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Fort Carson is conducting its annual full-scale exercise April 25, 2018. This year’s exercise, “Mountain Guardian 18,” is a response to and recovery from a hazardous material spill.

The location of the exercise is Gate 2. The exercise will last several hours and will involve smoke and fire (strictly monitored by Fort Carson Department of Emergency Services) at the incident site. Additionally, there will be an increased presence of emergency personnel in the vicinity of Gate 2 and an increase in traffic flow as response elements from the garrison staff react to the incident during the exercise.

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The Fort Carson Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Spartan Race Inc. will host the Colorado Super and Sprint Weekend Spartan Races May 5-6, 2018, on post.

There will be four heats over the two-day period. Races will start at 7:30 a.m. on both days and will take place on training ranges 2 and 4.

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The NCOs and Soldiers of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's Western Region faced off in the regional Best Warrior Competition April 2-6 to claim a chance to compete in the command’s competition June 2-6 in Colorado Springs.

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Nine Soldiers will be honored for their service to the nation during a retirement ceremony April 25, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center.

They are:

Command Sgt. Maj. Scott I. Anderson, 759th Military Police Battalion
Master Sgt. Aric T. Ward, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
Sgt. 1st Class Rollo L. Boyd, 1st SBCT, 4th Inf. Div.
Sgt. 1st Class Ben J. Dougherty, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.
Sgt. 1st Class Joseph J. Sosnowski, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.
Sgt. 1st Class John C. Line, 4th Inf. Div. Band
Sgt. 1st Class Joshua M. Heiland, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Inf. Div.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael P. Kulseth, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf. Div.
Sgt. 1st Class Shawn M. Pemberton, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Fort Carson

Fort Carson Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) hosted a luncheon April 12, 2018, to celebrate Gold Star Spouses Day, honoring the surviving spouses of fallen Soldiers.

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More than 20 Soldiers with 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, culminated a 40-hour combat lifesaver (CLS) refresher course with simulated trauma lanes April 11, 2018, at the Camp Marechal De Lattre De Tassigny (CMLT), Kosovo, aide station.

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FORT CARSON, Colo. — Chef Brother Luck, right, owner of Four by Brother Luck and Brother Luck Street Eats in Colorado Springs, tastes the soup U.S. Army Soldiers prepared at the Food Service Enhancement Course graduation April 13, 2018, at the Fort Carson Culinary Academy. Graduates of the Food Service Enhancement Course are required to prepare a meal as part of their graduation. (Photo by Amber Martin)

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“The last time I saw Sgt. Hosea he was flat on his back with severe back injuries, a broken leg and crushed ankle. When you see Soldiers leave the hospital you don’t know how their life will be afterward; so when I saw (Hosea’s) name on the list of Soldiers coming I knew I wanted to see him.” -- Maj. Patrick Devine, chaplain, Train, Advise and Assist Command-South and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, on reuniting with Retired Staff Sgt. John M. Hosea in Afghanistan through the Operation Proper Exit program.

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Clarification between a prescribed burn and an accidental fire that is allowed to burn in a controlled manner (what is regularly, and erroneously referred to as a "controlled burn").

A Prescribed Fire is an event that is planned at least 90-180 days in advance. It requires an extensive approval process that starts when Fort Carson firefighters and natural resource managers identify areas that pose a significant wildland fire risk because of heavy wildland-fire fuels (excessive dry and/or dead brush and vegetation). A plan is then made to reduce these fuels in a safe way that will also minimize the overall environmental impact. It is reviewed by our environmental resource team to ensure it meets NEPA requirements. After that it must be approved at the state level with an air quality permit before Fort Carson can begin to conduct the burns. This process can take up to a year to complete. In addition to and in conjunction with prescribed burns, resource managers also regularly conduct fuel mitigation projects by mechanical means (mowing, tree trimming, blading and the use of herbicides) to mitigate wildland fire risks.

A wildland fire is a one that was not intentionally started (an accidental fire). For example, these fires may happen because of missions, training, lightning, friction, reflection or negligence (example: a discarded cigarette that is still burning). In these situations the Fort Carson Fire Department, with approval from the Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Chief, makes a determination to either actively fight the fire or to establish control lines and allow the fire to burn itself out while being very closely monitored. Any time a fire is or could potentially threaten a structure, Fort Carson firefighters will actively and directly combat it to protect the structure. Before a decision is made to allow a "burnout", officials ensure that there are adequate personnel and resources on hand to monitor, contain or combat the fire as necessary. For example, this is regularly the case on the large impact training areas due to inaccessibility and well established control lines.

The wildland fire that began yesterday was in a large impact range area. It was not a training-related situation. It was an intentional mission to destroy old, unexploded ordnance that was necessary for the safety and welfare of all those who live, work and regularly train at Fort Carson.

Fort Carson firefighters are true professionals who care deeply about their mission. They work and train hard to protect not only those who live and work on post, but also those who live and work in the many communities that surround Fort Carson. To that end they regularly partner with surrounding departments and agencies under Mutual Aid Agreements. These agreements provide a framework for cooperative firefighting efforts both in the surrounding communities and on Fort Carson. We understand and acknowledge that there is a strong potential for an extremely active wildland fire season this year, and we are making every possible effort to reduce and mitigate these situations in a responsible way.

Earlier today there was a potential active shooter threat reported to the Fort Carson Military Police. The situation was investigated, and it was determined that it was not credible.

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Staff Sgt. Damen McDermott teaches a young Macedonian child about the Mark VII optics, a military grade tactical optics system, before a hands-on demonstration in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, April 4, 2018. McDermott and other Soldiers with 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and their Polish counterparts supporting NATO’s Kosovo Force, commemorated the founding of NATO by providing static displays for the NATO Day celebration. Equipment displayed included a Humvee, Honker 2000 (Polish military vehicle), various optics and communications equipment, and protective gear. The service members met U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily, as well as cadets from the Military Academy of the Republic of Macedonia. (Courtesy photo)

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The Fort Carson Exchange offers two events April 21 for Month of the Military Child.

--Test out the latest Nerf Blasters, for ages 8 and older, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-- Mad Science Assembly takes place beginning at 1 p.m. at the Exchange Food Court. Children can interact with Mad Scientists and see foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air and even a special Mad Science burp potion.

We have all heard eating healthy is too expensive, but is it reality or just a myth? Most people think buying healthy food is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be and research shows many people actually end up spending more money on unhealthy options.

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Sgt. Ricky Beckles, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor April 11, 2018, for his actions in combat while deployed in support of Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan.

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SAAPM 5K Run/Walk postponed-

Due to expected inclement weather, the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) 5K Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, April 21, has been postponed to a date to be determined.

Earth Day Household Hazardous Waste Collection

As part of Fort Carson’s annual Earth Day observance, the Directorate of Public Works is hosting a household hazardous waste collection event April 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot west of the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center, building 1829. The Fort Carson community is encouraged to participate in reducing expensive landfill waste, preventing pollution and helping the installation get one step closer to its Net Zero waste goal. Bring old/used household cleaners, paints, lawn care products, electronics and automotive products and make a difference. For more information, call 526-4340 or 491-0218.

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The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson chief of staff's column is on "RESPECT."

"Here at Fort Carson we have tremendous schools, with incredibly talented staff and faculty and supported by committed Soldier-parents. Success in our schools is a direct result of respectful, positive, working relationships between staff, faculty and parents."

See the full column at http://www.fortcarsonmountaineer.com/?p=24965.

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The 4th Infantry Division staff and subordinate units conducted Warfighter 18-04, a validation exercise, April 2-13, 2018, to sharpen readiness, interoperability and lethality.

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Fostering cooperation
N’DJAMENA, Chad — Capt. Holly Nesmith, a family nurse practitioner with Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, Colorado, alongside a team of U.S. Army and Chadian medical personnel perform a minor foot operation during MEDRETE 18-2, April 17, 2018, at Hospital Militaire D’Instruction, N’Djamena, Chad. This marks the fifth year conducting MEDRETE with the Chadian medical community. MEDRETE is a combined effort between the Chadian government and U.S. Army Africa. MEDRETE 18-2 is part of a series of medical readiness training exercises that U.S. Army Africa is scheduled to facilitate within various countries in Africa, and serves as an opportunity for the partnered militaries to hone and strengthen their general surgery and trauma skills while reinforcing the partnership between the countries. The mutually beneficial exercise brings together Chadian military and U.S. Army medical professionals to foster cooperation while conducting medical specific tasks. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Micah Merrill)

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QUANTICO, Va. — The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) is seeking first lieutenants and captains from all military occupational specialties who are interested in becoming CID special agents to submit applications and transition to a CID special agent warrant officer.

Get more details at http://www.fortcarsonmountaineer.com/?p=24924.

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The Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month 5K Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday has been delayed, due to expected inclement weather, to a date to be determined.

The 4th Infantry Division Main Command Post Operational Detachment (MCPOD) Soldiers with the Utah Army National Guard (ARNG) were awarded the patch of the 4th Infantry Division’s shoulder sleeve insignia in place of their 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) patch, April 2, 2018.

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Fort Carson Soldiers Blaine Gardner, right, and Connor Bobbitt get in a game of table tennis at Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center April 9, 2018. The Soldiers said they enjoy playing table tennis as a cool down after a workout. (Photo by Walt Johnson)

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Congratulations to 1st Lt. Kelsey A. Reppert, the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Soldier of the Week!

Reppert with 62nd Sapper Company, 4th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, achieved the fastest female course time in the Individual Military Heavy Division of the Bataan Memorial Death March. The battalion sent 16 Soldiers to participate in the 29th annual Bataan Memorial Death March on March 25, 2018. The Bataan Memorial Death March is a 26.2 mile demanding foot march through desert terrain at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. With an overall completion time of 5 hours, 53 minutes, 40 seconds, Reppert averaged 13.29 minutes per mile and earned first place overall out of 115 female registrants. She also placed in the top 15 of the collective 749 males and females registered in the Individual Military Heavy Division. The march is conducted in honor and remembrance of the American prisoners of war who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II. Reppert is an admirable representation of what a Soldier should be and her demonstration of military bearing and presence serve to motivate and inspire all around her. Steadfast and Loyal!

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More than 50 Soldiers with the 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), participated in a three-day chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) training exercise to build readiness and confidence in the event of a chemical attack, March 21-23, 2018, at various locations on the installation.

See the story and more photos at http://www.fortcarsonmountaineer.com/?p=24907.

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