Vol. 71, No. 10 March 15, 2013 Generally speaking Photo by Cpl. William Smith Maj. Gens. Joseph Anderson, left, and Paul J. LaCamera speak at a rehearsal Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., assumed command of 4th Infantry Wednesday for their change of command ceremony, which took place Thursday. Division and Fort Carson. Anderson’s next duty assignment will be at Fort Bragg, as LaCamera, who previously served as the commanding general of the U.S. Army the special assistant to the commanding general, U.S. Forces Command.Sequester furloughsWhat it means to the IMCOM workforce By Robert Dozier employee in a temporary nonduty and nonpay status. Notices are scheduled to go out between MarchU.S. Army Installation Management Command The Department of Defense has notified 18 and 22. Congress of its intent to furlough most civilian The financial burden of the furlough will be the FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Army employees up to 22 nonconsecutive days — one day equivalent of an 8.5-percent annual reduction in pay.civilian personnel are bracing for the impact of per week until the end of the fiscal year. Active duty, However, a one-day-per-week furlough during thefurloughs and changing financial priorities on their reserve and National Guard are exempt from furloughs. last weeks of the fiscal year (from late April throughorganizations. Approximately 251,000 Department of How an individual employee or activity is September) equates to a 20 percent reduction in paythe Army civilians expect to be notified soon if they affected by furloughs will be subject to the command during that time period.will be furloughed up to 22 days, starting in April. and the overall guidance of human resources and Overtime and compensatory time are curtailed, In order to meet national security responsibilities, legal advice. and no employee will be allowed to volunteer servicesInstallation Management Command is prioritizing Furloughs have the potential to impact approxi- during the furlough. Telework and the use of govern-readiness and programs based on the Army strategy, mately 27,000 IMCOM employees. There may be ment issued electronics, such as blackberries, laptopswhile adjusting to the fiscal resources available. some exceptions for those deployed in a combat zone or ipods will not be permitted on furlough days. Furloughs are a result of the Budget Control Act and those whose duties protect life, health and safety An additional burden at IMCOM will be thepassed Aug. 2, 2011, which requires more than $487 of our Soldiers and their Families. potential termination of temporary and term employees.billion in cuts from the defense base budget over 10 All employees who may be furloughed are entitledyears, beginning in fiscal 2013. A furlough places an by law to a 30-day notice before implementation. See Furloughs on Page 4 Message board INSIDE Eggsperience Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center featuring obstacle course, egg launch, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Cost is $1 per person or $5 for Families of five or more. Children under 3 are free. Pages 20-21 Page 10 Page 9
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4 MOUNTAINEER — March 15, 2013Furloughs and activities may accomplish their pay-periods including Monday, May 27 The availability of Family andfrom Page 1 mission with a reduced workweek, (Memorial Day), Thursday, July 4 MWR programs may also be affected, while others may go to a rotating (Independence Day), and Monday, but the full impact is not yet known.The permanent workforce may have to schedule in an attempt to maintain Sept. 2 (Labor Day). This may impact the Army’s ability topick up and fulfill these duties left customer service. The availability of unemployment mitigate the negative effects of thevacant, while working 20 percent fewer Discretion is likely to be in the compensation to ease the effect of furlough by providing morale, welfareman-hours. hands of the supervisor or division furloughs is difficult to summarize and recreation activities and Family Health benefits, flexible spending leader with guidance from the garrison because the rules of each state will support programs.accounts, federal group life insurance, commander, but clear guidance is not apply. Employees may seek part-time All sequestration and furlough plansvision and dental plans and federal long- yet available. employment in the civilian sector, and actions are designed to be reversible.term care plans are not impacted during Employee vacation days cannot be however, they should discuss it with their If Congress passes a balanced deficitthis furlough period. However, the used to cover a furlough day, but there supervisor to meet ethics requirements. reduction plan that the president signs,employee is still responsible for the full is no prohibition to taking accrued The effect of furloughs on an the impact of sequestration on civilianpremiums due for these benefits, even annual leave during the furlough employee’s Thrift Savings Plan employees may be avoided.though their gross pay will be reduced. period, with supervisor approval. The depends on whether deductions are There is activity in the U.S. House These factors are expected to scheduling of annual leave during based on percentage of basic pay or on of Representatives and the U.S. Senateincrease the stress on the workforce as the furlough will likely be a lot tighter dollar amount and it may affect the to write bills which would soften thepeople feel the impact on their home due to the reduced work hours and agency’s contribution. 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G1Personnel.aspx.Tuition assistance funding ceases Benefits staff assistance visit By David Vergun significant budget execution challenges caused by Army News Service the combined effects of a possible yearlong continuing resolution and sequestration,” the Army Personnel Public WASHINGTON — Effective March 8, funding Affairs Office wrote in a released statement March 8. set for March 28for tuition assistance ceased and Soldiers can no longer The suspension “will remain in effect until thesubmit new requests for TA, according to Lt. Gen. Howard fiscal situation matures,” Bromberg said in the statement.B. Bromberg, deputy chief of staff, personnel. “The Army understands the impacts of this action Approval for the tuition and will re-evaluate, shouldassistance stoppage came the budgetary situation The Department of the Armyfrom Secretary of the ArmyJohn McHugh, and affects “The Army understands the improve,” he said. Personnel staff will conduct a staff assistance visit to facilitate TA funding, derivedSoldiers from both the activeand reserve components. impacts of this action and from the Army’s budget, is information and training of Army benefits to Soldiers, Families the only education funding Those currently enrolledin courses approved for TA will re-evaluate should the affected at this time. Soldiers and surviving spouses March 28 at McMahon Auditorium from can continue their educationare not impacted and will beallowed to complete their budgetary situation improve.” using alternate methods. 1-3 p.m. Training is open to all benefi- GI Bill funding, which isfunded coursework, however. — Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg derived from the Department ciaries, but targets personnel Soldiers are encouraged of Veterans Affairs, is staff, Family readiness supportto contact their local education available and Soldiers can assistants and the Soldier Familycenters with any question they may have regarding their continue their education using this benefit. The GI Bill Assistance Center.education needs and planning, according to officials from includes the Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill and An exclusive session forthe Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for several other education programs listed on the VA website Gold Star Families and SurvivorManpower and Reserve Affairs/Army Personnel. Also, at http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/index.html. Outreach Services staff will beupdates on any changes to the TA funding will be posted National Guard Soldiers may be eligible for state- conducted at the SOS facilityto http://www.goarmyed.com. funded TA benefits. Federal loans or grants are another March 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This suspension in funding “is necessary, given the option for all Soldiers, as well as their Families. Partnership Soldiers and Families, both at are doing their service to the from Page 3 their current duty stations and nation,” Anderson said. “It is also when they transfer to other military a commitment from the military to Council hosted Aurora Day at installations. be good neighbors and responsible the Capitol, which also included The covenant accomplishes citizens, and to give back to the observing the state legislature in several goals to include recognizing community as well.” session and a discussion on key issues the volunteer service of individuals He noted Soldiers and their by statewide officials and members of in the community, the public’s Families could not have accomplished the legislative delegation. contributions and also displays the the series of deployments without the The covenant signing was Soldiers’ gratitude for the ongoing support of the communities in which arranged by Fort Carson leaders, the support of their local communities. they live. Aurora mayor’s office and the El “The covenant also establishes The ceremony was Fort Carson’s Pomar Foundation, said Terrance a formal commitment of support seventh community covenant McWilliams, director of military by local communities that is not signing with leaders from local support for the El Pomar limited to the active-duty Army, communities — Colorado Springs Foundation and the emcee for but also includes the Guard and and Fountain, October 2009; Pueblo the ceremony. Reserve and all military services,” West, October 2011; Colorado The Army Community said McWilliams. Springs communities, May 2012; Covenant promotes and The covenant is “an exchange of Pueblo community, August 2012; upholds state and community commitments between a community Custer County communities of partnerships with the Army to and an installation to support their Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, September improve the quality of life for military members and Families who 2012; and Denver, January 2013.
6 MOUNTAINEER — March 15, 201371st EOD welcomes new enlisted leader Stroy and photo by Spc. Nathan Thome After relinquishing responsibility to Boehme, man at the right time, and I wish you well. I have no 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Woods took his place at the podium, bid farewell doubt you will take the force to the next level, and to his Soldiers and welcomed Boehme and his I’m proud to call you friend.” Sgt. Maj. Matthew Boehme assumed respon- Family to the unit. Boehme, a native of Mullinville, Kan., began hissibility of the 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive “For the past 27 years, it’s been my privilege and military service with the Kansas Army NationalOrdnance Disposal) during a ceremony March 7 on honor to be a member of the EOD community. I’ve Guard in 1987, and switched to active duty in 1990.Founders Field. had the privilege of working with some remarkable His previous assignment was in Washington, D.C., as Boehme replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Soldiers and leaders over the years,” said Woods. the Headquarters, Department of the Army, adaptiveWoods, who is retiring and moving with his Family “I’ve seen many of them grow from young privates, counter-improvised explosive device/explosiveto Arkansas. specialists and second lieutenants to now being ordnance disposal solutions sergeant major. “Today we acknowledge the accomplishments company first sergeants, master sergeants as well as “I’m humbled to stand before you and assumeand sacrifices of a professional Soldier and his company and battalion commanders. responsibility of this great organization,” said Boehme.Family. For the last 27 years, Mike chose a life of “Matt, I leave you with a fighting force of “I would like to commend all the Soldiers of theservice over self, putting the needs of Soldiers and ‘Raptors;’ of steel-eyed killers ready to deal death and 71st EOD for the outstanding job they have done overtheir Families above his own,” said Col. William protect the innocent,” said Woods. “You are the right the past decade, while deployed in support of operationsMcDonough, commander, 71st EOD. “Woods Iraqi Freedom and Operationembodies in spirit and action, in word and Enduring Freedom,” said Boehme.deed, every sentence and every word of the “We will continue to uphold andNoncommissioned Officer Creed. enforce the high standards of the “He is the consummate professional, Raptors group. As the Army continuesalways striving to improve personal and unit to change, we will adapt to new envi-performance, setting and enforcing standards ronments and take on new missions.”of conduct, putting the needs of our Soldiersand their Families before his own, andpreparing Soldiers to professionally accom-plish all missions,” McDonough said. “We’ve Col. William McDonough, secondbeen fortunate to serve with you, and we’re a from left, commander, 71stbetter unit because we’ve served with you.” Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance McDonough offered words of encourage- Disposal), passes the traditionalment to the incoming sergeant major. Noncommissioned Officer Sword “To Sgt. Maj. Matt Boehme, welcome to to incoming senior enlisted leaderthe team; I look forward to working with you, Sgt. Maj. Matthew Boehme, during aand I look forward to the expertise you’re going change of responsibility ceremonyto bring to the 71st EOD,” said McDonough. at Founders Field, March 7 as the After the invocation from the chaplain, outgoing senior enlisted leader,Woods, McDonough and Boehme moved Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Woods,to the field for the traditional passing of the left, and Master Sgt. Ernesto Vazquez,Noncommissioned Officer Sword. operations sergeant major, look on. community. join it. Support from a teacher. A moving conversation with a classmate. Connecting with a student club to explore your passion. Making friends for life. This is community at PPCC. Feel it. Experience it. Join it. PPCC.EDU
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8 MOUNTAINEER — March 15, 201364th BSB hostslogistics seminar Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Henry W. Marris III held at Peterson Air Force Base, was dedicated to classroom training to3rd Brigade Combat Team Public provide a basic overview of whatAffairs Office, 4th Infantry Division sustainment functions the battalion can handle at the battalion level and Leaders and logisticians from 3rd Retired Maj. Gen. Jim Hodge, former what 43rd Sustainment Brigade can to visit the ammunition supply pointBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry commander of the Army’s Sustainment do to help. and the ammunition holding areaDivision, gathered at Peterson Air Center of Excellence and Fort Lee, Va., Martin also invited retired Maj. on Fort Carson to receive a briefingForce Base Feb. 20 and Fort Carson speaks to leaders from 3rd Brigade Gen. Jim L. Hodge, former commander from the personnel who run theFeb. 22 for a conference to learn how Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Feb. of the Sustainment Center of different sections.sustainment on Fort Carson and in the 20, during a class held at Peterson Air Excellence and Fort Lee, Va., and After the ammunition supportArmy works. Force Base for the 64th Brigade Support former commander of the 64th BSB, briefings, participants were shuttled Lt. Col. Michael Martin, comman- Battalion Logistics Symposium. to speak to symposium participants to the support battalion motor pool toder, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, about the challenges the Army is facing conduct a walkthrough and see some3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., who hosted the with budget uncertainty and about of the maintenance capabilities of thelogistics symposium, said the intent being a leader. battalion firsthand. very concise, and it helped me betterwas to bring the sustainers from 3rd “Not just the battalion commander “Now that I understand the understand the various processesBCT together for the first time since is a leader; every Soldier is a leader in capabilities of the 64th Brigade behind sustainment.”the security forces assistance teams their own right,” Hodge said. “There Support Battalion, I can share it While this symposium coveredredeployed from Afghanistan. are always going to be challenges. with the supply sergeant and the other all the sustaining functions, Martin “We wanted to show folks in the In the end, training is absolutely key section leaders to make us more said he hopes to conduct morebrigade the sustainment functions we to a battalion.” effective with maintenance,” said 1st symposiums in the future coveringdo as a sustainment battalion and how The second day of the symposium Lt. Brian Yoder, executive officer, other areas such as signal, intelli-we do sustainment functions on Fort was cancelled due to severe weather. Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, gence, and operations so leaders canCarson,” Martin said. The final day of the symposium 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, see how they all tie together for The first day of the symposium, allowed participants the opportunity 3rd BCT. “Some of the classes were mission success. Now accepting appointments in our new location. COLORADO SPRINGS 660 South Pointe Court, PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Suite 100 719-596-2097 Little People, Big Smiles Welcoming New Patients Technology with a Caring Touch Specialized treatment planning for all ages Treatment under conscious sedation and general-anesthesia Digital radiography for pinpoint treatment plans and reduced radiation exposure Jeff Kahl, DDS Parents can stay with children during treatment Derek Kirkham, DDS Most insurance accepted including Military and Medicaid Zachary Houser, DMD 719-596-2097 (719) 522-0123 660 South Pointe Court, Suite 100 9480 Briar Village Point, Suite 301 www.cspediatricdentistry.com
March 15, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 9Advanced Gunnery Training SystemSimulated trainer ups ante Story and photo by Soldiers were scored on a scale from 0- Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch 1,000, and could repeat the training if they didn’t2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs meet the standard with a score of at least 850. Office, 4th Infantry Division “You do things over and over and over again,” said Osman. “It is going to be PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE ingrained in you and be second nature.”— Gunners communicating with their tank The system allows crews to work togethercommanders, as rounds are fired downrange and become reliant on each other.to engage enemy targets happened safely “It’s a real teambuilding exercise,” saidfrom a computer simulated trainer, for Nearing. “It gets the gunners and tankSoldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 8th commanders on the same wave length. TheyInfantry Regiment, at Piñon Canyon get to know each other without having to useManeuver Site, March 5. a real tank, which is expensive.” Between live training sessions at PCMS, The AGTS allows units to save funds that2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry would normally be used during training.Division, Soldiers honed their skills for future “It is a lot cheaper to use this facility thangunnery certifications by using the Advanced take a tank downrange and use fuel, ammoGunnery Training System. and other resources,” said Nearing. “This system is essential to Soldiers The AGTS plays a role in ensuring Soldiersbecause it prepares them for live fires,” said are ready for gunnery and future missions.Sgt. Justin Nearing, armor crewman, Removing the AGTS from trainingCompany C. “If we actually sent Soldiers would leave Soldiers without a criticaldownrange prior to doing the training, there training resource, said Osman. Because ofwould probably be accidents and people could the training, everything they have learnedget hurt. This mitigates those safety issues and will be second nature when they get toprepares them for live rounds.” live gunnery. The training was intended to help Soldiershone their fire-command skills. “The most important thing Soldiers should Sgt. Matthew Anselmo, armor crewman,take away from this are the basics,” said 1st Lt. Company C, 2nd Battalion, 8th InfantryHaidar Osman, platoon leader, Company C. Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th“What is the target, what is the direction, when Infantry Division, relays information onthe driver should move up and out of the targets hit to Soldiers conducting training indefilade position; basic fundamentals like that the Advanced Gunnery Training System atare key to every single engagement.” Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, March 5. TriCare Prime offers off-base routine eye examination beneﬁt! No out-of-pocket cost for an eye exam for glasses! referral is No Primary Care call for necessary. Simply an appointment. The doctors next to LensCrafters are contracted Tricare Prime Providers. They offer three convenient Colorado Springs Locations for eye examinations. Exam includes digital retinal imaging at no additional cost. Southside Between Northside 598-1392 548-8717 598-5068 TriCare Standard, TriCare Reserve and TriCare for Life also accepted. Prescriptions may be ﬁlled anywhere. Contact lens evaluation available for additional cost. Call for program details.
10 MOUNTAINEER — March 15, 2013Competitionidentifiesfittest Soldiers Story and photos by Cpl. William Smith respiratory fitness. 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office “There are no losers in this competition. They get to compete to A Soldier lifts his shirt up to put on the heart rate see who is the fittest, but they also getmonitor, steps on the treadmill, puts on the VO2 Max the information of how to train tomask and starts to walk, eventually getting to a slow improve their VO2,” said Krys Bankard,run to reach 85 percent of his maximum heart rate. health promotion technician, AWC. Capt. Mike Meyers did this to see if he is the Depending on the results that anfittest Soldier on Fort Carson, during the Army’s first individual receives from the VO2VO2 Max Competition, March 4-6, at Iron Horse testing, there are recommendations ofSports and Fitness Center. how much cardio exercise they should VO2 max is the maximum capacity of an indi- do per week, as well as what heart ratevidual’s body to transport and use oxygen during zone and the length of each session,incremental exercise, which reflects the physical Heinz said.fitness of the individual. The competition measures a “Many professional sports teams,Soldier’s fitness through the use of Fitmate Pro, a like the Denver Nuggets, use this kindmachine able to measure oxygen consumption. of testing on their athletes to improve The postwide competition was developed by their fitness levels. This kind of testingFort Carson’s Army Wellness Center to find the is now available to Soldiers for free.”post’s fittest Soldier, who will then put his numbers Meyers, assistant operations officer,up against the elite at other installations once they Headquarters and Headquartersofficially set up their competitions. Company, 3rd Special Troops “The goal of this competition is to raise awareness Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team,of the services we provide, and how people can 4th Infantry Division, and Capt.use our wellness center as a tool to increase their Tracy Wrinkle, officer in charge,cardio-respiratory fitness,” said Tony Heinz, director, patient administration division, 1st Spc. Alejandra Herrera, 7th Squadron, 10th CavalryArmy Wellness Center. Detachment, 7215th Medical Support Unit, Medical Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry The competition gave Soldiers and leaders a Evaluation Board Remote Operation Center, were the Division, runs on a treadmill during the VO2 Maxchance to not only compete against others, but also fittest Soldiers, for the male and female categories, competition, which determined the fittest Soldier onto gain an idea of how to improve their cardio respectively, on Fort Carson. Fort Carson, March 6. Krys Bankard, health promotion “Fitness is a way of life,” Wrinkle technician, Fort Carson Army Wellness Center, monitors said. “The better you feel, the better the test as Tony Heinz, wellness center project lead, quality of life you are going to have, controls the speed of the treadmill. the better you can lead your Soldiers.” Meyers said he enjoyed being able see where he stood among his “Fitness is a continuous thing you have to keep fellow Soldiers. doing,” Wrinkle said. “If you want to do it, you will “My favorite part of the competition make it part of your lifestyle and routine.” was the competition itself,” said Meyers. The winners said the VO2 testing is an important “Knowing where I rank compared to tool that all Soldiers can use to help find what they everyone else; never having done it can do to improve themselves. before, where do I stand when the “Even if you’re not coming in for the competition, results come down?” come in for the testing to see where you fall,” Meyers The winners gave some advice on said. “The initial test we did measured your flexibility, physical fitness. grip and power, everything; it is a great gauge period “Know your limits,” Meyers said. to see where you measure across the board.” “Know whether those limits are The testing is free for all Soldiers and spouses, mental or physical, and then learn to retirees and Department of Defense civilians. overcome them.” The Fort Carson Army Wellness Center providesTony Heinz, left, project lead, Army Wellness Center, counsels Lt. Col. Wrinkle said fitness is an important services to include health assessment review, tobaccoDavid Hamilton, physician assistant, Medical Department Activity, on part of life, and the VO2 Max test education, physical fitness, stress management, healthhow to improve his cardio-respiratory fitness levels after taking the helps show where a person really nutrition and general wellness education. CallVO2 Max test March 5 at Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center. stands in that regard. 526-3887 for more information on the wellness center. 71st By Andrea Sutherland Maj. Gen. Joseph Service, building 1526. lease or to pay credit card bills. Mountaineer staff Anderson, former commanding Beginning in 1942, AER is AER operates 86 stations general, 4th Infantry Division a nonprofit dedicated to helping at Army installations around the Officials kicked off the and Fort Carson, was a big Soldiers and their loved ones. world. The nonprofit partners AER 71st Army Emergency Relief campaign Thursday, hoping to raise $225,000 by July 15 to supporter, Lewis said. “Even though he’s outgoing (com- mander), I think we can continue According to its website, the organization does not accept government funds and operates with similar organizations, like the Air Force Aid Society, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance,begins provide emergency financial assistance to Soldiers, Family members, retirees and Gold Star Family members. that momentum.” The campaign kicked off at the Elkhorn Conference Center with keynote speaker through contributions from Soldiers and civilians, repay- ment of AER loans and investment income. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the American Red Cross, to make sure all Soldiers and Family members Frederick Lewis, AER retired Lt. Gen. Robert F. Family members and are cared for. project officer, said he’s opti- Foley, director AER. Soldiers needing assistance Contact ACS for more mistic about meeting the goal. Soldiers may donate through may apply for interest-free information at 526-4590. Visit Last year, community mem- their unit project officer and loans as well as grants through http://www.aerhq.org/dnn563/ bers raised more than $249,700, community members may AER. Grants and loans do not for more information on exceeding their $200,000 goal donate cash, check or allotment cover nonessentials, legal AER’s history and this year’s by nearly 25 percent. by visiting Army Community expenses, vehicle purchase or national campaign.
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