FORT CARSON, Colo. ? With winter comes freezing temperatures, icy windshields and snow, but Soldiers and civilians who work and live on Fort Carson can take steps to protect themselves this season, and help each other by knowing the signs and symptoms of cold related injuries.
Cold weather has the potential to harm people who are outside engaged in winter activities, but injuries can be prevented with proper planning.
?Cold weather injuries can be as simple as chapped lips, rash, sunburn and dehydration or as severe as chilblains, frostbite, snow blindness and hypothermia,? said Spc. Thomas B. Koehn, healthcare specialist, Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf. Div. ?If you don?t dress appropriately for the weather conditions, you are bound to get hurt, the main two causes for these types of injuries are not dressing properly for the weather conditions and over exposure.?
When it comes to dressing properly, the Army teaches Soldiers an acronym to help prevent cold weather injuries: C-O-L-D, said Koehn.
The letter C is for Cleanliness and Care; by being clean and taking proper care of someone the risk of an unseen and unknown injury is greatly reduced.
The letter O is for Overheating; if someone overheats and sweats too much, they increase their chance of catching hypothermia.
The letter L is for Layers and Looseness. Wearing loose layers eliminates overexposure of the skin, blocks the wind, keeps full circulation, and helps prevent excessive sweating.
The letter D is for Dry. Staying dry is important to reduce someone?s risk of hypothermia.
There are a few things that a person can do to help if they come across someone who suffers from one of the more serious cold weather injuries.
?If a person has hypothermia, you want to warm them back up,? said Spc. Brian Mikalinis, healthcare specialist, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. ?Don?t do it rapidly though, use body to body contact, and transport to the hospital as fast as possible.?
Frostbite victims can also benefit from care prior to going to a hospital.
Koehn said warming a person by sharing body heat is helpful if they are suffering from frostbite, and to never submerge the affected area in water, rub or massage the injury as it will cause further damage.
?The main thing that is going to help you prevent cold weather injuries is to dress properly and stay hydrated,? Koehn said. ?Make sure you?re not out in the cold for extended periods of time, and try not to sweat, because it can cause you to cool down too fast and put you at risk for hypothermia.?
For additional education, Adventure Programs & Education provides training in various winter activities and classes such as avalanche awareness. Their number is 526-3907.
Army Community Services can also provide information about cold weather information and can be reached at 526-4590.
?Raider? sets the standard for service
by Spc. Andrew Ingram
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Sergeant Untabious Philyaw calls service a way of life.
Philyaw, a water treatment specialist, Company A, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal during a ceremony at the ?Raider? Brigade headquarters, Dec. 14.
The noncommissioned officer earned the award for his countless hours of service with the No DUI Colorado Springs program during the past 12 months.
?I?ve volunteered with charities before, but this opportunity really stuck out to me,? Philyaw said. ?Many of the individuals I?ve picked up are military, so I?m not just helping out my community I?m helping my fellow service members make wise decisions.?
The No DUI Colorado Springs program provides safe transportation for individuals who have been drinking and should not drive themselves home.
Working primarily Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Philyaw often volunteered until 3:00 a.m., before he caught a few hours of sleep and conducted physical training with his unit at 6:30 a.m.
?It could be very difficult at times, but I feel it is important for me to honor my commitment to the organization and help all of those I can,? he said. ?My wife, Renee has really motivated me to keep involved. I may be the one getting an award but she is out there just as often as I am.?
Before presenting the award to Philyaw, Nonie Rispin, director of No DUI Colorado Springs, commended the Soldier for his dedication to keeping the people of Colorado Springs safe.
?He?s my go-to guy,? Rispin said. ?Whenever I need an extra hand he is there. He always puts in the extra mile to make sure the people in this city are safe. I can?t express how proud and grateful I am to have him as a member of my team.?
Commanders present the MOVSM to service members who perform substantial volunteer service to the local community above and beyond their required duties.
During the ceremony Colonel Joel Tyler, commander, 1st BCT, asserted that Philyaw fit that criterion.
Tyler expressed gratitude for his Soldier?s commitment to the safety and well being of the people of his adopted community and pride in the example set by Philyaw.
?The acts of this Soldier have really captured the Raider spirit of service,? Tyler said. ?To have a Soldier like Sergeant Philyaw in our ranks, who contributes to the community is really something special. He?s an example for other Soldiers to emulate and he?s the kind of Soldier we need to hold on to.?
Every Soldier should take the opportunity to volunteer in his community, said Philyaw.
?We all have something to give,? Philyaw said. ?Everyone needs a little help sometimes and we are blessed with so much. How could we not help??
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Nonie Rispin, director No DUI Colorado Springs, presents the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal to Sgt. Untabious Philyaw, water treatment specialist, Company A, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, for his outstanding volunteer service to the people of Colorado Dprings, during a ceremony at the 1st BCT Command Conference Room, Dec. 14, 2012.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Colonel Joel Tyler, commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., congratulates Sgt. Untabious Philyaw, water treatment specialist, Company A, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st BCT, 4th Infantry Division, on receiving the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his work with the no DUI Colorado Springs program, during a ceremony at the 1st BCT Command Conference Room, Dec. 14, 2012.
Field of Honor at Manhart Field Memorial Dedicated
by Cpl. William Smith
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Fort Carson leaders, community leaders, and Family and friends of the 4th Infantry Division came together to unveil the Field of Honor at Manhart Field, dedicated to all 4th Infantry Division Soldiers, on Dec. 14.
Ground was officially broken for the monument July 26, with construction beginning in mid October.
The memorial consists of five marble pillars, each emblazoned with bronze campaign medals, campaign streamers and plaques highlighting the significant contributions and achievements during each of the five conflicts the division participated in: World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
?The Field of Honor was conceived and funded by our residential community?s initiative partner, Balfour Beatty Communities,? said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson. ?BBC is committed to honoring all of our military personnel, from our active duty members to our wounded warriors and fallen heroes and our veterans, by creating a place for communal gatherings and a place to reflect on the unselfish contributions and sacrifices that our Soldiers have made on behalf of our great nation.
?We are proud to dedicate this field for that exact purpose today, and we thank BBC for their thoughtfulness, generosity, and partnership,? Anderson said. ?This memorial will pay tribute to the 4th Inf. Div. role in World War I and II, Vietnam, Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom. The 4th Inf. Div. turned 95 years old on Dec. 10, so what a fitting tribute this memorial is to a storied unit.?
Balfour Beatty Communities has built and manages Family housing on Fort Carson and other installations. BBC leaders said they donated the monument in appreciation and respect for the 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers.
?We are here today to honor the great sacrifice and dedication of former and current members of the 4th Inf. Div.,? said Chris Williams, president, Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation and Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC. "And to honor the brave young men and women who served throughout the great history of Fort Carson, so that future generations will remember the great sacrifices and dedication of these Soldiers, and how precious freedom and peace really are.?
During WWI the 4th Inf. Div. fought with distinction across France and received great praise for its heroic efforts during the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne campaigns. They were the only division to serve in both the French and British sectors. They earned five campaign streamers during the war.
During WWII the 4th Inf. Div. was sent to England in January 1944 for amphibious training prior to D-day. They were first ashore, landing at Utah Beach June 6, 1944. They earned five campaign streamers during the war.
In the Vietnam War the 4th Inf. Div. was called to action in the fall of 1966. They were awarded 11 campaign streamers and 12 of the division's Soldiers earned the Medal of Honor for their heroic actions during the war.
The 4th Inf. Div. went back to combat in April 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In December 2003 they spearheaded the task force that captured Saddam Hussein. They earned seven campaign streamers for their war efforts.
The 4th Inf. Div. deployed to Afghanistan in May 2009, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Over 70 4th Infantry Division Soldiers have died in the ongoing war.
The Campaign Monument is surrounded by paved walkways and garden-benches. Visitors will have the opportunity to stop at this memorial and reflect on the role the 4th Inf. Div. played in history and remember the ultimate sacrifice made by so many brave Soldiers in the name of freedom.
?Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation, Fort Carson Command, conceived this memorial as a lasting tribute to those Soldiers,? Williams said. ?It is our hope that the Families and friends of these valiant men and women, as well as anyone who visits this memorial, will have a place to reflect and consider their selfless acts as they answered the call without hesitation, when our country needed them the most.?
The dedication also celebrated the 70th Anniversary of Fort Carson, which was established as Camp Carson training center for WWII recruits in January 1942. The installation was named after Soldier and Frontiersman Kit Carson. By February, 1942, construction was underway at the 60,000 acre site to provide facilities for 35,000 Soldiers. Fort Carson was one of several sites reviewed the previous year, and with the intense lobbying efforts, land and financial support from the Colorado Springs community, led to its selection.
In 1970 4th Inf. Div. replaced the 5th Infantry Division. The 4th soon went under mechanization and became known as the Iron Horse Division. Another plus was the addition of the 235,000 acre Pinion Canyon Maneuver site in 1985. A major reorganization of the Army in 1990 resulted in changes and challenges for Fort Carson.
In 1995 it was announced that the famous 4th Inf. Div., stationed here since 1970, would depart, leaving the post without a division presence for the first time since 1954. The post retained the 43rd Support Brigade and 3rd Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., and acquired the 10th Special Forces Group and 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. With these combined units Fort Carson retained a large and effective force.
In June 1999 Fort Carson again became a division post following the arrival of the 7th Infantry Division. The 7th Inf. Div. remained until 2006, serving as a training and evaluation command for Army National Guard brigades.
Following the inactivation of the 7th Inf. Div., the 1st Army Division West Command was established at Fort Carson, and remained until 2009. During the late 1990s and the early 2000s the post focused on superior training, and this was validated following the invasion of Iraq in 2003, when Fort Carson prepared and deployed thousands of Soldiers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As the Army fought the War on Terrorism, a new Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission was established in 2005, to better station and coordinate Army assets. Fort Carson was again at the forefront when it was announced that the 4th Inf. Div. would return to its former home. The colors of 4th Inf. Div. were uncased in the fall of 2009.
Throughout its history, Fort Carson?s Soldiers and Units have provided for and supported numerous events and programs. As Fort Carson continues to transform to meet the challenges of the 21st century, one constant hasn?t changed in more than 70 years; the Mountain Post is the best place to live and train in the Army.
?Fort Carson and the 4th Inf. Div. have played a critical role during our country?s most challenging times,? said Williams. ?The Field of Honor will memorialize and honor those contributions forever.?
John Carson, the great grandson of Kit Carson, the famous Army scout who explored the West during the 1800s and who the post is named after, came to celebrate the unveiling of the 4th Inf. Div. Field of Honor at Manhart Field and the 70th Anniversary Celebration. John Carson spoke about the indomitable will and spirit of his great-grandfather, and wished for everyone to keep their eyes on the horizon, and most of all, to stay safe.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? John Carson, great-grandson of Kit Carson, speaks at dedication ceremony for the Field of Heroes at Manhart Field on Fort Carson, Dec. 14. The ceremony also marked the 70th anniversary of Fort Carson.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, speaks at dedication ceremony for the Field of Heroes at Manhart Field on Fort Carson, Dec. 14. The ceremony also marked the 70th anniversary of Fort Carson.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Memorial pillars representing each campaign the 4th Infantry Division participated in are unveiled at the Field of Heroes at Manhart Field on Fort Carson during a dedication ceremony Dec. 14. From left, Gerry Howard, 4th Infantry Division Association; Jim Rice, Iron Horse Chapter, 4th Infantry Division Association; Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson; John Carson, great-grandson of Kit Carson; and Chris Williams, president, Balfour Beatty Communities (not seen).
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? From left, Jim Rice, Iron Horse Chapter, 4th Infantry Division Association; Gerry Howard, 4th Infantry Division Association; Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson; John Carson, great-grandson of Kit Carson; and Chris Williams, president, Balfour Beatty Communities, pose for a photo after unveiling memorial pillars representing each campaign the 4th Infantry Division participated in a at the Field of Heroes at Manhart Field on Fort Carson during a dedication ceremony Dec. 14.
?Ghost? Squadron shares holiday spirit with Weikel Elementary
by Spc. Andrew Ingram
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? The sound of children laughing and high pitched voices singing Christmas carols resonated through the halls of Weikel Elementary School as Soldiers of ?Ghost? Squadron volunteered during the Weikel Winter Wonderland party, Dec. 6.
During the event, Soldiers of 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, played games with the children, helped them craft holiday art, decorated cookies, and rang in the holiday season with their pint sized partners.
?Coming out to events like Winter Wonderland is our honor and our pleasure,? said Lt. Col. Geoffrey Norman, commander, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment. ?A lot of the Soldiers in the squadron send their kids to school here and when we deployed to Afghanistan the school did a great job of supporting us, but our partnership runs much deeper than that.?
The bond between the Ghost Squadron and Weikel Elementary goes back to Capt. Ian Weikel, the 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Regt., Soldier the school memorialized following his death in Iraq, explained Norman.
Ghost troopers volunteer with Weikel Elementary through the Adopt-a-School program throughout the school year, spending time with the children during field days and holiday parties.
Amanda Flute a mother of two Weikel Elementary students, said her children loved playing in the gym where the Ghost troopers organized a number of physical activities for students.
?It?s always awesome to see these young Soldiers because they have the energy to keep up with the kids,? Flute said. ?Honestly, it looks like a lot of these guys are having just as much fun as the students.?
The Winter Wonderland featured activities for elementary school children of all ages, from singing Christmas carols, to face painting and a rubber chicken toss.
?It is a lot of fun to come out here and volunteer with these kids,? said Spc. Mike Siegfried, cavalry scout, Troop A, 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Regt. ?I?ve had a blast so far and the kids are having a great time. It?s this kind of event that reminds us why we serve in the first place.?
By volunteering at the school the troopers help strengthen the relationship between their unit and the rest of the Fort Carson community, said Siegfried.
?We make an effort to be a part of the Fort Carson and Colorado Springs community,? he said. ?This kind of event helps us stay connected.?
Uniformed Soldiers participating in events, and organizing games and crafts, adds a level of excitement for the kids, said Weikel Elementary Vice Principal Tammy Krueger.
?Having the Soldiers out here really makes the kids feel special,? she said. ?Even though their parents are in the service I think it is still a thrill for them to see these guys in uniform at their school playing games with them. This is one of my favorite events of the year and these Soldiers play a huge part in that.?
The Ghost Squadron will continue partnering with Weikel Elementary to strengthen the units bonds with the community and provide good role-models for the children.
?Our partnership with Weikel is very important to the Squadron,? said Norman. ?I look forward to continuing working with the staff and students here in the future.?
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Elena O?Hanlon flings a rubber chicken into a bucket after careful coaching from Spc. Mike Siegfried, cavalry scout, Troop A, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during the Weikel Winter Wonderland party on Fort Carson, Dec. 6, 2012. The bond between the Ghost Squadron and Weikel Elementary goes back to Capt. Ian Weikel, the 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Regt., Soldier the school memorialized following his death in Iraq.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Private First Class Jesus Nieves, mortar man, Troop C, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Lisa Webster, help her son Eric make a reindeer antler hat during the Weikel Winter Wonderland party on Fort Carson, Dec. 6, 2012. During the event, Soldiers played games, helped craft holiday art, and decorated cookies with the children.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Private First Class Nathan Howard, mortar man, Troop A, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, coaches Caleb Simms as he carries a bean bag balanced on a foam noodle across the school gym during the Weikel Winter Wonderland party on Fort Carson, Dec. 6, 2012.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Private First Class Andrew Strickland, health care specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, paints a snowman on Jaerrya Sweet during the Weikel Winter Wonderland party on Fort Carson, Dec. 6, 2012. The Winter Wonderland featured activities for children of all ages, from singing Christmas carol to face painting to a rubber chicken toss.
?Death Dealers? induct NCOs
by Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagan
2nd Combat Team Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Twenty newly promoted noncommissioned officers from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were inducted into the NCO corps during a ceremony at McMahon Theater, Dec. 5.
The induction was held to retain the traditions of previous generations of NCOs and teach the upcoming generation about the long history of the corps.
?What we are trying to do in this battalion is reinvigorate the traditions and honors of our noncommissioned officer corps,? said Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Bellinger, senior enlisted leader, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg.
As part of the induction tradition, four watch tables were displayed with different items on each table. Historically, in order to be recognized as an NCO the Soldier would have to pull four watches where the Soldier would receive visitors that he would present with different gifts depending on the rank and watch level. Two poems, ?The Boots of the NCO? and ?A Soldier?s Request? were also read during the ceremony.
?I think doing these ceremonies is just the first step in a long path to getting better,? Bellinger said. ?This shows my Soldiers that there is something to strive for and to be a noncommissioned officer is special and deserves the recognition.?
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Lehtonen, senior enlisted leader of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., welcomed the inductees as the guest speaker.
?Congratulations on your induction to the NCO Corps; stick to the basics, be the best NCO you can be everyday,? Lehtonen said. ?NCOs have a tough, demanding but very rewarding job. The Soldiers you lead are the heart of the Army.?
Following Lehtonen?s remarks, Sgt. Maj. Jerome Nichols, operations sergeant major, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg., read the ?Charge to the Noncommissioned Officer.? The inductees were then called by name to walk under a wooden arch that symbolized crossing into the corps. They were then given a framed certificate with the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer.
?It was an honor to be inducted this way,? said Sgt. Tyler Veillette, health care specialist, Company B, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg. ?It?s nice that they did this ceremony and they are brining back the fundamentals of the corps; having this ceremony is a good inspiration and it reminds us of who we are becoming and the legacy behind it.?
After being inducted, the NCOs received well wishes from the leaders and Soldiers who attended.
?This ceremony reinforces to the noncommissioned officers that they are important and they are special to the unit and it gives our young Soldiers something to look forward to; that one day they will be able to stand under that arch and cross that line,? Bellinger said.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Twenty Noncommissioned Officers with 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, raise their right hand and recite the ?Charge to the Noncommissioned Officer? during an NCO induction ceremony held at McMahon Theater, Dec. 5, 2012. An NCO induction is a right of passage for newly promoted NCOs. The ceremony is meant to instill the honor and tradition that comes along with becoming an NCO.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Command Sergeant Major Robert Lehtonen (right), senior enlisted leader of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Bellinger (center), senior enlisted leader, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., and Sgt. Maj. Jerome Nichols, operations sergeant major for the battalion, light candles representing the fourth watch during a Noncommissioned Officer induction ceremony at McMahon Theater, Dec. 5, 2012. Historically, in order to be recognized as an NCO, the Soldier would have to pull four watches where the Soldier would receive visitors that he would present with different gifts depending on the rank and watch level.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Command Sergeant Major Robert Lehtonen (right), senior enlisted leader, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, cuts the cake as Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Bellinger, senior enlisted leader, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., watches during a Noncommissioned Officer induction ceremony held at McMahon Theater, Dec. 5, 2012. The 20 newly inducted NCOs from the ?Death Dealer? battalion and their guests partook of the cake after the ceremony.
Raiders spread holiday cheer during Operation Happy Holidays
by Spc. Andrew Ingram
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Cheers greeted nearly 500 ?Raider? Brigade Soldiers and Family members as they approached the Marian House in downtown Colorado Springs, their rucksacks filled with canned goods, toys and winter necessities, Dec. 7.
Adorned with holiday inspired hats, tinsel and Christmas lights, Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, carried the donated items to the soup kitchen to share with the city?s less fortunate citizens during the Third Annual Operation Happy Holidays.
?Marian House is our kind of place because it is all about service, and that is what we do in the United States Army,? Col. Joel Tyler, commander, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., told the crowd of Soldiers and Colorado Springs residents gathered at the Marian House. ?This is our opportunity to give back to the community that gives so much to us.?
Raiders began the morning at Dorchester Park, where Soldiers packed items, collected in the weeks leading up to the event, into their rucksacks, while holiday music resonated from portable speakers to set the tone in the cold morning air, and remind Soldiers of the tradition of selfless service during the holiday season.
At the park, Tyler thanked the Soldiers for volunteering their time and donating their possessions to a worthy cause.
?Our service in the Army is about our fellow citizens,? he said. ?Today is the greatest opportunity we have to show the greater Colorado Springs community that we are all about serving them. I?m very proud of you Raiders. Thank all of you so much for coming out today.?
The Soldiers departed Dorchester Park on foot, marching approximately two miles on the Fountain Creek Trail through America the Beautiful Park and then on to the Marian House.
?When we walked up, seeing the smiles on everyone?s faces was really a highlight for me,? said Spc. Tifani Scales, supply specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st BCT. ?It is important to give back to the community.?
The Raiders brought so many clothes and other goods to the Marian House, the donations spilled off the tables set up in the parking lot.
Scales said taking part in the event reminded her of previous experiences working with charities before she joined the Army.
?I used to do events like this all the time back home,? she said. ?It can get really emotional, but it is important to remember where you came from. Right now I?m doing pretty well, so I would like to keep helping out those who aren?t.?
Many Soldiers helped citizens sift through the donations to find specific clothing sizes, food items or toys for small children.
?This really helps out,? said Carlos Fisher, a community member who attended the event. ?I?ve never seen anything like this. I wish these Soldiers the best and a very merry Christmas.?
The charity shown by the Raider Soldiers could help many Families make it through the winter, said Mark Rohlena, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs.
?These Soldiers already give us so much,? Rohlena said. ?It is a testament to the character of the Raider Brigade that they would give so much to the people of this community, in addition to all of the things they do here in the U.S. and overseas.?
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Specialist Brehon Ford, multichannel transmission systems operator/maintainer, Company B, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, sorts through donated clothing to help Colorado Springs citizens find the items they are looking for during Operation Happy Holidays, a ?Raider? Brigade charity event at Marian House, Dec, 7, 2012.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Specialist Tifani Scales, supply specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, hands out clothing, food and other goods during Operation Happy Holidays, a ?Raider? Brigade Charity event designed to help the less fortunate of Colorado Springs at the Marian House, Dec. 7, 2012.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Command Sgt. Maj. Edison Rebuck, senior enlisted leader, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, thanks the Soldiers of the Raider Brigade for donating their time and personal belongings to less fortunate citizens of Colorado Springs, at Dorchester park in Colorado Springs, before a ruck march to the Marian House where the Soldiers distributed their donations during Operation Happy Holidays, Dec. 7, 2012.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, carry donated food, blankets, clothing and toys through America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs before distributing the goods to some of the city?s less fortunate at the Marian House, during Operation Happy Holidays, Dec. 7, 2012.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, prepare donated food, blankets, clothing and toys to be handed out to Colorado Springs? less fortunate at the Marian House during Operation Happy Holidays, Dec. 7, 2012.
Operation King of the Hill tests combat readiness
by Cpl. William Smith
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Operation King of the Hill tested combat readiness and raised esprit de corps for Soldiers of Forward Support Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion with a competitive, physical and mental atmosphere to determine the unit?s top squad, Dec. 6 on Fort Carson.
The operation evaluated the basic Soldier skills and training completed during the last quarter, said 1st Lt. Victor H. Nelson, executive officer, FSC, 52nd EN BN.
?It took a lot of work at the company and battalion level,? Nelson said. ?We pulled in all of our best platoon sergeants and platoon leaders to come up with an evaluation of their platoons, and of our company.
?The goal of the operation was to determine who the best squad in our company is, and to practice and evaluate our fundamentals for what we have trained on,? Nelson said.
The competition also helped Soldiers focus what direction their training would take.
?Mentally we are pushing ourselves by training on Thursdays at the platoon level on weapons assembly and disassembly, land navigation, combat life saver, and how to fill a radio,? said Spc. Damian Mericka, fueler, FSC, 52nd EN BN. ?At some point every platoon has worked through all of these modules to prepare them for this.?
?Every Friday we do ruck marches as a company,? Mericka added. ?We started out at four miles, then eight miles, and then we did 12 miles. We are physically pushing ourselves to meet these kinds of standards.?
The competitive atmosphere brought some excitement to what could have been another standard training exercise.
?Getting a little competition and getting each of the squads to compete against the others is a lot of fun,? Nelson said. ?All the squads have given great feedback so far and have enjoyed competing against each other.?
While the training may be strenuous it has brought them closer together.
?The benefits trickle down and the cohesion that everyone experiences is going to be a huge take away,? Mericka said. ?Training is hard and it makes for long days but the connectivity that happens when you do stuff and prepare for obstacles like these helps keep the morale high for when those days come when we won?t get out of work until 7 p.m. or later.?
The winners also get something a little more substantial: ?The top squad is competing for an impact army achievement medal, a four day pass and bragging rights,? said Nelson.?
The winning squad was comprised of Sgt. Daniel Craft, squad leader; Sgt. Alvin Smith, fueler; Spc. Andrew Gilroy, truck driver; Spc. Martin Colon, truck driver; Spc. Thomas Ignacio, truck driver; Spc. Nathan Tobin, fueler.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Soldiers of Forward Support Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, prepare to receive coordinates for their land navigation points during Operation King of the Hill top squad competition, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation King of the Hill was put together to test FSC?s combat readiness who?s main mission has always been to provide support for the Battalion.
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Specialist Damian Mericka, Forward Support Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, prepares to set out to find the land navigation points for the top squad competition, Operation King of the Hill, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation King of the Hill was put together to test FSC?s combat readiness who?s main mission has always been to provide support to the Battalion.
Division Soldiers come together for exercise, camaraderie
by Staff Sft. Wallace Bonner
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. ? Cadence filled the air as individual units vied to be the loudest in the formation during the division?s quarterly run on Fort Carson, Dec. 7.
Brigadier General Darsie Rogers, deputy commanding general for support, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, led units from across post in a 4 mile, 45-minute run to boost morale and unit cohesion.
?It builds esprit de corps in the division, and allows commanders to make a good assessment of where their units stand,? said Stall.
Along with the several thousand Soldiers participating in the run, 4th Infantry Division band members at the beginning and end of the run route played Christmas music to add a holiday feel.
Having the band playing Christmas music during the run makes for a wonderful atmosphere, said Spc. Amber Wadsworth, orderly room clerk, Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf. Div.
The quarterly division runs occur during pay day activities, which take place on the first Friday of the month; a tradition dating back to when Soldiers received paper paychecks, and would work a half-day before being dismissed to pay bills and handle other personal matters during regular business hours.
Rogers and Stall greeted Soldiers as they completed the run, and the Soldiers dispersed back to their units to prepare for uniform inspection and to participate in unit-driven training prior to being released.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ? Brigadier General Darsie Rogers, deputy commanding general for support, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, left, leads Soldiers from across Fort Carson in a quarterly division run, Dec. 7, 2012. The division run serves as an opportunity to increase Soldier morale and unit cohesion.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ? The 4th Infantry Division band plays holiday music for Soldiers as they participate in the quarterly division run, Dec. 7, 2012. The run serves as an opportunity to increase Soldier morale and unit cohesion, and includes units from across Fort Carson.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ? Soldiers run up the final hill before the end of the quarterly division run, Dec. 7, 2012. The division run serves as an opportunity to increase Soldier morale and unit cohesion.
Heroes set standard during NTC rotation
by Spc. Andrew Ingram
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. – During the Raider Brigade's month-long deployment to the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Calif., from October 17 to November 11, three "Ghost" Squadron Soldiers distinguished themselves as heroes of the rotation.
Col. Joel Tyler, commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, presented 1st Lt. Doug Snodgrass, Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Spc. Jeffrey Redmond with the Army Commendation Medal, Nov. 21 on Fort Carson. In separate ceremonies, Brig. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commanding general, NTC and Fort Irwin, and Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, presented the trio with commanders coins.
"Out of a task force of 4,000 Soldiers, these guys were recognized as our rotation heroes," said Maj. Michael Schoenfeldt, executive officer, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. "That is obviously a very small percentage. I hope others take the time to talk to them and learn from them, because they are a great example for the Soldiers around them to emulate.
"These Soldiers didn't go into NTC thinking, 'I'm going to be a hero,'" Schoenfeldt said. "A hero doesn't do it for the glory; they do it because it makes everyone around them better." The Soldiers were selected as the heroes of the rotation because of their contributions to the overall battle and their commitment to their fields.
Snodgrass, Executive Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, arrived at Fort Irwin before the rest of his unit and set to work accommodating the battalion's logistical needs.
"He set the ground work for the rest of us to come in and be successful," said Capt. Charles Williams, Commander, HHT. "He didn't just set the conditions for our troop; he set the stage for the whole battalion.
Snodgrass said he experienced multiple challenges before the unit's main body set foot on California soil, organizing the use of garrison vehicles for the Ghost Battalion and working with NTC Cadre to ensure all of their assigned equipment functioned.
"When I was a platoon leader, and hopefully again when I become a company commander, my mission was to focus on the tactical side of things, organizing my Soldiers to engage the enemy," he said. "As an XO my job is to handle logistics, making sure we have the equipment we need. For me, our two weeks in the 'Box,' were easier than the weeks leading up to rotation."
While Snodgrass set the standard for organization prior to the exercise, Johnson, healthcare specialist, HHT set the standard for maintaining order in the chaos of casualty care and evacuation.
While in the "box," Johnson, and his Soldiers evacuated mock casualties from the front lines of the battlefield to a forward aid station, where the "Ghost" Squadron's medical personnel provided "life-saving" treatment before passing the casualty on to a more permanent field hospital further from "enemy" lines.
Completing this mission during a force on force engagement involving large numbers of friendly and enemy assets presented a unique challenge for even the most experienced of the squadron's medics who trained and deployed in support of counterinsurgency and stability missions, said Johnson.
"I've spent my entire career until now as a line medic, so I brought that discipline to my team," said Johnson. "Each one of my guys knew exactly what they should be doing at all times. I believe that is why our (medical evacuation) mission was so successful."
First Sergeant Brian Lackey, senior enlisted leader, HHT, largely attributes the MEDEVAC mission's success to Johnson's ability to manage his Soldiers and respond to the Squadron's needs quickly and decisively.
"He's one of those hands-on NCOs who is always a part of the planning and the training that goes along with it," said Lackey. "He puts a lot of individual pride in how his team performs, and they did an outstanding job."
Redmond, Troop C, 7 Sqdn. 10th Cav. Regt., proved himself a rotation hero by stepping up when most of his platoon was wiped out by an enemy reconnaissance unit, using his Bradley Fighting Vehicle's thermal sensors and M242 Bushmaster chain gun to identify and eliminate the threat.
"The sun was just coming over the horizon which makes identifying targets tricky, but he kept getting hit after hit," said Redmond's platoon leader, 1st Lt. Mark Benson. "We cleared that element before the main body of our forces arrived. Redmond's actions managed to keep our movements secret from the enemy."
Redmond attributed his success during the engagement to the training he underwent with his unit prior to the rotation.
"My whole platoon received the same training, and we are all proficient with our vehicles," he said. "I think I was just in the best position to do the most damage. I did what I've been trained to do and I think it turned out pretty well."
Through their hard work and dedication to the unit's mission, the rotation heroes set themselves apart from their peers, said Schoenfeldt.
"All of our heroes are junior Soldiers and leaders," he said. "They went above and beyond what is usually expected of someone in their position and proved they could excel. I expect great things out of these Soldiers."
FORT CARSON, Colo. – Colonel Joel Tyler, commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, presents the Army Commendation Medal to Spc. Jeffrey Redmond, Troop C, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, for his outstanding service to his unit during the brigade's rotation to the National Training Center, during a ceremony at Fort Carson, Nov. 21, 2012.
Fort Carson ASAP raises impaired driving awareness
by Cpl. William Smith
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. – The Fort Carson Army Substance Abuse Program is conducting its annual Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Campaign to increase awareness about the dangers of driving while impaired.
The Army Substance Abuse Program holds the 3D Prevention Campaign from just before Thanksgiving until Jan. 2.
"The goal of the Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Campaign is to increase awareness about not just the dangers of drinking and driving, but also the dangers of driving while impaired on other substances," said Robert Whitaker, assistant prevention coordinator, ASAP. "Whether it's a prescription medication, over the counter medication or illegal drugs. We're focusing on all things that can impair someone and their ability to drive."
Maj. James Lester, Family Life Chaplin, 4th Infantry Division, said the campaign will help Soldiers.
"I like the idea of informing our Soldiers about the dangers of driving under the influence, helping them be more aware that there are people out there who can hurt them because they may be under the influence," Lester said.
The 3D campaign tries to accomplish this using various methods.
"We set out to raise awareness in a few ways," Whitaker said. "Through community events like this (information table in the Exchange), where we make ourselves available for any questions people have about the substance abuse program, and by organizing events with guest speakers to come in and give their personal expertise and experience with impaired drivers."
If someone has a problem with drugs and alcohol there are many options to seek help.
"They can do it various ways," Whitaker said. "One is they can go through their chain of command by letting them know that they are having a substance abuse problem and they would like to receive help for it."
Soldiers can also seek help outside the chain of command.
"We have a program called Confidential Alcohol Treatment and Education Pilot Program," Whitaker said. "If a Soldier is having a problem with alcohol specifically they can come into our office, speak to a counselor and get an evaluation. If they qualify for the CATEP program they can receive 100 percent confidential alcohol treatment.
"We don't tell anyone that they don't want to know," Whitaker said. "The command doesn't know about it. We keep things confidential." Soldiers can also avoid appointments during work hours. "We have counselors who stay after hours until 7:30 p.m. in order to make sure Soldiers don't have to make-up an excuse for an appointment," Whitaker said. "They can come in before or after the work shift depending on when they work and seek out help there."
ASAP is located in building 6236 Mekong St., behind the Family Readiness Center.
ASAP is not just limited to helping Soldiers; they also have resources available to Family members and employees.
"We have the Employee Assistance Program where employees as well as Family members can come speak to an Employee Assistance Program coordinator," said Edgardo A. Mejivar, prevention coordinator, ASAP.
They have a program for Family members because drugs and alcohol can affect them as well, said Mejivar. They try to provide the tools and information for them to get some help.
Whitaker would like to make sure everyone is more aware of these particular dangers.
"We are trying to reach the entire Fort Carson community," Whitaker said. ASAP personnel go to the units and see Soldiers on a regular basis. Everyone on post needs to be aware of the dangers of impaired drivers when they leave.
"If they would like to call, our main clinical line is (719) 526-2862," said Whitaker.
The Fort Carson 2012 3D Campaign
December 17, 6 p.m.
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December 31, 10 p.m. - January 1, 3 a.m.
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For additional information call 719-526-2438
764th EOD return home to loved ones
by Spc. Nathan Thome
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. – Families and friends roared with excitement as they gave a standing ovation to 44 Soldiers entering the Special Events Center, Dec. 1, after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The 764th Ord. deployed in March and supported the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and the Afghan National Army, during more than 600 explosive ordnance disposal missions.
"Welcome home EOD troopers, glad to have you back, great job, and we're very, very proud of you; we're glad you're home safe and sound," said Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers, deputy commanding general for support, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. "To our Families, friends and loved ones here, thank you very much for attending tonight, we couldn't do this without your love and support."
The 764th Ord., 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Soldiers deployed to 11 separate locations in Afghanistan to provide EOD support and training to Afghan National Security Forces.
During their deployment, 764th Ord. safely eliminated 215 improvised explosive devices, conducted 90 post blast analyses, and disposed of approximately 57,000 pounds of unexploded ordnance and homemade explosives.
In addition, the unit trained more than 100 Afghan National Army EOD Soldiers.
"It's good to have everybody home, we left with 44, and we're bringing 44 people back to their families, and that's the most important mission of all," said Capt. Angela Jewett, commander, 764th Ord.
After a few words from Rogers, Jewett released her Soldiers, who ran toward the bleachers as their loved ones ran toward the dispersing formation of Soldiers.
Now that the unit is home, the Soldiers are going to get some well-deserved time off, Jewett said. Once they have a chance to reunite with their families, they'll get back to training, because it's what they love to do.
FORT CARSON, Colo. – Families and friends await the arrival of their loved ones during the 764th Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Welcome Home Ceremony at the Special Events Center, Dec. 1, 2012. Families and friends welcomed home 44 of their loved ones from their deployment to Afghanistan.
FORT CARSON, Colo. – Sergeant First Class Donnie Petrie, explosive ordnance disposal specialist, 764th Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), hugs his daughter, Isabella Petrie, after returning from his deployment, during a welcome home ceremony at the Special Events Center, Dec. 1, 2012. Families and friends welcomed home 44 of their loved ones from their deployment to Afghanistan.
FORT CARSON, Colo. – Sergeant Burt Russo, explosive ordnance disposal specialist, 764th Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), holds his son, Colton Russo, and kisses his wife, Dana Russo, after reuniting during the 764th Ord. Welcome Home Ceremony at the Special Events Center, Dec. 1, 2012. Families and friends welcomed home 44 of their loved ones from their deployment to Afghanistan.
FORT CARSON, Colo. – Captain Angela Jewett, commander, 764th Ordnance Company, 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), hugs and kisses her husband, Tyson Jewett, during the 764th Ord. Welcome Home Ceremony at the Special Events Center, Dec. 1, 2012. Families and friends welcomed home 44 of their loved ones from their deployment to Afghanistan.