Vol. 70 No. 49 Dec. 14, 20124th BCT, 3rd BCT SF 110th MP AT,Home for holidays Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher JelleNearly 350 Soldiers of 3rd and 4th Brigade Combat Teams, 4th Infantry Division, and eight-month deployment highlighted by assisting in developing a Provincial Afghanistan110th Military Police Company, 759th MP Battalion, stand in formation at the Special Response Police Company to assist coalition forces and local nationals. About 100 ofEvents Center, waiting to be released and greet their Families and friends after returning their counterparts returned to Fort Carson in early September. Nearly 3,500 4th BCTfrom a deployment to Afghanistan, Dec. 8. About 150 3rd BCT Soldiers were among the Soldiers have returned since mid-September after spending nine months in easternranks after being one of the first brigades to undertake the Security Force Assistance Afghanistan training and advising Afghan Security Forces, border police and provincialTeam mission in Afghanistan; see story below. Nearly 50 MPs returned after an Afghan uniformed and local police forces. See pages 22-23 for related story.SFAT Soldiers complete mission By Staff Sgt. Christopher Jelle Military Police Company, 759th MP Battalion, also As Kasales and Maddi uncased the flag, it3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, returning from Afghanistan. symbolized a brigade split by opposite sides of the 4th Infantry Division Welcome home ceremonies were held in the world, finally being reunited and made whole. Special Events Center shortly after each plane’s Those in attendance received grateful words The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry arrival. The Soldiers were greeted by cheers and from speakers including Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson,Division, unfurled its flag on Fort Carson again as applause of Families and friends. commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson.331 Soldiers, who deployed to Afghanistan as part of Col. Michael Kasales, commander, 3rd BCT, “We are very proud of all of you,” Anderson said.the Security Force Assistance Teams last spring, who deployed as part of SFAT 1, took center stage “And to all of the Families here, for your service andreturned home, Dec. 8. in front of the formation of returning Soldiers. sacrifice, without your love and support (these After a nine-month deployment, 170 Soldiers Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Maddi, who continued Soldiers) couldn’t go do what they need to do.”returned in the pre-dawn morning while another 161 to lead the brigade element on Fort Carson, joined The Soldiers were released from formation andarrived in the evening, sharing a flight with Soldiers Kasales and the brigade colors, wrapped inside See SFAT on Page 4from the 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div., and the 110th the cloth sheath. Message board INSIDE Happy holidays The next issue of the Mountaineer will be printed Jan. 11. Submissions are due by Jan. 4. Page 12 Page 17 Page 15
2 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Holidays require IMCOM leaders planning, vigilance send greetings Col. David L. GrossoFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: Rick EmertEditor: Devin Fisher By Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson By Lt. Gen. Mike FerriterStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland Commanding general, Commanding general, U.S. ArmyHappenings: Nel Lampe 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Installation Management CommandSports writer: Walt Johnson and Over the coming weeks Command Sgt. Maj. Earl RiceLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall many Soldiers and their Families IMCOM senior enlisted leader will travel to various destinations This commercial enterprise newspaper is around the country to share this It’s been immortalized in carols as “the mostan authorized publication for members of theDepartment of Defense. 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Dec. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Alguire receives IMCOM Stalwart AwardChisholm runner-up Grosso also commended Chisholm for his achievement. By Susan C. Galentine “Rod Chisholm is one of the best Directorate of Public Works civilians I have ever worked with in my public relations career. As runner-up for the Stalwart Award he is an outstanding example for The Army’s Installation Management the rest of the workforce.”Command honored Hal Alguire, Fort Alguire, a 1978 West Point engineeringCarson’s director of Public Works, with the graduate, served as the DPW directorCentral Region Stalwart Award for 2011 at while on active duty from 2002-2004 andan awards dinner Dec. 5 in San Antonio. again after retiring, when the position The award is presented to a Soldier or was converted to a civilian slot in 2007.civilian employee from each IMCOM During his time as civilian directorregion who stands out as a model leader of the DPW, Alguire has led the physicaland exemplifies the spirit of IMCOM’s transformation of Fort Carson from amission and vision. supporting installation into the expedi- Roderick Chisholm, deputy garrison tionary home of the 4th Infantrycommander, Fort Carson, was selected as Division in a few short years.the Central Region runner-up for his Through his leadership and drive, Fortaccomplishments while serving as the Carson now leads the Army in sustainabledeputy garrison commander and director development and infrastructure. This isof Public Works at Fort Hood, Texas. evidenced by Fort Carson currently “Hal Alguire is richly deserving of having the most U.S. Green Buildingthe IMCOM Stalwart Award with all he Council Leadership in Engineering andhas done for Fort Carson during a time Environmental Design certified buildingsof constant transition and growth,” said in the federal government.Col. David Grosso, garrison commander. Achievements noted in his nomination“He has shown time and again how included championing Fort Carson’scommitted he is to improving the environ- triple Net Zero initiatives for energy,ment where Soldiers and Families live water and waste. With his support, the Photo by Tim Hippsand work. He is a dedicated professional Army Compatible Use Buffer Program Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, left, commanding general, U.S. Army Installationwho always goes the extra mile to ensure See Stalwart on Page 4 Management Command, presents Hal Alguire, Fort Carson director of Publicthe mission is accomplished. Works, with the IMCOM Central Region Stalwart Award Dec. 5 in San Antonio. 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. 14, 2012SFAT Stalwar t Additionally, his team completed a sustainable renovation of the DPW’s building 1219, which is thefrom Page 1 from Page 3 first major LEED Gold standard renovation project in the Army.the bleachers quickly emptied as loved was substantially completed; ensuring Fort Carson can In September 2011, Alguire volunteered to deployones rushed forward. Soldiers greeted their sustain training for years to come. for three months to Afghanistan as part of a Mobilespouses, children, parents and siblings with Under his management, numerous local initiatives Training Team to coach, mentor and train Basewarm embraces. have been successfully completed, including the Operating Support personnel at seven Forward “(I’m) super excited and just really glad,” development of a Fort Carson Resiliency Campus, Operating Bases.said Michelle Kleinsorge, spouse of Staff wellness facilities and one-way street transformations In his nomination, Chisholm is credited withSgt. Michael Kleinsorge, Headquarters and that alleviate traffic congestion and provide better identifying and nominating 36 best practices forHeadquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field facilities for the community. He was a major part of sharing across the U.S. Army InstallationArtillery Regiment, 3rd BCT. Michelle Kleinsorge, groundbreaking a new rod and gun club by spearheading Management Command, many of which were adoptedpregnant with twins and due in less than three a partnership with the El Paso County Sheriff ’s fully or in part by other installations, including theweeks, said even though this deployment was Department and other private sector organizations, Fort Hood Civilian Leadership Developmentonly nine months long, it felt longer because the resulting in only limited resourcing by the garrison. Program: the Mock Billing Program; and the Fort HoodSoldiers did not take leave normally given during Orientation of New Employees Program. He served asdeployments lasting a full year. the deployment director for the Executive Quality The 3rd BCT was one of the first brigades to Council, which identified a financial benefit of $5.7undertake the SFAT mission in Afghanistan, million supported by Lean Six Sigma methodology.which began in April. Their primary mission In fiscal 2011, he managed the obligation ofwas to partner with various Afghan National more than $550 million in direct and reimbursableSecurity Forces in order to directly advise and funding. Chisholm led a contract review boardassist them in daily operations and routines. process resulting in 93 contracts being awarded to The Soldiers were divided into 12-18 man meet installation requirements while netting a costteams, each assigned to a single Afghan unit. The benefit of $3.8 million, according to the nomination.teams shared complexes and working areas with Chisholm championed the garrison’s effort to developtheir counterparts, interacting with them during and implement the Fort Hood Strategic Plan 2020 —both duty and nonduty hours. the integrated III Corps and Fort Hood Strategic According to Kasales, this kind of partner- Plan consisted of 73 garrison supporting objectivesship was unique and helped to facilitate the which seamlessly incorporated 60 approved metricstrust and accomplishments between the ANSF from the Installation Management Campaign Plan,and U.S. forces. the nomination states. “We were really the first guys doing this Chisholm was instrumental in the success of thekind of (mission) and with that we were able Fort Hood Civilian Leadership Developmentto provide a much greater level of detail and Program, a formal system to develop future leadersunderstanding,” said Kasales. and supervisors across the installation. The training Michael Kleinsorge said he deployed with a includes high-performance leadership techniquesteam to the Zabul Province region of Afghanistan and specific training on the Installation Managementto partner with the Afghan National Police and Campaign Plan lines of effort and keys to success.teach them how to act and perform as medics. He is also credited for revising the Garrison “This was a purely advisory mission,” Awards Program to properly recognize distinctiveKleinsorge said. “(My team) advised, we assisted, achievements, superior performance and dedicatedwe mentored; we made it happen.” Photo by Tim Hipps service for both military and civilian employees. With the 3rd BCT’s SFAT mission complete, Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, left, commanding general, U.S. Army “My compliments to Rod and Hal for thesethey leave the friends they have made in the Installation Management Command, poses for a photo prestigious accomplishments and their tremendousANSF more capable and confident and pave with Rod Chisholm, deputy garrison commander, at the years of service to Soldiers, Families, civilians andthe way for a more secure Afghanistan. IMCOM Stalwart Awards dinner in Sant Antonio Dec. 5. the nation,” Grosso said. Interactive Customer Evaluation Ambassadors Commended for Exceptional Service — are selected from personnel who exemplify the spirit of keeping Fort Carson the “Best Home Town in the Army” with superior customer service to our Soldiers, Family members, civilian employees and retirees. Plans, Analysis and Integration Office they do. Recently, one customer, who brought his veteran father in for a replacement ID card, Whether in the Army, a Family member or a was so impressed with how the team treatedDepartment of Defense civilian employee, an them, he hand carried the ICE comment cardimportant item to have is an identification card. directly to garrison headquarters.Without it, people will not be able to use the It read: “Arrived at 1600 hrs with 84 yearExchange or commissary or even log into a old multi-service and multi-war veteran withgovernment work computer. 100% service connected disability. Chief Good customer service is important at the ID Michael Pierson and staffers Randy, Joe andCard section and here at Fort Carson, the Denise were nice enough to stay until 1700 tosection strives to provide good service. But take care of an old veteran! Great attitudes.with a lot of customers to serve, it can be a Great service attitudes shown by all in helpingchallenge to keep everyone satisfied. get an old veteran his ID; he is very thankful.” “For us, customers not having the right What he didn’t note was that he arrived justdocumentation can be the biggest challenge. as the section was closing. The staff stayed late toWe make sure that when they come back, they accommodate this veteran.are expedited. Most of the customers are good “Our staff works in a truly professionalabout that, but some aren’t happy,” said Denise manner,” said Pierson. “It’s critical for our cus-Ellis, Fort Carson ID Card section. “We try to tomers, especially with medical benefits. We workhelp them when we can, but we have regulations with other agencies to make sure that our Soldierswe have to work by. Many people think that we and Families get those benefits they are entitledcan skirt those regs, but we can’t and that’s to through (Defense Enrollment Eligibility Fort Carson ID Card Sectionwhen they get upset.” Reporting System) and by issuing them their ID From left, Joe Russell, Denise Ellis, When the staff can make the extra effort, cards. Our customers are our No. 1 priority.” Michael Pierson and Randall Kennedy The ICE system is available for customers to rate service they receive by highlighting superior Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, DEERS Office, the Soldier Family Assistance Center or service or making suggestions to improve services. It can be accessed at http://ice.disa.mil/ Balfour Beatty’s Joel Hefley Community Center; or by depositing an ICE card at one of the index.cfm?fa=site&site(underscore)id=437; through kiosks at Army Community Service, the many boxes located around post.
6 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationMyBaseGuide mobile smartphone app — provides Stack Wolf Warfighter LaRochelle - 10th SFG(A) information about the 86 military installations Dec. 14 Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. located in the 50 U.S. states. The main function of the 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. application is to provide military personnel with Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed useful information for a smooth relocation. The Dec. 15- Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Closed MBG App also provides pertinent information and 16 Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. utility for the duration of the servicemembers’ stay at Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. any of the military installations in U.S. and current Dec. 17- Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. and upcoming events. The integrated mapping 20 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: Closed function will provide turn-by-turn navigation for Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Closed eDec. 18 Christmas meal Dinner: Closed phones that are GPS capable. Dinner: ClosedPoints only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcement Dec. 21 Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Closed Closed training units provide a “home” for Individual Ready 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: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Closed affiliation. Soldiers considering leaving troop Dec. 22- Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Closed program unit assignment can consider the 6399th/ 25 Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 6404th RTU as a short- or long-term option. Benefits Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. include earning retirement points and “good” years; Dec. 26- Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Closed Closed optional monthly nonpaid drill weekends; continued 28 Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. military training; paid annual training opportunities; Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. earning retirement points via correspondence courses; Dec. 29- Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Closed Closed and easy transfer to TPUs if desired. Contact Chief Jan. 1 Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Warrant Officer 4 Lake Gardner at 720-363-0511 or Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. email@example.com for more information. Jan. 2-3 Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of 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. Public Works has an incentive program to prevent Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards Jan. 4 Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson 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. Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every Jan. 5-6 Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Closed participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 526-5898 for more information about the program. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Finance travel processing — All inbound and Jan. 7-10 Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it 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. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. firstname.lastname@example.org. are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30First Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — is located Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. office assists Soldiers with room assignments and • Base operations contracting officer Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. terminations. For more information call 526-9707. representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are heldSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson or email email@example.com for questions the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday on snow removal, grounds maintenance and at the education center, building 1117, room 120. of each month at the Family Connection Center from contractor response to service orders. Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. active members and those interested in becoming 524-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in future SAMC members. The club was originally a request latrines, for service or to report damaged building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. U.S. Forces Command organization of elite noncom- or overturned latrines. Soldiers must be specialist-staff sergeant from any missioned officers but is now an Armywide program • Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort Carson military occupational specialty, have a general for those who meet the criteria and have proven Support Services, at 896-0797 or 525-2924 or technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a board/ email email@example.com to request a facility, 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and leadership process. Contact SAMC president Sgt. 1st parking or regulatory traffic sign. pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or visit Class Dawna Brown at 526-3983 for information. The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is the website at http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort 1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiers Hours of Operation Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number Central Issue Facility of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and for after hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051. Note: CIF will be closed for its annual cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone wall-to-wall inventory through Dec. 21. numbers and points of contact for services: Briefings Emergencies will be handled on an individual • Facility repair/service orders — Fort 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held Tuesdays basis by Catherine Martinez at 524-1888. Carson Support Services service order desk can be in building 1430, room 150, from noon to 1 p.m. • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- Soldiers must be private-sergeant first class with a 7:30-10:30 a.m. cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, minimum General Technical Score of 105; be a U.S. • Initial and partial issues — Monday- damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. citizen; score 240 or higher on the Army Physical Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric Fitness Test; and pass a Ranger physical. Call 524- • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. 2691 or visit http://www.goarmy.com/ranger.html. Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org when needing trash containers, trash is Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — overflowing or emergency service is required. is held Jan. 15-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans’ Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan Chapel. Class is limited to 50 people on a first-come, • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ first-served basis. Call 526-5613/5614 for details. 526-3321. mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency • Unit issues and turn ins — require • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in approval, call 526-5512/6477. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from Education Center hours of operation — The email@example.com. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA Mountain Post Training and Education Center, • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — processes to include turning in excess property, building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email reutilizing government property, web-based tools • Counselor Support Center — Monday- available, special handling of property and Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, a.m. to 4:30 p.m.BOSS meetings are held the first contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. • Army Learning Center — Monday-and third Thursday of each month firstname.lastname@example.org for receiving/turn in; Mike Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. 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8 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012Display confronts drunken driving Story and photos by Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry take it to heart before the next time they get behind the Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch Division, during a crash display on Fort Carson, Dec. 6. wheel,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Reaume, brigade provost 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Local first responders and volunteers of the Front marshal office, Headquarters and Headquarters Office, 4th Infantry Division Range community re-created a deadly accident, Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd BCT. which claimed the lives of three former “Have a designated driver and use it. Don’t shy away Mangled metal that used to be an automobile, “Roughriders” two years ago, using actual crash site from it; use the tools that are out there for you.”gruesome photos and in-depth testimonies grabbed photos and the remnants of the vehicle. Approximately 250 Soldiers from thethe attention of Soldiers from 204th Brigade Support “We want Soldiers to look at the crash display and Roughrider Battalion passed through the four stations around the “accident site” and received classes that highlighted statistics about drunken driving, the consequences of getting behind the wheel with a high blood alcohol content and different ways to get home after a night of drinking. “I want the Soldiers to know they are idolized in the community, and if they make good choices people will see that,” said Nichole Carpenter, a volunteer with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “I want Soldiers to stay safe; they fight every day for our freedom and we want to make sure they get home safe.” Pfc. Tradis Kamara took the information to heart. “It’s a reality that as many as one out of three people on the road have some type of intoxication,” said Kamara, human resource specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 204th BSB. “Whether you are drinking or not, something could occur because of someone else’s irresponsibility. No one wakes up and says, ‘Today I want to be pinned between the wheel and the seat in an accident.’” Participants also said they appreciated the class and thought it would bring Soldiers together. “I think very highly of the command for putting on the class,” Kamara said. “I hope it triggersStaff Sgt. Samantha Brenneman, mortuary affairs specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 204th something in the other Soldiers, with the commandBrigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, left, points out damages on a car used in taking awareness to another level and bringing morea crash display to Pvt. Shameika Horton, Sgt. Alfredo Montero and Pvt. Darin Stevens, Dec. 6. camaraderie to the unit.” Complimentary 2013 First Lease Payment Paid by Lexus up to $700/mo. Lease CONTACTS GLASSES $499/ 36 mo. HAVE YOU BEEN CHECKED RECENTLY? Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM 4331 Centennial Blvd. 4319 Integrity Center Point 1813 North Circle Drive 1130 Lake Plaza Drive Garden of the Gods & Centennial NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Circle & Constitution Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) 635-2020 634-2020 632-2020 578-2020 2012 $323/ 36 mo. Lease $2,999 Due at Signing* Optical Concessionaire at the Exchange for: Ft. Carson 576-5151 Air Force Academy 472-0524 Peterson AFB 574-5252 604 Auto Heights | 719-385-0111 | kunilexusofcoloradosprings.com Tricare & Medicare Providers Exams as young as 6 months of age
Dec. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9Soldiers prepare for financial audit By Spc. Nathan Thome contract support, OASA (FM&C). such as auditors and suppliers, can place Thomas said he plans to help his 4th Infantry Division In 1990, the Chief Financial Officers trust in those financial statements. Soldiers and other supply NCOs in Public Affairs Office Act required all financial agencies to “This class is meant to help the his unit get their property books and have audited financial statements. Army, but it’s improving the abilities supplies in order. To help Fort Carson prepare for its “According to the CFOA, the of our Soldiers as well,” said Staff “I know what to expect, and we’refirst financial statement audit in 22 DOD needs to improve (its) financial Sgt. Aaron Thomas, unit supply non- going to get our equipment straight,”years, representatives from the Office of statements,” said Regis Canny, trainer, commissioned officer, 62nd Ordnance Thomas said. “We’re going to do thethe Assistant Secretary of the Army contract support, OASA (FM&C). Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance right thing and get everything on the(Financial Management and Comp- “When the new secretary of defense, Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance books, so we can pass this audit andtroller) taught unit supply Soldiers to (Leon Panetta), came in last year, he Group (EOD). improve the Army’s standing.”track and identify property, Dec. 6-7. said that this will be fixed.” Unit supply Soldiers are responsible Instructors said what they taught The representatives taught an Canny said if personnel are doing for the general upkeep and maintenance the Soldiers would prepare them forExistence and Completeness Real internal controls connected with their of Army supplies and equipment, their first financial statement audit.Property Audit Readiness course to jobs, they are going to produce great coordinating supply activity and making “Hopefully through this training, thenearly 100 unit supply noncommis- data, which allows the Army to better changes to unit property books. Soldiers will be able to identify some ofsioned officers from across post. The support the warfighters. “I believe this class is important the things they have already identifiedinstruction covered an overview of audit “The data allows for better decision to Soldiers, but especially unit supply on their own, such as deficiencies, andreadiness, including internal control, making, and ensures Congress that Soldiers, because it’s teaching us that go back and try to correct those prior totracking supplies, identifying deficiencies what they are asking for is justified, the equipment we have is vital to the the site teams or independent auditorand correcting inconsistencies. because the numbers support it and we larger Army, and not just to our unit,” coming out,” said An-lih Tung, trainer, “The Department of Defense had represent to the taxpayer that the Army said Thomas. “We’re the guys on the contract support, OASA (FM&C).never been through a financial statement needs it,” Canny said. ground making it happen, the subject For more information about Armyaudit, so we’re here to get them up to Producing certified financial state- matter experts who can get the audit readiness, including onlinespeed to help them pass the audit coming ments ensures the right rules are being Soldiers what they need to get the training courses, visit https://www.us.in 2017,” said Shannon Jones, trainer, followed and that external individuals, mission done.” army.mil/suite/page/auditready. Todd Edmands M.S. in Systems Engineering Learn more at: I wanted an CPS.Regis.edu/beinﬂuential ADVANCED DEGREE to move up the CAREER LADDER. BE INFLUENTIAL. CHANGE YOUR Todd uses his Regis degree to lead by example. He shows young kids how WORLD to build inﬂuence, even with LEGO® robotics. How will you be inﬂuential? The School of Computer & Information Sciences in Regis University’s College for Professional Studies offers 4 undergraduate A SCHOOL OF and 6 graduate degrees that immerse students in the latest technologies INFLUENCE and software. Students beneﬁt from our state-of-the-art learning environments, experienced faculty and strong industry relationships. 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 CPS.Regis.edu/beinfluential | 800.392.7984 | > CLASSES START JANUARY 7
10 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012Comprehensive fitnessSoldiers improve strength, resiliency By Spc. Nathan Thome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office be resilient, leaders focused on ways they would be able to teach their Soldiers. Sgt. 1st Class Walter Douglas, battalion fire direction control noncommissioned officer, 3rd Battalion, 29th “We want the first line leaders, the ones at the Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, More than 120 unit leaders from across post Soldier level dealing with the Soldiers, to be able to 4th Infantry Division. “I’ve learned to further engage theattended a Master Resiliency Training course to learn teach them; that’s where they get their credibility,” Soldiers themselves, to find out what they are thinking.”additional skills to help Soldiers, Nov. 30-Friday at said Ballard. “The more we are able to mentor Douglas said helping his Soldiers relieves histhe 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Soldiers, the more we are able to be resilient, to chain of command from concentrating on himself,Headquarters. overcome adversity and find the strength to carry us his Soldiers, his area of responsibility, and allows Taught by a mobile training team from through those difficult times.” them to concentrate on the overall picture.Washington, D.C., the course covered the five dimen- The program not only applies to Soldiers, but During the course, some of the leaders reflectedsions of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness also to Family members and Department of the on what it meant to be resilient.and the five pillars of resiliency the Soldiers need to Army civilians. “I’ve learned that Soldiers have a lot of thingsknow to promote strength and fitness. “We teach everybody who is a part of the Army going on, just like I do, and I need to be more aware “CSF2 is a training program that makes our Army Family, because this is a program that can help make of it and more involved in my Soldiers’ lives,” saidstronger,” said Master Sgt. Michael Ballard, CSF2 non- them stronger,” said Ballard. “This is a skill they can 2nd Lt. Shauna Geier, battalion supply officer incommissioned officer, Headquarters, Department of the apply to make their lives better.” charge, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd BCT.Army. “There are five dimensions to the human being, During the two-week course, leaders learned During the second week of the master resiliencyaccording to the World Health Organization, which are skills that not only applied to teaching their Soldiers, course, leaders developed classes and practiced teachingspiritual, physical, emotional, Family and social.” but to their own lives as well. the course to ensure their understanding of the material. Ballard said the Army recognizing the five “This class has taught me how to better problem Once they completed the course, the leadersdimensions signifies its understanding that Soldiers solve, to look deeper into the heart of the matter,” said went back to their respective units and prepared toare more than just physical, and uses teach their Soldiers and pass on thethis program to improve the other knowledge they acquired.four aspects. “This training gives us the skills Some Soldiers developed to make ourselves and our Soldiersmetaphors for resiliency and CSF2 better and stronger,” said Geier. “Weto draw connections between the try to build resilience skills, andbody and military equipment. through teaching this, we’re showing “You can look at CSF2 the same the Soldiers that we care about themway you look at a vehicle. When like our leaders care about us. Weyou get a vehicle, you have to do become an extra avenue to go throughpreventative maintenance checks and when they need someone to talk to.”services,” said Sgt. 1st Class GabrielCamacho, detachment sergeant, 2ndMedical Detachment (Forward Chang Ko, assistant primarySurgical), 10th Combat Support instructor, Comprehensive SoldierHospital. “You have to do the same and Family Fitness Prep, Fort Bliss,thing for your mind; we spend so Texas, reviews study materialmuch time making sure we’re with leaders from units across Fortphysically fit, but what about the Carson during a Master Resiliencybrain; the drive train for that body, we Training course at the 1st Brigadedon’t really do mental fitness.” Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, After learning what it means to Headquarters, Dec. 11. By Spc. Robert Holland The roar of the helicopter’s engines For the first time, medics from 3rd Medics train 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division intensified as it descended and touched down next to the group. The doors opened and the three crewmembers Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, cross-trained with the FCFES and a flight team from with civilian stepped out onto the ground at an Memorial Star, an organization based A group of Soldiers and Fort FCFES training facility. out of Colorado Springs that provides Carson Fire and Emergency Services “Soldiers, let me introduce you to the only emergency medical air personnel looked up in the clear blue the Memorial Star Flight team,” said evacuation service in southernmedevac crew autumn sky after spotting the faint outline of a helicopter on the horizon, Nov. 20. Justin Schliske, training and safety chief, FCFES. “Now let’s get this training started.” Colorado, according to Schliske. 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Dec. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11‘King of Hill’ crowns top squad Story and photo by “It took a lot of work at the company Cpl. William Smith and battalion level,” Nelson said. “We 4th Infantry Division Public pulled in all of our best platoon Affairs Office sergeants and platoon leaders to come up with an evaluation of their platoons, “Operation King of the Hill” tested and of our company.combat readiness and raised esprit de “The goal of the operation was tocorps for Soldiers of Forward Support determine who the best squad in ourCompany, 52nd Engineer Battalion, company is, and to practice and evaluatewith a competitive, physical and mental our fundamentals for what we haveatmosphere to determine the unit’s top trained on,” Nelson said.squad, Dec. 6. The competition also helped The team of Sgt. Daniel Craft, Soldiers focus what direction theirsquad leader; Sgt. Alvin Smith and training would take.Spc. Nathan Tobin, fuelers; and Spcs. “Mentally we are pushing ourselvesAndrew Gilroy, Martin Colon and by training on Thursdays at the platoonThomas Ignacio, truck drivers; earned level on weapons assembly and dis-bragging rights as the best of the best. assembly, land navigation, combat The operation evaluated the basic lifesaver, and how to fill a radio,” saidSoldier skills and training completed Spc. Damian Mericka, Forward Supportduring the last quarter, said 1st Lt. Victor Company. “At some point, everyH. Nelson, company executive officer. platoon has worked through all of these Spc. Damian Mericka, left, shows Sgt. Dustin Threadgill, both with Forward Support modules to prepare them for this. Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, where they are on the map, during the land “Every Friday we do ruck navigation portion of the top squad competition, “Operation King of the Hill.” marches as a company,” Mericka“The benefits trickle said. “We started out at four to compete against the others is a lot long days, but the connectivity that down and the cohesion miles, then eight miles, and then we did 12 miles. We are physi- of fun,” Nelson said. “All the squads have given great feedback so far and happens when you do stuff and prepare for obstacles like these helps keep the that everyone experiences cally pushing ourselves to meet these kinds of standards.” have enjoyed competing against each other.” morale high for when those days come when we won’t get out of work until is going to be a huge The competitive atmosphere brought some excitement to what While the training may be strenuous, it has brought them closer together. 7 p.m. or later.” The winners also get something a take away.” could have been another standard training exercise, Nelson said. “The benefits trickle down and the cohesion that everyone experiences is little more substantial: “The top squad is competing for an impact Army — Spc. Damian Mericka “Getting a little competition going to be a huge take away,” Mericka Achievement Medal, a four-day pass and getting each of the squads said. “Training is hard and it makes for and bragging rights,” said Nelson. DON’T JUST SIT ME IN ANOTHER DESK. S ANOTH DESK HER TEACH ME TO STAN OUT M STAND OUT. ND At CTU we know the sacriﬁces you make. Your education shouldn’t be one of those sacriﬁces. We offer support designed speciﬁcally for current and veteran Army personnel and their families. Visit our Admissions Advisor every Thursday at the Education Center Visit our Admissions Advisor every Thursday at the Education Center Call 877.906.6555 Visit coloradotech.edu /military or Text MILITARY to 94576 for more info * Not all credits eligible to transfer. See the university’s catalog regarding CTU’s transfer credit policies. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student ﬁnancial obligations and more at www.coloradotech.edu/disclosures. Not all programs are available to residents of all states. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. 88-31810 0304353 07/12
12 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012Operation Happy HolidaysSoldiers spread holiday cheer Story and photos by marching approximately two miles on the Fountain “These Soldiers already give us so much,” Spc. Andrew Ingram Creek Trail through America the Beautiful Park and Rohlena said. “It is a testament to the character 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs then on to the Marian House. of the Raider Brigade that they would give so much Office, 4th Infantry Division “When we walked up, seeing the smiles on to the people of this community, in addition to all everyone’s faces was really a highlight for me,” said of the things they do here in the U.S. and overseas.” Cheers greeted nearly 500 “Raider” Brigade Spc. Tifani Scales, Headquarters andSoldiers and Family members as they approached Headquarters Company, 1st BCT.the Marian House in downtown Colorado Springs “It is important to give back toDec. 7, their rucksacks filled with canned goods, toys the community.”and winter necessities. The Raider Soldiers brought so Adorned with holiday inspired hats, tinsel and many clothes and other goods to theChristmas lights, Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Marian House, the donations spilledTeam, 4th Infantry Division, carried the donated off the tables set up in the parking lot.items to the soup kitchen to share with the city’s Scales said taking part in theless-fortunate citizens during the third annual event reminded her of previousOperation Happy Holidays. experiences working with charities “Marian House is our kind of place because it is before she joined the Army.all about service, and that is what we do in the United “I used to do events like this allStates Army,” Col. Joel Tyler, commander, 1st BCT, the time back home,” she said. “It4th Inf. Div., told the crowd of Soldiers and Colorado can get really emotional, but it isSprings residents gathered at the Marian House. “This important to remember where youis our opportunity to give back to the community that came from. Right now I’m doinggives so much to us.” pretty well, so I would like to keep Raiders began the morning at Dorchester Park, helping out those who aren’t.”where Soldiers packed items collected in the weeks Many Soldiers helped citizensleading up to the event, into their rucksacks, while sift through the donations to findholiday music resonated from portable speakers to specific clothing sizes, food itemsset the tone in the cold morning air, and remind or toys for small children.Soldiers of the tradition of selfless service during “This really helps out,” saidthe holiday season. Carlos Fisher, a community member At the park, Tyler thanked the Soldiers for who attended the event. “I’vevolunteering their time and donating their possessions never seen anything like this. I wishto a worthy cause. these Soldiers the best and a very “Our service in the Army is about our fellow merry Christmas.”citizens,” he said. “Today is the greatest opportunity we The charity shown by thehave to show the greater Colorado Springs community Raider Soldiers could help manythat we are all about serving them. I’m very proud of Families make it through the winter, Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,you Raiders. Thank all of you so much for coming said Mark Rohlena, president and prepare donated food, blankets, clothing and toys to be handed out toout today.” CEO of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs’ less fortunate at the Marian House during Operation The Soldiers departed Dorchester Park on foot, Colorado Springs. Happy Holidays, Dec. 7. Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4thInfantry Division, carry donated food, blankets,clothing and toysthrough America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs before distributing them to some of the city’s less fortunate at the Marian House, during Operation Happy Holidays, Dec. 7.
Dec. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 13Former ‘Silver Lion’ receives Purple Heart Story and photo by Resources Command) approved it,” Spc. Robert Holland Ryan O’Connor said.3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas R.Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Maddi, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., along with Maj. Jason Taliaferro, executive GREENWOOD VILLAGE — A officer, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jamesformer Soldier, now a police officer, C. Walker, both of 1st Bn., 68th Armorwas awarded the Purple Heart in a Reg. were in attendance to honor theceremony held at the municipal offices former “Silver Lion.”in Greenwood Village, a suburb of “It has taken over six years, butDenver, Nov. 15. Ryan is deserving of this award.” Ryan O’Connor, who served in 1st Walker said. “It is also an honor for meBattalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd to be the member of the Silver LionsBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry team to present this to him, no matterDivision, received the Purple Heart for how long it has taken.”injuries he sustained while deployed to Ryan O’Connor’s awards andDiyala Province, Iraq, in support of decorations also include the ArmyOperation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. Commendation Medal with Valor, Army The Purple Heart is the oldest, and Commendation Medal, National Defenseone of the most respected, military Col. Richard B. O’Connor, defense coordinating officer, Federal Emergency Management Service Medal, Global War on Terrorismmedals within the United States Armed Agency Region VIII, U.S. Northern Command, presents the Purple Heart to his son, Ryan Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal,Forces. An estimated 2 million have O’Connor, former Soldier of the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Servicebeen awarded since World War I to Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during a ceremony Nov. 15 at the Greenwood Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.servicemembers who have been Village municipal offices. Now a police officer, Ryan O’Connor earned the award while “Today closes the chapter, in mywounded or killed in action against deployed to Diyala Province, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom six years earlier. opinion, of my son’s service to the Armyenemies of the United States. and his nation,” Richard O’Connor O’Connor’s father, Col. Richard B. scout and attended one station unit defense coordinating officer, FEMA said. “I think it is an honor for a dad notO’Connor, defense coordinating officer, training at Fort Knox, Ky. Upon graduat- Region VIII, USNORTHCOM. only to have a son who has done soFederal Emergency Management ing, he was assigned to and deployed Rowells noted that during the same well, but to serve with him in combat,Agency Region VIII, U.S. Northern with the 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg. deployment Ryan O’Connor earned the and to see him now on the streets ofCommand, who was deployed to Iraq “While serving with his unit in Iraq, Purple Heart when his vehicle was hit Denver and Greenwood Village, takingat the same time as his son, officially Ryan was awarded the Army by an improvised explosive device. that level of maturity, experience andpresented the Purple Heart. Commendation Medal with Valor for Ryan O’Connor’s former leaders skill he learned, and taking care of the “I knew he was in a tough area and engaging the enemy during an ambush, from 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., worked to citizens of Greenwood Village.”it was going to be a tough fight, and I ensuring the safety of his fellow ensure he received the award he deserved. Ryan O’Connor said he was proudwas nervous,” Richard O’Connor said. Soldiers and inflicting heavy casualties “My old platoon leader made to be able to share the moment with his Ryan O’Connor enlisted in the U.S. on the insurgent force,” said ceremony awesome strides and got the sworn new band of brothers and sisters — theArmy in the fall of 2004 as a cavalry emcee Lt. Col. Michael Rowells, deputy statements and (the U.S. Army Human Greenwood Village Police Department. Experience a Warmer and More Personal Approach to Your Cosmetic Surgical Needs Dr. Raskin specializes in FREE COSMETIC CONSULTATION Douglas J. Raskin, M.D., D.M.D Harvard, Stanford and Baylor Trained Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery MEMBER Active Member American Society of Plastic Surgeons AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PLASTIC SURGEONS, INC. 578-9988 559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 209 home.pcisys.net/~djr email: firstname.lastname@example.org Conveniently located Downtown Colorado Springs MILITARY DISCOUNTS SHIN SA DONG KOREAN RESTAURANT We have delicious foods with the best prices! We always have 8 or more side dishes that come with every food for FREE! 10% Military Discount* We make tasty foods such as:3845 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80909 638-2695
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Dec. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 15 Members of the Mesa Ridge High School Navy Junior ROTC prepare to retire the colors as audience members stand at attention during the 71st Anniversary Pearl Harbor Observance at Memorial Park, Dec. 7. Story and photos by to honor the 71st anniversary of “It’s with great awe that I thinkGenerations Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff Justin Seyfarth clutched the bombings at Pearl Harbor. Also present at the ceremony was 99-year-old Jim Downing — a retired Navy lieutenant and about that line of connection.” Representatives from each service attended the ceremony, which was sponsored by the Navy League come the staff of the U.S. flag, marching Pearl Harbor survivor. of the United States. Navy Capt. in slow, deliberate steps as “The memory and importance Mike Flynn, Marine Corps Col. Glen members of the Colorado Springs of Pearl Harbor is fading,” Downing Butler and Coast Guard Rear Adm. community gathered at Veterans said. “(The cadets) do a good Linda Fagan each laid wreaths at Memorial in Memorial Park, job. I’m sure they’ll be future the base of the naval memorial together to Dec. 7. Seyfarth, a junior at Mesa Ridge High School and lieutenant in the school’s Navy Junior ROTC, rehearsed alongside leaders themselves.” Downing attended the ceremony alongside his sons, Don Downing and Joe Downing. “We can’t forget the past,” said as the 4th Infantry Division Band played the Navy hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.” Adelino Valentin Jr., an Air Force veteran, attended the ceremony, remember his comrades, perfecting each movement and cadence. “It’s a really important day,” he said. “I’m happy to come here Don Downing, adding that he’s attended numerous remembrance ceremonies with his father. “We have to make sure people in the lingering in the background as the event began. “I try to come every year,” he said. “My mom was 18 when shePearl Harbor and honor these men.” military are always on alert so watched the bombing of Pearl Seyfarth and the other teenage we’re not surprised again.” Harbor. She figured it was an Army cadets were among the youngest in a “It’s important to honor the exercise. … She drove to an overlook lineage of servicemembers gathered men who died at Pearl Harbor and saw the harbor. A policeman and since so we remember their told her, ‘No, ma’am. This isn’t an sacrifice,” Joe Downing said. exercise. You have to go home.’” Navy Rear Adm. Thomas Bond A Hawaii native born four years Jr., director of command and control after the attack, Valentin described systems, North American Aerospace the images his mother saw — Defense Command and U.S. planes flying close overhead, Northern Command, delivered the smoke billowing. keynote speech, emphasizing the “She’s told me so many times,” importance of military preparedness. he said. “It’s just as difficult today to As the ceremony drew to a close, anticipate those surprises as it Spc. Robert Fleig, a bugler for the was then,” he said, listing Saddam 4th Inf. Div. Band, played taps. Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in After the final mournful notes 1990, the attacks on the U.S. on faded, Seyforth and the cadets retired 9/11 and the newest threats to the colors as the older veterans cybersecurity as examples. “We stood at attention, some with don’t want (any) surprises.” hands over their hearts. Bond also stressed the “It’s that moment that dawns importance of legacy, remarking on you — the importance of it all,” on the connection all said Chief Petty Officer Austin servicemembers share. Steward, a junior in the Navy JROTC “It is an honor to be with those at Mesa Ridge High School. who served,” he said, addressing “In a few years it will be usSpc. Robert Fleig plays taps after a moment of silence during a Pearl Harbor Observance, the numerous veterans from World fighting for our country,” SeyfarthDec. 7, at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs. Fleig and the 4th Infantry Division Band War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf said. “We’re only in high school,participated in the event, which marked the 71st anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor. wars who attended the ceremony. but we still feel connected to them.”
Dec. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 17CancersurvivorjoinsWCAPranks Story and photos by Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff Before Monday morning’s roll call,Soldiers with the World Class AthleteProgram fell into formation. Amongthem, propped up on crutches and dressedin his own Army Combat Uniform,stood 10-year-old Benjamin Smith. As Capt. Scott Christie, commander,WCAP, called roll, he bellowedBenjamin’s name. “Here,” said Benjamin, a freckledfifth-grader from Pueblo. For as long as he can remember,Benjamin said he has wanted tojoin the military. “I like that you get to fight for thecountry,” he said, adding that he wantedto work in weapons repairs. Above: Sgt. Jerrad Monday, Benjamin’s wish came partly true when WCAP Soldiers Fields, World Classinducted him into the ranks. For an entire day, Benjamin worked out Athlete Program,with the athletes, got an official Soldier’s haircut and traveled to the inspects BenjaminOlympic Training Center for a private tour. Smith’s prosthetic leg “It’s a special way for the WCAP family to give back to those before the two preparewho are deserving,” said Christie. “I think the military is perfectly to work out, Monday.geared to give back to a young man in this situation.” Benjamin, 10, had his After formation, Soldiers asked the newest and youngest recruit questions. left foot and part of his What’s your favorite sport? Football. leg amputated in July What’s your favorite team? The Broncos. due to bone cancer. What bothers you the most? Fields lost his left leg “The fact that I don’t have a real left foot,” said Benjamin. in 2005 in Baghdad, In July, doctors amputated Benjamin’s left foot and part of his leg after his vehiclein an attempt to cordon the cancer growing in the bones of his ankle. hit an improvised “We noticed the bump on his ankle about a year ago,” said Krystal explosive device.Smith, Benjamin’s mother. “We called him ‘Freak Feet’ because itlooked like he had two ankle bones. But it didn’t bother him. It didn’thurt and it never got bigger.” Smith took Benjamin to a doctor who assured her it was a ganglioncyst and posed no threat. In April, Benjamin bumped the growth, triggering substantial swelling. Smith said doctors removed the growth and had it biopsied. A fewdays later, doctors informed her of the cancer. “They told me this was a cyst. But they said this is a type of cancerthat mimics cysts,” she said. Doctors posed two options to Benjamin and his mother: they coulduse radiation therapy on his left foot, stopping the cancer as well as thegrowth of his foot; or they could amputate. Benjamin chose amputation. “They told us if they radiate the left ankle, it would stop the growthof the plates and he’d have brittle bones,” Smith said. “They would alsohave to radiate the right foot so his feet would be the same size, but Left: Benjamin Smith,he’d always be at risk of breaking his ankles and having no use of practices footwork withhis feet. Benjamin decided amputation was the best route.” World Class Athlete “I was scared,” said Benjamin. “I was flipping out because I didn’t Program Soldiers,know what was going to happen.” Monday. Benjamin, 10, Smith said after the surgery, her rambunctious 10-year-old became had his left footdepressed and struggled in physical therapy. amputated in July after doctors diagnosed See WCAP on Page 18 him with bone cancer.
18 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012General announcements opportunities. Donations may be dropped off at the store during normal business hours or at theInclement weather procedures for Gate 19 — The recycling center located near the main exchange. Directorate of Emergency Services operates Gate 19 IMCOM recruits — Installation Management Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Command is currently recruiting junior and regardless of inclement weather or road conditions mid-level employees to participate in a along Essayons Road, which is an unimproved road. Developmental Assignment Program. DAP is Essayons Road is also used to access several ranges designed to support functional and leadership and training areas, so the road remains open during training, which is one of the essential pillars of all conditions. In order to notify the motorists of the the HQ, IMCOM Campaign Plan LOE 3. Eligible actual road conditions, two “Downrange Road applicants are IMCOM appropriated-fund Conditions” status signs are now located along employees (GS7-GS13) and nonappropriated fund Butts and Essayons roads showing whether road employees (NF-5 and below, in positions comparable conditions are green, amber or red. One sign is at to GS7 through GS13). The DAP is based on a the intersection of Butts Road and Airfield Road, systematic plan specializing in developmental facing north, and the other is on Essayons Road assignments through various functional areas for just inside Gate 19, facing inbound traffic. a period of up to 60 days. The program providesClinic name changes — Two of the Family medicine multifunctional training and assignments to clinics are in the process of changing names. Iron strengthen the experience of employees and prepare Horse Family Medicine Clinic (located on the them for broader responsibilities, improve second floor of Evans Army Community Hospital) organizational communication, and develop well- is changing its name to Warrior Family Medicine rounded personnel. Applications can be obtained by Clinic. Evans Family Medicine Clinic (located on contacting your organization’s training coordinator the second floor of the Woods Soldier Family Care or the Workforce Development Program. Clinic) is changing its name to Iron Horse Family UCCS scholarships — The University of Colorado Medicine Clinic. These are only name changes. Colorado Springs will offer scholarships for Beneficiaries will continue to see assigned primary past and current servicemembers interested in care manager/team in their regular clinic location. pursuing degrees in science, technology,Automated medical referral — A new automated engineering or mathematics. Contact Jennifer reminder system is now in place for medical Fisher at 719-255-3460 for more information. Visit referrals. Beneficiaries who are referred to a http://finaidse.uccs.edu/scholgate.shtml to apply. civilian specialist in the network will receive a EFMP — The Exceptional Family Member phone call from the Colorado Springs Military Program at Evans Army Community Hospital Health System. The call will remind patients to has new hours of operation Monday-Thursday make an appointment. If a patient has already made from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Overseas screenings Jimenez at 719-226-2850 for more information. an appointment, an option will allow him to report will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. TRICARE online access — TRICARE patients that information. There is also an option to cancel The EFMP office is located in the Pfc. Eric P. will no longer be able to access online the referral. Unless acted upon, these reminders Woods Soldier Family Care Center, Pediatric accounts with MHS/iAS username and will recur at 20, 60 and 120 days. Call 524-2637 Clinic lobby, Room 2103. Contact the EFMP password. Users must either use a registered for more information on the automated call system. Department at 526-7805 for more information, Department of Defense Common Access Card orThrift shop accepts credit cards — The Fort Carson Car wash construction — In an effort to improve its register for a DOD Self-Service Logon. Visit: Thrift Shop is now accepting debit and credit cards. services, the Mountain Post Car Wash is undergoing www.dmdc.osd.mil/identitymanagement. Patients The shop, located in building 305, is open Tuesday- construction to upgrade an automatic bay to an may also receive personal assistance in creating Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Gail express wash. The facility remains open 24-hours an account by visiting the TRICARE Service Olson at 526-5966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for business and the staff will do its best to accom- Center at Evans Army Community Hospital for more information or to learn about volunteer modate customers during construction. Contact Mike or Veterans Affairs Regional Office.WCAP Believing he was attending favorite military weapons, video therapy session shortly after his injury.from Page 17 yet another doctor’s visit, games and how to adjust to a new He now runs the 100- and 200-meter Benjamin and his mother drove to life with a prosthetic. sprints and performs the long jump. “Before, he was outgoing and Fort Carson. To his surprise, he was “I do everything the same way,” Fields led Benjamin through amotivated,” she said. “Now, there’s greeted by Christie and Sgt. Jerrad said Fields, who had his left leg series of exercises, forcing him offa lot of ‘I can’ts.’” Fields, WCAP Soldier and fellow amputated after his vehicle hit an of his crutches. Knowing her son needed left-leg amputee. improvised explosive device in In the WCAP weight room,encouragement, Smith arranged a “This is your home for today,” Baghdad, in 2005. “Once you figure Benjamin hobbled to the differentvisit with WCAP Soldiers through said Christie addressing Benjamin. out the ins and outs of your leg, exercise stations, performing eachfriends that worked at Fort Carson. “This is your unit. Today, you’re you’ll be fine.” to the best of his ability. 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22 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012 Dec. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 23 ‘Mountain Warriors’ return to Carson By Sgt. Beth Raney Throughout the short ceremony, the 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Families scanned the ranks to spot their Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Soldier in the formation of nearly 200 standing in front of them. After the Families screamed and cheered as uncasing, prayer, speech and singing Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, were done, the order of “dismissed” was 4th Infantry Division, marched into given. Families and Soldiers alike rushed the Fort Carson Special Events Center, past one another to find their loved ones. Dec. 9, led by Col. James J. Mingus The words “I missed you,” and “I’m glad and Command Sgt. Maj. Danny Day. you’re home,” couldn’t be avoided as The return of the brigade commander hugs and kisses filled the crowded room. and command sergeant major from After greeting their friends and Afghanistan marks the end of mission Families, the Soldiers claimed their for the 4th BCT, with a few Soldiers bags and headed to their cars, ready remaining to make the journey home. to enjoy the freedom they worked so The brigade’s 3,500 Soldiers spent diligently to protect. nine months in the eastern Afghan Prior to leaving Afghanistan, provinces of Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar, a ceremony was held on Forward Laghman (N2KL) and Kapisa training Operating Base Fenty, Jalalabad and advising more than 30,000 Afghan City, Nangarhar Province, to National Security Forces in three Afghan officially transfer control of security National Army brigades, Zone 1 of the operations in the N2KL area to Afghan Border Police, and provincial the 201st ANA Corps. Afghan uniformed and local police forces. During his remarks to the assembled To mark the official return of the Afghan and American dignitaries at “Mountain Warrior” Brigade to Fort the ceremony, held Dec. 5, Maj. Gen. Carson, 4th BCT leaders uncased the William C. Mayville, commander, brigade colors during the welcome Regional Command East, credited the home ceremony. The 704th Brigade Afghan National Security Forces for Support Battalion and the 2nd Battalion, securing the region. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Jelle 12th Infantry Regiment, also uncased In RC East, 94 percent of security Above: Col. James J. their colors during the ceremony. operations are being unilaterally Mingus, left, and The other four battalions had already conducted by Afghan National Security Command Sgt. returned home and uncased their Forces on any given day, Mayville said. Maj. Danny Day, colors at previous ceremonies. Five The brigade began redeploying commander and senior wounded warriors rejoined the ranks in mid-September, with the last of enlisted leader of the alongside their fellow Soldiers. the Warriors returning Tuesday. 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, complete the uncasing of the brigade colors at a welcome home ceremony at the Fort Carson Special Events Center, Dec. 9.Photo by Sgt. Beth RaneyAbove: Soldierswalk through thelines of PatriotGuard riders afterdeplaning at theColorado Springs Left: Staff Sgt.Airport, Dec. 9. Daniel Wenger, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, reunites Right: Five with his daughter wounded warriors during a welcome rejoin the ranks home ceremony, with their fellow Nov. 20, at the Fort Soldiers at a Carson Special welcome home Events Center. Photo by Sgt. Beth Raney ceremony at the Fort Carson Family and friends erupt in cheers as 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Soldiers enter the Special Special Events Events Center Nov. 20. Center, Dec. 9.Layout by Jeanne Mazerall Photo by Sgt. Beth Raney Photo by Sgt. Beth Raney
Dec. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 27Uncovering the real miracle of Hanukkah Commentary by following year these days were appointed a festival.” that gives rise to the lighting of the Hanukkah lamp, Chap. (Lt. Col.) Howard Fields Why two versions? The Books of Macabees, adding one candle for each night, until on the eighth Rear Detachment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, written closer to the time of the military victory, night it is fully ablaze with light. Rabbi David 4th Infantry Division describe the Jewish people as independent, living Hartman offers a powerful insight into this miracle under their own sovereign rule. They tell the story of when he questions why we celebrate Hanukkah for A rabbi once said, “The obligation of lighting a a civil war between Jews who wanted to be more like eight days. If there was enough oil to light the lampHanukkah lamp is a very well loved obligation and the Greeks with whom they lived, and those Jews, for one day, then there is no miracle on that first day.one needs to be very careful to do it in order to like the Macabees, who resisted assimilation. So Hanukkah ought to be a seven day holiday. Butproclaim the miracle and to add praise to God and The Macabees were we celebrate eight days.gratitude for the miracles God did for us.” ultimately the victors, Clearly there must be What is the miracle we are supposed to winning a guerrilla war another miracle here, whichpublicize? Actually, it depends on which source against the forces of includes that first day. Foryou consult. If you look at the Books of Maccabees, assimilation and the Hartman, the miracle wasn’tbooks that are not part of the Hebrew Bible, the Greek-Syrian army that the oil lasted anmiracle is the military victory of the Maccabees that supported them. additional seven days, butover the Greek-Syrian army. Why is Hanukkah eight But by the time of rather that those ancestors litdays then? According to these Books of Maccabees, the Talmud, the the first wick at all, withouteither because it is a delayed celebration of Sukkot independent state of being certain that the light(the harvest festival) or because the Hasmoneans the Jews had been would last long enough toentered the Temple with eight iron spears which destroyed and any complete the rededicationthey covered with wood and lit for eight days. hint of military victory of the temple. The miracle If, on the other hand, you read the Talmud, you would have been was that they took the chance,discover, “On the 25th of Kislev commence the seditious and dangerous. a risk, a leap of faith. Theydays of Hanukkah which are eight ... For when the For the rabbis of the took the first step even thoughGreeks entered the Temple, they defiled all the oil Talmud, the hero was they were not sure they hadin the Temple and when the Hasmonean dynasty God, not the Maccabees, enough resources to succeed.prevailed against and defeated them, they searched and Hanukkah became a spiritual What is the real miracle of Hanukkah?and found only one cruse of oil with the seal of the victory, not a military one. It is the miracle of human courage that empowersHigh Priest, but it contained sufficient oil for only Finally, there is the most famous us to take risks for the future, even in ourone day’s lighting. Yet a miracle occurred there, and miracle of all: the little cruse of oil that imperfect, uncertain world. It is the courage, eventhey kindled (light) for eight days because of it. The burned for eight days. It is this miracle in the darkest of times, to create our own light.Chapel briefsFacebook: Search “Fort Carson Chaplains (Religious Support Office)” for the latest Chapel Schedule events and schedules. ROMAN CATHOLICIntimate Allies 2 — “Growing Close, Growing Day Time Service Chapel Location Contact Person Strong, The Science and Theology of Successful Saturday 4-45 p.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 Loving Relationships,” will be presented Feb. 16 Sunday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Sunday 9 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 Chapel. The couples’ workshop will be facilitated Sunday 10:30 a.m. Religious education Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458 Sunday 10:30 a.m. RCIA Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458 by Ken Robinson, Army Community Service Sunday 11 a.m. Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Nwatawali/526-7347 Family Advocacy Program specialist. Registration Mon-Fri 11:45 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Cecilia Croft/526-5769 Mon-Thurs noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Nwatawali/526-7347 deadline is Jan. 31. Contact Pat Treacy at 524- 2458 or email email@example.com. PROTESTANT Friday 4:30 p.m. Intercessory prayer, Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316Military Council of Catholic Women meets Bible Study Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Healer Evans Army Hospital Chap. Gee/526-7386 Memorial Chapel. For information call Sunday 9 a.m. Communion Service Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Landon/526-2803 Sunday 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744 526-5769 or visit “Fort Carson Military Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Heidi McAllister/526-5744 Council of Catholic Women” on Facebook. Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group for Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Ursula Pittman/503-1104 Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel NeXt Veterans Magrath & Titus Chap. Palmer/526-3888 men 18 and older, meets the second and fourth Sunday 2:30-4:30p.m. Youth ministry Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744 Tuesday of the month at Soldiers’ Memorial Tuesday 9:30 a.m. PWOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316 Chapel. Call 526-5769 for more information.Protestant Women of the Chapel meets Tuesday JEWISH Fort Carson does not offer Jewish services on post. Contact Chap. (Lt. Col.) Fields at 503-4090/4099 for Jewish service and study information from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Free child care is available. Email ISLAMIC SERVICES firstname.lastname@example.org or visit PWOC Fort Carson Fort Carson does not offer Islamic services on post. Contact the Islamic Society at 2125 N. Chestnut, 632-3364 for information. on Facebook for details.Deployed Spouses Group meets for fellowship, (FORT CARSON OPEN CIRCLE) WICCA food and spiritual guidance Wednesday at Sunday 1 p.m. Provider Chapel, Building 1350, Barkeley and Ellis email@example.com 5 p.m. at Soldiers’ COLORADO WARRIORS SWEAT LODGE Memorial Chapel Meets once or twice monthly and upon special request. Contact Michael Hackwith or Wendy Chunn-Hackwith at 285-5240 for information. Fellowship Hall. Call Cecilia Croft at 526-5769 for moreinformation.Latter Day Saints Soldiers: Weekly Institute Class (Bible study) is Wednesday members and friends who are suicide survivors, Spanish Bible Study meets at Soldiers’ Memorial at 7 p.m. at Soldiers’ meets the second Tuesday of each month from Chapel Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact Staff Sgt. Memorial Chapel. Call 719- 6:30-8 p.m. at the Fallen Heroes Family Center, Jose Varga at 719-287-2016 for details. 266-0283 or 719-649-1671 building 6215, 6990 Mekong St. The group Jewish Lunch and Learn with Chap. (Lt. Col.) for more information. is open to members of all branches of service. Howard Fields takes place Wednesday fromHeartbeat, a support group Contact Richard Stites at 719-598-6576 or Cheryl noon to 1 p.m. at Provider Chapel. For more for battle buddies, Family Sims at 719-304-9815 for more information. information, call 526-8263. Has someone in your organization recently received kudos? Contact Mountaineer staff at 526-4144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012Police blotterAWOL or desertion crimes The following crimes were committed on the Fort Carson installation Nov.1-30. DWAI, DUID or excessive 30 — servicemembers for assault or menacing. 1 — servicemember was cited alcohol content. were cited for 10 — civilians were cited for for desertion. 9 — servicemembers were traffic violations. assault or menacing.13 — servicemembers were cited cited for traffic accident, 10 — civilians were cited for 4 — servicemembers were for AWOL. damage to government or traffic violations. cited for spouse abuse or private property. domestic violence.Motor vehicle crimes 4 — civilians were cited for Drug and alcohol crimes 6 — civilians were cited for 7 — servicemembers were cited for traffic accident, damage to (not including motor vehicles) domestic violence. careless or reckless driving. government or private property. 5 — servicemembers were cited 2 — servicemembers were cited 1 — civilian was cited for careless 10 — servicemembers were for controlled substance for weapons violations. or reckless driving. cited for traffic accident, violations, marijuana or 4 — servicemembers were15 — servicemembers were cited injury/destruction of property. paraphernalia. cited for larceny, theft or for DUI, DWAI, DUID or 2 — civilians were cited for traffic 2 — civilians were cited for con- shoplifting. excessive alcohol content. accident, injury/destruction trolled substance violations, 12 – civilians were cited for 8 — civilians were cited for DUI, of property. marijuana or paraphernalia. larceny, theft or shoplifting. 1 — servicemember was cited 1 — servicemember was cited for controlled substance for wrongful destruction violations, synthetic or criminal mischief. cannibanoids/spice. 1 — civilian was cited for 1 — civilian was cited for wrongful damaging or open container. criminal mischief. 1 — civilian was cited for 1 — civilian was cited for underage drinking. burglary, criminal trespass 1 — servicemember was cited or unlawful entry. for use of other drugs. 9 — servicemembers were cited for other crimes. Miscellaneous crimes 6 — civilians were cited for 9 — servicemembers were cited other crimes.Courts-Martial Maj. Christopher P. Garbarino, Headquarters during an Oct. 2 special court-martial. He The following are the results of cases tried on Fort Carson from Sept. 26-Dec. 3. specifications of possession of child pornographyand Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field was sentenced to reduction to private, total during a Nov. 20 general court-martial. He wasArtillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th forfeitures of all pay and allowances, nine sentenced to reduction to private, 23 monthsInfantry Division, was convicted by an officer months confinement and a bad conduct discharge. confinement and a bad conduct discharge.panel, contrary to his pleas, of drunk and disorderly Spc. Benjamin Moore, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., Pfc. Moises Reyes, Headquarters andconduct in violation of Article 134 of the Uniform 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., was convicted, contrary to his Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg.,Code of Military Justice during a Sept. 26 general pleas, by a military judge alone, of two specifications 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., was convicted, consistentcourt-martial. He was sentenced to a letter of of possessing child pornography in violation of with his pleas, of nine specifications of wrongfulreprimand, forfeiture of $4,640 pay per month Article 134 of the UCMJ during an Oct. 30 general appropriation and larceny in violation offor six months and 30 days confinement. court-martial. He was sentenced to reduction to Article 121 of the UCMJ and one specification Pvt. Dedric Lowe Sr., HHB, 3rd Bn., 16th FA private, total forfeitures of all pay and allowances, of housebreaking with intent to download andReg., 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., was found guilty by two years confinement and a bad conduct discharge. view child pornography in violation of Articlea military judge alone, contrary to his pleas, of Pfc. Jason A. Price, Headquarters and 130 of the UCMJ. During a Nov. 27 general court-one specification of desertion with intent to avoid Headquarters Company, Warrior Transition martial, he was sentenced to a reduction to private,hazardous duty and, in accordance with his pleas, Battalion, was convicted, consistent with his pleas, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances, nineof one specification of AWOL. During a Nov. 16 of one specification of involuntary manslaughter months confinement and a bad conduct discharge.special court-martial he was sentenced to forfeiture in violation of Article 119 of the UCMJ during a Staff Sgt. Hammie Ragin, Headquarters andof $994 pay for nine months, nine months Nov. 5 general court-martial. He was sentenced Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troopsconfinement and a bad conduct discharge. to reduction to private, total forfeiture of all pay Battalion, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., was convicted, by Pfc. Mathew Brown, Company A, 1st Bn., and allowances, 10 years confinement and a a military judge alone, pursuant to his pleas, of67th Armor Reg., 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., was found dishonorable discharge. two specifications of desertion during a Dec. 3 generalguilty by a military judge alone, in accordance with Sgt. Tyrone Kirk, Forward Support Company, 4th court-martial. He was sentenced to reduction tohis pleas, of two specifications of desertion and two Engineer Battalion, was found guilty by a military private, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances,specifications of AWOL terminated by apprehension, judge alone, in accordance with his pleas, of five 22 months confinement and a bad conduct discharge. 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Dec. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 29 “Iron Eagles” defenders from 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, put pressure on the quarterback of the “Regulators” from 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during the 2012 intramural championship game Dec. 6. Photo by Walt Johnson By Walt Johnson As the championship game began on found Troy Banks in the end zone for a ‘Iron Mountaineer staff The “Iron Eagles” captured the 2012 Fort Carson intramural football a cold, crisp night, the atmosphere at the Fort Carson football complex could not have been more alive. Both teams were confident they were up to the task touchdown and the Iron Eagles added a two-point conversion when Michael Oldham caught a pass from Morris to increase the lead to 14-6.Eagles’ championship by defeating “Regulators,” 20-14, Dec. 6. The tournament featured the top 12 teams in a single-elimination format. of bringing home a championship. It didn’t take either team long to show it was going to be a classic matchup. Midway through the first half, the The Regulators tied the game at 14 on the next series. With a little over three minutes remaining, Stan Benion scored on a 6-yard run and Tre Rollins was claim The eighth-seeded Iron Eagles of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, had to win four games to reach the championship, including Regulators’ Anthony Lewis picked off a pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown, giving the Regulators a 6-0 lead. The Iron Eagles came right successful on the two-point conversion. The Iron Eagles wasted little time, marching down the field for the go-ahead touchdown as Morris threw a 6-yard post upsets of the No. 1 seed Wolfpack and the fourth-seeded Lava Monsters. The fourth-seeded Regulators from 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. back with a touchdown of their own as James Gallup was on the receiving end of a pass from quarterback Danavon Morris to tie the game. The first half ended with the score tied and set the stage for what touchdown pass to Stefan Branham with about a minute and a half left on the clock. The Regulators began a drive to get the tying touchdown and possibly the winning extra point but after three title Div., earned a trip to the title match with victories over the Warriors and the seventh-seeded Panthers. would be as exciting a half of football as any seen here in recent memory. Early in the second half, Morris offensive plays, Iron Eagle defender Quarterrio Lilly intercepted a pass to clinch the championship for the Iron Eagles.Mountaineer Sports Feature Trojans triumph Fountain-Fort Carson Trojans boy’s basketball Greg Williams, left, talks to his team after it defeated Pueblo South High School Dec. 7 at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. The Trojans boys basketball team is off to a fast start this year, winning four of its first five games. The team is currently playing in the Fairview Festival in Denver where it defeated Denver North Monday, 61-38, and played Broomfield High School Wednesday. The Trojans play Friday with the opponent and time dependent on the outcome of the game against Broomfield. The Trojans will begin play after the holiday break when it hosts Regis Jesuit Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. Photo by Walt Johnson
30 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012On the BenchDFMWR hosts Jingle Bell Run By Walt Johnson Eagles Jan. 25 and then the Rampart Rams Jan. 29. Call 526-4102 for more information. Mountaineer staff Both games are at 7 p.m. Fort Carson’s Thunder Alley Bowling Center The Fort Carson Youth Sports Division offers has special events on tap in December. The Directorate of Family and Morale, a winter wrestling program Jan. 7-March 2. The monthly No Tap event will be held SundayWelfare and Recreation Sports and Fitness Registration closes Jan. 4. Parents can register at 1 p.m. Tuesday is 50s Night with 50 cent games,Division staff will host the annual Jingle Bell children ages 6-15 at Parent Central at 1518 shoes and hot dogs. Wednesday is Family NightRun Friday at 8 a.m. Prussman Blvd. or at http://www.webtrac.mwr. with $1 games for Family bowlers. Friday is Cosmic The event is a fun run that begins and ends at army.mil/webtrac/carsoncyms.html. Bowl, which offers individual games or $12 forIron Horse Sports and Fitness Center. Registration A current physical is required to participate. the entire evening. Saturday, an afternoon Cosmicis not required to compete in the run, according For more information contact Tyneika Williams Bowl is offered and people can win cash duringto DFMWR officials. Participants just need to at 526-4425. the Color Pin event that evening. Sunday is Familyshow up at the facility prior to the 8 a.m. start time. The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club sponsors Pizza Bowl, where $7 gets two games of bowling, The event is free for post patrons and its third annual Mountain Post Bowl Jan. 26 at two slices of pizza and a drink.features a five-kilometer run and walk. Officials the Mountain Post football complex. Call 526-4201 for more information.said there will be many Family-based activities. The tournament will be a one-day, three-game Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center The Denver Cutthroats, an affiliate of the minimum event featuring 20 teams. The teams can offers a variety of certification workshops inColorado Avalanche, offer discount tickets consist of military and civilian players, both men the coming months.for a Heroes Night program Friday at the and women. Prizes will be awarded to first- and There will be two workshops offered inDenver Coliseum. second-place teams and the champion will be December — indoor cycling Saturday and a Tickets, normally priced at $28, are $8 for awarded a trophy that will be on display at the Fuzecraze class Sunday.servicemembers and law enforcement personnel division headquarters, according to club officials. A practical yoga workshop is Jan. 26 and a seniorand their Family and friends. Call 720-258-3608 Portions of the proceeds for the tournament will fitness class is Jan. 27. A military fitness specialistfor more information. be used to support the Fort Carson community. certification course will be offered March 1-3. The Fountain-Fort Carson Trojans’ For more information call 201-401-1378, email The courses are held in conjunction with thegirls basketball team began their season as Gilbert Guzman at email@example.com or Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Forroad warriors. Dawna Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org, or more information contact the Iron Horse Sports The Lady Trojans have played five games in contact a battalion SAMC representative by Jan. 10. and Fitness Center staff at 526-2706.Pueblo and Grand Junction and will continue their The Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club Christmasearly season road campaign as they traveled to New Sale is under way.Mexico for a tournament that began Thursday and All merchandise purchases of at least $25, toconcludes Saturday. The Lady Trojans’ first home include special orders, will receive a coupon forgame is Jan. 8 against the Harrison High School 5-30 percent off the purchase, according to golfLady Panthers at 7 p.m. The Lady Trojans will be course officials. There will also be special dealson the road again before hosting the Pine Creek on trail fees, annual fees and punch-card purchases. Photo by Walt Johnson Fans of week Photo by Walt Johnson Paige Pugh, left, and Jessica Wells, 4th Combat Hoops fest Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, brave the chilly temperatures Dec. 6 to watch their unit The 2012-13 intramural post basketball season got under way Monday night at Iron Horse Sports and capture the 2012 intramural football championship. Fitness Center with a preseason tournament scheduled to conclude Thursday. The regular season begins The two supported their team during every the first week of January. game this season.
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32 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012 Dec. 14, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 33 One of U.S. top travel destinations The oldest church in the United States is in Santa Fe. The Mission of St. Miguel was built in 1610. By Nel Lampe Mountaineer staff A short vacation for a change of scenery is always a good thing. People who have a few days off might want to visit Santa Fe, just a five-plus- hour drive south on Interstate 25, in northern New Mexico. Listed as one of the top 10 U.S. cities to visit by Conde Nast Traveler for the past 20 years, the city appears as number five on Travel+Leisure Magazine’s list and is on dozens of other newspaper and magazine lists of top cities. At more than 7,000 feet elevation, it’s the highest state capitol in the U.S. (a good trivia question), although it’s just the fourth largest city in New Mexico. It’s not a large town — only about 70,000 people, but Santa Fe has more than its share of museums, Photo by Nel Lampe restaurants, art galleries, Photo by Richard Khanlian/Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau street art and attractions and The historic plaza, the heart of Santa Fe, is decorated for the holiday season. St. Francis Cathedral was built in 1886 of called luminarias, are is an interesting city. People are drawn to Santa Fe for its cultural history, building, in an adobe color. A visit to Santa Fe can feel like a visit to another country. Just the Facts French design for Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy, whose statue is in front. Although not in adobe lights made of paper sacks half-filled with architecture, dining, music and ambiance. style, the cathedral’s color allows it to look at sand that glow when Santa Fe has a different look than most One of the nation’s oldest cities, Santa Fe • TRAVEL TIME — 5 + hours home among the traditional adobe buildings. a lit candle is stuck American cities of similar size. There are no was established in 1609 but the area had been • FOR AGES — anyone The Loretto Chapel was built in 1873 as a in the sand. skyscrapers. Buildings are rarely more than three occupied by various Native American groups chapel for the Sisters of Loretto. When the chapel Dining is a draw or four stories high and are usually in shades of for hundreds of years. • TYPE — historic town was almost complete, it was realized that there for visitors as well. tan. Since 1957, new buildings in historic areas Santa Fe is laid out around a plaza, which was no way to reach the choir loft and no room New Mexican cuisine is are required to be built in Spanish territorial or is the heart of the city. Streets are in a radiating • FUN FACTOR — ★★★★★ for stairs. The sisters prayed for an answer to the popular and available at many restaurants, but Photo by Nel Lampe The “miracle staircase” in pueblo-style. Roofs are usually flat and buildings grid,and narrow. The plaza is a park-like (Out of 5 stars) dilemma. A stranger arrived and offered to build French, Italian and American cuisine is readily Loretta Chapel was built have an adobe-style finish, including shopping area where ceremonies and festivities take place. a staircase, using a saw, hammer and a T-square. available, and so is fast food, burgers, pizza, steaks by a mysterious stranger, centers, fast-food establishments and the New Citizens and visitors alike stroll the paths, sit on • WALLET DAMAGE — varies The “miracle” circular stairs were completed, and sushi. There are delis, coffee shops, bakeries according to legend. Mexico Capitol, which is a round three-story benches and people watch. The town’s Christmas $ = Less than $20 with two 360-degree turns and no support. The and the Five and Dime, which dishes up chili/Frito tree stands in the plaza. Food $$ = $21 to $40 carpenter went on his way without collecting a fee. pie served in the bag. Or, buy a burrito or other and jewelry vendors are All three churches may be visited. authentic food from vendors at the plaza. sometimes on sidewalks $$$ = $41 to $60 Santa Fe has dozens of art galleries and many Lodging in Santa Fe includes numerous bordering the plaza. $$$$ = $61 to $80 examples of street art. Canyon Road is heart of chain motels, many of them located along Parking is very limited (BASED ON A FAMILY OF FOUR) the art scene, with more than 100 art galleries. Cerrillos Road, a short drive from the plaza. near the plaza, at meters Just a few blocks from downtown Santa Fe, Canyon Other lodging choices are historic and luxury that are for one-two hours; Road features a variety of galleries, many of them hotels — many of them in the downtown area — have quarters handy. Once Other museums in the downtown area include housed in 100 to 200 year old adobe buildings. bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds. Visit parked, the downtown area the Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave., 505- Canyon Road is the site of the Christmas http://santafe.org and click on “accommodations.” Santa Fe buildings is easily accessed. 476-5072; Palace of the Governors, 105 W, Eve Farolito Walk, beginning at dusk. Hundreds To reach budget motel chains on Cerrillos are traditionally On the north side of Palace Ave.,505-476-5100; New Mexico History of farolitos glow along the road. Farolitos are Road, take Exit 278 from Interstate 25. decorated with the plaza is the Palace of the Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., 505-476-5200; lined up along rooftops of hotels and businesses To visit Santa Fe, take Interstate 25 south farolitos or luminarias Governors, built in 1609. For Museum of New Mexico, 116 Lincoln Ave, in downtown Santa Fe. Farolitos, sometimes for 330 miles. during the holidays. hundreds of years the building 505-982-6366; and the Museum of Contemporary housed New Mexico’s territorial Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, 888-922-4242. government and has been in Museum Hill, a few blocks southeast of continuous public use longer downtown has four museums: Museum of than any other building in Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, the nation. Native American Santa Fe, 505-476-1250; Wheelwright Museum artisans sell their wares every of the American Indian, 704 Camino Lejo, day in front of the Palace of 505-982-4636; Museum of International Folk Art, the Governors. The artisans 706 Camino Lejo, 575-476-1200; and the Museum are in place from 9 a.m. to of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo, 5 p.m., taking cash or credit 505-982-2226. Nearby is the Museum Hill Café. cards. It’s a great place for The Santa Fe Children’s Museum, shopping for handcrafted 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 505-989-8359 is located Native-American jewelry. near the New Mexico National Guard Bataan Museums are plentiful Memorial Military Museum, 505-474-1670. in Santa Fe. The Georgia Other attractions in Santa Fe include the O’Keeffe Museum, 217 nation’s oldest house, 215 E. DeVargas Street, Johnson St., contains more 505-988-1944, which is across the street from the than 1,100 of her paintings, Mission of San Miguel, built in 1610 — the oldest mostly of New Mexico church in the United States. The church has a bell images; call 505-946. displayed inside that was cast in 1356 in Spain. Photo by Nel LampeVisitors shop for handmade jewelry from Native American vendors in front of the Places to see in thePalace of the Governors in Santa Fe. Photo by Diane Stromberg/Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau Pikes Peak area.
34 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 14, 2012 GET 578-6777. Traditional holiday celebrations will be tures.“Admission is $6-$10, bring a nonperishable Out in the Rock Ledge House and the Orchard House. food donation and get $1 off admission. The zoo Stop by the Carriage House to visit with Santa. is in Denver City Park, at 2300 Steele St., call Hot cider and snacks will be available. Regular 720-337-1400 or visit http://www.DenverZoo.org. admission applies: $8 for adults, ages 6-17 are Air Force Academy Band concert $4 and children 5 and under are admitted free. The Air Force Academy Band presents its Santa at the North Pole “Holly & Ivy Holiday Concert” at 7 p.m. in Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, a the Pikes Peak Center Monday-Tuesday. TicketsOld Colorado City Christmas-themed amusement park, is open are free but required, and are available at the Historic Old Colorado City’s business district has through Christmas Eve. Admission for active-duty Pikes Peak Center Box Office. free holiday activities along the avenue and in military and Family members with current Buell Children’s Museum in Pueblo Bancroft Park on weekends, to include music and military identification is $13.95 per person. “DIY Holiday Heartfelt Gift to Give and Get” lets entertainment. Santa is in the cabin in Bancroft Regular admission is $18.95 for ages 1-59. visitors make gifts and cards. The museum will Park Saturdays-Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission includes rides and shows. The park is have its Teddy Bear tree, nutcrackers and ChristmasBroadmoor Hotel lights open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but is closed Wednesday- crafts and activities. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be Drive by the Broadmoor Hotel for the most Thursday. Santa receives visitors to his house in the museum Saturday and Dec. 21-22. Buell impressive light show in town. The hotel is just and there are shops and snack bars. For informa- Children’s Museum is at 210 N. Santa Fe in Pueblo minutes from Fort Carson at 1 Lake Ave. Take tion, call 684-9432 or visit http://www.santas and is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 Highway 115 north to the Lake Avenue exit, go colo.com. Santa’s Workshop is at 5050 Pikes Peak for adults and $3 for children and military with left and take Lake Avenue west to the hotel.miles. Highway, off Highway 24 west at Cascade. identification. The museum is closed Dec. 24-25Community theater “Blossoms of Light” and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Visit http://www.sdc-arts.org. Fort Carson Community Theatre presents its “Blossoms of Light” at the Denver Botanic “ElectricCritters” final performances of “A Christmas Chaos” Gardens runs through New Year’s Day. A “ElectriCritters” at the Pueblo Zoo is a holiday in the Freedom Performing Arts Center million glittering lights are synchronized to light show with thousands of twinkling lights, Theater Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets music and warm drinks and treats are available. holiday music and lighted animal sculptures. are at Information, Tickets and Registration, Open from 5:30-9:30 p.m. daily. Admission From 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday-Dec. 23 and 26-30. 526-5366, and at the door. is $7-$10. Denver Botanic Gardens is Tickets are $3-$8, children ages 2 and youngerNutcracker on Ice at 1007 York St. Call 730-865-3500 or visit are admitted free. Hot chocolate is available in Nutcracker on Ice, presented by the Centennial http://www.Botanicgardens.org for information. the zoo’s Candy Cane Café. The Pueblo Zoo is Skating Club of Colorado Springs, hosts two “Zoo Lights” at 3455 Nuckolls Ave., in Pueblo’s City Park, performances Saturday at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Denver “Zoo Lights” can be visited through at Pueblo Boulevard and Goodnight Avenue. The skating performance is at Sertich Ice Center, Jan. 2, 5:30-9:30 p.m. The zoo has 38 acres of For information call 719-561-1452, or go to 1705 E. Pikes Peak Ave. in Memorial Park and lights featuring 150 animated animal sculp- http://www.pueblozoo.com. features 65 skaters. Tickets are on sale at the Sertich Ice Center and at the door. Tickets are $15, with a $1 discount for military members with identification. Children 4 and under are free. The skating club is partnering with Christmas Unlimited. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped gift for Christmas Unlimited.Seven Falls in lights Visit Seven Falls to see the Christmas lights along the canyon and at the falls. From Sunday to Dec. 30, except for Christmas Eve, the falls may be visited from 5-9:30 p.m. by donation to Christmas Unlimited charity in lieu of the regular admission price. A donation of $4 per person is suggested. Seven Falls is at 2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road, behind the Broadmoor Hotel. A map to Seven Falls is on the website http://www.sevenfalls. com/your-visit/maps-and-directions.Holiday Evening Photo by Nel Lampe Holiday Evening at Rock Ledge Ranch is “Electric Safari” is at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo through Jan. 1, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., with a million lights and animated Saturday, 4-8 p.m., with lantern-light tours, sculptures on display. Active-duty and retired military and Families get in for $4.25 a person, with military identification. wagon rides and musical entertainment; call The zoo is at 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road. TriCare Prime offers off-base routine eye examination beneﬁt! AUTO PUBLIC & DEALER GREAT CHINA BUFFET No out-of-pocket cost for an eye exam for glasses! 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