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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 2 Jan. 18, 2013 Capt. Thorin Parris, commander, 60th Ordnance Company, holds his daughter after the welcome home ceremony at the Special Events Center, Monday. 60th Ord. returned from a seven month deployment to Afghanistan where it supported U.S. and Coalition forces by managing ammunition.60th Ord. completes missionStory and photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Stone43rd Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office company controlled all ammunition operations in the theater, providing support to U.S. and Coalition forces. Excess ammunition still in serviceable condition was taken to locations in Kuwait and the U.S. in order to In total, the Soldiers received, stored and issued more facilitate the responsible drawdown of forces in the Friends and Family members welcomed home than $1 billion worth of ammunition, according to country, said Parris.102 Soldiers from the 60th Ordnance Company, 43rd Capt. Thorin Parris, commander, 60th Ord. The Soldiers are home earlier than first expectedSustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, at a In addition to ammunition distribution and due to a change in their mission, according to Capt.ceremony at the Special Events Center Monday. collection, the company supported Soldiers from Bret Guglielmi, rear detachment commander, 60th Ord. The “Wolfpack” Company deployed to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., “They were supposed to come home in March,”Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring streamlining the process of turning in ammunition said Guglielmi. “Their deployment got cut, whichFreedom in June to conduct ordnance operations in for the division’s departure from the country. everybody was happy about, especially the Families.”the capital city of Kabul and at Bagram and The company also worked hand in hand with After reintegration, the Soldiers will take leaveKandahar airfields. explosive ordnance disposal units and assisted with the to spend time with Family and friends before During their seven-month deployment, the destruction or demilitarization of damaged ammunition. returning to work. Message board INSIDE Tax Center opens The Fort Carson Tax Center opens Tuesday at 1 p.m. Call 524-1013 or 526-0163 to schedule Page 9 an appointment. Pages 20-21 Page 15
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 18, 2013 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Planning ensures safe holiday By Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson unit commanders and Col. David L. Grosso Commanding general, first sergeants prior toFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson being released for the Dee McNutt weekend. This will include On Monday, our nation will celebrate the birth of one privately-owned vehicle andChief, Print and Web Communications: of our honored and esteemed leaders — Dr. Martin Luther motorcycle safety, alcohol Rick Emert King Jr. Dr. King’s efforts resulted in legislation that and driving under theEditor: Devin Fisher guarantees the universal application of the Constitution for influence prevention,Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland all Americans. He also gave every American a vision of travel safety, weapons brotherhood and unity through his practice of nonviolence. safety, fatigue, off-limitsHappenings: Nel Lampe We in the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson are proud establishments and otherSports writer: Walt Johnson to celebrate the birth and life of this great American. off-duty safety issues asLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall As with most long weekends, Soldiers and Family appropriate prior to being members will capitalize on the opportunity to take to released. Additionally, This commercial enterprise newspaper isan authorized publication for members of the the roads and visit loved ones. As leaders, we must be concerned about the increase of vehicular accidents, winter driving hazards such as rain, ice, snow, slick AndersonDepartment of Defense. Contents of the suicides, alcohol abuse and domestic violence incidents. roads and vehicle survivor packs will be discussed. WinterMountaineer are not necessarily the official Leaders at all levels must do everything possible to prevent weather exposure injury prevention and winter sportsview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or these incidents. Use our professional resources such as Army safety should also be highlighted.the Department of the Army. Printed circulationis 12,000 copies. Substance Abuse Program drug and alcohol substance • Complete the TRiPS travel risk planning system The editorial content of the abuse counselors, the Soldier Family Assistance Center, prior to any travel beyond 150 miles. This risk assessmentMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public chaplains and mental health Providers for assistance with is available at Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, counseling, information and other needs during this long • Conduct POV/motorcycle safety inspections. ThisTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is weekend. Preventing further losses is everyone’s inspection will be conducted by our first line The Mountaineer is posted on the business, not just commanders. on this installation.Internet at Leaders at all levels will be involved with the weekend • Update battle buddy rosters and review battle buddy The Mountaineer is an unofficial plans for each of their Soldiers. I expect leaders to review responsibilities with each Soldier.publication authorized by AR 360-1. The travel plans and use the resources available to assist our • Conduct and revalidate the requirements/counselingMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs Soldiers in making sound and safe decisions. In an effort on the Installation Motorcycle Policy.Military Newspaper Group, a private firm inno way connected with the Department of the to prevent accidents and fatalities over this weekend, all All personnel in the 4th Inf. Div. and on Fort CarsonArmy, under exclusive written contract with military personnel will complete the following with must commit to the safety of each other. We are a team andFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. assistance from their unit leadership: we care about each other’s safety, both on and off duty. The appearance of advertising in this • Receive an end of duty day safety briefing from Beth and I wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend.publication, including inserts or supplements,does not constitute endorsement by theDepartment of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or Influenza season hits early, hardservices advertised. The printer reserves theright to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use orpatronage without regard to race, color, religion,sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical Commentary by the flu viruses that are goinghandicap, political affiliation or any other Lindsay Huse around. This means that thenonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equal Nurse epidemiologist, Flu vaccines available vaccine is so far proving to beopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, Evans Army Community Evans Army Community Hospital effective. One of the mostthe printer shall refuse to print advertising Hospital is offering influenza vaccinations to effective, proven methods forfrom that source until the violation is corrected. TRICARE beneficiaries and preventing the flu is getting a fluFor display advertising call 634-5905. It’s an easy thing to put off, vaccination. Everyone 6 months All correspondence or queries regarding Department of Defense civilians but if you haven’t been vaccinated and older should be vaccinated.advertising and subscriptions should be directed against influenza, it’s time to move at the Exchange from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beneficiaries can receive theto Colorado Springs Military NewspaperGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, it to No. 1 on your to-do list. Friday and Tuesday through Jan. 25. vaccination by walking in toColorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. Evans Army Community Hospital Providers are also offering pediatric their assigned medical clinic The Mountaineer’s editorial content is has already had its first patient vaccinations at various Child, Youth and requesting it. All Medicaledited, prepared and provided by the Public test positive for Influenza B. and School Services facilities. Department Activity FamilyAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Flu season is in full swing Parents can check with specific sites Medicine Clinics have stocks of Releases from outside sources are so and has potential to be more for dates and times. Vaccines will be the vaccine on hand. Patientsindicated. The deadline for submissions to the severe than usual. In fact, the given until supplies run out. can request the vaccine during aMountaineer is close of business the week Centers for Disease Control and Beneficiaries need to bring DOD identification. regularly scheduled appointment.before the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit Prevention report that national In addition, TRICARE covers flusubmissions for newspaper style, clarity and flu numbers are already higher Call 526-6422 to access the vaccinations for military memberstypographical errors. this year than they were for all of flu information recorded message. and their Families at participating Policies and statements reflected in the the 2011-2012 flu season. In the area retailers as well. Some agenews and editorial columns represent views last 30 years, the most severe limits apply at these retailers, soof the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those of influenza seasons caused up to 49,000 occasionally vomiting and diarrhea. call first if seeking vaccination forthe Department of the Army. deaths and countless severe illnesses. While many people recover from children. Reproduction of editorial material is Influenza is caused by a virus that the flu without any problems, it can If you’ve been putting off takingauthorized. Please credit accordingly. spreads through the air when infected be deadly for others. Infants and the vaccination, the time to make people cough, sneeze or talk, and can young children, elderly, people with it a priority is now. Keep yourself also spread when a person comes in health conditions and pregnant and your Family healthy and contact with an infected surface and women are at higher risk for more protected from the flu this year. then spreads it by hand to the eyes, severe flu and complications such For more information on nose or mouth. Symptoms appear one as secondary bacterial pneumonia, influenza, visit to three days after infection and may dehydration, worsening of other flu/keyfacts.htm and the EACH Classified advertising include fever, chills, cough, sore health problems and even death. 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  3. 3. Jan. 18, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 3CFC recognizes top performers Story and photo by Spc. Nathan Thome Maj. Gen. 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Joseph Anderson, The Fort Carson Special Events Center clamored commandingwith excitement during an award ceremony general,Tuesday to recognize the Soldiers, units and post 4th Infantryservices who contributed to the efforts of the Division andCombined Federal Campaign as well as other federal Fort Carson,agencies in the Pikes Peak Region. addresses Fort Carson Soldiers and employees contributed the audienceabout $636,000 during the campaign, which ran during theSept. 1 through Dec. 15. Combined Every year the Office of Personnel Management Federalrecognizes campaigns and volunteers who have made Campaignextraordinary contributions to the CFC through their awarddedication and creativity. ceremony “It’s a special day for the Pikes Peak Region as at thewe gather to recognize the contributions and hard Specialwork of everyone who supported the 2012 CFC,” said EventsMaj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, Center,4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. “I would like thank our charitable partners for doing so much tomake our community a better place.” Judge Advocate; Army Recreational Machine Soldiers donated more than $500,000 to CFC Bronze awards were given to organizations that Program; Civilian Personnel Advisory Center; charities during the campaign.”met 75 percent of last year’s donation; silver for Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Among the awards presented, 1st Lt. Nicholasdonating 5 percent more than last year’s donation; and Security; Directorate of Public Works; Equal Mueller, former assistant plans and operations,gold for exceeding last year’s donation by 25 percent. Employment Opportunities; Directorate of Resource Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., Gold awards were presented to 1st Special Troops Management; Mission and Installation Contracting 22nd Inf. Reg., 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., received theBattalion and 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, Command; Plans, Analysis and Integration Office; Fort Carson Hero Award.1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.; 204th Garrison Public Affairs Office and Army Audit. This award is given to the campaign’s “unsungBrigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.; “The purpose of this ceremony is to recognize heroes,” nominated by their units for making significant3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd the CFC awardees,” said Capt. Shannon Smart, See Campaign on Page 4BCT, 4th Inf. Div.; Mission Support Element; Staff plans and operations officer, 4th Inf. Div. The
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 18, 2013 CampaignArmy fatal accidents from Page 3 differences and demonstrating leadershipdown, sustaining trend qualities in their campaign. “The Hero Award is an award … to honor any CFC representative showing diligence and initiative by engaging their units, providing information, distributing By Julie Shelley “As our non-deployed population increases with materials and also collecting money and Strategic Communication Directorate, U.S. Army the drawdown in combat deployments, engaged peers keeping it safe,” said 2nd Lt. Brett Denbow, Combat Readiness/Safety Center and leaders at all levels will be more vitally important assistant brigade personnel officer, than ever.” Headquarters and Headquarters Company, The Army completed its safest quarter since 1997 with Off duty, accidental deaths remained stable with last 1st BCT. “Mueller did all that; he went above30 accidental fatalities from October-December. year’s first quarter figures. Fatal four-wheeled private and beyond. He brought in a lot of money The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center motor vehicle accidents were down slightly, as were from his unit and deserves that award.”recently released accident statistics for the first quarter of on-duty fatalities resulting from accidents. Aviation saw Mueller is currently serving in the Armyfiscal 2013, and the data show a continued the largest decrease, with no accidental Reserve after leaving active duty shortlyoverall decline in both on- and off-duty fatalities recorded during the quarter. after the CFC campaign concluded.accidental deaths. Fiscal 2012 was the Army’s safest year “This downward Five Soldiers died in aviation accidents during the first quarter of fiscal 2012. “I was shocked to hear that I was nominated for the Hero Award; I’m verysince Sept. 11, 2001, and the third-safestyear on record. Fatal accidents have trend ... is one Combined, fatal accidents were down 17 percent at quarter’s end from honored that I’ve been selected, but it should go to my noncommissioned officers,”remained steady or declined every year of the longest the same time frame in fiscal 2012. said Mueller, who returned to Fort Carsonsince fiscal 2007. Although the Army is poised to repeat to receive the award. “I couldn’t do Locally, Fort Carson suffered six that’s ever been this success during the second quarter, anything for the CFC if it wasn’t for theiraccidental fatalities in fiscal 2012involving uniformed personnel, five of sustained in USACR/Safety Center Command Sgt. Maj. Richard D. Stidley urges all leaders, help, they’re the only reason (I) and my battalion were a success. Although I’mwhich occurred off duty. Three fatalitiesinvolved privately-owned vehicles, one our Army, and especially junior noncommissioned officers, to stay on top of what their getting credit for it, my NCOs, my key workers, are the ones that did all the work.”a personal weapon and the other was a it’s never been Soldiers are doing. The CFC gives people a convenient waydrowning, said Paul Burns, safety director, “We’re coming into that time of year to donate to a cause that means something4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. done during where Soldiers will be eager to get on the to them, said Mueller. There are manyHe noted that about 60 percent of allrecordable accidents involving Fort ongoing combat road, whether in their cars or on their motorcycles,” Stidley said. “First-line organizations to choose from, and the CFC provides information about all of the charities,Carson Soldiers happen while off duty. “Our leaders and Soldiers are con- operations.” leaders will have the most influence in making sure their troops are ready, which so people can make a clear decision about where they want to donate, Mueller said.tinuing to do a remarkable job regarding — Brig. Gen. is especially important for Soldiers who “I donate mostly to Habitat forsafety,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, Timothy J. Edens might need a reintroduction to safe riding Humanity and animal shelters, because mydirector of Army Safety and commanding after the lull of winter.” wife and I both really care about animals,”general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. The Army Safe Spring Campaign, an annual effort said Mueller. “Donating money to or helping“This downward trend in accidental fatalities is one of the designed to raise awareness of driving hazards and out charities isn’t about doing it to get some-longest that’s ever been sustained in our Army, and it’s other seasonal safety issues, will be released Feb. 28 at thing in return; it’s about doing somethingnever been done during ongoing combat operations. because it’s the right thing to do.” 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 “Lisa and Monica have been a great help when I bring stuff in and they tell me what I Fort Carson has three Net Zero goals it is striving can or cannot bring for recycle,” is a commentto achieve for water, energy and waste. The Recycling that the Directorate of Public Works typicallyProgram is an important part of how Fort Carson is receives about Lampton and Weidrick.reducing its waste to achieve its Net Zero waste goal. “Lisa and Monica have become the face Lisa Lampton and Monica Weidrick, contractors of the Recycle Program through their extra-who oversee operations at the recycle location next to ordinary customer service and friendliness.the Exchange, keep things running smoothly for They are always assisting customers bycustomers who come by to drop off their recyclables. helping to unload vehicles, all the while sharing Lampton said coming to work doesn’t feel like information about the Recycle because she loves her job. Through word of mouth of our customers, “We have a lot of fun,” she said. “I like interacting the Exchange recycle point becomes morewith people. It’s mainly informing people about the and more popular each day,” said Ericservices we have and we get to work right with them.” Bailey, DPW, Operations and Maintenance For Weidrick, it is not only a chance to enjoy what Division Recycle Program manager.she is doing, but to educate the public as well. Lampton and Weidrick work opposite days “I enjoy teaching the people how to recycle,” she so the Exchange drop-off location can be opensaid. “I work with them to separate out the different seven days a week. They encourage people toitems so we don’t have a lot of trash left over. If we stop by and find out what they can recycle.can’t take something, like hazardous waste, we tell They accept paper, cardboard, aluminum,them where they can take it, like to (the Nov. 15) tin, glass, plastic, porcelain, mattresses, Fort Carson Recycling Program contractorsAmerica Recycles Day here on post.” scrap metal, electronics and scrap wood. They From left, Monica Weidrick and Lisa Lampton “The customers, especially the retirees, enjoy also run a station to accept household batteries,talking with us as well,” she said. “Customer service both alkaline and rechargeable. When a customer moving boxes. While they can’t recycle packingis our primary focus and is something I have worked brings in broken-down moving boxes, they set them peanuts, they do collect them around the holidays forwith for many years.” aside in a special container for anyone who needs people to pick up and reuse. 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 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.
  5. 5. Jan. 18, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 5Building dedicationhonors fallen Soldier Story and photo by Spc. Nathan Thome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office “It’s something that he took pride in, that he dedicated his life to; it’s a one-of-a-kind facility honoring Soldiers, Family and friends of Fort Carson a one-of-a-kind Soldier.”attended a ceremony to dedicate the Fort Carson The building is the largestMulti-disciplinary Training Platform complex to 1st foundry platform in the Army,Sgt. Bobby Mendez, Jan. 7, in honor of his sacrifice and is the only one that has beenduring his deployment to Iraq, in support of dedicated to a Soldier, saidOperation Iraqi Freedom. Grantman. Maj. Wayne Prince, executive officer, 303rd Through the foundry platform,Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Battlefield units can train signal, human,Surveillance Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, recalled April geospatial and all-source intelli-27, 2006, the day Mendez was killed in Bagdad, Iraq. gence Soldiers. Its compound Mendez’s gunner was sick and unable to go on the facilitates home station trainingconvoy to pick up materials to fix an airfield. Mendez for more than 2,500 Soldiers fromdecided to man the gunner’s turret himself, a decision Fort Carson and the surroundingthat led to his ultimate sacrifice, when an improvised area, Grantman said. Brig. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves, left, deputy commandingexplosive device detonated near his Humvee. “1st Sgt. Bobby Mendez was the epitome of a general for maneuver, 4th Infantry Division, and Lt. Col. Formerly known simply as the foundry, the facility noncommissioned officer; he was a leader, trainer Richard Appelhans, assistant chief of staff for intelligence,was renamed the 1st Sgt. Bobby Mendez Foundry and mentor for all to emulate,” said Lt. Col. Richard 4th Inf. Div., unveil the memorial stone dedicating theTraining Platform. Appelhans, assistant chief of staff for intelligence, 4th Fort Carson Multi-disciplinary Training Platform to 1st Foundry is the U.S. Army’s intelligence training Inf. Div. “He was an expert in the craft of intelligence, Sgt. Bobby Mendez, Jan. 7.readiness program, developed in 2006, for the technically and tactically competent, and a dedicatedmilitary intelligence force. It is designed to sustain intelligence professional in all regards. silence was held to give those in attendance acritical military intelligence skills, while providing “He understood the importance of training chance to reflect.enhanced military intelligence skills. The complex military intelligence Soldiers, ensuring they are ready “My sincerest thanks goes out to all those whoprovides simulation and classroom training, and to deploy, and capable of performing their mission,” made this possible,” said Prince. “I think throughholds equipment needed for field training. Applehans said. “It is only fitting that we dedicate this dedication, Mendez will continue to serve as an “1st Sgt. Mendez was a military intelligence this facility, where military intelligence Soldiers, inspiration to generations of Soldiers, in a settingprofessional for the 4th Infantry Division at the time present and future, will be trained, to the life, that is very fitting, through his commitment tohe made his ultimate sacrifice for our nation,” said memory and example of 1st Sgt. Mendez.” training and, more importantly, his commitment to hisThomas Grantman, Fort Carson foundry director. As the ceremony came to a close, a moment of Soldiers overall.” Life brings obstacles. USAA brings advice. At USAA, we know military life is different. We’ve been there. So for current and former military servicemembers and their families, we offer free financial advice geared to the realities of your life. Whatever obstacle you face, from deployment to PCS and more, we’re here in Colorado Springs to help. SCAN IT & MAP IT. Visit us today at 1855 Telstar Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. 800-531-3329 | Investing in securities products involves risk, including possible loss of principal. The people pictured are not actual soldiers. Financial planning services and financial advice provided by USAA Financial Planning Services Insurance Agency, Inc. (known as USAA Financial Insurance Company in California, Lic. #0E36312), a registered investment advisor and insurance agency, and its wholly owned subsidiary, USAA Financial Advisors, Inc., a registered broker dealer. © 2013 USAA. 142446-0113
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 18, 2013Competition to crown fittest Soldier Story and photo by Spc. Nathan Thome Those who take the VO2 Max test will receive a to uptake oxygen and (who) has the greatest 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office readout and number from the Fitmate Pro which cardiorespiratory fitness.” represents their measured cardiorespiratory fitness. The postwide competition was developed to find Soldiers across Fort Carson will have the “This is not a physical fitness test (that) tells Fort Carson’s fittest Soldier, who will then put hischance to compete against each other to see who is you how fast you can run and how many pushups numbers against the elite at other installations.the fittest on post, during the VO2 Max and situps you can do; that does not tell you, “The fittest male and female Soldiers are goingCompetition, scheduled for Feb. 19-22 at Iron objectively, your cardiorespiratory fitness,” said Heinz. to go into an Armywide competition, which is yet toHorse Sports and Fitness Center. “We have equipment to accurately and scientifically be set up, to compete to see who is the fittest Soldier VO2 Max is the scientific term used for measure a Soldier’s actual cardiorespiratory fitness, in the Army,” said Heinz. “It’s important to Soldierscardiorespiratory fitness, and is the maximum capacity so we can find the Soldier with the greatest ability to be able to compete; one thing I’ve learned aboutto transport and use oxygen in the body. The Soldiers is that they like competition.”competition will measure a Soldier’s fitness Soldiers who believe they are fit enoughthrough the use of Fitmate Pro, a machine to compete in the competition should voiceable to measure oxygen consumption. their interest with their chain of command. “The VO2 Max Competition is a great “Each battalion is able to send their fittestchance for those Soldiers who think they’re Soldier to the Iron Horse (Sports and Fitnesspretty fit to come out and prove it,” said Krys Center), then we’re going to determine whoBankard, health promotion technician, has the bragging rights on post to say theyStandardized Fort Carson Army Wellness have the fittest Soldier,” Heinz said.Center. “Their bragging rights will be based Capt. Sarah Reynolds, commander,on science, and no one really loses, because Headquarters and Headquarters Company,everyone finds out how well their body uses 2nd Battalion (General Support), 4th Aviationoxygen, which really is the key to cardio- Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4threspiratory fitness.” Infantry Division, and 1st Lt. Aaron Berg, Bankard and Tony Heinz, wellness center battalion medical officer/executive officer,director, use a set formula to measure See Fitness on Page 14cardiorespiratory fitness, and ensure anaccurate reading of each participant. “Cardiorespiratory fitness is measured by 1st Lt. Aaron Berg, battalion medicalmilliliters of oxygen per kilogram per officer/executive officer, Headquarters andminute,” said Heinz. “We believe the VO2 is Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 68thscientifically based. It measures oxygen Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team,consumption, which is the key ingredient for 4th Infantry Division, takes the VO2 Maxcardiorespiratory fitness; how much your test at the Standardized Fort Carson Armylungs and heart are able to absorb during Wellness Center, Jan. 11, in preparation forcardiorespiratory fitness.” the VO2 Max competition in February. CONFIDENCE NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY Our children’s dentist is a specialist, having completed Colorado Springs a residency in Pediatric Dentistry REDUCED PEACE OF MIND TUITION Parents are always welcome in treatment areas for military DENTIST AND ORTHODONTICS personnel AND Call us today at COMFORT Sedation is available. Ensure your child never has an dependents* (719) 428-4595 unfortunate dental memory Associate, Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees Accounting 6940 Mesa Ridge Pkwy FUN Business Criminal Justice FOUNTAIN, CO 80817 Children can watch DVD’s or Direct TV on the ceiling Healthcare TV during appointment. Wi-Fi access for parents Information Technology CONVENIENCE (719) 590-8300 After school and late appointments. Multiple Hygienists to accommodate large families at the same time We are in the Ft. Carson Education Center every Tuesday Ask about our $25 in-Office 5 1/2 week classes! Bleaching Winter National American University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning for Mom or Dad at Commission and a member of the North Central Association| *Must provide a valid military ID card. 6/2012 Fountain Modern Special! The individual pictured is not an actual service member. Dentistry – Save $174 HURRY OFFER ENDS February 1st, 2013 ALL OF OUR DENTISTS AND SPECIALISTS PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING PPO INSURANCE PLANS Delta Dental, Metlife, Cigna, Humana, United Concordia, Principle, United HealthCare
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  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 18, 2013Grossman: combat makes Soldiers stronger By Andrea Sutherland what you have to give.” Mountaineer staff “This is the wake-up call to (Soldiers) that what they will “Every bad thing Retired Lt. Col. David Grossman has a messagefor Soldiers. experience will be traumatic, but it’s OK,” said Maj. John that happens in this “You must believe that combat will make youstronger,” he said, addressing hundreds of engineers McNamara, operations officer, 4th Eng. Bn. “We prepare every world reinforcesfrom the 4th Engineer Battalion, behavioral health day physically, but this is tospecialists and cadets from the Colorado Springs prepare people’s minds.” that it needs whatPolice Department during his Jan. 9 “Bullet-proof McNamara said the battalionmind” seminar. has had a long history of you have to give.” “Route-clearing missions are uniquely mentally deployments, resulting in achallenging,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Hibner, commander, — Retired Lt. Col. David Grossman high rate of post-traumatic4th Eng. Bn. stress. He said he hoped the Hibner said Grossman’s four-hour training seminar seminar would help Soldiers prepare for the traumas things in perspective of why we have to go over there.”adds to the battalion’s resiliency program that prepares of combat and be better prepared to handle the Sgt. Pedro Marrero, Forward Support Company,Soldiers not just for combat, but for life. mental stress of a deployment. 4th Eng. Bn., said Grossman’s seminar gave him a better “Resiliency is a life skill that doesn’t just apply to The 4th Eng. Bn. command wanted to host the understanding of the emotional toll combat takes.Soldiers,” Hibner said. “This benefits people, human event to help prevent post-traumatic stress or at least “You wonder what’s wrong with you, but thenbeings. It’s universally beneficial to the people (who) help Soldiers understand what’s going on in their you realize you’re a normal guy,” he said.will listen.” minds, McNamara said. Capt. Guy Mahoney, a behavioral health Grossman, director of the Warrior Science Group Grossman charted a graph for Soldiers on the specialist with the Medical Department Activity,and author of “On Killing,” spoke directly to the approaches to handling post-traumatic stress. On one said he appreciated Grossman’s candid approach toSoldiers preparing to deploy throughout the year, end, was the “pity party,” on the other, the “macho man.” sharing the information.addressing a variety of topics ranging from the He implored Soldiers to navigate the path “He provided a realistic way to handle theimportance of sleep to the realities of war. in between. stressors related to combat,” Mahoney said. Grossman spoke frankly, encouraging Soldiers to “Do not destroy yourself because of the bad He said Grossman was “spot on.”ask themselves if they were prepared to take a human days,” he said. “Do not judge yourself by your worst Grossman said his tactic when preparing service-life to protect innocent lives. day. Take pride in your good days. members for war — something he said he’s been He shared examples of the types of terrorism “Don’t be a ‘macho man.’ We have to create an envi- doing since the beginning of Operation Enduringexperienced worldwide — including the targeting ronment where it’s OK to get help. … If you need help, Freedom — is to meet the needs of the men andof children and women. get help. And you must believe that the help can help.” women serving and that includes being honest about “Somebody has to hunt (the enemy) down “It’s a great concept and it takes you out of the the realities of war and reinforcing that a realistic andand kill them before they do this to us,” he said. normal line of thinking,” said Staff Sgt. Darwin positive outlook is essential.“That’s what this war is about. … Every bad thing Hilliard, 62nd Sapper Company, 4th Eng. Bn. “It “You must go to war with a positive self-fulfillingthat happens in this world reinforces that it needs refreshes how you feel about what you do and keeps prophecy,” he said.
  9. 9. Jan. 18, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 9 Staff Sgt. Jeffery McLane, armor crewmember, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, pulls guard from an M1A2 Abrams tank near Fort Carson’s Camp Red Devil, Jan. 10.‘Talon’ conducts breach trainingStory and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch For a majority of the tankers, this is the first time battalion engineer, Headquarters and Headquarters2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, training on their equipment in more than two years. Company, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. “They are doing 4th Infantry Division “It’s awesome to do our job now,” said Perez. “We great, this is just a crawl phase for us, but we will be actually get to be tankers again. It was fun being light able to walk and later run.” Like a stampede of horses, M1A2 Abrams tanks infantry, but it’s nice to have our equipment and be The Talon Soldiers saw improvement every timeroared across an open field as Soldiers of Company D, riding out on our ‘pigs.’” they conducted the training, McLane said.2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Other Soldiers agreed that being on the M1A2 “We are getting better every day. We started threeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted breach Abrams tank is the preferred way to train. days ago and the difference is day and night,” he near Fort Carson’s Camp Red Devil, Jan. 10. “It’s a great feeling being back on our equipment,” Though improving is important, the Soldiers “Talon” Soldiers conducted training at both the said Staff Sgt. Jeffery McLane, armor crewman, know their main mission is to ensure everyone learnsplatoon and company level to work on the basics of Company D. “It’s what we signed up to do and the something new together.breaching an obstacle and engaging an objective. training is going really good.” “It’s all about teamwork and helping each other “It takes a lot of coordination between the Soldiers performing the breaching techniques out,” said Perez. “Everyone has to do their part toplatoons,” said Staff Sgt. Manuel Perez, armor encountered multiple defensive obstacles such as scout make sure no one is untrained.”crewmember, Company D. “Knowing your sectors snipers, M1A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, dismounted Talon Soldiers are using the training to prepareof fire, ensuring support by fire is set up, and near scout teams and long-range reconnaissance vehicles. for upcoming exercises in Piñon Canyon Maneuverand far security is established are all key elements “The more realistic the training, the better it is,” Site in February and at the National Training Centerto a successful breach.” said Capt. Jonathan Dyer, observer controller and at Fort Irwin, Calif., this summer. TriCare Prime offers off-base Experience a Warmer and More Personal Approach to routine eye examination benefit! Your Cosmetic Surgical Needs No out-of-pocket cost for an eye exam for glasses! Dr. Raskin specializes in FREE COSMETIC CONSULTATION referral is No Primary Care necessary. Simply call for Douglas J. Raskin, M.D., D.M.D an appointment. Harvard, Stanford and Baylor Trained The doctors next to LensCrafters are contracted Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery MEMBER Active Member American Society of Plastic Surgeons AMERICAN SOCIETY OF Tricare Prime Providers. They offer three convenient PLASTIC SURGEONS, INC. Colorado Springs Locations for eye examinations. Exam includes digital retinal imaging at no additional cost. 578-9988 559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 209 Southside Between Northside email: 598-1392 548-8717 598-5068 Conveniently located Downtown Colorado Springs TriCare Standard, TriCare Reserve and TriCare for Life also accepted. Prescriptions may be filled anywhere. Contact lens evaluation available for additional cost. Call for program details. MILITARY DISCOUNTS COLORADO WOLF LO A WO AND WILDLIFE CENTER L CEN E U.S. SURPLUS Divide, Colora v rado WE SELL: FOOD INSURANCE TOURS TOURS AIR SOFT HEADQUARTERS MOUNTAIN HOUSE FREEZE DRIED at your Fun Store Facebook b iPhone & iPad Apps P Ap 2475 S. Academy 574-8993 719-687-9742 · www HOURS: MON-FRI, 9:00AM-5:30PM, SAT 10AM-4PM
  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 18, 2013 Recycling programDOD updates TBI, PTSD care DENTAC earns By Nick Simeone among returning warriors and to step up efforts to American Forces Press Service ensure those who need treatment stick with it. Hammer told the task force members his WASHINGTON — Determining the impact organization benefits efforts throughout theof mental health programs across the military will Defense Department to help those suffering top honors Directorate of Public Worksbe a key project this year for the Defense Centers of from PTSD and TBI.Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic “We believe that by serving as the principal The Fort Carson Dental Activity staff in buildingBrain Injury, a top Defense Department health integrator and authority on psychological health and 815 turned in 3,280 pounds to claim top honors in theofficial told a Pentagon task force Tuesday . traumatic brain injury knowledge and standards for quarterly Fort Carson Unit Recycle Incentive Program DCoE’s director, Navy Capt. Paul S. Hammer, DOD, we are uniquely positioned to accelerate and earn $750 in morale, welfare and recreation funds.listed accomplishments over improvement and care.” The DENTAC staff also won thethe past year as well as Hammer noted that a tran- quarterly competition in April.areas where improvement is By definition sition is under way as support Second place went to The Defense Centers of Excellence forneeded, including “streamlining Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury responsibility for DCoE shifts the Office of the Stafffunctions that effectively defines TBI and post traumatic stress disorder as: from DOD’s TRICARE Judge Advocate in buildingaccomplish the stated DCoE TBI — an injury to the brain caused by an Management Activity to the 6222. The staff dropped offmission and vision. external force. This force produces either Army Medical Research and 2,057 pounds of material and an alteration of consciousness or a loss of “Our job is to make the consciousness. It may also be associated Materiel Command under a received $500 in MWR fundssystem better so that our with other neurological deficits. Defense Department directive. for their efforts. The Armyservicemembers, their Families PTSD — an anxiety disorder that can occur “What we need is lead- Field Support Battalion,and veterans get better care,” after experiencing a traumatic event. ership to really clarify building 8100, earned thirdhe told the Recovering Anyone who has gone through a life- expectations on what they place with 1,140 pounds of threatening event can develop PTSD. 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  11. 11. Jan. 18, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 1143rd STB honors junior leaders Story and by teach his junior leaders some of the Staff Sgt. Joseph Stone skills 11 years of war had pushed to43rd Sustainment Brigade Public the background.Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division “Cavalry units have their spurs pro- gram and we needed to do something like Nine young leaders were the first that to bring our junior leaders back toSoldiers inducted into 43rd Special core competencies,” said Giraud. “PeopleTroops Battalion, 43rd Sustainment say ‘back-to-basics,’ but some of theBrigade’s, newly-created “Order of the folks don’t know what the basics are.”Trailblazer” Dec. 13, after completing One of the inductees, Staff Sgt. Evanthe requirements for the battalion’s Soto, Headquarters and HeadquartersJunior Leader Program. Company, 43rd STB, found himself The program is intended to pushed to get out of his comfort zone.enhance the leadership skills of Soldiers “Completion of tasks also requiresin the ranks of sergeant, staff sergeant, interaction with people you would notwarrant officer, chief warrant officer otherwise meet,” said Soto. “It is nottwo, second lieutenant, first lieutenant often that a signal Soldier would sitand pre-command captain. down and have a talk with the battalion Each participant was provided a adjutant. Opening the lines of commu-handbook with a list of tasks — starting nication with subject matter experts onwith tasks to be completed within different subjects is invaluable. Not only30, 60, 90 and 120 days of starting the have you learned something new, but youprogram and recurring daily, monthly have built rapport with someone you 59th Quartermaster Company. Staff Sgt. Brad Dioguard. left, shakes handsand quarterly tasks. could reach out to for help in the future. “Attending these meetings, I with Lt. Col. Roger Giraud as he receives The tasks included counseling “The benefits of continuing to imple- learned the importance of management his “Order of the Trailblazer” certificateSoldiers verbally and in writing, ment this program are not just limited to and training, of Soldiers and units,” for completing the 43rd Special Troopsqualifying as a convoy commander, and the junior leaders themselves, whose Toscono said. “I now understand the Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade,learning how to perform maintenance growth has been fostered, but also to the battalion operations and the companies’ Junior Leaders Program, Dec. 13.on all assigned equipment as well Soldiers who will reap the benefits of roles in supporting each other to meetas instructing junior Soldiers to the improved leadership, and the senior (the) mission as a whole.” as they arrive in 43rd STB to beginaccomplish the mission. leaders who will have a stronger support Giraud said his favorite part of the building a strong foundation. The program, begun in December structure below them,” Soto said. process is watching people grow. Giraud presided over the Dec. 132011, has been integrated throughout The Junior Leaders Program also “The best part of this job, the best ceremony and Col. Todd Heussner,the battalion during the last year, lets the participants in on things they part of this program, is watching people commander, 43rd SB, gave the com-according to Lt. Col. Roger Giraud, might not otherwise be a part of. learn and strive toward a goal and earn mencement address.commander, 43rd STB. “I have attended command and staff, it,” Giraud said. The next induction is planned for Giraud said he witnessed similar maintenance, training and first sergeant’s Soldiers who meet the rank March 2013 and then there will be oneprograms in other units and wanted to meetings,” said Sgt. Sergio Toscono, requirements start the program as soon every quarter. GET STOKED FOR SNOFEST 2013 Visit Colorado Technical University at SnoFest 2013! January 25th - 27th Call: 877.906.6555 Visit: Text: MILITARY to 94576 for more info CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. 88-33399 0404729 1/13