Banner Archive for January 2010

 Test of External Mass Notification System Jan. 28

    Jan. 27, 2010 -- Carlisle Barracks will test their exterior notification system today, Jan. 28, between 1 and 2 p.m. Post residents and employees may hear tones and test messages during this time.


Employees invited to Garrison 5k Run Jan. 29  

Jan. 26, 2010 -- All Carlisle Barracks employees are invited to participate in the Garrison 5K run (or walk) on Friday, Jan. 29. Runners\walkers will form up on Indian Field at 6 a.m. and finish before 7 a.m. 


LVCC Chili Cook-Off Jan. 29
Child care available

    The 22nd annual Carlisle Barracks Championship Chili Cook-off will be held on Friday, Jan. 29 from 6 to 11 p.m. Along with pay as you go food and drinks, there will be chili sampling, door prizes and entertainment. Advance tickets are $7, they are $9 the day of the event.

    For more information visit or call 245-4329.


Child Care options for the 2010 Chili Cook-Off are also available. 


Certified Babysitter List

 - Available at Youth Services and Moore Child Development Center

 - Babysitters are certified in American Red Cross Infant/Child CPR and First Aid

 - Sitters available for all Carlisle Barracks and USAWC events

 - Your children can stay in the comfort of their own home

 - Flexible schedule


Child Care at CDC & Youth Services

 - $25 per child

 - Payment required at time of registration.  Checks only!  NO-REFUNDS

 - Must be registered member of CYSS

 - Minimum of 12 children must be registered by the deadline at each facility in order to provide child care.

 - Infants to Pre-K at Moore Child Development Center


    To register call Youth Services at 717-245-4555 or Moore Child Development Center at 245-3701.  Reservations must be made by January 27, 2010






 Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club donates to Pennsylvanians in need

Nicole Deary [left] of Project Share, accepts a $900 check from Amy Turner, Spouses' Club president,  Wednesday, Jan. 20 during the Spouses Club January program at the Letort View Community Center.  The program included a cooking demonstration and wine tasting, featuring LVCC chefs Derek Torrence and Mark Olley, with Matt Hicks, who is sous chef for Café Bruges. The Carlisle Barracks Class VI Store provided a variety of wines for wine tasting. Photo by Suzanne Reynolds



  Two area programs for Pennsylvanians will be helped by the Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club as part of its community outreach program.

  Project Share is a community clothing and food pantry which provides essential basic assistance each month to about 1036 families in Carlisle and seven surrounding communities.  A $900 donation from CBSC will be used to help purchase fresh eggs for  monthly food distributions.

  The Veterans Service Organization, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, provides compassionate care to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service.  CBSC is donating  $500  to support Pennsylvania families attending the National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors, sponsored by TAPS.

  The annual Spring Benefit Auction scheduled for Friday, March 19 in the Letort View Community Center here is a key event in the CBSC fundraising program. Open to the public, this event is in its tenth year. The Spouses' Club raises funds to support scholarships and outreach for the local community and for national programs.

  For more information on the auction, or to donate an item or service, contact Shelisa Baskerville at or at

Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service

Evaluations matter, Fort Hood panel says


WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2010 - Leaders must take action when servicemembers display indicators of committing violence against their comrades, the co-chairs of a review panel appointed to assess the causes of the Fort Hood shootings said here today.


On Nov. 19, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates appointed former Army Secretary Togo West and retired Navy Adm. Vernon Clark, a former chief of naval operations, to head a review panel to determine, among other things, why an allegedly troubled Army medical officer apparently slipped through the military's evaluation process.


"Evaluations make a difference," West told members of the House Armed Services Committee. "And, we can't do the job of leading or protecting against threats if honest evaluations are not done by those who have the duty, the information and the authority to do so."


The panel provided its report to Gates on Jan. 15.


Much of the report addresses "violence by a servicemember against his or her colleagues," West said.


Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is charged with killing 13 people, 12 military and one civilian, and wounding 43 others during a Nov. 5, 2009, shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.


The alleged assailant was shot and disabled by a Fort Hood civilian police officer, who also was wounded in an exchange of gunfire. Hasan, who is hospitalized and under detention, has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 specifications of attempted premeditated murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The UCMJ is the U.S. military's legal system for servicemembers.


It is imperative, West told committee members, that military leaders be alert to indicators that servicemembers under their charge might commit acts of violence against their comrades.


It's also necessary to document and catalogue such indicators of violence, West said, in order "to make them available for the persons who need to know what are the indicators and where have the indicators been noted, and then to prepare ourselves to act when that evidence is before us; to make it available to our commanders so that they can act, and to be clear about their authority."


Hasan, a Muslim, allegedly became radicalized and complained to colleagues about his role as a U.S. military officer when he was posted at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here before being assigned to Fort Hood in July 2009.


Gates directed the panel to review military personnel policies, procedures for force protection, and emergency response measures, West said, as well as policies that apply to those who provide medical care to servicemembers.


The panel also was tasked to "take a look at how the Army applied its policies and procedures to the alleged perpetrator," he said.


The military, West told committee members, also needs "to pay attention" to potential dangers as the war against global extremism continues.


"The fact is that we need to understand the forces that cause an individual to radicalize, commit violent acts and thereby to make us vulnerable from within," West said.


A key focus of the review was "on violence that comes from any kind of behavior," Clark told the committee. "But, what we found, especially, was that policies on the internal threat are inadequate."


Prohibited behaviors and actions "need to be addressed," Clark said. And, he said, barriers to information sharing among the chain-of-command need to be removed.


Regulatory guidance on improper servicemember behavior already exists, Clark acknowledged. But, he added, such guidance "is incomplete for the day in which we live."


West and Clark both praised the rapid response provided by Fort Hood's security personnel.


"We were impressed by what we saw at Fort Hood," Clark said, noting the actions of first responders that stopped the alleged shooter "prevented greater loss."


"With that response, lives were saved," West agreed. "And yet, 13 people died; scores more were wounded."


The military, the former Army secretary said, must do a better job of being ready for the unexpected.

Time to relook office safety

Coffee pots okay, maybe -- Space heaters never!

            It's a safety call. Coffee makers require an official 'okay' in offices and seminar rooms – and no space heaters, toasters or toaster ovens are permitted.

            Electricity overloads in parts of Root Hall have triggered an update to the staff and faculty manual, according to Hal Newcomer, chief of logistics operations for Root Hall.

            It has long been true that appliances are not allowed in seminar rooms. The guidance now extends throughout the building.

  • No space heaters
  • No toasters or toaster ovens
  • Refrigerators and microwave ovens – only when current electrical capabilities support use without modification
  • Coffeemakers – only when approved for each coffeemaker. Submit a CBks Form 261 RE, and post the approved form at each coffee maker.  Coffee makers must be plugged directly into a wall outlet without using an outlet strip or extension cord. They require an automatic shut-off. There can be no flammables nearby.

Post tax center offers federal, state tax preparation services in new location starting Feb. 8

Jan. 19, 2010 -- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, VITA, program is scheduling appointments now for the tax service.

Phone 717-245-3986 for appointments starting Monday, February 8 at 9 a.m. in Upton Hall. Eligible patrons of the VITA tax service include active duty military and their dependents; and military retirees and their dependents.

Room renovation of Rm B14 in Upton Hall will create a welcoming new location for tax preparation services. The building is handicapped accessible via an elevator located on Lovell Avenue.

You will need to bring the following documents to your scheduled appointment.

  • Military ID card
  • W-2 form (active duty will receive W-2s though "My Pay")
  • W-2 forms for each family member who earned income
  • Form 8332 or copy of divorce decree for non-custodial parent claiming a child
  • Social Security card for taxpayer and every family member listed on your return
  • 1099-INT for any taxable interest paid to you or credited to your account
  • 1099-DIV for any income from stocks, mutual funds, investment companies or a real estate trust
  • If you sold stocks, bonds or mutual funds during the tax year, you must know your cost basis. If you do not know, call your broker to obtain the information.
  • Documentation verifying your 2009 real estate taxes paid on your primary residence
  • If you are itemizing deductions, you will need to provide proof of deductions – this is a requirement for charitable contributions
  • A voided check or deposit slip to ensure refund monies are dispersed properly
  • A copy of last year's tax return

 NOTE:   Active duty non-resident spouses with income not taxable to Pennsylvania must provide a copy of the service member’s military orders showing they were ordered to service in Pennsylvania.  They must also provide a copy of their resident state’s driver’s license.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
APFRI hosting competition to promote health, fitness


Jan. 19, 2010 -- A new program by the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute has been created to promote well-being and recognize those who make the most progress in their health and fitness during the academic year. 

    The “Iron APFRI” competition has been created as a way for Army War College student seminars to compete against each other and also promoting health and fitness.

    “Each seminar is asked to nominate two volunteers who will display the greatest overall improvement from their assessment results from last August and September to a follow-up assessment scheduled for March 2010,” said Col. Tom Williams, APFRI director. 

    Since the competition scoring is based on improvement in health and fitness, the most successful volunteers will have a significant interest in improving their health and fitness, a commitment to positive lifestyle changes and a willingness to participate in a follow-up health and fitness assessment in mid-Mar 2010, according to Williams.

    The winning Seminar team will earn a coveted APFRI t-shirt for everyone in their seminar, to include up to four faculty instructors or affiliates.

    “The two individuals from the seminar will also be awarded the first annual individual Iron APFRI trophies, one for each team member,” said Williams. “In addition, the seminar number will be inscribed on the enduring Iron APFRI trophy, which will remain with the seminar group until graduation, at which time it will be displayed at the APFRI Assessment Center until the 2011 competition.” 

    Participates will have the opportunity to receive weekly individualized personal training support from APFRI Health Fitness Instructors, personal classes, and access to other specialists within APFRI to help optimize their progress, according to Williams. APFRI Fitness Team members will review their initial assessment and meet with team members weekly to help plot a course for individual success in health and fitness.

    Questions regarding participation may be directed to Lt. Col. Jamie Cornali, Deputy Director, Executive Health Program at 245-4511 or



National prayer breakfast event slated here for Feb. 4

Jan. 19, 2010 -- Carlisle Barracks will recognize theNational Prayer Breakfast here Thursday, Feb 4 at 6:30 a.m. at the LVCC.

The guest speaker for the event will be Dr. Dick Stenbakken, a premier presenter of first person biblical narratives. Tickets are available for a $10 donation from the following --

  • USAWC seminar group leaders
  • Iris Baker, Root Hall
  • Bert Tussing, Collins Hall
  • Becky Thumma, Dunham Army Health clinic
  • Susan Wise, Upton HallStaff Sgt Tom Buffenbarger
  • Staff Sgt. Thomas Fiedler, Anne Ely Hall
  • Debbie Teague, Memorial Chapel

Call 245-4215 for details.



Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Rakers receives award for work with wounded warriors

 Jan. 19, 2010 -- Randy Rakers, Army Heritage and Education Center security manager, received a special recognition award from the Carlisle Barracks and Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army Jan. 19 in the Ridgway Hall conference room for his work with wounded warriors. Neal Delisanti, Veterans Affairs Officer for Cumberland County and Charles Elliot, AUSA chapter president, presented him with the award.  

    "I'm really the lucky one to be able to spend time with them, it's an honor for me," said Rakers.

    Rakers brought wounded Soldiers from the Army Wounded Warrior Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the local area to hunt turkey and deer, attend NASCAR races, barbeques and other events since 2005.

    He said the program involves people from all over the Carlisle Barracks and local community. Rakers coordinated with local organization for donations, such as special veterans' licenses and the required tags, as well as all the equipment the Soldiers would need. The post has helped provide lodging and transportation.  

    "It really is a team effort and I'm just glad we're able to do this for the Soldiers."

 Army Heritage and Education Center Special Exhibit:  "Carlisle Barracks—Then and Now"

Photos and artifacts from the Medical Field Service School are just one part of the 
"Carlisle Barracks:Then and Now Exhibit," now open at Ridgway Hall. The exhibit
traces the history of Carlisle Barracks from the 18th century to today. 
Photo by
Scott Finger.   

 Did you know that the edge of American civilization in the 18th century was the small village of Carlisle in the colony of Pennsylvania, or that Carlisle is the home of the second oldest Army post in the United States.  You will be able to discover these facts and much more at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Special Exhibit:  "Carlisle Barracks—Then and Now," a photographic retrospective of Carlisle Barracks from the 18th century to today.

  Located in Ridgway Hall, the exhibit is free and open to the public.  Visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  "This is really the first time the AHEC has been able to display some of the many artifacts, images, and documents that established and supported Carlisle Barracks throughout its history," stated Jack Giblin, director of Visitor and Education Services.

  Artifacts of interest include the original 1801 land indenture that deeded the land from the Penn family to the United States and the 1775 bellows from the Revolutionary War blacksmith shop on post.


The exhibit showcases photos showing how the post has changed and grown during its more than 250 years of history.

   The exhibit looks at the exciting 250-year history of Carlisle Barracks from its founding by British Gen. John Stanwix in May of 1757 to its importance today as a center for senior leader Army training as the home of the U.S. Army War College.

  The exhibit encompasses much of the second floor of Ridgway Hall and is scheduled to run through February of 2011. 

  For more information, please call 717-245-3472 or visit the AHEC homepage at

Day two in a series following the new combatives courses at the Army War College, Public Affairs Specialist Erin Stattel provides an inside glimpse into the courses. Initiated by Army War College leadership, combatives is more commonly known as hand-to-hand combat and helps prepare officers to go back to the operational force.

Army Combatives: Spending day two on the mat

(January 14, 2010)--Aggression and intensity filled the room as we paired off, ready to practice striking jabs, punches, hooks and combinations.  We were getting into the thick of it and it was just the second combatives class at Carlisle Barracks.  Bringing the mouth guard was definitely good advice.

    Already I can see marked improvement among my peers from the first day.  Some of them must have been practicing at home.  I watched as they easily rolled into the combinations, letting out a torrent of punches into their partners' boxing mitts, not a task for the fainthearted.

    Doing a lightning round of punches was tough; I could feel the fatigue setting into my arms as I struggled to keep hitting the dead center of Lt. Col. Janet Holliday's mitts.  But the Garrison Commander wouldn't let me quit, so I pushed on.  Thirty seconds never passed so slowly, but it was worth it.

    Soon enough we had switched and I manned the mitts while Lt. Col. Holliday hit.  We circled each other as she let loose a string of jabs, punches and left hooks.  I thought striking was hard work, but I hadn't expected holding the mitts to be so tough; what a great workout.

    Next, instructor Brian Sarjeant demonstrated mounting maneuvers and quickly put us into a set of moves to thwart someone attempting to sit on top of us and attack us from above.  Simple enough, right?  Not at all.

    Instructor Brian Sarjeant demonstrates mounting moves on Sgt. Radoune Moukraj as Col. Bobby Towery, deputy commandant of the Army War College, looks on. Photo by Erin O. Stattel.

    "Don't let your head relax on the ground, you need to hold your head up while someone is attacking you from above," Sarjeant reminded us as he demonstrated mounting.  "Keep your head up and your elbows tight against your sides so they cannot move closer to your neck.  You can use your elbows to move them lower on your body and regain control."

    Although I value my job, I wasn't going easy on anyone.  But my officemate, Suzanne Reynolds, community relations officer for the Army War College, surprised me by keeping me pinned until I promised not to touch her stapler again.  I am kidding about the stapler.  Suzanne has practiced martial arts before and was quickly able to remember all the moves Sarjeant had shown us just minutes earlier.

    The class had most definitely advanced from the first day.

    "There certainly is a lot more striking with your elbows and knees from the last time I did this," Lt. Col. Rob Weaver had remarked as he exited the 4 p.m. class. 

    "This is such an enthusiastic and informative class," Lt. Col. Tony Teolis said.  "This is my first time doing combatives and the pace is great, slow enough to learn, yet fast enough to be challenged."

    "Any kind of martial art is great to know," said Air Force Lt. Col. Curtis Zablocki as he walked off the mat.  "I am glad Col. Towery added this because it is a great addition to the Army War College curriculum."

    My comrades and I hit the mats next on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 due to the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs

Army combatives classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays in Thorpe Hall Gym at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. A makeup session will also be held at 6 p.m. in case students have to miss a class or two due to scheduling conflicts. Parties interested in signing up should contact the sports office in the Root Hall gym. Become a fan and follow combatives coverage on Facebook!

PA staff report

Garrison services shortfall expected to affect maintenance, custodial services

The Carlisle Barracks garrison is assessing the impact of a projected $7 million shortfall in the $20 million base operating budget for services such as public works.

All Army garrisons across the globe, part of the Installation Management Command, will operate at reduced funding levels, according to January guidance.

IMCOM commander Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch has established the priority to maintain required support to life, health and safety programs, Army Family programs and those services that prepare Soldiers for deployment. The budget change is not impacting Army Family housing, Family programs, Child and Youth Services and Sports. The command will fully support police, security guard and fire support.

Budget changes will reduce other installation services. At Carlisle Barracks, those services include contracts for custodial and waste management contracts, public works like snow removal and grass-cutting, and office building maintenance.

Across IMCOM, contractual services will be reviewed and are subject to change based on guidance provided by the region and local affordability. Garrison commander Lt. Col. Holliday has requested an IMCOM 'tiger team' to review garrison services and budget.

 "Under this shortfall, the garrison will have a hard time providing the level of services required by the Army War College," she noted.

 Currently, the garrison is under a hiring freeze, and travel is minimized to mission critical requirements, legally required certification training, or as directed by IMCOM headquarters.



Kevin Crouch, FMWRC Public Affairs
Army Family Covenant delivers programs, services


Eoin Oravetz and Andre Ross couldn't keep their feet on the ground during an Exceptional Family Member Program Summer Camp held at U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg, Germany. Army Family Covenant funding was used to organize the first summer camp program for EFMP families there, with 12 children participating in activities such as therapeutic-riding, pottery-making, therapeutic music sessions, and dance and movement classes. courtesy photo.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Army unveiled the Army Family Covenant on Oct. 8, 2007, pledging a commitment to provide Soldiers and Families a quality of life commensurate with their dedicated service and sacrifice to the nation.
    Indeed, the Covenant is the service's promise to take care of not only Soldiers, but Family members who also serve side-by-side with them, while providing unconditional support to keep the Army strong.
    The Army Family Covenant is comprised of commitments to enhance Soldier and Family readiness. But two years after the initial signing, many Soldiers and Families are still unsure what the program is supposed to provide or the makeup of its content.
    Overall, the Army's Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Command is the organization charged with developing MWR policy, plans, strategies and standards; supporting Army commanders to implement Family and MWR programs; and operate and manage assigned MWR activities.
    The Family Programs directorate within FMWRC is responsible for developing all Family programs and services within the Army.
    And such military Families are resilient, said FMWRC officials; however they require assistance to help them meet their needs.
    The Covenant's commitment enhances that resiliency by providing support, training, care and social interaction opportunities through an established and resourced infrastructure. The result? Delivering quality programs and services in a consistent and seamless manner.
    "The Army Family Covenant has brought greater awareness of Families and recognition of their service and sacrifice," said Lynn McCollum, director of FMWRC Family Programs. "Families tell us we have great programs; there was no need to create new programs, only to fully fund and staff existing programs consistently.
    Therefore, "We have expanded our budget over the previous two years to significantly improve the existing Family programs, pay for these improvements in service and increase the number of people who directly support execution of these services," McCollum said.
    "A great example is respite care for Families with exceptional needs," she noted. "For the first time, this program has been fully funded."
    These programs and services are critical in Families coping with frequent deployments, stressors resulting from unfamiliarity with Army life or the installation, and the ultimate fear...loss of a loved one.
    A major tenet of the Covenant is a commitment to standardize Family programs and services throughout the service. One example: implementing Army Community Service staffing and programs at installations worldwide, resulting in the fully funding of 477 positions needed to meet operational and staffing shortfalls.
    "The Army, through the Covenant, has developed numerous programs that are specifically targeted to improve our quality of support and service," McCollum said. "One area where we have invested much time and resources is the Web site, which provides a single access point to programs and services for Families on Army installations and for those people who are geographically (separated) from a post."
    Another notable service the Army has implemented since that 2007 signing: the establishment of Survivor Outreach Services, which is a standardized, decentralized approach to improving support for survivors of fallen Soldiers. It recognized the need to develop survivor support coordinators and financial counselors to improve outreach, referrals, life skills, investment education and estate planning.
    Also developed and implemented through the Covenant was the addition of nearly 1,100 Family readiness support assistants within Family Readiness Groups, which are normally comprised of Soldiers' spouses from within battalion- or brigade-sized units who meet to discuss and resolve issues affecting Families such organizations.
    And Soldier and Family assistance centers were established at Army communities owning Warrior Transition Units. These centers provide a facility for wounded warriors and their Families to gather for mutual support to aid in the physical, spiritual, and mental healing process. Services provided within the centers include transition support, as well as financial child care and education counseling.
    Additionally, the FMWRC Family Plans Directorate has forged greater relationships with the Army's Chaplain Corps, as the Covenant created an additional 33 Family Life Chaplain positions meant to deliver Family ministry, training and marriage enhancement programs.
    Similarly, the Strong Bonds program includes a series of marriage and Family skill-building programs designed to increase marital satisfaction, reduce divorce rates, and enhance Soldier and Family readiness.
    "We know that strong relationships have been proven to be directly related to increased resiliency. Strong Bonds is a proven method to building those attachments," said Lt. Col. Tom Waynick, FMWRC staff chaplain. "I am proud that we at FMWRC are supporting this great commander-chaplain lead program."
    To support Soldiers and Families during the deployment and return cycle, the Army has increased the number of Military Family Life Consultants working directly with Army Community Service, National Guard Headquarters and Reserve Regional Commands. These consultants help Families during reintegration, provide outreach to Guard and Reserve Families, and respond to specific requests for support when there has been a unit death or injury.
    There are a myriad of programs and services the Army Family Covenant pledges to provide our Soldiers and Families," said McCollum. "We ensure our communities receive the best possible service; we listen to their concerns to develop and implement programs that address their requirements."
    "We want to ensure every Family is provided the resources they need to make them more resilient through difficult or stressful times in their lives," she added. "The Army Family Covenant promises this support. Soldiers and Families deserve the very best and we continually strive to be the conduit that provides the Family programs and services to fulfill that promise."


Delivering the Army Family Covenant


Jan. 11, 2010 -- On 8 October 2007, the Army unveiled the Army Family Covenant (AFC), institutionalizing the Army’s commitment to providing Soldiers and Families – Active, Guard, and Reserve – a quality of life commensurate with their quality of service.  However, as I travel around the Army meeting with Soldiers and Families I’m surprised to find that many are not familiar with the Army Family Covenant and the commitment Army leadership has made to provide a better quality of life to Soldiers and Families.   

    We are delivering the Army Family Covenant with a focus on five specific areas:  Standardization and funding of existing programs and services, Increasing accessibility and quality of health care, Improving Soldier and Family housing, Ensuring excellence in schools, youth services and child care and Expanding education and employment opportunities for Family members.

     Some accomplishments over the past two years include: Standardized Army community staffing and programs at all Garrisons, added 1079 Family Readiness Support Assistants positions to provide administrative and logistical support to commanders and FRG leaders, Funded Exceptional Family Member respite care providing up to 40 hours of care per month for Families; Increased primary care visits to more than 7 million people, meeting access standards for 90% of acute, routine and specialty appointments; Authorized TRICARE standard coverage for more than 500,000 eligible members of the Selective Reserve and their Family members and lowered the co-payment; Funded the Training Barracks Modernization Program to allow 11,306 Soldiers to move into newly designed or renovated barracks in FY09, introduced the First Sergeants Barracks Initiative to enhance single Soldier quality of life; Reduced financial burden on Army Families by eliminating CYSS registration fees and reducing  program fees, collaborated with more than 373 school districts to support  military connected students transferring to new school districts and increased placement of military spouses through the Army Spouse Employment Program, a partnership with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies  to provide employment opportunities.

    We are indeed making progress on delivering the Army Family Covenant,  but we have much more work to do.   I am dedicated to deliver on the Army leadership’s promise to continue to provide the best care and quality of life possible to Soldiers and their Families. Our commitment to delivering the Army Family Covenant is non-negotiable. We will not depart from this commitment.

    I would ask that we always take the time to accentuate the positive.  We have so very much to be thankful for when it comes to health care, housing, services and programs, and many other things.   Many times we immediately start talking about negative items, and many of those conversations are based on anedoctal evidence without firsthand knowledge.  Let’s be grateful for what we have, and strive together to improve.  An attitude of appreciation will go a long way.  Optimism is a combat multiplier.

    As always, thanks for your continued service to our Army, and our Nation. Together we are making history.


Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch,






An insider's look at Army combatives here at Carlisle Barracks

As a public affairs specialist for the Army War College, Erin Stattel will be providing an inside glimpse into the new world of combatives at Carlisle Barracks. Initiated by Army War College leadership, combatives is more commonly known as hand-to-hand combat and helps prepare officers to go back to the operational force.

    (January 12, 2010)--On the first day of the new combatives course at the Army War College, one might anticipate a simple day of getting to know each other and learning about the significance of ancient martial arts throughout history, but upon entering Thorpe Hall Gym on Monday afternoon, I encountered an enthusiastic small crowd of local military personnel, stretching and warming up for some roughhousing.

    Being the newbie to the group, I was a little apprehensive about what I was going to be participating in, but I was quickly encouraged by the spirit around me and jumped right in to learn about striking.

    Led by instructor Brian Sarjeant, a former Army NCO who is known in some circles as "the Godfather of Combatives," we learned to jab, punch, and hook, then moved into a series of lethal elbow combinations. One of the most important parts of carrying out the combinations, Sarjeant said, is to protect oneself while engaging the enemy, never leaving your face exposed while striking with the other hand.

    "We are going to hold one hand up here like we are on the telephone," Sarjeant said while raising a clenched fist beside his right jaw line.

    "And the other hand we are going to hold here like we are eating a sandwich," he continued, placing his other fist in front of his mouth.

    Students then paired off for clinch moves, practicing a series of grappling-type moves under Sarjeant's watchful gaze.

    Sarjeant instructed us on how to put our opponents into clinches that will give us the upper hand, quite literally. Through a few quick motions Sarjeant demonstrated how certain vulnerable positions can work to an opponent's advantage or disadvantage.

    I turned to the fellow on my right and began putting him in one of the clinch positions with my hands on the back of his neck, bringing his head down to about my waist level, a position in which I could deliver a hard blow to his face with my right knee. But I spared him; he seemed like a nice guy.

    I am eagerly anticipating the next session, on Wednesday.  We were told to bring our mouth guards, which I can only assume means we begin more intense combatives training.

Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs

Army combatives classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays in Thorpe Hall Gym at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.  A makeup session will also be held at 6 p.m. in case students have to miss a class or two due to scheduling conflicts.  Parties interested in signing up should contact the sports office in the Root Hall gym. Become a fan and follow combatives coverage on Facebook!

In memoriam:  George S. Pappas, 1919-2010

Retired Col. George Pappas, , the founder of what is now known as the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, passed away on Jan. 5 at his home in Belvedere, Calif. Here is is seen in front of Upton Hall, the former home of the Military History Institute at the opening for the Gen. Omar Bradley Museum. file photo.  

Jan. 8, 2010 -- Retired Col. George S. Pappas, the founder of the U.S. Army Military History Research Collection, now known as the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, passed away on Jan. 5 at his home in Belvedere, Calif. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday, December 26.

            A professional Soldier, he entered service in June, 1939, as an enlisted man in the 6th Coast Artillery Regiment in Calif. His potentiality for leadership earned him admission to the U.S. Military Academy two years later.  After graduating in June 1944 and being commissioned into the Anti-Aircraft/Air Defense Artillery branch, he began a 30-year career, rising to the grade of colonel.

            Throughout his service, he demonstrated great interest in the history of the profession of arms:  reading about it, writing about it, preserving and making available source material on it.

            His great opportunity to apply that interest came here at Carlisle Barracks in the mid-1960s.  After graduating from the Army War College in 1966, he remained on the faculty as Assistant Chief of the Research and Publications Branch.  His special responsibility was writing the history of the college.  The resulting book, Prudens Futuri: the U.S. Army War College, 1901-1967, published in 1967, was the first modern history of the Army's senior service college.

            Completing that book did not complete his service at Carlisle Barracks.  In the middle of Academic Year 1967, the War College moved into its current building, Root Hall.  Its former location in the handsome, elegant, stately stone structure, now known as Upton Hall, was much too valuable to remain vacant.  Many post activities claimed portions of it.  Pappas persuaded the Commandant, Maj. Gen. Eugene Salet, to give him two rooms in it, the rooms along the north side of the east wing on the first floor, presently occupied by the Post Judge Advocate.

            From that modest beginning, Pappas built the U.S. Army Military History Research Collection (MHRC).  In 1970, MHRC became the official central historical repository for the entire United States Army.  In 1977, MHRC was redesignated the U.S. Army Military History Institute (MHI).  The institute, in turn, became the core component upon which was built the U.S. Army Heritage and Education (AHEC), founded in 2002.

            This growth in titles reflected the institution's growth in space, size, and stature.  From those first two rooms, MHRC expanded to fill all of Upton Hall by 1972 (air-conditioned by 1973).  In 1979, it added two more floors in the back half of the auditorium. Fourteen years later it took over Building 317 and most of Building 315.  Then in 2004, AHEC moved to its current 56-acre campus on the eastern part of Carlisle Barracks -- where it continues growing.

            Such additional space was needed to accommodate the expanding holdings, which Pappas's legendary leadership in acquisitions brought in from individual donors and from libraries and museums throughout the Army.  From the original nucleus of several thousand rare books, published from the 1400s to the early 1800s, the holdings have expanded to some 400,000 books (many of them from the old War Department Library), a million military manuals, 3,700 different military periodicals, 50,000 artifacts, 19,000 audio-visual items, 1,700,000 photos, and 12,000,000 manuscripts.  These current AHEC holdings of more than 15,000,000 items have grown from the research collection Pappas established.

            As impressive as these numbers are, the true significance of this collection is not its size or its scope but its use.  It is available to students and faculty of the Army War College, the future strategic leaders of our Armed Forces.  It is available to the serving Army in the field to provide historical perspective on current challenges.  And as the Army's public library for military history, AHEC makes its holdings available to authors, scholars, professors, students, buffs, veterans, and the general public.  People visit or contact AHEC from all over the United States and all over the world to use these holdings, just as Pappas had intended.

            The availability of such a magnificent resource is Pappas's great contribution.  He envisioned such an institution of public service.  Through his initiative, energy, drive, and self-sacrifice, he brought his vision to life.  He guarded it during its early years; he infused it with his indomitable passion for military history; and he set it on the track to what AHEC has become today.

            Many enduring hallmarks of AHEC began under his direction:  the Veterans Survey program (1968), the "Perspectives in Military History" public lecture series (1968), the Senior Officer Oral History Program (1970), the Omar Bradley Museum (1970), the Special Bibliography book series (1970), the offering of a military history elective course in the Army War College (1971), and the General Harold Keith Johnson Visiting Professorship of Military History (1972).

            In 1974, Pappas retired from military service and moved to Calif. He did not, however, retire from the military history profession.  He helped found Presidio Press, a military history publishing house, and served as its first president.  He also wrote To the Point: the United States Military Academy, 1802-1902, published in 1993.  In 1999, the Army War College recognized his many contributions by inducting him as a Distinguished Fellow.

            He often came back to MHRC/MHI/AHEC, most recently for the 40th anniversary in 2007.  He marveled at its continuing growth.  All who knew him, in turn, marveled at his ability to make his dream a reality.  His enduring legacy is AHEC:  the great institution, with the world's greatest collection on American military history, that serves the War College, the Army, the history profession, and the American people.      

         His wife, Patricia, had passed away in 2007.  He is survived by their two daughters  Ms. Reid Pappas of Phoenix, Arizona, and Ms. Margaret Pappas of Belvedere, California; and by son-in-law Michael H. Koskie; grandchildren Bradley Koskie (wife Angela), Korinne Koskie, and Reesa Wasser; and great-grandchildren Lee and Gilian Wasser and Jack Koskie.

            -- Richard J. Sommers, Ph.D.  

            Senior Historian, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

            [the last charter member hired by Col. Pappas (1970) still working at AHEC]


By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs

Combatives classes hits the mats Jan. 11

    (Jan. 8, 2010)—In response to popular demand, a third combatives course will be offered to the Carlisle Barracks community at a later time on Mondays and Wednesdays.

    Classes begin January 11 and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Taught by former NCO and Army combatives instructor Brian Sarjeant, classes are open to the Carlisle Barracks community, ages 14 and older.

    "I am proud that combatives is coming to the Army War College and we are hoping to grow the program," said Col. Bobby Towery, deputy commandant for the Army War College, during the Jan. 8 information brief about the classes. "I had the opportunity to work with Brian Sarjeant at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and I think this class is really going to benefit us here at the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks."

    Sarjeant, who holds a level four modern Army combatives certification, will teach full spectrum Army combatives and participants must complete 20 hours in order to advance to the next level, said Chuck Gentile, sports director for Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Participants need to wear their Army combat uniforms or gym clothes with a collar, and have a mouth guard.

    Maj. Eric Hiu of the Army War College's Department of Academic Affairs said combatives are a great way to face dangerous situations.

   "I think it's important to know how to handle yourself in a situation," Hiu said. "It is a great workout and it is important for us to know these kinds of things."

    Army War College student Lt. Col. Andy Lippert agreed.

    "It is a tremendous workout and helps build flexibility," Lippert added. "This activity also builds confidence and that is something that is truly valuable in the Army."

    Towery called the course a "great refresher" that will challenge students with the addition of the use of knees and elbows.

    Participants wishing to sign up may call 245-4271 or send an email to to register. Participants may also visit the sports office in the basement of the Root Hall Gym for additional registration instruction.

Van pool looking for Harrisburg-area riders

Jan. 7, 2010 -- Carlisle Barracks is seeking interested members who live in Harrisburg and would like to join the van pool team.   This service is free to all government employees.  Not all riders in the van pool must be federal employees (contractor charges apply). 

    If you are interested, contact Donna Horton, 245-4077.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Conway talks USMC, family, military issues

Gen. James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, listens to a question for an Army War College student in Bliss Hall Jan. 5. Conway spoke about a wide range of topics including the changing nature of conflict, how dwindling supplies of natural resources could leave to conflicts and how the migration of the world’s populations to coastal areas could lead to increased duties for seafaring services like the Navy and Marines. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Jan. 5, 2010 -- Gen. James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, spoke to Army War College students in Bliss Hall on Jan. 5, sharing his thoughts and perspective on a nation and war, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the challenges of multiple deployments on the force and how the buildup in Afghanistan affects dwell time for Marines.

    “I am constantly amazed at the resiliency of the Marines and their families,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without their hard work and the support of their families. Make sure to take time now to make sure you have that balance in your life.”

    Conway spoke about the benefits of seven month deployments and hoped to get the force to a point where Marines will have 14 months at home for every seven months deployment.

    Conway also took time to discuss the changing nature of conflict, how dwindling supplies of natural resources could leave to conflicts and how the migration of the world’s populations to coastal areas could lead to increased duties for seafaring services like the Navy and Marines. 

    Conway closed his remarks with a reminder that the students in the audience would be charged with executing the challenging missions ahead, that schools like the Army War College would prepare them for those days ahead.

    After speaking to the students for about 40 minutes, Conway opened the session up for questions, which ranged in topic from coalition coordination to the continuing evolution of counterinsurgency operations.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office

New tool makes it easy to report suspicious activity


Jan. 6, 2010 -- See something suspicious on post, online or get a strange phone call probing for information and don’t know what to do? You can report it using the Suspicious Activity Report tool located now at http://cbnet/sar.cfm 

 (Note: This site in accessible from the Carlisle Barracks Network only, a link will be added to the public sites soon) 

    “The new tool provides employees and residents with an easy to way report anything suspicious,” said Barry Farquhar, head of the post’s plans and training division. The reports can be made anonymously if desired.

    Disclosure of the reporter's personal contact information is voluntary, but important if additional or clarifying information is needed,” said Farquhar.

     The new tool also allows the post to be able to track these reports to see if there are patterns developing.

    “Using previous reporting systems we really had no idea if anything was reported at Carlisle Barracks because it was reported to another organization,” said Farquhar. Now reports will come into a central location and will be delivered to the appropriate organization, whether it’s law enforcement, the intelligence analyst or sent higher for more analysis.

Incident reporting tips:

  • Be Observant & Attentive
  • Remember Details about People, Places, Conversations, and Vehicles (Including License Plate Numbers)
  • Act Non-Committal and Ask for Time to Think Over Any Offers
  • Report the Incident Only to US Army Intelligence Special Agents
  • Do not self-investigate


   Immediate threats should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Provost Marshal Office 24 Hour Line at (717) 245-4115.


Lt. Col. Vince Lindenmeyer, Center for Strategic Leadership

SIMULEX 2009 CSL team challenges students of Tufts Univ. Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy

     In a desperate act for international attention, a Middle East country conducts a nuclear test with its last remaining nuclear warhead.  Meanwhile, another Middle East country negotiates successfully for the return of a key piece of territory long occupied by another power, in exchange for restricting the actions of a rogue terrorist organization.

     So ended SIMULEX 2009, the annual crisis and consequence management exercise of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  A control team from the Army War College's Center for Strategic Leadership supported the exercise that revealed the rapidly changing international security environment.

    "The students are given the opportunity to develop their country's strategic objectives and then attempt to pursue achieving them over the course of a three-move, two-day scenario," said CSL Director Douglas Campbell, senior controller, about the graduate students of Fletcher's International Security Studies program.

    Army Senior Service Fellows participated as controllers/mentors. The Fellows are in residence at Tufts University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University while assigned to the Army War College. 

    The Army Fellows and CSL controllers engage in order to contribute realistic experiential learning in national security issues conducted at the strategic level of leadership. 

    This year's SIMULEX combined the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the threat of electromagnetic pulse weapons, state and non-state actors, differing uses and capabilities of military forces, information technology, the limits of geography in time and space, and cultural implications, thereby creating a realistic crisis management scenario for the graduate students. 

   The scenario, developed by Robert Pfaltzgraff, Ph.D., the Fletcher School's Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Security Studies, simulated an escalating Middle East crisis. Roles included national and non-state actors including the United States, Iran, Israel, EU/NATO, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda.

Graduate students of the Fletcher School collaborate in thinking through crisis of the SIMULEX scenario.

By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs

New combatives classes kick off Jan. 11

    (Jan. 6, 2010)—If you have been looking for a way to get set to get back to the operational force, look no more because Army combatives classes are now offered at Thorpe Hall Gym.

    Classes begin January 11 and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

    Taught by former NCO and Army combatives instructor Brian Sarjeant, classes are open to all Army War College students, staff and faculty.

    "Combatives is trained across our services in one form or another, some call it hand to hand combat, some call it Martial Arts training," said Col. Bobby Towery, deputy commandant for the Army War College. "Past classes have asked for this type of training to be offered here at Carlisle Barracks as senior officers want to be prepared to go back to the Operational Force, so we will offer combatives twice a week."

    Towery will hold an informational briefing about the classes on Friday, January 8 in Wil Washcoe Auditorium at 11:45 a.m.

    Sarjeant, who holds a level four modern Army combatives certification, will teach full spectrum Army combatives and participants must complete 20 hours in order to advance to the next level, said Chuck Gentile, sports director for Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Participants need to wear their Army combat uniforms, additional equipment will be provided.

    Towery called the course a "great refresher" that will challenge students with the addition of the use of knees and elbows.

    Participants wishing to sign up may call 245-4271 or send an email to to register. Participants may also visit the sports office in the basement of the Root Hall Gym for additional registration instruction.

Registration for Carlisle Area Little League

  Registration for the Carlisle Area Little League will be held on Carlisle Barracks on Saturdays, Jan. 9 and Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Root Hall Gym.

  Youth interested in registering must be 5 to 14 years old as of Apr. 30, 2010.

  For more information, contact Don Watkins at 717-245-4170.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Has something got you down and you need someone to talk to?

Call the Employee Assistance Program

     Jan. 6, 2010 -- 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." 

    At Carlisle Barracks, the EAP is located on the second floor of Anne Ely Hall. The post EAP also supports employees at Letterkenny Army Depot.

    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, problem identification, and short-term counseling/intervention
  • 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 in Building 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?


    "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 EAP 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 or email,




First Command to host free Presentation on the journey of a Survivor of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon

  A survivor of the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon will describe his journey of physical and spiritual healing on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Theatre at 40 W. High Street.

  Retired Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell served on the Army Staff as the military aide to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management at the time of the attack. 

  When American Airlines Flight 77 crashed just yards away from his second floor office, Birdwell was thrown to the ground and engulfed in flames.  After 30 operations, months of hospitalization, and numerous skin grafts, Birdwell made a miraculous recovery.  He will discuss his personal experience during the attack and the turmoil his family faced when confronted with life and death decisions.

  This presentation is hosted by First Command Financial Services of Carlisle.  It is free and open to the public.  Attendees are asked to bring a food item which will be donated to Project Share. 

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post to test telephonic mass notification system for all employees Jan. 12

Jan. 6, 2010 – Carlisle Barracks will test a new telephonic mass notification system on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. that will make it easier to get out emergency information to all post employees.

        “This is the first time we have ever attempted a test call to the entire installation work force,” according to Barry Farquhar, head of the post plans and training department. “Our recent upgrade to a faster calling system has made this test possible; our old system called on 22 lines simultaneously and our new system calls on 68 lines which reduced an ‘all call’ from about a two hour process to roughly 30 minutes start to finish.” 

     On Jan. 12 employees will receive a phone call, followed by a delay of 3-5 seconds before the MNS starts the automated message routine. This delay is very similar to a telemarketer; do not hang upas the MNS is attempting to determine if it has a person or an answering machine. If you have Caller-ID your display should read "US Government" and a phone number.

What you will hear during the test call Jan. 12:

After the initial delay you will hear the following:

1. MNS - "This is the Carlisle Barracks Emergency Notification System, press any key for an important message now”


3. MNS – “This is a test of the Communicator NXT Notification System. Has this been an actual emergency you would have received specific informational instructions. This is only a test.”

(For an actual notification call you would receive the message and further instructions at this point; for actual MNS notifications call 245-3700 for additional or clarifying information) 

4. MNS - “Do you want to have the message repeated? Press ‘1’ for Yes, or ‘2’ for No"

5. YOU - Press ‘1’ to repeat the message, or ‘2’ to end the call.


1. For your notification status to be properly recorded as a success, you MUST press ‘2’ to end the call or "1" to hear it one additional time. For actual notification calls the system can be/may be set to call you relentlessly until it achieves a successful call. 

2. Due to the differences in phone services (particularly VOIP and some wireless services) the MNS may not function correctly. Please provide Jill Anderson ( an email describing any problems encountered and also provide your telephone service details. This information will be used to find a system solution to the problem.

H1N1 vaccine on walk-in basis at Dunham

Pennsylvania offering 33 H1N1 clinics statewide

 January 5, 2010 --   Dunham Army Health Clinic is not planning another H1N1 vaccination clinic, after a series of H1N1 vaccination clinics in November and December for TRICARE beneficiaries, military active duty, and DoD civilian employees.

Those who missed the scheduled  clinics can get H1N1 vaccine on a walk-in basis at the Dunham Immunization Clinic [phone 717-245-3608] -- 

  • Family members and retirees who are Dunham-enrolled TRICARE beneficiaries
  • DoD civilian employees Dunham

Dunham Immunization Clinic hours are:

  • 7:30 am to 4:30 pm  Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • 7:30 to 7 pm Tuesday
  • 7:30 am to noon Thursday
  • Closed for lunch 1200-1300; closed weekends and Holidays.

Throughout Pennsylvania, H1N1 vaccine is available to any Pennsylvanian who wants it. Special H1N1 vaccine clinics for the general public are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Jan 8 and 9 in 33 locations across the state, 8 am to 4 pm both days. Appoints are required: call 1-877-PA HEALTH, or 1-877-724-3258, or make an appointment online at www.h1n1inPAcom -- select 'What's Hot.' The 33 sites are listed at and include --

  • Chambersburg Mall, Chambersburg, Pa 17202
  • HarrisburgMall East, Harrisburg, Pa 17111     


Dave Buceta receives his H1N1 vaccination in Jim Thorpe Gym Dec 21. Vaccinations for all CBks and USAWC active-duty military personnel, all USAWC students, as well as all DoD Civilians who wish to receive it will be available until 4 p.m.




In late 2009, Sanofi-Aventis recalled their H1N1 Pediatric Vaccine.  According to COL (Dr.) Trzepkowski, Dunahm Clinic  Commander, Dunham did not receive any of this vaccine in their DoD or Pennsylvania supply.

Children can get their second dose if at least 28 days has passed. The clinic recommends that children get their second dose at school if the first dose was received at school.

The Department of Health continues to urge Pennsylvanians in the priority groups to get vaccinated against H1N1. They include pregnant women; persons six months to 24 years old; healthcare providers and emergency medical services personnel; parents, household members or caregivers of children under six months; and those under 65 with certain underlying medical conditions.

"Many certified providers have already vaccinated their priority group patients and still have vaccine available," said Secretary of Health Everette James. "To ensure those doses are used, we are encouraging healthcare providers to vaccinate all of their patients who ask to be protected against H1N1".

"Even though influenza activity in the state is declining, it is still very important for people to get immunized because a third wave of H1N1 is expected to occur in the state. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated," said James.



Carlisle Barracks to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  Professor Chuck Allen, U.S. Army War College, will be the guest speaker at the Carlisle Barracks Commemoration Program for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Wil Washcoe Auditorium, Root Hall.

  Allen's topic is entitled, "A Day on, not a Day off."  Along with the presentation, a book display will be set up by the USAWC Library.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office

Burns provides a former ambassadors view on global issues

Dec. 16, 2009 – Former diplomat R. Nicholas Burns talked with Army War College students Dec. 16 in Bliss Hall about the importance of the U.S. remaining engaged in global leadership and the possible challenges that may lie ahead for the nation as part of the annual Commandants Lecture Series.

    The focus of this year’s CLS is “the Future World: National Security Implications” and Burns discussed current events in both historical and societal contexts. He spoke about how the changing nature of the global economy and rise and fall of traditional world powers should lead to some changes in the structure of organizations like NATO, the UN and the G-8. He pointed out that many of these systems reflect a post-World War II world and don’t account for the rise of nations like China, India, Brazil and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

   Burns also talked about the challenges facing President Barack Obama after inheriting a “combination of national security and domestic challenges not seen since FDR.” He pointed out that the weak economy, fighting two wars and a decline in the worlds view of the US have made progress slow, but important for the new administration.

    He talked about how recent economic and political changes have many calling for a more inward focus but that would be a mistake. According to Burns, the US has an obligation to reject an isolationism and assume a mantle of global leadership, but be smart about it at the same time. He reminded the audience about the importance of working with global partners saying that “we can’t do it all alone.”

   Georgia Fellow Lt. Col. Zurab Agladze said that while he didn’t agree with everything Burns said that he felt it was important for the US to remain engaged in global issues.

   Burns also stated that a key to the US maintaining its status in the world is to rebuild our economy, maintaining a strong military and stay strong diplomatically.

   Student Col. Eric Judkins said that the discussion made him look at some of the issues from a new perspective.

   “Many times we focus on the military solutions but he made me realize that the issues are at time so more complex then we realize at first,” he said. “It’s important to remember how important the economy, the military and diplomacy are so inter-related and one doesn’t always work without the other.”


2009 Army War College academic award winners

Army War College staff and faculty members stand with their awards after the Academic Awards ceremony Dec. 17 in Bliss Hall. Photo by Megan Clugh.  


Dec. 17, 2009 – The Army War College took time Dec. 17 to recognize outstanding members of the staff and faculty during an awards ceremony in Bliss Hall.

    “Each year we pause to honor our faculty and celebrate their accomplishments,” said Dr. Bill Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academics.

    “We have a great faculty and our mission of educating strategic leaders would be impossible without them,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant.



Madigan Writing Awards


  • Prof. Bert Tussing  (CSL) — "New Requirements for a New Challenge: The Military's Role in Border Security"
  • Prof. Frank Jones (DNSS)— "US Defense Policymaking: A 21st Century Perspective"
  • Dr. Clayton K. S. Chun (DDE)— "Japan 1945: From Operation Downfall to Hiroshima and Nagasaki"
  • Dr. James B. Bartholomees (DNSS)— "Theory of Victory"
  • Dr. Larry P. Goodson (DNSS)— "Building a Democratic Regime Amid Conflict: The Case of Afghanistan"
  • Dr. Kent Hughes Butts (CSL) and Mr. Brent C. Bankus (CSL)— "China and Natural Resource Competition"


  • Dr. Steven Metz (SSI)—Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century

Newly appointed tenure

·         Col. Patrick Cassidy (DDE)

·         Col. James Scuderi (DMSPO)

·         Col. Thomas Shepard (DNSS)

Title X Faculty promotions

·         Dr. Craig Bullis (APFRI)

·         Dr. Anna Waggener (DAA)

Academic chairs

  • Dr. Robin Dorff (SSI) General of the Army Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research
  • Navy Capt. Steve Knott (DMSPO) Admiral William F. Halsey Chair of Naval Studies
  • Air Force Col. Benjamin Leitzel (DMSPO)General Hoyt S. Vandenberg Chair of Aerospace Studies
  • Prof. Bert Tussing (CSL)Elihu Root Chair of Military Studies

Dedicated chairs

  • Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson– Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership




Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
New elective sheds light on issues, challenges in Afghanistan

Dr. Larry Goodson leads a discussion during a class of the “Understanding Afghanistan and its region,” elective in Wil Waschoe Auditorium Dec. 15. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

Dec. 16, 2009 – Army War College students will now be able to take a deeper look at the issues and challenges facing operations and reconstruction in Afghanistan thanks to a new regional studies elective.

     The course, “Understanding Afghanistan and its region,” began on Dec. 3 with a session in Bliss Hall. The goal of the elective is two-fold. One is to prepare students for future assignments in Afghanistan and the other is to support the operational force with strategic levels challenges according to Dr. Larry Goodson, course instructor.

        The class is structured in two parts, one a large group lecture followed by separate seminar discussions. A four-person faculty team made up of Goodson, Col. Jim Boling, Dr. Sherwood McGinnis and Prof. Richard Smyth lead the discussions.

    A unique learning experience for the students is writing their papers in response to strategic questions posed by the Operations branch of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell instead of a single academic topic.

   “We received a list of questions that we have paired the students by experience to answer,” said Dr. Jim Helis, DNSS director. “This will challenge them and give them experience in answering a real-world question in a policy paper at the national strategic level.”

       Helis went on to state that each of the course instructors brings a very recent operational and strategic experience in Afghanistan to the table and brings their own unique experience to the course. Smyth, Boling and McGinnis all recently returned from the region in the last six months and Goodson is considered a world-wide expert on Afghanistan.

    For example, Smyth is a career foreign services officer, has spent nine years total in Afghanistan and brings familiarity to the issues facing the region to the table.

    "After 30 years of war, Afghanistan is due for a break," he said. "You can feel the gratitude for the U.S. actions and support by the vast majority of the Afghan people."

      The class includes an introduction to modern Afghanistan, a history of the nation, a review of social structure, economics, and other key issues facing the region. 

    “The goal is that the course creates a deeper understanding of the complex social, political and tribal organization of Afghanistan,” said Helis. “We realized that there is an increased likelihood that our students will either directly or indirectly deal with these issues in the near future and wanted to help prepare them.”


Cynthia Lindenmeyer, Morale, Welfare and Recreation

New group fitness classes offer support, opportunity

    Dec. 21, 2009 -- Why attend a group fitness class?  Because we all need support and motivation.  Nearly every one around you has a common goal to live an enjoyable life.  Being fit is a stepping-stone to reaching our full potential, be it mentally, physically, academically or spiritually.  And yet the years go by and we find ourselves stuck in a routine where it is just easier to work at the computer than change, get all sweaty and have to shower. 

    In October, MWR initiated various classes designed to help the War College Community have fun while improving fitness levels.  Maybe it is the word “class” that seems to put a damper on desiring to attend Indoor Cycling, Pilates, or Zumba.  Or if you are military, visions of having to do push-ups and sit-ups over and over again haunt any impression of a group fitness class.  I totally understand.

    Maybe it was turning 40, or the fact the local gym was offering a January membership promotion, or that my spouse told me I could not hang in an Indoor Cycling class (I thought indoor cycling was for wimps).  Whatever the reason, on New Year’s Day 2008 I attended my first group exercise Indoor Cycling class.  And then ventured into Pilates. Then an Aerobics Class, half expecting to see Richard Simmons as the instructor.

    I have to say that Group Exercise Classes have come a long way since the 1980s.  Cardio classes offer more than running in place to “Maniac.”  Strength training involves all muscle groups, targeting your core and back.  And if you are after burning fat, then Indoor Cycling is the perfect way to increase your cardio and minimize any type of knee or back injury. 

    And if you really want a workout “outside the box,” then no words can explain the experience of a Zumba party.   After getting kicked out of ballet class in first grade, I’ve avoided anything that relates to dancing.  So with great trepidation I attended an October Zumba workout.  Now I’m hooked and noticed the spare tire around the waist, even though I ate all the M&Ms out of the kids’ trick ‘r treat bags, has diminished. 

    Often, we hit fitness plateaus.  It’s like Groundhog Day for the body if all we do is the elliptical, run and focus on push-ups.  The body adapts.  Fitness classes introduce the body to new challenges, new exercises and new abilities. 

    If you’ve read this far, then I invite you to join me, Dana and Regina for a workout in January.  For the first two weeks, MWR is offering free group classes.   

    Check out the calendar online in the Banner or stop by Root Hall or Thorpe gym for a schedule, then pencil a class into your calendar.  I promise you’ll have fun and meet others who will be encouraging and supportive in your fitness endeavor.  All fitness levels are welcome and accommodated. 


AY10 Campaign Analysis Course

    Dec. 23, 2009 -- The AY10 Campaign Analysis Course is offering an optional Strategic and Operational Art Film and Discussion Program. The program offers interested students insight into selected episodes in the evolution of warfare from antiquity to the present. A series of films addressing strategic and operational themes will be shown throughout the academic year on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Wil Waschoe Auditorium. A discussion period moderated by a faculty instructor familiar with the period and issues addressed will follow each film. The films showing in September are listed below.


Date Showing               Title  / Issues                                                                                             Moderator


Jan. 5                           55 Days at Peking / Strategy, Leadership, Diplomacy,                    Prof Glenn Cunningham



Jan. 12                                     The Wind and the Lion / Strategy, Leadership, Diplomacy               Col Dave Kelley


Jan. 19                                     Paths of Glory / Leadership, Strategy, Ethics                                 Col Mike Marra


Jan. 26                                     Sand Pebbles / Leadership, Ethics, Diplomacy                               Prof Glenn Cunningham



Gen. Martin Dempsey, Commanding General TRADOC
Army releases Army Capstone Concept

For a video go here

The 2009 Army Capstone Concept, last updated in 2005, is now available in its final version online.

Led by Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center's Concepts Development and Experimentation Directorate, the Capstone Concept discusses the conditions of today's battlefield and how the Army will address them.

"The Capstone Concept aims to define the problem of future armed conflict and describes how the Army will function in the future," said McMaster.

Called "Operational Adaptability: Operating under conditions of uncertainty and complexity in an era of persistent conflict 2016-2028," the Army Capstone Concept takes a long-term look at challenges and methods of addressing them.

"What you will find is a broader definition of situational understanding. We tended to believe that it could be delivered on a computer screen, but now we understand that [it] involves knowledge of history, knowledge of culture, and being able to forge positive relationships with indigenous populations," he said.

Written with the input from joint, inter-agency, intergovernmental and multinational partners, the Army Capstone Concept also integrates the need for a total government approach to seeking success in combat zones.

The Capstone Concept was the first Army document to be crowd-sourced while in draft form. In September, the document was posted to the Small Wars Journal's discussion board and participants were welcome to read, comment and contribute to the draft before it was submitted for final approval.

You can download a PDF version of the document here.

    By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs

Learn some new moves in the New Year with combatives class

    (Dec. 28, 2009)--Army War College students and Carlisle Barracks soldiers can brush up on their combatives skills with a new elective being offered at Thorpe Gym in the New Year.

    "The combatives class is a new elective that will be offered through the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation and it is for students and [soldiers] but if there are spaces left over, family members can also sign up," explained Deputy Garrison Commander Elaine Leist.

    Leist explained that participants will pay for instruction and they are contractual.

    "The benefits are twofold, since the classes will benefit students and soldiers as they move on to their next assignments and of course there is the fitness aspect," Leist said.

    The class is not mandatory, she said.

    At larger posts like Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army Combatives School has adopted a new teaching plan.

    The Army is revamping the curriculum to take lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan and build more effective close-quarters fighters, said Matt Larsen, the school's director. The goal is to push advanced techniques down to the small-unit level, including basic training.

    "We want Soldiers to be agile, adaptive and competent (so) they can adjust to the realities of the battlefield," Larsen said.