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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 7 Feb. 22, 2013LaCamera Blade inspectionto lead4th Inf. Div.,Carson Mountaineer staff Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera will be the nextcommanding general of the 4th InfantryDivision and Fort Carson, the Army chief ofstaff announced Tuesday. LaCamera has served as the deputy com- manding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., since July 2012. He will replace Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, who has been at Fort Carson since Nov. 16, 2011. In separate releases, the Army chief of staff announced the divi- LaCamera sion will also receive new deputy com-manding generals in Brig. Gen. Michael A. Bills,currently deputy chief of staff, G-3, U.S. ArmyEurope and Seventh Army, Germany, and Col.John C. Thomson III, who is now serving as chiefof staff, Army Coordination Group, Office of theChief of Staff, Army, in Washington, D.C., and hasbeen selected for promotion to brigadier general. They will replace Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers, whowas selected to succeed LaCamera as the deputy Photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibaultcommanding general, U.S. Army Special Operations Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jess McGee, middle, Chinook instructor pilot and HAMET instructor, 21st CavalryCommand at Fort Bragg, and Brig. Gen. Ryan Brigade (Air Combat), Fort Hood, Texas, goes over the preflight checklist of the Chinook engines with ChiefGonsalves, who will serve as director of operations, Warrant Officer 2 Josh Mattimore, left, Chinook pilot, and Capt. Sean Pearl, commander, both from Company B,readiness and mobilization, Office of the Deputy 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th InfantryChief of Staff, G-3/5/7, in Washington. Division, at Butts Army Airfield on Fort Carson, Feb. 14. Aviators from 4th CAB trained with their counterparts A native of Westwood, Mass., LaCamera was from 21st Cav. Bde. on Readiness Level Progression, a requirement for new, uncertified pilots and annualcommissioned as a second lieutenant of the Infantry refresher for certified pilots to test their aircraft proficiencies. Senior pilots were also qualified to instruct High Altitude Mountain Environmental Training. See story on Page 8. See General on Page 2 Message board INSIDE Find “U.S. Army Fort Carson” on Facebook for current news and events. Page 27 Pages 20-21 Page 4
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 22, 2013 MOUNTAINEER African-American History MonthCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. David L. Grosso Leaders honor fightFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: Rick Emert for equality, peace Editor’s note: Army leaders released the following and equality for all citizens and for this great country.Editor: Devin Fisher letter in observance of African-American History Month. Over the past 237 years, African-Americans have selflessly See Page 15 for a story on Fort Carson’s observance. served in our Army, fighting valiantly to help secure peaceStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland for the future. Their example of courage and leadershipHappenings: Nel Lampe This year, we will commemorate the anniversary of has empowered generations of Soldiers to answer theSports writer: Walt Johnson two important events that changed the course of this nation. call to duty in defense of the American way of life.Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall On Jan. 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation set the The United States Army serves as a national leader United States on the path of ending slavery. A century in embracing the strengths of diversity. We have later, on Aug. 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of long recognized the tremendous impact of uniting as This commercial enterprise newspaper isan authorized publication for members of the Americans of every creed, color and background marched brothers and sisters in arms to achieve success, and theDepartment of Defense. Contents of the in the continuing pursuit of equality. They gathered at importance of taking pause to recognize our fellowMountaineer are not necessarily the official the memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the author of the Soldiers, civilians and their Families in this sharedview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or Emancipation Proclamation, where Dr. Martin Luther King endeavor. During African-American History Month,the Department of the Army. Printed circulation Jr. delivered his celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech. we encourage our entire Army Family to publiclyis 12,000 copies. The editorial content of the These events gave hope to the black community that commemorate the significant contributions that helpMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public change was possible. Our Army story is part of the larger make our Army what it is today — the premiere fightingAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, story of the American experience and the fight for freedom force in the world. Army Strong!Tel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address Raymond F. Chandler III Raymond T. Odierno John M. McHugh The Mountaineer is posted on the Sergeant Major of the Army General, United States Army Secretary of the ArmyInternet at Chief of Staff The Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. TheMountaineer is printed by Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in Panetta issues message on sequestrationno way connected with the Department of theArmy, under exclusive written contract withFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. The appearance of advertising in thispublication, including inserts or supplements,does not constitute endorsement by the American Forces Press Service I have also been deeply concerned about the potentialDepartment of the Army or Colorado Springs direct impact of sequestration on you and your families. WeMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or WASHINGTON — With major, across-the-board are doing everything possible to limit the worst effects onservices advertised. The printer reserves the defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1, (Department of Defense) personnel — but I regret that ourright to reject advertisements. flexibility within the law is extremely limited. The president Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta issued a message to Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use or the Defense Department workforce Wednesday. has used his legal authority to exempt military personnelpatronage without regard to race, color, religion, Here is the secretary’s message: funding from sequestration, but we have no legal authority tosex, national origin, age, marital status, physical “For more than a year and a half, the president, the exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions. As a result,handicap, political affiliation or any other Joint Chiefs of Staff and I have repeatedly voiced our should sequestration occur and continue for a substantial period,nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. DOD will be forced to place the vast majority of its civilian deep concerns over the half a trillion dollars in automaticIf a violation or rejection of this equalopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, across-the-board cuts that would be workforce on administrative furlough. (Wednesday), I notified Congress thatthe printer shall refuse to print advertisingfrom that source until the violation is corrected. imposed under sequestration and the severe damage that would do both to this We are doing furloughs could occur under sequestration.For display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regarding department and to our national defense. everything possible I can assure you that, if we have to imple- ment furloughs, all affected employees willadvertising and subscriptions should be directed The administration continues to work with Congress to reach agreement on a to limit the be provided at least 30 days’ notice prior toto Colorado Springs Military NewspaperGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, balanced deficit reduction plan to avoid worst effects on executing a furlough and your benefits will be protected to the maximum extentColorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. The Mountaineer’s editorial content is these cuts. Meanwhile, because another trigger for sequestration is approaching (Department of possible. We also will work to ensure thatedited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort on March 1, the department’s leadership Defense) personnel. furloughs are executed in a consistent andCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. has begun extensive planning on how — Secretary of Defense appropriate manner, and we will also Releases from outside sources are so to implement the required spending continue to engage in discussions with Leon E. Panettaindicated. The deadline for submissions to the reductions. Those cuts will be magnified employee unions as appropriate.Mountaineer is close of business the week because the department has been forced to Working with your component headsbefore the next issue is published. The and supervisors, the department’s leaders will continue to operate under a six-month continuing resolution that hasMountaineer staff reserves the right to editsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity and already compelled us to take steps to reduce spending. keep you informed. As we deal with these difficult issues, Itypographical errors. In the event of sequestration, we will do everything we want to thank you for your patience, your hard work, and your Policies and statements reflected in the can to be able to continue to perform our core mission of continued dedication to our mission of protecting the and editorial columns represent views providing for the security of the United States, but there is Our most important asset at the department is ourof the individual writers and under no world-class personnel. You are fighting every day to keep no mistaking that the rigid nature of the cuts forced uponcircumstances are to be considered those ofthe Department of the Army. this department, and their scale, will result in a serious our country strong and secure, and rest assured that the leaders Reproduction of editorial material is erosion of readiness across the force. of this department will continue to fight with you and for you.”authorized. Please credit accordingly. General National Security and Strategic Studies Iraqi Freedom and Operation New from Page 1 from the U.S. Army War College. Dawn in Iraq. His military education includes the His awards include the Silver Star, upon graduation from the United States Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Defense Superior Service Medal with Classified advertising Military Academy in 1985. His recent Courses, the U.S. Army Command and two oak leaf clusters, the Legion of 329-5236 assignments include commander, 75th General Staff College, the U.S. Army Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with two Display advertising Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; War College, the United States Naval oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious 634-5905 director of operations, Joint Special War College and the Senior Service Service Medal with f ive oak Operations Command, Fort Bragg; College Fellowship Course. leaf clusters, the Joint Service Mountaineer editor assistant commanding general, Joint LaCamera has participated in a Commendation Medal, the Army 526-4144 Special Operations Command, Fort number of contingency operations Commendation Medal with four oak Bragg; deputy commanding general for including Operation Just Cause in leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Post information operations, 25th Infantry Division, Panama, Operation Uphold Democracy Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Combat 526-5811 Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. in Haiti, Operation Anaconda in Infantryman Badge with star, the Post weather hotline LaCamera has a Bachelor of Science Afghanistan, and multiple rotations in Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master 526-0096 Degree from the United States Military support of Operation Enduring Parachutist Badge with bronze star, the Academy and a Master of Arts in Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Pathfinder Badge and the Ranger Tab.
  3. 3. Feb. 22, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 3Distinguished Warfare MedalRecognizes efforts that impact combat from afar By Jim Garamone “I’ve always felt — having seen the and reflect high standards.” American Forces Press Service great work that they do, day in and day The most immediate example is the out — that those who performed in an work of an unmanned aerial vehicle WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. outstanding manner should be recognized. operator who could be operating a systemPanetta has approved a new medal designed to Unfortunately, medals that they otherwise over Afghanistan while based at Creechrecognize servicemembers directly affecting might be eligible for simply did not Air Force Base, Nev. The unmanned aerialcombat operations who may not even be on the recognize that kind of contribution.” vehicle would directly affect operations onsame continent as the action. Now, the Defense Department does. the ground. Another example is that of a The Distinguished Warfare Medal recognizes the “The medal provides distinct, Soldier at Fort Meade, Md., who detects andchanging face of warfare. In the past, few, if any, departmentwide recognition for the extraor- thwarts a cyberattack on a Department ofservicemembers not actually in a combat zone directly dinary achievements that directly impact on Defense computer system.affected combat operations. combat operations, but that do not involve The medal could be used to recognize These new capabilities have given American acts of valor or physical risk that combat both these exceptional acts, officials said.servicemembers the ability to engage the enemy and entails,” Panetta said. In the order of precedence, thechange the course of battle, even from afar, Panetta Technological advancements Distinguished Warfare Medal willsaid at a Pentagon news conference Feb. 13. have dramatically changed how the be below the Distinguished Flying American military conducts and Cross, and will be limited to achieve- supports warfighters. Unmanned ments that are truly extraordinary. “This new medal aerial vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, missile defense technology “The member’s actions must have resulted in an accomplishment so recognizes the and cyber capabilities all affect combat operations while the operators may not exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from changing character be anywhere near the combat zone. The new medal recognizes the contributions of these comrades or from other persons in similar situations,” a DOD official said. of warfare and servicemembers. It will not be awarded for acts of battlefield valor, officials said. It will be awarded in the name of the The military department secretary must approve each award, and it may not be presented for valorous actions. those who make secretary of defense to members of the military whose extraordinary achievements directly impacted combat “This limitation was specifically included to keep the Distinguished Warfare Medal from detracting extraordinary operations, and cannot be used as an end-of-tour award. “This new medal recognizes the changing character from existing valor decorations, such as the Medal of Honor, Service Crosses and Silver Star Medal,” contributions to it.” of warfare and those who make extraordinary contributions to it,” said Army Gen. Martin E. the official said. Award criteria will be incorporated into the next — Gen. Martin E. Dempsey Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. revision of DOD Manual 1348.33-V3, Manual of “The criteria for this award will be highly selective Military Decorations and Awards, Volume 3. passion. feel it. Greek philosophers theorized about it. Shakespeare wrote about it. And da Vinci harnessed it. Passion — it drives our students to take risks, think big and build brighter futures. Let Pikes Peak Community College help you discover your passion. PPCC.EDU
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 22, 2013 Families and friends of the 569th Mobility Augmentation Company, 4th Engineer Battalion, cheer as their loved ones file into the Special Events Center, during a redeployment ceremony, Feb. 13.569th engineersreturns to Families Story and photos by Spc. Nathan Thome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office thank you for your service; we’re proud of every one of you,” said Rogers. “And to our Families, friends and loyal When Sgt. 1st Class Richard Britton arrived supporters from the community, thankat the Special Events Center Feb. 13 following a you for your wonderful service andyearlong deployment to Afghanistan, he had a support as well. We could not do ourreception he was not expecting. job without your love and support. Britton’s parents, who live in Pennsylvania, Thanks for being here tonight.”were there to welcome home the Soldier with Because of their direct support to569th Mobility Augmentation Company, 4th the area of operation for Regional Spc. Thomas Svetkovich, 569th Mobility Augmentation Company, 4thEngineer Battalion. Command (South), 569th MAC Engineer Battalion, reunites with his wife, Jessica Svetkovich, at the “I had no idea they were going to be here,” said allowed the command to spearhead Special Events Center, Feb. 13, following a yearlong deployment toBritton. “I can’t even put a word on how it feels. I’m an operation in late June to the far Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring ecstatic. I’m at a loss for words.” southern Shorabok District, a location The 569th MAC “Assassins” deployed to no U.S. forces had reached by ground in more than and helped the Afghan National Security Forces inKandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation three years, according to officials. the area, officials said.Enduring Freedom, last February. While stationed at The Assassins’ success rate with finding At the conclusion of the ceremony, Soldiers andForward Operating Base Spin Boldak, the Soldiers IEDs led to the best record in Afghanistan with a Families rushed to each other, embracing their lovedcleared more than 26,000 kilometers of routes and 75-percent discovery rate, and the most ground ones for the first time in a year.neutralized more than 250 improvised explosive penetrating radar IED finds of any unit in the “I’m just so excited that my husband’s home,”devices and unexploded ordinance. country, officials said. said Andrea Britton, wife of Richard Britton. Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers, deputy commanding The 569th MAC’s impact on its area of After a long awaited arrival, Families left thegeneral for support, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, operations enabled four battalion-sized task forces SEC to spend much-needed quality time together.addressed Soldiers and Families at the event, speaking to accomplish their missions without IED-related “This is just an all-around amazing day,” saidof his pride in the Soldiers. casualties on their cleared routes. The aid provided by Richard Britton. “I’m home, I’m with my Family, and “Assassins, welcome home, job well done and the Assassins also supported at least 20 operations that’s all I can really ask for.” WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV
  5. 5. Feb. 22, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 54th BCT changes command By Sgt. Beth Raney4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Col. James J. Mingus relinquished command ofthe 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,to Col. Brian L. Pearl at a ceremony, Feb. 14, at theSpecial Events Center. Mingus, who commanded the brigade for 32months and led more than 3,500 Soldiers throughvarious training exercises and a successful nine-monthdeployment to Afghanistan, will be moving on toU.S. Central Command headquarters in Florida. Mingus said he was proud to have been part ofsuch a long-standing regimen and welcomed Pearland his Family into the command position. “Col. Brian Pearl and Karen (Pearl) are absolutelythe right command team to ready this brigade forwhat lies next — fresh legs, new ideas, new energyand a commander that imbues the significance ofthose colors,” Mingus said. During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. JosephAnderson, commanding general, 4th InfantryDivision and Fort Carson, welcomed Pearl back tothe 4th Inf. Div. Pearl is no stranger to the brigade and FortCarson, having served as the commander of the 2ndBattalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 4th Inf.Div., prior to and during the brigade’s firstdeployment to Afghanistan from 2009-2010. Fromthere, he was assigned as a task force senior at theJoint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.,attended the National War College, and served asthe deputy plans officer at the Joint ImprovisedExplosive Device Defeat Task Force. Photo by Spc. Jessica Parker Pearl recognized the Soldiers of the brigade for Command Sgt. Maj. Danny Day, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, passes thetheir hard work and dedication. brigade colors to Col. James J. Mingus, signifying his relinquishment of command, during the brigade’s change of “Your contributions to our division, our Army, command ceremony at the Special Events Center, Feb. 14. Mingus then passed the guidon to Maj. Gen. Josephand this nation continue to be nothing short of Anderson, left, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, who, in turn, passed the colors tohistoric,” said Pearl. “Karen, Jacob, Josh, Jason and Col. Brian L. Pearl, marking his acceptance of command of 4th BCT.I … look forward to serving and soldiering withthis great team of ‘Iron Horse’ and ‘Mountain transferred from Lt. Col. Brandon Newton to Lt. Col. James Craft passed command to Lt. Col. NeilWarrior’ Soldiers.” Richard Garey. The 2nd Bn., 77th Field Artillery Doherty, as Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka O’Neal Throughout the days prior to the brigade Reg., welcomed Lt. Col. Eric Johnson, as Lt. Col. transferred responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj.changing command, five of the six battalions under Gary Graves said farewell. The 704th Brigade Willie Pearson.the 4th BCT also received new commanders. Support Battalion honored Lt. Col. Clint Taylor as Lt. Mingus said although leaders change, the colors Lt. Col. Scott Green, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., Col. Michael Egan took command. The 4th Brigade they pass remain steadfast, serving as a symbol thatrelinquished command to Lt. Col. William Voorhies. Special Troops Battalion said farewell to both their 4th BCT continues to stand ready to answer the callCommand of the 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., was commander and command sergeant major. Lt. Col. wherever the nation needs it, as it always has. GET THE BEST RETURN CIRCLE DRIVE SELF STORAGE FOR YOUR MONEY Liberty offers fast, accurate & friendly services MILITARY SPECIALS Secure your space today Send A Friend Earn $50 Bucks Receive 15% off Stay ahead of your competition with your monthly rent breaking news from FREE use of our moving van on move-IN and OUT the CSBJ newsroom HWY 115 FREE N every day. Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. 445 E. Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. Call us today and reserve your storage Colo. Spgs. CO 80906 2515 Arlington Drive, Colorado Springs, CO Sign up at (719) 571-9930 (South of Fountain Blvd, behind the Diamond Shamrock on Circle Drive) Hwy 115 next to Albertsons With paid tax preparation. Valid only at participating locations. Cannot be combined with other offers 719-447-0452 or used toward past services. One coupon per return. Valid through 4-15-13. can publish your NOTICES OF GUARDIANSHIP (precurser notice to adoption) NAME CHANGES For more info call 634-1048
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 22, 2013BOSS: connecting fellow warriors Story and photo by “I got involved with BOSS because Spc. Nathan Thome it sounded like fun,” said Erickson, 4th Infantry Division Public Headquarters and Headquarters Affairs Office Company, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “Soldiers get to go out, normally with Dedicated Soldiers take time out of little to no charge at all, and see thetheir daily schedules to enhance cama- country or the state they are in.”raderie on Fort Carson as their unit’s Erickson became involved inrepresentatives in the Better BOSS during a training meeting whileOpportunities for Single Soldiers pro- stationed in Korea.gram. “My unit needed a new represen- Each BOSS representative is tative, so I volunteered; my old brigaderesponsible for keeping single Soldiers command sergeant major chose me,informed of the program’s current and that’s when I first got involved inevents, trips, volunteering and the program,” she said. “It feels likefundraising opportunities, and to help this program brings the post closerwith single Soldier issues. together, and events such as volunteering Spc. Elizabeth Erickson, former Fort get Solders out into the community, soCarson BOSS vice president and current they can improve the community and1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry feel good about themselves.”Division, BOSS representative, said she In addition to recreation and vol-enjoys helping the single Soldiers. unteering, the program also supports the overall quality of life for single troops. BOSS addresses Find out more well-being issues and concerns Visit the Better Opportunity for by recommending improvements Single Soldiers office in The Hub, through the chain of command. Pfc. Benjamin Carroll, Troop A, 4th “My favorite part about Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd building 1532, call 524-2677 or visit BOSS is actually not the events, “I’m the only person on post who Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry the BOSS Facebook page at it’s quality of life,” said Cpl. takes (single Soldier) quality-of-life Division, loads trash into the back of a http://www. Rachael Robertson, BOSS issues, and I like dealing with them truck while volunteering at Iron Horse president, U.S. Army Garrison because I’m a ‘fight for your rights’ kind Park during Make A Difference Day, Oct. 27. Single Soldiers can text Fort Carson. of person, and (I) try to get the Soldiers “follow CarsonBOSS” to Soldiers can submit quality- what they want,” Robertson said. them about the program and its perks, 40404 for current of-life issues pertaining to living When Soldiers first arrive on Fort which can include trips to cities outside BOSS events and information. conditions and concerns related Carson, they receive a brief during their of Colorado Springs, volunteer opportu- specifically to single Soldiers. in-processing from Robertson, who tells nities and strengthened camaraderie. The person pictured is not an actual service member As an active member of our military, Experience a Warmer and Larry H. Miller Toyota Colorado Springs and Toyota want to More Personal Approach to inform you about the $500 rebate toward the purchase of a new Toyota; Your Cosmetic Surgical Needs Dr. Raskin specializes in financed through Toyota Financial Services. Stop in today! FREE COSMETIC CONSULTATION Douglas J. Raskin, M.D., D.M.D For friendly assistance call 719.471.3100 Harvard, Stanford and Baylor Trained Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or visit Active Member American Society of Plastic Surgeons MEMBER AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PLASTIC SURGEONS, INC. - To qualify for the rebate, you must meet these conditions at the time of purchase: Be in current active duty status in the U.S. Military (Navy, Army, Air Force, 578-9988 Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard and active Reserve) OR a U.S. Military inactive reserve (i.e., Ready Reserve) that is part of the individual Ready 559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 209 Reserve, Selected Reserve and Inactive National Guard. Retired Military Personnel are not eligible. - Provide verifiable proof of military status or active service at the time of purchase: 1) Leave and Earning Statement or, 2) Military Identification Card (Photo email: copy of Military Identification Card is NOT required.) Conveniently located Downtown Colorado Springs - Receive a salary sufficient to cover ordinary living expenses and payments for your Toyota See Larry H. Miller Toyota Colorado Springs for more details. - Receive credit approval through a Toyota dealer and Toyota Financial Services Finance contract must be dated by April 1, 2013 MILITARY DISCOUNTS
  7. 7. Feb. 22, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationFinance travel processing — All inbound and outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it DFAC Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Wolf Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m.Points only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcement Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. training units provide an opportunity for Individual Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Ready Reserve Soldiers who want to maintain Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Reserve affiliation and continue their military career. Soldiers of any rank or military occupational (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed specialty considering leaving troop program unit assignment can consider the 6399th RTU as a short- LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. or long-term option. Benefits include earning 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. retirement points and “good” years; optional monthly Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed nonpaid drill weekends; continued military training and military schools; paid annual training opportuni- Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department ties; continued military training and military schools; of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit continued promotions; earning retirement points via • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. correspondence courses; Servicemembers’ Group Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. Life Insurance; and easy transfer to TPUs if desired. Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held Contact Chief Warrant Officer 4 Lake Gardner at • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon 720-363-0511 or Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ at the education center, building 1117, room 120.MyBaseGuide mobile smartphone app — provides Use this number to obtain self-help Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs information about the 86 military installations tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. located in the 50 U.S. states. The main function of • Base operations contracting officer the application is to provide military personnel representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 Hours of Operation with useful information for a smooth relocation. or email for questions Central Issue Facility The app also provides pertinent information and on snow removal, grounds maintenance and • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from utility for the duration of the servicemembers’ stay contractor response to service orders. 7:30-10:30 a.m. at any military installation in U.S. and current and • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at • Initial and partial issues — Monday- upcoming events. The integrated mapping function 524-0786 or email to Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. will provide turn-by-turn navigation for phones request latrines, for service or to report damaged • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- that are GPS capable. or overturned latrines. Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of • Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort Carson • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — Public Works has an incentive program to Support Services, at 896-0797 or 525-2924 or Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. prevent recyclable waste from going to the landfill. email to request a facility, • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards parking or regulatory traffic sign. 526-3321. for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is • Unit issues and turn ins — require Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building approval, call 526-5512/6477. the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every 1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiers Education Center hours of operation — The participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number Mountain Post Training and Education Center, 526-5898 for more information about the program. for after hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051. building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows:First Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — is located • Counselor Support Center — Monday- in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of Briefings Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held Tuesdays a.m. to 4:30 p.m. office assists Soldiers with room assignments and in building 1430, room 150, from noon to 1 p.m. • Army Learning Center — Monday- terminations. For more information call 526-9707. Soldiers must be private-sergeant first class with a Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson minimum General Technical Score of 105; be a U.S. • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third citizen; score 240 or higher on the Army Physical Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection Fitness Test; and pass a Ranger physical. Call 524- Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC 2691 or visit Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building is open to all active members and those interested Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in becoming future SAMC members. The club was is held March 12-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Medical Activity Correspondence Department originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of Veterans’ Chapel. Class is limited to the first 50 office hours — The Correspondence (Release elite noncommissioned officers but is now an people. Call 526-5613/5614 for details. of Infor mation) Office in the Patient Armywide program for those who meet the criteria Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon Administration Division hours are Monday- and have proven themselves to be outstanding the second and third Wednesday of each month at Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. NCOs through a board/ leadership process. the Freedom Performing Arts Center, building 1129 and closed Thursday and federal holidays. Call Contact SAMC president Sgt. 1st Class Dawna at the corner of Specker Avenue and Ellis Street. 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details. Brown at 526-3983 for information. The Retirement Services Office recommends Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is spouses accompany Soldiers to the briefing. Call a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., located on the first floor responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort 526-2840 for more information. of building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. Shipment Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held under Full Replacement Value claimants must of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and the first and third Wednesday of each month. submit Department of Defense Form 1840R or After cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Delivery Form 1851 for additionally discovered numbers and points of contact for services: Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, items to the carrier within 75 days online. Claimants • Facility repair/service orders — Fort on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers must must log into Defense Personal Property System at Carson Support Services service order desk can be be within 120 days of their expiration term of and submit the claim within reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- service, but must attend the briefing no later than nine months directly to the carrier to receive full cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transition replacement value for missing or destroyed items. damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. leave. Call 526-2240/8458. All other claims should be submitted to the Claims • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Office within two years of the date of delivery or Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in date of incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims Office when needing trash containers, trash building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from at 526-1355 for more information. is overflowing or emergency service is required. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan processes to include turning in excess property, Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ reutilizing government property, web-based tools SRP process. The SRP Legal Office will only for service needs or to report complaints. available, special handling of property and environ- provide powers of attorney or notary services to • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact Soldiers processing through the SRP. Retirees, Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera@ Family members and Soldiers not in the SRP for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at process can receive legal assistance and powers ofBOSS meetings are held the first for reutilization/web tools; or attorney at the main legal office located at 1633and third Thursday of each month Rufus Guillory at Mekong St., building 6222, next to the Familyfrom 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays Readiness Center. Legal assistance preparesContact Cpl. Rachael Robertson at for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for powers of attorney and performs notary services524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of The personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Hub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 8:30to 40404 to receive updates and event information. Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 22, 2013Aviators Staff Sgt. Francis W. Bagley, CH-47 Chinook crew chief, Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, observes his area of responsibility as a crewmember flying over training areas of Fort Carson, Feb. 14.prepareto fly By Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault4th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Josh Mattimore From seasoned pilots to fresh out of flightschool, aviators with 4th Combat AviationBrigade, 4th Infantry Division, certified onReadiness Level Progression training at ButtsArmy Airfield on Fort Carson, Feb. 7. RLP training is given to new, uncertifiedpilots and annually to certified pilots to testtheir aircraft proficiencies. There are three levels of the training. RL3,uncertified, involves pilots, accompanied by asenior instructor pilot, doing basic maneuvers and New pilots are required to attend RLP training while. I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.”learning to fly in formations with other helicopters. because they are arriving to the CAB from flight After more pilots are RLP certified, CABLevel two involves mission-oriented training and RL1, school and are only RL3 certified. They are receiving personnel will be able to certify their own pilots.certified, is where pilots can fly without instructor RLP training for the first time, and are taught slowly Once more helicopters and pilots arrive; the brigadepilots and are considered ready for missions. through each readiness level. They also have not hopes to pick up missions that will help support RLP training teaches pilots to be safe whether flown any helicopters since flight school and have Colorado Springs, such as high-altitude rescuethey are in a garrison environment or combat zone. always been accompanied by an instructor pilot. missions and missions to help put out wildfires,They learn to fly according to Army regulations and During RLP training, they will be re-evaluated on called Bambi bucket missions.Federal Aviation Administration standards, said everything they learned in school.Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Dowdy, battalion “I’m a little nervous aboutstandardization officer and brigade senior CH-47 going through RLP because I haveChinook pilot, 2nd General Support Aviation not been on the flight controlsBattalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th CAB. since flight school in October,” “This is the foundation for all new pilots and is said 1st Lt. Manuel Ledezma Vera,the most important training throughout their military CH-47 Chinook pilot, Company B,career,” said Dowdy. “This training sets the stage for 2nd GSAB, 4th Avn. Reg. “I’m notthe pilots for the rest of their careers. RLP training is too nervous though because theserious and significant, because if we don’t do a warrant officers training us havegood job on their training; it could possibly fail them thousands of hours of experience.later down the line.” This is a very technical job and Six 4th CAB pilots and multiple flight engineers this is excellent training thatare training with aviators from 21st Cavalry Brigade supports it.”(Air Combat) from Fort Hood, Texas. In addition Certified pilots and pilotsto RLP training, they will qualify the senior pilots to switching to a different type ofinstruct High Altitude Mountain Environmental helicopter are also required toTraining, which is required to fly in the mountainous go through RLP training uponterrain surrounding Fort Carson. arrival to a new duty station to “I have been instructing here for two weeks and show they are proficient in thetraining has been great,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 aircraft they are going to fly.Jess McGee, Chinook instructor pilot and HAMET These pilots are given a fast-instructor, 21st Cav. Bde. (Air Combat). “The pilots paced type of training as opposedthat we are training are doing well above average. to the slow training method givenThe pilots and their crew members’ morale and to new pilots.motivation are high and ready to train.” “I was originally trained to be a “This training helps us get on our feet,” said Chinook pilot,” said Chief WarrantCapt. Sean Pearl, commander, Company B, 2nd Officer 2 Josh Mattimore, ChinookGSAB, 4th Avn. Reg. “Our standardization and pilot, 2nd GSAB, 4th Avn. Reg. “Iinstructor pilots require the HAMET qualification, have been flying UH-72 Lakotaand we need the 21st Cav. to train them. This will helicopters for the last three years.allow us to become self-sufficient and be able to This training is important since Itrain our own.” have not flown Chinooks in a “This is the foundation for all new pilots and is the most important training throughout their military career.” Photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault Capt. Sean Pearl, commander, Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation — Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Dowdy Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, conducts preflight checks on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Butts Army Airfield, Feb. 14.
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  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 22, 2013CSPD to raise First Sergeant Barracks Program Officialssafety awareness By Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner While the program is in the process of outline key4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Colorado Springs Chief of Police Pete being implemented across Fort Carson, some units have already taken advantage of the department’s offer to assist. procedures By George StapletonCarey invited 4th Infantry Division command “We’ve already had the Coloradoteams to join the police department in Springs Police Department and the highway Unaccompanied Housing chief,developing different ways to reach Soldiers patrol in our safety briefings, and they’ve Directorate of Public Worksabout safety issues facing the Front Range been invaluable in my opinion,” said Col. Single Soldier Housingcommunity, during a meeting at the division Anthony Whitson, brigade commander, Rearheadquarters building, Feb. 14. Detachment, 43rd Sustainment Brigade. The First Sergeant Barracks Program 2020 staff revised One of the ways in which Carey seeks to “Our Soldiers can see them and understand the procedures for key and key core replacements inreach Soldiers is by having police officers they care about them.” barracks since the transition from contract to militaryattend unit safety briefings prior to long Whitson also thinks the department’s management last summer.weekends. presence has an additional benefit. Instead of calling the Directorate of Public Works “I think that giving information to the “Soldiers sometimes get lulled by the operations and maintenance contractor, Fort CarsonSoldiers will let them know exactly what is weekly and monthly safety briefings we Support Service’s Service Order Desk, Soldiers and firstgoing on in the community and what they give,” he said. “We can bring in someone sergeants need to visit the FSBP Office in building 1454,can do to make themselves safe,” said Carey. local — our counterparts, service providers and their unit FSBP representative will call in a service“I’d like to talk to your Soldiers about the and first responders — to give them a new order to FCSS for a locksmith.Colorado Springs Police Department and view point and get the message across.” A FSBP member will coordinate a date and time withtheir safety in the Springs.” That view was also shared by Burns. the Soldier to issue a new key. The FSBP property manager There are many topics Carey said the “So many safety briefs over the years may place an order for one or more key core replacementspolice department is looking to talk with have become stagnant,” said Burns. “Hearing when it is necessary to re-establish physical security to aSoldiers about. a different point of view may change the room or rooms. “Some folks know how to use guns very message so that Soldiers hear it. If even one Soldiers who find themselves locked out of their barrackswell, some don’t,” said Carey. “We’ve had a person hears, we now have peer-to-peer room after FSBP Office duty hours (6 p.m. weekdays, andbig rash of car thefts in the Colorado Springs influence, which is the most effective way in weekends and federal holidays) can gain access to theirarea. A lot of cars being stolen these days preventing traffic accidents.” room by contacting their brigade or separate battalion staffhave guns in them; a lot of people don’t By talking to units, police duty desk responsible for their building. Only the staff dutyknow about that. officers are able to reach the 73,000 people officer or noncommissioned officer can unlock the “One of our problem areas are bars; that are on post, which is equal to any large Soldier’s door at no cost.some are always coming on and off the city in the state, said Lt. Col. Timothy Key lockouts are not considered an emergency and therestricted list,” said Carey. MacDonald, provost marshal, 4th Inf. Div. FSBP, FCSS and contracted locksmith will not place orders or Teen driving laws, texting while driving, To prevent officers from becoming make keys after duty hours.home security, domestic violence and traffic overwhelmed, MacDonald plans to have In the case staff duty personnel are unable to locate thesafety were all brought up as different brigades consolidate their units so they can keys to allow a Soldier room entry due to simple lockout,presentations Carey would like to do. be briefed all at once. Soldier left the key in the room, the first sergeant or command Similar programs have been used on Fort While the details haven’t been com- sergeant major can provide the Soldier accommodations in aCarson before. pletely worked out, Carey said he hopes to transient room until the next duty day. “We used to do this about two years ago, start giving presentations at safety briefings Soldiers or units will be financially responsible forwith both the Department of Transportation by March. after-hours service calls for key-related issues notand the city,” said Paul Burns, division safety Units interested in the program should resolved through the unit.officer, 4th Inf. Div. “Give them a little bit contact the division provost marshal office at For more information, call 524-FSBP.of leeway, and the officers will be there.” 503-0077. Now accepting appointments in our new location. 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