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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 42 Oct. 19, 2012 Photo by Andrea Sutherland Bombs away Sgt. Jason Due, 663rd Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal nine training lanes, based on real-world scenarios Oct. 10-11. The Soldiers also Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), tapes blocks of C-4 explosives to a weapons completed land navigation training, a convoy live fire and honed basic Soldier and EOD cache during an Oct. 10 training lane at Camp Guernsey, Wyo. The company completed skills throughout their time at Camp Guernsey, Oct. 1-Thursday. See pages 20-21 for more. By Claire Heininger 3,726 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit Manpack radios Office of the Assistant Secretary of the radios under a second Low Rate Initial Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Production order. Those radios will support Technology Public Affairs Office future test events, development up to a Full Army gets ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Army has received authorization to continue production of an advanced radio that will link Soldiers at the company level and below with real-time Rate Production decision and potential fielding as part of Capability Set 13. Thus far, the Army has purchased 100 of the two-channel, software-defined radios, which are designed as a “midtier” radio solution allowing lower-echelon go-ahead INSIDE information passed on its holistic tactical communications network. The Department of Defense granted approval to the Army Oct. 11 to purchase Soldiers carrying Rifleman Radios and Nett Warrior handheld devices to connect See Radios on Page 4 Message board Privately owned weapons firing range event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. From Specker Avenue turn on Cobra Lane near Gate 20. Turn right on tank trail and follow red safety flag. Page 10 Page 13 Page 15
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Col. David L. Grosso Tips help avoid flu By Shari Lopatin mist available as an alternative to the TriWest Healthcare Alliance shot. Check with child’s health careFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: provider to see if it’s a good fit. Dee McNutt Nine out of 10 healthy people q Offer to get your shot first. It willChief, Print and Web Communications: who get a flu shot, don’t get the flu, help to relax your children. according to the Centers for Disease q If fun or colorful bandages are Rick Emert Control and Prevention. available, ask to wear one alongsideEditor: Devin Fisher Since it takes two weeks for a flu your children.Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland shot’s immunity to build completely, q Finish the flu shot appointment withHappenings: Nel Lampe now is the best time to get vaccinated a treat, such as a trip to the park or a for flu season. healthy fruit smoothie.Sports writer: Walt Johnson TRICARE will cover flu shots or q Keeping active, getting enough sleepLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall flu mists at no cost to beneficiaries. Just and eating healthy foods can help make sure to receive the vaccination you stand strong against the flu. This commercial enterprise newspaper is from a military clinic or a TRICARE Besides getting a flu shot, takingan authorized publication for members of the network provider or pharmacy. If you these everyday steps from the CDC can Evans Army CommunityDepartment of Defense. Contents of the go to a pharmacy, make sure the actual help you avoid the flu, in the first place: Hospital Preventive MedicineMountaineer are not necessarily the official pharmacist gives the flu shot or mist q Wash hands properly — scrub with will host seasonal influenzaview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or to avoid out-of-pocket costs. soap and warm water for about immunization clinics for allthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation If you choose to get the shot at 20 seconds, or the time it takes to TRICARE beneficiaries 6is 12,000 copies. The editorial content of the a doctor’s office, be aware that sing “Happy Birthday.” months and older who needMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public some physicians charge a small q Try to avoid touching eyes, nose and only a flu vaccination.Affairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, co-pay for the office visit. Additionally, mouth; germs spread this way. The clinics will be heldTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is it’s a good idea to call the military q Manage your stress. at the Family clinic first to find out when flu shots q Drink plenty of fluids. Center, building 6237, on The Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at are available. q Use a tissue to cover your nose Mekong Street: The Mountaineer is an unofficial The CDC recommends everyone and mouth when you sneeze. Then, vFriday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.publication authorized by AR 360-1. The 6 months and older get vaccinated against throw away the tissue. If a tissue is vSaturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Mountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs the flu. But do your children throw not available, cover mouth with the vTuesday-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.Military Newspaper Group, a private firm in a fit, or shut down when it’s time for crease from your elbow. Never use to 5 way connected with the Department of theArmy, under exclusive written contract with their shots? Making the shot experience your hands. Again, this helps prevent Vaccinations can also beFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. smooth for children can be a challenge. the spread of germs. obtained during visits with a The appearance of advertising in this Here are some tips for calming For more information on flu primary care provider or duringpublication, including inserts or supplements, children before a flu shot: prevention visit http://www.triwest. established immunizationdoes not constitute endorsement by the q Go for your flu shot when you take com/flu. Visit the Express Scripts clinic walk-in times.Department of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or your children for theirs. If they see website at Active-duty service-services advertised. The printer reserves the mom or dad doing it, too, they may go or call 877-363-1303 to locate a members will be vaccinatedright to reject advertisements. more willingly — lead by example. TRICARE-covered pharmacy that through their units or by Everything advertised in this publication q Ask if the clinic or pharmacy has flu offers flu vaccinations. medical personnel.shall be made available for purchase, use orpatronage without regard to race, color, religion,sex, national origin, age, marital status, physicalhandicap, political affiliation or any othernonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equalopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed,the printer shall refuse to print advertising Interactive Customer Evaluation Ambassadorsfrom that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905. Commended for Exceptional Service — are selected All correspondence or queries regarding from personnel who exemplify the spirit of keepingadvertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Fort Carson the “Best Home Town in the Army” withGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. superior customer service to our Soldiers, Family The Mountaineer’s editorial content is members, civilian employees and retirees.edited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort Plans, Analysis and military support for ceremoniesCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Integration Office and events off post. She also Releases from outside sources are soindicated. The deadline for submissions to the coordinates and attends meetingsMountaineer is close of business the week Lori Waters, Fort Carson in communities along thebefore the next issue is published. The Public Affairs Office, has served Front Range.Mountaineer staff reserves the right to edit the U.S. Army for a long time — She recently escorted Fortsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity and 31 years — and knows a lot about Carson personnel to Trinidadtypographical errors. Policies and statements reflected in the what makes the Army tick. That’s for a meeting with communitynews and editorial columns represent views important in her job as she acts as members concerning contractingof the individual writers and under no a liaison between Fort Carson and opportunities at Piñon Canyoncircumstances are to be considered those of the community. Maneuver Site.the Department of the Army. It is also important that she “My appreciation to Lori Reproduction of editorial material isauthorized. Please credit accordingly. knows the community as well. Waters for taking George Williams Waters worked at the Pueblo and me to Trinidad to meet with Chemical Depot and with Division the Chamber of Commerce and West (First Army) before coming other civic (and) business leaders,” to the Fort Carson PA office. one of the attendees wrote. “I enjoy talking to people and “(I am) very impressed with finding a way we can input Lori and her role in promoting Classified advertising Fort Carson support elements Lori Waters the public affairs aspects of the 329-5236 into the community’s events,” Fort Carson Public Affairs Office Army and Fort Carson.” she said. “I find it is important Waters and the Community Display advertising to be flexible and meet the Relations section is responsible 634-5905 needs of the Army and the community.” for promoting goodwill with surrounding communities Mountaineer editor A member of the Community Relations team, Waters to continue their outpouring of support for Fort Carson 526-4144 coordinates requests from the community for post tours and Soldiers and their Families. Post information The ICE system is available for customers to rate service they Community Service, the Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, 526-5811 receive by highlighting superior service or making suggestions to DEERS Office, the Soldier Family Assistance Center or Balfour Post weather hotline improve services. It can be accessed at Beatty’s Joel Hefley Community Center; or by depositing an ICE 526-0096 index.cfm?fa=site&site(underscore)id=437; through kiosks at Army card at one of the many boxes located around post.
  3. 3. Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3ChairmanPartnerships essential to strategy By Claudette Roulo American Forces Press Service “The Taliban get what we’re WASHINGTON — The Defense Department doing. They know that thedepends on its relationships with partner nations,Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint bond between the AfghanChiefs of Staff, said Oct. 10. “Simply stated, we need them to make our strategy security forces and our forceswork,” the chairman said during a speech at a NationalPress Club luncheon. will ultimately be what causes In the first year of his chairmanship, he’s met them to be defeated.”57 of his counterparts and traveled to 22 foreign — Gen. Martin E. Dempseycountries, Dempsey said, all in an effort to buildstronger ties around the world. “We need partners who can bring to bear capability “I listen to their insights, and then I thank them require coalition troops to live and work with them,and credibility,” he said. for their service on the front line,” he said. Dempsey said. The coalition can’t be discouraged Relationships often are hard, the chairman Attacks on coalition personnel by members of the or dissuaded from its objectives by the threat ofacknowledged, sometimes seeming as if they’re Afghan security forces or insurgents wearing Afghan insider attacks, he said.more trouble than they’re worth. But one-on-one uniforms are designed to cause a rift between coalition The insider threat is not jeopardizing U.S. objectivescommunication is essential to ensuring messages and Afghan partners, and though the threat remains in Afghanistan, the chairman added, noting that it’sare received accurately, he added. as officials address it, the so-called “insider attacks” possible for violence and progress to coexist. “When we get together in large groups, I think we must not deter the mission of preparing Afghan “We must keep our eye on that threat … but ourtake the risk of talking past each other,” Dempsey said. forces to take full security responsibility for their commitment to the relationship and to the objectives On every trip he has taken to Afghanistan, he country, Dempsey said. is strong,” he said.has learned more than the last time he was there, the “The Taliban get what we’re doing,” he said. “They The Defense Department will determine troopgeneral said. He has conducted face-to-face discussions know that the bond between the Afghan security levels for post-2014 Afghanistan early next year,with Afghan and coalition leaders on each of his six trips forces and our forces will ultimately be what causes Dempsey said. The struggle, he said, is to find ato the country, he said, but more importantly, he gets a them to be defeated.” See Dempsey on Page 4sense of how service members feel about the mission. Effectively partnering with the Afghans will
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012R adios training Soldiers who are unfamiliar with software- defined networking radios. Technical and human factor Make a Difference Day from Page 1 issues have since been addressed, and the fixes were evaluated as part of the GDT. The test allowed the Armyto the network backbone through the Soldier Radio to collect additional data and validate improvementsWaveform and Single Channel Ground and Airborne to the Manpack in a focused environment.Radio System waveforms. “This test is one piece of the Army’s effort “The Manpack will enhance current communi- to work with the vendor and the Department of Volunteerscations capabilities by allowing small units in austere Defense to evaluate issues identified during theenvironments to exchange voice and data information Network Integration Evaluation 12.2 and improvewith their higher headquarters, without having to the Manpack system,” Wygal said. “There is nothingrely on a fixed infrastructure,” said Col. Russ Wygal, like Soldier feedback to help us improve our products.”the Army’s project manager for tactical radios. Ultimately, the Manpack is envisioned as sought for cleanup day The decision was based on test results from the a piece of the Army’s network Capability Sets —Network Integration Evaluation 12.2, held in May- an integrated communications package that spansJune at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., as well as the entire brigade combat team formation, con-a Government Developmental Test conducted by the necting the static tactical operations center to theArmy Test and Evaluation Command, held earlier commander on-the-move to the dismountedthis month at the Electronic Proving Ground at Fort Soldier. The first such package, known asHuachuca, Ariz. Capability Set 13, began fielding to two BCTs of Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps The Manpack completed the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum,a key opera- N.Y., earlier this month and will continue Volunteers are needed Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. totional test in fielding to additional brigades 2 p.m. to give Iron Horse Park and its surroundingMay as part through 2013. areas a facelift.of the NIE Along with the Make A Difference Day is a national volunteer12.2, the latest Manpack, the HMS day event dedicated to helping others — a celebrationin a series of program includes of neighbors helping neighbors.semiannual, the Rifleman Radio, Everyone is welcome to participate in the FortSoldier-driven which will be Carson Make A Difference Day. Volunteers willevaluations designed carried by platoon, meet at Iron Horse Park main pavilion at 8 a.m. forto integrate and mature squad and team- on-site registration and a free continental breakfast.the Army’s tactical net- level Soldiers for Work boots or sturdy shoes and work gloves arework. The evaluation showed voice communica- required. Volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes.that the radio sig- tions. The Rifleman Participants must be 14 or older, however, youngernificantly enhanced Radio can also connect children are welcome if accompanied by parents. U.S. Army photo A limited number of T-shirts will be distributedthe mobile, adhoc The two-channel, software-defined Handheld, Manpack, Small with the smartphone-network formed Form Fit radio will enhance current communications capabilities like Nett Warrior to participants on a first-come, first-served basisthrough SRW, a by allowing small units in austere environments to exchange devices carried by and each volunteer will receive a project assign-high bandwidth voice and data information with their higher headquarters, dismounted leaders in ment. Participants will return to the pavilion at 1waveform that draws without having to rely on a fixed infrastructure. order to transmit text p.m. for a free lunch, entertainment, a prize raffleupon a larger part messages, GPS loca- and comments by the garrison commander andof the available tions and other data. senior enlisted leader.spectrum compared to legacy radios in order to The Manpack provides an SRW-enabled “gateway” There are five main projects scheduled this year:share mission command information. With both between the Rifleman Radio and the Army’s satellite m Beautification of Iron Horse Park and themounted and dismounted variants, the Manpack communications backbone, known as the Warfighter dog parkalso provided beyond-line-of-sight connectivity Information Network-Tactical. m General cleaning and maintenance of militarythrough satellite communications, improving “HMS radios will network small units with housingunits’ ability to communicate despite obstacles individual Soldiers, providing game-changing m General policing of the fence line from Gate 1 tosuch as buildings and nearby terrain. information at the lowest echelons,” Wygal said. Gate 4 The NIE assessment also identified areas in need of The Army is authorized to procure an additional m Cleaning and maintenance of the storm waterimprovement, such as the performance of the radio 13,077 Rifleman Radios based on a July 2012 drainsusing the SINCGARS waveform and the approach to Department of Defense decision. m Electronics recycling drop-off. There will be collection containers for unwanted personal electronics (no government property accepted). The following personal items will be collected and then recycled by the El Paso County SolidDempsey “We’ll take what we have there counterparts in Latin America and Waste Management facility: computers, laptopsfrom Page 3 now, which is about 68,000 U.S. South America, particularly Brazil and accessories; camcorders, cell phones, (personnel) and about (30,000- and Colombia. He’s also been copiers, digital cameras, fax machines,balance between several sometimes 34,000) coalition partners, and we’ll focused on the Asia-Pacific region, pagers, personal digital assistants, printers,conflicting needs: the requirements establish a glide slope to get from he said, reinforcing the basics of scanners, stereos, VCR and DVD players andof agreements partner nations made where we are to where we’re going the U.S. strategy for the region at telephones. No microwave ovens or televisionsat the last two NATO summits, to be,” Dempsey said. “The impor- the “Shangri-La Dialogue” Asia will be accepted.maintaining a counter-terrorism tant point is that … our objectives security summit in Singapore in To register, visit the Fort Carson Armypresence, enabling other agencies remain both sound and achievable.” June: “More attention, more Volunteer Corps Office at Army Communityto continue their missions and In addition to the Afghan engagement and more quality.” Service, building 1526, or contact Joey Bautista,continuing to train and advise the relationship, Dempsey said, he’s “As you can tell, I’m working Fort Carson Army Volunteer manager, atAfghan military. spent the last year working with his hard on my friends list,” he said. 526-4590/1082 or WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID
  5. 5. Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Army offers early retirement By David Vergum Army News Service WASHINGTON — Soldiers with at least 15but less than 20 years of service may be eligible forearly retirement. According to Army Directive 281/2012, titled“Temporary Early Retirement Authority,” officers andwarrant officers who have twice failed selection forpromotion to the next grade and noncommissionedofficers denied continued service as a result of anapproved qualitative service program centralizedselection board are eligible for the program. “Soldiers who elect to retire under TERA and areapproved, will receive full retirement benefits at aslightly reduced annuity,” said Gerald Purcell, theenlisted personnel policy integrator with Army G-1.He emphasized that TERA is not an entitlement. The TERA is one of the tools the Army is usingto reduce the force in the coming years, said Purcell.He said the reduction affects active-status Soldiers U.S. Army photoserving in the active and Reserve components. identifying NCOs, by military occupational specialties As the Army reduces its combat operations and the The Army’s plan is to reduce the active component and pay grade, who are excess to the future force struc- forces are drawn down, the Temporary Early Retirementfrom about 570,000 Soldiers to about 490,000 Soldiers ture mission requirements of the Army, Purcell said. Authority will enable some Soldiers with between 15 andby the end of fiscal 2017. “We (then) tell the selection board to rank the 20 years of service to draw early retirement. The Army has reduced the force before. But the Soldiers (with their peers) based on potential futureforce drawdown in the 1990s, for instance, was much contributions,” Purcell said. “Those identified would The officer and warrant officer drawdowndifferent than the most current effort, said Albert be quality Soldiers we’d otherwise retain, but because decisions are similarly based on the Army’sEggerton, the deputy chief of the officer division their grades and skills are excess to the Army’s needs, mission requirement needs by skill and grade,with Army G-1. we have to let them go.” Eggerton said. He said some officers with mission- “Now, the Army is making the call on who stays Purcell said Soldiers will know when they have essential critical skills would be allowed to stayand the programs are different,” Eggerton said. been selected for involuntary separation and that in the Army despite not being selected for a Purcell said a priority with the latest drawdown they have about a year to request TERA. higher precision, care and compassion. “TERA is a good thing for Soldiers to take if they Eggerton and Purcell agreed that TERA is good “Our goal (is) to do this in a compassionate, have already been identified for involuntary separation,” news for Soldiers who otherwise would receive lesscaring way, and ensure Soldiers and their Families are he said, explaining that the involuntary separation bonus under involuntary separation.taken care of during the transition,” Purcell said. would not have the value of early retirement in terms For more information on TERA, see Military The qualitative selection board is tasked with of pay and benefits. Personnel Message 12-329.
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012 Photos by Pfc. Andrew Ingram Moving out Left: Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, maneuver a Bradley Fighting Vehicle onto a rail car at the Fort Carson Railhead, Oct. 10. Above: “Raider” Brigade vehicles sit atop rail cars awaiting transport to Fort Irwin, Calif., during operations at the Fort Carson Railhead, Oct. 10. In coming weeks, Raider Soldiers will travel to Fort Irwin to train on decisive action operations at the National Training Center in preparation for an upcoming deployment. DON’T JUST SIT ME IN ANOTHER DESK. S ANOTH DESK HER TEACH ME TO STAN OUT M STAND OUT. ND At CTU we know the sacrifices you make. Your education shouldn’t be one of those sacrifices. We offer support designed specifically for current and veteran Army personnel We Support Our Troops Ask about our military discount! and their families. The solution to getting a AT J.D. BYRIDER, better car is J.D. Byrider. YOU GET: We don’t rely on outside “Good to Go” banks for approval so you 24 Month / 24,000 Mile really could drive today. Limited Warranty department with ASE 155 N. Academy Colorado Springs, COVisit our Admissions Advisor every Thursday at the Education CenterVisit our Admissions Advisor every Thursday at the Education Center 888-927-3779 your budget Call 877.906.6555 Apply online at: Visit /military or Text MILITARY to 94576 for more info The person BRING THIS AD IN TO pictured is not an actual RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT. service member * Not all credits eligible to transfer. See the university’s catalog regarding CTU’s transfer credit policies. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at Not all programs are available to residents of all states. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. 88-31810 0304353 07/12 GOOD CARS FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED CREDIT
  7. 7. Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationTroops to Teachers — information briefing will be Dining facility Friday Saturday-Monday Tuesday-Thursday held Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. education center, building 1117. The briefing will 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. discuss the requirements and options to become a Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. teacher and services available through the program. Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed 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. available to discuss career opportunities. To register, Dinner: Closed Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. call 800-438-6851 or email only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcement Warfighter Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. training units provide a “home” for Individual (Wilderness Road Complex) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ready Reserve Soldiers who want to maintain Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed Reserve affiliation. Soldiers considering leaving LaRochelle Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. troop program unit assignment can consider the 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 6399th/6404th RTU as a short- or long-term Dinner: Closed Dinner: Closed option. Benefits include earning retirement points and “good” years; optional monthly nonpaid drill Carson Support Services service order desk can be are held in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts weekends; continued military training; paid annual reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 7:30 training opportunities; earning retirement points cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, a.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department via correspondence courses; and easy transfer to damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. of the Army Form 5118, signed by their unit TPUs if desired. Contact Chief Warrant Officer 4 • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric personnel section, and a pen to complete forms. Lake Gardner at 720-363-0511 or lakegardner@ Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. Call 526-4730/4583 for more information. for more information. when needing trash containers, trash is Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are heldGerman Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge overflowing or emergency service is required. the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon — training and testing is conducted monthly. Events • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan at the education center, building 1117, room 120. include swimming, marksmanship, track and field Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs events (100-meter dash, shot put, long jump or high for service needs or to report complaints. Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. jump and 3,000-meter run or 1,000-meter swim) and • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held a 12-kilometer road march. Soldiers with physical Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. the first and third Wednesday of each month. limitations can also participate with an approved Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier alternate event authorized by medical personnel. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, Upon completion of all required events, Soldiers are Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers must awarded a badge in gold, silver or bronze level — be within 120 days of their expiration term of determined by results of the marksmanship and road • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary service, but must attend the briefing no later than march. This is a foreign military award authorized to Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transition be worn on the Class-A or Army Service Uniform. Use this number to obtain self-help leave. Call 526-2240/8458. Soldiers should submit packets through their chain tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in of command to Sgt. Michael Phillips at 526-5282 • Base operations contracting officer repre- building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. or email Contact sentative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 or email Soldiers must be specialist-staff sergeant from any Chief Warrant Officer David Douglas at 720-250- for questions on snow military occupational specialty, have a general 1221 or email removal, grounds maintenance and contractor technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. citizen, scoreRecycle incentive program — The Directorate of response to service orders. 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and Public Works has an incentive program to prevent • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or recyclable waste from going to the landfill. 524-0786 or email to visit the website at Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards request latrines, for service or to report damaged for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson or overturned latrines. Hours of Operation Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at Central Issue Facility participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call building 1430, room 233. During duty hours, • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from 526-5898 for more information about the program. Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone 7:30-10:30 a.m.Finance travel processing — All inbound and number for after hours, holidays and weekends is • Initial and partial issues — Monday- outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it 526-0051. Know your rights. Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay Briefings Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. Tuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m.First Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — is located noon to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private-sergeant • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of first class with a minimum General Technical 526-3321. operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Score of 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 or • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- office assists Soldiers with room assignments and higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test; and 5512/6477 for approval. terminations. For more information call 526-9707. pass a Ranger physical. Call 524-2691 or visit Education Center hours of operation — TheSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Mountain Post Training and Education Center, Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: of each month at the Family Connection Center from — is held Nov. 27-29 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at • Counselor Support Center — Monday- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all Veterans Chapel. Class is limited to 50 people on a Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 active members and those interested in becoming first-come, first-served basis. Call 526-5613/5614 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. future SAMC members. The club was originally a for more information. • Army Learning Center — Monday- U.S. Forces Command organization of elite noncom- Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. missioned officers but is now an Armywide program Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located • Defense Activity for Nontraditional for those who meet the criteria and have proven in building 381, conducts orientations Fridays Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a board/ from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. leadership process. Contact the SAMC president, Staff DLA processes to include turning in excess Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for more information. property, reutilizing government property, 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is web-based tools available, special handling of Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort property and environmental needs. To schedule a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., located on the first Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance an orientation, contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at floor of building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and for receiving/turn Shipment under Full Replacement Value claimants cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone in; Mike Welsh at for must submit Department of Defense Form 1840R numbers and points of contact for services: reutilization/web tools; or Rufus Guillory at or After Delivery Form 1851 for additionally • Facility repair/service orders — Fort discovered items to the carrier within 75 days Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon online. Claimants must log into Defense Personal the second and third Wednesday of each month at Property System at andBOSS meetings are held the first the Joel Hefley Community Center conference submit the claim within nine months directly toand third Thursday of each month room, 6800 Prussman Ave. The Retirement Services the carrier to receive full replacement value forfrom 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. Office recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to missing or destroyed items. All other claimsContact Cpl. Rachael Robertson at the briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. should be submitted to Fort Carson Claims Office524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of The Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays within two years of the date of delivery or date ofHub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays for incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims Office atto 40404 to receive updates and event information. personnel being reassigned stateside. The briefings 526-1355 for more information.
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012FRSAs strengthen ties at conference By Spc. Nathan Thome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Forty-two Family readiness supportassistants attended the sixth annualFort Carson FRSA Training ConferenceOct. 10-12, at various locations in ElPaso County. The three-day conference, whichtook place at The Cliff House inManitou Springs and the Veterans ofForeign Wars Post 3917 and El PasoCounty Citizens Service Center inColorado Springs, showed attendeesnew ways to support their units. FRSA members can take what theyhave learned and use it to help their unitand Soldiers, said Sally Garcia, FRSA,4th Battalion, 42nd Field ArtilleryRegiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division. They work hand-in-hand with their unit Family readinessgroups, supporting each other andtheir units by creating a stable FRG,coordinating company and battery-level Fort Carson Family readiness support assistants work together to build a tower out of paper cups, plates, bowls and balloons as partevents and other activities, she said. of a teambuilding exercise at The Cliff House in Manitou Springs, during the sixth annual FRSA Training Conference, Oct. 10. The full-time employees areassigned as special command staff in teams, each with its own color and cos- and other guest speakers shared services what FRSAs do at Fort Carson,” said Lizselect units and have met the qualifi- tume theme. Each team put together available to Soldiers and their Families; Knight, FRSA, 214th Fires Brigade, 4thcations designated by U.S. Army presentations on how to bolster unit and the different roles of FRSAs, such as Inf. Div. “I’m hoping to take what I canForces Command. participation within FRGs. knowing their tasks, risk management from this conference to strengthen the The “Treasure Island”-themed Connie Roy, installation FRSA pro- and workplace safety, said Garcia. cohesion of the FRSAs back at (Fort) Sill,conference included exercises to promote gram manager, said the conference helped FRSA members from other posts and involve more Soldiers in the group.”teambuilding and group discussions FRSAs build and expand on ideas. with units assigned to 4th Inf. Div. also Attendees gained a stronger sense ofabout how to improve and expand FRGs. Greg Cheyne, Military Family Life attended the conference. See FRSA on Page 10 The members were divided into six Consultant, MHN Government Services, “Fort Sill (Okla.) sent us here to see CONTACTS GLASSES HAVE YOU BEEN CHECKED RECENTLY? Amenities include: No security deposit Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs Basic renter’s The Independent & The Gazette insurance is included Our New Homes have state-of-the-art, energy- Pet-friendly efficient Appliances; Private fenced-in Yards; Laundry a Room Sinks; Kitchen Islands; and so much more. community with one-time $200 fee WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM Plus, with a brand new community center open soon 24/7 emergency 4331 Centennial Blvd. 4319 Integrity Center Point 1813 North Circle Drive 1130 Lake Plaza Drive Garden of the Gods & Centennial NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Circle & Constitution Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) with a fitness center, splash park, full-service kitchen maintenance and Wi-Fi lounge, community outdoor playgrounds, Resident functions 635-2020 634-2020 632-2020 578-2020 dog and skateboard parks, and so much more, and events Tierra Vista has something for everyone. Lawn care service Short commute r Visit us at for more to work Optical Concessionaire at the Exchange for: Safe, gated on-base information or call (719) 597-7200. (719) 597-7200. community Ft. Carson 576-5151 Air Force Academy 472-0524 Peterson AFB 574-5252 Tricare & Medicare Providers Exams as young as 6 months of age
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  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Oct. 19, 2012Leadership gains fitness knowledge Story and photos by Infantry Division, received a hands-on look at Fort Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch Carson’s Army Wellness Center throughout the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs month of September as they were educated about Office, 4th Infantry Division programs available through the AWC. “We are running through the leadership so they Running on a treadmill to gain 85 percent of know what resources are available to their Soldiers intheir maximum heart, based on age; lying down and the brigade,” said Tony Heinz, nurse educator andbreathing through a mask to receive a resting metabolic certified personal trainer with the American Collegerate; and sitting in an egg-shaped capsule to test of Sports Medicine.body fat percentage were new experiences for 90 Leadership took part in three portions of trainingofficers and senior noncommissioned officers. education; a fitness test aimed to test Vo2 max, which The leaders from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th is how much oxygen the body can absorb during cardio respiratory fitness; Bod Pod testing, which uses air displacement to measure body fat percentage; and a resting metabolic rate, which tests a Soldier’s breathing pattern and lets him know whether he has low, normal or high metabolism. “The leadership is going through everything,” said Heinz. “They are going to know what’s available and inform the Soldiers from the top down.” The brigadewide study is the first of its kind. After “Warhorse” senior leadership has completed training, it plans to test overweight Soldiers assigned to 2nd BCT. “We all think we are in better shape than we are,” said Master Sgt. Mark Skinner, current operations noncommis- sioned officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd BCT. “It will help Soldiers and leaders see where they are and how they can get to where they want to be.” Though getting the leadership Master Sgt. Mark Skinner, current operations through the wellness center was the noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters and initial focus, the main intent is to help Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Soldiers become informed. Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, tests his “(Soldiers) are going to say, ‘OK, our grip strength Sept. 27 at the Army Wellness Center. battalion commander, command sergeant major and first sergeant have been you a better understanding of where you are and how through this program and they vouch for to get better.” it and they understand the importance of Additionally, the AWC offers tobacco cessation the program,’” said Heinz. classes geared toward helping Soldiers quit smoking Even though the program is unlike and a massage chair in conjunction with audio and normal physical fitness education, the visual stimulation, which provides Soldiers feedback leaders know it is important. on how to control their breathing resulting in managing “This is different than taking an Army stress levels. Physical Fitness Test,” said Maj. Sean Contact the AWC at 526-3887, Monday-Friday Heenan, brigade engineer, HHT. “It’s more from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for more information or to thorough, accurate and scientific. It gives schedule an appointment. “It’s more thorough, accurate and scientificMaj. Sean Heenan, left, brigade engineer, Headquarters and (than the Army Physical Fitness Test). It givesHeadquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is coached by Tony Heinz, nurse you a better understanding of where you areeducator and certified personal trainer with the Army College ofSports Medicine, on proper techniques to test his back strength at and how to get better.” — Maj. Sean HeenanFort Carson’s Army Wellness Center, Sept. 27.FRSA Melissa Favero, FRSA, 52nd Engineer build that network with other FRSAs in preparation for the remaining twofrom Page 8 Battalion. “Brainstorming, learning who can help us with our FRG when days of their conference. from one another and building on we need it.” “The most important thing toconnection with their fellow members ideas are probably the biggest things After a full day of teambuilding remember as an FRSA, is that we areby working together and enhancing we get out of this. and compiling notes to take back to here to support Soldiers andeach others’ skills. “I come from a separate battalion their units, FRSAs readied themselves Families,” said Melissa Hermosillo, “This conference helps to bring us where I’m one of the only civilians, so to put what they gained at the conference 4th Inf. Div. Headquarters FRSA.together; a lot of us are in our own I think it’s nice to start building teams, to good use with their unit FRG. They “Our most important job is to beunits so we don’t always have a lot of the way the program was really meant wrapped up day one by synchronizing engaged and a part of the unit,interaction with each other,” said to,” said Favero. “It helps when we their costumes and teambuilding ideas Soldiers and their Families.”
  11. 11. Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11‘Raiders’ participate in Arabic class Story by Pfc. Andrew Ingram The Soldiers spent the first few searches or deal with a medical “I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan,1st Brigade Combat Team Public weeks focusing on learning the basics situation,” said Staff Sgt. John Ellzey, and in both situations a good understand-Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division of Arabic sentence structure and basic Company A, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor ing of the language would have been communication before using the bulk Regiment, 1st BCT. “I feel confident I invaluable,” he said. “We work closely Through 14 weeks of intensive of the course to learn the language could make myself understood in with civilian populations, and firsttraining, 63 Soldiers from 1st Brigade skills most needed during deployment. almost any situation.” impressions are always the strongest.Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, “We learned a lot that could help us Ellzey said that putting Soldiers Being able to greet them in their nativelearned the basics of the Arabic build rapport with local nationals, but with a basic understanding of the local language and build that initial rapportlanguage at Fort Carson. we also learned more military-specific language on the front lines could be a makes all the difference in the world. It Instructors from Arabic speaking language like how to conduct vehicle huge benefit for the Army. shows the people that we aren’t justcountries guided the “Raiders” through there to do a job; it shows them thatthe complex process of learning a we care and we are there to help them.”new language June 18-Oct. 4, to prepare The course culminated in a fieldthem to interact with local nationals training exercise and a languageduring deployments to Arabic- proficiency test to gauge the student’sspeaking nations. ability to understand and communicate “This was the first time general- in Arabic.purpose Soldiers received training like “I was really impressed with thethis,” said Dr. John Holeman, academic instructor’s level of intensity,” saidspecialist, Fort Carson Language Pfc. Armando de Leon, Troop C, 7thTraining Detachment. “We have Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1stprovided training in a few other BCT. “They pushed us really hard, but,languages, but never anything this by the end, I think we were all confidentcomprehensive in Arabic.” that we could use our language skills Starting a brand new training to our unit’s benefit in the field.”program gave the Fort Carson LTD staff De Leon said he looks forward tothe opportunity to shape the curriculum practicing his new language best fit the needs of the average “I feel confident that by speakingSoldier on the ground in an Arab- with the role-players in Arabic we canspeaking country, explained Holeman. get useful intelligence and help the “I was very impressed with the brigade’s mission out at (the Nationalattitude of these Soldiers,” he said. U.S. Army photo Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.)” de“Arabic is classified as a level four Pfc. Daniel Bach, Company A, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Leon said. “Between my training andlanguage. It is very difficult, but these Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, searches a vehicle during a field training the practice we will get at NTC, ISoldiers were very serious in their exercise, Oct. 4. Bach communicated with the driver using the Arabic language believe we will be great assets for ourapproach to learning.” skills he learned during an intensive 14-week training course. units downrange.” $ Experience a Warmer and 500 OFF your next car purchase from More Personal Approach to Your Cosmetic Surgical Needs Roger Phillips Dr. Raskin specializes in PLUS I Pay a $200 Referral Fee! Roger Phillips FREE COSMETIC CONSULTATION 243-5941 cell Douglas J. Raskin, M.D., D.M.D 260-6600 store 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 COLORADO SPRINGS PLASTIC SURGEONS, INC. USED CARS AND TRUCKS 195 N. Academy Blvd. 578-9988 Colorado Springs, CO 80909 559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 209 email: Conveniently located Downtown Colorado Springs MILITARY DISCOUNTS “Top Dentists” style magazine 2012 5280 Denver 2010, 2011, 2012 DR. JAMES GRANT DR. MATT VANORMAN DR. BILL BERTSCH CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN DENTAL GROUP Military Dental 3605 Star Ranch Rd. Colorado Springs (719) 576-3276 Insurance Accepted 80906 Delta, MetLife - TriCare
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  13. 13. Oct. 19, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 13 Retirees and spouses fill the Special Events Center Saturday during Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday. About 2,000 people were in attendance.Retiree AppreciationDay is rousing successStory and photos by Nel Lampe Mountaineer staff Transitions/Retirements, who estimated the crowd at 2,000 retirees and spouses. “None of this would have been The Special Events Center possible had it not been for teamwork.”was abuzz Saturday as thousands of Organized by Retirement Services,veterans gathered for the annual Fort Carson Retiree Council andRetiree Appreciation Day. other Fort Carson agencies, scores “It’s the biggest crowd in memory,” of retirees took advantage of thesaid Carolyn Hill, chief, warm autumn day to attend the event. Forty-six booths offered health screenings, blood pressure checks, health tips, powers of attorney, new identification cards Julie Richards, left, from the Army Wellness Center, draws blood to test Air Force and vehicle registration. veteran Dennis Shultz’s cholesterol. Armed Forces Bank and Security Services shots, discussed pay issues with Community Hospital. Federal Credit Union representatives from Defense Finance Bob Kidd retired from the Army representatives were and Accounting Service and picked in December 1995. “This is the first on hand, as well as up brochures from several tables. time in 17 years that I’ve attended, the Better Business During busy times, retirees waited he said. “I came because I had a Bureau and Society in line outside the entrance, then question for TRICARE about dental.” of Military Widows. were greeted by Army Junior ROTC He got the answer. American Legion, cadets from Fountain-Fort Carson Retiree Victor Carabailo said Fort Logan National High School, who handed out tickets he looks for people he’s served with Cemetery, Veterans for door prize drawings. when he attends a RAD. At 10:30 Outreach Center, A table of complimentary bagels, a.m., he hadn’t yet seen a familiar Veterans of Foreign cookies and fruit was the first stop face but he struck up a conversation Wars, The Retired for most visitors, which was courtesy with three other attendees as they Enlisted Association of the Noncommissioned Officers had coffee and bagels while sitting at and Military Officers Association, Mountain Post Chapter one of the tables near the breakfast Association of No. 154 at Fort Carson. area. The group was engaged in America had booths. Coffee was also provided, both animated conversation that contained Representatives were at McMahon Auditorium, where a lot of military acronyms. also present from many retirees and spouses gathered Some lucky retirees won Association of the U.S. at 7 a.m. to hear opening briefings door prizes that were handed out Army, El Paso County on medical, finance and retiree throughout the morning. Dixie Office of Veteran and issues, and at the SEC. Roberts, human resources assistant Military Affairs and Many people came to the RAD at Retirement Services, said that American Military for a flu shot, such as Melissa Mabry, Scheduled Airline Traffic Office Retirees Association spouse of a retiree. She was one of donated seven beach towels and fourCapt. Ross Cook, a dentist at Larson Dental Clinic, performs and many others. 786 people who received flu shots pop-up chairs. Four $25 Army anda dental screen Saturday for Ernest Martin at Retiree Retirees and administered by members of the Air Force Exchange Service giftAppreciation Day. spouses lined up for flu nursing staff at Evans Army cards were also given out.