SOCNORTH/Ft. Carson/10th Group/NORTHCOM

Marauder06

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I'm considering options for a potential move out west.

NORTHCOM's TSOC sounds interesting, but I don't know anyone there and info about the organization is a bit hard to come by. I'm also considering other intel officer assignments in the greater Fort Carson area. SOF and Joint are the preferred assignments but I'm open to pretty much anything, even the Air Force Academy ;)

Looking for someone who can give me insight into any of the units in the Colorado Springs area, or who might be able to point me in the right direction. I'm not in any kind of hurry as any potential move would be at least 18 months down the road. PM me if you have any suggestions. Thanks.
 

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I spent 9 long months as a NORTHCOM integree and it sucked. So much that I damn near left the government. Folks are nice enough and the QOL is the best but the command doesn't have clear guidance. Heck, they were even on the chopping block like JFCOM.

Their AOR is extremely limited.

Suck it up and come out to DC. :D
 

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Fort Carson / Colorado Springs quality of life is amazing. If you can see the peak (Pikes Peak that is) you will definitely have a great day. Sports facilities are close for minor league baseball (15 mins) as well as all four major sports in Denver.

Aside from QOL, I can't speak much about it, though. Some of my friends in 10th SFG (A) enjoyed it, others did not.
 

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How quickly do you need info?
(may have an in at SOCNORTH)
Do you speak Spanish?
Texas an option?
-I'm in no hurry at all. Earliest PCS is 18 months.
-I took four semesters of Spanish in grad school... I think I would be generous to rate myself 0+/0+ in Spanish. So no, I don't speak Spanish.
-Really looking at Colorado Springs. Preferably Peterson AFB.
 

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I've had the pleasure of being stationed in Colorado Springs since 2007. I believe the Colorado Springs / Denver area is still the fastest growing part of the country. The area has you covered no matter what your interests are. Obviously, there are some amazing trails out here (4x4, Mountain Bike, Hiking, Camping). The nightlife here is about as diverse as you can imagine. Dance clubs, Western Bars, Irish Pubs, Hipster Bars etc.. my favorite place happens to be a Barcade (bar with old school arcade games). I actually love the scene so much I bought a house downtown. There is also a big emphasis on healthy living and active lifestyle. The US Olympic Training Center is downtown also.

There are some really impressive mountain towns to check out. A couple of them you'll want to grab some grub and a beer after snowboarding all day. A couple cool old gambling towns, and Manitou Springs is a very unique and odd place. The car scene is really big here if you are a car geek like me. Of course we have the Pikes Peak Hillclimb every year. There are several amazing golf courses. The Broadmoor is a 5 star / 5 diamond hotel.

If you have any questions I can answer them, or find the answer.
 

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When it comes to units in the Springs, you are primarily looking at NORTHCOM's SOCNORTH/TSOC and 10th SFG (A) if you are looking for Active Duty positions in the SOF support realm. When it comes to other positions for an Intel Officer, you potentially have SMDC/ARSTRAT, NORTHCOM/NORAD, and a multitude of units at Carson. The benefit of Colorado Springs is that there are a lot of unique opportunities because of some of the units that are located here. Quality of life is great and educational advancement opportunities are also there. UCCS is now offering certificates in Homeland Security and National Security Intelligence, which I am hoping will evolve into degree programs at some point.

http://www.uccs.edu/spa/programs/certificates/si.html
 

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Have you settled on the Ft Carson area?
Just curious, as I assume your rank will result in your being the guy in charge?
JIC at Lakland is a Joint Assignment, that needs a decent boss.
 

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Have you settled on the Ft Carson area?
Just curious, as I assume your rank will result in your being the guy in charge?
JIC at Lakland is a Joint Assignment, that needs a decent boss.
Thanks brother, I'm really focused on Colorado Springs for now.
 

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When it comes to units in the Springs, you are primarily looking at NORTHCOM's SOCNORTH/TSOC and 10th SFG (A) if you are looking for Active Duty positions in the SOF support realm. When it comes to other positions for an Intel Officer, you potentially have SMDC/ARSTRAT, NORTHCOM/NORAD, and a multitude of units at Carson. The benefit of Colorado Springs is that there are a lot of unique opportunities because of some of the units that are located here. Quality of life is great and educational advancement opportunities are also there. UCCS is now offering certificates in Homeland Security and National Security Intelligence, which I am hoping will evolve into degree programs at some point.

http://www.uccs.edu/spa/programs/certificates/si.html
Unfortunately I'm probably too senior for 10th Group. Doesn't matter to me and probably not to Group but my branch might throw a fit. SOCNORTH would be great, but I haven't been able to find a line-and-block chart to see where I might even fit in. I'm not dead set on going SOF but that's my #1 choice if it's available.
 

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A few personnel from my BN have since moved on to NORTHCOM and my incoming commander was assigned there as well. Let me see if one of them might have a POC who can get me some contact information.
 

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FYI, Sir. (Just for giggles mostly but still...)

For Immediate Release
Latest information on


The Great Banana Felony (a true story)

December 2, 2014, Grand Junction, CO-- Never point fruit (even if unloaded) at a deputy sheriff--at least not in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Background:
On November 23, 2014 Nathan Channing (listed in the actual incident report to have a date of birth of 7/16/14 (making one question that he is either very young or very old) was walking southbound on the sidewalk of the 29 Road overpass in Grand Junction. A Mesa County sheriff's car with deputy Joshua Bunch driving (officially listed as victim number one) was proceeding north on the overpass facing Channing.

Channing pulled a banana from his right pocket and pointed it at the Sheriff's car as he drove towards him. Deputy Bunch's, highly trained law enforcement reactions finely tuned to a razor's edge realizing the danger of this particular yellow fruit fled the fruit packing Channing and in Deputy Bunche's own words in his official incident report he wrote-- "Nathan drew the object in the same manner someone would draw a standard handgun from a concealed holster. I immediately ducked in my patrol car and accelerated continuing northbound, fearing it was a weapon. Based on training and experience, I have seen handguns in many shapes and colors and perceived this to be a handgun."

Deputy Bunch (no banana bunch pun intended) continued to run like a bunny escaping in his car from the banana wielding Channing for nearly 3 blocks leaving civilians on the road to contend with the obvious, to the deputy, dangerous and armed criminal. During his run from danger Deputy Bunch made radio contact with another deputy who ignorant of the incident was heading straight towards Channing and his bad banana. Mesa County deputy sheriff Donald J. Love (officially listed as victim number two) was now on alert for the fatal fruit packing Channing.

Deputy Love proceeding northbound on 29 Road and was suddenly face to face with the banana packing Channing now some 2/12 blocks south of the initial threat against deputy Bunch. Channing again pulled and pointed the fatal fruit this time at deputy Love.

Deputy Bunch was now speeding back into action after his narrow miss with--well whatever the hell a banana can do to a deputy sheriff in a car, was in communication with Deputy Love via radio. He pulled into the intersection where Deputy Love and Channing were finished facing off and things were now under control. It seems that deputy Love stopped his car near Channing noting the "unknown object."--official incident report.

According to deputy Bunch's official incident report deputy Love explained to Deputy Bunch-- "As Nathan (the banana packing bad guy) was pulling out the unknown object, he (deputy Love) slammed on his brakes and stepped out of his patrol car. Deputy Love informed me (deputy Bunch) he observed what appeared to be a yellow tube with a black center and stated he thought it was a gun. Deputy Love stated he was in fear for his life at this point and was in the process of pulling out his handgun when Nathan yelled, 'It's a banana.'"

After disfruiting Channing the deputies learned that Channing meant nothing actually menacing; that he is a standup comedian and was practicing for a YouTube taping (no cameras present at this incident) and that this was "just a joke." Channing informed the deputies he thought it would "lighten the holiday spirit." It did for someone (probably the lawyers) because when Mesa County Sheriff Supervisor deputy Corporal Doty arrived the three deputies discussed, ok let's face it, they worked to figure out something to charge him with. They then arrested and jailed Nathan Channing on two counts of felony menacing(one count for each of the two victimized and maybe traumatized for life, banana fearing deputies). You can see what makes up this actually quite serious crime by Googling CRS 18-3-206(a).

The court appearance: At 8:00, December 2, 2014, the now unfruited banana packing Channing and his attorney Stephen L. Laiche (a former prosecutor from Louisiana) appeared before District Court Judge Richard T. Gurley. Prior papers by the attorney requested a jurisdiction move and charge reduction which the judge and apparently Da's Office agreed to. The case has now been remanded down to a Mesa Count Court on the now reduced charge of obstruction. Leaving the court room, Channing's attorney remarked to this reporter regarding the ruling "Finally, some common sense." The next court appearance is scheduled for December 17, 2014 in Mesa County Court.

The law regarding obstruction in Colorado, CRS 18-8-104 (1) (a) basically states that a person who in the opinion of the officer pretty much does anything that physically obstructs impairs or hinders penal law or preservation of the peace by a peace officer or other emergency workers from doing their job is obstructing. The offense under this law is a class 2 misdemeanor. It is reasonable to assume that once this arrives in county court that this charge may be further reduced for a guilty plea, but you can bet to somehow save face for the D A's office, deputies and sheriff's department, this will not be dismissed. Then again we must ask regarding the incident as stated in the deputy's report and the law, who was really hindering who?

Epilog: Right now there are a ton of Saint Louis County sheriff deputies that would love to trade the Ferguson mess for the death threat of bananas suffered by deputies in Mesa County, Colorado.

Something of concern is if deputy Bunch actually thought the banana was a deadly weapon causing him to "fear it was a weapon" and that threat caused him to duck and drive from the area (three blocks) as he stated--he then left the area leaving unarmed civilians at the mercy of an obviously (to him) dangerous and armed criminal. Given their arrest or stronger powers and duty to citizens that is not what law enforcement should do. He should have immediately pulled around to confront Channing and to protect the citizens in that area from this perceived deadly threat. Instead, he abandoned his post.

What should have happened. First, it is apparent from the details in the incident report that Channing was polite and remorseful for his non-lethal and let's face it, seriously stupid action. At that point, Channing now probably handcuffed, searched and maybe even Carmen Mirandized (we can't help ourselves) who no doubt was scared stupid--should have had his butt chewed out by the deputies and of course a contact report placed in a file concerning this incident should he ever do this again.
 
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