Vol. 60, No. 32 Published in the interest of the 7th Infantry Division and the Fort Carson, Colo., community Aug. 23, 2002
3rd ACR soldiers sharpen skills at NTC
by Staff Sgt. Michael Rautio According to Pena, another
Fort Carson Public Affairs benefit of training at NTC is the
Office smaller number of distractions.
From cooks to communica- “When we train at Fort Carson it
tion specialists and from scouts to is tough to get out of that garrison
support squadron, members of the feeling,” he said. Whereas at
INSIDE THE 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment NTC, from the moment a soldier
MOUNTAINEER are at the National Training Cen- gets off the bus he or she realizes
ter in southern California they are in a different environ-
Opinion/Editorial Page 2 preparing for war. ment.
Military Page 5 The troopers of 3rd ACR and Upon their arrival at Fort
Community Page 13 other units sup- Irwin the simula-
Sports Page 21 porting them are tion begins.
not going into
“This is a great During the first
Feature actual combat but training ground to week of their stay,
instead, during help keep us profcient the soldiers go
the next month, through what is
will be players in for combat. called the RSOI
one of the Army’s process, according
most elaborate Command Sgt. Maj. to Command Sgt.
John R. Caldwell Maj. John R. Cald-
Put on at Fort
sergeant major well, regimental
Irwin, Calif., the command sergeant
troopers are now major.
in the mythical country of RSOI stands for Reception,
“Madera” and will be dealing Staging, Onward movement and
with everything from combat Integration. According to Cald-
Cav soldiers qualify operations and civilians on the well this process is similar to what
with weapons during battlefield to reporters and simu- the regiment would experience in
gunnery at lated riots. a real-world situation if it were to
Multipurpose Range This elaborate training event deploy and draw equipment from
Complex. is designed to prepare the troopers a pre-positioned stock.
See Page 18 and 19. and other soldiers in the Army for During their first week, the Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Rautio
the eventuality of real combat. “It troopers of 3rd ACR also have to Pfc. Sergio Cuellar, a scout with Troop C, 1st Squadron,
Happenings helps us sharpen our skills as sol- deal with a variety of other tasks 3rd ACR, attaches a radio antenna to the top of his
diers,” said Capt. Carlos Pena, which they could face in a real- Bradley fighting vehicle while waiting to have his vehicle
assistant S-2 for 1st Squadron. world situation. There will be outfitted with Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement
“What we do and learn here will protesters at the gate, humanitar- System at NTC.
help us on the battlefield,” said ian relief missions, meetings with
Pena. “The elements here put government officials and media a great training ground to help their leaders and confidence in
more stress on you.” representatives trying to get a keep us proficient for combat. The their ability to survive any mission
According to Pena, the real- story. motivation level is high and I given to the 3rd ACR,” said Cald-
ism of NTC goes a long way in the All of these elements just add think we will do well against the well.
training of soldiers. “If I mess up to the realism of the training expe- opposing forces,” he said. In the coming weeks the
my job out here it will have effects rience at NTC and offer But for Caldwell, doing well troopers will enter into simulated
later on,” said Pena. This allows something that the troopers of the isn’t the only measure of success combat operations, participate in
soldiers to see the importance of 3rd ACR could not get at Fort Car- for the troopers while at NTC. live-fire exercises and then return
Bear Creek Nature their job and how if they fail to son, according to Caldwell. When the troopers get back on the to the dustbowl to turn in equip-
Center re-opened this work as a team, then the mission Caldwell is optimistic about buses and return to Fort Carson “I ment and board buses bound for
summer in a new build- will fail. the trooper’s time at NTC. “This is hope that they feel confidence in Fort Carson.
ing. Visitors can learn
about area wildlife,
nature and walk the Water restrictions revised due to continuing shortages
park’s trails. by Mary Barber Springs’ water shortage ordinance. p.m. and 9 a.m. Manual watering on
See Page 27 Directorate of Environmental Colorado Springs and Fort Carson are Monday, Thursday and Friday is prohibited.
Compliance and Management currently under a Stage II water shortage, • Manual sprinklers will be moved at 15
Fort Carson’s community which means only watering on to 20 minute intervals. A second cycle
Early members actions have helped designated days and that through the lawn/landscape is acceptable as
deadline the post reduce its water use 14 storage levels in local long as the total duration of watering does
percent this July compared to reservoirs are very low. not exceed three hours.
The Mountaineer last July, a significant Manual watering in hous- Fort Carson housing area residents who
will publish early reduction considering the 400 ing and non-housing areas: violate the above restrictions will receive a
next week on new houses built this past year Residents will not written warning for their first violation.
Thursday because and this year’s drought manually water areas where Housing residents will receive quarters
of the four-day conditions. there are automatic sprinklers. warning letters for repeated violations.
weekend. All classi- Unfortunately, current Residents can manually water Repeated quarters warning letters may lead
efforts haven’t provided the lawns/landscapes only accord- to chain of command counseling, Uniform
fied ads must be in necessary water saving to avoid ing to the following guidance: Code of Military Justice action and
by noon on additional water restrictions. • Watering will be allowed eviction.
Monday. Effective immediately, Maj. Gen. Charles twice per week. Even building numbers may Violations of this policy can be reported
Campbell, Fort Carson and 7th Infanry water Wednesday and Sunday only and odd to the NCO Housing Liaison Office at 526-
Post Weather hotline:
Division commanding general, has adopted building numbers may water Tuesday and 4313.
additional water restrictions to comply with Saturday only. Watering may be done only
526-0096 the latest changes to the City of Colorado once per day, on designated days, between 7 See Water, Page 2
2 Aug. 23, 2002 Opinions/Editorial
Retiring from Army service: one Water
From Page 1
Carson soldier will really miss it Housing Aareas and non-housing areas with automatic sprin-
Commentary by Staff Sgt. Daniel Army are excellent; taking college courses FCFH will set automatic sprinklers in accordance with the fol-
Levy for free as well as military occupational spe- lowing guidelines:
3rd Brigade Combat Team cialty related training. • Watering will be allowed twice per week and performed once
Sept. 1, I will officially retire from the When I first came in the Army in 1981, I per day between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m.
U. S. Army. I will look back at both hard came in with the one intention — to serve • Automatic sprinkler systems are not always capable of watering
on an alternating even/odd day schedule. In such cases, watering will
times and good times but most of all I will America and defend freedom. Of course, I
be performed according to an approved Alternative Water Manage-
see how the Army has changed me as an got to do that. ment Plan.
individual. I have grown physically, mentally At the end of my first tour, I began to • Report malfunctioning sprinklers or systems in housing areas to
and professionally. realize the Army offered so many great FCFH at 579-1605. Report malfunctioning sprinklers or systems in
I have really enjoyed my tour at Fort opportunities for training, education, athlet- non-housing areas to the DPW Work Order Desk, 526-5345.
Carson and have made lots of good friends ics and travel. In the beginning, I was an Additional Fort Carson water restrictions:
in the military and civilian community. I am infantry grunt and I enjoyed the Light • Water lawns, shrubs and trees enough to keep them alive, but
not necessarily green or thriving.
grateful to the leadership, both senior non- Infantry, always moving out on foot and
• Wash privately owned motor vehicles and other equipment only
commissioned officers and officers who training jungle warfare for three years. Then on designated watering days (listed above) and only with a hand-held
worked with me when I was a platoon my NCOs took an interest in me and trained hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle or with a bucket
sergeant at the Headquarters and me to be a leader. When I became a sergeant, • Military units will maximize use of the Central Vehicle Wash
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th the growth was phenomenal. The changes in Facility. Vehicle washing in motor pools will be authorized upon
Infantry Regiment. responsibilities — training the soldiers, returning from the field, redeployment or for maintenance purposes.
I experienced a lot at Fort Carson, volun- rather than just being trained. I answered to Hoses require a positive shutoff nozzle. Report washrack hydrant or
other leaks promptly to the DPW Work Order Desk at 526-5345.
teering monthly at SHARE Colorado, help- my commanding officers and first sergeant.
• There shall be no hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, patios,
ing with sports program at Morale, Welfare, Yes, the road was hard but the Lord driveways, parking areas or other impervious surfaces, except to
and Recreation, and organizing a Volksmarch helped me through every part of the way. I eliminate conditions that pose a threat to public health or safety or
with the help of MWR. tell you after 21 years I couldn’t have made when required as surface preparation for the application of architec-
The Army is a great career. I lived in it without the Lord’s help. tural coatings or painting.
five different countries. I got the excitement I served in a total of eight infantry divi- Visit www.csu.org for water shortage updates, additional water
of training with NATO and Asian units, for sions, signal and artillery brigades and one conservation tips. Colorado Springs Utilities has increased the fines
and penalties for Colorado Springs residents who repeatedly violate
example Korean, Austrialian, Canadian, New garrison unit.
the ordinance. This information has appeared in local newspapers
Zealand and Filipino units. Upon retiring, I may go back to teaching and is also posted on the CSU Web site.
The greatest achievement, however, is or work with voter registration in For more information regarding the commanding general’s water
serving our nation both mainland and over- Pennsylvania. I plan to join a Veteran’s orga- restriction policy, call me at 526-4648 or Vince Guthrie at the DPW
seas. The training and training schools in the nization - retiring, but still serving. at 526-2927.
Prepping for the board ...
Do you know about the different military programs?
1. What is the Army QOLP?
2. What does the ACS symbol represent?
3.What does ACES stand for?
4. What is the basic guideline for emergency financial assistance?
5. What Army publication provides information concerning the mission, oper-
ation and Army utilization of the American Red Cross?
6. What ARC services are provided relating to prisoners of war?
7. What is the DA’s policy on alcohol?
8. What is a “BAT”?
9. What AR covers safety?
10. Name at least three safety features commonly found in Army barracks.
11. What is meant by “equal opportunity” in the Army?
12. What does DEERS stand for?
13. List some of the major benefits available to servicemembers?
14. What regulation covers reenlistment?
15. Who can initiate a bar to reenlistment?
From the Comprehensive Study Manual.
15. Any commander in the soldier’s chain of command. doned or accepted as part of any military tradition or
14. AR 601-280 7. Abuse or excessive use of alcohol will not be con-
13. • medical • dental • educational • legal • SGLI processing and packaging of items for distribution.
12. Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting Systems. fare; obtains names of prisoners of war; and aids in the
der or national origin. 6. Handles inquiries concerning prisoner of war wel-
and capability irrespective of race, color, religion, gen- 5. AR 930-5.
Pvt. Murphy meets Beatle Bailey 11. Consideration and treatment based on merit, fitness
storage of dangerous tools • hand rails
gency, within the framework of policy, should be given
• CQ • fire lights (emergency lighting) • safety posters • 4. Any member of the Army faced with a real emer-
Mark Baker and Mort Walker 10. • lights in stairwells • fire extinguishers and alarms
9. AR 385-10.
3. Army Continuing Education System
scope — equilibrium and stability.
8. Blood Alcohol Test. 2. The heart — giving; the cross — help; and the gyro-
event. 1. Quality of Life Program.
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Aug. 23, 2002 3
Army suspends re-enlistment bonuses until October
Army News Service when soldiers re-enlist for the remainder of August Soldiers who were scheduled to re-enlist between
WASHINGTON — The Army today suspended through September because we’ve done so well with Aug. 19 and Sept. 30 and were otherwise eligible for
its re-enlistment bonus programs for active-duty sol- re-enlistment across the Army,” Canada said. a bonus, will be advised to delay their re-enlistment
diers until Oct. 1. The suspension became The programs frozen bonuses include the until Oct. 1 or later or when the program will be
necessary with a retention success selective re-enlistment bonus, the funded for fiscal year 2003.
that exhausted the fiscal year targeted selective re-enlist- Those in specialties that do not have a bonus are
2002 re-enlistment budget, ment bonus and the broken not affected by this suspension and can continue to
said Ron Canada, chief of service selective re- re-enlist, Canada said.
the U.S. Army Personnel enlistment bonus pro- More than 100 of the Army’s military occupation-
Command grams. al skills had offered bonuses and are affected by the
retention The freeze does not re-enlistment suspension, Canada said.
office. affect Army Reserve or More information about the job specialties that
He said the Army National Guard re- were receiving re-enlistment bonuses can be found in
Army has already enlistment bonuses, offi- military personnel messages 02-174 dated June 16
re-enlisted more than cials said. Nor will it stop and message 02-205 dated July 16.
51,600 soldiers against the payment of re-enlistment These messages can be found on www.per-
its goal of 49,019 sol- bonuses that have already scomonline.army.mil.
diers, or 105 percent. been granted, Canada said. Personnel officials ask that this suspension infor-
Soldiers who Soldiers who re-entered mation reach all commanders, re-enlistment offices,
are scheduled to sep- the Army or re-enlisted prior to recruiters, and finance and accounting offices. Re-
arate from the Army Aug. 19 and were entitled to a re- enlistment offices will be notified through the Army
between Aug. 19 and Sept. enlistment bonus will continue to be retain system over the weekend, Canada said, and
30 will be allowed to volun- paid their bonuses, Canada explained. career counselors worldwide will be informed.
tarily extend until after Oct. 1 Soldiers entitled to an anniversary Career counselors throughout the Army will be
so they can re-enlist for a bonus, payment from an earlier re-enlistment able to answer questions about reenlistment options,
Canada said. will continue to receive their Canada added.
“We have to place a freeze on paying bonuses anniversary payments during this suspension, he said. Editor’s note: Information provided by PER-
4 Aug. 23, 2002 News
First Army Soldier, NCO of year competition to kick off in DC area
Army News Service troops will take the Army physical fitness a pair of boots and other prizes that are Class Jeffery Stitzel, a 32-year-old pla-
WASHINGTON — Through a test; write an essay on the topic, “If I were currently being considered, officials said. toon sergeant and Pfc. Christopher
process of elimination, major commands the sergeant major of the Army, what More than 12 MACOMs will be rep- Cayton, a 23-year old communications
are sending their best to compete in the areas would I focus my energies on and resented at the competition. specialist, are the reigning NCR NCO and
first-ever Armywide Noncommissioned why”; and the day will conclude with The Training and Doctrine Command soldier of the year.
officer and Soldier of the Year hands-on common tasks training. winners are Sgt. 1st Class Reginald D. Seven commands were represented in
Competition, Sept. 23 to 27. The next day will be M16A2 rifle Sampson, Fort Jackson, S.C. and Spc. the NCR competition, which was held at
Starting at the unit level, soldiers qualification. Candidates are required to Daniel C. Davis, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Fort A.P. Hill. The participating com-
wanting to prove they are the Army’s best know how to zero their weapon and know This year was also the first time mands were:
have competed in numerous tasks, to the fundamentals of marksmanship, offi- TRADOC held a MACOM Soldier and The Military District of Washington,
include navigating through the dark look- cials added. That day will be concluded NCO of the Year competition. home to the NCR winners; Personnel
ing for points and impressing boards of with day and night land navigation. Tilley wasn’t able to make it to all of Command; Army Test and Evaluation
sergeants major with their knowledge of The final event will be the board the MACOM competitions, but during Command; Intelligence and Security
the Army. appearance in front of six command the awards breakfast ceremony at First Command; West Point; Military Traffic
Now that the MACOM competitions sergeants major and the sergeant major of Army, Fort Gillem, Ga., Tilley congratu- Management Command and the Defense
are over, two dozen troops from around the Army, who will sit as the board presi- lated all the participants. First Army’s Information Systems Agency.
the world will travel to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., dent. Candidates again will have to show NCO of the year, Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Other MACOMS to be represented
to compete at Department of the Army they can maintain their military bearing Valentin Jr., is also the Forces Command will be U.S. Army Europe, Army Material
level. while answering soldier-related questions. winner, and will be competing at the Command, U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Army
“We have the best Army in the world In the case of a tie, the sergeant major Armywide level. The First U.S. Army sol- Corps of Engineers, Space and Missile
and naming its top soldier and sergeant will be the deciding vote. dier of the year is Spc. Anna Gurrera, a Defense Command, Medical Command,
seemed like a way to honor them,” said Winners will be announced at an chemical operations specialist. U.S. Army South, U.S. Army Special
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Jack L. Tilley. awards ceremony Sept. 27. Both the sol- The National Capitol Region was the Operations command several smaller
On the first day of competition, dier and NCO will receive a trophy, ring, last to hold its competition, and Sgt. 1st major commands.
Aug. 23, 2002 5
Tuition assistance increases: Get your degree for free
by Spc. Stacy Harris are higher than $250 per semester hour, the money prerequisites, Frazier said.
Mountaineer staff for the rest of the tuition will be coming out of the Frazier said she encourages soldiers to come to
If you had the opportunity to get your degree for soldier’s pocket. In addition, soldiers also have to pay the Education Center and look into the 100 percent
almost free, would you take it? If so, here is your for their own books and other fees not associated tuition assistance program. To begin, soldiers will
opportunity. with the tuition. need to take a placement test and then sit down with
Effective Oct. 1, all active-duty soldiers will be “The soldier makes the deci- a counselor to discuss a degree
able to take advantage of the Army paying all or a sion whether or not to go to a more plan, she said.
portion of the charges for a school’s tuition. expensive school,” Frazier said. Before the soldiers’ classes
For fiscal year 2002, soldiers could take advan- “When they (soldiers) do that, they start, she said tuition assistance has
tage of having 75 percent of their tuition paid for, have to be aware ... that they’re to be approved and processed.
with $187.50 cap per semester hour and $3,500 cap going to hit that ceiling cap.” Those who take classes that start
for the whole year, said Virginia Frazier, education Frazier said there is no limit to before Oct. 1, when the 100 per-
services specialist. Now, when a school’s tuition fees how many classes soldiers can cent tutition assistance kicks in,
are $250 or less per semester hour, the Army will pay take, but soldiers need to be aware will receive the 75 percent tuition
for 100 percent of the soldier’s tuition and up to of the ceiling cap for the year. assistance effective for fiscal year
$4,500 for the fiscal year. Department of Defense is “It covers whatever they (sol- 2002.
making this program uniform throughout the different diers) want until they reach that Overall, Frazier said the 100
services. ceiling,” she said. “You can do it percent tuition assistance is a great
“They (Congress) are trying to make it so ser- (take classes) until you reach opportunity for soldiers to continue
vicemembers can get their college with very little $4,500. You can take almost 17 their education.
cost,” Frazier said. “Getting that knowledge (an edu- classes (at Pikes Peak Community “Take advantage of it,” she
cation) will make them a better soldier as well as College) before you ever reach that said. “Here’s a great opportunity to
(better in) their citizen life.” amount.” get your degree.”
One of the benefits of using this program is sol- Interested soldiers must meet For more information on the
diers don’t have to tap into their Montgomery GI Bill certain requirements for this pro- 100 percent tuition assistance, con-
to top off the rest of the tuition, Frazier said. gram. For instance, a flagged sol- tact Virginia Frazier, 526-5544.
On the other hand, soldiers have to be aware of dier may not get tuition assistance approved by the
the schools they are attending, she said. If the fees commander. Soldiers also need to meet the school’s
6 Aug. 23, 2002 Military
Fort Carson, CO 80913-4001 Central Issue Facility hours of operation
Command General Staff College — Majors are: Regular business hours: Mondays, Tuesdays,
and captains (promotable), your ticket to early Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
promotion, Command General Staff College, can and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays 7:30 to
be taken on post, one night per week. This “non- 10:30 a.m. Initial Issue/Partial Issue/DX:
resident” course is for active duty and reservists, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
and is an alternate to the resident course or the from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m to 3
correspondence course. The non-resident course p.m. and Thursdays: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Partial
offers a structured learning environment, branch Turn-Ins: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Soldiers on profiles — In accordance with diversity, instructor support and fewer papers
Army Regulation 600-60, all soldiers with a P3 than the correspondence option. Contact Lt. Col. Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Full Turn-
or P4 profile in any area of their body designa- Matt Kortrey, 390-2164, or Maj. Greg Ins require an appointment. Please call 524-2006
tors — Physical Capacity, Upper extremities, Korpkowski, (719) 668-8530, for information or or 526-2729 to schedule an appointment. For
Lower extremities, Hearing, Eyes, Psychiatric to enroll. Classes start in October. questions, call Stacey Sly at 526-5512.
(PULHES) are required to appear before the Effective immediately, soldiers who are Provost Marshal Office will no longer in-
Military Occupation scheduled to attend Special Forces Assessment or out-process soldiers from 11:30 a.m. to 1
Specialty/Medical Retention Board within 60 and Selection training will not have orders p.m. due to the low number of soldiers serviced
days of the signed approved profile. The purpose deleted, deferred or be otherwise prevented from during that time. Normal operation hours are
of this requirement is to maintain the quality of attending the scheduled training. Any requests 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays
the force by ensuring the soldiers are physically for exception to this requirement must be through Fridays. Soldiers requiring any type of
qualified to perform their Primary Military endorsed by the first general officer in the sol-
Occupational Speciality worldwide under field emergency clearing will continue to be assisted
dier’s chain of command. Soldiers who volunteer during that time. For information, call Staff Sgt.
conditions. Soldiers with a P3 or P4 profile are for SFAS prior to receipt of assignment notifica-
non-deployable as of the date the profile is com- Alfred C. Kirk at 526-8289.
tion will be deferred to allow for SFAS atten-
pleted. P3 or P4 soldiers are authorized reassign- dance. Assignment of SFAS graduates to the
ment, training at any U.S. Army Training and Special Forces Qualification Course will take Briefings
Doctrine Command course or advancement precedence over any assignment conflict. For ETS/Transition briefing schedule — In
course, or re-enlistment without appearance information, call (703) 325-2450. order for soldiers to receive their ETS orders,
before the board. For more information, call Soldiers and civilians are reminded that the soldiers must attend an ETS briefing. Soldiers
Staff Sgt. Keith Cashion at 526-6530. former landfill site located south of O’Connell may sign in at 7:15 a.m. and the briefing begins
Soldiers wanting to take the Automotive Boulevard between the U.S. Army Reserve at 7:30 a.m. in building 1118, room 317. The
Service Examinations in November must regis- Center Equipment concentration Site number 42 next ETS brief is Wednesday. For more informa-
ter for the tests by Sept. 6. Three funded exams and the Military Police K-9 Kennels, building tion, call the Transition Center at 526-2240 or
are available for servicemembers who have a 8998, is off limits to pedestrian and vehicle traf- 526-4298.
Military Occupational Specialty in in the follow- fic. For more information, call 526-8001. Pest control training — Pest Management
ing automotive/mechanical service specialties: Procedure for replacing lost or stolen Regulation, AR 200-5, requires only certified
52B, 52C, 52D, 61C, 62B, 63B-N, 63B-H, 63B- Identification Cards — Efective immediately, applicators apply pesticides on military installa-
S, 63B-T, 63B-W and 63B-Y. all soldiers assigned or attached to Fort Carson tions. The Directorate of Environmental
Funded exams are available for anyone who who have had an ID Card or Common Access Compliance and Management has a program that
previously held the MOS/RATE/AFSC (such as Card lost or stolen will be required to present a
warrant officers) or are currently enrolled in an provides military personnel the necessary train-
associate degree program in automotive technol- memorandum signed by their commander when ing and herbicide. Each unit is allowed a maxi-
ogy. For information, contact guidance coun- requesting a replacement card. Local policy mum of five people for training unless approved
selors in building 1117, room 160B, or call the requires all active duty soldiers, reservists, through the unit commander to DECAM.
retirees, family members and Fort Carson civil- Training sessions are scheduled for the first and
Testing Section, 526-8072. ian employees who lose their ID or Common
eArmyU briefings are held Tuesdays at 9 third Tuesday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m.
Access Card to present a form of identification at building 3711 until all units have received the
and 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. in before a replacement card can be issued. The fol-
building 1117, room 223. For more information, lowing forms of ID are acceptable: valid driver’s training.
call 526-5544. license with photo, state ID with photo, birth cer- The Commanding General’s Newcomers’
Fort Carson Ammunition and Explosives tificate with seal or photocopy of birth certificate Brief is the third Wednesday of each month at 1
amnesty turn-in — When military A & E is that reflects the state file number. If no form of p.m. at McMahon Theater.
found outside the boundaries of Fort Carson mil- ID is available, the soldier must be accompanied The following are dates for upcoming briefings:
itary areas, notify the local civilian authorities or by a senior noncommisioned officer (Sgt. 1st Wednesday, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
the military police, 526-2333. Abandoned mili- Class or above) or a commissioned officer.
tary A & E, excluding small arms ammunition Miscellaneous
up to and including .50 caliber, will not be Hours of operation Company H, 5th Battalion, 19th Special
moved by untrained personnel. If A & E are The 3rd Cavalry Museum will be open to the Forces Group invites all former members to a
found, notify the Fort Carson 764th Explosive public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through reunion Sept. 14 through 15 in Denver. Those
Ordnance Company, 526-2643. Fridays until further notice. The museum will be interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
Abandoned A & E found on post may be closed Mondays and federal holidays, except
turned in at the Ammunition Reclamation Area, Co. H/5th Bn. Reunion, P.O. Box 31512, Aurora,
located on Butts Road, one mile south of the air- Memorial and Veterans Days. Group tours and CO 80012.
individual visits from civilians without a valid Monthly siren test — To ensure Fort
field. The hours are Mondays through Fridays government identification card can be arranged
from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more informa- Carson sirens remain operational, a monthly test
by contacting the museum, 526-1404 or 526- will be conducted at noon on the last Friday of
tion, contact the Ammunition Supply Point, 526- 2028, within 24 hours of the planned visit. The
4381, or the Quality Assurance Office, 526-1795 each month. The test will sound six seconds on,
museum staff apologizes for any inconveniences six seconds off, for a duration of five minutes.
or 526-1892. the schedule may create.
Effective immediately, all organizations The “all clear” will be indicated by a continuous
will use the United States Postal Service stan- The Information, Tickets and Registration three-minute siren.
dardized addresses with ZIP plus four assign- office has moved — ITR is now located in the Fort Carson has recently formed the
ments. Use is mandatory for both return and Outdoor Recreation Complex, building 2429 on
Specker Avenue. The staffs of the ITR Office and “Mountain Post Team Military Intelligence
delivery addresses. New building signs with new the ORC Information Desk are being combined Corps Association Chapter.” MICA was formed
street addresses will be constructed in the future. in an effort to better serve customers. Hours of as a worldwide Military Intelligence professional
Please note that not all street addresses will operation are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 organization to band together intelligence profes-
match building numbers. Additionally, change of a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For information, call 526-2083 sionals in a forum to share ideas, experiences
addresses will not delay your mail service. The or 526-5366. and to continually improve our profession. The
following is an example of the format for an Mountain Post Team chapter had elections of
official mail return address. For official travel services, Carlson-
Department of the Army Wagonlit Travel, in building 1012 on Long officers at the Wednesday meeting.
Directorate of Public Works Street, is open Mondays through Fridays from The intent of the chapter is to provide a com-
ATTN: Housing Division 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 3 p.m. on training mon forum for our MI community to interact,
5050 Tevis St. Bldg 305 holidays. concentrating on professional development
Travelers are reminded to bring three copies forums, new systems developments, integrating
of travel orders when picking up tickets for offi- the extended Mountain Post family to include 7th
Better cial travel. Soldiers and family members must
Infantry Division SIDE units and local intelli-
have one original and one copy of their “trav- gence professionals from the Colorado Springs
for elopes” and three copies of each order, to include area.
Single amendments, for overseas permanent changes of A quarterly seminar/luncheon will be open to
Soldiers station. If you cannot pick up your tickets in per-
son, you can fax a copy of orders to 526-1142 or all MI soldiers, retirees and association mem-
576-5262 for issuance of an E-ticket. bers. Additionally, each year, in concert with the
BOSS Executive Council meets the first G2/S2 conference, MICA will host a social and
Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Post Please call 576-5188 to confirm receipt of
faxed orders. Tickets will not be issued without recognize soldiers, retirees and MI professionals
Physical Fitness Center, building 1829. The post
BOSS meeting, for BOSS representatives, orders. If you do not use your ticket, you must with the Thomas Knowlton Award. Contact Lt.
meets the second Thursday of each month at bring it and two copies of your orders. If you Col. Patrick Walsh at 524-1959 for more infor-
Christopher’s from 1 to 3 p.m. For information, were issued an E-ticket and did not travel, you mation.
call 524-BOSS. still must bring in two copies of orders to process Editor’s note: The deadline for submitting “Briefs” to the
a refund for the unused ticket. Mountaineer is 5 p.m. Friday before publication.
Military Aug. 23, 2002 7
Generic drugs save consumers money in two ways
Courtesy TriWest Healthcare Alliance tive ingredients, such as those determin- generic equivalents. These include popu- documented as being medically neces-
Prescriptions written for TRICARE ing the drug’s color, shape and size, are lar (and expensive) antidepressants like sary. These copayments will cover a one-
Prime, Extra and Standard beneficiaries, allowed to be different from the brand- Prozac (and diabetes drugs like month supply if you purchase your med-
as well as beneficiaries using the TRI- name version. Glucophage). Figures from TriWest’s ications at a civilian network pharmacy.
CARE Senior Pharmacy program, are Many of today’s highly advertised pharmacy subcontractor, Express-Scripts, The same copayment amounts will cover
required by the Department of Defense medications are so new that generic show that dispensing the generic form of up to a three-month supply if you buy
to be filled with generic drugs. If you equivalents do not yet exist. The patent Prozac (fluoxetine, which became avail- from the National Mail Order Pharmacy.
like to get the most value for your dollar law protects a company’s right to exclu- able in August 2001) has already sur- To learn more about the NMOP, call the
— either your personal dollar or the ones sively market a drug it has developed for passed that of the brand-name product. Merck-Medco toll-free customer service
you spend in federal taxes — you will a period of time, usually eight to 15 Metformin, the generic form of number at (800) 903-4680. As always,
appreciate this fact. years. Understandably, a company that Glucophage, a Type-II diabetes drug, you may get your prescription filled at a
Under DoD rules for TRICARE, spends a lot of money developing a new became available in February and was military treatment facility pharmacy at
generic equivalents will automatically be drug wants a chance to sell that product, almost immediately priced much lower no charge.
substituted for brand-name medications, recover its investment, and make a profit than its brand name equivalent. Since If you still prefer to receive brand-
unless the requested brand-name drug while that product is, exclusively, its then, metformin’s prescription numbers name drugs that are not deemed medical-
has been documented by the prescribing own. This helps explain why brand-name have also exceeded those for the brand- ly necessary, even though generic substi-
physician to be medically necessary or drugs cost more than generics. A compa- name drug. tutes are available, you will be responsi-
no generic equivalent is available. ny that manufactures a generic form of a Because prices for generic drugs are ble for the entire cost of those prescrip-
Although generics cost substantially drug, but invested nothing in its develop- 40 to 60 percent less than their brand- tions.
less than equivalent brand-name drugs, ment, can afford to sell it for less and is name equivalents, the cost is less for the Next time you go to have a prescrip-
the U. S. Food and Drug Administration also subject to the pressure of competi- taxpayers. This lower cost is also passed tion filled, consider the generic alterna-
requires the generic drugs have the same tion from other companies also market- along to you, directly, in the form of a tives and don’t rush to object if the
chemical composition and potency, and ing the generic. lower copayment. It is $3 per prescrip- generic drug is used to fill your prescrip-
affect the body in the same way as their Roughly 45 percent of all brand- tion for generic drugs as compared to $9 tion. It can save you money as a taxpayer
brand-name counterparts. Only the inac- name pharmaceuticals currently have per prescription for brand-name drugs and as a consumer.
8 Aug. 23, 2002 Military
4th Finance changes workstyle — now more efficient
by Capt. Ho Jang PAC. It also provides unit leaders with a clear picture, Battalion stands committed to ensuring your support-
4th Finance Battalion through PAC involvement, of those pertinent finance ing PAC personnel are fully trained on all the finance
The 4th Finance issues arising in the unit. PAC personnel are charged processes normally performed by the PAC.
Battalion is changing the with processing simple transactions such as requesting Our finance detachments are already starting, and
way it operates. This change duplicate copies of Leave and Earnings Statements, will continue, making on-site bi-weekly Finance
will better support comman- pay option changes, allotment starts and stops, pro- Support Team visits to every one of our supported
ders as well as the entire Fort cessing Basic Allowance for Subsistence, and many units. These visits will consist of training on finance
Carson Mountain Post team. others routine actions. By following proper proce- pay inquiry resolution, proper submission of support-
The theme behind the dures, it becomes unnecessary for your soldiers to ing documentation, and helping PAC personnel work
change is simple: Better, spend their, and your units,’ precious time making through other potential areas of concern that either
more timely finance support avoidable trips to the finance detachment. they identify or through our own statistical analysis.
to soldiers, while at the same Effective with this change, PAC personnel must Additionally, these FSTs will have on-site
Jang time, keeping soldiers training forward routine pay change documents and simple automation capabilities to solve pay inquiries at PAC
and operating in their unit, instead of unnecessarily inquiries on a transmittal letter daily to the servicing locations during these visits to further reduce visits to
being at the servicing finance detachment. finance detachment for processing. The finance the finance detachment.
Effective immediately, the servicing finance detachments will process all documents within 24 In the near future, the 4th Finance Battalion will
detachments of the 4th Finance Battalion will require hours of receipt. Additionally, they will complete the introduce a semi-annual PAC training and certification
all soldiers in the rank of staff sergeant or below to necessary action on all inquiries, annotate their course. Finance experts will train PAC personnel on
have an approved DA Form 2142, which is a Pay actions on the DA Form 2142, and return them to the their unit financial responsibilities, to include proper
Inquiry Authorization. An authorized member of the PAC within 24 hours of receipt. If an inquiry is com- review and certification of the Unit Commander’s
soldier’s Personnel Action Center must sign the DA plex enough to warrant a soldier’s presence in the Financial Report , proper completion of finance docu-
Form 2142 before sending soldiers to their supporting finance detachment, the finance detachment will mentation, and T/L preparation and submission. The
finance detachment for service. Sergeants first class annotate the DA Form 2142, requesting that the sol- level of knowledge gained from this course in concert
and above may sign their own pay inquiries and the dier come into the detachment. Once the PAC receives with regular on-site PAC visits will undoubtedly pro-
finance detachments will see them on a walk-in basis; this information, PAC personnel notifies the soldier, vide PACs will the requisite skills and knowledge nec-
however, they must use their PAC for routine finance provides the soldier with the DA Form 2142, and has essary to better resolve those finance issues that are
issues and when submitting pay change documents. him/her to report to the servicing finance detachment. suppose to be handled through the PAC. The end
This is the standing operating procedure among Those soldiers who truly need to be seen in the result of this team effort will be soldiers in their units
finance units Armywide. It is a practice that has long finance detachment will then be able to come to the training to do the nation’s bidding, if called upon to do
proven itself effective. It keeps soldiers working in detachment with their DA Form 2142 on a walk-in so, and more efficient and timely finance support for
their units instead of in the finance detachment for an basis. the Mountain Post team.
issue that could have easily been handled by the unit In order to facilitate this process, the 4th Finance
Military Aug. 23, 2002 9
Weekday Dining Facilities Week of Aug 24 to Aug 30 Saturday, Sunday and Training
A La Carte Facilities Holiday Dining Facilities
Exceptions 43rd ASG Cheyenne Mtn. Inn (building 1040)
43rd ASG Cheyenne Mtn. Inn (building 1040)
• Butts Army Airfield Dining Facility is closed
3rd BCT Iron Bde. (building 2061) until further notice. 3rd BCT Iron Brigade (building 2061)
3rd ACR CAV House (building 2461) • Cheyenne Mountain Inn breakfast hours are
7 to 9 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Standard Facilities and Fridays. Saturday, Sunday and Training
• 10th SFG (A) meal hours are the same Holiday Meal Hours
10th Special Forces Group (A) (building 7481)
Monday through Friday. It serves no
dinner meal on Fridays. Brunch 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Weekday Meal Hours Supper 3 to 5 p.m.
• CAV House Dining Facility is closed Saturday
Mon., Tues., Wed. and Fri. Thur.
Breakfast 7:30 to 9 a.m. 5:30 to 7 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. noon to 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 5 to 6:30 p.m. 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Cheyenne Mountain Inn now has an ATM!!!
10 Aug. 23, 2002 Military
Personnel changes to help soldiers influence their own careers
by Lt. Col. Patrick Devine ences. The request a soldier inputs is stored electroni- your qualifications, indicate preference by location,
Fort Carson Personnel Office cally at Headquarters, Department of the Army. duty or update family information. Later you will be
Recently, the Army personnel community fielded During the assignment process open requisitions (or able to display your Officer Records Brief and
tools to allow soldiers to realistically influence their jobs) are matched to available soldiers. The enlisted Request for Orders (if one exists) from this page:
assignments and view their records. assignment manager has visibility of the soldiers https://isdrad15.hoffman.army.mil/AssignmentPrefere
The goal of personnel transformation is to reduce desiring that assignment. The choices for assignment nceWEB/
paper and bureaucracy while optimizing commander’s are more limited than the previous “dream sheet,” but
access to personnel information within the decision ASK provides soldiers realistic options that have a Official Military Personnel File
making process. We still have a long way to go, but high probability of being filled. The following link This option allows you to view the documents
this article will highlight some of the key tools recent- provides access to ASK: previously maintained on microfiche (OERs,
ly implemented that are part of personnel transforma- https://isdrad06.hoffman.army.mil/ask/ NCOERs, Awards, etc.). On Aug. 15, HQDA stopped
tion. Interactive Voice Response System-Enlisted: By producing microfiche records for soldiers to review.
Most of the systems listed will require access dialing (800) FYI- EPMD or DSN: 221-3763, soldiers Review of OMPFs must be completed through the
through an Army Knowledge On-Line Account. All can traverse menu options to verify if they are on Web site https://ompf.hoffman.army.mil/.
soldiers are required to have an account. To obtain an assignment, scheduled to attend an Army school, or At Fort Carson, we have implemented some initial
AKO account, you must register at the following Web provide topical information on: retention, recruiting, transformation concepts internally. Thanks to the
address: www.us.army.mil. drill sergeant, special forces, ranger, compassionate efforts of Spc.Vance Purcell and Susan Shea (Levy
reassignments, Married Army Couples Program, Section). We now send orders electronically to the
Assignment Satisfaction Key Exceptional Family Member Program and separations. PACs/S1s. This new process expedites the notification
(Enlisted soldiers only) ASK is the key to influ- to soldiers and their commanders. We are currently
encing your future assignments. Within ASK, soldiers Preference statement on-line reviewing all processes to identify potential areas for
can update personal contact information, volunteer for Officer: By entering PERSCOM’s Officer improvements. We will strive to provide a weekly
an assignment, apply for special assignments (drill Personnel Management Division’s Preference On- update of key personnel information that soldiers,
sergeant/recruiter, etc.) or indicate assignment prefer- Line, you can volunteer for Open Requisitions that fit civilians and family members need to know in this
12 Aug. 23, 2002 Military
Election may give housing residents new leadership
by Joey Bautista community members vote for village Army Hospital and will also be held The election booths will be open
Army Community Services mayors Wednesday and Thursday. in the Morale, Welfare and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommo-
Mayor Program coordinator The voting sites are at the Family Recreation recreational vehicle, date working residents. Residents in
Fort Carson housing residents Readiness Center, Fort Carson Main which will make various stops post housing can only vote for candi-
will be under new leadership once Post Exchange, commissary, Evans through the Fort Carson housing area. dates in the village they reside in.
Why village mayor candidates want to be mayor in your community ...
Apache Village Cherokee Village Cherokee Village
“To help our village “I’m currently the “To make a difference
grow and improve our com- mayor of Cherokee and for the village and to have a
munity environment. To want to continue informing safe and clean neighbor-
keep the village informed and helping our communi- hood. I like helping and
and to maintain a safe-pre- ty be a safer, cleaner and knowing different kinds of
sentable and to help resi-
fun place to live.” people and I like to help in
dents’ expectation of life.”
any issues in our village.”
Kimberly Routon Antoineta Rolack Turkessha Steele
Arapahoe Village Cheyenne Village Comanche Village
“I’m currently the “To help our village “Being a mayor is one
mayor of Arapahoe Village. grow and become a village of the most challenging
I would like to continue to of unified persons willing and rewarding volunteer
make a difference for the positions I have ever held.
to make “our” area safe for ... it would be my pleasure
community and continue to the children. Also to listen
improve the quality of life to serve our community
and to help the folks of again in 2003. I have wit-
of all residents of Arapahoe
Cheyenne with any issues nessed our residents strive
Village.” for excellence within our
they may have.”
neighborhood, and I
believe together we can
Michelle Wilkerson Tammy Myers Rebecca Sides make a difference.”
Blackfoot Hill Pawnee Village Pawnee Village
Village “I would enjoy taking “I would like to con- “If elected as a mayor,
active part in improving the tinue to serve my village for I would like to make a dif-
quality of life and service the coming year to make ference for the communi-
to the community — to our village safer, cleaner ty.”
keep our housing safe for and a family-oriented com-
families and keep it look-
munity. I will implement
the Neighborhood Watch
Program in Pawnee
Sgt. Maj. Donald Becker Linda Funkhouser Crystal Price
Shoshoni Village Sioux Village Sioux Village
“I look forward to the “I would like to help “To make a difference
opportunity to serve as a our villagers make this for the village. To have a
mayor to make Shoshoni community to be proud and safe village and listen to all
Village a better place to enable them to feel com- issues and concerns of the
live, not only for my family, fortable bringing issues to community. I want to make
but for others as well.” me so we can work on Sioux Village the best to
resolving them. I would live in. I will work to help
direct them and help every family in our village.”
Catherine Little Rachel Horner Spc. Dane Crull Chowtaw Village
Kiowa Village Kiowa Village Kiowa Village
“If elected as a mayor, “I am currently the Not pictured: Sgt. Thomas Schramm
I will help our community mayor of Kiowa and I want Sgt. 1st Class Vanessa Carr “I would like to help
be a safe and a great place to continue my involvement our villagers be proud and
“If elected as a mayor, feel comfortable bringing
to live. I will also assist the within the community and
I’m willing to do what it issues to me so we can work
families within the village to actively speak on behalf
takes to make a positive on resolving them.”
to be part of the great Fort of the village.”
change in the community
and foster a sense of pride
in the residents.”
Sgt. 1st Class Roland Ute Hill Village
Castellano Sgt. 1st Class Duane Smith Susan Perna
Troops try to beat the heat at National Training Center
by Staff Sgt. Michael Rautio the RUBA but also known as the Drinking water is perhaps the most These comforts include a shopette, a
Fort Carson Public Affairs Office “dustbowl,” life can be quite different important thing a soldier can do at laundry facility, a barber shop, a barbe-
Hot, that’s the only way to from normal garrison life. NTC, according to Command Sgt. cue ribs eatery, phones and Internet
describe life at the National Training The heat is the hardest thing to get Maj. John R. Caldwell, regimental access.
Center. used to, said Pfc. Lewis Hanson, a sergeant major. Proper hydration and While all of the amenities may
During the first week of their cannon crewmember in Howitzer bat- knowing the dangers and symptoms of make a soldier feel more comfortable
deployment to the NTC at Fort Irwin, tery. “If you can adapt to the heat you hot weather injuries is extremely there is no mistaking that this is a
Calif., troopers from the 3rd Armored can adapt to anything,” said Hansen. important. training environment and that the sol-
Cavalry Regiment have been working Going from air conditioning and the Other than the heat, troopers of diers here have a definite purpose.
and living in the middle of the Mojave milder temperatures in Colorado to the 3rd ACR and the soldiers from the The troopers do get a little bit of a
desert during the hottest part of the the heat of the California desert and other nine units that annually rotate break from the heat. Average night-
summer. the 120 plus temperature readings through the Army’s premier training time temperatures are in the low 70s
Living in the Rotational Unit require the soldiers to be a little more center have plenty of the comforts of and provide a needed break from the
Bivouac Area, more commonly called aware of hydration. home when they are in the dustbowl. midday heat.
Aug. 23, 2002 13
Four-legged friend ...
Sgt. Robert Spitzer introduces daughter Samantha to
Dawson, a black lab with Canine Assistants, as wife
Chandra looks on during a ceremony Aug. 15 at the
commissary. During the ceremony the family was
introduced to a dog, similiar to one they will receive
later from Canine Assistants, a nonprofit organization
founded in 1991.
Samantha is a 7-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy. Her
disabilty has forced her to use assisted-walking
devices such as a walker or crutches for mobility. She
also frequently drops items and is unable to pick
them up and has difficulty performing everyday tasks.
To help Samantha overcome her difficulties, Milk-
Bone teamed up with the Defense Commissary
Agency to sponsor a Canine Assistants service dog.
The dog will help Samantha retrieve dropped objects,
open doors, turn llghts on and off and obtain help in
This year, DeCA, along with Milk-Bone, is sponsoring
40 dogs nationwide which will be given to families in
need. The sponsorship includes purchasing the dog,
extensive training for the dog and recipient and life-
long veterinary services valued at more than $10,000.
Canine Assistants are either rescued young adult
dogs or puppies raised at the facilities.
Overall, the family is thankful for its new dog. Spitzer
said, “This is truly going to be a big help for
Photo by Spc. Stacy Harris
14 Aug. 23, 2002 Community
funds are available. The dedication is set for July 4, Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne),
2003. To make a contribution, send checks to the Colorado Army National Guard, are invited to a
10th Mountain Division Memorial Fund at reunion during the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15 in the
Breckenridge, P.O. Box 5284, Breckenridge, CO Denver area. If interested, send your information to
80424. email@example.com or mail it to Co. H/5th Bn.
Tobacco Cessation — In 1984, more Americans Reunion, PO Box 31512, Aurora, CO 80012 or call
lost their lives to cigarettes than died in all of World Lt. Col. Harry Owen at (303) 364-8461.
Fort Carson War II. You work too hard and matter too much to too Range 19 is open every day of the week from
Road closure — The following roads will be
many people to let your life be adversely affected by sunrise to sunset. It is open to all active duty military,
closed from Tuesday to Aug. 31 due to construction:
cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Consider a tobac- reserve, National Guard, retired military personnel
O’Connell Boulevard east of the U.S. Army Reserve
co-free life. If you feel like you’ve tried everything and family members 10 years old or older. Staff
motor pool and the contractor road between Chiles
but are still using tobacco, you are not alone. Be sergeants and retired military personnel who have a
Avenue and Specker Avenue. For more information, encouraged. The more times a person attempts to quit Range Control range safety card are allowed to sign
contact Capt. Lyn Blackshear at 526-0167. the more likely he/she will successfully quit for good. the range out from Range Control in building 9550.
Fort Carson Area Host Families — Foreign The Mountain Post Wellness Center offers a four- All weapons must be registered on post. For more
high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for week personalized and comprehensive program to information contact Range Control at 526-5698.
the academic semester and year program homestays, assist you. Veterans Day parade — A parade to honor ex-
and the Pacific Intercultural Exchange still needs prisoners of war and those missing in action will be
The tobacco cessation program is open to all
more local host families. The students are between 15 held Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. The grand marshals of the
active duty, family members, retirees and Department
and 18 years of age, English-speaking, have their own parade will be Mario Manfredini, representing veter-
of Defense civilians and is free of charge. For more
spending money, carry accident and health insurance ans of World War II, John Tagert, representing the
information and to sign up, call the Mountain Post
and are anxious to share their cultural experiences Korean War, and John (Mike) McGrath, representing
Wellness Center at 526-3887.
with their new American families. Families who host the Vietnam War. All three grand marshals are ex-
for P.I.E. are also eligible to claim a $50 per month The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red
prisoners of war. The theme will be “Honoring Ex-
charitable contribution deduction on their itemized Cross offers many training courses throughout the
Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.” However,
tax returns for each month they host a sponsored stu- Colorado Springs Community. Courses offered on
all veterans are encouraged to participate and will be
dent. military installations require a government ID card to
honored. For more information, contact Diana D.
Executive Director John Doty encourages fami- enter the installation. For a list of current dates and
Ceciliani Executive Director Colorado Springs
lies to contact the program immediately to allow times of classes being offered, call 526-2311.
Veterans Day Parade, Inc. at 282-1648 or vapa-
proper time for the students and hosts to get to know Registration can be done over the phone or in person
one another before they meet for the first time. Fort at the main office, building 1526, in the Family
Readiness Center. New groups — There are two new groups being
Carson area families interested in learning more offered at Social Work Services.
about the student exchange may call (800) 631-1818. The American Red Cross has many health and
safety classes available including Guard Start, Adult, The first group is for junior high age youths
The agency also has travel/study program oppor-
Child and Infant Cardiopulminary Resuscitation, Pet whose parents are deployed or scheduled to be
tunities available for American high school students
First Aid and CPR and deployed. This will be
as well as possibilities for community volunteers to offered at the Evans Army
assist and work with area host families, students and a free layette program.
For more information Community Hospital at
schools. Social Work Service,
about the classes, con-
Free online courses for federal employees — Fridays at 3 p.m.
tact Theresa Piscal at
Federal workers can take free online courses on about
524-1279. The second group is
30 subjects ranging from project management to cop-
Evans Army an eight-week therapy
ing with stress through a government-sponsored Web
Community Hospital group for children who
site www.golearn.gov. Federal employees can take
offers sports, camp and have been exposed to
the courses, which require between two and eight
school physicals for physical, sexual and/or
hours to complete, at no charge to themselves or their
students from kinder- emotional violence.
agencies. While the site will offer a limited number
garten through college Targeted ages are 8
of free courses, OPM and the transportation center through 12, male and
will start charging agencies for additional courses and age, starting now
through September. female. This will also be
services later this year. held at EACH, an exact
In-service Day — Fort Carson’s Civilian These are only for fam-
ilies enrolled in TRI- start date has not been
Personnel Advisory Center will be hosting an in-ser- determined, but it will be
vices day for employees with representatives from CARE Prime at Evans.
To make an appoint- held on Mondays from 3
several federal health care providers Wednesday in to 4 p.m.
the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center from 9 to ment, call TRICARE at
264-5000. The second annual
10:30 a.m. For more information, call Angelina
Scholarship for Military
Sanchez at 526-6971. Family Skate
Children Program win-
EEO classes — The Fort Carson Equal Night is no longer at
ners have been announced.
Employment Opportunity offices continues its pre- the Post Physical
More than 5,100 students
sentation of important human relations topics for Fitness Center. The
applied for the scholar-
civilian employees. The second class covers skating night has been
ships at commissary loca-
“Emotional Intelligence” Wednesday from 8:30 to relocated to Iron Horse
tions worldwide. Jennifer
11:30 a.m. in the Cedar Room at the Family Park. For those who
Bowman of Colorado
Readiness Center. For more information, call the want to continue roller
Springs is a recipient of a
EEO office at 526-4413. skating, the rink will be
$1,500 college scholarship
Mayoral program seeks leaders — There is one available day and
awarded at Fort Carson.
vacant position and one position that will soon be evenings seven days a
Bowman plans to enroll at
vacated within the 11 villages, as well as four posi- week at no charge.
tions which will need filling when the new housing However, participants
must furnish their own Her school and com-
areas are completed. Campaigning for mayoral posi-
skates. munity activities include
tions runs through Thursday. For information on the band, drama club, link
election process or mayor program, call Joey Bautista Around town crew, National Honor
at 526-1082 or 526-4590. Reunion — Former Society and Alzheimer’s
Breckenridge Memorial nearing completion members of Company Volunteer. The
Breckenridge’s 10th Mountain Division “Soldiers of H, 19th Special Forces Scholarships for Military
the Summit” is becoming a reality. The 80-ton, 10- Group (Airborne) or 5th Children Program started
feet tall boulder base is in place and the six-feet stat- Special Forces in 2000.
ue of a ski trooper will be completed when additional
Community Aug. 23, 2002 15
Cure for burnout, frustration — seek out Jesus Christ
Commentary by Chap. (Maj.) Bill Fox take a few minutes out of our hectic schedules and
43rd ASG Chaplain seek out this rest giver. If you will believe he can
Catholic Religious Education — Catholic Religious
Area Support Group indeed give you this rest, then reach out and call Education classes will resume Sept. 8. Classes for preschool
“I need you to come in this evening and finish out to him and he will miraculously come to you. and kindergarten will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Classes for first
this matter for me ... I need you to stay and work He says we must take his yoke upon ourselves through 12th grades will be 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Registration
tonight until we finish this.” Sound familiar? Or and learn from him. A yoke is a coupling device is currently under way at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel Annex,
you might be on the other end of that. “I need that joins things. Jesus says that we need to join room 153 or pick up registration form in the library area of
some relief from these children or I can’t take him and listen to him and learn from him. So when the Annex. Register early to assure placement in classes. For
information, call Jim Sciegel, 526-5744.
being a homemaker and this job, too.” Do you fall you reach out to him and call upon him he is going Protestant Sunday School to seek to connect faith and
into one of these categories? to come to you and all you have to say is I want to life with “Faith Weaver” — Protestant Sunday School will
Well, I am afraid many of us fall into one of yoke up with you. And he will make it happen. His resume Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m. Classes for preschool to adult
these areas? As a Christian counselor I hear and gentleness and humble heart will engulf you and will be available. Come join in the growing and fun. A variety
see it all the time. But I have good news. There is a you will know real peace. And you will indeed of adult studies will be offered each Sunday.
cure for all of this. In the New Testament in the find rest for your weary soul. He assures us also Youth of the Chapel — Activities for Protestant and
Catholic Middle School and High School Youths take place
gospel of Matthew chapter 11: 28-30 we read: his yoke is easy and his burden light. So when we
each Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, join ourselves to Jesus Christ he makes our souls Chapel. Protestant High School activities include Bible
and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you be at rest. Studies Sundays, 9:30 a.m. and Tuesdays, 6 p.m. at Soldiers’
and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in No matter what your situation is, Jesus can Memorial Chapel. Catholic youth classes meet at 10:45 a.m.
heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My make it seem as if it is not there. He has a unique Sundays at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel.
yoke is easy and My burden is light.” way of doing that. It is beyond our understanding Lutheran Worship — The Liturgical Protestant Service
The one and only cure for frustration, depres- but he does it. He can certainly take care of us, but that has been meeting at Provider Chapel at 10:45 a.m.
Sunday is now “Lutheran Worship.” While the congregation
sion and burnout is found in this statement Jesus we have to give him the chance. We must first uses The Lutheran Book of Worship, (the “green book”), the
Christ made to this group of people. He told these come to him. Secondly, we must yoke ourselves to nature of the service is essentially the same as previously cele-
people who were tired and frustrated if they came him and listen and learn from him. We do that by brated, that is, it follows the historic form and substance of
to him (Jesus) he would give them rest. First of all, reading and studying his word. And also by joining Holy Communion as handed on through the years in the litur-
these people were really no different from us today. with other people who know Jesus and are follow- gical tradition. The Eucharist will be offered weekly. All
They suffered from long hours and hard labor. ing him. It is then that you will find that rest that members of the Mountain Post Team who are of the Lutheran
They were longing for relief as most of us are you so need and desire. faith, those interested in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, or
those who prefer traditional worship, are cordially invited to
today and thought they couldn’t find it. But it is God bless you as you turn to him and get to attend. If you have questions, please call Chap. John Bauer at
available in Jesus Christ. He says first we must know him and receive his grace, his peace and his 526-0480] or Chap. Leif Espeland, 526-5772.
come to him. That means we are going to have to rest. He truly is all you will ever need in this life.
16 Aug. 23, 2002 Community
Day Time Service Chapel Location Contact Person
M-W-F noon Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Gagliardo/526-5769
Tues., Wed., Thurs. noon Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stahl/526-5769
Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stahl/526-5769
Sunday 8 a.m. Mass Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Chap. Stahl/526-5769
Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Stahl/526-5769
Sunday 10:45 a.m. CCD Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Jim Sciegel/526-5744
Sunday 11 a.m. Mass Healer Evans Army Hospital Fr. Gagliardo/526-7386
Sunday 12:15 p.m. Mass Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Stahl/526-5769
Sunday 8 a.m. Divine Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Olson/526-5772
Evans Army Hospital
Barkeley & Ellis
Wicca group meets at Fort Carson —There are Sunday 9:30 a.m. Protestant Veterans’ Magrath & Titus Chap. Fox/526-4416
many traditions within Wicca and the tenets, practices Sunday 11 a.m. Protestant Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Chap. Kincaid/526-8011
and politics vary as they do in many religious groups. Sunday 11 a.m. Prot./Gospel Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Chap. Pair/526-2811
The goal for the Fort Carson Open Circle is to allow Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sun. School Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Dr. Scheck/526-5626
people of all traditions to come together and learn Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sun. School Prussman Barkeley & Prussman Chap. Pair/526-2811
from each other. They are openly eclectic in that their Sunday 6:30 p.m. PYOC Soldiers’ Nelson & Martinez Ms. Scheck/524-1166
members are not all of the same faith group but of LITURGICAL PROTESTANT
many different faiths and traditions. They are here to Sunday 10:45 a.m. Protestant Provider Barkeley & Ellis Chap. Bauer/526-5279
teach each other and to learn from one another. They JEWISH
invite those who have years of experience in their tra- For information and a schedule of Jewish Sabbath services, call the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel at 333-2636.
dition and those who are still seeking their path to
come together. The group meets Tuesdays at 6:30 Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. Family University Barkeley & Ellis Sheri Bryan/226-6766
p.m., at the Family University Building, next to
McKibben Physical Fitness Center, corner Ellis and For additional information, contact the Installation Chaplain’s Office, building 1550, at 526-5209. Normally, free child care is
Barkeley, on Fort Carson. For questions, call 229- available during on-post worship services.
8948 or 634-7243, or via e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Army Cycle Of Prayer — Each week the Office of the
Native American Sweatlodge ceremonies (He Daily Bible readings: In order to assist in
regular scripture reading, the following Army Chief of Chaplains will highlight Army units, the Army at
Ska Akicita Inipi) are offered to military personnel, scriptures are recommended. These scriptures large, the nation and religious organizations to focus prayer. You
family members and Department of Defense personnel are part of the common daily lectionary are invited to join with the chaplain community and pray for these
for traditional prayer and purification. Fasting before which is designed to present the entire Bible
over a three-year cycle. individuals and organizations. Please pray this week for the follow-
the ceremony is recommended and afterwards refresh- Friday — Psalms 78 & Job 4-6 ing:
ments are offered. For ceremonial information and Unit: For the soldiers and leaders of the USAR 99th Reserve
Saturday — Psalms 79 &Job 7-9
directions, call Michael Dunning, 382-5331 or 330- Support Command, headquartered at Corapolis, Pa.
Sunday — Psalms 80 & Job 10-12 Army: For Maj. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp and the military
9537, or Zoe Goodblanket, 442-0929
Youth Events — Catholic and Protestant youths Monday — Psalms 81 & Job 13-15 personnel and civilian staff who work in the office of the Assistant
are invited to participate in Chapel Youth Ministry Tuesday — Psalms 82 & Job 16-18 Chief of Staff for Installation Management.
Activities through Tuesday; Tuesday Night Bible Wednesday — Psalms 83 & Job 19-21 State: For all soldiers and families from the state of Iowa.
Study, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Laser Tag. If you are Thursday — Psalms 84 & Job 22-24 Pray also for Gov. Tom Vilsack, the state legislators and local offi-
in eighth through 12th grade and would like to partici- cials of the Hawkeye State.
pate call, Jenn Scheck, 266-8678. Nation: For the Director of the Office of National Drug Control
Protestant women of the chapel plan fall kick- Policy, John P. Walters. Pray for this agency and its mission to
off — Sept. 3, 9 to11:30 a.m. Soldiers’ Memorial reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking, drug-related
crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.
Chapel. Child care will be provided at the chapel.
Religious: For the soldiers and families who travel on leave or for a
Come meet new friends and have lots of fun, food, and
permanent change of station this summer.
fellowship. For information contact Soldiers’
For more information on the Army Cycle of Prayer, or to pray
Memorial Chapel, 526-5229.
for items from previous weeks, visit the cycle's Web site at
18 Aug. 23, 2002 Feature Feature Aug. 23, 2002 19
Cav soldiers practice essential
skills during gunnery exercises
by Spc. Jon Christoffersen tions of their war machines, according is a platoon’s qualification and a
Mountaineer staff to Capt. James Hayes, Heavy chance for the platoon to become
While the 65-ton machine rolls Company, 2nd Sqd., 3rd ACR com- familiar with fighting together.
down the lane, the large main gun is mander.
Prior to reaching Tables 8 and 12,
adjusted slightly to ensure the target is
Hayes’ company spent more than the squadron went through Tables 4, a
in its sights.
two weeks down range on Fort Carson combination of 5 and 6, and 7 to pre-
“On its way” is heard over the running different tables which are all pare themselves for the qualification
radio before the roar of the gun drowns designed to test soldiers’ skills and runs of Tables 8 and 12.
all sounds around the tank. Continuing help ready them for battle.
According to Spc. Jeffrey
to move down the lane, the tank’s gun
While down range, the soldiers are Koopman, 3rd Platoon, Heavy Co.,
is readjusted for the next target which
tested on Tables 8 and 12. Table 8 is an 2nd Sqd., 3rd ACR, the time spent
individual crew’s qualification run. The down range provides training in many
The sights and sounds of a tank individual tank runs down a lane of the areas.
battle can be heard on the far, south range using both small arms and the
“I learned how to better control a
side of Fort Carson during the 2nd main gun of the tank to hit the targets
tank,” Koopman said. “ I also learned a
Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry which pop up at them. After finishing
lot of different fire controls. I learned a
Regiment’s Tank Table Gunnery exer- Table 8, each platoon moves on to
lot of different things.”
cises at the Multipurpose Range Table 12. During Table 12, each pla-
Complex. toon maneuvers through a battlefield Heavy Co., along with other units
obstacle together, then moves on to the from 3rd ACR, is scheduled to spend
The gunnery is a chance for the
range where soldiers engage pop-up more than two weeks down range prac-
soldiers of the squadron to familiarize
targets as a team. Where Table 8 is an ticing their skills.
themselves with many different func-
individual crew qualification, Table 12
Photos by Spc. Jon Christoffersen
A tank from Heavy Company, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, kicks up dust as it fires its main gun. The soldiers from 2nd Sqd., 3rd ACR spent more than a week at the
Multipurpose Range Complex running different Tank Tables. Each table is designed to represent a different scenario which challenge the tank crewmembers.
The smoke and dust of the tank round impacting is seen down range after a tank fires.
Safety is a main focus for soldiers training at the Multipurpose Range Complex. Prior to moving their tanks to the
firing lines, soldiers from Heavy Company, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, receive a safety briefing
from Capt. James Hayes, Heavy Company commander.
At the entrance of the Multipurpose Range Complex sits a sign, a flag pole and an old tank.
Spc. Jeffrey Koopman, Heavy Company, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry
Regiment, works to bore sight the weapon on his tank prior to running Tank
Table 8 at the Multipurpose Range Complex Wednesday.
Aug. 23, 2002 21
Sports & Leisure
Game of the Week:
Army Wrestlers capture five national titles
by Walt Johnson has built a distinctive record in other
Mountaineer staff athletic competition prior to joining
The World Class Athlete Program the WCAP program. Smith is a three-
wrestling team has a number of talent- time national champion and a three-
ed athletes, but five of the athletes can time universal champion (a universal
consider themselves the best in the champion is eligible to wrestle at all
nation after winning national titles weight classes) while Wilson is a Pan
recently. American and four-time universal
Jamel Byers, Glenn Nieradka, champion.
Keith Sieracki, Iris Smith and Tina For the men, their path to national
Wilson have risen above the competi- championship was laid at the interser-
tion to become the nation’s elite vice competition. The goal this year
wrestlers in their respective weight was simple, win back the armed
classes. forces championship that the Army
Sieracki, Byers and Nieradka have team feels is its birth right. They set
known success for a number of years about to win the title by going back to
as WCAP wrestlers. Each has pretty a tried and true method for the Army
much owned the armed forces cham- team.
pionships at different points over the “We have been around long
past eight years. Sieracki is the eight- enough to have learned from the for-
time defending armed forces champi- mer wrestlers that were in this pro-
on; Nieradka is the five-time defend- gram and the commitment and dedica-
ing armed forces champion and Byers tion they brought to the program,”
is the four-time defending armed Sieracki said.
forces champion. “We were a part of the program,
This is the first time Iris Smith and we know what it takes to bring a
and Tina Wilson have been able to winning atmosphere here. There has
compete as wrestlers in the WCAP been a lot of outstanding wrestlers
program because a women’s competi-
ton wasn’t offered until this year. Each
See Wrestlers, Page 25
Photos by Walt Johnson
From left to right bottom, Glenn Nieradka and Tina Wilson, from left to
right top, Iris Smith, Jamel Byers and Keith Sieracki are national cham-
Glenn Nieradka, left, Jamel Byars, top and Keith Sieracki go over Iris smith, left, and Tina Wilson go over effective wrestling moves dur-
wrestling holds during a practice session. ing a World Class Athlete Program training session.
22 Aug. 23, 2002 Sports & Leisure
On the Bench
Evans Army Hospital annual event challenges runners
by Walt Johnson Joe Gentry, who has trained
Mountaineer staff numerous track and field champions
Gang, year in and (and many players now playing in the
year out, this is NFL) and the post Directorate of
one of my favorite Community Activities staff, is offering
events to cover. a certification class for military mem-
The event is the bers in the Colorado Springs area.
annual Medical The course will focus on coaching
Activities philosophy, pyschology, physiology,
Department pedagogy and sports management.
Challenge 7.5 mile According to Gentry, the course
Johnson race that has been will help anyone looking to get into the
known to produce people proud to have coaching arena earn certification.
finished the grueling course, and peo- The certification will be valid for
ple who have not so many fond memo- five years and is a general coaching
ries of the route from Evans Army certification course, not a course for a
Community Hospital and back. specific sport.
This year’s race will be held Sept. The class will be held Sept. 19 and
14 at the hospital at 8 a.m. with a chil- 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the outdoor
dren’s run beginning at 7:30 a.m.
recreation building on post. The cost
The best thing about the race is
for the course is $65, which includes
watching the spirit and unity the race
the price for study materials, examina-
brings for team and individual accom-
plishments. tion and a snack.
For more information on the MED- People interested in the course
DAC Challenge, call Sgt. 1st Class must sign up before Sept. 10 or pay a
Photo by Walt Johnson
Stephen Wheat at 526-7190. late registration fee of $10. Non-mili-
If you have ever been interested in tary people may participate in the Sister, sister ...
coaching at the high school or other course upon request for a special rate Who says sisters don’t get along? Certainly not these two sis-
level, a certification class may be your of $100, according to Gentry. ters, who enjoy an aerobic workout with each other recently at
ticket to future success. Forrest Fitness Center.
See Bench, Page 23
Sports & Leisure Aug. 23, 2002 23
Bench want to tell you it is very sad to see
From Page 22
this marvelous athlete have to end his
It’s my two cents, so I’ll try to playing career because of a knee
spend it well. injury that will not get any better. I
Now let me get this straight, the make the comparison with Sayers
major league baseball players have because he, too, had a career cut short
established an Aug. 30 date to strike if by a knee injury, but still made the
they don’t get their way. The major pro football hall of fame. There is
league baseball owners have decided some question of Davis making the
to play out this year and then impose hall of fame after his brilliant, but
its will on the players by making the short career. I don’t think there should
changes the owners seek become be a question at all. As good as Davis
effective because the owners can was, he did not have a hall of fame
argue that the collective bargaining career. He had three hall of fame type
thing didn’t work. seasons, but not a hall of fame career.
And we wonder why the youth of It begins next week gang and
today do some of the things they do. will last all the way to the Super
Boy, do these guys set a great exam- Bowl in January.
ple for the youth about the meaning of What is it, you ask? Well I am
sincerity and honesty in collective talking about none other than the
bargaining to get the best result for Mountaineer football picks, where
everyone. As for me, I could care less people on post get to let you know
what the players and owners do. who they think is going to win this
Whatever agreement they reach is year’s run to the college football
going to cost me and other baseball national championship and the Super
fans more money, that you can Bowl.
believe. Unless of course I use the Man, was I a little sad to see
time I used to invest in baseball for what Fox Sports announcer Terry
other things, like enjoying life. Photo by Walt Johnson
Bradshaw had to say about John
I was a little too young (that
will be enough of that laughter) to
Madden in a recent interview. Working out ...
Bradshaw said he didn’t think
have seen Gale Sayers play football Monica Patton, right, and other members of the Mountain Post com-
anyone would watch Monday Night
for the Chicago Bears in the ‘60s. munity take part in a weight training aerobics program Saturday at
Football because of John Madden. I
But I did get to see Terrell Davis Forrest Fitness Center. Aerobic classes are available at Forrest
respect Bradshaw, but on this one, I
play for the Denver Broncos, and I Fitness Center six days a week.
think he will be proven wrong.
24 Aug. 23, 2002
Mountaineer Youth Sports
Punt, Pass and Kick ...
Many of the post youth participated in he
annual youth center Punt, Pass and Kick
competition Saturday at the post youth
center sports field.
According to the NFL, Punt, Pass and Kick
is part of a youth program developed dur-
ing the past five years to help children and
their families have an enjoyable experience
every time they step on a football field.
Mark Swaim, post youth center sports
director, said the NFL program was a key to
the success of this year’s competition.
“We are always looking for ways to give
our kids a positive way to improve their
skills no matter what sport they are play-
ing. The youth sports department staff
always gets a good feeling when we see
the way the kids get excited about the
opportunity to do something like Punt,
Pass and Kick to help them improve their
sports skills. We also like the program
because it teaches kids about the value of
hard work and commitment to achieve
excellence,” Swaim said.
Photo by Walt Johnson
Sports & Leisure Aug. 23, 2002 25
Wrestlers the mat and did what I had to do to get us a victory,” Smith said she is happy that the WCAP program
Sieracki said. now includes women’s wrestling because it gives her
From Page 21
Byers has had to shoulder a tremendous load a chance to do something she really loves.
who taught lessons on and off the mat, so we knew since he joined the program as its heavyweight “I’ve always been pretty hyped about wrestling
what to do to get ready for the interservice competi- wrestler because the matches in the earlier weight and it is something that I have really enjoyed since I
tion,” Sieracki said. classes are usually so competitive that one team started doing it. One thing the program allows me to
Nieradka was especially impressive at the armed can’t pull away from the pack. do is reach for my goals,” Smith said.
force meet, drawing on his talent and the lessons of “When the heavy- Wilson said she fell in
the past to pull out a victory. Nieradka was so good weights hit the mat, every- love with the sport of
at the interservice mee,t that not only did he win his one is looking for us to be
“We went into last year’s wrestling when she realized
match, he was named the outstanding wrestler. the difference makers and I tournament without two of our how much self confidence it
“I didn’t get a chance to wrestle in last year’s like the challenge. Last year national champions (Byers gives her, as well as giving
interservice meet so I was a little excited about this I couldn’t compete so I real- her a chance to compete for
year’s event. Anytime you come to an event like this ly wanted to help us win and Nieradka) and we still the Army.
the competition is so intense. We didn’t win the title this year. The team counts only missed out on the cham- “I love the sport of
last year so it was important to us to win it this year. on you to bring home a vic- wrestling and I have since I
Our first goal of the season was to get back the tory. I wasn’t able to be pionship by a point.” first realized how you can
armed forces title,” Nieradka said. there last year but I wanted break someone’s spirit on
Sieracki, who did compete in last year’s interser- to make sure I was there for the team this year,” the mat. My goal is to remember what my dad said
vice championships, was more to the point about the Byers said. to me at one of my matches when I was in high
title and where it should have been all along. Wilson and Smith are new to the program but school. He told me to go out and do the best I can
“We went into last year’s interservice tourna- they have been able to pick up the desire and skill and take care of business, which I did,” Wilson said.
ment without two of our national champions (Byers needed to set the next example for future genera- Each of the national champions will now look to
and Nieradka), and we still only missed out on the tions of women Army wrestlers. Each understands taking care of business in meeting personal goals
championship by a point. I knew I was being count- what it means to strive for excellence, as both have and most of all meeting the requirement of passing
ed on to show the way to victory, and I went out on had their share of success outside the program. on a winning legacy to future Army wrestlers.
Walking trails at the Bear Creek Regional Park appeal to all ages. There are several miles of loop trails in the park.
Bear Creek Park
learn about nature, hike trails, glimpse wildlife
Story and photos
by Nel Lampe
B ear Creek Park is a
splendid park on the
west side of
Springs. It’s one
of five regional
parks in El Paso County.
Regional parks came into
existence in the early 1970s
when some citizens became
concerned about open space
being taken over by developments.
Citizens not only voiced their concerns,
but backed their concerns
with votes. The County
Park and Recreation Visitors approach the newly opened Bear Creek Nature Center. The origi-
nal center was destroyed by fire two years ago.
District was created.
Several new parks were County became a bigger part of Colorado his-
built, as well as tennis Commissioners tory when the Colorado Springs and
courts and ball fields. donated 400 acres Cripple Creek District Railroad began
Bear Creek Park and leased more constructing a rail bed in Bear Creek
came about when El Paso nearby Canyon. Investors planned to bring
acreage. gold ore being mined in Cripple Creek
The Bear to Old Colorado City’s gold mills. The
Creek area investors wanted to use the shortest
had once been possible route from Cripple Creek to
used by Ute Indians who fished in the mills in order to be competitive
the creek and hunted in nearby with existing railroads. Those railroads
hills. used Ute Pass, now Highway 24 west,
Several historic events to connect Cripple Creek and Old
had taken place near Colorado City mills.
the Bear Creek area, The shortest way to Cripple Creek
such as Lt. Zebulon was through Bear Creek Canyon. The
Pike’s exploration, railroad bed was built and became
gold prospectors and known as the “Short Line.”
climbers scaling or Local citizens could easily reach
attempting to scale the Short Line Railway by walking,
nearby Pikes taking a carriage or riding a burro
Peak. The main trail to from the burro barn located in
the top of Pikes Peak was North Cheyenne Canon. Because
in the Bear Creek area of its convenient location, scenic
until Barr Trail was route and short ride — it took
established in the late about three hours — the excursion
1800s. became wildly popular with local Places to see in the
But in early 1901, Pikes Peak area.
Bear Creek Canyon
The bee exhibit is popular with visitors. See Bear Creek, Page 28 August 23, 2002
28 Aug. 23, 2002
Bear Creek road, charging adults
From Page 27 $1 and children 50
cents for use of the
citizens. The ore trains added passenger and road. Corley operated
excursion cars in order to accommodate citizens the toll road for 15
and tourists, sometimes stopping to let passen- years. It became a pub-
gers pick wild flowers along the way. lic use road in 1940,
President Teddy Roosevelt once rode the and was renamed Gold
Short Line, and was so impressed with the Camp Road. For many
scenery along the way that he was reported to years Gold Camp Road
say “This is the trip that bankrupts the English was used by tourists
language,” as he searched for words to describe and local citizens to
the beautiful scenery. reach Cripple Creek
But even a presidential endorsement didn’t and Victor — still the
save the railroad. The Cripple Creek gold mines shortest route. Gold
began to yield less gold; miners moved on to Camp Road was A youth group plays a game of basketball in recreation facilities in the
other gold fields and there was less ore to be entered near Helen Bear Creek Regional Park.
hauled to Old Colorado City mills for process- Hunt Falls in North
ing. The outbreak of World War I impacted Cheyenne Canon Park. Several years ago one of
tourist trade and the demand for excursion cars the tunnels once used by the Short Line Railroad
dropped off, and the Short Line Railroad went began to collapse, was declared unsafe and the
bankrupt. tunnel was closed to vehicular traffic. That por-
Local citizen W. D. Corley had the tracks tion of Gold Camp Road is now closed to
removed and turned the railroad bed into a toll motorists. However, Gold Camp Road can be
accessed by taking Old Stage Road, which is
behind the Broadmoor Hotel. Motorists can drive
from there over the former railroad bed to reach
Cripple Creek, but it is a dusty, rough ride.
About the same time as the Short Line
Railroad was built, the El Paso County Poor
Farm was built in the Bear Creek area. The farm
provided shelter for homeless people, who in
turn worked at the 500-acre farm. The Poor Farm
was the last such farm in the United States, and
finally closed its doors in 1984.
Also nearby was a smallpox hospital, which
was known as the “Pest House.” The facility was
used to provide isolation for smallpox patients in
the early 1900s.
The state’s first nature center was added to
the park in 1976, called the Solar Trails Center,
to provide information to visitors about the parks
ecosystem. It was renamed Bear Creek Nature
Center in 1980 and contains displays, history
interpretation, educational classes, lectures, and A hollow-tree exhibit and wildlife from the
wildlife and nature themes and exhibits. The Bear Creek Park neighborhood are in the
nature center was destroyed by fire two years Nature Center.
Large windows in the new Bear Creek Nature
ago. A new Nature Center was rebuilt at a cost of Upcoming events include A “Honey Harvest”
Center offer a grand mountain view.
more than $900,000 and opened in May. Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitors will
The new nature center has large windows observe beekeepers extract and bottle honey.
which provide visitors with views of the There will be free honey tasting and several
foothills, the national forest, the park and ecosys- honey products for sale.
tems. Many exhibits destroyed by the fire have A “Fall Festival” is set for Sept. 28 from 10
been replaced through donations. a.m. until 2 p.m. with guided hikes, storytelling,
A new room for educational classes and puppet shows, face painting, games, prizes,
community meetings is named the “Bear Den.” pumpkin pie and cider. Admission is $2.
The park is home to cottonwood and pine From Fort Carson, take Interstate 25 to the
trees, scrub oak, native grasses, meadows, trails Cimarron Exit, then take Highway 24 West to
and a creek. There’s an archery range, a sand 21st Street and head south on 21st Street to
volleyball court, playground equipment and pic- Lower Gold Camp Road and turn west. Follow
nic pavilions. There are several miles of pic- Lower Gold Camp Road to Bear Creek Road.
turesque hiking loops near the Nature Center,
which range from easy walking to moderate. Just the Facts
The Regional Trail also runs through Bear Creek • Travel time 15 minutes
• For ages all
The trails may be used from dawn until dark,
although the nature center is only open Tuesday • Type park
to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nature
• Fun factor ★★★★ (Out of 5 stars)
center is open Sundays from noon until 4 p.m.
during summer. • Wallet damage free
Several educational or historic programs are $ = Less than $20
held frequently in the nature center, which are
free of charge but require reservations. Subjects $$ = $21 to $40
addressed include wildlife, birds, rocks, geology $$$ = $41 to $80
Visitors participate in an interactive exhibit in or history.
the Bear Creek Nature Center. (Based on a family of four)
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Civic Center Park. New Mexico, followed by Navy, Oct. 5, Brigham
Young University, Oct. 12, Notre Dame, Oct. 19 and
Manitou Springs artist fest Colorado State University Oct. 31. The final home
The Commonwheel Artists Arts and Crafts
game is San Diego State, Nov. 23, which is also mili-
Festival is 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. in
tary appreciation day. Call 472-1895 for tickets.
Memorial Park in Manitou Springs. This popular fest
has food for sale. The park is at the east side of Sesame Street
Manitou Springs. Sesame Street Live is at the Pikes Peak Center,
Colorado State Fair 190 S. Cascade Sept 12 through 15. Performances
Joyrides are at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 and there are daytime
The Colorado State Fair runs through Sept. 1. At JoyRides Family Fun Center, every
The fairgrounds are in Pueblo — follow signs on performances Sept. 14 and 15. Call 530-7469.
Wednesday in August, rides are $1, as are hot dogs,
Interstate 25 south. One of the nation’s oldest state fountain sodas and miniature golf. Tickets are sold in Band of the Rockies concerts
fairs, the Colorado State Fair has animals, exhibits, blocks of 10. JoyRides Family Fun Center is at 5150 The Concert Band presents a concert Thursday
food, a carnival and lots of entertainment. The E. Edison, just off East Platte Avenue, opposite the in Antlers Park on Sierra Madre Street, just behind
Rolling Thunder Monster Truck Challenge Sunday Flea Market. the Adam’s Mark Antlers Hotel. The concert is free,
and Monday at 7:30 p.m. Call (719) 566-0530 for Military Family Day is on Mondays through bring a chair for sitting on the lawn.
tickets. August, from 3 to 7 p.m. A $7 admission per person
The concert lineup includes Revisited, Thursday; provides unlimited access to rides and attractions for
The annual Colorado Springs Balloon Classic
Michelle Branch and Rocking Roadhouse Tour, three hours. A three-hour unlimited pass is available
is in Memorial Park beginning at dawn Aug. 31.
Saturday; Frankie Valli, Sunday; Toby Keith, at the Information, Tickets and Registration Office
More than 100 balloons will ascend en masse about 7
Monday; Ashanti, Tuesday; The Statler Brothers, for $10 for any age. For information, call 573-5500.
a.m. Be in the park by dawn to watch the crews
Wednesday; Poison, Thursday; Kenny Chesney, Aug.
30; and The Three Amigos, Sept. 1. Ticket prices
Fountain Fall Festival inflate the balloons. The event is free; buy breakfast
The city of Fountain holds its fall fest, begin- in the park.
vary, but range from a low of $11 to a high of $31.
The concerts are at the Events Center or in the
ning with a barbecue at 5 p.m. Sept. 1, at the city Arts and crafts
hall. Sept. 2 begins with a parade at 10 a.m., crafts, A Country Folk Art and Craft Show is at the
Grandstand at the Colorado State Fair Grounds in
activities and food booths until 4 p.m. in Metcalfe Southern Colorado Expo, 1801 N. Union Blvd.,
Pueblo. Call Ticketmaster at 520-9090.
Park. There is no admission charge. begins today at 5 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to
Manitou Springs music fest
5 p.m. an Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A small
The 20th annual Manitou Springs Free Fine Arts Center musicals
admission is charged daily, or get a $5 weekend pass.
Mountain Music Festival is today, Saturday and Season tickets are being sold for the 2002-2003
Sunday. Free concerts are 5 to 10 p.m. today, Repertory Theatre Company season at the Fine Arts Folk Art Fest
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from Center, 30 W. Dale St. The opening production, The biggest folk art fest in the region is set for
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Soda Springs Park, near down- “Man of La Mancha,” is Oct. 4 to 20. “Once Upon a Sept. 13, 14 and 15 at Rock Ledge Ranch, at the
town Manitou Springs. Mattress,” is Dec. 6 to 22. “Chicago” is Feb. 7 to 23 entrance to Garden of the Gods. Several large tents
and “Damn Yankees” is May 2 to 18. Non-member house dozens of vendor booths featuring antiques,
Dinner playhouse tickets are $22 in advance or $25 at the door, and
Castaways Elite Dinner Playhouse Theater holiday decorations and gifts, decorating items,
season tickets are $75 per person. Call 634-0570 for clothing, jewelry and much more. Food vendors are
presents a melodrama called “Unhand Her, You
information. on hand. Admission is charged for entrance to the
Villain,” followed by “Not My Cup of Tea.” A
gourmet buffet and show cost $35 for adults, $17 for Air Force Academy Concerts festival.
children. The show only is $20 and $10. Dinner the- The Air Force Academy Concert Series for the
The Circus in coming
ater is Friday and Saturday, call 685-3700. upcoming season includes James Brown, Sept. 14;
Rebecca St. James, Oct. 5; “South Pacific,” Nov. 2, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus
A Taste of Colorado “Aeros,” Feb. 8, “Swing,” March 29, and Lee returns to the World Arena Oct. 2 to 6. There are sev-
One of Denver’s more popular fests, A Taste of eral performances; call 576-26226 for tickets.
Greenwood and Sandi Patty, April 12. Call the
Colorado, features food from 50 restaurants, along
Arnold Hall Theater box office at 333-4497. Car show
with live music, such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and
Walker Williams, a carnival, and arts and crafts. The Football season The Goodguys Colorado Classic show is at
fest runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. until The Air Force Academy Falcon football sched- Pikes Peak International Raceway Sept. 6 to 8, begin-
10:30 p.m., except the last day, when the fest ends at ule begins Aug. 31 with a home game with ning at 8 a.m. Featured are hot rods, classics, custom
8:30 p.m. The fest is in downtown Denver at the Northwestern. Sept. 7 is another home game with and muscle cars.
30 Aug. 23, 2002 Happenings
p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
Channel 9 daily broadcasts SCOLA, foreign
language news broadcasts. Access the schedule at
the Fort Carson Web site.
If you have comments on Channel 10 program-
ming or wish to coordinate a broadcast on Channel
Program Schedule for Fort Carson cable 10, please contact Chief of Command Information
Channel 10, today to Aug. 29. at 526-1241 or via e-mail at
Mountain Post Magazine: stories on soldiers, CommandInfo@carson.army.mil.
civilians and family members of the Mountain Post. Program times will be published in the
Airs at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and Mountaineer provided coordination is made one
midnight. week prior to publication.
Army Newswatch: includes stories on Oregon If you have ideas for Mountain Post Magazine,
forest fires, civil affairs in Afghanistan and the please phone 526-1253 or e-mail
Photo by Nel Lampe Army Environmental Program (repeat). Airs at 7:30 MountainPostMagazine@carson.army.mil.
a.m., 12:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. If you wish to have a training videotape shown
Balloons ... Navy/Marine Corps News: includes stories on on Channel 9 only, contact the Regional Training
Millennium Challenge 2002, Operation Enduring Support Center at 526-5111.
Airabelle the Cow will be one of the Freedom and assisting NATO allies. Airs at 8 a.m., For additions to the Community Calendar,
hot air balloons at the annual 1 p.m., 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. please submit an e-mail or clean, typewritten copy
Balloon Classic in Memorial Park Air Force News: Special Edition: Part two of of the information to the Public Affairs Office,
Labor Day weekend. Be in the park the roundtable with Air Force Secretary James room 2180, 6151 Specker Ave., Fort Carson, CO
before dawn, watch the balloons Roche and Gen. John Jumper, Air Force Chief of 80913-5119 or fax information to 526-1021 no later
launch and stay for entertainment. Staff (repeat). Airs at 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 8:30 than the Friday before airing time.
Food vendors are on site.