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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 37 Sept. 14, 2012 Photo by Jim BarnettDave Roever addresses attendees at Tuesday’s 9/11Remembrance and Patriot Day Ceremony. Roever, an Carson remembers 9/11Army veteran, urged audience members to remember theevents that took place Sept. 11, 2001. By Andrea Sutherland 4th Infantry Division Soldiers Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon Mountaineer staff supported in operations Iraqi — our life and world changed.” Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Aaron Cameron, 204th Fort Carson officials marked “The cost has been great,” he Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd the 11th anniversary of 9/11 by said. “Today we remember the Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. remembering the victims and 3,000 lives lost on 9/11. We also Div., was just 9 years old when honoring the sacrifice of American pause to remember the more than the attack took place. servicemembers in a formal 450 members of the Ivy Division “We were in third or fourth ceremony at the World Trade Center lost in battle.” grade,” he said, adding that he Memorial near Gate 1, Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, went to an elementary school at “On Sept. 11, the nation commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. Fort Rucker, Ala. came under attack,” said Sgt. Maj. and Fort Carson, and Command Cameron said his teachers had Michael Borrelli, Directorate of Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, 4th Inf. the students kneel against the Emergency Services, and moderator Div. and Fort Carson, laid a walls in the hallways, preparing for the event. wreath at the base of the World for an attack. Borrelli listed the campaigns Trade Center Memorial as “We were kids so we didn’t homage to those killed. know why,” he said. “We didn’t Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, right, The ceremony served another know the significance of it. As we commanding general, 4th Infantry purpose for Anderson — to grew older, we learned about it in Division and Fort Carson, and remind younger Soldiers why class, but I was 13 or 14 years old Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, 4th they continue to fight. when I ‘got it.’” Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, render honors “They have to understand,” he Spc. Julia Asire, 204th BSB, after laying a wreath at the World said. “Everything that happened 2nd BCT, was in fifth grade on 9/11. Trade Center Memorial Tuesday during that day — when the towers fell, See 9/11 on Page 4 a 9/11 remembrance ceremony. when the planes crashed in Photo by Antonio Francis Message board INSIDE Fort Carson postwide yard sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in all post housing areas. Off-post residents can set up at Iron Horse Park. Page 8 Page 15 Pages 24-25
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Sept. 14, 2012 MOUNTAINEER Deployment Milestones helpCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Joseph AndersonGarrison Commander: Col. David L. Grosso spouse pass timeFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: Rick EmertEditor: Devin Fisher Commentary by Andrea Sutherland and kickboxing to make sure I had the strength andStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff endurance. I made sure I ate my hard-boiled eggs theHappenings: Nel Lampe night before the ride for extra protein. For our second date, my husband took me up the When I rounded that final switchback I was preparedSports writer: Walt Johnson Incline in Manitou Springs. For our third date, we went for at least another mile of hairpin turns. Instead, I hitLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall mountain biking at Red Rocks Canyon. Throughout the the welcome center. next nine months, we went rock climbing, white-water In some strange way, biking Vail Pass has become a This commercial enterprise newspaper is rafting, hiking and snowboarding. metaphor for my experience throughout this deployment.an authorized publication for members of the He proposed Dec. When I started, IDepartment of Defense. Contents of the 28 after making me dreaded climbing allMountaineer are not necessarily the official run hill sprints on the those miles uphill. Iview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government orthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation dirt road outside his passed some beautifulis 12,000 copies. grandparents’ home scenery along the The editorial content of the in Kansas. Well, maybe way, but I was moreMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public he didn’t “make” me, concerned with reachingAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, but that’s the way I like that summit thanTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address isfcmountaineer@hotmail.com. to tell the story. stopping to appreciate The Mountaineer is posted on the We married Feb. 4 the landscape. And justInternet at http://csmng.com. at Josh and John’s when I expected to The Mountaineer is an unofficial ice cream parlor, his reach the most gruelingpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The platoon sergeant acting and difficult part ofMountaineer is printed by Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in as officiant. the ride, it was over.no way connected with the Department of the Then he deployed. Stephen and I areArmy, under exclusive written contract with And the heavy weight still in the middle of theFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. of grief, loneliness and “deployment ride,” but The appearance of advertising in this sadness took his place. we’re making it through.publication, including inserts or supplements,does not constitute endorsement by the It’s been more than It hasn’t been withoutDepartment of the Army or Colorado Springs six months since I its struggles — someMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or last saw my husband, days are just aboutservices advertised. The printer reserves the 1st Lt. Stephen Signor, surviving — butright to reject advertisements. 4th Brigade Combat whenever one of us Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use or Team, 4th Infantry is down, the other ispatronage without regard to race, color, religion, Division. quick to offer words ofsex, national origin, age, marital status, physical I’ve missed him encouragement. Everyhandicap, political affiliation or any other every moment. I miss Photo by Wayne Barnett time it seems like thatnonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. waking up next to him.If a violation or rejection of this equal Andrea Sutherland hurdles fire during the Spartan Race May 6 at Iron welcome home ceremonyopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, I miss holding his Horse Park. seems out of reach, wethe printer shall refuse to print advertising hand. I miss his cooking. remind each other thatfrom that source until the violation is corrected. Before he left, I made a list of goals that I would this will (hopefully) be the toughest time we will face.For display advertising call 634-5905. attempt to accomplish before he returned from Afghanistan. Having those goals has helped the time go by. They’ve All correspondence or queries regarding And so far, I’ve checked off quite a few. given me something to work for and look forward to.advertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper In April, I attempted climbing Torreys Peak (14,267 And now, looking back at the past six months, I can’tGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, feet) via the Southpaw Couloir, but was forced off the believe how fast it’s gone.Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. mountain due to an avalanche. In May, I ran the Spartan Even though Stephen isn’t with me physically, I know The Mountaineer’s editorial content is Race, a five-mile obstacle course held at Fort Carson. he’s always cheering me on.edited, prepared and provided by the Public I’ve made a genuine attempt to learn how to cook (I make We won’t be the same two people who said goodbyeAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. a mean pork green chile). After enlisting my mother’s help, to each other six months ago. There’s no way we can Releases from outside sources are so we refinished our dining room table and chairs (never again). be. We’ve each grown separately in this deployment, butindicated. The deadline for submissions to the Aug. 31, exactly 26 weeks after Stephen left, I biked we’ve also grown together.Mountaineer is close of business the week Vail Pass with my father. Climbing six miles of steady I still have several goals to accomplish before hebefore the next issue is published. The incline from the trail head, we reached the 10,662-foot comes home. I want to be able to do five pull-ups in aMountaineer staff reserves the right to editsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity and summit in a little less than an hour. row. I want to read 10 books (four more to go). And Itypographical errors. It was easier than I had expected. want to climb that mountain. Policies and statements reflected in the I prepared for the ride by taking cycling classes at Iron The final box to check — jump into his arms andnews and editorial columns represent views Horse Sports and Fitness Center. I went to Cross Fit classes welcome him home.of the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those ofthe Department of the Army. Reproduction of editorial material isauthorized. Please credit accordingly. Mayor welcomes home Soldiers By Steve Bach out your duties in support of Operation Classified advertising 329-5236 Mayor, City of Colorado Springs Enduring Freedom, specifically the very important work you did in Display advertising Welcome home Soldiers of the developing a Provincial Afghanistan 634-5905 110th Military Police Company, Response Police Company, has 759th MP Battalion. made all of us very proud. Mountaineer editor On behalf of Colorado Springs Please know that you are deeply 526-4144 and our grateful citizens, I am respected and appreciated. Post information honored to welcome you home We hope you enjoy this with your 526-5811 Bach to Fort Carson and the City of Colorado Springs. Family and friends and understand how much we value your contributions Post weather hotline Your bravery and courage carrying to our community and country. 526-0096
  3. 3. Sept. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Army standardizes child care fees Story and photo by Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff Across the Army, child care fees will change to meet the single fee standard; late monthly payment fees will increase; and discounts may occur In a Sept. 1 announcement, Army officials for Families with multiple children enrolled in Familypublicized plans for the final phase in standardizing child care and either a child development center orchild care fees among military services. The policy, school age care.which bases fees on total Family income for child and Parent fees provide for only a portion of theyouth programs, goes into effect Oct. 1. cost of CYSS operations, Hunt said. The Army pays “The fee adjustment may not mean a pay increase a portion of the cost through subsidies, whichfor all categories,” said Armanda Hunt, Child, Youth allows for military Families to pay lower child careand School Services coordinator at Fort Carson. rates and receive quality child care services. Hunt said depending upon the fee category, there The policy waives registration fees and providesmay or may not be an increase in fees with this third support for Families with deployed parents.phase standardization process. Some Families will Under the Army Child Care Fee Policy Plan, upexperience a decrease in fees and others may remain to 16 hours of respite child care per month forat the same rate of pay. Families of deployed Soldiers or DA civilians will go “This started two years ago as a Department of into effect as well. Families of deployed Soldiers alsothe Army initiative,” said Hunt, adding that the new receive a 20 percent child care fee reduction, a $2 perstandardization of fees “supports quality of care.” hour reduction for hourly child care after 16 hours of The Department of Defense policy began in the respite child care are exhausted and up to $150 off2010-2011 school year with the Army Child and sports activity fees per child per deployment.Youth Fee Policy and continues with the DOD Child The policy also accounts for Families unable toand Youth Fee Policy, implemented for the 2012-2013 access military child care on post due to distance orschool year. Officials expect to fully standardize fees long waiting lists with the Army Fee Assistance, whichby the 2014-2015 school year. helps subsidize child care costs with child care centers In the September release, Army officials stressed approved by the Community Based Program. Thethe transition to single fees “provide consistent child program helps Families pay for annual child registrationcare fees across the military services.” fees, full- and part-time day care and other programs. The release also stated the standardization reduces Contact Marisa Tejeda at 210-466-1057 or email“the disparity of Army child and youth fees currently marisa.h.tejeda.naf@mail.mil for more informationcharged across installations and to move to predictable on Army Fee Assistance. Contact CYSS at 526-4188 Children from the East Child Development Center play onand consistent child and youth fees Armywide.” for more information on fees at Fort Carson. the playground, Tuesday.
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Sept. 14, 2012Carson Ready 9/11Campaign improves from Page 1 “I remember going to school and watching the news,” Asire said. “I didn’t understand the significance at the time. … I remember mypost preparedness mother was crying.” “Soldiers need to be reminded why they are fighting,” Anderson said. “All of the deployments, the sacrifices — you have to understand why. … This is what it’s all about. If we don’t remember all that, it’s a big mistake.” By Ray Dunn a result of the attacks, the largest Management/Force Protection within Dave Roever, an Army veteran andInstallation emergency manager, federal government overhaul since the Directorate of Emergency keynote speaker for the ceremony, agreed. Fort Carson Office of 1947 took place with the formation Services, and Fort Carson Army “The greatest tragedy of our human race Emergency Management of the Department of Homeland Community Service have planned a is our short-term memory,” he said. Security. Its 2004 budget of $36.2 “Ready Army/Carson Ready” display In his address to the audience, Roever It was estimated that 3,000 billion has grown to a staggering Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. cautioned against forgetting the importancepeople lost their lives Sept. 11, $59 billion for 2013. in the Exchange parking lot. The of 9/11.2001, as a result of the terrorist Emergency preparedness and Fort Carson community is invited to “Lest we forget, we would only encounterattacks on the World Trade Center response helps the nation to prepare stop by and receive community again an enemy that never forgets,” he said.in New York City. for, respond to, mitigate the effects of, readiness information and see a “We don’t have the luxury of forgetting.” Among this number were more and recover from major domestic demonstration presented by the Fortthan 2,600 people in the Twin Towers, disasters, both natural and manmade, Carson Fire Department. The fireincluding nearly 250 citizens from including incidents of terrorism. department will also have specialother countries and some 400 emer- Sponsored by the Federal Emer- operations emergency responsegency workers who responded to the gency Management Agency’s Ready displays and personnel at the site toscene. Excluding the hijackers, also Campaign and Citizen Corps, answer questions.lost were 246 U.S. citizens on four National Preparedness Month is For more preparedness informa-aircraft; and at the Pentagon, an a federally-recognized awareness tion, contact the ACS Ready Armyadditional 125 people — 55 military. campaign occurring every September Coordinator, Eduardo Bernardo, at As most well remember, Sept. to improve the preparedness of 526-0285 or email eduardo.bernardo11, 2001, was a day that not only the nation. @us.army.mil, or the installationshook the nation, but forever To assist in these endeavors, the emergency manager, Ray Dunn, atchanged the way Americans live. As Fort Carson Office of Emergency raymond.dunn@us.army.mil. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID Has someone in your organization recently received kudos? Contact Mountaineer staff at 526-4144 or email fcmountaineer@hotmail.com.
  5. 5. Sept. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Voting: A freedom Soldiers defend Story by Sgt. Jarrad Spinner 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs http://www.fvap.gov. The process can take as little as five minutes to complete online by Office, 4th Infantry Division filling out a federal post card application, voter registration and an absentee ballot request. The time to choose federal, state and local “I did it in Iraq in 2008,” said Sgt. Johnelected officials is fast approaching and the Fort Nyehart, unit supply specialist, Headquarters andCarson Voting Assistance Office is encouraging Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion,Soldiers to register for the Nov. 6 elections. 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Voting assistance officers, through the “The process was simple and the website is veryFederal Voting Assistance Program, are working easy to navigate.”to keep Soldiers informed before and during To register on the website, Soldiers willthe election process and to help servicemembers need to select the active-duty or non-active dutyand their Families register to vote. member icon, and then click on their state of “It’s extremely important, you have a right residence and whether they want to register toas a U.S. citizen (to vote),” said Chief Warrant vote or receive a ballot. They can also chooseOfficer 3 Richard Giadone, voting assistance for which election they want to vote.officer, Mission Support Element, Fort Carson. Soldiers and Family members need to submit Giadone encouraged all Soldiers to take their name and appropriate information based onadvantage of the liberty afforded to them whether they select to receive a ballot via email,and vote. mail or fax on the FVAP website. “Decisions are made for your life based off The recommended mailing dates of ballotsthe ballots,” said Giadone. “They can affect your for the upcoming election vary, depending Get registeredliving area, water, electricity or whether you get a on location.raise next year; it’s your responsibility.” Deployed Soldiers are required to submit Soldiers and Family members can register to vote from Voting assistance officers are getting the their ballots four weeks prior to election 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 8 at the commissary.word out through posters, fliers and email. All dates, Soldiers stationed overseas need toSoldiers with a Fort Carson email account Absentee Voting Week Sept. 27-Oct. 4 submit ballots three weeks out, and Soldierswere sent a notification the last week in July, within the U.S. need to submit at least one week Blank absentee ballots and the 2012-2013 Votingwith step-by-step directions on how to properly prior to election dates. Assistance Guide to locate office to send ballot to isregister in their state of residence. For voting information or assistance, contact available in room 212, building 1218 on Ellis Street, To register to vote in this year’s election a voting assistance officer or visit http://www. weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.using an absentee voting ballot, go to fvap.gov. Visit us at facebook.com/surefire Weight and size are the enemy of speed and maneuverability, two primary factors that determine an operator’s survival. So we packed 110 lumens of output into a compact, Mil-Spec hard-anodized aluminum body that comes with a click-on/off tailcap switch and a pressure-activated tape switch. Its virtually indestructible LED and Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens produce a focused, far-reaching beam with plenty of peripheral light for situational awareness. All this power packed into a mere four inches of length, and weighing a scant 4.5 ounces. The Mini Scout—smaller, lighter, better. Call your TLS/GSA Supplier to order now. | NSN: 1290-01-602-7648
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Sept. 14, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationPoints only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcement Dining facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday training units provide a “home” for Individual Ready Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Reserve Soldiers who want to maintain Reserve Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. affiliation. Soldiers considering leaving troop Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. program unit assignment can consider the 6399th/ Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. 6404th RTU as a short- or long-term option. Benefits 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. include earning retirement points and “good” years; Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. optional monthly nonpaid drill weekends; continued military training; paid annual training opportunities; Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. earning retirement points via correspondence courses; (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and easy transfer to TPUs if desired. Contact Chief Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed Warrant Officer 4 Lake Gardner at 720-363-0511 or LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. lakegardner@comcast.net for more information. 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed — training and testing is conducted monthly. Events include swimming, marksmanship, track and field • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings events (100-meter dash, shot put, long jump or high Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts jump and 3,000-meter run or 1,000-meter swim) and mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 a 12-kilometer road march. Soldiers with physical • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department limitations can also participate with an approved Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit alternate event authorized by medical personnel. civ@mail.mil. personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Upon completion of all required events, Soldiers are • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. awarded a gold, silver or bronze badge; level is Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held determined by results of the marksmanship and dennis.j.frost.civ@mail.mil. the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon road march. The award is authorized to be worn on • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary at the education center, building 1117, room 120. the Class-A or Army Service Uniform. Soldiers Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs should submit packets through their chain of @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. command to Sgt. Michael Phillips at 526-5282 tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the or email michael.j.phillips6@us.army.mil. Contact • Base operations contracting officer first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing Chief Warrant Officer David Douglas at 720-250- representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness 1221 or email david.douglas1@us.army.mil. or email terry.j.hagen.civ@mail.mil for questions Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come,Finance travel processing — All inbound and on snow removal, grounds maintenance and first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it contractor response to service orders. of their expiration term of service, but must attend Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at the briefing no later than 30 days prior to their ETS member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay 524-0786 or email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mil to or start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/8458. inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. request latrines, for service or to report damaged Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. or overturned latrines. building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located in Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness Soldiers must be specialist-staff sergeant from any building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP military occupational specialty, have a general operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score office assists Soldiers with room assignments and powers of attorney or notary services to Soldiers 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and terminations. For more information call 526-9707. processing through the SRP. Retirees, Family pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 orSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson members and Soldiers not in the SRP process can visit the website at http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection the main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St., Hours of Operation Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center. is open to all active members and those interested Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and Central Issue Facility in becoming future SAMC members. The club was performs notary services on a walk-in basis from • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and 7:30-10:30 a.m. elite noncommissioned officers but is now an Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. • Initial and partial issues — Monday- Armywide program for those who meet the criteria Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and have proven themselves to be outstanding Briefings • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- NCOs through a board/leadership process. Contact Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — 526-5661 for more information. Tuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from noon Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private-sergeant first • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call Public Works has an incentive program to prevent class with a minimum General Technical Score of 526-3321. recyclable waste from going to the landfill. 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 or higher on the • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards Army Physical Fitness Test; and pass a Ranger 5512/6477 for approval. for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson physical. Call 524-2691 or visit http://www. Education Center hours of operation — The Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for goarmy.com/ranger.html for more information. Mountain Post Training and Education Center, the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call — is held Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 • Counselor Support Center — Monday- 526-5898 for more information about the program. p.m. in building 1187 on Minnick Avenue, behind Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is post car wash. Class is limited to 50 people on a a.m. to 4:30 p.m. responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort first-come, first-served basis. Contact Jean Graves • Army Learning Center — Monday- Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance at 526-5613/5614 or jean.graves@us.army.mil for Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and more information. • Defense Activity for Nontraditional cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — numbers and points of contact for services: Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. • Facility repair/service orders — Fort building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building Carson Support Services service order desk can be 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies processes to include turning in excess property, Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, reutilizing government property, web-based tools a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. on the first floor of damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. available, special handling of property and building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. Shipment • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, under Full Replacement Value claimants must Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera submit Department of Defense Form 1840R to the civ@mail.mil when needing trash containers, trash @dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at carrier within 75 days. Shipment under Defense is overflowing or emergency service is required. mike.welsh@dla.mil for reutilization/web tools; or Personal Property Program claimants must log into Rufus Guillory at rufus.guillory@dla.mil. the Defense Personal Property System at http:// Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon www.move.mil and report all the items online BOSS meetings are held the first the second and third Wednesday of each month at within 75 days. Claims must be submitted within and third Thursday of each month the Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, nine months directly with carriers to receive full from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office replacement value for missing and destroyed Contact Cpl. Rachael Robertson at 524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of The recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the items. All other claims should be submitted to Fort Hub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. Carson Claims Office within two years of the date to 40404 to receive updates and event information. Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays of delivery or date of incident. Call the Fort Carson for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for Claims Office at 526-1355 for more information.
  7. 7. Sept. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Master fitness trainers make comeback By David Vergun Army News Service collaborate regularly with medical personnel, physical therapists, nutrition experts and even those involved with Comprehensive Soldier WASHINGTON — The Army’s Master Fitness and Family.Fitness Training Course, discontinued in 2001, will “The goal of the program is not to train Soldierssoon be back. to improve their physical fitness test scores,” he said. The pilot course for the new Master Fitness “It is to train to doctrine (TC 3-22.20), which itselfTraining Course, which began Aug. 27, is under way is based on exercise science principles.”at Fort Jackson, S.C., and the class of about 30 He said improved PT scores and injury rateSoldiers will graduate Sept. 21. reduction would be byproducts of a fitness plan based The MFTC rebirth was announced at the same on the doctrinal principles found in TC 3-22.20.time U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Although all Soldiers are expected to benefitdecided to retain the three-event Army Physical from the MFT once they arrive at their units, the onesFitness Test. TRADOC also emphasized that Training who will see the most improvement are those at theCircular 3-22.20, published August 2010 to prepare lowest levels of fitness.troops for combat-specific tasks, will remain the “Our goal is to provide leaders the tools tophysical readiness training program for the Army. safely and effectively train Soldiers,” Maye said, “The objective of the MFTC is to target (mid- adding that the program advances at a slow enoughlevel noncommissioned officers) and junior officers pace to prevent injuries from overtraining or fromand teach them the fundamentals of exercise and progressing too quickly to allow the body tonutrition science, using TC 3-22.20, Physical recover and rebuild. He also said those with injuriesReadiness Training, as the foundation,” said Capt. will benefit from MFT-supervised fitness andDonald Maye, operations officer, Physical reconditioning programs.Readiness Division, Fort Jackson. “When they Maye said the MFTC is progressing “exceptionallyreturn to their units, they will have the skills and well” and the trainees are providing constructiveexpertise to tailor a comprehensive physical feedback for further improvements in the course.readiness training plan for their unit.” The new Master Fitness Training Course will be based on Once they graduate, they will retain their primary Upon graduation, the master fitness trainers will exercises in Training Circular 3-22.20, designed to prepare military occupational specialty and will receive thereturn to their units to provide fitness mentoring, in Soldiers for combat-specific tasks. Army skill identifier as MFT-certified. He saidconsultation with their commanders, according to Maye. the goal is to eventually provide one MFT per He explained how fitness programs should be the unit mission to which they are assigned. For company-level command.customized for each commander’s mission require- example, a program for engineers who do a lot of Also, TRADOC is working on changing thements. He said the MFTC instruction, taught by heavy lifting might be different from one at a medical designation of TC 3-22.20 to Field Manual 7-22.subject-matter experts with backgrounds in exercise treatment facility.” “We hope to make the change as early as nextscience and physical therapy, “is broad and flexible In addition to consulting with their commanders, month,” Maye said, adding that the change will notenough to accommodate the specific requirements of Maye said the eventual goal of the MFTs will be to affect any of the content. Considering theological studies?? JOIN US AT For more information visit us at www.frbible.org Our Purpose: To see God progressively glorified through the equipping of His people. Our Mission: To provide easily accessible seminary training geared to a level of intensity appropriate to the church-based setting. VA Benefits Available
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Sept. 14, 20123-29 FAhosts‘MollyPitcher’day Story and photos by Sgt. Khori Johnson 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Nearly 300 Family members of the 3rd Battalion,29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division, were given a taste ofwhat the “Pacesetter” Battalion is all about during aMolly Pitcher Family Day, Aug. 30. “Molly Pitcher was the spouse of aRevolutionary War cannon member, and when he fellin battle, she picked up the ramming staff for thecannon and began to work the cannon in his absence,”said Lt. Col. Derek Knuffke, commander, 3rd Bn.,29th FA Reg. “This was an opportunity for all of theFamilies to come out and kind of see what theirSoldiers do on a day-to-day basis.” The event began in Training Area 16 on FortCarson, where the Pacesetters set up static displays ofthe many vehicles used by the battalion during dailyoperations. Family members also got a chance to ridein several different types of military vehicles andexperience the different weapons and equipmentused in the artillery unit today. “I had lots of fun,” said Eli Brown, son of Capt.Wyatt Brown, commander, Headquarters andHeadquarters Battery, currently deployed in support of Above: Staff Sgt. Jamal Davis,3rd Brigade’s mission in Afghanistan. Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field After the Pacesetters and their Families received Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigadetheir fill of gunfire and explosions in the Fort Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,Carson training area, they ended the festivities at shows a group of children aroundthe 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., headquarters to the back of an M109-A6 Paladin,receive their fill of hamburgers and hot dogs. which was one of many static “Overall, I think it was a very successful day,” displays set up on Fort Carson’ssaid Knuffke. “All of the Family members seemed Training Area 16 during Mollyto really enjoy it.” Pitcher Family Day, Aug. 30. Above: Sara Brown, wife of Capt. Wyatt Brown, commander, Left: Lt. Col. Derek Knuffke, right, Headquarters and Headquarters commander, 3rd Battalion, 29th Battery, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Division, sends an audio message Clayton, senior noncommissioned to her husband with her officer, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., grill up daughter, Emily, during Molly hamburgers and hot dogs during the Pitcher Family Day, Aug. 30. barbecue portion of the battalion’s Molly Pitcher Family Day, Aug. 30.
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  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Sept. 14, 2012Carson honors fallen heroes Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Birdwell June 2, 1987 – Aug. 27, 2012 Mike Haley, a Pikes Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Birdwell, a native of Peak HighlanderWindsor, Colo., enlisted in the Army March 13, 2006. bagpiper, honors theHe attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training fallen warriors with aat Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., as a combat engineer. rendition of “Amazing His first assignment Grace,” during awas with the 27th memorial ceremonyEngineer Battalion in honor of Staff Sgt.(Airborne) at Fort Bragg, Christopher BirdwellN.C. Birdwell transferred and Spc. Mabryto Headquarters and Anders, both withHeadquarters Company, 4th Special Troops4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th BrigadeBattalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4thCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, atInfantry Division, at Soldiers’ MemorialFort Carson in June Chapel Sept. 6.2009, as a command Photo by Spc. Nathan Thomegroup driver anddeployed in support of Operation Enduring Spc. Mabry James Anders deployed with Headquarters and HeadquartersFreedom from June 2009-April 2010 as a member July 22, 1991 – Aug. 27, 2012 Company and was attached to Company A, 4th STB,of the Command Sergeant Major’s Physical as the mine resistant vehicle operator and driver forSecurity Detachment. Following his second Spc. Mabry James Anders, a native of Baker City, tow route clearance packages in support of Operationdeployment, he was reassigned to Company A, 4th Ore., enlisted in the Army May 1, 2010, and attended Enduring Freedom.STB, as a combat engineer team leader serving on Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort His awards and decorations include the Bronzehis third deployment in support of Operation Jackson, S.C., as a light wheeled mechanic. Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal,Enduring Freedom. His first assignment was with Army Good Conduct Medal, National His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Company B, 302nd Combat Defense Service Medal, AfghanistanMedal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with Sustainment Support Battalion, Camp Campaign Medal with Bronzeone oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, the Stanley, Korea, where he served as a Service Star, Global War on TerrorismGood Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters, vehicle recovery operator, and was Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon,National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan later reassigned to Company E, 302nd Overseas Service Ribbon, NATOCampaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service CSSB, Camp Casey, Korea. Anders Medal, Combat Action Badge andMedal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service transferred to the Headquarters and Driver/Mechanic Badge.Ribbon, NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge and Headquarters Company, 4th Special Anders is survived by hisParachute Badge and Meritorious Unit Commendation. Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat parents, father, Daniel Anders and Anders is survived by his parents, James and Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort stepmother, Laura Anders, and hisPamela Birdwell, and his brother, Dustin Birdwell, Carson in July 2011 as a wheeled mother, Genevieve A. Woydziak andand sisters, Maley and Meagan Birdwell. vehicle mechanic. In March 2011, he stepfather, Troy Woydziak.
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  12. 12. 12 MOUNTAINEER — Sept. 14, 2012Downrange trainingReducing risk of wildlife diseases By Roger Peyton Defense insect repellent system, which includes treating Prairie dogs and woodrats have both tested positive Directorate of Public Works wildlife biologist uniforms with permethrin, applying insect repellant to for plague here. Almost every year one or more of the exposed areas of skin and wearing the uniform properly prairie dog colonies on Fort Carson dies out from the Fort Carson is “Home of America’s Best” and with sleeves rolled down while training downrange. plague. Soldiers inadvertently increase their exposureSoldiers train to fight enemies that hide in caves or to this potentially deadly disease when they select Deer micepresent themselves as friendly forces. It’s not often A resident found in higher proportion to other prairie dog colonies as bivouac sites.that they look to see the enemy that can lie dormant mice here at Fort Carson is the deer mouse. Deer mice Desert cottontail rabbitsin burrows or approach them as a cute and critter are found throughout much of the lower 48 states. Another familiar animal at Fort Carson is thecarrying a deadly disease. People can expect to find an influx of mice into desert cottontail rabbit. To help battle this “enemy,” Fort Carson offers warm areas, including tent sites, once the weather starts These rabbits are potential carriers of a deadlyseveral courses that teach Soldiers to recognize these turning cooler this fall and again in the spring when it bacterium known as tularemia. Several rabbits over thewildlife threats such as Field Sanitation Certification starts warming up. With an increase in mice, there is a past few years have tested positive for tularemia onCourse, Environmental Protection Officer and byproduct of concern — droppings. It is important to the installation and at the Piñon Canyon ManeuverManeuver Damage Control Officer training. Soldiers reduce the number of mice in living and working Site. The disease can be spread by infected rabbits,who receive this training can help advise unit leadership environments and then to properly clean up any biting deer flies, fleas, ticks and contaminated waterwhen less than desirable bivouac sites are selected. droppings. Hantavirus is a potentially fatal virus that is sources. The best prevention is to use the Department ofPrairie dog colonies usually transmitted by inhaling fecal particles, Fort Carson is home to approximately 90 which can become airborne during cleaningblack-tailed prairie dog colonies. This species is (sweeping). The best prevention is to eliminatekey to the survival of numerous other wildlife mice from the home and then clean up thethat depend on them for food, such as bobcats, droppings using products labeled “disinfectant.”coyotes, badgers and golden eagles. Prairie Never sweep the droppings. 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