Mission

Public affairs fulfills the Army's obligation to keep the American people and the Army informed and helps to establish the conditions that lead to confidence in America's Army and its readiness to conduct operations in peacetime, conflict and war. Every member of the Army team contributes to effective PA. The soldier is the most effective communicator of the Army story. The primary PA functional areas are command information, public information and community relations.

Fort Carson Data Sheet

Mailing Address: Public Affairs Office
1625 Ellis Street
Building 1218
Fort Carson, CO 80913

The Mountaineer

The Mountaineer is a Commercial-Enterprise contract awarded to the Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group. The Mountaineer is delivered to all on-post housing, selected drop-off points on post, including Evans Army Community Hospital, the Post Exchange, the Commissary and numerous locations in the Colorado Springs area.

Information on drop-off points or requests for subscriptions may be directed to the Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.

The publisher provides the newspaper at no charge to the U.S. Army in exchange for selling of advertisements. Please call their office concerning costs of advertising. The Mountaineer staff does not have this information and is prohibited by regulation from selling advertising. Additionally, the Mountaineer staff does not sell subscriptions. For information about subscriptions and advertising please call the publisher at 719.634.5905

Fort Carson Mountaineer

Mountaineer Submission Information

The newspaper is published weekly and is released on Fridays. Also, there is no paper published the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Fort Carson Public Affairs Office is responsible for the editorial content of the paper.

Deadline: Submissions are due by noon the Friday prior to publication.

Submission by mail: Public Affairs Office
ATTN: Mountaineer
1625 Ellis Street
Building 1218
Fort Carson, CO 80913

In-Person submission location:
Bldg. 1218, Room 320
Fort Carson, CO

Submission Email: Click here to submit by Email

Command Information

The Fort Carson Command Information section of the Public Affairs Office is responsible for all aspects of internal communications, including the Mountaineer newspaper and the Post Guide, and is the review component of the Fort Carson Web site.

Mailing Address: Public Affairs Office
ATTN: Command Information
1625 Ellis Street
Building 1218
Fort Carson, CO 80913

Email: Click here to email the Command Information Chief.

Website Creation and Review

As required by AR 360-1, the Public Affairs Office is the reviewing office for all postings on the Fort Carson web site. Organizations requiring a new web site, additions or changes to existing web sites should contact the Garrison Public Affairs Office Digital Media Section at 719-526-5996 or usarmy.carson.hqda-ocpa.list.pao-command-info@mail.mil.

Post Guide and Fort Carson History Book

The Command Information section oversees the publication of the Post Guide & the History Book. The Network Enterprise Center (NEC) is responsible for the publication of the telephone directory portion, which is included in the Post Guide that is provided to incoming Soldiers & civilian employees.

The Web version of the Post Guide is located on the Publisher's Website

Incoming personnel should request a copy of the Post Guide prior to arrival through the sponsorship program. Arriving personnel who have not gotten a previous copy may pick one up at the Welcome & Farewell Center when they check in.

The Public Affairs Office does not handle the distribution of these books nor does this office stock any. The Post Guide is updated yearly and is currently printed under a Civilian Enterprise contract. The Public Affairs Office does not handle advertising or advertising rates.

Click here to download the PDF version of the book. It may take a few minutes to download (file is 13MB). The book is no longer available in print version.

Community Relations

The Community Relations section of Public Affairs supports the communities of the Colorado Front Range in coordinating Soldier support of parades, ceremonies and large community events. We also provide tours for groups and speakers for community events. Available resources include the 4th Infantry Division Band, Mounted Color Guard, marching units, color guards, static displays (military vehicles), group tours and guest speakers

Mailing Address: Public Affairs Office
ATTN: Community Relations
1625 Ellis Street
Building 1218
Fort Carson, CO 80913

Email:
Click here to email the Commmunity Relations Chief.

Request Fort Carson Support

All requests for support from Fort Carson require completion of the a Department of Defense Form 2536 https://www.carson.army.mil/assets/docs/pao/dd-2536.pdf. Please complete and email the form to usarmy.carson.hqda-ocpa.list.pao-comrel@mail.mil as soon as possible. Submitting the attached form a year prior to your event is recommended; however, a minimum of a 180-day advance notice is now required when requesting external community support from Fort Carson. We look forward to working with you. Please don't hesitate to call our office at 719-526-1256 if you have questions.

The 4th Infantry Division Band

The 4th Infantry Division Band was constituted July 30, 1943, and activated at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Aug. 4, 1943. Since that time, the band has been stationed at multiple posts across the United States and has supported overseas operations in Europe, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.

Today the band calls Fort Carson, Colorado, its home. It is made up of professional, full-time musicians who perform not only as a large concert and ceremonial band, but also as small ensembles called Music Performance Teams. Each Music Performance Team has its own unique style and performs a variety of musical genres for audiences both on and off the military installation. The musicians of the 4th Infantry Division are proud to bear the Ivy Leaves of the 4th Infantry Division and to support the Soldiers, Families and surrounding communities through music and ceremonial tradition. Click here to find out more about the 4th ID Band.

The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard

A 21-Soldier unit serves as Fort Carson's ambassadors to Colorado communities and neighboring states.

The Mounted Color Guard proudly carries the United States and Army flags in 1874-pattern 10th Cavalry Regiment uniforms. They participate in nearly 200 community events and military ceremonies a year. They are highlighted as the focal point for many parades, rodeos, holidays, and heritage and community activities by performing any one of their many choreographed routines. Since their inception, they have won more than 250 trophies. In 2011, they won the National Cavalry Association Director's Cup and received a Cheyenne Frontier Days Outstanding Mounted Riding group for 2012.

Recently added to the team is an original fully restored 1878 Army escort wagon with mules John and Henry to pull the wagon for parades and ceremonies. The last mule at Fort Carson was Hambone, who retired in 1971. The mule team won first place in Open Mule Parade Hitch Class at the 2013 National Western Horse Show in Denver.

Recently added to the team is an original fully restored 1878 Army escort wagon with mules John and Henry to pull the wagon for parades and ceremonies. The last pack mule at Fort Carson was Hambone, who retired in 1971. The Fort Carson mule team won first place in Open Mule Parade Hitch Class at the 2013 National Western Horse Show in Denver.

Media Relations

Fort Carson is a non-public news gathering forum and as such, all civilian media must have approval and an escort prior to entering Fort Carson. The Media Relations section typically makes arrangements to meet civilian media prior to their arrival at the Main Gate of Fort Carson.

Mailing Address:
Public Affairs Office
ATTN: Media Relations
1625 Ellis Street
Building 1218
Fort Carson, CO 80913

Email:
Click here to email the Media Relations Chief.

The media are reminded that security precautions and federal regulations prohibited unlimited access to military installations and media representatives found unescorted by a representative of the Public Affairs Office are subject to confiscation of cameras and recorders and may be subject to prosecution by the federal court system.

Current security regulations require all vehicles entering Fort Carson to present current vehicle registration and proof of insurance as well as being subject to a complete inspection. All passengers must have photo identification. Vehicles that arrive at the gate without the proper documentation will be denied entry.

Media interested in covering Fort Carson activities should call the Media Relations Office at 719.526.7525 or 526.4143 or e-mail the Media Relations Chief to arrange in advance for an escort and to obtain detailed information regarding upcoming media opportunities. After hours call the Emergency Operations Center 719.526.3400/5500 and ask for the on-call PAO.

Noise & Environmental Concerns Process

The Fort Carson Public Affairs office handles all civilian noise and environmental concerns for the installation. To ensure proper procedures are followed, we ask that if you have a concern during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to please contact one of the following: 719-526-9849 or usarmy.carson.hqda-ocpa.list.pao-comrel@mail.mil.

After business hours: Please contact the Fort Carson Emergency Operations Center at 526-3400/5500. The EOC will have the Public Affairs on-call officer contact you to collect the details. A Public Affairs Community Relations representative will return your call the next business day.