Vol. 70 No. 48 Dec. 7, 2012Back from war764thEODreturns Story and photo by Spc. Nathan Thome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Families and friends roared withexcitement as they gave a standing ovationto 44 Soldiers entering the Special EventsCenter, Saturday, after returning from anine-month deployment to Afghanistan insupport of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 764th Ordnance Company, 242ndExplosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71stOrdnance Group (EOD), deployed in Marchin support of the 4th Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division, and the AfghanNational Army, conducting more than 600explosive ordnance disposal missions. “Welcome home EOD troopers … we’reglad you’re home safe and sound,” said Brig.Gen. Darsie Rogers, deputy commanding separate locations in Afghanistan to provide Capt. Angela Jewett, commander, 764th Ordnancegeneral for support, 4th Infantry Division and Fort EOD support and training to Afghan National Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion,Carson. “To our Families, friends and loved ones Security Forces. 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal),here, thank you very much for attending tonight, we During the deployment, the EOD Soldiers safely reunites with her husband, Tyson Jewett, during thecouldn’t do this without your love and support.” eliminated 215 improvised explosive devices, 764th Ord. welcome home ceremony at the Special The 764th Ord. Soldiers deployed to 11 conducted 90 post-blast analyses Events Center, Saturday. and disposed of approximately “We left with 44 (Soldiers), and 57,000 pounds of unexploded ordnance and homemade explosives. toward the dispersing formation of Soldiers. “It’s good to have everybody home. We left we’re bringing 44 people back The unit also trained more than 100 Afghan National Army with 44 (Soldiers), and we’re bringing 44 people back to their Families; that’s the most important to their Families; that’s the EOD Soldiers. After a few words from mission of all,” said Jewett. Now that the unit is home, the Soldiers will get most important mission of all.” Rogers, Capt. Angela Jewett, commander, 764th Ord., released some well deserved time off, Jewett said. Once they have a chance to reunite with their Families, — Capt. Angela Jewett her Soldiers, who ran to reunite they’ll get back to training, because it’s what they with their loved ones who ran love to do, she said. Message board INSIDE The 4th Infantry Division campaign monument will be dedicated at Manhart Field during a ceremony Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Page12 Page 16 Pages 22-23
2 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 7, 2012 MOUNTAINEER WLC honors No room for excuses whenCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Joseph AndersonGarrison Commander: Col. David L. GrossoFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: safety, lives of others at stake Commentary by Spc. Alison Gill with resolve and determination takes moral courage Rick Emert Warrior Leader Course graduate and a leap of faith. I believe that many find that leapEditor: Devin Fisher too discouraging. While others stand on the ledge ofStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland It is an inarguable fact that it takes a special kind of doubt and dismissal, we tighten our boots and drive on.Happenings: Nel Lampe person to join the military. So special, that we account for Whatever it takes, we will not lie down. only 1 percent of our nation’s population. Our world today is riddled with resign and a sense ofSports writer: Walt Johnson The United States is undoubtedly the entitlement. 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Dec. 7, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Army refocuses homefront training strategy Story and photo by Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff come out of Afghanistan, a lot more units will be operating at home. There will be competition for Instead of flipping through hundreds of pages in training manuals, Soldiers may access unit training training equipment and ranges.” plans through a digital collection of materials, As drawdowns in Afghanistan continue, With the shift from counterinsurgency training to including Unit Training Management on the ArmyArmy officials are shifting focus on homefront decisive action training, Pfaltzgraff said the approach Training Network, Digital Training Managementtraining, beginning with how the training is to training will switch from the “top-down” approach System and the Combined Arms Training Strategies.organized and scheduled. to “bottom-up,” with platoon and company leadership Representatives from the Training Management In an effort to help facilitate this shift, a team of determining training objectives and negotiating with Mobile Training Team led Soldiers through the onlinecivilian government service workers and Lt. Col. battalion commanders to achieve those goals. systems, guiding them on how to develop training plans,Damon Pfaltzgraff traveled to Fort Carson from the “If a commander decides his unit needs execute training and perform after action reviews.Training Management Directorate at the Combined ‘movement to contact’ training, there are so many “This is a one-stop shop for all training resources,”Arms Center for Training, headquartered at Fort tasks needed before that final mission can be said Maj. John McNamara, 4th Engineer Battalion.Leavenworth, Kan., to help educate Soldiers on the successfully completed,” he said. “The ability to reference all of the Army trainingdigital training management systems available. resources in one location makes it easier “The two-day training is enough to give to understand Army training doctrine.”them an idea of what is there, but it’s up to Master Sgt. Kenya Smith, 43rdeach installation to develop the skills and pro- Special Troops Battalion, 43rd Sustain-ficiency,” said Pfaltzgraff, team lead for the ment Brigade, said after the training heTraining Management Mobile Training Team. no longer had to spend hours looking The team began its tour at Fort Carson, up information in paper manuals.facilitating a two-day course Nov. 27-28 for “This makes it faster and there’smore than 40 noncommissioned officers less waste,” he said. “Technology rules.”and officers from various units. When the wars started, “Big Army”shifted to “top-down”’ training — providing Joel Young, right, Training Managementa checklist based on the challenges Soldiers Mobile Training Team, helps officersfaced in theater and said, “This is what you and noncommissioned officers navigatehave to do,” said Pfaltzgraff. digital training systems to better Before the conflicts in Iraq and organize and plan for unit trainingAfghanistan began, commanders had to missions. Young and other team membersanticipate missions and determine training traveled to Fort Carson from the Trainingaccordingly, Pfaltzgraff said. Management Directorate at the Combined “With the high operation tempo, we got Arms Center for Training, headquarteredaway from that,” he said. “As we look to at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Weve Got Your Holiday Financial Help All-Wrapped Up Dont let a lack of cash spoil your holiday spirit. With a quick and easy personal loan from Omni Dont your holiday spirit. With from ® Financial you Financial you can receive the extra money you need this season for traveling, gift , and more. For 62 receive extra you for traveling, gifts, fts more. For years we have made the holidays truly special for countless active duty military and their families. years we have holidays for countless active duty military families. See how we you. See how we can help you. Fixed rate loans from $500 to $10,000 Fixed rate from to Receive cash the same day Receive day Available to active duty military and career retired in all ranks and branches Available to active duty military career retired ranks branches Affordable repayment terms Affordable repayment terms Receive a FREE debit card with immediate access to your money and zero Receive card immediate access to your zero ATM or check cashing fees ATM T c fees Fast, friendly, and, above all, trustworthy service Fast, friendly, and, above all, trustworthy service Apply by matter where you are stationed around Apply online or by phone - no matter where you are stationed around the world world All loans are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee All are by satisfaction guarantee Get the immediate cash you need for your holiday expenses. Get immediate you for your holiday expenses. o Visit, call, or apply online today at MilitaryLoans.com Visit, call, today at MilitaryLoans.com
4 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 7, 2012 EnergyIMCOM commander connects awareness,with leaders in Korea, Japan U.S. Army Installation Management Command “The Korea trip included visits to Garrisons Yongsan, conservation team visits Public Affairs Humphreys, Daegu (including Directorate of Public Works Camps Walker, Carroll, and The completion of an aerial tour George), and Camps Red Cloud The U.S. Army Installation Managementof the Sagami General Depot, Hardy and Casey. While at the garrisons, Command provides Energy Awareness andBarracks and the Sagamihara Family we conducted employee Town Conservation Assessments every three to four yearsHousing Area in Japan on Nov. 24 Hall meetings and took the for each Army installation to increase knowledge ofbrought to an end a trip to the U.S. opportunity to recognize select energy and water conservation.Army Garrisons in Korea and Japan employees for their outstanding An EACA team of contractors will be auditingfor the commander of U.S. Army achievements/performance,” said several facilities on Fort Carson Monday-Installation Management Command. Ferriter. “On Thanksgiving Day, Wednesday. The team will provide an outbrief on Escorted by Pacific Region we had the opportunity to serve the findings and recommendations to the garrisonDirector Debra Zedalis, IMCOM the Thanksgiving meal to and dine commander and directors Thursday.Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Riceand Pacific Region Command Ferriter with the great Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red A training seminar outlining the findings and recommendations is scheduled for Dec. 14 from 9-Sgt. Maj. Karl Schmidt, Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter’s Cloud. We also had the opportunity to visit the 10:30 a.m. for Repair andweeklong visit started in Yongsan, South Korea DMZ and view the Joint Security Area.” Utilities representatives, facilityNov. 19. Ferriter and his team left the land of the managers, buildings energy The primary focus of the commander’s visit Morning Calm in Korea on Nov. 23 and later that monitors, environmental protec-was addressing Ready and Resilience programs; day arrived in Japan, the land of the Rising Sun. tion officers and is open tospecifically, placing emphasis on sponsorship, While in Japan, the group met with Maj. Gen. anyone interested in attending.Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention Michael Harrison, commander of U.S. Army Japan Held at the Foxhole, the seminarProgram, substance abuse, suicide prevention, and and I Corps (Forward), and visited Garrison Torii will educate and motivate indi-Transition, Intramurals and Sponsorship. Station in Okinawa where they toured the 1st viduals on ways to reduce energy It was also important to connect with senior Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, barracks and and water waste on Fort Carsonleaders. During his visit to Korea, Ferriter met with visited Garrison Japan at Camp Zama and toured to help reduce utility costs andGen. James D. Thurman, commander, U.S. Forces the Sagamihara Family Housing Area. achieve its net zero energy and water objectives.Korea and Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, commander, “Overall, it was a great trip. A worthwhile oppor- The Directorate of Public Works is requesting a8th U.S. Army. tunity to meet with the United States Forces Korea, 8th data call to collect contact information for all Fort Throughout the week, Ferriter scheduled lunches Army, and United States Army Japan leadership and Carson facility managers and building energy monitors,with Soldiers, visited numerous IMCOM facilities and address concerns and also an exceptional opportunity to include their name, rank, unit/organizationalmet with the IMCOM workforce whenever possible. to meet with and address the outstanding Soldiers affiliation, building they are assigned to and e-mailHe also participated in such events as a ribbon-cutting serving our country in Korea and Japan,” said addresses. The information is requested by Mondayceremony at the Commiskey Community Activity Ferriter. “What an outstanding group of dedicated and should be e-mailed to Susan Galentine, DPWCenter in Yongsan, the Thanksgiving Day meal at Soldiers we have at these garrisons, and I was public relations, at email@example.com.Camp Red Cloud and a Soldier combative training impressed by the Senior Commander/Garrison Call the DPW at 526-1739 for more informationsession at Camp Humphreys. Commander teams at each of the locations we visited.” about the EACA assessment. Mayor By Steve Bach Mayor, city of Colorado Springs the city of Colorado Springs. You have returned just in time to celebrate the holiday season on American soil. life is extraordinary. What you have accomplished has made us all so very proud. welcomes Welcome home, Soldiers of the 764th Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, We’ve heard about the extremely impressive work you carried out in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. We hope you enjoy this time with your Family and friends. Please know that you are such an important home 71st Ordnance Group (EOD). On behalf of Colorado Springs and To know the vastness of your mission and your achievements including eliminating part of our home here, and you are highly respected for your contributions Soldiers our grateful citizens, I am honored to welcome you home to Fort Carson and and disposing of explosives safely, all while providing protection to human to our community and country. Welcome home and happy holidays.
Dec. 7, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Warhorse Challenge strengthens team Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Connecting with others, building esprit de corps and testing basicknowledge are goals Col. Omar Jones IV commander, 2nd Brigade Combat ,Team, 4th Infantry Division, wanted to reinforce during WarhorseChallenge, Nov. 20. Thirty teams, consisting of 10-15 senior leaders, had seven hours tocomplete 13 challenge points that included a weapon functions test, findinga fault on a vehicle, performing engagement area development, applyinga tourniquet, a communications test and 4th Inf. Div. history questions. “It was good to meet new people and work together to finish the event,”said Capt. Mike Pettengill, operations officer, Headquarters andHeadquarters Company, 204th Brigade Support Battalion. The day wasn’t just about training; time was also set aside for leaders toengage each other and relieve the stress of the daily workload. “It’s the day before a holiday weekend; the staff sergeants have yourSoldiers and will make sure everything is set for tomorrow. Go have funtoday,” said Jones. Leadership from every unit in the brigade mingled and worked togetherto complete the challenge and, in the process, learned about each other. “This kind of team building is good,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ruben Lara,Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion. “Youbuild a bond and some trust. Officers get to see what (noncommissionedofficers) can do and how they work, and vice versa.” Prior to testing on each event, participants received a brief frominstructors to ensure everyone understood the task at hand. “The highlight of the day was the instructors,” said 1st Sgt. Kia Jackson,senior enlisted leader, Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 67th ArmorRegiment. “They informed us, they taught us, and they were well educated.Seeing a Soldier (display that they) know their job is the best thing.” The teams gathered at McKibben Physical Fitness Center for thepresentation of the trophy to the winning team, a buffet-style barbecue and 1st Lt. Clark Burns, assistant operations officer, Headquarters and Headquarterstime to reflect on the day’s events. Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry “These types of events should be held on a regular basis,” said Lara. Division, completes a function check on an M2A1 .50-caliber machine gun during“They are not stressful and they are very motivating.” Warhorse Challenge, Nov. 20.
6 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 7, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationMyBaseGuide mobile smartphone app — provides Dining facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday information about the 86 military installations Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. located in the 50 U.S. states. The main function of the eChristmas meal Thursday 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. application is to provide military personnel with 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. useful information for a smooth relocation. The Wolf Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. MBG App also provides pertinent information and eChristmas meal Thursday 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 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. any of the military installations in U.S. and current Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. and upcoming events. The integrated mapping function will provide turn-by-turn navigation for (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed phones that are GPS capable.Points only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcement LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. training units provide a “home” for Individual Ready 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reserve Soldiers who want to maintain Reserve Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed affiliation. Soldiers considering leaving troop program unit assignment can consider the 6399th/ contractor response to service orders. Hours of Operation 6404th RTU as a short- or long-term option. Benefits • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at include earning retirement points and “good” years; 524-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to Central Issue Facility optional monthly nonpaid drill weekends; continued request latrines, for service or to report damaged Note: CIF will be closed for its annual military training; paid annual training opportunities; or overturned latrines. wall-to-wall inventory Monday-Dec. 21. earning retirement points via correspondence courses; • Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort Carson Emergencies will be handled on an individual and easy transfer to TPUs if desired. Contact Chief Support Services, at 896-0797 or 525-2924 or basis by Catherine Martinez at 524-1888. Warrant Officer 4 Lake Gardner at 720-363-0511 or email email@example.com to request a facility, • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. parking or regulatory traffic sign. 7:30-10:30 a.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is • Initial and partial issues — Monday- Public Works has an incentive program to prevent able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. recyclable waste from going to the landfill. 1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiers • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson for after hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051. • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every Briefings • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held Tuesdays 526-3321. 526-5898 for more information about the program. in building 1430, room 150, from noon to 1 p.m. • Unit issues and turn ins — requireFinance travel processing — All inbound and Soldiers must be private-sergeant first class with a approval, call 526-5512/6477. outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it minimum General Technical Score of 105; be a U.S. Education Center hours of operation — The Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family citizen; score 240 or higher on the Army Physical Mountain Post Training and Education Center, member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay Fitness Test; and pass a Ranger physical. Call 524- building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. 2691 or visit http://www.goarmy.com/ranger.html. • Counselor Support Center — Monday- Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11First Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — is located is held Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of the 1st Brigade Combat Team Headquarters • Army Learning Center — Monday- operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Building at Specker Avenue and Titus Boulevard. Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. office assists Soldiers with room assignments and Class is limited to 50 people on a first-come, first- • Defense Activity for Nontraditional terminations. For more information call 526-9707. served basis. Call 526-5613/5614 for details. Education Support and Army Personnel Testing —Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building of each month at the Family Connection Center from building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA Medical Activity Correspondence Department office active members and those interested in becoming processes to include turning in excess property, hours — The Correspondence (Release of Infor- future SAMC members. The club was originally a reutilizing government property, web-based mation) Office in the Patient Administration Division U.S. Forces Command organization of elite noncom- tools available, special handling of property and hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. missioned officers but is now an Armywide program environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and federal for those who meet the criteria and have proven contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details. themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a board/ email@example.com for receiving/turn in; Mike Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 leadership process. Contact SAMC president Sgt. 1st Welsh at firstname.lastname@example.org for reutilization/web a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., located on the first floor Class Dawna Brown at 526-3983 for information. tools; or Rufus Guillory at email@example.com. of building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. ShipmentDirectorate of Public Works services — DPW is Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays under Full Replacement Value claimants must submit responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for Department of Defense Form 1840R or After Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings Delivery Form 1851 for additionally discovered of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts items to the carrier within 75 days online. Claimants cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 must log into Defense Personal Property System at numbers and points of contact for services: a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department http://www.move.mil and submit the claim within • Facility repair/service orders — Fort of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit nine months directly to the carrier to receive full Carson Support Services service order desk can be personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. replacement value for missing or destroyed items. reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. All other claims should be submitted to the Claims cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held Office within two years of the date of delivery or damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon date of incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric at the education center, building 1117, room 120. Office at 526-1355 for more information. Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness firstname.lastname@example.org when needing trash containers, trash is Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP overflowing or emergency service is required. Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan in building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. powers of attorney or notary services to Soldiers Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ Soldiers must be specialist-staff sergeant from processing through the SRP. Retirees, Family mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. any military occupational specialty, have a members and Soldiers not in the SRP process can • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan general technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army the main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St., email@example.com. Physical Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — physical. Call 524-1461 or visit the website at Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. performs notary services on a walk-in basis from firstname.lastname@example.org. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Holiday change Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Retirement briefing — will be held Wednesday Work Management Branch — The DPW Work @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help from 8 a.m. to noon at the Joel Hefley Management Branch, responsible for processing tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Community Center conference room, 6800 work orders — Facilities Engineering Work Requests, • Base operations contracting officer Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office DA Form 4283 — is be open for processing work representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the orders and other in-person support from 7-11:30 or email email@example.com for questions briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. a.m. Monday-Friday. Afternoon customer support is on snow removal, grounds maintenance and by appointment only, call 526-2900.
Dec. 7, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Veterinarians train Afghan counterparts Story and photo by techniques and diseases of public arose. Thankfully, it worked out that fourth leading producer of poppy in Navy Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup health significance in livestock. The Capt. Basinger was able to provide Afghanistan, which is the No. 1 opium Provincial Reconstruction training also featured a hands-on the training.” producing country in the world. Team Farah physical examination of a live cow that Basinger, a trained veterinarian Currently, several agricultural and helped to reinforce the training provided who works with the 438th MDVS, agribusiness initiatives are being pursued FORWARD OPERATING BASE throughout the class. doesn’t typically teach courses like the between the PRT, the provincial DAIL,FARAH, Afghanistan — Fort Carson “Farah has an agriculturally training held at FOB Farah. In fact, he Manan Matin and other line directorsveterinarians with the 438th Medical based economy and this type of train- was in Farah to complete a food and to help assist with governance andDetachment (Veterinary Services) the-trainer engagement for reps from water vulnerability risk assessment at economic development in Farah.conducted a two-day training program the DAIL’s office is a low-cost way the dining facility when he ran into “We have a great working rela-for eight livestock experts from the for us to provide a real benefit to the Ulrich, who asked for his assistance tionship with the PRT,” said Matin. “It isoffice of the Farah, Afghanistan, community,” said Koym. “In this to train the local population on live- important that we take advantage of theDirector of Agriculture, Irrigation and transition environment, we’re constantly stock issues. training that is being offered so myLivestock. looking for ways to build capacity “On a day-to-day basis, (Staff Sgt. extension agents can share it with the Soldiers from the 438th MDVS, at low cost and this training does Roland Piterechu) and I typically people of Farah. My employees and I are10th Combat Support Hospital, along just that.” work on force health protection issues working hard to bring the best services towith their counterparts from Special Another highlight of the training along with taking care of military Farah for future development.”Operations Task Force West, completed was having veterinarians on hand who working dogs. But, we always try to PRT Farah’s mission is to train,the training program coordinated by typically aren’t a part of the PRT’s jump in where we see a need in order advise and assist Afghan governmentProvincial Reconstruction Team staff, said Koym. to help out.” leaders at the municipal, district andFarah Dec. 1. “During the last PRT rotation, Agricultural initiatives are a priority provincial levels in Farah Province, The training event was coordinated Capt. (Shawn) Basinger ran into our of effort for PRT Farah as the push to Afghanistan. Their civil-military teamby PRT Farah’s U.S. Department of old civil affairs lead, Lt. Col. Anthony further develop licit agribusiness is comprised of members of the Army,Agriculture Field Program Officer, Ulrich, and they talked about providing models attempts to curtail the cultivation Navy, U.S. Department of State andChris Koym, and included training on training to local Afghans in the of poppy and the opium trade within the U.S. Agency for Internationalforages, artificial insemination, slaughter DAIL’s office if the opportunity the province. Farah province is the Development. “In this transition environment, we’re constantly looking for ways to build capacity at low cost and this training does just that.” — Chris Koym Capt. Shawn Basinger, veterinarian, 438th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services), 10th Combat Support Hospital, conducts training with local Afghans from the Farah Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock office in Farah, Afghanistan, Dec. 1. 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8 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 7, 2012 Spc. Adam Walters, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, with his daughter, Haley, 5, and son, David, 8, complete the bent-leg body twist during the “Rolling Thunder” Turkey Trot at Fort Carson’s Iron Horse Park, Nov. 21. ‘Rolling Thunder’ hosts run Story and photos by also get the Families to incorporate their Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch ways of understandings and beliefs, it will 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public help us be more mentally and physically Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division fit for future operations.” Family members jumped at the oppor- Smiling faces, children’s laughter and tunity to spend time with their Soldiers physical readiness training came together before the Thanksgiving weekend. at the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery “My husband invited me out here to Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th the Turkey Trot and we decided to bring Infantry Division, Turkey Trot at Iron the kids,” said Casey Ramm, wife of Horse Park, Nov. 21. Sgt. Drew Ramm, Headquarters and “Rolling Thunder” Soldiers and Family Headquarters Battery, 3rd Bn., 16th FA members participated in stretching, Reg. “It gives me a chance to come in and physical activities and a run or walk meet other spouses and Soldiers.” around Iron Horse Park. Soldiers said they felt the event would “I think it is important for the give their loved ones a better grasp on Families to see what we go through each what they do for physical training. and every morning,” said Command Sgt. “I want to show my significant other Maj. Benito Perez, senior enlisted leader, what we do every morning and give her a 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg. “I just believe it view into why I wake up so early,” said builds the team; I am excited about this Pfc. Taylor Day, HHB. “It’s a huge morale based on all the Family members that lifter … our unit (is) about to go to the are showing up.” field, so spending time with the Families These types of engagements are all is very important.” part of Perez’s plan to strengthen the unit. After completing a couple of lapsSoldiers and Family members of 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, “I have a three-tier plan: Family, leaders around the park or doing some pushups2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, participate in the “Rolling and peers,” said Perez. “If leaders and and pullups, the Families gathered to talkThunder” Turkey Trot at Iron Horse Park, Nov. 21. peers understand what we do, and I can about the day and have breakfast as a team. Turkey Trot Photo by Spc. Nathan Thome Fort Carson Soldiers, Families and friends run through Iron Horse Park than 600 community members participated in the run, which kicked off during the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation at 8 a.m. Each runner’s name was entered into a raffle to receive one of Turkey Trot, a five- and 10-kilometer fun run across post, Nov. 17. More 50 Thanksgiving turkeys.
Dec. 7, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9Heroes set standard during NTC rotation By Spc. Andrew Ingram 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, “When I was a platoon leader, and hopefully again when I become a company commander, my mission was enemy assets presented a unique challenge for even the most experienced of the squadron’s medics who 4th Infantry Division to focus on the tactical side of things, organizing my trained and deployed in support of counterinsurgency Soldiers to engage the enemy,” he said. “As an XO and stability missions, said Johnson. During the “Raider” Brigade’s deployment to the my job is to handle logistics, making sure we have the “I’ve spent my entire career until now as a lineNational Training Center and Fort Irwin, Calif., from equipment we need. For me, our two weeks in the ‘box,’ medic, so I brought that discipline to my team,” saidOct. 17-Nov. 11, three “Ghost” Squadron Soldiers were easier than the weeks leading up to rotation.” Johnson. “Each one of my guys knew exactly whatdistinguished themselves as heroes of the rotation. While Snodgrass set the standard for organization they should be doing at all times. I believe that is why Col. Joel Tyler, commander, 1st Brigade Combat prior to the exercise, Johnson, health care specialist, our medevac mission was so successful.”Team, 4th Infantry Division, presented 1st Lt. Doug HHT, set the standard for maintaining order in the chaos 1st Sgt. Brian Lackey, senior enlisted leader, HHT,Snodgrass, Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Spc. Jeffrey of casualty care and evacuation. largely attributes the medevac mission’s success toRedmond with the Army Commendation Medal, Nov. While in the box, Johnson, and his Soldiers Johnson’s ability to manage his Soldiers and respond21 at Fort Carson. In separate ceremonies, Brig. Gen. evacuated mock casualties from the front lines of the to the squadron’s needs quickly and decisively.Terry Ferrell, commanding general, NTC and Fort battlefield to a forward aid station, where the Ghost “He’s one of those hands-on NCOs who is always aIrwin, and Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding Squadron’s medical personnel provided “lifesaving” part of the planning and the training that goes along withgeneral, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, presented the treatment before passing the casualty on to a more it,” said Lackey. “He puts a lot of individual pride in howtrio with commanders’ coins. permanent field hospital further from “enemy” lines. his team performs, and they did an outstanding job.” “Out of a task force of 4,000 Soldiers, these guys Completing this mission during a force-on-force Redmond, Troop C, 7th Sqdn. 10th Cav. Reg.,were recognized as our rotation heroes,” said Maj. engagement involving large numbers of friendly and proved himself a rotation hero by stepping up whenMichael Schoenfeldt, executive officer, 7th most of his platoon was “wiped out” by anSquadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, 4th “enemy reconnaissance unit,” using hisInf. Div. “That is obviously a very small per- Bradley Fighting Vehicle’s thermal sensors andcentage. I hope others take the time to talk to them M242 Bushmaster chain gun to identify andand learn from them, because they are a great eliminate the threat.example for the Soldiers around them to emulate. “The sun was just coming over the horizon “These Soldiers didn’t go into NTC thinking, which makes identifying targets tricky, but he‘I’m going to be a hero,’” Schoenfeldt said. “A kept getting hit after hit,” said Redmond’shero doesn’t do it for the glory; they do it because platoon leader, 1st Lt. Mark Benson. “Weit makes everyone around them better.” cleared that element before the main body of our The Soldiers were selected as the heroes of forces arrived. Redmond’s actions managed tothe rotation because of their contributions to the keep our movements secret from the ‘enemy.’”overall battle and their commitment to their fields. Redmond attributed his success during the Snodgrass, executive officer, Headquarters engagement to the training he underwent withand Headquarters Troop, arrived at Fort Irwin his unit prior to the rotation.before the rest of his unit and set to work accom- “My whole platoon received the same training,modating the battalion’s logistical needs. and we are all proficient with our vehicles,” he “He set the ground work for the rest of us to said. “I think I was just in the best position tocome in and be successful,” said Capt. Charles do the most damage. I did what I’ve been trainedWilliams, commander, HHT. “He didn’t just set to do, and I think it turned out pretty well.”the conditions for our troop; he set the stage Through their hard work and dedication to thefor the whole battalion.” unit’s mission, the rotation heroes set themselves Snodgrass said he experienced multiple U.S. Army courtesy photo apart from their peers, said Schoenfeldt.challenges before the unit’s main body set foot Col. Joel Tyler, commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry “All of our heroes are junior Soldiers andon California soil, organizing the use of garrison Division, presents the Army Commendation Medal to Spc. Jeffrey leaders,” he said. “They went above and beyondvehicles for the Ghost Battalion and working Redmond, Troop C, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, what is usually expected of someone in theirwith NTC cadre to ensure all of the units Nov. 21 for his outstanding service to his unit during the brigade’s position and proved they could excel. I expectassigned equipment functioned. rotation to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. great things out of these Soldiers.” Having an Open House? Let our readers know! ONLY $30 For more information call 719-329-5236 or email m