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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 14 April 6, 2012 Word of the month: Educate Taking care of troops, Families matter of trust By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The military is defined by a bond of trust — between servicemembers, their Families and their communities — that must remain unbroken, the military’s top officer said March 30. “If we do that one thing, think about our profession as united with a common bond of trust, and commit … to earning it every day. I don’t care what happens to the budget … I don’t care what happens to the other countries in the world that might want ill to come to us, we’ll be fine,” said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Taking care of troops is a matter of trust, he said. “If we lose that (trust), it won’t matter how much money we throw at ourselves. That’s a fact.” After months of discussing budgetary and equipment concerns and fresh off a trip to South America, Dempsey turned his attention to what he called the military’s “human dimension” at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury’s Warrior Resilience Conference. This conference, in its fourth year, is intended to equip servicemembers, units, Families and communities with resilience- building techniques and tools. As he spoke to an audience of nearly 750 behavioral health experts and military leaders, the chairman referred to an image of a squad leader in Afghanistan on the screen behind him. The Soldier, his face contorted in a mix of fear and courage, was speaking on his radio with an evident sense of urgency. Whatever it is the Soldier is asking for, he’ll get, the chairman said. “That’s what sets us apart (as a Photo by Andrea Sutherland nation). He’s going to get it — whether it’s kinetic ordnance, whether it’s supplies, or whether it’s what Dancing night away you’re here to talk about today. “We’re going to get them the life skills, the Maj. Benjamin Wallen, 52nd Engineer Battalion, swing dances with his daughter, Sadie Wallen, during Saturday’s Military Father Daughter Dance held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs. More than confidence, the hope, which equals on some level … 100 fathers and daughters attended the event, which was hosted by the Southeast YMCA. Sadie, 6, said she the resilience you’re here to talk about in our force, in loves to dance with her father and even if another boy asks her to dance, she will always prefer to dance our Families,” he pledged. with her father. See Page 11 for more on the Father Daughter Dance. See Bond on Page 4 Message board INSIDE April 17 is tax deadline Tax center provides free tax service for Soldiers, retirees and Families. Call 526-0163 or 524-1013 to make an appointment. Page 30 Pages 20-21 Page 6
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — April 6, 2012 MOUNTAINEER WLC honorsCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. Robert F. McLaughlin Ethos — code of brave Commentary by Spc. Mark Campbell from wounds, surrounded by death, and with enemiesFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Warrior Leader Course graduate assailing them from all sides, they refuse to be overpowered Dee McNutt and steadfast they stand, teeth gritted heroically, saying,Chief, Print and Web Communications: Warrior – a person engaged in, experienced in, “I will never accept defeat.” or devoted to war. Pain, be it physical or mental, will confront these Rick Emert Ethos – The disposition, character, or fundamental warriors at all turns. They will know hurt, anguish, fearEditor: Devin Fisher values peculiar to a specific person, people, culture and heartbreak. Lesser men would break down under theStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland or movement. pressures put upon them. Yet, these brave few, these leadersHappenings: Nel Lampe The Warrior Ethos, by its definition, defines the who would rush to the front while others would run, character and fundamental values peculiar to a specific seeking safety at the back, bend not under the pressure;Sports writer: Walt Johnson culture of people devoted to war; not to war fought instead they stand tall and press onwards. Striding forward,Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall out of violent motivations, but to war they seek battle, confront it, and press fought to preserve a treasured way of life ever-farther. To them, there is no option to This commercial enterprise newspaper is for the sake of posterity. quit, there is only one direction: authorized publication for members of the These people, these warriors, seek not With a shout they drive on declaring to theDepartment of Defense. Contents of the personal advancement; they do not place world and those who would do them orMountaineer are not necessarily the officialview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or themselves before others. Their mission their nation harm, “I will never quit.”the Department of the Army. Printed circulation is what takes precedence; be it thousands These men, these Soldiers, theseis 12,000 copies. of miles away, for months on end, far warriors do not face the epic task arrayed The editorial content of the from their Families, where the only thing before them alone. Side by side with theirMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public they have is each other. Their task weighs brothers and sisters they step headlongAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119,Tel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is heavily upon them, for few others will into the fire. When one falls, he is shoulder their burden. forgotten; for a warrior is more than a The Mountaineer is posted on the So stoically they bear that weight and fighter, he is a lifeline to their woundedInternet at accept their mission: the defense of their companions. Even as death outstretches The Mountaineer is an unofficial homeland, their countrymen and a nation’s its wicked hand, they stand before it,publication authorized by AR 360-1. The way of life, which few others, besides these Spc. Mark Campbell unbowed and forbearing, to take theirMountaineer is printed by Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in warriors, will stand for. To them, one Warrior Ethos award cohort from its evil grasp. They do notno way connected with the Department of the prevailing thought rings in their ears even overlook a fallen friend, nor do they turnArmy, under exclusive written contract with as the weight of freedom presses down upon them and run when the flames get too hot. As one they willFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. from above, “I will always place the mission first.” enter, and as one they will return. Shoulder to shoulder, The appearance of advertising in thispublication, including inserts or supplements, Even when beaten, bloodied and worn, they fight they advance into the inferno of war, ever ready todoes not constitute endorsement by the and continue to stand for what they believe in. History has render aid, and as one they recite, “I will never leave aDepartment of the Army or Colorado Springs shown us these valiant fighters will endure all privations fallen comrade.”Military Newspaper Group, of the products or and still not falter in their sacred duty. Be they cut off and This defines what it is to live the Warrior Ethos. Toservices advertised. The printer reserves the surrounded on all sides in the Argonne Forest (France) in practice a code, a set of values, that intrinsically links oneright to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publication World War I or freezing, numb and starving in the Ardennes to another of the same warrior culture; the same cultureshall be made available for purchase, use or (France, Belgium and Luxembourg) in World War II; that shoulders the weight of America upon its back. Theypatronage without regard to race, color, religion, they do not surrender, but stick doggedly to their mission are vigilant, watchful, mindful and unwavering to stepsex, national origin, age, marital status, physical in bold defiance of those who would see them dead. These out and stand before the masses of America so that othershandicap, political affiliation or any other Soldiers, these warriors, always fight on and never give up, can live peaceful lives. The Warrior Ethos defines thenonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equal even in the direst of situations. Freezing, starving, in pain code for these brave individuals.opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed,the printer shall refuse to print advertisingfrom that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regardingadvertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military NewspaperGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, Top WLC graduatesColorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. Spc. Jesse Adcock, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg. The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the Public Spc. Zachary Andrews, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg.Affairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort Spc. Mark Campbell, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg.Carson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Releases from outside sources are so Spc. Joshua Clements, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg.indicated. The deadline for submissions to theMountaineer is close of business the week Spc. Angelo Cruz, 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg.before the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit Sgt. Wallen Deng, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg.submissions for newspaper style, clarity and Spc. Timothy Gray, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg.typographical errors. Policies and statements reflected in the Sgt. Greg Gresh, 928th ASMCnews and editorial columns represent viewsof the individual writers and under no Spc. Mark Campbell Spc. Jeannette Hermes, HHD, 1st BCTcircumstances are to be considered those ofthe Department of the Army. Distinguished award Spc. Kevin Horne, 3rd Bn., 157 FA Reg. Reproduction of editorial material is Cpl. Jerad Jennings, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg.authorized. Please credit accordingly. Spc. Zachary King, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg. Sgt. Mark Kurz, 2nd BCT, Maintenance Task Force Sgt. Armando Magana, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg. Spc. Joshua Merideth, 59th MP Classified advertising Sgt. Amanda Mueler, 147th BSB 329-5236 Sgt. Thomas Schaeffer, 1st STB Display advertising Spc. 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  3. 3. April 6, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3‘Regulars’ host senior DOD execs Story and photo by Sgt. Breanne Pye 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs He fielded questions from the executives about said Adams. “Our current objective is to train (our) what training and equipment he expects will be Soldiers in a more mobile role, which means a lot Office, 4th Infantry Division necessary to complete future missions by outlining of gunnery exercises.” the unit’s current resources and how they are being The executives endured a windstorm to view Soldiers and senior leaders assigned to 1st used in training. static displays and receive in-depth briefings onBattalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, hosted a demon- “We are currently running a company rotation of equipment currently being used by the “Regulars.”stration for visiting senior Department of Defense gunnery exercises, which involve live-fire exercises They received hands-on time with both vehicles andexecutives at Fort Carson Range 109, March 26. with both tanks and Humvees,” he said. weapon systems during their visit. The executives visited Fort Carson as part of “Our mission in Afghanistan involved a large “It says a lot that (APEX executives were) willingthe Advanced Professional Exchange Program, an number of foot patrols and population engagements,” to stand in this weather to learn more about our equip-initiative designed to help the ment and training,” said Dunkin. “We aredepartment’s senior civilians and qualified to present the challengessenior political appointees gain infantry Soldiers face with both trainingperspective on the expectations, and missions, so it was important foropportunities and challenges currently (the executives) to take the time to talkfaced by DOD leaders. with our Soldiers and leaders.” The APEX visit gives executives After each APEX visitor had thean opportunity to ask questions of opportunity to crawl inside an M1A2the Soldiers who use DOD equipment Abrams Tank and an M121 120mmevery day, spend some hands-on Battalion Mortar System, they observedtime with that equipment, and gain presentations on the Regulars’ mainan understanding of how it operates weapons systems, where they were ableand how to improve future models, to ask Soldiers questions about how eachsaid Capt. Richard Dunkin, training piece of equipment operated and how itmanagement officer, Headquarters has held up against continued use.and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., “This was an opportunity to network22nd Inf. Regt., 1st Brigade Combat and build great working relationshipsTeam, 4th Infantry Division. with the people who will have a direct Lt. Col. Steven Adams, commander, involvement in the development of1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg., gave an Staff Sgt. Ricardo Cintron, an indirect fire infantryman, Headquarters and Headquarters future mission-essential equipment,” saidoverview of the battalion’s current Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Dunkin. “(APEX) couldn’t have pickedtroop levels, and a detailed account of Division, fields questions from Jim Hearn, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, during the a better or more qualified unit to visitcurrent training operations. March 26 Advanced Professional Exchange Program visit to Fort Carson Range 109. and learn from than (the) Regulars.” UP $ UP TO TO 5,000 00 INSTAN CRED T! 5 000.00 I NSTANT CREDI T! 5,000.00 INSTANT CREDIT! 000 00.0 NS NST REDI DIT GOOD CAR ALARM SALE! BET B TER BETTER BEST $ $ 19 19 29 29 $ 39 39 $ $ $ 19 19 15 15 19 19 STORE HOURS: No Payments ‘ti Next Mon h! No Payment ‘til Next Month! ayments ‘til Next Month! yments ti ext on e t il nth S. Academy Blvd. X In the Mission Trace Shopping Center MEMBER 392-0181 Minimum six months employment and checking account required to finance. All models similar to illustr tion. Some quantities limited; subject to prior sale. *Cash, credit card, or debit card on these items. s employment required illustration. ra d
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — April 6, 2012Soldier feedback1st BCT helps develop Army standards Story and photo by Sgt. Breanne Pye1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division The commander of the Maneuver Center ofExcellence and Fort Benning, Ga., visited unitsassigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivision, March 22, at Fort Carson Range 109. The MCoE’s mission is to provide trained,adaptive, ready troops and leaders, while developingfuture requirements for the individual Soldier and theArmy’s Maneuver Force. Maj. Gen. Robert Brown visited to gatherfeedback from the 1st BCT’s heavy units to developnew training and gunnery standard guidelines,and to create solutions to many training and supportissues experienced by units. “I want to know how we can assist you inimproving your training cycle, whether that meansdeveloping new training or providing additionalequipment,” Brown told his host, Lt. Col. GeoffreyNorman, commander, 7th Squadron, 10th CavalryRegiment, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “Raider” leaders briefed Brown on currentoperations and training measures from inside 7th Maj. Gen, Robert Brown, right, commander, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Ga., receives a briefSqdn., 10th Cav. Reg.’s tactical operations center. from Lt. Col. Geoffrey Norman, center, commander, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat “Right now, 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., is training Team, 4th Infantry Division, while Col. Ryan Gonsalves, deputy commanding general of maneuver, 4th Inf. Div.,up a new force with different levels of combat serves as the official 4th Inf. Div. escort, March 22 at Fort Carson Range 109.experience,” said 1st Sgt. Jason Mortensen, seniorenlisted leader, Troop B, 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. brigade’s infantry and maneuver units were doing Soldiers for a more diverse mission in the future.“Even our most experienced noncommissioned well, asking what was needed to provide Soldiers Before leaving, Brown met with 1st BCTofficers need refresher training on gunnery missions.” with more in-depth, effective training. Soldiers, asking for their input on the effectiveness of Mortensen explained the unit recently returned “Combining armor and infantry units creates a current training and what equipment they would likefrom a deployment to Afghanistan in support of stronger force with more balanced leaders,” said to see integrated into future training.Operation Enduring Freedom, where the mechanized Brown. “From what I’ve observed, (1st BCT) is “The only way we can continue to improve futureunit served in a light infantry capacity. going about it the right way, training both training is to get feedback from our Soldiers on the “We got back, got new troops straight out of stabilized and unstabilized gunnery Soldiers with front line,” said Mortensen. “Visits like this aretraining, and had to adapt our training missions to all levels of experience.” important, because the MCoE dictates the trainingincorporate those new troops with our experienced As the visit concluded, Brown offered the MCoE’s our Soldiers receive; the more time they spend withgunners,” he said. assistance to revamp the brigade’s current training, units like ours, the more they are able to improve our Throughout his visit, Brown identified what the particularly in unstabilized gunnery, to prepare Raider capabilities and effectiveness in the future.”Bond “The world is changing so fast has put enormous pressure on the force?” chairman drove this point home with afrom Page 1 around us,” Dempsey said. “If we wait They will be tackling these issues in story about a prior bout with throat until 2020 to build the kind of an environment of challenged resources, cancer. It hit him hard, he said, since he’d It took about a decade for the force strength you’re working to build into the chairman acknowledged, and while always tackled obstacles on his regain its sense of pride and clarity our formation, it will be too late. ensuring they build and earn trust with Instead, he said, he relied on hisafter the Vietnam War. That time lapse “I fear if we wait and don’t their subordinates and co-workers each medical team, his Family and hiscan’t occur again, the chairman said. address this now, we not only won’t be day. “Keeping faith with ourselves, our friends for help. doing ourselves any favors, we communities, our Families … that’s what “I realized for the first time in my won’t be doing our nation any it’s all about,” he said. life, I can’t do this alone,” he said. “It “... this bond of trust ... favors,” he said. The people gathered for this Dempsey again referred to the squad leader’s picture, this time pointing took cancer for me to figure that out. We can’t let our young men and women It’s got to run all the way conference are taking steps on this front, Dempsey noted, “by out the Soldier’s wedding ring. “If you think about this bond of trust, it doesn’t figure that out the hard way.” Dempsey thanked the audience for seeking a deeper, richer under- stop in the forward edge or the rear edge its unwavering commitment to troop back to hometown USA standing of what has happened to of the battle area,” he said. “It’s got to and Family wellness. us as a force over the last 10 years. run all the way back to hometown USA “What you’re doing here has an where he has a Family.” “More importantly, what are you going to do about that?” he where he has a Family.” Dempsey stressed the importance of absolute direct correlation with who we are today, but more importantly, has an — Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said. “What are you going to do turning to others for help when needed, even greater correlation to who we will about the fact that 10 years of war calling resilience a “team sport.” The be in the future,” he said. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID
  5. 5. April 6, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 51,000-mile journeyFamily honors fallen son By Sgt. Breanne Pye Soldiers,” said Michelle Benavidez. hung out with the wrong crowd and was just headed in1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, Before beginning their journey, the Benavidez the wrong direction,” Michelle Benavidez said. “His 4th Infantry Division Family will have lunch with Maj. Gen. Joseph father and I talked him into joining the military, where Anderson, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and we watched him grow into a solid young man.” Dan and Michelle Benavidez plan to walk 1,000 Fort Carson, and meet with Iron Knights Soldiers Michelle Benavidez said she remembers her sonmiles, starting from Manhart Field and finishing at who served with their son in Iraq. growing up and has a million stories of who that childthe Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall in “It means the world that we get a chance to meet was; but when she interacts with his former SoldiersMarseilles, Ill., where their son’s name is permanently more of the Soldiers who served with our son, and and leaders, she gets to know a side of him that sheetched in stone. hear their stories, and fill in a few more holes in (our never had the chance to see in person. The parents of Staff Sgt. Kenneth Mayne, a 4th son’s) life,” Michelle Benavidez said. “I wish I had gotten more involved with theInfantry Division Soldier who was killed in 2008 during A squad leader with 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st military side of his life when he was still alive,” shea deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bn., 67th Armor Reg., then stationed at Fort Hood, said, “but after he died, my husband and I did getare marching to raise awareness of challenges facing Texas, Mayne died of injuries sustained when an involved. We reached out to the Soldiers who servedmilitary Soldiers and their Families. improvised explosive device with our son and started building a support system.” “It was my husband’s idea to detonated during a security patrol The Benavidez Family has made it a mission tovisit the wall and see our son’s in eastern Baghdad, Sept. 4, 2008. play an active role in its community of Arvada, raisingname memorialized there,” said The Benavidez Family remains awareness of the struggles military Families andMichelle Benavidez. “But instead in close contact with Mayne’s friends face when they lose a loved one.of just flying out to see it, he former Soldiers and leaders from “Now, Soldiers who served with our son havewanted to honor his son’s life by that deployment, including Capt. since gotten out of the Army and moved to ourwalking there and raising support Geoffrey Shraga, who currently hometown to be a part of that support system,” saidand awareness along the way for serves as plans officer for 1st Michelle Benavidez.the service and sacrifice of Bn., 67th Armor Reg. Shraga noted this as well, saying he was surprisedAmerica’s fallen warriors and Shraga said that Mayne, who at the strength of the Benavidez Family and how muchtheir Families.” led the junior lieutenant’s first Dan and Michelle Benavidez mean to the Soldiers who The “Iron Knights” Soldiers of patrol as a platoon leader in Iraq, shared their grief at their son’s passing.1st Battalion, 67th Armor was a calm and collected leader, “Michelle is the strongest woman I know,” saidRegiment, 1st Brigade Combat who was able to keep his cool Shraga. “After (Mayne) was killed in action, I wroteTeam, 4th Inf. Div., will accompany regardless of the circumstances. her a letter, explaining to her exactly what happenedthe Benavidez Family following a “All my best leaders at the on her son’s final patrol. I was expecting angerceremony at Manhart Field April time were associated with and blame, but what I got was compassion and13 at 1 p.m. Mayne,” said Shraga. “He was the understanding — and a support system of my own.” Joined by 4th Inf. Div. and Fort kind of leader that people looked Dan and Michelle Benavidez plan to hold a finalCarson leaders, the Soldiers will up to and learned from.” rally at the end of their 1,000-mile journey in honormarch beside Dan and Michelle Speaking with the troops who of their son and for all the servicemembers, Family,Benavidez for the ceremonial first served at their son’s side has helped friends and loved ones who have sacrificed and thosemile of their 1,000-mile march, Dan and Michelle Benavidez gain who continue to give on behalf of their nation.passing the Fallen Soldiers Photo courtesy Capt. Geoffrey Shraga a better understanding of what he “What I really hope is that Kenny is lookingMemorial near Gate 1, a tribute in Staff Sgt. Kenneth Mayne died Sept. accomplished in his life, his service down on us all and everything we are trying to do tothe post’s memorial grove. 4, 2008, of injuries sustained when to the nation, and, ultimately, raise awareness and support for other military “It means the world to me to an improvised explosive device his sacrifice. Families and friends who are struggling,” saidsee how much support we have detonated during a security patrol “When he was a kid, Kenny Michelle Benavidez. “And I hope he’s proud of whatreceived from Fort Carson and the in eastern Baghdad. was a little on the troubled side; he he sees; I hope he’s proud of his mom and dad.” ® Save on Restaurants, Family Fun, MULTICAM Automotive and More GORTEX GEN II ECWS PARKS $149.95 TROUSERS $99.95 Tune in to KCMN 1530AM Need a 11am – 2pm Mon-Fri Dentist! 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  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — April 6, 2012‘Warhorse’ ridebuilds morale,increases safety Story and photo by Darling also con- Master Sgt. Dewayne Darling, operations sergeant Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch ducted a reconnaissance major, Rear Detachment, 2nd Brigade Combat2nd Brigade Combat Team Public of the route and verified Team, 4th Infantry Division, and the brigade’sAffairs Office, 4th Infantry Division what safety equipment motorcycle mentor, leads the “Warhorse” riders would be required Motorcycle Mentorship Ride March 30. Engines roared and the smell of to wear on the ride.exhaust filled the air as riders started their The brigade makeschrome covered, gleaming motorcycles a serious effort to similar to the Army’s preventive crewmember, Battery C, 2ndto begin the 2nd Brigade Combat Team promote safety for Soldiers who decide maintenance, checks and services, Battalion, 77th Field ArtilleryMotorcycle Mentorship Ride March 30. to purchase a motorcycle after returning but for a privately-owned motorcycle, Regiment, 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div., said Rallying at the brigade annex from deployment, Darling said. said Darling. he heard about the safety ride throughparking lot, Rear Detachment, 2nd The training is working when With proper inspections and one of his Soldiers.BCT, 4th Infantry Division, Soldiers Soldiers get on the road, do the right maintenance complete, the group Williams, who serves as a motor-reminisced about previous riding thing and conduct responsible riding, awaited the word from Darling to get cycle mentor in his battalion, said heexperiences and bragged about the he said. on the road. wanted to participate in a safety ride tocapabilities of their equipment over Before the riders set out, Darling Twenty-four Soldiers participated in share personal time away from work,the growing rumble of motorcycles. gave a safety brief, and senior motor- the safety ride that took approximately supporting Soldiers apart from physical Master Sgt. Dewayne Darling, cycle mentors verified all Soldiers had four hours, bringing the riders through training and forced instruction.operations sergeant major, Rear the proper protective equipment, such Cañon City. “Going on these rides raises safetyDetachment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., as a reflective vest, full-finger gloves, “When riding a motorcycle, you awareness and shows new riders howsaid the brigade held the event to long-sleeve shirt, protective glasses, get out there and enjoy the freedom,” experienced riders handle theirbring motorcycle riders together for a long pants and a Department of said Darling. “It helps you relax and motorcycles,” said Williams, who hasday of safety and good times. Transportation-approved helmet. you build camaraderie riding with been riding for 29 years. During the planning phase of the In addition, Darling handed every other enthusiasts.” During the safety ride, somesafety ride, Darling, 2nd BCT’s motor- Soldier an inspection sheet, known The riders stopped to fill their Soldiers fell back for multiple reasons,cycle mentor, submitted a risk as a “TCLOCK,” to examine their gas tanks and grab lunch in Pueblo said Williams. Other riders slowed downassessment, with an overall assessment tires, controls, lights, oil, chassis before returning to Fort Carson via to make sure the group stayed together.of low, to be signed by Lt. Col. Nicholas and kickstand. Interstate 25. “We all finished together and safely,”Palarino, Rear Detachment commander. The TCLOCK is an inspection Staff Sgt. Erick Williams, cannon said Williams. Neurology Ali Murad, M.D. & Neurosurgery: John Nichols, M.D. Gary Cohen, M.D. Keith Norvill, D.O. HATS OFF! Richard Gamuac, M.D. Sumant Rawat, M.D. John Hudson, M.D. Mark Robinson, M.D. Dexter Koons, M.D. Stephen A. Smith, M.D. Andrew Levy, M.D. Ashakiran Sunku, M.D. OUR NEURO TEAM IS R. Lindsay Lilly, M.D. FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS. 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. Easter INVITING YOU INTO THE ALL NEW... Scavenger Hunt SPRING Certified used Hondas and other Certified used vehicles CLEARANCE PRICES ON THOUSANDS Your OF ITEMS. MPG Bunny hidden through the displays of our 300 plus vendors. HQ AMERICAN CLASSICS We MARKETPLACE h 785-5060 Matc USAA South Academy at Fountain g Pricin Open Daily 10am-6pm Price Protection Guarantee good on same model within 14 days of purchase... see store for details.
  7. 7. April 6, 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 Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Warfighter Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Friday. The office assists Soldiers with room (Wilderness Road Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. assignments and terminations. For more information Complex) Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. call 526-9735. LaRochelle Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Veterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. can get assistance through the Veterans Services Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Group, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for walk-ins and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, The VSG is located at The Retired Enlisted 524-0786 or email to first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days Association Chapter 1 at 834 Emory Circle in request latrines, for service or to report damaged of their expiration term of service, but must attend Colorado Springs. For more information call or overturned latrines. the briefing no later than 30 days prior to their 719-337-0086. The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is ETS or start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building 8458 for details. Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers should Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for after building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358-3275. Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from any SAMC is open to all active members and those Questions can also be submitted by email to military occupational specialty, have a general interested in becoming future SAMC members. Know your rights. technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score The club was originally a U.S. Forces Command Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and organization of elite noncommissioned officers Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or but is now an Armywide program for individuals process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide visit the website at who have met the criteria and have proven powers of attorney or notary services to Soldiers themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a processing through the SRP. Retirees, Family Hours of Operation board/leadership process. Contact the SAMC members and Soldiers not in the SRP process can president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at the • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from 7:30- for more information. main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St., 10:30 a.m.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center. • Initial and partial issues — Monday- Public Works has an incentive program to prevent Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. recyclable waste from going to the landfill. performs notary services on a walk-in basis from • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points are Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods turned Briefings • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call in and every participating battalion receives money 526-3321. quarterly. Call 526-5898 for more information Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- 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- Carson Support Services service order desk can be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Jean Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies Graves at 526-5613/ 5614 for more information. • Defense Activity for Nontraditional or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Education Support and Army Personnel damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA Medical Activity Correspondence Department office when needing trash containers, trash processes to include turning in excess property, hours — The Correspondence (Release of Infor- is overflowing or emergency service is required. reutilizing government property, web-based tools mation) Office in the Patient Administration Division • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan available, special handling of property and hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and federal for service needs or to report complaints. contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details. • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan for receiving/ turn in; Mike Work Management Branch — The DPW Work Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ Welsh at for reutilization/web Management Branch, responsible for processing tools; or Rufus Guillory at work orders — Facilities Engineering Work • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon Requests, DA Form 4283 — is be open for Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email the second and third Wednesday of each month at the processing work orders and other in-person Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, support from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office Afternoon customer support is by appointment Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the only, call 526-2900. The Work Management Use this number to obtain self-help briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. Branch is located in building 1219. tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 • Base operations contracting officer for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The Claims Office is representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings located on the first floor of building 6222, 1633 or email for questions are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Mekong Street. Shipment under Full Replacement on snow removal, grounds maintenance and Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 Value claimants must submit Department of contractor response to service orders. a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department Defense Form 1840R to the carrier within 75 days. of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit Shipment under Defense Personal Property personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Program claimants must log into the Defense Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. Personal Property System at BOSS meetings Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held and report all the items online within 75 days. are held at 10 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon Claims must be submitted within nine months the first and third at the education center, building 1117, room 120. directly with carriers to receive full replacement Wednesday of each Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs value for missing and destroyed items. All other month at the Foxhole. Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. claims should be submitted to Fort Carson Claims For information, call ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the Office within two years of the date of delivery or 524-BOSS. first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing date of incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness Office at 526-1355 for more information.
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — April 6, 2012Recruit the RecruiterUSAREC seeks volunteers By Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell recruiters within the career 4th Infantry Division field by putting a face on Public Affairs Office the recruiting field and answering questions that Fort Carson hosted a three-day potential recruiters have,Recruit the Recruiter briefing at the said Sgt. 1st Class DavidEducation Center March 27-29. Woodruff, recruiter, Recruit Two teams of Army recruiters from the Recruiter program.Headquarters, U.S. Army Recruiting “We’re trying to getCommand, Fort Knox, Ky., traveled to people who want to beFort Carson to brief Soldiers on the recruiters,” said Hayes, aexpectations of a recruiter for those three-year veteran of thethe Department of the Army had program. “If you get some-selected and others who volunteered one who wants to doand were selected to be recruiters. something, they do it better. The briefings were open to If we tell them to do it, wespecialists through sergeants first class will get ‘standard’ out of it.”interested in joining the fleet of Army The Army recentlyrecruiters, providing general information reorganized recruiters’and details on the application process. schedules and duty hours “Our job is to come out and talk to due to feedback receivedSoldiers and noncommissioned officers from its staff, Hayes said.about becoming recruiters, and what “The largest portion ofthe benefits and day-to-day activities of what we’re trying to get Photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingrambeing a recruiter include,” said Sgt. 1st through to them here is Sgt. 1st Class Michael Hayes, Recruit the Recruiter program, encourages Fort Carson noncommissionedClass Michael Hayes, recruiter, Recruit what recruiting used to be, officers to become recruiters at the Fort Carson Education Center March 27.the Recruiter program. which doesn’t have a very The program is the only one of its good name,” said Woodruff. “We want you tell them to do,” said Staff Sgt. a recruiter,” said Flores.kind, which means the team travels to recruiting to be an organization people Armando Flores, 360th Transportation Army recruiting requires a Soldierevery major Army post stateside, as want to come to, not the organization Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade. to commit three years of his career towell as Europe, Korea, Alaska and people are trying to get away from.” Flores, slated to attend recruiting finding qualified civilians and startingHawaii, Hayes said. Recruiting is not a conventional school next month, attended the class them on the path to becoming a part of Currently, Department of the Army job because the audience a to get some final questions answered America’s Army.Army-selected recruiters make up recruiter has to captivate is the civilian about the recruiter process. For more information about theapproximately 70 percent of population. “I think, personally, that speaking Recruit the Recruiter program, contactUSAREC’s recruiter corps, he said. “You have to use your skills and to Soldiers and listening to them is a Hayes at The Recruit the Recruiter program what you know and sell yourself to gift I have as an NCO, and I think I mil or Woodruff at david.woodruff@seeks to boost the number of volunteer somebody that doesn’t have to do what can best help the Army by becoming
  9. 9. April 6, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9‘Warhorse’ remembers fallen Soldier By Sgt. April York his face,” said Scott. “He 2nd Brigade Combat will never be forgotten, and Team Public Affairs Office, his unmistakable laugh will 4th Infantry Division forever fill our hearts.” Brown, a 27-year-old ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — The native of Twin Falls, Idaho,“Warhorse” Brigade mourned the loss of enlisted in the Army in Julyone of its Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Daniel 2003. He graduated basicJoseph Brown, during a March 30 memorial training and advanced indi-ceremony at Combat Outpost Terra Nova in vidual training as an armorthe Arghandab district of Kandahar crewman at Fort Knox, Ky.province, March 30. His first duty assign- “Daniel is the type of person we will talk ment was with Headquartersabout for years to come,” said Lt. Col. and Headquarters Troop,Michael Simmering, commander, 1stBattalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brown 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, thenBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “He is stationed at Fort Carson. In 2005, he deployed withthe type of human being we all hope we can be.” his troop in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Brown, an armor crewman, Company D, 2nd Brown deployed to Afghanistan in May 2011 inBattalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, died of support of Operation Enduring Freedom.injuries sustained when an improvised explosive “If I had the chance to talk to him one more time,device detonated during a dismounted patrol March 24. I would make sure he knew how much of a positive Brown’s positive attitude inspired everyone influence he was on me and the rest of his Soldiers,”around him, said Sgt. Adam Scott, armor crewman, said Spc. Joel Wickman, armor crewman, CompanyCompany D. D. “Sgt. Brown was truly a selfless leader and he took “Sgt. Brown was rarely found without a smile on his role as a leader very seriously.” Wickman said Brown always took the time to coach, mentor and encourage his Soldiers to improve themselves. “We lost one of our most valuable teammates, but the rest of the team is still here,” said Capt. Zachary Disbrow, commander, Company D. “This team is not made up of squads and platoons; it is much more than that. ‘Team Dragoon’ lies in all its Soldiers and their Family members.” Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch Disbrow said Brown’s wife, Jordan Brown, and The helmet, rifle and boots of Sgt. Daniel Joseph their twin daughters, Marlee and Mattie, will always Brown sit on display during a memorial service be a part of Team Dragoon. Wednesday at Provider Chapel. Brown was killed “I can only extend my deepest condolences for March 24 while serving in Afghanistan. their loss and my utmost gratitude for sharing such a man with us,” he said. bronze knot device, National Defense Service Medal, Brown was posthumously awarded the Bronze Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze service Star Medal, Purple Heart, NATO Medal and Combat stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze service Photo by Wayne Barnett Action Badge. stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,Staff Sgt. Jason Cosby, Ivy Division Band, plays taps as a His other awards and decorations include the Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissionedfinal tribute to Staff Sgt. Daniel Joseph Brown, Company Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf Officers Professional Development Ribbon, ArmyD, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon withCombat Team, Wednesday. leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with one numeral 3, and Driver and Mechanic Badge. Having an Open House? Let our readers know! ONLY $30 For more information call 719-329-5236 or email m