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25, 2008
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Word of the month: Competence
by C. Todd Lopez
Army News Service
Army released a report Jan. 17
that outlines how the service can
better identify and help Soldiers
who have suffered traumatic
brain injuries.
The report contains 47
recommendations to help the
Army better prevent, screen,
diagnose, treat and research
traumatic brain injury, said
Brig. Gen. Donald Bradshaw,
who led the task force charged
with investigating TBI.
In the report, findings
showed that the Fort Carson
Soldier Readiness Processing
site, in coordination with Evans
Army Community Hospital, has
developed a model for post-
deployment TBI evaluation and
treatment. Compassionate and
comprehensive SRP support has
led to measurably improved
post-deployment TBI outcomes
at Fort Carson.
“Fort Carson Soldier
Readiness Processing is a model
that is being emulated across
the Army. All redeploying
Soldiers are surveyed by a health-
care provider for symptoms of
possible mild TBI. Fort Carson
providers noted that survey responses
indicate approximately 17 percent of
redeploying Soldiers could have TBI
during a one-year deployment. Their
careful screening methods and prompt,
multi-disciplinary treatment are a ‘best
practice’ of early and appropriate
treatment,” Bradshaw said.
The general said 80 percent of
those who suffer from mild TBI,
commonly known as a concussion,
recover completely. Some 10-20 percent
of Soldiers and Marines returning from
Iraq and Afghanistan with experience
in combat may have suffered symptoms
consistent with mild TBI.
Eight of the recommendations
made by the task force have already
been implemented, said Col. Judith
Ruiz, deputy director Rehabilitation
and Reintegration, Office of the
Surgeon General.
Some of the recommendations that
have already been implemented include:
• Working with interagency and
civilian groups to better define TBI.
• Implementing in-theater TBI
screening and documentation for all
Soldiers exposed to brain injury
inducing trauma.
• Adding TBI specific questions
to the various deployment-related
health assessments.
• Developing a proposal on the
appropriate functions of a “TBI Center
of Excellence.”
• Optimizing the positioning of
clinical, educational and research
• Centralizing the evaluation of the
scientific merit, clinical utility, and
priority of new treatment strategies,
devices or interventions.
• Adapting the Military Acute
Concussion Evaluation overprint as an
approved Department of the Army
form to document mild TBI closest to
the point of injury.
Ruiz said 31 additional recommen-
dations are in progress, four are
planned and four are in the process of
being transferred to other agencies.
Fort Carson has augmented a TBI
screening questionnaire. In explaining the
questionnaire, a briefing occurs which
ensures Soldiers know of the signifi-
cance of the comprehensive assessment
occurring in this process called the Post
Deployment Health Assessment.
The brief is usually delivered by
the Chief Medical Officer Col. Heidi
Terrio to groups of 35 Soldiers at a
time stressing the importance of this
process. The brief emphasizes the
significance of the comprehensive
Fort Carson leads TBI studies
Photo by Capt. Janet Thomas
1st Lt. Galen Peterson, center, platoon leader, 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, talks to Iraqis during a population engagement patrol in Husseiniya, Iraq, Jan. 19. Even while on urban
foot patrols, Soldiers in Iraq may encounter dangerous situations that could result in traumatic brain injury, such as sniper fire.
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“I think there needs to be
more training for Soldiers to
help them manage their
finances before they return
and after to help them make
smarter decisions with
their finances.”
Daniel Hyantinthe
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“I think more focus on
reintegration from
military life to civilian
life is important and
more communication
and information on
ACS support teams.”
Julian Sapien
“I think the focus needs to
be put on reintegration
training to help the Soldier
make the transition from a
very hostile environment
to a friendlier home front.”
1st Lt. Jason
2nd BCT, 1st Battalion, 9th
Infantry Regiment, 2nd ID
“I think the focus should be dwelt
on time on station, to take care
of giving more time for healing
and reconditioning Soldiers for
possible redeployment. Second,
I think the focus should be on
allowing more time for ongoing
training and Family reintegration.”
Chap. (Maj.) Jeffrey Cartee
U.S. Army Garrison
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How to settle legal issues
by Mark R. Silla
Legal assistance attorney, Office of the Staff Judge
Advocate Legal Assistance Division
Deployments have been getting longer and longer
and although technological advances such as e-mail, cell
phones and text messaging have allowed deployed Soldiers
to manage personal affairs, it isn’t always possible due to
mission requirements.
Thus, it is a good idea for returning Soldiers to
review their personal, financial and legal affairs, upon their
redeployment the continental U.S.
Legal problems can develop or worsen during
deployment and the Fort Carson Legal Assistance Office
can provide legal counseling and assistance with matters
involving divorce, landlord-tenant issues, contracts,
bankruptcy, identity theft and many other legal issues.
Soldiers who are having marital problems should contact
the chaplain’s office or Military OneSource (800) 342-9647
or visit the Web site: www.militaryonesource.com to arrange
for marital counseling. Marital counseling obtained through
Military OneSource is covered under TRICARE.
Legal advice involving divorce can be obtained from the
Legal Assistance office. JAG provides a video briefing about
divorce every Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., and
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. Briefings are given in building 6285
in the Legal Assistance office. No appointment is needed,
however, we recommend that individuals show up early as
space is limited. An attorney is available to answer general
questions at the end of the briefing. Soldiers who require
additional information about their specific situation can
make an appointment to consult with an attorney in private.
However, the Fort Carson LAO can only see one of the
spouses; the other spouse will be referred to the legal
assistance offices at either the U.S. Air Force Academy or
Peterson Air Force Base.
JAG also recommends that Soldiers take charge of
personal affairs by reviewing their own situation involving
the following areas:
Finances: Soldiers should check their credit report
to see if anyone has stolen their identity or opened
unauthorized accounts during an absence. The major credit
reporting agencies are obligated to provide individuals
with one free credit report per year and this report can be
obtained online by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com
to order a free copy of a credit report.
Taxes: Soldiers who did not file a tax return while
deployed generally have 180 days after redeployment. The
Fort Carson Tax Center is operational from Jan. 28-April 15
and can assist with the preparation and filing of tax returns.
Family members must have a Special Power of Attorney
from their spouse if filing a tax return on behalf of a
deployed spouse. The tax center is located in building 6284
and additional information regarding the tax center can be
obtained by calling 524-1012.
Powers of Attorney: Soldiers who gave a Power of
Attorney to someone to manage their personal affairs
during deployment and who misused the Power of Attorney
or does not wish to manage their affairs any longer, need
to revoke that Power of Attorney. The Revocation of Power
of Attorney form can be obtained from the LAO and
Soldiers should send a copy of their revocation to their
agent, and to every business, agency and person where
the agent may have used the Power of Attorney.
Claims: If servicemembers had any personal property
lost or stolen during deployment, they may file a claim with
the Fort Carson Claims office located in building 6285.
Additional information involving claims may be obtained
by calling the Claims Office at 526-1355.
Wills: Did any significant changes occur during
deployment? Divorce? Birth of a child? If so, Soldiers may
need to update their will or have a new will drafted by an
attorney at the LAO. This can be done by scheduling an
appointment by calling 526-5572.
Life Insurance: It is of great importance to keep
life insurance beneficiaries up to date. If Soldiers have
recently divorced or separated from their spouse, they may
wish to change life insurance beneficiaries to reflect the
new marital status.
The subjects are only some of the issues which may
have been affected by deployment. Soldiers should carefully
consider anything else that may have occurred during
deployment to determine what sort of impact it may have
had upon their personal, financial and legal affairs.
Soldiers needing legal advice regarding problems
that arose during or since deployment can schedule an
appointment to discuss their situation with an attorney. The
Legal Assistance Office is located in building 6285, 7086
Albanese Loop across from the Elkhorn Conference
Center and the Fort Carson Lodge. Call 526-5572 on
Thursdays at 9 a.m. to make an appointment for the
following week. Visit the following Web site for more
information: http://www.carson.army.mil/LEGAL/
Jan. 25, 2008 — MOUNTAINEER
by James H. Egbert
Mountaineer staff
16 months ago, when the 759th Military Police
Battalion was preparing to deploy to Iraq, a call went
out to find Soldiers to guard the home front of Fort
Carson. The Puerto Rico National Guard received
that call and activated the Forward Element 57th. This
unit was comprised of many different Soldiers, most
of whom, were never trained to be MPs and most had
never been deployed or been outside of Puerto Rico.
The Guardsmen were first sent for processing
and reclassification before heading to Fort Leonard
Wood, Mo., where they received training as MPs.
Upon completion of their training, 1st Lt. Angel
Rosado, the initial commanding officer and now
executive officer of the unit, took his Soldiers to
Fort Carson where they were assigned to B
Detachment, 148th MP Company, 759th Battalion,
under Capt. Selmer Santos. From the start, the
Guardsmen were worked into the ranks at Fort Carson
and tasked with the safety of the Families and fellow
Soldiers assigned there.
Staff Sgt. Ricardo Morales, the operations
sergeant, said that Bravo Detachment members took to
task and even distinguished themselves by a rapid
response to a fire at base housing and a successful
lifesaving effort and transport to Evans Army Hospital.
One of the biggest hurdles the unit had to overcome
was the much colder temperatures and winter road
conditions, challenging to almost everyone in
Colorado, were even more so, for those who never
see snow in the first place.
The Guardsmen will be returning to Puerto
Rico soon and once they out process and transition
back to their Families, they all will return to their
daily jobs and National Guard status. Morales
said that all would be happy to be home but they
would miss the camaraderie of serving alongside
other full-time Soldiers at Fort Carson and the
surrounding community of Colorado Springs.
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evaluation occurring in the One Stop
Occupational Health setting. This
evaluation includes assessment of
Soldiers’ vision, hearing, dental
evaluation and blood work, ending in
a complete physical and behavioral
health assessment. Additionally, there
is the benefit of all referrals to
Behavioral Health specialists, TBI
providers and their own unit medical
providers occurring in the adjacent
clinic before the Soldier is considered
finished for the day. Civilian
literature supports that most persons
sustaining an mild TBI (concussion)
return to baseline in one-three
months and that early intervention
and tracking improves recovery.
For Soldiers in theater, the most
common cause of brain injury is a
blast, such as from an improvised
explosive device. But sometimes
such blasts do not cause visible
external injuries.
“Brain injury does not have to
have outside symptoms, such as
bleeding,” said Bradshaw. “It may, but
doesn’t have to. That is one of the
compounding things — folks may
look totally normal, but be dazed.”
Because some victims of an
IED or other blast do not have
external injures, they may feel they
have not been injured at all — even
if they did sustain a mild TBI.
“It’s hard to identify TBI when
Soldiers don’t come forward and
don’t identify,” said Bradshaw.
“Some of the actions that have been
taken (include) a very big ongoing
education process for leaders,
Soldiers and Family members.”
In October 2007, Fort Carson,
along with other posts, began
performing the Automated
Neuropsychological Assessment
Metrics, a baseline cognitive
assessment. This provides one extra
piece of information in case a Soldier
returns with cognitive difficulties
after addressing sleep, mood and pain
issues, which can confound the results
of any neuropsychological testing.
The Army launched the Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder/Mild
Traumatic Brain Injury Chain
Teaching program last year to help
Soldiers better identify the signs and
symptoms of PTSD/MTBI and to
reinforce the collective responsibility
to take care of each other.
The Army is also working to
educate the civilian medical community
about mild TBI so that the Soldiers
in the Reserve components, who may
not have full-time access to military
medical care, can also be identified,
said Col. Jonathan Jaffin, deputy
commander, U.S. Army Medical
Research and Material Command.
“One of the things we are
concerned with, and was one of the
points behind the whole chain teaching,
was trying to get the message out to
the country, not just the active duty
force, Guard and Reserve,” he said.
“(We wanted) the country, including
providers throughout the country, to
be aware of mild TBI and concussions
and the long-term symptoms that
some people may be having.”
Bradshaw said Army leadership
at all levels is committed to the good
health and well-being of all Soldiers,
and is now proactively addressing
the issue of TBI. “Continued
research in this area can only help
us more clearly understand the
medical impacts of the war and the
best ways to prevent, recognize and
treat Soldiers with TBI,” he said.
Editor’s note: Julie Lucas,
Fort Carson Mountaineer, also
contributed to this article.
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by Sgt. Rodney Foliente
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Office, 4th Infantry Division
By its very nature, being a U.S. Soldier
requires selfless service, contributing to the
safety, protection and welfare of this country.
But some Soldiers take it a step further and
help people in different ways, sacrificing per-
sonal time and money to help support charities.
Spc. Kelly DeGreek, training clerk, B
Company B, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd
Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division, said she has contributed and been
involved with different charities for years,
from donating toys for Christmas to planting
trees with children in Korea.
She recently received the Combined
Federal Campaign Hero Award during the
2007 CFC celebration Dec. 14 at Peterson Air
Force Base.
DeGreek said she volunteered to be her
unit’s CFC representative and helped
accomplish 100 percent participation from
her company. To qualify for the award,
DeGreek had to be nominated and also
write an essay about herself and her history
of volunteerism.
“I nominated Spc. DeGreek because she is
always looking for ways to volunteer in the
community and for her fellow Soldiers. She
looks beyond her own personal challenges to
help others,” said 1st Lt. Adhana Townsell,
executive officer, B Co.
“When she was appointed our company’s
CFC representative, she and the first sergeant
immediately developed a plan to get 100
percent participation from the company and
we surpassed our CFC goals by almost 200
percent,” said Townsell.
“I thought that this was a great accom-
plishment and that she was an integral part
of the process,” said Townsell. “I think that
she won the award because she can look
beyond the daily grind to find ways to help
others. CFC is about people helping people
and she exemplifies that spirit.”
DeGreek said she tried to defer the
award. She still feels that she didn’t deserve
it and that she received it for doing what she
would have done regardless.
“Since (CFC) was started, it’s been a
wonderful tradition and it needs to continue
because it helps people in so many ways,”
said DeGreek. She said she started donating
through CFC since advanced individual
training in 2000 and has contributed every
year since.
The motto for the 2007 CFC was “it all
comes back to you.” “If you give, sometime in
Soldier takes selfless service to another level
Photo courtesy of Spc. Kelly DeGreek
Spc. Kelly DeGreek, currently a training clerk with B Company, Special
Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,
hangs out with an orphan while planting trees together for Arbor Day
2007, April 27, when she was stationed at Camp Eagle, Korea. DeGreek
has been actively involved in volunteer work for years.
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MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2008
by Pfc. April Campbell
Multi-National Division–Baghdad Public Affairs
CAMP TAJI, Iraq — One manner in which Soldiers identify
themselves with their units is by displaying a patch on their uniform
sleeve. While the insignia on the left sleeve represents the Soldier’s
current unit, the patch on the right sleeve tells the world which
unit the Soldier has seen battle with.
While serving in Iraq, several Soldiers with the 3rd Special
Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
continued that tradition as they earned their Ivy Division combat
patches during a ceremony outside the battalion headquarters at Camp
Taji, Iraq, Jan. 12.
The battalion, which arrived in Iraq in mid-December, is currently
serving its second tour in Iraq. The 3rd STB activated in 2004.
“The ceremony went off very well. It was a memorable moment
in the battalion’s short history,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald
Kinloch, the battalion’s top enlisted Soldier.
Each company in the Phoenix Battalion chose five Soldiers to
receive their patches at the ceremony. The Soldiers chosen were
serving their first tour in Iraq.
“It has been a privilege for me to serve with the (newer)
Soldiers,” Kinloch said, “because they volunteered to serve knowing
they would likely be going into a combat zone.”
One of the new Soldiers chosen to receive his patch at the
ceremony was Pfc. Anthony Bower, a radio and telephone operator
with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd STB.
“The patch ceremony strengthened the bond I have with the
unit. I feel like I am a part of history and I am contributing to
the unit,” Bower said.
Bower said he is looking forward to carrying out the rest of
his deployment and returning home a more experienced Soldier.
“My uniform is complete,” said Bower.
Soldiers earn Ivy combat patches
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jesus Medina
Lt. Col. Troy Otto, commander, 3rd Special Troops Battalion,
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, places an
Ivy Division combat patch on Capt. Ian Howard, commander,
Company A, 3rd STB, during a patch ceremony held near the
Phoenix Battalion headquarters on Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 12.
your life it comes back to you,”
continued DeGreek. “If you
give to a foundation, in one
way or another, you or someone
close to you may come in need
of what you’ve contributed.”
To illustrate the point,
DeGreek explained that her
father was recently diagnosed
with diabetes. Some of her aunts
and uncles also have diabetes and
her grandmother died from it.
“There’s no cure,” DeGreek
said. “They know a lot about it,
but there’s still no cure or any shot
that prevents it from happening.
The money that goes towards
research is what will eventually
save numerous lives in the future.”
With her donations towards
diabetes research, “the medicine
and treatment that my father and
relatives get, in a way, comes
from me.”
She said the CFC makes it
easy for federal workers to give,
allowing donations for local
organizations all the way up to
global ones.
“Anybody that donates is
helping someone,” said DeGreek.
“I think it’s every Soldier’s
responsibility to donate. It doesn’t
take much. Even a dollar
makes a difference.”
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Jan. 25, 2008 — MOUNTAINEER
Accident Reporting Workshop — sponsored by the
Fort Carson garrison safety office will be Feb. 20
from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. The workshop is designed to train
current and newly appointed additional-duty safety
officers on Army Accident classification, reporting,
and investigation. The workshop will be at the
Education Center, building 1117, room 202C. The
workshop is free and open to the first 30 personnel
who respond. Point of contact is Donald Paglioni at
526-2109 or donald.paglioni@us.army.mil.
759th Military Police Battalion commander’s farewell
ceremony —for Lt. Col. Chad B. McRee is being held
6 p.m Feb. 6. at the Elkhorn Conference Center.
759th Military Police Battalion — is celebrating the
66th anniversary of the Military Police Corps Feb. 2
at the Antlers Hilton in downtown Colorado Springs.
All active duty, reserve component and retired
Military Police Soldiers are cordially invited to attend
the MP Ball. If interested, please contact 1st Lt. Jacob
Massacci at 526-5049 for further information.
Joe Gmelch Wounded Warrior Welcome socials —
are held the third Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m.
at Alternate Escapes to recognize wounded Soldiers
who came home separate from their units and did not
participate in a welcome-home ceremony. The next
social is Feb. 21 and all are welcome.
Sgt. Audie Murphy Club Association — Mountain
Post chapter meets every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.-1
p.m. at the Family Connection. For more information
contact SAMC President Sgt. 1st Class Tavarise
Williams at tavarise.williams@us.army.mil or SAMC
Public Affairs Officer Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Shufelt
at bradley.shufelt@usar.army.mil.
New Medical Activity Detachment Correspondence
Department office hours — The Correspondence
(Release of Information) Office in the Patient
Administration Division new hours will be Monday-
Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed on federal holidays.
Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for more information.
$10,000 Reward — The U.S. Army’s Criminal
Investigative Division is offering a $10,000 reward for
information leading to the conviction of the person
responsible for the death of Joseph Eric Barker.
Barker, a former Soldier, was found dead at the
sewage basin of the Fort Carson waste water treatment
plant, Feb. 21, 2006. Anyone with information
concerning this crime should contact Fort Carson CID
at 526-3991 or the military police desk at 526-2333.
$5,000 reward — The U.S. Army’s Criminal
Investigative Division is offering a $5,000 reward for
information leading to the conviction of person(s)
responsible for the theft of an M-4 Carbine, Serial
Number W156244, from the motor pool adjacent
to building 3292, Fort Carson, between 8 p.m., Oct 30,
and 3:30 a.m. Oct. 31. Please provide any information
to the 41st and 48th MP Detachment, U.S. Army
Criminal Investigation Command, building 1816,
Fort Carson, CO 80913-4203. Phone: 526-0564
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for information leading to the apprehension and
conviction of the person(s) responsible for the damage
to U.S. government property and fires in motor pool
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about this or any crime, contact CID at 526-3991 or
the Military Police desk at 526-2333. The $500
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Officer Candidate School — Packet submissions
for direct select and local OCS Boards are handled by
the Personnel Actions Section, Personnel Services
Branch, Military Personnel Division, in building
1218, room 160. OCS direct selection is in effect
until Sept. 30, and there are still slots open. Contact
Tom Grady at 526-3947 for more information.
Warrant Officer Program — is available for all
Reserve component Soldiers who meet the qualifi-
cations. The Army Reserve Warrant Officer
Accessions team is located in building 8932, 4000
O’Connell Blvd. A $10,000 accession bonus will be
paid upon completion of the Warrant Officer Basic
Course. Contact Master Sgt. Brian Brownell at
526-6544 or brian.brownell@usar.army.mil.
Finance in- and out-processing — In- and out-
processing is held in building 1218, room 230. Use the
following phone numbers for more information: separations
526-8473/8476/1302; retirement 526-4233/4234/8470;
travel 526-9930/ 0507/0475; accessions 526-8479/8236/
4558; and chief of in- and out-processing 526-6230.
$5,000 Reward — The U.S. Army Criminal
Investigation Detachment is offering a $5,000 reward
for information leading to the apprehension and
conviction of the person(s) responsible for the fire at
4467 Ray Circle on post. If you have information
about this or any crime, contact CID at 526-3991 or
the Military Police desk at 526-2333. The $5,000
reward offer expires Aug. 8, 2008.
The Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline —
accepts calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week at
(800) 984-8523. The call center offers wounded and
injured Soldiers and their Family members a way to
seek help to resolve medical issues and provides an
information channel to senior Army leadership to
improve the way the Army serves the medical needs
of Soldiers and their Families.
Food service special events — Family Readiness
Groups and units that conduct fundraisers by selling
limited food items are required to fill out an application
and checklist for their event. Contact Capt. Teal
Reeves at 526-7922, or Sgt. Misty Gordon at
526-7375 for details and a copy of the paperwork
needed. The application and checklist are also
available through unit Family Readiness Groups.
DPW services —The Directorate of Public Works 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 — KIRA
service order desk can be reached at 526-5345. Use
this number for emergencies or routine tasks.
• Refuse/trash — Call Larry Haack at 526-9237
when needing trash containers, trash is overflowing
or emergency service is required.
• Facility custodial services — Call Larry Haack
at 526-9237 for service needs or to report complaints.
• Elevator maintenance — Call Sharon Gayle at
• Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Call
Don Phillips at 526-9271.
• Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary
Grant at 526-5844. Use this number to obtain self-help
tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper.
• Base operations contract Contracting Officer
Representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262
for reporting wind damage, snow removal concerns,
damaged traffic signs or other facility damage.
• Portable latrines — Call 526-1854 to
request latrines, for service or to report damaged or
overturned latrines.
Hours of Operation
Central Issue Facility regular business hours —are
listed below. Call 526-3321 to make appointments.
Monday-Thursday from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Initial issues
Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.
Partial issues
Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.
Cash sales/report of survey
Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Direct exchange
Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.
Partial turn-ins
Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.
Full turn-ins
Monday-Thursday 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Unit issues and turn-ins
Call 526-5512/6477 for approval.
Trial defense service hours — TDS hours of
operation are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
TDS is closed on Fridays except for appointments
and emergencies. Administrative chapters and Article
15 briefings are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1
p.m., and walk-ins are taken until 12:50 p.m.
Claims Division hours — are Monday-Friday 9
a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The office is closed on
federal and training holidays. Soldiers must attend a
mandatory briefing before receiving a claim packet.
At the briefing, Soldiers must submit a Department
of Defense Form 1840/1840R (pink form).
DFAC hours —Fort Carson dining facilities operate
under the following hours:
• Warhorse Café — Monday-Friday 7-9 a.m.
(breakfast), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 5-6:30
p.m. (dinner). Weekend hours are 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
(brunch) and 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner).
• Wolf Inn —Monday-Friday 7-9 a.m. (break-
fast), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 5-6:30 p.m.
(dinner). Weekend hours are 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
(brunch), and 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner).
• 10th SFG — Monday-Friday 7-9 a.m. (break-
fast), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 5-6:30 p.m.
Closed on weekends.
Education Center hours of operation — The
Mountain Post Training and Education Center’s hours
are as follows:
• Counselor Support Center — Monday
through Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday, 11
a.m.-4:30 p.m.
• Learning Resource Center/Military Occupa-
tional Specialty Library — Monday through
Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and training holidays 9 a.m.-
5 p.m.
• Defense Activity for Nontraditional
Education Support and Army Personnel Testing
— Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:15-4:15
p.m.; closed training holidays.
• Basic Skills Education Program/Functional
Academic Skills Training — Monday-Thursday
1-4 p.m.; closed training holidays.
• eArmyU Testing — Monday-Friday, 12:15-
4:15 p.m.; closed training holidays.
Legal Assistance hours —Operating hours for the Legal
Assistance Office are Monday and Thursday 9 a.m.-11
a.m. (appointments) and 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (walk-ins),
Tuesday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (wills) Wednesday 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
(appointments) and Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Power of
Attorney and notaries). The office will be closed for lunch
from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 526-5572 with questions.
ACAP briefing –– The Army Career and Alumni
Program preseparation briefing is required for all
departing servicemembers. Current ACAP policy
requires personnel ending time in service to register
one year out and retirees two years out. ACAP
preseparation briefings are held Monday-Thursday
from 7:30-9 a.m. Attendees should report to ACAP
by 7:15 a.m. to building 1118, room 133. Call
526-1002 to register.
ETS briefing — for enlisted personnel will be held
the first and third Tuesday of each month until further
notice. Briefing sign-in begins at 7 a.m. at building
1042, room 310. Briefings will be given on a first-come,
first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 days
of their ETS but must attend the briefing no later than
30 days prior to their ETS or start date of transition
leave. Call 526-2240 for more information.
Special Forces briefings —are held Wednesdays in
building 1217, room 305, from 10-11 a.m., noon-1
p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Soldiers must be E4-E6 from any
military occupational specialty; have a general
technical score of at least 100; be a U.S. citizen; score
229 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test; and
pass a Special Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or visit
the Web site at www.bragg.army.mil/sorb.
Military 8
MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2008
by Michael J. Pach
Mountaineer staff
Fort Carson was named the
institutional winner of the first
Governor’s Excellence in Renewable
Energy awards for its commitment to
renewable energy.
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr.
announced the winners at the 2008
State of the State address Jan. 10.
The awards were given in the
following categories: individual,
small business, large business,
institution and nonprofit. The awards
recognized the efforts of individuals
and organizations in protecting the
environment by promoting, using,
implementing and developing
renewable energy in Colorado.
Fort Carson won the award
because of the number of renewable
energy projects it has completed and
for the research being done to meet
its energy-sustainability goal. The
post plans to sustain 100 percent
of its facility and mobility systems
through renewable energy sources
by 2027. This mark is well beyond
the state requirement of 20 percent
by 2020 established by Amendment
37 and Ritter.
Scott Clark, Directorate of
Public Works energy program
coordinator, and Vince Guthrie,
DPW utilities program coordinator,
are looking for ways to meet that
goal by reducing energy use and
researching renewable energy projects
that can be implemented on post.
“Our sustainability goal says
we’re trying to be 100 percent
renewable, but
because it’s so
costly to implement
renewable energy
systems and it’s
much cheaper to
conserve energy,
you have to do
both,” said Guthrie
“Sometimes the
focus gets so heavy
on renewable energy
that people forget
about conservation.
Conserving energy
makes it a whole
lot easier to meet
our goal. They say the cheapest
watt generated is the watt saved
because it’s a lot cheaper to save a
watt than to generate a watt.”
“Say you have a building that
runs on 2,000 kilowatts and you have
a 1,000-kilowatt photovoltaic array
on the roof. If by conservation
you reduce that 2,000 kilowatts to
1,000 kilowatts, you’re 100-percent
renewable now because of the
renewable energy source and the
conservation,” said Clark.
Fort Carson is well on its way
to achieving its goal through the
completion of several solar energy
projects, including the construction
of the Army’s largest solar array, a
2-megawatt system covering almost
12 acres of a former landfill. A wind
assessment is in the works to
determine if the post will support
the installation of wind turbines and
talks are ongoing for a joint wind-
power purchase involving Colorado
Springs Utilities, local Air Force
bases and Fort Carson. Also, an
E85 fueling station is now in
operation and research is being done
to reduce the use of natural gas for
heating by using solar, geothermal
Carson wins governor’s
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renewable energy award
and geo-exchange technologies.
According to the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Green Power
Partnership (www.epa.gov/grnpower),
Fort Carson is the seventh largest
purchaser of renewable energy among
federal government agencies. The post
purchases 40 million kilowatt-hours
or 29 percent of its energy through
renewable energy credits to offset the
costs of fossil fuels used as part of a
five-year deal with the Western Area
Power Administration. The RECs are
applied to the sustainability goal.
“With RECs, you’re essentially
buying renewable attributes from a
renewable generating system
somewhere else within the United
States to support its operation,” said
Clark. “We bought renewable energy
credits produced from wind and
biomass in Nebraska and California.
We bought RECs equivalent to 29
percent of the energy Fort Carson
uses to offset the fossil fuel.”
Much of the success in working
toward the sustainability goal comes
from the cooperative partnerships
Clark and Guthrie have developed
with organizations such as the
National Renewable Energy
Laboratory in Boulder, the Pacific
Northwest National Laboratory, the
Department of Energy, the Army
National Guard and WAPA.
“It’s the cooperative relationships
we build with people that make these
projects happen,” said Guthrie. “I
think they have been a great asset to
helping us get things done. Scott and
I work together to build these cooper-
ative relationships and that makes
building projects so much easier.”
When researching projects to
implement or test on post, there are
three areas Clark and Guthrie consider:
proven and viable technologies,
evolving technologies not quite ready
for implementation, and emerging
technologies in need of testing.
A transpired solar collector was
installed on building 8030. This
proven technology preheats air entering
the building, allowing the facility
heating system to use less energy than
if it was heating much colder air.
The 2-megawatt solar array is
an example of an evolving technology
that was implemented with the help
of incentives that made the project
economically feasible.
Clark said he is quick to suggest
Fort Carson to the Department of
Energy and other organizations as a
demonstration area for emerging
technologies that need to be tested.
An application has been filed with the
DOE to test light-emitting diode lights
and a grant has been obtained through
the Environmental Security Technology
Certification Program to evaluate a
more efficient type of evaporative
cooler called a “Coolarado.”
“We have a playground,” said
Clark. “We have 700 facilities that we
can use to demonstrate something and
I can’t even count the amount of things
we throw our name in the hat (for)
involving emerging technologies.”
The goals for the post’s energy
plan were established in 2002 during
the first Fort Carson sustainability
conference and Clark and Guthrie are
seeing the DPW efforts pay off.
“It’s exciting because the
sustainability goals have been
worked into the garrison commander’s
and the installation’s strategic plans, so
these programs are being supported
and encouraged,” said Clark.
“Winning this award gives our
programs momentum,” said Guthrie.
“It gives our programs recognition and
helps generate other opportunities.
Who knows what will be possible
in 2027?”
Winners of the first Governor’s
Excellence in Renewable
Energy Awards
Individual: Craig Cox of Interwest
Energy Alliance
Small Business: The Smiley Building
Large Business: New Belgium Brewery
Institution: Fort Carson
Nonprofit: Northeast Denver
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Jan. 25, 2008 — MOUNTAINEER
by James H. Egbert
Mountaineer staff
During the past year, Fort Carson has been holding Wounded Warrior
welcome home socials at the Alternate Escapes lounge to give Soldiers who have
come home wounded a chance to relax and be recognized for their service and
sacrifices. VIP guests representing various branches of service and different wars
and conflicts, paid tribute to the wounded warriors offering their encouragement
and thanks for their sacrifices.
On Jan. 17, the 12th social was held to honor the most recent returning
Soldiers and in attendance were several distinguished veterans who served in
recent and past wars. The veterans gave a short introduction of their own,
and all expressed the same gratitude and motivation to welcome home the most
recent returning wounded warriors.
Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, former Sgt. Peter Lemon
was one of the key speakers who addressed the honorees by quoting the St.
Crispin’s Day speech, from William Shakespeare’s play, “Henry V.” Lemon said,
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his
blood with me Shall be my brother’ and you are my Brothers and I am proud to
say, that I’m yours.”
After each of the returning Soldiers was introduced, Maj. Gen. Mark A.
Graham, commanding general, Division West, First Army and Fort Carson
took a brief moment to address the wounded warriors to remind them that they
are all special and that they all still have a mission. Graham said, “You are all the
best Soldiers in the world and we owe you the best care in the world. You have
been taking care of yourselves, your comrades and others, now it’s time for
us to take care of you. Let’s get you patched up.”
After all the speeches and introductions, the wounded warriors were treated to a
meal and small “thank you” gifts. They took time to meet with those who came out
to pay tribute. Many took time to talk about their future plans and swap war stories,
but in all, they shared the common goal of healing and fellowship with others.
Carson welcomes wounded warriors




Photo by Julie M. Lucas
Photo by James H. Egbert




Above: At right, Capt. Robert Schoenenberger, Warrior Transition Unit, and his son meet
with Vietnam War veteran Medal of Honor recipient former Sgt. Peter Lemon, the only
Canadian-born U.S. Medal of Honor Recipient and Retired Army Spc. Latoya Lucas at the
Wounded Warrior Social, held at the Alternate Escapes. Left: Retired Army Spc. Latoya
Lucas, after spending the last four months at Walter Reed Hospital, addresses the social
attendees offering her thanks to the returning WTU Soldiers for their sacrifices and
service. Right: WW II Veteran retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Arthur L. Criswell speaks to WTU
Social attendees and entertains everyone with whimsical stories of his younger days.
Below: Wounded Warrior Guest retired U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jim Gates hands out
gifts to the Fort Carson wounded warriors being honored at the Wounded Warrior Social
held at the Alternate Escapes Lounge Jan 17.
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MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2008
Story and photos by Pfc. April Campbell
Multi-National Division–Baghdad Public Affairs
CAMP TAJI, Iraq — Providing proper
healthcare for Soldiers while they are deployed to
Iraq is a challenge to fellow Soldiers within the unit.
This is the case for deployed Soldiers of the 3rd
Special Troops Battalion and the 64th Brigade
Support Battalion, both with the 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Medical
professionals from both units currently work together
at an aid station at Camp Taji, Iraq, to ensure
proper medical treatment for the Soldiers here.
“Right now at Striker Village on Camp Taji,
we’re setting up a Level II aid station combined
with 64th BSB. We’ll cover down on each other’s
Soldiers for sick call and any trauma (patients)
we have,” said 1st Lt. Darryl Sandberg, battalion
physician’s assistant with Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, 3rd STB.
Sandberg is one of three health care providers
at the aid station. This combination of providers
enables the clinic to offer a higher quality of
treatment to the Soldiers who visit.
Because Soldiers who attend sick call may be
seen by any one of the three professionals, Sandberg
and his colleagues split their schedule so someone
is on call for 24 hours every three days.
“In those 48 hours (that we are not on call), we do
some follow up (on our patients),” he said, “and see
anyone from our own battalion who needs to be seen.”
Combining the two health care units has also
helped give Soldiers in the 3rd STB access to
a more advanced facility.
Because 64th BSB has an entire company of
medical Soldiers (C Company), it has more people
and equipment allowing them a Level II facility
with a lab, an X-ray machine and physical therapy.
The 3rd STB alone has only enough Soldiers to
maintain a Level I facility, said Sandberg.
In-house care
Strikers take care of fellow Soldiers
Pfc. Kelly Jones, left, a health care specialist with Company C, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, 4th Infantry Division, prepares to take the vital signs of Pvt. Nigel Lane, also a health care specialist with Co.
C, 64th BSB, during a training exam at the Striker Aid Station near the 3rd BCT headquarters at Camp Taji, Iraq.
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Jan. 25, 2008 — MOUNTAINEER
Community briefs
3rd Brigade Combat Team Townhall meeting —
for all rear detachment, Family and friends of the
brigade are encouraged to attend. The meeting will
be Feb. 4, 6 p.m. at McMahon Theater. Guest briefing
by Col. John H. Hort, live from Taji, Iraq. Topics
will include Soldier welfare and brigade mission.
Fountain-Fort Carson School District — has
openings for food delivery drivers and food service
workers. Call Dawn at 382-1334.
FCOSC Spring welfare fund distributions — The
Fort Carson Officers’ Spouses’ Club will distribute
charitable monies to non-profit organizations that
directly assist or support Fort Carson Soldiers or
their Families. FCOSC is currently accepting
applications for these funds. Following a review and
selection process, the disbursements will be mailed
in late April. To request an application please
contact Lynn Engen, FCOSC Welfare Chairperson,
via e-mail at fc_osc@yahoo.com or mail to P.O.
Box 12886, Fort Carson, CO 80913. All applications
must be postmarked by March 15.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Scholarship
applications — As a part of the Annual Pikes
Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade held in July, Aleut
Management Services, in coordination with the
Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military
Affairs Division, sponsors scholarships awarded to
deserving Family members of U.S. servicemembers
killed or wounded in action while in a designated
combat zone. The applicant must be accepted to an
accredited college or university or a current college
student. Applicants must be committed to attend
during the 2007-2008 academic year. Students who
have already been selected for full scholarships that
will be awarded during the 2008-2009 academic
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Genealogy Research — If you’ve been thinking
about tracing your roots, join the small group led
by one of our librarians or a local genealogist to
learn how to get started. This session outlines the
basics of using the vast and varied number of
genealogy materials available in print and online
from local resources. The group will be at the
Grant Library Computer Lab Monday at 7 p.m. and
is free. To register call 526-2350.
Fort Carson Red Cross offers four free
cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes — March 1
at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. at the
Special Events Center. Registration is 15 minutes
prior to the class. For questions, please contact Susan
Carter, 526-2311 or Heather Walma at 785-2728.
Reflective scrapbooking workshop — Hosted by
Chap. (Capt.) Lisa Northway, 1st Mobilization
Brigade at Fort Carson's Grant Library, 1637 Flint
St. Saturday, 3-5 p.m. Free scrapbooking supplies
will be given to all participants while supplies last.
For more information please call Grant Library at
526-2350 or e-mail: lisa.northway@conus.army.mil
Christmas Tree Recycling — The Directorate of
Public Works Wildlife Office will recycle real
Christmas trees again this year. People can drop off
their natural tree at the recycle center located on
the south side of the post exchange just north of
the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Prussman
Boulevard on Sheridan Avenue.
The center will receive trees through the
end of January. All ornaments and tinsel need
to be removed before dropping off trees. Call
the DPW Wildlife Office for additional
information at 524-5393.
Recreation downrange — The garrison commander
has approved a requirement that anyone recreating
past the Light Line will be required to take a
recreation brief, sponsored by Range Control.
This brief will be required prior to receiving a
downrange access pass. These briefings will be
given the first and last Wednesday of each month,
starting at 6 p.m. at Range Control, building 9550.
The briefings will last about one hour and are free.
Annual renewal will be required and information
about Pinon Canyon recreation will be discussed.
Cub Scout Pack 264 on Fort Carson —
offers activities for boys in the first-fifth
grades, including sports and academics that help
families teach ideals such as honesty, good
citizenship and respect. For information on joining
Pack 264 contact Cindy Mathis at 559-8886 or
To sign up for Girl Scouts — e-mail Debbie
Antonio at debbie.antonio@gscolorado.org or call
597-8603, ext. 39.
Fort Carson Girl Scout Service Unit 17
serves girls who (1) attend school on Fort
Carson; (2) live on Fort Carson or (3) whose
parents work on Fort Carson. Girl Scout troops
are available for girls in kindergarten-high
school, ages 5-18.
Currently, Fort Carson has the following
active troops: Daisy 1071, kindergarten; Brownie
66, 929 and 1036, first-third grades; Junior 1015
and 929, fourth-sixth grades; Cadette 1054, seventh-
ninth grades; and Senior 561, ninth-12th grades.
Adults who would like to volunteer with
Girl Scouts may contact Roberta Samuels at
roberta.samuels@us.army.mil or 524-2280.
Spouse Support Group — Are you feeling
lonely, anxious or fearful about this deployment?
Join this group of caring spouses. To register
call Army Community Service at 526-4590.
Free child care is available for registered
children. The support group meets Tuesdays
from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Java Cafe in Alternate
Escapes on Specker Avenue.
Consumer Hotline — Are you about to buy
a car, home, computer or other high-dollar item?
Call the Fort Carson Consumer Hotline at
526-6827 with financial questions. A financial
adviser will return your call as soon as
possible, but at least within 48 hours. All hotline
information is kept confidential.
Get Out
Carnivale Parade
Manitou Springs hosts its annual Carnivale
Parade Feb. 2, starting in Memorial Park in
Manitou Springs. Anyone can join the parade;
be in Memorial Park by noon.
Before the 1 p.m. parade, there’s a “Mumbo
Jumbo Gumbo” cook off in Soda Springs Park.
People use their secret recipes and tasting
begins after judges choose winners at 10:45 a.m.
Eagle Day Festival
The annual Eagle Day Festival is at 9 a.m.
Feb. 2, at Lake Pueblo State Park head
quarters. The day is filled with activities and
opportunities to see live eagles. Activities
are scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and
include Indian dances by the Koshare Dancers,
falcon demonstrations and other activities.
Call (719) 561-5300 for information or go to
www.eagleday.org for a schedule. To reach
Lake Pueblo State Park, take Interstate 25
south to Pueblo, then take Highway 50 west
for four miles. Turn south on Pueblo
Boulevard and go four miles to Thatcher
Avenue. Turn west and go six miles to the park
entrance. Park Headquarters is on that road.
There’s a daily use fee of $6 to enter the park.
Lecture at Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods lecture series at the Visitors
Center Sunday, from 2-3:30 p.m includes a free
presentation “Travel Log: National Parks of the
Canadian Rockies.” Presented by Kent Taylor,
the parks are Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay and
Waterton Lakes national parks. The presentation
is free; call Bret Tennis at 219-0108.
Academy theater
“Peter Pan,” is in the Air Force Academy’s
Arnold Hall Theater Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
begin at $15 for children and $27 for adults. Call
333-4497 for ticket information. Coming March
7, a three-show run of “Cats” is in Arnold Hall.
Tickets start at $27 for performances March 7 at
7:30 p.m., March 8 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Pueblo theater
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center’s Center Stage’s
next event is “The Count Basie Orchestra”
March 11 in the theater at 210 N. Santa Fe in
downtown Pueblo; call (719) 295-7222.
Children’s Theater performances include
“The Amazing Adventures of Robinson
Crusoe,” Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 11
a.m. and 2 p.m.; tickets are $6. Feb. 23, “The
Ant and the Grasshopper” is at 11 a.m. and 2
p.m.; tickets are $6. “The Velveteen Rabbit”
is April 2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; tickets are $6.
Theater in Colorado Springs
“Gypsy” is at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S.
Cascade Ave., in Colorado Springs Feb. 5-6.
Call 520-9090 for tickets.
— Compiled by Nel Lampe
Community 14
MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2008
Chap. (Lt. Col.)
David A. Pollok Jr.
Evans Army Community Hospital
One day life will end for each of
us. When it’s done for you and for
me, there will be an accounting of
what each of us has done with what
we had in this life.
There are some things that won’t
matter at all: how much money you
saved up; what size house you
owned; what kind of car you drove;
what position you held; what rank
you retired with; etc.
There are things that will matter.
The things that matter are those things
that relate to how you deal with
people and relationships in this life.
Most religions recognize this and
promote well-being and positive
behavior in family, friend, worship
and work relationships. The legacy
you leave behind has nothing to do
with how much money or what
material articles you leave to your
heirs when you die. The real legacy
you leave behind is in the memories of
those who know you; family, friends,
fellow worshipers and work associates.
The questions that are really
important are: Do you love your wife?
Do you honor her in front of others?
Do you treat her with dignity and
respect? Do you hug her, do you kiss
her, and do you share yourself with
her intimately and tenderly? Do you
treat her like a queen? Do you respect
your husband? Do you encourage
him? Do you “stand behind him” and
speak well of him to others? Do you
listen to him? Do you let him be the
leader of the home? Do you treat him
like a king? Do you overwhelm your
children with love and care? Do you
guide your children toward right living,
good morals and ethics? Do you
model good parenting to your
children? Do you listen to them
carefully? Do positively reinforce
good behavior, correct wrong behavior
and encourage your children to be
anything they want to be? Do you spend
time (this is how children spell love)
with your children? Do you treat your
children like princes and princesses?
When it’s all said and done these are
the questions that are really important.
How you deal with the relationships
in your life is what really counts.
So how well did you do in
answering the questions? Do you need
to improve, do better? Are you on tar-
get? The mark has been set for all to
reach: Do to others what you want
them to do to you. (Jesus said that).
The first place you begin to execute
this mission is at home with your
spouse and children.
Jesus also said,
“Where your treasure
is there your heart
will be.” Why not
focus on making
your family
relationship your
true treasure? Such a treasure can not
be destroyed or stolen, it truly lasts
forever. So there it is the challenge of
a lifetime. What will you do with this
challenge? When you have to make an
accounting of all you accomplished in
this lifetime how will you do? What
will be your legacy, family
relationships or “stuff ”?
How will you do in the end?
What will be your legacy?
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Chapel Schedule
Day Time Service Chapel Location Contact Person
Mon., Wed., Fri. noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Gagliardo/526-7412
Tues., Thurs. noon Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Coe/526-5769
Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Coe/526-5769
Sunday 9:15 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Coe/526-5769
Sunday 10:30 a.m. CRE Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458
Sunday 11 a.m. Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Gagliardo/576-7412
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. RCIA Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458
Saturday 4 p.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Coe/526-5769
Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Healer Evans Army Hospital Chap. Pollok/526-7387
Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Communion Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Mitchell/650-8042
Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Pies/526-8011
Sunday 11 a.m. Prot./Gospel Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Chap. McBride/526-0478
Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sun. School Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Chap. McBride/526-0478
Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sun. School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458
Tuesday 9 a.m. PWOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Pies/526-8011
Tuesday 6 p.m. Adult Bible Study Soldiers' Nelson & Martinez Mr. Love/526-5229
Sunday 11 a.m. Contemporary Veterans Magrath & Titus Chap. Lesh/526-8890
Tuesday 7 p.m. PYOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458
For information and a schedule of Jewish Sabbath services, call the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel at 333-2636.
Monday 7 p.m. Building 4800, corner of Harr and O’Connell Rhonda Helfrich/338-9464B
Native American sweat lodge ceremonies (He Ska Akicita Inipi) are offered to military dependents and Department of Defense personnel. These lodges are traditional
Lakota spiritual ceremonies for cleansing, purification and prayer, and are fully sanctioned and supported by the Fort Carson Chaplain Command. Please call the
following for information and directions: Charlie Erwin at 382-8177 or erwincl@msn.com; or Zoe Goodblanket at 442-0929.
Daily Bible readings: To assist in regular Scripture reading, the
following Scriptures are recommended. These Scriptures are part
of the common daily lectionary, which is designed to present the
entire Bible over a three-year cycle.
Sweetheart Banquet — Mark your calendars for
the annual Sweetheart Banquet, Feb. 15 from 6-9 p.m.
It will be at the Elkhorn Conference Center and tickets
are available for a $5 donation. A dinner, speaker and
entertainment are planned for an evening of fun,
laughter and romance. This evening is for married
couples or couples who want to be married. Also,
spouses whose significant others are deployed are
welcome; you won’t be sitting alone. A slide show of
deployed Soldiers will be shown. Tickets and more
information will be available at Protestant Women of
the Chapel in January.
Protestant Women of the Chapel —PWOC is a
group of women who meet weekly at Fort Carson. All
women in the chapel community and vicinity are
welcome. The group offers Bible studies, praise, wor-
ship and encouragement. The group meets Tuesdays
from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel.
For more information call Jennifer Hinz at 559-5103.
Free child care is provided by Child and Youth
Services. Please contact Liana Henkel at 559-8792
with questions about child care.
AWANA — Today’s children are influenced by
friends, the media, even video games.
AWANA teaches that God is real, and that he loves
children. AWANA clubs give children clear guidance
in a world full of conflicting messages. AWANA
International is a nondenominational ministry devoted
to reaching young people with the gospel of Christ.
For information please contact Stacy Chapman
at 382-3970.
Friday — Psalms 53, Genesis 31-33
Saturday — Psalms 54, Genesis 34-36
Sunday — Psalms 55, Genesis 37-39
Monday —Psalms 56, Genesis 40-42
Tuesday — Psalms 57, Genesis 43-45
Wednesday — Psalms 58, Genesis 46-48
Thursday — Luke 1:68-79, Genesis 49-50
Please pray this week for the following:
Unit: For the Soldiers, noncommissioned officers and
officers of 4th Infantry Division, headquartered at Fort
Hood, Texas.
Army: For members of the Finance Corps, funding
Army, Joint, and Combined Operations; executing timely
commercial vendor and contract payments; and providing
pay and disbursing services, banking and currency
services to Soldiers around the world.
State: For all Soldiers and their Families from the
state of North Carolina. Pray also for Gov. Michael F.
Easley, the state legislators and municipal officials of
the Tar Heel State.
Nation: That we may continue to turn back all manner
of prejudice and racism in order to realize Dr.
Martin Luther King’s dream of a unified nation.
Religious: For Soldiers and Families
of the African Methodist Episcopal church.
Pray also for the chaplains endorsed to military
service by this community of faith.
For more information on the Army Cycle of
Prayer, or to pray for items from previous weeks,
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Jan. 25, 2008 — MOUNTAINEER
Story and photo by Sgt. Zach Mott
3rd Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
ISTAQLAL, Iraq — According to some
Americans, heated exchanges between opposing
sides of an argument are often how foreign
governments operate.
In this fertile region of Iraq, that process remains
much more docile. Tribal leaders and other members
of the Kada Council gathered at Sheik Mohan Sager
al-Fayadh’s compound to discuss topics ranging
from irrigation to building schools Jan. 14.
Also in attendance at this meeting were
commanders from the 1st Combined Arms
Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and
senior members of the embedded Provincial
Reconstruction Team-U.S. State Department-run
organization designed to help establish a functioning
provincial government in this war-torn country.
Lt. Col. Michael Pappal, commander of the 1st
CAB, 68th AR ‘Silver Lion’, is on his third tour
in Baghdad. He’s held positions as an operations
officer and executive officer prior to this tour in
which he’s serving as a battalion commander.
During this cold January day, Pappal mostly
listened as the Iraqi members of the meeting sorted
through the agenda.
“A lot of times in the meeting an issue is
brought up (and) it’s already been discussed offline,”
Meeting expectations
Silver Lions learn needs through communication
The room at Sheik Mohan Sager al-Fayadh’s compound is crowded as attendees to the Kada Council discuss issues for this Tigris River valley region. Also in attendance
were members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and the embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team.
See Meeting on page 18
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Combining the medics and doctors from the
two battalions allows for more accessible health
care. But, there are still unique challenges
presented by a deployed environment the medical
units must overcome to take care of the Soldiers’
medical needs.
“In garrison you don’t have the dust, the mud
and the cold. You’re not really going to see too
many people come in with their (Improved Outer
Tactical Vests) on or carrying their weapons, and
we have to make allowances for that,”
said Pfc. Kelly Jones, combat medic with
C Co., 64th BSB.
Transporting sick or injured Soldiers
is easier at the home station, said Jones.
Sometimes, when Soldiers become
sick or injured, they need to be seen
by a professional specializing in a
certain type of medicine.
Sandberg, who is deployed as a
physician’s assistant for the first time, sent
two Soldiers on a helicopter to see a
specialist at a medical facility at another
camp in Baghdad earlier this month.
Sandberg previously deployed as an
infantryman during Operation Desert Storm.
However, not every Soldier needs to
be sent to see a specialist. Many Soldiers
are treated at the facility here, often dur-
ing normal sick-call hours.
Spc. Rajbir Singh, a radio and
telephone operator with the Command
Security Detachment, Headquarters and
Headquarters Troop, 3rd BCT, 4th ID,
said he attended sick call after experiencing
cold symptoms.
“The care was expedient,” said
Singh. “The medic gave me a premade
cold pack including medicine for
congestion, sore throat and aches. I was
able to return to duty that day.”
See Strikers from page 12
Pfc. Kelly Jones, a combat medic with C Company, 64th Brigade
Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,
prepares to remove an intravenous tube from the arm of a fellow
medic during a training exam at the Striker Aid Station near the 3rd
BCT headquarters on Camp Taji, Iraq.
Pappal said. “It’s basically a decision made on con-
sensus and the chair here really gets the final vote.”
In other regions in Iraq, ePRTs have led to the
provincial government earning numerous internal
projects and an easier flow of money to help that
region prosper. The Iraqi leaders at this meeting
knew this and were eager to discuss what can be
done in this mainly agricultural area in the Tigris
River valley.
“Those kinds of things they see as the potential
for progress,” Pappal said.
Pappal called this influence, possessed by
both the ePRT and, more importantly, Sheik Mohan.
He said it loosely translates to someone with the
ability to put others in contact with those that can
provide services or assistance.
“People come to see him because he can get
them to people because he knows them and
can give them an introduction,” Pappal said.
While many needs and wants were hashed
over in the nearly three hour meeting,
unemployment was at the forefront of the
commander’s mind when the talk turned to what
the Americans can do to help.
When planning projects, Pappal said he tries to
consider what is best for the people of that region.
“We want max participation short term and long
term,” he said.
He added that for projects requiring
maintenance, it’s important to work that into the
contract to be absorbed by the Iraqi government.
There is much to accomplish in the coming
months for Pappal and the Silver Lions he commands.
But today marked a first step toward the
prosperity he hopes will help this region thrive.
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Jan. 25, 2008 — MOUNTAINEER
by Capt. Craig M. Scrogham
Officer in charge,
Fort Carson Tax Center
Question: I pay child support every
month, but I never get to claim my
child on my tax return. Is this right?
Is this fair? How can I correct this?
Answer: Claiming a child on your
taxes as an “exemption” reduces your
taxable income and saves you money.
The exemption for this tax year is
$3,400. The fact that you pay child
support does not automatically mean
you have the right to claim your child
as an exemption on your tax return.
Your right to claim your child depends
on your individual situation.
If you were never married to your
child’s other parent, the custodial parent
is generally entitled to the exemption.
Even if your son or daughter was born
out of wedlock, you may still be able to
claim the child as an exemption on
your tax return, if the child lived with
you for more than half of the year and
the child did not pay for more than half
of his or her own support. If this
situation applies to you, you should
ensure that your name is at least on the
birth certificate, in case a question
arises as to whether you are the parent.
Oftentimes child custody and
support actions do not address which
parent may claim the exemption for the
child. If this has not been addressed in
your situation, you may need to have
this resolved by getting a court order.
If you are married to the child’s
other parent but you are separated and
possibly getting a divorce, the custodial
parent is generally entitled to the
exemption. The Internal Revenue
Service will look to who had the
child for the greater part of the
year and they count the number
of days spent in each parent’s
custody. If the parent
who has the child the
majority of the time
will nonetheless agree
to waive their right to
claim the child, then the
other parent may claim the child as
an exemption.
If you are divorced, the divorce
decree should state who may claim the
child as a tax exemption. When both
parents work, it is typical for the parents
to rotate who may claim the child for
tax purposes each year. If the divorce
decree is silent on the subject, the IRS
will again assume that the person who
has custody of the child may claim the
child as an exemption. And again, if
you want this issue resolved, it will
have to be done by a court order.
Question 2: The divorce decree
says that I am entitled to claim my
child on my taxes, but my spouse
stepped in and claimed the exemption
wrongfully before I could file my
taxes. What do I do?
Answer: Normally, the custodial
parent should sign and give the
non-custodial parent IRS
Form 8332. This form
acknowledges that the custodial
parent is waiving his or her
right to claim the child
on their
If the
parent refuses to sign
IRS Form 8332 and disobeys the
divorce decree and takes the
exemption, you have several options.
First, you can sue the parent in court
and have him or her held in contempt.
He or she may be required to repay
the money you lost and to reimburse
your attorney fees and court costs.
But filing a law suit is often too
expensive and time-consuming. If
you are entitled to claim the child on
your tax return, you will need to mail
your tax return to the IRS and include
a cover letter explaining the problem
and a copy of your divorce decree.
The IRS will review the decree and
decide who is entitled to the exemption.
If the IRS determines you should
have been entitled to claim the
exemption, they will send a bill to
your ex-spouse for the money he or
she wrongfully obtained. If this has
happened to you in the past, be sure
to E-file your return as quickly as
possible. The first person to E-file
will be able to claim the exemption
without having to fight over it.
Fortunately, the Fort Carson Tax
Center is able to E-file tax returns for
you for free. You will need to bring
your special power of attorney if you
plan to file married-filing-joint and
your spouse will not be coming with
you. You will also need Social
Security cards for everyone on your
return, W-2s, 1099s, and all other
evidence of income you received
during the year. Finance is currently
expecting W-2s to be available on
MyPay beginning on or about Jan. 22.
The Fort Carson Tax Center is
located on Woodfill Road across from
the Colorado Inn and Elkhorn
Conference Center, in building 6284,
the same location as last season, and
will open Monday. The normal hours
of operation are 8 a.m-5 p.m.
Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fridays, and the following Saturdays:
Feb. 23; March 15; April 5 from 9
a.m.-2 p.m. The Tax Center is currently
taking appointments and can be
reached at 524-1012 or 524-1013.
How to claim a child on your tax return
21 Jan. 25, 2008 — MOUNTAINEER 20MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2008
by Julie M. Lucas
Mountaineer Editor
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds
when thinking of Colorado is skiing. Being at Fort Carson,
we have a unique advantage that most military installations
do not have. But don’t sit at the window, watching the
snow fall — get out and enjoy it.
“I really don’t think there is any reason for Soldiers
to sit in their barracks room with nothing to do,” said
Cheryl Russell, Directorate of Morale, Welfare and
Recreation lead recreation aide. “We offer a lot to do,
even if it isn’t sunny and 70 degrees.”
Skiing and snowboarding is an obvious choice for most,
with bus trips every weekend. If you don’t have four-wheel
drive or just don’t want to battle the traffic, pay a small fee
to ride a bus and get a lift ticket. Upcoming trips
include Copper Mountain, Monarch and
Loveland. The buses leave from
the Outdoor Recreation
Center at 5:30 a.m.
“We take care of Air Force, Navy and even retirees with
their rentals,” Russell said. “People from other installations
even come in on the weekends and we help everybody.”
Maybe individuals are looking for something to do for
Valentine’s Day. Celebrate a few days after by attending
the Wolf Creek ski weekend. The trip includes two nights’
accommodation, with relaxing soaks in the world-famous
Pagosa Hot Springs. The cost is $170 per person for a
double-occupancy room and includes round trip
transportation from Fort Carson to downtown and the ski
area. Call Trevor McConnell for more details at 526-5176.
Maybe Families want to plan your own weekend ski trip.
The Fort Carson Information, Tickets and Registration
office can help. It offers discounted lift tickets that are
available to identification card holders. For more
information, you can call the ITR office at 526-5366.
Maybe individuals have never had an opportunity
to learn how to ski or snowboard? Lessons are available for
$35 at Monarch for two hours.
If down hill skiing or snowboarding isn’t your idea of
fun, you should consider cross country skiing or
snowshoeing. Snowshoes are available from the Outdoor
Recreation Mountain Post Outfitters Rental Office. If
you are feeling even more daring, why not try ice climbing?
For the advanced skiers, level 1 certification for avalanche
training will be available in March.
Skis, poles, boots, even pants are available at the outfitters
on post. One-time fittings are done Monday-Thursday and
take around 15 minutes. For around $30, you can rent all the
equipment you would need to swoosh down a hill for a
weekend. If you were to rent these items at the resorts, it
would likely cost double. Rentals can be made two-seven days
in advance. Discounts are offered for groups of 15 or more.
The outfitters and recreation rental is closed on federal
holidays and is located at 2429 Specker Ave.
There is plenty to do locally indoors, such as the climbing
wall, located inside the Outdoor Recreation facility. The Fort
Carson indoor pool offers kayak lessons, where individuals can
learn how to roll. There are hunter’s education classes offered
several times a month. The cost is $10 per class and run from
5-9 p.m. Pool and karaoke is offered at Alternate Escapes.
Russell said, “There is always something going on.”
Photo by Julie M. Lucas
Sgt. 1st Class Bill Bevier, left, rents poles, boots and skis on post, while Cheryl Russell, lead recreation aide,
checks out the equipment. Bevier plans to teach his wife to ski during a long weekend.
Photo by Michael J. Pach
Trevor McConnell, Directorate of
Morale, Welfare and Recreation,
works on bindings for a customer
at the Outdoor Rec Snow and Ski
Expo Oct. 20. The ski expo was
the first chance people had to get
fitted for equipment on post.
Photo by Trevor McConnell, Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation
During a recent ski trip, Family members have fun in the snow at a resort. Skiing equipment can be rented for people of any age.
Tips for winter fun
Basic winter equipment to keep in your car:
chains, sand, shovel, gloves and hat, snow boots,
first-aid kit, long-burning candle and sleeping bag.
Recommended clothing and equipment
checklist: cotton, wool, synthetics (such as
polypropylene and capilene) pile/fleece or down.
Layering clothes: base layer for low activity
levels and insulating layer. The outer layer or
shell should be windproof and water-resistant.
Skiing and snowboarding safety tips: identify
hazards, assess hazards, develop controls and make
decisions. Curb alcohol consumption, take lessons,
begin slowly and always stay in control. If you are
tired, stop. Be aware of the snow conditions and
how they change. Always wear eye protection
and sun protection. Don’t go alone and make sure
your equipment is properly maintained.
Layout by Jeanne Mazerall
MWR offers fun in the snow
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Desertion and AWOL crimes
__3_ servicemembers were cited with
AWOL-failed to go to place of duty
__3_ servicemembers were cited with
AWOL-surrendered to military/civilian
__1_ servicemember was cited with desertion
Motor vehicle crimes
__3_ servicemembers were cited with blood
alcohol content of .08 or more
__1_ servicemember was cited with driving
under the influence of alcohol
__1_ civilian was cited with driving a vehicle
while ability impaired by alcohol
__2_ servicemembers were cited with
traffic accidents
__1_ civilian was cited with underage drinking
Drug and alcohol crimes (not including
motor vehicles)
__1_ servicemember was cited for
possession of marijuana
Miscellaneous crimes
__1_ civilian was cited with child abuse
__1_ servicemember was cited with
communicating a threat
__1_ servicemember was cited with
domestic-civilian female victim
__1_ servicemember was cited with
assault-consummated by battery
Police blotter
The following crimes were committed on the Fort Carson installation between Jan. 10-16.
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Fireman, and
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Sydney Caldwell, left, and Grace Jraadland spend a few minutes talking about bowling prior to the youth
bowling action Saturday at Thunder Alley bowling lanes
Story and photos by Walt Johnson
Mountaineer staff
The first ball rolled down the bowling lane
and went into the gutter. The look of disappointment
was evident on the young bowler’s face. The
second ball went down the lane and knocked
down seven pins and just as quickly the look of
disappointment turned into a look of joy.
That was the scenario that played out all day
as the 2008 youth bowling league got under way
at the post bowling lanes Saturday, with some
of the most eager young bowlers you want to see
taking part in the league.
The league has some players with previous
experience and other players who are taking part in
a league bowling environment for the first time.
The one thing all the bowlers have in common is the
desire to learn the game and get better at it and have
fun while doing it. That falls right in line with the
youth center’s design for the program, according to
Sean Gillotte, assistant youth center sports director.
“The main purpose of our program is to get our
youth introduced to the game of bowling and teach
them how to have fun playing the game. The one
thing that is common to our league is that most of
the kids are beginner or have just begun to learn the
game of bowling. The great thing about our league
is we have great volunteer coaches that make the
league fun and it never becomes a competitive thing
for the children. We let our parents and the kids
know that we are here for them to learn the game
and have fun and that is it,” Gillotte said.
Gillotte said one of the great things about the
league is it gives the young athletes who may not
want to be involved in team sports a chance to be
active and in a sports environment. He said everyone
does not desire to play team sports but this gives the
young athletes a chance to get in some good exercise.
Mark Zurbuchen is one of the volunteer coaches
for the league. Watching him work with the young
bowlers an onlooker can see the patience it takes to
help the young bowlers get better at the craft.
Whether it was a ball that barely knocked down pins
or balls that were strikes or near strikes. Zurbuchen
was the voice of encouragement for the bowlers.
That’s because he said he wants to be a part of a
program that is so encouraging for young children.
“I like helping kids. I was a ski instructor a
while ago for kids 3-8 and I just had a great time
working with them. It’s especially rewarding
when you teach them something and they do it
and you see their faces light up with enjoyment.
It’s just a great feeling,” Zurbuchen said.
Any post youth that would like to take part in
the leagues but hasn’t signed up yet can do so until
Saturday, according to Gillotte. If you want to sign
up your child, simply go by the post youth center
today or Saturday and add your child to the post
members ready to have a great season of bowling.
Weslye Dennison sizes up the lanes prior to rolling a
strike during youth bowling play Saturday.
Toni Moreno, left, and her sister Sydney Moreno talk about strategy prior to Sydney’s turn to bowl Saturday at
Thunder Alley.
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Post tips off youth
basketball program
by Walt Johnson
Mountaineer staff
The Fort Carson youth basketball
league begins Saturday at the post
youth center.
There will be an opening ceremony
at 8 a.m. followed by the beginning of
league action at 9 a.m.
The program is open to children of
active duty, retired or Department of
Defense and Nonappropriated Fund
employees. The league will have six age
groups, 3-4 years old (predevelopmental);
5-6 years old (developmental); 7-9 years
old (recreation league); 10-12 years old
(juniors); 13-15 years old and 16-18 years
old (seniors). The season is scheduled to
begin Feb. 2 and run to March 15. For more
information on the program call 526-1233.
There are a number of exciting
events scheduled to take place at
Alternate Escapes in the coming weeks.
The Cari Dell Band will perform
American music from 5-8 p.m. today.
Saturday has been designated Ladies
Night Out. The event is a chance for the
women of the post to have a night out
where they can network and have a good
time, according to Alternate Escapes
representatives. There will be an event
almost as big as the Super Bowl Feb. 2,
which begins at 3 p.m. when the center
hosts a poker tournament. Anyone inter-
ested in playing in the tournament must
register by Feb. 1. The tournament will be
limited to the first 100 people signing up.
The tournament is open to any person
eligible to use Department of Defense
facilities. The poker tournament will have
prizes including: 37-inch Liquid Crystal
Display flat-panel television (first prize),
second prize will be a Playstation 3 and
third place is an LG home theatre system.
On Feb. 3, the center will host a
Super Bowl party beginning at 3 p.m.
The Super Bowl party will have door
prizes and giveaways throughout the
game-plus free pizza.
World Class Athlete Program athlete
David Bartlett will be one of many elite
fighters taking part in a fight Saturday
at the Olympic Training Center.
Bartlett and many of the country’s elite
athletes will be taking part in the 2008 U.S.
Olympic Trials Fight-Off for Tae kwon do.
Photo by Walt Johnson
Military appreciation
Command Sgt. Major David H. List, Mission Support Element, U.S. Forces
Command accepts the opening ceremony puck from Colorado College
hockey team captain Scott Thauwald, right, as Air Force Academy
hockey team captain Mike Phillipich looks on. Saturday was military
appreciation night at the World Arena in Colorado Springs.
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High Flyer
Fountain-Fort Carson’s Will
Paddock, 10, waits while Sierra
High School’s D.J. Dickson flies
over him during action Friday at
Fountain-Fort Carson High School.
Photo by Walt Johnson
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Fountain-Fort Carson’s Terrance Hutchins, 3, fires
a three-point goal late in the fourth quarter of
the Trojans’ 45-42 loss to the Sierra Stallions. The
Trojans will next be in action today when the team
travels to Cheyenne Mountain High School to face
the Indians after the Lady Trojans meet the Lady
Indians at the same venue at 6 p.m.
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The bouts will feature
athletes who did not place
first in the female fin/fly,
female bantam/feather and
male bantam/feather
divisions at the U.S. Olympic
Trials held in August.
The fight-offs will give
athletes one more chance to
make the Olympic team.
The United States
qualified the three divisions
which will have fight-offs
for the 2008 Olympic
Games at the Pan American
Olympic Qualification
Tournament in Cali,
Colombia, in December
when female fin/flyweight
Charlotte Craig (Murrieta,
Calif.), female bantam/
featherweight Diana Lopez
(Sugar Land, Texas) and
male bantam/featherweight
Mark Lopez (Sugar Land,
Texas) all placed in the top
three, according to U.S.
Olympic committee officials.
The winners of the
double-elimination fight-off
will face the top-seeded
Charlotte Craig, Diana
Lopez and Mark Lopez at
the final phase of the
Olympic Trials in Des
Moines, Iowa, April 5.
The top seeds will need
only one win to make the
Olympic team while the
challengers will have to
defeat the top seed twice
to earn the spot.
If you are considering a
fun place to have a baby
shower, party or business
party, why not consider the
post indoor swimming pool?
The post indoor pool
could be the ideal place for
the party as the Olympic-
sized pool has four lanes of
25 yards, a one-meter diving
board and other things
that would make a party
enjoyable. If the thought of
having a pool party interests
you, give the aquatics center
staff a call at 526-3107.
Also, the post indoor
swimming pool offers
water aerobics classes every
Tuesday and Thursday from
5-6 p.m. The classes cost
$2 per visit. The indoor
pool is accessible for
handicapped patrons.
The indoor swimming
pool hosts a family night
activity each Wednesday. The
event runs from 6-8 p.m. at
the indoor pool facility and
costs only $5 per family.
Photo by Walt Johnson
Our Ball
Fountain-Fort Carson’s Dionysia Cropper, 34, and Renata Rankin, 10, out hustle Sierra High School’s
Chucky Jeffery, 32, to a loose ball during action Saturday at Sierra High School.
See Bench from page 26
Story and photos by Nel Lampe
Mountaineer staff
irplanes weren’t that
common in the early part of
the 20th century and it was
unusual that a town as small as
Colorado Springs had an airport
as early as the mid 1920s.
The Colorado Springs airport
had two gravel runways,
two Quonset hut-type
hangars and a care-
taker’s home. It was
about seven miles
east of downtown
Colorado Springs.
Alexander Aircraft
Factory, one of the largest
manufacturers of airplanes, moved
its plant to Colorado Springs in
1926. About 1,000 airplanes were
built in the plant.
Alexander Aircraft
planes frequently used
the airport, but
passenger traffic
was light; in 1938
only 35 passengers
boarded one of the four
daily flights.
One of the hangars
belonged to the
Hotel and
was used by
notable aviators and other
guests during the 1930s.
The recently completed
passenger terminal building
was taken over by the War
Services Administration, and an
Army Air Force installation was
established in May 1942, with a
mission of training
P-38 reconnais-
sance pilots and
later, B-24 crews.
Construction was
soon started on
barracks, hangars
and runways. In the
meantime, Soldiers
slept in the City
Auditorium, in
schools and in tents
on the base.
Soldiers ate meals
in the Santa Fe
Railway Station.
Jan. 25, 2008
Places to see in the
Pikes Peak area.
Above: The museum is housed in the
original airport terminal building. Left:
The Army Air Base was named for 1st Lt.
Edward J. Peterson. Below: Peterson’s
uniform and other personal belongings
are displayed in the museum.
Left: Visitors look at the
World War II exhibits at
the Peterson museum.
See Museum on
page 30
Peterson Ai r and Space Museum
Peterson Ai r and Space Museum
Museum chronicles
area Army Air
Force history
Just a few months earlier, construction
was started at Camp Carson.
Still a third military installation was estab-
lished in Colorado Springs, near the corner of
Boulder and Union. It was home to the 2nd Air
Force and was named for the 2nd’s commander,
Gen. Uzal G. Ent. As Ent had no runways,
flying missions used the former airport facility,
first called Colorado Springs Army Air Base
and later named for 1st Lt. Edward Peterson.
After World War II, the Army Air Base
was closed, but reactivated when an air defense
mission came to Colorado Springs.
As the Air Force prepared to close Ent Air
Force Base in the mid 1970s, build-up at Peterson
began. World War II-era wooden buildings were
replaced by brick construction. A few warehouses
and the hangars from the 1940s remain.
The original airport terminal building,
which served as the first base headquarters,
houses the Peterson museum. It’s surrounded
by an 8.3-acre historic district.
The Peterson Air and Space Museum
exhibits depict the early aviation days of
Colorado Springs, the World War II Army Air
Field as well as Air Defense Command, North
American Aerospace Defense Command and
Air Force and U.S. Space Commands.
The museum is free and available for self-
guided tours. It is handicapped accessible and
has two wheel chairs to accommodate visitors.
World War II exhibits are in the original
building; other displays are in the former city
hangar and several aircraft are displayed in the
airpark. Alexander Aircraft memorabilia is on
display, as well as other exhibits about the base’s
World War II history, P-38 training and B-24
crew training. Several World War II uniforms and
personal items belonging to the base’s namesake,
1st Lt. Edward J. Peterson, are displayed.
The 1942 art deco-style building is an
artifact itself.
A gift shop has a large selection of military
related T-shirts, caps and pins.
All aircraft and missiles displayed were
involved in air defense of North America.
Aircraft displayed include: F-86L, F-89J,
F-94C, T-33A, F-15A, F-106A, EB-57E, and
F-4C. A Canadian air force CF-100 is also
displayed, along with a CF-101B. F101B, F-102A,
F-104C and EC-121T. Weather permitting, a
staff member will escort visitors inside the
EC-121T. A P-40 in “Flying Tiger” motif is
mounted across the street from the museum.
Several missiles are also on display,
including the Army’s MIM-23 HAWK missile,
the Nike Hercules, the Nike Ajax and the
only missile controlled by the Air Force, the
After visiting the
original passenger
terminal, visitors
should continue the
tour by going inside
the old City Hangar;
ask the museum
attendant for access.
Inside the hangar
is a World War II
era P-47 Thunderbolt,
which has been
Other exhibits
about the air defense
of North America and
missile warning and
space control
operations are in
the hangar. Exhibits
under construction will depict Cheyenne
Mountain and missile crew training.
Future expansion is planned for the
Broadmoor hangar, but it is not presently
open to the public.
A 37-seat theater in the museum
accommodates visitors who want to watch the
eight-minute orientation video. There are several
military videos available for screening by request.
The U.S. Air Force Medal of Honor Park is
in the historic district. The park is a serene area,
which honors 61 U.S. Air Force members who
received the highest military honor. The
history of the medal of honor is inscribed on the
memorial stone and 61 trees are in the park.
The Peterson museum can be reserved
for military retirements and ceremonies by
arrangement; call 556-4915.
The museum is free,
and is open from 9 a.m.-4
p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. It
is closed Sundays, Mondays
and federal holidays.
Because of security,
access to the museum is restricted to
military identification holders or visitors
escorted by Department of Defense card
holders. People without military or
Department of Defense identification should
contact the museum at 556-4915 to make
arrangements for base access.
Peterson Air Force Base is on the eastern
edge of Colorado Springs, about seven miles
from downtown. Take Airport Road east,
off Academy Boulevard or Powers Road.
Take Stewart Avenue through the West Gate,
where there is 100 percent identification
check. The museum is just east of the
intersection of Ent Avenue and Peterson
Road. Or, take Highway 24 east (Platte
Avenue) and use the Peterson Road gate.
There’s parking near the museum.
MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 25, 2008
See Museum from page 29
A P-40 aircraft, left, used by the 14th Air Force
during World War II, is displayed at the corner of
Ent and Peterson Road near the museum. Below:
An EC-121, is in the airpark behind the museum.
An Army Hercules Missile used
in defense of North America is at
the museum.
Head Docent John Grier talks about the VELA
satellite launched in 1963, displayed in the hangar
at the Peterson museum.
Just the Facts
• TRAVEL TIME — half an hour
• FOR AGES — families
• TYPE — military museum
• FUN FACTOR — ✫✫✫✫ (Out of 5 stars)
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$$$$ = $61 t o $80