Banner Archive for October 2007

Shelaine Tuytschaevers, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Red Ribbon Campaign thanks those who fight against drugs

Oct. 19, 2007 -- The Carlisle Barracks community will celebrate the National Red Ribbon Campaign to facilitate general awareness of chemical abuse, to encourage organizations to take an active stand regarding sobriety and to promote a drug-free America.  This years event will take place from Oct. 23-31.  

  In 1985, the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth joined with DEA and implemented a Red Ribbon campaign that spread places as far away as Europe. The National Red Ribbon campaign is celebrated every year October 23 - 31, and is dedicated to all of the people who have been wrongly killed due to the violence of drugs.

    Since then, millions of Americans have gotten involved in, and been touched by the Red Ribbon Campaign efforts. No other single drug prevention movement has had such impact on so many lives.

    The Red Ribbon Campaign is an opportunity to send a consistent "No Drug" message to people everywhere.  The Carlisle Barracks community is invited and highly encouraged to take part in this year's celebration. The following activities and events will take place Oct. 23 - 31.

The following activities and events are scheduled for Oct. 23-31.

  • Posters and baskets of red ribbons will be distributed throughout post at various locations.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

  • McGruff to visit CDC children with Red Ribbons and handouts, 9 a.m.
  • Guards will hand out Red Ribbons at the gates in the morning.
  • Official kickoff ceremony 4 p.m.  in the Youth Center
  • A teen will read the History of the Red Ribbon Campaign.
  • Garrison Commander will tie a red ribbon on a tree in the center.  Selected youth will assist, and the community is invited. McGruff will be present.
  • Youth will "Plant a Promise" red tulips as part of celebration.
  • Refreshments will be provided in Youth Center following the event.

Wednesday, Oct. 24    

  • A display table will be set-up at the Post Exchange and soccer fields with give-away items from 4-5:30 p.m.  McGruff will be present along with PMO reps.
  • Movie-night at youth center (videos on drug-free awareness) free snacks

Thursday, Oct. 25

  • A display table will be set up at the soccer fields with give-away items from 4-5:30 p.m. 

Friday, Oct. 26

  • Adult Halloween Party @ LVCC, Tiki Hut
  • Ghost Walk @ LVCC

Monday, Oct. 29

  • Winners of poster contest selected

Wednesday, Oct. 31

  • Poster contest prizes awarded
  • Halloween parade on Indian Field at 5 p.m.
  • McGruff will be present from 4:30-6 p.m. 
  • Halloween Party at LVCC, 6-9 p.m.  for grades 6 – 12.
  • Youth Services will host a "Drug-Free" Ghost Walk, 8-9 p.m., LVCC


During the week of Oct. 23 – 31 the following organizations will be offering a special promotion for all individuals wearing a red ribbon.

  • Bowling Center – a free small soft drink with the purchase of a food item.
  • Golf Course - $2.00 off an electric cart rental during a round of golf
  • $1.00 OFF of any purchase at Anthony's Pizza/ Subway/or Theater
  • Skill Development Center – free self-help in the framing area and auto shop


 USAWC Chapel
Chapel hosting 'hallelujah party' Oct. 31

Oct. 19, 2007 -- Join us for a "HALLELUJAH PARTY" Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., at the U.S. Army War College Memorial Chapel.

    A great non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween activities, this community party will be held during Carlisle Barracks trick-or-treating hours.

    Families will enjoy dinner, crafts, a short program and carnival-type games. Participants may dress as Biblical characters, animals or Saints. Children age 5 and younger must be with an adult or teen at all times during the event.

    Each participant is asked to bring a can of food (for donation to PROJECT SHARE) and a bag of individually-wrapped candy (for distribution to those who attend). RSVP if you plan to join us and/or want to help.

    For more information contact Laura Barko at 385-2411 or JoEllen Frist at 245-4330.


Post, Carlisle community trick-or-treating slated for Oct. 31

Oct. 19, 2007 – Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks will celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating scheduled for Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Tools available for PC users on CBNet

Oct. 14, 2007 --  Have you ever found yourself wondering how to put a chart into PowerPoint or where the spell check is on Word? Well now you can find the answers to all that and more on the CBNet using the Atomic Learning software.

    "The beauty of Atomic Learning is that it's continually being updated as new software versions come out," said Chris Smart, who works for the War Colleges' Educational Methodology and Technology Department. "In addition to the tutorials, Atomic Learning also has workshops that allow a more in-depth look from a project perspective." 

    The approach used by the software is one of the reasons it was purchased.

    "We decided to go with AL because of its "just-in-time" approach to software training," said Smart. "AL excels at providing the user just the relevant morsel of information they need when they need it.  At the same time, if a user wants a more rounded understanding of the software they can complete any or all tutorials for a particular package and get a larger understanding."

    Examples of what users will find on the Atomic Learning site include:

  • Inserting clip art in PowerPoint
  • Converting text to a table in Word
  • Creating charts in Excel
  • Using different collaboration tools in Blackboard
  • and more

    Atomic learning tutorials last, on average, 30 seconds to three minutes. Users can access these tutorials from your office or home PC. In order to access these tutorials from home, copy the access information from http://cbnet/orgs/DAA/EM&T/Instructional%20Technology/atomic.htm


U.S. Army War College students featured in new Army video 

Chief of the Staff of the Army General George Casey and Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth Preston ... USAWC students Rick Bezold, Clark Summers, Lora Tucker, Brian Drinkwine and Jeremy Martin ... Carlisle veteran Sam Lombardo ... lend their voices to this video, America's Army: Strength of the Nation.

Shelaine Tuytschaevers, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Women's Health Symposium focuses on head, heart and health

An attendee of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institutes Women's Health Symposium picks up a brochure in the Bliss Hall Foyer Oct. 15. Photo by Shelaine Tuytschaevers.

Oct. 19, 2007 -- The 10th Annual Army Physical Fitness Research Institute's Women's Health Symposium, held in Bliss Hall October 15 & 16, and was attended by more than 100  people.   During the two-day event, experts provided information to help their audience better understand disease prevention and improve health. 

     "I think this is important to attend because as women, we are all caregivers, we're always worried about others and taking care of our families' needs, but we should also set aside time to learn how to best care for ourselves, both physically and mentally," said Carla Olivo, who attended the symposium. 

    Margaret Huntoon opened the morning lectures by sharing studies about human interaction.  Huntoon informed the audience about the distinctions between men and women and their own unique expressions and behaviors.   

    "Women have a different thought process, different drivers then men, different needs.  New studies are examining how the male and female brain function differently, and we especially see these differences when it comes to social interaction and ways of communicating," said Huntoon. 

    The symposium was designed to spotlight women's issues, but much of the general health information was relevant to men as well.  Dr. Richard Flanigan, preventative cardiologist and co-author of "Longevity Made Simple: Living to 100", shared how everyone can benefit from a Mediterranean diet that's high in fish and low in cholesterol. 

    "If a person lowers their cholesterol, they reduce the risk of almost all diseases, not just heart related diseases, but Alzheimer's and arthritis too," said Flanigan. 

    Flanigan cautioned the audience to beware of hypertension, a silent killer, and warned people should know the severe risks of using tobacco and inhaling second hand smoke.  He offered life extending solutions with the help of "super foods" and simple exercise like walking and interval training for weight control.

    Food was a popular topic at the symposium.  Leslie Bonci, a sports nutritionist from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, spoke about creating a harmonious relationship with food.  She advised about the importance of sleep, building a routine and eating a variety diet without skipping meals.  She cautioned against "grabbing, gulping and going" and expressed the connection of multi-tasking to obesity. 

    "The importance of sit down meals at a table with utensils is very true.  We need to stop eating in front of the television and the computer and smell and taste our food, that way our bodies will know we've actually taken in nourishment," explained Bonci.

     Bonci also informed the audience that changing an eating routine takes up to three months, so it's okay to take the pressure off yourself, no one is expected to eat perfectly all the time.  

    Col. Mary Nace, from the OB/GYN at Walter Reed Army Medical Center lectured about topics in women's health relating to menopause.  Nace's lecture provided a question and answer session for women, and also a private noon-time lecture for men to gain insight about what their wives are facing.

    "I'm here to learn about menopause and how to best care for my own mental and physical health, said Nancy Kelley, who attended the lectures, "This is a great opportunity to help me understand, to help anyone understand what women go through at this point in their lives."

    The symposium accompanied National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and provided attendees with handouts, displays, a book signing, nutritional snacks and a chance to sign up for fitness assessments. 

    Karen Cummings, a participant at the symposium said, "I'm here to learn.  I figure women go through so many changes over the years and its important for us to reassess at some point in our life, make sure we're still on track, if there's new information out there that can help us be healthier, it's good to know and important to pass it along."








Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
29th alumnus inducted into International Fellows Hall of Fame

Estonian Lt. Gen. Johannes Kert, Military Representative of the Estonian Delegation to NATO, looks at his photo hanging in the U.S. Army War College International Fellows Hall of Fame after his induction on Oct. 12. Photo by USAWC photo lab.

Oct. 12, 2007 – A distinguished graduate of the Army War College Class of 2000 was honored in Bliss Hall on Oct. 12 when he was named the 29th inductee of the U.S. Army War College International Fellows Hall of Fame.

    Estonian Lt. Gen. Johannes Kert, Military Representative of the Estonian Delegation to NATO, was recognized for his outstanding service for his country, according to Ambassador Cynthia Efird, Deputy Commandant for International Affairs.

    "General Kert has demonstrated the finest professional competence and courage in the leadership of his nation's army, and in doing so he honors his alma mater, the U.S. Army War College," she said.

    Kert expressed happiness in being back at Carlisle Barracks.

    "This is a great place and a great honor to be back at Carlisle Barracks today," he said. "It was a great opportunity to be here, to learn here."

    Kert also went on to explain how his time at the War College helped shaped his future career.

    "When I graduated in 2000, it was a much different world we lived in, it was a more peaceful life before the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001," he said. "I want to thank the Army War College for pushing us to help us develop into the leaders we are today."  

    Efird went on to point out that Kert was representative of the caliber of international students at the War College and how they add value to the experience.

    "The achievement of our honored guest also represents in a larger way the collective excellence of the International Fellows program here at the U.S. Army War College. The bonds of friendship that all of you build this year in seminar, in social events, or on the sports fields will pay off when you serve in future positions of the greatest responsibility and accountability for your own nation. The mutual trust and  confidence in each other that you make here will be of inestimable value in times of future crisis.

    Kert became the Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces on Jan. 23, 1996. He graduated from Tartu University in 1981 with a degree in Physical Culture. At the same time, he completed the mandatory Soviet Army officer course. He served in the Soviet Army from 1983-1985. In 2002 he was appointed to his position at NATO.

IF Hall of Fame background

    The U.S. Army War College International Fellows Hall of Fame was established to provide a prestigious and visible means of honoring USAWC IF graduates who have attained, through military merit, the highest positions in their nation's armed forces, or who have held an equivalent position by rank or responsibility in a multinational organization.  



U.S. Army War College celebrates Navy birthday

U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks students, staff and faculty gathered on the Bliss Hall patio to celebrate the 232nd birthday of the U.S. Navy. Photo by Megan Clugh.

The Chief of Naval Operations has stated that the Navy Birthday is one of the two Navy wide dates to be celebrated annually. This page provides historical information on the birth and early years of the Navy, including bibliographies, lists of the ships, and information on the first officers of the Continental Navy, as well as texts of original documents relating to Congress and the Continental Navy, 1775-1783.

The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October 1775 by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise the work. All together, the Continental Navy numbered some fifty ships over the course of the war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum strength.

After the American War for Independence, Congress sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy and released the seamen and officers. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789, empowered Congress "to provide and maintain a navy." Acting on this authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates in 1794, and the War Department administered naval affairs from that year until Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.

Not to be confused with the Navy Birthday or the founding of the Navy Department is Navy Day. The Navy League sponsored the first national observance of Navy Day in 1922 designed to give recognition to the naval service. The Navy League of New York proposed that the official observance be on 27 October in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had been born on that day.

In 1972 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of 13 October as the Navy’s birthday. In contrast to Navy Day, the Navy Birthday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents. Since 1972 each CNO has encouraged a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion "to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service."

Information courtesy of the Department of The Navy Historical Center.

Public Affairs Office staff report
Marshall Road closure set for Oct. 12

Oct. 9, 2007 – A portion of Marshall Road near the bridge to the post bowling alley will be closed on Friday, Oct. 12 for repairs.

    The road is being closed so that a new sewer line can be connected to the existing line for the new housing construction in Marshall Ridge according to Ty McPhillips, project director for GMH. The road is expected to be closed from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.

   In case of inclement weather the construction will be delayed.


Carol Kerr, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
USAWC employees follow USAG lead into NSPS

     Oct. 10, 2007 -- November 11 is circled on the calendars for approximately 250 employees of the Army War College and its institutes. They'll transition to NSPS as part of Spiral 2 – just as the US Army Garrison employees at Carlisle Barracks did on April 15.

Army War College employees prepare for NSPS

    While garrison employees are completing their first set of self-assessments in the new system, the War College employees are using October to team with their supervisors and develop the performance objectives and contributing factors that will be the basis of assessments when the rating period ends September 30.

Garrison employees prepare for the first NSPS appraisal

    The 52 garrison employees who entered NSPS in April reached the end of the evaluation period on Sept. 30, and are now creating self-assessments.  Supervisors will weigh in next by reviewing the assessments and recommending ratings to the pay pool panel which meets in late 2007.

    When the pay panel makes final recommendations to the pay pool manager, they'll do it with experience and with insights from the mock pay pool convened in late July. Midway through the year, the mock pay pool exercised the procedures that will be used for the true pay pool panel.  To ensure that lessons learned were shared among the garrison employees, pay pool members talked about it in an NSPS town hall meeting.  "We took data from the pay pool, synthesized it, and shared with employees what they learned from the mock panel," said Joe Manning, the pay pool manager for garrison employees. "Our objective is clearly to attain equitability for employees," he said.

Lessons from the garrison mock pay pool panel  

Justifications are key:  The panel sees many rating recommendations, noted a panel member: "They're just fluff with nothing substantial there."

Recommendation: Be very specific with metrics to establish the burden of proof in a very tangible way.

Weights matter:  When you have an objective that's weighted as heavily as 50 percent, it gets a tremendous amount of scrutiny because it'll have a large impact on payout. Recommendation:  Supervisors must ensure that the objectives are weighted appropriately, and that what you hold employees accountable for is what is in the write-up.  And, if you identify something worth 35 percent or more, put time into that part of the write-up.

Contributing factors:  The panel takes the contributing factor write-up very seriously because of its impact on the final rating recommendation. If the justification is not there, then it bears no weight.  For example, when the panel sees four or five contributing factors and sees a recommendation for a "+1" it's not clear to the pay pool members what contributing factor made the difference. "We're looking for the rater to spell out specifically what the contributing factor was and how it came into play …. In the end, you have to justify in writing why the contributing factor became a plus or minus," said a panel member.  

Recommendation:  Supervisors should select one, or no more than two, contributing factors for each performance objective and fully develop the justification for a -1, 0, or +1.

Objectives drive everything:  "It's difficult to make heads or tails of a document that doesn't line up the assessment and the objective … the pay pool members need to see exactly how they're matched up," said a panel member. "Employees should keep records, or rating officials can ask for feedback every two weeks."

Recommendation: The goal is for employees to identify what they did against job objectives. If the rater re-directs them to accomplish additional duties, the assessment should identify the additional duty as additional and important to the organization.

Valued performers are '3's and share in the payout:  Employees who are used to getting high ratings will find the new system to be an adjustment. But the mock pool process demonstrated that inflated ratings are not helpful to employees' bottom line.

Recommendation:  Since performance objectives are written at the valued performer (3)  level, employees who ensure that they meet objectives will share in the payout. 

Background on NSPS

    The NSPS implementation occurs in three phases referred to as "spirals." All DoD employees are projected to have transitioned to the NSPS by fiscal 2009.            

        Spiral 1 took place in three sub-spirals between April 30, 2006 and 15 April 2007.  US Army Garrison, Civilian Personnel and DENTAC employees were among more than 109,000 DoD civilians (approximately 42,000 Army civilians) in Spiral 1. The next scheduled Army sub-spirals are:

·       Spiral 2.1 - 11 November 2007 – Army War College

·       Spiral 2.2 - 17 February 2008 – MEDDAC.

    Congress authorized the NSPS as part of the fiscal 2004 National Defense Authorization Act to increase effectiveness through a simplified personnel management system that improves the way it hires and assigns, as well as compensates and rewards its employees, while preserving employee rights and benefits.  
NSPS is designed to be –

  • Mission oriented
  • Focus on results
  • Values performance over longevity
  • Rewards contributions
  • Promotes excellence               

    NSPS is a forward-looking and flexible human resource management system that will enable the Department of the Army to recruit and motivate a high-performance workforce to meet the evolving national security requirements of the 21st century. It incorporates all areas of the human resource process including staffing and workforce shaping, classification, compensation, and performance management. It will also provide for a new labor relations system and employee appeals process.

Gary Sweppenhiser, Directorate of Public Works
This month's energy tip- lower your lighting costs

    Oct. 9, 2007 -- Increasing your lighting efficiency is one of the fastest ways to decrease your electricity bills. Turn off the lights in any room you're not using, or consider installing timers, photo cells, or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your lights are on.
    Use task lighting; instead of brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you need it. For example, use fluorescent under-cabinet lighting for kitchen sinks and countertops under cabinets. Consider three-way lamps; they make it easier to keep lighting levels low when brighter light is not necessary.
    Finally, use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs); they are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last 6 to 10 times longer. CFLs are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but they pay for themselves by saving energy over their lifetime.


Public Affairs staff report
Performance Appraisal Application, PAA, Version 2.0 incorporates user feedback

    Oct. 9, 2007 -- For NSPS employees, it's all happening in the PAA.  Now, a user-friendly version of the Performance Appraisal Application is available on the Civilian Personnel Online, or CPOL, site via My Biz or My Workplace.

    A critical question for NSPS employees is this: How can I ensure that my yearlong achievements are captured and shared with the boss?  The PAA is the tool: an online venue where supervisors and employees can regularly exchange information about work performance, job objectives and work plans. Employees, their supervisors (rating officials) and their managers (higher-level reviewers) use the PAA to work on performance plans, document work performance and interim reviews, and assign ratings.

    Improvements to the tool took into account user feedback. The improvements include better printing capabilities, easy-to-understand screens, buttons, links, terminology, and a help feature: Need Help?

    An important note for USAWC employees is that PAA now lets employees access the tool and work on performance plans prior to NSPS conversion. This feature helps employees prepare for NSPS and become familiar with the required tools for fulfilling responsibilities in the performance management process.

    All employees are encouraged to log in to PAA version 2.0 to become familiar with the tool's features.


Stand-To* excerpts
APFRI extends its wellness assessment and education expertise to annexes

    Oct. 9, 2007 -- Four program focused on Accelerating Leader Development were introduced by the Army Sept. 25. One is the Wellness Assessment and Education Program managed by the Army Physical Fitness and Research Institute here.

    The Army is taking multiple steps to accelerate and improve programs that fully support development of leaders with an offensive mindset for an expeditionary Army during a time of persistent conflict, focused on winning our nation's wars. The complex, uncertain, challenging global operations environment demands that the Army continue to invest in the development of well-trained, multi skilled, innovative and adaptive leaders, capable of operating across the spectrum of conflict.

    To that end, TRADOC identified the major objectives to speed the development of multi-skilled, adaptive, innovative, and culturally-aware leaders, both military and civilian, at every level, needed to lead units and provide support. Four key actions are being implemented: 1. the Wellness Assessment and Education Program for all cohorts to help leaders stay fit to lead the fight;

2. a Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback Program to facilitate immediate and long-term leader development for all Army leaders by using teammates' input to identify and address strengths and weaknesses;

3. the U.S. Army Ethics Center of Excellence, at the U.S. Military Academy, will add breadth and depth to ethics and values training to reinforce Soldiers' decision-making skills as they confront a growing number of "gray-area" situations due to today's operating environment;

4. Secretary of the Army Pete Geren will formally assume the role of Civilian Corps Champion and designate Mr. Kelly as his representative to advocate for the transformation and expedite the Civilian Corps Enterprise System.

    The Wellness Assessment and Education Program is the Army's answer to help link mental and physical readiness with professional development. The Army's expansion of the APFRI program is a critical leader development program, preparing individual leaders to manage their personal readiness and enhancing their ability to influence the complex interaction of leadership, health and fitness for those they lead. 

    The APFRI Annexes will extend the institute's ability to apply lessons learned from 25 years of senior leader health and fitness programs. The comprehensive wellness and education program will enhance Army leaders' ability to sustain readiness in the face of operational fatigue. Over the past two years, APFRI has conducted pilot programs that identified operational fatigue risk factors within student populations.  These assessments identified operational fatigue risk factors that, if addressed, could strengthen and enhance Soldier readiness and our long-term ability to sustain the force.

    Programs at the APFRI Annexes will provide fitness and health assessments, identify at risk leaders, provide effective interventions and gauge leader readiness for worldwide deployment in the contemporary operating environment.

    The Wellness Assessment and Education program targets mid-career officers and senior NCOs to improve their ability to sustain the operational tempo demanded by the contemporary operating environment. At CGSC, USASMA, and other proposed APFRI Annex sites, the program will focus research and provide programs and resources that are focused on helping to use the PME time to reconstitute, reset, enhance, and sustain the operational readiness of PME students and to reinforce the linkage between leadership, health, fitness, and sustainability on the battlefield. This will allow the APFRI Annexes to provide effective assessments, interventions, and follow-ups, especially for those leaders targeted in high-risk groups at each site. The program will deliver mid- and senior leaders of our military with the capability to maintain optimum health and fitness in a sustained, operational environment.

    The leadership has recognized that increasing percentages of their students have had multiple combat zone deployments. The senior leadership of the Army invested more than $105.6K in 2006 more than $271.6K in 2007.  Future costs for this expanded program in terms of equipment, personnel, and program are estimated at $3.9 million in 2008 and $3.5 million each year thereafter. Personnel and equipment requirements for the expansion of this program have been identified. Position descriptions have been written for all 55 new civilian positions (and one military) and equipment and facilities are being aligned to support this initiative.

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For a TRADOC interview with Col. Tom Williams, APFRI director, about expanding the APFRI program:

Shelaine Tuytschaevers, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Army calls attention to domestic abuse prevention

    Oct. 10, 2007 -- October is Army Domestic Abuse Prevention Month and the Family Advocacy Program at Carlisle Barracks is raising awareness so families know that help is nearby.  

    Red silhouettes throughout the post mark "The Silent Witness Project" and the "Empty Place at the Table Exhibit" at the Root Hall cafeteria and will be on display throughout the month to focus attention on domestic abuse.  Purple ribbons created by the spouses of students at the War College will be handed out starting Monday, Oct. 15, at both gates as a constant reminder that anyone can make a difference.

    "The goal is not to get people in trouble, our service is not to be vindictive.  Many people are scared, or nervous about the consequences to their spouse," said Maureen D'Arcy, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Victim Advocate at Carlisle Barracks.

    According to D'Arcy, fear of consequences has been a deterrent in the past, but with the Restricted Reporting Preference, victims can receive medical treatment and counseling without command notification or a law enforcement investigation.  This allows more time to consider options and make decisions.

    "Our goal is to not only help the people in trouble, but to help the whole family heal, if one person is in pain, the whole family feels it," said D'Arcy. 

    D'Arcy explains that stress can contribute to domestic abuse.  Military members feel additional strain due to multiple deployments and extended separation, making reunions a difficult period of adjustment. 

    "We want families to recognize the signs of domestic abuse and know that the behavior is wrong," said D'Arcy.

    Spousal abuse includes emotional, physical, sexual, and financial forms of maltreatment.  Due to the unique dynamics within an intimate relationship, abuse may become normalized and silently accepted within the family, said D'Arcy.  The lifestyle is then tolerated, fabricated, or even perceived as justified by the victim.

    "My goal is to help make the change people see necessary to make their lives better.  Some people need a voice to help them do for themselves.  We're here to help people know they are capable, they can make a change in their own life," said D'Arcy.

    The Behavioral Health Office at Dunham Health Clinic provides the counseling for families and D'Arcy's job is to serve as a liaison that puts people in touch with immediate assistance for many things such as: financial, legal and medical services.  D'Arcy also makes sure these services are in place when families are deployed or relocating. 

    "Counseling is really necessary to prevent problems from being revisited at a later time.  People tend to care for their physical health first and assume they can cope with the emotional aspect by themselves," said D'Arcy.

    D'Arcy believes early childhood education is important in preventing domestic abuse.   She cautions that domestic abuse is a learned behavior and reinforced by a need for control.

    "It's important to educate, especially boys, at an early age.  Parents should correct rough behavior early on and teach boys to treat girls decently.  When boys use unflattering terms towards women, this can shape a negative and abusive behavior later in life," said D'Arcy.

    The Army's Domestic Abuse Prevention Month accompanies the 20th anniversary of the more nationally recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  In support of the military family, the United States Army provides education, prevention training, and resource referrals to help maintain a healthy and safe home environment. 

    "Nobody readily identifies themselves as abuser or victim, but we all recognize pain.  We have a responsibility to each other, everyone needs to look out for the other person, be involved in improving behavior and be aware of how dangerous domestic abuse is to a family," said D'Arcy.

    For more information contact Maureen D'Arcy at 245-3788.


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks team wins first place at Army Ten-Miler 

Four teams from Carlisle Barracks participated in the Army Ten-Miler on Oct. 7. The Mixed Masters team from the post finished in first place in their category.

Oct. 6, 2007 – A team from the Army War College finished first in their group at the recently completed Army Ten-Miler, held in Washington, D.C.

   The "Mixed Masters" team finished in first place in the open masters mixed category with a time of 5:04:23.

    2007 marked the 23rd running of America's largest ten-mile race. Each year 30,000 runners and spectators descend upon Washington, D.C. to participate. Hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the race starts and finishes at the Pentagon, runners pass such national treasures as the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Capitol as they make their way through the Nation's Capital.  This year 17,641 runners started the race and 17,600 runners finished.

    The day was more than just about a race according to one of the competitors.

    "The Army Ten-Miler was not only a great athletic event but an inspirational and social event as well," said Col. Ben Leitzel, director Air Employment Studies with the Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations at the Army War College.  "I had chills on such a hot day seeing the 'Missing Parts in Action and Wheelchair' competitors give their all in this event. It was also a good opportunity to ride the bus to and from the race with Carlisle Barracks runners including military, spouses, and international fellows."

    Some of the participants were:


Col. Ben Leitzel                        

Tom Graves                             

Leonard Wong                         

1st Sgt. Wendell Huddleston    

Col. Franz Pfrengle                    

Stephen Kidder                         

Maj. Gen. David Huntoon          

Col. Tom Torrance                   

Col. Lou Yuengert                    


Col. Susan Myers:                    

Christine Yuengert:                   

Col. Christine Stark:                   

Spc. Katrina Adams:                

Sgt. Radesha Dantzler:             

    Other participants were Col. Chris McPadden, Capt. Chris Paone and Lt. Col. Steve Elkins. There was also a team made up of international students from the Army War College. Carlisle Barracks fielded a total of four teams. Their results are listed below.

  • Mixed Masters Team: 1st Place
  • Male Masters Team (Army War College IFs): 5th Place
  • Male Open Team: 7th Place
  • Mixed Open Team: 36th Place

Highlights of race weekend include:

  • Team Competition – 650 military and civilian teams vie for team titles, such as the Commander's Cup, International Army Competition, and USCAA Ten-Mile Championship.
  • Race Expo  – A two-day event with running clinics and over 50 exhibitors featuring the latest in fitness apparel, running shoes, health, and specialty items.
  • Pasta Dinner – Traditionally attended by over 700 soldiers, the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington and the Sergeants Major of the Army, Reserve, and Guard.
  • Post Race Party - Features bands, entertainment, and a live broadcast.
  • HOOAH Tent Zone – More than 50 tents show their Army spirit and celebrate the race.
  • Youth Activity Zone / Youth Runs – Families can have fun on race day with Army displays, mascots, inflatables, and more. More than 300 kids, ranging in age from five to thirteen, participate in the Youth Runs.

    Army Ten-Miler proceeds benefit Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families.



Shelaine Tuytschaevers, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Volunteers help grow a new environment

Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander, Joe Manning, deputy garrison commander, and Tom Kelly, public works director, plant a tree during the post's National Public Lands Day celebration Sept. 29 on the Army Heritage Trail. Photo by Shelaine Tuytschaevers.    

Oct. 3, 2007 – Fifty volunteers arrived at the Army Heritage and Education Center on a crisp and sunny, fall morning to participate in National Public Lands Day on Sept. 29

    "Everyone has shown a real enthusiasm and a willingness to dig right in and help," said Keith Bailey who works for the Carlisle Barracks' Environmental Office.  Bailey helped to organize Saturday's volunteers for the planting marathon. 

    John Kurash, Audio Visual Curator for AHEC, helped to design what vegetation would be planted.  Bailey started with nothing more than an empty field just a few years ago and received $5,000 of grant money for this year's landscaping supplies.  Kurash explained that the gardens sculpted on Saturday were not so much historical as decorative. 

    "Saturday's goal involved planting over 90 giant green cedars and emerald arborvitaes to create a sound barrier so that the grounds around the educational trail will be more amenable to our visitors," said Kurash.

    Previously the area around the gazebo had been too wet, so Kurash designed elevated flower beds that will later display herb gardens and roses.  Other gardens on the site include an Army survival garden with edible berries and typical agriculture that would have been grown by Soldiers in a pre-grocery store era.

    With so many gardens, and so much ground to cover, some volunteers have felt dedicated to return year after year.  A three-time volunteer, Justin McCarthy, from the Central Pennsylvania Association of Corporate Council was one of many to help spread over 200 cubit feet of mulch around the trail. 

     "When I first came out here, it was just a field.  It's been very rewarding to work on the different nature projects.  I look forward to coming back in the spring to see what happens," said McCarthy. 

    Mary Winslow, a volunteer for the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and a retired Army spouse, has also seen improvement along the trail and commitment among the Girl Scouts. 

    "The girls really enjoyed themselves, especially since they could see their efforts at the end of the day. Several girls have participated for a number of years now and they enjoy coming back to weed the flower beds during the summer," said Winslow.

    According to Winslow, the Girl Scouts have been participating in the post's NPLD for more than three years and it is one of several environmental programs designed to encourage girls to participate in conservation, volunteer service and outdoor programs.   

    Madison Aumiller, a Girl Scout from Troup 67-974 in Etters, Pa., feels that participating in NPLD is the right thing to do.

    "I like helping make the land look beautiful.  Without plants, everything would be bleak and boring, so it's fun to do this, to make things better.  I know that what I plant will grow for others to see," said Aumiller.

    Some volunteers that couldn't attend on Saturday still found time to help.  Girl Scout Troop #520, volunteered to plant 96 gallons worth of perennial plants after school later that week.    

    Kurash is excited about plans for next year and extends an invitation to everyone.  "NPLD is about building community spirit.  The Army Heritage Trail is really growing.  It's open to the public and everyone is invited."

    McCarthy has advice for future volunteers considering joining in next year.  "Just do it, just come out and take a look at the trails, fill in the visual for the benefit of others and then enjoy seeing it all come to fruition."






Raven Rock fun run slated for Nov. 9

The 3rd Annual Raven Rock 5K Fun Run is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9,  at old Ft .Ritchie in Cascade, Md.  Registrations will be taken at the Ft. Richie gymnasium until 8 a.m. the morning of the run. 

    To receive a commemorative T-shirt participants must be registered by Oct. 19. The entrance fee is $10 (addtl $10 for T-shirt) and the event is open to all DoD ID card holders.  There will also be prizes given out to the top finishers.  All proceeds will benefit the National Capital Region Fisher Houses.

    For more information, please contact IT1 Holmes at comm. (301) 878-2817 (DSN 988-2817) or send him an email at:


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Soldier wins 'incredible honor'

Sgt. George Frame (right), walks and talks with CW2 McArthur Thomas along Ashburn Drive on Oct. 4. Frame was recently named the installation Soldier of the Year.

Oct. 3, 2007 – A post Soldier who truly exemplifies the Army Values has shown what loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage look like in action.

    Sgt. George Frame, Human Resources Directorate Non-Commissioned Officer, was named the Installation Soldier of the Year recently.

    "It is an incredible honor to be named the Installation Soldier of the Year," said Frame. "I mean, how many people can claim that honor?"

    For Frame, it was another step in a journey that he began after joining the Army in 2003.

    "My brother gradated from Basic Training and that's what really prompted me to join the Army," he said. "I was so proud of what he had done and I wanted to be a part of the Army too."

    Frame came to Carlisle Barracks in January, after spending time at Ft. Stewart, Ga., and a year deployed in Iraq in 2005.

    "The nice part about Iraq was the fact that my brother was there at the same time and we could talk to each other over the radio and see each other a lot," he said. "Of course our parents didn't like that we were both deployed at the same time!"

    Since coming to the post, he has been busy both with his job and the boards required for promotion and the Soldier of the Year.

    "I went to the Soldier of the Month board in March and it was nice to be recognized by those around me," he said. "After winning that, I went to the Solider of the Quarter and promotion for Sergeant boards. That was a tough time, but I really had a lot of support."

    Frame went on to say that everyone in HRD helped him prepare.

    "I got so much support and help studying for both boards it's amazing," he said. "Randy Carpenter was probably one of the biggest motivators I had." Frame also said that his wife Kristina also helped quiz him for the boards as well.  I have to thank the folks at HHC, my family, and of course HRD. If it wasn't for our outstanding team I wouldn't have be able to
accomplish this." 

    After winning the Soldier of the Quarter in addition to being promoted, Frame then went to the Soldier of the Year Board on Aug. 8.

    "That was probably one of the hardest boards I have ever been to," he said. What made it more stressful was waiting to hear whether he had won.

    "Right after the board we broke for lunch, so I had to wait to see if I had won. When I got back and they told me I had been selected it was almost relieving."

        Those who work with Frame agree that the accolade is deserved.

    "Sergeant Frame is a self-motivator, he is competent, articulate, and I am confident that whatever task he is given will be completed without error," said Carpenter. "Supervising Sergeant Frame and having him as a member of the HRD team is a blessing."

    After the realization that he had won, Frame said he felt proud to carry the title of Solider of the Year at Carlisle Barracks.

    "I still get pumped up talking about it," he said. "It's just a great honor, especially when I look back at all the hard work I put into it."

    The Canton, Ohio native said that he is also very proud to represent Carlisle Barracks and the people who live in the community.

    "They are what really make this place special. There is rarely an occasion that if I'm off-post in uniform that someone doesn't come up to me and say 'thanks for your service' or thanks me for being in the Army," he said. "That makes you feel really good inside when someone does that and I really like that about this community."




Pratt subject of next Perspectives lecture Oct. 17

    "My Ambivalent Relationship with Captain Pratt" by Robert M. Utley will be the subject of the next Perspectives in Military History lecture Oct. 17, at 7:15 p.m. at Ridgway Hall.

    Utley, a former chief historian of the national Park Service will talk about Pratt, best known as the founder and longtime superintendent of the influential Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. profoundly shaped Indian education and federal Indian policy at the turn of the twentieth century. Pratt's long and active military career included eight years of service as an army field officer on the western frontier. During that time he participated in some of the signal conflicts with Indians of the southern plains, including the Washita campaign of 1868-1869 and the Red River War of 1874-1875. He then served as jailor for many of the Indians who surrendered. His experiences led him to dedicate himself to Indian education, and from 1879 to 1904, still on active military duty, he directed the Carlisle school, believing that the only way to save Indians from extinction was to remove Indian youth to nonreservation settings and there inculcate in them what he considered civilized ways. Robert M. Utley edited Pratt's memoirs, and they offer insight into and understanding of what are now highly controversial turn-of-the-century Indian education policies. This is a personal account of Utley's experience with Pratt over a long professional career. It leads from his first book, Last Days of the Sioux Nation (1963) through his work editing Pratt's memoirs and includes research over many years touching on Indian policy and Pratt's role in it. It features some contrasting personal interpretations of the man.

    Utley began his career with the National Park Service as a summer seasonal employee at Custer Battlefield National Monument in 1947. Following graduate studies in history and a four-year stint with the United States Army, Mr. Utley became a permanent employee of the National Park Service in 1957. He first served as Regional Historian for the Southwest Region in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1964, he transferred to Washington, D.C., to become Chief Historian for the Park Service. He held this position until 1971, at which time he became Director, Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation. He was appointed in 1973 as Assistant Director for Park Historic Preservation. In 1977, Mr. Utley left the National Park Service to become Deputy Executive Director of the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a position he held until his retirement in 1980. His works include: The Last Days Of The Sioux Nation (1963); Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891 (1973); A Clash Of Cultures: Fort Bowie and The Chiricahua Apaches (1977); The Indian Frontier Of The American West, 1846-1890 (1984); Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and The Western Military Frontier (1988); The Lance And The Shield : The Life And Times Of Sitting Bull (1993); and Battlefield and Classroom : Four Decades With The American Indian, 1867-1904 (2004).  

DATE:  Wednesday, October 17, 2007

TIME:  The doors open at 6:45 p.m. the talk begins at 7:15 p.m.

PLACE:  Ridgway Hall, Carlisle Barracks, PA.

For more information, please call (717) 245-3803.

For updates and any last-minute changes in "Perspectives" meeting times and places, check the AHEC homepage:


Thrift Shop hours of operation

Oct. 2, 2007 --  The Carlisle Barracks Thrift Shop has announced its hours of operation. The hours are as follows: Open Tues/Wed 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and the 1st and 3rd Tues evenings 7-9 p.m.


Ann Marie Wolf, Prevention Coordinator
Army Substance Abuse Program Drug of the Quarter: Ephedrine

    The following information is taken from the Army Center for Substance Abuse E-prevention newsletter.

What is Ephedrine?

    Ephedrine, a central nervous system stimulant, is the principal active constituent found within Ephedra. Ephedrine can be found in many over the counter products, typically within several medicines (decongestion, asthma, concentration aid, bronchial issues) and supplements (weight/fat loss, appetite suppressant, energy products) that are typically used within the body building community.

History of Ephedrine

    Ephedrine, or Ma Huang, was first documented to be used by the Chinese, who have used the drug to treat bronchial problems for thousands of years. Within North America, widespread use of Ephedrine based products has only recently grown in popularity. This rise in use came at the same time that other herbal supplements such as ginseng rose in popularity.

    Today, ephedrine and its stimulants effects are sometimes abused as a way to get high with a legal product. For example, ephedrine has been linked to products such as herbal ecstasy and is a primary ingredient of methamphetamine.

How is Ephedrine Consumed?

    Because of its use within over the counter medication and supplements, the primary method of ingestion is orally either by pill or liquid form. But, like many other drugs, ephedrine based products can be ingested in a variety of ways:

> Inhaled – primarily used to treat asthma and other bronchial conditions.

> Injected – ephedrine based products are sometimes ingested intravenously to assist in reversing hypotension from spinal anesthesia.

What are the Effects of Ephedrine?

    Because it is found in so many over the counter products, it is common belief that ephedrine is a safe drug to use. Unfortunately, a recent FDA funded study showed that there are several adverse effects that can be directly associated with ephedrine use, including: tremors, anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, palpitations, cardiac arrest, stroke and seizure.

Is Ephedrine Legal to Use?

    According to the FDA, ephedrine itself has never been illegal and can be found in many over the counter medications. Purchase of products containing the drug, however, is severely limited.

Where Can I find More Information?


    For more information contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576.


'Real All-Americans' author speaks at historical society

Sally Jenkins talks about her book, "The Real All Americans: The Team That Changed A Game, A People, A Nation"  Sept. 18  at the Cumberland County Historical Society. The book tells the story of the football teams and the history of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The teams included 1912 Olympian Jim Thorpe and many were coached by Pop Warner. Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.

Story and photos by Suzanne Reynolds, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
New exhibits highlight Native American journey

 "An American Odyssey" exhibits depict history from the Plains Wars to the Carlisle Indian School 

   Sept. 19, 2007 -- Three local exhibits depicting American history from the Plains Wars to the Carlisle Indian School are the outcome of a coordinated effort by the Army Heritage and Education Center, the Trout Gallery of Dickinson College and the Cumberland County Historical Society.  All three exhibits are free and open to the public.

  Titled "An American Odyssey," the exhibits tell the personal stories of Army soldiers assigned to duty on the American plains, the Indian warriors exiled to the east coast, and Indian children who left their families to be educated at off-reservation boarding schools.

    "Changing Places:  The Army, the Indians, and Carlisle Barracks," will be open at AHEC's Ridgway Hall from Sept. 20 to Jan. 27.  This exhibit examines U.S. Army operations at Carlisle [home of the U.S. Army Cavalry School, 1838-71] and in the West with an emphasis on the campaign that resulted in the incarceration of a group of Plains Indians at Fort Marion in Florida.

  AHEC is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  For more information call 717-245-3971 or visit




  "A Kiowa's Odyssey:  A Sketchbook from Ft. Marion," is on exhibit now until Jan. 12 at the Dickinson College's Trout Gallery. The exhibit focuses on drawings from a sketchbook created by an Indian captive who documented the capture, the journey and the incarceration of the Plains Indians [captured in 1875 in the Plains Wars and relocated to Florida].   

  The Trout Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, call 717-245-1344 or visit



"An Odyssey Continues:  The Art of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School," is on exhibit at the Cumberland County Historical Society now until Feb. 16.  This exhibit highlights pictographic drawings made by students in the first decades of the school and examines the evolution of art instruction at the school. [From 1879-1918, more than 12 thousand American Indian children attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School]

  The Cumberland County Historical Society is open Monday from 3 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information, call 717-249-7610 or visit



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Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Korean War Air Force vet finally receives awards

Grady Miller answers a question after receiving his awards in the Letort View Community Center Sept. 18. Miller served in the Korean War, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and other awards but was never officially presented them. He officially was presented the awards and shared his experiences as a C-47 pilot with Air Force students and faculty at the Army War College. Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

Sept. 18, 2007 – It might have taken more than 50 years for Grady Miller to get his awards from his time as an Air Force pilot during the Korean War, but he said it was worth the wait.

    "I never really worked very hard at making sure I received them, but it really is nice to have them," the 81-year-old said Sept. 18 during a ceremony held at the Letort View Community Center.

    Miller served as a Captain during the war and flew more than 140 missions in his C-47 transport plane at all times of day or night. 

    "We were shot at during a majority of our missions, which made for some difficult times," he said. "I tried to put them out of my head as soon as we got back because I knew it wouldn't be long until we were going up again."

    During the ceremony, Miller was presented his medals, which included a Distinguished Flying Cross. Even though he had been granted the awards, they had never been officially presented to him until that day. The oversight was noticed by Neal Delisanti, Cumberland County Veterans Services Director. The awards were presented by Col. Rod Zastrow, the senior Air Force officer at Carlisle Barracks.

    After the ceremonial part of the program, the opportunity was given to the Air Force students from the War College Class to ask questions of Miller. This gave him an opportunity to share his first hand tales of battle.

    "I saw a lot of things I'd just as soon forget," he said. "But that's the nature of war, sometimes it's not pleasant."

    He recounted a story of when he packed his C-47 with more than 50 wounded servicemen, more than double the amount of people it was authorized to hold, when evacuating a MASH hospital. When he landed he was chewed out by the base commander but it didn't faze him.

Miller was presented with a shadowbox with all of the 
awards he had earned, but never received.  


 "The doctor told me when landed at the hospital that those people we didn't evacuate probably die," he said. "So I wasn't concerned with safety or regulations, I just wanted to get as many people out of there as I could." When informed of the circumstances, the commander later apologized to Miller.

    Miller was in the Air Force until 1965 and then went to work for Mellon Bank. He now lives in Mechanicsburg, Pa.



Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office|
Visitors transported to 1700’s-era Washingtonburg 

A weapons demonstration was part of the Army Heritage and Education Centers' “Market at Washingtonburg” event Sept. 15. The three-day event showcased 18th century war fighting tactics and also highlighted the many shops and business who supported the armies of the time. Over the course of the weekend, more than 300 living histories shared the stories and experiences of the people who lived during the period when Carlisle Barracks was established in 1757. Photo by Charity Murtorff. want more photos?


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
For post cyclist, LiveStrong ride more than just a ride

Pete Collins raises his fist in triumph after completing the LiveStrong bike race in August.

Sept. 10, 2007 – "The triumph was just too incredible.  49 years old, partly crippled, and fighting cancer.  110 days after surgery, and I had just ridden 100 miles, over a course that involved a total of 8,000 feet of up-hills."

    These were the words of Pete Collins, who works in the Directorate of Plans, Training and Operations at Carlisle Barracks, after completing the LiveStrong Challenge Century bicycle ride in Philadelphia on Aug. 26.  The LisvStrong Challenge is an event sponsored by the Lance Armstrong Foundation to and is a series of walking, running and cycling events takes place in cities across the country, to raise awareness about cancer according to the official website.      

    Collins, who has been participating in bike rides since 2003, was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and had surgery less than four months ago. Still, he said, riding in this event was important to him.

    "I could have stayed at home, kicked back and watched a movie or a TV show that day. I could have gone out for a nice dinner or visited a museum, or something easy.  But then, that day wouldn't have counted," he said. "Funny thing about cancer, you never know what news or event the next day will bring.  It makes it worrisome to put things off.  So every day now has to count."

    After being diagnosed and having the surgery, Collins said the opportunity to participate in the ride was something that he and his wife Karen never thought would happen.

    "This ride caught us both off guard because neither of us thought I would be medically allowed to ride.  We thought my radiation treatment would have already started and therefore had not thought seriously about participating," he said. "Besides, it was less than four months after my prostate cancer surgery.  I was not even allowed back on a bicycle until six weeks after my surgery." Karen also participated in the ride, completing the 70-mile course.

    After he got the okay from his doctors, Collins only had about six weeks to train for the race.

    "Because Karen and I do much of our riding together, she had not trained much in the weeks after my surgery.  So I was off balance from the beginning of the entire process."

    Collins said that he was nervous all the way up until the ride started.

    "At 7 a.m., we were in the parking lot on our bikes and heading for the start line.  I had 100 tough miles ahead and I just wanted to get rolling.  I focused on trying to rest and stay off my feet."

    Once he got going, Collins said that he tried to remember to pace himself and to make sure to stay hydrated.

    "I had stuffed my pockets full of various road fuel from home, but augmented it at every rest stop.  I think I ate about eight peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time the day was over."

    The day was full of emotion, which he said started to catch up with him near the end of the race.

    "I reached into my back pocket and pulled out a semi-melted Clif bar that still had a sticky note attached.  It was the last item of a "Cancer Care Package" my "unofficially adopted sister" from high school had sent me.  As a laugh, she had attached a note saying it was for that burst of energy to get you that last 20 miles. Little did either of us realize back in May that I would be attempting what I was doing today."

    "Common wisdom among runners is that the marathon happens in the last six miles, the first 20 are just warm up. One of the things that happen in the last six miles is that you tend to get kind of emotional.  Perhaps that same thing happens at mile 80 of a Century Ride.  All I know is that all of a sudden, the depth of some friendships hit me. And the realization of how many friends I had discovered I had since this cancer ordeal had started.  We'll just say that my eyes were sweating as badly as the rest of me."

    The fact that Collins took part in such a physically demanding race so soon after surgey was no surprise to those who work with him.

    "Initially when I heard about what Pete was doing I thought he was crazy!" said Susan Wise, who works in the Command Executive assistant's office. "I mean who else would put their body through what he does?  But then I remind myself it's him and he thrives on challenges.  I admire Pete and his conquests very much."

    Collins said that he never forget that day.

    "And I will remember that day as another day that I threw out excuses and just pushed hard on the envelope.  And somehow, my life is better now because I did."


Carlisle Barracks teams with Cumberland County for exercise

Cumberland County firefighters exercise decontamination procedures during a joint exercise held Sept. 23 near the Army Heritage and Education Center. During the exercise, Carlisle Barracks and county first responders put into action their training on how to respond to a hazardous chemical spill.  Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

Army News Service
Army develops new program for geographically dispersed families 

    Oct. 1, 2007 -- Secretary of the Army the Hon. Pete Geren and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey announced a new program recently to provide improved support to Army Soldiers and Families:  The Army Integrated Family Support Network (AIFSN).

    "Our Army must continue to examine the ever-changing needs of our Families and never cease in our effort to provide our Families a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their selfless service," Geren said.

   To reinforce this commitment to Army Families, the AIFSN will provide a new support network for Soldiers and Families regardless of their proximity to a military installation.  When fully implemented, this network will address Family issues head on by providing a single, holistic institutional network of standardized services.

    "In this era of persistent conflict, we can expect continuing deployments, and to sustain this effort, we have to eliminate the old way of supporting Families, and replace it with a system to support all Army Families with means that respond to a globally networked society communicating in mobile ways," Geren said.

    The AIFSN was specifically designed with "geographically dispersed" Soldiers and Families in mind, in both Active and Reserve components, from mobilized Soldiers to recruiters to Families located outside reasonable driving distances of military facilities. 

    Until now, Active, Guard, and Reserve organizational structures created overlapping lines of authority with regard to programs for Army Families. Each component functioned independently in facing some funding challenges in the delivery of Family programs.

    "We are transforming the way Families receive services and doing what is right in the process", said Brig. Gen. Belinda Pinckney, Commander of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.

    "It is a collective effort by the active Army, Guard, and Reserve and a huge culture change that will yield great dividends for Army Soldiers and Families."

    The AIFSN will link all Soldiers and Families to the Family services and programs traditionally found on installations, such as information and referral, predeployment support training for Family Readiness Groups, TRICARE information and referral, child and youth programs, help with ID cards, and other basic assistance to help Families connect and access Army services.  This effort links what is already offered and leverages those services in nearby communities to ensure Army services are available to Families closest to where they live. 

    Slightly more than $7 million has already been invested in the training and technology to "jump start" the program to create uniform Family programs across components. This funding provides cross level staffing, training, and advanced technology to reach our geographically dispersed Families.

    The AIFSN supports Family readiness needs of the entire expeditionary force and will provide more consistent and uniform Family services during extended deployments to Active, Guard, and Reserve Families.

    The AIFSN will also target new Soldiers and Families, improving their awareness of and access to services.

    "The Army cares.  Families will see the tangible evidence of that support each and every day as they seek assistance and support," said Delores Johnson, AIFSN Program Manager and Director of Family Programs at FMWRC.