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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 45 Nov. 9, 2012 Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, pass between two Patriot Guard Riders Sunday as they walk to the Arrival/ Departure Air Control Group in Colorado Springs after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.Troops get heroes’ welcome Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner More than 200 Soldiers comprised the first main body of 4th BCT Soldiers, returning after a with other coalition forces in the troop drawdown. The Family members were excited to welcome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support their returning loved ones. of Operation Enduring Freedom. “My husband has been gone since March, and The Special Events Center was standing room After the Soldiers entered the center to the cheers I’ve been pregnant, with three other kids, so it’s beenonly as Family members and friends of 4th Brigade and applause of Family and friends, Brig. Gen. Darsie pretty crazy,” said Savannah Rowlette, spouse of Spc.Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Soldiers Rogers, deputy commanding general for support, 4th Anthony Rowlette, Headquarters and Headquarterscelebrated the return of their loved ones during a Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, welcomed home the warriors. Detachment, 4th Special Troops Battalion. “Our babywelcome home ceremony, Sunday. Rogers said he was certain the Soldiers and was born eight weeks ago.” Families had better things to do than There were also parents present to greetFamilies and listen to him talk, so he kept the their Soldiers. friends message short. “You performed “When they lost their first Soldier over there, and await the magnificently and we are very proud (Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin), it was really return of of you; welcome home.” hard for him and I felt helpless,” said Martin Hauser,4th Brigade The brigade was responsible for speaking of his son, Spc. Kristopher Shepard, Combat the provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Team, 4th Laghman and Nuristan during the Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment. “Their chaplain Infantry deployment — an area roughly the size was wonderful.” Division, of Maryland — where they worked Hauser is also looking forward to celebrating a Soldiers at with three Afghan brigades, and first with his son. the Special helped establish a fourth. “He turned 21 over there; I’m going to buy him Events While deployed, the brigade assisted his first beer,” said Hauser. Center Afghan National Security Forces with The brigade has 12 more flights returning Sunday. security operations and coordinated through early December. Message board INSIDE Holiday food drive The Sergeant Major’s Association and Sergeant Audie Murphy Club will be accepting nonperishable donations at the Commissary Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Fort Carson Soldiers who are in need. Page 15 Pages 22-23 Page 10
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Nov. 9, 2012 MOUNTAINEER American Diabetes Month Disease affectsCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Joseph AndersonGarrison Commander: Col. David L. GrossoFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: Rick Emert 25.8 million in U.S. Commentary by Amanda Taylor Ø Cut back on high-calorie snack foods such as chips,Editor: Devin Fisher Registered dietitian, candies and cookies.Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland Evans Army Community Hospital Ø Eating too much of any food can result in weightHappenings: Nel Lampe gain; watch portion sizes. The suggestion is three For many people, November is associated with the ounces of meat, half a cup of a starch and oneSports writer: Walt Johnson beginning of another holiday season. It is often forgotten cup of vegetables at dinner.Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall that this is also the month for recognizing a disease that Ø Increase daily physical activity level. currently affects more than 25.8 million American children These changes will also help to facilitate weight loss. This commercial enterprise newspaper is and adults. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death A healthy weight helps keep blood sugar levels withinan authorized publication for members of the in the U.S. and comes with a price tag of $174 billion. desirable limits. The Diabetes Prevention Program studyDepartment of Defense. Contents of the While an estimated 18.8 million people have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludedMountaineer are not necessarily the official diagnosed with diabetes, another 7 million people are that just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity,view of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government orthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation unaware that they have it. In 2010, 1.9 million people 20 coupled with a 5- to 10-percent reduction in body weight,is 12,000 copies. or older were diagnosed in the U.S. It is estimated that resulted in a 58-percent reduction in diabetes. So, if you The editorial content of the 79 million Americans 20 or older are pre-diabetic. currently weigh 200 pounds, a modest 10-20-pound weightMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public Pre-diabetes is diagnosed when a person’s blood sugar loss and frequent activity can help prevent type 2 diabetes.Affairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, is higher than normal, but not high enough for a type 2 There are a couple a different tests doctors can performTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address isfcmountaineer@hotmail.com. diabetes diagnosis. Recent research shows that some to check for pre-diabetes. Consider speaking with your The Mountaineer is posted on the long-term damage to the heart and circulatory system may primary care provider to discuss these tests if any of theInternet at http://csmng.com. be occurring during pre-diabetes. Research also shows, if following statements apply: The Mountaineer is an unofficial you take action to manage your blood sugar when you have Ø Ethnic origin is of African-American, Latino, Nativepublication authorized by AR 360-1. The pre-diabetes, you can delay or prevent the onset of type 2. American, Asian-American or Pacific Islander decentMountaineer is printed by Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in Here are some tips for making healthy changes for Ø BMI is greater than 25no way connected with the Department of the the whole family: Ø 65 or older, or younger than 65 but get little orArmy, under exclusive written contract with Ø Choose high fiber grains instead of processed grain no exerciseFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. products. Try bran flakes or oatmeal for breakfast Ø Have a parent or sibling with pre-diabetes or diabetes The appearance of advertising in thispublication, including inserts or supplements, instead of cornflakes or rice cereals. Ø Woman who has given birth to a baby weighingdoes not constitute endorsement by the Ø Choose water and calorie-free diet drinks instead more than 9 poundsDepartment of the Army or Colorado Springs of regular soda, fruit juice and other sugar- Visit the American Diabetes Association website atMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or sweetened drinks. http://www.diabetes.org for more information.services advertised. The printer reserves theright to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use orpatronage without regard to race, color, religion,sex, national origin, age, marital status, physicalhandicap, political affiliation or any other Interactive Customer Evaluation Ambassadorsnonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equal Commended for Exceptional Service — are selectedopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, from personnel who exemplify the spirit of keepingthe printer shall refuse to print advertisingfrom that source until the violation is corrected. Fort Carson the “Best Home Town in the Army” withFor display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regarding superior customer service to our Soldiers, Familyadvertising and subscriptions should be directed members, civilian employees and retirees.to Colorado Springs Military NewspaperGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, Plans, Analysis and Integration OfficeColorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the Public Pauline Hamamoto, Army Career and AlumniAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort Program, shares a family history of service to theCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. military: her father served during World War II and Releases from outside sources are so her brother fought in Vietnam.indicated. The deadline for submissions to the For Hamamoto, that service is not in uniform, butMountaineer is close of business the weekbefore the next issue is published. The as a government civilian serving Soldiers transitioningMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit out of the Army. She has been doing this for more thansubmissions for newspaper style, clarity and 15 years at Fort Carson, helping Soldiers find jobs intypographical errors. the civilian sector. Policies and statements reflected in the “To me, helping Soldiers find meaningful employmentnews and editorial columns represent viewsof the individual writers and under no is important,” she said.circumstances are to be considered those of Hamamoto said she works with Soldiers to find thethe Department of the Army. job they will be best suited for and one that will be Reproduction of editorial material is rewarding to them personally.authorized. Please credit accordingly. Recently an Army Reservist who had been serving on active duty took advantage of Hamamoto’s services commented: “Great service for a (demobilizing) reservist. Dr. Pauline took personal interest in taking Pauline Hamamoto care of me — very professional (and) passionate about Army Career and Alumni Program taking care of Soldiers.” Classified advertising Another transitioning Soldier submitted an evaluation ‘USAJOB,’ thanks to her support and hard work.” Yet 329-5236 card stating: “Dr. Pauline Hamamoto was very helpful in another said, “Dr. Pauline helped me write an amazing my resume process. She did an excellent job in pointing resume. Without her help I would not have one.” Display advertising me in the right direction.” Soon ACAP and the Directorate of Human Resources 634-5905 Other comments include: “Dr. Pauline Hamamoto will be expanding the ACAP process with the two-week helped me very well and I feel she did it out of the kindness Transition University. Hamamoto and her co-workers will Mountaineer editor of her heart” and “I am very close to be hired from a be an integral part of that program as well. 526-4144 Post information The ICE system is available for customers to rate service they Community Service, the Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, DEERS 526-5811 receive by highlighting superior service or making suggestions to Office, the Soldier Family Assistance Center or Balfour Beatty’s Joel improve services. It can be accessed at http://ice.disa.mil/ Hefley Community Center; or by depositing an ICE card at one of the Post weather hotline index.cfm?fa=site&site(underscore)id=437; through kiosks at Army many boxes located around post. 526-0096
  3. 3. Nov. 9, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3IMCOM seeks to hire, retain former Soldiers By Bill Bradner for wounded warriors and Installation Management Command disabled veterans through a process called “schedule Army civilians serve alongside Soldiers every A” appointment authority.day, in every theater. From stateside garrisons to Using schedule A,forward operating bases in Afghanistan, Army civilians qualified candidates withwrite contracts, deliver goods, manage networks, disabilities can be hiredoperate ranges, manage business operations and noncompetitively. Thisprovide support functions that would otherwise speeds up the recruit-present distractions to training and wartime ment process, helpingoperations. From the sound of reveille to when a wounded warriors gainSoldier turns out the lights at the end of the day, employment while fillingSoldiers are supported by their civilian counterparts. critical vacancies quickly. There are vacant positions throughout the U.S. (See sidebar on Page 4Army Installation Management Command which for more on schedule Aneed to be filled so IMCOM can provide world-class appointments.)customer service and deliver programs and services Schedule A benefitsto Soldiers, civilians and Families. Throughout the both the employer andcommand, about 40 percent of civilian employees potential employee byhave served in uniform. assisting those with For Soldiers considering taking off their uniform, disabilities to gaincontinuing their career with the Army as a civilian federal employment and U.S. Army photois a logical transition choice, said Col. Francis by shortening the hiring process — which averages Lori Mann, an Army Career and Alumni ProgramBurns, at the office of the assistant chief of staff 102 days using traditional methods. counselor offers career guidance to a Soldier at thefor Installation Management at headquarters, For example, the IMCOM headquarters Army Career and Alumni Program center at Joint BaseDepartment of the Army. placed six interns in less than 45 days using the Lewis-McChord, Wash. “Have you ever wanted to live in Hawaii? Or schedule A appointment authority and the Woundedreturn to Europe to live and work, while still Warrior database. transitioning out of the Army, regardless of theirsupporting Soldiers and their Families?” Burns “Schedule A cuts through a lot of the red tape,” said status, to continue their service by joining the IMCOMasked. “You owe it to yourself to consider using that Rufus B. Caruthers, the IMCOM Equal Employment team. Many of the benefits are obvious: paid job-relatedtraining and experience you earned in uniform to help Opportunity director. “The hiring action can take training and education, comprehensive benefitsyou land the perfect job as a civilian.” as little as two weeks, it can happen just that fast.” See Jobs on Page 4 Federal service may be an ideal opportunity There are many opportunities for Soldiers
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Nov. 9, 2012 Gate 19 opens Wednesday Directorate of Public Works improved gravel access road leading to the Gate 19. Final touches are being Soldiers and staff at Butts Army provided by the DPW base operations Airfield and the Wilderness Road and maintenance contractor, Fort Carson complex will have easier access to Support Services, who is installing road work following the opening of Gate 19 signs to ensure the route is easy to follow. Wednesday. A contractor completed construc- The gate will be open to all tion on a new Gate 19 guard structure Department of Defense identification to ensure a functional access control cardholders Monday-Friday from 5 point to Fort Carson. a.m. to 6 p.m. Once the combat aviation brigade Located off of Interstate 25, the gate arrives, Gate 19 will support approxi- opening will reduce the travel time for mately 2,500 vehicles per day going to those working near the airfield. the area, based on a Fort Carson Gate 19 will help shift some Comprehensive Transportation Study traffic away from the heavily traveled 2012 update. Specker Avenue-Titus Boulevard-Butts Improvements to Charter Oak The opening of Gate Road corridor, according to Joe Wyka, Ranch Road, which provides a direct, 19 will provide Directorate of Public Works 1.5-mile connection between Exit 128 more direct access Engineering Division chief. on I-25 and Gate 19, are planned in a to the airfield and Getting the project moving required partnership effort between Fort Carson the Wilderness a collaborate effort, which ultimately and El Paso County as soon as funding Road Complex. saved Army dollars. becomes available. The 52nd Engineer Battalion Call DPW at 526-9267 for more Courtesy of Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments constructed more than two miles of information.Jobsfrom Page 3 Shedule Apackages and leave accruement rates based on time-in-service. In additionto opportunities in the U.S., civilians serve around the world in locationssuch as Japan, Korea, Europe and Puerto Rico. There are also many not-so-obvious benefits. The sense of IMCOM provides guidancecamaraderie and teamwork is strong in the civilian workforce, and is The following schedule A information list of qualified disabled candidates to thecultivated just as carefully as it is among active-duty Soldiers. is provided by the Installation hiring authority.Another similarity to serving on active duty is the emphasis Army Management Command: Basics for employerscivilians place on values. Hiring managers should coordinate “There’s not much difference in how you feel about your job and how Basics for those with their agency’s selective placementyou conduct business in and out of uniform,” said retired Sgt. Maj. Willie with disabilities coordinator or disability program manager,Wilson, who works for IMCOM and runs the Army’s World Class Athlete Wounded warriors or disabled persons usually found in the garrison’s EEOProgram. “And in most Army civilian positions, you’re still taking care of seeking a position in the federal government offices, and describe the competenciesSoldiers and their Families. I’m glad that’s still part of my job description.” should register with one or more of the required for the position. The sense of accomplishment and value is high in the Army following agencies: The SPC/DPM will consult withcivilian workforce. In a recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, v The Employer Assistance and Recruiting numerous resources, including local col-92 percent of federal employees answered positively to the statement Network, http://earnworks.com, a free leges and universities, the Wounded Warrior“The work I do is important.” service that connects employers with program, EARN and the Department of Training and leader development is also as pervasive in the civilian active duty, veteran and civilian disabled Labor’s Workforce Recruiting Programworkforce as it is in uniform. The Civilian Education System, modeled job candidates and develop a list of eligible candidates.after the Army Noncommissioned Officer Education System, provides v The Workforce Recruitment Program, No job announcement is required.a full spectrum of continuing education and career development courses. http://wrp.gov, a recruitment and referral The hiring official reviews the list,Civilians are first exposed to the training at in-processing to their first program recently graduated students conducts interviews and makes a selection.duty station, and have access to schools and virtual classes to help with disabilities through summer and Hiring officials have the option of notthem progress from entry level to Senior Executive Service. permanent jobs selecting from the list and using the IMCOM leads the way in workforce development initiatives that v Veterans and wounded warriors should traditional hiring process.include yearly opportunities for developmental assignments, structured contact the Department of Labor’s Once a selection decision is made, thementoring programs and an academy dedicated to instruction of Veterans Employment and Training agency’s human resources office makesinstallation management professionals. Service at http://www.dol.gov/vets/ an offer to the candidate. IMCOM has also developed the IMCOM Enterprise Placement welcome, the Hire Hero’s program at “Schedule A has been around for asProgram to help ensure the command can keep employees in the http://www.hireheroesusa.org, and the long as I’ve been in federal service,” saidorganization once hired. IEPP matches job vacancies at Army Wounded Warriors project at Rufus B. Caruthers, the IMCOM EEOinstallations around the world with qualified IMCOM employees http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org director, “but as the number of disabledalready serving in another capacity. The voluntary referral and v Other resources include the Office of vets grows, and with the president’splacement program is designed to give employees affected by structure Personnel Management’s disability site emphasis on hiring disabled vets, we’lland resourcing changes the opportunity to relocate and find the best fit at http://www.opm.gov/disability and the see a big increase in the number of peopleto continue serving the Army Family. The IEPP enables the command federal government’s one-stop website hired under that authority.”to retain institutional knowledge and preserve its superior workforce, for people with disabilities, their families, For employers, that means moreall while continuing the Army’s “I will never quit” philosophy that so employers, veterans and servicemembers qualified candidates to choose from. Andmany Army civilians take to heart. at http://www.disabilityinfo.gov for people with disabilities seeking “That’s our version of leaving no Soldier behind,” said Lt. Gen. Mike Once registered, the selective placement employment, it means a significant growthFerriter, IMCOM commanding general. “We owe it to our dedicated coordinator or disability program manager in the number of hiring authorities usingcivilians and to the Soldiers we support to do everything we can to keep at the agency taking advantage of the those databases to select candidates.a highly-motivated, highly-qualified workforce in place to maintain our schedule A hiring authority will search For more information, visit the EEOinfrastructure and sustain our Army.” Ferriter said there are more than the databases above, as well as counter- or Wounded Warrior office, or go online2,000 positions available today worldwide throughout IMCOM. parts at other agencies, and provide a to http://www.disabilityinfo.gov. To learn more about the IEPP or civilian job opportunities withinthe IMCOM, visit http://www.imcom.army.mil.
  5. 5. Nov. 9, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Warriors’ WarehouseCenter helps Soldiers turn houses into homes Story and photo by Spc. Nathan Thome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office already been helped out a lot, through my leadership and not here to enable them,” said Kelly. “We’re here to services like Warriors’ Warehouse … so we’re grateful.” assist them and get some things to make their Family a little bit better.” Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, Soldiers, Fort Carson leadership and community 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, along with other post Spc. Todd Crow, Headquarters and Headquarterspartners gathered Nov. 1 to mark the grand opening leaders attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Company, Rear Detachment, 4th Brigade Combatof the Warriors’ Warehouse. “The warehouse is very nice. Junior Soldiers Team, 4th Infantry Division, said he was referred to Located in building 302, the warehouse is a don’t make as much as senior leaders, they haven’t Warriors’ Warehouse through the U.S. Armyredistribution center which supplies Soldiers with Wounded Warrior Program. financially planned or have other factors in theirfree items to make their house a home. personal lives that make them live from paycheck to “When Soldiers are in financial hardship, have been “All Soldiers (sergeant) and below are eligible to paycheck,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael injured, or other situations like that, they can get referredcome here and access new household items,” said Ranya Woods, senior enlisted leader, 71st Ordnance here and get the help they need,” said Crow. “I’veKelly, founder and executive director, Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal).Redistribution Center, Warriors’ Warehouse. Leaders can use their command financial“We also have other areas that are specifically planners to help Soldiers build a bettergeared for emergencies, and are available to budget and financial plan, so Soldiers onlyany rank; but they have to be referred to us.” need to use the warehouse to get through The warehouse, open 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 some of the lean months, said Woods.p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, offers Soldiers a After the ribbon was cut, leaders andwide variety of goods to choose from, to Soldiers toured the facility to see whatinclude dishes, utensils, towels, bedding, items are available.furniture, electronics and baby items. “We need to think about their kids “Eligible Soldiers can be single or and wives, and make sure they are takenmarried, and are allowed to come in once a care of,” said Woods. “I think this helpsmonth and get five items,” said Kelly. “They the Army Family concept a lot, becausecan’t continuously get the same five items sometimes some of the young Familiesevery month, so we keep cards to make sure don’t really understand that by takingeveryone’s dealt with fairly.” care of the Family, they are taking care of Similar services, like the Army the Soldier.”Community Service lending closet, Families need to understand that leaderswhich temporarily loans household items are here for them as well, and not just for theto military Families, are available Soldiers, said Woods.throughout the Army, however Fort Candice Gross, a volunteer with Warrior Family Community Partnership, “I will be passing information aboutCarson is currently the only post with a Army Community Service, gives a tour of the Warriors’ Warehouse to Sgt. Warriors’ Warehouse through our commandWarriors’ Warehouse. Daniel Salgado, second from left, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, financial managers and noncommissioned “This (warehouse) is meant to give 404th Aviation Support Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry officers, so they can pass it down throughSoldiers a little bit of a helping hand, we’re Division, and his Soldiers, Nov. 1. our battalion and companies,” said Woods. ALBERT R. BROCCOLI’S EON PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS DANIEL CRAIG AS IAN FLEMING’S JAMES BOND IN “SKYFALL” JAVIER BARDEM RALPH FIENNES NAOMIEMUSIC S BÉRÉNICE MARLOHE WITH ALBERT FINNEY AND JUDI DENCH AS “M” PRODUCERS ANDREW NOAKES DAVID POPE HARRI CO- BY THOMAS NEWMAN PRODUCER CALLUM MCDOUGALL BY NEAL PURVIS & ROBERT WADE AND JOHN LOGAN EXECUTIVE WRITTEN BY MICHAEL G. WILSON AND BARBARA BROCCOLI BY SAM MENDES PRODUCED DIRECTED FEATURING “SKYFALL” PERFORMED BY ADELE
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Nov. 9, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationMyBaseGuide mobile smartphone app — provides Dining facility Friday-Monday Tuesday-Thursday information about the 86 military installations Stack Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. located in the 50 U.S. states. The main function of the Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. application is to provide military personnel with Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. useful information for a smooth relocation. The Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. MBG App also provides pertinent information and Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. utility for the duration of the servicemembers’ stay at Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. any of the military installations in U.S. and current and upcoming events. Each listing contains phone Warfighter Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. numbers, addresses and website information. The (Wilderness Road Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. integrated mapping function will provide turn-by- Complex) Dinner: Closed turn navigation for phones that are GPS capable. LaRochelle Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Points only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcement 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. training units provide a “home” for Individual Ready Dinner: Closed Reserve Soldiers who want to maintain Reserve affiliation. Soldiers considering leaving troop Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Retirement briefing — is held from 8 a.m. to noon program unit assignment can consider the 6399th/ responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Wednesday at the Soldier Readiness Processing site, 6404th RTU as a short- or long-term option. Benefits Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance building 1042 on O’Connell Boulevard. The include earning retirement points and “good” years; of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and Retirement Services Office recommends spouses optional monthly nonpaid drill weekends; continued cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone accompany Soldiers to the briefing. Call 526-2840 military training; paid annual training opportunities; numbers and points of contact for services: for more information. earning retirement points via correspondence courses; • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays and easy transfer to TPUs if desired. Contact Chief Carson Support Services service order desk can be for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for Warrant Officer 4 Lake Gardner at 720-363-0511 or reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings lakegardner@comcast.net for more information. cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing ArtsGerman Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 — training and testing is conducted monthly. • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department Events include swimming, marksmanship, track Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit and field events (100-meter dash, shot put, long civ@mail.mil when needing trash containers, trash is personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. jump or high jump and 3,000-meter run or overflowing or emergency service is required. Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. 1,000-meter swim) and a 12-kilometer road • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held march. Soldiers with physical limitations can also Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon participate with an approved alternate event mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. at the education center, building 1117, room 120. authorized by medical personnel. Upon completion • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs of all required events, Soldiers are awarded a Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. badge in gold, silver or bronze level — determined civ@mail.mil. ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the by results of the marksmanship and road march. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing This is a foreign military award authorized to be Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness worn on the Class-A or Army Service Uniform. dennis.j.frost.civ@mail.mil. Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, Soldiers should submit packets through their chain • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days of command to Sgt. Michael Phillips at 526-5282 Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ of their expiration term of service, but must attend the or email michael.j.phillips6@us.army.mil. Contact @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help briefing no later than 30 days prior to their ETS or Chief Warrant Officer David Douglas at 720- tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/8458. 250-1221 or email david.douglas1@us.army.mil. • Base operations contracting officer Special Forces briefings — are held WednesdaysRecycle incentive program — The Directorate of representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 in building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. Public Works has an incentive program to prevent or email terry.j.hagen.civ@mail.mil for questions Soldiers must be specialist-staff sergeant from recyclable waste from going to the landfill. on snow removal, grounds maintenance and any military occupational specialty, have a Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards contractor response to service orders. general technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points are 524-0786 or email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mil to Physical Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods turned request latrines, for service or to report damaged physical. Call 524-1461 or visit the website at in and every participating battalion receives money or overturned latrines. http:// www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. quarterly. Call 526-5898 for more information • Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort Carson about the program. Support Services, at 896-0797 or 525-2924 or Hours of OperationFinance travel processing — All inbound and email jdiorio@kira.com to request a facility, outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it parking or regulatory traffic sign. Central Issue Facility Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at 7:30-10:30 a.m. inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. building 1430, room 233. During duty hours, • Initial and partial issues — Monday- Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — is phone number for after hours, holidays and • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- located in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. weekends is 526-0051. Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — Monday-Friday. The office assists Soldiers with Briefings Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. room assignments and terminations. For more 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held Tuesdays • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call information call 526-9707. in building 1430, room 150, from noon to 1 p.m. 526-3321.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Soldiers must be private-sergeant first class with a • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third minimum General Technical Score of 105; be a U.S. 5512/6477 for approval. Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection citizen; score 240 or higher on the Army Physical Education Center hours of operation — The Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC Fitness Test; and pass a Ranger physical. Call 524- Mountain Post Training and Education Center, is open to all active members and those interested 2691 or visit http://www.goarmy.com/ranger.html. building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: in becoming future SAMC members. The club was Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training • Counselor Support Center — Monday- originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of — is held Nov. 27-29 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 elite noncommissioned officers but is now an Veterans Chapel. Class is limited to 50 people on a a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Armywide program for those who meet the criteria first-come, first-served basis. Call 526-5613/5614 • Army Learning Center — Monday- and have proven themselves to be outstanding for more information. Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. NCOs through a board/leadership process. Contact Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency • Defense Activity for Nontraditional the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — 526-5661 for information. building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building processes to include turning in excess property, 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.BOSS meetings are held the first reutilizing government property, web-based tools Medical Activity Correspondence Departmentand third Thursday of each month available, special handling of property and environ- office hours — The Correspondence (Releasefrom 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact of Infor mation) Office in the PatientContact Cpl. Rachael Robertson at Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera@ Administration Division hours are Monday-524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of The dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Hub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” mike.welsh@dla.mil for reutilization/web tools; or and closed Thursday and federal holidays. Callto 40404 to receive updates and event information. Rufus Guillory at rufus.guillory@dla.mil. 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details.
  7. 7. Nov. 9, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7‘Iron’ Brigade gives backto Waldo Canyon victims Story and photos by and let them know that we are The carnival incorporated Sgt. Khori Johnson here,” said Staff Sgt. Antonio various giveaways and activities 3rd Brigade Combat Team Olivarez, Battery B, 3rd Bn., for the children, including face Public Affairs Office, 4th 29th FA Reg. “A lot of people painting, a bouncy house and a Infantry Division think that the Army is only (con- flag football game with a few cerned) about dealing with world members of the “Pacesetter” Instead of the sound of issues, but we’re also about helping Battalion.artillery they are accustomed to, our next door neighbors.” “It’s been fun playing football“Iron” Brigade Soldiers heard Olivarez helped children at with the kids and meetingthunderous roars of laughter the carnival try on Army gear people,” said Spc. Christianduring the Children’s Festival and answered their questions Zepeda, Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29thheld in Colorado Springs, Oct. 21. about the static display and FA Reg. “It’s been great.” Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Army life. As the sun set and vendorsCombat Team, 4th Infantry “It was pretty exciting to see closed down their areas, FamiliesDivision, participated in the they’re faces light up (as they headed off with smiles on theirfestival held for children said), ‘Wow, I’ve never gotten to faces following a day at thefrom the Mountain Shadows see this,’ ‘What’s this?’ and ‘Is Children’s Festival with Soldiersneighborhood of Colorado this bulletproof?’” he said. from the 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.Springs affected by theWaldo Canyon Fire. The wildfire affecteda large area of ColoradoSprings this summer, dam-aging more than 300 homesand burning more than18,000 acres of land. Staff Sgt. Antonio Olivarez, left, and “It’s about unity,” said Spc. Christian Zepeda, Battery B,Joshua Hill, event organizer 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artilleryworking alongside the city Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combatof Colorado Springs and Team, 4th Infantry Division, helpthe mayor’s office. “We’re a child try on body armor and ajust letting (those affected helmet during a festival forby the fires) know that we children affected by the Waldohaven’t forgotten about Canyon Fire, in the Mountainthem and that the city and Shadows neighborhood ofthe community still cares Colorado Springs, Oct. 21.(about them).” Soldiers from the 3rdBattalion, 29th Field Mountain Shadows neighborhoodArtillery Regiment, 3rd children jump for a touchdownBrigade Combat Team, 4th pass as they compete withInfantry Division, spent Soldiers from Battery B, 3rdtheir Sunday afternoon Battalion, 29th Field Artilleryoperating a static display of Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combattwo Humvees at the festival Team, 4th Infantry Division, duringwhile giving away school a friendly flag football gamesupplies to the children. during a festival held for children “It’s good for us to show affected by the Waldo Canyon Firesupport for the community in Colorado Springs, Oct. 21. HONORING OUR MILITARY Exclusive offers for our country’s bravest.—HURRY! ENDS NOVEMBER 18 SAVE $ 600 PLUS 24 MONTH FINANCING * DESIGNED &CRAFTED ® Sleep Number m7 shown on a FlexFit™ adjustable base with optional headboard, IN THE USA side rails and footboard. PLUS Find Sleep Number exclusively at one of our 400 stores nationwide. FREE ® 1-800-831-1211 ext. 680852 • sleepnumber.com/military † STANDARD SHIPPING Offer valid to current and past military personnel from 10/15/12 to 11/18/12. Must present valid military or veteran’s I.D. Not valid with other discounts, offers or on previous purchases. Restrictions may apply. See SLEEP NUMBER ® store for details. *Valid 10/15/12 – 11/18/12 with your Sleep Number® Credit Card. Subject to credit approval. See store for details. †Free Standard UPS Shipping on all Sleep Number® bed sets through 11/18/12. m7 & i8 BED SETS SLEEP NUMBER, SELECT COMFORT and the Double Arrow Design are registered trademarks of Select Comfort Corporation. ©2012 Select Comfort
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Nov. 9, 2012 Nov. 9, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9 Story and photos by Stacy Neumann bench. The director, Steve Wood, contacted Medical Department Activity Public Affairs the unit to find out if it would be interested in the project. The low orange bench outside the Warrior “For us to find out more about our military Transition Battalion barracks looks like an easy place is invaluable. This is a chance to do something to perch and rest for a while, sip a cup of coffee or with someone who is different. It was really enjoy lunch in the sun. But it’s no ordinary resting spot; interesting for us to get to know them as Take a closer look, people,” said Wood. there are stories within The nonprofit this seating area. volunteers handed clay Embedded in its to the Soldiers, telling structure are tiles that them to create tiles memorialize fallen that were meaningful friends, pay tribute to them. In the hands Lt. Col. Mechelle to resilient warriors, of one Soldier, a Tuttle, Warrior honor military heritage longhorn steer took Transition and celebrate home- shape. Another carved Battalion towns, favorite activi- out a parachute rigger commander, ties and sports teams. crest. Yet another addresses WTB Soldiers teamed painstakingly wrote, Soldiers while up with a nonprofit “In mem of Sgt Josh A concrete standing on the organization based out Powell KIA 06.4.11.” newly-created of Manitou Springs, After curing and concrete bench called Concrete Couch, firing the tiles, the outside of the Oct. 1-4 to create the two groups laid out A Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier creates a tile to be WTB barracks, the forms for the embedded in the Concrete Couch located outside of the Oct. 4. Soldiers teamed up with a local nonprofit to build the structure, which has way to heal Staff Sgt. Lorraine Rankin, left, takes a photo of the tile she created for the Warrior bench and poured WTB barracks. the concrete. At a Thursday formation, Wood encourage you to keep looking for these things.” joined WTB Commander After the formation concluded, WTB Soldier Lt. Col. Mechelle Tuttle in Staff Sgt. Lorraine Rankin remained, bending unveiling the final product. down to the bench to look for her tile. She brushed embedded tiles Transition Battalion “A little piece of a lot over the caduceus she created with her fingers and representing Concrete Couch. of our Soldiers is in this took a few photos. significant Soldiers created tiles concrete couch,” Tuttle told “I’m really not an artist,” said Wilkins. events and to embed within the the assembled Soldiers. “Medicine is the only thing I know, so that’s my people in the structure built outside of “There are many different legacy. It’s so cool. Long after I’m gone, my mark Soldiers’ lives. the WTB barracks. ways of healing; this is one. 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