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  1. 1. Vol. 69 No. 49 Dec. 16, 2011 Word of the month: Charity Photo by Staff Sgt. Ian Terry ‘Truck rodeo’ Spc. Raymond A. Mowery, track vehicle mechanic, conducts a maintenance task Infantry Regiment, attached to 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade while Spc. Daniel Perez Jr., power generation equipment mechanic, provides Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were among warriors from eight Fort assistance during the “Sustainer Stakes” competition held Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The Carson sustainment units to compete in the event, which featured testing lanes on Soldiers, assigned to Company E, Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd truck and maintenance-specific tasks. See page 12 for more on the competition.Exchange celebrates reopeningby Kerstin Lopez vital that the Exchange also grow to meet the need of $23.5 million, said Patrick Riordan, ColoradoMountaineer staff the Fort Carson community,” Kruse said. “With this Springs Exchanges general manager. renovation, (Army and Air Force Exchange Services) “Based on the tremendous growth and restationing After nearly two years of renovations and has created a community center that offers a safe of the 4th Infantry Division, the Exchange hasexpansion, the Fort Carson Exchange will celebrate a and friendly environment for the Fort Carson commu- expanded and continues to offer new retail, food andgrand reopening Friday at 10 a.m. nity. It has also allowed for an expanded assortment service operations to the community,” Riordan said. The total complex, including the main store, food of merchandise and services to better meet the need of New additions to the facility include shops suchcourt and concession mall increased from 104,000 the military servicemembers and their Families.” as Vera Bradley, Martha Stewart, NFL/Sportssquare feet to 194,000 square feet, said Amanda The renovation and expansion project was Concept, Icon Motorcycle Gear and concessions suchKruse, Fort Carson Exchange store manager. planned in 2001, funded in 2009 and construction See Opening on Page 4 “As the Fort Carson installation has grown it is began in January 2010. The cost of the project totaled I Community Feature N S Year in I D Review Next paper Jan. 6 Page 15 Page 24-25 E
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 16, 2011 MOUNTAINEER Commander’s column CG sends holiday messageCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Joseph AndersonGarrison Commander: Col. Robert F. McLaughlinFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNutt by Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson special meaning. IChief, Print and Web Communications: Commanding general, 4th Infantry Division encourage everyone Rick Emert and Fort Carson to make time toEditor: Devin Fisher write, call or emailStaff writers: Andrea Sutherland Soldiers, Families, employees and friends of the a deployed Soldier Dustin Senger 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, or friend. Your Kerstin Lopez The December holiday season is finally here. This correspondence Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett is a special time for Families and communities to gather will bolster theirHappenings: Nel Lampe together and celebrate. spirits as they serveSports writer: Walt Johnson The holiday season is also a wonderful time to reflect our nation overseas.Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall on the many accomplishments we have made during the Please remember This commercial enterprise newspaper is past year and to prepare ourselves for the challenges of to always keepan authorized publication for members of the the new year. Our team has completed many complex and our woundedDepartment of Defense. Contents of the important tasks and missions, to include the successful warriors and GoldMountaineer are not necessarily the officialview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or completion of Operation New Dawn and continued Star Families in success in Operation Enduring Freedom. Each of you your thoughts andthe Department of the Army. Printed circulationis 12,000 copies. The editorial content of the Mountaineer should be proud of your individual and unit’s contributions prayers as well, Andersonis the responsibility of the Public Affairs Office, to make our Army the best Army in the world. and never forget theFort Carson, CO 80913-5119, Tel.: 526-4144. I receive daily compliments from citizens and leaders sacrifices that they have made for our country.The e-mail address is usarmy.carson.hqda-ocpa. within the Front Range community thanking you for As we celebrate the holidays, I ask that everyone carefullylist.pao-mountaineer-editor@mail.mil. your selfless service to our country. I am personally and plan their activities and take into account the hazards The Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at http://csmng.com. professionally proud of each of your accomplishments associated with this time of year. Take the time to thoroughly The Mountaineer is an unofficial and I am honored and humbled to be a part of this plan your activities and travel safely. Leaders are a criticalpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The great unit and installation. part of this planning effort and can make the differenceMountaineer is printed by Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in This past year has been extremely busy for the Fort by preventing a tragedy. Do not risk your safety or yourno way connected with the Department of the Carson team. While we don’t yet know of all the challenges Family’s and friends’ safety — take all necessary precautionsArmy, under exclusive written contract with that we will face in 2012, I am confident that we will during the holiday break and always do the right thing.Fort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. The appearance of advertising in this meet these challenges and accomplish all missions to Beth and I send you our very best wishes for anpublication, including inserts or supplements, standard. I also urge everyone to take the opportunity enjoyable holiday season and thank you for yourdoes not constitute endorsement by the to relax and enjoy time with their Families during the continued and loyal service to our nation. We lookDepartment of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or well-deserved half-day schedule period. forward to serving with each and every one of youservices advertised. The printer reserves the For those of us who are fortunate enough to during the new year. Thanks for what you do.right to reject advertisements. be home for the holidays, this season holds a — Steadfast and Loyal Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use orpatronage without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, age, maritalstatus, physical handicap, political affiliationor any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, D6 sends Caring exemplifies holiday spirituser or patron. If a violation or rejection ofthis equal opportunity policy by an advertiseris confirmed, the printer shall refuse to printadvertising from that source until the violationis corrected. For display advertising call634-5905. by Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter member can point to service providers on our garrisons All correspondence or queries regarding Commanding general, U.S. Army Installation who go out of their way to help.advertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Management Command The same sense of caring is why so many Soldiers,Group, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, Family members, civilians and retirees volunteer theirColorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. One of the world’s greatest leaders was a gate guard time and talents across the installation. Our volunteers The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the Public who worked at the main gate of Fort Benning, Ga. welcome newcomers. They teach classes, mentorAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort What made that gate guard so great was that he knew children and teens, and run play groups for youngCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. his job was more than checking identification cards. mothers and toddlers. They plan outings for wounded Releases from outside sources are soindicated. The deadline for submissions to the With his awesome attitude, he conveyed to every person warriors, build houses for disabled veterans, supportMountaineer is close of business the week passing through his lane that he cared. survivors, help prepare Families for deployment andbefore the next issue is published. The Somehow he succeeded in making a difference throw welcome home parties.Mountaineer staff reserves the right to edit just through his genuine message of “Welcome home.” Caring and selfless service is ingrained in our Armysubmissions for newspaper style, clarity andtypographical errors. I’ve talked with many people who had contact with culture, and we are much stronger because of it. Army Strong. Policies and statements reflected in the him — Soldiers, parents visiting their Soldiers, civilians To everyone who has extended a helping handnews and editorial columns represent views going to work and visiting retirees who were stationed this past year, whether in a professional capacity orof the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those of at Fort Benning years ago — and all agreed: He as a volunteer, thank you. Thank you for choosingthe Department of the Army. made a difference. to go the extra mile to make a difference for Reproduction of editorial material is We’ve all seen this type of inspired leadership Soldiers, civilians and Families.authorized. Please credit accordingly. on every installation. Showing that we Let’s all enjoy what the season offers, care exemplifies the very spirit of the wherever we are, and enjoy time with holiday season. friends and loved ones. As we celebrate, The great thing about being part let’s remember those who are deployed of the Army Family is that caring and extend extra support to their Classified advertising goes beyond the holiday season. It is Families at home. 329-5236 day in, day out, year-round. Let’s also be mindful of those around Margie and I and our four kids have us who may find this time of year Display advertising 634-5905 lived and grown as a Family on Army more difficult. For those who need installations around the world. We’ve assistance, our installations provide a Mountaineer editor met many whose sense of service far number of Soldier and Family support 526-4144 exceeded their job description — services. If you are unsure where to Post information really dedicated people at a housing go, start with Army Community Service 526-5811 office, youth sports coaches and child or the chaplain’s office. Post weather hotline development services, to name just a From my Family to you and yours, 526-0096 few. My family’s experience is not we wish you safe and happy holidays unique. Every Soldier and Family Ferriter and a blessed new year.
  3. 3. Dec. 16, 2011 — MOUNTAINEER 3McCoy retires after 40 yearsby Andrea Sutherland return assist Soldiers and Families. the Mountain Post, finding work in to assist the new garrison commander,Mountaineer staff “Steve is the anchor of Fort Carson. the civilian sector. Col. Michael Kazmierski, with his He makes our installation run,” said “I landed a temporary position transition. So I did that for several Four decades ago, Steve McCoy Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison at the Pueblo Army Depot,” he said. months until we recruited on thestarted his federal career as an commander. “He is a team builder “In the meantime, I was putting in position, I competed and was fortunateautomotive battery servicer for the who has given so much of his adult applications at Fort Carson.” enough to be selected for it.”Directorate of Logistics at Fort Carson life to make this the best hometown in McCoy was hired by Fort Carson’s McCoy has since served for sixfor $3.74 an hour. He retires Dec. 31 the Army, home of DOL in 1973, working garrison commanders.as the deputy garrison commander of America’s best.” his way from battery In the last 40 years, he said he’sthe Mountain Post, having served in The key to servicer to tactical seen a lot of positive changes.the position for 14 years. McCoy’s success: equipment mechanic “When I came here in 1973, Fort “I worked my way up through the teamwork. to holding various Carson facilities were all World Warcareer ladder,” McCoy said. “I was given “Through 40 leadership positions II wood and Soldier billeting wasa lot of opportunities to prove myself.” years, I’ve had some in DOL. comprised of gang latrines and open In the past 40 years, McCoy has great mentors and In 1997, while barracks, not nearly the comfortoverseen major changes on the some great coaches serving as the chief of Soldiers enjoy today. You were luckyMountain Post, including preparing who have provided Supply and Services to have screens on your windows,” heboth active and reserve units for exceptional leader- Division within DOL, said, chuckling.mobilization in support of Desert ship and guidance to McCoy was asked to “I think another significant changeStorm and Desert Shield while working me,” he said. “I’ve temporarily serve as was the acquisition of the Piñon Canyonas the chief of Supply and Services developed relation- the deputy garrison Maneuver Site,” he said. “It’s a signifi-Division for DOL — a learning ships that I’ll main- commander, a position cant and invaluable training area for us.”experience that he would call upon tain and take to the McCoy that had formerly been McCoy said he is also proud to haveagain shortly after 9/11; converting the grave with me.” filled by a Soldier. been a part of important improvementsDOL from a government workforce of Raised in Southern California, “The garrison commander at that to the quality of life for families, Soldiersapproximately 250 to contract without McCoy said he first came to Fort time was Col. (Lawrence) Davis and and civilians working on Fort Carson.a single employee lost to unemployment; Carson after completing basic training he was about two months out from Improvements to infrastructure over theand serving 15 years as chairman for in 1970 at Fort Ord, Calif. When the rotating and he was without a deputy,” last 10 years is unprecedented, inclusivethe Local Federal Coordinating Army honorably discharged McCoy McCoy said. “The position had been of housing, medical, child care, fitness,Committee of the Combined Federal in 1972, following a troop drawdown previously converted from military to dining and recreation, he said.Campaign, which has raised millions after the Vietnam conflict, McCoy civilian so Col. Davis asked me if I See McCoy on Page 4of dollars for local nonprofits who in and his wife eventually returned to would come up and serve temporarily Remote Start From Y The 19 from the best makers OR OR per month Installed Warm up your car in winter or cool it down in summer 2-Way Available r From All Your Favorite Systems 9.9%Interest No Credit, No Prob No Down Payment lem * * Take It 39 per month 1200 Watts, Dual Woofers with Installation! OR OR No Payments Until Also check out our Desktop systems Feb. Car Stereos and Include 19" Flatscreen Build or Rebuild Yo ur Credit Home Video Systems! Monitor! See store for details. O Today! T From TV’ of The Alternate Source supports America’s armed forces and their families year-round and especially during the holidays. 99 per month OR OR STORE HOURS: Dining Room Living Room Bedroom S. Academy Blvd. X In the Mission Trace Shopping Center MEMBER 392-0181 Minimum six months employment and checking account required to finance. All models similar to illustration. Some quantities limited; subject to prior sale. *Cash, credit card, or debit card on these items.
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 16, 2011Opening McCoy on the workforce over the last 10 years,” he said he plans to spend more time withfrom Page 1 from Page 3 said. “We’re in this constant (Army Force friends and family, including his wife, Lu Generation) cycle, where we have Soldiers McCoy, with whom he recently celebratedas Starbucks, Things “We offer alternate work schedules, deploying and redeploying throughout the 40 years of marriage.Remembered, ATI Cell we offer tele-work, and we offer wellness year, which has required a lot of weekend “We’re going to take a three-week tripPhones, Elite Sportswear programs to our workforce as a means to and holiday work (for civilians). I think our to South America,” he said. “I’ve got a lotand Daniels Knife and balance personal and professional workforce has learned to become very of time to make up.”Specialty. demands. These programs were nonexistent flexible and very resilient.” Remaining humble, Steve McCoy said Food court eateries in my day,” he said. “We’re paying more McCoy praised his civilian colleagues, he doesn’t consider many of his accomplish-such as Burger King, attention to personal wellness of our who number in the thousands, for their ments personal accomplishments althoughAnthony’s Pizza and workforce while promoting and exercising loyalty and dedication. he is proud to have been a part of the design,Taco John’s underwent sound sustainable practices such as “They understand why they come in here inscription and construction of the Civilianrenovations to better recycling, energy and water conservation, every day — to train and equip Soldiers to Workforce Memorial located in front ofserve the customers, waste management and green procurement, win the fight while taking care of Families Soldiers Memorial Chapel. These twoKruse said. just to mention a few.” left behind,” he said. “We’re a customer- granite stones symbolize what the civilian Special pricing on Since taking on the role of deputy focused and customer-based organization workforce represents and their commitment,many items, demonstra- commander, McCoy said he’s more and those customers are Soldiers and selfless service and dedication to duty.tions, samplings and attuned to the dedication and commitment Families, but at the same time we also serve “I’ve worked with so many greatgiveaways, are just some of the civilian workforce as a whole. each other. It’s a team of teams.” people, I’m proud to be a part of thisof the events planned “There has been significant pressure As he prepares for retirement, McCoy team,” he said. “It’s been a great ride.”for the grand reopeningof the Exchange. “The Fort Carsonteam would like to Lost, abandoned animalsthank our customers As of Jan. 1, the Humane animals collected annually will be disseminated postwidefor their patience and Society will no longer accept within the Pikes Peak region. within the next several weeks.understanding through- stray pets from Fort Carson. Fort Carson is currently Contact Chris Zimmermanout this renovation The kennels on Abbott developing other options. at the Police/Provost Marshalprocess. We truly appre- Lane in Colorado Springs are Information concerning where Division at 524-5394 forciate their loyalty to the overwhelmed by the volume of missing pets can be retrieved more information.Exchange,” Kruse said.
  5. 5. Dec. 16, 2011 — MOUNTAINEER 5 The new 43rd Sustainment Brigade headquarters allows the unit to fuse together Fort Carson sustainment team.‘Rough Riders’ open new headquartersStory and photo by “It’s like a smart phone — it gas, which provides greater insulation ceremony, declared the new headquartersStaff Sgt. Ian M. Terry enables us. This building allows us to than standard double-paned windows, officially open.43rd Sustainment Brigade Public collaborate, to communicate, to fuse while not reducing the transparency DeTingo then led Gonsalves on aAffairs Office together Fort Carson sustainment teams of the windows. tour of the new building, highlighting to do what we do, which is support our In attendance at the ceremony were the sustainment operations center. The 43rd Sustainment Brigade brothers and sisters in the 4th Infantry Col. Ryan F. Gonsalves, deputy The SOC is a vast network ofleadership officially opened the doors Division and all the Soldiers across the commanding general of maneuver, Soldiers and systems responsible forto its new headquarters building on Best Hometown in the Army.” 4th Inf. Div., and Col. Robert F. assembling support packagesFort Carson during a ribbon-cutting Among the technologies employed McLaughlin, garrison commander. through coordination and planningceremony Dec. 9. in the building is a 300-kilowatt photo- Joe Y. Toddy, a Native American with multiple contributing agencies. Prior to the new building, the voltaic system, which provides green shaman and longtime friend of the 43rd “So every piece of equipment,“Rough Rider” Brigade operated from energy to offset 49 percent of the overall SB, performed a blessing over the new every work order, every supportthree different buildings, with its brigade, energy use of the building. Solar panels building, both inside and out. Upon request, can be tracked here,” saidbattalion and company headquarters provide 60 percent of the energy required completion of the blessing, Gonsalves Gonsalves. “That’s phenomenal.”being spread across post. Now, with the for the building’s hot water usage. and DeTingo, stood with 43rd SB The sustainment process, whether a43rd SB and the 43rd Special Troops In addition to specif ic green Command Sgt. Maj. Randy S. Varner fuel or ammunition distribution missionBattalion under one roof, execution of technologies, the building’s architecture and Joe Wyka, Directorate of Public or a transportation or maintenancesustainment missions has reached a is designed to allow maximum sunlight Works acting director, to ceremoniously support request, is aimed to be agreater level of efficiency. to most areas, reducing the electrical cut the ribbon signifying the opening process transparent to requesting units. “This building is technology,” said usage from artificial light sources of the building. With all systems in place in theirLt. Col. Geoffrey C. DeTingo, deputy during most daylight hours. Following the ceremony, Capt. new headquarters, the 43rd SB Roughcommander, 43rd SB, who presided The building’s windows are Brian C. Stark, a support operations Riders are positioned to execute theirover the ceremony. double-paned and filled with argon officer in the 43rd SB, who narrated the brigade motto, “Provide with Pride.”
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 16, 2011Miscellaneous Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email dennis.j.frost. physical. Call 524-1461 or visit the website at civ@mail.mil. http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb.The Central Issue Facility — will be closed for • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Garyits annual 100-percent inventory Monday-Dec. 23. Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2. Hours of OperationThe CIF will reopen Dec. 27 with regular business civ@mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-helphours. Emergencies will be handled on an individual tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. DFAC hours — Fort Carson dining facilities operatebasis. Contact Catherine Martinez at 524-1888 for • Base operations contracting officer repre- under the following hours:more information. sentative — Call Bruce Gronczniak at 526-9262 or • Wolf — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30The Army Attaché Management Division — is email bruce.e.gronczniak.civ@mail.mil for questions a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Closed Saturday-recruiting qualified regular Army noncommissioned on snow removal, grounds maintenance and contractor Sunday. Monday-Dec. 16, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30officers, sergeant-sergeant first class, to serve in U.S. response to service orders. a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Closed Dec. 23-26.embassies around the world. For more information • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at 524-0786 Dec. 27-30, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.or to request an application for Defense Attaché or email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mi to request latrines, (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). Dec. 29-Jan. 2, 7-9 a.m.assignment, contact Master Sgt. Matthew for service or to report damaged or overturned latrines. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30Tuiasosopo, Army Attaché Management Division, The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is p.m. (dinner). Jan. 3-6, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m.at 202-231-7291 or 301-917-4729 or email able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner).matthew.tuiasosopo@us.army.mil. 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers should • Stack — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m.Work Management Branch — The DPW Work call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). Saturday andManagement Branch, responsible for processing after hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358-3275. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (brunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (supper).work orders — Facilities Engineering Work Requests, Questions can also be submitted by email to Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1DA Form 4283 — recently changed its hours of FtCarsonTDS@gmail.com. Know your rights. p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). Dec. 23-26, 9 a.m. tooperation. The Work Management Branch, located Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness 1 p.m. (brunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (supper). Dec. 27-29, 7-9in building 305, will be open for processing work Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner.orders and other in-person support from 7-11:30 a.m. process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide powers Closed Dec. 30-Jan. 2. Jan. 3-6, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast),Monday-Friday. Afternoon customer support is by of attorney or notary services to Soldiers processing 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner.appointment only, call 526-2900. through the SRP. Retirees, Family members and • Warfighter (Wilderness Road Complex) —Veterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans Soldiers not in the SRP process can receive legal Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.can get assistance through the Veterans Services assistance and powers of attorney at the main legal (lunch), no dinner. Closed Saturday-Sunday. Monday-Group, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for walk-ins office located at 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. The VSG is next to the Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance (lunch), no dinner. Closed Dec. 23-26. Dec. 27-29, 7-located at The Retired Enlisted Association Chapter 1 prepares powers of attorney and performs notary 9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), noat 834 Emory Circle in Colorado Springs. For more services on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. dinner. Closed Dec. 30-Jan. 2. Jan. 3-6, 7-9 a.m.information call 719-337-0086. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 8:30 (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. • 10th SFG(A) LaRochelle — Friday, 7-9 a.m.Public Works has an incentive program to prevent (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner.recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Briefings Closed Saturday-Sunday. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m.Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards for (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner.turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training Closed Dec. 23-26. Dec. 27-29, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast),Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for — is held Jan. 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Closed Dec.the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every Family Readiness Center, building 6237, room 104. 30-Jan. 2. Jan. 3-6, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. toparticipating battalion receives money quarterly; the This training is required for all Soldiers asked to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner.top two battalions receive an additional bonus amount. perform this solemn duty. Per Army Regulation Central Issue Facility regular business hours —Call 526-5898 for more information about the program. 600-8-1, this duty is limited to those in the ranks of are listed below. Call 526-3321 to make appointments.Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Sergeant sergeant first class to command sergeant major, chief In-processingAudie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday of warrant officer 2-5 and captain and above. No Monday-Thursday from 7:30-10:30 a.m.each month at the Family Connection Center from reservations are required to attend training. Classes Initial issues11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Jean Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.active members and those interested in becoming Graves at 526-5613/5614 for more information. Partial issuesfuture SAMC members. The club was originally Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.a U.S. Forces Command organization of elite Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Cash sales/report of surveynoncommissioned officers but is now an Armywide building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.program for individuals who have met the criteria 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA Direct exchangeand have proven themselves to be outstanding processes to include turning in excess property, Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.NCOs through a board/leadership process. Contact reutilizing government property, web-based tools Partial turn insthe SAMC president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at available, special handling of property and environ- Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.526-5661 for more information. mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact Full turn insCommand Evaluation and Training Team — Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera@ Monday-Thursday from 7:30-10:30 a.m.COMET provides commanders at all levels with a dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at Unit issues and turn insresponsive maintenance and supply assessment and mike.welsh@dla.mil for reutilization/web tools; or Call 526-5512/6477 for approval.training tool that improves the combat effectiveness, Rufus Guillory at rufus.guillory@dla.mil. Education Center hours of operation — Thereadiness and efficiency of their units’ logistical Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to Mountain Post Training and Education Center, buildingprograms. The team identifies supply and mainte- noon the second and third Wednesday of each month 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows:nance weaknesses and problems, and provides at the Joel Hefley Community Center conference • Counselor Support Center — Monday-individual/unit reinforcement training based on room, 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m.assessments. Results remain confidential for the unit Office recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to to 4:30 p.m.commander only. The team provides assistance in the briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. • Army Learning Center — Monday-Friday 8the majority of maintenance and supply management Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays a.m. to 6 p.m.areas with one-on-one training, and by for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Educationconducting follow-up visits. The team also conducts personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings Support and Army Personnel Testing — Monday-classes to help strengthen supply skills and improve are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m.maintenance readiness. Contact Tim Howarth at Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9503-3095 or email thomas.howarth3.ctr@mail.mil 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The Claims Office is locatedfor more information. of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit on the first floor of building 6222, 1633 MekongDirectorate of Public Works services — DPW is personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Street. Shipment under Full Replacement Valueresponsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. claimants must submit Department of Defense FormCarson. Services range from repair and maintenance Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held 1840R to the carrier within 75 days. Shipment underof facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon at Defense Personal Property Program claimants mustcleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone the education center, building 1117, room 120. Call log into the Defense Personal Property System atnumbers and points of contact for services: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Army http://www.move.mil and report all the items online • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Carson ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. within 75 days. Claims must be submitted within nineSupport Services service order desk can be reached at ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the months directly with carriers to receive full replacement526-5345. Use this number for emergencies or first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing value for missing and destroyed items. All otherroutine tasks and for reporting wind damage, sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness claims should be submitted to Fort Carson Claimsdamaged traffic signs or other facility damage. Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, Office within two years of the date of delivery or • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days date of incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims OfficeBailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4.civ@ of their expiration term of service, but must attend the at 526-1355 for more information.mail.mil when needing trash containers, trash is briefing no later than 30 days prior to their ETS or startoverflowing or emergency service is required. of transition leave. Call 526-2240/8458 for details. • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in BOSS meetings areDorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. building 1340, room 123, from 10-11 a.m. and held at 10 a.m. the firstciv@mail.mil for service needs or to report noon to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be specialist to staff and third Wednesday ofcomplaints. sergeant from any military occupational specialty, each month at the • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Dorcey have a general technical score of at least 107, be a Foxhole. For informa-at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@mail.mil. U.S. citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army tion, call 524-BOSS. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Call Physical Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces
  7. 7. Dec. 16, 2011 — MOUNTAINEER 7Soldier’s memorial returns homeStory and photo by Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Chris Andrews, Pinson’s mother. “They’re going Louis where Pinson’s relatives had gathered to to come all the way down here to bring the plaque? witness the presentation. They all wore Sgt. Amanda I was shocked.” Pinson memorial T-shirts. ST. LOUIS — The 4th Infantry Division “I’m just doing the right thing, bringing a Soldier “Sgt. Pinson’s mother asked for a low-keyhonored a long-standing military creed to never home to her Family,” said Sidwell. ceremony to continue the healing process,” said Sidwell.leave a fallen comrade behind when it returned the Sidwell arrived at the Andrews residence in St. Andrews and her son, Bryan Pinson, stood nextmemorial plaque dedicated to Sgt. to Sidwell in Andrews’ living room asAmanda Pinson to her Family in St. she presented them with the plaque andLouis Dec. 7. read the memorial poster detailing Pinson was killed by indirect fire Pinson’s life and career.at Contingency Operating Base “When Amanda decided to join theSpeicher, Iraq, March 16, 2006, while military … the second she joined, I wasassigned to the 101st Military right behind her,” said Andrews.Intelligence Detachment as a signals “Totally 100 percent supportive.”intelligence analyst. Pinson led a life of accomplishment She was the first female signals and set herself apart from the crowdintelligence analyst killed in combat. on several occasions.Subsequently, officials named the COB She demonstrated talent at an earlySpeicher military intelligence building age when she won an award during thePinson Hall, and affixed a plaque to Greater St. Louis Science Fair. Shememorialize her service and sacrifice. later distinguished herself as a leader The responsibility of caring for the as a sophomore at Hancock Highplaque and honoring Pinson’s memory School when she created, designedwas handed down and charged to every and implemented the Hancockincoming intelligence sergeant major, Environmental Leadership Program.said 4th Inf. Div. Military Intelligence Pinson’s story continues after herSgt. Maj. Mari Sidwell. death. The Amanda Pinson Memorial The 4th Inf. Div. was the last unit to Scholarship goes to graduates of heroccupy the building before handing it high school. 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  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 16, 2011 Capt. Wyatt Brown, left, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Staff Sgt. Jonathon Billings, right, fire support noncommissioned officer, HHB, 29th FA Reg., examine the impact area in the distance as they prepare to call for fire during the brigade’s live-fire exercise in the training area of Fort Carson.Exercises ensure combat readinessStory and photo by exercise Nov. 28-Dec. 2 to certify its (job),” said Johnson. “Everything that conducting fire support in an urbanSgt. Khori D. Johnson Soldiers in preparation for future they learn here in this training will environment, a desert environment, etc.”3rd Brigade Combat Team Public training and operations. prepare them to conduct fire support The FECC organized a trainingAffairs Office, 4th Infantry Division The overall goal for Fist Stakes in most environments.” schedule to evaluate the potential of was to ensure the “Iron” Brigade’s Fire support specialists from each Soldier. The first stage consisted Throughout history, artillery has combat readiness. The brigade Fire and around the brigade had the opportunity of Soldiers going through a series ofbeen one of the most devastating Effects Coordination Cell organized to prove themselves in a series of lanes that focused on different aspectsweapons used on the battlefield. Be the event to provide instruction and tasks related to their craft. The FECC of fire support, such as land navigationit World War I, the Vietnam War or evaluate every aspect of a fire support organized the training to focus on the and communications.the current conflict in Afghanistan, the specialist, said Staff Sgt. Nathaniel core elements of fire support; later on In the next phase, Soldiers wereelement of artillery has proven to be a Johnson, brigade fire support noncom- these core ideas can be used for future, presented with a mission scenario inpacesetter, and a possible difference missioned officer, Headquarters and more specific training and execution. which they had to construct a plan,between failure and victory. Headquarters Troop, 3rd Special “The instruction that we gave conduct a mission briefing and then The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Troops Battalion, 3rd BCT. closely dealt with the heart of what we rehearse their plan. Lastly, fire supportInfantry Division, conducted a fire “The objective was to certify all do, which applies to any environment,” specialists had to execute their plansupport training exercise, known as (fire support specialists) as experts on said Johnson. “This lays the foundations See Fist Stakes on Page 9Fist Stakes, Nov. 7-18, and a live-fire all of the core competencies of our for more advanced scenarios such as Call or visit us today and get LOADED! Gentle Dental Care We sell the Howard Short, D.M.D. latest in high Accepting speed gear United Concordia Insurance from all the top for military families! manufacturers, night vision SUNDAY SERVICES Circle Drive 9:00 a.m. Bible study for all ages Botox and Dermafill Treatment for hunting Baptist Church 10:15 a.m. Worship Available! and scopes, (preschool/nursery provided) 801 N. Circle Drive EO-Tech;s, Colo. Spgs., CO. 80909 knives, tactical 10:15 a.m. Children’s Church (1st-4th grade) CALL FOR APPOINTMENT! 719.596.4461 lights and so much more. 5:00 p.m. AWANA (starts Sept. 7) 6:00 p.m. Worship cdbc.org 719-574-7631 (preschool/nursery provided) Dr. Mike Routt 5739 Constitution Ave. Open Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm 6:00 p.m. Student Connections (SW corner Constitution and Powers next to Walgreens) (6th thru 12th grade) Lead Pastor CARE CREDIT ACCEPTED
  9. 9. Dec. 16, 2011 — MOUNTAINEER 9Memorial sacrif ice a lot and she did make a Fist Stakes “We all had a real good timefrom Page 7 difference,” said Andrews. “She made from Page 8 with it,” he said. a difference in my whole family’s life. Although, 3rd BCT fire sup-Afghanistan or Iraq on or after 9/11, has We’re all different people because of in a scenario filled with sudden porters will have a chance to testerected a sign bearing Pinson’s name at her. The Family says all the time we occurrences and hostile role players, their skills early next year, some ofthe interchange of Interstate 55 and want to be like Amanda.” which simulated wartime conditions. them had the opportunity to practiceBayless Avenue in St. Louis. “Angel in When asked how she felt about At the conclusion of Fist Stakes, their craft during a recent artilleryFatigues,” a song written and performed her daughter’s sacrifice, Andrews had Soldiers left the training with not live-fire exercise.by Field of Grey in her memory, details mixed emotions. only a multitude of skills, but also a Soldiers were able to unleashthe life of a female Soldier. “Her sacrifice has made me a totally priceless amount of confidence in nearly 300 155mm rounds on the There are plans to name a cryptology different person than I was before,” she their field, according to Soldier Fort Carson training area, said Staffcenter Pinson Hall in recognition of said. “We’re extremely proud of her and feedback in the after-action review. Sgt. Joshua Swan, brigade targetingher sacrifices. everything she accomplished, but you Sgt. Justin Lannom, a fire noncommissioned officer, assigned “It’s huge that an intelligence Soldier still have to go through life. support noncommissioned officer to HHT, 3rd STB.gets recognized. Most cryptology centers “Bringing the plaque and the poster with Headquarters and Head - “We’ve gotten some seriousare named after career intelligence home was closure for the Army, to make quarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 10th training out here” he said.Soldiers,” said Sidwell. “The fact that sure Amanda was home, but for me and Cavalry Regiment, 3rd BCT, said “Everything we did duringthey’re going to name it in her honor my Family, it opened another very impor- he enjoyed the focused training Fist Stakes led up to that liveis great.” tant chapter of how she was remembered environment and the opportunity fire,” said Johnson. “That live fire “It’s amazing that Amanda’s story by her Army Family and brought to life to work alongside his fellow fire validated all of the training thatkeeps going on and on because she did more memories for us to cherish.” support specialists. these guys executed.” www.BirdDogBBQ.com DAILY SPECIALS LUNCH SPECIALS 10% OFF Mon - Fri for military (active or retired) $ 5.82 Your Source To Reach The Military Market 719.634.5905
  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Dec. 16, 2011‘Regulars’ enhance warrior skillsStory and photo byPfc. Nathan Thome1st Brigade Combat Team PublicAffairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 22ndInfantry Regiment, 1st BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division,conducted warrior tasks and battledrills training Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at variouslocations on post. Warrior tasks and battle drills arefundamental skills that all Soldiersneed to fight and accomplish themission, which is to conduct full-spectrum operations anywhere in theworld at a moment’s notice, saidCommand Sgt. Maj. TimothyEdwards, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg., 1stBCT, 4th Inf. Div. Two days of warrior tasks andbattle drills training led to a third day Spc. Jairod Farris, right, Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,of skills examinations. performs a functions check on a jammed weapon Dec. 1, during the testing phase of the three-day warrior tasks and battle “Training was conducted to refresh drills training, as Staff Sgt. Louie Valdez, dismounted squad leader, Company A, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg., looks on.the Soldiers on the fundamentals oftheir training,” said Edwards. “When These battle drills teach Soldiers Soldiers who have recently been way,” said Byrd. “I’m ready for the futureSoldiers master the basics of their how to react during firefights and assigned to the unit. tasks and missions we will be given.”training, it will help them when they medical emergencies, said Edwards. This training was beneficial to the Not only will the individual skillshave to learn new methods in additional “We trained until we were confident younger Soldiers who haven’t yet of the Regulars be enhanced, but alsostages of training.” that we knew our tasks and drills by deployed, said Sgt. Manuel Flores, the fighting skills of the “Raider” The event’s tasks and drills included heart,” said Pfc. Charles Byrd, tanker, Company D, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Brigade when they conduct full-weapons function, radio communication wheeled vehicle mechanic, Fire Reg., 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. The spectrum operations, said Edwards.and medical evacuation lanes. Support Company, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Soldiers were put in realistic scenarios “This event is just the beginning of Radio and medical lanes required Reg., 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “It was where they had to think fast and make the training cycle that we’ll be goingthe Soldiers to speak clearly and definitely helpful for those who use correct decisions under pressure. through,” said Edwards. “Duringthink fast while calling up a medical some skills more than others.” “Going through multiple scenarios redeployment cycle, the Regulars willevacuation or giving a description The training was designed to has helped me focus on tasks and work hard and train harder to becomeand location of an individual. improve the skills of “Regular” accomplish any mission that comes my the best Soldiers that they can be.”

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