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AviationunitsconductresearchdemoStory and photo by
Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault
4th Combat Aviation Brigade Public
Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
CAÑON CITY — Specialists from the
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of
Land Management, Front Range District
Office, worked hand-in-hand with Fort
Carson flight crews during a research demon-
stration outside of Cañon City, July 16.
Soldiers with 4th Combat Aviation
Brigade and 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation
Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, helped the
BLM team collect data to assess the use of
the lands by the military for High-Altitude
Mountainous Environmental Training.
“We have a team of specialists, called
the interdisciplinary team, which ranges
from marine biologists, wildlife biologists,
archeologists, geologists, realty specialists,
recreation specialists and range specialists,”
said Steve Craddock, Royal Gorge Field
Office realty specialist.
The demonstration gives the specialists a
firsthand account of the effects that aircraft
have on the surrounding environment.
“Our purpose is to expose every resource
specialist to the sounds, wind and visual
impact as the helicopters land, take off and go
in between the landing zones,” said Craddock.
“This allows them to come up with a complete
analysis of the environmental impact on the
areas being used for training.”
The collection of data from the research
demonstration is being used to develop a
proposal to allow Army aviation units to
conduct HAMET training in surrounding areas.
“We have had casual short-term agreements
with Fort Carson aviation units, which allowed
them to use 28 landing zones for HAMET
training,” said Keith Berger, Royal Gorge Field
Office manager. “A more in-depth, long-term
agreement is needed with the arrival of 4th
Combat Aviation Brigade. If the new proposed
agreement is approved, there could be up to
43 landing zones that Fort Carson and Army
aviation units could use.”
Assessments from the research demonstra-
tion will be gathered, and a proposal will be put
into consideration by this fall, said Berger.
“After data has been analyzed from all
the specialists and a community survey
has been done, a decision for the land use
will be made,” said Craddock. “The decision
depends on many variables and a variety of
proposals could be made.”
Additional landing zones will help Fort
Carson flight crews train more efficiently
and safely, said Chief Warrant Officer 4
Michael S. Madura, Division G3 Air, 4th
“Having more landing zones will allow
aviation units to be more spread out during
training,” he said. “This keeps flight crews safe
and able to perform a multitude of different
training to prepare them for different situations
in a mountainous environment.”
HAMET training is vital training that
prepares flight crews from Fort Carson and
the Army to get specialized skills, he said.
“HAMET training saves lives and better
prepares flight crews deploying to areas
that are mountainous, such as Afghanistan,”
said Madura. “It has (been) proven to reduce
incidents over the years. From my 24 years of
experience as a pilot who has flown at high
altitudes and in mountainous environments, a
flight crew has to experience those conditions
personally to make them more proficient in
maneuvering in those types of terrain.”
saves lives and
areas that are
— Chief Warrant Officer
4 Michael S. Madura
An AH-64 Apache
participates in a
stration for the
of the Interior,
Bureau of Land
City, July 16.
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I joined the Army because I
wanted to serve my country, be
able to eventually use my G.I. Bill
to go to school and see the world.
I love my job and love the
fact that I, in a small way, am
a face of the Army.
I continue to serve because I
love my job and the opportunities
I’ve had — being able to see a
good percent of the world while
being stationed in Germany
and Japan, and meeting
lifelong friends, both civilian and
What I feel makes me Iron
Horse Strong is being able to
bounce back from whatever
roadblocks that I’ve encountered
in my career, whether it is being
able to re-integrate with Family
after a deployment, or being
able to take constructive criticism
The Mountaineer is working on an article on how
communication between the servicemember on the battlefield and
the Family at home has changed over the years since World War II.
We are seeking local veterans or Family members of
each major conflict since World War II to be interviewed for the article
and possibly provide historical photos.
If interested, contact staff writer Andrea Stone at 526-1265.
Patriotic truth better than folkloreCommentary by Mike Howard
Special to the Mountaineer
Who could’ve known? Folklore about a 20-something
Soldier showing up naked on the parade field in 1831 would
uncover a really neat story about volunteerism in our Army.
Deep down in the true story of Sgt. Maj. Edgar A. Perry
of the First Coastal Artillery Regiment is the heart of
patriotism. It is rooted in America’s Revolutionary War.
The actual battles of this war Perry had never seen, but
the spirit of patriotism he knew well.
It is a spirit that came from George Washington himself.
Perry, you see, lied. Then he confessed.
He was actually a very young Edgar Allan Poe who
wanted to be a writer. He ran away from home and joined
the Army in 1827. Other than lying about his Family name,
he proved to be a pretty good Soldier, training and doing
humanitarian missions for the malaria outbreak back then.
Poe eventually admitted his dishonesty to his battery
commander, reconciling with John and Mary Allan who
had raised him. Remaining on the books as Perry, he was
promoted and served as the sixth man to be the sergeant
major of the regiment. He also gained support from his
leaders for his effort to get into the U.S. Military Academy.
The negative side in Poe’s military experience is more
about his strained relationship with John Allan and the
death of Mary Allan. Poe wanted to earn favor in John
Allan’s eyes by completing West Point and becoming an
Army officer. After Mary Allan died in the last year he
was in the Army, Poe slowly realized he would never
change the old man’s view.
But it is the spirit of patriotism that climbs above all
that. It tells another side of Poe’s life that remains integral
to our military community as our wars of today subside.
Poe was enormously proud of his grandfather’s
namesake, David Poe Sr. The elder David Poe was a major
and served as an assistant deputy quartermaster general
during the Revolution. Citizens of Baltimore came to
know Poe’s grandfather as the “general,” even though he
was not an actual general officer.
It may well have been this very strong need for
contributions from citizens that actually brought together
all that we know today about Edgar Allan Poe. His
grandfather, David Poe Sr., proved helpful as the father
of our Army Washington struggled to equip the old
Mary Allan was unable to bear children. Her husband
was a well-heeled influential merchant in Richmond, a
Virginian who was just the type of citizen Washington
needed to support his cause. Mary Allan was a member
of Richmond’s high society, making her familiar to the
circles of those in need.
Enter Lafayette. We don’t really know how Edgar
Allan Poe came into the home of John and Mary Allan
when he was orphaned as a very young child. There are
indicators, however, that John Allan, Marquis de Lafayette
and David Poe Sr. were possibly friends and at least familiar
with each other during the Revolutionary days.
Edgar Allan Poe performed on a drill team honoring
Lafayette when he revisited Richmond in the early 1820s.
The Lafayette visit was apparently to rekindle community
spirit from the early wars. There is also indication that Mary
Allan attended a social event during the visit that Lafayette
attended to thank the community for its wartime support.
My favorite stories to tell are about Edgar Allan Poe.
A librarian told me once Poe was not exactly good
military material. She told me she heard Poe had been
kicked out of West Point for showing up naked on the
parade field with only the flag-holding harness draped
over his bare shoulders.
Actually, the piece she repeated to me was folklore
that may or may not have bits of truth to it. Poe did get
kicked out of the U.S. Military Academy in 1831, but
that’s a whole other story.
Interested in volunteering?
Contact Joey Bautista,
Fort Carson Army Volunteer manager, at
526-1082 or 526-4590.
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3July 26, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER
Story and photo by
Sgt. William Smith
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
The 544th Engineer Company, 52nd
Engineer Battalion, received a division
physical fitness excellence award streamer
for exceeding the division’s standards on
the Army physical fitness test, July 19.
To earn an APFT streamer, a unit must
score an average of 250 points with no
failures and an 85-percent participation
rate, and be graded by the division’s desig-
nated graders. The 544th Eng. scored an
average of 279 points, with an 87-percent
participation rate, May 29.
“This is the first time in 10 years that a
unit has met the (commanding general’s)
challenge in (physical training),” said Brig.
Gen. Michael Bills, acting senior commander,
4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, who
presented the streamer to the unit. “It is pretty
impressive to have a unit score an average of
279, but don’t stop there. Continue to raise
the bar for yourselves and Fort Carson.”
One engineer said that it was hard, but
well worth the effort.
“It took a lot of heart and dedication
from the Soldiers and the leadership to be
able to achieve what we did,” said Staff Sgt.
Trent Boyer, senior construction supervisor,
544th Eng., 52nd Eng. Bn. “Any noncom-
missioned officer will tell you that we
could not have done this without the
Soldiers. They came together, putting in a
lot of hard work on their own, for us to be
able to earn this.”
With the help of the company’s moti-
vation behind Boyer, he said he achieved
a score of 297 points, the best APFT in
his military career.
“It made me feel good to do so well, and
it helped to motivate my own Soldiers to push
themselves that much more,” Boyer said.
1st Sgt. David Palmer, senior enlisted
adviser, 544th Eng., said he knew his unit
was up for the challenge.
“I have told people for a while that this
was a goal of mine,” Palmer said. “Everybody
put in the time and effort to make sure that
they were the most fit they could be.”
Both Palmer and Boyer said any unit
can earn the streamer if every person in a
unit buys into it.
“To earn the streamer, you have to put
into it,” Boyer said. “You have to strive to
want it, have that heart and dedication, and
give it all you’ve got. Motivate your battle
buddies to do the best they can. Everybody
in your company has to want it.”
Palmer said it isn’t difficult to earn.
“It is easy to earn the APFT streamer
if the whole unit is on board,” he said.
Once the streamer is earned, the unit
must revalidate every 12 months to keep it
on their company guidon. Units awarded
the streamer are authorized to conduct
athletics once per week.
Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, right, acting senior commander, 4th Infantry Division and
Fort Carson, and Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Joyce, acting senior enlisted adviser,
4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, pin an Army physical fitness test excellence streamer
to the 544th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, guidon, July 19. The
streamer was awarded for the 544th Eng. exceeding the commanding general’s
standard of a company average of 250 points, with an 85 percent participation
rate. The Soldiers scored an average of 279 with 87 percent participation, May 29.
4 MOUNTAINEER — July 26, 2013
Group standardizes crime statistics reportingBy Catherine Ross
Special to the Mountaineer
The ability of garrison and unit commanders
Armywide to ensure discipline in the force
and safety in communities has now been bolstered
by a new tool: a standardized
crime statistics reporting template.
Working together since last
August, a Community of Practice
Standardization of Crime Statistics
Working Group, comprised of law
enforcement professionals from
installations across the country,
developed the template for breaking
down and analyzing critical crime
statistics. The group was formed as
part of the Command Provost
Marshal’s 2012 Summer of Law
Enforcement Improvement Campaign.
Fort Carson’s Erin Hellmers, a
police intelligence specialist with the
Department of Emergency Services,
who volunteered to participate in the working group,
played a key role in the template’s development.
“Every installation sees different types of
crimes that are problems, and they may collect
or report information differently,” said Hellmers.
“The goal of the group was to try and standardize
some of those problems.
“The group was a forum to be able to ask questions
of other installations on how they were doing things
at their installations,” said Hellmers. “Analysts from
all the installations discussed how the reporting is
done, how crime is captured, and, from that, determine
what problems need to be tackled.”
After developing a template for reporting
categories of crimes that can pose problems at most
installations, a challenge arose. Hellmers said the
group posed the question, “How can we make it so
each installation could put in their own unique
crime problems that they’re having?” In response to
this challenge, the group incorporated the ability
for installations to tailor the reporting mechanism
to their individual issues.
“The template itself includes a
chart that shows overall crime over
the last five quarters, so you can see
if it’s trending up or down, and then
it breaks it out into major offenses
and secondary offenses,” she said.
The template breaks down
specific categories of crime, such as
alcohol-related offenses, as well as
results of commanders’ actions on
crime. The template incorporates
focused analysis of top repeat
offenders, which led the working
group to update the repeat offender
report that installation law enforce-
ment was using.
“We focused on updating the repeat offender
report because one of the things (commanders were)
pushing was being able to try (to) identify high-risk
Soldiers. It’s very hard to do that. No one can
successfully do that,” said Hellmers. “But the closest
way is by looking at repeat offenders, so we really
wanted to make that report usable.”
Toward the end of the development process,
Hellmers was involved with building an automation
component into the template, giving law enforcement
professionals preparing the report a means to visually
interpret statistics and trends quickly.
She met weekly via teleconference with the other
core members of the working group, which included
Ricky Rounds, former DES police intelligence
specialist at Fort Hood, Texas, and current Directorate
of Plans, Training Mobilization and Security chief of
operations; Fort Bragg, N.C., Chief of Police Calvin
Prouty; and Mike Chesbro, a criminal intelligence
specialist at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. All
four were recognized this month as Installation
Management Community Heroes of the Day. Their
work is already making an impact at Fort Carson.
“We quadrupled the number of walking patrols
at Fort Carson, based on the work that Erin did,”
said Lt. Col. Christopher Heberer, 759th Military
Police Battalion commander and director of
Much of police work is reactive, such as
responding to a 911 call, he said, but added, “policing
should be as proactive as possible.”
In order to achieve that proactive state, Heberer
stressed the importance of “understanding the criminal
threat” via pattern analysis.
“What the Army has learned over the last 12
years in Iraq and Afghanistan is that intelligence
drives all operations,” Heberer said. He added that
the “Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield”
approach is applied at Fort Carson in the context of
dealing with crime, and the crime statistics reporting
template now plays a role in that approach.
“We can have our patrols correspond with our
crime hot spots,” Heberer said. Making changes
such as these, as a result of the crime statistics
reporting template, has amplified military police
Citing trends made clear in the new crime statistics
reporting format, Heberer stressed that crime is down
11-18 percent overall from last year.
“Through our engagement with the community,
our engagement with other units, we truly are
improving the safety and security of Joint Task
Force Fort Carson.”
Properly wearing the uniform
shows pride in yourself as a Soldier
and presents a professional appearance.
Making corrections to other Soldiers’
uniforms helps hold them to the same
standard. Proper wear of headgear
and not placing hands in uniform
pockets also demonstrates discipline
and attention to detail.
¶ Personnel wear the patrol cap straight on the head so
that the cap band creates a straight line around the
head, parallel to the ground. The patrol cap will fit
snugly and comfortably around the largest part of
the head without distortion or excessive gaps. The
cap is worn so that no hair is visible on the forehead
beneath the cap.
¶ Soldiers are authorized to store their headgear, when
it is not worn, in Army Combat Uniform cargo
pockets. Soldiers must fold the headgear neatly so as
not to present a bulky appearance. Soldiers will not
attach headgear to the uniform or hang it from the belt.
¶ While in uniform, personnel will not place their
hands in their pockets, except momentarily to place
or retrieve objects.
¶ Soldiers will keep uniforms buttoned, zipped and
snapped. They will ensure metallic devices such as
metal insignia, belt buckles and belt tips are free
of scratches and corrosion and are in proper luster or
remain properly subdued, as applicable.
(Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of
Army Uniforms and Insignia)
Wear of the uniform
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UDAIRI RANGE, Kuwait — Soldiers stepped
away from their traditional combat-related roles and
learned how to provide humanitarian aid during
the “Raider Hope” exercise at Kuwait Naval Base
and Udairi Range, July 14-17.
The 4th Brigade Support Battalion leadership
provided the training to test its Soldiers’
capabilities during missions of mercy, said
Lt. Col. Nicole Lucas, commander, 4th
BSB, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division.
“This exercise ensures that the
‘Packhorse’ Battalion has the ability to deploy
quickly, operate in an austere environment
and provide support capabilities that no one
else in the region may be able to provide,”
Lucas said. “While the combat brigades here
focus on decisive action, my battalion has
some unique military capabilities that could
be used in the event of a natural disaster or
Augmented by troops and equipment
from the brigade’s 1st Battalion, 22nd
Infantry Regiment, and 1st Special Troops
Battalion, the Packhorse Soldiers traveled
by convoy to KNB to load their vehicles
and cargo onto logistics support vessels:
watercraft capable of carrying dozens of
vehicles across thousands of miles of ocean.
“We are conducting roll on roll off, or
what we call roll-roll operations,” said Spc. Donald
Shultz, crewmember, U.S. Army Vessel SP/4 James
A. Loux, 1099th Transportation Detachment, 7th
Sustainment Brigade. “Simply put, we sail into a
sandy pier and vehicles drive onto the vessel. This
operation displays our unique capability to sail up to
virtually any improved dock or sandy beach and load
or unload cargo.”
Shultz said the LSV crews enjoy demonstrating
their capabilities to other units, said Shultz.
“Most Soldiers don’t even know that we exist, but
we are an excellent resource for getting equipment
to just about anywhere in the world,” he said.
The genesis of the LSV dates back to smaller troop
transports 4th Infantry Division Soldiers used during
the D-Day assault on Normandy.
The LSV’s versatility is ideal for the humanitarian
missions the Packhorse Soldiers trained for during
Raider Hope, said Capt. Tim Sechrist, operations
officer, 4th BSB.
“This is the ideal real-world way to get our
equipment anywhere in the Middle East
quickly,” Sechrist said. “We learned the
logistical aspect of loading and unloading our
vehicles onto the vessels, which is important,
but we also built relationships with the harbor
master and crews down at KNB, which will be
invaluable in the event of a real-world mission.”
Battalion and brigade leaders planned the
training event carefully, researching exactly
what the battalion would need to support most
humanitarian operations, Sechrist said.
“We aren’t designed to be a long-term fix,
but we have certain capabilities such as health
care, engineering and water treatment that
Soldiers of 1st Armored Brigade Combat
Team, 4th Infantry Division, and the crew of
the Logistics Support Vessel SP/4 James A.
Loux, load vehicles onto the LSV during
“Raider Hope,” a humanitarian aid training
mission at Kuwait Naval Base, July 15.
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Wounded warriors take on velodromeStory and photo by
Spc. Kaila Muggli
Warrior Transition Battalion
Heavy wind and rain almost washed
out four Warrior Transition Battalion
riders’ hopes of taking on the 35-degree
“wall” of the 7-Eleven Velodrome at
Memorial Park during the U.S. Grand
Prix of Sprinting, July 13.
A team wielding leaf blowers,
squeegees and brooms dried out the 333-
meter track, allowing the international
cycling event to start only an hour late.
The WTB cyclists participated in a
special exhibition race in front of
Olympic-level cyclists from 11 countries.
“This is awesome. To have the
opportunity to train with a real
Olympic coach (Pat McDonough) on
the Olympic Velodrome and the fact
that Colorado Springs provides the
team with adaptive reconditioning
coaches is just awesome,” said Lt.
Col. Aaron Termain, WTB commander.
“We should do it more often.”
Awaiting their time on the track,
the WTB cyclists kept their muscles
warm along with the other cyclists. The
Olympians kept ready for their heats
by placing their cycles on devices
called rollers. The high-tech rollers
offer resistance that forces the rider to
think about spinning, balance and
holding a steady line. The Olympians
made the task seem effortless, gliding
along to combat the cold wind.
The WTB-sponsored team included
Sgt. 1st Class Keoki Smythe, Staff Sgt.
Jericar Martinez, retired Sgt. Gerardo
L. Medrano and Steve Sanders.
Completing the team was Sarah
Braun, the Colorado SpringsTherapeutic
Recreation Program coordinator for
military programs. She works with
the team every week, scheduling
training and coordinating equipment,
rides and events.
“The program is great,” Martinez
said. “Staff Sgt. Kevin McDonald and
I were among the originators that
started the program for the battalion,
and to come back and actually be a
part of it is great.”
Following four events, the WTB
riders took to the track. As they lined up
along the rail, the crowd stood, erupting
with loud cheers and applause. The
atmosphere became electrifying as
the announcer introduced the riders.
The sound of the start gun soon rang
through the air, and the team pushed off.
“The fixed gear bike is difficult.
We are all used to being able to coast,
to having brakes and to not riding on
35-degree embankments,” Sanders said.
After two laps, the bell rang for
the final lap.
“One lap to go, riders. One lap to
go,” said the announcer.
Smythe held the lead going into the
final lap by a marginal gap, but as
the final lap was coming to a close,
Smythe burned out fast as he hit the
head-on wind; the gap quickly closed.
“It is like hitting a wall at 30 mph
when the riders go into the wind,” the
announcer informed the crowd.
Just as the crowd was preparing for
Medrano or Martinez to take the lead in
the turn, Smythe pushed through and
maintained speed to the finish line.
“It was a blast. I had to go out
quick because my buddies are all better
spinners than me,” Smythe said.
Smythe pedaled his way to first,
closely followed by Martinez, Medrano
“He did an excellent job. This was
actually his second day on the track
and first day on the race line, so he
did amazing,” Martinez said.
McDonough, who helped train
Smythe in cycling, won a silver medal in
the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He
has helped organize the cycling events
for the Warrior Games competitions and
the track cycling program for injured
servicemembers the past three summers.
“They had the crowd cheering for
them, the announcer cheering for them,
and it wasn’t just because they are
Wounded Warriors,” Braun said. “It is
because they are athletes.”
From left, Staff Sgt.
retired Sgt. Gerardo L.
Medrano, Sgt. 1st Class
Keoki Smythe and Steve
Sanders head down the
their exhibition race at
the U.S. Grand Prix of
Sprinting July 13 at the
7-Eleven Velodrome at
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July 15, 1942 — The 89th Infantry Division
is reactivated at Camp Carson, becoming
the first division to serve the post.
July 15 1943 — The 71st Infantry Division
is reactivated and remains at Fort
Carson until Feb. 9, 1944.
July 9, 1945 — The Camp Carson Hospital Center authorizes
care for Family members.
July 27, 1949 — Hambone, 4th Field Artillery Battalion’s
famous jumping mule, accumulates more clippings for his
scrapbook by making “Life” magazine.
July 4, 1950 — The 4th Field Artillery Battalion fires a
48-gun salute on Pikes Peak.
July 20, 1951 — Fort Carson Soldiers with the 313th
Engineers are ordered to Fort Riley, Kan., to assist with
reconstruction work in the flood-ravaged area.
July 31, 1956 — Brig. Gen. B.P. Heiser retires at the post
after 35 years of service.
July 19, 1973 — Members of the 89th Infantry Division
Association return to Fort Carson for a reunion.
July 28, 1975 — Fort Carson hospital personnel provide static
displays of historic medical equipment and field medical equip-
ment in support of the Army Medical Department bicentennial.
July 1979 — The 4th Infantry Division Band opens the Frontier
Days Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyo.
July 1983 — The 4th Infantry Division sends more than 200
cooks and necessary field mess equipment to support the
annual Street Breakfast. More than 15,000 patrons are served.
July 1983 — Short order meals are served by volunteer
civilians and military personnel to help raise funds for
school construction in Pueblo.
7-10 Cav. earns top honorsStory and photo by Susan C. Galentine
Directorate of Public Works public relations
and net zero outreach
Soldiers from 7th Squadron., 10th Cavalry
Regiment, in building 2615, earned first place in
the quarterly Fort Carson Unit Recycle Incentive
Program, which ended in June.
The Soldiers turned in 8,250 pounds and
pocketed $750 in morale, welfare and recreation
funds for their unit.
Since units are ineligible to win first place
more than once each year, the 10th Combat
Support Hospital, which placed first last quarter,
brought in 10,207 pounds taking second place
earning $500 in morale funds.
Rounding out the top three,
was Company C, Headquarters
and Headquarters Battalion,
4th Inf. Div., which collected
6,040 pounds and earned $250
in morale funds.
The competition also pays
$100 to units turning in more
than 1,000 pounds and $50 for
The Unit Recycle Incentive
Program promotes Soldiers
getting involved in recycling
and earning money for their
MWR funds and helping Fort
Carson achieve its net zero
Units can bring their
recyclables to the Fort Carson
Recycle Center, building 155,
Tuesday and Thursday from 7
a.m. to 3 p.m., to be weighed and
have their accounts updated.
For information on
participating in the Unit
Recycle Incentive Program,
Spc. Don Dacanay, left, and Sgt. Steven Hawk, 7th Squadron,
10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Infantry Division, ready recyclables from their facility for drop off
at the Recycle Center.
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Story and photo by
Spc. Andrew Ingram
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team
Public Affairs Office,
4th Infantry Division
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait —
Twelve Soldiers showcased a variety of
talents as they competed for one of 10
spots during the first elimination round of
the “R Factor” competition at Camp
Buehring, Kuwait, July 12.
The R Factor is a talent competition
based on a popular television show, hosted
by the 1st Armored Brigade Combat
Team, 4th Infantry Division.
With vocal styles ranging from
country twang to Native American chant,
and comedy routines and light shows
thrown into the mix, the “Raider” Soldiers
attempted to wow the judges and earn a
spot in the competition’s finale, scheduled
for Aug. 23.
“A lot of different talents were brought
to the competition tonight,” said talent
judge Chief Warrant Officer 2 Steven
Colburn, Air Defense Air Management
Brigade Aviation Cell, 1st ABCT. “I think
everybody brought their ‘A’ game.”
Colburn said he looks forward to
watching the competitors become more
comfortable on stage as they practice
“There were a lot of nerves tonight,
but my hope is that these contestants will
take our advice to heart,” Colburn said. “I
hope the Soldiers will stand out with
originality and blow us away next week.”
Staff Sgt. Harry Swartz, who made it
through the first round with a rendition of
the Kriss Kross 1992 rap song “Jump,”
said he plans to heed the judges’ advice,
going a more original direction with his
“I want to go back to my favorite genre,
which is hair band type music, the kind of
music you just want to bang your head to,”
said Swartz, transportation platoon
sergeant, Company A, 4th Brigade Support
Battalion, 1st ABCT. “I’m very pumped
up to see where this competition goes.”
Elimination rounds will remain closed
to spectators until the finale next month,
scheduled to coincide with the Raider
Brigade birthday celebration.
Fans will cast the deciding vote for
first, second and third place during the
finale, said Spc. Elizabeth Erickson,
brigade Better Opportunities for Single
Soldiers representative, who organized
“It’s been a long journey, but I’m very
excited that we are making this happen,”
said Erickson, signal support system
specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 1st ABCT. “It’s going to be an
amazing event and a great reason to get
out of the tent and have some fun.”
Spc. Jesse Shawgo, combat engineer, Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored
Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, receives advice from the “R Factor” judges
during the first elimination round of the talent competition at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 12.
can deploy more quickly
than other organizations.”
Sechrist said. “In the event
of a real humanitarian crisis,
we would need elements to
help provide security and
specialized tasks, while
BSB Soldiers would focus
on providing aid. For
that reason, we decided to
integrate other brigade
elements into the exercise.”
After unloading their
vehicles and cargo from
the LSVs, the Packhorse
Soldiers traveled by
convoy to Udairi Range
where they constructed
a temporary battalion
headquarters, as they would
while assisting during a
Lucas said solid plan-
ning and “outstanding
execution” by Soldiers at
every level resulted in a
“It’s a unique experi-
ence to undergo such a
large-scale training exercise
while deployed,” she said.
“We learned that, with the
right leadership and proper
risk management, we can
train to a very high standard
in the face of a very rigorous
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12 MOUNTAINEER — July 26, 2013
The Directorate of Public Works Housing Division
— located in building 7301 off of Woodfill Road,
is moving to building 1225. The Housing Division
will be open at the current location through
Wednesday and will reopen at the new location
Aug. 5. 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 email@example.com
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
• 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
@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 email@example.com for questions
on snow removal, grounds maintenance and
contractor response to service orders.
• Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at
524-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org for receiving/turn in; Mike
Welsh at email@example.com for reutilization/web
tools; or Rufus Guillory at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
• 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
• 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 dis-
covered 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.
Medical Activity Correspondence Department
office hours — The Correspondence (Release
of Information) Office in the Patient
Administration Division hours are Monday-
Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and closed Thursday and federal holidays. Call
526-7322 or 526-7284 for details.
Work Management Branch — The DPW Work
Management Branch, responsible for processing
work orders — Facilities Engineering Work
Requests, DA Form 4283 — is open for process-
ing 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 Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday
Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.
Wolf Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.
Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.
Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.
(Wilderness Road Complex)
Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
13July 26, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER
‘Silver Lions’ aid cleanup effortsStaff Sgt. Henry W. Marris III
3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team
Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Fort Carson Soldiers volunteered more
than 20 hours to help clean up the Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 3917 in Colorado
Springs, July 16.
Ten Soldiers from Company F, 1st
Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd
Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division, spent the afternoon working on
various landscaping projects at
the post, such as trimming trees,
cleaning out a sand pit to make
room for playground equipment
and cleaning the area around
a retaining wall in preparation
for installing a new one.
Sgt. 1st Class Terry Riffe,
platoon sergeant, Company F, 1st
Bn., 68th Armor Reg., organized
“I wanted my Soldiers to
have the chance to give back
to something they can also be a
part of,” he said.
Laura Stone, VFW
canteen manager, said the
post appreciates when Soldiers
can volunteer and was glad to
have these Soldiers back.
“Soldiers from the unit had
volunteered here during Christmas
time with painting and various
work projects,” Stone said.
“When the unit wanted to come
out again and help, I thought it
was (a) wonderful idea.”
Stone, an Army veteran,
said a lot of the work done at
the post is usually completed by
members, so it was nice to have
wanting to help out.
Pfc. Chad McGinnis, welder,
Company F, 1st Bn., 68th Armor
Reg., said he believes it is good
to give back to the veterans as a
way of showing respect.
“The fact that it’s for veterans
makes it even better,” McGinnis said.
“Now that I’m serving, I feel like I should
give back a little bit more.”
Sgt. Jason Stinton, mechanic, Company F,
1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., said it is important
to help the community, especially at the VFW.
He said his volunteering at the VFW is just
one way he can say thank you to the veterans.
“It’s important that we continue to let the
veterans of past wars know that we haven’t
forgotten them,” Stinton said. “We haven’t
forgotten what they have done for us.”
Pvt. Josh Phillips, Company F, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd
Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, works on a rock
bed July 16, to help prepare the area to rebuild a retaining wall.
“I wanted my
Soldiers to have
the chance to give
back to something
they can also
be a part of.”
— Sgt. 1st Class Terry Riffe
Pvts. Sean Martin, left, and Kevin
Kuntz, both assigned to Company F,
1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd
Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Infantry Division, clean up a sand
pit July 16, at Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 3917, in Colorado Springs.
The Soldiers were part of a team
of volunteers from Company F
that spent the afternoon helping the
VFW post do landscaping maintenance
on the property.
Spc. Ted Peterson, Company F, 1st Battalion, 68th
Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division, works to clean up a sand pit
July 16, as part of volunteer efforts at Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 3917, in Colorado Springs.
14 MOUNTAINEER — July 26, 2013
Piece of history part of safety classStory and photo by Andrea Stone
An antique firearm worth $175,000, a class on
privately owned weapons safety and an opportunity to
fire privately owned weapons — it was all in a day’s
training for the 759th Military Police Battalion, July 15.
The purpose of the class — taught by Rich Wyatt,
owner of Gunsmoke, a gun shop in Wheat Ridge,
and star of American Guns, a reality television series
that aired on the Discovery Channel until December
— was to remind Soldiers about safety issues when
handling their privately owned weapons.
“All these MPs, they go out, and they shoot their
M9 … and they’re more than proficient to carry it on
a daily basis. And then a Soldier goes home, and he
has a different style of pistol, and he’s not as proficient
with it,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jim Volpe, detachment
sergeant, 148th MP Detachment, 759th MP Bn.
The training was an opportunity to combine fun
with serious safety reminders.
“If you bring in somebody fun and make it fun,
Soldiers want to attend,” he said.
Wyatt brought a collection of guns, including
a Colt single-action cavalry revolver, serial number 37.
The gun, worth $175,000, is more than 130 years
old and was only the 37th produced by Samuel
Colt, Wyatt said.
“This is a real piece of history that most
Americans would never get the opportunity to see
or to touch,” he said.
Not only was the training and range time helpful
for those with privately owned weapons, the information
could also be helpful in the course of their jobs.
“You take a young (MP) Soldier who’s never shot
Soldiers with the 759th Military Police Battalion view the firearms brought by the owner of Gunsmoke, a gun shop in
Among the guns was a Colt single-action cavalry revolver, serial number 37, worth $175,000, according to Gunsmoke
owner Rich Wyatt. The display was part of a training class on privately owned weapons safety, July 15.
See Safety on Page 16
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“This is a great thing for
Families to come out and do. Not
only are they fun activities, but
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There will be fire engines, bounce
houses and visits by McGruff the
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Food will be provided by Balfour
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Representatives from the Army
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and the Colorado Springs Police
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“(The goal is to) teach the kids
that police aren’t the bad guys, but that
we’re here to help,” Rawlins said.
The event will take place, regardless
of weather, he said.
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• When downrange, use the motto
of — pack it in and pack it out
• Observe signs downrange indicating
areas restricted due to sensitive
wildlife habitat or cultural sites.
• Avoid driving through sensitive wetland
areas by finding an existing road,
designated crossing or drive around it.
• While downrange, avoid tearing up
wet terrain that can cause erosion and
increase sediment in waterways.
• Practice spill control measures to
prevent contaminating the environment.
guns. They join the Army. They’re proficient with an M4;
they’re proficient with a 9 mm. The problem is, they can
go to a crime scene and have to take a revolver away, or a
1911 or a different gun that they’ve never seen before. … So
for them to see different guns, know how they work, know
how they function, know how to safely clear them, (that’s)
invaluable. All that time is worth it for me,” said Lt. Col.
Christopher Heberer, commander, 759th MP Bn.
When the Soldiers approached Wyatt to ask him to come
to Fort Carson and do the training, he jumped at the opportunity.
“We just can’t do enough, whatever we do,” he said.
“These guys are protecting the Families of the guys that are
gone overseas. That’s important to me. That’s something
I can do, that I can give back.”
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19July 26, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER18 MOUNTAINEER — July 26, 2013
Story and photos by Andrea Stone
The fire alarms are deafening, drowning
out the crack of gunfire. Panicked victims
rush at the two military police Soldiers, who
fight through the noise, chaos and their own
adrenaline rush. The two-man team goes
from room to room, evacuating civilians,
pinpointing the location of the gunman.
Their mission: to stop the shooting.
The training exercise at Mountainside
Elementary School July 18, was the first of its
kind on Fort Carson. A joint venture between
the 759th Military Police Battalion, Fountain
Police Department, Fountain-Fort Carson
School District 8 and the Fort Carson police,
the drill was an opportunity for Soldiers to
learn from their civilian counterparts.
The Fountain PD provided evaluators
who debriefed MPs after each scenario.
“They are the true experts … coaching,
teaching, mentoring our young military police
Soldiers, expanding what they’ve learned
from basic law enforcement, and what
we’ve learned being in a deployed combat
environment to an active shooter in a school
scenario,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Heberer,
commander, 759th MP Bn.
After years of deployments in combat areas,
MPs are learning to deal with the challenges of
being community police in noncombat areas.
“Our (civilian) parameters that we have
are much different than from a Soldier who’s
overseas,” said Todd Evans, Fountain chief
of police. “It’s teaching them.”
One goal of the program is to make the
response seamless between civilian and military
law enforcement agencies, said Bill Vinelli,
Department of the Army training sergeant.
“We’re trying to keep it in line with our
civilian counterparts outside the gate. That
way, if Fountain responded here for an active
shooter, or we responded down there, it’s all
the same. It’s all one training. The MPs get
the same training that our civilian police
officers get,” he said.
The exercise was set up with five different
stations, one on a school bus and the other
four inside the school. Every station was
different, and Soldiers rotated through in
one-, two- and three-man teams. At each
station, three to four different scenarios were
run, each one increasing in complexity.
“Different scenarios, different variables,
different decision-making skills, from people
hanging (onto) them to hostage rescue,”
Heberer said. “We turn on the alarms. Now
(they) can’t hear their radios. Each time
they do a scenario, it’s different, and there’s
About 40 to 50 civilian volunteers, many
of them District 8 employees, participated
in the drill, acting as perpetrators, panicked
victims and dead bodies.
The addition of civilians made the
experience more realistic for the officers,
but also helped train the civilians.
“Every scenario is going to be different,”
said Ines Nichols, special needs paraprofes-
sional at Abrams Elementary. “Even these
scenarios are scary, and they are so real. … I
think I have a better understanding of what it’s
going to look like, but I still cannot imagine
going through this, and I hope I never will.”
Training for active shooter situations was
revamped nationwide after the shooting at
Columbine High School in 1999. Prior to that,
patrol officers waited for the SWAT team to
arrive before entering the building, said Heather
DeLaurentis, Fort Carson police officer.
“In the meantime, there were people
getting injured, getting killed … we can’t
wait,” she said. “Active shooter really started
changing the way law enforcement did things.”
There is a need for training like this
on Fort Carson. During the last school year
there was a threat by a disgruntled District 8
employee, Heberer said. They locked down
Fort Carson and surrounded the school. It
turned out to be a false alarm.
“That was a great wakeup call. It was a
good battle drill for us,” he said.
Right: 1st Lt. Kevin Monahan, right, and Pfc.
Mark Earwood, 59th Military Police Company,
759th Military Police Battalion, search
Mountainside Elementary School for a gunman.
The scenario was part of a combined
training exercise between MPs, Fort Carson
police, the Fountain Police Department and
Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, July 18.
Below: Sgt. Daryl Allen, 127th Military Police
Company, 759th Military Police Battalion, calms
“hostage” Dana Corneal, Directorate of Emergency
Services dispatcher, after taking down gunman
Dan Brown, custodian at Weikel Elementary
School. The scenario was part of a combined
training exercise between MPs, Fort Carson
police, the Fountain Police Department and
Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, July 18.
Story and photo by Andrea Stone
On a recent morning, the staff at Balfour Beatty
Communities was confronted by a gunman, an irate
client who resorted to violence when his needs
It was only a drill, but the staff at BBC was
taken by surprise.
“Now I’m thinking about what I would really do
in a situation like that, which is good,” said Amanda
Richmond, neighborhood manager at BBC.
The mock scenario was part of training
provided by Fort Carson police. The Facility
Active Shooter Awareness program — which has
been provided to Army Community Service, Soldier
Readiness Processing, the hospital, the Exchange
and other locations on post — educates civilians on
what to do if an active shooter situation happened.
More than 25 agencies and 800 civilians have
been trained across the installation, said Lt. Col.
Christopher Heberer, commander, 759th Military
“It’s to teach people signs to look for, what to
do if it happens and then prepare them for what it’s
going to look like when we get there,” said Heather
DeLaurentis, Fort Carson police officer. “It’s going
to be very loud. It’s going to be very fast-paced.”
The speed and chaos of the situation caught
the staff at BBC off guard, some of whom said they
didn’t react because they recognized the shooting
of an air gun rather than a real gun.
“If it sounds like a gunshot, it really is. When
is the last time someone that works with you or
someone who came into your facility threw a
bunch of firecrackers on the floor just to see
the reaction? If you hear the pop, pop, pop, it’s
a gun shot,” said Bill Vinelli, Department of the
Army training sergeant, and one of the
developers of the training program.
The first half of the program is a classroom-
based Power Point presentation.
“We explain to them what to do, talk about
getting an emergency evacuation plan together,
give them things to prepare,” DeLaurentis said.
“Then we come back when they’re ready. We
look at their emergency plan, and we see … (if)
we can add to it or give more advice about it.”
After the classroom training, a mock scenario
can be held. In one drill at a clinic, an employee
actually disarmed the
“shooter,” Vinelli said. Not
every organization chooses
to have a drill, though.
It’s training the police
are more than happy to
provide, as often as requested.
“In 50 years, there’s been
zero kids killed in schools
from fire, but there’s kids
every year killed from
violence and active shooters,”
Vinelli said. “How often do
you do a fire drill? Once a
month? Then roll it in.”
“It’s not a matter of
if,” he said. “It’s when it’s
going to happen. … As
long as you’re surviving,
and you go home that
night, whenever you can
go home, it’s a success.”
Fort Carson police officer
Arnie Jackson and Spc.
Christopher Spears, 984th
Military Police Company,
759th Military Police Battalion,
respond to a mock active
shooter scenario at Balfour
Beatty Communities, July 9.
Balfour Beatty tests response
Carson police train for threat
23July 26, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER
Officers invited — Pikes Peak Chapter/Military
Officers Association of America invites active duty,
retired and former officers and their Families to
dinner at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, 7605 N.
Academy Blvd., Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Call Bunny
Blaha, 471-8527, for more information.
National Night Out — There will be food, prizes,
giveaways and demonstrations at Soldiers’
Memorial Chapel, Aug. 6 at 4 p.m.
Exchange hours change — The Fort Carson
Exchange will change its Sunday hours beginning
Aug. 1. The new hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Back to School Expo — Bring the Family Together
will be hosting a Family Back to School Expo
Aug. 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Freedom
Financial Services Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada
Ave. More information can be found at
Legal Assistance Office hours change — The Fort
Carson Office of the Staff Judge Advocate Legal
Assistance office will change hours of operation
beginning Monday. The new hours will be Monday-
Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be
closed on federal holidays and DONSAs.
Donated annual leave for Fort Carson civilian
employees — is currently being accepted for the
following civilians under the Voluntary Leave
Transfer Program. The employees who have
exhausted all available leave because of medical
emergencies and are currently accepting leave
donations are Brad Hanerkratt, Dental Activity;
Vincent Lupercio, Directorate of Emergency
Services; Teresa Miller, Directorate of Family and
Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Luz “Susie”
Molina, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center;
Jacqueline Woodward, Directorate of Contracting.
Government civilian employees who wish to
donate annual leave may complete form
OPM-630A, “Request to Donate Annual Leave.”
Nonappropriated Fund employees who wish to
donate complete form OPM-630B “Out of
Agency.” For more information contact Jennifer
Hagemeier-Robles at 526-4270 or email
Limited services — Education counseling services
will not be available on Fridays due to furlough.
Expiration term of service outprocessing will be
available Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2
p.m. only. Chapter and/or Medical Evaluation
Board outprocessing will be available Monday-
Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PCS
outprocessing will remain available Monday-
Friday. from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Voting assistance — The Voting Assistance
Office is located in building 1218, room 212,
and regular hours during furlough are 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Call 526-3963
for assistance, or additional information can
be found at http://www.fvap.gov.
Seeking volunteers — Cub Scout Pack 164
needs scouts and adult volunteers who enjoy
the outdoors, camping, climbing, sports,
helping the community and more. Contact
Sara Ehrhart, committee chair, 785-226-0267,
Water quality report — The Directorate of
Public Works has issued its annual water
quality report. Fort Carson’s water, supplied by
Colorado Springs Utilities, is of high quality
and has been for many years. The report can be
viewed at http://www.carson.army.mil/DPW.
School lunch and breakfast program — School
District 8 is accepting applications for the national
School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.
Application forms are being provided to all homes
with a letter to parents. Additional copies are
available in each school. The information provided
on the application is confidential and will be used
only for the purpose of determining eligibility
and verifying data. Applications may be submitted
any time during the school year. Contact
Dawn Muniz at 719-382-1334 or email
DMuniz@FFC8.org for more information.
Immunizations for summer vacations — If
traveling out of the country, ensure vaccinations
are up to date. It takes about two weeks to
develop immunity after vaccination. Call the
travel clinic, 526-2939, to schedule shots.
Speed limit changes — The existing 40 mph
speed limit on Butts Road between Wilderness
and Airfield roads has been reduced to
30 mph. Call 526-9267 for information
regarding the change.
Same day appointments — Evans Army
Community Hospital Family Medicine Clinics,
Internal Medicine Clinic and Pediatric Clinic are
operating under an appointment model called
“Open Access,” offering same day appointments.
Beneficiaries may not be offered the exact
hour they want. Call the Access to Care Line,
526-2273, to make an appointment.
Homes offered to wildfire victims — Tierra Vista
Communities on Schriever Air Force Base is
offering six to 12 month leases to Colorado
residents displaced by the wildfire. Call 683-3660
for more information.
Transfer military hospital or clinic when relocating
— TRICARE Online users must update their
military hospital or clinic location online each time
they relocate. Transferring military hospital or
clinic affiliation in TOL does not automatically
transfer the TRICARE enrollment in Defense
Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.
Changes to dining facility — The Evans Army
Community Hospital DFAC has reduced menu
options on weekends and holidays. Weekends and
federal holiday hours are: breakfast, 6:30-8:30 a.m.;
lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner, 4-5:30 p.m.
The DFAC offers an assortment of nutritious
grab-n-go items during these meal hours:
breakfast — assorted beverages, cold cereal,
assorted pastries, hard-boiled eggs, breakfast
burritos, scones, muffins, fresh fruit and yogurt;
lunch and dinner — assorted beverages, assorted
pre-made sandwiches, assorted pre-made salads,
fresh fruit, yogurt and assorted desserts.
Call 526-7968 or 7973 for more information.
Library program — Tutor.com for military Families
offers homework and studying help from a
professional tutor, any time of day or night, free
for K-12 students in military Families. Expert
tutors are available online 24/7 to help students
in more than 16 subjects, including math, science,
English and social studies. Tutor.com can also help
with standardized test prep, Advance Placement
exams and with college essays. Visit http://www.
tutor.com/military for more information.
Army Provider Level Satisfaction Survey —
Patients may fill out and return the APLSS to
help minimize the impact of budget cuts on
medical care. Evans Army Community Hospital
receives funding based on patients seen and
customer satisfaction. Positive surveys returned
can bring in up to $800. Help keep providers
and departments and clinics fully functional.
Call 526-7256 for more information.
Seeking volunteers — Cub Scout Pack 264
needs volunteers for den leaders and committee
members. No experience is needed. Training
will be provided by Boy Scouts of America staff.
There is always a need for new volunteers to
fill positions or just help out at various activities.
Contact the committee chair, Johnathon Jobson
at email@example.com or the Cub master,
Robert Jepsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
and put Scout Volunteer in the subject line.
Triple Threat expands — The Southeast Family
Center and Armed Services YMCA hosts
Triple Threat meetings for Family members of
military personnel dealing with post-traumatic
stress disorder. Groups meet at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday evenings at the YMCA located at
2190 Jet Wing Drive in Colorado Springs.
Contact Larry Palma at 559-376-5389 or
email@example.com for details.
Operation Mentor — Big Brothers Big Sisters
seeks children ages 9-16 from military Families
to participate in the military mentoring program,
which matches children with adult volunteers who
serve as positive role models. Visit http://www.
biglittlecolorado.org/ for more information.
Thrift shop accepts credit cards — The Fort Carson
Thrift Shop is now accepting debit and credit cards.
The shop, located in building 305, is open Tuesday-
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Gail
Olson at 526-5966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information or to learn about volunteer
opportunities. Donations may be dropped off at
the store during normal business hours or at the
recycling center located near the main exchange.
Share-a-Ride — is a free online car pool coordination
to and from post, as well as van pool options,
typically for those commuting 30 or more
miles to post. Riders are matched based on their
origination and destination points, as well as days
and times of travel. Users specify whether they
are offering a ride, need a ride or if they are
interested in sharing driving duties. When a
“match” is found, users are notified immediately
of rider options, allowing them to contact and
coordinate ridesharing within minutes. Access the
ride-share portal by visiting http://www.carson.
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