for future training missions.”environment,” said Maj. Brian Herzick, firesupport coordinator, 1st BCT. The exercise offered scenarios to unitstraining for potential adversaries U.S. forcesmight face in the 21st century. In a decisiveaction training environment, Soldiers learn toassume missions ranging from deterring and Capt. Petedefeating aggression to providing humanitarian Erickson, right,assistance and engaging with allies, while training commander,partner forces. Company A, 1st During Raider Strike, Soldiers conducted Battalion, 66thhands-on training on unit maneuvers, force Armor Regiment,protection and key leader engagements, said Staff 1st Brigade CombatSgt. Robert Tylor, brigade physical security Team, 4th Infantrynoncommissioned officer-in-charge, Headquarters Division, meetsand Headquarters Company, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. with a village elder, Company A, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor played by a SoldierRegiment, 1st BCT, trained to provide security for from 4th Bn., 42nda village, while Soldiers from 4th Bn., 42nd Field Artillery Reg.,Field Artillery Regiment, 1st BCT, served as 1st BCT, during arole-players, acting as villagers and enemy forces. “Raider Strike” “During the role-playing scenario, a village training scenarioelder came to our outpost to talk about the at Camp RedAmerican presence in the area,” said Capt. Devil, June 5. INVITING YOU INTO THE ALL NEW... Certified used Hondas and other Certified used vehicles DON’T GIVE ME TEACHERS. Your GIVE ME REAL WORLD GLADIATORS. MPG HQ Your commitment to serve our country is as meaningful to us as it is to We h 785-5060 you. CTU is proud to offer support designed specifically for current and Matc USAA South Academy at Fountain g veteran military personnel and their families. Pricin * Price Protection Guarantee good on same model within 14 days of purchase... see store for details. ** Jeff Kahl, DDS Derek Kirkham, DDS and prior learning assessment COLORADO SPRINGS Zachary Houser, DMD PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Committed to your Little People, Big Smiles children’s oral health! Visit our Admission Advisor every Thursday at the Education Center. Visit, Technology with a Caring Touch Specialized treatment planning for all ages Call 877.906.6555, or Treatment under conscious sedation and general-anesthesia Digital radiography for pinpoint treatment plans and Text MILITARY to 94576 for more info. reduced radiation exposure Parents can stay with children during treatment Most insurance accepted including Military and Medicaid Welcoming New Patients Healthy Smiles (719) 522-0123 are Beary Special 9480 Briar Village Point, Suite 301 *Not all credits eligible to transfer. See the university’s catalog regarding CTU’s transfer credit policies. **Military tuition rate applicable for Associate and Bachelor’s degrees only. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at Not all programs are available to residents of all states. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. 88-30534 262458 02/12
  9. 9. June 22, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9Engineers spur development of microgrids By Dan Lafontaine field are to improve the efficiency and power generating assets on the battlefield we want to reduce fuel as much asU.S. Army Research, Development reliability of tactical power grids through to make grids more efficient.” possible, renewables and hybrid solutions and Engineering Command the implementation of intelligence into Because of transient conditions in with batteries might be the best power distribution systems. RDECOM the field, engineers must account for dif- solutions,” he said. “For closer-in grids ABERDEEN PROVING aims to accomplish this through ferent scenarios during the research and and units that have access to fuel, weGROUND, Md. — U.S. Army engi- networking power assets together and development process, Wildmann said. are developing microgrid technologiesneers are leading research on tactical being able to select the most efficient “A multitude of solutions is the to make grids as efficient and reliablemicrogrids to deliver more efficient source for the load demanded. best way to meet those different as possible. Not one technology can bepower to Soldiers across combat zones. Microgrid testing has yielded conditions,” he said. applied to all conditions.” These microgrids are designed and positive results, said Wildmann, who Fossil-fueled generator sets are Emerging power and energybuilt to provide power independently of has worked with CERDEC’s Army the primary source of power for the technologies also hold promise fortraditional grids and to integrate multiple Power Division for six years. Army; however, CERDEC is developing further reductions in fuel consumptionsources of energy for use and storage. “We’ve been able to demonstrate solutions that use renewable power when Soldiers are not connected to The U.S. Army Research, these technologies and prove they are sources, he said. permanent, reliable power grids. HeDevelopment and Engineering Command ready for production. Last year, we For larger mobile tactical grids said one possibility is the Stirlingis developing microgrid technologies developed a microgrid (for a) demon- where generators are the primary source engine driven generator, which couldspecifically to meet requirements unique stration at Fort Devens, Mass.,” he of power, advancements are necessary to be quieter, more eff icient andto the battlefield, said Christopher said. “The system was able to network make renewable power sources lighter, require less maintenance than theWildmann, an electrical engineer with multiple generators together and smaller, more power dense and easier typical internal combustion engine.RDECOM’s Communications — demonstrate a 37-percent reduction in to transport before they become a “The products we are working hereElectronics Research, Development and fuel consumption by intelligently viable solution for tactical microgrids. within CERDEC can be very beneficialEngineering Center at Fort Belvoir, Va. managing those existing sources based For smaller, more remote appli- in the future to microgrids. For example, “CERDEC is one of the first and on the load. cations, CERDEC is developing hybrid (we could use) fuel cells, smallerleading organizations to develop tactical “CERDEC also manages the hybrid trailer systems that use renewable power generators or Stirling power systems.microgrid technologies,” he said. intelligent power program, which is a sources and can drastically reduce fuel At some point, (these alternatives) can be“Technologies on the forefront of the tactical microgrid program to build a consumption. implemented into a microgrid to furtherbattlefield have to be very small and standardized system that utilizes all “For very remote operations where reduce fuel (requirements),” he said.lightweight, which raises new challengesto the microgrid market. “All other microgrid effortsgoing on in (the Department ofDefense) are for installations. Theyare larger systems where tacticalmobility is not a requirement.” Wildmann directly supportsProject Manager Mobile ElectricPower, the military’s procurement andsupport agency for electric powergeneration on tactical battlefields, inthe research and development oftechnologies for transition to production. “The work in tactical microgrids hasbeen a new challenge to the DOD andindustry because of the strict environ-mental and ruggedness requirements,” hesaid. “Installation microgrid projects inindustry don’t have those requirements.They can use a lot of (commercial off-the-shelf) components since there are norestrictions on size, weight and mobility.” U.S. Army photo RDECOM’s primary goals in this Intelligent distribution boxes are used to enable microgrids. Having an Open House? Let our readers know! ONLY $30 For more information call 719-329-5236 or email m
  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — June 22, 2012Culinary academyenhances skills Story and photos by Spc. Nathan Thome Spc. Cassandra Stills, food ser- vice specialist, Headquarters and1st Brigade Combat Team Public Headquarters Company, 4th BrigadeAffairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, said she believes her skills greatly As Soldiers filed into a room filled improved due to the instruction, andwith stoves, sinks and countertops looks forward to sharing what shestacked with breakfast ingredients, an learned with co-workers.instructor called out menu items. Each “I learned a lot about food safetyfood service specialist gathered the and culinary skills, but my favoriteappropriate ingredients, took his part of the course was working withstation and put his culinary skills to the other cooks as a team,” said, cooking a breakfast feast. Phuong Le, food service specialist, The event tested the culinary skills Troop D, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalryof food service specialists from units Reg., 1st BCT. “When we cooked, Iacross post to enhance their culinary didn’t feel like I was the only oneskills and gain knowledge to share with there; we worked together and foundSoldiers in their units they work with on ways to improve each other’s dishes,a daily basis. making the overall product a success Addressing food sanitation, safety through teamwork.”and personal hygiene, the June 4-14 Soldiers showed enthusiasm forFort Carson Culinary Academy Food the course through their cooking, suchService Enhancement course’s goal is as Pfc. Jonathan Childers, who tookto refine the skills of personnel returning careful consideration to ensure anfrom deployment, and integrate newly omelet he made was evenly cooked andarrived Soldiers, who recently completed folded to perfection.advanced individual training to “During hands-on training, thebecome Army food service specialists, instructor spent time assisting eachsaid Maurice Elekwachi, an instructor Soldier and critiquing their dish,” saidat the academy. Childers, food service specialist, The course consisted of 80 hours of Company G, 4th Bn., 42nd Fieldclassroom and hands-on instruction and Artillery Reg., 1st BCT.three evaluations: a practical exercise, On the last day of class, Soldiersa written test and a final cooking prepared a six-course meal for theirchallenge, which required the use of the noncommissioned officers and com-food service specialists’ combined skills. manders, using knowledge and skills Upon completion of the course, they acquired from the course. a single unit,” said Le. “I plan to Pfc. Phuong Le, food service specialist,Soldiers returned to their units with the “When I go back to work, I will improve food quality at the ‘Raider’ Troop D, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalryknowledge to handle, prepare and cook use my experience to train Soldiers I dining facility, so Soldiers will continue Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team,food in a safer capacity, said Elekwachi. work with, so everyone can function as to enjoy the food we cook.” 4th Infantry Division, mashes dough in a bowl, while preparing biscuits for his breakfast assignment, during a Food Service Enhancement course at the Fort Carson Culinary Academy June 12. “... we worked together and found ways to improve each other’s dishes, making the overall product a success through teamwork.” — Pfc. Phuong Le Spc. Cassandra Stills, food service specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th infantry Division, mixes gravy for biscuits as part of her breakfast assignment, June 12.
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  12. 12. 12 MOUNTAINEER — June 22, 2012Soldier helps comrades achieve ‘American Dream’ Story and photo by Spc. Nathan Thome1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Spc. Stephen Bass enlisted in the Army inAugust 2009, and has helped Soldiers and theirFamilies with financial assistance and real estateopportunities ever since. A unit supply specialist assigned to Headquartersand Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division, Bass uses 10 years ofexperience as a real estate agent to provide voluntaryassistance to anyone wanting to buy a home. “Raider” Soldiers, such as Sgt. Douglass Knighton,“I believe combat engineer, Company if people C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st BCT, pur- make smart chased a house using Bass’ knowledge and experience financial working in real estate. “After our deployment choices, to Afghanistan, I talked to Bass about buying a house, those and he was extremely Spc. Stephen Bass, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, helpful during the process,” searches through the brigade inventory at the “Raider” Brigade headquarters building, June 14. Using 10 years of choices can Knighton said. “He real estate experience, Bass wrote a book on home buying while deployed to Afghanistan. change explained every step, and said if I followed his Sandy Bass. “He does everything he can to ensure investing, they will benefit in the long run, said Bass. their lives.” instructions, I could buy a house and profit from it.” people who want help get the information they need. I can tell it’s something he loves by the way Soldiers who save money during their deployments, can buy houses for cash when they return and get — Spc. Stephen Bass Always willing to sit he gets so involved with explaining ways to save rental checks for life, he said. down and discuss finances (money) and profit.” Bass will separate from the Army in November with his comrades, Bass has Having witnessed Soldiers return from deployments and move with his Family to Las Vegas, but stillhelped many fellow Raiders with financial planning. with nothing to show for it inspired Bass to start plans to support his fellow Soldiers by visiting “I believe if people make smart financial choices, writing a book during his limited free time, while nearby Army posts and offering financial guidance tothose choices can change their lives,” Bass said. deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Soldiers and veterans. He wrote a book during his deployment to Bass finished writing his book in May, and decided “Anybody can do what I did, and pay off a homeAfghanistan, so he could continue to share his to self-publish it. In the final stages of editing, the to start making an income from it,” said Bass. “Iknowledge with others to improve their quality of life. book should be released in July. just hope I’ve done my part to inspire Soldiers to “I’m so proud of Stephen,” said his wife, If Soldiers educate themselves, and learn the art of get their piece of the ‘American Dream.’”
  13. 13. June 22, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 13 The Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division Color Guard renders honors to Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general of 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, requesting permission to post the colors, signifying the start of the 237th Army Birthday Ball at Fort Carson Special Events Center, Saturday.237 yearsCarsonhostsbirthdayball By Sgt. 1st Class Brent Williams 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office commemorated 237 years of the Army’s service to the nation, in particular, the Soldiers and Families and Fort Carson food service specialists and entertainment provided by 4th Inf. Div. Band’s Photo by Jim Barnett who constitute the defense of freedom and the The Mile High Band, commanding general of The solitary single drum roll triggered the American way of life through their continued North American Aerospace Defense Commandentrance of the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters service and sacrifice. and U.S. Northern Command, Gen. Charles H.and Headquarters Battalion Color Guard, and with Commanders from 4th Inf. Div. and tenant Jacoby Jr., joined Anderson, Stall, and Pvt. Tylerpermission from the commanding general, the units raised their glasses to toast the commander Heuer, in cutting the Army cake.posting of the colors. Centered on stage, the national in chief, the Armed Forces, the U.S. Army, the See Army ball on Page 20colors, Army flag and division guidon adorned state of Colorado, the Mountain Post and itsin streamers served as a reminder to all those in Soldiers, the spouses and the Families ofattendance the reason for the formal occasion. Soldiers currently deployed, and ushered in Hosted by Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, a moment of silence in honor of fallencommanding general, 4th Infantry Division and comrades. Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall,Fort Carson, Soldiers celebrated the 237th birthday senior enlisted leader of the “Iron Horse”of America’s Army during a formal ball at the Division, also called for a special toast from theSpecial Events Center, Saturday. gentlemen in honor of the ladies in attendance. “All I can say is that this ball is a great success, Fort Carson Noncommissioned Officer ofand what a great way this is to celebrate our own the Year Staff Sgt. Mitchell Howard, financial237th birthday,” Anderson said to the Soldiers, management technician, 230th Financialfriends and their loved ones gathered before him. Management Company, 43rd Special Troops Before introducing the evening’s guest speaker, Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, remindedAnderson thanked the Fort Carson Soldiers and patrons at the ball of the fallen SoldiersDepartment of Defense civilians for taking time to who made the ultimate sacrifice, lighting ashare in the centuries-old Army history of tradition ceremonial candle and tilting a chair inand camaraderie. remembrance of those who could not attend In honor of the men and women serving in the formal occasion.countries around the world, the traditional ball Following dinner served by 4th Inf. Div. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Williams Fort Carson Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Staff Sgt. Mitchell Howard, 230th Finance Company, 43rd Special Troops Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, lights a candle in remembrance of the Soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the nation’s history. Soldiers of 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson celebrate the Army’s 237th birthday with a traditional Army ball in honor of the men and women in uniform at the Special Events Center, Saturday. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Williams