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The Mountaineer Vol. 71, No. 25

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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 25 June 28, 2013 Page 15 Pages 22-23 Message board 4th on 3rd postponed The 4th on the 3rd Independence Day celebration scheduled for July 3 has been postponed to a date to be determined. Details will be published as they become available. INSIDEINSIDE Page 3 By Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office The 4th Infantry Division cased its colors during a ceremonyTuesday at Founders Field, and welcomed two generals to the installation. The casing symbolizes the beginning of the “Iron Horse” Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion’s one-year deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. “I am confident we will make progress during deployment for two reasons,” said Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. “First, our commitment to learn and adapt to complex environments, where your unit’s history and reputation will serve as a guide, dating back to World War I. Second, is our collective strength and commitment to teamwork.” About 500 Soldiers will deploy in the coming weeks to lead NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Regional-Command South. The Iron Horse Division will continue to support and enable Afghanistan’s National Security Forces as they conduct security operations to create the necessary conditions that will promote economic development and governance. HHBN leaders cased the battalion colors June 24. During the ceremony, LaCamera welcomed Brig. Gens. Michael A. Bills and James E. Rainey to Fort Carson. Addressing Bills first, LaCamera said: “We are fortunate to get this great leader, and highly regarded leader, and I personally couldn’t be happier to leave Fort Carson in the hands of Mike Bills. I know the care, compassion and energy Mike will bring to the team will be of no disappointment.” Bills will serve as the senior mission commander at Fort Carson See Division on Page 4 Photo by Spc. Nathan Thome Cannon crewmembers with Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, fire a 15-cannon salute during the division casing ceremony Tuesday at Founders Field, in preparation to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, right, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, senior enlisted leader, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, case the division colors Tuesday at Founders Field. Divisioncasescolors, welcomesgenerals
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — June 28, 2013 This commercial enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of the Mountaineer are not necessarily the official view of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the Department of the Army. Printed circulation is 12,000 copies. The editorial content of the Mountaineer is the responsibility of the Public Affairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, Tel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is The Mountaineer is posted on the Internet at The Mountaineer is an unofficial publication authorized by AR 360-1. The Mountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group, a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Army, under exclusive written contract with Fort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of the Army or Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group, of the products or services advertised. The printer reserves the right to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the printer shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. For display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regarding advertising and subscriptions should be directed to Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. The Mountaineer’s editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the Public Affairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Releases from outside sources are so indicated. The deadline for submissions to the Mountaineer is close of business the week before the next issue is published. The Mountaineer staff reserves the right to edit submissions for newspaper style, clarity and typographical errors. Policies and statements reflected in the news and editorial columns represent views of the individual writers and under no circumstances are to be considered those of the Department of the Army. Reproduction of editorial material is authorized. Please credit accordingly. MOUNTAINEER Commanding General: Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera Garrison Commander: Col. David L. Grosso Fort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNutt Chief, Print and Web Communications: Rick Emert Editor: Devin Fisher Staff writer: Andrea Stone Happenings: Nel Lampe Sports writer: Walt Johnson Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall Classified advertising 329-5236 Display advertising 634-5905 Mountaineer editor 526-4144 Post information 526-5811 Post weather hotline 526-0096 I joined the Army in 1997 so I could give back to a country that has given so much to me and my Family, and to be a part of something greater than myself. Serving my country encompasses far more than just raising my hand and going to war; it means believing in what I am fighting for and knowing that I could pay the ultimate sacrifice. I continue to serve because I still believe that this country stands for freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What makes me resilient is I learn more from my failures than my successes; it is one of my core beliefs that my failures renew my humility and allow me to put things in perspective, which sharpens my objectivity. I think before I speak and I try to maintain a positive attitude regardless of the circumstances or what situation may arise. Iron Horse Strong 1st Lt. Yvette Watson Executive officer, Company A, 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division What makes me Inattentive driving deadlyBy Lori Yerdon Directorate of Communication and Public Affairs, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center FORT RUCKER, Ala. — Motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver kill thousands of people each year on America’s roadways. Anytime drivers text, use a cell phone or navigation system, change a radio station, eat or drink, or do anything that diverts their attention from the road, the opportunity for an accident to happen increases exponentially. For some accident victims, they were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time and a distracted driver slammed into their vehicle. No matter the circumstances, organizations across the nation agree that distracted driving has become an epidemic on U.S. highways. Joining the nationwide effort to raise awareness of the risks associated with this unsafe practice, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center hosted its first distracted driving event, “So you think you can drive … distracted?” at Fort Rucker, Ala., June 4. “We are all guilty of driving distracted and putting ourselves and others at risk when we’re on the road,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. “We hope today’s activities will demonstrate just how dangerous distracted driving really is.” Thirty-three Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians, between the ages of 21 and 45, negotiated a one-mile driving course that simulated urban driving while observer/controllers attempted to “distract” them as they drove. Throughout the course, drivers encountered hazards designed to replicate distractions drivers face daily. They dealt with objects suddenly jutting across the road, “passengers” attempting to get their attention, blaring music, continually ringing cell phones and a barrage of text messages. “The training was very realistic and helped point out your weaknesses and strengths,” said Spc. Hilary Phillips, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory. “I think it (the training) will definitely teach people to be safer drivers.” Once the drivers completed the course, the observers/ controllers critiqued their performance. Then the drivers listened to a testimonial from a Crestview, Fla., man familiar with the consequences of distracted driving. In 2011, Rusty Fine’s 18-year-old niece, Megan Warman, was texting and driving on her way to school. She veered off the road slightly, overcorrected and her car flipped at least six times. She died 10 days later from her injuries. His niece’s legal guardian, Fine said the impact of her death was devastating. Graphic by U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center See Driving on Page 4
  3. 3. 3June 28, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER AgreementsealspartnershipStory and photo by Sgt. William Smith 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office A memorandum of understanding to formalize information flow between Fort Carson and local law enforcement agencies was signed at the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters building, Tuesday. The agreement establishes a relationship between the civilian and military agencies for the specific purpose of sharing information regarding incidents involving Fort Carson servicemembers to ensure accurate, timely and efficient communication, according to the memorandum. Officials from Colorado Springs, Fountain and Manitou Springs police departments, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and Fort Carson law enforcement agencies signed the MOU. “What we are doing here today is nothing new, but it is now formally recognized, and has already saved Soldiers’lives,” said Lt. Col. Chris Heberer, commander, 759th Military Police Battalion and director of Emergency Services. “It has helped local law enforcement find criminals, where our Soldiers or Family members were victims, and brought them to justice; (It’s) very powerful,” Heberer said. He added that the memorandum will allow local law enforcement to better assist Joint Task Force Carson. “This document is the first of its kind in (U.S. Army Forces Command) and (in the Continental United States); it specifically outlines relationships that will ensure that we protect the 70,000 Soldiers, civilians and Families that work on Fort Carson and live in the surrounding communities,” he said. Lt. Col. Timothy MacDonald, provost marshal, 4th Infantry Division, said the memorandum will solidify the bond with local law enforcement agencies. “This MOU can only have a positive effect,” MacDonald said. “What we have done is make our relationship with local law enforcement that much stronger. Now, when something happens off-post involving one of our Families, they should know that we have good processes and relationships in place with local law enforcement and that any issues that happen there will be addressed.” Pete Carey, chief of police, Colorado Springs Police Department, hopes the document will ease the burden from Soldiers’ minds when they are away from their Families. “When Soldiers deploy to defend our country, the last thing they need to worry about is if their Family will be protected,” Carey said. “With this memorandum, we will do everything that we can to protect their Family while they are gone. It helps to set the standard of open communication between local Col. David Grosso, garrison commander, signs a memorandum between Fort Carson and the surrounding local law enforcement agencies, Tuesday at the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters. The MOU formalizes the relationship between Fort Carson and local law enforcement agencies. See Agreement on Page 4
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — June 28, 2013 Joint Task Force Carson needs enforcement of the standards; enforcement of our Army Values; enforcement of treating all with dignity and respect; and accountability. Use on-the-spot corrections as a tool to make quick, effective corrections to deficiencies in training or standards. Soldiers usually require on-the-spot corrections because they either don’t know the standard or don’t care. A Soldier who knows the standard but chooses not to follow it may have larger problems their chain of command should address. When making an on-the-spot correction, use the following steps: ¶ Correct the Soldier ¶ Attack the performance, never the person ¶ Give one correction at a time, do not dump ¶ Don’t keep bringing it up — when the correction is over, it is over. ¶ Correct errors in the use of judgment and initiative in such a way as to encourage the individual. Under general military authority, leaders may take appropriate corrective actions whenever a member of any armed service, anywhere, commits an act involving a breach of good order or discipline. This applies on or off post, on or off duty. Leaders can make corrections regardless of rank. Hold yourself and your fellow Soldiers to the standard. Field Manual 7-22.7 The Army Noncommissioned Officer Guide; FM 7-21.13 The Soldiers Guide; Army Regulation 600-20 Army Command Policy On-the-spot corrections & Standards DISCIPLINE “Never in a thousand years did we think this would happen to Megan,” he said. “But it did and it can happen to any family. It’s important that the word gets out about how dangerous it is to drive distracted.” The National Safety Council reports that thousands die needlessly each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, handheld or hands-free. Here are some facts from the NSC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that are indicative of how rampant and dangerous distracted driving is: • Drivers who use handheld devices are four times more likely to be involved in crashes serious enough to cause injury. • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds; the equivalent, at 55 mph, of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. • 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. • In 2011, vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver accounted for 387,000 personal injuries. • About 9 percent of all drivers are talking on cell phones at any given daylight moment. • Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. With the number of people dying in crashes involving a distracted driver on the rise — 3,331 in 2011 compared to 3,267 in 2010 — safety officials are determined to educate individuals. “The biggest problem is most people don’t realize just how dangerous it is,” said Dr. Joseph MacFadden, USACR/Safety Center Human Factors Directorate, research psychologist. “They don’t know the statistics. Most young people (who) are texting and driving these days are completely unaware, and, of course, they feel also that they can defy the odds.” The event coincided with National Safety Month and safety officials hope it raised awareness of an Army and nationwide driving safety problem. USACR/Safety Center officials are in the process of producing an informational awareness package within the upcoming weeks using some of the information gathered at the event that will be available to everyone in the Army. Distracted driving is an emerging trend that needs to stop, said Walt Beckman, program manager and deputy director, Driving Directorate, USACR/Safety Center. “Many times Soldiers think they can multitask while driving and that’s not the case,” said Beckman. “Drivers need to focus on driving and not worry about the text message or phone call that can wait. Taking your eyes off the road or your mind off the task of safely operating a motor vehicle, even for just a few seconds, can cause a devastating accident and a life-changing event. It’s just not worth it.” from Page 2 Driving The Fort Carson community can turn in abandoned or unauthorized ammunition and explosives July 8-12, no questions asked. The week is set aside to ensure the maximum recovery of abandoned military A&E, providing the opportunity for individuals to return items and remain anonymous. A&E can be turned in to the Ammunition Reclamation Area on Butts Road, one mile south of Butts Army Airfield, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ammunition up to .50 caliber can be placed in the ARA amnesty container outside of operating hours. No documentation is required for the turn-in of amnesty A&E. The amnesty program is not intended to circumvent normal A&E turn-in procedures. Turn ins will not be used as a basis for investigations or prosecutions and are exempt from Army Regulation 190-series investigation requirements. Abandoned military A&E, excluding small arms ammunition up to and including .50 caliber, should not be moved by untrained personnel; Notify the 71st Explosive Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) at 526-2528. If military A&E is found outside the boundaries of Fort Carson military areas, notify local civilian authorities or the military police at 526-2333. For more information, contact the Ammunition Supply Point at 526-4381 or the Quality Assurance office at 526-1795/1892. for the duration of the division’s deployment. His previous assignment was serving as the deputy chief of staff for opera- tions, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, Heidelberg, Germany. Bills spent three years as an enlisted Soldier prior to receiving his commission in 1984. “You have my total commit- ment to teamwork, to training, readiness and the care for our Families,” said Bills. LaCamera also formally welcomed Rainey, deputy com- manding general for maneuver, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, who will deploy with the division. “I couldn’t be more proud to serve with this proven and battle-hardened warrior,” said LaCamera. “Jim, I know your ruck is packed, and I’ll see you there.” Rainey’s previous assignment was as the director, Mission Command Center of Excellence, U.S.Army CombinedArms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. This is his second time with the 4th Inf. Div.; he served as the operations officer for the division’s deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, as well commander of the then 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div. “Sir, I promise to you, and all the men and women that serve here at the 4th and Fort Carson, that I’ll give my best up here and all I have,” said Rainey. “Steadfast and Loyal.” from Page 1 Division Bills Rainey law enforcement and Fort Carson, no matter how often their leadership changes.” MacDonald also said this document will help keep the relationships between Fort Carson and local law enforcement going well into the future. “We change out frequently on the military side of this, whereas the local law enforcement doesn’t,” MacDonald said. “What this MOU does is formalize those relationships that we build with them, so the next person who fills the role already knows what is going on; it provides continuity with them.” MacDonald said he wants to ensure people know that the document doesn’t violate Posse Comitatus, the prohibition against using servicemembers as domestic law enforcement. The memorandum is only about strengthening bonds with local law enforcement agencies. from Page 3 Agreement Amnesty program collects ammunition, explosives
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  6. 6. Miscellaneous Air Force Prior Service Program — is open to certain former members of the military branches as well as those currently serving in the Reserve and Guard. The program has three categories of opportu- nity: direct duty with no requirement for completed years of service; direct duty with a requirement for completed years of service (plus or minus nine months); and various retraining opportunities. The key element for those wanting to join through the program is their most recent military job. Those interested can contact a local recruiter to determine eligibility. For more information or to locate a recruiter, visit us/faq/prior-service/ or call 719-548-9899/8993. Self-help weed control program — Department of Defense regulations require training for people applying pesticides on military installations. Units interested in participating in the program must send Soldiers for training on the proper handling, transportation and application of herbicides. Once individuals are properly trained by the Directorate of Public Works base operations contractor, Fort Carson Support Services, Soldiers can be issued the appropriate products and equipment so units can treat weeds in rocked areas around their unit. Weed control training sessions for Soldiers are available the first and third Monday of the month through September from 10 a.m. to noon in building 3711. Products and equipment will be available for Soldiers on a hand receipt. Each unit may send up to five people for training. For more information about the DPW Self-Help Weed Control Program, call 896-0852. Finance travel processing — All inbound and outbound Temporary Lodging Expense, “Do it Yourself ” Moves, servicemember and Family member travel, travel advance pay and travel pay inquiries will be handled in building 1218, room 231. Call 526-4454 or 524-2594 for more information. First Sergeants’Barracks Program 2020 — is located in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The office assists Soldiers with room assignments and terminations. For more information call 526-9707. Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of Public Works has an incentive program to prevent recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and every participating battalion receives money quarterly. Call 526-5898 for more information about the program. Sergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson SergeantAudie Murphy Club meets the thirdTuesday of each month at the Family Connection Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all active members and those interested in becoming future SAMC members. The club was originally a U.S. Forces Command organization of elite noncom- missioned officers but is now an Armywide program for those who meet the criteria and have proven themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a board/ leadership process. Contact SAMC president Sgt. 1st Class Dawna Brown at 526-3983 for information. Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone numbers and points of contact for services: • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Carson Support Services service order desk can be reached 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 Eric Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. when needing trash containers, trash is overflowing or emergency service is required. • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ for service needs or to report complaints. • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Use this number to obtain self-help tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. • Base operations contracting officer representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 or email for questions on snow removal, grounds maintenance and contractor response to service orders. • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at 524-0786 or email to request latrines, for service or to report damaged or overturned latrines. • Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort Carson Support Services, at 896-0797 or 524-2924 or email to request a facility, parking or regulatory traffic sign. The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building 1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for after hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051. Briefings 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held Tuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from noon to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private to sergeant first class with a minimum General Technical Score of 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test; and pass a Ranger physical. Call 524-2691 or visit Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — is held July 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Chapel. Class is limited to the first 50 people. Call 526-5613/5614 for details. Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon the second and third Wednesday of each month at the Freedom Performing Arts Center, building 1129 at the corner of Specker Avenue and Ellis Street. The Retirement Services Office recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days of their expiration term of service, but must attend no later than 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transi- tion leave. Call 526-2240/8458 for more information. Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA processes to include turning in excess property, reutilizing government property, web-based tools available, special handling of property and environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at for reutilization/web tools; or Rufus Guillory at Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays in building 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 for personnel being reassigned stateside is at 1 p.m., with the briefing starting at 1:30 p.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department of theArmy Form 5118, signed by their physician and battalion commander, and a pen to complete forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for details. Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon at the education center, building 1117, room 120. Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. Hours of Operation Central Issue Facility • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from 7:30-10:30 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; call 526-3321. • Unit issues and turn ins — require approval, call 526-5512/6477. Education Center hours of operation — The Mountain 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 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Army Learning Center — Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education 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 building 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Medical Activity Correspondence Department office hours — The Correspondence (Release of Information) Office in the Patient Administration Division hours are Monday- Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and federal holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for details. Work Management Branch — The DPW Work Management Branch, responsible for processing work orders — Facilities Engineering Work Requests, DA Form 4283 — is open for processing work orders and other in-person support from 7- 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Afternoon customer sup- port is by appointment only, call 526-2900.The Work Management Branch is located in building 1219. 6 MOUNTAINEER — June 28, 2013 Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operation DFAC Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Wednesday Thursday-July 7 (Holiday/DONSA) Stack Breakfast: 7-9 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: 7-9 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. Wolf Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Closed Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Closed Warfighter (Wilderness Road Complex) Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Closed LaRochelle 10th SFG(A) Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Closed Special Forces briefings are held Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Special Operations Forces briefings are held Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. Briefings are held in building 1430, room 123. Call 524-1461 or visit
  7. 7. 7June 28, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 1333 S. Academy Blvd. 888.706.6241 3 Days or 100 mile exchange policy for used cars. SAcademyBlvdSAcademyBlvd SPowersBlvdSPowersBlvd Fountain Blvd. SOUTH 1333 S Academy Blvd 2011 FORD FOCUS $ 12949 #B3410 $12,949 2006 NISSAN ALTIMA #B3374A $9977 2006 NISSAN SENTRA SD #B3443 $9991 2012 CHEVROLET IMPALA #B3397 $14,994 2011 NISSAN TITAN #B3414 $28,994 We Are The #1 Military Dealer in Colorado Stk #L725508. 36 mo. lease. $1999 due at signing.* Stk #N519755. 36 mo. lease. $2399 due at signing.* Certified Military Lenders Available We Will Buy Your Trade without purchase 2012 NISSAN SENTRA #C518641A $13,494 2010 DODGE CARAVAN #B3419 $15,494 2010 FORD F150 #C518149A $18,949 2007 NISSAN ALTIMA SD #N475099B $7977 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT #B3424 $6,994 2009 NISSAN MURANO #B3408A $9477 2011 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA #C820034A $16,494 2011 NISSAN QUEST #N717539A $21,494 2008 CHEVROLET AVALANCHE 4X4 #B3422 $25,494 2012 KIA FORTE #N477607B $14,194 Army War College In late June 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee led the 75,000-man Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania. The 95,000 man Federal Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade, moved north to confront Lee’s forces. Leading elements of the two armies met at Gettysburg, Pa., July 1, as much by accident as design. Although Lee had intended to fight a defensive battle, the chance meeting of the armies caused him to alter his plans and the success gained on the first day convinced him to continue the attack July 2. Likewise, Meade determined to commit his entire army and ordered a concentration of forces in defensive positions on the ground south of Gettysburg. The armies clashed again July 2 at various places, to include Devil’s Den, the Wheat Field, Little Round Top and Culp’s Hill. Both armies remained on the field where Lee ordered three Confederate divisions, about 15,000 men, to attack the center of the Union line, July 3. The Confederate attack failed: Confederate casualties: 28,063 — 3,903 killed in action Union casualties: 23,049 — 3,155 killed in action Why it still matters The Battle of Gettysburg offers timeless lessons to Soldiers, military leaders, corporate CEOs and others, according to Len Fullenkamp, Army War College lead historian, and retired Navy Capt. Steve Knott, USAWC. Timeless lessons about leadership: “As you move around the battlefield, you find examples of where leaders stood up, gave directions and their men followed everywhere,” Fullenkamp said. During visits with today’s military leaders, they use Gettysburg experiences to think about the challenges of decision making, the burdens of responsibility and the notion there will always be second-guessers. See video at The principles and leadership from the battlefield are relevant today to the military and Fortune 500 companies, said Knott. Courtesy Army War College Graphic depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg from the Army Heritage and Education Center’s collection of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Massachusetts Commandery. Battle of Gettysburg ‘That these dead shall not have died in vain’ See Gettysburg on Page 12
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — June 28, 2013 719-576-5566 Fort Carson Families choose award winning dental care and Broadmoor Dental is here to serve! Smile! Always accepting new patients, and now caring for Active Duty Personnel. WE ACCEPT METLIFE INSURANCE/PREFERRED PROVIDER Hours Mon-Fri: 8:30-600 • Sat: 9:00-2:00 4430N.NevadaAve. SouthwestCornerofGardenoftheGods&Nevada 635-2020 4319IntegrityCenterPoint NWCornerofPowers&Barnes 634-2020 1813NorthCircleDrive Circle&Constitution 632-2020 1130LakePlazaDrive LakeAve&LakePlaza(nexttoCulvers) 578-2020 Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette *Cannot be combined with any other insurance, discounts or offers. EXAMS • CONTACTS • GLASSES 25% MILITARY DISCOUNT on all goods and services* Carson honors fallen heroes Sgt. William R. Moody Jan. 25, 1983 – June 18, 2013 Sgt. William R. Moody joined the U.S. Marine Corps in May 2003, attending boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and motor transport operator military occupa- tional specialty school at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. His first duty station was at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Moody joined the Army in December 2008 and attended Advanced Individual Training as a motor transport operator at Fort Bliss, Texas. Moody was assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson in March 2009 and has deployed three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, most recently in November. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Driver Badge-Wheeled Vehicles. He is survived by his wife, Lacy Brooke; daughter, Layla Breann; sons, Korben Parker and Graydon Moody; mother, Jeanette A. Wallace; and father, William B. Moody Jr. Spc. Robert W. Ellis Feb. 9, 1992 – June 18, 2013 Spc. Robert W. Ellis joined the Army in March 2011 and attended One Station Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., graduating as a motor transport operator. Ellis deployed in November with the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge. Ellis is survived by his moth- er, Joelle R. Ellis, and father, John F. Ellis. Spc. Ember M. Alt June 28, 1991 – June 18, 2013 Spc. Ember M. Alt entered the Army in May 2011 and attended One Station Training at Fort Jackson, S.C., graduating as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. She deployed in November with the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sus- tainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Alt’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge. She is survived by her husband, Floyd Brown III; mother, Cynthia L. Merchant; and father, Charles G. Alt Jr. Photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Stone The rifle team fires its third and final volley during the memorial service for Sgt. William Moody, Spc. Ember Alt and Spc. Robert Ellis. The 32nd Transportation Company, 43rd Special Troops Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade honored three fallen warriors during a ceremony Wednesday at Soldiers Memorial Chapel.
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  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — June 28, 2013 ‘FightingEagles’prepareforGRFmissionStory and photo by Sgt. Grady Jones 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division The calls went out to Soldiers at 1 a.m., letting them know they had two days to prepare for a deployment that could take them anywhere in the world. Leadership from Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted a two-day deployment rehearsal training exercise, June 11-13, as part of an ongoing series of training to fulfill the unit’s role in support of the Global Response Force. “It’s a real-world deployable mission,” said Maj. Brian Schoellhorn, executive officer, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. “It’s a good mis- sion for unit training, especially as a heavy force. We’re using it as an opportunity to train on things that we haven’t trained on in a while.” The purpose of the Global Response Force is to have a unit able to quickly deploy and execute Decisive Action Operations requiring a rapid response. “The GRF provides the Army the ability to fulfill missions in both conventional warfare and humanitarian assistance, such as disaster relief or evacuations,” said 1st Lt. Trent Ervin, platoon leader, Company A, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. With the closure of counter- insurgency operations in Iraq and the current drawdown in Afghanistan, Company A, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., has assumed the mission in support of the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. The mission of GRF is different from the Army’s counterinsurgency focus of the last 12 years, requiring Soldiers and units to brush up on some older skills, Schoellhorn said. “The GRF mission is an important responsibility. We’re happy to have the chance to have that responsibility,” he said. “Rapid deployment with tanks, Bradleys and all that comes with it, are skills and mission sets that we haven’t practiced in a long time.” Day one of the training event covered personnel readiness, during which Soldiers verified and updated records, life insurance policies and sought legal assistance for help with items such as powers of attorney. Day two covered loading of equipment, including Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles, onto heavy equipment transporters. The Soldiers have been training for the mission since April, and assumed full responsibility for it in May. They have encountered different challenges to ensure they are ready. One challenge for Ervin was figuring out how to effectively manage and use the unit’s resources, which include a platoon of Abrams tanks, one with Bradley fighting vehicles and another of dismounted Soldiers. An M113 Armored Personnel Carrier balances on a balancing wedge while Mary Strauch, transportation specialist, Fort Carson Directorate of Logistics, makes a mark for the vehicle’s center of gravity, June 12. A two-day deploy- ment rehearsal exercise included loading vehicles onto a heavy equipment transporter in support of Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and their mission as part of the Global Response Force. See GRF on Page 12 LUNCH Monday-Sunday 11:00am-3:45pm 628 South Academy Blvd. GREAT CHINA BUFFET Super Buffet Voted Best in the Springs Featuring All You Can Eat Chinese, American and Japanese Cuisine 572-8009 25 24 Exit 139 Great China Buffet Satellite Hotel Airport Fountain CircleDr PowersBlvd S.AcademyBlvd DINNER Monday-Saturday 4:00pm-9:30pm Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm WE NOW OFFERTAKE-OUT FROM OUR MENU&BUFFET* *Chargeperpound Experience a Warmer and More Personal Approach to Your Cosmetic Surgical Needs MEMBER AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PLASTIC SURGEONS, INC. MILITARY DISCOUNTS Conveniently located Downtown Colorado Springs FREE COSMETIC CONSULTATION Dr. Raskin specializes in DouglasJ.Raskin,M.D.,D.M.D Harvard,StanfordandBaylorTrained BoardCertifiedbytheAmericanBoardofPlasticSurgery ActiveMemberAmericanSocietyofPlasticSurgeons 578-9988 559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 209 email:
  11. 11. 11June 28, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER convert brigade support troops battalions within remaining BCTs into “brigade engineering battalions.” Additionally, he said, BCTs will get additional “gap-crossing” capability and route-clearance capability. “We will also increase the fires capability,” Murray said. “Specifically, we’ll go from a 2x8-gun fires battalion to a 3x6 — so two additional guns, one additional battery to support the three maneuver battalions. And then in order to do that, some of the echelon- above-brigade structure in terms of engineers will have to be reorganized to provide that additional engineering capability to the BCT.” Stryker brigades, Murray said, currently have three maneuver battalions, but no brigade support troops battalion. Those brigades will get a brigade engineer battalion. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell said that the changes to the brigades make the remaining BCTs more capable. Campbell said that some Soldiers will need to move as part of the changes. But for the most part, moves will be from one unit on an installation to another. “A majority of that will stay on that post,” Campbell said. “But we will have to add some, (in) some places. Some will have to move.” With the expected cuts, the Army will be left with a mix of 12 armored, 14 infantry and seven Stryker BCTs. Those numbers could change in the future. Campbell said he feels confident that the brigades identified already would be the ones to be “reorganized.” But if the Army finds, in the future, that it needs a different mix of brigades than what has already been identified — some existing brigades might instead be changed to meet the new requirements. It’s expected the current slate of proposed changes will be complete by the end of fiscal 2017, though Odierno said that continued sequestration could make it happen faster. He also said that the current changes are not a result of sequestration currently in place — but are instead a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011. “These end-strength and force- structure reductions predate seques- tration and ongoing fiscal year 2013 budget reductions,” Odierno said. “If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, Army reductions to end strength, force structure and basing announced (Tuesday) will be only the first step.” The Army is currently planning to reduce its end strength to 490,000 Soldiers by the end of fiscal 2017. from Page 5 Brigades Photo by Sgt. William Smith Sgt. 1st Class Wilen Hopkins Jr., traffic management coor- dinator, 573rd Movement Control Team, 43rd Special Troops Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, hugs his son, Wilen HopkinsIII,andotherFamilymembersduringaredeployment ceremony Monday at the Special Events Center. The 573rd MCT deployed to Camp Marmal, Afghanistan, for nine monthsinsupportofOperationEnduringFreedomwherethe Soldiers oversaw the movement of equipment and more than 75,000 personnel in Regional Command-North. Reunited Affected units Brigade combat teams marked for reorganization include: q 4th Stryker BCT, 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. q 3rd Armored BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Fort Carson, Colo. q 4th Infantry BCT, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kan. q 4th IBCT, 101st Air Assault, Fort Campbell, Ky. q 3rd IBCT, 1st Inf. Div., Fort Knox, Ky. q 3rd IBCT, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. q 4th IBCT (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. q 2nd ABCT, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. q 4th ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas q 3rd IBCT, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas
  12. 12. 12 MOUNTAINEER — June 28, 2013 TIPSSustainability Green procurement • Purchase recycled-content products, such as paper. • Organic things are safer for people and the planet. • Invest in local goods and services — it reduces transportation costs and supports the local community. • When buying new appliances, be sure to purchase energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® models. • Consider how much materials are consumed — how about downsizing and simplifying? June Sustainability Photo by Sgt. Matt Waymire An M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer from Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, fires a GPS-guided M982 Excalibur round during a live-fire exercise at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., June 17. The monthlong training exercise will certify the brigade, with its more than 3,500 Soldiers, as readily deployable. Brigade certification “It was difficult to prepare for the plethora of things that we might encounter,” said Ervin. “Understanding how to coordinate all those efforts into one (effort) was a challenge.” Getting time to train and discuss the capabilities and limitations of equipment and personnel with fellow unit leaders helped to overcome those difficulties, Ervin said. Even at the lowest level, they felt that they can accomplish any mission. “My platoon still trains and performs their duties as directed,” said Ervin. “Yes, we’re fit and ready to go to answer any call we may get.” One of the exercise’s main goals was to practice coordinating with external military and civilian supporters of the mission. The 43rd Sustainment Brigade and Fort Carson Directorate of Logistics are among the elements providing support to prepare CompanyA, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., in its GRF mission. “We are here to support the units,” said Shanette Thornton, movement branch chief, Fort Carson DOL, who said exercises like this help prepare the units for the actual mission. “The 43rd SB and DOL really have done an incredible job,” said Schoellhorn. Spc. Travis Doody, M1 Abram tank crewman, Company A, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., said Soldiers have confidence in their training and their leadership as they prepare for the GRF mission. “Our leadership is doing a really good job with guiding us,” he said. “They’re showing us the ropes, getting us ready for deployment and going over crew drills (repetitively). I feel 100-percent prepared.” from Page 10 GRF Meade wins the battle of Gettysburg because he empowered his trusted subordinates, gave them clear direction and then stayed out of their way. See video at Soldier courage, discipline and sacrifice: “Soldiers in 1863 are no different than Soldiers today with respect to courage, discipline and sacrifice,” said Knott. Stories of heroism are enduring — like the story of the 1st Minnesota Regiment’s 262 Soldiers who filled a gap in the Union line and attacked 2,000 Confederate Soldiers. See video at Command responsibilities: “More often than not, a key individual, at a key place, at a key moment, makes a difference,” Fullenkamp said. That’s why it’s important for a commander to inculcate into every one of those individuals a commitment to the endeavor. See video at “You have to communicate your intent or your vision to your people, especially your trusted subordinates,” Knott said. “Gen. Lee failed to do this with Gen. James Longstreet during the battle. You cannot take it for granted as a senior leader that your trusted subordinates get what you want to do through osmosis.” See video at Contrasting Gettysburg and today’s battles: “Combat is combat. It’s timeless. It’s one of those things that bring the past and the present together. Good leadership, decisions, training, and courage and camaraderie was important in 1863. It’s absolutely important today,” Fullenkamp said. See video at from Page 7 Gettysburg
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  15. 15. 15June 28, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Below: Community members enjoy a pancake breakfast, prepared by Joint Task Force Carson cooks, in downtown Colorado Springs June 19. Right: Staff Sgt. Daedra Stonerock, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard, sings the national anthem during the Colorado Springs Street Breakfast June 19. Above: Col. David Grosso, left, garrison commander, serves pancakes alongside Fort Carson cooks, during the Colorado Springs Street Breakfast June 19, in downtown Colorado Springs. Cooks feed 4,500 local residentsStory and photos by Sgt. William Smith 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Joint Task Force Carson cooks prepared 1,500 pounds of eggs and 1,100 pounds of pancake batter as a show of thanks to the community for its continued support of the military, during the Colorado Springs Street Breakfast, June 19. The Army cooks volunteered to feed the 4,500 people who attended the annual event. In its 53rd year, the breakfast celebrates Western Heritage Month and kicks off the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days July 10–13. The Street Breakfast affords Fort Carson the opportunity to interact with the community in a unique and exciting way. “The breakfast was a good experience for me,” said Spc. Chainisha Williams, food service specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “We started setting up for the breakfast at (midnight) and worked very hard. I enjoyed showing the people of the Colorado Springs community the appre- ciation they deserve for all of the support they give us, and to have that reciprocated back to us made all of the hard work worthwhile.” Sgt. Robert Forshey, avionics systems repairer, Company B, 404th Aviation Support Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., said he had so much fun at his first Street Breakfast that he plans to attend in the future. “The breakfast was an incredible amount of fun, with music, and interacting with people from the community,” said Forshey. “It gives the public a chance to interact with the Army. It helps us strengthen the bonds we have with them. I would recommend people to come out to the breakfast in the coming years.” The proceeds raised from the breakfast go back to Fort Carson by benefitting military charities, said Brett Axton, co-chairman, Service to Mankind. “We want people to come to the rodeo, because that money goes back to military charities as well,” he said. “The relationship that exists between Fort Carson, Pikes Peak Range Riders and SERTOMA is great, and we want them to know our community loves our military.” July 10 is Fort Carson Night at the rodeo. Fifty-seven JTF Carson Soldiers will receive medallions as a token of appreciation for their service to the nation and be recognized on the arena floor and post Soldiers will compete in the wild cow milking contest. The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard will present the colors and participate in the grand entry each night. Tickets are available at or at the Norris-Penrose Events Center box office, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road in Colorado Springs. Military receive $2 off each grandstand ticket purchase by entering coupon code “military” online; must present military identification card at the stadium. “It gives the public a chance to interact with the Army. It helps us strengthen the bonds we have with them. I would recommend people to come out to the breakfast in the coming years.” — Sgt. Robert Forshey
  16. 16. 16 MOUNTAINEER — June 28, 2013 WRITTEN BYJAMESVANDERBILTEXECUTIVE PRODUCERSUTEEMMERICH CHANNING TATUM REID CAROLINCO- PRODUCERSVOLKER ENGEL MARC WEIGERTPRODUCED BYBRADLEY J. FISCHER HARALD KLOSER JAMESVANDERBILT LARRYFRANCO LAETA KALOGRIDIS DIRECTED BYROLAND EMMERICH “WHITEHOUSE DOWN” JASON CLARKEMAGGIE GYLLENHAAL MUSIC BYTHOMAS WANDER&HARALD KLOSERRICHARD JENKINSANDJAMESWOODS COLUMBIA PICTURESPRESENTS AMYTHOLOGY ENTERTAINMENT/CENTROPOLIS ENTERTAINMENTPRODUCTION A ROLAND EMMERICHFILM TBI, PTSD Story and photo by David Vergun Army News Service WASHINGTON — During the last 12 years, many Soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with wounds, some visible and some not, said a leader in Army Medicine. “The invisible wounds — post- traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury — are just as damaging as the visible ones. They impact the Families as well as the Soldiers,” said Brig. Gen. John M. Cho, deputy chief of staff for operations with Army Medical Command. An Iraq war veteran himself, Cho spoke Saturday outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., as part of National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day. This year’s theme was “Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds.” PTSD and traumatic brain injury are not just military-specific issues, Cho said. “They deserve a national discussion.” A big part of that discussion, he said, needs to focus on reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues. Besides a national discussion, Cho said agencies need to come together, both inside and outside the military, to learn more about identifying and treating PTSD and TBI, as well as preventing it in the first place. Cho said a PTSD diagnosis is particularly challenging, because “you can’t simply get a lab test or take an X-ray to find it.” As part of its collaborative effort, the Army is participating in a $60 million research study for TBI, sponsored by the National Football League, General Electric and Under Armour, he said. Also, $700 million has been allocated toward both PTSD and TBI as the result of an Aug. 31, White House executive order to go after the problem with renewed effort in a collaborative manner with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations. Additionally, the Army has set up seven “restorative centers” in Afghanistan, where TBI can be identified and treated, often allowing Soldiers to stay in theater as they improve, he said. He explained that PTSD often, but not always, occurs with TBI, and that relationship, too, is being researched. “We’re nowhere near where we want to be, however, when it comes to researching PTSD and TBI,” he said. “A lot more needs to be done.” Cho said PTSD impacted him personally when his brother, who also is a U.S. Military Academy graduate, returned from Afghanistan. His brother was suffering from PTSD. He sought treatment and is better now, Cho said, adding that his brother is telling his story to other Soldiers in an effort to get them to seek care. “We know treatment helps,” Cho said. “We can help them get better and they can continue to serve in our Army with honor and distinction.” As a result of his brother’s experience, Cho said he’s a big believer in group therapy, particularly cognitive processing psychotherapy. Brig. Gen. John M. Cho, deputy chief of staff for Operations,ArmyMedicalCommand,addresses the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, on Capitol Hill, Saturday. Chief of staff outlines priority Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, unable to attend the National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day event at the Capitol, wrote in a letter for the attendees: “PTSD is a combat injury. Veterans suffering from PTSD deserve the same dignity and respect as our fellow wounded warriors. “With the continued support and encouragement of organizations like Honor for ALL, the Army and this nation have made enormous strides in treating this injury, removing the stigma and instilling dignity in our recovering veterans. But more work must be done!” Honor for ALL, a nonprofit sponsoring the event, is dedicated to eliminating the stigma of PTSD and supports research into finding the causes and treatment of the disorder. Army initiating collaborative effort
  17. 17. 17June 28, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Love, money focus of new programStory and photo by Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff Finance and romance — two words not often used together. But at the Elkhorn Conference Center June 20, more than 100 Soldiers and spouses learned ways to improve both. “Any relationship will only be as good as the amount of time and effort that you invest in it,” said Ken Robinson, Family Advocacy Program specialist, Army Community Service. “What kind of investing are you doing in your romance right now? Are you investing in your marriage? How much effort are you putting into that?” The purpose of the new program is to enhance the knowledge of Soldiers and Families in the areas of finance and romance and to provide them tools to better both, said Mary Braxton, Financial Readiness Program manager, ACS. She hopes to offer the program twice a year. “I thought it was great information that was provided to our Soldiers and Families … especially for Soldiers and Family members who go through so many deployments,” she said. During the first half of the seminar, attendees learned that they are “millionaires in the making.” “(If you’re) making $25,000 gross annually and you never get another raise, over a million dollars will flow into your life,” said Brent Neiser, director of strategic programs at National Endowment for Financial Education. The class focused on the impor- tance of building an emergency savings fund, paying down debt and using extra deployment money wisely. Neiser discussed the importance of Soldiers being responsible with their finances and the impact that can have on their jobs in areas such as security clearances. “It’s a competitive advantage,” he said. “You actually have folks here who care about you and care that things are in balance and not out of control. In the civilian world, no one cares.” Pfc. Jared Baker, infantryman, Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, has been to a lot of financial briefings, but he still learned a lot. “It’s a good message to constantly remind you,” he said. “I wish more people would come. You see (the) empty chairs, and there’s no way that everyone knows all the possibilities.” “You will always pick up something,” agreed Alexis Baker. Even for those who’ve been married longer, there was good information. “I think (this) is a very valuable class, and I wish some of these principles we had listened to a lot earlier,” said Staff Sgt. Oscar Goosby, biomedical equipment specialist, Evans Army Community Hospital, Couples hug as Ken Robinson, Family Advocacy Program specialist, Army Community Service, teaches a class on romance at Elkhorn Conference Center, June 20. See Finance on Page 18
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They know the financial hardships of being single or in the civilian world. They don’t know how moves (and other military hardships) can affect you,” Tawanda Goosby said. The importance of communication was a priority in both classes. “If you have a money argument, that’s actually a good thing,” Neiser said. “It’s the beginning of communication where you’re sharing values.” Debt and investment was a message carried over from the finance to the romance class. Romantic debt includes anger issues, financial conflict, mistrust and emotional isolation, Robinson said. “It’s a lot more fun to invest in a marriage than to be in debt in your marriage,” he said, listing ways couples can invest in their marriages, such as open communication, date nights and physical affection. “(Romance) helps us feel special,” he said. “We’re special to somebody else in this life. That we mean something to somebody else, that we’re important … It helps provide worth to you that you matter because you matter to this person you’re in a relationship with. It provides meaning. It provides a sense of not being alone.” The most important investment couples can make is in their marriages, Robinson said. “The Army places a lot of demands on us. We give a lot of priority to our career,” he said. “But you’ve got to give priority to your marriage because one day you’re not going to be in the Army, but you’re still going to be married. You still want to have a spouse to go home to.” from Page 17 Finance Photo by Andrea Stone Staff Sgt. Oscar Goosby, biomedical equipment specialist, Evans Army Community Hospital, Medical Department Activity, and his wife, Tawanda, hug after they were asked to demonstrate a comforting hug during a romance class at Elkhorn Conference Center, June 20. By Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff The most popular event for the Exceptional Family Member Program is scheduled to happen again July 11. The EFMP’s sensory movie night begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Freedom Performing Arts Center with the screening of “The Incredibles.” At the first sensory movie night, held in April in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, more than 40 parents and children attended. “We handed out surveys for everyone to take. Everybody loved it. (They) wanted us to do it again,” said Susan Moyer, EFMP manager. “The response was so positive, we decided this is something we need to do for our military community on a regular basis.” The night is designed for those with a sensory disorder, many of whom also have autism. Because of the disorder, many of those children can’t go to a regular movie theater because of the crowds, the darkness and the movie volume, Moyer said. “They get overstimulated, and they can’t handle it,” she said. At the sensory movie night, the lights are left on and the volume of the movie is turned down. “We have a room off to the side where, if someone gets overstimulated, the parents can move (with the child),” she said. “The kids can get up and roam around, whereas in a regular theater, that is such a no-no. And the parents under- stand this, and they respect it, and it’s OK with everybody.” In April, no snacks were served because of dietary restrictions, but one comment that was repeated through the surveys was that attendees wished there was popcorn. So, at the July movie night, popcorn and bottled water will be served. The movie night will be held on a Thursday because of furloughs, but Moyer said she hopes to have future movies, which are planned quarterly, on Friday nights. The movie nights are designed to provide an outlet for Families and reduce pressure for parents. “It can be very challenging parenting a child with sensory sensitivities because that child could be experiencing a sensory overload in a public place, and you have people who … don’t know what’s going on shooting them dirty looks, or (saying), ‘You need to discipline your kid’ or ‘You need to learn how to parent your kid,’ when that’s not what’s going on at all. They can have a meltdown tantrum in the middle of Wal-Mart, and it’s because the lights are too bright for this kid to handle, and people don’t understand that,” Moyer said. “Any kind of outlet we can provide for (parents), we’re here for them,” she said. PopularEFMPeventreturns
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Denver Metro Locations Cherry Creek North • Greenwood Village • Aspen Grove • Flatiron Marketplace Eye Exams Available COLORADO SPRINGS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Little People, Big Smiles (719) 522-0123 9480 Briar Village Point, Suite 301 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 Parents can stay with children during treatment Most insurance accepted including Military and Medicaid Jeff Kahl, DDS Derek Kirkham, DDS Zachary Houser, DMD Welcoming New Patients 660SouthPointeCourt, Suite100 719-596-2097 Now accepting appointments in our new location. 719-596-2097 660 South Pointe Court, Suite 100 Flames remain after the Black Forest Fire destroys a home June 12. The fire destroyed 509 homes, surpassing the Waldo Canyon Fire at 342 homes, as the most destructive fire in Colorado history. By Sgt. William Smith 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office One of the most destructive fires in Colorado history was 100-percent contained June 20 after burning about 16,000 acres in nine days and killing two people. The Fort Carson Fire Department began supporting other agencies in fighting the Black Forest Fire with nine personnel, two brush trucks and one water tender June 12. They remained on scene until June 21, after the fire was 100-percent contained. “Our biggest challenge in the beginning was trying to save as much property as we could with a limited amount of resources, while trying to keep our crews as safe as possible,” said Capt. J.T. McLeod, FCFD. “We were chased out of so many areas from the fire flaring up and becoming so intense and unpredictable,” McLeod said. “Then, once the fire died back down, we would go back in and save what we could. So the first few days were the most challenging until the bigger crews arrived to help us.” Steve Reyes, firefighter and emergency medical technician, FCFD, said the crews extinguished fires close to homes, put in control lines securing the areas around homes and mopped up hot spots that the Black Forest Fire caused. The firefighters agreed that even though they are extremely exhausted from fighting the fires the support they received has helped them give it their all. “It is the community coming together to save homes and save lives. This fire has really driven that home,” McLeod said. “It has continued to amaze me, in my 20 years of doing this job, the way they come together like that and show us their support when we come into the command post every night, makes us work harder to get the job done. The way they have pulled together is nothing short of amazing ... FCFD helps achieve Black Forest Fire containment Plumes of smoke fill the air above Black Forest, north of Colorado Springs, June 12. PhotosbySgt.JonathanC.Thibault it makes me really proud to be part of this community.” Reyes said when people get the message to evacuate they should do so immediately. “There is nothing in their home worth dying for,” Reyes said. “(Evacuating) allows the firefighters to get in and do their job much more effectively. If we don’t have to worry about people that have not left their homes, we can focus on saving as much property and structures as we can.” McLeod said having the yard picked up around a home can make a huge difference in the event of a fire. “It is the smaller things on the ground consisting of yard waste, pine needles, weeds and smaller trees that might carry fire into the crown of larger trees,” he said. “If you can keep the fire on the ground, it doesn’t grow as intense. Fire will travel through the lighter fuels very fast, so it won’t have a chance to heat the house.” Reyes said everyone should have an evacuation plan ready in the event of a tragedy such as the Black Forest Fire. They need to make sure when officials say it is time to go that they have everything in order. “We are moving into a very bad fire season and we are still in a drought,” Reyes said. “People just need to be extremely vigilant and careful with what they are doing,” said Reyes.
  21. 21. 23June 28, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER22 MOUNTAINEER — June 28, 2013 Event treats single Spc. Robert Fleig, 4th Infantry Division Band, does a flip on the bungee trampoline. Local band Hydrogen Skyline performs at the Single Soldier Day at Iron Horse Park. The band donated its time to entertain the troops. Pvt. Christian Delgado, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, takes a spin on a motorized toilet bowl during Single Soldier Day, June 20 at Iron Horse Park. Single Soldiers slip and slide in the bubble pool during Single Soldier Day June 20 at Iron Horse Park. Story and photos by Catherine Ross Special to the Mountaineer A carnival-like atmosphere encompassed Iron Horse Park June 20, as Fort Carson’s single Soldiers somersaulted on bungee trampolines, splashed in a pit of bubbles and enjoyed live music. About 300 Soldiers joined in the fun during the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers’ inaugural Single Soldier Day, which also featured a dunk tank, human foosball and toilet bowl races. Racing motorized toilet bowls through a narrow course proved a big draw. His first time attending a BOSS event, Spc. Mike Johnson, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, cited the races as his favorite activity at the event. “I broke my toilet bowl,” Johnson said. Pointing to Spc. Keith Webber, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, he continued, “then he ran over me. I beat him in the obstacle course, though.” Webber said he appreciated that his unit encouraged him and other single Soldiers to attend the event, and authorized them to be away from work for the afternoon. “It was nice that the Army pushed it out to all the single Soldiers, to come for a half day,” Webber said. “It was a good turnout.” BOSS president Spc. Anthony Castillo was pleased with units’ buy-in to the event. “Telling Soldiers ‘this is where you’re going for the day’ really builds morale,” said Castillo. “The more units we get to do that, the more morale we build.” Castillo said the event is a tool for helping Soldiers integrate into units and hopes to transform Single Soldier Day into an annual occurrence “specifically for the single Soldier. An appreciation day, in a sense, to go and have fun.” In true carnival fashion, Soldiers could purchase refreshments, such as funnel cakes, on site. The day’s fun included prize drawings as well, for items donated by local businesses and universities that sponsored the event. Music was provided by deejay Sound of the Soldier and local band Hydrogen Skyline, all volunteering their time. Several married Soldiers also volunteered to help run the many activities. “I volunteered so single Soldiers can have some fun,” said Sgt. Jim Alexander, 438th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service), who helped run the dunk tank and was even dunked himself several times. “The Soldiers seem to be having a pretty good time,” Alexander said, adding that he would recommend future BOSS events to single Soldiers. After surviving her first dunking, Pvt. Olivia Boerstler, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf. Div., said, “I think it’s a lot of fun.” Soldiers interested in becoming more involved with BOSS can speak with their unit’s BOSS representative or contact Castillo at 524-2677. Single Soldiers can also text “follow CarsonBOSS” to 40404 to receive updates and event information, or check the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Facebook page for upcoming events. BOSS meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. to day of fun Sgt. Jim Alexander, 438th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service), takes a turn in the dunk tank.
  22. 22. Story and photos by Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff He deployed four times to Iraq, and on one of those tours, was chosen to guard President George W. Bush when he visited Baghdad in 2008. He saved lives, and on Saturday, his life was celebrated and his death mourned in a memorial service at the American Legion Post 38 in Fountain. MWD Emir H323 may have been four-legged, but the Air Force working dog, adopted by a retired Fort Carson Soldier, garnered respect. “They (military working dogs) are warriors, too,” said Daniel Cisneros, assistant state captain, Colorado Patriot Guard Riders. “They are soldiers, and they need to be identified and recognized and given the respect and honor due. They save lives.” The Patriot Riders escorted Emir’s owner, Lanai Singh, to the memorial service. “This is the first time we’ve done something like this for the working dogs,” Cisneros said. Emir was retired from Kirtland, Air Force Base, N.M., with a back injury and adopted by Singh 17 months ago. Singh, who was medically retired as a specialist from Fort Carson in 2010, waited through her time in the Army to adopt a dog. When Singh knew she wouldn’t be deploying any- more, she decided to start adopting retired military dogs. Emir was the second of three she’s adopted. She also fostered one. The waitlist to adopt military working dogs is long, and only about 300 dogs are retired each year, Singh said. The dogs fall under two categories — patrol dogs and specialized search dogs. The search dogs are easier to place because they are generally less aggressive, she explained. “I prefer to adopt the patrol dogs so that the other dogs can have families and children,” she said. The use of military working dogs dates back to World War II with the establishment of the “K-9 Corps” March 13, 1942. After Vietnam, when the troops came home, the dogs were usually left behind to face an uncertain future. All that changed in November 2000, when President Bill Clinton signed into law House Resolution 5314, which allowed military working dogs to be adopted. “On average, every military dog saves 150 lives,” Singh said. “Now there are 3,000 military dogs in the K-9 Corps in all military branches. So, 3,000 times 150, that’s how many lives have come back, saved because of a war dog. That’s a lot of people.” Emir, through his owner, had his own Facebook page with more than 1,500 likes. When Emir died, Singh was looking for a way to honor his life, so she turned to the dog handlers at Fort Carson. “(She) first came to us seeking help because the dog had just passed,” said Capt. James Powers, com- mander, 69th and 148th Military Police Detachments, 759th Military Police Battalion. “It originally started out with us doing a ceremony because we had just done one for one of our dogs. We had the script. We had the protocol down. But she started getting more and more people saying they were coming.” When there were concerns about space, Singh decided to move the ceremony off post. The role of military working dogs was highlighted during the service, with representatives from the Federal Protection Agency and two of their working dogs attending. “(I) can attest to the courage of these dogs on a daily basis,” Powers said. “I know how much we appreciate these dogs in service to us, helping us.” Emir was remembered, not only for his military service, but also his time as a service dog for his owner, who attends Pikes Peak Community College. “Emir had a calming effect on the veterans, … and he was very protective,” said Vicki Furaus, certifying official, Veterans Affairs at PPCC. At the end of the memorial service, Emir’s last will and testament was read: “Thanks to everybody who made the last year and a half one of the most exciting and happy times of my life. Every day was joyful and I will watch over you as Angel Emir.” 24 MOUNTAINEER — June 28, 2013 Call 634-5905 to subscribe or for targeted advertising opportunities We have your community covered The Fort Carson Community The Legal & Financial Community The Peterson Air Force Base and The NORAD Community The Schriever Air Force Base Community The Business Community Left: Retired Spc. Lanai Singh accepts a coin and a pin from the Patriot Guard Riders’ ride captain at a memorial service for Emir, a military working dog, at the American Legion Post 38 in Fountain, Saturday. Almost 50 people and four dogs attended the ceremony. Above: Uli pays his respects to fellow military working dog, Emir, at a memorial ceremony Saturday at the American Legion Post 38 in Fountain. Uli and Emir went through basic military dog training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, together. After their service, they were both adopted by retired Spc. Lanai Singh. Ceremony honors military service
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