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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 13 March 30, 2012 Word of the month: Dignity‘Iron’Brigadecasescolors Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Jelle 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division About 300 Soldiers with the 3rd BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, cased the“Iron” Brigade colors Tuesday at the SpecialEvents Center in preparation to deploy as partof the Security Force Assistance Team missionin Afghanistan. Several of the brigade’s officers and seniornoncommissioned officers will deploy for ninemonths in eight- to 12-person teams, advisingelements of the Afghan Security Forces onsecurity tactics and training methods, as U.S.forces begin to turnover security responsibilitiesto Afghan forces. “We are being asked to conduct this missionduring a time of transition — a time where thesecurity and responsibility of the Afghan peopleshifts to the Afghan government and its securityforces,” said Col. Michael Kasales, 3rd BCTcommander. “It’s these men in front of you thathave been asked to undertake this mission.” “It’s a great opportunity for the 3rd BCT toexcel and make a difference for the Afghanpopulation and Afghan security forces,” saidMaj. Troy Parrish, infantry officer, Headquarters See SFAT on Page 4 Col. Michael Kasales, left, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Maddi case the “Iron” Brigade colors during a ceremony Tuesday at the Special Events Center. More than 300 of 3rd BCT’s leaders and senior noncommissioned officers will deploy to southern Afghanistan for nine months in support of the Security Force Assistance Team mission. Message board INSIDE Eggsperience is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Special Events Center. Cost is $1 per person or $5 for Families of five or more. Call 526-1867 for more information. Page 11 Page 5 Pages 20-21
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — March 30, 2012 MOUNTAINEER Month of the Military ChildCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Time to thank our heroes’ heroes Col. Robert F. McLaughlinFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: Commentary by William Bradner inner strength to face each day. They swallow their Rick Emert Installation Management Command fears and disappointment because they know that theirEditor: Devin Fisher Soldier-parent is doing something important. TheyStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland It’s the preschool child who — without being asked — inspire us with their resiliency. passes his dessert to his little sister, simply because she looks It’s hard for the average American to fathom howHappenings: Nel Lampe sad. It’s the second-grader who bravely puts a picture of well our children cope. How those who are old enough toSports writer: Walt Johnson her father at the head of the table for her birthday party, and understand dread an unexpected knock on the door. HowLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall the fifth-grade siblings who donate all their earnings from their much joy they feel when their uniformed parent steps off lemonade stand to the USO that both their the airplane in a sea of red, white and blue. parents passed through on the way to Iraq. Like the Soldier on the battlefield who This commercial enterprise newspaper isan authorized publication for members of the It’s the junior high band member who asks Approximately pushes forward because he has to, theyDepartment of Defense. Contents of theMountaineer are not necessarily the official if the spring concert can be dedicated to our deployed servicemembers, and it’s the high 2 million children push forward, counting the days and hours until the end of the deployment.view of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or school cheerleader who organizes a “care have experienced the Our military children are heroes.the Department of the Army. Printed circulationis 12,000 copies. package” drive. It’s the college graduate who deployment of one or Let’s not let them be unsung heroes. clings just a little longer to her father, wishing Military installations around the world The editorial content of theMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public that her mother was at the commencement both of their parents have celebrated the Month of the MilitaryAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119,Tel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is ceremony instead of in Afghanistan. These are our military children; our in the last 10 years. Child each April since 1986. Communities will host fairs, youth centers will The Mountaineer is posted on the nation’s heroes. special events and garrisons around theInternet at With so much media attention focused on the Soldiers world will take a little time this month to honor military The Mountaineer is an unofficial returning from war and the sacrifices they’ve made for kids and thank them for their service.publication authorized by AR 360-1. The our freedom, we don’t want to overlook the youths who It’s a relatively common sight today to see a strangerMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs quietly support them in the background. Approximately say “thanks for your service” to a servicemember inMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm inno way connected with the Department of the 2 million children have experienced the deployment of one uniform. This month, take it a step further … take aArmy, under exclusive written contract with or both of their parents in the last 10 years. moment to thank the child holding his or her hand.Fort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. They brave their own battlefields. They rely on an Their heroism deserves our gratitude. 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 the Plethora of events scheduledright to reject advertisements. Family fitness, recreation 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to all ages; Everything advertised in this publication Mondays–Thursdays Purple Up! for Military Kids children must be accompaniedshall be made available for purchase, use or Fit Mommas: Stroller Fitness — Wear purple April 13 as a visible way by a parent.patronage without regard to race, color, religion, A 60-minute body workout for post to show support and thank militarysex, national origin, age, marital status, physical and prenatal women at Garcia Little Big Kidshandicap, political affiliation or any other children for their strength and sacrifices.nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. Physical Fitness Center from 3–4 p.m. Mondays-FridaysIf a violation or rejection of this equal Monday and Wednesday for free, New Parent Support — Home visitoropportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, and from 9–10 a.m. Tuesday and support for new or expecting parents.the printer shall refuse to print advertising Thursday for $2. Bring towel, Call Army Community Service atfrom that source until the violation is corrected. mat and snack for baby. 526-4590 to schedule an appointment.For display advertising call 634-5905. April 3, 10 and 11 Fridays All correspondence or queries regarding “Baby and Me Yoga Gym” — couples Playgroup — Informative social timeadvertising and subscriptions should be directed and baby relieve stress and bond for parents and toddlers at Beacon,to Colorado Springs Military Newspaper from 3-4:15 p.m. at Waller PFC. building 5510, from 10 a.m. to noon.Group, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. April 5 Call 526-4590 for more information. The Mountaineer’s editorial content is Easter Egg Wall Crawl — Find hidden school students can speak with April 2-6edited, prepared and provided by the Public eggs on the Outdoor Recreation Center representatives from colleges and Military Child Cutouts — FamilyAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort outdoor climbing wall from 4-6 p.m. companies from noon to 4 p.m. at project displayed at all FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Space is limited; call 526-5366. the Youth Services Center. Carson CDCs. Releases from outside sources are so April 7 April 21 Patriotic Days — Wear red, white andindicated. The deadline for submissions to the Family Boot Camp Obstacle Course — “Get Yo’ Dance On! Dance-a-thon” — blue to CDC every Friday in April.Mountaineer is close of business the week Families race through obstacles for Ages 3+, dance til you drop! Snacks, April 6before the next issue is published. The prizes at McKibben PFC at 10 a.m. prizes and music at Youth Services Bouncy houses — Members of PatriotMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit Open to those 3 and older. Center from 3-6 p.m. for ages 3 and Cheyenne CDC Kinders cansubmissions for newspaper style, clarity andtypographical errors. Clubs for Kids — Children ages 5-17 and older; $1 to participate. bounce the afternoon away from Policies and statements reflected in the receive a golf club and 10-minute Registration begins at 2:30 p.m.; 3:30-6 p.m. at Patriot and editorial columns represent views golf lesson at Cheyenne Shadows $1 for participants and spectators April 9-13of the individual writers and under no Golf Club from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. admitted at no charge. “What Being a Military Child Meanscircumstances are to be considered those of April 14 April 27 to Me” — Responses of children 3the Department of the Army. Free cosmic bowling — Three games School Age Lock-In — Movies, and older will be displayed at all Reproduction of editorial material is of free glow-in-the-dark bowling for volleyball, “Rock Band,” Xbox Fort Carson CDCs.authorized. Please credit accordingly. children ages 5-17 at Thunder Alley games and snacks for third-fifth April 20 Bowling Center from 1-3 p.m. grade Patriot and Aspen Child School’s Out Festival — Carnival event April 20 Development Center members for Patriot CDC members from 2-6 p.m. Teens vs. adult basketball game — A from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. at Patriot at Patriot CDC. Registration required. full-court game with teens against CDC. Registration required. staff and parents from 6-8 p.m. School Age Late Night — Movies, Moms and Dads at the Youth Services Center. volleyball, “Rock Band,” Xbox games April 10 Classified advertising Registration required. and snacks for first- and second-grade Educational Summit — 8 a.m. to 329-5236 members of Patriot and Aspen 3 p.m. at Elkhorn Conference Center. Teens and preteens CDCs from 7:30–11:30 p.m. at April 12 Display advertising April 6 Aspen CDC. Registration required. ParenTeen Seminar with Dr. 634-5905 Midnight Basketball — An evening Disco Skate Night — Skating, music Chap Clark — Insight on needs of basketball competitions and and food for members and their of teens in new society from Mountaineer editor challenges at the Youth Services Families at the Youth Services Center 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Elkhorn 526-4144 Center for middle school youths from from 7–9:30 p.m. Registration required. Conference Center. 6-8 p.m. and high school youths April 28 April 13 Post information from 9-11:30 p.m. Registration required. Harry Potter movie marathon — Parent’s Day — Parents can join their 526-5811 April 14 Four Harry Potter movies in the children for activities at Patriot CDC Teen college and career fair — High Grant Library conference room from from 3:30–6 p.m. Registration required. Post weather hotline 526-0096
  3. 3. March 30, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3McHugh talks retention, BRAC, Afghanistan By Reginald Rogers Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office “As tragic as (recent events in FORT BRAGG, N.C. — “Just being goodenough is no longer going to be good enough,” Afghanistan) are, they don’tSecretary of the Army John M. McHugh said Tuesdayof the Army’s new standard for retention. reflect either the mental McHugh, who was accompanied by Lt. Gen.Frank G. Helmick, XVIII Airborne Corps commanding health or the incrediblegeneral, and Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland Jr.,commanding general, U.S. Army Special Operations sacrifices or achievementsCommand, spoke with local reporters at Pope AirForce Base, N.C. of our troops.” McHugh explained that the Army plans to use its — Secretary of the Army John M. McHughretention and selection tools to ensure that it is keepingthe best Soldiers. “It behooves every man and woman in the United rounds, including that of 2005.”States Army who wants to be retained to know that McHugh said he does not know if Congress willthey’re going to have to strive to work harder to support the recommendations, but added that from anachieve greater and higher levels and if they can do Army perspective, the goal of a more streamlinedthat, we’ll be proud to keep them on and keep them as force is to be able to manage its property resourcespart of what is our objective of remaining the greatest and facilities in a way that makes sense economically, mindful of the fact that those were very isolatedland force the world has ever seen,” he said. which will ensure that the force has more money to incidents and the fact of the matter is, in terms of all McHugh also acknowledged that the Army might spend on the service’s most important asset — people. of the U.S. forces there and our allied coalitionsee more rounds of the Base Closure and Realignment McHugh also spoke about recent events in partners, the mission continues and we’re going toCommittee recommendations in 2013 and 2015. Afghanistan, including the accidental burning of the continue to stay focused on the larger picture.” “The Department of Defense and, ultimately, the Koran by NATO forces and the alleged mass killing of McHugh said the Afghan people also recognizepresident’s budget has asked for two more rounds of 17 citizens in Afghanistan by a U.S. Soldier. He pointed the U.S. commitment to their country, despite thebase closures, in (2013 and in 2015),” he said. “We out that while these events have made the mission incidents. He added that he did not make ahave no authorities to unilaterally conduct those. somewhat more difficult, the American public should connection between the Afghanistan incidents andThey have to receive congressional approval and keep in mind that they are isolated incidents. post-traumatic stress disorder.presumably, if it were approved at (Department of the “They’ve obviously served to set the mission See Retention on Page 4Army) level, we’re on the same models as previous back to some degree, but I think we all have to be QUALITY This is PPCC. your 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 people pictured are not actual service members
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — March 30, 2012SFATfrom Page 1 rotation,” said Kasales. “We had four weeks.” While these officers and noncommissioned officers deploy with the brigade commander, more Demolition beginsand Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8thInfantry Regiment, 3rd BCT. than 3,000 brigade Soldiers will remain at Fort Carson under the leadership of Maddi. The remaining on WWII facilities The majority of the personnel that make up the element of the brigade will continue to focus on By Susan C. GalentineSFAT will come from 3rd BCT, Kasales said. Those Soldier training as its junior noncommissioned Directorate of Public WorksSoldiers will be joined by elements from the 214th officers and lower enlisted step up to fill the key public relationsFires Brigade out of Fort Sill, Okla., and various leadership positions those deploying leave behind.leaders from across 1st Army. “This deployment provides a huge opportunity The demolition process begins April 12 for “I look forward to the opportunity that we’ve for our junior leaders to cut their teeth on the nine World War II-era buildings near Iroquoisbeen given to make a difference over there,” said Sgt. responsibility of leadership,” said Kasales. Village to make way for approximately 120 new1st Class Wesley Sturdivant, cannon crewmember, The brigade will also maintain its commitment to junior enlisted housing units.Company B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery support the deployed Soldiers and their Families, said Initial work crews will prepare the OldReg., 3rd BCT. Maddi. The 3rd BCT created a care team, comprised Hospital Complex buildings by abating any The Iron Brigade was given less time than of spouses to assist the Families of deployed Soldiers asbestos and lead, common products used innormal to prepare for this kind of mission, said 3rd in the case of emergencies. old building construction. Abatement effortsBCT Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Maddi. He said the “I have the strong support of my spouse,” said begin April 12 and will be under way sevendeploying Soldiers went through focused training Parrish, who is leaving behind a 6-week-old son. days a week until completion about May 15.during the last 14 weeks, including a unique “The installation and the unit are great supporters as All public safety precautions will be taken tomonth-long rotation at the Joint Readiness Training well, so I’m not overly concerned with leaving them ensure lead and asbestos is contained duringCenter in Fort Polk, La. for nine months.” the abatement phase, according to Directorate “Units are usually given anywhere from six-12 The Iron Brigade Soldiers are slated to begin of Public Works officials.months to prepare for a combat training center departing for Afghanistan next month. Actual demolition work begins thereafter and will take place six days a week, 10 hours a day, until completion in late June to early July. Call the DPW Housing Division at 526-4388 for more information. Retention from Page 3 McHugh said that jointly, the U.S. military has more than 50,000 servicemembers who are on their fourth combat deployment. The incidents that occurred several weeks ago in Afghanistan are abhorrent, but rare, he added. “As tragic as they are, they don’t reflect either the mental health or the incredible sacrifices or achievements of our troops,” McHugh said. “We continue to stay focused on making sure that we have the right behavioral health programs, and we’re looking very carefully at obviously the causes, but also the treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder,Col. Michael Kasales, second from left, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and “Iron” or PTSD, and other related incidences, but we’re notBrigade Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Maddi render honors to the U.S. flag, along with the rest of the “Iron” Brigade and making a connection between those challenges andits guests, during a farewell ceremony at the Special Events Center Tuesday. the acts that have received so much attention.” WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID
  5. 5. March 30, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Task force prepares for ‘Warhorse’ return Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office The smell of coolant, transmission fluid andgrease permeated the 2nd Brigade Combat TeamMaintenance Task Force’s motor pool bays as“Warhorse” Soldiers conducted maintenance onM992A2 Carrier-Ammunition Tracked Vehicles and M1A2 System Enhancement Package“We had 30 Abrams tanks. days to The mechanics prepare for the return of the 2nd complete a BCT, 4th Infantry Division, full inventory from Afghanistan, and are one of eight pilot programs to figure in the testing phase for out what the the Army. “We are not reinventing shortages were the wheel by any means,” and order all said Capt. John Riley, 2nd the parts to BCT Maintenance Task Force commander. “We are bring the 2nd going back to doctrinal BCT up to maintenance that we have gotten away from in the 100 percent past 10 years.” upon return.” The 2nd BCT — Staff Sgt. Maintenance Task Force Cynthia Drerup Pfc. William Weir, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Maintenance Task Force, 4th Infantry Division, refills the radiator of an See Return on Page 10 M992A2 Carrier-Ammunition Tracked Vehicle in a maintenance bay at the unit motor pool March 19. Save on Restaurants, Family Fun, Automotive and More SHIN SA DONG KOREAN RESTAURANT We have delicious foods with the best prices! We always have 8 or more side dishes that come with every food for FREE! 10% Military Discount* Tune in to KCMN 1530AM We make tasty foods such as: 11am – 2pm Mon-Fri 3 Ways to Purchase 3845 E. Pikes Peak Ave. 638-2695 or online at Reservations: 720-878-1695 How Much Are 20% Military Discount You Leaving Bargain Radio Network offers incredible savings on products and services you use every day. It’s easy. You On The Table? purchase our “Value Vouchers” that we sell for a fraction of their retail value. Save on Restaurants, hair care, Are Your Taxes dental, automotive, carpet cleaning pet care, lodging, entertainment, and much, much more! Done Right? MILITARY ID CARD HOLDERS RECEIVE Your Taxlady $ 35 OFF 401 Windchime Place TAX SERVICE (corner of Woodmen and Rockrimmon) *Valid until Feb. 29, 2012 719-548-4924
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  7. 7. March 30, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationAdvance directives/living wills — ensure people Dining facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday have a voice in their medical decisions, even if Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. they are unconscious or too ill to communicate. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evans Army Community Hospital and the Judge Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Advocate General’s Office are teaming up to Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. help Soldiers create an advance directive. 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. Representatives will be at the hospital in front Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. of Healer Chapel Wednesday from 9-11:30 a.m. A staff member will be available to make copies Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. of documents and place them in medical record. (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Finance travel processing — All inbound and Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family 10th SFG(A) 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. Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Carson Support Services service order desk can be for receiving/ turn in; MikeROTC Green to Gold — Deadline to apply for Army reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies Welsh at for reutilization/web ROTC Green to Gold scholarships is Sunday. or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, tools; or Rufus Guillory at Scholarships are awarded for two, three or four years damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon — Soldiers with two years of college remaining to • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric the second and third Wednesday of each month at the complete their degree are considered for two-year Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, scholarships; Soldiers with three years of college when needing trash containers, trash 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office remaining to complete their degree are considered for is overflowing or emergency service is required. recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the three-year scholarships; and Soldiers without college • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. credit who require four years to complete their degree Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays are considered for four-year scholarships. More for service needs or to report complaints. for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for information is available at • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefingsFirst Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located in Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department office assists Soldiers with room assignments and Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit terminations. For more information call 526-9735. personnel section, and a pen to complete forms.Work Management Branch — The DPW Work • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. Management Branch, responsible for processing Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held work orders — Facilities Engineering Work Use this number to obtain self-help the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon Requests, DA Form 4283 — recently changed its tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. at the education center, building 1117, room 120. hours of operation. The Work Management Branch, • Base operations contracting officer Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs located in building 1219, will be open for processing representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. work orders and other in-person support from or email for questions ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Afternoon customer on snow removal, grounds maintenance and first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing support is by appointment only, call 526-2900. contractor response to service orders. sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier ReadinessVeterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, can get assistance through the Veterans Services 524-0786 or email to first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days Group, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for walk-ins request latrines, for service or to report damaged of their expiration term of service, but must attend and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. The VSG is or overturned latrines. the briefing no later than 30 days prior to their located at The Retired Enlisted Association The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is ETS or start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/ Chapter 1 at 834 Emory Circle in Colorado able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building 8458 for details. Springs. For more information call 719-337-0086. 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays inSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third for after hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358- Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from any Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection 3275. Questions can also be submitted by email to military occupational specialty, have a general Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC Know your rights. technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score is open to all active members and those interested Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and in becoming future SAMC members. The club was Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide visit the website at elite noncommissioned officers but is now an powers of attorney or notary services to Soldiers Armywide program for individuals who have met processing through the SRP. Retirees, Family Hours of Operation the criteria and have proven themselves to be members and Soldiers not in the SRP process can outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at the • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from 7:30- process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St., 10:30 a.m. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center. • Initial and partial issues — Monday-Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Public Works has an incentive program to prevent performs notary services on a walk-in basis from • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- recyclable waste from going to the landfill. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for Briefings • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every 526-3321. participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- 526-5898 for more information about the program. is held April 17-19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the 5512/6477 for approval.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Family Readiness Center, building 6237, room 104. Education Center hours of operation — The responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort This training is required for all Soldiers asked to Mountain Post Training and Education Center, Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance perform this solemn duty. Per Army Regulation building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and 600-8-1, this duty is limited to those in the ranks of • Counselor Support Center — Monday- cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone sergeant first class to command sergeant major, chief Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 numbers and points of contact for services: warrant officer 2-5 and captain and above. No a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Facility repair/service orders — Fort reservations are required to attend training. Classes • Army Learning Center — Monday- offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Jean Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Graves at 526-5613/ 5614 for more information. • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Education Support and Army Personnel BOSS meetings Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and are held at 10 a.m. building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from 12:30-4:30 p.m. the first and third 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA Medical Activity Correspondence Department office Wednesday of each processes to include turning in excess property, hours — The Correspondence (Release of Infor- month at the Foxhole. reutilizing government property, web-based tools mation) Office in the Patient Administration Division For information, call available, special handling of property and hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. 524-BOSS. environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and federal contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details.
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — March 30, 2012 ‘Iron’ Soldiers Story and photos by Sgt. Justin Hall and Spc. Adam Sgt. Khori Johnson Bardwell, cavalry scouts, Troop A, 4th 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division earned the titles of NCO and Soldier of the quarter, respectively, as nine Soldiers Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat competed in a multitude of Soldier skills Team, 4th Infantry Division, showed including rifle marksmanship, combat off their skills, engaging in a friendly lifesaving and land navigation. competition March 14-15 to see who “We are looking for the absolute best deserved the titles of Noncommissioned Soldier and NCO in the brigade,” said Officer and Soldier of the Quarter. Master Sgt. Gregory Brobst, 3rd BCT Left: Sgt. Justin Hall, Troop A, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, answers questions presented by a board comprised of 3rd BCT senior noncommissioned officers during the “Iron” Brigade’s NCO and Soldier of the Quarter competition held March 14-15. Hall earned recognition as the brigade’s NCO of the Quarter. Right: Sgt. Daniel Hernandez, Company A, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, assembles an AN/PRC-119 man pack radio during the “Iron” Brigade’s Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Quarter competition held March 14-15. Colorado Publishing Company
  9. 9. March 30, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9compete for top honorsoperations senior NCO. Soldiers take part in the quarterlycompetition to set themselves apart fromtheir peers, Brobst said. He explainedthat the competitive atmosphere isdesigned to push Soldiers to excel to thebest of their ability. For two days, 3rd BCT Soldierswere expected to perform at a superiorlevel. Every task, from the physicalfitness test to a detailed uniforminspection, pitted Soldiers against eachother in a way that left little room forerror in order to come out on top. “I’m pretty motivated to makemyself better whenever I can,” Hallsaid. “Competition is one of the mainways, in any workplace, to make aperson better. And in the Army, whena Soldier becomes better, it makes theorganization better.” Hall and Bardwell will representthe “Iron” Brigade at the 4th Inf.Div. competition. Right: Spc. Adam Bardwell, left, Troop A, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, provides aid to Spc. Mike Tipps, Troop C, 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., who is role-playing as an injured Soldier during the brigade’s Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Quarter competition. Bardwell earned Soldier of the Quarter honors. $2.00 Off Admission Military Discount GUN SHOW MARCH 31 - APRIL 1 SAT. 9-5 & SUN. 9-4 FREEDOM FINANCIAL SERVICES EXPO CENTER 3650 N NEVADA AT CCU, YOUR PATH TO A DEGREE BUY - SELL - TRADE HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER. INFO: (563) 927-8176 CCU is military friendly—offering special tuition discounts to active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and their spouses Online courses available INVITING YOU INTO THE ALL NEW... Learn vital skills from faculty with real world experience Finish each course in weeks, not months—with a schedule that fits your life Complete your degree faster, with AARTS, other college courses, and life-learning experience Colorado Christian University offers Certified used Hondas and other Certified used vehicles certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degrees: Accounting, Biblical Studies, Business Administration Criminal Justice, Education, Nursing, and many more! Your MPG Masters’ Degrees: HQ Business Administration, Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction We 785-5060 h Matc CALL TODAY! MENTION PROMO CODE CSMNG USAA South Academy at Fountain g AND WAIVE YOUR APPLICATION FEE Pricin Contact: Jon Haar 719.867.5802 or visit: Colorado Christian University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Price Protection Guarantee good on same model within 14 days of purchase... see store for details.
  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — March 30, 2012Return “We trained as a heavyfrom Page 5leadership built the program fromscratch when the brigade brigade, then parked our tanks and Bradleys and went back to war as a light unit,” said Riley. Units traditionally leave the Soldiers hang up uniformsdeployed, creating a task force of vehicles behind to be repaired by Mountaineer staff • Maj. James Earls, 2nd Battalion,27 Soldiers capable of repairing a fleet of civilian contractors, but 395th Field Artillery Regiment,vehicles and filling equipment now with the pilot program, the Thirteen Fort Carson Soldiers Fort Hood, Texasshortages on vehicles left behind maintenance is left to Army were honored for their service to the • Sgt. Maj. Shirley A. Moore, Missionby the “Warhorse” Brigade. trained mechanics to get the job nation during a retirement ceremony Support Element “We had 30 days to complete done, said Riley. April 28 on Manhart Field. • 1st Sgt. Cory Wilson, HHBN,a full inventory to figure out what “The objective of the mainte- Soldiers, Family and friends 4th Inf. Div.the shortages were and order all nance task force is to take back gathered to celebrate the closing • Master Sgt. Roosevelt Pierre Noel,the parts to bring the 2nd BCT up ownership of military vehicles moments of the Soldiers’ Army careers 43rd Sustainment Brigadeto 100 percent upon return,” said and to improve skill sets of as they were presented their finalStaff Sgt. Cynthia Drerup, unit Soldiers,” said Riley. • Master Sgt. Cedrick L. Kirkwood, military decorations and U.S. flags U.S. Army Recruiting Station,supply specialist, 2nd BCT “The task force prioritizesMaintenance Task Force. maintenance on vehicles, allowing that had been flown over the Mountain Hendersonville, N.C. The task force services and an hour for lunch, a 15-minute Post headquarters. The Soldiers’ • Master Sgt. Joe Winsor, U.S.maintains approximately 430 break in the afternoon, and end the spouses received certificates of Northern Command, Petersonpieces of equipment, including workday at 5:30 p.m. to attain appreciation and a rose and their Air Force BaseBradley Fighting Vehicles; maximum productivity,” said 2nd children Army “Brat” certificates in • Sgt. 1st Class Craig L. Colvin,M1A2 System Enhancement BCT Maintenance Task Force 1st recognition of their service. 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., 3rd BCT,Package Abrams tank; M109A6 Sgt. Kevin Coderre. “A typical 4th Inf. Div.Paladins; and M992A2 Carrier- Army unit gets 50 percent produc- Those retiring were: • Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Tutton,Ammunition Tracked Vehicles. tion out of a normal Soldier, here • Lt. Col. James Kearse, Headquarters “We’re doing services, we get 90-percent production time.” 1st Bn., 2nd Aviation Reg. and Headquarters Battalion, • Staff Sgt. Noel Morales, 1st Bn.,pulling out the engines and The deployed 2nd BCTtransmissions, looking the Soldiers are scheduled to return 4th Infantry Division 68th Armor Reg., 3rd BCT,equipment over, finding any from Afghanistan in the coming • Maj. Ramon W. Almodovar, 1st 4th Inf. Div.damage, swapping out fluids and months. Following their reinte- Brigade Combat Team, • Staff Sgt Bennie L. Britton Jr.,filters,” said Pfc. William Weir, gration, they will be issued their 4th Inf. Div. HHBN, 4th Inf. Div.wheeled vehicle mechanic. armored vehicles and begin to • Sgt. Phillip Hicks, 64th Brigade The 2nd BCT, traditionally a train again as a heavy brigade. Support Battalion, 3rd BCT,heavy brigade combat team “I would like to see a 4th Inf. Div.equipped with armored vehicles, successful first gunnery where The next Fort Carson monthly postre-designated as an infantry maintenance is not a factor inbrigade combat team prior to planning,” said Riley. “After that retirement ceremony takes place April 25deployment; leaving all armored I would like to see units picking at 3:30 p.m. at the Special Events Center.vehicles behind. up where we left off.” Accredited University Credits are Transferable Affordable Tuition Portable Degrees Homeland Security & Forensic Science Certificate Green Building Non-Credit Certificate Programs 4331 Centennial Blvd. 1813 North Circle Drive Garden of the Gods & Centennial Circle & Constitution 635-2020 632-2020 4319 Integrity Center Point 1130 Lake Plaza Drive NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) 634-2020 578-2020 WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM Exams as young as 6 months of age Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette Ft. Carson 576-5151 Air Force Academy 472-0524 Peterson AFB 574-5252
  11. 11. March 30, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11 Members of the Winter Youth Camp trek up to “The Whale” for a day of climbing, Monday. Eleven teens and preteens from Fort Carson went snowshoeing Tuesday and skiing and snowboarding Wednesday.Youths tackle ‘Blow Tube Envy,’ ‘Red Venus’ Story and photos by Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff Alex Rodriguez pulled himselfover the lip of “Blow Tube Envy.” Helooked up the sandstone face — still 30feet to go. Grasping onto the thin holds,Alex braced himself against the 35-mphwinds that blew through the canyon. Pulling himself up the remainingfew feet of the climb, he lookedaround the valley, calling for tensionto let his belayer know he was readyto be lowered. “This is awesome,” said Alex,15. “You can’t ask for a better viewthan this.” Alex joined 10 children ranging inage from 11-15 from Fort Carson for theWinter Youth Camp, held during theirspring break Monday-Wednesday. “It was my parents’ idea,” saidAlex. “When I heard there was iceclimbing, I agreed. But we’re notdoing that now because it’s too hot.” With temperatures in the 70s,Outdoor Recreation employees TrevorMcConnell and Meg Louk opted totake the youths rock climbing ratherthan risk the warming temperatureson the ice. Alex said he was still Devin Jean, 13, works his way up “Blowexcited to rock climb. Tube Envy” at Red Rock Canyon, Monday. The group traveled Monday toRed Rock Canyon near ColoradoSprings, climbing at “The Whale,” setting,” said McConnell, Adventure For many, sacrificing a few days McConnell said the campsa large formation that boasts close to Programs and Education program of their spring break was worth the APE is able to put on reach the30 climbs. With skills ranging from director. “It allows them to be experience. preteen and teenage age group,beginner to intermediate, the youths themselves while enjoying the “I wouldn’t be doing anything,” providing them with uniqueclimbed “Red Venus,” a 100-foot-tall outdoors. It gets them outside and said Devin Jean, 13. experiences outdoors.beginner route and “Blow Tube Envy,” not playing video games.” “I’m excited to go snowboarding,” “It’s a really unique group toan intermediate 105-foot route. Despite the warm weather, the said Ona Chapman, 15. “I’ve work with and it’s a lot of fun,” he “It gives them the opportunity to children still enjoyed winter sports, never been.” said. “It’s an excellent time to get themcomingle with other individuals in snowshoeing Tuesday and skiing Most of the other children said outside and give them experiencesthe military outside a military and snowboarding Wednesday. they were also excited for the ski day. that they want to have.”
  12. 12. 12 MOUNTAINEER — March 30, 2012Employers pledge to hire spouses Story and photo by Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff Laura Bailey didn’t expect torepresent the thousands of spousesaffiliated with Fort Carson March 21at the Military Spouse EmploymentProgram Pikes Peak RegionalInduction and Signing Ceremony heldat the Elkhorn Conference Center. “It’s not exactly what I thought,”she said. “They needed an Armyspouse and asked me, so I accepted.” Bailey joined commanders fromlocal installations, including Maj.Gen. Joseph Anderson, commandinggeneral, 4th Infantry Division andFort Carson, and Deputy Assistant Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of Defense, signs the Statement of Support during the March 21 Military SpouseSecretary of Defense Robert L. Employment Program signing ceremony at the Elkhorn Conference Center. Gordon was joined by area military and communityGordon III, signing the “Statement leaders including Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, second from right.of Support” between the armedforces and corporate partners. has a degree in paralegal. signed the statement of support, I get it,” he said. The signing marked an important Bailey said she searched for work pledging to increase employment Gordon said that since thestep in expanding the MSEP, which for four years, working in restaurants opportunities for military spouses, start of the employment program,began June 29 as an effort to increase in the meantime, until she was hired provide career promotion opportunities more than 346,000 jobs have beenemployment opportunities for military by Lowe’s Home Improvement. and ensure pay equity. listed on the program’s website:spouses who often have trouble “I’m finally making more than $2 “It’s a giant step in recognizing jobs because of their spouses’ an hour,” she said, adding that she finds military spouses,” Anderson said. More companies have pledgedmilitary commitments. time to do freelance paralegal work. “It takes a partnership to to hire military spouses and another Military spouses face a dispropor- “Military spouses possess bring skill and talent together,” signing ceremony will take placetionate unemployment rate of 26 awesome attributes,” Anderson said said Gordon, a Colorado Springs in May.percent and a 25-percent wage gap during the ceremony. “They’re native who added that he was Spouses interested in employmentcompared to their civilian counterparts, dependable, reliable and resilient.” delighted with the partnership may contact the Employment Readinessaccording to the MSEP website. Anderson said that signing occurring between the military Program, part of Army Community “I spent a lot of time trying to find the statement of support would and Pikes Peak community. Service, by calling 526-0452 or visita job with my degree, but every time increase employment opportunities “I spent 26 years in the Army. came up that my husband was in the for spouses. I was the son of a military spouse. programs(underscore)employmentReadi.Army, that was it,” said Bailey, who Representatives from 37 companies I’m married to a military spouse. html for more information.
  13. 13. March 30, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 13DPW protects cultural sites By Andrea Sutherland on active training ground for initially marking an additional Mountaineer staff Soldiers, has proved challenging. 120 sites in the main mechanized “There are a variety of issues maneuver area at PCMS, with Remnants of cultures long ago needing consideration when more to follow. A similar sitelay in the canyons, hilltops and trying to protect these sites,” marking effort will start atgrasslands across Fort Carson’s Thomas said. “We have to protect Fort Carson soon.”373,000 acres. The preservation the location of these sites so Thomas said the sites slatedof these prehistoric and historic people don’t go looting. … But for marking are only thosesites remains a top priority for in the past there was too much eligible for listing in the Nationalgarrison staff members of the emphasis placed on not letting Register of Historic Places andCultural Resources Management people know where the sites are also at most risk of beingTeam at Fort Carson. and then they get damaged.” impacted by training. Cultural “Federal agencies must protect Efforts to mark historical survey inventories have locatedcultural sites,” said Wayne sites, which include parts of more than 750 eligible sitesThomas, National Environmental shelters built by early Americans in Fort Carson’s care.Policy Act and Cultural as well as the foundations and To provide units the abilityManagement Branch chief, part of walls of cultures living in the to conduct realistic training whilethe Directorate of Public Works. area after 1600, are improving. protecting cultural resources, Established in 1966, the Previously, sites at Piñon Canyon staff members are developingNational Historic Preservation Maneuver Site were protected an overlay of cultural sites toAct requires “each federal agency by fencing, alerting troops to the be uploaded into the digitalto establish a preservation site locations. New, more visible Battle Command Systems andprogram to protect and preserve markers, called Seibert stakes, used by units when planninghistoric properties.” are now being put in place. and executing training. Protecting these historic “We mark the sites more at Although staff members aresites, the majority of which exist risk,” Thomas said. “We’re doing their best to establish protection measures for these historically significant sites, “Remember these sites represent Thomas asks that Soldiers and their leaders be aware that Photo by Roy Miller a part of our nation’s heritage every effort is being made to not impact training. Seibert stakes help mark historical sites on Fort Carson, many of which exist on active training ground for and they deserve to be protected.” “Remember these sites represent a part of our nation’s Soldiers. Garrison staff members from the Cultural Resources Management Team have improved efforts to — Wayne Thomas heritage and they deserve to mark the more than 750 sites eligible for listing in the be protected,” he said. National Register of Historic Places. Bo Penkhus ob INTRODUCING BOB PEN HUS MIT NK TSUBISHI $ 18 694 8, MSRP: 22 MSRP $2 694 FOR A LIMITED TI BUY ANY NEW M IME MITSUBISHI AND WE’LL PAY FOR THE GAS FOR A Y A R YEAR! PLUS GET ROL 0% FINAN NCING UP TO 72 M MONTHS! – CARANDDRIVER.CO OM ADDITIONAL $50 MILITA Y 00 TAR No charge fuel for a year based on manufacturer’s estimated annual fuel cost from the monroney label. No charge fu is in lieu of any discounts or rebates; dealer uel a B0NUS SAVINGGS! retains all incentives. Offers are not combinable. If customer chooses no charge fuel for a year, a prepaid fuel card will be available for customer pick up from selling dealer within 3 weeks of date of purchase. Cust a tomer may choose to take discount from price of vehicle instead of fuel for a year. Customer must take delivery r * Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. $500 cash r ate is available only to active, active reserve or retired U.S. Military personnel. Active duty/retired status must be verified with a rebat a from dealer stock Not applicable on prior purchas before 16 Mar 2012 0% financing for 72 months with approve credit Must use dealer financing Photos for stock. ses 2012. ed credit. financing. valid U.S. Military I.D. Eligible customers must take ddelivery of a new 2011 or 2012 Mitsubishi within the program period 2012 Mitsubishi i is excluded from this program. Offer valid d. from 2/1/12 to 4/2/12. Limit one vehicle per qualifying customer. See your participating dealer for program details. r a g iillustration only. See dealer for details. Offer ends May 31, 2012. a bobpenk Bob Penkhus Mitsubishi 4391 Austin Bluffs Parkway Sales Hours: Colorado Springs, CO 80918 Mon.-Sat.: 719-955-5000 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.