Vol. 71, No. 27 July 12, 2013
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KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — The
4th Infantry Division officially assumed command
of Regional Command (South) during a transition of
authority ceremony Monday at Kandahar Airfield.
After completing a 12-month tour in Southern
Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams, 3rd
Infantry Division commanding general, officially
handed over command to Maj. Gen. Paul J.
LaCamera, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div.
Several of Afghanistan’s top U.S. military and
Afghan officials attended the ceremony, including Gen.
Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the International Security
Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan
commander; Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commander of
the ISAF Joint Command; and Afghan Army Maj.
Gen. Abdul Hamid, 205th Corps commander.
The ceremony began with the arrival of the
official party, followed by the playing of the NATO
Hymn and The Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan
and United States
of America national
anthems by the 3rd
Infantry Division Band.
Abrams, Command Sgt.
Maj. Edd Watson and
their troops on an
incredible job done in
one of the most dan-
gerous and volatile
regions of Afghanistan.
He said their dedication and determination have
helped to make the future brighter for all Afghans.
“Not only have the Soldiers of RC(S) defended
the Afghan people, they have also enabled the
Afghan people to defend themselves through
the Afghan National Security Forces,” said Milley.
“It is the growing confidence, competence and
capabilities of the ANSF that will allow the people
of Afghanistan to live their lives without fear; and
all of you here today have helped to make that dream
a reality.” Abrams gave his final remarks to RC(S)
Soldiers, as he applauded ISAF and ANSF forces
for a job well done in Afghanistan, especially those
who gave their lives to this cause.
“It brings me great pride and honor to stand
among this amassed group of incredibly brave leaders,
who are fully invested in the security and governance
of Afghanistan,” said Abrams. “I am sincerely
humbled by the sacrifice extended in both blood and
treasure from all those
represented here today as
members of the coalition
and the ANSF.
“We are wrapping
up the 11th round of
this 12-round fight and
the ANSF of RC(S)
have proven their ability
to lead and conduct
for this 12th and final
round,” said Abrams.
“There is a Pashtun
proverb that says if you have jumped across a stream
once, the next jump becomes easier.”
Abrams also talked about how bittersweet his
departure from RC(S) has become. He said he had
confidence that the 4th Inf. Div. is well prepared to
take over operations.
“Paul LaCamera is a warrior, a proven leader
and a friend of Afghanistan,” said Abrams. “He and
his team prepared well for the mission.
“We will never forget the heroes, ISAF and
ANSF, who gave their lives in this noble endeavor,
this righteous fight; and we pray for their Families. I
hold you all in the highest regard and will never f
orget the generosity and hospitality to us during our
time here; Rock of the Marne.”
The incoming commander, LaCamera, gave his
remarks to coalition forces as commander of RC(S).
“It’s humbling to be in front of this group of
warriors and the proud people of Afghanistan,” said
LaCamera. “It is also good to be back in Afghanistan
among Afghan and coalition friends ... it is a
relationship that has helped to shape and define me as
a military leader and a citizen of my own country.”
LaCamera talked about his outlook on
Afghanistan’s future and extended his gratitude to
Abrams, his division and the ANSF forces.
“For every night there is a day that follows. The
country now sees the light; this year is better than last
year and better than the year before that ... as General
Hamid says,” said LaCamera. “The terrorist are scram-
bling and the Afghan National Security Forces are truly
an example of our division motto ‘Steadfast and Loyal.’
“We will continue to build on the relationship
our former RC commanders have built,” he said.
“We will continue to provide support for training,
development and operations.”
Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, second from left, 4th
Infantry Division commanding general and incoming
Regional Command (South) commanding general, and
3rd Infantry Division Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson,
outgoing command sergeant major, uncase the
Combined Joint Task Force-4 colors during a transfer of
authority ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Monday.
Regional Command South
“We will continue to
build on the relationship
our former (Regional
commanders have built.”
— Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera
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Training room clerk, 1st Battalion, 66th
Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
Iron Horse Strong?
What makes me
I joined the Army in
September 2008 to travel, serve my
country and try to make a
difference in the world.
I am proud to serve and continue
the traditions that have already
been established by those who have
served before me. I am a first
generation American in my Family,
so it is important for me to help set
that trend for my Family as well.
I continue to serve to help keep
our country free. It is important
for me to support the guys that
fight on the front lines.
My Family, friends and support
network help to keep me strong.
My ability to overcome and adapt
to whatever my environment is, is
what makes me Iron Horse strong.
Commentary by Spc. Andrea G. Meyer
1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
The Warrior Ethos is the four basic sentences every
Soldier knows and the highlight of the Soldier’s Creed. It is
not just something we said in Basic Training every morning,
but it serves as a guideline for what it takes to be a true
Soldier set forth by those who have served before us, the ones
who gave their lives so that you and I could be here today.
I will always place the mission first. When you
become a Soldier, you take an oath to defend the American
way of life and the American people. American Soldiers
are willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to defend that
freedom, even if that means sacrificing their lives.
I will never accept defeat. Defeat means failure, and
American Soldiers are not failures. We all have our reasons
for becoming Soldiers, whether that is Family, patriotic
pride, or wanting to become a member of a team much
larger than ourselves. Those are what keep us going. Those
Sgt. Steven A. Abercrombie, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg.
Spc. Zachary E. Bandli, 534th Sig. Bn.
Spc. Dury Juan L. Brafort, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg.
Spc. Jordan M. Carey, 764th Ord.
Sgt. William J. Cochran, Psy. Ops. Company, Det. 3
Sgt. Avery T. Collins, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.
Spc. Jade A. Conteen, 404th ASB
Cpl. Carlos F. Estevezceli, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.
Sgt. Zachary J. Fife, 764th Ord.
Sgt. Ryan R. Gaskins, 764th Ord.
Sgt. Billie J. Getche, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.
Spc. Raul E. Gudino Jr., 704th BSB
Sgt. Kristene Hahn, 5025th USAG
Sgt. Scott W. Ingle, 1st Bn., 25th Avn. Reg.
Spc. Jonathan B. Johnson, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg.
Spc. Thomas C. Mcfadden, 52 Eng. Bn.
Spc. Adam R. Messenger, 764th Ord.
Spc. Andrea G. Meyer, 1st STB
Spc. Noah M. Pelc, 71st EOD
Sgt. Drew W. Pierpont, 2nd GSAB
Spc. Peter R. Pifer, 4th CAB
Spc. Patrick A. Regan, 4th Bn., 42nd FA Reg.
Spc. Joshua E. Richardson, 10th CSH
Spc. Andrew M. Sanders, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg.
Spc. Francisco Solis, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.
Spc. Jeremiah W. Stoelb, 4th Eng. Bn.
Spc. April M. Thompson, 3rd STB
Sgt. Naomi Thompson, 2nd GSAB
Spc. Ruben M. Urquidez, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg.
Spc. Crystal M. Wepman, 928th Med.
Spc. Christopher S. Whitfield, 4th BCT
Sgt. Kevin M. Wood, 89th MP
Spc. Matthew O. Zevenbergen, 3rd Bn., 157th FA Reg.
Spc. Patrick A. Regan
Warrior Ethos a guideline for a true Soldier
Top WLC graduates
Sgt. Zachary J. Fife
Spc. Andrea G. Meyer
Warrior Ethos awards
See WLC on Page 4
3July 12, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER
By Staff Sgt. Henry W. Marris III
3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
Office, 4th Infantry Division
Col. Michael C. Kasales relinquished command of 3rd
Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, to Col.
Gregory F. Sierra during a ceremony Monday at Founder’s Field.
Kasales said he was proud to have been commander of 3rd
ABCT and thanked the Soldiers and Families of the brigade.
“The Families directly contributed to our mission success
at Fort Carson and while deployed,” Kasales said. “Each of
the brigade’s accomplishments didn’t happen by luck. They
were accomplished by an organization of outstanding leaders
and highly-trained troopers.”
Brig. Gen. Michael A. Bills, acting senior commander,
4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, and reviewing officer for the
ceremony, thanked the Soldiers of the brigade for their continued
service to the unit, the division and the nation.
From left, Col. Michael
C. Kasales, outgoing
commander, 3rd Armored
Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Div.; Brig.
Gen. Michael A. Bills,
acting senior commander,
4th Inf. Div. and Fort
Carson; Col. Gregory
F. Sierra, incoming
commander, 3rd ABCT;
and Lt. Col. Edward
Ballanco, commander of
troops and executive
officer, 3rd ABCT; conduct
an inspection of troops
Monday at Founders
Field during a change
of command ceremony.
See 3rd ABCT on Page 4
Photos by Edward Martens
4 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013
Your battle buddy is your best friend in the heat of
combat. There’s no better feeling than knowing someone
has your back when it counts most. But you may not
realize the hazards you and your buddies face off duty can be just as
deadly as the enemy.
¶ All military personnel have a duty and responsibility to “look out
for” and “protect” each other 24 hours a day.
¶ The Battle Buddy Program is designed to ensure every Soldier
has another Soldier that works with him or is fully aware
of his daily activities and personal issues that may be affecting
¶ Battle buddies are empowered to take actions necessary to protect
each other, prevent unsafe or unwise actions and ensure Soldiers
do what is right, legally and morally, at all times.
¶ A battle buddy is more than just a “social” companion; they
are Soldiers who live the Soldier’s Creed and never leave a
¶ A battle buddy is responsible for intervening or requesting
assistance if a buddy is in trouble or is in danger of committing
misconduct. He is also ready to listen and lend assistance to
his buddy, regardless of day or time.
¶ Encourage your battle buddy to get involved when he witnesses
at-risk behaviors such as drinking and driving, speeding, texting
or talking on a cell phone while driving.
¶ You have tremendous influence with your peers, and you can make
a positive impact on their risk decisions by reaching out when
they need help.
¶ Doing nothing is never the answer — make a move and always
have your buddy’s back.
Source: Command Policy CG-01 Fort Carson Battle Buddy
Program and Battle Buddy Risk Assessment — U.S. Army Combat
DISCIPLINEare the things we choose to
defend. Those are the things we
will not fail.
I will never quit is the absolute
true meaning of what an American
Soldier is and the single most
important part of the ethos. Never
quitting in the face of adversity and
finding a way to always accomplish
any mission is what makes American
Soldiers so great. Soldiers and
Families — past and present —
have faced a great deal of adversity
in times of war and have shown
much resiliency to fight through
what they have encountered and
continue to push forward.
I will never leave a fallen
comrade. Whether it is in garrison or
downrange, we have a responsibility
to one another. It is the part of the
Warrior Ethos that makes us different
from everyone else. While our
enemies will leave their weaker
Soldiers behind, we as Americans
help our Soldiers no matter what.
Regardless of military occupation
specialty, every Soldier plays an
important role in our team.
The English author G. K.
Chesterton said it best, “The true
Soldier fights not because he hates
what is in front of him, but because
he loves what is behind him.” This
is our country. This is what we
love. This is what we will defend,
and this is what we will die for. I
will always place the mission
first. I will never accept defeat. I
will never quit. I will never leave a
fallen comrade. I am a guardian of
freedom and the American way
of life. I am an American Soldier.
from Page 2
Sierra previously commanded
2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment,
3rd Inf. Div., Fort Stewart, Ga., from
2008-2011. While in command, his
unit deployed as part of an advise and
assist brigade to Operations Iraqi
Freedom and New Dawn. After
command, Sierra was assigned to
the National Training Center, Fort
Irwin, Calif., where he served as the
operations officer from 2011-2012.
Sierra’s most recent assignment
was as a student at the College of
Naval Warfare, Naval War College in
Sierra said the ceremony was
about the unit’s legacy and what the
future holds for the Soldiers and
Families of the “Iron” brigade.
“I promise to provide the best
leadership and focus I can to accom-
plish our missions, while caring for
our Soldiers and Families,” Sierra
said. “I look forward to forging a
team with the leaders, Soldiers and
Families and attacking each mission
that comes our way.”
from Page 3
Photo by Sgt. William Smith
The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard presents the
nation’s colors during the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days Parade, Wednesday, in
downtown Colorado Springs. During Fort Carson Night, 57 Joint Task Force
Carson Soldiers received medallions as a token of appreciation for their service
to the nation and were recognized on the arena floor, and post Soldiers competed
in the wild cow-milking contest, Wednesday. The mounted color guard will
present the colors and participate in the grand entry each night of the rodeo,
which concludes Saturday.
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SHARPstanddownempowersjuniorleadersBy Sgt. Jessica A. Parker
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public
Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Soldiers and leaders of 4th Infantry Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, took a stand
against sexual assault and harassment June 21 during
the first Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and
Prevention stand down day on Fort Carson.
Following the release of the annual SHARP
report for 2012, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army
chief of staff, issued an order that all units will
conduct a SHARP stand down no later than June 25.
“The Army has always been on the forefront of
change; the Army is going to a proactive stance
instead of a reactive stance,” said Cory Wilson, lead
instructor, Army SHARP program. “This program is
very productive, and Soldiers do not have to fear
being raped or sexually assaulted, because the Army
is taking measures against it.”
It is possible that increased numbers could mean
increased awareness, said Staff Sgt. Dina Moreno,
sexual assault response coordinator, 4th IBCT.
Soldiers are learning and realizing that they have the
right to stay safe and protected no matter the situation.
“There is no place in this military organization
for sexual harassment or sexual assault, it undermines
the trust and confidence that Soldiers, civilians and
Family members have entrusted us (with) as an
organization to protect them,” said Moreno. “The
toughest war we are fighting right now on the
battlefield is not the one that we see outside or in
the news, it’s the one that’s within our ranks with the
sexual assault and sexual harassment,”
The goal is to engage and empower lower-
ranking Soldiers to take initiative to halt sexual
assault and sexual harassment, said Col. Brian Pearl,
commander, 4th IBCT, 4th Inf. Div.
“We are a family here, and there’s good and bad
things in every family. Every family
has to embrace each member of that
family,” said Command Sgt. Maj.
Danny Day, senior enlisted leader, 4th
IBCT. “We have a good family; we ask
you to take ownership of this and take
care of your family.”
Replacing battalion-level safety brief
formations with more personal platoon
and squad-level briefings, puts the
responsibility back into the hands of
the squad and team leaders, Pearl said
during a discussion with the senior
leadership of the brigade during the
SHARP stand down. These first-line
supervisors know their Soldiers, and can
be the first line of defense against sexual
harassment and sexual assault incidents.
“Its about the environment, it’s
about trust, and it’s about empowering
our junior leaders,” said Pearl.Photo by Sgt. Nelson Robles
Command Sgt. Maj. Danny Day, senior enlisted leader, 4th Infantry Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, speaks with leadership on the
importance of empowering junior leaders to take initiative to reduce
the amount of sexual assault and harassment cases throughout the Army.
By Sgt. Jessica Parker
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public
Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Soldiers from Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 77th
Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, demonstrated
their proficiency in sling load operations on Fort
Carson, June 20.
Working in conjunction with a CH-47 Chinook
flight team from Company B, 2nd General Support
Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th
Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., “Steel
Warriors” Soldiers prepared ammunition loads for
pickup and drop off.
The importance of this sling load training was
“to exercise the skills learned during (Sling Load
Inspectors Certification Course) in support of the
exercise,” said 1st Sgt.
Stephen Lavigne, the
Battery B top enlisted
Sgt. Taylor Bruce,
gunner, Battery B, 2nd
Bn., 77th FA Reg.,
was the Soldier on the
ground who hooked
the 450-pound crate of
ammunition to the
helicopter, while buf-
feted by high winds
and clouds of dirt, as
Sgt. John Watkins,
ammunition team chief,
Battery B, guided the
CH-47 to its target.
Both sergeants are
certified in the SLICC.
The sling load
training was a part of a
weeklong field exercise
including a platoon-
sized element live-fire
6 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013
load team as
it works to
load to the
Photo by Sgt. Nelson Robles
Photo by Sgt. Jessica Parker
Chief Warrant Officers 2 Kekila Keuma and Alex
Muksunov, pilots with Company B, 2nd General Support
Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat
Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, maneuver a CH-47
Chinook into position to attach the awaiting 450-pound
crate of ammunition that Sgt. Taylor Bruce, left, gunner,
Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment,
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., prepared
for pickup, June 20.
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Story and photo by Sgt. Nelson Robles
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public
Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
When injuries occur on the battlefield, the
skills of the medic can save lives.
These skills are honed in training events,
such as the 704th Brigade Support Battalion,
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Infantry Division, field exercise held on Fort
Carson, June 17-20.
Company C, 704th BSB, set up a full
medical aid station in the field, the same as
they would on larger-scale exercises, and
trained on trauma treatment at different levels.
“The importance here is to set up the role 2
(medical aid station), since we have a lot of new
people that have come in since (the) last deploy-
ment,” said Capt. Michael Baddley, commander,
Company C. “We are seven months off (of
deployment), and I’ve only got about a dozen
people out here that have set this up in the past.”
“The idea was to get them all to be able to
pass that knowledge from one crew to the next,”
he said. “It’s a great chance for us to set up and
see where we’re at in preparation for ‘Mountain
Strike,’” a collective training event to be held
in August that will evaluate company-level
operations across all of the 4th IBCT battalions.
The nine-day exercise will simulate the
brigade’s anticipated mission to advise and assist
Afghan Security Forces in 2014, and will prepare
the brigade for its rotation to the National
Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., in November.
The medics also had the opportunity to train
in air medevac procedures, with the assistance of
2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th
Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation
Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., in preparation for future
Once the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter
landed, cold-load training began. Medics were
instructed on the safety procedures to follow
when loading and unloading patients, and then
put these skills to use during a simulated
convoy with Company A, 704th BSB.
A simulated improvised explosive device
halted the convoy, and the medics jumped into
action, stabilizing the wounded.
“It was exciting; it was an adrenaline rush,”
said Pvt. Joel Paredes, medic, Company C,
704th BSB, speaking of the convoy. “I received
a lot of training, and I was able to use everything
I learned during this training event. It’s very
important training, because you can make your
mistakes here instead of on the battlefield.”
Pvt. Joel Paredes,
medic, Company C,
IV during a field
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Lt. Col. Gerardo Meneses, commander, 242nd Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD),
and Command Sgt. Maj. Derryl Valk, senior enlisted leader,
prepare to case the battalion colors ahead of the unit’s
deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom, during a ceremony July 2 at the Special
Events Center. The 242nd EOD Soldiers will serve a 12-month
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establishments off limits to Fort Carson Soldiers.
Per the memorandum, all Fort Carson uniformed personnel
are prohibited from entering the following areas and establishments
within Colorado Springs and surrounding areas:
13July 12, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER
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 oppor-
tunity: 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
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the second
Tuesday of each month at 840 O’Connell Blvd. 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 Ramsey Flores at 832-498-1402 or
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions
on snow removal, grounds maintenance and
contractor response to service orders.
• Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at
524-0786 or email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Wednesday through July 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 transition leave. Call 526-2240/8458 for
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.
email@example.com for receiving/turn in; Mike
Welsh at firstname.lastname@example.org for reutilization/web
tools; or Rufus Guillory at email@example.com.
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
support is by appointment only, call 526-2900.
The Work Management Branch is located in
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.
Special Forces briefings are
held Wednesdays from noon
to 1 p.m.
Special Operations Forces
briefings are held
Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m.
Briefings are held in building 1430, room 123. Call
524-1461 or visit http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb.
Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operation
DFAC Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday
Stack 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.
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.
(Wilderness Road Complex)
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.
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.
14 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013
Story and photos by Sgt. Nelson Robles
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
On the modern battlefield, Soldiers are not alone
in the fight. Army aviation is a radio call away to
provide close combat attack support, but Soldiers
have to know how to ask for this help.
The Digital Air Ground Integration program uses
the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer system,
where Soldiers work alongside a combat aviation
team to improve communication skills. The simulator
consists of a full digital AH-64D Apache Longbow
cockpit and a ground com-
mand center that can work
together to service targets
on the virtual battlefield.
Soldiers monitor their
convoy and radio for support
when needed along the route
as the digital Apache circles
and maneuvers around them.
“Through this training
we hope Soldiers gain
confidence in Army attack aviation and become
familiar with techniques and tactics to help
them become successful on the battlefield,”
said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Keith
Knicely, AH-64D pilot in command,
Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Combat
Aviation Brigade. During missions on a
deployment, anyone can call for CCA
support and generally it’s lower enlisted
who radio for it, Knicely said.
“Many are inexperienced in communi-
cating with CCA teams and get caught up
in radio etiquette instead of just saying
what they need,” Knicely pointed out when
speaking of his previous experiences. “We
hope they get the confidence here so when they get
to Afghanistan, it is second nature.”
Some of the Soldiers attending this training
have already relied on CCA support during recent
deployments to the Middle East. Others were
experiencing this for the first time, and having the
aviation team there to interact with and learn from
added to the experience for both groups.
“It was helpful to have the actual pilots there
and speak to them instead of just a simulator,” said
Staff Sgt. Justin Holmes, senior scout, 3rd
Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry
Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “For
someone who hasn’t had any (deployment) experience,
the training today mirrored what actually happens
when deployed. It’s something everyone needs to
know; it is important.”
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Howard,
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25th Combat Aviation Brigade, receives
target information while piloting a virtual
AH-64D Apache Longbow, June 11.
Dan Krueger, right, battle master, Aviation Combined
Arms Tactical Trainer system, controls virtual enemy
placement and movement during the Digital Air Ground
Integration Training on Fort Carson, June 11.
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Hospital plan limits pain for patientsBy Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Troth
Medical Department Activity
Public Affairs Office
The Department of Defense’s
mandatory furlough began this
week. As a result, more than 1,250
civilians with the Fort Carson
Medical Department Activity will
be out of the hospital and its clinics
for 11 days, or 88 work hours,
from July through September.
To mitigate the effects of the
furlough on patients, hospital
leadership developed a plan that
allows the clinics to continue to
see patients without compromising
the standard of care given.
“The furlough will not affect
the quality or safety of care we give
our patients,” said Col. Thomas
Rogers, Fort Carson Medical
Department Activity deputy
commander for clinical services.
“Our clinics will remain open and
manned by the same active-duty
providers who are there on other days.
“We will lose the majority of our (civilian)
employees on Fridays, but there are many clinics that
are spreading out the furlough time (during the week)
to allow us to carry on our daily missions.”
To keep in step with the rest of Fort Carson, the
majority of the hospital’s civilians will take Fridays off
as their mandatory furlough day.
“Friday is generally our lowest demand day in the
(Family Medicine) clinics,” said Maj. Ramona Decker,
head nurse for Family Medicine Services. “But, we also
wanted to follow what the post was doing, since a lot of
our staff have spouses who also work on post and are
being furloughed on Fridays.”
On Fridays, clinics will be manned by active-duty
Army medics who will screen patients instead of
civilian nurses. In order to compensate for the personnel
shortages, the Warrior Family Medicine Clinic will
be closed so its military staff can join forces with the
Iron Horse Family Medicine Clinic staff. Robinson
Family Medicine Clinic will remain open during the
furlough. Beneficiaries with acute issues may be
referred to these two clinics.
“For inpatient care and pediatrics, our nursing staff
(members) are rotating their furlough days (during the
week), so we will have (registered nurses) and (licensed
practical nurses) available throughout the week,” said
Lt. Col. Julie Tullberg, Department of Medicine chief.
Even with the consolidation, the clinics will not
be at full staffing on furlough days. This means they
will not be able to see the same number of patients as
on a normal day. Pediatrics has 12 providers who each
see an average of 17-20 patients a day. Of those 12, only
four providers are active duty and will be working on the
furlough days. So, instead of seeing almost 250 patients
a day, the clinic will see around 80 on Fridays during
“Because we are not going to have our normal nursing
staff, we are not going to have routine immunizations in
the pediatrics clinic on Fridays,” said Tullberg. “So if
you need a well-baby appointment, it will not be scheduled
on a Friday.”
The allergy, dermatology and neurology clinics
have numerous active-duty providers. The civilian nurses
there are rotating their days off in order to continue to
provide appointments on Fridays, although they will
still have fewer appointments available than Mondays
“We are asking that on Fridays, patients make
appointments only for acute concerns, things that can’t
wait until Monday,” said Decker.
“Nearly 80 percent of staffing of Evans Army
Community Hospital comes from our dedicated
civilian staff,” said Lt. Col. Eric Poulsen, Fort Carson
Medical Department Activity deputy commander for
administration. “On furlough days, there will be some
increases in wait times and fewer appointments, but
we have made every effort to minimize the impact on
While the majority of the hospital’s civilian staff
are scheduled to work one less day a week through
September, more than 330 civilians will not be affected
by the furlough.
“We have exemptions that are in place that enable
us to continue our critical missions, such as inpatient
services and (obstetrics),” said Rogers. “These
exemptions were determined on a strictly clinical basis,
of what areas needed to be open.”
The hospital leadership has included in its
furlough mitigation plan contingencies for when staff
members must work past their regular duty day.
“Overtime is not something that we are going to
disregard, we know that we are going to need overtime,”
said Rogers. “If we have mothers that are laboring we
have to have staff present. We are not going to send
someone home just because of the furlough. Patient
care will always come first, and we will be able to allow
overtime in those cases.”
“We want our patients to know a few things,” said
Decker. “If they need care on Friday, we are open and here
for them, and the quality of care they receive on furlough
days will be equal to any other day.”
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Troth
Capt. Andrew Gilbert, chief of Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, does
a pre-operative check on a patient. During the upcoming
mandatory furlough, the Fort Carson Medical Department
Activity clinics will have less appointments available.
“We will lose the majority of
our (civilian) employees on
Fridays, but there are many
clinics that are spreading out
the furlough time (during
the week) to allow us to carry
on our daily missions.”
— Col. Thomas Rogers
Clinics closed Fridays
Ø Premier Clinic
Ø Warrior Family Medicine
with Iron Horse Family
Ø Disease Management
Ø Nutrition Care Clinic
Ø Pain Clinic
Ø Soldier Readiness Processing
— less than 50-percent, Mondays and Fridays
Ø Internal Medicine
Ø Ears, Nose and Throat
Ø General Surgery
Ø Physical Exams
Ø Wellness Center
— about 80 percent, Mondays-Fridays
Ø Behavioral Health
Ø Physical Therapy
Ø Occupational Therapy
Tips for patients
Evans Army Community
Hospital officials recommend
the following tips to their
patients during the furlough:
Ø Pharmacy — Go early
or late in the day when
patient volume is lower. For
prescriptions with refills
remaining, call 524-4081.
Ø Use Secure Messaging
Service — SMS is a web-
based tool that allows patients
to ask questions, request
refills, or search for patient
information. Register with
primary health care provider.
Ø Schedule appointments
Monday-Thursday — when
clinics are operating at higher
capability. Fridays will be
primarily limited to acute/
Ø Use the Emergency Room
only for emergencies.
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Reaching the goal of net zero waste at Fort
Carson is getting a boost through a waste service
contract that began in May, which includes the
task of collecting compostable waste at several
dining facilities and the commissary.
Six Nations, the new recycle and refuse
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patron’s plates at the dining facilities.
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a large-scale compactor.
“Organic waste typically is the second largest
percentage of municipal waste behind paper products,”
said Eric Bailey, recycle program manager,
Operations and Maintenance Division,
Directorate of Public Works. “Having large
generators of that material on post, we
believe it’s an easy approach to putting another
major dent in landfill-bound materials.”
The dining facilities generate about 150
pounds of food waste per meal, said Jack
Haflett, DPW pollution prevention coordinator.
At the commissary, nearly 70 percent of the
waste disposed of is from food spoilage.
Bailey estimates that through the
compost collection effort, up to 1,200 tons of
food waste will be collected and diverted
from going to the landfill yearly.
Many items are compostable, to include
such things as fruit and vegetable peels,
meat, tea bags, coffee grounds, bread, egg
shells and various paper products.
At its end state, the waste becomes
beneficial again, becoming compost through
natural decomposition of the material with
other wastes (such as bio-solids, gypsum,
wood, yard wastes, etc.). Once the compost
process is complete, it can be used as natural
fertilizer that is rich in nutrients, explained Bailey.
Sgt. Donald Dew, repair and utility noncom-
missioned officer at Wolf Dining Facility, 43rd
Sustainment Brigade, was trained by the contractor
when composting was begun at the facility. Food
waste from Wolf DFAC fills both waste containers
located at the back of the facility daily, said Dew.
Dew, a “born and raised farm boy” from
North Dakota likes the idea that through his
DFAC’s composting efforts, landfill disposal is
avoided and the food eventually becomes fertilizer.
Initiatives on Fort Carson, such as composting,
can help drive community behavior. As the
installation invests in composting, Haflett hopes it
contributes to an even wider push for composting —
even possibly to people’s homes.
The amounts of composted waste collected at
the three DFACs and commissary will be measured
periodically to evaluate the progress of the program
and help determine if it should be expanded to other
Fort Carson facilities where food is served, including
restaurants, schools and child development centers.
The DPW headquarters, building 1219, led the
initial composting effort for Fort Carson in June
2012 when it began collecting food waste and
paper products. Haflett estimates that the DPW
has diverted 3,000 pounds of compostable waste,
about 70 percent of the total waste from the
building, from going to the landfill.
officer in charge
for the Wolf
into a bin for
Garbage in, compost out
New service collects food wasteUnits, directorates and tenants interested in
composting at their facilities can call the
Directorate of Public Works pollution prevention
coordinator at 526-4340 for more information.
17July 12, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER
Story and photo by
Seven years ago, six people met in
a room on the second floor of Army
Community Service to discuss the
needs of Soldiers wounded in combat.
Out of that group has grown the
Colorado Injured Military Support
Network, a statewide network with an
email distribution list of more than 700.
The group’s mission is to provide
support and services to wounded
servicemembers, to help them
meet the complex challenges they
face as they continue their military
careers or transition to civilian life.
“Our initial focus was to at least
establish a (safety) net to catch some
of those injured veterans who’ve fallen
… through the cracks, but at the same
time, there are programs that benefit
active duty as well,” said Nate Nugin,
CIMS co-facilitator and one of the
founders, and Family Enrichment
Program manager for ACS.
The group celebrated its
anniversary June 28 at the Armed
Services YMCA. Fort Carson Military
Family Life counselors, as well as
representatives from ACS, Warrior
Family Community Partnership and
the garrison attended.
“I understand that this group has
been together for seven years now,”
said Lt. Col. Gregory Hardy, plans
and operations officer, Directorate of
Plans, Training, Mobilization and
Security. “To me, that says you’re not
in it for the thanks. You’re in it for the
peace and joy that fills your heart …
when (you) lose (yourself) in the
service of others. … Know that you are
making a difference. You’re helping
individuals. You’re helping Families.”
The goal of the monthly meetings
is to connect different organizations
and individuals who serve the
military, especially wounded
warriors. Sometimes providers may
not know all the programs and
services that are already available.
“The idea is that, for everybody
that has a need, there’s probably a
program out there that might benefit
(them), and, conversely, for every
individual, organization or agency
that offers services out there,
there’s probably someone who
needs those services,” Nugin said.
Over the years, there have been
organizations and individuals at CIMS
that retrofit vehicles or houses for
injured servicemembers, offer counseling
services for them and their Families
and offer scholarships or educational
benefits. Some of the groups involved
have been faith-based organizations,
some are charitable organizations and
others are individual practices.
However, if people come to CIMS
with a financial motive, looking to
drum up business or find a new source
of clients, they are asked to leave.
“That’s not the intent. The intent is
to reach out and provide services and
support to that target population,”
Nugin said. “If you have a true desire
to serve those who serve, and it’s
not for primarily financial gain, then
this is a place that you can come.”
The group is informal, without
bylaws or officers. Attendees bring
their lunches, listen to speakers
and have an opportunity to network
at the end. People have come to
meetings from as far north as
Cheyenne, Wyo., and as far south
as Durango and Trinidad.
“Lots of folks come, and one of
the comments is, ‘I’ve never seen
anything quite like this,’” Nugin said.
“The longevity of CIMS is really
impressive to me, that people continue
to come with no expectation beyond
finding out about other programs,
individuals, organizations, that might
be able to fill a need that they can’t.”
The meetings, at 11 a.m. the last
Friday of every month at the Armed
Services YMCA, are open to anyone
and no registration is needed.
“It’s a great program,” said Nugin.
“The spirit of Fort Carson is at the
YMCA every fourth Friday at CIMS.”
Michelle Slattery, Veterans Trauma Court
evaluator and professional research
Springs, addresses attendees at the
Colorado Injured Military Support Network
at the Armed Services YMCA, June 28.
19July 12, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER18 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, washes down his M1165 Expanded Capacity General Purpose Vehicle after spending 14 days in the Mojave Desert during
a rotation to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., June 29. The Soldiers cleaned more than 1,500 vehicles before returning to Fort Carson.
Soldiers of 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,
sleep under the stars as they prepare to leave for a new location early the
next morning during the brigade’s rotation to the National Training
Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., June 25. Soldiers of the brigade would routinely
have to pack up and momentarily live in the elements, as the brigade
would jump multiple times during the simulated battle.
By Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch
2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public
Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT IRWIN, Calif. — A monthlong exercise
in the Mojave Desert concluded July 5 for more
than 3,500 Soldiers from the “Warhorse” Brigade
at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.
The training event, which began June 4, focused
on the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Infantry Division, conducting multiple training
objectives including offensive and defensive
operations, movement to contact operations,
logistical resupply and key leader engagements.
“In 21 years in the Army and 10 rotations at
training centers, I have never seen a brigade combat
team come out with a better state of readiness or
to have been so successful as 2nd Brigade was,”
said Lt. Col. Andrew Koloski, deputy commanding
officer, 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div.
“Warhorse” Soldiers took advantage of the
wide open spaces at NTC to conduct training from
company through brigade levels in order to prepare
for a hybrid threat.
“Training here gives us the flexibility to maneuver
on open ground against a common enemy with
similar capabilities and maneuver through an urban
environment while destroying an insurgent threat,”
said Capt. Nicholas Rinaldi, commander, Company
C, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd ABCT.
Rinaldi, who has been in command a few months,
said he cherished the training with his Soldiers.
“It’s great and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,”
said Rinaldi. “These guys work extremely hard to
make sure that our vehicles are ready to go, that they
are trained properly and when we execute a mission,
they always succeed.”
Soldiers also said they enjoyed the training.
“The training was pretty good,” said Spc.
Christopher Drawbond, armor crewman, Company C,
1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg. “This was the first time
I have really done force-on-force training.”
Prior to conducting the brigade force-on-force
training, Drawbond and his unit participated in
battalion level live-fire training.
“It was definitely an eye-opening experience,”
said Drawbond. “You have to be cognizant of a
lot more, and know what the units to your left
and right are doing at all times.”
Brigade senior leadership said the Soldiers
came prepared to accomplish any mission thrown
at them during the challenging month.
“Whether it was a Soldier pumping fuel from a
support battalion or a loader on a tank from one of
our two combined arms battalions; from the entire
spectrum, everyone had to be on their game in order
for the brigade to succeed,” said Koloski. “I think
the Soldiers at all levels were really challenged
and they brought all of their training in their military
occupation specialty to bear.”
Rinaldi echoed Koloski’s statement and
said while his Soldiers came into the exercise
well trained, they came out of it with more
knowledge and skills.
“The Soldiers are extremely well trained,” said
Rinaldi. “This is our second collective training
exercise, and I thought we were completely trained
after Piñon Canyon (Maneuver Site). We came out
here and learned a whole bunch of new things.
Everyone learned something out here.”
Koloski said attending a major training center
is an important part to preparing for deployment.
“Do everything in your power to come to
the National Training Center or go to the Joint
Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., because
those are where your final skills are honed and
where you are really tested,” he said.
With an upcoming mission to deploy to Kuwait
later this year as the U.S. Central Command theatre
reserve, the brigade leadership said they feel
the brigade is ready for anything.
“Coming out of here, this is probably the
most prepared and ready brigade in the United
tates Army,” said Koloski.
Photos by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl
Spc. Bradley Duck, information technology specialist, Headquarters and
Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade
Combat Team, 4nd Infantry Division, provides security for a UH-60 Black Hawk
helicopter before it takes off from Tactical Assembly Area Warhorse at
the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., June 17. Leaders used the
helicopter to conduct an assessment of the battlefield before conducting
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Sgt. William R. Moody — With deepest regret
to the family of the deceased. Anyone
having claims against or indebtedness to
his estate should contact 2nd Lt. Alex
Wood at 618-409-9244.
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family of the deceased. Anyone having claims
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Summer food service — The Fountain-Fort Carson
School District offers meals to children without
charge at Aragon Elementary School, located
at 211 S. Main St. in Fountain, and Abrams
Elementary School, located at 600 Chiles Ave.
on Fort Carson. Breakfast and lunch will be
offered Monday-Friday from 7:15-8:15 a.m.
and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through July 19.
Voting assistance — The Voting Assistance
Office is located in building 1218, room 212,
and regular hours during furlough are 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Call 526-3963
for assistance, or additional information can
be found at http://www.fvap.gov.
Seeking volunteers — Cub Scout Pack 164
needs scouts and adult volunteers who enjoy
the outdoors, camping, climbing, sports,
helping the community and more. Contact
Sara Ehrhart, committee chair, 785-226-0267,
Water quality report — The Directorate of
Public Works has issued its annual water
quality report. Fort Carson’s water, supplied by
Colorado Springs Utilities, is of high quality
and has been for many years. The report can be
viewed at http://www.carson.army.mil/DPW.
School lunch and breakfast program — School
District 8 is accepting applications for the
national School Lunch and School Breakfast
programs. Application forms are being provided
to all homes with a letter to parents. Additional
copies are available in each school. The
information provided on the application is
confidential and will be used only for the purpose
of determining eligibility and verifying data.
Applications may be submitted any time during
the school year. Contact Dawn Muniz at
719-382-1334 or email DMuniz@FFC8.org for
Immunizations for summer vacations — If
traveling out of the country, ensure vaccinations
are up to date. It takes about two weeks to
develop immunity after vaccination. Call the
travel clinic, 526-2939, to schedule shots.
Speed limit changes — The existing 40 mph
speed limit on Butts Road between Wilderness
and Airfield roads has been reduced to
30 mph. Call 526-9267 for information
regarding the change.
Same day appointments — Evans Army
Community Hospital Family Medicine
Clinics, Internal Medicine Clinic and
Pediatric Clinic are operating under an
appointment model called “Open Access,”
offering same day appointments. Beneficiaries
may not be offered the exact hour they
want. Call the Access to Care Line, 526-2273,
to make an appointment.
Homes offered to wildfire victims — Tierra Vista
Communities on Schriever Air Force Base is
offering six to 12 month leases to Colorado
residents displaced by the wildfire. Call 683-3660
for more information.
Transfer military hospital or clinic when
relocating — TRICARE Online users must
update their military hospital or clinic location
online each time they relocate. Transferring
military hospital or clinic affiliation in TOL
does not automatically transfer the TRICARE
enrollment in Defense Enrollment Eligibility
Hepatitis A alert — An outbreak of hepatitis A is
believed to be associated with Townsend Farms
Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries
purchased from Costco and possibly other retail
locations. The Fort Carson Commissary does
not sell this product. TRICARE beneficiaries
who ate Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant
Blend frozen berries in the past 14 days should
contact their assigned health care provider or
the Department of Preventive Medicine,
526-2939, to discuss the need for hepatitis A
vaccine or immune globulin injections.
Exceptional Family Member Program hours
change — Evans Army Community Hospital’s
EFMP office increased its hours of operation to
better accommodate the needs of servicemembers
and 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 the
hospital’s Woods Soldier Family Care Center,
room 2124 on the second floor near the central
stairs. Contact the EFMP Nurse Administrator
at 503-7442 for more information.
TRICARE challenges — UnitedHealthcare Military
& Veterans assumed management of the TRICARE
program for the western region April 1. There are
no changes to supported benefits for TRICARE
beneficiaries and all existing referrals for covered
benefits will be honored by UMV. Questions about
covered benefits or TRICARE coverage should be
directed to the TRICARE Service Center inside
Evans Army Community Hospital or UMV at
888-874-9378. For more information, visit
Changes to dining facility — The Evans Army
Community Hospital DFAC has reduced menu
options on weekends and holidays. Weekends
and federal holiday hours are: breakfast,
6:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and
dinner, 4-5:30 p.m. The DFAC offers an
assortment of nutritious grab-n-go items
during these meal hours: breakfast — assorted
beverages, cold cereal, assorted pastries,
hard-boiled eggs, breakfast burritos, scones,
muffins, fresh fruit and yogurt; lunch and
dinner — assorted beverages, assorted
pre-made sandwiches, assorted pre-made
salads, fresh fruit, yogurt and assorted desserts.
Call 526-7968 or 7973 for more information.
Library program — Tutor.com for military Families
offers homework and studying help from a
professional tutor, any time of day or night, free
for K-12 students in military Families. Expert
tutors are available online 24/7 to help students
in more than 16 subjects, including math,
science, English and social studies. Tutor.com
can also help with standardized test prep,
Advance Placement exams and with college
essays. Visit http://www.tutor.com/military
for more information.
Army Provider Level Satisfaction Survey —
Patients may fill out and return the APLSS to
help minimize the impact of budget cuts on
medical care. Evans Army Community Hospital
receives funding based on patients seen and
customer satisfaction. Positive surveys returned
can bring in up to $800. Help keep providers
and departments and clinics fully functional.
Call 526-7256 for more information.
Adult immunizations — Adult patients can visit
their Family Medicine Clinics for all immunizations.
The Allergy Clinic will no longer provide adult
immunizations. Contact your primary medical
provider or clinic for more information
Seeking volunteers — Cub Scout Pack 264
needs volunteers for den leaders and committee
members. No experience is needed. Training
will be provided by Boy Scouts of America staff.
There is always a need for new volunteers to
fill positions or just help out at various activities.
Contact the Committee Chair, Johnathon Jobson
at email@example.com or the Cub Master,
Robert Jepsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
and put Scout Volunteer in the subject line.
Triple Threat expands — The Southeast Family
Center and Armed Services YMCA hosts
Triple Threat meetings for Family members of
military personnel dealing with post-traumatic
stress disorder. Groups meet at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday evenings at the YMCA located at
2190 Jet Wing Drive in Colorado Springs.
Contact Larry Palma at 559-376-5389 or
email@example.com for details.
Medications self-care program suspended —
Due to fiscal constraints, Evans Army
Community Hospital is suspending the over-
the-counter medication self-care program. All
self-care classes have been cancelled pending
further information, and training information
will be removed from the Evans Preventive
Medicine Web page. Contact Preventive
Medicine at 526-8201 for more information.
Operation Mentor — Big Brothers Big Sisters
seeks children ages 9-16 from military Families
to participate in the military mentoring program,
which matches children with adult volunteers who
serve as positive role models. Visit http://www.
biglittlecolorado.org/ for more information.
Inclement weather procedures for Gate 19 —
The Directorate of Emergency Services
operates Gate 19 Monday-Friday from 5 a.m.
to 6 p.m., regardless of inclement weather
or road conditions along Essayons Road, which
is an unimproved road. Essayons Road is also
used to access several ranges and training
areas, so the road remains open during all
conditions. In order to notify the motorists
of the actual road conditions, two “Downrange
Road Conditions” status signs are now
located along Butts and Essayons roads
showing whether road conditions are green,
amber or red. One sign is at the intersection of
Butts Road and Airfield Road, facing north, and
the other is on Essayons Road just inside Gate 19,
facing inbound traffic.
Automated medical referral — A new automated
reminder system is now in place for medical
referrals. Beneficiaries who are referred to a
civilian specialist in the network will receive
a phone call from the Colorado Springs Military
Health System. The call will remind patients to
make an appointment. If a patient has already made
an appointment, an option will allow him to report
that information. There is also an option to cancel
the referral. Unless acted upon, these reminders
will recur at 20, 60 and 120 days. Call 524-2637
for more information on the automated call system.
Thrift shop accepts credit cards — The Fort
Carson Thrift Shop is now accepting debit and
credit cards. The shop, located in building 305, is
open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Contact Gail Olson at 526-5966 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
or to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Donations may be dropped off at the store
during normal business hours or at the recycling
center located near the main exchange.
24 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013
Sims at 719-304-9815 for more information.
Spanish Bible Study meets off post. Contact
Staff Sgt. Jose Varga at 719-287-2016 for
study times and location.
Jewish Lunch and Learn with Chap. (Lt. Col.)
Howard Fields takes place Wednesday from
noon to 1 p.m. at Provider Chapel. For more
information, call 526-8263.
Facebook: Search “Fort Carson Chaplains (Religious
Support Office)” for events and schedules.
Club Beyond is a program for military middle
school teens. Volunteers are welcome. Call
719-355-9594 for dates and times.
Youth Ministries: Christian Youth Group for
sixth- through 12th-graders meets Sunday
from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial
Chapel. Call 526-5744 for more information.
Military Council of Catholic Women meets Friday
from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial
Chapel. For information, call 526-5769 or visit
“Fort Carson Military Council of Catholic
Women” on Facebook.
Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group for
men 18 and older, meets the second and fourth
Tuesday of the month at Soldiers’ Memorial
Chapel. Call 526-5769 for more information.
Protestant Women of the Chapel meets
Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Soldiers’
Memorial Chapel. Free child care is available.
Email email@example.com or visit PWOC
Fort Carson on Facebook for details.
Latter Day Saints Soldiers: Weekly Institute Class
(Bible study) is Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Veterans
Memorial Chapel. Food is provided. Call 971-
219-0007 or 719-433-2659 or email arthur.ford
@myldsmail. net for more information.
Heartbeat, a support group
for battle buddies,
Family members and
friends who are suicide
survivors, meets the
second Tuesday of each
month from 6:30-8 p.m.
at the Fallen Heroes Family
Center, building 6215,
6990 Mekong St.
Contact Richard Stites at
719-598-6576 or Cheryl
Day Time Service Chapel Location Contact Person
Saturday 4-45 p.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583
Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583
Sunday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583
Sunday 9 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583
Sunday 10:30 a.m. Religious education Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458
Sunday 10:30 a.m. RCIA Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458
Sunday 11 a.m. Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Christopher/526-7386
Mon-Fri 11:45 a.m. Mass Soldiers Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583
Mon-Fri Noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Christopher/526-7386
First Friday of month Noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Christopher/526-7386
Friday 4:30 p.m. Intercessory prayer, Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316
Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Healer Evans Army Hospital Chap. Gee/526-7386
Sunday 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744
Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Heidi McAllister/526-5744
Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316
Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Ursula Pittman/503-1104
Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel NeXt Veterans Magrath & Titus Chap. Palmer/526-3888
Sunday 2:30-4:30p.m. Youth ministry Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. PWOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316
Sunday 10 a.m. Orthodox Service Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Oanca/503-4340
Fort Carson does not offer Jewish services on post. Contact Chap. (Lt. Col.) Fields at 503-4090/4099 for Jewish service and study information
Fort Carson does not offer Islamic services on post. Contact the Islamic Society at 2125 N. Chestnut, 632-3364 for information.
(FORT CARSON OPEN CIRCLE) WICCA
Sunday 1 p.m. Provider Chapel, Building 1350, Barkeley and Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org
COLORADO WARRIORS SWEAT LODGE
Meets 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 email@example.com.
Chap. (Lt. Col.) Keith N. Goode
Deputy garrison chaplain
In part, perception can be described as what our
mind “sees,” regardless of the facts that are before
us. We expect to see the things we do because that
is what we have always seen, what we have hoped
to see or what we have been told we’ll see.
Our past experiences, through training, education,
expectations and relationships, shape us — for good
or bad — to deal with the daily details of our lives.
All things considered, a strong, healthy perception
of life is a good thing. It would be a miserable thing
if every morning we had to learn all over again how
to tie the shoelaces on a pair of combat boots or if we
found ourselves wandering around looking for the
dining facility because it was moved every night.
Being able to settle into a routine is part of what
keeps us resilient and helps us manage the stressors
we face in our duties each day. Halfway through 2013,
it would be good to take stock of our perceptions and
how changes in the routine might affect our lives.
Failure to do so may “catch us by surprise” and ruin
our perception, leaving us disappointed.
So, let’s think: What are we used to? The
regular duty day? Four-day weekends? No oxygen
as we run up Signal Hill? Getting to go “home”
after work every night?
What is going to happen to your perspective
when things change or when the unexpected
occurs? When the heart, mind and body are
distracted by ruined expectations, the opportunity for
disappointment is very real. When perceptions of life
are jumbled and confused, it is possible to come to the
point of despairing of life itself. Look again at your
life and ask, “Is my perception of life realistic
enough to adjust to the changes that are
certainly coming or am I doomed to despair?”
1 Timothy 6:6-8 tells us: “But godliness
with contentment is great gain. For we
brought nothing into the world, and we can
take nothing out of it. But if
we have food and clothing, we
will be content with that.”
Here is the secret to living
a life that is not frustrated when
perceptions are altered —
contentment with God and with
what God has given.
When we spend our days
focusing on our relationship
with the Almighty, we develop
an eternal perspective that
naturally affects daily expecta-
tions. A life of faith wonderfully
shapes those expectations we
depend on to make sense of
daily experiences. It strengthens the perception of
what is important, yet makes sure that our outlook
is not so rigid that it cannot bend when stress and
change demands it.
There we find contentment for our spirit,
minds and bodies. We are enabled to live in peace
regardless what happens in our daily lives, because
we clearly see that God is in control. With this
perception, it is not the end of the world when
we’re called in on a Saturday, the budget constraints
require a furlough or the relationship at home is
strained. In our personal and professional life, faith
informs daily facts, and we know to be thankful
for what we are given today and trusting that the
Lord will provide what is best tomorrow.
Does that mean we will experience no pain or
disappointment? No, but we will be empowered to
react to those difficulties with a realistic expectation
that sees beyond the trouble and looks to the
Lord for the solution. We look through the
difficulties with the perspective of hope.
So the goal is to keep the proper perspective in
your life: making sure you are “seeing” what is
really there. Already there have been too many among
us lose perspective, and, that has led some to make
choices that have resulted in greater pain and loss.
As we face the challenges of the day, don’t
be “that guy.” Look closely … what do you see?
“For we brought
nothing into the
world, and we
can take nothing
out of it.”
— 1 Timothy 6:7
What do you see?