By Sgt. William Smith
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Barack Ob...
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ACS earns best in Army titleBy Mike Howard
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An Army-level award ann...
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Visitor access limited to Gate 1Story and photo by Andrea Stone
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  1. 1. By Sgt. William Smith 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office Staff Sgt. Ty Carter humbly stood as President Barack Obama placed the Medal of Honor around his neck, during a ceremony Monday at the White House. Carter is the fifth living servicemember to receive the medal for service in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned the Medal of Honor for his actions Oct. 3, 2009, while a member of Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. As dawn broke, the 53 Soldiers that manned COP Keating were attacked by more than 300 Taliban Fighters attempting to overrun the isolated outpost. During the battle, the perimeter of COP Keating was breached by the enemy. Carter, who was injured during the fight, ran through the hailstorm of bullets to resupply an isolated position twice, voluntarily stayed to help defend it, provided first aid to a severely wounded Soldier, and helped reclaim the COP that would later be declared “tactically indefensible.” “This is a historic day; for the first time in nearly half a century, since the Vietnam War, we have been able to present the Medal of Honor to two survivors of the same battle,” Obama said. “When we paid tribute to Clint Romesha earlier this year, we recalled how he and his team provided the cover that allowed three wounded Americans pinned down in a Humvee to make their escape,” the president said. “The medal we present today, to Ty Carter, is the story of what happened in that Humvee. It is the story of what our troops do for each other.” The president said that when the Carter Family came to Washington, Ty Carter was hoping to take his children around, to show them the sights and the history of the U.S. “But Jayden and Madison, if you want to know what makes our country truly great, if you want to know what a true American hero looks like, then you don’t have to look too far. You just have to look at your dad, because today he is the sight that we came to see.” Carter feels that the award wasn’t just for him, that it was a team effort to keep everyone alive that day, Obama said. Carter is going to use the award to bring attention to Soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, something he said he has been coping with since that day at COP Keating. Obama said that Carter’s unit is one of the most decorated of this war. From that battle, Soldiers earned 37 Army Commendation Medals, 27 Purple Hearts, 18 Bronze Stars, nine Silver Stars and two Medals of Honor. Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the battle to keep COP Keating are Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos, Staff Sgt. Vernon Martin, Sgt. Christopher Griffin, Sgt. Joshua Hardt, Sgt. Joshua Kirk, Sgt. Michael Scusa, Spc. Stephan Mace and Pfc. Kevin Thomson. “God bless you, Ty Carter, and the Soldiers of the ‘Black Knight’ Troop,” Obama said. “God bless you, all our men and women in uniform. God bless the United States of America.” Carter was inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes in a ceremony Tuesday. Vol. 71, No. 34 Aug. 30, 2013 Pages 20-21Page 12 Pages 17-19 Message board INSIDEINSIDE End of Summer Roundup Event is Saturday from 3-9 p.m. at Iron Horse Park. Fireworks begin at 8:15 p.m. Photo by Sgt. Laura Buchta President Barack Obama shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter after presenting him the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House, Monday. Carter was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions while a cavalry scout with Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost Keating, Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2009. Second COP Keating hero receives Medal of Honor
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 30, 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 fcmountaineer@hotmail.com. The Mountaineer is posted on the Internet at http://csmng.com. 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. Tonietta Morris Signal support system specialist, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Iron Horse Strong? What makes me I joined the Army in June 2008, after I had my daughter, to make something of myself, set myself apart from people from my hometown and to see the world. My work ethic makes me Iron Horse strong. Whether you are a training clerk or a signal specialist, it comes down to work ethic. I am very passionate about my work. My work is my life, and I take it very personal. I work with Soldiers every day about issues ranging from their pay to their promotion, and my actions can directly affect them, so I have to be sure I do it right the first time. Women’s Equality Day Legacy inspiration to strive for liberty, equality Editor’s note: Army leaders released the following letter in observance of Women’s Equality Day. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women full voting rights. This 1920 amendment is a testament to the courage and tenacity of the women who challenged our nation to live up to its founding principles. Their legacy continues to inspire us to strive for liberty and equality for all Americans. Women of the highest caliber have served in our Army for generations and have proved that sacrifice and selfless service know no gender. They have performed alongside their brothers in arms with the same great skill and exceptional ability and have more than earned the opportunities now being afforded to them through Soldier 2020. Soldier 2020 is an effort to enhance force readiness and capability by identifying the best qualified Soldiers for every job in the Army. The full realization of this effort will support the opening of previously closed positions to women and will ultimately aid leadership in shaping our future force — a ready all-volunteer Army capable of defending America at home and abroad. As we pay tribute to the women of the past and salute the women of today, we recognize that their dedication to duty is equal to the task of soldiering. We honor all Soldiers through our continued commitment to cultivate a climate of trust and respect in which everyone is able to thrive and achieve his or her full potential. On this Women’s Equality Day, we encourage units, agencies and Army activities to plan and execute appropriate commemorative activities to celebrate the indomitable spirit of the women who have served and sacrificed for this great nation. Army Strong! Raymond F. Chandler III Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond T. Odierno General, United States Army Chief of Staff John M. McHugh Secretary of the Army By Steve Bach Mayor, city of Colorado Springs Welcome home Soldiers of the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. On behalf of Colorado Springs and our grateful citizens, I am honored to welcome you home to Fort Carson and the city of Colorado Springs. The incredible feat of escorting and transporting more than 3,000 host nation trucks for 80 missions over 200,000 miles of enemy terrain is heroic. The city of Colorado Springs is very proud. Please know that you are an important part of our home here. 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  3. 3. 3Aug. 30, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER ACS earns best in Army titleBy Mike Howard Special to the Mountaineer An Army-level award announced earlier this month translates to Soldiers who can focus on fighting and winning in the war they fight. At least that’s been the hope and driving motivator behind the efforts on Fort Carson to earn it. The Mountain Post was named as having the top Army Community Service for installations its size for 2012. The Installation Award of Excellence for ACS is an annual award given by Installation Management Command, one in each of the categories of large, medium and small. Fort Carson competes in the large category. Fort Polk, La., won in the medium category while Weisbaden, Germany, took first in the small category. What this recognition means, according to ACS Director Patricia Randle, is that a community has come together in its devotion to providing a useful service to Families, Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians assigned to Fort Carson. “This award is, really, for the collaboration we have here,” Randle said. “Always, we want to help people. We want people to know that they are better off by coming to ACS when they have Family issues to resolve. We know that when our Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians deploy, their spouses don’t want to tell them about Family issues at home. They want their husbands and wives to be able to fight and win the war. “We want our Soldiers and civilians to rest easy that we have their backs. We couldn’t do what we do if it were not for our company, battalion and brigade commanders knowing that we can help them focus on the task at hand. And we couldn’t do it without working with our partners both inside and outside the gate.” Judging for the award looks at five aspects of an ACS team: q Using unique ways to meet customer needs q Receiving recognition from “outside-the-gate” partners q Improving ACS operations q Providing quality services q Involving commander support in programs Highlights from these categories included programs such as the volunteers, financial readiness, spouse employment assistance, Army Emergency Relief, Family advocacy, Family outreach, respite assistance for parents or spouses of handicapped Family members, exceptional Family member and Army Family teambuilding. “Your collaboration efforts in the community with events such as the Military Children and Youth Symposium, Operation Baby Shower and the Army 101 program are truly noteworthy,” wrote Suzi Bach in a letter included in the nomination packet. She is the wife of Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach. “Your tireless efforts in communicating through the Warrior Family Community Partnership initiative have resulted in making information and resources known to many nonprofits and agencies that call Colorado Springs home. Your dedication and devotion in building relationships truly represents the spirit of the Colorado Springs community.” Another letter highlighted an employment workshop within the Transition Assistance Program. The Soldier and Family Assistance Center “delivers an outstanding program and provides a quality workshop to the men and women who are separating from military service,” wrote Josh McDaniel, from the Department of Labor. “All of the workshop partners appear to work well with each other, putting the needs of the servicemember as their No. 1 priority.” Other letters from the community noted services. Much of this recent recognition is about ACS coming of age due to needs that naturally came out of the deployment pressure of Fort Carson units to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Randle. Randle, who came to ACS in 1990 and held several different jobs on the ACS staff before being made director in 2006, remembers when the program had eight employees, while today there are about 50 Department of Defense civilians. “We used to be known as the loan closet where “We want our Soldiers and civilians to rest easy that we have their backs.” — Patricia Randle See ACS on Page 4
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 30, 2013 Visitor access limited to Gate 1Story and photo by Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff Access to Fort Carson will be changing Sept. 4. The biggest difference? The signs directing visitors to Gate 1 will be accurate again. “(It’s) not a huge change,” said Carl Backus, security and access control division chief, Directorate of Emergency Services. “It’s going back to the way it was a year ago (March).” Now, visitors to post who don’t have a Department of Defense photo identification card can enter through any gate with a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. As of Sept. 4, they will need to enter through Gate 1, off Highway 115. The far left lane at Gate 1 will be reserved for DOD ID card holders. Non DOD ID card holders must use the other lanes. The change was made by Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, to bring the post’s access control more in line with Army and DOD policies. The changes are not due to any increased threat, Backus said. “Everybody has the perception that it was an open post,” he said. “Yes, anybody could come on with a state or (federally) issued ID, but we still had people out there. We were still doing inspections. We were still looking for suspicious items.” Visitors to post will continue to have their IDs scanned and checked against law enforcement databases. All vehicles are always subject to search, and all drivers should have vehicle registration and proof of insurance, Backus said. Those with a DOD ID card can enter through any gate, but Backus recommends avoiding Gate 1. “It will be busier, but … we’ve only been away from this for 18 months, so we have a rough idea of how busy it’ll be out there,” he said. “Plan for possible delays at Gate 1 based (on) these changes. If they’re DOD ID card holders and they routinely use Gate 1, I recommend using another gate.” DOD ID card holders, 18 years and older, can continue to vouch for passengers in their vehicles through the Trusted Traveler program. If a passenger doesn’t have an ID, but is being escorted by a DOD ID card holder, they can still access the post. “Minor children cannot vouch for someone,” Backus said. “That (DOD) ID card holder (is) ultimately responsible for whatever actions (the visitors) do on the installation.” Post access for large community events will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the type of event, anticipated crowd size, location and threat situation, Backus said. Foreign nationals accessing the installation need to be escorted by a DOD ID card holder and have their foreign driver’s license, although a passport is preferred, he said. Prime contractors are eligible for extended passes, valid for a maximum of one year or the length of the contract. With those passes, they can enter through any gate. Contractors need to provide the access control office with a digitally-signed email or memorandum from the contracting officer’s representative which states the name of the contracted company, the contract number and the dates of the contract. The contractor then provides each employee who needs a pass with a letter of employment. Employees take that letter to the vehicle registration office, building 6012, outside Gate 1, with their driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance to be issued a pass. Vendors and subcontractors who repeatedly enter the installation can participate in the RAPIDGate, a program provided by EID Passport which provides vetting services and badges for entry. There is a cost for company enrollment. More information is available by calling EID Passport at 877-727-4342. Gate 3 will continue to process commercial vehicles. Those with questions about the new procedures can call 526-5543. Beginning Sept. 4, all visitors who don't have Department of Defense photo identification cards will have to enter Fort Carson through Gate 1. you could get pots and pans,” she said. “If you look at the myriad services we provide today and how we provide them, we’ve morphed 20-times past that.” Randle pointed to what she called a starting place. “It was pre-Internet days,” she said. “Many of our junior Soldiers living off post with their Families were not necessarily in the best of areas. We had to actually drive a motor-home type van out to where our target audience lived. We’d drive out four days a week providing child care and even teeth cleaning. “(Maj. Gen.) Dennis Reimer, the commanding general at the time, and his wife, Mary Jo, bought the van for us. While the van turned out to be so critical for what we needed to do, what the Reimers actually gave us was a precedent of commanders on this installation recognizing the importance of taking care of Families.” from Page 3 ACS Photo by Mike Howard Casting ballots Family member Deidre Hobbs fills out her ballot in the mayoral elections last week on Fort Carson as Spc. Lee-chu Sze, an Army Community Service volunteer from 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, oversees the election booth. Army Community Service held the elections for residents who live in Family housing on post. The new mayors will attend a one-day training session Sept. 18, and will take office at an inauguration ceremony Sept. 26 at noon at the Elkhorn Conference Center. Winners for the housing areas will be announced in a future edition of the Mountaineer.
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  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 30, 2013 Mountaineer staff Eight 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: q Lt. Col. Jeff Clifton, U.S. Northern Command; q Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Kinloch, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division q Sgt. Maj. Russell Orlowitz, 4th Inf. Div. q Sgt. 1st Class Cheryl Clark, Headquarters and Head- quarters Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade q Sgt. 1st Class Paul Kopecky, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div. q Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Robinson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th IBCT, 4th Inf. Div. q Sgt. 1st Class Edward Whitaker, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div. q Staff Sgt. Richard Fuller, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. The next Fort Carson post retirement ceremony takes place Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. on Founders Field. 8 Soldiers retireEdmistenadvancesto FORSCOMcompetitionBy Sgt. Sarah Enos 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment JOINT BASE LEWIS- MCCHORD, Wash. — Fort Carson’s Staff Sgt. Carol Edmisten will be contending for the title of U.S. Army Forces Command Career Counselor of theYear at Fort Bragg, N.C., next month. The 4th Infantry Division Soldier was named the active component I Corps career counselor of the year Aug. 7 following a competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 7. The five I Corps candidates repre- sented Fort Carson, Fort Riley, Kan., and JBLM. They first had to complete an Army physical fitness test, a written exam and a board, answering questions pertaining to their profession. “This job is very gratifying in a lot of ways,” Edmisten said. “Just to see the look on Soldiers’ faces when they get what they want is amazing. It’s a feeling I can’t even describe.” Career counselors offer guidance and assist commands in organizing and implementing the Army Retention Program, coordinate and conduct re-enlistment ceremonies and provide in-depth career development counsel- ing to Soldiers and their Families, said Sgt. Maj. Daniel R. Blashill, command career counselor, I Corps. They also provide counseling on reserve component affiliation for those not desiring to stay in the active Army. “The way we look at it, is when you become a career counselor in the Army, you are already the cream of the crop,” said Blashill. “This board gives counselors the opportunity to show what they are capable of and to stand out from their peers.” Blashill said career counselors are key figures in the development of Soldiers. Edmisten, a native of New Orleans, began her Army career in 2004. She attended basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and then trained to become a dental specialist. In 2010 her career field was over-strength and she was recruited to become a career counselor. Edmisten’s main focus as a career counselor is the re-enlistment of Soldiers currently serving in the active Army. Edmisten would like to finish her education to become a dentist. www.scsnissan.com When In Doubt Ask A Scout. Steve Ainsley General Manager South Colorado Springs Nissan $ 12,000OFF MSRP As someone who has proudly served our country, I use the same principles I learned in the military to guide how South Colorado Springs Nissan does business; honesty, integrity, loyalty and respect. If that’s how you do business, come see me when you need a car. Bad Credit? No Credit? NO PROBLEM! Unmatched Selection: Over 200 New Nissans ARMADA 2013 Nissan013 Nissan $ 12000000OFF Bad Credit? No Credit? 2013 Nissan ARMADA *On select models. Plus tax, title and dealer fee. Does not include dealer installed options. See dealer for details. Bad Credit? #1 Military No Credit? Nissan 2013 Nissan ARMADA Up to $ 12,000*On select models. Plus tax, title and dealer fee. Does not include dealer installed options. See dealer for details. Unmatched#1 Military Selection: Over 200 Nissan 000OFF MSRP *On select models. Plus tax, title and dealer fee. Does not include dealer installed options. See dealer for details. Unmatched Largest Selection: Over 200 Selection of Certified PROBLEM! NO Dealership PROBLEM! In Colorado Over 200Dealership New NissansIn Colorado Over 200 of Certified New Nissans Owned inPre- the Springs 1333 S. Academy Blvd.,1333 S. Academy Blvd., 800-925-9421 www.scsnissan.com 1333 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 8 800-925-9421 www.scsnissan.com 6190Colorado Springs, CO 8 800-925-9421 www.scsnissan.com
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  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 30, 2013 By Capt. Russell Varnado 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office Most commanders would agree that road- side bombs are the largest danger facing the combat Soldier today. One Fort Carson unit took to the field Aug. 18-26 to refine its ability to detect and destroy today’s greatest threat. Company A, 4th Special Troop Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is designated as the brigade’s route-clearance patrol element. The company is comprised of two platoons, with more than a dozen vehicles specifically designed to clear routes for logistical and maneuver convoys. In addition to the vehicles, the “Gryphons” also use a dismounted team as well as robotics to assist in the search. On a typical day, route-clearance elements leave their secure bases and travel some of the most dangerous areas in the world. In order to effectively clear an area, the units travel at a snail’s pace, sometimes as slow as 3 mph. “It’s not fun to go that slow, but it’s what the mission requires,” said Spc. Ben Candelora, combat engineer, Company A. “The longest mission I’ve ever been on lasted 28 hours.” While missions typically only last a few hours, Soldiers know when they leave their bases, they have to be prepared for anything the enemy may throw at them. The Soldiers are trained to spot obstructions that normally go unnoticed. That training was displayed when a driver spotted a small obstruction in the gravel at more than 200 feet. This find led to the detection of a large, notional improvised explosive device that would have caused massive damage to vehicles and possibly cost the lives of Soldiers traveling along that route, if it detonated. “It takes a lot of discipline to stay focused out here, but that’s our job,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Smithers, squad leader, Company A. Although the days are long and may seem tedious to some, the Soldiers realize the importance of their mission. “It’s a lot of long days, but I know that every IED I find probably means one less guy losing his leg,” said Smithers. “Knowing that makes all the time we spend out on the road worth it.” PhotobySgt.NelsonRobles Photo by Capt. Russell Varnado SoldiersfromCompanyA,4thSpecialTroops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, use the 30-foot robotic arm on the Buffalo mine protected clearance vehicle to examine a patch of road during a route-clearance patrol, Aug. 20. 44tthh SSTTBB cclleeaarrss rrooaadd ffoorr ttrrooooppss Pfc. Albert Bylund, combat engineer, Company A, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, searches for a weapons cache using ground penetrating radar Aug. 20, during a dismounted route-clearance patrol as part of 4th IBCT’s two-week field training exercise.
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Campbell was among a group of leaders from 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, that competed in the Aug. 8 “Stick of Pain” at the Manitou Incline and Barr Trail in Manitou Springs. The timed competition, meant to enhance physical endurance and mental toughness, was different from previous individual team competitions, said Campbell, platoon leader, Company C, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. “I was excited. I love competitions, and I was all for it,” he said. The competition began and ended at Memorial Park in Manitou Springs, with the winning company being awarded the Stick of Pain by Lt. Col. Allen Leth, battalion commander. The event provided an opportunity to enhance the unit’s esprit de corps, evidenced in the battalion trophy. Capt. Dibiassi Robinson, 1st Lt. Lee Collins, 2nd Lts. Justin Saren and Joseph Clark, and 1st Sgt. Jonathon Whitmire team members from Company D, won the competition by completing the route in 1 hour, 43 minutes, 55 seconds. The Stick of Pain has found a home in the company area where it will be proudly displayed, said Saren. 2nd Lt. Michelle Kelly, platoon leader, Company E (Forward Support Company), said the competition proved she was finally ready to workout with her fellow officers again. “After having my son, I thought I would never be able to keep up with everyone again, but this competition showed me I can,” Kelly said. 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Daniel Traver, chief ward master, Company B, 10th CSH. “We could get called to move somewhere else to set up a new facility, and if we can’t do it here, we aren’t going to do anybody any good.” This exercise marks the first time 10th CSH has performed an FTX since 2011. “This is a crawl phase for us, because we didn’t set up any concertina wire or do force protection. It was more about ‘let’s get the Soldiers’ confidence up’ so they can set this up; they can put everything together and it works,” said Traver. “So the next exercise we do, we’ll try to set up a little faster, and then we’ll do the force protection stuff, like manning the gate and the other things Soldiers need to do.” While conducting the exercise, the Soldiers also found ways to improve patient care. “While testing our systems, we identified some deficiencies that will help us get better,” Traver said. “We found out that some of the paper records that we would use, we don’t have, and ways to make commu- nication throughout the hospital more efficient.” Another obstacle recognized by the Soldiers was time and limited personnel. “The biggest obstacle out here was setting up within the time constraint; being part of a combat support hospital, we’re supposed to be set up and fully operational within 72 hours,” said Staff Sgt. Antonio Zavala, emergency medical technician noncommissioned officer, Company B, 10th CSH. The unit’s limited personnel carrying out last-minute tasks hampered its productivity. Despite the setbacks and challenges faced along the way, Zavala said he felt confident about their abilities. “I felt pretty comfortable setting this up, but it’s always good to practice,” said Zavala. “We’re definitely getting into a better groove, and the biggest thing I have to say that helped us out here was working with our nurses. “In a garrison environment, we don’t really work with our nurses, so getting out here and working with them was a major benefit, because we learned from each other,” Zavala said. In other areas of the field hospital, some Soldiers placed it upon themselves to keep the motivation of their fellow Soldiers high. “It’s been pretty good out here, the Soldiers were pretty excited when we got the shower point set up,” said Sgt. Margaret Martz, shower, laundry and clothing repair noncommissioned officer in charge, Company A, 10th CSH. “So far, we’ve provided 461 showers and 46 bundles of laundry.” Setting up the shower and laundry point took two days to make fully operational. Martz said she and her Soldiers usually work from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., but the increased morale they bring makes it worthwhile. “My favorite part of this exercise is getting thanked; all I care about is boosting the morale of the Soldiers,” said Martz. “Everything we do, we do for the Soldiers. We are all about morale-boosting.” Another key part of the operation of the FTX was the food service specialists. “Since we’ve been out here, we’ve set up the containerized kitchen, dining facility and fed between 150-200 Soldiers on a daily basis; breakfast, lunch and dinner,” said Sgt. Jarquez McCullough, food service noncommissioned officer in charge, Company A, 10th CSH. In addition to feeding Soldiers three times a day, the exercise provided training to the cooks. “Our Soldiers, the ones who cook, have really improved their working skills,” said Sgt. Eva Nolan, food service noncommissioned officer in charge, Company B, 10th CSH. “The Soldiers have been getting a lot of training, they’re improving daily.” Many Soldiers felt that their efficiency would improve during their next field training exercise. “I definitely think that we’ll do better next time,” said Zavala. “We (have) a bunch of new Soldiers. They’ve seen how it’s done, they know what right looks like, so next time we’ll all be on the same page and get it set up faster.” During the next field training exercise, 10th CSH plans to perform patient plays by having medical evacuation Soldiers fly in and drop off patients to simulate running them through the field hospital. From left, Pfc. Zachary Dotson, operating room specialist; Staff Sgt. Nicole Patton, operating room noncommissioned officer in charge; and Spc. Blake McKenna, operating room specialist; all with Company A, 10th Combat Support Hospital, prep a mock “patient” for surgery as part of a patientplayduringafieldtrainingexerciseatFortCarson’s Training Area 11, Aug. 19.
  13. 13. 13Aug. 30, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Miscellaneous Soldier Show — Army Entertainment accepts nomi- nations from Army active, Reserve and National Guard component Soldiers to participate in programs and special events produced by Army Entertainment, such as The United States Army Soldier Show. Applications are accepted year-round but must be received by Nov. 1 for consideration for the following year. Applications are available at http://www. armymwr.com/recleisure/entertainment/experience (underscore)army(underscore)entertainment.aspx. The Directorate of PublicWorks Housing Division — is now located in 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 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Stack Dining Facility, building 2330. The club is named after Audie Leon Murphy, the most highly-decorated Soldier in American history. The original SAMC started in 1986 at Fort Hood, Texas. By 1994, the club had spread throughout the Army. To be a member, A Soldier must be recognized as an NCO of the highest quality, demonstrating both leadership and perfor- mance. Armywide, SMAC membership is between 1 and 2 percent. Contact SAMC president Sgt. 1st Class Gilbert Guzman Jr. at 526-3576 or email gilbert.guzmanjr@us.army.mil 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 emergencies 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. civ@mail.mil 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@ mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. civ@mail.mil. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email dennis.j.frost.civ@mail.mil. • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ @mail.mil. 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 terry.j.hagen.civ@mail.mil for questions on snow removal, grounds maintenance and contractor response to service orders. • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at 524-0786 or email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mil 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 jdiorio@kira.com 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 http://www. goarmy.com/ranger.html. Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — is held Sept. 18-20 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. borrerorivera@dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at mike.welsh@dla.mil for reutilization/web tools; or Rufus Guillory at rufus.guillory@dla.mil. 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 http://www.move.mil 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 support is by appointment only, call 526-2900. The Work Management Branch is located in building 1219. 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 http://www.bragg.army.mil/sorb. Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operation DFAC Friday-Monday (DONSA/holiday) Tuesday-Thursday Stack Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Wolf 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) 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
  14. 14. 14 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 30, 2013 You’re already Army Strong. Here’s the opportunity to push yourself to the next level of Army Strong. All active duty Soldiers (male and female) are invited to find out if you have what it takes to meet the Special Operations challenge. Recruiters will be in your area with information about opportunities in the following career fields: Special Forces Psychological Operations Civil Affairs Special Operations Aviation Explosive Ordnance Disposal U.S. Army Warrant Officers Culture Support Team To learn more visit us at www.sorbrecruiting.com ARE YOU SPECIAL OPS STRONG? ©2013 Paid for by the United States Army. All rights reserved. DeployedSoldiersattend ‘bootcamp’forfathersBy Spc. Andrew Ingram 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — New and expecting fathers assigned to 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, learned skills needed in the first months of a child’s life during a Daddy Boot Camp course at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Aug. 10 and 17. While expecting “Iron Knight” fathers would usually participate in the course at Fort Carson, battalion leadership felt it important to offer the class for deployed Soldiers as well, said Command Sgt. Maj. Troy Henderson, senior enlisted leader, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg., 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “The importance of the infor- mation learned in this class cannot be overstated,” Henderson said. “Being a Soldier is stressful, and being a first-time father can be even more so. This class gives Soldiers a leg up on the challenges they are about to face.” “This course gives first-time dads food for thought,” said1st Lt. Nathanial Turner, physicians assistant, Headquarters and Head- quarters Company, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg., who taught the course. “Human beings are resilient, but there are a few things we can do to ensure an infant’s safety. Making these Soldiers aware of shaken baby syndrome and sudden infant death (syndrome) now can help prevent incidents.” The Iron Knights learned about simple tasks, such as changing a diaper, and complex challenges, like spotting signs of post-partum depression. “I believe a course like this could have helped me a lot when my first child was born,” Turner said. “Those first few months are incredibly stressful, so any help you can get is welcome.” During the course, the Soldiers also discussed the impact their fathers had on their lives, and how they wished to influence their own children. First-time father, 1st Lt. Matthew Martin, battalion maintenance officer, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg., said the class highlighted a few issues he had not focused on. “It’s good to think about our fathers, and their roles in our upbringing, at this point in our lives,” Martin said. “Whether you had a great dad or a not-so-great dad, they taught you either how to be a good parent or gave you an example of what not to do.” For Soldiers interested in attending a Daddy Boot Camp at Fort Carson, contact Army Community Service at 526-4590. village elder most recently, going up to brigade and talking to the Americans about how their trucks are destroying his property,” said Sgt. Aaron Ostermiller, team leader, Company C. “I can see that after having lived in Iraq for a while, that he understands; this is how it actually happens.” “It’s good, because it creates realism whenever they are having a meeting in there,” Terry said. “He’s angry, yelling in Arabic, and they are trying to figure out through an interpreter what’s being said. That’s how stuff gets misconstrued, it really adds to the realism of the exercise.” Sahag doesn’t see himself as a career Soldier, but instead wishes to use his educational benefits to obtain a degree. “I’m still thinking about what I’m going to be majoring in,” he said. “I’m trying to go back to Virginia, to James Madison University. I’m going to use my G.I. Bill and begin studies there.” “He’s a pretty cool dude; different people always (immigrate) to America from different places to improve their lives, and it looks like that’s what he is doing,” Ostermiller said. Although everyone’s story begins differently, Soldiers can serve the nation with pride. Soldiers can meet people from many walks of life in the Army, but if they don’t ask, they may never truly know the men and women who stand beside them. from Page 10 Sahag “Being a Soldier is stressful, and being a first-time father can be even more so. This class gives Soldiers a leg up on the challenges they are about to face.” — Command Sgt. Maj. Troy Henderson
  15. 15. 15Aug. 30, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Pvt. Kristopher Orr, tank driver, Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, uses a pick mattock to dig a trench, Aug. 19. Orr helped build one of three log crib walls, or retaining walls, to help prevent sediment and debris from traveling down the stream during heavy rain and potentially clogging water channels in Manitou Springs. Sgt. David Girrbach, tank gunner, watches Pfc. David Plocharczyk, tank driver, both assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, hammer a “toe” nail into a log Aug. 19. Building walls to slow water, debrisStory and photos by Staff Sgt. Henry W. Marris III 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division MANITOU SPRINGS — A little more than a year has passed since the Waldo Canyon Fire burned 18,247 acres of land in the Colorado Springs area, leaving a lasting impact on the people and environment. One impact the effects of the fire still has on the area is soil erosion during heavy rainfall. Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Field Institute Aug. 19, in an effort to help combat the effects of erosion due to recent heavy rainfall in the area. Retired Army Lt. Col. Andy Riter, now field instructor with RMFI, led the group of Soldier and civilian volunteers into Williams Canyon to build log crib walls. Riter said crib walls are built into intermittent streams to capture sediment and debris as well as slow water energy before it gets to the town of Manitou Springs, where the sediment and debris can clog water channels in the town, resulting in flooding. Riter said RMFI is in a race against time when it comes to building the walls to help prevent flooding, and having volunteers is important. “The size of our normal RMFI crew is three to five folks helping out,” said Riter. “Having the Soldiers come and help almost tripled our numbers, which means instead of almost completing one structure, we were able to start and get two-thirds of the way through building (each of the three structures).” Pfc. David Plocharczyk, tank driver, Company C, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., has been assigned to Fort Carson since June, and this is his first opportunity to volunteer in the community. “I always like to get out and help out with any community, especially with all that has gone on in this area with the fires and flooding,” said Plocharczyk. “Just to be able to get out there and say I contributed and helped out, it makes me feel good to know I was part of something bigger.” The Soldiers spent the day working two of the three walls into an intermittent stream bed, relying on teamwork to move large logs, dig into the embankment and clear out larger pieces of debris so the sediment didn’t fill in as quickly. The civilians focused on the third wall. “I take my hat off to the guys who do this every day,” said Plocharczyk. “It’s hard work, and these guys rely on volunteers to help, otherwise they are doing it on their own.” Pvt. Jessie Smith-Quinones, tank driver, Company C, said even though it was hard work, it was very rewarding to be able to get involved. “I see the hard work put into it and it makes me want to do it again,” said Smith-Quinones. “The teamwork is a must. RMFI needs more people to help out, and I’m glad I can be part of it.”
  16. 16. Story and photo by Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff No news is good news. View all assignments as an adventure. Hurry up and wait. Have a sense of humor. These were all lessons learned by participants at the Army Family Team Building Level K class, Aug. 20. The classes, offered regularly at Army Community Service, give Family members an opportunity to learn more about Army life. The program consists of three levels — Level K, basic military knowledge; Level G, personal growth; and Level L, leadership development. “I wish I would’ve known all this when I first became an Army spouse,” said Rachael Smith, wife of Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith, a Soldier stationed at Peterson Air Force Base. “I actually found the rank thing very helpful.” Frankie Williamson is a new Army spouse. She and her husband, Pfc. Anthony Williamson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Engineer Battalion, were married in April 2012, and he’s been deployed since June. “I want to know a lot more about the military because I feel clueless,” she said. “I don’t want to be the new girl that doesn’t know (anything). I want to be independent and not rely on other people (for information).” Adjusting to life as a military spouse can be difficult, especially for those who’ve never had any exposure to military life. “One thing that’s hard for spouses to understand when they first come in is, they can’t be first. The military is first,” said Jessica Carpenter, an AFTB instructor. She encourages spouses to learn to be adaptable. “Have a sense of humor, because you cannot change things,” she said. “The only constant about the Army is change.” The program can even benefit those who’ve been military spouses far longer. “It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the Army, with these classes, you will learn something new,” Carpenter said. Geri Pete would agree. She and her husband, 1st Lt. Natani Pete, Company D, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, have been married for 10 years. “I never took the time to learn about (the Army) until now,” she said. Now that she’s living on post, she’s been more curious about military life. “Learning about the culture is very important,” she said. Her daughter, Naomi Pete, joined her for the class. “I would like to support my dad and just know more about (the Army),” Naomi Pete said. The class, taught by ACS volun- teers, helps spouses develop realistic expectations of the Army, educates them on the benefits of being in the military and teaches them protocol for events, such as ceremonies and balls. “The classes are important in helping them really understand life as an Army Family and help them grow,” said Nate Nugin, Family Enrichment program manager, ACS. “It also provides an opportunity to interact with other Family members in the class. It validates their feelings … They’re not alone. There’s other folks in the same place they are.” Family members interested in attending an AFTB class can call ACS at 526-4590 for more information. 16 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 30, 2013 Exchange Concessionaire Ft. Carson Across from barber shop 719-576-5151 Eye Exams Available by Dr. Traci Peters Independent Doctor of Optometry • TRICARE accepted • Appointments are available • Walk-ins are welcome *Second free frame must be of equal or lesser retail value as the first frame. Customer only pays for the lenses and extra features. Complete pair purchase required on both pairs. Second free frame must be purchased with the first pair and at the same date and time. No dispensing fee. Cannot be combined with any other discount, coupon or insurance plan. All eyeglass and contact lens purchases require a current, valid prescription. Offer expires 08/31/2013. ©2013 National Vision, Inc. It’sback-to-schooltime! FREE 2nd FRAME* BUY CONTACT LENSES ONLINE at www.MILITARYCONTACTS.net Great Service Comfortable Beds Government Rate CALL NOW! a good night’s sleep... Comfort Inn South COLORADO SPRINGS/ I-25 South Exit 138 1410 Harrison Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (719) 579-6900 Close to Ft. Carson, shopping, restaurants, entertainment & attractions - FREE hot breakfast - Pet Friendly - Free Internet Indoor heated pool - Executive Suites - Business Center to your newHomeHome Find your dream home... Check out our Welcome Home section in front CSMNGCOLORADO SPRINGS MILITARY NEWSPAPER GROUP Class teaches Army life ArmyFamilymemberstaketheoathofenlistmentattheArmyFamilyTeamBuildingLevel K class, Aug. 20. The classes, offered regularly at Army Community Service, are an opportunity for spouses and other Family members to learn more about military life. The oath is given so they can more fully understand Army expectations for their Soldiers.
  17. 17. By Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff A Soldier hunkers down, deep in the jungles of Vietnam, devouring a letter that’s taken weeks to arrive. A wife opens a package filled with gifts from 1940s’ Italy, a beautiful wine decanter crushed in shipment. A Soldier tearfully watches through Skype as his wife gives birth half a world away. The methods of communication may have changed through the decades, and the need to connect never has. “People weren’t so sure about what tomorrow would bring, whether they’d live or die. (That) made it really important that they keep hearing from each other, their husbands and wives,” said retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bob Richert, a chaplain during the Vietnam War, but his words ring true for all wars. Long-distance romance When Wayne Brown shipped out, he’d been dating his girlfriend, Jerry Sutherland, for only three months. It was 1943. The United States was fully engaged in World War II, and Brown was preparing for deployment to Europe. Sutherland wrote to him daily, but mail delivery was sporadic in the chaos of the European theater. Brown landed at Utah Beach June 12, 1944, just six days after D-Day, and was wounded less than a month later. A bullet ripped through his shoulder. “The mail was horrible because they’d send it to your company, (then) they’d send it to the hospital, then to the (rehabilitative) hospital. By the time I got it, I had a bundle of letters three inches thick bound with a rubber band,” he said. Brown found it difficult to write back. “That wasn’t one of my priorities,” he said. “I was trying to stay alive.” He had some close calls in his 14 months overseas. A bullet ricocheted, just missing his lung, and a piece of shrapnel hit his back, half an inch to the right of his spine. When he was injured, a telegram was sent to his parents informing them that he had been wounded, but with no additional details. “(It) said he was injured, but never said where or how bad. We just wondered until we heard from him,” Sutherland said. His mother went through torment with every telegram. “She was imagining everything, not knowing anything,” Sutherland said. Not knowing whether he was safe was hard for Sutherland, too. “She didn’t know whether I was dead or alive,” Brown said. “Communications weren’t like they are today. I never talked to her at all the whole time I was gone. All I got were her letters.” Sutherland treasured the letters Brown was able to write. “I ran home every noon (from work), over half a mile or more, to see if there was a letter from him,” she said. “When he came back, I was really in great shape.” The letters were full of love and hope for the future. “He was in the thick of it, but he did tell me what he thought of me, and he thought that we could have a real good life together,” she said. Wayne and Jerry Brown, now 90 and 87, celebrated 68 years of marriage in July. “We’ve had a great life together,” Wayne Brown said. Surprise packages When Ruby Moore gave birth to her daughter in 1944, her husband, who was deployed during the Italian campaign, didn’t find out for weeks. “My sister-in-law sent a cable, and the Red Cross sent a cable. He was in a (rest and relaxation) camp, and he didn’t get it until he got back to the base,” she said. Moore’s husband sent her letters and gifts from Italy. He sent an Italian wine decanter that was crushed when it came. “He sent me some ugly shoes from Morocco that had pointed toes, and those lasted, of course,” she said, laughing. “Very little (of what he sent) arrived intact.” He also sent her flowers. “(The flowers) went to Eureka, Calif. (instead of Eureka, Kan.), and they actually sent them through the mail back to me somehow,” she said. “When I got them, they were dead, and that was really heart wrenching. If they’d been fresh, it would have been a joy, but it reminded me of all that was going on.” From World War II to Korea, very little changed in communication between the front lines and the homefront. “All we had was letters,” said Tino Rael, Korean War veteran. Rael was only 17 when he joined the Navy. He wrote home every chance he got and eagerly anticipated letters from home. “I’d always wait until my (watch) time was over and then read my mail,” he said. “(It) felt good.” His mother would also send packages with treats, such as candy and gum. “One time she sent me some cookies, and I wrote and told her not to send any cookies anymore because they were spoiled by the time I got them,” he said. One Christmas, when they were in port in Hawaii, he got to talk to his mother by telephone. “The operator contacted the next door neighbor and asked if my mother could go next door to speak on the telephone because we had no telephone,” he said. Two brothers, two wars Between Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm, communication began to change more swiftly. Joe Cisneros served in Vietnam, attached to the 4th Infantry Division, and his brother, Daniel Cisneros, served in Desert Storm. “It’s not like it is now,” Joe Cisneros said. “I see these guys on the TV talking on the cell phones. Back then we didn’t have that stuff. The communication we had back then was writing letters.” “My mom would receive letters, and in his letters he would tell us how he was really doing, the things he was experiencing out there,” Daniel Cisneros said. The letters from Vietnam were infrequent though. “When you’re out (on missions), you don’t have time to write letters, and then you have monsoon season when it rains all the time,” Joe Cisneros said. “You can’t be writing a letter unless you’re someplace that’s dry.” Once he got a Red Cross message, and the company commander told him to return to the division firebase. He worried the whole way, afraid that something had happened to his parents. “(I) walked over to the Red Cross. They just told me, ‘Your parents are worried about you. You haven’t written a letter to them in three months.” They wouldn’t let him leave until he had written a letter. Reel-to-reel recordings were available, but had their own challenges. “I won two reel to reels in a raffle, but we never did tapes,” said retired 1st Sgt. Bob Carr. “It was hard to get tapes mailed. You couldn’t just slip the reel into an envelope and write 17Aug. 30, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Courtesy of Leslie Weisner A 4th Infantry Division Christmas card from 1945. Photo courtesy of Daniel Cisneros Joe Cisneros served in Vietnam, attached to the 4th Infantry Division. Letters from home Methodschange, butneedsremain Photo courtesy of Wayne Brown Jerry and Wayne Brown, days after their wedding on July 26, 1945. Wayne Brown served in the Army during World War II, landing on Omaha Beach six days after D-Day. 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  18. 18. ‘Never in my 20 years of delivering babies have I had to wait for a mother to put lip gloss on,’” she said, laughing. Her husband was able to watch the entire event, even as the nurses intubated the 6-week-premature baby. “It would’ve been better having him there, but it was the second best thing. He got to (see) the sights and (hear) the sounds and the conversations. It was like he was there,” she said. “I was so grateful we even had that ability.” While the opportunity to witness a baby’s birth is special, the experience can be difficult. “It’s almost torturous not being able to hold my wife’s hand through it or hold my new baby boy, and to know I won’t be able to for another nine months,” wrote Pfc. Joel Detamore, Forward Support Company, 4th Engineer Battalion, from Afghanistan. His wife, Ali Detamore, gave birth to the couple’s fourth child in July. The ability to communicate nearly instantaneously has a downside, though. “In conversations, you can actually hear some of the rocket attacks,” said Tara O’Crowley, whose husband, 1st Lt. Jeremiah O’Crowley, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, is deployed to Afghanistan. “There’s been a few times when he’s had to get off (the internet) and go take cover.” When communication is so quick and easy, many couples choose to talk frequently. “We talk every day,” said Katherine Overfelt, whose husband, Spc. Jonathan Overfelt, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf. Div., is in Afghanistan. “If I don’t talk to him every day, I don’t feel whole. It doesn’t start my day off right.” But talking so often can lead to a lack of conversation topics. “Sometimes it’s just dead air, but … he said to me, ‘I don’t care that we don’t talk. I love listening to the kids and hearing, just life, the normal everyday things,’” Tara O’Crowley said. Whether the communication is frequent or sporadic, whether it’s letters and packages or emails and Skype, it eases the pain of separation. “Deployment stinks in every way, especially having to watch your child be born (on) a computer screen,” Detamore wrote. “At the same time, though, I’m glad I can be a part of what allows my wife and children the freedom they have. “One day my son will be able to look back at the pictures of me on Skype in the background and the video of me talking to him and know that me being absent from his birth was not in vain.” ‘free’ on it and send it. You had to find a little box, and little boxes were hard to find.” Another option for some in Vietnam was the Military Affiliate Radio System. Phone calls could be made over shortwave radio, but each speaker had to say “over” when they finished so the MARS operator knew when to key the transmitter. When Daniel Cisneros deployed for Desert Storm, his brother, Joe, wrote to him. “I gave him some advice. Never volunteer for anything, and don’t ever try to be a hero. Keep your head down,” Joe Cisneros said. “He wrote me back and said it was some of the best advice he’d ever gotten.” Phone calls were possible, but difficult to make, especially during the early days of Desert Storm. “When we first went to Saudi Arabia, before we crossed the border into Iraq, (it was) an eight-hour drive by truck … and then we waited in line because there’s hundreds (of people). So you waited hours to talk for five or 10 minutes, and then an eight-hour drive back to the home station,” Daniel Cisneros said. “I only did that once, and I told my wife, ‘I am not going to call you back.’” Instead, the Family communicated by recording cassette messages to each other. Later, civilians working for oil companies in Iraq would record video- cassette recordings for the Soldiers to send back. “While my brother was gone (in Vietnam), I never heard his voice, just got pictures,” Daniel Cisneros said. “Vietnam was totally different from the Gulf.” Whatever the communication available, it was vitally important. “A letter, a voice, a picture means everything to a Soldier,” said Daniel Cisneros. “That’s what keeps a Soldier going, and that’s what keeps the homefront looking for their return.” Babies half a world away Perhaps nothing better signals the profound changes in communication than the use of email and Skype. When Donna Tolin went into labor in July 2012, she wanted her husband, Capt. Jack Tolin, then assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, to be part of the process. With a friend’s iPhone, she connected with him through Skype. 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  19. 19. 21Aug. 30, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER20 MOUNTAINEER — Aug. 30, 2013 Story and photos by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division Less than a month ago, 2nd Lt. Theodore Taggart, Sgt. Benjamin Allen, Pfc. Cory Whiton and Pfc. Michael Cavett met for the first time, not knowing that a few weeks later they would find themselves standing in front of their peers, with a trophy in their hands and medals on their chests. These four Soldiers formed Chaos Team, a fire support team, from the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Their first fire mission — win the “Warhorse” Brigade’s best FiST competition, an event held across Fort Carson to test the ability of more than a dozen FiSTs and 60 Soldiers within the brigade, Aug. 12-16. They won. “Your fire support teams are your forward observers,” said Sgt. 1st Class Spencer Polwort, brigade fires noncommissioned officer in charge and head evaluator. “They are the eyes of the battlefield. They call in fire, they call in artillery and they keep their Soldiers safe.” Polwort said several events, from land navigation to a call for fire simulator, tested the teams’ battlefield vision and intelligence, but the events primarily challenged the teams’ ability to work together. With two lower-ranking Soldiers joining Allen and Taggart, the newly-formed team took the competition as a challenge to prove its abilities as a FiST. “When the two new Soldiers showed up and we told them the best FiST competition was happening, they studied every night,” said Allen. “They showed what they had in them, and their (determination) dragged us all along.” Chaos Team separated from the pack not only in points, but in pure physicality. Whiton and Cavett kicked off the competition by placing at the top of the competition’s Army physical fitness test. The team followed up in land navigation, where it finished far ahead of the competition during the six-mile course through the muddy hills and ravines of Fort Carson. The entire team excelled in an open combatives tournament, specifically designed with mismatches. “You’re only as strong as your weakest link, the overall strength of the team is one of the things we focused on this year,” said Polwort. “There was no weight class here, and there’s no weight class in combat. We had 220-pound guys take on 160-pounds guys. “Is it fair? Well, we had some smaller guys choke out the big guys,” he said. Fairness isn’t a word heard often in the forward observer community. No air-conditioned offices await on the hilltops and moun- tainsides where the FiSTs set up their observation posts, and no one waits for a FiST team to get in front; it’s assumed they’re already there to provide the eyes for the battlefield. And all eyes focused on Chaos Team when it stood in front of the 60 other forward observers in the brigade, the “Best FiST” guidon and trophy in hand. “Once you fire an artillery round, you can’t take it back,” said Polwort. “You have to know, once that command of fire is given, that the round is hitting a safe place away from your Soldiers. To be able to lay down suppressive fire while your brothers in the infantry push forward is game changing.” Chaos Team, comprised of fire support team specialists from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, begins the land navigation course, as part of the 2nd ABCT’s best fire support team competition, Aug. 14. Chaos Team used the land navigation course to break away from the pack and win the competition. 1st Lt. Andrew Stock, fire support officer, Company B, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, chokes out Pfc. Fitzgerald Lloyd, fires support specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd ABCT, during a combatives tournament, Aug. 13. Sixty Soldiers competed in the single-elimination tournament. FiST ‘Warhorse’ crowns best Spc. Scott Richmond, fire support specialist, Company D, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, picks up a magazine during a stress fire, as part of the 2nd ABCT’s best fire support team competition, Aug. 12. The stress fire was designed to push the Soldiers out of their comfort zones and identify which team can work the best under stress. Fire support specialists from 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, kickoff the 2nd ABCT’s best fire support team competitionAug.12,withanArmyphysicalfitnesstest.TheAPFTconsists of two minutes of pushups, two minutes of situps and a two-mile run. Sgt. Nathan Bauer, fire support specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, dons his protective mask during a stress fire, Aug. 12.

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