64, No. Vol. 64, No. 41 interest Publ ished in the interest of Training Support Division West, First U.S. Army and Fort Carson communi t y Tr West, U.S. Army Fort Oct. 13, 2006 Visi t the Fort Carson Web si te at www.carson.army.mi l Fort Web www.carson.army 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. 2 MOUNTAINEER 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. 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MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 3 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. 4 MOUNTAINEER 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.” MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 5 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. 6 MOUNTAINEER 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.- Military MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 7 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. 8 MOUNTAINEER 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. Military MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 9 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. 10 MOUNTAINEER 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. MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 11 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. 12 MOUNTAINEER 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.- email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 14 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Community 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. 16 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Community Me et t he ma y ors Photos by Rebe cca E. 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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 20 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Community 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 Community MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 21 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." firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 22 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Community 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. 24 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Community 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. 26 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Community 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. 28 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Feature Feature MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 29 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. Sports & Leisure MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 31 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. 32 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Sports & Leisure 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 Sports & Leisure MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 33 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- 34 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Sports & Leisure 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. 36 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Sports & Leisure 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. Sports & Leisure MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 37 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 38 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Sports & Leisure 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 40 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 Sports & Leisure 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 42 MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 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. Happenings MOUNTAINEER Oct. 13, 2006 43 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. 44 MOUNTAINEER 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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