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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 11 March 16, 2012 Word of the month: Dignity Photo by Sgt. Ruth Pagan Re-up over Kandahar Chief Warrant Officer Rick Tyson, left, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry City, Afghanistan, March 7. Beko reaffirmed his loyalty to the Army, re-enlisting Division, All Source intelligence chief, administers the oath of enlistment to for another three years of service. For the third straight year, Fort Carson units Spc. Rodger Beko, right, intelligence analyst, Headquarters and Headquarters had the best retention record in U.S. Army Forces Command. See Page 5 for a Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., during a story on the Commanding General’s Fiscal Year 2012 Phase One Annual re-enlistment held in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter hovering over Kandahar Retention Awards Breakfast.First SMA dies at age 89 U.S. Army Public Affairs noncommissioned officer selected to be the first sergeant major of the professional NCO Corps. “He was an innovator, a true Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division and detached service with British forces in WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Army because of his initiative, inspiration to Soldiers and the epitome Iceland in 1941 and 1942.first Sergeant Major of the Army died intelligence, experience and drive to of a professional warrior. Our hearts and In 1942, he was assigned to the 1stMarch 5, at age 89, in El Paso, Texas. excel,” said current Sgt. Maj. of the prayers go out to (his wife) Patty Infantry Division in Europe as he William O. Wooldridge was sworn Army Raymond F. Chandler. “His and the rest of the Wooldridge family participated in the North Africa andin as the SMA July 11, 1966, and served legacy lives on in the United States during this difficult time,” Chandler said. Sicily Campaigns and the D-Dayuntil his term ended in August 1968. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Wooldridge entered the Army Nov. landings June 6, 1944. In October “Sergeant Major of the Army the centralized (noncommissioned 11, 1940, at Fort Worth, Texas. His early See Wooldridge on Page 4Wooldridge was a one-of-a-kind officer) promotion system and our assignments included the 23rd Infantry Message board INSIDE Gate 6 hours Beginning Monday, Gate 6 hours of operation will change to 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. The gate will be closed on federal holidays. Page 8 Page 13 Pages 20-21
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — March 16, 2012 MOUNTAINEER Women’s History MonthCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. Robert F. McLaughlin Army leaders honorFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: Rick Emert sacrifice, achievements Editor’s note: Army leaders We have all benefitted tremendouslyEditor: Devin Fisher released the following letter in honor from the distinguished service and Carson holds eventStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland of Women’s History Month. This selfless sacrifice of women at all Fort Carson’s Equal Opportunity year’s theme is “Women’s Education — levels of our Army and our nation. Program presents a Women’sHappenings: Nel Lampe Women’s Empowerment.” Throughout our Army’s 236-year History Month celebration MondaySports writer: Walt Johnson Across many years and cultures, history, women have served this nation from 11 a.m. to noon at the ElkhornLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall women have fought to be empowered valiantly and with distinction, in Conference Center. Guest speaker and treated equal to their male times of peace and war. Our Army is Dr. Sonia Esquivel, counterparts. Education has long remains immensely proud of the academic advising/First-Year This commercial enterprise newspaper is been considered the great equalizer in accomplishments and the sacrifices Experience Programs and assistantan authorized publication for members of the society, giving every person — of these brave women as they continue professor of Spanish at theDepartment of Defense. Contents of the regardless of race, gender or creed — to courageously serve as Soldiers, U.S. Air Force Academy.Mountaineer are not necessarily the official the knowledge and skills necessary to civilians and Family members.view of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or Food sampling will be provided.the Department of the Army. Printed circulation make the most of opportunities. After History is clear: when put to theis 12,000 copies. the American Revolution, basic test, our Army women have displayed The editorial content of the educational opportunities for women incredible intelligence, leadership, plan and execute commemorativeMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public and men were created as a safeguard patriotism and courage. As we activities that celebrate and payAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, for democracy, contributions in every celebrate Women’s History Month, we tribute to the countless contributionsTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address field, including security and defense. encourage our entire Army Family to of all women to our nation. The Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at Raymond F. Raymond T. Odierno John M. McHugh The Mountaineer is an unofficial Chandler III General, United States Army Secretary of the Armypublication authorized by AR 360-1. The Sergeant Major Chief of StaffMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs of the ArmyMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm inno way connected with the Department of theArmy, under exclusive written contract with Provide world-classFort 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 orservices advertised. The printer reserves theright to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publication IMCOM promise: By Lt. Gen. 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  3. 3. March 16, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Officials condemn shooting, offer condolences By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service The servicemember is in ISAF custody and “I condemn such violence and will remain there as ISAF and Afghans conduct an investigation, Allen said. Those wounded in WASHINGTON — President BarackObama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, am shocked and saddened that the incident are receiving care from ISAF medics. “I am absolutely dedicated to making sure thatChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen.Martin Dempsey and International Security a U.S. servicemember is alleged anyone who is found to have committed wrong- doing is held fully accountable,” Allen said.Assistance Force leaders all condemned a shootingincident in Southern Afghanistan Sunday, and to be involved, clearly acting Panetta gave Karzai his assurances that U.S. officials will bring those responsible to justice.pledged to work with Afghan authorities in fullyinvestigating the incident. outside his chain of command.” “We will spare no effort in getting the facts as quickly as possible, and we will hold any perpetrator “This incident is tragic and shocking, and — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who is responsible for this violence fullydoes not represent the exceptional character of accountable under the law,” he said in his statement.our military and the respect that the United States The incident happens just weeks after riotinghas for the people of Afghanistan,” Obama said in of this incident,” Dempsey wrote. over the accidental burning of Qurans ata statement released by the White House. Allegedly, an American servicemember left his Bagram Air Field. Panetta spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai base in Kandahar province, entered homes in the area Both Allen and the American embassy spoke of theto offer his deepest condolences and profound regret for and shot the inhabitants. Karzai said in a statement partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.the tragic incident in Kandahar province. The incident that the servicemember had killed 16 and wounded at “This deeply appalling incident in no way representsresulted in the loss of life and injuries to innocent least five others. the values of ISAF and coalition troops or the abidingAfghan civilians, including women and children. “I condemn such violence and am shocked and respect we feel for the Afghan people,” the general ISAF Commander Marine Corps Gen. John R. saddened that a U.S. servicemember is alleged to be said. “Nor does it impugn or diminish the spirit ofAllen, who was in Washington to testify, issued a involved, clearly acting outside his chain of cooperation and partnership we have worked so hardstatement Sunday saying he was “shocked and command,” Panetta said. “I told President Karzai to foster with the Afghan National Security Forces.”saddened” to hear of the shooting incident. that the American people share the outrage felt by An embassy statement reiterated that the United “I offer my profound regret and deepest President Karzai and his fellow citizens. This tragic States is committed to “an enduring partnership withcondolences to the victims and their families,” Allen incident does not reflect the commitment of the U.S. Afghanistan to obtain greater peace and security insaid in his statement. military to protect the Afghan people and help build the region, which is our common interest. We deplore In a Facebook post, Dempsey offered his a strong and stable Afghanistan.” any attack by a member of the U.S. armed forcescondolences to the victims of the attack and their “I cannot explain the motivation behind such against innocent civilians, and denounce all violencefamilies. “I’m confident that General Allen and callous acts, but they were in no way part of authorized against civilians. We assure the people of Afghanistanhis staff are taking the appropriate steps to quickly ISAF military activity,” said British Lt. Gen. Adrian J. that the individual or individuals responsible for thisand thoroughly investigate the circumstances Bradshaw, ISAF commander, in a written statement. act will be identified and brought to justice.” 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 B 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 illustr tion. Some quantities limited; subject to prior sale. *Cash, credit card, or debit card on these items. s employment required illustration. ra d
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — March 16, 2012 Wooldridge years and 10 months of service. from Page 1 “SMA Wooldridge traveled wherever Soldiers were stationed 1944, he was wounded during the to listen to their concerns and battle for the fortress city of dedicated himself to strengthening Aachen, Germany, and was awarded and preserving the rich history of the Silver Star for gallantry in the NCO Corps; ‘the backbone action. He received his second of the Army,’” said Command Sgt. Silver Star in the Battle of the Bulge Maj. Rory Malloy, commandant of Campaign in December 1944. United States Army Sergeant’s Upon his return to the United States Major Academy. “He was responsible in May 1945, Wooldridge was for implementing the Major assigned to numerous posts. Commands Command Sergeants Upon completion of his term as Major Conference in 1966, which sergeant major of the Army in 1968, from that year forward resulted in a Wooldridge returned once again to multitude of proposals to enhance Vietnam as sergeant major of the and improve the training, morale Military Assistance Command- and readiness of noncommissioned Vietnam. Upon his return stateside, officers Armywide.” he was assigned to the White Sands Read more about Wooldridge’s Missile Range, N.M., in the fall of Army career at 1969 and retired Feb. 1, 1972, at m i l / l e a d e r s / s m a / Fo r m e r / s m a Fort MacArthur, Calif., after 30 (underscore)bio1.html. “Take care Courtesy Army Installation Management Command of each man New IMCOM CSM as thoughCommand Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice receives the Noncommissioned Officer’s Sword from Lt. Gen.Michael Ferriter, commanding general, Installation Management Command, during aMarch 9 change of responsibility ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Ferriter passed he were yourthe sword from Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Felt to Rice, symbolizing the transfer ofresponsibilities as IMCOM’s highest-ranking NCO. Rice has held numerous command own brother.sergeant major positions, including XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Ga.; ManeuverCenter of Excellence and Fort Benning, Ga.; and the U.S. Army Infantry Center and Fort He is.”Benning. “(Looking ahead, it’s about) keeping our team focused on making sure that we’re — First Sgt. Maj. of the Armydoing the right thing by our Soldiers and Family programs,” Rice said. “And (that) we havethe right assistance on the homefront that allows our Soldiers to give their all.” William O. Wooldridge
  5. 5. March 16, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Best in FORSCOMUnits exceed retention goals Story and photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson,commanding general, 4th InfantryDivision and Fort Carson, recognizedretention professionals for surpassingthe Army’s re-enlistment goals, duringa March 9 breakfast at the ElkhornConference Center. Anderson presented plaques to FortCarson units for maintaining the bestretention record in U.S. Army ForcesCommand at the CommandingGeneral’s Fiscal Year 2012 Phase OneAnnual Retention Awards Breakfast. “Thank you for what you have beendoing,” Anderson said. “This divisionhas led the way for FORSCOM, and this Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, center, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, speaks to Fort Carson leaders andis a huge testament to the environment unit career counselors about the future of retention during the Commanding General’s Fiscal Year 2012 Phase One Annualyou have created here — how you train, Retention Awards Breakfast at the Elkhorn Conference Center March 9. Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers, left, division deputy commandinghow you lead and how you take care of general for support, and 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, joined Anderson at the head table.your Soldiers and their Families.” The 4th Inf. Div. and tenant Fort The post’s top re-enlistment brigades 4th Inf. Div., and 68th Combat Support Brigade, out of Fort Sill, Okla.; 1stCarson units have an exemplary history were the 43rd Sustainment Brigade Sustainment Battalion, 43rd SB, earned and 3rd BCTs and Headquartersof achieving and surpassing retention completing 148 percent of its retention recognition as the post’s top battalions by and Headquarters Battalion, forgoals, leading FORSCOM re-enlistments mission, and the 2nd Brigade Combat achieving 200 and 151 percent of their completing 100 percent or more offor three consecutive years, said Sgt. Team meeting 134 percent of its retention goals, respectively. their retention mission.Maj. Mike Harris, command career retention mission. The 3rd Battalion, Division leadership also presented See Retention on Page 12counselor, 4th Inf. Div. 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd BCT, plaques to 4th Inf. Div.’s 214th Fires Bob Penkhus WIT GAS PRICES APPROACHING $5 A GALLON TH O N, BOB PENKHUS SAY “EN B S YS, NOUGH IS ENOUGH S H!” FOR A LIMITED TIM BUY ANY NEW VOLV , MAZDA, VW AND NOW MITSUBISHI AND WE’LL PAY FOR THE GAS FOR A YEAR! ME LVO, W A PLUS GET 0 FINANCING UP TO 72 MONT % THS AT ALL THREE BOB PENKHUS LOCATIONS! T bobpenkh 1101 Motor City Dr. r 7455 Test Drive e e 4391 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80905 Colorado Springs, CO 80923 Colorado Springs, CO 80918 719.473.4100 719.785.9666 719-955-5000 www.bobpenkh Sales Hours: Mon.-Sat.: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m m.
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — March 16, 2012‘Regulars’train onnew heavycombatvehicles Story and photo by Division, familiarized themselves on the Before Soldiers practiced movement and Sgt. 1st Class Ross Carlson, tank Pfc. Nathan Thome new heavy combat vehicles during live-fire firing drills, they checked to see if their commander, Company 1st Brigade Combat Team Public training at Fort Carson Range 105 March 7. vehicles were operable. D, 1st Battalion, 22nd Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division The “Regulars” of 1st BCT recently The crewmembers covered each piece of Infantry Regiment, 1st began training on the new M1A2 SEP equipment in the vehicles, ensuring the new Brigade Combat Team, Teams of Soldiers quickly donned their Abrams tanks and M2A2 BFV to develop systems worked correctly and using bore 4th Infantry Division,gear, loading one-by-one into the back of their combat skills and build cohesion as a sights to align the weapons systems. inserts a bore sighttheir new tank. All in, the crew of new team in preparation for future missions. Bore sight refers to adjustments made to into the barrel ofrecruits closed the rear doors of the M1A2 “We’re conducting this training to get an optical sight, to align the barrel of a an M1A2 SystemSystem Enhancement Package Abrams tank our Soldiers familiar with the new Bradley weapon with the sights, Carlson said. Enhancement Packageand M2A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting and tank,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ross Carlson, “A handful of Soldiers came to this Abrams tank toVehicle, ready to move out. tank commander, Company D. “The unit has unit straight from (advanced individual check if its sights are More than 40 Soldiers from 1st received a handful of new Soldiers that have training),” said Pvt. Joshua Debrum, aligned March 7 at FortBattalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st never worked with these vehicles, so this is See Vehicles on Page 9 Carson Range 105.Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry necessary training for them.”FLEXIBILITY This is PPCC. life, not the other way around. That’s why we offer night, weekend and online classes, in addition to our regular weekday options. Flexibility is one reason why PPCC is one of the nation’s top 50 schools providing higher education to military and veterans. Visit us online to learn more. or call 719.502.2000 The person pictured is not an actual service member
  7. 7. March 16, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationFinance travel processing — All inbound and Dining facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.ROTC Green to Gold — Deadline to apply for Army Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. ROTC Green to Gold scholarships is April 1. Scholarships are awarded for two, three or four years Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. — Soldiers with two years of college remaining to (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. complete their degree are considered for two-year Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. scholarships; Soldiers with three years of college LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. remaining to complete their degree are considered for 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. three-year scholarships; and Soldiers without college Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. credit who require four years to complete their degree are considered for four-year scholarships. More • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, information is available at Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located in for service needs or to report complaints. for receiving/ turn in; Mike building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Welsh at for reutilization/web operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ tools; or Rufus Guillory at office assists Soldiers with room assignments and Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon terminations. For more information call 526-9735. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — the second and third Wednesday of each month at theWork Management Branch — The DPW Work Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, Management Branch, responsible for processing 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office work orders — Facilities Engineering Work • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the Requests, DA Form 4283 — recently changed its Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. hours of operation. The Work Management Branch, Use this number to obtain self-help Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays located in building 305, will be open for processing tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for work orders and other in-person support from • Base operations contracting officer personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Afternoon customer representative — Call Bruce Gronczniak at 526- are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing support is by appointment only, call 526-2900. 9262 or email Arts Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings startVeterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans for questions on snow removal, grounds maintenance at 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required to bring can get assistance through the Veterans Services and contractor response to service orders. Department of the Army Form 5118, signed by Group, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for walk-ins • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at their unit personnel section, and a pen to complete and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. The VSG is 524-0786 or email to forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. located at The Retired Enlisted Association request latrines, for service or to report damaged Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held Chapter 1 at 834 Emory Circle in Colorado or overturned latrines. the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon Springs. For more information call 719-337-0086. The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is at the education center, building 1117, room 120.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC for after hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358- first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing is open to all active members and those interested 3275. Questions can also be submitted by email to sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness in becoming future SAMC members. The club was FtCarsonTDS@gmail. com. Know your rights. Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 elite noncommissioned officers but is now an Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP days of their expiration term of service, but must Armywide program for individuals who have met process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide attend the briefing no later than 30 days prior to their the criteria and have proven themselves to be powers of attorney or notary services to Soldiers ETS or start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/ outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership processing through the SRP. Retirees, Family 8458 for details. process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. members and Soldiers not in the SRP process can Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at the building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St., Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from any Public Works has an incentive program to prevent building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center. military occupational specialty, have a general recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards performs notary services on a walk-in basis from 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points are Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. visit the website at assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every participating battalion receives Briefings Hours of Operation money quarterly; the top two battalions receive an additional bonus amount. Call 526-5898 for more Recruit the Recruiter — The United States Army • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from 7:30- information about the program. Recruiting Command holds a volunteer recruiter 10:30 a.m.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is presentation for specialist-sergeant first class March • Initial issues — Monday-Thursday from responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort 27-29 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the education center, 12:30-3 p.m. Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance building 1117, room 302C. The briefings will • Partial issues — Monday-Thursday from of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and discuss the benefits, challenges and qualifications of 12:30-3 p.m. cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone recruiting duty. Contact Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- numbers and points of contact for services: Hayes at 877-465-9035 or email michael.hayes@ Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Facility repair/service orders — Fort for more information. • Direct exchange — Monday-Thursday Carson Support Services service order desk can be Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training from 12:30-3 p.m. reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies — is held Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 • Partial turn ins — Monday-Thursday or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, p.m. in the Family Readiness Center, building from 12:30-3 p.m. damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. 6237, room 104. This training is required for all • Full turn ins — Monday-Thursday from • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric Soldiers asked to perform this solemn duty. Per 7:30-10:30 a.m. Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. Army Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited to • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- when needing trash containers, trash those in the ranks of sergeant first class to command 5512/6477 for approval. is overflowing or emergency service is required. sergeant major, chief warrant officer 2-5 and Education Center hours of operation — The captain and above. No reservations are required to Mountain Post Training and Education Center, attend training. Classes offered on a first-come, building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: first-served basis. Call Jean Graves at 526-5613/ • Counselor Support Center — Monday- BOSS meetings 5614 for more information. Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 are held at 10 a.m. Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the first and third Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in • Army Learning Center — Monday- Wednesday of each building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. month at the Foxhole. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA • Defense Activity for Nontraditional For information, call processes to include turning in excess property, Education Support and Army Personnel 524-BOSS. reutilizing government property, web-based tools Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and available, special handling of property and 12:30-4:30 p.m.
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — March 16, 2012From battlefield to adoptionMWD team carries onbond of respect, friendship By Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell respect he and his working dog had for each other 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office immediately gained the respect of the Soldiers they were assigned to support. Sniffing out explosives, subduing potential “We try (to) get mature noncommissioned officersthreats and protecting the lives of his comrades to do this, because they have to sell their capabilitiesencompassed a day’s work for Bronco, a nine-year to a commander on the ground,” said Bloom.veteran of the Department of Defense’s Military Mariana and Bronco’s mission entailed clearingWorking Dog program. dusty foot patrol routes of improvised explosive The Belgian Malinois’ handler, Staff Sgt. John devices and entering buildings ahead of the team toMariana, had just arrived to the 148th Military “sniff ” out any explosives or combatants waitingPolice Detachment, 759th MP Battalion, where he to ambush U.S. and Afghan forces.was teamed up with Bronco in October of 2010, The MWD team found three explosive devices on Photo courtesy Staff Sgt. John Marianadeploying a month later in support of Operation their first mission within hours of stepping off a Staff Sgt. John Mariana, a military working dogEnduring Freedom. CH-47 Chinook in November. handler, and his K-9, Bronco, then assigned to 148th “When we linked up as a team, it was an instant “We would clear up to our objective, and Military Police Detachment, 759th MP Battalion, takeconnection,” said Mariana. “We were a tough team when we got there, he would go in and search the a break from conducting security patrols during ato compare to, because we were so good together. It objective,” said Mariana. 2011 deployment to Afghanistan in support ofmade us the team to beat.” The duo discovered approximately 30 explosive Operation Enduring Freedom. Dog and handler teams are typically allowed 90 devices while on patrols, keeping the rest of theirdays to bond and build a rapport before conducting team safe and able to complete their missions. A medical evacuation transport flew the dog teammissions, said Mariana. The teams learn to patrol “Bronco would go up to 300 meters on his own, to Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan, wheretogether, detect drugs or explosives and conduct searching the roadway where we would be walking,” Bronco underwent life-saving surgery.MWD functions specialized to their mission. said Mariana. “That gave us a good amount of Following surgery, Bronco began the healing “The training a military working dog handler has standoff distance from us and any type of threat.” process, recovering in his kennel on Bagram conduct every month is almost overwhelming,” During a mission in June 2011, a single event Mariana slept in Bronco’s concrete kennel forsaid Capt. James Bloom, Mariana’s former company changed the lives of both team members. two weeks, holding the dog’s mouth open to ensure hecommander with 148th MP. “It’s one of those nights I will never forget,” said could breathe throughout the night. With the deployment rapidly approaching, the Mariana. When Bronco became stable enough for transport,unit chose to pair Bronco, a veteran of OEF, with While on patrol, an enemy combatant drew an the pair boarded a military aircraft and headed back toMariana, a veteran of three previous deployments, AK47, aligning his sites on Mariana and prepared to the U.S. where Bronco would undergo four moretaking advantage of their experiences in a combat fire. Mariana instinctively commanded Bronco to engage surgeries to repair his, he said. the combatant the way they practiced bite training many Mariana said that while the dog’s muzzle appears Upon completing 30 days of training, the MWD times before. Bronco attacked the combatant, sinking functional, the attack permanently damaged his sense ofteam deployed to Afghanistan. his teeth into the enemy in an effort to protect his smell, resulting in his inability to function as an MWD. “You deploy as an individual with your dog and handler from harm. The combatant fired a 7.62mm Bronco can no longer detect as well as he used to;get assigned to a unit of strangers,” said acting Fort round from the assault rifle that disintegrated the right his sense of smell is about 20 percent of what it usedCarson Kennel Master Staff Sgt. Matthew Clayton, side of Bronco’s muzzle. Bronco ran away in pain. to be, he said.148th MP. “You have to be able to mesh in with that Mariana’s instincts as a dog handler kicked in, and “(Once) Bronco found an IED with a pressureunit quick to do your mission.” he began to pursue his dog, following the blood trail plate buried four feet underground; now, I put Upon arrival in Afghanistan, Mariana and Bronco left by the wounded animal. He found his partner and something out and he has trouble finding it if it justwere assigned to a Special Forces group team. began to apply first aid to stop the bleeding coming has dirt pushed over it,” said Mariana. Mariana said the work ethic and mutual from Bronco’s muzzle while they waited for help. The task of proving the dog could no longer perform his duties as an MWD fell on Mariana. He spent two months observing and analyzing Bronco before convincing his superiors the dog was not fit for duty. “He busted his nose open several times, “He saved slamming it into the ground and trying to find a scent,” Mariana said. Once a military dog handler feels an MWD can my life that no longer perform its duties, a packet must be submitted to the Department of Defense Military Working Dog School at Lackland Air Force Base in night without San Antonio, where a board convenes quarterly to determine if dogs are capable of working, or if they a doubt. He must be medically retired and adopted out. Once a dog is found to be unfit for duty, it is considered to be excess to the unit, allowing the unit saved a lot to release the dog for adoption, said Mariana. A veterinarian must then examine the dog a final time to ensure the animal is fit to become a house pet, of lives.” before allowing the MWD to be put up for adoption. After the dog and the handler passed the screening — Staff Sgt. John Mariana process, Mariana adopted Bronco March 2 and retired him to his home. “I knew Bronco was not going to make it in the MWD program due to his medical condition, and Staff Sgt. John Mariana, a military there was no question that Staff Sgt. Mariana would working dog handler, assigned to 148th be adopting him,” said Clayton. Military Police Detachment, 759th MP Mariana said the bond he shares with Bronco has Battalion, plays with his K-9, Bronco, never been stronger, and the respect that he has for his during a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan. once partner, now a companion, is nothing short of love. Conducting daily missions, the pair found “He saved my life that night without a doubt,” and neutralized approximately 30 improvised said Mariana. “He saved a lot of lives.” explosive devices and land mines during Mariana is now assigned to the 59th Military their eight-month deployment. Police Company, 759th MP Bn., where he serves as a Photo courtesy Staff Sgt. John Mariana squad leader, and Bronco gets to stay home.