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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 24 June 15, 2012 Word of the month: Excellence Photo by Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell Pulling together Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th of war tournament held at Iron Horse Park, June 7. The five-day celebration of the 4th Infantry Division, pull against Soldiers of Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters Inf. Div.’s 95-year history featured 16 competitions and concluded with a concert in and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf. Div., in the final match of the Iron Horse Week tug Iron Horse Park. For more on Iron Horse Week see pages, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15 , 24 and 25. Message board INSIDE An emergency management training exercise will be held June 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be emergency vehicles and simulated smoke in the vicinity of Gate 4. Drivers may experience delays in this area during Page 5 this time period. Page 9 Pages 36-37
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — June 15, 2012 MOUNTAINEER National Safety MonthCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. David L. Grosso Keeping Soldiers safeFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: Rick Emert everyone’s responsibility Editor’s note: Army leaders released the following you keep your Soldiers and civilian employees safe.Editor: Devin Fisher letter in observance of National Safety Month. Looking past June, the fourth quarter (July-September)Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland During the past several years, our Army has reduced is historically the deadliest time of the year for our preventable accidents to near peacetime levels. This Soldiers off duty. Privately-owned vehicle and motorcycleHappenings: Nel Lampe remarkable success has been achieved despite the high accidents dominate fatality reports, but drowning and otherSports writer: Walt Johnson operations tempo of our continuing missions overseas, water-related deaths have also been on the rise in recentLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall proving once again the diligence and dedication of years. Compounding the tragedy, indiscipline is cited as a our Soldiers. We commend each and every one root cause in most of these losses. Discipline and standards This commercial enterprise newspaper is of you for your hard work in making safety a top are at the core of our profession, and preventable deathsan authorized publication for members of the priority, both on and off duty. due to reckless behavior hit our units, Families and ourDepartment of Defense. Contents of the While risk management deserves our attention and surviving Soldiers especially hard. Engagement betweenMountaineer are not necessarily the official focus 24/7, our Army is again placing special emphasis leaders and Soldiers, and among peers, is the key toview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or on safety this summer by observing National Safety identifying high-risk behavior, addressing indisciplinethe Department of the Army. Printed circulationis 12,000 copies. Month in June. This annual commemoration provides each and saving lives. We ask that leaders actively promote an The editorial content of the of us with an opportunity to evaluate our safety programs atmosphere of risk mitigation for all activities both on andMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public and make necessary adjustments for the months ahead. off duty to ensure the safety and well-being of the force.Affairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, One of four topic areas will be highlighted each week Thank you for your support of National Safety MonthTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is during the month — civilian safety, ground safety, aviation and for doing your part to reduce preventable The Mountaineer is posted on the safety and driving safety. To facilitate training, the across our Army. Keeping our Soldiers safe is both a forceInternet at U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center will protection and a readiness issue — and it is everyone’s The Mountaineer is an unofficial release programs and tools targeted to each of these responsibility. The smart decisions we make every day willpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The areas through the end of June, so visit its website at have a lasting impact on our Army now and into the future.Mountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs often for products that will help Army safe is Army strong.Military Newspaper Group, a private firm inno way connected with the Department of theArmy, under exclusive written contract with Raymond F. Chandler III Raymond T. Odierno John M. McHughFort Carson. 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  3. 3. June 15, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3 Soldiers with 749th Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), enter the Special Events Center June 6 following a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. Photo by Marco MineroEOD returns from battle By Andrea Sutherland after a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan where muscle memory — do I have all of my gear? Making Mountaineer staff they conducted hundreds of combat missions in sure everything is working properly.” support of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Headquartered in Regional Command-South, The 42 Soldiers from the 749th Ordnance Division, as well as the Afghan National Army and EOD teams responded to hundreds of threats andCompany, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Afghan Uniformed Police. conducted 130 post-blast analyses in 2nd BCT’s areaBattalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), are happy The Soldiers destroyed more than 415 improvised of responsibility in Kandahar Province, coveringto be home. explosive devices and disposed of more than 97,000 more than 50,000 square miles. “It feels good,” said Sgt. Tyler Sumlin. “I pounds of unexploded ordnance and homemade “The guys did an outstanding job over there,”missed having a comfortable bed and having the explosives. said Capt. Corbin Copeland, commander.freedom to drive.” “After a couple of missions, (preparing for a See EOD on Page 4 Sumlin and his comrades returned home June 6 mission) becomes routine,” Sumlin said. “It’s all
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — June 15, 2012 Non-deployers Army expands early separation program By C. Todd Lopez Army News Service 30. Soldiers in those units who have an ETS that is between the LAD and 179 days after the LAD, are subject to involuntary early WASHINGTON — In an effort to separation up to nine months before their ETS. enhance readiness for deploying units, the In Phase 3 of the program, Soldiers in Army will expand its Enlisted Involuntary units with a LAD that comes May 1 or later Early Separation Program for some Soldiers. and who have an ETS that falls between 180 Under the program, enlisted Soldiers days before deployment to 179 days after who choose not to re-enlist or extend in order deployment, will be subject to involuntary early to deploy with their unit, could be subject to separation up to 365 days before their ETS. involuntary early separation. Soldiers who could be Officers are not affected. affected by this program will “This is a readiness program, “Now we are asking first be offered the opportunity not a force reduction program,” for volunteers to re-enlist in the Army, or to said Jim Bragg, chief of the extend their enlistment so they retention and reclassification to meet the can deploy with their unit. Photo by Marco MineroStaff Sgt. Joshua Salazar embraces his loved ones June 6 during a branch at Army Human Resources Command. “It is all deployment, and Additionally, Soldiers who are separated involuntarily fromwelcome home ceremony for the 749th Ordnance Company, 242nd about unit readiness as a unit we are not forcing the Army will retain Veterans deploys. That’s what it comesExplosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD).Forty-two Soldiers returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. down to.” them to go.” Affairs benefits. They may also opt to join one of the Reserve By identifying Soldiers — Jim Bragg components, including the ArmyEOD who will not deploy with their Reserve, the Army National unit, and having those Soldiers leave the Guard or the Individual Ready Reserve.from Page 3 Army early, a unit can bring more Soldiers Soldiers with time remaining under their into the unit. Those new Soldiers will deploy, eight-year military service obligation will be Copeland said his company was responsible for nine EOD and will be able to train alongside the other required to complete their time in one of theteams that participated in more than 970 combat missions. Soldiers they will deploy with. Reserve components. “We came home with zero injuries,” he said. “That’s not typical “From a readiness point of view this is the It’s expected the program will affect aboutof any Army unit. With an EOD unit, you’re even more at risk. When decision that has to be made,” Bragg said. 2,000-2,500 Soldiers annually, and the programothers are backing away from IEDs, we go in and take care of it.” In the past, Soldiers who would be currently has no projected end date. In addition to combat missions, Soldiers of 749th Ord. worked affected by this program might have been Bragg said that the best way for Soldiersand trained with Afghan EOD teams and partnered with members kept involuntarily past their expiration term and commanders to learn more about theof the Slovakian army to help develop its EOD program. of service to deploy with their unit, through Enlisted Involuntary Early Separation Program “We spent countless hours of training with the ANA and the the implementation of “stop loss.” That is is to talk to their unit career counselor. TheAfghan police developing soldiering skills and building the no longer the case. career counselor, Bragg said, is the subjectcapacity for Afghan EOD teams,” Copeland said. “An Afghan “Now we are asking for volunteers to matter expert within battalions and brigadesEOD tech is probably the most dangerous job you can have.” meet the deployment, and we are not forcing who completes extensions for Soldiers who Because of its efforts, the company earned numerous awards, them to go,” Bragg said. opt to extend, and who additionally identifiesincluding five Slovakian Afghan Commemorative Service The program affects Soldiers who have the population subject to the program.medals, 20 Bronze Star medals and 11 Hero of the Battle Space more than three years active duty service, butawards from Combined Joint Task Force Paladin-South. less than six years total service. Who is affected Copeland said his Soldiers were recognized as the bestcompany under Paladin. is determined by a unit’s “latest arrival date” in theater. Learn more Even with all of the awards and recognition, Soldiers said During Phase 1 of the program, Soldiers in All Army Activities142/2012they still enjoy coming home. units with a LAD before Dec. 31, and who 1st Lt. Aaron Graff said he was looking forward to visiting have an expiration term of service that falls doc/36616926loved ones in Pennsylvania and enjoying the outdoors. between their unit’s LAD and 179 days after “I was only here two months before we deployed, so I want to the LAD, are subject to the current 90-day Military Personnel 12-165do all of the things Colorado Springs has to offer,” he said, listing involuntary separation program., hiking and climbing Pikes Peak. “It feels good to be Phase 2 of the program applies to Soldiers Milper/12-165home and breathe in the clean, Colorado air.” in units with a LAD between Jan. 1 and April AER campaign Friday is the last day to contribute to the annual Army Emergency Relief Campaign which provides emergency Fort Carson AER officials hope to raise $200,000 during the campaign that kicked off March 1. Last year the campaign through their unit project officer. All community members may donate cash, check or allotment ends Friday financial assistance to Soldiers and Family members. campaign raised $126,187. Soldiers may donate to the by visiting Army Community Service, building 1526.
  5. 5. June 15, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5 Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, load “casualties” into a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from 1st Armored Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade during medical evacuation lane training, part of “Raider Strike,” May 22.‘Raider Strike’ enhances skills Story and photos by Spc. Nathan Thome1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, “These exercises have given us the opportunity to plan and maneuver our forces in a (force-on-force understanding each other’s roles and responsibilities on the battlefield. 4th Infantry Division scenario),” said 1st Lt. Joseph Izraelevitz, platoon leader, “Being a mounted element, we don’t usually work Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment. with infantry,” said Spc. Hector Vega, armor crewman, Refining fundamental maneuver skills to better “Our Soldiers continued to push forward when the Company C, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg. “The way weemploy combat forces and perform decisive actions exercises put them in high-intensity situations.” maneuver is different than the way a dismountedon the battlefield is the focus of the two-month The training event provided “Raider” Brigade element maneuvers, which taught us more about each“Raider Strike” training exercise at Camp Red Devil armor crewmen and infantrymen the opportunity to other and provided a valuable learning experience.”on Fort Carson. work together, while learning new skills and During each scenario-based training exercise, Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th senior leaders from throughout theInfantry Division, began the exercise April 30 in brigade served as observers for thepreparation for their upcoming rotation to the training units, providing an unbiasedNational Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. assessment of their performances. “This training provides realistic scenario-based “We want to ensure that battalions aresituations in which Soldiers apply their abilities to performing to the best of their abilities,”complete tasks,” said Maj. Wayne Keeler, training said Keeler. “Providing an impartial set ofand operations officer-in-charge, 1st Special Troops eyes gives battalions a quality assessmentBattalion. “It serves as a culmination of training in training and proficiency levels.”exercises for 1st BCT Soldiers from individual to The assessments offer leaders a clearcompany-sized elements.” understanding of what is expected of the Throughout the exercise, Soldiers from the battalions, Keeler said. By knowing theirbrigade’s six battalions serve as training enablers, unit’s competency level, commanders canopposing forces and role-players to assist units in identify and correct deficiencies, whilevalidating skills. adapting to the mission. The training regimen includes vehicle maneuver During Raider Brigade’s deploymentexercises, air and ground medical evacuation lanes, to Afghanistan in 2010-2011, Soldiersand react-to-contact and chemical attack drills. traveled by Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and conducted Right: Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 22nd dismounted patrols instead of using the Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and M1 Infantry Division, don their Mission Oriented Protective Abrams tanks. Posture gear to protect themselves from a simulated Given an opportunity to train with chemical attack during “Raider Strike,” May 22. their assigned armored fighting vehicles, Raider Soldiers are working hard to develop their skills, staying proficient in their warrior tasks, while improving their capabilities, Keeler said. “There is always room for improvement, so we continue to train and better ourselves,” said Izraelevitz. “When the brigade goes to NTC, we want our Soldiers trained to the best of their abilities.” After completing Raider Strike, 1st BCT units will deploy to NTC as a brigade-sized element, combining the battalion missions to conduct military operations in realistic combat situations. Left: Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conduct tactical combat maneuvers during “Raider Strike,” May 22.
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — June 15, 2012Monument honors fallen heroes in Korea By Walter T. Ham IV Eighth Army Public Affairs the armistice was signed, ending a devastating three-year war,” he said. in the line of duty in Korea.” The KATUSA program was estab- was donated by the Korea Defense Industry Association, Korean- “Even though the peninsula has been lished by former UNC Commander American Association, Yu Yongweon’s YONGSAN GARRISON, South at relative peace since the signing, there Gen. Douglas MacArthur and first Military World and the Korea DefenseKorea — Senior military officials have been a number of North Korean ROK President Syngman Lee during and Security Forum.dedicated a monument June 8 to provocations. From the Panmunjom the early days of the Korean War. Written in English and Korean,the American troops and Korean axe murders to the various other Thurman said the KATUSA the inscription reads: “The people of theAugmentees to the U.S. Army who attacks by the North, 43 Korean program personifies the teamwork that Republic of Korea have built thishave died defending freedom in Augmentees to the U.S. Army and 92 keeps the alliance strong and ready. monument to honor the souls of theSouth Korea since the Korean War U.S. servicemembers have been killed “Working together as a team fallen Soldiers of United States ForcesArmistice was signed. has helped to build mutual Korea and KATUSAs who died During a dedication ceremony, trust, common understanding fighting the communists here on theRepublic of Korea-United States and cooperation between our peninsula for the peace and democracyAlliance off icials unveiled the countries, which is an of the Republic of Korea. They foughtmonument next to the Eighth Army inseparable bond that we until death to preserve the sacredheadquarters complex. share today,” said Thurman. spirit of liberal democracy that we are Hosted by Gen. James D. Thurman, Thurman praised the Korean committed to pass on to our sons andcommander, Combined Forces War hero, Paik, who was the first daughters now and forever.”Command, the ceremony was attended four-star general in the ROK The monument exemplifies theby many senior leaders, to include Army, for helping to establish enduring commitment of the allianceROK National Defense Minister Kim the KATUSA program. to defend freedom and maintainKwan-jin, ROK Joint Chiefs Chairman “I’d like to thank General peace and stability on the KoreanGen. Jung Seung-jo, Deputy CFC Paik for his role in founding Peninsula, Thurman said.Commander Gen. Kwon Oh-sung, the KATUSA program,” said “Although a monument cannotretired ROK Army Gen. Paik Sun-yup, Thurman. “Today we have more replace a life, it is the least we can do toretired former U.S. Army Chief of than 3,300 KATUSAs that con- show our respect to those KATUSAsStaff Gen. Gordon Sullivan and Eighth tinue to stand side-by-side with and the U.S. servicemembers whoArmy Commanding General Lt. Gen. their U.S. partners as we deter made the ultimate sacrifice,” he said.John D. Johnson. aggression and preserve peace “This monument not only pays “We dedicate this monument, the Photo by Pvt. Choi Joon and stability on the peninsula.” tribute to those fallen heroes of thefirst of its kind, on behalf of these Senior Republic of Korea-United States Alliance The monument takes its past but also reflects our continuedgreat warriors that have sacrificed and officials pause for a moment of silence June 8, place of honor on the U.S. commitment to the ROK-U.S. Alliancegiven their lives in the defense of during a dedication ceremony for a monument military post near a statue of and to our motto, ‘Katchi Kapsida’ —freedom,” said Thurman, who is also that honors the American troops and Korean Korean War-era Eighth Army We Go Together,” said Thurman.the commander of United Nations Augmentees to the U.S. Army who have died Commander Gen. Walton Walker “Together they fought, together theyCommand and U.S. Forces Korea. defending freedom since the Korean War and Korean naval hero Adm. died and together they will be “It has been almost 59 years since Armistice was signed. Yi Sun-shin. The monument remembered.”
  7. 7. June 15, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationThe Fort Carson-U.S. Army Medical Department Dining facility Friday-Monday Tuesday-Thursday Activity — will conduct a change of command Stack Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. ceremony for its Medical Company Thursday. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Outgoing commander Capt. Lisa M. Paroz will pass Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. command to incoming commander Capt. Bethany Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. A. Wagner in front of the Medical Company Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Building, building 7508, at 10 a.m. The Medical Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Closed Company supports approximately 425 Soldiers at Fort Carson and Dugway Proving Grounds in Warfighter Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Utah. The company provides leadership, training, (Wilderness Road Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. deployment readiness, Family support and adminis- Complex) Dinner: Closed trative responsibility for MEDDAC Soldiers. LaRochelle Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.The Fort Carson Inspector General’s Office — 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will offer limited services in building 1659 Friday. Dinner: Closed The IG office will reopen with full service Monday in its new location, building 1668, north numbers and points of contact for services: available, special handling of property and of the Magrath Avenue and Prussman Boulevard • Facility repair/service orders — Fort environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, intersection. Call 526-3900 for more information. Carson Support Services service order desk can be contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.Self-Help Weed Control Program — Department of reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies for receiving/turn in; Mike Defense regulations require training for people or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, Welsh at for reutilization/web applying pesticides on military installations. Units damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. tools; or Rufus Guillory at interested in participating in the program must • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon send Soldiers for training on the proper handling, Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. the second and third Wednesday of each month at transportation and application of herbicides. Once when needing trash containers, trash the Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, individuals are properly trained by the Directorate is overflowing or emergency service is required. 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office of Public Works base operations contractor, • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the Soldiers can be issued the appropriate products Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. and equipment so units can treat weeds in rocked for service needs or to report complaints. Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays areas around their unit facilities. Weed control • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for training sessions for Soldiers are available the first Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings and third Monday of the month, May-September, are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts from 10 a.m. to noon in building 3708. Products • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 and equipment will be available for Soldiers on a Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department hand receipt. Each unit may send up to five people of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit for training. Call 492-0166 for more information. • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary personnel section, and a pen to complete forms.Finance travel processing — All inbound and Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it Use this number to obtain self-help Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. the first and third Tuesday of each month at member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay • Base operations contracting officer noon at the education center, building 1117, inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 room 120. Call University of Colorado- Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. or email for questions Colorado Springs Army ROTC at 262-3475 forFirst Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located in on snow removal, grounds maintenance and more information. building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of contractor response to service orders. ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at the first and third Wednesday of each month. office assists Soldiers with room assignments and 524-0786 or email to Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier terminations. For more information call 526-9707. request latrines, for service or to report damaged Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244,Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson or overturned latrines. on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers must Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is be within 120 days of their expiration term of Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building service, but must attend the briefing no later than Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Soldiers should 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transition SAMC is open to all active members and those call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for after leave. Call 526-2240/8458. interested in becoming future SAMC members. hours, holidays and weekends is 719-358-3275. Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in The club was originally a U.S. Forces Command Questions can also be submitted by email to building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. organization of elite noncommissioned officers Know your rights. Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from any but is now an Armywide program for individuals Legal services — provided at the Soldier military occupational specialty, have a general who have met the criteria and have proven Readiness Processing site are for Soldiers under- technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a going the SRP process. The SRP Legal Office 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and board/leadership process. Contact the SAMC will only provide powers of attorney or notary pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 services to Soldiers processing through the SRP. visit the website at for more information. Retirees, Family members and Soldiers not inRecycle incentive program — The Directorate of the SRP process can receive legal assistance Hours of Operation Public Works has an incentive program to prevent and powers of attorney at the main legal office recyclable waste from going to the landfill. located at 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, next • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from Participating battalions can earn monetary to the Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance 7:30-10:30 a.m. rewards for turning recyclable materials in to the prepares powers of attorney and performs notary • Initial and partial issues — Monday- Fort Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points services on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. are assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- turned in and every participating battalion from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. receives money quarterly. Call 526-5898 for more • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — information about the program. Briefings Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — 526-3321. Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance is held July 17-19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and the education center, building 1117, room 303c. 5512/6477 for approval. cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone This training is required for all Soldiers asked to Education Center hours of operation — The perform this solemn duty. Per Army Regulation Mountain Post Training and Education Center, BOSS meetings are 600-8-1, this duty is limited to those in the ranks of building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: held the first and third sergeant first class to command sergeant major, • Counselor Support Center — Monday- Thursday of each chief warrant officer 2-5 and captain and above. No Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 month from 2-3:30 reservations are required to attend training. Classes a.m. to 4:30 p.m. p.m. at The Foxhole. offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Jean • Army Learning Center — Monday- Contact Cpl. Rachael Graves at 526-5613/ 5614 for more information. Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Robertson at 524-2677 Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency • Defense Activity for Nontraditional or visit the BOSS office Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Education Support and Army Personnel in room 106 of The Hub for more information. building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and Text “follow CarsonBOSS” to 40404 to receive 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA 12:30-4:30 p.m. updates and event information. processes to include turning in excess property, Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building reutilizing government property, web-based tools 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — June 15, 2012‘Regulars’ dominateIron Horse Week Story and photo by leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Spc. Nathan Thome Company, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg.1st Brigade Combat Team Public Soldiers used their personal time theAffairs Office, 4th Infantry Division week before the competition to work together in preparation for events, which Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 22nd provided Soldiers the chance to get toInfantry Regiment, beat out the com- know each other and to learn theirpetition June 4-8, taking first place in strengths and weaknesses, Herron said. Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, left, senior enlisted leader, 4th Infantry Division andeight of 16 sporting events, and placing While teams practiced daily, Fort Carson, and Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, right, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div.second and third in six others to capture Soldiers determined who were the and Fort Carson, present Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Edwards, second from left, seniorthe Iron Horse Week Commander’s Cup best competitors for a particular enlisted leader, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4thin the large unit category. event, said Spc. Michael Mckelroy, Inf. Div., and commander, Lt. Col. Steve Adams, with the Iron Horse Week Commander’s “Regulars” Soldiers earned top infantryman, Headquarters and Cup for the large unit category during an awards ceremony at Iron Horse Park June 8.honors in the archery, 10-kilometer Headquarters and marksmanship competitions, Some Soldiers were better in gave Soldiers a chance to unwind commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. andand boxing, flag football and volleyball certain positions, so teams based from all the training we’ve been Fort Carson, and senior enlisted leader,tournaments held at various recreation strategies around each individual’s doing,” Mckelroy said. Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, pre-sites throughout the post. skill sets, he said. Getting the chance to work with sented the Regulars Battalion with the “Words can’t begin to describe the Regulars didn’t say they were the Soldiers from other companies also large unit Commander’s Cup for beingamount of pride I have for my Soldiers,” best; they proved it in the events, said helped to create a bond between Iron Horse Week’s overall champions.said Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Herron, who won the 10-kilometer Soldiers, which will be an advantage “This is a major achievement forEdwards, senior enlisted run in 49 minutes, earning during missions, he said. our battalion,” said Herron. “Soldiersleader, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. his battalion 50 points. “We came from different companies, trained hard, performed their best inReg., 1st Brigade Combat Despite having lim- and had different jobs, but that didn’t their events and, as a result, we won aTeam, 4th Inf. Div. ited time to practice matter to us,” Mckelroy said. “Our huge trophy.”“They gave it their best for the competitions camaraderie pushed us to strive to win, Edwards said he and the battalionshot and brought home due to field training and we did.” commander have something specialthe trophy.” the month prior, 1st After the competition, Soldiers planned for the Soldiers who won Becoming the division Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg., and Families gathered at Iron Horse their events.champions wasn’t a teams stepped up to Park to attend the Iron Horse Week “They really deserve it. Theywalk in the park for the the challenge. unit award ceremony, followed by a impressed me with their level ofRegulars, said 1st Lt. “Being out (in the free concert. commitment and, through that, set theKenneth Herron, platoon field) and competing Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, standard for the division,” Edwards said. Imagine Yourself in Western Classic. If You’re Active Military, Imagine $4,000 Toward Options,Upgrades, or Financing! Lorson Ranch. With majestic skies, sweeping mountain Classic Homes from the $220s vistas, and the rugged charm of its western heritage, Sales Center is Open Daily! Classic’s move into this exciting new neighborhood may 10315 Declaration Drive be our most spectacular accomplishment yet. Monday-Saturday: 10am to 6pm Especially with the grand opening of our new model, Sunday: Noon to 6pm one of our most popular 2-story floorplans, The Vail. Dreaming of a place to call home? Drop by Lorson Ranch and discover what’s new in today’s competitive housing Classic Homes market. We’ll not only show you a beautiful home where the “Classic Package" The Difference Really Hits Home. is included, we’ll treat you to a $4,000 discount (if you’re active military) that 719-390-6200 you can apply to additional options, upgrades or even financing! It’s a perfect time to move in—or up! So don’t wait. See Classic Homes in Lorson Ranch soon! *Pricing, incentives and availability subject to change without notice.
  9. 9. June 15, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9CombativesSoldiers compete for Iron Horse glory By Pfc. Andrew Ingram gratifying to see it pay off here.” sioned officer-in-charge of the Fort Carson MAC 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Throughout the week of sporting events, Soldiers Program, said he looks forward to leading the Fort and their Families took time to relax, engage in Carson combatives team to the All-Army competition. Staff Sgt. Eric Reid tightened the choke hold on friendly competition and celebrate the legacy of the “The Soldiers that win here are the best Forthis opponent’s neck. Spc. Jake Harris struggled and Iron Horse Division. Fort Carson Soldiers participated Carson has to offer,” he said. “I think we have atried to break free for a few seconds, but as black in more than a dozen tournaments and contests, really high quality of fighters out here.”spots began to swim in front of his vision, he relaxed building camaraderie and esprit de corps while Westrich said he hoped the tournament motivatedslightly and tapped his palm against Reid’s arm earning bragging rights for their units. more Soldiers to get involved with the MACP.three times —a signal he conceded the match. As During the first day of competition, combatants “All of the matches were really hard fought,”the referee pulled the combatants apart, the Special grappled and attempted to force their opponents he said. “The average Soldier is getting tougherEvents Center erupted with cheers and applause. into a submission. The victors fought multiple mentally and physically. That is where we want this Soldiers from units across the post brought the bouts through the course of the day, pushing their program to take us.”challenge to the mat, competing to earn a spot on bodies closer and closer to their limit as theythe roster of the Fort Carson Modern Army advanced in the tournament.Combatives team, during an Iron Horse Week MAC “There are some very dedicated Soldierstournament, June 6-8. out here,” said tournament referee Sgt. Joseph With the top four fighters from each weight Rewerts, Headquarters and Headquarterscategory selected to represent Fort Carson in the Troop, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion,All-Army MAC tournament at Fort Hood, Texas, in 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div. “Most ofJuly, competitors had an incentive to win, said Reid, the decisions have been pretty close, and thereinfantryman assigned to Company A, Headquarters have been a lot of back-to-back fights and aand Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. lot of determination from these fighters.” “I’ve put in a lot of hard work for this over the During the semifinals, the competition heatedpast four or five months — four or five days at up; authorized to strike the face with open palmthe local gym, every week,” said Reid, who won the and the body with closed fist during the lead up111-125 weight class championship match. “It’s to the championship matches, Soldiers attacked their opponents with a new ferocity. “I’m pretty good at submissions and the ground game, but I’m not a great stand-up fighter, so this fight was a challenge for me,” said Staff Sgt. Amanda Henderson, finance specialist, Headquarters Support Company, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd BCT, after losing a bout. Competitors were eliminated after losing two bouts. “Win or lose, it’s great to get out here and represent my unit in front of the whole post,” said Henderson, who placed third in the overall tournament. On the last day of competition, the finalists from each of the eight weight classes donned protective gloves and shin guards, and squared off against each other in a caged octagon ring. “It’s an amazing feeling to win,” said Reid. “We have a lot of experienced fighters going to the competition at Fort Hood. Hopefully, I can learn from them, and we will have a good showing when we get there.” Staff Sgt. Benjamin Westrich, noncommis- Photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram Photo by Sgt. Khori JohnsonAbove: Pfc. Cheyenne Sullivan, Above: Sgt. Nathan Engel,intelligence analyst, Company B, World Class Athlete Program,Headquarters and Headquarters attempts to pull away fromBattalion, 4th Infantry Division, Spc. Jeremy Campbell,slams Staff Sgt. Amanda motor transport operator,Henderson, finance specialist, 360th TransportationHeadquarters Support Company, Company, 68th Combat64th Brigade Support Battalion, Sustainment Support3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Battalion, 43rd SustainmentDiv., to the mat during a semifinals Brigade, during a Fort Carsonmatch of the Fort Carson Modern Modern Army CombativesArmy Combatives Program tournament at the Specialtournament, part of Iron Horse Events Center during IronWeek, at the Fort Carson Special Horse Week, June 7.Events Center, June 7. Sullivanwon the match, earning a spot inthe tournament finals, June 8.Despite the loss, Henderson placed Left: Maj. Matthew Clark,third for her weight class. operations officer, 4th Infantry Division, attempts to subdue Capt. Connor Trulsson, operations officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf. Div., with a choke hold during the Fort Carson Modern Army Combatives tournament, part of Iron Horse Week, at the Special Events Center, June 7. Clark won the match, moving on to the next level of competition. Photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram
  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — June 15, 2012Carson honors fallen hero Sgt. Tofiga Joshua Tautolo Aug. 31, 1988 – May 27, 2012 Sgt. Tofiga Joshua Tautolowas born Aug. 31, 1988, in Command Sgt.Pago Pago, American Samoa. Maj. Alan Gibson,He enlisted in the Marine senior enlistedCorps in 2006 and graduated adviser, Rearfrom Recruit Training and the Detachment, 4thMarine School of Infantry in Brigade CombatSan Diego. He graduated from Team, 4th Infantrythe Marine Supply School in Division, pays2008 as a warehouse clerk and last respects towas transferred to the 1st Sgt. Tofiga JoshuaSupply Battalion, Combat Tautolo, cavalryLogistic Regiment 15, 1st scout, Troop B,Marine Logistics Group, 1st 3rd Squadron,Marine Expeditionary Force atCamp Pendleton, Calif. He Tautolo 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4thdeployed with the 1st Supply Bn. three times, twice to Iraq and BCT, at Soldiers’once to Afghanistan. Memorial Chapel, Tautolo left the Marines and enlisted in the Army in 2010, June 8.graduating from One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Ky., as Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porcha cavalry scout. He was assigned to Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61stCavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivision at Fort Carson in July. He deployed as a driver and The 2nd Battalion, 12thgunner March 12. Infantry Regiment Honor Guard, Tautolo’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4thMedal, Purple Heart, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Infantry Division, renders a finalService Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze salute in honor of fallen comradestars, Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star, Global War on Sgt. Tofiga Joshua Tautolo,Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service cavalry scout, Troop B, 3rdRibbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with bronze star, NATO Squadron, 61st CavalryMedal and Combat Action Badge. Regiment, 4th BCT, during a Tautolo is survived by his wife, Rita; son, Toaotaua; father memorial service at Soldiers’Foai; stepmother, Evotia; brother, Valoai; and sisters, Lusia, Emi Memorial Chapel, June 8.and Theresa. Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch EXPERIENCE A MORE BEAUTIFUL YOU! MILITARY DISCOUNTS Breast Enlargement Breast Lift Tummy Tuck Liposuction FREE CONSULTATION Affordable Financing Options DOUGLAS J. RASKIN, M.D., D.M.D Baylor, Harvard & Stanford Trained Certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery GREAT CHINA BUFFET Super Buffet Voted Best in the Springs Featuring All You Can Eat Chinese, American and Japanese Cuisine WE NOW OFFER TAKE-OUT FROM OUR MENU & BUFFET* *Charge per pound 572-8009 Airport S. Academy Blvd Satellite Powers Blvd Hotel Circle Dr 628 South Academy Blvd. Exit 25 Great China 139 Buffet Fountain 24 LUNCH DINNER Monday-Sunday Monday-Saturday 4:00pm-9:30pm 11:00am-3:45pm Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm
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  12. 12. 12 MOUNTAINEER — June 15, 2012 Units take best shot at Iron By Sgt. Khori Johnson 759th Military Police Battalion, member of the championship team. Each member focused on a 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public earned bragging rights, soundly beating The 127th MP team, recently specific part of the overall plan, Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division its opponents, to be declared winner returned from its deployment to such as holding the front lines; or, of the paintball tournament. Afghanistan in support of Operation like Warang, staying near the rear of As the greater Fort Carson Teamwork proved to be a key Enduring Freedom, approached the the playing field to serve as the eyes community focused on Iron Horse element to the competition, said Sgt. competition as it would any mission, of the team, informing his teammates Week, five days set aside to promote Max Warang, a military policeman and said Warang. on the activities of the opposition. esprit de corps, camaraderie and team building, a select group of Soldiers went head-to-head at Iron Horse Park. Organized by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, and 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, the Iron Horse Week Paintball tournament pitted 90 teams against each other for the right to be hailed champion. After three days of competition, the 127th Military Police Company, Spc. Mark Campbell, left, infantryman, Company A, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, moves out from behind a bunker to flank his opponent, while Sgt. William Burnett, infantryman, Company A, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., provides suppressive fire during a paintball tournament match at Iron Horse Park, June 6. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Jelle Wiinning S Winning Smiles For Everyone! E EXPERIENCED, CARING AND GEN E EXPERIENCED, CARING AND GENTLE RI NC D A ENTL Cosmetic Dentistry Bonding & Veneers Root Canal Therapy Childrens Dentistry Crowns & Bridges DON’T GIVE ME TEACHERS. Orthodontics Teeth Whitening GIVE ME REAL WORLD GLADIATORS. Oral Surgery Dentures Your commitment to serve our country is as meaningful to us as it is to Implants you. CTU is proud to offer support designed specifically for current and Wisdom Teeth veteran military personnel and their families. White Fillings Porcelain Laminates * Gum Care ** PROVIDER R ACTIVE MILITARY DEPENDENTS PROVIDER FOR ACTIVE MILITARY DEPENDENTS I I TA E N T and prior learning assessment Personal De Personal Dentistry with a Soft To entistry r Soft Touch for f ouch Children, Parents & Grandparents. , Parents Grandp rents. r pa Visit our Admission Advisor every Thursday at the Education Center. Visit, Call 877.906.6555, or Text MILITARY to 94576 for more info. SAME D Y EMERGENCY CARE DA EMERGENCY CARE DAY Y A 5 597-9737 www.p powersdentalgroup *Not all credits eligible to transfer. See the university’s catalog regarding CTU’s transfer credit policies. **Military tuition rate applicable for Associate and Bachelor’s degrees only. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at Caring Caring For Smiles Sinc 1974 g Since ce Not all programs are available to residents of all states. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. 88-30534 262458 02/12
  13. 13. June 15, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 13Horse Week competition “Just like in real life, communication’s the Other safety precautions included a five-footkey,” he said. safety perimeter around the enclosed playing For those charged with running the event, area, and referees made sure everyone woresafety served as the foundation for every phase protective masks while in the playing area.of the tournament. Overall, the paintball tournament “We played with rubber balls instead of received a large amount of positive feedback,paintballs,” said Master Sgt. Robert Geonatta, said Geonatta.noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the “I’m being told that this was the mainevent and operations NCO, 64th BSB. “Since attraction for the first couple of days of Ironthe balls are solid, we had to make sure that all Horse Week,” he said. “It’s been a great event.of the guns were calibrated to only about three The Soldiers were motivated, and it’s beenpounds of air pressure to maintain the speed.” pretty successful.” Photo by Sgt. Khori Johnson Above: Sgt. Justin Bemis, 127th Military Police Battalion, 759th MP Battalion, peeks around an obstacle to zero in on the opposition during a round of paintball in Iron Horse Park during Iron Horse Week, June 6. Left: Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, charge forward during a round of paintball in Iron Horse Park, June 6. Photo by Sgt. Khori Johnson CONGRATS This is PPCC. Join us in congratulating our Nursing Department on receiving national accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. One of a handful of community colleges recently receiving this honor, PPCC strives to provide the highest quality education for | 719.502.2000 our community.