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Army unveils new
advertising campaign
Army News Service                                              educate its internal audience on the
                                                               campaign’s meaning. It will go
     WASHINGTON             —      Army                        “public” Nov. 9 with television, radio
Secretary Dr. Francis J. Harvey                                and online spots, as well as an updated
announced Monday the start of its                              www.goarmy.com Web site. Print ads
communication and education efforts                            are scheduled to begin in January and
to assist the Army family in communi-                          will be directed to media that appeal
cating to the nation its new advertising                       to young adults.
campaign — Army Strong — to an                                     The Army Strong campaign will
audience of Soldiers, Army civilians                           build on the foundation of previous
and family members.                                            recruiting campaigns by highlighting
     “This morning we will launch our                          the transformative power of the Army.
internal communications and educa-                             It will also capture the defining experi-
tion phase lasting several weeks until                         ences of Soldiers — active duty, Army
we formally launch the new adver-                              Reserve, and National Guard — serving
tising campaign on Nov. 9,” Harvey                             the nation at home and abroad.
said. “It is vitally important that the                            “I am both inspired and confident                                                                                                            Photo by Michael J. Pach
internal Army family understand and
embrace this new campaign. I believe
                                                               that the campaign will build on the
                                                               positive momentum within our                                                                 A warm welcome home
it speaks to an essential truth of being                       recruiting program,” said Lt. Gen.                                                  A young couple stares intently into each other’s eyes during the
a Soldier.”                                                    Robert Van Antwerp Jr., commander of                                                welcome home ceremony Saturday for the 10th Combat Support
     The Army is taking 30 days to                             the U.S. Army Accessions Command.                                                   Hospital. The 10th CSH returned after one year in Iraq in support of
                                                                                       The Army Strong                                             Operation Iraqi Freedom. These Soldiers provided all levels of
                                                                                  campaign          will                                           medical care, from trauma to preventive medicine, to Coalition
                                                                                  address the interests                                            Forces and Iraqi citizens.
                                                                                  and motivations of
                                                                                  those considering a

                                                                                                                                                Fort Carson ranks in top 10
                                                                                  career in the Army
                                                                                  and will also speak to

                                                                                                                                                federal Green Power Partners
                                                                                  family members and
                                                                                  friends supporting
                                                                                  prospective recruits.
                                                                                                                                                Directorate of Environmental                  The installation is in its second year of a
                                                                                              Editor’s note:                                    Compliance and Management                     five-year contract to purchase RECs.
                                                                                          The Mountaineer will                                                                                The credits come from a combination of
                                                                                          run more articles                                         The U.S. Environmental Protection         renewable energy from wood biomass
                                                                                          which fully explain                                   Agency announced Sept. 22 that Fort           (76 percent) from sawmills in California
                                                                                          the new campaign.                                     Carson placed fifth on its second quarterly   and wind farms (24 percent), located in
                                                                                                                                                ranking of Top 10 Federal Green Power         California and Nebraska.
                                                                                                                                                Partners list.                                    At about $1 per million watt-
  INSIDE THE MOUNTAINEER                                                                                                                            Fort Carson is being recognized for
                                                                                                                                                its voluntary purchase of 40,000
                                                                                                                                                                                              hours, the certificates Fort Carson pur-
                                                                                                                                                                                              chased, equates to approximately 2,450
                                                                                                                                                megawatt-hours of green power.                hours of renewable energy produced or
  Opinion/Editorial                                            Missing Parts in Action . . . . . . . . . .10
  Energy conservation . . . . . . . . . . . . .2                                                                                                    The list highlights the largest           the annual power needs of 3,700
  Sound Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2           Community                                                                        renewable energy purchases of federal         homes. Fort Carson currently purchases
                                                               Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . .11                                    agencies. Green power is a designa-           29 percent of its energy from renew-
  News                                                         Community Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
  New hydrogen SUV . . . . . . . . . . . . .3                  All aboard the Wolf Express . . . . . . .14                                      tion commonly used for electricity            able sources.
  Counterterrorism update . . . . . . . . . .4                 Meet the Mayors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16                                    generated products that are partially             Buying the credits does not mean
                                                               Energy billing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18                               or entirely generated from renewable          Fort Carson uses the renewable energy
  Military                                                     Chaplain’s pages . . . . . . . . . . . .20-21
  Supplies for Iraqi students . . . . .           .   .   .5   Sustainability conference . . . . . . . . .22                                    resources such as solar, wind, geo-           produced. Instead, the purchase gives
  Military Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .6   Get the fat out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24                                thermal, biogas and low-impact biomass        Fort Carson credit for supporting
  Improving Iraqi QOL . . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .7   Making child care affordable . . . . . .26                                       and hydro methods.                            renewable energy production.
  Training Iraqi police . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .8
  In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .9   Feature
                                                                                                                                                    According to the EPA, the com-                Renewable energy sources such
                                                               CFC kickoff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-29                                 bined renewable energy purchases of           as wind, sun and wood are created
               MUST SEE                                        Sports
                                                                                                                                                the 10 agencies, amounts to approxi-          daily, offering a limitless supply,
                                                               Sports Illustrated     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .31
                                                                                                                                                mately 1.7 billion kilowatt-hours of          unlike fossil fuels commonly used.
                                                               On the Bench . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .32   green power or the equivalent of the          By backing renewable energy use,
                                                               Pigskin Picks . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .33   energy required to power approxi-             Fort Carson reduces the nation’s
                                                               Youth Sports . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .40
                                                                                                                                                mately 139,000 average homes in the           dependency on foreign oil, helping to
                                                               Happenings                                                                       United States or eliminating carbon           improve our national security and
                                                               Pueblo Nature Center . . . . . . . . .41-42                                      dioxide emissions from 235,000 cars           avoid rising costs.
                                                               Get Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43-44                                 in a year.                                        The EPA updates the list of
                                                                                                                                                    Fort Carson partnered with eight          green power purchasers quarterly.
     Fort Carson kicks off annual CFC.                         Classified advertising                 (719) 329-5236
                     See Pages 28-29.
                                                                                                                                                other government agencies in July 2005,       For more information about the
                                                               Mountaineer editor                     (719) 526-4144
                                                               Post information                       (719) 526-5811
                                                                                                                                                signing a landmark agreement with the         EPA’s Green Power Partnership and
  Word of the month:            TEAMWORK                       Post weather hotline                   (719) 526-0096                            Western Area Power Administration to          the Top 10 Federal Partners, visit:
                                                                                                                                                purchase renewable energy certificates.       http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
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        Oct. 13, 2006                                                                     Opinion/Editorial

Energy efficiency crucial to cutting
utility costs during winter
by Susan C. Galentine                                                       purchases can take a significant bite out of
Directorate of Environmental Compliance                                     utility bills, there are also cheaper, personal
and Management.                                                             energy-conservation measures and purchases
                                                                            that can significantly reduce utility costs:
     October is Energy Awareness Month within                                    During the holiday season, buy lighting dec-
the federal government, which is a good time to                             orations that have the ENERGY STAR label or
remember energy saving opportunities as winter                              use light-emitting diodes instead of incandescent
approaches. Conserving energy during winter                                 bulbs. These products are more energy efficient.
doesn’t mean giving up warmth and comfort; it                                    • Close windows and doors while the heat is
can, however, mean energy-efficient measures                                       on and shut heating vents in unoccupied                                          longer and uses 60 percent less energy.
and purchases, some of which apply throughout                                      rooms. Check and replace caulking around                                         Compact fluorescent light bulbs generate
the year regardless of the season.                                                 windows and doors.                                                               the same amount of light as incandescent
     The government-backed, ENERGY STAR                                          • Keep barracks, office temperatures and                                           light bulbs, but use only 25 percent of
program provides information on purchasing                                         home temperatures at 65 to 68 degrees                                            the electricity. The fluorescent bulbs cost
energy-efficient appliances, including items                                       when occupied and set temperatures in                                            more than incandescent bulbs; however,
such as programmable thermostats and                                               unoccupied buildings to 55 degrees.                                              because they last 10 times as long and
furnaces. According to ENERGY STAR                                                 Dressing for the weather reduces the need                                        use significantly less electricity, money
guidelines, programmable thermostats with the                                      to increase thermostat settings.                                                 is saved in the long run.
ENERGY STAR rating can save homeowners                                           • The temperature in maintenance bays,                                           • If there is an air leak or an unexpected
about $100 per year by allowing the user to                                        shops and hangars should be no higher than                                       draft, have repairs done to get the problem
program lower temperature settings while                                           55 degrees. Keep bay doors closed until a                                        resolved. Facilities improperly maintained
they are away or sleeping. ENERGY STAR                                             vehicle is ready to enter. Immediately close                                     can waste thousands of dollars in heating
qualified furnaces have fuel-use efficiency                                        doors after the vehicle has entered.                                             and cooling costs.
ratings of 90 percent or higher per year, which                                    Reheating the large quantities of air in a                                     For more information about the ENERGY
makes them approximately 15 percent more                                           bay area wastes money and energy.                                         STAR program, logon to http://www.energys-
efficient than standard models.                                                  • Ensure all sun-exposed windows are used                                   tar.gov/. For more information about energy
     ENERGY STAR labeled appliances, such as                                       for energy gain. Keep blinds/drapes open                                  conservation opportunities on Fort Carson, call
refrigerators, computers and washing machines,                                     during cold days to bring in natural heat                                 the Directorate of Environmental Compliance
also use anywhere from 20 to 50 percent less                                       from sunlight.                                                            and Management Pollution Prevention and
energy when they’re operating or in standby                                      • Take advantage of fluorescent lighting                                    Energy Conservation Program Coordinator at
mode, which reduces costly “phantom” energy                                        for homes or offices. A 40-watt fluorescent                               526-1739.
use and saves the owner money for utility costs.                                   light produces more than twice the light
     While energy-efficient major appliance                                        of a 100-watt incandescent bulb, lasts




POST TALK: What do you door at home?
           energy at work
                          to conserve

                                            “At work, I turn                                                               “Every night when                                                                   “I cut off the
                                             off lights or any                                                              we’re at Gate 5,                                                                    light and the
                                             electrical devices                                                             we change the                                                                       TV when I leave
                                             I’m not using                                                                  thermostat to                                                                       the room.”
                                             when I leave                                                                   60 degrees.
                                             the room.”                                                                     If we don’t                                                                        Chris Dunn
                                                                                                                            need it, we                                                                        Family member
                                            Pvt. Lauren Arms                                                                don’t use it.”
                                            743rd Military
                                            Intelligence Battalion                                                         Andrew Kinney
                                                                                                                           Security officer




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                                                                  NEWS
Army to test GM’s fuel cell vehicle
Army News Service                                            gasoline versions in its class, but sounds more like a
                                                             small jet engine as it revs up, producing exhaust that
    FORT BELVOIR, Va.— The Army has become                   is cool to the touch with water dripping from the
the first of General Motors’ customers to receive the        tailpipe as a by-product.
corporation’s latest in fuel cell technology.                     Weighing about 4,731 pounds, the Equinox fuel
    Larry Burns, GM’s vice president of research,            cell prototype can reach speeds of 100 mph running
development and strategic planning, relinquished the         on compressed hydrogen.
keys to a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell prototype              “This vehicle is an enhancement to the perfor-
to Maj. Gen. Roger A. Nadeau, commander of the               mance of the previous vehicle,” said Daniel
Army’s Research, Development and Engineering                 O’Connell, director of GM’s fuel cell fleet and
Command, in a Capitol Hill ceremony Sept. 21.                services. “This particular unit has a single fuel cell
                                                                                                                                                                Courtesy photo
    “I’m absolutely delighted as a Soldier to stand          power module, which gives us a significantly greater
here today and accept these keys from General                amount of power (compared to the dual-fuel-cell-           could have done individually,” Nadeau said.
Motors – to get ready to take this piece of equipment        powered Chevy GMT800 pick-up truck delivered to                 As with other hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, the
through its paces in a shared way with private industry,     the Army for testing in April 2005).”                      Army will train workers on operating and main-
and to do it faster and cheaper,” Nadeau said.                    The next generation fuel cell vehicle will not be     taining the Equinox, which will be used strictly for
    As part of Project Driveway, GM will test more           used for combat, but rather in a transportation            administrative purposes.
than 100 Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell vehicles, pictured      capacity on military installations.                             “We will learn from driving this thing into the
right, through consumers in three key regions:                    “The ability to use hydrogen fuel, for the moment     ground – put it through the paces, figure out what it
California, Washington, D.C., and New York. The              confined to the nontactical fleet, will allow us to find   can do and what it can’t do, and figure out what we
Army’s fuel cell vehicle is the first one of that fleet to   out things we don’t know and validate things we do         need to do to make it do better,” Nadeau said.
be built and delivered. The rest will be placed with         know, and get ready for the next advancement in this            “The Army is a great opportunity for us to get
consumers beginning in the fall of 2007.                     technology,” Nadeau said.                                  some advance learning … to put our fuel activities at
    The keys “are more than the keys to a vehicle –               Army researchers will put the vehicle through a       various bases and for a lot of them to learn how to
they are literally the keys to a brighter future for the     battery of tests under myriad conditions, then share       handle hydrogen, evaluate how to handle hydrogen,
United States,” said Sen. Carl Levin, a Senate Armed         the results with GM researchers.                           refuel the vehicle and give that experience, so it’s
Services Committee member and longtime alternative                “The ability to do this research in a cooperative     a great opportunity for both of us to get some
fuel technology advocate.                                    way with private industry allows both to advance           real-world learning in the military’s application of
    The Chevy sports utility vehicle looks like most         technology faster and cheaper than either one of us        the technology,” added O’Connell.
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        Oct. 13, 2006                                                             News

President’s counterterrorism adviser updates symposium guests
by Chief Petty Officer                      followed, Townsend referred repeatedly       “The president said we are safer but we     Security come together with one cause,
Susan Hammond                               to creating a culture of preparedness,       are not yet safe. We are winning to the     one fight, and that was to be effective
U.S. Northern Command                       which is defined as one of the priorities    extent that al-Qaida, as it existed on      — to make sure not one plane blew up.
Public Affairs                              in the report, “Federal Response to          Sept. 11, no longer exists. It is not the   This was all about mission and it was
                                            Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned,”         same organization.” She said the            heartening in a way you see routinely
    The “new culture of preparedness”       released in February.                        enemy is degraded, but not defeated.        among the United States military.”
was a theme as Frances Fargo                    Townsend outlined the president’s            “As you attack a known com-                  “As a result, we made smart
Townsend, assistant to the president for    priorities in counterterrorism, the          mand structure, it fractures like           decisions, and also maintained our
homeland security and counterterrorism,     primary being preventing attacks. She        glass,” Townsend said. “When a pane         ability to follow up on lead information
addressed the 2006 Homeland Defense         discussed transformational institutions      of glass shatters, you have many            after arrests,” Townsend said. “It really
Symposium Oct. 4.                           and tools being used, sharing infor-         more small, weaker pieces. It               was extraordinary.”
    Townsend’s address was titled,          mation, and the importance of involving      becomes more of a challenge.”                    Following her address, Townsend
“The State of Homeland Security and         government, military and private sector          Townsend responded to a question        said she was happy to be in Colorado
Counterterrorism Five Years after Sept.     communities at every level: federal, state   about interagency cooperation by            for the symposium.
11.” The symposium was sponsored by         and local.                                   relating an example from recent                  “It’s an opportunity for the private
the Homeland Defense Foundation and             Townsend was asked if the nation         operations involving the disruption         industry, government and military to
supported by U.S. Northern Command.         was winning the Global War on                of a plot in the United Kingdom to          talk about … how we’re going to go
    The mission of homeland security,       Terrorism and what was the end state         simultaneously blow up planes               forward,” she said. “Day-to-day we’re
Townsend said, is protecting the American   that would indicate victory. She             bound for the Untied States.                working on winning the war on terror,
people, and “the greatest threat to our     described the end state as the time              “It’s probably the best example that    and we don’t have an opportunity to step
homeland security is a terrorist attack.”   when nations would not use violence as       I can give you to gauge how far we’ve       back and have a substantive exchange.
    During her address and the              a means to achieve political ends.           come,” she said. “I saw the FBI, the        The (Homeland Defense) Foundation
question-and-answer session that                “Are we winning?” Townsend said.         CIA and the Department of Homeland          has provided us with that forum.”
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                                                      MILITARY
Soldiers deliver supplies to schoolchildren
Story and photo by                               still others were eager to talk and mingle
Sgt. Zach Mott                                   with the troops. But, as soon as the
3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team,                   school supplies were brought into the
4th Infantry Division                            room, each child smiled and anxiously
Public Affairs Office                            awaited his turn to receive his treasure
                                                 — a few pencils, a sharpener, an eraser,
     HAMRIN, Iraq — For many                     a ruler and a pair of scissors.
Iraqis, the only face of the Iraqi                     “A lot of the towns see the Iraqi
Security Forces they see is the one              army out and about, but they see them
entering their house looking for sus-            doing kinetic type operations,” said
pected insurgents.                               Staff Sgt. Eric Viburs, a team chief
     To help children see a more                 with Tactical Psychological Operations
human side of those responsible for              Team 15-32nd, attached to 310th
protecting their country, soldiers from          Psychological Operations Company.
the 3rd Brigade, 5th Iraqi army division         “They see them doing cordon and
visited two schools in this lakeside             searches; they see them doing (traffic
village in northern Diyala Province to           control points) and searching cars. I
hand out school supplies and talk to             think it’s important for the kids to see
the children about the importance of             the softer side of the Iraqi army. They
staying in school.                               live amongst them. They serve the
     They’re the ones who are going to be        Iraqi people. I think it’s important for
leading Iraq’s future tomorrow, said Col.        the kids to see that.”
Yas, the 3rd Brigade, 5th IAD, G-5,                    Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron,
through an interpreter during a visit to a       9th Cavalry, 3rd Heavy Brigade
Hamrin secondary school. The children            Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division           Staff Sergeants Douhnn Gbehan and Mark Aldaco, both from Comanche
should side with the Iraqi army and the          joined the Iraqi Army patrol as well         Troop, 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Iraqi police and not side with the terrorists.   and mingled with the younger Iraqi cit-      Infantry Division, are entertained by Iraqi schoolchildren during a visit to
     Some children were shy, others              izens. The Soldiers handed out soccer        Hamrin. The Soldiers joined their Iraqi army counterparts to hand out
whimpered at the sight of the soldiers,          balls to each school.                        school supplies to two Hamrin schools Oct. 4.
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        Oct. 13, 2006                                                         Military

    Military briefs
                Miscellaneous                                   DPW services — The Directorate of Public               5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and training holi-
                                                            Works is responsible for a wide variety of services on     days 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
     Casualty training — The casualty section will          Fort Carson. Services range from repair and main-              Legal Assistance hours — Operating hours for the
conduct the Taking Care of Families training course         tenance of facilities to equipping units with a sweeper,   Legal Assistance Office are Monday-Thursday from 9
Oct. 17-20 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in building             and cleaning motor pools. Listed below are phone           a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
1117, room 302B. This course is mandatory for               numbers and points of contact for services:                    Claims Division hours — The Claims Division
casualty assistance officers and casualty notification          • Facility repair/service orders — KIRA service        office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-5
officers and required for duties sergeant first class       order desk at 526-5345. Use this number for                p.m, Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and closed federal
and above. Seating is limited to 30 participants on a       emergencies or routine tasks.                              and training holidays.
first-come, first-served basis. Call 526-5613/5614              • Refuse/trash — Call Kandy Clark at 526-9243              To make a claim, Soldiers must attend a
or e-mail casualty.g1@carson.army.mil for more              when needing trash containers, trash is overflowing        mandatory briefing, which is given Mondays and
information.                                                or emergency service is required.                          Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
     Ethics training — The Office of the Staff Judge            • Facility custodial services — Call Larry Haack           At the briefing, Soldiers must submit a
Advocate will conduct annual ethics training courses        at 526-9237 for service needs or to report complaints.     Department of Defense Form 1840/1840R. Submit
at McMahon Theater on the following dates:                      • Elevator maintenance — Call Sharon Gayle at          completed claims Tuesdays and Thursdays.
     • Nov. 2 at 9 and 10:30 a.m.                           526-1695.                                                      DFAC hours — Fort Carson dining facilities
     • Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m.                                      • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Call            operate under the following hours:
     • Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m.                                  Kandy Clark at 526-9243.                                       Wolf Inn — Monday-Friday 7-9 a.m. (breakfast),
     • Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m.                                      • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Grant       11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 4:30-6:30 p.m.
     • Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m.                                  at 526-5844. Use this number to obtain self-help tools     (dinner). Weekend hours are 7:30-9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-
     This training is mandatory for all Department of       and equipment or a motorized sweeper.                      1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.
the Army civilians and military personnel and must              • Base operations contract Contracting Officer             Butts Army Airfield — Monday-Friday 7-9 a.m.
be completed by Dec. 31. Attendance in one session          Representative— Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 for           (breakfast), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 4:30-6:30
is required and units containing more than 100              reporting wind damage, snow removal concerns,              p.m. (dinner). This DFAC is closed weekends.
people can arrange to have their own training               damaged traffic signs or other facility damage.                Patton Inn — Monday-Friday 7:30-9 a.m.
session conducted. Contact Lorraine Sirois at                   • Portable latrines — Call Kandy Clark at 526-         (breakfast), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 5-7 p.m.
526-0538 or lorraine.sirois@carson.army.mil for             9243 to request latrines, for service or to report         (dinner). Weekend hours are 7:30-9 a.m., 11:30
more information.                                           damaged or overturned latrines.                            a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.
     Finance in- and out-processing — The in- and                                                                          10th SFG — Monday-Friday 7-9 a.m. (breakfast),
out-processing section of finance has consolidated its                         CIF Hours                               11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 4:30-6 p.m. (dinner).
operations on the second floor of building 1218.                Regular business hours                                 This DFAC is closed weekends.
Travel and accessions moved from the first floor of             The Central Issue Facility has changed its operating
building 1218 to the second floor.                          hours. The CIF is no longer open to Soldiers on                                Briefings
     Customers for in- and out-processing should go         Fridays. Soldiers may make appointments by calling             Special Forces briefings — will be held
to room 230 in building 1218, sign in and wait for          526-3321. Listed below are the new operating hours.        Wednesdays at building 1217, room 305, from 10-11
a technician. Phone numbers remain the same:                    In-processing                                          a.m., noon-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
Separations 526-8473/8476/1302; retirement 526-                 Monday-Thursday from 7:30-10:30 a.m.                       Soldiers must be E4-E6 from any military
4233/4234/8470; travel 526-9930/0507/0475; acces-               Initial issues                                         occupational specialty; have a general technical score
sions 526-8479/8236/4558; and chief of in- and out-             Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.                      of at least 100; be a U.S. citizen; score 229 or higher
processing 526-6230.                                            Partial issues                                         on the Army Physical Fitness Test; and pass a Special
     ACAP relocation — The Army Career and                      Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.                      Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or visit the Web site
Alumni Program Center has moved to building 1117,               Cash sales/report of survey                            at www.bragg.army.mil/sorb.
room 114. Soldiers should use the southwest                     Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.                      ACAP briefing –– The Army Career and
entrance. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.               Direct exchange                                        Alumni Program preseparation briefing is required
     Veterans Administration relocation — The VA                Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.                      for all departing service members. Current ACAP
is now located in building 6220 on the first floor.             Partial turn-ins                                       policy requires personnel ending time in service to
     Harmony in Motion auditions — Harmony                      Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m.                      register one year out and retirees two years out.
in Motion will hold auditions for sopranos, altos,              Full turn-ins                                          ACAP preseparation briefings are held Monday-
tenors and basses. Auditions will be held daily at              Monday-Thursday 7:30-10:30 a.m.                        Thursday from 7:30-9 a.m.
the Freedom Performing Arts Center, building                    Unit issues and turn-ins                                   Attendees should report to ACAP by 7:15 a.m.
1129, from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Visit the                   Call 526-5512/6477 for approval.                       to building 1117, room 114. Call 526-1002 to
Web site at www.carson.army.mil/harmony for more                                                                       schedule the briefing.
information.                                                    Hours of operation                                         ETS briefing — ETS briefings for enlisted
     Casualty and Mortuary Affairs offices move                 Education Center hours of operation — The              personnel will be held the first and third Tuesday of
— Fort Carson’s Casualty and Mortuary Affairs               Mountain Post Training and Education Center’s              each month until further notice.
offices have moved to building 1218, rooms 164, 165         hours are as follows:                                          Briefing sign-in begins at 7 a.m. at building
and 168. Telephone numbers remain the same.                     • Counselor Support Center — Monday through            1042, room 310. Briefings will be given on a first-
     TSP Pilot — Let the Thrift Savings Plan Pilot          Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday, 11 a.m.-          come, first-served basis.
take the guesswork out of your TSP fund choice              4:30 p.m.                                                      Soldiers must be within 120 days of their ETS
decisions (including the new L funds).                          • Learning Resource Center — Monday through            but must attend the briefing no later than 30 days
     TSP Pilot’s investment analysts give you               Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;              prior to their ETS or start date of transition leave.
optimized fund balance allocations you can plug             Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and training holidays             Call 526-2240 for more information.
into your TSP account Web site to maximize returns.         9 a.m.-5 p.m.
A free issue is available.                                      • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education
     Please allow a few moments for the page to             Support and Advanced Personnel Testing —
fully load: http://TSP-pilot.com.                           Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:15-4:15 p.m.;
     Environmental Health training — The                    closed training holidays.
Environmental Health section of Preventive                      • Basic Skills Education Program/Functional
Medicine offers heat category monitoring training,          Academic Skills Training — Monday-Thursday 1-4
food service sanitation training and classes on hot         p.m.; closed training holidays.                                 BOSS meeting — The post BOSS meeting,
and cold weather injuries, sexually transmitted diseases,       • eArmyU Testing — Monday-Friday, 12:15-                for BOSS representatives, meets the third
hearing conservation and medical threat briefings.          4:15 p.m.; closed training holidays.                        Thursday of each month at Xtremes from 1:30-
For more information on these classes call 526-7922             Military Occupational Specialty Library —               3:30 p.m. For information, call 524-BOSS.
or 524-2238.                                                Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-
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Muqdadiya city council works to improve life for its citizens
Story and photo by Sgt. Zach Mott                       the Muqdadiya government is functioning and                 being at the front lines of numerous terrorist attacks.
3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team,                          projects are progressing.                                       “The people of Muqdadiya want it cleaned,
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office                  Recently, the 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 3rd           painted, freshened up,” Emons said. “Security has
                                                        Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Lightning,            improved (in that area). The IA and (Iraqi police) are
    MUQDADIYA, Iraq — A functioning city                to which Emons’ 404th CA Bn. company is attached,           working together with coalition (forces).
government can mean the difference between a            as well as its Iraqi Army counterparts from 3rd                 “Today’s meeting discussed how to revitalize the
flourishing economy and a city covered in trash and     Brigade, 5th Iraqi army division, conducted an              city market. The council members agreed that the
backed up sewage lines.                                 operation to clear the Muqdadiya market of terrorists.      project needs to be given top priority in order to
    To counter the latter, the Muqdadiya city council        “A project like that tells the people, that security   properly serve those whom they represent. The
meets regularly to discuss all things related to city   is on their mind first and foremost,” Emons said. “So       particulars still need to be ironed out, but the
governance in hopes of achieving a thriving economy     when we do something to block it to allow the people        Muqdadiya city council agreed to begin the project as
where commerce flows as freely as the sewage lines.     to roam freely, it makes them comfortable and it            soon as possible by thoroughly cleaning the area and
    Capt. Michael Emons, a civil affairs team leader    trickles down through the economy.”                         painting the curbs and buildings.
assigned to Company B, 404th Civil Affairs                   While there has been a boost to the economy gen-           “What we talked about today was putting signs
Battalion, routinely attends these meetings to ensure   erated in the city’s heart, it still bears the scars of     up saying that the city council did the project and it
                                                                                                                                 allows the people to see that they have a
                                                                                                                                 government (that is working for them),”
                                                                                                                                 Emons said.


                                                                                                                                Capt. Michael Emons, team leader,
                                                                                                                                Company B, 404th Civil Affairs
                                                                                                                                Battalion attached to 2nd Squadron,
                                                                                                                                9th Cavalry, 3rd Heavy Brigade
                                                                                                                                Combat Team, 4th Infantry
                                                                                                                                Division, left, talks to the Muqdadiya
                                                                                                                                city council members through an
                                                                                                                                interpreter during a meeting to
                                                                                                                                discuss ways to improve life within
                                                                                                                                the city. Emons routinely attends
                                                                                                                                meetings to ensure progress is
                                                                                                                                being made on much-needed
                                                                                                                                projects in the region as well as to
                                                                                                                                facilitate help from coalition forces.
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        Oct. 13, 2006                                                          Military

Iraqi forces man traffic control points
Story and photo by Staff Sgt.                along two busy highways just south of              Iraqi army Lt. Sadaim took little      engineers assisted the Iraqi forces in
Samantha M. Stryker                          Baqubah, Sept. 26, in their continuing        time setting up his men along the           searching larger trucks and their pay-
5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment         efforts to take the lead in providing         checkpoint and directing traffic as their   loads. Hunt said the engineer assets were
                                             security and stability for their country.     U.S. counterparts guarded the perimeter.    used because materials used to construct
    KHAN BANI SA’AD, Iraq —                      Members of Company D, 1-68                Even the livestock that occasionally        improvised explosive devices have been
Members of Iraqi army and police             Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Heavy            crossed the road did little to slow the     found in the larger trucks at other check-
forces manned traffic control points         Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry             rhythm set by IA personnel.                 points in the region.
                                             Division, provided a helping hand to               Just beyond the security perimeter          Along with searching tractor-
                                             members of the Iraqi Army’s 5th               set by U.S. forces, two consecutive         trailers, Iraqi forces at both check-
                                             Division and local police forces in setting   explosions were heard. The Iraqi sol-       points searched vehicles carrying
                                             up and manning traffic control points         diers showed no fear as they continued      cargo, such as carpets, fabrics and
                                             in an effort to deter insurgent activity      to search and question motorists on the     agricultural supplies. Tankers were
                                             in Diyala Province.                           road. Within minutes, a local citizen       also eyed by authorities before being
                                                  Along Highway 5, Company D               explained that the explosions were          allowed to continue down the road.
                                             assisted the IA with setting up a check-      caused by a local farmer using explo-            Hunt said the checkpoints are
                                             point. Later that same morning, the           sives before drilling a well.               designed to stop or slow down the
                                             same Soldiers assisted Iraqi policemen             As vehicles were searched, IA          insurgents’ ability to transfer bomb
                                             with a checkpoint along Highway 2.            soldiers gathered information from          making material to areas where Iraqi
                                                  “We went ahead and got it started        passing motorists about insurgent           and coalition forces travel and keep
                                             for them and let them see what right          activity in the area.                       insurgents from planting roadside
                                             looks like and then we sort of stepped             Sadaim smiled as he spoke through      bombs. He also said they deter attacks
                                             back and let them take it, so they can        a translator. He said that those passing    against coalition forces by reducing the
                                             get more experience,” said 1st Sgt.           through his checkpoint were his brothers    number of insurgents entering the area.
                                             Tommy Hunt, company first sergeant.           and his friends and that they would not          Despite the long hours and the
                                                  Hunt said the checkpoints were the       hurt him. They would tell him if they       tedious task of searching hundreds of
                                             culmination of the U.S. Army’s efforts to     knew someone was planning some-             vehicles and several horse-drawn carts,
                                             train IA and IP forces in security and        thing today, he said.                       Iraqi forces remained on point, according
An Iraqi army soldier controls the           stability operations.                              Later that morning, members of         to Hunt.
flow of traffic at a flash traffic control        The Iraqis set up the checkpoint         Company D headed east to the town-               “They can fight the insurgency and
point along Highway 5, south of              along highways known for their use            ship of Al Jaddah, along Highway 2,         restore peace and order to Iraq, which
Baqubah, Iraq, Sept. 26. Iraqi army          by insurgents as main routes for traf-        to assist the Iraqi police with similar     was the end-state all along for this fight,
and police personnel took over               ficking weapons and materials used to         operations at a checkpoint across the       and that is why it’s important for them to
responsibility for the checkpoints           construct      improvised      explosive      road from the police station.               take over as the forefront and we can
after being trained by coalition forces.     devices into Baghdad.                              At both checkpoints, U.S. Army         eventually go home,” Hunt said.
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                                                                        Photos by Rebecca E. Tonn

                        Serving his country
Above: A memorial service was held for Pfc. Nicholas A. Madaras, 1-68 Combined Arms
Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division on Oct. 4, at Soldiers’
Memorial Chapel. Retired 1st Sgt. Ernie Mazurkiewicz played taps, after an honor guard paid
tribute with a rifle salute.

Left: Madaras’ boots, Kevlar helmet, identification tags and weapon are on display at the
chapel. Madaras was assigned to the battalion commander’s personal security detail and
served as the platoon sergeant’s driver. He was killed Sept. 3 in Iraq. Madaras had numerous
awards and decorations, including a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart. Madaras is
survived by his parents, William and Shalini, his sister Marie, and his brother Christopher.
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   Oct. 13, 2006                                                       Military

 Amputees, therapists go for the gold
 by Doug Rule                               Disabled may not be a good             The team captain is Maj. David     with the 101st Airborne Division
 Fort Carson Public Affairs Office     word when talking about these           Rozelle, formerly of Fort Carson       in Kirkuk, Iraq, he was driving an
                                       18 servicemembers. They call their      and the 3rd Armored Cavalry            up-armored Humvee down a road
     More than 24,000 runners          team Missing Parts in Action, but       Regiment. Rozelle lost part of his     filled with craters when his vehicle
 took the Washington, D.C., streets    they don’t let those missing parts      right leg while commanding Troop       struck an improvised explosive
 Sunday with the Army Ten-Miler.       stop them, whether it’s running         K of the 3rd ACR in Iraq in June       device. He credits still being alive
 Among those runners were military     this 10-mile course or continuing       2003. He came back, was fitted         to the extra armor. As testament to
 amputees and their therapists.        to serve their country.                 with a high-tech artificial foot and   his will to recover, he worked dili-
                                                                                  became the first amputee in         gently with his prosthetic leg and
                                                                                  recent history to be certified to   accompanied fellow amputees to a
                                                                                  return to combat. Currently, he     ski trip in Vail in March. Not hav-
                                                                                  is serving at Walter Reed Army      ing skied before, he learned to hit
                                                                                  Medical Center in Washington.       the slopes, and not only the bunny
                                                                                       “This is my third year to be   slopes, in just a couple of days.
                                                                                  part of the Missing Parts in        Six months later he is taking on
                                                                                  Action team. I began the program    the Ten-Miler.
                                                                                  three years ago with a few               The 16 other amputees all have
                                                                                  guys to remind the Army we          equally inspiring stories, having
                                                                                  hadn’t given up,” said Rozelle.     overcome what would be to many
                                                                                  “Running the Army Ten-Miler         impossible odds. The three teams
                                                                                  as an amputee is a living symbol    finished seventh, eighth and 15th
                                                                                  of the Warrior Ethos, ‘I will       in their respective categories. One
                                                                                  never quit,’ and as a team, we      amputee, Domingo Soto Santana,
                                                                                  display the most important          finished with a time of 1:14:40, fin-
                                                                                  Warrior Ethos, ‘I will never        ishing 1,567 overall.
                                                                                  leave a fallen comrade                   Editors note: October is
                                                                                  behind.’”                           Disability Awareness Month
                                                    Photo by Pat Griffith, AUSA        The newest member of the       and the Mountaineer will be
 The Missing Parts in Action teams take off from the starting line at the team is Spc. James Stuck. On                highlighting several Fort Carson
 2006 Army Ten-Miler race in Washington on Sunday.                                Dec. 20, 2005, when Stuck was       employees later this month.
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                                     COMMUNITY
Take a stand against domestic violence
by Michael J. Pach                         emotional, sexual, economic, or
Mountaineer staff                          psychological actions or threats.
                                           Domestic violence can occur with
     October is Domestic Violence          people of any age, race, gender, sexual
Awareness Month and the Department         orientation, religion, socioeconomic or
of Defense has launched a national         educational level, or to couples who
campaign designed to educate service-      are married, dating or living together.
members and their families about                Ninety percent of reported
violence prevention and the resources      domestic violence cases in this
available to them. The DOD has             country involve violence toward
partnered with the Family Violence         women with 7-10 percent involving
Prevention Fund in this campaign           violence aimed at men. Men are less
and has adopted a theme of “Take a         likely to report violence against
Stand … Prevent Domestic Violence          themselves, while women are more
… Help Stop it Before it Starts.”          likely to feel their lives are in danger
     Army Community Service posted         when they are victims of abuse.
campaign banners at gates 1, 3, 4, 5            Although national statistics do not
and 20 to get people’s attention, but      show a correlation between the
they are doing much more in the fight      number of cases of domestic violence
against domestic violence.                 and military installations, there is a
     ACS gets involved with Soldiers       higher rate of instances among people
from the first day they step on post.      ages 18-25. Since a large percentage       or friend, would you want this to              day, seven days a week that can be
As part of their in-processing, Soldiers   of military personnel fall into this age   happen?” said Koss. “Good men set              reached by calling the ACS office at
receive training on domestic violence      range and service members are faced        the example for their subordinates.            526-4590 or their pager at 577-3171.
with the Family Violence Awareness         with the added stressors of financial      Leaders take a stand and let others                ACS will bring both parties
briefing. This training is an annual       problems, deployments and combat           know it’s not OK.”                             together with Social Work Services,
requirement and a reminder for single      duty, there is reason for concern.               Part of the Fort Carson campaign         legal and medical representatives and
and married Soldiers of how to prevent          “There are times that marriage can    against domestic violence includes the         a family life chaplain in order to
domestic violence during stressful         be challenging in the best of circum-      signing of a pledge of nonviolence             determine if there is a case and to
times. Training is also provided during    stances. When we have the additional       developed by a group called “Men               recommend treatment. Family
stressful times like predeployment         challenges of being in a war-time          Against Violence and Abuse.” Local             advocates will assist the victim in
and redeployment since studies have        situation, that can increase the risk of   community leaders and installation             developing a safety plan, help the victim
shown instances of abuse to be             domestic violence,” said ACS Soldier       commanders will sign the pledge                understand what his or her rights are
higher during these situations.            and Family Readiness program               which states, “I believe that peace and        and support the victim in court.
     “I think Fort Carson has a really     manager, Jeanne Koss.                      respect must exist within myself and               Help can also be found by calling
good program,” said family advocacy             Statistics also show that the         it is then my personal responsibility to       the National Domestic Violence
training instructor, Darryl Thomas.        number of domestic violence cases at       help create a community safe from              Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or (800)
“All of the troops have had the            Fort Carson is slightly lower than the     abuse and oppression.”                         787-3224 (TTY) or by visiting the
training, and we are doing a great         average on all Army bases, but Koss              What should you do if you’re a           NDVH Web site at www.ndvh.org.
job putting out the word.”                 stresses the need to make everyone         victim of or a witness to domestic             The Web site contains a lot of useful
     Domestic violence is defined as       aware of this issue.                       violence?                                      information, but ACS encourages
a behavioral pattern used to gain or            “Research showed one of the most            ACS wants everyone on post to            victims living on or off post to contact
maintain control of an intimate partner    effective ways to prevent domestic         know that there is support for both            them directly since they can provide
in a relationship. An intimate partner     violence is to approach all men. When      Soldiers and civilians. First of all, if you   immediate assistance and because the
could be a spouse or a girlfriend or       people do nothing, they are part of the    find yourself in an emergency situation,       consequences of domestic violence
boyfriend, and the abuse toward one        conspiracy of silence. Take a stand. If    call 911. ACS also has two victim              cases are different when dealt with by
can come in the form of physical,          this victim was your sister or mother      advocates that are on call 24 hours a          the Army than by outside agencies.



    Am I being abused?                                                                                  Am I abusing my partner?
    Does your partner:                                                                                  Abuse Is:
    • Embarrass you with put downs?                                                                     • Calling bad names or putting
    • Look at you or act in ways that scare you?                                                          someone down
    • Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?                                      • Shouting and cursing
    • Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?                                              • Hitting, slapping and/or pushing
    • Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for                                        • Making threats of any kind
      money or refuse to give you money?                                                                • Jealousy and suspicion
    • Make all of the decisions?
                                                                                                        • Keeping someone away from family
    • Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away or hurt
                                                                                                          and friends
      your children?
                                                                                                        • Throwing things around the house
    • Prevent you from working or attending school?
    • Act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault or even deny doing it?
    • Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?                                                            Source:
    • Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
    • Shove you, slap you, choke you or hit you?                                                         National Domestic Violence Hotline
    • Force you to try to drop charges?                                                                              Web site:
    • Threaten to commit suicide?                                                                                  www.ndvh.com
    • Threaten to kill you?
             If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions,
                     you may be in an abusive relationship.
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   Oct. 13, 2006                                                     Community

   Community briefs
               Miscellaneous                             held Nov. 14 at Armed Services YMCA, 2190 Jet
                                                         Wing Drive, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Topics will include:
     Fort Carson Fire Department open house —            local and infant open adoption, foster adoption,
is tomorrow, from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the main         interstate adoptions, international adoptions
fire station, building 1805. Family fun for all          services, financial/military information, adoptive
ages includes: antique fire truck rides, a vehicle       parent forum. For more information and to sign up
extrication demonstration, Flight for Life helicopter,   by Nov. 9, call: Peterson Air Force Base at 556-
bouncy slide and climbing wall. Refreshments             6141, Schriever Air Force Base at 567-9380, United
will be served.                                          States Air Force Academy at 333-3444 or Fort
     Directorate of Environmental Compliance             Carson’s Army Community Service at 526-4590.
and Management — Building 6287, near Prussman                 November is Military Family Month —
and Mekong, is being dismantled and demolished           Celebrate Families First with a free Thanksgiving
and will continue until Dec. 31. Please, stay out of     meal, a children’s magic show and door prizes,
the area and do not park within 100 feet of the          Nov. 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Armed
building. Contact Eldon Granger at 526-1687 for          Services YMCA, 2190 Jet Wing Drive. Space is
further information.                                     limited. For reservations call 622-9622.
     Child and Youth Services, Caring Saturdays               Evans Army Community Hospital — The cor-
— Free child care for families of deployed Soldiers      respondence division of the Patient Administration
is offered the first and third Saturday of each month,   Department will be closing Thursdays from noon to
from noon to 7 p.m., in the East Child Development       6 p.m., starting Thursday. Release of information
Center, building 6058. Families must bring a             requests will not be taken during this time. This will
copy of their sponsor’s deployment orders and            create faster turn-around time for copies of records.
their child's up-to-date immunization record. For             Family Loss Memorial Service — If you
reservations call 524-4218. For further information      have suffered personal loss, extended family loss,
call 526-1101.                                           infant loss or a miscarriage, this memorial service
     Retiree Appreciation Day — The event will be        is designed for you. Please, join us at Healers
in the Special Events Center Oct. 21, from 8 a.m.-       Chapel, Evans Army Community Hospital, Oct. 19
noon. Several information stations will address          at 11 a.m.
items of concern for retirees, including allotment            Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers’ Memorial
changes, wills, powers of attorney, TRI-CARE,            — Donations are needed to build a memorial in
blood pressure checks and other medical issues. Flu      America the Beautiful Park to honor local police
shots will be offered, as will Department of Defense     officers who have made, and who will make, the
decals. Passenger vans will shuttle participants to      ultimate sacrifice. This includes Department of the
get new identification cards and to Wolf Dining          Army Police and Military Police, from Fort Carson.
Hall for lunch. For more information call Leona          For more information call 524-4411/4413/4415
Abdullah-Allen at 526-2840.                              or 526-2053.
     Special Education Advisory Council —                     Fort Carson community blood drive — is
Parents, community members and school staff are          Thursday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Elkhorn
invited to attend the Fountain-Fort Carson School        Conference Center. For more information or to
District Eight SEAC meeting on Thursday, from            schedule an appointment, contact the Bonfils
8:30-10:30 a.m., at Mesa Elementary School, 400          Appointment Center at (800) 750-4482, ext. 1.
Camino del Rey, in Fountain. For more information             Career fair — The Employment Readiness
and to RSVP, contact Peter Babeu at 382-1569 or          Program hosts a career fair Oct. 27 from 11 a.m.-
pbabeu@ffc8.org.                                         2:30 p.m. at the Special Events Center, building
     Hallelujah Fun Night — Fun, food and frolic         1829. This event will focus on assisting military
at the Fort Carson Youth Center, building 5950, Oct.     spouses, family members, transitioning service                Ongoing road closures — Portions of Specker
29, 5-7 p.m. For children ages 2-92. No scary cos-       members, National Guard, Reservists and retirees         Avenue and Titus Boulevard will be closed until
tumes, please. Donations of candy can be taken to        in finding employment. Bring a resume. Contact           April. Questions about the closure or disruption of
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Eighty-five volunteers        Army Community Service at 526-4590 for more              traffic along Butts Road can be addressed to
are still needed to assist with games. Sponsored by      information.                                             Fort Carson’s Directorate of Public Works Traffic
Soldiers' Memorial Chapel and Protestant                      Make a Difference Day — Fort Carson will            Engineer, Rick Orphan, at 526-9267 or Fort
Women of the Chapel. Call 393-2491 or e-mail             participate in Make a Difference Day Oct. 28 from        Carson’s Army Corps of Engineers Transformation
simsent02@hotmail.com for more information.              8 a.m.-4 p.m. with general beautification of the         Resident Office, Maj. John Hudson, at 526-4974.
     Thrift Savings Plan maximum contributions           three reservoirs on Fort Carson. To register visit            Sustainability conference — Fort Carson’s
— The Internal Revenue Service's 2006 annual TSP         www.volunteerpikespeak.org/volunteer/news/make-          fifth annual Community Sustainability Conference
limit is $15,000. Check your TSP year-to-date            a-difference or contact Army Community Service           and Exposition will be held Nov. 8-9. The topic is
contributions under the “Deductions” section of your     at 526-4590 for more information.                        “Gaining Irreversible Momentum for Regional
Leave and Earnings Statement. The TSP Fact Sheet,             Switch from air-conditioning to heating —           Sustainability.” An ice breaker will be held Nov. 8,
“Annual Limits on Elective Deferrals,” describes         Fort Carson Support Services began the seasonal          and the conference will be held Nov. 9. Visit the
the limits in detail and how they affect TSP contri-     transition from cooling to heating Oct. 2. Tentative     Web site at http://sems.carson.army.mil. Register
butions for Federal Employees Retirement System          transition schedule is subject to change as weather      for the conference on the Web site.
employees. Go to www.tsp.gov/forms/oc91-13w.pdf          dictates. In progress through Tuesday — living                Hypertension class — Do you have high
or www.abc.army.mil or call Army Benefits                quarters and all buildings located in the following      blood pressure? Do you want to lower your risk of
Center, toll free at (877) 276-9287 for further          blocks: 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400,          heart disease? A hypertension class is presented
information. Numbers for overseas or hearing             1500, 1600, 1800,1900, 2000, 2100, 2200, 2300,           every other Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in
impaired customers can be found at                       2400, 2500, 2600 and 9000. Wednesday-Oct. 26 —           the Mountain Post Wellness Center, building 1526.
www.abc.army.mil/Information/ABCGenera./                 warehouses, motor pools and all remaining                To register or for more information call 526-7022.
Information/ABCMenu.htm.                                 buildings. For more information contact FCSS at          The class is presented by Disease Management
     RecruitMilitary Career Fair — A free hiring         526-5345 or Terry Hagen at 526-9262.                     and Nutrition Care.
event for veterans and personnel who are transition-          Toddler Time — Army Community Service’s                  Claims against the estate — Those with
ing from active duty, Reserves, Guard and military       New Parent Support Program is sponsoring Toddler         claims of indebtedness to the estate of Sgt. James
spouses will he held at Wings Over the Rockies Air       Time which includes games, crafts, songs and             Worster, deceased, should contact Capt. Rainier
& Space Museum in Denver, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-3             stories for ages 18 months-3 years on Thursdays          Gonzales at 526-6575.
p.m. For more information or to register as a            from 10-11 a.m. until Nov. 16 at Family University,           •Those with claims of indebtedness to the
job-seeker, visit www.RecruitMilitary.com.               building 1161. Call 526-4590 to register between 8       estate of Col. Barton K. George, deceased, should
     Adoption Fair — The Adoption Fair will be           a.m.-3:30 p.m. or leave a message at 526-6440.           contact Maj. Tracey M. Wilson at 526-7304.
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Wolf it down

New ‘Wolf Express’ opens Monday
By Nel Lampe                                             Although Wolf Dining Hall was built with                   Scramblers (scrambled eggs) can be ordered
Mountaineer staff                                    a takeout section in mind, formerly called the             with sausage or bacon, vegetables, potatoes and
                                                     “Grab and Go,” the Wolf Express takes over that            cheese – or skip the potatoes, cheese and meat for a
     Soldiers looking for a quick lunch or breakfast space beginning Monday.                                    healthier breakfast.
“to go” can get it on post. No need to make a trip       The Grab and Go is closed until Monday as                  “Diners can order a scrambler made with egg
off post to one of the fast food establishments to   Staff Sgt. Steve Szakal and the staff get ready to         whites, veggies and potatoes,” Szakal said. The
grab a favorite biscuit or croissant breakfast sand- launch Wolf Express.                                       potatoes will be steamed until tender and finished
wich or a spicy chicken sandwich, wrap or salad –        “This concept is to have a Soldier come here           off on the grill, for a healthier alternative to standard
just stop at the Wolf Express starting Monday.       instead of going to fast food places,” Szakal said.        fried hash-browns.
     Wolf Express will be open from 7-9 a.m. serv-       It’ll be faster, the food will be “built to order”         The lunch meal at Wolf Express includes some
ing a breakfast menu and from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for and Soldiers can charge the meal to their meal card.        new items with a healthier take, such as a grilled
lunch takeout, Monday through Friday.                    As Szakal explained, the food will be pre-             chicken club sandwich, a turkey, ham or roast
                                                                      prepped. Soldiers will make a selec-      beef sandwich and wraps. The Italian meatball
                                                                      tion from the posted menu, pay the        sub isn’t fried, and the gyro with cucumber sauce
                                                                      cashier or charge it to their meal        may be a healthier choice than a double Wolf
                                                                      card and get a receipt. A copy of the     cheeseburger or the spicy chicken sandwich. The
                                                                      receipt goes at the same time to the      chicken cheese steak is a little healthier than
                                                                      cooks, who prepare the order, bag         the Philly cheese steak.
                                                                      it, and get it to the customer.               And if a diner wants the standard cheeseburger
                                                                           “We’re looking to improve our        with onion rings or fries, that’s available, too.
                                                                      menu — offer a variety of items as            Drinks available include Coca-Cola products,
                                                                      an option to going off post,” Szakal      cappuccino, coffee, juice, regular milk, chocolate
                                                                      said. Many of the items at Wolf           milk and water.
                                                                      Express are similar to Soldiers’              Szakal said he is working with nutritionists and
                                                                      favorite fast food items.                 that calorie content cards will be posted, listing fat
                                                                           Healthier items will be offered      grams and calorie counts on takeout items.
                                                                      at Wolf Express for those Soldiers            Soldiers pressed for time, on their way to an
                                                                      looking for healthful alternatives. For   appointment or wanting to watch TV, shop or goof
Sgt James Roden of 4th Engineer Batallion gets ready to pay instance, a selection of melon bowls                off during their lunch break can save time by
for his “grab and go” Oct. 5 at Wolf Dining Hall. Sgt. John will be offered, in addition to apples,             stopping by Wolf Express. Civilians employed on
Huston, 183rd Maintenance Company, is at left.                        bananas and oranges.                      post and family members are also welcome.
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Energy billing questions answered
GMH Fort Carson Family Housing                                  You haven’t metered my home yet. How can            reconciled when the balance reaches $15. If your
                                                           you bill me for utilities?                               use goes up and down within that $15 buffer,
     Conservation of utilities continues to be an               Every home on Fort Carson is metered. We            it may be months before you either get a refund or
area of interest for the Department of Defense and         use modern digital meters that directly read your        need to make a payment.
the residents of Fort Carson Family Housing have           consumption and report over a phone line.                    I heard utility costs are going up a lot this
been receiving mock utility statements from Energy              OK, part of the BAH I send to GMH every             winter. How will that affect the program?
Billing Systems. The Department of the Army has            month is going to go for utilities, but I’m                  There’s good news for you there. Your baseline
directed that GMH FCFH begin the actual program.           responsible, too. How is that going to work?             is based on how much electricity and gas you used,
All residents of on-post housing are now responsible            The Army and GMH have been collecting data          not how much it cost. We always multiply that
for any excess utility use and will be eligible for        on utility use by families living in our homes on post   use times the current rate, so if the rates go up, your
rebates from GMH if they conserve energy.                  for at least three years. We will use this history to    baseline will go up, too.
GMH has compiled the most frequently asked                 calculate a baseline — an average utility consumption        I don’t think my bill is right. What do I do?
questions concerning this program.                         — for every kind of house on post. Part of your rent         If you think the meter readings are wrong, contact
     You say we’re now going to have to pay for            actually goes to pay that baseline. If you use less,     the phone number on your bill, 632-9100,
utilities. But I can’t afford another $100 or              then you’ll get a refund. If you use more than the       extension 210. They maintain the meters.
$150 each month! You’re already taking my full             baseline, you will have to pay the difference.           They can answer basic questions
Basic Allowance for Housing — why doesn’t the                   There are five items that determine your            about things like the baseline and
project pay for utilities?                                 baseline. They are: 1. size of home in square feet;      have a list of secondary contacts
     Actually, you have been paying for utilities for      2. number of stories; 3. type of construction; 4.        for more detailed questions.
the past few years. It is in your BAH. Your rent           foundation type, such a basement, slab on grade or           Can I pay my bill on-line?
has been established as the same amount as your            crawl space; and 5. if you are in                            Not yet, but the program is
BAH. BAH includes a utilities component so nor-            a multi-unit building,                                   being worked on.
mal utility use is covered.                                whether you are in an end
     So why do I have to get a bill? If I’m already        or an internal unit. We
paying GMH for rent and utilities, why don’t               have 52 different base-
they just pay the utilities?                               lines on Fort Carson.
     The Army, just like millions of citizens and               How is this
thousands of other organizations, is concerned about       payment or refund
conserving natural resources. The Army decided the         going to work?
best way to get housing residents aware of their                We are instituting a
utility use as well is to give them financial incentives   5 percent buffer. If you’re within
to save energy, is to provide them statements              5 percent of the baseline, you will owe noth-
showing how much or how little energy they used.           ing. Also, if your use is small, utilities will be
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Helpful hints for home-alone spouses
by Lorrie Pies                            water rapids. Those rapids can be                  woman put daddy’s picture at the           helpful hints for the family.
Army Chaplain Spouse                      navigated well if you stay at the helm.            dinner table and used that time to      8. Get important contact numbers
                                          A few tips to help you navigate:                   pray for daddy before they ate.            from the rear detachment unit for
     Counting down the days to            1. Find a support network. Ask friends             Teenagers struggle, too, and can           emergencies and information about
deployment? Soon many hardworking            or family to help. Mothers of young             distance themselves from mom or            the deployment. Regular phone con-
spouses will be guarding hearth and          children can go to live with mom                dad. If it is tense with your teen,        tact with the family readiness group
home while the Soldier deploys.              and dad during this time. If the rela-          seek counseling. TRICARE insur-            leader should be established. Keep
Although, the Soldier is deployed            tionships are close this works well.            ance provides free counseling visits.      in touch regularly and be informed
overseas, you are deployed on the            Someone to help baby-sit while you              Check with them for information.           of what’s going on. Find out who
home front. This is a joint tasking          run errands is a blessing. If relation-      6. Build mutual esteem and respect            the chaplain contact is so they can
and it takes careful planning to             ships are not the best, it probably isn’t       between you and your spouse. If            get you to the right person.
succeed. It can mean the difference          a good idea and can add more stress.            both spouses esteem and respect
between survival and triumph.             2. Join a local church or chapel to                each other, the deployment time will        This can be one of the most
     Recently, one young woman               build support connections. These are            be better understood by the children.   insightful, growing times that you
wrote, “My husband will be deployed.         opportunities to have time with other        7. Read “Heroes at Home: Help and          experience.
I am having a hard time dealing with         adults who often offer free child               Hope for America’s Military                 “Wisdom will enter your heart,
him leaving. I just brought our baby         care options! A friend to pray with             Families” by Ellie Kay. Look for it         And knowledge will be pleasant
girl into this world and he will leave       regularly is helpful for the soul.              in your library or a bookstore.         to your soul.”
when she is only 4 months old. I don’t    3. Engage in a recreational activity               There are insightful stories and                        — Proverbs 2:10
know if I can raise her on my own or         once a week. Getting out of the
if she will be able to recognize him         house regularly is important. Do it
when he comes home. Please help me           during the day, if possible; going                Here are some useful deployment resources:
                                                                                               1. http://www.militarywivesandmoms.org/
understand why this is happening to          out at night may invite trouble with
                                                                                               2. http://media1.ssiwt.com/ndptf/downloads/30DayPrayerGuide.pdf
our family and how I will ever make          the wrong crowds. This is a good                  3. http://www.redcross.org/services/afes/0,1082,0_482_,00.html
it without him by my side. I am so           time to start that craft project or               4. http://www.hooah4health.com/deployment/familymatters/
afraid that I won’t know how to              class you have been thinking about.               5. http://www.deploymentconnections.dod.mil/
handle all of the responsibilities of     4. Exercise regularly. Walking or work-              6. http://www.pikespeakchristian.org/military.html
running a home and caring for a              ing out in the gym helps keep the                 7. http://www.navigators.org/us/ministries/military/
newborn all on my own.”                      stress levels down. Even if you have              Helpful marriage enrichment resources:
                                                                                               1. http://www.smartmarriages.com
     How you will cope? No doubt,            to get a baby sitter, it is well worth it.        2. http://www.familylife.com
some days will feel like you are head-    5. Be aware of separation anxiety.                   3. http://www.everysoldiersbattle.com/
ing over a waterfall. If you understand      This is a stressful time for children.            4. http://www.milmin.com/index.htm
what is ahead; it might only be white        Put up pictures of your Soldier. One
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                    Chapel                                                                                        Chapel Schedule
                                                                                                                           ROMAN CATHOLIC
     PWOC fall studies — Protestant Women of              Day                       Time                     Service                 Chapel                   Location                    Contact Person
                                                          Mon., Wed., Fri.          noon                     Mass                    Healer                   Evans Army Hospital         Fr. Gagliardo/526-7412
the Chapel meet Tuesdays from 9-11:30 a.m. at             Tues., Thurs.             noon                     Mass                    Soldiers’                Nelson & Martinez           Chap. Goellen/526-5769
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Child care is provided         Saturday                  5 p.m.                   Mass                    Soldiers’                Nelson & Martinez           Chap. Goellen/526-5769
                                                          Sunday                    9:15 a.m.                Mass                    Soldiers’                Nelson & Martinez           Chap. Goellen/526-5769
free at the hourly day care center. Children must         Sunday                    10:30 a.m.               CRE                     Soldiers’                Nelson & Martinez           Pat Treacy/524-2458
be registered with Child and Youth Services. Fall         Sunday                    11 a.m.                  Mass                    Healer                   Evans Army Hospital         Fr. Gagliardo/576-7412
                                                          Sunday                    11 a.m.                  Mass                    Provider                 Barkeley & Ellis            Chap. Goellen/526-5769
studies are under way and include several selections.     Tuesday                   7 p.m.                   RCIA                    Soldiers’                Nelson & Martinez           Pat Treacy/524-2458
Contact Amy West for information on child care at         Saturday                  4 p.m.                   Reconciliation          Soldiers’                Nelson & Martinez           Chap. Goellen/526-5769

393-1390. For information on PWOC call Barb                                                                                   PROTESTANT
Styles at 598-0422. A special room for home-              Sunday                    9 a.m.                   Protestant              Healer                   Evans Army Hospital         Chap. Cartee/526-7387
                                                          Sunday                    9 a.m.                   Protestant Communion    Provider                 Barkeley & Ellis            Chap. Mitchell/650-8042
schooled children is also offered.                        Sunday                    11 a.m.                  Protestant              Soldiers’                Nelson & Martinez           Chap. Nicholas/526-8011
    “Wilderness Trail” Protestant Sunday School           Sunday                    11 a.m.                  Prot./Gospel            Prussman                 Barkeley & Prussman         Chap. Borden/526-4206
                                                          Sunday                    9:30 a.m.                Sun. School             Prussman                 Barkeley & Prussman         Chap. Borden/526-4206
Classes take on a new theme beginning Sunday.             Sunday                    9:30 a.m.                Sun. School             Soldiers’                Nelson & Martinez           Dr. Scheck/526-5626
With the theme of “Respect,” classes will study           Tuesday                   9 a.m.                   PWOC                    Soldiers’                Nelson & Martinez           Chap. Nicholas/526-8011
                                                          Sunday                    11 a.m.                  Contemporary            Veterans’                Magrath & Titus             Chap. Fritts/526-8890
Bible stories while having fun with music and             Tuesday                   7 p.m.                   PYOC                    Soldiers’                Nelson & Martinez           Ms. Scheck/231-9511
                                                          Sunday                    9 a.m.                   Samoan                  Veterans’                Titus                       Chap. Fritts/526-3888
games. Classes for all ages are each Sunday
9:30-10:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel,                                                                                     JEWISH
                                                          For information and a schedule of Jewish Sabbath services, call the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel at 333-2636.
building 1500. This year's program is musical,
energetic and fast paced. Bible classes for adults are                                                                             WICCA
                                                          Monday                    6:30 p.m.                                       building 4800, corner of Harr and O’Connell           Rhonda Helfrich/338-9464
also each Sunday. Come join in the fun.
    Hallelujah fun night is Oct. 29, 5-7 p.m. at                                                                     NATIVE AMERICAN SWEATLODGE
                                                          Native American Sweatlodge ceremonies (He Ska Akicita Inipi) are offered to military dependents and Department of Defense personnel. These lodges are
building 5950, the Youth Center, for children ages        traditional Lakota spiritual ceremonies for cleansing, purification and prayer, and are fully sanctioned and supported by the Fort Carson Chaplain Command.
2-92. There’ll be fun, games and prizes as well as        Please call the following for information and directions: Charlie Erwin at 382-8177; or Zoe Goodblanket 442-0929. The next lodge is Sunday at noon.

food and frolic. Eighty-five volunteers are              Daily Bible readings: To assist in regular scripture                     The Army Cycle of Prayer —                   Dave Heineman, the state
needed to run games. Call 393-2491 or e-mail:            reading, the following scriptures are recommended.                       Please pray this week for the                legislators and local officials of
                                                         These scriptures are part of the common daily lectionary,                following:                                   the "Cornhusker State."
simsent02@hotmail.com for more information.              which is designed to present the entire Bible over a three-                    Unit: For the soldiers,                      Nation: For the deputy
Donations of candy needed. Drop off at                                                                                            noncommissioned officers,                    assistant to the president and
                                                         year cycle.
                                                                                                                                  and officers of the 25th                     director, White House Military
Soldiers’Memorial Chapel. Please, no scary costumes.                     Today
                                                                         Psalm —                 Monday —                         Infantry Division, Schofield                 Office, Rear Admiral Mark I. Fox,
This event is sponsored by Soldiers’ Memorial                           119:49 s                 Psalms 119:73-80,                Barracks, Hawaii, and forward                U.S. Navy, in his service as the
                                                                       Ezekiel -56,              Ezekiel 19-21                    deployed in support of                       principal adviser to the White
                                                                      Saturd 10-12               Tuesday —
Chapel and Protestant Women of the Chapel.                            Psalm ay —                 Psalms 119:81-88,                Operation Iraqi Freedom.                     House for all military support.
    Christmas Around the World — The                                 119:57s
                                                                                                 Ezekiel 22-24                          Army: For Gen. Richard A.                    Religious: For courage to
                                                                                                 Wednesday —
                                                                     Ezekiel-64,                 Psalms 119:89-96,                Cody the vice chief of staff of              stand against bigotry, racism and
Protestant Sunday School will begin preparing for a                 Sunday 13-15                  Ezekiel 25-27                   the Army and the military and                discrimination wherever it exists.
                                                                    119:65-7 — Psalms             Thursday —
                                                                                                                                  civilian personnel who work in                     For more information on
special Christmas event — Christmas Around the                              2, Ezek
                                                                                    iel 19-2      Psalms 119 97-104,
                                                                                            1     Ezekiel 28-30                   that office.                                 the Army Cycle of Prayer, or to
World. Children are needed for many roles. Signups                                                                                      State: For all the soldiers            pray for items from previous
  Sunday after Sunday School or service.                                                                                          and families from the state of               weeks,visit the cycle's website
                                                                                                                                  Nebraska. Pray also for Gov.                 at www.usarmychaplain.com.
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 Fort Carson adds expo twist to
 5th Annual Sustainability Conference
 Directorate of Environmental             environmental regulatory agencies,    towards sustainability even while       Mayor Lionel Rivera and Fountain
 Compliance and Management                and other military services along     leaders and organizations change.       Mayor Jeri Howells. A poster
                                          the Front Range and Fort Carson.           Keynote speakers will discuss      café session will be held to report
     Fort Carson is hosting its 5th       This annual event is held to          sustainability as it relates to their   sustainability progress at Fort
 Annual Fort Carson Community             encourage and solicit continued       organizations. Maj. Gen. Robert W.      Carson and encourage dialog
 Sustainability Conference and            community involvement with            Mixon Jr., commanding general           among participants. Workshops
 Expo, “Gaining Irreversible              Fort Carson and the regional          Division West, First Army and Fort      focusing on three of Fort
 Momentum for Regional                    sustainability and strategic plans.   Carson, and Garrison Commander          Carson’s goal areas — smart
 Sustainability,” Nov. 8 and 9, at            This year, Fort Carson is         Col. Eugene B. Smith are presenting     growth, transportation and zero
 the Phil Long Expo Center. An ice        focusing on the need to establish     opening remarks. Keynote speakers       waste — will also be held.
 breaker on the evening of Nov. 8         plans and programs to ensure          on the agenda include: Larry                Registrations are being taken
 will kick off this year’s conference     continuous action despite high        Schweiger, president and chief          electronically through the
 and will include a speaker, award        turnover. This has been a             executive officer of the National       conference web site at
 presentations and networking.            challenge to long-term planning       Wildlife Federation; Sherri             http://sems.carson.army.mil for
     The conference is an educational     in military, government and           Goodman, general counsel at the         attendees and exhibitors interested
 and inspirational forum to provide       even corporate environments.          Center for Naval Analyses; and Tad      in participating in the expo. The
 updates on the installation’s progress   By “Gaining Irreversible              Davis, deputy assistant secretary       web site contains all information
 toward sustainability to all             Momentum,” Fort Carson and the        of the Army (Environment, Safety        pertaining to the conference and
 stakeholders including the               community will be in a position       and Occupational Health). Other         expo, including location, agenda
 community, government officials,         of strength to continue progress      speakers include Colorado Springs       and exhibitor information.
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Food and heart disease: What’s the connection?
by Capt. Kristin Monnier                                       Trans fat                                                high in monounsaturated fats. Using canola oil for all
Mountain Post Wellness Center Dietician                        Hydrogenation is the process used to make solid          cooking and snacking on nuts instead of high-fat
                                                          fats like margarine and shortening from vegetable oils.       crackers and chips can help increase monounsaturated
     Coronary heart disease, including heart attacks,     This process causes trans fatty acids to form in polyun-      fats in your diet.
and cerebrovascular disease, or strokes, kill more        saturated fats. Trans fats increase LDL cholesterol levels.        Polyunsaturated fat
than 30 percent of American adults. CHD occurs            In addition, trans fats reduce high-density lipoprotein,           Polyunsaturated fats may help reduce LDL
when arteries become narrowed or clogged by               or “good,” cholesterol levels. Harder margarines              cholesterol, but they may also reduce HDL choles-
cholesterol and fat deposits, limiting the amount of      like stick margarine contain more trans fatty acids than      terol. Substituting polyunsaturated fat for saturated
oxygen-rich blood that flows to muscles around            soft tub margarines. Any food made with partially             fat is a good idea, but a better plan is to use a
the heart or brain. Research shows that high blood        hydrogenated oil contains some trans fats. Look for           monounsaturated fat. Polyunsaturated fats are mostly
cholesterol is one risk factor for CHD.                   trans fat listed on the nutrition facts label and aim for     found in foods of plant origin such as corn, soybean
     The food we eat has a direct affect on               foods with one gram or less per serving. Choose               and sunflower oils. Certain polyunsaturated fats,
cholesterol levels. Decreasing fats, especially           margarines with zero grams trans fat instead of butter.       called omega-3 fatty acids, may reduce the risk of
saturated and trans fat, while increasing fiber will           Cholesterol                                              CHD by making the blood less sticky and reducing
help lower your cholesterol levels. No food contains           Cholesterol is found naturally in the human              triglycerides in the blood. Omega-3 fatty acids are
just one type of fat, but foods usually have a            body and is necessary to make certain hormones. It            found in fish like tuna and salmon, as well as wheat
greater part of one type. Knowing how fat,                is also found in any food that comes from an ani-             germ and flax seeds. Increase omega-3 fatty acids
cholesterol and fiber affect cardiovascular disease       mal. Cholesterol in the foods you eat has less effect         by eating fish twice a week or adding wheat germ
can help reduce your CHD risk.                            on blood cholesterol levels than saturated fats. Most         and flax seed to foods you already consume.
     Saturated fat                                        health experts recommend limiting cholesterol                      Fiber
     Saturated fat is found in fats from animals. It’s    intake to an average of 200 milligrams or less                     Soluble fiber is associated with lowering blood
the fat that is solid at room temperature. Butter,        per day. Egg yolks and organ meats are high in                cholesterol and triglycerides. Insoluble fiber, also
milk, cheese, meat fat and chicken skin are among         cholesterol. Limit egg yolks to no more than two              known as roughage, does not have an effect on
some of the foods highest in saturated fat. This fat is   per week and eat liver less frequently.                       cholesterol levels but is effective in reducing your
more closely related to increasing your risk of                Monounsaturated fat                                      risk for certain types of cancer, and assists with bowel
cardiovascular disease and increasing blood                    Studies show diets high in monounsaturated fats          regularity and provides a feeling of fullness. Twenty-
cholesterol levels than any other dietary factor. It      tend to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease by        five to 35 grams of dietary fiber is recommended per
increases blood cholesterol levels by increasing the      raising the HDL cholesterol levels and decreasing the         day and 10 to 25 grams should come from soluble
low-density lipoprotein, or “bad,” cholesterol. LDL       LDL cholesterol levels. These changes in blood                fiber. Increase soluble fiber by including more beans,
cholesterol increases plaque build up in blood            cholesterol may help reduce plaque build up in vessel         vegetables, fruits and whole grain products daily.
vessels. Removing skin from poultry, drinking skim        walls. These fats are found mostly in oils of plant                 For more information, contact a registered
or 1 percent butterfat milk, and choosing vegetable       origin, specifically olive oil, canola oil and peanut         dietitian by calling the Mountain Post Wellness
oil instead of butter when cooking will help.             oil. Nuts such as walnuts, peanuts and pecans are also        Center at 526-3887.
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Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood

Financial assistance for off-post child care
by Rebecca E. Tonn                                 child care positions are filled.                        child-care home they want to use, or are already
Mountaineer staff                                          “It’s a good program, especially for            using, is affiliated with ACCYN.
                                                        military families (who live) off post,” said           The next step is to go online and fill out a
    Fort Carson is a pilot site for the National         Silva. Army families with working spouses         NACCRRA eligibility form or get a form from the
Association of Child Care Resource and                   or spouses going to school will be eligible       CYS central registration office, building 1518.
Referral Agencies’ new partnership, said                              for child-care fees comparable           There are 25 providers and three child-care
Susan Silva, administrator for Fort                                     to those on post, through          centers in the surrounding area that have spaces for
Carson’s Child and Youth                                                 fee assistance, according         ACCYN, said Silva. Once a family contacts
Education and Outreach                                                      to Silva.                      CCC, they are referred to NACCRRA, and the
Services.                                                                        Interested parents        reimbursement goes directly to the child-care
    NACCARA holds the                                                         need to call Child Care      center or program, she said.
contract for the Army                                                             Connections, a local         CYS has on-post openings for ages 12 months
Child Care in Your                                                                   agency that           through the sixth grade. ACCYN has 150 off-post
Neighborhood                                                                            maintains a list   openings for ages six weeks to 12 years.
program and pays                                                                          of off-post          CYS will loan resources, if they are available, and
the difference                                                                            child care       provides training to off-post child-care providers.
between on-post                                                                           centers that         “It is a partnership, (which) builds up the
and off-post child                                                                        participate in   quality of off-post child-care facilities,” said Silva.
care for eligible                                                                       ACCYN, to see          For more information go to www.naccrra.org/
active-duty Army                                                                     if the child care     MilitaryPrograms or call Silva at 526-1101. The
families when on-post                                                           facility or family         CCC Parent Referral Line is 638-2057.
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Every                                 of Us                                                                                  Story and photos by Michael J. Pach
                                                                                                                             Mountaineer staff

                                                                                                                                  The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off its
                                                                                                                                                                                         speaker for this event.
                                                                                                                                                                                              “Of all the charity events I’ve spoken at, this is the
                                                                                                                                                                                         closest to my heart because these people are risking
                                                                                                                                                                                         their lives for my freedom and safety. I am so thankful




                                      Take 2 and Be the Miracle
                                                                                                                             annual solicitation drive Oct. 3 at the Special Events      for that gift, and without these people, some of these
                                                                                                                                                  Center in style — “Survivor”           charities would not be in existence,” Cusack said.
                                                                                                                                                  style, that is. The kickoff featured        As a 12-time master of ceremonies, Karroll looks
                                                                                                                                                   Master of Ceremonies, Jon Karroll     forward to being a part of this event every year.
                                                                                                                                                   from KRDO, a special guest                 “It’s a great chance to kick-start a campaign that
                                                                                                                                                  appearance from “Survivor              can do so much good right here in our community.
                                                                                                                                                  Vanuatu” contestant, Ami Cusack, a     Over the last 12 years, it’s been exciting to see how
                                                                                                                             Survivor challenge and speeches from post commanders.       much this event has grown and looks like it will
                                                                                                                                  This is the time of the year when federal employees    continue to grow in the years to come. It’s a fun way
                                                                                                                             are asked to make donations to any of more than 1,700       for me to be involved with the community,” said
                                                                                                                             screened charities that are CFC members, and the            Karroll.
                                                                                                                             current campaign runs through Nov. 15. This year’s               Command Sgt. Maj. Terrance McWilliams is a
                                                                                                                             CFC theme is “Every one of us – can take 2 and be the       big supporter of the CFC and encouraged everyone
                                                                                                                             miracle.” CFC is saying that all it takes is to donate      to get involved.
Below: Master of Ceremonies Jon                                                                                              two minutes of your hourly pay per day to make a                 “I encourage every Soldier to give because every
Karroll of KRDO, addresses the                                                                                               considerable difference to the people that benefit from     member has a family member that (can benefit from
crowd at the Special Events Center.                                                                                          its member charities. Donations can be made in the          these charities), and the charities are helping find
                                                                                                                             form of cash, check or a payroll deductions and go          cures,” said McWilliams. “In order to keep them (the
                                                                                                                             directly to the organizations you choose.                   charities) going, we have to give and give and give.”
                                                                                                                                  Cusack was honored to be chosen as a guest




                                          Above: A postal worker speaks to a representative of the
                                          American Red Cross. Approximately 80 charities were
                                          present at the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff event.


                                          Below: Harmony in Motion                        Right: Garrison
                                          sings the national anthem to                   commander Col.
                                          start the kickoff activities.                     Eugene Smith
                                                                                         samples the chili
                                                                                         cook-off entries.                                          Above: Two contestants from the crowd were selected to participate in a Survivor
                                                                                                                                                    challenge. This Soldier shoots out disease, poverty and homelessness with a paint gun.




                                                                                                             Left: Special                                                                                                     Left:
                                                                                                             guest, Ami                                                                                                        Fountain-
                                                                                                             Cusack of                                                                                                         Fort Carson
                                                                                                             “Survivor                                                                                                         High School
                                                                                                             Vanuatu,”                                                                                                         cheerleaders
                                                                                                             right, and                                                                                                        end the
                                                                                                             Pikes Peak                                                                                                        kickoff rally
                                                                                                             CFC director,                                                                                                     with a cheer.
                                                                                                             Barbara Fitz,
                                                                                                             second to




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Layout by Jeanne Mazerall
                                                                                                             right, enjoy
                                                                                                             Command
                                                                                                             Sgt. Major
                                                                                                             Terrance
                                                                                                             McWilliam’s
                                                                                                             speech.
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           SPORTS & LEISURE
Sports Illustrated tournament begins today on post
                                                                               Story and photos by                      teams here to play. This was a great
                                                                               Walt Johnson                             opportunity for us to have a positive
                                                                               Mountaineer staff                        interaction with the local, national and
                                                                                                                        international community, and it gave
                                                                                    The Mountain Post had a             our teams the opportunity to play
                                                                               great showing during the Sports          against some of the best softball
                                                                               Illustrated Advertising Softball World   competition in the world,” Reed said.
                                                                               Series Oct. 5 through Saturday.               In addition to teams from the
                                                                                    The Aces, the men’s post varsity    United States, the tournament took
                                                                               softball team, won first place in its    on an international flavor as teams
                                                                               division. The Lady Mountaineers,         from Canada and the United
                                                                               the post women’s varsity softball        Kingdom also took part in the action.
                                                                               team, finished third in its division     In the end, the post team representa-
                                                                               and                                      tives made a great showing by win-
                                                                               the post coed team placed second         ning
                                                                               in its division.                         or placing second or third in each
                                                                                    Softball games involving men’s      event the post submitted a team.
                                                                               women's and coed teams were played            “We knew the Aces would be a
                                                                               at the Mountain Post Sports              competitive team in the tournament as
                                                                               Complex on post and the Skyview          it has been all year in the local area. It
                                                                               Sports Complex in Colorado Springs.      was great to see them be able to win
                                                                               Bill Reed, Special Events Center         on its home turf as it did and bring the
                                                                               manager who helped the Sports            first place trophy to the Mountain
                                                                               Illustrated team orchestrate its asso-   Post. Then, to have the women's team
                                                                               ciation with the base, said the tour-    place third and the coed team place
                                                                               nament was                               second in their divisions was also a
                                                                               a great event for the players and fans   crowning achievement for the post
                                                                               who took part in it.                     softball teams,” Reed said.
                                                                                    “We thought the idea to take part        Reed said all the tournament
                                                                               in the tournament by hosting a portion   officials, players and fans he spoke
                                                                               of it on our fields at the Mountain      with said the Mountain Post facilities
                                                                               Post Sports Complex was a win-win        and hospitality were second to none
                                                                               situation for everyone involved, and     and that it was a huge benefit to the
                                                                               we were right. The teams enjoyed the     tournament to be able to use the
                                                                               opportunity to play at our complex,      facilities to host the tournament here.
                                                                               and we were just as happy to have the
International players like these two young ladies, one from England, left,
and one from Canada, took part in the coed portion of the Sports Illustrated
softball tournament Saturday at the Mountain Post Sports Complex.




                                                                               Aces player Joseph “JoJo” Monroe, right, holds the ball up to show the
An Aces player strokes a base hit to left center field during the team’s       umpire he made the catch on a play at second base but the throw was too
game Saturday at the Mountain Post Sports Complex.                             late to get the runner out Saturday at the Mountain Post Sports Complex.
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On the Bench
 All Army basketball team
begins practicing on post
by Walt Johnson                           base varsity team from F.E. Warren,
Mountaineer staff                         Air Force Base, Wyo. The team
                                          will make its first of two road trips
     There will be plenty of hoops        when it plays the Peterson Air Force
action at the Mountain Post               Base all-stars Monday at Peterson at
Special Events Center over the            6 p.m. Tuesday, the team will return
next six weeks.                           to the Special Events Center when
     The All-Army basketball team         it meets Pops All Stars at 7 p.m.
training camp began Wednesday and         The team will travel to Buckley Air
will continue through the end of          Force Base in Aurora to meet the
October. Tony Reed will be the head       Buckley base team at 6 p.m. Future
coach for this year’s team. Currently,    games will be in the next edition of
the only player trying out for the team   the Mountaineer.
that was on last year’s squad is last          Navy began the Commander-
year’s team captain, Craig Marcelin.      in-Chief’s Trophy race the way it
     The Army squad is scheduled to       ended it last year, by defeating
play a full two-week schedule of          the Air Force Falcons 24-17
exhibition games, most of them at         Saturday at the Academy to take a
the Special Events Center in              huge step toward retaining the
preparation for the interservice          Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
competition, that will see teams               The game marked the first contest
from the Air Force, Navy and              between the service academies that
Marines join the Army team and            presents the winner of the round robin                                                   Photo by Walt Johnson
will be hosted by Fort Carson at the
Special Events Center Nov. 5-10.
                                          series with the Commander-in-Chief’s
                                          Trophy and the opportunity to go to
                                                                                                       Warming up
     The All-Army team will begin         the White House to have the president    Joe’alle Claiborne, front, and her teammates warm up by kicking
its exhibition game schedule              congratulate the winning team.           soccer balls toward the goal before youth action Saturday at the
Saturday at 3 p.m. at Garcia Physical                                              Mountain Post’s Pershing Field youth soccer fields.
Fitness Center, when it meets the                       See Bench on Page 33
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                                                                             Bench                                    picked up 48 hours prior to the
                                                                                                                      game and no tickets will be available
                                                                             From Page 32                             within 48 hours of game time.
                                                                                 Navy’s victory means the Air             Air Force’s next home football
                                                                             Force vs. Army game in November          game will be Oct. 28 when the
                                                                             could actually settle the race for the   Falcons will host the Brigham
                                                                             trophy if Air Force wins. If Air         Young Cougars.
                                                                             Force wins the game against Army,            In order to get the tickets,
                                                                             then Navy will keep the trophy           people must possess a valid
                                                                             no matter what happens when it           military identification card and be
                                                                             meets Army in its annual game in         18 years of age or older.
                                                                             December. If Army beats Air Force,           There will be full schedule of
                                                                             then the Army vs. Navy game              aerobics classes at Forrest Fitness
                                                                             will decide the Commander-in-            Center Saturday-Friday.
                                                                             Chief’s Trophy race.                         There will be two classes
                                                                                 The Academy sports office            today, yoga at 9 a.m. and kick
                                                                             has announced there will be com-         boxing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday there
                                                                             plimentary tickets available to          will also be two classes. toning and
                                                                             military enlisted members for all        spinning at 9:15 a.m. Monday there
                                                                             Academy home games (in the sports        will be yoga classes at 9 a.m.,
                                                                             of football, men's and women’s           spinning and 20/20/20 classes at
                                                                             basketball, hockey and volleyball).      4:30 p.m. and a 20/20/20 class at
                                                                             A limited amount of tickets will be      5:30 p.m. Tuesday with cardio mix
                                                                             available for the the Nov. 11 game       at 9 a.m.; kick boxing at 5:30 p.m.
                                                                             with Notre Dame.                         and yoga at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
                                                                                 The complimentary tickets will       the center will offer yoga classes at
                                                                             be available for the activity that       9 a.m., 20/20/20 classes at 4:30 and
                                                                             will be taking place during the          kick boxing at 5:30 p.m. p.m. and
                                                                             current week’s games. People at          kick boxing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday
                                                                             the Mountain Post who are inter-         the center will offer cardio mix at 9
                                                     Photo by Walt Johnson
                                                                             ested                                    a.m. and yoga at 5:30 p.m.

                      That’s a hit                                           in attending the games can call the
                                                                             Academy at 472-1895 and reserve
                                                                                                                          Forrest Fitness Center is
                                                                                                                      looking for anyone who is a
Lady Mountaineer player, Maylan Gaspar, blasts a hit to center during        tickets. There will be a limit of two    certified aerobics instructor who
the Lady Mountaineers last game of the regular fall season Oct. 4 at         tickets per person and the tickets       would like to teach classes.
Skyview Sports Complex in Colorado Springs.                                  are available on a first-come, first-        Anyone interested should
                                                                             served basis. Tickets must be            contact Danielle Dungen, the cen-
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                           Mountaineer Sports Standings
        American
         League
   Team Name       W   L
   68th CSB        5   3
   2nd/360th       5   4
   MEDDAC          4   5
   59th QM         3   5
   43rd ASG        0   8
   230th Finance   0   4
                                                                                                               Fall Softball
   759th MP        0   2                                                                                        Standings
                                                                                                             Team Name     W   L
                                                                                                             Outlaws       4   0
                                                                                                             Got Game      4   0
                                                                                                             3/16th FA     2   2
                                                                                                             Devil Dogs    1   2
                                                                                                             183rd Maint   0   3
        National                                                                                             1st Mob       0   4
        League
   Team Name       W   L
   1st Mob         8   1
   A Co, 2/4th     8   2
   4th Engineers   6   3
   A Co, 1/67th    4   4
   183rd Maint     4   6

                                                                                     Photo by Walt Johnson
                            68th Combat Support Brigade player, Stan Pratt, left, and his teammates
                            were treated to a halftime snack by Pratt’s girlfriend Tanya Fenner during
                            action recently at the Mountain Post Sports Complex.
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           Mountaineer
           Athlete of the Week
                                                   Mitch Johnson
                                    Sports Position: Head football coach Fountain-Fort Carson
                               High School
                                    The following information was provided by USA Today
                               magazine.
                                    Congratulations to Mitch Johnson who was recently
                               named a top 10 finalist in USA Weekend's Most Caring Coach
                               contest. The article is listed on the following web site: http://www.
                               usaweekend.com/06_issues/061001/061001mca.html#coaches.
                                    In a community buffeted by parents’ frequent deployments to Iraq,
                               the students of Fountain-Fort Carson High School and the football play-
                               ers in particular know they have a coach they can rely on for leadership
                               and emotional support. Says parent Cathy Pigott, whose husband was in
                               Iraq and whose son Brodie played for Mitch Johnson: “He is a soldier.
                               He just doesn’t wear the camouflage uniform. He is a large oak tree —
                               the kids get roots from him.” In his 27 years at the school, Johnson —
                               who is also the dean of students — has become more than a coach to
                               his players. From filling the role of father figure to ensuring athletes
                               live up to their academic potential to making sure a student with a
                               learning disability got playing time every game, Johnson has become a
                               bulwark here. Buzz Bissinger, author of “Friday Night Lights,” profiled
                               this Army town and Johnson's role in it for “Vanity Fair.” Observing
                               Johnson’s effects on the Fort Carson community, Bissinger felt the
                               coach had achieved the best balance between caring and a drive for
                               success. “As Mitch said, these kids grow up pretty quickly here because
                               of the presence of the war. It’s a gut check for us all,” the writer says.
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                       Week 6

                                  Pigskin Picks
College                                                                                                               NFL
1. Colorado State vs. Air Force                                                                                        7. Bengals vs. Buccaneers
2. Army vs. Connecticut                                                                                                8. Bills vs. Lions
3. Rutgers vs. Navy                                                                                                    9. Seahawks vs. Rams
4. Florida vs. Auburn                                                                                                 10. Giants vs. Falcons
5. Ohio State vs.                                                                                                     11. Eagles vs. Saints
   Michigan State                                                                                                     12. Panthers vs. Ravens
6. Michigan vs. Penn State                    Tory Battle                            Tony Reed                        13. Dolphins vs. Jets
                                               DENTAC                         All-Army basketball coach               14. Chargers vs. 49ers
                                  1. Air Force, 2. Army, 3. Rutgers,        1. Colorado State, 2. Army, 3. Navy,
                                  4. Florida, 5. Ohio State, 6. Michigan    4. Florida, 5. Ohio State, 6. Michigan,   15. Chiefs vs. Steelers
                                  State, 7. Buccaneers, 8. Lions,
                                  9. Rams, 10. Falcons, 11. Eagles,
                                                                            7. Bengals, 8. Bills, 9. Seahawks,
                                                                            10. N.Y. Giants, 11. Eagles,              16. Raiders vs. Broncos
                                  12. Ravens, 13. Dolphins,                 12. Ravens, 13. Dolphins,
                                  14. Chargers, 15. Steelers, 16. Broncos   14. Chargers, 15. Steelers, 16. Broncos




                                       Alexander Rodriguez                            Brian Watkins
                                          Peterson AFB                                 MEDDAC
                                  1. Air Force, 2. Army, 3. Navy,           1. Colorado State, 2. Army, 3. Rutgers,
                                  4. Florida, 5. Ohio State, 6. Penn        4. Auburn, 5. Michigan State,
                                  State, 7. Bengals, 8. Bills,              6. Michigan, 7. Bengals, 8. Lions,
                                  9. Seahawks, 10. Falcons, 11. Eagles,     9. Rams, 10. N.Y. Giants, 11. Saints,
                                  12. Ravens, 13. Jets, 14. Chargers,       12. Panthers, 13. Dolphins, 14. 49ers,
                                  15. Steelers, 16. Broncos                 15. Steelers, 16. Raiders
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                          Mountaineer College Sports
    Navy
  sinks Air
    Force
    Navy quarterback,
    Brian Hampton, 3,
 looks to make a play
 against the Air Force
       Falcons defense
   Saturday at the Air
        Force Academy
      football stadium.
  Navy won the game
        24-17 and took
  another step toward
            keeping the
        Commander-in-
     Chief’s Trophy. If
 Army beats Air Force
         in its game in
 November the Army-
        Navy game will
    be for the coveted
   trophy. If Air Force
     beats Army, Navy
 will retain the trophy
          even if Army
      beats Navy in its
      December clash.
                                                       Photo by Walt Johnson
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                           Mountaineer Youth Sports



  Way to
  go team
           Youth Center
   cheerleaders cheer
   on members of the
   youth center teams
     for 8-10-year-olds
           during action
        Saturday at the
        Mountain Post’s
  Pershing Field youth
    football fields. The
     cheerleaders do a
 great job of cheering
     for the teams and
  keeping the parents
      involved with the
           action on the
         field according
          to one parent
    whose daughter is
         a cheerleader.
                                                      Photo by Walt Johnson
Pueblo s Greenway and Nature C enter

Out door activities
Story and photos
by Nel Lampe
Mountaineer staff



P
       ueblo’s Greenway
       and Nature Center is
       a treasure for hikers,
bicyclists, leisure walkers
and people who want to
picnic, watch
the Arkansas River flow by
or have breakfast, lunch or
dinner at the restaurant on
site; Pueblo’s longer warm
season allows outdoor
activities into October and
perhaps November.
    Located along the
banks of the Arkansas
River, the Greenway and
Nature Center has plenty
of large cottonwood trees
providing shade along
some of the paved and             Visitors to the Pueblo Greenway and Nature Center wade in the Arkansas River water
unpaved trails. The nature        that runs nearby.
center is open to the public,
although it is set up on a membership
basis. A $50 membership is for a
family of four and includes restaurant
discounts and parking passes.
    A parking fee has recently been
instituted for the nature center, but
there is no other charge for hiking,
biking, walking or roller blading at
the facility. It is open for use dawn to
dusk, but offices observe 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
hours, and are closed Sundays.
    Visitors are asked to pay a $3
parking fee while at the nature center.
The fee is paid at an honor station and
visitors should have correct change.
    According to Jay Zarr, president
of the board for the nature center,
income is generated by the parking
fees and memberships.                        A biker rides on one of the paved paths at the Pueblo Greenway and Nature
    Fishing, rafting and watching            Center, in the shadow of the rocky cliffs.
wildlife are other activities enjoyed        centers sometimes bring bus loads of           Many visitors arrive with bikes
by the 325,000 annual visitors to the        children to picnic or play in the area.    on their cars, and quickly hit trails.
center. There’s a “log jam” play area        Company picnics and family reunions There’s 38 miles of trails. The River
and dozens of picnic tables. Day care        are sometimes held at the pavilion.        Trails System goes to Pueblo
                                                                                        Reservoir in Lake Pueblo State
                                                                                        Park. The trail also goes east to
                                                                                        downtown Pueblo.
                                                                                            People who didn’t bring a bike
                                                                                        along can rent them. Call the
                                                                                        bike shack at (719) 251-9312 for
                                                                                        information about bike rentals.
                                                                                            The nature center can also be
                                                                                        rented for special events, such as
                                                                                        weddings. Popular locations are the
                                                                                        Waterfront Deck and Xeriscape Plaza.
                                                                                            Volleyball and horseshoe courts
                                                                                        are also at the center and equipment
                                                                                        can be rented.
                                                                                            The area came into being about 30
                                                                                        years ago. Local citizens thought a
                                                                                        nature center was needed. The land,
                                                                                        belonging to both the city of Pueblo
                                                                                                                                 Places to see in the
                                                                                        and the state of Colorado, was
                                                                                                                                  Pikes Peak area.

Children play on the log jam playground at the Pueblo Greenway and Nature Center.                      See Nature on Page 42     Oct. 13, 2006
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Nature                                                 year. Call (719)
                                                       549-2327 for information
From Page 41
                                                       or to arrange a program.
obtained on a 99-year lease and was managed                 Organizations or
by the University of Southern Colorado at the          individuals may also
time. The Greenway and Nature Center is no             adopt raptors by provid-
longer affiliated with the university.                 ing the cost of food.
    The Greenway and Nature Center is also                  About 200 birds of
host for several popular fests in the summer,          prey, including eagles,
and other activities, Annual events include a          owls and falcons are
river fest, raft race and a rock and blues fest.       treated at the raptor
    Cottonwood Nature Shop is at the nature            center. About half the
center and features nature-type gifts such as          birds are eventually
bird feeders and seed, as well as books, cards,        released in the wild.
posters, jewelry and T-shirts. It is open the          Two staff members are         Bicyclists of all ages enjoy a ride on a paved path at the Pueblo
same hours as the office.                              employed at the raptor        Greenway and Nature Center.
    An on-site restaurant, Mandolyn Falls, is          center, supplemented by many volunteers,
open Tuesday through Sunday. Hours Tuesday-            including veterinarians.
Thursday are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Hours Friday-                    The raptor center is open from 11 a.m.
Saturday are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday hours           to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The
are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The restaurant is closed             phone number is (719) 549-2327.
Mondays. The restaurant specializes in                      Because Pueblo is at a lower altitude than
American, Mexican and Italian food and                 Colorado Springs, the outdoor recreation season
provides outdoor dining with a river view as           is usually longer in the Pueblo area, later in
well as a spacious dining room. The restaurant’s       the fall and beginning as early as April or May.
phone number is (719) 549 -2934.                       Keep the Pueblo Greenway and Nature Center
    Also part of the Pueblo Greenway and               in mind when area weather may be too nippy
Nature Center is the Raptor Center of Pueblo,          for a bike ride or a hike in Colorado Springs.
which provides care for injured birds of prey.              The Pueblo Greenway and Nature Center
    Visitors may see the raptors that are living       is about 45 miles from Fort Carson. Take
at the raptor center. Some raptors are recovering      Interstate 25 south to Exit 101, Highway 50
and will eventually be released in the wild.           West. Go west to Pueblo Boulevard and turn
    However, some birds are permanent                  left. Follow Pueblo Boulevard to West 11th
residents of the raptor center, including two          Street. At the stoplight turn right onto 11th
bald eagles and a golden eagle.                        Street, which becomes Nature Center Road.
    The raptor center also provides educational        It’s about a mile farther to the nature center. A restaurant with a view of the Arkansas River is at
                                                                                                         the nature center.
programs about birds of prey. About 10,000 area             During October, the Pueblo Greenway
students visit the Raptor Center on field trips each   and Nature Center will host an open family           p.m., the forest becomes a spooky trail for
                                                       event, a Haunted Luau at 7 p.m. Oct. 21.             adults. Admission is $20 for a family four-pack
                                                       Admission is $25 for a family of four.               or $7 for adults and $4 for those under 12.
               Just the Facts                               An Enchanted Forest is Oct. 27-31, from             The phone number at the Pueblo Greenway
       • Travel time: less than an hour
                                                       4:30-6:30 p.m., and includes activities. At 7:30     and Nature Center is (719) 549-2414.
       • For ages:           all
       • Type:     nature center, trails
       • Fun factor:
                        (Out of 5 stars)
       • Wallet damage: $3 parking fee
                        $ = Less than $20
                      $ $ = $ 2 1 to $ 4 0
                    $ $ $ = $ 4 1 to $ 6 0
                  $ $ $ $ = $ 6 1 to $ 8 0
            (Based on a family of four)




The Raptor Center of Pueblo is less than a quarter mile from the nature center and can be visited. It’s part of the Pueblo Greenway and Nature Center
and has no admission fee. There’s a nearby parking lot. The Raptor Center houses raptors and birds that are recuperating, such as the barn owls, left
inset and two bald eagles, right inset.
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                                                It is open through Sunday and Wednesday             Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo, reached by taking
                                                through Oct. 22 and 25-29. Learn more by            Exit 98B.
                                                going to www.BuckskinJoe.com and clicking
                                                on “activities.”                                                Improv comedy
                                                     “Boo at the Zoo” is Oct. 20-22 and 27-29          Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
                                                at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne             present an evening of improvisational comedy
          Academy concerts                      Mountain Zoo Road. From 5:30-8 p.m.                 Oct. 20. at the Pikes Peak Center. 190 S.
    The Air Force Academy concert season        admission is $10, children 2 and under get          Cascade. Call 520-SHOW for tickets.
includes The Lettermen’s Christmas Show, Dec.   in free. There are treat stations, a bat cave,
1; Bill Engvall, Feb. 10; “Wonderful Town,”     pumpkin path and magic shows. Free bus                          Pumpkin patch
March 3; and Chip Davis and Mannheim            shuttles run from the Sears parking lot at the          Turkey Creek Ranch hosts a pumpkin
Steamroller, May 4. Shows are in Arnold Hall    Broadmoor Towne Center off S. Nevada                patch with hay-wagon rides. Rides to the
Theater; call the box office at 333-4497.       Street; call 633-9924 for information.              pumpkin patch are offered Wednesday-Oct.-29.
                                                     Emma’s Favorite Haunts are in Manitou          There’s a charge for the hay-wagon ride but
     Fine Arts Center theater                   Springs. Visit the ghosts Oct. 28 from 7-9          each rider gets a pumpkin to take home.
    “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now            p.m., call 685-5894 for reservations. There’s       Reservations are recommended; call 526-3905.
Change,” presented by the Fine Arts Center’s    also a coffin parade at noon and a race at
Repertory Theater, runs through Oct. 22 in      1 p.m. It’s in downtown Manitou Springs on                       Academy football
the theater at 30 W. Dale St. Productions are   Manitou Avenue.                                         Three more home games are at the Air
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays         Six Fags Elitch Gardens’ Fright Fest is        Force Academy: Brigham Young University is
at 2 p.m.; call the box office at 634-5583.     5-10 p.m. Fridays and noon-10 p.m. Saturdays        Oct. 28, Notre Dame is in the stadium Nov. 11
                                                and noon-9 p.m. Regular admission is charged        and Utah plays there Nov. 18. Call the ticket
        Halloween activities                    or get tickets at Information, Registration and     office at 472-1895 to buy tickets or to ask
    Mind Seizure Haunted House — the            Tours, 526-5366. The fright fest runs through       about free tickets for military.
city’s oldest haunted house is at the Flea      Oct. 29; go online at www.sixflags.com.
Market, 5225 E. Platte Ave., about a mile                                                                            Concerts
east of the Citadel Shopping Center and the                  Pueblo theater                             “Hootie and the Blowfish” are in concert
management recommends it for ages 12 and            The concert season at the Pueblo                Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Pikes Peak Center.
over. Mind Seizure is open Thursday-Sunday      Arts Center Theater includes “Capitol Steps,”       Tickets are at wwwticketswest.com.
each week and begins daily operation Oct. 26-   Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m., “Romeo and Juliet,”               “Blue Man Group” is in the Colorado
31. Admission is $13; military get a 50         March 10 at 4 p.m. and Glenn Miller Orchestra,      Springs World Arena Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets
percent discount on Sunday and Thursdays        April 13 at 7:30 p.m. In addition, Conjunto         start at $41.50; call Tickets West at 576-2626.
through Oct. 22. More information is at         Colores is Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Jackson               The Pikes Peak Philharmonic begins its
www.mindseizurehauntedhouse.com.                Conference Center. Season tickets are $90 and       season with “A Fall Romance” Sunday at 3
    Town of Terror is the haunted house at      single tickets, as available, are $20. Call (719)   p.m., at Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland
Buckskin Joe, near the Royal Gorge Bridge.      295-7222. The Art Center Theater is at 210 N.       Road. Adults are $8 at the door; students $5.
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   Oct. 13, 2006                                          Happenings

                                                                                  Buster s Baghdad
                                                                                      by Maj. James D. Crabtree




                                                             Photo by Nel Lampe


                     Pumpkin patch
 Turkey Creek Ranch again hosts its “pumpkin patch” event Wednesday-Oct.
 28. Families ride a hay wagon to the pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin. Sign
 up individually or with a group of friends. Call 526-3905 for reservations.

								
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