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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 3 Jan. 20, 2012 Word of the month: Values Photo by Dustin Senger Warrior training Spc. Shaughn Daniel and Spc. Nickolas Noga, both from 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Training Institute, Warrior Leader Course at Fort Carson. Near the end of each Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, rush “humanitarian 15-day course, small group leaders test each WLC participant’s abilities in tactical aid” Jan. 17, after a simulated mortar attack pounds their position. The situational squad-level leadership, while evaluating 29 performance areas. The exercise exercise was part of the culminating events for the 168th Regiment, Regional rehearses skills learned during the course.Keenan pins major generalMEDDAC receives new commander By Stacy Neumann assignment as the 24th chief of the Army Nurse ceremony, lauded Keenan’s accomplishments, citing Medical Department Activity Public Affairs Corps and commanding general, U.S. Army Public her work in establishing embedded behavioral health Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. care teams in Fort Carson’s brigade combat teams and Col. John M. McGrath took the helm of Fort Before hundreds of guests, Family and friends, enhancing Soldier readiness.Carson Medical Department Activity from Col. Keenan passed the unit colors to Maj. Gen. Philip “Jimmie is known as a strong advocate forJimmie O. Keenan during a change of command Volpe, commanding general, Western Regional customer service. Her compassion was loud andceremony at the Special Events Center Jan. 12. Medical Command, relinquishing command, who contagious,” Volpe said. “Her personable disposition Later that day, Keenan was promoted to major then handed the colors to McGrath, signifying his and professional acumen have been instrumental ingeneral — a rare honor of jumping over the rank of assumption of command. See MEDDAC on Page 4brigadier general — in preparation for her next Volpe, who served as reviewing officer at the Message board INSIDE Fort Carson Tax Center, located in building 1358, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Appointments required; call 524-1012/1013. Page 18 Pages 20-21 Page 10
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 20, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. Robert F. McLaughlin Hazing will not be tolerated Editor’s note: Army leaders released the following by Army Regulation 600-20 and the Uniform CodeFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: letter Jan. 13. of Military Justice for many years. Individuals who Dee McNutt You should be aware of recent allegations of hazing participate in, allow or condone hazing may be subjectChief, Print and Web Communications: within the ranks of our armed forces, and we want to take to disciplinary action that may include nonjudicial Rick Emert this opportunity to clearly address these troubling reports. punishment or court-martial.Editor: Devin Fisher We echo the emphasis that Secretary of Defense We recognize that leaders must enforce standardsStaff writers: Andrea Sutherland (Leon E.) Panetta and Chairman (of the Joint Chiefs and exercise strong leadership and that this may include Dustin Senger of Staff Gen. Martin E.) Dempsey have placed on organizing team-building activities. This does not, Kerstin Lopez this matter. Every Army professional has a personal however, allow for any activity that crosses the line and Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett obligation to prevent hazing and ensure that we treat results in an abuse of power and deliberate humiliation.Happenings: Nel Lampe all of our comrades in arms with dignity and respect. Effective leaders must never participate in, allowSports writer: Walt Johnson Hazing is not compatible with Army Values. The or condone hazing. We expect every member of theLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall very foundation of what we do depends on trust, and Army, military and civilian, to vigilantly guard against trust depends on the treatment of all Soldiers with dignity any form of hazing and to report any incident of hazing This commercial enterprise newspaper is and respect by fellow Soldiers and leaders. to the chain of authorized publication for members of the Without this, our profession is placed in jeopardy, As stated by Secretary Panetta, this has a direct impactDepartment of Defense. Contents of the our readiness suffers and our mission success is at risk. on force readiness. At this point in our nation’s history, theMountaineer are not necessarily the official Hazing, in any form, has no place in our Army and will stakes are simply too high for us to fail. Our professionalview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or not be tolerated. This applies at all levels to all active, values are one of the essential components that makethe Department of the Army. Printed circulationis 12,000 copies. Guard and Reserve Soldiers, civilians and contractors. us who we are — the best Army in the world and the The editorial content of the Mountaineer This is not new. Hazing has been explicitly prohibited Strength of the Nation. Army the responsibility of the Public Affairs Office,Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, Tel.: 526-4144. Raymond F. Chandler III Raymond T. Odierno John M. McHughThe e-mail address is usarmy.carson.hqda-ocpa. Sergeant Major of the Army General, United States Army Secretary of the Chief of Staff The Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at The Mountaineer is an unofficial Practices connectpublication authorized by AR 360-1. TheMountaineer is printed by Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm inno way connected with the Department of the patients, caregiversArmy, under exclusive written contract withFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. The appearance of advertising in thispublication, including inserts or supplements,does not constitute endorsement by theDepartment of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or Commentary by Col. Nick Piantanida the application of teamwork to delight our advertised. The printer reserves the Chief, Primary Care Department This notion of teamwork is part of a complete paradigmright to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publication shift. In the past, care was centered on the provider rathershall be made available for purchase, use or The Evans Army Community Hospital Department of than the patient. This was inefficient and far too limiting inpatronage without regard to race, color, religion, Primary Care proudly serves nearly 70,000 Soldiers and meeting the access to care expectations. Now, the primarysex, national origin, age, marital status, physical Families across seven patient-centered medical care core team is comprised of your provider, a dedicatedhandicap, political affiliation or any other practices. During the Primary Care Strategic licensed practical nurse and/or a clinical nursingnonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equal Planning Conference, a diverse group of caregivers assistant. Together, they serve to provideopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, represented by nearly 60 physicians, nurse comprehensive care that starts days aheadthe printer shall refuse to print advertising practitioners, physician assistants, of your scheduled appointments.from that source until the violation is corrected. nurses and administrators gathered Registered nurses are available to bridgeFor display advertising call 634-5905. at the Penrose House to “reconnect” care needs between several core All correspondence or queries regardingadvertising and subscriptions should be directed with the patient-centered values teams. Secure messaging andto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper that define essential success in Web-based TRICARE OnlineGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, military health care. Caregivers virtual resources are alsoColorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. here said they want a strong ways to access the primary The Mountaineer’s editorial content is bond, teamwork and trust care team members. Inedited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort in their service to this way, there areCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Soldiers and Families. more hands and familiar Releases from outside sources are so Creating a bond through continuity faces to assist you in your health goals.indicated. The deadline for submissions to the Customer service is essential in patient-centered Patient and provider trustMountaineer is close of business the week military health care. Your health care team prides The third and final priority caregivers describedbefore the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit itself in the relationships that bear meaning to the was the strengthening association of trust with theirsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity and quality care they deliver. There is a partnership in patients. Listening to patients in the moment istypographical errors. today’s system of health that brings the complete mutually beneficial. Patients are now our partners in Policies and statements reflected in the health team together in the patient care experience. creating health outcomes that matter most to and editorial columns represent views Each member of the team strives to know you and your The Department of Primary Care adopted aof the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those of Family by name. Your health care team decidedly made vision statement, which makes trust an essential partthe Department of the Army. a commitment to “own” the population they serve. of our destination in health care delivery. The vision Reproduction of editorial material is Patients should find that they are treated by their primary statement reads: “Inspired staff that stand behind trustedauthorized. Please credit accordingly. care manager and primary care core team 70-80 percent of patient relationships to transform a leading system of the time. This means continuity with you, our patient. We health care in the Front Range community.” Trust is a realize urgent and emergent health concerns may cause our crucial ingredient that tightly bonds caregivers to their patients to seek care in a fragmented fashion through the patients so they all experience heath care outcomes emergency room. However, in the name of continuity, your that have genuine meaning. dedicated provider and core team serves your sick call, Hopefully, these goals compel you to stay connected nonurgent, acute illness and comprehensive care needs. with your primary care team. Your caregivers are Classified advertising Teamwork committed to delivering quality care through rewarding 329-5236 Caregivers are the closest contact point with patients. relationships and to seize every opportunity to rally our Display advertising However, even the most highly-skilled caregiver can teams to work together applying strong traditional bonds 634-5905 fail to anticipate what matters most to a patient. The of trust. These are the compelling reasons your caregivers second priority your caregivers identify as essential is await your next visit. Mountaineer editor 526-4144 Post information Has someone in your organization recently received kudos? 526-5811 Contact Mountaineer staff at 526-4144 or email Post weather hotline 526-0096
  3. 3. Jan. 20, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 352nd Eng. welcomes new commander By Andrea Sutherland Ngo deployed to Bosnia, Iraq Since the unit’s reactivation, Mountaineer staff and Afghanistan. In addition to Brooks worked to build the numerous unit awards, she unit of engineers, challenging Members of the 52nd earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Soldiers in a variety ofEngineer Battalion bid farewell to the Joint Service Commendation tests including Mountain StrikeLt. Col. Michael Brooks, its first Medal and the Joint Service Warrior exercises, stints at thecommander since the unit’s April Achievement Medal. Joint Readiness Training Center2010 reactivation, and welcomed Speaking to the crowd of at Fort Polk, La. and a deploy-Lt. Col. Danielle Ngo in a Jan. 12 Soldiers and Family members ment to Bahrain.change of command ceremony. attending the ceremony, Ngo In his farewell speech, “This ceremony represents acknowledged Brooks and his Brooks offered Ngo advice inthe symbolic transition between dedication to the unit, which reac- taking command.the past and the future,” said Col. tivated April 16, 2010, more than “There are some officialNicholas W. Katers, 555th five years after its inactivation. special handling instructions forEngineer Brigade commander. “To come in and receive a these Soldiers,” he said. “No. 1:“Commanders are a snapshot of a battalion with this level of discipline they love hard (physical training),unit. Today, this is no longer Lt. is a testament to your leadership,” so push them hard every day.Col. Mike Brooks’ battalion. He she said, addressing Brooks. They love to train and the morebecomes an entry in the unit’s The 52nd Engineer Combat realistic and hard the conditions,history, a snapshot on the wall.” Battalion first activated in 1918 the more they love it. They Katers expressed confidence as a railway construction battalion, love to shoot their weapons …that Ngo, a decorated war veteran, according to the unit’s website. They love building things, that’swould be a “leader of integrity The unit was demobilized after their true passion. That’s whyand skill.” World War I and reactivated in they’re engineers.” A prior enlisted Soldier, Ngo November 1942, participating in Despite the unit’s short historywas commissioned as a second campaigns in North Africa, Sicily as a construction battalion, Ngolieutenant in 1994. She holds and Italy. said she understands the legacydegrees from the University of The engineers first came to she is inheriting.Massachusetts, the Command Fort Carson in 1968, deploying “I am blessed to have aand General Staff College and in support of operations Desert battalion that’s on the top of itsGeorgetown University, where Shield and Desert Storm and later game,” she said. “This battalion Photo by Marco Mineroshe earned a master’s degree in in Operation Iraqi Freedom. has already made a name for Lt. Col. Danielle Ngo, left, accepts the 52nd Engineer Battalionpublic policy. The unit was inactivated in itself and it’s my job to take care colors from Col. Nicholas W. Kanters, 555th Eng Brigade Over the course of her career, February 2005. of them.” commander, during a Jan. 12 change of command ceremony. UP $ UP TO TO 5,000 00 INSTAN CRED T! 5 000.00 I NSTANT CREDI T! 5,000.00 INSTANT CREDIT! 000 00.0 NS NST REDI DIT GOOD CAR ALARM SALE! BET TER BETTER BEST $ $ 19 19 29 29 $ 39 39 $ $ $ 19 19 15 15 19 19 STORE HOURS: No Payments ‘ti Next Mon h! No Payment ‘til Next Month! ayments ‘til Next Month! yments ti ext on e t il nth 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. employment illustration.
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 20, 2012 Send a Valentine’s Day message to your sweetheart! Email yourMedical Department Activity Command Sgt. Maj. Ly Lac passes the unit colors to Col. Jimmie O. Keenan during a change 25-word messageof command ceremony Jan. 12 in the Special Events Center. Incoming commander Col. John McGrath is at left. and a high-resolution picture of you andMEDDAC Volpe said he is confident that Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry your loved one tofrom Page 1 MEDDAC remains in good hands Division, salute battery that fired a andrea.sutherland@ with McGrath. 15-volley salute.establishing and maintaining “I can think of no better quali- Keenan expressed her appre- csmng.comstrategic relationships with local fied leader to step into this role. He ciation for her mentors and by Feb. 3 to appear innetwork and (Veterans Affairs) is a perfect fit for this assignment pledged to remain at the vanguardhealth care partners.” and Team Carson,” Volpe said. of Army Medicine. the Feb. 10 issue. Since her tenure began in May “Colonel Keenan created a cul- “I believe in our mission; Submissions2009, Keenan has been responsible ture of innovation and care focused supporting Soldier readinessfor the more than 2,600 people on Soldiers. I’ll strive to maintain means taking care of a Soldier’s subject to editing. Notwho work at MEDDAC. In her and build upon that,” McGrath said. mind, body and spirit. It is ensuring all photographs will run.farewell address, she thanked them Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the wellness and resiliency of allfor their time together. Army Surgeon General, said the people who trust that we will “I have watched as the Soldiers Keenan’s promotion and assign- look out for their well-being. It isstanding before us, those still at ment selection shouldn’t come as delivering these services withwork today and the civilians within a surprise. compassion and ensuring we areour MEDDAC ranks always put the “She makes things better good stewards of our nation’scare of our Soldiers and Families and knows how to build a team,” resources,” said Keenan.first. You know that I am passionate said Horoho. “She sees the art As chief of the Army Nurseabout delivering the highest quality of possibility.” Corps, Keenan will have oversightof care and this team of professionals Keenan’s children, husband — of more than 40,000 civilian,responded,” she said. Col. John Keenan, deputy garrison active-duty and Reserve nurses. In Keenan said it’s been an honor commander — and mother attached her duties as commanding generalto lead MEDDAC through both her new shoulder boards. Keenan of the U.S. Army Public Healthits physical renovations to also received her general officer’s Command, she will lead aupgrade patient care and through belt, two-star flag and an engraved worldwide agency responsible forits efforts to extend behavioral shell casing from the 3rd Battalion, public health, veterinary, laboratoryhealth care and resiliency principles. 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd care and preventive medicine.
  5. 5. Jan. 20, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Event prepares Families for deployment Story and photo by Spc. Beth Raney repair specialist assigned to Company B, 4th through a deployment,” explained McNeely.4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, Special Troops Battalion, 4th BCT, said he enjoyed “Different classes and resources are available to 4th Infantry Division the informative nature of the fair. Soldiers and their Families before, during and even “It’s pretty well set up,” he said. “They have (a lot) of after deployment. It gives (the Soldiers) peace of Soldiers and Family members of 4th Brigade representatives here. Since this is my first deployment, mind that their Families are going to be taken careCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, participated in a I’m definitely learning what I’m going to need.” of, and that’s one less thing they have to worry about.”deployment fair at the Fort Carson Special Events ACS representatives provide a lot of useful Staff Sgt. Christopher Thomas, a shop foremanCenter Jan. 9-12. information to help deploying Soldiers and their assigned to Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Army Community Service; Army OneSource; Families during the deployment, said Kate McNeely, Regiment, said this upcoming deployment will be histhe 4th BCT chaplains’ office; Fort Carson counseling a Fort Carson DFMWR and ACS representative. fifth, and he still finds the deployment fair; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare “We offer information on financial readiness, “I think it’s very helpful, especially for theand Recreation; and many other businesses and employment readiness, Family readiness, (and) how married servicemembers and new Soldiers,” heorganizations offered their expertise and services to to thrive through a deployment and not just survive explained, adding that he received valuable infor-help both Soldiers and their mation about banking, financeFamilies during the upcoming and wills.deployment. Thomas said he feels this Char Ewald, a financial type of event affects his Soldiersinsurance specialist with positively, especially the onesUnited Services Automotive who have never deployed.Association Federal Savings It is important for newBank, attended the fair to Soldiers, especially the “firstprovide advice and information timers,” to know the differentabout potential services available support organizations that theto deploying Soldiers. Army has available to support its “We are here supporting the community, said Chap. (Lt.deployment of Soldiers from Fort Col.) Howard Field, 4th BCTCarson,” Ewald said. “We offer a Rear Detachment chaplain.(deployment) checklist. That “I am here to let thechecklist will guide them step by Soldiers and their Familystep as to what they need to do members know who their rearprior to deployment, including detachment chaplain is, tosaving money on their insurance. point them in the right directionThe spouses are the ones taking if they have any questions, andcare of business, and we know to give them some literature,that, so we make sure that we both for the Families and forhelp them every step of the way, some of the deployingas well,” she said. 1st Sgt. Steve LaRocque, senior enlisted leader, Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, and Soldiers,” Field said. Pfc. Adam Bruce, an his wife, Nicole LaRocque, check out information at the Military Family Voices booth during the 4th See Fair on Page 11unmanned aircraft systems Brigade Combat Team’s deployment fair at the Special Events Center Jan. 11.
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 20, 2012‘Raiders’ train to become combat lifesavers Story and photo by Pfc. Nathan Thome participated in a Raider First Responder course at the “Phoenix” Battalion course, as part of the brigade’s overall training requirement, to ensure every I’ve learned is how to provide care under fire,” she said.1st Brigade Combat Team Public headquarters Jan. 9-12 to learn basic Soldier in the brigade is medically In any given situation, SoldiersAffairs Office, 4th Infantry Division medical skills and become certified trained. need to act fast to save a life. This CLS combat lifesavers. “To put it simply, the purpose of class provided the Soldiers the ability Twenty-six Soldiers from 1st The first in a series of “Raider” Raider First Responder is to teach to not only react quickly, but to properlySpecial Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Brigade classes, 1st BCT Soldiers must nonmedical personnel how to perform care for a casualty, said Bryant.Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, complete the Raider First Responder lifesaving steps,” said Staff Sgt. April A few of the techniques taught Luikart, medical platoon sergeant, proved to be a challenge for some Headquarters and Headquarters Soldiers, but with practice, the tasks Company, 1st STB, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. became easier to execute, said Spc. Div. “The course (entails) care under Steven Renner, geospatial engineer, fire, how to stop bleeding, airway Headquarters and Headquarters techniques and much more.” Detachment, 1st STB, 1st BCT, 4th The 40-hour course is comprised of Inf. Div. two segments; a classroom setting and “The biggest obstacle for me was a field training exercise. having to perform a needle-chest This course took the Soldiers decompression on someone with a through three phases of training: crawl, sucking chest wound,” Renner said. walk and run; all of which are a part of “At first, it was difficult, because you Tactical Combat Casualty Care. have to make sure you stick the needle The crawl phase covers injuries and in the right place; but the more I did it, how to treat them; the walk phase the easier it became.” includes hands-on training; and the run During the final assessment, a phase is a field training exercise — the daylong field training exercise, culmination of everything the Soldiers Raider Soldiers put what they had have learned, said Spc. Jennifer Fay, learned to the test. health care specialist, HHC, 1st STB, “The field training exercise was a 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. simulation similar to a combat situation,” In the classroom, Soldiers learned said Sgt. Bethany Brown, squad leader, how to use medical equipment and Company A, 1st STB, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. how to treat casualties in different Div. “The Soldiers got a chance to situations, said Pfc. Sherkeria Bryant, treat a casualty in what felt like a real“Phoenix” Soldiers of 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th human intelligence collector, Company combat setting.Infantry Division, drag a “casualty” to safety in order to perform first aid Jan. 12 as part A, 1st STB, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. See Raiders on Page 7of a field training exercise at the end of 1st BCT’s Raider First Responder course. “One of the most important things NOW IS THE TIME TO CAPITALIZE ON YOUR CAREER. 4331 Centennial Blvd. 1813 North Circle Drive Garden of the Gods & Centennial Circle & Constitution CLASSES FORMING NOW, ENROLL TODAY! 635-2020 632-2020 Master of Arts in At Colorado Christian University, 4319 Integrity Center Point 1130 Lake Plaza Drive Curriculum and Instruction you will: NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) 634-2020 578-2020 , other WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM Master of Business Administration Tuition discounts available for Active Duty, Reserve, National Exams as young as 6 months of age Guard, and their spouses. Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette Ft. Carson 576-5151 Air Force Academy 472-0524 Peterson AFB 574-5252
  7. 7. Jan. 20, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Use this number to obtain self-help building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeantVII Corps Desert Storm Veterans’ Association • Base operations contracting officer from any military occupational specialty, have a 21st Reunion — is Feb. 25 at the Fort Myer, representative — Call Bruce Gronczniak at 526- general technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. Va., Officers’ Club. Contact Hoa McNabb at 9262 or email for citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army Physical 800-506-2672 or email VIICorpsDSVA@aol. questions on snow removal, grounds maintenance Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces physical. com for more information. and contractor response to service orders. Call 524-1461 or visit the website at http://www.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program — new • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- 524-0786 or email to Friday. The FSBP Office, located in building request latrines, for service or to report damaged Hours of Operation 1140, modular 2, 1886 Ellis Street, assists Soldiers or overturned latrines. with room assignments and terminations. The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — DFAC hours — Fort Carson dining facilities operateWork Management Branch — The DPW Work is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at under the following hours: Management Branch, responsible for processing building 1430, room 240. During duty hours, • Wolf — Friday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. work orders — Facilities Engineering Work Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 Requests, DA Form 4283 — recently changed its phone number for after hours, holidays and p.m. (dinner). hours of operation. The Work Management Branch, weekends is 719-358-3275. Questions can also • Stack — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 located in building 305, will be open for processing be submitted by email to FtCarsonTDS@gmail. a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). work orders and other in-person support from com. Know your rights. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Monday-Thursday, 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Afternoon customer 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. support is by appointment only, call 526-2900. Briefings (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner).Veterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans can • Warfighter (Wilderness Road Complex) get assistance through the Veterans Services Group, Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer train- — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for walk-ins and ing — is held Feb. 21-23 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Closed Saturday and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. The VSG is p.m. in the Family Readiness Center, building Sunday. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), located at The Retired Enlisted Association Chapter 6237, room 104. This training is required for all 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. 1 at 834 Emory Circle in Colorado Springs. For Soldiers asked to perform this solemn duty. Per • 10th SFG(A) LaRochelle — Friday, 7-9 more information call 719-337-0086. Army Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited to a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), noAudie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Sergeant those in the ranks of sergeant first class to command dinner. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Monday- Audie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday of each sergeant major, chief warrant officer 2-5 and Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 month at the Family Connection Center from 11:30 captain and above. No reservations are required p.m. (lunch), no dinner. a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all active to attend training. Classes offered on a first-come, Central Issue Facility regular business hours — are members and those interested in becoming future first-served basis. Call Jean Graves at 526- listed below. Call 526-3321 to make appointments. SAMC members. The club was originally a U.S. 5613/5614 for more information. • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from Forces Command organization of elite noncommis- Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency 7:30-10:30 a.m. sioned officers but is now an Armywide program Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in • Initial issues — Monday-Thursday from for individuals who have met the criteria and have building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from 12:30-3 p.m. proven themselves to be outstanding NCOs through 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA • Partial issues — Monday-Thursday from a board/leadership process. Contact the SAMC processes to include turning in excess property, 12:30-3 p.m. president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for reutilizing government property, web-based tools • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- more information. available, special handling of property and environ- Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact • Direct exchange — Monday-Thursday Public Works has an incentive program to prevent Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. borrerorivera@ from 12:30-3 p.m. recyclable waste from going to the landfill. for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at • Partial turn ins — Monday-Thursday Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards mike.welsh for reutilization/web tools; or from 12:30-3 p.m. for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson Rufus Guillory at • Full turn ins — Monday-Thursday from Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to 7:30-10:30 a.m. for the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and noon the second and third Wednesday of each • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- every participating battalion receives money month at the Joel Hefley Community Center 5512/6477 for approval. quarterly; the top two battalions receive an additional conference room, 6800 Prussman Ave. The Education Center hours of operation — The bonus amount. Call 526-5898 for more information Retirement Services Off ice recommends Mountain Post Training and Education Center, about the program. spouses accompany Soldiers to the briefing. building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows:Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Call 526-2840 for more information. • Counselor Support Center — Monday- responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for a.m. to 4:30 p.m. of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings • Army Learning Center — Monday- cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. numbers and points of contact for services: Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at • Defense Activity for Nontraditional • Facility repair/service orders — Fort 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — Carson Support Services service order desk can be Department of the Army Form 5118, signed by Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- their unit personnel section, and a pen to complete Medical Activity Correspondence Department cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. office hours — The Correspondence (Release of damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held Information) Office in the Patient Administration • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric the first and third Tuesday of each month at Division hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. noon at the education center, building 1117, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and when needing trash containers, trash room 120. Call University of Colorado- federal holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for is overflowing or emergency service is required. Colorado Springs Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan more information. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the for service needs or to report complaints. first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing BOSS meetings • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness are held at 10 a.m. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, the first and third first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 Wednesday of each • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — days of their expiration term of service, but must Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email attend the briefing no later than 30 days prior month at the Foxhole. to their ETS or start of transition leave. Call For information, call • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary 526-2240/8458 for details. 524-BOSS. Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays inRaiders After applying tourniquets, Raider Soldiers then called up treatment skills to use as needed,from Page 6 Soldiers manually carried the “casualty” the U.S. Army’s process for a medevac, said Renner. to safety to provide tactical field the nine-line medical evacuation, “This course taught us how to save “Soldiers got into groups of three care, reassess tourniquets and check and continued to check the casualty lives and take care of our battle buddyto five Soldiers during the FTX, and the casualty using the H-ABC using the H-ABC method until if they’re injured in combat,” saidhad to complete three stages,” Fay method, in which Soldiers checked transportation arrived. Renner. “If we see someone get hurt,said. “Soldiers would have to provide for hemorrhaging, obstructions in With the class and field training we could potentially save (his) life bycare under fire and apply hasty the airway, the casualty’s breathing exercise complete, Raider Soldiers using the knowledge and skills we havetourniquets.” and circulation. will be able to develop basic medical gained from this class.”
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 20, 2012 ‘Phoenix’ conducts team leader training By Spc. Cardell Brown 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, “I didn’t know how to properly 4th Infantry Division lead, mentor or counsel Fifty-two Soldiers assigned to 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, Soldiers, but ... I am now 4th Infantry Division, participated in a confident in my ability to four-day Team Leader Course at the “Phoenix” Battalion headquarters Jan. 9-12. accomplish that mission.” Junior leaders, who are currently first-line — Spc. Raymond Robinson supervisors, participated in the course to become more proficient leaders, said Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mann, senior Never forget to recognize a Soldier for the enlisted leader, 1st STB, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. good work they have accomplished, because The Soldiers covered marksmanship positive reinforcement can greatly benefit the training, methods to perform counseling of overall success of the unit’s mission, he said. Soldiers, troop leading procedures and “As a specialist who just returned from self-development during the “Raider” Warrior Leaders Course, I feel this information Brigade’s Team Leader Course. is beneficial for those of us who have never “This class has shown me that I still have led Soldiers,” said Spc. Raymond Robinson, a lot to learn when it comes to leading signal support systems specialist, Company B, Soldiers,” said Sgt. Tiffany Knotts, a signal 1st STB, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Photo by Andrea Sutherland support systems specialist, assigned to “I didn’t know how to properly lead, mentor Pie in the eye Company B, 1st STB, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “I want to be able to set my Soldiers up for or counsel Soldiers, but after going through this course I am now confident in my ability toSpc. Angel Nin, left, pies Capt. Seth Allen, commander of Battery success when they become noncommissioned accomplish that mission,” Robinson said.A, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade officers, and this class is giving me the Junior leaders deserve every opportunity toCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during a Jan. 12 fundraiser information to do just that.” grow and develop into better mentors for theirfor the unit Family Readiness Group. The unit raised nearly $500 Throughout the course, Mann consistently Soldiers, Mann said.during the event, which allowed junior enlisted Soldiers the addressed the importance of building trust The 1st BCT Team Leader Course isopportunity to push pie tins full of whipped cream into the faces between leaders and their Soldiers. another opportunity for self-development andof their noncommissioned officers and officers. Soldiers respond better to positive reinforce- once these leaders learn the standard, they can ment, rather than constant negativity, said Mann. successfully instill it in their Soldiers, he said. YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE NATION IS PROVEN. LET US PROVE OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU. National University‘s understanding of the military is evident in the enhanced educational experience we offer to you, including: Flexibility with course schedules during deployment Special military tuition rates Membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium A nonprofit institution EXPERIENCE OUR COMMITMENT 877.628.6828 | NATIONAL UNIVERSITY THE UNIVERSITY OF VALUES TM © 2011 National University 10357 715 South Academy Blvd. 1850 East Woodmen Rd. 412 Eagleridge Blvd. Become a fan of the Colorado Springs Business Journal Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Pueblo, CO 81008 on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CSBizJournal 719-637-3874 719-277-0553 719-553-0914 Get breaking news and headlines throughout the day, learn about upcoming events, special offers and more!
  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 20, 2012Soldiers ensure safe equipment transition Story and photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram Few people likely gave any thought to the to get things accomplished,” he said, “but we had a 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office thousands of pieces of equipment floating across lot of really good professionals from other units the Atlantic on barges and flying over it by aircraft. and in the civilian field that really helped us make When the Soldiers of Division Special Troops They most likely didn’t consider the grueling hours it a smooth transition.”Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, returned to Fort took to coordinate the secure transport of those items While Hoedebeck and his Soldiers worked toCarson after a deployment to Iraq in support of back to the U.S. or the daunting task that faced the prepare for their final departure, the maintenanceOperation New Dawn, their Families and friends DSTB’s maintenance Soldiers responsible for Soldiers on DSTB Rear Detachment worked towelcomed them home with thunderous applause. unpacking and servicing the majority of the equipment ensure the deployed maintenance Soldiers had a once it finally returned home. place to work once they returned home. “We had over 60 (freight) After the DSTB deployed, Fort Carson leadership containers and additional made a decision to relocate the unit’s motor equipment shipped back here pool, where maintenance Soldiers serviced the to Fort Carson,” said Sgt. 1st unit’s vehicles. Class Jerry Hoedebeck, This created a challenge for the rear detachment, noncommissioned-officer-in- because the few maintenance Soldiers still at Fort charge of the maintenance Carson were primarily new Soldiers who arrived section, Headquarters Support after the unit deployed, said Staff Sgt. Carlos Company, DSTB. “Back in Sanchez, one of the maintenance section’s motor Iraq, we had to organize the sergeants, who redeployed from Iraq early to assist shipment of those assets from with the transition. Iraq back to the States by boat “By the time I got back, we had already moved through Jordan or, if it was most of our equipment over to our new facilities but I mission-essential equipment, was able to help organize and ensure that all our by air from Kuwait.” equipment was maintained, to regain accountability As an acting unit move- of everything that we brought over to the new motor ment off icer, Hoedebeck pool,” Sanchez said. coordinated with military When the DSTB’s equipment began to arrive at units and civilian contractors Fort Carson, Sanchez and his Soldiers assisted in the to ensure the speedy, safe offloading of the battalion’s equipment, supervising and eff icient transfer of the civilian contractors responsible for transporting equipment from the the shipping containers to the motor pool. bat talion’s headquarters at “Our primary mission, when the equipment Contingency Operating arrived, was to facilitate the civilian truckers and Base Speicher, Iraq, to its operators who were downloading our containers,” he home at Fort Carson. said. “For about two weeks straight, we had a crane andSgt. Marlin Melendez-Laboy, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Headquarters “When we got down to wench out here 24 hours a day to ensure that we got theSupport Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, performs the end of it, there was a lot of See Reset on Page 11maintenance on a Humvee recently returned from Iraq at the DSTB motor pool Jan. 10. work, a lot of long days trying FLEXIBILITY This is PPCC. We’re a top 50 school for military and veterans.
  11. 11. Jan. 20, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11Fair know. It’s a great way for them to … get Reset ready for the next one,” he said. “Wefrom Page 5 all of the information they’re going to from Page 10 need to be ready for anything, and need, or at least the vast majority of it, they are very eager to learn.” Spouses attending the deployment prior to deployment, so they can get mission done as quickly as possible.” Training the newer Soldiers hasfair had the opportunity to network with everything set in order before they go.” Now that all of the DSTB’s become a top priority for moreeach other, sharing experiences while Spc. Beau Remaly, an unmanned personnel and equipment have experienced mechanics that maymaking new acquaintances at the aircraft systems repair specialist returned to Fort Carson, the challenge have one or more deployments underdeployment fair, said Field. assigned to Company B, 4th BSTB, said is getting business back to normal as their belts, said Spc. Christopher Sgt. Derek Koch, a squad leader he found the deployment fair valuable. soon as possible for the maintenance Robbins, a wheeled vehicle mechanicassigned to Headquarters and “I think the deployment fair was great Soldiers, Sanchez said. assigned to Headquarters SupportHeadquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, because without it you feel like you’re “The biggest thing we need to do Company, DSTB.77th Field Artillery Regiment, slated for missing something,” he said. “This gives right now is to maintain accountability “We want to get these guys to ahis second deployment to Afghanistan, you a sense … that you have everything for all of the equipment we just got place where we can trust them to dosaid the fair provided good opportuni- taken care of by the time you’re done here. back,” he said. “We want to ensure the work without looking over theirties for Soldiers. Then you have that confidence knowing that everything on our books is exactly shoulders,” Robbins said. “A lot of “Most of my Soldiers are … new,” (there are) no loose ends left behind.” what we have, so we can report us are probably going to shift to ahe said. “Most of them have only been In addition to all of the information accurately to our higher commands.” different unit or leave the Armyin the Army for a couple of months, provided during the fair, the U.S. Military Sanchez said his other primary before the unit deploys again, so wereally, so something like this is a great Cycling Team donated certificates mission is to begin training and men- need these guys to become competentchance for their Families to kind of get for 30 free children’s bicycles, which toring his new maintenance Soldiers. and dependable so they can takecaught up on what some of the more were raffled to 4th BCT Soldiers “Even though we just got back care of this battalion next time wesenior personnel’s Families already attending the fair. from one mission, we have to get get sent downrange.” 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
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