Vol. 70 No. 34 Aug. 24, 2012 Word of the month: Confidence Team of Year EOD earns top honors By Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff A three-man explosive ordnance disposal team from Fort Carson emerged victorious in the EOD Team of the Year competition held Aug. 13-17 at Fort Knox, Ky. “It was humbling,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Thompson, team leader, 663rd Ordnance Company, 242nd EOD Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD). “We competed against many EOD Soldiers and we competed in front of the entire command.” Thompson, along with Staff Sgt. Josue Sandoval and Sgt. Matthew Bagley, completed a dozen EOD tasks and defeated four EOD teams from across the U.S. to earn the title. Last held in 2001, this year marked the first time EOD Soldiers participated in the competition due to frequent deployments in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. “For the EOD world, this is the Best Ranger or Best Sapper (competition),” Thompson said. “There wasn’t a lot of separation between first and last.” Competition officials said only a few points separated the field, which consisted of top teams from the 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Campbell, Ky.; 49th Chemical Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; and the 111th Ordnance Group (EOD), a National Guard unit from Alabama. “Being able to compete against the best EOD techs in the field, it’s an accomplishment,” said Sandoval. “This was basically the (U.S. Army Forces Command)- level competition,” said Capt. Clay Kirkpatrick, commander, 663rd Ord. “The ultimate goal is for next year to make this a (Department of the Army)-level competition.” Hosted by the 20th Support Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield explosives), the competition tested Soldiers with improvised explosive device, chemical ordnance and multiple conventional ordnance scenarios. It also measured basic Soldier skills such as land navigation and weapons qualification. “It was challenging,” said Bagley. “I honestly didn’t think I was that good.” The teammates said remaining focused on one task at a time was essential. “Staying motivated (throughout the competition) was tough,” Sandoval said. “You only had 30 minutes to an hour to rest and reset before going back out for the next mission.” “Individually, nothing we did was all that difficult,” said Photo by Marvin Lynchard Thompson. “(Competition officials) did the best they couldStaff Sgt. Christopher Thompson, team leader, 663rd Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance to throw everything at us. Focusing on that specific task wasDisposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), performs EOD chemical warfare duties while in full the biggest challenge.”MOPP gear Aug. 15 during the EOD Team of the Year competition. Thompson’s team won the competition See EOD on Page 4held at Fort Knox, Ky., Aug. 13-17. Message board INSIDE Privately owned weapons firing range event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. From Specker Avenue turn on Cobra Lane near Gate 20. Turn right at tank trail and follow red safety flag. Page 10-11 Page 13 Pages 22-23
2 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012 MOUNTAINEER WLC honors Ethos guides lives on, off battlefieldCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Joseph AndersonGarrison Commander: Col. David L. Grosso Commentary by Sgt. Tawana G. Middleton his or her life for that of a fellow Soldier?Fort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Warrior Leader Course graduate We become proficient in our warrior tasks and battle Dee McNutt drills and even our military occupational specialties.Chief, Print and Web Communications: The Warrior Ethos compels Soldiers to fight through all My mission is to train my team so that they can take my conditions to victory no matter how much effort is required. place once I am gone, to mentor them into well-rounded, Rick Emert It is the Soldier’s selfless commitment to the nation, trustworthy leaders who genuinely care. I believe theEditor: Devin Fisher mission, unit and fellow Soldiers. It is the professional Warrior Ethos entail essential qualities of character neededStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland attitude that inspires every American to build an effective team of warriors. WhenHappenings: Nel Lampe Soldier. Warrior Ethos is grounded in I see someone walk by wearing the uniform, refusal to accept failure. It is developed and I judge that Soldier. I assume the natureSports writer: Walt Johnson sustained through discipline, commitment of the person wearing it is that of a trusted,Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall to the Army values and pride in the Army’s dignified, tough and loyal individual. heritage. Our Army values guide my way The Warrior Ethos was written for our This commercial enterprise newspaper is on every journey, every mission in which men and women in uniform, but its utility,an authorized publication for members of the I set out to tackle. I hope, will not be limited to the sphere ofDepartment of Defense. 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Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Gonsalvesreceives 1st star By Spc. Nathan Thome Gonsalves crosses an important 4th Infantry Division Public threshold to join the distinguished Affairs Office ranks of the general officers corps,” said Odierno. Ryan Gonsalves, deputy com- More importantly the promotionmanding general for maneuver, 4th recognizes Gonsalves’ potential toInfantry Division and Fort Carson, was serve in positions of even higherpromoted to the rank of brigadier responsibility, Odierno said.general by Army Chief of Staff Gen. “Gonsalves demonstrated early on,Raymond T. Odierno during a ceremony in his lieutenant years, his leadershipat Founders Field, Aug. 17. potential to become a senior leader in Gonsalves has been serving as the the Army,” said Odierno. “He hasdeputy commanding general since proven himself in peace and in war, asarriving on Fort Carson in 2011. a dynamic and great example of the “It’s a special day for the type of broadened leader we need asGonsalves Family, but it’s also a we move this Army into the future.”special day for our Army as Col. Ryan Odierno pinned Gonsalves, with his wife, Janet Gonsalves, and their two children, Brittany and Nathan “(Gonsalves) has Gonsalves, joining him in the proven himself in reviewing area. After receiving his new rank, peace and in war, as a Gonsalves was presented with two dynamic and great distinctive items: the first round fired by the salute battery at the ceremony example of the type of and the general officer belt, in honor of broadened leader we his accomplishment. Unique to general officers, the need as we move this general officer belt dates back to 1843 Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, left, promotes Ryan F. Gonsalves, deputy Army into the future.” when then Army Chief of Staff Gen. commanding general for maneuver, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, to brigadier — Gen. Raymond T. Odierno See Gonsalves on Page 4 general during a retreat ceremony on Founders Field Aug. 17 as his wife, Janet Gonsalves looks on.
4 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012 Gonsalves from Page 3 George C. Marshall decided that all generals needed a belt when carrying side arms, except in combat. A native of Colorado Springs, Gonsalves received his commission in the Army as a second lieutenant in 1984, and reported to Fort Carson’s 4th Inf. Div. for his first duty station. During Gonsalves’ 28 years of service, he has been stationed throughout the U.S. and Germany, and has deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq. In 2011, he came full circle and returned to his first duty station. “Janet and I are very humble to be welcomed back into the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson where I was born,” said Gonsalves. “To be promoted today, is very touching and means a lot to us.” As the ceremony came to a close, Soldiers, Families and friends of Gonsalves and the 4th Inf. Div. congratulated the new brigadier general and wished him luck in his future endeavors and opportunities. “It’s a special gift to be in a division, and it’s even more Brig. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves, deputy commanding special to be in the 4th Inf. Div.,” said Gonsalves. “I really general for maneuver, 4th Infantry Division and Fort appreciate all of you coming out today to celebrate, I can’t Carson, speaks to an audience of Soldiers, Family and be more thankful or humble with your presence and your friends after his promotion to brigadier general at a participation in today’s ceremony.” retreat ceremony on Founders Field, Aug. 17. Photo by Marvin LynchardFrom left, Staff Sgt. Josue Sandoval, Staff Sgt.Christopher Thompson and Sgt. Matthew Bagley,663rd Ordnance Company, 242nd ExplosiveOrdnance Disposal Battalion, don their chemicalwarfare gear during the EOD Team of the Year I nteractive C ustomer E valuationcompetition at Fort Knox, Ky. The Fort Carson team Ambassadors Commended for Exceptionalwon the competition, which took place Aug. 13-17. Service — are selected from personnel who exemplify the spirit of keeping Fort Carson theEOD “Best Home Town in the Army” with superiorfrom Page 1 customer service to our Soldiers, Family members, civilian employees and retirees. Another challenge: the 90-degree temperaturesand high humidity. Plans, Analysis and someone here to give my family “We are an extended family “I could chew the air,” Thompson said. “I Integration Office the same personal treatment that I here — a big green Army Family,”wasn’t dry a single second of the competition.” have given to the other Families.” he said. “We have people coming “Wearing the bomb and chem suit didn’t At the end of his 24 years of He emphasized that he was back years later who still keep inmake it any cooler,” Bagley said. “It was 120 service in the Army, Bobby Jackson touch … that is important.” not alone in this process.(degrees) on the asphalt.” was called upon to work on some Jackson said that he treats “We become so involved Despite the heat, the team persevered cases involving the Families of people by the Golden Rule. with our ‘Families’ that we oftenthrough each task. deceased Soldiers. After seeing the “When the time comes, andhave to de-stress — just get out “They demonstrated they’re good Soldiers importance of that job, he joined and walk around the building. it will come, I hope that there isfirst and excellent EOD techs,” said Lt. Col. up with the Fort Carson This is where our teamGerardo Meneses, commander, 242nd EOD Bn. Casualty Assistance Center becomes important,“We’re excited and happy for their victory.” as a civilian four years ago. because we are also here Meneses recognized the Soldiers as well as “This is the most to support each other.”their leaders for the triumph. important job in the That job often requires “A lot of credit goes to Capt. Kirkpatrick and military, being there that the team be available1st Sgt. (David) Grotkin,” he said. “They were for the loved ones of a 24/7 and at a moment’sprobably the most aggressive as far as company Soldier, a retiree or notice. But, he said that toand team-level training. This victory is proof of veteran,” Jackson said. the members of the team,all their hard work.” He said that as the last no sacrifice is too little Kirkpatrick said the team, which won the process Family members to support our Soldiers71st EOD qualification in June, trained for have with the military, and their Families.the Team of the Year for eight weeks. it is important to serve Zita Ephron, who is “Their primary focus once they won the everyone with the same part of that team, agrees.Group Team of the Year was to train for this respect and dignity that “We are in the mostevent,” said Kirkpatrick, estimating the team you would want for your Bobby Jackson stressful job, but it is alsospent 40-50 hours each week preparing. own Family members. Fort Carson Casualty Assistance Center the most rewarding.” “A lot of skills had to be honed to succeed,”said Thompson, adding that future competitionswill help strengthen EOD troops as units from The ICE system is available for customers to rate service Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, OutdoorHawaii, Alaska, South Korea and Europe are they receive by highlighting superior service or making Recreation, the Soldier Family Assistance Center orable to compete. suggestions to improve services. It can be accessed at Balfour Beatty’s Joel Hefley Community Center; or by “This was the first competition in 11 years,” http://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site(underscore) depositing an ICE card at one of the many boxes locatedhe said. “The field is just going to get better and id=437; through kiosks at Army Community Service, the around post.better and better.” Send your letters or commentaries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Suicide preventionWorkshop targets leaders Story and photo by Sgt. Seth Barham 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Thirty leaders from the “Warhorse” Brigade attendedan Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshopAug. 9-10 at Veterans Chapel. The two-day ASIST workshop allowed leaders tolearn the warning signs of suicide, and skills to interveneand help at-risk Soldiers. “The training is intended to complement the Army’s‘Ask, Care, Escort’ suicide prevention program,” said Chap.(Maj.) Ricky Way, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivision. “It focuses on (leaders) making connectionswith Soldiers within the formation to help better understandthe reasons behind suicidal thoughts and feelings.” Way is one of five primary trainers in 2nd BCT who“I honestly completed a five-day “train the trainer” workshop. thought this The ASIST model is the way to apply the ACE program was going to effectively, said Staff Sgt. be a dry and Adam Ward, senior chaplain’s assistant, 2nd BCT. boring type “Comparing decisive action operations in combat of training. I to counterinsurgency methods Spc. Kpandja Mahoulyou, left, Company B, 1st is just like comparing ACE to The workshop consisted of several lectures, simulations couldn’t have ASIST,” Ward said. “When and practical exercises, and culminated in a role-playing Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, makes a been any you’re conducting (counterin- surgency operations), you are exercise that allowed leaders to apply their newly-learned intervention skills. connection with Sgt. Nathan Lewis, Company B, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg., during a simulation more wrong.” much more invested in the long run and the enduring “I honestly thought this was going to be a dry and boring type of training,” said Sgt. Nathan Lewis, exercise as part of Applied Suicide Intervention — Sgt. Nathan Lewis Skills Training at Veterans Chapel, Aug. 10. process, and it’s the same See ASIST on Page 7 thing with the ASIST model.”
6 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationGerman Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge Dining facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday — training and testing is conducted monthly. Events Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. include swimming, marksmanship, track and field Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. events (100 meter dash, shot put, long jump and Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed 3,000-meter run) and a 12-kilometer road march. Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Soldiers with physical limitations can also participate 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. with an approved alternate event authorized by Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. medical personnel. Upon completion of all required events, Soldiers are awarded a gold, silver or bronze Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. badge; level is determined by results of the marks- (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. manship and road march. The award is authorized to Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed be worn on the Class-A or Army Service Uniform. LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Soldiers should submit packets through their chain 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. of command to Sgt. Michael Phillips at 526-5282 or Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed email email@example.com. Contact Chief Warrant Officer David Douglas, at 720-250- • Base operations contracting officer ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the 1221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 first and third Wednesday of each month. BriefingFinance travel processing — All inbound and or email email@example.com for questions sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it on snow removal, grounds maintenance and Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family contractor response to service orders. first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at of their expiration term of service, but must attend inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. 524-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to the briefing no later than 30 days prior to their ETS Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. request latrines, for service or to report damaged or start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/8458.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located in or overturned latrines. Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the Soldiers must be specialist-staff sergeant from any office assists Soldiers with room assignments and SRP process. The SRP Legal Office will only military occupational specialty, have a general terminations. For more information call 526-9707. provide powers of attorney or notary services to technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, scoreSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Soldiers processing through the SRP. Retirees, 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Family members and Soldiers not in the SRP pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection process can receive legal assistance and powers visit the website at http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC of attorney at the main legal office located at is open to all active members and those interested 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, next to the Hours of Operation in becoming future SAMC members. The club was Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance prepares originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of powers of attorney and performs notary services Central Issue Facility elite noncommissioned officers but is now an on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from Armywide program for those who meet the criteria Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 7:30-10:30 a.m. and have proven themselves to be outstanding 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. • Initial and partial issues — Monday- NCOs through a board/leadership process. Contact Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at Briefings • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- 526-5661 for more information. Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — Public Works has an incentive program to prevent Tuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from noon Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. recyclable waste from going to the landfill. to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private-sergeant first • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards class with a minimum General Technical Score of 526-3321. for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 or higher in the • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for Army Physical Fitness Test; and pass a Ranger 5512/6477 for approval. the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every physical. Call 524-2691 or visit http://www. Education Center hours of operation — The participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call goarmy.com/ranger.html for more information. Mountain Post Training and Education Center, 526-5898 for more information about the program. Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows:Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is — is held Sept. 18-20 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in • Counselor Support Center — Monday- responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort building 1187 on Minnick Avenue, behind post car Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance wash. Class is limited to 50 people on a first-come, a.m. to 4:30 p.m. of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and first-served basis. Contact Jean Graves at 526- • Army Learning Center — Monday- cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone 5613/5614 or email@example.com for more Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. numbers and points of contact for services: information. • Defense Activity for Nontraditional • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — Carson Support Services service order desk can be Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. processes to include turning in excess property, Medical Activity Correspondence Department office • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric reutilizing government property, web-based tools hours — The Correspondence (Release of Infor- Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. available, special handling of property and mation) Office in the Patient Administration Division firstname.lastname@example.org when needing trash containers, trash environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. is overflowing or emergency service is required. contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and federal • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan @dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ email@example.com for reutilization/web tools; or Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. Rufus Guillory at firstname.lastname@example.org. a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. on the first floor of • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. Shipment Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. the second and third Wednesday of each month at under Full Replacement Value claimants must email@example.com. the Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, submit Department of Defense Form 1840R to the • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office carrier within 75 days. Shipment under Defense Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the Personal Property Program claimants must log into firstname.lastname@example.org. briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. the Defense Personal Property System at http:// • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays www.move.mil and report all the items online Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for within 75 days. Claims must be submitted within @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings nine months directly with carriers to receive full tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts replacement value for missing and destroyed Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 items. All other claims should be submitted to Fort a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department Carson Claims Office within two years of the date BOSS meetings are held the of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit of delivery or date of incident. Call the Fort Carson first and third Thursday personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Claims Office at 526-1355 for more information. of each month from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — Contact Cpl. Rachael Robertson at Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at 524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of The the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon building 1430, room 233. During duty hours, Hub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” at the education center, building 1117, room 120. Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour to 40404 to receive updates and event information. Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs phone number for after hours, holidays and Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. weekends is 526-0051. Know your rights.
8 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012EST 2000 increases accuracy, saves money Story and photo by Sgt. April York Soldiers get a chance to fire all different types of so much pressure on shooting,” said Spc. Lucas Ross, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs weapons they normally wouldn’t get to shoot on the Company A, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, Office, 4th Infantry Division range, Piirainen said, such as the MK 19 grenade 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “The environment is a lot more machine gun, M2 .50-caliber machine gun, M136 AT4 controlled; there is no dust kicking up into your eyes Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th rocket launcher and additional hand-held weapons. and the weather doesn’t change on you.”Infantry Division, used the Engagement Skills The EST 2000 also reduces stress and safety hazards. The EST ranges are supervised by noncommis-Trainer 2000 at the Training Support Center Aug. 16 With simulated rounds, the risk for injury is low. sioned officers who attend a “train the trainer” classto increase their accuracy and reduce their unit’s “I think this is a more comfortable training to learn how to run the range. The classes are held atoverall budget for qualifying on weapons. environment to focus on the basics, and there is not the TSC the first and third Wednesday of each month. “Some units, when they go downrange, seea tenfold increase in their Soldiers’ proficiencywhen they use the EST 2000,” said TroyPiirainen, TSC training aids, devices, simulatorsand simulations instructor. Soldiers fire simulated weapons, with recoiland sound effects, set up in a classroom withprops to mimic the environment of a live-firerange and virtual targets projected on a screen. The EST 2000 offers training for bothindividual and collective marksmanship trainingalong with “shoot and don’t shoot” scenarios,which are used by military police. “The basic rifle marksmanship andadvanced rifle marksmanship tables appear to bevery realistic,” said Piirainen, a retired Armyfirst sergeant who has been working at the TSCsince 2008. “It’s actually harder to shoot on theEST, which makes it easier to shoot downrange.” Saving money is a great motivation for thesimulated training, but the EST 2000 alsoprovides additional opportunities. Spc. David Bevers, Company A, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, aims his simulated M4 rifle at avirtual target at the Training Support Center, Aug. 16. ALWAYS HERE We are family here. We treat our patients like family. Now accepting appointments in our new location. One of the most important things to us is when they return to thank us. COLORADO SPRINGS 660 South Pointe Court, Seeing a patient go from critically ill PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Suite 100 719-596-2097 to being able to function in the world Little People, Big Smiles again makes a world of difference. That is why we love our jobs. Sandy Turano, Parkview employee Welcoming New Patients for 37 years & RN of the Neuro Trauma Intensive Care Unit Technology with a Caring Touch Specialized treatment planning for all ages Treatment under conscious sedation and general-anesthesia Digital radiography for pinpoint treatment plans and reduced radiation exposure Jeff Kahl, DDS Parents can stay with children during treatment Derek Kirkham, DDS If you need great care, it’s right here. Most insurance accepted including Military and Medicaid Zachary Houser, DMD And it’s only going to get better. 719-596-2097 (719) 522-0123 www.parkviewmc.org | 719.584.4000 660 South Pointe Court, Suite 100 9480 Briar Village Point, Suite 301 www.cspediatricdentistry.com
Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9 Led by ‘Love of Country’ 4th BCT honors fallen heroes By Maj. Christopher Thomas 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division role in securing these volatile areas. Mingus praised the work and sacrifice of all those who have come before the brigade. Their progress, “has come at great cost, the NANGARHAR PROVINCE, most cost being human life.” Afghanistan — When two suicide bombers “If Kevin, Tom, DG and Ragaie, along detonated their vests Aug. 8 against an with many others before them, were standing International Security Assistance Force patrol here today, they would say ‘honor me by moving to a meeting in Asadabad, the capital finishing the cause,’” Mingus said. The of Kunar Province in eastern Afghanistan, memorial was held on Forward Operating they struck at the very heart of the “Mountain Base Fenty Aug. 14 in front of a crowd of Warrior” Brigade. more than 500 Soldiers, civilians and Killed in the blast were Command Sgt. Afghan officials. Maj. Kevin Griffin, senior enlisted leader, 4th Griffin joined the 4th BCT before its Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center Maj. Thomas Kennedy, fire support officer; in November 2011, where he met and selected Air Force Maj. Walter Gray, air liaison officer, Pfc. Benjamin Secor to be on his security detail. 13th Air Support Operations Squadron; and “He would say, ‘you need to fix yourself, Ragaei Abdelfattah, U.S. Agency for but remember I still love you,” said Secor, International Development representative. noting Griffin’s kind but firm way of dealing The four were on a patrol to a joint with Soldiers. planning meeting with Afghan Provincial Griffin missed his Family, said Secor. Government and military officials to discuss “He missed his sons so much that he upcoming security operations along with Col. took me and made me feel like family.” James Mingus, 4th BCT commander; Col. Gray had been with the brigade during Daniel Walrath, the adviser brigade’s senior its extensive train up for Afghanistan, commander; Lt. Col. Brandon Newton, participating in all the exercises, bringing commander, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry his infectious, laid-back but hard working Regiment, 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div.; and several attitude to the brigade staff during difficult other members of the Security Forces adviser training events, said Air Force Capt. Photo by Spc. Beth Raney teams working with the Mountain Warriors Matthew Perry, 13th ASOS, his assistant airLt. Col. Scott Green, commander, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, in Kunar. Coordinating the efforts of the liaison officer. He remembered how Gray4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, renders honors to the government and the four different Afghan immediately took him in when he joined thefallen at a memorial ceremony, Aug. 14, on Forward Operating Base Security Forces in the province is a critical Tactical Air Control Party.Fenty, Nangarhar, Afghanistan. The ceremony honored Command Sgt. effort in paving the way for Afghan-led, “I could have never been more pleasedMaj. Kevin Griffin, Air Force Maj. Walter Gray, Maj. Thomas Kennedy and planned and executed operations as ISAF or happy to serve under such an admirableRagaei Abdelfattah who were killed in a suicide attack Aug. 8. security forces increasingly take a secondary and caring leader,” said Perry. “His love and passion for the TACP personnel was unmatched.” Kennedy, the new brigade fire support officer, had just joined the Mountain Warrior team in Afghanistan, but had already made a strong impression on the rest of the staff. Maj. Rett Burroughs, the brigade signals officer, quickly befriended him. “From the moment Maj. Tom Kennedy arrived to the brigade headquarters, he fit right in. He was one of us,” said Burroughs. “He pulled up his sleeves and dove right into the mission. In the short time he was with us here at FOB Fenty, Afghanistan, he made an everlasting impression on us,” Abdelfattah had worked tirelessly with the Provincial Reconstruction Teams in the region to help Afghan government agencies meet the needs of the people more effectively. He had more than 15 years of experience working with overseas development agencies. “He was, at his essence, a committed humanitarian, determined to use his intellectual talents to make life better for the most unfortunate and dispossessed people in this war-torn land,” said Richard Riley, Department of State, at a memorial ceremony Aug. 9, held at the U.S. Embassy. The loss of any person is devas- tating, and the friends and Families of those members of the brigade who have made the ultimate sacrifice remain in the thoughts and prayers of their fellow Mountain Warriors. They would not want their fellow Soldiers to lose sight of the objective, however. Photo by Maj. Christopher Thomas “This will be how we will honorDog tags bearing the names of the fallen adorn “Soldier’s Crosses,” a part of the memorial display for the fallen “Mountain Warriors” their sacrifice, that it not be in vain,”remembered during a memorial service Aug. 14 on Forward Operating Base Fenty, Nangarhar, Afghanistan. The display harkens back said Mingus.to the marking of combat gravesites and has come to symbolize a hero who has fallen in battle. They would expect no less.
10 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012 Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11 47 earn Expert Infantryman Badge Story and photos by To earn their badges, the 47 infantrymen site, they were able to watch Soldiers use the Throughout the construction of the Sgt. Khori Johnson had to first qualify by proving themselves training area every day, some even staying training site and EIB testing, the Fighting 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public to be proficient in physical fitness, after the end of the duty day, to sharpen their Eagles received positive feedback from the Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division weapons marksmanship and finally, land skills weeks prior to the EIB testing. 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson commanding navigation, before moving on to the “Our guys did a remarkable job,” said general, Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, and As the school year began in Colorado actual EIB evaluation. Weathers. “(They) put a lot of ingenuity in deputy commanding general for support, Springs, class was already in session for the The testing site was comprised of three this along with a lot of their personal time. Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers. infantrymen of the 3rd Brigade Combat lanes: urban, patrol and traffic control They stayed out here in the hot, scorching “I wanted to come out and see how our Team, 4th Infantry Division, as they tackled point. Each encompassed a series of tasks sun all day long; not to just build these lanes, Soldiers are being trained and look at the fine the daunting task of earning the Expert that had to be completed in succession. The but to build them expertly. This area was work that the 3rd Brigade Combat Team has Infantryman Badge. tasks included infantry-related skills, such built so that Soldiers could receive good done in putting these lanes together,” said Forty-seven of the 279 “Iron Brigade” as calling for artillery fire, grenade use and training and be tested in a rigorous fashion.” Anderson. “It’s a really challenging course.” infantrymen who attempted to earn the applying first aid. Also, to add another badge were awarded their EIBs Aug. 17 at element of difficulty, Soldiers had to the Resiliency Campus. complete each lane within 20 minutes. “This is the top 10 percent of infantrymen “That’s the way it is downrange,” said in our brigade,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Sgt. 1st Class Atanasio Viera, senior enlisted Douglas Maddi, senior enlisted leader, 3rd leader, Company A, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. BCT, 4th Inf. Div., addressing the EIB “It’s about handling stress; ‘Can I still think recipients at the ceremony. “With that in a logical sequence when my heart is EIB, comes expectations. From now on, pumping and my vision is tunneling? Can I people are going to look to you to be an calm down and execute?’” expert in your field, which is what you’ve Sgt. 1st Class Edward Whitaker, platoon proven this past week.” leader, Company A, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., The Expert Infantryman Badge, one of who was in charge of the patrol lane, said his the highest marks of distinction in the U.S. lane simulated a scenario where a Soldier at Army infantry, was established in 1943 to an observation point, with enemy forces recognize Soldiers who display a mastery approaching, needs assistance. During testing, of infantry skills. each Soldier was evaluated on how he “(The EIB) is a huge mark of distinction,” approached the scenario and how efficiently Spc. 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Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 13‘Iron’ Brigade rides for those who paved way Story and photos by The 3rd BCT riders led the way Sgt. Khori Johnson with the honor guard, as they entered 3rd Brigade Combat Team into the city of Cripple Creek,Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry where its citizens and visitors Division awaited to show support for the military of yesterday and today. Thunderous roars from the “This means a lot to me,” saidtailpipes of choppers, cruisers and Sgt. Joel Bartell, infantryman, 1stsport bikes were sent across Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment,Southern Colorado by members of 3rd BCT. “My grandfather servedthe 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th in World War II, and he passedInfantry Division, as they rode away a few years back. With himthrough the streets of Cripple Creek. being a veteran, I’ve always Twenty-seven Soldiers of the honored what he did. Words can’t‘Iron’ Brigade hopped on their really describe how I feel.”bikes and traveled from Colorado During the rally, the IronSprings to Cripple Creek to Brigade Soldiers participated inparticipate in the 25th Annual Salute events such as the POW/MIAto American Veterans Rally Aug. Remembrance Ceremony at the17-Sunday to pay tribute to the Cripple Creek City Park, Saturday,nation’s active military and veterans. and the Memorial Wall Dedication “The Salute to American Ceremony at the Mount PisgahVeterans Rally truly symbolizes Cemetery, Sunday, which wasAmerica’s dedication to recognize supported by a salute batteryour POWs, MIAs and veterans, and from Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29thwill ensure that our country will Field Artillery Regiment.not forget the cost of freedom,” Although 3rd BCT commandersaid Col. Steven Cook, plans Col. Michael Kasales was notofficer, 4th Inf. Div. “When you do able to attend the rally due tonot appreciate the cost of freedom, his deployment in support of theit becomes too easy to take for Iron Brigade’s Security Forcegranted; and when you take things Assistance Team mission infor granted, you tend to lose them.” Afghanistan, he was able to The Fort Carson bikers left send his support for the eventfrom Colorado Springs to meet up through a letter read by his wife,with thousands of other motorcycle Mary Kasales, at the POW/MIAenthusiasts made up of active Remembrance Ceremony.military, veterans and military “With the thousands of bikers,supporters at Woodland Park, where motorcycle enthusiasts, and a fewthey formed a motorcade, spanning ‘cagers’ that descend on Cripplemiles of roadway, to begin the Creek (for the rally), it is apparentPOW/MIA Recognition Ride, which that camaraderie, respect and aended in the heart of Cripple Creek. sense of pride continues to exist “It makes me feel good,” said between our nation’s warriors andStaff Sgt. Corey Forschee, 247th the patriotic citizens who support From left, Staff Sgt. Antonio Olivarez and Pfc. Kenneth Hill, cannon crew members, and Spc.Quartermaster Company, 68th them,” Mary Kasales read. “I can Zechariah Scott, fire direction specialist, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field ArtilleryCombat Sustainment Support think of no better event that pays Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, fire a ceremonial cannon duringBattalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade. tribute to the citizens from every the Memorial Wall Dedication Ceremony at the Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Sunday. The“Hopefully, when I’m older I’ll generation, who courageously and memorial honors servicememembers stationed in Colorado who have paid the ultimatestill see things like this. It shows with honor, stood watch for the sacrifice since the events of 9/11. The ceremony was part of a three-day rally dedicated tothat the military sticks together.” nation. I can’t wait for next year.” showing support for the military of yesterday and today. “The Salute to American Veterans Rally truly symbolizes America’s dedication to recognize our POWs, MIAs and veterans, and will ensure that our country will not forget the cost of freedom.” — Col. Steven Cook Motorcycle enthusiasts from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, ride together with other bikers made up of active military, veterans and military supporters, into Cripple Creek in a motorcade spanning miles of roadway, during the POW/MIA Recognition Ride, Saturday.
14 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012All Americans: 15 gain U.S. citizenship Story and photo by Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall will not be forgotten.” Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Pvt. Anna Ciccotti Islands, Mexico, Palau, Panama, Each new citizen’s story of Parmiria M. Kipetu, Company B, 1st Special to the Mountaineer Philippines, Poland and Turkey. arriving in the United States was as Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Winfield welcomed the former varied as his origins. Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry “I hereby declare, on oath, that I foreigners into a cultural, religious and Marine Lance Cpl. David DeLeon, Division, initially came to the Unitedabsolutely and entirely renounce and ideologically diverse group of citizens assigned to Marine Air Control States to study and then he chose toabjure all allegiance to any prince, who form the United States of America. Squadron 23 at Buckley Air Force join the military because “there ispotentate, state or sovereignty ...” “People continue to immigrate here Base in Aurora, plans to celebrate the also education for military.” Right hand raised and beaming with to the United States for many different new citizenship with family. He was He remembers well the night hepride, 15 new citizens took the Oath reasons. Some are drawn for economic born in Panama and enlisted in 2011 arrived from Africa.of Allegiance during a naturalization opportunities, other for religious or with the “desire to have a better life “The first thing I saw was the Spaceceremony at the Fort Carson Freedom political freedom. Some come to join a pretty much, become better. Right Needle in Seattle, and the lights, thePerforming Arts Center, Aug. 16. family member, … others had to leave now I am a Marine, which I never different lights, very different from The oath was led by Bill Winfield, their family behind knowing they will expected to be one, and … I’ll just the lighting system in Kenya. When weU.S. Citizenship and Immigration never see them again,” Winfield said. try to do my best,” he said. were almost landing, you see all theServices Denver Field Office. “But each of you has a story to tell, a The path that led DeLeon to lights and people busy, by themselves.” The 15 newest Americans included story that involves risk, courage and naturalization was fast tracked. Generosity was another trait ofSoldiers, Airmen, a Marine and Family a story of hope. And I hope that you “After I enlisted, it didn’t take me the American people Kipetumembers representing 11 different share your story with your children that long, perhaps three months or experienced right away.countries: Czech Republic, Colombia, and your children’s children so that it so,” he said. “I didn’t have a cell phone so I had to borrow one from people I didn’t know and they actually helped About to become U.S. me out. I think America is a greatcitizens, 15 military and country. Yes, it is.” Family members stand Besides English, Kipetu speaks together to swear in Swahili, his native language, and and recite the Oath of Maasai, an African tribal dialect. He Allegiance during a hopes to join Special Forces in thenaturalization ceremony future and perhaps serve for the U.S. at the Fort Carson Army Africa Command where his Freedom Performing language skills would be most valuable.Arts Center Aug. 16. The Native of Czech Republic, Lucie Fort Carson Army Holloway arrived as a college student Community Service in 2004 and submitted an application provides assistance for the green card immediately. She to about 300 Soldier moved to Colorado to follow her and Family members American husband, Capt. Kevin seeking guidance Holloway assigned to 4th Sqdn., 10th for citizenship and See Citizenship on Page 17 residency per year. NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY You know that Colorado Springs feeling of REDUCED doing what TUITION for military you love to do? personnel AND dependents* So do we: Associate, Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees The person pictured is not an actual service member Accounting Business Criminal Justice Healthcare Information Technology – (719) 590-8300 honor of the 2011 President’s Award. email@example.com We are in the Ft. Carson Education Center every Tuesday Get all the confidence of a Ask about our 5 1/2 week classes! value of a used one: National American University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association|www.ncahlc.org *Must provide a valid military ID card. 6/2012 The individual pictured is not an actual service member. We are close to 3 month / 3,000 mile Comprehensive Warranty 2 year / 100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty Fort Carson at the: 7 year / 100,000 mile Roadside Assistance 160 Point Quality Assurance Inspection Vehicle History Report
16 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012Claims to the estate personal vehicles to the emergency room. In the event of a life- or limb-threateningMaj. Thomas Kennedy— With deepest regret to emergency, skilled paramedics and ambulance the Family of the deceased. Anyone having claims crew will be able to administer critical care against or indebtedness to his estate should and aid. Contact the Emergency Department contact 2nd Lt. Cort Mukina at 814-460-5455. at 526-7111 for more information.Spc. Nerissa Cruz — With deepest regret to the New prescription policy — All handwritten Family of the deceased. Anyone having claims prescriptions from a TRICARE network against or indebtedness to her estate should provider will be filled at the Soldier and Family contact 1st Lt. Amber Sanchez at 719-534-3662. Care Center located adjacent to and east ofPfc. Ryan Kennedy — With deepest regret to the Evans Army Community Hospital. When Family of the deceased. Anyone having claims calling in for refills on those prescriptions, against or indebtedness to his estate should beneficiaries will continue to use the SFCC. contact 1st Lt. Yancy Bush at 228-229-6965. A dedicated refill window in this facility will reduce wait time. The SFCC pharmacy is openUpcoming events Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Information technology working group — The next The pharmacy is located on the first floor IT working group meeting takes place Sept. 4 at near the east entrance of the facility; park in the 10:30 a.m. at McMahon Auditorium. The meeting “G” lot, east of the building. Call 719-503-7067 is open to all Fort Carson personnel and will or 719-503-7068 for more information. focus on updating personnel on the information Warrior Family Medicine becomes Iron Horse — management officer program and policy changes Effective immediately, the name of Warrior Family affecting those with elevated privileges. Medicine Clinic has changed to Iron HorseBlood drive — The U.S. Air Force Academy hosts Family Medicine Clinic. The clinic is still located its annual three-day Armed Services Blood on the second floor of Evans Army Community Program blood drive in Arnold Hall Sept. 10-12 Hospital. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit https://www. to 4 p.m. Call 526-9277 for more information. militarydonor.com/index.cfm to register by 2-1-1 data expands to two counties — The using the sponsor code USAFA1. Appointments Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments are not required, but are encouraged. Donors has partnered with Pikes Peak United Way must be 17 years old or older, weigh at least to include 2-1-1 data for El Paso and 110 pounds and have a state or federal form Teller counties in the Network of Care for of photo identification. servicemembers, veterans and their Families.Privately Owned Weapon Range safety days — The service directory component of the the Fort Carson Privately Owned Weapon Network of Care now includes more than range hosts safety days Saturday, Sept. 22 1,500 local resources to assist the military and Oct. 20. Contact Master Sgt. Willie R. community, service providers and others. Chatman Sr. at 526-3058 or Jose L. Colon-Rosa Visit http://pikespeak.networkofcare.org for at 526-9717 for more information. more information.Retiree Appreciation Day — The annual Retiree Share-a-Ride — is a free online car pool civic groups and schools. Contact Community Appreciation Day takes place Oct. 13 from coordination to and from post, as well as van Relations at 526-1246 or 526-1256. 7 a.m. to noon at McMahon Auditorium and the pool options, typically for those commuting Al-Anon meetings — Al-Anon is a 12-step program Special Events Center. Call 526-0682, 526-2260 30 or more miles to post. Riders are matched for families and friends of alcoholics (admitted or or 524-2342 for more information. based on their origination and destination not). Meetings take place in the conference room points, as well as days and times of travel. of The Colorado Inn at 6 p.m. every Monday.General announcements Users specify whether they are offering a ride, Attendance is free and anyone can attend these need a ride or if they are interested in sharing open, anonymous meetings. Contact Al-AnonTRICARE online access — TRICARE patients will driving duties. When a “match” is found, Service Center at 719-632-0063 for information. no longer be able to access online accounts with users are notified immediately of rider options, Nutrition counseling and classes — The Evans MHS/iAS username and password. Users must allowing them to contact and coordinate Army Community Hospital Nutrition Care either use a registered Department of Defense ridesharing within minutes. Access the Division offers nutrition counseling on a healthy Common Access Card or register for a DOD ride-share portal by visiting http://www. diet, weight loss or gain, high cholesterol, Self-Service Logon. Visit: www.dmdc.osd.mil/ carson.army.mil/paio/sustainability.html. hypertension, diabetes, sports nutrition and other identitymanagement. Patients may also receive Vanpools — Vanpools serve commuters who nutrition-related diseases or illnesses. Nutrition personal assistance in creating an account by travel on Interstate 25, Powers Boulevard, classes include heart-healthy/lipid, weight loss, visiting the TRICARE Service Center at Evans Security-Widefield and Fountain. Vanpool costs pregnancy nutrition, commissary tour/healthy Army Community Hospital or Veterans Affairs for Soldiers and civilians may be reduced (or free) shopping and sports nutrition. To schedule an Regional Office. when using the Army Mass Transit Benefit subsidy. appointment, call the TRICARE appointmentCooling system undergoes repairs — One of the The program provides the van, maintenance and line at 719-457-2273. To register for a class, two chilling systems that provide cooling for repairs, insurance, fuel and has an Emergency call the Nutrition Care Division at 526-7290. the majority of the “banana belt” area of the Ride Home feature. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ Legal Assistance Office — services, open to cantonment is undergoing emergency repairs. FtCarsonVanPool for further details, and to reserve Soldiers, Family members and retirees, include Buildings in the area, which include barracks, a spot. Contact Anneliesa Barta, Sustainable Fort preparation of wills, powers of attorney, name dining facilities, gyms and administrative Carson at 526-6497 or email anneliesa.m.barta. changes and stepchild adoptions. The office buildings, are currently receiving limited firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. also offers counseling and provides advice for cooling. Repairs to the chiller is anticipated individuals dealing with landlord/tenant, military within the next several weeks. The Ongoing events administrative, tax, family law and consumer Directorate of Public Works apologizes for issues, as well as counsel and representation any inconvenience this may cause. DPW will Yard sales — can be held on post the first and of Soldiers going through medical and notify facility managers of outages or changes third Saturday of the month through December. physical evaluation boards. The office is open to the cooling system due to the repairs. Call Post residents set up their items in front of from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4 p.m., the DPW Operations and Maintenance Division their homes. Single Soldiers and Families who Monday-Friday. Schedule appointments by at 526-9241, 719-491-2943 or email bruce. reside off post can set up in the building calling the last duty day of the week, at 9 a.m. email@example.com for more information. 5510 parking lot. Yard sales are organized and Sign-ups for walk-in appointments are availableSchool lunch and breakfast program — School conducted by the Installation Mayoral Program, Monday and Thursday beginning at 11:30 a.m. District 8 is accepting applications for the the Directorate of Public Works Housing The Legal Assistance Office offers a divorce national School Lunch and School Breakfast Liaison Office and the Balfour Beatty Family and separation video briefing followed by a programs. Application forms are being provided Housing Office. Call the Mayoral Program general question-and-answer session Monday to all homes with a letter to parents. Additional at 526-8303 or Army Community Service at and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday copies are available in each school. The 526-4590 for more information. at 2 p.m. Attorneys cannot represent clients in information provided on the application is Seeking speakers — The Fort Carson Public Affairs divorce proceedings in court, however, a confidential and will be used only for the Office is seeking Soldiers, Family members and referral list of private attorneys is available. purpose of determining eligibility and verifying civilians from Fort Carson to speak about their Call 526-5572/5573 for details. data. Applications may be submitted any time work, training and varied experiences to public Take Off Pounds Sensibly — meets in the Grant during the school year. Contact Dawn Muniz organizations throughout the Pikes Peak region. Library conference room Thursdays. Weigh-in at 719-382-1334 or email DMuniz@FFC8.org Speakers must be well-qualified professionals is from 5-5:45 p.m. and the meeting is from for more information. who know how to capture and maintain an 6-7 p.m. Annual membership fee is $26 andAmbulance service — Fort Carson officials urge audience’s attention for 20-30 minutes. Speakers includes the TOPS magazine. Monthly dues community members to contact emergency should be comfortable speaking to businesses, are $5. Call Norma Rook at 719-531-7748 or personnel by calling 911 instead of driving professional organizations, community leaders, TOPS at 800-932-8677 for more information.
Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 17Citizenshipfrom Page 14Cavalry Reg., 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Post preps for state hazardous Although she may miss “the food, thehistory and the old buildings of her nativeland,” she chose to become an Americanfor “love of freedom and the fact that eachstate is different” … wherever you go, waste compliance inspection By Susan C. Galentine and prescription drug management monetary penalties of up tothere is so much to do and see, she said. Directorate of Public Works at Evans Army Community Hospital. $37,500 per violation, per day. The Kate McNeely, Fort Carson public relations The DPW Environmental installation can seek reimbursementimmigration services, said Army Division provides guidance and for any incurred fines or penaltiesCommunity Service assists the Mountain Inspectors from the Colorado assistance to ensure the installation from a unit or activity.Post applicants to review immigration Department of Public Health and passes the inspection. In the last Naeyaert encourages thosepaperwork and confirm filing status Environment and the regional U.S. five years of inspections, Fort Carson working at facilities that couldwith the Denver Immigration Office. Environmental Protection Agency has had zero monetary violations. be inspected to prepare for the “We naturalize an average of 300 new will visit Fort Carson Sept. 11 for Some of the most common inspectors, to include determiningcitizens a year,” she said, “and we host a the installation’s annual hazardous checklist items regulators look for a route to take them throughnaturalization ceremony every month.” waste inspection. during an inspection include the the facility.The candidates come from all over Due to Fort Carson’s status as a improper storage and labeling of “Inspectors can, and have in thethe world, and the nationalities more Resource Conservation and Recovery hazardous waste, and whether past, spoken with Soldiers, civiliansrepresented come from the Philippines, Act permit holder and a large military members and civilians have and contractors during their inspec-Africa and Germany, she said. quantity generator of hazardous completed the Annual Hazardous tion,” he said. Innocent comments The path to citizenship is a long and waste, the installation is subjected Waste Awareness Training. regarding waste management areintense process. McNeely said its time to annual compliance inspections “Units and activities should taken seriously by inspectors,varies depending upon each individual’s conducted by CDPHE and the EPA, confirm that all containers of materials recorded and may serve as a basisability to complete the necessary documen- said Jacob Naeyaert, Directorate of or waste are properly marked, labeled, for a negative inspection finding.tation and whether a candidate is active Public Works Environmental Division closed and protected from the Between now and the inspectionduty or a Family member, for example. Installation RCRA program manager. elements; spills have been properly date, the DPW Environmental Naturalization applicants must prove Regulators from the two agencies cleaned; inspection forms of Compliance Assessment Team ishigh moral character, ace a background can stop by and inspect any unit, storage tanks are current; and that working with its assigned units,check, demonstrate an ability to read, tenant or directorate that is involved inventories of materials are up to directorates, activities, tenantswrite, and speak words in ordinary in hazardous waste generating date,” said Naeyaert. “Also, personnel and contractors to pre-inspect andusage in the English language, and have activities, but they will be primarily who handle or turn in waste to the review hazardous waste managementa knowledge and understanding of focused on the Hazardous Waste Hazardous Waste Storage Facility activities. The ECAT can beU.S. history and government. 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18 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012West Nile virus symptoms, precautions Directorate of Public Works Pest Control staff • Use insect repellents containing DEET when • Report standing water outdoors and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s on the installation With summer’s warmer weather and rainfall recommendations for use. Children younger to the Directorate ofcomes the inevitable arrival of mosquitoes and than 12 should not use DEET in concentrations Public Works PestWest Nile virus. greater than 10 percent. Control at 526-5141. The disease can be transmitted to humans via • Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts, long • Report dead birds — In theinfected mosquitoes. Mild symptoms can include pants and socks when outdoors. event that a sick or dead bird is found,fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and • Limit outside activities at dawn and dusk when avoid touching the animal. Any dead birds foundsometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on mosquitoes are most active. need to be reported for collection and testing to thethe chest, stomach and back. Severe West Nile • See a doctor if you contract the symptoms Directorate of Public Works West Nile virus actionvirus symptoms can include high fever, headache, listed above. officer at 526-5141, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, Preventative measures around the home to 3:30 p.m., or the Military Police at 526-2333convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, and workplace: during non-duty hours, weekends and holidays.numbness, paralysis and possibly death if not treated. • Repair damaged screens to prevent mosquitoes For birds found at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, The following tips can help prevent the from entering homes. call the PCMS facility manager at 503-6308.spread of the virus: • Change the water in birdbaths, children’s pools For more information on West Nile virus, log onPersonal precautions and other containers every four-seven days. to the Colorado Department of Public Health and• Avoid areas of standing water including puddles, • Drain all standing water, regardless of amount Environment website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/ wetlands and ditches — these areas provide (around outside faucets, yard puddles, rain dvbid/westnile/ or call Environmental Health Services ideal breeding sites for mosquitoes. gutters, etc.). at 526-7922 or Veterinary Services at 526-3803.Vi c t i m and deal with stressors to prevent victim advocates can direct victims at times, it does have its benefits.from Page 15 domestic violence.” to, their primary function is even “My favorite part is helping people; Friends, Family members and more basic. it’s very rewarding. I see people come “We emphasize domestic violence concerned neighbors are all welcome “The most important thing we here for help, seen them at their worst,prevention because our profession is to contact victim advocates. provide is support. A lot of times they and I see them find their way back.a highly stressful one,” he said. “We “If someone has questions don’t see a way out, they were raised in I get to see someone who wenthave the stress of deployments, the about domestic violence, the domestic violence,” said Grauptman. through abuse say, ‘I want somethingstress of long hours at work, economic victim, friends, people in the unit or “Very often we are the first person, better’; whether that is reconciliation,problems; all of which contribute to community, we are willing to answer the only person, they receive positive or getting out of the situation anda stressful environment at home. questions,” said Grauptman. “If support from. 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22 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012 Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 23 Photo by Andrea Sutherland Russell Stokes, training integrator for the Fort Carson Counter Improvised Explosive Device Integration Cell, teaches Soldiers from the 43rd Sustainment Brigade how to identify potential explosive devices Aug. 16 at training area 11. By Andrea Sutherland became the first to establish a team. Mountaineer staff “This first started out with me Soldiers sitting behind a desk in a cubicle conduct Outside the wire on training area 11, in a corner at the old division battlefield quartermasters trolled the ground with the newest headquarters,” said Patrick Simmons, forensics with mine detection equipment, searching for command IED awareness trainer. Sarah Porteus, Pfc. Ruby wire, homemade explosive device triggers and Throughout the next three years, Davila, left, and right, a other material that could indicate a possible threat. the one-person shop grew to a seven- bio-metrics Pvt. Minghui “This is something new,” said Sgt. 1st Class person team made up of Army veterans Mu, 43rd trainer for the Lowell Credo, 43rd Sustainment Brigade. “I’m a and experts in their career fields. Fort Carson Sustainment quartermaster so this is something that I never The mission of the team: to train Brigade, Counter get to do. Hopefully I’ll never have to (use the as many troops as possible. Improvised practice mine equipment), but if I do, I’ll know how.” “IED awareness is not so much detection Aug. Explosive Nearby, Jason Briglin kept a watchful about the device itself, but what to Device 16 on training eye, helping Soldiers calibrate and operate the look for,” said Russell Stokes, counter-area 11. The Fort Integration mine-detecting equipment. IED integrator, retired sergeant major Cell. In addition Carson Counter “We’re pushing the edge of the most updated and and combat veteran. “We’re teaching Improvised to training the newest equipment,” said Briglin, route clearance Soldiers the indicators for IEDs.” Soldiers onExplosive Device and search trainer with the Fort Carson Counter Stokes said it is important for Integration identifying Improvised Explosive Device Integration Cell. “We’re all Soldiers to be able to recognize potential IED Cell provides helping to change things and make them better.” IED indicators, which may include equipment to threats, the Briglin said it is imperative for all Soldiers disturbances on the ground, rock seven-personSoldiers to train to be able to recognize IED indicators, no matter markers and “ant trails” that may and become team also what their specific job may be. conceal wires. trains in search familiar with “For a ground troop, it’s essential,” he said. “When I was going to Afghanistan, prior to and clearance, Throughout the past decade, servicemembers this (training) didn’t exist,” he said. battlefield deploying. have encountered a difficult battlefield with “As late as 2009, some of (this forensics, insurgents, suicide bombers and perhaps the training) was happening in country, biometrics most deadly enemy — the IED. but now we’re bringing it back home.” and robotics. In 2008, servicemembers faced 3,467 As a counter-IED integrator, IED-related incidents in Afghanistan, according Stokes teaches Soldiers in the Photo by Jason Briglin to military reports. In 2011, that number grew to classroom as well as in the field. more than 16,000. “We’re highly flexible,” he said. “We “IEDs are not going away,” said John Dill, can tailor training to meet the needs of the unit.” has trained more than 12,000 Soldiers in a troop training, allowing Soldiers to practice with team lead for the Fort Carson Counter IED “We’re here to support their training,” said variety of areas including IED awareness, the newest equipment. Integration Cell. “In 2011, troops were experiencing Dill, a retired field artillery officer. “We will robotics, search and clearance, biometrics and He added that units can arrange for a variety on average (about 45) incidents per day.” train in garrison or downrange.” battlefield forensics. With each course, the of courses to bolster skills. Units may also check To address this challenge, officials employed That dedication has led to an exponential team of experts also provides cultural understanding out the equipment to take on training missions. counter-IED experts to help troops identify the spike in troop training. to help Soldiers consider how they might handle “It’s so often we have someone say, ‘Wow, Photo by Andrea Sutherland often elusive weapon in hopes of reducing In its first year, the team trained 1,100 Soldiers different situations with civilians. I wish I had this on my last deployment,’” BriglinLayout by Jeanne Mazerall the number of casualties. In 2009, Fort Carson in counter-IED detection. As of July, the staff Dill said the program fills a necessary gap in said. “All we want to do is just train Soldiers.”
24 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012Army strives to improve civilian leader growth Story and photo by Julia Bobick lacking on the uniformed side, especially Army News Service at the more junior levels where many officers have little day-to-day interaction WASHINGTON — Improving with Army civilians. He encouragedawareness and access to Army civilian participants to take every opportunityfunctional and leader development to educate uniformed leaders on thetraining programs and opportunities importance of civilians and civilianand projecting future requirements was training opportunities.the primary focus of a recent three-day According to the 2011 Center forevent held in the National Capital Region. Army Leadership Survey of Army The Army Civilian Training and Leadership Army Civilian Leaders reportLeader Development Symposium brought released earlier this month, the leadertogether Civilian Education System quota competency “develops others” continuesmanagers, workforce development and to receive the highest number of negativecommand training managers, and assessments, with only 52 percent ratedfunctional career representatives and as effective or very effective, accordingcivilian career program managers from to Vicki Brown. She said that presentsacross the Army to discuss topics a clear challenge in ensuring civilianfrom the strategic to the tactical levels. leaders have the training they need to be “This week is about people and effective coaches and mentors and leadstrategy,” said Vicki Brown, the Army’s their teams and organizations to success.chief of civilian training and leader “The role of the Army civilians isdevelopment in the Army G-3/5/7 going to become more and more critical,”Training Directorate. Brown said the McCaffrey added. Army civilianssymposium was designed to empower John Hennessey, with the Army Training and Doctrine Command G-3 Civilian currently comprise some 60 percent of theparticipants, giving them the information Training and Leader Development Office, discusses an issue with the group during Army’s generating force — the supportand resources they need to provide the Army Civilian Training and Leader Development Symposium in Washington. force that prepares, trains and educatesthe highest levels of service to their Soldiers for current and future operations.commanders, supervisors and employees. Budget in the Executive Office of the President “We are past the days when we can leave the Presentations ranged from an update on civilian at the White House, began the conference with a Army civilian corps at home, deploy the Army,workforce transformation initiatives, Army Learning presentation focused on program efficiency, execute our mission and do that with just greenModel and the civilian role in the Army Profession, evaluation and improvement. suiters. It’s just not possible. It is no more possibleto submitting command civilian training requirements “Too often we are more concerned with putting to do that than it is to leave the Reserve componentin the Total Army Centralized Individual Training a plan into place than actually implementing the at home,” McCaffrey said.Solicitation system and using Army Career Tracker plan. Leaders and managers are responsible for results Brown said the symposium centered on tyingto prepare and track Individual Development Plans. and must put as much emphasis on implementation all the various resources, tools and informationTo help develop synergy, participants and topics of good ideas as the ideas themselves,” he said. together, and emphasized the need for allspanned the overlapping personnel and training Anthony Stamilio, deputy assistant Secretary participants to work together as a team toprogram areas of the Army G-1 (civilian employee of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, strengthen the Army civilian corps for the future.competencies and career maps) and Army G-3/5/7 discussed his recent briefing at the chief of staff She also focused on developing a Community of(Civilian Training Management and Policies), as of the Army’s Leader Development Forum, where Practice for all Training Managers to facilitate anwell as workforce development, which is most he talked about civilian workforce leader environment of interconnectedness among thoseoften a completely separate entity. development with a receptive audience. who manage the training function. Sponsored by the Army G-3/5/7 Training “There is some pretty significant momentum,” “The event was informative, interesting, andDirectorate CTLD team, the symposium also in Armywide emphasis on engaging,” said Tamara Elston,included Department of Defense strategies on civilian leader development, from the Installation Managementleader development strategy and core leadership but work still needs to be done For more information Command’s G-1 Talentcompetencies, to include leveraging interagency in communicating to leaders about Army civilian Management Office. “Every aspecttraining programs across the federal government and employees, he said. of (the training) was pertinentfrom both a resource and enterprisewide Continued Armywide training and leader to what we do every day. It’s anlearning perspective. education is key, according to development programs, exciting time in our arena with “We want civilians to be able to effectively lead Col. Todd A. McCaffrey, Director policies and opportunities, civilian workforce transformationDOD’s complex missions,” said David Rude, chief of of Training, Army G-3/5/7. visit the CTLD website and the release of Army Careerthe Leader and Professional Development Division, McCaffrey said he was more than Tracker for Civilians.”DOD Civilian Personnel Management Service. “Our 20 years into his career before at http://www. Elston said it was beneficialfocus is making sure that civilians realize their fullest he was really exposed to the civiliantraining.army.mil to network with the G-3 CTLDpotential — whatever that potential is, wherever their contributions of Army civilians. or connect on Facebook at staff, as well as the more thantalents and passions take them — that we have a “I don’t need to tell you how 100 professionals who attendedculture that is supportive to help them get there and critical Army civilians are to the http://www.facebook. from across the various training,to therefore achieve the organization’s mission.” mission we do every day,” he said. com/armyciviliantraining. workforce development and Dustin Brown, Office of Management and But that understanding is generally career program lanes. Having an Open House? ONLY $35 For more information call 719-329-5236 or email m
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28 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012Who will go for us? Commentary by amazing. Life in the Army is not for Chap. (Maj.) Pete Keough everyone, and the calling we have to 43rd Sustainment Brigade serve our nation is not an easy one. If it were easy, anyone could do it. For nearly 11 years, our nation But as we know, it is not easy andhas been at war fighting not only for not just anyone can do what we do.our own freedom as a sovereign In Isaiah 6, the prophetnation, but for other nations as well. was brought into the presence Our military has performedexceptionally and has risen far above of God and was confronted with who he was as a man, “Then I heard the voice ofthe expectations of our citizens. OurArmy, and more specifically, the then given the mission of going before God’s people the Lord saying, ‘WhomSoldiers and Family members of the with a difficult message that4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, not just any person could shall I send? And whohave been profoundly engaged from deliver. As God called Isaiahthe beginning with this gallant effort for this specific mission, he will go for us?’ And I said,and have served with unwavering did so knowing that Isaiahcommitment and perseverance. was the right person with the ‘Here am I. Send me!’ ” As I was speaking with a civilian right character and ability to — Isaiah 6:8pastor friend of mine last week, he succeed. In Isaiah 6:8 Godsaid something that I have often said, “Whom shall I send?forgotten to think about. He said, “I Who will go for us?” Instantly, Isaiaham amazed at what you and your replied, “Here am I, send me.” our nation and to our Army is in common is a collective missionfellow Soldiers do. There is no way Just like Isaiah, we are a people nothing short of amazing. to protect our nation and her citizens,I could do it. You all are amazing.” who have answered a call to do the Our calling to be a Soldier is not no matter where that may take us. At first, I shook it off as a simple very thing most people could or would an easy one; nor was the call that It is my prayer that God richlycomment of appreciation, but then never do. Our nation asked “who will Isaiah received from God and was blesses you as you continue to servestarted to realize the truth in what he go for us” and you have responded commissioned to carry out. Though this great nation of ours and thewas saying. The Soldiers and Family “here am I, send me.” Just as my our missions and directives are people who benefit from yourmembers of our Army truly are pastor friend said, your service to different, the one thing we do have selfless service.Chapel briefsFacebook: Search “Fort Carson Chaplains (Religious Support Office)” for the latest Chapel Schedule chapel events and schedules. ROMAN CATHOLICMilitary Council of Catholic Women meets Day Time Service Chapel Location Contact Person Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Saturday 4-45 p.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 Memorial Chapel. For more information Sunday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 call 526-5769 or visit “Fort Carson Military Sunday 9 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 Council of Catholic Women” on Facebook. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Religious education Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458 Sunday 10:30 a.m. RCIA Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group for Sunday 11 a.m. Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Nwatawali/526-7347 men 18 and older, meets the second and fourth Mon-Fri 11:45 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 Tuesday of the month at Soldiers’ Memorial Mon-Thurs noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Nwatawali/526-7347 Chapel. Call 526-5769 for more information. PROTESTANT Friday 4:30 p.m. Intercessory prayer, Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316Protestant Women of the Chapel meets Tuesday Bible Study from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Soldiers’ Memorial Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Healer Evans Army Hospital Chap. Gee/526-7386 Chapel. Free child care is available. Email Sunday 9 a.m. Communion Service Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Landon/526-2803 Sunday 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744 email@example.com or visit PWOC Fort Carson Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Heidi McAllister/526-5744 on Facebook for more information. Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316Deployed Spouses Group meets for fellowship, Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Ursula Pittman/503-1104 Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel NeXt Veterans Magrath & Titus Chap. Palmer/526-3888 food and spiritual guidance Wednesday at Sunday 2:30-4:30p.m. Youth ministry Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744 5 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel Tuesday 9:30 a.m. PWOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316 Fellowship Hall. Children are welcome to attend. Call Cecilia Croft at 526-5769 for JEWISH Fort Carson does not offer Jewish services on post. Contact Chap. (Lt. Col.) Fields at 503-4090/4099 for Jewish service and study information more information.Latter Day Saints Soldiers: Weekly Institute ISLAMIC SERVICES Class (Bible study) is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Fort Carson does not offer Islamic services on post. Contact the Islamic Society at 2125 N. Chestnut, 632-3364 for information. Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Call 719-266-0283 or 719-649-1671 (FORT CARSON OPEN CIRCLE) WICCA for more Sunday 1 p.m. Provider Chapel, Building 1350, Barkeley and Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org information. COLORADO WARRIORS SWEAT LODGEHeartbeat, a Meets once or twice monthly and upon special request. Contact Michael Hackwith or Wendy Chunn-Hackwith at 285-5240 for information. support group for battle buddies, Family members and friends who are suicide survivors, meets the second building 6215, 6990 Mekong St. The group Chapel Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact Staff Tuesday of each is open to members of all branches of service. Sgt. Jose Varga at 719-287-2016 for details. month from Contact Richard Stites at 719-598-6576 Jewish Lunch and Learn with Chap. (Lt. Col.) 6:30-8 p.m. at or Cheryl Sims at 719-304-9815 for Howard Fields takes place Wednesday from the Fallen Heroes more information. noon to 1 p.m. at Provider Chapel. For Family Center, Spanish Bible Study meets at Soldiers’ Memorial more information, call 526-8263. Has someone in your organization recently received kudos? Contact Mountaineer staff at 526-4144 or email email@example.com.
Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 29Police highlightPrivately owned weapons mustbe registered before brought on post Provost Marshal Office (CRS 18-12-213), the state of Permit valid Permit valid Colorado will recognize a valid State in Colorado State in Colorado Weapons are a common permit issued in another state Alabama Yes Montana Yesitem for Soldiers to possess. From if the permit was issued to a Alaska Yes Nebraska Notheir issued weapons to privately resident of the state issuing theowned firearms, Soldiers are permit, and the Concealed Arizona Yes Nevada Notrained and familiar with firearms. Handgun Permit holder is 21 Arkansas Yes New Hampshire Yes Privately owned weapons years of age or older, and the California No New Jersey Nomust be registered if they are other state recognizes Colorado Connecticut No New Mexico Yesgoing to be stored or brought on permits as valid in their state as Delaware Yes New York Nopost. Fort Carson Regulation listed in the accompanying box. District of Columbia No North Carolina Yes210-18 states that if a Soldier, When traveling with a Florida Yes North Dakota YesFamily member or civilian plans Colorado permit, it is advisable to contact the state you are visiting Georgia Yes Ohio Noto store or bring his weapon onpost (to include Piñon Canyon to confirm reciprocity and to Hawaii No Oklahoma YesManeuver Site), it must be review that state’s firearms laws. Idaho Yes Oregon Noregistered within three working The state of Colorado no longer Illinois No Pennsylvania Yesdays of the weapon being recognizes the validity of any Indiana Yes Rhode Island Noacquired. Failing to adhere to this permit issued by any state to a Iowa No South Carolina Nois a violation of Article 92 of the nonresident of that state. Kansas Yes South Dakota YesUniform Code of Military Justice, People wanting to register Kentucky Yes Tennessee Yesfailure to obey a general order. weapons on post need to pick up Soldiers who live off post and the required forms at the Fort Louisiana Yes Texas Yeshave no intention of bringing the Carson Police Station. Do not bring Maine No Utah Yesweapon on post do not have to a weapon into the Fort Carson Maryland No Vermont Noregister their firearm with Fort Police Station; write down the Massachusetts No Virginia NoCarson. Individuals possessing a weapon information and bring it in. Michigan Yes Washington NoConcealed Carry Permit from an Any questions about privately Minnesota No West Virginia Nooff post agency may not carry a owned weapons on post should Mississippi Yes Wisconsin Noconcealed weapon on post. be directed to the Fort Carson Pursuant to Colorado law Police Station at 526-6199. Missouri Yes Wyoming Yes 20pc chicken McNUGGETS ® $ 4 99 715 South Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80910 1850 East Woodmen Rd. Colorado Springs, CO 80920 412 Eagleridge Blvd. Pueblo, CO 81008 719-597-2311 719-277-0407 719-584-3028 Become a fan of the Colorado Springs Business Journal on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CSBizJournal Get breaking news and headlines throughout the day, learn about upcoming events, special offers and more!
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Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 31 Softball playoffs kick off Monday By Walt Johnson Bn., 43rd Sustainment Brigade; 52nd Mountaineer staff Engineer Bn.; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 68th Armor The long intramural softball regular Regiment, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div; 759th season is over; now all that is left is to decide Military Police Bn.; 2nd Bn., 4th FA Reg., who, if anyone, will succeed the 759th 214th Fires Brigade; and the 59th Quarter- Military Police Battalion as post champions. master Company, 68th CSSB, 43rd SB. Twelve teams have the opportunity to DFMWR may have the most complete stand as the best team in the intramural team this year. The team finished second league this year. Some of those teams in each of the past two intramural playoffs. battled for the title last year while a few of The DFMWR team is so low key that it went the teams are new to the playoff race. through the entire regular season without One of the few certainties to this year’s many people paying attention to the fact that playoffs is that each of the 12 teams has a it had the best record in the American League. great chance of finishing the season as the Most of the players on the roster have been champion. This year has shown teams with together the past two years, giving the team balanced lineups who play offense and an edge on other teams from an experience defense equally efficiently. The tournament standpoint; its talent also gives the team an includes teams that are long on experienced edge coming into the playoffs. players and fresh young faces that have The DFMWR team did something this produced some great results. year that many teams that make it to the title This year, the intramural league was game and lose rarely do — it actually got divided into two leagues, the American and more talent and much better since last year. National leagues. Each league will have six Getting more talent is not as important as representatives, but there will be no league getting that talent to play well together and affiliation when it comes to the playoff that is exactly what Cliff Mendes, DFMWR brackets, said Amber Zurita, intramural sports coach, has been able to do this year. director. She said the teams will be placed Contrast that to the defending champion in the bracket based solely on their seeding. 759th MP Company that has lost a number The American League representatives, of the key players from last year’s team but seeded first-sixth are the Directorate of Family still was good enough to make it into the and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (two-time tournament while getting new players to runner-ups); U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson; understand its system. 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd The National League’s top seeded team, Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; 183rd Maint., is also a team that has done Company A, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, a lot of good things this year and may be 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div.; and the 64th Brigade the most battle-tested team in the playoffs. Support Bn., 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. It has certainly been one of the moreMoe Daniels, 759th Military Police Battalion, settles under a foul ball The National League representatives, consistent teams this year as it has shown itduring intramural league action. Daniels and the defending champions seeded first-sixth are the 183rd Maintenance can play its best game no matter the levelwill begin play in this year’s tournament Monday at 6:30 p.m. Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support of the competition it faces.Mountaineer Sports Feature Trojans prep Mitch Johnson, Fountain-Fort Carson High School head football coach, instructs linemen during a practice session Monday at the high school football field. The Trojans will open their season Thursday when they host the Pine Creek Eagles at 7 p.m. The rest of the Trojans home schedule is Sept. 14 vs. Rock Canyon, Oct. 12 vs. Castle View and Oct. 26 vs. Heritage. All home games will begin at 7 p.m. The Trojans road schedule is Sept. 7 at Columbine at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 21 at Palmer (Garry Berry Stadium in Colorado Springs) at 7 p.m.; Sept. 28 at Valor Christian at 7 p.m.; Oct. 5 at Legend High School at 7 p.m.; and Oct. 18 at Doherty High School (Garry Berry Stadium in Colorado Springs) at 7 p.m. Photo by Walt Johnson
32 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012On the BenchSky Sox host final military appreciation Wednesday By Walt Johnson Officials Association will host an The Directorate of Family and older. The last day to register to Mountaineer staff open tryout for women interested Morale, Welfare and Recreation compete in the league is Sept. 7. in playing in a softball tournament will offer a coed softball league There will also be a coaches meeting The Colorado Springs Sky on post Sept. 15-16. beginning in September. Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Iron HorseSox will sponsor their last military Tryouts are open to active-duty This will be the first year a coed Sports and Fitness Center.appreciation night Wednesday. military and Army Reserve/National league has been offered on post. For more information contact Free ticket vouchers are available Guard Soldiers in an active status; Each team will be required to have Amber Zurita at 526-3972.at Information, Tickets and Registration Family members age 18 and older; and a 15-player maximum roster and at The Colorado Rockies areoffice, located in the Outdoor Department of Defense identification least three female players must be offering military members specialRecreation Complex. The Sky Sox cardholders assigned or attached to Fort on the field at all times. ticket buys this season.will host the Sacramento River Cats, Carson. For more information contact The league is open to all The next chance to take advantagethe Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Willie Chatman at 915-731-7405 or military and Department of Defense See Bench on Page 33Athletics, at 7:05 p.m. The gates at email firstname.lastname@example.org. identification cardholders 16 andthe stadium will open at 6 p.m. Colorado Technical Universitywill be giving out free registrationsto the first 100 military memberswho sign up to participate in thePatriots’ Festival Heroes ChallengeRide or the Patriots Ride. According to race organizers,the Patriots’ Festival is the premier Kettleevent to honor Colorado Springsfire, police, Emergency Medical bellServices and military personnel. Community The Sept. 8 event will include members enjoy athree bicycle rides; a series of free, kettle bell warmupfun-filled activities for children and session prior toadults; and a “Who’s Your Hometown class Tuesday atHero” award contest, which awards the Iron Horseup to five winners with a year’s Sports and Fitnesssupply of Chick-fil-A, among other Center. The centerprizes, according to event organizers. offers a variety of To receive the free entry, military aerobic classesidentification cardholders can go to designed to meethttp://www.patriotsfestival.com/ any fitness need.register.html and enter the code Call 526-2706“CTUHERO.” This covers the regular for class times$30 registration, a free T-shirt and and dates.a meal at the end of the race. Photo by Walt Johnson The Fort Carson AthleticMountaineer Athlete of the Week Angel “Ace” Acevedo All-Army assistant basketball coach When did you begin coaching? I started coaching in 1991 when I first joined the Army. Coaching has always been a hobby for me and I started off as an assistant coach in my younger days. As I have gone through the years in the Army, I have progressed and I am now a head coach for the teams I (regularly) coach. You started coaching early, but really didn’t get into it seriously until late in your career. Why? Coaching is a hobby for me and I wanted to make sure that I did everything I could to make my military career a success first. So after I became a senior noncommissioned officer I felt I could devote the time needed to becoming a head coach. Where does being an assistant coach for the All-Army team rank? When I found out I was selected for the coaching staff position I was just as excited as when I got promoted to (sergeant first class) and (master sergeant) ... that is how much love I have for sport. What is your favorite coaching experience? In 2002, while stationed in the Heidelberg, Germany area, I actually coached two teams. One was a community level team and the other was a unit level team and they both went undefeated. In fact, the community level team won the European championship that year. What coach would you like to meet? I would love to meet Phil Jackson. He has always been one of my favorite coaches since I’ve watched basketball. I love the way his players listened to him and executed his game plans. People who have never played for me would be surprised to know that ... I am a very competitive coach who likes to focus on the defensive side of the floor. If you can’t play defense you probably won’t win many games. Photo by Walt Johnson
Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 33 Bench from page 32 of these deals is Monday-Wednesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers will be in Denver. Game times for the series are 6:40 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 1:10 p.m. Wednesday. The San Diego Padres will be in Denver Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Game times for the Padres series are 6:40 p.m. Aug. 31- Sept. 1 and 1:10 p.m. Sept. 2. Tickets will be sold for $14 each (with a $3.50 service charge per order), a discount from the usual range of $19-$39. Call the Rockies at 303-ROCKIES, ask for the military discount and provide reference number 21231258 to take advantage of the offer. This offer is not Layup available on a walk-up basis. The Mountain Post Hero Challenge time series will sponsor the individual triathlon sprint and team triathlon sprint competition Fort Carson’s Roderick Sept. 8 at the Outdoor Pool. Harvey, right, beats Registration closes Sept. 6 at noon. People an opponent to the can register for the event at Waller, Garcia basket Sunday during and McKibben physical fitness centers or action in the YMCA by going to http://mwrfortcarson.com/ basketball league. A physical-fitness-centers.php. The registration team consisting of fee for the event is $20 for the individual Fort Carson Soldiers triathlon and $60 for the team triathlon. won the contest Medals will be awarded for first, second 72-48. The team will and third place in each age group. be in action again The individual events will be a Sunday at 1:30 p.m. 500-meter swim, 12.4-mile bicycle event at the Southeast and a 3.4-mile run. The team events will YMCA in Colorado be a 750-meter swim, 12.4-mile bicycle Springs, 2190 Jet event and a 6.4-mile run. Wing Drive. Contact Sabine Clark at 526-6222 or Photo by Walt Johnson email email@example.com for more information. 10th Annual Labor Day h La abor y Outd Outdoor Flea Market door M Thousand Thousands of Bargains Inside To ds Inside Too! s oo! Saturday Saturday September 1st! 1st! CONTACTS GLASSES 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Antiques, Furniture, Antiques, Furniture, HAVE Collectables, Home Decor, Collectables, Home Decor, YOU BEEN Jewelry and Gifts Jewelry and Gifts CHECKED RECENTLY?www.AmericanClassicsMarketplace.comwww.AmericanClassicsMarketplace.com1815 N. Academy Blvd. - Colorado Springs - 719-596-85851815 N. Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs 719-596-8585CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN DENTAL GROUP Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette Serving the Cheyenne Mountain Community Since 1978 WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM We accept Dr. Grant 4331 Centennial Blvd. 4319 Integrity Center Point 1813 North Circle Drive 1130 Lake Plaza Drive Dr. Bertsch Garden of the Gods & Centennial NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Circle & Constitution Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) 635-2020 634-2020 632-2020 578-2020 military insurance Dr. VanOrman Dr. Koditek Optical Concessionaire at the Exchange for: 3605 Star Ranch Road Ft. Carson 576-5151 (corner of Star Ranch & Hwy. 115) Air Force Academy 472-0524 576-3276 Peterson AFB 574-5252 Monday – Wednesday – Friday, 8a-5p Tricare & Medicare Providers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7a-6p Exams as young as 6 months of age Accepting new patients!
34 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012 Aug. 24, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 35 Monster trucks are part of the entertainment at the Colorado State Fair. is in its 140th year By Nel Lampe The Crabtree carnival is on the midway at the Colorado State Mountaineer Staff Fair and is open until midnight every day of the fair’s run. A state fair is a big event and the Colorado State Fair is concerts include Merle Haggard, The Steve Miller Band, down, or to one of the other two fountains on site. one of the oldest, marking its 140th anniversary. Kenny Loggins, and The Temptations and the Four Tops. For many people, Fiesta Day Sept. 2 is a tradition. There’s Many adults still remember attending county fairs when Concert tickets range from $20-40 each. a parade at 10 a.m., Mass and festivities throughout the day, they were youngsters, and felt quite lucky if they had a Several rodeos are in Budweiser Rodeo Arena and the rodeo including a Tex-Mex fest featuring La Mafia, Bobby Pulido chance to attend the bigger and better state fair. Friday includes a Chris Young concert and Saturday’s rodeo and Rick Trevino performing at 7 p.m. in the Southwest The Colorado State Fair is only 40 miles away at the state includes a concert by Thompson Square. Call Ticketmaster Motors Center; tickets are $20. Celebracion de los Charros fairground in Pueblo, and it is bigger and better. This will for tickets, 800-745-3000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com. is at 7 p.m. in Budweiser Rodeo Arena, tickets are $12. Dancing be the one that children will remember. There’s a tractor pull, monster and music shows will be in The gates open at 10 a.m. daily during the 11-day run and trucks and a demolition derby; the Pepsi Stage, ProWeather something is going on all day long. Among the typical fair call the fair box office at tent and the amphitheater. activities, farm animals being judged and ribbons awarded — 719-404-2071. The fair has an 11-day run, from chickens to rabbits, show dogs to hogs. There are No state fair is complete but a good time to attend is rooster crowing and duck quacking contests. And there without a midway and carnival. Sunday, American Hero’s are lots of animals to see, horse shows to watch. About 50 rides are awaiting Day. All military personnel People have spent many hours in the kitchen baking cakes, thrill seekers at the Colorado and emergency responders pies and jams that are now on display at the fair; the winners State Fair. Riders can purchase with identification may take have ribbons. Cooks compete in a dueling cooking contest; a mega-ride pass for $84 for advantage of $5 gate admission. a cupcake challenge, a great cake contest, green chili unlimited rides throughout the Servicemembers may also championship and salsa revenge. Fruits and vegetables will carnival. A one-day unlimited buy tickets for the rodeo be judged as will water-bottle rockets and steers. ride band costs $30 a day at the for $5 that day. There’s lots of free entertainment. The Pepsi Stage features fair, or $27 if purchased at Fort Wheelchairs, strollers, music groups several times a day. The WeatherPort Tent hosts Carson’s Information, Tickets and wagons and electric scooters concerts by Against the Grain, Triple Nickel and Overton Registration Office. One-dollar are available for rent at Road. The American Furniture Warehouse Amphitheater tickets are also sold at the gates 2, 5 and 9. has Brothers of the Son and The Country Music Project. carnival. The carnival operates Gate entry at the fair is $7 Other free shows include pole vaulting, mutton bustin’, Monday-Friday 2 p.m. to mid- Monday-Thursday. Tickets world record juggler Bruce Sarafan, ventriloquist Joe night; Saturdays, Sundays and for children ages 5-12 are $7 for Gandelman and his friends (dummies), concerts by The Labor Day, the carnival is open any day of the week. Friday- Traveling Troubadours and a high school marching band noon to midnight. Sunday adult admission is $10. competition. Watch the Chicago Honey Bear Dancers There are also special rides Entry tickets are sold at the and the Rain Forest Experience. See the sand sculpture and at the fair — at an additional ITR office, with the weekend visit an exotic petting zoo. fee. Nosh’s Ark pony rides, a tickets discounted to $8. Catch the Pet Rock Olympics, kitchen demonstrations, mechanical bull, a zipline, The Colorado State Fair is visit the State Fair Museum, see Pets Overboard or visit hamster balls, an ejection seat at 1001 Beulah Ave. in Pueblo. the Agriculture Pavilion that has something going on from and helicopter rides. Take Interstate 25 south to 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. And who doesn’t like fair There are several rodeos at Budweiser Arena during the exit 97 (Central Avenue), go Concerts are in Southwest Motors Events Center. Big name food? The smells of funnel cakes, state fair. north on Abriendo Avenue roasted corn and hamburgers have to the first light, turn left on been in the air all day. Beginning at 11 a.m., 50 food vendors Northern Avenue and go to Prairie Avenue. Turn right (north) Just the Facts have been cooking up their specialties, serving frosty lemonades, meatball sandwiches, tacos, nachos, green chili, on Prairie Avenue and go four blocks on Prairie Avenue to the fairground. • TRAVEL TIME — 45 minutes hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, gyros, pork chops on a stick, Parking lots are near the fairground. The preferred lot pickles and deep fried Oreos and Twinkies. charges $10, the south lot costs $7. • FOR AGES — anyone Manhattan’s pizza has a buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. People may also park in the Main Street Parking Garage • TYPE — state fair Hoopingarners has funnel cake, including a new red velvet at 110 S. Main St. downtown and ride a shuttle to the funnel cake as well as fried green tomatoes and bloomin’ fairground. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes and costs • FUN FACTOR — ★★★★★ onions and Coney’s has gourmet hot dogs. $2 for a round trip for anyone older than 7. When the youngsters (Out of 5 stars) are hot, head to the fountain • WALLET DAMAGE — $$ PLUS in front of the Palace of Agriculture for a cool $ = Less than $20 $$ = $21 to $40 $$$ = $41 to $60 $$$$ = $61 to $80 A demolition derby is a fan favorite at (BASED ON A FAMILY OF FOUR) the state fair. Photos courtesy Colorado State FairChildren cool off and have fun in the Colorado State Fair fountain on the fairground. Two more Places to see in thefountains are on the fairground. Pikes Peak area.
36 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 24, 2012 GET OutElitch Gardens Amusement Park in Denver is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday only park is $18.95 for ages 2-59. Active-duty military members and their Families are charged $13.95 per person and everyone 10 or older must show their own military identification card. Call 684-9432 for more information. Upcoming Pikes Peak Center events include: • B-52s perform Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. • Tap Dogs perform Oct. 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. All-Stars meet at 1 p.m., playing vintage rules. Only the catcher wears a mitt. Rock Ledge Ranch is left of the entrance to Garden of the Gods on North 30th Street. Colorado Balloon Classic is set for Memorial Park Sept. 1-3. The free event is in its 36th year. Hot-air balloons lift off each morning at 7 a.m. for a mass ascension. Other activities and Labor Day., when the water park closes for For tickets for events in Pikes Peak Center, are in the park, including bounce castles, the season. Elitch rides will be open weekends 190 S. Cascade Ave., call 520-SHOW for entertainment and vendors. A balloon glow only through September. Call 303-595-4386. tickets or visit the box office. will be in the park Saturday and Sunday for information. Daily tickets at the gate are evenings, when tethered balloons will be $29.99 for those under 48 inches; adults are Air Force Academy concerts for the 2012-2013 inflated. Crowds will be treated to free concerts. $43.99. Buy three discounted tickets at season include “Capitol Steps” Oct. 5 at Palmer Food vendors will be on hand. Information, Tickets and Registration for $28 High School; “Titanic the Musical” Nov. 2; John each and get one free. Tesh Holiday Show Dec. 7; “Nunset Boulevard” Celebrate the Fourth on the Third —The Feb. 1, “Midtown Men” March 8; and “Rat Pack Independence Day celebration cancelled becauseWater World, in the Hyland Hills area of Show” April 19. Tickets are now available, call of the Waldo Canyon Fire is rescheduled for Sept. Denver, is closed during the week for the rest 333-4497 to reach the box office in Arnold Hall. 3, from 5-9 p.m. in Iron Horse Park. There’ll be of the season, but is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. food and beverages for sale, “High Altitude” and Saturday-Sunday and Sept. 1-3, closing for the Sky Sox baseball team celebrates military the 4th Infantry Division rock band will play season at the end of Labor Day. Take Interstate appreciation night at Security Service Field and there’ll be bounce houses, games and crafts. 25 north to 84th Avenue, head west to Pecos Wednesday when the Sacramento River Cats are The event will conclude with a fireworks show. Street then north to 89th Avenue. Parking is in town. Pick up free vouchers at Information, free. Tickets at the gate are $34.99 for children Tickets and Registration when available and “IF Festival of Innovation and Imagination” under 48 inches and $39.99 for those taller exchange the vouchers for tickets at Security is Sept. 15 in downtown Colorado Springs. than 48 inches. ITR has discount tickets for Service Field box office. Presented by Imagination Celebration, the $31 each; call 536-5366. Call 303-427-7873 festival will feature tech enthusiasts, art for information at Water World. Colorado State Fair marks its 140th year, running makers, garage inventors, performers, do-it- Friday to Sept. 3 in Pueblo. There’s a parade yourselfers, scientists, robot builders andLakeside Amusement Park, in the Denver Saturday at 10 a.m. which runs from Abriendo other thinkers and tinkerers. The festival is suburb of Lakeside, is no longer open daily, Avenue to Main street in downtown Pueblo. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, but it is open at 1 p.m. Friday and Aug. 31, and There will be Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Pioneers Museum and the Plaza of the Rockies, Saturday-Sunday at noon. The park will be Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, marching both in and outside the buildings. The festival open at noon Sept. 1-3 and abbreviated hours in the parade. See the story about the state is free and for all ages. Sept. 7-9, 15-16 and 21-23, when it closes for fair on pages 34.-35. See the schedule at the season. Admission is $2.50 per person, http://www.ColoradoStateFair.com. The annual Holly Berry Folk Art Festival at parking is free, unlimited ride tickets are $14 Rock Ledge Historic Site is Sept. 14, noon to on weekdays and $22 Saturday-Sunday. The Manitou Springs holds its annual Commonwheel 6 p.m.; Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 16, old-fashioned park is at Interstate 70 and Co-op’s Art and Craft Festival Sept. 1-3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The popular fest features folk Sheridan Boulevard; call 303-477-1621 to see 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with arts, crafts, food and art, antiques, furniture, gourmet foods, jewelry if the park is open during inclement weather or entertainment in Manitou Springs’ Memorial and other goods as well as food vendors. visit http://www.lakesideamusementpark.com. Park. The Manitou Springs Library will hold Admission is $8 for adults, children 6-12 are its annual book sale at the festival. $4 and those under 6 are free. Festival goersCheyenne Mountain Zoo will honor the military may also visit the Orchard House. with “Military Appreciation Week” Sept. 10-16. Celebrate Labor Day with a picnic and vintage More details to come. baseball game at Rock Ledge Ranch “School House Rock Live! Jr.” presented by Historic Site Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors Fort Carson Community Theatre, is in theSanta’s Workshop at the North Pole, on the Pikes will have hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream, Freedom Performing Arts Center Sept. 7-8, Peak Highway is open Friday-Tuesday 10 a.m. to and picnics are welcome. The Camp Creek 14-15 and 21-22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are 5 p.m. General admission to the Christmas theme Cloud Busters and the Colorado Territorial available at ITR. U.S. SURPLUS The person pictured is not an actual service member WE SELL: AIR SOFT FOOD INSURANCE MOUNTAIN HOUSE HEADQUARTERS FREEZE DRIED at your Fun Store 2475 S. Academy 574-8993 HOURS: MON-FRI, 9:00AM-5:30PM, SAT 10AM-4PM
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