Vol. 70 No. 41 Oct. 12, 2012 It’s a toss up Staff Sgt. Mark Vickery, food service sergeant, Headquarters and Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, delicately arranges plates of salad before he presents them to the instructor, during the culinary accreditation course at the Fort Carson Culinary Academy, Oct. 6. For more on the course, see pages 20-21. Photo by Spc. Nathan ThomeSoldiers to vote on new PT uniform By C. Todd Lopez Army News Service Now the Army wants Soldiers to weigh in on color options and graphic patterns for the uniform. and it can be thick or thin. On the shorts, there’s the option to have colored piping on the sides. For the There are six candidate uniforms — they are all the long- and short-sleeve T-shirts, there are both fabric WASHINGTON — Back in February, the Army same in terms of fabrics, capabilities and durability. color options and the option to have either the wordgave Soldiers a chance to weigh in on the Improved What’s different is the color of the fabrics and the “Army” emblazoned across the chest or the ArmyPhysical Fitness Uniform. The Army took those Soldier size, color and shapes of the graphic designs. logo over the left breast.suggestions and developed a possible replacement All Soldiers have the option to logon and choose Soldiers have until Oct. 28 to make it knownuniform. Now Soldiers can vote on which one of which uniform option they like best. The poll went which they think looks best.those they think looks the best. live Tuesday, and will be available for 20 days. Perhaps more important than how the uniform More than 76,000 Soldiers responded to the initial Stylistic variations include different colors for looks is how the uniform will perform and feel.survey. Among other things, Soldiers commented the jacket and pants — black or gray, for instance. Improvements in the IPFU include reduced fabricabout uniform fit, moisture wicking and anti-microbial Soldiers can also choose among graphic elements weight, tagless labels, anti-microbial properties,properties and how much the uniform weighs. The and colors for graphic elements. quick-dry capability, removal of reflective propertiesArmy listened to Soldiers and has developed a new With the jacket, there is a chevron emblazonedImproved Physical Fitness Uniform. See IPFU on Page 4 across the chest. That can be in yellow, gray or black, Message board INSIDE Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday 7-8 a.m. at McMahon Auditorium and 8 a.m. to noon at Special Events Center. Services include medical, legal, dental and flu shots. Page 6 Visit http://bit.ly/V7KWiY for details. Page 13 Pages 32-33
2 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 12, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson SecDef stresses importance of voting Editor’s note: The following to participate in this process unit’s voting assistance officer, or visit Col. David L. Grosso message on the importance of voting — no matter where you the website http://www.fvap.gov.Fort Carson Public Affairs Officer: was delivered by Secretary of Defense are in the world, no matter Every day, your efforts make Dee McNutt Leon E. Panetta at the Pentagon, Oct. 4. who you plan to vote for. this country safer and its peopleChief, Print and Web Communications: On Nov. 6, Americans will have Please exercise the very more secure. You have more Rick Emert the opportunity to exercise the most privilege that you’re willing than earned the right to vote. important responsibility we have in a to fight and die for in So please participate in theEditor: Devin Fisher democracy — the right to vote. Voters order to protect. democratic process that sustainsStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland will choose from candidates at every But there isn’t much the blessings of liberty thatHappenings: Nel Lampe level — from the Commander-in- time. If you’re overseas we work so hard to protect.Sports writer: Walt Johnson Chief, to legislative representatives, or away from home, This Election Day I to county commissioners, city request your absentee ballot encourage you and your FamilyLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall council members and others. immediately, and mail it back in to play an important part in our great I don’t have to tell you that your time so that your vote will count. And democracy. Your vote will help determine This commercial enterprise newspaper is vote can determine the future. It really if you need help, visit your Installation the future of our nation, and the future ofan authorized publication for members of theDepartment of Defense. Contents of the counts. 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Oct. 12, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Networked vehiclesArmy conducts safety testing By Claire Heininger and Katie Cain Army News Service ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. —The Army has completed safety release testing for anew fleet of networked vehicles, paving the way forSoldiers to begin training on them this month. The Army Test and Evaluation Command deter-mined that the five baseline designs for mine-resistant,ambush-protected vehicles, known as MRAPs,equipped with Capability Set 13, are suitable for newequipment training, which kicked off the first week ofOctober for the 3rd and 4th Brigade Combat Teamsof the 10th Mountain Division. Capability Set 13marks the first time the Army is delivering networksystems as an integrated communications packagethat spans the entire brigade combat team formation, Photo courtesy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlanticconnecting the static tactical operations center to the test lead, Army System of Systems Integration. “The Major integration and installation efforts are under waycommander on-the-move to the dismounted Soldier. Capability Set 13 testing takes advantage of previous as the Army delivers the first mine-resistant, ambush- Inside MRAPs configured with components efforts from Lab Based Risk Reduction and Network protected vehicles equipped with components ofof CS 13, commanders will be able to exchange Integration Evaluations to ensure a thorough check Capability Set 13. Two brigade combat teams of the 10thinformation and execute mission command using out prior to fielding.” Mountain Division are receiving the first CS 13 vehiclesmobile communications technologies, rather than The safety release testing for CS 13 vehicles on a staggered schedule starting in October, withhaving to rely on a fixed infrastructure. To demonstrate focused on two main categories: human factors and multiple deliveries over the next several months.that the vehicles are safe and functional to operate electromagnetic interference. During the human factorsin theater, the Army is conducting a rigorous series phase, test personnel conducted ingress/egress drills on nuclear, chemical and biological missions.of tests, the first of which concluded last month at for various scenarios, such as evacuating a vehicle The human factors testing produced valuableATEC’s Aberdeen Test Center. due to casualties. The testers donned full combat gear feedback regarding safety and function of the “As the Army moves toward smartly integrating to ensure they could access and operate CS 13 system integrated CS 13 components, and led to some subtleand delivering Capability Sets, we also need to smartly controls wearing different sets of gloves, including design adjustments to improve accessibility. Duringtest the integrated platforms within the context of the extreme weather arctic mittens, cold weather mittens See Testing on Page 4network,” said Robert Puhalla, synchronized fielding with isolated trigger finger and protective gloves used Experience a Warmer and More Personal Approach to Your Cosmetic Surgical Needs Dr. Raskin specializes in FREE COSMETIC CONSULTATION Douglas J. Raskin, M.D., D.M.D Harvard, Stanford and Baylor Trained Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery MEMBER Active Member American Society of Plastic Surgeons AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PLASTIC SURGEONS, INC. 578-9988 559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 209 home.pcisys.net/~djr email: firstname.lastname@example.org Conveniently located Downtown Colorado Springs MILITARY DISCOUNTS
4 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 12, 2012IPFU On the long sleeve T-shirt, thefrom Page 1 “mock collar” has been removed, as well as the sleeve cuffs, to make thein the uniform, the removal of the uniform more comfortable for Soldiers.liner and elastic bottom on the pants, “We made it more like a crewand overall pattern adjustments to neck collar to allow more air in for theprovide a better fit. Soldiers to cool down as they are Those changes came as a result of working out,” Bruner said. “It won’tSoldier input as well. Command Sgt. be as constricted around the neck area.”Maj. Emmett Maunakea, Program In the February survey, SoldiersExecutive Office Soldier, said Soldiers said they felt the liner in the pants waswere asked to weigh in on the IPFU, too thick and “got in the way,” Brunerand are being asked now to vote on said. The liner has been removed. “Wewhich uniform they like best, because included reinforcements along theit is Soldiers who are the end users. knee area as well.” “Nobody can tell you better what Also an option with the newneeds to happen with it than the user of uniform is “possible female sizing thatthat piece of equipment,” Maunakea will be developed,” Bruner said.said. “We need the feedback from Maunakea and a team from PEOSoldiers and leaders in the field to tell Photo courtesy of Program Executive Office Soldier will travel around the Army tous what is wrong with it, what is right Soldiers have until Oct. 28 to vote on the new Improved Physical Fitness Uniform. show off to Soldiers the new uniformwith it, and how can we make it better There are six candidate uniforms to choose from, varying in color of fabrics and options. The team was at Fort Bragg,and work better for them.” color and shapes of graphic designs. N.C, Monday-Wednesday; and is at Maunakea said Soldiers know Fort Hood, Texas, Thursday-Saturday.what’s available to civilians in the do,” she said. “They knew that they wanted it to have Other stops include Joint Baseway of fitness gear, and brought that knowledge with sort of high-performance capabilities within the fabric. Lewis-McChord, Wash., Tuesday-Thursday andthem when they commented on the Army’s uniform. They know when you go out on the commercial market, Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Oct. “Our Soldiers are smart,” he said. “They are out you see tags that say anti-microbial and quick-dry and 19-26. Locations for those demonstrations werethere spending a lot of money in the economy as they all of these high-speed, high-performance terminology chosen for density of Soldiers.buy their civilian workout clothing. And they are — they knew what characteristics and features they After Soldiers vote on which uniform they likebuying the newest, latest and greatest type of stuff.” wanted to see in the uniform.” best, there will be a “series of steps” that must Maj. Mia Bruner, assistant product manager for To save on cost, the reflective elements of the take place before the uniforms reach Soldiers.initial issue uniforms, said Soldiers came into the IPFU have been removed, Maunakea said. Included in those steps are wear testing by a sampleFebruary survey with well-informed ideas about their “Everybody is going to be wearing a PT belt group of Soldiers, additional improvements as a resultphysical fitness uniform. anyway, so it doesn’t make sense to have it on the of that testing, and a final approval by the chief of “They knew what they wanted that uniform to uniform, if you are already wearing a reflective belt.” staff of the Army. Testing there is a lot of value in understanding other CS 13 components and runs them“There is a new from Page 3 how everything works as a system to conduct a quality test.” Running the tests at Aberdeen through operational threads to validate the network configurations specific to the 10th Mountain Division. level of complexity the electro-magnetic interference phase, engineers created “worst case configu- Proving Ground put testers in close proximity with the Army’s network “The network verification event will help ensure the CS 13 platforms on these platforms, rations” that push the systems to their limit, such as transmitting voice and data experts, including project managers for Capability Set 13 systems and personnel coming off the production line operate and function as a fully integrated and there is a simultaneously via the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical network from the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering system of systems, as intended,” Puhalla said. backbone and several radios, in addition lot of value in to raising and lowering the vehicles weapon systems. Under these conditions, Center, also based at APG. CERDEC certified the network configurations prior to testing, while the PMs provide These final tests come on top of the Army’s NIEs, a series of rigorous field exercises leveraging 3,800 Soldiers of understanding testers can determine whether the radiation and interaction between the various subject-matter expertise to quickly troubleshoot issues that arise. the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, executing realistic mission threads in the how everything systems and antennas will harm Soldiers. “We’ve tested WIN-T on many High The safety release testing cleared the way for Soldiers at Fort Drum, N.Y., and punishing terrain of White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The NIEs validated the works as a system Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle configurations, and have tested numerous Fort Polk, La., to begin new equipment training. Following safety release, the CS 13 network, and also produced Soldier feedback that was incorporated military radios, but now the capability to conduct a set combines WIN-T, additional radios, and the digital backbone all integrated Army is also conducting safety confir- mation and network verification testing through December. Safety confirmation, into CS 13 vehicle designs. The Army also conducted extensive Lab Based Risk Reduction activities quality test.” on a MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle,” said Michael Geiger, the EMI Test Facility also conducted at APG, clears the vehicles for use in theater. Network at APG, in order to validate system functionality, interoperability, all config- — Michael Geiger manager at ATC. “There is a new level verification, which will take place at uration settings and mission threads prior of complexity on these platforms, and Fort Dix, N.J., pairs the vehicles with to the NIE field exercises. 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Oct. 12, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5‘Warhorse’ Soldiers recertify UAV Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagán led the recertification, ensured the Soldiers were Company A, 2nd STB, 2nd BCT. “Anything that’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs properly trained on all of the updated systems and broken, they fix it and get it back to us.” Office, 4th Infantry Division equipment that came out while the unit was deployed. Now that all of their equipment is current, the When the UAS platoon returned from deployment Soldiers had to recertify. Soldiers from the Unmanned Aerial System a few months ago, they turned in all their equipment The civilian instructors informed the Soldiers ofPlatoon, Company A, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, for service and updates to AAI as part of the reset. changes to the rules and regulations that govern2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, “The equipment went through their systems and UAVs and how to comply with them, said Harvey.recertified on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at Fort if there were any new updates, then they added them “The software updates are the most changingCarson’s Camp Red Devil, Sept. 24 through Oct. 5. to the UAV and they re-serviced all the aircraft, aspect of the UAV so they make sure we understand “Drones” are an effective tool in today’s Army ground shelters and antennas,” said Staff Sgt. it,” he said.arsenal and civilian Aeronautic Air Instructors, who Benjamin Harvey, unmanned aerial vehicle operator, The first week of training is classroom instruction and the second week is field training on launching, recovering and flying the UAVs. There are no tests required to certify, but Pfc. Ryan Golden, left, and Sgt. Jacob Schmitt, both Soldiers must prove their proficiency by unmanned aircraft systems repairers, Company A, meeting certain steps and performing 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat certain actions, Harvey said. Team, 4th Infantry Division, perform preflight “Soldiers must successfully show systems checks on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at competence in the different aspects of the Fort Carson’s Camp Red Devil, Oct. 4. flight: launch, recover and flight,” he said. For new Soldiers, this is an opportunity to get hands-on training and implement it in actual flight time. “To actually be here with my unit working, launching ‘birds’ and doing my job, it means a lot,” said Pfc. Ryan Golden, unmanned aircraft systems repairer, Company A, 2nd STB. Not only are civilians instructing, but recently redeployed Soldiers are helping new Soldiers with lessons learned downrange. “The training I’m getting from the See UAV on Page 7 John Senter Tire Get your car ready for the cold... WINTERIZATION SPECIAL $ 95 34Includes oil change Pikes Peak & Academy
6 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 12, 2012 Warriors unwind through paintball Story and photo by “While Soldiers are deployed, Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagán they experience high level of stress 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public for an extended period of time; we Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division are trying to give them a way to get their adrenaline levels up in a positive Running from tree to tree, ducking way, so they aren’t going out and and dodging, the Soldiers’ adrenaline getting drunk or getting into fights,” pumped with the excitement of trying said Ryan Sullivan, recreation assistant not to get hit with paintballs; this was with Fort Carson’s WAQ. not just another day in the office. WAQ offers an array of activities Soldiers from Company A, 204th for redeploying units to choose from, Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd at no expense to the Soldier, such as Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry rock climbing, paintball, ropes courses, Division, participated in the Warrior skiing, zip lines and white-water rafting. Adventure Quest at Fort Carson’s The “Rough Riders” chose to Turkey Creek, Sept. 28. participate in paintball. WAQ is an Army training tool “Today, all they have to do is show designed to introduce Soldiers to up,” Sullivan said. “We provide their coping outlets or resiliency methods markers (paintball guns), their masks, through adrenaline-pumping activities all the paintball rounds, all the gear to achieve an equivalent type of “rush” they need and we have an air refilling that they may have experienced station to fill the markers.” while deployed. This program gives Soldiers the opportunity to get acquainted with a new interest. From front, Cpl. James Kayim, Spc. “I think it’s a good thing they Ronald Lewis, Sgt. Kurt Bailey and 2nd supply all the equipment and all the Lt. Amanda LaSarge, all with Company gear needed,” said Staff Sgt. Ronnie A, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, Biggers, platoon sergeant, Company A. 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th “This gives (Soldiers) an introduction Infantry Division, take cover during to a hobby they could pick up on their a speedball round of paintball at own, and it allows them to do Turkey Creek, Sept. 28, as part of See WAQ on Page 12 the Warrior Adventure Quest program. CONTACTS GLASSES Have Your Childs Vision Checked Every Year Now accepting appointments in our new location. Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette COLORADO SPRINGS 660 South Pointe Court, PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Suite 100 719-596-2097 WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM Little People, Big Smiles4331 Centennial Blvd. 4319 Integrity Center Point 1813 North Circle Drive 1130 Lake Plaza DriveGarden of the Gods & Centennial NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Circle & Constitution Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) 635-2020 634-2020 632-2020 578-2020 Welcoming New Patients Technology with a Caring Touch Specialized treatment planning for all ages Treatment under conscious sedation and general-anesthesia Optical Concessionaire at the Exchange for: Digital radiography for pinpoint treatment plans and reduced radiation exposure Jeff Kahl, DDS Ft. Carson 576-5151 Parents can stay with children during treatment Derek Kirkham, DDS Air Force Academy 472-0524 Most insurance accepted including Military and Medicaid Zachary Houser, DMD Peterson AFB 574-5252 719-596-2097 (719) 522-0123 Tricare & Medicare Providers 660 South Pointe Court, Suite 100 9480 Briar Village Point, Suite 301 Exams as young as 6 months of age www.cspediatricdentistry.com
Oct. 12, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationTroops to Teachers — information briefing will be Dining facility Friday Saturday-Monday Tuesday-Thursday held Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the educa- Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. tion center, building 1117. The briefing will discuss Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the requirements and options to become a teacher Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. and services available through the program. Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Representatives from area school districts will be 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. available to discuss career opportunities. To register, Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. call 800-438-6851 or email email@example.com.Points only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcement Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. training units provide a “home” for Individual Ready (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reserve Soldiers who want to maintain Reserve Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed affiliation. Soldiers considering leaving troop LaRochelle Closed Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. program unit assignment can consider the 6399th/ 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 6404th RTU as a short- or long-term option. Benefits Dinner: Closed include earning retirement points and “good” years; optional monthly nonpaid drill weekends; continued removal, grounds maintenance and contractor Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays military training; paid annual training opportunities; response to service orders. for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for earning retirement points via correspondence courses; • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings and easy transfer to TPUs if desired. Contact Chief 524-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Warrant Officer 4 Lake Gardner at 720-363-0511 or request latrines, for service or to report damaged Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 email@example.com for more information. or overturned latrines. a.m. Soldiers are required to bring DepartmentFinance travel processing — All inbound and The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family building 1430, room 233. During duty hours, Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. number for after hours, holidays and weekends is the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. 526-0051. Know your rights. at the education center, building 1117, room 120.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — is located Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of Briefings Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held office assists Soldiers with room assignments and Warrant Officer Recruiting Team — from the the first and third Wednesday of each month. terminations. For more information call 526-9707. Special Operations Recruiting Battalion will brief on Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the SoldierSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson qualifications and application procedures to service- Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday members interested in becoming warrant officers on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers must of each month at the Family Connection Center from Tuesday-Thursday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the be within 120 days of their expiration term of 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all education center, building 1117. Shortage military service, but must attend the briefing no later than active members and those interested in becoming occupational specialties include 14E, 14T, 14G, 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transition future SAMC members. The club was originally a 14H, 14S, 15E, 15W, 31D, 35N, 35F, 35L, 35S, 91E leave. Call 526-2240/8458. U.S. Forces Command organization of elite noncom- and 94A. For more information call (253) 590-3242 Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in missioned officers but is now an Armywide program or (253) 590-3422 or visit http://www.usarec.army. building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. for those who meet the criteria and have proven mil/hq/warrant. Soldiers must be specialist-staff sergeant from any themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a board/ 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held military occupational specialty, have a general leadership process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff Tuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, score Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. noon to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private-sergeant 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, andDirectorate of Public Works services — DPW is first class with a minimum General Technical pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Score of 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 or visit the website at http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test; and of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and pass a Ranger physical. Call 524-2691 or visit Hours of Operation cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone http://www.goarmy.com/ranger.html. numbers and points of contact for services: Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training Central Issue Facility • Facility repair/service orders — Fort — is held Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from Carson Support Services service order desk can be p.m. in building 1187 on Minnick Avenue, behind 7:30-10:30 a.m. reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- post car wash. Class is limited to 50 people on a • Initial and partial issues — Monday- cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, first-come, first-served basis. Contact Jean Graves Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. at 526-5613/5614 or firstname.lastname@example.org for • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric more information. Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — email@example.com when needing trash containers, trash is Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. overflowing or emergency service is required. in building 381, conducts orientations Fridays • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss 526-3321. Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ DLA processes to include turning in excess • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. property, reutilizing government property, 5512/6477 for approval. • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan web-based tools available, special handling of Education Center hours of operation — The Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. property and environmental needs. To schedule Mountain Post Training and Education Center, civ@ mail.mil. an orientation, contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — firstname.lastname@example.org for receiving/turn • Counselor Support Center — Monday- Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email in; Mike Welsh at email@example.com for Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 firstname.lastname@example.org. reutilization/web tools; or Rufus Guillory at a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary email@example.com. • Army Learning Center — Monday- Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help tools the second and third Wednesday of each month at • Defense Activity for Nontraditional and equipment or a motorized sweeper. the Joel Hefley Community Center conference Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — • Base operations contracting officer repre- room, 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. sentative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 or email Office recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building firstname.lastname@example.org for questions on snow the briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.UAV you don’t forget it, but you do get their recertification training, but the be adjusting real well to the new teams.”from Page 5 very rusty,” Harvey said. “So being platoon benefits as well. This has been the first opportunity able to come out and get hands on the “Since we’ve redeployed, there the platoon has been able to work togetherexperienced people who came from equipment is good.” have been a lot of changes to our on the equipment since redeploying.downrange is so useful,” Golden said. “In our job, you have to stay current platoon with people leaving and others “We came together fairly quickly,”“I’m learning so much; there is a lot because things are always changing and coming in, so this has been a good Golden said. “We had a few monthsto take in.” this is one of the ways we stay current,” opportunity to see how everyone works before our equipment came back to get This training is not only beneficial said Spc. Nolan Barr, unmanned aerial together,” Harvey said. “It’s nice to see to know each other and get trained up,to new Soldiers, but veterans as well. vehicle operator, Company A. that a lot of our new people are very so once the equipment got here, we hit “This is kind of like riding a bike, Not only are Soldiers receiving knowledgeable and everyone seems to the ground running.”