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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 15 April 19, 2013Pages 10-11 Page 8 Pages 20-21Message board INSIDEINSIDE“The Invisible War”Film screening atMcMahon AuditoriumFriday from 6-8 observance ofSexual AssaultAwareness Month.Photo by Cpl. William SmithFather-daughter timeFathers and daughters do the “train” as they dance to the “Mambo,” during theseventh annual Military Father Daughter Dance at the Crowne Plaza ColoradoSprings hotel, Saturday. The Armed Services YMCA hosts the event to helpservicemen strengthen bonds with their daughters. See story on Page 10.Soldiers aid gunshot victimsBy Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeFive Soldiers sprang into action April 7 to renderfirst aid to two men gunned down at a ColoradoSprings park.After multiple gunshots filled the air, the FortCarson Soldiers ran to the aid of the injured men atRoy P. Benavidez Park, not giving a second thoughtto their own personal safety.From three separate locations, Spcs. Ian Carman,Anthony Willis and Daniel Garcia and Pfcs. PhilipHawkes and Daniel Hinojoza ran toward the soundonce they realized what it was.“When I heard gunshots, I started running, it wasjust instinct,” said Garcia, fueler, Company A, 704thSee Gunshots on Page 4
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — April 19, 2013This commercial enterprise newspaper isan authorized publication for members of theDepartment of Defense. Contents of theMountaineer are not necessarily the officialview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government orthe Department of the Army. Printed circulationis 12,000 copies.The editorial content of theMountaineer is the responsibility of the PublicAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119,Tel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. TheMountaineer is printed by Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm inno way connected with the Department of theArmy, under exclusive written contract withFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year.The appearance of advertising in thispublication, including inserts or supplements,does not constitute endorsement by theDepartment of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products orservices advertised. The printer reserves theright to reject advertisements.Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use orpatronage without regard to race, color, religion,sex, national origin, age, marital status, physicalhandicap, political affiliation or any othernonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equalopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed,the printer shall refuse to print advertisingfrom that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905.All correspondence or queries regardingadvertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military NewspaperGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905.The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144.Releases from outside sources are soindicated. The deadline for submissions to theMountaineer is close of business the weekbefore the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to editsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity andtypographical errors.Policies and statements reflected in thenews and editorial columns represent viewsof the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those ofthe Department of the Army.Reproduction of editorial material isauthorized. Please credit accordingly.MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCameraGarrison Commander:Col. David L. GrossoFort Carson Public Affairs Officer:Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications:Rick EmertEditor: Devin FisherStaff writer: Andrea SutherlandHappenings: Nel LampeSports writer: Walt JohnsonLayout/graphics: Jeanne MazerallClassified advertising329-5236Display advertising634-5905Mountaineer editor526-4144Post information526-5811Post weather hotline526-0096America’s Army — Our ProfessionCenter for Army Profession and Ethic,United States Military AcademyThe start of 2013 marked the beginning of America’sArmy – Our Profession, an education and training programdeveloped to inculcate a shared understanding among themembers of the profession — Soldiers and Army civilians —and continue the process of strengthening the Army profession.The Army is doing more than maintaining the Armyprofession; it is strengthening the Army profession based onfindings and recommendationsfrom the 2011 Army ProfessionCampaign which assessed thestate of the Army professionafter a decade of conflict.Directed by the Secretary of theArmy and Chief of Staff ofthe Army, the campaign wasa comprehensive and holisticstudy of the Army as aprofession. More than 40,000Army professionals acrossall cohorts and componentsprovided feedback on the stateof the Army profession andhelped codify a commonunderstanding of the conceptsand components of theArmy profession.To ensure the successof America’s Army — OurProfession, all Army leaderswill educate and train the fiveessential characteristics of theArmy profession: trust, militaryexpertise, honorable service,esprit de corps and stewardship.Leaders must strive to ensureevery Army professional iscompetent in his performanceof duty, is demonstrating anhonorable character and iscommitted to the professionand its missions, despite risk, challenge and adversity.To strengthen the competence, character and commitmentof every Army professional, all leaders should review theassociated resources provided and use them within theirorganization. Leaders are charged to ensure this program isimplemented through professional development programsfocused on the four quarterly themes: standards anddiscipline; customs, courtesies and traditions; militaryexpertise — certified Army professionals; and trust.Lt. Gen. David Perkins, commanding general,Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kan.,said that America’s Army — Our Profession is a sustainedeffort focusing on the Army profession. He sees theimportance for all Soldiers and Army civilians to internalizethe aspects of being a professional and to understand therich history of the Army profession. According to Perkins,“this allows Army professionals to look at their serviceto the nation, their time in the Army, the expectations ofa professional and the trust that is built within the unit andbetween the Army and the American people.”The education and trainingprogram begins with anemphasis on standards anddiscipline. This themeaims to reinforce the Army’sunderstanding of the positivenature of discipline, the valueof upholding standards and thecommitment to a professionalexcellence. As stewards of theArmy profession, leaders areresponsible for educating,training and developing theirsubordinates. By strengtheningdiscipline, enforcing standardsand honoring our customs,courtesies and traditions, theArmy will enhance esprit decorps and sustain militaryexpertise. Strengthening thesepractices improves readinessand purpose.Col. Jeffrey Peterson,director, Center for the ArmyProfession and Ethic, said theArmy is “starting this programwith an emphasis on the themeof standards and disciplinebecause during the yearlongassessment, CAPE learnedthat there is a general sense,particularly among theNCO Corps, that standardsand discipline are not what they should be.”During calendar year 2013, CAPE personnel willtravel to Army installations throughout the world to providesubject matter expertise on Army profession doctrine andconcepts and facilitate professional development seminars.These seminars will focus on ways to incorporateArmy profession doctrine and concepts into unit andorganization professional development sessions.For more information on America’s Army — OurProfession, visit: Joey BautistaFort Carson Army Volunteer Corps program managerNearly 4,000 registered Fort Carson volunteers amassedmore than 148,000 hours of community service in fiscal 2012— a cost savings of more than $2.7 million in labor costs.The volunteers served in various programs that positivelyimpact the quality of life and well-being of the youths andadults who live, work and play at Fort Carson.Many of the community and Family support programswould not be able to provide the programs and serviceswithout the valuable contributions of our volunteers.National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when thenPresident Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishingthe week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Sincethen, every president has signed a proclamation promotingNational Volunteer Week. Additionally, governors, mayorsand other elected officials make public statements and signproclamations in support of National Volunteer Week.The nation will celebrate the contributions of millionsof volunteers during this year’s celebration, Sunday throughApril 27, with the theme of “Volunteers Strengthen a Nation.”This theme truly reflects the power that volunteers haveto inspire the people they help, as well as inspiring othersto serve. The occasion also presents an opportunityfor individuals, Families, nonprofit organizations andgovernment entities alike to celebrate the ordinary peoplewho accomplish extraordinary things through service.The Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps will set upNational Volunteer Week displays to celebrate and encouragevolunteering on Fort Carson and in the community:Ø Monday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., commissaryØ Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ExchangeØ Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Evans Army CommunityHospital, in partnership with the American Red CrossØ April 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., USO, lunch provided by USOOther activities include:Ø Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Exchange, free barbecuelunch for volunteers, sponsored by Fort CarsonArmy Volunteer CorpsØ Thursday, 1:30 p.m., Elkhorn Conference Center,Army Community Service annual volunteer awardrecognition ceremonyFor more information on volunteer opportunities,contact the Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps office at526-4590 or 526-1082.Week honors volunteers’ serviceProgramstrengthensworkforce
  3. 3. 3April 19, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERSequesterpreparationsawaitfurloughannouncementBy Robert DozierU.S. Army Installation Management CommandSAN ANTONIO — Civilian employees willhave to wait a bit longer to find out the details of theirfurlough, including the exact number of non-paystatus days, as officials attempt to minimize theimpact on mission and personnel.The extensive planning and deliberations for therelease of Notice of Proposed Furlough Letters toArmycivilians have been stalled between Congressionalaction and White House budget proposals.The Pentagon put off sending out notices March21 to give officials time to review the Consolidatedand Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013.This continuing resolution put $10 billion back inthe budget, restored tuition assistance for militarymembers and gave the services some flexibility in theapplication of the furloughs.After a detailed review, the Defense Departmentrevised the number of non-pay status days from 22 to14 and delayed the start of furloughs until mid- to lateJune. Around 750,000 civilians had been facing a20-percent reduction in pay for the remaining weeksof fiscal 2013.Congressional approval of the defense appropria-tions bill late in March reduced the shortfall in thebudget from $46 billion to $41 billion, taking some ofthe pressure off sequestration. Overseas operations,however, are still the highest priority. DefenseSecretary Chuck Hagel directed Deputy DefenseSecretary Ashton Carter and Army Gen. Martin E.Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, toconduct an intensive, departmentwide review of howto protect the nation with fewer resources.How budget cuts will affect readiness and thedepartment’s overall mission is of the utmost concern,according to secretary Hagel.“We will have to trade at some level and tosome degree our future readiness for currentoperations,” he said.Hagel announced April 2 that he will voluntarilycommit to a partial forfeiture of his pay during thefurlough period, even though he is exempt as a politicalappointee. This gesture prompted other leaders, includ-ing the president, to make similar gestures of solidarity.The White House released its 2014 budgetproposal, including a $526.6 billion defense basebudget request, April 10. This budget adds morevariables to the process. Besides repealing thesequestration, President Barack Obama’s proposaladdresses taxes and entitlement spending and callsfor a new round of base realignment and closure.Meanwhile, officials across the Army await theexact details and wording of the furlough communi-cation. The Department of the Army has requestedan internal review to gauge the impact of both aseven-day furlough and no furlough; however, there isno decision to reduce the number of days below 14.To accomplish a full 14-day non-pay statusfurlough, employees of the U.S. Army InstallationManagement Command are expected to receive theirnotification letters starting on or about May 16.Approximately 27,000 IMCOM employees will benotified directly by their supervisors under specificguidance from Assistant Secretary of the Army forManpower and Reserve Affairs Thomas R. Lamont.Once employees are notified, they will berequired to acknowledge in writing their receipt ofnotification. Then they will have seven days to exercisetheir right to reply. Employees may appeal orally, inwriting or both to the designated reply official.Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, commander of IMCOM,has announced if furloughs occur, the headquarterswill move to a four-day work week. Each garrisoncommander will make scheduling decisions locallyin coordination with the senior commander.Employees on garrisons under collective bargainingagreements should consult directly with their unionofficials for any updates.Once final furlough decision notices are sent,employees may appeal their agency’s decision to theMerit System Protection Board within 30 days fromthe effective date of the furlough.For more information on how sequestration andfurloughs affect the workforce, go to“We will have to trade atsome level and to somedegree our future readinessfor current operations.”— Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — April 19, 2013The community has the opportunity to help Cub Scout Pack264 and Boy Scout Troop 164 assist less-fortunate familiesthroughout southern Colorado.The Fort Carson Scouts will be collecting nonperishable fooditems in support of the Boy Scouts of America Pikes Peak CouncilScouting for Food Drive.Donations can be made through April 26 by visiting collectionboxes located in the Balfour Beatty community centers andSelf-Help/Maintenance Office, the commissary and the mainlobby of the 4th Infantry Division headquarters building.In addition, Scouts will distribute empty plastic bagsthroughout the post housing area Saturday from 9-11 a.m. forinterested post residents to fill. The Scouts will return April 27from 9-11 a.m. to pick up donations left on the front porch. Theywill not go door to door; so those wishing to participate are askedto ensure bags are placed in a visible location.Donations may also be dropped off at the Care and Share FoodBank of Southern Colorado at 2605 Preamble Point, off ofConstitution Avenue east of Powers Boulevard, or the Pikes PeakCouncil Activities Center at 985 W. Fillmore.All food collected will be donated to the Care and Share FoodBank of Southern Colorado and other local food banks to help theless-fortunate.Last year’s Pikes Peak Scouting for Food Drive collected17,000 pounds of nonperishable food and $625; Fort Carson Scoutsturned in 3,000 pounds of food.For more information on the food drive, contact JanitaMcGregor at Carson community members canturn in unused and expired prescribedmedication for proper disposal as part of theU.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’sNational Drug Take-Back Day.Collection boxes will be available:v Monday through April 27 from 8 4 p.m, Evans Army CommunityHospital main pharmacyv Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4p.m., Woods Soldier Family CareCenter pharmacyv April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,commissary and Exchange.More than 2 million pounds ofprescription medications were removedfrom circulation during the previous fiveTake-Back events, according to a DEApress release.According to the 2011 Substance Abuseand Mental Health Services Administration’sNational Survey on Drug Use andHealth, more than six million Americansabuse prescription drugs. That samestudy revealed more than 70 percent ofpeople abusing prescription pain relieversgot them through friends or relatives, astatistic that includes raiding the familymedicine cabinet.The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient,and responsible means of disposal, whilealso educating the general public about thepotential for abuse of these medications.For more information, contact the FortCarson Army Substance Abuse ProgramRisk Reduction Program at 526-0994.Drug Take-Back DayCarsontocollectunused,expireddrugsBrigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division. “I don’t know why, Itook off downstairs and started running toward thepark. I just did it.”Willis and Carman, both air traffic controllers,Company F, 2nd General Support AviationBattalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf.Div., were just about to leave Willis’ apartmentwhen the gunfire started.“I looked up when I heard gunfire, and Williswas gone,” said Carman. “I yelled out for him, Ididn’t know where he had gone, but he popped back(around the corner of the building) and told me;‘Hey, someone is on the ground.”Hinojoza, wheeled vehicle mechanic, andHawkes, land combat missile system repair specialist,both with Company B, 64th Brigade SupportBattalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.,also rushed to the scene.“I was sitting on my couch, just chilling out,when I heard what I thought was fireworks,” saidHinojoza. “All of a sudden, I thought ‘those aren’tfireworks.’ I jumped up, looked out the window, and,sure enough, it was exactly what I thought it was,and I started outside; didn’t even close the door.”Hawkes didn’t wait for Hinojoza.“I was unloading the truck … when I heard thegunshots, and when I heard one of the specialists say:‘There’s a man down,’ I took off.”All five Soldiers reacted immediately to savestrangers, none considering the danger they were run-ning into. The four closest Soldiers said they were onscene within 20 seconds of hearing the gunshots.“I just turned the emergency beacon on my(cell phone on); I didn’t even bother calling (911),”said Willis. “I just put it back in my pocket andkept running.”The scene was stunning as they arrived; onevictim had 18 gunshot wounds.“When I first got there, and he tried to utter ‘helpme, help me,’ it was not a pretty sight,” said Carman.“The man was riddled, we were just trying to lookat him, and see what we needed to do.“Hopefully someone called it in (to 911), but yougot to do something in the moment, or this guy’s introuble,” said Carman.The Soldiers quickly started removing belts, asWillis called his wife, and had her throw more beltsand towels off their balcony, which overlooked thepark, and used those to help care for the men thathad been shot. A short while later, they were joinedby another Soldier with a combat lifesaverbag and litter.“There was a medic there; he had his(expert) field medical badge, I found outlater, and a portable litter,” Willis said. “Hehad it laid out and ready, just in case we hadto put him on it. We had IV lines ready, justin case. He started throwing stuff at us fromhis med pack. We just used what we could,applied a tourniquet with belts, towels, shirts,whatever we could get.”While the most seriously injured manreceived the majority of the attention, theSoldiers also took the time to apply atourniquet to the second man, who hadbeen shot twice in the right arm.Once tourniquets were applied to allthe injured limbs, the Soldiers said theycontinued to treat the other wounds andstabilize the men until help arrived.“We were out there for a little longer thanfive minutes, and it just flew by,” said Willis.The Soldiers all credit the medicaltraining they received in the Army forknowing how to treat the two men.“It came second nature,” said Hawkes.“With all the training we do, and all thepractice we have, it just came natural.”The most severely injured man wastaken to the hospital in critical condition,but will likely recover, according toColorado Springs Police Departmentofficials. The victim’s wife called theSoldiers to express her gratitude.“She called me, thanking us for what wedid, you know, for saving his life,” Willis said.While the Soldiers may have witnesseda shooting within a short distance of theirhomes, it hasn’t motivated them to move.“It’s a safe neighborhood to me, becausewe’ve got so many people willing to jump outand help if anything happens,” Willis said.The biggest surprise for the Soldierswas the situation in which they foundthemselves applying their training.Carman, the most senior of the Soldiers, spent threeyears at Fort Bragg, N.C., ready to deploy, without everhaving the opportunity to use his medical training.“I re-classed and I picked up a job where I didn’tthink anything of it; I was directing air traffic,”Carman said. “You know you always have thatchance when you’re downrange (to put your trainingto use), always, but I didn’t think stateside. I didn’tthink I would be going to pick up my best friendand the next thing I know, I’m helping a gunshotvictim, clearly bleeding out in front of us.”The Soldiers were comforted when they foundout both victims were going to survive the ordeal.“When I got the call from CSPD saying that theywere good, I just felt relieved,” said Willis. “I just satdown in my chair and told my wife; ‘He made it.’”CSPD officials plan to recognize the Soldiers fortheir heroic efforts in the near future.from Page 1GunshotsSpc. Daniel Garcia Spc. Anthony WillisSpc. Ian CarmanPfc. Daniel HinojozaPfc. Philip HawkesFirston thesceneScouts hold food drive
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Jon Carrico Jr.Deputy director, Employer Partnership Office,Office of the Chief, Army ReserveFORT BELVOIR, Va. — Having an expertonhand who recognizes the unique skills, talentsand abilities associated with serving the nation canmake a tremendous difference for a candidateseeking the right fit.The service of Soldiers over the past decade hasnot gone unnoticed, according to Erin Thede, directorof the Employment Partnership Office.“A growing number of employers are looking toveterans as potential employees, some out of a senseof patriotism, but, in many cases, they are simplyrecognizing a pool of candidates with the skills andexperience to enrich their organization,” said Thede.“Transition employment liaisons are the newestadvocates available to help Soldiers and veteransnavigate a difficult job market.”More than 300,000 veterans will enter the job marketin the next four years. TELs are experts in recognizingspecialized capabilities and assisting transitioningactive-duty Soldiers seeking employment opportunities.“TELs not only have a working relationship withmany civilian organizations, they also have access to jobportals and hiring networks that feature employersinterested in hiring veterans and Soldiers,” said AngelFaggins, program manager for the EPO. “Our liaisonsare working to reduce the veteran unemployment rate byusing an EPO-maintained network of employmentspecialists whose established relationships with localand national employers are vital in assisting Soldiers.”TELs provide employment assistance to Soldiers atspecific military posts as they transition from activeduty. As Soldiers depart active duty and relocate toother parts of the country, the liaisons refer Soldiersto Army career employment specialists who aregeographically-dispersed throughout the country.ACESreceive the Soldier and provide continued support,resume development/enhancement, application processsupport, interview assistance and jobs skills translation.“I’m so excited to be in a position to help militaryFamilies as they transition to civilian life,” said JasonCowee, transition employment liaison at Joint BaseLewis-McChord, Wash. “I consider it a privilege toserve these great Americans, and I consider it aprivilege to be a voice for veterans as I educate andencourage employers to consider the value ourveterans bring to their organization.”Along with the network maintained by EPO, TELshave the depth and breadth of experience necessary toassist Soldiers. The liaisons are former servicememberswho have firsthand knowledge of the transition process.Many of them were noncommissioned officers withassignments as recruiters or military career counselors.They are armed with a vast array of tools to assistservicemembers as they leave active duty.In order to best assist servicemembers’ transitionto the civilian workforce, TELs are collocated withtransition assistance career counselors, who assistSoldiers interested in continuing their military careerin the Reserve Component while completing theTransitional Assistance Program at their localArmy Career Alumni Program office. TELs use the“Hero-2-Hired” job portal site,,for veterans/transitioning military and ReserveComponent servicemembers.“The Hero 2 Hired website really works. While Iwas in a TAP class, I went to the website and postedmy resume,” said Pfc. 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Wallace Bonner4th Infantry Division PublicAffairs OfficeJoint Task Force Carson welcomed253 cadets from the University ofColorado Colorado Springs and theUniversity of Colorado Boulder, for itsspring field exercise at Training Areas15 and 16, April 12-14.The Mountain Post provided asupport team from Headquarters andHeadquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion,77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4thInfantry Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division, as well asmedics, buses, tents and water, asthe Reserve Officer Training Corpstook the weekend to bring its cadetsone step closer to becoming Armyofficers of tomorrow.Lt. Col. Mark Thompson and Lt.Col. David Rozelle, professors ofmilitary science for UCCS and CUBoulder, respectively, and both previ-ously Fort Carson Soldiers, were excitedto bring their cadets to work togetherat Fort Carson. They said one of theadvantages of coming here, instead ofJacks Valley at the U.S. Air ForceAcademy where UCCS cadets usuallytrain, is the undeveloped terrain.“Setting up a new tactical area,setting up a land navigation course, it’sa huge challenge,” said Thompson.“The students switch out commandpositions from the fall to the spring.The fall chain of command started thepreparation, and then handed it off tothe spring chain of command.“This was a huge improvement overprevious years, with cadets workingtogether to create the field exercise,”Thompson said. “Working togetherwith different groups is good training.”Being able to set up everythingwas also seen as a positive experienceby the cadets.“The whole area wasn’t established.We had to create everything, and itchallenged cadets to train in a newlocation,” said Daniel Meade, cadet,UCCS, a sergeant first class prior tousing the active-duty option for ROTC.There are also other benefits forthe cadets training at Fort Carson.Donald Caughey, enrollment andscholarship officer, UCCS, said thatROTC programs are constrained interms of resources, so any time thecadets can receive assistance from amilitary installation it greatly enhancestheir training.“You can’t run around ColoradoSprings with rubberized automaticweapons,” said Caughey. “You canmake it work, but not as well. Thiswill make them much better preparedfor future training.”The cadets also appreciated beingable to use Fort Carson; one reasonbeing the space available.“We actually did a land navigationat Palmer Park last spring, but it wasa city park, so we have to take thatinto consideration,” said MarvinStarkweather, cadet, Colorado StateUniversity, Pueblo. “You have to watchthe noise, and you can’t camp there.”Starkweather, a senior, said thiswas his seventh field exercise, all onmilitary installations, but this was hisfirst time at Fort Carson.“Yesterday, I came out at 6 a.m. to setup, and I got to see all different terrainelements; ravines, valleys, mountains,”said Starkweather. “It helps out a lotwith land navigation. It’s not all flat,and helps with (situational trainingexercise) lanes, not just some forest;there’s different terrain to adapt to.”The ambiance of training on anArmy base was also a plus.“I think it’s pretty neat. Last nightwe could hear artillery going off in thedistance,” said Brianna Riffe, cadet,UCCS, whose mother is a Soldier. “It’sa little more like being in the military.”Michelle Arbogast, cadet, UCCS,said her husband, a first lieutenant infield artillery at Fort Carson, wassupportive of the cadets training here.“He thinks it’s pretty neat, becauseI get to see some of the stuff he getsto go through,” said Arbogast.The ROTC programs in Coloradohave access to both Army and AirForce facilities.The number of military installa-tions in Colorado is one of the bestassets the local ROTC programs have,said Thompson.“ROTC is really the premiereofficer development program in theArmy; either program in Coloradowill give people a leg up over otherROTC programs,” said Thompson. “Ithink a lot of local kids are overlookingthat opportunity.”Soldiers and Family members inter-ested in pursuing ROTC can contact theeducation center at 526-2124 for appli-cation information and more details.Joshua Clark, cadet,University of Colorado,Boulder, briefs his squadduring the ROTC program’sspring field training eventat Fort Carson, April 13. Thecadets conduct two fieldexercises a year as partof their training, prior tocommissioning as secondlieutenants in the Army.
  9. 9. Editor’s note:This is the first of four features highlighting Fort Carsonparticipants in the 2013 Warrior Games held May 11-16, at theU.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springsand the U.S. Air Force Academy.9April 19, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER597-9737www.powersdentalgroup.comWinningSmilesPROVIDER FOR ACTIVEMILITARY DEPENDENTSPersonal Dentistry witha Soft Touch for Children,Parents & Grandparents.forEveryoneExperienced, Caring and Gentle Caring For SmilesSince 1974Cosmetic DentistryBonding & VeneersRoot Canal TherapyChildrens DentistryCrowns & BridgesOrthodonticsTeeth WhiteningOral SurgeryDenturesImplantsWisdom TeethWhite FillingsPorcelain LaminatesGum CareSAME DAY EMERGENCY CARESoldierovercomesinjuries,battlesforUltimateChampiontitleBy Cpl. William Smith4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeJust over two years ago, Staff Sgt. KrisellCreager-Lumpkins lost her footing on a mountainsidein Camp Williams, Utah, while conducting tacticalland navigation.“I don’t recall details of it, but I do remembergetting knocked out,” Creager-Lumpkins said. “Iremember waking up to a medic shining a light inmy eyes and saying ‘her pupils are not responsive.’Then I don’t remember anything else until I wokeup in the hospital.“My unit medically evacuated me out first byHumvee, then by ambulance,” said Creager-Lumpkins. “I remember waking up in the hospitaland being (angry), and I had to read the report toknow what had happened.”For Creager-Lumpkins, falling off the sideof a mountain opened a new door, and anopportunity to show her fellow Soldiers what itmeans to never quit.“In the 2011 Warrior Games I watched one of mybattle buddies compete in the games after an injury,”said Creager-Lumpkins, Company A, WarriorTransition Battalion. “I had always been an athleteand it was very early on in my recovery. I just made astatement that: ‘I will be here next year’ and,from that moment, I worked my tail off with all sortsof therapies to make it to the 2012 Warrior Games.”The Warrior Games are designed to introduceinjured servicemembers and veterans to Paralympicsports competition, and encourage them to stayphysically active when they return to their localcommunities following the event.The games are comprised of five U.S. teams,representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/CoastGuard, Air Force and Special Operations, as well asone international team from the United Kingdom.Teams compete in seven sports including archery,cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, trackand field and wheelchair basketball.Creager-Lumpkins’ positive, “don’t stop untilI am where I want (to) be attitude” has broughtinspiration to others.“She never lets her injuries beat her,” said 1st Sgt.Barry White, Company A, Warrior TransitionBattalion. “I have known her for about two years nowand she has always been a positive force; she hasnever been negative. You will have Soldiers that willPhoto by Staff Sgt. Emily AndersonStaff Sgt. Krisell Creager-Lumpkins, WarriorTransition Unit, Fort Carson, concentrates on a papertarget May 1, during the shooting competition of the2012 Warrior Games.See Warrior Games on Page 13
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Ramos4th Infantry Brigade CombatTeam Public Affairs Office, 4thInfantry DivisionThe U.S. Army boxing team lived upto its motto, “Army Strong,” at the 2013USA Boxing Nationals held in Spokane,Wash., April 1-6.The Army boxing team took 11Soldiers to Washington, and sevenreturned to their units with medals aroundtheir necks.Fort Carson boxers captured three goldand two silver medals. World Class AthleteProgram boxers Spc. Steven Nelson, 178pound, and Spc. Charles Williams, 114pound, took top honors in the senior men’sdivision while Staff Sgt. Reyes Marquez,Headquarters and Headquarters Company,2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2ndBrigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivision, claimed the senior men’s 152pound title. WCAP boxers Spc. FallonFarrar took silver in the 152 poundwomen’s elite division and Spc. MarquisMoore seized silver in the 165 poundmen’s senior division.Spc. Javar Jones, Indiana NationalGuard, earned a silver medal in the 132pound men’s senior division and StaffSgt. Marvin Carey, Schofield Barracks,Hawaii, earned a bronze in the 201pound men’s senior division to roundout the Army medals.This type of success on the nationalscene has not happened for the Army inseveral years.“It has been a couple quads (Olympiccycles) since we had multiple nationalchampions,” said Staff Sgt. CharlesLeverette, boxing head coach, WorldClass Athlete Program, Fort Carson. Hesaid the 2004 Olympics was the last timethe Army was as successful as this team.The team was selected through theAll-Army trial camp held annually atFort Huachuca, Ariz., where the Soldierswere taught many different boxingtechniques and were pushed to thelimit, said Leverette.“The success was earned in trainingcamp that started back in February,” hesaid. “We have a lot of young, hungrySoldier-athletes that are not just talkingabout the Olympic dream, they are puttingin the work to live it.”Spc. Charles Williams, WCAP, whowon his second consecutive Nationalstitle, credits the hard work at camp forhis success.“I think it was the camp, it was atough camp,” explained Williams. “Wehad a lot of hard work and dedication, anddedication pays off.”Teammate and team captain,Spc. Steven Nelson, WCAP, echoedthe sentiment.Spc. Charles Williams, right, World Class Athlete Program, FortCarson, gets ready to throw a hook at his opponent during thechampionship match at the 114 pound men’s senior division ofthe USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash., April 6.Williams stopped his opponent in the third round of the match upen-route to his second U.S. National Championship in a row.Photos by Claudia A. BerwagerStaff Sgt. Reyes Marquez, an infantryman with Headquarters andHeadquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, throws a left hook and gets ready to followup with a right hand during his 152 pound men’s senior division championshipmatch April 6 at the USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane,Wash. Marquez won the national title with a 3-0 decision.“I always tell the guys (it takes) hardwork and dedication,” said Nelson. “Wework hard and we push each other to getto that next level. Every step we try topeak out and turn the output up a notch.”Next up for the boxing team is theregional Golden Gloves held in Denver,Saturday. The winners will advance to theNational Golden Gloves held in Utah atthe end of May. If the U.S. BoxingNationals was a litmus test for theArmy boxing team,Leverette said, theteam’s success atfuture competitionswill be just as good.“I feel the future isbright,” said Leverette.“Again, we are stillrebuilding, but theSoldier-athletes that wehave here on groundare really putting inthe work, and theresults from Nationalsshow just that.”Each competitiongoing forward isanother step towardthe ultimate goal ofputting Soldiers on theOlympic team.Nelson hopes theArmy will have astrong presence at the Olympics.“Honestly, I believe that out of the13 weight classes, there should at leastbe five of us on the Olympic team,” saidNelson. “We want to make the Olympicteam the Army team.”The Soldiers are proud to representthe Army in the ring.“We’re hungry, we work hard andwe bring back gold medals and representthe Army well,” said Williams.Spc. Steven Nelson, World Class Athlete Program, Fort Carson, lands ajab on his opponent during the 178 pound men’s senior divisionchampionship match on his way to a 3-0 decision.
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She has neverdone that; she has been the one toalways try and conquer (her injuries).”Creager-Lumpkins’ nonstopattitude represents her passion for hercountry, and her indomitable spiritenabled her to overcome her injuriesto compete in the Warrior Games.“She gets scuffed up, bruised,stitches, breaks a finger … but sheis there at the very next camp,” saidMaster Sgt. Jarrett Jongema, non-commissioned officer in charge,Warrior Games.“She takes (the injuries), turnsaround and comes right back. Thattold me that when I selected her forthe team that she wouldn’t quitand truly wants to be on this team;truly wants to represent not only herteam but her country.”Creager-Lumpkins said thisyear she wants to be better, fasterand stronger than last year. Shewants to have more fun, enjoybeing in the games and celebratethe little victories of overcomingher injuries in ways that she hadn’tbefore, she said.She is set to compete in theUltimate Champion event, apentathlon-style event that pits menand women against each other. Theevents include cycling, shot put,10-meter prone air-rifle, 50-meterfreestyle swim and 100-meter sprint.from Page 9Warrior GamesStory and photos byStaff Sgt. Ruth Pagán2nd Armored Brigade CombatTeam Public Affairs Office,4th Infantry DivisionWhen a unit deploys, the mainfocus is usually on the Soldiers whoare leaving, but the 2nd ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivision, is also making sure theSoldiers who stay behind are preparedfor the challenges they may face.The Rear Detachment Com-manders Course, held April 10-11,and organized by Army CommunityService, is designed to preparerear detachment command groupsfor the different undertakingsthey may encounter.The rear detachment isresponsible for taking care of theunit’s deployed and statesideSoldiers as well as the Familymembers of those Soldiers.“The course gives classes from16 different agencies to includelegal, Red Cross and physicalsecurity,” said Terry Blansett,ACS mobilization and deploymentmanager. “Those courses cover Athrough Z, anything that couldaffect the (rear detachment).”Although the training is calleda commanders course, it is opento commanders, first sergeants,Family readiness support assistants,Family readiness group leaders andthe Family readiness liaisons.“This is for anyone on the reardetachment team; if they have a role inleadership or maintenance of the reardetachment, they are welcome tocome,” Blansett said. “A successful(rear detachment) is all built oneducation, and this will help themunderstand what they are going to befacing and, most importantly, whatagencies to go to for assistance.”The different classes givethe rear detachment staff vitalinformation on the organizationsdesigned to provide assistance toSoldiers and their Families.“We know we’ll be facing chal-lenges, but it becomes easier knowingwe have resources,” said Capt. JonDyer, commander, Rear Detachment,2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment,2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. “Mainly this isabout finding a solution; knowing thedifferent agencies allows us to go tothem, which will improve our responseto situations that may arise.”The Rear Detachment CommandersCourse is offered to any deployingunit and is available through ACS. Formore information call 526-4590.Brad Reed, physical security inspections instructor, gives aclass to Soldiers from 4th Infantry Division, who will be partof Rear Detachment commands, April 10. The two-day RearDetachmentCommandersCourseisgearedtowardSoldierswho will be in charge while the rest of the unit deploys.
  13. 13. MOUNTAINEER — April 19, 2013MiscellaneousThe Directorate of Public Works Recycle Programstaff — is marking all outside, military unit orcontractor, recycling dumpsters and roll offscontaining the wrong recyclable commodity ortrash with a red sign and the containers will not bepicked up for emptying until the problem iscorrected. The signs state “Red tagged containeris not acceptable until content meets Fort Carsonrecycling requirements.” Segregating wastemanually through the recycle staff is time consumingand costly. Units needing assistance with wasterecycling can call 526-5898.Finance travel processing — All inbound andoutbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do itYourself ” Moves, servicemember and Familymember travel, travel advance pay and travel payinquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231.Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information.Command Evaluation and Training Team —COMET provides commanders at all levels with aresponsive maintenance and supply assessment andtraining tool that improves the combat effectiveness,readiness and efficiency of their units’logistical pro-grams. The team identifies supply and maintenanceweaknesses and problems, and provides individualand unit reinforcement training based on assess-ments. Results remain confidential for the unitcommander only. COMET provides assistance in themajority of maintenance and supply managementareas with one-on-one training, and by conductingfollow-up visits. The team also conducts classes tohelp strengthen supply skills and improve mainte-nance readiness. Contact Tim Howarth at 503-3095or for information.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — islocated in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard.The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday-Friday. The office assists Soldiers withroom assignments and terminations. For moreinformation call 526-9707.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort CarsonSergeantAudie Murphy Club meets the thirdTuesdayof each month at the Family Connection Center from11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to allactive members and those interested in becomingfuture SAMC members. The club was originally aU.S. Forces Command organization of elite noncom-missioned officers but is now an Armywide programfor those who meet the criteria and have proventhemselves to be outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership process. Contact SAMC president Sgt. 1stClass Dawna Brown at 526-3983 for information.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW isresponsible for a wide variety of services on FortCarson. Services range from repair and maintenanceof facilities to equipping units with a sweeper andcleaning motor pools. Listed below are phonenumbers and points of contact for services:• Facility repair/service orders — FortCarson Support Services service order desk can bereached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen-cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage,damaged traffic signs or other facility damage.• Refuse/trash and recycling — Call EricBailey at 719-491-0218 or email when needing trash containers, trashis overflowing or emergency service is required.• Facility custodial services — Call BryanDorcey at 526-6670 or email for service needs or to report complaints.• Elevator maintenance — Call BryanDorcey at 526-6670 or email• Motor pool sludge removal/disposal —Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or• Repair and utility/self-help — Call GaryGrant at 526-5844 or email Use this number to obtain self-helptools and equipment or a motorized sweeper.• Base operations contracting officerrepresentative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262or email for questionson snow removal, grounds maintenance andcontractor response to service orders.• Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at524-0786 or email torequest latrines, for service or to report damagedor overturned latrines.• Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort CarsonSupport Services, at 896-0797 or 524-2924 oremail to request a facility,parking or regulatory traffic sign.The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — isable to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiersshould call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone numberfor after hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051.Briefings75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held Tuesdaysin building 1430, room 150, from noon to 1 p.m.Soldiers must be private-sergeant first class with aminimum General Technical Score of 105; be a U.S.citizen; score 240 or higher on the Army PhysicalFitness Test; and pass a Ranger physical. Call 524-2691 or visit Notification/Assistance Officer training —is held May 21-23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans’Chapel. Class is limited to the first 50 people. Call526-5613/5614 for details.Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. tonoon the second and third Wednesday of eachmonth at the Freedom Performing Arts Center,building 1129 at the corner of Specker Avenueand Ellis Street. The Retirement Services Officerecommends spouses accompany Soldiers to thebriefing. Call 526-2840 for more information.ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are heldthe first and third Wednesday of each month.Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the SoldierReadiness Building, building 1042, room 244,on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers mustbe within 120 days of their expiration term ofservice, but must attend no later than 30 daysprior to their ETS or start of transition leave.Call 526-2240/8458 for more information.Disposition Services — Defense Logistics AgencyDisposition Services Colorado Springs, located inbuilding 381, conducts orientations Fridays from12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLAprocesses to include turning in excess property,reutilizing government property, web-based toolsavailable, special handling of property and environ-mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contactArnaldo Borrerorivera at for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh for reutilization/web tools; orRufus Guillory at briefings — are held Tuesdays inbuilding 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Center.Sign-in for Soldiers heading overseas is at 7 a.m. andthe briefing starts at 7:30 a.m. Sign-in for personnelbeing reassigned stateside is at 1 p.m., with thebriefing starting at 1:30 p.m. Soldiers are required tobring Department of the Army Form 5118, signed bytheir physician and battalion commander, and a pento complete forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for details.Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are heldthe first and third Tuesday of each month at noonat the education center, building 1117, room 120.Call University of Colorado-Colorado SpringsArmy ROTC at 262-3475 for more information.Hours of OperationCentral Issue Facility• In-processing — Monday-Thursday from7:30-10:30 a.m.• Initial and partial issues — Monday-Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m.• Cash sales/report of survey — Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.• Direct exchange and partial turn ins —Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m.• Full turn ins — by appointment only; call526-3321.• Unit issues and turn ins — requireapproval, call 526-5512/6477.Education Center hours of operation — TheMountain Post Training and Education Center,building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows:• Counselor Support Center — Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11a.m. to 4:30 p.m.• Army Learning Center — Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.• Defense Activity for NontraditionalEducation Support andArmy PersonnelTesting —Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m.Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Medical Activity Correspondence Departmentoffice hours — The Correspondence (Release ofInformation) Office in the Patient AdministrationDivision hours are Monday-Wednesday andFriday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closedThursday and federal holidays. Call 526-7322 or526-7284 for details.Work Management Branch — The DPW WorkManagement Branch, responsible for processingwork orders — Facilities Engineering WorkRequests, DA Form 4283 — is open for processingwork orders and other in-person support from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Afternoon customer sup-port is by appointment only, call 526-2900.The WorkManagement Branch is located in building 1219.Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., located on the first floorof building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. Shipmentunder Full Replacement Value claimants mustsubmit Department of Defense Form 1840R or AfterDelivery Form 1851 for additionally discovereditems to the carrier within 75 days online. Claimantsmust log into Defense Personal Property System at and submit the claim withinnine months directly to the carrier to receive fullreplacement value for missing or destroyed items.All other claims should be submitted to the ClaimsOffice within two years of the date of delivery ordate of incident. Call the Fort Carson ClaimsOffice at 526-1355 for more information.Legal services — provided at the SoldierReadiness Processing site are for Soldiersundergoing the SRP process. The SRP LegalOffice will only provide powers of attorney ornotary services to Soldiers processing throughthe SRP. Retirees, Family members and Soldiersnot in the SRP process can receive legal assistanceand powers of attorney at the main legal officelocated at 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, nextto the Family Readiness Center. Legal assistanceprepares powers of attorney and performs notaryservices on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationDFAC Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-ThursdayStack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Wolf Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: ClosedClosed Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Warfighter(Wilderness Road Complex)Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: ClosedClosed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: ClosedLaRochelle10th SFG(A)Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: ClosedClosed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: ClosedBOSS meetings are held the firstand third Thursday of each monthfrom 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole.Contact Cpl. Rachael Robertson at524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of TheHub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS”to 40404 to receive updates and event information.14
  14. 14. Story and photos byCatherine RossSpecial to the MountaineerMore than a dozen agencies andorganizations provided the Fort Carsoncommunity with a wide array of spring-and summer-focused safety information atthe Safety Day Fair, held Tuesday at theSpecial Events Center.“We have some nice communitypartners that are helping us out heretoday,” said Master Sgt. EdwardSmith, garrison safety office. He saidrepresentatives traveled from as far asDenver in order to disseminate informationto the Fort Carson community.“We’re really trying to educate boaters,”said Pam O’Malley, Colorado Parks and Wildlifelaw enforcement assistant. “We really just wantpeople to be safe on the water.”“You need a sober skipper,” boating safetyassistant Rebekah Banigan said, explaining thatthe effects of drinking alcohol can differ in a boatversus a car, once reflecting sunlight and themovement of water are factored in.Boating safety classes are offered at Lake PuebloState Park and Cheyenne Mountain State Park,Banigan said. Offered from April to October, theclasses are open to anyone 14 years of age and older.From behind a hands-on display of wildlife,Fort Carson conservation officer Chris Zimmermanexplained some of the dangers that animals native tothe area can present, including snakes and coyotes.Even bears cross Highway 115 from CheyenneMountain State Park and find their way onto theinstallation, enticed by the smells of both food andgarbage coming from housing areas, he said.“In the late spring and early fall, they arefrequent visitors to Fort Carson,” Zimmerman said.The Preventative Medicine Industrial HygieneDepartment, Medical Department Activity, had someof the many pieces of equipment used to conductoccupational hazard evaluations, including aninfrared camera used to assess indoor air quality.“We identify, measure and come up withsolutions to hazards to health,” said industrialhygienist Brian Carey.Also focused on health, the Army WellnessCenter provided information on its tobaccocessation and stress management programs,and health and fitness assessments.The programs cover spiritual, emotionaland physical wellness and “really help with theoverall health of Soldiers,” said public health nurseCapt. Jorge Troncoso.Representing the installation hearing program,doctor of audiology Maj. Andy Merkley saidthat tinnitus, a permanent ringing in the ears,is the No. 1 disability diagnosed in Soldiers, withhearing loss in second place.“The No.1 cause of hearing loss is noiseinduced,” Merkley said, but the level of noise thatinduces hearing loss does not come exclusively fromexplosions experienced in combat. Listening to anMP3 player at maximum volume for just a few min-utes can result in permanent hearing loss, he said.Representativesfrom the ArmySubstance AbuseProgram passed outinformation on theupcoming prescriptiondrug take-back week,Monday throughApril 27. See relatedstory on Page 4for collection timesand locations.ASAP representatives also focused on the issueof substance abuse.“It’s a really big problem,” said ASAP riskreduction program coordinator Cara Coleman. “It’sa career ender.”The Colorado Springs Chapter of the AmericanRed Cross shared volunteer openings with attendees,such as opportunities to become CPR instructorsand join disaster response teams. Soldiers and Familymembers could also sign up for discounted CPRclasses, offered at least once a month at Fort Carson.“I just signed up,” said Spc. Brandon Rodriguez,2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “I’m goingto learn baby CPR.“I have a baby at home,” Rodriguez said,adding that if an emergency situation should arise,“I need to know baby CPR.”Representatives from Directorate of Family andMorale, Welfare and Recreation Outdoor Recreation;El Paso County Public Health; Colorado SpringsUtilities; Designated Driver of Colorado Springs;Employee Assistance Program; ACS; the GarrisonForce Protection Office; and the Directorate ofEmergency Services were also available to educateattendees on safety issues, disaster preparednessand the proper use of the 911 system.The garrison safety office plans to hold anevent later this year, turning the focus on falland winter safety issues.15April 19, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERChris Zimmerman, right, FortCarson conservation officer,discusses species of snakesnative to Fort Carson withMaster Sgt. Edward Smith,garrison safety office.Colorado Springs Utilities safety demonstrationspecialists, Tom Hutchison, left, and Bill Morse explainthe dangers of digging up power lines during the SafetyDay Fair, Tuesday at the Special Events Center. Morsenoted the power lines are buried about 3.5-4 feet deep.Safety Day Fair attendees receive information at theArmy Community Service ReadyFort Carson displaywhich focused on disaster preparedness, including“go” bags with a checklist of items to have incase of a disaster such as a wildfire or tornado.Fair focuseson safety
  15. 15. 16 MOUNTAINEER — April 19, 2013Upcoming eventsDrug take-back week — National PrescriptionDrug Take-Back Week takes place Monday toApril 26. In the four previous Take-Back events, theDrug Enforcement Administration in conjunctionwith state, local, and tribal law enforcementpartners have collected more than 2 million pounds(1,018 tons) of prescription medications. The take-back week aims to provide a safe, convenient, andresponsible means of disposal, while also educatingthe general public about the potential for abuseof these medications. Evans Army CommunityHospital officials will post two collection boxesdaily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside of the MainHospital Pharmacy, building 7500, room 1020,and the Soldier and Family Care Center Pharmacy,building 7505, room 1302.Scouting for Food Drive — Cub Scout Pack 264and Boy Scout Troop 164 host the 2013 Scoutingfor Food Drive April 27 from 8-11 a.m. Alldonations benefit the Care and Share FoodBank for Southern Colorado. Contact JanitaMcGregor at 284-0186 for more information.Stem Rocks — The Science, Technology, Engineeringand Mathematics Festival takes place April 27 atCarson Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Theevent is open to all children in kindergarten througheighth grade. The event features hands on activities.Call 598-9755 for more information.Baby shower — The annual Installation BabyShower takes place May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 the Fort Carson Special Events Center. Therewill be vendors, organizations and informationalbooths at the event. Heidi Murkoff, the authorof the “What to Expect” series will be availablefor book signings and a question and answersession. Call 526-7486 for more information.Job fair — hosts a job fair May 14at the Elkhorn Conference Center from 10 2 p.m. Open to all servicemembers, veteransand Family members, attendees may pre-registeronline at Call678-819-4153 or visit more information.Spouse Master Resilience Trainer — Fort Carsonis looking for spouses to become certifiedComprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness andMaster Resilience trainers. Applicants must beactive-duty military spouses with at least 12months left at Fort Carson and have goodcommunication and public speaking skills.Interviews will be held Tuesday-Wednesday andtraining takes place May 13-23 from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. Applicants must attend all team meetings andtrainings. Applicants should contact their Soldier’scommander for more information on applying.General announcementsHunting, fishing information — Active-dutymilitary, Family members and civilians can visit fort informationabout requirements to hunt, fish and enjoy otherrecreational activities on Fort Carson, as well aspurchase an annual recreation permit for hunting,fishing and recreating at both locations. Callthe Directorate of Public Works at 524-5395 or526-8006 for more information.New health care system — United Health CareMilitary and Veterans became the prime TRICAREcontractor this month. As with any large scaletransition, there are inevitable challenges to workthrough. If a patient is experiencing any unusualoccurrences or has questions about Primary CareManager changes, network referrals, authorizedproviders, or these type issues, contact theUnited Health Care Military and Veterans callcenter at 877-988-WEST(9378).New EFMP Location — The Exceptional FamilyMember Program at the Evans Army CommunityHospital campus is now located in room 2124of the Woods Soldier Family Care Center. EFMPis open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to3:30 p.m.; overseas screenings are conductedon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact EFMP at526-7805 for more informationAdult immunizations — Beginning Monday, adultpatients can visit their Family Medicine Clinics forall immunizations. The Allergy Clinic will no longerprovide adult immunizations. Contact your primarymedical provider or clinic for more informationSeeking volunteers — Cub Scout Pack 264needs volunteers for den leaders and committeemembers. No experience is needed. Trainingwill be provided by Boy Scouts of America staff.There is always a need for new volunteers tofill positions or just help out at various activities.Contact the Committee Chair, Johnathon Jobsonat or the Cub Master,Robert Jepsen, put Scout Volunteer in the subject line.M-TEENS — Families with 12- or 13-year-oldchildren may be invited to participate in a studybeing conducted by the RAND Corporation onhow food and physical activity environments inneighborhoods and schools influence children’sdiet, physical activity and body weight. SelectedFamilies will receive an invitation to the parent’sAKO email by April 20. Questions about thestudy may be addressed to the installationschool liaison officer, Carmelita Carrillo,524-0642. Visit oremail the study team at mteenshelp@rand.orgor call 800-836-4779.Summer youth program — The American RedCross and Evans Army Community Hospital arelooking for motivated young adults to apply forthe Summer Youth Program, which allows youngadults to volunteer within the hospital and clinicsso they can get exposure to the medical field.Applications will be available through May 8 inthe hospital Red Cross office. Interviews will beheld May 11 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Programparticipants will be selected and notified byMay 17. Participants selected for the programmust be available for mandatory orientationdates that will take place May 28-31 and becurrent with their immunizations. Contact526-7144 for more information.Triple Threat expands — The Southeast FamilyCenter and Armed Services YMCA hosts TripleThreat meetings for Family members of militarypersonnel dealing with post-traumatic stressdisorder. Groups meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursdayevenings at the YMCA located at 2190 Jet WingDrive in Colorado Springs. Contact Larry Palma at559-376-5389 or for details.Medications self-care program suspended — Due tofiscal constraints, Evans Army Community Hospitalis suspending the over-the-counter medicationself-care program. All self-care classes have beencancelled pending further information, and traininginformation will be removed from the EvansPreventive Medicine Web page. Contact PreventiveMedicine at 526-8201 for more information.New post office hours — Retail hours at theFort Carson Post Office changed March 30. Newhours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.Saturday hours remain the same.Operation Mentor — Big Brothers Big Sistersseeks children ages 9-16 from military Familiesto participate in the military mentoring program,which matches children with adult volunteers whoserve as positive role models. Visit for more information.Annual Weingarten notice — In accordance withthe requirements of 5 USC 7114(a)(3), this is toadvise bargaining unit employees that: you areentitled to union representation in meetings heldin connection with an investigation if: 1. Themeeting is conducted by one or more agencyrepresentatives. 2. The agency representatives areconducting an examination in connection with aninvestigation. 3. You are in the bargaining unit. 4.You reasonably believe that the examination mayresult in disciplinary action. 5. You request unionrepresentation. All five conditions must be met.Flu shots — Influenza vaccinations are available atpost clinics and local pharmacies. Soldiers andFamily members older than 6 months may receive avaccination. Visit or call 877-363-1303 option5 for more information. Visit or call 526-6422 for appointment information.New immunization hours — The Allergy/AdultImmunizations Clinic at Evans Army CommunityHospital has new walk-in immunization hours:7:45-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursdayand Friday from 7:45-11:30 a.m. for adultimmunizations only. Allergy shot schedulingremains the same. The clinic will not providevaccinations on training holidays, federal holidaysand during clinic administration time on Fridayafternoons. Call 503-7379 for more information.Inclement weather procedures for Gate 19 —The Directorate of Emergency Services operatesGate 19 Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.,regardless of inclement weather or roadconditions along Essayons Road, which is anunimproved road. Essayons Road is also usedto access several ranges and training areas, sothe road remains open during all conditions. Inorder to notify the motorists of the actual roadconditions, two “Downrange Road Conditions”status signs are now located along Butts andEssayons roads showing whether road conditionsare green, amber or red. One sign is at theintersection of Butts Road and Airfield Road,facing north, and the other is on EssayonsRoad just inside Gate 19, facing inbound traffic.Clinic name changes — Two of the Family medicineclinics are in the process of changing names. IronHorse Family Medicine Clinic (located on thesecond floor of Evans Army Community Hospital)is changing its name to Warrior Family MedicineClinic. Evans Family Medicine Clinic (located onthe second floor of the Woods Soldier Family CareClinic) is changing its name to Iron Horse FamilyMedicine Clinic. These are only name changes.Beneficiaries will continue to see assigned primarycare manager/team in their regular clinic location.Automated medical referral — A new automatedreminder system is now in place for medicalreferrals. Beneficiaries who are referred to acivilian specialist in the network will receivea phone call from the Colorado Springs MilitaryHealth System. The call will remind patients tomake an appointment. If a patient has already madean appointment, an option will allow him to reportthat information. There is also an option to cancelthe referral. Unless acted upon, these reminderswill recur at 20, 60 and 120 days. Call 524-2637for more information on the automated call system.Thrift shop accepts credit cards — The FortCarson Thrift Shop is now accepting debit andcredit cards. The shop, located in building 305, isopen Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Contact Gail Olson at 526-5966 or for more information orto learn about volunteer opportunities. Donationsmay be dropped off at the store during normalbusiness hours or at the recycling center locatednear the main exchange.
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  17. 17. 18 MOUNTAINEER — April 19, 2013Below: Fathers watch their daughters participatein a 15-minute Zumba class, designed to givefathers a break from dancing, during the MilitaryFather Daughter Dance, Saturday.Above: Capt. Derek Foster, commander, Company A,704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, dances with hisdaughters, Ruby, 12, left, and Gracie, 9, during theseventh annual Military Father Daughter Dance atthe Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs hotel, Saturday.Dance strengthens bond betweenfathers,Story and photos byCpl. William Smith4th Infantry Division PublicAffairs OfficeFathers held their daughtersand twirled them around the dancefloor, the young women dressed ingorgeous gowns, their eyes full ofadmiration for those who held themas they danced to “My Girl.”The Armed Services YMCAhosted the seventh annual MilitaryFather Daughter Dance at the CrownePlaza Colorado Springs hotel fordads and daughters to strengthenbonds, April 13.“The Father Daughter Dance isall about (dads) connecting withtheir daughters,” said E.D. Rucker,military outreach coordinator, ArmedServices YMCA. “The Armed Services(YMCA) mission is to enhance thelife of the active-duty members andtheir Family. The dance is about thembonding; it is about the dad andthe daughter having that time together.”Fathers were raving about theopportunity to dance the night awaywith their daughters.“Last year we were not able tocome (to the event) because I was inAfghanistan,” said Capt. Derek Foster,commander, Company A, 704thBrigade Support Battalion, 4thInfantry Brigade Combat Team, 4thInfantry Division.“With my many deployments, justbeing home is great, but being able tocome to the dance with my daughtersis just amazing,” Foster said.For some of the attendeesthe dance was the first chance tocreate memories.“The bond and the memories thatmy daughter and I are creating areamazing,” said Sgt. James Spaulding,health care specialist, 1st Squadron,10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.,as he held his daughter, Alyssa, 3.“We don’t have a lot of memoriesbecause I was deployed and this isthe first daddy-daughter date,first daddy-daughter anything, thefirst of many (to come).”Foster said that events like thesehelp servicemembers to reconnectwith Family.“Your Family is always there foryou, so take advantage of the timeyou get with them,” Foster said.Foster’s daughters, Ruby, 12, andGracie, 9, both said they were excitedthat their dad was able to come tothe dance, and enjoyed spendingtime with him.Rucker said the YMCA stafflooks forward to hosting events thathelp servicemembers.“It is a beautiful thing, and (thedance) is my favorite event that weput on,” Rucker said. “Realizingwhat … military men and women do,seeing that you guys are so proudand your daughters are so proud thatthey are with their dads. When yousee that, it touches your heart, itjust touches your heart.”Left: Sgt. James Spaulding, 1stSquadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment,2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division, dances withhis daughter, Alyssa, 3.daughters
  18. 18. 19April 19, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERNeurology& Neurosurgery:Gary Cohen, M.D.Richard Gamuac, M.D.Dexter Koons, M.D.R. Lindsay Lilly, M.D.Ali Murad, M.D.Keith Norvill, D.O.Sumant Rawat, M.D.Stephen A. Smith, M.D.Ashakiran Sunku, M.D.U.S. News & World Report ranked four specialties at Parkviewas “High-Performing.” The only hospital south of Denver to berecognized, Parkview is right here. And it’s only getting better.HATS OFF!OUR NEURO TEAM IS FIRINGON ALL | 719.584.4000By Cpl. William Smith4th Infantry Division PublicAffairs OfficeThe Fort Carson Army Wellness Center hasdeveloped a program to help the Soldiers, Families,retirees and civilians who work and live on FortCarson have fun while improving their health.Fit Fort Carson is a new local campaign thatuses the President’s Challenge website to definefitness goals and is designed to encourage peopletoward physical activity and healthy lifestyles,by providing a social atmosphere, friendlycompetition and fitness tracking.“The mission of the program is to help defeatthe problem of obesity that our country faces,”said Maj. Kimberli Matthews, chief, WellnessDivision, Evans Army Community Hospital.“The ultimate goal of the program isto raise community health and wellness,”said Matthews. “We want Families toget up off of the couch on the weekendand go for a walk” or some othertype of activity.Matthews said that the programprovides an incentive-based fitnesstracker in which people input theirdaily workout at are awarded points based on thetype of activity. They can comparetheir points with other membersin the group, message otherusers directly and leave postsof locations and workouts forothers to participate in.The President’s Challenge usesthe research conducted by theCompendium of Physical Activitieswebsite to calculate the number ofpoints rewarded for a particular exercise, basedon the amount of calories burned.Matthews said when people are knowledgeableabout wellness, they are more likely to make healthierchoices, increase their activity and monitor calories.“This is another tool that is a fun way toimprove your own health through information, socialnetworking and local events related to physicalactivity, sleep and nutrition,” said Lt. Col. DavidNee, preventive medicine, Medical DepartmentActivity, and Fit Fort Carson Hero of the Month.“We’re not all going to be world-class athletes, but Ithink if we have some help and social prompts, wecan all be betterversions ofourselves.”Nee said theprogram givespeople thedeterminationand motivationto help reachtheir goals.“By havingsuch an easy-to-usefitness trackingmechanism, it givesme the ability to bemore aware of what Iam doing, and a sense ofaccomplishment,” saidNee. “I can say; ‘Wow, Ihave burned a lot of calorieshere.’ I think the awareness of what I am doing andnot doing helps to keep me focused on my goals.”Nee said the program has helped him lose 8pounds, and that it will help others get started ontheir fitness goals and out of their training plateaus.“For most of us, we are stuck in a rut or needto get started, and this is one way to be informedabout local events; to help get motivated to dosomething,” said Nee. “Some people would say itdoesn’t matter how slow you are, you are doinglaps around the guy sitting on the couch.”For more information and upcoming Fit FortCarson events, visit or search “Fit Fort CarsonWellness Campaign” on Facebook.“The ultimategoal of theprogram is to raisecommunity healthand wellness.”— Maj. Kimberli MatthewsFit Fort CarsonProgram improves health, wellness