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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 17 May 3, 2013Pages 32-33Page 15Pages 20-21Message board INSIDEINSIDEMay isMotorcycle SafetyAwareness MonthFor moreinformation, visithttps://safety.army.mil.By Andrea SutherlandMountaineer staffIn one year, the 15-person team from the FortCarson Defense Enrollment Eligibility ReportingSystem Identification Card section and the SoldierReadiness Processing site serviced more than130,000 customers.“We serve between 180 and 250 people eachday,” said Denise Ellis, verifying official, DEERS.“We go above and beyond regular customer service.”Ellis said the DEERS team prides itself on itsprofessionalism and efficiency, but also its willingnessto take care of each customer, regardless of servicebranch or military status.“Last year we helped a retired (servicemember) filea dependency packet for his child. While he wasdeployed, the servicemember’s wife tried to file thepaperwork, but was denied. We found out what neededto be taken care of to get his packet approved,” she said.Ellis recalled another time when members ofthe DEERS team stayed past closing time toaccommodate a World War II veteran.“We’ll work through lunch,” she added. “Thingslike that, we’ll do to support our customer.”This dedication to customers earned the office theID/DEERS Site of theYear for fiscal 2012 out of nearly1,600 Department of Defense sections worldwide.DEERSearnsNo.1inDODPhoto by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch‘Best Warrior’Staff Sgt. Geoffrey Gates, Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment,2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, navigates a barbedwire obstacle during the 2nd ABCT Noncommissioned Officer/Soldier of the Year“Best Warrior” Competition, April 24. Soldiers from throughout the brigadecompeted for the title of 2nd ABCT Best Warrior and the right to move on to the postcompetition May 13-17. See story on Page 9.See Award on Page 4
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — May 3, 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 isfcmountaineer@hotmail.com.The Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at http://csmng.com.The 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 hotline526-0096WLC honorsCommentary by Spc. Jessica A. ParkerWarrior Leader Course graduateThe Warrior Ethos consists of four sentences thatembody the Soldier’s warrior spirit. Included, withoutsaying, are the Army values that all Soldiers must haveinstilled within themselves.Without loyalty, duty, respect, selflessservice, honor, integrity and personalcourage, Soldiers cannot, and will not, besuccessful in their military careers. TheWarrior Ethos is not only the most basicof rules for American Soldiers, but amindset Soldiers must have in order tobe successful in their daily pursuits.The Warrior Ethos signifies sacrifice.These sacrifices involve not only theSoldier, but the Soldier’s Family as well.A result of placing the mission first couldmean missing your child’s first steps or beingaway from home for an unannounced periodof time. Completing your mission is notsomething done on the Soldier’s part alone,but the Family’s as well. Without the supportand sacrifice of the Family, the Soldier cannot succeed.Never accepting defeat and never quitting are alsorequirements of a successful Soldier and Family.We must realize that our achievements not only reflectupon ourselves but the ones supporting us, whether it is aFamily member or a noncommissioned officer. There arephysical requirements a Soldier must meet that can betiring; having the motivation and perseverance to continuethe mission even when the pain is unbearable shows heartand that the Warrior Ethos come first and foremost in aSoldier’s life. Often times, we are faced with challengesand decisions that force us to push past our capabilities.The strength a Soldier has is not just a physicalrequirement but a mental one as well.Receiving bad news is one of the hazardsof our job. Being able to overcomeadversity signifies a true warrior spirit.The Warrior Ethos also includes that atrue Soldier never leaves a fallen comrade.This does not always mean in a combatsituation. It could be as simple as stayinglate to assist a battle buddy with a missionor a personal problem. Putting yourSoldiers’ needs before your own showsthat you care about your Soldiers and arewilling to go above and beyond the callof duty to ensure they are well takencare of. Never leaving a fallen comradeis not limited to junior Soldiers thatmay fall in your team or squad, but anySoldier that puts on the uniform.The Warrior Ethos should be the cornerstone ofany Soldier’s life.The Warrior Ethos should not be limited to membersof the U.S. Army or even American troops, but any soldierswho raise their hands in allegiance to their country,realizing their sacrifice is protectingthe people of their nations.Spc. Jessica A. ParkerWarrior Ethos awardTop WLC graduatesSpc. Kodjo Amegan, 52nd Eng. Bn.Spc. Jason S. Arguelles, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg.Sgt. Craig J. Bates, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Spc. Michael R. Bose, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg.Sgt. Dylan E. Brown, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg.Sgt. Joanna Catlin, 4th STBSpc. George Chandler, 10th SFG(A)Spc. Nicholas K. Deweese, 4th CABSgt. Joseph E. Dixon, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Spc. Jessica Elyea, 3rd STBSpc. Derek R. Farrington, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg.Sgt. Matthew Franklin, 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg.Spc. Travis C. Frazee Sr., 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg.Spc. Caitlin F. Frederick, 10th SFG(A)Sgt. Raymoundo Guevara, 4th STBSgt. Marc Jackson, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Sgt. Christopher R. Kauffman, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Sgt. Cody J. Lewis, 86th MISpc. Nicholaus O. Moore, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg.Spc. Meghan C. Odedere, PHCDCSpc. Psalm Odedere, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Spc. Jessica A. Parker, 4th IBCTSgt. Timothy Radcliffe, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Sgt. Ian J. Richards, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg.Sgt. Angela R. Ruiz, 426th CA Bn.Spc. Michael S. Schaeffer, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg.Spc. Stefan M. Schnabel, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg.Sgt. Anthony Smith, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Spc. Christopher C. Tate, 4th STBSgt. Stephen Vaughn, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg.Sgt. Richard A. Winder, 3rd Sqdn., 61st Cav. Reg.Sgt. Trino Zuniga, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Sgt. Dylan E. BrownDistinguished andleadership awardsEthos ‘cornerstoneof any Soldier’s life’
  3. 3. 3May 3, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERCommunityleaders:‘WesupportFortCarson’Story and photo by Andrea SutherlandMountaineer staffMore than a dozen community leaders representinglocal, state and federal organizations attended theApril 25 Army Force Structure and StationingListening Session hosted by Maj. Gen. Paul J.LaCamera, commanding general, 4th InfantryDivision and Fort Carson.“We’re here to hear what you have to say,” saidLaCamera, addressing the attendees in the roundtablediscussion.ThroughoutApril, theArmy held listening sessionsat installations to hear from community leadersabout the potential impact force reductions andrestructuring would have on local economies. To meetthe fiscal requirements set forth in the Budget ControlAct of 2011, the Army is preparing to inactivateeight brigade combat teams and reduce the overallforce by 80,000 by 2017.LaCamera said the Army is in a period of“critical transition,” and encouraged leaders to voicetheir observations and opinions regarding FortCarson’s role in the community.“One-third of our economy is directly tied to themilitary,” said Andy Merritt, chief defense industryofficer, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.According to a 2012 economic impact assessment,Fort Carson is the largest nonstate employer inColorado, generating $2.2 billion in jobs, purchases,contracts and construction. It is estimated that forevery Soldier, there exists 1.5 secondary jobs in thePikes Peak area economy.While more than 26,000 Soldiers and 5,800civilians work at Fort Carson, Merritt said the posthas further impact on the Pikes Peak community. Hereferenced the numerous nonprofits and organizationsthat came about to support military members andtheir Families. He discussed the school programscreated to support military children.“This community will stand behind Fort Carsonand the Army,” he said. “We have emotional ties tothis post and its Soldiers.”Other leaders discussed the community develop-ment in support of Fort Carson troops, includingthe improvement of roads and access to post and theCheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex, completedin February after years of coordination betweencommunity and Fort Carson leaders.Terrance McWilliams, director of military andveteran affairs for the El Pomar Foundation, saidColorado Springs was among 20 cities nominated bythe National Civic League for the “All-American City”award, partly because of its support for the military.“The Warrior Games is a perfect example of (thisMaj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera,left, commanding general,4th Infantry Division andFort Carson, and 4th Inf. Div.and Fort Carson CommandSgt. Maj. Brian Stall, secondfrom left, receive feedbackfrom community membersApril 25 during an ArmyForce Structure andStationing Listening Session.See Community on Page 4
  4. 4. Mary Dixon, director of theDefense Manpower Data Center andmember of the Senior ExecutiveService, presented the award Tuesdayduring a ceremony at the ElkhornConference Center.“That ID card is the gateway to theDepartment of Defense,” she said.“Without it, you won’t be able towork. Families won’t be able to accessservices. The rest of the DOD countson, depends on, these ID cards.”Dixon praised the section for theircommitment to ensuring the “right”people are given access to cards, whilealso safeguarding against nonopera-tional cards.“We calculated that each ID cardcosts $8 to issue,” she said. “Everytime it doesn’t work, you have to issuea new card. We spend $3 million eachyear printing ID cards.”Dixon commended the efforts toestablish appointment times, reducinga customer’s wait from 40 minutes tofive minutes. She also acknowledgedthe staff’s work in educating customerson the DEERS process to alleviateconfusion and consternation.“This site epitomizes customerservice,” she said.Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, com-manding general, 4th Infantry Divisionand Fort Carson, attended the event,congratulating the DEERS team.“This is a testimony to yourprofessionalism,” he said. “Hopefullynext year we’re all here again.”Mike Pierson, chief, ID/DEERSsection, credited his staff with earningthe award.“I respect them all for thecustomer service they provide,” he said.“I’m fortunate to work with sucha great team.”Pierson said his section’s commitmentto teamwork, both internally andexternally, set them up for success.“It’s building on services that arealready available and working withother agencies to support the customer,”he said. “That’s what we do.”Randy Kennedy, verification officerfor DEERS, said he returned to FortCarson because of the team atmosphere.“I had a chance to go to the EastCoast,” he said. “These guys are thereason I came back.”Kennedy said the team carries itsfriendly, open atmosphere into the office,treating and supporting customers inthe same way.“They’re a great bunch,” he said.“These are my greatest friends.”“We enjoy doing our job, takingcare of Soldiers and Families,” saidVince Gabat, verification officer.“(Winning the award) is a first, so itmeans a lot.”4 MOUNTAINEER — May 3, 2013Turning offcomputerssaves dollarsDirectorate of Public WorksFort Carson personnel can cut the installation’selectric bill by as much as $250,000 a year bysimply turning their computers off at the end ofeach duty day.Fort Carson’s energy use comprises a largeportion of the installation’s operations and mainte-nance budget. Utility costs average nearly $1.35million per month, underscoring the importance ofenergy efficiency in minimizing budget impacts.As an energy conservation measure, the seniormission commander recently approved personalcomputers being turned off at the end of the dutyday. When the computers are turned on again, theyare patched with updates from the NetworkEnterprise Center and rebooted automatically, withminimal, if any, impact to users.For more information, call the Fort CarsonEnergy Program coordinator contractor at 526-1739or the Net Zero Program outreach contractor at526-4320.Child, Youth and School ServicesSeventy-eight child care slots opened at fouron post child care centers, Child,Youth and SchoolServices officials announced April 26.The openings — at the East, West, Monarchand Cheyenne Mountain CDCs — wereannounced just weeks after CYSS officialsannounced the temporary suspension of enrollmentsdue to staffing shortages. More slots will becomeavailable in the coming weeks as additional staff ishired and trained. Space availability fluctuatesbased on staffing and room configuration.CYSS operates 11 facilities offering full- andpart-day, hourly and before and after school carefor children and youths ages 6 weeks to 18 years.In addition, 20 Family child care homes currentlyprovide child care services on post.Registering with CYSS is required in order toreceive child care services, and CYSS staffencourages Families to register their children atParent Central Services even when there areno child care slots available. A child cannot beenrolled in a program unless the Family is registeredwith CYSS. During registration, Families provideinformation such as children’s ages, shot records,health or diet special needs, physicals and emer-gency contacts. Registration in CYSS authorizeschildren to participate in full-day, part-day, Familychild care, respite care and hourly care as well asSKIESUnlimited instructional classes, youth sportsand other programs. Parents can place their childrenon a child care waiting list without registeringthem, however they must be registered in order tobe enrolled in any program.When on-post child care is unavailable, ParentCentral Services informs Families of otheravailable options such as Child Care Aware andArmy Child Care in Your Neighborhood.Child Care Aware is a child care resourcecontracted by the Army to assist Army Families tofind child care at fees comparable to those chargedat Army installations. These programs also meetArmy quality standards for child care. ACCYN isa program that contracts with civilian child carefacilities and home care providers who offer childcare for Army Families at the same rate as on-postchild care providers.CYSS Parent Central Services is located inbuilding 1518, on Prussman Boulevard, nearMcMahon Auditorium. For more information call526-1101 or 526-2151.Child care availableCYSSannouncesopeningsfrom Page 1Awardnomination),” he said. “It wassupposed to be a one-time event, butis now here permanently becauseof the outpouring of support.”Designed to introduce woundedservicemembers to paralympicsports, the Warrior Games is anannual event that takes place in thespring. Since the first WarriorGames in 2010, the program hasgrown to a weeklong competitionfeaturing sitting volleyball, wheel-chair basketball, swimming,cycling, track and field, archeryand competitive shooting.Leaders expressed concernreductions to the Soldier popula-tion and civilian jobs will have anextreme effect on the community.“Colorado Springs has thesecond highest unemploymentrate in the state,” said DennyCripps, Colorado SpringsRegional Business Alliance. “Cutswill have a disproportionateeffect on the number of peoplefacing unemployment.”Lt. Col. Patricia Tilson,Headquarters, Army Strategy, Plansand Policy, said she appreciatedthe community members sharingtheir feedback.“It’s very important,” she said,adding that Secretary of the ArmyJohn McHugh takes communityinput seriously.Leaders told Tilson thatalthough a “vocal minority” may notappreciate the military presence,many citizens appreciate service-members and their contribution tothe community.“There’s a silent majority outthere that supports the militaryand Fort Carson,” said DeforestHamilton, former military affairscouncil chair. “I know it. Look atthe people in this room who canattest to that.”from Page 3CommunityMike Pierson, left,chief, DefenseEnrollment EligibilityReporting System,accepts theDepartment ofDefense ID/DEERSSite of the Year fromMary Dixon,director of theDefense ManpowerData Center andmember of theSenior ExecutiveService, as Maj. Gen.Paul J. LaCamera,commandinggeneral, 4th InfantryDivision and FortCarson, applaudsTuesday duringa ceremony atthe ElkhornConference Center.
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  9. 9. 9May 3, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERCompetitionawards‘BestWarrior’titlesStory and photos byStaff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd Armored Brigade Combat TeamPublic Affairs Office, 4th Infantry DivisionFollowing a series of events to test anarray of soldiering skills, Staff Sgt. GeofferyGates and Spc. Phuong Diep claimed the2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4thInfantry Division, Noncommissioned Officerand Soldier of the Year “Best Warrior”titles, respectively.Gates and Diep rose above their peersduring the April 22-25 competition. The eventpitted Soldiers from across the brigadeagainst each other in events to include theArmy physical fitness test, oral board, writtentest, combatives tournament, urban and fieldenvironment land navigation course, six-mileruck march, M4 Carbine qualification, firstaid, reacting to direct and indirect fire andreacting to a chemical attack.“It’s important that once they get up to(the 4th Inf. Div. competition) they have agood understanding of what the tasks will be,”said Sgt. 1st Class Spencer Polwort, brigadefire support NCO, Headquarters andHeadquarters Troop, 2nd Special TroopsBattalion, 2nd ABCT. “It allows them topractice their skills before they get up to ahigher level of competition.”The Soldiers knew before the competitionbegan that it would take a lot of dedicationto win.“There was a lot of studying involved, andI feel pretty honored to represent the brigade,”said Diep, automated logistical specialist,Company A, 204th Brigade Support Battalion,2nd ABCT. “I have to thank my platoonsergeant for trusting me and recommendingme for the board. It feels good to win.”Diep is already preparing for the division-level competition, but said he knows winningthe brigade competition will help him inthe long run.“I felt like I could take a step forward andbe distinguished from all of my peers,” saidDiep. “Winning this should make a difference.I’m thinking it will be an important step inmoving forward to becoming an NCO.”For others, the competition was a way toshow their pride and worth to the brigade.“I have been in the brigade for a little overfive years,” said Gates, a field artilleryautomated tactical data system specialist.“I deployed twice, so I’m proud that I wasable to compete and win NCO of yearfor the brigade.”The events tested Soldiers bothphysically and mentally.“The essay on the importance ofkeeping standards in the Army madepeople think,” said Gates. “As for theruck, it was pretty heavy. It really pushedthem more than they had ever beenduring a unit organized ruck march.”The challenge doesn’t stop herefor Diep and Gates, as they preparefor the division-level competitionMay 13-17. The Soldiers’ place ofduty until the competition is at thebrigade headquarters, where they willreceive guidance and mentorshipfrom all the battalion commandsergeants major in the brigade.Spc.PhuongDiep,automatedlogisticalspecialist,CompanyA,204thBrigadeSupport Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,plots his assigned points on a map during the 2nd ABCT NoncommissionedOfficer/Soldier of the Year “Best Warrior” Competition land navigationcourse, April 25. Diep was named 2nd ABCT Soldier of the Year.Colorado Publishing CompanyPfc. Alexander Ybarra, right, Battery A,3rd Battalion, 16th Field ArtilleryRegiment, 2nd Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division,applies first aid to a simulatedcasualty during the brigade’sNoncommissioned Officer/Soldier ofthe Year “Best Warrior” Competitionwarrior task combat testing lane.
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  11. 11. Editor’s note:This is the third of four features highlighting Fort Carson participants in the2013 Warrior Games held May 11-16, at the U.S. Olympic Training Centerin Colorado Springs and the U.S. Air Force Academy.11May 3, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERThe Transcript can publish yourNOTICES OF GUARDIANSHIP AND ADOPTIONSNOTICES TO CREDITORSNAME CHANGES For more info call 634-1048Mountaineer staffThirteen Fort Carson Soldiers werehonored for the service to the nation during aretirement ceremony April 24 at the SpecialEvents Center.Soldiers, Family and friends gathered tocelebrate the closing moments of the Soldiers’Army careers as they were presented their finalmilitary decorations and U.S. flags that had beenflown over the headquarters. The Soldiers’spouses received certificates of appreciation anda rose in recognition of their service.Those retiring were:v Lt Col. Beth Steele, U.S. Army GarrisonFort Carsonv 1st Sgt. Jon Martinez, 1st Battalion, 67thArmor Regiment, 2nd Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Divisionv 1st Sgt. Samuel Saucedo, GroupSupport Battalion, 10th Special ForcesGroup (Airborne)v 1st Sgt. Tommy Cabanting, 4th EngineerBattalionv Master Sgt. Donald Cummings, 3rdSpecial Troops Battalion, 3rd ABCT,4th Inf. Div.v Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Sain, 1st Sqdn.,10th Cav. Reg., 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div.v Sgt. 1st Class William Blizzard, 1stSqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 2ndABCT, 4th Inf. Div.v Sgt. 1st Class Robert Davenport,Headquarters and Headquarters Company,4th IBCT, 4th Inf. Div.v Sgt. 1st Class David Johansson, 1st Bn.,67th Armor Reg., 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div.v Sgt. 1st Class Troy Bohannon, 4th Eng. Bn.v Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cogdill, 43rd SpecialTroops Battalion, 43rd SustainmentBrigade, 4th Inf. Div.v Staff Sgt. William Whitecotton, 4th STB,4th IBCT, 4th Inf. Div.v Sgt. Nathan Rayburn, USAG Fort CarsonThe next Fort Carson post retirementceremony takes place May 29 at 3:30 p.m.on Founders Field.Soldiers hang up uniformsStory and photo bySgt. William Smith4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeStaff Sgt. Spencer Anderson remembersthe day when two 155 mm rounds went off lessthan 10 meters outside his Humvee’s door.“I saw a flash of light and then I woke upI guess a couple minutes later,” he said. “When Icame to, we were under a small arms attack.”On Jan. 21, 2007, Anderson and histeam members directed suppressive firefrom where the flashes were coming.“The whole engagement seemed like along time, but it was probably less than 10minutes,” he said. “Time seems to slow downin things like that.”A medic with 1st Battalion, 319th FieldArtillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division,Anderson sustained a head injury and otherinternal injuries.Anderson didn’t let his injuries limithim, though.For three years, Anderson went throughcognitive therapy, developing his short-termmemory skills while in the Warrior TransitionBattalion in Germany. Last year, he earnedhis spot as a flight medic with Company C,2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4thAviation Regiment, 4th Combat AviationBrigade, 4th Infantry Division.From May 11-17, Anderson will representthe Army in the 2013 Warrior Games incycling, seated-volleyball and the 100- and200-meter sprint.Designed to introduce injured service-members and veterans to paralympic sportssuch as archery, cycling, shooting, sitting-volleyball, swimming, track and field, andwheelchair basketball, the Warrior Gamesencourages wounded warriors from all of theservices to get physically active.Anderson said that injuries are not anexcuse, but a focus point to be better at what-ever passion a person chooses after being hurt.“Rule your injury; don’t let your injuryrule you,” said Anderson. “(Injuries) shouldbe a tool to use to further something that youwant to do. I use it to become a better cyclist.It gives me something to focus and harnessmy energy toward.”Anderson’s outlook has been an inspirationStaff Sgt. Spencer Anderson will compete in the 30-kilometer cyclingevent, seated-volleyball and the 100- and 200-meter sprints at the 2013Warrior Games. Anderson is a flight medic, Company C, 2nd GeneralSupport Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat AviationBrigade, 4th Infantry Division,Warrior GamesSelflessnessmotivates teamSee Games on Page 12
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Visitors will know their loved ones aretreated with dignity and respect and are in anenvironment befitting their sacrifice,” he said.The ICO team, established in 2011 at the directionof the secretary of the Army to raise the standardsof cemetery operations, is following the lead ofArlington National Cemetery, where nearly 300,000gravesites were validated. The same business rulesand best practices applied at Arlington will also beapplied during IMCOM’s accountability project.“We’ve been planning the accountability missionfor over six months and are now ready to execute,”said Judith Tarbox, acting ICO chief.In addition to a comprehensive campaign planthat outlines a five-phase approach to sustainable,standardized cemetery operations, ICO also developedtraining plans and materials, standard operatingprocedures and common levels of service.The goal of these efforts will be 100-percentaccountability of all those interred at IMCOM postcemeteries; an online, searchable database of intermentimages viewable by the public; and a smartphoneapplication that allows cemetery visitors to easilylocate grave locations. Gravesite information will beautomated across all Army cemeteries.Another aspect of the mission to achieve sustainableresults is the realignment of duties and responsibilitiesof garrison staffs in the management of IMCOMcemeteries. Currently, garrison commanders determineoperations and management responsibilities at theirpost cemeteries. Once the accountability process iscomplete, standardized processes will be implementedand oversight realigned to the Department of PublicWorks within each garrison.“The end state will be an enhanced experiencefor cemetery visitors,” said Kuhr. “The cemeteries’grounds will be improved through consistentlyapplied standards and measures, adequate fundingand sustainable operations into the future.”The team expects to reach 100 percent account-ability at IMCOM post cemeteries by end of summer2013, with sustainability attained by mid-2014. Theonline database should be available in late 2014.Postcemeterylocations➤ Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.➤ Carlisle Barracks, Pa.➤ Edgewood Chemical BiologicalCenter, Md.➤ Fort Benning, Ga.➤ Fort Bragg, N.C.➤ Fort Campbell, Ky.➤ Fort Devens, Mass.➤ Fort Drum, N.Y.➤ Fort Gordon, Ga.➤ Fort Huachuca, Ariz.➤ Fort Knox, Ky.➤ Fort Lawton, Wash.➤ Fort Leavenworth, Kan.➤ Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.➤ Fort Lewis, Wash.➤ Fort Meade, Md.➤ Fort Riley, Kan.➤ Fort Sheridan, Ill.➤ Fort Sill, Okla.➤ Fort Stevens, Ore.➤ Fort Worden, Wash.➤ Presidio of Monterey, Calif.➤ Schofield Barracks, Hawaii➤ Vancouver Barracks, Wash.
  14. 14. MOUNTAINEER — May 3, 2013MiscellaneousInteractive Metronome study feedback wanted —from Soldiers who participated in the Defense andVeterans Brain Injury Center study held at FortCarson from January-July 2012. Contact Nick Etten,Interactive Metronome senior adviser, at 512-992-7567 or nick.etten@gmail.com.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate ofPublic Works has an incentive program toprevent recyclable waste from going to the landfill.Participating battalions can earn monetary rewardsfor turning recyclable materials in to the Fort CarsonRecycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned forthe pounds of recyclable goods turned in and everyparticipating battalion receives money quarterly. Call526-5898 for more information about the program.Points only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcementtraining units provide an opportunity for IndividualReady Reserve Soldiers who want to maintainReserve affiliation and continue their military career.Soldiers of any rank or military occupational special-ty considering leaving troop program unit assignmentcan consider the 6399th RTU as a short- or long-termoption. Benefits include earning retirement pointsand “good” years; optional monthly nonpaid drillweekends; continued military training and militaryschools; paid annual training opportunities; continuedpromotions; earning retirement points via correspon-dence courses; Servicemembers’ Group LifeInsurance; and easy transfer to TPUs if desired.Contact Chief Warrant Officer 4 Lake Gardner at720-363-0511 or lakegardner@comcast.net.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.First Sergeants’Barracks Program 2020 — is locatedin building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hoursof operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Theoffice assists Soldiers with room assignments andterminations. For more information 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 proven them-selves 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 eric.e.bailey4.civ@mail.mil when needing trash containers, trashis overflowing or emergency service is required.• Facility custodial services — Call BryanDorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints.• Elevator maintenance — Call BryanDorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@mail.mil.• Motor pool sludge removal/disposal —Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or emaildennis.j.frost.civ@mail.mil.• Repair and utility/self-help — Call GaryGrant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ@mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-helptools and equipment or a motorized sweeper.• Base operations contracting officerrepresentative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262or email terry.j.hagen.civ@mail.mil for questionson snow removal, grounds maintenance andcontractor response to service orders.• Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at524-0786 or email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mil torequest latrines, for service or to report damagedor overturned latrines.• Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort CarsonSupport Services, at 896-0797 or 524-2924 oremail jdiorio@kira.com 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 http://www.goarmy.com/ranger.html.Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training —is held May 21-23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VeteransChapel. 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 held thefirst and third Wednesday of each month. Briefingsign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier ReadinessBuilding, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come,first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 daysof their expiration term of service, but must attend nolater than 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transi-tion 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 arnaldo.borrerorivera@dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh atmike.welsh@dla.mil for reutilization/web tools; orRufus Guillory at rufus.guillory@dla.mil.Reassignment 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 and Friday7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and fed-eral holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 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 customersupport is by appointment only, call 526-2900.The Work Management Branch is located inbuilding 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 athttp://www.move.mil 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 Soldier ReadinessProcessing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRPprocess. The SRP Legal Office will only providepowers of attorney or notary services to Soldiersprocessing through the SRP. Retirees, Familymembers and Soldiers not in the SRP process canreceive legal assistance and powers of attorney atthe main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St.,building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center.Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney andperforms notary services on a walk-in basis from8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays andFridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.BOSS 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.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: ClosedClosed 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: 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: 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: Closed14
  15. 15. 15May 3, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERStory and photos by Sgt. Eric Glassey4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeWater droplets cascaded over a model city ascocoa and dye powder collected and ran throughstreets and canals into a basin of water representinghow rainwater can carry pollution into a city’sdrinking water.The Directorate of Public Works EnvironmentalDepartment and the Colorado Springs UtilitiesWater Education Department provided instructionand interaction with students at Fort Carson schoolsduring Earth Week activities, April 22-26.Presentations included the water cycle, waterconservation, recycling, effects of weather, howthe climate affects wildlife and how pollution iscaused by water runoff during rain showers.“This particular program is called, ‘WaterWonders,’ and we cover things like the total amountof water on earth,” said Birgit Landin, instructor,CSU Water Education Department. “Only 3 percentof water is fresh and,of that, less than 1percent is actuallyavailable for use.”The program isintended to enhancethe school’s curricu-lum and inspire thechildren to seekways to preservethe environment.“All these thingsare designed to meetthe state’s standard onanything to do withwater,” Landin said.“I pull them out ofColorado Departmentof Education scienceprograms anddesigned them aroundthat. That way, teacherscan actually bringthis into the schools.”Christina Moore,fifth-grade teacher atWeikel ElementarySchool, valued thevisit and the effect it had on the students.“I enjoyed the activities, and I think they arehigh quality,” Moore said. “Hopefully, they willcontinue the Earth Day activities, because they doa great job. You can tell there is a lot of planningand preparation that goes into their presentations.“Even though my class has seen (the FortCarson DPW environment presentations) two yearsin a row now, they still look forward to it,” Mooresaid. “They’ll talk about it for a while, and we’lldo activities as a reflection piece, so they can bethinking about it; what they can do in our vastworld and what part they can play.”Fifth-grader Jaren Henry showed an interestin Roger Peyton’s presentation on wildlife, and theaffect the climate has, such as the displacementof the arctic fox in Colorado Springs by thered fox as the climate grows warmer. Peyton is awildlife biologist with DPW.“My favorite thing so far is seeing the skinsof the animals, and seeing how the earth’s climatecan affect animals,” Henry said. “I enjoy them,and I like learning about the earth.”Landin said she enjoyed the students’ passionin preserving the earth’s natural resource: water.“I love the enthusiasm of the students, and itgives me hope that there is a chance to changebehaviors in the future so that we can actually havea sustainable living,” Landinsaid. “They’re listening andengaged; they want to makea difference and they will.I think it’s great to get thementhusiastic about protectingthe natural resources.“This is the first yearthat we’re involved in theirEarth Day activities that I’maware of, certainly in thewater department,” she said.“It’s a real treat to be here,and the reception has beenphenomenal. The studentshave been some of thebest audiences that I’vehad in a long time.”Janine Hegeman, stormwater specialist contractor,Directorate of Public Works, uses an enviroscape modeldemonstrating the effects of rainwater as it washespollution into rivers and lakes during an Earth Weekpresentation at Weikel Elementary School, April 23.Allison Plute, water educator, ColoradoSprings Utilities, helps fifth-graderMackenzie Porcher create a cloudin a bottle using pressure at AbramsElementary School, April 23.ActivitiespromoteEarthDayFifth-graders at WeikelElementary School examinemodel animal skulls April 23following a presentation byRoger Peyton, wildlife biologist,Directorate of Public Works.“I think it’sgreat to getthem enthusiasticabout protectingthe naturalresources.”— Birgit Landin
  16. 16. 16 MOUNTAINEER — May 3, 2013Upcoming eventsBaby shower — The annual Installation BabyShower takes place May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.at 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 — Civilianjobs.com hosts a job fair May 14at the Elkhorn Conference Center from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Open to all servicemembers, veteransand Family members, attendees may pre-registeronline at http://www.civilianjobs.com/. Call678-819-4153 or visit http://www.civilianjobs.com/for more information.Employment Expo — Pikes Peak CommunityCollege hosts a military and veterans employmentexpo May 15-17. The college, located at5675 S. Academy Blvd., offers free resume,interviewing and branding classes from 7:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. May 15-16 and an opportunity to meetwith potential employers May 17 from 9 a.m. to4 p.m. The event is open to all servicemembers,veterans and spouses. Visit http://mvee.org/ formore information and to register.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 12 monthsleft at Fort Carson and have good communicationand public speaking skills. Interviews will beheld Tuesday-Wednesday and training takesplace May 13-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicantsmust attend all team meetings and trainings.Applicants should contact their Soldier’scommander for more information on applying.General announcementsLibrary program — Tutor.com for military Familiesoffers homework and studying help from aprofessional tutor, any time of day or night. Freefor K-12 students in military Families. Expert tutorsare available online 24/7 to help students in morethan 16 subjects, including math, science, Englishand social studies. Tutor.com can also help withstandardized test prep, Advance Placement examsand with college essays. Visit http://www.tutor.com/military for more information.Army Provider Level Satisfaction Survey —Patients may fill out and return the APLSS to helpminimize the impact of budget cuts on medicalcare. Evans Army Community Hospital receivesfunding based on patients seen and customersatisfaction. Positive surveys returned can bring inup to $800. Help keep providers and departmentsand clinics fully functional. Call 526-7256 formore 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 — Adult patients can visittheir Family Medicine Clinics for all immunizations.The Allergy Clinic will no longer provide adultimmunizations. Contact your primary medicalprovider 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 sgtjobson@gmail.com or the Cub Master,Robert Jepsen, robert.jepsen@us.army.miland put Scout Volunteer in the subject line.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 longlinelarry@aol.com 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 http://www.biglittlecolorado.org/ 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 http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/pharmacy/ or call 877-363-1303 option5 for more information. Visit http://www.evans.amedd.army.mil/PM/flu(underscore)information.htm or call 526-6422 for appointment 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,is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to2:30 p.m. Contact Gail Olson at 526-5966or email thriftshop@gmail.com for moreinformation or to learn about volunteeropportunities. Donations may be dropped off atthe store during normal business hours or at therecycling center located near the main exchange.IMCOM recruits — Installation ManagementCommand is recruiting junior and mid-levelemployees to participate in a DevelopmentalAssignment Program. DAP is designed to supportfunctional and leadership training, which isone of the essential pillars of the HQ, IMCOMCampaign Plan LOE 3. Eligible applicantsare IMCOM appropriated-fund employees(GS7-GS13) and nonappropriated fundemployees (NAF-5 and below, in positionscomparable to GS7-GS13). The DAP is based ona systematic plan specializing in developmentalassignments through various functional areas fora period of up to 60 days. The program providesmultifunctional training and assignmentsto strengthen the experience of employeesand prepare them for broader responsibilities,improve organizational communication, anddevelop well-rounded personnel. Applicationscan be obtained by contacting your organization’straining coordinator or the WorkforceDevelopment Program.Ambulance service — Fort Carson officials urgecommunity members to contact emergencypersonnel by calling 911 instead of drivingpersonal vehicles to the emergency room. In theevent of a life- or limb-threatening emergency,skilled paramedics and ambulance crew willbe able to administer critical care and aid.Contact the Emergency Department at526-7111 for more information.
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  18. 18. 18 MOUNTAINEER — May 3, 2013COLORADO SPRINGSPEDIATRIC DENTISTRYLittle People, Big Smiles(719) 522-01239480 Briar Village Point, Suite 301Technology with a Caring TouchSpecialized treatment planning for all agesTreatment under conscious sedation and general-anesthesiaDigital radiography for pinpoint treatment plans andreduced radiation exposureParents can stay with children during treatmentMost insurance accepted including Military and Medicaidwww.cspediatricdentistry.comJeff Kahl, DDSDerek Kirkham, DDSZachary Houser, DMDWelcoming New Patients660SouthPointeCourt,Suite100719-596-2097Now accepting appointments in our new location.719-596-2097660 South Pointe Court, Suite 100By Devin FisherMountaineer editorThe Military Child Education Coalition hostsa free Tell Me A Story program May 19 at2 p.m. at the Special Events Center.Military Families have untilMay 16 to register for theevent, featuring guestreader Sgt. Maj. MichaelBorrelli, 4th InfantryDivision provost sergeantmajor, who will read“The Remarkable FarkleMcBride” by John Lithgow.Every Family attending willreceive a copy of the book.“The event is geared tobuild strong parent-childconnections, and foster apositive, optimistic outlook ondaily experiences” said TracyBrown of Fort Carson’s Parentto Parent program.Geared for children 4-12, theMilitary Child Education Coalitionlaunched the Tell Me A Storyprogram Sept. 11, 2005, toempower military children by usingliterature and their own stories in a way thatfosters skills for resilience, strong peer and parentconnections, a sense of pride and accomplishment,and a caring community, Brown said.Borrelli will read thebook before Families participatein breakout sessions wherefacilitators talk to childrenabout the book and helpthem tie the story to theirpersonal lives and thenparticipate in a craft project.Brown said the book isabout a child who refusesto give up. His frustrationwith only being a smallpart of the orchestra is thedriving force behind hiswillingness to learn more,try more and finally findthe thing he loves.“Parents want theirchildren to try theirbest and not give up,”Brown said. “Wefrequently say thingslike ‘If at first you don’tsucceed, try, try again.’ This storyillustrates not only trying again and again, buthow persever-ance pays offin the end.”She notedthe storieshave thecapacity to opendiscussion onpotentially difficulttopics such as Familyseparations or the fear of moving to anew location.This year’s book highlights the themes of loveof learning, curiosity, zest, enthusiasm, openmindedness and humor, Brown said.Brown noted reservations are required to ensurethere are enough books for everyone. Familiesare asked to bring blankets to sit on during thepresentation. Parents with teenagers are encouragedto bring their older children along to help theyoungsters with crafts.The Parent to Parent program providesworkshops for military Families in areas oftransitioning children from post to post, resiliency,early literacy and math literacy. To register forthe event or for more information on the Parentto Parent team, contact Brown at 706-761-6343or email ptop.carson@militarychild.org ortracy.r.brown17@gmail.com.Tell Me A Story empowers childrenSavings&DealsEXCLUSIVEwww.csmng.com/topsecretReceive Top Secretdeals to restaurants,retail stores and moreexclusive to military andtheir immediate familiesfrom merchants herein town.Sign up for free at
  19. 19. 19May 3, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERTHURSDAY, MAY 30 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.Doubletree by Hilton 1775 E. Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. ,Colorado SpringsFor more information, call 471-7080, ext. 140, or e-mail swhite@ppacg.orgJoin us for our main presentation (3:00-4:00 p.m.) featuring:An update on Fort Carson from senior leadership.A community update from Dennis Hisey, Chair, El Paso CountyBoard of County Commissioners & Chair, Pikes Peak AreaCouncil of Governments Board of DirectorsA Question and Answer Panel follows (4:00-5:00 p.m.) with:HMajor General Paul J. LaCamera, Commanding General,4th Infantry Division & Fort Carson,HCommissioner Hisey,HMajor General G. Wesley Clark (ret, USAF), Chair, PeakMilitary Care Network,HTerrance McWilliams, Director of Military & VeteransHAspenPointeOpen House/Social Hour: 5:00-6:00 p.m.Carson, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, andcommunity leaders; and learn more by visiting informationalbooths.Moderator: Jennifer Horbelt, Anchor/Journalist, KOAA, News 5Photo by Sgt. Eric GlasseyScouting for FoodAustin Jepsen,right, and BrandonMarble, both withBoy Scout Troop164, load a truckwith food donatedby Fort Carsoncommunitymembers, Saturday.The Fort Carson BoyScouts gatheredmore than 4,885pounds of donatedfood during theirScouting for FoodDrive whichsupported Care andShare of SouthernColorado. The CubScouts from Pack264 distributedbags in the on-posthousing area,collecting themSaturday, and set upcollection boxesaround post.
  20. 20. 21May 3, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER20 MOUNTAINEER — May 3, 2013Story and photos by Sgt. Grady Jones3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office,4th Infantry DivisionThe two-toned, blue mat is clean and laid out, roped offfrom ringside seats. A time clock stands ready to display theelapsed duration of each six-minute bout. Everything is preparedas Soldiers and their Families have filled the bleachers and seats atthe Special Events Center, in anticipationof the inaugural “Pacesetters” BattalionCombatives Tournament, April 19.By the end of the day, three winnersstood tall with bragging rights as the bestin their weight class and will representthe 3rd Battalion, 29th Field ArtilleryRegiment, 3rd Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division, atthe division combatives tournament to beheld during Iron Horse Week, June 3-7.They are Spc. William Mays, Company G,heavyweight division; Staff Sgt. WilliamMcLaurin, Battery B, light heavyweightdivision; and Spc. Christian Zepeda,Battery B, lightweight division.There were no competitors in themiddleweight division.Bout after bout, competitors grappled,wrestled and vied for the upper hand.Matches were won either from opponentstapping out from submission, or points accumulated by successfullyperforming takedowns and other technical skills.“Basically, the tournament was broken down into lightweight,middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions,”said Staff Sgt. David Quintanilla, field artillery surveyor andbattalion combatives trainer, Headquarters and HeadquartersBattery, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg.Each competitor faced his own difficulties and challengesduring the competition.“(My opponent) was so big,” said Mays. “If he had doneanything wrong, that could have ended my whole weekend.”Endurance can also play a large part in combatives.“Controlling breathing is one of the challenges,” said StaffSgt. Joseph Pellegrino, military police officer and level IIIcombatives instructor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company,3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd ABCT, who also helpedcoach the competitors.The two-mile run is great for theArmy physical fitness test, but is notenough cardio-respiratory endurancetraining for combatives, Pellegrino said.It took time and dedication for thecompetitors to prepare for the tournament.“We’ve been training every Thursdayfor a couple of months now,” Mays said.“It’s pretty intense.”“I’ve been training in combativessince I got into the military,” said Spc.Gabriel Wilson, medic, Headquartersand Headquarters Battery, 3rd Bn.,29th FA Reg.Training in combatives buildsconfidence and camaraderie, accordingto some of the competitors.“It builds team cohesion andbrotherhood,” said Mays “It’s aboutdoing the sport, and a lot of fun.”In the end, gold medals were awarded to the winners andsilver medals went to the runners-up for each weight category.“Winning was definitely motivating,” said Zepeda, acannon crewmember. “It was a great experience.”“It’s such an honor for me to coach these Soldiers; tosee where they’ve come from to where they are right now,”said Quintanilla. “I’m very proud of them. These guysare outstanding.”Spc. Christian Zepeda, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rdArmored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, receives a gold medal from Lt.Col. Derek Knuffe, commander, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., after winning the lightweightdivision of the inaugural “Pacesetters” Combatives Tournament, April 19.Pfc. Isaiah Fleming,left, and Spc. William Mayscompete for gold during theinaugural “Pacesetters”Combatives Tournament,held in the Special EventsCenter, April 19. Maysdefeated Fleming to capturefirst place in theheavyweight division.“It’s such an honorfor me to coachthese Soldiers;to see where they’vecome from to wherethey are right now.”— Staff Sgt. David QuintanillaSgt. Toby Barnes, top, andSpc. Curtis Woodward, bothfrom 3rd Battalion, 29thField Artillery Regiment, 3rdArmored Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division,battle in a showcase matchduring the “Pacesetters”Combatives Tournament,April 19 at the SpecialEvents Center.

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