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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 46 Nov. 16, 2012 For all who served Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, march with fellow servicemembers in the “Flight of the Flags” during the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade Saturday. Soldiers from 3rd BCT participated in numerous events over the holiday weekend to honor those who serve the nation past and present. See pages 24-25 for more on Veterans Day activities. Photo by Spc. Robert HollandVeterans DayPresident recognizes service, sacrifice By Amaani Lyle American Forces Press Service 33,000 troops also have returned from Afghanistan. As veterans return, the president said, it falls to graduate and post-graduate degrees. “We must commit this day and every day to serving Americans as fellow citizens to be there for them and you as well as you’ve served us,” the president said. WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama their Families as those who once wore the uniform “Each year, on the 11th day of the 11th month, welaid a flowered wreath at the Tomb of the now find new ways to serve. pause as a nation and as a people to pay tribute to you,Unknowns Sunday and, after thanking all veterans, “Some of our most patriotic businesses have to thank you, to honor you, the heroes over thehe said more than a million warriors will transition hired and trained 125,000 veterans and military generations who have served this country of oursback into civilian life over the next few years. spouses,” Obama said. with distinction,” Obama said. “This is the first Veterans Day in a decade in which He pledged to maintain the post-9/11 GI Bill, He also acknowledged the toll taken on veterans’there are no American troops fighting and dying in which has helped thousands of veterans pursue theirIraq,” the president said over applause, adding that education, including certifications, undergraduate, See Veterans on Page 4 Message board INSIDE Happy Thanksgiving The next Mountaineer will be printed Nov. 30. Page 16 Page 10 Page 15
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Nov. 16, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson CG sends Thanksgiving safety message By Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson released for the weekend. This will Col. David L. Grosso Commanding general, 4th Infantry include privately-owned vehicle/ Division and Fort Carson motorcycle safety, alcohol and drivingFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: under the influence prevention, Dee McNutt Thanksgiving is the first of three travel safety, weapons safety,Chief, Print and Web Communications: holidays that we will celebrate as a fatigue, off-limits establishments Rick Emert community between now and the and other off-duty safety issues as coming New Year. On this special day appropriate. Additionally, winterEditor: Devin Fisher we remember the 110 pilgrims who driving hazards such as blackStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland bravely left the security and familiarity ice and vehicle survivor packs,Happenings: Nel Lampe of their home in England in 1620 to Fort Carson road conditions andSports writer: Walt Johnson pursue religious freedom in the New delayed reporting procedures World. We must also remember that will be discussed.Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall while our tables will be filled with q Complete the TRiPS travel risk This commercial enterprise newspaper is food and surrounded by loved ones, there are those who will spend planning system prior to any travel beyond 150 miles. This Andersonan authorized publication for members of the Thanksgiving away from their Family risk assessment is available atDepartment of Defense. Contents of theMountaineer are not necessarily the official and friends. Families who are struggling withview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or Over the next six weeks, our q Conduct POV/motorcycle safety alcohol and drug issues. Units needthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation Soldiers and Families will travel to inspections. This inspection will to ensure that Soldiers are aware ofis 12,000 copies. various destinations around the be conducted by our first-line these tools and have access to them. The editorial content of the country. Thanksgiving weekend is leadership on this installation. I am extremely proud of all that q Update battle buddy rosters andMountaineer is the responsibility of the PublicAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, statistically the highest traveled our Soldiers accomplish each andTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is weekend of the year. The crowded review battle buddy responsibilities every day and very humbled to roads and the potential for adverse with each Soldier. this great division. We must not forget The Mountaineer is posted on the weather make this holiday one of the q Conduct and revalidate the those Soldiers and Families who areInternet at most dangerous in terms of potential requirements/counseling on the unable to return home to be with The Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The traffic accidents. It is especially Installation Motorcycle Policy. their loved ones. I ask you to inviteMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs important that we, as leaders, ensure Alcohol and drug abuse continues your fellow Soldiers over to share aMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in that our Soldiers and their Families to be a challenge across our formations meal and companionship with yourno way connected with the Department of the are aware of these potential dangers. and must continue to be addressed. Family. All personnel should knowArmy, under exclusive written contract with In an effort to prevent accidents and The abuse of alcohol and other that their leaders care about theirFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. The appearance of advertising in this fatalities over this holiday, all military substances has been a factor in the safety, both on and off duty.publication, including inserts or supplements, personnel will complete the following majority of our recent serious Beth and I wish you and yourdoes not constitute endorsement by the tasks with assistance from their incidents. The use of these substances Families a safe and enjoyable holidayDepartment of the Army or Colorado Springs unit leadership: impairs judgment and often leads to weekend. Keep safety in mind andMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or q Receive an end of duty day safety career-ending events or criminal please take the appropriate safetyservices advertised. The printer reserves theright to reject advertisements. briefing from unit commanders charges. We have agencies that provide precautions regardless of your Everything advertised in this publication and first sergeants prior to being assistance to our Soldiers and their weekend activities.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 advertisingfrom that source until the violation is corrected. DFACs serve Thanksgiving mealsFor display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regarding Three Fort Carson dining facilities will serve Thanksgiving meals next week.advertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Prices are $7.50 for non-meal card Soldiers and civilians; $6.40 for Family members of corporal andGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, below; and free for children age 5 and younger. The meals will be served:Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. ä Tuesday The Mountaineer’s editorial content is LaRochelle (10th SFG(A)), building 7481, Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.edited, prepared and provided by the Public ä WednesdayAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Stack, building 2330, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Releases from outside sources are so Wolf, building 1444, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.indicated. The deadline for submissions to the Note: Continental breakfasts will be served Wednesday at Stack from 7-8 a.m. and Wolf from 6:45-8 a.m. DinnerMountaineer is close of business the week on Wednesday is only available at Stack DFAC, from 4-5 p.m. See Page 6 for complete DFAC schedule.before the next issue is published. The ä MenuMountaineer staff reserves the right to editsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity and The following is the basic dining facility Thanksgiving meal menu; items vary by location.typographical errors. Roast turkey Policies and statements reflected in the Baked hamnews and editorial columns represent views Mashed potatoesof the individual writers and under no Baked sweet potatoescircumstances are to be considered those ofthe Department of the Army. Savory bread dressing Reproduction of editorial material is Seasoned broccoli spearsauthorized. Please credit accordingly. Green bean casserole with mushrooms and onion Squash and carrot medley Shrimp cocktail with seafood sauce Zesty bean soup Oyster crackers Salad bar Cranberry sauce Classified advertising Jellied pear salad 329-5236 Fresh fruits Display advertising Cornbread and 634-5905 butter flake rolls Dessert bar with pumpkin, Mountaineer editor Dutch apple and blueberry pies 526-4144 Cheesecake drizzled with chocolate or caramel sauce Post information Holiday sugar cookies 526-5811 Jelly roll cake Post weather hotline 526-0096
  3. 3. Nov. 16, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3IMCOM looks to expedite hiring Installation Management Command “It’s great to see that we could continue to meet our mission Public Affairs requirements while still taking care of our civilian workforce,” said IMCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter. At a Garrison commanders are recruiting for about 2,000 job The federal hiring system is a competitive process, designed to glanceopenings, and while the competitive process can be time- evaluate applicants fairly, but not necessarily quickly, especially inconsuming, exceptions to the process allow for noncompetitive recruiting from outside the government. But federal regulations m IMCOM began fiscalselection of current Installation Management Command employees, allow for noncompetitive consideration of the very populations 2012 facing a mandatorytransitioning Soldiers, disabled veterans and certain others. IMCOM seeks to help — including current employees, reduction of more than At the same time, the Army still faces a transitioning Soldiers and disabled veterans. 4,000 civilian fiscal environment that could require “As we look at ways to expedite the m The command exceededmore civilian workforce reductions in the “As we look at approval process, there are steps the garrisons its reduction target through voluntaryfuture, so the headquarters will continue toclosely oversee the filling of critical vacancies ways to expedite can take to speed the process, including streamlining the recruiting process, working separations, retirementto ensure the command stays within sustainableend strength numbers. the approval in advance with the (Civilian Personnel Advisory Center) on determining the level of and cross-leveling through reassignment. IMCOM started fiscal 2012 facing amandatory reduction of more than 4,000 process, there competition, getting job assessments ready, considering noncompetitive selections of the m Garrisons now need to fill nearly 2,000 openings tocivilian positions including the headquarters, are steps the current IMCOM workforce, and hiring veterans sustain their operations. m Federal regulationsthe regions and the garrisons. In the interest ofretaining a highly experienced and specialized garrisons can and Family members,” said IMCOM Director of Human Resources Karen M. Perkins. allow for noncompetitiveworkforce, the command approached thenecessary reduction with a commitment to take to speed Most hiring actions still must go to the Headquarters IMCOM Human Resources consideration for current employees,meet the end strength target through attritionand judicious filling of critical vacancies, the process ...” Management Board for initial screening and a recommendation to the commanding general. transitioning Soldiers and disabled veterans. Karen M. Perkins m Title 5 of the Code ofIMCOM officials said. When the commander approves a hiring request, This proactive approach to human he specifies whether a vacancy must be filled Federal Regulationsresources management has succeeded to the extent that IMCOM by a current IMCOM employee or whether it can be recruited provides many ways tohas exceeded its reduction target through voluntary separations, outside the command and even outside the federal workforce. hire transitioning Soldiers,retirement and cross-leveling through reassignment. The new The first step remains the IMCOM Enterprise Placement disabled veterans andpersonnel outlook is good news for protecting the workforce, but Program, which may provide a reassignment opportunity for a persons with disabilitiesthe garrisons are now anxious to fill these nearly 2,000 openings noncompetitively. See Hiring on Page 4to sustain their operations.
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Nov. 16, 2012Amendment Veterans from Page 1 again, at home and abroad, you and your Families have sacrificed to protect that powerful promise that all of us 64 doesn’t loved ones, who he said continue to “walk these quiet hills and kneel before a final resting place of those they cherish the most.” hold so dear: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Obama related the significance of today’s servicemembers, the 9/11 generation, that “stepped forward after the towers apply to The president assured that the sacrifices of living and fallen veterans and their Families and friends would never fell and in the years since have stepped into history.” “You toppled a dictator and battled insurgency in Iraq,” he federal be forgotten. “It is in that sacrifice that we see the enduring spirit of America. Since even before our founding, we have been said. “You pushed back the Taliban and decimated al-Qaida in Afghanistan. You delivered justice to Osama bin Laden.” These deeds drive the commitment to care for veterans, as employees blessed with an unbroken chain of patriots who have always come forward to serve,” Obama said. “Time and more than a million warriors will transition back into civilian life over the next few years, the president said. Obama also pledged to champion Army Substance the cause of those who suffer invisible Abuse Program wounds of war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The passing of Colorado “No veteran should have to waitConstitutional Amendment 64 months or years for the benefits thatdoes not affect the federal laws you’ve earned, so we will continue toprohibiting the use of marijuana. attack the claims backlog,” Obama said. As federal employees and And as the United States marks theservicemembers of the Armed 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War,Forces of the United States, state the president said, the government haslaws do not override the ban on secured new disability benefits forthe use of a schedule 1 controlled veterans who fought there and weresubstance. Also, if Family exposed to Agent Orange.members of servicemembers live “We carry on knowing that our bestor work on post, federal law days always lie ahead,” Obama said.continues to prohibit the use of “You needed it, you fought for it, andmarijuana anywhere on post to we got it done.”include housing, parks and Also at the cemetery were First Ladycommunity facilities. Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden The current federal prohibition and his wife, Jill Biden, and Veteranson the use of marijuana is Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.found, in part, at Title 21 Code ofFederal Regulations Part 1300, President Barack Obama and Sgt. 1st21 CFR 1308 (the Controlled Class Chad Stackpole lay a wreath toSubstances Act), 21 U.S.C 844, mark Veterans Day at the Tomb of thethe Department of Justice guide- Unknowns in Arlington Nationallines pertaining to nonmedical Cemetery, Va., Sunday. Stackpole,marijuana, and the Department sergeant of the guard for the tomb, isof Transportation regulations assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantryprohibiting the use of controlled Regiment, known as “The Old Guard.”substances by their employees. Photo by Staff Sgt. Megan GarciaHiring transitioning soldiers, which we want conditional at any time. There are no the use of noncompetitive appoint-from Page 3 to do anyway,” said Lois Keith, grade limits with a 30-percent disability ments, so every action should be in IMCOM chief of Civilian Personnel. appointment, as long as the applicant consultation with them.potentially vulnerable IMCOM One such authority is the meets all qualification standards. With the need for balance betweenemployee who is willing to relocate. Veterans’ Recruitment Authority, Another talent resource is Army expedited hiring and sustainable endWhile the IEPP process is working, which allows for noncompetitive spouses, who normally won’t qualify strengths, garrison commanders needmanagers can begin their recruitment appointment to positions in grades for noncompetitive appointment, but access to more than one option whenprocess to be ready to select if IEPP up to GS-11 of disabled veterans or often come with wide experience and filling a critical vacancy. The head-does not provide an eligible candidate. veterans who served on active duty varied skill sets that might not be quarters will likely stay involved in If managers want to consider using during a war, a recognized campaign or readily available in the local talent the hiring process for the foreseeableone of the special hiring authorities laid expedition, or certain other military pool. And former government employees future in the interest of sheltering theout under Title 5 of the Code of Federal operations. The VRA also extends to eligible for reinstatement can be selected workforce from future adverse actionsRegulations, there are many ways to recently separated veterans. noncompetitively in any grade up to due to civilian reductions, IMCOMhire transitioning Soldiers, disabled Another opportunity is to appoint a their former highest grade, as long as officials said.veterans and persons with disabilities veteran retired from active duty with they meet qualifications. Options do exist, however, andnoncompetitively. a disability rating of 30 percent or The installation Civilian Personnel using the hiring authorities provided can “These are excellent ways to select more. These appointments are 60-day Advisory Center is the local resource help garrisons fill their critical vacanciesqualified people noncompetitively, temporary or term to start with, but for all civilian hiring, but especially while also providing opportunity forand they help disabled veterans and may be converted to career or career- when trying to expedite hiring through some deserving candidates. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID
  5. 5. Nov. 16, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Education, activities highlight Warrior Care Month By Stacy Neumann of the unit’s Warrior Care Month activities. The Army into civilian life. Trujillo called it “a dream come Medical Department Activity Public Affairs marks November as the time to highlight the impor- true” and was eventually offered a fulltime job with tance of supporting wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. the service in Denver. The Fort Carson Warrior Transition Battalion “It’s no mistake that we have this observance in “The (WTB) actually made it easy because theycadre sat silently as Spc. Robert Trujillo described “a the same month as Veterans Day,” have all the programs here to help us.moment that would redefine the rest of my life, but I said Lt. Col. Mechelle Tuttle, WTB From school counselors to someonewould not let it define me.” commander. “It allows us to focus on who can talk about the GI Bill to The 27-year-old played a video from Sept. 19, Soldiers and their Family members Operation Warfighter (which provides2010, when he was hit by an improvised explosive who have sacrificed and remember internships with federal governmentdevice blast in Afghanistan. Raw footage shows the challenges they continue to face.” entities), every avenue is possibleSoldiers administering care and encouraging Trujillo The theme for this year is “Success here,” Trujillo said. “They can pointto talk about his wife and newborn son. through Transition — Education, you in the right direction.” Trujillo’s presentation to the WTB cadre was part Employment, Entrepreneurship.” Trujillo concluded his presen- For Trujillo, the past two tation with a slide entitled “Tru years have challenged him to Resiliency” — his fellow Soldiers “We want them to know transition. After he was hit by an IED medical personnel had to call him “Tru.” “I asked Spc. Trujillo to come revive him twice. He had broken here so we remember what our they aren’t alone in this bones and then developed a Soldiers have gone through. It’s condition called heterotopic Trujillo important,” Tuttle told the cadre. process. We have the ossification. Trauma caused parts of the bone to go into a type of “overdrive” “We want them to know they aren’t alone in this process. We have the right people on and bone tissue continued to grow outside of the board to facilitate that transition process. We’re all right people on board to skeleton. Trujillo said he had “more surgeries dedicated to the challenge.” than I can count” to address the problem. Once The Fort Carson WTB is holding a number of facilitate that transition his health was better, he wanted to focus on the future and employment. events for its Soldiers during Warrior Care Month. There is a Fall Festival as well as a Commander’s Stakes process. We’re all “I have a Family at home. I don’t want to leave them hanging, so I started to pursue things competition full of adaptive sports activities at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The cadre right away,” he said. also participated in an Armywide Warrior Transition dedicated to the challenge.” The WTB set him up with an internship at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Command Stand Down to focus on customer service. Currently, there are about 10,000 wounded, ill or — Lt. Col. Mechelle Tuttle The U.S. National Parks Service personnel there injured Soldiers assigned to warrior transition units are helping veterans translate their military skills and community-based warrior transition units.
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Nov. 16, 2012 Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationDFAC Nov. 16 Nov. 17-18 Nov. 19-20 Nov. 21 Nov. 22-25 Nov. 26-29Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Continental breakfast: 7-8 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. 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. Thanksgiving meal: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 4-5 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Wolf Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Continental breakfast: 6:45-8 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving meal: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.(Wilderness Road 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. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Complex) Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed Dinner: ClosedLaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Nov. 19: Breakfast, 7-9 a.m.; Lunch, Closed Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Dinner, closed Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Nov. 20: Continental breakfast, 7-8 a.m.; Dinner: Closed Thanksgiving meal, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, closedMiscellaneous reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, building 381, conducts orientations Fridays fromMyBaseGuide mobile smartphone app — provides damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA information about the 86 military installations • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric processes to include turning in excess property, located in the 50 U.S. states. The main function of the Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. reutilizing government property, web-based application is to provide military personnel with when needing trash containers, trash is tools available, special handling of property and useful information for a smooth relocation. The overflowing or emergency service is required. environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, MBG App also provides pertinent information and • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. utility for the duration of the servicemembers’ stay at Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ for receiving/turn in; Mike any of the military installations in U.S. and current for service needs or to report complaints. Welsh at for reutilization/web and upcoming events. Each listing contains phone • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan tools; or Rufus Guillory at numbers, addresses and website information. The Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays integrated mapping function will provide turn-by- for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for turn navigation for phones that are GPS capable. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefingsPoints only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcement Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts training units provide a “home” for Individual Ready Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 Reserve Soldiers who want to maintain Reserve • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department affiliation. Soldiers considering leaving troop Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit program unit assignment can consider the 6399th/ Use this number to obtain self-help personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. 6404th RTU as a short- or long-term option. Benefits tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. include earning retirement points and “good” years; • Base operations contracting officer Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held optional monthly nonpaid drill weekends; continued representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon military training; paid annual training opportunities; or email for questions at the education center, building 1117, room 120. earning retirement points via correspondence courses; on snow removal, grounds maintenance and Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and easy transfer to TPUs if desired. Contact Chief contractor response to service orders. Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. Warrant Officer 4 Lake Gardner at 720-363-0511 or • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays for more information. 524-0786 or email to in building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of request latrines, for service or to report damaged Soldiers must be specialist-staff sergeant from Public Works has an incentive program to prevent or overturned latrines. any military occupational specialty, have a recyclable waste from going to the landfill. • Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort Carson general technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards Support Services, at 896-0797 or 525-2924 or citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson email to request a facility, Physical Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for parking or regulatory traffic sign. physical. Call 524-1461 or visit the website at the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building 526-5898 for more information about the program. 1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiers should Hours of OperationFinance travel processing — All inbound and call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for after outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051. Central Issue Facility Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay Briefings 7:30-10:30 a.m. inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held Tuesdays • Initial and partial issues — Monday- Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. in building 1430, room 150, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — is Soldiers must be private-sergeant first class with a • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- located in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. minimum General Technical Score of 105; be a U.S. Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. citizen; score 240 or higher on the Army Physical • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — Monday-Friday. The office assists Soldiers with Fitness Test; and pass a Ranger physical. Call 524- Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. room assignments and terminations. For more 2691 or visit • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call information call 526-9707. Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — 526-3321.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson is held Nov. 27-29 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Veterans Chapel. Class is limited to 50 people on a 5512/6477 for approval. Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection first-come, first-served basis. Call 526-5613/5614 Education Center hours of operation — The Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The for more information. Mountain Post Training and Education Center, SAMC is open to all active members and those Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: interested in becoming future SAMC members. • Counselor Support Center — Monday- The club was originally a U.S. Forces Command Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 organization of elite noncommissioned officers Holiday changes a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but is now an Armywide program for those who Retirement briefing — will be held Dec. 12 from • Army Learning Center — Monday- meet the criteria and have proven themselves to 8 a.m. to noon at the Joel Hefley Community Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. be outstanding NCOs through a board/ Center conference room, 6800 Prussman Ave. • Defense Activity for Nontraditional leadership process. Contact the SAMC The Retirement Services Office recommends Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 spouses accompany Soldiers to the briefing. Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. for information. Call 526-2840 for more information. Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to buildingDirectorate of Public Works services — DPW is ETS briefing — for enlisted personnel will be 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort held Dec. 5. Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at Medical Activity Correspondence Department Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance the Soldier Readiness Building, building 1042, office hours — The Correspondence (Release of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and room 244, on a first-come, first-served basis. of Infor mation) Office in the Patient cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone Soldiers must be within 120 days of their Administration Division hours are Monday- numbers and points of contact for services: expiration term of service, but must attend the Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Facility repair/service orders — Fort briefing no later than 30 days prior to their ETS and closed Thursday and federal holidays. Call Carson Support Services service order desk can be or start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/8458. 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details.
  7. 7. Nov. 16, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7 Welcome home Family members cheered as Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, entered the Special Events Center, Monday. Approximately 250 Soldiers returned home to their loved ones after a nine-month tour in Afghanistan. Units partnered with four Afghan provincial governments in Afghanistans eastern region. More 4th BCT troops will return home through November and December. Photo by Andrea Sutherland Hey Ft. Carson! Do you love WINGS? Only 2 minutes from the Main Gate 5 0¢ W INGSProfessionals in Dentistry, LLCDr. Ryan D. Baros & & Dr. Ryan D. Baros Dr. Raymond Baros Dr. Raymond Baros ALL DAY EVERY DAY 513 Kiva Dr., in Security To schedule your appointment call 392-5300Our practice is committed to providing our patientswithOur practice commited to providing our patients with skilled, caring and gentle dental care. skilled, and gentle dental care. 252 E. Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. Happy Hour M-F 3-6pm NO Just West of Nevada/Hwy. 115 Open 7 Days a Week 11am - 2am We Welcome INSURANCE? (Northwest corner of Nevada and Hwy 115 behind UMB Bank) Scan the We offer new Patients convenient credit QR Gode plans up to 12 576-5223 to see our Children are months. full menu Welcome WITHOUT INTEREST! ur Call us for yo nd ell a Most dental insurance accepted, Hail & Farew ies! including United Concordia for Promoti on Part MILITARY DEPENDENTS
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  9. 9. Nov. 16, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9 Management“It helps from Page 8 Behavioral management is a big part of the program, Brewer said, because change. Those who don’t see a change in pain level said they feel more emotionally Soldiers everybody and see if we achieve the Soldiers need to develop realistic guidelines. Chronic pain can easily lead to depression stable and have an improved ability to handle their chronic pain. develop progression we want to get. This is and behavioral health specialists can help Soldiers reframe the issue. “It helps Soldiers develop the mental capacity and fortitude to be self-sufficient about improving their activity level and the mental quality of life.” One of the questions Soldiers answer is, and proud of what they do,” said Brewer. Soldiers in the intensive outpatient “Do you consider your pain a disability?” Administrators conduct an after- capacity program work with occupational therapy, Spc. Michael Salas, 2nd BCT, 4th action review following each four-week physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, Inf. Div., said he had never thought about course. They are constantly modifying and fortitude behavioral health, clinical pharmacy, it that way. and changing it to better suit the to be nutrition and a nurse educator. For two days a week over the span of four weeks, “I’m not into setting limits. I jumped at the opportunity to learn as opposed to Soldiers’ needs, Brewer said. A new class begins each month with eight to 10 self-sufficient those diagnosed with chronic pain try everything from tai chi to water exercises medication. I want to know if anything I learn can substantially manage my pain.” active-duty participants who have been referred by providers. and proud of and inside rock climbing. “A lot of them have a huge amount of Though only in its third iteration, Brewer noted that the Functional Ultimately, Brewer knows most Soldiers want the same thing as Bland. what they do.” anxiety. They’re afraid they’ll get worse,” said Brewer. “Here, they can do activities Restoration Program has already seen good results. Some Soldiers reported a “People look at me and tell me ‘I look fine,’” she said. “I’m hoping, at — Dr. Alan Brewer and not hurt themselves. We can do it in a 70-80 percent pain level reduction. More the end of this program, I can gain a controlled environment.” importantly, he said, is the cultural sense of normalcy.” Roosevelt Dickerson Master of Education with Licensure REGIS put me as Learn more at: CLOSE as POSSIBLE BE INFLUENTIAL. to theACTION. Regis University gave Roosevelt new focus after his time in the military. CHANGE YOUR Now this ‘Teacher of the Year’ uses the skills he developed at Regis to WORLD challenge the next generation. How will you be influential? The School of Education & Counseling in Regis University’s College for Professional Studies offers accredited teacher education A SCHOOL OF programs designed by faculty who are in the field and know the latest INFLUENCE trends, technologies and regulations. Benefit from hands-on training in our state-of-the art labs and professional mentoring whether you’re just earning your license or looking to advance your skills. Busy adults choose Regis University for the academic rigor and our College for Professional Studies for the flexibility. ON YOUR SCHEDULE > Regionally accredited and nationally ranked > Accelerated 5- and 8-week classes > Online and campus-based learning > Multiple start dates throughout the year EXPLORE IN-DEMAND DEGREES | REQUEST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION | APPLY NOW | 800.392.7984 | > CLASSES START JANUARY 7
  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Nov. 16, 2012Spur ride measuresstrength, endurance Story and photos by written test, vehicle identification, an obstacle Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagán course and a land navigation course, carrying a 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs 40-65 pound rucksack. Office, 4th Infantry Division “This is about physical and mental toughness,” said Lt. Col. Dave Guthrie, commander, 1st For a grueling 36 hours, Soldiers from 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., and senior squadron spurSquadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, and 2nd holder. “It’s knowing you can overcome theBattalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, both with 2nd obstacles; you’re going to gut through it becauseBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, the guy next to you is going to gut through it.”pushed themselves to the limit during the The Soldiers relied heavily on their fellowsquadron’s spur ride. spur candidates for support and encouragement. The Nov. 1-2 event pushed Soldiers to their “It’s a team effort,” said Spc. Logan Cruci,physical and mental limit by testing their ability cavalry scout, HHT, and spur candidate. “Weto operate as part of a team under high levels came together as a group and accomplishedof stress and fatigue throughout day and night things we probably wouldn’t have been able toconditions. alone, because we pushed each other and wouldn’t “If you notice, (cavalry) is not a branch, let each other fail.”(cavalry) is a state of mind,” said Col. Omar Jones The spur ride isn’t just about a Soldier gainingIV commander, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., and senior , his silver spurs; it’s also a way for the squadron tospur holder. “(Cavalry) is about combined arms; distinguish its best and brightest’s about moving faster, shooting straighter and “This is how the (cavalry) identifies theirthinking better. It doesn’t matter what your branch leaders,” said Sgt. 1st Class William Blizzard,is, doesn’t matter what your (military job) is, what senior enlisted leader, HHT, and spur holder. “So,matters is (cavalry) is in your head and you’re knowing that every leader in the squadron knowsgoing to prove that through your spur ride.” how to push themselves past that limit — that The spur candidates were randomly placed refusal to quit, that’s what makes us stronger asinto 10 teams, each with a “walker,” or spur holder, an organization.”who coached the candidates through the spur ride, Out of the 134 spur candidates, 123 completedboth with physical and verbal encouragement. the physically-demanding challenge and rucked “The spur candidates are constantly questioned to a ceremony held at Turkey Creek Ranch, whereon cavalry history and basic soldiering skills,” they were presented with silver spurs and asaid Staff Sgt. Jacob Aanerud, operations barbecue lunch.noncommissioned officer, Headquarters and “Not every Soldier gets this opportunity,Headquarters Troop, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., and for me to be able to go through this andand spur holder. “If their answer is wrong, their accomplish it — I feel really proud,” said Sgt. Joycebody makes up for where their mind failed them, Ho, intelligence analyst, HHT, 1st Sqdn., 10thso they have to complete a physical task to make Cav. Reg., spur recipient. “I think everyone shouldup for their lacking knowledge. As long as they do it; it’s a way to test yourself physically anddon’t give up, they will get their spurs.” mentally to see what you can do, and more often The tasks the spur candidates were required than not, you will surprise yourself at what youto complete included a physical fitness test, a can accomplish when you set your mind to it.” Sgt. 1st Class Ramon Contreras, spur holder, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, attaches spurs to the boots of one of the 123 candidates to receive the honor during the spur ride ceremony at Turkey Creek Ranch, Nov. 2. Spur candidates participate in an obstacle course as “walkers,” or current spur holders, encourage the troops during the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, annual spur ride, Nov. 2.
  11. 11. Nov. 16, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11 Soldiers build unity through BOSS Story and photo by Spc. Nathan Thome “BOSS is a great opportunity for Soldiers,” said Garrison Command Soldiers from across Fort Carson ride horses as part of a Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers event at Estes Park, Oct 14. For 22 years, BOSS has provided Soldiers the chance to create a stronger life,” said Cpl. Rachael Robertson, BOSS president, U.S. Army Garrison 4th Infantry Division Public Sgt. Maj. Steven O. Green. “It gets bond with their fellow warriors through Fort Carson. Affairs Office them out of their barracks, and gives a variety of recreational and volunteer A variety of recreational activities them the chance to interact with other opportunities. are held a few times a month for Soldiers on Fort Carson have the single Soldiers that they wouldn’t “BOSS was created through (the Soldiers, to include horseback riding,opportunity to participate in a program otherwise meet. Army Family Action Plan) in 1989, and bowling nights and haunted houses.tailored specifically for the needs of “They also get to participate in fun then expanded to include all aspects “Events are chosen by the sugges-single Soldiers, geographical bachelors and exciting events, as well as commu- of Soldiers’ lives. It was designed for tions Soldiers give their representativesand single parents; Better Opportunities nity activities, which sends a positive single and unaccompanied Soldiers See BOSS on Page 14for Single Soldiers. outlook to the community,” Green said. and is used to improve their quality of