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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 1 Jan. 11, 2013 Photo by Jim BarnettFrom left, Gerry Howard, 4th Infantry Division Association; Jim Rice, Iron Horse Chapter, “Kit” Carson; and Chris Williams, president, Balfour Beatty Communities, unveil4th Infantry Division Association; Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th memorial pillars representing each campaign the 4th Infantry Division has participatedInfantry Division and Fort Carson; John Carson, great grandson of Brig. Gen. Christopher in at the Field of Heroes at Manhart Field during a dedication ceremony Dec. 14.Leaders dedicate Field of Honor By Cpl. William Smith 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Fort Carson leaders, community leaders and Operation Enduring Freedom. “The Field of Honor was conceived and funded by our residential community’s initiative partner, Balfour Beatty Communities,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph World War I and II, Vietnam, Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom. The 4th Inf. Div. turned 95 years old Dec. 10, so what a fitting tribute this memorial is to a storied unit.”Family and friends of the 4th Infantry Division came Anderson, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Balfour Beatty Communities has built and managestogether Dec. 14 to unveil the Field of Honor at Fort Carson. “BBC is committed to honoring all of Family housing on Fort Carson and other installations.Manhart Field, dedicated to all “Ivy” Division Soldiers. our military personnel, from our active-duty members BBC leaders said they donated the monument in Ground was officially broken for the monument to our wounded warriors and fallen heroes and our appreciation and respect for the 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers.July 26, with construction beginning in mid-October. veterans, by creating a place for communal gatherings “We are here today to honor the great sacrifice and The memorial consists of five marble pillars, and a place to reflect on the unselfish contributions dedication of former and current members of the 4theach emblazoned with bronze campaign medals, and sacrifices that our Soldiers have made on behalf Inf. Div.,” said Chris Williams, president, Balfourcampaign streamers and plaques highlighting the of our great nation. Beatty Communities Foundation and Balfour Beattysignificant contributions and achievements during “We are proud to dedicate this field for that exact Communities, LLC. “And to honor the brave young meneach of the five conflicts the division participated purpose today, and we thank BBC for (its) thoughtful- and women who served throughout the great historyin: World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, ness, generosity and partnership,” Anderson said. “This See Monument on Page 4Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, and memorial will pay tribute to the 4th Inf. Div. role in1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg. begins return By Cpl. William Smith after a 10-month long deployment to Assistance Forces in Regional without these Soldiers to do it. 4th Infantry Division Public Afghanistan in support of Operation Command South, Afghanistan. The 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg., Soldiers Affairs Office Enduring Freedom. Brig. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves, deployed to the Daykundi, Uruzgan and The 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation deputy commanding general for Kandahar provinces in RC South. Task Eager shouts and cheers filled the Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, maneuver, 4th Infantry Division, Force Gunfighter allowed ISAF person-air in a hangar at Butts Army Airfield deployed in February as part of Task welcomed the Soldiers home, wished nel to protect and secure the AfghanistanSaturday, as Family and friends watched Force Gunfighter to provide aviation them a happy homecoming and said See Home on Page 4the arrival of more than 200 Soldiers, support to International Security the mission would not have happened Message board INSIDE CFC awards The regional Combined Federal Campaign awards ceremony is at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Special Events Center. Pages 32-33 Page 8 Page 13
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 11, 2013 MOUNTAINEER WLC honorsCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. David L. Grosso Ethos forever instilled Commentary by Cpl. Bethany Matula accept defeat. We must always find a way in the darkestFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Warrior Leader Course graduate of moments, in which we have no choice but to find the Dee McNutt resolve to stand up and succeed. The final Warrior Ethos,Chief, Print and Web Communications: John Quincy Adams once said, “Courage and perseverance “To never leave a fallen comrade,” requires a Soldier to face have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear all odds and remain tenacious when often faced with the Rick Emert and obstacles vanish into air.” Perseverance is the denotation toughest challenge one may find. No matter the opposition,Editor: Devin Fisher behind the Warrior Ethos that frames a U.S. Soldier and no matter the chance of failure, Soldiers persevere throughStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland lays the foundation for one’s character and actions. extraordinary circumstances to protect those beside themHappenings: Nel Lampe Being able to remain steadfast in spite of the obstacles, and to never leave a Soldier behind. difficulties and challenges that arise is how a Soldier is Without perseverance, the Warrior Ethos would be hardSports writer: Walt Johnson able to live up to the Warrior Ethos, which to live by for any Soldier. Perseverance isLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall consists of: I will always place the mission the reason why Soldiers put the mission first, I will never accept defeat, I will never first, why Soldiers never accept defeat, why This commercial enterprise newspaper is quit, and I will never leave a fallen comrade. Soldiers never quit, and why Soldiers neveran authorized publication for members of the The challenges the Army presents to leave a fallen comrade. On a daily basis,Department of Defense. Contents of the both a Soldier and his Family can bring Soldiers have to endure through countlessMountaineer are not necessarily the officialview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or countless setbacks, but with courage and hardships that attempt to break and reducethe Department of the Army. Printed circulation fortitude, Soldiers are prepared to face their moral courage, but, in turn, actuallyis 12,000 copies. any obstacled that they may encounter. help build character in a variety of ways. The editorial content of the In order to persevere and live by the Enduring hardships and persevering isMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public Warrior Ethos, we, as Soldiers, must adapt needed in order to find the will to fightAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119,Tel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is and evolve and find a means to continue and the will to accomplish any mission.fcmountaineer@hotmail.com. forward in order to complete the mission To remain steadfast with values, loyal The Mountaineer is posted on the at hand, which often involves making with comrades, unwavering in times ofInternet at http://csmng.com. immeasurable sacrifices every day, both crisis, to never falter on any mission, to stay The Mountaineer is an unofficial in garrison and on the battlefield. Cpl. Bethany Matula resolute in the most unforgiving of times;publication authorized by AR 360-1. TheMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs In order to place the mission first, Warrior Ethos award that’s what the Warrior Ethos means to me,Military Newspaper Group, a private firm in Soldiers must often give up their freedom and and that’s what it means to be a Soldier.no way connected with the Department of the themselves in order to accomplish any mission that arises. This is best described in a quote from Martin Luther KingArmy, under exclusive written contract with The Warrior Ethos “To never accept defeat” and “to Jr.: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable …Fort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. never quit” both require the tenacity and the will to continue Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, The appearance of advertising in thispublication, including inserts or supplements, on when one feels like giving up. As Soldiers, we do not suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionatedoes not constitute endorsement by the know the term “quit” and we cannot afford to give up and concern of dedicated individuals.”Department of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products orservices advertised. The printer reserves theright to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use or Top WLC graduatespatronage without regard to race, color, religion,sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical Spc. Phillip J. Amerson, 576th Eng.handicap, political affiliation or any other Spc. Marina E. Biberi, 10th CSHnonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equal Spc. Steven L. Bland, 4th CABopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, Spc. Oswald R. Chirinos III, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg.the printer shall refuse to print advertising Spc. Benjamin D. Colburn, 62nd Ord.from that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905. Sgt. Eric P. Dickinson, 4th Bn., 42nd FA Reg. All correspondence or queries regarding Spc. Daniel J. Eckstein, 576th Eng.advertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Sgt. Justyn D. Genchi-Martinez, 1st Bn., 157th Inf. Reg.Group, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, Spc. Zachary M. Grey, 3rd Sqd., 61st Cav. Reg.Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. Spc. Marc A. Hall, 1st Bn., 157th Inf. Reg. The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the Public Spc. Kevin S. Harrington, 10th SFG(A)Affairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort Sgt. Eric P. Dickinson Sgt. Travis I. Hatch, 4th CABCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Distinguished award Sgt. Benjamin P. Horlacher, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. Releases from outside sources are soindicated. The deadline for submissions to the Spc. Nicholas W. Hunt, 3rd Sqdn., 61st Cav. Reg.Mountaineer is close of business the week Sgt. Kyle A. Karas, 10th SFG(A)before the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit Spc. Nicholas D. Lapenna, 576th Eng.submissions for newspaper style, clarity and Spc. James R. Lawson, 955th Eng.typographical errors. Policies and statements reflected in the Sgt. Harry Lorigan, 1st STBnews and editorial columns represent views Spc. Jamara R. Mackey, 204th BSBof the individual writers and under no Cpl. Bethany N. Matula, 4th Eng. Bn.circumstances are to be considered those ofthe Department of the Army. Spc. David M. McShane, 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg. Reproduction of editorial material is Spc. Zane R. Miller, 62nd Eng.authorized. Please credit accordingly. Spc. Quintin D. Pitts, 204th BSB Sgt. Josiah A. Prunty, HAATS Sgt. Brian M. Sheehan, 576th Eng. Sgt. Ahmad Soufan, 1st STB Spc. Kelly Straub, HHBN Classified advertising Spc. Craig R. Talley, 743rd MI Bn. 329-5236 Sgt. Brian M. Sheehan Spc. Loriann Taylor, 2nd Bn., 135th Avn. Reg. Leadership award Spc. Jennifer S. Whitt, 743 MI Bn. Display advertising Spc. Jermichael J. Wilson, 576th Eng. 634-5905 Spc. Cort Worsham, 62nd Ord. Mountaineer editor 526-4144 Post information 526-5811 Send your letters or commentaries to Post weather hotline 526-0096 mountaineereditor@carson.army.mil.
  3. 3. Jan. 11, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 3Lodging manager wins Army-level award By Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff “It was very rigorous,” she said. In addition to being nominated 2001, an honor she considers among her highest accomplishments. for Lodging Manager of the Year, “It recognized the things I’ve Since securing a job at a restaurant at Hanna- Camp’s team had nominations for tried to accomplish throughout myBarbera Land north of Houston at 16, Stephanie Lodging Operation of the Year, career,” she said, adding that theCamp has tended to the needs of others. Nearly three Supervisor of the Year and Employee award not only recognized her effortsdecades after her first job, she continues her work in of the Year, but did not take home to improve guests’ experience, butcustomer service, managing the Colorado Inn and the top title in those categories. also her dedication to her employees.serving Soldiers and their loved ones. For Camp, earning Lodging Seven years after arriving at Fort “I’ve always been in the hospitality industry,” she Manager of the Year is a reflection Carson, Camp accepted an additionalsaid. “It’s fun working with people and getting to of her strong team of employees. position as the lodging manager,know people.” “This is a team award,” she said. performing both jobs for more than For her consistent devotion to serving others, “This is not an award for one person.” four years.Camp earned the 2012 Army Lodging Manager of the “Stephanie is one of the most In 2011, she took on the respon-Year award. “When I first heard, I was in shock,” she said. dedicated, attention-to-detail person that I have ever had the pleasure of Camp sibility as the deputy chief for the Fort Carson DFMWR Business Installation Management Command officials working with,” said Steave Barness, Directorate of Operations Division. In addition to her duties ascritiqued Camp and her team in six areas including Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Business Army Lodging manager, Camp oversees thecustomer focus and improved services, employee Operations Division chief. “It’s the little things she Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club, Thunder Alleyfocus, team player, continuous improvement, financial does day-to-day that makes the difference.” Bowling Center, Elkhorn Conference Center and theperformance and leadership. IMCOM representatives After receiving her bachelor’s degree in hospitality Foxhole/Hub Community Club.also completed an onsite inspection. and restaurant management from the University of According to an IMCOM release, as the deputy Houston, Camp chose to take a club management chief, Camp trains and mentors business managers on internship with DFMWR. In 1991, she moved to Fort financial and variance analysis, budget preparation, cost “It’s the little things Belvoir, Va., and began her career with the officers’ club. Eight years later, Camp took a position with Fort controls, personnel management and the development of food, beverage and entertainment programming. (Stephanie Camp) Carson, managing the Elkhorn Conference Center and within her first year, she brought the fledgling For all of her accomplishments, Camp said she knows she would not have been recognized had it not does day-to-day that operation from a deficit to a positive net income, according to an IMCOM press release. been for the strong team of 40 employees that support her. Even after winning the Army Lodging Manager makes the difference.” The International Military Community Executives’ Association recognized Camp with the of the Year, Camp said it was a team effort. “This award says so much about my team,” said — Steave Barness James A. Carroll Award Club Manager of the Year in Camp. “I could not win this award alone.” Dave Solon Kia Phil Long Hyundai of 1560 Auto Mall Loop Motor City 888.706.1254 170 W. Motor Way 888.706.1332 Lakeside Auto Brokers Motor City: South Colorado Springs 810 Brianna Pt. Nissan 719.471.2277 1333 S. Academy Blvd. North: 888.706.6241 8320 Razorback Dr. Springs Automotive 719.268.0100 Group Phil Long Ford of 3499 E. Platte Ave. Chapel Hills 888.705.0226 1565 Auto Mall Loop See All Our Inventory at 888.706.6228 ColoradoAutoSearch.com † Special Military Financing As Low As 0.9%! and the “Cleanest Used Cars In Southern Colorado”
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 11, 2013Fiscal cliffLegislation affects paychecks American Forces Press Service mean a 2-percent reduction in net pay. age, survivors and disability insurance. For military personnel, changes to net pay are Reserve component members will be the first to WASHINGTON — The legislation President affected by a variety of additional factors such as see potential changes in their net pay as a result ofBarack Obama signed Jan. 2 that postponed the fiscal increases in basic allowances for housing, subsis- the law, DFAS officials said. Changes will becliff means changes to military and Department of tence, longevity basic pay raises and promotions. reflected in their January paychecks.Defense civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Servicemembers could see an increase in net pay, no Active-duty military personnel will see pay adjust-Accounting Service officials said Jan. 4. change or a decrease, military personnel and ments in their January mid-month paycheck and will be The legislation increases Social Security with- readiness officials said. reflected on the January leave and earnings statement.holding taxes to 6.2 percent. For the past two years For military members, Social Security withhold- DOD civilians will see Social Security with-during the “tax holiday” the rate was 4.2 percent. ing is located on their leave and earnings statement in holding changes reflected in paychecks based on The increase in Social Security withholding the blocks marked “FICA taxes” — for Federal the pay period ending December 29, for pay datestaxes affects both military and civilian paychecks, Insurance Contributions Act. beginning in January.officials said. DOD civilians will see the change on their leave DFAS stresses that all personnel should review For civilian employees, officials said, this will and earnings statement under “OASDI” — for old pay statements carefully.Monument financial support from the Coloradofrom Page 1 Springs community led to its selection. In 1970, 4th Inf. Div. replaced the 5thof Fort Carson, so that future generations Inf. Div. The 4th Inf. Div. soon wentwill remember the great sacrifices and under mechanization and became knowndedication of these Soldiers, and how as the “Iron Horse” Division. Anotherprecious freedom and peace really are.” plus was the addition of the 235,000 acre During World War I the 4th Inf. Div. Piñon Canyon Maneuver site in 1985. Afought with distinction across France and major reorganization of the Army in 1990received great praise for its heroic efforts resulted in changes and challenges forduring the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Fort Carson.campaigns. It was the only division to In 1995 it was announced that the 4thserve in both the French and British Inf. Div., stationed here since 1970, wouldsectors. It earned five campaign streamers depart, leaving the post without a divisionduring the war. presence for the first time since 1954. The During World War II the division was post retained the 43rd Support Brigadesent to England in January 1944 for and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Photo by Cpl. William Smithamphibious training prior to D-Day. It was Div., and acquired the 10th Special Forces Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, standfirst ashore, landing at Utah Beach June 6, Group (Airborne) and 3rd Armored in formation in a Butts Army Airfield hangar Saturday prior to reuniting with1944. It earned five campaign streamers Cavalry Regiment. With these combined Family and friends following a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan.during the war. units, Fort Carson retained a large and In the Vietnam War the 4th Inf. Div. was effective force.called to action in the fall of 1966. It was In June 1999, Fort Carson again Home 100 Afghan civilians and detainees.awarded 11 campaign streamers and 12 of the became a division post following the from Page 1 Friends, Family and theirdivision’s Soldiers earned the Medal of arrival of the 7th Infantry Division. The fellow Soldiers were excited toHonor for their heroic actions during the war. 7th Inf. Div. remained until 2006, serving population, conduct counterinsur- have the Soldiers home. The 4th Inf. Div. went back to combat in as a training and evaluation command for gency operations, facilitate friendly “It’s a great relief to haveApril 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Army National Guard brigades. forces freedom of movement and everyone back; it’s been a veryFreedom. In December 2003 the division Following the inactivation of the 7th Inf. extend the influence of the challenging year,” said Sgt. 1stspearheaded the task force that captured Div., Division West (First Army) was estab- Government of the Islamic Class Salvador Hernandez, seniorSaddam Hussein. The division earned seven lished at Fort Carson, and remained until Republic of Afghanistan. enlisted leader, Rear Detachment,campaign streamers for its war efforts. 2009. During the late 1990s and the early During their deployment, 1st 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg. “I’m glad The 4th Inf. Div. deployed to Afghanistan 2000s the post focused on superior training, Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg., Soldiers flew everyone is coming back within May 2009, in support of Operation which was validated following the invasion 20,291 combat hours, including no casualties.”Enduring Freedom. More than 70 division of Iraq in 2003, when Fort Carson prepared more than 750 hours of medevac After a few words fromSoldiers have died in the ongoing war. and deployed thousands of Soldiers in missions. With the support of Gonsalves, Spc. Patrick Freeman, The campaign monument is surrounded support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. ground maintenance personnel, the Headquarters and Headquartersby paved walkways and garden benches. As the Army fought the War on battalion was able to maintain 24- Company, 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg.,Visitors have the opportunity to stop at the Terrorism, a new Defense Base Closure hour medical coverage of its area kissed his wife, Ashley Freeman,memorial and reflect on the role the 4th Inf. and Realignment Commission was of operations, using three medical who had won a raffle to be the firstDiv. played in history and remember the established in 2005, to better station aircraft to respond to more than spouse to greet her Soldier. Theultimate sacrifice made by so many brave and coordinate Army assets. Fort Carson 350 medevac missions, enabling troops were released and quicklySoldiers in the name of freedom. was again at the forefront when it was it to provide lifesaving care to rushed to their loved ones with “Balfour Beatty Communities announced that the 4th Inf. Div. would more than 430 patients, including open arms, smiles and tears of joy.Foundation (and) Fort Carson command return to its former home. The colors of 4th about 200 members of Afghan Approximately 200 more 1stconceived this memorial as a lasting tribute Inf. Div. were uncased in the fall of 2009. National Security Forces, 100 Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg., Soldiers areto those Soldiers,” Williams said. “It is our Throughout its history, Fort Carson’s ISAF personnel and more than due to return later this month.hope that the Families and friends of these Soldiers and units have provided for andvaliant men and women, as well as anyone supported numerous events and programs.who visits this memorial, will have a placeto reflect and consider their selfless acts as “Fort Carson and the 4th Inf. Div. have played a critical role during our country’s Mayor welcomes home Soldiersthey answered the call without hesitation, most challenging times,” said Williams. By Steve Bachwhen our country needed them the most.” “The Field of Honor will memorialize and Mayor, city of Colorado Springs The dedication also celebrated the honor those contributions forever.” Welcome home, Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation70th Anniversary of Fort Carson, which John Carson, the great grandson of Kit Regiment.was established as Camp Carson training Carson, the famous Army scout who On behalf of Colorado Springs and our grateful citizens, I amcenter for World War II recruits in January explored the West during the 1800s and honored to welcome you home to Fort Carson and the city of Colorado1942. The installation was named after who the post is named after, came to Springs. You are home in time to celebrate the wonderful New Year.Soldier and frontiersman Brig. Gen. celebrate the unveiling of the 4th Inf. The news of your work while deployed in support of OperationChristopher “Kit” Carson. By February Div. Field of Honor at Manhart Field and Enduring Freedom, including providing lifesaving care to more1942, construction was under way at the the 70th anniversary celebration. John than 430 patients, is incredible and has made us extremely proud.60,000 acre site to provide facilities for Carson spoke about the indomitable will We hope you enjoy time with your loved ones. Please know35,000 Soldiers. Fort Carson was one of and spirit of his great-grandfather, and that you are a very important part of our home here. We value yourseveral sites reviewed the previous year, wished for everyone to keep their eyes on contributions to our community and country.and the intense lobbying efforts, land and the horizon, and most of all, to stay safe.
  5. 5. Jan. 11, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 5IMCOM commits to ease civilian transitionU.S. Army Installation Management Command emphasis on a career-ready military, IMCOM is commanding general. “We’re making sure Soldiers Public Affairs Office highlighting job fairs, expanding its transition can’t slip through the cracks. We will do everything services, and keenly focusing on identifying we can to help prepare them for civilian life as JOINTBASE SAN ANTONIO — The U.S. Army employment opportunities within the command as thoroughly as we equip them for battle,” he said.Installation Management Command is committed to well as business and industry. “We owe that to our veterans in exchange for theirassisting Soldiers and Families transition smoothly “Our Soldiers deserve the best we can offer life of service and sacrifice to this nation.”into civilian employment and America’s communities. them, including the best opportunities for the All transitioning Soldiers, from those retiring to In response to the president’s and U.S. Army’s future,” said Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, IMCOM first-term enlistees, have a wealth of opportunity at their fingertips, thanks in large part to the Veterans Warrior Transition Opportunity to Work Act, which Congress approved Unit Soldier Maj. in October 2011. The VOW Act is the driving force Lonnie Britton listens behind the completely revamped transition program, to instructions on according to Kenric Echols, chief of Military how to fill out the Personnel, IMCOM G1. Individual Transition “Changes went into effect on Nov. 21,” Echols Plan, part of the new said, “but we’re already getting lots of phone calls and Transition Assistance inquiries about the new transition program. The intent Program at Fort Sill, is to better prepare transitioning Soldiers and their Okla. Soldiers Families and get them in touch with potential participated in the employers, hopefully resulting in job offers.” pilot program that That’s good news for Soldiers, the Army and launched the the nation, according to Ferriter. newly-revised TAP What does the new program look like? Soldiers program, which transitioning this fiscal year will receive mandatory covers finances, pre-separation counseling that includes in-depth job searches and discussion of veteran’s benefits, financial planning, resume preparation. civilian employment readiness training, and a heavy Soldiers are now emphasis on individualized transition plans over a required to begin longer time period. Transitioning Soldiers can also their pre-separation expect more individual attention and counseling on counseling at least resume writing and practice interviews. And depending12 months prior to the on a Soldier’s preference, the program will include a end of their military detailed workshop focusing on one of three areas — terms of service. See Transition on Page 7 Photo by Ben Sherman When it GREAT CHINA comes to BUFFET Super Buffet Voted Best in the Springs Public Featuring All You Can Eat Chinese, American and Japanese Cuisine Record Information, Rely on the WE NOW OFFER TAKE-OUT FROM OUR MENU & BUFFET* *Charge per pound Experts 572-8009 Airport S. Academy Blvd Satellite Powers Blvd Hotel Circle Dr 628 South Academy Blvd. Exit 25 Great China 139 Buffet Fountain 24 LUNCH DINNER Monday-Sunday Monday-Saturday 4:00pm-9:30pm 11:00am-3:45pm Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm Subscribe Today 634-1048
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 11, 2013‘Raider’ sets standard for service Story and photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs out there just as often as I am.” need an extra hand, he is there. He always puts in the Before presenting the award to Philyaw, Nonie extra mile to make sure the people in this city are Office, 4th Infantry Division Rispin, director of No DUI Colorado Springs, safe. I can’t express how proud and grateful I am to commended the Soldier for his dedication to keeping have him as a member of my team.” Sgt. Untabious Philyaw calls service a way of life. the people of Colorado Springs safe. Commanders present the MOVSM to service- A water treatment specialist with Company A, 4th “He’s my go-to guy,” Rispin said. “Whenever I members who perform substantial volunteer service toBrigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade the local community, above and beyondCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Philyaw their required duties.received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Col. Joel Tyler, commander, 1st BCT, 4thService Medal during a ceremony at the Inf. Div., expressed gratitude for his Soldier’s“Raider” Brigade headquarters, Dec. 14. commitment to the safety and well-being of The noncommissioned officer earned the people of his adopted community andthe award for his countless hours of service pride in the example set by Philyaw.with the No DUI Colorado Springs program “The acts of this Soldier have reallyduring the past 12 months. captured the Raider spirit of service,” Tyler “I’ve volunteered with charities before, said. “To have a Soldier like Sgt. Philyaw inbut this opportunity really stuck out to me,” our ranks, who contributes to the community,Philyaw said. “Many of the individuals I’ve is really something special. He’s an examplepicked up are military, so I’m not just helping for other Soldiers to emulate and he’s theout my community, I’m helping my fellow kind of Soldier we need to hold on to.”servicemembers make wise decisions.” Every Soldier should take the opportunity The No DUI Colorado Springs program to volunteer in his community, said Philyaw.provides safe transportation for individuals “We all have something to give,”who have been drinking and should not drive Philyaw said. “Everyone needs a little helpthemselves home. sometimes and we are blessed with so much. Working primarily Thursday-Saturday How could we not help?”nights, Philyaw often volunteered until 3a.m., before he caught a few hours of sleep Col. Joel Tyler, left, commander, 1st Brigadeand conducted physical training with his unit Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,at 6:30 a.m. congratulates Sgt. Untabious Philyaw, “It could be very difficult at times, but Company A, 4th Brigade Support Battalion,I feel it is important for me to honor my 1st BCT, 4th Infantry Division, on receiving thecommitment to the organization and help all Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medalof those I can,” he said. “My wife, Renee, for his work with the No DUI Colorado Springshas really motivated me to keep involved. I program, during a ceremony at the 1st BCTmay be the one getting an award, but she is Command Conference Room, Dec. 14. NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY 6 DOCTORS ALL UNDER 1 ROOF 1 STAFF 1 SET OF PAPERWORK 1 FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENT 1 GREAT EXPERIENCE Colorado Springs REDUCED 1 PLACE GIVES YOU IT ALL! TUITION for military personnel AND dependents* Associate, Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees Accounting Business A Modern Approach To Dental Care Criminal Justice Healthcare Information Technology ORTHODONTIST COSMETIC DENTIST (719) 590-8300 Invisalign Braces Veneers Bleaching csadmissions@national.edu Smile Makeover We are in the Ft. Carson Education Center ORAL SURGEON every Tuesday Implants Wisdom Teeth Ask about our PEDIATRIC DENTIST ENDODONTIST 5 1/2 week classes! Dentistry for Children Root Canals National American University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning FAMILY DENTIST Commission and a member of the North Central Association|www.ncahlc.org *Must provide a valid military ID card. 6/2012 General Dentistry The individual pictured is not an actual service member. $ ALL OF OUR DENTISTS AND SPECIALISTS 59 Cleanin PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING PPO INSURANCE PLANS Exam & g, Take METLIFE, TRICARE/TRICARE RETIREE, UNITED CONCORDIA, DELTA DENTAL, UNITED HEALTHCARE, PRINCIPAL, HUMANA, CIGNA, AETNA, ASSURANT, ANTHEM BC/BS, GUARDIAN, AMERITAS, AMERIPLAN, DENTEMAX & MORE Digital X-Rays a seat ... ... in your new or slightly used auto, that you can find in our Classified Section. For advertising information call FOUNTAIN, CO 80817 329-5236
  7. 7. Jan. 11, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 7DOD clarifies post-secondary education expectations By Amaani Lyle education,” she said. and actually obtain their degree.” veterans and their Families by some American Forces Press Service Tuition assistance is a benefit The new guidelines clarify over- educational institutions after the available to Guardsmen, reservists, sight, enforcement, and accountability Post-9/11 GI Bill became law. WASHINGTON — The Defense active-duty members and veterans for educational institutions receiving The guidelines pertain only toDepartment has issued new policy allowing a degree from a Department military tuition assistance, Baker said. institutions accepting Title 4 funding,guidelines intended to provide better of Education-accredited college or Currently about 2,000 institutions Baker said.protection for members of the military university. participate in the tuition assistanceand veterans who seek tuition assistance To receive it, participating institu- program and Baker said she encouragesfor post-secondary degrees. tions must sign the MOU, and provide more to do the same. The department’s revised voluntary the student with clear information The overall initiative supportseducation partnership policy specifies about financial procedures, course the executive order establishing thethe expectations and agreements that information and graduation rates. president’s “Principles of Excellence,”colleges, universities and technical “(The MOU) protects service- Baker said. Those were issued inschools must adhere to in order to members in providing them with response to reports of aggressive andreceive DOD underwriting, said Carolyn information so a servicemember can deceptive targeting of servicemembers,Baker, chief of voluntary education for make a wise choice as to the institutionDOD’s military community family (they attend).” Baker said. “We ask thatand policy office. all institutions provide servicemembers The guidelines, part of a new with an education plan that statesmemorandum of understanding, (course requirements) and evaluates“ensure certain protections for military credits earned at other schools (so)members (so) that they have a quality servicemembers can move forwardTransition allowing Soldiers to engage potential employers remotely, even from overseas,” he said. “There’s not much difference in how you feel about your job and how you conduct business in andfrom Page 5 Soldiers can sign up for a virtual career fair program out of uniform,” said Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Willie at https://www.acap. army.mil. A listing and details on Wilson, who today runs the Army’s World Classeducation, technical skills or small business ownership. all the IMCOM job fairs is available at http://www. Athlete Program for the Installation ManagementSpouses are highly encouraged to participate in the imcom.army.mil/Organization/G1Personnel/ACAP/ Command. “And in most Army civilian positions,five-day transition program as well, according to Echols. JobFairMap.aspx. you’re still taking care of Soldiers and their Families. “We highly encourage spouses to attend the entire Federal employment is another avenue available I’m glad that’s still part of my job description.”session alongside their Soldier,” Echols said. “They can to Soldiers. It’s estimated that as much as 60 percent The skill sets and training Soldiers receive duringattend all sessions or some, and we have resources to of the federal civilian workforce will be retiring in the active duty, whether they serve for four years or 20,help them in their search for employment as well.” next decade. This opens a wide variety of federal directly translate to the Army civilian workforce. IMCOM officials have already found that engaged jobs, and few people will be more qualified to fill Making the switch from uniformed to civilian serviceand educated spouses are key enablers to a successful those positions than today’s Soldiers. Those who have is easier than ever before and IMCOM’s Transitiontransition from military service. served in combat, have been decorated for valor or Services Programs are working to ensure Soldiers Job fairs are a critical part of the process. Echols have combat-related injuries or disabilities, may find and their Families are educated on how to cross-walkemphasized that they provide a meeting place for entry into federal service easier due to veterans’ the Military Occupational Specialties to requirementsmilitary members and employers to connect, provide preferences and streamlined hiring practices. of civilian positions. IMCOM is keenly focused onvaluable networking opportunities, and give Soldiers The Army relies heavily on Army civilians every providing Soldiers and Families relevant training,better insight into the pay available within the private day. Army civilians write contracts, deliver goods, programs and services for seamless transition.and public sectors. Garrisons around the globe are now manage networks and provide support functions that “I’m certain that in the coming decades ourrequired to host a minimum of two employment would otherwise present distractions to training and Soldiers will give this country as much as theyevents, such as community job fairs, each fiscal year. wartime operations. Civilians man the training have in the past 10 years of war,” Ferriter said.Many garrisons are exceeding that goal by partnering ranges, run the finance offices and, in some cases, “While it’s important to do all we can to support themwith other agencies such as the U.S. Chamber of cook the meals and manage the personnel actions. no matter what path they choose after separating orCommerce which has a proven track record for From the sound of reveille to when a Soldier turns out retiring, we’re also positioning the Army of 2020 toconnecting business to our talented Soldiers. the lights in the barracks at the end of the day, retain their knowledge, skills, enthusiasm, patriotism “We are also expanding the use of job fairs, Soldiers are supported by their civilian counterparts. and willingness to serve.” COLORADO BLUE CLIFF PHEASANTS Karval, Colorado We have Pheasants, Chukars and Bob White Quail Special Military offer good until Jan. 19th Buy one hunt get a second hunt free some restrictions apply call for details. 866-726-1031 info@coloradobluecliffpheasants.com www.coloradobluecliffpheasants.com
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 11, 20131-67 inducts 20 into NCO Corps Story and photo by of NCOs and teach the upcoming pull four watches where the Soldier Lehtonen, senior enlisted leader, 2nd Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagán generation about the long history of would receive visitors that he would BCT, 4th Inf. Div., and guest speaker,2nd Brigade Combat Team Public the NCO Corps. present with different gifts, depending welcomed the inductees.Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division “What we are trying to do in this on the rank and watch level. “Congratulations on your induction battalion is reinvigorate the traditions Two poems, “The Boots of the to the NCO Corps; stick to the basics, Twenty newly-promoted noncom- and honors of our noncommissioned NCO” and “A Soldier’s Request” were be the best NCO you can be every day,”missioned officers from 1st Battalion, officer corps,” said Command Sgt. also read during the ceremony. Lehtonen said. “NCOs have a tough,67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Maj. Dennis Bellinger, senior enlisted “I think doing these ceremonies is demanding but very rewarding job.Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, leader, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg. just the first step in a long path to getting The Soldiers you lead are the heart ofwere inducted into the NCO corps during As part of the induction tradition, better,” Bellinger said. “This shows my the Army.”a ceremony at McMahon Auditorium, four watch tables were displayed with Soldiers that there is something to strive Sgt. Maj. Jerome Nichols, operationsDec. 5. different items on each table. for and to be a noncommissioned officer sergeant major, 1st Bn., 67th Armor The induction was held to retain Historically, in order to be recognized is special and deserves the recognition.” Reg., read the “Charge to the Noncom-the traditions of previous generations as an NCO, the Soldier would have to Command Sgt. Maj. Robert missioned Officer.” The inductees were then called by name to walk under a wooden arch that symbolized crossing into the corps. They were then given framed certificates of the Creed of the Non-commissioned Officer. “It was an honor to be inducted this way,” said Sgt. Tyler Veillette, CompanyNoncommissioned B, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg. “It’s nice officers with 1st that they did this ceremony and they are Battalion, 67th bringing back the fundamentals of the Armor Regiment, corps; having this ceremony is a good 2nd Brigade inspiration and it reminds us of who we Combat Team, 4th are becoming and the legacy behind it.” Infantry Division, After being inducted, the NCOs raise their right received well wishes from the leaders hands and recite and Soldiers who attended.the “Charge to the “This ceremony reinforces to theNoncommissioned noncommissioned officers that they are Officer” during an important and they are special to the NCO induction unit, and it gives our young Soldiers ceremony at something to look forward to — that one McMahon day they will be able to stand under thatAuditorium, Dec. 5. arch and cross that line,” Bellinger said. Wiinning S Winning Smiles For Everyone! Shanterra G. 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  9. 9. Jan. 11, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 9 Soldiers train for culinary arts competition Story and photos by In addition to training, chef Thomas Spc. Nathan Thome Schaefer, American Culinary Federation, 4th Infantry Division Pikes Peak Chapter, assisted the team by Public Affairs Office teaching and reviewing classes and cooking techniques. Twenty-five food service specialists Esterline said he believes the knowl- from units across Fort Carson began edge bowl will be the hardest event, training Monday at the Fort Carson because it covers advanced culinary Culinary Academy in preparation to test knowledge, and the judges are unforgiving their skills against other cooks at the when it comes to answering. The Soldiers 38th Annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts have to be precise and know what they’re Competition at Fort Lee, Va. doing, so they need to practice everything The March competition will include they know, and that knowledge comes four categories: a team table display, from four to six books, said Esterline. Armed Forces Junior/Senior Chef of the Some Soldiers have taken it upon Year, field competition and student themselves to enhance their skills and knowledge bowl. knowledge during their personal time “The culinary arts competition is and through post events. the crux of Army food service, the “I cook at home and try to do what I pinnacle of the food service world,” said can on my own, and I try to take all the Sgt. 1st Class William Esterline, brigade courses Fort Carson has to offer,” said Pfc. food adviser, Headquarters and Melvin Shepherd, food service specialist, Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Battery G, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Artillery Regiment, 4th BCT. “I’ve done “This competition is a chance to expose the food refresher course, participated in the Soldiers’ potential. about four cook-offs and cooked for the “You get the new cooks, who just wounded warrior events and memorial came out of training, and when you put services for our fallen comrades.” them in the kitchen, you don’t get to see Growing up in a military Family and what they’re all about,” said Esterline. traveling a lot at an early age, Shepherd “These culinary arts competitions just said the biggest thing he took from the bring out the best in people; that untapped experience was the food. He said it potential that you have never seen instilled in him the drive to travel, taste before. Some of the things these guys and cook new food, and to have his bring to the table (are) unbelievable.” children do the same because life is a To make the team, interested learning experience. Soldiers took a placement test; those “That’s the main reason I chose this who did well joined, while those who profession, I wanted to do something IAbove: Pfc. Raymond Mutchock, food service specialist, Headquarters Support didn’t were enrolled in the next food love; something creative, where I canCompany, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, measures enhancement course. do something different every day,” saidand cuts pears into cubes at the Fort Carson Culinary Academy Monday, as part of “We plan to do extreme training; Shepherd.his training for the 38th Annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va. we’re going to focus and hit on the topics Every participating team has prepared and the competition classes we’re actually a menu in advance, which the team going to be competing in,” said Esterline. will cook for the judges during theBelow: Food service specialists assigned to units across Fort Carson test their “We’ll be practicing six to seven days a Army culinary competition.culinary art skills by cutting and carving pears, potatoes and carrots into specific week, from morning to nightfall.” “I look forward to using my creativeshapes at the Fort Carson Culinary Academy, Monday. skills, that’s one of the biggest parts of cooking,” said Shepherd. “Cooking comes from the heart; it’s all about your emotions and how you feel, so you have to be artistic and open-minded.” Shepherd said he has been enhancing his skills at the dining facility while cooking food for the Soldiers. He said he prepared quiches, crab and five different types of fish. He said the thing he looks forward to most is bringing home the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition trophy. “I’m working hard to get myself to the point where I’m proficient enough to where, no matter what comes up, I can perform and will be at the top of my game,” said Shepherd. “It’s not just for me; it’s for my team, my post. It brings great honor and joy to my heart to accom- plish certain things and knowing that it makes our post look good as a whole. “As the Army saying goes, ‘One team, one fight,’” Shepherd said. “One person isn’t going to win this, it’s a team effort.” The date of the competition is still undetermined. Scores and links to live streaming will be posted on the Fort Carson Culinary Arts Team Facebook page.

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