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West, U.S. Army Fort Nov
Nov. 9, 2006
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Photos by Douglas M. Rule
Vice President Dick Cheney, left, was greeted with
waving flags and lots of cheers when he addressed
Soldiers, civilians and family members at Butts Army
Airfield Friday. Cheney praised the work the Soldiers of
Fort Carson have been doing in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“This nation loves our military because it represents the
best values of a generous and idealistic country. When
we look at the armed forces of the United States, here
is what we see: an all-volunteer force, serving and
sacrificing for this land,” Cheney said. Following his
speech, Cheney circled around the security perimeter,
above, shaking hands and talking with Soldiers. See page
5 for the complete story. A full copy of the text of his
speech is available through www.defenselink.com on the
page containing the story of his visit.
INSIDE THE MOUNTAINEER Cavalry Soldiers take a right-
Remembering Veterans Day . . . . . . .2
Welcome Home! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
seat ride with 3rd HBCT
News Community briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 by Pfc. Ben Fox ence and most elements of the war
Army fields howitzer . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 A time to give thanks . . . . . . . . . . .14 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st have changed since the brigade’s first
Korean War vet returns home . . . . . .4 Chapel update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Cavalry Division Public Affairs deployment in support of Operation
Jerry Burns, fisherman . . . . . . . . . .16
Military Thanksgiving meal schedule . . . . . .18
Visit by vice president . . . . . . . . . . . .5 FRG honors deployed Soldiers . . . . .20 BAQUBAH, Iraq — Experience To gain knowledge of the area and
Military briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Meet the mayors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 is a valuable asset on the battlefield. current situations, the 3rd BCT Soldiers
549th QM activation . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Knowing where dangerous places are learned from the experiences and
“Army Strong” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Feature and what techniques work in an area of procedures of the unit they replaced —
Celebrating Native Americans . . .26-27
operation can essentially save a the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team,
Happenings Soldier’s life. 4th Infantry Division — during a transi-
MUST SEE Dinosaurs in Woodland Park . . . .29-30 Not every Soldier has experience tion period called right-seat ride and
Get Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31-32 on the battlefield, though. Not every left-seat ride, which began Oct. 21 and
Soldier has seen danger spots and will end with the brigade’s transition of
effective methods in an area of opera- authority ceremony, Nov. 3.
Interservice championships . . . . . . .33
On the Bench . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 tion. Without this prior knowledge, Right-seat ride consists of the
Athlete of Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 there needs to be a means to prepare incoming unit observing and learning
High school sports . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Soldiers for their overseas assign- methods from the unit it is replacing.
Football picks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 ments. About a week later, the left-seat ride
Transition is the answer. occurs and the incoming unit takes
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Nov. 9, 2006 Opinion/Editorial
Remembering our veterans
Commentary by Maj. Gen. For more than 231 years, the American neither negotiation nor compromise.
Robert W. Mixon Jr. Soldier has defended our borders, our This enemy fights because he knows
Division West, First Army and Fort people and our way of life. When others the survival of his hateful ideology is at
Carson commanding general turned away, it was our veterans who stake. He knows that if freedom takes
were willing to stand up, be counted and root in Iraq, it will inspire millions
“We owe these veterans a debt of put their “Boots on the Ground.” across the Middle East and other
gratitude, indeed a debt of honor.” From the early days of the countries to stand up against extremism
— President George Washington American Revolution through the trial and oppression and fight for liberty.
of our Civil War, from the trenches of The road ahead will not be easy,
This Saturday, while many of us are World War I to the beaches of but like the “greatest generation” which
enjoying the long holiday weekend and Normandy and the Pacific island battles was victorious over a hateful ideology
all the wonderful events associated with of World War II, from the frozen in World War II so, too, will America’s
Veterans Day, I would ask that you take mountains of Korea to the sweltering sons and daughters be victorious in the
a moment to remember the sacrifices of paddies of Vietnam, from Grenada and Global War on Terrorism.
our veterans which enable us to enjoy Panama to Operation Desert Storm, and So, on this Veterans Day as we
the liberties and freedoms we have now in Operations Enduring Freedom gather with friends and family, take a
today. and Iraqi Freedom, American Soldiers moment to remember those who have today fight to defend America’s free-
Veterans Day is a day to honor the have answered the call to duty. made the ultimate sacrifice for our dom. God bless you and keep you safe
sacrifices of the men and women of our Today we are engaged in a “Long country. Remember the missing, cele- this Veterans Day weekend, and may
Armed Forces, both past and present. War” against an enemy who knows brate the living, and recognize all who he continue to bless our Armed Forces
Colorado Springs Veterans Day parade Colorado Springs Veterans Day Ceremony at Memorial Park
Saturday, 9 a.m., on Tejon Street from St. Vrain Street to Vermijo Ave. Saturday, 11 a.m.
Pueblo Veterans Day Parade Denver Veterans Day Parade followed by
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., begins at B Street and Union Ave. to Iraq/Afghanistan Colorado War Dead Honor Roll Reading at
6th Street and Court the Colorado Veterans Monument in front of the State Capitol
Veterans Day Service at the Pueblo Convention Center Saturday, 10 a.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Honoring our heroes
by Douglas M. Rule It was an unusual day in November 1982. The the families left behind, some with children who
Chief, Command Information, Fort Carson war officially ended more than seven years earlier. may not have remembered their own lost parent.
Public Affairs Office The dedication started off with a parade of sorts with There were brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts,
Vietnam War veterans, many wearing their uniforms uncles and grandparents. There were best friends
About this time of year, Abraham Lincoln they had saved. It was much like a party more than a and neighbors. There were those who were there
gets quoted a lot. “Any nation that does not honor memorial. But that changed. who may not have known anybody in the war but
its heroes will not long endure.” Thousands of veterans, relatives and friends felt that America owed these veterans the respect
Lincoln was right. Good leaders know that. There surrounded the area, yet it was the quietest the mall they deserved. It really was healing.
is an importance in honoring those who serve their had ever been. As the dedication proceeded, there Since then there have been millions of visitors
country or community well. Even the U.S. learned was not a dry eye. Men who had been been joking from around the world who were at The Wall. People
this lesson by making a big mistake. Vietnam-era around minutes earlier with war buddies they hadn’t have left notes and tokens of remembrance. The
veterans were not greeted home as heroes, even seen in years were hugging each other in tears. To National Park Service clears the memorial daily and
those whose heroic actions earned them some of this many, this was the beginning of healing that should archives those items left, exclusive of flowers or food.
nation’s highest honors. They served honorably have happened years earlier. The Smithsonian Museum of American History
and it wasn’t until later that they and their fallen I went to find a friend’s name on the wall when displays many of these items on a rotating basis.
comrades were honored as they should have been. the ceremony was over. Because of the crowd, I did- Since then, Americans have not made that
I was in Washington, D.C., when the Vietnam n’t realize the impact The Wall would have on me. mistake. By not honoring our heroes, America
Veterans Memorial was dedicated. There had been a Although there were thousands of people there, the suffered. Men and women felt distanced. The mili-
lot of controversy over how the memorial should look realization of how many people were finally being tary was not in a place of respect that it deserved.
and where it should be. Then-Secretary of the Interior honored after their death was staggering. I eventually But things have changed and for the better.
James G. Watt, whose agency was responsible for found his name, Douglas Doody, who was a military The Wall, a traveling version of the Vietnam
the area where the memorial was set, insisted on a policeman on duty defending the U.S. embassy in Veterans Memorial, has come to towns across
lot of changes, including that flags be added. After Saigon during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Although he this nation, especially important to those families
some negotiations with the volunteer group that was was somewhat older than me, I remembered him as who may not be able to visit the memorial in
financing the project, the flags were placed in a being the bigger guy who was the bus monitor for my Washington, D.C. One can also visit the “Virtual
location that honored the nation without detracting school bus at Camp Darby, Italy. His dad and my dad Wall” at www.vvmf.org.
from the memorial. Later there would be statues had served together several times throughout their At the front gate, we have a memorial to those
erected honoring those men who served but returned Army careers, and they both retired to Akron, Ohio. from Fort Carson who have lost their lives fighting
alive, those women who served in Vietnam as well, Somehow his name on that black wall seemed a the Global War on Terrorism. Unfortunately, I also
and a memorial plaque for those who returned and little unreal. Could this really be that guy who made know someone on that wall as well. But his family,
as a result of injuries sustained in the war, died later me sit down, who made sure that I, a little first- or friends and fellow comrades didn’t have to wait
on, but did not meet the Department of Defense second-grader, got safely on and off the bus? years to know that his country and his fellow
criteria for being included on The Wall. Then there were others in the crowd. There were citizens respected him and the sacrifice he made.
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Nov. 9, 2006 3
Korean War hero returned to family
by Gregory Frye it meant so much to my grandfather,” Pfc. Francis
Fort Campbell Courier Jenkins said. “I had to give the eulogy Crater Jr. is
and kept choking up because I would transported
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — look at my grandfather and see him to his final
After more than 50 years of waiting, crying. It really meant a lot to him.” resting
hoping and praying, the family of a The experience has been very emo- place in
Korean War hero can rest easier know- tional for Glenn Crater, who thought they Akron,
ing their Soldier is finally home. would never hear anything about the fate Ohio, Oct.
The remains of Pfc. Francis Crater of his younger brother and was shocked 21. Crater
Jr. were buried in the family plot in when he heard the Joint POW/MIA was killed
Akron, Ohio, Oct. 21 — nearly 56 Accounting Command found him. during the
years after his death. Fate of a hero Korean War
Crater’s great nephew, a current “I’d like the world to know there in 1950,
Soldier, was one of more than 250 was a Francis Crater,” Glenn said. “He but his
people who attended the funeral. was a good kid, never got into trouble remains
“He was part of our family and … an average young guy growing up. were not
meant a lot to us,” said Staff Sgt. Bob When he was 18, his friend decided to identified
Jenkins, motor sergeant, 106th join the Army, and Francis joined, too.” until
Transportation Battalion, Fort “There were a lot of people lost recently.
Campbell. “As I grew up, I always over there the same time my brother
knew about my Uncle Shorty.” was,” Glenn said.
Shorty was Crater’s nickname. Francis was killed in Korea as he
Standing at 5 feet, 3 inches, the Ohio fought the enemy off his fellow
native was the youngest of three children. Soldiers, hopping back and forth ground for five days until the enemy with Francis; the temperature was 40
Glenn Crater, Francis’ older brother between machine gun nests. finally prevailed. below freezing, and their food was so
and Jenkins’ grandfather, is the only Charles Rachac, who now lives in “Crater was my assistant on the frozen they could barely eat. “The last
immediate family member alive to see Michigan, was one of only three people machine gun,” he said. “He was a small supper,” he called it.
his brother’s remains brought home. from the unit to survive the battle at guy but had a giant stature.”
“It profoundly affected me because Chosin Reservoir. They held their Rachac recalls the last meal he had See Korean on Page 10
Nov. 9, 2006 News
Army fields its first light-weight howitzer
by Edward Murray and Martin Kane Battle — the field artillery’s nickname — took a giant including the Excalibur precision munition when it is
The Picatinny Voice step forward. eventually fielded.
The M777 is the military’s newest field artillery The 2-11 FA is part of the Army’s fifth Stryker
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — With the weapon, a lightweight 155 mm towed howitzer Brigade Combat Team. It recently completed new-
recent delivery of 18 new M777 lightweight 155 mm developed jointly by the Army and Marine Corps. It equipment training and a live-fire battalion exercise
howitzers to the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 11th Field will be the artillery system for the Army’s Stryker using the basic M777 system at Pohakuloa Training
Artillery, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, the King of Brigade Combat Teams. Area on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The program is managed by a joint-service Prior to receiving the M777, the 2-11 FA was an
program office here. The weapon systems exclusively 105 mm battalion that was equipped with
themselves are manufactured by BAE Systems the M119 howitzer.
with final integration and assembly occurring The M777 has the deployability advantages of
at the firm’s Hattiesburg, Miss., facility. lightweight system like the M119, but the firepower
The M777 is the first ground-combat sys- of a 155 mm weapon like the larger M198. Two sys-
tem to make extensive use of titanium in its tems can be transported on a C-130 at the same time.
major structures to trim weight; the how- The new howitzers have returned to Schofield
itzer is 7,000 pounds lighter than the M198 Barracks, where they will be retrofitted with a digital
weapon it replaces. fire control system in January to become M777A1s.
“The weight reduction improves trans- The DFCS will provide the howitzer with the capability
portability and mobility without impacting to communicate, navigate and aim — an upgrade that
range or accuracy,” said Joint Program will increase accuracy and responsiveness.
Manager James Shields. Soldiers from 2-11 FA said they were pleased
Courtesy photo Shields said the system will be compatible with the new weapons and look forward to the added
The new M777 howitzer is tested in Hawaii. with the entire family of 155 mm ammunition, capabilities provided by the DFCS upgrade.
Nov. 9, 2006 5
Vice President Cheney praises Fort Carson
troops manning ‘watchtowers of freedom’
Story and photos by of the 43rd Area Support Group, honor, and you play an absolutely vital
Douglas M. Rule including the 10th Combat Support role in the defense of this nation. I am
Fort Carson Public Affairs Office Hospital, recently returned from sup- proud to be in your company, and I bring
porting the effort in Iraq and the gratitude and good wishes from the
Thousands of Soldiers from every Afghanistan, as well as the 3rd Heavy commander in chief, President George
unit on post greeted Vice President Dick Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry W. Bush,” he added.
Cheney Nov. 3 as he came to Fort Division, which is in the process of Following his formal speech,
Carson by waving flags and yelling, redeploying. He also saluted the 2nd Cheney awarded Purple Heart medals
“Hooah!” Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry to two Fort Carson Soldiers: Spc.
He recognized many units, such as Division, which recently departed on its Ronald Hinkle, 1-8 Combined Arms
the 10th Special Forces Group and assets second deployment to Iraq. Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat
“America has always Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Capt. Vice President Cheney applauds
counted on the Army to defend David Vankamp, 2nd Squadron, 9th Capt. David Vankamp, center, and
our country and man the Cavalry Regiment, 3rd HBCT, 4th ID. Spc. Rongald Hinkle, to whom he
watchtowers of freedom. And Hinkle was injured in Iraq when awarded Purple Heart medals.
in our own time, Soldiers of the Humvee he was acting as gunner to Iraq, Vankamp said that after he
the United States are repaying for hit an improvised explosive device. completes his branch advanced course,
that confidence every day as Shrapnel pierced his chest and arm. His he is looking to return to Iraq and
we fight the War on Terror,” right shoulder required the reattachment continue on with the effort there.
Cheney said. of nine of 13 ligaments. The shrapnel “He reinforced that the leadership
“I can’t tell you how wounds resulted in a serious staph is firmly behind us,” said Maj. Gen.
impressed I am by the work infection, necessitating his doctors to Robert W. Mixon Jr., commanding
that is carried out at Fort induce a coma to ensure his recovery. general, Division West, First Army
Carson and how much I Vankamp was providing security at and Fort Carson. “We are in a long
Maj. Gen. Robert W. Mixon Jr., commanding admire the caliber of Soldiers a checkpoint in Iraq when a suicide war and it is important that the
general, right, introduces Vice President that are posted here. Your bomber penetrated the perimeter. Soldiers know that they are supported
Dick Cheney during his visit Nov. 3. duties are not easy, but you Vankamp sustained serious burns to his from the highest levels.”
carry them out with skill and body. While this was his first deployment
Nov. 9, 2006 Military
Miscellaneous number for emergencies or routine tasks. office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-5
• Refuse/trash — Call Kandy Clark at 526-9243 p.m, Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and closed federal and
Memorial service — A memorial service will be when needing trash containers, trash is overflowing training holidays.
held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial or emergency service is required. To make a claim, Soldiers must attend a
Chapel for Sgt. Norman Taylor, Staff Sgt. Ryan Haupt • Facility custodial services — Call Larry Haack mandatory briefing, which is given Mondays and
and Spc. Nathan Frigo of the 3rd Heavy Brigade at 526-9237 for service needs or to report complaints. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Combat Team who were killed in action in Iraq. • Elevator maintenance — Call Sharon Gayle at At the briefing, Soldiers must submit a
Trial defense service hours — TDS hours of 526-1695. Department of Defense Form 1840/1840R. Submit
operation are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — Call completed claims Tuesdays and Thursdays.
TDS is closed on Fridays except for appointments and Kandy Clark at 526-9243. DFAC hours — Fort Carson dining facilities
emergencies. Chapters briefings are held Tuesdays and • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary Grant operate under the following hours:
Thursdays at 1 p.m., and Article 15 briefings are held at 526-5844. Use this number to obtain self-help tools Wolf Inn — Monday-Friday 7-9 a.m. (breakfast),
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and equipment or a motorized sweeper. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 4:30-6:30 p.m.
New dental clinic hours — All dental clinics are • Base operations contract Contracting Officer (dinner). Weekend hours are 7:30-9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-
open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sick call Representative — Call Terry Hagen at 526-9262 for 1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.
hours are from 7 a.m.-9 a.m. reporting wind damage, snow removal concerns, Butts Army Airfield — Monday-Friday 7-9 a.m.
Hazardous Material Control Center — The damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 4:30-
HMCC reopened Oct. 11. All customers that received • Portable latrines — Call Kandy Clark at 6:30 p.m. (dinner). This DFAC is closed weekends.
support prior to July 8 will again get support from 526-9243 to request latrines, for service or to report Patton Inn — Monday-Friday 7:30-9 a.m.
this facility. damaged or overturned latrines. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 5-7 p.m.
Finance in- and out-processing — The in- and (dinner). Weekend hours are 7:30-9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-
out-processing section of finance has consolidated its CIF Hours 1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.
operations on the second floor of building 1218. Regular business hours —The Central Issue 10th SFG — Monday-Friday 7-9 a.m. (breakfast),
Travel and accessions moved from the first floor of Facility has changed its operating hours. The CIF is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 4:30-6 p.m. (dinner).
building 1218 to the second floor. no longer open on Fridays. Soldiers may make This DFAC is closed weekends.
Customers for in- and out-processing should go appointments by calling 526-3321. Listed below are
to room 230 in building 1218, sign in and wait for a the new operating hours. Briefings
technician. Phone numbers remain the same: Recruit the Recruiter briefings — Briefings for
separations 526-8473/8476/1302; retirement In-processing anyone interested in becoming an Army recruiter are
526-4233/4234/8470; travel 526-9930/0507/0475; Monday-Thursday from 7:30-10:30 a.m. scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 17
accessions 526-8479/8236/4558; and chief of in- and Initial issues in building 1117, room 223. More information can be
out-processing 526-6230. Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m. found at www.usarec.army.mil/hq/recruiter, by call-
ACAP relocation — The Army Career and Partial issues ing Sgt. 1st Class Neftali Perez at (800) 223-3735 or
Alumni Program Center has moved to building 1117, Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m. by contacting your unit career counselor.
room 114. Soldiers should use the southwest Cash sales/report of survey Special Forces briefings — will be held
entrance. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays at building 1217, room 305, from
Veterans Administration relocation — The VA Direct exchange 10-11 a.m., noon-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
is now located in building 6220 on the first floor. Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m. Soldiers must be E4-E6 from any military occu-
Harmony in Motion auditions — Harmony Partial turn-ins pational specialty; have a general technical score of at
in Motion will hold auditions for sopranos, altos, Monday-Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m. least 100; be a U.S. citizen; score 229 or higher on the
tenors and basses. Auditions will be held daily at Full turn-ins Army Physical Fitness Test; and pass a Special
the Freedom Performing Arts Center, building Monday-Thursday 7:30-10:30 a.m. Forces physical. Call 524-1461 or visit the Web site
1129, from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. For more Unit issues and turn-ins at www.bragg.army.mil/sorb.
information visit www.carson.army.mil/harmony or Call 526-5512/6477 for approval. ACAP briefing –– The Army Career and Alumni
call Sgt. Scott Dickson at 524-3618 or 338-2340. Program preseparation briefing is required for all
Casualty and Mortuary Affairs offices move Hours of operation departing servicemembers. Current ACAP policy
— Fort Carson’s Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Education Center hours of operation — The requires personnel ending time in service to register
offices have moved to building 1218, rooms 164, 165 Mountain Post Training and Education Center’s one year out and retirees two years out. ACAP
and 168. Telephone numbers remain the same. hours are as follows: preseparation briefings are held Monday-Thursday
TSP Pilot — Let the Thrift Savings Plan Pilot • Counselor Support Center — Monday through from 7:30-9 a.m.
take the guesswork out of your TSP fund choice Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday, 11 a.m.- Attendees should report to ACAP by 7:15 a.m. to
decisions (including the new L funds). 4:30 p.m. building 1117, room 114. Call 526-1002 to schedule
TSP Pilot’s investment analysts give you opti- • Learning Resource Center — Monday through the briefing.
mized fund balance allocations you can plug into Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; ETS briefing — ETS briefings for enlisted
your TSP account Web site to maximize returns. A Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and training holidays personnel will be held the first and third Tuesday of
free issue is available. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each month until further notice.
Please allow a few moments for the page to fully • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Briefing sign-in begins at 7 a.m. at building
load: http://TSP-pilot.com. Support and Advanced Personnel Testing — 1042, room 310. Briefings will be given on a first-
Environmental Health training — The Environ- Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:15-4:15 p.m.; come, first-served basis.
mental Health section of Preventive Medicine offers closed training holidays. Soldiers must be within 120 days of their ETS
heat category monitoring training, food service sanitation • Basic Skills Education Program/Functional but must attend the briefing no later than 30 days
training and classes on hot and cold weather injuries, Academic Skills Training — Monday-Thursday prior to their ETS or start date of transition leave.
sexually transmitted diseases, hearing conservation 1-4 p.m.; closed training holidays. Call 526-2240 for more information.
and medical threat briefings. For more information • eArmyU Testing — Monday-Friday, 12:15-
on these classes call 526-7922 or 524-2238. 4:15 p.m.; closed training holidays.
DPW services — The Directorate of Public Military Occupational Specialty Library —
Works is responsible for a wide variety of services on Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-
Fort Carson. Services range from repair and main- 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and training holi-
tenance of facilities to equipping units with a days 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
sweeper and cleaning motor pools. Listed below are Legal Assistance hours — Operating hours for the BOSS meeting — The post BOSS meeting, for
phone numbers and points of contact for services: Legal Assistance Office are Monday-Thursday from 9 BOSS representatives, meets the third Thursday of
• Facility repair/service orders — KIRA service a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. each month at Xtremes from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For
order desk can be reached at 526-5345. Use this Claims Division hours — The Claims Division information, call 524-BOSS.
Nov. 9, 2006 7
Cav Soldiers who tracks incoming
indirect fire. The ride is
From Page 1 invaluable to him and his
Capt. Randall Crowder, the brigade’s fire team because they can’t
support officer and an Austin, Texas native, said afford to get things wrong,
the right- and left-seat rides are important to the he said.
incoming brigade’s success. “People’s lives depend
Each year, the insurgents’ tactics and leaders on us,” said Taylor.
change, so even if a Soldier has been to a deployed When he took the
zone before, everything he knew could possibly be right-seat ride, Taylor said
changed, said Crowder. his counterparts gave him a
The process helps the incoming Soldiers become sheet of helpful notes,
familiar with their surroundings and their enemies, which he will keep in his
and even the nonkinetic aspects of the war, he said. pocket the whole year.
“You can only learn that from people who have The transitional exer-
been here doing it,” said Crowder. cise is particularly helpful
Pfc. Jeremy Crocker, Company A, 1-12 because the war being Photo by Pfc. Ben Fox
Combined Arms Battalion, just returned from his first fought in Iraq differs from Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and
mission and agreed with Crowder. many previous wars the the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division prepare
“The only way to do it is with guys who have military has been involved to move to their next location as part of the preparation for the
been doing it for a year,” said Crocker, a native of in, said Crowder. change of responsibilities.
St. Louis. “Each unit has its
Crocker, who went on a mission with Soldiers wins, and each new unit learns from the old’s in completely blind and not be able to take advantage
from 1-68th Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd HBCT, losses,” said Crowder. of lessons learned — because those lessons learned
4th ID on a right-seat ride, said the ride was helpful Having a plan of action before an incident occurs save lives,” said 1st Sgt. Jason Mosher, the first
to him because he had never been in an actual gives strength to a combat unit and the exercise helps sergeant of the Police Transition Team at the
combat situation before. to give that strength, he said. Provincial Level from Headquarters and
Without the other unit there, Crocker said it “It sets us up to be proactive and not reactive,” Headquarters Troop, 3rd HBCT, 4th ID.
would have been more chaotic and confusing, but said Crowder. The right-seat ride process allows the incoming
thanks to the 1-68th CAB Soldiers, he was able to Instead of having to learn everything from unit to learn tasks such as reaction drills, the
keep his wits and understand how to react under scratch, the brigade now has a head start on meaning of reaction codes and how to conduct
moments of intense stress. gaining intelligence and producing a battle guard — redefined procedures the outgoing unit
“I’m a lot better off (with the right-seat ride) than I rhythm, said Crowder. has massaged to help set the incoming unit up for
would have been just jumping in here,” said Pfc. Joshua For members of the outgoing unit, right- and success, said Mosher.
Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd left-seat rides are equally important so their suc- “In the cloud of war, it’s real easy to get con-
Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment. cesses can be built upon. fused, so that’s why we do these drills,” Mosher said.
Taylor, native to Fort Lupton, is a radar operator “Without right-seat ride, your entity would come “We do everything we can to mitigate those risks.”
Nov. 9, 2006 Military
Photos by Michael J. Pach
QM unit activates
Above: Noncommissioned officers of the 549th Quartermaster Company, 68th
Corps Support Battalion, pose after their activation ceremony Nov. 2 at Garcia
Physical Fitness Center.
Left: Capt. Kenneth Zapanta, left, and 1st. Sgt. Vodricka Epps, right, stand ready
to unveil their company flag. The 549th QM was activated on Fort Carson Oct. 16
and provides laundry, shower and clothing repair services to troops. Sgt. Robert
Middleton describes the 549th QM as a “real morale booster” to Soldiers.
Nov. 9, 2006 9
Why ‘Army Strong?’
Commentary by — it’s ‘Boots on the Ground.’
Lt. Col. Wayne Shanks Army Strong is more than the pungent
smell of burnt gunpowder after a firefight;
it’s the Soldiers whose well-aimed fire
WASHINGTON — I have to admit protected their buddies.
when I first heard “Army Strong” I thought, Army Strong is more than intelligence
“That’s it?” But as I’ve thought about it, systems, unmanned aviation vehicles and
Army Strong is much more than two words. global positioning satellites; it’s the Soldiers
It represents the best of the Army; the best of who bring that information to the leaders
America; the best of each and every Soldier. who can use it to stop an insurgent attack.
I think Army Strong works better if you Army Strong is more than beans, bullets
imply “I am, you are or we are” Army Strong, and repair parts; it’s the Soldiers who ship,
but what does it mean to be Army Strong? manage, prepare, repair and move all the
Army Strong is more than muscles; it’s things that keep the Army rolling along.
the Soldiers who can endure long patrols, Army Strong is more than just doing
constantly alert for hidden dangers, or what’s right; it’s the Army values embodied
run faster and further than they ever thought by Soldiers who carry out their duties every
they could. day.
Photo by Leslie Gordnier
Army all the way!
Army Strong is more than sheer military Army Strong is more than a “Welcome
might (tanks, helicopters, artillery, missiles, Home” sign taped to a fence; it’s the
etc…); it’s the Soldiers who drive, fly or “Daddy, daddy, daddy!” yelled across a
shoot all that hardware. tarmac late at night and a long embrace at U.S. Military Academy Cadet Third Class Jason
Army Strong is more than completing the end of a deployment. Schreuder carved a Halloween pumpkin saluting
tough training; it’s parachuting out of an Army Strong is more than an individual the new “Army Strong” campaign. Schreuder
airplane at 800 feet when you’re scared to Soldier’s strength; it’s the teamwork of a researched images he thought reflected those
death of heights. well-trained squad executing actions on con- Army values.
Army Strong is more than being smart; tact.
it’s having the knowledge and tenacity to In short, Army Strong is far more than
develop a way to solve seemingly impossible two words; it’s the underlying moral fiber,
problems. the deep-seated emotions and the total
Army Strong is more than combat determination every Soldier carries. Send your story to
operations that destroy an enemy; it’s the No one can stop this team — it’s ml
Soldiers and leaders who plan and execute it Army Strong.
Nov. 9, 2006 Military
Korean Joint POW/MIA Accounting
given identity before contacting
know about Francis’ military
accomplishments until recently.
From Page 3 Now, thanks to teams from JPAC needs mitochondrial No one knew, for instance, that
“He died with a lot of heroes JPAC, 88 percent of Francis’ skele- evidence from living family he had been a part of three
up there,” Rachac said. “I was tal remains are finally where they members in order to identify many campaigns in Korea until seeing
fortunate enough to come back, ought to be. JPAC is a Hawaii-based of the remains. the three campaign medals on the
and I don’t know why. I’ve been military organization dedicated to Rhachac encouraged Glenn uniform provided by the Army
living with this burden for a lot of finding fallen Soldiers. Crater to send a blood sample to for the service.
years. I think everybody up there “It’s an important mission to our JPAC, which had actually found “I’m glad these people have the
was wounded one way or another, country,” said Troy Kitch, deputy Francis’ remains in 2000. Glenn’s conviction to exhaust every resource
mentally or physically.” public affairs director for JPAC. blood sample helped JPAC at their expense to set this right,”
Rachac jokes about how “It’s a valuable and honorable mis- positively identify Francis’ remains. Jenkins said. “These guys gave their
everyone used to “razz” Francis sion we’re proud to be a part of. Pride and gratitude lives to serve their country, and so
about his name. “In the 1970s,” Kitch said, Years after Francis’ death, his their country should do everything
“I never had a chance to say “the mission was born out of the family continued to keep his in its power to get them back.”
goodbye to him,” he said. “He’ll Vietnam War. People wanted to see memory alive. Even Jenkins, who It seems to Jenkins that the
always be forever young; I’ll always their loved ones brought home.” never met his great uncle, knew all Army is doing just that.
remember him as a 20-year-old.” Since then, the mission has about the family hero. At 9, he Glenn Crater was pleased with
Francis was killed Nov. 28, evolved into JPAC. Investigation drew an award-winning picture of the service and everything the
1950. The next day his mother, teams and recovery teams travel the a Soldier standing behind a barbed- Army did to honor his brother.
Beatrice, received a telegram world, covering all of the nation’s wire fence. Below he wrote: “this is “The Army really went all out
stating her son was missing in action wars in the past century. my Uncle Shorty, and I hope he after they found him to give him a
but presumed dead. “People deserve to come home comes home one day.” proper burial,” Glenn said. “We had
“She always hoped he and be buried with full honors,” Now that Jenkins is grown the honor guard from Fort Knox,
would come back, knocking at the Kitch said. and in the Army himself, he and a motorcycle group — they
door,” Jenkins said of his great JPAC has about 1,100 boxes appreciates what has been done were lined up, holding their flags
grandmother. “She went to her of remains, 40 percent of which for his Uncle Shorty. to welcome him home.
grave thinking that.” are from North Korea. “It was a shock,” Jenkins “I hope that if I’m ever in that
Until now, Crater’s family “When we have remains come said. “A lot of times people only situation,” Jenkins said, “that I’ll
was never sure what happened in,” Kitch said, “we analyze as find a tooth or bone fragment, but have the same courage my uncle
to him. much as possible. If we can’t figure to hear they had found 88 percent did. I know I’ll be thinking about it.
“We weren’t sure if he was out who it is, it goes back on the of his skeletal remains — that was It meant a lot to me.”
injured or killed,” Jenkins said, “but shelf until we get more evidence.” something special.” Francis Crater Jr. is buried
these remains reveal that he was Kitch stresses the importance Jenkins admitted there were a next to his mother in Greenlawn
shot through the back of the head.” of being absolutely positive about a lot of things his family didn’t Memorial Park in Akron, Ohio.
Nov. 9, 2006 11
Left: Family and
as Soldiers from
and 3-29 Field
Right: The Halls
share a group
hug Thursday at
Photo by Michael J. Pach
Photo by Michael J. Pach
Photo by Rebecca E. Tonn
The first homecoming signs redeployed Soldiers see while en route to Fort Carson hang on the
pedestrian walkway over the westbound lanes of Academy Boulevard, east of Interstate 25. The
inset photo is a close-up of three of the signs.
Left: Pfc. Saun
moment at the
ceremony Nov. 2.
kisses his twin
Photo by Michael J. Pach Photo by Michael J. Pach
Nov. 9, 2006 Community
Miscellaneous Babeu at 382-1569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Redeployed? Bootcamp for New Dads —
Open house for Modular Fuel System — The Preparing fathers and fathers-to-be for the chal-
68th Corps Support Battalion and Petroleum and lenges and joys of fatherhood. An exciting program
Water Systems is hosting an open house, with a developed and taught by dads; it is offered the first
static display and a video of the new Modular Fuel three Wednesdays of each month, from 11:45 a.m.-
System, for Fort Carson Soldiers and civilians, 12:45 p.m. at the Family University, building 1161.
Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., in building 8152. The first module is “Becoming a dad”; the
Federal Employee Health Benefit Fair — is second is “Caring for baby and hands-on training”;
for civilian employees, at the Elkhorn Conference the third is “Caring for mom and graduation.”
Center, Thursday, noon-1:30 p.m. Bring your own lunch. For more information call
Military Officer Career Night for high school 526-4590.
students — Students and their parents are invited to Job openings — Fountain-Fort Carson School
attend an informational meeting regarding applying District Eight has openings for food service workers
to a service academy or applying for a Reserve and delivery drivers. For more information call
Officer Training Corps scholarship Nov. 28. 382-1334 or apply in person at 11355 Old Pueblo
Registration begins at 5:30; presentation is from Road in Fountain.
6-8 p.m. at the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall Teen Scene — Evans Army Community
ballroom. RSVP by Nov. 26 to Maj. Kris Belcher Hospital hosts a program for teenage mothers and
at 964-1143 or Kris_Belcher@msn.com. moms-to-be the second Wednesday of each month
Celebrate Veterans Day — with the Falcon in the third floor conference room. For more
Wanderers of Colorado Springs. They will host a information call Rhonda Tulensa at 526-7030 or
five- and a 10-kilometer Volksmarch, Saturday. Carissa Sullivan at 526-7090.
The route starts and ends at the Police Operations Fort Carson community blood drive —
Center, corner of S. Nevada Avenue and Rio The Bonfils mobile bus will be at the main Fort
Grande. Register anytime between 8:30 a.m. and Carson Post Exchange, Saturday from noon-4 p.m.
noon and walk at your own pace. Dogs and children For more information or to schedule an
welcome. Participants will receive a Veterans Day appointment, contact the Bonfils appointment
commemorative patch. For more information call center at (800) 750-4482, ext. 1.
648-9015, 499-8160 or 667-5662. No physical training zone — The area under
Fort Carson civilian employee walk-in flu construction, north of Ranges 69 and 5, should not
clinic — The Occupational Health Clinic is offering be used for any training at any time. Construction
free flu shots at building 2059 on Magrath Street, is under way. The area is bracketed to the north by
Nov. 27 and Nov. 29, from 1-3 p.m. and Nov. 28 Khe Sahn Street, to the east by Barkeley Avenue,
and Nov. 30, from 8-11 a.m. and to the west by Brown Road, Titus Boulevard
The Great American Smokeout — will be and Specker Avenue.
Thursday at the Fort Carson Post Exchange, from Fort Carson fire department — will conduct
10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information call the a prescribed burn program, in accordance with
Mountain Post Wellness Center at 526-3887. permits issued by the Colorado Department of
Harr Avenue reconstruction — from Titus Public Health and Environment and in coordination
Boulevard north to Coleman Avenue will begin with the El Paso County Department of Health
Monday and continue for approximately 12 months, and Environment, continuing into December,
in four phases. Phase one includes the Titus weather permitting. For more information contact
Boulevard intersection to a point south of the north the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at 526-
entrance to Aleutian Circle, and weather permitting, 1264/4113. After hours contact the 24-hour
will be completed by the end of February. The Emergency Operations Center at 526-5500 and ask
contract includes replacing all of the asphalt, for the on-call public affairs officer. Thursdays from noon-6 p.m. Release of information
pouring concrete curb and gutters on both sides of Directorate of Environmental Compliance requests will not be taken during this time. This will
the road, and the construction of 800 linear feet and Management — Building 6287, near Prussman create faster turn-around time for copies of records.
of sidewalks along the east side of the road. and Mekong, is being dismantled and demolished Ongoing road closures — Portions of Specker
Military Officer Career Night for high school and will continue until Dec. 31. Stay out of the area Avenue and Titus Boulevard will be closed until
students — Students and their parents are invited and do not park within 100 feet of the building. Call April. Questions about the closure or disruption of
to attend an informational meeting regarding Eldon Granger at 526-1687 for further information. traffic along Butts Road can be addressed to
applying to a service academy or applying for a Child and Youth Services, Caring Saturdays Fort Carson’s Directorate of Public Works Traffic
Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship — Free child care for families of deployed Engineer, Rick Orphan, at 526-9267 or Fort
Nov. 28. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the Soldiers is offered the first and third Saturday of Carson’s Army Corps of Engineers Transformation
presentation is from 6-8 p.m. at the Air Force each month, from noon to 7 p.m., in the East Child Resident Office, Maj. John Hudson, at 526-4974.
Academy's Arnold Hall ballroom. RSVP by Development Center, building 6058. Families Construction warnings—Repaving of the
Nov. 26 to Maj. Kris Belcher at 964-1143 or must bring a copy of their sponsor’s deployment parking lot between buildings 6222 and 6236
Kris_Belcher@msn.com. orders and their child's up-to-date immunization and the large parking lot south of buildings 1010-
Fort Carson Restoration Advisory Board — record. For reservations call 524-4218. For further 1013 is under way and will continue until the end of
Invites the public to learn about on-post environ- information call 526-1101. November, weather permitting. Ignoring barriers or
mental restoration projects. The meeting will be An Adoption Fair — will be held Tuesday at encroaching on the contractor’s work site may result
Thursday, at Elkhorn Conference Center, building Armed Services YMCA, 2190 Jet Wing Drive, from in ticketing and towing. During construction, detour
7300, at 6:30 p.m., and will serve as a public 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Topics will include: local and infant signs should be honored and alternate parking
meeting for a Fort Carson-initiated Class 3 permit open adoption, foster adoption, interstate adoptions, spaces used.
modification to the Fort Carson Hazardous Waste international adoptions services, financial/military Claims against the estate — Those with
Permit. For more information call the Installation information and adoptive parent forum. For more claims of indebtedness to the estate of Sgt. Norman
Restoration Program Manager at 526-8004. information and to sign up by Thursday, call Taylor, deceased, should contact 2nd Lt. Aaron
Special Education Advisory Council — Peterson Air Force Base at 556-6141, Schriever Air Earls at (270) 505-0107.
Parents, community members and school staff are Force Base at 567-9380, United States Air Force Those with claims of indebtedness to the estate
invited to attend the Fountain-Fort Carson School Academy at 333-3444 or Fort Carson’s Army of Staff Sgt. Ryan Haupt, deceased, should contact
District Eight SEAC meeting on Nov. 17 from Community Service at 526-4590. 2nd Lt. Nick Piergallini at (610) 217-7241.
9-11 a.m., at Patriot Elementary School, 7010 Harr Evans Army Community Hospital — The Those with claims of indebtedness to the
Ave., Fort Carson. Refreshments will be served. correspondence division of the Patient estate of Pfc. Nathan Frigo, deceased, should con-
For more information and to RSVP, contact Peter Administration Department will be closing tact 2nd Lt. Todd Allison at (512) 636-7597.
Nov. 9, 2006 Community
A time to give thanks
by Lorrie Pies into a person of substance. God chooses to answer. thanks in a year that saw nearly half
Fort Carson Chaplain’s spouse Throughout the year, with all of its We remember the pilgrims on their number die of sickness. Yet
hardships, all of its loneliness, Thanksgiving Day, not so much for they prayed with thanksgiving.”
“O Lord, you are my God; I will and all of its fears, internal strength their turkey dinner, but for the sheer So pray with thanksgiving. He’s
exalt you and praise your name, for has manifested. In “Chicken Soup faith that inspired them to give done great things.
in perfect faithfulness you have done for the Military Wife’s Soul,” one
marvelous things.” Isaiah 25:1 woman wrote, “It took a war to
Touchdown! Soldiers are coming make me realize how important the
home and the crowds are going wild. ‘army wife’ is to the military —
The exciting days are finally here. how important everything is that
Spouses, you’ve made it! I applaud we, as military spouses, do to Prayer of thanks:
you for you are unique. Very few support our husbands, the army and
people have trod the path that our country.” As you sit down to Lord we exalt you and praise you. You are
you have and are able to reach the celebrate coming holidays, reunited atfl o l.
f i h u t a l You have led our Soldiers and
end successfully. with your Soldier at the family t t hs ie
have led us down this pa h a t i t m .
Certainly the faithfulness of the gathering, be reminded of God’s
Although it has been difficult, we praise you
Lord God brings about marvelous perfect faithfulness to you.
things. In all of this, I hope you have Dr. Ralph Wilson put it perfectly for providing marvelously at just the appoint-
felt God leading you as you have in his article entitled, “Pray … with ed time. Now may the peace of our Lord
been separated from your loved one. Thanksgiving.” Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the
It is not an easy road to walk down. “When we remember what God fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with
I pray that as you look back on this has done for us in the past and think
u a l Amen.
separation you will have found God about who he is in the present — and
to be faithful to you. You will express that in thankfulness — our
remember the work that he has prayers become more gentle, more
done on your behalf. trusting somehow. Thankful prayers
In this time of reflection, God are offered with faith. And faith is an
in his faithfulness has grown you essential ingredient for prayers that
Nov. 9, 2006 15
Chapel Chapel Schedule
PWOC fall studies — Protestant Women of the ROMAN CATHOLIC
Chapel meet Tuesdays from 9-11:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Day Time Service Chapel Location Contact Person
Mon., Wed., Fri. noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Gagliardo/526-7412
Memorial Chapel. Child care is provided free at the Tues., Thurs. noon Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Goellen/526-5769
hourly day care center. Children must be registered 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
with Child and Youth Services. Fall studies are under Sunday 10:30 a.m. CRE Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458
way and include several selections. Contact Amy West 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
for information on child care at 393-1390. For infor- Tuesday 7 p.m. RCIA Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/524-2458
mation on PWOC call Barb Styles at 598-0422. A spe- Saturday 4 p.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Goellen/526-5769
cial room for home-schooled children is also offered. PROTESTANT
“Wilderness Trail” Protestant Sunday School 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
Classes — With the theme of “Respect,” classes Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Nicholas/526-8011
will study Bible stories while having fun with music 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
and games. Classes for all ages are each Sunday Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sun. School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Dr. Scheck/526-5626
9:30-10:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel, Tuesday 9 a.m. PWOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Nicholas/526-8011
Sunday 11 a.m. Contemporary Veterans’ Magrath & Titus Chap. Fritts/526-8890
building 1500. This year's program is musical, ener- Tuesday 7 p.m. PYOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Ms. Scheck/231-9511
Sunday 9 a.m. Samoan Veterans’ Titus Chap. Fritts/526-3888
and fast paced. . JEWISH
For information and a schedule of Jewish Sabbath services, call the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel at 333-2636.
“Christmas Around the World” — The
Protestant Sunday School is preparing for a special WICCA
Monday 6:30 p.m. building 4800, corner of Harr and O’Connell Rhonda Helfrich/338-9464
Christmas event. Children are needed for many
roles. Sign-up after Sunday School or the Protestant NATIVE AMERICAN SWEATLODGE
Native American Sweatlodge ceremonies (He Ska Akicita Inipi) are offered to military dependents and Department of Defense personnel. These lodges are
Worship Service. traditional Lakota spiritual ceremonies for cleansing, purification and prayer, and are fully sanctioned and supported by the Fort Carson Chaplain Command.
Please call the following for information and directions: Charlie Erwin at 382-8177 or email@example.com; or Zoe Goodblanket 442-0929.
AWANA — Because children matter to God!
What is influencing your children? Today’s children
Daily Bible readings: To assist in regular scripture The Army Cycle of Prayer — Carolina. Pray also for Gov.
are influenced by so many things — the media, their reading, the following scriptures are recommended. Please pray this week for the Michael F. Easley, the state
These scriptures are part of the common daily lectionary, following: legislators and local officials of
friends, school and video games. AWANA teaches Unit: For the Soldiers, non- the "Tar Heel State.”
which is designed to present the entire Bible over a commissioned officers, and Nation: For the office of
that God is real and loves them. AWANA clubs give three-year cycle. officers of the 2nd Infantry Faith-Based and Community
clear guidance in a world full of conflicting messages. Toda Division, headquartered at Camp Initiatives in their role to
Psalm y— Monday — Red Cloud, Korea, with units strengthen and expand grass-
AWANA is an international, nondenominational and N s 129 Psalms 133,
Fridayahum forward deployed in support of roots and faith-based services.
Psalms — Zechariah 1-5
organization whose goal is to reach boys and girls and Hab130 Tuesday — Operation Iraqi Freedom. Religious: For those called
Saturd akkuk Psalms 134 and Army: For Maj. Gen. W. by God to be a chaplain or
with the gospel of Christ, and train them to serve. Psalms1ay — Zechariah 6-10 Montague Winfield, commanding chaplain assistant and for
and Zep 31 Wednesday —
AWANA on Fort Carson is sponsored by the Fort Sunday haniah- Psalms 135 and general, and the Soldiers, all who seek to understand
132 and — Psalms Zechariah 11-14, noncommissioned officers and God’s call in their lives.
Carson Chaplain Program and meets Thursdays at 5 Haggai Thursday — officers of the U.S. Army Cadet For more information on
Psalms 136 and Malachi
p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Volunteers are Command at Fort Monroe, Va. the Army Cycle of Prayer visit
State: For all Soldiers and the cycle's website at
needed, call Stacy Chapman at 382-3970. families from the state of North www.usarmychaplain.com.
Nov. 9, 2006 Community
Burns – ‘Bones’ Burns – licensed to fish
Story and photo by “I put the bar up to five-and-a-half feet Burns proved them wrong. Burns was born in Canton, Ohio,
Michael J. Pach for practice and beat it by about a “Very few people ever walk again and was raised near San Jose, Calif.
Mountaineer staff foot.” after a spinal injury,” said Burns. His wife, Leilani, was his high school
The high jump was the last “The chances are very slim, but if you sweetheart, and they have been married
If you’ve visited the reservoirs on event of the day, and Burns waited don’t try, your chances are zero.” for 31 years. Burns and his wife have
post, you’ve probably seen Jerry Burns. until everyone else made their During his rehabilitation, Burns four children and six grandchildren,
Known as “Bones” by his friends, attempts before making his. After did not recover the use of his right
Burns is almost a permanent fixture at he completed his winning jump, the arm, and it had to be amputated. See Burns on Page 22
the reservoirs since he loves to fish. crowd rushed onto the field to
It’s not unusual for him to spend two congratulate him.
or three days a week fishing on post Burns was no stranger to high
during fair-weather months. In fact, jumping at the time. He was a track
Burns fishes so much that he calls star at Homestead High School in
himself a “fish population adjuster.” Cupertino, Calif., and broke the
Burns is an Army veteran who school’s high jump record there with
served on Fort Carson as a communi- a height more than seven feet. That
cations specialist with the 4th Aviation record still stands to this day.
Group. He began his Army career at After three years at Fort Carson,
Fort Ord, Calif., in December 1974 Burns spent three years on inactive
and came directly to Fort Carson after reserve with the Army and eventually
boot camp. He spent his first 14 subcontracted as a field technician
months on post with the color guard for Mountain Cable.
drill team before transferring to Approximately 22 years ago,
Butts Airfield with the 4th Avn Grp. Burns was the victim of an accidental
Burns appeared in the sports shooting. The bullet that hit him broke
section of the Mountaineer Nov. 11, a vertebra in his neck, paralyzing
1977. He was the gold medal him from the neck down. Burns
winner for the high jump in the spent a year on a respirator at Craig
Iron Horse Week Track and Field Hospital in Denver.
Championships with a jump of 6 Craig Hospital is world-
feet 2 inches. Burns remembers renowned for the treatment of spinal
that day well. cord and brain injuries, and doctors
“Jumpers were practicing at four- there did not expect Burns to walk
and-a-half to five feet,” said Burns. again. After two years of persistence, Jerry Burns fishes at Townsend Reservoir using his modified fishing poles.
Nov. 9, 2006 Community
Mountain Post Thanksgiving event
DFAC Breakfast Thanksgiving Meal Dinner Date
Patton House (building 2161) 7-8 a.m. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 4-5 p.m. Nov. 23
Wolf Inn (building 1444) 7-8 a.m. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 4-5 p.m. Nov. 23
La Rochelle (building 7412) 7-8 a.m. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Closed Nov. 23
Nontraditional Thanksgiving meal
DFAC Breakfast Thanksgiving Meal Dinner Date
Butts Army Airfield (building 9612) 7-8 a.m. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Closed Nov. 23
Personnel Meal cost
Meal Card Holders No charge
guests of E4 and below $5
guests of E-5 and above $5.90
Active duty officers and
enlisted (BAS) $5.90
Retirees (all ranks) $5.90
Nov. 9, 2006 Community
FRG honors deployed Soldiers
Story and photo by Rebecca E. Tonn Taner, 5 months, while holding a sippy cup for
Mountaineer staff their toddler, Justin, 2. Their oldest son Chris, 10,
was outside playing. Justin helped himself to
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry baby carrots in the kitchen then came back to
Division, deployed last month to Iraq, and his daddy for another sip of sweet tea. As soon as
thousands of spouses and family members are Brown put Taner in an infant carrier and sat
preparing themselves for a long year and the down to eat, Taner started fussing.
holiday season without their Soldiers. “Just let dad eat first. Then I’ll put you to
Each family has its own way of coping, and sleep,” Brown said.
it usually involves staying as busy as possible, Family members Louise and John Hampton
family members said. On Saturday, members of moved to Colorado Springs from Washington to
the 1-68th Combined Arms Battalion, Company take care of their daughter and son-in-law’s
G family readiness group gathered for a potluck new home and two dogs. Their daughter, Sgt.
and tree-decorating party. They wrote the names Virginia Patterson, Company A, and son-in-law,
of all the Soldiers from Golf Company on yellow Sgt. Brad Patterson, Company G, deployed
ribbons, then attached wires and hung the shortly after buying a home. Hampton and her
ribbons on an outdoor tree. husband are familiar with deployments and being
“I thought it would be a neat thing for all the the one waiting at home.
families to get together, mingle and help out “We are both retired Navy. Right now my
anyone who needs information and support. The husband is at Virginia’s FRG meeting on post,”
tree is a family project, and this is our FRG said Hampton.
meeting,” said Bonnie Jean Poe, family readiness After Brown finished eating chili and Hawaiian
group leader of Company G and wife of Capt. banana bread, it was back to multi-tasking.
Stephen Poe, commander. “The first deployment was easy; we only
Christmas music played, while children ran had one child. ... Bonnie Jean came over
through the yard and the house playing hide-and- once already and relieved me for a day. It’s
seek, and adults fed and rocked infants and stirred good for me and it gives her something to do”
Spouses and family members of the recently jambalaya and German meatballs. Poe made sweet — to distract her from missing her husband. He
deployed 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry tea, while she made her guests feel at home. looked down at Taner, who was squirming in
Division, hang ribbons imprinted with their Soldiers’ Ron Brown, whose wife Spc. Jessica Brown, his arms. “I can’t wait for his mama to get
names on a spruce tree. is deployed for the second time, held their baby, home,” Brown said.
Nov. 9, 2006 Community
Burns catching his or her first fish
makes a unique sound that
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with the seventh expected in Burns’ other hobbies
May. include riding his three-
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Burns uses fishing arm can be a challenge.
poles modified with long Burns also offers to
handles so he can hold help those with disabilities
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night crawlers and red dwell on what you can’t do,
worms that he raises at dwell on what you can do
home. He feels the best and get good at it.” 2
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Nov. 9, 2006 Feature Feature MOUNTAINEER
Nov. 9, 2006 27
Howell performs a
hoop dance during
the celebration at
Fitness Center. Above: Sgt. 1st Class
Mitchelence Big Man
dances in a jingle dress.
Members of the Seven Falls Indian Dance Troupe entertain guests at the Native American Heritage Month
Right: Steven observance held Nov. 2 at Waller Physical Fitness Center. Left: Martin
Howell performs “Buffalo”
an eagle dance. Goodblanket
hoop dance at
the Nov. 2
Story and photos by service to our community. celebration
Michael J. Pach Seven Falls Indian Dance Troupe
Mountaineer staff entertained guests with several American
Indian dances. The troupe performs regu-
A celebration in observance of larly at local attractions such as Seven
Native American Heritage Month was Falls, Garden of the Gods and Territory
held at Waller Physical Fitness Center Days.
Nov. 2. The event was sponsored by Visitors were treated to tasty American
the Equal Opportunity Office and Indian foods, including fry bread and chili.
coordinated by equal opportunity Indian artifacts were also on display.
advisor, Sgt. 1st. Class Sean Miller. As the fastest-growing ethnic group
The guest speaker was Carrie Howell, in the nation, American Indians consist
president of a local powwow group, Lone today of 550 distinct nations with almost
Feather, and 22-year manager of Seven 40 percent of their population under the
Falls Indian Dance Troupe. Howell spoke age of 20. American Indians are thriving
about the history of American Indians and in the fields of education, business, health
their contributions to our society and the care and government and are contributing
military. She was also presented with a to the strength of the military.
gift from Col. John C. Howard for her
Guests are served traditional American Indian foods including fry bread,
chili and soup.
Carrie Howell, center, is presented with a gift by Col. John C. Howard for her
contributions to the community.
Layout by Jeanne Mazerall
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Discovery Center
ft r l
a e al
dinosaur is one of
in the Dinosaur
Story and photos by Nel Lampe
lorissant has its fossils and
early pioneer homestead but
Woodland Park has palm trees
and dinosaurs. One of the newest
dinosaur museums, Rocky Mountain
Dinosaur Discovery Center is in the
small “community above the clouds”
about 20 miles west of Colorado
Springs on Highway 24.
The new facility opened in 2004,
is about 20,000 square feet.
Although a large number of the
dinosaur finds in museums throughout
the world were discovered near Cañon
City, about 40 miles away, none of the
specimens in the Woodland Park
facility are from Colorado.
Above: The Dolichorhynchops bonneri
Most of the dinosaur specimens
is in the ocean room. Right: A giant
in the RMDDC are from dig sites in Mosasaur is in the Rocky Mountain
South Dakota. The reptile and fish Discovery Center.
specimens came from Kansas sites.
Mike Triebold, of Triebold is a similar facility in North Dakota.
Paleontology, has been collecting fossils The company provides services
for many years and has dig sites in such as paleontological exploration,
several states. He and his wife J.J. restoration, mounting and replica casting, Along with its 30 displayed
founded the Colorado facility; there and its work is in several museums. specimens, the Rocky Mountain
Dinosaur Discovery Center provides
education, entertainment and research.
Probably the best thing about the
Dinosaur Discovery Center is its near-
ness. With just a 30-minute drive, fami-
lies can see dinosaurs, learn about them,
watch a video, have a tour and pick out
their favorite dinosaur. There are also
creatures from the sea to be seen.
Children especially seem to
like dinosaurs, and the RMDDC
encourages that with Woody’s
Hands-On Adventure where children
participate in interactive exhibits and
even participate in a “dinosaur dig.”
The RMDDC hosts school groups,
Places to see in the
Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups and
Pikes Peak area.
Children try out the interactive exhibits in the children’s learning center at the
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Discovery Center. See Dinosaur on Page 30 Nov. 9, 2006
Nov. 9, 2006
From Page 29
offers a “Paleo Patch” program. The Program
offers a one-hour tour for groups and a
one-hour fossil workshop program, in which
the Scouts earn a Paleo Patch.
And perhaps the ultimate experience for a
child is to have a birthday party, surrounded by
dinosaurs. To inquire about birthday parties,
call 686-1820, ext. 112.
The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Discovery
Center has three exhibit halls. The main hall is
the Dinosaur Hall, and contains several dinosaur
displays. There are also several winged reptile
specimens hanging from the ceiling. A second,
smaller room contains an Albertasaurus specimen
in a fighting stance with an Edmondasaurous.
The third exhibit hall is the Prehistoric Ocean.
Exhibits in this room are fish or reptiles that were
found in Kansas. It may be hard to believe, but
83 million years ago much of Kansas was cov-
ered by a large sea. Several fossils, such as squid,
giant clams, fish, reptiles, turtles and oyster shells
have been discovered in digs in Kansas and are The Albertasaurus specimen is displayed in a fighting stance with an Edmondasaurus in the Rocky
displayed in the ocean room. Mountain Dinosaur Discovery Center in Woodland Park.
Special exhibits are in the Woodland Park Private group tours for a group of 10 or
facility, including the world’s only known more can be arranged, with a special group rate.
partial Pachycephalosaurus. Don’t miss the A new group tour for adults is “Science
world’s largest Mosasaur in the ocean room. for Life,” which allows group members to
Educational exhibits depict what the earth hold fossils and watch casting and molding
may have been like millions of years ago, demonstrations.
which dinosaurs were in Colorado and some In addition to the first-class exhibits at
castings of dinosaur tracks. Take a look at the the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Research
fossilized dinosaur eggs. Learn about the “bone Center, Prehistoric Paradise is an intriguing,
wars,” when competing paleontologists first-class gift shop with all things dinosaur.
descended upon Cañon City’s Garden Area to Everyone who knows a dinosaur aficionado
dig up and remove dozens of specimens found should do their holiday shopping in
there. Woodland Park. Items range from clothing
A favorite of visitors, a Tyrannosaurus- and jewelry to puzzles, books and chess
Rex, is on exhibit in the Dinosaur Research sets. There are dinosaur-shaped back packs,
Center. This specimen is the fifth largest T-shirts, caps and hats. Want a real fossil?
specimen ever found. Find it here — as a bug, leaf, or several
Dinosaur specimens seen in the Dinosaur fossils incorporated into a sink.
Resource Center are on loan from TPI, cast Souvenir photos are available — have
from authentic specimens, reinforced with a picture made with a dinosaur — $10. A
steel and assembled. This is typical for public special holiday background will be available.
displays because real, fossilized bones are Hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays
quite heavy, fragile and require support or through Saturdays; Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-5
scaffolding. p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas
Chris Kelley uses an interactive station at Rocky
Visitors can watch workers in the laboratory, and New Year’s Day.
Mountain Dinosaur Discovery Center.
as they clean and prepare specimens. Laboratory In honor of Veterans Day, the Dinosaur
staff members are working on “Bert,” a Resource Center is half-price Saturday for Highway 24 west to the town
Thescelosaurus, a small herbivore and Pete, military personnel and their families — just of Woodland Park, about 20 miles.
a Daspletosaurus — an ancestor of the show military identification. The center is at 201 S. Fairview St. in
T-Rex species. Regular admission to the Dinosaur Woodland Park, on the south side of Highway
Visitors may tour the facility on their own Resource Center is $9.50 for adults and $6.50 24, just after the second traffic light. Watch
or inquire about guided tour groups. There for children ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 for the palm trees.
are several guided tours during the day, are admitted free. Show an
depending upon employee availability. As active duty military identification
tour times may change daily, call ahead, 686- and receive $1 discount.
1820, to sign up for a tour. Memberships are also
Various private activities can
Just the Facts be arranged at the Rocky
• Travel time: half an hour Mountain Dinosaur Resource
• For ages: all Center, such as group sleepovers,
• Type: dinosaur museum corporate or unit parties.
• Fun factor: The Resource Center also has
(Out of 5 stars) special activities and exhibits
• Wallet damage: $$ throughout the year, including
$ = Less than $20 guest speakers.
$ $ = $ 2 1 to $ 4 0 To reach the Rocky
$ $ $ = $ 4 1 to $ 6 0 Mountain Dinosaur Center, take
$$ $ $ = $ 6 1 to $ 8 0 Interstate 25 north to the
(Based on a family of four) Cimarron Exit or Highway 115 Readying a specimen requires intensive work in the laboratory
to Cimarron Street, then of the discovery center.
Nov. 9, 2006 31
The Lettermen’s Christmas Show is at
the Air Force Academy’s Arnold Hall Dec. 1 Free Veterans Day
at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office at 634-4497. Florissant Fossil Beds National
Tickets start at $15. Monument is free to all veterans and members
Big Head Todd and the Monsters of the Armed Forces and their families
present a 9:30 p.m. concert at the Paramount Saturday. The secretary of the Interior designat-
Theatre on the 16th Street Mall in Denver; ed the
call 520-9090; tickets start at $55.
Academy football Andrea Bocelli presents a concert in
free day as a “thank you.” Florissant Fossil
Only two more home games are at the Beds National Monument is south of the
Denver’s Pepsi Center Dec. 9; call 520-9090
Air Force Academy: Notre Dame is in the town of Florissant, on Highway 24 west of
for tickets which start at $55.
stadium Saturday and Utah plays there Nov. 18. Colorado Springs.
Call the ticket office at 472-1895 to buy tickets Veterans Day Parade
or to ask about free tickets for military. The annual Veterans Day Parade is
Half-price on Veterans Day
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Discovery
Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. It is downtown,
Concerts along Tejon Street, between St. Vrain and
Center in Woodland Park offers active duty
Brad Paisley and American Idol winner military and veterans half-price entry Saturday
Vermijo. Parking is0 free for the parade, at
Carrie Underwood are in concert Dec. 2 at from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. See page 29 for a
meters, in city parking garages and in the
7 p.m. at the World Arena; call 576-2626, complete story about the center.
parking garage under the Antlers Hotel. Call
tickets start at $47. 282-3862 or go to www.csvetsparade.org
“The Who” is in the Pepsi Center in Pueblo also has a Veterans Day Parade
Flying W Ranch
Denver Tuesday at 7 p.m.; call 520-9090; The Flying W Ranch has dinner and
Saturday, at 9:30 p.m. on B Street downtown
tickets start at $52. a Western show in the winter steakhouse,
along Union Avenue to Sixth Street.
Vince Gill is in the Paramount Theater open now through mid-May on Fridays and
Saturdays. The menu includes steak for $26;
on the 16th Street Mall in Denver Nov. 21 at Veterans Day ceremony
7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45, call 520-9090. or trout, ribs, brisket or chicken for $24.
The annual Veterans Day ceremony,
“Barenaked Ladies” is at Magness Arena, There’s a reduced price for children under
held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the
2201 E. Asbury Ave., at the University of 8. Go online to www.flyingw.com or call
11th month, will be in Memorial Park near the
Denver, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Call 520-9090 598-4000. The Flying W is at 3330
Veterans Memorial. Guest speaker is Lt. Gen.
for tickets, which start at $50. Chuckwagon Road.
Eric Findley, Canadian Forces.
Anne Murray is at the Pikes Peak
Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Nov. 28 at 7:30 Free entry to Bent’s Fort Military family appreciation
p.m., call 576-2626 for tickets Military Family Appreciation Week is
All veterans, members of the U.S. armed
The TransSiberian Orchestra presents a Nov. 18-22, with specials sponsored by
forces and their families may get in free at
concert at the World Arena Dec. 13 at 7:30 Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
p.m. Call 576-2626 for ticket information. Get more information on “Out and About”page.
Saturday. The fort is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and
John Tesh presents a concert Dec. 16 at Compiled by Nel Lampe
guided tours are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bent’s
the World Arena, call 576-2626 for tickets. Fort is east of La Junta, on Highway 194.
Nov. 9, 2006 Happenings
by James Boroch
Mountaineer file photo
The annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Colorado Springs is Saturday
at 9 a.m. Fort Carson Soldiers, Humvees, Harmony in Motion and Fort
Carson’s Mounted Color Guard will participate. Parking for the parade is free
in city-owned garages and at parking meters. Above, Soldiers from 3rd
Batallion, 29th Field Artillery march in a previous parade.
Sports & Leisure MOUNTAINEER
Nov. 9, 2006 33
SPORTS & LEISURE
Army drops first game of interservice tourney
Story and photos by to, emphasizing team play and intelli-
Walt Johnson gence over athletic ability.
Mountaineer staff “This is the best way to start a
tournament, with a win. We had a
In the second game Sunday night, lot of one-on-one mismatches and
the Air Force brought a big, athletic we took advantage of them. We knew
and talent-laden team into the game we would not be able to get into
with the Army and raced to a 104-91 our offense, so we decided to take
victory. Air Force quickly established advantage of the mismatches we had.
its inside dominance as Tysen Pina The key to success for us is our
scored on two thunderous dunk shots character and our ability to think
on two of its first five possessions. the game on the floor. We have a
Like the first game, it looked like team that can keep its focus under
Air Force would use its height pressure,” Bailey said.
advantage over Army to secure a “We have been telling our players
victory, but the Army team showed that at this level, all the teams are
that what it lacked in height, it more equally talented and the team that
than made up for with experience can also think the game will have an
and heart. Army fought hard against advantage. We think basketball is 90
Air Force in the first half and took percent mental and we want to put
a 43-41 lead into halftime. ourselves in a position mentally that
The game started to turn Air we can take advantage of every
Force’s way about five minutes into possession we have. We’re still trying
the second half as Drew Colon’s to get our team to think “basketball”
quickness could not be matched on because we feel the team that
the perimeter and the Air Force inside thinks the best will prevail in this
game became dominant. Air Force tournament,” Bailey added.
slowly pulled away and earned its first The Marines fired the first shot
victory of the tournament by defeating heard around the world Sunday as it
the home-standing Army team. defeated the defending Armed Forces
After the game, John Bailey, Air Men’s Basketball champions from
Army’s Jeffrey Finch, right, dribbles upcourt under pressure from Air Force head coach, said his team
Force’s Ricardo Batchelor. played the game just as he wanted it See Hoops on Page 36
Army’s Craig Marcelin, left, shoots over the outstretched arms of Air Army’s Vernardo Harris, right, outjumps Air Force’s Tysen Pina for
Force’s Tysen Pina. a rebound.
Nov. 9, 2006 Sports & Leisure
On the Bench
Academy seeks to offer
Soldiers movie choices
by Walt Johnson also be able to check DVDs out like a
Mountaineer staff library book and return them for
another. The project is to ultimately have
Friday, the Air Force Academy 200-250 titles in rotation at each base.
women's and men’s hoop teams will This may be the only safe entertainment
meet Wisconsin and Arkansas Pine some service members will have on their
Bluff, respectively. People can get tour of duty. “Children’s titles” donated
free admission to the game by donating will be distributed to service member’s
to Operation DVD, a program to collect families Stateside. Academy officials said
new and used DVDs to send to our this program is especially important
troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. because safe entertainment is a concept
Academy officials ask that people that is difficult at best for our service
“Please take a few minutes to look through members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
your DVD library for DVDs you no Rocky Mountain Sports Officials
longer watch. Perhaps you have DVDs Association is looking for a few good
that your children have outgrown. There men and women who are interested in
are men and women serving overseas and being sports officials.
servicemen’s families stateside that would The association, which does the
love to have those unwatched DVDs.” officiating for a lot of the military and
Academy officials added that civilian sports activities in Colorado
Operation DVD program will offer these Springs, is looking for officials who are
benefits: libraries of DVDs will be estab- interested in learning to be an official or
lished at all bases in Iraq and Afghanistan who want to continue their career as offi-
for the entertainments of our Soldiers, cials. Anyone interested in becoming a Photo by Walt Johnson
sailors, airmen and Marines. Most bases
have a reinforced recreation room
member of the association should contact
John Wyatt at 382-0199 or e-mail him at In your face
equipped with a television and DVD play- firstname.lastname@example.org. Finance’s Francis Calar, right, blocks a scoring attempt during
er. Similar facilities exist on ships. service the opening night of intramural volleyball on post Thursday.
members with portable DVD players will See Bench on Page 35
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Nov. 9, 2006 35
Bench to live a life of excellence
and challenging them to be
From Page 34 the best that they can be.
A team that utilizes The Academy sports
feats of strength to relay office has announced there
positive messages to people will be complimentary
in churches, civic centers, tickets available to mili-
stadiums, and coliseums tary enlisted members for
nationally and internationally all Academy home games
will hold a conference at the in the sports of men’s and
First Southern Baptist women’s basketball, hockey
Church, 1409 Palmer Park and volleyball.
Blvd., in Colorado Springs The complimentary
Wednesday through Nov. 19. tickets will be available for the
The conference will activity that is taking place
feature athletes who have during the current week’s
performed the world’s games. People at the Mountain
greatest exhibitions of power, Post who are interested in
strength, speed, inspiration, attending the games can call
and motivation in every state the Academy at 472-1895 and
and in more than 40 countries reserve tickets. There will be a
for almost 30 years according limit of two tickets per person
to Summer Williams, First and the tickets are available on
Southern Baptist Church a first-come, first-served basis.
spokesperson. Tickets must be picked up 48
The Power Team has hours prior to the game and no
several world record holders, tickets will be available
former NFL football players, once the 48-hours before
and professional wrestlers. game time deadline has
They have been endorsed by passed.
more than 50 governors, sen- Air Force’s next home
ators, and congressmen for football game will be
Photo by Walt Johnson
their positive contribution to Saturday when the Falcons
the lives of America’s youth. host the Notre Dame
Members of the youth center get in some slam-jam action during the monthly midnight The various members of The Fighting Irish at 2 p.m. The
basketball activity Friday. The youth center holds the activity the first Friday of each month. Power Team are among game can also be seen on
America's most sought after College Sports Television.
speakers, encouraging people
Nov. 9, 2006 Sports & Leisure
From Page 33
Navy 85-81 in double overtime in the first game
of the 2006 Men’s championship here.
Early in the game, it didn’t look like the story of
the day would be the Marines’ victory as Navy
jumped out to a 22-17 lead and appeared to be cruis-
ing toward a victory. Navy could not extend its lead
to double digits throughout the rest of the first half.
Watching the Marines battling with them on even
terms as halftime approached lent credence to
Marines’ Head Coach Dennis Murphy’s words that
the team would play hard and be competitive.
As the second half began, the Marines made a
run that saw them catch Navy and take its first
lead of the game at 43-41 with 10 minutes and
13 seconds left to play. With the momentum of
having fought back to take the lead on its side,
the Marines battled the bigger Navy team on even
terms for the rest of the half, and the game was tied
as the buzzer went off completing regulation play.
In the first overtime, the Marines again matched
the Navy shot for shot, but the Marines also
were beginning to get in foul trouble as two of
its starters fouled out of the game.
In the second overtime the Marines appeared to
be the fresher of the two teams, racing out to a
four-point lead early in the overtime and then held
off the Navy to capture the victory.
Murphy was understandably proud of his
Photo by Walt Johnson team’s efforts more than he was the victory over the
Ice breaker defending champions. He said it brought out what
the Marine Corps is all about.
Members of the Air Force and Marines interservice basketball teams enjoy a meal Saturday at “No one is going to outwork us, which is a
the Elkhorn Lodge during the ice breaker ceremony for the 2006 Interservice Championships. tribute to being a Marine and what being a Marine
stands for,” Murphy said.
Nov. 9, 2006 Sports & Leisure
Athlete of the Week
Sports Position: Bodybuilding competitor
Accomplishment: First place in the women’s open
middleweight and third place in women’s master at the
Natural Colorado Open Bodybuilding and Figure and
Fitness competition Saturday in Denver.
What got you started in bodybuilding?
I played competitive sports (basketball and track) when
I was younger, and as I got older and couldn’t play competi-
tive sports anymore, I still liked working out. I lifted for
10 years before I decided to do it competitively and about
two years ago I decided to go for it and compete in the sport
of bodybuilding. Now my goals are to keep working at it,
get better, make improvement and have fun with the sport.
Since beginning body building competitively,
Franken has placed first or second in every event she
has participated in prior to Saturday’s third place finish.
She was the overall winner at the Southern Colorado
Sports & Leisure MOUNTAINEER
Nov. 9, 2006 39
Mountaineer High School Sports
defenders close in
on a Cheyenne
during action Friday
at the high school.
The Trojans won
28-7 and will now
face Littleton High
School in the first
round of the state
Carson High School.
The game is Friday
at 7 p.m.
Photo by Walt Johnson
Nov. 9, 2006 Sports & Leisure
1. Louisville vs. Rutgers 7. Chargers vs. Bengals
2. Tennessee vs. Arkansas 8. Ravens vs. Titans
3. Georgia vs. Auburn 9. Saints vs. Steelers
4. Alabama vs. LSU 10. Redskins vs. Eagles
5. Notre Dame vs. Air Force 11. Bears vs. Giants
6. Oregon vs. USC 12. Packers vs. Vikings
Ricardo Batchelor Kendric Fletcher
13. Jets vs. Patriots
All Air Force Basketball All Army Basketball 14. 49ers vs. Lions
15. Rams vs. Seahawks
1. Louisville, 2. Tennessee, 3. Auburn, 1. Louisville, 2. Tennessee, 3. Auburn,
4. LSU, 5. Notre Dame, 6. USC, 4. Alabama, 5. Notre Dame, 6. USC,
7. Chargers, 8. Ravens, 9. Saints,
10. Redskins, 11. Bears, 12. Vikings,
7. Chargers, 8. Ravens, 9. Steelers, 16. Broncos vs. Raiders
10. Eagles, 11. Bears, 12. Vikings,
13. Patriots, 14. Lions, 15. Seahawks,
16. Broncos, 17. Cowboys, 18.
13. Patriots, 14. Lions, 15. Seahawks, 17. Cowboys vs. Cardinals
16. Broncos, 17. Cowboys, 18.
Panthers 18. Buccaneers vs. Panthers
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All Marine Basketball All Navy Basketball
1. Rutgers, 2. Tennessee, 3. Auburn, 1. Louisville, 2. Tennessee, 3. Auburn,
4. LSU, 5. Notre Dame, 6. USC, 4. LSU, 5. Notre Dame, 6. USC,
7. Chargers, 8. Ravens, 9. Steelers, 7. Chargers, 8. Ravens, 9. Saints,
10. Eagles, 11. Bears, 12. Packers, 10. Eagles, 11. Bears, 12. Vikings,
13. Patriots, 14. Lions, 15. Seahawks, 13. Patriots, 14. 49ers, 15. Rams,
16. Broncos, 17. Cowboys, 18. 16. Broncos, 17. Cowboys, 18.