Vol. 62, No.14 Published Infantr For community
Published in the interest of the 7th Infantry Division and For t Carson community Apr il 8, 2004
Visit the For t Carson Web site at www.carson.arm y.mil
survivor to visit post
by Sgt. 1st Class Alfredo F. Diaz
10th Special Forces Group
Equal Opportunity Advisor
Fort Carson will observe the Days of Remembrance at the
Elkhorn Conference Center Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
David Bram will be the featured guest speaker and Rabbi
Donald Levy, who is the Jewish Chaplain at the Air Force Academy,
will also provide remarks. In addition to these guest speakers the
program will consist of a free kosher food sampling and display
booths depicting events which happened during the Holocaust. The
10th Special Forces Group and the 7th Infantry Division invite
everyone to join in this observance.
The purpose of the Days of Remembrance observance is to
reflect upon, to learn about and never forget what happened to the
millions silenced during the Holocaust.
Bram, the guest speaker, will present a short introduction and
then field questions about his experience in several concentration
Photo by Sgt. Jack Morse camps.
Bram, now a Colorado Springs businessman, entrepreneur,
Lining up . . . community volunteer, husband of Zita, father of four, grandfather
of eight and great-grandfather of one, survived the attempted
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team unload
genocide of Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich. In 1940, Bram, just a
an M-113 tracked vehicle at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The vehicles are being
cleaned and prepared for shipment back to Fort Carson. See Survivor, Page 4
Civilian contractors to assume Fort
Carson’s gate security responsibility
by Pfc. Clint Stein itary customs and a physical fitness Wackenhut. “There are about 295 secu- security employees on Fort Carson who
Mountaineer staff test.” rity employees at Fort Bragg and the should be working at all the gates by the
Monday morning started off a new Once hired, the 148th Military command there seem to be pleased with middle of May, said Meeusem. Gate 1
week with some new faces checking Police Detachment assisted in the train- the progress,” said Meeusem. and Gate 3 will be totally operated by
identifications and security at the gates ing and weapons qualifying, said 1st Lt. “Fort Bragg was a good testament the new security guards beginning today
of Fort Carson. Michael A. Burgwald, 148th MP Det. to Wackenhut and they have well and more gates will be occupied by the
The new civilian security gate “The weapons qualifying and physical exceeded my expectations here,” said civilian security as they are trained, said
guards started their on-the-job training fitness test were about the same as the Burgwald. Meeusem.
Monday in becoming the latest security 148th’s,” said Burgwald. “They also Although Wackenhut is still taking There are about 70 Department of
at the Mountain Post. had to put an extensive amount of hours applications for more security guard Defense police who will help patrol the
“Most of the new security person- in learning Colorado law as well as mil- employees, they have received a great gates with the new security officers as
nel have prior military, security or itary courtesies.” response from the community, well, said Countryman. “The security
police backgrounds,” said Capt. David Wackenhut was first contracted by explained Meeusem. “Many people are officers can capture and detain, while
Countryman, AIUTIIQ-Wackenhut Fort Bragg, N.C. in August as a trial coming out of retirement, or just want- the DOD have the arresting authority,”
Services Inc. “They had to go through project for other Army posts, said ing to help out,” Meeusem added.
some training on weapons, first aid, mil- Wayne Meeusem, project director for Eventually there will be around 100 See Security, Page 4
INSIDE THE Happenings Feature
MOUNTAINEER Fort Carson will celebrate
the Easter holiday by host-
Opinion/Editorial ing a “Hatching New Ideas”
One year of OIF. Page 2 egg hunt and information
center at the Youth
Amputee. Page 5 Services Building Saturday
10 a.m. to noon.
Payday loans. Page 13
Pueblo’s Rosemount Museum is Fort Carson hosted its annual
Sports one of the nation’s finest intramural basketball tournament Post Weather hotline:
Home style workout. Page 41 Victorian-era houses. March 29.
See Page 31, 32.
See Page 26, 27.
2 April 8, 2004
OIF:Soldier reflects on year of
courage, sacrifice, heroism
Commentary by Sgt. 1st Class Donald Sparks uniform. American Soldier has served his country and his fellow
Army News Service I hurriedly went and bought a copy. The anticipation Soldier. And when the order was given to fight, indeed
When I was asked to write an editorial reflecting on of reading profiles of courage, stories of strife and pas- the American Soldier did.
the one-year anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom, sages of survival was worth the wait. And to quote one “But they fight, they bleed and they die.” This past
initially I thought it would be too easy to transfer my of the Soldiers on the cover, Sgt. Ronald Buxton, “It’s year more than 500 American servicemembers have died
thoughts to my fingers — yet this piece was a struggle. not just us,” Buxton said of the Person of the Year award. in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was someone’s
I couldn’t keep track of how often I pressed my “It’s all of us, all the Soldiers.” son, daughter, husband, wife, brother or sister. Those
backspace key or how often I deleted entire sentences It seems in time of peace the American Soldier is Americans gave the ultimate sacrifice serving our nation
and paragraphs because I knew whatever I wanted to say forgotten. Yet in times of war, the American Soldier and also securing the freedom of the Iraqi people.
— it just had to be right. And then I recalled a quote becomes an integral part of the American conscience. I was told once a warrior’s life is a lonely time with
from former Sergeant Major of the Army George W. Instantly the freedoms our nation takes for granted each little joy, little thanks and visions not too kind. I’d like to
Dunaway in a 1990 interview with the Center of Military day is remembered when each flag-draped coffin returns think those brave warriors who died during this past year
History on the American Soldier. home. The American Soldier deserves respect for going had their share of moments of joy, they’ve been thanked
I studied line by line his words and it is appropriate into a foreign land and eradicating a regime of terror, more than once for serving their country and they’ve
as we look back on a year in which our Army and the pulverizing its foe and surviving moments in hell. envisioned many days of kindness.
resolve of the American Soldier have been tested and “They perform their duties magnificently and brave- We must all remember, one year later, name-by-
friendships on the battlefield have been forged. ly.” Whether it was on CNN, Fox News or MSNBC, the name of those Americans, for they fought, they bled and
“The American Soldier ... is unbeatable in war.” The images of the American Soldier throughout the they died.
entire world witnessed first hand how lethal a well- Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign displayed the signifi- “And they do it unhesitatingly.” I’ve told many
trained, well-equipped Soldier can take out his enemy on cance of the Noncommissioned Officer Education Soldiers, “The Army isn’t for everybody and everybody
the battlefield. Breaking tradition and putting aside its System. isn’t for the Army.” For those who serve our nation and
differences with the media, the Department of Defense In many instances it was the young sergeant prepar- are sent into harm’s way, we all know there are no guar-
allowed embedded journalists and reporters to eat, sleep ing and leading troops into harm’s way. As the first line antees on the battlefield — except for death. When the
and get dirty with Soldiers. of the NCO Creed states, No one is more professional American Soldier goes into the valley of the shadows of
Although there was some early debate and griping than I.” Indeed the American Soldiers were professionals death, he goes unhesitatingly. The American Soldier,
from the American public about how much news cover- in carrying out their missions in Iraq. during the past year in support of Operation Iraqi
age was too much, there is no question the role of the “They don’t make policies, and they don’t declare Freedom, has done the nation proud. Mama might not
media played in delivering into our homes the successes war.” By no means is this line to be interpreted that the understand why her son or daughter volunteers for
and determination of the American Soldier on the battle- American Soldier is a pawn on a chessboard. We simply deployment. The American Soldier can tell mama there
field. do what we’re told to do and we follow orders. The are values like loyalty, duty, selfless service, honor,
“We cannot give the American Soldier too much American Soldier on the battlefield doesn’t care about integrity and courage we all use and hold close to us.
credit ... he deserves everything we can do for him and duty, honor and country. The American Soldier cares Those values, and more, we share — unhesitatingly.
he deserves all the respect we can show him.” When about his teammate to his front, to his left, to his right
Time magazine announced the American Soldier as its and to his rear. (Editor’s note: Sgt. 1st Class Donald Sparks is the
Person of the Year, there had to be an overwhelming The American Soldier doesn’t have the time to play NCOIC for the Army Intelligence Center and Fort
sense of pride for each and every Soldier wearing the politics on the battlefield. During the past year the Huachuca Public Affairs Office.)
“Shopping at the “Using coupons “I look for all the “... pay yourself first
What are some tips you commissary, buy in helps, and finding sale items when I ... saving $10 can
have for saving and bulk ... like meats
sale items in bulk.” first walk in a store.” really add up.”
Spc. Kenneth Knutson Sgt. Keith Sydnor
budgeting money? Sharon Cook Dana Kitchin Medical Department 3rd Armored Cavalry
family member family member Activity Regiment
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April 8, 2004 3
Army releases well-being study findings
by Spc. Lorie Jewell mated tactical data systems specialist, a human intelli- Despite these experiences, the mental health advisory
Army News Service gence collector, an air traffic control operator, a civil team survey showed that 77 percent of Soldiers reported
WASHINGTON — A mental health advisory team affairs specialist, a signals intelligence analyst, a petrole- mild or no stress problems. Col. Virgil Patterson, who
sent to Iraq and Kuwait last year to study the well-being of um supply specialist and a military policeman. headed the advisory team, noted that at the time of the sur-
Soldiers, amidst concern over the increasing number of Two were Reserve component Soldiers; nine were vey, Soldiers were serving in a combat zone that, in addi-
suicides, concluded the Army’s behavioral health care sys- married. One suicide was attributed to an overdose of an tion to the dangers and stressors associated with combat,
tem works overall but can be improved, officials said. over-the-counter pain reliever, the rest were from gunshot offered little physical comfort. Soldiers were living in
There were 23 suicides in the Operation Iraqi wounds, the report said. tents in the sand, the heat was intense, access to hot meals
Freedom theater in 2003, a rate of 17.3 per 100,000 The 12-member advisory team of Army psychiatrists, and showers was inconsistent, and communication with
Soldiers, according to team members who spoke to media psychologist, social work officer, occupational therapist, family and friends back home was difficult and sporadic,
Thursday in the Pentagon. That’s higher than the Army- psychiatric nurse, researchers, personnel specialist, chap- Patterson said. In this environment, 16 percent of Soldiers
wide rate of 12.8 per 100,000 for the 76 suicides that lain and mental health specialists were in theater from did report moderate stress, and 7 percent of Soldiers
occurred in 2003 — including those in Iraq and Kuwait Aug. 27 through Oct. 7, 2003. They surveyed 756 Soldiers reported severe stress.
— but lower than the U.S. national average of 21.5 per — 82 percent had engaged in combat — and talked with Also, 72 percent of the Soldiers said their unit morale
100,000 for young men ages 20 to 34, which is the Army’s 34 focus groups of Soldiers, 116 behavioral health was low and 52 percent said their own morale was down.
largest demographic group and the one most at risk for providers, 41 unit commanders, 154 primary care Because this is the first such study done in a combat
suicide, the team said. providers and 94 unit ministry teams. environment, health care officials do not have any previ-
The cause of three 2003 OIF deaths has not been The survey showed 87 percent of the Soldiers were ous data to compare to when examining the issue of stress,
determined. This year, one suicide has been reported in concerned over not knowing how long they would be Patterson added.
OIF and one death has yet to be categorized. Seven deployed. The length of deployment (71 percent), separa- “During combat, Soldiers are very isolated in an aus-
Soldiers have committed suicide to date since returning. tion from family (57 percent) and lack of privacy and per- tere environment,’’ Patterson said. “It was a pretty miser-
Of the confirmed 2003 suicides 21 were men — sonal space (55 percent) were also causes of high concern. able set of conditions at that time.”
mostly young and in lower enlisted ranks — and two were Soldiers indicated their most troubling experiences in Living conditions, meals and access to telephones and
women, working in a variety of military occupational spe- combat came from seeing dead bodies (67 percent), being Internet have since improved for many Soldiers, he added.
cialties. Three were combat engineers, two infantrymen, shot at (63 percent), being attacked or ambushed (61 per- The team also found that getting help for mental
two automated logistical specialists, two food service cent) and knowing someone who was killed or seriously
operators, one unit supply specialist, a field artillery auto- wounded (59 percent). See Well-being, Page 22
4 April 8, 2004 News
Survivor in Colorado that he fashioned
his dreams and set goals for his
vance in 1980 the congress pro-
From Page 1 From Page 1
future. His life has been a con- “Whereas, less than sixty
boy of 13, was rounded up with stant reminder of how precious years ago, six million Jews as Countryman added.
fellow family members, along freedom is that so many take well as millions of others were The new gate guards are working with many of the
with other Polish Jews, and murdered in Nazi concentration reserve and National Guard soldiers now, until com-
forced to work in labor camps in camps as part of a planned pro- pletely taking over, said Burgwald. “Almost all of the
Poznan, Breslau, and Gross- gram of extermination: whereas regular MP units are deployed to Iraq right now, that’s
Rosen in Poland. the people of the United States why a lot of the reserve and guard are here.”
In 1943, he was transferred of America should always Once the new security service is fully trained and
to Auschwitz-Birkenau and from remember the terrible atrocities at a 100 percent, the Reserve and National Guard units
there to a subcamp of committed by the Nazis so that are going home, said Burgwald.
Mauthausen in Ebensee, Austria, they are never repeated..... Now After hearing news of the new security civilians
where he was eventually liberat- therefore, be it Resolved by the taking over his position at the gates and spending the
ed by the American’s 3rd Senate and House of last year at Fort Carson, Spc. Ryan Paugh, 1-157th FA
Armored Cavalry Regiment on Representatives of the United Colorado National Guard, is ready to go back to Denver.
May 5, 1945. States of America in Congress “I was pretty all right with it,” said Paugh, “I can go
His five tragic and painful Assembled, That, in memory of back to school and my civilian job. My last day on the
years in Hitler’s concentration for granted, how resilient the all victims of the Holocaust and gates here is (Thursday) and I’m going home on (April)
camps are dotted with incidents human spirit is and how utterly in the hope that Americans will 16th.”
of luck, determination, devotion, destructive intolerance is. strive always to overcome cruel- Fort Carson is just one of about 20 military instal-
faith and heroism. Our national leaders recog- ty and prejudice through vigi- lations contracting security guards for access control
In 1947, alone in the world nized the need to remember vic- lance and resistance, the days of operations and Wackenhut has most of them, said
without a single family relative, tims of the Holocaust like April 13 through April 19, 1980 Meeusem.
Bram immigrated to the United Bram and designated a week are hereby designated as the “We have entered a five year contract at Fort
States, and in 1954 he settled in each year to reflect on this ‘Days of Remembrance’ of Carson,” said Meeusem.
Colorado Springs. It was here tragedy. During the first obser- Victims of the Holocaust.”
Military April 8, 2004 5
Soldier loses leg, not fight in Iraq
by Spc. Zach Mott being transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to have a good attitude or you’ll ruin yourself.”
Mountaineer staff in Germany. He was moved to Walter Reed Army He now walks with only a slight limp thanks to the
To say that Cpl. Brian Wilhelm’s life changed in an Medical Center in Maryland after a short stay at titanium prosthetic he received.
instant is a clichéd understatement. Landstuhl. The biggest conflict came with accepting that he
During a routine Oct. 7 mission, Wilhelm and five While at Walter Reed, the medical staff there decid- wasn’t going to be able to return to his unit.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, were trans- ed to amputate Wilhelm’s leg below the knee. “I tried to go back,” Wilhelm said. “I figured if I’m
porting ice to outlying units in Iraq when their convoy It was there Wilhelm met his daughter Alison when able-bodied enough to stand and shoot if I have to, why
was ambushed by members of the Iraqi insurgence. his wife, Spc. Jennifer Wilhelm from the 759th Military can’t I be back there?”
“We rolled through a choke point,” the 22-year-old Police Battalion, brought her to his bedside. He calls it pride and the familial feeling he gained
said. “They lit us up with RPGs, RPKs and AK-47s.” “The first time I see my daughter I’m laying in a during his five months of fighting that created that bond
Wilhelm was shot within the first few minutes of the hospital bed with my leg strung up in the air and I’m with the Soldiers he fought alongside.
rocket propelled grenade, Ruchnoi Pulemet Kalashnikov high off morphine,” Wilhelm said. “It’s like a brotherhood,” Wilhelm said. “When you
(the Soviet version of the squad automatic weapon, or Alison is now six-months old and, Wilhelm said, it get put into those positions they become like family to
saw) and small arms battle. was difficult at first, but now it’s like she never saw him you. They become worse than family. A family is aggra-
“It was definitely nuts,” he said. “It’s not anything there. vating enough, you can’t get away from them when you
you can completely prepare for. I was the only injury; my There were other battles that were tough for him. “At want. But these guys you really can’t get away from.”
calf muscle got blown out.” first it was hard adapting to walking,” the Manchester, Within days of leaving, Wilhelm already felt the pain
Wilhelm credits the training he received four years Iowa, native said. “But, I took off pretty quickly from all of their absence.
ago when he first enlisted in the Army. that they did.” “It’s like a crack head,” he said. “He hates the addic-
“A person’s training received from drill sergeants, “Quickly” doesn’t do it justice. Wilhelm was up and tion, but as soon as he quits, he’s having withdrawals. I
regardless of how bad it may seem, will save your life if walking within two weeks of having his lower left leg couldn’t stand some of those guys, but as soon as I was
you take it to heart,” he said. “I’ve actually contacted one amputated. He was running two weeks after that. gone I was hoping for their safety and wished I could be
of my drill sergeants to thank him.” “What else are you going to do, lay in a hospital bed there with them.”
After 25 minutes of fighting to survive and repelling and be miserable or get up and walk,” he states matter of With combat experience now under his belt, he is
the enemy attack, Wilhelm was thrown into the back of a fact-like. “Either way you’re going to go through the
truck and taken away for treatment. Within hours he was pain. I figured I’d just get it over with sooner. You’ve got See Wilhelm, Page 7
6 April 8, 2004 Military
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advanced civil schooling male soldiers, privates first class to sergeant.
The Commanding General’s
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Warrant officer slots open — and national companies? The United Bulk issue and turn-ins — by
The Army is looking for highly moti- Monday.
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cer positions, open in all 45 special- Elkhorn Conference Center April 22, 10 Kristine Harald at 526-3321. POC for through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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than 12 years active federal service military, veterans, civilians and their supervisor at 526-6477. skills classes, Monday through
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information, contact the Warrant not required. Attendees are encouraged Laundry Service Counselor Support Center, Monday
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local OCS board Thursday and April the Central Issue Facility should be Monday through Thursday from 9 to
CIF Hours cleaned at the post laundry prior to turn 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. The office is
9. This board is required for all appli-
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building 1829. The 12:30 to 3 p.m. and boots, tent pegs, canteens, entrenching 1 to 4 p.m. Closed on Friday.
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representatives, meets the second Thursday of each Initial/partial sleeping bag assembly, chemical suits, 526-1352 to see if it warrants an
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3 p.m. For information, call 524-BOSS. Mondays, jackets and most web equipment. Editor’s note: The deadline for sub-
Thursdays and Fridays Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to mitting “briefs” to the Mountaineer is 5
from 8 to 11:30 a.m. noon and 12:30 to 3:45 p.m., Mondays p.m. Friday before publication.
Weekday Dining Facilities April 8 to April 16 Saturday, Sunday and Training
43rd ASG Cheyenne Mtn. Inn (building 1040) Holiday Dining Facilities
3rd ACR CAV House (building 2461)
Exceptions 3rd ACR CAV House. (building 2461)
Mountaineer Inn (building 1369)
10th SFG (A) (building 7481) • Patton House is 43rd ASG (building 1040)
3rd BCT Strikers Cafe (building 2061) closed until further Mountaineer Inn (building 1369)
notice. 3rd BCT Strikers Cafe (building 2061)
Weekday Meal Hours • Strikers and 43rd Saturday, Sunday and Training
Breakfast 5:30 to 9 a.m. (All facilities)
5:30 to 8:30 a.m. (Cheyenne Mtn. Inn)
ASG are open Holiday Meal Hours
Saturdays and Breakfast 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 3 to 5 p.m. (Cheyenne
Military April 8, 2004 7
Army One Source ... Wilhelm
From Page 5
New referral service launched now setting his sights on another hurdle — proving
that he can still do the missions he once did.
“The Army thinks I can’t do what I did before,
by Pfc. Clint Stein ments, living cost and even help much like the ACS on Army instal- but I wanted to prove to them I can,” he said. “People
Mountaineer staff plan your PCS (permanent change lations, but from a different source, ask if I’m going to stay in the infantry, I tell them,
Technology is bringing infor- of station) move.” said Selby. “It does take some ‘Hell yeah I will, as long as I can do the job, they
mation to its users’ fingertips as Karen Nichols, an Army wife weight of the calls from the ACS, can’t stop me.’ ”
quickly as they can press keys; now, for the last 14 years, relies on AOS because people can just as easily He is determined to go to jump school this fall
that efficiency has been brought to for many of her questions. call AOS as us (ACS).” to prove that amputees are as capable as every other
Soldiers and their families with the “It used to take a long time to Nichols uses AOS for questions Soldier. If he succeeds he will surpass the quickest
Army One Source. get to know the ins and outs of the she doesn’t want to bother calling time from amputation to jump school by one year.
The AOS is an information and Army,” said Nichols. “Now you can anyone about, she said. The current two-year mark was set by a Marine.
referral service for active-duty, learn anything you need to know at “Sometimes you may have just “I wanted to do it before, but now I’m more
National Guard and Reserve one location.” one question that you think you motivated to do it as soon as possible,” he said.
Soldiers, family members, retirees, The AOS is not only for ques- should already know, but feel afraid He said at times though he needs to keep that
and deployed civilians. It’s available tions and answers; someone can to ask,” said Nichols. “The Army motivation in check. Working for the battalion com-
24 hours a day, seven days a week, counsel those with mental health One Source will answer any ques- mand sergeant major has helped stem his over-eager-
365 days a year via phone at (800) issues as well, said Selby. If the tion, big or small.” ness.
464-8107 or at www.armyone- person needs more professional Although the AOS is operated “It’s probably best that I have somebody higher
source.com. counseling after their initial call by Ceridian, a civilian contracter, ranking making sure I’m not doing everything I
“The phone lines are answered they are referred to a counselor it’s always in contact with ACS to would be doing,” he says, alluding to the urge to push
directly by professionals with mas- either at the nearest military post or stay current on military issues. his body to its breaking point. “You’ve got to treat
ter’s degrees and licensed coun- to a civilian counselor for a maxi- “The most recent calls the AOS (your body) nice once in a while if you want anything
selors,” said Darnelle Selby, admin- mum of six visits, Selby added. has been receiving are for deploy- back out of it.”
istrative officer with Fort Carson’s “If you have children wanting ment and separation issues,” said Now, as most of the people he missed the most
Army Community Service. to get a higher education after high Selby. “They really have concern return, life is beginning to slowly creep toward the
AOS helps those people who school, the AOS will research and for everyone who calls.” normalcy he enjoyed before Operation Iraqi Freedom.
aren’t close to a military installation help find scholarships for them,” Like Selby, Nichols said she “It’s great to actually feel willing to let my guard
where there is an ACS who need to said Selby. “I was impressed with wishes the Army had this service down,” he said, remembering the times he was kept
talk with someone about a problem the amount of personal service and years ago, but is thankful for it now. awake not knowing if and when an attack was com-
or just get some questions research they use. I wish they had “The name is perfect, because ing. “Just to be able to sit back and enjoy myself, bar-
answered, Selby said. “They can this when my husband was in the you really can get everything you becue and have the guys over to the house — I don’t
answer questions regarding deploy- service.” need to know from ‘one source,’ ” think I can completely get used to it ... but, I ain’t
ment, housing, doctor appoint- The AOS is designed to work Nichols said.“It’s fabulous.” complaining about it either.”
8 April 8, 2004 Military
TSP to be open to new investors
by Capt. Theodore Stutz any future installments of that bonus or any other (504) 255-8777 or mail Form TSP-U-50 to the TSP
4th Finance Battalion bonus to which you become entitled. If this is not record keeper at the address on the form. If you use
The Thrift Savings Plan will have an “open sea- what you intend, you will need to terminate your the Web site or Thriftline, you will need your Social
son” Thursday through June 30. The next open sea- bonus election once the contribution from the cur- Security number and your TSP PIN.
son after that will be Oct. 15 through Dec. 31. rent bonus is complete. You can give portions of your total contribution
Open season is the only time that the TSP will If you are a new participant in the TSP, you will to different funds. When choosing what fund or
accept new investors, and current investors can receive your personal identification number in the funds to contribute to, you have to do a risk versus
change the percentage of base pay contributed mail when your new account has been established. return analysis. The C,S, and I funds have histori-
unless changing to zero percent. Do not attempt to make any transactions with your cally returned more in interest to investors, but also
All other TSP transactions can be executed any account until you receive this letter from the TSP carry a higher possibility of losing money.
time on the Internet on the MyPay Web site at record keeper confirming that your new account The generally accepted rule for investing is that
www.mypay.dfas.mil. has been established. the risk level can increase with the length of time
To start contributing to the TSP, submit a TSP How to invest your contributions you plan on leaving the money in the fund. This is
Election Form (TSP-U-1), downloadable from The TSP lets you choose from five funds to simply due to the fact that money invested at a
www.tsp.gov, to your S-1 Personnel Actions Center. invest in. The funds are the G, F, C, S and I fund younger age will not be needed to live off any time
Complete the form to show what percentage of listed in order of risk, G being the least risky and I soon and can therefore absorb some years of bad
basic pay, incentive pay, special pay or bonus pay being the most risky. The returns over the last 12 returns.
you want to contribute. months get bigger in the same order, G=4 percent The total contribution limit for 2004 is $13,000
Remember, you must contribute from basic pay F=5 percent C=35 percent S=56 percent and I=57 and the base pay percentage contribution limit for
in order to contribute from incentive or special pay percent through March. The Web site will give you members of the uniformed services for 2004 is 9
(including bonus pay). Your service will deduct the details on what types of investments make up each percent. Percentage of base pay contributed + spe-
amount you choose from your pay each pay period fund. These are historical returns and are in no way cial pay + incentive pay + bonuses contributed can-
and will continue to do so until you submit another a guarantee of future performance. not exceed $13,000.
Form TSP-U-1 to stop or change the amount, After you sign up for the TSP, your contribu- Incentive pay includes flight pay, submarine
change your contribution to 0 percent online or sep- tions will automatically go into the G fund. To pay, hazardous duty pay; special pay includes med-
arate from service. change the allocation of your future TSP contribu- ical and dental officer pay, hardship duty pay,
Also, if you elect to contribute from a bonus, tions among the investment funds you can use the
your initial election will remain in effect and cover TSP Web site at www.tsp.gov, call the Thriftline at See Greenback, Page 9
Military April 8, 2004 9
GSA Fleet changes Greenback
From Page 8
career sea pay; bonus pay includes enlistment
and re-enlistment bonuses. (Although bonus pay
vehicle card PIN system is generally a form of special pay, it is treated
separately from special pay for TSP purposes.)
You may stop any of your contributions at
by Jim Adams unique to the vehicle it is used for. sale purchases. You will also need to
Directorate of Logistics When the license plate of the vehicle enter the vehicle’s odometer reading
If you stop your basic pay contributions,
Transportation Division ends with an alpha character, its PIN at the time of purchase. If the station
your service will automatically terminate your
Recently, the General Services is the four numbers before the alpha cannot process the sale electronical-
contributions from special pay, incentive pay and
Administration Fleet has begun letter. For example, for a vehicle ly, the driver must write the GSA
bonuses. However, you may stop contributing
alphanumeric license plates for its with a license plate of G31-1234A, license plate number, access code
from incentive pay, special pay or bonus pay and
vehicles. The alphanumeric license its PIN is 1234. and the current odometer reading of
still continue your contributions from basic pay.
plates (for example, G31-1234A) However, in cases where the last the vehicle on the sales ticket.
You may restart bonus pay contributions at
contain a letter at the end of the five digits follow the current format, The access code is found in the
any time, provided you have a contribution elec-
string instead of a number. and all are numeric, the PIN is the lower righthand corner of the Fleet
tion for basic pay in effect.
This new format will be reflect- last five digits for the license plate. Services Card immediately preced-
If you stop contributions during a TSP open
ed on the Fleet Services Card, as the For example, the PIN that would ing the “valid through” date. This
season, you may resume them in the next open
license plate number printed on the accompany the license plate G31- and future planned changes are to
season. If you stop your contributions outside an
card. The change that vehicle opera- 12345 is 12345. provide GSA vehicle users with
open season, you must wait until the second
tors should be aware of is the vehicle When making purchases with a increased security and a more effi-
open season following the termination to resume
personal identification number they Fleet Services Card, you will be cient Fleet Services Card. For more
your contributions. If you stop contributions
will use when buying fuel or making prompted to enter a PIN number or information, contact the motor pool
from a bonus, you may elect to reinstate the
other authorized purchases. driver identification on the gas sta- dispatcher at building 301, at 526-
bonus election at any time.
Each card is assigned a PIN tion’s key pad for electronic point-of- 1651.
10 April 8, 2004 Military
Protect your property . . .
More insurance than Army provides needed
by Capt. Elizabeth Talarico Probably not. Everyone living in a rental, someone breaks into your on-post house one comes into the on-post housing and
Legal Assistance Attorney off- or on-post, should insure personal and steals your television. If you pur- steals a laptop computer. That Soldier
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate property with renter’s insurance equal to chased the television five years ago, the cannot receive any compensation from
Recently there has been a flurry of the replacement value of that property. amount paid through the claims process the Army because leaving the door
conversation about insurance and ques- Another limitation of the renter’s would most likely not cover the purchase unlocked was negligent.
tions whether Fort Carson Soldiers need insurance provided by Fort Carson Family price of a similar new television. However, a renter’s insurance policy
liability and property insurance. The Housing is that it does not cover loss However, if you had renter’s insurance, can cover replacement cost of a damaged
answer is yes. Personal liability insurance under all circumstances. For example, the you could receive a payment covering the or lost item even if the policyholder was,
helps Soldiers pay for injuries that occur insurance provided does not cover loss entire cost of replacing the item. Renter’s to some extent, negligent in causing the
in and around their off- or on-post rental caused by theft or vandalism. Therefore, insurance can cover the replacement cost damage or loss.
property. It can also pay for damage to, or if someone broke into your home on-post of an item, not just the depreciated value Renter’s insurance protects you and
the destruction of, the rental property. and stole a laptop, the renter’s insurance of the item. Read your policy or call your should be considered a necessity along
In addtion to personal liability insur- provided by Fort Carson Family Housing insurance company to be sure. with auto and personal liability insurance.
ance, Soldiers need personal property would not pay for the loss. The Army claims process has other Renter’s insurance is not expensive. In the
insurance, otherwise known as renter’s You may think that additional renter’s limitations as well. For example, any neg- local Colorado Springs area, you can pur-
insurance. Renter’s insurance covers your insurance is not necessary if you live on- ligence on the part of a Soldier or his chase renter’s insurance for around $15
personal property inside your rental. It post because the Army pays claims for family bars the Soldier from any recovery per month, depending on what personal
typically covers any damage, loss or destroyed, damaged or stolen personal through the Army claim system. If you property you own.
destruction of the covered property. property. While currently this is true light a candle, forget about it, and a fire Some Soldiers may think they will
Acquiring renter’s insurance could under some circumstances, the policy of occurs, the Army will deny your claim for never need renter’s insurance because
save you a headache and possibly a great paying claims in privatized on-post hous- damaged personal property because you nothing will ever happen to their property.
deal of money. If you live on-post, you ing may not continue indefinitely. The were negligent in leaving a burning can- The decision not to insure property is a
are renting your house from your land- Army is considering ending this policy. dle unattended. gamble. Few expect their houses to be
lord, Fort Carson Family Housing. Even if the Army continues to pay For the Army claim process, any neg- broken into or to catch on fire until it hap-
Included in your lease is $5,000 worth of these claims, the claims process cannot ligence stops a Soldier from recovery. The pens, but those who prepare for it don’t
personal property insurance. But is that protect you as well as renter’s insurance negligence of the Soldier does not have to suffer a great financial burden when the
enough? For most, the answer is no. can. The Army cannot pay full replace- be the main cause for the loss or damage unexpected happens.
Suppose you had a fire. Would ment cost. It pays only the value of the of property. The negligence can be a For more information, call the Fort
$5,000 allow you to replace your furni- item at the time of the loss. In other small contributing cause for the loss and Carson Legal Assistance Office at 526-
ture, clothes, stereo equipment, computers words, a Soldier receives a depreciated still block recovery. Let’s say a Soldier 5572/5573. Office hours are Monday
and everything else in your home? amount for the item claimed. Imagine that leaves his back door unlocked and some- through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Community April 8, 2004 13
Fast money today could cost
you five times more tomorrow
by Spc. Brian Trapp than one loan at the same place
14th Public Affairs Detachment or a couple of places.”
Soldiers’ wallets can get stretched Fortunately, Colorado is one
pretty thin. of the few states that regulates
When they’re up against a wall, if payday lenders, but that didn’t
they turn to any of the dozens of pay- stop a lender in the Colorado
day lenders in the yellow pages, they Springs area from breaking the
may get themselves into even more rules until they were caught and
financial trouble. forced out of business by the
“The majority of the people (who) state attorney last fall.
come in here with financial difficul- Payday loans are consumer
ties have post-dated check problems,” loans of up to $500 that may be
said Patricia Ann Randle, Financial obtained quickly but must be
Readiness program director. “They go repaid within 40 days or less.
there to get the money for the next Colorado law allows payday
payday, but they’re borrowing against lenders to charge interest rates for
money they don’t have. One check these transactions that can be as
easily leads to another. It’s a domino high as 500 percent annually.
effect — you already don’t have They’re short-term emergency
enough money and next month you’ll loans that can be misused, just
have even less.” like credit cards, said a manager
Photo by Spc. Zach Mott
The end effect is the Soldier ends from a local payday-lending
up further in debt. establishment. People who come Taking out a payday loan means the next pay period begins with a deficit.
“Pretty soon you get to a point for payday loans “usually have out of financial binds. loan law, a lender can renew, refi-
where you don’t have any money poor credit, and nowhere else to go.” “A lot of our success stories over- nance or “roll over,” a payday loan
left,” she said. “People have problems However, Soldiers have a number come payday loan problems. People one time at the 500 percent APR.
because some of them even have more of resources designed to help them can, and have, overcome them. It After one renewal, if the lender wants
takes tenacity and also takes sacrifice. to refinance the loan again, it must do
I really encourage people to come in. so only at the lower interest rate of 36
The majority of people who come in here with finan- We’re their financial battle buddies, percent annually allowed for regular
coming in regularly can help you stay loans under the Uniform Consumer
cial difficulties have post-dated check problems. on task. It never hurts to sit people Credit Code. Otherwise, the loan must
They go (to payday lenders) to get money for the down and talk about their financial be paid off in full.
goals and how they can achieve them. “For many people, the problem is
next payday, but they’re borrowing against money Financial Readiness also has a they just can’t afford it in the first
they don’t have. One check easily leads to another. debt management program, just like place,” Randle said. Soldiers and their
the ones offered on television, but family members who are caught off
It’s a domino effect; you already don’t have enough ours is free,” said Randle. “We call guard by a financial emergency may
money, and next month you’ll have even less. creditors and try to get the interest still be able to receive help through
rates lowered, to help people get on Army Emergency Relief or a number
their financial feet.” of other services the financial readi-
Patricia Ann Randle For those still caught in the pay- ness program is in contact with.
director, Financial Readiness day-lending cycle, there should be a For information call Financial
way out. Under Colorado’s payday Readiness at 526-4590.
Overspending now means trouble later
by Pfc. Stephen Kretsinger always in debt.” buying a car, Soldiers may not take into account
Mountaineer staff With the large amount of advertisements and other costs such as insurance and repairs that can
When Soldiers take a look at their bank status symbol items to purchase surrounding us make monthly expenses add up.
accounts after arriving at their first duty station or everyday, Soldiers may want to run out and spend, “Just looking out of the window the past few
coming home after a deployment, they may think spend, spend. days, I have counted 15 brand new cars drive
they have all the money in the world. “Society and advertisers will tell you that you past,” said Randle. “Let’s say you want to buy a
This can be dangerous, as it can lead to over- deserve it; you should have it and right away,” said new SUV and you’ve got a healthy down payment.
spending and debt. Randle. “You’re getting all this information that Let’s say the SUV costs $30,000. Let’s say you’ve
“One of the largest dangers of overspending is tells you, ‘you don’t need to sacrifice. You can saved $10,000, so you still have about $20,000 left
the fact that what you end up doing is ‘mortgaging have it all right now.’ What they don’t tell you is (to finance). You make payments for (48) months.
your future,’” said Patricia Ann Randle, Financial the consequences of having it all right now and That’s (more than) $400 a month, not including
Readiness director, Army Community Service. that you may well be paying for it for the next 20 insurance. Now let’s figure in the insurance,
“It’s very hard to get out of debt. You never have years.” maybe $150.
enough. It’s like being on a hamster wheel. You’re Flashy cars and loud stereos look really attrac-
never able to meet any goals, because you’re tive on television, but they can be pricey. When See Overspending, Page 18
14 April 8, 2004 Community
Evans offers viable choice for moms
by Spc. Zach Mott ly may not be in the same location when a child is born.
Mountaineer staff “People here understand that sometimes dad’s not
The baby boom is back. At least a miniature version here when the baby is born,” said Chris Freeman, the
of it is at Fort Carson. Following the rest and relaxation head Labor and Delivery nurse who has also worked in
leave, Soldiers from the Mountain Post enjoyed during civilian hospitals. “We understand that, where as in civil-
Operation Iraqi Freedom, there is a planned boom in ian hospitals, I don’t think they would. We offer that sup-
births in the coming months. port that a lot of them don’t.”
The fully qualified, nationally certified staff of the EACH will make every effort to accommodate a
Evans Army Community Hospital’s family, but there are some times when a mother will be
Obstetrics/Gynecology department is ready to handle the sent to an outside hospital.
influx. From the first day of pregnancy to the postpartum “Anything in the normal scope we can handle,”
care they offer, both mother’s and baby’s care can be han- McCalla said. But, if there are more than two babies or
dled by the staff at EACH. it’s another type of high-risk pregnancy, the mother will
“I think we have great leadership and a very diversi- be referred to another hospital.
fied staff with a wealth of knowledge,” said Staff Sgt. In most births, mother and baby are released from
Michael McCalla, the labor and delivery noncommis- EACH about 48 hours after delivery. However, there are
sioned officer in charge. “We offer you choices, but we instances when a baby may need to stay longer. If the
want to be your choice.” care is being provided at a different hospital, the family
Expectant mothers now have the option of going to may not be able to stay in the hospital with the newborn.
an outside hospital for their maternity needs. “We’re very family focused here,” McCalla said.
“We provide just as good of service as they do “We’re not going to move you out. We’re going to try to
downtown,” McCalla said. “We provide a certain com- keep the parents with the baby — it’s a bonding thing.”
fort level from a military aspect that we can relate better In addition to families being able to stay longer in
with what the sponsor might need or family may need.” special cases, most mothers receive private rooms. Photo by Spc. Zach Mott
Prenatal care includes normal checkups for both “A private room is great. It’s frustrating enough try- Carla Franke gets ready to cuddle with her
mom and baby. If a problem is suspected, the mother can ing to quiet your own baby,” said Carla Franke, who, newborn son, Gabriel, who was born April 4 at
be referred to another section inside Evans. The Ante- along with her husband, Air Force Capt. Albert Franke, Evans Army Community Hospital.
Partum Testing section checks to see if both mother and welcomed their third child, Gabriel, April 4 at EACH. mother and baby safe throughout the course of their stay.
baby are healthy. It can also help determine a course of After birth a security monitor is attached to mother, In addition to all of the prenatal care that is offered,
action, if need be. baby and a designated significant other. This device the OB department offers a variety of parenting, big
“I primarily keep an eye on the baby so that we don’t sounds an alarm when a baby leaves the ward. brother or sister, new dad and breastfeeding classes.
have problems like we used to have,” said Bridget “If the alarm goes off, everyone from private to the More information on the classes, the staff and the types
Gilchrist, the APT chief. “It has saved a lot of lives.” highest doctor will respond,” said McCalla. of care offered at EACH is on the Web site,
The staff at EACH understands that a military fami- This is just another feature that helps keep both http://evans.amedd.army.mil/Obgyn/default.htm
Community April 8, 2004 15
Miscellaneous who work at Fort Carson, are ill and on sick leave.
“Hatching New Ideas” Egg Hunt and They are out of leave and would greatly appreciate
Information Fair — Fort Carson’s “Hatching New a donation of leave from those moved to do so. For
Ideas” Egg Hunt and Information Fair will be held more information on donating leave to either of
on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Youth them, contact Tilicia Rose at 526-1841.
Yard Sale — The annual Fort Carson Mayor’s
Services Building. Come join the Fort Carson
yard sales began April 2. Yard sales are twice a
community as the DCA welcomes spring with
month on the first and third Saturday of the month
interactive displays from our military facilities as
between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.; dates are April 17,
well as select Colorado Springs organizations.
May 1 and 15, June 5 and 9, July 3 and 17, Aug. 7
There will be an egg hunt, interactive games at
and 21, Sept. 4 and 18, Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and
each booth, entertainment, face painting, a magi-
20 and Dec. 4 and 18.
cian, a clown, and a jump castle. Best of all, you
Both on- and off-post residents can participate.
can take your picture with the Bunny! There will
Housing residents can set up yard sales in front of
also be baby chicks to view and the Cheyenne
their houses; barracks and off-post residents can
Mountain Zoo will have animal pelts for the chil-
set up in the Beacon Elementary School parking
dren to see. There will also be a petting zoo with
lambs, goats, pigs and an iguana.
All residents and sellers must comply with the
For more information, please call 526-4494 or
check the website at www.ftcarsonmwr.com.
• Each resident is responsible for conducting
Bunny suits — The Fort Carson Officer’s
their yard sale.
Wives Club has two bunny suits available for rent
• Individual occupants are responsible for trash
to make a holiday party even more special. The
control and removal, which must be completed by
rental fee is $20, which is split into two payments.
5 p.m. the day of the sale or citations will be
They are on a first-come, first-served basis.
One is a complete hood with face and the sec-
• Commercial organizations and individuals
ond is just the hood. To reserve one, contact Karen
will comply with all regulations related to com-
Lloyd at 559-7274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better Breathers — Better Breathers is an
• All sellers are prohibited from offering for
educational and support group for active duty and
sale items such as drugs, guns, food or anything
retired servicemembers, and family members to
that does not conform to the rules and regulations
learn about their lung condition and how to live
of Fort Carson or the state of Colorado.
with it. The group meets on the second Thursday of
For more information, contact your village
every month at Evans Army Community Hospital.
mayor or the mayor program coordinator at 526-
This is a self-referral program and no appointment
is needed; just let us know you are interested. We
Bowling for Children — The Big Brothers
will add your name to our call roster and call you
and Big Sisters Pikes Peak is hosting its 22nd
to remind you of the meeting three to five days in e-mailed to you, contact Judy McLeary at 632-
Annual Bowl for Kids Sake Event May 1 at the
advance. Family members are encouraged to attend 2574 or email email@example.com
Peak Bowling Center. This is an opportunity to
with the patient.
have fun with friends, while supporting a very School Information
Topics are member requested as well as timely
medical information. Individual assistance is also worthwhile and highly respected organization.
Bowlers will be organized into teams of four, and Summer School — If you are interested in
available on request. If you have any questions, extending your child’s learning opportunities, the
please call Sue Prieve, at 524-4043. each bowler is expected to collect a minimum of
$75 in pledges. Fountain-Fort Carson School District is once again
40 Days of Purpose Campaign — The offering summer school for kindergarten through
Protestant Service at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel Each bowler will receive a free T-shirt, Old
Chicago Pizza and a soft drink. The bowler who 11th grade.
will host a spiritual campaign April 24 to June 6. The elementary program will be offered at
Chap. (Maj.) Scott Kennedy, the senior pastor, is collects the most money will win a round-trip tick-
et for two to anywhere in the continental United Aragon and Patriot Elementary Schools June 7 to
the campaign director. Have you ever asked your- July 15, Mondays to Thursdays 8 a.m. to noon. The
self, ‘“What on Earth am I here for?” During States. For more information, contact 633-2443
Ext. 201. middle school and high school program will be
the 40 Days of Purpose Campaign, chaplains held at Fountain-Fort Carson High School June 7
will attempt to answer that universal question Bike Rally — There will be a pace and race
bike rally at Ironhorse Park May 1. All Fort Carson to July 15, Mondays to Thursdays 8 a.m. to noon.
by exploring these five central purposes: A variety of challenging and stimulating class-
worship, discipleship, ministry, fellowship and military, retirees and civilians are welcome.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. An adult six-kilometer es are being offered as choices that will engage
evangelism. your child in the learning process.
Come join the excitement Sundays at 11 a.m. race (18-years and older) starts at 10 a.m, a family
members and friends leisure six-kilometer ride Whether your child needs to review, enrich-
at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. For more informa- ment or course credit, our programs will provide
tion, call Kennedy at 526-8011. starts at 10:30 a.m. and a childeren’s mini-race
starts at 11:15 a.m. Other attractions include raf- for your child’s needs.
Tax season — The Fort Carson Tax Center is To enroll, stop by one of our schools for the
open. It is located in building 6264, on Woodfill fles, food, vendor displays and promotions, and
commemorative T-shirts for sale. For more infor- registration packet for that school’s level or the
Road, across from the Colorado Inn and the administration building.
Elkhorn Conference Center. Free tax services are mation, call 526-1862 or 526-5601.
Armed Forces Day Celebration — The Kindergarten Registration — School district
available for active duty servicemembers and their Eight will be having early kindergarten registration
family members; mobilized reservists and their Rotary Club of Colorado Springs Interquest is
sponsoring “Join-R-Forces Day,” a celebration of May 4 to 6. Please contact your neighborhood ele-
family members; servicemembers receiving either mentary school for registration times. To register,
retirement or disability pay and their family mem- Armed Forces Day at Memorial Park in Colorado
Springs May 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is to parents need to bring a birth certificate, current
bers; and surviving family members of active-duty, immunization records and all updated emergency
mobilized reservists and retired servicemembers. honor military members and families in the com-
munity and is open to all. Mayor Lionel Rivera contact information. Your child must be 5 years old
The Fort Carson Tax Center will electronically by Sept. 15 in order to qualify for kindergarten.
file your return and have federal and state tax will be present, and there will be live entertain-
forms available until May 15. In order for your tax ment, an awards ceremony, demonstrations of mili- Claims against the estate
return to be completed, you will need to bring all tary dog training teams, displays of military equip-
ment, outdoor booths and concessions, local ven- Claims against the estate — With deepest
W-2s, Social Security cards for yourself and all
dors and more. Come out and support this local regrets to the family of Master Sgt. Richard L.
family members, a power of attorney, if filing for
event. Ferguson, deceased. Anyone having claims against
your spouse and all relevant financial information.
Returning Heroes Golf Classic — The Fort or indebtedness to his estate should contact Chief
Pharmacy Hours Change — Effective May 7,
Carson Officers’ Spouses’ Club is hosting its annu- Warrant Officer John Dowling at 524-3277.
the Evans Army Community Hospital Outpatient
al golf tournament May 13 at the Fort Carson Golf Claims against the estate — With deepest
Pharmacy, located in building 7500, will close at 5
Course. Sign-ups begin at 8:30 a.m. wtih a shotgun regrets to the family of 1st Lt. Michael Adams,
start at 10 a.m. The tournament is open to the pub- deceased. Anyone having claims against or indebt-
Leave Donation Request — Ronald Casados
lic. Registration forms are available at golf course. edness to his estate should contact 2nd Lt. Brady
and Dave Benett, Department of Defense civilians
To make a donation or have the registration form Adams at 526-9660.
16 April 8, 2004 Community
Good Friday . . .
God shows love with Christ’s sacrifice
Commentary by Chap. (Maj.) William Fox in the history of mankind. It demonstrated how hand in heaven.
43rd Area Support Group Chaplain incredibly great his love for his creation was and is. Jesus now lives and makes intercession for us to
Tomorrow, Good Friday, is such a great day. Oh yes, we are his creation and we were created for his Father and ours. Awesome!
Why? Because the Lord Jesus Christ died on a cross him according to I Corinthians 6:8. Imagine that! We He speaks with us through his word, the Bible, as
on Calvary almost 2,000 years ago on this day. The were created by almighty God for him. That tells us the Holy Spirit illuminates it in our hearts. Oh my
reason it is such a great day is the fact that Jesus took that he wants us to fellowship with him. Wow! The friends, what a great time of year. I pray that before
all the sins of mankind upon himself. Imagine that! creator of this universe wants you and me to fellow- the sun sets on Easter that you will make Jesus Christ
All the sins of mankind he took upon himself so we ship with him. Incredible. your lord and savior if you have never done that.
could be free from them. Thank you, Lord Jesus! But that is not all Jesus’ death on the cross did Finally, for those of you who make Christ your
It was that sacrifice that made it possible for for us. It also states in the 10th chapter of Hebrews lord and savior, you will be given eternal life with
mankind to have intimate fellowship with God once that, “for by one offering he (Jesus) has perfected for him in heaven. You will live forever with our savior
again as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden all time those who are sanctified.” So who are the and God. I wish I could explain it to you, but I can-
before they sinned and broke their fellowship with sanctified? They are the people who have made not. It is something God places in your heart when
their loving Creator. There had to be a sacrifice for Jesus Christ their personal lord and savior. They are you become his. You have to experience it.
our sins and it had to be from someone who was per- the people who now follow Jesus Christ and have a What I can tell you is that this place where the
fect. And the only person who ever lived on this personal relationship with him. They are the ones saints of God are going to be is a city without pain,
Earth who was perfect was Jesus Christ, God’s only Jesus has perfected for all time. What a powerful without heartache, without disease and without
son. statement. Those who make Jesus their lord and sav- death. It is going to be a perfect place. The Bible
The 10th chapter of the book of Hebrews states ior have been perfected for all time. That is amazing! even tells us there will be no need for a sun or moon
that one sacrifice on that cross on Good Friday paid Now comes the best part of all this. Three days in it because the countenance of God and his son
the price for all our sin for all time. Hallelujah! That after that terrible death on that cross, God raised Jesus will light it. You can read about this perfect
is awesome — incredibly awesome! Jesus Christ up from the dead. Again, hallelujah! place in the 21st and 22nd chapters of the book of
Oh my dear reader, take a moment right now and This is the day we call Easter. God consummated Revelation. And yes, you can be a part of that city if
bow your head and thank our marvelous God for this Christ’s work on Calvary’s cross by raising him from you make Jesus Christ your lord and savior. How
matchless moment in history. What God did through the dead that first Easter morning. A little more than about it this Easter? The results of your actions will
his only begotten son that day was the greatest event a month later God seated his son at his own right be eternal and ones you will never regret making.
Community April 8, 2004 17
Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC
Day Time Service Chapel Location Contact Person
Catholic Events for Lent, which began Ash M-W-F noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Battiato/649-5260
Wednesday. Tues., Wed., Thurs. noon Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Patton/526-5769
Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Patton/526-5769
Sunday 8 a.m. Mass Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Chap. Patton/526-5769
Good Friday — “The Liturgy of the Lord’s Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Patton/526-5769
Sunday 10:45 a.m. CRE Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/526-5744
Passion” will be celebrated at 3 p.m., the hour Sunday 11 a.m. Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Battiato/649-5260
Christ died, at Soliders’ Memorial Chapel. This Sunday 12:15 p.m. Mass Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Patton/526-5769
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. RCIA Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Pat Treacy/526-5744
consists of the long passion narrative from the Saturday 4 p.m. Reconciliation Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Patton/526-5769
Gospel of St. John, followed by formal and PROTESTANT
Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Healer Evans Army Hospital Chap. Kincaid/526-7387
solemn intercessions, followed by veneration of Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Borden/526-3711
the cross. Reception of Holy Communion from Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Kennedy/526-8011
Sunday 11 a.m. Prot./Gospel Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Chap. Byrd/526-2811
the Reserved Sacrament will be available for Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sun. School Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Chap. Byrd/526-2811
those Catholics who wish it in the Blessed Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sun. School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Dr. Scheck/526-5626
Tuesday 9 a.m. PWOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Kennedy/526-8011
Sacrament chapel at the conclusion of this litur- Sunday 11 a.m. Contemporary Veterans’ Magrath & Titus Chap. Ellison/526-8890
gy. All are welcome to attend the Liturgy of the Sunday 6 p.m. PYOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Kennedy/526-8011
Friday noon Prayer Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Ms. Scheck/524-1166
Lord’s Passion. LITURGICAL
Sunday 10:45 a.m. Lutheran Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Lloyd/526-3888
Christ in the Passover celebration — Come For information and a schedule of Jewish Sabbath services, call the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel at 333-2636.
and enjoy a Seder Dinner in the tradition of Jesus WICCA
Monday 6:30 p.m. Family University Building 1161 Melissa Dalugdug/330-7873
and his disciples. Learn what the feast teaches us
about prophesy and the future. Soldiers’ MORMON
Sunday 2 p.m. LDS Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Jones/526-3718
Memorial Chapel, today, 6 to 9 p.m. For informa-
tion and reservations contact Annette Powledge at NATIVE AMERICAN SWEATLODGE
Native American Sweatlodge ceremonies (He Ska Akicita Inipi) are offered to military dependents and Department of Defense personnel for traditional prayer and purifica-
331-9182. Seating is limited. tion. Fasting before the ceremony is recommended and refreshments are offered following the ceremony. Please call the following for information and directions: Michael
Dunning 382-5331 or 330-9537, or Zoe Goodblanket 442-0929.
Holy Saturday — The Easter Vigil Mass will The Army Cycle Of Prayer — Each George Pataki, the state legislators and
be celebrated at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel Daily Bible readings: In order to assist in week the Office of the Army Chief of municipal officials of the Empire State, espe-
regular scripture reading, the following Chaplains will highlight Army units, the Army cially as they continue to recover from the
beginning at 8 p.m. It lasts two to three hours. scriptures are recommended. These scriptures at large, the nation and religious organizations attacks upon the World Trade Center.
to focus prayer. You are invited to join with the Nation: For the companies that make up
are part of the common daily lectionary which is chaplain community and pray for these individ- the New York Stock Exchange and the
Easter Sunday — Easter Sunday Masses are designed to present the entire Bible over a three- uals and organizations. Please pray this week National Association of Securities Dealers
year cycle. for the following: Automated Quotation (system) Pray that
at 9:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel and at Unit: For the Soldiers and leaders of the these companies would lead our nation’s eco-
Friday — Psalms 119:17-24 & 1 Cor. 10-11
12:15 p.m. at Provider Chapel. 77th Reserve Support Command, located in nomic recovery and create productive jobs for
Saturday — Psalms 119:25-32 & 1 Cor. 12-14 Flushing, N.Y. our people.
Sunday — Psalms119:33-40 & 1 Cor. 15-16 Army: For the citizen Soldiers, non-com- Religious: For the Soldiers and families
missioned officers and officers of the United from the Churches of God. Pray also for the
Editor’s note: More chapel events, such as Monday — Psalms 119: 41-48 & 2 Cor. 1-4 States Army Reserve. May these servants of chaplains endorsed to military service by this
the Protestant Easter service schedule, will Tuesday — Psalms 119:49-56 & 2 Cor. 5-7 our nation always feel the touch of God’s community of faith.
Wednesday — Psalms 119:57-64 & 2 Cor. 8-10 deepest blessing upon them and their families. For more information or to pray for items
appear in upcoming editions of the Mountaineer. State: For all Soldiers and families from from previous weeks, visit the cycle's Web site
Thursday — Psalms 119:65-72 & 2 Cor. 11-13 the state of New York. Pray also for Gov. at www.usarmychaplain.com.
18 April 8, 2003 Community
affect you in civilian life. If you have that you have an idea of what you plan, we mean make a realistic plan,”
Overspending a negative credit report, that can spend and you would be surprised at said Randle. “If your plan is to eat
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affect your ability to get a job.” where money goes.” noodles every day from now until
“Now you have $550 coming out There are ways to make sure that Making a spending plan and set- Christmas, that’s not realistic. If your
of your budget a month,” said bank accounts aren’t ting financial goals are plan is to never go and buy anything
Randle. “Where do you get it? The overdrawn, sending a recommended, said you want, that’s not realistic. If you
answer for some people is that you Soldier down the seem- Randle. don’t plan to ever go to a movie for
don’t. The answer for some people is ingly endless road of “Make a goal,” the next five years because you’re
that the SUV gets repossessed. Then debt. said Randle. “I often going to save money, that’s not real-
you have a vehicle repossession on “One of the main ask people attending istic. The more unrealistic a goal is,
your credit record. Oh, and by the ways to prevent over- my classes to close the less likely you are to meet that
way, anytime a vehicle is repossessed spending is to track their eyes and imagine goal.
and sold, they never get the amount your spending,” said where they would like “In that spending plan, build in
of money for that vehicle that you Randle. “The people to be in 2005 finan- some room for some entertainment,
owe. So you still owe the deficient who I see that get in cially. some fun money,” said Randle. “You
balance. You are now paying for the most trouble are those people “With our spending plan, we have to do that. You don’t want to go
something that you no longer have.” who truly don’t know where their need to cutback,” said Randle. “Look overboard, though. You have to find a
As with many things, being money goes. at all the areas of your finances. ‘Do balance. You’re going to have to cut
indebted in the Army is not some- “We give out a tracking booklet I need to spend $100 a weekend back, but that doesn’t mean you stop
thing a Soldier wants to experience. to clients who come in here,” said every time I go out?’ Most of the living all together.”
The consequences well outweigh the Randle. “It’s just a small, pocket-size time you could plan to do more for If Soldiers or military family
feeling a new stereo can give you. book. You can keep in the pocket of less. members need help setting up a
“Being indebted can affect get- your uniform or in a purse. Every Goals should be realistic and not spending plan or if they are looking
ting a security clearance,” said time you spend money, you annotate completely hamper the Soldiers’ to make a big purchase and need
Randle. “If there is too much debt, the purchase in the book. After two enjoyment of life. advice, they are free to contact
you get an Article 15. It can also weeks, you go back and review, so “Whenever we say to make a Financial Readiness at 526-4590.
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Marijuana . . .
A dopey way to ruin a military career
by Pfc. Stephen Kretsinger in deep and they hold it for long peri- process,” said Tafoya. “People finally military, is that it is illegal and that can
Mountaineer staff ods of time. If you took a cigarette and get it and start burning it; they’re tak- affect a Soldier’s military career and
Marijuana has been around for a a joint and compared the two, the ing chances with wherever it came their wallet not to mention the lasting
long time. It comes from the hemp tobacco may have as many chemicals from. How can you trust your seller, impact, said Richardson.
plant that has been cultivated for it’s or things that may harm you more, but when the only thing that matters to the “By regulation it’s required that a
psychoactive properties for more than most people will smoke a cigarette seller is making money?” Solider (caught using marijuana) be
2,000 years, according to the American casually and put it out and it takes Marijuana, despite the belief of processed for separation from the
Council for Drug Education. Many longer for it to affect your health. With many people, is addictive. Army,” said Richardson. “It does not
people think marijuana use does not the marijuana, because there is no filter “It may not necessarily be physical- mean they will automatically be sepa-
harm them or other people, but they and the way you smoke it, that makes it ly addicting, but it is psychologically rated, but they will be processed. They
might be surprised when confronted that much more dangerous.” addictive and you do develop a depen- can lose their military career. They will
with the facts about the dangers of Not only can marijuana use affect dency on it,” said Richardson. get an Article 15. They’ll lose at least
marijuana. sperm production it can mutate the Many people think they can drive one stripe and they could be hit with a
“The most dangerous thing about sperm and lead to less than desirable just fine when stoned, but the way mar- fine. It will cost them some money.”
marijuana in my opinion is the misper- results when it comes to pregnancy, ijuana distorts your perception of time Not only are the legal effects
ception that people have about how not said Richardson. and distance makes the case against immediate, but also they can have a
dangerous it is,” said Ernestine “Marijuana not only leads to impo- driving when on marijuana, said detrimental effect on a Soldier’s life
Richardson, prevention specialist, tence, but it can also lead to genetic Tafoya. after the Army.
Army Substance Abuse Program. altering of the sperm,” said Richardson. “You have to be totally sharp to “According to what I have been
“Most people don’t see it as a major “It causes the sperm to swim faster drive a vehicle,” said Tafoya. “The told by CID (Criminal Investigation
problem. They justify using it because which can cause birth defects.” expectation by any of the licensing Division), if you have a positive for
they don’t see it as a major problem.” One never knows what they are agencies around here is that you will be marijuana, it will show up as a drug
Smoking marijuana can distort a getting when they buy a bag of mari- totally concentrating on your driving. arrest for the next four years,” said
person’s perception of time, cause lung juana. The Federal Drug Administration Anything that would push your mind Richardson. “So, even if you’re out of
damage, delay the onset of puberty, has no regulations requiring marijuana away from driving concentration is a the military, it’ll still show up as a drug
reduce sperm production, disrupt nor- pushers to make sure the marijuana is danger.” arrest and that you have been busted.”
mal menstrual cycles and limit the abil- free of harmful substances. If a person thinks marijuana isn’t “It definitely carries over into civil-
ity of a person’s immune system, said “Part of the problem with growing harming them or others, they aren’t ian life,” said Tafoya.
Richardson. marijuana is, the people that are grow- looking to the future, said Tafoya. “It could affect some jobs you
In most cases, smoking marijuana ing it to sell are trying to add chemi- “Marijuana is called the gateway apply for,” said Richardson.
is much more dangerous than smoking cals to move it quicker,” said Virgil N. drug,” said Tafoya. “It’s the one most “Particularly if you’re going for a
cigarettes, said Richardson. Tafoya, alcohol and drug control offi- people think about starting with. The defense contract. It could very easily
“Marijuana burns hotter,” said cer, Army Substance Abuse Program. bottom line is, they think, ‘if I can han- affect ability to become gainfully
Richardson. “You don’t have a filter. “In addition, when they start wrap- dle this, I can handle other stuff.’ ” employed.”
Most people, when they smoke mari- ping it and bundling it and trying to Probably one of the best reasons
juana, they pull hard, hold it in, keep it hide it, they add other impurities to this not to use marijuana, especially in the See Marijuana, Page 22
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Marijuana want help, but you still have to deal
with the consequences of your behav-
Well-being They also suggested bringing in one
person to be a theater-wide consultant who
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ior.” will provide better coordination of services
“It can affect your ability to get A pre-emptive strike against mari- for mental health issues such as depres- to Soldiers. That recommendation is being
security clearances,” said Tafoya. juana use is always going to be a bet- sion, anxiety or traumatic stress was a implemented, with Col. Chris Piper, a psy-
“Say you’re working for a big politi- ter bet than getting caught in the act problem for some Soldiers. Getting chiatric nurse currently stationed at Tripler
cian somewhere and they call us (and) by a commanding officer, said time to seek help was the number one Army Medical Center in Hawaii, sched-
ask, ‘How do we get this off their Richardson. barrier, followed by finding a way to uled to arrive in Iraq next month.
record?’ Once it’s on there, we can’t “It’s a good idea to refer yourself get to a behavioral health specialist or Other recommendations that have
remove it.” if you know you have a problem with not knowing where to find such help. either been implemented or are in the
Army regulations provide for a marijuana or any other drug before For every 900 Soldiers in OIF, there is process of adoption include: refresher
Soldier who believes he has a prob- you get busted,” said Richardson. one behavioral health specialist, said training for behavioral health specialists;
lem with marijuana to get help before “Being busted has consequences that Patterson, who headed the advisory team. emphasize awareness, vigilance and the
he tests positive for marijuana in a can really have a negative effect on That ratio is good, but problems arose with battle buddy system in training for
urinalysis. your life. If you identify that you have the way the specialists were assigned by Soldiers, to include suggestions on what to
“If a Soldier sees they have a a problem, you can come in for help sector. Some had hundreds of Soldiers do and say if they believe a fellow Soldier
problem, they can refer themselves,” and that’s less costly.” close together, while Soldiers and units in is suicidal; and a rewrite of the Combat
said Richardson. “They can go to “I guess the one big thing that I other sectors were scattered. The team rec- and Operational Stress Control doctrine
their commander or someone in their am concerned about is that when peo- ommended placing the specialists by geo- and procedures, using the results of the
chain-of-command and say, ‘Hey, I ple start thinking that it’s not as dan- graphic areas instead, Patterson said. study to improve services to Soldiers.
need help.’ gerous as other drugs, then they are Soldiers without immediate access to The anti-malaria drug Larium has
“There is a provision in the regu- willing to take a risk that will effect a specialist would have to travel in a con- been questioned in news reports as a pos-
lation AR 600-85 that allows a their whole life,” said Tafoya. “If voy to reach one, the team reported. If the sible contributing factor in suicides. Col.
Soldier to speak to his commander they’re willing to take a step back and Soldier was given a prescription and a Bruce Crow, a clinical psychologist and
about a drug problem without any say, ‘why would I want to do that for pharmacy wasn’t available in the special- member of the advisory team, said that
punitive action occurring,” said one drug?’” ist’s location, the Soldier would have to reports from medical examiners showed
Richardson. So, before you buy that bag and convoy to yet another location. that only one Soldier who committed sui-
“They can’t wait until they get a take a toke, sit down and consider the The team recommended behavioral cide had Larium in his system. Just four of
positive urinalysis and then say, ‘I consequences and the affect smoking health specialists adopt a “circuit-rider” the Soldiers who killed themselves were
want help now,’ ” said Richardson. pot can have on your future. Is that approach — making periodic trips to from units in which Larium was given.
“They are still going to be dealt with short moment of pleasure worth a smaller camps where Soldiers don’t have The advisory team plans to repeat the
based on that positive. You might lifetime of regret? immediate access to their services. survey in a second visit this summer.
26 April 8, 2004 Feature Feature April 8, 2004 27
Post basketball tournament
a huge success Story and photos by Walt Johnson petitive nature of the teams was the same games, both against the Quartermasters to
Mountaineer staff spirit that makes the U.S. Army the best wrap up this year’s championship.
When the final horn sounded March Army in the world. “I knew this year would be a special
29 at the Special Events Center on post, At the beginning of the tournament 15 tournament and I think it was one of the
more than the next intramural champion teams thought they had a chance to come best we have ever had. We didn’t have one
team was proven. away with this year’s intramural title. Most forfeit and the players’ conduct was exem-
In what many fans and two senior basketball experts on post really thought plary. We got great support from the com-
leaders of the Mountain Post declared was the championship could be won by any of mand that enabled us to have a good
one of the better intramural tournaments in the 15 teams but would be lost by either show,” Lamont Spencer, post intramural
years, the ultimate story wasn’t which indi- the 59th Quartermasters, who went sports director said.
vidual team won the championship, it was through the season undefeated, or This year’s tournament will go down
what the intramural playoffs did for the Cheyenne Mountain, which was undefeat- as the start of a new playoff format, one
people on post. ed until it met the 59th Quartermasters late that is fair to both teams involved in the
“When you consider a number of the in the season. playoffs in the future. In many instances
post’s top players were deployed to other The 59th Quartermasters went into the teams coming out of the losers bracket had
places around the world before and during tournament as the number one seed and to win the game that put them into the
the season, I think it was one of the best the odds on favorite in most people’s championship round and then play against
year’s in intramurals we’ve had here,” 7th minds to win the title. The Quartermasters a well-rested winners’ bracket champion in
Infantry Divisoin coach Darren “Doc Roc” team was quick, athletic and had every two extra games the same night to win the
Love said. factor needed to win a title. The team that playoffs. This year that format was
“The players who did play this year eventually won the championship was big, changed by Spencer who played the losers’
competed and honored those players who but not as athletic, with the exception of bracket championship game one night and
weren’t here. I know I definitely dedicated Steve Siler, Deandre Garrett and Quincy then had the two teams play for the cham-
It was definitely a family affair at the post intramural championship game March 29 between the 59th Quartermasters and the Cheyenne Mountain basketball teams. While both my season to those brave Soldiers serving Mackey, and had a major scare en route to pionship the next day.
teams had excellent fan support for the game. The 59th Quartermasters were loud and proud of their team and showed it by bringing in the unit flag and making enough noise around the world. I think I am most proud the title. “We just felt it was a more fair way to
to qualify as a private riot. of the fact we remained competitive as a The 59th Quartermasters breezed decide a championship. We felt this gave
league and kept up the spirit of intramural through the first two rounds of the playoffs both teams an equal chance to win. It’s
play while our fellow soldiers were beating back the challenge of the 478th hard to compete at a competitive level
deployed,” Love said. Personnel Support Battalion, 44-38, and when you’re tired. I felt we would get the
Col. Micheal Resty, garrison comman- the 7th Infantry Division, 72-57. Cheyenne best game from both teams if each of them
der, told the fans and both teams after the Mountain on the other hand blasted the 1st was fresh and ready to give a maximum
championship game he couldn’t remember MOBE 46-22 and then had to play their effort.”
seeing a more exciting game and praised most complete game of the tournament to Was the format successful? Spencer
both teams for giving the fans a competi- oulast a stubborn and determined 10th certainly believes so. “This was the first
tive game while showing what the spirit of Special Forces Group team, 40-38. The time in some time the finals were this
the Army is all about. Resty said the com- Mountain team went on to win its next two close,” Spencer said.
Joe Lujan, center with blue shirt, assistant intramural sports director, goes over
pre-game instructions with 59th Quartermaster coach Terry Donnell, left, Cheyenne
Mountain coach Robert Nieto, second from right and many of the team’s players.
Post play like this was very exciting and challenging for
the entire tournament. The 2003-04 post intramural champions, Cheyenne Mountain, pose for a team picture with, far
left second row, Col Michael Resty, garrison commander, Robert Nieto, second from left sec-
59th Quartermaster guard Jatavius Jackson ond row, and Lamont Spencer, far right second row, intramural sports director.
drives through 7th Infantry Division defenders.
Layout and Graphics by Justin Pospisil-Marciano
Community April 8, 2004 29
Photo by Nel Lampe
Pueblo’s Rosemount Museum, former home of the John Thatcher family, is one of the nation’s best Victorian-era
mansions. It was completed in 1893.
Rosemount is Victorian treasure
by Nel Lampe by the house designed by New York
Mountaineer staff architect Henry Hudson Holly, who
L ife was good in Pueblo in
1893, especially for John
Thatcher and his family. The
family moved from a modest
house into its new mansion, named
also built Thomas Edison’s New York
home, Rosemount has many luxurious
touches and conveniences.
The mansion and furnishings were
designed as a package with attention
“Rosemount.” The 37-room mansion paid to detail. The fireplace trim in
had 10 fireplaces, contained 24,000 one room matches the furniture; in
square feet of space and had servants’ another, ceiling carvings repeat the
quarters, a special room to stow lug- designs on a piece of furniture.
gage, a greenhouse and a 6,000 square- Margaret Thatcher’s favorite flower, a
foot carriage house. The grounds took rose, is incorporated in ceiling and
up an entire city block. mantel designs. Tiles imported from
MahlonThatcher, John’s brother and England are on a fireplace; carving on
bank partner, had a house nearby. chairs reflect the same design.
But the John Thatcher home still Furniture came from Wannamakers
stands and is now a museum. in Philadelphia, the carpet from New
Rosemount has been named one of York. Tiffany’s of New York designed
America’s most elegant Victorian-era and made the lighting. The stained
homes by National Geographic glass windows were made by a New Photo courtesy Rosemount Museum
Magazine. The home is also featured on York artist. A large stained glass window by New
Home and Garden Channel’s Although the house design includ- York artist Charles Booth looms above
“Christmas Castles” and Arts and the staircase.
ed an elevator, it was cut from the
Entertainment network’s “America’s plans. Holly cleverly put closets where floors were removed and the elevator
Castles.” the elevator shaft should be. When the installed.
Rosemount visitors are impressed elevator was installed later, the closet A state of the art intercom system
allowed the Thatchers to summon ser-
vants, no matter what room they might
Other amenities Holly designed
included a gravity water system. A
2,000-gallon water tank in the attic fur-
nished the mansion’s water.
The dining room seats 36 people
comfortably. Built-in cabinets hold
large collections of dinnerware and
there’s a butler’s pantry.
Two years were spent on the house’s
construction. With its stained glass, car-
pet, furnishings and woodwork, the cost
was more than $96,000, in 1893 dol-
lars. Places to see in the
Photo courtesy Rosemount Museum The Thatchers brought their own Pikes Peak area.
Raymond Thatcher, the youngest son, lived in the house until 1967. This
was his bedroom. See Rosemount, Page 32 April 8, 2004
32 April 8, 2004
Rosemount Museum smelters which refined gold, silver and other
From Page 31 metals that were discovered in Colorado.
The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
large art collection to decorate the mansion. reached Pueblo in 1872, bringing passengers and
At the time of construction, electricity was business to Pueblo. At about that time, Gen.
not always available in Pueblo, so light fixtures William Palmer, founder of Colorado Springs
were equipped with both gas and electricity. and the D&RG helped establish the Colorado
The house was built in Richardsonian Coal and Iron Co. in Pueblo, as a source for the
Romanesque style. The outside walls are made steel and iron used in railways.
of Rhyolite-pink volcanic stone brought from The Thatcher children continued to live in
Castle Rock. The slate roof came from Vermont. the mansion after John Thatcher died in 1913
The exterior is trimmed with medallions and and Margaret Thatcher died in 1922. The
carvings. youngest son, Raymond lived there until it was
Who was John Thatcher and why did he turned over to the city as a museum in 1967.
build such a mansion in Pueblo? The Rosemont is a unique museum because
Thatcher came to the West in the early 1860s. it was occupied by the original owner or family
He first settled in Denver, taking a position as a members until becoming a museum. Therefore,
store clerk. Supposedly, Thatcher asked to be most of its original furnishings are still in place,
paid in merchandise rather than money. He later as are the original curtains and drapes.
started his own Pueblo store with that merchan- There is no additional charge to visit the odd
dise. Thatcher had a reputation for honesty, and museum on the third floor of Rosemont, once the
local citizens started asking him to store their servants’ quarters. A collection of world “curiosi-
valuables in the store’s safe. ties” gathered by Andrew McClelland, a promi-
Later, John and his brother Mahlon started a nent Pueblo businessman. He was active in the
bank in Pueblo, chartered as the First National late 1800s in bringing culture and progress to
Bank. Pueblo. He helped build the town’s library, opera
Along the way, Thatcher married Margaret house and a children’s home.
Henry, daughter of a Pueblo judge and a relative McClelland traveled extensively and collect-
of Patrick Henry. Margaret was Pueblo’s first ed memorabilia. That eclectic assortment of urns, Photo by Nel Lampe
public school teacher. artifacts and an Egyptian mummy are displayed Attention to detail shows in the porch con-
Thatcher proved to be a clever businessman, in the Rosemount. struction of the Rosemount mansion.
amassing a fortune through his mercantile trade The original carriage house now serves as a
and banking. He also invested in mining, agricul- restaurant which is open Tuesday through
ture and cattle ranching. Saturday.
Although only a few hundred people were The Rosemount is open all year, except for
living in Pueblo when Thatcher set up his store, the month of January. Hours are Tuesday through
his timing was fortunate. Pueblo’s access to the Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is closed
Arkansas River and nearby coal deposits made Mondays and major holidays.
the town a natural for the establishment of Guided tours take about an hour. Admission
is $6 for adults, $4 for
ages 6 to 18. Children
under age 6 are admitted
A small gift shop is
at the museum’s
style gifts, souvenirs,
post cards and books are
Month, antique car clubs
will gather at the
May 8. From noon to 3
p.m., entry to the muse-
Photo by Nel Lampe um will be half price.
A restaurant now occupies the former carriage house, located near There will be an ice
the Rosemount museum. cream social on the Photo by Nel Lampe
verandah of Rosemount Guests eat lunch in the restaurant located in
Museum, and visitors the Rosemount mansion carriage house.
may bring picnic lunch-
es to enjoy on the
grounds. Just the Facts
Rosemount is locat- •Travel time 45 minutes
ed at 419 W. 14th Street •For ages families
in Pueblo. Take •Type Victorian-era mansion
Interstate 25 south Fort •Fun factor ★★★★ (Out of 5
to Exit 99B (13th Street) stars)
and go west about five • Wallet damage $
blocks. It’s hard to miss $ = Less than $20
— Rosemount and the $$ = $21 to $40
carriage house are the $$$ = $41 to $60
only buildings on the (Based on a family of four)
Photo courtesy Rosemount Museum block.
Vintage clothing is displayed in Peublo’s Rosemount Museum.
Happenings April 8, 2004 37
Cirque in Denver Fine Arts Center theater is “Maltese Welcome,”
Cirque Du Soleil’s “Varekai,” the newest April 18 and 19. The film is at 2 p.m. and $8
production, opens June 3 at the Pepsi Center. tickets are available at the door.
Tickets start at $38.50; call (800) 678-5440, Big Bear Day
Academy theater Ticketmaster at 520-9090 or go online at Bear Creek Nature Center presents “Big
Bob Berky, a mime and clown, is in the Air www.cirquedusoleil.com for a schedule. Bear Day,” April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Force Academy’s Arnold Hall Theater April 17. People of all ages can enjoy interactive presenta-
Performances are at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Call 333- tions about bears and hike the Bear Trail.
“Riverdance” runs through Saturday at 8
4497 for tickets. Children participate in crafts, face-painting and
p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center; call 520-SHOW
JoyRides’ free Easter egg hunt for tickets. stories. Cost is $3 per person. The Bear Creek
Next in the Broadway series in the Pikes Nature Center is near 21st Street, call 520-6387.
A free Easter Egg Hunt for children 11
years and younger is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Peak Center is “Miss Saigon,” May 13 to 16. Family Fesitval Day
JoyRides Family Fun Center, 5150 Edison Ave.. Tickets start at $34, call 520-SHOW or 520- Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration
There will be 10,000 eggs filled with prizes or 9090. presents “Peter and the Wolf” at the Pikes Peak
candy. The Easter Bunny will pose with children. Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., April 18 at 2:30
Museum Discovery Days p.m. The event is free.
Post Easter egg hunt The Fine Arts Center hosts a family pro-
An Easter egg hunt for children up to age gram, Museum Discovery Days Saturdays at 10 Royal Gorge Route Railroad
10 is at the Youth Services Building Saturday a.m, 11 a.m. and noon; the program is recom- Ride the historic, scenic railroad through
from 10 a.m. to noon, in conjunction with the mended for children ages 6 to 10, but all ages the Royal Gorge during April for half-price.
information fair. The Bunny will be there. are welcome. The program is included in regular Military members and their families and El Paso
admission of $5 for adults and $2 for children County residents show ID and ride for $13.50
New exhibit at museum ages 6 to 16 and free for children under 6. The for adults and $8.50 for children under 12. The
The Denver Museum of Nature and center is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. train leaves at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and
Science opened a special exhibit, “Machu Sundays. Reservations are suggested; call (888)
Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas.” Concert Rails-4-U.
Machu Picchu was uninhabited for almost 400 The Colorado Springs Chorale presents:
years until it was discovered in 1911. The exhibit Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation,” April Sesame Street
includes dioramas from the ruin, Inca art and an 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Sesame Street Live is at the Pikes Peak
archaeological dig. There is no special admission Pikes Peak Center. Tickets begin at $12, with Center April 30 through May 2. Tickets begin at
price for this exhibit, which will be in the muse- military discounts; call 520-7469. $12. There are some daytime performances. Call
um through May 9. The Denver Museum of the box office at 520-SHOW or Ticketmaster,
Travel films 520-9090. For more information, go online at
Nature and Science is in Denver’s City Park, at
The World Horizons Travel Film Series in the www.sesamestreetlive.com.
2001 Colorado Boulevard.
38 April 8, 2004 Happenings
Channel 9 daily broadcasts
SCOLA, foreign language news
broadcasts. Access the schedule
at the Fort Carson Web site.
Program Schedule for Fort If you have comments on
Carson cable Channel 10, today Channel 10 programming or wish
to April 16. to coordinate a broadcast on
Army Newswatch: stories on Channel 10, please contact Chief
suicide intervention, stories from of Command Information at 526-
Iraq and a closer look at the 1241 or via e-mail at
Provost Marshal General. Airs at CommandInfo@carson.army.mil.
7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Program times will be pub-
and 12:30 a.m. lished in the Mountaineer provid-
Navy/Marine Corps News: ed coordination is made one week
stories on the Military Sealift prior to publication.
Command, cancer research and If you wish to have a training
the USS Crommelin (repeat). Airs videotape shown on Channel 9
at 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 8 p.m. and 1 only, contact the Training Support
a.m. Team at 526-5111.
Air Force News: stories on the For additions to the
Air Combat Command, North Community Calendar, please sub-
Bay Station in Canada and the mit an e-mail to the above
Photo courtesy Denver Art Museum
continuing role of the Air Force address, send a clean, typewritten
in the Middle East. Airs at 8:30 copy of the information to the
Denver Art Museum ... a.m., 1:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and Public Affairs Office, room 2180,
1:30 a.m. 6151 Specker Ave., Fort Carson,
A special exhibit opened Saturday in the Denver Art
Museum, “Painting a New World,” is in place through The Mountain Post Commun- CO 80913 or fax information to
July 25. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $6 for ages 13 to ity Town Meeting, held monthly, 526-1021 no later than the Friday
18 and $4 for ages 6 to 12. The museum is in down- airs at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. before the desired airing time.
town Denver; call (720) 913-0075 for information.
Happenings April 8, 2004 39
Six Flags Elitch Gardens joins forces
Amusement park offers discount tickets
by Nel Lampe
For the third year, Denver’s Six Flags Elitch
Gardens is joining forces with military bases in
Colorado and Wyoming.
From noon to 6 p.m. April 17, military members
and their families will be admitted to the Denver
amusement park with prepurchased tickets costing
$17 each.The tickets must be purchased in advance
at Fort Carson’s Information, Ticket and Registration
office, located in the Outdoor Recreation Building,
The ticket also entitles each ticket holder to a
free meal — either a barbecue pork sandwich or a
hot dog — along with a soft drink and chips. Park
refreshment stands will also be open. No food may
be brought into the park, but picnic tables are locat-
ed in the parking lot and a city park is nearby.
The parking lot will be open and an $8 fee is
“Joining Forces is a special sneak peek before
the park even opens to the public,” said Tara Tongco,
park spokeswoman. “We are honored to host these
heroes and give them the fun and excitement they
need and deserve.” Photo courtesy Six Flags Elitch Gardens
Elitch Gardens Six Flags has not yet opened for Riders enjoy a ride on the Ferris wheel, left, known as Big Wheel and the Turn of the Century.
the season, and is open April 17 only to military and
family members who have tickets. More than 40 rides, including several roller The Water Park doesn’t open until May 22, how-
Formerly known as Elitch Gardens, the amuse- coasters: the Mind Eraser, Boomerang and Twister II, ever, Six Flags Elitch Gardens will open for the sea-
ment park was a Denver landmark for almost 100 will be operating. Several rides appeal to children and son April 24, weekends only.
years before being acquired by Six Flags. families, such as the Tea Cups, Tilt-A-Whirl, Turn of Regular admission at the park is $36.99 per per-
The amusement park is located on 58 acres near the Century, Big Wheel and Chaos. One of son taller than 48 inches tall. The price for children
the Pepsi Center and Colorado’s Ocean Journey, with Colorado’s five antique carousels is in Six Flags less than 48 inches tall is $20.99. Children under 3
a view of downtown Denver. It is at Exit 212A. Elitch Gardens. years old are admitted free.
April 8, 2004 41
Sports & Leisure
Home style workout
Regiment troops welcome return to Waller
by Walt Johnson stay in shape.
Mountaineer staff “Initially, it was tough when we
Walk into Waller Physical got to Iraq because you wanted to
Fitness Center these days and you work out but you didn’t have the
will see many members of the 3rd facilities we have here. We got to
Armored Cavalry Regiment work- the point where we did things like
ing with weights and smiles on their run, do push-ups and sit-ups and
faces. other athletic competitions between
The smiles come from the com- us,” Mark Moyle said.
bination of being back home and Moyle and Shawn McClellon
working out in a top facility after were in the weight room participat-
close to a year in the desert in Iraq ing in their daily workout regiment
with minimum workout equipment. of trying to one up each other.
During the unit’s deployment to Moyle let it be known who the top
Iraq, when they first arrived, lifter is but not without a challenge
Soldiers did not have these type of from McClellon.
facilities available at the post fitness “McClellon is trying to get to
centers. To get in their weight train- the point I am,” Moyle said with a
ing, the Soldiers used makeshift smile. McClellon quickly shot back,
weights. They used simple things “Right now he does lift more than I
like Meals Ready-to-Eat boxes, do, but I think its a challenge to try
broomsticks, crowbars and pretty to equal what he can do when I’m
much anything that had weight to here.”
Photos by Walt Johnson
Shawn McClellon, right, and Mark Moyle, assigned to the 3rd Armored
Cavalry Regiment, get in some friendly competitive weight training.
Shawn McClellon, standing, helps Robert Hayworth, assigned to the Anthony Newhart gets in some individual weight training recently at
3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, with heavy weight training. Waller Physical Fitness Center.
42 April 8, 2004 Sports & Leisure
On the Bench
Soldiers preparing for upcoming
Kit Carson Days boxing activities
by Walt Johnson Moore, who has known some success in
Mountaineer staff the ring himself at the post level, said this is
For all the Soldiers who are returning a way for him to give back to a sport that
or have returned from overseas duty, thank has meant a lot to him over the years.
you for what you did, what you do and “We have a lot of talented people on
what you continue to do for your country. post who want to take part in the boxing
When the post holds the first Kit events at Kit Carson Week. Some of the
Carson Week activities here in close to guys are returning from Iraq and others just
three years this June, one of the feature need to get in some good training tech-
events should be the boxing competition. niques. I made a promise to myself, if I was
Former all-Army boxer Solomon Moore ever in a position to help someone get better
and former World Class Athlete Program at the game of boxing that I would do what-
coach Lavell Sims are currently running a ever I could and this is my way of keeping
boxing training camp that is designed to my promise,” Moore said.
teach post amateur fighters the proper ring The 2004 National Physique
techniques. Committee’s Southern Colorado Natural
The training program is open to both and Armed Forces bodybuilding/fitness
men and women who are interested in par- championships are April 17.
The championships are at Doherty High
ticipating in the Kit Carson Week boxing
School, 4515 Barnes Road, Colorado
activities. Training sessions are held
Springs. Many members of the Mountain
Monday through Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at
Post, Colorado Springs and Denver military
Waller Physical Fitness Center on post.
communities will compete. The guest poser
The training program is designed for Photo by Walt Johnson
for the event is Will Owens, a U.S. Air Force
two things, according to Sims. One, to help
train and teach fighters the proper funda-
captain assigned to Schreiver Air Force
Base. Owens was the 2003 NPC Nationals Toughen up ...
mentals to use in the ring to avoid injury. third place winner. Solomon Moore, right, helps a member of the Mountain
Second, it is designed to help the fighters Prejudging for the event will begin at 10 Post get ready for the upcoming Kit Carson Days boxing
give the post community the best possible
See Bench, Page 43 competition at Waller Physical Fitness Center.
matches in the boxing events.
Sports & Leisure April 8, 2004 43
Bench The indoor pool fea-
tures many activities, such
From Page 42
as family night each
Thursday night from 6 to 8
a.m. with the finals set for p.m. for only $4 per fami-
6 p.m. Tickets for the ly. People can also take
event are $10 for prejudg- advantage of the water
ing and $15, $20 and $25 aerobics program that runs
for the finals. year-round at the indoor
For ticket or other and outdoor pools. The
information go to water aerobics classes are
www.jefftaylor.com or held each Tuesday and
www.customized- Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m.
physiques.com. The cost for the class is
Baseball fans, get $1.50. The outdoor pool
ready for the Sky Sox will be open May 28
home opener at Sky Sox through Sept. 6. The hours
Stadium April 16 in of operation will be from
Colorado Springs. 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
The Sky Sox will host Additionally, summer
the Nashville Sounds swim lessons will begin
beginning at 7 p.m. Also June 7 at the outdoor pool.
this year, each Monday The first session will be
will be military night with held from June 7 through
special discounts for active 28. The registration dates
duty, retired, reservists and for the summer swim
Department of Defense classes are May 24
employees and their fami- through 28 from 8 a.m. to
lies. 5 p.m. For more informa-
For more informaton tion call 526-3122.
on the Colorado Springs The post indoor soc-
Photo by Walt Johnson Sky Sox, visit cer team will play its
“Golf Scramble” ... The post indoor
next game April 18 at 3
Timothy Barrineau was one of many of the post’s top golfers who took advantage of swimming pool will Next week’s
wonderful weather to participate in the Commanding General’s golf scramble March 30 remain open until May Mountaineer will have
at the Fort Carson Golf Course. 13. full details on the game.
44 April 8, 2004 Sports & Leisure
Full body tone
exercise class ...
Forrest Fitness Center aero-
bics instructor Cherrie Walker
leads a step aerobics class
March 30. Walker teaches the
class each Wednesday at 5:30
p.m. as part of the Center’s six-
day-a-week aerobics program. Photo by Walt Johnson
Sports & Leisure April 8, 2004 45
Mountaineer Intramural Sports
Soccer season in
full swing ...
The post intramural soccer sea-
son began Monday at the
Mountain Post Sports Complex
football/soccer fields. Soccer
games will be played each
Monday and Wednesday at 6, 7
and 8 p.m.
Photo by Walt Johnson
46 April 8, 2004 Sports & Leisure
Mountaineer Varsity Sports
April 17 ...
Fort Carson Aces (the post varsity
softball team) head coach Brian
Rushing gets in some batting practice
recently. The Aces will host a tourna-
ment to support, among other chari-
ties the Army Emergency Relief Fund
April 17 at the Mountain Post Sports
Photo by Walt Johnson