Banner Archive for January 2015

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Former US Ambassador to Brunei joins Command Group at Army War College

Jan. 30, 2015 -- Daniel Shields, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, began his assignment with the Command Group at the U.S. Army War College in January 2015. Previously, he had served as the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam in Southeast Asia from 2011 to 2014. He will bring to the Army War College his experience as an Ambassador and will function as the diplomatic advisor to the Commandant.

The Army War College will leverage his insider insights and statecraft skills to complement the educational experience here, where students examine the opportunity and synergy of national influence through diplomacy, economics, and information means, as well as the military.

He expects to be able to inject a senior civilian perspective, an interagency perspective, and a diplomatic perspective in the discussions that are going on in the Army War College, he said.

Shields will have been in the Foreign Service 30 years as of April 2015. He describes his career path as a triangle, moving between Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. "Pretty much my whole career has been focused on Asia and the Pacific. Now that I am at the Army War College, I'd like to engage in anything that makes a connection between my own experiences and the things that people here are interested in," he said.  "I'm particularly interested in those issues that relate to the U.S. rebalance to the Asia Pacific region and how the diplomatic and military elements of that fit together."

"The Asia Pacific region is a place where the United States has been involved for a very long time and in the future we'll need to be more and more involved in as partners. The rebalance can't be a purely military effort. The military component is important, but it's vital that we also emphasize the diplomatic and economic dimensions," he said, referring as an example to the Trans-Pacific Partnership effort to expand trade links, and efforts to promote U.S. exports to the region and to make sure U.S. companies and workers have a stake in the economic relationship between the United States and Asia and the Pacific.

"The interaction between the military instrument of power and other instruments of statecraft is critically important," he noted. "On the diplomatic side, it's all about persuasion and it is vital that there always be a strong link to the military component."

"The militaries in many countries around the world, certainly in the Asia-Pacific region, are key players in the societies as a whole. Military-to-military exchanges are essential,” Shields noted. “In many case, what we say has more credibility when it's coming from a person who is wearing the U.S. military uniform and can talk about his or her military experiences.

“So, I strongly support military-to-military partnership and engagement. I think it can do a great deal to advance the interests and the values of the United States and our partners," he said.  In the same vein, Shields anticipates the mutual benefit of relationships across the student body, faculty and staff, to include interactions with International Fellows -- in some cases to mentor, but particularly to learn their perspectives.

The Ambassador's engagement with Army War College students pre-dates his arrival. He participated in several seminar sessions by video this past fall, when his reporting date to the college had been delayed. "I was asked to stay on in Brunei longer than expected. In the interim, being able to do those video conferences was a way for me to keep a hand in, in terms of participating in the work and the intellectual activity of the War College. I was grateful for the opportunity," said Shields. "I'm also grateful for the fact that I can interact now with seminars at a starting time like 9 a.m. rather than 9 p.m. Brunei time."

U.S. Amb. Daniel Shields, right, and Prof. Brian Gouker consider Army student Lt. Col. Curt King's assessment of an exercise scenario set in Southeast Asia, as part of the students' course on Theater, Strategy and Campaigning.

Having left the warm, tropical Brunei behind, he and his wife, Sangeeta, and their daughter Sonali are now enjoying the snow and their proximity to his extended family in his native eastern Pennsylvania.

While in Carlisle, he is looking forward to seeing some Dickinson College basketball. He readily admits that passion for basketball was a factor that influenced his youthful decision, in the glory years of the Georgetown Hoyas basketball program around 1980, to pursue his bachelor's degree at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. In 2001, he earned a master's degree from the National War College.

Robert Martin and Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs
Carlisle Barracks celebrates life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Army War College faculty member Col. Sylvester Brown was the guest speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Jan. 20 in Wil Waschoe Auditorium. Brown challenged those in attendance to determine what we are to celebrate, what we should remember and what we should act upon, during his presentation on Dr.  King. want more photos?

Carlisle Barracks honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King during an event Jan. 20 highlighted by remarks from a reverend, Army colonel and fellow southerner, Army War College faculty member Col. Sylvester Brown.

Brown challenged those in attendance to determine what we are to celebrate, what we should remember and what we should act upon, during his presentation on Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.

“We honor not only the words but the principles by which he lived and died,” said Brown.

He reinforced his point by noting that the make-up of the people in Wil Waschoe that day to hear him speak were a reflection of the vision King had for America.

“What we see here is part of his legacy,” he said. “Black, white, men and women, all together at this great institution to learn. We are living his dream.”

During his 45-minute talk, Brown addressed both the successes and failures of events of the civil rights movement that were led by King and how lessons from both can be applied to complex problems today.

“The Birmingham letter shows the strategic leadership of Dr. King, and his focus and how he wanted to bring to life his ideals,” said Brown. “It’s a great example of how a leader can communicate his vision to others in order for them to act on it.”

Dr. King rose from a new minister in Montgomery, Al., in 1955 to a figure of national prominence, from the Montgomery bus boycott to his inspiring speech on the steps of the Lincoln memorial. Brown said that King will always be remember for his belief in civil disobedience and non-violence to promote change. 

“Reverend King gave me hope and this is one of the things he really communicated, his vision was so full of hope,” said Brown. “What Reverend Martin Luther King wanted so much was to raise awareness of the condition of ourselves, for self-evaluation, to realize, we can do better.”

Brown said that while the world is in a much different place than the 1960’s, there is still work left to be done.

“Dr. King helped give us insight into the better us,” he said. “Now each of us needs to self-examine and use self-discipline. We need to look at ourselves and see if what we are doing is best for all. We need to be honest with ourselves, are we part of the solution or part of the problem?”

Don’t wait, act now and stand up for what’s right.”

Making a difference, honoring recovery – An annual celebration of hope and healing

Children of Alcoholics Week 8 - 14 February 2015 – Information taken from Nacoa.

 Imagine coming home from school and dreading what you might find. Imagine having no friends because you’re too embarrassed to bring them home in case Mom or Dad are drunk, or worse. Imagine living in a home full of fear and having no one to turn to because everyone denies there’s a problem.

Children living with addiction in their family need to know that it is not their fault that a parent is alcoholic or drug addicted. They need to hear the message, “It’s a disease; it is not your fault, and there are safe people who can help.”

Join a support group

Many schools have assistance programs that offer support groups for students who are living with alcohol or drug abuse in their families. These programs help with problem solving, and they give you the opportunity to meet other young people who are struggling with the same problems at home that you might face. They can help you see how others are able to have a good life in spite of what is happening at home.


Alateen is for you

Alateen is a group for teens who are affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use. It holds meetings, like a club, where young people share tips on how to make their lives easier when a family member drinks too much or uses drugs.

The meetings are sponsored by Al-Anon. You can find the location of meetings near you by looking in the phone book under Al-Anon or Alateen, or ask a youth minister, your school counselor, your doctor or another adult you trust to help you get to a meeting near you. You can also find out about Alateen at or by calling toll-free at 1-888-425-2666.

If it is your friend’s Mom or Dad who drinks too much

Don’t walk away, and don’t pretend you don’t see it.

Things you can say that might help:

• It’s not your fault that your parent drinks or uses drugs.

• You’re not alone – lots of kids come from families where this is a problem.

• There are people who can help.

Things you can do:

• Tell your pastor or youth minister that you are worried about your friend.

• Be a good friend – include your friend in your activities and your family’s fun.

• Encourage your friend to talk to a trusting adult.

More information is available

SAMHSA’s Helpline for Alcohol and Drug Information 1-800-662-HELP


The National Association for Children of

 Alcoholics (NACoA)

Contact your Army Substance Abuse Program for additional information 245 – 4576.

There is a new “Chief” in town

Jan. 28, 2015 -- Carlisle Barracks has a new chief of police and while he is new to the area, he brings with him more than 20 years of law enforcement experience both in the military and civilian worlds.

Paul Heinlein, originally from Manchester, New Hampshire, assumed duties as the chief of police late last year. He brings with him more than 26 years of policing experience from around the United States and overseas, including experience with anti-terrorism operations and critical asset security.

“All I ever wanted to be in life was a Police Officer and a Soldier,” he said.

After graduating from high school in 1986, and working full time, he was accepted into the Criminal Justice Program at Saint Anselm College in N.H. While there, he joined the Army National Guard and also started Army ROTC through the University of New Hampshire. Shortly after that, he was hired for a Part Time Police Officer position with the Manchester, N.H. Police Department.

After graduation, he came on active duty as a MP Officer and was stationed at Sierra Army Depot, Ca. He also served at Fort McClellan AL, Mannheim Germany, Fort Bragg N.C., Kaiserslautern Germany, Wiesbaden Germany, Fort Stewart, Ga., and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. during his military career. His final duty position in the Army was as the Director of Proponency, Initiatives and Integration for the US Army Military Police School. While stationed in Missouri, he obtained his State of Missouri Police Officer Certification and became a reserve Police Officer with the city of Rolla, Mo. Police Department. In late 2014, he retired from the Army.

What attracted him to Carlisle Barracks was the small town feel of the post and proximity to his extended family.

“I was looking for a Chief of Police position in a small to medium Police Department, about 25-75 officers, so that in addition to being involved in the administration, I would still be afforded, not restricted by time, the ability to get out an interact with the community and the Police Officers on a regular basis.”

What also attracted him is the sterling reputation of the Carlisle Barrack security team.

“The Police Officers here are dedicated professionals who take great pride in ensuring Carlisle Barracks is a safe and secure place for our Service members, Families, Civilian Employees, and organizations to prosper,” he said when asked about the police force here.

Heinlein as his wife, Lorie, live in the area and have three daughters; Emily, Abigail (Abby), and Heidi.

By Amanda Kraus Rodriguez, U.S. Army Installation Management Command
Putting people first – IMCOM mentorship offers employees perspective, growth opportunity

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 23, 2015) – Life changing, enlightening and powerful are just a few words used by two participants in the U.S. Army Installation Management Command Headquarters Centralized Mentorship Program after they returned to headquarters for a week-long job shadow with their mentors - phase two of the 12-month employee development program.

Carolyn Tolliver-Lee, a Family Advocacy Program specialist at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley, Kansas, and Traci Dunlap, a Suicide Prevention Program Manager at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Rucker, Alabama, spent a week with their mentors – John Capen, Employee Assistance Program Specialist, IMCOM headquarters Army Substance Abuse Program, and Kimberly Combs, IMCOM Central Region, Region Installation Support Team Program Manager, respectively - observing the inner workings of both the command and the Army Substance Abuse Program.

“This has been very powerful for me,” Tolliver-Lee said.  “It helped me to get a direction for my career and learn more about prevention programs and services, even being part of the CUB (commanders update brief) and the PUB (plans update brief) to watch that process . . . I’ve learned so much.  I’m walking away with a big cloud of knowledge and I feel like I’ve got my second wind.”

     There are so many resources that the Army has made available to help me, to have the career that I envisioned for myself,” she said.  “That’s the mentorship program at work.  Now I really feel like the Army does care about me and my development.”

The team’s shadow week agenda included overviews and in-depth discussion of mentees’ ASAP related topics, such as drug testing, employee assistance, suicide prevention and clinical services, as well as IMCOM headquarters operations and career advice. 

“This is how we can build a bench within IMCOM,” said Beth Burns, IMCOM Human Resources Specialist and new HCMP coordinator.  “This is about people – giving our employees every possible tool and resource to develop themselves.”

Dunlap said that shadow week connected the dots, giving her a more accurate picture of where she fits into IMCOM and a career map to follow.

“I knew I wanted to make the military, working for the government my career, but I didn’t really have any specific direction,” said Dunlap, “and that’s the reason I took to the program. I thought, this is early in my career, let’s get it figured out now and not wait 10 or 12 years. I’ve got my direction now,  and I’ve got people who can give me advice here and there.  If I get lost, they’ll prod me along a little bit and help me out along the way.  That’s what this is all about.”

With two mentees having a shared career interest in ASAP and their two mentors being in one location, for first-time mentor Capen, it made good sense to bring everyone together.  

“It’s kind of unusual to have two mentors and two mentees together and that collaborative synergy has been the ticket [to success] for our week,” Capen said.  “I’ve been able to spend some time with the mentees. I’ve probably learned as much, if not more, as a mentor by listening to their questions, and their desires and concerns about professional development goals.

Fellow mentor Combs echoed the sentiment.

This has been the highlight of the last four years,” said Combs, a four-year mentor. “It truly has been serendipitous and to everyone’s advantage – the program, the mentees and certainly to our advantage. There is absolutely no doubt that there has been more interaction, more communication . . . everybody had something to share - life, personal and professional – that had a piece that helped us grow.”  

According to Burns, while the mentees gain new insights during job shadowing, they are also working on command-related projects with fellow participants that will be presented to senior mentors as program capstones and potentially adopted into action within the command’s strategic human capital plan, concluding the official length of the program. However, mentors and mentees agree that this relationship will continue longer than 12 months.

“The only goal here is making a difference in someone’s life,” Combs said.  “I have all but one of my mentees here, so when she (Dunlap) came in, we all went to dinner. We still talk, it’s a life-long relationship.”

The HCMP is an annual employee development opportunity for civilians command wide – garrisons, regions, IMCOM headquarters and Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.  Mentor participants are employees in grades GS 13-15 (or equivalent) and mentees are employees in grades GS 11-13 (or equivalent), and includes non-appropriated fund and local national employees. Mentor and mentee applications for the next session will be available soon. 

For more information about applying to the HCMP as a mentor or mentee, contact IMCOM headquarters workforce development team Nick Gonzales at, Beth Burns at, or Michael Berry at

(Editor’s note: This is part two of a three-article series on the distinct phases of theIMCOM Headquarters Centralized Mentoring Program. The first article is available online at

By Amaani Lyle, DoD News, Defense Media Activity
Odierno: Sequestration Threatens Army Readiness

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - With sequestration looming in the 2016 budget, the Army chief of staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the national security environment is the most uncertain he's seen in his nearly 40 years of service.

Gen. Ray Odierno reported that instability continues to increase globally, especially in light of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, whose unforeseen expansion and erosion of order there and in Syria have significantly heightened conflict in the region and beyond.

During the past three years "we have already significantly reduced the capabilities of the United States Army, and this is before sequestration begins again in 2016," Odierno told the Senate panel.

"In the last 3 years," the general said, "the Army's active component end strength has been reduced by 80,000; the reserve component by 18,000."

Sequestration's possible return also portends additional cuts of 70,000 active-duty troops, an additional 35,000 from the National Guard, and another 10,000 from the Army Reserve by fiscal year 2020, Odierno added.

Odierno explained sequestration's impact from a strategic perspective.

"It will challenge us to meet even our current level of commitments to our allies and partners around the world [and] will eliminate our capability, on any scale, to conduct simultaneous operations, specifically deterring in one region while defeating [an opposing force] in another," he said. "Essentially, for ground forces, sequestration even puts into question our ability to conduct even one prolonged, multiphase, combined arms campaign against a determined enemy."

*Challenges in Europe, the Pacific*

U.S. Army readiness also remains a challenge in Europe, Odierno said, adding that Russia's intervention in Ukraine challenges the resolve of the European Union and NATO's effectiveness.

And, he said, China's military modernization efforts in the Pacific raise concerns regarding U.S. forces, allies and regional interests while the cycle of North Korean provocation continues to increase.

With 13 fewer active component brigade combat teams and the elimination of three active aviation brigades and about 800 rotary wing aircraft from the Army inventory, readiness has dipped to its lowest levels in 20 years, according to Odierno.

"In FY13, under sequestration, only 10 percent of our brigade combat teams were ready," the general said. "Combat training center rotations for seven brigade combat teams were cancelled and over half a billion dollars of maintenance was deferred, both affecting training and readiness of our units."

*Modernization Strains*

The general also reported a 25-percent paring in Army modernization investments.

"We have eliminated our much needed infantry fighting vehicle modernization program [and] our scout helicopter development program," the general said. "We have significantly delayed other upgrades for many of our systems and aging platforms."

Ultimately, sequestration limits strategic flexibility and requires the Army to hope to accurately predict the future, something Odierno said the service has not been able to do.

"Today, our soldiers are supporting five named operations on six continents, with nearly 140,000 soldiers committed, deployed, or forward-stationed in over 140 countries," Odierno said. "They remain professional and dedicated -- to the mission, to the Army, and to the nation -- with the very foundation of our soldiers and our profession being built on trust."

AHEC Presents: "Success Amidst Disaster"  --Maj. Jason Warren to discuss history of Connecticut in King Philip's War, 1675-76

In the years 1675 and 1676, New England saw a series of blood-soaked battles when the Wampanoag Indian alliance violently pushed back against encroaching European settlers. Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:15 p.m., Maj. Jason Warren, PhD, will reveal a new perspective on this chapter of Colonial America and the critical role of the Narragansetts, the largestIndian tribe in southern New England at the time of King Philip's War.

As part of its Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Reading in Military History Lecture Series, the Army Heritage and Education Center will feature Maj. Jason Warren’s presentation, "SuccessAmidst Disaster: Connecticut in the Great Narragansett War (King Philip's War), 1675-1676."

Drawing from his book, Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett, Warren will describe how the bloody conflict, known as the Great Narragansett War or King Philip's War, devastated much of New England while the colonies struggled through their infancy. However, one colony emerged from grisly war relatively unscathed; Connecticut, unlike the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, did not experience the same level of carnage during the horrific contest.  Warren explains how Connecticut's comparatively conservative Indian policies were key in making an alliance with the otherwise hostile Mohegans and Pequots possible.

Warren's book will be on sale, and the Army Heritage Center Foundation will hold a book signing after the event.

Major Jason Warren graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1999 and received his commission as a SecondLieutenant in the Military Police Corps of the U.S. Army. He served as a Platoon Leader and Logistics Officer with the 10th Military PoliceBattalion, 10th Mountain Division. Warren received his doctorate in history from Ohio State University and served as an Assistant Professorof History at West Point.

In 2012 and 2013, Major Warren served as a strategist and training officer for the 3rd Infantry Division in Kandahar,Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Currently, he is a strategist and the Director, Concepts and Doctrineat the U.S. Army War College's Center for Strategic Leadership and Development.

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 thelecture will begin at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete scheduleof USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.orgor call 717-245-3972.


Army honors Chandler for helping overcome challenges

WASHINGTON (Jan. 22, 2015) -- "When we have to go talk to Congress ... there are many times they would much rather hear it from a sergeant major than from a general officer," Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno said.

In his position, Odierno has testified many times on Capitol Hill, and says that lawmakers often want to hear the Army's story through the words of a sergeant major because "they know they have sacrificed and gone through what it takes to be Soldiers."

One such enlisted Soldier is Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, who will retire from the Army, Jan. 30. Odierno and other senior Army leaders gathered at the Pentagon, Jan. 22, to celebrate Chandler's 33-year career.

"The position of the sergeant major of the Army is incredibly important," Odierno said. "And Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III has done an incredible job of handling that during some, I would argue, pretty challenging times."

Chandler began serving as the 14th sergeant major of the Army in March 2011. At the time, he was sworn in under then Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. During his time as the senior enlisted advisor, he helped find solutions for an array of daunting challenges.

One of those challenges involved the elimination of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibited gay Service members from revealing their sexual orientation.

"Everybody was concerned about how the force would take this," Odierno said. "But the sergeant majors had prepared the force, and we had gone through a fairly significant educational process that this was going to happen. The transition of this policy probably went smoother than anybody expected. And the reason that happened is because of the non-commissioned officer corps."

Odierno said that the success of such a policy change hinges on the acceptance of it by the non-commissioned officer corps.

"I am convinced if you want to get anything done in our organization, you first have to get the buy-in of our NCOs," he said. "If they buy in, it will happen. And that starts from the top. SMA Chandler was absolutely going to make sure that this policy change was implemented correctly, professionally and ethically."

Another significant contribution during his four-year tenure was to change the way senior enlisted personnel were assigned to jobs, a task Odierno said had been initiated by the 13th Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston.

"SMA Preston started down this road, but SMA Chandler took it and developed it to the next level," Odierno said. "And I have seen the fruits of that as I have traveled around the Army, as I see the right senior sergeants major in the right jobs, spread across the Army and spreading their expertise to places where they would have never served before under our old system."

Odierno said in the past, he had come to think of sergeants major as a kind of "good old boys society."

"They got picked for positions based on how well they knew the senior sergeant major on the installation," he said.

Now, Odierno said, he sees general officers impressed with the right senior NCOs in the right jobs, performing at the top of their game.

"It's the system he put in place. It's made our Army better. And sergeant major, I want to thank you for that," Odierno said.

Chandler was on board during a time when the Army was asked to downsize by 60,000 Soldiers, Odierno said. The Army is now downsizing by an additional 20,000, he said, and may be asked to downsize by as many as 50,000 more.

Odierno said Chandler "set the tone" for how the Army would get to a lower end strength, by developing a system designed to determine who deserved to stay, and by "making sure that he carries that message, that if you do your job and if you are a good Soldier and a good NCO, there is room for you in this Army."

Chandler also contributed to developing the new Army Operating Concept -- the Soldier 2020 concept, which involves "the future of our NCO corps, and how to train and develop them;" programs to curb and eliminate sexual assault in the Army; and developing the systems needed to bring women into combat arms.

"Just one or two of those issues would have been a complex issue for any SMA," Odierno said. "He has helped lead our Army through that, and our Army is stronger and better today because of his great leadership."

Odierno also highlighted the contributions of Chandler's wife, Jeanne. As the wife of the SMA, she frequently traveled with her husband to military installations to meet with the families of Soldiers.

"She has done so many things to make us aware and help our young families around the Army, as we ask them to conduct many missions around the world," Odierno said. "She has been instrumental in providing feedback, or counsel, or just listening in some cases to them. Thank you for what you have done ... and we appreciate your sacrifice and your support of your husband and all that you have done to make sure that he can do his job, and the sacrifices that you have made to allow him to do his job."


"I used to think of the Pentagon as an evil empire," said Chandler, speaking of his time before coming to Washington, D.C., to serve as the Army's senior enlisted member.

Chandler cited situations where, in his previous jobs in the Army, he had come to the Pentagon to ask for something and never got what he had asked for. "It was a place where everything went and never came back," he said.

But on arrival in Washington, D.C., in March 2011, he said, he had a change of heart.

"When I became the SMA, I learned quickly it was not the evil empire," Chandler said. "It was people very dedicated to what the needs of the Army were, and finding a way to make it happen. I learned there are great processes and procedures, like any other bureaucracy. But the difference was they were very dedicated people who were very interested in trying to make a difference."


Chandler said being close to his wife, Jeanne Chandler, was important to him, and that he felt that serving as SMA would not allow that to happen. He said he had seen that his predecessor, Preston, had traveled often and always alone. Bearing that in mind, he had said he didn't want to be the SMA.

"I can't do this. I can't even compete," said Chandler of how he had felt back when he was asked to do the job. "If you're not committed 100 percent, then you are doing a disservice not only to the position but also to the Soldiers you are serving."

But conversations with Preston changed his mind. He said Preston told him that it would be possible to travel together with a spouse; that his wife could be with him on his tours.

Chandler thanked the secretary of the Army and the chief of staff for allowing that to happen -- for making it possible for him to be both a good partner to his wife and a good servant of the Army.

With Jeanne at his side, Chandler said he was able to tackle the issues that needed his attention, while Jeanne was able to champion the needs of burdened, overtaxed Army families across the force.

"When Ray became the SMA, I gained the ability to travel with him and do sensing groups with our junior leaders, senior leaders, survivors, schools, day care centers and housing directors," said Jeanne Chandler.

"More than that, I reported back, just like Ray did, to the secretary of the Army and the chief of staff," she added. "And sitting on the Department of Defense Family Readiness Council as an Army representative, I could speak with authority about what was going on with our families, and this council made recommendations to Congress. It was the opportunity of a lifetime."

"I can't tell you the difference she made," Chandler said. "I am not sure I'd be able to measure that. I do know she brought a voice to the Army senior leadership of Solders and families, and she gave up a lot to do that."

"I love you for that," he told her.


On leaving the Army now, Chandler reflected on what the Army looked like to him, in the past -- back in 1981 -- and how it has changed today.

"It's so much better than it was when I first entered the Army," Chandler said. "When I came in the Army it was really at the end of the Vietnam era, and the beginning of the all-volunteer force. We had huge challenges then."

On the first day at his first duty station, for instance, Chandler said a Soldier had jumped out of a window with a heroin needle in his arm.

"The CQs [Charge of Quarters] walked around with loaded pistols to ensure that the barracks were a safe and secure environment," Chandler said. "There were race issues. Our equipment was falling apart."

Today, Chandler said, things are different -- not just with equipment and with conduct, but with education as well.

"It's so much better now with the standardization of education across the Army," he said. "If you see a sergeant, you know what that sergeant has gotten for school. That's so much different than years ago. And I'm glad to have been a part of it."

Chandler enlisted in 1981, and trained as a 19E armor crewman. He was sworn in as the 14th Sgt. Maj. of the Army on March 1, 2011. He will retire Jan. 30, after more than 33 years of service, and will be replaced by Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, who, until recently, served as the senior enlisted adviser for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Army Wellness Center focused on helping you get healthy

Molly Lautzenheiser, a health eductaor at the Carlisle Barracks Wellness Center, monitors an Army War College student undergoing an assessment. Health assessments are just one of the many programs offered by the center, located at 315 Lovell Ave.  


Did you know that you can find all of the tools to help you keep those new year’s resolutions to get healthy by visiting the Carlisle Barracks Army Wellness Center?

Army Wellness Centers complement care of primary care physicians at installation medical treatment facilities, according to the U.S. Army Public Health Command.  The centers provide health promotion services and education tailored to meet individual patient needs. Army Wellness Center programs and services are available to all Army personnel. This includes active-duty soldiers and retirees, their family members, DoD civilians, and Reserve/National Guard components.

“We try to take a look at the big picture and how to implement health-based programs for our clients,” said Jennifer Caywood, Carlisle Barracks Wellness Center director. “We talk with them about specific needs and create customized programs for them. We help them set both short and long-term goals that are sustainable over time.”

Located at 315 Lovell Avenue the Center is one of 22 open in the United States and Europe.  Working with primary care managers, the staff offers advice on preventive care based on a patient’s environmental and genetic risk factors to develop comprehensive care plans, and wellness centers will help patients make healthy lifestyle decisions by providing access to resources through state-of-the-art fitness testing, healthy nutrition advice, stress reduction using biofeedback, fitness programs and health education. 

“The entire staff is cross trained to address a wide range of issues,” said Caywood. “We all learn from each other and the benefits are passed onto our clients. Team training is a chance for our team to pull together for professional growth and learn on a deeper level the principles of our core programs. This translates to stronger collaborations between the client and their Health Educator working towards successful outcomes"

Jennifer Caywood, Carlisle Barracks Wellness Center director, conducts a strength test during a recent assessment.

Caywood is a former NCAA Division 1 track athlete at Southeast Missouri State, who was originally introduced to the Army’s fitness programs while serving as an exercise specialist with MWR in Stuttgart, Germany.

“I was able to work with a variety of programs for Soldiers, especially those in the Special Ops community, getting them ready for deployment,” she said. She eventually found her way onto the staff of the AWC at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and came to Carlisle Barracks in 2014.  

“This is such a great place to live and work,” she said. “There really is a great sense of community here.”

Special programs for February

As part of American Heart Health Month, free blood pressure screenings and education are available at the center, with no appointment. The staff will also place special signs on heart-healthy foods in the Commissary to help everyone eat healthier.

Available individualized health promotion services include:  

  • Health Assessment ReviewProvide a quick analysis of health status and risk for disease to determine if an increase in physical activity is safe.
  • Physical Fitness:  Use advanced technology to assess current fitness levels and generate information to customize exercise programs meeting needs and goals.
  • Health Nutrition:   Conduct metabolic testing to enhance healthy eating by synchronizing resting metabolic rate and providing tailored strategies for weight management.
  • Stress Management:  Conduct biofeedback and education in stress relief techniques, and positive coping skills.
  • General Wellness Education:  Teach healthy lifestyles, increased resiliency, and preventing chronic disease through healthy living, self-care and creating good sleep habits.        
  • Tobacco EducationAssess readiness to change, discuss options for becoming tobacco-free, and recommend or provide appropriate tobacco cessation education programs.


Meet the staff

Elizabeth (Beth) Murray - RN, M.S., MCHES, BC-HN

Beth has more than twenty-five years of combined experience as a Registered Nurse in clinical, corporate and community health settings. Her career spans the spectrum of health, from the intensive care to population health management. 

She graduated in August, 2014 with a Master's Degree in Health Education at Penn State University.  She was selected as the 2013-2104 Outstanding Graduate Student in Health Education.  

She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and Board certified in Holistic Nursing (BC-HN); recognized as a Nursing Specialty by the American Nurses Association.  

Her community involvement includes an active member of Community Investment Committee for the Partnership for Better Health, Advisory Council for the ProWellness Center at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and co-lead for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Holistic Nurse Association. She enjoys public speaking and has presented at local, state and national conferences on health and wellness related topics.  

Beth’s interests include participating in Triathlons, reading, gardening and volunteering at Habitat for Humanity.




Molly Lautzenheiser - M.S., ACSM-RCEP, CrossFit L1T, PHI Pilates Mat Instructor

Molly Lautzenheiser has been involved in medically based wellness for the past four years.  Her experience includes numerous aspects of research and medically based wellness including diagnostic testing, sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, and wellness coaching.

Molly graduated from Ohio University with her Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in August of 2012. She has worked in both clinical and community settings including the Cleveland Clinic and the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center

Molly is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine.  She also is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a PHI Pilates Mat Instructor.

Molly’s interests include CrossFit, Obstacle Races, and NPC Figure Competitor.




Tessa Brophy - BA, Exercise Physiology

Tessa is a recent graduate from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.  While attending school she played volleyball for Washburn.  Tessa’s passion for fitness began at a young age, but being a collegiate athlete made her more aware of the importance of healthy nutrition and physical activity.   


She graduated in August 2014 with her Bachelors in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.  She is a currently preparing to take her Health and Fitness Specialist certification in the beginning of 2015.    

Tessa became interested in the Army Wellness Center while she was doing an internship in Kansas at Fort Leavenworth’s AWC.  As an intern she was able to assess biometrics and assist the Health Educators in their daily operations.  Observing how the Educators were making a positive difference in their client’s life was how she knew being a Health Educator was what she wanted to pursue.  Tessa also has experience in sports performance training and coaching.

Tessa’s interests are participating in and watching sports, spending time with her son, coaching volleyball, and being active.




Tiffany Waardenburg - RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT

Tiffany is a Registered Dietitian with a diverse professional background including culinary arts, nutrition, weight management and exercise.

She graduated magna cum laude from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and with honors from The Culinary Institute of America with an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. Tiffany is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Pennsylvania Dietetics Association. She holds a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management to better serve her clients and more recently, has expanded her knowledge of exercise by achieving the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer certification.

Tiffany’s work experience spans over several foodservice settings including a Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond Award winning hotel and a local, organic-based restaurant. Her time in the culinary field has provided her with a strong knowledge base of a variety of foods, cooking methods and making nutritious, delicious meals for all types of eaters.

In her spare time, Tiffany meal plans and cooks dinner for an after-school ministry at her church and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband.




Shana Blaney - Health Promotion Technician

Shana has more than ten years of experience working in a physical fitness setting. Her experience ranges from working as a personal trainer’s assistant designing and implementing programs to helping manage facility operations. 

She graduated with her Bachelors in Health and Physical Education from Marywood University in 2013 and plans on attending graduate school for Counseling in fall of 2015.

Shana’s interests and hobbies include participating in ultra-marathons and half-marathons, playing kickball and softball, and volunteering at church.








Utility billing for post residents explained

If you live on Carlisle Barracks you have probably heard that utility usage for residents is being metered and those that use more than the baseline will be billed. However, do you know that if you use less you may be entitled for a refund as well?

The Live Army Green program is the US Army's utility conservation platform, mandated by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army's Residential Communities Initiative with Congressional support. Balfour Beatty Communities, along with other privatized military housing partners, has joined forces with the US Army on a path to conserve energy and educate military housing residents on being environmental advocates. The Live Army Green Program encourages residents to use their utilities responsibly and rewards residents that are successful in lowering their monthly usage.

How the program works

  1. All new and renovated homes are metered by a third party for gas and/or electricity.
  2. A baseline utility consumption is determined for each resident. To determine an accurate baseline, homes are grouped based on certain attributes such as size, age and location. The average baseline is calculated monthly taking into consideration several factors including removing like homes that may be vacant. All homes are compared with like size and like build homes. Therefore, all legacy homes are compared with other legacy homes of the same size. The average is taken and then the top 10% and bottom 10% are dropped, and the rest averaged monthly for your monthly baseline usage fee. If you are in a non-renovated home you will be compared with other non-renovated homes, therefore you will all be billed fairly with other like homes.
  3. A buffer zone is determined before statements are generated. A buffer zone surrounds the baseline to provide families with the opportunity to receive a "no action required" notice on their statement, or no payment is due. Families consuming above the baseline and the additional buffer zone will receive a balance due notice on their statement, meaning a payment is due. Families conserving under the baseline and the buffer zone will receive a rebate check or reward statement for their conservation efforts.
  4. Monthly Conservation Statements, or billing invoices, are generated by the third party metering company and are sent to each resident's home. These statements include your meter readings, the amount of your consumption, and where you stand (including the buffer) in relation to your established baseline. The established average baseline is automatically accounted for by the utility component of the BAH.
  5. Residents who consume less than the baselinewill be rewarded for their conservation efforts. Most communities establish Trigger Points which must be met before a rebate is issued or the balance due is collected. The amount is accrued to the next month until the trigger point is reached.
  6. Residents who consume more than the baselinewill be responsible for the difference between their consumption and the baseline. If a resident feels that their usage statement is higher than their actual usage they may call the maintenance department and schedule an energy audit. A maintenance technician will check to make sure that there are no inefficiencies inside the home that would contribute to excessive electricity usage, i.e. an extra freezer in the garage, or AC on with the windows open.
  7. If you have a larger than normal sized family generally your home would be in the top 10% (highest usage homes) that would be dropped from the average.  Other smaller than normal sized families would more than likely make up the bottom 10% (lowest usage homes) that would be dropped from the average.  Therefore, only the average sized families, with average usage would be used to create the baseline.  These baselines are established monthly.

From the SARC – Don’t blame yourself  

February 13this National Blame Someone Else Day*.  As your SARC, this sounds like the perfect opportunity for me to bring forth a discussion about self-blame in survivors of sexual assault.  Sexual assault is not often the result of a stranger jumping out of bushes and viciously attacking and raping a random passerby.  Most of the time (about 75%), a rapist is someone the victim knows; a date, a friend, a teacher, a coach, a cousin, a parent, and even a spouse.  They are a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Often times, victims will wonder if it was a choice they made that led to their sexual assault when really it was an intervening factor that was the culprit; a factor for which one could not have possibly prepared.  Rape survivors may think, “Why did I get into the car with him?” “Why did I go to that party?” “Why did I get that drunk?” “Why didn’t I see that coming?” “What did Ido to make them want to do that to me?”

The bottom line is that a person cannot be raped unless someone else chooses to disrespect another’s autonomy, to commit a crime, and to be an indecent human being.  The.buck.stops.there.  Of course, there is no denying that certain situations will make us more vulnerable, but that never gives someone the right to sexually assault another person.

Let’s say you throw caution to the wind and cross a busy intersection without looking both ways.  If you did this, you would expect to be hit by a car, right?  You would be responsible for your choice to cross the street unsafely, and responsible for being hit by a car.  So why, you may ask, is a person not responsible for being sexually assaulted if he or she drinks, or walks alone, or trusts a neighbor or a friend?

Well, because in the busy street analogy, the victim is solely putting themselves at risk of an accident.  No matter how hard the driver tries, he will not be able to avoid hitting that pedestrian.  He cannot slam on the brakes fast enough to prevent the accident.  On the contrary, no rapist rapes by accident.  He or she makes a conscious decision to do that.  The rapist, as opposed to the car driver, has plenty of time to make a choice – and a rapist makes the wrong choice when he or she decides to violate an unwilling participant’s body.

On Friday, February 13th, please take a moment to unburden yourself from the pain caused by someone else.  Leave that pain where it belongs – with the person who made the conscious decision to hurt you.

Happy Blame Someone Else Day!

~ Your SARC, Gina Beck

* National Blame Someone Else day is always celebrated on the first Friday the 13thof the year.  This “unofficial” national holiday was invented by Anne Moeller of Clio, Michigan in 1982.  One day, her alarm clock failed to go off, hence creating a domino effect of bad luck events throughout the day.  The day happened to be Friday the 13th.  

~ Excerpts for this story were taken from Pandora’s Project at and National Day Calendar at

IMCOM Commander's safety message: Think about what matters

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., CSM Hartless and I encourage you to reflect on the importance of being involved in what matters to you.

Dr. King's insights resonate through time. Those "things that matter" arose from a set of values overlapping our Army Values -- Respect, especially, comes to mind. Over this weekend, we encourage you to reflect on what is important to you, your Family, and our Army.

Safety, of course, is important in its own way. Beyond our concern for your well-being, injuries hamper our efforts to provide the finest customer service to our Soldiers, their Families, and our Army Civilians. Consider the following:

While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all of us, regardless of where we live, are likely to face some type of increased hazard. One primary concern is the weather's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or workplace, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. Make a Family Communications Plan (see Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

If you decide to travel over the extended weekend, avoid danger by planning ahead. Check the weather before you leave, but remember, storms can roll in pretty quickly. Travel with warm blankets in case you find yourself in a situation where you need to keep warm overnight waiting for help to arrive. Do preventive maintenance on your vehicle as recommended. Check antifreeze level and tire tread. Replace windshield wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture. Additional winter driving tips can be found at

If you go outside for winter activities, dress warm, stay dry and avoid alcohol use. Know the signs of frostbite and other cold weather injuries. Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping or skiing. For more information about frostbite and hypothermia, see Stay Safe & Healthy (

Finally, keep track of your mental state. Depression is not uncommon during the long winter months. If you need help, don't hesitate. It is not a sign of weakness, but Personal Courage. Look out for your battle buddy. We are a Family and must help each other at all times.

As we move forward, know that the CSM and I are excited about what our IMCOM Family is going to accomplish. The services we provide our Soldiers, their Families, and our Army Civilians are essential to preserving our Nation -- a Nation made great by great men like Dr. King.

Once a Soldier, Always a Soldier. Soldier for Life!

LTG David Halverson CSM Jeff Hartless   

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day: "Remember, Celebrate, Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!"

This year marks the thirtieth national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. It is an occasion for people to remember Dr. King's remarkable life, to rededicate ourselves to implementing his dreams and to stand united by his principles of unity and equality. Through his caring leadership, Dr. King rallied people from all walks of life and awoke a nation to the need for equality, tolerance and justice.

On this day of national community service, which commemorates Dr. King's lasting legacy, let us remain mindful of our endeavor to promote diversity, foster inclusive behavior and demonstrate infinite respect for others. When we celebrate Dr. King's dream, we celebrate the American dream.

We ask our entire Army family to commemorate this occasion by joining in activities to help others in need. That includes volunteering to feed the hungry, mentoring at-risk youth and so many other similar projects designed to build the beloved community of Dr. King's dream - a place where we stand proudly together in service to our Nation and one another. Army Strong!

View the Army senior leaders tri-signed letter: Celebrating Martin Luther King Day


Salvadoran Fellow honored by Army War College, US Southern Command

El Salvador's Fellow at the Army War College, Lt. Col. Raul Torres, was honored today by Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp on behalf of the Commander, USSOUTHCOM, awarding him the Joint Service Commendation Medal at an auditorium packed with Torres's Seminar 24 teammates, colleagues from across the student body, faculty, and family. 

Gen. John F. Kelly, Commander of U.S. Southern Command, signed the JSCM for meritorious service by Lt. Col. Jose Raul Torres Ardon of the El Salvadoran Army for duty as the Salvadoran military liaison to the U.S. Military Group San Salvador during the two years prior to his current attendance at the Army War College's School of Strategic Landpower.

USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp (l) congratulates Salvadoran Army Lt. Col. Raul Torres upon awarding the U.S. Joint Service Commendation Medal on behalf of the Commander, US Southern Command, for duty as liaison with the US Mil Group, El Salvador.

Details of the award highlighted his active participation in humanitarian exercises, to include BEYOND THE HORIZON and FUERZAS ALIADA HUMANITARIAS. As well, Torres was instrumental in developing the first police-military counter narcotics unit in El Salvador, Joint Task Force Grupo Cuscatlan, a joint unit comprising both Salvadoran tactical military forces and police with investigative/arrest authorities.

Maj. Gen. Rapp noted parallels between his own career and Torres's as he introduced him to the audience:  an Engineer in the Salvadoran Army for 24 years, a graduate of his country's military academy and a graduate of the U.S. Command and General Staff College, with operational experience in Kuwait and Iraq. 

Rapp highlighted the presence of Torres' wife, Roxana, and five children, who have accompanied him for his Carlisle year - as did Torres.

"I have been prepared to jump from a plane and do any exercise or operation - but what makes me proud is to have my family with me," said Torres. "Half of this medal should be for my family because they were the ones that suffered the most because I was away from home so much."

The Torres Family joins Lt. Col. Raul Torres in celebrating his achievement.

"At the beginning of my tour as LNO in June 2012, the operating environment was tense, as was the relations between both sides,” said Torres, after the ceremony, referring to both his Armed Forces and the US MIL GROUP. “The first challenge was to overcome such an environment while compromising neither my mission nor my career, by trying to bring focus on helping to restore and facilitate both sides’ communication in order to continue receiving U.S. support for the benefit of my armed forces and for my country.  

“After reestablishing good communications and strengthening relationships, close coordination and planning for all the activities of security cooperation become natural, easy and successful, he said.” 

"I appreciate the lessons from U.S. Army Col. Carlos Figueroa, from June 2010 to August 2013, followed by U.S. Army Col. Robert Wagner. They both were the Senior Defense Officer and Defense Attache, and at the same time they both were the US Military Group Commander.”

Col. Robert Wagner, Senior U.S. Defense Official for El Salvador, related Torres’s skills to the quote by Gen. George Marshall about needing to learn new skills when he had reached positions of strategic responsibilities. Torres reflected that ability to work persuasion and diplomacy as he earned the respect of all those who worked with him, said Wagner. In his liaison role between US and Salvadoran forces, "Raul always spoke his mind, and always pursued unity of effort and overall mission accomplishment," he said.  "Lt. Col. Torres probably learned more about operating in a JIIM environment - joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational - than most of his current seminar mates at the War College, suggested Wagner.

Lt. Col. Raul Torres, Salvadoran Fellow in the Army War College resident class of 2015, addresses his colleagues in his seminar and the student body of 385.


Lt. Col. Raul Torres is the International Military Student from El Salvador designated from the Chairman of Defense to study at the US Army War College as part of the International Fellow Program. He has been serving El Salvador Armed Forces for 24 years -- commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1992 and promoted to his current rank in December 2010.

Throughout his military career, he has commanded at platoon, company and battalion level with command of both construction and combat engineer battalions. LTC Torres's last assignment from June 2012 till April 2014, prior to attending U.S. Army War College was as Liaison Officer for the Security Cooperation Office known as the U.S. Military Group in El Salvador.

LTC Torres's operational experience includes deployment as Military Observer for the United Nations for Iraq and Kuwait Mission in Kuwait (UNIKOM), as staff member of an Engineer Argentine Contingent deployed in 2002, and as a Project Purchase Officer for the V Contingent of the "CUSCATLAN" Battalion

in Iraq from August 2005 to February 2006. His operational contributions have been recognized with the Award for 90 days' service in the Mission, monitoring the Demilitarized Zone between Iraq and Kuwait in 2002; the Medal of the Multinational Division Central South's participation in Iraq given by the Armed Forces of Poland in 2005; and the Gold Medal Merit for participation in Iraq given by the Armed Forces of El Salvador, 2005.

Torres is one of 79 International Fellows in the Army War College resident class of 2015, representing 73 allied and friendly countries around the world.

The Joint Award ceremony took place in the College's International Fellows' Auditorium which is a testimony in images and awards of the achievements and contributions of its International Fellows.  A major element of the auditorium is a tribute to the graduates inducted into the International Fellows Hall of Fame, honoring those who have risen to highest position in their nation's armed forces, a position equivalent to the highest command position in a multinational organization, and are internationally recognized as having made a significant and enduring military or humanitarian contribution to international peace and stability. 

Wolf honored by local drug & alcohol commission

Ann Marie Wolf, prevention coordinator for the Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program, was honored recently by the Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition as a partner in prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.

The hard work and dedication both on and off-post by one post employee was recognized by a multi- county organization that aims to help prevent and provide support to those with substance abuse problems.

Ann Marie Wolf, prevention coordinator for the Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program, was honored recently by the Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition as a partner in prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.

“It was a surprise and a great honor to be recognized by my peers,” she said of the award. “I was thinking about how wonderful it is to work with such a great organization, such professionals that serve the community and makes a difference in our community.”

Wolfe who has more than 30 years of federal service, develops and administers an installation-wide ASAP prevention and Education program for military and civilian employees, their family members, military and civilian retirees, and personnel of other tenant or support elements of the installation. Part of her duties include designing special courses in response to identified ASAP trends and needs of

the installation to include counter narcotics focused training, planning and conducting prevention campaigns such as Red Ribbon Week, December – Drinking Drugged Driving month and assisting in the development of local on-going substance abuse prevention programs involving youth, parents, and other concerned adults from the surrounding civilian communities.

"Ann is an outstanding and dedicated ASAP Prevention Coordinator who has been instrumental both on and off post raising awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse and the harm it brings to the individual, marriages, families, the Army mission, and society at large,” said John Knowles, ASAP.  “She has been active with the Cumberland/Perry County Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition for many years, and is recognized and admired community wide as a subject matter expert.  This honor is totally deserved and brings great credit to herself and the Army."

Wolfe, who enjoys hiking and being on the water said that the small town feel of post is one of the reasons she truly enjoys working here.

“It is a small installation and you get to know the people and develop some close relationships,” she said.


All electronic forms available in Adboe only starting April 1

Effective 1 October 2014, the Army implemented an enterprise action to discontinue use of Lotus (.xfdl) forms and adopt Adobe (.pdf) forms (ALARACT 223/2014 DTG 161752Z SEP 14, SUBJECT: Information on Army Migration to ADOBE Fillable Forms.)  On or about 1 April 2015, Lotus viewer will be removed from all Army computers, including those on the Carlisle Barracks network.

What does this mean to you?

After 1 April 2015, all forms created and stored in a Lotus (.xfdl) format may not be viewable on Carlisle Barracks computers.

ALL forms users should immediately begin to use only Adobe (.pdf) forms to conduct business.

Department of the Army forms are now available on the Army Publishing Directorate (APD) website, located at  Carlisle Barracks forms and publication users may readily access via the “Quick Links” drop down (CBKS Forms/Pubs link) on the front page of the network homepage.

All Installation proponents for locally developed regulations, pamphlets, and policies that include forms will be required to update both in the next publications review cycle (winter/spring 2015.

Proponents for “local” forms may now start the process of converting their Lotus (.xfdl) version forms to Adobe (.pdf).  Converted forms will not, however, be made available for general use without a corresponding update to the regulation, pamphlet, or policy governing its use.

Forms users, who have saved ‘working items,’ i.e., evaluation support forms, in Lotus (.xfdl) format should definitely convert those files to Adobe (pdf) format now.  Likewise, archived records stored in a Lotus (.xfdl) format that may require access at a later date (after 1 April 2015), should also be converted to Adobe (.pdf) format.

Carlisle Barracks organizations and personnel may refer all questions and concerns to the Carlisle Barracks Publications and Forms Manager, Mr. Mark Bowser, telephone 245-4201, email, office Bldg 122 (Root Hall) Room B02.

Army Intel chief guides Army War College students' thinking about operational intelligence

Lt. Gen. Mary Legere, Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G2, spoke with the full student body Jan. 8 about Intelligence and Protection.   

Legere spoke as the 2015 Francis W. Deserio lecturerer; the Deserio lecture is designed to enhance students' understanding of the critical role of intelligence in the development of strategy policy.

Her presentation supported the students' current course, Theater Strategy and Campaigning, and its focused lesson on the joint intelligence and protection functions.  As an additional benefit, she engaged directly with students and faculty of the intelligence community during a working lunch.

New Year brings new opportunities for “Strength for Wisdom”

We’ve all made the resolution at one time or another to get back into shape and take better care of ourselves in the New Year. Well here is your chance to make good on that promise to yourself – the Army War College Strength for Wisdom Program.

By bringing together all of the physical fitness activities available to the U.S. Army War College community, the campaign serves as an easy to follow roadmap for improved fitness for folks of all fitness levels and abilities. 

The “Strength for Wisdom” challenge offers a variety of training programs and challenges to achieve your specific goals and to find an enjoyable way to overall fitness. You can use the program to get back in shape, check your fitness level, overcome your personal stumbling blocks or compete against others.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to take part in the full Strength for Wisdom Challenge program; you can just participate in the programs of your choice.


Upcoming events:

New Year’s Resiliency Resolution Jan. 1-31

• To keep in the spirit of the New Year and the initial motivation to exercise, this event encourages participants to complete 15 workout sessions in the month of January at either the Thorpe Hall Gym or Indian Field Fitness Center.


CSM Pullup Challenge Jan. 1-31


  30 Day Squat & Push Up Challenge Feb. 3- March 4

• Participants are challenged to complete a set number of squats and push ups each day. The repetitions do not have to completed at one time, they can be broken up throughout the day. Since there is no special equipment needed, participants can perform these at home.

















Strength Challenge March 7

•A modification of the classic powerlifting competition involving the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift will be held at the Thorpe Hall Gym. Participants will lift a pre-determined percentage of their bodyweight for each of the three events. The volume (weight lifted multiplied by # of reps) for each of the three events will be totaled to determine the winners.















SLDR Run Science Lecture March 17, 4:30 p.m., Thorpe Hall

• SLDR Run Science Lectures will examine both the scientific and practical points of running and are intended for those looking to maximize their endurance and performance. You will learn how to develop training plans and to look at training in a different way. Each lecture provides practical applications of this information to better enable you to achieve your optimal performance goals.



Strength for Wisdom 10K March 21

• To provide a more challenging distance and build upon the previous Strength for Wisdom events, this race will provide a 10k course that spans throughout Carlisle Barracks.

Chris McCormick, Safety Manager 
Extreme cold weather safety tips

An arctic cold front will sweep through the region on Wednesday accompanied by snow squalls in some locations and followed by frigid conditions Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  Wind chill values will range from 10 to 20 degrees below zero. 

The attached Extreme Cold Prevention Guide combines all of the key content of the CDC Winter Weather website into one downloadable, printable file. Printing this PDF file ensures that you will have important winter weather health and safety information available even when you're without power or Internet service.

Since winter in Pennsylvania can bring extremely low temperatures and wind chills, everyone should take precautions to minimize the dangers presented by severe cold weather:

Before Extreme Cold Weather

•Be aware of the weather conditions by monitoring the media.

•Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity.

•Have a well-stocked Emergency Kit that includes flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food.

•Make sure your car is properly winterized.  Keep the gas tank at least half-full.  Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can & waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.

During Extreme Cold Weather

•Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young.  Also consider your pets.

•Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing.  Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.

•Wear a hat, mittens (rather than gloves) and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities.  Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

•If electricity is lost for an extended period of time, a snowbank in your yard can become a makeshift freezer for food.

•Excessive exposure can lead to frostbite, which is damaging to body tissue that is frozen.  Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.

•Hypothermia can occur in extreme cases.  The warning signs are uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.  If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care.

•When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, wood stove or space heater, take the necessary safety precautions.  Keep a fire extinguisher handy, ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly. Test smoke alarms.

•If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.

•To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past.  This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze.  Learn how to shut off your water if a pipe bursts.

•If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold.  A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.

•Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors to ensure their safety