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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 22 June 1, 2012 Word of the month: Excellence Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew PorchCapt. Brian Kern, 4th Infantry Division honor platoon, renders honors as Staff Sgt. Memorial Ceremony, May 24. Each Soldier of the honor platoon represented oneRhyen Dailey, 4th Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th of the Soldiers who lost his life last year while serving in Afghanistan in support ofInfantry Division, holds the memorial wreath during the Mountain Post Warrior Operation Enduring Freedom.Carson honors fallen heroes Story and photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Drew Russell, Capt. Joshua Lawrence, Spc. Christopher Mendonca, Staff Sgt. Allen McKenna, foreign lands,” said Anderson. “Their work and sacrifice will never be forgotten.” Staff Sgt. Daniel Brown, Pfc. Eric Soufrine and Sgt. Anderson recognized the sacrifices and loss Hundreds of somber faces gazed at the names, Ken Hermogino, all of whom gave their lives during endured by the loved ones of the fallen, and commendednewly chiseled into the slate rock memorial before the past year while deployed to Afghanistan in the strength displayed by the Gold Star Families.them, personal memories of the fallen playing out support of Operation Enduring Freedom. “As you know, words cannot express the sorrowbehind many of their eyes. Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, that we have for each of you, due to the loss of your Soldiers, Family members, veterans and friends 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, asked the loved one,” Anderson said. “Today, we honor theirgathered at the Mountain Post Warrior Memorial assembled Soldiers, Families and community members sacrifice and pray for your comfort and strength asCeremony May 24 to honor the lives of nine Fort to carry on the legacy of the fallen heroes. you make your way ahead in life.Carson Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice “These Soldiers, like all Soldiers in service to our “No piece of paper or token can adequatelyfor their country. country, stepped forward and declared that they explain our shared sorrow for the loss of these Those in attendance honored the lives of Staff would fight for our freedom, the well-being of theirSgt. Lex Lewis, Master Sgt. Charles Price, Capt. See Fallen heroes on Page 4 fellow countrymen and the oppressed people of Message board INSIDE Army Ball Tickets for the Army Ball, June 16 at 5 p.m. at the Special Events Center, are available at Information, Tickets and Registration or online at https://webtrac. carsonrectrac.html. Page 7 Pages A1-A4 Page 13
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — June 1, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson ‘Mountain Warriors’ Col. David L. GrossoFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: take on new mission By Col. James J. Mingus 2nd Brigades of the Rick Emert and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin 201st Afghan National Commander and senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Army Corps, the ZoneEditor: Devin Fisher Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division 1 Afghan Border Police,Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland 202nd Afghan UniformedHappenings: Nel Lampe JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Greetings from Police and many localSports writer: Walt Johnson Jalalabad. police forces have grown It has been a month since the “Mountain Warrior” in professionalism andLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall Headquarters assumed authority from 3rd Brigade Combat capabilities since the Team of the 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Mountain Warriors’ This commercial enterprise newspaper is Barracks, Hawaii, and I would like to thank the “Bronco” last deployment toan authorized publication for members of the Brigade for doing a tremendous job at taking the fight to eastern Afghanistan.Department of Defense. Contents of theMountaineer are not necessarily the official the enemy, partnering with and growing the capabilities Although we see theirview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or of the Afghan National Security Forces, and providing a skill on display every day,the Department of the Army. Printed circulationis 12,000 copies. seamless transition of authority to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. We are sincerely grateful the world got a glimpse of their capabilities during the Mingus The editorial content of the for their hard work and sacrifices during their 12 months attacks across Afghanistan April 15. Afghan NationalMountaineer is the responsibility of the PublicAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, here in eastern Afghanistan. Security Forces quickly responded to the threats in theirTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is We have settled into the high country of eastern areas, including here in Jalalabad, and took control Afghanistan along the Pakistani border, arrayed across to defeat the enemy. Although there has been much debate The Mountaineer is posted on the the four provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and in the U.S. about the relationships between Afghan SecurityInternet at Nuristan, encompassing 10,000 square miles and home Forces and their partnered International Security Assistance The Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The to roughly 2.3 million people. Force members, an Afghan Security Guard named AlamMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs This is familiar terrain for many in the brigade Baik, who was responsible for defending one of ourMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in who deployed here from 2009-2010. The brigade bases, valiantly gave his life to protect our forces, andno way connected with the Department of the headquarters is situated in the Jalalabad “bowl,” at an was posthumously awarded the Commander’s Award forArmy, under exclusive written contract with elevation of approximately 2,100 feet, but anywhere we go Civilian Service.Fort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. The appearance of advertising in this from here is up. The Hindu Kush Mountains are some of the His example is by no means rare. Afghan security forcespublication, including inserts or supplements, tallest in the world, and every battalion has a piece of them. are fighting every day to protect the future of their countrydoes not constitute endorsement by the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, “Destroyers,” and their families. They remain resolute. We can do no less.Department of the Army or Colorado Springs is based in Nangarhar, and is working closely with the The Mountain Warriors have shed their blood here toMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or Afghan army and police forces to secure a critical highway bring security to eastern Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Christopherservices advertised. The printer reserves theright to reject advertisements. supply route through the province. L. Brown, Staff Sgt. David P. Nowaczyk, both of the Lethal Everything advertised in this publication 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, “Lethal Warriors; Spc. Jason Edens from Task Force Warhorse,shall be made available for purchase, use or Warriors,” is in southern Kunar, working hand-in-hand 3rd BCT, 1st Armored Div.; 1st Lt. Alejo R. Thompsonpatronage without regard to race, color, religion, with their partnered security forces to fight the enemy from Task Force Red Warrior; and Sgt. Jabraun S. Knoxsex, national origin, age, marital status, physical in its support zones along the Kunar River Valley. and Sgt. Michael J. Knapp of Battery B, 1st Battalion,handicap, political affiliation or any othernonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, “Red Warriors,” 377th Field Artillery; all made the ultimate sacrificeIf a violation or rejection of this equal and their partnered security forces are operating in northern during our time here, demonstrating the highest ideals ofopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, Kunar and southern Nuristan in some of the most remote military service and the Mountain Warrior ethos, “Havingthe printer shall refuse to print advertising and challenging terrain in the world. Been Led by Love of Country.”from that source until the violation is corrected. 1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry, “Warhorse,” from 3rd Our hearts go out to their Families and loved ones. WeFor display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regarding BCT, 1st Armored Division, based out of Fort Bliss, Texas, are blessed to have known them for the time we did. Theiradvertising and subscriptions should be directed is now part of the Mountain Warrior team and working to leadership, friendship and presence will be sorely missed Colorado Springs Military Newspaper secure Laghman province and southern Nuristan. Their loss creates a space that words cannot describe, nor fill.Group, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, Our air arm, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, This is a dangerous business; our fallen heroes are aColorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. “Sabers,” from the 82nd Airborne Division, out of Fort testament to that, but we remain committed to the fight. We The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the Public Bragg, N.C., provide armed reconnaissance, attack are at a crucial point in the fight. The Afghan Security ForcesAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort aviation, medical evacuation, and medium and heavy are poised to fully take the lead and secure a prosperous andCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. lift operations to ensure we own the skies. Our aviators peaceful future for the people of Afghanistan. The Mountain Releases from outside sources are so enable us to dominate the ground with their ability to Warriors will be on the leading edge of enabling thatindicated. The deadline for submissions to the move us anywhere in the battle space and take the fight transition, realizing the fruits of many years of labor hereMountaineer is close of business the weekbefore the next issue is published. The to the enemy wherever he thinks he can hide. in eastern Afghanistan. Mountain Warriors are taking anMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit The 704th Brigade Support Battalion, “Blacksmiths,” active part in creating the future of Afghanistan, and historysubmissions for newspaper style, clarity and continue to provide critical logistical support throughout will remember them for their sacrifice and dedication.typographical errors. our operating area, moving supplies along roads that To the greater Colorado Springs community, 4th Policies and statements reflected in the would challenge all but the best drivers in the world, and Infantry Division, friends of the Mountain Warriors andnews and editorial columns represent viewsof the individual writers and under no conducting sling-load operations, moving supplies to Fort Carson: thank you from the bottom of our hearts forcircumstances are to be considered those of places where there are no roads. They accomplish these your support to our Soldiers here and our Families. Youthe Department of the Army. missions while running Forward Operating Base Fenty have provided support and comfort to the loved ones of Reproduction of editorial material is and partnering with Afghan logistical units. our fallen heroes, honoring their sacrifices and displayingauthorized. Please credit accordingly. 4th Special Troops Battalion, “Gryphons,” are providing the deepest gratitude of a grateful nation. We could not critical enabler support to the entire brigade, ensuring that be successful without you. We can get after our mission our forces can talk anywhere in the world, understand our here because we know our Families are in good hands. complex battle space and provide assured mobility. And be sure to follow the Mountain Warriors on The Mountain Warriors are partnered with several Facebook at “4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.” excellent Afghan National Security Forces. The 1st and — Led by Love of Country. Classified advertising 329-5236 Display advertising 634-5905 Mountaineer editor Has someone in your organization recently 526-4144 Post information received kudos? Contact Mountaineer staff at 526-5811 Post weather hotline 526-4144 or email 526-0096
  3. 3. June 1, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Obama: Nation must help shoulder burden By Jim Garamone the war. He then spoke of the last of the nearly 4,500 that more Families will take in the months and years American Forces Press Service casualties: Army Spc. David Hickman who was killed ahead,” he said. by a roadside bomb in Baghdad a month before the Obama spoke directly to the Families of the ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. last Americans left Iraq in December. fallen and shared what he told the Hickmans: that— Binding the wounds of war is the priority for our The president spoke about meeting the Hickman there is no more wrenching decision as presidentnation, President Barack Obama said during the Family at Fort Bragg, N.C. “Right now, the Hickmans than sending servicemembers into harm’s way.Memorial Day observance, Monday. are beginning a very difficult journey that so many of “I can promise you that I will never do so unless Representing all Americans, the president placed your Families have traveled before them — a journey it is absolutely necessary,” he said. “Then when wea wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and then do, we must give our troops a clear mission and thespoke at the Memorial Amphitheatre. full support of a grateful nation.” “Today we come together as Americans to pray, Americans need to help the Families facingto reflect and to remember these heroes,” he said. such tragedy, the president said.“But tomorrow this hallowed place will once again “As a country, all of us can and should askbelong to a smaller group of visitors … following a ourselves how we can help you shoulder a burdenwell-worn path to a certain spot and kneeling in front that no one should have to bear alone.of a familiar headstone. You are the Family and “As we honor your mothers and fathers, yourfriends of the fallen.” sons and daughters who have given their last full Those who have lost a loved one “leave a piece measure of devotion to this country, we have to askof yourselves beneath these trees,” Obama said. ourselves how we can support you and your Families,“You, too, call this sanctuary home.” and give you some strength.” The president noted that for the first time in nine The best way to help is to remember theyears Americans are not fighting and dying in Iraq. sacrifices and to remember the dead as not just aThe war in Afghanistan is winding down, he said, and line in the newspaper, but as individuals, ObamaU.S. troops deployed there will come home. “After a said. The country can honor them by meeting itsdecade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the obligations to those who did come home, he added.light of a new day on the horizon,” he said. “To all our men and women in uniform who are With the war in Iraq over, the president put the here today, know this: The patriots who rest beneathscale of the sacrifice in perspective. He spoke of these hills were fighting for many things — for theirthe four Marines who died in a helicopter crash Families, for their flag — but above all, they wereon the first day of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo fighting for you,” Obama said. “As long as I am2003. Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin, Capt. Ryan Anthony President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the president, we will make sure you and your loved onesBeaupre, Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy and Staff Sgt. Memorial Day observance ceremony at Arlington will receive the benefits you’ve earned and theKendall Damon Watersbey were the first casualties of National Cemetery in Arlington Va., Monday. respect you deserve. America will be there for you.”
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — June 1, 2012 Army veterans of the Korean War render honors during the Mountain Post Warrior Memorial Ceremony, May 24. Families, friends, and Soldiers of Fort Carson remembered nine Soldiers who lost their lives serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Pfc. Andrew IngramFallen heroes Honoring their fallen comrades is an obligationfrom Page 1 survivors owe to the Family and friends left behind, said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Weible, platoonAmerican heroes and our comrades,” he said. sergeant, Troop D, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry“These monuments of stone before you are simple, Regiment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.humble and a pale reflection of our deep and “A ceremony like this makes you proud andgenuine gratitude for your loved ones’ service sad at the same time,” said Weible, who representedand sacrifice. They are a reminder to all of us, and McKenna during the ceremony. “I’m honoredto those who will follow, of the cost of freedom.” to be chosen to represent a good Soldier and Following his address, Anderson and leader — to show my support to the Family.”Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Delosa, senior Weible said he believes the memorial willenlisted leader, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, stand as a testament of heroism for Americans4th Inf. Div., laid a wreath at the foot of the to look to in the A Soldier from each of the fallen “Our younger generation needs to realizeheroes’ units paid formal honors, rendering a these Soldiers didn’t die in vain,” he said. “Whensalute to their comrades. I get out of the military, I can come back and The Soldiers honored during the ceremony show my Family the Soldier I served with whoset a great example for those they left behind, died in Kandahar (Afghanistan).”said Staff Sgt. JohnHammill, infantry-man, Company D,1st Battalion, 67thArmor Regiment,2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “Master Sgt.Price would doanything for hisSoldiers,” Hammillsaid of his formerplatoon sergeant. “Inour line of work,especially in combat,you don’t know ifyou are going to Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porchcome back, but hewent out there every Sergeant 1st Class Dale Smith, Warrior Transition Battalion,day — he was doing Fort Stewart, Ga., and his wife, Lindsey Smith, rub their fingersit for his Family, he over the name of one of his former Soldiers engraved on thewas doing it for his Mountain Post Warrior Memorial, May 24.Soldiers, to makesure that they madeit back — even ifhe had to give up hislife for that.” Following theceremony, the Gold Spc. Justin Biays, Company B,Star Families paid 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantrytheir respects at Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combatthe memorial and Team, 4th Infantry Division,collected pencil rub- collects a pencil rubbing of abings of their loved fallen comrade’s name duringones’ names from the Mountain Post Warriorthe stone surface. Memorial Ceremony, May 24. Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch
  5. 5. June 1, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5‘Straight Arrows’ supports field day Story and photo by Sgt. Breanne Pye 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division As hundreds of elementary school students throughoutthe Front Range community prepare for summer vacation,one local school teamed with Soldiers from Fort Carsonto host one of their biggest events of the year. More than 30 Soldiers assigned to 4th Battalion,42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division, joined faculty from BrickerElementary School in Colorado Springs to host a fieldday for students, May 23. “This was another great opportunity for the ‘StraightArrows’ (Battalion) to partner with the community andshare some of the things that are important to the Army,through the Adopt-A-School Program,” said Capt.Timothy Sechrist, commander, Company G (ForwardSupport Company), 4th Bn., 42nd FA Reg. The Straight Arrows arrived at Bricker ElementarySchool early in the morning to prepare an M109A6Paladin self-propelled howitzer, cover a large picnic areawith camouflage netting and provide a water buffalo andother military vehicles for the event. “All the vehicles we staged prior to the field dayprovided students an opportunity to get up close withequipment they had never seen,” said Sechrist. “Theyalso got to ask questions about the vehicle each Soldierwas specialized in.” Bricker Elementary interim principal, Kellie Moore,said many of the students had never met a Soldier before, Spc. Richard Soto, Company G (Forward Support Company), 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, supervises a sponge relay race between Bricker Elementary School See Field day on Page 10 students during a field day in Colorado Springs, May 23. CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN DENTAL GROUP FAST MONEY. Serving the Cheyenne Mountain Community Since 1978 We accept Dr. Grant Dr. Bertsch military insurance Dr. VanOrman Without the Fear. Dr. Koditek 3605 Star Ranch Road (corner of Star Ranch & Hwy. 115) 576-3276 Monday – Wednesday – Friday, 8a-5p Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7a-6p Accepting new patients! We get military life, and with our high approval rates for all ranks you get the money you need fast with payments you can afford. All backed by a 15-day no-risk guarantee. Borrow smarter. With Pioneer Services. 1-800-FOR-LOAN Stop in Today! Astrozon Blvd 2710 S. Academy Blvd ©2012. All loan applications are confidential and subject to our credit policies. No official U.S. military endorsement is implied. MidCountry Bank is a member FDIC. 12-DL-111-03
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — June 1, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationThe Fort Carson Inspector General’s Office — Dining facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday will offer limited services in building 1659 June Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. 11-15. The IG office will reopen with full service Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 in its new location, building 1668, north of Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. the Magrath Avenue and Prussman Boulevard Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. intersection June 18. Call 526-3900 for more 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. information. Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Self-Help Weed Control Program — Department of Defense regulations require training for people Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. applying pesticides on military installations. Units (Wilderness Road Complex) 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, LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. transportation and application of herbicides. Once 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. individuals are properly trained by the Directorate Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. of Public Works base operations contractor, Soldiers can be issued the appropriate products Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance processes to include turning in excess property, and equipment so units can treat weeds in rocked of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and reutilizing government property, web-based tools areas around their unit facilities. Weed control cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone available, special handling of property and training sessions for Soldiers are available the first numbers and points of contact for services: environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, and third Monday of the month, May-September, • Facility repair/service orders — Fort contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. from 10 a.m. to noon in building 3708. Products Carson Support Services service order desk can be for receiving/turn in; Mike and equipment will be available for Soldiers on a reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies Welsh at for reutilization/web hand receipt. Each unit may send up to five people or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, tools; or Rufus Guillory at for training. Call 492-0166 for more information. damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noonFinance travel processing — All inbound and • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric the second and third Wednesday of each month at outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. the Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family when needing trash containers, trash 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay is overflowing or emergency service is required. recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ Reassignment briefings — are held TuesdaysFirst Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located in for service needs or to report complaints. for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts office assists Soldiers with room assignments and Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 terminations. For more information call 526-9707. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — a.m. Soldiers are required to bring DepartmentSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held open to all active members and those interested in Use this number to obtain self-help the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon becoming future SAMC members. The club was tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. at the education center, building 1117, room 120. originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of • Base operations contracting officer Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs elite noncommissioned officers but is now an representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. Armywide program for individuals who have met or email for questions ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the criteria and have proven themselves to be on snow removal, grounds maintenance and the first and third Wednesday of each month. outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership contractor response to service orders. Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff Sgt. • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. 524-0786 or email to on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers mustCommand Evaluation and Training Team — request latrines, for service or to report damaged be within 120 days of their expiration term of COMET provides commanders at all levels with a or overturned latrines. service, but must attend the briefing no later than responsive maintenance and supply assessment and The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transition training tool that improves the combat effectiveness, able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building leave. Call 526-2240/8458. readiness and efficiency of their units’ logistical 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers should Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in programs. The team identifies supply and mainte- call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for after building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. nance weaknesses and problems, and provides hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358-3275. Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from any individual and unit reinforcement training based on Questions can also be submitted by email to military occupational specialty, have a general assessments. Results remain confidential for the unit Know your rights. technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score commander only. COMET provides assistance in Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and the majority of maintenance and supply management Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or areas with one-on-one training, and by conducting process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide visit the website at follow-up visits. The team also conducts classes to powers of attorney or notary services to Soldiers help strengthen supply skills and improve mainte- processing through the SRP. Retirees, Family Hours of Operation nance readiness. Contact Tim Howarth at 503-3095 members and Soldiers not in the SRP process can or for information. receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at • In-processing — Monday-Thursday fromRecycle incentive program — The Directorate of the main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St., 7:30-10:30 a.m. Public Works has an incentive program to prevent building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center. • Initial and partial issues — Monday- recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards performs notary services on a walk-in basis from • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call Briefings • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call 526-5898 for more information about the program. 526-3321.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort — is held June 12-14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 5512/6477 for approval. the Family Readiness Center, building 6237, room Education Center hours of operation — TheBOSS meetings are 104. This training is required for all Soldiers asked Mountain Post Training and Education Center,held the first and third to perform this solemn duty. Per Army Regulation building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows:Thursday of each 600-8-1, this duty is limited to those in the ranks of • Counselor Support Center — Monday-month from 2-3:30 sergeant first class to command sergeant major, Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11p.m. at The Foxhole. chief warrant officer 2-5 and captain and above. No a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Contact Cpl. Rachael reservations are required to attend training. Classes • Army Learning Center — Monday-Robertson at 524-2677 offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Jean Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.or visit the BOSS office Graves at 526-5613/ 5614 for more information. • Defense Activity for Nontraditionalin room 106 of The Hub for more information. Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Education Support and Army PersonnelText “follow CarsonBOSS” to 40404 to receive Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. andupdates and event information. building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from 12:30-4:30 p.m. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building
  7. 7. June 1, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7‘Gunfighters’ team with commandos Story and photos by In January, Soldiers of 1st We have conducted air assaults for to provide security extending from Sgt. Daniel Schroeder Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, various missions and have removed (Tarin Kot) to Bagram Air Field,” said 25th Combat Aviation Brigade attached to 25th Combat Aviation enemy assets from the battlefield.” an Australian Special Forces commando, Public Affairs Office Brigade, Task Force Gunfighter, joined Since the 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg., who serves as a platoon commander in the mission in Tarin Kot, continuing the from Fort Carson, began working with the 2nd Commando Reg. “‘Gunfighter’ TARIN KOT, Afghanistan — partnership with 2nd Commando 2nd Commando Reg., the combined support was critical to enable us toDuring the past 11 years, U.S. and Regiment, Australian Special task force completed an average of 25 execute deep strike missions and directAustralian soldiers formed a bond Operations Command. missions per month, provided security action particularly deep into enemywithin the walls of Multi-national Base “The Australians are great partners for patrol bases, conducted more than held territory.”Tarin Kot, Afghanistan. In that time, to work with,” said Capt. Travis 50 special operations missions, and U.S. and Australian troops havethey shared a mission: to disrupt Galloway, fire support officer for 1st inserted more than 1,000 troops during provided security and assistance duringinsurgent operations in and around the Bn., 2nd Avn. Reg. “They are highly air assault operations. the transition of responsibility to theUruzgan province. trained and very professional soldiers. “Our partnership has enabled us Afghan National Security forces. The forces took the time to foster personal relationships at events. Recently, they attended the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day, a national day of remembrance to honor the members of the ANZAC, who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. During the event, the troops shared in food and festivities, including an obstacle course the participants had to overcome using remote controlled helicopters. “The Americans beat us badly with the helicopters,” said the Australian captain. “The obstacle course helped them fine tune their piloting skills.” Soldiers from the Afghan National Army and 2nd Commando Regiment, Australian Special Operations Command, head to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter operated by 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, attached to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, after completing a mission in the Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, March 26. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — June 1, 2012SFAT 42 arrives Soldiers hang up uniformsat FOB Apache By Capt. Jake Mentele area of expertise, including Mountaineer staff Fourteen Soldiers were honored for their service to the nation during a retirement ceremony Wednesday Team, 4th Infantry Division • 1st Sgt. Chris Pitcock, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. • Master Sgt. Zane Morris, 2nd Bn., 17th Field Artillery Reg. Security Force Assistance administration and company on Manhart Field.Team 42, 3rd Brigade Combat advising to intelligence, tactics, Soldiers, Family and friends • Master Sgt. Brian Pals, 242nd Team, 4th Infantry Division operations, logistics, communi- gathered to celebrate the closing Explosive Ordnance Disposal cations and field artillery. moments of the Soldiers’ Army Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance FORWARD OPERATING Working with the Afghan careers as they were presented their Group (EOD)BASE APACHE, Afghanistan — National Security Forces to defeat military decorations and U.S. flags • Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Meyer,Soldiers of Security Force Taliban fighters and prevent that had been flown over Fort Carson. 10th Combat Support HospitalAssistance Team 42, from the 3rd Afghanistan from harboring The Soldiers’ spouses received • Sgt. 1st Class David Lee,Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry terrorists, members of SFAT 42 certificates of appreciation and a 10th CSHDivision, arrived at Forward recently completed their first rose in recognition of their service. • Staff Sgt. Ismal Hermosillo, 1stOperating Base Apache, in the operation in the Zabul province. Those retiring were: Bn., 66th Armor Reg., 1st BCT,Zabul province of Afghanistan, in This was the first opportunity • Lt. Col. Leif Gunhus, North American 4th Inf. Div.early May to partner with and assist that SFAT 42 had to understand Aerospace Defense Command and • Staff Sgt. Guillermo Allen, 7thAfghan National Army forces. how the Afghan unit operates on a U.S. Northern Command Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg, 1st BCT, The “Iron” Brigade Soldiers day-to-day basis, and to see SFAT • Maj. Shawn Shulze, 230th Financial 4th Inf. Div.moved on to the FOB to find the 42’s presence can enhance the Management Company, 43rd • Staff Sgt. Cedric Woodyard, 1stcastle ruins of the Macedonian unit’s ability to operate and sustain Special Troops Battalion, Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg., 1st BCT, 4thleader, Alexander the Great, who themselves in the future, said 43rd Sustainment Brigade Inf. Div.settled in the area during his Capt. Jonathan Fitzgerald, team • Sgt. Maj. Felipe Ogas, Rear • Staff Sgt. Wesley Verner, 7th Sqdn.,conquest of the Persian Empire executive officer, assigned to Detachment, 3rd Brigade Combat 10th Cav. Reg, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div.around 300 B.C. Headquarters and Headquarters • Staff Sgt. Jason Gohn, 2nd “I was a history major in Company, 64th Brigade Support Bn., 77th FA and learned about Battalion, 3rd BCT. • Sgt. Merita Lee, 10th CSHAlexander the Great,” said 1st Lt. “This is definitely a unique andJohn Fellows, SFAT 42 company challenging mission we are under- The next Fort Carsonadviser, attached to Company D, taking, and I’m confident we will monthly post retirement1st Battalion, 8th Infantry make a difference,” said Fitzgerald. ceremony takes placeRegiment, 3rd BCT. Working side by side, SFAT June 27 at 3:30 p.m. at “It’s exciting to trace the foot- 42 has built a rapport with its Founders Plaza.prints of a great historical figure I Afghan partners with the hopelearned about in textbooks,” he said. that one day it will lead to a Each member of SFAT 42 long-lasting partnership for futuredeployed to provide a specific generations, he said. PUBLIC & DEALER The person pictured is not an actual service member AUTO AUCTION 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month NOW ENR ROLLING 905 Santa Fe Ave., Fountain, CO – 11:00 am 2nd Saturday of every month NO-COST P PRESCHOOL 2751 N. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, CO – 11:00 am 200-300 units to choose from every auction. Now accepting applic cations for eligible Cars, Pickups, SUVs, RVs, Bank Repos, etc… children, ages birth to 5, in Head Start, o Consignments are welcome! Early Head Start & the Colorado Preschool Pyramid Motors Auctions Co. Program. Program Applications submitted by May 4 (Pueblo) 719-547-3585 receive priority conside eration for placement. (Fountain) 719-382-5151 Go to (719) 635 5-1536 www.cpcdhea JUNIPER VALLEY DINING ROOM Call or go online for more information about eligibility and upcoming enrollment events. g Specializing Military families are enco ouraged to apply. in skillet fried chicken or baked HEAD STA | EARLY HEAD STA TART R TART ham dinner COLORADO NOW IN OUR 61st SEASON! Reservations 576-0741 Suggested! (located 12 miles south on Hwy 115) **CASH OR Hours: Fri - Sat, 5pm-8pm. Sundays, 1p-7pm CHECKS ONLY**
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