Vol. 70 No. 29 June 29, 2012 Word of the month: Excellence Photo by Devin FisherThe Waldo Canyon Fire burns on the mountainside near U.S. Air Force Academy, officials accepted military evacuees in shelters in the Special Events Center andMountain Shadows and Peregrine neighborhoods, Tuesday evening. The fire, which Youth Services Center. Twenty-four firefighters from the Fort Carson Firebegan Saturday, expanded to 15,324 acres as of Wednesday morning. Fort Carson Department help battle the blaze.Post hosts USAFA evacuees By Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff of staff. “We prepared for this type of scenario and because of that preparation we were able to ease the process for over 60 evacuees. We will continue to an engine,” said Chief Glen Silloway, Fort Carson Fire Department, Directorate of Emergency Services. Fire department officials said 24 firefighters and Residents from the U.S. Air Force Academy, support our servicemembers and their loved ones in eight firefighting vehicles assisted in a mutual aidMountain Shadows and Peregrine neighborhoods whatever way we can. Additionally, we will continue effort with the city of Colorado Springs.evacuated Tuesday evening to shelters on Fort Carson as to support the greater Colorado Springs community “We’re continuing to support on this,” said Battalionthe Waldo Canyon Fire threatened homes northwest under constraints of federal statutes.” Chief Tom Joyce, Fort Carson Fire Department.of Interstate 25. The fires, which began Saturday, burned 15,324 Evacuees, including Soldiers stationed at Fort Fort Carson officials began preparing for evacuees acres as of press time, Wednesday. Carson, gathered at the SEC and Youth ServicesMonday in the Special Events Center. Firefighters from Fort Carson joined more than Center shelters with their pets. “Our Soldiers and civilians came together to 1,000 firefighters battling the blaze, which continues Family member Karina Arias said she had 15support servicemembers from the U.S. Air Force to pose a threat to residential neighborhoods and is minutes to evacuate.Academy displaced by the fires,” said Col. Bruce not expected to be contained until mid-July. See Fire on Page 4Antonia, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson chief “We received a call pretty early Saturday requesting Message board INSIDE The Independence Day celebration scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled due to the high fire danger and Page 15 current situation. Page 3 Pages 22-23
2 MOUNTAINEER — June 29, 2012 MOUNTAINEER Independence DayCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. David L. GrossoFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Celebrate safely By Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson the particular activity. Dee McNutt Commanding general, 4th Infantry Division Many other summerChief, Print and Web Communications: and Fort Carson activities are covered in Rick Emert the Personal Composite This Fourth of July holiday all Americans will Risk Management GuideEditor: Devin Fisher celebrate the independence of our great nation — an which is a subset of theStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland independence that was hard earned through the immense Fort Carson Summer SafetyHappenings: Nel Lampe effort and suffering of our forefathers. We continue the Campaign. First line spirit of their dedication to freedom here at home and leadership will also ensureSports writer: Walt Johnson around the world to this day. that personnel travelingLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall As we celebrate this weekend, many of us will be via vehicle beyond 150 traveling, barbecuing, hiking and conducting water activities. miles complete the Travel This commercial enterprise newspaper is These and many other activities can present hazards, that if not Risk Planning Systeman authorized publication for members of the mitigated, can cause serious harm. This fiscal year, Fort Carson which can be found on theDepartment of Defense. Contents of theMountaineer are not necessarily the officialview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or has lost five team members and another 118 have been injured in off-duty accidents. These accidents are disabling to our Safety Center website at https://safety.army.mil. Andersonthe Department of the Army. 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The noticeable revolutions across the various countries All correspondence or queries regardingadvertising and subscriptions should be directed are signs of people fighting for their freedom and yearningto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper It was two years ago, the beginning of my volunteer for an “independence day,” such as what we have here inGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, experience at Fort Carson, that the former commanding the United States. Having one of the most powerful armedColorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. general spoke the words that I had always wanted to forces in the world, Americans get a taste of freedom The Mountaineer’s editorial content is hear about Independence Day. each and every day. 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June 29, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3 EOD troops return home Story and photo by Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff “We engaged in a different kind of battle.” Bradley commended his Soldiers for their continued service on and off the battlefield. Family members and friends welcomed home 33 “We served our country and protected our Soldiers and one civilian from the 71st Ordnance Families,” he said. Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Wednesday at Family members said they experienced an array Waller Physical Fitness Center. of emotions waiting for their Soldiers to return. “I’m extremely excited,” said Chief Warrant “I have butterflies in my stomach,” said Monica Officer 2 Jeremy Lance as his three children, Cazares, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Eddie Cazares. “He Jeremiah, John and Abby clung to him. “These little called me when he landed and said he’s ready to see me.” guys needed to see me and I needed to see them. I’ve Allen Bower arrived at Waller Physical Fitness been waiting too long to see them.” Center two hours ahead of the ceremony to welcome Abby, 8, said she was excited to have her father home his son, Staff Sgt. Cody Bower. home. “I wanted to make sure I found the building,” “I like to play video games with him,” she said. he said. Jeremiah, 6, said he enjoyed playing tag and Allen Bower said he drove from Nebraska to games with his father. John, 3, agreed. welcome his son home. “I like to have him home,” he said. “I missed being able to call him,” he said. “I just Amanda Lance, Jeremy Lance’s wife, said the want to see him.” deployment was difficult, but technology made it Abigail Carouth, 2, held up a welcome home sign easier for her and her children. for her great-grandfather, Jessie Brumly, who served “It was a lot easier on them than the first as the 71st EOD safety officer. deployment,” she said. “Skype made it much easier.” Sheryll Williams, wife of Chap. (Maj.) Todd The Soldiers deployed July 2011 to Afghanistan, Williams, said a strong support group helped her partnering with coalition forces and Afghan National through the yearlong separation. Security Forces. “God surrounded me with a great group of “Our troops faced a hybrid threat that requires a people,” she said. “I kept busy with prayer groups hybrid warrior,” said Col. Leo Bradley, commander. and went hiking with friends.” Before the ceremony, Miriam Alicea, mother of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeremy Lance, 71st Spc. Alex Alicea, wiped tears from her eyes. Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) is “It’s been a roller coaster (of emotions), especially welcomed home by his three children, John, Jeremiah when you see the news from Afghanistan,” she said. and Abby, Wednesday at a welcome home ceremony. “I’m anxious, nervous and happy. I want to see him.”HUGE 5 DAY SALE 4TH OF JULY SALE July 4th THRU July 8th HUGE GAME CONSOLE SALE CONSOLE GIVEAWAYSMust be 18 years of age, pick up your free ticket the day of the drawing. Drawing promptly at 9:00 p.m. each night www.entertainmart.com
4 MOUNTAINEER — June 29, 2012Wyka, Kira earn IMCOM honors Story and photo by Susan C. Galentine My No. 2 priority is developing the people that of Fort Carson at no cost to the Army. Construction for Directorate of Public Works public relations work for me and with me,” he said. the range is set to begin in spring 2012 and will Fort Carson has evolved into a better place to provide a critical training location for Fort Carson Working hard and taking care of people has its live, work and play in the four years he has served as Soldiers, local government agencies and civilians.rewards, which Joe Wyka, Directorate of Public the Engineering Division chief, according to the His leadership style is one that championsWorks Engineering Division chief, learned when he nomination. Wyka’s ability to forge education advancement of his staff.won the Army’s DPW Engineering and Planning partnerships led to positive working He developed a monthly ProfessionalExecutive of the Year Award for 2011. relationships on construction projects Development Group open to all the Also honored is the Fort Carson base operations such as the new commissary, divisions of the DPW in an effortand maintenance contractor, Kira, who earned the Fountain-Fort Carson School to improve motivation, networkingDPW Support Contractor of the Year Award. District 8’s Weikel Elementary and support for any and all staff “Both Kira and Joe Wyka are very deserving of School and, more recently, the Fort professional development.this recognition,” said Hal Alguire, DPW director. Carson Resiliency Campus. The Engineering Division chief“Kira does a great job in keeping our facilities and Wyka’s customer-oriented is looking forward to the future.infrastructure in great shape. Joe is a superb leader approach can be seen in how he “I love to work for the Unitedand innovative thinker. We are lucky to have them interacts with Fort Carson agencies States Army and I plan to make asupporting both Soldiers and Families at Fort Carson.” across the installation. He says he career in the Army system,” Wyka said. A relative newcomer to Department of the Army gets along with everyone and Kira was recognized as the DPWcivil service, Wyka came to Fort Carson in 2008 ensures relationships stay healthy by Support Contractor of the Year forafter serving as chief deputy city engineer for the getting out in the field to interact its excellence in providing a broadcity of Mansfield, Ohio, a town of roughly 50,000people. He also served as an active-duty Army with his customers more than staying behind his desk. He says Wyka spectrum of services to support Fort Carson and at Piñon Canyonengineer officer for six years. he takes the time to understand the Maneuver Site, including mainte- His nomination highlights a people person needs of the customers and tries to find ways to say nance and repair of all facilities and equipment,dedicated to making Fort Carson an improved, more “yes” instead of “no.” weed control, grounds maintenance, snow removal,sustainable installation for the Soldiers, Families and A strong proponent of sustainability, under Wyka’s water supply and distribution systems, wastewatercivilians who work here. leadership, the DPW has seen tremendous growth in collection and treatment systems and central energy “It is not about me,” Wyka said of the award the area of U.S. Green Building Council Leadership plants management.recognition. “Fort Carson has moved forward in some in Energy and Environmental Design certified The contractor, who has been in place sincereally bold and dynamic ways, and it has been fun facility construction, including the Silver LEED-level 2006, maintains high positive feedback fromto be a part of it.” renovation of the DPW’s own building 1219. customers and a proven safety track record. Since Wyka said he focuses on two things each day He was a key advocate and partner in a recent July 2006, the contractor has received more thanat work. high-profile cooperative project with EI Paso County to 28,500 customer comments with an overall “My No. 1 priority is supporting the mission. establish a public shooting range immediately outside “excellent” rating of 95 percent.Fir e said Sabine Clark, Directorate of were also available to help where members in uniform. Family and Morale, Welfare and needed. Sgt. Ryan Hoyme, U.S. Armyfrom Page 1 Recreation facility manager. “If we get Bill Reed, SEC manager, said this Garrison Fort Carson, arrived at the too crowded, we have shelters at the wasn’t the first time the SEC has been SEC with his wife and two sons, “It was horrible,” she said. “The youth center and other gyms.” converted into a makeshift shelter. Davin, 9, and Logan, 10. Hoyme saidflames were already on the grass.” Clark said her staff began preparing “A couple years ago we set up for the his son, Davin, was playing outside Arias said her home, near 30th for an evacuation scenario Monday. Cañon City Fire,” he said. “After 9/11, we when the orders to evacuate came.Street and Centennial Boulevard, was “You want this to be smooth,” said had a whole battalion set up in here for a “He didn’t have time to grab aat risk of burning. Nick Nicholson, DFMWR staff member. month. Been there and done this one.” shirt,” Hoyme said. “They put us on “I just don’t know if my house is on “We want to mitigate their suffering USO volunteers handed out care pre-evacuation orders and 15 minutesfire or not,” she said. “You just don’t by taking care of their basic needs.” packages with toiletries, snacks, cell later they were telling us to leave.”know what to do.” Nicholson said the center had phone chargers and crossword puzzles Hoyme said volunteers at the Volunteers and military personnel phones for evacuees to get in touch to evacuees. SEC were able to provide his sonwere prepared to help Arias and other with loved ones, a television with “We have eight volunteers and with a sweatshirt.evacuees. continuous news coverage and cots. more on standby,” said Phil Martinez, “I’ve been through hurricanes, “We’re anticipating 400 (evacuees),” Medical personnel from Evans Army Rocky Mountain USO director. “We’re earthquakes, tornadoes and snowstorms, Community Hospital, here for the whole night.” but this is my first forest fire,” he military police, fire As evacuees continued to trickle said. “I’m a combat veteran and I can department personnel in, Soldier volunteers from several handle a lot, but I’m a family man. … and commissary workers units set up cots for their displaced I want to make sure they’re OK.” Photo by Andrea SutherlandSgt. Matthew Anders, 7th Squadron, 10th CavalryRegiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,registers with evacuation officials at the Special Events Photo by Andrea SutherlandCenter Tuesday as his wife, Leslie, comforts their twin Evacuees try to calm animals at the Youth Services Center, Wednesday. Sixty military evacuees came to Fort Carson3-year-olds, Nathan and Riley. shelters to escape the Waldo Canyon Fire.
June 29, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5438th Med. heads to Afghanistan By Spc. Nathan Thome 1st Brigade Combat Team Public The 438th Med. Soldiers trained diligently to prepare for their deployment Affairs, 4th Infantry Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, said Maj. Richard Curtis, rear Soldiers assigned to 438th Medical detachment commander, 10th CSH.Detachment (Veterinary Service), 10th The unit will assume responsibility forCombat Support Hospital, held a setting up six veterinary clinics, strategi-deployment ceremony at Manhart Field cally placed so they can be easily reachedMonday to say goodbye to Family and by coalition forces.friends before leaving for Afghanistan in The Soldiers will also oversee allsupport of Operation Enduring Freedom. food tasks, including safety, security and “This ceremony is signifying the fact inspection of the food supply supportingthat we are deploying and leaving the military forces in Afghanistan.Families supporting us behind,” said Lt. Col. “Soldiers will perform their missionHoward Gobble, commander, 438th Med. in nearly every province of Afghanistan,“This unit stood up almost two years ago, and while the 438th Med. Det. is inand is now going forward to take on the charge, Afghanistan will know excellenceentire veterinary mission of Afghanistan.” in veterinary services, because these While deployed, the 58 Soldiers will Soldiers are the best in their field,” saidprovide comprehensive veterinary services, Curtis. “They have worked hard andfood safety and defense and stability trained hard to become that way.”operations to U.S. and joint coalition The veterinary Soldiers of 438th Med.forces in Afghanistan. are slated for a nine-month deployment “We have been practicing and working to Afghanistan.a lot with the community, universities, AirForce Academy and shelters (to prepare Soldiers assigned to 438th Medicalfor the deployment),” said Gobble. “We Detachment (Veterinary Service), 10thhave performed between 25 and 100 Combat Support Hospital, stand insurgeries a week on horses, falcons and formation during a deploymentchickens, so I think we are ready to step up ceremony at Manhart Field, Monday.to the challenge.” Photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram 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! www.classichomes.com 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 MOUNTAINEER — June 29, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationSelf-Help Weed Control Program — Department of Facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Mon, Tues, Thurs Wed (July 4) Defense regulations require training for people Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed 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: Closed Dinner: Closed send Soldiers for training on the proper handling, Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. 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. 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: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. of Public Works base operations contractor, Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Soldiers can be issued the appropriate products Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and equipment so units can treat weeds in rocked Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed areas around their unit facilities. Weed control training sessions for Soldiers are available the first LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 @mail.mil. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 FtCarsonTDS@gmail.com. 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 www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. 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- email@example.com 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 mail.mil 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. @mail.mil. an orientation, contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at Medical Activity Correspondence Department office • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — firstname.lastname@example.org for receiving/ hours — The Correspondence (Release of Infor- turn in; Mike Welsh at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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8 MOUNTAINEER — June 29, 2012Soldiers train to Story and photos by Pfc. Andrew Ingram young troop should know how to handle himself as an individual, but for a unit and 92 training ranges to facilitate exercises ranging from a practice hand guessing as they go through the training lanes to keep them from becoming 4th Infantry Division Public to be effective in combat, it needs grenade course to live-fire gunnery complacent,” he said. “Range Control Affairs Office Soldiers to work as a cohesive team,” ranges for M1A2 Abrams tanks. and guys over at the (Fort Carson said Maj. Jason Little, training officer, The dedicated staff of Department Mission Training Complex) have done During basic combat training and 4th Infantry Division. “That is why we of Defense civilians and contractors a great job with the training area here,advanced individual training, Soldiers put such an emphasis on training here responsible for Fort Carson training work and I think Soldiers who put in thepractice the simplest warrior tasks and at Fort Carson,” tirelessly to improve the quality of work should be ready for whatever theydrills; learn the Army Values, customs and Fort Carson provides 114,541 acres equipment, systems, and facilities, have to face downrange.”courtesies; and acquire knowledge neces- of maneuver area, sophisticated training providing tough, realistic training for Fort Carson Range Operationssary to succeed as a professional Soldier. simulators capable of mirroring almost Soldiers and their units, said Little. officer, Mike Camp, and a team of “By the end of their training, a any situation a unit might face in combat, “We have to keep the Soldiers contractors educate unit leaders about training opportunities and enforce post safety standards. “A lot is going on at Fort Carson right now. It is a very valuable training post,” Camp said. “On the west side of post, we have mountainous terrain similar to the terrain found in Afghanistan. On the east side, we have prairies where we can train Abrams tanks and (M2A3) Bradley Fighting Vehicles.” In addition to dozens of ranges designed to strengthen Soldiers’ familiarity and accuracy with their assigned weapons, the training area also boasts a village-sized Military Operations on Urban Terrain site and a shoot house, complete with cameras to review training operations. Camp said his team bears the responsibility of maintaining Fort Carson training, a continuous task that requires even more vigilance as units from across the military visit the “Home of the 4th Inf. Div.” to hone Left: Cpl. Amanda Martinez and Staff Sgt. Steven Brandon, 110th Military Police Company, 759th MP Battalion, enter a building to search for a mock insurgent during a training exercise at Fort Carson Training Area Range 49, Jan. 19. Pfc. Joseph Leonguerrero, Company F, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment,1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, hones his marksmanship skills using an M2 Browning machine gun simulator at the Fort Carson Mission TrainingComplex, March 14.
June 29, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9excel at Carsontheir skills in preparation fordeployment to Afghanistan. Integrated Laser Engagement System) their specific career fields.” gear, or blanks, they know no one will For a cavalry scout, that means $700 or $70,000 on the range.” Leaders can also gain experience by “The big draw point for Fort Carson actually shoot them back,” he said. “We increased training with the Bradley directing large-scale operations, directingis our altitude and our terrain, because give them a paintball gun and hard Fighting Vehicle, a multimillion dollar Soldiers operating multiple simulatorsit is very close to the terrain Soldiers powder paintballs; they know, when track vehicle used for reconnaissance, to achieve a common objective.will run into in Afghanistan,” he said. somebody shoots them, it’s going to with the capabilities of inflicting heavy The tactical simulations greatly Brigade combat teams from across hurt, so they train a lot better.” damage to enemy fortifications, increase a Soldier’s reaction time andthe Army practice moving through the With troops out of Iraq and a materiel and personnel. situational awareness, helping unitssteep, rocky landscape of the Fort drawdown planned for Afghanistan, To become proficient with the vehicle identify and eliminate threats moreCarson training area, while aviation training is becoming even and its weapons systems, quickly and efficiently, said Marvinunits visit Fort Carson for High more important to maintain cavalry scouts spend Weeks, exercise manager, FortAltitude Mountain Environmental a unit’s combat readiness, “A lot of the extensive amounts of time Carson MTC.Training, learning to fly helicopters atheights and over terrains similar to said Little. “For the past 10 years Soldiers who maneuvering and firing at simulated enemies, an “A lot of the Soldiers who train here return from deployment and thankthose found in Afghanistan. or so, units have deployed train here return incredibly expensive task. us for the training we gave them,” said “We just hosted a big exercise with pretty frequently,” Little Fort Carson Soldiers Weeks. “They say the muscle memorythe 101st Airborne Division,” Camp said. “They trained from from deployment train at the Mission they developed in our simulators keptsaid. “We’ve even had Marine units combat experience and and thank us for Training Complex to them alive in combat. That benefitcome up to train here.” focused on f ighting mitigate the costs of alone is immeasurable.” Keeping training tools and scenarios insurgents and training the training we constant field training The U.S. military sets itself aparton file for leaders to build their field local forces. Now that gave them.” exercises, said Little. from armed forces around the worldtraining exercises, Camp said he wants things are slowing down, The MTC features through constant training and self-Soldiers to see his team as an asset we are focusing on deci- — Marvin Weeks hundreds of programs evaluation, said Little.during their training cycles. sive action operations, ranging from the “We are the best, because we make “We are a very flexible Range preparing our Soldiers for conflict with Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 training our priority,” Little said. “WeControl,” he said. “We do our best to conventional armies, in addition to weapons training simulators to Bradley learn what works in combat, and thenaccommodate all the units we work with. (countering) an insurgency.” and Abrams tank simulators. At the we share it with our leaders, peersIf a young leader is trying to find a place “During the past 10 years, a cavalry training center, Soldiers can conduct a and Soldiers. That is what makes usfor his unit to conduct a team live-fire scout may have been called on to do a wide array of training scenarios, from the best Army in the world — ourrange, they can just give us a call.” more infantry-based mission, so they simulated convoy live-fire exercises to dedication to always improving Range Control also offers units up focused on infantry tactics — kicking hostage negotiation training. ourselves as Soldiers, organizationsto 700 paint ball guns designed to in doors,” Little said. “Now, with “It is a huge money-saving initia- and a fighting force, as a whole.”replicate M16 rifles and M4 carbines to deployments decreasing, there will tive,” said Sean Bolduc, MTC director. Using the post’s state of the art facil-add a level of realism to their training. be extended periods of train up time, “We can run operations rain or ities and highly trained staff, Fort Carson “When a Soldier clears buildings so there will be more time for units shine. 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10 MOUNTAINEER — June 29, 2012‘Silver Lions’ train on grenades By Sgt. Khori Johnson a practice range to adjust their distance and accuracy. Colorado, the Soldiers could only lob the empty3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, Typically, Soldiers would practice by throwing grenade bodies. 4th Infantry Division fused, dummy-grenade rounds that give off a loud“Overall, our job is about safety,” said Sgt. pop and a small spark. Due to the statewide fire ban Gregory Vasquez, Company B team leader and Assuming a natural stance, balancing weight in response to the dry weather and large fires in one of many noncommissioned officers providingequally on both feet, Pfc. Robert Berg gripped the supervision during the exercise, taking Soldiersgrenade, holding it shoulder high. The infantryman through the process step-by-step.removed the safety clip and pin, and with the The second part of the training event took thestyle of an Olympian, lobbed it overhand toward Soldiers in “buddy teams” through a grenadethe target in the distance. course designed to simulate different scenarios Leaders with Company B, 1st Battalion, 68th where a grenade might be properly used. SoldiersArmor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, engaged targets in the open and hidden in4th Infantry Division, recently familiarized its bunkers, which required Soldiers to crawl to theless-experienced Soldiers on the proper use of entrance before delivering a grenade on the target.the device during a hand grenade course in June On the second day of the training, eachat the practice and live hand grenade ranges. Soldier threw two live M67 grenades at a target “Silver Lions” Soldiers trained on the M-67 located on the opposite side of a large hill.fragmentation grenade, learning the importance Company B leadership played a major part inof proper storage and use of grenades, and the the success of the exercise, said Spc. Matthewappropriate technique for deploying grenades. England, Company B. The two-week training exercise assisted “They were very helpful,” he said. “TheySoldiers in becoming more comfortable, familiar- walked us through it and reassured some of theizing troops with employing grenades on the Soldiers that were less-experienced throwers.”battlefield, said Staff Sgt. Randy Martin, At the end of the training and after throwingCompany B squad leader. 200 live grenades, 75 Soldiers qualified on the “This is the first time the company has held use of hand grenades.(a grenade range) in nearly … two years,” said Martin said the training helped many ofMartin. “This a good experience for our Soldiers. the Soldiers feel more confident with theIt builds confidence in them.” weapon system. Company B took a week preparing for the “When someone is scared of the weapontraining with a series of classes covering Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Jelle they have and don’t use it properly, that’s whenguidelines pertaining to using grenades. Pfc. Robert Berg prepares to lob a training grenade from an accidents happen,” he said. The Soldiers began the “live-fire” portion of the open position, while Spc. 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12 MOUNTAINEER — June 29, 2012 Soldiers take to skies for Story and photos by Spc. Nathan Thome to apply innovative tactical maneuvers while safety briefing and cold load training, where the 1st Brigade Combat Team Public clearing objectives. troops hastily mounted and dismounted from a Affairs, 4th Infantry Division “Soldiers gained insight into various threats at stationary helicopter. decisive action lanes and combined arms live-fire After completing initial training, Soldiers began As a CH-47 Chinook landed, infantrymen exercises,” said Capt. Otis Ingram, commander, the air assault exercise by loading onto helicopters dismounted, moving into a column formation. Company B. and flying to a target location, where they landed Nearing the objective, a small village in the Decisive action blends the principles of counterin- on a ridgeline overlooking a mock village. distance, the troops assaulted the town after shots surgency warfare with the variety of threats U.S. When the Company B Soldiers received “enemy” rang out from all directions. A squad of Soldiers forces could face in the 21st century, Ingram said. small arms fire, the teams engaged the role-players, laid down suppressive fire, while fire teams moved Soldiers began the operation with an aircraft working their way through the village, clearing and toward the complex and began clearing operations. Soldiers assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted scenario-based air assault training at the Fort Carson Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise Range, June 21. Training with assistance from pilots assigned to 1st Armored Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade, “Raider” Soldiers enhanced their individual combat skills by learning Soldiers assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, practice dismounting from the ramp of a stationary CH-47 Chinook during the cold load portion of air assault training at Fort Carson Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise Range, June 21. Let Us Help Y P You Prepare For Summer Driving! EXPERIENCE A MORE BEAUTIFUL YOU! SHIN SA DONGEver yEvery Full Service Is A 16-Po r Ser vice 16-Point Point MILITARY DISCOUNTS KOREAN RESTAURANT Revi view!Preventive Maintenance Review! Breast Enlargement We have delicious foods $5.00 OFF Breast Lift with the best prices! We always have 8 or more side dishes A FULL SERVICE E OFFER VALID AT THE BELOW OFFER VALID AT THE BELOW COLORADO SPRINGS LOCATIONS COLORADO SPRINGS LOCAT ONS TI Tummy Tuck that come with every food for FREE! OIL CHANGE! CHANGE! 350 South 8th St. Liposuction 10% Military Discount* Phone: 719-520-00644 FREE CONSULTATION 3795 Airport Blvd. We make tasty foods such as: Valid only at the 350 South 8th St. and Affordable Financing Options O. CO. 3795 Airport Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO Phone: 719-570-6112 2 DOUGLAS J. RASKIN, M.D., D.M.D Not valid with any other offers. Offer expires 9/30/12. MTFS05 Mon.-Fri. 8-6 Sat. 8-5 Sun. 9-4 9 No Appointment Needed! Needed d! Baylor, Harvard & Stanford Trained Certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery 3845 E. Pikes Peak Ave. ONLY WHAT YOU NEED. YOU NEED. Colorado Springs, CO 80909 GUARANTEED. 638-2695 WE’VEO NGOTO MYOURATBACK. JOIN OUR LINE C MUNITY