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See Pages 24-25.
Word of the month: Dedication
Story and photo by Spc. Paul J. Harris
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division Public Affairs Office
“It is the land of the free because you are the
brave,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, commander,
Division West, First Army and Fort Carson, while
addressing Soldiers from 1st Combined Arms
Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Dec. 1 at the
Colorado Jet Center moments before they were to
board a plane to Iraq for a 15-month deployment.
Soldiers from the Striker Brigade began leaving
Nov. 26. An estimated 4,000 Soldiers will deploy to
various points around the Baghdad area.
For many of the Brigade’s Soldiers, the scenario
of getting ready to manifest, say goodbye and board
the plane for the 20-hour plus flight to Kuwait has
been all too familiar. This deployment is the third for
Staff Sgt. Severo Gonzales, plans and operations
platoon sergeant, 3rd BCT, 4th ID.
“I try to stay positive, telling myself that time is
going to fly by fast,” Gonzales said with his wife
Diana Gonzales sitting by his side.
Diana said, while choking back tears, that the
hardest thing about her husband leaving was all
the things he was going to miss, like birthdays and
anniversaries. To stay busy Diana was going to be
joining a gym and take advantage of the Family
Readiness Group’s video teleconferencing service, in
which Family, spouses and partners can link up with
their loved ones in Iraq and communicate via live
video. Dates and times for the VTC are available by
contacting the battalion FRG representatives.
The most difficult thing for Sgt. Michelle Isbell,
mechanic, Company B, 64th Brigade Support
Battalion, 3rd BCT, was not that she told her husband
Spc. James Isbell, Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 64th BSB, goodbye but seeing the emotion
of her fellow Soldiers.
“Today was to wake up, say goodbye to the dogs,
have some coffee and enjoy every last minute,” Isbell
said. “The mission is always easy to accept because
you train for it. It’s hard for me to see some of my
fellow Soldiers say goodbye to their kids.”
Not everyone traveling this week will be going
for their second or third time to Iraq. Dean, the
therapy dog accompanying Chap. (Capt.) Phillip
Riettermeyer, 64th BSB. Dean, a black Labrador
mix, will be making his first trip to Iraq after being
rescued from a shelter and trained.
“There is too much research to the positive side
that dogs provide stress relief. Animals in general
provide a moral boost for a unit,” Riettermeyer said.
“Just the time the Soldier spends with the dog takes
their mind off whatever else they had going on. They
are focused on the dog and not on the troubles at
hand. The dog has a knack for going to people who
want to see him or need to see him.”
Dean will live, travel with and be cared for by
Riettermeyer while in Iraq, but Riettermeyer has a
pretty good idea where Dean will end up after the
long deployment is over.
“I have a feeling we will be very attached to each
other,” he said. “He might just end up living at the
Riettermeyer household.”
Strikers leave for another deployment to Iraq
Spc. Dan Coveyou, Paladin mechanic, Battery G, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, says goodbye to his wife Shelly at Fort Carson, Dec. 6, before
embarking on a 15-month tour to Iraq.
Photo by Julie M. Lucas
Welcome home
Sgt. Christopher Orange, 227th Aviation Regiment is welcomed
home from Taji, Iraq, by his wife and daughter Nov. 21. The
regiment logged a total of 6,500 flight hours while deployed.
Dec. 14, 2007
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by Karen Linne
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Let me start by saying that I am not
an overly religious person. My friends,
family and co-workers can all attest
to this. So please, don’t let the title of
this commentary lead you astray.
Despite growing up in and around
the Christian church, after some time
of being on my own, I sort of lost
my path spiritually. These days, I think
the Jews may have the right idea.
But, who am I to say?
Over time, I’ve developed a “live
and let live” sort of philosophy. I’m
certainly not here to try to convince
anyone of what to do, one way or
another. I firmly believe only this; “do
unto others as you wish to be done
unto you.” I practice this mantra, and,
I consider myself a good person
despite my lack of religiosity.
Each year around the holidays,
I reminisce about my Christian
upbringing and traditions. This
year is no different.
I also think that people act a little
crazy around the holidays. Some
people are crazy all year ’round, they
just make an extra-special trip out to
visit others when the holidays draw near.
Once again, this year is no different.
So I’m minding my own business
last week when I get a special “visit”
from a crazy person. Hell-bent on
making someone (it was my lucky day)
have a bad day, I was forced to endure
the rants of someone without any com-
mon sense about when “enough is
enough.” I’ll not go into the subject
matter of this wonderful interaction, but
suffice it to say, it was less-than-pleasant.
Lots of accusations and complete
idiocies were plentiful in this conversa-
tion. And here’s the kicker; at the end
of the encounter, this individual has the
audacity to say, “Have a blessed day.”
Are you kidding me? The things I
wanted to say but didn’t … the things
I’ve since dreamt of saying or even
doing (evil, non Christian thoughts)
to this person. I can’t even tell you.
That’s the story of my life — I’m
always coming up with good responses
once the opportunity has passed.
A good way to deal with upset,
crazy people around the holidays is,
of course, to be polite, kind and
understanding. You’ll learn this in
any number of customer-service jobs
out there. But, let’s face it; turning the
other cheek can be difficult.
I did the right thing in my dealings
with this person. I know that I did…
but if I had a second go at it … I
think a good response to “Have a
blessed day,” in this case, would’ve
been, “Why, thank you. And, may you
reap what you sow.”
The saying, of course, comes from
Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived,
God is not mocked; for whatever a
man sows, that he will also reap.” That
is, what you reap you will sow; you
get back what you give to others.
This is also what happens in
any relationship and with any
interpersonal interaction. If you give
love, care and affection, you too will
get it in return. If you do not, then
you cannot expect it in return.
You get back what you put into
your relationships with others. It is
normal to be good to those who are
good to you. And, if someone is not
good to you, then you choose to not
interact with that person or you behave
in some bad manner. To keep things
in check, it’s probably best to choose
the former rather than the latter.
We can’t stop the “crazies” from
coming at us this time of year. But we
can have “blessed” days and hold fast in
our belief that we will reap what we sow,
and certainly, so will the “crazy” people.
May you reap what you sow
by Lt. Col. Melanie Craig
Chief, Nutrition Care Division
It is hard to believe that the holiday season
is here again. That also means holiday meals
and parties. Although the average American
gains 5 pounds during the winter holiday season,
the festivities of the season do not necessarily
mean that weight gain is inevitable. Here are a
few tips and strategies to consider as we go
through the winter celebration-focused season:
Eat before the holiday party, meal or
activity. Make sure you don’t skip breakfast
or lunch in an effort to save up for the holiday
party or meal. Eating a small meal or
snack will help reduce the likelihood of
over-indulging at the holiday buffet table and
be more likely that you will choose and eat
smaller portions at the holiday event.
Wear an outfit or clothing that might
be a little snug or tight. Avoid
wearing loose clothing that can
make you feel too comfortable
and make it more likely for
you to over eat.
Enjoy the meal – truly
savor each bite to appreciate
the deliciousness of each food.
Choose some lower-calorie
foods but still allow yourself to eat a few of
your higher-calorie favorites. Of the higher
calorie favorites, pick something that is
typically considered a holiday treat, make
sure it is well worth the extra calories, and
limit the portion. Remember to enjoy each
bite by eating slowly.
Avoid the eat everything on your plate
curse-obligation” that some of us were
taught during childhood. Once you are
full, stop eating.
Give away leftovers. Enjoy the meal on the
day and don’t take home leftovers or keep-high
calorie leftovers around the house. A one-time
splurge is okay, but over-
doing it multiple
times is what
starts leading to the disappointing “Holiday 5.”
Holiday parties often include holiday
libations. Empty calories from alcohol can add
up quickly and reduce your inhibitions, making
it even more likely that you will overeat.
Therefore, drink alcohol with caution.
Exercise daily – 30 minutes of some sort
of aerobic exercise each day will burn calories,
elevate metabolism and help to prevent some
of the weight gain.
Be sure to get enough rest during the
winter festivities. Becoming overly tired
can lead to overeating.
Finally, overeating at one meal does not
equate to total disaster, but it can lead
to holiday weight gain if that one
extravagant meal leads to an
excuse to not walk/exercise or
make better food choices
in the future.
You can survive the ‘Holiday 5’
Dec. 14, 2007
by Mark R. Silla
Legal Assistance Attorney, Office of the Staff
Judge Advocate, Legal Assistance Division
Recently, there have been thefts occurring in the
on-post housing areas, including the barracks.
Residents, both on and off post, are reminded that in
order to recover a loss, they will have to have their
own renter’s insurance.
Many renters mistakenly believe that loss, damage
or theft of personal property is covered by the prop-
erty owner. In reality, property owners, including the
U.S. government, or its insurance company has no
obligation to reimburse a tenant for the loss, damage
or theft of their personal property unless it can be
proven that the loss was the fault of the property
owner. A large number of people do not believe that
something like this could happen to them, so they
believe renter’s insurance is a waste of money. Not
having renters insurance would be a mistake, even if
you don’t own an expensive art collection.
Renter’s insurance can provide funds to replace
personal possessions, cover living expenses for those
displaced by fire and cover damage to property
caused by smoke, lightning, theft, explosion, wind-
storms and water, with the exception of flooding.
One additional benefit of renter’s insurance is liability
coverage for accidents which occur both inside and
outside the residence, such as dog-bite or slip-and-fall
cases. When purchasing renter’s insurance, be sure to
determine whether the coverage you are buying is
“actual cash value” or “replacement cost coverage.”
ACV coverage will reimburse you for what your
property was worth at the time it was damaged or
stolen. For example, if you bought a television five
years ago for $300, it would be worth much less
on the loss date. Your insurance company would
reimburse you for the television’s present worth.
RCC coverage costs more, but it will pay what it
actually costs to replace the damaged or stolen
item. Generally speaking, it is better to have RCC
coverage instead of ACV coverage.
The cost of renter’s insurance varies, but will
usually cost between $200-$350 for $30,000 of
property coverage and $100,000 of liability coverage.
Many insurance companies offer discounts if renter’s
insurance is bought along with auto insurance. The
costs of renter’s insurance will also vary, based upon
the distance to the fire station, high crime areas, age
of the apartment building, etc.
You can keep premiums low by increasing your
deductible, but you should be certain you can afford
whatever deductible you select. It is a good idea to
photograph or videotape all items of value in your
home once a year. Place the tape or pictures along
with any receipts in a safety deposit box or other safe
place outside the home.
Soldiers who reside on post might also need renter’s
insurance. Limited coverage is provided by the
Army and by the Fort Carson Family Housing Office
for the loss or theft of personal property, but often
the reimbursable amount will not fully cover the
entire amount of loss. Check with the Claims Division
of the Staff Judge
Advocate Office or
the housing con-
tractor to deter-
mine if any benefits
are available
whenever prop-
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on post.
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Soldiers and Family members of
the 4th Infantry Division participated
in a town hall meeting Nov. 27. All of
its elements at Fort Carson and Fort
Hood, Texas participated.
The town hall meeting focused
mainly on the deployment of the division
headquarters and the 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, as Soldiers from both units have
already begun to deploy to Iraq.
“It’s all about communication and
ensuring that the lines of communication
are open and that (Family members)
know that there are a lot of people here to
support them during this stressful time,”
said Brig. Gen. James Milano, deputy
commanding general (maneuver), 4th ID.
Milano emphasized that there are
many programs and people to assist
Family members with information and
handling issues and concerns while
their Soldiers are deployed.
Soldiers and Family members
listened to Maj. Gen. Jeffery
Hammond, commanding general, 4th
ID, and then were able to ask questions
directly to Hammond and his staff.
“For communication to be effective,
it’s got to be a two-way entity and we’ve
done a lot to make sure our Soldiers and
their Families are informed and taken
care of,” said Milano.
“It demonstrates to spouses that there
is a lot of support here available to them.
There’s a lot of preparation that goes into
making sure our Families are taken care
of while we’re gone,” said Milano. “All
they have to do is ask and participate in
Family Readiness Groups and check the
Web sites that are available. All kinds of
help and information are available.” He
also emphasized the importance of
seeking assistance first from each
unit’s rear detachment leaders and
allowing things to move up the chain.
The division will be conducting
regular communication, conferences
and town hall meetings with the rear
detachments and Family members,
allowing them to ask questions
directly to the deployed command,
said Milano.
“I think town hall meetings are
critical for Family members to get
current information directly from
commanders and then have the
opportunity to ask questions and get
them answered right there,” said
Chap. (Maj.) John Kallerson, brigade
chaplain, 2nd BCT.
“It helps reduce stress and assists
the Soldiers to focus on their Families
and their jobs,” said Kallerson.
The 3rd BCT and division head-
quarters are currently deploying to Iraq
for a scheduled 15-month deployment,
with 1st BCT slated for spring, Combat
Aviation Brigade for summer and 2nd
BCT later in 2008, said Milano.
“Right now, we’re deploying for 15
months,” said Milano. “If that gets
shortened, that’s great. But we are all
committed to 15-month deployments.
“It’s all going very smoothly right
now,” he continued. “We’re confident
that we’re trained and prepared to do
what we have to do.”
4th ID hosts
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Soldiers and Family
members from the
2nd and 3rd Brigade
Combat Teams, 4th
Infantry Division,
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Hammond, com-
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The 759th Military Police Battalion — is cele-
brating 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. 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 Dec. 20 and all are welcome.
Attention Health Professionals —Current active
military physicians, nurses, dentists and pharmacists
within one year of completing their military service
obligation may be eligible to apply for the Air Force
Medical Service. Civilian, reserve or national
guard health professionals may also be eligible.
Call 548-8993, or e-mail:
New MEDDAC 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. Effective date is Monday. 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 for information
leading to 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, 2007 and 3:30 a.m. on Oct 31,
2007. Please provide any information to the 41st and
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CO 80913-4203. Phone: 526-0564 /3991
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information will remain anonymous. This reward
expires on Nov. 13, 2008.
Fort Carson Environmental Wildlife Office —
is looking for units to adopt some of the reservoirs
downrange to provide trail maintenance and
general upkeep. Anyone interested may contact
Wildlife Officer Chris Zimmerman at 524-5394 or
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, 2008 and there are still slots open. Contact Tom
Grady at 526-3947 for more information.
Warrant Officer Program — is available for
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paid upon completion of the Warrant Officer Basic
Course. Contact Master Sgt. Brian Brownell at
526-6544 or
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 per-
son(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.
Organizational Clothing and Individual
Equipment — As of June 1, Soldiers currently
assigned to a modified table of organization and
equipment unit with permanent change of station
orders within the continental United States are
required to retain certain OCIE and will be allowed to
ship one duffel bag containing OCIE to their new
duty station. For a list of items or if you have
questions call supply contacts Dale Caddick at
526-6140 or Frank Howard at 526-6477.
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
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 — Beginning Monday,
the new Claims Division office 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:
Striker’s 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).
Warhorse Cafe — 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. (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).
10th SFG — Monday-Friday 7-9 a.m. (break-
fast), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 4:30-6:30 p.m.
(dinner, starting Monday). 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 Occu-
pational 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. (POAs 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
Military briefs
Military 7
Dec. 14, 2007
Story and photo by
Sgt. Rodney Foliente
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public
Affairs, 4th Infantry Division
Soldiers from 2nd Combined Arms
Battalion, 8th Infantry
Regiment, 2nd Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division, concluded live-fire
military operations on urban
terrain training Nov. 30 at
Fort Carson.
Soldiers fired live rounds
and threw simulated grenades
to take out objectives, while
moving as teams towards the
final objective of clearing an
enemy stronghold.
“We incorporated several
battle drills,” said Sgt.
Andrew Ruff, squad leader,
2nd Platoon, Company A.
“We breached a (concertina)
wire/mine obstacle, entered
and cleared a trench, took
out a bunker and entered and
cleared a house.”
He said the realistic
training was important for
the unit to become proficient
before deploying.
“This is right on a par with the stuff
we were doing in Iraq. Entering and
clearing a building, that’s one of the
biggest things we have to be solid on
before we go over there,” said Ruff,
who deployed with the same unit from
November 2005 to November 2006.
“These are battle drills they must
know for combat,” said 1st Sgt. James
Paczkowski, Company A. “They’ve
come a long way,” he said. “They put
a lot of hard work and they’ve been
motivated and doing what they’re
supposed to do.”
This is roughly a new unit,
explained Ruff, who recently trans-
ferred with the brigade from Fort
Hood, Texas. He said there were a lot
of brand new Soldiers in
the battalion and the combat
veterans had to “step up to
the plate to train the newer
He said that teamwork
is crucial towards accom-
plishing the mission and
that this type of training
helps build the team.
“We’re trying to
emphasize to the guys that
(teamwork) is what’s going
to save their lives in Iraq,
Afghanistan or wherever
else we might get sent,”
said Ruff.
“This is where it starts:
right here, in the f ield,
training,” concluded Ruff.
“Everybody here, we’re a
family. You’re always look-
ing out for your buddy,
picking him up where he
might stumble and fall. It’s
all about teamwork.”
Training for combat
2-8 ID Soldiers conduct live-fire MOUT training
A Soldier from Company A, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd
Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, cuts through a concertina-wire barrier during
live-fire Military Operations on Urban Terrain training Nov. 30 at Fort Carson.
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Military 8
Dec. 14, 2007
Story and photo by
Sgt. Mark B. Matthews
27th Public Affairs Detachment
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — Towering high
overhead and aligned one after the other in a
seemingly endless row, the next generation of combat
vehicles rolled into Iraq.
The new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle
is currently being fielded here for the first time
anywhere, and Soldiers are getting their first hands-on
look at the latest development in troop protection.
“I’m really impressed by the vehicle, mainly
because of the height, and the fact that it can be
driven about 20 to 30 degrees on its side without
rolling over,” said Spc. Marquis Dawkins,
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th
Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. “It is
also much more comfortable. The makers of the
MRAP were definitely thinking about the Soldiers.”
The MRAPs come in two categories. Category one
vehicles hold up to six Soldiers and will replace the
Humvee. Category two vehicles are a longer version,
which can hold a crew of 10 Soldiers. Both vehicles,
although different, bring the same ideas of troop
protection to the fight.
“The vehicle has an angled bottom shell on it so it
can deflect blasts,” said Pfc. Nicholas Lane, Company
C, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
“Hopefully, it will keep us safer out there.”
Prior to the vehicles being handed over to the
units for day-to-day use, the Soldiers are given
extensive training on how to operate and maintain
the vehicles. This training also introduces Soldiers
to some new luxuries the Humvee lacked, like
pneumatic doors and suspended seats.
“Throughout this week we are learning how to work
on the trucks, and we’re learning how to drive them,”
said Lane. “This is the first course, and the vehicles
are still new so we’re just taking it step-by-step.”
This training not only
familiarizes Soldiers with
the vehicles, but gives them
confidence in the MRAPs by
giving Soldiers the opportunity
to drive the vehicles over
steep hills and tight turns.
“I feel blessed,” Dawkins
said. “Knowing the capabili-
ties of the MRAP gives me
reassurance that even though
I have a few more months
here in Baghdad, I have a
much better chance of getting
home to my family.”
The MRAPs were
designed to be both safe
and effective for Soldiers
conducting patrols, convoy
security and missions
throughout Iraq. As more
trucks arrive in theater
these trucks should play a
vital role in providing
security and stability to the people of Iraq.
An estimated 7,000 MRAP vehicles are scheduled
to be in theater by early summer. The MRAPs are cur-
rently being fielded to units that currently need them the
most and operate in areas with the highest threat.
Although the Humvee is not expected to be fully phased
out anytime soon, the MRAPs will begin to take the
Humvee’s place as a new standard vehicle for the. Army.
A new age in troop protection
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles roll into theater
Pfc. Peter Medina, an infantryman with Company C, 2nd Brigade,
2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, sets high in the turret of a Mine
Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during a training course at Camp
Liberty in western Baghdad, Oct 30. These MRAP vehicles are the first
of 7,000 MRAP vehicles expected in theater by early summer.
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Military 10
Dec. 14, 2007
Sgt. Daniel J. Shaw
May 7, 1984 - Nov. 5, 2007
Shaw enlisted in the Army in 2004. In January 2005,
he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment,
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, while
the unit was in Iraq. He redeployed to Fort Carson with the
unit where it was reflagged as 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry
Regiment, 2nd BCT, 2nd ID. He deployed on his second
tour of Iraq in October 2006, where he was killed in action.
Shaw's awards and decorations include the Bronze
Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak
leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good
Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq
Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service
Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,
Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and
Combat Infantryman Badge.
Shaw is survived by his parents Ron and Brenda Shaw,
his brother Ronny Shaw and his sister Angelia Hinterburger.
Above: Soldiers salute Sgt. Daniel J. Shaw as
retired 1st Sgt. Ernie Mazurkiewicz plays taps.
Right: Shaw’s helmet
rests atop his weapon on
his memorial display.
Below: A 2nd Brigade
Combat Team coins rests
on Sgt. Daniel J. Shaw
boot at his memorial.
Brenda and Ron Shaw look at their son's
identification tags at his memorial.
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Photos by Michael J. Pach
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by Julie M. Lucas
Mountaineer Editor
For the third year in a row, FedEx and the Colorado SPIRIT
Foundation gave free Christmas trees to Soldiers Dec. 7. This
year, more than 600 blue spruce and short-needle pine trees were
available for people to pick up.
“This is a small way to say thanks for keeping us safe,” said
Phyllis Fair, FedEx senior communication specialist.
In addition to the trees brought to Fort Carson, 17,000 trees
were donated, with 300 being shipped to the Middle East
for the deployed military to enjoy. The trees on post were
available for pick up with a certificate from the Soldiers’ unit’s
finance noncommissioned officer.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers members were on
hand to help with the tree selection and delivery.
“After three years in the Army, this is my first Christmas
to be home with my family,” said Spc. Steven Vincenzetti, 2nd
Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division.
“The turnout was much better this year for the initial first
few days but I think the weather did delay some folks from coming
and getting their trees,” said Kim Van Treadway, supplies and
services, Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The trees were available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. until they are gone
at the DMWR sports complex, on Victory Loop off Specker Avenue.
Any leftover trees will be outside the fence and free to anyone.
Free Christmas trees
available to troops
Above: A FedEx employee
assists a Soldier in picking out
a Christmas tree.
Above: FedEx employees
and Soldiers unload a
delivery of free trees for
the troops. Right: Spc.
Maryann Palmer and
husband Brett Palmer tie
their tree to the roof of
their car. Left: A Soldier
watches a FedEx employee
trim the bottom of his
Christmas tree.
Community 12
Dec. 14, 2007
Story and photos by
Nel Lampe
Mountaineer staff
Several wishes were granted to
Pikes Peak area children at the
Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store
presented by Wal-Mart.
For many years the event has
taken place in Colorado Springs,
said Joan Mazak, president/chief
executive officer of Make-A-Wish
Foundation of Colorado.
Twenty volunteers registered
about 120 children, ages 2 and a half
to 18, at the Hall of Fame area of
the Olympic Training Center Visitor
Center Monday.
“Previous wish kids and those
who are qualified (to be wish kids)
receive eight “wish dollars,” Mazak
said. The children are assisted by
“shoppers” who help the children
choose gifts for their families.
Athletes training at the Olympic
Training Center were “shoppers.”
While parents stayed
behind, a shopper accompa-
nied each child through the
dozen or so tables laden with
gifts, choosing an item for
each person on his list. One
or two children were admitted
at a time. The shopper
wrote the name of the person
on pre-wrapped gifts the
children chose from displays.
A wrapping table staffed
by volunteers was available
to wrap any box that
needed to be gift-wrapped.
Last stop: a visit with
Santa Claus.
While children awaited
their turn to shop, families
ate cookies and drank punch
served by volunteers.
Dutch Sinclair, 11, a student
at Carson Middle School, was
at the Make-A-Wish event with
his father, Master Sgt. Darrin J.
Sinclair, of Mission Support
Element, G-2, Forces Command
at Fort Carson. Dutch had his
wish fulfilled in November
when he and his family went to
the NASCAR race in Phoenix
and met his favorite driver, Dale
Earnhardt Jr.
Assigned the number 56,
Dutch had about an hour to wait
to fill his bag with Christmas
gifts. Dutch wanted to consult
with Santa first, to deliver his
request for a new video game,
but the line was long. Dutch
opted to do his shopping first,
accompanied by his shopper,
Julie Goldsticker, who works
for USA Boxing.
After finishing his shopping and a
visit with Santa, Goldsticker presented
a special gift to Dutch: a pair of
boxing gloves autographed by several
members of the boxing team in training
at the Olympic Training Center.
A big grin on Dutch’s face
showed his delight.
Dutch signed his thoughts about
the event to his father, who translated:
“I am very thankful for being here at
the Olympic Center and the Make–A-
Wish program.”
Darrin Sinclair said that the
“Make-A-Wish Foundation just
made another wish come true,”
speaking of Dutch’s shopping list.
“It was amazing to see the Make-
A-Wish kids and their families,” he said.
Carson youth shops at wish store
Dutch Sinclair, right, visits with Santa at the
Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store Monday.
Julie Goldsticker, right, presents Dutch
Sinclair with autographed boxing gloves
at the Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store
at the Olympic Training Center Monday.
from the staff at the Colorado Springs
Military Newspaper Group
Wishing you
and your f amily
a saf e and joyous
holiday season
Community 14
Dec. 14, 2007
Story and photo by
Staff Sgt. W. Wayne Marlow
2nd Brigade Combat Team,
2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs
BASE LOYALTY, Iraq — Soldiers
with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team,
2nd Infantry Division, have received
an unusually large number of “care”
packages from residents of Vail,
because Eagle Scout hopeful Jeremy
Windham, organized a drive as
part of his qualifying project.
Windham’s high school football
coach, Jason Sedlak, previously
served in the Army with Maj. John
Crean, the brigade’s civil affairs
officer. That led to Crean acting
as a conduit between Windham
and the brigade for the project.
Crean had some experience with
adopt-a-platoon programs.
“They get companies and
organizations connected with
deployed units,” Crean explained.
But Crean was unaware how
extensive this Boy Scout project
would be. “I had no clue, none.”
An astounding 250 boxes
crammed with snacks, lotion,
toiletries, clothing, games, books,
and almost anything else the donors
could think of, were collected.
“Jeremy just went to work,” Crean
said. “The next time I heard from
him, he said, ‘We’re working on it and
have some boxes ready to send.’
The packages were for all 2nd
BCT Soldiers, but were addressed
to Crean.
“I saw the boxes lined up next
to the wall and thought, ‘Oh my
God’” Crean said. With help from
the civil affairs noncommissioned
off icer-in-charge, Crean “found
some tables and started placing
products on them, along with
Jeremy’s contact information.”
Crean said the overwhelming
response reflects on Windham’s
determination, as well as the generosity
of his hometown.
“You never know
what you’re going to get
when a community
gets energized like Vail
did,” he said. “This is a
record, I think. This
really has been above
and beyond. It was a
tremendous effort. I
won’t ever forget it.”
There are so many
packages that they are opened a
few at a time, dwindling supplies
then replenished.
“I know people appreciate it,”
Crean said. “Some people just right
out tell you, ‘This is great.’ Others,
you can see as they’re walking away
from the table, they’re pretty happy.”
The shipping costs totaled
approximately $2,000.
“I can’t even fathom that,” Crean
said. “This was just an exceptional
effort by that kid, family, and
community, to support 2nd BCT.”
Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Torres, Company C, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd
Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, sifts through
some of the goods delivered to the brigade as a result of Vail Resident
Jeremy Windham’s Eagle Scout project. Inset: A few of the 250 boxes
sent to Soldiers are shown.
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Community 15
Dec. 14, 2007
Community briefs
Burger King brings Santa to post —
Tomorrow from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa will be at the
Burger King located at 1520 Specker Avenue.
There will be a raffle for a Wii game station. Every
child will receive free candy and a coupon for a
food item. The fire department will be present to
offer support and take pictures
NORAD tracks Santa Claus — The North
American Aerospace Defense Command is tracking
Santa again this year.
The Web site,, is up and
running. The Web site has interactive games and
activities. Additionally, users can experience the
Santa Cam and download GoogleEarth and track
a three-dimensional graphic of Santa’s trip as
NORAD does the same. The tracking program
starts Dec. 24 at 2 a.m.
An e-mail can be sent to Santa at
The Continental Air Defense Command,
NORAD’s predecessor, started the program in 1955
when the local Sears, Roebuck & Co. store
misprinted an advertisement for a “talk to Santa”
hotline. The CONAD commander-in-chief, who
answered the hotline, answered the question as to
where Santa was and the tradition has carried on.
Volunteers answer telephone calls and e-mails.
Christmas Tree Recycling — The Directorate
of Public Works Wildlife Office will recycle real
Christmas trees again this year. People can drop of
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.
To sign up for Girl Scouts — e-mail Debbie
Antonio at or call
597-8603, extension 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 or 524-2280.
Exceptional Family Member Program
resource group — meets the last Tuesday of each
month at 5 p.m. at Family Readiness Center, building
1526. Learn about new resources, share the ones you
have found and meet with guest speakers from the
local community. For more information call 526-4590
or e-mail
Claims against the estate —With deepest
regrets to the family of Sgt. Daniel Jordan Shaw,
deceased. Anyone having claims against
or indebtedness to his estate should contact
2nd Lt. Brandon J. Bettis, (602) 421-3832.
Claims against the estate —With deepest
regrets to the family of Pfc. Philip J. Diaferio,
deceased. Anyone having claims against
or indebtedness to his estate should contact
CW2 Tyson A. Riemann, 524-3331.
Claims against the estate —With deepest
regrets to the family of Sgt. Shawn M. Stoddard,
deceased. Anyone having claims against
or indebtedness to his estate should contact
1st Lt. Michael C. Grieco, 526-6942.
Donated annual leave needed for Fort Carson
civilian employees — Lou Ann Armstrong,
Garrison Resource Management; Helen Crow,
Bureau of Land Management; Derrick Richeson,
Space and Missile Defense Command; May Harris,
Army Community Service; Mary Gomez, Military
Personnel Division; Danette Wyatt, Child and Youth
Services; Michael Welsh, Directorate of Logistics
and Timothy C. Hensley, Training Support Team,
Directorate of Plans, Training and Maneuver,
Range Division, had medical emergencies and have
exhausted all available leave.
Armstrong, Crow, Correu, Harris, Woodson,
Richeson, Welsh and Hensley have been accepted
in the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. To
donate annual leave, call or e-mail Connie Griffin,
Garrison Resource Management, at 526-1839 or to obtain form
OF-630A, “Request to Donate Annual Leave.”
Griffin’s fax number is 526-1838.
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.
Would you like to see your training in the Mountaineer?
Attend our stringer course with training conducted
by staff members. Call 526-4144 or
e-mail for details.
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Dec. 14, 2007
New FRA sets up shop at Fort Carson
Tobyhanna Army Depot Public Affairs Office
A team of depot technicians is supporting the
warfighter from a new location in the Rocky Mountains.
The Forward Repair Activity opened at Fort
Carson, Aug. 17 to provide Standard Army
Management Information Systems repair support
for all installation units and activities. There are five
workers, STAMIS employees and tactical operations
centers field service representatives on-site who
repair computers, printers and other peripherals.
“We provide in-house service and support to
the warfighter,” said Jay Cannavo, FRA Central
Branch chief. “We also participate in field exercises
with Soldiers to provide over-the-shoulder training
and maintenance support.”
The site leader, Edward Scroggins, explained
that the FRA acts as a liaison between the depot
and the geographically separated units.
“I feel really good about the work being
accomplished here,” Scroggins said. “We are
able to provide a one-stop shop for the Soldiers
to bring equipment for repair.” He added that the
workload keeps them “really busy.”
The electronics mechanics and equipment
specialists work on Tactical Operations Center and
air defense/air management system equipment.
The staff also supports the Air and Missile Defense
Workstation System, which is used to monitor
unmanned aerial vehicles, and the Tactical
Airspace Integration System, which is a mobile
communications and digitized battlefield automated
system for airspace management. AMDWS and
TAIS are part of the ADAM Cell.
“We’re the government’s version of ‘geeks
on call,’” Scroggins said.
The TOC is a remote operator’s station that
is part of the Army’s Command Post Platforms.
It allows an operator to remote-link shelter
functions to a centralized command tent. The
ADAMS consists of fully-integrated separate
boxes for air defense and air traffic control
in one cell, said Scroggins.
“It gives the commander a better picture of what
assets are available to support the mission,” he said.
Scroggins explained that work requests range
from lost fiber optic connectivity between two
pieces of equipment to an auxiliary power unit
generator going down. “We even had an air
conditioner quit not long ago.” He also recalled
receiving 12 requests for TOC assistance in a
week, and remarked that recent Reset efforts
encompassed 14-16 vehicles.
“We’re really pleased with the quality of work
coming from the FRA,” said Frederick Morris, Force
Photo by Julie M. Lucas
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an equipment
specialist electrician
at Fort Carson
inspects a piece
of communications
equipment used
in Iraq.
See FRA on Page 23
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Commentary by
Chap. (Lt. Col.) Carl Rau
Division West Chaplain
All of us are familiar with the Christmas
hymn “Silent Night” but I wonder how many
of us ever stopped to think about who wrote the
words and who wrote the music. This famous
Christmas hymn was written Dec. 24 in the
year 1818 — almost 200 years ago. Did you
have any idea it was that old?
In the little village of Obendorf, Bavaria,
the parish priest, Father Joseph Mohr, wrote a
poem in honor of Christmas Eve. To Mohr,
Christmas Eve was the most holy of holy
nights of the year. He gave the poem to Franz
Gruber, the church organist, asking if Gruber
could set the words to music.
Franz Gruber was so inspired by the
simplicity of the poem, that within a few hours’
time he composed a melody for it. The two men,
Mohr and Gruber, decided to use the new hymn
in Christmas Eve Mass that very night. You
could just imagine how proud and excited they
were to share their work with others.
But the worship service failed to come
off exactly as planned. Mohr and Gruber
discovered that at the last minute the organ was
not working as it should. They would be unable
to use it in their Christmas Eve service. But
they did not give up their idea of sharing “Silent
Night” with the villagers.
The parish people heard the new hymn for
the first time sung as a duet and accompanied by
guitar. That night at mass Mohr sang the tenor
lead, and Gruber sang bass and played the guitar.
This was not a very showy beginning for a
hymn that was to become the foremost
Christmas hymn of the world. Perhaps its humble
beginning matched the humble surroundings of
someone else whose birth we celebrate during
the Christmas season. As a
Christian chaplain, I am
referring to the birth of Jesus.
And perhaps there is a
lesson for us in the history
of this hymn, the lesson that
pomp and circumstance and great
show do not necessarily make for
great events. Things of lasting
value often spring forth from
humble beginnings — look at the
baby Jesus who turned out to be
the Savior of the world.
I hope your Christmas
season is filled with the joy
of the birth of Jesus and I
pray the new year brings to
you many wonderful
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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. Coe/526-8011
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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. Coe/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; 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.
Catholic Christmas Services
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel
Dec. 24, 5 p.m., Children's Mass
10 p.m. Vigil Mass
Dec. 25, 9:15 a.m. Mass
Jan. 1, Feast of Mary, Mother of God, 9:15 a.m. Mass
Healer Chapel at Evans Army Hospital
Dec. 25, 10 a.m. Mass
Jan. 1, Feast of Mary, Mother of God, 10 a.m. Mass
Protestant Christmas Services
Soldiers' Memorial Chapel
Dec. 24, Postwide candlelight service, 7 p.m.
Protestant Women of the Chapel —PWOC
meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Soldiers’
Memorial Chapel. PWOC is open to all women of
Fort Carson and the community.
Contact Jennifer Hinz at 559-5103 for more
information. Limited child care is provided, but
children must be registered with Child and Youth
Services and must have a reservation; contact
Liana Henkel at 559-8792.
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.
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Sunday —
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Monday —
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Tuesday —
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Wednesday —Psalms 18,
Isaiah 31-33
Thursday —
Psalms 19, Isaiah 34-36
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Dec. 14, 2007
by Mark R. Silla
Legal Assistance Attorney,
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate,
Legal Assistance Division
In the event of marital separation,
Soldiers have an obligation to support
their families.
Army Regulation 608-99 sets
forth Army policy on financial support
of Family members, paternity and
child custody. Support requirements
contained in this regulation apply to
all Soldiers until such time that the
Soldier and spouse enter into an oral
or written financial support agreement
or a court issues an order containing
a financial support provision.
Soldiers are required to manage
their personal affairs in a manner that
does not bring discredit upon them-
selves or the U.S. Army. This
responsibility includes maintaining
reasonable contact with family members
so that their financial needs and
welfare do not become official matters
of concern for the Army, conducting
themselves in an honorable manner
with regard to parental commitments
and responsibilities, providing adequate
financial support to family members
and complying with all court orders.
Commanders are responsible for
ensuring that Soldiers understand the
policy and are in compliance. A Soldier
who fails to comply with AR 608-99
is subject to punishment under the
Uniform Code of Military Justice as
well as to adverse administrative action
and other authorized adverse actions.
If an oral agreement exists
between the Soldier and spouse
regarding financial support and it is
followed, the Army will not interfere.
If a signed written financial support
agreement exists, the amount of
financial support specified in such an
agreement applies. But, if there is
a valid court order containing a
financial support provision, it will
prevail over any oral or written
agreement made between the parties.
If there is no agreement or court
order, the commander will follow
AR 608-99 which tells the commander
to apply the appropriate amount of
Basic Allowance for Housing as
support to the Family members.
The minimum support that a spouse
can receive depends on several factors.
If there is an oral or written agreement
or a court order regarding a financial
support provision, those are the
minimum support payments that must
be paid by the Soldier. But if there is no
oral or written agreement and a court
has not issued a court order with a
financial support provision, the Soldier
must provide financial support in an
amount equal to the married full rate
taken from the BAH rate chart. The
amount of support depends upon rank.
The dollar amount can be obtained
from the commander, Inspector
General, Army Finance Office or the
Legal Assistance Office.
There are certain circumstances
where the Soldier is not obligated to
provide the married full rate to the
spouse seeking support. For example,
if the Soldier is paying the rent or
mortgage of the residence occupied by
the family and it exceeds the BAH
married full amount, the Soldier is
under no obligation to provide
additional support under AR 608-99.
But if the family requires additional
support besides payment of the rent
or mortgage, the Soldier must agree to
provide extra support.
If the Soldier does not agree to
provide extra support, then the spouse
seeking additional support must obtain
a court order to compel the Soldier to
provide additional support beyond
the BAH married full rate. Soldiers
required to provide support should
consult with a military attorney before
providing the present family less than
the BAH married full rate to ensure
they are in compliance to the support
requirements of AR 608-99.
While a Soldier’s Family members
are residing on post in family housing,
the Soldier is not required to provide
additional financial support. When the
supported family member or members
move out of family housing, the Soldier
must provide BAH married full rate.
When a Soldier has children from
a previous marriage or relationship
and provides support to them, the
amount of support due to each sup-
ported family member is determined
as follows: Amount of Support equals
BAH Married full rate divided by total
number of supported Family members
However, the following conditions
apply: Family members covered by
court orders will be provided financial
support in accordance with the court
order. Similarly, family members
covered by written financial support
agreements will be provided financial
support according to those agreements.
Family members residing in
government family housing who are
not covered by either a court order or
a financial support agreement are not
entitled to additional financial support
under AR 608-99. Each Family
member not residing in government
family housing and who is not covered
by a court order or a financial support
Soldiers obligated to support Family members
See Support on Page 23
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Dec. 14, 2007
by Susan C. Galentine
Environmental Division,
Directorate of Public Works
Sustaining the Army mission today
and tomorrow for Soldiers and Families
is the mission of the Fort Carson
Sustainability and Environmental
Management System — a management
system that provides a framework for
environmental performance on the
installation and aids in achieving the
installation’s 12 sustainability goals.
Post team members putting trash
in the local landfill, using energy and
water, vehicles giving off air emissions
and hazardous materials being
purchased and ultimately disposing of
are considered significant aspects that
have negative impacts on Fort Carson
in the language of its SEMS.
In 2007 the extensive management
of Fort Carson’s impacts on the
environment gained ground through
several initiatives. For the first time
since the inception of the
Sustainability 25-Year Plan in 2002,
Fort Carson formally integrated the
objectives of the 12 sustainability
goals into the new Garrison
Commander Strategic Action Plan.
The GC Strategic Action Plan
has five goal areas where the 12
sustainability goals were incorporated:
workforce development, mission
readiness, community well-being,
hometown management and
sustainability (below). This integration
will give more emphasis to the
accomplishment of the SEMS goal
and sustainability efforts as a whole.
The SEMS goal progress this year
included the attachment of unit SEMS
coordinators to brigade-sized units.
The coordinators assist units with the
implementation of Fort Carson’s
SEMS requirements, which include
training, increased communication,
environmental records management,
standard operating procedure
development and regulatory
compliance inspections for example.
Their primary mission is to ensure
the SEMS is implemented throughout
the installation at every level.
Access to Web-based software for
data management was also launched,
which is proving useful in ensuring
permits, such as Fort Carson’s
Title V air permit, are adhered to.
An internal SEMS Awareness
audit was performed in July. This
entailed a combination of random
sampling of the post population,
interviews and detailed questioning of
SEMS management. The audit results
showed that approximately 47 percent
of the 553 people interviewed on
Fort Carson were aware of the SEMS.
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Environmental impacts gains momentum
The Workforce Development Strategic
Action Plan goal is to “promote mutual respect,
professional development, personal growth and
teamwork, while celebrating success.” The
following sustainability goal was aligned under
Workforce Development:
Goal 8 — “Key stakeholder groups are trained, compliant and
motivated toward sustainability principles.”
The Mission Readiness strategic action plan goal
is to “provide the services and support that contribute
to mission readiness.” The following sustainability
goal was aligned under Mission Readiness:
Goal 11 — “Training ranges (land and associated air space used
for live fire ranges, maneuver, testing and urban
development designated for military operations in
urban terrain training) capable of supporting
current and future military training to standard.”
The Community Well-Being strategic action
plan goal is to “Contribute to the spiritual, physical,
psychological, and emotional well-being of the Mountain
Post community.” The following sustainability goal was
aligned under community well-being:
Goal 3 — Improve communication to foster understanding and
attain a “community of one.”
The Hometown Management strategic action plan goal
is to “provide vibrant, healthy, safe and environmentally
friendly places and spaces and hometown services for
the Mountain Post.” The following sustainability goals
were aligned under Hometown Management:
Goal 1 — Sustain all facility and mobility systems from
renewable sources, and reduce the total water
purchased from outside sources by 75 percent.
Goal 2 — Reduce automobile dependency and provide balanced
land use and transportation systems.
Goal 5 — The total weight of hazardous air pollutant emissions
is reduced to zero.
Goal 6 — Further integrate sustainability principles into the
Fort Carson land-use planning, Real Property Master
Planning, and Military Construction, Army
programming processes.
Goal 7 — All applicable facilities at Fort Carson will be high
performance buildings that meet or surpass the
Platinum Standard of Sustainable Project Rating Tool
or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Goal 10 — The total weight of solid and hazardous waste
disposed of is reduced to zero.
The Fort Carson Sustainability strategic action plan
goal is to “transform Fort Carson people, processes,
products, places and profits – to show by our actions
what sustainability is in all its dimensions by 2027.”
The following sustainability goals were aligned under
the new Strategic Sustainability goal:
Goal 4 — Enhance partnering to collaboratively develop,
integrate and implement regional sustainability.
Goal 9 — All Department of Defense and Fort Carson
procurement actions support sustainability.
Goal 12 — Advance a sustainable mission and Fort
Carson by adopting a SEMS and by imparting
(passing on) a personal commitment and
enthusiasm for sustainability.
Garrison Commander Strategic Action Plan incorporates 12 Fort Carson Sustainability Goals
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Community 22
Dec. 14, 2007
by Elizabeth Burlingame
Family Medicine Services
Effective Dec. 10, there
will be some changes to the
locations where beneficiaries
receive their care. Evans Army
Community Hospital, in
collaboration with elements of
4th Infantry Division leadership,
made the decisions to adjust
the medical in order to best
support patient care requirements
during installation movement
of Soldiers and units. The
intent of these changes is to
keep the clinics close to the
Soldiers’ main work areas.
The following change
will occur:
• All beneficiaries assigned
to DiRaimondo Family
Medicine Clinic will
relocate to Warrior Family
Medicine Clinic.
• All beneficiaries assigned
to WFMC from 2nd
Brigade 4th ID and 1st
Squadron, 6th Cavalry
will not move but will be
assigned a new primary
care managers.
• All remaining beneficiaries
of the 2nd BCT, 2nd ID
will have their care
moved from WFMC
to DFMC.
WFMC and DFMC, are
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WFMC is located at
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desk is 526-9277.
The point of contact for any
questions or concerns regarding
these changes is Elizabeth
Burlingame at 526-4041.
Locations change
for medical care
Photo by Spc. Paul J. Harris
town hall
Maj. Gen. Mark A.
Graham, commander,
Division West, First Army
and Fort Carson, speaks
to an audience at the
monthly town hall
meeting on Fort Carson.
Questions from the
audience included
inquiries about a skate
park being built, the
expansion of parking
around post housing,
implementation of solar
panels to reduce energy
consumption, adding
free weights to some of
the post’s gymnasiums
and special pricing for
enlisted Soldiers who
wish to have cable
and internet access in
their barracks.
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Modernization Supervisor, 1st Army Field
Support Battalion at Fort Carson. “They
(Tobyhanna employees) have been here only
a short time and have already made improve-
ments allowing us to better meet mission
requirements.” Morris explained that the field
support battalion supports the warfighter
and logistics armaments representatives.
Work days consist of a myriad of tasks,
according to Brent Zimmer, TOC field
service representative. He said duties
include repair, training, administration and
shipping. On any given day, Zimmer fields
service calls on TOC-related equipment,
performs retrofitting of TOC equipment
and helps maintain the FRA facility.
“This will be very challenging to both
me and the unit,” Zimmer said. “But, when
you see what the TOC equipment can do in
the field environment, you feel so proud
that you played a part in the operation.”
A six-month deployment to Iraq helped
Laura Michael understand the importance
of the work being accomplished at the
Fort Carson FRA.
“The work performed here is challenging
and rewarding,” said Michael, an electronics
digital computer mechanic. “The Soldiers,
Sailors, Marines, Airmen and civilians that
serve are grateful for the service that we
provide on-site as opposed to having to send
their equipment back to the depot.
“We can react immediately to their needs
by going to them when needed,” she said,
adding that it takes a lot less time to get a unit
back online. “Hopefully that will save lives
and that is what makes it all worthwhile.”
Employees assigned to the FRA Central
Branch perform operations in six locations:
Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort
Riley, Kan., Huntsville, Ala., Fort Carson
and Fort Knox, Tenn. The branch is
responsible for accomplishing the depot’s
TOC Reset mission, providing field service
representatives to work directly with the
Soldiers and their equipment, fielding and
transferring new equipment to Army units,
and repairing computer equipment. The
branch is part of the Command, Control
and Computers/Avionics Directorate.
“These people work long hours and
support exercises,” Cannavo said,
explaining that the FRA provides
around-the-clock support. “Whenever
the Soldiers need us, we’ll be there.”
Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa., is the
Defense Department’s largest center
for the repair, overhaul and fabrication
of a wide variety of electronics systems
and components, from tactical field radios
to the ground terminals for the defense
satellite communications network.
Tobyhanna’s missions support all branches
of the Armed Forces.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the
U.S. Army Communications and Electronics
Command Life Cycle Management
Command. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth,
N.J., the command’s mission is to research,
develop, acquire, field and sustain commu-
nications, command, control, computer,
intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors
capabilities for the Armed Forces.
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agreement will be provided
the pro-rata share in accor-
dance with the formula above
in multiple family situations.
A Soldier is not required
to provide financial support to
a spouse on active duty in
one of the military services.
In the case of dual-
military families, the Soldier
who does not have custody of
any children and if the children
do not reside in government
quarters, will provide the
BAH-Differential amount from
the BAH chart to the military
member having custody of the
child or children in the absence
of a court order. If the children
reside on post in family housing,
the Soldier who does not have
custody of any children is not
required to provide financial
support to the other military
member unless a court order or
agreement states otherwise.
If a Soldier is not receiving
BAH, the Soldier is obliged
to provide financial support
to family members under the
regulation. BAH rates are
adjusted annually and if a
Soldier making payment
pursuant to the regulation
gets promoted or demoted,
his or her BAH entitlement
changes as would the family
support payment.
If a Soldier fails to pay
in accordance with the
regulation, the Army has no
legal authority to deduct
money from a Soldier’s
pay without consent unless
a civilian court has
ordered garnishment or an
involuntary allotment.
The Legal Assistance
Office at Fort Carson provides
a video briefing on divorce,
which also discusses the
Army’s family support regula-
tion every Monday and
Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., and
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. The
briefing is given in building
6285 in the Legal Assistance
Office. No appointment is
needed, however, we recom-
mend that you show up early as
space is limited. This briefing
is not legal advice, but merely
discusses divorce and family
support in general terms.
You may arrange for a con-
sultation with an attorney once
you have attended the briefing
and still require additional
legal advice or information.
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Carson celebrates
holiday season
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Dec. 14, 2007 Feature 24
Dec. 14, 2007
Left: Santa and Mrs. Claus
read a book to children at
the Hometown Holiday
Celebration Dec. 7 at the
Special Events Center.
Above: Mary Bullock and Joshua
Hoffman send a holiday message from
the Special Events Center to 1st. Sgt.
William H. Bullock, who is serving in Iraq
with the 759th Military Police Battalion.
Left: Harmony in Motion entertains
guests with holiday tunes at the
Elkhorn Conference Center during
the Army Community Service
Holiday Volunteer Social.
Carson celebrates
holiday season
Layout by Jeanne Mazerall
On a foggy night, Santa and Mrs. Claus
get a ride to the headquarters building
for the Christmas tree lighting.
Inspector Magic makes "snow" during one of three performances Dec. 7 at the
Special Events Center.
Story and photos by Michael J. Pach
Mountaineer staff
Holiday events have popped up around
post to celebrate the season and to thank those
who support the Fort Carson community
year-round. Santa may have lost a few pounds
as he has been busy making appearances
visiting kids of all ages on Fort Carson.
Santa was spotted at the Elkhorn Conference
Center having his picture taken with good boys
and girls during a holiday celebration Dec. 6. He
thanked Army Community Service volunteers at
holiday social Dec. 7. He and Mrs. Claus rode
to headquarters in an antique fire truck to help
Garrison Commander Col. Eugene Smith and
Carol Graham with a tree lighting the same day.
The Hometown Holiday Celebration at the
Special Events center was Santa’s next stop
Dec. 7 where he had his photo taken with
thousands of Family members. The Hometown
Holiday Celebration also featured magic
shows, music, crafts, balloon art, face painting,
free massages and door prizes.
Maj. Gen. Mark A. Graham, commander,
Division West, First Army and Fort Carson,
wife Carol Graham and Santa took the time to
thank all post volunteers during a social Dec. 13.
Santa isn’t the only one making a lot
of appearances this holiday season.
Fort Carson’s Harmony in Motion has
been filling the air with the sounds of the
holidays both on post and within the
Colorado Springs community.
“It certainly is one of the most wonderful
times of the year,” said Sgt. Scott Dickson,
Harmony in Motion’s noncommissioned officer
in charge during a performance. “For the
Soldiers at Fort Carson it’s a bittersweet time as
almost 4,000 of our friends from the 3rd Brigade
Combat team are off across the sea for their
deployment to the Middle East. The sweet part
is that another 3-4,000 from the 2nd Infantry
Division are coming back and we’re very excited
to see them. We hope that you’ll keep them in
your thoughts and prayers this holiday season.”
Speaking of Soldiers returning from
overseas, many may be wondering why the
Directorate of Morale Welfare and Recreation
did not host Holiday Village this year. With
so many Soldiers returning, the Special Events
Center could not be used for this traditional
event. Those involved with planning Holiday
Village think that having the troops back
home safely is more important.
But don’t despair. If you have the itch to
spread some holiday cheer, DMWR has events
planned through Christmas Eve.
Rudolph’s “Meet and Greet” holiday party
will be held Saturday from 1-6 p.m. Visitors will
be able to meet Santa’s reindeer and have their
pictures taken with Rudolph. There will be
performances by Springs City Ballet and the
Ormao Senior and Junior Repertory Dancers
as well as other family activities.
The Grant Library will host its 3rd annual
Christmas Eve Party Dec. 24 from 10 a.m.-10
p.m. The event will feature movies all day, games,
a book giveaway, children’s story time, a magic
show and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
For more information about holiday
events on post call 526-1867.
Above: Bethany
Nelson has her face
painted by Meridith
Hyland at the
Hometown Holiday
Left: Santa, Mrs. Claus, Carol
Graham and Col. Eugene
Smith get help lighting the
post Christmas tree at the
headquarters building.
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Dec. 14, 2007
Desertion and AWOL crimes
__5_ failed to go to place of duty
__1_ apprehended by civilian authorities
__2_ surrendered to military/civilian
Motor vehicle crimes
__2_ servicemembers were cited with blood
alcohol content of .08 or more
__3_ servicemembers were cited with driving
under the influence of alcohol
__1_ civilian was cited with careless driving
causing bodily injury
__2_ civilians were cited with traffic
accident resulting in damage to
government property
__1_ servicemember was cited with traffic
accident resulting in damage to
government property
Property crimes
__1_ servicemember was cited with larceny
of AAFES property
__1_ civilian was cited with theft
__2_ civilians were cited with shoplifting
Drug and alcohol crimes
(not including motor vehicles)
__1_ servicemember was cited for drunk
and disorderly conduct
Miscellaneous crimes
__1_ servicemember was cited with
simple assault
__1_ servicemember was cited with
child abuse
__3_ servicemembers were cited with
failure to obey a general order
__1_ servicemember was cited with fraud
__1_ servicemember was cited with
wire fraud
__1_ servicemember was cited with larceny
of private funds
__1_ servicemember was cited with
assault consummated by battery
__1_ civilian was cited with spouse abuse
Police blotter
The following crimes were committed on the Fort Carson installation between Nov. 29-Dec. 5.
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Dec. 14, 2007
‘Youth cagers’
cagers in
Felicia Westland, left, Carson Middle School eighth grade coach, talks to her team during
a timeout at Monday’s playoff game against Harrison Middle School.
Story and photos by
Walt Johnson
Mountaineer staff
The Carson Middle School
eighth grade basketball team began the
playoffs Monday with a hard-earned
and exciting 48-43 victory over
Harrison Middle School (Canon City)
at the middle school gym.
Carson Middle School Coach
Felicia Westland may have been the
only person in the gym who wasn’t
biting his or her fingernails while
watching this game as her team traded
blows with the fifth-seeded Harrison
team. The game had more swings in
momentum than a pendulum on a
clock and just as much excitement
as watching a boxing match where
both fighters knock each other
down, round-by-round.
The Carson team came into the
playoffs as the fourth seed and thus
had the home advantage which would
turn out to be a blessing. Familiarity
with the home court means there is
one less thing to adjust to in a close
game and the Carson team definitely
too advantage of being at home.
In the first half, the teams played
the game virtually even, with Carson
taking a three-point lead into the early
part of the third quarter. As suspenseful
as the game had been to that point, it
got even more suspenseful with the
score 33-29, Carson. Carson outscored
Harrison six points to two, to push its
lead to 39-31 late in the third quarter.
It appeared as though the Carson team
was ready to blow the game open and
the fans were smelling blood in the
water. But Westland knew that her team
wasn’t going to make the night that
easy on her, as she said after the game.
“My team just doesn’t like to play
in front, for some reason they love to
play from behind, so I didn’t think the
game was over. We have had games
this year where we have been down
by as many as 14 points and the kids
have come back to win the game. My
team likes to make it exciting for
some reason,” Westland said.
“Make it exciting,” may have been
an understatement as the Harrison
team came storming back and actually
took a one-point
lead at 42-41 in
the fourth quarter.
Suddenly the
Carson team’s sea-
son was slipping
away, but true to
Westland’s words,
the team turned up
the heat and pulled
out the victory.
After the
game, Westland said her team
would be traveling to Canon City to
meet Canon City Middle School
Wednesday in a game that would pit
her team against a run-and-gun
team that beat the Eagles at Carson
earlier in the season. She said the
team will make some defensive
adjustments in hopes of winning that
game and playing in the title game
that was scheduled for Thursday.
Left: Carson
Middle School’s
Jake Johnson,
with the ball,
drives to the
basket as
members of
the Harrison
Middle School
team attempt
to play defense
Right: Carson
Middle School’s
David Sanchez,
31, shoots over
the defense of
Harrison Middle
Bandon Lauer,
23, and
Brandon Rix.
Sports & Leisure 30
Dec. 14, 2007
On the Bench
Halo 3 tourney set
for Saturday on post
by Walt Johnson
Mountaineer staff
Alternate Escapes will host a
Halo 3 tournament for all post
patrons interested in forming a
two-man team and trying their luck.
The tournament is tentatively
to begin Saturday at noon. The
games will be played by two man
teams on 15-foot screens with the
top prize being $400 and a second
prize of $100.
For more information or to regis-
ter for the tournament, call 576-7540.
With the Christmas holiday
season approaching the post fitness
centers will have a number of
hours the facilities will be open.
McKibben PFC is open from 5
a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and
closed Saturday, Sunday and
holidays. Forrest FC is open from
5 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday,
6 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
and closed on holidays
Garcia PFC is open from
5 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday,
9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and
Sundays and 6 a.m.-10 p.m. on
holidays. Waller PFC is open
from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-
Friday, 3-10 p.m. Saturdays and
Sundays and closed on holidays.
Forrest Fitness Center offers a
great way to relieve stress and
become more productive in daily life.
The sessions are offered Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, by appointment
only, from 4-8 p.m with Marcus
Dungen. The private 15-minute
chair massage is $15 while a private
30-minute massage is $30.
The Fountain-Fort Carson
girls basketball team will take part
in the Pueblo County tournament
today and Saturday.
The Lady Trojans finish this
month’s schedule and play their first
home game Tuesday when they hosts
the Widefield Gladiators at 6 p.m.
The Trojans boys team will
host Widefield Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
and then host Longmont Friday
at 7 p.m. to close out its schedule for
the month of December.
Photo by Walt Johnson
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Ready for
Fort Carson’s David
Servinsky prepares
cycling shoes with cleats
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spinning bikes at Forrest
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The center offers a variety
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Carson’s Terrence
Hutchins, in dark
jersey, presses up
to defend Harrison
High School’s
Demetrius Gilmore
during the
Trojans 68-55
win Saturday at
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anta Fe calls itself “the city
different,” and it is. Santa Fe is
close enough to Colorado Springs
to make it a weekend getaway —
325 miles south on Interstate 25.
Santa Fe is listed on most travel
magazines’ top 10 places to visit,
and draws thousands of visitors from
around the world, mostly in summer.
But Santa Fe is a great town to visit
around the holidays.
Santa Fe seems to be in another
time, perhaps another place. Most
of the town’s buildings are made of
adobe. The adobe construction adds
to the city’s character, ambiance and
another world feel, and is in keeping
with Santa Fe’s long history. The
city is in process of celebrating its
400th anniversary.
Santa Fe was established in 1607
by Spanish Gov. Don Pedro De Peralt.
This was 23 years before the Pilgrims
arrived at Plymouth Rock aboard
the Mayflower.
Indeed, people had lived in the
Santa Fe area for more than 20,000
years before Spanish Explorer
Coronado made his 16th century
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America’s oldest church, the
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The nation’s oldest house is nearby.
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The holidays are a good time
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and American Indian, with Western
traditions blended in. Santa Fe is well
known for the traditional Christmas
decorations known as farolitos or
luminaries — paper bags half-filled
with sand and a small candle. The
farolitos create a warm glow when
lining walkways, rooftops and adobe
walls, contributing to the uniqueness
of Santa Fe. Farolitos are the light of
choice and few if any colored strings
of Christmas lights are seen.
Santa Fe’s Plaza is as old as the city.
It was laid out by the first governor. A
park-like square in the middle of
downtown serves as the center
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Places to see in the
Pikes Peak area.
Left: American Indian artisans
patiently wait for customers in front of
the Palace of the Governors’ portico.
Above: A large selection of turquoise
and silver jewelry attracts shoppers to
the Palace of the Governors’ portico.
‘ The city different’
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Santa Fe
The Plaza, in the center of
Santa Fe, is surrounded by
shops and restaurants.
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of cultural activities and public
ceremonies. It is a place for
relaxation and respite.
The historic Santa Fe trail
ended at the plaza. During the
1840s freight wagons from St.
Louis unloaded their wares at
the plaza after several weeks
on the Santa Fe Trail.
During the holidays the plaza is
the center of activities and the town’s
official Christmas tree. The plaza is
encircled by a variety of restaurants,
shops, museums and businesses.
An obelisk in the plaza’s center
honors Civil War Soldiers.
Santa Fe has many art galleries
— more than 250. Public art is
scattered about the town.
There are many historic
churches, hotels and buildings to
see. Santa Fe has more than its
share of museums — a few are
downtown and several are on
Museum Hill. There’s a Bataan
museum, a children’s museum, and
the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
Across from the historic
Santa Fe Plaza is the Palace of
the Governors, built in 1610.
Spanish governors ruled from
the palace as did territorial
governors after New Mexico
became part of the U.S. in 1846.
The palace now serves as a
museum. Artifacts from throughout
Santa Fe’s history are in the Palace
of the Governors at 105 W.
Palace Ave. It is closed Mondays.
Admission is $7 for adults; those
under 16 are admitted free.
Under the portal at the front of
the Palace of the Governors is one
of Santa Fe’s traditions — a market
place where Indians display hand-
crafted jewelry and other wares. The
artisans sit behind their displays,
carefully arranged on a rug or cloth.
Artisans are on the job daily, from
9 a.m.-5 p.m., and answer questions
and converse with customers. It’s
the place to shop for authentic
Indian jewelry and trinkets.
The Museum of Fine Arts and
Institute of American Indian Art
are in downtown Santa Fe.
The Museum of Spanish
Colonial Art, the Museum of
Indian Arts and Culture and
the Museum of International
Folk Art are on Museum Hill,
a few blocks from downtown.
The folk art museum is
chock full of international
folk art and a museum
children might enjoy.
The Wheelwright Museum
of the American Indian,
housed in a building similar
to a Navajo Hogan, is also
on Museum Hill.
The Bataan Memorial
Military Museum is at
1050 Old Pecos Trail,
and a children’s museum
is nearby.
The nation’s only round capitol
building is in Santa Fe. The adobe
building is built in a sun-sign
design. Self-guided tours are
available to visitors from 8 a.m.-5
p.m. weekdays.
The Loretta Chapel is a popular
stop with tourists for its circular
stairway with no visible support,
a construction call miraculous.
There’s a minimal admission
St. Francis Cathedral was built
in 1869 by Jean Baptiste Lamy
around an older church. It is near
the plaza and worth a visit.
Streets are narrow in down-
town Santa Fe and parking is
limited. There are public park-
ing lots and some parking
meters downtown, usually
limited to one or two hours’ use.
To spend a night or two in
Santa Fe, there are resorts as
well as historic adobe hotels,
in the luxury price range and
convenient to downtown.
Many budget-priced motels
are on Cerrillos Road, such as
Motel Six, Comfort Inn and Red
Roof Inn. The motels are not
far from the downtown area.
To find accommodations,
call (505) 955-7973 or go online
Santa Fe has plenty of places to
eat. Santa Fe-style Mexican food
is plentiful, but it’s not the only
choice. Fast food chains may be
harder to spot on adobe buildings
— watch for trademark signs. Food
sold from carts can be found in the
downtown area, particularly near
Santa Fe
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An eye-catching display of pottery pieces for sale at a shop in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe has many unique and colorful businesses, such as the flower shop, above, and
the Mexican restaurant, inset, in a courtyard near the Plaza.
Right: The
church is the
Mission of
San Miguel.
Dec. 14 — Christmas at the Palace
An old-fashioned celebration at the Palace of
the Governors — (505) 476-5100
Dec. 16-17 — Portal Children’s Sale
Children of the Native American vendors
at the Palace of the Governors sell their art.
Santa Fe Public Library — (505) 476-5100
Dec. 16 — Open house/
Baumann marionettes
Museum of Fine Arts — (505) 476-5072
Dec. 16 — Las Posadas
A traditional outdoor Spanish play — The Plaza
Dec. 24 — Farolitos
Traditional Christmas lights on the Plaza
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Performances in Cripple Creek
“Angel of the Christmas Mine,” is presented
by Thin Air Theatre Company at 7 p.m.
Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 31, at the Butte
Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave. in Cripple
Creek. There are 1 p.m. matinees Saturdays and
Sundays. Tickets start at $7, call (719) 689-6402
or go to
Free organ concerts
Bring a sack lunch to the City
Auditorium, located on the corner of Weber
and Kiowa streets in downtown Colorado
Springs Dec. 20 and 27 and stay for the holiday
series of pipe organ concerts. Organists play
along with silent films, noon-1 p.m.
Post holds Christmas party
A Christmas party is scheduled at
the Freedom Performing Arts Center
Saturday, from 1-6 p.m. Guests will meet
and greet Rudolph, make crafts, have
refreshments and watch shows. No
reservations are necessary.
Grant Library hosts a Christmas
Eve Party Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. There’ll
be drawings, contests, story time, a magic
show and more.
Lights at the zoo
“ElectriCritters” is the lighted zoo
program in the Pueblo Zoo today and Dec.
14-23 and Dec.26-30, from 5-8:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3-12.
The zoo is in City Park, near Pueblo
Boulevard and Goodnight Avenue in Pueblo.
Call (719) 561-1452 or go online at
Historic holidays
Celebrate holiday evenings today and
Saturday at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic
Site, near the Garden of the Gods. There’ll
be caroling, hot cider, barn dancing, wagon
rides, candle-dipping and picture taking.
There’s a Victorian Santa in the Carriage
House. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for
ages 13-18 and $2 for ages 6-12.
Pueblo children’s museum
The Buell Children's Museum features
“It’s the Gingerbread, Baby” as its holiday
exhibit. Visitors will decorate their own
cookies, see the Sugar Plum Fairy, play
Tic Tac Dough and other surprises. The
museum is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-
Saturdays; $4 admission for adults and
$3 for children. The museum is in
Pueblo, at 210 N. Santa Fe.
Seven Falls at night
The annual holiday lights are up in
Cheyenne Cañon and Seven Falls.
Admission is by donations to Christmas
Unlimited Saturday through-Dec. 30,
except for Christmas Eve. Seven Falls is
behind the Broadmoor at 2850 S. Cheyenne
Cañon Road. Call 632-0765 for information.
North Pole is open
Visit Santa’s Workshop at the North
Pole; Soldiers and Family members get in
for $11 each. It’s a good chance to leave last
minute lists with Santa and enjoy the rides
at the theme park. It’s open Fridays-Tuesdays
through Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It’s at
5050 Pikes Peak Highway, near the small town
of Cascade, just off Highway 24 West. A visit
is sure to put you in the Christmas mood.
Christkindl Market
The German-style Christmas Market
is open at the Cherry Creek Shopping
Center through Christmas Eve. The outdoor
market has German food and drink, and
hand-crafted gifts.
While in Denver, see the lights at
Larimer Square, 16th Street Mall, Union
Station and the City/County building.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve
New this year in downtown Colorado
Springs, is a glitter ball drop and fireworks
display. As the clock strikes midnight, a
very big, lighted glitter ball will descend
from atop the Antlers Hotel, followed by
fireworks. Bring the family, your own bells,
and ring in this new tradition.
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Lights at the zoo
Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo runs through Jan. 1,
except for Christmas Eve. Prices are reduced to half price for
Soldiers and Families with military identification. Regular price is
$7 for adults and $4 for children. The zoo is at 4250 Cheyenne
Mountain Zoo Road, behind the Broadmoor Hotel.
the plaza. Several restaurants are
downtown and along main streets,
and fine dining is also available.
The Santa Fe Opera is rated second
only to the New York Metropolitan.
Its unusual open-air theater draws
opera fans rom the world over during
its summer season.
Ski Santa Fe is a few miles
from Santa Fe; go online at
Several American Indian Pueblos
are in the Santa Fe area. The pueblos
have been occupied for hundreds of
years and residents still practice ancient
and sometimes secret ceremonies.
Visitors may visit the Pueblos, but
there are rules and restrictions,
particularly about photography and
ceremonies. For information go online
To reach Santa Fe, take I-25 south
for 325 miles. Take the Cerrillos
Road exit to reach the budget motels.
The Santa Fe Visitor and
Convention Bureau is online at or call (505) 6200
and also has lodging leads.
Santa Fe
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Santa Fe’s Loretta Chapel is known for
its miraculous staircase.
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