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. 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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.