FORT CARSON
Colorado Springs, CO 80913, USA

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Welcome to Fort Carson

Fort Carson, “The Mountain Post,” is located just south of Colorado Springs at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The unparalleled beauty and mild climate of Colorado Springs make it a gateway to a wide variety of outdoor activities. Many internationally known ski areas and some of the nation’s most scenic parks and finest hunting and fishing areas are located within a short drive. Fort Carson Families have easy access to the many cultural attractions of “The Springs” and the bright lights of nearby Denver.

Housing

Army regulation requires Soldiers to report to the DPW Housing Service Office, located at the west end of building 1225 off of Evans Street, before making any permanent off-post living arrangements. Call 719-526-2323, 526-2322 or 526-5219 for more information.

Health Services

Evans Army Community Hospital is located in building 7500 off Titus Boulevard, near the golf course. As the key component of the joint-services Colorado Springs Military Health System, it provides primary care services using the medical home model of care to Soldiers, other service members, Family members and retirees. The five-story, 92-bed hospital includes an inpatient behavioral health ward, inpatient/family care ward, mother/baby birthing center, intensive care unit, internal medicine and emergency room. An adjoining, two-story clinic building contains the Warrior Family Medicine Clinic and numerous outpatient specialty clinics with 400 examination and treatment rooms. A common area atrium connects the two sections of the Evans hospital building. This area includes the Patient Services Center, admissions and dispositions office, a medical library, chapel and the main pharmacy.

Carson Community

Several school districts serve the communities surrounding Fort Carson:

Colorado Springs School District 11 (north of post) 520-2000

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 (northwest of post) 475-6100

Units

The 4th Infantry Division prepares trained and ready expeditionary forces for deployment in support of combatant commander requirements; provides first class support to Soldiers, Airmen, civilians and Families; and enables unified action with community, state and interagency partners to accomplish all assigned missions.

History

Fort Carson was established in 1942, following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The city of Colorado Springs purchased land south of the city and donated it to the War Department. Construction began immediately, and the first building, the camp headquarters, was completed Jan. 31, 1942.

Training Areas

Fort Carson is bounded on the east by Interstate 25 and on the west by Colorado Highway 115. The installation extends from the main post, which is just south of Academy Boulevard, to its southern perimeter, which lies just north of the communities of Pueblo West and Penrose.

Fort Carson Soldier for Life

THE FORT CARSON SOLDIER FOR LIFE – Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is a congressionally mandated program designed to help prepare Soldiers and their Family members for their transition out of the Army and back into civilian life. This assistance focuses on, but is not limited to, seeking employment, seeking an education, entrepreneurship or technical training.

Recreation and Leisure

The Fort Carson Outdoor Recreation Complex is located in building 2429, on the corner of Specker and Wetzel avenues. The complex houses the Equipment Checkout Center; Information, Tickets and Registration; the Adventure Programs and Education team; Warrior Adventure Quest, Mountain Post Outfitters retail store; two classrooms; and a 28-foot tall and 43-foot wide indoor climbing wall. Located across the street from the complex are the Alpine Tower challenge course and a disc golf course. The complex also manages the recreational vehicle storage lots around the Mountain Post. For the latest program information visit the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) website at http://www.mwrfortcarson.com or the Outdoor Recreation Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/FortCarsonOutdoorRecreation.

Surrounding Communities

What is now called Colorado was originally part of New Spain. The Spanish heritage lingers on in the names of cities and places, particularly in southern Colorado. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Blood of Christ Mountains) and Trinidad, named for the Trinity, are examples. Colorado is the Spanish word for “red.” The name is taken from the red-colored Colorado River. The Spainards heard from Native Americans that there was gold in the mountains, but they did not search for it. As the Spanish claim became weaker, parts of the area were ceded to France. The French heritage can be traced through names remaining on Colorado maps, such as Lafayette, LaSalle, Cache La Poudre and Louviers, mainly in the northern part of the state.

Area Attractions

Every year countless pleasure-seeking tourists discover Pikes Peak country is filled with great things to do. For more than 100 years, the region has been a mecca, attracting people in search of gold, health and natural scenic beauty. For more information, call Fort Carson’s Information, Tickets and Registration Office at 719-526-5366 or the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau at 719-635-7506.

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13th ESC Commander visits Fort Carson

Story by SFC John Cortez on 09/20/2016
McBride, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Marco Torres, command sergeant major, 13th ESC, met with a few Fort Carson top officials, toured the 4th Inf. Div. Sustainment Brigade Headquarters, met with Soldiers and command teams from 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat, and conducted a sustainment professional development during their visit to the Mountain Post. They also met with representatives from the 16th Sustainment Brigade out of Germany to discuss logistic operations in Europe.
During their visit to the Rough Rider Brigade, McBride and Torres received an in depth tour of the Brigade headquarters including the Division Sustainment Operations Center (D-SOC), Talent Management room, and briefed on 4SB's campaign of "Strong Sergeants, Strong Soldiers" from Col. Ronald Ragin, 4th Sustainment Brigade commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Jacinto Garza, 4th Sustainment Brigade command sergeant major.
"I am very impressed with what I've seen here at Fort Carson," McBride said. "I see here a fully integrated sustainment warfighting function. All the components of the sustainment warfighting functions have been identified. Col. Ragin has pinned the rose with roles and responsibilities and authorities for those agencies, activities and commanders that own that component of sustainment warfighting function. In addition, Col. Ragin is making sure the sustainment warfighting function is integrated with all the other warfighting functions that allow the 4th Infantry Division to operate."
McBride assumed command of 13th ESC, headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas, in June of this year. The 13th ESC is responsible for providing sustainment, distribution, and health service support for full spectrum operations. Since assuming command, McBride and Torres have been visiting division installations that fall under III Corps command and conducting assessments of sustainment warfighting functions and identifying ways III Corps can assist divisions build readiness through their sustainment brigades.
"This has been a phenomenal visit. Fort Carson is a great place to serve and a great place to grow leaders," McBride said. "I see a great leader development program at 4th Sustainment Brigade and across Fort Carson. If you don't have a deliberate plan to start planting those seeds and then fertilizing it early in that Soldier's life cycle we'll never have the types of leaders we have today."

4SB conducts emergency deployment training

Story by SGT David Freydin on 09/20/2016
Soldiers within the Tactical Command Post, known as TAC-1, from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, participated in Operation Cerberus Strike, a joint training emergency deployment exercise (EDRE), at the Douthit Range Complex in Fort Riley, Kansas Sept 11-13. Meanwhile, Soldiers from 4SB's TAC-2 simultaneously conducted their EDRE training at Pinyon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colorado.
"The purpose of this EDRE is to test the ability of 4SB Soldiers to be ready for deployment at a moment's notice," said Sgt. 1st Class Talanco Thompson, TAC-1 noncommissioned officer in charge. "This was a great opportunity for us to come together as a team, figure out our requirements and ultimately validate our operations."
The operations 4SB set out during Operation Cerberus Strike are the distributed mission command tactics, called DBSR3', which are to deploy expeditionary, build combat power, sustain high intensity combat, regenerate in theater, redeploy via multiple nodes, and restore readiness. In addition, the TACs were timed from the moment the initial notification was given to deploying to a location and being fully operational capable. According to Command Sgt. Maj. Jacinto Garza, 4SB's command sergeant major, Operation Cerberus Strike was an opportunity to exercise the brigade's distribution mission concept while ensuring the TACs are fully prepared to deploy for real world missions in support of decisive action operations.
"We are always looking for ways to hone our skills so when the time comes to go we are fully prepared," Garza said. "We've been gradually getting better. Earlier this year we used Vibrant Response 16 as an opportunity for our TACs to conduct an EDRE and we were able to achieve Level II certification. Operation Cerberus Strike is an excellent opportunity to test our systems by kicking our TACs out on a simulated deployment and continue to get better."
Once arriving to the Douthit Range Complex, TAC-1 began by unloading their equipment and setting up. TAC-1 prepared and transferred several cargo containers of equipment that included tents, camouflage nets, flooring, tables, chairs, computers, satellites, tools, generators and other various items, in order to set up a main tactical operations center (TOC) and conference center.
After working tirelessly throughout their first night, the Rough Riders' were able to alert, marshal, deploy and establish operations to standard within 24 hours, successfully becoming Level III EDRE certified for the first time in its history, according to Thompson.
The overall success of the operation was a demonstration of how 4SB was able to exercise distributed mission command by executing its multi-nodal approach, which consisted of deploying TAC-1 to Fort Riley, Kansas, TAC-2 to Pinyon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colorado, while a mobile command team was established at the National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, California. Meanwhile, the Division Sustainment Operations Center, located at 4SB's headquarters on Fort Carson, served as the mission command team, receiving live feeds from the TACs and in turn providing real time information for all elements involved.
"As a brigade commander, it's very important that I have the most accurate and up-to-date information," Col. Ronald Ragin, 4SB commander said. "The two TACs in Kansas and Colorado sending real-time information to our mission command team at Fort Carson simultaneously allowed the mobile command team at Fort Irwin to make decisions without any delays. Distributed Mission Command allows me to make decisions and provide guidance and direction to command nodes that are a great distance away so they can continue providing the support needed, whatever that might be."
The exercise was a joint effort, conducted in conjunction with support from the U.S Air Force and 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. USAF provided assistance by loading and unloading cargo for the mission as well as providing transportation to Fort Riley, while 1SB assisted by providing command and control.
Thompson said that the sister sustainment brigade was very welcoming and that he was impressed with the phenomenal job they did in prepping them for the mission, but there was still room for improvement.
"This was our first EDRE exercise deploying by air," said Thompson, "Normally, we self-deploy so there was a lot of lessons learned, especially as far as equipment and bookkeeping issues go. Even though this was the most compressed time constraint we had to operate under, the team has been very motivated."
Motivation proved to be a decisive factor in successfully completing the mission and overcoming the challenges TAC-1 faced.
"Regardless of the challenges, as a leader, I had to come with a positive attitude," said Staff Sgt. Marcus Williams, TAC-1 assistant battle NCO. "I did whatever the Soldiers did. I had my hands in everything to let know I was in the fight with them."
In keeping with the 4SB's motto "Strong Sergeants, Strong Soldiers", Williams said that it's important to keep morale high in stressful situations like this because the Soldiers are looking at everything their leadership is doing.
Several Soldiers voiced that the EDRE training was a great experience, brought the team closer together and that they gained a lot of new ideas.
"I'm excited because I don't usually get the opportunity to participate in this kind of training. It's been very beneficial to train as we would fight." said Spc. Regina Tetreault, TAC-1 Movement NCO.
The EDRE exercise concluded with a tour for the sister sustainment brigade, detailing specific tactics, techniques, and procedures and meeting face-to-face with the Soldiers.
EDRE exercises like this one will continue into the future allowing the 4SB and other sustainment units to develop their ability to rapidly deploy and become quickly operational in even in the most austere environments.
"This is a 100 percent success," said Lt. Col. Terrance Newman, Deputy Commanding Officer, 1SB, 1ID. "We really like what 4SB has done here. We will bring this concept back with us."

Local Sailors Volunteer to Assist Black Forest Fire Victim

Story by PO1 Gilbert Bolibol on 09/18/2016

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