2 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013This commercial enterprise newspaper isan authorized publication for members of theDepartment of Defense. Contents of theMountaineer are not necessarily the officialview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government orthe Department of the Army. Printed circulationis 12,000 copies.The editorial content of theMountaineer is the responsibility of the PublicAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119,Tel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address email@example.com.The Mountaineer is posted on theInternet at http://csmng.com.The Mountaineer is an unofficialpublication authorized by AR 360-1. TheMountaineer is printed by Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm inno way connected with the Department of theArmy, under exclusive written contract withFort Carson. 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GrossoFort Carson Public Affairs Officer:Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications:Rick EmertEditor: Devin FisherStaff writer: Andrea StoneHappenings: Nel LampeSports writer: Walt JohnsonLayout/graphics: Jeanne MazerallClassified advertising329-5236Display advertising634-5905Mountaineer editor526-4144Post information526-5811Post weather hotline526-0096Vol. 71, No. 24Story and photo by Dave VergunArmy News ServiceJOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — “We havechallenges when it comes to sexual assault, because from myperspective, we’re not really sure what the Army profession,character and commitment is all about,” said the Army’s topenlisted Soldier.Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III spokeduring the sixth annual Sexual Harassment/AssaultResponse and Prevention summit at Joint Base Andrews,Md., June 11.“Character is what you’re doing when no one is looking,”Chandler said, explaining one aspect of the Army profession.“Commitment is looking out for your fellow Soldier anddoing what the Army says you’re supposed to do.”Chandler said when he conducts town hall meetings withSoldiers, he usually asks them if they know what the Armyprofession is about. He said, in most cases, he gets just a fewresponses to his question from every hundred or so Soldiersin attendance.“We need to focus on (the Army profession) across theforce,” he said. “Our Soldiers generally don’t get it, or are noteven aware of it.”The Army’s top enlisted Soldier explained how hehelps Soldiers in the town hall meetings “get it” by using asimple analogy.“I ask them, ‘Have you ever had something stolen fromyou in the barracks?” he said.Hundreds of Soldiers raise their hands, he said. He asksthem how they feel about having something stolen from them,knowing that in most cases the thief was a fellow Soldier.He said Soldiers at the town hall express anger at the theftsthey experienced. A typical reply, he said, is that Soldiers saythey “lost trust” in their fellow Soldiers. He also said Soldiersreport a loss of trust in their leadership as well, because they saytheir leadership inevitably “didn’t do anything about it” once atheft was reported.Chandler then follows up with another question that getsto the heart of sexual assault.“Why aren’t you furious that someone’s dignity andrespect, which you can’t buy back, were taken away?”Chandler said when he asks that question, he seesSoldiers’ faces light up with understanding.The Army needs to put sexual assault into terms thatSoldiers can understand, he said.“They need to hear from each and every one of uspersonally, out of the office and in small groups, what thismeans to be a professional and why sexual assault is such abad thing,” Chandler said.For years, the Army and the other services have studiedsexual assault, held classes and used slide presentationsto illustrate why it must be eliminated. But those tacticshave not worked, Chandler said, saying the problem goeseven deeper.Delegating the responsibility to squad leaders and juniornoncommissioned officers also isn’t enough, he said,speaking to an audience of some 200 sergeants major andsenior officers at the summit.“Soldiers say, ‘Look, we don’t see senior-level involvement.We know something happened but, from our perspective, that(sexual assault that occurred) has just faded away.’”Chandler said senior leaders must have the courage tosay that a sexual assault happened and that it was investigated.They must also explain the outcome.“We don’t have to destroy someone’s dignity to do this,”he said. “But we owe it to our Soldiers to say this is whathappened, and here’s what we did.”He said Soldiers need leadership involvement behind theissue as a way to illustrate how important it is.“At the end of the day, those young Soldiers wantleadership, purpose, direction, motivation and understandingthat we love them and we’re committed to them,” he said. “Ittakes an Army of action, and a noncommissioned officercorps willing to do its part.”Chandler said the Army is held to a higher standard byAmerican society. If Soldiers are unwilling to make theculture shift, he said, Congress will do it for them.Sgt. Maj. ofthe ArmyRaymondChandlerspeaksduring thesixth annualSexualHarassment/AssaultResponseandPreventionsummit, atJoint BaseAndrews,Md.,June 11 .SMA on sexual assault:Character,commitmenttenets of ‘Armyprofession’SMA on sexual assault:Character,commitmenttenets of ‘Armyprofession’Spc. Abex H. Padilla Jr.Petroleum supply specialist, Company A,Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion,4th Infantry DivisionIron Horse Strong?What makes meI Joined the Army in 2006 tokeep a promise to my grandpawho was sick with cancer of thepancreas. I also joined to dosomething worthwhile withmy life.Serving my country meanskeeping up the nostalgictraditions passed down; to puta glimmer of hope and salvationin the minds of my peers bykeeping my integrity and beinga role model.I have come to enjoy thebrotherhood and bonds I havemade, especially workingwith the commandant.“Team CMDT.”
3June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERPlantointegratewomenincombatrolesStory by C. Todd Lopezand Julia HenningArmy News ServiceWASHINGTON — No later thanJan. 1, 2016, women will be able toapply to all military occupationalspecialties, and to all Army units,across the total force.“The Army is very excited aboutthe approval of our implementationplan to move forward,” said Lt. Gen.Howard Bromberg, deputy chief of stafffor personnel, during a multi-servicebriefing in the Pentagon Tuesday.Bromberg and representatives fromthe Marine Corps, Navy, Air Forceand Special Operations Commandexplained how they would implementtheir specific plans to integrate womeninto all areas of military service.The Army’s plan, like the plansfrom other services, include firstopening closed units to women, and thenopening all closed military occupationalspecialties to women.Closed unitsToday in the Army, some combatunits at battalion level and below arestill closed to women. One of the firststeps the Army will take is to openthose closed units. This step will notinvolve opening closed MOSs to women,but rather, opening closed units toallow women to serve there in MOSsthat are already open to both genders.Already, the Army has madeheadway in this area, Bromberg said.In 2012, the Army opened 14,000positions in closed units to femaleSoldiers with the elimination of the“co-location restriction” through its“Exception to Policy” program.Women were assigned to maneuverbattalion headquarters in nine brigadecombat teams as an exception to theDirect Ground Combat Definition andAssignment Rule.This year, the Army has alreadysignaled its intent to open an additional6,000 positions within closed units.The Army will accomplish that byopening up an additional eight active-duty BCTs to women — for a total of17; nine Army National Guard BCTs;and also positions within specialoperations aviation.In a plan submitted to the secretaryof defense in April, Secretary of theArmy John M. McHugh spelled outthe details of the Army’s way ahead tointegrate women into closed units.The Army will continue to openpositions in closed units, initially withinthe headquarters of combat arms units,such as infantry, armor and fieldartillery. The Army will also openheadquarters positions to women inreconnaissance, surveillance, targetingand acquisition maneuver battalions.For enlisted Soldiers, about 76MOSs that are open to both male andfemale Soldiers are represented withinclosed units. For officers, there areabout 35 officer areas of concentrationrepresented within closed units. Andfor warrant officers, there are 19warrant officer MOSs represented inclosed units.The Army will begin allowingwomen to move into positions withinpreviously-closed units in early 2014,first with officers and noncommissionedofficers, and then with junior Soldiers.“The further assignment of womento companies and batteries below thelevel of headquarters will be based onassessments, deployment cycles andspecific guidance,” reads the imple-mentation plan the Army sent forwardto the secretary of Defense. “Thisprocess will be completed at the endof calendar year 2014 and will providethe framework for opening positionsthat are currently closed to women.”Opening new jobsFor occupations currently closed towomen, the Army is planning on devel-oping gender-neutral standards to ensureall Soldiers have fair access to jobs.However, Bromberg said that it isimportant for the Army to ensure that thestandards meet job requirements.“Whatever that job or that occupa-tional specialty, we have to make surewe have the requirements of that taskestablished — regardless of male orfemale,” Bromberg said. “The worstthing we could do is change thatstandard for that position. We have to beabsolutely certain that performance canbe understood and applied in combatsituations. This isn’t to set anybody upfor failure. This is all about success.We’re calling it Soldier of 2020 — it’snot male Soldier or female Soldier.”Beginning in July 2014, the Armywill first open MOSs within theArmy Engineer Branch. This will openup about 10,281 positions to women.Beginning in the second quarterof fiscal 2015, the Army will openpositions within the Field ArtilleryBranch. The change will ultimatelyopen about 15,941 jobs to women.The Army will also open positionsto women with the Armor Branch andthe Infantry Branch. Enlisted womenwill, for the first time, have theopportunity to serve as cavalry scouts,armor crewmen, infantrymen andindirect-fire artillery. As a result ofthis change, about 90,640 positionswill open for women in the Army.Within the Armor Branch and theInfantry Branch, the Army will alsooffer junior officers and junior NCOsthe opportunity to transfer branches orreclassify as a way to build a cadreof experienced female Soldiers priorto the arrival of Soldiers who are new tothe Army.
4 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013CarsonCarsonrespondsrespondsBy Catherine RossSpecial to the MountaineerFort Carson Soldiers, Department ofDefense civilian employees and Familymembers forced to evacuate off-posthousing due to the Black Forest andRoyal Gorge wildfires can receiveallowances to cover related expenses.Col. (P) John “J.T.” Thomson,deputy commander, 4th InfantryDivision and Fort Carson, issued alimited evacuation order June 11,which ordered Soldiers, Department ofDefense civilians, and Family membersin mandatory evacuation zones toevacuate their off-post housing.The orderwas expanded to include voluntaryevacuation zones June 12.Evacuees were directed to findlodging within the Safe Haven Zone,which falls outside of evacuationzones, but within a 100-mile radius ofFort Carson’s zip code of 80913.Soldiers subject to the evacuationorder are placed on temporary dutystatus and receive TDY per diemallowances. For example, if a Soldier,spouse and child evacuate and findtemporary lodging, the actual costof lodging will be reimbursed. Theamount cannot exceed the sum ofthe per diem allowed for the Soldier,spouse and child. If the Soldier andFamily members stay with relatives orfriends, the lodging allowance isforfeited, according to Joint FederalTravel Regulations, Volume 1, Chapter 6.Regardless of where an evacuatedSoldier stays, a meals and incidentalexpenses allowance is provided to theSoldier and each Family member. Inaddition, a mileage entitlement is alsopaid for distance traveled from theevacuated residence to the safe haven,and return, per the JFTR.Allowances are not automatic. Inorder to receive them, a Soldier and hisFamily members must file travel voucherswith a Department of Defense Form1610, TDY orders and lodging receipts.Soldiers must file their travelvouchers through the Defense TravelSystem, said Rochelle Maina, FortCarson Defense Military Pay OfficeInternal Control.“A DD 1610 is generated throughDTS documenting their TDY status,”she said.“Members are requested to file theirvouchers at the end, when their evacuationperiod is done,” Maina said.Evacuees eligible for reimbursementSee NEO on Page 5By Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeDuring the most destructive fire in Coloradostate history, units across Joint Task Force FortCarson supported Colorado Springs and El PasoCounty community emergency services personnelthrough direct firefighting support, building firebreaks and providing forward operating refuelingservices, June 11-15.Soldiers with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigadeprovided helicopter crews to perform BambiBucket drops, completing 914 drops, for a total of689,970 gallons (see story pages 22-23). Thebrigade also deployed a forward area refuelingpoint to the U.S Air Force Academy airfield, to givethe helicopters more time on station (see story Page6), forward air traffic controllers to oversee airtraffic, and a command and control aircraft to assistin directing the firefighting efforts.The 52nd Engineer Battalion put 15 Soldiers onthe front line of firefighting efforts, along with fourD7 bulldozers, to create firebreaks and removeflammable debris away from the fire’s path (seestory Page 7).Civilian support agencies on post also steppedforward, with the Directorate of EmergencyServices and the Department of Public Worksproviding two type-6 brush trucks, three watertenders and nine personnel to protect homes andproperty amid containment efforts. A crew alsobackfilled a local fire station (See stories Page 8).Child, Youth and School Services assisted byopening up a shelter on post, open to all military,Department of the Army civilians and theirFamilies evacuated by the fire (see story Page 5).The JTF Carson support comes as a result ofthe Department of Defense’s immediate responseauthority and a memorandum of agreement betweenEl Paso County and the post.In addition to the Black Forest Fire support,Fort Carson firefighters from the Piñon CanyonManeuver Site Fire Station joined firefightingefforts in La Veta, south of Colorado Springs, atthe request of civilian agencies. That assistancecame through a mutual aid agreement betweenthe post and surrounding communities along theFront Range.The U.S Air Force Academy, Peterson Air ForceBase, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station,Buckley Air Force Base, 302nd Airlift Wing, andthe Colorado and Wyoming National Guards alljoined Fort Carson in providing support for theBlack Forest Fire containment efforts.Birds to bulldozersPilots and crew members of the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th CombatAviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, hover down to release water onto the Black Forest Fire, June 12.Photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. ThibaultJTF Carson helps to control fire
5June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERGUN SHOWJUNE 22 & 23SAT. 9-5 & SUN. 9-4COLORADO SPRINGSFREEDOM FINANCIAL SERVICESEXPO CENTER3650 N NEVADABUY - SELL - TRADEINFO: (563) 927-8176$2.00 Off Admission Military DiscountDOWNTOWN PENTHOUSE OFFICE SPACE4,000 Sq FeetAvailable January 1, 2014Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (719)389-1234At corner of Tejon and Platte. Full floor suite withelevator accessibility in unique, historic building,featuring exposed brick walls, skylights andwindows overlooking Acacia Park.Nice balance of enclosed private offices andopen work areas with private restrooms. Parkingavailable on site!Story and photo byAndrea StoneMountaineer staffLast year’s Waldo Canyon Firehelped Stacey Baffaro prepare for herevacuation during the Black Forest Fire.Baffaro and her husband, Sgt. JoeBaffaro, Headquarters and HeadquartersTroop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion,2ndArmored Brigade Combat Team, 4thInfantry Division, arrived at Fort Carsonabout a month before the Waldo CanyonFire destroyed 342 homes.“It made me think about what Iwould pack if it ever happened to me,so I felt prepared when it was time,”she said of her evacuation. “When itwas time, I knew exactly what to pack.”It was even more important for herto be prepared since her husband is atthe National Training Center, FortIrwin, Calif.“I think it would have been lessstressful (if he were here),” she said.“I had to make certain decisions onmy own.”The Baffaros live in an apartmentin Gleneagle, six miles from where thefire started, she said. She packedthe afternoon of June 11. All day June12, she tracked the fire’s progress whileat work, and by that afternoon, Baffarohad made the decision to leave.“With all the chaos (of a possiblemandatory evacuation), I decided I’mgoing to leave now,” she said. “Iwanted to beat the rush. I didn’t wantthe stress. I didn’t want to be afraid.”She drove home, picked up her cat,Mugen, and headed for the shelter atthe Fort Carson Youth Services Center.“When I saw the (news) updates, Iknew I’d made the right decision,”Baffaro said.She sent a text to her husband,letting him know she’d evacuated, butthat she was safe.“He’s got enough to worry about,”she said. “I didn’t want him to worryabout me, too.”The text got to him just in time,right before he went into “the box”where communication is limited.By the morning of June 14, Baffaro’sneighborhood had been declared amandatory evacuation zone, and shereturned for a third night at the shelter.The youth center shelter openedJune 11 to house Soldiers, Departmentof Defense civilians, Families and petsdisplaced by the fire and was mannedby CYSS’ employees and Soldiers.“We try to make evacuees feel aswelcome as possible,” said Sgt. TrinoZuniga, shelter noncommissioned officerin charge, Company A, 2nd Battalion,12th Infantry Regiment, 4th InfantryBrigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.The center received some calls frompeople in pre-evacuation areas whowanted to know what their options were,but few Families came to the shelter. Italso received some donations of foodand personal and pet care items.Chief Warrant Officer 2 ChrisPetrunyak, Company B, Headquartersand Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf.Div., and his wife brought donationsThursday night. Last year, during theWaldo Canyon Fire, he was deployed.“It killed me, being over there,to see (the Waldo Canyon Fire) andnot be involved. Now we can dosomething about it. I just wish wecould do more,” he said.Baffaro said she was surprised byhow few people came to the youth center.“While I don’t want more people atthe shelter, more company would benice,” she said.By Saturday afternoon, evacuationsin her neighborhood had been lifted,and she was able to return home.“Mugen and I were glad to be backhome, and there were no damages inour area,” she said. “Things are startingto get back to normal.”ShelterofferssafehavenforFamiliesMugen and his owner, Stacey Baffaro, evacuated to the Fort Carson Youth Center June11 when the Black Forest Fire threatened their Gleneagle home. They were able toreturn Saturday afternoon.“If the Soldier has (Family members), theirlodging will be paid under their dependents’evacuation voucher,” Maina said. “The Soldier’s(personnel office) is responsible for creating a DD1610 for (Family members), which will need to befiled with the ... voucher.”If a Soldier was deployed during the time ofevacuation, his spouse must go through the Soldier’sunit so that the personnel office can create a DD1610. Then spouses should take the form to DMPOfor review and submission of their evacuation travelvoucher, Maina said.Evacuated DOD civilians are not placed on TDYstatus, but receive similar lodging and M&IEallowances for themselves and their Family members.In order to receive entitlements, evacuated DODcivilians must file a DD Form 1351-2 travel voucherand include their DD Form 1610 and lodgingreceipts. Documents can be submitted via email toDRO-NEO@dfas.mil, however, Maina encouragescivilian evacuees to bring their vouchers to theDMPO for review prior to submission.Maina assisted dozens of servicemembers whohad to evacuate their homes during the Waldo CanyonFire last year. She said, on average, it took betweenseven and 10 days for evacuees to receive allowances.“The biggest thing is the orders, making sure the(unit personnel office) puts the proper information inthe orders, in the exact format that we have providedin the (Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations)guide, along with the proper signatures.”Maina encourages evacuees to take advantage ofthe service offered through the DMPO.“If I get the vouchers, I submit them, I monitorthem and check on it every two to three days,” Mainasaid. “If you send it on your own, I have no way oftracking anything.“If there are any questions, concerns, call me,”she said. “I’d rather have it done right the first timethan have the (Family members) having to go backto the unit because something wasn’t done properlyon their orders.”For help completing NEO travel vouchers,Soldiers can call the DMPO at 526-1945/8502/8325.from Page 4NEOQuick reference guideFor more information on entitlements forevacuees, applicable regulations and examples ofnecessary forms, the DMPO’s “Non-CombatantEvacuation Operations Colorado Wildfires QuickReference Guide for Army Personnel and DACivilians” is available for download from the DMPOwebsite at http://www.carson.army.mil/dmpo/.
7June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERStory and photo bySpc. Robert Holland3rd Armored Brigade Combat TeamPublic Affairs Office, 4th Infantry DivisionSoldiers from the 497th Engineer Company,52nd Engineer Battalion, provided assistance tolocal authorities and responders with the BlackForest Fire for three days, starting June 12.The company of horizontal construction engi-neers used their skills and D7 bulldozers, capableof pushing thousands of pounds of dirt, toconstruct firebreaks and clear the area of ignitablematerial, said 1st Lt. Thomas Fite, officer incharge of the engineers constructing firebreaks.“We got here and started buildingfirebreaks, trying to stop the fire from pressingnorth,” Fite said.The Soldiers constantly monitored theweather and fire conditions around them andadjusted their operations accordingly.“As soon as we pushed north, the windcaught us,” Fite said. “The fire got biggerand we had to get out of there.”Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Jaques, horizontalconstruction engineer, 497th Eng., said it is noteasy working alongside a wildfire because itcan shift and come toward workers unexpectedly.The Soldiers tried to combat the speed ofthe fire by working farther ahead of it, buildinglarger firebreaks and clearing more ignitabledebris, Jaques said.The morale among the Soldiers was high,despite long smoke-filled days fighting the fire.“The Soldiers are excited to help the commu-nity out,” Jaques said. “They do what they are toldat all times, and they are out here motivated,because they are serving their own community.”A Soldier assigned to the 497th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, spreads out burning mulch with a bulldozer during the Black Forest Fire.To enroll call (719) 387-4487 or online atwww.bricks4kidz.com/cos-pikespeakNow Enrolling for Summer Camps15% Military/First Responder DiscountAll Camps will be at theWest SideCommunity CenterFrom 12pm to 3pmAnimal GrossologyJuly 8th -12thTicket to RideJuly 15th - 19thSpace AdventuresJuly 22nd - 26thEarly Engineer Variety CampJuly 29th - August 2ndGadgets and GizmosAugust 5th - 9thOurprogramsprovideanextraordinaryatmosphereforstudentstobuilduniquecreations,playgames,andhaveloadsoffunusingLEGO®bricksWealsoofferAfterSchoolPrograms,Pre-schoolClasses,BirthdayParties,FieldTripsandMore!CAMPS INCLUDE FREE LUNCHExperience a Warmer andMore Personal Approach toYour Cosmetic Surgical NeedsMEMBERAMERICAN SOCIETY OFPLASTIC SURGEONS, INC.MILITARY DISCOUNTSConveniently located Downtown Colorado SpringsFREE COSMETIC CONSULTATIONDr. Raskin specializes inDouglasJ.Raskin,M.D.,D.M.DHarvard,StanfordandBaylorTrainedBoardCertifiedbytheAmericanBoardofPlasticSurgeryActiveMemberAmericanSocietyofPlasticSurgeons578-9988559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 209home.pcisys.net/~djremail: email@example.com
8 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013Story and photo by Sgt. William Smith4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeBen Robinett lost everything when, two hoursafter the Black Forest fire started, his house burnedto the ground.Even with all of Robinett’s possessions goneand his family now homeless, he continues to helpanyone that he can.Robinett, a firefighter and emergency medicaltechnician with the Fort Carson Fire Department,inspires his fellow brothers.“I have known Ben for seven years, and I amproud to work beside him,” said Martin Flores,firefighter and EMT, FCFD. “We have beenthrough everything together, from wildland fires,structure fires and many life and death situations.“You could not ask for a better partner at yourside. He is as solid as a rock,” Flores said. “He stillcontinues to come to work even though his house isgone. That shows his true passion for this job. Hiswork ethic and dedication inspires us all.”Robinett said he was at the grocery store June11 with his 16-year-old daughter, Emily, when theycame out and saw the fire.At first, they nonchalantly headed home to gethis 11-year-old daughter, Abigail, and pack a fewthings. Once the fire shifted, though, it became arace to finish packing their belongings before theflames rapidly approached their home.They made a few more hasty decisions in afive-minute span as to what they could take andwhat they would have to leave behind, and then theyquickly hooked up a trailer and threw in three days’worth of clothes before leaving their home.Robinett took the next two days to settle hisfamily in with friends before returning to work onJune 13, after his 72 hours off.The standard work schedule for the Fort CarsonFire Department is 48 hours on and 72 hours off.Robinett said that his desire to help those inneed is why he became a firefighter 18 years ago.Both Robinett and his wife, Ashley Robinett,feel that staying optimistic is how they will getthrough this tragedy.“Even though I have lost my house to this fire,I will continue to help anyone that I can,” BenRobinett said. “Everyone should stay optimisticand continue to move forward. If people help eachother, they will get through this tough time.”Ashley Robinett said a combination ofoptimism and routine is the key to making itthrough tough times.Another station member said that Ben Robinettis an example for all firefighters to emulate.“We all signed up to help those people inneed, and Ben has put his feelings aside to focuson taking care of his family, and to help anyonehe can during this tough time,” said ShayRidout, paramedic, FCFD. “Ben is the mostunselfish person. He will give the shirt off of hisback if it is what a person needs.”Fire takes homeFireman stays on jobStory and photo by Andrea StoneMountaineer staffFirefighting support means more thansending equipment and crews to the front linesin Black Forest.For one Fort Carson Fire Department enginecrew, it meant filling in at Colorado Springs FireDepartment Station No. 4 on Southgate Road sothe CSFD wildland fire crew and its brush truckcould move forward to fight in Black Forest.“We’re replacing their engine company withour engine company. So, we’re doing the sameexact stuff up here as we do on Fort Carson. We’rejust a lot busier now,” said Craig Wright, para-medic, FCFD, Directorate of Emergency Services.The captain, paramedic, two firefighters andtheir engine were running the same types of calls —about 75 percent of them medical — as they do onpost, said Randy Chambers, captain, FCFD.“It’s a pretty smooth transition because we tryand set up our engines the way they set up theirs,”said Porfirio Salazar, firefighter and driver, FCFD.“We train with them, too,” Chambers said. “Weknow most of the guys. So, it’s not like we’restrangers either.”Last year, the crew backfilled at the station forabout a week during the Waldo Canyon Fire. Theyran about 100 calls during that time, much more thanthe average five to 10 calls the busiest Fort Carsonfire station does on an average day, Wright said.This year started out slower, with only a handful ofcalls since they came on duty the afternoon of June 12.“I wish we were a little busier right now,”Chambers said, June 13. “Last year, we’d just pullin, pull out, pull in, pull out.”The four firefighters, one military and threeDepartment of the Army civilians, will be there aslong as they’re needed, Wright said. The crew wasonly needed until the night of June 14.“It’s nice. We’ve got a really good workingrelationship with the city. So, when they need help,we send it to them, and when we need help, they’llcome down,” Chambers said.The change of pace and scenery has been nice,he said.“You’ve got to be prepared for anything andeverything,” he said. “That’s just the way it is.That’s what makes it fun.”FCFD supports communityFourFortCarsonfirefightersandafireengineprovidedsupport to Colorado Springs Fire Department No. 4 onSouthgate Road during the Black Forest Fire.Ben Robinett, firefighter and emergency medicaltechnician, Fort Carson Fire Department, lets BruceBrazill Jr., 7, turn off the engine after honking the hornof Station 32’s fire engine June 14, at Iron Horse Park.By Andrea StoneMountaineer staffFor more than a week, firefighters from FortCarson have been fighting the Black Forest Fire, and,as of Wednesday, four of them are still there.At the height of the Black Forest Fire, up to 11personnel from the Fort Carson Fire Department,Directorate of Emergency Services, and the wildlandfirefighting team from the Directorate of PublicWorks, two brush trucks, a water tender and acommand vehicle were in Black Forest, said GlenSilloway, fire chief, Fort Carson Fire Department. Oneof the brush trucks remains.The remaining firefighters may not be doing asmuch heavy firefighting now that the fire has beenpartially contained, but they’re checking for hotspots and looking for hazards in structures that havebeen destroyed.“They’re still involved in making it safer upthere,” Silloway said of the remaining firefighters.The primary objective for the firefighters was toget people evacuated and make sure everyone wasaccounted for.“There were a number of rescues within the first 12hours where they were waiting too long to leave theirhouse. We had to send firefighters in and bring them backout a different route,” said FCFD Capt. Peter Wolf, volun-teer wildland fire chief for the El Paso County Sheriff.The secondary objective was to triage thestructures, he said.“Is it salvageable? Is it savable with work? We’renot going to risk firefighters’ lives if the structureisn’t savable,” Wolf said.If there was a chance the structure could be saved,the crew worked to clear combustibles from aroundthe building and tried to protect the structure.Some homeowners prepared ahead of time for thepossibility of wildfire and had already worked to clearcombustibles themselves. Some of those houses weresavable without firefighters’ work, but not always.“We saw structures with a lot of heavy mitigationaround them that we still lost,” Wolf said. “All ittakes is one burning pinecone that drops into a gutterfilled with pine needles, and that structure’s going tobe lost.”With about 4,000 buildings to defend, fire crewshad to make decisions on where to focus their fight.“We push the resources where it’s safe for the fire-fighters, but also where they can do a good job. If wecan’t make a difference, then we’ll find someplace elseto put them where they can make a difference,” he said.Last year, the department also sent firefightersand an engine to assist in Waldo Canyon, but onemajor difference in Black Forest is the addition ofhelicopter support.“This year with the standing up of the aviationbrigade, we had helicopters here who could respondimmediately,” Silloway said. “We’ve been trainingwith (4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th InfantryDivision) on both the communication side and thecoordination side.”“(El Paso County) made the call within the firsttwo hours. There were helicopters launching within 35minutes, and they were engaged in firefight within thenext hour,” Wolf said.Unlike the Waldo Canyon Fire, the Black Forest Firewas burning homes on the first day. In last year’s fire, itdidn’t burn structures until the day it pushed down intothe north end of Colorado Springs, Silloway said.“This (Black Forest Fire) was a very dynamicsituation with so many structures, and a large firethat’s really not controllable with (only) groundassets,” Wolf said.“Just the amount of heat and the level of destruction(in Black Forest) was intense as it went through there,and to think that there were people trying to evacuate,still police trying to get them out of there with thatlevel of fire, was intense,” Silloway said.Crew fightson front linesAnswering the call
Story and photos By Spc. Nathan Thome4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeAs fog filled the doorway of the Special EventsCenter, Families and friends erupted with cheers andapplause as their loved ones returned from a deploymentto Kuwait, during a welcome home ceremony Sunday.About 290 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division, Soldiersreturned from a four-month deploymentto conduct security cooperation andpartnership exercises. This deploymentis in accordance with the UnitedStates’ longstanding bilateral defensecooperation with Kuwait.“Welcome home, take charge ofyour units, ‘Steadfastand Loyal,’” said Brig.Gen. Michael Bills,deputy commandinggeneral, 4th Inf. Div. andFort Carson, host forthe ceremony.The ceremony con-cluded with the singingof the “4th InfantryDivision March” and“Army Song,” thenSoldiers and Familiesrushed to each other.Ashley Cutler, wifeof Spc. Brandon Cutler,motor transport operator,Battery G, 4th Battalion,42nd Field ArtilleryRegiment, 1st ABCT, 4thInf. Div., arrived at theSpecial Events Center anhour and a half prior tothe ceremony.“I’m super excitedabout him cominghome,” said Cutler. “Our plans are justrelaxing, and then on leave, we’re goingto a convention in Indianapolis.”Spc. Robert Varwig, cannoncrewmember, Battery A, 4th Bn., 42ndFA Reg., found his wife, Hanna Varwig,and two sons, Tristan and Carter, andembraced them mere seconds afterbeing released from formation.“I’m just really excited to be home,” saidRobert Varwig. “There are so many thoughts andfeelings going through my head right now; it’shard to describe what’s going on right now.”Hanna Varwig echoed her husband’s excitement.“I’m so excited, I’ve been excited for a longtime waiting for this day,” she said. “Once we getout of here, we’re going in town, and just spendingtime together.”Spc. Anthony Berry, field artillery firefinder radar operator,Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 42ndField Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,4th Infantry Division, embraces his wife, Kestine Berry, at theSpecial Events Center during the 1st ABCT welcome homeceremony Sunday.Right: Friends and Familycheer as their loved onesreturn home during the1st Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 4th InfantryDivision, welcome homeceremony at the SpecialEvents Center, Sunday.Above: Spc. RobertVarwig, cannoncrewmember, Battery A,4th Battalion, 42nd FieldArtillery Regiment, 1stArmored Brigade CombatTeam, 4th InfantryDivision, reunites withhis wife, Hanna Varwig,and son, Carter, afterbeing released fromformation during awelcome homeceremony at the SpecialEvents Center, Sunday.9June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER
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June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERMiscellaneousThe Pikes Peak Chapter of the Military OfficersAssociation of America — invites active duty,retired and former officers to “Dinner and a Rodeo,”June 29. Eligibility information and event details areavailable at http://www.ppmoaa.org under “Info.”MOAA plays an active role in military personnelmatters and proposed legislation, compensation andbenefit matters affecting the career force, the retiredcommunity and veterans of the uniformed services.The Pikes Peak Chapter supports local military,veterans, ROTC and JROTC programs. MOAAholds monthly membership luncheons at localmilitary installations and occasional specialevents. For more information call 471-8527.Air Force Prior Service Program — is open tocertain former members of the military branches aswell as those currently serving in the Reserve andGuard. The program has three categories of opportu-nity: direct duty with no requirement for completedyears of service; direct duty with a requirement forcompleted years of service (plus or minus ninemonths); and various retraining opportunities. Thekey element for those wanting to join throughthe program is their most recent military job. Thoseinterested can contact a local recruiter to determineeligibility. For more information or to locate arecruiter, visit http://www.airforce.com/contact-us/faq/prior-service/ or call 719-548-9899/8993.Self-help weed control program — Department ofDefense regulations require training for peopleapplying pesticides on military installations. Unitsinterested in participating in the program must sendSoldiers for training on the proper handling,transportation and application of herbicides. Onceindividuals are properly trained by the Directorate ofPublic Works base operations contractor, Fort CarsonSupport Services, Soldiers can be issued theappropriate products and equipment so units can treatweeds in rocked areas around their unit. Weed controltraining sessions for Soldiers are available the firstand third Monday of the month through Septemberfrom 10 a.m. to noon in building 3711. Productsand equipment will be available for Soldiers on ahand receipt. Each unit may send up to five peoplefor training. For more information about the DPWSelf-Help Weed Control Program, call 896-0852.Finance travel processing — All inbound andoutbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do itYourself ” Moves, servicemember and Familymember travel, travel advance pay and travel payinquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231.Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information.First Sergeants’Barracks Program 2020 — is locatedin building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hoursof operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Theoffice assists Soldiers with room assignments andterminations. For more information call 526-9707.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate ofPublic Works has an incentive program to preventrecyclable waste from going to the landfill.Participating battalions can earn monetary rewardsfor turning recyclable materials in to the FortCarson Recycle Center, building 155. Points areassigned for the pounds of recyclable goods turnedin and every participating battalion receives moneyquarterly. Call 526-5898 for more informationabout the program.Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort CarsonSergeantAudie Murphy Club meets the thirdTuesdayof each month at the Family Connection Center from11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to allactive members and those interested in becomingfuture SAMC members. The club was originally aU.S. Forces Command organization of elite noncom-missioned officers but is now an Armywide programfor those who meet the criteria and have proventhemselves to be outstanding NCOs through a board/leadership process. Contact SAMC president Sgt. 1stClass Dawna Brown at 526-3983 for information.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW isresponsible for a wide variety of services on FortCarson. Services range from repair and maintenanceof facilities to equipping units with a sweeperand cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phonenumbers and points of contact for services:• Facility repair/service orders — FortCarson Support Services service order desk can bereached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen-cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage,damaged traffic signs or other facility damage.• Refuse/trash and recycling — Call EricBailey at 719-491-0218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org when needing trash containers, trashis overflowing or emergency service is required.• Facility custodial services — Call BryanDorcey at 526-6670 or email email@example.com for service needs or to report complaints.• Elevator maintenance — Call BryanDorcey at 526-6670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.• Motor pool sludge removal/disposal —Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email@example.com.• Repair and utility/self-help — Call GaryGrant at 526-5844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Use this number to obtain self-helptools and equipment or a motorized sweeper.• Base operations contracting officerrepresentative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262or email email@example.com for questionson snow removal, grounds maintenance andcontractor response to service orders.• Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at524-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org torequest latrines, for service or to report damagedor overturned latrines.• Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort CarsonSupport Services, at 896-0797 or 524-2924 oremail email@example.com to request a facility,parking or regulatory traffic sign.The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — isable to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiersshould call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone numberfor after hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051.Briefings75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are heldTuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from noonto 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private to sergeantfirst class with a minimum General TechnicalScore of 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 orhigher on the Army Physical Fitness Test; andpass a Ranger physical. Call 524-2691 or visithttp://www.goarmy.com/ranger.html.Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training —is held July 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VeteransChapel. Class is limited to the first 50 people.Call 526-5613/5614 for details.Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. tonoon the second and third Wednesday of eachmonth at the Freedom Performing Arts Center,building 1129 at the corner of Specker Avenueand Ellis Street. The Retirement Services Officerecommends spouses accompany Soldiers tothe briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information.ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are heldthe first and third Wednesday of each month.Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the SoldierReadiness Building, building 1042, room 244,on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers mustbe within 120 days of their expiration term ofservice, but must attend no later than 30 daysprior to their ETS or start of transition leave. Call526-2240/8458 for more information.Disposition Services — Defense Logistics AgencyDisposition Services Colorado Springs, located inbuilding 381, conducts orientations Fridays from12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLAprocesses to include turning in excess property,reutilizing government property, web-basedtools available, special handling of property andenvironmental needs. To schedule an orientation,contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at firstname.lastname@example.org for receiving/turn in; MikeWelsh at email@example.com for reutilization/webtools; or Rufus Guillory at firstname.lastname@example.org.Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays inbuilding 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Center.Sign-in for Soldiers heading overseas is at 7 a.m.and the briefing starts at 7:30 a.m. Sign-in forpersonnel being reassigned stateside is at 1 p.m.,with the briefing starting at 1:30 p.m. Soldiersare required to bring Department of the ArmyForm 5118, signed by their physician and battalioncommander, and a pen to complete forms. Call526-4730/4583 for details.Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are heldthe first and third Tuesday of each month at noonat the education center, building 1117, room 120.Call University of Colorado-Colorado SpringsArmy ROTC at 262-3475 for more information.Hours of OperationCentral Issue Facility• In-processing — Monday-Thursday from7:30-10:30 a.m.• Initial and partial issues — Monday-Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m.• Cash sales/report of survey — Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.• Direct exchange and partial turn ins —Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m.• Full turn ins — by appointment only; call526-3321.• Unit issues and turn ins — requireapproval, call 526-5512/6477.Education Center hours of operation — TheMountain Post Training and Education Center,building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows:• Counselor Support Center — Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11a.m. to 4:30 p.m.• Army Learning Center — Monday-Friday8 a.m. to 6 p.m.• Defense Activity for NontraditionalEducation Support andArmy PersonnelTesting —Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m.Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Medical Activity Correspondence Departmentoffice hours — The Correspondence (Releaseof Information) Office in the PatientAdministration Division hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.and closed Thursday and federal holidays. Call526-7322 or 526-7284 for details.Work Management Branch — The DPW WorkManagement Branch, responsible for processingwork orders — Facilities Engineering WorkRequests, DA Form 4283 — is open forprocessing work orders and other in-personsupport from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.Afternoon customer support is by appointmentonly, call 526-2900. The Work ManagementBranch is located in building 1219.BOSS meetings are held the firstand third Thursday of each monthfrom 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole.Contact Spc. Anthony Castillo at524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of TheHub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS”to 40404 to receive updates and event information.Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operationDFAC Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-ThursdayStack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: ClosedClosed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Wolf Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.Warfighter(Wilderness Road Complex)Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: ClosedClosed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: ClosedLaRochelle10th SFG(A)Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: ClosedClosed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dinner: Closed15
16 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013Hospitalwelcomesnew CSMStory and photo bySgt. 1st Class Jeff TrothMedical Department ActivityPublic Affairs OfficeSoldiers and civilians with the FortCarson Medical Department Activitycame together to say farewell toCommand Sgt. Maj. Ly Lac andwelcome Command Sgt. Maj. WilliamRost, during a change of responsibilityceremony outside Evans ArmyCommunity Hospital June 12.The ceremony marked the end ofLac’s almost three years at Fort Carson.He heads to Europe to assume responsi-bilities as command sergeant major ofU.S. Army Europe Regional MedicalCommand at Landstuhl Medical Centerin Germany.“While here, (Lac) kind of got in thegritty details of how hospitals run,” saidCol. John McGrath, MEDDAC commander.“He said (noncommissioned officers incharge) just can’t be in charge of coordinat-ing and logistics — they have to be ableto run their clinics. They have to begeneral practice managers so that doctorsand nurses can do doctor and nurse things.”In order to accomplish this, Lactransformed the clinic NCOs into generalpractice managers by having them completehealth care administration courses offeredat Baylor University, Waco, Texas.“To the Soldiers and civilian staffof Evans Army Community Hospital,I want you to know that you haveoverwhelmed me with your dedicationand selfless service to our community,”Lac said. “I am truly humbled to havethe opportunity to serve alongside youand support you.“Command Sgt. Maj. Rost, I knowthe Soldiers and civilian staff are ingood hands to have you as the commandsergeant major.”Rost comes to Fort Carson from FortBenning, Ga., where he served as theMartin Army Community Hospital andMEDDAC command sergeant major.His previous assignments include U.S.Forces Command and 1st CavalryDivision chief medical NCO and seniormedical enlisted adviser to the U.S.Army Forces Command surgeon.“He is coming to us from FortBenning which is another vetted facility,”said McGrath. “(In Rost we) have asergeant major who knows how we dobusiness and can take us to the next level.”Rost accepted the challenge: “Col.McGrath, I have your back. Soldiersand civilians of the hospital, this is a teameffort, and we are going to get after it.”Command Sgt. Maj. WilliamRost, left, assumesresponsibility for Fort CarsonMedical Department ActivityJune 21 from Col. JohnMcGrath, right, MEDDACcommander, as outgoing seniorenlisted leader CommandSgt. Maj. Ly Lac looks on.
17June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERBecome a fan of the Colorado Springs Business Journalon Facebook or follow us onTwitter @CSBizJournalGet breaking news and headlines throughout the day, learn about upcoming events, special offers and more!My one reason?To show Icare aboutmy community.You only need one reasonto donate plasma.Find out how becoming a plasma donor can make adifference for patients and help you earn extra money.Inadditiontomeetingthedonationcriteria,youmustprovideavalidphotoI.D., proof of your current address and your Social Security or immigrationcardtodonate.Mustbe18yearsofageoroldertodonate.As a new donor, you can earn up to $100 this week.Biomat USA3776 Airport Road Colorado Springs, CO 80910(719) 380-6991Army transition sets Soldier up for successBy Sgt. Grady Jones3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team PublicAffairs Office, 4th Infantry DivisionFormer Army Spc. William Martin, after nearlyfour years of service, ended his journey on activeduty with the Army due to medical separationand successfully transitioned into civilian life witha new career.Martin, who served as a tracked vehicle mechanicin Company D, 4th Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment,3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivision, went through a medical separation board foran injury to his left knee that he first noticed during adeployment to Iraq from 2010 to 2011.“I had a negative view on any other way of gettingout of the Army other than serving out my contract,”Martin said. “The first time I was recommended (fora Medical Evaluation Board), I refused, because I feltit was an ‘easy way out’ of the Army. When I signedthe contract, I agreed to serve.”When recommended a second time, Martin saidhe was educated by his assigned physician assistantabout the advantages and benefits of appearingbefore a MEB.Soldiers who go through a Medical EvaluationBoard are assigned Physical Evaluation Boardliaison officers who assist them throughout the transitionprocess. Soldiers are also assigned to a unit, such asthe Warrior Transition Battalion, which is designed toassist injured Soldiers in successfully transitioning tothe next stage of their careers, by either changingjobs in the Army, or returning to civilian life.Soldiers in the MEB process become a part ofthe Integrated Disability Evaluation System.The IDES Program is used by the Departmentof Defense to assess servicemembers who havebeen wounded, ill or injured, to see if they are stillable to serve. If they are not, the IDES gives thema Veterans Affairs disability rating before leavingthe service. This tells the servicemember theamount of compensation and benefits they willreceive from the VA.Soldiers who are a part of the IDES also haveopportunities to do volunteer work, go to college, orwork as interns.“Our job here is to make sure the Soldiershave a job when they leave in order to set them up forsuccess,” said 1st Sgt. Jesus Sharkgambrell, CompanyK, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd ABCT. “So,we require a five-year plan for them.”Soldiers who are being medically evaluated forpossible separation from the Army have access tothe services provided by the Soldier and FamilyAssistance Center on Fort Carson.According to Martin, having the assistance andresources available at the SFAC increased his confidenceabout transitioning out of the Army and into acivilian role.Resources available at the SFAC includeentitlement and benefit counseling, educationalservices, transition/employment assistance, substanceabuse information for Family members, coordinationof legal and pastoral services, lodging assistanceand the Army Career and Alumni Program.The mission of ACAP is to deliver a world-classtransition program for America’s Army that empowersmembers to make informed career decisions throughbenefits counseling and employment assistance,according to the program’s mission statement.ACAP seeks to make the transition processfrom military to civilian life as stress-free andhelpful as possible with services such as a VeteranAffairs seminar, Disabled Transition AssistanceProgram Seminar, job search assistance, financialplanning classes and resume development, accordingto the website.Martin said he was successful writing his ownresume with the guidance of his ACAP counselor.“Most Soldiers who do extensive work with anACAP counselor write a master resume that includeseverything the Soldier has done,” said Lois Bay,Fort Carson ACAP contractor installation manager.“As the Soldier applies for specific jobs, theSoldier takes the master resume and targetsthe resume for the specific job he applies for.”Martin graduated from the CorrectionsTraining Academy in Cañon City as a correctionsofficer, May 31.“I will work at a correctional facility in Sterling,”said Martin.Kim Beicker, training manager for theCorrections Training Academy in Cañon City, saidthere is a difference between corrections studentswith prior military service, such as Martin, andthose without prior military service.“The military guys show more discipline andare more physically fit,” said Beicker.Martin, who cleared from the Army May 18,expressed his appreciation for the people who helpedhim and attributes his successful transition from theArmy to the leadership from his transitional unit.“They provided me with information that Ineeded to know,” said Martin. “There was a lot of(information with regards to transition that) I wasn’taware of before I got there.”Spc. William Martin,left, tracked vehiclemechanic, Company D,4th Squadron, 10thCalvary Regiment,3rd Armored BrigadeCombat Team,4th Infantry Division,hands clearingpapers to Spc.Yolane Johnson,leasing assistant,Fort Carson HousingOffice, April 17.
18 MOUNTAINEER — June 21, 2013By 2nd Lt. Michelle Cody615th Engineer CompanyA five-week construction mission on Butts Roadprovided an opportunity for new engineers to hone theirskills on various pieces of heavy equipment and build asense of camaraderie, while also saving the government$80,000 by utilizing troop construction capabilities.The 615th Engineer Company, 52nd EngineerBattalion, road improvement project enables theSoldiers and civilians of 10th Special Forces Group(Airborne) additional and adequate road access to workfacilities along Butts Road and a parking area that willbe used in conjunction with the future climbing wall.“The 52nd Engineers did a fantastic job on the roadimprovement,” said Staff Sgt. Tyson Rolland, constructionoperations sergeant, Headquarters andHeadquarters Company, 10th SFG(A) “Theywere very knowledgeable, and got the job donewith no issues.”Pvt. 1st Class Patrick Ramirez, heavyequipment operator, 615th Eng., said he gainedvaluable experience throughout the project.“I was enthused to spend a lot of timeoperating (vehicles),” Ramirez said. “I noticedthat my skills on the equipment improved bythe time the project was complete.”He said he learned new skills, to include howto build a French drain and put in a culvert.“I thank my leadership for the guidanceand knowledge I needed to improve myskills as an operator,” he said.Initial construction began with repairs tohalf a mile of dirt road as Soldiers begangrading the road, using a 120M grader and621B scraper, to smooth out the surface.Simultaneously, they used a hydraulic excavator todig ditches and install a 36-inch culvert. Once the roadwas leveled, the Soldiers used a 20-ton dump truck tospread aggregate along the road, and solidify thesurface as a serviceable road. This phase took abouttwo weeks due to weather setbacks.The Soldiers then began clearing the area for the100-foot by 100-foot parking area using a 120M graderand 621B scraper. Concurrently, they identified andestablished an emergency access road leading into theparking area, which required an additional 18-inchculvert and a French drain — a small trench coveredwith rocks that aids in directing water away from theroad. The second phase of this mission took 17 days.The project consisted of 23 horizontal constructionengineers from the 615th Eng.Photo by 2nd Lt. Michelle CodyAbove: Soldiers install a 36-inch culvert, whichwill direct runoff away from the road and preventroad damage.Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Melvin ParsonsEngineers enhance road, skillsLeft: Sgt. Jarrad Payton, 615th EngineerCompany, 52nd Engineer Battalion, uses thehydraulic excavator, left, May 6 to form a ditchleading from a culvert as Spc. Joseph Lyon,615th Eng., back-blades the soil, using a dozerto even the banks on the side of the ditch.
Story and photos byAndrea StoneMountaineer staffIt was a week of fun, games,stories and adventure for morethan 180 children as they learnedto “Stand Strong for God” atVacation Bible School at Soldiers’Memorial Chapel June 10-14.The program, which has beenat Fort Carson for almost 35 years,was especially popular this year.Registration began May 1 andfilled up within two weeks.“This year, we filled up amonth and a half earlier thannormal,” said Pat Treacy, directorof religious education.This year’s theme, “KingdomRock: Where Kids Stand Strong forGod,” taught the children that God’slove, family and friends, prayer andtrust in God can all help them standstrong. It was a lesson that manymilitary children could understand.“Stand strong if you have tomove far away or someone you lovehas to deploy,” volunteer StacyChapman reminded her class.Chapman, whose husband is retiredArmy, has been volunteering atFort Carson’s VBS for 13 years.“(The week) was awesome,”she said. “This is one of myfavorite things to do.”Sgt. Ryan O’Shaughnessy,chaplain assistant, U.S. ArmyGarrison Fort Carson, has beenhelping at VBS for five years.“The kids are absolutelyamazing,” he said. “I love workingwith these kids. It’s really aboutthe kids, to have good rolemodels in their life.”The program was an opportunityfor children to have fun and learnabout God, especially those whomay not regularly attend church.“This might be the one weekin the whole year that they hearabout God and how much he lovesus,” Treacy said.For Kiela Martin, 8, it was herfirst time at VBS.“It’s really cool,” she said. “Wehave a whole bunch of differentstations and each station isdifferent every day.”Jacob Lee, 10, has been toVBS many times.“I’m pretty sure I’ve goneto VBS my whole life,” he said,adding that this year’s programwas more fun than previous years.Without the 115 volunteers,the program wouldn’t be possible.“We couldn’t have asked fora better group of volunteers. Theyshine. They purely and simplyloved the kids. Everybody workedtogether as a team. God trulyblessed us,” Treacy said.When Chapman asked thechildren in her class to raise theirhands if they’d had fun, almostevery hand went up, and cheerserupted around the room, and whenthey had the opportunity to saywhat they’d do if they were madeking or queen for a day, theycame up with a variety of answers:protect animals, no tackling yourbrother, post guards to kick peopleout of my room, make other peopledo all the chores and get ice creamfor breakfast, lunch and dinner.Treacy said the support from thepost’s leadership has been criticalto the success of the program.“The command truly supports usthrough funding and extra chaplainassistants. We’ve been very fortunateat Fort Carson to have a commandthat supports these types of programsfor the children,” she said.At the end of the week, all thehard work paid off.“It is exhausting, but it’sworth it, truly worth it becausethat’s God’s grace for us. It’s notus,” Treacy said.19June 21, 2013 — MOUNTAINEERAbove: During the well, well, well game, childrentossed a soaked sponge to each other relay-styleduring Vacation Bible School at Soldiers’ MemorialChapel June 10. The game was to illustrate theidea of God’s love getting on them, like the water,and them sharing his love with others, as theytossed the wet sponge down the line.Right: Preschool children play a game atVacation Bible School at Soldiers’ MemorialChapel, June 10. They were pretending to begood shepherds, like David, picking up theircotton ball sheep and putting them in the pen.Standstronglessonat VBSChildren try to toss hula hoops around VacationBible School volunteers at Soldiers’ MemorialChapel June 10. First, they threw the hula hoopswhile standing still. After that, each child spunaround three times before tossing the hula hoop.
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