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  1. 1. Vol. 69 No. 48 Dec. 9, 2011 Word of the month: Charity 59th MPs complete detainee ops in Iraq by Dustin Senger Mountaineer staff Almost 150 Soldiers stepped into a standing ovation Dec. 4, after returning from Iraq three months early. Capt. Jeffrey Rawlins, commander of 59th Military Police Company, 759th MP Battalion, entered Waller Physical Fitness Center gymnasium, where he faced bleachers filled with hundreds of Family members and friends. Parents, spouses and children were waving “welcome home” banners and balloons. With their commander in place, Soldiers from 59th MP filed into the facility and lined up behind him. The company had completed a one-year deployment to Iraq in nine months. President Barack Obama announced Oct. 21 that 40,000 U.S. servicemembers in Iraq would return “home for the holidays,” according to American Forces Press Service. “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” said Obama in the release. “You were the last (military police) unit to perform detainee operations in Iraq,” said Col. Robert Taradash, commander of 42nd MP Brigade, who arrived for the afternoon ceremony from Fort Lewis, Wash. “Great job, mission accomplished,” said Taradash. The 59th MP deployed to Iraq in February for Operation New Dawn. The Soldiers assisted Iraqi correctional officers at Camp Cropper, where they conducted detainee operations for the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and Iraqi Ministry of Justice. Photo by Samantha B. Koss They transferred authority of Camp Cropper to Iraqi Holiday adventure officials in August, and then moved to Al Asad Air Base to provide law enforcement duties for 40th MP Bn. Spc. Tom Wilcox, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, teaches his daughter, Addy, 4, how to ice “Thank you for what you do and welcome home,” skate during the Holiday Village Dec. 2. Before taking a lesson on the ice, Addy had her face painted as said Taradash. “Families, I want you to look out there Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at one of the craft stations at the Special Events Center. The event opened and I want you to find your Soldier … Soldiers, I want the holiday season Dec. 1 and continued with Family entertainment through Sunday. See pages 20-21 for you to look out there and find your Family members.” more on Holiday Village. See MPs on Page 4 I News Military Community N S I D Page 3 Page 5 Page 13 E
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 9, 2011 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. Robert F. McLaughlin Feedback made easy Commentary by Jean Chambers Policy, every military installation will run an ICE program.Fort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Fort Carson customer service manager However, the level to which the installation provides this Dee McNutt program to its community is at the discretion of the garrisonChief, Print and Web Communications: By now, you may be familiar with Fort Carson’s commander. Customer service at Fort Carson is a priority, Rick Emert Interactive Customer Evaluation program that and over the past year we have worked hard to make ICEEditor: Devin Fisher allows customers to submit service feedback 24/7 and more available to you. Not only have more comment boxesStaff writers: Andrea Sutherland receive direct responses from service-provider managers. been installed, but training about the program is regularly Dustin Senger But, did you know that we now offer electronic ICE conducted. Combined with these efforts, the new electronic Kerstin Lopez kiosks and quick response codes? kiosks will make communication between customers and Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett It’s likely that you have seen ICE cards located at the service providers better. Once a customer submits a commentHappenings: Nel Lampe Identification Card Office, Vehicle Registration Office, fitness about any program using one of the kiosks, it is immediatelySports writer: Walt Johnson centers, dining facilities or one of 80 other locations through- transferred to the appropriate managers who will provideLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall out the installation. This is Fort Carson’s primary customer feedback, if a response is requested. This commercial enterprise newspaper is feedback mechanism and, as with most processes today, is We have seen a positive trend in several service areas overan authorized publication for members of the using enhanced electronic capabilities. the past year. Certain services that wereDepartment of Defense. Contents of theMountaineer are not necessarily the official You can now find electronic ICE once consistently receiving predominatelyview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or kiosks located at five facilities: Army constructive criticism are now receivingthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation Community Service, 6303 Wetzel Ave.; ample praise — both for individual serviceis 12,000 copies. The editorial content of the Mountaineer Balfour Beatty Communities Joel Hefley providers (staff) and the overall service pro-is the responsibility of the Public Affairs Office, Community Center, 6800 Prussman grams. Help us improve our services, answerFort Carson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Blvd.; Waller Physical Fitness Center, your specific questions or pay complimentsThe e-mail address is 6946 Magrath Ave.; Outdoor Recreation to staff members through ICE more quickly The Mountaineer is posted on the Complex, 7093 Specker Ave.; and the and easily than ever. The kiosks are simpleInternet at Soldier and Family Assistance Center, to use, and you can comment on any Fort The Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The 1481 Titus Blvd. You can also use your Carson service no matter which kioskMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs smartphone to pull up the Fort Carson you’re at, and the QR code is convenient.Military Newspaper Group, a private firm in ICE website via the newly created QR Scanning this newly created quick In an effort to better serve the Fortno way connected with the Department of the code. With this, you can quickly and response code with a smart phone Carson community, we look forward toArmy, under exclusive written contract withFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. conveniently comment on Fort Carson connects Fort Carson customers hearing from you on ICE — via electronic The appearance of advertising in this services no matter where you are. to the Interactive Customer kiosk, online from any computer or using thepublication, including inserts or supplements, According to Department of Defense Evaluation website. paper comment cards at a facility near you.does not constitute endorsement by theDepartment of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products orservices advertised. The printer reserves theright to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use or Leaders: Soldiers’ duty to stay safe 24/7patronage without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, age, maritalstatus, physical handicap, political affiliationor any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser,user or patron. If a violation or rejection ofthis equal opportunity policy by an advertiser Editor’s note: The following is a off duty. Our leaders and Soldiers have when leaders fail to maintain theis confirmed, the printer shall refuse to print safety letter signed by Secretary of done an amazing job in keeping one standard or lack discipline themselves,advertising from that source until the violation the Army John McHugh, Army Chief another safe on the job, especially they set a climate of tolerance foris corrected. For display advertising call634-5905. of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno given the demands placed on our force risky behavior in their subordinates. All correspondence or queries regarding and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond in garrison and in theater. Off duty, This is unacceptable in today’s Army.advertising and subscriptions should be directed F. Chandler III. however, we continue to struggle with Our Soldiers deserve better fromto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper The safety and well-being of every losses resulting from indiscipline and the leaders they trust.Group, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. Soldier is vital to keeping our Army high speed, failure to wear personal This year, we ask that you look The Mountaineer’s editorial content is the most decisive land force in the protective equipment or seat belts and inward — at your personal leadershipedited, prepared and provided by the Public world. Since fiscal 2005, our Army driving under the influence. In fiscal and within your formations — toAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. has continually reduced preventable 2011 alone, motorcycle fatalities find areas you can approve upon Releases from outside sources are so accidents and losses; a feat unprece- increased 21 percent, and accidents safety. Communicate your expectationsindicated. The deadline for submissions to the dented in our 236-year history during in privately-owned vehicles continue clearly to your subordinates andMountaineer is close of business the weekbefore the next issue is published. The a time of war and absolutely critical to claim far too many of our Soldiers’ uphold Army standards and disciplineMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit to maintaining our readiness for the lives each year. personally and consistently.submissions for newspaper style, clarity and nation. We commend each of you Army leaders, at all levels, must We are getting better as an Army,typographical errors. for your hard work and diligence in get back to the basics of enforcing and by working together to do what Policies and statements reflected in thenews and editorial columns represent views making safety a top priority. standards and reaffirming the principle we know is right, we will keep evenof the individual writers and under no Moving forward into fiscal 2012, that Soldiers have a duty and an more Soldiers safe in the year ahead.circumstances are to be considered those of our focus must remain on keeping our obligation to stay safe 24/7, on and Thank you for striving every day tothe Department of the Army. Reproduction of editorial material is Soldiers safe on duty, but our primary off duty. We must ensure the example keep our Army safe. Together, we areauthorized. Please credit accordingly. safety focus should be preventing loss we set is morally and ethically right — “The Strength of the Nation.” Access denied Classified advertising Access of any kind, including foot traffic and 329-5236 physical training, is prohibited in Landfill 8, a Display advertising former 13-acre construction and demolition debris 634-5905 landfill located in Training Area Bravo in the northeastern area of the cantonment area. It is the Mountaineer editor 526-4144 Army’s interest to preserve the integrity of the soil cap. The fenced landfill area is regulated by the Colorado Post information Department of Public Health and Environment and the 526-5811 Army will incur a monetary fine if the landfill is disturbed Post weather hotline in any way. For more information, call 526-8001. 526-0096 Photo by Doug Close
  3. 3. Dec. 9, 2011 — MOUNTAINEER 3‘Raiders’ spread holiday cheerby Sgt. Breanne Pye benefit so much from the hospitality of Colorado they were greeted with the cheers and clapping of1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, Springs and its citizens, both when they are home hundreds of local residents who would benefit4th Infantry Division and when they are deployed,” said Norman. “It’s very from the donations. significant to the Soldiers to have the opportunity “I wanted to participate in this operation because Decked out in festive holiday attire and carrying not just to say ‘thank you,’ but to show the community it was an opportunity to give back to the community,”ruck sacks adorned with colorful LED lights, how thankful they are.” See Donation on Page 4more than 400 Soldiers from Fort Carson’s 1st As Soldiers approached the Marian House,Brigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivision, assembled in Dorchester ParkDec. 2 for “Operation Happy Holidays.” The Soldiers marched more than twomiles along the Fountain Creek Trail, arrivingat the Marian House soup kitchen withhundreds of donated goods. “This event was an opportunity for (ourbrigade) to give back to the local community,who has supported us in every way sincewe arrived at Fort Carson,” said Lt. Col.Geoffrey Norman, commander, 7th Squadron,10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Preparations for the operation begantwo months ago, with all the units of“Raider” Brigade setting up collectionlocations for Soldiers and their Families todonate goods and supplies. All the items donated during the eventcame directly from Soldiers and their Familymembers, said Norman. They donatedeverything from food and clothing, to Photo by Pfc. Nathan Thomehousehold goods, which can be used by the Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, set up large piles of donated clothes and food for citizens ofMarian house to assist citizens in need. Colorado Springs as part of “Operation Happy Holiday” Dec. 2, in an effort to help those less fortunate in the Colorado “As a unit, (Soldiers and their Families) Springs community. ®
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 9, 2011 On Dancer Soldiers from 4th Engineer Battalion carry an inflatable reindeer using a Buffalo mine-protected clearance vehicle Saturday during a holiday lights parade on Midland Avenue in Woodland Park. They had draped colorful lights on the Buffalo, as well as four other tactical Army vehicles: a mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle; a heavy-expanded mobility tactical truck; a light-medium tactical vehicle; and an up-armored Humvee. During the parade, the Soldiers passed by Lions Memorial Park, where their red-and-white unit flag is flown by city officials, signifying that Fort Carson combat engineers are securing routes in hostile areas. Photo by Dustin Senger MPs Johnson, while embracing his wife and from Page 1 three children. Johnson was one of the first Soldiers to enter the gymnasium, where his Exciting the anticipation, Taradash wife, Leticia Johnson, was holding tightly promised to let loose their reunions after onto Autumn. two songs. The Soldiers sang the Military “Autumn was going to run when they Police Regimental March, and then the first came in … she was asking for her “The Army Goes Rolling Along.” After dad,” said Leticia Johnson, an Army wife the final refrain of the U.S. Army’s offi- and former Soldier. cial song, Autumn Johnson, 3, was the “I know how it is,” said Leticia Johnson, first to leave the bleachers, running to her who spent the previous evening baking a father’s arms. peanut butter pie with their children. “It’s “It was most important to finish out the just something you need to say: ‘he’s going mission, but being home for Christmas is on a mission, he’s going to accomplish it definitely a perk,” said Staff Sgt. Germell and he’ll be home soon.’” Mayor welcomes home Soldiers by Steve Bach Family’s sacrifices, including precious Mayor, City of Colorado Springs time away from loved ones, are not forgotten. We express our sincere Welcome home Soldiers of the 59th appreciation to you for your service to Military Police Company, 759th MP our country and are thankful for your Battalion. safe return home. Photo by Dustin Senger On behalf of Colorado Springs and Enjoy this time with your Family andStaff Sgt. Germell Johnson, 59th Military Police Company, 759th MP its thousands of grateful citizens, I am friends and know how much we valueBattalion, is greeted Sunday by his 3-year-old daughter, Autumn, after a honored to welcome you home to Fort your presence and contributions to ourredeployment ceremony. The 59th MP is the last military police unit to Carson and our city. You and your community and country.perform detainee operations in Iraq.Donation on tables overflowing with donated marched in Operation Happy Holidays, represent every unit in the Raiderfrom Page 3 goods while citizens waited patiently to the massive amount of items donated Brigade,” said Pagliara. “They represent receive them. were a direct result of the effort of an every age group, every job field andsaid Sgt. Cory Pagliara, Headquarters “It was really amazing to see the entire brigade, said Norman. every rank. They represent the apprecia-and Headquarters Detachment, 1st tables overflowing with hats, canned “The residents here today see nearly tion of an entire unit for the appreciationSpecial Troops Battalion, 1st BCT, goods, children’s clothing and blankets,” 500 Soldiers passing out goods and of an entire community.”4th Inf. Div. “It was great to get some said Pagliara. “It was great to be able to interacting with the crowd,” said “Seeing this kind of charity andof the unit’s newer Soldiers out here show the people in line that offering Norman. “But that small number is just goodwill by our troops just chokes meso they could see how much these them support is really what it’s all a fraction of the support it represents. up,” said a woman who asked to remainresidents directly support them, and about, and that even though the unit is There are 5,000 Soldiers who couldn’t anonymous. “It’s starting to get coldwhy it is so important to give back out training or on deployment, we will be here today, who took the time to outside, and I didn’t know how I waswhen we have the chance.” always do what we can to help them out drop off a donation in the months going to make it through the winter.” Pagliara said his favorite part of the when we are home. leading up to this operation.” “God bless our troops,” she said.operation was emptying his rucksack “Though hundreds of Soldiers “The Soldiers we have here today “God bless you all.”
  5. 5. Dec. 9, 2011 — MOUNTAINEER 5Vetcom becomes Public Health CommandStory and photo by District Veterinary Command to formAndrea Sutherland Public Health Command District-Carson.Mountaineer staff “The implication of today for the newly designated Public Health Command District- In a small ceremony at Cheyenne Carson is we double in size geographically asShadows Golf Club, members of the Rocky well as in personnel numbers,” said Lt. Col.Mountain District Veterinary Command Ken Despain, commander, Public Healthcased their colors and unveiled the colors of Command District-Carson. “We grow fromthe newly formed Public Health Command a seven-state district with 96 personnelDistrict-Carson. stationed on 14 military installations to a “The very soul of a military unit is district comprised of 14 western states withsymbolized in the guidon under which it 179 personnel serving 23 installations.”fights, for it represents not only the lineage Col. Robin K. King, commander,and honor of the unit, but also the loyalty and Public Health Command Region-West atunity of the Soldiers,” said Staff Sgt. Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., saidThomas Sager, master of ceremonies. veterinary and food inspection services Veterinary Service Support District would remain the same.activated on a provisional status in 1993, “Change is not always easy,” she said.and was formally activated a year later. “I think this is one of the best things we canIn 1998, the district consolidated under do. This redesignation gets all assets closerThe Great Plains Regional Veterinary to the customers and combines services.”Command and the new Rocky Mountain King said more changes will come asDistrict Veterinary Command became the Rocky Mountain District merges with theheadquartered at Fort Carson. North Plains District, but all modifications The Rocky Mountain District supported the global one health concept, aVeterinary Command realigned under holistic approach to health care that linksWestern Regional Veterinary Command in providers to provide the best patient care.2010, which was inactivated in June, Regardless of the changes, King 1st Sgt. Jason Holcombe, left, and Lt. Col. Ken Despain uncase the colors ofbecoming Public Health Command Region- encouraged Soldiers. the newly formed Public Health Command District-Carson during a Dec. 1West. In January, The Rocky Mountain “Carson is currently setting the trend,” ceremony. Formerly the Rocky Mountain District Veterinary Command, PublicDistrict combines with the North Plains she said. Health Command District-Carson oversees 23 installations in 14 states. Only one kind of auto insurance is earned once, but may be handed down from generation to generation. At USAA, our commitment to serve the financial needs of military members, veterans who have honorably served and their eligible family members is without equal. It’s why we save members $450 a year on average1 when they switch to USAA Auto Insurance. Begin your legacy. Get a quote. | 800-531-3550 Insurance Banking Investments Retirement Advice 1 Average Annual Savings based on countrywide survey of new customers from 10/1/09 to 9/30/10, who reported their prior insurers’ premiums when they switched to USAA. Savings do not apply in MA. Use of the term “member” does not convey any legal, ownership, or eligibility rights for property and casualty insurance products. Ownership rights are limited to eligible policyholders of United Services Automobile Association. The term “honorably served” applies to officers and enlisted personnel who served on active duty, in the Selected Reserve, or National Guard and have a discharge type of “Honorable”. Eligibility may change based on factors such as marital status, rank, or military status. Contact us to update your records. Adult children of USAA members are eligible to purchase auto or property insurance if their eligible parent purchases USAA auto or property insurance. Automobile insurance provided by United Services Automobile Association, USAA Casualty Insurance Company, USAA General Indemnity Company, Garrison Property and Casualty Insurance Company, USAA County Mutual Insurance Company, San Antonio, TX, and is available only to persons eligible for P&C group membership. Each company has sole financial responsibility for its own products. © 2011 USAA. 135384-1211
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 9, 2011 H istory ighlights Dec. 14, 1942 — Fifty Camp Carson Soldiers spend the day cutting and hauling 400 Christmas trees for display on the installation. Dec. 15, 1942 — Camp Carson conducts a successful practice “blackout” to gauge responses to threats. Dec. 25, 1942 — Soldiers of Camp Carson and the 89th Infantry Division celebrate the post’s first Christmas with concerts, dinners, athletics and religious services. Dec. 7, 1943 — Camp Carson personnel pause and reflect on the two-year anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. December 1944 — Colorado Springs and other local communities donate more than 600 gifts for patients at the Camp Carson Convalescent Hospital. Dec. 7, 1945 — Separation Center established for World War II personnel closes after completing 8,854 discharges. Dec. 21, 1950 — Carson Boxing Team captures the Fifth Army Crown for the second consecutive year. Dec. 12, 1952 — Hoping to prevent personal injury and property damage, post engineers release rules and guidelines for Christmas decorations and trees. Dec. 17, 1952 — The latest Soldier Show, Christmas Capers — a Broadway-style review with a Christmas theme — opens at the Mountaineer Theater. Photo by Antonio Francis Dec. 18, 1954 — In the inaugural Pueblo Shrine Bowl, dubbed the “Little Army-Navy Game,” Carson’s football team loses by a touchdown Change of command to Pensacola’s Navy team. Dec. 15, 1956 — Ending a 120-year tradition, Army mules are marched Lt. Col. Gerardo V. Meneses receives the colors of 242nd Explosive Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance into retirement at Fort Carson, soon to be replaced by helicopters. Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), from Brig. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, left, commanding general, U.S. December 1958 — Construction of a junior high school and 500 Army 20th Support Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., during a Nov. 30 change of command at Family housing units commences. Founders’ Field. Meneses assumed command of the 242nd EOD during the ceremony, replacing Lt. Col. Dec. 11, 1970 — Following four years of service in Vietnam, the 4th Dean A. Meinert, right. Meneses most recently served as the 71st EOD operation officer and provisional Infantry Division uncases its colors at Fort Carson, replacing the recently headquarters commander during the group’s deployment to Afghanistan. Meinert will now serve as an inactivated 5th Infantry Division. EOD staff officer at U.S. Army Central at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. December 1993 — Fifty-four teams participate in the Fort Carson Christmas Basketball Tournament. (719) 260-0100 A Tacori engagement ring and a diamond from Luisa Graff Jewelers 5901 N. Nevada Avenue Blooming at $3995 - CompleteExit 148. We’re the Big Jewelry Store on the East side of Nevada. LY Always a 10% Military Discount with valid Mil ID Jeff Kahl, DDS C AL ED Derek Kirkham, DDS LO WN BRING IN THIS AD AND WITH THE PURCHASE C Bar in olorad COLORADO SPRINGS Zachary Houser, DMD O OF ENTRÉE/SANDWICH RECEIVE A SECOND PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Committed to your ts FOR 50% OFF. Little People, Big Smiles children’s oral health! r oS Best Spo MNF Great Giveaways…50 cent Wing Night prings Beverage specials Technology with a Caring Touch Specialized treatment planning for all ages Treatment under conscious sedation and general-anesthesia Free Poker at 7:00 PM... Ladies Night...5PM-close Digital radiography for pinpoint treatment plans and reduced radiation exposure Beverage Specials Parents can stay with children during treatment Specials all Day Most insurance accepted including Military and Medicaid Welcoming New Patients Healthy Smiles (719) 522-0123 Check Us Out: are Beary Special 9480 Briar Village Point, Suite 301 Stadiumbarandgrill StadiumBandG
  7. 7. Dec. 9, 2011 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for • Warfighter (Wilderness Road Complex) — after hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358-3275. Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.The Central Issue Facility — will be closed for Questions can also be submitted by email to (lunch), no dinner. Closed Saturday-Sunday.its annual 100-percent inventory Dec. 19-23. The Know your rights. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. toCIF will reopen Dec. 27 with regular business Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner.hours. Emergencies will be handled on an individual Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP • 10th SFG(A) LaRochelle — Friday, 7-9 a.m.basis. Contact Catherine Martinez at 524-1888 for process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide powers (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner.more information. of attorney or notary services to Soldiers processing Closed Saturday-Sunday. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m.The Army Attaché Management Division — is through the SRP. Retirees, Family members and (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner.recruiting qualified regular Army noncommissioned Soldiers not in the SRP process can receive legal Central Issue Facility regular business hours —officers, sergeant-sergeant first class, to serve in U.S. assistance and powers of attorney at the main legal are listed below. Call 526-3321 to make appointments.embassies around the world. For more information office located at 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, In-processingor to request an application for Defense Attaché next to the Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance Monday-Thursday from 7:30-10:30 a.m.assignment, contact Master Sgt. Matthew prepares powers of attorney and performs notary Initial issuesTuiasosopo, Army Attaché Management Division, services on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 202-231-7291 or 301-917-4729 or email Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 8:30 Partial a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.Work Management Branch — The DPW Work Cash sales/report of surveyManagement Branch, responsible for processing Briefings Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 orders — Facilities Engineering Work Requests, Direct exchangeDA Form 4283 — recently changed its hours of Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.operation. The Work Management Branch, located — is held Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Partial turn insin building 305, will be open for processing work in the Family Readiness Center, building 6237, room Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.orders and other in-person support from 7-11:30 a.m. 104. This training is required for all Soldiers asked Full turn insMonday-Friday. Afternoon customer support is by to perform this solemn duty. Per Army Regulation Monday-Thursday from 7:30-10:30 a.m.appointment only, call 526-2900. 600-8-1, this duty is limited to those in the ranks of Unit issues and turn insVeterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans sergeant first class to command sergeant major, chief Call 526-5512/6477 for approval.can get assistance through the Veterans Services warrant officer 2-5 and captain and above. No Education Center hours of operation — TheGroup, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for walk-ins reservations are required to attend training. Classes Mountain Post Training and Education Center, buildingand 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. The VSG is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Jean 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows:located at The Retired Enlisted Association Chapter 1 Graves at 526-5613/5614 for more information. • Counselor Support Center — Monday-at 834 Emory Circle in Colorado Springs. For more Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m.information call 719-337-0086. Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in to 4:30 p.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from • Army Learning Center — Monday-Friday 8Public Works has an incentive program to prevent 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA a.m. to 6 p.m.recyclable waste from going to the landfill. processes to include turning in excess property, • Defense Activity for Nontraditional EducationParticipating battalions can earn monetary rewards for reutilizing government property, web-based tools Support and Army Personnel Testing — Monday-turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson available, special handling of property and environ- Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m.Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera@ a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The Claims Office is locatedparticipating battalion receives money quarterly; the for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at on the first floor of building 6222, 1633 Mekongtop two battalions receive an additional bonus amount. for reutilization/web tools; or Street. Shipment under Full Replacement ValueCall 526-5898 for more information about the program. Rufus Guillory at claimants must submit Department of Defense FormAudie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Sergeant Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to 1840R to the carrier within 75 days. Shipment underAudie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday of each noon the second and third Wednesday of each month Defense Personal Property Program claimants mustmonth at the Family Connection Center from 11:30 at the Joel Hefley Community Center conference log into the Defense Personal Property System ata.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all active room, 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services and report all the items onlinemembers and those interested in becoming future Office recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to within 75 days. Claims must be submitted within nineSAMC members. The club was originally a U.S. the briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. months directly with carriers to receive full replacementForces Command organization of elite noncommis- Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays value for missing and destroyed items. All othersioned officers but is now an Armywide program for for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for claims should be submitted to Fort Carson Claimsindividuals who have met the criteria and have personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings Office within two years of the date of delivery orproven themselves to be outstanding NCOs through are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts date of incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims Officea board/leadership process. Contact the SAMC Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at at 526-1355 for more information.president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department Medical Activity Correspondence Departmentmore information. of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit office hours — The Correspondence (Release ofDirectorate of Public Works services — DPW is personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Information) Office in the Patient Administrationresponsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. Division hours are Monday-Wednesday and FridayCarson. Services range from repair and maintenance Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday andof facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon at federal holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 forcleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone the education center, building 1117, room 120. Call more information.numbers and points of contact for services: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Army Amnesty turn in — The Fort Carson Amnesty • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Carson ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. Program is intended to ensure the maximum recoverySupport Services service order desk can be reached at ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the of abandoned military ammunition and explosives.526-5345. Use this number for emergencies or first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing The program provides an opportunity for individualsroutine tasks and for reporting wind damage, sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness to turn in ammunition and explosives and remaindamaged traffic signs or other facility damage. Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, anonymous; no documentation is required for item • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days turn in. The amnesty program is not intended toBailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4.civ of their expiration term of service, but must attend the circumvent normal turn-in procedures. Amnesty when needing trash containers, trash is briefing no later than 30 days prior to their ETS or start ins will not be used as a basis for investigations oroverflowing or emergency service is required. of transition leave. Call 526-2240/8458 for details. prosecutions and are exempt from Army Regulation • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in 190 series investigation requirements. AbandonedDorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. building 1340, room 123, from 10-11 a.m. and military A&E, excluding small arms ammunition for service needs or to report noon to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be specialist to staff to .50 caliber, should not be moved by untrainedcomplaints. sergeant from any military occupational specialty, personnel — notify the 764th Explosive Ordnance • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Dorcey have a general technical score of at least 107, be a Company, 242nd EOD Battalion, 71st EOD, atat 526-6670 or email U.S. citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army 526-2643. Abandoned A&E found on post may be • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Call Physical Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces turned in to the Ammunition Reclamation Area,Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email dennis.j.frost. physical. Call 524-1461 or visit the website at located on Butts Road (Route 5) one mile south Butts Army Airfield, Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary to 3:30 p.m. Military A&E found outside Fort CarsonGrant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Hours of Operation should be reported to local civilian authorities or Use this number to obtain self-help tools military police at 526-2333. Contact the ammunitionand equipment or a motorized sweeper. DFAC hours — Fort Carson dining facilities operate supply point at 526-4381 or quality assurance office • Base operations contracting officer repre- under the following hours: at 526-1795/1892 for more information.sentative — Call Bruce Gronczniak at 526-9262 or • Wolf — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30email for questions a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). BOSS meetingson snow removal, grounds maintenance and contractor Saturday-Sunday, 7:30-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m.response to service orders. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). Monday- are held at 10 a.m. • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at 524-0786 Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and thirdor email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mi to request latrines, (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). Wednesday of eachfor service or to report damaged or overturned latrines. • Stack — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. month at the Foxhole.The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Closed Saturday-Sunday. For information, callable to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers should 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). 524-BOSS.
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 9, 2011 ‘Mountain Medics’ assume mission Story and photo by 1st Lt. Samantha Gonzalez 115th CSH, Col. Patricia Darnauer, challenged the “Mountain Medics” Task Force Medical Southwest- to build on the tradition of excel- West Public Affairs Officer lence in combat health care in Afghanistan. Col. Donald West, CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan Task Force Medical-Afghanistan — Soldiers of the 10th Combat commander, attended and spoke Support Hospital participated in a highly of 10th CSH, its reputation transition of authority ceremony Nov. and current leadership. 26, unveiling their unit colors and “There is a strong effort to be accepting responsibility for medical part of a team, part of a unit; with care at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, the transition complete there is now and throughout Regional Command a sense of ownership and that’s a West and Southwest in Afghanistan. positive thing,” said Capt. Amado Col. Michael Place, 10th CSH Strong, an intensive care unit nurse. commander, charged his Soldiers to The 10th CSH is now providing provide the highest quality medical lifesaving care in the southwest and care while expressing trust and western regions of Afghanistan. confidence in their skills. Currently, 10th CSH works closely The outgoing commander of the with medical professionals from Spain, Bulgaria, Jordan, Denmark Col. Michael Place, commander, 10th and England. Combat Support Hospital, right, and Collectively, they provide unrivaled Command Sgt. Maj. Winston Young health care, hospitalization and forward unveil their unit colors, symbolizing surgical care for more than 40,000 acceptance of responsibility for medical U.S. and coalition forces and the local care in Regional Command West and population in six separate facilities Southwest in Afghanistan. in Afghanistan. 4331 Centennial Blvd. 1813 North Circle Drive Garden of the Gods & Centennial Circle & Constitution 635-2020 632-2020 4319 Integrity Center Point 1130 Lake Plaza Drive NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) 634-2020 578-2020 WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM Exams as young as 6 months of age Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette Ft. Carson 576-5151 Air Force Academy 472-0524 Peterson AFB 574-5252
  9. 9. Dec. 9, 2011 — MOUNTAINEER 9Behavioral health on battlefieldA new approach to appointmentsCommentary and photo by meet with an incoming provider, enablingCapt. Cory Gerould units to maintain their combat strength.Brigade psychologist, 2nd Brigade Combat In instances where a Soldier in need isTeam, 4th Infantry Division not collocated with a TBH system, evalua- tions and follow-up services are easily KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The use coordinated around the unit’s schedule;of tele-behavioral health to conduct consultations supporting both the unit and the Soldier.has significantly increased the ability to provide While there have been a few minorservices to a greater number of Soldiers with growing pains in establishing the TBH2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, systems, the benefits continue to bein a more efficient and timely manner. realized on a regular basis. Health care Additionally, TBH has helped reduce providers have found TBH greatly bridgessome of the challenges that arise in connecting the gap in accessibility and allowsSoldiers with health providers downrange. them to quickly assist commanders in For commanders, determining when a constrained situations. Spc. Jeffery Villar, a behavioral health specialist from CompanySoldier may be in need of behavioral health When a health care provider meets C, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team,services is not always readily ascertainable, with a Soldier via TBH, at the outset of the 4th Infantry Division, speaks with a Soldier from a distantparticularly when a Soldier denies having interaction they make a point to explain location on the tele-behavioral health system located onproblems or is not ready to ask for help. The the nature of the TBH system, including the Forward Operating Base Walton in Kandahar, Afghanistan.thought of taking a Soldier out of the fight for potential limitations in connectivity. Theyseveral days would have a considerable impact also make sure to obtain the Soldier’s consent to facilitating a therapeutic relationship.on the mission, not to mention the logistical proceed with receiving behavioral health services The desert terrain coupled with thechallenge it would place on their platoon. via TBH during the first interaction. decentralized operations made it quite a TBH provides real-time video conferencing Taking the time to do this helps the challenge to move Soldiers or the health careand grants an atmosphere similar to that of face-to- Soldier feel more comfortable and provides an providers to outlying locations, but TBH hasface interactions experienced in a more traditional opportunity to discuss any concerns they might proven to be a reliable and effective platformsetting. As a result, a Soldier doesn’t need to be have with using this system. This further of increasing access to behavioral healthmoved or held back from going on a mission to engages the Soldier in the process and starts providers despite these factors. ASPIRE • BELIEVE • ACHIEVE Kevin Johnson (714) 325-9553 kevin Degrees That Make a Diffe That Difference ference
  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 9, 2011 GC release off-limit locations A Nov. 15 memorandum, as a result of Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board, designated several local areas and 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: Rental properties owned • 2123 W. Colorado Ave. • 2221 Bison Drive Massage and spa parlors: by Alma Patrick: • 15 S. Twelfth St. • 631 Catalina Drive • Kinja Clinic, 1729 Crest Place • 112 S. Tenth St. • 1104 W. Kiowa St. • 7 W. Clover Circle • Siam’s Oriental Massage Parlor, 1783 B St. • 1003 W. Colorado Ave. • 428 W. Kiowa St. • 2125 Hampton South • Moshi Moshi Spa, 409 Windchime Place • 1124 W. Colorado Ave. • 724 W. Platte Ave. • 1203 Richards Ave. • Oriental Spa Massage, 955 N. Powers Blvd. • 1130 W. Colorado Ave. • 1718 W. Vermijo Ave. • 908 E. Cimarron St. • 1208 W. Colorado Ave. • 1720 W. Vermijo Ave. • Papoose Road Bars and clubs: • 1705 W. Colorado Ave. • 2132 W. Pikes Peak Ave. • 232 S. Main St. • Golden Cue, 2790 Hancock Expressway • 1713 W. Colorado Ave. • 13 N. Twenty-Fifth St. • 418 E. Ohio Ave., Fountain • Sodo’s Nightclub, 527 South Tejon St. • 1715 W. Colorado Ave. • 2812 W. Platte Ave. • 2015 N. Ellicott Highway • Copperhead Road, 3330 North Academy Blvd. U.S. SURPLUS WE SELL: AIR SOFT FOOD INSURANCE MOUNTAIN HOUSE HEADQUARTERS FREEZE DRIED at your Fun Store 2475 S. Academy 574-8993 HOURS: MON-FRI, 9:00AM-5:30PM, SAT 10AM-5PM
  11. 11. Dec. 9, 2011 — MOUNTAINEER 11Post celebrates Native American cultureby Kerstin Lopez as National American Indian HeritageMountaineer staff Month. Since then presidents have reiterated that proclamation each year American Indians and their contributions with one of their own, adding Alaskato the United States and the military were Natives to the proclamation.recognized by the Mountain Post community “Since the birth of America, (Americanduring an observance ceremony Nov. 30 Indians and Alaska Natives) haveat the Elkhorn Conference Center. contributed immeasurably to our country Sgt. 1st Class Robert Bryant, 3rd and our heritage, distinguishing themselvesBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry as scholars, artists, entrepreneurs andDivision, equal opportunity adviser, said leaders in all aspects of our society. Nativethis month’s observance is important Americans have also served in the Unitedto honor and recognize States Armed Forces withthe contributions honor and distinction,American Indians and defending the securityAlaska Natives have of our nation with theirmade to the nation lives,” President Barackand the Army. Obama stated in this “American Indians year’s proclamation.have been recognized Master Sgt. Bobbyfor their adept skills and Estrada, 4th Inf. Div. seniorknowledge of this land,” equal opportunity adviser,Bryant said. “Hundreds said cultural awarenessof thousands have and mutual understandingserved in the armed of all Soldiers increasesforces from the early mission readiness anddays of the Revolu- that’s why observancestionary War through such as this are vital for thetoday. Native Americans Fort Carson community.are an intricate part of A full-bloodedour communities across Navajo, Carole Yazzie,America as well. But Installation Property Bookhere on Fort Carson, Office manager, said thetoday we have the observance is importantopportunity to say because it’s a time to Photo by Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnettthank you to all honor and recognize Brad Bearsheart, member of the Bearsheart Dancers group, performsNative Americans, Native Americans and a ceremonial dance of the Native American peoples at the observancemilitary and civilian, give people the oppor- Nov. 30.who represent the Photo by Kerstin Lopez tunity to see the morestrength of our nation.” Ella Bearsheart, 11, performs the personal side, such as the The first “American Jingle Dance, also known as a healing language, history, tradi-Indian Day” was dance, for the Fort Carson community tions, art and spiritualitycelebrated in May 1916, during the Native American Heritage that still exist today both FACTSbut the monthlong Month observance Nov. 30. on and off the reservation. Editor’s note: Information gathered from the Bureau of Indianobservance did not “It gives me a chance Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior and the Defense Equalbegin until 74 years later. to honor my family and reflect on my Opportunity Management Institute. Aug. 3, 1990 President George H. background and celebrate all the many The term “Native American” refers to any member ofW. Bush declared the month of November positive aspects of my culture,” Yazzie said. the indigenous peoples of the Western hemisphere. • Currently, there are 565 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and more than 100 state-recognized tribes across the United States. • In World War I, 12,000 American Indians joined the ranks of the armed forces. • 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives live on reservations or other trust lands. • In 1924, the Indian Citizenship Act was enacted, which granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the United States. • More than 42,000 American Indians — 90 percent of them volunteers — fought in Vietnam. • Native Americans have the highest record of service per capita when compared to other ethnic groups. • The 2010 Census reported the Native American and Alaska Native population was 2.78 million people. • Navajo recruits, also known as “code talkers,” created an undecipherable code during World War II. The code talkers were honored for their defense contributions in 1992. Photo by Staff Sgt. Wayne BarnettThe Bearsheart Dancers perform the Flag Dance in honor of all the past and presentmilitary members during the ceremony Nov. 30 at the Elkhorn Conference Center.