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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 26 July 5, 2013 Pages 18-19 Page 3 Page 6 Message board INSIDEINSIDE 4th on 3rd rescheduled The 4th on the 3rd Independence Day celebration has been rescheduled for Aug. 31 at Iron Horse Park beginning at 3 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 8:15 p.m. By Spc. Nathan Thome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke with Soldiers from Joint Task Force Carson during an open forum at Manhart Field, June 28, as part of visits to local area installations. The Defense secretary addressed pressing issues for many Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians including downsizing the Army and furloughs. Hagel said an announcement was made June 25 by Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno to lower the number of units during the next few years through the consolidation of brigade combat teams. He added that the consolidation affects Fort Carson, because through 2017, the installation’s manpower will be adjusted. He also addressed concerns about furloughs, saying they are hard on everyone, and when it came to the decision, he gave it his utmost attention. “I think you know that your (leaders) have been involved in this process, trying to figure out ways that we can comply with the law and realities of the budget that we’re living with, without hurting our force structure, our people, our readiness and protecting our combat power,” said Hagel. He also thanked 4th Infantry Division Soldiers for their support fighting the fires in Colorado. “I want to acknowledge the work of so many of you who have been involved in some way with fighting these fires out here; your work has been spectacular,” he said. “It has gained recognition and thanks from every corner, and I know the people of Colorado are grateful, the people of our country are grateful, and we’re very proud in the Department of Defense for what you did and what you continue to do.” Following his remarks, Hagel answered questions from Soldiers. In response to a question about Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention, Hagel said he feels sexual harassment is a scourge on the Army. He added that it has to stop, but it can’t stop without the Soldiers, because “it gets fixed within the fabric of the institution, and you are the fabric.” In regards to a Soldier’s concern about prioritizing between proper training and outdated equipment, Hagel said, “I don’t think it’s a choice, I don’t think you can choose between education and training versus modernization of equipment; you have to have them both. “You have to start with people. If you don’t have quality people, who are trained, educated, motivated and well-led, it won’t make any difference what kind of Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jacob A. McDonald Photo by Spc. Nathan Thome Above: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses members of the Joint Task Force Carson community about issues and concerns including downsizing the force and civilian furloughs, during an open forum at Manhart Field, June 28. SecDef visits JTF Carson Left: Pfc. Ernesto Sotelo, right, preventative medicine specialist, Company B, 10th Combat Support Hospital, asks Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel how he plans to eliminate sexual harassment and assault, during an open forum at Manhart Field, June 28. See Hagel on Page 4
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — July 5, 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 Sgt. 1st Class Robert M. Burns Outreach noncommissioned officer and U.S. Army Recruiting Command liaison, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division Iron Horse Strong? What makes me I joined the Army Reserve July 12, 1987, in order to help pay for college. I then transferred to the Louisiana Army National Guard while in college. In 1992, I decided to go active duty because I wanted something more out of life, as college was not what I expected. To serve my country means to give back. Even as a Soldier, I feel it is my responsibility to give back to local communities by volunteering and being an example to everyone in the nation. Additionally, we must be responsible for the interest of the president and other national leaders. I continue to serve because I feel it is a calling. The Army fits me like a glove — I love to mentor and coach young people on the opportu- nities available through Army programs. The options are almost endless as long as they put effort into moving forward in their careers. Taking time to focus on my wife and children makes me Iron Horse Strong. The Family is my outlet, enjoying the time we spend together. We go to church together and realize we are here for a purpose. As a Family, we do volunteer work in the community, which helps us realize that it takes a community to improve our world. Commentary by Zamawang Almemar Former Fort Carson volunteer He kissed me on my forehead and said, “I don’t know if I’ll ever see you again, but I have to go and fight for our freedom.” It was at that moment I realized the true meaning of the word “freedom,” the reason for all the bloodshed, and why I may never see my brother again. The year was 1991, when the Kurdish uprising was taking place. It was when every Kurd from Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, was fighting for their freedom against a regime that did not think twice about slaughtering its own people, causing mass genocide. Under Saddam Hussein’s regime, enlisting in the military was not a voluntary act — it was mandatory — and those who refused were hanged. During his ruling, hundreds of thousands of Kurdish people were murdered, tortured and chemically bombed. Being tired of his regime, the Kurds took to the mountains, the only friends they knew had their backs, to stand up and fight for their independence. Prior to the Kurdish uprising, and while our cities were being bombed by Saddam, my family and I sought refuge for days under a tree on the side of the road leading to the eastern border, along with thousands of other Kurds fleeing their homes. As I lay there on the ground, cold and barely holding on to life, the only thing separating me from the soaked grass being a wet tarp, there was only one thing that kept me alive — hope. Hope that someday Saddam would be gone and we would be free. Hope that my brother would come back and for us to live like a “normal” family with no fear. In 1996 the regime had announced Saddam’s leave- or-die decree for the Kurds working with their American counterparts. Upon his return from fighting a war, my brother started working with an American humanitarian organization that later helped us escape the tyranny of the regime. Arriving in Guam in 1997, there was only one place to relocate the many Kurds facing the atrocities of the regime, and that was Andersen Air Force Base. That was my first up-close and personal introduction to the American uniform. With the servicemembers smiling back at me, the only English phrase I knew to communicate back to them was, “Thank you.” It was then I began to understand what it is that makes the United States of America one of the most powerful nations in the world. It is not the millions of people that mutually coexist despite their cultural differences, it is the strength of the American military, and the resilience of the American servicemember. Enlisting voluntarily in the military, he stands ready to sacrifice his life in the name of freedom. And for someone who knows the meaning of that term all too well, I know that is no small price to pay. The strength of the American military became especially evident to me while I was volunteering with Army Community Service at Fort Carson, near Colorado Springs, where we first touched down onto American soil after leaving Guam and received a warm welcome from the Soldiers. Today, walking around the corridors of the Pentagon, one of the most powerful institutions in my opinion, I get overwhelmed with the strength of the American military. There is an unbreakable bond between all the branches of the military, which extends to building relationships with war-torn countries such as Iraq. Having mastered the English language, there is still only one phrase that comes to mind that captures my sense of gratitude toward the military for saving my country and its people from the most violent criminal, and that is “Thank you.” As we celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, let us not forget the Soldiers in and out of uniform, serving at home or overseas. Let us also celebrate the lives of those Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting their country and freeing another. No matter what corner of the globe we come from, we are all fighting for the same cause, freedom. If each one of us takes on a responsibility and plays the role of a counter-terrorist, I’m certain that, in time, we can win this war against terrorism and allow more countries to get a taste of freedom. Independence Day Kurd reflects on freedom Zamawang Almemar poses for a photo on Fort Carson next to a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, once her biggest fear when living in Kurdistan, Iraq. Courtesy photo
  3. 3. 3July 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER CSA pins DCG star Story and photo by Sgt. William Smith 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office The deputy commanding general for support, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general by the Army Chief of Staff, in a June 27 ceremony at Founders Field. Brig. Gen. John “J.T.” Thomson III has been serving as the deputy commander since his arrival at Fort Carson in April. “It is my honor to participate in this (promotion) ceremony,” said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. “Every time I come to Fort Carson, it is a great day. I get the chance to re-associate myself with the finest division in the Army, the 4th Infantry Division.” Prior to coming to Fort Carson, Thomson worked directly for Odierno as the director of the chief’s coordination group. “Thomson has had certain traits since being commissioned into the Army: competence, character and commitment,” Odierno said. “He has shown technical and tactical competence throughout his career. He has demonstrated the commitment not only to his Soldiers, but to our Families, his units and the Army. He has committed himself to making every unit or assignment better than when he got there. He committed himself to many deployments. In fact, when he was at the (Army) War College, he deployed for six months because I asked him to come over and support me while I was Multinational Force Iraq commander. That is his commitment to mission, to Brig. Gen. John “J.T.” Thomson, deputy commanding general for support, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, receives the first round fired by the salute battery during his promotion ceremony at Founders Field, June 27, as his wife, Holly Thomson, and son, Parker, look on. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, second from left, presided over Thomson’s promotion. See DCG on Page 4 Discusses SHARP with post leadership
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — July 5, 2013 WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID Secretary of Defense American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials will move forward in making benefits available to all military spouses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement issued after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. The law had prevented federal agencies from offering all of the same benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages that they provide to other spouses. Here is the secretary’s statement: “The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision (June 26) on the Defense of Marriage Act. The Department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies. The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses — regardless of sexual orientation — as soon as possible. That is now the law, and it is the right thing to do. “Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country and their qualifications to do so. Today’s ruling helps ensure that all men and women who serve this country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full dignity and respect they so richly deserve.” Later, a Defense Department spokesman issued a statement detailing some of the steps the department is taking: Ë The Department will immediately begin to update the identification card issuance infrastructure and update the applicable implementing guidance. We estimate that this process will take about six to 12 weeks. For civilian employees, the department will look to Office of Personnel Management for guidance. For civilian employees who are eligible for ID card-related benefits, the Department intends that ID cards will be made available to same-sex spouses of civilian employees at the same time as same- sex spouses of military members. Ë The Supreme Court’s ruling means that the Defense Department will extend all benefits to same-sex spouses of military personnel that are currently extended to opposite-sex spouses, including medical, dental, interment at Arlington National Cemetery, and with-dependent Basic Allowance for Housing. The Department will implement these benefit changes as soon as possible for same-sex spouses. Ë The policies governing burial at Arlington National Cemetery will apply equally to same-sex and opposite- sex spouses. Ë We are carefully reviewing command sponsorship for overseas tours, and all applicable Status of Forces agreements. Ë We will assess costs as we move forward with implementation. equipment they are given,” Hagel added. “But we also need to make sure that we stay on the cutting edge of modernization of our weapons.” Soldiers who voiced their concerns to the secretary of Defense said they were impressed with the answers they received. “I voiced my concern about sexual harassment and assault, because it’s a major topic in the Army,” said Pfc. Ernesto Sotelo, preventive medicine specialist, Company B, 10th Combat Support Hospital. “It was an honor to be able to talk to the secretary of Defense; he seems very charismatic and an empathetic person, and I really think he cares about helping the Soldiers.” Spc. Meng Li, cavalry scout, Troop C, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., who asked about Army education, training and equipment, echoed his satisfaction with the answer he received. “He gave a very genuine answer; he believes that we should balance education and equipment,” said Li. “It was an honor. I come from a different background, and I believe that talking to someone who has achieved so much is an honor, it (was) a great opportunity.” from Page 1 Hagel success, to our country and our Army. “He has the character we expect of our leaders,” Odierno said. “The moral and ethical values to lead, to treat Soldiers with dignity and respect, to understand the importance of what it takes, and the responsibility ... to lead, to lead America’s greatest assets, the American Soldier.” Following his remarks, Odierno pinned the new rank on Thomson, who was joined in the reviewing area by his wife, Holly Thomson, and their two children, Tyler and Parker Thomson. After receiving his star, Thomson was presented with two distinctive items: the first round fired by the salute battery at the ceremony and the general officer belt. Unique to general officers, the general officer belt dates back to 1843, when then Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall decided that all generals needed a belt when carrying side arms, except in combat, said Odierno. During Thomson’s 27 years as an Army officer, his assignments have included brigade commander, executive officer to the commanding general of Multinational Corps Iraq and adviser to the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “I would like to thank all of you for celebrating in this special day for the Thomson Family,” Thomson said. “I stand here with a great deal of humility, because we all know that the Army profession is not about self. “Every promotion pales in com- parison to the 187 streamers on the Army flag. Those colors of courage represent campaigns that American Soldiers have fought for, bled for and died for since 1775. They are why we enjoy freedom and liberty today.” In addition to promoting Thomson, Odierno had a discussion over breakfast with Fort Carson’s captains, toured the Joint Operation Center and visited with Fort Carson senior leaders. Capt. Kelly Calway, commander, Headquarters and Headquaters Company, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., said it was an amazing experience to talk with the chief of staff of the Army. “We asked questions from (the) Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (program) to the ongoing mission in Kuwait,” Calway said. “(Odierno) said that they analyzed the brigade organization, and they are going to increase it to three maneuver battalions at the brigade level and increase engineer presence. He also talked about how they are going to regionally align forces, with combatant commands, and you would be assigned to a certain theater and deploying to those theaters. It is going to play out over the next 10 years. “It left me feeling that the Army is going in the right direction well into the future,” she said. from Page 3 DCG DOD welcomes DOMA decision
  5. 5. Story and photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault 4th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division “A combat aviation brigade has not been built from the ground up in 25 years,” said Maj. Jason Davis, brigade executive officer, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. “4th CAB has a solid foundation to build upon.” Two years after the CAB was deactivated at Fort Hood, Texas, the unit colors were unsheathed in the presence of Soldiers and their Families, during the 4th CAB activation ceremony at Fort Carson’s Founders Field, Tuesday. The new brigade commander, Col. Robert T. Ault, and Command Sgt. Maj. Antoine J. Duchatelier Jr., senior enlisted leader, assumed command and responsi- bility of the troops in the newly-reactivated brigade. “Today at Joint Task Force Carson, this combat aviation brigade is being reformed, organized and transformed into one of the Army’s most modernized aviation brigades,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, senior mission commander, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson. “This is no small task, standing up a brigade, especially an aviation brigade. “In preparation for future missions, these leaders and Soldiers, pilots, maintainers and logisticians will fill new aircraft and execute a very aggressive training plan,” said Bills. “This will build combat power and capacity that will provide this division the aircraft integration it needs. I am confident that this leadership team and the Soldiers standing before us will rise to the challenge, to continue the tradition of excellence that their unit has stood for (for) so long.” After uncasing the brigade colors, Bills presented the 4th CAB guidon to Ault, recognizing him as the leader assuming command of the brigade on Fort Carson. “The leaders and Soldiers of 4th CAB on the field today are committed to building the most professional and effective combat aviation brigade in the Army,” said Ault. “In addition, we embrace the opportunity to be part of, and build the bigger team of, the Fort Carson and Front Range community as an active responsible partner in making the Front Range better for our presence.” The activation ceremony and unfurling of the brigade colors marked an important milestone of the 4th CAB legacy, serving as a visible reminder the brigade is back in service to the Army and nation, Ault said. “The activation of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade provides 4th Infantry Division, the Army and our nation with additional capabilities and depth,” said Ault. “The CAB will provide vital training and operations support to the 4th Infantry Division. 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McHugh met with the Security Force Advise and Assist Team that works with the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps commander and staff, to assess how that mission is progressing. “The SFAAT mission is the principal focus right now,” said McHugh. “Very young Soldiers and young officers and NCOs are doing incredible work and doing it well as they train our Afghan partners.” The SFAAT is made up of Soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, based out of Fort Hood, Texas, and the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based out of Fort Campbell, Ky. Each member of the team has an Afghan counterpart on the ANA corps staff. These U.S. and Afghan partners work together every day to help the Afghan staff officers identify and solve problems. “The Afghans have the capabilities to lead this mission and are getting better every day,” said McHugh. “They are developing as a military organization and display the courage and willingness to take on the fight.” McHugh met Maj. Gen. Muhammad Waziri, the commander of the ANA 201st Corps, as well. McHugh listened intently as Waziri chronicled several recent successful military operations that his corps has recently accomplished in the seven provinces north of Kabul without the aid of U.S. military combat forces. “All highways are open to traffic; we pushed the enemy and insurgents from Koi-Safi. The valley we used to call Death Valley, we now call Peace Valley,” said Waziri. In a particularly poignant moment in his conversation with McHugh, Waziri spoke on a personal level. “I’ve lost three brothers in the last four years (of the war), but I believe that the Taliban flag will never fly over Afghanistan again. I assure you,” said Waziri. SFAATs are constructed to match U.S. military skills withAfghan needs to guide the ANA to a state of self-sufficiency. In the case of the 201st Corps, it has worked as designed. The increase in abilities and confidence is unmistakable. “Morale is very good and high. The situation is getting better, not worse,” Waziri proudly told McHugh. McHugh left the sessions with the SFAAT and Waziri with a better under- standing of the effectiveness of the advise and assist mission, and with respect for the ANA commander. Photo by Spc. John G. Martinez Secretary of the Army John McHugh, center, speaks with Brig. Gen. Ronald Lewis, deputy commander for support, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), left, and Maj. Gen. James McConville, commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-101, Regional Command-East, and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, June 20. See SecArmy on Page 8
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ProudsupporterofTheBootCampaign OurexperiencedmortgageconsultantsknowVAloans. $ 400Military Appreciation closing cost credit.* 8610ExplorerDrive,Suite140 | ColoradoSprings,CO80920 | 719.466.8700 CobaltMortgage,Inc.NMLS-35653 CobaltMortgagesalutesthe83rd anniversaryoftheUSDepartmentof VeteransAffairs,establishedby CongressonJuly21,1930toserve veterans,theirfamilies,andsurvivors. Pulmonary Medicine: Joshiah Gordon, D.O. Marcel Junqueira, M.D. Craig Shapiro, M.D. Our Pulmonology team is one of four specialties ranked by U.S. News & World Report as “High-Performing.” The only hospital south of Denver to be recognized, Parkview is right here. And it’s only getting better. GASP! U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT JUST TOOK OUR BREATH AWAY. | 719.584.4000 “We are grateful for your leadership and the sacrifices you’ve endured,” McHugh told Waziri. McHugh also met with the leadership of the 4th Brigade, 1st Cav. Div., to discuss other parts of their mission. “The first challenge is to complete the mission. The fighting remains very dangerous and diffi- cult. The other part of the mission is to physically remove ourselves,” said McHugh. As the brigade prepares to redeploy later in the summer, it has begun the process of retrograding equipment so it can be reset for use elsewhere in theArmy. With the terrain, weather and the ongoing fighting season, this mission is like no other challenge the Army has faced. “We had a big, big job getting ourselves out of Iraq. This is bigger still,” said McHugh. “Afghanistan provides additional challenges based on geography, weather and occasional disruptions in land routes.” After talking to the Soldiers and leaders and visiting several retrograde yards, McHugh said he is confident the mission will be accomplished. Before leaving Gamberi, McHugh thanked the Soldiers for what they do every day. He emphasized the signifi- cance of their role, acknowledging the challenge of providing security, advising and assisting, while retrograding equipment. “You’re here because there’s no better way to meet this challenge,” said McHugh. from Page 7 SecArmy be the first line of defense against sexual harassment and assault incidents “It’s about the environment, it’s about trust, and it’s about empowering our junior leaders,” Pearl said. In addition to the new steps, the Army and Joint Task Force Carson will continue to use the I. A.M. Strong campaign to combat sexual harassment and assault. The Army has used the I. A.M. Strong campaign, which stands for intervene, act and motivate, since the introduction of SHARP in 2008. The Army’s goal with the campaign is to take the focus off of the victim, and what they can do to mitigate the risk of a sexual assault happening, and put the focus on all Soldiers, to make them understand they have a respon- sibility to prevent sexual assault and harassment from taking place. “Follow the ideas of the I. A.M. Strong Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Campaign plan by actively intervening to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said Rouse. “There are no innocent bystanders. If you observe sexual harassment or a sexual assault, it is your obligation to stop it.” Army policy states that an environ- ment where sexual innuendo and jokes are accepted creates a sense of positive reinforcement for sexual predators, and provides a type of camouflage, where their aberrant thoughts and behaviors will be less identifiable. Soldiers who are victims of sexual assault can call the 24/7 hotline at 338-9654. Family members can call 243-7907, 24/7. from Page 6 SHARP “‘Iron Eagles’ are proud to work alongside the Colorado Springs community, and we showed that through our support to the local civilian authorities during the Black Forest Fire,” said Ault. “4th CAB completed over 900 Bambi Bucket drops, dumping over 690,000 gallons of water in support of the Black Forest Fire.” Ault talked about his expectations for his aviation Soldiers and what they should expect from him. “In order for our organization to function properly, leaders and their Soldiers need to work as a team,” Ault said. “Teamwork is essential to making the CAB successful. A helicopter doesn’t fly by itself — it takes a dedicated team of professionals such as maintainers, crewmembers, refuelers and operations Soldiers. It is that collaborative energy that makes us so valuable to the division.” Ault also talked about the values that every Soldier should live by while they are in the brigade. “The three pillars of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade through the years have been and will remain commitment, teamwork and a warrior spirit born of pro- fessional competence and personal character,” he said. Davis, the officer-in-charge of the group building the 4th CAB until Ault’s arrival, commented on the brigade’s growth since arriving at Fort Carson. “We have made incredible progress since we started last spring, thanks to our junior leaders spread throughout the formation,” said Davis. “We are very fortunate to have Col. Ault here as the brigade commander, a proven combat leader, experienced in both ground and air operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; he brings a wealth of knowledge and a true warrior spirit to our unit.” As the ceremony came to a close, Ault told his Soldiers what goals he wants the unit to complete, and how they can get there together, during his time in command. “4th CAB is a leader-centric organization that brings exponential value every day,” said Ault. “Our nation’s friends will find no greater ally than the 4th CAB, and our enemies will find no greater foe.” from Page 5 CAB
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  12. 12. 12 MOUNTAINEER — July 5, 2013 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 the Army 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. Legal services — provided at the Soldier Readiness Processing site are for Soldiers undergoing the SRP process. The SRP Legal Office will only provide powers of attorney or notary services to Soldiers processing through the SRP. Retirees, Family members and Soldiers not in the SRP process can receive legal assistance and powers of attorney at the main legal office located at 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, next to the Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance prepares powers of attorney and performs notary services on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. BOSS meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Foxhole. Contact Spc. Anthony Castillo at 524-2677 or visit the BOSS office in room 106 of The Hub for more information. Text “follow CarsonBOSS” to 40404 to receive updates and event information. Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operation DFAC Friday-Sunday (DONSA) Monday-Thursday 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. Wolf Closed 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) Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed LaRochelle 10th SFG(A) Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed
  13. 13. 13July 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Army Community Service Facility hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following services will not be available on Fridays: ■ Army Emergency Relief * ■ Army Volunteer Corps ■ Community Information and Referral ■ Financial Readiness ■ Employment Readiness ■ Mobilization and Deployment ■ Family Enrichment classes ■ Family Advocacy Program ■ Citizenship and Immigration Services ■ Relocation Assistance Program ■ Family Connections (Loan Closet) ■ Survivor Outreach Services ■ Soldier and Family Assistance Center ■ Warrior Family Community Partnership information and referral services The following programs will have limited services on Fridays: ■ SHARP — Open Friday, normal duty hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Victim Advocacy — Available Friday for emergency calls ■ Exceptional Family Member Program — limited services, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Warrior Family Community Partnership donations — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. *AER covered by Red Cross (877-272-7337) Defense Commissary Agency Closed Mondays Directorate of Emergency Services ■ No effect on current operations Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation ■ CYSS facilities — no effect on current operations ■ No business or recreation facility hours have been adjusted due to furlough Directorate of Human Resources The following offices will be closed on Fridays: ■ Army Substance Abuse Program ■ Army Continuing Education System ■ SRP ■ Reassignments ■ Official Mailroom (post office will remain open in accordance with its published schedule) ■ Records ■ AWOL The following offices will be open Fridays with limited services: ■ In and out processing ■ ID cards ■ Casualty ■ ACAP ■ Transitions Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security ■ Anti-terrorism/Force protection office — closed Fridays The following offices will be open Fridays with limited services: ■ Ranges and Training Facilities ■ Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site ■ Ceremonies ■ Simulations — Mission Training Complex ■ Ammunition Management Directorate of Public Works ■ Housing Service offices — closed Fridays ■ Hazardous waste site — limited Friday services Exchange ■ No effect on current operations Garrison ■ USAG Command Group reduced hours of civilian personnel on both Monday and Friday The following offices will be closed Fridays: ■ Resource Management Office ■ Plans Analysis Integration office ■ Equal Employment Opportunity Office ■ Safety office Miscellaneous The following offices will be closed Fridays: ■ SJA Legal Assistance ■ Internal Review (every other week) ■ Installation Security Division ■ Ind. Military Training/Troop Schools ■ Reserve Component Support ■ Taskings ■ DA Photos/Passport photos ■ Training Support Center ■ Emergency Management Butts Army Airfield ■ Limited Friday services Furlough effects expected on post During the furlough, Evans Army Community Hospital and its clinics plan to maintain mostly normal operations and the highest standards of care. The hospital’s emergency room and Mountain Post Birthing Center will remain fully operational. Because of reduced staffing on Fridays, clinics will take fewer appointments. On Fridays, Warrior Family Medicine Clinic will consolidate providers with Iron Horse FMC and see patients there. The main hospital pharmacy will have normal Friday hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) while the SFCC, Robinson, Premier and DiRaimondo pharmacies will be closed. The hospital’s dining facility will remain open, but with a limited grab-and-go menu. Call 526-CARE (2273) to schedule and cancel appointments. Editor’s note: Beginning Monday, Department of Defense civilian workers will be furloughed, losing one day of work per week, up to 11 days, between July 8 and Sept. 30. The furloughs will result in some reduced services on post and a loss of 20 percent of civilian pay. The following is a list of the expected effects of furlough as provided by U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson. Photo by Andrea Stone Albert Sweet, store associate, sorts onions at the Fort Carson Commissary, Monday. During the furlough, the commissary will no longer be open on Mondays. All other hours will remain the same. Photo courtesy of Medical Department Activity
  14. 14. 14 MOUNTAINEER — July 5, 2013 Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-9:30pm Friday 11am-10pm Saturday 12 noon -10pm Sunday 4pm -9pm China Doll Restaurant WeDeliverToFt.CarsonandwearejustminutesawayfromthePost! 10% Discount with coupon Mon-Fri (11am-2pm) 579-8822 or 579-8833 3629 Star Ranch Rd. (Delivery, Carryout and Dine-In) *FREE Delivery - 4 Mile Radius (Minimum $15 Order) Open 7 Days a Week All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet HWY115 Ft. Carson Main Gate can publish your NOTICES OF GUARDIANSHIP (precurser notice to adoption) NAME CHANGES For more info call 634-1048 Contact Al Chromy 719-632-5092 ext 103 2410 N Cascade Ave Pre-school through 8th Grade Financial Aid Available Military Appreciation Discount Free Application and Testing Fee $150 Value 2013IowaTestsofBasicSkills CorpusChrististudents average2gradelevelsabove theircurrentgradelevel!!! Pyramid Motors Auctions Co. (Pueblo) 719-547-3585 (Fountain) 719-382-5151 PUBLIC & DEALER AUCTION AUTO 200-300unitstochoosefrom everyauction.Cars,Pickups, SUVs,RVs,BankRepos,etc… Consignments welcome! 1stand3rd Saturday 905SantaFeAve. Fountain,CO 2nd Saturday 2751N.PuebloBlvd. Pueblo,CO Class helps civilians face furloughBy Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff Losing 20 percent of a paycheck can be a hardship for many families, but the Financial Readiness office at Army Community Service is ready to help. The financial counselors began teaching classes recently for furloughed civilians, to help them estimate what their reduced pay will be and make a plan to cover the shortfall. “We’re available at ACS, and we can help all active duty, National Guard, Reservists and … we can also help all (Department of Defense) civilians,” said Dallas Shrawder, financial counselor with ACS. “No other program at ACS is here for civilians at Fort Carson.” In the classes, counselors use a basic budget plan to help attendees see where their finances stand and a furlough calculator to see what their paychecks will look like and to help them figure out if there’s enough in their budget to make up the shortfall. “It’s tough when you get used to making x amount of money. It’s hard to make less because most people in the U.S. spend all the money they make,” he said. “(We) can help you find a little bit of money if your budget really doesn’t have any give in it.” Some of the options to increase income are adjusting Thrift Savings Plan contributions, reducing expenses and calling creditors to ask about adding a payment to the end of a loan, he said. “If you know ahead of time (that your income will be reduced), it’s pretty easy to communicate with your creditors,” Shrawder said. Being proactive with finances is critical for those with security clearances. “If the individual needs a security clearance for what they do, financial issues is the one thing that doesn’t go well with security clearance,” he said. “We’ve seen a lot of people having some problems trying to redo security clearances. …We want to make sure that we can keep them employed. We need good people that have good healthy backgrounds.” The class has been taught to more than 100 people at the Network Enterprise Center and Evans Army Community Hospital, but the financial services are also available on an individual basis. “Anybody can come in one on one. Absolutely all the services we have are confidential,” Shrawder said. “It’s just to help them get in a better position.” His top recommendation is to put cash flow down on paper, know where the money goes and decide what’s needed and what’s not. “Try to get an emergency fund tucked away so you have some access to cash as quick as possible in case a hardship would happen during your less pay period,” he said. “If you lose 20 percent of your pay, and you haven’t been doing routine care on your vehicle (for example), Murphy really strikes when you’re least prepared.” But the planning doesn’t stop when the furlough ends. When pay returns to normal, if people have adjusted to living on less, they can use the 20 percent to pay down debt. “If there’s some past due stuff, … when your pay comes back in, maybe we can take care of some of that older stuff,” Shrawder said. Dealing with finances comes down to discipline, he said. “If you’re not willing to do the hard work, then we can’t help you in Financial Readiness. All we do is help you with some tools, help you build some really good rapport with your creditors so you can get some plans in place,” Shrawder said. Classes and one-on-one appointments can both be made by calling ACS, 546-4590 or 526-8747. “Just having a plan in place gives you that peace of mind you need to feel more comfortable,” Shrawder said. “Absolutely all the services we have are confidential.” — Dallas Shrawder
  15. 15. 15July 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER VALUES An advertising supplement to the Fort Carson Mountaineer, the Peterson Space Observer and the Schriever Sentinel JUNE 2013 PUBLISHED BY YOUR SOURCE FOR $AVINGS! Look for the latest copy of Military Values on FEATURING DISCOUNTS from City Rock, Texas T-Bone, Quick Quack Car Wash, Jose Muldoon’s, Lemongrass Spa, Louis’ Pizza and many other Military friendly local businesses. DON’T MISS DENVER’S BEST POST-GAME FIREWORKS TICKETS START AT $20 FIFIIRREEWOOREWW RRKKS Painting a dream Photo by Andrea Stone Above: More than 15 children and parents came to paint “dream” jars at the Balfour Beatty Communities’ craft time, June 28. BBC hosts the children’s craft times twice a month during the school year and more often during the summer. Registration is required for some events. More information is available on their website,, Facebook page, or by emailing Kris Spiller, Left: Zavion Eady, 2, paints a “dream” jar at the Balfour Beatty Communities’ craft time, June 28.
  16. 16. 16 MOUNTAINEER — July 5, 2013 Become a fan of the Colorado Springs Business Journal on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CSBizJournal Get breaking news and headlines throughout the day, learn about upcoming events, special offers and more! 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 By Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff Communication is the No. 1 issue to come out of this year’s Army Community Service focus groups. The meetings, which took place June 25-27 at the Family Readiness Center, were an opportunity for Fort Carson Soldiers and Families to tell ACS what’s working and what’s not. “We struggle with it, (letting people know) where to go for information,” said Kristen Kea, Warrior Family Community Partnership manager for ACS. “In the next year, we’ll continue to work on the marketing component for ACS, and how people get information.” For the last year, ACS has worked to make more information available online through social media sites, such as Facebook. But few of the focus group attendees said they went to those sites for information. “In this day and age of social media, they still like information to be available through bulletin boards and face-to-face contact,” Kea said. “I always know what’s happening with BOSS, but never with ACS,” a Soldier in one of the groups commented. Solving some of those communication issues will take time, but other changes are being made immediately. On the ACS webpage, information on upcoming events and classes is available under event calendars, Kea said. The more complex issues will go to the different program managers. “We take the feedback we get from the focus groups and package it as an overall summary, then take it to the ACS program managers,” she said. “They gauge what changes they should be making and set next year’s goals, whether it’s new program development or making tweaks in how they get the information out.” One of the difficulties they face in communicating about different programs is differentiating who gets what information. It’s important to make sure people get the information they need without being bombarded with information they don’t. “ACS is diverse with lots of different programs,” Kea said. “How do you make sure survivors get information on Survivor Outreach Services and not on parenting programs they may not need?” One positive that came out of the groups is that, overall, people are pleased with the programs offered through ACS. “Nobody said that we didn’t have the right mix of programs,” she said. “Of the people who are attending the programs and attending the classes, all are really satisfied with the quality of the programs, the quality of the instructors and the information coming across.” While some people are taking advantage of the services offered by ACS, others may not see it as a place that can help them. “There’s a general misconception that ACS is more of a family organization, but there are single Soldiers who would benefit from programs like financial readiness,” one attendee said. Other people see it as just a place to come when you’re in financial trouble. “You still fight a stigma problem that ACS is a place where you go to get help,” Kea said. “That’s just not the case. ACS is about programs that connect you to the community. … I think the people who attended the focus groups walked away with a better understanding of the breadth and variety of our programs. We’ll continue working on perceptions, so that all Army Families understand the strength and the variety of our programs.” Communicationimprovementsafocus “ACS is diverse with lots of different programs.” — Kristen Kea
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  18. 18. 19July 5, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER18 MOUNTAINEER — July 5, 2013 Rafters give a group paddle “high-five” during a Fort Carson Adventure Program white-water rafting trip through Browns Canyon. Photos courtesy Outdoor Recreation Getout, enjoywhat Colorado hastooffer By Nel Lampe Mountaineer staff “Being in Colorado is great,” said Willie Phillips, a member of Fort Carson’s Outdoor Recreation’s Warrior Adventure Quest staff. “It’s an hour and a half to anything you want to do — rock climbing, skiing, kayaking, hiking in Red Rock Open Space, and you can go do them with Outdoor Rec.” “There are a lot of outdoor things to do here (in Colorado),” said Albert Brensing, a tourist from Wichita, Kan. Phillips said that Fort Carson is one of the most requested posts because of the outdoor recreation opportunities. “But sometimes those Soldiers don’t know we’re (Outdoor Rec) here. We offer great programs and you can’t beat the prices. The staff is experienced, comes from all over the country, went to school to train for it and their passion is the outdoors,” he said. White-water rafting season is underway, and Outdoor Rec has trips every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “There are half-day trips, overnight trips and full-day trips,” Phillips said. “The overnight trips are awesome to do as a family. “On the overnight trips, (participants) get the adrenaline rush, have fun, get to sleep by the river, and we cook dinner, clean up and drive. You just show up, have a good time (with) no worries,” he said. Other summer programs offered by Outdoor Rec include private kayak instruction, a kayak pool session, a Quick Start Kayak Course and a Kayaking Weekend. Climbing trips include a two-day trip to Eleven Mile Canyon, a weekend trip to New Mexico and a Shelf Road Climbing Weekend. Interested in mountain biking? Join instructors 5-8 p.m. July 16 or Aug. 20, to make the transition from riding a bike to mountain biking. Bike rentals are available. Or sign up for the Pikes Peak Downhill, which includes a van ride to the top of Pikes Peak, instruction, a bike rental and the ride down. The trips are scheduled for Aug. 10 or Sept. 7. Call 526-5366 to sign up for an activity. Climbing wall activities are also available at the Alpine Tower and at the indoor climbing wall in Outdoor Rec or in Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center. The Equipment Checkout Center at the Outdoor Recreation Complex has mountain bikes, small sports equipment, campers and camping gear available for rent, call 526-1993. “And as Trevor McConnell, (program director and internship coordinator, Adventure Programs Education), always tells the interns, ‘You get to be the person in the picture, not the one looking at the picture,’” said Phillips. Fort Carson’s Outdoor Recreation has overnight and weekend rock climbing trips, when climbers perfect their skills under the tutelage of Adventure Program Education guides. Bikers consult a trail map while mountain biking. Participants learn to ride over obstacles, climb, descend and turn in rough stuff.
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  21. 21. 22 MOUNTAINEER — July 5, 2013 Colorado Publishing Company Balfour Beatty awards scholarshipsStory and photo by Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff Paying for college will be a little easier for two Fort Carson Families after their daughters won scholarships through the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation. Col. David Grosso, garrison com- mander, presented the awards to Jordan McDonough and Taylor Reed Monday. “This is a big deal,” he told the winners. “The fact that you were singled out among all your peers to receive this award from this … nonprofit is a really big deal.” McDonough, a 2013 graduate of Fountain-Fort Carson High School, will be attending Alderson Broaddus University, Philippi, W.Va., in the fall. Her goal is to be a physical therapist. “I’ve been playing sports for so long, and I’ve come out with weird injuries. … Then I’d go and talk to the trainer or physical therapist, and they’d just know how to fix the body in ways I never knew,” she said. “I just think it’s really cool to be able to put someone back on the court or back onto the field, back into daily activities, by just fixing the body.” In spite of only being at FFC for her senior year, McDonough graduated as valedictorian of her class and was team captain for the varsity volleyball team. When her father, Col. Bill McDonough, commander, 71st Ordnance Group, received orders to Fort Carson, he gave her the opportunity to stay in Virginia for her senior year in high school. “I didn’t want to separate Family. It’s just a year,” Jordan McDonough said. She plans to continue playing volleyball in college. “My season’s going to be so busy, I’m just not going to have time to miss home that much,” she said. Her Family feels differently, though. “We’ve had a couple (of) years with her being the only (child) in the house,”Bill McDonough said. “It’s been really good. This’ll be a signifi- cant change for us. … It’s 1,510 miles. I already know the route to get there.” Taylor Reed has already had a year at college, studying art at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. She plans to go into art therapy helping children and teenagers. “I love to help people,” she said. “I love to help kids. I love being able to interact with them and really help them find their niche. Art is one of those things that some people overlook.” Reed was unable to attend the ceremony because she’s serving on a stateside mission with the campus ministry group, Cru. The mission in San Diego lasts nine weeks, and almost immediately after she returns, her Family will move to Germany. “We are (transferring) to Germany, and she’ll be staying here (in the United States). That part’s hard for me,” her mother, Pam Reed, said. Taylor Reed is enjoying her time in San Diego, though. “It’s really interesting here, lots of different perspectives,” she said. “We just go out and get to know people, and talk to people and get to know their backgrounds, and what they’re like spiritually.” She hopes to join her Family in Europe through a study-abroad pro- gram doing one semester in Germany and one semester in Greece, but her hope is to someday be able to work overseas as part of a mission. “I really have a desire (to work) with women and children who are rescued from sex trafficking. I really have a heart for them,” she said. “This is an indicator, the kind of kids who get selected for this,” Bill McDonough said. “They don’t stop just because the school year ends. … It’s service to others.” Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation has awarded 32 academic scholarships across the country this year to the children of active-duty military members currently residing in BBC housing. “We’ve been fortunate to have winners from Fort Carson every year,” said Lynn Rivera, senior community manager, BBC. “We’ve always had at least two winners from here.” When talking with the winners and their Families, Grosso remarked on the resiliency of military children. “We ask a lot of military Families, spouses as well as kids, but the kids had no vote in it,” he said. “But I will tell you, based on my two eldest kids, they had no problems moving. They went through a week of separation, but after that, they assimilated. (They) have incredible coping skills and assimilation skills that (their) peers just (don’t have).” Col. David Grosso, garrison commander, addresses the winners of the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation scholarships, Monday. Fort Carson’s Jordan McDonough — accompanied by her parents, Col. Bill McDonough, commander, 71st Ordnance Group, and Laura McDonough — and Taylor Reed, currently serving on a mission trip, were among this year’s recipients.