Vol. 71, No. 9 March 8, 2013LaCamera to take command Mountaineer staff A native of Westwood, Mass., LaCamera, was commissioned as a including Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Uphold Democracy Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera will second lieutenant of the Infantry upon in Haiti, Operation Anaconda intake command of the 4th Infantry graduation from the United States Afghanistan, and multiple rotationsDivision and Fort Carson during a Military Academy in 1985. His recent in support of Operation Enduringceremony Thursday at 2 p.m. on assignments include commander, 75th Freedom in Afghanistan and OperationFounders Field. Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; Iraqi Freedom and Operation New LaCamera, who has served as the director of operations, Joint Special Dawn in Iraq.deputy commanding general of the U.S. Operations Command, Fort Bragg; His awards include the Silver Star,Army Special Operations Command at assistant commanding general, Joint Defense Superior Service Medal withFort Bragg, N.C., since July 2012, Special Operations Command, Fort two oak leaf clusters, the Legion ofreplaces Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Bragg; deputy commanding general for Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with twowho has been the commanding general operations, 25th Infantry Division, oak leaf clusters, the Meritorioushere since Nov. 16, 2011. As of press Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Service Medal with five oak leaftime Wednesday, Anderson’s next LaCamera has participated in aassignment had not been announced. number of contingency operations See Command on Page 4 LaCamera Last hooah Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, left, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, lead the command team and the rest of the division’s Soldiers on the general’s final postwide run, March 1. More than 10,000 Soldiers joined in the run to build esprit de corps and say farewell to Anderson who relinquishes command March 14. See pages 20-21 for more. Photo by Sgt. Beth Rane Message board INSIDE Spring forward Daylight saving time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. Set clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday. Pages 32-33 Page 6 Page 18
2 MOUNTAINEER — March 8, 2013 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General: This is a defining time for the Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson United States military and for our nation.Garrison Commander: Col. David L. Grosso We are emerging from more than aFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNutt decade of war, yet the threats facing us areChief, Print and Web Communications: no less dangerous or complicated. Rick Emert — Secretary of Defense Chuck HagelEditor: Devin FisherStaff writer: Andrea Sutherland country and standing firm against aggression. To that end, theHappenings:Sports writer: Nel Lampe Walt JohnsonLayout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall New defense secretary strength, well-being and readiness of our all-volunteer force will be my top priority. This will require 21st century agility and flexibility. 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4 MOUNTAINEER — March 8, 2013Tank trail opens to POVs By Andrea Sutherland and roads, the different speed limits for wheeled Additional signage along the trail will also be Mountaineer staff vehicles at 30 mph versus track vehicles at 20 mph installed, said McPherson. and a possible chokepoint at the intersections of According to an official fact sheet, about 30 Post officials announced Wednesday the opening of the tank trail and Specker Avenue and the “crow’s percent of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryTank Route C to drivers operating privately-owned foot” at Butts Road. Division, Soldiers living in barracks travel thevehicles in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion as “Ultimately, safety and relieving traffic was our Titus-Butts corridor. Thousands of Soldiers assignedconstruction begins at the intersection of Titus No. 1 concern,” McPherson said. to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); 13th AirBoulevard and Butts Road. Support Operation Squadron; Beginning Tuesday, the south- 242nd Explosive Ordnancebound concrete tank trail from The tank trail detour opens Tuesday to Disposal Battalion; 1st Battalion,Magrath Avenue, near the Central assist traffic flow to Wilderness Road and 2nd Aviation Regiment; 4th BCT,Vehicle Wash Facility and the Fire Butts Army Airfield. Personal vehicle traffic 4th Inf. Div.; and 4th CombatTraining Center, to Butts Road will will be allowed on the southbound concrete Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div.,be open for personal vehicle traffic trail from 4:30-6:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. accessing post through Gate 20from 4:30-6:30 a.m. Monday- will have the opportunity to useFriday, a press release states. the bypass and have “a more “(Drivers) are going to get direct and efficient commute tobacked up at Titus (Boulevard) and their duty locations.”Specker (Avenue) if they don’t use To avoid congestion, officialsthis,” said Carl McPherson, deputy encourage drivers to use gatesdirector, Directorate of Emergency 19 and 6 to access WildernessServices. “This is to alleviate that Road and Butts Army Airfield.traffic congestion. This is just Drivers using the tank trailanother means to keep them from or Titus Boulevard shouldcoming up to Titus and Specker.” allow extra time to get to their Officials said they considered destination, particularly duringa multitude of pros and cons peak traffic periods.when considering the alternative, Construction to widen Titusincluding the lack of safety controls Boulevard and Butts Road isat intersections of the tank trail expected to be complete by May 17.Spending ability to continue operating forward is and risk to the United States of America. Commandfrom Page 3 constrained because of that.” “I urge the committee to consider from Page 1 the full range of these risks created byand maintenance and (also) keep a the Budget Control Act and the yearlong clusters, the Joint Service Marinescarrier strike group and an amphibious continuing resolution,” he said. “I ask Commendation Medal, theready group in the Middle East and the Amos said all the Marine Corps’ 37 for your assistance in mitigating them to Army Commendation MedalPacific through next fiscal year.” military construction projects planned the extent possible.”Force with four oak leaf clusters, the If Congress awards the department for fiscal 2013, totaling $716 million, Army Achievement Medal withenough funding, Greenert said, the Navy are halted. oak leaf cluster, the Combat “Additionally, we have been forced Air Forcewill “restore the rest of this year’s Infantryman Badge with star,planned deployments, training and to halt construction plans on hangars for Welsh said the Air Force faces similar the Expert Infantryman Badge,maintenance.” the F-35 in Beaufort, S.C., as well as road budget-based problems as its sister the Master Parachutist Badge He told members Navy funding improvements aboard our major installa- services. Without congressional approval with bronze star, the Pathfinderconstraints have over the last two tions designed to correct safety deficien- for military construction starts, he said, Badge, and the Ranger Tab.months caused $600 million in lost ship, cies,” Amos said. “These projects are Airmen and their families “will experience LaCamera has a Bachelor ofaircraft and facility maintenance and ready to begin today. Without … appropri- delays to improvements for substandard Science degree from the U.S.training, “and we also missed some ations or the authorities for new starts, we dormitories and housing. Flight simulators Military Academy and a Masterprogram management.” are forced to defer to future years’ budgets, and maintenance facility construction of Arts in national security In March, Greenert said, the Navy causing a ripple effect which will no doubt delays will magnify readiness degrada- and strategic studies from the“will miss more than $1.2 billion of significantly impact our modernization tions that are already unacceptable.” U.S. Army War College. Hismaintenance and operations because and our sustainment efforts.” The services need the flexibility to military education includeswe’re deferring planned activity. These Amos noted that in three rounds of put dollars where they’re most needed, the Infantry Officer Basicare lost opportunities, many of them, recent congressional testimony, he’d Welsh said. and Advanced Courses, theand these will increase each month as “spoken about the combined effects of “We find ourselves stuck in the U.S. Army Command andwe go on a continuing resolution.” the existing continuing resolution and unenviable trade-space between modern- General Staff College, the U.S. Under sequester and the continuing sequestration. 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6 MOUNTAINEER — March 8, 2013 From left, Spc. Luke North and Spc. Adam Carpio, unmanned aerial vehicle operators, and Spc. John Vance, UAV mechanic, all assigned to Company A, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, mount an RQ-7B Shadow 200 UAV onto its launcher prior to a training mission at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 27.UAS Platoon trains to keep eye in sky Story and photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram get Soldiers on the ground the information they need. half that time getting into a good rhythm,” said Spc.1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, This deployment is a great opportunity for some of John Szymanski, UAV operator, Company A. “Here 4th Infantry Division my less-experienced Soldiers to get that experience at Camp Buehring, we spent the past couple weeks without the stakes being so high, because we are here working out all the bugs and learning local flight CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Taking off is a on a partnership mission versus a combat operation.” procedures. That means we can spend the rest of ourchoice, landing never is. UAS Soldiers deploy Shadows to facilitate time here flying, training and preparing for whatever This is the message Chief Warrant Officer 2 numerous roles during operations, from long-range mission our command passes down to us.”Dustin Hisel, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle reconnaissance to targeting enemy forces for air or While flight preparation time varies dependingOperations officer, Company A, 1st Special Troops artillery strikes. on a flight crew’s experience, Szymanski said a well-Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Pfc. Alfred Townsend, UAV maintainer, Company trained team can prepare one Shadow while anotherDivision, drills into his unmanned aerial vehicle A, said he relishes the chance to work with the flies to facilitate continuous UAV operations.operators and maintainers daily. Shadow and improve his expertise on a daily basis. “Not all of us are at that level yet, but we have Newly arrived at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, the “Coming out here six days a week, touching a some very experienced veterans in this platoon whoUnmanned Aircraft Service Platoon flies and maintains ‘bird’ every day, gives us an amount of experience are squaring us away,” he said.the brigade’s RQ-7B Shadow 200s. we can’t match at Fort Carson,” Townsend said. “We Hisel said he looks forward to enhancing his “With any aviation operations, attention to detail encounter new problems every day, and we find new Soldiers’ knowledge, skills and proficiency duringis crucial,” Hisel said. “If you miss one step in a ways to solve them. We can’t gain that experience the platoon’s time at Camp Buehring.checklist you’re looking at a potential loss of a ‘bird,’ from reading a book or a manual; experience has to “I expect excellence out of these Soldiers everyand possibly a loss of life.” be gained by doing.” minute of every day, and I don’t think I could have At Camp Buehring, the UAS Soldiers can fly The UAS Platoon’s current training regimen asked for a better group of people,” Hisel said. “Someand maintain the Shadows constantly, honing their consists of preparing the Shadow for flight, launching of these guys are pretty junior, but we have enoughskills in preparation for any mission the brigade it, maintaining a flight pattern and landing safely. experience to train this platoon to an extremelyrequires of them, said Hisel. Hisel said the training program will expand into high standard … I think we have the potential to be “I’m a firm believer that flights in support of more complex operations as his Soldiers continue the best UAS platoon in the Army.”real-time combat missions are the best training for to sharpen their skills. The UAS Soldiers of Company A will continuea UAV team,” he said. “The downside is that an “Back at Fort Carson, we would spend two weeks training with the Shadow and perfecting their skillsinexperienced crew can make a mistake and fail to to a month in the field training, and we may spend throughout the brigade’s deployment. Always accepting VA Mortgage Center is now new patients, Veterans United Home Loans and now of Colorado Springs caring for Active Duty If youre active military or a veteran, youve earned Personnel. exclusive beneﬁts when buying or reﬁnancing a home. Let the nations #1 dedicated VA lender help you navigate the complex VA Home Loan process. Smile! 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March 8, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationShaving study — The Evans Army Community Hospital Dermatology Clinic is conducting a DFAC Friday-Monday (DONSA) Tuesday-Thursday research study looking at various razors and topical Stack Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. products to assist with shaving bumps. Soldiers Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. must have at least 10 lesions and be available for Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. three office visits during a 12-week period. Male Wolf Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. and female participants will be provided with Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. shaving supplies, a tote bag and topical creams. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Call 526-7185 for more information. A referral from a primary care manager is not necessary. Warfighter Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Finance travel processing — All inbound and (Wilderness Road Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it Complex) Dinner: Closed Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family LaRochelle Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay 10th SFG(A) Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. Dinner: Closed Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information.Points only, nondeployable unit — Reinforcement cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA training units provide an opportunity for numbers and points of contact for services: processes to include turning in excess property, Individual Ready Reserve Soldiers who want to • Facility repair/service orders — Fort reutilizing government property, web-based tools maintain Reserve affiliation and continue their Carson Support Services service order desk can be available, special handling of property and environ- military career. Soldiers of any rank or military reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact occupational specialty considering leaving troop cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera@ program unit assignment can consider the 6399th damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at RTU as a short- or long-term option. Benefits • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric firstname.lastname@example.org for reutilization/web tools; or include earning retirement points and “good” Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. Rufus Guillory at email@example.com. years; optional monthly nonpaid drill weekends; firstname.lastname@example.org when needing trash containers, trash Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays continued military training and military schools; is overflowing or emergency service is required. in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Center. paid annual training opportunities; continued • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan Sign-in for Soldiers heading overseas is at 7 a.m. promotions; earning retirement points via corre- Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ and the briefing starts at 7:30 a.m. Sign-in for spondence courses; Servicemembers’ Group Life mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. personnel being reassigned stateside is at 1 p.m., Insurance; and easy transfer to TPUs if desired. • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan with the briefing starting at 1:30 p.m. Soldiers are Contact Chief Warrant Officer 4 Lake Gardner Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. required to bring Department of the Army Form at 720-363-0511 or email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org. 5118, signed by their physician and battalionRecycle incentive program — The Directorate of • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — commander, and a pen to complete forms. Call Public Works has an incentive program to Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email 526-4730/4583 for more information. prevent recyclable waste from going to the landfill. email@example.com. Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ at the education center, building 1117, room 120. Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call • Base operations contracting officer 526-5898 for more information about the program. representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 Hours of OperationFirst Sergeants’ Barracks Program 2020 — is located or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions Central Issue Facility in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of on snow removal, grounds maintenance and • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The contractor response to service orders. 7:30-10:30 a.m. office assists Soldiers with room assignments and • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at • Initial and partial issues — Monday- terminations. For more information call 526-9707. 524-0786 or email email@example.com to Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson request latrines, for service or to report damaged • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third or overturned latrines. Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection • Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort Carson • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC Support Services, at 896-0797 or 524-2924 or Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. is open to all active members and those interested email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a facility, • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call in becoming future SAMC members. The club was parking or regulatory traffic sign. 526-3321. originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is • Unit issues and turn ins — require elite noncommissioned officers but is now an able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building approval, call 526-5512/6477. Armywide program for those who meet the criteria 1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiers Education Center hours of operation — The and have proven themselves to be outstanding should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number Mountain Post Training and Education Center, NCOs through a board/leadership process. Contact for after hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051. building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: SAMC president Sgt. 1st Class Dawna Brown at • Counselor Support Center — Monday- 526-3983 for information. Briefings Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11Command Evaluation and Training Team — 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held Tuesdays a.m. to 4:30 p.m. COMET provides commanders at all levels with a in building 1430, room 150, from noon to 1 p.m. • Army Learning Center — Monday- responsive maintenance and supply assessment and Soldiers must be private-sergeant first class with a Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. training tool that improves the combat effectiveness, minimum General Technical Score of 105; be a U.S. • Defense Activity for Nontraditional readiness and efficiency of their units’ logistical pro- citizen; score 240 or higher on the Army Physical Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — grams. The team identifies supply and maintenance Fitness Test; and pass a Ranger physical. Call 524- Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. weaknesses and problems, and provides individual 2691 or visit http://www.goarmy.com/ranger.html. Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building and unit reinforcement training based on assess- Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ments. Results remain confidential for the unit is held Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Medical Activity Correspondence Department commander only. COMET provides assistance in the Veterans’ Chapel. Class is limited to the first 50 office hours — The Correspondence (Release of majority of maintenance and supply management people. Call 526-5613/5614 for details. Information) Office in the Patient Administration areas with one-on-one training, and by conducting Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon Division hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday follow-up visits. The team also conducts classes to the second and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and fed- help strengthen supply skills and improve mainte- the Freedom Performing Arts Center, building 1129 eral holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details. nance readiness. Contact Tim Howarth at 503-3095 at the corner of Specker Avenue and Ellis Street. Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 or email@example.com for information. The Retirement Services Office recommends a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., located on the first floorDirectorate of Public Works services — DPW is spouses accompany Soldiers to the briefing. Call of building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. Shipment responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort 526-2840 for more information. under Full Replacement Value claimants must Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the submit Department of Defense Form 1840R or After of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing Delivery Form 1851 for additionally discovered sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness items to the carrier within 75 days online. Claimants Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, must log into Defense Personal Property System at BOSS meetings are held the first first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days http://www.move.mil and submit the claim within and third Thursday of each month of their expiration term of service, but must attend no nine months directly to the carrier to receive full from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. later than 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transi- replacement value for missing or destroyed items. Contact Cpl. Rachael Robertson at tion leave. Call 526-2240/8458 for more information. All other claims should be submitted to the Claims 524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of The Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Office within two years of the date of delivery or Hub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in date of incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims Office to 40404 to receive updates and event information. building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from at 526-1355 for more information.
8 MOUNTAINEER — March 8, 2013Chaplains reach out to Soldiers Story and photo by and it ... doesn’t get reported up, so it gives them a safe Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch person to talk to who is outside of their normal realm.” 2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers said they appreciate the chaplains coming Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division out to visit them. “It is a really good feeling to have the chaplain PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE — The conduct a service for us,” said Staff Sgt. Devonsounds of Soldiers’ laughter, song and prayer filled a Thomas, Troop D, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalrytent during a religious service at Piñon Canyon Regiment, 2nd BCT. “It’s a morale booster to have himManeuver Site, Feb. 26. come out here; a real pleasure.” Chap. (Maj.) Douglas Ball, brigade chaplain, 2nd Ball said he thinks of visiting and counselingBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Soldiers as more than just a job.Chap. (Capt.) Rodney Gilliam, 2nd Special Troops “It reminds me why I joined the Army and whatBattalion, 2nd BCT, took the opportunity to visit I’m really in for,” said Ball. “I am always amazedmultiple training sites and hold a religious service at to get to know new Soldiers and find out their lifethe Troop D, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, stories; why they joined the Army and what their2nd BCT, maintenance area. goals and dreams are. It reminds me that there are a The chaplains wanted to show Soldiers they care lot of faces behind what we do.”about them and are there if they need to talk, Ball said. During their visits, Ball took time to talk to “For many of them, I provide a different avenue,” unit leadership.he said. “One of the advantages of the chaplains is our “I think they want avenues for their Soldiers toconfidentiality. The Soldier can talk to me about an issue talk to somebody,” said Ball. “They know what they can provide, and they know what the chaplain can provide. It sends a message that we are concerned “I am always amazed to about more than just accomplishing the mission; we want to take care of them and their Soldiers.” get to know new Soldiers Despite being at Piñon Canyon for a monthlong training exercise, Soldiers used the service to come and find out their life together. The feeling of being away from home was put aside, stories; why they joined and the feeling of coming together as one and knowing the chaplain was here for everyone helps, said Thomas. the Army and what their Ball, along with the chaplains from the brigade’s battalions, plan to visit the training sites often and Chap. (Maj.) Douglas Ball, brigade chaplain, 2nd goals and dreams are.” engage Soldiers as much as possible. “We are working to push all chaplains out to other Brigade Combat Team, plays an instrument during a religious service at the Troop D, 1st Squadron, 10th — Chap. (Maj.) Douglas Ball battalions to make sure Soldiers in battalions without Cavalry Regiment, 2nd BCT, field training site at chaplains get an opportunity to see someone,” he said. Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 26. Debbie Roubal DDS, P.C. Working directly with the military community has been one of the INTRODUCING OUR NEW most rewarding experiences in TAVERN THIN CRUST PIZZA my 20 year dental career. Shareable, square-cut, thin and crispy. Our newest crust is all-natural and full of flavor in every slice. 4110 N. Academy Blvd. Blvd. 118 N. Tejon St.. Tejon St 3190 New Center Point New Center Point (719) 636-1933 Academy & Austin Bluffs Pkwy.. Bluffs Pkwy Tejon between Bijou & Kiowa Tejon between Kiowa Powers and N. Carefree Powers Carefree 830 Tenderfoot Hill Road, Suite #250 719.536.0633 719.634.8812 719.591.8994 www.springsteeth.com