Banner Archive for January 2008
 

USAWC welcomes new Commandant 
Major General Robert M. Williams


     Major General Robert M. Williams was commissioned in Armor from the Citadel in 1974.  Following the Armor Officer Basic Course, he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, CSC Executive Officer, and Tank Company Commander in the 4th Battalion, 63d Armor at Fort Riley, Kansas, from 1975 to 1979. After graduating from the Field Artillery Advanced Course, he served in the 8th Infantry Division as an Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General and the Battalion S3 of the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor from 1980 to 1983.

     Following graduation from the Command and General Staff College, he served as the Brigade S3 of the 2d (St. Lo) Brigade, 2d Armored Division and the Executive Officer of the 3d Battalion, 67th Armor at Fort Hood, Texas, and Southwest Asia from 1989 to 1991.  From 1992 to 1994, he commanded the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor at Fort Riley, Kansas, which was followed by an assignment with the Joint Staff, J7, Conventional War Plans Division in Washington, DC.

     From 1997 to 1999, Major General Williams commanded the 2d (SPARTAN) Brigade of the 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized).  Following brigade command, he served as the Commander, Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from 1999 to 2000.

From July 2000 until September 2001, he served as the Assistant Division Commander (Support) for the 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany.  This assignment was followed by a fifteen month tour of duty as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G3/Operations, HQ Allied Command Europe, Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), Moenchengladbach, Germany.

     From November 2002 through June 2004, Major General Williams served as the Commanding General, 7th Army Training Command and the Expeditionary Training Center, headquartered at Grafenwoehr, Germany.  During this period, he also deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the C3 for CJTF-7.  Additionally, he served as the G3 (Operations) for US Army Europe and Seventh Army from June 2004 until August 2005.  His most recent assignment was as the Commanding General of the United States Armor Center and Fort Knox Kentucky from September 2006 until January 2008.In January 2008, Major General Williams was assigned as the 47th Commandant, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

     His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the Citadel, a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Emory University, and a Master of Arts Degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.

     General Williams' decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Soldier's Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
Youth art spruces up Dunham Clinic

Pieces of art from the Youth Services Art Gallery adorn the walls of Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic. Photo by Pvt2 Jennifer Rick.

January 14, 2008 – Dunham Clinic has some new artwork to display thanks to the Carlisle Barracks Youth Services Art Gallery, showcasing the work of more than 20 post youth.

    The art was done as part of the YS art program, which offers classes during the school year and the summer.

    "We offer two art classes each semester from 4:30 to 6:00 each Tuesday and Thursday," said Bob Salviano, YS director. "We also offer art classes during Summer Camp, three days a week in the morning from 8:30 to 11:30." 

    According to Salviano, the classes generally use a building block approach starting with basic pencil drawing then moving on to charcoal, ink and wash. The class then moves on to pastels, watercolors and acrylics. Each class usually has about 20 participants. For more information or to find out how to register call YS at 245-3354.

    "For the past several years Carlisle Barracks Youth Services Boys and Girls Club of America has been participating in this program," said Allen Campbell, YS coordinator. "For the last two years we have had more art sent to the regional competition than any other BGCA. This art contest is open to the entire Carlisle Barracks community not just the art students." The competition is open to all youth up to 18 years old who are members of Youth Services

    There are more than 120 pieces in this years contest, and first, second and third places will be handed out in each category.

    "The youths created a wide range of art," said Campbell. "From monochromatic, pastels, water color, sculptures and more, there is a little bit of everything."

   "The winning art will be sent to the regional art contest in Buffalo, New York," said Campbell. "Carlisle Barracks does very well in this contest as a whole."

    The winners for each category are below:

 

9 and under

Monochromatic

First Place-Molly Mongomery

Second Place-Ben Ulrich

Third Place-Kelly Ring

 

Pastel       

First Place-Allison Cunningham

Second Place-Kelly Ring

Third Place-Ben Ulrich

 

WaterColor

First Place-Ben Ulrich

Second Place-Kelly Ring

Third Place-Molly Montgomery

 

Sculpture

First Place-Ben Ulrich

Second Place-Allison Cunningham

Third Place-Jessica James

 

Block Print

First Place-Kelly Ring

Second Place-Molly Montgomery

Third Place-Chandler Zastrow

 

10-12 year olds

Monochromatic

First Place- Bridgid DeTreux

Second Place-Chandler Zastrow

Third Place-Olivia Burton

 

Pastel       

First Place-Olivia Burton

Second Place-Bridgid Detreux

Third Place-Hannah Kim

 

Sculpture    

First Place-Hannah Kim

Second Place-Olivia Burton

 

Block Print  

First Place-Victoria Smith

Second Place-Cynthia Hall

Third Place-Chandler Zastrow

 

13-15 year olds

Monochromatic

First Place-Priscilla Wolfe

 

Pastel

 First Place-Priscilla Wolfe

 Second Place-Priscilla Wolfe

 Third Place-Priscilla Wolfe

 

Sculpture

First Place-Priscilla Wolfe

 

Print Making

First Place-Priscilla Wolfe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Boating skills & seamanship course

    The Carlisle Barracks Safety Office coordinated with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to have representatives bring an eight-week boating course at Carlisle Barracks.

  • Date Feb. 12  - April 8  Tuesdays 7-9 PM           
  • Where Carlisle Barracks Memorial Chapel
  • Free for all

    This course will cover boating choice, equipment & trailering, rules of the road & everything in between. Successful completion of this course will provide the application for the certificate to operate a boat in Pennsylvania.

    Anyone interested can call Jim Aiello for class reservation, at (717) 245-4353.

 


Post remembers work of Dr. Martin Luther King

 

Reverend Brenda Alton, Senior Pastor at Kingdom Embassy (formerly known as Harambee United Church of Christ), speaks at the Carlisle Barracks Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance on January 17.

The observance began on Indian Field with a candlelight vigil, and proceeded to the LVCC for breakfast, a slide show presentation, and music from Anthony Fields, Center for Strategic Leadership. Alton and Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander, spoke during the observance. Photo by Pvt2 Jennifer Rick.


Pvt2 Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Civilian of the Quarter brings energy to the workplace

   

Lynne Wilson-Bruchet at work in her office at the Behavioral Health department at Dunham United States Army Health Clinic. She is the most recent recipient of the Carlisle Barracks Civilian Employee of the Quarter award. Photo by Pvt2 Jennifer Rick.

Jan. 14, 2008 -- It's easy to see that some people bring a certain spark to the workplace; a passion for their job that is noticeable to everyone that crosses their path.

    That is the case with Lynne Wilson-Bruchet, say her coworkers. She is the most recent winner of the Carlisle Barracks Civilian Employee of the Quarter award, presented in November.

    Wilson-Bruchet has been the social services assistant for the Behavioral Health department at Dunham Clinic since July 2006. Her multi-faceted position consists of patient referral management, processing for Soldiers and their families, maintaining administrative records, post-deployment health assessments, collecting data and data tracking, depression screenings and making sure training has been provided for the clinic, she explained.

    She is also the administrative assistant for the Family Advocacy Program, is the treasurer of the clinic social committee and is the alternate sexual assault care coordinator for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.

    She comes to work prepared with a Bachelor's degree in History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also has an extensive background in forensic interviewing and child abuse investigations.

    Wilson-Bruchet came to Carlisle Barracks for the opportunity of a stable job while putting her daughter through college, she said. Her daughter, Melanie, is now 20 years old and attending Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia. She is majoring in geologic archaeology.

    She said that she also chose to work here because of the excellent reputation the installation has for helping people.

    "My favorite part of my job is being able to do something for a Soldier and their family, which really means a lot," she said.

    Her colleagues really appreciate all the work she puts into an average day.
    "Having her on board has really helped expand the services we are able to offer here," said Ginger Wilson-Gines, Chief of Behavioral Health. "She's a major asset to the organization."

    Wilson-Bruchet is passionate about what she does, and is always very upbeat and positive, said Wilson-Gines, and believes that she is the type of employee that every supervisor wants to have.  "She is always looking for ways to excel and improve, and is excellent at making people feel comfortable and assessing their needs."

    Working hard is something Wilson-Bruchet does every day, and she said she believes that if you are truly dedicated on the inside, it shows on the outside.

    "Lynne never tells me the reasons why we can't accomplish something," Wilson-Gines said. "She only says, 'We'll find a way to make it happen'. Her positive attitude, devotion to our Soldiers and families and commitment to our mission is unquestionable."

    "I'm never going to look at someone and say 'That's not my job'," she said. "This is a great place to work. I love it here."


 

Dr. Conrad Crane, U.S. Army Military History Institute
This Week in Army History: Bats over Tokyo

Week of 01/20/2008

    During this week in January 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt received a proposal from a dentist in Pennsylvania that would launch one of the most bizarre adventures in the history of the United States Army and its air corps, Project X-Ray. In a letter dated January 12, Dr. Lytle S. Adams envisioned American airplanes over Japan unleashing a swarm of bats, each loaded with a small incendiary bomb.  The miniature bombers and the fires they would set would terrorize the Japanese people and burn down their cities, though the "innocent could escape with their lives."  Dr. Adams had political connections with the President's wife, and through her auspices, FDR penned a note to his advisers that literally read, "This man is not a nut. It sounds like a perfectly wild idea but is worth looking into."

    Armed with that note, and his own unbridled enthusiasm, Dr. Adams overwhelmed scientific opposition to his scheme, and by the summer of 1942 the Army Air Forces and Chemical Warfare Service were fully engaged in its support.  While Dr. Adams traveled around the American southwest in his battered Buick heading a team looking for a dependable supply of Mexican Free-tailed Bats, the National Defense Research Committee assigned Dr. Louis Feiser to develop an appropriate incendiary munition. Tests showed that the animals could carry up to eighteen grams of payload, more than their own weight.  Feiser eventually came up with a 17.5 gram napalm device that could be sewed on a bat and ignited by a timer. When "Doc" Adams' searchers found a local expert on bat guano in Bandera, Texas, he led them to caves containing the world's largest known colony of the targeted species, with numbers in the millions.

    The ingredients for Project X-Ray were in place.  But some problems remained. For instance, the bats were not very cooperative about being loaded up with the incendiaries.  The solution was to freeze them into hibernation, but then they did not thaw out in time when dropped from the aircraft.  That difficulty was overcome with a special parachute delivery device. The hibernating bats were placed in layered containers resembling egg crates, which popped open as the large container floated down. As they awoke, they would fly away and roost. Tests showed that the system produced ten times more fires than an equivalent load of regular fire-bombs. 

    A photo opportunity gone awry at Carlsbad Auxiliary Army Airfield in 1943 also proved that the bats could start nasty fires, after some of the hibernating bombers on display for a training film woke up and burned down most of the buildings.  That debacle, a high and a low for the program, led the Army to drop support for Project X-Ray, but the Navy then stepped in to assume responsibility.  However, by the spring of 1944, they also decided to discontinue it, based on a large number of "uncertainties" about its utility.  So we shall never know if these little raiders could have indeed changed the course of the war – or if the whole idea was simply batty!   

 


Army Heritage and Education Center, golf course power outage Jan. 17

    Jan. 10, 2008 -- Please be advised of a planned power outage that will be taking place at the Army Heritage and Heritage Center and golf course on Jan. 11, from 6:30- 8 a.m.

  


Tom Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Has something got you down and you need someone to talk to?

Call the Employee Assistance Program

    Jam. 10, 2008 -- Sometimes in life we are presented with challenges. Whether it's financial, emotional or professional, sometimes it helps to talk to someone about those problems. To help with times like these the Army offers the Employee Assistance Program for civilian employees and their family members.

    "The EAP provides free, confidential services, to include screening to identify the employee's problem, and, when appropriate, a referral to a facility or program (within or outside the Army) that can assist the employee in resolving his or her problem," said Anne Wolf, post EAP coordinator. "The EAP acts like a 'triage,' we listen to you, and help point you in the right direction for any help you might need." 

    Participation in the EAP is voluntary and, ultimately is the employee's decision to participate or not.

    "In addition to substance abuse problems, the Army EAPs provide referral services to help employees achieve a balance between their work, family and other personal responsibilities," said Wolf.  

EAP services for employees and supervisors  

  • Assessment and problem identification
  • Referral for treatment and rehabilitation to appropriate community counseling/treatment resources
  •  Follow-up services to aid an employee in achieving an effective readjustment to his or her job after treatment
  • Training and education for supervisors and employees about alcohol and drugs

 

EAP can assist employees and their families in finding help for:

  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Marital / relational issues
  • Divorce and separation
  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Job stress / anger issues
  • Parent / child relationships
  • Child / elder care
  • Financial / legal issues

How do I contact the EAP? 

    Contact the EAP office at 245-4576. EAP representatives are available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EAP is located at 632 Wright Ave.

    "Appointments may be scheduled at other times if you are unable to come during these hours," said Wolf.
 

Who can use it?

    The Employee Assistance Program is available to federal employees and their family members. Family members may contact the EAP directly and do not need to be accompanied by the employee when meeting with the EAP Representative.

 

Is it confidential?

    YES.

    "One of the EAP professional's highest priorities is to protect the rights of the EAP client," said Wolf.  The meetings and all records are subject to the same regulations as other Occupational Health Services files.

    "No one may be informed of your participation in any of the Employee Assistance Program's without your written permission."

Will using the it affect my job?

    Your job security and promotional opportunities will not be affected because you seek assistance.

    "By working with the EAP professional to resolve your problems before they interfere with your job, you can remain an effective and productive employee," said Wolf.

EAP supervisor referrals

    Occasionally, workers' personal problems manifest themselves and interfere with their work. A supervisor may elect to refer an employee to the EAP for assistance.

    "This is the supervisor's way of saying that he or she cares and is concerned about you," said Wolf. "Their interest is in helping you to resolve any personal problem, which may be adversely affecting your job performance."

    For more information contact the EAP at 245-4576.

 

 

 


Post to celebrate life of Martin Luther King Jr

    Jan. 11, 2008 -- Carlisle Barracks is scheduled to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday with a candlelight vigil and breakfast January 17, 2008.

    The vigil begins at 7 a.m. on Indian Field and will proceed to the Letort View Community Center for breakfast. Breakfast will be free for the first 65 people.

    There will be a guest speaker, Apostle Brenda M. Alton, Sr. Pastor, Harambee United Church of Christ.


 Pvt2 Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
DA Police officer finds joy working with people, animals

  

Paul and Ann Withun stand with their dogs Rowdy and Brutus next to the Susquehanna River at this year's "Penguin Plunge", a fundraiser for the Harrisburg Area Humane Society. Withun is the Department of the Army Police operations officer.  Courtesy photo.

 

 Jan. 10, 2007 -- At some point in their lives, most people find their passion in the workplace or at home doing something they love and truly enjoy. That seems to certainly be the case for one member of the Carlisle Barracks security force.

    Department of the Army Capt. Paul Withun, Operations Officer, Directorate of Emergency Services, says he is doing things he truly enjoys both professionally and personally at Carlisle Barracks.

    He spent 20 years in the Army as a Military Policeman in Germany, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo and the United States, retiring in 2004.
     "I originally enlisted to serve my country and see the world. I was a 'college prep' student in high school, but I felt I needed a break from academics before I enrolled in college," he said. He has since earned a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management.

    After retiring, Withun started working here at the Directorate of Emergency Services. As the Operations Officer, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the police desk, patrols, the K-9 unit, traffic operations, response to incidents and requests for assistance, he explained.

    The Withuns moved to this area because Paul's last duty station in the Army was Raven Rock Mountain Complex. Paul and his wife Ann, a former MP Officer and West Point graduate, live nearby in Newville with four dogs.

    Once they settled down, they soon discovered a new hobby.

    Withun said he and his wife always wanted to have dogs, but due to deployments and work schedules, they never could. They took their first opportunity to go to the Washington County [Maryland] Humane Society, where an 85-pound Rottweiler/Lab mix named Brutus chose them by jumping up and bouncing off the gate to his kennel with all four feet. They also adopted a special-need, former abuse case dog named Louie.

    "Both dogs are now certified Therapy Dogs, which means that they have passed the test to make visits to hospitals, nursing homes and schools," Withun said.

    Since then, the Withuns have been fostering dogs, taking care of them until a family adopts them.

"After those great experiences, there was just no way to not help save other wonderful animals."

    "We fostered dogs through a humane society in Maryland – where we adopted Brutus and Louie from," Withun said. "We presently have our first foster dog from the Furry Friends Network, who coordinates the acquisition, transportation and fostering of the dogs."

    During the dogs' stay at the Withuns' home, they will learn basic manners, a few tricks, get house-trained if necessary, and get socialized with other dogs, cats and children.

     "The time the dogs are with us varies greatly," he explained. "I believe the shortest period has been two weeks, and the longest about six months. It's all a matter of finding the right family."

    They involve their dogs in activities such as the "Penguin Plunge", a fundraising activity for the Humane Society of Harrisburg, foster days at PetSmart and summer camps through Dog Scouts of America.

     "While giving the fosters up is sometimes a challenge, it is great seeing them get matched up with an equally (usually more so) new master when they head off to their forever home," said Withun.

 

 

 


Public Affairs staff report
IF alumnus donates book to Army War College

Indian Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Mohan Bhandari, U.S. Army War College Class of 1997, donated a copy of his book "Solving Kashmir" to Ambassador Cynthia Efird, Deputy Commandant for International Affairs, on Jan. 10 in her office. The book was then given to the USAWC library. Photo by Megan Clugh.    

 

Jan. 10, 2008 -- Indian Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Mohan Bhandari, U.S. Army War College Class of 1997, donated a copy of his recent book, Solving Kashmir, to the USAWC. 

  In a brief ceremony in the office of the Deputy Commandant for International Affairs on Thursday, Jan. 10, the former member of Seminar 12, accompanied by his wife, Chandra Kanta Bhandari, presented his book to Ambassador Cynthia Efird. 

  The copy was then turned over to the USAWC Library Director, Bohdan Kohutiak. 

  Attendees included Brig. Ashok Mehta, the current International Fellow from India; Stephen Riley, director of the Army War College Foundation and a military sponsor of Gen. Bhandari in 1997; and Professor John Troxell of the Center for Strategic Leadership, a seminar colleague.

     Gen. Bhandari's book is a detailed analysis of the issues concerning the disputed areas of Jammu and Kashmir based on his extensive service in those territories and on over five years of research and study, which began with his Strategic Research Project on the subject during his year here.

     Gen. and Mrs. Bhandari are currently visiting their daughter, Reeti, who is married to Dr. Supriyo Ghosh of Mechanicsburg, and their granddaughter, Amaya.

(Editors note: Information used in this story was provided by David Jablonsky.)

 


Commissaries 'going green' with goal to sell 1 million fluorescent light bulbs

FORT LEE, Va.Want to use up to 75 percent less energy every time you turn on a lamp and save money on your energy bills at the same time? It's as easy as unscrewing your incandescent light bulb and replacing it with a compact fluorescent light bulb – those long-lasting, swirl-shaped bulbs found in the household goods aisle at your commissary.

    Lighting accounts for roughly 20 percent of the average home's energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To encourage commissary customers to decrease their energy use, DeCA is partnering with Osram Sylvania and General Electric to offer great prices on compact fluorescent lights – called CFLs. The ambitious plan: Sell 1 million compact fluorescent bulbs to customers in 2008, more than doubling the number currently sold in commissaries worldwide.

    "Rising utility costs, coupled with an increasing awareness on the part of our customers about the benefits of conservation, have given us incentive to introduce this '1-million' plan," said Rick Page, DeCA's acting director.

    "We work hard at all our stores to cut energy costs and protect the environment by building energy-efficient stores, watching our energy consumption, and recycling plastic, wood and paper products. These are just a few of the things we do as part of our corporate policy," he said. "Now we're taking it one step further by offering customers an opportunity to 'go green' with us by conserving energy in their homes."

    Although CFLs cost more than a traditional bulb, they use less electricity, last up to 10 times longer, produce 75 percent less heat, and save consumers as much as $30 over the life of each bulb. In addition, CFLs now come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit almost any light fixture in your home. Service members stationed overseas and living in off-base communities may have homes with different voltage requirements than CFLs offered in the commissary.   

    DOE recommends consumers replace their traditional light bulbs with the more energy-efficient CFLs in all high-use fixtures in a home. High-use is defined as fixtures used at least 15 minutes at a time or several hours per day, such as those found in family and living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms and outdoors. Service members stationed overseas who live in off-base communities may have homes with different voltage requirements than CFLs offered in the commissary.   

    According to DOE's Web site, if every American family replaces just five bulbs, we would save close to $8 billion each year in energy costs, and prevent the greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from nearly 10 million cars.

     CFLs offer many benefits, but they contain mercury. To prevent mercury from ending up in landfills, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends customers visit http://www.epa.gov/bulbrecycling or http://www.earth911.org to identify local recycling options for CFLs, when possible. Customers living in military housing can check with their installation for recycling options, and service members living overseas in off-base communities can investigate host government programs.

     Coal-fired power plants are the largest man-made source of airborne mercury because mercury that naturally exists in coal is released into the air when coal is burned to make electricity. Coal-fired power generation accounts for roughly 40 percent of the mercury emissions in the United States. The use of CFLs reduces power demand, which helps reduce mercury emissions from power plants.


2007 job-related accident, illness report posted 

      In accordance with the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, a summary of the total number of job related injuries and illnesses that occurred at Carlisle Barracks in 2007 is posted in the following buildings during the months of February through April: Upton Hall, Root Hall, Logistics Br, FGGM, MEDDAC, Bldg 253, Dunham US Army Clinic, Directorate of Community Activities, Bldg 632, Directorate of Public Works, Bldg 330, and Army Heritage and Education Center.

    For more information contact James Aiello, safety manager 245 – 4353. , Safety Manager, Safety Office, (54353)   


Lt. Col. Steve Ranson
Guard Providing Relief in Nevada Flooding

Nevada National Guard Soldiers unload two pallets of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) for the more than 3,000 displaced residents of Fernley, Nev., Jan. 6. The town of Fernley (located about 30 miles east of Reno) was flooded with icy water when a levee holding back the Truckee canal gave way Jan. 5 after a severe winter storm. About 50 Guardmembers in the state have been activated to help with the storm damage.

 

RENO, Nev. (Army News Service, Jan. 9, 2008) -- Nevada Sen. Harry Reid inspected the flooded town of Fernely, Nev., in an Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Monday and requested President George Bush declare the Fernley flood a disaster, making home and business owners and the town eligible for federal aid. 

A joint effort among three military services provided some quick relief for Fernley flood victims over the weekend.

The Nevada National Guard delivered more than 93,000 Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs, to the North Lyon Fire District's fire station Sunday after picking up the rations at Fallon Naval Air Station.

Three U.S. Coast Guard C-130 transport planes picked up the MREs at Moffitt Field near San Jose, Calif., and flew them to NAS Fallon to await the 45-minute drive to Fernley.

"Each pallet contained 2,304 MREs," said Lt. Mike Woodrum, operations officer with Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento.

The Nevada Army Guard's 593rd Transportation Company based out of the Washoe County Armory north of Reno was tasked with the ground transportation.

Staff Sgt. Patrick Marshall, convoy commander, was one of about 40 Soldiers and Airmen activated on state active duty orders to assist Fernley residents.

"All of our Soldiers volunteered for this mission," Marshall said.

About 800 homes and business were hit by the flood. Waters are draining but rose to eight feet in places.

Gov. Jim Gibbons has already declared a state of emergency, which gave the county state help.

Sen. Reid said he would make it his priority to get the town's residents back into their homes as quickly as possible during a news conference Monday at the Nevada Air National Guard base in Reno following his flight over Fernely.

Sen. Reid said Nevada Sen. John Ensign, U.S. Rep. Dean Heller (Nevada) would send a letter to the president Monday describing the damage caused when the Truckee Canal broke Saturday, forcing about 1,500 people in Fernley out of their homes.

What he saw when he flew over the two-mile flooded area surprised him.

"I thought it would be like a city block, but it's a really large area," he said.

Workers from the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are working on an estimate of the damage. The president has to declare a disaster for any federal funds to go to the city or residents.

(Lt. Col. Steve Ranson and Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka serve with Nevada National Guard Public Affairs.)


 Sen. Hagel visits War College

 

Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel spoke with U.S. Army War College students and faculty in Bliss Hall on Jan. 9. The topic of the lecture was "Interagency Transformation-- The View from the U.S. Senate". Hagel, Nebraska’s senior U.S. Senator, is serving his second term in the United States Senate. Senator Hagel’s duties include membership on four Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Intelligence and Rules. Photo by Megan Clugh.


Department of the Army Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel
CAC log-ins coming for civilian personnel system

    Jan. 8, 2008 -- Starting in early February 2008 Army employees, managers, and supervisors

will no longer login to My Biz, My Workplace, and the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System (DCPDS) with their User IDs and passwords.  Army users, along with users from the Navy, Air Force, and other DoD components will soon login to these civilian personnel human resources systems using only their Common Access Cards (CAC).

    Our transition to "CAC only" login applies to most Army users, including (1) Appropriated Fund employees, (2) Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) employees, (3) Local National (LN) employees, (4) military and civilian supervisors of these employees, and (5) other "external users."

    You will receive more information, in a separate email message, about the one-time self-registration process and the "CAC only" login procedures for My Biz, My Workplace, and DCPDS. For now, be advised that starting in February 2008, in order to login to these systems you will need an active CAC with valid personal identification number (PIN) and a computer with a CAC reader and its associated software.  

    The specialists at your local Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) are preparing for this transition. They are ready to assist you with the new login process. Please contact them if you have questions regarding the upcoming change to "CAC only" logins to My Biz, My Workplace, and DCPDS.

    Thank you for your support as we move away from User ID / password logins to much simpler, and more secure, CAC logins!

 


DA Stand-to! excerpt
MyArmyLifeToo (MALT) Web System – the website of choice for Army Families

What is it?

    The MyArmyLifeToo Web Portal is a Web site that highlights Family Programs services in Army Community Service, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve Family Programs. It is written in easily understood language for Family members versus Army terms, acronyms and program names. It is the face of Family Programs and serves as the Web site of choice for information on programs and services. To date, there are over 66,000 registered users.

What has the Army done?

    Prior to establishing MyArmyLifeToo (MALT) in 2001, there was no single portal to provide "official" information to Army Families. Although a plethora of general Web sites existed, none were sponsored by the Department of the Army. The MALT was created to serve as a "one-stop" knowledge center designed especially for Family members and is sponsored by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) Family Programs (FP) Directorate.

    The Web site is easy to navigate with most information available for the user within four clicks. Users who register on the site receive the monthly newsletter, Family News. The site is publicly accessible thus available to all Soldiers and to immediate and extended Family members.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

    The Army will continue to improve the navigation and add features to the MALT such as the virtual Soldier Family Assistance Center.

Why is this important to the Army?

    The Army's goal is to give Soldiers and Family members one primary place or single portal to access information about Army life – from Army customs, home and personal safety to managing deployment and understanding military pay. Individuals who register at MyArmyLifetoo.com get the most up-to-date information about the Army's support resources.

    Click on the following link for additional information on Army Families <http://www.myarmylifetoo.com/skins/malt/home.aspx>

 


Staff Sgt. Mike Pryor, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs
Face of Defense: Soldier Honors Vietnam-Veteran Father

 

 Army Pfc. Alexander Cesario, of Somerville, N.J., a forward observer with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, displays his father's American flag on a rooftop in Baghdad's Suleikh neighborhood, Dec. 27, 2007. As a soldier in Vietnam, the elder Cesario flew the flag every day -- including a three-day period that he was missing in action -- and his son now carries it with him on patrols in Iraq. Photo by Staff Sgt. Mike Pryor.   

BAGHDAD, Jan. 3, 2008 – Like any Soldier, Army Pfc. Alexander Cesario always makes sure he has all his essential equipment before he goes "outside the wire." For Cesario, that means his weapon, radio and night-vision goggles, as well as one special personal item: an American flag his father brought home from Vietnam.

    Cesario, a Somerville, N.J., native serving as a forward observer with 82nd Airborne Division's Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, has carried his father's flag with him on every mission since being deployed to Iraq a year ago.
    The Soldier's father, Adam, 61, acquired the flag when he was a young paratrooper serving in Vietnam. The elder Cesario never let a day go by without unfurling the flag, no matter where he was or what he was doing.
    "(My dad) flew that flag every day, even if he had to put it up on a radio antenna," Cesario said.
    At one point, a mission went wrong and Cesario's father was cut off from the rest of his platoon. For three days, he had to hack it out of the jungle alone, with the Viet Cong in hot pursuit. But even on the run, he still managed to raise the flag each day.
    "He didn't stop moving at all for those three days, except to fly that flag," Cesario said.
    When Cesario's father returned from the war, he put the flag into safekeeping. He was so protective of it that even family members were rarely allowed to handle it.
    "It was like his prized possession," Cesario said.
    Nothing could make the elder Cesario part with the flag until Alexander, 19, was deployed to Iraq this year. After he began patrolling the streets of Baghdad, Cesario decided he wanted to carry on his father's tradition. After some arm-twisting, he convinced his dad to mail him the flag.
    The flag arrived with step-by-step instructions on how to take care of it, Cesario said. He recalled the final step with a laugh: "If you lose it, don't bother coming home."
   Despite the threat of exile, Cesario takes the flag with him everywhere. It is his way of paying tribute to his father, he said.
    "I wanted to honor him," Cesario said, "It meant a lot to him, and because of that, it means a lot to me."
    The Soldier keeps the flag tucked into the front flap of his body armor, close to his heart. He said he's looking forward to redeploying and returning the flag -- now a veteran of two wars -- to its rightful owner.
    Cesario, who is single, said he would like to pass the flag on to his own son when he has one.     There's only one problem.
    "I'll have to pry it away from my dad first," he joked.  


America Supports You: Calendar Provides Troop-Support Ideas 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2008 – New Year's resolutions frequently include good intentions, such as joining a gym, calling parents or organizing closets. But through its America Supports You program, the Defense Department is helping Americans resolve to support the nation's servicemembers throughout 2008.

    America Supports You is a DoD program that connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad. It's ringing in 2008 with a 12-month calendar suggesting ways to support the nation's military men and women and their families each month.
    "Remembering the troops at a time when people are already setting goals will help keep the nation's servicemen and women in the forefront of our minds throughout the year," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public liaison and internal communications.
    The calendar, which can be downloaded into Outlook or iCal calendars, is available on AmericaSupportsYou.mil. The site not only offers ideas on how individuals can support the troops, but also contains information about troop-support groups in their area.
    Some suggestions found on the calendar include sending Valentine's Day cards to troops serving overseas during February or lending a helping hand to military families during April, the Month of the Military Child.
    When summer rolls around with swim lessons, camp dates and family vacations, the June calendar includes a reminder to donate frequent-flier miles to servicemembers and their families who so often are separated. September brings the opportunity to join in or plan a local America Supports You Freedom Walk to commemorate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to honor veterans, past and present.
    The calendar also includes ways to honor servicemembers on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
    "There are so many ways to show the military men and women we support them and the work they do," Barber said. "I hope people nationwide will take the time to remember the troops when setting their New Year's goals and that they find the reminders in the calendar helpful in achieving them."
     For more information about the calendar, visit AmericaSupportsYou.mil and click on the New Year's Resolution icon.


Expect delays, parking restictions Jan. 9 and 10

Jan. 3, 2008 -- On Monday, Jan. 7 and Jan. 9, tractor trailers will be arriving to unload furniture for Anne Ely Hall. As a result, access to the Anne Ely parking lot will be limited as the entrances on Gibner Road and off of Garrison Lane will be closed. 

    Also, Jan. 9 a portion of the Anne Ely parking lot will be coned off.  Trucks will be off-loading furniture in front of Anne Ely on Ashburn Drive so traffic will be controlled by a patrolman. 

  Office closures

    As a result, on Jan. 7-9, all directorate/activities in Anne Ely will be open for minimal service with the exception of the Military Personnel Division, (I. D. Cards) which will be closed Monday, Jan. 7.  


Public Affairs staff report
Garrison closes out first NSPS cycle

Dec. 14, 2007 – The 48 employees whose performance appraisals were reviewed by the garrison pay panel in late November should be pleasantly suprised at the outcome in their January paychecks.

     The garrison intends to notify each employee before the holiday break what to expect in terms of a bonus and salary boost, said NSPS administrator George Fritz at today's town hall meeting about the end-of-cycle pay pool decisions.

    A job well done in the performance appraisals translated into individual benefits, according to Joe Manning, the commander's deputy and pay pool manager.

    The pay pool resulted in 38 employees earning a '3' rating and 10 employees earning a '4' rating: a 79 percent/ 21 percent distribution.

    "Because of the distribution, employees with 3s will get a very good distribution," said Manning. "If the results had been skewed with a higher percentage of 4s and 5s, it would not have been as beneficial for all employees."

    "The mock pay panel was the critical experience for supervisors and pay panel members to fully understand the process," he said. "And, the mock panel was critical to realizing that lots of 4s and 5s are not the best for the organization," he added.

    "There was fear on some employees' part that we were going down a road they didn't want to be on," said Manning. "But, from where I sit, every [garrison] employee in NSPS is going to be very pleased at what they see in the paycheck in January."

    "The elements of the pay pool are salary and bonus. We got 70 percent of the pay pool dollars applied to salary – with long-term benefits for employees. Compared to normal step increases that we're used to seeing, employees will be satisfied," he added.

    Once the Civilian Personnel Office reviews and certifies the panel results, the garrison will be able to inform employees about dollar impacts. If an employee wants to appeal, he or she has 10 calendar days once notified of their rating. The supervisors' counseling with employees is intended, however, to help the employee see that the rating is not arbitrary, noted Manning.

    The NSPS training consistently said that communication between employee and rating official is key for every stop of the rating cycle and at the end of the cycle. Supervisors, or rating officials, will be able to use the Performance Appraisal and the Form 50 to counsel about the employee's rating, share and the payout associated with the shares.

    "You're not a number. Your performance this year was rated with a number: not the employee," said garrison commander Lt. Col. Serge Dickerson. "We saw tremendous work reflected with the ratings. Rating officials and employees did their jobs well, and you provided effective performance appraisals to the board."

    The payout will be effective in the pay period that begins Jan. 6.

    Meanwhile, the new rating cycle is underway. It will run from Nov. 1, 2007 to Sep. 30, 2008.

    The November pay pool revealed two recurring issues, said Fritz. "The more objectives and the more contributing factors, the more evaluation material you need to provide the panel."

    He recommended that employees and rating officials review appraisal plans for the current cycle, November 1 to September 30.

  • Some employees had too many objectives: "keep them down to 3 or 4."
  • It's difficult to demonstrate how multiple contributing factors – sometimes as many as 6 – were significant for each objective. He recommends one or two.

 

 

 


PVT2 Jennifer Rick,U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Hard work, teamwork help make Quarters One open 
houses possible

 

Sgt. Ana Rivera, enlisted aide to the commandant, shows off a beef brisket 
in Quarters One. Photo by 
Shelaine Tuytschaevers.  

 

Dec. 21, 2007 -- Every year during the holiday season, the commandant of the United States Army War College opens his home to the people who live and work on post in a series of open house dinner parties. This year alone, Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr., and his wife, Margaret, welcomed more than a thousand people into their home during the holiday season.

    "This house is a Christmas house that lends itself to special occasions," said Mrs. Huntoon. "It's important to have people come through here and have a good visit. We want to create a welcoming atmosphere."

    A large part of the festivities is the huge meal that is provided for the guests.

    "I think that during the holidays it's important to provide a supper, not just hors d'oeuvres, but a real meal," she said. "It's an example of leadership to invite people over and show them they are important, thank them with a proper meal. It's important we toast together, to communicate socially. It's valuable to us that we make time to sit down together."

    The feast is largely the creation of Sgt. Ana Rivera, enlisted aid to the commandant. While it's a collective recipe effort between Huntoon and Rivera, Rivera does most of the cooking herself, spending hours in the kitchen preparing and cooking.

    "By myself it's a two-day process. I shop one day and prep the food. The second day is putting things into the oven, " Rivera said.

    Rivera got some help with this giant project this year. Several Soldiers from Carlisle Barracks pitched in and gave their time and talents by helping out in the kitchen. They prepared food, cooked, arranged platters of appetizers and much more.

    Spc. Anniel Samujh of Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, said, "I'm enjoying the change of pace. It's something different, plus, I get to learn some new cooking skills."

    Everyone at the house really appreciated the help they recieved from the Soldiers.

    "I'm very ecstatic to have help," said Rivera. "The Soldiers here at Carlisle Barracks have done a wonderful job pitching in. There's no way I could accomplish this by myself."
    A lot of work goes into the preparation and carrying out of these holiday parties. Rivera often starts her day at 9 a.m. and doesn't finish until around 10:30 p.m.  Even after the party is over, she is still there, cleaning and getting ready for the next event.

    Of all the different foods that were made, the one that was the most time-consuming were the cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon. Each one was made by hand, and 600 of them were consumed each night. Other foods that took a while to make were the entrees, beef brisket and Chicken Marbella. Six trays of brisket and 50 chicken breasts were eaten each evening.

    Preparation for these feasts begins as early as the day after Thanksgiving, with the baking of the 2,000 cookies that were served along side the meal.

    Rivera's hard work does not go unnoticed.

    Mrs. Huntoon said, "She's done a great job and provided us with some really incredible food."

    The guests at these events also take note of the work that goes into the meal.

    "Many people take the time to stop back in the kitchen and thank me personally for the food, and ask for recipes," she said.

    The guests and hosts alike enjoy these holiday festivities.

    "I think its fun, is in the spirit of the holidays to do something for the post, and we do this for the community as well," Mrs. Huntoon said. "We always make room for our guests. This house belongs to the community, and people should feel free to come here."

 


Tom Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
DA guard loves job and it shows

Staff Sgt. Victor Riddick. Courtesy photo.

Dec. 19, 2007  --  When the holidays roll around, many of us look forward to some time off to enjoy with friends and family, away from the hustle and bustle of work. However, for some employees of Carlisle Barracks, Christmas isn't a day off, it's a day that will be spent guarding gates, checking IDs and protecting the post.

     One of those charged with helping to protect the people of Carlisle Barracks is Staff Sgt. Victor Riddick, a Department of the Army guard shift supervisor. Riddick is well-known for his cheery demeanor while working the Route 11 gate entrance to post. He has been working at Carlisle since August 2005.

    When asked about how he stays so cheerful while working the 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. shift, Riddick had a simple answer.

    "People are energizing, you smile at them and they smile back at you, it's that simple."

    Riddick says that he truly enjoys what he does.

    "I'm always a happy man when I'm driving home from work just thinking about the day," he said. "When they drive up and are happy to be coming to work, it makes you feel good about what you are doing."

    Before coming to Carlisle, Riddick was a guard at Ft. Riley, Kansas for two years as a contractor. He came here because he wanted to work for the government. He also served in the U.S. Army for 20 years.

    "When I'm working the gate it's great to meet everyone when they come in, almost like an ambassador," he said. "When I'm on gate duty I love it, I love greeting people."

    Working during the mornings at the gate also occasionally has its rewards according to Riddick.

    "Just last week some of the ladies from TRICARE brought us a dozen donuts," he said. "That was great. When I got the call I thought I was in trouble at first!"

    In addition to working on post, Riddick is also pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Penn State Harrisburg.

    "A few mornings a week I go directly from working to class," he said. He also said that many of his co-workers joke that he never sleeps.

    "It's true I might be tired some days when I come in, but the folks really give me energy when I'm at work."

    The same can be said for employees who are greeted by Riddick in the morning.

   "He's a breath of fresh air when I come in that gate in the morning," said Scott Finger, photo lab manager. "It always starts the day off on a good note."

    Those who he works for also appreciate his efforts.

    "He does a great job," said Bob Suskie, director of emergency services.

    Riddick's family lives in Indiana, including a 26-year-old son.

 


John J. Kruzel, American Forces Press Service
Army Announces Plan to Station Soldiers, Boost Bases

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2007 - The Army's new plan for stationing its growing number of troops will affect 380,000 Soldiers and family members and cost more than $66 billion in construction projects through 2013.

    Announced today, the plan is the largest Army transformation since World War II, and moves the force toward a "modular," or brigade-centric, posture. The Army's vice chief of staff told reporters at the Pentagon today that the design represents a holistic improvement across the entire service branch.

   "We're changing the footprint of our Army to a make it more agile, more expeditionary, but also to place our formations and our family members in post camps and stations that have a higher quality of life, have a higher quality of training ranges," Army Gen. Richard A. Cody said.

    Plans will be implemented as the force expands its active duty Army, Army Guard and Army Reserve by 74,200 Soldiers by 2010. In accordance with a 2005 base realignment and closure analysis, the plan:

n       Stations two infantry brigade combat teams each to Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Fort Bliss, Texas.

n       Stations eight support brigades across the country, including an air defense artillery brigade at Fort Hood, Texas; a military police brigade at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; a maneuver enhancement brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo; a fires brigade at Fort Bliss; an expeditionary sustainment command at Fort Lewis, Wash.; and a battlefield surveillance brigade at Fort Polk, La. A maneuver enhancement brigade will be restationed to Fort Drum, N.Y., and Fort Richardson, Alaska, pending completion of an environmental analysis.

n       Retains two heavy brigade combat teams in Germany for two years. The two extended brigades tentatively will relocate in fiscal 2012 and 2013 to Fort Bliss, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M., respectively.

    The decision to extend two brigades in Europe supports the theater's near-term security needs, Cody said. It also allows time for workers to build new houses and prepare infrastructure on bases before Soldiers and their families arrive.

    Meanwhile, more than 740 construction projects are outlined in the plan, totaling an estimated $66.4 billion between fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2011. Projects include 20 brigade complexes, 69,000 barracks spaces, 4,100 family housing units and 66 child development centers.

    "It's a win for our Soldiers and their families, it's a win for our Army, and it's certainly a win for our nation," Cody said. The general noted that by improving on-base infrastructure, the Army is "truly building communities."

    Cody expressed optimism at the Army's plan to grow and improve its overall force.

    "It gives us a better quality of life for this all-volunteer force that has defended us so well here for six years in combat," he said. "We're getting bigger, but more importantly, we're getting better as an Army."

 


Secretary of the Army Geren meets with USAWC spouses

 

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren poses with spouses of U.S. Army War College students. Geren was at the War College to speak to students and faculty and also received an update on family programs on post. Photo by Megan Clugh.

 


Public Affairs staff report
Key dates to focus NSPS employee planning

     Dec. 20, 2007 -- College employees in NSPS can circle two key dates on calendars: interim evaluations are due April 30, and final evaluations will be completed by September 30.  Recent decisions explain what happens after September 30.

    All employee evaluations will be rated in a single pay pool. Because of the number of NSPS employees in the college – about four times the garrison numbers – the review process will be handled by four pay panels:

·        AHEC employees

·        CSL and PKSOI

·        DAA

·        Command group/ Chief of Staff, CIO, SSI and APFRI.

    Each panel will include five panel members, with representation from each organization.

    The first evaluation period is months away. All employees are required to complete an interim self-evaluation within the Performance Appraisal Application by April's end. Supervisors and employees will use the interim evaluation to review progress to date on performance objectives, and reset plans as necessary.

    A selection of the interim evaluations will be reviewed by mock pay panels in May. Col. Lou Yuengert, USAWC chief of staff and NSPS manager, intends each of the pay panels to exercise the process of reviewing about 20-30 employee performance appraisals.

 


PVT2 Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
RV lot open for post residents

The new recreational vehicle parking lot has opened along the Skill Development Center loacted off of Claremont Road. Photo by Megan Clugh.

 

Dec. 13, 2007 -- The long-awaited parking lot for recreational vehicle storage for residents of Carlisle Barracks is now open and ready for use.

    The new lot was created to replace the old one, which was in poor condition. It is on the same location as the old lot, behind the Skill Development Center, on Thorpe Road and Claremont Road.

    Any RV up to 40 feet long, including trailers, boats, cars and more, can be stored there, said Kevin Small, the Chief of Business and Recreation at the Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

    Everyone with an RV parked in the temporary area between MWR (building 632) and the Veterinary Clinic needs to register their RV and get it moved into the new lot by December 15, 2007. Citations will be issued for RVs that have not been moved after this date.

    To register your RV, contact Kevin Small at kevin.j.small@us.army.mil or the MWR office. At the time of registration, bring the registration for the RV, proof of ownership and be prepared to make the payment for your space in the lot. The cost is determined by the size of slot needed.

 

 


PVT2 Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
GMH participates in cell phone for Soldier program

Bins such as this one are located at the Post Exchange, Commissary, Post Office and Youth Services to collect unused cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers project, which was brought to Carlisle Barracks by GMH Military Housing. Photo by PVT2 Jennifer Rick.

Dec. 12, 2007 -- Many people agree that one of the hardest things for this country's servicemembers is not having the ability to call home and talk to their families during today's frequent and often long deployments. To help these brave men and women, two teenagers from Norwell, Mass., started a non-profit organization called Cell Phones for Soldiers, which provides a way for deployed Soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen, and Guardsmen to call home without racking up a huge phone bill.

    Carlisle Barracks' GMH Military Housing has brought this project to the post so local people can help the deployed servicemembers.

    Cell Phones for Soldiers was started three years ago, and operates by collecting unused cell phones that people donate from communities across the country. The cell phones are sold to a company called ReCellular, who refurbishes approximately half the phones they receive and sells them to wholesale companies around the world. The other half of the phones that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled for materials such as gold, silver, platinum, copper, nickel, iron, cadmium, lead and plastic. 

   The money generated from selling the phones is used to purchase pre-paid calling cards for deployed servicemembers, said Kathy Beecher, the resident specialist/outreach coordinator for GMH, as well as the coordinator for Cell Phones for Soldiers at Carlisle Barracks. Each donated cell phone provides one hour of talk time.

    Beecher brought the program to GMH and it has been expanded to 36 Army posts.  

   "We wanted to do something different," said Beecher. "I knew this was the right one as soon as I saw it."

   GMH has set up collection baskets around Carlisle Barracks at the Post Exchange, Commissary, Post Office and Youth Services, as well as their own office. The project will run through January 2008, and end in a presentation of the phones at the corporate GMH office. GMH will continue to take donations after the presentation, explained Beecher.

    For more information, contact Kathy Beecher at 243-7177 or kbeecher@gmh-inc.com, or visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.


Stand-To excerpt: Civilian Education System

What is it?

    The Civilian Education System (CES) is a progressive and sequential leader development program that provides enhanced educational opportunities for Army Civilians throughout their careers comparable to that provided to officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers. CES is comprised of four courses delivered via distributed learning and resident instruction, and is based on leadership competencies from the Office of Personnel Management and FM 6-22, Army Leadership.

What has the Army done?

    The Command and General Staff College and the Army Management Staff College completed the development of four courses that were piloted during FY07: Foundation Course (FC) (for all new Army Civilians); Basic Course (BC) (for team leaders or first-line supervisors); Intermediate Course (IC) (for both direct and indirect supervisors); and Advanced Course (AC) (for more senior-level managers or supervisors of programs). The new CES was marketed Army-wide and initial policy was published to provide guidance for this new Army Civilian leader development program. A new on-line course management system, CES Civilian Human Resources Training Application System (CHRTAS), was fielded in June 2007 to manage the training and education application process for potential students and provide notification of application status to applicants and supervisors. In addition, three civilian leader development on-line courses—Action Officer Development Course (AODC), Supervisor Development Course (SDC) and Manager Development Course (MDC) have been revised and updated for civilian use as mandatory or self-development courses.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

    As the new CES continues to evolve, required changes will be made to the curriculum and policies refined and published in the next revision of Army Regulation 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development. A CES Community of Practice will be developed and implemented. Additionally, a Continuing Education for Senior Leaders Course that will address contemporary issues, Army transformation, and leadership at the strategic and senior organizational level will be offered in FY08. As additional resources are provided, the CES infrastructure to support the system will be ramped up and increased training opportunities provided to our civilian leaders.

Why is this important to the Army?

   Although Army Civilians have historically made significant contributions in the execution of the Army's mission, our reliance on Civilians today is even more pronounced. The Global War on Terrorism has diverted uniformed leaders increasingly from Generating Force roles to warfighting missions. As the Army transforms, Army Civilians will assume a greater number of leadership roles and responsibilities to support Army operations at war. Freeing-up military manpower to perform more military-specific tasks required in the contemporary operating environment is critical. A fully implemented CES will help meet the Secretary of the Army's vision to develop leaders who are multi-skilled and possess the attributes of the 21st century Army leader.


Spouses club announces deadline for outreach requests

    Dec. 11, 2007 -- Each year, the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club (CBSC) gives thousands of dollars towards scholarships and financial outreach to organizations within the Carlisle community and on post.  

    Those organizations interested in applying to receive outreach funding need to complete an OUTREACH REQUEST FORM or write a letter that includes the following information

--Name of Organization

--Point of Contact and Signature

--Phone Number

--Amount Requested

--Reason for Request

--Additional Information

            - -Number of people benefited by request

            --Other fund raising activities

            --Any benefit to military (active duty, dependents, retired)

            --If you have received funds in the past and how much

    Requests for funding must be received by Monday, March 12, 2008.  For more information, contact:  

                 Patricia Dickman

                                    Outreach Chairperson

                                    Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club

                                    PO Box 924

                                    Carlisle, PA 17013-5254