The Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security (DPTMS) is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day operations of the installation are conducted efficiently by synchronizing the activities of the garrison's directorates with unit requirements, and civilian agencies. DPTMS is the garrison staff proponent for installation operations, mobilization planning, antiterrorism and force protection planning, emergency management planning, counterintelligence and security functions, visual information and installation training support operations.

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Plans and Operations

What we do...

Plans and Operations functions are centered on planning, coordinating and synchronizing Fort Carson Garrison requirements and activities.

Training Division

Training functions provide management and Soldier training support for all units and National Guard and Reserve units training at Fort Carson.

Range Control Branch

Sustainable Range program:The Sustainable Range Program (SRP) is the Army's overall approach for improving the way in which it designs, manages, and uses its ranges to ensure long-term sustainability. SRP is defined by its two core programs, the Range and Training Land Program (RTLP) and the Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) Program, which focus on the doctrinal capability of the Army's ranges and training land.

Integrated Training Area Management program:The Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) program is a core program of the Sustainable Range Program and is responsible for maintaining the land to help the Army to meet its training requirements. This requires understanding and balancing Army Training requirements and land management practices.

The ITAM Program relies on its four components and an integrated management from HQDA, ACOM/ASCC/DRU, and installations to accomplish its mission. The four components are Training Requirements Integration (TRI); Range and Training Land Assessment (RTLA); Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance (LRAM); and Sustainable Range Awareness (SRA). These components combine to provide the means to understand how the Army's training requirements impact land management practices, what the impact of training is on the land, how to mitigate and repair the impact, and communicate the ITAM message to soldiers and the public. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a foundational support element that provides location information that assists land managers in making their decisions.

Pinyon Canyon site:Fort Carson's PCMS is located just 150 miles southeast of Fort Carson. The maneuver site's 235,000 acres offers 6 small arms ranges (up to .50 caliber). Contact Fort Carson's Range Control scheduling office for availability of training land and ranges.

This range is only for POWs. There are 10 benches for rest firing positions up to a maximum range of 300 yards. Targets positions are at 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 300 yards. The range is available seven days a week during daylight hours with inspector support.

Equipment for this range will be signed for from Range Operation Fire Desk operators.

Weapons accommodated: Fort Carson Provost registered privately owned weapons only (30.06/308 and below authorized; no automatic weapons). Shotguns authorized (12 gauge or smaller; no skeet or trap shooting allowed).

Ammunition authorized: Commercial handgun and rifle (no tracer) or shotgun 00 buckshot or slug ammo allowed; no armor-piercing ammo.

Targets/simulators/devices: Target positions are at 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 300 yards on the range. E-type targets available in target shed. AR500 Steel animal figurine targets located at distances out to 300 yards. Personnel requirements: Personnel signing for the POW range must be E-6 or above active-duty military, retired military, Reserve, National Guard or GS-7 Department of the Army civilian and must have a Range Safety Card issued by Fort Carson Range Operations.

A second person must accompany the individual signing for the range and must be active-duty military, retired military, DA civilian, dependent (10 years of age or older with ID card), or Reserve or National Guard. No other personnel or children younger than 10 years of age are authorized on this range.

Notes: Range 1 is open seven days a week during daylight hours as long as an inspector is on duty. Training ranges may close Range 1; call RTO office 719-526-5698 to confirm availability.

Privately owned vehicles are allowed on the range as long as the vehicle has a POV pass from Range Operations.

Training Support Center


Individual Military Training Branch

Mission:The Individual Training Branch provides Soldier's Professional Military Education, Off Post Schools, and Sustainment Training services for all Fort Carson Soldiers, National Guard, and Army Reserve. Individual Military Training Branch (IMTB) provides world class installation and brigade level support for training of Military Occupational Skills, Soldier and Civilian Professional Development, and Mission critical functional skills. IMTB plans, coordinates, schedules, and oversees Installation and Service Schools programs and the Distributed Learning Systems. We are listed in ATRRS as School Code 414. Our vision is to provide the best administration of training services, and classroom resources for all Soldiers' individual training to be conducted at a single location.

Battle Command Training Branch

Mission:Serve as the Garrison Commander's subject matter expert in all issues relating to the integration of Live, Virtual, Constructive, and Gaming simulations training to enhance individual Soldier –Unit collective Warfightingreadiness of the 4thInfantry Division; 7 MSU's; their subordinate units located on Fort Carson; and Reserve Component units in New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska and Montana.

Environments: Plans, coordinates, and integrates constructive simulations training ISO PLT-Div level C4I rehearsals-battlestaffand tactical/command readiness.

Bottom Line—Simulations training is a viable enhancer to unit warfightingreadiness; unit CDRs routinely incorporate the use of simulations into their training plans.

BCTB Capabilities

The Fort Carson BCTB is the central point for digital, simulations and gaming training of soldiers, staff, and leaders. Home of the following Training Enablers:

  • Digital Training Campus (DTC)
    • Digital Operator Sustainment
    • Staff Digital TOC Operations
    • Intel Training (DCSG-A, TIGR/CIDNE, BATS, OSRVT, HIIDE)
  • VBS2 Convoy Skills Trainer (WST)
    • Virtual Convoy Operations
  • Battle Simulations Center (BSC)
    • Constructive Simulations (JDLM, JCATS, AFATDS, AMDWS)
    • UAV
  • Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS) Training
    • Virtual Battle Space 2 (VBS2)
    • BiLAT Negotiations Trainer
    • Language and Culture Trainer (TILT)
  • Fixed Tactical Internet (FTI)
    • Fort Carson & PinonCanyon Maneuver Area Coverage
  • Virtual Route Clearance Trainer (VRCT)
    • Huskeys, Buffalo, RG-31 (with AAR/IOS)
  • Reconfigurable Vehicle System (RVS)
    • HMMWV Variants
  • MRAP Driver Trainer (MDT)
    • RG-31, MATV, CAIMEN, MAXPRO, and RG-33L
  • Precision Gunnery Trainer (PGT)
    • Mounted Combat Ops –Virtual Gunnery Skills
  • Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT)
    • M1A2 SEP (FBCB2), M2A3, BFIST Configurations
    • RVS Modules: HMMWV, HEMMTs and FMTVs

Intelligence and Security Division

What we do...

Security functions provide procedural guidance, advice, assistance, and oversight for industrial, information, and personnel security programs; and security education, training and awareness for the installation.

DPTMS Headquarters

The Headquarters (HQ) section provides support of personnel actions, logistics, ISR/CLS, ISSAs and Budget. The HQ section also provides Administrative support for the Director of the DPTMS.

Butts Army Airfield (BAAF)


The primary mission for Butts Army Airfield (BAAF) is to provide fully integrated fixed base helicopter operations and support for all Army aviation assets assigned to, or training on Fort Carson. Airfield operations and services include Base Flight Operations, Control Tower/Ground Approach Control Facility, USAF weather, Airport Safety, Airspace Management, Flight Simulator, Rapid Refuel Facility, and Crash/Fire/Rescue station. The airfield has an FAA approved instrument approach. The airfield also provides UH-60 A/L, Longbow Crew Trainer, Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer and AH-64 Synthetic Flight Training Systems for all Fort Carson aviation units and specific National Guard.

Airfield Security Restrictions:

Butts Army Airfield is a RESTRICTED AREA. The airfield is fenced, gated and patrolled 24 hours a day. Access is limited to official business. Entry is controlled by Base Operations. Visitors and passengers must contact operations for access. Escorts will be provided on request. POV's are not authorized. Military vehicles require prior permission for entry. All vehicles require flight line passes. Vehicles are not authorized on the flight line except with qualified drivers. Max. Airfield speed is 25 M.P.H.! Security will challenge all unauthorized or suspicious individuals and vehicles. Units using any portion of the perimeter, roads, or adjacent training areas within the fence line must have written permission. Report to operations for a briefing by Flight Dispatch and clear with operations upon exiting.

BAAF Services

What we do...
  • Maintain Airfield to DoD & FAA Standards
  • Provide quality service to include ATC, Flight Dispatch, Weather and Transient Operations
  • Coordinate Airfield Activities
  • Ensure compliance with National Air Traffic & Airspace program
  • Operate SFTS to Maximum Capabilities
  • Accomplish Active Safety Program
  • Support Tenant Units and Other Agencies
  • Create Safe Air and Ground Operations
  • Protect the Environment & Support the Local Community
  • Coordinate Emergency Services Assist Security Force
  • Prepare for Contingencies & Emergencies
  • Maintain Strength, Sustain Equipment
  • Input Service Orders and Work Orders for Airfield specific Equipment and Pavements

BAAF History

John E. Butts
  • Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Co. E, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division.
  • Medal of Honor Awarded Posthumously
  • Place and date: Normandy, France, 14, 16, and 23 June 1944.
  • Entered service at: Buffalo, New York.
  • Born: Medina, New York.
  • G.O. #: 58, 19 July 1945.

2nd Lt. Butts heroically led his platoon against the enemy in Normandy, France, on 14, 16, and 23 June 1944. Although painfully wounded on the 14th near Orglandesand again on the 16th while spearheading an attack to establish a bridgehead across the DouveRiver, he refused medical aid and remained with his platoon. A week later, near FlottemanvilleHague, he led an assault on a tactically important and stubbornly defended hill studded with tanks, antitank guns, pillboxes, and machinegun emplacements, and protected by concentrated artillery and mortar fire. As the attack was launched, 2d Lt. Butts, at the head of his platoon, was critically wounded by German machinegun fire. Although weakened by his injuries, he rallied his men and directed one squad to make a flanking movement while he alone made a frontal assault to draw the hostile fire upon himself. Once more he was struck, but by grim determination and sheer courage continued to crawl ahead. When within 10 yards of his objective, he was killed by direct fire. By his superb courage, unflinching valor and inspiring actions, 2d Lt. Butts enabled his platoon to take a formidable strong point and contributed greatly to the success of his battalion's mission.

After the war, Butts' remains were brought back from Normandy to the United States in 1948 and interred at St. Mary's cemetery In New York. In 1957 the Army airfield at Fort Carson, Colorado was named the Butts Army Airfield.

More about the base itself...

In early 1949, landing an aircraft at Camp Carson was extremely hazardous. A bumpy dirt strip on the edge of the post was the only facility available. Dust often decreased the visibility to zero. Appropriations in the fall of that year allowed for the bulldozing of a new dirt strip and construction of a small wooden operations shack. However, aircraft maintenance had to be done in the open and the wind still made landing and taking off hazardous. As a result of the uncertain conditions at the Carson strip, the first Army aircraft operated by post personnel were based in a single hangar at Peterson Field.

In 1954, air operations were moved to an area now in NCO housing. Winds of 60 knots or better were common, making the approach over the hospital complex extremely tricky. There were no hangars either. When high winds came up, trucks had to be parked beside the aircraft to protect them.

Two years later, air operations were again relocated, this time to a mesa strip adjacent to today's Butts Army Airfield. There was one building on Mesa Air Strip, but it was dilapidated. Eventually a T-shaped pre-fabricated hangar was constructed; but by the time it was completed, it was already obsolete.

Appropriations for modern improvements were made in the fall of 1963. Three years and nearly $3 million later, Butts Field was a modern airfield.

The Butts Army Airfield aviation facility is featured at Fort Carson. The facility was constructed during 1963-66 and primarily supports helicopters, for which it features a panoptic helipad. The facility also features a 4,573ft (1,394m) long runway, which can handle light fixed-wing aircraft such as the C-12. Other heavier fixed-wing military aircraft operate from the nearby Peterson AFB.