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The Mountaineer, Vol. 71, No. 13

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  • 1. Vol. 71, No. 13 April 5, 2013 Cold weather training A Special Forces Soldier conducts ice climbing training at Rocky Mountain National MRX builds confidence, Park. In addition to ice climbing, the Master Mountaineering Course included downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobile and rope movements and avalanche rescue readiness and snow shelter construction. See story on Page 6. By Spc. Nathan Thome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Soldiers reacted rapidly to incoming reports and rushed between staff sections to make the division’s mission run smoothly despite obstacles tossed in their way during a mission rehearsal exercise, March 20-29. Known as “Unified Endeavor 13-2,” the exercise held at the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters, was designed to help the division staff prepare for an upcoming deployment. The exercise was intended to create the illusion for its participants that they are in their future area of operations, and tasked to complete the series of scenarios as they appear in as little time as possible, said Lt. Col. Jack Chaffin, deputy plans and operations officer, 4th Inf. Div. “Just like a brigade that goes to the National Training Center (at Fort Irwin, Calif.) for their culminating event to become stamped ready for combat, a division headquarters does an MRX in preparation for its deployment,” said Chaffin. “The nature of division is such that we don’t need to maneuver through the desert at the National Training Center, we need to practice staff processes and systems; how do we communicate, coordinate and receive guidance, how do we transmit that to subordinate units in orders; all the things you have to do in any given day to make things run in a division area of operation,” said Chaffin. “That’s kind of the overarching task and purpose behind what we’re doing.” Trained and experienced leaders, made up of Soldiers and civilians from various installations and known as the white cell for the exercise, came to Fort Carson to assist the division by presenting real-world scenarios from past and current operations for the staff to work through and solve. “We put the deploying unit through what they will encounter while deployed; everything from weather, culture interaction and enemy interaction,” said Col. John Valledor, co-exercise controller for UE 13-2, Mission Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. “We only inject what coincides with the commander’s training directives to ensure successful training.” Valledor said the goal was to create experiences to help deploying Soldiers develop the skills they will need to be successful. “The endgame is to prepare Soldiers to achieve the mission when Photo by Spc. Thomas Masterpool See Division on Page 4 Message board INSIDE UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans replaced TRICARE Monday. Call UnitedHealthcare at 877-988-WEST or visit Page 10 for more information. Pages 20-21 Page 5
  • 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013 Sexual assault has no place in military MOUNTAINEERCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCameraGarrison Commander: Col. David L. GrossoFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: American Forces Press Service Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Rick Emert issued a message Tuesday to all members of the Defense Department, emphasizing that stopping sexual assaultEditor: Devin Fisher and supporting victims is everyone’s responsibility.Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland Here is the text of the secretary’s message:Happenings: Nel Lampe “This month, the Department of Defense observes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month withSports writer: Walt Johnson the theme ‘We own it … we’ll solve it … together.’Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall “Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is an opportunity for the entire DOD community — service- members, civilians, members of our Families and leaders at This commercial enterprise newspaper is every level — to underscore our commitment to eliminatingan authorized publication for members of theDepartment of Defense. Contents of the the crime of sexual assault, supporting victims andMountaineer are not necessarily the official intervening when appropriate to help stop unsafe behavior.view of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or “Together, we must work every day to instill a climate thatthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation does not tolerate or ignore sexist behavior, sexual harassmentis 12,000 copies. or sexual assault. These have no place in the United States The editorial content of theMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public military and violate everything we stand for and the valuesAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, we defend. Creating a culture free of the scourge ofTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is sexual assault requires establishing an environment dignity and respect is afforded to all, and where diversity is The Mountaineer is posted on the celebrated as one of our greatest assets as a force.Internet at The Mountaineer is an unofficial “We are strong because of our values of service,publication authorized by AR 360-1. The sacrifice and loyalty — and doing what is right. We watchMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs out for each other and respect each other. By drawing onMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in these strengths, we can and we must stop sexual assaultno way connected with the Department of the within our ranks.Army, under exclusive written contract withFort Carson. 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  • 3. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 3Hagel announces fewer furlough days By Nick Simeone American Forces Press Service $41 billion (in cuts) now versus the $46 billion.” But despite a “We came out better than WASHINGTON — The Defense Department hasrevised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of Congressional reprieve, Hagel said the Pentagon we went in under thethousands of civilian employees could be furloughed is still going to be short sequester, where it looksthis year because of the budget sequester, Defense at least $22 billion forSecretary Chuck Hagel announced March 28. operations and mainte- like our number is In addition, a senior Defense Department officialspeaking on background told reporters the start of the nance, “and that means we are going to have to $41 billion (in cuts) nowfurloughs will be delayed until mid-to-late June, aftermore than 700,000 department employees receive prioritize and make some cuts and do what we’ve versus the $46 billion.” — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagelfurlough notices now set to go out in early May. got to do,” including Furloughs would happen over seven two-week making sharp reductionspay periods until the end of September, when the in base operating sup-current fiscal year ends, the senior official said, with port and training for nondeployed units. through the fiscal year and characterized the currentemployees likely to be told not to come to work for More critical in the long run, he said, is how budget situation as “not the deepest, but the steepesttwo days during each of those pay periods. budget cuts will affect readiness and the department’s decline in our budget ever,” and warned it will Department officials say they are still working to overall mission. Because of that concern, he said he affect military readiness into the future.determine which employees might be exempted. has directed Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter “We will have to trade at some level and to some Hagel characterized the reduced furloughs as and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the degree our future readiness for current operations,”well as a revised estimate of sequestration’s impact on Joint Chiefs of Staff, to conduct an intensive depart- the chairman said.the defense budget as good news. The changes follow mentwide review of U.S. strategic interests including He called on elected leaders to give theCongressional approval of a defense appropriations how to protect the nation with fewer resources. Pentagon the budget flexibility it needs to carry outbill that prevented an additional $6 billion in cuts, “How do we prioritize the threats and then the institutional reforms.ordered under sequestration, from taking effect. capabilities required to deal with threats?” he said. “We can’t afford excess equipment,” Dempsey “It reduces a shortfall at least in the operations “There will be some significant changes, there’s no said. “We can’t afford excess facilities. We have tobudget,” the secretary told reporters at a Pentagon way around it.” reform how we buy weapons and services. We havenews conference. “We came out better than we went in Dempsey said the department has already to reduce redundancy. And we’ve got to change, atunder the sequester, where it looks like our number is exhausted 80 percent of its operating funds halfway some level, our compensation structure.” 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 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013America pays tribute to Families of fallen military By Luke Elliott Engeman, Survivor Outreach ServicesU.S. Army Installation Management Command Program Manager, U.S. Army Installation Management Command. SAN ANTONIO — America will pay respect “The sacrifices of a Gold Star wifeFriday to the spouses and Families of fallen members reach beyond losing the person sheof the U.S. Armed Forces. considers a life partner — it is a A resolution to designate Gold Star Wives Day loss of goals and expectations, itwas approved March 20 by the U.S. Senate in recog- impacts her identity within thenition of the sacrifices made by these spouses and Army culture and completelyFamily members. changes the path of her future. The Senate resolution states the military service- “The importance of Gold Star ph ot o ymembers and veterans “bear the burden of protecting Wives Day is that it brings acknowl- rm .Athe freedom of the people of the United States and … edgement to and honors the many U.Sthe sacrifices of the families of the fallen members sacrifices of these incredibly courageousand veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States and resilient women,” she said. The gold star lapel pin, left, wasshould never be forgotten.” The Department of Defense presents one established by an act of Congress for issue Gold Star Wives Day was first observed Dec. of two lapel pins to Gold Star Family members. to immediate Family members of servicemembers18, 2010, through a Senate resolution with support The pins are worn by the survivors to recognize killed in combat. The next-of-kin pin, right, signifies afrom the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., a non- their sacrifices and as a way for others to honor their service-related death or suicide during active dutyprofit organization of about 10,000 members that family members’ military service. other than combat.provides services and support to the spouses of The first pin is the Gold Star Lapel Pin, whichfallen servicemembers. was established by Congress in 1947 and is presented which is presented to immediate Family members “Remembrance days like Gold Star Wives Day to spouses and Family members of servicemembers of servicemembers who die while serving outsidespecifically honor the sacrifices of some of the individ- killed in combat. of combat operations. This pin features a gold staruals a Fallen Soldier has left behind,” said Donna The second pin is the Next of Kin Lapel Pin, on a gold background. Division Chaffin. “That’s the first direct feedback the needs such as electricity, workspaces and “We want to from Page 1 division commander’s going to get from the observer/trainers, and more importantly, heating were working. “We ended up with a pretty large plan; emphasize they deploy and get them familiar with the it provides the division commander an generally when these exercises are done, duties they’ll perform downrange,” said opportunity to give guidance to his staff.” there’s a mission training complex that’s friction, the Valledor. “Our measure of success comes Personnel known as scripters were already been created and established, and from the commander’s training objective; tasked to replicate the operational environ- it’s where they house the exercise control chaos, the the commanding general is the actual ment; they wrote down notes to turn them personnel, all the people outside who come difficulty, trainer, we’re supporters who help achieve the training objective.” into a script, which were then coded and turned into scenarios for each day. here to help us run the exercise,” said Capt. Matt Hicks, network engineer, 4th Inf. Div. challenge To make the training more realistic, “You’ve got the guys who actually run “Because we didn’t have the complex, we teams in the white cell made trips to the simulation that provides the fake data had to do a lot of construction, buildup and and tempo, Afghanistan and other areas of current that feels as real as it can, the guys who infrastructure ourselves, which led to us operations to talk to leaders downrange to are assessing, evaluating and helping the installing about 70 switches, numerous because that find out what they need to do to give the unit see itself,” said Chaffin. “We also routers, 13 miles of cable and at least 200 will make training unit a workout, said Valledor. In addition to the more than 20 units have a variety of response cells, which act as virtual or mock subordinate or higher of our own computer systems. In the end, we had about 1,500 people coming and a Soldier that made up the white cell, other teams units, giving us the friendly forces feed, converging at both the commissary and the supported the division to make the training like what our brigades are doing or what digital training campus.” better able to successful. higher is telling us to do.” As the MRX pressed on, time between “Throughout this entire process, you’ve To set up the MRX and to keep it scenarios shortened, and the intensity perform down got the observer/trainer teams who are operational, division and network increased each passing day. the road.” evaluating, assessing and working with the staff sections; so they’re taking notes, engineers revamped the old commissary building on Fort Carson to house supporting “One of the things that tend to happen in an MRX is that the operation tempo is— Lt. Col. Jack Chaffin comparing notes, and about halfway units. They also planned and worked much higher than your everyday experience through the exercise, we’ll stop and there throughout the exercise to keep communi- in a deployed environment, it’s very fast will be a mid-after action review,” said cations running and to make sure physical paced,” said Chaffin. “One of our jokes is imagining the worst week in a future area of operation, and that’s what we try to replicate during the MRX. We want to emphasize friction, the chaos, the difficulty, challenge and tempo, because that will make a Soldier better able to perform down the road.”Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, Chaffin said one of the main objectives commanding general, 4th of the intense training environment is to Infantry Division and ensure the Soldiers are fully prepared to Fort Carson, presents the go downrange and that they can handleArmy Commendation Medal whatever is thrown at them. to Capt. Matt Hicks, “The commanding general said early network engineer, 4th on that we don’t want to build bad muscle Inf. Div., during an award memory,” said Chaffin. “The best way to ceremony at the division train the basic (Soldiering skills) is repetition, headquarters building, and if you can do it under a degree of stress, to recognize Soldiers it’s that much more effective. The real for their hard work during idea is to make the training harder than a the Mission Rehearsal deployment is ever going to be, because if Exercise, March 29. we can handle this, then we know we’ve got Photo by Spc. Nathan Thome the deployment locked in.”
  • 5. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 5SMA visits Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler speaks to Soldiers at Camp Buehring about challenges facing today’s Army during a visit to Kuwait, March 25.Soldiersin Kuwait Story and photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division “You have to recognize the things that make us who we are as Soldiers and what the American people expect from us,” he said. “We are held to a higher standard Chandler also answered questions posed by Camp Buehring Soldiers about the future of the Army. The sergeant major of the Army answered than most, we are the top 1 percent. It is not enough to Soldiers’ questions directly and demonstrated the CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Sgt. Maj. of the be competent. We must have character, and we must Army leadership’s respect for their enlisted Soldiers’Army Raymond F. Chandler III spoke to Soldiers about be committed to our nation and to this profession.” concerns, said Sgt. Harold Hoover, Company C, 1stmany of the challenges the Army currently faces during Chandler also emphasized Army leadership’s Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Armoreda visit to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March 25. goal of eliminating suicide and sexual assault Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The Army’s senior enlisted leader, tasked with throughout the force, and the individual Soldier’s role “He gave us a better perspective on what is goingthe training and welfare of the force, spoke about in the prevention of both. on throughout the Army,” Hoover said. “He cleared upthe troops’ commitment and the standards by which “The standard is to eliminate sexual assault,” he a lot of my Soldiers’ questions right off the bat beforethey should be living. said. “We had fewer assaults last year than the year they even asked and spent a lot of time answering “There are a lot of things I want to talk about, but before, but any sexual assault is too many. Preventing others’ questions as well.”the first thing I want to say is ‘thank you,’” Chandler it starts with the little things. Stop letting inappropriate Spc. William Grimaldo, Company B, 4th Brigadesaid. “You are out here in the desert; you are away jokes slide in the workplace; even careless words Support Battalion, 1st ABCT, 4th Inf. Div., said thefrom your Families and loved ones. I understand that can lead to sexual assault. visit showed the importance Chandler places onis tough; but we are grateful for your service and your “The Warrior Ethos teaches us to never leave a enlisted Soldiers.commitment to the nation.” fallen comrade,” he continued. “Yet the suicide rate “He let us know that the military is doing (its) Chandler encouraged Soldiers to remain resilient continues to climb. We are all responsible for the best to help us out, to get the things we need,”and ready to confront challenges facing troops in welfare of our brothers and sisters in arms. We must Grimaldo said. “I really appreciate him taking thetoday’s Army. look out for each other.” time to speak with us and answer our questions.”
  • 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013 Special Forces scale frozen peaks By Lt. Col. Steve Osterholzer 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Officer Members of the Fort Carson-based Special Forces Advanced Mountaineering Photos by Spc. Timothy Clegg Operations School recently conducted winter training that few Soldiers everA Special Forces Soldier leads a climb up a route during a mountain operations experience: ice climbing, an ascent of Longs Peak, snowmobiles and downhillexercise in Rocky Mountain National Park. skiing were all experiences unique to the unit’s Master Mountaineering Course. For five weeks, the 11 students — all graduates of the Senior Mountaineering Course conducted here in the fall — learned critical skills unique to conducting movement in a winter mountain environment. Temperatures dipping to 10 below zero gave new meaning to “Extreme Cold Weather Training.” Several of the students, mostly from various Special Forces Groups around the country, were from the South. The course was designed to be a “train the trainer” type of instruction, as the students now will take their newly-acquired skills back to their Special Forces units and government agencies. Special Forces Soldiers must be adept at a wide variety of infiltration/movement techniques, to include operating in a mountainous winter environment. “The biggest challenge for most of the students was the altitude change,” said a cadre noncommissioned officer. “At times, it just turned them into zombies.” The training concentrated on three primary areas: mountain mobility operations, high alpine movement techniques and extreme cold weather operations. Much of the training focused on the challenges of simply getting from point A to point B amidst 14,000-feet mountains buried under several feet of snow. Downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobile movements and ice climbing were all in a day’s work for these “Mountain Warriors.” Rope movements, avalanche rescue and snow shelter construction were other areas they trained on. “An ascent of a 14,000 (foot) mountain is challenging under any conditions,” said one of the Special Forces cadre. “Scaling Longs Peak in winter really tested the students’ skill and determination in these extreme conditions.” Training was conducted at Breckenridge Ski Resort, the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park and national forest land near Gunnison. Several 4th Infantry Division Soldiers were able to participate in the training as the cadre honed its instruction techniques in downhill skiing as a handful of the division Soldiers served as students on the slopes of Breckenridge during trainup in late February. The learning curve was steep. “For one of the students, it was his first time on skis,” said a cadre member. “Within just a few days he had to go from essentially being a beginner on the bunny hill to descending black diamond runs, skinning up the mountain and pulling a sled full of gear.” The students had to utilize all their newly-acquired skills in a culmination exercise, where they planned and executed a night raid. “Special Forces Soldiers are unique warriors,” said a cadre NCO. “The harsh weather conditions, high altitudes and extreme terrain pushed them to their limits. They now Master Mountaineering Course students scale an icy waterfall at Rocky Mountain National Park as will take these hard-won skills back to their unit and serve fellow Soldiers belay from below. as subject-matter experts in the demanding mission of mountaineering operations.”
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  • 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationThe Directorate of Public Works Recycle Program DFAC Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday staff — is marking all outside, military unit or Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. contractor, recycling dumpsters and roll offs Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. containing the wrong recyclable commodity or Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. trash with a red sign and the containers will not be Wolf Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. picked up for emptying until the problem is 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. corrected. The signs state “Red tagged container Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. is not acceptable until content meets Fort Carson recycling requirements.” Segregating waste Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. manually through the recycle staff is time consuming (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costly. Units needing assistance with waste Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed recycling can call 526-5898. LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — training and testing is conducted monthly. Events Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed include swimming, marksmanship, track and field events (100-meter dash, shot put, long jump or high Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Center. jump and 3,000-meter run or 1,000-meter swim) for service needs or to report complaints. Sign-in for Soldiers heading overseas is at 7 a.m. and a 12-kilometer road march. Upon completion • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan and the briefing starts at 7:30 a.m. Sign-in for of all required events, Soldiers are awarded a Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. personnel being reassigned stateside is at 1 p.m., badge in gold, silver or bronze level — determined with the briefing starting at 1:30 p.m. Soldiers are by results of the marksmanship and road march. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — required to bring Department of the Army Form This is a foreign military award authorized to be Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email 5118, signed by their physician and battalion worn on the Class-A or Army Service Uniform. commander, and a pen to complete forms. Call Soldiers should submit packets through their chain • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary 526-4730/4583 for more information. of command to Sgt. Michael Phillips at 524-4944 Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held or email For Use this number to obtain self-help the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon more information contact Chief Warrant Officer 4 tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. at the education center, building 1117, room 120. David Douglas at 720-250-1221 or email • Base operations contracting officer Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information.Finance travel processing — All inbound and or email for questions outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it on snow removal, grounds maintenance and Hours of Operation Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family contractor response to service orders. Central Issue Facility member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. 524-0786 or email to 7:30-10:30 a.m. Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. request latrines, for service or to report damaged • Initial and partial issues — Monday-Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of or overturned latrines. Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Public Works has an incentive program to • Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort Carson • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- prevent recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Support Services, at 896-0797 or 524-2924 or Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards email to request a facility, • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson parking or regulatory traffic sign. Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building 526-3321. participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call 1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiers • Unit issues and turn ins — require 526-5898 for more information about the program. should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number approval, call 526-5512/6477.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — is for after hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051. Education Center hours of operation — The located in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. Mountain Post Training and Education Center, The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Briefings building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: Monday-Friday. The office assists Soldiers with 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held • Counselor Support Center — Monday- room assignments and terminations. For more Tuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 information call 526-9707. noon to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private-sergeant a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson first class with a minimum General Technical • Army Learning Center — Monday- Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Score of 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 or Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test; and • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC pass a Ranger physical. Call 524-2691 or visit Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — is open to all active members and those interested Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. in becoming future SAMC members. The club Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building was originally a U.S. Forces Command organization is held April 16-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. of elite noncommissioned officers but is now an Veterans’ Chapel. Class is limited to the first 50 Medical Activity Correspondence Department Armywide program for those who meet the criteria people. Call 526-5613/5614 for details. office hours — The Correspondence (Release and have proven themselves to be outstanding Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to of Infor mation) Office in the Patient NCOs through a board/leadership process. noon the second and third Wednesday of each Administration Division hours are Monday- Contact SAMC president Sgt. 1st Class Dawna month at the Freedom Performing Arts Center, Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Brown at 526-3983 for information. building 1129 at the corner of Specker Avenue and closed Thursday and federal holidays. CallDirectorate of Public Works services — DPW is and Ellis Street. The Retirement Services Office 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details. responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the Work Management Branch — The DPW Work Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. Management Branch, responsible for processing of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held work orders — Facilities Engineering Work cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone the first and third Wednesday of each month. Requests, DA Form 4283 — is open for processing numbers and points of contact for services: Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier work orders and other in-person support from • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Afternoon Carson Support Services service order desk can be on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers must customer support is by appointment only, call reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- be within 120 days of their expiration term of 526-2900. The Work Management Branch is cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, service, but must attend no later than 30 days located in building 1219. damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. prior to their ETS or start of transition leave. Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric Call 526-2240/8458 for more information. a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., located on the first floor Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency of building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. Shipment when needing trash containers, trash Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in under Full Replacement Value claimants must is overflowing or emergency service is required. building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from submit Department of Defense Form 1840R or After • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA Delivery Form 1851 for additionally discovered processes to include turning in excess property, items to the carrier within 75 days online. Claimants reutilizing government property, web-based tools must log into Defense Personal Property System atBOSS meetings are held the first available, special handling of property and environ- and submit the claim withinand third Thursday of each month mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact nine months directly to the carrier to receive fullfrom 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera@ replacement value for missing or destroyed items. AllContact Cpl. Rachael Robertson at for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at other claims should be submitted to the Claims524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of The for reutilization/web tools; or Office within two years of the date of delivery or dateHub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” Rufus Guillory at of incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims Office atto 40404 to receive updates and event information. Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays in 526-1355 for more information.
  • 9. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 9Civil affairs supports Jordanian special forces By Andrea Sutherland Special Forces Group, based in Watkins, assessments of the populations and Mountaineer staff a town east of Denver. “The Jordanian gathering atmospherics — what government, with limited resources, the population’s perceived needs In times of crisis and natural needs a strong international team are versus their actual needs.disasters, civil affairs Soldiers excel. effort so they are not overwhelmed “These classes are on theThey’ve helped organize disaster relief by the Syrian refugee crisis.” fundamentals in the event thatefforts; they’ve helped governments Members of the 19th SFG the civilian capacity is overwhelmedunderstand the needs of the people; partnered with Jordanian special forces and military presence is required,”and they’ve helped plan and execute as part of the National Guard State said the 19th SFG major. “This isthe building of refugee camps. Partnership Program, a Department of their first time in the U.S. They From March 24-29, six representa- Defense program that began in 1993 are getting a background on ourtives from the Jordanian special forces and paired each state with various structure and values.”capitalized on this expertise, learning countries as part of a partnership Jordanian representativesfrom the experiences of Soldiers. capacity-building effort. learned best practices for “This is a roundtable of best As part of that partnership, organizing camps, keepingpractices,” said Maj. George Meyer, representatives from the 19th refugees informed and440th Civil Affairs Battalion. “We’re SFG sought the expertise providing a refugee-ledfacilitating the discussion, a doctrine 101, of local civil affairs units, government within thebut we’re learning from them as well.” linking the Jordanians with camps to help address needs. Meyer said that his battalion’s focus members from the 440th Civil “We want to discourageis primarily on Pacific countries, but Affairs Bn. the prison perception, this ismuch of the doctrine is transferable. “The relationship between the their temporary home,” said Capt. As unrest in Syria continues, U.S. and Jordan has been strong since Ivan Nunez, 440th Civil Affairs Bn.,refugees fleeing the war-torn country the 1960s,” said Jordanian Lt. Col. addressing the Jordanians. “Peoplehave made their way to neighboring Mohammad Sabra. “In these should govern themselves, policeJordan. exchanges, we learn how to do things Camps housing refugees exist, themselves and capitalize on the skill Although humanitarian and civilian we may not have expertise in. The U.S. but Jordanian representatives sets already present, such as doctors.”organizations have helped take in tens experience is more than ours. … These expressed fear that those camps are Nunez stressed that the primaryof thousands of refugees, Jordanian kinds of meetings and exchanges already over capacity. objective in organizing refugee campsmilitary officials are preparing to take strengthen our relationship.” “One of the camps was built for is to minimize civilian interferencecontrol, if needed. 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  • 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013Masterschampiontrainstrainers Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Henry W. Marris III practice various exercises as Ramos walked around and provided on-the-spot instruction, helping to Sgt. Tonya Monroe, second from right, and Sgt. Arielle Gates, both with Company A, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, ensure they were doing the exercises correctly. Division, listen as Don Ramos, left, a 79-year-old 4th Infantry Division “Now that we are getting into more technical power lifting champion, provides instruction on lifts, having someone with that much experience Monroe’s technique. A 79-year old weightlifter who holds multiple helping us out, teaching us these technical lifts, itnational and world records shared some of his was priceless,” said Sgt. Frankie Lodolce, mechanic,knowledge with noncommissioned officers from 64th Company B, 64th BSB, 3rd BCT. “We are going to Soldiers in their respective units when performing theBrigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat have that experience to teach our Soldiers the right exercises that make up the TAP fitness regimen. Itteam, 4th Infantry Division, March 22 at Garcia thing to do.” also helps the strength and conditioning coaches atPhysical Fitness Center. The NCOs attend the training in order to assist the fitness center who sometimes have to watch more Don Ramos was invited to teach a than 100 Soldiers perform the exercises.train-the-trainer class as part of 3rd Chase Beideck, the strength and conditioningBCT’s Tactical Athlete Program, which specialist assigned to 3rd BCT, said Ramos’is normally taught by the strength and vast knowledge of the sport of weightlifting wasconditioning coaches who work at the beneficial to him just as much as it was to thefitness center. NCOs attending the training. According to the USA Masters “I have been lifting weights for about 14 years,”Weightlifting website, Ramos holds 16 said Beideck, “but it’s not until you come across goodU.S. records and 15 world records. coaches that you can really pick up on the subtletiesAdding to the feat, his records are in of the various lifts. It’s great to have someone withmultiple age and weight categories. that kind of knowledge to come in and teach the lifts.” “I wanted to help the Soldiers betterunderstand how to do what it is they aredoing,” Ramos said. “I think if you Chase Beideck, strength and conditioning specialist,don’t understand the biomechanics of Garcia Physical Fitness Center, demonstrateswhat you are doing, you can ruin your proper lifting technique to noncommissionedlifting and risk injury.” officers from 64th Brigade Support Battalion, After listening to Ramos discuss 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,the fundamentals of weightlifting, the March 22 as Don Ramos, left, weightliftingNCOs had the opportunity to champion, talks through the form of the lift. Always accepting new patients, and now caring for CONTACTS GLASSES Active Duty Personnel. 25% MILITARY Smile! DISCOUNT on all goods and services* Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette Fort Carson Families choose award winning dental care and Broadmoor Dental is here to serve! 4430 N. Nevada Ave. Southwest Corner of Garden of the Gods & Nevada 4319 Integrity Center Point 1813 North Circle Drive NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Circle & Constitution 1130 Lake Plaza Drive Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) 719-576-5566 635-2020 634-2020 632-2020 578-2020 WE ACCEPT METLIFE INSURANCE/PREFERRED PROVIDER
  • 11. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 11Courts-MartialPfc. Sergio Uribe, Company F, 1st to reduction to staff sergeant and during a March 22 The following are the results of cases tried on Fort Carson from March 12-28. Inf. Div., was convicted, by a military Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, three months confinement. general court-martial. judge, consistent with his pleas, of 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, Sgt. Paul H. Sasse, Headquarters and He was sentenced to one specification of absence from 4th Infantry Division, was convicted, Headquarters Detachment, Group reduction to private, forfeiture of all his unit, Article 86; five specifications by a military judge alone, consistent Support Battalion, 10th Special pay and allowances and a bad of wrongful use of a controlled with his pleas, of attempted posses- Forces Group (Airborne), was conduct discharge. substance, Article 112a; and six sion of child pornography, indecent convicted, by a military judge Pvt. Jesse D. Minick, Company D, 1st specifications of wrongful distribution acts and possession of child alone, consistent with his pleas, of Bn., 67th Armor Reg., 2nd BCT, 4th of a controlled substance, Article pornography during a March 12 one specif ication of resisting Inf. Div., was convicted, by a military 112a, during a March 26 general general court-martial. He was apprehension, Article 95; three judge alone, consistent with his pleas, court-martial. He was sentenced to sentenced to reduction to private, specifications of assault, Article of seven specifications of failure to forfeiture of all pay and allowances, 32 forfeiture of all pay and allowances, 128; one specification of disorderly report, Article 86; one specification months confinement and a bad 20 months confinement and a bad conduct, Article 134; and two of violating a general regulation, conduct discharge. conduct discharge. specifications of communicating a Article 92; three specifications of Pfc. Dustin Dellinger, Company B,Sgt. 1st Class Cameo D. Meyers, threat, Article 134, during a March wrongful drug use, Article 112a; and 204th BSB, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Headquarters and Headquarters 21 special court-martial. He was one specification of communicating was convicted, by a military judge Company, 704th Brigade Support sentenced to reduction to private a threat, Article 134, during a March alone, consistent with his pleas, of Battalion, 4th BCT, was convicted, and 11 months confinement. 25 general court-martial. He was one specification of absence without by a military judge alone, consistent Spc. Justin R. Colby, Company C, sentenced to forfeiture of all pay and leave, Article 86, during a March 28 with her pleas, of two specifications 704th BSB, 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div., allowances, eight months confinement general court-martial. He was of wrongful use of drugs, Article was convicted, by a military judge, and a bad conduct discharge. sentenced to reduction to private, 112a, during a March 15 special consistent with his pleas, of two Pvt. Michael C. McFadden, Company A, eight months confinement and a bad court-martial. She was sentenced violations of Article 85, desertion, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., 3rd BCT, 4th conduct discharge.Support Sudanese refugees in Kenya. and a voice helped quell that fear. He Jordanians appreciated the knowledgefrom Page 9 “Every night, the elected repre- also encouraged the Jordanians to 440th Civil Affairs Soldiers shared. sentatives within the camp met to help keep refugees engaged. “As a military, we would like “They are not enemy prisoners of discuss the issues,” he said. “It “You have to keep people busy,” for us to be open to knowingwar,” he said. “They are refugees.” was proficient.” he said. “People who are bored and understanding (the refugees’) Sgt. 1st Class Mark Kostoulakos, Kostoulakos said that while abuses find trouble.” needs,” he said. “We want to be open440th Civil Affairs Bn., shared his of power could arise, making sure Sabra, who served as the interpreter minded. … We want a chance toexperience organizing Somali and each demographic had a representative throughout the training, said the improve our abilities.” 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 email: Conveniently located Downtown Colorado Springs MILITARY DISCOUNTS
  • 12. 12 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013 By Devin Fisher previous finishes — Vasquez placed 17th more skills-based training to include Best Mountaineer editor Two Fort Carson Army Rangers will in 2010 and Rolfes 23rd in 2011. “The first time I had no idea what the events were, how the events were timed or weapons assembly and disassembly and administering IVs to each other, he said. “We really get to know how far we Ranger battle counterparts from across the globe during the 30th annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, how the point system worked,” Vasquez said. “Now we have a general idea of the events and the point system … we have can push each other,” he said. The three-day Best Competition was established in 1982 Ranger event Ga., April 12-15. Staff Sgt. Anthony Vasquez, Head- quarters and Headquarters Company, 1st experience under our belts.” No tasks or events are announced prior to the competition, according to a Fort and has been compared to Ironman and Eco-Challenge competitions, according to the press release. The competitionkicks off Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Staff Sgt. Joshua Rolfes, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn., 12th Benning press release. Vasquez said he and Rolfes were selected after two months of training, featuring weekly ruck marches of eight to 16 miles challenges the teams in events that test physical conditioning, Ranger skills and team strategies and are scheduled back-to- back and around-the-clock for 60 hours, April 12 Inf. Reg., 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div., will repre- sent the division and Fort Carson at the event. The two-man team looks to improve and runs from two to 15 miles, and lap swimming, ranges and medical lane training. The duo changed its focus last month to allowing little time for rest and meals. Of the 50 teams in 2012, only 34 finished the competition; 31 teams finished in 2011. My one reason? To show I care about my community. You only need one reason to donate plasma. Find out how becoming a plasma donor can make a difference for patients and help you earn extra money. As a new donor, you can earn up to $100 this week. Biomat USA 3776 Airport Road Colorado Springs, CO 80910 (719) 380-6991 In addition to meeting the donation criteria, you must provide a valid photo I.D., proof of your current address and your Social Security or immigration card to donate. Must be 18 years of age or older to donate. MULTICAM® GORTEX GEN II ECWS PARKS $149.95 TROUSERS $99.95 glenn’s army surplus 114 e. mill st. • 634-9828
  • 13. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 13Army Research LaboratoryMethodology to provide most survivable vehicle Story and photo by Joyce M. Conant Army Research Laboratory ADELPHI, Md. — In order to protectSoldiers’ lives, military vehicles in combat must becapable of surviving severe hostile fires. When hitwith large hostile fire weapons, internally stowedammunition may react, resulting in catastrophicloss of life and system. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, then theBallistics Research Laboratory, developed effectiveammunition compartments in the past, to include thedevelopment of the Abrams bustle compartment backin the 1980s. This success was achieved primarilythrough extensive test and evaluation. As the Army modernizes its fleet, effectiveammunition compartmentation will again be neededto ensure vehicles and crew members survive hostilefires. Given technology advances, ARL has theopportunity to employ advanced modeling and simu-lation techniques to reduce test quantities and arriveat effective designs with fewer design iterations. Greg Mannix, ARL technical project lead, is ’sdeveloping modeling and simulation methodologiesto improve the survivability of combat fighting vehicles,beginning with hypotheses synthesis and phenome- From left, Thomas Adkins, Survivability/Lethalitynology studies, underpinned by experimentation. Barrie Homan, Ph.D., and Douglas Kooker, Analysis Directorate; Barrie Homan, Ph.D., Weapons and “The threat warhead to stowed ammo interaction Ph.D., both with the Weapons and Material Research Material Research Directorate; and Jerry Watson,is very complex, we have decomposed the ballistic Directorate, have been exploring the physics of the Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate, look atinteraction into a set of possibilities to guide our interaction between threat and energetic material ammo witness receptors recovered by scientists andresearch,” said Mannix. “This approach defines the contained within the munition by using material technicians to observe and record fragment patterns.framework for our research allowing us to diagnose equations-of-state models to describe parameterthe energetic responses, draw correlations among dependencies. The synergies realized in the couplingcritical parameters and ultimately develop the of hypotheses, experimentation and physics enable has already had an impact on the larger (test andmodel architecture.” the development of an ammunition compartment evaluation) community. As the research team extracts Jerry Watson and Thomas Adkins, both from the model and simulation methodologies to improve meaningful information from the experiments, theSurvivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate, have combat vehicle survivability. (ground combat vehicle) program is benefiting, asbeen performing experiments and gaining critical “The consequences arising from a ballistic (Army Test and Evaluation Command) leveragesinsights to the ammunition interaction. threat interaction with munitions are fundamentally ARL’s early experimental results to determine “By doing experiments where the parameters related to the energetic material response behavior. Live-Fire Test asset quantities and test events forare easily controlled, engineering algorithms are The response is complex and a full understanding the GCV program,” said Dave Ploskonka, Army Testbeing developed that will predict the results of the phenomena continues to be elusive,” said and Evaluation Command.for real-world situations where the area of interest Homan. “A multidisciplinary approach coupling This work and related ARL contributions tois very complicated and too costly to evaluate phenomenological experimental results and design of compartmentation systems are also beingexperimentally,” said Watson. controlled surrogate experiments with advanced leveraged by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Mannix expands on Watson’s contributions: model development are our best approach to develop Research, Development and Engineering Center in“Jerry designed and fabricated the ‘Watson Scaled the ability to predict responses in real systems.” the development of their ground vehicle concepts.Ammo Compartment Test Rig’ for the purpose of Mannix indicated their testing is having a The research team moves forward exploring theexploring the energetic response. In doing so, he significant impact, and the Army is already benefiting unknown, learning a lot on this complex threat-brings a new experimental capability to Aberdeen from the knowledge received to date from the target interaction, and developing model methodologyProving Ground, Md. I’m grateful (for) all he has ammunition compartment test. to provide for the world’s most survivable combatcontributed,” said Mannix. “ARL ammunition compartmentation research ’s vehicle for U.S. Soldiers.
  • 14. 14 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013Soldiers learn of benefits H By Cpl. William Smith 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office “There are (more than) 150 benefits that the Soldier, Family member and veterans are authorized to have from istory ighlights April 1957 — Construction is the state and federal governments and we have every single completed on one Soldiers have a wide variety of benefits at their one of them,” said Doug Rogers, senior consultant, Serco. post exchange, onefingertips available to help them and their Family members “We have some that people have never even heard of, and grade school, 400through the My Army Benefits website. they are (all) contained on the website.” Family housing units, The website was developed after the 9/11 attacks as a Many of the Soldiers said they found the training to one post and divisionone-stop shop to educate Soldiers and their Families of be useful. headquarters buildingtheir entitlements. “Going up through the ranks no one ever really tells and five motor pools. Keith Miller, chief operating officer, Armed Forces you all of your benefits, especially when it comes to yourServices Corporation, said most Soldiers are unaware of Family,” said Master Sgt. Edward Mercado, 704th April 2, 1971 — Famous Fort Carsonthe wide variety of benefits available to help them and their Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, mule “Hambone” is buried with fullFamily members, during a class on Fort Carson, March 28. 4th Infantry Division. “I have been in the Army for 24 military honors. “The government did a study to find out what the years, and this is the first time I have been told about all April 4, 1983 — Sergeant Major of theSoldiers knew about their survivor benefits and found of these benefits. It has been a real eye-opener.” Army Glen Morrell visits Fort Carson andthat it was absolutely necessary to educate them on what In addition to information about benefits, the website is impressed with the combat readinesstheir actual benefits were, because they didn’t know,” contains many tools including retirement, disability and of the 4th Infantry Division.said Miller. survivor benefit calculators. According to managers, the website covers all the “The retirement calculator is good to use,” Mercado April 8, 1955 — Fort Carson wins the Fifthentitlements for Soldiers and Families. said. “I can look at which state I want to retire into and Army Boxing crown for the third time in what benefits I will receive.” four years. Mercado said all Soldiers should be more aware of April 9, 1945 — More than 200 Soldiers this information.“There are (more than) “Most of the time Soldiers just concentrate on mission, mission, mission,” Mercado said. “Then when it comes from Camp Carson and 50 civilian employees help local officials battle a 150 benefits that the to deployment, all you worry about is just the (Servicemembers Group Life Insurance) and that it has huge fire that threatens to wipe out the Broadmoor area. Soldier, Family member all the right information on it. It doesn’t include the specifics on how to take care of your Family … you are April 13, 1973 — Rising prices and tight supplies result in the rationing of and veterans are authorized not there anymore and you are leaving everything to your Family to deal with.” gasoline at Fort Carson gas stations. to have from the state and The website is available at http://myarmybenefits. Families and Soldiers may call a benefits April 18, 1958 — Fort Carson Airfield is named in honor of World War II Medal of Honor recipient, 2nd Lt. John E. Butts. federal governments.” counselor at 888-721-2769. Some information on the website is available to any user; however, a portion of April 24, 1943 — President Franklin Delano — Doug Rogers the website requires a Common Access Card or Army Roosevelt visited Camp Carson to observe Knowledge Online login to protect personal information. troops practicing assault landings. $2.00 Off Admission Military Discount EYEGLASS GUN SHOW APRIL 5 & 6 FRAMES SAT. 9-5 & SUN. 9-4 COLORADO SPRINGS FREEDOM FINANCIAL SERVICES $ 59 EXPO CENTER 3650 N NEVADA * BUY - SELL - TRADE INFO: (563) 927-8176 FOR BUY CONTACT LENSES ONLINE AT *Includes any frame up to $115.98. Complete pair purchase of frame and lenses required. Cannot be combined with any other discount, coupon or insurance plan. All eyeglass purchases require a current, valid prescription. No dispensing fee. Offer expires 04/27/13. ©2013 National Vision, Inc. Eye Exams Available by Dr. Traci Peters Exchange Concessionaire Independent Doctor of Optometry Ft. Carson • TRICARE accepted • Appointments are available Across from barber shop • Walk-ins are welcome 719-576-5151
  • 15. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 15Month of Military ChildActivitiessalutesacrifices By Catherine Ross Special to the Mountaineer In honor of the Month of the Military Child,April is packed full of activities and celebrations About 200 children ages 6 weeks tofor Fort Carson children. 5 years old, parents and Monarch Child “Military children make a sacrifice they don’t Development Center staff parade aroundchoose to make. They have to be away from their the facility before getting an up close look atparents for a long time, from time to time, and do a fire truck and police vehicle in celebration ofit selflessly,” said Rachel Montoya, Directorate the Month of the Military Child, April 27.of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreationmarketing specialist. “It’s good to be able to Photos by Devin Fishergive back to them and show our appreciation fortheir role in the military Family.” Continuing a tradition that began in 1986 when New to this year’s celebration is “Goin’ for the contest, and they can win some great prizes,”April was designated the Month of the Military Gold,” a talent showcase and contest April 20 at said Montoya. “Each participant will receive anChild by then Secretary of Defense Caspar the Fort Carson Youth Services Center. award, and everyone is more than welcome toWeinberger, Fort Carson children will get to learn “That’s going to be really fun for all ages,” said come and cheer on the contestants.”to golf and mountain bike, participate in cosmic Montoya, explaining that the showcase is for ages Reflecting on the entire slate of events,bowling, compete in a dodge ball and paintball 3-10, and the contest for ages 11-13. Registration Montoya said, “There’s something for everyone —tournaments, make patriotic crafts, and more thanks deadline is Saturday. for all age groups. It’s not just for children,to DFMWR and Child, Youth and School Services. “For the older age group it’s an actual talent but for the whole family.” Calendar of events April — $5 off any Outdoor Recreation program, April 18 — ribbons for the military, 3-3:30 p.m., East CDC mention “Month of Military Child” preschool room K April 11 — family shields, 3-4 p.m., preschool during registration April 25 — boot print art, 3-3:30 p.m., preschool room L April 18 — dolls at home project, toddlers and infants April 6 — “Clubs for Kids,” Cheyenne Shadows Golf April 25 — community flags, 3-3:30 p.m., April 25 — T-shirt painting, 3-4 p.m., third red Club, ages 5-17 receive golf club to keep preschool room M and 10-minute lesson. Call 526-4102. April 25 — macaroni necklaces, 3-3:30 p.m., Wes t CDC April 6 — free indoor cycling, 10-11 a.m., Iron Horse preschool room N April 5 — truck displays, 10 a.m., ages 6 weeks Sports and Fitness Center, ages 11-15 to 5 years April 6 — dodge ball tournament, 10 a.m., Iron Monarch CDC April 12 — teddy bear picnic, 3-4 p.m., ages 6 weeks Horse Sports and Fitness Center, ages 6-15. April 12 — “Read to Me,” all day, ages 6 weeks to 5 years to 5 years Call 526-3972. April 19 — treasure hunt, 3-4 p.m., ages 6 weeks April 19 — family crests, 3-4:30 p.m., ages 6 weeks April 9-10 — free open swim, all pools, all ages to 5 years to 5 years April 13 — free cosmic bowling, 1-3 p.m., Thunder April 30 — hero parade, 10 a.m., ages 6 weeks to 5 years April 26 — family camo carnival, 3-4:30 p.m., ages Alley Bowling Center; ages 5-17, three 6 weeks to 5 years games maximum Mesa, Patriot CDCs April 13, 27 — free Zumbatomic, 2-3 p.m., Iron Horse Sports April 19 — “Parents and Me” luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain CDC and Fitness Center, ages 14-15 with a parent ages 6-11 April 5 — family tree, home project, infants and April 14 — paintball tournament, Outdoor Recreation, April 26 — School Age Services lock-in, 6:30-11 p.m. kindergarten four-person team double-elimination, cost for 1st and 2nd graders, 6:30 p.m. to April 8-12 — hand and footprint flag, home project, is $35 per person or $100 per team, 7 a.m. for 3rd-5th graders infants and kindergarten registration deadline April 12 April 22-26 — celebrate the military child activities April 17 — mountain bike course, 5-8 p.m., Outdoor Timberline CDC April 25 — celebrate military Families, 10-11 a.m. Recreation, ages 9-13 with parent and 14 April 11 — scavenger hunt, 10:30-11:30 a.m., hourly and 1:30-2:30 p.m., part-day preschool and older without, cost is $25 with bike care children ages 2-5 years two-day a.m. rental and $20 without April 18 — tile coaster, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:30- April 26 — celebrate military Families, 10-11 a.m. and April 20 — Earth Day celebration, 1-4 p.m., Grant Library 5:30 p.m., hourly care and SKIES ages 1:30-2:30 p.m., part-day preschool conference room, infants to age 9 receive 18 months to 14 years three-day p.m. recycled paper coloring book and ages 10-18 April 30 — flower boxes, 9:30-11 a.m., hourly care will make repurposed book planters. and SKIES ages 2-5 years Kids on Site Call 526-2680. April 6 — American flags, 2 p.m. April 20 — “Going for the Gold” youth talent show, ages Yo u t h c e n t e r April 13 — bead bracelets, 2 p.m. 3-18, register by April 6. Call 526-1867. April 5 — staff vs. youth basketball game, 5:30- April 20 — greeting cards, 2 p.m. April 20 — free circuit training, 10-11 a.m., Iron Horse 7:30 p.m., 6th-12th graders April 24 — dog tags project, 2 p.m. Sports and Fitness Center, ages 13-15 April 5 — midnight basketball, 9-11:30 p.m., high school students Army Community Ser vice Ivy CDC April 12 — “Friday Fun Night,” 6-8 p.m., youth April 9 — bead bracelets, 2 p.m. April 11 — handprint art, 3-3:30 p.m., infant/pre-toddler center members April 17 — greeting cards, 2 p.m. room E April 23 — dog tags project, 2 p.m. April 11 — paper military child dolls, 3-3:30 p.m., Aspen CDC infant/pre-toddler room F April 15-19 — children cutouts, home project, ages1-5 years Parent Central April 11 — family art show, 3-3:30 p.m., April 15-19 — Family reading, 3:30-5 p.m., ages 3-5 years April 5 — American flags, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. pre-toddler/toddler rooms G and H April 19 — wear camo day, ages 3-6 years April 12 — letters to deployed Soldiers, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 — cookie day, 3-3:30 p.m., April 15-16 — what it means to be a military child poster April 19 — greeting cards, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. preschool room I and J board project, ages 4-6 years April 26 — dog tags project, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 16. 16 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013Claims to the estate 559-376-5389 or for details. Medications self-care program suspended — Due toSgt. Marc Schoonhoven — With deepest regret fiscal constraints, Evans Army Community Hospital to the Family of the deceased. Anyone having is suspending the over-the-counter medication claims against or indebtedness to his estate self-care program. All self-care classes have been should contact 1st Lt. Victor Cruz at 526-6868. cancelled pending further information, and training information will be removed from the EvansUpcoming events Preventive Medicine Web page. Contact Preventive Medicine at 526-8201 for more information.Installation Safety Day — The Garrison Safety Free all-day kindergarten — The Fountain-Fort Office hosts the Installation Safety Day April 16 Carson School Board approved free all-day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Special Events kindergarten at the February Board of Education Center. Contact Master Sgt. Edward L. Smith at meeting. Beginning in the 2013-2014 school 526-2123 or email year, parents will no longer have to pay. An for more information. informational meeting, Kindergarten Roundup,Scouting for Food Drive — Cub Scout Pack 264 will be held at each Fountain-Fort Carson School and Boy Scout Troop 164 host the 2013 Scouting District 8 elementary school on April 9 at 1:30 p.m. for Food Drive April 27 from 8-11 a.m. All Visit the District 8 website at donations benefit the Care and Share Food Bank or contact your school for more information. for Southern Colorado. Contact Janita McGregor New post office hours — Retail hours at the at 284-0186 for more information. Fort Carson Post Office changed March 30. NewSpouse Master Resilience Trainer — Fort Carson hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. is looking for spouses to become certified Saturday hours remain the same. Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness and Operation Mentor — Big Brothers Big Sisters Master Resilience trainers. Applicants must be seeks children ages 9-16 from military Families active-duty military spouses with at least 12 to participate in the military mentoring program, months left at Fort Carson and have good which matches children with adult volunteers who communication and public speaking skills. serve as positive role models. Visit http://www. Interviews will be held April 16-17 and training for more information. takes place May 13-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Annual Weingarten notice — In accordance with Applicants must attend all team meetings and the requirements of 5 USC 7114(a)(3), this is to trainings. Applicants should contact their Soldier’s advise bargaining unit employees that: you are commander for more information on applying. entitled to union representation in meetings held a phone call from the Colorado Springs Military in connection with an investigation if: 1. The Health System. The call will remind patients toGeneral announcements meeting is conducted by one or more agency make an appointment. If a patient has already made representatives. 2. The agency representatives are an appointment, an option will allow him to reportM-TEENS — Families with 12- or 13-year-old conducting an examination in connection with an that information. There is also an option to cancel children may be invited to participate in a study investigation. 3. You are in the bargaining unit. 4. the referral. Unless acted upon, these reminders being conducted by the RAND Corporation on You reasonably believe that the examination may will recur at 20, 60 and 120 days. Call 524-2637 how food and physical activity environments in result in disciplinary action. 5. You request union for more information on the automated call system. neighborhoods and schools influence children’s representation. All five conditions must be met. Thrift shop accepts credit cards — The Fort diet, physical activity and body weight. Selected Flu shots — Influenza vaccinations are available at Carson Thrift Shop is now accepting debit and Families will receive an invitation to the parent’s post clinics and local pharmacies. Soldiers and credit cards. The shop, located in building 305, AKO email by April 20. Questions about the Family members older than 6 months may receive a is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to study may be addressed to the installation vaccination. Visit 2:30 p.m. Contact Gail Olson at 526-5966 School Liaison Officer, Carmelita Carrillo, TRICARE/pharmacy/ or call 877-363-1303 option or email for more 524-0642. Visit or email 5 for more information. Visit http://www.evans. information or to learn about volunteer the study team at or opportunities. Donations may be dropped off at call 800-836-4779. htm or call 526-6422 for appointment information. the store during normal business hours or at theSummer youth program — The American Red New immunization hours — The Allergy/Adult recycling center located near the main exchange. Cross and Evans Army Community Hospital are Immunizations Clinic at Evans Army Community IMCOM recruits — Installation Management looking for motivated young adults to apply for Hospital has new walk-in immunization hours: Command is recruiting junior and mid-level the Summer Youth Program, which allows young 7:45-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday employees to participate in a Developmental adults to volunteer within the hospital and clinics and Friday from 7:45-11:30 a.m. for adult Assignment Program. DAP is designed to support so that they can get exposure to the medical field. immunizations only. Allergy shot scheduling functional and leadership training, which is one of Applications will be available from April 15-May remains the same. The clinic will not provide the essential pillars of the HQ, IMCOM Campaign 8 in the hospital Red Cross office. Interviews vaccinations on training holidays, federal holidays Plan LOE 3. Eligible applicants are IMCOM will be held May 11 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and during clinic administration time on Friday appropriated-fund employees (GS7-GS13) and Program participants will be selected and notified afternoons. Call 503-7379 for more information. nonappropriated fund employees (NAF-5 and below, by May 17. Participants selected for the program Inclement weather procedures for Gate 19 — in positions comparable to GS7-GS13). The DAP must be available for mandatory orientation dates The Directorate of Emergency Services operates is based on a systematic plan specializing in devel- that will take place May 28-31 and be current Gate 19 Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., opmental assignments through various functional with their immunizations. Contact 526-7144 for regardless of inclement weather or road areas for a period of up to 60 days. The program more information. conditions along Essayons Road, which is an provides multifunctional training and assignmentsDonated annual leave for Fort Carson civilian unimproved road. Essayons Road is also used to strengthen the experience of employees and employees — is currently being accepted for the to access several ranges and training areas, so prepare them for broader responsibilities, improve following civilians under the Voluntary Leave the road remains open during all conditions. In organizational communication, and develop well- Transfer Program. The employees who have order to notify the motorists of the actual road rounded personnel. Applications can be obtained by exhausted all available leave because of medical conditions, two “Downrange Road Conditions” contacting your organization’s training coordinator emergencies and are currently accepting leave status signs are now located along Butts and or the Workforce Development Program. donations are Brad Hanerkratt, Dental Activity; Essayons roads showing whether road conditions EFMP — The Exceptional Family Member Michele Bower, Space and Missile Defense are green, amber or red. One sign is at the Program at Evans Army Community Hospital Command; Vincent Lupercio and Tracy Paul, intersection of Butts Road and Airfield Road, has new hours of operation Monday-Thursday Directorate of Emergency Services; Frank facing north, and the other is on Essayons from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Overseas screenings Oquendo, Directorate of Logistics; Jacqueline Road just inside Gate 19, facing inbound traffic. will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Woodward, Directorate of Contracting; Teresa Clinic name changes — Two of the Family medicine The EFMP office is located in the Pfc. Eric P. Miller, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare clinics are in the process of changing names. Iron Woods Soldier Family Care Center, Pediatric and Recreation. Government civilian employees Horse Family Medicine Clinic (located on the Clinic lobby, Room 2103. Contact the EFMP who wish to donate annual leave may complete second floor of Evans Army Community Hospital) Department at 526-7805 for more information. form OPM-630A, “Request to Donate Annual is changing its name to Warrior Family Medicine TRICARE online access — TRICARE patients Leave.” Nonappropriated Fund employees who wish Clinic. Evans Family Medicine Clinic (located on will no longer be able to access online accounts to donate complete form OPM-630B “Out of the second floor of the Woods Soldier Family Care with MHS/iAS username and password. Users Agency.” Call 526-4270 for more information. Clinic) is changing its name to Iron Horse Family must either use a registered Department ofTriple Threat expands — The Southeast Family Medicine Clinic. These are only name changes. Defense Common Access Card or register for a Center and Armed Services YMCA hosts Triple Beneficiaries will continue to see assigned primary DOD Self-Service Logon. Visit http://www.dmdc. Threat meetings for Family members of military care manager/team in their regular clinic location. Patients may personnel dealing with post-traumatic stress Automated medical referral — A new automated also receive personal assistance in creating an disorder. Groups meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday reminder system is now in place for medical account by visiting the TRICARE Service evenings at the YMCA located at 2190 Jet Wing referrals. Beneficiaries who are referred to a Center at Evans Army Community Hospital or Drive in Colorado Springs. Contact Larry Palma at civilian specialist in the network will receive Veterans Affairs Regional Office.
  • 17. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 17Water fixture replacementProject yields savings Story and photo by Susan C. Galentine annual basis, based on the guaranteed utility bill savings,” said Scott Directorate of Public Works Clark, Directorate of Public Works public relations Operations and Maintenance Division energy program coordinator. Every turn of the faucet, flush The savings achieved from waterof the toilet and shower spray adds to fixture upgrades is significant. Evansthe water utility graph Fort Carson Army Community Hospital, which fallstracks and increases the bill for this under U.S Army Medical Departmentlimited resource. Activity Command, completed a To reduce costs and achieve its similar project in the hospital andobjective of Net Zero water, Fort in just one year showed a waterCarson has partnered with Johnson reduction of more than 40 percent.Controls under a federal Energy Clark said the target for theSavings Performance Contract to project under way is to reduce drinkingreplace water fixtures in 124 facilities, water use on Fort Carson by more thanwhich includes installing pint flush 55 million gallons (approximatelyurinals, low-flow toilets, aerators for 10 percent) per year or nearlyfaucets and low-flow shower heads. $200,000 per year from the utility bill.The project began in mid January and A wide range of buildings arecompletion is anticipated by August. getting fixture overhauls, including “The funding is provided by barracks, motor pools and companythe contractor, and Fort Carson operations facilities.pays the contractor back on an “The effort is focused on facilities that have older fixtures not meeting current water use standards,” “The effort is explained Clark. Approximately 15 percent of the facilities have been focused on completed to date. Occupants should notice little difference with the upgrade. facilities that “For toilets and urinals, there Contactors Terry Placeres, left, and Melody Adair prepare to install a more water-efficient toilet in barracks building 1663. should be little if no differences have older for the users. The low flow shower heads and aerators might have a Although care is being taken to their First Sergeants Barracks Program install the water-saving fixtures 2020 representative. fixtures not different feel, but still get the job done,” Clark said. properly, occasionally leaks, flushing problems or other issues may occur. These water-conserving fixtures make it easier for Fort Carson’s meeting Spc. Krystal Garduno, Company C, 704th Brigade Support Battalion, If occupants experience any leak issues, they should call in a service facility occupants to do their part to help conserve water every time they current water 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, rates the new order to the DPW operations and maintenance contractor, Fort Carson turn on the faucet or flush a toilet. For more information about net use standards.” showerheads positively. “It has good water pressure Support Services, at 526-5345. Barracks residents are asked not to zero water initiatives at Fort Carson, or to provide feedback about the — Scott Clark compared to the other shower remove any new shower heads or water fixture upgrade project, call head,” she said. faucet aerators installed and to call DPW at 526-1739. There are over 1,500 forms that effect your refund! NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY NEED AN ESCAPE? Missing one could cost you Look no farther than THOUSANDS! Colorado Springs Manitou Springs! Your Taxlady has had hours of training on this REDUCED years’ New Tax Laws! TUITION Use a Professional & get for military the BIGGEST Refund! personnel AND Call Your Taxlady • 548-4924 dependents* 401 Windchime Place Associate, Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees CALL NOW AND SAVE $25 Accounting Offer expires on April 30, 2013 Business Criminal Justice Healthcare Nestled in the foot of Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs Information Technology is the perfect place to escape from your everyday routine. Bring your family and spend a day, or stay for a weekend and enjoy all of the (719) 590-8300 Home attractions, shopping, and dining that the Pikes Peak Region has to offer, without breaking the bank! We are in the Ft. Carson Education Center Conveniently located on the West Side to your new every Tuesday of Colorado Springs! Ask about our Find your dream home... Check out our Welcome Home section in front of the classifieds! 5 1/2 week classes! Request a FREE Visitors Guide! National American University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association| *Must provide a valid military ID card. 6/2012 (719) 685-5089 The individual pictured is not an actual service member.
  • 18. 18 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013 April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 19 Story and photos by civilian life,” said Staff Sgt. “We didn’t find much (on patrols), Garry Mattingly, 69th MP Handler adopts Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff Canto is enjoying retirement — he gets to sleep in the bed, run Larry Chartier, Canto’s owner and dog handler with the 69th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dog), 148th MP Detachment, 759th MP Battalion. but nothing ever went ‘boom’ behind me.” During one search, Canto located a cache in the midst of a large field, Chartier said. Detachment (MWD). “These dogs need a good home.” Mattingly said once military working dogs have been identified for adoption, either due to medical military working dog around the park with his buddy, a dingo, and eat all the homemade gourmet treats his owners can bake. “He’s definitely enjoying “He is loving life.” Chartier and Canto have a history. They met in Germany in 2009 after Chartier became a dog handler. The “green handler” and “The unit we were supporting, they said their mission was a success because of him,” he said. When Chartier came to Fort Carson in June, he had to leave reason, behavioral issues or old age, servicemembers put the animal through a series of tests to determine what kind of home they can be adopted into. “green dog” instantly clicked. his partner of three years behind “We do random tests to see “He was the first dog I picked in Germany. how aggressive they are,” he up as a handler,” Chartier said. After veterinarians determined said. “If a dog is too aggressive, “He’s one of the smartest dogs Canto could no longer perform they may be adopted to a police I’ve ever had the pleasure of the duties of a military working department or they’ll go back to knowing. … I fell in love with dog due to canine degenerative the kennels at Lackland (Air him right off the bat.” myelopathy — a condition that Force Base in San Antonio).” The two deployed together affects the rear legs of the animal, Mattingly said anyone can “Adopting these twice, once to Afghanistan and once to Iraq, performing cache causing progressive weakness and lack of coordination — they adopt a military working dog, although preference is given to searches as well as route and called Chartier. handlers and servicemembers. dogs are very building clearance. “I got the phone call asking “It has to be a good fit for As a patrol explosive detector if I wanted to adopt him,” he the dog,” he said. important to us. dog, Canto’s mission was to sniff out possible explosive material. said. “I said ‘of course.’” The two reunited March 18, Although Canto may be retired, he’s still fulfilling a mission. These dogs need Chartier’s job was to make sure Canto was up to the task. once the extensive paperwork and customs protocols were complete. “If you’re having a bad day, he’s right there,” Chartier said. “We never lost anybody and “Adopting these dogs are very “He just wants to make sure a good home.” that was because of Canto,” he said. important to us,” said Staff Sgt. you’re happy.” — Staff Sgt. Garry Mattingly Staff Sgt. Larry Chartier, 69th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dog), 148th Military Police Detachment, 759th Military Police Canto takes a break from chewing Battalion, tosses a ball for his German shepherd, Canto, Wednesday. Chartier on his ball outside the Military adopted Canto in March after the two worked together for three years, Working Dog Complex, Wednesday. deploying in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Fountain-Fort Carson School District #8 FREE All-Day Kindergarten We are pleased to announce that All Day Kindergarten will be available to all families at no cost starting with the 2013-2014 school year. An informational meeting, Kindergarten Roundup, will be held at each elementary school in April. Kindergarten Roundup Meeting Tuesday, April 9th 1:30 pm MOST HOSPITALS WOULD For more information please call 719.382.1300 DONATE A KIDNEY TO BE RECOGNIZED BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT LUCKY FOR THEM, OUR AWARD WINNING NEPHROLOGY TEAM IS JUST A STONES THROW AWAY. U.S. News & World Report ranked four specialties at Parkview as “High-Performing.” The only hospital south of Denver to be recognized, Parkview is right here. And it’s only getting better. Nephrology: Mark Albright, M.D. Scott Harberts, M.D. Stanley Sicher, M.D. Irina Vancea, M.D. | 719.584.4000
  • 19. 20 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013 April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 21 A practice Sabot round streaks through the air as a plume of smoke and fire comes out of the main gun of an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank as it fires at a target during a live-fire exercise conducted by Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, March 26.‘Fighting Eagles’ TRAIN for Global Response Force mission Story and photos by Sgt. Grady Jones 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs “I think the biggest challenge was having only two weeks to certify,” said Sgt. Brian Pruett, squad Office, 4th Infantry Division leader, Company A, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. “(We) have a lot of Soldiers who (have) never been The rumble of tanks firing filled the air to combat or worked together. There is a need to as Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, build bonds with those Soldiers. An M1A2 Abrams Tank 8th Infantry Regiment, conducted a live-fire “The training helped us come together as a belonging to Company exercise on Fort Carson, March 27. unit,” said Pruett. A, 1st Battalion, 8th The “Fighting Eagles” of the 3rd Brigade Company A will continue to train throughout Infantry Regiment, 3rd Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, held the the time assigned to the Global Response Force. Brigade Combat Team, exercise to hone battle drills and team development “The trick now is to continue to train this 4th Infantry Division, prior to assuming their role as part of the U.S. formation until they are alerted,” said Rush. stands ready to conduct Global Response Force from April to September. “There is sustainment training that we will conduct a live-fire exercise, The mission of the Global Response Force is to increase their skills and abilities.” March 26. to prevent and mitigate natural and man-made Soldiers at all levels said there seems to be disasters. Units are tasked to be on standby for a consensus in the unit about the preparedness deployment to anywhere in the world on short and sense of honor in regards to assuming the notice to support real-world occurrences such as GRF mission. disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and warfare. “I think our leadership is prepared,” said “The training that we did was fundamental 1st. Lt. Trent Ervin, platoon leader, Company A. training that we should expect squads and platoons “We’ve got really good leadership with a lot to conduct, regardless of mission,” Lt. Col. Anthony of experience.” Rush, commander, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., said There is also pride in being chosen for about the training exercises conducted by the unit. this mission.Lt. Col. Anthony Rush, commander, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd The Fighting Eagles faced many challenges “It’s a big sense of accomplishment to beBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, leads the discussion of an as they trained to assume the Global Response chosen over others to train for this mission,”after-action-review following an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank live-fire Force mission, to include time constraints and Pruett said. “I am honored to be a part ofexercise that was conducted by Company A , 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., March 26. training new Soldiers. the (Global Response Force) mission.” Layout by Jeanne Mazerall
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  • 21. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 23STDs cause serious illness, even death By Lisa Scheidelman and reproductive complications. STDs can also People who participate in high-risk activities Epidemiologist, cause health effects in newborns. should be frequently tested for HIV and STDs. U.S. Army Public Health Command HPV can cause cancer of the penis, anus, The Army requires annual chlamydia screening cervix or throat. Syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C for female Soldiers under 25. Additionally, all April is sexually transmitted disease awareness are serious diseases that can result in long-term Soldiers are required to be tested for HIV at leastmonth, an annual effort aimed at educating the public health problems and even death. once every two years.about prevention, treatment and risk reduction. STDs are serious problems affecting both Treatment Vaccinationmilitary and civilian communities. The Centers for Some STDs can be cured with antibiotics; Only a few vaccines are available to protectDisease Control and Prevention estimates that more others are permanent but treatment can help against STDs.than 20 million new STDs occur annually in the manage symptoms. It is important that medication The HPV vaccine is recommended for malesUnited States, contributing to 110 million cases — be taken as prescribed and not stopped early, even and females 11–26 years old. Military personnel,all of which are preventable. Nearly half of if symptoms improve. This will prevent STDs from infants, children under 18, high-risk occupationscases occur among young adults ages 15–24. becoming resistant and eventually untreatable. or participants in high-risk activities should alsoSTDs burden America’s youth, and cost the health receive the Hepatitis B vaccination. Both vaccinescare system almost $16 billion each year. High-risk activities are administered in three separate doses and all are Participating in high-risk activities can lead to required in order to be protected. The hepatitis ASTDs 101 an STD. These activities include having unprotected vaccine is also recommended for those who engage Common STDs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, sex, not always using condoms, having multiple in anal sex; two doses of the vaccine are needed.hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes, HIV human papillo- , sex partners, frequent one night stands ormavirus, syphilis and trichomoniasis. STDs can cause exchanging sex for money or products. Also, Risk reductioninfections within multiple body sites, including the being under the influence of alcohol or drugs can STDs are preventable.eyes, mouth, throat, anus, penis, vagina and liver. impair judgment and lower inhibitions. 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  • 22. 24 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013 Capture of Saddam Scott Daubert, curator for the 4th Infantry Division Museum, adjusts the cover over the plug that covered Saddam Hussein’s “hidey hole.” Hussein emerged from the bunker near Tikrit, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2003, and surrendered to Soldiers of the 4th Inf. Div. Visitors to the museum can see the exhibit, along with other exhibits and artifacts about the 4th Inf. Div., Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee. The museum is located next to the vehicle registration office, just outside Fort Carson’s Gate 1. Photo by Nel Lampe We have your community covered The Fort Carson Community The Business Community The Peterson Air Force Base and The Schriever Air Force Base Community The NORAD Community The Legal & Financial Community Call 634-5905 to subscribe or for targeted advertising opportunities
  • 23. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 25Successful resiliency through self-care Commentary by to fully regroup, refresh or reintegrate. Chap. (Capt.) Anthony D. Allen This erodes our ability to be fully Deputy hospital chaplain, 10th able to be resilient to life’s pitfalls; Combat Support Hospital hence, the importance of self-care in order to enhance the Family unit We all experience some type of and the individual Soldier.adversity through life changes, When considering self-care, onetraumatic events or real challenges. way is to examine it from a spiritualThe question becomes how do you point-of-view. In Jeremiah, whenweather your storm? Are you equipped the Israelites were experiencingto handle the situation? Do you have separation, war and death, they werethe ability to bounce back? reminded that God guarantees them, We have many ways of overcomingadversity. Resilience is the capacity “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” The passage speaks to the “I will refreshto adapt successfully in the faceof threats or disaster. People can importance of identifying and recognizing our emotional state. People the wearyimprove their capacity for resilienceat any time of life through self-care. who neglect their own needs and forget to nurture themselves are at danger and satisfy According to the experts, self-caresimply means to take care of your inner of deeper levels of unhappiness, low self-esteem and feelings of resentment. the faint.”dwelling … your internal self. It is a Our mental state is another area — Jeremiah 31:25personal health defense system to where we can be deliberate aboutensure that you intentionally improve, safeguarding our well-being. We speakrestore or enhance yourself emotionally, so highly about mental toughness creation story “… in six days the oneself at ease in order to relieve ormentally or spiritually. Secondly, self- and the significance of displaying this Lord made heaven and earth, and on avoid fatigue — spiritual “burnout.”care can be seen as all health decisions valuable trait before our leaders and the seventh day he rested and was Here are a few tips for successfulpeople make to help them get into or Soldiers through our Army Values. refreshed.” Rest at its core merely resiliency through self-care. First,stay physically fit. Finally, it is an effort However, it is just as important means emancipation from labor, work maintain close relationships withto maintain a level of spiritual strength, to depend upon a higher power to hard, tension or action. Rest is the Family and friends and spend qualityphysical fitness and good mental health. provide us with the necessary mental termination of motion or action of any time with them in laughter, deep For more than a decade our nation prowess to overcome hardships in life. kind and pertinent to anyone or being, conversations and real transparency.has been fighting in wars and Soldiers Isaiah reminds us that God “will keep as rest from labor, rest from mental Secondly, see yourself as a self-assuredand their Family members have been in perfect peace him whose mind is exertion or rest of body or mind. Rest person with robust skills to beseparated due to multiple deployments, steadfast, because he trusts in you.” is cessation of work or movement in resilient. Finally, find constructivetraining events and field exercises. Finally, we are human and with order to relax or recover strength. and affirming meaning to your lifeConsequently, this has left little to no being human comes the requirement Rest is freedom from anxiety or regardless of problematic or traumatictime or opportunity for these Families for physical rest. According to the interruption. To rest is to dispose events through healthy coping strategies.Chapel briefsFacebook: Search “Fort Carson Chaplains Chapel Schedule (Religious Support Office)” for the latest events and schedules. ROMAN CATHOLIC“How we Love our Kids: The Five Love Styles Day Time Service Chapel Location Contact Person Saturday 4-45 p.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583 of Parenting Seminar” — will be held April Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Soldiers’ Memorial Sunday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583 Chapel. Based on the work of Milan and Kay Sunday 9 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583 Sunday 10:30 a.m. Religious education Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458 Yerkovich, the seminar helps parents identify Sunday 10:30 a.m. RCIA Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458 which of the five love styles they have; Mon-Fri 11:45 a.m. Mass Healer Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583 Mon-Thurs noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Nwatawali/526-7347 discover dynamics that shape their parenting; eliminate “buttons” so their children can’t push PROTESTANT Friday 4:30 p.m. Intercessory prayer, Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316 them; create close connections with children Bible Study that last a lifetime; and learn the seven gifts Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Healer Evans Army Hospital Chap. Gee/526-7386 every child needs. The event will be led by Sunday 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744 Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Heidi McAllister/526-5744 Ken Robinson and Justin Cole, Soldier and Sunday 10 a.m. Orthodox Service Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Oanca/503-4570 Family Readiness Program, Army Community Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316 Service. Limited child care will be available Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Ursula Pittman/503-1104 Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel NeXt Veterans Magrath & Titus Chap. Palmer/526-3888 and participants are asked to bring a snack Sunday 2:30-4:30p.m. Youth ministry Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744 to share. Call Pat Treacy at 524-2458 or Tuesday 9:30 a.m. PWOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316 email by April 5 to register. JEWISH Fort Carson does not offer Jewish services on post. Contact Chap. (Lt. Col.) Fields at 503-4090/4099 for Jewish service and study informationClub Beyond, an outreach ministry for “nonchurch” children is held at Carson Middle ISLAMIC SERVICES School and Fountain-Fort Carson Fort Carson does not offer Islamic services on post. Contact the Islamic Society at 2125 N. Chestnut, 632-3364 for information. High School. Call 719-355-9594 for dates and times. (FORT CARSON OPEN CIRCLE) WICCAYouth Ministries: Christian Youth Group for Sunday 1 p.m. Provider Chapel, Building 1350, Barkeley and Ellis sixth- through 12th-graders meets Sunday COLORADO WARRIORS SWEAT LODGE from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Meets once or twice monthly and upon special request. Contact Michael Hackwith or Wendy Chunn-Hackwith at 285-5240 for information. Chapel. Call 526-5744 for more information.Military Council of Catholic Women meets Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. For information call 526-5769 or visit “Fort Carson Military Council of Catholic Women” on Facebook. meets Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Heartbeat, a support group for battleKnights of Columbus, a Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Free child care is buddies, Family members and friends Catholic group for men 18 available. Email or visit who are suicide survivors, meets the second and older, meets the second PWOC Fort Carson on Facebook for details. Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. and fourth Tuesday of the Latter Day Saints Soldiers: Weekly at the Fallen Heroes Family Center, building month at Soldiers’ Memorial Institute Class (Bible study) is Wednesday 6215, 6990 Mekong St. The group is open to Chapel. Call 526-5769 for at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Chapel. members of all branches of service. Contact more information. Call 971-219-0007 or 719-433-2659 for Richard Stites at 719-598-6576 or CherylProtestant Women of the Chapel more information. Sims at 719-304-9815 for more information.
  • 24. 26 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013Warm weatherbrings out snakes Commentary and photo Comparatively, the honeybee in the by Jody Hughes garden, the lightning of spring storms Safety specialist and junior public and even the commute to work pose affairs officer cadet, Evans Army a greater danger to people than the Community Hospital rattlesnake. There was only one fatality attributed to a rattlesnake bite in the Spring officially began March 20 U.S. in 2012. The person was handlingand outdoor activities will soon fill a rattlesnake as part of an outdoorafternoons and provide many opportu- religious service. Many of these snakesnities to wash cars, tend to yard work are killed on sight and without cause.or simply take the dog for a walk. These snakes are highly-specialized It is time to shake the wintertime predators that are an essentialblues. Remember, as the weather component of Colorado’s ecosystem.warms, we are not the only Colorado Colorado’s rattlesnakes becomeinhabitants motivated by the warmth active in April and May. They requireof the sun. heat to digest their food and are often Colorado is home to 26 species of found absorbing heat by basking on What to do when encountering a rattlesnakesnakes, two of which are venomous and a road, path or rock in the afternoonreside in the Fort Carson region — the and early evening hours. Colorado Freeze in place. Freezing movement will reduce the threat posedmassasauga and the prairie rattlesnake. rattlesnakes are easily identifiable, to the snake. The massasauga calls southeastern when you can see them. They blend Seek and establish safe distance. Rattlesnakes can strike to aColorado, including El Paso County, perfectly with their surroundings, and distance of half of their body length. Back away slowly.home. This rattlesnake favors altitudes are usually not discovered until they Leave the snake alone. One-third of bites are a result of tryingbelow 5,500 feet in elevation. In employ their rattle as a warning. to handle or kill the snake.contrast, the prairie rattlesnake can They have a large triangular head, In the event of a rattlesnake bite, stay calm and seek medicalthrive in elevations up to 9,000 feet. heat-sensing pit on their snout, attention immediately.Although the rattlesnake is frequently vertical pupils and a thick body. The Staying calm and keeping a cool head is best when crossing pathsfeared, fatalities are rarely associated rattle usually gives it away; it can be with this slithering predator. Having a healthy fear of the rattlesnakewith their bites. seen and heard. If the snake’s agitation is expected, and no one should ever attempt to handle this snake. 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  • 25. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 27 Old School beats buzzer to retain title By Walt Johnson Lions took its first lead of the Mountaineer staff game as Amos and Ron Bartley, who scored 14 second half points, In what will go down as a led the furious comeback. The classic intramural basketball Silver Lions stretched its lead championship game, Old School to five points with just more won its second consecutive than a minute left in the game. championship, 83-81, over the Turning to its full-court Silver Lions. press defense, Old School Old School looked every converted two forced turnovers bit the championship team into five points to tie the game early in the game. Laderrius at 81 with only 12 seconds Grier led the offensive attack left on the clock. Following a that earned Old School an timeout, Old School continued early 24-point lead. full-court pressure and created The Silver Lions roared another turnover with nine back despite losing one of its seconds left in the game. best players, forward Paul Old School attempted to Benjamin, who had to leave the set up either James Wooten or contest following a calf injury. Darnell Smothers for the final Led by Gordon Amos’ 17 shot, but the Silver Lions points, the Silver Lions defense denied them the ball. trimmed the deficit to eight Old School swung the ball points by halftime. around to an open Ty Upshaw, As the second half started, standing at the top of the key. the Silver Lions seemed to find With one second on the clock, the right formula to mount an Upshaw fired a shot that went effective comeback as they through the net as the buzzer Photo by Amber Zurita chipped away at the Old School sounded, giving Old School itsOld School players rush to congratulate Ty Upshaw, front, after he made the winning shot at the buzzer lead. With just under four second consecutive intramuralduring the intramural championship game March 28 at Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center. minutes remaining, the Silver league championship. Mountaineer Sports Feature Members of the Fort Carson Special Olympics program get in a practice session Saturday at the Special Events Center on post. The facility will host Special Olympics games at 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday featuring athletes that are Fort Carson Family members. Team organizers said the athletes have been working hard to get ready for the games and are looking forward to displaying their skills. The event is free. Photo by Walt Johnson
  • 26. 28 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013 BENCH On theThe Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports and Fitness Division is Military salute Fort Carson’s Derrick Davis, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, salutes the crowd at the Denver Nuggets sponsoring an inner tube water polo league. vs. New Jersey Nets game A men’s and coed division will be held March 29 at the Pepsi Center Monday and Wednesday each week. Registration in Denver. The Nuggets are deadline is Monday. A coaches meeting is honoring a member of the Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Officials hope to start military during each home the league April 15. game this season. “It’sThe Colorado Springs Sky Sox opened its unbelievable and a great season Thursday at Security Service Field in experience to be recognized Colorado Springs. by the Nuggets and an honor The Colorado Rockies Triple-A affiliate to all the guys downrange hosts the Reno Aces, a farm team of the Arizona right now because this salute Diamondbacks, Friday-Sunday. The Sky Sox is for you,” Davis said. host the Tucson Padres, the San Diego Padres affiliate, Monday-Thursday. Fort Carson Photo by Walt Johnson Appreciation Night is scheduled for May 11 when the Sky Sox host the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Kansas City Royals triple-A affiliate.The Colorado Rockies are offering military members special ticket buys this season. The first opportunity is when the Rockies take on the San Diego Padres Saturday at 6:10 p.m. and Sunday at 2:10 p.m. Military personnel according to Sprint officials. The competition is The event takes place at the Bunker can purchase tickets in the outfield box, pavilion open to anyone 14 years and older. Visit Auditorium in the Green Center, Colorado and upper reserved infield/outfield area for to register for the event. School of Mines, 924 16th St. Prejudging their Family and friends for $14 each (with a The Fort Carson Sergeants Major Association begins at 10 a.m. and the finals begin at 4 p.m. $3.50 service charge per order), a discount will hold its second annual fundraising Visit for tickets. from the usual range of $21-$39. golf tournament in June. DFMWR has announced its monthly The Rockies will also offer military Held at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club, the drawing winners. discounts for the series with the New York event is designed to help the association provide Congratulations to Tosha Parsons, Mets, April 15-18; Arizona Diamondbacks, backpacks and school supplies for installation the winner of the Thunder Alley Bowling April 19-21; and Atlanta Braves, April 22-24. students, holiday food baskets and scholarships Center’s drawing and Josh Gritt, winner of Call the Rockies at 303-ROCKIES, ask for for military Families, and to support noncommis- the Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club drawing the military discount and provide reference number sioned officer and Soldier of the Year programs. Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course has a number 21231001 to take advantage of the offer. This offer The four-person scramble includes 18 holes of of events planned for April. is not available on a walk-up basis. Seating areas golf, lunch, cart, range balls and a complimentary Saturday the facility will hold its annual are subject to availability, limits may apply and future round of golf. Registration deadline is June “Clubs for Kids” program from 10 a.m. to all areas are not available for each game. 5; tournament is limited to the first 144 golfers. 2 p.m. Participants ages 7-17 receive a freeDFMWR will host the second Spartan Military Players can register at club and a golf lesson Sprint May 4-5. The National Physique Committee 2013 Axis Sunday the facility will host a men’s club The competition will consist of a four-mile Labs Northern Colorado Bodybuilding, Figure, meeting prior to league play starting April 23. obstacle course built and designed by Fort Carson’s Bikini and Physique and Expo championships The intramural championship is April 13-14. Special Forces units and combat engineers, will be held in Golden April 13. — Compiled by Walt Johnson Lifeguard training Fort Carson Soldiers Carlos Sanchez, left, Michael Morales and Leesa Silva, on the board, practice a water-based lifesaving technique recently at Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center’s indoor swimming pool. The training is part of the new lifeguard training class conducted by the aquatics center staff. Photo by Walt Johnson
  • 27. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 29Mountaineer Athlete of the Week Shirley Patterson Intramural basketball coach How did you get started in sports? I have five brothers, and I was the only girl in the family. I can take apart an engine just like my brothers can, but I wanted to do something that was unique to me, so I started playing sports. I played basketball and wrestled when I was growing up. What made you successful at wrestling? I liked it because I was better than the boys. I actually wrestled against the boys in high school and placed third in the state competition and joined a woman’s wrestling team in Oregon, where I placed second in nationals. What is your favorite sports moment? Most high school (basketball) teams have what they call a senior night. I hadn’t seen my father in five years, and he showed up for that weekend, and I scored 24 points in the first game he saw and 26 points in the following game he saw me play. If you could spend a day with any athlete, who would you want to meet? It would probably be Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal). As a kid, I heard a lot about him, and I would just want to talk to him about his career. What is the one thing you haven’t done in sports that you would still like to do? I played basketball, volleyball and softball and wrestled so I think coaching a basketball team to a championship would be what I would still like to do. People who don’t know me would be surprised to know that … I have a twin brother ... and when (our) older brother, who is just a year or so older, would pick on us, we learned early on that if we combined forces we could beat the crap out of him, so it worked out well for us. Photo by Walt Johnson VA Mortgage Center is now Veterans United Home Loans of Colorado Springs Winning If youre active military or a veteran, youve earned exclusive benefits when buying or refinancing a home. Let the nations #1 dedicated VA lender help you navigate the Smiles complex VA Home Loan process. If youre not sure where to start, we offer free for educational tools like our Book on VA Loans. Were here to help and our expertise means that your hard-earned VA home loan benefit will be maximized. Call us to learn more! Everyone Home Loans of Colorado Springs (719) 433-7651502 E Pikes Peak Ave, Ste. 200 | Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Experienced, Caring and Gentle Caring For Smiles Veterans United Home Loans of Colorado Springs is a VA-approved lender and is not affiliated with any government Since 1974 agency. NMLS 1907. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. "Veterans United” is a registered trademark of Reserved.  Mortgage Research Center, LLC. All Rights Reserved.  Personal Dentistry with Cosmetic Dentistry Bonding & Veneers a Soft Touch for Children, Root Canal Therapy Parents & Grandparents. Childrens Dentistry Crowns & Bridges PROVIDER FOR ACTIVE Orthodontics MILITARY DEPENDENTS Teeth Whitening Oral Surgery Dentures Implants 597-9737 Wisdom Teeth White Fillings Porcelain Laminates Gum Care SAME DAY EMERGENCY CARE
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  • 29. April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 31 Native American dancers at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Theater Series production: GT E and 12:30 p.m. Throughout the event, there will • “Todd Oliver and Friends,” at 11 a.m. and be live animals, Segway demonstrations, wildlife 2 p.m. April 27. Tickets are $8 each; call touch tables, arts, crafts, children’s activities 719-295-7200. and more. Call 219-0108 for information. • “Swan Lake,” a Sangre de Cristo Ballet Out Rock Ledge Ranch has free admission on Earth Performance, is April 19 at 7:30 p.m. and April 20 at 2 p.m. at the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Day, April 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All living theater, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo. Tickets history areas, Rock Ledge house and Orchard are $10 at the box office, 719-295-7200.“Free Scout Day” is Saturday at the Rocky House will be open. Rock Ledge Ranch is next to Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. the 30th Street entrance to Garden of the Gods. The Denver Art Museum has opened a Fairview in Woodland Park. All Scouts and special exhibit that runs through April 28: Scout leaders in uniform will be admitted free. Earth Day Walk at Garden of the Gods, “Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Nature’s Educators will give presentations at sponsored by the Falcon Wanderers Volkssport Architecture, Katsinam and the Land.” 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and host an interactive Association, is April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 The exhibit features 53 of the renowned artist’s table about raptors and reptiles. Friends of p.m., beginning with registration at the Carriage works. Regular admission is $10 for adult Dinosaur Ridge will also have activity tables House at Rock Ledge Ranch. The five-kilometer Colorado residents, $8 for military and students during Free Scout Day. walk is moderate; the 10-kilometer walk is and $3 for ages 6-18. The museum is at 100 W. challenging. For information, call 494-9188 or 14th Ave. Parkway in downtown Denver.“Big Cool Science Festival” at Colorado College 231-9643 or email Saturday, is a free event. Families can enjoy big The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has science shows and hands-on science and Mueller State Park celebrates Earth Day April “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice engineering activities for children ages 6-15. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the visitor Age” in the museum through May 27. Visitors Go to for information. center parking lot for a hike at 10 a.m. Families will be able to see fossils from the Ice Age The Cool Science Festival is at the Colorado are welcome. Make reservations for an Earth unearthed near Snowmass Village in 2010. The College Barnes Science Center, 14 E. Cache Day arts and crafts session for children at 11 a.m. museum is at 2001 Colorado Blvd. and is open La Poudre, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the visitor center. Stories will be read and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 303-370-6000 for children will make picture frame projects; call tickets for this special exhibition, $21 for adultsThe Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has a Chelsea Murray at 719-687-2366, ext. 107 or and $12 for juniors and students. Tickets are special exhibit “To the Moon: Snoopy Soars email Take Highway available on a timed schedule. Go online to with NASA” that runs through April 20. The 24 west to Divide, take Highway 67 south 3.5 pre-purchase tickets at exhibit examines the Apollo 10 mission and miles to the park entrance. Day use fee required. the role of Peanuts characters in that flight. Disney on Ice presents “Treasure Trove” in the The museum is free. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s 2013 World Arena April 18-21. Opening night tickets Tuesday-Saturday and is at 215 S. Tejon St. theater schedule includes “The Drowsy start at $12; tickets for other shows are $15, Call 685-5990 for information. Chaperone” May 9-June 2; and “Jacques Brel is $22 and $27 at Alive and Well and Living in Paris” June 20-30. or call the box office at 866-464-2626.The Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade, has Call the box office, 634-5583 for tickets and Performances are at 7 p.m. April 18-20, and these performances scheduled: information. The theater is at 30 W. Dale St. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 20. April 21 • Bill Cosby is on stage April 16 at 8 p.m. and has a free parking lot in front of the center. performances are at 1 and 5 p.m. • “The Ugly Duckling,” an Imagination Celebration presentation, is in the theater Buell Children’s Museum in Pueblo has an An additional concert of “An Evening of April 29 at 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to exhibit in which math plus toys multiplied by John Williams,” has been added. Tickets for wear their pajamas or favorite character attire. art equal smart fun. The “Under the Big Top: the May 10, 8 p.m. concert are being sold at Preshow activities are in the lobby and milk Math and Art” exhibit runs until June 1. Buell 520-SHOW. The concert is in Pikes Peak and cookies are available after the performance. Children’s Museum, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., in Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Call 520-SHOW or 576-2626 for tickets. Pueblo, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 Cheyenne Mountain State Park holds a FamilyEarth Day at Garden of the Gods is April 20, 9 a.m. for children. Visit for Mystery Hike April 14, beginning at the visitor to 3 p.m. The day starts with a park cleanup at more information. center. The naturalist-led hike challenges families 8:30 a.m. (free lunch for all volunteers). The Visitor to solve a riddle, puzzle or mystery by clues and Nature Center holds Earth Day activities, The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. along the trail. 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  • 30. 32 MOUNTAINEER — April 5, 2013 April 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 33 A magnified photograph of a spider fossil is displayed in the Visitor Center at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Three petrified redwood stumps are under cover, by the amphitheater. Several other stumps can beseen while hiking the Petrified Forest Loop at Florissant Fossil Beds NationalMonument, about 35 miles west ofColorado Springs. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Story and photos by Wasps for ages 1-4; Junior Ranger for ages A treasure Nel Lampe Mountaineer staff It’s hard to imagine what Colorado 4 and above and Junior Paleontologist for ages 5-12. These free programs are available year-round and help children explore the park. Children accompanied by an adult A flower fossil is among the discoveries that have been made at the Florissant Fossil Beds National trove of fossils Monument. Fossils from 150 plants have been found. might have looked like 34 million years can participate and are given booklets to ago. But, Florissant Fossil Beds National complete and will receive a certificate Monument is rich with evidence of the way when the booklet is completed. Colorado was then. Giant redwoods grew Everyone should take a look at the near where the town of Florissant is now, petrified tree stumps that are just behind west of Colorado Springs. The climate the Visitor Center, or take an easy hike was subtropical and lakes were nearby. on the self-guided trail, Petrified Forest Florissant Fossil Beds National Loop, to see several petrified tree stumps. Monument, about 35 miles west of Colorado Hikers can also reach the historic Springs, has lots of evidence about that Hornbek Homestead by taking a trail, or time. It’s hard to disbelieve several petrified can drive there after leaving the Visitor redwood tree stumps — the largest is Center parking lot. Two picnic tables are 41 feet in circumference. And thousands near the parking lot. of fossils have been found at the site. Hornbek Homestead House is open Visitors can see examples of fossils in twice a year at special events in July Visitors learn about the geology of Florissant Valley and the rich deposits of fossils the new Visitor Center. Watch the 14-minute and December. found in the rock layers. orientation film, “Shadows of the Past,” The Florissant Fossil Beds National to learn about the history and science of Monument has 14 miles of scenic hiking the site, then take a look at the displays trails that are popular with hikers and of fossils and petrified wood. visitors. The trails are rated as easy to Visitors can touch a piece of The Visitor Center has interactive moderate. Trails are open all year and many petrified wood in an exhibit in displays for children. winter days are comfortable for hiking. the Visitor Center at Florissant Books, stuffed animal toys, cards and Visitors who bring their own food Fossil Beds National Monument. hats are sold in the bookstore. can use a picnic area near the Visitor Center. In addition to the interactive exhibits, No food is sold at the Visitor Center. there are three programs for children: Wee For many years the fossils and petrified trees were undisturbed, but the In the early 1920s, commercial tourist Hunting, camping and biking are Highway 24 West past Woodland Park Homesteaders Act of 1862 brought sites were in the Florissant area. One prohibited on the national monument and Divide, to the small town of Florissant. Just the Facts settlers West, seeking to find their own American dream, a 160-acre private concession and dude ranch was called the Colorado Petrified Forest; a and pets are not allowed on trails. Visitors can not take fossils or petrified wood At Florissant, take Teller 1 south for two miles to the Visitor Center, on the spread to homestead. half-mile away was the Pike Petrified from the monument. right-hand side of the road. • TRAVEL TIME — 45 minutes Many people came to Colorado Forest concession. These concessions were Rangers on duty answer questions Entrance fee is $3 for anyone 16 and • FOR AGES — Families seeking gold, and some arrived in the on privately owned land and operated and hand out maps and trail information. older. However, active-duty military can Fairplay area, but when finding gold for 40 years or more before the site In summer, rangers present talks in the get an America the Beautiful annual • TYPE — fossil beds became too difficult, some of those gold became a national monument. amphitheater and lead hikes. military pass for free, that can be used for • FUN FACTOR — ★★★★ (Out of 5 stars) seekers settled in the Florissant area in It wasn’t until the 1960s that the A paleontology laboratory is open entry for family members older than 17. the 1870s. The settlement was named possibility of turning the site into a afternoons in summer, when rangers Show a military identification card and a • WALLET DAMAGE — $ after Florissant, Mo., by an early settler. housing development got some residents, split shale while looking for fossils. apply for the pass at the Visitor Center. The Hornbek Homestead, on national lawyers and scientists involved in Florissant Fossil Beds National The fossil beds website is $ = Less than $20 monument land, was built in 1878. protecting the fossils and petrified trees. Monument is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every, and the $$ = $21 to $40 Settlers soon discovered the fossils Finally, in August 1969, Florissant was day except Thanksgiving, Christmas phone number is 719-748-3253. $$$ = $41 to $60 and petrified trees. granted national monument status. Day and New Year’s Day. Summer hours Florissant Fossil Beds National $$$$ = $61 to $80 Collectors, tourists and early Now, people can visit the fossil beds are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., from Memorial Monument has several days in 2013 thatVisitors to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument get information residents carried off pieces of petrified and see the petrified trees and learn Day to Labor Day. will be free of admission: April 22-26, Places to see in the (BASED ON A FAMILY OF FOUR) Pikes Peak area.about hiking trails. wood as well as fossil specimens. about the science and history. To reach the monument, take Aug. 25, Sept. 28 and Nov. 9-11.
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