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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 4 Feb. 1, 2013Defense Eye in the skyDepartmentexpandscombat rolefor women By David Vergun Army News Service WASHINGTON — Secretary of DefenseLeon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs ofStaff Gen. Martin Dempsey signed a memo Jan. 24,paving the way for more women to serve in directcombat roles and in more military occupationalspecialties that are now open only to males. The memo rescinds the 1994 Department ofDefense “Direct Ground Combat Definitionand Assignment Rule,” which states in part:“Servicemembers are eligible to be assigned to allpositions for which they are qualified, except thatwomen shall be excluded from assignment to unitsbelow the brigade level whose primary missionis to engage in direct combat on the ground.” The memo does not spell out which militaryoccupational specialties will be open to women.Rather, it directs the services to provide theirimplementation strategies to DOD by May2013. Implementation will begin this year andbe completed by 2015, Panetta said. The reason some MOSs in the past wereclosed was “due to permissible restrictions suchas collocation, direct ground combat, privacy andberthing, special operations or long-range recon-naissance,” according to the February 2012 DOD“Report to Congress on the Review of Laws, 2nd Lt. Theresa Ross, intelligence officer, HeadquartersPolicies and Regulations Restricting the Service and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Supportof Female Members in the U.S. Armed Forces.” Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry “This year we will begin to assign women to Division, launches a QR-11 Raven Unmanned Aerialpreviously closed occupations using clear standards Vehicle Jan. 17, during a two-week training course at theof performance in all occupational specialties,” Fort Carson Training Area. Weighing only four poundsDempsey said. and operated by remote control, the Raven can gather “The burden of proof used to be ‘why should video or photographic intelligence or direct forces to aa woman serve in a particular specialty?’” he target using an infrared laser. See story on pages 20-21.said. “Now, it’s ‘why shouldn’t a woman servein a particular specialty?’” Photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram See Women on Page 4 Message board INSIDE Weather hotline Call 526-0096 for Fort Carson road conditions and delay/closure information. Pages 8-9 Page 15 Page 17
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 1, 2013 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. David L. Grosso We’re already in combat Commentary by Catherine Ross Since rescinding the ban on women in combat units Special to the Mountaineer serves to catch policy up to reality, the transition shouldFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: be fairly seamless. Opening combat jobs to women may Dee McNutt Until last week, female servicemembers defended the prove to be a more challenging proposition.Chief, Print and Web Communications: American ideal of equality without experiencing the benefits Approached with fairness and respect, I think of all avenues of progression. Now that the Pentagon is integration will succeed. A dozen countries already allow Rick Emert rescinding the ban on women in combat units below brigade women in combat arms jobs, including Canada, AustraliaEditor: Devin Fisher level and opening combat military occupational specialties and Israel. Women in our own military have quietly beenStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland to women, servicewomen will now have access to the same proving themselves when pitted against male counterparts.Happenings: Nel Lampe opportunities to serve their country as men do. Sgt. Sherri Gallagher beat out male competitors in the 2010 Throughout the last decade of war, female troops Best Warrior competition, becoming its first female SoldierSports writer: Walt Johnson have been “attached” to frontline combat units. War has of the Year. Female Soldiers already compete in unarmedLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall been a mother of necessity, and these frontline units needed combatives tournaments, matched up with opponents military intelligence, military police, civil affairs teams according to weight class, regardless of gender. This commercial enterprise newspaper is and more to complete the mission at hand, regardless of If women seeking combat jobs can meet the exactan authorized publication for members of the the gender of the Soldiers on those teams. same requirements that men meet, thenDepartment of Defense. Contents of the Despite policy, the women on those they should be allowed to hold those ApproachedMountaineer are not necessarily the officialview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or teams have been in combat. jobs. To lower existing standards or tothe Department of the Army. Printed circulation I was one of those women. During a allow for separate, female-specificis 12,000 copies. The editorial content of theMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public year in Iraq as part of a Civil Affairs team attached to 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat with fairness standards will be a disservice to the military. It will also be a disservice to Team, 2nd Infantry Division, I spent the women; if they can hold the same job asAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119,Tel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is deployment attached to infantry companies and respect, a man by meeting lower standards, then in Samarra, Balad and Mosul. they will never be seen as truly qualified,fcmountaineer@hotmail.com. The Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at http://csmng.com. I found myself blending in with a platoon of infantrymen during post-curfew I think and will never receive the level of respect that male counterparts receive. The Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The foot patrols, pulling air guard from the hatches of Strykers, and experiencing integration Not every male can hump 100 pounds of gear for miles, or heft 100-plus pound will succeed.Mountaineer is printed by Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in the fear, adrenaline rush and anger that field artillery rounds, but those who canno way connected with the Department of the enemy contact incites. and want to, are allowed to. The sameArmy, under exclusive written contract with My gender did not present an issue. I will hopefully now be said of females.Fort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. did my job. I kept up with fellow Soldiers There is a meritocracy at work in our The appearance of advertising in thispublication, including inserts or supplements, when we were on the move; I pulled my share of security; military: if you can complete the training and perform yourdoes not constitute endorsement by the I faced the same mortars, small arms fire and rockets; job to standard or better, you can serve your country andDepartment of the Army or Colorado Springs and I ate the same strangely colored hot dogs that we have opportunities to succeed. In this way, the militaryMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or received in marmites. has served as a great equalizer for many. Careers follow aservices advertised. The printer reserves the While at a particularly tiny forward operating base for trajectory based on ability and job performance, and thisright to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publication a month, being the only female attached at the time, I had trajectory will now be available to servicewomen in anyshall be made available for purchase, use or to share a containerized housing unit with three male job field they choose. Whether or not any choose careerspatronage without regard to race, color, religion, Soldiers. All of the males were gentlemen and, for the sake in combat jobs and succeed is up to the individual, andsex, national origin, age, marital status, physical of propriety, we all became pros at getting dressed inside that’s how they should be judged — on their individualhandicap, political affiliation or any other of zipped-up sleep systems. Since we had just spent the merit, and not on their gender.nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equal previous month living out of our vehicles and sleeping The military has already proven that race and sexualopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, wherever we could find a spot, just the fact that we had orientation are irrelevant when it comes to a Soldier’sthe printer shall refuse to print advertising a roof over our heads and cots to sleep on made the ability to carry out the mission. Now the military willfrom that source until the violation is corrected. mixed-gender living situation insignificant. finally have a chance to prove gender is irrelevant as well.For display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regardingadvertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper POST TALKGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Releases from outside sources are soindicated. The deadline for submissions to the What do you think of the newMountaineer is close of business the weekbefore the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit policy of women in combat roles?submissions for newspaper style, clarity andtypographical errors. Policies and statements reflected in thenews and editorial columns represent viewsof the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those ofthe Department of the Army. Reproduction of editorial material isauthorized. Please credit accordingly. Classified advertising 329-5236 Display advertising 634-5905 “I don’t know. I would hate for “It’s harder for women because “If they can do the job, I don’t see Mountaineer editor one to be captured by the enemy. we’re always competing why there’s any issue with it.” 526-4144 That wouldn’t be very good.” against the guys.” Post information Spc. Dennis Mailman 526-5811 Jim Wheeler Spc. Charlene Nelson 3rd BCT Retired Air Force 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. Post weather hotline 526-0096
  3. 3. Feb. 1, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 3Denver leaderspledge partnership Story and photo by Billie Garner an outward representation Garrison Public Affairs Office of the vital relationship between Fort Carson and DENVER — With the stroke of a pen, Army and our northern neighbors incity of Denver leaders pledged their commitment to Denver,” said Anderson.continue to improve the quality of life for Soldiers He said Fort Carsonand their Families, during an Army Community leadership continues toCovenant signing ceremony Jan. 25. be amazed by the contri- Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding butions of the Denvergeneral, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, community. He cited thehosted the covenant signing with Mayor of Denver Colorado Yellow RibbonMichael B. Hancock and other area leaders at the Parade last August thatDenver City and County Building. welcomed home service- From right, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock; Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding The covenant uniting the civilian community of members from their general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson; Mary Beth Susman, president, DenverDenver with its military neighbors at Fort Carson was commitments in operations City Council; Garrison Commander Col. David Grosso; and Command Sgt. Maj. Williamsigned by Civilian Aide Emeritus to the Secretary of worldwide and showed D. Woods, 89th Troop Command, Colorado National Guard; sign the Army Communitythe Army, William J. Hybl; Anderson; Hancock; Mary support to those still Covenant between Fort Carson and the city of Denver, Jan. 25 in the Denver City andBeth Susman, president, Denver City Council; Fort serving and the Denver County Building. Terrance McWilliams, left, director of military support for the ElCarson Garrison Commander Col. David Grosso; and Broncos’ Military Salute Pomar Foundation, was the ceremony emcee.Command Sgt. Maj. William D. Woods, 89th Troop in November, whichCommand, Colorado National Guard. recognized 25 Soldiers during their annual ceremony The Army Community Covenant promotes In the Parr Widener Library at the Denver City at a home football game on Sports Authority Field at and upholds state and community partnerships withand County Building, officials signed the Army Mile High Stadium. the Army to improve the quality of life for SoldiersCommunity Covenant, which was formed in 2008 by “The covenant signing in Denver was arranged and Families, both at their current duty stations andthe Secretary of the Army to construct shared by Fort Carson leaders, Denver Mayor’s office and when they transfer to other military installations. Theconnections and strengthen relationships between the El Pomar Foundation,” said Terrance covenant accomplishes several goals to includeSoldiers, Families and their local communities. McWilliams, director of military support for the El See Covenant on Page 4“Today’s community covenant signing ceremony is Pomar Foundation. community. join it. Support from a teacher. A moving conversation with a classmate. Connecting with a student club to explore your passion. Making friends for life. This is community at PPCC. Feel it. Experience it. Join it. PPCC.EDU
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 1, 2013IMCOM announces limited hiring exemptionU.S. Army Installation Management Command Army for Headquarters, Department of the Army and — regardless of funding source — Child, Youth and its field operating and staff support agencies. and School Services staff in accordance with SAN ANTONIO — Army installations will The above authority delegates hiring authority to IMCOM and Headquarters, Department of the Armycontinue to hire the critical career fields from the commanding general, U.S. Army Installation hiring guidelines.firefighters to child care workers, Lt. Gen. Mike Management Command. “Because of the important nature of installationFerriter, commander of the U.S. Army Installation “I am authorizing the hiring to continue in the management business, we will review hiring requestsManagement Command, announced Tuesday. following program areas to ensure we continue to at each garrison and can make additional approvals to Headquarters, Department of the Army provided provide programs and services in support of critical ensure critical missions continue,” Ferriter said. “Weguidance regarding a departmentwide hiring freeze missions, national security, safety of human life and have spoken with every garrison commander orand release of term and temporary civilian personnel the protection of private property,” Ferriter said. deputy and command sergeant major throughoutearlier this week. In that guidance, authority to Garrisons are given approval to hire firefighters, IMCOM this week to ensure they understand theapprove exceptions to the hiring freeze is delegated to security guards, civilian police, air traffic controllers, importance of our mission. The Army leadershipcommanders of Army commands, Army service lifeguards, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and remains committed to providing the best possiblecomponent commands, direct reporting units and Prevention program staff (permanent and term), support to Soldiers, Families, civilians and ourthe administrative assistant to the secretary of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program counselors, ‘Soldiers for Life.’”Sgt. StephanieTremmel, with Covenant the 86th from Page 3Special Troops Battalion, recognizing the volunteer service of 86th Infantry individuals in the community, the Brigade public’s contributions and also displaysCombat Team, the Soldiers’ gratitude for the ongoinginteracts with support of their local communities. an Afghan The covenant also establishes a child while formal commitment of support by local visiting the communities that is not limited to the village of active-duty Army, but also includes Durani. The the Guard and Reserve. Army will be The covenant is “an exchange ofexpanding the commitments between a community and opportunities an installation to support their military for women to members and Families who are doing serve in more their service to the nation,” Anderson combat- said. “It is also a commitment from the related military to be good neighbors and military responsible citizens, and to give back to occupational the community as well.” Anderson specialties. said warriors and their Families could not have accomplished the series of Photo by Spc. Kristina L. Gupton deployments without the support of the communities in which they live. “We feel that it is important toWomen armor, field artillery and engineers,” women going into these specialties,” support our military men and womenfrom Page 1 Cone said, adding that one of the Cone concluded. “We want the right who serve our country,” said Hancock. important attributes is physical environment for women.” The mayor said he is impressed by As of September, 418 of the Army’s requirements. “Soldiers don’t want to The commander in chief approved the relationship between Denver and438 MOSs were open to women of all see (that) degraded.” the actions of Panetta and Dempsey Jan. Fort Carson.ranks, according to an Oct. 31 Army Objective assessments and valida- 24, as well as the work that the Army is “It was great to see our military andreport “Women in the Army.” tion studies, many of which have taking to open up MOSs for women. local leaders sign the Army Community “Soldiers, both men and women, already been completed, will look at President Barack Obama released a Covenant here in Denver as the metrowant fair and meaningful standards” to each requirement by MOS, he said. statement that reads in part: “By moving area has a large footprint of military andbe developed for accepting women into Tasks include things like “how much to open more military positions, military supporters,” said Army Lt. Col.previously restricted MOSs, said Gen. does an infantryman have to lift, how including ground combat units, to David M. Rozelle, professor of militaryRobert W. Cone, commander, U.S. much stuff do they have to carry and women, our armed forces have taken science for all Colleges in the DenverArmy Training and Doctrine Command, for what distance.” another historic step toward harnessing metro area, as well as the University ofat a Pentagon media roundtable Once the validations are done, the talents and skills of all our citizens. Colorado at Boulder and Coloradofollowing the DOD press conference. scientists will then develop MOS- “This milestone reflects the School of Mines. “I think that fairness is very specific physical fitness tests, Cone courageous and patriotic service of The ceremony was Fort Carson’simportant in a values-based organiza- said. Then those tests will in turn be women through more than two sixth community covenant signingtion like our Army,” Cone said. validated with field studies. centuries of American history and the with leaders from local communities TRADOC has already been Besides physical ability, the indispensable role of women in — Colorado Springs and Fountain,studying armies in other countries Army will look at “traditional today’s military. October 2009; Pueblo West, Octoberwhere women have successfully been impediments,” meaning the attitudes “Many have made the ultimate 2011; Colorado Springs communi-integrated into combat MOSs, regarding the acceptance of women sacrifice, including more than 150 ties, May; Pueblo community,countries like Canada and Israel. into previously male-only MOSs, he women who have given their lives August; and Custer County commu- The Army will be “looking at said. “A lot of this is about leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan, patriots nities of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff,knowledge, skills and attributes of and the organizational climate.” whose sacrifices show that valor September. Throughout the Army,Soldiers and get the best match in The Army will take “proactive knows no gender.” there have been more than 450 com-specialties (now restricted) like infantry, measures to mitigate resistance to See related commentary on Page 2 munity covenants signed.
  5. 5. Feb. 1, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 5Medics welcome new commander Story and photo by Cpl. William Smith Place followed Anderson, wel- 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office coming Andrews and his Family and then commending his Soldiers’ for Col. James R. Andrews assumed command of their achievements.the 10th Combat Support Hospital during a Jan. 28 “To the Soldiers on the field, youceremony on Founders’ Field. look great out there, as you have every Andrews, who last served at the Northern day since I took command,” Place said.Regional Medical Command, Fort Belvoir, Va., “You’ve accomplished amazing things.replaces Col. Michael L. Place. I am humbled by your service, your The transfer of command featured the traditional professionalism and your dedication.”passing of the unit colors from the outgoing commander Place will now attend the Seniorto the ceremonial host, Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Service College.commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Andrews thanked Place and hisCarson, and then to the incoming commander. Family for their support to him and the “Today is another historic day for the 4th Inf. Div., Soldiers of the 10th CSH, beforeas we say farewell to one of our great command teams addressing his new Soldiers.and welcome another,” Anderson said. “Col. Place is a “To the Soldiers, noncommis-dedicated leader, a total team player, in both this sioned officers and officers assigneddivision and on this post. I would like to take some and attached to the 10th Combattime and recognize him and reflect on just ... a few Support Hospital, I thank you for yourof the (10th) Combat Support Hospital’s many continued commitment and dedicationaccomplishments and contributions during his tenure. to the Army mission,” Andrews said. “Place led the CSH to deploy with a multi- “Your individual and collectivecomposition, widely dispersed medical task force that missions are vital to the success of thiscovered over one-third of Afghanistan,” Anderson command, to the success of the Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Winston Young, 10th Combat Supportsaid. “They partnered with eight international and to our country’s ability to treat its wounded warriors Hospital, prepares to pass the unit colors to the outgoingmedical partners, to include working at the busiest on the battlefield,” he said. commander, Col. Michael L. Place, left, during a change oftrauma hospital in theater, the United Kingdom’s Andrews has served as a platoon leader, company command ceremony Jan. 28 on Founders’ Field. PlaceBastion Role 3 hospital in Helmand Province, commander and the director of the Human Capital passed the colors to Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, com-Afghanistan. They achieved an overall survival rate Management at the Office of The Surgeon General. His manding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson,of 98 percent, so that tells you when you get hurt, you military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze who then passed the colors to Col. James R. Andrews,want these guys taking care of you.” Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. center, signifying his assumption of command. Exchange Concessionaire E Y E G L A S S E S BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF * Sweetheart Deal $99 Sweetheart *50% off 2nd pair must be of equal or lesser value as the first pair purchased. Purchase of two complete pairs of eyeglasses required. Second pair must be purchased with the first pair and at the same date and time for the same person. Cannot be Package includes combined with any other discount, coupon or insurance plan. No dispensing fee. All eyeglass purchases require a current, valid prescription. Offer expires 03/02/13. ©2013 National Vision, Inc. Champagne & a Box of Eye Exams Available by Close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment & attractions Chocolates. valid 2/1/13 to 2/28/13 call for details Ft. Carson Dr. Traci Peters Independent Doctor of Optometry Spacious rooms include microwaves and refrigerators FREE hot breakfast - Indoor heated pool Across from barber shop • TRICARE accepted Comfort Inn South 719-576-5151 • Appointments are available • Walk-ins are welcome COLORADO SPRINGS/ I-25 South Exit 138 1410 Harrison Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 BUY CONTACT LENSES ONLINE AT www.MILITARYCONTACTS.net (719) 579-6900
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 1, 2013 Fort Carson memorial services honor Soldiers with the traditional roll call, a rifle squad salute and final tribute with the playing of taps. Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch Sgt. Michael K. PritchardCarson honors May 16, 1986 – Jan. 13, 2013 Sgt. Michael K. Pritchard was born May 16, 1986, in Seoul, Korea. He joined the Army Jan. 8, 2008, and attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and then Advanced Individual Training as a combat medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was assigned to Camp Casey, Korea,fallen Soldiers in September 2008, and then to Fort Carson in October 2010, where he was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He deployed with 2nd STB in May 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In November, Pritchard was transferred to Company H, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd BCT, where he served as a health care specialist. Staff Sgt. David C. Dunlap His awards and decorations include the Army June 22, 1975 – Jan. 14, 2013 Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Staff Sgt. David C. Dunlap was born in Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, ArmyMoorpark, Calif., June 22, 1975. He joined Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Koreathe Army May 14, 2003, and attended Basic Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal and the CombatTraining at Fort Benning, Ga., and Advanced Action Badge.Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Va., as an Pritchard is survived by his father, Dennis JamesAH-64D Longbow helicopter systems repairer. Pritchard, and mother, Susan Ann Pritchard. His first assignment was with the 6thSquadron, 6th Calvary Regiment, at Illesheim,Germany. Dunlap deployed with Company D, Pfc. Richard G. Nuncio II159th Aviation Battalion, to Iraq in support of May 2, 1988 – Jan. 22, 2013Operation Iraqi Freedom as an armament systemsrepairer. Following the deployment, he was transferred to Fort Eustis as Pfc. Richard G. Nuncio II was born inan instructor in the Apache Armament Helicopter Division of the San Antonio, May 2, 1988. He enlisted in theUnited States Army Aviation Logistics School. He was moved to the Army Oct. 3, 2011, and attended BasicNew Systems Training Team and traveled to units to train Soldiers on Training and Advanced Individual Training atnew equipment as it was being fielded. Dunlap was assigned to Fort Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.Carson Nov. 16 as the operations noncommissioned officer in charge Upon completion of AIT, Nuncio wasand armament platoon sergeant, 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Battalion, assigned to the 984th Military Police Company,4th Combat Aviation Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. 759th Military Police Battalion, at Fort Carson His awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, where he served as a military policeman.Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous His awards and decorations include theUnit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Army Service Ribbon and the NationalMedal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Defense Service Medal.Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service He is survived by his wife, Jessica Nuncio; daughter,Ribbon and the Aviation and Air Assault badges. Jazmine; and son, Richard III.
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  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 1, 2013 Feb. 1, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 9 Sgt. 1st Class Justin Larson, Headquarters and Rangers pushups and situps, a five-mile run, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 67th pullups, a 12-mile ruck march and a 250- Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Rangers of 4th Infantry Division begin meter swim in full ACUs to see where the a five-mile ruck march as they prepare 4th Infantry Division, swims 250 meters in full competitors stood among the competition. Army Combat Uniform as part of the training for the 30th Annual David E. Grange Jr. “The first part was pretty (easy), but the Best Ranger Competition, Jan. 25. for the Best Ranger Competition, Jan. 22. ruck march is what killed everybody,” said Vasquez, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor compete Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div. Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Gibson, plans and operations noncommissioned officer in charge, 4th Inf. Div., put the training together to determine the top six Rangers within the division. to be best “We know Fort Benning hosts the competition in April every year, and we have some (Soldiers) who want to do it, so I started a trial for them to make the team,” Gibson said. Vasquez is hoping to make it back to the Best Ranger Competition and improve Story and photos by Cpl. William Smith on his finish. 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office “I competed in 2010 and I want to win it,” said Vasquez. “I placed 17th out of 45 Sore feet and cramped muscles from a full day of training and teams in 2010, and I feel like I could have marching were ignored by Staff Sgt. Anthony Vasquez as he leapt done a lot better. Now they are giving me into the pool in his full Army Combat Uniform, determined to another opportunity; I am jumping all make high marks for the Best Ranger Competition, at the Iron over it.” Horse Sports and Fitness Center. The contest is designed to test the mettle Forty-one Ranger-qualified Soldiers from various units in the of all its participants. 4th Infantry Division began a six-week group training regimen “It is going to be a grueling event,” said Jan. 22, for the ultimate goal of filling one of six spots on the Gibson. “Their training is going to be team — two teams of two and two alternates — representing intense. They are going to push themselves Fort Carson at the Best Ranger Competition. to the very limit, because it is a three-day The team will travel to Fort Benning, Ga., April 12-15, to compete event with no sleep.” in the 30th Annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition. For more information on the competition, The first day of training consisted of two minutes each of visit http://www.bestrangercompetition.com. AND OPENING CONFIDENCE GR FEBRUARY 8TH Our children’s dentist is a specialist, having completed a residency in Pediatric Dentistry PEACE OF MIND Board Games 10% MILITARY DENTIST AND ORTHODONTICS Parents are always welcome in treatment areas Arcade DISCOUNT Games Magic the We will Demo Games at 6pm Friday Night Call us today at COMFORT Sedation is available. Ensure your child never has an Gathering Specialty Join us as we raffle and all day Saturday! If’s free to play (719) 428-4595 unfortunate dental memory Coffees & off a free $50 game FUN and fun for Pastries everyone! 6940 Mesa Ridge Pkwy 3047 Jet Wing Dr. FOUNTAIN, CO 80817 Children can watch DVD’s or Direct TV on the ceiling Colorado Springs, CO 80916 TV during appointment. Wi-Fi access for parents www.jsgameroom.com www.FountainModernDentistry.com Like us on facebook – jsgameroomcafe 719-229-5504 CONVENIENCE After school and late appointments. Multiple Hygienists to accommodate large families at the same time $25 in-Office Bleaching Winter for Mom or Dad at Fountain Modern Special! 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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  10. 10. Feb. 1, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 11Engineers “I want to make sure I bring guys to get involved with their Families activities to keep everybody engagedfrom Page 10 everybody home,” he said. “I thought and keep in contact with them,” he said. and keeping a positive attitude.” that this was the way to do it.” “Even if they’re single, they need to let Andrea Swanson, wife of 1st Sgt. The company of approximately Many of the engineers, including mom and dad know how they’re doing.” Scott Swanson, said she was happy this100 Soldiers deploys for nine months Chychota, have completed multiple Pfc. Travis Schmoll, 1st Platoon, deployment was shorter than the othersto the southern region of Afghanistan deployments. said he was excited, nervous and her husband has completed.to conduct route clearance missions. Staff Sgt. Paul Bays, 2nd Platoon, anxious for the deployment. “At least this one is nine months,” Capt. Jon Chychota, company said he feels prepared for this deploy- “My mom is kind of sad about it,” she said. “The last one was 15 months.”commander, said his Soldiers are ready. ment, his fourth. he said. “My dad … he’s proud.” Andrea Swanson said she gave birth Chychota took command of the “The training has been up tempo, Family members said they planned to both of her children, now ages 4 andcompany in March and had the engineers but it’s the most realistic training I’ve to keep busy and rely on each other 9, while her husband was overseas.in the field by the end of April. had,” he said. for support. Now that her children are older, she “It’s been pretty intense (training),” Bays said he’s learned to “expect “I’m not sure what to anticipate,” plans on keeping them busy to distracthe said, adding that he believed con- the unexpected” and be able to “adapt said Ashley Chychota, wife of Jon them from missing their father.ducting shooting ranges was pertinent quickly.” Chychota. “We have a solid group of “We’ll keep trucking on,” she said.in preparing for a deployment. “I would encourage the younger ladies, and we’ll be planning lots of group “That’s what we have to do.” Refer 18 friends to Liberty Tax… and watch the Superbowl on your new 40” TV! TV given away may not be the same TV pictured above Fountain Barnes and Powers 5195 Fontaine Blvd. 6045 Barnes Road (719) 390-1041 (719) 749-1120 With paid tax preparation. Valid only at participating locations. Cannot be combined with other offers or used toward past services. One coupon per return. Valid through February 2, 2013. CDJAN28FC Experience a Warmer and More Personal Approach to Your Cosmetic Surgical Needs Dr. Raskin specializes in FREE COSMETIC CONSULTATION Douglas J. Raskin, M.D., D.M.D Harvard, Stanford and Baylor Trained Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery MEMBER Active Member American Society of Plastic Surgeons AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PLASTIC SURGEONS, INC. 578-9988 559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 209 home.pcisys.net/~djr email: mddmd@pcisys.net Conveniently located Downtown Colorado Springs MILITARY DISCOUNTS Let Us Help Y P You Prepare For Winter Driving! Ever y Full Ser vice Is A 16-Point r Preventive Maintenance Review! $10.00 OFF 0.00 A FULL SERVICE OIL CHANGE! OFFER VALID AT THE BELOW VA AT ALID COLORADO SPRINGS LOCATIONS LOCAT ATIONS 350 South 8th St. Valid only at the 350 South 8th St. and Phone: 719-520-0064 3795 Airport Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO. Not valid with any other offers. Offer expires 1/31/13. MTFS10 3795 Airport Blvd. Phone: 719-570-6112 Also offering $20 OFF a Radiator Flush Mon.-Fri. 8-6 Sat. 8-5 Sun. 9-4 and 15% OFF any Additional Servic F Services! No Appointment Needed! ONLY WHAT YOU NEED. GUARANTEED.
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An air The hardest part of the course is to know thetraffic controller specialists from 4th Combat traffic control specialist for five years, Burnell layout of the airfield that the controller is workingAviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, who were is a CTO card holder and is recertifying while on, said Bean. He said each runway, taxiway, piece ofthe first from the new unit to train to be certified as supervising his Soldiers. pavement and grass area has a name; controllers havecontrol tower operators at Butts He said a controller’s job isArmy Airfield, Jan. 25. the safe, orderly and expedi- The Soldiers, all from tious flow of air traffic. 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