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  1. 1. Vol. 71, No. 29 July 26, 2013 Page 5 Page 3Pages 18-19 Message board INSIDEINSIDE Safe helpline Sexual assault support for the Department of Defense community: Call 877-995-5247 Text 55-247 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 Infantry Division. “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.” “(High-Altitude Mountainous Environmental Training) saves lives and better prepares flight crews deploying to areas that are mountainous, such as Afghanistan.” — Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael S. Madura An AH-64 Apache from 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, participates in a research demon- stration for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Front Range District Office, outside Cañon City, July 16.
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — July 26, 2013 This commercial enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of the Mountaineer are not necessarily the official view of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the Department of the Army. Printed circulation is 12,000 copies. The editorial content of the Mountaineer is the responsibility of the Public Affairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, Tel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is The Mountaineer is posted on the Internet at The Mountaineer is an unofficial publication authorized by AR 360-1. The Mountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group, a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Army, under exclusive written contract with Fort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of the Army or Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group, of the products or services advertised. The printer reserves the right to reject advertisements. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the printer shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. For display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regarding advertising and subscriptions should be directed to Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. The Mountaineer’s editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the Public Affairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Releases from outside sources are so indicated. The deadline for submissions to the Mountaineer is close of business the week before the next issue is published. The Mountaineer staff reserves the right to edit submissions for newspaper style, clarity and typographical errors. Policies and statements reflected in the news and editorial columns represent views of the individual writers and under no circumstances are to be considered those of the Department of the Army. Reproduction of editorial material is authorized. Please credit accordingly. MOUNTAINEER Commanding General: Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera Garrison Commander: Col. David L. Grosso Fort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNutt Chief, Print and Web Communications: Rick Emert Editor: Devin Fisher Staff writer: Andrea Stone Happenings: Nel Lampe Sports writer: Walt Johnson Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall Classified advertising 329-5236 Display advertising 634-5905 Mountaineer editor 526-4144 Post information 526-5811 Post weather hotline 526-0096 Spc. Mark T. Sasamoto Ammunition specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 43rd Special Troops Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade 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 fellow Soldiers. 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 with stride. 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 Continental Army. 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. Iron Horse Strong? What makes me
  3. 3. 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. Engineerssetnewstandard
  4. 4. 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 Emergency Services. 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 engagement. 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.” Hellmers 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. 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  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — July 26, 2013 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. History ighlights Recycling 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 500 pounds. 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 waste goal. 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, call 526-5898. 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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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 and perform. “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 next performance. “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 the event. “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.” ‘R Factor’ showcases talents 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 humanitarian crisis. Lucas said solid plan- ning and “outstanding execution” by Soldiers at every level resulted in a successful mission. “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 environment.” from Page 5 Maritime
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  12. 12. 12 MOUNTAINEER — July 26, 2013 Miscellaneous 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 for information. Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is responsible for a wide variety of services on Fort Carson. Services range from repair and maintenance of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper and cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone numbers and points of contact for services: • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Carson Support Services service order desk can be reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. when needing trash containers, trash is overflowing or emergency service is required. • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ for service needs or to report complaints. • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ Use this number to obtain self-help tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. • Base operations contracting officer representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 or email for questions on snow removal, grounds maintenance and contractor response to service orders. • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at 524-0786 or email to request latrines, for service or to report damaged or overturned latrines. • Signs — Call Jim Diorio, Fort Carson Support Services, at 896-0797 or 524-2924 or email to request a facility, parking or regulatory traffic sign. The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building 1430, room 233. During duty hours, Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour phone number for after hours, holidays and weekends is 526-0051. Briefings 75th Ranger Regiment briefings — are held Tuesdays in building 1430, room 150, from noon to 1 p.m. Soldiers must be private to sergeant first class with a minimum General Technical Score of 105; be a U.S. citizen; score 240 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test; and pass a Ranger physical. Call 524-2691 or visit Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training — is held Aug. 21-23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Chapel. Class is limited to the first 50 people. Call 526-5613/5614 for details. Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to noon the second and third Wednesday of each month at the Freedom Performing Arts Center, building 1129 at the corner of Specker Avenue and Ellis Street. The Retirement Services Office recommends spouses accompany Soldiers to the briefing. Call 526-2840 for more information. ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first- come, first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days of their expiration term of service, but must attend no later than 30 days prior to their ETS or start of transition leave. Call 526-2240/8458 for more information. Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA processes to include turning in excess property, reutilizing government property, web-based tools available, special handling of property and environmental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo. for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at for reutilization/web tools; or Rufus Guillory at Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays in building 1129, Freedom Performing Arts Center. Sign in for Soldiers heading overseas is at 7 a.m. and the briefing starts at 7:30 a.m. Sign in for personnel being reassigned stateside is at 1 p.m., with the briefing starting at 1:30 p.m. Soldiers are required to bring Department of the Army Form 5118, signed by their physician and battalion commander, and a pen to complete forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for details. Army ROTC Green-to-Gold briefings — are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon at the education center, building 1117, room 120. Call University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Army ROTC at 262-3475 for more information. Hours of Operation Central Issue Facility • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from 7:30-10:30 a.m. • Initial and partial issues — Monday- Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Direct exchange and partial turn ins — Monday-Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. • Full turn ins — by appointment only; call 526-3321. • Unit issues and turn ins — require approval, call 526-5512/6477. Education Center hours of operation — The Mountain Post Training and Education Center, building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: • Counselor Support Center — Monday- Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Army Learning Center — Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support andArmy PersonnelTesting — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Repair and Utility self-help — has moved to building 217 and is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., located on the first floor of building 6222, 1633 Mekong Street. Shipment under Full Replacement Value claimants must submit Department of Defense Form 1840R or After Delivery Form 1851 for additionally dis- covered items to the carrier within 75 days online. Claimants must log into Defense Personal Property System at and submit the claim within nine months directly to the carrier to receive full replacement value for missing or destroyed items. All other claims should be submitted to the Claims Office within two years of the date of delivery or date of incident. Call 526-1355 for more information. 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 Fort Carson dining facilities hours of operation DFAC Friday Saturday-Sunday Monday-Thursday Stack Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed. Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Wolf Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Breakfast: 6:45-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Warfighter (Wilderness Road Complex) Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed LaRochelle 10th SFG(A) Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed Closed Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: Closed
  13. 13. 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 the volunteers. “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 active-duty servicemembers 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. 14. 14 MOUNTAINEER — July 26, 2013 Piece of history part of safety classStory and photo by Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff 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 WheatRidge,andstarofAmericanGuns,arealitytelevisionseriesthatairedontheDiscoveryChanneluntilDecember. 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
  15. 15. 15July 26, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER LUNCH Monday-Sunday 11:00am-3:45pm 628 South Academy Blvd. GREAT CHINA BUFFET Super Buffet Voted Best in the Springs Featuring All You Can Eat Chinese, American and Japanese Cuisine 572-8009 25 24 Exit 139 Great China Buffet Satellite Hotel Airport Fountain CircleDr PowersBlvd S.AcademyBlvd DINNER Monday-Saturday 4:00pm-9:30pm Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm WE NOW OFFERTAKE-OUT FROM OUR MENU&BUFFET* *Chargeperpound By Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff Fort Carson community members are invited to the National Night Out, Aug. 6 from 4-8 p.m., at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. The program is an effort to promote community partnerships between police and other emergency services and the community, said Capt. Jeffrey Rawlins, Directorate of Emergency Services officer. “This is a great thing for Families to come out and do. Not only are they fun activities, but they’re educational,” he said. There will be fire engines, bounce houses and visits by McGruff the Crime Dog and Daren the Lion. Food will be provided by Balfour Beatty Communities for the first 200 guests, while supplies last. Representatives from the Army Substance Abuse Program, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program and the USO are expected to attend, and the Colorado Springs Police Department will bring its BatMobile. “(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. National Night Out set Aug. 6
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  18. 18. 19July 26, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER18 MOUNTAINEER — July 26, 2013 Story and photos by Andrea Stone Mountaineer staff 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 more variables.” 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 Mountaineer staff 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 weren’t met. 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 Police Battalion. “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 Active shooter Carson police train for threat
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With that in mind, the activity of children on post will be changing from afternoon activities in the playgrounds to early morning walks on their way to school. Traffic on post — both pedestrian and vehicular — is gradually getting worse with many of our units home now. We all need to be vigilant of the additional pedestrian traffic in the housing areas and around the schools while we are headed to work. We all need to be prepared for heavy traffic due to additional stops for pedestrians and aware that there will be many children in the roadways across Fort Carson. Help us keep Fort Carson safe and yield to pedestrians, young and old. Fire Hazmat in the home — When most people think of hazardous mate- rials, they picture a tanker truck full of chemicals oozing slime. However, every home can be a warehouse of hazardous materials, containing items such as automotive fluids, barbecue products, batteries, home maintenance products, household cleaners, laundry products, lawn and garden products, medicines and medical supplies, paints and thinners. Following a few simple tips can keep the home safe: F Buy only the amount you need. Then read all label warnings, precautions and storage recommendations. F Store flammable products, such as gasoline, kerosene, propane gas and paint thinner — away from the home. Only fill gasoline containers outdoors in a well-ventilated area and firmly on the ground. Wear suitable protective items including gloves and eyewear as recommended by the product manufacturer. F Keep tabs on what you have and properly dispose of excess materials. Disposing of home hazardous materials is simple, take it to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 3255 Akers Drive in Colorado Springs. The facility is open Monday- Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. This service is free to all El Paso and Teller county residents. A donation of nonperishable food items for the Care and Share food bank is encouraged, but not required. They also have new and usable household chemicals there for free. For more information, call 719-520-7871 or search “El Paso County Environmental” on Facebook. Physical Security Accessing the post — All personnel 18 years old and older entering the Mountain Post must be in possession of a state- or federally- issued photo identification. Drivers need to have their current vehicle registration and proof of insurance. All forms of ID are subject to screening against law enforcement databases prior to entry. Electronic verification of proof of insurance (i.e. insurance cards on a smart phone) are acceptable. All vehicles entering the installation are subject to inspection. Gates 1, 3, 4, and 20 are open 24/7. Gate 5 is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Gate 2 is open Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., but closed on federal holidays. Gates 6 and 19 are open Monday- Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., but closed on federal holidays. DES highlight
  22. 22. 23July 26, 2013 — MOUNTAINEER Upcoming events 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. General announcements 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 Seeking volunteers — Cub Scout Pack 164 needs scouts and adult volunteers who enjoy the outdoors, camping, climbing, sports, helping the community and more. Contact Sara Ehrhart, committee chair, 785-226-0267, troop(underscore) Water quality report — The Directorate of Public Works has issued its annual water quality report. Fort Carson’s water, supplied by Colorado Springs Utilities, is of high quality and has been for many years. The report can be viewed at School lunch and breakfast program — School District 8 is accepting applications for the national School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Application forms are being provided to all homes with a letter to parents. Additional copies are available in each school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. Contact Dawn Muniz at 719-382-1334 or email for more information. Immunizations for summer vacations — If traveling out of the country, ensure vaccinations are up to date. It takes about two weeks to develop immunity after vaccination. Call the travel clinic, 526-2939, to schedule shots. Speed limit changes — The existing 40 mph speed limit on Butts Road between Wilderness and Airfield roads has been reduced to 30 mph. Call 526-9267 for information regarding the change. Same day appointments — Evans Army Community Hospital Family Medicine Clinics, Internal Medicine Clinic and Pediatric Clinic are operating under an appointment model called “Open Access,” offering same day appointments. Beneficiaries may not be offered the exact hour they want. Call the Access to Care Line, 526-2273, to make an appointment. Homes offered to wildfire victims — Tierra Vista Communities on Schriever Air Force Base is offering six to 12 month leases to Colorado residents displaced by the wildfire. Call 683-3660 for more information. Transfer military hospital or clinic when relocating — TRICARE Online users must update their military hospital or clinic location online each time they relocate. Transferring military hospital or clinic affiliation in TOL does not automatically transfer the TRICARE enrollment in Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. Changes to dining facility — The Evans Army Community Hospital DFAC has reduced menu options on weekends and holidays. Weekends and federal holiday hours are: breakfast, 6:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner, 4-5:30 p.m. The DFAC offers an assortment of nutritious grab-n-go items during these meal hours: breakfast — assorted beverages, cold cereal, assorted pastries, hard-boiled eggs, breakfast burritos, scones, muffins, fresh fruit and yogurt; lunch and dinner — assorted beverages, assorted pre-made sandwiches, assorted pre-made salads, fresh fruit, yogurt and assorted desserts. Call 526-7968 or 7973 for more information. Library program — for military Families offers homework and studying help from a professional tutor, any time of day or night, free for K-12 students in military Families. Expert tutors are available online 24/7 to help students in more than 16 subjects, including math, science, English and social studies. can also help with standardized test prep, Advance Placement exams and with college essays. Visit http://www. 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 or the Cub master, Robert Jepsen, and put Scout Volunteer in the subject line. Triple Threat expands — The Southeast Family Center and Armed Services YMCA hosts Triple Threat meetings for Family members of military personnel dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Groups meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at the YMCA located at 2190 Jet Wing Drive in Colorado Springs. Contact Larry Palma at 559-376-5389 or for details. Operation Mentor — Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks children ages 9-16 from military Families to participate in the military mentoring program, which matches children with adult volunteers who serve as positive role models. Visit http://www. for more information. Thrift shop accepts credit cards — The Fort Carson Thrift Shop is now accepting debit and credit cards. The shop, located in building 305, is open Tuesday- Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Gail Olson at 526-5966 or email for more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities. Donations may be dropped off at the store during normal business hours or at the recycling center located near the main exchange. 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.