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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 30 Aug. 2, 2013 Page 18 Page 17Pages 8-9 Message board INSIDEINSIDE G.I. Rides for Life Fort Carson offers free rides home for Department of Defense identification card holders Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Call 526- 6921 or 339-7077 for a ride. For more on the program, or to volunteer, call 526-9191/2438. By Staff Sgt. David Chapman 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Staff Sgt.Ty Michael Carter will be presented the Medal of Honor Aug. 26 for his courageous actions in Afghanistan while a cavalry scout with Fort Carson’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Carter will be the fifth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq orAfghanistan when he receives the medal from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House honoring the former Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Soldier for his actions while deployed to the Nuristan province in Afghanistan Oct. 3, 2009. More than 400 anti-Afghan forces attempted to take over Combat Outpost Keating when Carter, a specialist at the time, and his fellow Soldiers defended the small COP against rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons fire coming from the surrounding hills. During the more than six-hour battle, Carter found himself resupplying Soldiers with ammunition, Photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault Rapid load Soldiers from 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and Group Support Battalion, 10thSpecialForcesGroup(Airborne),secureastorage container to be sling loaded during the brigade’s first field training exercise, July 25. The purpose of the FTX was to test the 4th CAB’s readiness for deployment. See story on pages 20-21. Medal of Honor Former4thIBCTSoldiertoreceiveaward See Medal on Page 4
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 2, 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 Joab Ramos Sr. Human resources noncommissioned officer, 759th Military Police Battalion Iron Horse Strong? What makes me I joined the Army Aug. 16, 1996, for immediate career opportunities, travel and education benefits. It gives me a big sense of pride that I have the privilege to serve; because even though many want to, for many reasons, they can’t. Although in the beginning I did not join just to serve, I have learned to love what I do and would do it all over again. Just like a horse and iron have always been a symbol of strength, the combination of the Warrior Ethos and the Army Values gives us the strength to do what we do and endure all the Family hardships we go through during our time in service I am Iron Horse Strong because of the training that I have received over the years that has taught me how to deal with different situations; always keeping the Army Values in mind. Standards and discipline By Maj. Earl Brown 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office I grew up in military communities outside bases and posts, and I’ve seen how the military can affect a community, both good and bad. So when I see what our Soldiers are doing to ourselves, I’m seriously disappointed. What we do as Soldiers, on and off duty, reflects on all who wear the uniform, including those who have gone before us. We swore an oath to uphold a standard that less than 1 percent of the American population is willing to bear, a distinction that is something to be honored, and I don’t think we’re being true to ourselves, our Soldiers, our communities, our Families, our veterans or the Army. Fort Carson has always been one of the top Army posts, and for good reason — Colorado Springs and the communities that support us. I have never, in my 19 years of military service, seen such support for our men and women in uniform. From simple discounts at the register to our endless training on the ground and in the skies, to the care and concern for our deployed and their Families, the support we receive is beyond anything I have seen anywhere. This solid support is impressive, considering the high density of military personnel, and the proximity of so many military installations within 30 miles of the Front Range. Normally, this type of military saturation would turn off a community, and I’m beginning to see the support for the troops slowly eroding away. Call it war fatigue or what have you, but I think it is on us to correct the course before it’s too late. The Pikes Peak region is a great place to live and raise a Family, but our actions are literally biting the hand that feeds us. It pains me to hear friends in the food service industry talk about the worst tippers in Colorado Springs being Soldiers. How often have we seen pricey deployment toys racing up and down Academy Boulevard with identifying unit window decals proudly displayed, or bullet bikes veering in and out of traffic with a uniformed Soldier at the throttle? Even worse, seeing mug shots on the evening news of Soldiers prominently displayed as suspects for driving under the influence, murder, robbery, child pornography, domestic violence and aggravated sexual assault, just to name a few. It is not rocket science to know when you run across a Soldier off duty: the high and tight haircuts and “Hooahs” from masses of vulgar, platoon-sized groups joking and smoking (literally) up the Manitou Incline shortly after 6:30 a.m. are dead giveaways. On a few occasions, I have personally identified myself with rank and asked Soldiers to tone down their language and turn off their cell phones being used as miniature boomboxes, disturbing the peaceful nature of our great open public spaces. This type of behavior by our Soldiers is flat out disrespectful and rude, and against honor, integrity and discipline — Army Values. A Soldier speaking up when another is out of line is not disrespectful, it’s discipline and common sense, it is simply choosing the hard right. We need to commit to the Army Values, which should be our guiding compass, on duty and off. It is a commit- ment to one’s self, a battle buddy, the unit and our Army, to do what is right — always. We represent the Army all day, every day. By far, the good outweighs the bad, but it is those few who lack the personal courage to do the hard right that make us all look the way we do now. Throughout the 12 years we’ve been fighting our nation’s wars, I am still thanked for my service in uniform and out, more now in the Springs than anywhere else in my career. We live in a veteran rich community, and we represent their legacy as well as our own. I’m often humbled by firm handshakes of Vietnam veterans thanking me for my service, knowing the hell they went through in the jungles and here stateside when they returned home. We owe it to those who trekked through similar challenges, and we must give honor to our profession to hold firm to “Steadfast and Loyal” standards and discipline, 24-hours a day. Biting hand that feeds you We need to commit to the Army Values, which should be our guiding compass, on duty and off. Find “U.S. Army Fort Carson” on Facebook for current news and events.
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  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 2, 2013 providing first aid, killing enemy com- batants and risking his own life to save that of his fellow Soldier, Spc. Stephan L. Mace, who was wounded and pinned down under enemy fire, according to the award narrative. “A long time ago I told myself that if I was ever placed in a combat situation, that I wouldn’t let fear make my choices for me,” Carter said during a July 29 press conference at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, where he is now stationed. “Inside, all I thought about was supporting the men in that position. When Mace was down, it was hard to think about anything else, but doing what I could to get to him.” According to Army News Service, Carter was instrumental in keeping the southern flank of the outpost from being overrun, in a battle where U.S. forces were outnumbered almost eight to one. During the fight, of the 54 Soldiers there, eight were killed, and more than 25 were injured. While being recommended for the Medal of Honor was a surprise, Carter said that receiving this medal was the last thing on his mind after he redeployed. “I was going through some difficulties then, and I was so concerned about the men we lost and friends, that it didn’t even faze me,” said Carter. “I don’t want to put down the Medal of Honor and what it means, but when you have lost family, it’s not what you are thinking about — I just felt loss.” Carter hopes that, while being in the spotlight as a Medal of Honor recipient, he will also focus on post-traumatic stress disorder, and bring more awareness to those who struggle with it daily. “I want to try and get rid of the stigma of post-traumatic stress, because there are a lot of Soldiers out there who have it and are ashamed to talk about it or get help,” said Carter. “With my experience with it, I can take a Soldier and just talk one-on-one and explain to him that it is not going to be easy, and it will take a while. But you will improve and you will do a lot better. You just need to go get the help you need.” Currently assigned to the Secretary to the General Staff, 7th Infantry Division, Carter concluded the press conference saying that he was nervous about going to the White House but meeting the com- mander in chief will truly be an honor. Carter is the second Soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry” during combat operations at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2009, while serving in the 4th IBCT, 4th Inf. Div., in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha was presented with the medal in February for his actions during the same battle. from Page 1 Medal U.S. Army photo Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter provides overwatch during a 2012 deployment to Afghanistan. On Aug. 26, Carter will become the fifth living Medal of Honor recipient for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan when he is recognized for his actions during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province. “I was struck this time by the transition (to the Afghans),” he said. “They are literally in the lead now.” It is one thing, he said, to read about this transformation in intelli- gence reports, but something else entirely to see it in operation. With Afghans in the lead, U.S. and NATO efforts have shifted from force generation — building battalions and brigades — to force sustainment: helping the Afghans build logistics and command and control and develop leaders and an intelligence apparatus. “These are capabilities that allow a military force to endure,” he said. Dempsey brought this up with President Karzai. The chairman discussed the need for a bilateral security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan and answered the president’s major question: Why is an agreement good for his country? The chairman told Karzai “the best guarantor of Afghan sover- eignty and unity is a security force that has both the capability and capacity that will allow them to deal with their security issues.” All parties hope that Taliban reconciliation will work, “but it might not,” Dempsey said. Providing a secure and stable environment then will depend on “a credible, stable and value-based professionalArmy — and eventually Air Force — that will act on behalf of all of the people of Afghanistan and who will support the consti- tution of the nation,” he said. “The only way to get to that point is with the continued commitment of the coalition in the development of the Afghan security forces. “I think he is beginning to think favorably on that fact,” he said. Dempsey would like to see a bilateral security agreement in place by October. This would give Afghans, NATO and U.S. partners some certainty in the post-2014 relationship and allow military planners to compute the glide slope for retrograde operations. “You would have the legal basis in place so all the uncertainty is stripped away, and we can get about the business of getting the right message to several different audiences — ourselves, the allies, our adversaries and as important, the Afghan people and the Afghan senior leaders,” he said. The chairman always visits partner nations during such trips and this time he met with German, Swedish and Polish members. “History will say that, that part of this mission has been remark- able,” he said. “We’ve been allied with other nations in the past for discrete periods of time to deal with security issues. But this is the longest mission in our history. It’s the longest war in our history. And we have had some incredible partners since 2002 through today.” From the military standpoint, Dempsey said all the partners he spoke with seem eager to continue the commitment to partnership beyond 2014. It is, of course, a polit- ical decision to be made by elected leaders. He noted this is another benefit of getting a bilateral security agreement in place early so these decisions can be made, he said. Developing Afghan “human capital” is the way forward, the chairman said. “Internally in our own force, even as we face these budget challenges, what I’ve said is ‘Job 1’is to get the people right.” If a crisis evolves, a nation can procure equipment. “But what you can’t do overnight or in a month or a year or five years, is develop leaders — (noncommissioned officers), commanders — who understand the human dimensions of conflict,” he said. Afghan security leaders are coming to the realization that they need to leverage this human dimension. “The type of conflict we are fighting today means no amount of equipment will endear them to the people,” Dempsey said. “What will is their ability to interact with the population, and drive a wedge between the insurgency and the population. That’s about leadership, not equipment.” Dempsey spoke with U.S. troops everywhere he visited. Those who have served multiple tours in Afghanistan have seen the progress Afghan forces are making. “They understand it’s not about how well we can secure Afghanistan, it’s about how well (the Afghans) can,” he said. from Page 3 Afghanistan WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/4THID WWW.TWITTER.COM/@4THINFDIV WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/THE4ID WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/THE4ID WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/THE4ID
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Join or renew, and receive a $ 25 Gift Card plus a FREE Rotisserie Chicken. $ 25 By Sgt. William Smith 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Col. Michael P. Mahoney assumed command of the U.S. Army Dental Activity Fort Carson during a ceremony on Founders Field, Tuesday. Mahoney, who last served as the commander, DENTAC Fort Drum, N.Y., replaced Col. John W. Etzenbach, who will now serve as the commander of Pacific Regional Dental Command. The transfer of command featured the traditional passing of the unit colors from the outgoing commander to the ceremonial host, Col. George J. Hucal, commander, Western Regional Dental Command, and then to the incoming commander. “With command comes great responsibility; you are responsible for the failures and successes once you take charge of that (unit),” Hucal said. “Col. Etzenbach oversaw the dental readiness of a post that had one of the highest operation tempos in the Army. He provided guidance of the ‘go first class’ initiative since its implementation. “The dental wellness has improved from 16 percent to over 40 percent, and the proficiencies have increased the number of cleanings by 3,600 in the last year without increasing the number of staff,” he said. “Under his direction, the average production per month per dentist has increased significantly from $33,000 to $41,000 per month. “Col. Mahoney I welcome you and your Family to the Western Regional Dental Command,” he said. “I look forward to working with you.” Etzenbach followed Hucal, welcoming Mahoney and then commending his Soldiers for their achievements. “I want to say ‘thank you’ to all of my Soldiers out on the field; you make me feel proud to have (served) alongside you,” Etzenbach said. “We have seen an incredible transformation over the last few years. We have seen the troop population increase from 18,000 to 26,000. We have gone from providing $1.8 million in dental care to $2.4 million with your help.” Mahoney thanked Etzenbach and his Family for their support to him and his Family, and the DENTAC Soldiers. “To the Soldiers of DENTAC, you look great out there,” Mahoney said. “I look forward to working with you and supporting all of the units of this great post. I know it is a great honor to take command of you.” Mahoney has served as a staff dentist and held multiple commander positions. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters. DENTACwelcomesnewleader Col. Michael P. Mahoney, left, commander, U.S. Army Dental Activity Fort Carson, passes the guidon to Master Sgt. Carlos Hernandez, senior noncom- missioned adviser, DENTAC, during a change of command ceremony at Founders Field, Tuesday.
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Though old, they are no less destructive to their unsuspecting victims and property. These explosives represent a signifi- cant threat, underlying the need for those trained in their identification, removal and disposal. For that task, the NATO- led Kosovo Forces turn to explosive ordnance disposal teams to help train, mentor and oversee the operation of the Kosovo Security Forces EOD. Fort Carson’s 62nd Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) is the EOD team lead for Multinational Battle Group — East. Soldiers from 62nd Ord. respond to any reports of UXOs found throughout the battle group’s area of operations. The team receives anywhere from three to six calls on a weekly basis, with many of them being legitimate threats, said Staff Sgt. Michael Whitney, 62nd Ord. Though the teams have been in Kosovo for less than two months, they have already responded to more than 50 UXOs throughout Kosovo. “They’re being found in the fields when people farm,” Whitney said. “They’re being found near houses, in the ground. Some people have had them in houses, or in the walls of old houses when people knock them down. They’ve been dug up around houses when they renovate. So they’re still out there.” The EOD team has been working with its Kosovo Security Forces counterparts to help safely dispose of these threats. The KSF EOD teams are descended from the original mine-clearing teams of the Kosovo Protection Corps, which was reformed into the KSF. This means that they are skilled in dealing with mines, but find themselves less experienced with other UXOs and ordnance threats, which is where the KFOR EOD teams come in to help advise and assist the teams. “It’s a good experience,” said Spc. Kyle Wainwright, 62nd Ord. “A lot of (the KSF) have been de-mining for 10 plus years, so they are fairly experi- enced. The reason we are with them is because they don’t have the formal training, but it’s been a really positive experience.” Working alongside the KSF and the multinational partners from KFOR helps strengthen the bonds between the partner nations, Whitney said. There are several other EOD teams within KFOR who host UXO awareness classes in Kosovo. “We cannot describe the satisfac- tion of working with KFOR,” said KSF Sgt. Sami Kalludra, a team leader with the KSF EOD. “It’s not just my opinion, but the opinion of many other members of the KSF.” The KSF is also learning how to operate new equipment as EOD techni- cians from KFOR improve on their own techniques. Learning to use these tools is a large part of the KSF’s ability to complete missions independently. “Getting KSF EOD the proper tools and equipment (it) needs is crucial to (its) ability to run incidences without U.S. aid,” said Wainwright. “So it will ensure maximum safety that can be observed and (its) overall mission effectiveness.” “I’m proud of the fact that we have destroyed two UXOs today, because I know that the citizens of Kosovo are not endangered by these UXOs,” Kalludra said, remarking on a demolition event held July 18. A Kosovo Security Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal team safely disposes of unexploded ordnance July 18. As a result of decades of conflict, Kosovo bears the marks of untold pieces of unexploded ordnance scattered throughout the country from as early as World War II. Pyramid Motors Auctions Co. 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Parkview is very efficient in getting you diagnosed. They knew right away what was wrong. The level of care I was given was just tremendous. Greg Johnson, EMT & former patient 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. Above: Fort Carson Soldiers race their cardboard and foam water tube constructed boats to the finish line during the build a boat race, as part of the Better Oppor- tunities for Single Soldiers pool party at the Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, July 26. Right: Soldiers play water volleyball during the BOSS pool party at the Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center July 26. Story and photos by Spc. Nathan Thome 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Laughter and splashes of water echoed off the walls of the Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center indoor pool during the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers pool party July 26. More than 100 Fort Carson single Soldiers and geographical bachelors attended the event to bolster their morale and friendships through a variety of water-themed games and dinner. “We decided to have this event because it’s summer, and we wanted to bring Soldiers on post together to have fun at the pool and relax,” said Spc. Kimberly McFarlane, health care specialist and BOSS representative, 43rd Sustainment Brigade. “With so many new Soldiers coming to Fort Carson, this was a great way to get them to meet other Soldiers around post and expand their social networks beyond just their units.” BOSS’ goal is to get more Soldiers to participate in its events, and show them what Fort Carson and Colorado Springs have to offer. “The biggest impact we are hoping for from this is that it increases their morale and lets them know there are fun things to do on and off post,” said McFarlane. “We hope they have a great time and that it inspires them to come out and participate in more BOSS events.” Last year, the pool party was held at the Outdoor Pool, but with the availability of a new indoor pool, BOSS made the decision to host the event at the Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center. “I think the biggest appeal about a pool party is that it’s hot, it’s summer and you’re around water. What better way to spend a summer night than at a pool surrounded by friends?” McFarlane said. In addition to an open buffet, diving, dancing and water volleyball, Soldiers were able to compete in a variety of games, including king of the boat, build a boat race, limbo and sharks and minnows. This pool party marked the first time Spc. Sarah Clark, health care specialist, Company A, 10th Combat Support Hospital, attended a BOSS event. “I think it’s awesome that they’re taking the money, especially with the budget cuts and everything, and spending it on us,” said Clark, who was on the winning build a boat race team. Clark said she attended the pool party because she regularly goes to the pool and felt this event was geared toward her. “I haven’t been to a lot of events on post, but this one was definitely worth it,” said Clark. “If you can get the people to come out to at least one of these things, then they’d probably come out to even more of them.” One of the highlights of the pool party for Clark, was meeting other Soldiers. “This really helps with morale and camaraderie, because we meet people from other units that we wouldn’t normally meet,” said Clark. “I met some people from the aviation unit that, without this event, I would have never met at all.” Pvt. Olivia Boerstler, cable systems installer- maintainer, Company C, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, first attended BOSS events because of its perks. “My first BOSS event was the Single Soldiers Day. I went because it got me out of work early, but once I showed up, everyone was having a good time, laughing and letting loose,” said Boerstler. “It was so fun that I decided to come to this one. I love these events and wish there were more of them.” Boerstler said that she appreciates events that have the ability to bring people together. “This gives us the chance to get to know everybody around the post, not just those in our barracks or company,” Boerstler said. “It’s definitely a fun time.” Spc. Sarah Clark, health care specialist, Company A, 10th Combat Support Hospital, dives from the high board during the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers pool party at the Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, July 26.
  9. 9. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 2, 2013 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* QUESADILLAS! TACOS! BURRITOS! FAJITAS! FIESTA PACKS!SALADS! LOCATIONS: Military Discount 10 y DiDiscount Military 10 Volunteers help build framework of communityStory and photos by Spc. Robert Holland 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division FOUNTAIN — Three nearly-completed houses, and the framework of a fourth, sit in the corner of a weed-filled lot. Soldier volunteers listened to a short brief as they prepared to pick up the tools and piled lumber around the lot, and help make the dream of homeownership a reality for families within the local community of Fountain. The group of Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gathered around the plywood frame of the house and listened to Gary Blake, a construction supervisor for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, as he explained what they would be doing for the next three hours of their shift, July 26. Sgt. Jeff Nutter, tanker, Company C, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., who untied the bundled trusses before helping to set them up in preparation for installing the roof, said it is important to partici- pate in these kinds of volunteer opportunities. “We like giving back to the community,” said Nutter. “The community is here for us, and we are here for them, too.” The show of support from the Soldiers has not gone unnoticed. Lindsey Desmarais Nubern, a volunteer manager for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, said the organization appreciates the Soldiers’ efforts. “We are really excited that the Soldiers come out to volunteer,” she said. “We are building a Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, move a wooden truss segment while volunteering at a build site in Fountain, July 26. Spc. Brandon Elzy, M-1 Abrams tank system maintainer, Company C, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, measures a segment of lumber while volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity build site in Fountain, July 26. 1st Lt. Jacob Haider, executive officer, Company C, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, moves a wooden truss segment into place, July26. See Building on Page 13
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  11. 11. 12 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 2, 2013 Now Enrolling for the 2013-2014 School Year For more information and to schedule a tour Please contact Janet Damerell 719-234-0325 Grade Levels 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th Reading 2.8 3.5 5.0 6.3 7.2 9.1 9.8 11.2 Language 2.7 3.3 5.0 7.2 7.3 9.6 12.2 12.3 Math 2.3 3.3 4.6 6.1 6.6 8.4 10.4 10.6 Core Total 2.6 3.3 4.7 6.5 6.9 9.0 10.4 11.2 Social Studies 2.4 4.2 5.2 5.9 7.6 8.0 11.1 10.9 Science 2.5 3.5 5.1 6.5 8.0 9.0 12.2 12.1 Composite (Total Average) 2.6 3.6 5.0 6.4 7.3 8.8 10.8 11.5 Challenging students through Faith, Academics and Service Over 50 Years of Excellence in Catholic Education Serving students in Preschool-8th Grades Weekly School Masses as well as celebrations of traditions, Sacraments and prayer Sports, Drama, Music/Band, Scouts, extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities for Kindergarten -8th grade students Before and After School Care available onsite through Jr. Academy Iowa Test of Basic Skills 2012-2013 Grade Level Equivalency Class Averages Photos by Sgt. William Smith Above: Sgt. Anthony Cabassa, 148th Military Police Detachment, 759th Military Police Battalion, and his team, Pfc. Daniel Schroeder and Pfc. LaCarol Kennedy, push an uparmored Humvee during the obstacle course portion of the War Fighter competition, July 24 at Iron Horse Park. Right: Sgt. Michael Carothers, 127th MP Company, 759th MP Bn., climbs up the rope during the obstacle course portion of the War Fighter competition, July 24. “The point of the War Fighter competition is to select the best MP team in the battalion,” said Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gross, War Fighter noncommissioned officer in charge, 759th MP Bn. “It sets an excellent example of what heart and dedication is to the rest of the battalion.” The 148th MP team of Cabassa, Schroeder and Kennedy earned the title of best MP team during the competition. Battling for bragging rights NewCar yourway toa SwipeSwwiipeSw t yo t NewCar Swi toa ourway t NewCar Swipe yourway NewCar r w NewCar uoe ypiSw s yecnhae croe mht youeormehTd.ibryH 0n a 2io wd teretne o, y310, 21t 3suguA t CibeD® asit Vnr Euoy ku maoe ymiy trevE o a NewCar y tar w .nio we tvu hao ,rdacryouesuyou yrmaC® atoyo3 T10 yllacitmaotue ar’uo hguorhd trat C htie wshacrue a p NewCar th moc.tnE iwarcwwen r wuoe ypiSw . redney Ltinutroppl OauqE ges a rt in3 • E10, 2noint Uiderl Caredet Fn© E 011-47) 5917d • (raCtibeD/ tEnth o ay tar w l raiciffd onn aoitamrofny irtnr eoF o p. Nylns orebmet mno En tepO AUCy Nd berusny illaredeF| .noint Uiderl Caredet Fnf Ek oramedard teretsi 3269-525-00r 80 o draCtibeD/moc.tnt Eisi, vselul r .retno ey trassecee nsahcruo p
  12. 12. 13Aug. 2, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER CareercounseloradvancestoICorpsBy Sgt. William Smith 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Joint Task Force Carson’s Career Counselor of the Year will take on the next level of competition Aug. 7, against other counselors in I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Staff Sgt. Carol Edmisten, career counselor, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, won the June 25-26 Fort Carson competition that included an Army Physical Fitness Test, a written exam and a board. “It was a very humbling experi- ence to win against my peers,” Edmisten said. “I felt like the competition was really strong. I was in utter disbelief that I won against the people who have helped me become so good at my job.” Edmisten said that this is the second time she has competed for the title. “I competed in the career counselor of the year competition when I first came into the career field three years ago. I placed second, and told myself that I would not quit until I won.” One of Edmisten’s peers felt she deserved to feel proud for winning. “Edmisten did great; she beat us all,” said Staff Sgt. Ralph Kintzer, career counselor, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th IBCT. “None of us were half-stepping, and we were all prepared to win. The judges said it was a close race. She shouldn’t feel as humble as she does; she beat us fair and square.” Edmisten said she hopes to win at the next level, but if she doesn’t, it was beneficial to compete. “I feel that just com- peting in the board can only help you, even if you don’t win,” she said. “You learn a lot by delving into all of the regulations.The regulations are constantly changing for our job, so you have to be knowledgeable on them, even if they came out two weeks earlier.” Kintzer said that Edmisten is ready for the next level, and that he wishes her the best. “She has the skill set (neces- sary) to be picked up to the sergeant first class level,” Kintzer said. “She is very good at her job and one of the best career counselors around. “I think she will win at the next level, and has a great chance to win the one after that as well,” he said. “The sad part of her doing so well is she won’t be a part of our team anymore, but we can’t be greedy and keep her from going on to bigger and better things.” Edmisten will face the winners of the other units that make up I Corps. If she wins, she will progress to the U.S. Army Forces Command competition. 34-home neighborhood here in Fountain, and just the work they are doing here today will have a direct impact on four families within the local community.” Desmarais Nubern said she was honored the Soldiers are volunteering within the community. “It really is incredible that these Soldiers, who already serve our country, want to come out and serve within the community, too,” she said. “We just really admire the Soldiers’ dedication to service and the local community.” Soon, the entire worksite was in motion; every Soldier had his marching orders, and with each swing of the hammer and whine of a drill, the Soldiers of Company C helped strengthen the framework of the Joint Task Force Carson community. 1st Lt. Jacob Haider, executive officer, Company C, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., oversees the company’s volunteer program and said it has been a resounding success among the Soldiers in his company. “We try to get as many Soldiers involved as we possibly can, and we actually have more Soldiers interested in participating than we currently have room for,” Haider said. He said the volunteer program runs three times a month, and benefits everyone involved. “It helps build the team within the company, and also within the local com- munity,” Haider said. “It gives the Soldiers perspective on what is happening within (our) own communities and shows that we want to give back.” from Page 10 Building Edmisten “I feel that just competing in the board can only help you, even if you don’t win. You learn a lot by delving into all of the regulations.” — Staff Sgt. Carol Edmisten
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  14. 14. 15Aug. 2, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Miscellaneous The Directorate of Public Works Housing Division — reopens Monday in its new location, building 1225. Parking for building 1225 is located off of Felkins Street. The entrance to the Housing Division is on the west side of building 1225. For more information, call 323-7016. 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. 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. 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 noncommissioned 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 Aug. 21-23 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. Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., located on the first floor of building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. Shipment under Full Replacement Value claimants must submit Department of Defense Form 1840R or After Delivery Form 1851 for additionally discovered items to the carrier within 75 days online. Claimants must log into Defense Personal Property System at and submit the claim within nine months directly to the carrier to receive full replacement value for missing or destroyed items. All other claims should be submitted to the Claims Office within two years of the date of delivery or date of incident. Call 526-1355 for more information. 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-Monday (DONSA/weekend) Tuesday-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
  15. 15. 16 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 2, 2013 Mountaineer staff Sixteen Soldiers were honored for their service to the nation during a retirement ceremony Wednesday at Founders Field. Soldiers, Family and friends gathered to celebrate the closing moments of the Soldiers’ Army careers as they were presented their final military decorations and U.S. flags that had been flown over the headquarters. The Soldiers’ spouses received certificates of appreciation and a rose in recognition of their service. Those retiring were: v Lt Col. Frank Wynne, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division v Maj. Livia Payne, 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Buckley Air Force Base v Master Sgt. Edward L. Smith, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson v Sgt. 1st Class Horace Brown, Medical Department Activity v 1st Sgt. David Nino, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division v Sgt. 1st Class Marco A. Reyes, 3rd Bn., 29th Field Artillery Reg., 3rd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. v Sgt. 1st Class Alexander Collier, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div. v Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Parker, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. v Staff Sgt. Samuel C. James Jr., 183rd Maintenance Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade v Staff Sgt. Jesus Carlos, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. v Staff Sgt. David N. Thomas II, 3rd STB, 3rd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. v Staff Sgt. Haigee Jackson, 4th Battalion, 42nd FA Reg., 1st ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. v Staff Sgt. Daryl A. Dela Cruz, Forward Support Company, 4th Engineer Battalion v Staff Sgt. Bernard Walla, 1st STB, 1st ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. v Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Sage III, Warrior Transition Battalion v Sgt. Stacey Earley, 1st STB, 1st ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. The next Fort Carson post retirement ceremony takes place Aug. 28 at 3:30 p.m. on Founders Field. Soldiers hang up uniforms record of 264 feet, held by 1st Lt. Kyle Bowen, executive officer for Forward Support Company, 1st Bn., 8th. Inf. Reg. “I had a goal set,” said Ervin. “My workout buddy (Bowen) set that record, and I told him I was going to beat him. We’re constantly pushing each other, so when I got up to his record, I knew I had to keep going.” The true difficulty of the challenge comes from not just picking up the weight, but from being able to shuttle it back and forth in a 50-foot distance. “It’s the equivalent of sprinting a full mile,” said Mark Taysom, TAP strength and conditioning coach. According to Taysom, the exercise is about conditioning the supply and demand of oxygen to the body. The weight of the sandbag compresses the lungs in the chest, restricting the amount of air a person can take in, while at the same time, the muscles throughout the entire body are demanding more oxygen to carry the weight. “This is an exercise they perform at the World Strongman Championships, and we have some of the actual bags used in those competitions,” said Taysom. Ervin made a second attempt to break his own record later that day, but only managed to make it 300 feet. Ervin said he’ll keep trying to set the record as high as he can. “It’s always important to push yourself, especially in front of your Soldiers,” he said. “It shows that you have what it takes to drive on, even when things get tough and everything in your body is telling you to quit, and that’s a key part of our job.” The sandbag carry challenge is held at the TAP gym in Garcia Physical Fitness Center, which is available for free use from 5-6 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays. Anyone wishing to set the record must be wit- nessed by one of the TAP strength and conditioning coaches at the gym. from Page 14 Strongman
  16. 16. 17Aug. 2, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Carsonre-seedsPCMS,plansforfuturepreservationBy Meghan Williams Garrison Public Affairs Office When sequestration hit Fort Carson March 1, one of its immediate effects was an 81.7-percent reduction in the installation’s Integrated Training Area Management funding, slashing $1.81 million allotted for land rehabilitation and maintenance. Fort Carson was left with no money to re-seed Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site or repair roughly 1,200 PCMS acres damaged during a training exercise earlier this year. Fort Carson pursued other funding avenues and, in May, secured $1.3 million to fund a contract re-seeding PCMS. Additionally, Fort Carson purchased two pieces of re-seeding equipment so the installation can independently repair any future damages. “Being good stewards of the land is essential for our ability to train our nation’s Soldiers, today and into the future. If we consume our resources and don’t manage them in a practical way, we will lose the ability to use them,” said Dan Benford, Fort Carson director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. While Fort Carson already planned to re-vegetate land at PCMS, routine maneuver damages resulting from a full-scale brigade training exercise executed by the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, amplified the need for repairs, Benford said. The exercise lasted Feb. 24 through March 14 and trained 3,100 Soldiers with 1,038 vehicles, including Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and Humvees. 2nd ABCT conducted the exercise to prepare for future deployments. PCMS’ vast training acreage and natural environment provide realistic, live training that helps Soldiers succeed and survive in combat. The damages, which occurred on 1.06 percent of the total 113,000 acres 2ABCT used for the exercise, were in part due to inclement weather. A snowstorm hit the area Feb. 23, the day before the training began, but five days after Soldiers and equipment began arriving at PCMS. According to Benford, Fort Carson Regulation 350-4 requires brigade commanders to consult with PCMS subject matter experts before training in inclement weather. Col. Omar Jones IV, 2nd ABCT commander, talked with both the environmental lead and range control at PCMS before continuing the training. Jones’ decision was based on several factors, including an assessment of potential environmental impact, the cost of rescheduling the training and the need for Soldiers to train in all types of weather conditions. “The first time (Soldiers are) conducting operations in a snowstorm shouldn’t be in combat,” said Benford, explaining that the Army gains a significant technological advantage during adverse weather conditions. “That’s when we are most likely to attack our enemies and exploit their weaknesses. We can see, shoot and destroy them in inclement weather when they can’t even see who’s doing it.” The snowstorm presented an invaluable opportunity to train 2nd ABCT Soldiers in an otherwise difficult-to-simulate environment. Through the Army’s ITAM program, Fort Carson assessed that maneuver damage, defined as ruts six to eight inches deep, had occurred on about 1,200 acres. 2nd ABCT Soldiers repaired roughly 200 acres themselves, filling in the ruts manually, with rakes and with vehicle-pulled drags. Following the assessment, Fort Carson immediately filed a Commander’s Critical Information report to Installation Management Command, identifying the need for land rehabilitation based on damage caused by the significant, prolonged drought in Southern Colorado and the maneuver damages, Benford said. In early May, IMCOM awarded Fort Carson $1.3 million to replace the lost ITAM funding and complete the much-needed land rehabilitation. Fort Carson will use the grant to re-seed PCMS land identified as at-risk. Re-seeding and re-vegetating the land will prevent bare spots from forming and help the post meet regulatory requirements of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act that dictates no fugitive dust and stormwater sediment may leave PCMS. Officials estimate the repairs will be completed by late summer or early fall. Looking to the future, Fort Carson will continue using proven methods to decrease maneuver damage. These include maintaining Seibert stakes to mark all cultural and historic sites at PCMS, with additional signage and fencing around more significant sites, Benford said. A shared initiative between DPW Environmental and DPTMS Training that educates Soldiers slated for training about PCMS cultural resources has also proved successful. “That training is a prevention effort to ensure that every Soldier gets the information to tread lightly as can be,” said Benford. The program not only teaches Soldiers why the cultural resources are important, but how they are marked and how best to avoid them. Additionally, Fort Carson will continue to assign a trained maneuver damage control officer within each unit to emphasize the importance of protecting cultural sites and preserving PCMS’ natural environment, Benford said. Two M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles engage simulated enemy threats at a mock city located in Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. Soldiers participated in a monthlong field training exercise geared toward preparing the Soldiers for future training events and deployments. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat, 4th Infantry Division, conduct room clearing training during a rotation to Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, March 1. PhotosbyStaffSgt.AndrewPorch
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BecomeafanoftheColoradoSpringsBusinessJournal onFacebookorfollowusonTwitter@CSBizJournal Getbreakingnewsandheadlinesthroughouttheday,learnaboutupcomingevents,specialoffersandmore! ResourceofficersprepareforbacktoschoolStory and photo by Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff Back to school preparations go beyond remembering to drive the speed limit in school zones and buying supplies and clothes. Amid all the registration paperwork are a couple of forms the Fort Carson police hope parents will take seriously. Up-to-date emergency contact information is critically important, especially when a parent deploys or leaves town. “(Last year), an average of two to three times a week for about two months … I escorted children to hospitals because we couldn’t locate their parents,” said Torie Newton, school resource officer, Fort Carson police. “We go to their house, call their phones, … try to get ahold of the servicemember through their unit. “It’s not just that (they’re) coughing. We had to escort them by ambulance because the kids had 104, 105 degree fevers.” Along with the importance of current contact information is the school attendance parental obligation form. “Truancy is a big issue,” said Felipe Nardo, Fort Carson police SRO. The truancy team meets once a month to determine which students are having problems and should be placed on a truancy plan. If they continue to miss, the student and his parents can end up in court being charged with truancy, Nardo said. “We’ve had instances … where the child served time in the juvenile facility for not going to school,” he said. “I don’t think a lot of parents realize how serious it is,” Newton said. “Sometimes they realize once we show up on their doorstep … but sometimes they don’t get it, and they just don’t think we’re going to do anything about it, and then they end up in court.” Court is a last resort for the police, though. “That’s the last thing we want to do,” Nardo said. Rather than charging truant students, they prefer to use diversion programs and other disciplinary measures. Programs such as Success Academy, which is beginning its second year at Carson Middle School, give students another chance. The program is for those who have behavior issues or may need a different learning environment, and last year went well, he said. Successful outcomes often depend on the relationship the SROs have with students, teachers and administrators. “If we didn’t have those relationships with the students, half the stuff that goes on in the school we would never even know about,” Newton said. “We won’t get it all, but we’ll get a lot of stuff before it happens,” Nardo said. Preventing problems outside the school is also a priority. The police will be out in unmarked cars looking for speeders. “In the school zones, we just don’t play. It’s such a short distance anyway that you have to slow down, and there’s so many tiny little kids that walk along there,” said Newton. “It’s just not something we’re willing to take the risk on.” Lily Romero, first grade, and Dagan Romero, fifth grade, visit with Patriot Elementary School librarian Donna Sabala while their mother registers them for school. Last year, Dagan Romero helped shelve books in the library, and he said he plans to continue this year. Cybersafetycritical forchildrenBy Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff It’s every parent’s nightmare — a teenage child meets a man from Denver online and gives him personal information, phone number, email address, physical address. School resource officer Felipe Nardo received a call from the mother, wondering what to do. He advised her to change the email address and phone numbers. “I told Mom, just be aware,” he said. “Nothing else has happened.” It’s a scenario that’s easily prevented by taking a few simple steps and educating children. “The parents should be educating their children on (information) you don’t ever tell anyone online,” said Torie Newton, SRO, Fort Carson police. That includes any personal information — address, phone number, email address and information about parents or siblings. “Just keep it basic, first name,” she said. “If they want to go further, they should probably talk to their parents and see how their parents feel about it.” Computers should be kept in an open area of the house, such as a family room or living room. “It doesn’t take much to walk by the computer. There’s just not enough parents that do that,” Newton said. “They just let them go to their room or to the office or wherever and do whatever because then, they’re out of their hair.” Parents should use parental controls; know their children’s passwords for sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and check the browser history on a regular basis, she said. “It’s not going in every day to spy on the kids. That’s not what we’re saying to do, but you pop in there once a week and just look over things. At least you have an idea what your children are doing,” Newton said. If parents aren’t knowledgeable about computers and aren’t sure how to use parental controls or check history, they can get help from the SRO, she said. Children also need to remember to always log off when they visit social networking sites. If they use a smartphone and it’s lost or stolen, other people can post pictures or write updates that could cause problems, Newton said. Anything related to bullying or harassment should be printed out and given to an SRO so it can be resolved. Most often officers say they’ve seen threats in texts, emails or online messaging. In Colorado there are no cyber bullying laws yet, but they can still be charged with harassment, she said. “A lot of kids don’t realize that they can be charged with (harassment) because they think, oh, it’s on the computer,” Newton said. The permanence of their online activities is another important lesson. “Children need to be told, whatever you put out there in the cyber world is out there forever,” she said. “There is no going back on there and deleting it and thinking you took it off.”
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  19. 19. 21Aug. 2, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER20 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 2, 2013 A Soldier from 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, directs a Chinook while Soldiers from 2nd GSAB, 4th Avn. Reg., and Group Support Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), secure a Humvee to be sling loaded to a different site, July 25. A UH-60 Black Hawk from 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, sling loads a fuel blivet during the brigade’s first field training exercise, July 25. A CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk from 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, fly back to Butts Army Airfield after sling load training, July 25. Story and photos by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault 4th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Thumping sounds of helicopter blades kicked up swirls of dirt as Soldiers directed 4th Combat Aviation Brigade aircraft to sling load equipment as part of a field training exercise on Fort Carson, July 25. The 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th CAB, 4th Infantry Division, conducted its first FTX for the CAB, July 22-26. The 4th CAB’s overall purpose for the training exercise is to test the brigade’s readiness for deployment and improve on what it needed, said Capt. Robert Detienne, assistant operations officer, 2nd GSAB, 4th Avn. Reg. “We are learning many things that will help us develop plans for future training exercises,” Detienne said. The CAB’s training covered both basic Soldier skills and military occupational specialty specific training. “The training exercises were concentrated on the Soldiers’ individual training,” said Detienne. “The training consisted of nine-line medevac, land navigation, first aid and MOS field training.” 2nd GSAB, 4th Avn. Reg., started from scratch in prepping for its training exercise. “We started from ground zero,” said Detienne. “Besides individual experiences that everyone has had, we worked hard as a staff … to figure out what we need to work on to be ready to deploy.” Sling load training was the main collective training performed by the battalion’s Chinook and Black Hawk companies. “Most of the Soldiers are doing the sling loads for the first time,” said Sgt. David Fagan, petroleum supply specialist and sling load instructor, Company E, 2nd GSAB, 4th Avn. Reg. “We started training heavily on the sling loads for the past two days before the actual training exercise. “All sling loads that were performed were executed perfectly,” he said. “I am very proud of how well the Soldiers executed their mission tasks.” Company E Soldiers prepared for two weeks prior to the FTX. “The Soldiers trained diligently with Soldiers from the 10th Special Forces Group’s Group Support Battalion,” said Capt. Faith Neubauer, commander, Company E. “They are really excited about this exercise.” “Iron Eagle” Soldiers were trained to prepare many types of equipment in short periods of time. “I just recently went through a weeklong class prior to the FTX,” said Fagan. “The Soldiers got a more condensed class on sling loading to prepare equipment for a sling load in five to 30 minutes, depending on type of equipment.” The experience gained in the FTX provided a strong foundation for the CAB to build from in future exercises. “The training we received from the field exercise helps to establish a baseline for the CAB,” said Detienne. “This training was important, because you have to know where you are to get to where you want to be. This is why we started with individual tasks. In September, we will conduct another field exercise based on more collective tasks.”
  20. 20. 22 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 2, 2013 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 More than money VolunteersworktomakeitabetterplaceStory and photo by Mike Howard Special to the Mountaineer It takes a village, even in military circles. The lean days that would come at the end of the wars were not evident back when Joey Bautista started on his project. It was long before tight budgetary times faced the nation and military community. Yet his preparation to keep that village going on Fort Carson back then pays off today. In 2003, when he took over as manager of the Fort Carson Volunteer Corps in Army Community Service, there were only 500 registered volunteers helping out on post. Today he oversees a program with just under 5,000 volunteers providing $2.7 million worth of free labor to the installation annually. “I am just a recruiter,” Bautista said. “The credit goes to the great people in our community who give of their time. They are the ones keeping this program going strong. Plus we have very good managers on post who come to us with their needs.” Bautista sees his job as one where he brings together this energy between the community and managers in order to maximize benefits for both sides. By managing the requirements against the resources in one place, Bautista is able to make sure the volunteer force is trained, ready and able to do what is needed. An example of this energy is Staff Sgt. Matthew Voshell and his wife of three years, Cassie Voshell. Matthew Voshell is an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, while his wife is a student studying to become a medical assistant. They live on post in Family housing. Matthew Voshell’s unit has had intense training since he was assigned there two years ago, plus he cared for their infant son to allow his wife time for school. But now the time is right for his Family. “I am not here because I have to be,” he said. “I want to volunteer. I am not here to earn an award or get points for a (promotion) board. I was an Eagle Scout growing up and am used to giving to the community. My son is going to grow up in my world, and I want to make it a better place for him.” The Soldier said he was interested in volunteering as a designated driver, coach for Little League, Boy Scout assistant or helper at the USO. For Cassie Voshell it was a little different. She is approaching a point in her undergraduate studies where an internship as a medical assistant is necessary. Bautista promised to work with her and leaders at Evans Army Community Hospital. “Why don’t you also run for mayor?” Bautista asked. “You’ll be the eyes and ears for the commander in the community. It’s a good thing to do.” “I will consider it,” she said. “Or you can work with our wounded warrior program,” Bautista said. “I would do that,” she responded. This brings the story to a couple from an older Army generation. Charley Watkins and his wife, Donna Watkins, volunteer at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center. He served in the Army from private to warrant officer to lieutenant colonel from 1966 to 1989. He was a helicopter pilot and armor officer during his war. He and his wife know the trauma of the war with the anger and frustration that can build up. “A lot of times, these young Soldiers have issues,” Charley Watkins said. “They will talk to me. Every Soldier deals with combat in a different way. The key is to talk it out.” Charley Watkins usually wears his shirt and hat with his 1968-1969 cavalry combat patch prominent. One day, several months ago at the center, he noticed an old Soldier wearing a cavalry combat patch from Afghanistan. “He scoped me out,” said Master Sgt. David Minter, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Warrior Transition Battalion. Minter served four combat tours, but the patch that attracted Charley Watkins was the one from a cavalry unit in 2009-2010. As the two Soldiers stood in the center’s kitchen area earlier this week talking about their wars, they both wiped their watering eyes several times. “We have a lot of respect for the Vietnam veteran,” Minter said. “They didn’t get the homecoming they deserved. We got a much better wel- come, but a lot of us are angry. When the old guys speak to us, we listen. We know they understand how we feel. It is hard to admit you have a problem. “War is toxic and talking makes it a little easier to handle the pain.” Charley Watkins speaks with Master Sgt. David Minter at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center about his war experience.
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  22. 22. 24 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 2, 2013