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    Vol. 59, No. 3                         Published in the interest of the 7th Infantry Division and the Fort Carson, Colo., community                                 January 19, 2001

         I NSIDE

    The birthday of Dr.
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    was celebrated at Fort
    Carson’s McMahon
          See Pages 14, 15


                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Staff Sgt. Gary L. Qualls Jr.

                                          Adults’ misery, children’s joy ...
                                          Children enrolled in the School Age Children program play in the snow near Beacon School Wednesday. The
                                          children took advantage of the approximately nine inches of snow which fell on post Monday night.

    MEDDAC scores an
    impressive victory                  Soldier earns humanitarian lifesaver award
    over Howitzer Battery,                       by 2nd Lt. Michael Greene              while hiking with his family. Lucero rushed       him from going into shock.
    2nd Battalion, 3rd
                                             3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery        to find the fall victim unconscious, severely          After learning that a rescue team was en
    Armored Cavalry
                                             Years of first aid common task training    injured and lying in a pool of water. Lucero      route, Lucero sent a member of the hiker’s
               See Page 20.             paid off for Staff Sgt. Michael Lucero, a       immediately began administering first aid         party down the trail to guide the rescuers to
                                        Fire Support Platoon Sergeant from                   After getting the victim out of the water,   the accident site. Once the Colorado
                                        Headquarters, Headquarters Battery, 3rd         Lucero found that the victim had suffered         Springs Fire Department High Angle
        Happenings                      Battalion 29th Field Artillery, who received    head wounds, broken bones and possible            Rescue team arrived, Lucero assisted with
                                        the Humanitarian Lifesaver Award from the       internal injuries.                                the rescue. Lucero provided the team with
                                        city of Colorado Springs Jan. 13.                    Lucero pulled a T-shirt from his back-       an evaluation report of the individual’s con-
                                             Lucero played a vital role in the July 2   pack and applied pressure to the severe, open     dition and injuries and helped aid the para-
                                        lifesaving rescue of 20-year-old hiker Josh     head wound while talking to the injured           medics by handling medical equipment as
                                        Gonzalez, who fell 30 feet off a trail in       hiker. Lucero then wrapped the individual in
                                        Cheyenne Canon. Lucero witnessed the fall       a sweatshirt to keep him warm and to prevent                               See Award, Page 3

                                        Army focuses on youth with new slogan, logo
    Competition is high
    and standings and                             by Joe Burlas             Pentagon Jan. 10.                   developed a campaign featuring       Army had strayed from the true
    scores are important                      Army News Service                  “I am tremendously inspired    real soldiers rather than actors     story of the American soldier —
    to participants in                       WASHINGTON — To “Be            by this new campaign and feel       in a series of television, radio,    one of strength, intelligence and
    games of laser tag.                 all you can be” in the Army now     as if we are conveying a more       print and web commercials. The       opportunity. And, they have
              See Page B-1.             means being “An Army of one”        accurate view of the men and        first television ad titled           showed a strong commitment to
                                        according to the Army’s new         women who comprise our              “Dogtags,” initially aired during    presenting a clear, unified pic-
         Weather hotline                advertising slogan.                 Army,” Caldera said. “It speaks     NBC’s “Friends” sitcom Jan. 11.      ture of the Army.”
           526-0096                          Secretary of the Army Louis    to the individual strengths of      It will also air on “The                  “I am the Army” is the liter-
                                        Caldera announced the new           each soldier and their part with-   Simpsons,” “Buffy the Vampire
                                                                                                                                                     al translation of the new mes-
                                        Army slogan that underscores        in the overall Army force.”         Slayer” and MTV.
    C ONTENTS                           the importance of individuals in         The new slogan and logo             “Leo Burnett took the time
                                                                                                                                                     sage going out to the Hispanic
                                                                                                                                                     target audience of 17- to 24-
     C o m m a n d e r ’s               a unified effort and unveiled a     will be featured in Army adver-     to learn about the Army and the
     C o r n e r Pa g e 2               new Army logo — a white star        tising and recruiting efforts.      people who are making signifi-       year-olds. The message is bilin-
     C o m mu n i t y Pa g e 5          superimposed over a yellow star          Leo Burnett USA, selected      cant contributions each and          gual with “Army” being in
     M i l i t a r y Pa g e 1 1                                                                                                                      English and the rest in Spanish.
     S p o r t s Pa g e 1 9             — during a Department of            last June as the Army’s lead        every day,” Caldera said. “They
     C l a s s i f i e d s Pa g e 2 4   Defense press briefing at the       advertising partner, has already    understood that over time the                     See Slogan, Page 4
    2         January 19, 2001                                           FIRST THINGS FIRST

           Commander’s Corner
Fort Carson Tax Center opens for business
                                                                                   The Fort Carson Tax Center offers many                                              Woodfill Road in building 6264. The hours of
                                    “The ...Tax                               advantages. The center will be staffed by 16 full-time                                   operation are from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays,
                                                                              preparers and supervised by a legal assistance                                           Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Thursdays the
                                    Center provides                           attorney. All of the tax preparers have received                                         center is open from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The tax
                                    knowledgeable,                            extensive tax training and have been certified by the                                    center will also be openfrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. some
                                                                              Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax                                          Saturdays to include Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10,
                                    accurate and                              Assistance Program. The knowledgeable tax center                                         March 24 and April 14. Filers should bring with them
                                    confidential tax                          staff enables soldiers to take advantage of all                                          all relevant tax documents, including all W-2s, all
                                                                              available deductions and programs in order to                                            family members’ social security cards, interest and
                                    preparation at no                         maximize their tax refund.                                                               dividend statements, mortgage interest statements,
                                                                                                                                                                       child care information, divorce paperwork and IRA
                                    cost to you.”                                  In addition, the tax center’s electronic filing
                                                                                                                                                                       contribution information. If you have questions about
                                                                              capability provides fast, accurate and secure processing
        Soriano                                                                                                                                                        what to bring or need more tax information, please
                                                                              of tax returns. Tax returns that are E-filed are
                              Benjamin Franklin once                          processed by the IRS in less that half the time of a                                     call the tax center at 524-1012.
wrote, “In this world nothing is certain but death and                        paper return. Taxpayers who elect to have their refunds                                       The Fort Carson Tax Center provides
taxes.” Again, tax time is upon us.                                           deposited directly into their bank account should                                        knowledgeable, accurate and confidential tax
    Beginning Monday, the Fort Carson Tax Center                              expect to receive their refund in as little as two weeks.                                preparation at no cost to you. There is no reason to
will provide free tax assistance to Fort Carson                                                                                                                        pay to have your tax return prepared by a commercial
                                                                                   Tax center personnel also provide assistance in the
soldiers, military retirees and family members. The                                                                                                                    tax preparer or to take out an expensive tax refund
                                                                              preparation of state income tax returns, answer tax
tax center will remain open throughout the tax season                                                                                                                  anticipation loan when the Fort Carson Tax Center
                                                                              questions and distribute state and federal tax forms.
until April 16.                                                                                                                                                        can deliver a fast refund for free. The Fort Carson Tax
                                                                              The tax center has private offices for tax preparation
    Last year, the tax center assisted more than                                                                                                                       Center is a valuable benefit to the Fort Carson
                                                                              and questions, comfortable waiting areas, handicapped
11,000 members of the post community file more                                                                                                                         community. I encourage you to use it.
                                                                              accessible restrooms and plenty of parking.
than 18,000 returns. This free federal tax preparation                                                                                                                      Mission first ... people always ... one team.
                                                                                   Servicemembers who were deployed to Bosnia,                                         Bayonet!
service is a valuable benefit. I urge all eligible
                                                                              Yugoslavia or the Persian Gulf during 2000 and were
members of the Mountain Post Team to use the tax
center for the preparation of their federal tax returns                       unable to file their 1999 federal income taxes can                                                                     Major Gen. Edward Soriano
and other tax assistance needs.                                               also obtain assistance at the tax center.                                                                                      Commanding General
                                                                                   The Fort Carson Tax Center is located off                                                                 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson

‘Commitment’ is January word of the month
    by Sgt. 1st Class Debra Kessler,                   through the ranks, whether soldier or                            progress. We value our soldiers, so we                            their feedback, you may formulate a
 Division Equal Opportunity Advisor                    civilian, our commitment to subordi-                             commit to their training and welfare.                             plan that will help them achieve their
     The Consideration of Others word                  nates and leaders becomes increasingly                                When these values collide, many                              goals in conjunction with the mission.
of the month for January is                            important, and is scrutinized closely.                           people believe that they must choose                                   For instance, if someone tells you
“Commitment.” This great word moti-                         Commitment requires selfless ser-                           which commitment is more important.                               he or she is here to just get money for
vates response in all of us for the many               vice. We may feel as though we are                               However, it is not necessary to choose.                           college and get out, give them opportu-
things that January brings. It is the                  forced to uphold a commitment, but it                            When we commit to several things                                  nities to become disciplined in their
New Year, the actual new millennium,                   is important to remember that commit-                            whether it is the Army, our family, or
                                                                                                                                                                                          study habits. Soldier of the Month
and we have a new Army slogan, “An                     ments are voluntary. We volunteered to                           bill collectors, we are committing to all
                                                                                                                                                                                          boards will do this. The pride in
Army of One.”                                          enlist and re-enlist, so we have made                            of them, not some of them some of the
     Many of us have made New Year’s                   commitments to the Army. We know                                 time. This is where selfless service                              excelling on these boards may inspire
resolutions. These can be commitments                  what our choices are at the time of the                          must be practiced. These commitments                              them to become more professional, and
to have the best unit, the best soldiers,              commitment; we may not like all of                               are entered into voluntarily; therefore,                          may even encourage them to stay in the
or personal commitments to stop smok-                  those choices, but we know what they                             consideration must be taken as addi-                              Army.
ing or work out regularly. It is impor-                are. In the commitment to the Army,                              tional commitments are made. A sug-                                    The Consideration of Others
tant to understand the power behind the                there are inherent commitments to sub-                           gestion might be to consider previous                             Program is intended to highlight val-
word, commitment. Commitment may                       ordinates, leaders, and the United                               commitments before entering into addi-                            ues, their relationship to mission
be defined as a voluntary promise to do                States of America. We are committing                             tional ones. There are methods to assist                          accomplishment, and to provide oppor-
something, regardless of the circum-                   to our oath of enlistment or commis-                             us in these decisions.                                            tunity for progressive value develop-
stances that may cause distractions. For               sioning. These oaths inspire and require                              For example, we are committed to                             ment. Commitment is intertwined with-
example, in order to be committed to                   us to uphold the laws of our nation and                          our soldiers’ training and their welfare,                         in all of the Army’s seven core values:
working out regularly, you must do so                  our military. It is one of the largest                           so we must ensure that we are giving                              Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless
even if it is too cold, you’re too tired or            commitments a person can make.                                   them the chance to excel. The
                                                                                                                                                                                          Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal
something came up.                                          Commitments are made as a result                            Consideration of Others Program gives
                                                                                                                                                                                          Courage. Our commitment has made us
     If you have made a commitment to                  of our values. We deem something or                              added opportunity to address this.
someone, the stakes go up. Should you                  someone important enough to make a                                    Are you assisting soldiers you                               the great Army that we are — the Army
get distracted and fail in your commit-                promise to them. We value our country,                           supervise to progress, improve and                                of One. We must continue our commit-
ment, not only did you fail them, but                  so we commit to serving in the Army.                             learn, or are you only giving negative                            ment to excellence in all aspects of our
you failed yourself as well. A good rep-               We value our family, so we commit to                             feedback? What do you know about                                  lives. Let the January Consideration of
utation is hard to gain, but easy to lose.             taking care of them. We value our                                their values? Ask them why they joined                            Others word of the month,
A failed commitment to someone may                     selves, so we commit to career progres-                          the Army and what do they expect to                               Commitment, be the word of the mil-
result in loss of trust. As we progress                sion and the actions we must take to                             achieve while they are here. Based on                             lennium.

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Award                                                            Lieutenant Charles Hachmeister, of the High
                                                             Angle Rescue Team, stated that Lucero went above
                                                                                                                     Lucero’s actions, Hachmeister recommended he be
                                                                                                                     awarded with the City of Colorado Spring’s Humani-
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                                                             and beyond the call of duty by not only aiding in the   tarian Lifesaver Award.
needed. After the individual was stabilized he was air-      rescue, but also continuing to assist once the rescue        “I didn’t think. I just reacted. I was running on
lifted to Memorial Hospital.                                 team arrived.                                           pure adrenaline. I realized I had this guy’s life in my
     Lucero attributed his reactions in the rescue as a          Hachmeister said that under normal circum-          hands and I wanted to do the right thing,” Lucero
result of first aid training received in the Army. He said   stances, medical personnel would assume control of      stated. “I always look for challenges and work well
that his actions were second nature, as if they were “a      the situation but they were impressed by Lucero’s       under pressure. I’m glad the training paid off for me
file stored on his database.”                                actions and asked him to help them. Because of          that day.”

Recruiting message more relevant to youth
              by Joe Burlas                  validated by an independent marketing       succeed, to think on their feet and make         At , soldiers in
          Army News Service                  survey of more than 500 youths con-         decisions, to make stuff happen no mat-     the ad campaign tell their stories
     WASHINGTON — Why change a               ducted by Leo Burnett, USA, this past       ter what the situation or the odds,”        through a series of streaming video
slogan that one study claims to have         year. Leo Burnett was selected as the       Lafferty said. “Soldiers are trained to     vignettes. To ensure these soldiers told
been the number two recognized adver-        Army’s lead advertising agency last         think, they’re trained to react and they    true stories, the vignettes used the
tising ditty of the 20th century? The        June.                                       have large responsibilities at a young
                                                                                                                                     responses of open-ended questions dur-
answer, according marketing profes-               “There have been significant mis-      age — they make things happen.
sional Pat Lafferty, is to make the          perceptions about what the Army is,         Interestingly, that’s exactly what young    ing solider interviews — none of sol-
Army’s message more relevant to              what the Army has to offer, who soldiers    adults want, according to our research.”    diers’ words were scripted, according to
today’s youth.                               are, what they do and why they do it,           And the method to make the young        P.T. Henry, assistant secretary of the
     Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera     among young adults,” said Lafferty, a       people sit up and take notice of the        Army for Manpower and Reserve
announced the Army’s adoption of “An         Leo Burnett vice president who has          Army is to get them to its recruiting       Affairs.
Army of one” as its new slogan and the       been working on the Army’s new adver-       Web site, , via the               The videos tell different soldiers’
kickoff of a new advertising campaign        tising campaign. “In addition to finding    new campaign’s radio, television and        professional and personal experiences
aimed at 17- to 24-year-olds during a        that unique benefit that only the Army      print ads.                                  in the Army.
Pentagon press briefing Jan. 10.             can offer these young adults, we had to         “We very much want to drive these            Web site viewers can also take vir-
     A year-long study conducted in          find ways to communicate that make          (young people) to the web site and
                                                                                                                                     tual reality tours of Fort Knox, Ky., a set
1999 by the Army and several commer-         them sit up and take notice.”               explore the Army,” Caldera said. “We
cial marketing partners found that while          That benefit, according to Lafferty,   know that they are very much in tune        of Army barracks, the M1A2 Abrams
most American youth recognized the           is retaining individualism while making     with technology because that is where       Tank and the M3A3 Bradley Fighting
Army’s “Be all you can be” slogan, it        significant contributions to something      they go for information. We want to         Vehicle, explore the 212 specific jobs
did not strike a chord in them to find out   larger than self.                           show that the Army has soldiers just like   the Army offers or chat with an Army
more about the Army. That study was               “The Army empowers individuals to      them.”                                      recruiter.
    4    January 19, 2001                                                       News
Slogan                                       fit in and be embraced, said Hudson.
                                                  One of the key reasons the Army
                                                                                           the people who’ve joined the Army”
                                                                                           which evolved into a short-lived “This is
                                                                                                                                         Spc. Natalie Ortiz, 32nd Medical
                                                                                                                                         Logistics Battalion, Fort Bragg; Spc.
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                                             needed to change its message was the          the Army.” “Be all you can be” first          Carlos Perez, a reservist assigned to the
    The reason for “Army” being in           fact that the Army has missed its recruit-    appeared in 1981.                             6252nd Army Hospital, Ventura, Calif.;
English is to differentiate it from armies   ing goals three out of the past five years        Along with senior Army leaders and        and Sgt. Leroy Durrah, 1st Signal
in Latin American countries, according       — “Be all you can be” just wasn’t work-       key Leo Burnett staff, five of the soldiers   Battalion, Fort Campbell, Ky.
to Victoria Hudson, executive vice presi-    ing, Caldera said. Another reason is that     featured in the $150-million ad campaign          Streaming video vignettes telling
dent of Leo Burnett’s Hispanic advertis-     advertising messages get old and tired        attended the press briefing. They were        about the past, present and future plans
ing partner Cartel Creativo.                 with time, no matter how recognizable         Cpl. Richard Lovett, assigned to 27th         of each of the advertising campaign sol-
    The reason for a different message is    they are, he said.                            Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C. and      diers can be viewed at
because it says close to the same as “An          The first slogan for the all-volunteer   shown as the lone runner in the Dogtags       New Army radio, television and print
Army of one” but accounts for Hispanic       Army was “Today’s Army wants to join          commercial; Sgt. Joseph Patterson,            commercials will direct viewers to the
cultural differences such as the need to     you.” This was followed in 1973 by “Join      Soldier Systems Center, Natick, Mass.;        web site.

Army Nurse Corps 100th Anniversary Celebration
              by Lt. Col. Anita McCowen                     had a “satisfactory record for efficiency, conduct and       of Vietnam. The Bronze Star Medal and the Purple
          Evans Army Community Hospital                     health.” Today, more than 4,800 nurses strong, nurses        Heart were awarded to her posthumously. There will be
     In the first year of the new millennium, the Army      provide care for thousands of active duty, family mem-       a unique display of ANC memorabilia, including
Nurse Corps will celebrate its 100-year anniversary.        bers and retirees around the world.                          antique uniforms at the ceremony. Capping off the cel-
Officially founded Feb. 2, 1901, the ANC has partici-            The nurses of Fort Carson are planning a number         ebration Feb. 25 will be a formal luncheon, featuring
pated in every major conflict in which the United           of events to mark the 100-year Anniversary. There will       retired Col. (Dr.) Terris Kennedy as guest speaker. She
States has become involved.                                 be a cake cutting Feb. 22 and a special dedication cer-      will speak about the legacy of the Army Nurse. Those
     The Army Nurse Corps has witnessed its change          emony of the hospital library to 1st Lt. Sharon Lane.        in attendance will also receive a commemorative coin,
from novice beginnings to today’s highly skilled, high-     Lane’s first duty assignment was Fitzsimons Army             designed for the occasion.
ly technological nursing. In February 1901, the actual      Medical Center, and she was killed in Vietnam. She                Nurses at Evans Army Community Hospital are
number of nurses on active duty was said to be 202.         was the only Army Nurse to die as a result of enemy          making an effort to contact all retired ANC officers and
Nurses were appointed for a three-year period, but          action. She died June 8, 1969, of shrapnel wounds            friends in the local area. If there are any retired ANC
weren’t actually commissioned until 1947. The               received during an enemy rocket attack while on duty         officers or friends who would like an invitation, or more
appointment could be renewed provided the applicant         at the 312th Evacuation Hospital in Chu Lai, Republic        information, call Capt. Tina Cassin at 526-7025.
                                                                                                                                          January 19, 2001             5

Military children scholarship
deadline approaching                                      Retiring active duty must enroll
    FORT LEE, Va., — The Feb. 15 deadline is fast
approaching for students to apply for $1,500 scholar-
ships in a new program funded by manufacturers and
                                                          in Prime to continue coverage
business partners of the military commissary system.                  TriWest Healthcare Alliance               your enrollment form. This fee can be paid annu-
    The Scholarships For Military Children program             One of the greatest concerns for beneficiaries   ally or quarterly. Quarterly the fee is $57.50 per
expects to present hundreds of $1,500 awards —            when leaving active military service is the contin-   individual or $115 per family. (Note: For your
roughly one for every commissary in the Defense           uation of medical coverage. Rest assured, just as     convenience, payments can be made at the TRI-
Commissary Agency net of nearly 300 commissaries          you and your family had the opportunity for TRI-      CARE Service Center.) Fees can be paid by
worldwide.                                                CARE Prime coverage while on active duty, you         check, credit card or money order. Cash is not
    The program is open to qualified college-bound        will have the same opportunity in retirement.         accepted.
or college-enrolled sons and daughters of U.S. mili-           By following the steps below, you can make            4. Return the completed enrollment form and
tary ID card holders, including active duty, retired      sure your TRICARE Prime coverage continues            fee to TriWest or your local TSC on or before the
National Guard and Reserve members. Survivors of          when you retire:                                      20th of the month preceding the date of your
deceased members are eligible if college-bound and
                                                               1. Notify the Defense Enrollment Eligibility     retirement. For example, if your retirement date
under age 21, or already enrolled as a full-time stu-
                                                          Reporting System of your upcoming status              falls on the first of the month (as it does for
dent and under age 23.
                                                          change by visiting a personnel office at your local   most), you must have everything submitted by the
    Completed applications should be returned to a
                                                          installation, and by contacting DEERS through         20th of the previous month. This will help ensure
local commissary by close of business Feb. 15. A
                                                          one of the following ways:                            continuous, no-lapse coverage for you and your
store official must validate applicants’ eligibility by
                                                               • Telephone: (800) 538-9552                      family. If your application is submitted after the
checking their dependent ID cards.
    Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average             • Facsimile: (831) 644-9256                      20th, coverage will not begin until the first day of
and write a short essay on “What Being a Military              • E-mail:              the second month following your date of retire-
Dependent Means to Me.” Application forms are                  • U.S. mail: ATTN: COA, DEERS Support            ment.
available at the stores or can be downloaded at           Office, 400 Gigling Road, Seaside, CA 93955-               If your retirement date does not fall on the . A “Frequently Asked         6771                                                  first of the month, you must submit all forms and
Questions” section can also be found at the Web site.          2. Pick up a TRICARE Prime Enrollment            fees before that date (of retirement) for coverage
    Fisher House Foundation administers the pro-          Form at your local TRICARE Service Center or          to continue without lapsing.
gram. DeCA and Fisher House are not involved in           request one by calling TriWest’s toll-free number          Editors Note: TriWest Healthcare Alliance is
selecting scholarship recipients. Scholarship             at (888) TRIWEST (874-9378).                          under contract with the Department of Defense
Managers, an independent contractor, will select win-          3. Pay an annual enrollment fee of $230 per      for the managed care support of TRICARE in the
ners on the basis of merit. Winners will be notified      individual or $460 per family when you submit         TRICARE Central Region.
by April 30.
6        January 19, 2001                                           Community

Pharmacy service to be restructured
             Medical Department Activity                       This includes handwritten prescriptions for those    745-6427. Refills called in by 4 p.m. Sunday through
     Editor’s note: This article ran Dec. 1. Because      patients who are referred to providers in the commu-      Thursday will be available for pick-up the next duty
the implementation of new procedures begins Feb. 1,       nity.                                                     day after 9 a.m.
this article is being republished.                             Patients not enrolled in TRICARE Prime                   Those refills called in Friday and Saturday will
     In response to patient requests and to provide a          Prescriptions originating outside of the MED-        be available for pickup after 9 a.m. Monday. In the
higher quality of pharmaceutical care, the Outpatient     DAC for patients who are not enrolled in TriCare          event of a federal holiday, refills will be available the
Pharmacy at U.S. Army Medical Department Activity         Prime at the MEDDAC — will be filled at the               next duty day after the holiday.
will undergo a complete restructuring of how pre-         Commissary Pharmacy, located on the south side of             Hours of operation
scriptions are filled. Implementation of the new pro-     the post commissary. This location will also do lim-          Main Pharmacy — Monday through Friday, 8
cedures begins Feb. 1.                                    ited walk-up refills, provided the patient has new pre-   a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Closed
     The goals of these changes are to improve the        scriptions. Non-enrolled patients under 65-years-old
                                                                                                                    Sunday and federal holidays.
efficiency of the prescription filling process; provide   may also use the National Mail Order Pharmacy and
                                                                                                                        Refill Pharmacy — Monday through Friday, 8
patients with a fast, convenient way to get their medi-   have the medication delivered directly to their home.
                                                                                                                    a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed Saturday, Sunday and federal
cines and maximize the use of pharmacy manpower           Beneficiaries more than 65 years old may use the
while providing increased opportunities for pharma-                                                                 holidays.
                                                          NMOP starting April 1, for all their prescription
ceutical care. The new procedures will be:                needs. Saturdays, a limited number of prescriptions           Commissary Pharmacy — Monday through
     New prescriptions                                    from civilian prescribers may be filled at the Main       Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     Active Duty — Active Duty soldiers, in uniform,      Pharmacy, but the wait may be significant.                    Procedures will be clearly outlined at all loca-
will have priority when picking up their own medica-           Refills                                              tions to minimize confusion and frustration. During
tions at any pharmacy location.                                Refills will be dispensed from windows 5 and 6       the first stages of implementation staff members will
     MEDDAC TRICARE Prime/Senior Prime                    of the Main Pharmacy, located in Evans Army               also be available to answer any questions and guide
Enrolled Patients — For patients who are enrolled at      Community Hospital near the chapel and the coffee         patients in the right direction.
the MEDDAC, whether active duty, TRICARE Prime            stand.                                                        Additional education and information will be
or TRICARE Senior Prime, all new prescriptions will            All prescription refill requests must be called in   available at all pharmacy locations throughout the
be filled at the Main Pharmacy, windows 1 through 4.      to the Automated Refill System at 524-4081 or (888)       hospital during the coming months.
                                                                      Community                                                                  January 19, 2001           7
PCS: Everything you need to know about moving claims
    by: Sgt 1stClass Jeffrey Whalen          depreciated replacement or repair cost      depreciated value of your stereo up to       tion or number of Hummel or Lladro
     Fort Carson Claims Division             of your lost and damaged items. This is     the full amount the protection you pur-      figurines, this is an excellent way of
     Moving is something all soldiers        because the relevant claims statute only    chased, regardless of the $1,000 maxi-       demonstrating the extent of your col-
are familiar with. Unfortunately, moves      allows payment for current market           mum amount allowable for stereo              lection. Ensure that you videotape the
often result in loss and damage of the       value and not full replacement cost.        items. “                                     open jewel covers of your compact
items being shipped. Whether it is a               In addition, the claims office has         Option 2, or full replacement pro-      disks, showing the disks inside.
scratch on a family heirloom or a box        certain maximum amounts payable for         tection, entitles you to the full undepre-   Pictures and videotapes have an added
of your favorite compact disks that dis-     specific items; for example, the maxi-      ciated value of your lost and destroyed      benefit; not only will they show what
appears during the move, such losses         mum for stereo equipment is $1,000          items. For example, if you purchased         you own, but they will also demon-
can be traumatic.                            per item and $4,000 per shipment. If        Option 2 insurance and your stereo was       strate the condition of your items. If
     The military claims system is           you need more protection, you should        destroyed, the carrier should pay you        the movers scratch your dining room
designed to help soldiers recover such       consider buying insurance.                  the cost of a comparable new stereo. If      table, you will have a much easier time
losses. It is also designed to ensure that         Most private insurance contracts      your stereo is merely damaged, howev-        proving that the scratch occurred dur-
the carrier responsible for the loss and     will reimburse you only for items lost      er, the carrier has the option of repair-    ing the move if you have a picture of
damage is held accountable. This arti-       or destroyed during shipment; they usu-     ing it. Both Option 1 and Option 2           the table taken immediately before the
cle will explain the military claims sys-    ally will not cover damaged items           insurance are purchased from the carri-      move. Carry the photos and videotapes
tem and explain ways you can ensure          which can be economically repaired.         er, so your payment will ultimately          with you; do not ship them.
fair compensation for any loss and/or        Some insurance companies provide full       come from the carrier. Your local trans-                  During the move
damage you suffer during a Permanent         replacement cost protection. This           portation office or claims office can             When the packers arrive to pick up
Change of Station move.                      means that if your 10-year-old televi-      explain the procedures for filing an         your household goods, you should be
             Before the move                 sion is destroyed, they will pay to         insurance claim against the carrier.         ready for them. You should have
     The best way to ensure you will be      replace it with a comparable new tele-           Documenting what you own is the         already decided what items you want
compensated for loss and damage dur-         vision.                                     most important thing to do before your       the movers to pack and what items you
ing a move is to take a few precautions            Each insurance policy is different;   move. Ensure that you save receipts,         will hand carry to your new assign-
before the move. This is the best time       it is important to find out if the cover-   bills, appraisals, high value item inven-    ment. It is critical to lock items you
to document what you own and to              age satisfies your needs before your        tories, and other proof of ownership.        plan to hand carry in a separate room
ensure that you have the insurance cov-      move.                                       These important documents should             or in your car, where they are not
erage you need.                                    For moves within the continental      never be shipped with your household         accessible to the movers.
     The first thing to consider is          United States you can also arrange for      goods. Ship them separately or, better            It is best to hand carry small, valu-
whether you need additional insurance        two types of insurance through the          yet, hand carry them. If your entire         able items such as jewelry, rather than
protection. You can either purchase          transportation office. Option 1, or         shipment is lost, your proof of owner-       to allow the movers to pack them. If
your own insurance or, for moves with-       higher increased released value insur-      ship will not be lost as well.               you decide to have the movers pack
in the continental United States, you        ance, will provide you with a greater            An excellent way to document            your jewelry, ensure that each item is
can buy additional insurance protection      dollar amount of protection for individ-    what you own is to photograph or             listed separately on the inventory. Cash,
through the transportation office. If        ual items. For example, if you purchase     videotape the items in your house            coin collections and similar items
you do not purchase insurance, the           Option 1 insurance and your stereo is       immediately before the move. If you          should never be packed; you will not
Army claims office can only pay the          destroyed, the carrier will pay you the     have an extensive compact disk collec-                         See Claim, Page 10
8        January 19, 2001                                                     Community
                   Chapel                                                                                           Chapel Schedule
                    Catholic Community Attention: Please                                                                ROMAN CATHOLIC
              join our Adult Faith Formation class, which            Day             Time              Service          Chapel      Location                               Contact Person
              meets each Sunday from 10:45 to 11:45. Our             M-W-F           8:15 a.m.         Mass             Soldiers’   Nelson & Martinez                      Chap. Vakoc/526-5769
              facilitator is Eva Hailbronner. Childcare is           M-W-F           noon              Mass             Healer      Evans Army Hospital                    Fr. Gagliardo/526-7386
              available for those who attend the class.              Saturday        5 p.m.            Mass             Soldiers’   Nelson & Martinez                      Chap. Vakoc/526-5769
                   Christian Initiation of Adults — If you or        Sunday          8 a.m.            Mass             Veterans’   Magrath & Titus                        Chap. Vakoc/526-5769
             someone you know is interested in the Catholic          Sunday          9:30 a.m.         Mass             Soldiers’   Nelson & Martinez                      Chap. Vakoc/526-5769
             faith, inquiry sessions are held the first Tuesday      Sunday          10:45 a.m.        CCD              Soldiers’   Nelson & Martinez                      Ms. Feldman/526-0478
             of every month. Please call Karen Habitzreuther         Sunday          11 a.m.           Mass             Healer      Evans Army Hospital                    Fr. Gagliardo/526-7386
             at (719) 526-4405 or Deacon Bowles (719) 526-           Sunday          12:15 p.m.        Mass             Provider    Barkeley & Ellis                       Chap. Vakoc/526-5769
0333 for more information.                                                                                            EASTERN ORTHODOX
     RCIA — Those interested in finding out more about the           Sunday          8 a.m.            Divine          Soldiers’   Nelson & Martinez                       Chap. Olson/526-5772
Catholic faith or those desiring confirmation will meet                                                Liturgy
Tuesdays, at 6:30 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. Child                                                     CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN
care is available.                                                   Thursday        7 p.m.            The “ROCK” Spiritual      Barkeley & Ellis                          Chap. Thornton/526-1374
                                                                                                       Service    Fitness Center
      RCIA Sponsors Are an essential part of incorporation
into the community. One of the most effective ways of going                                                                PROTESTANT
about this is to have a parish sponsor. The length of commit-        Sunday          9 a.m.            Protestant       Healer       Evans Army Hospital                   Chap. Simmons/526-7387
ment and means of sponsoring varies. The qualifications of           Sunday          9 a.m.            Protestant       Provider     Barkeley & Ellis                      Chap. Drake/526-4206
the sponsor are simple — someone who can offer a welcom-             Sunday          9:30 a.m.         Protestant       Veterans’    Magrath & Titus                       Chap. Atkins/524-1822
ing hand to a newcomer and show them how you live out your           Sunday          11 a.m.           Protestant       Soldiers’    Nelson & Martinez                     Chap. Kincaid/526-8011
own “belonging” to the church. If you would like to help             Sunday          11 a.m.           Prot./Gospel     Prussman     Barkeley & Prussman                   Chap. Pair/526-2811
someone in his or her introduction to the community, please          Sunday          9:30 a.m.         Sun. School      Soldiers’    Nelson & Martinez                     Dr. Scheck/526-5626
call Karen Habitzreuther at 526-4405 or Father Tim Vakoc at          Sunday          9:30 a.m.         Sun. School      Prussman     Barkeley & Prussman                   Chap. Pair/526-2811
526-5769.                                                            Sunday          6:30 p.m.         PYOC             Soldiers’    Nelson & Martinez                     Ms. Scheck/524-1166
     Lutheran Confirmation Class — Confirmation class                                                               LITURGICAL PROTESTANT
for youths from the Lutheran tradition Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at       Sunday          10:45 a.m.        Protestant      Provider     Barkeley & Ellis                       Chap. Bauer/526-5279
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel. New students will be accepted                                                                    JEWISH
through Jan. 28. For registration information contact Dennis         For information and a schedule of Jewish Sabbath services, call the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel at 333-2636.
Scheck, director of Religious Education at 526-5626.
     Youth of the Chapel — Activities for Protestant and             2nd and         6:30 p.m.                          Spiritual          Barkeley & Ellis                Ms. Costantino-Mead/
Catholic middle school and high school youths take place             4th Tuesday                                        Fitness Center                                     (303) 428-7703
Sundays at 1:30 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel.
Protestant high school activities include Bible studies Sunday,      For additional information, contact the Installation Chaplain’s Office, building 1550, at 526-5209. Normally, free child care
9:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial                is available during on-post worship services.
Chapel. Catholic youth classes meet at 10:45 a.m. Sundays,
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel.                                                                                                 Friday — Psalms 47 & Genesis 13-15
     Provider Chapel — located on the corner of Ellis and
Barkeley, is offering Spanish Bible study classes from 7 to
                                                                       Daily Bible Readings                                Saturday — Psalms 48 & Genesis 16-18
8:30 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 526-3711 or
                                                                  In order to assist in regular scripture                  Sunday — Psalms 49 & Genesis 19-21
579-8477.                                                         reading, the following scriptures are                    Monday — Psalms 50 & Genesis 22-24
     Awana — The AWANAs meet Thursday 5:30 to 7 p.m.              recommended. These scriptures are part of                Tuesday — Psalms 51 & Genesis 25-27
at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel for children in kindergarten         the common daily lectionary which is
through 6th grades. Contact Dennis Scheck 526-5626, Susan         designed to present the entire Bible over a              Wednesday — Psalms 52 & Genesis 28-30
Webb at 538-9306 or Jennifer Wake at 540-9157.                                                                             Thursday — Psalms 53 & Genesis 31-33
                                                                  three-year cycle.
                                                                                                                           Jan. 18 to 25 — Week of prayer for Christian Unity
                                                                      Community                                                                 January 19, 2001           9

                                                      Chaplain’s Corner
        by Chaplain (Capt.) Douglas D. Gibson               David’s life; therefore David was in hiding, perhaps in   some. Most of us Americans worry about what kind of
                  759th Military Police                     a cave. David is hoping and praying for God’s protec-     car to buy while never realizing the privileges we have.
     On numerous occasions I have been asked to read        tion. He may have been losing confidence in God’s              David reflected how God, as his shepherd, has pro-
Psalms 23. This is usually at a funeral on behalf of the    sovereignty. In this stage of living, David begins to     vided in an overabundance. God quenched his thirst
deceased. Never have I had anyone ask me to read this       reflect back on his life. He remembers his time as a      for gusto living by leading him beside still waters. In
Psalm for a baptism or for any other occasion.              shepherd and how as a shepherd he took care of his        David’s time, he would take his sheep to water once or
     I memorized Psalms 23 when I was 8 years old. I        flock. Through this reflection he remembers that          twice a day, most often at a creek or major river. Sheep
came to think of it as a Psalm for life not death. One      through his life God has been his shepherd. David         cannot drink from running water. So David would
verse talks about walking through the valley of death.      never went without a need being meet. God took care       stamp his rod or staff on the ground three times. This
To me that verse is to inspire confidence for living.       of him as one of his flock. God provided meals and        was a command to the sheep to lie down. Then David
One of mankind’s greatest fears is death. That is not so    even allowed him as a child to destroy a giant.           would build a small dam to create a pool. He would
with those who are Christians. Knowing that death has            Yet, not only did God provide for David’s physical   then tap his staff on the ground only twice to call the
no sting, that to be apart from the body is to be present   needs, he also laid him in green pastures. The green      sheep to drink.
with Christ, is a Christian’s greatest confidence.          pastures being a reflection of clean, confident living.        The living water of God’s Holy Scripture refreshed
     The world says, “Life is very short, go for the        There is nothing more delightful to a shepherd and his    David’s confidence. David, in his final words, sees
gusto!” This way of living knows no limits, no bound-       flock then finding green pastures. Green pastures rep-    God’s mercy and grace following with him all the days
aries, nor any consequences for the sinfulness of its       resent a time of fulfillment and contentment. Every       of his life. Because of this, he can now say what Job
nature. Yet, for Christians this Psalm teaches us about     sheep will have more than enough to eat. There is         had said thousands of years ago, “If God has been my
living in confidence. When we live in confidence we         nothing more delightful to a shepherd than to have his    great shepherd all of my past, then why would I even
can live differently from the rest of the world. Our        sheep fat and happy. God takes great delight in setting   think any different now. I will walk with God the rest
lives turn from fearing death to accepting and embrac-      us down in green pastures.                                of my days.”
ing the one that brings confidence to our lives. The             We in America are like sheep in green pastures. In        Jesus is the good shepherd in Psalms 23. Jesus as
world lives as if there is nothing on the other side of     many Third World countries both Christians and non-       the good shepherd gives his own life to provide for his
death. The Christian understands that there is some-        Christians seek food underneath piles of trash and rub-   sheep. He provided green pastures and still, living
thing on the other side of death; and he is our confi-      bish. Our poor in America live very abundantly in         waters with his sacrifice. He provided a church where
dence.                                                      comparison to their Third World cousins. As a chaplain    his sheep can drink. He provided blessings that over-
     When I think of this Psalm, I think of King David      at a homeless center, there were times when I had         flow from within us to become blessings for those
before he was king. He was running from King Saul,          more food and clothes than I could ever give away.        around us. In all ways Jesus is our good shepherd. He
who is half crazy and half mad. Saul was seeking            God had provided for the center’s needs and then          is the one who brings us confidence in life and death.
10       January 19, 2001                                            Community
Claim                                            When the movers deliver your
                                            household goods, make sure that they
                                                                                        Form 1840R). Thoroughly inspect your
                                                                                        items: turn on electrical items to ensure
                                                                                                                                        turned in your DD Form 1840R, to file
                                                                                                                                        a claim. If you are late in filing your
From Page 7
                                            have delivered everything. Have a copy      they still operate; open the jewel covers       claim, the government will not be able
be paid for these items if they are lost.   of the inventory handy and check off        of your compact disks to ensure the
Receipts and similar proof of owner-                                                                                                    to pay you anything.
                                            the numbers of items when the movers        disks are still there; check your fig-
ship should either be hand carried or, at                                                                                                    Fort Carson Claims Office is locat-
                                            bring them into your new home.              urines to ensure they are not chipped. At
a minimum, shipped separately.                   If you notice that any items are       this point it is sufficient to state the gen-   ed on the 1st Floor of Building 6285,
     When the movers have completed         missing or damaged, note this on the        eral nature of the damage, such as stereo       on Woodfill Road, across the street
packing up your household goods and         pink form (DD Form 1840), which the         — does not work.” There is no need to           from the Elkhorn Conference Center
loading them onto the truck, they will                                                                                                  and the Colorado Inn. Call 526-1355 or
                                            movers will give you. Do not leave this     get a repair estimate at this stage.
present you with an inventory of all of
                                            form blank if you have missing or dam-           You must turn in the reverse side of       526-1353 for more information.
your belongings. You should check this
                                            aged items; the government uses this        the pink form (DD Form 1840R) to                     Hours of the mandatory briefing:
document carefully to ensure that it is
                                            form later to evaluate whether the car-     your nearest Army claims office within          Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.
accurate. Each line item of the invento-
                                            rier did a good job. There is no need to    70 days of the delivery of your house-
ry will contain a description of what it                                                                                                and 2 p.m. (submit DD Form
is (such as 3.0 cubic foot carton or        unpack all of your items at this time;      hold goods. Failure to do so will make
                                                                                                                                        1840/1840R and receive documents for
chair). For items of furniture, preexist-   you can note additional missing and         it impossible for the claims office to
                                            damaged items later on the reverse side     collect from the carrier responsible for        filing)
ing damage will be listed using a code
                                            of the pink form (the reverse side is the   your loss. As a result, the claims office            Submitting Claims: Tuesday, 9 a.m.
found at the top or bottom of the form
(for example: sc, ch-6,8,9 means that       DD Form 1840R).                             will not pay you for any items that you         to 11:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.,
the legs and right side of your chair are                After the move                 failed to report within 70 days.                Thursday, 1 to 2:30 p.m. (to turn in
scratched and chipped). Examine the              Unlike most civilian moves, where           When you turn in your DD Form              complete claims file with supporting
pre-existing damages carefully, if the      loss and damage must be noted imme-         1840R, the claims office will provide           documents)
movers have exaggerated the amount of       diately after delivery, soldiers have 70    you with forms and information on fil-               Emergencies/Non-local claimants:
pre-existing damages, you should state      days to notify the local claims office of   ing your claim. At this point you will
                                                                                                                                        Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9
your disagreement directly on the           loss and damage. This means that after      need to get repair estimates and other
                                            your household goods have been deliv-       documentation to substantiate the               to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
inventory, in the remarks section direct-
ly above your signature. Do not argue       ered, you have 70 days to unpack them       amount of your loss. You have two                    Website: , go
with the movers; simply list your dis-      and note and loss and damage on the         years from the date of the original             to Fort Carson links, then click on
agreement on the form.                      reverse side of the pink form (the DD       delivery — not from the date you                Claims.
                                                                                                                                                  January 19, 2001        11

Testing aerial skills is a daily mission
                  by Spc. Zach Mott                         so a change in training focus is stressed. The deploy-      Squadron, 3rd ACR.
                   Mountaineer staff                        ment in the Balkans was a peacekeeping mission,                  Each of the two types of aircraft being used dur-
    Testing their aerial skills is a daily mission of 4th   while the mission of these soldiers now has shifted         ing this gunnery — OH-58D Kiowa Warriors and
Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, also                back to a wartime thought process.                          AH-64 Apaches — are set up with different weapons
known as Longknife Squadron, but each year the unit             There are several soldiers, not just the pilots and     systems.
takes the time out to formalize this testing.               gunners, who make each training exercise a success.              Kiowa Warriors have .50 caliber machine guns,
    During an aerial gunnery during the cold of mid-        Before a helicopter can leave the ground, the mainte-       rockets, HELLFIRE missile systems and Stinger mis-
December, these lethal soldiers — flying in their           nance checks must be thorough and current, arming           siles. While the Apaches use a .30-millimeter chain
helicopters — fought it out in the air to see who           and refueling points need to be set up and range            gun, HELLFIRE missile systems and 2.75 inch rock-
would become “Top Gun.”                                     safeties must have prepared a course.                       ets.
    Gunneries are designed to keep soldiers’ skills             “You can’t take one or the other away and have a             During this gunnery there were 10 total engage-
sharp and prepare them for upcoming deployments             successful mission,” said Pfc. Kyle Emmer, Nomad            ments in different combinations each time the crews
and other real-world missions.                              Troop, 4th Squadron, 3rd ACR.                               qualify. These targets designed to test both the pilots’
    “This is a building block in our train-up for NTC           One of the factors that can hinder a flying crew is     and gunners’ ability with each of the different
(the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.),”      snow, which they encountered plenty of during this          weapons systems.
said Chief Warrant Officer Jim Ryan, 4th Squadron,          gunnery.                                                         “The crews are seasoned (in flying),” Ryan said.
3rd ACR.                                                        “You hover to stay out of the snow cloud, because       “We’ve improved since our last (gunnery) and that’s
    This is the first large-scale training exercise the     inside the cloud is like being inside a ping pong ball,”    credit to the experience level. We’ve worked together
regiment has conducted since returning from Bosnia,         said Maj. Mike Swanson, executive officer, 4th              for the last year and a half.”

Battalion commander returns to Kuwait 10 years later
          by Spc. Carrie Fotovich            Kuwait is forever etched into his mind.     were beside him throughout the Gulf          the United States. The coalition forces
      14th Public Affairs Detachment         “I can’t forget leaving, seeing the faces   War.                                         were successful in accomplishing the
     CAMP DOHA, Kuwait — For                 of families, watching the uncertainty in         “Some of my most memorable              mission of driving Iraq out of Kuwait.
most Americans, memories of Desert           families’ eyes,” he said. “Their soldiers   experiences were of the night before         Iraq suffered between 20,000 and
Storm are composed mainly of CNN             were going off to war. There was so         the attack, spending time with the great     35,000 casualties; while the coalition
footage of bombings in Baghdad and of        much gravity in that moment.”               soldiers of Team Alpha and knowing           forces lost 240, which included 148
tying yellow ribbons to trees and car            Though war had not been pro-            they had the confidence and skills to be     Americans.
antennas to show support for “our ser-       nounced, it soon became clear that war      successful,” said Burton.                        Though U.S. casualties were few in
vicemembers.”                                was inevitable — the purpose being to            From where Burton and his platoon       comparison to that of the Iraqis, Burton
     For some U.S. soldiers, though,         eject Iraqi forces from Kuwait and lib-     leaders stood, they could see the effects    believes it’s important for people to
memories of Desert Storm are of sandy        erate the country. As escalation towards    of the Air Force bombing and U.S.            know and remember the reality that
foxholes, oil fields ablaze and the hope     a conflict started, it was largely the      Army Artillery preparing the land for a      was Desert Storm. “We breached Iraqi
that they would be make it home to           spirit of the American people that kept     ground attack. They gathered around,         defenses, faced the enemy and were
again see the faces of their loved ones.     soldiers going, said Burton. “There was     looking across the border and com-           successful,” said Burton. “I think it’s
     Ten years later, some Desert Storm      the knowledge that an entire nation was     menting on how much it “stinks to be         important for everybody to know it was
veterans such as Lt. Col. James B.           behind us,” he said. “A great upsurge       those guys.”                                 a real war. The fears, the anxiety, the
Burton, commander of Task Force 2-5,         of patriotism was backing the                    “The ground was shaken; the oil         worries about loved ones at home, the
are back on Kuwaiti soil, still deterring    American soldier.” That kind of unwa-       fields were burning,” he said. “The          concern for soldiers’ welfare — all that
aggression from the north. At the time       vering support along with the               guys on the other side of the wire,          was there. Nobody can ever say it was
of the war, then Capt. Burton com-           camaraderie between soldiers made the       whatever morale they had before was          not a war.”
manded Team A, 3rd Battalion, 41st           long days in the desert just a little bit   now shot.”                                       Editor’s note: The “Gulf War
Infantry of Tiger Brigade, a mecha-          easier, he said.                                 The land war lasted only 100            Veterans” is the first of a series about
nized infantry team.                             Now, walking the same ground            hours, from Feb. 24 through 28, 1991.        servicemembers who are currently
     The day Burton and his soldiers         upon which he served a decade ago,          The brevity of the campaign against the      serving or working in Kuwait 10 years
left the United States 10 years ago for      Burton fondly recalls the soldiers who      Iraqis brought shouts of victory from        after the war.

Engineers repair fleet of M60 tanks with bridge
              by 1st Lt. Daniel J. Curtis Jr.               October the team returned to the Mountain Post to           tions of the AVLB and thet bridge is mounted on the
       Alpha Company, 4th Engineer Battalion                replace parts and bring the tanks to Fully Mission          M-1 chassis. This new vehicle will allow engineers to
     The 4th Engineer Battalion, proud owners of one        Capable status.                                             keep up with the Abrams and the M-2 Bradley on the
of the Army’s aging fleets, the M60 tank with bridge,            The Corps of Engineers, like the rest of the           battlefield. The M60 tank has difficulty keeping up
was recently visited by a maintenance team from the         Army, has many new, young soldiers who have no              with the M-1 and M-2 while maneuvering across
Tank-automotive and Armaments Command.                      experience operating or maintaining the AVLB. Most          rough terrain.
Affectionately known as the Armored Vehicle                 weren’t even born when the fleet was fielded in the              The dilemma is that the Wolverine fielding will
Launched Bridge, the M60 was running into serious           early 1960s. These soldiers have no experience in           begin in a year or two and end around 2015. The
maintenance troubles. Charlie Burdette, team chief,         performing the necessary maintenance at the operator        Army plans to field approximately 500 Wolverines.
and his team from Theater Army Command’s                    level, required to keep the AVLB running.                   However, the Army’s requirement for assault bridges
Anniston Army Depot in Alabama made two visits to                Mechanics trained to pull maintenance on tracked       is 916. The fleet currently numbers just over 700
assist the 4th Engineer Battalion in maintenance of         vehicles do not receive formal training on repair of        AVLBs. With 500 Wolverines, the Army will need to
the aging equipment.                                        the AVLB. They are required to gain this experience         keep 416 AVLBs operational over the next 15 to 20
     An AVLB plays an integral role in the movement         if fortunate enough, when sent to an engineer unit          years. This rebuild is essential for the Corps of
of units on the battlefield. It can span obstacles such     which has the AVLB in its inventory. Because the            Engineers and the Army. It is not a waste of money
as ravines, creeks, streams or rivers a maximum of 60       average age of an AVLB currently in the Army’s              when trying to maintain equipment older than most
feet wide. Due to restrictions, the span cannot exceed      inventory is 30 years, parts tend to be difficult to get.   of the soldiers in today’s Army.
50 feet when an M-1 Abrams tank is crossing. A crew         Most have fallen off the Army’s list of parts to pro-            Today, all but one AVLB are Fully Mission
of two combat engineers operates the AVLB, usually          duce and are simply rebuilt. The remaining suppliers        Capable. The one tank dead-lined is still waiting for
an E-5 tank commander and an E-1 to E-4 operator.           of AVLB parts are typically unwilling to produce            parts. The 4th Engineer Battalion, especially the sol-
     The 4th Eng. Bn. was having difficulty keeping         parts because of the low level of demand.                   diers in the Assault and Obstacle platoons, extend a
its fleet of 12 operational for many reasons. A few              Spending valuable tax dollars to overhaul the          hearty thanks to the guys from Anniston Army Depot.
obvious reasons for the operational trouble are attrib-     M60 tank may seem a waste with Force XXI imple-             Their professionalism and hard work reflects in the
uted to a lack of experience of both mechanics and          mentation underway; especially with all the money           unit’s AVLB operational readiness rate of 91 percent.
operators, the age of the equipment and the lack of         being spent to equip engineers with the Wolverine.               Questions pertaining to this article can be direct-
quality parts. The team from TACOM made the trip            The Wolverine is the replacement for the AVLB. The          ed to Chief Warrant Officer Scott Suhr, the 4th
to Fort Carson in June to inspect the battalion’s           Wolverine has a bridge that can accommodate the             Engineer Battalion Maintenance Technician, at 524-
AVLBs and order parts for a future repair visit. In         crossing of an M-1 Abrams tank without the restric-         2023.
12       January 19, 2001                                                  Military
Infantry battalion increases combat readiness at Fort Hood
                  by 1LT Paul Staeheli                     March NTC rotation. While at Fort Hood, the                  themselves for the numerous challenges ahead. The
              1st Battalion, 12th Infantry                 Bulldogs will conduct a month long train-up, which           Bulldogs are anxious to get back into fighting mode
     Five squads from Bravo Company 1st battalion,         will hone their Infantry skills, and build teamwork.         and perform the duties they train for. Pvt. Eric
12th infantry (Mechanized) deployed Wednesday to           Once the Bulldogs complete their training at Fort            Hoffman, a Rifleman from 3rd Platoon said, “This is
defend the Battalion’s reputation as the best in the       Hood they will return home briefly, then deploy to           why I joined the Army; to train and fight hard.”
Army.                                                      the NTC. The NTC is a great training opportunity                  The Bulldogs worked and trained hard to prepare
     After returning from a successful National            that will allow cross fertiliation of tactics, techniques,   for the upcoming deployment to Fort Hood followed
                                                           and procedures as they apply to Fort Carson and Fort
Training Center rotation in October, the Bulldogs are                                                                   by NTC. After its return from the NTC in October,
                                                           Hood 4th ID units as we execute training. Staff Sgt.
once again “barking” to get back into the fight.                                                                        Bravo Company conducted vehicle and equipment
                                                           Swift, the 1st Platoon Rifle Section Leader said, “The
Captain Larry E. Glasscock, the Bravo Company                                                                           services to get the equipment back into fighting con-
                                                           NTC will greatly enhance our abilities to work as a
commander said, “it was nice to have an opportunity        team in a real-world combat environment.”                    dition. Several live fire exercises have been
to return to Fort Carson and relax, but going to Fort          The NTC will also provide an opportunity for the         conducted to implement the lessons learned from the
Hood will allow us to continue to develop our              Bulldogs and the battalion to prepare for their              NTC and refresh the standard battle drills.
warfighting skills, and share the knowledge we             upcoming assumption of Division Ready Brigade and                 Teaming up with 2nd Bn. 8th Infantry. will pro-
gained from our last NTC rotation.”                        a future rotation to Kuwait for Operation Desert             vide a great forum for both units to exchange ideas,
     Bravo Company will deploy to Fort Hood in sup-        Spring. This real-world mission provides much of the         establish new SOPs, and strengthen the Army through
port of 2nd Bn. 8th Infantry, which is preparing for a     motivation for the soldiers to train hard, and prepare       teamwork and unit cohesion.

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program available
                 by Patricia Ann Randle                    families and individuals. The federal government and         permanent, legal resident of Colorado.
                   Financial Readiness                     the Colorado Energy Assistance Foundation provide                 Military families/individuals are eligible for
                    Program Manager                        funds. Colorado Department of Human Services                 LEAP except families/individuals who reside on-post.
               Army Community Service                      administers LEAP in cooperation with Goodwill                The qualifications for the LEAP program have been
     The cost of staying warm this winter is going up.     Industries of Colorado Springs.                              changed this year to provide assistance to more fami-
Natural gas prices have been near record levels since          You may qualify for LEAP assistance if:
                                                                                                                        lies so even if you have not qualified in the past, you
June, more that double the price this time last year. In       • your family income falls within 185 percent of
addition, Colorado Springs Utilities has requested an      the federal poverty level                                    may qualify this year. To find out if you qualify for
increase which could add an additional 10 to 15 per-           • you pay home heating costs to an energy                LEAP, bring an end-of- month Leave and Earnings
cent to your heating bill next month. Low-Income           provider or as part of you rent                              Statement to Army Community Service or call the
Energy Assistance Program can help with winter util-           • your assets are less than $5,000 (not including        Financial Readiness Program in Army Community
ity bills that put a strain on fixed- and low-income       your home or your primary vehicle) and you are a             Service at 526-4590 for more information.
                                                                           Military                                                              January 19, 2001       13
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers explained
         Courtesy BOSS Office                Typically, the installation’s command           BOSS councils are comprised of           Events planned by BOSS councils
    The Better Opportunities for Single      sergeant major serves as the senior mil-    single soldier from major subordinated       should meet the needs and desires of
Soldiers Program supports the overall        itary advisor to the council. An            commands and separate units on an            single soldiers on the installations.
quality of single soldiers’ lives. BOSS      installation Morale Welfare Recreation      installation. Single soldiers have the       Better Opportunities for Single
identifies real quality of life issues and   advisor is appointed to provide guid-       opportunity to become unit representa-       Soldiers councils have sponsored
concerns by recommending improve-            ance in planning activities, financial      tives, volunteer to assist in planning an    events such as soldier talent competi-
ments through the chain of command.          accountability, and marketing.              event or attend BOSS activities. The         tions, concerts, dances and trips. BOSS
BOSS encourages and assists single           Motivated single soldiers with strong       Department of the Army BOSS                  may also coordinate with installation
soldiers in identifying and planning for     senior military and MWR guidance are        Circular 608-97-1 defines the roles of       commercial sponsorship personnel
recreational and leisure activities.         the backbone of the BOSS Program.           the chain of command and MWR per-            when planning some major events.
Additionally, it gives single soldiers the        Who may participate in BOSS            sonnel at all levels.                             • Community service
opportunity to participate in and con-       events?                                                                                       BOSS councils often elect to par-
                                                                                               BOSS COMPONENTS                        ticipate in community programs or
tribute to their communities.                     All events are targeted at single           • Quality of life / well being
                                             soldiers; however, some installations                                                    projects which make a difference in the
          History of BOSS                                                                     Quality of life for single soldiers
                                                                                                                                      lives of others, the community and ulti-
     The BOSS Program was estab-             (to include Fort Carson) also include       deals primarily with those things that
                                             single parents, unaccompanied soldiers                                                   mately, themselves. BOSS members
lished in 1989 to respond to the                                                         the single soldiers can directly or indi-    have volunteered to take part in Big
recreational needs of single soldiers,       and single officers. Although the intent    rectly influence to enhance their
                                             of the BOSS Program is for single sol-                                                   Brother/Big Sister, Special Olympics,
who make up 35% of the Army. As the                                                      morale, living environment, or personal      and Habitat for Humanity. Some coun-
program was implemented throughout           diers, events are typically open to         growth and development. Some of the          cils have developed their own programs
the Army, it became evident that qual-       authorized MWR users.                       issues addressed by BOSS councils            which include sending packages to
ity of life was the primary concern of            What happens to the issues             include dining facilities, education, fit-   deployed soldiers and BOSS Against
single soldiers. In 1991, the Chief of       raised by BOSS?                             ness centers, soldiers’ quarters, medical    Drunk Drivers. This component is vol-
Staff of the Army officially expanded             Issues addressed during a BOSS         and dental care, commissary, and Army        untary in nature and must be in
BOSS to include all aspects of soldiers’     meeting are formatted and submitted to      Air Force Exchange Service. Quality          accordance with the installation volun-
lives. BOSS members later began to           the senior military advisor to seek reso-   Of Life issues identified or raised dur-     teer program.
express an interest in participating in      lution through the proper command           ing BOSS meetings are directed to the
community service projects. Recreation       channel or staff agency. Issues that can-   appropriated command or staff agency
and leisure, quality of life, and commu-     not be resolved at the installation level   for resolution and resolved at the low-
nity service are the core components of      are coordinated with the installation       est level.
the BOSS Program.                            Army Family Action Plan coordinator              • Recreation and leisure
    How BOSS works                           and may be released by the installation          Recreation and leisure activities
    Installations establish a formal         commander to go forward to the Major        may be planned solely by the BOSS
BOSS program, to include a BOSS              Army Command AFAP.                          council or in conjunction with other
council consisting of single soldier rep-         What is the soldiers’ role in          MWR activities. Soldiers assure the
resentatives from installation units.        BOSS?                                       primary role in planning BOSS events.
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    14          January 19, 2001                                  FEATURE

                                                    Remembering the                                                                  .
                                                                                                                               Dream .
                                                                      Story and photos                      referring to Rising Star’s presentation, “If you were not
                                                              by Staff Sgt. Gary L. Qualls Jr.              moved, something is totally wrong.”
                                                                    Public Affairs Office                        She called King’s “I Have a Dream” speech “a call
                                                      The Fort Carson community went through a heart-       to action” and said “His message is really for all
                                                 rending yet elevating three hours Friday by reliving the   people.
                                                 life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through speeches,            “We must have the courage to forge ahead and
                                                 musical numbers and a stirring theatrical presentation     continue passing milestones,” Young said.
                                                 in a celebration honoring King at the McMahon                   Young quoted King as saying, “Now is the time to
                                                 Theater.                                                   make real the promise of democracy. Now is the time to
                                                      Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers spoke at the celebration as did   make justice a reality to all Americans.”
                                                 Colorado Springs City Clerk Kathryn M. Young.
                                                                                                                 Harmony in Motion provided soul to the
                                                 Denver theatrical group “Rising Star” and Fort Carson’s
                                                                                                            celebration through lively Gospel renditions, including
                                                 own chorus, “Harmony in Motion,” provided
                                                                                                            an original song written by a member of the group.
    Above: Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers gives the         entertainment for the event.
                                                      Rising Star set the tone for the celebration with a        The winners of Fort Carson’s schools poster contest
    keynote address.
                                                 theatrical performance depicting King’s life. The          about “What Martin Luther King Jr. Day Means to Me”
    Below: City Clerk Kathryn M. Young                                                                      were also honored during the celebration. Brittany
                                                 presentation went through King’s childhood, his college
    speaks to the audience.                                                                                 Smith of Abrams, Phillip DeLeon of Beacon and
                                                 years, marriage and significant events in his crusade as
                                                 a civil rights leader. The audience was visibly moved by   Jho’Len Visaya of Mountainside showed their winning
                                                 the group’s performance. The actors and actresses in the   posters.
                                                 group portrayed King and the significant figures in his         Rogers, the keynote speaker for the event, related a
                                                 life with acute realism.                                   recent experience he had, standing where King had
                                                      Scenes such as the one depicting Rosa Parks’          been assassinated near the National Civil Rights
                                                 adamant refusal to give up her seat in the Montgomery      Museum in Memphis, Tenn.
                                                 Bus System seemed to hit the mark with the audience,            “It was an ominous and eerie feeling,” he said.
                                                 many of whom weren’t old enough to remember the                 Rogers praised the United States and the role of the
                                                 piercing oppression endured by black Americans in          militaryt during his address, saying “Where would our
                                                 King’s day. The actress portrayed Parks’ incident, which
                                                                                                            world be without the United States? I hope that we
                                                 brought King to the forefront of American civil affairs,
                                                                                                            would always remain supreme in standing for
                                                 with nearly all the exasperation and steely resolve that
                                                 Parks showed during the real event.
                                                                                                                 Like Young, Rogers related experiences close to
                                                      The audience laughed in spirited approval in
                                                 another scene when a black man, who was participating      him pertaining to racial bigotry and oppression.
                                                 in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, said, “My feet are               “My father fought on behalf of our nation,” he said.
                                                 tired, but my pride feels fine!”                           “Yet he couldn’t go to school with white children, he
                                                      Young, who was named one of the “Ten Most             couldn’t swim with white children and couldn’t
                                                 Influential African American Women in the State of         purchase a home in certain parts of Little Rock, Ark.”
                                                 Colorado” in 1999, related her own experience with              “If we live up to what we say we are, it ought to be
                                                 racial intolerance during the celebration and said,        real,” the lieutenant governor said.

                                                                                                                                  Above: Rising Star cast mem
                                                                                                                                  Martin Luther King Jr.’s con
                                                                                                                                  in song during the portrayal
                                                                                                                                  sermons during the present
                                                                                                                                  mance featured many of the
                                                                                                                                  in King’s life, including h
                                                                                                                                  Luther King Sr., civil rights
    “Harmony in Motion,” Fort Carson’s own choral group, performs one of several Gospel numbers during                            Parks and former Attorney G
    Fort Carson’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The music expressed to poignant emotions felt by                            Kennedy.
    members of the audience during the ceremony.                                                                                  Right: The audience at M
                                                                                                                                  stands during the King celeb
16       January 19, 2001                                                 Military

                                                    $how me the money
                                by Staff Sgt. Warren       game. You may be helping to “Create a Millionaire”.              How can you avoid this trap? There are several
                                        Wells              Not you, but the person collecting the high interest        ways.
                               4th Engineer Battalion      rate payments that often go along with WAC.                      Create a budget that is realistic and stick to it.
                                Command Financial               Have you noticed all of the signs around town               Calculate your debt to income ratio. Knowing
                                         NCO               that say, “We finance E-1s and up WAC?” What does           this ratio can assist you in knowing when you can
                                   Have you ever           it take to be approved? A military ID card and the          afford to take on more debt.
                              wanted to be on a game       ability to sign your name? Unfortunately many sol-               Save. Paying cash for an item is not a crime.
                              show? Well here is your      diers with no credit history or a poor credit history            Create a list of goals and save for them.
                              chance. We are going to      believe this is the only way to get credit. Is there any-        If you decide that you can afford to take on more
                              play “Who Wants to           thing wrong with this idea? It depends on your point        debt, shop around for the best interest rate.
                              Create a Millionaire?” I     of view. For a young soldier who wants (not needs) a             Remember that the credit cards you are carrying
                              will be your host and        car or a new stereo, this is an opportunity to get it.      with you are potential debt not potential spending
                              there is only one ques-      But, as a command financial noncommissioned offi-           power.
          WELLS               tion to answer.              cer, I see this as the entrance to a long dark tunnel.           Finally, learn who your CFNCO is. He or she has
                                   Here is the question:        Interest rates associated with most of these loan      the training and tools to help you create a budget, cal-
    What does the acronym WAC stand for?                   programs are very high. I have had dozens of soldiers       culate your debt to income
           a. What a charmer                               come to me for financial advice after they signed on        ratio and to look over a con-
           b. With approved credit                         the dotted line. Many soldiers find that getting credit     tract before you sign it.
           c. What a chump                                 is so easy that they apply for it at several places. A           Take control of your
           d. What a crock                                 low monthly payment is what they are looking for ...        future. If you are going to
    If you need to use a lifeline, go ahead. This ques-    and they get it. The problem is that they forget to add     “Create a Millionaire,” it
tion is too important to get wrong.                        1+1+1+1. A single low monthly payment may be                should be you.
    Did you choose the right answer? If you chose          manageable, however, several low monthly payments                For more information,
anything other than “b,” you are not a winner in this      can push a budget past its limit.                           contact your CFNCO.
                                                                Military                                                  January 19, 2001       17

                                                   Dining Schedule
      Weekday Dining Facilities                                                                            Weekend Dining Facilities
          A La Carte Facilities                     Week of Jan. 20 to Jan. 26                         43rd ASG Cheyenne Mtn. Inn (building 1040)
                                                                                                       3rd ACR Patton House (building 2161)
43rd ASG Cheyenne Mountain Inn (building 1040)                                                         3rd BCT Iron Bde. (building 2061)
3rd BCT Iron Bde. (building 2061)
3rd ACR Butts Army Airfield (building 9612)                      Exceptions                                    Saturday Meal Hours
                                                                                                             Breakfast    8 to 10 a.m.
           Standard Facilities                      • Butts Army Airfield Dining Facility serves the         Lunch        11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                                                      breakfast and lunch meals only.                        Dinner       4 to 6 p.m.
3rd ACR Patton House (building 2161)
10th Special Forces Group (A) (building 7481)       • 10th SFG (A) meal hours are the same
                                                      Monday through Friday.                                 Sunday Brunch/Supper
                                                    • The CAV House Dining Facility will be                       Meal Hours
          Weekday Meal Hours
                                                      closed for repairs until further notice.               Brunch        9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri          Thu                                                                           Supper        3:30 to 6 p.m.
Breakfast 7:30 to 9 a.m.       5:30 to 7 a.m.
Lunch     11:30 to 1 p.m.      noon to 1:30 p.m.
Dinner    5 to 6:30 p.m.       4 to 5:30 p.m.

                            Family members are cordially invited to dine
                                  at Fort Carson dining facilities.
                                                                                                                              January 19, 2001         19

                             Sports & Leisure
Youth center basketball season opens

                                                                                                                                         Photo by Walt Johnson
Opposing 10-to-12 year old players jump at the center circle to get the   A member of the Fort Carson youth center Timberwolves sets himself
first game of the season started.                                         up to shoot a jump shot.

                                                                                       by Walt Johnson                   Last year the youth center
                                                                                      Mountaineer staff             program had unparalled success and
                                                                               The 2001 post youth basketball       this year could be even more
                                                                          season kicked off in high fashion         successful according to Mark Swaim,
                                                                          Saturday at the post youth center as      youth center sports director.
                                                                          potential hoops stars showed what              “Last year we had a record
                                                                          they are made of in front of a nearly     number of kids involved in the
                                                                          full house.                               basketball program and this year we
                                                                               This year the league willl have      have signed up more than 100 kids
                                                                          three different divisions competing.      than last year. We (the youth center)
                                                                          The 5-to 6-year old group will            are really excited about our season
                                                                          normally be in action at 9 and 10 a.m.    and what it will mean for the
                                                                          on the new gym floor adjacent to the      development of all our young
                                                                          main basketball court.                    basketball players.”
                                                                               The 7-to-9-year old group will            Swaim added the youth center has
                                                                          normally play their games in the main     taken the challenge of helping the
                                                                          gym at 9, 10 11 a.m. and noon. The        athletes improve in all facets of the
                                                                          10-to 12-year-old teams will normally     game very seriously this year.
                                                                          lace up their sneakers at 1 and 2 p.m.         Beginning with the curreent
                                                                          There will be times this year when the    basketball season and every season
                                                                          teams will play later than the times      from now on, the youth center will be
                                                                          listed above and that information will    using coaches who are certified in the
                                                                          be available in the Mountaineer.          sport they are coaching. More
                                                                               If action from Saturday’s games      information on that will available in
                                                                          are any indication of what people can     upcoming editions of the Mountianeer.
                                                                          expect this year, there are going to be        This week’s schedulefor the 7-to
                                                                          some exciting games played at the         9-year olds is: 9 a.m. Team B vs. Team
                                                                          youth center this year.                   G; 10 a.m. Team F vs. Team H; 11
                                                                               None of the kids can dunk a          a.m. Team A vs. Team E; noon. Team
                                                                          basketball quite yet, nor can any of      D vs. Team I.
                                                                          them score at will, but they are               This week’s schedule for the 10-to
                                                                          displaying the type of intensity and      12-year-olds is: 1 p.m. Team D vs.
The 5-to-6 year old group played some exciting basketball games as
                                                                          fun attitude that will make the games     Team E and at 2 p.m. Team A vs.
they got the season off and running.
                                                                          what they are intended for-fun.           Team C.
20       Janaury 19, 2001                                   Sports & Leisure
MEDDAC scores impressive victory
                     by Walt Johnson
                    Mountaineer staff
     The Medical Department Activities intramural bas-
ketball team used a quick, fast breaking offense to an
easy 59-52 victory over Howitzer Battery, 2nd
Battalion, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment Jan. 11 at
McKibben Physical Fitness Center.
     While the game itself was decided by seven points
at the end, the game wasn’t nearly as close as the score
would indicate. The MEDDAC team was a step quicker
and its offensive and defensive execution was nearly
flawless. At each step of the way, the MEDDAC team
had more answers for what Howitzer Battery tried than
Howitzer Battery could answer.
     Howitzer Battery tried to make a game of it late, by
rallying within 11 points of the MEDDAC team with
minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the game. MED-
DAC was able to keep its double digit lead over the next
two minutes and thrity seconds of the game, but didn’t
realize the Howitzer Battery team would make one last
run at them.
     With the score 53-43 and one minute and three sec-
onds on the clock, Howitzer Battery cut into the MED-
DAC lead over the next 30 seconds. Howitzer Battery
got as close as six points at 55-49 with 22 seconds left
in the game and it looked like Howitzer Battery might
actually pull out a surprise victory.
     However, MEDDAC was having no part of any
comeback or upset bid as they scored two quick baskets
to take a 59-47 lead that held up for its victory.
     The MEDDAC team is quick on their feet and they
                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Walt Johnson
have to be because there isn’t anyone on its team over Medical Activity Department guard Brian McKoon shoots a jump shot over the defensive
6’2 ”. This means the team must rely on its quickness pressure of Howitzer Battery’s Solomon Simmons.
not only to outrun teams but also to help get in position
to out-rebound its opponents.                                                     the recent post Christmas tournament, was rebounding and getting good first shot
     The win was the first regular season victory of the year for MEDDAC. The     opportunities and making them.
team’s coach, Cedric Williams, said the key to victory for his team, as it was in     “We got our big man, Snape,                      See MEDDAC, Page 21
                                                              Sports & Leisure                                               Janaury 19, 2000   21
From Page 20
involved tonight and we       we were able to play a
came out wanting to run.      good team like Special
During the recent             Forces which finished
Christmas tournament we       second last yea, as well
had a very good Special       as we did. We know that
Forces team down by 13        we can run and we can
points when we were run-      run with the best teams
ning. We lost that game       in the league. We can out
because we ran out of gas     rebound people if we
because we only had six       commit to rebounding
people for that game.”        but our main strength
    The MEDDAC group          will be outrunning peo-
is one of those teams that    ple. We also have a lot of
may just have the type of     good shooters. Everyone
talent that can win a         on the team can shoot
championship although         the jump shot, and Snape
they don’t have a lot of      and (Aqua) Vass give us
players who scare you         solid players down low,”
with their ability. This is   Williams said.
not to say the MEDDAC              Williams, who just
team is not talented          returned from a stint
because there is a lot of     with the Continental
talent on this team.          Basketball Association
    It wasn’t a factor for    and International
the MEDDAC team               Basketball Association
against Howitzer Battery      said the MEDDAC team
but it will be a factor       is looking to have a big
against teams like the        season this year and
984th Military Police         judging from the way it
and Headquarters,             looked in the first game
Headquarters Troop, 2nd       of the season, that may
Battalion, 3rd Armored        not be out of the ques-
Cavalry Regiment.             tion.
    “We’ve only played             No one should be
three games together this     terribly surprised to see
year and we feel pretty       this team make a lot of      Howitzer Battery’s Jonathan Ballard, 2, heads toward the basket in spite of the defense of
good about the fact that      noise this year.             Medical Activities Department’s Duane Snape.
22       January 19, 2001                                  Sports & Leisure
On the Bench

  Vikings didn’t lose the NFC title Sunday
                                   by Walt Johnson
                                  Mountaineer staff
                                  I couldn’t lose Sunday
                              when the National
                              Football Conference
                              championship game was
                              played in New Jersey
                              between the New York
                              Giants and the Minnesota
                                  They happen to be my
        Johnson               two favorite NFC teams,
                              so no matter who won the
game, I was going to be a happy camper.
     Some people may think that a Viking fan such as
myself would be disappointed with that stinker of a
performance Sunday, but a true Viking fan will tell
you that they have no problem with the outcome. We
are used to having our heart snatched out by this
     Two years ago it was a bad loss in Minneapolis
to the Atlanta Falcons and this year it was the maul-
ing in the Meadowlands. I can say one thing for
these Vikings, they know how to lose in style and
they are very compassionate to their fans while doing
     The Vikings didn’t lose the NFC championship
Sunday in the Meadowlands.They lost the champi-
onship three weeks week ago when the Green Bay
                                                                                                                                   Photo by Walt Johnson
Packers handed them their helmets.
     Had the Vikings beaten the Packers that after-
noon, the game would have been played in
                                                           Cheering for the home team ...
Minneapolis and maybe the outcome would have               Members of the Fort Carson youth center 4-5 year old cheerleading squad get set to yell
been just a little different.                              out an encouraging cheer Saturday morning at the post youth center.
        Sports & Leisure                                        Janaury 19, 2001   23

Mountaineer Sports Spotlight

                                           Tridents compete at
                                           Colorado College...
                                           Fort Carson Tridents swimming team
                                           coach Pat Burch, second from left, talks
                                           over strategy with Trident team members,
                                           from left, Kim Osborn, Jessica Moore,
                                           Courtney Teague and Matthew Nohava.
                                           The Tridents are looking for people inter-
                                           ested in being a part of the swimming
                                           team; contact Burch at the indoor swim-
                                           ming pool on Wednesday, Thursday and
                                           Friday at 5:45 p.m. or call the indoor pool
                                           at 526-3107.
                   Photo by Walt Johnson
                                                                       Story and photos
                                                                        by Nel Lampe
                                                                       Mountaineer staff

Between laser tag sessions, players pass the time with electronic games in the lobby of Laser Quest.

   I n quest of laser tag
                                           ened, black-light playing field, called
                                           an arena, and tagging other players with
                 aser tag is a lot like    a laser.
                 using MILES — the             In the meantime, every tag is count-
                 Multiple Integrated       ed by the electronic equipment — 10
                 Laser Engagement          points for each tag — nd misses are
System. You get tagged and you’re out      also counted.
of the game. But in laser tag games at         When the game is over, participants
Laser Quest, being tagged is only tem-     take off the electronic equipment and
porary — the lights on your equipment      exit to the lobby, awaiting the games
go out, it vibrates and you hear a beep-   results and checking out their overall
ing sound. Momentarily though, every-      standing, based on total points. Each
thing comes back on, and a tagged          player then receives a personal score
player continues the game of high tech     sheet, listing the tags you made and the
“hide and go seek.”                        player’s code name, whether the tag
    Players from ages 7 and up enjoy       was in front, back, shoulder or to the
getting lost in the maze of the dark-      laser, as well as the total score.. The
                                           score sheets also lists who tagged you,
                                           where, and the total tags you received.
                                               Listed on the monitor in the lobby
                                           are standings for all game participants
                                           so you can see how you stacked up in
                                           tagging and evasion skills.
                                                                                      Laser Quest players listen for their
                                               Chris Noble, manager of the Laser
                                                                                      scores following a laser game.
                                           Quest facility in the Rustic Hills
                                           Shopping Center, said participants         Quest employee will “kit up” the play-
                                           begin the game process by checking in      ers, and conduct the briefing. The play-
                                           at Mission Control and choosing a          ers are briefed about the rules, how the
                                           “nickname” or “code name” (real            equipment works, how to play and what
                                           names are not used). Mission Control       to do if any problems arise. One or two
                                           inputs the code names into a “key”         “marshals” are in the arena to assist
                                           which the player later inserts in the      with equipment problems or to assist
                                           laser equipment pack. The key allows       anyone who gets stage fright, has a
                                           players and their scores to be tracked.    vision problem, loses a shoe or some-
                                               Players may arrive with a friend or    thing similar.
                                           group of friends, or may just join other       The briefing also serves as a way to
                                           players who sign up to play the next       “get the players pumped up” for the
                                           game. There’s a maximum of 30 players      upcoming game, Noble said.
                                           per game.                                      Once the briefing is over and play-
                                               Once players are signed up for a       ers understand the rules, they go into
                                           game Mission Control keeps them            the arena, which is lighted with black
                                           informed as to how long before the         lights, fitted with maze-type barriers
                                           game starts and when to arrive at the      and decorated with black-light paints         A pull-out section for
Chris Noble, manager of Laser                                                                                                    the Fort Carson community
Quest, briefs players before they          briefing room.
                                               Once in the briefing room, a Laser                       See Laser Page B-2        January 19, 2001
enter the arena.
B2      January 19, 2001

Laser                                              dozen Laser Quest
From Page B-1                                      facilities are in Canada
                                                   now, and almost 50
which glow. To enhance the experience, fog         facilities are in the
and music are piped into the arena.                United States.
    Noble advises participants to wear comfort-         The Colorado
able, loose clothing. He equates the level of      Springs Laser Quest
activity during the game as similar to an aero-    opened about four
bic work out.                                      years ago in a former
    According to Noble, laser tag got its start in twin-screen theater
Great Britain. The first laser tag facility in     building. The remod-
America was in Lexington, Ky., opening in          eled building contains
1992. According to Noble, the owner of Laser       four private party
Quest, Greg Thompson, was interested in virtu- rooms, the briefing
al reality equipment when he went to London        room, the arena, mis-
to check it out. He discovered laser tag, and      sion control and the
decided that was what he really wanted to          lobby/game room area.
invest in. He took over the London operation            There is no snack     A player seems pleased with his score after a Laser Quest game.
and eventually relocated the corporation to        bar; a few snack and
Canada. Under the name Versent Corporation,        drink machines are available.
he expanded to the United States. About a               Winter hours of operation for Laser Quest             Players code of honor
                                                    are Tuesday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10
                                                    p.m. Laser Quest is open from 4 p.m. to 11               I will not run, climb or jump.
                                                    p.m. on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
                                                    Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The
                                                                                                             I will not sit, kneel or lie down.
                                                    facility is closed Mondays, except for private           I will not cover any targets.
                                                    groups arranged in advance.                              I will not make physical
                                                        In addition, groups may make special                   contact with other players.
                                                    arrangements for private group activities to             I will not use offensive
                                                    occur before or after normal operating hours.              language.
                                                        Noble said that special activities are
                                                    planned for school vacations, holidays and
                                                                                                             I will play hard, play smart
                                                    special events. For instance, there’s a “Play All          and play to survive.
                                                    Day” for Super Bowl Sunday, from 11:30 a.m.
                                                    until 5:30 p.m. participants may play unlimited
                                                    games for $28 per person. Complimentary
                                                    pizza and soft drink will be provided.
                                                        Call 570-1115 for reservations or on line at
                                                        Another special activity which is quite
                                                    popular, according to Noble, is the “lock-in,”
                                                    which costs about $35. Again, attendees play
                                                    unlimited games from midnight to 6 a.m., with
                                                    complimentary food and soft drinks.
                                                        Celebrating birthdays is another popular
                                                    activity at Laser Quest. One of four special
Assistant Manager Sharon James decorates private rooms may be reserved. The room is
for a birthday celebration in a party room.        decorated for the occasion, but no food is fur-
                                                    nished by Laser Quest. The birthday package
                                                    price of $11 includes two “missions” for each
                                                    party guest (a minimum of six guests) in a reg-
                                                    ularly scheduled game; a free pass for the
                                                    guest of honor; a “buy one, get one free” pass
                                                    for each guest; and use of the room for two
                                                    hours. People may bring their own refresh-
                                                    ments for the party. Or, as Noble observed,
                                                    many party hosts elect to have pizza delivered
                                                    to the Laser Quest facility.
                                                        Other special packages are for groups of      Chris Noble of Laser Quests fits a player with
                                                    10 or more, in which the game price is dis-       laser equipment in the briefing room.
                                                    counted; an exclusive game for two to 30 play-
                                                    ers for $155; a triple game exclusive session
                                                    for $405; or a quadruple exclusive session for                     Just the Facts
                                                    $545. Call Laser Quest at 570-1115 to make
                                                                                                           • Travel time     20 minutes
                                                    arrangements and reservations.
                                                        Laser Quest offers memberships: join for a         • For ages      ages 7 and up
                                                    fee of $20 for a year. Members get special
                                                    prices for games ($5), one free game upon              • Type             laser tag
                                                    signing up, and other benefits.
                                                                                                           • Fun factor ★★★★ (Out of 5 stars)
                                                        Individual games are $7 for each player.
                                                        To reach Laser Quest, take Academy                 • Wallet damage       $$
                                                    Boulevard north to Palmer Park Boulevard.
                                                    The facility is in the Rustic Hills Mall area,                    $ = Less than $20
                                                    near Albertson’s and Long’s Drug Store.
                                                                                                                      $$ = $21 to $40
                                                    Between Constitution and Palmer Park. The
                                                    address is 1605 N. Academy Blvd.                                   $$$ = $41 to $80
A birthday party group enjoys refreshments
                                                                                                               (Based on a family of four)
in between game sesions at Laser Quest.
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                                                         month at the Friendship House on post at 7 p.m. For      are needed both on-and off-post. Free training; free
                                                         more information, call Monica Hewitt at 382-1927.        child care during training classes; a free starter kit
                                                                                                                  and free use of toys/equipment from the lending
                                                             The Fort Carson Waiting Families Program is          library will be provided. An orientation class is
                                                         here for spouses of soldiers on unaccompanied            conducted the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m. at
                                                         hardship tours and extended deployments. First           Child and Youth Services, building 5510, on Harr

    Family Readiness                                     “get together” is today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the
                                                         Family Readiness Center, Building 1526. Call
                                                                                                                  Avenue. If interested, call the Family Child Care
                                                                                                                  offices at 526-3338.
         Center                                          Barbara at 526-4590 for more information.

                                                                                                                       The Community Craft Center has classes for
    Army Community Service offers a monthly                  The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers
                                                         for public speaking opportunities within the Fort        beginners to experts. Schedule and costs are as
class on “Understanding the Immigration Process”
every second Monday of the month from 11 a.m. to         Carson communities. All training will be provided.       follows:
12:30 p.m. Attendees will receive information on the     For more information, 526-2311.                               Beginning Matting and Framing: This class is
entire realm of the immigration process and the effect                                                            required before using the equipment. Jan. 27 at 1
permanent change of station orders have on the                                                                    p.m. Cost is $15 and early sign up is recommended.
                                                               Construction at Gates 20 and 4, to enhance
process; petitioning for immediate and preference                                                                      Basket Weaving: Saturday at 11 a.m. Cost is $10
                                                          security and force protection, is ongoing. Traffic
relatives and assisting relatives and friends in                                                                  plus supplies.
                                                          will be restricted and personnel are advised to use
applying for a temporary visitor visa into the United                                                                  Ceramic Casting Class: Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. Cost is
                                                          other gates to alleviate congestion. The
States. For more information, call Joe Camacho at                                                                 $12 and $1 per hour user fee. This class is for those
                                                          construction will switch to Gate 1 after the inbound
                                                          lanes at the other gates completed. The construction    who would like to cast their own greenware. Children
                                                          is expected to take approximately six weeks to          under 14 and over 8 are welcomed with an adult.
    The Family Member Employment Assistance               complete.                                               Early sign up is recommended.
Program will be conducting a Networking and                                                                            Rubber Stamping: Cost is $3, children 8 years
Achieving a Professional Image Workshop from 1                                                                    and up are welcome with an adult.
                                                             The American Red Cross hosts health and
to 3 p.m. Tuesday. The workshop will give specifics
                                                         safety classes which include Cardio-Pulmonary
on where and how to look for a civilian position
                                                         Resuscitation, First Aid and babysitting courses.
through the people you know and how to display the                                                                    Annual leave donors are needed for Dawn
                                                         For more information, call Bob Leavit at 524-1279.
best image for the position you want. For registration                                                            Marcella Ann Orr, an employee of Medical
and more information, call 526-0452.                                                                              Department Activity. The leave is needed to cover her
                                                             The Selective Service System has added a
                                                                                                                  absence due to the exhaustion of her available paid
                                                         change of address page to its Web site that allows
    The Family Member Employment Assistance                                                                       leave. For more information, call 526-7246.
                                                         young men to update their registration
Program will be conducting a Resume Workshop
                                                         information on line. Federal law requires that men
from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. The workshop will
                                                         ages 18 through 25 notify Selective Service within 10         Annual leave donors are needed for Judith L.
include how to write a cover letter, a variety of
                                                         days of an address change.
resume styles in which to showcase your experience                                                                Dutt, an employee of the Fort Carson Public Affairs
which will hold the attention of the employer and                                                                 Office. The leave is needed to cover her absence due
many points on interviewing techniques. For                   Today is the last day Christmas trees can be        to the exhaustion of her available paid leave
registration and more information, call 526-0452         left at the empty lot at the corner of Wickersham        following surgery. For more information, call 526-
                                                         Boulevard and Chiles Avenue. Trees will be used in       8399.
                                                         various habitat improvement projects around Fort
    The Financial Readiness Center presents a
                                                         Carson. For more information, call 579-9088 or 579-
Financial Planning Class for first-term soldiers from    9094.                                                        Annual leave donors are needed for Linda S.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at McMahon Theater. The
class will provide financial readiness education. For                                                             Cellars, an employee of Medical Department Activity.
more information, call 526-4590.                              Volunteers, ages 16 and older, are needed for       The leave is needed to cover her absence due to the
                                                         the Children’s Literacy Center to provide one-on-        exhaustion of her available paid leave. For more
                                                         one tutoring in reading to first, second and third       information, call 526-7246.
     The Financial Readiness Debt Management             graders. Winter orientations will be held in the
Program is available to help active duty, family         community room at the Citadel Barnes and Noble
members, retirees and Department of Defense              store Thursday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. To volunteer,          Annual leave donors are needed for Stacey L.
civilians with debt problems. For registration and       call 471-8672.                                           Pipken, an employee of Medical Department Activity.
more information, call 526-0449.
                                                                                                                  The leave is needed to cover her absence due to the
                                                             The Colorado Self-Help and Resource                  exhaustion of her available paid leave. For more
    The Fort Carson Equal Employment                     Exchange is a program designed to offset the cost of     information, call 526-7246.
Opportunity office will host a “Consideration of         food in the Colorado Springs area. For every two
Others” Program for civilian employees in                hours of time volunteers give, they can purchase a
January. To apply for the class Wednesday, contact       food package for $15, which is usually worth                 Annual leave donors are needed for George
the EEO office at 526-4413. The class will be in the     between $25 and $50. For more information, call          Bobo, an employee of Department of Environmental
Pine Room of the Family Readiness Center.                526-4590.                                                Compliance and Management. The leave is needed to
                                                                                                                  cover his absence due to the exhaustion of his
    Miscellaneous                                           Post Shuttle Bus service hours have been
                                                         reduced effective Jan. 1. Service from 5 p.m. to 8
                                                                                                                  available paid leave. For more information, call 526-
    The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American               p.m. will be eliminated. Service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                                                         Monday through Friday will continue.
Society of Military Comptrollers will hold its next
meeting noon, Tuesday, at the Peterson Air Force
Base Enlisted Club. Maj Gen Everett G. Odgers,                Help for single parent families. Family Advocacy
Director of Financial Management, Comptroller, Air                                                                    The American Intercultural Student Exchange
                                                         is now offering assistance and problem solving for
Force Materiel Command, will be the guest speaker.       single parents Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in building 1526.   program is looking for host families for high school
For additional information, call Dick DuBose at 556-     Group discussions are held to address divorce            foreign exchange students. The students live with
6175.                                                    recovery, remarriage, money management, stress,          families and attend local high schools during their
                                                         massage therapy and more. Free child care and pizza      five- or 10-month cultural exchange experiences.
                                                         are available. For more information, call 526-4590.      Host families provide these students with a place to
    The Enlisted Spouses Charitable organization
is going bowling Wednesday 6 p.m. at the Post                                                                     sleep, meals and a loving family atmosphere. For
Bowling Alley. The Enlisted Spouses Charitable              Child and Youth Services currently has                more information, call (800) 742-5464, or visit the
Organization meets every third Wednesday of the          openings for Family Child Care Providers. Providers      AISE Web site at .
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                                                             Directorate of Public Works announces the fol-         Join the team of future leaders who are graduates of
                                                         lowing road closings due to pavement projects. Son         the Army Management Staff College. Eligible are:
                                                         Tay Road will be closed through March 30. Nelson,          centrally funded DA civilians, GS 12-14s, with high
                                                         from Magrath to building 8142 will be closed until         potential and desire to make a difference (GS-11s
                                                         March 30. Minnic will be closed until March 30 due         may apply by exception).
                                                         to construction at Nelson. Butts Road overlay,                 The next class is in May — slots go fast. Take a
                                                         Cottonwood to the Route 1 and 5 intersection is            few minutes to apply now on-line for the Sustaining
     CG’s Newcomers Briefing is today, at 1:30           closed until Monday.                                       Base Leadership and Management Program.
p.m. at the McMahon Theater. It is mandatory for             The following roads will be affected by construc-      Application information is provided on the AMSC
all newly assigned officers and soldiers to attend.      tion but not closed: Specker (Polio to Titus) until Feb.   homepage: .
Family members are welcome, free child care is           15; Ellis (Ware to Harr) until Feb. 28 and Ware
available by calling 524-0151.                           (McCullough to Ellis) until Feb. 28. For more infor-           The Used Car Sales Lot is in the Mini Mall
                                                         mation call Danny Moyer at 526-5115 or 526-9222.           parking lot. Parking is restricted to motorcycles, cars
     The commander of the 10th Combat Support
Hospital will host the Change of Responsibility                                                                     and pick-up trucks with approved Fort Carson
Ceremony between Command Sergeant Major                                                                             permits. Permits are issued at a cost of $10 for a 30-
Donald E. Spear III (outgoing) and Command                     Legal Notice                                         day period. For more information call 524-1146.
Sergeant Major Joel R. Jenkins (incoming) today,               With deepest regrets to the family of Spc.
2 p.m. at Pershing Field. The inclement weather site       Emmanuel Cruz, deceased. Anyone having                       The Army Career and Alumni Program
is the Post Physical Fitness Center. Duty uniform is       claims against or indebtedness to his estate
                                                                                                                    Center now has set times for clearing. Monday
the dress code.                                            should contact 1st Lt. Christopher P. Hill at 526-
                                                                                                                    through Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30
                                                                                                                    p.m., Thursday 9 to 10 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.,
    The Local Officer Candidate School board is                                                                     Friday 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. If you have
scheduled for Feb. 14 and 15 at the Elkhorn                                                                         questions, call 526-1002 or 526-0640, or visit the
Conference Center The board is required for all               Attention Korean War Veterans. If you would           Web site .
applicants. Participants must report in Class A uni-     like to receive the Korean War Service Medal, and
form to appear before the board. All packets must be     you served in the military between June 25, 1950,
turned in to the 4th Personnel Support Battalion,                                                                        The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club event
                                                         and July 27, 1953, you may receive this medal at a
Personnel Action Section, building 1118, room 317,                                                                  calendar is as follows:
                                                         formal ceremony sponsored by the Dutch Nelson
no later than Feb. 7. For more information, call Cpl.                                                                   All meetings are held monthly on the third
                                                         Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association, and
Nathaly Gaffke at 526-1906.                                                                                         Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the
                                                         the Korean/American Society of Colorado Springs.
                                                                                                                    Mountain Post Wellness Center on the second floor
                                                         For more information, call the Dutch Nelson
    Special Forces briefings are held Wednesdays                                                                    conference room in the Family Readiness Center.
at 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.         Chapter’s point of contact, Scott L. Defabaugh at
                                                                                                                        Induction ceremonies and rehearsals are held at
at Grant Library. You can apply for SF training as a     444-0399.
                                                                                                                    McMahon Theater. All other events are conducted in
private 1st class, but cannot begin training until you                                                              the main conference room of building 1430. For more
are an E-4. For more information, call 524-1461 or            Retiring but still want to serve? Junior ROTC
                                                                                                                    information, call 526-2409 or 526-3887.
524-1462.                                                employs approximately 3,200 retired officers and
                                                         noncommissioned officers for its 1,400 programs.
                                                                                                                        Reminder to all outprocessing soldiers: All
     The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, in         Applications are accepted from all officers and non-
conjunction with the Navy Exchange System, has           commissioned officers honorably discharged from            personnel are required to begin outprocessing the
announced that the DPP card has been replaced by         active military service for five or fewer years, or are    installation 30 days prior to the date on the orders,
the Military Star Card. More information is available    within one year of retirement. Applicants must have a      regardless of marital status or unit obligations. The
at the Web site .                          strong desire to teach and develop young people,           Fort Carson Outprocessing Center is located on the
                                                         represent the U.S. Army in the classroom and               second floor of the Welcome Center, building 1218.
     Due to mandatory budget cuts, the DPW is            community, be physically and mentally fit and have         For more information, call 526-4462.
reducing custodial service to buildings it is            been approved as an instructor. For more information
responsible for. Services provided will include                                                                         Outpatient pharmacy at U.S. Army MEDDAC,
                                                         call Capt. Kristin Bowen at 524-2694 or Sgt. 1st
restrooms and common areas (i.e., hallways,                                                                         Fort Carson will undergo a complete restructuring of
                                                         Class Marcus Pitchford at 526-8626.
stairwells, break areas, waiting rooms, and                                                                         how prescriptions are obtained. Implementation of
entranceways) only, which will be cleaned once a                                                                    the new procedures begin Feb. 1.
week. Service to reimbursable clients will not be             Army license plate — An effort is under way to
affected. For more information call Fred Buckner,        bring a U.S. Army license plate to Colorado drivers
Chief, CQA Branch, at 526-9241.                          who are serving in the active Army, U.S. Army
                                                         Reserves, Army National Guard, or anyone who has                           Phone Book Recycling
                                                         retired from these organizations. Currently there are             The local phone company has established
      Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers                                                                        locations at Safeway stores throughout Colorado
                                                         plates for other services, but not the Army.
      BOSS meetings are on the second and fourth                                                                      Springs to collect outdated phone books as a
  Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at                  The Colorado Springs Special Interest U.S. Army
                                                                                                                      community service again this year. The recycling
  Christopher’s. For more information on how you         license plate, which is in the design stages now, will
                                                                                                                      of phone books continues through Jan. 30.
  can become active in the BOSS program, partici-        not be produced unless 250 people commit to buying                The phone company has recycled more than
  pate in events or if you have ideas, concerns or       the plates. Those interested in purchasing the plate         71,164,300 phone books since 1991. This figure
  questions, contact Spc. Amy Hafford at 524-            need to add their names to the list in order to begin        equals enough old phone books to fill a hole the
  BOSS (2677).                                           production. There will be a one-time charge of $35           size of a football field more than 251 feet deep.
                                                         payable at the time of the registration of each vehicle      More than 2 million trees, nearly 945 million
      There will be Super Bowl Party at the Neon         receiving the plates. Applications for the plates            gallons of water, 472,230 barrels of oil and more
  Jan. 28, starting at 3 p.m.There will be great         should be in by March. If approved, the plates will be       than 553 million kilowatt hours of energy have
  giveaway prizes and other goodies. Call Spc. Amy                                                                    been saved by people recycling their phone
  Hafford at 524-2677 for more information.              issued starting January 2002, at the time of renewal.
                                                              Persons willing to commit to purchasing the             books through these annual efforts.
                                                         plates in 2002 need to send their name, address,                  Fort Carson personnel and residents are
      A Boxing Smoker Competition is being
                                                         county where they reside and number of sets they             asked to recycle their phone books at Safeway
  sponsored by the 43rd Area Support Group
                                                                                                                      locations in the community. The closest location
  Feb. 8, starting at 1 p.m. at the Post Physical        will be purchasing to: Richard G. Wake, Sgt. Maj.
                                                                                                                      to the post is the Safeway at South Academy and
  Fitness Center. Point of contact is Josh Mitchell      (retired); 9790 Melody Drive; Northglenn, CO
  at 526-6584. Weigh in for the competition is 48                                                                     Highway. 115.
                                                         80260. Phone (303) 451-0084; E-mail:
  hours before the event. All physicals must be .
  completed by the unit before Feb. 6. For more
  information and registration Call Spc. Amy                                                                            Editor’s note: The deadline for submitting
  Hafford at 524-2677.                                      Here’s a chance for career civilians to become          “Briefs” to the Mountaineer is 5 p.m. Friday before
                                                         more valuable to your organization and the Army.           publication date.

                                                         two-month session. The Deerfield Center offers low         call 526-1233.
                                                         impact aerobics Monday, Wednesday and Friday from               Forrest Fitness Center is now offering “Cycle
                                                         9:15 to 10:15 a.m. The cost is $10 for a two-month         Reebok” to all ID card holders. Classes are held six
                                                         session.                                                   days a week, Mondays at 5 p.m., Tuesdays at 3:30
                                                                                                                    p.m., Wednesdays at 5:40 a.m. and 5 p.m., Thursdays
                                                             Fort Carson Youth Sports needs volunteer               at 3:30 p.m., Fridays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30
    The Armed Services YMCA offers step aerobics         coaches for several upcoming sports seasons. No            a.m. Classes are 50 minutes long, and first-timers
classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Meadows Park       experience is necessary, as all leagues are                should arrive 15 minutes early. For more information,
Center from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 for a      developmental. For more information, or to volunteer,      call 526-9120.
B6       January 19, 2001

                                                                      Paramount Theater                              “Cirque NuAge” is set for March 10, also at
                                                              Denver’s Paramount Theater hosts Tim Conway         Arnold Hall Theater. Call 333-4497 for information.
                                                          and Harvey Korman from TV’s “Carol Burnett                 “Spirit of the Dance” is at the Pikes Peak
                                                          Show.” They’re in the Paramount Theater on the 16th     Center, 190 S. Cascade at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25.
                                                          Street Mall in Denver Feb. 2. Tickets start at $45 at
                                                          TicketMaster, 520-9090.
                                                              Too old to have seen the Beetles”? For a quasi-     The next Family Classic Symphony is at 2:30 p.m.
                                                          look, catch the lookalike/soundalike band in “1964:     Feb. 4, “Jazz and Swing,” at the Pikes Peak Center.
                                                          The Tribute,” Jan. 27 at the Paramount Theater in       Call 50-SHOW for tickets.
            Denver area theater                           Denver on the 16th Street Mall. Call TicketMaster,                             Theater
    “Annie Get Your Gun,” starring Marilu Henner          520-9090 for tickets.
and Tom Wopat, runs through Tuesday at the Buell                                                                       “Arsenic and Old Lace” is showing at Lon
Theatre. Tickets start at $15; call TicketMaster at                         Soul music                            Chaney Theatre at City Auditorium, at 221 E. Kiowa
520-9090.                                                     James Brown is at the University of Denver          St., The Star Bar Players production is at 8 p.m. Jan
                                                          Wednesday. Tickets start at $41, through                19 ,and 7:30 p.m. Jan 20. as well as Feb. 2, 3 and at
            Denver Art Museum                             TicketMaster, 520-9090.                                 2 p.m. Feb. 4. Tickets start at $10, call 573-7411.
     “Painters and the American West” continues
through Sunday at the Denver Art Museum. This spe-                           Ice racing                                          Museum exhibit
cial exhibit is included in the admission to the Denver       The Colorado Springs World Arena hosts ice               “No Two Alike: African-American
Art Museum, located downtown at 100 W. 14th Ave.          speedway championship racing Thursday at 7 p.m,         Improvisational Patchwork,” is an art exhibit now
Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to        featuring motorcycles. Tickets start at $7.50; call     at Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum, 215 S. Tejon.
5 p.m. Sunday, the museum is open from noon until 5       576-2626 for information.                               The exhibit features more than 20 quilts in traditional
p.m., and Wednesdays the exhibit is open until 9 p.m.                                                             style. The exhibit is free as is the museum., which is
For more information call 720-865-5000 or visit the                       Band concert                            open Tuesday through Saturday.Damon Wayans
Web site at                           The Air Force Band of the Rockies has a per-        appears at the Denver Auditorium Theater Feb. 24,
                                                          formance at the Arnold Hall Theater at the Air Force    downtown Denver, 14th and Curtis Streets, tickets
                  Stock show                              Academy Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. Part of its Winter Concert    start at $30; call TicketMaster at 520-9090.
     Denver’s 95th annual National Western Stock          Series, the concert is free but tickets are required.
Show — which includes rodeos and horse shows —            Call TicketMaster at 520-9090.                                        Carnivale parade
continues through Sunday, in the coliseum. The                                                                        Parade entries are sought for the “Carnivale”
grounds are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except                       Theatreworks
                                                                                                                  parade set for Feb. 24., in Manitou Springs. There’s
the last day, when hours end at 6 p.m. Admission to          Danny Glover and Felix Justice are at the Pikes
                                                                                                                  also a party in the park, with food, music and enter-
the show grounds is $8 for adults and $6 for children     Peak Center at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 in “An Evening with
                                                                                                                  tainment. Call 685-5089 for information.
under 12. Tickets are available from King Soopers         Martin Luther King Jr. and Langston Hughes.” Call
stores or (888) 551-5004 or online at www.national-       262-3232 for information.                                              Denver concerts . Rodeo tickets are additional, as well as                                                                “The Spinners and the Temptations” are at the
some horse performances. There is also a parking
                                                                         Mining museum
                                                              The Western Museum of Mining and Industry           University of Denver’s Magness Showcase Theatre
charge.                                                                                                           Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
                                                          presents“How Things Work” Saturday, from 1 to 4
         Fine Arts Center theater                         p.m. Visitors will participate in experiments and           “David Clayton-Thomas with “Blood, Sweat &
    “Pippin” opens Feb. 9 at the Fine Arts Center         demonstrations. Make your reservation at 488-0880.      Tears” are on stage May 12, 7:30 p.m. also at
theater, running through Feb. 25. Performances are        The museum is at exit 156A, opposite the Air Force      Magness.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2          Academy’s north entrance.                                   “Neil Sedaka and Dionne Warwick” take the
p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.                                                              Magness stage June 24 at 7:30 p.m.
The Fine Arts Center is at 30 W. Dale St. Call the box
                                                                       Upcoming theater                               Tickets are available for the Magness Showcase
office at 634-5583 for tickets or information.                “Jekyll & Hyde” — the musical, is the               Theatre at the University of Denver at TicketMaster,
    “Grease,” is set for May 4 to 20.                     Broadway show in the Pikes Peak Center Feb. 12 and      520-9090.
                                                          13. The next show will be “Footloose” March 30 and
            Pavarotti in concert                          31. Call 520-SHOW for ticket information.                          Harlem Globetrotters
    One night only, Pavarotti is in concert in the            “Porgy and Bess” is Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in Arnold         The Harlem Globetrotters are making an
Pepsi Center March 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale      Hall Theater at the Air Force Academy. Tickets start    appearance Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., at the World Arena.
through TicketMaster, 520-9090.                           at $15.                                                 Tickets start at $11. Call the box office at 576-2626.
                                                                                                  January 19, 2001      B7
Pvt. Murphy                                                                  Channel 9 daily broadcasts SCOLA, foreign
  by Mark Baker                                                          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
                                                                         10, please contact Douglas Rule at 526-1241 or via
                                                                         e-mail at:
                                                                             Program times will be published in the
                      Program schedule for Fort Carson cable             Mountaineer provided coordination is made one
                  Channel 10, today to Jan. 26.                          week prior to publication.
                      Mountain Post Magazine: Stories on and                 If you have story ideas for Mountain Post
                  about Fort Carson soldiers, civilians and family       Magazine, contact Richard Bridges or 1st Lt. Nadia
                  members. Airs at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 7      Calderolli at 526-1265, 1253 or 2941, or email
                  p.m. and midnight. Followed by a special on Army
                  Chaplains.                                    .
                      Army Newswatch: includes stories on space              If you wish to have a training videotape shown
                  and missile defense, transforming the Army and         on Channel 9 only, contact the Regional Training
                  2000 Army recruiting. Airs at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,   Support Center at 526-5111.
                  7:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.                                   For additions to the Community Calendar,
                      Air Force News: includes discussions with the
                                                                         please submit a clean, typewritten copy of the infor-
                  Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force Chief of
                  Staff and the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force.      mation to the Public Affairs Office, room 2180,
                  Airs at 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 8 p.m. and 1 a.m.              building 1550, Fort Carson, CO 80913 or fax it to
                      Navy/Marine Corps News: includes stories on        526-1021 no later than the Friday before airing
                  the USS Cole, maneuvering Zodiacs and recovering       time.
                  World War II remains. Airs at 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.,
                                                                             Mountain Post Magazine is shown on Adelphia
                  8:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
                      Community Calendar airs between program            cable channel 13 or WANT-TV 103 on Monday at
                  showing times. Also showing is a show on the           2:15 p.m., Thursday at 4:15 p.m. and Saturday at
                  Chaplain’s Corps.                                      10:15 a.m.

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