Vol. 70 No. 17 April 27, 2012 Word of the month: Educate Program benefits military children By Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff Armed with colored safety scissors, children helped cut the ceremonial red ribbon April 19 outside building 2765, officially opening the Fort Carson Head Start Center. “Every Soldier will tell you … they want to make sure their kid is cared for,” said Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison commander, during the ceremony. “This building accomplishes that. … This building is definitely special.” Part of the Community Partnership for Child Development in El Paso County, the Fort Carson Head Start Center provides early childhood education classes for 3- to 5-year-olds and also provides a therapeutic preschool program for young children experiencing severe behavioral challenges. Founded in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, Head Start programs typically serve low-income families, ensuring their children have the cognitive, social and emotional skill sets to start school, according to the organization’s website. The federal program also provides comprehensive ser- vices including health, nutrition and social services. Although Head Start programs exist nation- wide, the opening of the Fort Carson center marks the second Head Start Center to open on a military installation. Terrance McWilliams, a Head Start alumnus Photo by Sgt. Kori Johnson and member of the CPCD board of directors, Head rush traveled to Fort Carson for the opening. “Early child development is important,” he said. “Many children do not have basic skill sets to Sgt. Robert Putnam, combat engineer, Company C, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th enter the third grade. … This program assures Infantry Division, rappels Australian style with his foot wrapped around the rope, causing him to fall in a military children are not at a disadvantage because spiral, during the tower event of the 2012 Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., April 20. Twelve Fort their parents chose to serve. These kids are hooah. Carson Soldiers competed in the event featuring 38 teams from across the globe, competing in the two-day These kids are remarkable.” challenge that tested their physical endurance and aptitude as a combat engineer. See Pages 24-25 for more. See Head Start on Page 4 Message board INSIDE The Armed Services Blood Program hosts a blood drive 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Special Events Center. Page 10 Page 27 Page 21
2 MOUNTAINEER — April 27, 2012 MOUNTAINEER Army Career and Alumni Program Preparing for successCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Joseph AndersonGarrison Commander: Col. Robert F. McLaughlinFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: Rick Emert following Army service By Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter starting a business — andEditor: Devin Fisher Commander, Installation Management Command lay out a plan to get there.Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland For transitioningHappenings: Nel Lampe SAN ANTONIO — Soldiers deliver for the Army and Soldiers looking to enterSports writer: Walt Johnson for the nation — I’ve seen it throughout my career, never the civilian job market, it’s more so than during my time in Iraq. 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April 27, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Carson bids farewell to Bailey Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell leadership and oversight as the DCG for maneuver during the division’s most 4th Infantry Division recent deployment in support of Public Affairs Office Operation New Dawn,” said Anderson. “His integrity and unrelenting dedication The 4th Infantry Division and Fort to mission were key in initiating theCarson community bid farewell to Brig. flawless transfer of U.S. Division-Gen. Jeffrey Bailey, departing deputy North’s area of operation back to thecommanding general for support, dur- people and government of Iraq.”ing a farewell retreat ceremony held at During the ceremony, AndersonFounders Field Tuesday. presented the Legion of Merit to “This division has been extremely Bailey for exceptionally meritoriousfortunate and privileged to have Jeff as service while serving as the deputya deputy commanding general for the commanding general for maneuver.past three years,” said Maj. Gen. “I have been privileged to be a partJoseph Anderson, commanding general, of training four brigade combat teams as4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson. “He they deployed to Afghanistan, and I washas been a huge asset to this unit, honored to go with the division to Iraq,”installation and community.” said Bailey. Bailey served as 4th Inf. Div.’s deputy “There’s one thing I will alwayscommanding general for support since remember from this assignment; that’sNovember 2011, and previously served the lesson about the power of people,”as 4th Inf. Div.’s deputy commanding said Bailey. “From the vantage point ofgeneral for maneuver, upon arriving at the DCG, you can see what great peopleFort Carson in July of 2009. do to an organization.” During his tenure in the “Ivy” Bailey said he will look back at hisDivision, Bailey oversaw the training time with the 4th Inf. Div. with prideand development of Iraqi Security and looks forward to continuing hisForces in northern Iraq during a 14- service during his next assignment. 2nd Lt. Troy Merkle, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rdmonth deployment with Task Force Bailey departs Fort Carson to Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, presents the last round fired to Brig.Ironhorse. become the U.S. Forces Command Gen. Jeffrey Bailey, departing deputy commanding general for support, 4th Inf. Div., “Jeff provided the phenomenal deputy chief of staff at Fort Bragg, N.C. during a farewell retreat at Founders Field, Tuesday. THANK YOU...!!!
4 MOUNTAINEER — April 27, 2012Resiliency campus opens Thursday By Andrea Sutherland spiritual wellness, McLaughlin said. Wyka said repurposing a Mountaineer staff The campus boasts several building to meet the changing amenities that help Fort Carson needs of the community After more than three years of planning and con- reach its 2020 net zero goals. saves money.struction, officials will cut a ribbon Thursday at 10 a.m., “All of the buildings will meet In addition to its rooftopofficially opening the Fort Carson Resiliency Campus. (U.S. Green Building Leadership solar panels, the Mountain Post The campus fea- in Energy and Environmental Behavioral Health Clinic has tures four buildings: Design) standards,” said Joe solar tubes throughout the “The the Forrest Resiliency Center, the Ironhorse Wyka, Engineering Division chief, Directorate of Public Works. building to provide natural lighting, which officials said helps resiliency Sports and Fitness Center, the Mountain Wyka said the campus was specifically designed to encour- maintain a calm atmosphere. The Ironhorse Sports and campus is a Post Behavioral Health Clinic and Ivy Child age pedestrian traffic from each building. “It’s a walkable campus. This is the first place Fitness Center may be granted LEED Gold certification with its advanced lighting control system and other tremendous Development Center. “The resiliency that you really feel like you’re on a campus,” he said. Although all of the buildings feature recyclable energy efficient features. The solar panels on top of the building provide 6 percent of the building’s benefit to campus is a tremendous benefit to everybody,” and energy-saving features such as zeroscape landscaping and recycled asphalt, each has its own electrical needs and the facility is designed to use 47-percent less energy compared to a traditional everybody.” said Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison unique features that meet the needs of its occupants. The new Forrest Resiliency Center was formerly facility, according to Army Corps of Engineer officials. Although the campus officially opens Thursday, — Col. Robert F. commander. “I think the Forrest Fitness Center. The building retains some many of the buildings are already offering services. McLaughlin having a campus like of the features from the old fitness center. For The Ivy CDC offers hourly child care for registered this will benefit not example, the new conference room retains the glass children ages 6 weeks-12 years. The behavioralonly those who need it, but help existing programs.” walls from the refurbished racquetball courts. health clinic is already open and seeing patients. The Located near the intersection of Specker Avenue “We make a decision whether to tear down or sports and fitness center opens Thursday and offersand Prussman Boulevard, the new campus allows repurpose a building,” Wyka said. “Our goal is to numerous fitness classes. The Forrest ResiliencySoldiers, Family members, retirees and civilians repurpose. … That’s our strategy, to repurpose them Center will open for tours Thursday, but will be fullyaccess to programs that promote mind, body and and reduce energy, water and waste.” operating later in the summer.Head Startfrom Page 1 Ashley Harris, a parent with two children in theHead Start program, said the classes have beeninvaluable. Harris said that her children struggledwhen her husband deployed. “They did not understand why he was gonefor so long,” she said. “My children were havinga lot of behavioral issues. The teachers were anamazing source of support. They gave meresources and made extra home visits. Never haveI been involved with a program that goes aboveand beyond like that. I was beyond grateful.” Harris said that her children love goingto school. “Everyone is incredible,” she said. “Theteachers, the family advocates, the bus driversand even the office staff, they are truly therefor the kids.” The CPCD Fort Carson Head Start Centercurrently serves 107 children, with room to serve34 more. According to the center’s fact sheet, 80percent of the children in the program have aparent serving in the military. Photo by Andrea Sutherland Visit http://www.cpcdheadstart.org for more Children from the Fort Carson Head Start Center help Fort officials cut the ceremonial ribbon April 19, officially openinginformation. Carson and Community Partnership for Child Development the new center located in building 2765.
6 MOUNTAINEER — April 27, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationSupply class — The Command Evaluation and Dining facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday Training Team will hold a Unit Supply Operations Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. class May 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the education 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. center, building 1117. The class will focus on the Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Supply CSDP checklist and go over supply Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. procedures and trends. Contact Rene Ayon at Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 503-0172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. register. The target audience is supply sergeants and clerks; supply officers are welcome. Walk-ins Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. will be accepted. (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Self-Help Weed Control Program — Department of Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Defense regulations require training for people LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. applying pesticides on military installations. Units 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. interested in participating in the program must Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. send Soldiers for training on the proper handling, transportation and application of herbicides. Once Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance processes to include turning in excess property, individuals are properly trained by the Directorate of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and reutilizing government property, web-based tools of Public Works base operations contractor, cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone available, special handling of property and Soldiers can be issued the appropriate products numbers and points of contact for services: environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, and equipment so units can treat weeds in rocked • Facility repair/service orders — Fort contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. areas around their unit facilities. Weed control Carson Support Services service order desk can be email@example.com for receiving/turn in; Mike training sessions for Soldiers are available the first reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies Welsh at firstname.lastname@example.org for reutilization/web and third Monday of the month, May-September, or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, tools; or Rufus Guillory at email@example.com. from 10 a.m. to noon in building 3708. Products damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon and equipment will be available for Soldiers on a • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric the second and third Wednesday of each month at hand receipt. Each unit may send up to five people Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. the Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, for training. Call 492-0166 for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org when needing trash containers, trash 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services OfficeFinance travel processing — All inbound and is overflowing or emergency service is required. recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing ArtsFirst Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located in @mail.mil. Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit office assists Soldiers with room assignments and email@example.com. personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. terminations. For more information call 526-9735. • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Call 526-4730/4583 for more information.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. at the education center, building 1117, room 120. Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is • Base operations contracting officer Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs open to all active members and those interested in representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. becoming future SAMC members. The club was or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of on snow removal, grounds maintenance and first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing elite noncommissioned officers but is now an contractor response to service orders. sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness Armywide program for individuals who have met • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, the criteria and have proven themselves to be 524-0786 or email email@example.com to first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership request latrines, for service or to report damaged of their expiration term of service, but must attend process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. or overturned latrines. the briefing no later than 30 days prior to their ETS Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is or start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/8458.Command Evaluation and Training Team — able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in COMET provides commanders at all levels with a 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers should building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. responsive maintenance and supply assessment and call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for after Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from any training tool that improves the combat effectiveness, hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358-3275. military occupational specialty, have a general readiness and efficiency of their units’ logistical Questions can also be submitted by email to technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score programs. The team identifies supply and mainte- FtCarsonTDS@gmail.com. Know your rights. 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and nance weaknesses and problems, and provides Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or individual and unit reinforcement training based on Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP visit the website at http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. assessments. Results remain confidential for the unit process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide commander only. COMET provides assistance in powers of attorney or notary services to Soldiers Hours of Operation the majority of maintenance and supply management processing through the SRP. Retirees, Family areas with one-on-one training, and by conducting members and Soldiers not in the SRP process can • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from follow-up visits. The team also conducts classes to receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at the 7:30-10:30 a.m. help strengthen supply skills and improve mainte- main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St., • Initial and partial issues — Monday- nance readiness. Contact Tim Howarth at 503-3095 building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center. Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. or thomas.howarth3. firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday-Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of performs notary services on a walk-in basis from Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Public Works has an incentive program to prevent 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson Briefings 526-3321. Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — 5512/6477 for approval. participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call is held May 15-17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Education Center hours of operation — The 526-5898 for more information about the program. Grant Library. This training is required for all Mountain Post Training and Education Center,Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Soldiers asked to perform this solemn duty. Per building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Army Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited to • Counselor Support Center — Monday- those in the ranks of sergeant first class to command Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 sergeant major, chief warrant officer 2-5 and a.m. to 4:30 p.m. BOSS meetings captain and above. No reservations are required to • Army Learning Center — Monday- are held at 10 a.m. attend training. Classes offered on a first-come, Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the first and third first-served basis. Call Jean Graves at 526-5613/ • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Wednesday of each 5614 for more information. Education Support and Army Personnel month at the Foxhole. Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and For information, call Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in 12:30-4:30 p.m. 524-BOSS. building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
April 27, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7‘Regulars’ open fire on gunnery range Story and photo by conducted the exercise to demonstrate preventive maintenance checks and Spc. Nathan Thome1st Brigade Combat Team Public their ability to engage and destroy targets in defensive and offensive services on each M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle and M1A2 Abrams “(The Soldiers)Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division positions, conduct tactical maneuvers tank to ensure mission readiness. and navigate terrain. After they completed their checks, made tremendous More than 20 cavalry scouts tested “This training is teaching Soldiers the scouts drove their vehicles to Rangetheir skills during a platoon live-fire the fundamental defense and offense of 143 to perform a dry fire of their improvements inmaneuver exercise at the Digital (an armor) brigade combat team,” said weapons systems. Dry firing is theMultipurpose Range Complex on Fort Lt. Col. Steve Adams, commander, 1st practice of firing a weapon without such a shortCarson Range 143, April 16. Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg. “Through this ammunition to simulate actual firing Scouts assigned to Headquarters andHeadquarters Company, 1st Battalion, training, we will certify all crews and platoons in their core mission set.” and refine trigger control. “We wanted to get Soldiers familiar time, it’s like22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Before beginning the exercise, the “Regulars” Soldiers conducted with firing and maneuvering their vehicles,” Adams said. “We have some they became a Soldiers who haven’t operated these newer vehicles before, so this was a different unit.” — Lt. Col. Steve Adams new learning experience for them.” Upon completion of their dry fire, scouts loaded ammunition into their with what, so we can divide our efforts weapons in preparation of the live-fire and more effectively eliminate threats,” portion of their training. said Delaney. Cavalry troopers observed and At the end of the day, Adams reported enemy activity, called for fire reflected on the improvement he saw in and engaged their targets. his Soldiers’ performance. “The tasks we performed during “The Soldiers started off with very this training were fundamental scout little resident experience on the skills and tactics,” said Spc. Matthew Bradleys and tanks,” Adams said. “But Delaney, cavalry scout, HHC. “This they made tremendous improvements training gave us a better understanding in such a short time, it’s like they about how to accurately report enemy became a different unit.” activity, utilize our weapons systems After platoon maneuver training, and engage in force-on-force training.” the scouts will coordinate with companyCavalry scouts assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st During their live fire, Delaney said and larger sized units during 1stBattalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, the scouts learned how to move as a BCT’s “Raider Strike,” a comprehensivetest their ability to navigate terrain and perform tactical maneuvers during a cohesive unit in a tactical situation. evaluation of the brigade’s decisiveplatoon live-fire maneuver exercise at Range 143, April 16. “We learned about who is tasked action training plan, scheduled for May.
8 MOUNTAINEER — April 27, 2012 Troopers, spouses kickup By Sgt. Khori Johnson cavalry trooper being a certified leader, Crosby said. 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, Each Soldier displayed his competence in various 4th Infantry Division disciplines, such as weapon mastery, physical fitness, communications and combat lifesaving skills. Fifty-six Fort Carson Soldiers proved themselves On top of being able to put their knowledge and cavalry by earning their silver spurs when they completed experience to action, the Blackjack troopers faced other the “Blackjack” Squadron Spur Ride, April 13. demanding challenges, such as a medical evacuation using To earn their spurs, Soldiers of 4th Squadron, 10th a helicopter and a 12-mile foot march with full pack. Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th “It’s a leader certification, but it’s also been a test of Infantry Division, endured a week of extensive evaluation one’s intestinal fortitude,” said Capt. Corey Steiner, of their fundamental Soldiering and scouting skills. commander, Troop C. “There hasn’t been a lot of “It’s a tradition that has been around for some sleeping; there has been a lot of walking, not to mention years,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby, the tough weather conditions.” squadron senior enlisted leader. “It’s kind of equivalent The cavalry troopers who successfully completed to an infantryman earning his Expert Infantryman the spur ride stood in formation, each receiving his Badge. Each Soldier participates in a series of tasks that silver spurs in the front-leaning rest position during a certifies him … in his craft as a scout or other military ceremony held at the squadron headquarters. occupation within a cavalry organization.” “It was cool to take part in it all,” said Spc. Jesse Vint, Earning spurs signifies the squadron’s recognition of a a scout with Troop B. “I felt like I was paying respect to the Beth Trynoski, wife of Sgt. Jason Trynoski, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, participates in weapons familiarization training with an M4 carbine during a “Blackjack” Spurs signify the squadron’s recognition of a Squadron’s Spur Ride for cavalry trooper being a certified leader. spouses, April 14.
April 27, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9heels during Spur Rideheritage of the cavalry and taking part in tradition.” On the day following the ceremony, 31 spousesof Blackjack Squadron participated in their ownversion of the spur ride at Ironhorse Park. The spouses divided into teams according totheir troop affiliations and competed in variousevents based on physical training and skill taskscommonly performed by their Soldiers. “It’s fun to watch my wife experience some ofthe same tasks that I do during PT on a daily basis,”said Spc. Daniel Harvey, local area networkmanager, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop. The morning began with a layout and inventoryof a packing list the spouses received prior to theevent. They then moved to an obstacle course. Each team of spouses carried a 30-poundsandbag from one activity to the next, includinga march to additional stations on top of CommoHill near Ironhorse Park. At the top of the hill, the spouses completedclasses in combat lifesaver skills and weaponsfamiliarization, learning to assemble and disassemblethe M4 carbine. “Everyone did great,” said Jenny Irwin, wife of2nd Lt. Matthew Irwin, Troop D. “Although (ourSoldier’s spur ride) sounded a lot more (grueling), wehad fun walking in our husband’s boots for a day.” Both spur rides resulted in a weeklong effort ofserious training for Blackjack troopers and teambuilding for the unit’s Family readiness group. 2nd Lt. Brett Clark, left, a field artillery officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 10th Editor’s note: Staff Sgt. Christopher Jelle, Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, provides aid to Pfc. Bryan Carin, a combat3rd BCT Public Affairs Office, 4th Inf. Div., medic with HHT, role-playing as an injured Soldier during a first-aid event at the “Blackjack” Squadron’s Spurcontributed to this article. Ride, April 12. Spc. Paul Griego, right, combat medic with HHT, evaluates Clark on his performance. 715 South Academy Blvd. 1850 East Woodmen Rd. 412 Eagleridge Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Pueblo, CO 81008 719-597-2311 719-277-0407 719-584-3028
10 MOUNTAINEER — April 27, 2012 Soldiers of The Ivy Division Band march off the court after a pregame entertainment show during “Hoops for Troops” Military Appreciation Night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, April 18. ‘Hoops for Troops’ shows military appreciation Story and photos by the displays, which included two M1151 Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch Enhanced Armament Carriers, an M1064 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Mortar Carrier and an M117 Armored Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Security Vehicle, and answered questions of recruits and civilians regarding the The Oath of Enlistment, strong words capability of the equipment. recited by every servicemember who The equipment sparked the attention chooses to defend the Constitution of the of the younger crowd, drawing them to the United States, resounded throughout the Soldiers, said 1st Sgt. Stephen Roberts, home court of the Denver Nuggets as 50 senior enlisted leader, Company C, 1st Bn., new recruits raised their right hands in 8th. Inf. Reg. front of 17,000 cheering people, April 18. Roberts said the civilians enjoyed the Twenty-three future Soldiers joined 27 opportunity to visit with Soldiers and see fellow Delayed Entry Program participants some of the working parts of the military. wanting to serve in the Armed Forces during Inside the arena, The Ivy Division “Hoops for Troops” Military Appreciation Band performed renditions of patriotic Night at the Pepsi Center in Denver. instrumentals during a pregame show to “I want the Soldiers to see that the entertain the crowd. Denver area cares about them,” said Sgt. As the national anthem concluded, the 1st Class Daniel Myers, station commander, announcer introduced the players and Denver Recruiting Battalion. the crowd erupted, welcoming the athletes Myers, who serves as the military to the court. liaison for sports teams in the Denver During halftime, Lt. Col. Derek area, organized the event showcasing the Knuffke, commander, 3rd Battalion, enlistment ceremony to honor service- 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd BCT, members from across Colorado. administered the oath to Sgt. Richard Four hundred Soldiers received Norris, who re-enlisted for six years. complementary tickets, and 1,250 Soldiers “I’m re-enlisting because I love my bought tickets at a reduced price to attend job,” said Norris, whose 14-year Army the professional basketball game featuring career spans service as an active-duty Colorado’s home team, the Denver Soldier, reservist and National Guardsman. Nuggets, hosting the Los Angeles Clippers. Norris, who shared the floor with 50 A portion of the proceeds from the recruits, said he hoped his commitment to night were donated to the Wounded service and the recruits joining wouldLt. Col. Derek Knuffke, left, commander, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Warrior Foundation, said Myers. encourage others to join the military.Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, administers the Soldiers of Company C, 1st Battalion, The crowd then settled in to watch theOath of Enlistment to Sgt. Richard Norris, armor crewmember, Company C, 1st 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat second half of the game that went downBattalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, and 50 new recruits during an Team, 4th Infantry Division, set up static to the wire. The crowd cheered loudly forenlistment/re-enlistment ceremony at “Hoops for Troops” Military displays outside of the entrance to the arena. the home team, but it wasn’t enough as theAppreciation Night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, April 18. Six “Iron” Brigade Soldiers manned Clippers defeated the Nuggets, 104-98.
April 27, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11‘Raiders’ train to build Tactical Operations Center Story and photo by assembled, Soldiers from every “When it was time to take the At the conclusion of the two-week Spc. Nathan Thome company worked together to move TOC down, it was more difficult than exercise, Raider Soldiers successfully1st Brigade Combat Team Public each tent into place, eventually creating we thought it would be,” said Soto. “We assembled and disassembled anAffairs Office, 4th Infantry Division a network of rooms and work spaces. didn’t have ideal weather conditions, operational TOC. Upon completing the TOC build, which was good training, because we Future plans will involve another More than 30 Soldiers assigned to Soldiers split into two groups; one group might be faced with similar challenges TOC set up, with the goal of increasing1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry covered the entire TOC with cammo on our future missions.” the Soldiers’ efficiency at the task.Division, worked together to set up netting, while the other began to set up Due to adverse weather conditions, “We will continue this traininga Tactical Operations Center during a communications within the TOC. Soldiers negotiated obstacles, until everything becomes fluid and wefield training exercise, March 26-April Soto said setting up the TOC was a including damaged equipment and can get our assembly time down to at5, at Fort Carson Training Area 11. challenge, but provided a worthwhile torn cammo netting. least six hours,” said Ellis. “We have A TOC is designed to command and new learning experience. Ellis said Soldiers weren’t pre- taken the weather and other elementsand control joint operations at theater During the second week of the pared for the challenges the weather into account during this exercise, solevel, as well as provide facilities for exercise, Soldiers faced environmental created, but the challenges provided a next time we will be more preparedplanning, monitoring and directing challenges, battling heavy gusting valuable learning experience for and have a plan of action to worktactical operations of assigned forces in winds and snow. future operations. through it.”any military operation. “When we deploy, we may have touse a mobile TOC to keep on the movewith infantrymen,” said Sgt. 1st ClassJerry Ellis, training and operationsplatoon sergeant, Headquarters andHeadquarters Detachment, 1st SpecialTroops Battalion, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. A TOC consists of integrated groupof tents and wheeled and trackedvehicles with shelters, and can beeither stationary or mobile. “Raiders” Soldiers first establisheda suitable area to set up the TOC, thenworked to set up the main tent, whichacts as the nerve center of the TOC. “Soldiers crawled underneath themain tent to hold support poles, sothe Soldiers on the outside couldraise the tent and get it stabilized,” saidPfc. John Soto, infantryman, HHD. After setting up the main tent,Soldiers conf igured the inside ofthe TOC, installing ventilation andconnecting smaller, adjoining rooms. Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Soto said once the tents were Division, break down the Tactical Operations Center at the end of their training exercise, April 3 at Fort Carson Training Area 11. Having an Open House? Let our readers know! ONLY $30 For more information call 719-329-5236 or email m
12 MOUNTAINEER — April 27, 2012Carson honors fallen hero Staff Sgt. David P. Nowaczyk May 8, 1979 – April 15, 2012 Staff Sgt. David P. Nowaczyk was born May 8, 1979, in Harvey, Ill. He enlisted in the Army in the fall of 2005 and completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Ga., graduating as an infantryman. He graduated from Airborne School in the spring of 2006 and was transferred to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, at Fort Drum, N.Y. He deployed to Afghanistan with the 3rd BCT in 2006 as a rifleman and again in 2009 as a fire team leader. Nowaczyk was transferred to Fort Carson in August 2010 and assigned to Company A, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 4th BCT, 4th Infantry Division. He deployed to Afghanistan for a third time March 3 as a squad leader. Nowaczyk’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with bronze clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram Medal, NATO Medal with bronzeThe boots, rifle and helmet of Staff Sgt. David Nowaczyk stand on display during star, Combat Infantryman Badgea memorial ceremony at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel, April 25. and Parachutist Badge. Nowaczyk is survived by Sgt. Dennis Kerr, bugler, The Ivy Division Band, plays taps his wife, Rachel; daughter, during a memorial ceremony Wednesday in honor of Kiley; stepson, Conner; father, Staff Sgt. David Nowaczyk, at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Andrew; mother, Patti; and Photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram sister, Megan.FLEXIBILITY This is PPCC. life, not the other way around. That’s why we offer night, weekend and online classes, in addition to our regular weekday options. Flexibility is one reason why PPCC is one of the nation’s top 50 schools providing higher education to military and veterans. Visit us online to learn more. ppcc.edu or call 719.502.2000 The person pictured is not an actual service member
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