2 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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. 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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 hotline526-0096Vol. 71, No. 24Story and photo by Dave VergunArmy News ServiceJOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — “We havechallenges when it comes to sexual assault, because from myperspective, we’re not really sure what the Army profession,character and commitment is all about,” said the Army’s topenlisted Soldier.Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III spokeduring the sixth annual Sexual Harassment/AssaultResponse and Prevention summit at Joint Base Andrews,Md., June 11.“Character is what you’re doing when no one is looking,”Chandler said, explaining one aspect of the Army profession.“Commitment is looking out for your fellow Soldier anddoing what the Army says you’re supposed to do.”Chandler said when he conducts town hall meetings withSoldiers, he usually asks them if they know what the Armyprofession is about. He said, in most cases, he gets just a fewresponses to his question from every hundred or so Soldiersin attendance.“We need to focus on (the Army profession) across theforce,” he said. “Our Soldiers generally don’t get it, or are noteven aware of it.”The Army’s top enlisted Soldier explained how hehelps Soldiers in the town hall meetings “get it” by using asimple analogy.“I ask them, ‘Have you ever had something stolen fromyou in the barracks?” he said.Hundreds of Soldiers raise their hands, he said. He asksthem how they feel about having something stolen from them,knowing that in most cases the thief was a fellow Soldier.He said Soldiers at the town hall express anger at the theftsthey experienced. A typical reply, he said, is that Soldiers saythey “lost trust” in their fellow Soldiers. He also said Soldiersreport a loss of trust in their leadership as well, because they saytheir leadership inevitably “didn’t do anything about it” once atheft was reported.Chandler then follows up with another question that getsto the heart of sexual assault.“Why aren’t you furious that someone’s dignity andrespect, which you can’t buy back, were taken away?”Chandler said when he asks that question, he seesSoldiers’ faces light up with understanding.The Army needs to put sexual assault into terms thatSoldiers can understand, he said.“They need to hear from each and every one of uspersonally, out of the office and in small groups, what thismeans to be a professional and why sexual assault is such abad thing,” Chandler said.For years, the Army and the other services have studiedsexual assault, held classes and used slide presentationsto illustrate why it must be eliminated. But those tacticshave not worked, Chandler said, saying the problem goeseven deeper.Delegating the responsibility to squad leaders and juniornoncommissioned officers also isn’t enough, he said,speaking to an audience of some 200 sergeants major andsenior officers at the summit.“Soldiers say, ‘Look, we don’t see senior-level involvement.We know something happened but, from our perspective, that(sexual assault that occurred) has just faded away.’”Chandler said senior leaders must have the courage tosay that a sexual assault happened and that it was investigated.They must also explain the outcome.“We don’t have to destroy someone’s dignity to do this,”he said. “But we owe it to our Soldiers to say this is whathappened, and here’s what we did.”He said Soldiers need leadership involvement behind theissue as a way to illustrate how important it is.“At the end of the day, those young Soldiers wantleadership, purpose, direction, motivation and understandingthat we love them and we’re committed to them,” he said. “Ittakes an Army of action, and a noncommissioned officercorps willing to do its part.”Chandler said the Army is held to a higher standard byAmerican society. If Soldiers are unwilling to make theculture shift, he said, Congress will do it for them.Sgt. Maj. ofthe ArmyRaymondChandlerspeaksduring thesixth annualSexualHarassment/AssaultResponseandPreventionsummit, atJoint BaseAndrews,Md.,June 11 .SMA on sexual assault:Character,commitmenttenets of ‘Armyprofession’SMA on sexual assault:Character,commitmenttenets of ‘Armyprofession’Spc. Abex H. Padilla Jr.Petroleum supply specialist, Company A,Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion,4th Infantry DivisionIron Horse Strong?What makes meI Joined the Army in 2006 tokeep a promise to my grandpawho was sick with cancer of thepancreas. I also joined to dosomething worthwhile withmy life.Serving my country meanskeeping up the nostalgictraditions passed down; to puta glimmer of hope and salvationin the minds of my peers bykeeping my integrity and beinga role model.I have come to enjoy thebrotherhood and bonds I havemade, especially workingwith the commandant.“Team CMDT.”
3June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERPlantointegratewomenincombatrolesStory by C. Todd Lopezand Julia HenningArmy News ServiceWASHINGTON — No later thanJan. 1, 2016, women will be able toapply to all military occupationalspecialties, and to all Army units,across the total force.“The Army is very excited aboutthe approval of our implementationplan to move forward,” said Lt. Gen.Howard Bromberg, deputy chief of stafffor personnel, during a multi-servicebriefing in the Pentagon Tuesday.Bromberg and representatives fromthe Marine Corps, Navy, Air Forceand Special Operations Commandexplained how they would implementtheir specific plans to integrate womeninto all areas of military service.The Army’s plan, like the plansfrom other services, include firstopening closed units to women, and thenopening all closed military occupationalspecialties to women.Closed unitsToday in the Army, some combatunits at battalion level and below arestill closed to women. One of the firststeps the Army will take is to openthose closed units. This step will notinvolve opening closed MOSs to women,but rather, opening closed units toallow women to serve there in MOSsthat are already open to both genders.Already, the Army has madeheadway in this area, Bromberg said.In 2012, the Army opened 14,000positions in closed units to femaleSoldiers with the elimination of the“co-location restriction” through its“Exception to Policy” program.Women were assigned to maneuverbattalion headquarters in nine brigadecombat teams as an exception to theDirect Ground Combat Definition andAssignment Rule.This year, the Army has alreadysignaled its intent to open an additional6,000 positions within closed units.The Army will accomplish that byopening up an additional eight active-duty BCTs to women — for a total of17; nine Army National Guard BCTs;and also positions within specialoperations aviation.In a plan submitted to the secretaryof defense in April, Secretary of theArmy John M. McHugh spelled outthe details of the Army’s way ahead tointegrate women into closed units.The Army will continue to openpositions in closed units, initially withinthe headquarters of combat arms units,such as infantry, armor and fieldartillery. The Army will also openheadquarters positions to women inreconnaissance, surveillance, targetingand acquisition maneuver battalions.For enlisted Soldiers, about 76MOSs that are open to both male andfemale Soldiers are represented withinclosed units. For officers, there areabout 35 officer areas of concentrationrepresented within closed units. Andfor warrant officers, there are 19warrant officer MOSs represented inclosed units.The Army will begin allowingwomen to move into positions withinpreviously-closed units in early 2014,first with officers and noncommissionedofficers, and then with junior Soldiers.“The further assignment of womento companies and batteries below thelevel of headquarters will be based onassessments, deployment cycles andspecific guidance,” reads the imple-mentation plan the Army sent forwardto the secretary of Defense. “Thisprocess will be completed at the endof calendar year 2014 and will providethe framework for opening positionsthat are currently closed to women.”Opening new jobsFor occupations currently closed towomen, the Army is planning on devel-oping gender-neutral standards to ensureall Soldiers have fair access to jobs.However, Bromberg said that it isimportant for the Army to ensure that thestandards meet job requirements.“Whatever that job or that occupa-tional specialty, we have to make surewe have the requirements of that taskestablished — regardless of male orfemale,” Bromberg said. “The worstthing we could do is change thatstandard for that position. We have to beabsolutely certain that performance canbe understood and applied in combatsituations. This isn’t to set anybody upfor failure. This is all about success.We’re calling it Soldier of 2020 — it’snot male Soldier or female Soldier.”Beginning in July 2014, the Armywill first open MOSs within theArmy Engineer Branch. This will openup about 10,281 positions to women.Beginning in the second quarterof fiscal 2015, the Army will openpositions within the Field ArtilleryBranch. The change will ultimatelyopen about 15,941 jobs to women.The Army will also open positionsto women with the Armor Branch andthe Infantry Branch. Enlisted womenwill, for the first time, have theopportunity to serve as cavalry scouts,armor crewmen, infantrymen andindirect-fire artillery. As a result ofthis change, about 90,640 positionswill open for women in the Army.Within the Armor Branch and theInfantry Branch, the Army will alsooffer junior officers and junior NCOsthe opportunity to transfer branches orreclassify as a way to build a cadreof experienced female Soldiers priorto the arrival of Soldiers who are new tothe Army.
4 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013CarsonCarsonrespondsrespondsBy Catherine RossSpecial to the MountaineerFort Carson Soldiers, Department ofDefense civilian employees and Familymembers forced to evacuate off-posthousing due to the Black Forest andRoyal Gorge wildfires can receiveallowances to cover related expenses.Col. (P) John “J.T.” Thomson,deputy commander, 4th InfantryDivision and Fort Carson, issued alimited evacuation order June 11,which ordered Soldiers, Department ofDefense civilians, and Family membersin mandatory evacuation zones toevacuate their off-post housing.The orderwas expanded to include voluntaryevacuation zones June 12.Evacuees were directed to findlodging within the Safe Haven Zone,which falls outside of evacuationzones, but within a 100-mile radius ofFort Carson’s zip code of 80913.Soldiers subject to the evacuationorder are placed on temporary dutystatus and receive TDY per diemallowances. For example, if a Soldier,spouse and child evacuate and findtemporary lodging, the actual costof lodging will be reimbursed. Theamount cannot exceed the sum ofthe per diem allowed for the Soldier,spouse and child. If the Soldier andFamily members stay with relatives orfriends, the lodging allowance isforfeited, according to Joint FederalTravel Regulations, Volume 1, Chapter 6.Regardless of where an evacuatedSoldier stays, a meals and incidentalexpenses allowance is provided to theSoldier and each Family member. Inaddition, a mileage entitlement is alsopaid for distance traveled from theevacuated residence to the safe haven,and return, per the JFTR.Allowances are not automatic. Inorder to receive them, a Soldier and hisFamily members must file travel voucherswith a Department of Defense Form1610, TDY orders and lodging receipts.Soldiers must file their travelvouchers through the Defense TravelSystem, said Rochelle Maina, FortCarson Defense Military Pay OfficeInternal Control.“A DD 1610 is generated throughDTS documenting their TDY status,”she said.“Members are requested to file theirvouchers at the end, when their evacuationperiod is done,” Maina said.Evacuees eligible for reimbursementSee NEO on Page 5By Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeDuring the most destructive fire in Coloradostate history, units across Joint Task Force FortCarson supported Colorado Springs and El PasoCounty community emergency services personnelthrough direct firefighting support, building firebreaks and providing forward operating refuelingservices, June 11-15.Soldiers with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigadeprovided helicopter crews to perform BambiBucket drops, completing 914 drops, for a total of689,970 gallons (see story pages 22-23). Thebrigade also deployed a forward area refuelingpoint to the U.S Air Force Academy airfield, to givethe helicopters more time on station (see story Page6), forward air traffic controllers to oversee airtraffic, and a command and control aircraft to assistin directing the firefighting efforts.The 52nd Engineer Battalion put 15 Soldiers onthe front line of firefighting efforts, along with fourD7 bulldozers, to create firebreaks and removeflammable debris away from the fire’s path (seestory Page 7).Civilian support agencies on post also steppedforward, with the Directorate of EmergencyServices and the Department of Public Worksproviding two type-6 brush trucks, three watertenders and nine personnel to protect homes andproperty amid containment efforts. A crew alsobackfilled a local fire station (See stories Page 8).Child, Youth and School Services assisted byopening up a shelter on post, open to all military,Department of the Army civilians and theirFamilies evacuated by the fire (see story Page 5).The JTF Carson support comes as a result ofthe Department of Defense’s immediate responseauthority and a memorandum of agreement betweenEl Paso County and the post.In addition to the Black Forest Fire support,Fort Carson firefighters from the Piñon CanyonManeuver Site Fire Station joined firefightingefforts in La Veta, south of Colorado Springs, atthe request of civilian agencies. That assistancecame through a mutual aid agreement betweenthe post and surrounding communities along theFront Range.The U.S Air Force Academy, Peterson Air ForceBase, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station,Buckley Air Force Base, 302nd Airlift Wing, andthe Colorado and Wyoming National Guards alljoined Fort Carson in providing support for theBlack Forest Fire containment efforts.Birds to bulldozersPilots and crew members of the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th CombatAviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, hover down to release water onto the Black Forest Fire, June 12.Photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. ThibaultJTF Carson helps to control fire
5June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERGUN SHOWJUNE 22 & 23SAT. 9-5 & SUN. 9-4COLORADO SPRINGSFREEDOM FINANCIAL SERVICESEXPO CENTER3650 N NEVADABUY - SELL - TRADEINFO: (563) 927-8176$2.00 Off Admission Military DiscountDOWNTOWN PENTHOUSE OFFICE SPACE4,000 Sq FeetAvailable January 1, 2014Contact email@example.com or (719)389-1234At corner of Tejon and Platte. Full floor suite withelevator accessibility in unique, historic building,featuring exposed brick walls, skylights andwindows overlooking Acacia Park.Nice balance of enclosed private offices andopen work areas with private restrooms. Parkingavailable on site!Story and photo byAndrea StoneMountaineer staffLast year’s Waldo Canyon Firehelped Stacey Baffaro prepare for herevacuation during the Black Forest Fire.Baffaro and her husband, Sgt. JoeBaffaro, Headquarters and HeadquartersTroop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion,2ndArmored Brigade Combat Team, 4thInfantry Division, arrived at Fort Carsonabout a month before the Waldo CanyonFire destroyed 342 homes.“It made me think about what Iwould pack if it ever happened to me,so I felt prepared when it was time,”she said of her evacuation. “When itwas time, I knew exactly what to pack.”It was even more important for herto be prepared since her husband is atthe National Training Center, FortIrwin, Calif.“I think it would have been lessstressful (if he were here),” she said.“I had to make certain decisions onmy own.”The Baffaros live in an apartmentin Gleneagle, six miles from where thefire started, she said. She packedthe afternoon of June 11. All day June12, she tracked the fire’s progress whileat work, and by that afternoon, Baffarohad made the decision to leave.“With all the chaos (of a possiblemandatory evacuation), I decided I’mgoing to leave now,” she said. “Iwanted to beat the rush. I didn’t wantthe stress. I didn’t want to be afraid.”She drove home, picked up her cat,Mugen, and headed for the shelter atthe Fort Carson Youth Services Center.“When I saw the (news) updates, Iknew I’d made the right decision,”Baffaro said.She sent a text to her husband,letting him know she’d evacuated, butthat she was safe.“He’s got enough to worry about,”she said. “I didn’t want him to worryabout me, too.”The text got to him just in time,right before he went into “the box”where communication is limited.By the morning of June 14, Baffaro’sneighborhood had been declared amandatory evacuation zone, and shereturned for a third night at the shelter.The youth center shelter openedJune 11 to house Soldiers, Departmentof Defense civilians, Families and petsdisplaced by the fire and was mannedby CYSS’ employees and Soldiers.“We try to make evacuees feel aswelcome as possible,” said Sgt. TrinoZuniga, shelter noncommissioned officerin charge, Company A, 2nd Battalion,12th Infantry Regiment, 4th InfantryBrigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.The center received some calls frompeople in pre-evacuation areas whowanted to know what their options were,but few Families came to the shelter. Italso received some donations of foodand personal and pet care items.Chief Warrant Officer 2 ChrisPetrunyak, Company B, Headquartersand Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf.Div., and his wife brought donationsThursday night. Last year, during theWaldo Canyon Fire, he was deployed.“It killed me, being over there,to see (the Waldo Canyon Fire) andnot be involved. Now we can dosomething about it. I just wish wecould do more,” he said.Baffaro said she was surprised byhow few people came to the youth center.“While I don’t want more people atthe shelter, more company would benice,” she said.By Saturday afternoon, evacuationsin her neighborhood had been lifted,and she was able to return home.“Mugen and I were glad to be backhome, and there were no damages inour area,” she said. “Things are startingto get back to normal.”ShelterofferssafehavenforFamiliesMugen and his owner, Stacey Baffaro, evacuated to the Fort Carson Youth Center June11 when the Black Forest Fire threatened their Gleneagle home. They were able toreturn Saturday afternoon.“If the Soldier has (Family members), theirlodging will be paid under their dependents’evacuation voucher,” Maina said. “The Soldier’s(personnel office) is responsible for creating a DD1610 for (Family members), which will need to befiled with the ... voucher.”If a Soldier was deployed during the time ofevacuation, his spouse must go through the Soldier’sunit so that the personnel office can create a DD1610. Then spouses should take the form to DMPOfor review and submission of their evacuation travelvoucher, Maina said.Evacuated DOD civilians are not placed on TDYstatus, but receive similar lodging and M&IEallowances for themselves and their Family members.In order to receive entitlements, evacuated DODcivilians must file a DD Form 1351-2 travel voucherand include their DD Form 1610 and lodgingreceipts. Documents can be submitted via email toDRO-NEO@dfas.mil, however, Maina encouragescivilian evacuees to bring their vouchers to theDMPO for review prior to submission.Maina assisted dozens of servicemembers whohad to evacuate their homes during the Waldo CanyonFire last year. She said, on average, it took betweenseven and 10 days for evacuees to receive allowances.“The biggest thing is the orders, making sure the(unit personnel office) puts the proper information inthe orders, in the exact format that we have providedin the (Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations)guide, along with the proper signatures.”Maina encourages evacuees to take advantage ofthe service offered through the DMPO.“If I get the vouchers, I submit them, I monitorthem and check on it every two to three days,” Mainasaid. “If you send it on your own, I have no way oftracking anything.“If there are any questions, concerns, call me,”she said. “I’d rather have it done right the first timethan have the (Family members) having to go backto the unit because something wasn’t done properlyon their orders.”For help completing NEO travel vouchers,Soldiers can call the DMPO at 526-1945/8502/8325.from Page 4NEOQuick reference guideFor more information on entitlements forevacuees, applicable regulations and examples ofnecessary forms, the DMPO’s “Non-CombatantEvacuation Operations Colorado Wildfires QuickReference Guide for Army Personnel and DACivilians” is available for download from the DMPOwebsite at http://www.carson.army.mil/dmpo/.
7June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERStory and photo bySpc. Robert Holland3rd Armored Brigade Combat TeamPublic Affairs Office, 4th Infantry DivisionSoldiers from the 497th Engineer Company,52nd Engineer Battalion, provided assistance tolocal authorities and responders with the BlackForest Fire for three days, starting June 12.The company of horizontal construction engi-neers used their skills and D7 bulldozers, capableof pushing thousands of pounds of dirt, toconstruct firebreaks and clear the area of ignitablematerial, said 1st Lt. Thomas Fite, officer incharge of the engineers constructing firebreaks.“We got here and started buildingfirebreaks, trying to stop the fire from pressingnorth,” Fite said.The Soldiers constantly monitored theweather and fire conditions around them andadjusted their operations accordingly.“As soon as we pushed north, the windcaught us,” Fite said. “The fire got biggerand we had to get out of there.”Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Jaques, horizontalconstruction engineer, 497th Eng., said it is noteasy working alongside a wildfire because itcan shift and come toward workers unexpectedly.The Soldiers tried to combat the speed ofthe fire by working farther ahead of it, buildinglarger firebreaks and clearing more ignitabledebris, Jaques said.The morale among the Soldiers was high,despite long smoke-filled days fighting the fire.“The Soldiers are excited to help the commu-nity out,” Jaques said. “They do what they are toldat all times, and they are out here motivated,because they are serving their own community.”A Soldier assigned to the 497th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, spreads out burning mulch with a bulldozer during the Black Forest Fire.To enroll call (719) 387-4487 or online atwww.bricks4kidz.com/cos-pikespeakNow Enrolling for Summer Camps15% Military/First Responder DiscountAll Camps will be at theWest SideCommunity CenterFrom 12pm to 3pmAnimal GrossologyJuly 8th -12thTicket to RideJuly 15th - 19thSpace AdventuresJuly 22nd - 26thEarly Engineer Variety CampJuly 29th - August 2ndGadgets and GizmosAugust 5th - 9thOurprogramsprovideanextraordinaryatmosphereforstudentstobuilduniquecreations,playgames,andhaveloadsoffunusingLEGO®bricksWealsoofferAfterSchoolPrograms,Pre-schoolClasses,BirthdayParties,FieldTripsandMore!CAMPS INCLUDE FREE LUNCHExperience a Warmer andMore Personal Approach toYour Cosmetic Surgical NeedsMEMBERAMERICAN SOCIETY OFPLASTIC SURGEONS, INC.MILITARY DISCOUNTSConveniently located Downtown Colorado SpringsFREE COSMETIC CONSULTATIONDr. Raskin specializes inDouglasJ.Raskin,M.D.,D.M.DHarvard,StanfordandBaylorTrainedBoardCertifiedbytheAmericanBoardofPlasticSurgeryActiveMemberAmericanSocietyofPlasticSurgeons578-9988559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 209home.pcisys.net/~djremail: firstname.lastname@example.org
8 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013Story and photo by Sgt. William Smith4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeBen Robinett lost everything when, two hoursafter the Black Forest fire started, his house burnedto the ground.Even with all of Robinett’s possessions goneand his family now homeless, he continues to helpanyone that he can.Robinett, a firefighter and emergency medicaltechnician with the Fort Carson Fire Department,inspires his fellow brothers.“I have known Ben for seven years, and I amproud to work beside him,” said Martin Flores,firefighter and EMT, FCFD. “We have beenthrough everything together, from wildland fires,structure fires and many life and death situations.“You could not ask for a better partner at yourside. He is as solid as a rock,” Flores said. “He stillcontinues to come to work even though his house isgone. That shows his true passion for this job. Hiswork ethic and dedication inspires us all.”Robinett said he was at the grocery store June11 with his 16-year-old daughter, Emily, when theycame out and saw the fire.At first, they nonchalantly headed home to gethis 11-year-old daughter, Abigail, and pack a fewthings. Once the fire shifted, though, it became arace to finish packing their belongings before theflames rapidly approached their home.They made a few more hasty decisions in afive-minute span as to what they could take andwhat they would have to leave behind, and then theyquickly hooked up a trailer and threw in three days’worth of clothes before leaving their home.Robinett took the next two days to settle hisfamily in with friends before returning to work onJune 13, after his 72 hours off.The standard work schedule for the Fort CarsonFire Department is 48 hours on and 72 hours off.Robinett said that his desire to help those inneed is why he became a firefighter 18 years ago.Both Robinett and his wife, Ashley Robinett,feel that staying optimistic is how they will getthrough this tragedy.“Even though I have lost my house to this fire,I will continue to help anyone that I can,” BenRobinett said. “Everyone should stay optimisticand continue to move forward. If people help eachother, they will get through this tough time.”Ashley Robinett said a combination ofoptimism and routine is the key to making itthrough tough times.Another station member said that Ben Robinettis an example for all firefighters to emulate.“We all signed up to help those people inneed, and Ben has put his feelings aside to focuson taking care of his family, and to help anyonehe can during this tough time,” said ShayRidout, paramedic, FCFD. “Ben is the mostunselfish person. He will give the shirt off of hisback if it is what a person needs.”Fire takes homeFireman stays on jobStory and photo by Andrea StoneMountaineer staffFirefighting support means more thansending equipment and crews to the front linesin Black Forest.For one Fort Carson Fire Department enginecrew, it meant filling in at Colorado Springs FireDepartment Station No. 4 on Southgate Road sothe CSFD wildland fire crew and its brush truckcould move forward to fight in Black Forest.“We’re replacing their engine company withour engine company. So, we’re doing the sameexact stuff up here as we do on Fort Carson. We’rejust a lot busier now,” said Craig Wright, para-medic, FCFD, Directorate of Emergency Services.The captain, paramedic, two firefighters andtheir engine were running the same types of calls —about 75 percent of them medical — as they do onpost, said Randy Chambers, captain, FCFD.“It’s a pretty smooth transition because we tryand set up our engines the way they set up theirs,”said Porfirio Salazar, firefighter and driver, FCFD.“We train with them, too,” Chambers said. “Weknow most of the guys. So, it’s not like we’restrangers either.”Last year, the crew backfilled at the station forabout a week during the Waldo Canyon Fire. Theyran about 100 calls during that time, much more thanthe average five to 10 calls the busiest Fort Carsonfire station does on an average day, Wright said.This year started out slower, with only a handful ofcalls since they came on duty the afternoon of June 12.“I wish we were a little busier right now,”Chambers said, June 13. “Last year, we’d just pullin, pull out, pull in, pull out.”The four firefighters, one military and threeDepartment of the Army civilians, will be there aslong as they’re needed, Wright said. The crew wasonly needed until the night of June 14.“It’s nice. We’ve got a really good workingrelationship with the city. So, when they need help,we send it to them, and when we need help, they’llcome down,” Chambers said.The change of pace and scenery has been nice,he said.“You’ve got to be prepared for anything andeverything,” he said. “That’s just the way it is.That’s what makes it fun.”FCFD supports communityFourFortCarsonfirefightersandafireengineprovidedsupport to Colorado Springs Fire Department No. 4 onSouthgate Road during the Black Forest Fire.Ben Robinett, firefighter and emergency medicaltechnician, Fort Carson Fire Department, lets BruceBrazill Jr., 7, turn off the engine after honking the hornof Station 32’s fire engine June 14, at Iron Horse Park.By Andrea StoneMountaineer staffFor more than a week, firefighters from FortCarson have been fighting the Black Forest Fire, and,as of Wednesday, four of them are still there.At the height of the Black Forest Fire, up to 11personnel from the Fort Carson Fire Department,Directorate of Emergency Services, and the wildlandfirefighting team from the Directorate of PublicWorks, two brush trucks, a water tender and acommand vehicle were in Black Forest, said GlenSilloway, fire chief, Fort Carson Fire Department. Oneof the brush trucks remains.The remaining firefighters may not be doing asmuch heavy firefighting now that the fire has beenpartially contained, but they’re checking for hotspots and looking for hazards in structures that havebeen destroyed.“They’re still involved in making it safer upthere,” Silloway said of the remaining firefighters.The primary objective for the firefighters was toget people evacuated and make sure everyone wasaccounted for.“There were a number of rescues within the first 12hours where they were waiting too long to leave theirhouse. We had to send firefighters in and bring them backout a different route,” said FCFD Capt. Peter Wolf, volun-teer wildland fire chief for the El Paso County Sheriff.The secondary objective was to triage thestructures, he said.“Is it salvageable? Is it savable with work? We’renot going to risk firefighters’ lives if the structureisn’t savable,” Wolf said.If there was a chance the structure could be saved,the crew worked to clear combustibles from aroundthe building and tried to protect the structure.Some homeowners prepared ahead of time for thepossibility of wildfire and had already worked to clearcombustibles themselves. Some of those houses weresavable without firefighters’ work, but not always.“We saw structures with a lot of heavy mitigationaround them that we still lost,” Wolf said. “All ittakes is one burning pinecone that drops into a gutterfilled with pine needles, and that structure’s going tobe lost.”With about 4,000 buildings to defend, fire crewshad to make decisions on where to focus their fight.“We push the resources where it’s safe for the fire-fighters, but also where they can do a good job. If wecan’t make a difference, then we’ll find someplace elseto put them where they can make a difference,” he said.Last year, the department also sent firefightersand an engine to assist in Waldo Canyon, but onemajor difference in Black Forest is the addition ofhelicopter support.“This year with the standing up of the aviationbrigade, we had helicopters here who could respondimmediately,” Silloway said. “We’ve been trainingwith (4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th InfantryDivision) on both the communication side and thecoordination side.”“(El Paso County) made the call within the firsttwo hours. There were helicopters launching within 35minutes, and they were engaged in firefight within thenext hour,” Wolf said.Unlike the Waldo Canyon Fire, the Black Forest Firewas burning homes on the first day. In last year’s fire, itdidn’t burn structures until the day it pushed down intothe north end of Colorado Springs, Silloway said.“This (Black Forest Fire) was a very dynamicsituation with so many structures, and a large firethat’s really not controllable with (only) groundassets,” Wolf said.“Just the amount of heat and the level of destruction(in Black Forest) was intense as it went through there,and to think that there were people trying to evacuate,still police trying to get them out of there with thatlevel of fire, was intense,” Silloway said.Crew fightson front linesAnswering the call
Story and photos By Spc. Nathan Thome4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeAs fog filled the doorway of the Special EventsCenter, Families and friends erupted with cheers andapplause as their loved ones returned from a deploymentto Kuwait, during a welcome home ceremony Sunday.About 290 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division, Soldiersreturned from a four-month deploymentto conduct security cooperation andpartnership exercises. This deploymentis in accordance with the UnitedStates’ longstanding bilateral defensecooperation with Kuwait.“Welcome home, take charge ofyour units, ‘Steadfastand Loyal,’” said Brig.Gen. Michael Bills,deputy commandinggeneral, 4th Inf. Div. andFort Carson, host forthe ceremony.The ceremony con-cluded with the singingof the “4th InfantryDivision March” and“Army Song,” thenSoldiers and Familiesrushed to each other.Ashley Cutler, wifeof Spc. Brandon Cutler,motor transport operator,Battery G, 4th Battalion,42nd Field ArtilleryRegiment, 1st ABCT, 4thInf. Div., arrived at theSpecial Events Center anhour and a half prior tothe ceremony.“I’m super excitedabout him cominghome,” said Cutler. “Our plans are justrelaxing, and then on leave, we’re goingto a convention in Indianapolis.”Spc. Robert Varwig, cannoncrewmember, Battery A, 4th Bn., 42ndFA Reg., found his wife, Hanna Varwig,and two sons, Tristan and Carter, andembraced them mere seconds afterbeing released from formation.“I’m just really excited to be home,” saidRobert Varwig. “There are so many thoughts andfeelings going through my head right now; it’shard to describe what’s going on right now.”Hanna Varwig echoed her husband’s excitement.“I’m so excited, I’ve been excited for a longtime waiting for this day,” she said. “Once we getout of here, we’re going in town, and just spendingtime together.”Spc. Anthony Berry, field artillery firefinder radar operator,Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 42ndField Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division, embraces his wife, Kestine Berry, at theSpecial Events Center during the 1st ABCT welcome homeceremony Sunday.Right: Friends and Familycheer as their loved onesreturn home during the1st Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 4th InfantryDivision, welcome homeceremony at the SpecialEvents Center, Sunday.Above: Spc. RobertVarwig, cannoncrewmember, Battery A,4th Battalion, 42nd FieldArtillery Regiment, 1stArmored Brigade CombatTeam, 4th InfantryDivision, reunites withhis wife, Hanna Varwig,and son, Carter, afterbeing released fromformation during awelcome homeceremony at the SpecialEvents Center, Sunday.9June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER
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June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERMiscellaneousThe Pikes Peak Chapter of the Military OfficersAssociation of America — invites active duty,retired and former officers to “Dinner and a Rodeo,”June 29. Eligibility information and event details areavailable at http://www.ppmoaa.org under “Info.”MOAA plays an active role in military personnelmatters and proposed legislation, compensation andbenefit matters affecting the career force, the retiredcommunity and veterans of the uniformed services.The Pikes Peak Chapter supports local military,veterans, ROTC and JROTC programs. MOAAholds monthly membership luncheons at localmilitary installations and occasional specialevents. For more information call 471-8527.Air Force Prior Service Program — is open tocertain former members of the military branches aswell as those currently serving in the Reserve andGuard. The program has three categories of opportu-nity: direct duty with no requirement for completedyears of service; direct duty with a requirement forcompleted years of service (plus or minus ninemonths); and various retraining opportunities. Thekey element for those wanting to join throughthe program is their most recent military job. Thoseinterested can contact a local recruiter to determineeligibility. For more information or to locate arecruiter, visit http://www.airforce.com/contact-us/faq/prior-service/ or call 719-548-9899/8993.Self-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 896-0852.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 to preventrecyclable waste from going to the landfill.Participating battalions can earn monetary rewardsfor turning recyclable materials in to the FortCarson Recycle Center, building 155. Points areassigned for the pounds of recyclable goods turnedin and every participating battalion receives moneyquarterly. Call 526-5898 for more informationabout 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 sweeperand cleaning 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 heldTuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from noonto 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private to sergeantfirst class with a minimum General TechnicalScore of 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 orhigher on the Army Physical Fitness Test; andpass a Ranger physical. Call 524-2691 or visithttp://www.goarmy.com/ranger.html.Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training —is held July 17-19 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 tothe briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information.ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are heldthe first and third Wednesday of each month.Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the SoldierReadiness Building, building 1042, room 244,on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers mustbe within 120 days of their expiration term ofservice, but must attend no later than 30 daysprior to their ETS or start of transition leave. Call526-2240/8458 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-basedtools available, special handling of property andenvironmental needs. To schedule an orientation,contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at email@example.com for receiving/turn in; MikeWelsh at firstname.lastname@example.org for reutilization/webtools; or Rufus 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. Soldiersare required to bring Department of the ArmyForm 5118, 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-Friday8 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 (Releaseof Information) Office in the PatientAdministration Division hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.and closed Thursday and federal holidays. Call526-7322 or 526-7284 for details.Work Management Branch — The DPW WorkManagement Branch, responsible for processingwork orders — Facilities Engineering WorkRequests, DA Form 4283 — is open forprocessing work orders and other in-personsupport from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.Afternoon customer support is by appointmentonly, call 526-2900. The Work ManagementBranch is located in building 1219.BOSS meetings are held the firstand third Thursday of each monthfrom 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole.Contact Spc. Anthony Castillo 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: Closed15
16 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013Hospitalwelcomesnew CSMStory and photo bySgt. 1st Class Jeff TrothMedical Department ActivityPublic Affairs OfficeSoldiers and civilians with the FortCarson Medical Department Activitycame together to say farewell toCommand Sgt. Maj. Ly Lac andwelcome Command Sgt. Maj. WilliamRost, during a change of responsibilityceremony outside Evans ArmyCommunity Hospital June 12.The ceremony marked the end ofLac’s almost three years at Fort Carson.He heads to Europe to assume responsi-bilities as command sergeant major ofU.S. Army Europe Regional MedicalCommand at Landstuhl Medical Centerin Germany.“While here, (Lac) kind of got in thegritty details of how hospitals run,” saidCol. John McGrath, MEDDAC commander.“He said (noncommissioned officers incharge) just can’t be in charge of coordinat-ing and logistics — they have to be ableto run their clinics. They have to begeneral practice managers so that doctorsand nurses can do doctor and nurse things.”In order to accomplish this, Lactransformed the clinic NCOs into generalpractice managers by having them completehealth care administration courses offeredat Baylor University, Waco, Texas.“To the Soldiers and civilian staffof Evans Army Community Hospital,I want you to know that you haveoverwhelmed me with your dedicationand selfless service to our community,”Lac said. “I am truly humbled to havethe opportunity to serve alongside youand support you.“Command Sgt. Maj. Rost, I knowthe Soldiers and civilian staff are ingood hands to have you as the commandsergeant major.”Rost comes to Fort Carson from FortBenning, Ga., where he served as theMartin Army Community Hospital andMEDDAC command sergeant major.His previous assignments include U.S.Forces Command and 1st CavalryDivision chief medical NCO and seniormedical enlisted adviser to the U.S.Army Forces Command surgeon.“He is coming to us from FortBenning which is another vetted facility,”said McGrath. “(In Rost we) have asergeant major who knows how we dobusiness and can take us to the next level.”Rost accepted the challenge: “Col.McGrath, I have your back. Soldiersand civilians of the hospital, this is a teameffort, and we are going to get after it.”Command Sgt. Maj. WilliamRost, left, assumesresponsibility for Fort CarsonMedical Department ActivityJune 21 from Col. JohnMcGrath, right, MEDDACcommander, as outgoing seniorenlisted leader CommandSgt. Maj. Ly Lac looks on.
17June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERBecome a fan of the Colorado Springs Business Journalon Facebook or follow us onTwitter @CSBizJournalGet breaking news and headlines throughout the day, learn about upcoming events, special offers and more!My one reason?To show Icare aboutmy community.You only need one reasonto donate plasma.Find out how becoming a plasma donor can make adifference for patients and help you earn extra money.Inadditiontomeetingthedonationcriteria,youmustprovideavalidphotoI.D., proof of your current address and your Social Security or immigrationcardtodonate.Mustbe18yearsofageoroldertodonate.As a new donor, you can earn up to $100 this week.Biomat USA3776 Airport Road Colorado Springs, CO 80910(719) 380-6991Army transition sets Soldier up for successBy Sgt. Grady Jones3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team PublicAffairs Office, 4th Infantry DivisionFormer Army Spc. William Martin, after nearlyfour years of service, ended his journey on activeduty with the Army due to medical separationand successfully transitioned into civilian life witha new career.Martin, who served as a tracked vehicle mechanicin Company D, 4th Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment,3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivision, went through a medical separation board foran injury to his left knee that he first noticed during adeployment to Iraq from 2010 to 2011.“I had a negative view on any other way of gettingout of the Army other than serving out my contract,”Martin said. “The first time I was recommended (fora Medical Evaluation Board), I refused, because I feltit was an ‘easy way out’ of the Army. When I signedthe contract, I agreed to serve.”When recommended a second time, Martin saidhe was educated by his assigned physician assistantabout the advantages and benefits of appearingbefore a MEB.Soldiers who go through a Medical EvaluationBoard are assigned Physical Evaluation Boardliaison officers who assist them throughout the transitionprocess. Soldiers are also assigned to a unit, such asthe Warrior Transition Battalion, which is designed toassist injured Soldiers in successfully transitioning tothe next stage of their careers, by either changingjobs in the Army, or returning to civilian life.Soldiers in the MEB process become a part ofthe Integrated Disability Evaluation System.The IDES Program is used by the Departmentof Defense to assess servicemembers who havebeen wounded, ill or injured, to see if they are stillable to serve. If they are not, the IDES gives thema Veterans Affairs disability rating before leavingthe service. This tells the servicemember theamount of compensation and benefits they willreceive from the VA.Soldiers who are a part of the IDES also haveopportunities to do volunteer work, go to college, orwork as interns.“Our job here is to make sure the Soldiershave a job when they leave in order to set them up forsuccess,” said 1st Sgt. Jesus Sharkgambrell, CompanyK, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd ABCT. “So,we require a five-year plan for them.”Soldiers who are being medically evaluated forpossible separation from the Army have access tothe services provided by the Soldier and FamilyAssistance Center on Fort Carson.According to Martin, having the assistance andresources available at the SFAC increased his confidenceabout transitioning out of the Army and into acivilian role.Resources available at the SFAC includeentitlement and benefit counseling, educationalservices, transition/employment assistance, substanceabuse information for Family members, coordinationof legal and pastoral services, lodging assistanceand the Army Career and Alumni Program.The mission of ACAP is to deliver a world-classtransition program for America’s Army that empowersmembers to make informed career decisions throughbenefits counseling and employment assistance,according to the program’s mission statement.ACAP seeks to make the transition processfrom military to civilian life as stress-free andhelpful as possible with services such as a VeteranAffairs seminar, Disabled Transition AssistanceProgram Seminar, job search assistance, financialplanning classes and resume development, accordingto the website.Martin said he was successful writing his ownresume with the guidance of his ACAP counselor.“Most Soldiers who do extensive work with anACAP counselor write a master resume that includeseverything the Soldier has done,” said Lois Bay,Fort Carson ACAP contractor installation manager.“As the Soldier applies for specific jobs, theSoldier takes the master resume and targetsthe resume for the specific job he applies for.”Martin graduated from the CorrectionsTraining Academy in Cañon City as a correctionsofficer, May 31.“I will work at a correctional facility in Sterling,”said Martin.Kim Beicker, training manager for theCorrections Training Academy in Cañon City, saidthere is a difference between corrections studentswith prior military service, such as Martin, andthose without prior military service.“The military guys show more discipline andare more physically fit,” said Beicker.Martin, who cleared from the Army May 18,expressed his appreciation for the people who helpedhim and attributes his successful transition from theArmy to the leadership from his transitional unit.“They provided me with information that Ineeded to know,” said Martin. “There was a lot of(information with regards to transition that) I wasn’taware of before I got there.”Spc. William Martin,left, tracked vehiclemechanic, Company D,4th Squadron, 10thCalvary Regiment,3rd Armored BrigadeCombat Team,4th Infantry Division,hands clearingpapers to Spc.Yolane Johnson,leasing assistant,Fort Carson HousingOffice, April 17.
18 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013By 2nd Lt. Michelle Cody615th Engineer CompanyA five-week construction mission on Butts Roadprovided an opportunity for new engineers to hone theirskills on various pieces of heavy equipment and build asense of camaraderie, while also saving the government$80,000 by utilizing troop construction capabilities.The 615th Engineer Company, 52nd EngineerBattalion, road improvement project enables theSoldiers and civilians of 10th Special Forces Group(Airborne) additional and adequate road access to workfacilities along Butts Road and a parking area that willbe used in conjunction with the future climbing wall.“The 52nd Engineers did a fantastic job on the roadimprovement,” said Staff Sgt. Tyson Rolland, constructionoperations sergeant, Headquarters andHeadquarters Company, 10th SFG(A) “Theywere very knowledgeable, and got the job donewith no issues.”Pvt. 1st Class Patrick Ramirez, heavyequipment operator, 615th Eng., said he gainedvaluable experience throughout the project.“I was enthused to spend a lot of timeoperating (vehicles),” Ramirez said. “I noticedthat my skills on the equipment improved bythe time the project was complete.”He said he learned new skills, to include howto build a French drain and put in a culvert.“I thank my leadership for the guidanceand knowledge I needed to improve myskills as an operator,” he said.Initial construction began with repairs tohalf a mile of dirt road as Soldiers begangrading the road, using a 120M grader and621B scraper, to smooth out the surface.Simultaneously, they used a hydraulic excavator todig ditches and install a 36-inch culvert. Once the roadwas leveled, the Soldiers used a 20-ton dump truck tospread aggregate along the road, and solidify thesurface as a serviceable road. This phase took abouttwo weeks due to weather setbacks.The Soldiers then began clearing the area for the100-foot by 100-foot parking area using a 120M graderand 621B scraper. Concurrently, they identified andestablished an emergency access road leading into theparking area, which required an additional 18-inchculvert and a French drain — a small trench coveredwith rocks that aids in directing water away from theroad. The second phase of this mission took 17 days.The project consisted of 23 horizontal constructionengineers from the 615th Eng.Photo by 2nd Lt. Michelle CodyAbove: Soldiers install a 36-inch culvert, whichwill direct runoff away from the road and preventroad damage.Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Melvin ParsonsEngineers enhance road, skillsLeft: Sgt. Jarrad Payton, 615th EngineerCompany, 52nd Engineer Battalion, uses thehydraulic excavator, left, May 6 to form a ditchleading from a culvert as Spc. Joseph Lyon,615th Eng., back-blades the soil, using a dozerto even the banks on the side of the ditch.
Story and photos byAndrea StoneMountaineer staffIt was a week of fun, games,stories and adventure for morethan 180 children as they learnedto “Stand Strong for God” atVacation Bible School at Soldiers’Memorial Chapel June 10-14.The program, which has beenat Fort Carson for almost 35 years,was especially popular this year.Registration began May 1 andfilled up within two weeks.“This year, we filled up amonth and a half earlier thannormal,” said Pat Treacy, directorof religious education.This year’s theme, “KingdomRock: Where Kids Stand Strong forGod,” taught the children that God’slove, family and friends, prayer andtrust in God can all help them standstrong. It was a lesson that manymilitary children could understand.“Stand strong if you have tomove far away or someone you lovehas to deploy,” volunteer StacyChapman reminded her class.Chapman, whose husband is retiredArmy, has been volunteering atFort Carson’s VBS for 13 years.“(The week) was awesome,”she said. “This is one of myfavorite things to do.”Sgt. Ryan O’Shaughnessy,chaplain assistant, U.S. ArmyGarrison Fort Carson, has beenhelping at VBS for five years.“The kids are absolutelyamazing,” he said. “I love workingwith these kids. It’s really aboutthe kids, to have good rolemodels in their life.”The program was an opportunityfor children to have fun and learnabout God, especially those whomay not regularly attend church.“This might be the one weekin the whole year that they hearabout God and how much he lovesus,” Treacy said.For Kiela Martin, 8, it was herfirst time at VBS.“It’s really cool,” she said. “Wehave a whole bunch of differentstations and each station isdifferent every day.”Jacob Lee, 10, has been toVBS many times.“I’m pretty sure I’ve goneto VBS my whole life,” he said,adding that this year’s programwas more fun than previous years.Without the 115 volunteers,the program wouldn’t be possible.“We couldn’t have asked fora better group of volunteers. Theyshine. They purely and simplyloved the kids. Everybody workedtogether as a team. God trulyblessed us,” Treacy said.When Chapman asked thechildren in her class to raise theirhands if they’d had fun, almostevery hand went up, and cheerserupted around the room, and whenthey had the opportunity to saywhat they’d do if they were madeking or queen for a day, theycame up with a variety of answers:protect animals, no tackling yourbrother, post guards to kick peopleout of my room, make other peopledo all the chores and get ice creamfor breakfast, lunch and dinner.Treacy said the support from thepost’s leadership has been criticalto the success of the program.“The command truly supports usthrough funding and extra chaplainassistants. We’ve been very fortunateat Fort Carson to have a commandthat supports these types of programsfor the children,” she said.At the end of the week, all thehard work paid off.“It is exhausting, but it’sworth it, truly worth it becausethat’s God’s grace for us. It’s notus,” Treacy said.19June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERAbove: During the well, well, well game, childrentossed a soaked sponge to each other relay-styleduring Vacation Bible School at Soldiers’ MemorialChapel June 10. The game was to illustrate theidea of God’s love getting on them, like the water,and them sharing his love with others, as theytossed the wet sponge down the line.Right: Preschool children play a game atVacation Bible School at Soldiers’ MemorialChapel, June 10. They were pretending to begood shepherds, like David, picking up theircotton ball sheep and putting them in the pen.Standstronglessonat VBSChildren try to toss hula hoops around VacationBible School volunteers at Soldiers’ MemorialChapel June 10. First, they threw the hula hoopswhile standing still. After that, each child spunaround three times before tossing the hula hoop.
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23June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER22 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013UH-60 Black Hawk pilotsand crew members ofthe 2nd General SupportAviation Battalion, 4thAviation Regiment,4th Combat AviationBrigade, 4th InfantryDivision, lift off foranother round of releasingwater onto the BlackForest Fire, June 12.CH-47 Chinook pilots andcrewmembers of the 2ndGeneral Support AviationBattalion, 4th AviationRegiment, 4th CombatAviation Brigade, 4thInfantry Division, orientthemselves to do a waterdrop near a building duringa Bambi Bucket mission inBlack Forest, June 12.Story and photos bySgt. Jonathan C. Thibault4th Combat Aviation Brigade PublicAffairs Office, 4th Infantry DivisionBLACK FOREST — Smoke cloudsrose hundreds of feet and numerousaircraft swarmed through the ColoradoSprings airspace, as helicopter crewsworked tirelessly to help contain thefires at Black Forest, June 12.Pilots and crew members fromcompanies A and B, 2nd General SupportAviation Battalion, 4th AviationRegiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade,4th Infantry Division, made 914 waterdrops, totaling 689,970 gallons, fromJune 11 through Saturday.A Bambi Bucket is a specialized bucketthat carries about 400 to 2,000 gallonsdepending on its size, said Maj. MichaelHale, executive officer, 2nd Bn., 4thGSAB. It is suspended on a cable, carriedby a helicopter, to deliver water for aerialfirefighting. The bucket has a releasevalve on the bottom, which is controlledby the helicopter crew. When thehelicopter is in position, the crew releasesthe water to extinguish the fire below.Once authorized, Soldiers with2nd Bn., 4th GSAB, responded quicklyand worked long hours to extinguishthe forest fires.“We started fighting the fires on(June 11),” said Capt. Sean Pearl,commander, Company B, 2nd Bn., 4thGSAB. “We’ve had crews droppingbuckets from sunrise to sunset every daysince (until the mission ended Saturday).”The CAB’s role in the Black Forestfirefighting mission was to dump BambiBuckets on spot fires to safeguard housesand buildings within the burning areas,said 1st Lt. Ryan Martin, Black Hawkpilot, Company A, 2nd Bn., 4th GSAB.“We (were) told to do precision dropsto protect a lot of homes and structures,”said Martin. “We began the mission doingaerial drops to stop the fire from spreadinguntil there were bigger (aircraft) available.”Pilots and crew members believedthey were making an impact and tookpersonal pride in helping the surroundingcommunities affected by the fires.“I’ve been in the Army for 20 years,and have done a lot of combat missions,”said Staff Sgt. Christopher Suiters,flight engineer, Company B, 2-4 GSAB.“This type of mission is important to me,because this allows us to help local familiesand show we don’t just fight abroad.We can also fight to save lives here.”Colorado Springs and BlackForest residents showed support to thehelicopter crews for helping savetheir communities from the fires.“One of our pilots was doing aBambi Bucket fill near a golf course,”said Martin. “After making multipledrops, large crowds were gathering onthe golf course with banners that had‘thank you’ written on them.”The Fort Carson UH-60 Black Hawkand CH-47 Chinook helicopter crewshave been training on the Bambi Bucketssince March, which prepared themfor the fire season.“I am impressed with how well ouraircrews are doing,” Hale said. “Theyhave become extremely proficient inthese tasks in a short amount of time.They can do whatever is needed of themin fighting these fires.”Flying conditions for the “Iron Eagle”aircrews were dangerous, and many factorsaffected how well they could navigatearound the fires to extinguish them.“Communication, inconsistentvisibility and aircraft congestion(were) the biggest obstacles ofmaneuvering through the fires,” saidPearl. “Shifting and gusting windscause the Bambi Bucket to drift a lot.Our great crews helped guide us tomake our drops precise.”They were prepared to fight the firesuntil they are 100-percent contained.“I think this is why we are in theArmy,” said Pearl. “We are here to servethe American people. It is heartbreakingto see all these homes destroyed by thisfire. We will do everything we can tostop this from happening. I plan to carryout our mission until all fires are out oruntil told to stop.”The 4th CAB continued tofight the fires until told to cease itsefforts Saturday.Crew members of the2nd General SupportAviation Battalion, 4thAviation Regiment,4th Combat AviationBrigade, 4th InfantryDivision, releasewater onto the BlackForest Fire duringa Bambi Bucketmission, June 12.Pilots and crew members of the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4thCombat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, go through their preflight checklists and missionobjectives for their Black Forest Fire Bambi Bucket mission at Butts Army Airfield, June 12.As of Wednesday, the BlackForest Fire has destroyed509 homes, surpassing the342 homes lost duringthe Waldo Canyon Fire nearlya year ago, moving into therecord books as the worstwildfire in the state’s history.The 14,280-acre fire was95-percent contained Wednesday.
24 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013CommunitymembersgetpeekatpostStory and photo by Andrea StoneMountaineer staffPhyllis Nichols never had much exposure tothe Army until she came to Army 101 June 4.Nichols, a new volunteer with G.I. Grannies forSoldier Support, said the experience was eye-opening.“You know there are spouses. You knowthere are children. And you see the welcome homeproductions on television, but this made it real.This is poignant. You see them. They’re real. It’snot a staged thing,” she said.Army 101 – an Army Community Serviceprogram which was awarded the Army Communityof Excellence award in 2010 – is geared towardanyone in the community who has an interest inlearning more about life on post, said Nate Nugin,Family Enrichment Program manager, ACS.“It gives them a more up close and personallook at the programs here at Fort Carson,” hesaid. “The more they know about Fort Carson,the more effective they can be in meeting theneeds of our Soldiers and Family members.”There were representatives from GIGSS,Ecumenical Social Ministries and Regis University,among others, and reasons for coming to theprogram varied.“I really want to know how to counsel andsupport wives whose husbands are deployed,” saidSherena Holmes, a licensed professional counselorand GIGSS volunteer. “I’ve noticed the pain thatthe military wives are in. … Before I approach theFamilies, I want to learn more.”The class, offered quarterly, gives an overviewof Army rank and structure, acronyms, the impactof deployments and resources available to Soldiers,and includes a 30-minute bus tour of Fort Carsonand lunch in a dining facility.Attendance for the quarterly program fluctuates,but the average is 20 to 25, Nugin said.“It’s a little taste of life out here,” he said.The program is also an opportunity forcommunity service providers to find out moreabout the services offered on Fort Carson.“We wanted to hear what’s out here, so if wedo have Soldiers come in, we can tell them,” saidMarcia Hanscom, director of direct services atEcumenical Social Ministries. “It’s a good resource.”In a conversation over lunch, she learned moreabout different off-post programs offered to veterans.“If we wouldn’t have been here today, wewouldn’t have known about it,” she said.The course has also been offered at differentlocations. Army 101 instructors have traveledas far away as Denver and Trinidad and have giventhe class at the Colorado Springs Police and Firedepartments and the police training academy.“(The class is given) any place there’s peoplewho have a stake (in Fort Carson),” Nugin said.Nichols, who moved to Colorado Springsfrom Topeka, Kan., 18 months ago, saw the valueof the course.“This is a great opportunity,” she said.“Everyone in town should come out.”Army 101 attendees discuss resources available toSoldiers over lunch at Stack Dining Facility June 4.
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27June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERClaims to the EstateStaff Sgt. Joe A. Nunezrodriguez — With deepestregret to the family of the deceased. Anyonehaving claims against or indebtedness to his estateshould contact 1st Lt. Dana Watson at 930-7429.Upcoming eventsTRICARE Dental Program — A MetLife dentalbenefit adviser will be available to answerquestions and enroll Family members Wednesdayfrom 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Evans ArmyCommunity Hospital’s dining facility. Call1-855-638-8371 for more information.Summer food service — The Fountain-Fort CarsonSchool District offers meals to children withoutcharge at Aragon Elementary School, locatedat 211 S. Main St. in Fountain, and AbramsElementary School, located at 600 Chiles Ave.on Fort Carson. Breakfast and lunch will beoffered Monday-Friday from 7:15-8:15 a.m. and11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through July 19.Independence Day Celebration — The FortCarson Directorate of Family and Morale,Welfare and Recreation will host its annualIndependence Day celebration July 3 at IronHorse Park. The event begins at 4 p.m. withfamily activities, games, children’s bouncehouses and a variety of entertainmentoptions. The event is open to the public andeveryone is encouraged to attend.General announcementsSpeed limit changes — The existing 40 mphspeed limit on Butts Road between Wildernessand Airfield Roads will be reduced to30 mph, effective July 9. Call 526-9267 forinformation regarding the change.Same day appointments — Evans ArmyCommunity Hospital Family MedicineClinics, Internal Medicine Clinic andPediatric Clinic are operating under anappointment model called “Open Access,”offering same day appointments. Beneficiariesmay not be offered the exact hour they want.Call the Access to Care Line, 526-2273, tomake an appointment.Homes offered to wildfire victims — Tierra VistaCommunities on Schriever Air Force Base isoffering six to 12 month leases to Coloradoresidents displaced by the wildfire. Call 683-3660for more information.Transfer military hospital or clinic when relocating— TRICARE Online users must update theirmilitary hospital or clinic location online eachtime they relocate. Transferring military hospitalor clinic affiliation in TOL does not automaticallytransfer the TRICARE enrollment in DefenseEnrollment Eligibility Reporting System.Hepatitis A alert — An outbreak of hepatitis A isbelieved to be associated with Townsend FarmsOrganic Antioxidant Blend frozen berriespurchased from Costco and possibly other retaillocations. The Fort Carson Commissary doesnot sell this product. TRICARE beneficiarieswho ate Townsend Farms Organic AntioxidantBlend frozen berries in the past 14 days shouldcontact their assigned health care provider orthe Department of Preventive Medicine,526-2939, to discuss the need for hepatitis Avaccine or immune globulin injections.Exceptional Family Member Program hourschange — Evans Army Community Hospital’sEFMP office increased 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 — UnitedHealthcareMilitary & Veterans assumed management ofthe TRICARE program for the western regionApril 1. There are no changes to supportedbenefits for TRICARE beneficiaries and allexisting referrals for covered benefits will behonored by UMV. Questions about coveredbenefits 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 — The Evans ArmyCommunity Hospital DFAC has reduced menuoptions on weekends and holidays. Weekends andfederal holiday hours are: breakfast, 6:30-8:30a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner,4-5:30 p.m. The DFAC offers an assortment ofnutritious grab-n-go items during these mealhours: breakfast — assorted beverages, cold cereal,assorted pastries, hard-boiled eggs, breakfastburritos, scones, muffins, fresh fruit and yogurt;lunch and dinner — assorted beverages, assortedpre-made sandwiches, assorted pre-made salads,fresh fruit, yogurt and assorted desserts. Call526-7968 or 7973 for more information.Library program — Tutor.com for militaryFamilies offers homework and studying helpfrom a professional tutor, any time of dayor night, free for K-12 students in militaryFamilies. Expert tutors are available online24/7 to help students in more than 16subjects, including math, science, Englishand social studies. Tutor.com can also helpwith standardized test prep, AdvancePlacement exams and with college essays.Visit http://www.tutor.com/military formore 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.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 JetWing Drive in Colorado Springs. Contact LarryPalma at 559-376-5389 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.Medications self-care program suspended —Due to fiscal constraints, Evans ArmyCommunity Hospital is suspending the over-the-counter medication self-care program. Allself-care classes have been cancelled pendingfurther information, and training informationwill be removed from the Evans PreventiveMedicine 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 —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 Familymedicine clinics are in the process of changingnames. Iron Horse Family Medicine Clinic(located on the second floor of Evans ArmyCommunity Hospital) is changing its name toWarrior Family Medicine Clinic. Evans FamilyMedicine Clinic (located on the second floorof the Woods Soldier Family Care Clinic) ischanging its name to Iron Horse FamilyMedicine Clinic. These are only name changes.Beneficiaries will continue to see assignedprimary care manager/team in their regularclinic 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 alreadymade an appointment, an option will allow himto report that information. There is also anoption to cancel the referral. Unless acted upon,these reminders will recur at 20, 60 and 120days. Call 524-2637 for more information onthe 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.Share-a-Ride — is a free online car poolcoordination to and from post, as well as vanpool options, typically for those commuting30 or more miles to post. Riders are matchedbased on their origination and destinationpoints, as well as days and times of travel. Usersspecify whether they are offering a ride, need aride or if they are interested in sharing drivingduties. When a “match” is found, users arenotified immediately of rider options, allowingthem to contact and coordinate ridesharingwithin minutes. Access the ride-share portal byvisiting http://www.carson.army.mil/paio/sustainability.html.
28 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013By 1st Lt. Justin Farinelli1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rdArmored Brigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivisionHistory met the future when a Korean Warveteran visited Soldiers assigned to Company C,1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,May 28, in the battalion’s motor pool.P.J. Lawler, an 84-year-old native of Minneapolis,Minn., served as a tank commander inan M24 Chaffee Light Tank while onactive duty. He was stationed at thenCamp Carson from 1951-1953.“Camp Carson was a lot smallerback in 1953, but the mountains surehaven’t changed,” Lawler said, thenshared a photo of Cheyenne Mountaintaken in 1953 from a nearby location.The visit was the last stop, andhighlight, of a cross-country road trip forLawler. Coordinated by his sons, Chris,Dave and Jeff Lawler, the visit marked60 years since Lawler left Camp Carson.Capt. Juan Rizo, commander,Company C, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg.,who sponsored the visit for the Lawlers,discussed daily company operations,maintenance procedures and thecapabilities of the fleet.“It was an amazing experiencetalking to someone who served on this post 60years ago,” Rizo said. “He still embodied thetanker spirit and enjoyed relating to the Soldiers.”Sgt. Brian Blanchette, gunner, Company C, 1stBn., 8th Inf. Reg., helped Lawler get inside the turretof an M1A2 Abrams, and then discussed the tank’scapabilities and each crew member’s responsibilities.“We have made many improvements to ourarmor force in the past 60 years,” Blanchette said.“It was great to hear a firsthand account of whattanking was like many years ago.”P.J. Lawler shared stories and photographs ofCamp Carson, circa 1953, with the Soldiers.“The Soldiers went above and beyond the call ofduty during (my) visit,” P.J. Lawler said. “HopefullyI have the opportunity to return the same hospitalityto any Company C Soldier visiting the Midwest.”Photo by Chris LawlerP.J. Lawler and Sgt. Brian Blanchette, 1st Battalion, 8th InfantryRegiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,pose for a photo prior to climbing inside an M1A2 Abrams Main BattleTank May 28, as part of Lawler’s visit to Fort Carson. Lawler, who wasstationed at Fort Carson from 1951-1953, was visiting Fort Carsonas part of a cross-country trip planned by his three sons.Korean War veteranvisits Soldiers“It was an amazingexperience talking tosomeone who served onthis post 60 years ago.He still embodied thetanker spirit and enjoyedrelating to the Soldiers.”— Capt. Juan Rizo
29June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERSims at 719-304-9815 for more information.Spanish Bible Study meets off post. ContactStaff Sgt. Jose Varga at 719-287-2016 forstudy times and location.Jewish Lunch and Learn with Chap. (Lt. Col.)Howard Fields takes place Wednesday fromnoon to 1 p.m. at Provider Chapel. For moreinformation, call 526-8263.Chapel briefsFacebook: Search “Fort Carson Chaplains (ReligiousSupport Office)” for events and schedules.Club Beyond is a program for military middleschool teens. Volunteers are welcome. Call719-355-9594 for dates and times.Youth Ministries: Christian Youth Group forsixth- through 12th-graders meets Sundayfrom 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Soldiers’ MemorialChapel. Call 526-5744 for more information.Military Council of Catholic Women meets Fridayfrom 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ MemorialChapel. For information, call 526-5769 or visit“Fort Carson Military Council of CatholicWomen” on Facebook.Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group formen 18 and older, meets the second and fourthTuesday of the month at Soldiers’ MemorialChapel. Call 526-5769 for more information.Protestant Women of the Chapel meetsTuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Soldiers’Memorial Chapel. Free child care is available.Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit PWOCFort Carson on Facebook for details.Latter Day Saints Soldiers: Weekly Institute Class(Bible study) is Wednesday at 6 p.m. at VeteransMemorial Chapel. Food is provided. Call 971-219-0007 or 719-433-2659 or email arthur.ford@myldsmail. net for more information.Heartbeat, a support groupfor battle buddies,Family members andfriends who are suicidesurvivors, meets thesecond Tuesday of eachmonth from 6:30-8 p.m.at the Fallen Heroes FamilyCenter, building 6215,6990 Mekong St.Contact Richard Stites at719-598-6576 or CherylChapel ScheduleROMAN CATHOLICDay Time Service Chapel Location Contact PersonSaturday 4-45 p.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583Sunday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583Sunday 9 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583Sunday 10:30 a.m. Religious education Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458Sunday 10:30 a.m. RCIA Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458Sunday 11 a.m. Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Christopher/526-7386Mon-Fri 11:45 a.m. Mass Soldiers Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583Mon-Fri Noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Christopher/526-7386First Friday of month Noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Christopher/526-7386PROTESTANTFriday 4:30 p.m. Intercessory prayer, Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316Bible StudySunday 9 a.m. Protestant Healer Evans Army Hospital Chap. Gee/526-7386Sunday 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Heidi McAllister/526-5744Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Ursula Pittman/503-1104Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel NeXt Veterans Magrath & Titus Chap. Palmer/526-3888Sunday 2:30-4:30p.m. Youth ministry Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744Tuesday 9:30 a.m. PWOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316EASTERN ORTHODOXSunday 10 a.m. Orthodox Service Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Oanca/503-4340JEWISHFort Carson does not offer Jewish services on post. Contact Chap. (Lt. Col.) Fields at 503-4090/4099 for Jewish service and study informationISLAMIC SERVICESFort Carson does not offer Islamic services on post. Contact the Islamic Society at 2125 N. Chestnut, 632-3364 for information.(FORT CARSON OPEN CIRCLE) WICCASunday 1 p.m. Provider Chapel, Building 1350, Barkeley and Ellis email@example.comCOLORADO WARRIORS SWEAT LODGEMeets once or twice monthly and upon special request. Contact Michael Hackwith or Wendy Chunn-Hackwith at 285-5240 for information.Has someone in your organization recently received kudos?Contact Mountaineer staff at 526-4144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Called or uncalled, God is thereCommentary by Chap.(Capt.) Jeremie Vore4th Special Troops Battalion, 4thInfantry Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry DivisionI’m not much of a languagescholar; in fact, the three semestersof Greek and the semester ofHebrew I took while in seminarywere perhaps the greatest academicchallenges of my life.I can be grateful that I didn’t goto seminary as a member of previousgenerations since the languagerequirements were more strenuous thanthey are today. Thankfully, English hasbecome a primary theological languageand will suffice for theological study.This was not the case in the 1960swhen my professors attended seminary.They were required to take Greek andHebrew to translate ancient Biblicaltexts; in addition they were requiredto take equal amounts of Latin andGerman to study classical theologyand more recent Lutheran theology,respectively. Four languages in fouryears would have given me good causeto weep, whimper and, probably, flunk.That’s not to say there isn’t arichness in the classic languagesof theology. German has its way ofprecision that is rarely matched inother languages, and Latin seems tohave a romantic aura that filmmakershave tried to capture in movies suchas “The Boondock Saints” and “TheDaVinci Code.” For us today, it isalmost as if Latin has a mysticalcharm to its age, locking in theancient truths of the faith in a timelessfashion. Perhaps you have a favoriteclassic Latin phrase of the faith. I ampartial to the ancient articulation ofthe Trinitarian formula: “In nominePatris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti,”which translates in English to “Inthe name of the Father, and theSon, and the Holy Spirit.”The classical psychologist CarlJung was also apparently a fan of theoccasional Latin theological phrase. Inhis reading of the Reformation-periodtheologian Erasmus, Jung came acrossa phrase he so enjoyed he had itinscribed in stone over the entry to hishouse: “Vocatus atque non vocatus,Deus aderit,” or, “Called or uncalled,God is present.” This is a strikinglypowerful statement about God; I findthat it reaches deep into our conceptsof religion and faith to perhapsunsettle us while at the same timereassuring and comforting us.To say “Called or uncalled, Godis present” is to say, in moreconversational English, “Whether youasked God to show up or not, God ishere.” This is on the one hand a nodtoward the kinds of magnificentattributes we attach to the creator bysaying that God is omnipotent (allpowerful) and omnipresent (in allplaces). Surely an all-powerful Godcan be in all places at all times, evenif thinking of such a concept makesour meager minds recoil. On the otherhand, I find a deep comfortingpromise in the confession that God iseverywhere, whether invoked or not.To be honest, we often try hardto limit and control God. We like tohave some control and power overwhere God is and when God’s face isshining somewhere. In congregationalworship, memorial services, civicfunctions and other ceremonies, webegin with an invocation invoking orasking God to be present among us.Yet, if God is there, called or uncalled,this is mere formality.We also like to point to placesthat make us uncomfortable andsuggest that God isn’t there. Somereligious folks love to draw the districtboundaries for God’s presence, carefulto keep those “sinful” places shaded inthe dark where God’s presence won’tshine. This boundary drawing is simplyincompatible with the confession thatGod is in all places, whether we askGod to show up or not.At times, this persistently presentnature of God can be quite confoundingto those who want to control God’sleash. However, I find it deeplycomforting to know that God is inthe best of places at the best of timesand the worst of places at the worstof times; because when I end up in thedarkest places of my life I know, withcertainty, that I share that spacewith a loving, compassionate Godwho seeks to lead me back to light.Called or uncalled, God is there.Whether you asked God to show upor not, God is there. Whether you’relooking for God or running from God,sitting in church or hiding in a den offear, God is there. Whether you’reengaging God or ignoring the presenceof God’s love and light, that light isstill sitting with you in your darkness.Peace to you all, and may you feelGod with you in the peaks and inthe valleys, whether you sent God aninvitation or not.
30 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013By Andrea StoneMountaineer staffArmy Community Service clients havean opportunity to have their voices heard.The annual ACS focus groups — whichwill take place Tuesday-Thursday at the FamilyReadiness Center, building 6237, room 104 —are designed to collect feedback from thosewho have and haven’t attended ACS classes.“Once a year, we gauge our programefficiencies based on customer feedback,”said Kristen Kea, Warrior Family CommunityPartnership manager for ACS. “This is anopportunity for us to hear back from our clients.”Whether it’s a class for those experiencingemployment transition or a program forwounded warrior support, ACS welcomessuggestions, Kea said.“Are we really meeting the mark, orare there improvements that we need tomake?” she asked.Separate groups are held for Soldiersand for Family members, and they’re furtherbroken down by rank.“In each group, we ask for 20,” Kea said.“That seems to be a good number that givesa cross section, and it allows discussion tohappen. That’s really helpful.”Last year, there were 155 attendees duringthree days, and there were changes as a result.“Last year, our big ‘aha’ was, each oneof the groups identified that more informationabout the different programs and classeswould be beneficial, having it online, ratherthan through fliers,” she said.“We’ve done that. We’ve made significantimprovements with how we publish our eventsonline. Now they can go online, look atupcoming classes and get a description ofeach class. That’s a huge service to our clientsso that they can be better informed.”If people miss the opportunity to attenda focus group, ACS still wants to heartheir comments.“We always want to hear their feedbackabout our programs, and they can do thatanytime through the Interactive CustomerEvaluation program,” Kea said. “They canlet us know what’s on their minds about ACSprograms. It’s really a help for us and for theprogram managers to get direct feedback.”June 1942 — Col. Wilfred Blunt assumescommand of Camp Carson.June 2, 1942 — Army accepts first completedbuilding at the camp. The remainingbuildings will be completed by August.June 6, 1944 — Elements of the 4th InfantryDivision are the first ashore at Utah Beach during the Normandyinvasion of World War II.June 6, 1952 —Troops from the Mountain Training Centerhold public rock climbing demonstrations at NorthCheyenne Canyon.June 1960 — The 9th Infantry Division is reduced in numbersto a caretaker status at Fort Carson.June 1963 — Exercise Ready Devil 1, a divisionwide exerciseconducted by the 5th Infantry Division, comes to a conclusion.June 1965 — An additional 78,471 acres is added to the post toprovide enhanced training and maneuver opportunities.June 30, 1965 — Camp Hale, once a sub-post of Camp Carson,is closed.June 1966 — A new bowling alley is constructed to providethe post a recreation center.June 1967 — Four motor pools and a large barracks complexare completed marking the end of a massive constructioneffort on the post.June 1967 — Soldiers from Fort Carson capture an unprecedentedfive Fifth Army championships in sports by winning titlesin basketball, wrestling, boxing, volleyball and track.June 4, 1983 — During a chili cook-off at the Olympic TrainingCenter, approximately 50 cooks from 1st Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division, help prepare and serve mealsfor more than 15,000 spectators.HistoryighlightsACS seeking feedbackDate/Time Focus groupTuesday, 10-11 a.m. Privates-corporalsTuesday, 1-2 p.m. Sergeants-staff sergeantsTuesday, 3-4 p.m. Second lieutenants-majorsWednesday, 10-11 a.m. Families of second lieutenants-majorsWednesday, 1-2 p.m. FRSAs, MFLCs, social workersWednesday, 3-4 p.m. FRG leaders and key volunteersThursday, 1-2 p.m. Families of privates-corporalsThursday, 3-4 p.m. Families of sergeants-staff sergeants
33June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER32 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013Story andphotos byNel LampeMountaineer staffOnce upon atime King Henrylived in a smallvillage just offInterstate 25 north,called Larkspur.The king, his royalfamily and loyalsubjects liked tomake merry. Foreight weekends,the medieval-stylevillage comes to life,and the king invites allcitizens of the realmof Colorado to join inthe revelry.Obey the king’s biddingand hie thyself, Family and friends to theColorado Renaissance Festival about 35 milesup the road. Saturday and Sunday is militaryappreciation weekend, and military membersbuy one ticket, get one free and the Family’schildren are admitted free.People who have medieval costumes ormusketeer hats might want to pull those out ofstorage for the weekend. Large numbers of visitorsarrive at the renaissance village in costume —many in elaborate costumes, others wearing a hator perhaps a kilt, just to get in the spirit.There’s a costume shop on the right-handside of the entrance for visitors who don’t havetheir own costumes can rent one.Visitors in full costume blend in withhundreds of performers, artisans, entertainers,shopkeepers, jesters, damsels and knightsparticipating in the village festivities.The Colorado Renaissance Festival bringsthe Middle Ages to life — participants speak inOld English style and portray the culture of thattime through their conversation, costumes,characterization and surroundings.The permanent village is filled with dozensof medieval-looking buildings serving asshops, pubs, studios and bakeries.Artisans from across thenation sell handcraftedjewelry, leather items,pottery, toys, swords,staffs, hammocks, clothing,head ornaments, hats, candlesand many other items.Musical groups performthroughout the village.Included in admission are allshows on the village’s sevenstages: Celestial Stage, CastleRose Stage, Pirate’s Pub,Fortune Stage, WashingWell Stage, Globe Stage andPuke and Snot perform theirfarewell tour on the PirateShip Stage at 11 a.m.,and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.The Washing Well Wenches performat 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30 and4:30 p.m. The five other stages haveacts that rotate through the schedule,with a different act every half hour or45 minutes. Some of the acts include musicalgroups, comedians, a hypnotist, an escape artist,juggling, belly dancing, an endangered cat show,and birds of prey. Some of the comedy acts may bea little naughty — parental discretion is suggested.The acts and show times are listed on the program,which is available near the entrance to the villageor online at http://www.coloradorenaissance.com.Combat jousting draws the largest crowds.Knights engage in free jousting tournaments,beginning with the Tournament of Skill at 11:30a.m., a Tournament of Arms at 2:30 p.m. and theTrial by Combat at 5:30 p.m. The joust arena ison the eastern edge of the village. The knightscombat with each other in front of the royal familyseated in appropriate accommodations and anaudience of festival goers who sit in the cheapseats (grass) and cheer on their favorite knight.There’s a free petting farm and butterfly ridein the Children’s Realm, near the jousting arena.Medieval-style games suitable for children arescattered throughout the park: King’s Catapult,Places to see in thePikes Peak area.Jacob’s Ladder; a giant Rocking Horse; ShipRide; Leonardo Da Vinci Ride; the King’s Swingand a climbing wall.And then there’s the food, fit for a king.Served medieval style, try a turkey drumstick,sausage on a stick, pork chop on a stick or steakon a stake. There’s also roasted corn and porktails, chicken on a stick and dragon wings.People who prefer to use a fork or spoon canfind bread bowls filled with soup or salad, bakedpotatoes, lasagna, burritos, nachos, spinach pieand various sandwich choices.Dessert items include éclairs, cream puffs,cheesecake on a stick, funnel cakes, fried icecream, ice cream sandwiches, cakes, pies,cookies, strawberry shortcake and fruit cobbler.Peddlers roam the village selling caramel andkettle corn or pretzels.All sorts of soft drinks and gourmet teaand coffee are available.Four ATMs are conveniently located inthe village.The Colorado Renaissance Festival is in its37th season. It is open weekends only throughAug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine.Parking is free, and free shuttles transport visitorsfrom the parking lots and the entrance and back.In addition to Military AppreciationWeekend, the Royal Ale and Art Festival isSaturday-Sunday. June 29-30 is the CelticFestival, with a best men in kilts contest.Children’s weekend is July 6-7, and children12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.Wine Revelry is July 13-14, Love and Romanceis celebrated July 20-21, Music and Dance isJuly 27-28 and A Mardi Gras style carnival marksthe final weekend, Aug. 3-4.Admission for adults is $19.95 and childrenages 5-12 are $9. Under age 5 are admitted free.During Military Appreciation Weekend, active-dutymilitary can buy one adult ticket and get a secondone free, and their children are free.The village is in a hilly, wooded area. TakeInterstate 25 north to Exit 172, and follow thesigns. It’s about 35 miles to Larkspur.Just the Facts• TRAVEL TIME — 35 minutes• FOR AGES — anyone• TYPE — Renaissance Festival• FUN FACTOR — ★★★★★ (Out of 5 stars)• WALLET DAMAGE — $$ ENTRY$ = Less than $20$$ = $21 to $40$$$ = $41 to $60$$$$ = $61 to $80(BASED ON A FAMILY OF FOUR)A musical group entertains visitors with medieval-style music near the Renaissance Festival entrance.A costumed “beast” attracts a lot of attention fromvisitors to the Renaissance Festival Sunday.A damsel tries to sell head adornments from a cart in the village marketplace at theRenaissance Festival.Audience membersin costume areentertained by amusician in Pirate’sPub in the MiddleAges village.Arsene of Paris interacts with a member of the audienceduring his 10:45 a.m. Sunday show on the Globe Stage.Arsene gets lots of laughs without speaking a word.Openforits37thseason
34 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013Water World, a Denver area large water park,is open for the summer, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Located at 88th Avenue and Pecos Street offInterstate 25 north, call 303-427-SURF forinformation. Tickets at the gate are $39.99 foradults and $34.99 for those 40 to 47 inches tall.A discounted pass for Water World is availableat the Fort Carson Information, Tickets andRegistration office for $31.Elitch Gardens near downtown Denver is openfor the season. The amusement park and waterpark are open daily. Tickets at the park are$45.99 for anyone taller than 48 inches. Thoseunder 48 inches tall are charged $31.99. Parkingis $15. ITR has discounted tickets for $29each. Take Interstate 25 north to Denver andtake Exit 212A.Lakeside Amusement Park in the Denver area isopen for the season. The historic park is at 4601Sheridan Blvd. in the suburb of Lakeside; call303-477-1621. The 105-year-old park has classicrides and a scenic lake. Gate admission is $2.50.Pay for each ride or buy an unlimited ride wristtag for $14 Monday-Friday and $22 Saturday-Sunday and holidays. For schedule informationgo to http//www.lakesideamusementpark.com.Blue Star Museum participants admit active-duty military members and up to fiveFamily members free of admission duringthe summer. The Fine Arts Center, thePeterson Air and Space Museum and the WorldFigure Skating Museum in Colorado Springsare Blue Star Museums.Colorado Renaissance Festival near Larkspuris open Saturday-Sunday until Aug. 4 from10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Military Appreciation isSaturday-Sunday, buy one, get one adult ticketsand military children are admitted free withmilitary identification. Regular admission is$19.95 for adults, $9 for children. Take Interstate25 north to Exit 172 and follow the signs. Seethe story on pages 32-33.Stratmoor Hills United Methodist Church, 1705Cheyenne Meadows Road, has a free VacationBible School Thursday-June 28 for ages 4-12,6-8 p.m. Call 576-0005 for information.A free weekend of outdoor fun at Chico BasinRanch June 28-30 is offered by ColoradoParks and Wildlife. The weekend is gearedfor youths and families to learn about theoutdoors, and includes skills classes. There is nocost to attend. Families will be allowed to tentcamp, if they bring their own camping equipment.Meals and other equipment are provided. ChicoBasin Ranch has 87,000 acres and is south ofHanover between Colorado Springs and Pueblo.Participants must preregister at 719-227-5282 oremail email@example.com. For informationvisit http://www.chicobasinranch.com.Colorado’s biggest one day rally, the 13th annualTejon Street Bike Fest, is Sunday in downtownColorado Springs. Free admission and livemusic all day. Food vendors will be on hand.Call 487-8005 for more information.“Passages” is a 40,000 square-foot interactiveliving history attraction that takes visitorsthrough historically contextual settingsand activities that show how the biblicalnarrative has passed through the ages.More than 450 items from the Green Collectionof rare biblical texts and artifacts are shown.The exhibit is at 3979 Palmer Park Blvd.,Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s open1-6 p.m. Sunday. Adults are $15.95 and$11.95 for military and students withidentification. Ages 5 and under are free.The exhibit will be in place until Feb. 1.White-water rafting trips are available throughOutdoor Recreation for Fridays, Saturdaysand Sundays, half-day, full day or overnightrafting trips. Transportation is included.Call 526-5366 for registration or call 526-3907for questions.Colorado Springs Together, a program presentedby Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestraat Mountain Shadows Park, is Wednesday,6-9 p.m. The concert features the Flying WWranglers, the Colorado Springs Children’sChorale and the Colorado Springs PhilharmonicOrchestra. Picnics are welcome. Food and icecream will be available for purchase. Shuttleservice will be available. For information,call 575-9632. The park is at 5151 FlyingW Ranch Road.Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the race upPikes Peak, is June 30. The 91st hill climb startsat 8 a.m. Fans must be up the peak beforestart time in order to see the race. The nation’ssecond oldest race, behind the Indianapolis 500,features eight car divisions and eight classesof motorcycles/quads on the fully paved PikesPeak Highway. Tickets are $40 online and $50at the tollgate. Visit http://www.ppihc.com forinformation about the race, camping on PikesPeak and practice days or call 685-4400.The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Fan Festis the pre-race celebration held on Tejon Streetbetween Colorado Avenue and Bijou StreetJune 28. The event is free and includes livebands, a chili cook-off and motorcycle jumpers.The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is July 10-13 atNorris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 LowerGold Camp Road in Colorado Springs.Advance tickets for the end zone forJuly 10-11 7:15 p.m. performances are$12 and grandstand seats are $20. Tickets forJuly 12-13 are $15 for end zone seats and $20for grandstand seats. Walk-up tickets at thestadium cost $3 more. Tickets for children 12and under are half price for advance grandstandseats and $1 for advance matinee performancetickets. There’s a $2 military discount forgrandstand seats for adults; call 635-1101,ext. 5, for tickets and information.Independence Day will be celebrated July 3at Iron Horse Park, starting at 4 p.m. There’llbe activities, games, bounce houses andother entertainment.Independence Day will be celebrated with a freeconcert by the Colorado Springs PhilharmonicOrchestra at Memorial Park. Food vendorswill be on hand and picnics are welcome. Comeearly for the 7:30 p.m. concert. MemorialPark is on East Pikes Peak Avenue, betweenHancock Avenue and Union Boulevard.Rock Ledge Ranch celebrates a “Family Fourth”at the historic site, on the left side of the30th Street entrance to the Garden ofthe Gods., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The old-fashioned Independence Day celebration includesa reading of the Declaration of Independence.Visit a Civil War encampment and a BuffaloSoldier bivouac. Carnival games will be availablefor a nominal fee and hot dogs and homemadeice cream will be available. Patriotic musicwill be performed by the Fountain CreekBrass Band. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 forages 6-17 and those 5 and under are admittedfree. For information, call 578-6777.History Colorado Center has opened a newexhibit “The American Soldier: APhotographic Tribute.” This is a nationaltraveling exhibit of 116 large photos that captureunforgettable images of American Soldiers —from 1861 to the War on Terrorism. The HistoryColorado Center is a Blue Star Museumparticipant, and active-duty servicemembers andup to five Family members are admitted free tothe museum through Labor Day, as well as adiscount in the cafe and gift shop. The center isat 1200 Broadway in Denver, call 303-447-8679.The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestraperforms a free concert, “America theBeautiful,” at Security Service Field July 20,at 7:30 p.m. The stadium opens at 5:30 p.m.Parking is $5 at Security Service Field parkinglot. 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35June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERMountaineer Sports FeatureStory and photos byWalt JohnsonMountaineer staffFor the eighth consecutive year,Fort Carson youths were treated toa Take a Kid Fishing Day at LakePueblo State Park, Saturday.The purpose of the event was torecognize the children of militarymembers and expose them to the sportof fishing, according to organizers.“We feel our Soldiers don’t getenough thanks from us, and this is oneway to say ‘thank you’ to them andtheir Families,” said Doug Youngers,park resource technician. “We alsohave a program today for the woundedwarriors (who were treated to abarbecue along with the children).We’re just so happy that we are able todo this for the kids and the woundedwarriors. We hope all the kids staysafe and have a good fun day.”Some of the volunteer boatersdrove all night from Oklahoma tobe present for the event. Eachchild involved with the programreceived a fishing rod, a hat anda T-shirt from the various sponsorsof the event.“This is a great event andsomething that you cannot say‘no’ to. We look forward to thisevent every year,” said SamHeckman, coordinator of theevent since its inception. “Allthese guys come from all aroundthe country. This year we have peoplethat have been affected by the fires inBlack Forest and in other areas of thestate; this is actually a little bit ofhealing for those people that wereaffected by fires.”The children were able to fish forwalleye and bass.Youths treated to day on lakePhoto by Walt JohnsonMembers of theMountain Postcommunity participatein the “world’s largestswimming lesson”Tuesday at the IronHorse Sports andFitness Center indoorpool. Forty-threechildren, lifeguardsand volunteer stafftook part in the eventthat taught properswimming and watersafety techniques,how to recognize andhelp a swimmer indistress and properboating techniques,according to StephanieKozlawski, assistantaquatics manager. Thepost learn to swimprogram is based onthe American RedCross criteria andstandards. Kozlawskisaid the event waspart of a worldwidecampaign to encour-age young people tolearn how to swim.A volunteerboater helps amember of thepost communitywith a life vestas post childrenprepare toparticipate inthe annualTake a KidFishing eventheld at LakePueblo StatePark Saturday.Volunteer boater and Take a Kid Fishing Day coordinator Sam Heckman helps a postchild bring a fish into the boat Saturday at Lake Pueblo State Park.
The Big Dog Brag Funner Mudder five- and two-kilometer mud obstacle course event is scheduledto take placeAug. 3 in Colorado Springs.Event organizers said it is acommunity activity that is designed to dosomething memorable and fun for participants.The organizers said it is a day of food,music, contests, mud volleyball, a children’sfun zone and more.The two-kilometer course has more than12 obstacles designed for Families. Anyone 6and older who wants to experience the mud andfun without all the run is invited to take part inthe two-kilometer event. The five-kilometercourse has more than 20 challenging obstaclesdesigned for anyone 13 and older.For more information go to http://www.bigdogbrag.com.The Colorado Springs Sky Sox, in conjunctionwith the Major League Baseball PlayersAlumni Association, Memorial Hospitaland CenturyLink, have announced that thepreviously named Waldo Canyon Classichas been renamed the Heroes Classic.The Sky Sox also announced that for eachticket purchased for the event on Saturday, $5will be donated to the Pikes Peak CommunityFoundation to assist victims of the Black ForestFire. People who lost their homes in the recentfire or are still currently evacuated can come gothe game for free by stopping by the Sky Soxbox office any time leading up to the event.For more information, contact Mike Hobsonat 719-597-1449.The aquatics center staff will host a luau partySaturday at the Outdoor Pool.The event will be held from 10 a.m. to2 p.m. and the first 200 people in attendancewill receive free food. The event will featuregames and other activities, according to officials.The cost for the luau is $1 per person withan aquatics pass, $2 per person with pre-soldtickets and $3 per person at the door. Ticketsare on sale at the Iron Horse Sports and FitnessCenter and the Outdoor Pool.For more information call 526-4456The 2012 Rocky Mountain State Games arelooking for amateur athletes to registerfor July competitions.Online registration is underway forathletes who wish to compete in the 35 sportsfor this years event. The games will be heldJuly 19-21 and 26-28 at various venuesin Colorado Springs.According to the Colorado SpringsSports Corporation, participants must beColorado residents for at least 30 daysprior to the first day of the competitionthey wish to enter. In addition, studentswho are enrolled in Colorado collegesor universities are eligible, as are U.S.military personnel stationed in Coloradoand their Family members. The gameshave been organized in accordance withNCAA guidelines with some exceptions.Online registration is at http://www.coloradospringssports.org.The National Physique Committee 2013Steel City Figure, Bikini Physique andNatural Bodybuilding championshipswill be held in Pueblo June 29.The event, which features militaryathletes, takes place at the PuebloConvention Center. Prejudging begins at10 a.m. and the finals at 4:30 p.m. Visithttp://www.jefftaylor.com for tickets.The next Commanding General GolfScramble is July 3 at the CheyenneShadows Golf Club.The event will begin with ashotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The event isa four-person team concept, accordingto golf course officials. Call 526-4102to reserve a spot. The golf course isscheduled to hold a CG golf scramblein August and September.The Colorado Rockies are offeringmilitary members special ticketbuys this season.The next opportunity is when theRockies take on the New York MetsThursday at 4:10 p.m. in a makeup gamefrom April, postponed due to weather.Military personnel can purchasetickets in the outfield box, pavilion andupper reserved infield/outfield areafor their Families and friends for$14 each (with a $3.50 service chargeper order), a discount from the usualrange of $21-$39.The Colorado Springs Flames continueregular season football play Saturdaywhen it travels to Denver to meetthe Denver Pirates.The two-time defending champions areundefeated through six games and look to extendtheir streak against the leagues other undefeatedteam, the Pirates. After meeting the PiratesSaturday, the Flames will close out the regularseason at home against the Colorado SpringsVeterans, July 6 at 7 p.m. The game will be playedat Harrison High School in Colorado Springs.The Colorado Springs Sky Sox host MilitaryAppreciation Night July 11.The Sky Sox play the Salt Lake Bees,the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim triple-Aaffiliate, at 7:05 p.m. at Security Service Fieldin Colorado Springs.Free ticket vouchers — a limit of 10per Family — are available at Information, Ticketsand Registration. The vouchers need to beexchanged at the Security Service Field box office,located near Powers Boulevard and Barnes Road.If the game is postponed, the tickets will begood for admission to another game this year.Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club will hold a DemoDay event July 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.During the event, customers will get theopportunity to sample golf products fromvarious vendors. The golf course will supplyrange balls and people will have the opportunityto purchase the products they sample. Formore information call 526-4102.The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfareand Recreation will host a soccer tournamentin August.Carson Classic 2013 will be held Aug. 9-11at the post soccer fields next to Iron HorseSports and Fitness Center. The entry fee for thetournament is $250 and must be paid by Aug. 1.Fédération Internationale de FootballAssociation rules will apply. The tournamentwill have a pool round and then an eliminationtournament to determine the champion. A mostvaluable player, top goalie and an all-tournamentteam will be selected and individuals onfirst-and second-place teams will receive awards.For more information contact ArchieNgwayah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-431-7454 or Christopher Ibay at email@example.com 701-240-2511.— Compiled by Walt Johnson36 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013BENCHOn theOn thePhoto by Walt JohnsonSgt. 1st Class Mari Koontz, 984th Military Police Company,759th MP Battalion, finishes her rendition of the nationalanthem before the Colorado Springs Sky Sox game June 13at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs. Koontz hasalso sang the national anthem before a baseball game inPhiladelphia, a Kansas City Chiefs football game and a LosAngeles Lakers basketball game when the team played inHawaii. She also sang at the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600, beatingout 49 other applicants for the prestigious honor.Anthem singerPhoto by Walt JohnsonGood puttMatthew Dusch,right, watcheshis putt gotoward the holeas fellowgolfers, fromleft, Wayne St.John, BertSexton andEzekiel Lee,look on.The golfersparticipated inthe SergeantsMajorAssociation golftournament atCheyenneShadows GolfClub June 13.
37June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERMountaineer Athlete of the WeekPhoto by Walt JohnsonMichelle GermanyIntramural athleteWhat is your background in sports?I have mostly played soccer and, although I wouldn’t consider myself atrack athlete, I have participated in track events. When I first moved to Colorado,my friend’s sister got me interested in playing soccer. I have participated infive- and 10-kilometer running events. I have also started playing softball.What sports did you do while deployed in Iraq?I ran my first half marathon while I was deployed to Iraq. I also startedplaying softball while I was there.What would you consider your best sports accomplishment?Running my first half marathon would be my best moment in sports. BeforeI ran the event, I really wasn’t sure how I would do, and I actually did quitewell. I was surprised because when I did a 10-kilometer run I did it in the sametime that I did my five-kilometer (run). It surprised me that I did as well as I did.How did you learn about the game of basketball?When I was a little girl, my dad would sit down with me and ask me,“what did the player do here” and “what the player did there” to measure howmuch I understood the game.Why did you recently start following sports?I actually started following professional sports because all my friends hadteams they rooted for and, outside of the Pittsburgh Steelers, I didn’t knowmuch about pro or college sports. I told my friends I was a Steelers fan (and)they all decided I needed more education on professional sports. A friend ofmine also got me to be an Oklahoma Sooners fan; that is the extent of myknowledge of college football.People who don’t know me would be surprised to know that ...I am a lot tougher and taller than I look. People look at me and think I’m thissmall fragile person especially when I play sports. When I play sports they thinkI am the little princess and when I get hurt I’m tough and get over being hit bythe ball or knocked down before they do. When they look up, I’ve gotten over itand have gone to play three more plays while they’re still concerned about me.$ *GetGetG$Get*or call (719) 574-1100!o applyTToonline with our easy-to-use Morto manage – you can apply and tracolt c) a*054$3 a10, 21y 3luJuor yoy flppAor call (719) 574-1100!tgage.com/Moro apply visit Enttgage Resource Centeronline with our easy-to-use Mork your loan applicationto manage – you can apply and trac!gnisoeel fasiarppr auod ynufel rl’ed wn3 ay 1 aan Meewten baoe Lgagtrot Mnr Eutgage.tgage Resource Centerk your loan applicationop tus (edny 1 anaol ll. Aylpps anoitacifilaut qiderchcru, pgnicnanifen raoe lgagtromy 3lud Jna3102,1yan Meewtebofsnaolegagtron md oilar veffO*ni. Flavorppt aiderl canio ft tcejbue srs anf is oesahcrur ps oemod hnocef ss oesahrebotcOybdesolcerahcihw,3102,1y 3emohdeipuccorenwofoesahcrupehtr|.odarolon Cs iemon hg onicnandradnat. Sytreport pnemtsevnnd oilat vor neff. O3102,13rdettimbus snoitacilppahtiwse Military Kids Program$500 per child to deployed military families towardTaekwondo! Our Enrollment Directors can help you apply.Call today 719-488-4321Win a 2013 Kia Soul andhelp raise money forMemorial Hospital Auxiliary!U. S. Taekwondo Center location,Dave Solon KIA, and Phil Long Signature KIA.U. S. Taekwondo Center.MONUMENT(In the Walmart & Home DepotShopping Center)16328 Jackson Creek Pkwy.Monument, CO 80132(719) 488-4321Beginning Classes OfferedBRIARGATE(In the Albertson’s Shopping Center)3478A Research Pkwy.Colorado Springs, CO 80920(719) 495-0909Beginning Classes OfferedLEHMAN(South of Dublin on Academy Blvd.)6217 Lehman DriveColorado Springs, CO 80918(719) 598-8000Beginning Classes OfferedCITADEL(Between San Miguel & Palmer Parkon Academy Blvd.)1316 N. Academy Blvd.Colorado Springs, CO 80909(719) 574-8782Beginning Classes Offered