Vol. 71, No. 21 May 31, 2013Pages 10-11 Page 17Page 22Message board INSIDEINSIDEFurlough informationFor the latest sequestrationfurlough information, visitthe Fort Carson FurloughInformation page athttp://carspublic.carson.army.mil/fcpps/pao/furlough/furlough.aspx.Photo by Spc. Nathan ThomeSoldiers of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson render honors in memory offallen warriors during the Mountain Post Warrior Memorial Ceremony May 23 at KitCarson Park. The names of 10 Soldiers and two Airmen were added to the memorial atKit Carson Park, to remember their sacrifice and honor their lives. The memoriallocated outside Gate 1, now honors 380 Fort Carson heroes who paid the ultimate sacri-fice fighting for the nation since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. See story on Pages 20-21.Honoring the fallenBy Amaani LyleAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON — The sacrifices of the menand women who have served the United States inuniform are the source of the nation’s strength, thechairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday.In remarks at the National Memorial DayConcert held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitoland televised nationally on PBS, Gen. Martin E.Dempsey highlighted the bravery and dedication ofmilitary members and their loved ones.“On Memorial Day, we pause to reflect on theircourage,” the nation’s top military officer said. “Werenew our strength — the strength of our nation —from their devotion.”See Memorial Day on Page 4Courage renews nation’s strength
2 MOUNTAINEER — May 31, 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 email@example.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 StoneHappenings: Nel LampeSports writer: Walt JohnsonLayout/graphics: Jeanne MazerallClassified advertising329-5236Display advertising634-5905Mountaineer editor526-4144Post information526-5811Post weather hotline526-0096I joined the military in March2001 out of curiosity and fora challenge. I didn’t think Icould do it, and my friends wereskeptical as well.At first, I thought, what didI get myself into? But oncetraining was complete, I knewI’d found my new family. Ienjoy being a Soldier.Serving my country is a greathonor to me. Not everyone hasthe opportunity to enlist in themilitary. When I walk throughstores and people thank me formy service, I know that I canwalk proud and say I served mycountry and worked to keepAmerica’s freedoms.I continue to serve becauseI enjoy being part of a team.Anywhere I go, I have a familyto fall in on. As a recruiter andcareer counselor, I enjoy makinga difference in an individual’slife. I counsel Soldiers on theircareers, and I know for a longtime coming, I’ve found mine.Iron Horse StrongSgt. 1st Class Dawna BrownHeadquarters and Support Company, Headquarters and HeadquartersBattalion, 4th Infantry Division, and president ofSergeant Audie Murphy ClubWLC honorsCommentary by Spc. Shameka Hendricks1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st ArmoredBrigade Combat TeamMost poems, sayings and quotes leave room for individualinterpretation by the reader, based on the individual’s lifeexperiences. However, an oath, creed or the Warrior Ethos forexample, leaves no room for interpretation, personal preferenceor thinking. The Warrior Ethos only requires action!The words always and never used throughout theWarrior Ethos remove any choices and demands thatthe individual gives all of themselves: inclusive ofeverything, exclusive of nothing. Regardless ofbackgrounds, faiths, cultures, education, experiences,socio-economic status and any other factors that may setone apart from another, those that recite the Warrior Ethosenter the military forces in possession of the intestinalfortitude to act upon it when necessary.The Warrior Ethos is an attitude, a state of mindinstilled in me that ignites a pit of emotion upon the sightof the flag of the United States of America being raisedor the sound of the national anthem.Sgt. Justin B. Brown, 4th CABSpc. Kenny J. Caredenas, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg.Spc. Jessie G. Christian, 242nd EODSgt. Joel Diaz, HHBNSgt. Timothy D. Duncan, 4th BCTSpc. Joseph B. Edwards, HHBNSpc. Cole D. Flagg, 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg.Spc. Kory A. Florand, HHBNSpc. Shameka Hendricks, 1st STBSpc. Clayton E. Hennigan, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Sgt. Jason J. Ivey, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg.Spc. John M. King, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Sgt. Lance P. Kunsaitis, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Spc. Morgan N. Long, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg.Sgt. Brandon S. Lough, 2nd STBSpc. Adam J. Lucero, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.Sgt. James R. Madecky, 4th STBSpc. Felicia R. Maes, 10th SFG(A)Sgt. Jennifer M. Matikonis, 1st BCTSpc. Douglas McDonald, 4th CABSgt. Jonathan A. Morrow, 3rd STBSpc. Christopher J. Nardi, 10th SFG(A)Spc. Bernadette E. Quintana, 10th SFG(A)Sgt. Stevie J. Richmond, 10th SFG(A)Spc. Adam J. Selback, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg.Cpl. Cody G. Stehlik, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg.Spc. Kristin M. Stoneback, 101st Army BandSpc. Joshuah M. Strait, 2nd Bn, 8th Inf. Reg.Sgt. Selena A. Stratton, HHBNSgt. Justin A. Vonedwins, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg.Spc. Brookelynn M. Zavala, 321st Eng. Bn.Sgt. Jennifer M.MatikonisDistinguished andleadership awardsWarrior Ethos requires actionTop WLC graduatesSpc. Shameka HendricksWarrior Ethos andDistinguished awardsSee WLC on Page 4
3May 31, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERSoldierstocompeteatIronHorseWeekBy Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner4th Infantry Division Public AffairsThe pounding of feet across grassy fields,gloves and hands sliding off sweaty skin asopponents trade blows, and the ping of roundsas they travel downrange to knock targets back intheir cradle, will all be part of Iron Horse Week,Monday through June 7.Soldiers from across Fort Carson will competein a number of events, including: flag football,sand volleyball, basketball, softball, dodge ball,racquetball, combatives, boxing, marksmanship,paintball, archery, orienteering, tug of war, bowling,golf, wall climb and a 10-kilometer run.“It’s an opportunity for Soldiers to buildcamaraderie and for units to build team pride,”said Sgt. Maj. Gerald Kinloch, future operationssergeant major, 4th Infantry Division.The week will kick off with a division run acrosspost Monday, at 6:30 a.m. The week will conclude withan awards ceremony and cake cutting commemoratingthe 238th Army birthday, June 7 at 2 p.m.All events will take place at Iron Horse Parkunless indicated otherwise. Dodge ball scheduleis to be determined.DATE TIME EVENT LOCATIONMonday 6:30 a.m. - completion Installation run Iron Horse Park9:30 a.m. - completion Basketball tournament Iron Horse ParkFlag football tournament Iron Horse ParkSoftball tournament Iron Horse ParkPaintball tournament Iron Horse ParkBoxing tournament Special Events Center10:30 a.m. - completion Marksmanship competition Various rangesTuesday 9:30 a.m. - completion 10-kilometer run Power plant — Nelson Boulevard and Minick AvenueTournaments continueSand volleyball Iron Horse Park10 a.m. - completion Orienteering Iron Horse ParkWednesday 9:30 a.m. - completion Tournaments continueGolf tournament Cheyenne Shadows Golf ClubCombatives tournament Waller Physical Fitness CenterArchery tournament Archery RangeBowling tournament Thunder Alley Bowling CenterRacquetball tournament Iron Horse Sports and Fitness CenterThursday 9:30 a.m. - completion Wall climb competition Iron Horse Sports and Fitness CenterCombatives tournament Waller Physical Fitness CenterFinals — Flag football, basketball Iron Horse Park10:30 a.m. - completion Finals — Softball, Bowling, Racquetball See above for locations12:30 p.m. - completion Finals — Sand volleyball Iron Horse Park1 p.m. - completion Tug of war Iron Horse Park1:30 p.m. - completion Finals — Paintball Iron Horse ParkJune 7 6:30 a.m. - completion Company/Battery/Troop runs Iron Horse Park9:30 a.m. - completion Finals — Boxing, Combatives Special Events Center, Waller Physical Fitness Center2 p.m. - completion Awards/cake cutting ceremony Iron Horse Park
To me, the Warrior Ethos embodies theArmy’s seven values: loyalty, duty, respect,selfless service, honor, integrity and personalcourage within four short statements.The Warrior Ethos means I have thedesire to heed the call of duty and servethe United States of America wheneverand wherever needed.The Warrior Ethos means I am willing togain the knowledge, skills and abilities thatwould allow me to lead others into battleand then lead them home.The Warrior Ethos means I agree to liveunder conditions of adversity, take chancesand build camaraderie with strangers as wework to complete a mission.The Warrior Ethos means I vow to trade mylife to keep others free, conquer fear and pain,lose everything and continue to finish the fight.I am that 1 percent of Americans whovolunteered to serve our country and repeat theWarrior Ethos’ 23 words within four sentenceswhile displaying the seven Army values 365days a year as I fight for the safety andfreedom of millions of Americans whilerisking my life for that chance to live anotherday just to say:I will always place the mission first,I will never accept defeat,I will never quit,I will never leave a fallen comrade.4 MOUNTAINEER — May 31, 2013from Page 2WLCPhotos by Sgt. 1st Class Jacob A. McDonaldAbove: Soldiers from the 40th Engineer Detachment, 52nd Engineer Battalion, render honors during theplaying of the national anthem at the Special Events Center at a redeployment ceremony May 23. The 14engineers returned after seven months of duty in Afghanistan. During their deployment, they providedinfrastructure support to base camps across the country and improved living conditions for Soldiers. Right:Spc. Todd Burton holds his daughter, Julie Burton, 11 months, and gives her a kiss at the conclusion of theredeployment ceremony at the Special Events Center May 23.Engineers return from AfghanistanDempsey noted that since the dawn of the republic,Americans have placed great trust in the men andwomen who are willing to fight or die in any region ofthe world in defense of the nation’s ideals.“We rededicate ourselves to our national purposeto secure the blessings of liberty,” the general said.“We decorate our homes and our hearts in the colorsof America, and we honor those who have so honoredus: men and women from every corner of our countryin every branch of service whogave their lives so that we canlive free.”And while it is theAmerican people’s responsibilityto look back, the chairmansaid, it also is incumbent onthem to look forward and notethe sacrifices of those nowserving in Afghanistan andaround the world.“So they are out theretoday — America’s sons anddaughters … lacing up theirboots for another day on the front lines for ourcommon defense,” Dempsey said. “In the footsteps ofthe generation before, they’ll marshal the day withcourage and with commitment to make a differencefor each other and for people they’ve never even met.”Dempsey also recognized the communities andFamily members who provide critical foundations tothose who wear the uniform.“Behind every one of them are the pillars ofstrength at home: a parent, a spouse, a son, daughter,a community — all doing their part to take careof America,” he said.from Page 1Memorial DayPhoto by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel HintonGen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairmanof the Joint Chiefs of Staff, makesremarks honoring servicemembersduring the National Memorial DayConcert on the West Lawn of theU.S. Capitol, Sunday.WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIVWWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4IDWWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4IDWWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4IDWWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID
5May 31, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERYour Source To Reach The Military Market719.634.5905EducationfairassiststransitioningSoldiersStory and photo by Spc. Robert Holland3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team PublicAffairs Office, 4th Infantry DivisionSgt. Jose Rosario was one of many Soldierstransitioning out of the Army who attended aneducational fair at the Soldier and Family AssistanceCenter, May 22, hosted by the SFAC staff, inconjunction with the Department of Defense’sEducation and Employment initiative.Rosario, motor transport operator, 64th BrigadeSupport Battalion, 3rd ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 4thInfantry Division, said he hadplanned on staying in for a full20 years, but due to medicalissues outside of his control, hisservice to his country is going tobe cut short. Rosario is medicallyseparating from the Army, buthe said he is not worried becausehe has utilized programs,designed by the DOD and Army,to specifically assist Soldiers whoare transitioning back into thecivilian sector. He said theseprograms have helped guide himin the right direction.“This is my third educationfair,” Rosario said. “Events likethese help me a lot. Sometimeswhen I get home at the end ofthe day, and I have all my medicalproblems and the associatedstresses running through mymind, I can get discouraged.“Events like this college fair,and the people at the Soldierand Family Assistance Centerlooking to help me, motivateme and make this process a loteasier,” he said.Diane Magrane, SFAC education service specialist,said the earlier the Soldiers reach out for assistance,the more beneficial these programs can be.“We are hosting this joint initiative event to makesure that we have resources and services readilyavailable for those Soldiers getting out of the serviceon a medical discharge,” Magrane said. “Eventslike this help educate the Soldiers to what theireducational benefits are and what opportunities theymay have available to them upon separation, orduring their transition out of the military.”Representatives from numerous local col-leges, training programs, the Wounded WarriorProject, Troops to Teachers, and the Departmentsof Veterans Affairs and Education were on hand toassist and educate the Soldiers in figuring outwhat ways they could secure their future outsidethe Army.“We got a lot of different universities involvedin the community that are helping our transitioningSoldiers see what’s available and also get a betterunderstanding for what programs are available tothe Soldiers here at FortCarson,” said Bill Price, regioncoordinator, DOD’s Educationand Employment Initiative.“The overall goal is to makesure when a Soldier leaves themilitary they have some place togo. We do not find them a jobor a school to attend, but we dointroduce them to educationalopportunities, employers andemployer networks.”Both Price and Magranestressed the importance ofSoldiers being proactive duringthe separation process“Soldiers should use their timeduring the medical separationprocess to be proactive; to get anidea of what they are going todo,” Magrane said. “Sometimes itis just deciding what they want tobe when they grow up; it’s allabout being proactive. You donot want to wait until you haveyour separation papers in handand are clearing post to come intothe center or any of the otheragencies and say ‘OK, now whatdo I do?’ The sooner a Soldiercomes in for help, the better.”Sgt. Bradford Arnold, field artillery firefinder radar operator, Headquarters and HeadquartersBattery, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4thInfantry Division, talks with Mercedes Moore, national defense liaison, University of Phoenix, at aneducation fair May 22 at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center.
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Story and photos byStaff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd Armored Brigade CombatTeam Public Affairs Office, 4thInfantry DivisionA ground-shaking “Hooah” echoedthroughout Fort Carson as more than1,000 “Warhorse” noncommissionedofficers responded to, “Warhorse,where you at?”Command Sgt. Maj. RobertLehtonen, senior enlisted leader, 2ndArmored Brigade Combat Team, 4thInfantry Division, held noncommis-sioned officer professional developmenttraining on Fort Carson, May 20.“It’s a great day to be a WarhorseNCO,” said Lehtonen. “Matter of fact,it’s a great day, every day, to be anoncommissioned officer in the UnitedStates Army. It’s not a right; it is aprivilege to lead our Soldiers.”The NCOPD, an event focused onbuilding esprit de corps and raisingNCOs’ knowledge base, started with afour-mile run and included classesranging from standards for the wear ofmultiple uniforms to methods to helptrack Soldiers’ careers.“I know everyone here, includingmyself, takes our jobs extremelyserious,” said Lehtonen. “It is a very,very important job, probably the mostimportant job that you can have in theArmy, if not the world — leading andtaking care of our Soldiers.”NCOs said they appreciated thetime set aside for training.“It’s a great pleasure, especiallywith the high caliber of NCOs thatwe have in this brigade,” said StaffSgt. Casey McEuin, infantryman,Headquarters and Headquarters Troop,2nd Special Troops Battalion. “Fromthe command sergeants major all theway down, very high class and veryprofessional individuals.”During the event, Staff Sgt.Geoffrey Gates, field artillery automatedtactical data system specialist, BatteryA, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field ArtilleryRegiment, led the brigade corps ofNCOs in reciting the Creed of theNoncommissioned Officer.“If the hair didn’t stand up on theback of your neck during the creed …you have got to check your pulse,” saidCol. Omar Jones IV, commander, 2ndABCT. “I will tell you what, just tolisten to this entire corps of NCOsthroughout this brigade combat teamsay the creed together, to understandand know that, represents what makesbeing in the Army great.”The NCOs of 2nd ABCT know it’simportant to teach, but also to listen totheir Soldiers.8 MOUNTAINEER — May 31, 2013Savings&DealsEXCLUSIVEwww.csmng.com/topsecretReceive Top Secretdeals to restaurants,retail stores and moreexclusive to military andtheir immediate familiesfrom merchants herein town.Sign up for free at596-3113Schedule an appointment today!New Downtown Location!Northwww.rangewoodorthodontics.comAFTERBEFOREBethanyHamilton,ProfessionalSurferThe first10 newstarts willreceive aSonicareToothbrushNon-extraction treatment, less time, fewer appointmentsClear and “Hidden” lingual braces100% Financing0% Interest OptionsMost Insurance Accepted2nd Opinions Welcome*New orthodontic patients only, some restrictions apply. Offer expires 6/15/13Call Today For A Consultation!Present this ad and receive $500 OFFcomprehensive treatment*PROVIDINGBEAUTIFULSMILESANDIDEALBITECORRECTIONFORALLAGESExperiencedTeamState of the ArtTechnologyBetter Oral Health for your Individual NeedsCommand Sgt. Maj. Robert Lehtonen, center, senior enlistedleader, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,leads brigade noncommissioned officers down Minick AvenueMay 20, during NCO professional development training. More than1,000 NCOs attended the run before attending classes onstandardsofuniforms,ArmyCareerTrackerandhistoryoftheNCO.NCOs receive mentorshipSee NCOs on Page 12
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ColemanTurley beat outmore than 40 other two-man teams from theirbattalion to win the “Phoenix Warrior” compe-tition at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, May 6-9.The combat engineers from 1st SpecialTroops Battalion, 1st Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, earnedthe highest scores in the competition.The event provided an opportunity fortroops from a multitude of occupationalspecialties to earn recognition and enhancetheir Soldier skills, said Command Sgt.Maj. Jeffrey Mann, senior enlisted leader,1st STB, 1st ABCT.“The Phoenix Warrior competition isabout validating their warrior tasks andbattle drills, but unlike the (ExpertInfantryman Badge competition), theseSoldiers competed in pairs,” Mann said.“We wanted the competition to emphasizethat Soldiers have to rely on each other.”The contestants spent the week priorto the event training, verifying theirskills and familiarizing themselves withthe competition’s challenges.While the competitors trained,battalion leaders evaluated each ofthe competition lanes for safety andmaximum training value.“The first week was strictly atraining event,” Mann said. “Eachcompany developed an event and thentrained the competitors to standard.The opportunity to show, at differentechelons, how to train Soldiers, wasjust as important as the actual event.”Spc. Edward Fields, combatengineer, Company C, 1st SpecialTroops Battalion, 1st ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 4thInfantry Division, low-crawlstoward a grenade target duringthe Phoenix Warrior competition,at the Camp Buehring trainingarea, Kuwait, May 8.Sgt. Dane Betts, left, and Pfc. Jeffery Ashley, intelligence analysts,Company A, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, place a tourniquet on a simulatedcasualty during the Phoenix Warrior competition, May 8 near CampBuehring, Kuwait.Staff Sgt. Elgeneuller Ariola,combat engineer, Company C,1st Special Troops Battalion,1st Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division,radios in coordinates for asimulated artillery strikeduring the “Phoenix Warrior”competition, near CampBuehring, Kuwait, May 8.The first day of actual competition beganwith an Army physical fitness test, followed byland navigation, an orienteering course and achallenge course, which featured litter carries,tire flips, weapons assembly and carryingfive-gallon water jugs on a quarter-mile run.The events, which balanced basic Soldierknowledge with physical endurance, provideda stimulating challenge for the “Phoenix”Soldiers, said Turley.“I’m a combat engineer by trade, but Ispend a lot of my time behind a desk in mycurrent assignment, so it was good to getout of the office and do some training,”he said. “Getting out into the field andmaintaining my skills was more importantto me than winning.”During the second day of competition,the warriors endured a gantlet of events, frommonitoring simulated enemy combatants andcalling for artillery fire, to a grueling grenaderange that incorporated low-crawling underbarbed wire and vaulting over walls beforetossing dummy grenades at targets.Turley said he found the combat lifesaverlane and the grenade assault course to be themost challenging events.“Crawling under barbed wire, jumpingover barriers and running, all while maintainingenough bearing to throw a grenade accurately,is pretty difficult physically,” he said. “Themost challenging mentally was the first aidby far. We know the person we are givingaid to is not an actual casualty, but it is stillvery stressful. That lane reminded me ofhow difficult our combat medics have it.”During the third day of competition,Soldiers said they began to feel the physical tollas they demonstrated their tactical proficiencyand advanced marksmanship skills during anurban assault course and stress shoot.“This competition has been very hum-bling,” said Sgt. Levi Turner, infantryman,Headquarters and Headquarters Company,1st ABCT. “Our bodies are hurting, but weare sucking it up because we don’t want tolet our partners down. That is what carriesus when we feel like quitting.”The competitors began the final event,a 12-mile foot march, at 2 a.m. May 9,finishing the challenge as the sun began torise over the desert.Mann said the Soldiers impressed him withtheir ability to stay motivated during the trek.“The teams stuck together and encouragedeach other, finishing faster because of it.”Mann said. “If one faltered, their buddy wasthere to help them keep up.”Every team that completed the events,without failing more than two, earned thePhoenix Warrior Badge.For earning the highest scores of allthe teams, Turley and Mitchell eachreceived the Army Commendation Medal.‘Phoenix Warrior’Competition highlights skills, teamworkGreat ServiceComfortable BedsGovernment RateCALL NOW!a good night’s sleep...Comfort Inn SouthCOLORADO SPRINGS/ I-25 South Exit 1381410 Harrison Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906(719) 579-6900Close to Ft. 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12 MOUNTAINEER — May 31, 2013‘Iron Horse Strong’Soldiers,spousesenhanceskillsBy Spc. Nathan Thome4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeFort Carson Soldiers and spouses received aninside look and hands-on training to develop andteach skills to make them “Iron Horse Strong” duringthe Master Resiliency Training Program, held May 13through Thursday at the Family Readiness Center.Sixty-four volunteers, 40 Soldiers and 24 spouses,participated in the training to develop and enhanceskills to promote resiliency in the Army Family, asmaster resilience trainers.This is the second time this pilot program, partof Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, hasbeen held; the first was at Fort Campbell, Ky., inAugust 2009.“It’s not just Soldiers that need resilience; it’sFamily members, too,” said Sgt. 1st Class RobertTrice, Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitnessprogram manager, 4th Infantry Division and FortCarson. “One of the goals of this training is to bringin the Family members of Fort Carson, to start givingthese skills to them, whether it isFamily readiness group meetingsor unit events. The goal isn’t just totake care of Soldiers and give themresilience skills. It’s also to includeFamily members.”All attendees went through aninterview process to ensure theycompletely understood the expecta-tions of the program.“Even while starting thisprogram, and after we did theinterviews, we received an influxof Family members who wantedto be a part of it, so Soldiers andFamily members definitely wantto be a part of this program,” saidTrice. “When this training is com-pleted, Fort Carson will have 390Soldier and 24 spouse MRTs.”The volunteers are receivingtraining similar to what Soldiersreceived in December.“They all get the same materialand go through the same block ofinstruction; the only difference isthat during the breakout sessions,the spouses are in a separate roomfrom the Soldiers,” said Trice.“The spouses’ perspectives aresimilar because they fill thatArmy spouse role, so that’s one ofthe reasons why we did that; theexamples used in the breakout rooms are tailoredto the spouses.“But the content for the two groups is exactly thesame, because we are teaching them a life skill. It’snot an Army leadership skill or Army coping skill.They are all life skills that can be taught to Soldiers,Family members and civilians,” Trice said.Teaching others to be resilient will help toreduce stress and build confidence, said EleanorRolfe, wife of 1st Sgt. Dustin Rolfe, senior enlistedleader, 749th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company,242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71stOrdnance Group (EOD).“This is just ordinary, everyday magic. These arecompetencies that we all possess, and this trainingwill help us enhance those competencies to help thosearound us,” said Eleanor Rolfe. “As a spouse, I willuse what I’ve learned to help support my Soldier.”Rolfe said what she has learned can help theother spouses in her unit.“We can get this (training) to them so they can useit to help their Soldiers through those (rough times).Hopefully, there will be fewer strains andproblems at home so, overall, the Army,including its Families, is happier.”Before participating in the training,Rolfe said that she always consideredherself to be resilient, but now herwhole focus has shifted and her idea ofresilience has changed.Sgt. 1st Class Marcus Tyler, platoonsergeant, Company B, 743rd MilitaryIntelligence Battalion, 704th MilitaryIntelligence Brigade, volunteered forthe program when his battalion MRTtrained his unit.“I received the training from themaster resiliency trainer at our battalion,and I saw a need for other people tolearn what I was learning, and for me tobe a combat multiplier for the program,”said Tyler. “I voluntarily went up tomy commander and asked if I couldbe involved in the training piece, so Icould pay this forward.”Tyler said he believes it’s importantto understand that these skills are notjust to allow people to bounce backfrom adversity, but to thrive underchallenging conditions as well.Even spouses married to seasonedSoldiers spoke of the benefits oflearning about resilience.“It helps us to become more self-aware of ourselves and how we havebeen reacting, so we can change that to betterourselves and our relationships,” said BernadetteWhite, wife of Command Sgt. Maj. Oree White,53rd Signal Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, PetersonAir Force Base. “We are building strong andresilient Families. As our Soldiers transfer inand out of theater, the spouses must still be able tosustain themselves.”White explained how resilience would helpSoldiers and Families sustain themselves as the Armytransitions from a wartime mindset.“Most of the spouses we know now only knowan Army of war,” White said. “As we transition outof Afghanistan and the war draws to a close, theseFamilies will have to learn how to be more resilientin peacetime.”After training Soldiers and spouses at Fort Carson,CSF2 plans to use its new MRTs to spread the trainingthroughout their units as combat multipliers.“The basics of what we’ve learned through thismaster resilience training course are the life skillsthat everybody should possess to help build therelationships with anybody that they come in contactwith,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Thomas, mortarplatoon sergeant, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 10thCavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Inf. Div.“We’re helping it become alive and well, andensure leaders on all levels are fully engaged, sothat everyone on the Army team is getting thebenefit of the program,” said Thomas.He said many people have resiliency skills, butthey don’t know how to properly use them, or teachthem to others.“By getting key leaders and Family readinessgroup leaders involved in this training, it’s going tostart ripple effects,” said Thomas. “I think thebenefit of this being something people voluntarilyget involved with, is that the right people will getinvolved; they’re going to want to get involved andwant to make a change. Those are the people whoare going to step up.”Soldiers and spouses participating in the programboth agreed that the program should not only bespread across post, but replicated throughout theArmy, so everyone in the Army Family can reapits benefits.“I don’t think it’s going to be very difficult to getpeople involved in the program. I think as soon as westart seeing the dividends, the benefits of peoplelearning these skills and being resilient and thrivingunder challenges and circumstances,” said Tyler.“More and more people will voluntarily want to getinvolved in this program, because it’s a major benefitto themselves, their battle buddies and their Soldiers.”“These arecompetenciesthat we allpossess, andthis trainingwill helpus enhancethosecompetenciesto help thosearound us.”— Eleanor RolfeBoth Soldiers won four bouts to reach thefinals in their respective weight class.Moore’s busy week began May 13 with avictory over Paul Robinson of Chicago. Hedefeated Carlos Monroe of Florida on May15, followed by victories in successive daysover Texas’ Kameron Jones and DeandreWare Jr. of Toledo, Ohio.“Our struggle with Spc. Moore has beento get him to stick with the game plan andbox,” Leverette said. “I think this tournamenthe had some tough, young kids in front of himthat actually were just as strong as he was. Sohim kind of breaking that shell and starting tobox and keep his distance, he showed himselfthat he’s able to box and he doesn’t have totry and fight everybody. He’s one of thoseboxers that comes from around D.C., andthat’s what they live off of: if you can’toutbox them, let’s just fight, step to them.“He doesn’t have to do everybody likethat. His boxing skill set is probably one ofthe most superior in our gym right now. It’sjust been hard to get him to box.”Nelson started May 14 with a victory overAkheim Nurse of Pennsylvania, followed byconquests of Nevada’s Dugan Lawton,Tyshan Murray of New Jersey, and JohnPhillips of Hawaii.“It’s unfortunate that Spc. Nelson didnot get to box in the elite division with noheadgear at the (USA Boxing) nationalchampionships because he’s been showingthat he is the superior light heavyweightsince the Olympic Trials and the reload lastyear,” Leverette said.“What he did at the Golden Gloves waskind of expected of him. He’s been thatleader, the one who stands out among all theSoldier-athletes that we have. And his growth,that’s the greatest thing about it; because he’sstill learning. We’re looking for great thingsfrom him.”from Page 9BoxersNCOs must know they can learn from their Soldiers, saidMcEuin. There are things that Soldiers have done that theirleaders haven’t, so they like to learn from their Soldiers’ expe-riences, as well as the experiences of higher-ranking leaders.Brigade leadership made sure the Soldiers know they areappreciated, and how the progress made during recent trainingevents couldn’t have been done without the NCOs.“I want to tell you how very, very proud I am of thebrigade,” said Jones. “By any measure, what we are doing rightnow, and what we have done the past year, is truly uniqueand it is truly blazing the trail for where the Army is going togo over the next 10 years.”As the brigade prepares for a monthlong rotation to theNational Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., next month,the NCOs will be relied upon to train, mentor and guideSoldiers to accomplish all missions.“We are the best NCO corps in the world, the bestArmy in the world, and by far the best brigade in the world,and it’s all because of everyone (who is) standing in thisformation today,” said Lehtonen.from Page 8NCOs
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MOUNTAINEER — May 31, 2013MiscellaneousSelf-help weed control program — Department ofDefense regulations require training for peopleapplying pesticides on military installations. Unitsinterested in participating in the program must sendSoldiers for training on the proper handling,transportation and application of herbicides. Onceindividuals are properly trained by the Directorate ofPublic Works base operations contractor, Fort CarsonSupport Services, Soldiers can be issued theappropriate products and equipment so units can treatweeds in rocked areas around their unit. Weed controltraining sessions for Soldiers are available the firstand third Monday of the month through Septemberfrom 10 a.m. to noon in building 3711. Productsand equipment will be available for Soldiers on ahand receipt. Each unit may send up to five peoplefor training. For more information about the DPWSelf-Help Weed Control Program, call 492-0166.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.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.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 email@example.com when needing trash containers, trashis overflowing or emergency service is required.• Facility custodial services — Call BryanDorcey at 526-6670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for service needs or to report complaints.• Elevator maintenance — Call BryanDorcey at 526-6670 or email email@example.com.• Motor pool sludge removal/disposal —Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or firstname.lastname@example.org.• Repair and utility/self-help — Call GaryGrant at 526-5844 or email email@example.com. Use this number to obtain self-helptools and equipment or a motorized sweeper.• Base operations contracting officerrepresentative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questionson snow removal, grounds maintenance andcontractor response to service orders.• Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at524-0786 or email email@example.com torequest latrines, for service or to report damagedor overturned latrines.• Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort CarsonSupport Services, at 896-0797 or 524-2924 oremail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 to 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 June 19-21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VeteransChapel. Class is limited to the first 50 people.Call 526-5613/5614 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 email@example.com for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh firstname.lastname@example.org for reutilization/web tools; orRufus Guillory at email@example.com.Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays inbuilding 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Center.Sign-in for Soldiers heading overseas is at 7 a.m.and the briefing starts at 7:30 a.m. Sign-in forpersonnel being reassigned stateside is at 1 p.m.,with the briefing starting at 1:30 p.m. Soldiers arerequired to bring Department of the Army Form5118, signed by their physician and battalioncommander, and a pen to complete forms. Call526-4730/4583 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 from7-11:30 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 orAfter Delivery Form 1851 for additionally dis-covered items to the carrier within 75 days online.Claimants must log into Defense PersonalProperty System at http://www.move.mil andsubmit the claim within nine months directly tothe carrier to receive full replacement value formissing or destroyed items. All other claimsshould be submitted to the Claims Office withintwo years of the date of delivery or date ofincident. Call the Fort Carson Claims Office at526-1355 for more information.Legal services — provided at the Soldier ReadinessProcessing site are for Soldiers undergoing theSRP process. The SRP Legal Office will onlyprovide powers of attorney or notary services toSoldiers processing through the SRP. Retirees,Family members and Soldiers not in the SRPprocess can receive legal assistance and powersof attorney at the main legal office located at1633 Mekong St., building 6222, next to theFamily Readiness Center. Legal assistanceprepares powers of attorney and performs notaryservices on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, andfrom 8:30 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: ClosedSpecial Forces briefings areheld Wednesdays from noonto 1 p.m.Special Operations Forcesbriefings are heldWednesdays from 1-2 p.m.Briefings are held in building 1430, room 123. Call524-1461 or visit http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb.14
Story and photos by Catherine RossSpecial to the MountaineerDistinctive culture and tradition came vividlyto life for an audience of Fort Carson Soldiers,Families and civilians, during the Asian Americanand Pacific Islander Heritage Month observanceat McMahon Auditorium May 23.Hosted by the Fort Carson Equal OpportunityProgram, the event included dance performancesand food samplings sponsored by ArmyCommunity Service.Five Soldiers from the 59th QuartermasterCompany, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, emphasizedthis year’s theme, “Building Leadership: EmbracingCultural Values and Inclusion,” by highlighting thelives and accomplishments of distinguished AsianAmericans and Pacific Islanders. Individualsrecognized included Navy retired Rear Adm. MingE. Chang, Army retired Lt. Gen. Edward Sorianoand actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.Pfc. Summer Coachman shared the accomplish-ments of Elaine Chao, former secretary of Laborunder President George W. Bush and the first Asian-American woman appointed to a president’s cabinet.“It was very interesting,” Coachman said ofvolunteering to be a part of the observance. “I learnedabout different cultures and enjoyed the dances.”The dances were performed by Pacific Pride &Island Hearts, a nonprofit Polynesian dance groupbased in Colorado Springs. Rangingin age from 4-25, the majority of thedancers came to Colorado Springs asFamily members of servicemembers.Between performances of traditionalhula dances from Hawaii and tamuredances from Tahiti, group choreographerCharlene Maneafaiga said the groupaims to promote unity through dance.“It’s our way of giving back to thecommunity and sharing our culture,”said Maneafaiga.Embodying the day’s leadershiptheme was guest speaker Lt. Col. DanielleNgo, a Vietnamese-American, and com-mander of the 52nd Engineer Battalion.“Somewhere, sometime, there arethose in our lives who help develop us,and their experiences form our leader-ship style,” Ngo said. “For many of us,our culture provided that experience.”Ngo shared her personal story: whilea young child during the Vietnam War,Ngo, her mother and sister were evacuatedfrom Vietnam by the U.S. Army. Hermother, despite coming to Americanot knowing English, worked to supporther daughters while going to college.“I remember my mother alwaystelling me to work hard, go to college andmake something of myself. The best one was‘Don’t shame me.’ I remember that to this day.”Ngo said that her mother instilled in her what areconsidered stereotypical Asian-American valuessuch as hard work, pride, respect and frugality.“Not all stereotypes are negative,” Ngosaid. “I embraced these cultural stereotypes.”She explained how her cultural identityhelped shape her leadership style in the Army.“Over the years, I’ve continued to buildand adjust my leadership style, and I’ve alwaysused the cultural values my mother instilledin me: work hard, be smart, pay respect andbe strict, but fair.”Ngo also appreciates the leaders she hasserved with, noting that while at Fort Bragg, N.C.,she was one of the first female officers assignedto an airborne engineer combat line unit, andwas initially more worried about the perceptionof females rather than that of Asian-Americans.“The leaders I had never held beingfemale or Asian against me,” Ngo said. “Theleaders I had nurtured me.”Reflecting on her decision to join the Army,Ngo said, “I became part of an organizationthat I felt was diverse enough that I couldsucceed or fail from my own actions, and notthe color of my skin.”After presenting certificates of appreciation toprogram participants, Col. (P) John Thomson, 4thInf. Div. deputy commander, provided closing remarks.Thomson recounted the impression his firstplatoon sergeant, an Asian-American, had on him.“I remember him as taking care of a secondlieutenant, putting his arm around me and teachingme probably more about leadership in the militarythan anyone else in my military career. Joehappened to be Filipino-American.”Thomson noted that diversity is a strengthfor the Army.“It’s important that we share and celebratethis diversity through sharing cultures, traditionsand values.”Following the formal portion of the program,attendees were invited to sample cuisine fromthe Philippines, Vietnam, Guam and Thailand.Sgt. 1st Class Michael Deliberty, 4th InfantryBrigade Combat Team equal opportunity adviser,said he enjoyed the program.“It showed a lot of the traditions of the islands,”he said. “The show was outstanding and the foodsmells great.”The program also left an impression on 4thInf. Div. Equal Opportunity Program Manager Lt.Col. Jim Rouse who said he appreciated Ngosharing how “cultural values have allowed her tobe successful in life, and how the Army environmentis inclusive of all ethnic backgrounds.”15May 31, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERFred Nanpei and Gabrielle Maneafaiga perform the tamuredances from Tahiti.Left: Members ofthe Pacific Pride &Island HeartsPolynesian dancegroup performduring the Asian-American andPacific IslanderHeritage Monthobservance May 23at McMahonAuditorium.EventfostersculturalawarenessBelow: ArianaFalealili, left,and GloriaAnetone dancethe traditionalHawaiian hula.
16 MOUNTAINEER — May 31, 2013Upcoming eventsSummer food service — The Fountain-Fort CarsonSchool District offers meals to children withoutcharge at Aragon Elementary School, located at211 South Main St. in Fountain, and AbramsElementary School, located at 600 Chiles Ave.on Fort Carson. From June 17 through July 19,breakfast and lunch will be offered Monday-Fridayfrom 7:15-8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.General announcementsExceptional Family Member Program hourschange — Evans Army Community Hospital’sEFMP office is increasing its hours of operation tobetter accommodate the needs of servicemembersand Families. The new hours are: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.to noon. The EFMP office is located in thehospital’s Woods Soldier Family Care Center,room 2124 on the second floor near the centralstairs. Contact the EFMP Nurse Administratorat 503-7442 for more information.TRICARE challenges — UnitedHealthcare Military& Veterans assumed management of the TRICAREprogram for the western region April 1. There areno changes to supported benefits for TRICAREbeneficiaries and all existing referrals for coveredbenefits will be honored by UMV. Questions aboutcovered benefits or TRICARE coverage should bedirected to the TRICARE Service Center insideEvans Army Community Hospital or UMV at888-874-9378. For more information, visithttps://www.uhcmilitarywest. com.Changes to dining facility — Beginning Saturdaythe Evans Army Community Hospital DFAC willreduce menu options on weekends and holidays.Weekends and federal holiday hours are:breakfast, 6:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.;and dinner, 4-5:30 p.m. The DFAC offers anassortment of nutritious grab-n-go items duringthese meal hours: breakfast — assorted beverages,cold cereal, assorted pastries, hard-boiled eggs,breakfast burritos, scones, muffins, fresh fruit andyogurt; lunch and dinner — assorted beverages,assorted pre-made sandwiches, assorted pre-madesalads, fresh fruit, yogurt and assorted desserts.Call 526-7968 or 7973 for more information.Library 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 tohelp minimize the impact of budget cuts onmedical care. Evans Army Community Hospitalreceives funding based on patients seen andcustomer satisfaction. Positive surveys returnedcan bring in up to $800. Help keep providersand departments and clinics fully functional.Call 526-7256 for more information.New health care system — UnitedHealthcareMilitary & Veterans became the primeTRICARE contractor. As with any large scaletransition, there are inevitable challenges towork through. If a patient is experiencing anyunusual occurrences or has questions aboutprimary care manager changes, network referrals,authorized providers, or these type issues,contact the UnitedHealthcare Military & Veteranscall center at 877-988-WEST(9378).Adult 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Cub Master,Robert Jepsen, email@example.com put Scout Volunteer in the subject line.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.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.Inclement weather procedures for Gate 19 — TheDirectorate of Emergency Services operates Gate19 Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., regardlessof inclement weather or road conditions alongEssayons Road, which is an unimproved road.Essayons Road is also used to access several rangesand training areas, so the road remains open duringall conditions. In order to notify the motorists ofthe actual road conditions, two “Downrange RoadConditions” status signs are now located alongButts and Essayons roads showing whether roadconditions are green, amber or red. One sign is atthe intersection 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 email@example.com for more informationor to learn about volunteer opportunities.Donations may be dropped off at the storeduring normal business hours or at the recyclingcenter 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 is oneof the essential pillars of the HQ, IMCOMCampaign Plan LOE 3. Eligible applicants areIMCOM appropriated-fund employees (GS7-GS13)and nonappropriated fund employees (NAF-5and below, in positions comparable toGS7-GS13). The DAP is based on a systematicplan specializing in developmental assignmentsthrough various functional areas for a period ofup to 60 days. The program provides multifunc-tional training and assignments to strengthen theexperience of employees and prepare them forbroader responsibilities, improve organizationalcommunication, and develop well-roundedpersonnel. Applications can be obtained bycontacting your organization’s training coordinatoror the Workforce Development 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 at 526-7111for more information.Prescription policy — All handwritten prescriptionsfrom a TRICARE network provider will be filledat the Soldier and Family Care Center locatedadjacent to and east of Evans Army CommunityHospital. When calling in for refills on thoseprescriptions, beneficiaries will continue touse the SFCC. A dedicated refill window inthis facility will reduce wait time. The SFCCpharmacy is open Monday through Friday from8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pharmacy is located on thefirst floor near the east entrance of the facility;park in the “G” lot, east of the building. Call503-7067 or 503-7068 for more information.2-1-1 data expands to two counties — The PikesPeak Area Council of Governments has partneredwith Pikes Peak United Way to include 2-1-1 datafor El Paso and Teller counties in the Networkof Care for servicemembers, veterans and theirFamilies. The service directory component of theNetwork of Care now includes more than 1,500local resources to assist the military community,service providers and others. Visit http://pikespeak.networkofcare.org for more information.Share-a-Ride — is a free online car poolcoordination to and from post, as well as vanpool options, typically for those commuting 30or more miles to post. Riders are matched basedon their origination and destination points, aswell as days and times of travel. Users specifywhether they are offering a ride, need a rideor if they are interested in sharing driving duties.When a “match” is found, users are notifiedimmediately of rider options, allowing them tocontact and coordinate ridesharing within minutes.Access the ride-share portal by visiting http://www.carson.army.mil/paio/sustainability.html.Vanpools — Vanpools serve commuters whotravel on Interstate 25, Powers Boulevard,Security-Widefield and Fountain. Vanpool costsfor Soldiers and civilians may be reduced (or free)when using the Army Mass Transit Benefit subsidy.The program provides the van, maintenance andrepairs, insurance, fuel and has an EmergencyRide Home feature. Go to http://tinyurl.com/FtCarsonVanPool for further details, and to reservea spot. Contact Anneliesa Barta, Sustainable FortCarson at 526-6497 or email anneliesa.m.barta.
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21May 31, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER20 MOUNTAINEER — May 31, 2013Right: Servicemembers,Families and friendsrender honors inmemory of fallenwarriors, May 23 atKit Carson Park.Staff Sgt. Shaun Kackert, right, infantryman, Company A, 2ndBattalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team,4thInfantryDivision,rendershonorstotheMemorialWreathduring the Roll Call of Fallen, at Kit Carson Park, May 23.Above: Fort CarsonFamily and friendsrender honors in memoryof fallen warriors duringthe playing of thenational anthem, at KitCarson Park May 23.Community honors fallen warriorsStory and photos bySpc. Nathan Thome4th Infantry Division Public AffairsJoint Task Force Carson’s Families,friends and loved ones gathered May 23 atthe Mountain Post Warrior Memorial tohonor the memory of the servicememberswho lost their lives fighting in support ofOverseas Contingency Operations.The names of 10 Soldiers and twoAirmen were added to the memorial atKit Carson Park, to remember theirsacrifice and honor their lives.Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, commandinggeneral, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson,honored the servicemembers and theirFamilies for the sacrifices they made.“This morning on Fort Carson’shallowed ground, we remember 12 of ourfallen heroes from post, each of whomvoluntarily raised their hand in a time ofarmed conflict, putting the nation’s needsbefore one’s self, defending our nationagainst all enemies, foreign and domestic,ultimately sacrificing all,” said LaCamera.Twelve heroes joined the 368 fallenmilitary servicemembers whose names areetched into eight memorial stones located justoutside of Fort Carson’s Gate 1. A completelist of names was printed on Page 8 in lastweek’s Mountaineer; available online athttp://www.csmng.com/Mountaineer.“These names not only represent the menand women who sacrificed all, but they repre-sent the American spirit, which answered ournation’s call that fateful September morning,more than 11 years ago,” said LaCamera.“Our hearts go out to each of theloved ones left behind, the Families; weare forever indebted to your sacrifices,”LaCamera said. “Your resolve has beentested, your strength has been tried, and youare not on this journey alone.”Upon completing his remarks,LaCamera, and Command Sgt. Maj. BrianStall, senior enlisted leader, 4th Inf. Div.and Fort Carson, laid the Memorial Wreath infront of the head memorial stone.Following the playing of “Amazing Grace”by John Poss, pipe sergeant, Pikes PeakHighlanders, another 10 Soldiers and twoAirmen, who served with the fallen warriors,participated in the Roll Call of Fallen, renderinghonors as they marched to the memorial stone.“I was here to memorialize two Soldiers,Staff Sgt. Christopher Birdwell and Spc.Mabry Anders,” said Sgt. Bonifacio Luna,armored crewman, Company A, 4th SpecialTroops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team,4th Inf. Div. “There’s not a time of day that Idon’t think about my battle buddies.”Luna spoke of his time downrangewith Anders, and how, if at any time he hadproblems with the vehicles, no matter thetime of day, Anders was always out there toget the vehicles up and running again.Birdwell and Luna went to sniper schooltogether, and Luna said they carried each otherthrough that school, so whenever either of themhad doubts about passing school, they liftedeach other up and said they could do it.As the ceremony came to a close,Families, friends and loved ones lined up atthe memorial to make a pencil rubbing oftheir servicemember’s name on the stone.Pam Birdwell, mother of Staff Sgt.Christopher Birdwell, 4th BCT, 4th Inf.Div., attended the ceremony and said, “Itwas very well done and was very respectful.These kinds of ceremonies are never easyto get through. They did a great job.They honored each Soldier, and I’mglad they have the memorial on post wherepeople can go and honor their fallen.”John Poss, pipe sergeant,Pikes Peak Highlanders, playsa rendition of “Amazing Grace,”during the Mountain PostWarrior Memorial Ceremonyat Kit Carson Park, May 23.“There’s nota time ofday that Idon’t thinkabout mybattle buddies.”— Sgt. Bonifacio LunaShelley Griffin, sister-in-law of Command Sgt. Maj.Kevin Griffin, 4th Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division, makes a pencil rubbing, withthe assistance of her son, Dustin Griffin, May 23.
22 MOUNTAINEER — May 31, 2013SpousesearnsilverspursStory and photos byStaff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd Armored Brigade Combat TeamPublic Affairs Office, 4th Infantry DivisionEarning the silver spurs of a cavalryscout has been a long-standing traditionsince troopers rode horseback into war.The tradition continued, but this timefor 60 spouses, as the 1st Squadron, 10thCavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, hostedits Spouse Spur Ride at Fort Carson’s IronHorse Park, May 18.“Earning your spurs has been a traditionsince the cavalry has been on horses,” saidLt. Col. David Guthrie, commander, 1stSqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. “A trooper would earntheir spurs when they showed that they hadthe skills after arriving to their unit.”Six teams, consisting of eight to 10spouses each, worked through multipleevents, that included a modified Armyphysical fitness test, a simulated handgrenade course using water balloons,reporting a situational report on enemyactivity, and evaluating a medical casualty.“It’s nice to get to meet other spouses andknow we are all in this together,” said MeganWadsworth, wife of Capt. Brendan Wadsworth,commander, Troop A, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg.“Sometimes you feel isolated as a spouse. Weare all out here working hard, getting tired,getting sweaty and getting dirty together.”“Bison” leadership’s intent for the daywas to reinforce the bonds between spousesbefore the upcoming monthlong trainingevent at the National Training Center, FortIrwin, Calif., and any future deployments.“We wanted to build the team that isgoing to take care of us when we deploy,”said Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Vogl, seniorenlisted leader, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. “Getthem together and get some camaraderiebuilt so they know each other. It reallyhelps build that team that will be back here.”The spouses know it is importantto support their husbands and see whatthey go through.“It’s really good for their morale,” saidMegan Wadsworth. “If you don’t have areally good, strong home base, you sufferat work. Seeing their spouses out hereworking hard, basically in their honor,makes them feel good.”Leadership had a message for thespouses who earned their silver spurs beforetheir Soldiers.“As a cavalry spouse, if you earn yoursilver spurs, those are the ultimate bragging(rights),” said Guthrie. “If your trooperdoes not have their silver and you earnyours today, there is only one silver spurholder with bragging rights.”When it was all said and done and thedust cleared, the spouses had a new respectfor their husbands and what they do andhad all earned their silver spurs.“I think the cavalry has great tradition forthe Soldiers,” said Megan Wadsworth. “It isnice (the squadron) brought the spouses into it.We don’t do what Soldiers do, but we supportthem just as much and work just as hard, so it’snice that we get to be a part of those traditions.”After the spouses completed all theevents, the squadron put on a barbecue forthe Soldiers and Family members andencouraged more camaraderie.“It helps the Soldiers,” said Vogl. “Itgives them the ability to deploy, knowingthat there is a spouse network back in therear that can help them out.”Bison leadership plans to host anotherSpouse Spur Ride later this year, as wellas a Spur Ride for the Soldiers sometimein September.Lexie Maltbie, left, andSavannah Moorse, bothspouses of cavalryscouts in Troop A, 1stSquadron, 10th CavalryRegiment, 2nd ArmoredBrigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division,perform a low crawlduring the squadron’sSpouse Spur Ride at IronHorse Park, May 18.Ashley Davis, wife of Spc. William Davis, wheeled vehicle mechanic,Troop A, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducts the high jumper during thesquadron’s Spouse Spur Ride at Iron Horse Park, May 18.Laura Baker, wife of 1st Lt. Matthew Baker,squadron adjutant, Headquarters andHeadquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 10thCavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored CombatBrigade Team, 4th Infantry Division, pre-pares to engage simulated targets usingthe electronic simulated trainer during thesquadron’s Spouse Spur Ride May 18.