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4th on 3rd
The 4th on the 3rd
celebration has been
rescheduled for Aug. 31 at
Iron Horse Park beginning
at 3 p.m. Fireworks are
scheduled for 8:15 p.m.
By Spc. Nathan Thome
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke with
Soldiers from Joint Task Force Carson during an open
forum at Manhart Field, June 28, as part of visits to local
The Defense secretary addressed pressing issues
for many Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians
including downsizing the Army and furloughs.
Hagel said an announcement was made June 25 by
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno to
lower the number of units during the next few years through
the consolidation of brigade combat teams.
He added that the consolidation affects Fort Carson,
because through 2017, the installation’s manpower will
He also addressed concerns about furloughs, saying they
are hard on everyone, and when it came to the decision,
he gave it his utmost attention.
“I think you know that your (leaders) have been
involved in this process, trying to figure out ways that
we can comply with the law and realities of the budget
that we’re living with, without hurting our force structure,
our people, our readiness and protecting our combat
power,” said Hagel.
He also thanked 4th Infantry Division Soldiers for
their support fighting the fires in Colorado.
“I want to acknowledge the work of so many of you
who have been involved in some way with fighting these
fires out here; your work has been spectacular,” he said. “It
has gained recognition and thanks from every corner,
and I know the people of Colorado are grateful, the people
of our country are grateful, and we’re very proud in the
Department of Defense for what you did and what you
continue to do.”
Following his remarks, Hagel answered questions
In response to a question about Sexual Harassment/
Assault Response and Prevention, Hagel said he feels
sexual harassment is a scourge on the Army. He added that
it has to stop, but it can’t stop without the Soldiers, because
“it gets fixed within the fabric of the institution, and you
are the fabric.”
In regards to a Soldier’s concern about prioritizing
between proper training and outdated equipment, Hagel
said, “I don’t think it’s a choice, I don’t think you can
choose between education and training versus modernization
of equipment; you have to have them both.
“You have to start with people. If you don’t have
quality people, who are trained, educated, motivated and
well-led, it won’t make any difference what kind of
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jacob A. McDonald
Photo by Spc. Nathan Thome
Above: Secretary of
Defense Chuck Hagel
addresses members of
the Joint Task Force
about issues and
downsizing the force
and civilian furloughs,
during an open forum at
Manhart Field, June 28.
SecDef visits JTF Carson
Left: Pfc. Ernesto
Sotelo, right, preventative
Company B, 10th Combat
Support Hospital, asks
Secretary of Defense
Chuck Hagel how he
plans to eliminate sexual
harassment and assault,
during an open forum at
Manhart Field, June 28.
See Hagel on Page 4
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Iron Horse Strong?
What makes me
I joined the Army Reserve July
12, 1987, in order to help pay for
college. I then transferred to the
Louisiana Army National Guard
while in college. In 1992, I decided
to go active duty because I wanted
something more out of life, as
college was not what I expected.
To serve my country means to
give back. Even as a Soldier, I feel it
is my responsibility to give back to
local communities by volunteering
and being an example to everyone in
the nation. Additionally, we must be
responsible for the interest of the
president and other national leaders.
I continue to serve because I
feel it is a calling. The Army fits me
like a glove — I love to mentor and
coach young people on the opportu-
nities available through Army
programs. The options are almost
endless as long as they put effort
into moving forward in their careers.
Taking time to focus on my
wife and children makes me Iron
Horse Strong. The Family is my
outlet, enjoying the time we spend
together. We go to church together
and realize we are here for a
purpose. As a Family, we do
volunteer work in the community,
which helps us realize that it takes a
community to improve our world.
Commentary by Zamawang Almemar
Former Fort Carson volunteer
He kissed me on my forehead and said, “I don’t
know if I’ll ever see you again, but I have to go and
fight for our freedom.”
It was at that moment I realized the true meaning
of the word “freedom,” the reason for all the bloodshed,
and why I may never see my brother again.
The year was 1991, when the Kurdish uprising was
taking place. It was when every Kurd from Kurdistan, in
northern Iraq, was fighting for their freedom against a
regime that did not think twice about slaughtering its own
people, causing mass genocide. Under Saddam Hussein’s
regime, enlisting in the military was not a voluntary act —
it was mandatory — and those who refused were hanged.
During his ruling, hundreds of thousands of Kurdish
people were murdered, tortured and chemically bombed.
Being tired of his regime, the Kurds took to the
mountains, the only friends they knew had their backs,
to stand up and fight for their independence.
Prior to the Kurdish uprising, and while our cities were
being bombed by Saddam, my family and I sought refuge
for days under a tree on the side of the road leading to the
eastern border, along with thousands of other Kurds fleeing
their homes. As I lay there on the ground, cold and barely
holding on to life, the only thing separating me from the
soaked grass being a wet tarp, there was only one thing that
kept me alive — hope. Hope that someday Saddam would be
gone and we would be free. Hope that my brother would come
back and for us to live like a “normal” family with no fear.
In 1996 the regime had announced Saddam’s leave-
or-die decree for the Kurds working with their American
counterparts. Upon his return from fighting a war, my
brother started working with an American humanitarian
organization that later helped us escape the tyranny of the
regime. Arriving in Guam in 1997, there was only one
place to relocate the many Kurds facing the atrocities of
the regime, and that was Andersen Air Force Base. That
was my first up-close and personal introduction to the
American uniform. With the servicemembers smiling back
at me, the only English phrase I knew to communicate
back to them was, “Thank you.”
It was then I began to understand what it is that makes
the United States of America one of the most powerful
nations in the world. It is not the millions of people that
mutually coexist despite their cultural differences, it is the
strength of the American military, and the resilience of
the American servicemember. Enlisting voluntarily in the
military, he stands ready to sacrifice his life in the name of
freedom. And for someone who knows the meaning of that
term all too well, I know that is no small price to pay.
The strength of the American military became especially
evident to me while I was volunteering with Army
Community Service at Fort Carson, near Colorado Springs,
where we first touched down onto American soil after leaving
Guam and received a warm welcome from the Soldiers.
Today, walking around the corridors of the Pentagon,
one of the most powerful institutions in my opinion, I get
overwhelmed with the strength of the American military.
There is an unbreakable bond between all the branches
of the military, which extends to building relationships
with war-torn countries such as Iraq.
Having mastered the English language, there is still
only one phrase that comes to mind that captures my
sense of gratitude toward the military for saving
my country and its people from the most violent
criminal, and that is “Thank you.”
As we celebrate Independence Day with friends and
family, let us not forget the Soldiers in and out of uniform,
serving at home or overseas. Let us also celebrate the lives
of those Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice while
protecting their country and freeing another. No matter
what corner of the globe we come from, we are all fighting
for the same cause, freedom. If each one of us takes on a
responsibility and plays the role of a counter-terrorist, I’m
certain that, in time, we can win this war against terrorism
and allow more countries to get a taste of freedom.
Kurd reflects on freedom
a photo on
next to a
3July 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER
Story and photo by Sgt. William Smith
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
The deputy commanding general for support, 4th
Infantry Division and Fort Carson, was promoted to
the rank of brigadier general by the Army Chief of
Staff, in a June 27 ceremony at Founders Field.
Brig. Gen. John “J.T.” Thomson III has been
serving as the deputy commander since his arrival at
Fort Carson in April.
“It is my honor to participate in this (promotion)
ceremony,” said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond
T. Odierno. “Every time I come to Fort Carson, it is
a great day. I get the chance to re-associate myself
with the finest division in the Army, the 4th
Prior to coming to Fort Carson, Thomson worked
directly for Odierno as the director of the chief’s
“Thomson has had certain traits since being
commissioned into the Army: competence, character
and commitment,” Odierno said. “He has shown
technical and tactical competence throughout his
career. He has demonstrated the commitment not
only to his Soldiers, but to our Families, his units and
the Army. He has committed himself to making every
unit or assignment better than when he got there. He
committed himself to many deployments. In fact,
when he was at the (Army) War College, he deployed
for six months because I asked him to come over and
support me while I was Multinational Force Iraq
commander. That is his commitment to mission, to
Brig. Gen. John “J.T.” Thomson, deputy commanding general for support, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson,
receives the first round fired by the salute battery during his promotion ceremony at Founders Field, June 27, as
his wife, Holly Thomson, and son, Parker, look on. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, second from left,
presided over Thomson’s promotion.
See DCG on Page 4
with post leadership
4 MOUNTAINEER — July 5, 2013
Secretary of Defense
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials will
move forward in making benefits available to all military
spouses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement
issued after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the
Defense of Marriage Act.
The law had prevented federal agencies from offering
all of the same benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages
that they provide to other spouses.
Here is the secretary’s statement:
“The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme
Court’s decision (June 26) on the Defense of Marriage
Act. The Department will immediately begin the process
of implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in
consultation with the Department of Justice and other
executive branch agencies. The Department of Defense
intends to make the same benefits available to all
military spouses — regardless of sexual orientation — as
soon as possible. That is now the law, and it is the right
thing to do.
“Every person who serves our nation in uniform
stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that
matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their
country and their qualifications to do so. Today’s ruling
helps ensure that all men and women who serve this
country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full
dignity and respect they so richly deserve.”
Later, a Defense Department spokesman issued a
statement detailing some of the steps the department is taking:
Ë The Department will immediately begin to update the
identification card issuance infrastructure and update
the applicable implementing guidance. We estimate that
this process will take about six to 12 weeks. For civilian
employees, the department will look to Office of Personnel
Management for guidance. For civilian employees who are
eligible for ID card-related benefits, the Department
intends that ID cards will be made available to same-sex
spouses of civilian employees at the same time as same-
sex spouses of military members.
Ë The Supreme Court’s ruling means that the Defense
Department will extend all benefits to same-sex
spouses of military personnel that are currently
extended to opposite-sex spouses, including medical,
dental, interment at Arlington National Cemetery, and
with-dependent Basic Allowance for Housing. The
Department will implement these benefit changes as
soon as possible for same-sex spouses.
Ë The policies governing burial at Arlington National
Cemetery will apply equally to same-sex and opposite-
Ë We are carefully reviewing command sponsorship for
overseas tours, and all applicable Status of Forces
Ë We will assess costs as we move forward with
equipment they are given,” Hagel
added. “But we also need to make
sure that we stay on the cutting edge
of modernization of our weapons.”
Soldiers who voiced their
concerns to the secretary of
Defense said they were impressed
with the answers they received.
“I voiced my concern about
sexual harassment and assault,
because it’s a major topic in the
Army,” said Pfc. Ernesto Sotelo,
preventive medicine specialist,
Company B, 10th Combat Support
Hospital. “It was an honor to be
able to talk to the secretary of
Defense; he seems very charismatic
and an empathetic person, and I
really think he cares about helping
Spc. Meng Li, cavalry scout,
Troop C, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry
Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., who asked
about Army education, training and
equipment, echoed his satisfaction
with the answer he received.
“He gave a very genuine
answer; he believes that we should
balance education and equipment,”
said Li. “It was an honor. I come
from a different background, and I
believe that talking to someone who
has achieved so much is an honor, it
(was) a great opportunity.”
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success, to our country and our Army.
“He has the character we expect of
our leaders,” Odierno said. “The moral
and ethical values to lead, to treat
Soldiers with dignity and respect, to
understand the importance of what it
takes, and the responsibility ... to lead,
to lead America’s greatest assets, the
Following his remarks, Odierno
pinned the new rank on Thomson, who
was joined in the reviewing area by his
wife, Holly Thomson, and their two
children, Tyler and Parker Thomson.
After receiving his star, Thomson
was presented with two distinctive
items: the first round fired by the salute
battery at the ceremony and the general
Unique to general officers, the
general officer belt dates back to
1843, when then Army Chief of Staff
Gen. George C. Marshall decided
that all generals needed a belt when
carrying side arms, except in combat,
During Thomson’s 27 years as an
Army officer, his assignments have
included brigade commander, executive
officer to the commanding general of
Multinational Corps Iraq and adviser
to the assistant to the chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“I would like to thank all of you for
celebrating in this special day for the
Thomson Family,” Thomson said. “I
stand here with a great deal of humility,
because we all know that the Army
profession is not about self.
“Every promotion pales in com-
parison to the 187 streamers on the
Army flag. Those colors of courage
represent campaigns that American
Soldiers have fought for, bled for and
died for since 1775. They are why we
enjoy freedom and liberty today.”
In addition to promoting
Thomson, Odierno had a discussion
over breakfast with Fort Carson’s
captains, toured the Joint Operation
Center and visited with Fort Carson
Capt. Kelly Calway, commander,
Headquarters and Headquaters
Company, 204th Brigade Support
Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., said it was
an amazing experience to talk with the
chief of staff of the Army.
“We asked questions from (the)
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response
and Prevention (program) to the
ongoing mission in Kuwait,” Calway
said. “(Odierno) said that they analyzed
the brigade organization, and they are
going to increase it to three maneuver
battalions at the brigade level and
increase engineer presence. He also
talked about how they are going to
regionally align forces, with combatant
commands, and you would be assigned
to a certain theater and deploying to
those theaters. It is going to play out
over the next 10 years.
“It left me feeling that the Army is
going in the right direction well into
the future,” she said.
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Story and photo by
Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault
4th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
Office, 4th Infantry Division
“A combat aviation brigade has not been built
from the ground up in 25 years,” said Maj. Jason
Davis, brigade executive officer, 4th Combat Aviation
Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. “4th CAB has a solid
foundation to build upon.”
Two years after the CAB was deactivated at
Fort Hood, Texas, the unit colors were unsheathed in
the presence of Soldiers and their Families, during the
4th CAB activation ceremony at Fort Carson’s
Founders Field, Tuesday.
The new brigade commander, Col. Robert T. Ault,
and Command Sgt. Maj. Antoine J. Duchatelier Jr.,
senior enlisted leader, assumed command and responsi-
bility of the troops in the newly-reactivated brigade.
“Today at Joint Task Force Carson, this combat
aviation brigade is being reformed, organized and
transformed into one of the Army’s most modernized
aviation brigades,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Bills,
senior mission commander, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort
Carson. “This is no small task, standing up a brigade,
especially an aviation brigade.
“In preparation for future missions, these leaders
and Soldiers, pilots, maintainers and logisticians will
fill new aircraft and execute a very aggressive
training plan,” said Bills. “This will build
combat power and capacity that will provide
this division the aircraft integration it
needs. I am confident that this leadership
team and the Soldiers standing before us
will rise to the challenge, to continue the
tradition of excellence that their unit has
stood for (for) so long.”
After uncasing the brigade colors, Bills
presented the 4th CAB guidon to Ault,
recognizing him as the leader assuming
command of the brigade on Fort Carson.
“The leaders and Soldiers of 4th CAB on
the field today are committed to building the
most professional and effective combat
aviation brigade in the Army,” said Ault. “In addition,
we embrace the opportunity to be part of, and build
the bigger team of, the Fort Carson and Front Range
community as an active responsible partner in
making the Front Range better for our presence.”
The activation ceremony and unfurling of the
brigade colors marked an important milestone of
the 4th CAB legacy, serving as a visible reminder the
brigade is back in service to the Army and nation,
“The activation of the 4th Combat Aviation
Brigade provides 4th Infantry Division, the Army and
our nation with additional capabilities and depth,”
said Ault. “The CAB will provide vital training and
operations support to the 4th Infantry Division. It
will also ease the frequent deployments for Army
pilots of the 12 existing CABs, and positively bolster
the local Colorado economy”
4th CAB looks forward to working with the
community, said Ault, noting the unit assisted
the community with fighting the Black Forest Fire
before its formal activation.
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Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, left, senior mission commander, 4th Infantry
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activation ceremony at Founders Field, Tuesday.
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An estimated 26,000 sexual
assaults occurred across the U.S.
military in 2012, which is roughly the
number of Soldiers on Fort Carson.
That number, along with a host
of other statistics related to sexual
harassment and assault, was published
in the Department of Defense Sexual
Assault Prevention and Response
Office report on sexual harassment for
2012, released in May.
The report has led to increased
scrutiny by Army leadership on its
SHARP program and the changes
needed to make sexual assault a thing
of the past.
Fort Carson has implemented three
key changes as a result of the latest
report and DOD guidance, said Lt. Col.
James Rouse, 4th Infantry Division
Equal Opportunity program manager.
Rouse said as the first step the
Army directed an active
records check of all sexual
assault response coordinators
and victim advocates, the
individuals who are the boots
on the ground for the SHARP
“We must ensure that we
have selected the right people
to perform these vitally
important responsibilities,” said Rouse.
The second step involved refresher
training for all SHARP personnel, to
provide the latest information regarding
sexual assault and harassment prevention
in the Army.
The third step provided leader
engagement training focused on
preventing and responding to sexual
harassment and assaults.
“Leaders should immediately
intervene, protect the victim, notify
the police and contact the chain of
command,” said Rouse. “The chain
of command should involve their
SARC or (victim advocate) in the
response to ensure the victim receives
the care they need and deserve.”
One statistic of note from the
report indicated increased reporting of
sexual assaults in 2012.
“While there was an increase in the
number of sexual assault reports in
the Department of Defense, this does
not necessarily mean that there was an
increase in the number of sexual
assaults,” said Rouse. “Historically,
sexual assaults are underreported.
The increase in reporting of sexual
assaults could indicate an increase in
the confidence of sexual assault victims
in the chain of command to respond
to cases of sexual assault and hold
Following the release of the
annual report, Army Chief of Staff
Gen. Raymond T. Odierno issued
an order for all units to conduct a
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response
Prevention stand-down day.
The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat
Team conducted its stand-down June
21 and Brigade Commander Col. Brian
Pearl said the responsibility should go
back into the hands of squad leaders
so they, as first-line supervisors, can
See SHARP on Page 8
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Task Force Long Knife Public Affairs
— With just 18 months remaining before
the end of coalition combat operations in
Afghanistan, Secretary of the Army John
McHugh met with U.S. and Afghan military
leaders at Forward Operating Base
Gamberi, June 20.
McHugh met with the Security Force
Advise and Assist Team that works with
the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps
commander and staff, to assess how that
mission is progressing.
“The SFAAT mission is the principal
focus right now,” said McHugh. “Very
young Soldiers and young officers and
NCOs are doing incredible work and doing
it well as they train our Afghan partners.”
The SFAAT is made up of Soldiers
from the 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division,
based out of Fort Hood, Texas, and the 1st
Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air
Assault), based out of Fort Campbell, Ky.
Each member of the team has an Afghan
counterpart on the ANA corps staff. These
U.S. and Afghan partners work together
every day to help the Afghan staff officers
identify and solve problems.
“The Afghans have the capabilities to
lead this mission and are getting better
every day,” said McHugh. “They are
developing as a military organization and
display the courage and willingness to
take on the fight.”
McHugh met Maj. Gen. Muhammad
Waziri, the commander of the ANA 201st
Corps, as well.
McHugh listened intently as Waziri
chronicled several recent successful military
operations that his corps has recently
accomplished in the seven provinces
north of Kabul without the aid of U.S.
military combat forces.
“All highways are open to traffic; we
pushed the enemy and insurgents from
Koi-Safi. The valley we used to call Death
Valley, we now call Peace Valley,” said Waziri.
In a particularly poignant moment in his
conversation with McHugh, Waziri spoke
on a personal level.
“I’ve lost three brothers in the last four
years (of the war), but I believe that the
Taliban flag will never fly over Afghanistan
again. I assure you,” said Waziri.
SFAATs are constructed to match U.S.
military skills withAfghan needs to guide the
ANA to a state of self-sufficiency. In the
case of the 201st Corps, it has worked as
designed. The increase in abilities and
confidence is unmistakable.
“Morale is very good and high. The
situation is getting better, not worse,” Waziri
proudly told McHugh.
McHugh left the sessions with the
SFAAT and Waziri with a better under-
standing of the effectiveness of the advise
and assist mission, and with respect for
the ANA commander.
Photo by Spc. John G. Martinez
Secretary of the Army John McHugh, center, speaks with Brig. Gen. Ronald
Lewis, deputy commander for support, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault),
left, and Maj. Gen. James McConville, commanding general, Combined Joint
Task Force-101, Regional Command-East, and the 101st Airborne Division
(Air Assault), at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, June 20.
See SecArmy on Page 8
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QUESADILLAS! TACOS! BURRITOS!
FAJITAS! FIESTA PACKS!SALADS!
Person pictured is not an actual solider.
Story and photos by
Spc. Andrew Ingram
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public
Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Soldiers
learned the complex process of securing and
evacuating U.S. citizens and employees from
American compounds in hostile nations, during
the Raider Response exercise at Udairi Range,
Kuwait, June 13-14.
After loading into UH-60 Black Hawk
helicopters under the cover of darkness, the 1st
Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, “Regulars,”
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division, augmented by additional elements
of the “Raider” Brigade, flew to a simulated
U.S. compound at the desert range, where they
quickly established a security perimeter and
began processing personnel for evacuation.
“The mission that the Army requires of
the Regulars is very complex,” said Command
Sgt. Maj. Timothy Edwards, senior enlisted
leader, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg. “This training is
important so our Soldiers clearly understand
these complexities, and how to properly execute
a noncombatant evacuation operation while in
hostile environments and under extreme stress.
Innocent civilians’ lives could depend on them,
and that is not something we take lightly.”
In addition to gaining a new skill set, the
Regulars also learned the importance of flexibility
and comfort in a variety of situations, said Edwards.
“We must be a very adaptable organization
and be able to operate in any operational environ-
ment, regardless of the mission given,” he said.
As the Regulars processed “civilian
employees” for evacuation, simulated indirect
fire “wounded” Soldiers and civilians alike, as
role-players dressed as local nationals rioted at
the compound’s gates.
Reacting to multiple threats throughout
the night added an air of importance and purpose
to the exercise, said Spc. Joshua Caulder,
infantryman, Company B.
“I’ve never done training like this before, so
it’s a good chunk of knowledge to add to my
arsenal” Caulder said. “Evacuating civilians can
be a complicated process. Maintaining account-
ability for civilian personnel, in-processing them
for flights, and keeping an eye out for possible
enemy activity all at the same time is complex.
I’m glad we are taking the time to learn how to
do all this properly.”
With the compound secure and noncombatants
processed, the Regulars called the Black
Hawks back in, loaded the civilians on the first
set of helicopters, and then took to the skies
themselves and returned to Camp Buehring.
1st Lt. Martin Harris, platoon leader,
Company B, said he valued the knowledge
gained during Raider Response.
“As American Soldiers, we will always care
about the welfare of our countrymen,” Harris
said. “As a regional security force, we have to
be prepared for situations like the one we
encountered tonight. Keeping our citizens
calm, getting them organized and getting them
safely out of a dangerous situation is one of the
most important jobs we can do as Soldiers, and
I am excited that we have the opportunity to
learn about these procedures.”
Right: Cpl. Toni Russo and
Spc. Daniel Desforges, human
intelligence collectors, Company A,
1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st
Armored Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division, speak with a
role-player “rioting” in front of
a simulated U.S. compound’s gate,
during Raider Response, June 13.
Above: Sgt. Michael Mordes,
health care specialist,
Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd
Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored
Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Infantry Division, inserts an IV into
the arm of a simulated patient,
during Raider Response, June 13.
12 MOUNTAINEER — July 5, 2013
Air Force Prior Service Program — is open to
certain former members of the military branches as
well as those currently serving in the Reserve and
Guard. The program has three categories of opportu-
nity: direct duty with no requirement for completed
years of service; direct duty with a requirement for
completed years of service (plus or minus nine
months); and various retraining opportunities. The
key element for those wanting to join through
the program is their most recent military job. Those
interested can contact a local recruiter to determine
eligibility. For more information or to locate a
recruiter, visit http://www.airforce.com/contact-
us/faq/prior-service/ or call 719-548-9899/8993.
Self-help weed control program — Department of
Defense regulations require training for people
applying pesticides on military installations. Units
interested in participating in the program must send
Soldiers for training on the proper handling,
transportation and application of herbicides. Once
individuals are properly trained by the Directorate of
Public Works base operations contractor, Fort Carson
Support Services, Soldiers can be issued the
appropriate products and equipment so units can treat
weeds in rocked areas around their unit. Weed control
training sessions for Soldiers are available the first
and third Monday of the month through September
from 10 a.m. to noon in building 3711. Products
and equipment will be available for Soldiers on a
hand receipt. Each unit may send up to five people
for training. For more information about the DPW
Self-Help Weed Control Program, call 896-0852.
Finance travel processing — All inbound and
outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it
Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family
member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay
inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231.
Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information.
First Sergeants’Barracks Program 2020 — is located
in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours
of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The
office assists Soldiers with room assignments and
terminations. For more information call 526-9707.
Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of
Public Works has an incentive program to prevent
recyclable waste from going to the landfill.
Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards
for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson
Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for
the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every
participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call
526-5898 for more information about the program.
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson
SergeantAudie Murphy Club meets the thirdTuesday
of each month at the Family Connection Center from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all
active members and those interested in becoming
future SAMC members. The club was originally a
U.S. Forces Command organization of elite noncom-
missioned officers but is now an Armywide program
for those who meet the criteria and have proven
themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a board/
leadership process. Contact SAMC president Sgt. 1st
Class Dawna Brown at 526-3983 for information.
Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is
responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort
Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance
of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper
and cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone
numbers and points of contact for services:
• Facility repair/service orders — Fort
Carson Support Services service order desk can be
reached 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 Eric
Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4.
firstname.lastname@example.org when needing trash containers, trash
is overflowing or emergency service is required.
• Facility custodial services — Call Bryan
Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@
mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints.
• Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan
Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.
• Motor pool sludge removal/disposal —
Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email
• Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary
Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ
@mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help
tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper.
• Base operations contracting officer
representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262
or email email@example.com for questions
on snow removal, grounds maintenance and
contractor response to service orders.
• Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at
524-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to
request latrines, for service or to report damaged
or overturned latrines.
• Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort Carson
Support Services, at 896-0797 or 524-2924 or
email email@example.com to request a facility,
parking or regulatory traffic sign.
The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is
able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building
1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiers
should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number
for after hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051.
75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held
Tuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from noon
to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private to sergeant
first class with a minimum General Technical
Score of 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 or
higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test; and
pass a Ranger physical. Call 524-2691 or visit
Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training —
is held July 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans
Chapel. Class is limited to the first 50 people.
Call 526-5613/5614 for details.
Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to
noon the second and third Wednesday of each
month at the Freedom Performing Arts Center,
building 1129 at the corner of Specker Avenue
and Ellis Street. The Retirement Services Office
recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to
the briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information.
ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the
first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing
sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness
Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come,
first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days
of their expiration term of service, but must attend no
later than 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transi-
tion leave. Call 526-2240/8458 for more information.
Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency
Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in
building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from
12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA
processes to include turning in excess property,
reutilizing government property, web-based
tools available, special handling of property and
environmental needs. To schedule an orientation,
contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.
firstname.lastname@example.org for receiving/turn in; Mike
Welsh at email@example.com for reutilization/web
tools; or Rufus Guillory at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays in
building 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 for
personnel being reassigned stateside is at 1 p.m.,
with the briefing starting at 1:30 p.m. Soldiers
are required to bring Department of the Army
Form 5118, signed by their physician and
battalion commander, and a pen to complete
forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for details.
Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held
the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon
at the education center, building 1117, room 120.
Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information.
Hours of Operation
Central Issue Facility
• In-processing — Monday-Thursday from
• 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; call
• Unit issues and turn ins — require
approval, call 526-5512/6477.
Education Center hours of operation — The
Mountain 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 11
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Army Learning Center — Monday-Friday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Defense Activity for Nontraditional
Education 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 building
217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Medical Activity Correspondence Department
office hours — The Correspondence (Release
of Information) Office in the Patient
Administration Division hours are Monday-
Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and closed Thursday and federal holidays. Call
526-7322 or 526-7284 for details.
Work Management Branch — The DPW Work
Management Branch, responsible for processing
work orders — Facilities Engineering Work
Requests, DA Form 4283 — is open for processing
work orders and other in-person support from 7-
11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Afternoon customer sup-
port is by appointment only, call 526-2900.The Work
Management Branch is located in building 1219.
Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness
Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP
process. The SRP Legal Office will only
provide powers of attorney or notary services to
Soldiers processing through the SRP. Retirees,
Family members and Soldiers not in the SRP process
can receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at
the main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St.,
building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center.
Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and
performs notary services on a walk-in basis from
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and
Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.
BOSS meetings are held the first
and third Thursday of each month
from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole.
Contact Spc. Anthony Castillo at
524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of The
Hub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS”
to 40404 to receive updates and event information.
Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operation
DFAC Friday-Sunday (DONSA) Monday-Thursday
Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.
Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.
Wolf Closed Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.
(Wilderness Road Complex)
Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
13July 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER
Army Community Service
Facility hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following
services will not be available on Fridays:
■ Army Emergency Relief *
■ Army Volunteer Corps
■ Community Information and Referral
■ Financial Readiness
■ Employment Readiness
■ Mobilization and Deployment
■ Family Enrichment classes
■ Family Advocacy Program
■ Citizenship and Immigration Services
■ Relocation Assistance Program
■ Family Connections (Loan Closet)
■ Survivor Outreach Services
■ Soldier and Family Assistance Center
■ Warrior Family Community Partnership
information and referral services
The following programs will have limited
services on Fridays:
■ SHARP — Open Friday, normal duty hours,
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
■ Victim Advocacy — Available Friday for
■ Exceptional Family Member Program —
limited services, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
■ Warrior Family Community Partnership
donations — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*AER covered by Red Cross (877-272-7337)
Defense Commissary Agency
Directorate of Emergency Services
■ No effect on current operations
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare
■ CYSS facilities — no effect on
■ No business or recreation facility hours have
been adjusted due to furlough
Directorate of Human Resources
The following offices will be closed on Fridays:
■ Army Substance Abuse Program
■ Army Continuing Education System
■ Official Mailroom (post office will remain open
in accordance with its published schedule)
The following offices will be open Fridays
with limited services:
■ In and out processing
■ ID cards
Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security
■ Anti-terrorism/Force protection office —
The following offices will be open Fridays
with limited services:
■ Ranges and Training Facilities
■ Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site
■ Simulations — Mission Training Complex
■ Ammunition Management
Directorate of Public Works
■ Housing Service offices — closed Fridays
■ Hazardous waste site — limited Friday services
■ No effect on current operations
■ USAG Command Group reduced hours of civilian
personnel on both Monday and Friday
The following offices will be closed Fridays:
■ Resource Management Office
■ Plans Analysis Integration office
■ Equal Employment Opportunity Office
■ Safety office
The following offices will be closed Fridays:
■ SJA Legal Assistance
■ Internal Review (every other week)
■ Installation Security Division
■ Ind. Military Training/Troop Schools
■ Reserve Component Support
■ DA Photos/Passport photos
■ Training Support Center
■ Emergency Management
Butts Army Airfield
■ Limited Friday services
expected on post
During the furlough, Evans Army
Community Hospital and its clinics
plan to maintain mostly normal
operations and the highest
standards of care. The hospital’s
emergency room and Mountain
Post Birthing Center will remain
Because of reduced staffing on
Fridays, clinics will take fewer
appointments. On Fridays, Warrior
Family Medicine Clinic will
consolidate providers with Iron
Horse FMC and see patients there.
The main hospital pharmacy will
have normal Friday hours (8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.) while the SFCC, Robinson,
Premier and DiRaimondo pharmacies
will be closed.
The hospital’s dining facility will
remain open, but with a limited
Call 526-CARE (2273) to
schedule and cancel appointments.
Editor’s note: Beginning Monday, Department of Defense civilian workers will be
furloughed, losing one day of work per week, up to 11 days, between July 8 and
Sept. 30. The furloughs will result in some reduced services on post and a loss of
20 percent of civilian pay. The following is a list of the expected effects of furlough
as provided by U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson.
Photo by Andrea Stone
Albert Sweet, store associate, sorts onions at the Fort
Carson Commissary, Monday. During the furlough, the
commissary will no longer be open on Mondays. All other
hours will remain the same.
Photo courtesy of Medical Department Activity
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Losing 20 percent of a paycheck
can be a hardship for many families,
but the Financial Readiness office
at Army Community Service is
ready to help.
The financial counselors began
teaching classes recently for furloughed
civilians, to help them estimate
what their reduced pay will be and
make a plan to cover the shortfall.
“We’re available at ACS, and we
can help all active duty, National
Guard, Reservists and … we can also
help all (Department of Defense)
civilians,” said Dallas Shrawder,
financial counselor with ACS. “No
other program at ACS is here for
civilians at Fort Carson.”
In the classes, counselors use a
basic budget plan to help attendees
see where their finances stand
and a furlough calculator to see
what their paychecks will look like
and to help them figure out if
there’s enough in their budget to
make up the shortfall.
“It’s tough when you get used to
making x amount of money. It’s hard
to make less because most people in the
U.S. spend all the money they make,”
he said. “(We) can help you find a
little bit of money if your budget
really doesn’t have any give in it.”
Some of the options to increase
income are adjusting Thrift Savings
Plan contributions, reducing
expenses and calling creditors to
ask about adding a payment to the
end of a loan, he said.
“If you know ahead of time (that
your income will be reduced), it’s
pretty easy to communicate with
your creditors,” Shrawder said.
Being proactive with finances
is critical for those with security
“If the individual needs a security
clearance for what they do, financial
issues is the one thing that doesn’t
go well with security clearance,” he
said. “We’ve seen a lot of people
having some problems trying to redo
security clearances. …We want to
make sure that we can keep them
employed. We need good people that
have good healthy backgrounds.”
The class has been taught to
more than 100 people at the Network
Enterprise Center and Evans
Army Community Hospital, but
the financial services are also
available on an individual basis.
“Anybody can come in one on one.
Absolutely all the services we have are
confidential,” Shrawder said. “It’s just
to help them get in a better position.”
His top recommendation is to
put cash flow down on paper, know
where the money goes and decide
what’s needed and what’s not.
“Try to get an emergency fund
tucked away so you have some access
to cash as quick as possible in case a
hardship would happen during your
less pay period,” he said. “If you lose
20 percent of your pay, and you haven’t
been doing routine care on your
vehicle (for example), Murphy really
strikes when you’re least prepared.”
But the planning doesn’t stop
when the furlough ends. When pay
returns to normal, if people have
adjusted to living on less, they can
use the 20 percent to pay down debt.
“If there’s some past due stuff, …
when your pay comes back in, maybe
we can take care of some of that
older stuff,” Shrawder said.
Dealing with finances comes
down to discipline, he said.
“If you’re not willing to do the
hard work, then we can’t help you in
Financial Readiness. All we do is
help you with some tools, help you
build some really good rapport with
your creditors so you can get some
plans in place,” Shrawder said.
Classes and one-on-one
appointments can both be made by
calling ACS, 546-4590 or 526-8747.
“Just having a plan in place
gives you that peace of mind you
need to feel more comfortable,”
all the services
we have are
— Dallas Shrawder
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Communication is the No. 1 issue to come out of
this year’s Army Community Service focus groups.
The meetings, which took place June 25-27 at the
Family Readiness Center, were an opportunity for
Fort Carson Soldiers and Families to tell ACS what’s
working and what’s not.
“We struggle with it, (letting people know)
where to go for information,” said Kristen Kea,
Warrior Family Community Partnership manager
for ACS. “In the next year, we’ll continue to work
on the marketing component for ACS, and how
people get information.”
For the last year, ACS has worked to make more
information available online through social media
sites, such as Facebook. But few of the focus group
attendees said they went to those sites for information.
“In this day and age of social media, they still
like information to be available through bulletin
boards and face-to-face contact,” Kea said.
“I always know what’s happening with
BOSS, but never with ACS,” a Soldier in one of
the groups commented.
Solving some of those communication issues
will take time, but other changes are being
On the ACS webpage, information on
upcoming events and classes is available under
event calendars, Kea said.
The more complex issues will go to the
different program managers.
“We take the feedback we get from the focus
groups and package it as an overall summary, then
take it to the ACS program managers,” she said.
“They gauge what changes they should be making
and set next year’s goals, whether it’s new program
development or making tweaks in how they get
the information out.”
One of the difficulties they face in communicating
about different programs is differentiating who
gets what information. It’s important to make sure
people get the information they need without being
bombarded with information they don’t.
“ACS is diverse with lots of different programs,”
Kea said. “How do you make sure survivors get
information on Survivor Outreach Services and
not on parenting programs they may not need?”
One positive that came out of the groups is
that, overall, people are pleased with the programs
offered through ACS.
“Nobody said that we didn’t have the right mix
of programs,” she said. “Of the people who are
attending the programs and attending the classes,
all are really satisfied with the quality of the
programs, the quality of the instructors and
the information coming across.”
While some people are taking advantage of
the services offered by ACS, others may not see it
as a place that can help them.
“There’s a general misconception that ACS is
more of a family organization, but there are single
Soldiers who would benefit from programs like
financial readiness,” one attendee said.
Other people see it as just a place to come
when you’re in financial trouble.
“You still fight a stigma problem that ACS
is a place where you go to get help,” Kea said.
“That’s just not the case. ACS is about programs
that connect you to the community. … I think
the people who attended the focus groups walked
away with a better understanding of the breadth
and variety of our programs. We’ll continue
working on perceptions, so that all Army
Families understand the strength and the variety
of our programs.”
“ACS is diverse with lots of different programs.”
— Kristen Kea
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Rafters give a group paddle “high-five” during
a Fort Carson Adventure Program white-water
rafting trip through Browns Canyon.
Photos courtesy Outdoor Recreation
By Nel Lampe
“Being in Colorado is great,” said Willie Phillips, a
member of Fort Carson’s Outdoor Recreation’s Warrior
Adventure Quest staff. “It’s an hour and a half to anything
you want to do — rock climbing, skiing, kayaking,
hiking in Red Rock Open Space, and you
can go do them with Outdoor Rec.”
“There are a lot of outdoor things to
do here (in Colorado),” said Albert
Brensing, a tourist from Wichita, Kan.
Phillips said that Fort Carson is one
of the most requested posts because of
the outdoor recreation opportunities. “But
sometimes those Soldiers don’t know
we’re (Outdoor Rec) here. We offer great
programs and you can’t beat the prices. The
staff is experienced, comes from all over
the country, went to school to train for it
and their passion is the outdoors,” he said.
White-water rafting season is
underway, and Outdoor Rec has trips
every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“There are half-day trips, overnight
trips and full-day trips,” Phillips said.
“The overnight trips are awesome to
do as a family.
“On the overnight trips, (participants) get the
adrenaline rush, have fun, get to sleep by the river, and
we cook dinner, clean up and drive. You just show up,
have a good time (with) no worries,” he said.
Other summer programs offered by Outdoor Rec
include private kayak instruction, a kayak pool session,
a Quick Start Kayak Course and a Kayaking Weekend.
Climbing trips include a two-day trip to Eleven
Mile Canyon, a weekend trip to New Mexico and a
Shelf Road Climbing Weekend.
Interested in mountain biking? Join instructors
5-8 p.m. July 16 or Aug. 20, to make the transition
from riding a bike to mountain biking. Bike rentals
are available. Or sign up for the Pikes Peak Downhill,
which includes a van ride to the top of
Pikes Peak, instruction, a bike rental
and the ride down. The trips are
scheduled for Aug. 10 or Sept. 7. Call
526-5366 to sign up for an activity.
Climbing wall activities are also
available at the Alpine Tower and at the
indoor climbing wall in Outdoor Rec or
in Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center.
The Equipment Checkout Center at
the Outdoor Recreation Complex has
mountain bikes, small sports equipment,
campers and camping gear available
for rent, call 526-1993.
“And as Trevor McConnell,
(program director and internship
coordinator, Adventure Programs
Education), always tells the interns,
‘You get to be the person in the picture,
not the one looking at the picture,’”
Fort Carson’s Outdoor
overnight and weekend
rock climbing trips,
perfect their skills
under the tutelage of
Bikers consult a trail map while mountain biking. Participants learn to ride over obstacles,
climb, descend and turn in rough stuff.
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Balfour Beatty awards scholarshipsStory and photo by
Paying for college will be a little
easier for two Fort Carson Families
after their daughters won scholarships
through the Balfour Beatty
Col. David Grosso, garrison com-
mander, presented the awards to Jordan
McDonough and Taylor Reed Monday.
“This is a big deal,” he told the
winners. “The fact that you were
singled out among all your peers
to receive this award from this …
nonprofit is a really big deal.”
McDonough, a 2013 graduate of
Fountain-Fort Carson High School,
will be attending Alderson Broaddus
University, Philippi, W.Va., in the fall.
Her goal is to be a physical therapist.
“I’ve been playing sports for so
long, and I’ve come out with weird
injuries. … Then I’d go and talk to the
trainer or physical therapist, and they’d
just know how to fix the body in
ways I never knew,” she said. “I just
think it’s really cool to be able to
put someone back on the court or
back onto the field, back into daily
activities, by just fixing the body.”
In spite of only being at FFC
for her senior year, McDonough
graduated as valedictorian of her class
and was team captain for the varsity
volleyball team. When her father,
Col. Bill McDonough, commander,
71st Ordnance Group, received
orders to Fort Carson, he gave her
the opportunity to stay in Virginia
for her senior year in high school.
“I didn’t want to separate Family. It’s
just a year,” Jordan McDonough said.
She plans to continue playing
volleyball in college.
“My season’s going to be so
busy, I’m just not going to have time
to miss home that much,” she said.
Her Family feels differently, though.
“We’ve had a couple (of) years
with her being the only (child) in the
house,”Bill McDonough said. “It’s
been really good. This’ll be a signifi-
cant change for us. … It’s 1,510 miles.
I already know the route to get there.”
Taylor Reed has already had a
year at college, studying art at New
Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
She plans to go into art therapy
helping children and teenagers.
“I love to help people,” she said.
“I love to help kids. I love being able to
interact with them and really help them
find their niche. Art is one of those
things that some people overlook.”
Reed was unable to attend the
ceremony because she’s serving on a
stateside mission with the campus
ministry group, Cru. The mission in
San Diego lasts nine weeks, and
almost immediately after she returns,
her Family will move to Germany.
“We are (transferring) to
Germany, and she’ll be staying here
(in the United States). That part’s hard
for me,” her mother, Pam Reed, said.
Taylor Reed is enjoying her time
in San Diego, though.
“It’s really interesting here, lots
of different perspectives,” she said.
“We just go out and get to know
people, and talk to people and get to
know their backgrounds, and what
they’re like spiritually.”
She hopes to join her Family in
Europe through a study-abroad pro-
gram doing one semester in Germany
and one semester in Greece, but her
hope is to someday be able to work
overseas as part of a mission.
“I really have a desire (to work)
with women and children who are
rescued from sex trafficking. I really
have a heart for them,” she said.
“This is an indicator, the kind of
kids who get selected for this,” Bill
McDonough said. “They don’t stop
just because the school year ends. …
It’s service to others.”
Balfour Beatty Communities
Foundation has awarded 32 academic
scholarships across the country this
year to the children of active-duty
military members currently residing
in BBC housing.
“We’ve been fortunate to have
winners from Fort Carson every year,”
said Lynn Rivera, senior community
manager, BBC. “We’ve always had at
least two winners from here.”
When talking with the winners
and their Families, Grosso remarked
on the resiliency of military children.
“We ask a lot of military Families,
spouses as well as kids, but the kids
had no vote in it,” he said. “But I will
tell you, based on my two eldest kids,
they had no problems moving. They
went through a week of separation,
but after that, they assimilated.
(They) have incredible coping skills
and assimilation skills that (their)
peers just (don’t have).”
Col. David Grosso,
addresses the winners
of the Balfour Beatty
Jordan McDonough —
her parents, Col.
Ordnance Group, and
Laura McDonough —
and Taylor Reed,
on a mission trip,
were among this