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  • Vol. 70 No. 42 Oct. 19, 2012 Photo by Andrea Sutherland Bombs away Sgt. Jason Due, 663rd Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal nine training lanes, based on real-world scenarios Oct. 10-11. The Soldiers also Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), tapes blocks of C-4 explosives to a weapons completed land navigation training, a convoy live fire and honed basic Soldier and EOD cache during an Oct. 10 training lane at Camp Guernsey, Wyo. The company completed skills throughout their time at Camp Guernsey, Oct. 1-Thursday. See pages 20-21 for more. By Claire Heininger 3,726 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit Manpack radios Office of the Assistant Secretary of the radios under a second Low Rate Initial Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Production order. Those radios will support Technology Public Affairs Office future test events, development up to a Full Army gets ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Army has received authorization to continue production of an advanced radio that will link Soldiers at the company level and below with real-time Rate Production decision and potential fielding as part of Capability Set 13. Thus far, the Army has purchased 100 of the two-channel, software-defined radios, which are designed as a “midtier” radio solution allowing lower-echelon go-ahead INSIDE information passed on its holistic tactical communications network. The Department of Defense granted approval to the Army Oct. 11 to purchase Soldiers carrying Rifleman Radios and Nett Warrior handheld devices to connect See Radios on Page 4 Message board Privately owned weapons firing range event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. From Specker Avenue turn on Cobra Lane near Gate 20. Turn right on tank trail and follow red safety flag. Page 10 Page 13 Page 15
  • 2 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. David L. Grosso Tips help avoid flu By Shari Lopatin mist available as an alternative to the TriWest Healthcare Alliance shot. Check with child’s health careFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: provider to see if it’s a good fit. Dee McNutt Nine out of 10 healthy people q Offer to get your shot first. It willChief, Print and Web Communications: who get a flu shot, don’t get the flu, help to relax your children. according to the Centers for Disease q If fun or colorful bandages are Rick Emert Control and Prevention. available, ask to wear one alongsideEditor: Devin Fisher Since it takes two weeks for a flu your children.Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland shot’s immunity to build completely, q Finish the flu shot appointment withHappenings: Nel Lampe now is the best time to get vaccinated a treat, such as a trip to the park or a for flu season. healthy fruit smoothie.Sports writer: Walt Johnson TRICARE will cover flu shots or q Keeping active, getting enough sleepLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall flu mists at no cost to beneficiaries. Just and eating healthy foods can help make sure to receive the vaccination you stand strong against the flu. This commercial enterprise newspaper is from a military clinic or a TRICARE Besides getting a flu shot, takingan authorized publication for members of the network provider or pharmacy. If you these everyday steps from the CDC can Evans Army CommunityDepartment of Defense. Contents of the go to a pharmacy, make sure the actual help you avoid the flu, in the first place: Hospital Preventive MedicineMountaineer are not necessarily the official pharmacist gives the flu shot or mist q Wash hands properly — scrub with will host seasonal influenzaview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or to avoid out-of-pocket costs. soap and warm water for about immunization clinics for allthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation If you choose to get the shot at 20 seconds, or the time it takes to TRICARE beneficiaries 6is 12,000 copies. The editorial content of the a doctor’s office, be aware that sing “Happy Birthday.” months and older who needMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public some physicians charge a small q Try to avoid touching eyes, nose and only a flu vaccination.Affairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, co-pay for the office visit. Additionally, mouth; germs spread this way. The clinics will be heldTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is it’s a good idea to call the military q Manage your stress. at the Family clinic first to find out when flu shots q Drink plenty of fluids. Center, building 6237, on The Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at are available. q Use a tissue to cover your nose Mekong Street: The Mountaineer is an unofficial The CDC recommends everyone and mouth when you sneeze. Then, vFriday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.publication authorized by AR 360-1. The 6 months and older get vaccinated against throw away the tissue. If a tissue is vSaturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Mountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs the flu. But do your children throw not available, cover mouth with the vTuesday-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.Military Newspaper Group, a private firm in a fit, or shut down when it’s time for crease from your elbow. Never use to 5 way connected with the Department of theArmy, under exclusive written contract with their shots? Making the shot experience your hands. Again, this helps prevent Vaccinations can also beFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. smooth for children can be a challenge. the spread of germs. obtained during visits with a The appearance of advertising in this Here are some tips for calming For more information on flu primary care provider or duringpublication, including inserts or supplements, children before a flu shot: prevention visit http://www.triwest. established immunizationdoes not constitute endorsement by the q Go for your flu shot when you take com/flu. Visit the Express Scripts clinic walk-in times.Department of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or your children for theirs. If they see website at Active-duty service-services advertised. The printer reserves the mom or dad doing it, too, they may go or call 877-363-1303 to locate a members will be vaccinatedright to reject advertisements. more willingly — lead by example. TRICARE-covered pharmacy that through their units or by Everything advertised in this publication q Ask if the clinic or pharmacy has flu offers flu vaccinations. medical personnel.shall be made available for purchase, use orpatronage without regard to race, color, religion,sex, national origin, age, marital status, physicalhandicap, political affiliation or any othernonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equalopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed,the printer shall refuse to print advertising Interactive Customer Evaluation Ambassadorsfrom that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905. Commended for Exceptional Service — are selected All correspondence or queries regarding from personnel who exemplify the spirit of keepingadvertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Fort Carson the “Best Home Town in the Army” withGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. superior customer service to our Soldiers, Family The Mountaineer’s editorial content is members, civilian employees and retirees.edited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort Plans, Analysis and military support for ceremoniesCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Integration Office and events off post. She also Releases from outside sources are soindicated. The deadline for submissions to the coordinates and attends meetingsMountaineer is close of business the week Lori Waters, Fort Carson in communities along thebefore the next issue is published. The Public Affairs Office, has served Front Range.Mountaineer staff reserves the right to edit the U.S. Army for a long time — She recently escorted Fortsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity and 31 years — and knows a lot about Carson personnel to Trinidadtypographical errors. Policies and statements reflected in the what makes the Army tick. That’s for a meeting with communitynews and editorial columns represent views important in her job as she acts as members concerning contractingof the individual writers and under no a liaison between Fort Carson and opportunities at Piñon Canyoncircumstances are to be considered those of the community. Maneuver Site.the Department of the Army. It is also important that she “My appreciation to Lori Reproduction of editorial material isauthorized. Please credit accordingly. knows the community as well. Waters for taking George Williams Waters worked at the Pueblo and me to Trinidad to meet with Chemical Depot and with Division the Chamber of Commerce and West (First Army) before coming other civic (and) business leaders,” to the Fort Carson PA office. one of the attendees wrote. “I enjoy talking to people and “(I am) very impressed with finding a way we can input Lori and her role in promoting Classified advertising Fort Carson support elements Lori Waters the public affairs aspects of the 329-5236 into the community’s events,” Fort Carson Public Affairs Office Army and Fort Carson.” she said. “I find it is important Waters and the Community Display advertising to be flexible and meet the Relations section is responsible 634-5905 needs of the Army and the community.” for promoting goodwill with surrounding communities Mountaineer editor A member of the Community Relations team, Waters to continue their outpouring of support for Fort Carson 526-4144 coordinates requests from the community for post tours and Soldiers and their Families. Post information The ICE system is available for customers to rate service they Community Service, the Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, 526-5811 receive by highlighting superior service or making suggestions to DEERS Office, the Soldier Family Assistance Center or Balfour Post weather hotline improve services. It can be accessed at Beatty’s Joel Hefley Community Center; or by depositing an ICE 526-0096 index.cfm?fa=site&site(underscore)id=437; through kiosks at Army card at one of the many boxes located around post.
  • Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3ChairmanPartnerships essential to strategy By Claudette Roulo American Forces Press Service “The Taliban get what we’re WASHINGTON — The Defense Department doing. They know that thedepends on its relationships with partner nations,Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint bond between the AfghanChiefs of Staff, said Oct. 10. “Simply stated, we need them to make our strategy security forces and our forceswork,” the chairman said during a speech at a NationalPress Club luncheon. will ultimately be what causes In the first year of his chairmanship, he’s met them to be defeated.”57 of his counterparts and traveled to 22 foreign — Gen. Martin E. Dempseycountries, Dempsey said, all in an effort to buildstronger ties around the world. “We need partners who can bring to bear capability “I listen to their insights, and then I thank them require coalition troops to live and work with them,and credibility,” he said. for their service on the front line,” he said. Dempsey said. The coalition can’t be discouraged Relationships often are hard, the chairman Attacks on coalition personnel by members of the or dissuaded from its objectives by the threat ofacknowledged, sometimes seeming as if they’re Afghan security forces or insurgents wearing Afghan insider attacks, he said.more trouble than they’re worth. But one-on-one uniforms are designed to cause a rift between coalition The insider threat is not jeopardizing U.S. objectivescommunication is essential to ensuring messages and Afghan partners, and though the threat remains in Afghanistan, the chairman added, noting that it’sare received accurately, he added. as officials address it, the so-called “insider attacks” possible for violence and progress to coexist. “When we get together in large groups, I think we must not deter the mission of preparing Afghan “We must keep our eye on that threat … but ourtake the risk of talking past each other,” Dempsey said. forces to take full security responsibility for their commitment to the relationship and to the objectives On every trip he has taken to Afghanistan, he country, Dempsey said. is strong,” he said.has learned more than the last time he was there, the “The Taliban get what we’re doing,” he said. “They The Defense Department will determine troopgeneral said. He has conducted face-to-face discussions know that the bond between the Afghan security levels for post-2014 Afghanistan early next year,with Afghan and coalition leaders on each of his six trips forces and our forces will ultimately be what causes Dempsey said. The struggle, he said, is to find ato the country, he said, but more importantly, he gets a them to be defeated.” See Dempsey on Page 4sense of how service members feel about the mission. Effectively partnering with the Afghans will
  • 4 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012R adios training Soldiers who are unfamiliar with software- defined networking radios. Technical and human factor Make a Difference Day from Page 1 issues have since been addressed, and the fixes were evaluated as part of the GDT. The test allowed the Armyto the network backbone through the Soldier Radio to collect additional data and validate improvementsWaveform and Single Channel Ground and Airborne to the Manpack in a focused environment.Radio System waveforms. “This test is one piece of the Army’s effort “The Manpack will enhance current communi- to work with the vendor and the Department of Volunteerscations capabilities by allowing small units in austere Defense to evaluate issues identified during theenvironments to exchange voice and data information Network Integration Evaluation 12.2 and improvewith their higher headquarters, without having to the Manpack system,” Wygal said. “There is nothingrely on a fixed infrastructure,” said Col. Russ Wygal, like Soldier feedback to help us improve our products.”the Army’s project manager for tactical radios. Ultimately, the Manpack is envisioned as sought for cleanup day The decision was based on test results from the a piece of the Army’s network Capability Sets —Network Integration Evaluation 12.2, held in May- an integrated communications package that spansJune at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., as well as the entire brigade combat team formation, con-a Government Developmental Test conducted by the necting the static tactical operations center to theArmy Test and Evaluation Command, held earlier commander on-the-move to the dismountedthis month at the Electronic Proving Ground at Fort Soldier. The first such package, known asHuachuca, Ariz. Capability Set 13, began fielding to two BCTs of Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps The Manpack completed the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum,a key opera- N.Y., earlier this month and will continue Volunteers are needed Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. totional test in fielding to additional brigades 2 p.m. to give Iron Horse Park and its surroundingMay as part through 2013. areas a facelift.of the NIE Along with the Make A Difference Day is a national volunteer12.2, the latest Manpack, the HMS day event dedicated to helping others — a celebrationin a series of program includes of neighbors helping neighbors.semiannual, the Rifleman Radio, Everyone is welcome to participate in the FortSoldier-driven which will be Carson Make A Difference Day. Volunteers willevaluations designed carried by platoon, meet at Iron Horse Park main pavilion at 8 a.m. forto integrate and mature squad and team- on-site registration and a free continental breakfast.the Army’s tactical net- level Soldiers for Work boots or sturdy shoes and work gloves arework. The evaluation showed voice communica- required. Volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes.that the radio sig- tions. The Rifleman Participants must be 14 or older, however, youngernificantly enhanced Radio can also connect children are welcome if accompanied by parents. U.S. Army photo A limited number of T-shirts will be distributedthe mobile, adhoc The two-channel, software-defined Handheld, Manpack, Small with the smartphone-network formed Form Fit radio will enhance current communications capabilities like Nett Warrior to participants on a first-come, first-served basisthrough SRW, a by allowing small units in austere environments to exchange devices carried by and each volunteer will receive a project assign-high bandwidth voice and data information with their higher headquarters, dismounted leaders in ment. Participants will return to the pavilion at 1waveform that draws without having to rely on a fixed infrastructure. order to transmit text p.m. for a free lunch, entertainment, a prize raffleupon a larger part messages, GPS loca- and comments by the garrison commander andof the available tions and other data. senior enlisted leader.spectrum compared to legacy radios in order to The Manpack provides an SRW-enabled “gateway” There are five main projects scheduled this year:share mission command information. With both between the Rifleman Radio and the Army’s satellite m Beautification of Iron Horse Park and themounted and dismounted variants, the Manpack communications backbone, known as the Warfighter dog parkalso provided beyond-line-of-sight connectivity Information Network-Tactical. m General cleaning and maintenance of militarythrough satellite communications, improving “HMS radios will network small units with housingunits’ ability to communicate despite obstacles individual Soldiers, providing game-changing m General policing of the fence line from Gate 1 tosuch as buildings and nearby terrain. information at the lowest echelons,” Wygal said. Gate 4 The NIE assessment also identified areas in need of The Army is authorized to procure an additional m Cleaning and maintenance of the storm waterimprovement, such as the performance of the radio 13,077 Rifleman Radios based on a July 2012 drainsusing the SINCGARS waveform and the approach to Department of Defense decision. m Electronics recycling drop-off. There will be collection containers for unwanted personal electronics (no government property accepted). The following personal items will be collected and then recycled by the El Paso County SolidDempsey “We’ll take what we have there counterparts in Latin America and Waste Management facility: computers, laptopsfrom Page 3 now, which is about 68,000 U.S. South America, particularly Brazil and accessories; camcorders, cell phones, (personnel) and about (30,000- and Colombia. He’s also been copiers, digital cameras, fax machines,balance between several sometimes 34,000) coalition partners, and we’ll focused on the Asia-Pacific region, pagers, personal digital assistants, printers,conflicting needs: the requirements establish a glide slope to get from he said, reinforcing the basics of scanners, stereos, VCR and DVD players andof agreements partner nations made where we are to where we’re going the U.S. strategy for the region at telephones. No microwave ovens or televisionsat the last two NATO summits, to be,” Dempsey said. “The impor- the “Shangri-La Dialogue” Asia will be accepted.maintaining a counter-terrorism tant point is that … our objectives security summit in Singapore in To register, visit the Fort Carson Armypresence, enabling other agencies remain both sound and achievable.” June: “More attention, more Volunteer Corps Office at Army Communityto continue their missions and In addition to the Afghan engagement and more quality.” Service, building 1526, or contact Joey Bautista,continuing to train and advise the relationship, Dempsey said, he’s “As you can tell, I’m working Fort Carson Army Volunteer manager, atAfghan military. spent the last year working with his hard on my friends list,” he said. 526-4590/1082 or WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID
  • Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Army offers early retirement By David Vergum Army News Service WASHINGTON — Soldiers with at least 15but less than 20 years of service may be eligible forearly retirement. According to Army Directive 281/2012, titled“Temporary Early Retirement Authority,” officers andwarrant officers who have twice failed selection forpromotion to the next grade and noncommissionedofficers denied continued service as a result of anapproved qualitative service program centralizedselection board are eligible for the program. “Soldiers who elect to retire under TERA and areapproved, will receive full retirement benefits at aslightly reduced annuity,” said Gerald Purcell, theenlisted personnel policy integrator with Army G-1.He emphasized that TERA is not an entitlement. The TERA is one of the tools the Army is usingto reduce the force in the coming years, said Purcell.He said the reduction affects active-status Soldiers U.S. Army photoserving in the active and Reserve components. identifying NCOs, by military occupational specialties As the Army reduces its combat operations and the The Army’s plan is to reduce the active component and pay grade, who are excess to the future force struc- forces are drawn down, the Temporary Early Retirementfrom about 570,000 Soldiers to about 490,000 Soldiers ture mission requirements of the Army, Purcell said. Authority will enable some Soldiers with between 15 andby the end of fiscal 2017. “We (then) tell the selection board to rank the 20 years of service to draw early retirement. The Army has reduced the force before. But the Soldiers (with their peers) based on potential futureforce drawdown in the 1990s, for instance, was much contributions,” Purcell said. “Those identified would The officer and warrant officer drawdowndifferent than the most current effort, said Albert be quality Soldiers we’d otherwise retain, but because decisions are similarly based on the Army’sEggerton, the deputy chief of the officer division their grades and skills are excess to the Army’s needs, mission requirement needs by skill and grade,with Army G-1. we have to let them go.” Eggerton said. He said some officers with mission- “Now, the Army is making the call on who stays Purcell said Soldiers will know when they have essential critical skills would be allowed to stayand the programs are different,” Eggerton said. been selected for involuntary separation and that in the Army despite not being selected for a Purcell said a priority with the latest drawdown they have about a year to request TERA. higher precision, care and compassion. “TERA is a good thing for Soldiers to take if they Eggerton and Purcell agreed that TERA is good “Our goal (is) to do this in a compassionate, have already been identified for involuntary separation,” news for Soldiers who otherwise would receive lesscaring way, and ensure Soldiers and their Families are he said, explaining that the involuntary separation bonus under involuntary separation.taken care of during the transition,” Purcell said. would not have the value of early retirement in terms For more information on TERA, see Military The qualitative selection board is tasked with of pay and benefits. Personnel Message 12-329.
  • 6 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012 Photos by Pfc. Andrew Ingram Moving out Left: Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, maneuver a Bradley Fighting Vehicle onto a rail car at the Fort Carson Railhead, Oct. 10. Above: “Raider” Brigade vehicles sit atop rail cars awaiting transport to Fort Irwin, Calif., during operations at the Fort Carson Railhead, Oct. 10. In coming weeks, Raider Soldiers will travel to Fort Irwin to train on decisive action operations at the National Training Center in preparation for an upcoming deployment. DON’T JUST SIT ME IN ANOTHER DESK. S ANOTH DESK HER TEACH ME TO STAN OUT M STAND OUT. ND At CTU we know the sacrifices you make. Your education shouldn’t be one of those sacrifices. We offer support designed specifically for current and veteran Army personnel We Support Our Troops Ask about our military discount! and their families. The solution to getting a AT J.D. BYRIDER, better car is J.D. Byrider. YOU GET: We don’t rely on outside “Good to Go” banks for approval so you 24 Month / 24,000 Mile really could drive today. Limited Warranty department with ASE 155 N. Academy Colorado Springs, COVisit our Admissions Advisor every Thursday at the Education CenterVisit our Admissions Advisor every Thursday at the Education Center 888-927-3779 your budget Call 877.906.6555 Apply online at: Visit /military or Text MILITARY to 94576 for more info The person BRING THIS AD IN TO pictured is not an actual RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT. service member * Not all credits eligible to transfer. See the university’s catalog regarding CTU’s transfer credit policies. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at Not all programs are available to residents of all states. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. 88-31810 0304353 07/12 GOOD CARS FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED CREDIT
  • Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationTroops to Teachers — information briefing will be Dining facility Friday Saturday-Monday Tuesday-Thursday held Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. education center, building 1117. The briefing will 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. discuss the requirements and options to become a Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. teacher and services available through the program. Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Representatives from area school districts will be Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. available to discuss career opportunities. To register, Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. call 800-438-6851 or email only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcement Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. training units provide a “home” for Individual (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ready Reserve Soldiers who want to maintain Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed Reserve affiliation. Soldiers considering leaving LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. troop program unit assignment can consider the 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 6399th/6404th RTU as a short- or long-term Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed option. Benefits include earning retirement points and “good” years; optional monthly nonpaid drill Carson Support Services service order desk can be are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts weekends; continued military training; paid annual reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 training opportunities; earning retirement points cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department via correspondence courses; and easy transfer to damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit TPUs if desired. Contact Chief Warrant Officer 4 • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Lake Gardner at 720-363-0511 or lakegardner@ Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. for more information. when needing trash containers, trash is Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are heldGerman Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge overflowing or emergency service is required. the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon — training and testing is conducted monthly. Events • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan at the education center, building 1117, room 120. include swimming, marksmanship, track and field Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs events (100-meter dash, shot put, long jump or high for service needs or to report complaints. Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. jump and 3,000-meter run or 1,000-meter swim) and • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held a 12-kilometer road march. Soldiers with physical Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. the first and third Wednesday of each month. limitations can also participate with an approved Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier alternate event authorized by medical personnel. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, Upon completion of all required events, Soldiers are Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers must awarded a badge in gold, silver or bronze level — be within 120 days of their expiration term of determined by results of the marksmanship and road • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary service, but must attend the briefing no later than march. This is a foreign military award authorized to Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transition be worn on the Class-A or Army Service Uniform. Use this number to obtain self-help leave. Call 526-2240/8458. Soldiers should submit packets through their chain tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in of command to Sgt. Michael Phillips at 526-5282 • Base operations contracting officer repre- building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. or email Contact sentative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 or email Soldiers must be specialist-staff sergeant from any Chief Warrant Officer David Douglas at 720-250- for questions on snow military occupational specialty, have a general 1221 or email removal, grounds maintenance and contractor technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, scoreRecycle incentive program — The Directorate of response to service orders. 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and Public Works has an incentive program to prevent • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or recyclable waste from going to the landfill. 524-0786 or email to visit the website at Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards request latrines, for service or to report damaged for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson or overturned latrines. Hours of Operation Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at Central Issue Facility participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call building 1430, room 233. During duty hours, • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from 526-5898 for more information about the program. Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone 7:30-10:30 a.m.Finance travel processing — All inbound and number for after hours, holidays and weekends is • Initial and partial issues — Monday- outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it 526-0051. Know your rights. Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay Briefings Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Tuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — is located noon to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private-sergeant • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of first class with a minimum General Technical 526-3321. operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Score of 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 or • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- office assists Soldiers with room assignments and higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test; and 5512/6477 for approval. terminations. For more information call 526-9707. pass a Ranger physical. Call 524-2691 or visit Education Center hours of operation — TheSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Mountain Post Training and Education Center, Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: of each month at the Family Connection Center from — is held Nov. 27-29 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at • Counselor Support Center — Monday- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all Veterans Chapel. Class is limited to 50 people on a Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 active members and those interested in becoming first-come, first-served basis. Call 526-5613/5614 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. future SAMC members. The club was originally a for more information. • Army Learning Center — Monday- U.S. Forces Command organization of elite noncom- Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. missioned officers but is now an Armywide program Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located • Defense Activity for Nontraditional for those who meet the criteria and have proven in building 381, conducts orientations Fridays Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a board/ from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. leadership process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff DLA processes to include turning in excess Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. property, reutilizing government property, 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is web-based tools available, special handling of Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort property and environmental needs. To schedule a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., located on the first Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance an orientation, contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at floor of building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and for receiving/turn Shipment under Full Replacement Value claimants cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone in; Mike Welsh at for must submit Department of Defense Form 1840R numbers and points of contact for services: reutilization/web tools; or Rufus Guillory at or After Delivery Form 1851 for additionally • Facility repair/service orders — Fort discovered items to the carrier within 75 days Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon online. Claimants must log into Defense Personal the second and third Wednesday of each month at Property System at andBOSS meetings are held the first the Joel Hefley Community Center conference submit the claim within nine months directly toand third Thursday of each month room, 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services the carrier to receive full replacement value forfrom 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. Office recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to missing or destroyed items. All other claimsContact Cpl. Rachael Robertson at the briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. should be submitted to Fort Carson Claims Office524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of The Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays within two years of the date of delivery or date ofHub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims Office atto 40404 to receive updates and event information. personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings 526-1355 for more information.
  • 8 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012FRSAs strengthen ties at conference By Spc. Nathan Thome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Forty-two Family readiness supportassistants attended the sixth annualFort Carson FRSA Training ConferenceOct. 10-12, at various locations in ElPaso County. The three-day conference, whichtook place at The Cliff House inManitou Springs and the Veterans ofForeign Wars Post 3917 and El PasoCounty Citizens Service Center inColorado Springs, showed attendeesnew ways to support their units. FRSA members can take what theyhave learned and use it to help their unitand Soldiers, said Sally Garcia, FRSA,4th Battalion, 42nd Field ArtilleryRegiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division. They work hand-in-hand with their unit Family readinessgroups, supporting each other andtheir units by creating a stable FRG,coordinating company and battery-level Fort Carson Family readiness support assistants work together to build a tower out of paper cups, plates, bowls and balloons as partevents and other activities, she said. of a teambuilding exercise at The Cliff House in Manitou Springs, during the sixth annual FRSA Training Conference, Oct. 10. The full-time employees areassigned as special command staff in teams, each with its own color and cos- and other guest speakers shared services what FRSAs do at Fort Carson,” said Lizselect units and have met the qualifi- tume theme. Each team put together available to Soldiers and their Families; Knight, FRSA, 214th Fires Brigade, 4thcations designated by U.S. Army presentations on how to bolster unit and the different roles of FRSAs, such as Inf. Div. “I’m hoping to take what I canForces Command. participation within FRGs. knowing their tasks, risk management from this conference to strengthen the The “Treasure Island”-themed Connie Roy, installation FRSA pro- and workplace safety, said Garcia. cohesion of the FRSAs back at (Fort) Sill,conference included exercises to promote gram manager, said the conference helped FRSA members from other posts and involve more Soldiers in the group.”teambuilding and group discussions FRSAs build and expand on ideas. with units assigned to 4th Inf. Div. also Attendees gained a stronger sense ofabout how to improve and expand FRGs. Greg Cheyne, Military Family Life attended the conference. See FRSA on Page 10 The members were divided into six Consultant, MHN Government Services, “Fort Sill (Okla.) sent us here to see CONTACTS GLASSES HAVE YOU BEEN CHECKED RECENTLY? Amenities include: No security deposit Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs Basic renter’s The Independent & The Gazette insurance is included Our New Homes have state-of-the-art, energy- Pet-friendly efficient Appliances; Private fenced-in Yards; Laundry a Room Sinks; Kitchen Islands; and so much more. community with one-time $200 fee WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM Plus, with a brand new community center open soon 24/7 emergency 4331 Centennial Blvd. 4319 Integrity Center Point 1813 North Circle Drive 1130 Lake Plaza Drive Garden of the Gods & Centennial NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Circle & Constitution Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) with a fitness center, splash park, full-service kitchen maintenance and Wi-Fi lounge, community outdoor playgrounds, Resident functions 635-2020 634-2020 632-2020 578-2020 dog and skateboard parks, and so much more, and events Tierra Vista has something for everyone. Lawn care service Short commute r Visit us at for more to work Optical Concessionaire at the Exchange for: Safe, gated on-base information or call (719) 597-7200. (719) 597-7200. community Ft. Carson 576-5151 Air Force Academy 472-0524 Peterson AFB 574-5252 Tricare & Medicare Providers Exams as young as 6 months of age
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  • 10 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012Leadership gains fitness knowledge Story and photos by Infantry Division, received a hands-on look at Fort Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch Carson’s Army Wellness Center throughout the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs month of September as they were educated about Office, 4th Infantry Division programs available through the AWC. “We are running through the leadership so they Running on a treadmill to gain 85 percent of know what resources are available to their Soldiers intheir maximum heart, based on age; lying down and the brigade,” said Tony Heinz, nurse educator andbreathing through a mask to receive a resting metabolic certified personal trainer with the American Collegerate; and sitting in an egg-shaped capsule to test of Sports Medicine.body fat percentage were new experiences for 90 Leadership took part in three portions of trainingofficers and senior noncommissioned officers. education; a fitness test aimed to test Vo2 max, which The leaders from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th is how much oxygen the body can absorb during cardio respiratory fitness; Bod Pod testing, which uses air displacement to measure body fat percentage; and a resting metabolic rate, which tests a Soldier’s breathing pattern and lets him know whether he has low, normal or high metabolism. “The leadership is going through everything,” said Heinz. “They are going to know what’s available and inform the Soldiers from the top down.” The brigadewide study is the first of its kind. After “Warhorse” senior leadership has completed training, it plans to test overweight Soldiers assigned to 2nd BCT. “We all think we are in better shape than we are,” said Master Sgt. Mark Skinner, current operations noncommis- sioned officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd BCT. “It will help Soldiers and leaders see where they are and how they can get to where they want to be.” Though getting the leadership Master Sgt. Mark Skinner, current operations through the wellness center was the noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters and initial focus, the main intent is to help Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Soldiers become informed. Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, tests his “(Soldiers) are going to say, ‘OK, our grip strength Sept. 27 at the Army Wellness Center. battalion commander, command sergeant major and first sergeant have been you a better understanding of where you are and how through this program and they vouch for to get better.” it and they understand the importance of Additionally, the AWC offers tobacco cessation the program,’” said Heinz. classes geared toward helping Soldiers quit smoking Even though the program is unlike and a massage chair in conjunction with audio and normal physical fitness education, the visual stimulation, which provides Soldiers feedback leaders know it is important. on how to control their breathing resulting in managing “This is different than taking an Army stress levels. Physical Fitness Test,” said Maj. Sean Contact the AWC at 526-3887, Monday-Friday Heenan, brigade engineer, HHT. “It’s more from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for more information or to thorough, accurate and scientific. It gives schedule an appointment. “It’s more thorough, accurate and scientificMaj. Sean Heenan, left, brigade engineer, Headquarters and (than the Army Physical Fitness Test). It givesHeadquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is coached by Tony Heinz, nurse you a better understanding of where you areeducator and certified personal trainer with the Army College ofSports Medicine, on proper techniques to test his back strength at and how to get better.” — Maj. Sean HeenanFort Carson’s Army Wellness Center, Sept. 27.FRSA Melissa Favero, FRSA, 52nd Engineer build that network with other FRSAs in preparation for the remaining twofrom Page 8 Battalion. “Brainstorming, learning who can help us with our FRG when days of their conference. from one another and building on we need it.” “The most important thing toconnection with their fellow members ideas are probably the biggest things After a full day of teambuilding remember as an FRSA, is that we areby working together and enhancing we get out of this. and compiling notes to take back to here to support Soldiers andeach others’ skills. “I come from a separate battalion their units, FRSAs readied themselves Families,” said Melissa Hermosillo, “This conference helps to bring us where I’m one of the only civilians, so to put what they gained at the conference 4th Inf. Div. Headquarters FRSA.together; a lot of us are in our own I think it’s nice to start building teams, to good use with their unit FRG. They “Our most important job is to beunits so we don’t always have a lot of the way the program was really meant wrapped up day one by synchronizing engaged and a part of the unit,interaction with each other,” said to,” said Favero. “It helps when we their costumes and teambuilding ideas Soldiers and their Families.”
  • Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11‘Raiders’ participate in Arabic class Story by Pfc. Andrew Ingram The Soldiers spent the first few searches or deal with a medical “I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan,1st Brigade Combat Team Public weeks focusing on learning the basics situation,” said Staff Sgt. John Ellzey, and in both situations a good understand-Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division of Arabic sentence structure and basic Company A, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor ing of the language would have been communication before using the bulk Regiment, 1st BCT. “I feel confident I invaluable,” he said. “We work closely Through 14 weeks of intensive of the course to learn the language could make myself understood in with civilian populations, and firsttraining, 63 Soldiers from 1st Brigade skills most needed during deployment. almost any situation.” impressions are always the strongest.Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, “We learned a lot that could help us Ellzey said that putting Soldiers Being able to greet them in their nativelearned the basics of the Arabic build rapport with local nationals, but with a basic understanding of the local language and build that initial rapportlanguage at Fort Carson. we also learned more military-specific language on the front lines could be a makes all the difference in the world. It Instructors from Arabic speaking language like how to conduct vehicle huge benefit for the Army. shows the people that we aren’t justcountries guided the “Raiders” through there to do a job; it shows them thatthe complex process of learning a we care and we are there to help them.”new language June 18-Oct. 4, to prepare The course culminated in a fieldthem to interact with local nationals training exercise and a languageduring deployments to Arabic- proficiency test to gauge the student’sspeaking nations. ability to understand and communicate “This was the first time general- in Arabic.purpose Soldiers received training like “I was really impressed with thethis,” said Dr. John Holeman, academic instructor’s level of intensity,” saidspecialist, Fort Carson Language Pfc. Armando de Leon, Troop C, 7thTraining Detachment. “We have Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1stprovided training in a few other BCT. “They pushed us really hard, but,languages, but never anything this by the end, I think we were all confidentcomprehensive in Arabic.” that we could use our language skills Starting a brand new training to our unit’s benefit in the field.”program gave the Fort Carson LTD staff De Leon said he looks forward tothe opportunity to shape the curriculum practicing his new language best fit the needs of the average “I feel confident that by speakingSoldier on the ground in an Arab- with the role-players in Arabic we canspeaking country, explained Holeman. get useful intelligence and help the “I was very impressed with the brigade’s mission out at (the Nationalattitude of these Soldiers,” he said. U.S. Army photo Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.)” de“Arabic is classified as a level four Pfc. Daniel Bach, Company A, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Leon said. “Between my training andlanguage. It is very difficult, but these Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, searches a vehicle during a field training the practice we will get at NTC, ISoldiers were very serious in their exercise, Oct. 4. Bach communicated with the driver using the Arabic language believe we will be great assets for ourapproach to learning.” skills he learned during an intensive 14-week training course. units downrange.” $ Experience a Warmer and 500 OFF your next car purchase from More Personal Approach to Your Cosmetic Surgical Needs Roger Phillips Dr. Raskin specializes in PLUS I Pay a $200 Referral Fee! Roger Phillips FREE COSMETIC CONSULTATION 243-5941 cell Douglas J. Raskin, M.D., D.M.D 260-6600 store Harvard, Stanford and Baylor Trained Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery MEMBER Active Member American Society of Plastic Surgeons AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COLORADO SPRINGS PLASTIC SURGEONS, INC. USED CARS AND TRUCKS 195 N. Academy Blvd. 578-9988 Colorado Springs, CO 80909 559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 209 email: Conveniently located Downtown Colorado Springs MILITARY DISCOUNTS “Top Dentists” style magazine 2012 5280 Denver 2010, 2011, 2012 DR. JAMES GRANT DR. MATT VANORMAN DR. BILL BERTSCH CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN DENTAL GROUP Military Dental 3605 Star Ranch Rd. Colorado Springs (719) 576-3276 Insurance Accepted 80906 Delta, MetLife - TriCare
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  • Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 13 Retirees and spouses fill the Special Events Center Saturday during Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday. About 2,000 people were in attendance.Retiree AppreciationDay is rousing successStory and photos by Nel Lampe Mountaineer staff Transitions/Retirements, who estimated the crowd at 2,000 retirees and spouses. “None of this would have been The Special Events Center possible had it not been for teamwork.”was abuzz Saturday as thousands of Organized by Retirement Services,veterans gathered for the annual Fort Carson Retiree Council andRetiree Appreciation Day. other Fort Carson agencies, scores “It’s the biggest crowd in memory,” of retirees took advantage of thesaid Carolyn Hill, chief, warm autumn day to attend the event. Forty-six booths offered health screenings, blood pressure checks, health tips, powers of attorney, new identification cards Julie Richards, left, from the Army Wellness Center, draws blood to test Air Force and vehicle registration. veteran Dennis Shultz’s cholesterol. Armed Forces Bank and Security Services shots, discussed pay issues with Community Hospital. Federal Credit Union representatives from Defense Finance Bob Kidd retired from the Army representatives were and Accounting Service and picked in December 1995. “This is the first on hand, as well as up brochures from several tables. time in 17 years that I’ve attended, the Better Business During busy times, retirees waited he said. “I came because I had a Bureau and Society in line outside the entrance, then question for TRICARE about dental.” of Military Widows. were greeted by Army Junior ROTC He got the answer. American Legion, cadets from Fountain-Fort Carson Retiree Victor Carabailo said Fort Logan National High School, who handed out tickets he looks for people he’s served with Cemetery, Veterans for door prize drawings. when he attends a RAD. At 10:30 Outreach Center, A table of complimentary bagels, a.m., he hadn’t yet seen a familiar Veterans of Foreign cookies and fruit was the first stop face but he struck up a conversation Wars, The Retired for most visitors, which was courtesy with three other attendees as they Enlisted Association of the Noncommissioned Officers had coffee and bagels while sitting at and Military Officers Association, Mountain Post Chapter one of the tables near the breakfast Association of No. 154 at Fort Carson. area. The group was engaged in America had booths. Coffee was also provided, both animated conversation that contained Representatives were at McMahon Auditorium, where a lot of military acronyms. also present from many retirees and spouses gathered Some lucky retirees won Association of the U.S. at 7 a.m. to hear opening briefings door prizes that were handed out Army, El Paso County on medical, finance and retiree throughout the morning. Dixie Office of Veteran and issues, and at the SEC. Roberts, human resources assistant Military Affairs and Many people came to the RAD at Retirement Services, said that American Military for a flu shot, such as Melissa Mabry, Scheduled Airline Traffic Office Retirees Association spouse of a retiree. She was one of donated seven beach towels and fourCapt. Ross Cook, a dentist at Larson Dental Clinic, performs and many others. 786 people who received flu shots pop-up chairs. Four $25 Army anda dental screen Saturday for Ernest Martin at Retiree Retirees and administered by members of the Air Force Exchange Service giftAppreciation Day. spouses lined up for flu nursing staff at Evans Army cards were also given out.
  • 14 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012Projects boost energy efforts, save money Story by Susan C. Galentine the Army’s Army Quality of Life Utility “Lighting is one of the easiest Directorate of Public Works public relations Modernization funding program. and most inexpensive ways to save “The project literally replaced energy,” said Todd Gamboa, FCSS Energy conservation is being tackled one bulb thousands of fixtures,” said Scott Clark, energy conservation a time through lighting initiatives promoted DPW energy program coordinator. Approximately 25 percent of energyby the Directorate of Public Works and the There were 5,673 lights retrofitted, use in buildings goes to lighting.installation’s operations and maintenance contractor, re-lamped or replaced in facilities from From May-September, FCSSFort Carson Support Services. February-September, including gymnasiums, analyzed 34 buildings on Fort In an effort to push installation net zero motor pools, a fire station, the auto hobby shop, Carson’s “Banana Belt.” During his walkthroughenergy objectives forward, DPW has initiated a aircraft hangars and the Directorate of Plans, Training, of the buildings, Gamboa discovered the olderseveral-phase project to replace high-bay lighting Mobilization and Security simulation facility. buildings were overlit and interior and exteriorin facilities. This year, more energy-efficient bulbs In high bay areas, 250 watt, 400 watt and lights were left on 24 hours a day. Based on whatwere installed in 22 buildings through funds from some 1,000 watt metal halide fixtures were replaced the lighting analysis encountered, FCSS went to with fluorescent lights and automatic timers work on reducing lighting energy demand through were added that shut off lighting after duty a multi-phased approach. hours. Administrative areas also had their lighting The first step was to remove unneeded bulbs upgraded and occupancy sensors installed. in fixtures with multiple bulbs in areas illuminated Overall, the lighting project will yield at least beyond what was needed. a 30-percent reduction in energy use and possibly Switches for exterior lighting were replaced as much as 50 percent in some areas, said Clark. with photo cell controls to eliminate lights being The initiative is estimated to save Fort Carson left on during the day. up to $60,000 annually. “We thought we would put the sun in control The project will save money for Fort Carson, of the lights instead of people,” said Gamboa.” The but it also improves the working environment for number of exterior fixtures was also decreased. Soldiers and staff. The next area tackled was the entry corridors, “The new high bay lighting in these facilities can which can number upward of 24 in the barracks easily be turned off and turned back on with no wait buildings. time as opposed to metal halides that must warm up “Entry corridors had three times the lighting so are generally left on all day,” said Clark. “They are needed for the space,” said Gamboa. Fixtures also quieter because of the use of electronic ballasts were reduced from two bulbs down to one. so there is an absence of the ‘hum’ and are generally Gamboa also found that 75 percent of corridor brighter, which makes job performance easier.” lights were being left on day and night, which Photo by Todd Gamboa Fort Carson Support Services, who manages main- prompted FCSS to add occupancy sensors. NowJohnnie Miranda, Fort Carson Support Services tenance of facilities on post, set about implementing lights only come on when someone is in the corridors.general maintenance worker, installs an occupancy easy lighting fixes within Soldier barracks as part See Energy on Page 24sensor, which turns on lighting in the barracks. of their Energy Conservation Initiatives program. Hey Ft. Carson! Gentle Dental Care Howard Short, D.M.D. Accepting United Concordia Insurance for military families! Do you love WINGS? Botox and Dermafill Treatment Available! CALL FOR APPOINTMENT! Only 2 minutes from the Main Gate 719-574-7631 5739 Constitution Ave. 5 0¢ (SW corner Constitution and Powers next to Walgreens) CARE CREDIT ACCEPTED W INGS ALL DAY EVERY DAY On B Street Right outside Gate 4 behind 7-11 252 E. Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. Happy Hour M-F 3-6pm Just West of Nevada/Hwy. 115 Open 7 Days a Week 11am - 2am (Northwest corner of Nevada and Hwy 115 behind UMB Bank) Scan the QR Gode 576-5223 to see our full menu The Transcript can publish your NOTICES OF GUARDIANSHIP ur Call us for yo nd (precurser notice to adoption) ell a NOTICES TO CREDITORS Hail & Farew ies! Promoti on Part NAME CHANGES For more info call 634-1048
  • Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 15Fire Prevention WeekFirefighters educate, raise awareness By Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner important topic locally, with the recent Waldo The firefighters also enjoyed having the various 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Canyon Fire. people stopping by. “With climate changes, a wildfire can happen at “My favorite thing is the kids; giving them “Have two ways out” was the key phrase used any time now; be prepared, Wuchner said. “If you the stuff that makes them happy,” said Johanneby firefighters all around post as they engaged have to evacuate, don’t wait for the evacuation order. Durbin, paramedic and firefighter, Station 31.Soldiers, Families and community members “Ensure you have your important paperwork, “Hopefully, they will want to learn more aboutabout fire safety Oct. 7-13. photos and prescriptions. Have a change of clothes, making themselves safe.” “This is our time to shine,” said Rob and a place to go.” Another message that dominated Fire PreventionWuchner, inspector, Fort Carson Fire Emergency Wuchner also stressed the importance of Week was the importance of Family membersServices. “If we can prevent just one child or providing specific information when calling talking about fire from doing something hazardous, then emergency services. “If you don’t have a plan for when your housewe’ve done a great job.” “The biggest thing when calling for help burns down, you’ll have more of a casualty than According to the National Fire Protection is (telling dispatch) where you are. Building just a house,” said Durbin.Association, Fire Prevention Week commemorates numbers and street corners are great,” said Visit for more informationthe 1871 Great Chicago Fire, which started Oct. 8, Wuchner. “We don’t own cell phone towers, so on fire prevention.and during a two-day period, killed 250 people you need to give an addressand left 100,000 homeless. when calling on Fort Carson. The observance began as a single day, You’re most likely going to goproclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson on to Colorado Springs dispatch,Oct. 9, 1920, and became a weeklong event in who will transfer you to the1922. Fire Prevention Week has been proclaimed on-post emergency services.”annually by every president since 1925. The chance to take part The Fort Carson fire department’s activities in Fire Prevention Week wasincluded an information booth at the Exchange appreciated by the firefighterswith pamphlets, tools for the house, toys for the from all six post fire stations.children and emergency services personnel present to “We interact with theanswer questions and promote fire safety awareness. community on a regular basis,Members of the department also talked at school but typically through calls andassemblies, which included a demonstration of a emergency services,” said Michaelfirefighter getting into his gear and a visit by Milar, firefighter, Station 31,Sparky, the fire department mascot, to demonstrate which is located on Wetzelthe proper way to stop, drop, cover your face and Avenue. “This is an opportunityroll, and how to stay low when exiting the house. to reach out and educate them in Fire drills at places on post such as child a non-emergency situation.development centers were also conducted. “I think the planners do a Wuchner said the intent of this year’s theme, great job of getting the message“Have two ways out,” was to get Families to across at places like schools,focus on safety for the children, ensuring that they day cares and public placesknow how to get out of the house and to have like the Exchange,” said Milar.accountability by arranging for a place outside The booth at the Exchangethe house to meet in the event of a fire. was placed at the main entrance, He said they were also teaching children how where adults and children aliketo stop, drop, cover their faces and roll. were able to see what the fire “We modified the ‘stop, drop and roll’ you department had to offer.practiced as a kid, because we noticed that a lot of “I think (Fire Preventionchildren forget to protect themselves from smoke Week) is tremendouslyand suffer from smoke inhalation damage.” important,” said Capt. 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  • 16 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012Claims to the estate personnel. Applications can be obtained by contacting your organization’s training coordinatorSpc. John Hargreaves — With deepest regret to or the Workforce Development Program. the Family of the deceased. Anyone having claims UCCS scholarships — The University of Colorado against or indebtedness to his estate should Colorado Springs will offer scholarships for past contact 1st Lt. Jason Klemp at 608-279-8126. and current military service members interestedSgt. 1st Class Charles Lacy — With deepest regret in pursuing degrees in science, technology, to the Family of the deceased. Anyone having engineering or mathematics. Contact Jennifer claims against or indebtedness to his estate Fisher at 719-255-3460 for more information. Visit should contact Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tim to apply. Savely at 524-4540 or 526-3807. EFMP — The Exceptional Family MemberPvt. Benjamin Corson — With deepest regret to Program at Evans Army Community Hospital the Family of the deceased. Anyone having claims has new hours of operation Monday-Thursday against or indebtedness to his estate should from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Overseas screenings contact 1st Lt. Michael Gallow at 719-331-3337. will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The EFMP office is located in the Pfc. Eric P.Upcoming events Woods Soldier Family Care Center, Pediatric Clinic lobby, Room 2103. Contact the EFMPPrivately Owned Weapon Range safety days — Department at 526-7805 for more information, the Fort Carson Privately Owned Weapon Breast Cancer Awareness Month — TRICARE range hosts safety day Saturday. Contact Master beneficiaries who schedule mammograms during Sgt. Willie R. Chatman Sr. at 526-3058 or Jose L. October will receive a gift bag in Evans Army Colon-Rosa at 526-9717 for more information. Community Hospital’s Radiology Department.Federal Employee Health Fair — The Federal Call the Breast Care Clinic at 526-7886 to Employee Health Benefits Fair takes place Oct. 30 schedule an appointment. Community members at the Fort Carson Library from 1:30-3:30 p.m. are also invited to contribute to the Breast The library is located at 1637 Flint St., building Cancer Tree of Life outside of Healer Chapel. 1528. Visit for Write your name or the name of a loved one more information. The Federal Flexible Spending who has fought or is fighting breast cancer on Account Open Season is during the same time. a pink ribbon card and tie it to the tree. Visit for information Car wash construction — In an effort to about the FSAFEDS program. improve its services, the Mountain Post CarWellness in Action — The Army Wellness Center Wash is undergoing construction to upgrade an hosts “Wellness In Action” Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to automatic bay to an express wash. The facility 2 p.m. at the Exchange. Wellness center employees remains open 24-hours for business and the will demonstrate the new hand held body fat staff will do its best to accommodate customers scanner and the Vo2 max fitness test machine. during construction. Contact Mike Jimenez at Contact the Army Wellness Center team at 719-226-2850 for more information. 526-3486 for more information. TRICARE online access — TRICARE patients willHoliday Bazaar — The Mountain Post Spouses no longer be able to access online accounts with notified immediately of rider options, allowing Club hosts a Holiday Bazaar Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. MHS/iAS username and password. Users must them to contact and coordinate ridesharing within to 3 p.m. at the Elkhorn Conference Center. either use a registered Department of Defense minutes. Access the ride-share portal by visiting Admission is $3 for attendees ages 12 and older. Common Access Card or register for a DOD The event features vendors, children’s crafts and a Self-Service Logon. Visit: Vanpools — Vanpools serve commuters who visit with Santa. Contact Valerie Hodges at 254- identitymanagement. Patients may also receive travel on Interstate 25, Powers Boulevard, 258-2125 or email personal assistance in creating an account by Security-Widefield and Fountain. Vanpool costsCoat drive — The Mountain Post Spouses Club visiting the TRICARE Service Center at Evans for Soldiers and civilians may be reduced (or free) is collecting winter coats, scarves, hats and Army Community Hospital or Veterans Affairs when using the Army Mass Transit Benefit subsidy. gloves for Fort Carson Families through Nov. 1. Regional Office. The program provides the van, maintenance and Donations may be made at Family Connection, the Ambulance service — Fort Carson officials urge repairs, insurance, fuel and has an Emergency commissary, Evans Army Community Hospital, community members to contact emergency Ride Home feature. Go to Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, the Exchange, personnel by calling 911 instead of driving FtCarsonVanPool for further details, and to reserve Soldier Family Care Center and The Hub. personal vehicles to the emergency room. a spot. Contact Anneliesa Barta, Sustainable FortDiabetes Health Fair — Learn how to recognize the In the event of a life- or limb-threatening Carson at 526-6497 or email anneliesa.m.barta. signs and symptoms of diabetes at the Diabetes emergency, skilled paramedics and ambulance for more information. Health Fair, Nov. 8 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Army crew will be able to administer critical care Wellness Center, 1891 Prussman Blvd., building and aid. Contact the Emergency Department Ongoing events 1843. Contact 526-3887 for more information. at 526-7111 for more information.Santa’s Workshop — The Mountain Post Spouses New prescription policy — All handwritten Yard sales — can be held on post the first and Club hosts the annual Santa’s Workshop to prescriptions from a TRICARE network third Saturday of the month through December. benefit Soldiers and Families struggling provider will be filled at the Soldier and Family Post residents set up their items in front of financially. The club is seeking monetary and toy Care Center located adjacent to and east of their homes. Single Soldiers and Families who donations as well as volunteer elves to assist in Evans Army Community Hospital. When reside off post can set up in the building 5510 set up, shopping and cleanup. Santa’s Workshop calling in for refills on those prescriptions, parking lot. Yard sales are organized and runs Dec. 3-7, but preparations are already beneficiaries will continue to use the SFCC. conducted by the Installation Mayoral Program, taking place. Contact mtnpostsantasworkshop@ A dedicated refill window in this facility will the Directorate of Public Works Housing or mpsws.volunteercoordinator@ reduce wait time. The SFCC pharmacy is open Liaison Office and the Balfour Beatty Family for more information. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Housing Office. Call the Mayoral Program The pharmacy is located on the first floor at 526-8303 or Army Community Service atGeneral announcements near the east entrance of the facility; park in the 526-4590 for more information. “G” lot, east of the building. Call 719-503-7067 Seeking speakers — The Fort Carson Public AffairsIMCOM recruits — Installation Management or 719-503-7068 for more information. Office is seeking Soldiers, Family members and Command is currently recruiting junior and 2-1-1 data expands to two counties — The Pikes civilians from Fort Carson to speak about their mid-level employees to participate in a Peak Area Council of Governments has partnered work, training and varied experiences to public Developmental Assignment Program. DAP is with Pikes Peak United Way to include 2-1-1 data organizations throughout the Pikes Peak region. designed to support functional and leadership for El Paso and Teller counties in the Network Speakers must be well-qualified professionals training, which is one of the essential pillars of of Care for servicemembers, veterans and their who know how to capture and maintain an the HQ, IMCOM Campaign Plan LOE 3. Eligible Families. The service directory component of the audience’s attention for 20-30 minutes. Speakers applicants are IMCOM appropriated-fund Network of Care now includes more than 1,500 should be comfortable speaking to businesses, employees (GS7-GS13) and nonappropriated local resources to assist the military community, professional organizations, community leaders, fund employees (NF-5 and below, in positions service providers and others. Visit http://pikespeak. civic groups and schools. Contact Community comparable to GS7 through GS13). The DAP is for more information. Relations at 526-1246 or 526-1256. based on a systematic plan specializing in Share-a-Ride — is a free online car pool coordination Al-Anon meetings — Al-Anon is a 12-step developmental assignments through various to and from post, as well as van pool options, program for families and friends of alcoholics functional areas for a period of up to 60 days. typically for those commuting 30 or more miles to (admitted or not). Meetings take place in the The program provides multifunctional training post. Riders are matched based on their origination conference room of The Colorado Inn at and assignments to strengthen the experience and destination points, as well as days and times of 6 p.m. every Monday. Attendance is free and of employees and prepare them for broader travel. Users specify whether they are offering a anyone can attend these open, anonymous responsibilities, improve organizational ride, need a ride or if they are interested in sharing meetings. Contact Al-Anon Service Center communication, and develop well-rounded driving duties. When a “match” is found, users are at 719-632-0063 for information.
  • Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 17 This is the one Ayden Beckford picks out a pumpkin during the eighth annual Balfour Beatty Communities pumpkin patch Oct. 12 at the Joel Hefley Community Center. The free event treated post housing residents to a selection from 3,000 pumpkins as well as hay rides. Upcoming Halloween-related events include the Soldier and Family Assistance Center Fall Festival Trunk-or-Treat Celebration Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the SFAC; Trunk-or-Treat from 2-3:30 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel; Halloween Candy Climb from 3:30-6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Outdoor Recreation Center; and trick-or-treating in the post housing areas from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Photo by Catherine Ross NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY Colorado Springs REDUCED TUITION for military personnel AND dependents* Associate, Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees Accounting Business Criminal Justice Healthcare Information Technology (719) 590-8300 We are in the Ft. Carson Education Center every Tuesday Ask about our 5 1/2 week classes! National American University is regionally accredited by The Higher LearningCommission and a member of the North Central Association| *Must provide a valid military ID card. 6/2012 The individual pictured is not an actual service member.
  • 18 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012Tell Me A Story builds resilience By Devin Fisher Geared for children 4-12, the American pilot brought hope to a child citizenship, hope and gratitude, Brown Mountaineer editor Military Child Education Coalition through a simple act of kindness, said. She said the story demonstrates launched the Tell Me A Story program which became the connecting thread how powerful an act of generosity The Military Child Education Sept. 11, 2005, to empower military that brought the two people together and kindness can affect a singleCoalition hosts a free Tell Me A children by using literature and their 20 years later and has kept them linked life. Not only does Mercedes benefitStory program Nov. 4 from 2-4 p.m. own stories in a way that fosters throughout their lives, Brown said. from Air Force Lt. Gail Halverson’sat the Special Events Center. skills for resilience, strong peer and She noted the stories have the kindness, but the pilot surely found Military Families have until Nov. parent connections, a sense of pride capacity to open discussion on pleasure and gained perspective on1 to register for the event, featuring and accomplishment, and a caring potentially difficult topics such as the work he was doing during theguest reader Garrison Command community, said Tracy Brown of Fort family separations or the fear of Berlin Airlift.Sgt. Maj. Steven O. Green, who will Carson’s Parent to Parent program. moving to a new location. She said Green will read the book beforeread “Mercedes and the Chocolate “The event is geared to build the story also reinforces that Soldiers Families participate in breakout sessionsPilot” by Margot Theis Raven. strong parent-child connections, and are working hard to bring hope for a where facilitators talk to childrenEvery Family attending will receive foster a positive, optimistic outlook better life to children in Afghanistan. about the book and help them tie thea copy of the book. on daily experiences,” she said. The books for each program are story to their personal lives and then “Mercedes carefully selected for their content, participate in a craft project.“The event is geared to build strong and the Chocolate Pilot” is the true literary value and illustrations. “The Tell Me A Story event The Parent to Parent program provides workshops for military parent-child connections, and story of a young German girl allows for peer-to-peer interaction and provides activities and Families in areas of transitioning children from post to post, resiliency, foster a positive, optimistic living in Berlin during the Berlin supplemental materials that correlate with the book,” Brown said. early literacy and math literacy. To register for the event or for more outlook on daily experiences.” Blockade following World War II. 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  • 20 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012 Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 21 Soldiers from the 663rd Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), cover their comrades as a Black Hawk helicopter takes the team to another training lane, Oct. 10. Photo by Andrea Sutherland By Andrea Sutherland the pile. When he spotted the green wire snaking “It’s not just about what Oct. 1-Thursday. The The Soldiers of the 663rd Ord. are preparing Mountaineer staff its way from under the cache, he sat back, stood you’re doing now; it’s landscape mimicked to deploy next year. up and backed away. about what you’re doing deployed environments. “We only want to take the best,” Grotkin said. Camp Guernsey, Wyo. — Sgt. Jason Due “There’s a wire,” he said to Sgt. Marty Hile, a three steps from now.” The small installation, The nearly three-week training was intense.crept along the canyon wall, scanning the ground fellow Soldier in the 663rd Ordnance Company, Due and his team typically used by the Soldiers got little sleep and often subsisted onbefore taking each step. After working his way 242nd EOD Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD). breathed a sigh of Wyoming National Meals Ready-to-Eat. But Soldiers found theirthrough a cluster of pine trees, he spotted the Two other 663rd Ord. Soldiers — Sgt. Brian relief — they were Guard, offered some of own ways to have some fun.weapons cache — 107-mm rockets piled high. Swink and Spc. Cody Wallace — kept watch successful in their the amenities of home In a field exercise that required EOD techs toUnderneath, hidden from Due’s view, was a from the roadside. first training lane, but including barracks, a investigate a vehicle laden with explosive material,landmine. He crept closer. Hile handed Due blocks of C-4 explosive they had eight more to dining facility and gym, the Soldiers concocted elaborate back-stories. From his vantage point on the other side of and a roll of tape. complete in the next but wasn’t crowded with “(An animal rights organization) has funded athe pine trees, Eric Stoneking evaluated Due’s Walking the same path as when he first 48 hours, not counting other units training. And terrorist attack on a slaughterhouse,” said Sgt. 1stevery move, scribbling notes in his field journal. entered, Due returned to the cache, placing the a possible nighttime the more than 77,000- Class David Sumrall, reading the scenario briefStoneking, a former Airman and contractor C-4 on top of the pile and carefully taping training mission. acres of training ranges to Staff Sgt. Andrew Olson. “The hippie driverworking in Iraq, was wounded in 2006 when an the explosives to the weapons. They’d already been allowed commanders decided he didn’t want to die (for the cause) andexplosively formed penetrator detonated, severing After moving his team to a safe point, Due training for 10 days to coordinate elaborate that he didn’t care about the animals that muchtendons in his right arm, burning his face and simulated an explosion, successfully “destroying” as part of Operation EOD scenarios. so he called the police and turned himself in.”sending shrapnel through his body. Now, he helps the cache and keeping his team alive. Stockman II, an 18-day “This is the greatest Sumrall said the scenario the previous daytrain Soldiers in similar situations so they might “Good,” said Stoneking, recapping the training event at Camp secret in the Army — was “mad midgets with guns attacking aavoid his fate and those of others in the field. four-man team’s performance. “You didn’t die.” Guernsey, a joint training Camp Guernsey,” judge’s house.” “We’re duplicating a scenario that killed center in Wyoming. Grotkin said. In their off time, Soldiers bonded playingthree (explosive ordnance disposal technicians) Making the cut Soldiers trained Although the cards and other games. One Soldier gave anotherin 2005 or 2006,” he said. In movies, EOD techs are portrayed as on weapons training was intended etiquette lessons, making sure she had her pinky Stoneking said that after discovering a renegades, rebels with swagger and ego. In reality, marksmanship, to bring all Soldiers finger raised as she sipped her coffee. Othersweapons cache similar to the ones against the they are methodical, precise and deliberate. day- and nighttime up to the unit standard, swapped stories about their spouses and children.canyon wall, the three EOD techs attempted to They analyze a situation — sometimes spending land navigation, Courtesy photo it served an additional “At the end of the day, I think we’re someremove the ordnance. Buried underneath was hours on a single training exercise — because they military operations Capt. Clay Kirkpatrick, right, commander, 663rd purpose. of the hardest working Soldiers,” said Staff Sgt.a bomb activated by a transmitter. When the know the difference can mean their life or death. in urban terrain and Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal “Camp Guernsey Alexandra White. “This is a rewarding job. … Photo by Andrea SutherlandEOD techs got close, the bomb detonated. “The good EOD techs are very cerebral,” said convoy live fire. Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), re-enlists Sgt. (training) will be the It’s helped me. It’s pushed me physically and Sgt. Dominic Giannini, 663rd Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Kneeling over the ordnance, Due inspected Master Sgt. Jason Gerber, 242nd EOD, 71st EOD. “The areas of Christopher Chesla, 663rd Ord., as a 155-mm white test to see who gets mentally. You surprise yourself. … This is what Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), collects focus are basic EOD phosphorus unexploded ordnance detonates. cut,” Grotkin said. we love to do. We all feel the exact same way.” ordnance during a training exercise Oct. 9 at Camp Guernsey, Wyo. ordnance skills and range clearance operations, counter-improvised explosive device lanes, basic warfighting tasks and Grotkin has been in EOD units his entire Army Soldiers from 663rd support operations,” said Capt. Clay Kirkpatrick, career and he’s seen the career field morph from Ordnance Company, commander, 663rd Ord. “During the operation we less than 700 Soldiers to more than 2,500. 242nd Explosive completed three days of range clearance operations, “We’re no longer … hidden on the side of Ordnance Disposal destroying 28 pieces of unexploded ordnance.” post,” he said. “Everybody needs EOD support.” Battalion, 71st “Our goal was to throw everything at them,” After 9/11 and the beginning of operations Ordnance Group (EOD), said 1st Sgt. Dave Grotkin, senior enlisted leader, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Grotkin raise their weapons 663rd Ord. “We wanted to get away from Fort said demand for EOD assets soared. into the air at the Carson. … (Camp Guernsey) takes us away Units were assembled quickly, sometimes not end of an intense from the ‘real world’ and allows us to focus on allowing for adequate training. day training at Camp intense training.” Grotkin said he was part of a 36-person unit Guernsey, Wyo. The In garrison, EOD Soldiers are often tasked that deployed. They experienced five casualties, company trained at with outside duties, including aiding civilian bomb including one death. the camp for 18 days. squads and police departments and providing In a career field that experiences one of the security to presidential candidates, Grotkin said. highest casualty rates of any military occupation, “We’re stretched thin between deployments Grotkin said he believes training may help reduce and the homeland mission,” he said, adding that those statistics. Photo by Andrea Sutherland the additional requirements often take Soldiers “When (my previous unit) deployed, itStaff Sgt. Andrew Olson, 663rd Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance away from essential training. was thrown together and suffered manyGroup (EOD), kneels as he sets up a device to open the trunk of a van remotely after the robot was unable to engage For the men and women of the 663rd Ord., casualties. I wasn’t going to repeat that withthe handle of the door. The Oct. 9 training scenario mimics threats EOD technicians face both stateside and in combat. Camp Guernsey offered the perfect setting to train this company,” he said. Photo by Andrea Sutherland Layout by Jeanne Mazerall
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  • Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 25 Health wiseFree class takes aim at pain By Stacy Neumann outcomes. It decreases fear and anxiety and Medical Department Activity Public Affairs increases prevention,” said Julie Gandara-Miller, The free “Pain School” classes are clinical pharmacist at the EACH Pain Clinic. held Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in According to the Institute of Medicine, one in “Communication is important for both the patientfour Americans lives with chronic pain. The medical and providers.” room 1004 of the Pfc. Eric P. Woodscosts and lost productivity due to chronic pain costs The school consists of two courses and Soldier Family Care Center.the United States up to $635 billion every year. outlines the fundamentals of chronic pain, Advance registration is not A class at Evans Army Community Hospital including what alternative therapies may helpis taking aim at that population, hoping to equip people as well as information about pharmaceuticals. necessary and all patientswith the skills they need to cope with their conditions. Discussions include information about pain and Family members are The Department of Primary Care began its “Pain journals, how chronic pain can affect relationships welcome to attend.School” almost one year ago. The idea was to educate and moods, the role of exercise, how topeople about chronic pain and help them create a communicate with medical professionals aboutmultidisciplinary plan to improve their lives. pain, and the importance of using several different you understand the many tools available in order to “Patient education has a positive influence on approaches in creating a management plan. help you optimize and improve your function,” he said. “It’s the beginning of what I call the pain Gandara-Miller said the team approach is journey,” said Lt. Col. Joel Tanaka, chief of the essential to the process. “Patient education has a Department of Primary Care. “We want to create “This fits in with our Patient Centered Medical a plan with the patient, not for you or to you. Home model,” she noted. “We’re working on a positive influence on This allows the person suffering from chronic partnership with beneficiaries. We’ve learned much pain to take an active role and gain control.” more about pain management, and education is outcomes. It decreases Tanaka said that most people seem to be important to both patients and providers.” coming to the free classes as a “last ditch effort” MEDDAC’s medical providers also attend the fear and anxiety and when they don’t know what else to do about their classes and they’ve received additional education about pain. He’d like to see people come in earlier, the tools they can use to help patients cope with pain. increases prevention.” citing positive comments from participants. “Our approach now is multidisciplinary. We are — Julie Gandara-Miller “They tell me they left feeling empowered. committed to anything and everything across the You may live with pain, but we can work on helping spectrum of care to address the issue,” Tanaka said. 715 South Academy Blvd. 1850 East Woodmen Rd. 412 Eagleridge Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Pueblo, CO 81008 719-597-2311 719-277-0407 719-584-3028
  • 26 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012What is holding you back? Commentary by water. Peter begins to look around, Chap. (Maj.) Ric Brown becomes afraid, and starts to sink. Deputy chaplain, Jesus catches him and they walk 4th Infantry Division back to the boat and climb in. At this point, Jesus calms the Have you ever set out to do storm — Matthew 14:22-33.something that was seemingly This is where Peter gets a badimpossible? Have you been criticized, reputation, for Jesus asks himand looked down upon because you why he doubted. Often this istook a challenging step and yetseemingly failed while others stayed our focus in this story — the fact that Peter doubted and “Then Peter spoke up. ‘Lord,safely within their comfort zone? A story in the Scriptures speaks of began to sink. Here is another look at if it is really you, order mesomeone who did just this. The man thatI speak of was Peter. He took a risk that same situation. In that boat were at least 12 people. to come out on the water toand a chance, and it seemingly endedin failure. Though there was not any Of the 12, only Peter was willing to take the risk, climb you.’ ‘Come!’ answered Jesus.criticism of Peter at the time, I haveheard much criticism of him since. out of the boat and walk on the water toward Jesus. Although So Peter got out of the boat Jesus sent his disciples across thesea and instructed them that he would Peter became overwhelmed by the things going on around and started walking on thecatch up with them. Thinking it odd,because if they have the boat how is him and lost sight of his goal and began to sink, he was at water to Jesus.”Jesus going to catch up to them, the least willing to be obedient, to — Matthew 28-29disciples climbed in a boat and set sail take a risk and do somethingfor the other side of the sea. A short that seemed impossible. By goal. Look around and see who is there I believe that we need to be moreway into their travels a storm hit and staying in the safety of the boat, the to catch you so you do not become like Peter and be willing to take thethey were tossed about in the boat. others missed an opportunity. overwhelmed by the circumstances. calculated risk and step out of theJesus comes along in the early For those who are like Peter and If you are one of those still boat. Keep your eyes on the goal andmorning, walking on the water. Seeing stepped out of their boat of comfort and remaining in the boat of comfort, not the circumstances. Know thathim, the disciples are scared that Jesus entered into an experience of a lifetime, what is keeping you in the boat when we do become overwhelmedis a ghost. Jesus identifies himself, to congratulations for having such instead of taking that chance, that risk with our circumstances in the risk, thatwhich Peter responds, “if it is really courage. If you find that you are still to have the experience of your life? there is always someone out there toyou, order me to come.” Jesus orders walking on the water, in the midst of the What fears are keeping you in your catch us and help us in our endeavors,him to come and Peter climbs out of storm and circumstances are causing comfort zone instead of stretching whether that be your faith, a friend, athe boat and starts walking on the you to begin to sink, refocus on your yourself to greater things? chaplain or any other form of help.Chapel briefsFacebook: Search “Fort Carson Chaplains Chapel Schedule (Religious Support Office)” for the latest events and schedules. ROMAN CATHOLICTrunk-or-Treat provides Families with young Day Time Service Chapel Location Contact Person Saturday 4-45 p.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 children an opportunity to go “trunk-or-treating” Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 in one area from 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Soldiers’ Sunday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 Sunday 9 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 Memorial Chapel north parking lot. Groups Sunday 10:30 a.m. Religious education Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458 or Families are needed to host a car trunk; Sunday 10:30 a.m. RCIA Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458 participants are asked to arrive at 1:15 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Nwatawali/526-7347 Mon-Fri 11:45 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 dress in costume, decorate their trunk and Mon-Thurs noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Nwatawali/526-7347 provide candy. Call Pat Treacy at 524-2458 to PROTESTANT volunteer or donate candy for the event. Friday 4:30 p.m. Intercessory prayer, Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316Bethlehem Bash items needed: Unbroken turkey Bible Study breast bones; pinecones; plastic, six-pack can Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Healer Evans Army Hospital Chap. Gee/526-7386 Sunday 9 a.m. Communion Service Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Landon/526-2803 holders; and paper grocery bags are needed for Sunday 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744 this year’s Bethlehem Bash. Items can be dropped Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Heidi McAllister/526-5744 Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316 off in room 133 at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Ursula Pittman/503-1104 Contact Heidi McAllister at heidi.a.mcallister. Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel NeXt Veterans Magrath & Titus Chap. Palmer/526-3888 for more information. Sunday 2:30-4:30p.m. Youth ministry Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. PWOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316Military Council of Catholic Women meets Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ JEWISH Memorial Chapel. For information call Fort Carson does not offer Jewish services on post. Contact Chap. (Lt. Col.) Fields at 503-4090/4099 for Jewish service and study information 526-5769 or visit “Fort Carson Military Council of Catholic Women” on Facebook. ISLAMIC SERVICESKnights of Columbus, a Catholic group for Fort Carson does not offer Islamic services on post. Contact the Islamic Society at 2125 N. Chestnut, 632-3364 for information. men 18 and older, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Soldiers’ Memorial (FORT CARSON OPEN CIRCLE) WICCA Sunday 1 p.m. Provider Chapel, Building 1350, Barkeley and Ellis Chapel. Call 526-5769 for more information.Protestant Women of COLORADO WARRIORS SWEAT LODGE the Chapel meets Meets once or twice monthly and upon special request. Contact Michael Hackwith or Wendy Chunn-Hackwith at 285-5240 for information. Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Free child care is available. Email or visit PWOC Fort Carson on Facebook Latter Day Saints Soldiers: Weekly Institute branches of service. Contact Richard Stites at for details. Class (Bible study) is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 719-598-6576 or Cheryl Sims at 719-304-9815Deployed Spouses Group Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Call 719-266-0283 for more information. meets for fellowship, or 719-649-1671 for more information. Spanish Bible Study meets at Soldiers’ Memorial food and spiritual Heartbeat, a support group for battle buddies, Chapel Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact Staff Sgt. guidance Wednesday Family members and friends who are suicide Jose Varga at 719-287-2016 for details. at 5 p.m. at Soldiers’ survivors, meets the second Tuesday of each Jewish Lunch and Learn with Chap. (Lt. Col.) Memorial Chapel month from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Fallen Heroes Howard Fields takes place Wednesday Fellowship Hall. Call Cecilia Croft at Family Center, building 6215, 6990 Mekong from noon to 1 p.m. at Provider Chapel. For 526-5769 for information. St. The group is open to members of all more information, call 526-8263.
  • Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 27Teams competein ‘Amazing Race’ Story and photos by Walt Johnson could have fun doing also.” The first leg of the competition Mountaineer staff called for a member of the two- person team to run from Waller The Waller Physical Fitness PFC to the Outdoor RecreationCenter sponsored an event Oct. 12 Center. Once there, the secondthat allowed post patrons an oppor- member of the team took off on atunity to show their athletic prowess. cycling route from the center to Gate Fitness trainer Tuffah Dunne 5, just past Evans Army Communityand fellow Waller PFC staff Hospital, and back. The first teammembers assembled their version of member then had to eat an entirethe popular television program “The pie before the other member couldAmazing Race” to test the mettle of begin his run to Waller PFC.Soldiers and Family members. The At the fitness center, one memberrace began and ended at Waller PFC, had to complete an aerobics exercisewith a number of stops around post. while the other put together a Dunne said the race was held puzzle. The teams then had to findto promote Family fitness activities 20 pennies in a sand pit before oneand give patrons an opportunity member carried his teammateto compete in a fun-filled, but into the fitness center where theychallenging, exercise and fitness took part in basketball skill activitiesactivity. The event featured running, to conclude the event.cycling, pie eating, basketball and Husband and wife, Ty andaerobic activities. Sandra Medler, finished the tasks “We thought this would be a good first and the team of David Wherreychance for Soldiers to have a fitness and Jennifer Reese finished second.program that would challenge “This was great, and it wasthem and, at the same time, give something that was very specialthem an event that could also for my wife and I to do together”involve their Family members,” said Ty Medler.Dunne said. “We wanted it to be “I enjoyed the cycling eventsomething that would be challenging because it was a good push for people that are seeking to add to I wasn’t expecting that pie-eatingthe rigorous physical conditioning contest to be as difficult as itthat Soldiers do on a daily basis and was ... it kind of took me (for) a David Wherrey carries Jennifer Reese from the sand pits to Waller Physical Fitness Centersomething that Family members loop,” he said. during the “Amazing Race,” Oct. 12. The duo finished second to Ty and Sandra Medler.Tuffah Dunne, center, explains the rules to competitors prior to the beginning of the “Amazing Race” Oct. 12, Ty Medler eats a banana cream pie, one of the challenges of theoutside Waller Physical Fitness Center. “Amazing Race,” Oct. 12.
  • 28 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012 Football Picks n o rs College Pro a 1. Oregon at Arizona State 9. Seattle at San Francisco C 2. Virginia Tech at Clemson 10. Arizona at Minnesota 3. Army at Eastern Michigan 11. Washington at N.Y. Giants t 4. Brigham Young at Notre Dame 12. Green Bay at St. Louis r o 5. Florida State at Miami, Fla. 13. Baltimore at Houston F 6. Michigan State at Michigan 14. Dallas at Carolina 7. South Carolina at Florida 15. Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 8. LSU at Texas A&M 16. Detroit at Chicago Ross Carpino Taylor Day Brithgee Doyel Kyle Provost 704th BSB 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg. DFMWR 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. Oregon San Francisco Oregon San Francisco Oregon Seattle Oregon San Francisco Clemson Arizona Va. Tech Arizona Va. Tech Minnesota Va. Tech Arizona Army N.Y. Giants Army Washington Army N.Y. Giants E. Michigan N.Y. Giants Notre Dame Green Bay Notre Dame Green Bay Notre Dame Green Bay Notre Dame Green Bay Fla. State Baltimore Fla. State Houston Miami, Fla. Houston Fla. State Houston Michigan Dallas Michigan State Dallas Michigan State Carolina Michigan Carolina S. Carolina Pittsburgh Florida Pittsburgh S. Carolina Pittsburgh Florida Pittsburgh LSU Chicago LSU Chicago LSU Detroit LSU Detroit It’s more than a car. COLORADO BLUE CLIFF It’s your future. PHEASANTS Karval, Colorado New hunting experience in Colorado. The MILES® (Military Installment Loan & Educational Services) We have pheasants, Program was created to help educate Active Duty Service Chukars and Members. We help you get a great deal on a vehicle, and help Bob White Quail you build positive credit for the future. 866-726-1031 3 ways the MILES Program protects you. 1 Purchase protection. Our buying protections help ensure that you get a fair deal on a quality vehicle. 2 Buyer education. We provide one-on-one Vehicle Purchase Training to educate you about purchasing, financing and ownership. Debbie Roubal DDS, P.C. 3 Building credit. Responsible financing from a reputable “A very welcoming office. I would lender can help you establish positive credit for the future. recommend Dr. Roubal to anyone looking for a great caring, gentle dentist!” CB We’ve protected over 100,000 Service Members and counting. Buy quality, buy smart. Learn more at ® (719) 636-1933 830 Tenderfoot Hill Road, Suite #250 No Army, Department of Defense, or Federal Government Endorsement Implied. No Army, Department of Defense, or Federal Government Endorsement Implied. The person pictured is not an actual service member.
  • Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 29On the BenchDFMWRto hostTurkeyTrot By Walt Johnson Mountaineer staff The Directorate of Family and Morale,Welfare and Recreation staff holds its annualTurkey Trot 10-kilometer run and five-kilometer run/walk Nov. 17. Held at the Special Events Center, the freeevent begins with a 10-kilometer run at 8 a.m. andthe five-kilometer event at 8:15 a.m. A turkeyraffle will be held following the runs. Both courses will be run on a dirt runningtrail with the start and finish line at the SpecialEvents Center. Baby strollers are authorized onthe dirt trails. The terrain consists of steephills and sharp turns so jogging strollers fit fordirt terrain are recommended. Register at the Special Events Center or any Photo by Walt Johnsonpost fitness center. Contact Bill Reed at 524-1163for more information. Get back here Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center Fountain-Fort Carson High School defenders Drew Harris, left, and Darion Timmons bring down Castle Viewhosts a Halloween Baby and Boo five-kilometer quarterback Chris Linnin during action Oct. 12 at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. The Trojans won thefun run/walk Oct. 27. contest 35-15, to improve their record to 6-1. The event begins at 8 a.m. at the fitness center.The cost is $5 for ages 6 and older; free for 5and younger. Registration forms, available at the a 35-15 victory over the Castle View High played in a best-of-three format. Officials said theIron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, are due School Sabercats. tournament will be limited to 20 singles playersby Oct. 26. Call 526-2706 for more information. The Trojans played their last road game of the and 10 doubles teams. All participants must be The Fountain-Fort Carson girls’ softball season Thursday at Garry Berry Stadium in Department of Defense identification begins play in the Colorado State Colorado Springs against the Doherty Spartans. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place.playoffs Friday. The Trojans close out the season at home versus the Entry deadline is Monday. Contact Joe Braxton at The Lady Trojans will meet the Legacy Heritage Eagles Thursday at 7 p.m. They will 526-3972 for more information.Lightning at 10 a.m. at the Aurora Sports Park, then wait to see where and when they will open the The 2012 National Physique Committee18601 Sports Park Drive in Aurora. The 16th 2012 Colorado High School football playoffs. METRX Rocky Mountain Bodybuilding, Fitness,seeded Trojans meet the state’s No. 1 seed that Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center hosts Figure, Bikini and Physique Championshipsposted a 17-1-2 record in regular season play. a singles and doubles racquetball tournament will be held Nov. 17 at the River Point Event The Fountain-Fort Carson High School Wednesday-Thursday. Center, 1840 W. Oxford Ave. in Sheridan.Trojans football team improved to 6-1 with The single-elimination tournament will be Prejudging begins at 8:30 a.m. in the men’s and women’s bodybuilding and physique categories. Judging will then take place in women’s bodybuilding and physique; fitness routines, bikini, fitness physique and figure competitions, respectively, at 10:30 a.m. Finals begin at 4:30 p.m. DFMWR offers a class for pregnant and post-partum mothers called “Fit Mommas.” The Tuesday and Thursday classes, held from 9-10 a.m., are taught by Deena Gerber. There is a charge for these classes. The Monday and Wednesday classes are held from 9-10 a.m. and are taught by Sarah Dingeman. These classes are free. Military spouses or anyone with DFMWR privileges are able to attend. For more information call 526-2706. The DFMWR sports office will hold a number of championship contests in late October and early November. Photo by Walt Johnson The coed softball championships Running team are scheduled for Oct. 29-30. The coed soccer championship will Col. David Grosso, garrison commander, left, chats with members of the Fort Carson Ten-Miler team Oct. 10. The team be held Nov. 5 and the men’s will compete in the Army Ten-Miler event at the Pentagon, Sunday. league soccer championship will be held Nov. 7.
  • 30 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012 Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 31 Veterans Day Train costs Engine 403 is poised to pull away from the Santa Fe station in Cañon City. TheSpecial pricing for veterans, retired military, active-duty Royal Gorge Route Railroad is one ofmilitary, reservists, National Guard members, who the most scenic train rides in the U.S.may take one guest at these rates:Dome lunch train for $67 for adults and $57 for ages 3-12, minimum age 3.Lunch train costs $52 for adults and $42 for ages 3-12, minimum age 3.Vista Dome costs $29.50 for adults and $24 for ages 3-12.Sunshine Falls Bar and Parlor Car is $22 per person, minimum age 8.Coach costs $17 for adults and $12 for ages 3-12.Passengers buying tickets for this excursion must show military identification when picking up tickets.Reservations must be made in advance by calling 888-724-5748.Food may be purchased in the snack car. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad One of Pam Schmidt and Andy Schmidt celebrate their wedding anniversary Oct. 11 by taking the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. rounds a curve beside the Arkansas River that runs at the bottom of the Royal Gorge. Colorado’s scenic railroadsStory and photos by Nel Lampe Mountaineer staff “All aboard,” the Royal Gorge Route Railroad train conductor called out. of the state’s scenic trains — is less than an hour from Fort Carson. The train runs alongside the Arkansas River, 1,000 feet below the Royal Gorge Bridge. Passengers enjoy the scenery on the two-hour round trip train ride. But another company, the Santa Fe Railroad, also wanted to build a route to Leadville. Both companies planned to run their rails through the Royal Gorge, but the gorge wasn’t big enough for two train tracks at its most narrow spots. Train tickets are picked up in the ticket office of the historic Santa Fe station in Cañon City. or just enjoy an unimpeded view. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad offers several classes of travel and special holiday excursions. During warm weather months, the train runs three times each day. and every day at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1-2, 6-9 and 13-24 and again Dec. 26. An additional noon train is scheduled in December. Santa visits with the children on the train. Passengers in the open car of the Royal Gorge Route Railway get a look at the Royal Gorge Bridge that spans the chasm. It’s the traditional signal for passengers to Trains first started running in the U.S. in The battle to be first through the gorge became Passengers may ride coach class, in the bar Reservations are now being taken for begin boarding the waiting train. 1830. Other than stagecoaches, wagons or ships, known as the Royal Gorge War. car, or take a fine dining lunch or dinner train. the Santa Express. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is honoring trains provided the only long-range transportation Court orders, rifle shots, harassment, sabotage, There are also trains that include a murder- To reach Cañon City and the train station, veterans, active-duty military, reservists and available. But it wasn’t until after the Civil War and armed guards disrupted construction for two mystery production or wine dinner trains. take Highway 115 south from Fort Carson to National Guard members with a special train that railroads began expanding west. years. When the case was settled, the D&RG won Regular price for coach class is $35 for Penrose (about 28 miles). At Penrose, take excursion on Veterans Day, leaving at 12:30 p.m. Gen. William Palmer was involved with — it’s D&RG tracks that run through the gorge. adults and $24 for children 2-12. Highway 50 west to Cañon City, about eight Tickets for each eligible rider and one guest are railroads before he served in the Union Army As transportation progressed, automobiles, Tickets for the Vista Dome class is $59 for miles. In Cañon City, take Royal Gorge Road at a discounted price. See the box above for the during the Civil War. He returned to railroading trucks, buses and airplanes competed with adults and $48 for ages 3-12. and turn south on 3rd Street and go to the special prices for this one excursion. Advance after the war and was scouting for a future railway passenger trains. Passenger trains stopped Trains with gourmet meals or entertainment depot at 402 Water St., just across the railroad reservations are required. when he first visited the Pikes Peak Region. running thorough the Royal Gorge in 1967. are higher — check the prices at http://www. tracks. There are two free parking lots. Preceding the train’s departure Nov. 11, there In 1871 he started his own railroad, the After almost 30 years, the Royal Gorge Route or call 719-276-4000. To There’s a gift shop with train-related videos, will be a special ceremony at 11 a.m. honoring Denver and Rio Grande that ran from Denver to Railroad began offering passenger service again, reserve tickets, go online or call 888-724-5748. books, T-shirts, train-engineer striped caps, veterans in front of the historic Santa Fe Depot Colorado Springs. He expanded the line south, as a scenic train. The train is pulled by diesel The very popular Santa Express trains run ornaments and mementos. in Cañon City. The ceremony includes the 4th eventually reaching Mexico City. locomotives obtained from a Canadian railroad. from Nov. 16-Dec. 26, except for Christmas Day. Passengers are urged to arrive at least Infantry Division and Fort Carson Mounted When silver was found in Leadville, Palmer Vista Dome passenger cars came from an The Santa Express Train is $32 for coach class 45 minutes before train departure to pick up Color Guard, the national anthem and other started expanding his railroad west, with the intent Alaskan railroad. The Vista Dome cars allow for adults and $22 for ages 2-12. First class is tickets in the ticket office. patriotic music and special guests. of gaining business created by the mines — hauling an expanded view for passengers. $42 for adults and $32 for ages 2-12. Santa Passengers who do not have a train/meal The Royal Gorge Route Railroad — one out ore, and hauling in supplies and passengers. Open cars allow passengers to take photos Express runs Friday-Sunday at 6 p.m. Nov. 16-30 ticket can buy snacks aboard the train. Places to see in the Pikes Peak area.
  • 32 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012 GET “A Christmas Story” is Nov. 29-Dec. 12; “Prelude Delirium Haunted House, at 3910 Palmer Park Out to a Kiss,” Jan. 31-Feb. 17; “Other Desert Cities” March 14-31; “The Drowsy Chaperone” May Blvd., is $15 for one haunted house and $25 for two haunted houses. Open Thursday and 9-June 2; and “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well Sunday 7-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 7-11 p.m. and Living in Paris;” is June 20-30. Call the box Open daily beginning Thursday. Visit the office, 634-5583. The Fine Arts Center theater website is at 30 W. Dale St. admission.html for information.Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole celebrates Buell Children’s Museum in Pueblo has a Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade is in Military Appreciation through Oct. 30, by new exhibit — the Old West comes alive and downtown Manitou Springs Oct. 27, beginning admitting any active-duty military member visitors are encouraged to “Discover the New at noon. The parade of coffins is followed by and/or spouse with valid military identification Frontier.” The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the race in which teams push a coffin with an free of charge. Dependent children 10 and Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is $4 for adults “Emma” along Manitou Avenue. There’s no up will receive the military rate of $13.95 ($3 for military) and $3 for children. The charge for spectators. but must show a military identification card. museum is at 315 S. Santa Fe in Pueblo. Retirees are eligible for the $13.95 rate. Santa’s Emma Crawford’s Wake is in Miramont Castle Workshop, on the Pikes Peak Highway, is On its anniversary Friday, the Asian Pacific Oct. 26. Emma Crawford came to Manitou for open Friday-Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Market at 615 Wooten Road, Suite 160, celebrates her health. She seemed to recover but died while through Christmas Eve; call 684-9432. with a lion and dragon dance, dancers, martial planning her wedding. A Victorian-type viewing arts demonstrations, cooking demonstrations is set for every 15 minutes, between 6 to 7:45Elitch Amusement Park’s major rides are and food samples, 10 a.m. to 4:30. p.m. p.m. Guests will be served a buffet dinner in the still open Friday-Sunday through October, Great Hall. Reservations are required. Adults along with “Frightfest,” included with admission. Octoberfest at the Sky Sox stadium, Security are $40 and children are $30, call 685-1011. Two other haunted houses —“Blood-Bath” Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd., Friday-Sunday. The castle is at 9 Capitol Hill Ave. and “Brutal Planet” have separate charges — German music, food, drink and dancing, from $8 each or $12 for both. More information is at 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon-midnight Fountain Fairview Cemetery Crawl is Nov. 3, http// Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; call 635-8803. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 757 S. Santa Fe Ave. brutal-planet. Elitch daily tickets are $43.99 for Entry is $10 for adults, and $8 for military. Admission is $10 for adults, children 12 adults and $29.99 for people under 48 inches and under are free. Actors will portray early tall. Or, buy three tickets at Information, Tickets Haunted House, Mind Seizure and Ghouls Gulch leading Fountain citizens who are buried and Registration for $28 each and get one free. are at 2010 Palmer Park Blvd. Admission is there. This event is a fundraiser to repair or $20 for both houses or $15 for Mind Seizure replace vandalism damage.World Arena has the following events scheduled: alone. Through October, it’s open Thursday • “Batman Live,” a $15 million live-action arena and Sunday, 7-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, “Haunting at the Old Homestead” is the adventure production with fight sequences, 7-11 p.m. It’s open daily Oct. 28-31, 7-10 p.m. Thin Air Theater Company’s Halloween illusions, a large cast of actors and a batmobile, melodrama at Butte Opera House, 139 E. is in the World Arena Tuesday-Wednesday Haunted Mines is open on the grounds of the Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek, through at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Western Museum of Mining & Industry Nov. 4. Performances are at 1 and 7 p.m., Tickets start at $29.50. Thursday-Saturday through October, plus call 689-3247 for tickets. • The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is in the World Oct. 30-31. Visitors go through spooky tunnels, Arena Nov. 17. a Hellevator, explore a maze, ancient cemeteries Warren Miller Entertainment presents “Flow Call 520-7469 for ticket information. and more. Prices range from $10-$30, State,” the 63rd annual ski and snowboard film Recommended for ages 13 and above. Visit will be in the Pikes Peak Center Nov. 2-3 atAir Force Academy concerts for the 2012-2013 for hours. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www. season include “Titanic the Musical” Nov. 2; and at the center box office. John Tesh Holiday Show Dec. 7; “Nunset Hellscream Haunted House, 4705 Centennial Boulevard” Feb. 1, “Midtown Men” March 8; Blvd., is open Thursday and Sunday, 6:30-10 p.m. Western Museum of Mining & Industry hosts a and “Rat Pack Show” April 19. Call the box and Friday-Saturday, 6:30-11 p.m. through family event featuring science, technology, office at 333-4497. October. It’ll also be open Nov. 2-3. Admission engineering and math. Attendees get hands on Thursday and Sunday is $17, Friday-Saturday experience on simple machines, working LegoColorado Springs Fine Arts Center announces $20. Tickets are discounted $2 for military steam engines and flight simulators, included with its 2012-2013 theater season: “Gypsy: A every night. For information go online to admission of $8 for adults, $7 for military and Musical Fable” is on stage through Sunday; $4 for ages 3-12. Call 488-0880 for information. PUBLIC & DEALER AUTO TriCare Prime offers off-base The person pictured is not an actual service member routine eye examination benefit! No out-of-pocket cost for an eye exam for glasses! AUCTION 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month 905 Santa Fe Ave., Fountain, CO – 11:00 am 2nd Saturday of every month 2751 N. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, CO – 11:00 am referral is 200-300 units to choose from every auction. Cars, Pickups, SUVs, RVs, Bank Repos, etc… No Primary Care necessa ry. Simply call for Consignments are welcome! . an appointment Pyramid Motors Auctions Co. The doctors next to LensCrafters are contracted (Pueblo) 719-547-3585 Tricare Prime Providers. 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