Vol. 71, No. 3 Jan. 25, 2013 Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex opens Photo by Andrea Sutherland Detective Greg White, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, fires an MK-18 rifle Wednesday positions. Three ranges are designated for rifle use from 300-500 yards. Four ranges at the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex. The 400-acre complex, which opened are designated for pistol use. In addition to being open to community members, law to the public Wednesday, features seven ranges with about 120 covered shooting enforcement personnel will train at the complex. See story on pages 20-21.Medal of HonorFormer division Soldier to receive award By Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Company B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, 3rd Sqdn., 61st Cav. Reg., who was the first sergeant at COP Keating at the time of the attack, and excerpts staff sergeant for his actions at Combat Operating that the Army Times used from “The Outpost,” by Clinton L. Romesha will become the fourth living Post Keating, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2009. Jake Tapper. The Soldiers in the COP reacted smoothlyrecipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic The engagement began as insurgents launched a and efficiently with battle drills honed and battle testedactions in Iraq or Afghanistan. hail of gunfire, interspersed with rocket fire, during the by 45 attacks in the four months prior. President Barrack Obama will present the presti- early morning hours, according to Master Sgt. Ronald See Medal on Page 4gious award Feb. 11 at the White House to the former Burton, operations noncommissioned officer in charge, Message board INSIDE Lane closure A project to improve sidewalks and crosswalks along Chiles Avenue from Prussman Boulevard to the bowling alley will result in periodic lane closures Friday through Wednesday. Call 526-9267 for more information. Page 8 Page 27 Page 13
2 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2013 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Fulfilling ‘The Dream’ Commentary by Chap. (Capt.) Carl O. Brown through with her declaration that all men are created equal. Col. David L. Grosso 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) His message was also prophetic and encouraging to blacksFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: and whites — instructing them to continue believing that Dee McNutt Then President Abraham Lincoln signed the God is on the side of justice. He believed that evil would not Emancipation Proclamation Jan. 1, 1863, which was a continue to prevail and that God would set America free.Chief, Print and Web Communications: promissory letter liberating blacks from the most heinous act King encouraged people of every race, color and creed to Rick Emert toward human beings our country had engaged in — slavery. understand that, “Now is the time to rise from the dark andEditor: Devin Fisher The signing of this single document promised to desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racialStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland give blacks the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity happiness, forever ensuring its status as one of the most to all of God’s children. 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Jan. 25, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 3911 operators take top honors Story and photo by Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff There’s no “typical” day for operators in a 911call center. “We’ve handled everything from calming a lostchild in distress to helping people deliver babies todirecting someone on performing CPR over thephone,” said Chief Jeff Craig, 911 manager,Directorate of Emergency Services. “You name it, myfolks can handle it.” Craig said his team of 14 dispatchers handlesbetween 50,000 and 60,000 calls each year. The teammans the dispatch center 24/7, 365 days a year, working12-hour shifts that often stretch into 16-hour shifts. “Every time somebody is out enjoying something,my folks are here,” he said. “We pride ourselves oncustomer service.” The team, based in the call center at the Fort CarsonFire Department, is part of the El Paso Teller County 911Authority, which is comprised of nine 911 centers withnearly 200 operators. Every few months, the El PasoTeller County E-911 Authority Board recognizes onedispatcher as the “Telecommunicator of the Quarter.” In 2012, Craig’s team claimed the title three outof four quarters. Three dispatchers — Kim Perkins, Dana Carnealand Sue Aragon — earned the title in the first, secondand fourth quarters, respectively, after “going aboveand beyond” their duties to ensure the necessary help Sue Aragon, a 911 dispatcher for the Directorate of Emergency Services, mans the call desk at the dispatch office,came to the distressed parties. Tuesday. Aragon earned the “Telecommunicator of the Quarter” for the fourth quarter in 2012. Two other dispatchers, Dana Carneal and Kim Perkins, also earned the title in the second and first quarters. Perkins was named See 911 operator on Page 4 “Telecommunicator of the Year” for 2012. NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY Colorado Springs REDUCED 6 DOCTORS ALL UNDER 1 ROOF 1 STAFF 1 SET OF PAPERWORK 1 FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENT 1 GREAT EXPERIENCE TUITION for military 1 PLACE GIVES YOU IT ALL! personnel AND dependents* Associate, Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees Accounting Business A Modern Approach To Dental Care Criminal Justice Healthcare Information Technology (719) 590-8300 ORTHODONTIST COSMETIC DENTIST Invisalign Braces Veneers Bleaching email@example.com Smile Makeover We are in the Ft. Carson Education Center every Tuesday ORAL SURGEON Implants Wisdom Teeth Ask about our PEDIATRIC DENTIST ENDODONTIST 5 1/2 week classes! Dentistry for Children Root Canals FAMILY DENTIST National American University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning 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 Cleaning, PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING PPO INSURANCE PLANS Exam & METLIFE, TRICARE/TRICARE RETIREE, UNITED CONCORDIA, DELTA DENTAL, Digital UNITED HEALTHCARE, PRINCIPAL, HUMANA, CIGNA, AETNA, ASSURANT, X-Rays ANTHEM BC/BS, GUARDIAN, AMERITAS, AMERIPLAN, DENTEMAX & MORE FOUNTAIN, CO 80817
4 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2013Medal “It’s a great was in the Marine Corps. He said the military was something he always knewfrom Page 1 he wanted to do. opportunity to tell Romesha credits his grandfather for Unlike previous attacks, which lasted five to 10 instilling in him the qualities that mademinutes, and typically involved insurgents shooting all the great things him so effective during that battle.a few rifle and mortar rounds then retreating, theattack remained focused, with 300 insurgents that happened that “I would resort back to my grand- father, who has always been myassaulting the post of 50 American Soldiers and twoLatvian Soldiers, breaching the perimeter and day; one team, personal hero, and one of the great life lessons he taught me, and I’ve alwayssecuring the mortar pit. one fight.” held true, is that your actions will speak The nearby Observation Post Fritsch, with 19 for you: don’t just talk the talk, but — Clinton L. RomeshaAmerican Soldiers, was simultaneously attacked, actually walk the walk, and dig downpreventing them from supporting the COP. deep into that warrior spirit every one of It was during this attack that Romesha took you have, and execute,” Romesha said.charge, which earned him the prestigious award. opportunity to tell all the great things that happened His wife, Tamara Romesha, has also been “The biggest thing for (Romesha) that day, he that day; one team, one fight.” adjusting to the news of the award.was all over the place,” said Burton. “We have our Romesha considered the award an opportunity “I’m still a little star struck, awe-struck,” shebattle drills, but when things began to change, he took to accomplish some things he wanted to do that may said. “I’ve always known he could do amazingcharge. He reported into us, and then he went back not have been possible otherwise. things; he is a very capable, great guy, but youout, took part of the base (and) then defended it.” “To be able to get back into contact with such guys are walking in and seeing him as he is now. I Romesha leading the charge and his retaking of great friends and Family members, and share in the still think back to when we were in high schoolthe mortar pit may have been instrumental in the experience of it; to get the message of teamwork and together, so it’s a little new for me to think of himsuccessful defense of the COP during the 10-hour dedication that everyone showed that day, such courage as a (Medal of Honor) recipient.”fight, but his actions didn’t stop there. and honor, has really meant a lot to me,” he said. Clinton Romesha separated from the Army and According to the Army News Service, he took out Romesha also sees the award as an opportunity to is now working with KS Industries as a qualityan enemy machine gun team and continued to engage tell the Soldier’s story. assurance team member, and lives in Minot, N.D.,another one, even while injured from shrapnel due to “You don’t really wake up in the morning and with his wife and three children.a generator exploding from a rocket-propelled grenade. think; ‘today I’m gonna go try and be awarded the During his service in the Army, from 1999-2011,He also directed air support that killed 30 insurgents. Medal of Honor,’” he said. “And for me, I hold true he was stationed in Germany, Korea and Fort The Army Times’ recounting of Romesha’s to that. I believe there (are) so many Soldiers out Carson. He was assigned twice to Korea, andcitation adds even more detail to his actions that day. there, that if they were given the opportunity that we deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. When Soldiers at COP Keating were informed that had faced that day, they would have done what I did. His military awards include the Bronze StarOP Fritsch had injured Soldiers requiring medical “It’s the small things that people don’t see that Medal, Purple Heart, three Army Commendationassistance, Romesha provided covering fire that Soldiers do every day; the getting up early, putting Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, Army Goodallowed those Soldiers to reach the aid station. He also that uniform on,” said Romesha. “Saying goodbye to Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal,traversed 100 meters under fire to secure the bodies their Families for a year and kind of putting Family Korean Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal,of fellow Soldiers who had fallen during the fighting. life on hold; those are the everyday heroes, this is Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Obama announced the award Jan. 11. what that award means to me.” Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Global “It’s been a long time coming,” said Burton. Looking into Romesha’s Family, it might seem as War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned“When it finally came out … I was just excited.” though he had heroism bred into his bones. His Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Romesha had mixed emotions. grandfather was a World War II veteran, his father a Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO “I don’t think you ever sit there and expect this to Vietnam veteran, his oldest brother has served in both Medal with bronze service star, Army Valorous Unitcome, it’s bittersweet,” said Romesha. “It’s a great the Army and the Air Force, while the second oldest Award and the Combat Action Badge.911 operator “a city within a city,” with a high “We’re only as good as the information to responders by the time they arrivedfrom Page 3 call volume. Understanding how to that we get.” on the scene three minutes and 50 navigate calls, she said, is vital to Perkins and Craig stressed that seconds after the call was placed. Perkins, who helped responders knowing what help is necessary. while they prefer community members “I’m an adrenaline junkie,” shelocate a man attempting to commit “We have one of the best records to reserve 911 calls for true “life or said. “I love that fast pace.”suicide, was also named “Tele- for longevity, which just makes us limb” emergencies, they “never judge Aragon earned recognition as thecommunicator of the Year.” that much better and more familiar the integrity of the caller.” fourth quarter winner after she helped “Nobody wants to get that call with what happens,” she said. “It’s our job to help calm down police stop an assault in progress. Afterthat makes them an award winner,” Perkins said that some of the the situation on the other end of the receiving a call with vague informationsaid Perkins, shift supervisor and happiest calls she receives are when phone,” Craig said. from an operator at Evans Army911 dispatcher. she has helped deliver babies over Maintaining composure and keeping Community Hospital, Aragon was able “We’re the first, first responders,” the phone. a nonjudgmental attitude helped to locate an address and dispatchshe said. “There are (a lot of) children born on dispatchers earn those top titles. police to the location. In a career field that experiences front lawns, at gates, on sidewalks and Last May, Carneal, who earned the “All she had was an area code,”34-percent turnover each year, Craig on couches,” she said, laughing. “Those honor the second quarter of 2012, said Craig, adding that Aragon recog-said his team has more than 150 years are the great ones, the ‘blessing calls.’” responded to a call of a vehicle driving nized the numbers from an earlier callof experience. Perkins said that because dispatchers into a residence on Fort Carson. and matched it to an address. “She “Eighty percent of those (who) can only hear what is happening when “As the call progressed,” the could have stopped a potential murder.”leave the workforce each year have someone calls in, it is important for resolution honoring her reads, “she For Aragon, she was simply doingbeen on the job less than two years,” he callers to be very clear when communi- heard the call taker confirm that there her job.said. “We’re dealing with people’s cating the emergency. was smoke, fire, shots fired and a person “It’s every day,” she said. “If I hadn’tday-to-day tragedies.” “We’re visually challenged, which on scene with a compound fracture.” done it, one of (the other dispatchers) Perkins described Fort Carson as is a blessing and a curse,” she said. Carneal relayed pertinent information would have.” Send a Valentine’s Day message to your sweetheart! 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Jan. 25, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 5Leaders award Soldiers for heroism, serviceSFAT Sutton receivesmembers safety award By Staff Sgt. Christopher Jelleearn 100 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division During an award ceremony Jan. 10, which honored and recognized more than 370 Soldiers of the 3rdBronze Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, one award in particular stood out; a small, translucent plaque with the word “Army Safety Guardian” etched into it. The award is presented to individuals who perform extraordinary actions or skill during an emergencyStars, 200 or imminently dangerous situation while preventing damage to Army property, personnel or loss of life to an individual. Staff Sgt. Donald Sutton was awarded the ArmyARCOMs Safety Guardian award for his actions that helped save the life of a man trapped in a burning semitrailer during a multicar crash on Interstate-25 near exit 128, March 29. The field artillery system mechanic with Story and photo by Company K, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Sgt. Grady Jones BCT, saw the wrecked vehicle as he was driving on 3rd Brigade Combat Team Bandley Drive, returning to Fort Carson from lunch. Public Affairs Office, A car heading north on the interstate went across the 4th Infantry Division median into the southbound lane, striking another Col. Michael Kasales, right, commander, 3rd Brigade vehicle. The semitrailer, heading south, swerved to Leadership of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, shakes the hand avoid the accident and crossed the median, striking4th Infantry Division, hosted an award ceremony of Maj. Ethan Allen, executive officer, 1st Battalion, a pole on the passenger side and pinning the driver’sJan. 10, to recognize Soldiers and civilians for 68th Armor Regiment, after pinning him with a Purple side door of the vehicle against a guardrail in thetheir superior service and support during the Heart medal. Maj. Allen was the Team Leader for northbound lane.Security Forces Advisory Team’s nine-month Security Forces Advisory Team 42 when he was “I saw the truck hit the guardrail and flames on thedeployment to Afghanistan. wounded by an improvised explosive device while side of the truck,” said Sutton. “I stopped to see if I “Iron” Brigade Commander Col. Michael serving in Afghanistan. could offer any assistance, because it’s just one of thoseKasales and Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas things that you know you’re supposed to do.”Maddi, along with 3rd BCT subordinate unit Jim Herrell, a local citizen who arrived at the crashcommanders, pinned awards on more than 370 controlling a squad-sized element,” Allen said, as site just before Sutton, said he could hear the screamsSoldiers and civilians during the ceremony to he gave words of advice to fellow senior leaders. as the truck driver grew frantic.include 100 Bronze Stars and 200 Army “You still have to know how to be able to perform Sutton and Herrell worked together to keep theCommendation Medals. those basic Soldier skills that all Soldiers must be driver calm as they explained the door was jammed and ARCOMs with “V” devices for valor were able to do.” they would have to pull him out through the window.awarded to Spcs. Thomas Carlton and Craige “Maj. Allen and 1st Lt. Perreault wanted to “(Sutton) stuck his face right into that burningWhiting, both combat engineers, C Company, 3rd come back (to their teams) after getting hurt,” vehicle,” Herrell said. “He and I had (an intense)Brigade Special Troops Battalion, and Spc. James Kasales said. “They didn’t back down. To me, that See Safety on Page 11McDaniel, military police officer, Headquarters is just another indication of the kind of Soldiersand Headquarters Company, 3rd STB, for their within the brigade.”heroic actions when they engaged enemy During his speech, Kasales said SFAT teamscombatants who had breached the perimeter of were deployed to austere environments wherethe outpost they were tasked with guarding. At the access to phones or other morale, welfare andtime of the breach, the Soldiers were also under recreation facilities was limited. The SFATs alsosmall arms fire and grenade attacks. trained and lived with Afghan forces. A U.S. servicemember may be awarded an Kasales said senior Army leadership inARCOM with “V” device if serving in a capacity Afghanistan described the 3rd BCT SFAT’s role aswith the Army and distinguishes himself by “game changing.”heroism. According to the U.S. Army Human Soldiers, who remained with the garrison elementResources Command, 142,609 ARCOMs have of the brigade at Fort Carson and performed theirbeen awarded for Operation Enduring Freedom as duties exceptionally, were also honored forof Nov. 30, with only 3,056 having “V” devices. accomplishments to include an Audie Murphy “The ARCOM with ‘V’ device means doing Club inductee, 3rd BCT Soldiers winning the 4thyour job plus more,” Whiting said. “If I had to do Inf. Div. Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier ofit again, I would.” the Quarter board, and food service specialists Purple Heart medals were given to 1st Lt. winning culinary competitions.Christopher Perreault, infantry officer, Head- “Equally as important was the recognition ofquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd STB, all the hard work that went on back here,” saidand Maj. Ethan Allen, executive officer, 1st Kasales. “We asked junior leaders and Soldiers toBattalion, 68th Armor Regiment. step up into positions of higher responsibility. “It means self-sacrifice for my country,” They had very little, if any, time to prepare for it, Photo by Sgt. Grady JonesPerreault said. “It makes me proud.” the same way that the SFATs had little time to 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Command Sgt. Maj. Allen said that he regrets having to leave his prepare for deployment. Brian Stall, right, presents Staff Sgt. Donald Sutton,team on the first day of the mission when he “It was so important to bring all those guys Company K, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd BCT, 4thwas injured. together and say it was a team effort,” Kasales Inf. Div., with the U.S. Army Safety Guardian Award at a “You often think that eventually you’ll get up said. “They all did very well. They performed brigade awards ceremony, Jan. 10, for pulling a driver outto a place in rank or grade where you’re not going exceptionally. They really stepped up and knocked of his burning semitrailer, following a multicar crash onto be out moving in a squad formation and it out of the park.” Interstate-25 in Colorado Springs.
6 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2013MPs break crime ring Story and photo by Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff For investigators Louis Ramirez, Adrain Seijemai and Kyle VonJares, stealing from fellow Soldiers is a despicable act. “It’s disgusting,” said Von Jares. “They did it to their own.” Ramirez, Seijemai and Von Jares, all serving with the 759th MilitaryPolice Battalion, received Army Achievement Medals for their investi-gation of a crime ring in the barracks where Soldiers stole thousandsof dollars of personal property from their battle buddies. “It’s about the lowest thing you can do,” said Maj. Gen. JosephAnderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson,who presented the awards Jan. 16. Investigators estimate the suspects stole between $15,000 and$20,000 of personal and government property from six Soldiers in 2ndBrigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., while they were participating in atraining exercise in December. Lt. Daniel Wentzel, supervisor, Fort Carson Military PoliceInvestigation, said the team of investigators collected leads and were able to get confessions from the suspects. Wentzel said almost every piece of stolen Tips for property was returned. protecting Seijemai. “It’s an honormy be recognized by “I’m proud of to section,” said property such high-ranking officials.” ✔ Document serial The investigating team said they have numbers of electronics received similar awards in the past for their and other items. efforts, but that each recognition reaffirms their commitment to protecting the public. ✔ Purchase personal “It’s very rewarding to know that we did property insurance our jobs and protected the people we serve,” even if living in the said Von Jares. barracks. The team said the public perception of police work may be met with frustration. ✔ Lock doors and close “Some have the perception that (a crime) curtains when leaving gets reported and then they don’t see what the barracks or the goes on and they think nothing happens,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, shakes house. Keep expensive Ramirez. “This shows that we do work and Louis Ramirez’s hand after awarding him the Army Achievement Medal, Jan. 16. Adrain Seijemai items out of view. are successful. … It’s good to get that recog- and Kyle Von Jares also received the honor. The three investigators broke up a crime ring nition. It is good to show hard work pays off.” occurring in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team barracks in December. Now accepting appointments in our new location. COLORADO SPRINGS 660 South Pointe Court, PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Suite 100 719-596-2097 Little People, Big Smiles CONTACTS GLASSES Welcoming New Patients 25% MILITARY Technology with a Caring Touch Specialized treatment planning for all ages DISCOUNT Treatment under conscious sedation and general-anesthesia Digital radiography for pinpoint treatment plans and on all goods and reduced radiation exposure Jeff Kahl, DDS Parents can stay with children during treatment Derek Kirkham, DDS services* Most insurance accepted including Military and Medicaid Zachary Houser, DMD Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs 719-596-2097 (719) 522-0123 The Independent & The Gazette 660 South Pointe Court, Suite 100 9480 Briar Village Point, Suite 301 www.cspediatricdentistry.com www.abbaeyecare.com 4430 N. Nevada Ave. 4319 Integrity Center Point 1813 North Circle Drive 1130 Lake Plaza Drive Southwest Corner of Garden of the Gods & Nevada NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Circle & Constitution Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) 635-2020 634-2020 632-2020 578-2020 can publish your NOTICES OF GUARDIANSHIP (precurser notice to adoption) NAME CHANGES For more info call 634-1048
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8 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2013 Sgt. 1st Class Craig Butterman, brigade personnel noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, looks at Makayla Hendrickson’s research documents during the Russell Middle School science fair, Jan. 15.Soldiers score school science fair Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagán Wade, eighth-grade science teacher. The judging had two parts: project some of them that is what they want to aspire to. It’s nice, too, because I feel management system operator, HHT, 2nd STB. “It’s cool to get to see their 2nd Brigade Combat Team display and an interview with the student. like this whole community has a good experiments.” Public Affairs Office, 4th “I enjoyed being able to get a relationship with Fort Carson.” Students said they liked having Infantry Division chance to see the next generation and Some students seemed nervous the Soldiers there to judge. see their ideas and how much effort during the interview portion, but were “I feel like they know a lot, so it’s Are fingerprints hereditary? What they put into their projects,” said Sgt. put at ease quickly. cool for them to come out and judge us,type of tape is the strongest? What is 1st Class Craig Butterman, brigade “I got nervous because I didn’t instead of teachers,” said Makaylathe lifecycle of a fruit? personnel noncommissioned officer in want to mess up, but after a while (you Hendrickson, science fair participant. These are just some of the questions charge, Headquarters and Headquarters realize) the Soldiers are really cool, so Soldiers said they felt a sense ofasked by students during Russell Troop, 2nd STB, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. I loosened up,” said Madison Lemley, duty to the students while judging.Middle School’s Science Fair, judged Div. “What surprised me the most science fair participant. “It’s cool “To me, it feels pretty good to beby about 30 Soldiers from 2nd Special was the amount of participants and the because I respect the Soldiers, and I get able to go out into the community andTroops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat students’ interpersonal skills.” to interact with them.” show people that this is what we doTeam, 4th Infantry Division, Jan. 15. Both Soldiers and students said Soldiers were impressed with the and who we are and that we care,” The science projects, created by they felt the benefits of volunteering. projects that students created. Butterman said. “At the end of the day,sixth- through eighth-grade students, “The kids really appreciate it,” “These kids are very smart, a lot these are our future leaders, and I wantwere assigned in October and had to said Wade. “They are seeing all these smarter than I was at their age,” said to make sure we are doing the rightmeet various requirements, said Alex men and women in uniform and for Spc. Robert Cox, air defense battle thing for them.”Medics learn advanced skills to treat patients By Spc. Nathan Thome Medicine noncommissioned officer in charge. “They knowledge that they can call upon both when they 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office learn what it really means to do their job when are in garrison and downrange.” they get to their unit.” During the training, medics learn and perform Medical professionals from battalion aid stations This training provides Soldiers with training tasks such as putting in sutures, operating anacross post began training at Evans Army different from what is available at the battalion level. electrocardiogram, blood draws, throat cultures,Community Hospital Jan. 7 to develop and enhance “When they’re deployed, they get to do more glucose testing, escorting patients and a variety oftheir medical proficiency, as well as update and things under the license of a provider, but in the other clinical tasks.sustain their clinical skills. garrison environment, they’re limited and can only do “This training gives us a variety of new skills that Medical skills training, which started in March certain things,” said Harris. “Coming here and doing we wouldn’t have learned if we weren’t in a hospitalas a 15-day course, is now a 24-day training period this rotation, it gives the Soldiers the opportunity to setting,” said Pvt. Zachary Lutz, health care specialist,that allows Soldiers to train longer and go more do a little more than what they would usually do in Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron,in-depth into working in a clinical environment. their aid stations. For the most part, they already 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Basically, this training helps medical Soldiers to have the medical knowledge. This is enhancing their 4th Infantry Division. “It builds upon things webuild on the skills they already have, when they’re skills and adding what they normally wouldn’t have already learned during our other training andfresh out of advanced individual training,” said Sgt. (receive) in their battalion aid stations, and benefiting See Medics on Page 101st Class Jimi Harris, Department of Emergency their units when they go back, because they have this
Jan. 25, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 9‘Raiders’ master Kelmar Story and photo by the brigade’s equipment anywhere in the world. will be critical to their logistics mission during Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell “We can rely more on our Soldiers within our future deployments.1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, unit and less on contractors so we become self-reliant “This is one of the best classes I have ever attended. 4th Infantry Division and expedite the movement of our containers,” said I have learned a lot about this piece of equipment 2nd Lt. John Peake, support operations transportation and feel very confident operating it,” said Sgt. Thirteen “Raider” Brigade Soldiers trained to officer, 4th BSB, 1st BCT. Michael Villerot, motor transport operator,become proficient with the 118,500-pound Kalmar The training Raider Brigade Soldiers received Company A, 4th BSB.Rough Terrain Container Handler-240 during an80-hour course Jan. 7-18. The two-week course began in a classroom wherestudents learned container safety, vehicle maintenanceand lifting and transporting procedures beforeconducting practical exercises with the Kalmar RT-240in the 4th Brigade Support Battalion motor pool. “As soon as I saw a picture of the Kalmar, I wasintimidated, and I never thought I would be able tooperate it, but we learned everything step-by-step,from lifting and dropping to stacking containersthree high and now it’s a piece of cake,” said Spc.Charlene Fellows, motor transport operator,Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1stBattalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The training these Soldiers are getting will helptheir units, said Training Specialist WendellCrawford, course instructor, who has 20 years ofcargo container movement experience. Once trainedon the Kalmar, they have the capability to offloadtheir equipment and get it to their units without havingto wait on someone to come move it for them. “This class is very useful when you deploy andhave to build a Forward Operating Base or deliversupplies that are essential to the mission,” saidFellows. “If I can operate the Kalmar I can get these Spc. Luis Saldana, motor transport operator, Company A, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4thsupplies to my unit.” Infantry Division, uses signals to communicate with Spc. Charlene Fellows, motor transport operator, Headquarters The course certifies the handlers to operate the and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., during the Rough TerrainKalmar during logistical operations that transport Container Handler Course, Jan. 15 at the 4th BSB motor pool. Wiinning S Winning Smiles For Everyone! EXPERIEN ED, CARING EXPERIENCED, CARING AND GENTLE RI NC D A GEN E ENTL Cosmetic Dentistry Bonding & Veneers Root Canal Therapy Childrens Dentistry Crowns & Bridges Orthodontics Teeth Whitening Oral Surgery Dentures Implants Wisdom Teeth White Fillings Porcelain Laminates Gum Care PROVIDER PROVIDER FOR ACTIVE MILITARY DEPENDENTS I ACTIVE MILITARY DEPENDENTS I TA E N T Personal Dentistry with a Soft To Personal Dentistry r Soft Touch for f ouch Children, Parents & Grandparents. Parents Grandparents. r SAME DAY EMERGENCY CARE DAY EMERGENCY CARE A 597-9737 www.powersdentalgroup.com www.powersdentalgroup.com Caring Caring For Smiles Since 1974
10 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2013 Family Day in the field Family members climb on an M1A2 Abrams Tank during Company C, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Family day at Murphy Range, Jan. 11. Families were bused to the battalion’s field training exercise site to interact with their Soldiers and tour the FTX site. Photo by Staff Sgt. Ruth PaganMedics communication with one another,” said Lutz. “We “When it comes to medics, there are two separatefrom Page 8 need to keep a cool head, because that can make sides; there are the line medics and the clinic medics,” all the difference when it comes to performing a said Spc. Joe Rodriguez, health care specialist,advanced individual training, so we are able to treat successful medical task.” HHB, 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg., 2nd BCT, 4th Inf.and help more patients in more types of situations When the medics return to their units, they can use Div. “I’m trying to go into nursing, so this is a goodthan we were beforehand. Also, if we were to get the knowledge they’ve gained to mentor Soldiers so eye-opener for me to get more practice. Being in adetached to a hospital, we would have some experience they, too, can become more proficient in their skills. line unit, I don’t really get to learn (the nurse’s) role,in a hospital setting.” “The vast majority of what we have learned we but being here, I can see more of what they do. As the Soldiers’ skills improve, they will advance will be able to use at our clinics, but we will also be Rodriguez said he joined the training to servein their training and perform more complex tasks able to apply it as field medics,” said Spc. David as a stepping stone to his ultimate goal, being aand operations. Holmes, health care specialist, Headquarters and sports medicine practitioner, but training with “Once (the instructors) get the confidence that Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field civilian patients has given him a new perspectivewe can perform more tasks, we’ll start moving to the Artillery Regiment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “This and foundation, broadening his plans for the future.next level,” said Lutz. “The way it’s taught to us is, training is geared more toward the Soldiers who “I didn’t know exactly what I was getting myselfwe watch a procedure, we do what is taught to us don’t work in the hospital, and allows us to expand into when I started this program, but I’m so glad that(and) then we teach, meaning we need to be proficient our knowledge of medical procedures, but we can I’m part of this,” said Rodriguez. “It helped me getenough to teach what we’ve learned.” use it to teach others so they will be prepared in the confidence I need to do procedures in the future, In addition to valuable skills gained, Lutz expressed future situations.” and the knowledge to teach other Soldiers in my unitthe importance of staying calm in intense situations. Through this training, Soldiers gain a wider become even better at their jobs. We’ve been here “No matter what situation you’re in, you need to perspective of tasks medical professionals accomplish, six days and we’ve learned a lot, and there is sostay calm, be collected and have a very clear line of and expand their medical goals. much more to learn.” Always accepting new patients, UPCOMING EVENTS and now 1-26 .... Switchback - Celtic caring for 2-1 ...... Fly Fishing Film Festival Active Duty 2-9 ...... Dotsero - Jazz Personnel. 2-16 .... Yesterday - Beatles Tribute Smile! 2-23 .... ZoSo Led Zepplin Tribute 3-9 ...... Satisfaction A Tribute To The Rolling Stones 3-10 .... Adrian Legg-Guitar Master Fort Carson Families Choose Broadmoor Dental 3-23 .... Flying W Wranglers for Award Winning Dental Care 4-6 ...... The Elders - Celtic Rock and many more great events 719-576-5566 www.stargazerstheatre.com www.BroadmoorDental.com 10 S. Parkside Dr. Colorado Springs WE ACCEPT METLIFE INSURANCE/PREFERRED PROVIDER 719.476.2200