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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 6 Feb. 15, 2013Medal of HonorFormer divisionSoldier receiveshighest combatmedal for valor By C. Todd Lopez Army News Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obamaplaced the Medal of Honor around the neck of formerArmy Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha during a ceremonyMonday in the East Room of the White House. Romesha is the fourth living servicemember toreceive the medal for service in Operation IraqiFreedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. He earnedthe Medal of Honor for actions Oct. 3, 2009, whilepart of Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st CavalryRegiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivision, at Combat Outpost Keating, KamdeshDistrict, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. On that morning, COP Keating, manned by only 53 Photo by Leroy CouncilSoldiers and situated at the bottom of a steep valley, The president said that upon learning he would President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor tocame under attack by as many as 300 Taliban fighters. receive the Medal of Honor, Romesha displayed the former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha during a During the fight, the perimeter of COP Keating brand of humbleness typical of many Soldiers. ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., Monday.was breached by the enemy. Romesha, who was injured “When I called Clint to tell him that he would Romesha received the Medal of Honor for his courageousin the battle, led the fight to protect the bodies of fallen receive this medal, he said he was honored, but he actions during a daylong firefight at Combat OutpostSoldiers, provide cover to those Soldiers seeking also said, ‘it wasn’t just me out there, it was a team Keating, Afghanistan, in October 2009 while assigned tomedical assistance, and reclaim the American outpost effort,’” Obama said. “And, so today, we also honor Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4ththat would later be deemed “tactically indefensible.” this American team, including those who made the Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “Throughout history, the question has often been ultimate sacrifice.”asked, why? Why do those in uniform take such Included among those who died in the fighting thatextraordinary risks? And what compels them to such day in Afghanistan were Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos, Sgt. earned 37 Army Commendation Medals, 27 Purplecourage?” the president said. “You ask Clint and any Christopher Griffin, Sgt. Joshua Hardt, Sgt. Joshua Hearts, 18 Bronze Stars and nine Silver Stars.of these Soldiers who are here today, and they’ll tell Kirk, Spc. Stephan Mace, Staff Sgt. Vernon Martin, “These men were outnumbered, outgunned andyou. Yes, they fight for their country, and they fight Sgt. Michael Scusa and Pfc. Kevin Thomson. almost overrun,” Obama said. “Looking back, onefor our freedom. Yes, they fight to come home to their “Each of these patriots gave their lives looking out of them said, ‘I’m surprised any of us made it out.’Families. But most of all, they fight for each other, to for each other,” Obama said. “In a battle that raged all But they are here today. And I would ask thesekeep each other safe and to have each other’s backs.” day, that brand of selflessness was displayed again Soldiers, this band of brothers, to stand and accept The White House ceremony was attended by and again and again, Soldiers exposing themselves to the gratitude of our entire nation.several hundred, including lawmakers, defense leaders, enemy fire to pull a comrade to safety, tending to each “God bless you, Clint Romesha, and all of yourRomesha’s Family, and his team members from Bravo other’s wounds, (and) performing ‘buddy transfusions,’ team,” the president said. “God bless all who serve.Troop, 3rd Sqdn., 61st Cav. Reg. Also there was giving each other their own blood.” And God bless the United States of America.”Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, Chief of Staff The president said on that day, it wasn’t just The president then asked that the Medal of Honorof the Army Gen. Ray Odierno and Sgt. Maj. of the Romesha who earned recognition for his actions, it Citation be read, and following that, he placed theArmy Raymond F. Chandler III. was dozens of Soldiers. From that battle, Soldiers medal around Romesha’s neck. Message board INSIDE Off limits Copperhead Road, 3330 N. Academy Blvd., was added to the off-limits areas for all uniformed personnel effective Feb. 7. See complete list at Page 30 Pages 10-11 Pages 22-23
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 15, 2013 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson With each milestone, a step toward equality By Andrea Sutherland they do to protect this nation.” Col. David L. Grosso Mountaineer staff For me, this is an understatement.Fort Carson Public Affairs Officer: These partners of Soldiers have endured the field For the Mountaineer, I’m expected to be an objective trainings, the moves and the deployments. They’ve Dee McNutt expert on many facets of Army life. I report on Soldier experienced the loneliness and the heartache ofChief, Print and Web Communications: trainings, Army policy and activities taking place around being separated from their Soldiers as duties call. Rick Emert post. However, every so often an opportunity arises for They’ve dealt with the agony and fear when the lines ofEditor: Devin Fisher reporters to voice their opinion on a subject, often one communication go silent while their Soldier serves that is controversial. in a combat zone.Staff writer: Andrea Sutherland As a journalist, I feel that to ignore the They’ve laughed, loved, fought andHappenings: Nel Lampe opportunity to comment on these occasions would be detrimental to my position on this With the repeal cried with their Soldiers. They’ve stood by their Soldiers, justSports writer: Walt JohnsonLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall staff. As the wife of a Soldier, I feel that I am in a unique position to lend my opinion of ‘Don’t Ask, as hundreds of other spouses have supported theirs, yet they’ve done so This commercial enterprise newspaper is and let the readers of this publication judge as they will. Don’t Tell,’ (gays without the support of many Army benefits heterosexual couples enjoy, such asan authorized publication for members of the In a historic announcement, Monday, commissary and Exchange privileges,Department of Defense. Contents of theMountaineer are not necessarily the official Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and lesbians) access to child care and youth programs,view of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or extended almost two dozen benefits to legal assistance and Directorate ofthe Department of the Army. Printed circulationis 12,000 copies. same-sex couples. are no longer Family and Morale, Welfare and I call this announcement “historic” Recreation programs. The editorial content of theMountaineer is the responsibility of the Public because I am shocked and elated that faceless, Panetta’s declaration changes that.Affairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, this proclamation and step toward equal Once benefits laid out in Panetta’sTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address rights is taking place at a time when I can appreciate its magnitude. emotionless statement are implemented throughout the next eight months, partners will also The Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at For the second time since I began writing for the Mountaineer, gays and beings serving receive survivor benefits and have access to counseling services. The Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. TheMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs lesbians serving in the military have been recognized as a population. With the repeal in the ranks. Even with these new benefits, however, same-sex couples will not receive otherMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” they are able benefits given to heterosexual couples. Theno way connected with the Department of the to assert their lifestyle without fear of Defense of Marriage Act — a law signedArmy, under exclusive written contract withFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. repercussions. They are no longer faceless, emotionless in 1996 by then-President William Clinton — prohibits the The appearance of advertising in this beings serving in the ranks. Department of Defense from extending benefits such aspublication, including inserts or supplements, Monday’s announcement acknowledged the men and medical and dental, as well as with-dependent rate Basicdoes not constitute endorsement by the women supporting them and recognized them as valued Allowance for Housing.Department of the Army or Colorado Springs members of the military community. This is a new era for civil rights. There are still stepsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products orservices advertised. The printer reserves the In a statement, Panetta said, “Extending these benefits to take toward equality, but I am proud and happy toright to reject advertisements. is an appropriate next step under current law to ensure be part of a military that is actively seeking that goal. Everything advertised in this publication that all servicemembers receive equal support for what See related story on Page 3.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 advertisingfrom that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regardingadvertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military NewspaperGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Releases from outside sources are soindicated. The deadline for submissions to theMountaineer is close of business the weekbefore the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to editsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity andtypographical errors. Policies and statements reflected in thenews and editorial columns represent viewsof the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those ofthe Department of the Army. Reproduction of editorial material isauthorized. Please credit accordingly. 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  3. 3. Feb. 15, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 3Memo extends benefits to same-sex partners American Forces Press Service Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,”Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta signed a “Extending these benefits is anmemorandum to the service secretaries andthe Pentagon’s top personnel official extending bene- appropriate next step under currentfits to same-sex partners of servicemembers, Monday. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the law to ensure that all servicememberspolicy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States receive equal support for what theymilitary ended the policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’tTell.’ We have implemented the repeal of thatpolicy and made clear that discrimination based on do to protect this nation.” — Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panettasexual orientation has no place in the Departmentof Defense. “At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewingbenefits that had not previously been available to current law to ensure that all servicemembers will continue to comply with current law whilesame-sex partners based on existing law and policy. It receive equal support for what they do to protect doing all we can to take care of all Soldiers,is a matter of fundamental equity that we provide this nation. Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their Families.similar benefits to all of those men and women in “One of the legal limitations to providing all “While the implementation of additionaluniform who serve their country. The department benefits at this time is the Defense of Marriage benefits will require substantial policy revisionsalready provides a group of benefits that are Act, which is still the law of the land. There are and training, it is my expectation that thesemember-designated. Today, I am pleased to certain benefits that can only be provided to spouses benefits will be made available as expeditiouslyannounce that after a thorough and deliberate as defined by that law, which is now being as possible. One of the great successes at thereview, the department will extend additional reviewed by the United States Supreme Court. Department of Defense has been the implementationbenefits to same-sex partners of servicemembers. While it will not change during my tenure as of DADT repeal. It has been highly professional “Taking care of our servicemembers and secretary of defense, I foresee a time when the law and has strengthened our military community. Ihonoring the sacrifices of all military Families are will allow the department to grant full benefits to am confident in the military services’ ability totwo core values of this nation. Extending these servicemembers and their dependents, irrespective effectively implement these changes over thebenefits is an appropriate next step under of sexual orientation. 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  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Feb. 15, 2013Engineers complete missionsStory and photo by Cpl. William Smith improvements at base facilities. Overall, the4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office 544th Eng. Soldiers performed nearly 107,000 man-hours of construction during Yells and cheers filled the air at the their deployment.Special Events Center, as Family and friends Friends and Family could not wait towatched the arrival of more than 260 Soldiers, reunite with their Soldiers once the ceremonyFeb. 8, after returning from a deployment to concluded.Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of “I am very excited,” said Sandy Milton,Operation Enduring Freedom. wife of Sgt. Ronnie Milton, 497th Eng. “I have Soldiers with the 497th and 544th engineer barely been able to sleep from the anticipationcompanies, 52nd Engineer Battalion, deployed of him coming home. I have butterflies.”in May and spent the past 10 months completing The Soldiers were also glad to be back onconstruction projects in Kuwait, Afghanistan, American soil with those closest to them.Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. “I am absolutely thrilled to be home,” said “On behalf of all of us from Fort Carson Capt. Tyler Scheidt, commander, 544th Eng.and Colorado Springs, welcome home and “A lot has changed in the time I was gone.”thanks for a job well done,” said Maj. Gen. After singing the Army Song, the SoldiersJoseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th were released and rushed to their loved onesInfantry Division and Fort Carson. “We’re very with smiles, tears of joy and open arms.proud of all of your accomplishments, asyou should be. To all of our Families outhere, thank you for your love and support.Without that, these Soldiers could not do Mayor welcomes Soldiers By Steve Bachtheir job. Have a great and safe reunion Mayor, city of Colorado Springswith your loved ones.” The 497th Eng. “Devastators,” com- Welcome home, Soldiers of the 52ndpleted more than 40 construction projects Engineer Battalionin Kuwait and Afghanistan, resulting in All of us in Colorado Springs are gratefulthe construction of new fuel facility for your safe return to our city. Though youberms, waste water retention ponds and may have your “home” someplace else, you areconnex storage yards at Camp Buehring, welcomed home, here to a city that respectsCamp John Pratt and Camp Marmal. your bravery and hard work while in Kuwait The “Spartans” of the 544th Eng. and Afghanistan.completed large-scale engineering projects Your many accomplishments in engineeringin Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and the construction and infrastructure projects honorsUnited Arab Emirates. Although their main your battalion’s long heritage. Congratulationsconstruction efforts remained in Kuwait, on your recommendation for a Meritorious Spc. Joel Stuemke, 497th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion,the unit sent platoon-sized detachments Unit Citation. You have done excellent work. holds his son, Luke Marshall Stuemke, for the first time, after returningforward to other countries to provide Stay safe and welcome home. from a 10-month deployment to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support ofinfrastructure and Soldier quality-of-life Operation Enduring Freedom. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID
  5. 5. Feb. 15, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 5Former chief visits troops Story and photo by Sgt. Eric Glassey 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Sullivan started his Feb. 7 visit to Fort Carson with a breakfast at the Robert C. Stack Jr. Dining logistical accomplishments the Army made in 1991 and moving 500,000 Soldiers during the Gulf War. He gave Facility, where he held a question-and-answer session a word of caution on his perception of future events. Army retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan compares with enlisted Fort Carson Soldiers. Later, he talked to “Challenges you’ll be facing going forwardthe challenges facing today’s Army with those he dealt leaders, commanders and senior enlisted personnel are similar, but not completely,” Sullivan said. “Youwith during the drawdown while he was the service’s about his experiences in the military. are in the middle of a culminating event; you’rechief of staff from 1991-1995. “He was chief of staff from ’91 to ’95, and, as you between two campaigns. We should be preparing for know, the Army was going through the next fight and it will be coming.” what we’re going through now; it He later attended the annual Pikes Peak Chapter of was a period of downsizing. He the Association of the United States Army annual lived through that and kept us membership luncheon at the Cheyenne Mountain on track to where we are today,” Resort in Colorado Springs, where Sullivan, AUSA said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, president and chief executive officer, served as a commanding general, 4th Infantry guest speaker talking to local business leaders and Division and Fort Carson. Soldiers. He commended the Soldiers for their courage Sullivan reflected on history for enlisting, especially during a time of conflict. and gave the leaders some words “There are privates who sign up and know what of guidance. (the Army is) heading towards,” Sullivan said. “I became the chief of staff of “Signing up takes a lot of courage.” the Army in June of 1991, right Several junior Soldiers attending the luncheon after the Gulf War,” Sullivan said. were given a year membership with AUSA by local “History has a habit of repeating businesses. itself. I’ll give you the bottom line, “I was invited by my sergeant major,” said Pfc. you are being asked once again … Douglas McDonald, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, to do essentially what you have the 4th Inf. Div. “My membership was sponsored, which last time.” was pretty cool.” Sullivan talked about the McDonald said he found the luncheon to be inter- esting, and enjoyed listening to the retired general. Retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, Sullivan thanked the troops for their courage and president and chief executive officer the corporate sponsors for their support of Fort of the Association of the United States Carson and the Soldiers. Army, greets Pfc. Douglas McDonald, “I can’t think of a better place to serve — a better 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th place to be a part of our Army — when you look at Infantry Division, at the Pikes Peak what the community does for the post and what the Chapter, AUSA, annual member post does for the community,” said Kenneth luncheon at the Cheyenne Mountain Hunzeker, president of the AUSA Pikes Peak Resort, in Colorado Springs, Feb. 7. Chapter. “It’s a great relationship.” Life brings obstacles. USAA brings advice. At USAA, we know military life is different. We’ve been there. So for current and former military servicemembers and their families, we offer free financial advice geared to the realities of your life. Whatever obstacle you face, from deployment to PCS and more, we’re here in Colorado Springs to help. SCAN IT & MAP IT. Visit us today at 1855 Telstar Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. 800-531-3329 | Investments/Insurance: Not FDIC Insured • Not Bank Issued, Guaranteed or Underwritten • May Lose Value The people pictured are not actual soldiers. Financial planning services and financial advice provided by USAA Financial Planning Services Insurance Agency, Inc. (known as USAA Financial Insurance Company in California, Lic. #0E36312), a registered investment advisor and insurance agency, and its wholly owned subsidiary, USAA Financial Advisors, Inc., a registered broker dealer. © 2013 USAA. 142446-0213