Vol. 70 No. 28 July 13, 2012 Word of the month: Integrity Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Buettner Setting sights on certification Soldiers from the 759th Military Police Battalion practice basic Special Reaction fall. MPs have been training since January to be a part of the team. Fort Carson has Team skills, June 11 at Range 60. The battalion hopes to certify a 20-person SRT this not had a certified SRT since January 2011. See story on pages 22-23.3 performancesSoldier Show takes to McMahon stage By Nel Lampe Ann Edinger, special events coordinator, “Every section of the show has something to do Mountaineer staff Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and with strength in one of those areas,“ said production Recreation, suggests that Family members consider manager and producer Tim Higdon. “That is in line Three Fort Carson Soldiers are among the 19 attending the Monday afternoon performance, “in the with the chief of staff ’s motto for this year, which is,performers taking to McMahon Auditorium stage air-conditioned theater.” ‘The strength of our nation is our Army, the strengthSunday and Monday. The Army Entertainment production is a 90-minute of our Army is our Soldiers, the strength of our Spc. Kayonnia Crowder, Pfc. Taylor Gouette and song-and-dance show. It is designed to accentuate the Soldiers is our Families and that’s what makes usSgt. Nadine Pope will perform in front of their home strengths and resiliency of Soldiers and military Army Strong’” Higdon said. “So the show isstation crowds as part of the Soldier Show Sunday at Families through modern songs, current hits, vibrant designed to follow that theme and to highlight the6 p.m. and Monday at 2 and 7 p.m. Doors open one costuming, exciting choreography and spectacular strength aspect all the way through.”hour before each show. Tickets are not required for visuals, according to a press release from Installation See Soldier Show on Page 4the free performances. Management Command Public Affairs. Message board INSIDE Routine maintenance will be conducted on the vehicle barriers July 21. Gates will be closed to inbound and outbound traffic during the following times: Gate 20, 7:15-8:15 a.m.; Gate 5, 8:45-9:30 a.m.; and Gate 4, 10-11:30 a.m. Page 13 Pages 16-17 Time are approximate. Page 8
2 MOUNTAINEER — July 13, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. David L. Grosso Education center smooths transition By Skip Blancett Education Services officer local colleges in establishing veteran centers for veterans attending their college. These centers will help veteransFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: adjust to the culture of the college campus, network with Dee McNutt Transitioning from a military career into a civilian other veterans, answer questions, complete Veterans Affairs career is often a difficult and frustrating process. forms and a host of other activities that will help SoldiersChief, Print and Web Communications: The Fort Carson Education Center is revamping old transition from the military complex to the college campus. Rick Emert programs and creating new programs to make transitioning A key element of this program is assigning a college mentorEditor: Devin Fisher as seamless as possible. to every Soldier for a six-month period.Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland The following programs are available: College fairs — The education center hosts a college College 101 — Taught by college professors, these six fair twice a year consisting of colleges and universitiesHappenings: Nel Lampe free courses run continuously for one year. The program from across the United States. The summer college fairSports writer: Walt Johnson takes place Mondays from 6-7 p.m. in room 202B of the is Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the education center.Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall Education Center. College 101 subjects include “What No More than 35 learning institutions will be present to One Ever Told You About College;” “Education and Cents;” work with Soldiers, Family members and civilians. 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July 13, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3AfghanistanProgress shows surge strategy’s success By Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service the United States has laid out with our partners and with our Afghan allies,” Little said. looking back now, we can say certainly that it was.” Kirby said that at the outset of the surge, southern Navy Capt. John Kirby, a Defense Department Afghanistan was “a very perilous place” for Afghans WASHINGTON — A range of successes spokesman, rejected criticism by some observers of and the “heartland for the Taliban.”shows the surge strategy in Afghanistan has been the surge’s focus on southern Afghanistan. “They were, before we moved the surge in, veryeffective, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little “I’ve seen these arguments that some people much in control,” he said. “(They) showed no interest intold reporters Tuesday. believe that moving the Marines into Helmand ceding that territory. It’s been their historic homeland. “Let’s take stock of where we’ve been,” Little (province) and the hinting that the bulk of the surge So we pushed them largely out of the population centerssaid in response to a reporter’s question on whether being in the south and around Kandahar wasn’t the right of the south and the southwest, and it’s had an effect.”the surge had succeeded. “Over the past few years, approach,” he said. “All I would say to that is, even Some of the fighting has migrated to the east,we’ve taken the fight to the enemy. Kirby acknowledged, but he called it aThey’ve had to shift tactics because of “different kind of fight aided by safeour success … (and) the success of the havens on the other side of the border.”Afghan national security forces and “But the south is a vastly differentlyour (International Security Assistance place (now),” he said. “It is no longerForce) partners.” the heartland of the Taliban that it once Afghan forces have grown to was. So I would categorically refute the350,000 strong, and their capabilities argument that the surge was not onlyare improving every day, Little said. the wrong decision, but that it was mis-He acknowledged that more work placed, physically (and) geographically.remains in Afghanistan. (I) absolutely don’t believe that at all.” “It’s still a war, and challenges lie Little said the strategy has beenahead,” he said. successful, though imperfect. Little noted progress outside the “This strategy has been verymilitary aspect, citing improvements effectively implemented,” he said.in literacy, economic development “Has it been done to perfection? No,and Taliban fighters laying down their that’s entirely impossible. But it’s beenweapons and reintegrating into done very well, and we have learnedAfghan society. lessons along the way and we have “These are just some of the factors Photo by Glenn Fawcett quickly adapted.that point to the success, not just of Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little and Navy Capt. John Kirby, Pentagon spokesman, “This has been the right thing to do,the surge, but of the overall strategy brief reporters at the Pentagon, Tuesday, on the status of the war in Afghanistan. and we have done it well,” he added.
4 MOUNTAINEER — July 13, 2012ACS holds focus groups Army Community Cooling system repairs under wayService officials will Date Time Focus grouphold eight focus groups Directorate of Public WorksJuly 30-Aug. 1 in an July 30 10 a.m. Privates-corporalseffort to capture the One of the two chilling systems thatvoice of their customers provide cooling for the majority of the “banana July 30 1 p.m. Sergeants-staff sergeants belt” in the cantonment area is undergoingand improve theservices they provide. emergency repairs. The annual focus July 30 3 p.m. Second lieutenants-majors Buildings in the area, which include barracks,groups provide dining facilities, gyms and administrativeopportunities for buildings, are receiving limited cooling. July 31 1 p.m. Family members of second lieutenants-majorsSoldiers, Family Repairs to the chiller is anticipated within themembers and community next several weeks. Directorate of Public Worksservice providers to July 31 3 p.m. Family readiness support assistants and community providers officials apologize for any inconvenience. DPWshare their concerns will notify facility managers of outages orwith the ACS staff. Aug. 1 10 a.m. Family readiness group leaders and key volunteers changes to the cooling system due to the repairs. The focus groups For more information, call the DPWwill be held in the Operations and Maintenance Division at 526-ACS Aspen Room, Aug. 1 1 p.m. Family members of privates-corporals 9241 or 491-2943, or email bruce.gronczniakbuilding 1526. @us.army.mil.S o l d i e r S h ow sisters since I was 6 years old. We had my life,” she said. Soldier,” dates back to World War I.from Page 1 a group called ‘Pope Girls.’” She The Soldier Show tours for seven The 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show continued singing and was in a college months, performing at Army posts is sponsored by Army G-1’s Sexual Crowder, a cook at Fort Carson, group for two years. throughout the U.S. and some overseas Harassment/Assault Response andhas been performing since age 7, “It’s nice to be able to accomplish locations. It began in 1983 as an Prevention program.primarily as a dancer. Her mother is my dreams as a Soldier and to outgrowth of shows existing in several Editor’s note: Information for thisin the Army and told her about the perform — it’s a fairy tale. I’ve been commands. The first show with article was taken from InstallationSoldier Show. to more bases than I’d ever heard of in “Entertainment for the Soldier, by the Management Command press releases. “It’s been a great experience,”Crowder said. “I love the Army anddancing. I have the best of both worlds.” Also in the cast, Gouette,assigned to the 1st Special TroopsBattalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division, got her start bysinging along with her mother and fatherwhile listening to the car radio. Theysang mostly ’90s tunes, particularlythose by Alanis Morissette. Gouette entered a talent show whenshe was in fifth grade and sang atweddings and other events. “I grew upwith a mic in my hand,” she said. She attended the Soldier Show inKorea and applied for the cast. “I hadbeen at Fort Carson two days whenthey called and told me I made theSoldier Show.” Gouette joined the Army for lawenforcement. “I love to perform, butwhen the Soldier Show is over, I’llreturn to law enforcement.” Pope, an intelligence analyst withthe 3rd STB, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., is Photo by Tim Hippsthe third Fort Carson cast member. Fort Carson’s Pfc. Taylor Gouette, center, and the rest of the 19-member Soldier Show cast perform at McMahon Auditorium Sunday “I’ve been performing with my at 6 p.m. and Monday at 2 and 7 p.m.
6 MOUNTAINEER — July 13, 2012Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationGerman Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge Dining facility Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday — training and testing is conducted monthly. Events Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. include swimming, marksmanship, track and field Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. events (100 meter dash, shot put, long jump and Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed 3,000-meter run) and a 12-kilometer road march. Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Soldiers with physical limitations can also participate 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. with an approved alternate event authorized by Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. medical personnel. Upon completion of all required events, Soldiers are awarded a gold, silver or bronze Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. badge; level is determined by results of the marks- (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. manship and road march. The foreign military award Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed is authorized to be worn on the Class-A or Army LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Service Uniform. Soldiers should submit packets 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through their chain of command to Sgt. Michael Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed Phillips at 526-5282 or email michael.j.phillips6@ us.army.mil. Contact the officer-in-charge of the • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts event, Chief Warrant Officer David Douglas, at 720- Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 250-1221 or email email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org. a.m. Soldiers are required to bring DepartmentFinance travel processing — All inbound and • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. • Base operations contracting officer the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 at the education center, building 1117, room 120.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program — is located or email email@example.com for questions Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The on snow removal, grounds maintenance and Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- contractor response to service orders. ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held Friday. The office assists Soldiers with room • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at the first and third Wednesday of each month. assignments and terminations. For more information 524-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier 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 The club was originally a U.S. Forces Command Questions can also be submitted by email to in building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. organization of elite noncommissioned officers FtCarsonTDS@gmail.com. Know your rights. Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant from but is now an Armywide program for individuals Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness any military occupational specialty, have a who have met the criteria and have proven Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the general technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a SRP process. The SRP Legal Office will only citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army Physical board/leadership process. Contact the SAMC provide powers of attorney or notary services to Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces physical. president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 Soldiers processing through the SRP. Retirees, Call 524-1461 or visit the website at http:// for more information. Family members and Soldiers not in the SRP www.bragg.army.mil/sorb.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of process can receive legal assistance and powers Public Works has an incentive program to prevent of attorney at the main legal office located at 1633 Hours of Operation recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Mekong St., building 6222, next to the Family Participating battalions can earn monetary Readiness Center. Legal assistance prepares • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from rewards for turning recyclable materials in to the powers of attorney and performs notary services 7:30-10:30 a.m. Fort Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Initial and partial issues — Monday- are assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. turned in and every participating battalion 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- receives money quarterly. Call 526-5898 for more Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. information about the program. Briefings • Direct exchange and partial turn ins —Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance is held Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 526-3321. of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and p.m. in the education center, building 1117, • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone room 303c. This training is required for all 5512/6477 for approval. numbers and points of contact for services: Soldiers asked to perform this solemn duty. Per Education Center hours of operation — The • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Army Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited Mountain Post Training and Education Center, Carson Support Services service order desk can be to those in the ranks of sergeant first class to building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergencies command sergeant major, chief warrant officer 2-5 • Counselor Support Center — Monday- or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, and captain and above. No reservations are required Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. to attend training. Classes offered on a first-come, a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric first-served basis. Call Jean Graves at 526-5613/ • Army Learning Center — Monday- Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. 5614 for more information. Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. email@example.com when needing trash containers, trash Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency • Defense Activity for Nontraditional is overflowing or emergency service is required. Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in Education Support and Army Personnel • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA 12:30-4:30 p.m. mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. processes to include turning in excess property, Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan reutilizing government property, web-based tools 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ available, special handling of property and environ- Medical Activity Correspondence Department office @mail.mil. mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact hours — The Correspondence (Release of Infor- Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera mation) Office in the Patient Administration Division BOSS meetings are @dla.mil for receiving/ turn in; Mike Welsh at hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. held the first and third firstname.lastname@example.org for reutilization/web tools; or to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and federal Thursday of each Rufus Guillory at email@example.com. holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details. month from 2-3:30 Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon Work Management Branch — The DPW Work p.m. at The Foxhole. the second and third Wednesday of each month at Management Branch, responsible for processing Contact Cpl. Rachael the Joel Hefley Community Center conference room, work orders — Facilities Engineering Work Robertson at 524-2677 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Office Requests, DA Form 4283 — is be open for or visit the BOSS office recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the processing work orders and other in-person in room 106 of The Hub for more information. briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. support from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” to 40404 to receive Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays Afternoon customer support is by appointment updates and event information. for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for only, call 526-2900. The Work Management personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings Branch is located in building 1219.
July 13, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7New take on safety for MPs Story and photo by Cpl. Jorge Abreu, 127th MP Representatives from the American a lot of the guys don’t listen. This gets Andrea Sutherland Company, tested the seat belt demon- Red Cross said the opportunity to speak us out to meet Soldiers and answer Mountaineer staff stration, which simulated a crash with Soldiers and Family members their questions.” between 5-7 mph. one-on-one was beneficial. Pardee offered brochures and tips For many Soldiers, safety briefings “Even at 7 mph it hurt my shoulder,” “It’s more effective,” said Thomas on fire prevention as well as fire andare another bullet point on a long list he said. “I’ve never been in a crash, so Pardee, Red Cross volunteer. “When disaster safety plans for families.of “must do’s” before being released I’m sure it would be a lot worse.” you’re lecturing to people in formation, “They have a lot of good resourcesto enjoy a holiday or long weekend. out here,” said 1st Lt. Caitlyn French, Knowing this, officers with the operations officer, Police and Provost759th Military Police Battalion decided Marshal Division. “Bringing in theseto take a different approach to the unit’s outside agencies is a huge asset forFourth of July safety brief, bringing in our Soldiers.”experts from the American Red Cross, 1st Lt. Jamar Baker, 759th MPFort Carson Fire Department and Bn. safety coordinator, said it wasMemorial Health System to give important to incorporate Familieshands-on demonstrations to the Soldiers into the safety day since many of theand their Families. activities Soldiers enjoy also “Safety doesn’t have to be boring,” involves their loved ones.said Lt. Col. Christopher Heberer, “We have the Fort Carson Firecommander, 759th MP Bn. “When Department here to educate Soldiers ondone the right way, safety training can the proper way to put out campfires,”be very powerful.” he said. “We have demonstrations on MPs rotated through eight stations, child restraints and how to perform alearning about motorcycle safety, the thorough inspection. … I’d rather haveimportance of wearing seat belts and too many things to do. This way, nohow to properly secure a child seat in one’s looking to escape.”a vehicle. Children got up close with a “We want to keep Families as safeblue-tongued skink, whipped scorpion as our Soldiers,” Heberer said. “Strongand a North American porcupine as Families equal strong Soldiers.”docents from the Cheyenne MountainZoo educated Family members on the Kirsten Taylor, child passenger safetydifferent animals. specialist with Memorial Health System, “They have some decent classes talks to Soldiers with the 759th Militaryhere,” said Sgt. Tony Petro, 127th MP Police Battalion about the proper wayCompany. “The (child passenger safety) to secure a child seat during thedemonstration gave me some ideas.” battalion’s safety day, July 3. Hey Ft. Carson! The person pictured is not an actual service member Do you love WINGS? Only 2 minutes from the Main Gate 5 0¢ W INGS ALL DAY EVERY DAY 252 E. Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. Happy Hour M-F 3-6pm Just West of Nevada/Hwy. 115 Open 7 Days a Week 11am - 2am (Northwest corner of Nevada and Hwy 115 behind UMB Bank) Scan the QR Gode Take 576-5223 www.HatchCover.biz to see our full menu a seat ... ur Call us for yo nd ... in your new or slightly used auto, that you ell a can find in our Classified Section. Hail & Farew ies! Promoti on Part For advertising information call 329-5236