Banner Archive for January 2014

DOD raises $21 Million in CFC Campaign

By Terri Moon Cronk, American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2014 - Despite a year of furloughs and a government shutdown, Defense Department civilians and military members raised $21 million for 4,400 charities during the Combined Federal Campaign last year, Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said at the CFC awards ceremony at the Pentagon today.

Fox is DOD's CFC vice chair. At the ceremony, DOD and the military services celebrated their contributions to the campaign, which was conducted DOD-wide from Sept. 1, 2013 to Jan. 15, 2014. CFC is the only authorized solicitation of federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of approved charitable organizations.

"CFC is all about giving to people who need help, whether it's through research organizations to try to cure diseases or prevent them or it's giving to help individuals struggling in any number of ways," Fox told the audience.

Six people were individually awarded for their support of the campaign, in addition to 16 Defense Department organizations, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines received numerous awards, and for the first time, the five overseas combatant commands were honored for raising $11 million for the campaign.

Vince Micone, chairman of the Washington, D.C., coordinating committee for CFC in the National Capital Area, received a large, cardboard check for the $10 million that was raised in the National Capital Region.

"When I think about the number of people who contributed to CFC in the National Capital Region and overseas, I have to reflect a minute on what your lives have been like this last year," Fox told the military members and civilians in the audience.

"Our military members ... were once again asked to do more, frankly ... than would be reasonable to expect with the sequestration last year," she continued. "It was a very difficult time and the demands on the military just never seem to go down. Once again, our military rose to the occasion admirably and performed beautifully."

Fox noted the civilian workforce had its hardships, too.

"You went three years without a raise, you were furloughed and all of you -- military and civilian ?- lived through a government shutdown," she said.

"It was a tough year, yet our civilian workforce performed superbly, just as our military did and always does," Fox said. "And as civilians, you always [work] with confidence, dedication and skill. Through all of that ... you found it in your hearts to give to others. And give, you did."

Deputy Commander of NATO Land Command speaks with School of Strategic Landpower      NATO continues to be relevant, and the Deputy Commander of NATO’s Allied Land Command detailed why that is in an address and exchange of comments with faculty, students, and International Fellows of the School of Strategic Landpower here, Jan. 30.

Lt. Gen. Gordon Messenger spoke with a standing-room-only audience that relished the opportunity to ask questions and probe behind the scenes.  

Messenger told the audience that NATO remains relevant across the spectrum of threats. Using Libya as an example, Messenger explained how such a short notice mission required existing NATO infrastructure to respond to a rapidly worsening situation.  The operation’s success hinged upon involving partners in the region and sharing the burden amongst treaty members.

“NATO is the most enduring and successful alliance the world has seen,” he said. “NATO must adapt to remain relevant.” Allied Land Command is retaining and using the lessons learned and level of cooperation gained as part of the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, he noted.

Messenger, a U.K. Royal Marine, is a veteran of several tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo with extensive experience in worldwide joint operations.

While the U.S. carries a disproportionate burden of support to NATO, a reduction in U.S. military presence in Europe does not have to equate to a reduction in NATO, he said. 


Reenactor Recruitment Day will highlight all periods of U.S. Army History

Come learn about the exciting world of living history and reenactment at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pa.! The Center is pleased to invite the public and living historians to attend the third annual Reenactor Recruitment Day on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center.

The event will feature 41 living history organizations representing impressions covering all eras of U.S. Army and world military history, from 16th Century pike men to Vietnam War era grunts. The event serves as a “meet and greet” for reenactors to interact between their organizations and for the public to learn more about the historic periods each group represents. In addition, the Recruiting Day provides a great opportunity for reenactors to fill their ranks with history buffs.

Over 200 reenactors will be on hand in their period attire to answer questions, talk about their upcoming events, discuss the finer points of reenacting, and show off their military accoutrements. A Civil War era team will display a fully loaded-for-battle fiberglass horse to represent horse cavalry of the time.

From 19th century artillery to Wehrmacht medics, the sheer diversity of periods represented is sure to entertain children and hard-core historians alike. Some organizations will perform live demonstrations of the manual of arms from their time period, troop movements, and battlefield medical techniques.

The third annual Reenactor Recruiting Day is free and open to the public. The USAHEC’s main exhibit, “The Soldier Experience,” will be open, as will the bookstore and the Café Cumberland. Parking is free.

For directions, general information, upcoming events, and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website at For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.  

Lapel pins honor sacrifice of Gold Star, next of kin Families 

In 1947, Congress approved the use of the Gold Star Lapel Button as a way to recognize the families of service members who lose their lives while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States. In 1973, Congress added the Lapel Button for the Next of Kin of Deceased Personnel to honor those who lose their lives while serving on active duty or while assigned in a Reserve or National Guard unit in a drill status.

These small lapel buttons, or pins, as they are commonly called, are normally presented to eligible family members at the time of a military funeral service. Although they are less than an inch in size, they are packed with great meaning and emotion. They are not awards. They are symbols of honor. Here is how you can tell them apart.


Gold Star Lapel button

This symbol consists of a gold star on a purple background, bordered in gold and surrounded by gold laurel leaves. It is designated for eligible survivors of service members who lose their lives during any armed hostilities in which the United States is engaged, dating back to World War I. This includes service members who lose their lives while deployed in support of military operations against the enemy or during an international terrorist attack.









Next of kin lapel button

This symbol consists of a gold star within a circle that commemorates his or her honorable service. The gold star is also surrounded by sprigs of oak that represent the branches of the Armed Forces. It is designated for eligible survivors of service members who lose their lives while serving honorably under circumstances not defined above.  This includes service members who lose their lives while assigned to a Reserve or National Guard unit in a drill status. It is authorized for issue retroactive to March 29, 1973.



Who can wear the pin?

The family members entitled to receive and wear these symbols are the widow or widower; each child, stepchild, and child through adoption; each brother, half brother, sister, and half sister; and each of the parents (this includes mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, mother through adoption, father through adoption, and foster parents in loco parentis).

I did not receive a pin, where do I get one?

If you are an eligible family member, but did not receive the lapel button to which you are entitled, you can request one through the National Archives, please click here.You can also apply for a replacement should yours ever be lost or damaged.If you would like help applying for a new or replacement Lapel Button, contact Army Survivor Outreach Services.

Power interruption slated for early morning Feb. 3

Important information for you to know – On Feb. 3 at 4:30 a.m. the post will make necessary repairs to the main sub-station, which means that you may notice a short power interruption as we switch over to our alternate power source.

This may re-set any electrical devices in your home so be sure that alarm clocks or other devices have battery back-ups

Once repairs are complete, another switch over will be required within the week.  Information will be forthcoming. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we complete these critical repairs.

Dempsey to Evaluate Profession of Arms Campaign

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2014 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff believes enough time has passed to evaluate the effectiveness of his campaign to highlight the importance of the profession of arms.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey began his campaign to highlight the profession even before he became chairman, beginning the effort when he served as the commander of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command.

The general was ahead of the power curve in looking to the profession. In 2012, he said he wanted to "assess how 10 years of conflict have affected us as we conduct transitions in our current wars, face resource constraints and get leaner as a force."

The chairman called on members of the profession to "institutionalize what we've learned."

Dempsey said he views the campaign in military terms -- a campaign in the military vocabulary implies a series of actions, all intended to converge on a desired outcome.

"The desired outcome in this campaign is that the force rekindles its understanding and resolve as a profession and then recommits itself to that which makes us a profession: our unique skills and attributes, commitment to continuing education, and the agreement to live to a specific set of values," he said during an interview on his way back from NATO meetings in Belgium last week.

Since he became chairman in September 2011, Dempsey has been refreshing U.S. joint professional military education curriculum. He also is working with service leaders to rewrite their professional military education curricula.

"We've reached out into academia for assistance in making these adjustments in the curriculum," he said. "These changes are not only in schools, but in courses we provide for rising general and flag officers -- Capstone and Pinnacle." The profession of arms always is a topic of conversation when he meets with the chiefs of staff, Dempsey added.

The effort includes training programs for the staffs of senior leaders so the staffs are aware of and empowered to help senior leaders, he said. Staff assistance visits further the effort. Training teams have visited U.S. Southern Command, and will move to other commands shortly. The team members are experts in policy, legal issues and ethical issues, and they spend a week at the combatant commands working with the staffs. They take a look at all aspects of senior leader support, from communications to transportation to gifts.

Now is a good time to examine the effort, the chairman said.

"We embarked on this about two and a half years ago, and we're at the point where it is possible to review our progress," he said. He said he will look at the number of incidents or problems with senior leaders. He also will measure the results of assistance visits, and will look at the results of command climate surveys.

"We put a spotlight on what it means to be a professional in a way that didn't exist five years ago," he said. "These initiatives that we are trying to knit together have much greater interest, and therefore much greater impact, today than five years ago."

Military personnel are serious about studying the profession, the general said. "When we first started down this path there wasn't active resistance that we should, after 20 years, take a good hard look at our profession," he added. "But there was an undertone of 'It's really not broke, so let's not fix it.' There wasn't universal acknowledgement that it was time to look at it.

"So perhaps I would suggest that there wasn't universal acknowledgement that it was time to relook what it means to be a professional," he continued. "I would say we've overcome that."

(Follow Jim Garamone on Twitter: @GaramoneAFPS)

Post infrastructure upgrades to create faster, more reliable network

Jan. 27, 2014 -- A post-wide project will bring fiber cable and faster network connectivity and, in the short term,  will cause some temporary lane closures and traffic changes in the coming days.

The I3MP project will replace existing wiring that dates to the early 1990s. Degrading wiring is causing connectivity issues, according to Jamie Hulsey, deputy director of Network Enterprise Center here. 

In order to complete the upgrades, crews are digging new manholes on post, which allow for the new fiber cable to be laid and later connected. The new network will provide connectivity to all buildings on Carlisle Barracks, to include the facilities at the golf course and Army Heritage and Education Center.  

In the coming weeks there will be lane and road closures on Carlisle Barracks to facilitate the work being done. A total of five crews are operating on post to complete the work as soon as possible, according to Hulsey. Drivers will be alerted to all traffic changes by roadside signs.

Jan. 27-31

Crews will continue trenching beside the Child Development Center and the Post Chapel and will continue work by the Indian Field Track and start trenching towards Reynolds Theatre.

War College teams with USASMA to develop strategic-level CSMs

NCO Journal

The Sergeants Major Course at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy is the pinnacle of the NCO Education System. But though its graduates are certified as world-class experts in the art and science of operational leadership, a recent survey indicated they are not as wholly prepared for strategic leadership roles, such as those of sergeants major working alongside general officers. To remedy the disparity, USASMA is working with the U.S. Army War College to develop additional courses for nominative CSMs to make them better senior enlisted advisors for the commanders they work alongside.

It all started with a survey. Prompted by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command queried selected nominative-level sergeants major and general officers to discover, in a broad sense, if sergeants major were meeting generals’ expectations. The responses exposed gaps in the education of sergeants major after they graduate from USASMA, said its commandant, Command Sgt. Maj. Rory L. Malloy.

“When you are a battalion or brigade sergeant major, you’re really focused heavily on the operational level. But, when you start working for a general officer, a transformation has to take place,” he said. “Our developmental system is really good. But when you get to the top, there’s a huge gap. One example is you can’t operate as a directive-type of leader, where you’re in there pounding on people — ‘Do this and do this now.’ Instead, you have to be more influential, and your leadership style must become more persuasive. It gets very complex at the strategic level because you have tons of stakeholders involved. But nowhere do we develop a sergeant major to do that.”

Educating sergeants major in what generals have been taught

To meet the needs of general officers at the executive (one- and two-star) and strategic (three- and four-star) levels, USASMA at Fort Bliss, Texas, teamed up with the school where officers become strategic leadership experts — the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

“They understand what generals have been taught, and they’ve been developing strategic leaders for far longer than we have,” Malloy said. “Because they own that curriculum, they can figure out how best a sergeant major can augment and support a general.”

And a sergeant major well-versed in strategic leadership is vital to a general, said the War College’s commandant, Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo.

“When I was commanding U.S. Division-North in Iraq, I needed my command sergeant major to operate at that level with me as much as my two one-stars and as much as my chief of staff,” he said. “Every member of a command group needs to be operating at the same level. … You need things like understanding grand strategy, how strategy turns into policy, the economics of warfare, and oral and written communications so you can go toe-to-toe intellectually when you get put into those positions.”

But currently, command sergeants major about to start a nominative position must either learn on the job or seek out mentors to learn the ropes on their own. That model is inefficient, said Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish, who earlier this year became the first command sergeant major assigned specifically to the War College.

“Everyone is beginning to see that sergeants major can be of greater use if they are in-the-know, educated and exposed,” Parrish said. “But what we’re doing now is, ‘You’re now a nominative sergeant major? Go figure it out.’ And some people are really good at it, but some people are not so good.”

“Right now, it’s dependent on an individual like me reaching out to a general, to someone you trust, to become a mentor or provide advice,” Malloy said. “But it’s got to be a little more formalized and professionalized than that.”

Making CSMs ‘instantaneously value-added’

To that end, the Army gathered at the War College last month the top individuals involved in senior NCO education for a summit to determine how best to teach nominative sergeants major.

“During the summit, we looked at what the gaps were,” Malloy said. “What were we currently doing? What are those main objectives we’d like to see come out of this as we move forward? We came up with about 13 items, and now we’re going to start assessing what we think the learning outcomes need to be and how we’re going to deliver this to make it resonate.”

Upon Army approval, USASMA and the War College plan to create two additional courses beyond the Sergeants Major Course and Structured Self-Development 5 — one that will prepare sergeants major for executive-level positions, and one for strategic-level positions.

“We’re going to take advantage of ‘white space’ on the career timeline of a noncommissioned officer, between the Sergeants Major Course and the Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, which is more of a joint-oriented course” taught at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Parrish said. “We want to take the opportunity of that white space and put courses that will better prepare a sergeant major to be instantaneously value-added, instead of having a learning curve for a period of time after assuming the position.”

The goal would be to teach sergeants major to think beyond the scope of their own units, Cucolo said.

“Imagine a command sergeant major armed with strategic context, knowing how things work culturally, both in Washington and regionally. When he or she does battlefield circulation, the ability to articulate the commander’s intent, to help other noncommissioned officers execute mission command, to listen to Soldiers’ issues and problems and put them into strategic context — I think the sergeant major can give much better advice to the four- and three-star commander if they are armed with that knowledge.

“Let’s say you’re sitting in a meeting, and the commander is perplexed by how to attack a problem, and the root of the problem is funding,” Cucolo continued. “If the command sergeant major at least has a working knowledge of the different ‘colors’ of money that make up the national defense budget, and understands how to maneuver, take advantage of opportunities and deal with challenges, the sergeant major is able to give better advice.”

But the aim is not to create enlisted-general officer hybrids, Malloy said.

“We’re not trying to make sergeants major think they are generals,” he said. “It’s just that the focus and the level has changed. Troops have to see that, too. How do you sit in a staff meeting and talk at the strategic level? When the commander’s not there, how do you deliver a strategic message as if he or she was delivering it? And how do you then go and take a knee next to a machine-gunner and still be able to connect to him? That’s the hard piece.”

Cucolo said maintaining the distinctiveness of each role — commander and command sergeant major — is part of the Army’s tradition.

“The thing that will not change, that cannot change, that I hope never changes is that bond between the officer and the NCO team that is near-peer,” Cucolo said. “The only reason it’s not peer is because of the commission the officer holds and the officer being held to just a slightly higher level of responsibility and accountability. But there’s that hard-to-describe near-peer professional relationship that allows my sergeant major to say to me, ‘Sir, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,’ and me needing to hear that. But we have seen mistakes where officers have treated NCOs as equals, and NCOs treated officers as equals. The profession must maintain the heritage of that relationship. And I believe NCOs will rise to the occasion if the institution supports their development.”

For Chandler, the new courses directly relate to one of the key tenets of the Army Profession he’s promoted during his tenure as sergeant major of the Army — competency within the profession of arms.

“Even as senior leaders, we never stop learning,” Chandler said. “Better-educated sergeants major working at the nominative level will better serve Soldiers, better serve the mission, better serve the command, and be better assets to the general officers they’re working with.”


PKSOI, USAWC staff examine military-interagency links in Joint Humanitarian Operations Course

Joint Humanitarian Operations Course surveys best practices for international disaster response

More than 30 participants in the Joint Humanitarian Operations Course included students and staff from the United States Institute for Peace, U.S. Miliary Academy, Dickinson College, and the Army war College. The educational event created understanding about supporting humanitarian operation and operating in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational, or JIIM, environment.

PKSOI hosted the course in order to strengthen the expertise within PKSOI, and to provide that same service to others in the PKSOI network, said Col. 'Bo' Balcavage, PKSOI. JHOC helps our PKSOI staff to be able to describe the actions of the interagency and non-governmental agencies in the conduct of The War College curriculum for strategic leaders.

A two-day course presented by the US Agency for International Development introduced roles and interactions among the multiple actors in a foreign humanitarian assistance or disaster relief operation. A collaboration between The War College's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute and the U.S. Agency for International Development, the course at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.,  was motivated by a request from the Defense Department to prepare DoD civilians, officers and NCOS working in operations, logistics, communications, medical, planning and civil affairs.

USAID's Foreign Disaster Assistance training team guided students to examine a case study of the OFDA response for the earthquake in Gujarat, India in February 2001. The team presented a two-day course, hosted by the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, Carlisle, Pa.

"Being able to gain a perspective for where the military does or does not fit in, who do we engage for information, and how do we access tools or resources is critical for commanders and staff members to understand prior to the HA/DR event for cohesive and complementary execution," said Lt. Col. Anna Haberzettl, USAWC G1.

"The JHOC provided a unique opportunity to interface with USAID personnel and  experienced class members on the roles and responsibilities of government and non-government agencies and the military in humanitarian assistance- disaster relief efforts," she added. 

Through case studies and small group workshops, the training team of the USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, or USAID-OFDA,  addressed disaster response timelines; regional risks and hazards; and, disaster response metholodogy. Participants learn --

o roles and responsibilities and structure of US government international disaster response

o lessons in coordination and cooperation between USG civilian agencies and the US military

o the international disaster response system -- and roles of the nost nation, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and U.N. agencies.

A Case for COIN, Behind the Scenes of the Surge in Iraq

Peter Mansoor to speak at USAHEC

Since the unveiling of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual in 2006, the efficacy of America’s counterinsurgency doctrine (COIN) has been continuously debated amongst military leaders, strategists, and academics.  To put forth a case in support of the U.S. military’s use of COIN doctrine, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is proud to present a lecture as part of the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Series from COL (RET) Peter Mansoor, PhD, based on his newest book, Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (Yale University Press).  The lecture will be in the Visitor and Education Center at 7:15 PM on February 6, 2014. 

Dr. Mansoor has the unique ability to provide a firsthand, behind the scenes look at the most pivotal phase of the Iraq War, the 2007-8 “surge.”  Through his use of newly declassified information, interviews, unpublished manuscripts, and his personal experience as the Executive Officer to General David Petraeus, Mansoor explains the development and implementation of COIN policy during America’s bloody years occupying Iraq. Surge covers all perspectives of the conflict: from politicians in Washington D.C. to Soldiers on the streets of Baghdad.  In his lecture, Dr. Mansoor will examine COIN policy from its inception through its execution and draw upon his own experiences as a battalion commander in Iraq to analyze the application of COIN doctrine in historical contexts and in current operations.

Dr. Peter Mansoor currently serves as the General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History at Ohio State University and is a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army.  During a military career spanning twenty-six years, he held distinguished positions and honors such as Valedictorian of his graduating class at West Point, a variety of Army command and staff positions throughout the U.S., Europe, and Middle East, and service with the Joint Staff as the special assistant to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy.  His military career culminated with his service in Iraq as the Executive Officer to General David Petraeus, Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq, during the period of the surge in 2007-2008.  In addition to his most recent book, Mansoor has published Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq (Yale University Press) and GI Offensive in Europe: the Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941 – 1945 (University Press of Kansas).

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend.  Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture will begin at 7:15 PM.  Parking is free, and the Museum Store will be open.  For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: or call 717-245-3972.

Next round of Army War College Strength for Wisdom 90 Day Challenge set to kick off

Here's another chance to help keep that resolution to get fit.

The second round of the Army War College Strength for Wisdom 90 Day Challenge will kick off Jan. 24. You can register now between: 7am - 4pm at the Thorpe Hall Fitness Center.

Just a few of the highlights of the program:

- Personalized attention to help you meet their goals

- Weigh-ins every two weeks

- Free guide to strength training

- The goal does not need to be weight loss, we can work with you towards your goal and monitor your progress every two weeks.

- Points for the Strength for Wisdom initiative

- Open to all military, DoD civilians, and families

For more information call 245-3418.

Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer
Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Centers to end by April 1

Jan. 14, 2014 -- TRICARE announced that as of April 1, all walk-in TRICARE services, including the one at the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic at Carlisle Barracks, will be replaced by online and call center services.

Citing the ease-of-use of online services and an effort to more efficiently utilize their resources, TRICARE is closing all 189 U.S.-based centers. The closure will affect TRICARE customer service employees currently working out of TRICARE offices co-located with Dunham Army Health Clinic, Carlisle Barracks.

 “With today’s technology, anything you can do at a TRICARE Service Center can be done online or over the phone,” said TRICARE in a release announcing the decision.

Fifty percent of visits to service centers are for in- and out-processing and requests to change primary care providers, and the rest involve billing-related questions, officials said. The Defense Department spends roughly $50 million a year on the walk-in services and this type of customer service can be handled more efficiently by phone or online, they added. 

Beneficiaries can get 24/7 TRICARE benefit information at,and make enrollment and primary care manager changes, and more online at health care, pharmacy, dental and claims contact information is located at

Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Centers in all overseas areas will continue. This change does not affect TRICARE benefits or health care services.

TRICARE is the health care program serving Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide.

Discover World War I Genealogy at the USAHEC

Do you know the name of a Soldier and want to learn more, but aren’t sure how to begin research? Visit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, for a lecture and workshop entitled, “Discovering Genealogy during World War I,” presented by Martin Andresen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. 
Following the lecture, Andresen will offer hands-on assistance to visitors with questions about conducting research and finding source material from any era. The USAHEC is the U.S. Army’s premier research institution, with archival collections spanning from before the French and Indian War through current operations. While focused on how to research World War I veterans, this workshop is perfect for genealogists, researchers, students, and people of all experience levels.
The workshop commemorates the 100thanniversary of the Great War and kicks off the USAHEC’s Winter History Series programs.
The USAHEC Winter History Series highlights different eras and topics in U.S. Army history through special lectures and hands-on workshops. The other winter programs include the popular, “Re-Enactor Recruitment Day,” on Saturday, Feb. 8 and “Photography in the Army,” on Saturday, March 1.
This event is open to the public and free to attend.  Registration is not required, and the lecture begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. 
As always, the USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the new art gallery and the Army Heritage Trail, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and feel free to browse the museum bookstore. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call 717-245-3972.

Russell Matthias, U.S. Army Installation Management Command ICE Site Administration
Help IMCOM improve, tell us about your Army installation, services

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 10, 2014) -- Have you ever felt the need, as a customer, to have your voice heard - whether to recognize great service, point out a concern, or make a recommendation?  Now is your chance to share your thoughts and help U.S. Army Installation Management Command provide world class customer service.

Customer feedback is a critical element to ensuring that IMCOM provides the highest quality programs, services and facilities to service members, families and civilian employees – in keeping with their service and sacrifice.

The Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system is IMCOM’s primary means of receiving feedback directly from its customers.  In fact, IMCOM receives nearly a half million customer comments each year. ICE empowers customers to make a difference in how IMCOM delivers products and services, by offering recommendations and bringing up issues.  Customer comments also help the command to prioritize and refocus installation services and support to meet changing requirements. 

Between August 2012 and July 2013, nearly 393,000 customers rated their satisfaction with IMCOM products and services at 93 percent overall.  There’s still room for improvement and with all IMCOM service provider managers engaged, your comments will be seen and heard.

All IMCOM service providers are required to review and follow-up on every comment regardless of whether the customer asks for a response or not.  Though it’s not required, we highly encourage customers to provide their contact information when submitting a comment card through ICE, so we can provide immediate feedback. 

Every organization strives for 100 percent customer satisfaction and continual feedback helps identify and work on those areas that need improvement.

ICE is available to every customer who uses IMCOM services – Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen (active duty, Guard, and Reserve), their families, as well as veterans, retirees and civilian employees.  By sharing your honest feedback, together we can work to improve service delivery and achieve IMCOM’s goal of providing world class customer service.

Visit and let your voice be heard.

If you have any IMCOM customer service related questions, comments, or concerns, please contact your local garrison ICE program manager, or contact the IMCOM headquarters Customer service excellence team at (210) 466-0284, (210) 466-0279, or (210) 466-0255.



   Lt. Gen. Joseph Martz was the guest speaker for the Commandant's Lecture Series on Jan. 9 in Bliss Hall.





Guest lecturer, Commandant's Lecture Series, shared thoughts on the Army's budgetary 'way ahead'


Guest lecturer shared his thoughts on the Army's budgetary 'way ahead' and subsequent future effect on the service's ability to resource, project, employ and sustain landpower on Jan. 9 at the Commandant’s Lecture Series in Bliss Hall.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Martz, Military Deputy for Budget to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller, is responsible for accountability and execution of the current fiscal year Army budget.
Prior to this position Martz was the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Army G8.
Martz is a 1998 graduate of the National War College and a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.
The CLS lectures present prominent speakers who represent diverse backgrounds, expertise, and varied perspectives and directly support in-depth exploration of a special theme. The theme for this academic year is “Landpower and the Balance of Joint Capabilities for 21st Century Challenges.”

Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer
Carraway discusses legacy of Dr. King during Carlisle Barracks celebration

Dr. Vernon Carraway, Leadership trainer and Legacy teacher of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke to students, staff and faculty in Bliss Hall Jan. 10 as part of the Carlisle Barracks celebration of the legacy of Dr. King.

Jan. 10, 2014 -- “When you are a leader, you have to lead in every aspect of your life,” said a prominent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholar during the Carlisle Barracks celebration of the civil rights leader in Bliss Hall Jan. 10.

Dr. Vernon Carraway, a staff member at Penn State University and Leadership trainer and Legacy teacher of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., covered a variety of topics on Dr. King during his hour-long interactive session here.

“We needed him and he came at the right time,” he said of King during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. “We were a divided nation. He sat at the intersection of where worlds collide.”

Many have described Kings leadership style as the type that comes only once in a lifetime, said Carraway.

“He was charismatic, transformational and ethical in his leadership,” he said. “Even your staunchest racist would stop to listen to what he had to say. “

One of the questions from the audience addressed the different ways that King approached a complex problem.

“He used a similar approach to you ‘DIME (diplomacy, information, military, and economic) model.’  He used diplomacy where necessary, gathered information of the area to see what issues where important and encouraged people to stop using merchants in order to reach businessmen,” he said. “That approach is not all that different than how the military attacks complex issues around the world.”   

Carraway said that the students in the class should take a cue from King and apply to their own leadership challenges.

“Every action he took was about doing the right thing,” he said. “You are the best and brightest. You are going to leave here and enter some of the murkiest times in our nation’s history.  You have to commit yourselves to doing what is right and ethical. You all have the capability, you will have to dig deep.”

Upcoming Army Community Services events, classes


All classes can be registered for at



16 – Federal Resume Class

A working session for writing your resume for federal employment: format structure and guidelines, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Army Community Service classroom, 632 Wright Avenue.

22 – PCS One Stop

Here is where to start your PCS departure process.  If you know where you’re relocating to or want resource material, there will subject matter experts to assist and support you.  Noon-3:30 p.m., Anne Ely Hall, Room 202.

22-23 –Two-Day Federal Resume Workshop (This is a date change)

The 2-day working session teaches how to load your resume into the federal format structure and to navigate the USA jobs website, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Education Center classroom, 632 Wright Avenue.

23 – Planning and Budgeting

Through examples of budgeting money management tools, participants will reduce money-related anxiety, learn how to control your financial situations, and help build assets and improve your quality of life for you and your family.10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Army Community Service classroom, 632 Wright Avenue.



3 –Newcomers’ Briefing

1 - 2 p.m. in the Anne Ely Hall conference room, 2nd floor.

6Credit Report

Participants will be provided with general information on credit reports, how to repair credit, and available resources. 10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Army Community Service classroom, 632 Wright Avenue.

13  Improving Personal Relationships

 Participants will be discuss how to develop and maintain healthy personal relationships and identify the benefits of being a supportive group member. ACS classroom, 9 -11 a.m., or 11 a.m.. -1:00 p.m.

14 - First Termers Training

A mandatory personal financial management readiness training for first term/initial term Soldiers all E-5 and below. The major areas for financial education are budgeting, checkbook management, credit, buying a car, insurance, retirement and investment fundamentals, and scams. 1 - 3 p.m.  Army Community Service classroom, 632 Wright Avenue.

18  – Money and Relationships

Discussed will be reasons why money may be an issue in relationships and recommendations will be given for ways to deal with money and relationships issues. 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Army Community Service classroom, 632 Wright Avenue.

22 – Project Share Carlisle Barrack Volunteer Opportunity

Come volunteer from 8 noon at Project Share 5 Orange Street, Carlisle PA.    

25  – PCS One Stop

Here is where to start your PCS departure process.  If you know where you’re relocating to or want resource material, there will subject matter experts to assist and support you.  Noon-3:30 p.m., Anne Ely Hall, Room 202.

28 First Termers Training

A mandatory personal financial management readiness training for first term/initial term Soldiers all E-5 and below.  The major areas for financial education are budgeting, checkbook management, credit, buying a car, insurance, retirement and investment fundamentals, and scams.  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Army Community Service classroom, 632 Wright Avenue.


 A Requiem for American Counterinsurgency:  Retired Col. Gian Gentile Assesses the American Strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan

In 2008, now-retired Col. Gian Gentile of the U.S. Army discussed the discord amongst military strategists, analysts, and academics in their philosophies regarding counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine and its effectiveness in accomplishing the U.S.’s goals in Afghanistan in an article in the World Politics Review, “Misreading the Surge.”  Since then, Col. Gentile has been a vocal opponent of the United States military’s approach to COIN. 
As part of its Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pa. is proud to present a lecture from retired Col. Gentile entitled, “A Requiem for American Counterinsurgency.”  The lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.  Col. Gentile’s books will be on sale, and the Army Heritage Foundation will be holding a book sale prior to the event.
When failure rears its ugly head, tough decisions must be made.  In war, that means accepting defeat or trying a new strategy.  In response to insurgencies, the U.S. Military’s historical reaction has been to implement counterinsurgencies using a wide array of strategies and tactics.  However, the benefits of the military’s use of counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts are widely debatable. 
In his new book, Wrong Turn: America’s Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency, Gentile explores the dissent surrounding COIN doctrine.  Gentile, using his personal experiences as a battalion commander in Iraq, coupled with his research into historical counterinsurgency efforts, provides a summation of his historical findings and evaluates the success of current efforts in Afghanistan.  In this lecture, Gentile will be brutally honest in his assessment and will provide critical analysis of COIN policy.  The lecture will also highlight his historical findings regarding COIN doctrine and how history can help with the analysis and application of current military operations.
Gentile is the Senior Historian for the Rand Corporation and recently retired from the U.S. Army, where he served as a professor of history at the United States Military Academy.  Gentile has served as a visiting fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, and is an award winning historian and accomplished author.  Gentile has numerous publications regarding military policy, including his previous book, How Effective is Strategic Bombing? Lessons Learned from World War II to Kosovo
Gentile served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 2014, commissioning through the ROTC program at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his bachelor’s degree.  He holds a Masters of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Ft. Leavenworth and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University.  He served two tours of duty in Iraq in 2003 and 2006.
All Perspectives in Military History Lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend.  Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m.  Parking is free, and the Museum Store will be open.  For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: or call 717-245-3972.

Cold weather no problem for Carlisle Barracks

As Carlisle Barracks prepares to emerge from the recent trend of near zero degree weather, post leadership wanted to take some time to thank the community for their patience and understanding as the weather  caused challenges ranging from power outages, and school delays to delayed opening of post services and Army War College classes.

“It’s been a tough few days with the temperatures dropping to levels not seen since the 1940’s and it really caused some unique challenges for us,” said Elaine Leist, Deputy Garrison Commander. The last seven days has seen post operations delayed three times due to the conditions and a juggling of class schedules for The War College, in additional to local school district closures.

“We just want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while we made sure that we were operating in a safe and secure manner for our Families here on Carlisle Barracks,” said Leist.  “Making sure that we do all we can to take care of people is our number one priority.”

While the cold weather may soon be releasing its grip and Carlisle Barracks and Central Pennsylvania, residents and employees are reminded that rising temperature could cause problems as well. Frozen pipes may thaw, causing leaks that could lead to flooding. Residents are reminded to call the work order desk at 245-7177 or call the Police Desk at 245-4115 in the event of an emergency.

By Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer
Carlisle Barracks community teams up to tackle power outage

Mix together temperatures in the mid 20’s, winds averaging 15-20 miles an hour and a power outage affecting a large portion of Carlisle Barracks and you could have a huge, potentially life-threatening situation if not for the swift actions of the Carlisle Barracks and Army War College Community team.

On Saturday, Jan. 4, a transformer feeding the Exchange and Outdoor Recreation malfunctioned, causing the loss of power to more than 70 buildings on post, including more than 50 Family houses. It was later determined that a faculty transformer feeding the Exchange caused the power outage.

“We have a great team of professionals, who expertly handled a very challenging situation,” said Lt. Col. Kim Peeples, garrison commander, when talking about the actions by the entire War College community team. “Thanks to the quick actions by the team, power was restored to the affected areas by 4 p.m.” said Peeples.

The department of public works in concert with emergency services has a solid response plan for these types of emergencies, according to Tom Kelly, public works director.

“Since DES has personnel on the ground 24/7 they immediately contact us in an emergency. In this case we received the call within 10 minutes of the outage and had our electrician on the ground by 11:45 am.”

The installation operations center was set up to coordinate actions and ensure information flowed to post residents and the post’s privatized housing partner Balfour Beatty Communities. While electricians worked to find the problem, installation leadership set up a warming site at the Army Heritage and Education Center for Families without power.

“It’s important for Families to know that we are here to take care of them, not matter what the situation is,” said Elaine Leist, deputy garrison commander.

Follow-up work has been scheduled for Jan. 8 that will provide DPW with information on any further issues with the equipment so corrections can be made if necessary. A power outage will affect the Exchange between 6 and 8 a.m. but is not expected to affect other buildings.

Carlisle Barracks to celebrate life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 10


Join us and bring a friend on Friday, Jan. 10, to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with guest speaker Dr. Vernon Carraway, Leadership trainer and Legacy teacher of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Bliss Hall auditorium.

Carraway will discuss how the growth of Dr. King as a strategic leader and the lessons that can be applied today. 

Carraway’s passion for the words and works of King was ignited by a challenge from his psychology professor in 1969, just a year after King’s assassination. As he pored over King’s texts, the words rang as electric and true to Carraway as they had when he’d first heard King deliver them, six years before, he said.

Today, Carraway is a noted King scholar and interpreter with a Ph.D. in workforce education & development from Pennsylvania State University, where he works as a counselor.

 Dunham Pharmacy suspends pick-up hours atExchange


As of Monday, December 16, the PX Refill Pharmacy hours are suspended until further notice.

By doing so, the Dunham Army Health Clinic will be able to maintain full services, despite a manpower shortage.

Dunham Main Pharmacy full-service hours --

  • Mon, Tues, Wed, Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Thursdays 7:30 a.m. to noon.

NOTE: Pharmacy staff will not be able during holiday closures:  Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.

New vet, new hours, friendly faces invite you to post Veterinary Clinic

Retired Col. Paul Whippo, DVM, is among the reasons to visit the Veterinary Clinic on post.

The post’s new veterinarian is fully settled into the swing of Carlisle Barracks life, having replaced Dr. Heather Henry, who has moved to Hillmont Animal Clinic this past summer.

With the arrival of Dr. Whippo, the Army has extended the hours during which a veterinarian is available – now three days a week: The clinic now offers extended hours with the veterinarian . Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, ‘the doctor is in’ from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Office hours for all other services are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office closes for lunch, noon to 1 p.m. and federal holidays.

While the clinic is unable to offer animal surgery, the services are extensive and focused on wellness for animals. Army Veterinary Corps accomplishes the mission, to protect the Warfighter, by providing veterinary public health capabilities through veterinary medical care. The Army Vets provide care to military working dogs, ceremonial horses, working animals of many Dept of Homeland Security organizations, and pets owned by military service members.

At the Carlisle Barracks clinic, services include sick call, vaccines, exams, micro-chipping, bloodwork, skin and ear issues, and prescription medications, said clinic employee Barbara Renaud. Sick call is a good way to look into a pet’s allergies, she added.

A critical service is the health certification for pets headed overseas to certain locations, such as Hawaii, Guam and Japan. Some locations require a titer test for rabies vaccine present in the pet.

The vet clinic can provide microchipping by appointment; Army housing policy requires that all cats and dogs living on post have subcutaneous microchip identification.

“If you live on base, stop in for a weigh-in and a treat so your pet can get acquainted with us before they show up for an appointment,” said Renaud. “That’s the best part of our job.”

For appointments or information about services and eligibility to use Army Veterinary Facilities, call Barbara Renaud or Rebecca Kosky, at 717.245.4168.

Join Carlisle next month in honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s work

PennLive Letters to the Editor, Dec 28, 2013

CHARLES ALLEN, Commemoration Committee Co-chair, Carlisle

Many of us remember key events in our lives that are inextricably linked to a date. Some are associated with holidays such as the 4th of July as our Independence Day or days of national tragedy like the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. There are other events with unfamiliar dates, but which have had profound impact on our American society.
One such date is August 28, 1963. On that Wednesday in Washington, D.C., a young Georgia minister delivered a speech to people assembled in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" spoke of the promise of America that is the inheritance of its citizens, regardless of race, religion, or national origin. Dr. King's words, which we have heard resounding over the decades, became the catalyst for change in America and marked by the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Last year our nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and continues America's quest to embrace Dr. King's Dream. On January 19, 2014, our community will host its 25th year commemoration of his birthday with a short march in downtown Carlisle, followed by an ecumenical service at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Over the course of this month, you will see notices of the January 19, 2014 event with the theme, "Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day of Service: United We Serve to Realize the Dream!" Community members and organizations will have the opportunity to gather and demonstrate support for those ideals, which are rooted in American values. Our commemoration committee invites you to be part of this celebration within our Carlisle community.

You can track the work of the your community-based committee on Facebook by following!/CarlisleMartinLutherKingCommemoration

"Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day of Service: United We Serve to Realize the Dream!"