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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 12 March 23, 2012 Word of the month: Dignity The Central Vehicle Wash Facility, located at the south end of the cantonment area off Magrath Avenue, has a closed-loop system that recycles water for reuse and has the capacity to wash up to 500 military vehicles a day. Photo courtesy of KiraUnit wash racks close April 1 By Susan C. Galentine Guthrie said surveys identified wash racks as the Directorate of Public Works public relations highest source of water leaks on Fort Carson. He conservatively estimated the installation will save 10 Affected facilities The following unit motorpool wash racks The spigots on 16 old motorpool wash racks will million gallons of water a year, about 1 percent of Fort will close April 1:shut off permanently April 1 as part of an effort by the Carson’s total water use, or the equivalent of $40,000 a q Building 749, HHBN, 4th Inf. Div.Directorate of Public Works to reduce water and sludge year due to reduced water leaks. q Building 1392, AFSBcontract costs and push net zero water goal efforts one Units can schedule time at the Central Vehicle Wash q Building 1682, 43rd SBstep further. Facilities basins, “bird” baths and wash stations for q Building 1692, MSE, G-4 Newer Army construction standards for motorpools cleaning military vehicles. Fort Carson saves an estimated q Building 1882, 3rd BCTdo not include washracks in their designs — the older 60-70 million gallons of water a year through the use of q Building 1982, 3rd BCT q Building 2082, 3rd BCTwash racks at these facilities are from the 1960s and the CVWF through the filtration and reuse of water in q Building 2392, 3rd BCT1970s, said Hal Alguire, DPW director. the system. Only minor additions of water are needed to q Building 2492, 3rd BCT Closing down the old wash racks not only saves make up for evaporation loss. q Building 2692, 3rd BCTon costs, it also standardizes operations across the The CVWF, located at the south end of the cantonment q Building 2792, 3rd BCTinstallation as new motorpools no longer include them area off Magrath Avenue, is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. q Building 2992, 2nd BCTin their footprint. to 4:30 p.m., April 1-Sept. 30 and Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. q Building 3092, 2nd BCT The cost savings from the effort is substantial. to 3 p.m., Oct. 1-March 31. Call 719-896-6237 or 526-3820 q Building 3192, 2nd BCT “Closing these wash racks will easily save Fort Carson to schedule a time to wash military vehicles. q Building 3292, 2 BCTover $100,000 a year in maintenance, repairs and water For more information on the wash racks being shut q Building 636, DPWcosts,” said Vince Guthrie, DPW utility program manager. down, call DPW at 526-9262. Message board INSIDE Victim Advocate Family Advocacy Program has a new number for its Domestic Violence Victim Advocate 24-hour Response Line. The new number is 719-243-7907. Page 6 Pages 20-21 Page 11
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — March 23, 2012 MOUNTAINEER Patient Centered Medical Home Concept enables patients toCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Joseph AndersonGarrison Commander: Col. Robert F. McLaughlinFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: Rick Emert assume ownership of care Commentary by Maj. George Meyers We respectfully ask that patients partner with us inEditor: Devin Fisher Warrior Family Medicine Clinic a number of ways.Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland Tell us about any off post or out-of-area care; we Fort Carson’s medical primary care teams are can obtain your records before your appointment.Happenings: Nel Lampe excited about the new Patient Centered Bring an accurate written list of your concernsSports writer: Walt Johnson Medical Home model of health care. This and questions to each visit.Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall model focuses on each individual patient Ask questions to ensure that we have in order to improve the quality and explained your condition to your satisfaction. This commercial enterprise newspaper is experience of health care. Assist us in choosing the appropriatean authorized publication for members of the Our joint success depends on treatment plan with regards to itsDepartment of Defense. Contents of the the full participation of each impact on your daily life.Mountaineer are not necessarily the official patient with his health care team. Attend referral appointments and follow throughview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government orthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation We hope this partnership enables us to on lab work and special studies. Review the resultsis 12,000 copies. accomplish three main goals. First, patients will be with your health care team to ensure you understand The editorial content of the able to understand and manage their own complex how they will impact your treatment.Mountaineer is the responsibility of the Public drug regimens. Second, beneficiaries should be Agree on prescribed medications and take note ofAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, empowered to create healthy lifestyles on their own. side effects. Let your health care team know what youTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address isfcmountaineer@hotmail.com. Finally, we want to assist our patients in understanding think before changing doses or stopping medication. The Mountaineer is posted on the complex medical information and choosing treatments Thank you for partnering with your primary careInternet at http://csmng.com. that will improve their quality of life. team as we work towards health care that encourages The Mountaineer is an unofficial Our pledge is to support you with information about wellness and resiliency. We look forward to working withpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The your wellness, sharing the decision making for your you in your Patient Centered Medical Home to improveMountaineer is printed by Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in medical care and enabling you to assume ownership of the quality and experience of health care during yourno way connected with the Department of the your health care goals. time in the Front Range.Army, under exclusive written contract withFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. 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Healthcare Alliance encourages all Military Families can give their military Families.For display advertising call 634-5905. military Families to join in by doctors a public “shout out” through TriWest Healthcare Alliance partners All correspondence or queries regarding sending one important message to TriWest’s Facebook page: with the Department of Defense toadvertising and subscriptions should be directed their TRICARE providers: Go to http://www.facebook.com/ support the health care needs of 2.9to Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Thank you. TriWest. million members of America’s militaryGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. By joining the TRICARE network, Select the “LUV UR DOC” tab Family in the 21-state TRICARE West The Mountaineer’s editorial content is providers serve military Families, on the left-hand column. Region. Visit http://www.triwest.comedited, prepared and provided by the Public allowing servicemembers to complete Post comment. for more information.Affairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Releases from outside sources are soindicated. The deadline for submissions to theMountaineer is close of business the weekbefore the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to editsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity andtypographical errors. Father-Daughter Policies and statements reflected in thenews and editorial columns represent viewsof the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those of dance rescheduled Story and photo by Samantha B. Kossthe Department of the Army. Special to the Mountaineer Reproduction of editorial material isauthorized. Please credit accordingly. The sixth annual Father-Daughter Dance has been rescheduled for March 31 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The dance was originally scheduled for March 17. The event gives servicemembers an opportunity to bond with their daughters during a night of dancing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. followed by a light dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing until 9 p.m. Classified advertising The attire is dress uniforms for servicemembers, business 329-5236 apparel for civilians and daughters wear party dresses. Tickets for servicemember and one daughter are $35 for staff Display advertising sergeants and below and $45 for sergeants first class and above 634-5905 and retirees. Tickets for each additional daughter are $15. Tickets are available at the Southeast, Briargate and Fountain Mountaineer editor YMCAs and at the Information, Tickets and Registration — 526-4144 Outdoor Recreation Office until Thursday. Post information Sgt. Jeremy Barnhart, Warrior Transition Battalion, and 526-5811 daughter, Kayleigh, enjoy quality time together slow dancing Post weather hotline to the song “Butterfly Kisses” during the Father-Daughter 526-0096 Dance March 19, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel banquet hall.
  3. 3. March 23, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Best in showCook earns top honor By Wayne Barnett said. “The way the new competition is set up it’s Special to the Mountaineer like running a marathon … I didn’t have a lot of time to pre-prep four platters as I usually would. I didn’t Fort Carson’s Spc. Shawn Hafele took top honors even think I was in the running for it, so I wasin the cold platter entry by winning best exhibit in overwhelmed (when I found out I won).”show at the 37th annual Military Culinary Arts Hafele was selected to represent Fort Carson onCompetition in Fort Lee, Va., Feb. 29-March 7. the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team at the 2012 The event featured 340 competitors, 28 teams Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany in October.and 950 entries and showcases the best of the best “It has always been a dream of mine and I am look-across the armed forces. ing forward for the opportunity to compete,” he said. The 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Hafele helped lead the Fort Carson team to aBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, sixth place overall finish with a gold and three silverSoldier’s display consisted of cured salmon and medals. The team brought home a total of 21 medalscrab roulade wrapped in leeks, salmon and scallop in various categories.terrine with roe in a saffron chaud-froid, crab “I feel our team did a great job, being a youngsalad, corn salad, orange sauce and a roasted team and going up against more seasoned cooks,”vegetable terrine. said team leader Sgt. 1st Class Javier Carrasco, 64th “I was really shocked I won best of show,” Hafele BSB, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Carson claims 21 medals Team member Unit Medals Spc. Shawn Hafele 64th BSB, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Gold, 3 silver Spc. Paige Atkinson 64th BSB, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Silver, 2 bronze Sgt. Tabb Hall 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg. Silver, bronze Photo courtesy of Culinary Arts Team Spc. Guy Donnelly 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg., 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Silver, bronze Spc. Shawn Hafele prepares part of his winning dish at Spc. Kishor Giri 64th BSB, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Silver, bronze the 37th annual Military Culinary Arts Competition in Fort Spc. Joseph Lynn 68th CSSB, 43rd SB Silver, bronze Lee, Va., Feb. 29-March 7. Hafele won a gold and three Spc. Andrew Timm 64th BSB, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. 3 bronze silver medals and placed best in show at the event. The Spc. Tabitha Howard 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Bronze 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Spc. Paul Mitchell 1st STB, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Bronze Pvt. Mathew Murren 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg. Bronze Team, 4th Infantry Division, also garnered a spot on the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team.
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — March 23, 2012 Photo by Andrea Sutherland Irish eyes are smilingThe Ivy Division Band marches in Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Carson Mounted Color Guard. Fort Carson hosted several St. Patrick’s Day eventsColorado Springs. Hundreds attended the parade, which also featured the Fort including a “fun run” and parties at The Foxhole and Ivy Irish Pub. German badge qualification set for April By Pfc. Andrew Ingram 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office On July 4, 1958, the German government authorized allied militaries to earn and wear the badge. Few Soldiers find the chance to earn foreign “This is not an easy event by any means,” awards; fewer still take advantage of that said Sgt. Michael Phillips, an infantryman opportunity. assigned to the Fort Carson Replacement Center. Next month, as many as 40 Fort Carson “You definitely need to be in top physical condition Soldiers will have the opportunity to earn to be able to accomplish it.” the German Armed Forces Badge for The first U.S. Soldiers to earn the Military Proficiency. badge took part in the event to To earn the badge, Soldiers must challenge themselves and build test their strength, endurance, mili- esprit de corps with their German tary prowess and mental toughness counterparts while stationed in in a series of events, ranging from a Germany, Phillips said. 200-meter swim to weapons “Competing in the event together qualification with the M9 service helped bring American and German pistol and a 12-mile foot march. Soldiers together, and doing it now German Air Force Lt. Col. helps us maintain and strengthen Andreas Kaukel, an exchange officer those bonds between us,” he said. at the U.S. Air Force Academy, brought While only the first 40 applicants the competition to Fort Carson, opening will be able to take part in the April the qualification to servicemembers postwide. qualification, Phillips said there will be more “This is a very prestigious award, and it is opportunities to earn the badge. not an easy award to earn,” Kaukel said. “I think “If we generate enough interest, we may be it is a very good way Soldiers can show respect able to qualify more Soldiers every two months,” to another military, (and) through this program, he said. “That way, more Soldiers will have the we are fostering a lot of good relationships.” opportunity to compete, and those that didn’t During the three-day, four-phase event that make it through the first time will have plenty of includes trials in running and jumping, the time to train before their second attempt.” competition tests every aspect of a service- Phillips said in addition to organizing this member’s basic warrior skills, and the badge is year’s competition, he is currently training to Photo by Sgt. Craig Cantrell awarded in gold, silver or bronze based on the take part in the qualification himself. results of the weapons qualification and foot “I haven’t had a lot of notice to start training Avoid scams march, said Kaukel. The GAFBMP’s genesis dates back to but neither has anyone else,” he said. “It is going to be extremely challenging because theRobert F. McLaughlin, garrison commander, shares his Nov. 10, 1912, when the German Olympic German test is so different from our ownpersonal experiences related to scams targeting Soldiers committee created the German Athletic Badge physical fitness test.”at The Hub, March 15. Army Community Service sponsored to encourage fitness among the German people. The testing will be held on Fort Carsonthe seminar as part of National Consumer Protection Week, The German Army soon integrated the test April 6, 20 and 28.presenting marketing scams that target Soldiers and into its training cycle and added a few more For more information, or to request aninforming troops on their rights as consumers. military-centric events, such as a weapons application, contact Phillips at 526-5282, or via qualification and foot march. email at michael.j.phillips6.mil@mail.mil.
  5. 5. March 23, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5HRC leaders inform Soldiers Story and photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Management Directorate, HRC. “What I’ve learned here is that maintaining “We want to share with the Soldiers out here communication is imperative in the Army,” Witcher why we do our business, how we do our business, said. “We are hearing a lot from the units here this Leaders and human resources experts from Army and an idea of the nuances it takes to get Soldiers week. My unit usually keeps in pretty good contactHuman Resources Command, stationed at Fort Knox, where they want to be and maintain a balance in the with Fort Carson units, but it is important to get faceKy., visited Fort Carson March 12-16. Army,” Allen said. time with these leaders and see for ourselves what During their stay, the HRC Soldiers provided Allen spoke to enlisted Soldiers about assignments they need and how we can provide for those needs.”information to Fort Carson leaders regarding the and highlighted the Qualitative Selectionfuture of the Army and mentored troops about Program, an initiative implemented by the Armychanges to human resources policy and the importance to identify Soldiers’ productivity levels and gauge Sgt. Maj. Rodneyof following proper procedures when looking at whether they are maintaining standards. Allen, seniorreassignment or promotion. “What the Army is trying to do is maintain enlisted leader, Sgt. Maj. Ken Jackson, senior enlisted leader the right quality of Soldiers,” Allen said. “We Enlisted Personnelfor the adjutant general of the U.S. Army, spoke to do not want to keep Soldiers who are not Managementenlisted Soldiers about many of the new requirements bringing anything to the table with them. It is a Directorate, Humantroops must understand and complete to further their privilege rather than a right to be in the Army.” Resourcesmilitary careers. By visiting Soldiers in person and Command, speaks to “With the advent of technology, the Soldier has putting out information first hand, the HRC enlisted Soldiersa lot more responsibility for his or her own career,” leaders highlighted the importance of the about the ArmyJackson said. “They have a lot more resources available topics they discussed, said Staff Sgt. Latoya assignment processto them to become an integral part in decision making Sewell, information systems operator, North during a visit to Fortwhen it comes to their careers.” American Aerospace Defense Command. Carson March 13. During his visit, Jackson focused on showing “With all the changes that are coming up inSoldiers the importance of keeping their professional the Army, we all need to be aware of what isrecords organized, using online Army career assistance happening, not only for ourselves but also forprograms and remaining proactively engaged with unit our Soldiers,” Sewell said.human resources professionals to ensure paperwork While the senior noncommissioned officersis processed correctly. spoke to enlisted Soldiers, human resources “The enlisted leaders here at Fort Carson are officers briefed Fort Carson leaders about thewilling and eager to take care of Soldiers,” Jackson Army’s personnel distribution plans and metsaid. “Once we started giving them the knowledge with unit leaders throughout the week towe brought to the table and showing them things discuss manning concerns, helping leaders bettergoing on across the Army, light bulbs started going understand the needs of Fort Carson units.on in their heads.” Spending time face-to-face with leaders is Educating Soldiers about changes in Army policy imperative to understanding what units need,is imperative to ensuring they make the best choices said Maj. 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  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — March 23, 2012101st aviators train for high altitudes Story and photo by The pilots of 101st Combat Company A, 5th Battalion, 101st CAB. when selecting landing zones and teaches Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell Aviation Brigade traveled to Fort During the high altitude training, them to evaluate the effects of winds and 4th Infantry Division Public Carson to conduct High-Altitude pilots of the 101st CAB complete one how the terrain is going (to) affect their Affairs Office Mountain Environmental Training in week of individual pilot training, approaches,” said Schwilk. the Rocky Mountains west of Fort followed by a week of collective Throughout the training, pilots The Rocky Mountains echoed with Carson in preparation for an upcoming training in their aircraft. accounted for differences in winds,the sounds of helicopters turning, diving deployment to Afghanistan. “We train the pilots to fly in high- weather patterns, aerodynamics andand maneuvering around jagged ridges HAMET enables Army aviators to density altitude and low-power aircraft maneuverability specific toand craggy summits. The sounds experience the rigors of high-altitude conditions, so when we get into mountainous terrain.resonated from aircraft manned by and mountainous flying, said Chief Afghanistan, we don’t have to worry “Training in a mountainous environ-aviators of the 101st Airborne Division Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Bigelow, about coming into a landing zone with ment, where wind and turbulence affect(Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. UH-60M Black Hawk instructor pilot, low power and crashing an aircraft,” your mode of flight, is imperative before Bigelow said. you fly in Afghanistan,” said Chief The aviation unit began arriving Warrant Officer 2 Robert Landers, pilot, at Fort Carson in February to conduct Company A, 5th Battalion. the training specific to the high- The wind conditions, altitudes, and altitude setting, learning how hazards of flying in the Rocky elevation and terrain affect the Mountains are very similar to flying in aircraft. The brigade will conduct Afghanistan, said Bigelow, an Operation HAMET through mid-May, rotating Enduring Freedom veteran pilot. battalions through the course. “We don’t want an aviator to The high altitudes of the Rocky experience these conditions for the first Mountains restrict the average time in combat,” said Schwilk. “It helps 2,000 horsepower capability of them to experience these conditions the UH-60M Black Hawk to here in a controlled environment.” approximately 90 percent of the Upon completing its two-week aircraft’s capability, said Capt. training course, the unit will return to Andrew Schwilk, acting operations Fort Campbell with the experiences officer, 1st Battalion. taken from HAMET and continue its Accustomed to flying at Fort preparation for deployment. Campbell, which is close to sea-level “Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry in its elevation, the pilots learn to Division have been absolutely excellent to compensate for the variables caused us,” said Schwilk. “Our aviators areChief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Bigelow, instructor pilot, Company A, 5th Battalion, 101st by the environmental differences. progressing at a much faster rate than weCombat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), performs preflight checks “The training forces the pilots to anticipated, due to the help we’ve gottenon his UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter March 12 before conducting High-Altitude Mountain adjust their techniques; but overall, it from 4th Inf. Div. It’s helped our prepara-Environmental Training in the Rocky Mountains west of Fort Carson. forces them to use better planning tions for deployment be much smoother.” Gentle Dental Care Howard Short, D.M.D. Accepting United Concordia Insurance for military families! Botox and Dermafill Treatment Available! CALL FOR APPOINTMENT! 719-574-7631 5739 Constitution Ave. (SW corner Constitution and Powers next to Walgreens) CARE CREDIT ACCEPTED
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  9. 9. March 23, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationFinance travel processing — All inbound and Dining facility Friday-Monday (DONSA) Tuesday-Thursday outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. 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: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. Wolf Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.ROTC Green to Gold — Deadline to apply for Army Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. ROTC Green to Gold scholarships is April 1. Scholarships are awarded for two, three or four years Warfighter Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. — Soldiers with two years of college remaining to (Wilderness Road Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. complete their degree are considered for two-year Complex) Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. scholarships; Soldiers with three years of college LaRochelle 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. three-year scholarships; and Soldiers without college Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. credit who require four years to complete their degree are considered for four-year scholarships. More Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, information is available at http://www.GoArmy.com. mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located in • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan borrerorivera@dla.mil for receiving/ turn in; Mike building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ Welsh at mike.welsh@dla.mil for reutilization/web operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The @mail.mil. tools; or Rufus Guillory at rufus.guillory@dla.mil. office assists Soldiers with room assignments and • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon terminations. For more information call 526-9735. Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email the second and third Wednesday of each month at theWork Management Branch — The DPW Work dennis.j.frost.civ@mail.mil. Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, Management Branch, responsible for processing • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office work orders — Facilities Engineering Work Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the Requests, DA Form 4283 — recently changed its @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. hours of operation. The Work Management Branch, tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays located in building 1219, will be open for processing • Base operations contracting officer for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for work orders and other in-person support from representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Afternoon customer or email terry.j.hagen.civ@mail.mil for questions are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing support is by appointment only, call 526-2900. on snow removal, grounds maintenance and Arts Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings startVeterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans contractor response to service orders. at 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required to bring can get assistance through the Veterans Services • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at Department of the Army Form 5118, signed by Group, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for walk-ins 524-0786 or email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mil to their unit personnel section, and a pen to complete and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. The VSG is request latrines, for service or to report damaged forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. located at The Retired Enlisted Association or overturned latrines. Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held Chapter 1 at 834 Emory Circle in Colorado The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon Springs. For more information call 719-337-0086. able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building at the education center, building 1117, room 120.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection for after hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358- ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC 3275. Questions can also be submitted by email to first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing is open to all active members and those interested FtCarsonTDS@gmail.com. Know your rights. sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness in becoming future SAMC members. The club was Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 elite noncommissioned officers but is now an SRP process. The SRP Legal Office will only days of their expiration term of service, but must Armywide program for individuals who have met provide powers of attorney or notary services to attend the briefing no later than 30 days prior to their the criteria and have proven themselves to be Soldiers processing through the SRP. Retirees, ETS or start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/ outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership Family members and Soldiers not in the SRP 8458 for details. process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. process can receive legal assistance and powers Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. of attorney at the main legal office located at building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, next to the Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from any Public Works has an incentive program to prevent Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance military occupational specialty, have a general recyclable waste from going to the landfill. prepares powers of attorney and performs notary technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards services on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. visit the website at http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every participating battalion receives money Briefings Hours of Operation quarterly. Call 526-5898 for more information about the program. Recruit the Recruiter — The United States Army • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from 7:30-Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Recruiting Command holds a volunteer recruiter 10:30 a.m. responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort presentation for specialist-sergeant first class • Initial issues — Monday-Thursday from Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance Tuesday-Thursday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the edu- 12:30-3 p.m. of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and cation center, building 1117, room 302C. The • Partial issues — Monday-Thursday from cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone briefings will discuss the benefits, challenges and 12:30-3 p.m. numbers and points of contact for services: qualifications of recruiting duty. Contact Sgt. 1st Class • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Michael L. Hayes at 877-465-9035 or email michael. Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carson Support Services service order desk can be hayes@usarec.army.mil for more information. • Direct exchange — Monday-Thursday reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training from 12:30-3 p.m. or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, — is held April 17-19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Partial turn ins — Monday-Thursday damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. in the Family Readiness Center, building 6237, from 12:30-3 p.m. • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric room 104. This training is required for all Soldiers • Full turn ins — Monday-Thursday from Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. asked to perform this solemn duty. Per Army 7:30-10:30 a.m. civ@mail.mil when needing trash containers, trash Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited to those in • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- is overflowing or emergency service is required. the ranks of sergeant first class to command 5512/6477 for approval. • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan 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.
  10. 10. 8 MOUNTAINEER — March 23, 2012‘Raider’DiningFacilitya cutabovethe rest Pfc. Nardya Lett, food service specialist, Company G, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, checks the corn on the cob March 15 during second shift at Robert C. Stack Dining Facility. Story and photos by Sgt. Breanne Pye The sense of camaraderie developed from a 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs team of Soldiers who brings a variety of skills and Office, 4th Infantry Division professionalism to their trade enables the dining facility to support multiple missions in a single day, Food service specialists working at the Robert C. whether in the field or in garrison, she said.Stack Dining Facility feed thousands of Soldiers Food service specialists complete multiple tasksevery day. in addition to their primary mission of feeding Fort Staffed by professional food service specialists Carson daily.from every battalion of the 4th Infantry Division’s “We have to prepare and cook hot chow for all1st and 2nd brigade combat teams, the dining our Soldiers in the field, as well as for Soldiers whofacility features more than mouth-watering are waiting for flights to deploy overseas,” said Sgt.burgers and treats. Michael Thompson, food service specialist, “The teamwork we have here at the (Stack) Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2ndDFAC is a strength that carries over to missions, Special Troops Bn., 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.because we have spent so much time developing good Thompson, a shift leader responsible for allworking relationships with the cooks in each unit,” the cooks on the second shift, said each item on thesaid Sgt. 1st Class Lois Kline, Stack Dining Facility menu for the day has a specific set of preparations toadministrative noncommissioned officer-in-charge. be completed by the cooks. Typically, dining facilities are maintained by a The shift leader ensures food service specialistssingle unit responsible for each shift, said Kline, 1st have adequate time to prepare and cook each meal,Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st BCT. and they always have enough rations or ingredients to fulfill the mission requirement. Third shift is responsible for baked goods for every meal served in the dining facility and delivered to other missions. “My favorite part of being an Army cook is being able to bake, even when the workload seems impossible,” said Spc. Petrea Mathews, food service specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st SSTB. “The night shift gives me the opportunity to exercise some of my creativity in creating pastries, cakes and cookies,” Mathews said. For Mathews, the most rewarding part of baking an entire day’s worth of goods is looking out from the kitchen to see a long line around the dessert bar. “Even if they don’t know it, I’ve found a way to express my own happiness and creativity in the Pvt. Joshua Gray, food service specialist, Company G, 4th desserts they wait patiently for each day,” she said. Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade As impressive as the night shift is, the day Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, adds a piece of shift, or first shift, has an even larger workload, chicken to the pan after smothering it with barbecue and only a few more food service specialists to get sauce March 15 at Robert C. Stack Dining Facility. the job done, said Kline. For each meal served in the dining facility, order to return and teach younger Soldiers some more cooks are required to prepare three to five different specialized skills.” kinds of meat, two starches, two vegetables, a short Those specialized skills and creative ideas order menu, salad bar items and condiments. become evident during the dining facility’s specialty On top of their kitchen duties, food service nights, where cooks prepare themed menu items from specialists constantly work on their Soldier tasks scratch for an entire lunch or dinner service.Spc. Petrea Mathews, food service specialist assigned to and drills, to include ranges, field training, physical “Our most popular themed meal is ‘Soul Food,’Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special fitness and additional duties. which is served each Thursday, and includesTroops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry “Being one of the most popular dining facilities hand-rubbed ribs, barbecue chicken, as well asDivision, puts a creative finishing touch on a cherry-filled on post is a matter of pride for the cooks of (Stack) hand-cut and seasoned greens,” said Thompson.pastry she made from scratch March 14 at Robert C. Stack Dining Facility,” said Kline. “Many of them In all, the dining facility serves an average of moreDining Facility. participate in additional training outside of work in than 8,000 servings in a 24-hour period, said Kline.
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  12. 12. 10 MOUNTAINEER — March 23, 2012Mechanics tinker with new Bradley vehicles Story and photo by mechanics took a quiz to show Pfc. Nathan Thome their instructors they understood1st Brigade Combat Team Public the course content.Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division The quiz covered schematics and continuity of the vehicle, Six mechanics from two battalions in and how the power flows1st Brigade Combat Team, “Raiders,” through each system, said4th Infantry Division, participated in Spc. Matthew Franklin,an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Bradley Fighting VehicleMaintenance course, Feb. 29-March 9. system maintainer, Troop C, During the 10-day course held in a 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalryunit maintenance bay, mechanics learned Regiment, 1st BCT.about the mechanical and electronic The next phase of the coursesystems on the new version of the entailed hands-on training withinfantry fighting vehicle. the new systems. “The A3 model replaced the “We had to troubleshoot theM2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles in Bradley to f ind simulatedthe brigade,” said Sgt. 1st Class problems that the instructors hadJeffrey Parker, brigade master gunner, put in the vehicle,” Franklin said.Headquarters and Headquarters The students explained to theDetachment, 1st Special Troops instructors what deficiencies they Spc. Matthew Franklin, Bradley Fighting Vehicle system maintainer, Troop C, 7th Squadron, 10thBattalion, 1st BCT. “These new could identify and how those Cavalry Regiment, “Ghost,” 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducts a systemsmodels offer several improvements deficiencies could be fixed. check on an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle’s transmission March 15, at his battalion motor pool.over their predecessors.” Ensuring each mechanic One of those improvements is an knew how to diagnose problems found allowing many of its components to stuck in the field until their vehicle waselectronics system installed in the A3 during the troubleshooting process was continue working when others fail. towed back to base.Bradley, which enables it to remotely an important aspect of the hands-on The new system enables maintainers After completing classroom anddiagnose each electronic component of training, said Franklin. to efficiently repair the vehicle, allowing hands-on training, all six mechanicsthe vehicle, he said. Working on the systems, the the BFV to continue running even if passed the 100-question exam and Mechanics learned about each mechanics became more confident in one system is inoperable. graduated from the course, receivingcomponent of that new system during their ability to service the vehicle if it “While I was stationed in Korea, certificates of completion.the classroom portion of the course, has a problem, he said. we were on a f ield mission when “The mechanics are an importantwhere they were shown slides of the “The A3’s system constantly our vehicle distribution box went out, element in the brigade’s overall missionschematics and components of the monitors itself, showing warnings which caused our Bradley to shut off,” readiness, because they are now trainedBradley, and how to troubleshoot and cautions of potentially dangerous said Franklin. on the (M2A3) Bradleys,” said Parker.each individual system to identify faults,” said Parker. Franklin said his team could not “They keep the combined arms battalionspossible faults. Parker said the M2A3 Bradley has perform diagnostic checks on the rolling and protecting the brigade, After each segment of the course, segregated electrical power control, vehicle to fix the problem, so they were keeping us in the fight.” MOST HOSPITALS WOULD Orthopedics: Mark D. Porter, M.D. GIVE AN ARMLEG Michael Daines, M.D. Kenneth Danylchuk, M.D. Drew Ritter, M.D. Charles Rowland, M.D. TO BE RECOGNIZED BY Jan G. Davis, M.D. Robert Thomas, M.D. William Watson, M.D. Lance Farnworth, M.D. U.S. NEWS WORLD REPORT Charles Hanson, M.D. Rickland Likes, D.O. LUCKY FOR THEM, OUR NATIONALLY-RANKED ORTHOPEDISTS ARE STANDING BY. U.S. News World Report ranked five specialties at Parkview as “High-Performing.” That’s four more specialties than any other hospital south of Denver. If you need great care, it’s right here. And it’s only going to get better. www.parkviewmc.org Jeff Kahl, DDS Derek Kirkham, DDS COLORADO SPRINGS Zachary Houser, DMD PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Committed to your Little People, Big Smiles children’s oral health! Technology with a Caring Touch Specialized treatment planning for all ages Treatment under conscious sedation and general-anesthesia Digital radiography for pinpoint treatment plans and reduced radiation exposure Parents can stay with children during treatment Most insurance accepted including Military and Medicaid Welcoming New Patients Healthy Smiles (719) 522-0123 are Beary Special 9480 Briar Village Point, Suite 301 www.cspediatricdentistry.com
  13. 13. March 23, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11Observance highlights women’s history by Kerstin Lopez Mountaineer intern More than 120 Fort Carson community membersand Soldiers attended the 2012 Women’s History Monthobservance March 19 to acknowledge and celebrate theaccomplishments made by women. “National Women’s History Month is an opportunity tohonor and celebrate women’s historic achievements across allcultures and ethnicities,” said Master Sgt. Stella Arning,Disability Evaluation System noncommissioned officer-in-charge, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. This year’s observance theme, “Women’s Education —Women’s Empowerment,” offers the chance to take a look backat the women who shaped the world of education, Arning said. “Pioneers of secondary education for young women facedarguments from physicians and other ‘experts’ who claimedeither that females were incapable of intellectual developmentequal to men, or that they would be harmed by striving for it,”Arning said. “Women’s supposed intellectual and moralweakness was also used to argue against coeducation.” Arning said women’s equal opportunity to learn ispossible due to Title IX of the Education Codes of the HigherEducation Act Amendments. This legislation, passed in 1972and enacted in 1977, prohibited gender discrimination byfederally funded institutions. It has become the primary toolfor women’s fuller participation in all aspects of educationfrom scholarships, to facilities, to classes formerly closedto women. It transformed the educational landscape of theUnited States within the span of a generation. “As Americans, ours is a legacy of bold independence andpassionate belief in fairness and justice for all. For generations,this intrepid spirit has driven women pioneers to challengeinjustices and shatter ceilings in pursuit of full and enduringequality. During Women’s History Month, we commemoratetheir struggles, celebrate centuries of progress and reaffirmour steadfast commitment to the rights, security and dignityof women in America and around the world,” saidPresident Barack Obama in the annual proclamation. Sonia Esquivel, keynote speaker, said women todayhave been provided a gift from the women who havegone before them. “As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we pause todream about the future and how we can be effective leaders,”Esquivel said. “We have the freedom to choose our pathin life and we are not limited in choosing our careers asour grandmothers once (were). We use the rights we haveearned to maintain the freedom for the girls and womenwho will follow.” Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, Photo by Kerstin Lopez4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, commended Esquivel’s The 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division women’s color guardperseverance and tenacity in her personal life and agreed presents the colors during the annual Women’s History Month observance March 19.that though there has been progress for women, stillmore needs to be done. “It is also important to understand and to recognizeboth the tremendous achievements and barriers that havebeen overcome by women in our nation’s history. Moreimportantly we must recognize that there are still hurdles Women in Historyremaining … and only we as a people can prevent these by Editor’s note: Information gathered from the National Women’ssupporting equality across our great country,” Anderson said. History Project. Emma Hart Willard (1787-1870): A pioneer reformer of women’s education, she founded the Troy Female Seminary in New York. Charlotte Forten Grimke (1837-1914): When her financial situation demanded that she find paid employment, Lt. Gen. Claudia J Kennedy (Ret) Forten became the first black woman to teach white children in Massachusetts. She had a national impact on education in the U.S. when she worked for the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. recruiting teachers. Annie Sullivan (1866-1936): After being denied schooling for years and becoming nearly blind from an untreated eye infection, at age 14, she attended the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston. Upon graduation, she was asked to educate a young blind and deaf girl — Helen Keller. Their relationship lasted nearly 50 years. Brenda Flyswithhawks (1950-): She is one of the first women of the Cherokee Nation to receive a Ph.D. Flyswithhawks taught in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Santa Rosa Junior College in California. In 1995, she initiated and implemented the Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project at the college, which had a profound impact on education.
  14. 14. 12 MOUNTAINEER — March 23, 2012March boasts fun, bizarre holidays Story and photo by Andrea Sutherland Shaw, a physicist at the San Francisco Mountaineer staff Exploratorium, organized the first celebration of Pi Day on March 14, or 3-14 as the dateline would The month of March is officially National read. March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday.Women’s History Month and National Irish Schools across the nation capitalized on theAmerican Heritage Month. March has also holiday, which was formally recognized by Congressbeen designated Red Cross Month, National as a national holiday in 2009.Nutrition Month, National Frozen Food Month At Patriot Elementary School, teachers devotedand Adopt-a-Rescued-Guinea-Pig Month. the entire day to math lessons and Principle Gary March 17 is the formal day of honor for Saint Duncan purchased 55 pizza pies so each classroomPatrick, patron saint of Ireland. But lesser known could enjoy a special Pi Day treat.days of recognition include National Pig Day But the students couldn’t just enjoy the(March 1), Popcorn Lover’s Day (March 8) and pizza. They had to earn it through math andNational Chip and Dip Day (March 23). reasoning problems. Bob Matthews, creator of Holidayinsights.com, “Mr. Duncan has ordered each class two pizzassaid anybody can create a holiday for any cause. each cut into eight slices,” said Sarah Ellzey, “People call me all the time to say ‘I want to first-grade teacher. “We have 16 slices total, but 26create Green Day, White Day or Blue Horse Day,’” kids. How do we make sure everybody has a slice?”he said. “You start by defining your cause. Start The first graders offered suggestions on howa website and build an event and a purpose. to divide up the pizza, eventually settling onIt’s amazing how quickly things catch on.” dividing each piece in half. Matthews’ site features hundreds of holidays, “It’s all math for Pi Day,” said Marleneincluding Dance Like a Chicken Day (May 14), Edelstein, second grade teacher. “We’re learningBald and Free Day (Oct. 7) and Eight Track about geometric shapes, weighing and additionTape Day (April 11). with dominoes.” “My favorites are Pirate Day (Sept. 19), Near The Pi Day phenomenon has even reached theMiss Day (March 23) and UFO Day (July 2),” he said. Massachusetts Institute of Technology with decision Matthews said that to truly distinguish a national letters being mailed to prospective students March 14.holiday takes an act of Congress, however, a national Although there are only a few days left infollowing can be created with a simple website. March, community members can still celebrate From elementary schools to business Something on a Stick Day (Wednesday), I amcorporations, March 14 has been celebrated as a in Control Day (March 30) and Bunsen Burner First graders from Sarah Ellzey’s class at Patriotholiday — Pi Day. Day (March 31). Elementary School watch as a pepperoni pizza is divided The Greek Letter and mathematical constant, is Editor’s note: The Mountaineer staff is into equal slices in celebration of “Pi Day.” Teachers atthe ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter currently pursuing the designation of “Slow News the school taught special math lessons March 14, whichand is approximately equal to 3.14. In 1988, Larry Week” to be added to the list of holidays in March. in a dateline reads 3-14, the approximate value of pi.QUALITY This is PPCC. programs, all taught by our experienced, outstanding faculty. If you’re going to get an education, make it a great one. ppcc.edu or call 719.502.2000 The person pictured is not an actual service member

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