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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 27 July 12, 2013 Page 6 Page 14Pages 18-19 Message board INSIDEINSIDE ASAP survey Fort Carson community members have until midnight July 18 to provide input to help improve the Army Substance Abuse Program. The community needs assessment survey is at https://www.surveymonkey. com/s/2013(underscore)ASAP (underscore)survey. Story and photo by Sgt. Ashley Bell 102nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — The 4th Infantry Division officially assumed command of Regional Command (South) during a transition of authority ceremony Monday at Kandahar Airfield. After completing a 12-month tour in Southern Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams, 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, officially handed over command to Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. Several of Afghanistan’s top U.S. military and Afghan officials attended the ceremony, including Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan commander; Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commander of the ISAF Joint Command; and Afghan Army Maj. Gen. Abdul Hamid, 205th Corps commander. The ceremony began with the arrival of the official party, followed by the playing of the NATO Hymn and The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and United States of America national anthems by the 3rd Infantry Division Band. Milley praised Abrams, Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson and their troops on an incredible job done in one of the most dan- gerous and volatile regions of Afghanistan. He said their dedication and determination have helped to make the future brighter for all Afghans. “Not only have the Soldiers of RC(S) defended the Afghan people, they have also enabled the Afghan people to defend themselves through the Afghan National Security Forces,” said Milley. “It is the growing confidence, competence and capabilities of the ANSF that will allow the people of Afghanistan to live their lives without fear; and all of you here today have helped to make that dream a reality.” Abrams gave his final remarks to RC(S) Soldiers, as he applauded ISAF and ANSF forces for a job well done in Afghanistan, especially those who gave their lives to this cause. “It brings me great pride and honor to stand among this amassed group of incredibly brave leaders, who are fully invested in the security and governance of Afghanistan,” said Abrams. “I am sincerely humbled by the sacrifice extended in both blood and treasure from all those represented here today as members of the coalition and the ANSF. “We are wrapping up the 11th round of this 12-round fight and the ANSF of RC(S) have proven their ability to lead and conduct independent operations for this 12th and final round,” said Abrams. “There is a Pashtun proverb that says if you have jumped across a stream once, the next jump becomes easier.” Abrams also talked about how bittersweet his departure from RC(S) has become. He said he had confidence that the 4th Inf. Div. is well prepared to take over operations. “Paul LaCamera is a warrior, a proven leader and a friend of Afghanistan,” said Abrams. “He and his team prepared well for the mission. “We will never forget the heroes, ISAF and ANSF, who gave their lives in this noble endeavor, this righteous fight; and we pray for their Families. I hold you all in the highest regard and will never f orget the generosity and hospitality to us during our time here; Rock of the Marne.” The incoming commander, LaCamera, gave his remarks to coalition forces as commander of RC(S). “It’s humbling to be in front of this group of warriors and the proud people of Afghanistan,” said LaCamera. “It is also good to be back in Afghanistan among Afghan and coalition friends ... it is a relationship that has helped to shape and define me as a military leader and a citizen of my own country.” LaCamera talked about his outlook on Afghanistan’s future and extended his gratitude to Abrams, his division and the ANSF forces. “For every night there is a day that follows. The country now sees the light; this year is better than last year and better than the year before that ... as General Hamid says,” said LaCamera. “The terrorist are scram- bling and the Afghan National Security Forces are truly an example of our division motto ‘Steadfast and Loyal.’ “We will continue to build on the relationship our former RC commanders have built,” he said. “We will continue to provide support for training, development and operations.” Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, second from left, 4th Infantry Division commanding general and incoming Regional Command (South) commanding general, and 3rd Infantry Division Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, outgoing command sergeant major, uncase the Combined Joint Task Force-4 colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Monday. Regional Command South 4thInf.Div. assumes authority “We will continue to build on the relationship our former (Regional Command [South]) commanders have built.” — Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 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 Spc. Pedro Berroa Training room clerk, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Iron Horse Strong? What makes me I joined the Army in September 2008 to travel, serve my country and try to make a difference in the world. I am proud to serve and continue the traditions that have already been established by those who have served before me. I am a first generation American in my Family, so it is important for me to help set that trend for my Family as well. I continue to serve to help keep our country free. It is important for me to support the guys that fight on the front lines. My Family, friends and support network help to keep me strong. My ability to overcome and adapt to whatever my environment is, is what makes me Iron Horse strong. WLC honors Commentary by Spc. Andrea G. Meyer 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division The Warrior Ethos is the four basic sentences every Soldier knows and the highlight of the Soldier’s Creed. It is not just something we said in Basic Training every morning, but it serves as a guideline for what it takes to be a true Soldier set forth by those who have served before us, the ones who gave their lives so that you and I could be here today. I will always place the mission first. When you become a Soldier, you take an oath to defend the American way of life and the American people. American Soldiers are willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to defend that freedom, even if that means sacrificing their lives. I will never accept defeat. Defeat means failure, and American Soldiers are not failures. We all have our reasons for becoming Soldiers, whether that is Family, patriotic pride, or wanting to become a member of a team much larger than ourselves. Those are what keep us going. Those Sgt. Steven A. Abercrombie, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg. Spc. Zachary E. Bandli, 534th Sig. Bn. Spc. Dury Juan L. Brafort, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg. Spc. Jordan M. Carey, 764th Ord. Sgt. William J. Cochran, Psy. Ops. Company, Det. 3 Sgt. Avery T. Collins, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg. Spc. Jade A. Conteen, 404th ASB Cpl. Carlos F. Estevezceli, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg. Sgt. Zachary J. Fife, 764th Ord. Sgt. Ryan R. Gaskins, 764th Ord. Sgt. Billie J. Getche, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg. Spc. Raul E. Gudino Jr., 704th BSB Sgt. Kristene Hahn, 5025th USAG Sgt. Scott W. Ingle, 1st Bn., 25th Avn. Reg. Spc. Jonathan B. Johnson, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg. Spc. Thomas C. Mcfadden, 52 Eng. Bn. Spc. Adam R. Messenger, 764th Ord. Spc. Andrea G. Meyer, 1st STB Spc. Noah M. Pelc, 71st EOD Sgt. Drew W. Pierpont, 2nd GSAB Spc. Peter R. Pifer, 4th CAB Spc. Patrick A. Regan, 4th Bn., 42nd FA Reg. Spc. Joshua E. Richardson, 10th CSH Spc. Andrew M. Sanders, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. Spc. Francisco Solis, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg. Spc. Jeremiah W. Stoelb, 4th Eng. Bn. Spc. April M. Thompson, 3rd STB Sgt. Naomi Thompson, 2nd GSAB Spc. Ruben M. Urquidez, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg. Spc. Crystal M. Wepman, 928th Med. Spc. Christopher S. Whitfield, 4th BCT Sgt. Kevin M. Wood, 89th MP Spc. Matthew O. Zevenbergen, 3rd Bn., 157th FA Reg. Spc. Patrick A. Regan Distinguished and leadership awards Warrior Ethos a guideline for a true Soldier Top WLC graduates Sgt. Zachary J. Fife Distinguished awards Spc. Andrea G. Meyer Warrior Ethos awards See WLC on Page 4
  3. 3. 3July 12, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER By Staff Sgt. Henry W. Marris III 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Col. Michael C. Kasales relinquished command of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, to Col. Gregory F. Sierra during a ceremony Monday at Founder’s Field. Kasales said he was proud to have been commander of 3rd ABCT and thanked the Soldiers and Families of the brigade. “The Families directly contributed to our mission success at Fort Carson and while deployed,” Kasales said. “Each of the brigade’s accomplishments didn’t happen by luck. They were accomplished by an organization of outstanding leaders and highly-trained troopers.” Brig. Gen. Michael A. Bills, acting senior commander, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, and reviewing officer for the ceremony, thanked the Soldiers of the brigade for their continued service to the unit, the division and the nation. Sierra From left, Col. Michael C. Kasales, outgoing commander, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Div.; Brig. Gen. Michael A. Bills, acting senior commander, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson; Col. Gregory F. Sierra, incoming commander, 3rd ABCT; and Lt. Col. Edward Ballanco, commander of troops and executive officer, 3rd ABCT; conduct an inspection of troops Monday at Founders Field during a change of command ceremony. See 3rd ABCT on Page 4 ‘Iron’Brigadechangescommand Photos by Edward Martens
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013 Your battle buddy is your best friend in the heat of combat. There’s no better feeling than knowing someone has your back when it counts most. But you may not realize the hazards you and your buddies face off duty can be just as deadly as the enemy. ¶ All military personnel have a duty and responsibility to “look out for” and “protect” each other 24 hours a day. ¶ The Battle Buddy Program is designed to ensure every Soldier has another Soldier that works with him or is fully aware of his daily activities and personal issues that may be affecting his life. ¶ Battle buddies are empowered to take actions necessary to protect each other, prevent unsafe or unwise actions and ensure Soldiers do what is right, legally and morally, at all times. ¶ A battle buddy is more than just a “social” companion; they are Soldiers who live the Soldier’s Creed and never leave a comrade behind. ¶ A battle buddy is responsible for intervening or requesting assistance if a buddy is in trouble or is in danger of committing misconduct. He is also ready to listen and lend assistance to his buddy, regardless of day or time. ¶ Encourage your battle buddy to get involved when he witnesses at-risk behaviors such as drinking and driving, speeding, texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. ¶ You have tremendous influence with your peers, and you can make a positive impact on their risk decisions by reaching out when they need help. ¶ Doing nothing is never the answer — make a move and always have your buddy’s back. Source: Command Policy CG-01 Fort Carson Battle Buddy Program and Battle Buddy Risk Assessment — U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Battle Buddies & Standards DISCIPLINEare the things we choose to defend. Those are the things we will not fail. I will never quit is the absolute true meaning of what an American Soldier is and the single most important part of the ethos. Never quitting in the face of adversity and finding a way to always accomplish any mission is what makes American Soldiers so great. Soldiers and Families — past and present — have faced a great deal of adversity in times of war and have shown much resiliency to fight through what they have encountered and continue to push forward. I will never leave a fallen comrade. Whether it is in garrison or downrange, we have a responsibility to one another. It is the part of the Warrior Ethos that makes us different from everyone else. While our enemies will leave their weaker Soldiers behind, we as Americans help our Soldiers no matter what. Regardless of military occupation specialty, every Soldier plays an important role in our team. The English author G. K. Chesterton said it best, “The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” This is our country. This is what we love. This is what we will defend, and this is what we will die for. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life. I am an American Soldier. from Page 2 WLC Sierra previously commanded 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Inf. Div., Fort Stewart, Ga., from 2008-2011. While in command, his unit deployed as part of an advise and assist brigade to Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. After command, Sierra was assigned to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., where he served as the operations officer from 2011-2012. Sierra’s most recent assignment was as a student at the College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Sierra said the ceremony was about the unit’s legacy and what the future holds for the Soldiers and Families of the “Iron” brigade. “I promise to provide the best leadership and focus I can to accom- plish our missions, while caring for our Soldiers and Families,” Sierra said. “I look forward to forging a team with the leaders, Soldiers and Families and attacking each mission that comes our way.” from Page 3 3rd ABCT Photo by Sgt. William Smith Rodeo kickoff The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard presents the nation’s colors during the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days Parade, Wednesday, in downtown Colorado Springs. During Fort Carson Night, 57 Joint Task Force Carson Soldiers received medallions as a token of appreciation for their service to the nation and were recognized on the arena floor, and post Soldiers competed in the wild cow-milking contest, Wednesday. The mounted color guard will present the colors and participate in the grand entry each night of the rodeo, which concludes Saturday.
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Parker 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers and leaders of 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, took a stand against sexual assault and harassment June 21 during the first Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention stand down day on Fort Carson. Following the release of the annual SHARP report for 2012, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff, issued an order that all units will conduct a SHARP stand down no later than June 25. “The Army has always been on the forefront of change; the Army is going to a proactive stance instead of a reactive stance,” said Cory Wilson, lead instructor, Army SHARP program. “This program is very productive, and Soldiers do not have to fear being raped or sexually assaulted, because the Army is taking measures against it.” It is possible that increased numbers could mean increased awareness, said Staff Sgt. Dina Moreno, sexual assault response coordinator, 4th IBCT. Soldiers are learning and realizing that they have the right to stay safe and protected no matter the situation. “There is no place in this military organization for sexual harassment or sexual assault, it undermines the trust and confidence that Soldiers, civilians and Family members have entrusted us (with) as an organization to protect them,” said Moreno. “The toughest war we are fighting right now on the battlefield is not the one that we see outside or in the news, it’s the one that’s within our ranks with the sexual assault and sexual harassment,” The goal is to engage and empower lower- ranking Soldiers to take initiative to halt sexual assault and sexual harassment, said Col. Brian Pearl, commander, 4th IBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “We are a family here, and there’s good and bad things in every family. Every family has to embrace each member of that family,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Danny Day, senior enlisted leader, 4th IBCT. “We have a good family; we ask you to take ownership of this and take care of your family.” Replacing battalion-level safety brief formations with more personal platoon and squad-level briefings, puts the responsibility back into the hands of the squad and team leaders, Pearl said during a discussion with the senior leadership of the brigade during the SHARP stand down. These first-line supervisors know their Soldiers, and can be the first line of defense against sexual harassment and sexual assault incidents. “Its about the environment, it’s about trust, and it’s about empowering our junior leaders,” said Pearl.Photo by Sgt. Nelson Robles Command Sgt. Maj. Danny Day, senior enlisted leader, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, speaks with leadership on the importance of empowering junior leaders to take initiative to reduce the amount of sexual assault and harassment cases throughout the Army.
  6. 6. By Sgt. Jessica Parker 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers from Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, demonstrated their proficiency in sling load operations on Fort Carson, June 20. Working in conjunction with a CH-47 Chinook flight team from Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., “Steel Warriors” Soldiers prepared ammunition loads for pickup and drop off. The importance of this sling load training was “to exercise the skills learned during (Sling Load Inspectors Certification Course) in support of the platoon-level live-fire exercise,” said 1st Sgt. Stephen Lavigne, the Battery B top enlisted Soldier. Sgt. Taylor Bruce, gunner, Battery B, 2nd Bn., 77th FA Reg., was the Soldier on the ground who hooked the 450-pound crate of ammunition to the helicopter, while buf- feted by high winds and clouds of dirt, as Sgt. John Watkins, ammunition team chief, Battery B, guided the CH-47 to its target. Both sergeants are certified in the SLICC. The sling load training was a part of a weeklong field exercise including a platoon- sized element live-fire exercise. 6 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013 Sgt. Kurt Kaminski, flight engineer, Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, maintains visual contact with the sling load team as it works to connect its load to the Chinook’s sling point during sling load training, June 20. Photo by Sgt. Nelson Robles Photo by Sgt. Jessica Parker Chief Warrant Officers 2 Kekila Keuma and Alex Muksunov, pilots with Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, maneuver a CH-47 Chinook into position to attach the awaiting 450-pound crate of ammunition that Sgt. Taylor Bruce, left, gunner, Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., prepared for pickup, June 20. ‘Steel Warriors’ sling load ammo
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Baugh assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, during a ceremony on Founders Field, Tuesday. Lt. Col. David M. Moga relin- quished command of the unit to Baugh, who last served as the requirements analyst, Joint Staff and Department of Defense. The change of command featured the traditional passing of the unit colors from the outgoing commander to the ceremonial host, Col. Kenneth Hawley, commander, 25th CAB, and then to the incoming commander. While the aviation unit is stationed at Fort Carson, its parent unit is the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. “I am truly honored to be standing here today recognizing this great organization,” Hawley said. “Over the last two years, these Soldiers trans- formed from an ‘attack’ battalion that was in many ways still focused on Korea to an attack battalion task force that deployed to combat against the resurgent enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Once in Afghanistan, the battalion’s Apaches developed a reputation that any gun pilot wants; one of a deadly professional who will do anything for the ground Soldier. “The battalion executed hundreds of missions, flying more than 38,000 hours, the highest operation tempo of any AH-64 Apache unit in theater,” Hawley said. “To put that in perspec- tive, the average annual flying hours for a battalion in garrison is about 6,000 hours. In total, more than 500 enemy combatants are no longer able to disrupt the buildup of Afghanistan, its security forces and the Afghan people because of the efforts of this battalion. “More importantly, the ‘Gunfighter’ medical evacuation crews saved more than 250 coalition forces,” said Hawley. “While the statistics are impressive, the Soldiers standing before you today performed those missions not for per- sonal reward, accolade or glory, but for their brothers and sisters on the ground.” Moga followed Hawley, welcoming Baugh and then commending his Soldiers for their achievements. “As I think about the last two years all I can say is ‘thank you,’” Moga said. “When you look out at the field you see some things that are the same as two years ago and some that are different. One that is the same is that you still see 491 Soldiers on that field; that is a blessing. For the last year in combat, what I saw is their hands maintaining helicopters that never had a mechanical problem in over 38,000 hours; I saw their hands refueling our aircraft quickly, so that infantrymen would never have to wait for a helicopter to arrive. “One thing you don’t see is any memorials to dead Soldiers,” Moga said. “It may seem strange I say that, but it is the things that you don’t see that count more from our combat tour. Our number isn’t 38,000 hours but our number is the number of infantrymen who lived and came home because of the warrior spirit of our pilots.” Moga’s next duty assignment is at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Baugh thanked Moga and his Family for their support to her and the Gunfighter Soldiers. “To the troops of 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, you look great and I look forward to the ride,” Baugh said. She served as a platoon leader, company commander, and airspace manager. Her military awards include the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, and Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster. Col. Kenneth Hawley, commander, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, passes the 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, colors to Lt. Col. Tammy L. Baugh, incoming commander, during a change of command ceremony on Founders Field, Tuesday.
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  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013 Story and photo by Sgt. Nelson Robles 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division When injuries occur on the battlefield, the skills of the medic can save lives. These skills are honed in training events, such as the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, field exercise held on Fort Carson, June 17-20. Company C, 704th BSB, set up a full medical aid station in the field, the same as they would on larger-scale exercises, and trained on trauma treatment at different levels. “The importance here is to set up the role 2 (medical aid station), since we have a lot of new people that have come in since (the) last deploy- ment,” said Capt. Michael Baddley, commander, Company C. “We are seven months off (of deployment), and I’ve only got about a dozen people out here that have set this up in the past.” “The idea was to get them all to be able to pass that knowledge from one crew to the next,” he said. “It’s a great chance for us to set up and see where we’re at in preparation for ‘Mountain Strike,’” a collective training event to be held in August that will evaluate company-level operations across all of the 4th IBCT battalions. The nine-day exercise will simulate the brigade’s anticipated mission to advise and assist Afghan Security Forces in 2014, and will prepare the brigade for its rotation to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., in November. The medics also had the opportunity to train in air medevac procedures, with the assistance of 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., in preparation for future division-level exercises. Once the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter landed, cold-load training began. Medics were instructed on the safety procedures to follow when loading and unloading patients, and then put these skills to use during a simulated convoy with Company A, 704th BSB. A simulated improvised explosive device halted the convoy, and the medics jumped into action, stabilizing the wounded. “It was exciting; it was an adrenaline rush,” said Pvt. Joel Paredes, medic, Company C, 704th BSB, speaking of the convoy. “I received a lot of training, and I was able to use everything I learned during this training event. It’s very important training, because you can make your mistakes here instead of on the battlefield.” Pvt. Joel Paredes, medic, Company C, 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, administers an IV during a field training exercise on Fort Carson, June 19. After a simulated explosion during a training convoy, Paredes performed trauma care on multiple “casualties.” 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 CONTACTS GLASSES 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 25% MILITARY DISCOUNT ON ALL GOODS & SERVICES* Photo by Spc. Robert Boyet Lt. Col. Gerardo Meneses, commander, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), and Command Sgt. Maj. Derryl Valk, senior enlisted leader, prepare to case the battalion colors ahead of the unit’s deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, during a ceremony July 2 at the Special Events Center. The 242nd EOD Soldiers will serve a 12-month deployment in Kandahar, where they will take control of Task Force Paladin-South and oversee explosive ordnance disposal and counter-IED operations. Duty callsExercise helps medics master medevac
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  12. 12. 12 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013 Massage and spa parlors: • World Massage, 1729 Crest Place • Sawasdee Body Works, 1783 B St. • Sun Spa, 409 Windchime Place Bars and clubs: • Golden Cue, 2790 Hancock Expressway Hookah bars: • Hookah Springs Cafe, 3634 Citadel Drive Head shops: • Myxed Up Creations, 1619 Lashelle Way • Freaky’s, 308 E. Platte Ave. • Spice of Life, 3283 S. Academy Blvd. Rental properties owned by Alma Patrick: • 112 S. 10th St. • 15 S. 12th St. • 1003 W. Colorado Ave. • 1124 W. Colorado Ave. • 1130 W. Colorado Ave. • 1208 W. Colorado Ave. • 1705 W. Colorado Ave. • 1713 W. Colorado Ave. • 1715 W. Colorado Ave. • 2123 W. Colorado Ave. • 428 W. Kiowa St. • 1104 W. Kiowa St. • 724 W. Platte Ave. • 1718 W. Vermijo Ave. • 1720 W. Vermijo Ave. • 2132 W. Pikes Peak Ave. • 13 N. 25th St. • 2221 Bison Drive • 631 Catalina Drive • 7 W. Clover Circle • 2125 Hampton South • 1203 Richards Ave. • 908 E. Cimarron St. • 232 S. Main St. • 418 E. Ohio Ave., Fountain • 2015 N. Ellicott Highway Off-limits list set 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 A June 28 memorandum designated several local areas and establishments off limits to Fort Carson Soldiers. Per the memorandum, all Fort Carson uniformed personnel are prohibited from entering the following areas and establishments within Colorado Springs and surrounding areas:
  13. 13. 13July 12, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER 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 oppor- tunity: 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 Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 840 O’Connell Blvd. 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 Ramsey Flores at 832-498-1402 or 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 Wednesday through July 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 transition 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 support 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. 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 Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operation DFAC Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday Stack 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: 5-6:30 p.m. Wolf Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Warfighter (Wilderness Road Complex) Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 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
  14. 14. 14 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013 Story and photos by Sgt. Nelson Robles 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division On the modern battlefield, Soldiers are not alone in the fight. Army aviation is a radio call away to provide close combat attack support, but Soldiers have to know how to ask for this help. The Digital Air Ground Integration program uses the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer system, where Soldiers work alongside a combat aviation team to improve communication skills. The simulator consists of a full digital AH-64D Apache Longbow cockpit and a ground com- mand center that can work together to service targets on the virtual battlefield. Soldiers monitor their convoy and radio for support when needed along the route as the digital Apache circles and maneuvers around them. “Through this training we hope Soldiers gain confidence in Army attack aviation and become familiar with techniques and tactics to help them become successful on the battlefield,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Keith Knicely, AH-64D pilot in command, Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. During missions on a deployment, anyone can call for CCA support and generally it’s lower enlisted who radio for it, Knicely said. “Many are inexperienced in communi- cating with CCA teams and get caught up in radio etiquette instead of just saying what they need,” Knicely pointed out when speaking of his previous experiences. “We hope they get the confidence here so when they get to Afghanistan, it is second nature.” Some of the Soldiers attending this training have already relied on CCA support during recent deployments to the Middle East. Others were experiencing this for the first time, and having the aviation team there to interact with and learn from added to the experience for both groups. “It was helpful to have the actual pilots there and speak to them instead of just a simulator,” said Staff Sgt. Justin Holmes, senior scout, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “For someone who hasn’t had any (deployment) experience, the training today mirrored what actually happens when deployed. It’s something everyone needs to know; it is important.” Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Howard, tactical operations officer, 1st Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, receives target information while piloting a virtual AH-64D Apache Longbow, June 11. Dan Krueger, right, battle master, Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer system, controls virtual enemy placement and movement during the Digital Air Ground Integration Training on Fort Carson, June 11. TST Y CAYTAA OLCOOLTSTAT OLOOL THIS SUMMERTHIS SUMMER the double play today cone a double scoop So make thatbeat the heat. is a sure way todigital phone internet and unlimitedspeed Our double play with highw u r m o p THIS SUMMER le 9 starti b ur THIS SUMMER 599 ing at p yalp the double play today & UNLIMITED DIGITAL PHONE HIGH-SPEED INTERNETMBPS10 ADBAND.COMJABROAB REFRESHMENTConnect to TAL PHONE D 877.422.5282•ADBAND.COM FEREFRESHMENT ILVINGSSAAV 94 PER MONTH 599 The UPS Store - Fountain 6885 Mesa Ridge Parkway (Next to Safeway) Fountain, CO 80817 719-390-0745 Mon-Fri: 8:30 to 6:00 Sat/Sun:9:00 to 2:00 100% Veteran Owned & Operated APO/AE Shipping and Mail Forwarding FREE UPS AND USPS DROP OFF SERVICE Mailbox Services A mailbox that works for you full service mailbox at The UPS Store: real street address very notification: box access Full-service mail Mail holding and forwarding* Package acceptance from all shipping carriers *Additional fees may apply For a Limited Time, recieve ALL Mailbox Services 50% Off Presents the July 20-27, 2013 For more information: 719-520-7880 or El Paso County Fair Military Appreciation Day July 20, 2013 Calhan, CO All Active Duty Military, Veterans & Dependents in Free w/ID AUTO RACES • GYPSY TIME TRAVELER STREET DRUM CORPS • LUMBERJACKS Virtual battlefield enhances communication with pilots
  15. 15. 15July 12, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Furlough mitigation Hospital plan limits pain for patientsBy Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Troth Medical Department Activity Public Affairs Office The Department of Defense’s mandatory furlough began this week. As a result, more than 1,250 civilians with the Fort Carson Medical Department Activity will be out of the hospital and its clinics for 11 days, or 88 work hours, from July through September. To mitigate the effects of the furlough on patients, hospital leadership developed a plan that allows the clinics to continue to see patients without compromising the standard of care given. “The furlough will not affect the quality or safety of care we give our patients,” said Col. Thomas Rogers, Fort Carson Medical Department Activity deputy commander for clinical services. “Our clinics will remain open and manned by the same active-duty providers who are there on other days. “We will lose the majority of our (civilian) employees on Fridays, but there are many clinics that are spreading out the furlough time (during the week) to allow us to carry on our daily missions.” To keep in step with the rest of Fort Carson, the majority of the hospital’s civilians will take Fridays off as their mandatory furlough day. “Friday is generally our lowest demand day in the (Family Medicine) clinics,” said Maj. Ramona Decker, head nurse for Family Medicine Services. “But, we also wanted to follow what the post was doing, since a lot of our staff have spouses who also work on post and are being furloughed on Fridays.” On Fridays, clinics will be manned by active-duty Army medics who will screen patients instead of civilian nurses. In order to compensate for the personnel shortages, the Warrior Family Medicine Clinic will be closed so its military staff can join forces with the Iron Horse Family Medicine Clinic staff. Robinson Family Medicine Clinic will remain open during the furlough. Beneficiaries with acute issues may be referred to these two clinics. “For inpatient care and pediatrics, our nursing staff (members) are rotating their furlough days (during the week), so we will have (registered nurses) and (licensed practical nurses) available throughout the week,” said Lt. Col. Julie Tullberg, Department of Medicine chief. Even with the consolidation, the clinics will not be at full staffing on furlough days. This means they will not be able to see the same number of patients as on a normal day. Pediatrics has 12 providers who each see an average of 17-20 patients a day. Of those 12, only four providers are active duty and will be working on the furlough days. So, instead of seeing almost 250 patients a day, the clinic will see around 80 on Fridays during the furlough. “Because we are not going to have our normal nursing staff, we are not going to have routine immunizations in the pediatrics clinic on Fridays,” said Tullberg. “So if you need a well-baby appointment, it will not be scheduled on a Friday.” The allergy, dermatology and neurology clinics have numerous active-duty providers. The civilian nurses there are rotating their days off in order to continue to provide appointments on Fridays, although they will still have fewer appointments available than Mondays through Thursdays. “We are asking that on Fridays, patients make appointments only for acute concerns, things that can’t wait until Monday,” said Decker. “Nearly 80 percent of staffing of Evans Army Community Hospital comes from our dedicated civilian staff,” said Lt. Col. Eric Poulsen, Fort Carson Medical Department Activity deputy commander for administration. “On furlough days, there will be some increases in wait times and fewer appointments, but we have made every effort to minimize the impact on our patients.” While the majority of the hospital’s civilian staff are scheduled to work one less day a week through September, more than 330 civilians will not be affected by the furlough. “We have exemptions that are in place that enable us to continue our critical missions, such as inpatient services and (obstetrics),” said Rogers. “These exemptions were determined on a strictly clinical basis, of what areas needed to be open.” The hospital leadership has included in its furlough mitigation plan contingencies for when staff members must work past their regular duty day. “Overtime is not something that we are going to disregard, we know that we are going to need overtime,” said Rogers. “If we have mothers that are laboring we have to have staff present. We are not going to send someone home just because of the furlough. Patient care will always come first, and we will be able to allow overtime in those cases.” “We want our patients to know a few things,” said Decker. “If they need care on Friday, we are open and here for them, and the quality of care they receive on furlough days will be equal to any other day.” Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Troth Capt. Andrew Gilbert, chief of Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, does a pre-operative check on a patient. During the upcoming mandatory furlough, the Fort Carson Medical Department Activity clinics will have less appointments available. “We will lose the majority of our (civilian) employees on Fridays, but there are many clinics that are spreading out the furlough time (during the week) to allow us to carry on our daily missions.” — Col. Thomas Rogers Clinics closed Fridays Primary Care Ø Premier Clinic Ø Warrior Family Medicine Clinic (consolidated with Iron Horse Family Medicine Clinic) Specialty Ø Acupuncture/Chiropractic Ø Audiology Ø Disease Management Ø Nutrition Care Clinic Ø Pain Clinic Ø Soldier Readiness Processing Limited appointments — less than 50-percent, Mondays and Fridays Primary Care Ø Internal Medicine Ø Pediatrics Specialty Ø Allergy Ø Audiology Ø Ears, Nose and Throat Ø General Surgery Ø Gastroenterology Ø Optometry/Ophthalmology Ø Orthopedics Ø Podiatry Ø Physical Exams Ø Wellness Center Reduced appointments — about 80 percent, Mondays-Fridays Ø Specialty Ø Behavioral Health Ø OB/GYN Ø Physical Therapy Ø Occupational Therapy Ø Urology Tips for patients Evans Army Community Hospital officials recommend the following tips to their patients during the furlough: Ø Pharmacy — Go early or late in the day when patient volume is lower. For prescriptions with refills remaining, call 524-4081. Ø Use Secure Messaging Service — SMS is a web- based tool that allows patients to ask questions, request refills, or search for patient information. Register with primary health care provider. Ø Schedule appointments Monday-Thursday — when clinics are operating at higher capability. Fridays will be primarily limited to acute/ urgent needs. Ø Use the Emergency Room only for emergencies.
  16. 16. 16 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013 Join your fellow veterans and enjoy the carefree lifestyle at the Palisades at Broadmoor Park “I choseThe Palisades at Broadmoor Park because it has good people, good food and all my needs are taken care of. 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Galentine Directorate of Public Works public relations Reaching the goal of net zero waste at Fort Carson is getting a boost through a waste service contract that began in May, which includes the task of collecting compostable waste at several dining facilities and the commissary. Six Nations, the new recycle and refuse contractor, subcontracts with local company Bestway Disposal for collection of the food waste. Daily collection runs are made to the Wolf, Stack and Warfighter dining facilities to pick up pre-consumer food waste and what was left on patron’s plates at the dining facilities. The commissary will begin composting spoiled food within the next several weeks, when it receives a large-scale compactor. “Organic waste typically is the second largest percentage of municipal waste behind paper products,” said Eric Bailey, recycle program manager, Operations and Maintenance Division, Directorate of Public Works. “Having large generators of that material on post, we believe it’s an easy approach to putting another major dent in landfill-bound materials.” The dining facilities generate about 150 pounds of food waste per meal, said Jack Haflett, DPW pollution prevention coordinator. At the commissary, nearly 70 percent of the waste disposed of is from food spoilage. Bailey estimates that through the compost collection effort, up to 1,200 tons of food waste will be collected and diverted from going to the landfill yearly. Many items are compostable, to include such things as fruit and vegetable peels, meat, tea bags, coffee grounds, bread, egg shells and various paper products. At its end state, the waste becomes beneficial again, becoming compost through natural decomposition of the material with other wastes (such as bio-solids, gypsum, wood, yard wastes, etc.). Once the compost process is complete, it can be used as natural fertilizer that is rich in nutrients, explained Bailey. Sgt. Donald Dew, repair and utility noncom- missioned officer at Wolf Dining Facility, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, was trained by the contractor when composting was begun at the facility. Food waste from Wolf DFAC fills both waste containers located at the back of the facility daily, said Dew. Dew, a “born and raised farm boy” from North Dakota likes the idea that through his DFAC’s composting efforts, landfill disposal is avoided and the food eventually becomes fertilizer. Initiatives on Fort Carson, such as composting, can help drive community behavior. As the installation invests in composting, Haflett hopes it contributes to an even wider push for composting — even possibly to people’s homes. The amounts of composted waste collected at the three DFACs and commissary will be measured periodically to evaluate the progress of the program and help determine if it should be expanded to other Fort Carson facilities where food is served, including restaurants, schools and child development centers. The DPW headquarters, building 1219, led the initial composting effort for Fort Carson in June 2012 when it began collecting food waste and paper products. Haflett estimates that the DPW has diverted 3,000 pounds of compostable waste, about 70 percent of the total waste from the building, from going to the landfill. Sgt. Antonia Moss, 43rd Sustainment Brigade food service training noncommissioned officer in charge for the Wolf Dining Facility, empties leftover scrambled eggs into a bin for compostable food waste. Garbage in, compost out New service collects food wasteUnits, directorates and tenants interested in composting at their facilities can call the Directorate of Public Works pollution prevention coordinator at 526-4340 for more information.
  17. 17. 17July 12, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Story and photo by Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff Seven years ago, six people met in a room on the second floor of Army Community Service to discuss the needs of Soldiers wounded in combat. Out of that group has grown the Colorado Injured Military Support Network, a statewide network with an email distribution list of more than 700. The group’s mission is to provide support and services to wounded servicemembers, to help them meet the complex challenges they face as they continue their military careers or transition to civilian life. “Our initial focus was to at least establish a (safety) net to catch some of those injured veterans who’ve fallen … through the cracks, but at the same time, there are programs that benefit active duty as well,” said Nate Nugin, CIMS co-facilitator and one of the founders, and Family Enrichment Program manager for ACS. The group celebrated its anniversary June 28 at the Armed Services YMCA. Fort Carson Military Family Life counselors, as well as representatives from ACS, Warrior Family Community Partnership and the garrison attended. “I understand that this group has been together for seven years now,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Hardy, plans and operations officer, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. “To me, that says you’re not in it for the thanks. You’re in it for the peace and joy that fills your heart … when (you) lose (yourself) in the service of others. … Know that you are making a difference. You’re helping individuals. You’re helping Families.” The goal of the monthly meetings is to connect different organizations and individuals who serve the military, especially wounded warriors. Sometimes providers may not know all the programs and services that are already available. “The idea is that, for everybody that has a need, there’s probably a program out there that might benefit (them), and, conversely, for every individual, organization or agency that offers services out there, there’s probably someone who needs those services,” Nugin said. Over the years, there have been organizations and individuals at CIMS that retrofit vehicles or houses for injured servicemembers, offer counseling services for them and their Families and offer scholarships or educational benefits. Some of the groups involved have been faith-based organizations, some are charitable organizations and others are individual practices. However, if people come to CIMS with a financial motive, looking to drum up business or find a new source of clients, they are asked to leave. “That’s not the intent. The intent is to reach out and provide services and support to that target population,” Nugin said. “If you have a true desire to serve those who serve, and it’s not for primarily financial gain, then this is a place that you can come.” The group is informal, without bylaws or officers. Attendees bring their lunches, listen to speakers and have an opportunity to network at the end. People have come to meetings from as far north as Cheyenne, Wyo., and as far south as Durango and Trinidad. “Lots of folks come, and one of the comments is, ‘I’ve never seen anything quite like this,’” Nugin said. “The longevity of CIMS is really impressive to me, that people continue to come with no expectation beyond finding out about other programs, individuals, organizations, that might be able to fill a need that they can’t.” The meetings, at 11 a.m. the last Friday of every month at the Armed Services YMCA, are open to anyone and no registration is needed. “It’s a great program,” said Nugin. “The spirit of Fort Carson is at the YMCA every fourth Friday at CIMS.” Michelle Slattery, Veterans Trauma Court evaluator and professional research associateatUniversityofColoradoColorado Springs, addresses attendees at the Colorado Injured Military Support Network at the Armed Services YMCA, June 28. Groupserves woundedwarriors
  18. 18. 19July 12, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER18 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013 Spc.Joseph,McCarthy,intelligenceanalyst,HeadquartersandHeadquartersCompany,1stArmoredBattalion,67thArmoredRegiment,2ndArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, washes down his M1165 Expanded Capacity General Purpose Vehicle after spending 14 days in the Mojave Desert during a rotation to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., June 29. The Soldiers cleaned more than 1,500 vehicles before returning to Fort Carson. Soldiers of 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, sleep under the stars as they prepare to leave for a new location early the next morning during the brigade’s rotation to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., June 25. Soldiers of the brigade would routinely have to pack up and momentarily live in the elements, as the brigade would jump multiple times during the simulated battle. By Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division FORT IRWIN, Calif. — A monthlong exercise in the Mojave Desert concluded July 5 for more than 3,500 Soldiers from the “Warhorse” Brigade at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. The training event, which began June 4, focused on the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducting multiple training objectives including offensive and defensive operations, movement to contact operations, logistical resupply and key leader engagements. “In 21 years in the Army and 10 rotations at training centers, I have never seen a brigade combat team come out with a better state of readiness or to have been so successful as 2nd Brigade was,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Koloski, deputy commanding officer, 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. “Warhorse” Soldiers took advantage of the wide open spaces at NTC to conduct training from company through brigade levels in order to prepare for a hybrid threat. “Training here gives us the flexibility to maneuver on open ground against a common enemy with similar capabilities and maneuver through an urban environment while destroying an insurgent threat,” said Capt. Nicholas Rinaldi, commander, Company C, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd ABCT. Rinaldi, who has been in command a few months, said he cherished the training with his Soldiers. “It’s great and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Rinaldi. “These guys work extremely hard to make sure that our vehicles are ready to go, that they are trained properly and when we execute a mission, they always succeed.” Soldiers also said they enjoyed the training. “The training was pretty good,” said Spc. Christopher Drawbond, armor crewman, Company C, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg. “This was the first time I have really done force-on-force training.” Prior to conducting the brigade force-on-force training, Drawbond and his unit participated in battalion level live-fire training. “It was definitely an eye-opening experience,” said Drawbond. “You have to be cognizant of a lot more, and know what the units to your left and right are doing at all times.” Brigade senior leadership said the Soldiers came prepared to accomplish any mission thrown at them during the challenging month. “Whether it was a Soldier pumping fuel from a support battalion or a loader on a tank from one of our two combined arms battalions; from the entire spectrum, everyone had to be on their game in order for the brigade to succeed,” said Koloski. “I think the Soldiers at all levels were really challenged and they brought all of their training in their military occupation specialty to bear.” Rinaldi echoed Koloski’s statement and said while his Soldiers came into the exercise well trained, they came out of it with more knowledge and skills. “The Soldiers are extremely well trained,” said Rinaldi. “This is our second collective training exercise, and I thought we were completely trained after Piñon Canyon (Maneuver Site). We came out here and learned a whole bunch of new things. Everyone learned something out here.” Koloski said attending a major training center is an important part to preparing for deployment. “Do everything in your power to come to the National Training Center or go to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., because those are where your final skills are honed and where you are really tested,” he said. With an upcoming mission to deploy to Kuwait later this year as the U.S. Central Command theatre reserve, the brigade leadership said they feel the brigade is ready for anything. “Coming out of here, this is probably the most prepared and ready brigade in the United tates Army,” said Koloski. Photos by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl Spc. Bradley Duck, information technology specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4nd Infantry Division, provides security for a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter before it takes off from Tactical Assembly Area Warhorse at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., June 17. Leaders used the helicopter to conduct an assessment of the battlefield before conducting planning operations.
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  22. 22. 23July 12, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Claims to the Estate Sgt. William R. Moody — With deepest regret to the family of the deceased. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to his estate should contact 2nd Lt. Alex Wood at 618-409-9244. Spc. Ember Alt — With deepest regret to the family of the deceased. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to her estate should contact 1st Lt. Jennifer Meier at 524-4062. Upcoming events Summer food service — The Fountain-Fort Carson School District offers meals to children without charge at Aragon Elementary School, located at 211 S. Main St. in Fountain, and Abrams Elementary School, located at 600 Chiles Ave. on Fort Carson. Breakfast and lunch will be offered Monday-Friday from 7:15-8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through July 19. General announcements Voting assistance — The Voting Assistance Office is located in building 1218, room 212, and regular hours during furlough are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Call 526-3963 for assistance, or additional information can be found at Seeking volunteers — Cub Scout Pack 164 needs scouts and adult volunteers who enjoy the outdoors, camping, climbing, sports, helping the community and more. Contact Sara Ehrhart, committee chair, 785-226-0267, troop(underscore) Water quality report — The Directorate of Public Works has issued its annual water quality report. Fort Carson’s water, supplied by Colorado Springs Utilities, is of high quality and has been for many years. The report can be viewed at School lunch and breakfast program — School District 8 is accepting applications for the national School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Application forms are being provided to all homes with a letter to parents. Additional copies are available in each school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. Contact Dawn Muniz at 719-382-1334 or email for more information. Immunizations for summer vacations — If traveling out of the country, ensure vaccinations are up to date. It takes about two weeks to develop immunity after vaccination. Call the travel clinic, 526-2939, to schedule shots. Speed limit changes — The existing 40 mph speed limit on Butts Road between Wilderness and Airfield roads has been reduced to 30 mph. Call 526-9267 for information regarding the change. Same day appointments — Evans Army Community Hospital Family Medicine Clinics, Internal Medicine Clinic and Pediatric Clinic are operating under an appointment model called “Open Access,” offering same day appointments. Beneficiaries may not be offered the exact hour they want. Call the Access to Care Line, 526-2273, to make an appointment. Homes offered to wildfire victims — Tierra Vista Communities on Schriever Air Force Base is offering six to 12 month leases to Colorado residents displaced by the wildfire. Call 683-3660 for more information. Transfer military hospital or clinic when relocating — TRICARE Online users must update their military hospital or clinic location online each time they relocate. Transferring military hospital or clinic affiliation in TOL does not automatically transfer the TRICARE enrollment in Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. Hepatitis A alert — An outbreak of hepatitis A is believed to be associated with Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries purchased from Costco and possibly other retail locations. The Fort Carson Commissary does not sell this product. TRICARE beneficiaries who ate Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries in the past 14 days should contact their assigned health care provider or the Department of Preventive Medicine, 526-2939, to discuss the need for hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin injections. Exceptional Family Member Program hours change — Evans Army Community Hospital’s EFMP office increased its hours of operation to better accommodate the needs of servicemembers and Families. The new hours are: Monday- Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to noon. The EFMP office is located in the hospital’s Woods Soldier Family Care Center, room 2124 on the second floor near the central stairs. Contact the EFMP Nurse Administrator at 503-7442 for more information. TRICARE challenges — UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans assumed management of the TRICARE program for the western region April 1. There are no changes to supported benefits for TRICARE beneficiaries and all existing referrals for covered benefits will be honored by UMV. Questions about covered benefits or TRICARE coverage should be directed to the TRICARE Service Center inside Evans Army Community Hospital or UMV at 888-874-9378. For more information, visit Changes to dining facility — The Evans Army Community Hospital DFAC has reduced menu options on weekends and holidays. Weekends and federal holiday hours are: breakfast, 6:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner, 4-5:30 p.m. The DFAC offers an assortment of nutritious grab-n-go items during these meal hours: breakfast — assorted beverages, cold cereal, assorted pastries, hard-boiled eggs, breakfast burritos, scones, muffins, fresh fruit and yogurt; lunch and dinner — assorted beverages, assorted pre-made sandwiches, assorted pre-made salads, fresh fruit, yogurt and assorted desserts. Call 526-7968 or 7973 for more information. Library program — for military Families offers homework and studying help from a professional tutor, any time of day or night, free for K-12 students in military Families. Expert tutors are available online 24/7 to help students in more than 16 subjects, including math, science, English and social studies. can also help with standardized test prep, Advance Placement exams and with college essays. Visit for more information. Army Provider Level Satisfaction Survey — Patients may fill out and return the APLSS to help minimize the impact of budget cuts on medical care. Evans Army Community Hospital receives funding based on patients seen and customer satisfaction. Positive surveys returned can bring in up to $800. Help keep providers and departments and clinics fully functional. Call 526-7256 for more information. Adult immunizations — Adult patients can visit their Family Medicine Clinics for all immunizations. The Allergy Clinic will no longer provide adult immunizations. Contact your primary medical provider or clinic for more information Seeking volunteers — Cub Scout Pack 264 needs volunteers for den leaders and committee members. No experience is needed. Training will be provided by Boy Scouts of America staff. There is always a need for new volunteers to fill positions or just help out at various activities. Contact the Committee Chair, Johnathon Jobson at or the Cub Master, Robert Jepsen, and put Scout Volunteer in the subject line. Triple Threat expands — The Southeast Family Center and Armed Services YMCA hosts Triple Threat meetings for Family members of military personnel dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Groups meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at the YMCA located at 2190 Jet Wing Drive in Colorado Springs. Contact Larry Palma at 559-376-5389 or for details. Medications self-care program suspended — Due to fiscal constraints, Evans Army Community Hospital is suspending the over- the-counter medication self-care program. All self-care classes have been cancelled pending further information, and training information will be removed from the Evans Preventive Medicine Web page. Contact Preventive Medicine at 526-8201 for more information. Operation Mentor — Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks children ages 9-16 from military Families to participate in the military mentoring program, which matches children with adult volunteers who serve as positive role models. Visit http://www. for more information. Inclement weather procedures for Gate 19 — The Directorate of Emergency Services operates Gate 19 Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., regardless of inclement weather or road conditions along Essayons Road, which is an unimproved road. Essayons Road is also used to access several ranges and training areas, so the road remains open during all conditions. In order to notify the motorists of the actual road conditions, two “Downrange Road Conditions” status signs are now located along Butts and Essayons roads showing whether road conditions are green, amber or red. One sign is at the intersection of Butts Road and Airfield Road, facing north, and the other is on Essayons Road just inside Gate 19, facing inbound traffic. Automated medical referral — A new automated reminder system is now in place for medical referrals. Beneficiaries who are referred to a civilian specialist in the network will receive a phone call from the Colorado Springs Military Health System. The call will remind patients to make an appointment. If a patient has already made an appointment, an option will allow him to report that information. There is also an option to cancel the referral. Unless acted upon, these reminders will recur at 20, 60 and 120 days. Call 524-2637 for more information on the automated call system. Thrift shop accepts credit cards — The Fort Carson Thrift Shop is now accepting debit and credit cards. The shop, located in building 305, is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Gail Olson at 526-5966 or email for more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities. Donations may be dropped off at the store during normal business hours or at the recycling center located near the main exchange.
  23. 23. 24 MOUNTAINEER — July 12, 2013 Sims at 719-304-9815 for more information. Spanish Bible Study meets off post. Contact Staff Sgt. Jose Varga at 719-287-2016 for study times and location. Jewish Lunch and Learn with Chap. (Lt. Col.) Howard Fields takes place Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at Provider Chapel. For more information, call 526-8263. Chapel briefs Facebook: Search “Fort Carson Chaplains (Religious Support Office)” for events and schedules. Club Beyond is a program for military middle school teens. Volunteers are welcome. Call 719-355-9594 for dates and times. Youth Ministries: Christian Youth Group for sixth- through 12th-graders meets Sunday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Call 526-5744 for more information. Military Council of Catholic Women meets Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. For information, call 526-5769 or visit “Fort Carson Military Council of Catholic Women” on Facebook. Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group for men 18 and older, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Call 526-5769 for more information. Protestant Women of the Chapel meets Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Free child care is available. Email or visit PWOC Fort Carson on Facebook for details. Latter Day Saints Soldiers: Weekly Institute Class (Bible study) is Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Chapel. Food is provided. Call 971- 219-0007 or 719-433-2659 or email @myldsmail. net for more information. Heartbeat, a support group for battle buddies, Family members and friends who are suicide survivors, meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Fallen Heroes Family Center, building 6215, 6990 Mekong St. Contact Richard Stites at 719-598-6576 or Cheryl Chapel Schedule ROMAN CATHOLIC Day Time Service Chapel Location Contact Person Saturday 4-45 p.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583 Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583 Sunday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583 Sunday 9 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583 Sunday 10:30 a.m. Religious education Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458 Sunday 10:30 a.m. RCIA Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458 Sunday 11 a.m. Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Christopher/526-7386 Mon-Fri 11:45 a.m. Mass Soldiers Nelson & Martinez Chap. Manuel/526-8583 Mon-Fri Noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Christopher/526-7386 First Friday of month Noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Christopher/526-7386 PROTESTANT Friday 4:30 p.m. Intercessory prayer, Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316 Bible Study Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Healer Evans Army Hospital Chap. Gee/526-7386 Sunday 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744 Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Heidi McAllister/526-5744 Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316 Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Ursula Pittman/503-1104 Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel NeXt Veterans Magrath & Titus Chap. Palmer/526-3888 Sunday 2:30-4:30p.m. Youth ministry Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Heidi McAllister/526-5744 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. PWOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stuart/524-4316 EASTERN ORTHODOX Sunday 10 a.m. Orthodox Service Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Oanca/503-4340 JEWISH Fort Carson does not offer Jewish services on post. Contact Chap. (Lt. Col.) Fields at 503-4090/4099 for Jewish service and study information ISLAMIC SERVICES Fort Carson does not offer Islamic services on post. Contact the Islamic Society at 2125 N. Chestnut, 632-3364 for information. (FORT CARSON OPEN CIRCLE) WICCA Sunday 1 p.m. Provider Chapel, Building 1350, Barkeley and Ellis COLORADO WARRIORS SWEAT LODGE Meets once or twice monthly and upon special request. Contact Michael Hackwith or Wendy Chunn-Hackwith at 285-5240 for information. Has someone in your organization recently received kudos? Contact Mountaineer staff at 526-4144 or email Commentary by Chap. (Lt. Col.) Keith N. Goode Deputy garrison chaplain In part, perception can be described as what our mind “sees,” regardless of the facts that are before us. We expect to see the things we do because that is what we have always seen, what we have hoped to see or what we have been told we’ll see. Our past experiences, through training, education, expectations and relationships, shape us — for good or bad — to deal with the daily details of our lives. All things considered, a strong, healthy perception of life is a good thing. It would be a miserable thing if every morning we had to learn all over again how to tie the shoelaces on a pair of combat boots or if we found ourselves wandering around looking for the dining facility because it was moved every night. Being able to settle into a routine is part of what keeps us resilient and helps us manage the stressors we face in our duties each day. Halfway through 2013, it would be good to take stock of our perceptions and how changes in the routine might affect our lives. Failure to do so may “catch us by surprise” and ruin our perception, leaving us disappointed. So, let’s think: What are we used to? The regular duty day? Four-day weekends? No oxygen as we run up Signal Hill? Getting to go “home” after work every night? What is going to happen to your perspective when things change or when the unexpected occurs? When the heart, mind and body are distracted by ruined expectations, the opportunity for disappointment is very real. When perceptions of life are jumbled and confused, it is possible to come to the point of despairing of life itself. Look again at your life and ask, “Is my perception of life realistic enough to adjust to the changes that are certainly coming or am I doomed to despair?” 1 Timothy 6:6-8 tells us: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” Here is the secret to living a life that is not frustrated when perceptions are altered — contentment with God and with what God has given. When we spend our days focusing on our relationship with the Almighty, we develop an eternal perspective that naturally affects daily expecta- tions. A life of faith wonderfully shapes those expectations we depend on to make sense of daily experiences. It strengthens the perception of what is important, yet makes sure that our outlook is not so rigid that it cannot bend when stress and change demands it. There we find contentment for our spirit, minds and bodies. We are enabled to live in peace regardless what happens in our daily lives, because we clearly see that God is in control. With this perception, it is not the end of the world when we’re called in on a Saturday, the budget constraints require a furlough or the relationship at home is strained. In our personal and professional life, faith informs daily facts, and we know to be thankful for what we are given today and trusting that the Lord will provide what is best tomorrow. Does that mean we will experience no pain or disappointment? No, but we will be empowered to react to those difficulties with a realistic expectation that sees beyond the trouble and looks to the Lord for the solution. We look through the difficulties with the perspective of hope. So the goal is to keep the proper perspective in your life: making sure you are “seeing” what is really there. Already there have been too many among us lose perspective, and, that has led some to make choices that have resulted in greater pain and loss. As we face the challenges of the day, don’t be “that guy.” Look closely … what do you see? “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” — 1 Timothy 6:7 What do you see?