Banner Archive for October 2008
 

Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Middle East Panel discusses regional issues

    Oct. 31, 2008 -- Debates over disputed border regions, economic reliance on oil, nuclear weapon proliferation, and the severe lack of water, arose before of a packed Wil Washcoe Auditorium for the first of two Middle East International Fellow Panels.     

    With standing room only on Wednesday Oct. 22, Army War College Fellows from 10 countries took questions from students and faculty members regarding strategic issues facing the Mid-East region. The panel began with a briefing given by Brig. Gen. Naushad Kayani of Pakistan that highlighted issues in three main categories geography, demography, and religion.

    Geography brought forth an important discussion on two resources facing strong scrutiny in the region, oil and water. Because of oil, the U.S. and much of the world remains engaged in the region said Kayani. The briefing suggested that Mid-East countries will face a problematic future as the world increases their demand for oil. Since oil remains the only valid resource in the region, Kayani said that growing demand and a finite supply may put regional economic stability into question in the near future.    

    Kayani dedicated several minutes to the water crisis in the region. With the population increasing in the region, demand is only higher, and water even more scarce. Kayani insisted that diplomatic efforts to negotiate water sources must be tackled as soon as possible. 

   Following the briefing, student and faculty questions covered diverse topics. Notably, one student's question about Kashmir led to an insightful exchange between the Pakistani panel member and the Indian Fellow in the audience, providing both sides to the story for listeners.

    Similarly, Afghanistan and Pakistan panelists both voiced opinion about the disputed tribal areas along the Hindu Kush Mountains where the majority of fighting is taking place today.  Understanding the culture and will of the people is imperative to success, they both noted.

    Additionally, all panelists voiced their main concern in the region as it relates to their respective country. The overwhelming response was the question of Iran and its advancements to acquire nuclear weapons. Several fellows repeated that weapons of mass destruction would only further damage stability in the region.

    Though terrorism was discussed briefly, it will be a primary focus in the next Middle-East panel regarding the role of the U.S. in the region scheduled for November 13.      

 

 


 

Reminder: Daylight savings time ends Nov. 2

Oct. 31, 2008 --  Don't forget to set your clock back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night, Nov. 1 as Daylight Savings ends at 2 a.m. on Nov. 2.

History of Daylight Time in the U.S.

    Although standard time in time zones was instituted in the U.S. and Canada by the railroads in 1883, it was not established in U.S. law until the Act of March 19, 1918, sometimes called the Standard Time Act. The act also established daylight saving time, a contentious idea then. Daylight saving time was repealed in 1919, but standard time in time zones remained in law. Daylight time became a local matter. It was re-established nationally early in World War II, and was continuously observed from 9 February 1942 to 30 September 1945. After the war its use varied among states and localities. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided standardization in the dates of beginning and end of daylight time in the U.S. but allowed for local exemptions from its observance. The act provided that daylight time begin on the last Sunday in April and end on the last Sunday in October, with the changeover to occur at 2 a.m. local time.

    During the "energy crisis" years, Congress enacted earlier starting dates for daylight time. In 1974, daylight time began on 6 January and in 1975 it began on 23 February. After those two years the starting date reverted back to the last Sunday in April. In 1986, a law was passed that shifted the starting date of daylight time to the first Sunday in April, beginning in 1987. The ending date of daylight time was not subject to such changes, and remained the last Sunday in October. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed both the starting and ending dates. Beginning in 2007, daylight time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

 


Caroline Williams, DeCA marketing specialist
2009 Scholarships for Military Children Program opens Nov. 3

FORT LEE, Va. November is a great time of year for many reasons – cool, crisp weather, tailgating at football games, Thanksgiving and fall colors, to name just a few. If you're a high school or college student and the child of a military family, you might want to add free college money to your list of favorite things because the 2009 Scholarships for Military Children Program opens Nov. 3.

    Scholarship applications will be available beginning Nov. 3 in commissaries worldwide and online through a link at https://www.commissaries.com and directly at http://www.militaryscholar.org.

    The program kickoff each year in November coincides with National Military Family Month, and the scholarships are a great way for commissaries to get involved with the community and demonstrate support for the contributions of military families.

    According to Defense Commissary Agency Director and Chief Executive Officer Philip E. Sakowitz Jr., the program has awarded more than $6.4 million in scholarships to more than 4,000 of the best and brightest children of military families since the program began in 2001.

    "We know that education is the key to a better future," Sakowitz explained, "and we're thrilled to be a part of something that makes it a little more affordable for military families."

    Commissaries are known for the savings they provide authorized customers who shop regularly – savings averaging 30 percent or more. In fact, commissaries have always sold groceries at cost, allowing them to pass a substantial savings on to their customers. The scholarship program is emblematic of DeCA's commitment to improving the quality of life of America's service members and their families by making military paychecks go further in today's uncertain economy. The program awards $1,500 scholarships to well-rounded, accomplished children of military families, meaning these families don't have to dig as deep into their pockets to pay for tuition.

    Only dependent, unmarried children (under the age 23) of active duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, survivors of service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military may apply for a scholarship. Eligibility is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current ID card. The applicant must be planning to attend, or already be attending, an accredited college or university full time in the fall of 2009, or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

    Applicants should prepare to submit an essay on the following topic: "What would you place inside a time capsule to help people in the next century understand military life today?" Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business on Feb. 18, 2009. At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants.

    Every dollar donated to the program by manufacturers, brokers and suppliers that sell groceries in commissaries, and the public at large goes directly to funding the scholarships. Fisher House Foundation underwrites the cost of administering the program, which is handled by Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization.

 


Keep 'em both close: late November swap-out for government travel cards

    The new Government Travel Card vendor, managed by Citibank, has mailed cards to authorized cardholders.  If you have NOT received your cards, please contact Citbank at 888-514-2922.

     If you HAVE received your new card, immediately contact Citibank to verify receipt. The new cards will be activated on Nov. 30. If you plan to travel during this period, please carry both cards. 

Our current government travel card contract expires Nov. 29.   

 


Jim Thorpe 5K run rescheduled for Nov. 1

Oct. 28, 2008 -- Due to inclement weather, the Jim Thorpe 5K Run was cancelled on Saturday, Oct. 25. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1.  

    In case of inclement weather the day of the event, call the Carlisle Barracks Information Line at 245-3700. 

 

 


Maureen Henne, Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club
Spouses Club luncheon Nov. 12

    Oct. 28, 2008 -- Mark your calendar for the upcoming Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club luncheon to be held Wednesday, Nov 12th. 

   This month's features the annual silent and live holiday auction. 

    "This will give you an opportunity to bid on donated wreaths, trees, baskets and holiday items created by your very own members of the spouse's club," said Maureen Henne, Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club.  

    Social hour begins at 10:30 a.m. with luncheon to follow at 11:15 a.m.

     RSVP by noon Friday, Nov 7 to reserve your seat.  To RSVP contact the following individuals according to your last name:

 

 


Slow down: Upcoming Carlisle Barracks holiday events

October 27, 2008 – Carlisle Barracks will be celebrating Halloween Oct. 30 with a costume parade and trick-or-treating. Lining up for the parade will start at 4:30 p.m. at Indian Field, and the parade begins at 5 p.m. Trick-or-treating will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Drivers on Carlisle Barracks are asked to observe the posted speed limit (15 m.p.h. throughout the post), and watch for the increased number of children that will be outside. 
  
   Youth Services is hosting a free Teen Halloween Party at the Letort View Community Center from 7 to 20 p.m. for ages 12 and up.

Alternative event also planned
    A Hallelujah Party, full of games, treats, fun and fellowship will be held at the chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a bag of individually wrapped candy and at least one can of non-perishable food for donation. Come as an animal or a Bible character, but costumes are not required.
  


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Jefferson Award for Public Service honors local Army spouse

  

Wendy Sledd poses for a photo at the Federally Employed Women's Breast Cancer Awareness program in the LVCC on Oct. 22. Sledd, spouse of  Lt. Col. Keith Sledd, an Army War College student, has been selected for the Jefferson Award for Public Service for her dedication to volunteerism. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

Oct. 24, 2008 -- An Army spouse at Carlisle Barracks has been selected for the Jefferson Award for Public Service, recognizing countless hours of volunteer service to her community.

  Wendy Sledd was selected for this award based on her volunteer work with Carlisle Barracks, Cumberland County and Pennsylvania.  Her work in central Pennsylvania, since arriving here in August, continues a decades-long commitment to Army communities and to children's welfare in communities around the world.    

    "My family is the military," said Sledd. Just as you would help any other family member by getting involved in volunteering, I am actually helping my own family.  I am able to connect and feel part of the community immediately after being relocated."

    At Carlisle Barracks, Sledd serves as a board member for both the Protestant Women of the Chapel and Spouses Club.  

    Since arriving in Carlisle, Sledd has participated in more than 55 events in support of Special Olympics, March of Dimes, Leukemia Society and Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is chairman of the board of the Central Pennsylvania Division March of Dimes and a participant in the Association of the U.S. Army.

    Sledd is a Pennsylvania Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Abused Children.  This is a special cause for her since she was born to emotionally and physically abusive parents, she said.

     "I was one of the lucky ones," she said. "I had my maternal grandparents so I did not have to go into foster care."  In her role as Mrs. Pennsylvania Galaxy 2009, Sledd expresses her commitment to Army families and children's welfare. She visits schools and organizations discussing an array of topics such as life as a military spouse, cancer awareness, drug and alcohol awareness, fitness, and volunteerism. 

    "She is one of the most caring and giving people I know," said her husband, Lt. Col. Keith Sledd, an Army War College student and previously the commander of the 299th Forward Support Battalion in Schweinfurt, Germany. Her volunteer work with community agencies gave her connections and access to resources that paid off for the Soldiers' families, he noted.

    "Her level of dedication is unmatched by anyone I have ever met and her efforts inspire everyone she meets," he said.

    Sledd previously participated in the Defense Dept. "Operation Tribute to Freedom" speakers program speaking to audiences throughout the nation about the sacrifices of Soldiers and their families.  She is an advocate for Soldiers' benefits and for military spouses' use of the Montgomery-GI Bill.

    A two-time cancer survivor, she has lobbied for research funding for the American Cancer Society.

   The Sledds' daughter Jennifer and granddaughter Paige live in Woodbridge, Va.

Jefferson Award

    The Jefferson Awards for Public Service is a national program to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.

    Local Jefferson awardees , like Sledd, are "unsung heroes" — ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition, according to the organization.

      In the Susquehanna Valley, six Jefferson Awardees were selected from applications representing each of the six regions of the Susquehanna Valley.  The awards are sponsored by WGAL-TV 8, PSECU and local United Way Agencies, and will formally recognize the awardees with a medallion, "In Recognition of Outstanding Public Service" at the Jefferson Awards Banquet in Harrisburg, Nov. 6.

 

 


Free hike to shed light on local secret

Oct. 24, 2008 -- On Sunday, October 26, from 2 to 4 pm, explore the bramble covered remains of the World War II POW Interrogation Camp in Michaux State Forest with Kings Gap Environmental Education Center staff. 

    The former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp S-51-PA was used to interrogate German and Japanese military officers from 1942 to 1945.  Learn about extraordinary measure taken to keep this location a secret from the local population during the war.  See the crumbling foundations of mess halls, a guard tower and flag pole, as well as POW and Third Service Command Corps insignia imprints in cement. 

    This leisurely-paced 1.5 mile hike covers brushy, uneven terrain and includes a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The program is free, but parking is limited.  All participants must pre-register and be willing to carpool to the starting point. For more information call 717-486-3799.

History

    The War Department acquired 120.4 acres by lease and one no acre permit from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Forest and Waters, on 15 February 1945 The Provost Marshal General established the Pine Grove Furnace Prisoner of War (POW) camp at the site. The War Department actually began establishing the camp as early as December 1942. Based on a review of various memoranda from the Provost Marshal General dated between 25 November 1942 and 15 May 1943, and the camp was operational by 20 May1943.

    The camp was classified as secret until 14 July 1943 when it was redesigned as & POW camp assigned to the Third Service Command. The camp was later deleted from official listings of POW camps on 23 August 1944 to maintain the secrecy of the camp. It is assumed the lease intonation related to the War Department's use of the Pine Grove Furnace POW camp prior to 15 February 1945 is unavailable because of the camp's secret classification. The camp was also known a. Pine Grove Furnace Internment Camp, Camp Michaux and Camp S-51-PA

    The leased acreage consisted of the former Camp S-51-PA Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp and included the existing CCC improvements The military style camp was constructed by the CCC in the Michaux State Forest in 1931.

    The CCC as part of a national revitalization effort, was established to prove work and teach skill, to the unemployed during the Great Depression the CCC workers performed forestry and conservation projects throughout Michaux State Forest. The CCC abandoned the well-maintained camp in the early 1940s with the onset of World War II

    The Pine Grove Furnace POW camp was established utilizing the existing CCC improvements which was a common practice of the Provost Marshal General's office, during World War II. Based on a review of various commands from the provost Marshal General dated between 25 November 1942 and 15 May 1943 existing CCC structures were recycled or converted for use as mess halls and barracks. War Department improvements to the site included the construction a bathhouse/latrine; four guard towers a hospital, a generator building, an underground storage tank (UST) and the addition of 4,000 ft. of fencing including lighting. Remaining CCC structures such as the motor pool and recreation buildings were utilized for those same purposes by the POW camp. Most of the structures were of wood construction and were heated by coal or wood stoves The cost of establishing the POW camp from the existing CCC camp was estimated to be $20,000

    The Pine Grove Furnace POW camp was utilized by the Provost Marshal General as an interrogation camp for enemy officers. All of the approximately 1,500 prisoner, that were at Fine Grove Furnace POW camp were officer, or non commissioned officers (NCOs.) Initially, the prisoners were Germans, including members of Rommel's Africa Corp. Japanese prisoners were later sent to the camp and kept separate from their German counterparts. The camp was not operated as a final destination for the POWs, as the P0Ws were kept for a short period of time for interrogation and then dispersed to other POW camps.

    NCOs were allowed to perform maintenance related tasks around the camp such as road construction and brush clearing. For the most part, the POWs spent their time involved in recreational activities including painting and sports.

    Approximately 60 to 150 guards were utilized at the camp at varying times during the camp's existence. When questioned by outsiders, guards were instructed to say they were stationed at Carlisle Barracks, which was located approximately 30 minutes away, to maintain the secrecy of Pine Grove Furnace POW camp Prisoners were well treated, although unlike other POW camps security was tighter in relation to the intelligence gathering activities. A reported is prisoners escaped from the camp and legends still exist that one of these escapees live, in the forest around the camp.

    Effective 28 November 1945, the Wax Department declared the entire site surplus and discontinued use of the site. The 120.4 acre leans was canceled, and the one no acre permit was terminated 14 January 1946. The site reverted sack to the Pennsylvania Department of Forest and Waters as part of the Michaux State Forest.

    Beginning on 1 July 1947, the entire site including the existing CCC/POW improvements were leased out to the Dickinson United Presbyterian Church. The church established a youth camp known as Camp Michaux at the site under the Camp Michaux, Inc. organization. The church renovated the camp hired a full time caretaker to live at the site and made improvements to the site including the addition of a swimming pool and upgrading the sewage treatment facilities. The church used the site until terminating their Lease on 31 December 1972. The site reverted to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, which subsequently removed the fencing and former CCC/POW structures from the site.

    The site is currently part of the Michaux State Forest. The Michaux State Forest District Forester familiar with the POW camp had no knowledge of DOD related hazards remaining at the site.

    (Information courtesy of a Defense Environmental Restoration Program release http://pirs.mvr.usace.army.mil/fuds/m-p/pinegrove/preasses/inpr/11c.pdf

 

   

 

 


Spc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post construction main topic at Town Hall Meeting

This home in "The Meadows" is one of 46 units that were built under the Residential Communities Initiative. Carlisle Barracks is seeing more renovation now than it has in the last 60 years. File photo.

October 24, 2008 – The hot topic of conversation at the Carlisle Barracks Town Hall Meeting Oct. 21 was the numerous construction projects in progress and slated for the future. The post is seeing more renovation now that it has since at least 1940, said Elaine Leist, Deputy Garrison Commander.

Construction
    Currently, the post is going through the Residential Communities Initiative project for its housing. Already there are 46 new duplex homes in The Meadows and 12 new homes in Marshall Ridge, as well as the 26 renovated units in Young Hall that were completed this summer, explained Ty McPhillips, project director for Belfour Beatty Communities. Construction has started on 58 new units in Marshall Ridge Phase II (on Marshall Road), and 24 new homes in Heritage Heights, formerly known as Smurf Village.
    Delaney Field Club House near the Claremont Gate is scheduled for completion in Jan. 2009.

 

Utilities Metering
    All of the new homes are now set up for metering of electric, water and gas consumption. The usage will be monitored to find the average usage for all households, and eventually residents will be billed if they use more than the "normal" usage, or refunded for using less.

    Mock billing is slated to begin in Dec., to help people get accustomed to the system. Actual billing is projected to begin next summer, McPhillips said.

     The metering and billing for utilities is a Department of Defense directive aimed at energy conservation. The system has already been implemented at several Army installations across the country.

 

Lifeworks Program
    Carlisle Barracks' Lifeworks Program, which falls under Belfour Beatty Communities, provides activities for post residents and employees, such as the photo of the month competition, yard of the month and is also involved in projects like Cell Phones for Soldiers, explained Kathy Beecher, Belfour Beatty Communities.

    For more information, contact Kathy Beecher at kbeecher@bbc-grp.com.


FEW sponsors Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon

Connie Middleton, 12-year breast cancer survivor and co-facilitator of the Carlisle YMCA ABC's (All Breast Cancer Survivors), 
spoke at t
he Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon Oct. 22, hosted by the local Chapter of Federally Employed Women. Photo by 
Spc. Jennifer Rick. 

October 23, 2008 – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the  the local Chapter of Federally Employed Women hoped to help raise awareness by hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon Oct. 22 at the Letort View Community Center.

    The luncheon featured guest speakers Connie Middleton and Leigh Hurst. Middleton is a 12-year cancer survivor, and co-facilitator of the Carlisle YMCA ABC's (All Breast Cancer Survivors). Hurst is a 4-year breast cancer survivor and founder of the "Feel Your Boobies Foundation."


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Opening system to emerging players key to global future

 

Amb. Bob Hutchings, Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, spoke in Bliss Hall Oct. 20 as part of the National Security Policy and Strategy program. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Oct. 20, 2008 -- Opening global financial, energy and environmental systems to new, emerging countries is key to a secure global future according to Amb. Bob Hutchings, Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Oct. 20 here.

     "He is one of the foremost authors on the emerging global security environment," said student Lt. Col. David Isaacson. "He has a clear understanding of what the future may hold,"

    "Global challenges will be no solved in isolation," said Hutchings. "The U.S. and Europe need to open the global systems to accommodate rising powers while preserving the fundamental values underlying it."

    Organizations like the G-7, International Monetary Fund and others should look to open their ranks to nations like China and India, whose roles in the international community are expected to expand in the coming decade, he said.

    "The impact of China and India are felt everywhere," he said. "We need to improve our global relationships with these nations and bring them into the dialogue."

    As nations grow and globalization takes hold, gaps between the "haves" and "have-not" creates the opportunity for trouble, Hutchings said.

    "Losers from globalization could turn to radical populists," he said. "These are safe havens for terrorism."

    Recent economic concerns shine the light on the interconnected nature of the world's financial system.

    "The recent financial crisis dramatizes how mutually dependent and vulnerable the global economy is," he said. "That means the solutions have to be global."

    Hutchings addressed the students and faculty as part of the National Security Policy and Strategy program.  He spoke the potentials issues of energy, environmental security, the impact of emerging international powers like China and India, and challenges to the Western-led global order.   

National Security Policy and Strategy

    Hutchings served as the opening salvo for the next USAWC course that explores National Security Policy and Strategy. The students will examine all the elements that underpin national security policy and strategy, the global strategic environment, national security policy and strategy formulation, the instruments of national power and the processes employed by the United States Government to integrate and synchronize those instruments in the pursuit of national security objectives.

    Throughout the course, faculty will challenge students to appraise complex national security issues that are often characterized by ambiguity and uncertainty using critical, creative, ethical and systemic thought processes as well as historical/contextual reflection and analysis. The outcome will be a better understanding of how global issues may affect U.S. policy and strategy.

Hutchings' background

    A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he holds an M.A. from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Immediately before joining the Woodrow Wilson School, Hutchings spent four years at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as a fellow and as a visiting scholar. During his year as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Center, he researched and wrote American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War: An Insider's Account of U.S. Policy in Europe , 1989-92 (Johns Hopkins University Press 1997).

Before joining the Wilson Center in 1993, Hutchings was a key participant in the creation of the strategies that led to the end of the Cold War. As a special adviser to the secretary of state, with the rank of ambassador, his responsibilities included directing a $1 billion U.S. assistance program for Eastern Europe, coordinating the activities of 18 government agencies throughout 13 countries, and serving as the principal U.S. negotiator with foreign governments on assistance issues.

From 1989 to 1992, Hutchings served as the National Security Council's director for European affairs. In that post, he wrote key presidential addresses, drafted and negotiated international agreements, and developed and implemented U.S. policy in Europe during and after the East European revolutions of 1989 and the unification of Germany.

    Hutchings is the author of Soviet-East European Relations: Consolidation and Conflict (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press 1983; revised 1987) and has written numerous articles and book chapters. 
     


Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
Creative Arts Festival Gives Wounded Warriors Therapeutic Outlet

Retired Army Sgt. Maj. Michael Slatton, a veteran of operations Iraq Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Desert Storm participating in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, said music has helped him in his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder. Department of Veterans Affairs photo by Gene Davies  

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2008 – Veterans of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are among more than 120 disabled veterans from across the country attending the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival this week in Riverside, Calif. 
    The week-long festival kicked off yesterday, bringing together medal winners in national creative writing, music, dance, drama or visual arts competitions. Each participant edged out more than 3,000 competitors to earn spots at the national festival, Department of Veterans Affairs officials said.
    Retired Army Sgt. Maj. Michael Slatton, a veteran of operations Iraq Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Desert Storm; and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dennis Linn, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, are among the participants.
    Slatton retired in 2005 at Fort Gordon, Ga., and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder. He and his VA group, The Heavenly Harmonizers, sang their way to this year's National Veterans Creative Arts Festival -- Slatton's fourth -- by winning a gold medal during a preliminary competition in Houston with their gospel song, "Jesus, You Are the Center of My Joy."
    Linn retired in 2004 and suffers from cardiovascular disease. A former military artist who once taught art at the Air Force Academy, he painted his way to the VA national festival with gold medals for three paintings in three different media: pastel, oil and watercolor.
    Veterans Affairs Secretary James B. Peake called the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival an extension of VA's rehabilitative care.
    "Creative expression is an important component of healthy living," Peake said. "This annual festival shows that real healing goes well beyond our patients' physical needs. Creative arts therapy has a key role at VA in rehabilitation and recovery."
    Slatton was introduced to the benefits of music therapy while undergoing treatment at the VA hospital near his Chicago home. He'd been singing in church since he was young and had his own music group for years, but now sings mostly with groups he's met through the VA.
    "It's true what they say: Music really does soothe the savage beast," he said. "It gives me an outlet and a way to express myself in ways other than combat."
    Slatton called the festival a great opportunity for veterans to share their love of the arts along with each other's company.
    "I love the fellowship of the other veterans. I'm hooked on it," he said. "There's no competition here, because to get here, you've already won. So the atmosphere here is all about camaraderie. It's a real pleasure to be here with all these veterans."
    Linn, now a professional artist in Rapid City, S.D., called art an outlet that helps him transcend his physical limitations. "Art has always been therapeutic for me," he said. "It cultivates your imagination and creativity and serves as an avenue for self-expression."
    Linn called the festival a valuable experience for veterans that takes their minds off the physical or mental challenges they face. "It helps take away the stress," he said. "This is a great program for veterans, and I hope more get involved."
    Annie Tuttle, the festival's host site coordinator, said a full schedule of rehearsals, workshops, art showings and other activities this week is showcasing the veterans' talents as well as the benefits of the visual and performing arts as therapy.
    A grand-finale stage and art show later this week is expected to be a program highlight. The veterans will exhibit their artwork or perform musical, dance, dramatic or original writing selections in a gala variety show.
    The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival is sponsored by the VA, Help Hospitalized Veterans and the American Legion Auxiliary, and is hosted by the VA's Loma Linda Healthcare System.


Dunham Clinic closures FY09
(As of Sep 2 2008)

Oct 2008

10 – Closed – Quarterly Commander's Forum a.m. / Training Holiday p.m.

13 – Closed – Columbus Day Holiday

 

Nov 2008

10 – Closed – Training Holiday

11 – Closed – Veterans Day Holiday

27– Closed – Thanksgiving Day Holiday

28 – Closed – Training Holiday

 

Dec 2008

5 – Closed at 1200 – Post Holiday Party p.m.

25 – Closed – Christmas Day Holiday

26 – Closed – Training Holiday

 

Jan 2009

1 – Closed - New Year's Day Holiday

2 – Closed – Training Holiday

16 – Closed – Quarterly Commander's Forum a.m. / Training Holiday p.m.

19 – Closed - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday

 

Feb 2009

13 – Closed – Training Holiday

16 – Closed – President's Day Holiday

 

April 2009

2 – Closed at 1230 – Quarterly Commander's Forum (1300)

 

May 2009

22 – Closed – Training Holiday

25 – Closed – Memorial Day Holiday

 

July 2009

3 – Closed – Independence Day Holiday (observed)

6 – Closed – Training Holiday

9 – Closed at 1230 – Quarterly Commander's Forum (1300)

Sep 2009

4 – Closed – Training Holiday

7 – Closed – Labor Day Holiday

 

 


Studio 54 Halloween Party Oct. 31

Oct. 20, 2008 – The Letort View Community Center will host a "Studio 54" Halloween Party Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

   Tickets are $35 per couple and the event will include Hors d'oeuvres, a costume contest, a DJ, dancing and karaoke.

    Also, there will be complimentary Kids Halloween Party tickets for children under 12 with the purchase of adult tickets. The kid's party runs from 5 - 7 p.m.

    For more information call 245-3991 or see the flyer

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
British leader champions NATO role  

 

British General Sir John McColl, Deputy Supreme Allied Command Europe, speaks to Army War College students and faculty in Bliss Hall Oct. 16 during the 2008 Kermit Roosevelt Lecture. McColl spoke about the important role that NATO plays in the world. Photo by Scott Finger.

Oct. 20, 2008 – The true strength of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is its ability to use all elements of power on the world stage -- diplomatic, economic and military, according to the Army War College's guest speaker for the 2008 Kermit Roosevelt Lecture, Oct. 16. 

    British General Sir John McColl, Deputy Supreme Allied Command Europe, spoke to the student body about NATO's past, present and the road to future success.

    "NATO is more than the sum of its military powers," he said. "It cannot succeed with the integration of military, diplomatic and economic measures."

    Operations in Afghanistan require all elements of national power need to be involved and alliance members must take a long-term approach, McColl noted.

    "We must be prepared to stay for the long haul," he said.  It is a very dangerous and complex situation.

    "It must be a far-sighted strategy, he added.  It will become more difficult and we need to be prepared for that."

    Alliances, like NATO, are key in today's environment.

    "No nation state can do this alone," he said. "Alliances are crucial to the success of any mission."

 

McColl makes a point during the lecture. Photo by Scott Finger.

 

McColl background

    McColl was commissioned into the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment in Cyprus in 1973.  In his 35 years of service he has held command and staff positions at every level of the British Army, served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. McColl also served as the Commander of International Security Assistance Force I.  In 2004, McColl served as the Deputy Commander, Multi National Force Iraq.  In 2005, he was appointed to the Prime Minister's special envoy to Afghanistan.

Lecture series background

    The Kermit Roosevelt Lecture Exchange Series is an annual exchange of British and U.S. military lecturers, dating to 1947. The series honors Major Kermit Roosevelt who served in both the American and British armies during World Wars I and II; he was the son of President Theodore Roosevelt. 

   Mrs. Kermit Roosevelt conceived of the program to honor her late husband. In a June 1944 letter to Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall, she wrote that Roosevelt was convinced that "a better understanding between the military forces of the United States and the United Kingdom would contribute in large measure to the preservation of world peace."

 

 


Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
Gates Promises Continued Commitment to Wounded Warrior Care

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks during the Wounded Warrior Summit at the Pentagon, Oct. 20, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison.  
 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates assured participants in the first Wounded Warriors Family Summit here today he will "continue to press forward with a sense of urgency" to provide top-level care and support for wounded warriors in a way that lays groundwork for the next administration's leaders to build on. 
     "I take the issue of wounded warriors personally," Gates told the audience of wounded warriors, families of wounded and fallen troops, and representatives of family support programs and veteran service organizations.
    "I will repeat here the pledge I made to myself, to Congress and to countless moms and dads, husbands and wives," Gates told the group. "Other than winning the wars we are in, my highest priority is providing the best possible care for those who are wounded in combat."
    As it presses forward, Gates said, his team will "do everything we can to set up the next leadership team for success" to ensure the work continues without interruption. "As long as there are wounded warriors in our care, we must – and we will – continue to fulfill our obligation to them," he said.
    Gates praised the "grit and resilience" of wounded warriors and acknowledged the families of the severely wounded and fallen who "have sacrificed and suffered for our country in the most challenging ways."
    He also extended thanks to volunteer groups and individuals who have worked on behalf of the troops and their families.
    Gates cited broad strides in treating wounded warriors, including warrior transition units created to help wounded servicemembers navigate the system as they get treatment and return to their units or transition to veteran status. During the last 19 months, the Army has dedicated more than 3,200 permanent cadre and staff to this effort to help nearly 8,500 soldiers.
    In addition, Gates described efforts to merge the Defense Department's and Department of Veterans Affairs' disability evaluation systems so one process will result in one legally binding determination. He noted that a pilot program is under way, and that early indications show the effort will cut by half the time required for veterans to receive full VA compensation.
    "We're making progress in improving the disability evaluation system, but we still have a long way to go to make to as easy as it should be," he told the audience.
    Gates also cited progress in providing care for traumatic brain injury, combat stress and other mental-health issues, and in eliminating the stigma attached with seeking this care.
    He pointed to improved evaluation and screening for anyone affected by blast or blunt trauma in the combat zone to help identify TBI, and the new Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center that centralizes responsibility for consolidating information as it promotes TBI research.
    "We've invested $900 million in this effort, which includes $300 million in research," he said. "And while we've learned a lot about how to better care for those with TBI over the past few years, we are poised to learn a great deal more."
    Gates also noted elimination of "Question 21" on the federal security clearance form. The question about seeking mental-health care was considered an obstacle by some who thought it might jeopardize their careers.
    "Although we have made significant progress in the last year and a half, there is no doubt that we still have a lot of work to do," Gates told the audience.
    He cited the frustrating and often confusing paperwork process, incomplete and sometimes contradictory information provided about pay, benefits and compensation, and gaps in information sharing between DoD and the VA.
    In lieu of the question-and-answer session scheduled to follow his address, Gates told attendees he wanted to be on the receiving end to hear from them. Participants took turns at the microphone, describing their personal situations and problems they face and recommending fixes. "I take these comments seriously, and we will do everything we can," he told the speakers.
    Gates praised the summit organizers for providing a forum where wounded troops and family members could voice their concerns while sharing their experiences and roads to recovery. These conferences are "vital to keeping focus and attention on heroes" and ensuring that the United States stays true to the debt it owes them and their families, he said.
    Gates noted that today's Wounded Warriors Family Summit served as a prelude to next month's Warrior Care Month observance.
    "It will provide an opportunity to highlight the sacrifices of wounded troops and their families, take stock of how much has been achieved in this area, and reflect on how much more needs to be done," he said.

 


 Oktoberfest brings German heritage to post

 

Frankie and the Polka Knights provided Carlisle Barracks four hours of lively music at Oktoberfest Oct. 18.
Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.
 

 

Grace DeAngelo, age 7, gets her hand painted at the face painting station after playing the ring toss moments earlier.  Hundreds of children came out to play games, jump in the bounce house and make crafts.  Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

 

Dressed in camouflage and armed with guns and facemasks, participants in the Oktoberfest Paintball Tournament battled each other in the inflatable combat arena. Many onlookers gathered to watch the fate of the players as they ducked and dodged thousands of paintballs flying through the air. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

 

Guests at Oktoberfest were treated to polka lessons given by Frank Hancock of Frankie and the Polka Knights, with help from his wife Maureen. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

 


National Red Ribbon Campaign 2008
"ASK ME, SEE ME, I'M DRUG FREE, BE ME – Heroes Remain Drug Free"

Red Ribbon history:
Enrique Camarena 1943 – 1985:  An American Hero 

    It was February 7, 1985 at 2 p.m. on a warm winter afternoon in Guadalajara, Mexico, when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena locked his badge and revolver in his desk drawer and left to meet his wife for lunch. Kiki unsuspectingly crossed the street to his pickup truck. While unlocking the doors to his vehicle, he was grabbed by five men who shoved him into a beige Volkswagen. One month later, his body was discovered in a shallow grave.  Kiki and his informant, Alfredo Zavala Avelar, were savagely and grotesquely murdered.

    Kiki joined the DEA in 1974 and asked to be transferred to Guadalajara, Mexico, the center of the drug trafficking empire. While investigating a multi-billion dollar drug scam, he confiscated thousands of pounds of cocaine, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana. He suspected the drug scam involved officers of the Mexican army, police and government. Kiki was a believer that one person CAN make a difference and he sacrificed his life to prevent drugs from entering the United States.

    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 Kiki Camarena and 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 and Letterkenny community are invited and highly encouraged to take part in this year's celebration. The following activities and events took place Oct. 23-31.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, October 7
    -Poster contest, "ASK ME, SEE ME, I'M DRUG FREE, BE ME" will run Oct. 7 – 28 – see flyer for details or contact Youth Services.

Friday, October 17   
     -
Decorate Youth Center – all youth are invited to join the staff in decorating the center, refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, October 22
    -
Posters and baskets of red ribbons will be distributed throughout post at various locations.

Thursday, October 23
    -
McGruff to visit CDC children with Red Ribbons and handouts, 9 a.m.
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Guards will hand out Red Ribbons at the gates in the morning.
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Official kickoff ceremony 1600 in the Youth Center with Garrison Commander. 
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Refreshments will be provided in Youth Center following the event.

Monday, October 27
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A display table will be set-up at the soccer fields with give-away items from 1600 – 1730.

Tuesday, October 28
    -
Movie-night at youth center (videos on drug-free awareness) free snacks.
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Display table at PX with give-away items. Enter to win dinner and movie from Subway or Anthony's from 1600 – 1730.

Wednesday, October 29
    -
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Presentation by Cumberland/Perry County Drug and Alcohol Program. Topic: Current Trends in the Carlisle community 1600 -1700, Post Theater.

Thursday, October 30
    -
Halloween parade on Indian Field at 5 p.m.
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Poster contest prizes awarded
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McGruff will be present from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
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Halloween Party at LVCC, 6 to 9 p.m., for grades 6 – 12.

Special Promotions:
    During the week of October 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
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Golf Course - $2.00 off an electric cart rental during a round of golf
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Skill Development Center – free self-help in the framing area and auto shop 
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ITR/ODR – enter to win a MWR Bus Trip w/purchase at ITR or ODR. Good for one seat on any MWR Bus Day Trip. Value NTE $20.00
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Post Exchange – enter to win free dinner and movie from Subway or Anthony's on October 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.in the PX lobby at the Red Ribbon Display table

 

 

                                                                       

 

 

 


Spc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Kids Fire Academy teaches youth hands-on safety

C.J. Cox, age 2, learns how to use a fire extinguisher during the Kids Fire Academy on Oct. 13. Josh Yale, post firefighter, taught kids how to stay safe and be ready in the event of a fire. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

October 15, 2008 – Knowing how to be safe doesn't have an age requirement, as shown at the 2nd annual Kids Fire Academy, held Oct. 11 at the post Fire Department.

    The academy had two sessions, with a total of 30 children attending. The kids were given hands-on classes to learn about firefighters and what they do to protect people in a fire.

    "The idea of the program is to give kids age 6 to 13 a glimpse of what it is like to be a firefighter, by participating in a number of tasks that firefighters would perform at an emergency scene," said Chief Michael Cain, Carlisle Barracks Fire Department Station Chief. "It differs from the traditional fire prevention program in that it gives the kids a hands-on, interactive activity."

    The kids got to see a fire truck and the tools it carries up close, and try on the protective clothing and equipment that firefighters must wear. They also learned how to use a fire extinguisher and put out a vehicle fire.

    The most popular event was the search and rescue mission. Cain and fire fighter/emergency medical technician Jeannine Lafranchise taught the kids the basics of searching a building for people, and then crawled through a maze blind-folded searching for a baby. They worked in teams of two, following a hose through the maze and maneuvering around and through obstacles.

Two participants in the 2nd Annual Kids Fire Academy work to save a 'baby' during the search-and-rescue portion of the class. Photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Powell.

    While the search and rescue was the most exciting portion of the class, the kids seemed to like all of it.

    "I can't pick a favorite part," said nine-year-old Ellie Knutson. "I liked all of it!"

    At the end of the session, each child was given a junior firefighter certificate signed by the Director of Emergency Services and the Fire Chief.

 


Behavioral health wellness class Oct. 22

    The Behavioral Health Clinic is offering a wellness class on Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Dunham Clinic Behavioral Health Wellness Room.   

   Pre-registration Requested: call 245-4602.

 


Benefits Open Season for civilian employees starts Nov. 10

Oct. 20, 2008 -- The annual Benefits Open Season will run from November 10 through December 8, 2008. During this period, employees will have the opportunity to make elections or changes in three benefits programs:

FEHB: Employees may enroll in a health plan, change from one plan or option to another (i.e., high/standard, self only/self and family), or cancel their FEHB enrollment during the open season. Prior to the start of the open season, the OPM will post the 2009 FEHB guides and individual plan brochures on their website at http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/. Employees who wish to make a change to their FEHB coverage must do so through the Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C) website at https://www.abc.army.mil or by telephone at 1-877-276-9287.

FEDVIP: During the open enrollment period, employees may enroll in supplemental dental and/or vision coverage, change from one plan or option to another, or cancel their enrollment. To learn more, visit the OPM FEDVIP homepage at http://www.opm.gov/insure/dentalvision/ and the BENEFEDS website at http://www.BENEFEDS.com. For questions regarding the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, please contact the customer service representatives at 1(877) 888-3337. Employees who wish to elect the dental and/or vision insurance must do so through the BENEFEDS Portal ( http://www.BENEFEDS.com).

FSAs: An FSA allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars for out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses, thereby reducing the amount you pay in taxes. Employees may choose either a health care FSA for out-of-pocket medical expenses such as copays, over-the-counter medications, etc., and/or a dependent care FSA for child and/or adult daycare expenses. Employees who had an FSA account in 2008 must re-enroll for 2009 if they wish to continue this benefit. To learn more or to enroll, employees must contact FSAFEDS at http://www.fsafeds.com or by phone at 1-877-FSAFEDS (372-3337).

Link to 2009 Premium Rates for FEHB and FEDVIP:

2009 FEHB Premiums

      http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/09rates/index.asp

2009 FEDVIP Premiums

      http://www.opm.gov/insure/dentalvision/index.asp

 


Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
Gates Pushes for Stronger International, Interagency Relationships

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said last night he's struck by universal interest in bridging stronger ties with the United States in the roughly 50 countries he's visited since taking office, and that allowing the evolving U.S.-China relationship to unravel would be a huge strategic mistake. 
    Gates also offered assurance that the military has no interest in dominating in operations best left to other departments and nongovernmental agencies.
    Responding to questions at the U.S. Institute of Peace's first Dean Acheson lecture, Gates called insights he's gained during meetings with his international counterparts one of his biggest surprises during his 22 months at the Pentagon.
    "Every single one of these countries wants to have a better relationship with the United States, wants to have a stronger relationship, wants to increase our military-to-military relationships," he said following his address.
    Gates said these countries view the United States as "the last, best hope."
    "They want to have a better relationship with us, and we just have to open our arms and welcome them into that relationship," he said.
    That acceptance extends to China, Gates said, noting progress in the U.S.-Sino defense relationship he insisted must continue.
    "China is a competitor, but it is not necessarily an adversary," he said in response to a question from the audience. "We are increasing our military-to-military relationship with the Chinese, we have opened the strategic dialogue with them in terms of where they think they are headed and what are their worries about us.
    "I think there is absolutely no reason in the world for China to be a strategic adversary to the United States," he said.
    Gates conceded that the circumstances or politics in either country could reverse the positive trend lines and create an adversarial relationship. "And I think that would be a tragic mistake," he said.
    Meanwhile, Gates assured a questioner that as he pushes for stronger coordination among the military, diplomatic and economic elements of U.S. national power, he doesn't see the military dominating in roles best assumed by others.
    Gates referred to former U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld's assertion that "peacekeeping is not a soldier's job, but only a soldier can do it," and said the military is happy to relinquish nonmilitary responsibilities to organizations trained to conduct them.
    He pointed to the provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, where, although the military is a big player due to the security situation, "there is never any question that the civilians in the PRT are leading the effort."
    "The military really doesn't want to be in the lead in these areas," he said. "We have to have the military and the civilians working together, and the reality is in these PRTs, it is the civilians who are in charge, and it is the civilians who are leading the way. And I can tell you, that gives comfort to the military."

 

 


Carlisle to dedicate Forbes Marker

  Oct. 16, 2008 -- A dedication ceremony honoring Brig. Gen. John Forbes (French and Indian War) and Carlisle's first veterans will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Veterans Memorial Courtyard on the Square.

  For more information on Historic Carlisle Inc., visit its website at www.historiccarlisle.com

 

 


Public Affairs staff report
Army leadership meets with 'next generation'  

 

Army War College student Col. Michael Higginbottom (right) shakes hands with Gen. Peter Chiarelli (left) as faculty member Col. James Boling looks on. Chiarelli spoke to students and faculty in Bliss Hall Oct. 15 as part of Anton Myrer Army Leader Day, in which Army generals and senior executives from the Pentagon spent a day with the students relating their perceptions of Strategic Leadership.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

Oct. 16, 2008 -- Two themes emerged when the Army staff spent a day in conversation with students and faculty of the Army War College: the challenge of adapting to persistent military engagement, and the commitment to Soldiers and their families.

    "With our Army engaged in two conflicts, it's imperative that we have the right personnel, equipment and strategies, but we also have a responsibility to our men and women serving. We have to balance our needs operationally with that of our families," said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.  

    "Here you get an opportunity to learn more about strategy and re-connect with your family.  You need to find a balance in your life and this is a great place to do so," he said to students – most of whom served recently in Iraq or Afghanistan. "We will need you once you graduate." 

    Chiarelli addressed the class as part of the annual Anton Myrer Army Leader Day, the capstone event for the college's Strategic Leader course. He described the strategic environment - growing population, extremism and information technology implications – to outline the challenges of adapting culture, policies and people for persistent engagement.

    The all-volunteer force has been incredibly resilient, he noted, as we ask extraordinary things of our Soldiers and their families.

    "With all of the world-wide changes going on, we are going to be placing more Soldiers and families in places that weren't originally designed for that influx," he said about BRAC-driven unit movements. "We have to make sure that we take care of our families.

     "We have gone ahead and moved forward plans to build new child care centers at installations all over the country," he said. "We realized that these new centers were crucial and pulled them forward so construction would begin sooner."

   

Lt. Gen. Mitchell Stevenson, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 , makes a point during a discussion in the seminar room. Photo by Megan Clugh.

 

    Another priority for Chiarelli was the care and support for wounded warriors.

    "It is our duty to take care of our wounded warriors and make sure they receive all of the care they need," he said. "I think we have done a good job but there is always more we can do and we respond to the needs of Soldier care." Chiarelli pointed out that the Warrior Transition Units have helped return about 40 percent of wounded Soldiers to service.

     Chiarelli led the "all-star" Army staff, following the formal address, in a series of seminar discussions about the lessons of leadership.

   "What have you done for our Soldiers today?" challenged retired Col. Geoffrey Prosch, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Installations and Environment, to the "next generation" of Army leadership at the War College. In wide-ranging discussions across the 20 student seminars, each one led by a member of the Army staff, a clear theme emerged about the Army's commitment to the quality of life for Soldiers and their families.

    In a seminar discussion with Prosch, students discussed the Army's dual commitment to reduce encroachment and protect the environment even as commanders ensure that Soldiers get realistic training before deploying to theater.

    With the deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/6, Lt. Gen. J. D. Thurman, the seminar discussed a future marked by ongoing problems of global instability, extremism, nuclear weapon proliferation, humanitarian aid, energy and economic crisis. Global responsibilities beyond Iraq and Afghanistan underscore the conclusions that pressure on U.S. military forces will remain high as the Army will continue to be involved throughout the world.

    In each seminar, students probed for insights from the seasoned strategic leaders. Thurman shared the lessons he learned since he graduated in 1995 – use your instincts; watch for flawed assumptions; look at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th-order effects of every decision; and make time to read, especially about the culture you will enter upon deployment.

   

Chiarelli addressed the class as part of the annual Anton Myrer Army Leader Day, the capstone event for the college's Strategic Leader course. Photo by Megan Clugh.

    Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, Director of the Army Staff,  leader urged students to manage stress and balance career and home life.  

    "Stress doesn't decrease as you advance in your career," he noted, and the ability to manage it will help extend not only your career, but your life.

    The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute is a critical Army program to help leaders through education about health and fitness, he noted.

 

 


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Oktoberfest comes to Carlisle Barracks

Oct. 1, 2008 -- Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 18 to attend the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest--an all-day, family-oriented event to be held behind the Letort View Community Center.  Want to see the schedule of events?

  Come out and enjoy the live entertainment, food and beverages, and fun activities that are scheduled throughout the day. 

  All events and activities are free; food and beverages to be sold include:  bratwurst, knockwurst, apple dumplings, soft pretzels, funnel cakes, ice cream and more.

  The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division. Note: sponsorship does not imply Army endorsement.

  Events include:

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Volksmarch (4 miles – Event site to CBks Golf Course and AHEC Trail and return, first 100 volksmarchers will receive free T-shirt)

 

A volksmarch is an organized non-competitive hike or walk.  Developed in Europe, volksmarching is good exercise and encourages outdoor physical activity for people of all ages.

 

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. – International Soccer Game (Indian Field)

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. – Frankie and the Polka Knights

1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. – Polka Dance Demonstration by Frank Hancock

4-6 p.m. – Nate Myers and the Aces

12-8 p.m. – DJ Entertainment

12-4 p.m. – Student Paintball Competition

2-3 p.m. – Hot Dog Eating Contest

3-3:30 p.m. – Bavarian-Style Best Dressed Contest

12-6 p.m. – German Car Show

12-6 p.m. – Craft Vendors

 Note: sponsorship does not imply Army endorsement.

  Kids activities include:

12-6 p.m. –

  • Coloring Contest
  • Inflatables
  • Caramel/Candy Apple Making
  • Pinwheel Making
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Black Eagle Puppets
  • Carnival Game Booths
  • Scarecrow Making
  • Potato Stamping
  • Mini Golf

 

 Read the Banner on-line for updated information and check the Carlisle Barracks Community Calendar.

 


Identity Theft: Army protecting its own in new ways

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 15, 2008) -- Identity theft is an issue facing all Americans and Soldiers and Army civilians are not exempt.
    Anyone who has worn an Army uniform or worked for the government in the past 40 years knows social security numbers have served as the basis for personnel and medical administration. In an era of computer file-sharing technologies, Internet access and credit cards, this puts the Soldier or civilian at risk of fraud.
    A prime target is the deployed Soldier who will likely not view his credit report for a year or more, said Lt. Col. Richard McNorton, public affairs officer with Army Human Resources Command.
    Soldiers, civilians and contractors should be aware of the dangers of identity theft and how to protect themselves from unauthorized release of personally identifiable information, he said.
    "We are well aware of the many years the Army relied on the social security number on all administrative and medical records," said Col. Jon Dahms, chief of Planning Support for Army Public Affairs. "I personally have old award orders and documents from 24 years of service that have my social and other folks' numbers on there too. This is the main reason we need to protect ourselves, because it may be hard to track the source of a release of this personally identifiable information."
    But these older documents are only part of the story. In the digital age, there are all kinds of security risks and scams out there. Listed below are a few:

″ Phishing - attempting to acquire sensitive information such as credit card information under the pretense of a trustworthy entity

″ Pharming -attempting to redirect website traffic to another website, while pretending to be a reputable financial institution or business.

″ Misuse of P2P -file sharing software intended for music sharing; may unknowingly allow others to copy private files - even giving access to entire folders and subfolders

″ Change of Address - diverting your billing statements to another location by completing a "change of address" form

″ Old-fashioned Theft - stealing wallets, purses, mail - to include pre-approved credit offers.

    The Federal Trade Commission advises Soldiers to inspect their credit report and review financial statements regularly to look for any fraudulent charges. FTC experts say be alert to signs such as bills not arriving as expected, denials of credit for no apparent reason, or calls or letters about purchases never made.

Experts say there are several precautions everyone can take to deter identity theft:

″ Shred documents with personally identifiable information before discarding them. This includes any financial documents.

″ Don't provide social security number or other personal information over the phone, through the mail, or on the Internet

″ Keep your military ID with you or locked up at all times

″ Never lend your credit cards or account information to anyone

″ Do not click on links sent in unsolicited emails. Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer. Keep the software up to date.

″ Don't use obvious passwords like the last four digits of your Social Security number or your birthday.

″ Don't let unattended mail pile up.

    "Attempts to steal identities can look unusually legitimate, and include standard forms. Earlier this year, a 'phishing' e-mail was targeted at the Families of the fallen Soldiers. The e-mail contained actual Army Web links and claim forms. The Causality and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center acted swiftly and protected these Families from the scam," McNorton said.
    The Department of Defense has made changes to protect its Soldiers, civilians and contract workforce. In 2004, the Defense Finance Accounting Service began dropping the first five digits of social security numbers to protect DoD employees.
    The Army is taking steps to move away from the use of social security numbers on documents. With the implementation of Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System, every Soldier will be issued an employee ID number.
    There are ways Soldiers can protect themselves and avoid identity theft. For example, Soldiers can set up an "active duty alert" on their credit report when away from their usual duty station. The alert will help minimize the risk of identity theft while deployed. When a business sees the alert on a credit report, it must verify the identity of the Soldier before issuing credit. Active-duty alerts stay on the credit report for one year, unless a request is made to remove the alert sooner.
   "The 'active duty alert' is one of the best ways Soldiers can protect themselves from identity theft during deployment periods," McNorton said.
    For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Web site at www.ftc.gov/idtheft.

 


U.S. Navy celebrates 233rd birthday 

Navy Capt. Tom Wedding, senior Sailor in the U.S. Army War College Class of 2009, speaks at the War College's United States Navy birthday celebration Oct. 9. The Navy turned 233 years old on Oct. 13.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations Navy Birthday message

    On Oct. 13 the Navy's 233rd birthday will be celebrated throughout the fleet and it is particularly relevant that we consider the influence the Great White Fleet deployment of 100 years ago had on our Navy's development. In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt said "A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace." This statement is still valid today as "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower" raises the prevention of war to a level equal to the conduct of war.

    Our heritage has shaped today's Navy and the core capabilities of the Maritime Strategy can be seen in the accomplishments of the Great White Fleet. The historic deployment of the Great White Fleet 100 years ago sent a clear message:

America is a respected world power, with a strong Navy leading the way. Today our Navy remains an essential element of U.S. power, deployed around the world 24/7, assuring friends, deterring potential adversaries, forging cooperative partnerships to maintain security at sea, and defending our country.

    Although the Navy did not sustain a forward presence in 1907, President Roosevelt envisioned the Navy being utilized for diplomacy and international partnership so he sent a portion of the Atlantic Fleet on a world tour to test naval readiness, establish global presence, generate international goodwill, and garner enthusiasm for the U.S. Navy. Today, the assignment of USS George Washington (CVN 73) to the U.S. Navy's Forward Deployed Naval Forces demonstrates the U.S. commitment to peace and regional security through strengthened capabilities.

    After a tidal wave hit Messina, Sicily, killing 200,000 people while the Great White Fleet was in Port Said, Egypt, Admiral Charles Sperry dispatched USS Connecticut (BB 18) and USS Illinois (BB 7) to provide assistance and food. In September 2008, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) provided more than 1,475 metric tons of relief supplies and 30,865 gallons of water to Haiti following powerful hurricanes that hit in quick succession.

    As we look to the future a great Navy cannot be built overnight and requires sustained support.  Our fleet is strong because of the support of our Sailors, their families, the U.S. Congress, and the American public over the past 233 years. As the U.S. Navy reflects on its past, we focus on the future…committed to continuing our tradition formed in 100 years of global partnerships and security executing the Maritime Strategy while promoting global peace and prosperity.

 


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Plan for new traffic pattern to start October 27

    Oct. 16, 2008 -- Beginning Monday, October 27, Carlisle Barracks will change traffic patterns due to construction activity along Sumner Road for the future Heritage Heights housing area. 

    During Phase 1 – scheduled for Oct 27 through Nov 10 -- traffic flow on Sumner Road, from the intersections with Delaney Road and Craig Road, will be one-way. To exit through the Claremont Gate or visit the PX and Commissary, you'll be routed along Wright Avenue and Butler Road.  Residents along Wright and Butler roads should be mindful of the possible traffic increase through the neighbor.  Detour signs will be placed along this route to guide vehicles.

    Phase 2 is scheduled for November 11 through December 14.  Sumner Road alongside the PX parking lot will be one-way toward the water tower and back of the commissary.  One-way detour signs will also be placed along route.

   Phase 2 will not begin until Phase 1 is complete.

   "As Carlisle Barracks continues its mission to provide better housing for residents, your understanding and patience will help the garrison build a better post," said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander.

 


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Current operations subject of new AHEC trail exhibit

 

Soldiers from the 385th Engineer Company from New Cumberland, Pa., work on the newest addition to the Army Heritage Trail, a replica of a highway checkpoint typically used by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan on Oct. 13.  In Afghanistan and Iraq, the  barriers enable troops to rapidly assemble a temporary checkpoint in a hostile area, aiding Soldiers in their primary mission to provide security quickly and efficiently. Photo by Lt. Col. John Warsinske.

Oct. 15, 2008 - Army engineers spent the weekend building a new exhibit reflecting U.S. Military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan accurately depict the typical highway checkpoint erected by Soldiers along roads in both countries.

    To ensure the checkpoints accuracy, Soldiers of the 385th Engineer Company from New Cumberland, Pa., built the exhibit using the same materials and resources as overseas. Visitors had the opportunity to observe the Army engineers build the checkpoint just as they would in Iraq and Afghanistan in the effort to protect Soldiers.

    "It will not only be a great addition to the Army Heritage Trail, but it will also be a great opportunity for our new Soldiers in the 385th Engineer Company to have hands on experience dealing with HESCO barriers, and prepare them for how it is done overseas," said Lt. Jerod Dalton, of the 385th Engineer Company. 

    HESCO Bastion products are utilized throughout the world by the U.S. Military to provide security protection for the troops.  The materials for this current exhibit have all been donated by HESCO, who will also join the engineer company in assembling the checkpoint.

    In Afghanistan and Iraq, the HESCO barriers enable troops to rapidly assemble a temporary checkpoint in a hostile area, aiding Soldiers in their primary mission to provide security quickly and efficiently.

    The new exhibit consists of a "chicane", a feature that requires approaching vehicles to slow down prior to reaching the checkpoint, a restricted barrier where vehicles are contained while being checked, a protective barrier for an over-watch vehicle (HUMMV), and a bunker for protecting the Soldiers. 

   For more information call (717)245-3971 or visit AHEC on-line at www.USAHEC.org


NSA Mechanicsburg hosting Pearl Harbor Memorial

    Oct. 15, 2008 -- To mark the 67th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mechanicsburg announced that a memorial program to honor attack survivors will be held at the Capitol East Rotunda in Harrisburg on Sunday, December 7th, 2008.  Once again, this year's event will be bolstered by a state wide community relations and communications outreach effort called "Project Pa. Pearl Harbor Survivors."

    "The aim of 'Project Pa. Pearl Harbor Survivors' is to let people know that there is an event taking place this year and that we are pulling out every stop to make this a very special day for a very special group of veterans and their families," noted Navy Captain Chris Vitt, Commanding Officer, NSA Mechanicsburg.

    Survivors, family members, veterans and the public are invited to attend this free event. The memorial program begins at 12:55 p.m. and is scheduled to last about an hour.

    Veterans and their families are encouraged to contact Mike Randazzo at

717-605-2448 or michael.randazzo@navy.mil to RSVP or for more information. Click on

https://www.cnic.navy.mil/Mechanicsburg/Programs/MECHANICSBURG_20061202184132 to learn more about the effort

 

 


John J. Kruzel, American Forces Press Service
Army to Assess Soldiers’ Emotional, Mental Fitness

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2008 – The Army has launched an initiative to include soldiers’ mental and emotional fitness, along with their physical form, as a comprehensive assessment of troop health.

   A driving force behind the creation of the wider-ranging appraisal is the high rate of post-traumatic stress disorder, with 20 percent of combat forces returning from Iraq and Afghanistan reporting symptoms, said Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Rhonda Cornum, the Army's assistant surgeon general for force projection. 

   “Being ‘Army Strong’ is, in fact, being more than just physically fit,” Cornum said last week in a panel discussion at the annual Association of the U.S. Army conference. “A lot of it’s in your head.” 

    Cornum recommended that the Army evaluate comprehensive fitness as aggressively as it does physical fitness. Similar to the way the Army grades physical health along an axis, scores will be meted out for mental and emotional capacity. 

    Strong fitness in these latter realms is characterized as high levels of resilience, adaptability, self-confidence and agility. On the other hand, if soldiers exhibit stress, insecurity, immaturity or a lack of discipline, they might receive a poor score. 

    Soldiers who register a mid-level score may undergo education or training, while those with ratings just below average might receive some form of therapeutic regimen. The Army will step in when soldiers need direct intervention, Cornum said. 

    The general said the most vulnerable demographic is members of the junior enlisted ranks, who tend to be younger than their higher-ranking counterparts. But the proposal entails comprehensive fitness assessments for all force members, over their entire careers. 

    At the senior enlisted level and within the officer corps, emphasis will be placed on training programs to help these personnel instruct and instill these values in their younger subordinates. 

    “This is going to be a culture change for the Army,” Cornum said, “but I think it’s really important, because these are life skills and capabilities that you can train.” 

    Joining Cornum was Army Col. Craig Currey, director of the Basic Combat Training Center of Excellence at Fort Jackson, S.C. He said the Army’s goal is to produce “ground combatants” -- soldiers who are as fit mentally and emotionally as they are physically. 

    The amount of time to transform civilians into ground combatants is more limited than in the past, the colonel said, as 80 percent of new Soldiers are deployed within a year after basic training. 

    “The old days of basic training and then going to a unit somewhere and learning from the [noncommissioned officers] really is not happening, because they’re ending up in combat,” he said. 

    The Army used to rely on role-modeling as its main mechanism for conveying what Currey deemed “intangibles” -- spiritual and emotional readiness for combat. Now, the service’s goal is to institutionalize such training through their new comprehensive approach. 

    Army Col. (Dr.) Charles Milliken, a psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Institute of Research, said that just as troops join the Army for different reasons, soldiers also have individual strengths and weaknesses. A more holistic initial assessment will help the Army steer individuals into more appropriate developmental programs, where necessary, he said. 

    “The goal of the assessment is to push people into programs sooner,” he added. 

    Army Sgt. Maj. John Heinrichs, who works in the Office of the Sergeant Major of the Army, welcomed the new focus on mental health, which he called equally important as physical health. 

    “Every dollar, every hour we invest in this, will pay for itself in the future,” he said. “This is a part of balancing the Army.”


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Negotiations topic of 2008 Sonny and Martha Moore Ethics lecture

 

Ambassador Robert L. Gallucci, Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, was the guest speaker for the 2008 Sonny and Martha Moore Ethics Lecture. Gallucci spoke about Ethics and Prudence in Negotiations with Authoritarian Governments, Oct. 8, in Bliss Hall. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

Oct. 8, 2008 – The tricky world of negotiations was the topic for this year's Sonny and Martha Moore Ethics Lecture: Ethics and Prudence in Negotiations with Authoritarian Governments.

    The speaker for the lecture was Ambassador Robert L. Gallucci, Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His 21 years with U.S. and international agencies includes service with the Department of State and the United Nations.

    Galluci was invited to address the USAWC student body on the core principles of the professional military ethic and their meaning at the senior/strategic level and enhance skills in recognizing ethical issues and applying ethical principles to difficult challenges facing contemporary strategic leaders, according to Dr. David Perry Professor of Arms, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management.   

    Gallucci talked about the complex environment that negotiations taking place today.  

    "Negotiationsare tough, especially when you can make a deal that meets your national security objectives but may have effects that are undesirable," he said. "In negotiations, compromises are the key, but Americans aren't used to compromise. There is an impossible standard when negotiating national strategy."

    The talk was eye-opening for the USAWC students in attendance.

    "This was probably the best guest lecturer we've had so far this year," said Col. Daniel Pinnell, Seminar 15.  "He was able to talk about broad concepts and use contextual references that we could all relate to. It really exposed some of the ethical dilemmas you face when taking part in these types of negotiations."

Gallucci makes a point during his lecture Oct. 8 in Bliss Hall. 
Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick. 
  

 

 Gallucci addressed the difficulties that face negotiators when dealing with nations such as Iran and North Korea.

    "Many times the expected approach is what I call the 'Gary Cooper' approach. You tell them no and they immediately stop," he said. "We all know that doesn't work and that's what causes some of the difficulty in negotiations."

    The lecture brought to the forefront an area many of the audience had little experience in.

    "I have never been exposed to this type of situation so hearing about it from his perspective really helped me understand it," said Col. Bob Barker, Seminar 10. "There really is no single approach that you can take in these situations that is guaranteed to work."

    Lt. Col. Shawn McGinley, Seminar 18. Echoed Barker's thoughts.

    "There are no easy answers," said McGinley. "Unfortunately it seems like it is a no-win-situation if there is give-and-take from the American side. If you give in just a little it's viewed as a loss. That truly gave me an understanding of the difficulty of these negotiations."

    The issues of ethics and leadership are two things that are very important to the lecture's namesake.

    "I think that leadership and ethics are two of the most important foundations of a leader," said retired Army Chaplain Sonny Moore. "Without a solid foundation in ethics and leadership you can't teach and apply the strategic lessons that are taught here at this great institution."    

    Students continued the topic in seminar discussions after the lecture.

Lecture Series background

    This annual lecture series in Military Ethical Leadership was created in 2003 to honor Chaplain Sonny and Martha Moore.  The series brings to the student body speakers like Washington Post reporter Dana Priest and Ambassador R. James Woolsey who examine issues related to ethical leadership of interest to both civilian and military communities. Army War College Foundation support to the Ethics series was made possible by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Russell T. Bundy of Urbana, Ohio, so as to recognize the Moores' contributions to the college and the community.  Chaplain Moore, USAWC Class of 2001, is a former Chief Chaplain at Carlisle Barracks.

 

 


Thomas Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Elections -  What you can and cannot do; politicking rules for government employees

Oct. 9, 2008 -- With election activity steadily picking up, defense officials remind members of the military and Defense of Department civilians that they're subject to rules regulating their involvement in political activities.

    Gone are the days when the military posted troops at the polls after the Civil War, an act that Steve Epstein, director of the DoD General Counsel's Standards of Conduct Office, said intimidated many southerners into not voting.

    Today, Epstein said two sets of rules help protect the integrity of the political process: a DoD directive for active-duty service members and the Hatch Act for federal civilians.  These rules keep the military out of partisan politics and ensure that the workplace remains politically neutral, he said.

Voting encouraged

    That's not to imply that military members and civilian employees can't participate in politics.  Epstein said DoD encourages both groups to register to vote and vote as they choose, and to urge others to vote.  Both groups can sign nominating petitions for candidates and express their personal opinions about candidates and issues-- but only if they don't do so as representatives of the armed forces.  Also, all federal employees can make contributions to political organizations or candidates.

Dos and don'ts

    Beyond that, the list of dos and don'ts differs widely, depending on whether the employee is an active-duty service member, a rank-and-file Civil Service employee, a political appointee or member of the career Senior Executive Service, Epstein said.

    Of all DoD employees, the men and women in uniform have the most restrictions regarding political activity, he explained.  A 1993 revision to the Hatch Act freed most Civil Service employees to engage in political activities outside the workplace that were once forbidden, although many restrictions still apply.

    For example, service members as well as government civilians can attend political meetings or rallies.  Military members can attend only as spectators and not in uniform.  They're not permitted to make public political speeches, serve in any official capacity in partisan groups, or participate in partisan political campaigns or conventions.

    On the other hand, civilian employees governed by the Hatch Act may be active in and speak before political gatherings or serve as officers of political parties or partisan groups.  They also are permitted to manage campaigns, distribute literature, write political articles or serve as a spokesperson for a party or candidate.

    Military members generally aren't permitted to campaign for a political office.  Civilian employees are, as long as it's a nonpartisan election.

    While the dos and don'ts concerning political activity may vary, Epstein said the basic rules hold true for all DoD workers. They can't use their position to influence or interfere with an election.  And they can never engage in political activity on the job, in a government vehicle or while wearing an official uniform.

Federal employees may-

  • be candidates for public office in nonpartisan elections 
  • register and vote as they choose
  • assist in voter registration drives
  • express opinions about candidates and issues
  • contribute money to political organizations
  • attend political fundraising functions
  • attend and be active at political rallies and meetings
  • join and be an active member of a political party or club
  • sign nominating petitions
  • campaign for or against referendum questions, constitutional amendments, municipal ordinances
  • campaign for or against candidates in partisan elections
  • make campaign speeches for candidates in partisan elections
  • distribute campaign literature in partisan elections
  • hold office in political clubs or parties

Federal employees may not-

  • use official authority or influence to interfere with an election
  • solicit or discourage political activity of anyone with business before their agency
  • solicit or receive political contributions (may be done in certain limited situations by federal labor or other employee organizations)
  • be candidates for public office in partisan elections
  • engage in political activity while:
    • on duty
    • in a government office 
    • wearing an official uniform
    • using a government vehicle 
  • wear partisan political buttons on duty

    More details about restrictions on DoD military and civilian employees' political activities are posted on the DoD Web site at www.osc.gov.

Military, civilian voting assistance

    Military can get help obtaining ballots from their home states and more from the Federal Voting Assistnce Program.  The voting assistance officers are armed with federal postcard applications and the 2008 Voting Assistance Guide.  The guide is also posted on the Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site at www.fvap.gov.

    Civilians who need voting assistance can pick up registration forms at local post offices, county libraries, school guidance counselors and the Motor Vehicle Administration.

   There are also people at Carlisle Barracks who can assist.

  • Installation VAO:  Mr. Elton Manske, DHR, Room 111 Upton Hall, 245-4898
  • TRADOC/AWC VAO:  Maj. Steven Toth, Collins Hall Room B010, 242-3265
  • Dunham VAO:  Capt. Jane Hicks, Dunham USAHC Suite #1, 245-3658

    Want more information on rules for military or civilians?

(Editors Note: Information used in this story was obtained from a DoD release)

 

 

 


Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, U.S. Army War College Commandant
Holiday safety message

Columbus Day commemorates Christopher Columbus' 1492 landing in the new world; the birth of a brave new nation.

    Holiday weekends intensify the potential for accidents, especially for drivers and other off-duty recreational activities.   Late night, weekend travel poses a higher risk, particularly when alcohol is involved. Every year, senseless injuries occur as the result of speeding, unsafe vehicles, and overindulgence in alcohol.

    We can achieve a significant reduction in safety accidents through proactive leadership and involvement up and down the chain of command. So here's our first goal for the new fiscal year let's celebrate this holiday weekend without loss or injury.

    Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. Return Army strong!

 


Ready Army: How to be prepared for a power outage

    Oct. 8, 2008 -- Electrical power can go out for any number of reasons. An unexpected outage can have unforeseen consequences. Without electricity, you may experience a shortage of food and clean water, as well as extreme temperatures. You should be prepared to manage without power for an extended period of time.

    "This is really a regional issue," said Tom Kelly, director of public works. "Our power grid is tied into the northeastern grid. If it goes down we go down as well."   

 

Rolling Blackouts

·         Rolling blackouts, or temporary power shortages, may happen from time to time when power companies turn the power off in certain areas to curb usage.

·         Rolling blackouts occur during peak seasons and hours and of energy consumption, usually in the summer, 4–7 p.m.

·         Power companies try to warn affected areas of planned rolling blackouts, but they cannot always do so.

·         The power is usually out for only about an hour.

 

Summer Blackouts

·         Extreme heat is usually the cause of summer blackouts.

·         Summer blackouts are dangerous because they eliminate the most effective ways to beat the heat: fans and air conditioning.

·         In the absence of these means of keeping cool, make sure you stay hydrated.

·         Take cold showers or baths to cool down.

 

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

·         Make sure you have flashlights and batteries including a spare battery or hand-crank charger for your cell phone.

·         Make sure you have a battery-operated or hand-crank radio or TV.

·         Stockpile plenty of nonperishable food and bottled water.

·         Back up computer files regularly.

·         Get an emergency supply kit.

·         Make a family emergency plan.

 

What to Do If There Is a Power Outage

·         Use flashlights rather than candles for light to minimize risk of fire.

·         Turn off the electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.

·         Water purification systems may not be functioning when the power goes out, so water may be unsafe to use. Drink and use water that has been bottled, boiled or treated with iodine tablets and a filtration system.

·         Try not to open the freezer or refrigerator too much. A full freezer should keep food for 48 hours.

·         Pack dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, refrigerated medicines and other items that can quickly spoil in a cooler surrounded by ice to extend their usability.

 

What to Do If There Is a Power Outage (continued)

·         If the power goes out in extreme heat:

○        Stay hydrated, drinking a glass of water every 15–20 minutes.

○        Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

○        Keep the air circulating by opening doors and windows.

○        Be aware of the possibility for a heat-related injury.

·         If the power goes out in extreme cold:

○        Wear several layers of warm clothing.

○        Keep moving to stay warm.

○        Be aware of the possibility of hypothermia, which happens when one's body temperature falls below 95˚F.

Where to Find Additional Information

American Red Cross

○        www.redcross.org/static/file_cont1359_lang0_609.pdf

○        www.redcross.org/static/file_cont3461_lang0_1352.pdf

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

○        www.bt.cdc.gov/poweroutage/pdf/poweroutage.pdf

○        www.bt.cdc.gov/poweroutage/pdf/blackout.pdf

 

 

 


Thorpe Hall hours of operation for the weekend

The Thorpe Hall Gym will be open for the following hours over the holiday weekend:

Friday, October 10: 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 11: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 12: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, October 13: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
AUSA gives USAWC students a chance to hear senior leaders

Col. Chris Fry, member of Seminar 16, meets longtime hero Maj. Gen. Byron Bagby, Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, at the 1st Region reception at the Association of the United States Army exposition in Washington D.C. on Oct. 7. More than 40 USAWC students attended the event to listen to speakers, including Gen. David Petraeus, the incoming CENTCOM Commander. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

 

Oct. 9, 2008 -- Nearly 40 U.S. Army War College students fought Washington D.C. morning traffic to attend the annual Association of the United States Army meeting and exposition held at the districts' convention center on Tuesday.

    Though the students left the exposition with bags full of everything from Camelbak water bottles to Raytheon posters, they said it was the speakers at the event that truly served as their highlight.

    "Certainly the greatest part of the day was getting to hear so many great leaders speak," said Col. Jim Nickolas, a member of Seminar Three. 

  General David Petraeus, the incoming CENTCOM Commander, gave a speech that was attended by so many that it forced the majority of the USAWC students to listen from an overflow room. Though the students may not have been in the same room as the commander, they said they felt the impact of his words.

    "Hearing General Petraeus give his assessment on Iraq, all that goes into the surge and not just having more troops, but also applying political pressure, was very interesting," said Nickolas.  "He provided a good progress report and talked about responsibly drawing down our numbers."

    Petraeus was only one of the many speakers of the day that the students attended.  In a forum held on Army Force Generation, General Charles C. Campbell, U.S. Army Forces Command and Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, Army Reserve Commander lent their voices. 

    "I thought both generals did a great job in explaining their role and goals in refining the process," said Lt. Col. Ernest Erlandson, a member of Seminar Three.  "As a reservist it was good to hear the commander speak."

    Erlandson was not the only student who had opportunity to see someone they said they hold in great esteem.  Both Lt. Col. Chris Fry, a member of Seminar 16, and Col. Sylvester Cotton, a member of Seminar Two, met and conversed with one of their personal heroes, Maj. Gen. Byron Bagby, the Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army.

    "Today was just a great opportunity to meet people.  I have always looked up to General Bagby and I actually got to speak with him," said Fry.

    Additionally, about half of the students attended the Dwight David Eisenhower reception and luncheon where the Army Chief of Staff, General George W. Casey gave the keynote address.

    "Certainly seeing the Chief of Staff at the luncheon was the highlight of the trip," said attendee Lt. Col. Joe Sledd, a member of Seminar Five.   

During an address at the 2008 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, which runs Oct. 6-8 in Washington, D.C., Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey said he sees a future for the Army involving persistent conflict, dominated by warfare that is "decidedly different than the character of conflict" that has predominated his career. He said the Army should expect to deal with enemies that are not bound by internationally recognized standards of behavior. Photo by C. Todd Lopez.

    Students also commented that throughout the day they were constantly running into people they knew. 

    "I ran into guys I served with as a captain and a platoon leader," said Nickolas. "The event just really reinforced the idea that the Army is a small family."

    While students spent much of the day attending speakers, they also had the opportunity to meander through the several hundred booths that covered the convention floor.  The exhibits consisted of various private companies, such as General Electric and Lockheed Martin, which work closely with the military, as well as military associations and units, such as Army Family Programs, Army National Guard, or U.S. Special Operations Command.

    As students walked from booth to booth they had the chance to learn about the company or unit through videos, simulations, or hands-on interaction. 

    AUSA holds their annual meeting and exposition every October following the Army 10-Miler.  All Army Soldiers, families, reservists, guardsmen, retirees, veterans, and DA civilians are invited to attend.

    For more on the AUSA meeting check the AUSA website or www.army.mil

 

 


Kay Blakley, DeCA home economist
Child-pleasing lunchbox recipes

FORT LEE, Va. How long is school usually in session before you start running short of good ideas to pack for lunch? For most of us, it doesn't take long. Faced with the laundry list of limitations a school lunchbox presents it's no wonder, either!

    Don't pack fragile items – they'll be smashed beyond recognition long before lunchtime rolls around. Avoid foods that announce their presences with a strong aroma, because a loud chorus of, "yuk!" from fellow diners is enough to damage a young psyche for the remainder of the school year. 

    Do try to make it healthy, but tread carefully, especially when it comes to sweets and treats. You don't want fellow diners to insist on sharing their high sugar, high fat treats with your child because they see his treat choice as totally too pitiful, now do you? Treats like graham crackers, animal crackers, fig bars, oatmeal raisin cookies, and gingersnaps are all healthy choices that won't cause too much of an uproar.

    Other handy tips and tricks include relying often on sturdy, healthy foods that require no refrigeration. These include whole fruits and vegetables like apples, oranges, red and green grapes, cherry or grape tomatoes, baby carrots and sugar snap peas. Canned meats and fish, as well as small cans of baked beans or spaghetti, are all appropriate lunchbox fare, and all keep well at room temperature. As do hard cheeses, breads (try to make them whole grain now and then) crackers, peanut butter, jelly, mustard and pickles.

    Add these tips to our collection of lunchbox recipes and you just might make it to the end of semester before needing a new round of ideas. Visit Kay's Kitchen on the Web at http://www.commissaries.com.

 

 


Parking lot to close for training

The parking lot adjacent to Armstrong Hall (Building 314) and Army Fitness Research Institute (Building 315) on Lovell Avenue will be closed on Sunday, October 12 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Motorcycle Safety Training.


C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service
Army Secretary announces 'Year of NCO' at AUSA meeting

Staff Sgt. James Gibson scans the terrain while his battle buddies keep a watchful eye from the water during training on Camp Atterbury, Ind., Sept. 20, 2008. During the opening of the annual AUSA meeting, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren named 2009 as "Year of the Noncommissioned Officer." Photo by Sgt. Sheila Holifield.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 6, 2008) -- During his keynote address at the opening of the 2008 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren announced that 2009 would be "the Year Of The Noncommissioned Officer." You can read the full transcript here
    "At the front of every Army mission in the United States or overseas, you'll find a non-commissioned officer," he said. "They know their mission, they know their equipment, but most importantly, they know their Soldiers."
    The secretary said that during the year, the Army will accelerate NCO development of strategic initiatives, develop new initiatives that enhance the training, education, capability, and utilization of the NCO corps, showcase the NCO story to the Army and the American people, and honor the sacrifices and celebrate contributions of the NCO Corps, past and present.
    "Today's NCO operates autonomously, and always with confidence and competence," he said. "Our NCOs are empowered and trusted like no other NCO in the world, and most advanced armies in the world today are going to school on our model."
    More than 3,000 Soldiers, civilians and military personnel from allied nations gathered Oct. 6 for the opening of the 2008 AUSA meeting.
    The opening event of the three-day meeting, themed "America's Army: The Strength of the Nation," featured music, reflection on the history of the Army, presentation of AUSA awards and Secretary Geren's address.
    Due to a changing administration, the secretary said this has been a year of "lasts" for him: last budget to prepare, last time representing the service at an Army-Navy game, last time talking with Soldiers as their secretary, and last time addressing an AUSA meeting. He told the gathered crowd he's talked about people -- those Soldiers, Army families and civilians that make up the Army.
    "I came to the Pentagon late summer of 2001, and I was in the Pentagon the morning of 9/11," he said. "And for seven years, I've watched Soldiers go off to war, and watched their families stand with them. I've been inspired by the service of our Soldiers, and humbled by the sacrifice of their families -- spouses and kids, moms and dads. And it's the privilege of a lifetime to work with and for Soldiers and Army families."
    The first priority of the Army, Geren said, are the loved ones in harm's way.
    "They are front of mind 24 hours a day, and we're committed to meeting with urgency the ever-changing life and death needs and demands of our Soldiers in Afghanistan and in Iraq," Geren said. "And not just meet their needs and meet the evolving threats, but anticipate, and do everything we can to get ahead of the threat. And care for those who have borne the battle, and their loved ones. These are moral duties of the highest order for our nation and our Army."
    The secretary also talked about an often unseen portion of the military -- those who deliver goods and services to the fighting force: the Army logisticians.
    "We have 250,000 Soldiers in 80 countries, and we've been at war for seven years, with 140,000 Soldiers in theater today," he said. "Nobody ever asks, who feeds those guys? Our logisticians are victims of their own success. Their work is so good it is invisible -- it's a given. Wherever our Army goes, whatever our Soldiers need, whenever they need it, they get it. The miracle of Army logistics."
    According to Geren, the Army logistics community repairs over 14,000 vehicles every year -- a number equal to the number of yellow cabs in New York City. They also move more than 700,000 personnel in and out of theater, equal to the entire population of Charlotte, N.C. And each day, he said, Army logisticians provide 750,000 meals in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. They also dispense enough fuel in theater to fill up 750,000 cars -- nearly four times the number of vehicles registered in Washington, D.C.
    "We talked much about the surge -- 15,000 more Soldiers in Iraq -- but nobody ever mentioned that Army logisticians would serve 45,000 more meals each day, and ship 120,000 more gallons of water each day," he said. "Army logisticians -- invisible, because they're so good at what they do, and absolutely indispensable."
    During the course of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, over 619 sustainment and support Soldiers have given their lives, the secretary said.
    Secretary Geren also pointed out the historic anniversaries the Army has celebrated in 2008, including the 25th anniversary of the Army Family Action Plan, the 30th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Women's Army Corps, and the 60th anniversary of the integration of the U.S. military.
    "Sixty years ago, our Army did not stand as one," he said. "It was not a single band of brothers, rather, a collection of bands of brothers divided by race."
    The policy then, he said, was that the Army was separate, but "hardly equal."
"(It was a) cruel irony of our nation sending Soldiers to fight for freedom against the Germans -- yet affording privileges to white German prisoners of war held in the United States that were denied to the African-American Soldiers who guarded them," the secretary said.
    On July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, declaring "there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin."
    "With the stroke of a pen, President Truman launched the Army on the path to the color-blind institution we know today," Geren said. "The Army moved slowly and stubbornly at first, but now stands as the model for equal opportunity in our nation. Today, we have an Army where the only colors that matter are red, white, and blue."
    Geren also took time to reiterate another priority of the Army -- the elimination of sexual assault within the ranks.
    "The brothers and sisters of our Army must be able to count on each other, wherever they are, in the battlefield or in the barracks, and whenever, on duty or off, no matter the cost," he said. "We will create a climate of zero tolerance for gender-based misconduct -- in attitude, word, and deed, and become fully, as our values demand, a band of brothers and sisters."
    During the opening ceremony of the exposition, retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, AUSA president, named the recipients of the annual AUSA awards. Recipients of the awards include:

-- Gen. Creighton W. Abrams Medal: retired Maj. Gen. John A. Hemphill, Steilacoom, Wash.

-- Maj. Gen. Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal: Col. Michael T. Plummer, Watertown, N.Y.

-- Lt. Gen. Raymond S. McLain Medal: Maj. Gen. William H. Wade II, Sacramento, Cal.

-- Maj. Gen. James Earl Rudder Medal: Maj. Gen. Craig Bambrough, South Riding, Va.

-- Sgt. Maj. Of the Army William G. Bainbridge Noncommissioned Officer Medal: Command Sgt. Maj. Mark C. Avery, El Paso, Texas

-- The AUSA Department of the Army Civilian of the Year Award: Allen Tyree, Las Cruces, N.M

-- The AUSA Newell Rubbermaid Volunteer Family of the Year Award: Lt. Col. Ronald and Sherry Rallis; daughters Jessica and Katrina; sons Ronald Jr., Nicholas and Justus; Fullerton, Cal.

The AUSA meeting runs through Wednesday.

 

 


John J. Kruzel, American Forces Press Service
Army officials tout success of Warrior Transition Units

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2008 – Before a major newspaper shed light on the sub-par outpatient conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here, the hospital had appointed one soldier to track the recoveries of 200 wounded troops, an Army official said. 
    But now, some 20 months after publication of the provocative series, the Army has three dozen Warrior Transition Units across the country dedicated to nurturing the wounded back to health and even into civilian life, Army Brig. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, director of the Warrior Care and Transition Program, said today.
    "If you compare this to Walter Reed and the organization we had in place in February 2007 when the articles from the Washington Post came out, we had one noncommissioned officer responsible for a couple hundred soldiers," he said. "That soldier, in fact, was also a cancer patient."
    The key to the 36 transition units across the country is what the Army calls its "triad" of care. One primary-care manager is assigned to 200 soldiers, a nurse case manager is responsible for 20 soldiers, and each squad leader monitors 10. Medical personnel provide individual attention at every turn and coordinate closely to ensure no detail falls through the cracks, officials said.
    "Warrior Transition Units [allow us] to house and manage and lead all the soldiers that are going through medical treatment to either return them to the force or to civilian life if necessary," Cheek told an audience at the Association of the U.S. Army conference.
    The general also addressed how the Army has mitigated the chaotic bureaucracy that families faced while attempting to visit the injured servicemember they love. Thanks to the Soldier Family Assistance Center, he said, connecting wounded troops and family members is far easier than in the past.
    "When the Walter Reed articles were first written, families would have to go all over the place on the Army installation just to get some of these things taken care of," he said.
    But now, imagine that a soldier who hails from Wisconsin is hurt while on deployment in Iraq. He is medically evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, en route to the hospital here.
    "What we can do with the Soldier Family Assistance Center is assist that family in their travel to Walter Reed, accommodations when they get there [and with] expectations of what their family member's going to go through," Cheek said. "We basically help them with any issue or problem they have in a single place and focus where they can go."
    In addition to these initiatives, the Army has invested $350 million into upgrading its facilities to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act strictures. And with an increase in numbers, some 3,200 medical personnel now are committed to helping wounded warriors heal from the moment they "inprocess" to the time they transition back to civilian life.
    Army Col. James Rice directs the Army Wounded Warrior Program, which signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Organization on Disability to help increase the rate that disabled Americans are hired. He said that while some employers are reticent to hire recovering troops, others are eager.
    "Companies – large and small – will come to organizations like the Army Wounded Warrior Program and say, 'We want to hire wounded warriors,'" he said today. "And that's great, and we want to help them do that."
    Echoing Rice's comments, Cheek emphasized the role of employment in a wounded warrior's recovery. "If a soldier is employed, suddenly he begins to heal a lot faster," Cheek said.


Elizabeth M. Collins, Army News Service
Chief, top spouse talk families at AUSA 

America's Army is the strength of the nation and America's families are the backbone and source of Soldiers' strengths. Courtesy photo.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 7, 2008) - The chief of staff of the Army and his wife focused on the Army Family Covenant at the Family Forum during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting Monday, saying that major strides have been made, but that the Army still has work to do.
    Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and his wife Sheila said that families deserve levels of support commensurate with their service.
    "We are Army strong because of the selfless service of our Soldiers, our Army civilians and our families. America's Army is the strength of the nation and America's families are the backbone and source of Soldiers' strengths. Your Army leadership knows that Soldiers can focus on the mission at hand because they know that back at home and around the country, the Army is supporting their families and families are supporting one another," Mrs. Casey said, reminding the standing-room-only crowd of Soldiers, spouses and family-readiness leaders that spouses might not be in uniform, but that they still serve.
    "The Army Family Covenant is heartening. It's heartening to know that I'm wanted and that I'm needed. It's heartening to be acknowledged and appreciated. And it's heartening to see the progress," she told the crowd.
    "The biggest change is the recognition that there needed to be one," she added in an interview following the forum. We always knew the family was important, but the effort and the resources weren't put there...When people would quit their jobs, they wouldn't be able to rehire them. There'd be hiring freezes. So consequently the ability to use a program would go away. So really in the past few years, it's the recognition of what the families have been going through in the past seven years, what their needs are and doing something about it."
    Announced last year at AUSA, the Army Family Covenant is a pledge to improve and standardize family programs, to increase the accessibility and quality of healthcare, to improve Soldier and family housing, to ensure excellence in schools and childcare and to expand education and employment opportunities for Army spouses.
    These are all issues that Gen. and Mrs. Casey found throughout the Army, although Mrs. Casey later said that the top concern among families seems to be healthcare.
    "Right now the one we hear the most, every single place we go, is access to medical care. Access to medical care and access to mental health care. There's a mental health care crisis in the United States. There's a lack of sufficient numbers of health care professionals, not only within the service, but outside our gates. Those are issues that I hear every single place I go," she said.
    Mrs. Casey is currently the chief financial officer of "The Hill" newspaper in Washington, and in the follow-up interview, she also told spouses that they shouldn't be afraid to build their own careers. Many people only stay in a job for a few years anyway, and like her, spouses may be able to transfer their job when they have to move.
    "There are things that you can do and the thing is that you've just got to get out there and do it," she said.
    Asking for a show of hands from the audience about the state of healthcare, as well as family programs, housing, schools and spouse employment, the chief found that the Army does have a lot of work to do. About 50 percent of the approximately-400- person audience was satisfied with education for military children, and about 40 percent thought family programs were in good shape. Almost everyone thought healthcare, housing and spouse employment still needed improvement.
    Gen. Casey said he wants families to know that he is listening and that he understands their pain. He recalled his own experiences as an Army son watching his father go away to war and eventually losing him.
    "I understand. I get it," he said, noting that everyone has to work together to keep the covenant going. Under the Army Family Covenant, the Army has doubled the amount it spends on family programs, devoting $1.7 billion this year alone, and is working to move the money from supplemental funds to the base budget.
    For her part, Mrs. Casey talked about moving 22 times, dragging her children to different schools, missing her husband for four Thanksgivings and Christmas holidays in a row, waiting as her husband's year-long deployment turned into 32 months and trying to maintain some sense of balance and normalcy in her life.
    "I struggle to balance my life almost every single day, and most days I lose," she said. "Today, having been at war for seven straight years, Army spouses, and children too, are having a harder time finding balance. Our families are stretched and stressed from the effects of these continued deployments. It's hard when our Soldiers are gone, and it can be hard when they return. We feel the stress and we know that you feel the stress."
    She added that it's a partnership, and all partners need to invest in it for to be successful. Leaders need to know what families need.
    According to the chief, the three main areas he thinks the Army needs to work on are getting the word out about what the Army is doing, improving medical appointments and demystifying TRICARE and improving quality of life for single Soldiers. He also said that as the Army grows over the next two to three years, he hoped that Soldiers would be able to spend two years at home for every year of deployment.
    "After seven years of war, the Army knows we ain't going back to where we were," said Mrs. Casey.

 


Spc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks provides quality housing for its Soldiers

Carlisle Barracks' unaccompanied Soldier housing, Shughart Hall, has 48 spaces for Soldiers, based upon grade. The Army is continially trying to better the quality of housing for its Soldiers. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

October 8, 2008 -- Living in government quarters, or barracks, with your fellow Soldiers has been a part of Army life for as long as anyone can remember. From tents to brick buildings, barracks have come a long way through the years.
    Sam DeProspo, a video editor with Metro Government Services and 10-year Army Soldier, described the barracks he lived in while stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, Calif. in the early 1980s.
    "Our building was actually old stables that had been converted into offices, and then barracks," he said. "There were cracks all over the walls from earthquakes."
    Since those days, the Army raised the standards for government housing. The barracks here, Shughart Hall, was built in 2002, explained Bif Coyle, Chief of Housing at the Residential Communities Office.
    "Shughart Hall was constructed as a one-to-one module, and has 48 spaces available for assignment based upon grade," she said. A one-to-one module means that while two Soldiers will share a module, they will each have their own bedroom.
    Each room consists of two 128-square-foot bedrooms, and a common bathroom and kitchenette, with a refrigerator and microwave. The rooms are fully furnished with beds, dressers, night stands, desks, lamps, chairs, and some have love seats and coffee tables.
    The first floor of Shughart Hall is designed for non-commissioned officers, Coyle said. The rooms are set up so that one room is used for a bedroom, and the other as a living room.
    Shughart Hall was built to replace Blackburn Hall, which had served as Carlisle Barracks' unaccompanied Soldier housing, mess facility, and the Headquarters Company since 1939.
    "The facility was deteriorating with age and could not economically be renovated to provide Soldiers with modern amenities and space requirements," Coyle explained.

Blackburn Hall served as Carlisle Barracks' unaccompanied Soldier housing, Headquarters Company, and the post's mess hall from 1939 to 2002. File photo.

    Improving the living conditions for Soldiers is an ongoing Army-wide project. Since the Barracks Modernization Program started in 1994, the Army has invested $13 billion in inadequate barracks replacement, and is slated to spend another $10 billion by the project's projected completion in FY17, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston in his Leaders Book Notes, published on Sept. 11, 2008.
    "In FY08, under the Barracks Modernization Program, the Army funded $2.2 billion for Barracks construction, renovation and modernization for our permanent party Soldiers. Army priority is funding construction of permanent party barracks with emphasis on replacing barracks with common area latrines," he said.
    Another Army program is the First Sergeant's Barracks Initiative, which will standardize barracks management across all installations.
    "The task and purpose of this program is to provide visibility to the Directorate of Public Works personnel on needed repairs and maintenance in our Soldiers' rooms and common areas," Preston said. 

    The RCO and Carlisle Barracks leadership are continually trying to improve the quality of the quarters for barracks residents by consistently scheduling upkeep on the building, such as maintenance, painting and furniture rotation, Coyle said.

Sgt. George Frame and Spc. David Carlisle enjoy a game of pool in the common area of Shughart Hall. The common areas include a recreational room with a t.v. and pool table, and a fully equipped kitchen. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

    "An advantage here is the dedicated people at the housing office," Headquarters Company First Sgt. Wendell Huddleston said. "They do an excellent job of taking care of issues when they arise and have a proactive attitude toward taking care of the facilities."
    Coyle said RCI does everything they can to make Shughart Hall a good place to live, and the Soldiers seem to have noticed.
    "The barracks here are far better than any others I have seen," said Spc. David Carlisle, Visual Information Technician at Collins Hall. "The rooms are much larger."
    "Recently Shughart Hall received commendable ratings from an IMCOM Inspector General inspection," said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander.  "I can honestly say, our commitment to preserving quality single Soldier quarters has never been higher."
  

 

 


     


 2008 Flu Vaccination information

 

 

Who should get FluMist?

    FluMist is a live influenza virus for active immunization of healthy people 2 - 49 years of age.  It provides  the same level of protection as the flu shot.   It is administered by inhaling the vaccination mist.  Use of FluMist during pregnancy is not indicated.

Who should get Flu Shot?

    The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including those who are healthy and those with chronic medical conditions. The Flu shot is an inactivated vaccine that is administered with a needle, usually in the arm. 

    It is highly recommended for all pregnant women  and anyone with a chronic illness to receive the flu shot.

If you are 65 years or over

    If you have NOT received the Pneumonia immunization please come into the clinic to have your records reviewed and receive your vaccination.  You do NOT need an appointment for this vaccine, just report to the check-in station.  

More Information

    There are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. These include but are not limited to; people who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs; people who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past;  and people who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously. People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.

 As with any vaccine, FluMist and Flu Shots may NOT protect 100% of individuals vaccinated and may not protect against viral strains not contained in the vaccine.  For more information please visit The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.

    For more information contact Maj. Christopher Linder or Sgt. First Class David Hart at 245-3630   


Army leadership Ready Army message  

 Oct. 7, 2008 -- An era of persistent conflict requires persistent vigilance to prepare the Army Community at home and abroad. The increased use of asymmetric tactics in modern conflict and the potential for natural crises - such as Pandemic Influenza or Hurricane Katrina - demonstrate the need for every member of our Army Community to be prepared for any emergency.

    In September, National Preparedness Month, the Army launched Ready Army – a proactive community awareness campaign to empower our Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians to develop individual and family preparedness plans for all hazards. The Army is the first service to partner with the Department of Homeland Security's national preparedness campaign. Our campaign provides additional targeted information to support the unique needs of our Army Community stationed around the world. Ready Army provides education and outreach materials on 25 diverse man-made and natural threats, mass warning and notification systems, and accountability procedures. It includes a range of templates, checklists, and guidance for family emergency planning. Ready Army provides a sense of security for deployed Soldiers and their Families. These efforts will help build the strategic depth necessary to sustain a strong, resilient and ready volunteer force as we prepare for all hazards of the 21st century.

    Readiness begins with awareness. We ask all of you to place the emphasis on this campaign that our Army needs and deserves, remembering that the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of our Families. We encourage you to lead preparedness efforts for your Army Community and remind you that should an emergency occur; we will face the challenge together and side by side with our neighbors, regardless of where we are in the world. For this reason we recommend involving local community leaders and first responders in your Ready Army activities, further strengthening relationships and building partnerships for a Ready Community.

    Soldiers support Soldiers. Families support Families. In the Army, we support each other. As we strive to restore balance, increase the readiness of our force and improve the quality of life for our Soldiers and Families, Ready Army offers the tools to prepare the centerpiece of our Army for challenging times. We took to you to ensure Ready Army is a prominent and active part of life on your installation or in your organization. We are proud to offer this support to our Soldiers and Families and ask our Army leaders to promote these simple and important steps: Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. Thank you for your leadership and for your service to our Army Community.

 

 


Jessica Bittle, Army War College Security Office
New resource available for your part in security awareness

Oct. 7, 2008 -- With a constant evolving security environment, every personnel that handles classified and/or unclassified sensitive information needs to stay abreast with the threats that affect you and our organization. The latest Employee Security Connection Newsletter provides relevant, brief security information for our busy and changing world. (Note: This page is only accessible to Carlisle Barracks Network users).

    In this release you will:

      - Learn about the intelligence threat and how you are the first line of defense in protecting our information.

      - Find out the top five things you can do to combat scams.

      - Cover the lessons learned from US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' mishandling of classified information.

      - Read an article about how Defense Security Service (DSS) jeopardized personal clearance data on anyone that had an investigation conducted by them from 1997-2005.

      - Learn the vulnerabilities and threats to mobile devices while traveling.

    Throughout the month of October, Security Awareness Month, the Security Office will be providing additional reminders on the topics in the newsletter and remind everyone that security is a team effort; have you done your part?

(Editors note: This page is only accessible to Carlisle Barracks Network users)

 

 


Pa. National Guard celebrating 10 years at Fot Indiantown Gap 

Oct. 6, 2008 -- The Pennsylvania National Guard will be celebrating ten years of managing programs at Fort Indiantown Gap with an open house on Sat. Oct. 18, starting at 10 a.m.

 

Schedule of day's events:

10-10:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremony, guest speakers, Scotland School Honor Guard, Artillery salute

10 a.m. – 3p.m. Equipment displays, tours, information centers open to public

11 a.m. – Band Concert

1 p.m. – Pennsylvania State Police Canine Team

1- 3p.m. – Aircraft flyovers

3 p.m. Activities conclude

 

Plus: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday – AAPES and Commissary Truckload sale at the PX and old PX.

 


Carol Kerr, Army War College Public Affairs Officer
Army unveils new Stability Operations manual

Maj. Brian Horine, civil affairs officer with the 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., gives a stuffed animal to a little girl Jan. 14 during a convoy stop in Albu Hayat, Iraq. Horine carries stuffed animals and other treats for children with him when leaving Camp Taji to hand out. The Army's new field manual, FM 3-07, provides extensive doctrine on stability operations. Photo by Pfc. April Campbell.

Oct. 6, 2008 -- FM 3-07, Stability Operations, "The Road Map from Conflict to Peace"  is a milestone in Army doctrine: a practical guidebook for adaptive, creative leadership at a critical time in our history. Read it here.

    At the FM 3.07 rollout in D.C., Oct. 7, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell will be joined by Col. John Kardos, the PKSOI Director, and his staff at the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. More information can be found at the Combined Arms Center website or the TRADOC guide.

    FM 3-07 is a unique manual in that significant input from civilian departments and agencies was coordination among interagency participants, and technical review of the manual. Interagency coordination and communication is a central tenet of PKSOI's work with military, civilian agencies, international and multinational organizations.

    "During PKSOI's annual Integrated Training and Education Conference, Sep 22-25, the manual was a major topic of discussion," said Kardos. "The conference engaged more than 70 representatives from organizations across the DOD, USG civilian agencies, and private colleges and universities.  FM 3-07 will be shared in other US, multinational, and international forums in the months ahead."

    FM 3-07 lays out a comprehensive approach to stability operations. It guides the effort to integrate tools of statecraft with our military forces, our international partners, humanitarian organizations, and the private sector

    Generally, military forces perform specific functions as part of a broader response effort, supporting the complementary activities of other agencies, organizations and the private sector. When the host nation or other agency cannot fulfill their role, military forces may be called upon to significantly increase its role, including providing the basic civil functions of government. FM 3-07 institutionalizes hard-won lessons of the past while preparing our military forces for the challenges of an uncertain future, in an era of persistent conflict.

    The new manual on Stability Operations describes the role of military forces in supporting the broader USG reconstruction and stabilization efforts. Military forces in stability operations –

  • establish a safe and secure environment
  • facilitate reconciliation among local or regional adversaries
  • establish political, legal, social and economic institutions
  • help transition responsibility to a legitimate civil authority operating under the rule of law.

    Stability operations doctrine also addresses operations in support of a partner nation as part of peacetime  military engagement -- to build partner capacity, strengthen legitimate governance, maintain rule of law, foster economic growth, and help to forge a strong sense of national unity.

    The U.S. Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, USAWC, is the U.S. military's premier center of excellence for mastering stability and peace operations at the strategic and operational levels in order to improve military, civilian agency, international, and multinational capabilities and execution.

    PKSOI writes and contributes to concept and doctrine development through its interactions with organizations and authors responsible for stability operations concept and doctrine development.

    PKSOI's Operational Integration 'fusion cell' supports the Services, Combatant Commands, Inter-Agency, allied and other foreign militaries, multinational organizations, and international organizations/ non-governmental organizations.  Through operational integration, PKSOI capitalizes on PKSOI and USAWC expertise and enlarges a multi-disciplinary network of subject matter experts to provide information required by organizations preparing to conduct Stability and Peace missions.

            


Hispanic Heritage Month observance Oct. 16 

Oct. 2, 2008 -- The Hispanic Heritage Month observance will be on Oct. 16 at the LVCC from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    International Fellows from the countries of El Salvador, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Columbia, and Spain will feature presentations, there will be food sampling and Dante Sobrevilla will provide a musical presentation.  There will also be a book display.

    The observance is open to everyone in the Carlisle Barracks community.  For this and more community events check the Carlisle Barracks Community Calendar.


James W. Cartwright, Social Worker, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
Active listening can save lives

  

Oct. 2, 2008 -- Spc. Morgan has been deployed to Afghanistan for eight months. While on a recent R&R, he learned that his girlfriend had been cheating on him. When he tried to talk to her about their relationship, she informed him that she no longer wanted to be his girlfriend.

     Morgan was devastated over the loss of his girlfriend. When he returned to Afghanistan, he told his battle buddy what had happened. He said that just thinking about his girlfriend had helped him to cope with his deployment, and added, "I can't see myself living without her."

    His battle buddy was preoccupied with a video game but glanced at Morgan and blurt out that he ought to just, "forget the b----."

    Does this sound familiar? It should, because, while not based on a real-life Spc. Morgan, it is based on common experiences. Some individuals experience suicidal thoughts in response to life events. They frequently give warning signs or clues. In this example, Morgan's battle buddy was a good Soldier and friend. But, he was not a good listener. He didn't really "hear" what Morgan was saying. He missed the clue, a possible warning sign that Morgan was in emotional distress and might even be thinking of suicide. He didn't "get the message" and lost his opportunity to help prevent a possible loss of life.

    The overall goal of the Army Suicide Prevention Program is to reduce Soldier suicides. It is founded on a belief that many suicides are preventable and that with proper awareness, caring and a little training, anyone can help a Soldier who is thinking of suicide. There are many reasons to be invested in preventing Soldier suicides. The loss of a Soldier to suicide is an individual and family tragedy; it is also a devastating event for the military unit. It affects unit cohesion and seriously disrupts the unit's ability to sustain its mission.

    Learning and practicing a simple technique called "active listening" can save lives. Below are the basic steps to active listening.

            1. Look your battle buddy in the eyes; suspend other things that you are doing.

            2. Listen not merely to the words, but the feeling content.

            3. Be sincerely interested in what your battle buddy is talking about.

                        4. Talk to your battle buddy alone in a private setting.

                        5. Allow your battle buddy to talk freely.

                        6. Restate what your battle buddy said.

            7. Ask clarification questions once in a while.

            8. Be aware of your own feelings and strong opinions.

            9. When talking to your battle buddy, give him and yourself plenty of time.

            10. Stay calm and objective.

            11. Don't criticize or argue with your battle buddy's thoughts and feelings, but listen and allow time for him/her to find words.

    Suicide prevention is everyone's responsibility. It is imperative that every leader and Soldier learn how to intervene on behalf of a Soldier or battle buddy who is thinking of suicide. Actively listening to a suicidal Soldier will provide relief from the pain. It is a sign of strength when Soldiers seek help for emotional problems that they may be encountering. Listen for cries of help and intervene to benefit the Soldier, leader and unit.

    If you've read this far, you may be asking, "What do I do next?" No one can read another person's mind. Be prepared to ask directly if your buddy is thinking of killing himself/herself. Then escort your buddy to the chaplain or behavioral health services. The Army has easy-to-learn suicide prevention training programs. Ask your leadership or chaplain how to get involved.

    Suicide prevention materials from the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine are available on the Web at http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/dhpw/Readiness/suicide.aspx?.

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Time running out to get your absentee ballot

 Oct. 2, 2008  – With the November 4, 2008 General Election almost upon us, and registration deadlines even sooner, time is running out for citizens who want to participate in the elections this year.

    To become a registered voter in Pa., you need to be over 18 years of age, and have resided in the state for over 30 days. Those interested can go to http://www.ccpa.net/index.asp?NID=1891

 for more information, or visit the Bureau of Elections at 37 East High Street.

    If you are not a Pa., resident and need an absentee ballot make sure you move quickly.  The turn-around time varies by state.  You can find the request for an absentee ballot here

Military members deploying before the general election

    The following guidelines are provided to military members who are about to deploy to a combat zone before the general elections.
    If you do not know when you are deploying (relocating) or you do not know your mailing address at your new location, follow these instructions being careful not to provide sensitive or classified information:

  • Complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (SF 76) or the online FPCA (OFPCA) and explain to the local election official that you will be on a military commitment and provide an estimation of the dates you will be outside the county or parish. Do not provide geographical location (country or installation name)!
  • Generally the Unit provides an APO/FPO address to its deploying service members. Ask your chain of command. As a minimum you should be able to obtain a Unit address where you are deploying. Enter this address on item 4 of the FPCA.

When you find out your new address (before deploying or at the new location):

  • Send another FPCA to use as a Change of Address form. Provide a proper APO/FPO address. Do not write country or installation name. Include the dates you will be outside of the county or parish.
  • Enter your old address in the Remarks section (item 7) of the FPCA and write in block letters OLD ADDRESS. In the addressee section (under Applicant name and complete address) write in block letters NEW ADDRESS. Provide a proper APO/FPO address only. Again, do not write country or installation name.

Important notes when completing an FPCA:

  • Send an FPCA or OFPCA now to inform your local election official of your status.
  • Use State-By-State Instructions as found in Chapter 3 of the Voting Assistance Guide (also at www.fvap.gov)
  • Item 3 (Voting Residence) and Item 4 (Mail Absentee Ballot To) of the FPCA must be different.
  • Enter a current phone and fax number (with country codes for access from the U.S.) and current email address on the FPCA. This is important in case the local election official needs to contact you for clarification or questions.
  • Sign and date the FPCA.
  • If there is not enough room on the FPCA, use a separate sheet of paper.
  • Place the sheet inside the FPCA. Tape all sides of the FPCA. DO NOT STAPLE!
  • If using the OFPCA, place it in an envelope with proper postage.
  • Send the FPCA to your local election official using the address found in Chapter 3, Section III (Where To Send It) of the Guide.
  • Be certain that your FPCA (or OFPCA envelope) is hand-stamped by the Postal Clerk.
  • Your state may allow electronic transmission of your FPCA. See State-by-State Instructions in Chapter 3 of the 2004-05 Voting Assistance Guide or the FVAP website, www.fvap.gov
  • Send an FPCA as a Change of Address Form whenever you have a change of address that affects where your ballot should be mailed.

    Sending the FPCA will help ensure that all information is current at the local election office, including where the ballot should be sent, in order to expedite the absentee voting process.
    For more information contact your voting assistance officer or visit http://www.fvap.gov

    Carlisle Barracks Voting Assistance Officers (VAOs) are:

  • Installation VAO:  Mr. Elton Manske, DHR, Room 111 Upton Hall, 245-4898
  • TRADOC/AWC VAO:  Maj. Steven Toth, Collins Hall Room B010, 242-3265
  • Dunham VAO:  Capt. Jane Hicks, Dunham USAHC Suite #1, 245-3658

    For more information for Pa. voters check http://www.dos.state.pa.us


Voting Assistance Program FAQs - General Questions

Q. I am assigned overseas and I ordered my Absentee Ballot but I have not received it. What do I have to do to vot

A. You should contact your unit Voting Assistance Officer and ask for assistance in using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

Q. How can I find out when the primary elections are in my home state?

A. There is a listing of the election dates, by State.

Q. Where can I find information on issues and positions taken by the candidates?

A. In addition to reading U.S. news magazines and newspapers, both Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad maintain overseas offices and have information pertaining to candidates and issues. These party organizations can be contacted by writing:

Republicans Abroad
310 First St., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003

Executive Director Democrats Abroad
430 S. Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003


Q. My spouse is with me overseas and wants to vote, where can he/she get information on absentee voting?

A. Your spouse or other eligible family members can receive voting assistance through the Unit Voting Assistance Officer. Overseas DA Civilians and their family members are also eligible to receive this assistance.

 

Q. Do I have to pay postage when I mail in my absentee ballot?

A. Generally, all election-related materials are mailed postage paid from any APO or FPO mail facility, all U.S. Embassies and Consulates and any post office in the U.S. You must pay postage if the materials are mailed from a non-U.S. postal facility.  At present, there are no provisions to allow for submission of the FPCA through the Internet.

 

Q. I have moved around a lot, how can I figure out which State I should claim for voting purposes?

A. For voting purposes, your "legal State of residence" can be the State or territory where you last resided prior to entering military service or the State or territory which you have since claimed as your legal residence. To claim a new legal residence you must have simultaneous physical presence and the intent to reside at that location as your primary residence. Military and family members may change their legal residence every time they change permanent duty stations or they may retain their legal residence without change. A legal officer should be consulted before legal residence is changed because there are usually other factors which should be considered besides voting. Be sure to enter the complete address of your legal residence, including street or rural route and number, when completing the residence section of the FPCA. Even though you may no longer maintain formal ties such as property ownership to that residence, the address is needed to place you in a proper voting district, ward, precinct or parish.

 

Q. If I am stationed in my state of legal residence, can I use an absentee ballot to vote? If not, where do I go/how do I vote?

A. You should be able to vote absentee (since you are probably not physically in their precinct where you vote) but you must contact the Local Election Officials (LEO). The LEO must understand that you are eligible to use the SF-76 to request the absentee ballot. If you have difficulty, please contact your Unit Voting Assistance Officer (VAO). If the VAO cannot solve the problem, please contact the Army Voting Action Officer.  If you elect to vote in-person, you will need to register with the local election officials and they will provide voting instructions.

 

 


Spc. Jennifer Rick, Army War College Public Affairs Office
New and improved Joint Pub Grand now open

Dana Bovender, Joint Pub general manager, serves Kevin Small, Chief of Business and Special Events, DFMWR, Karen Cummings, and Jeff Hanks, Army Community Service at the newly renovated Joint Pub at the LVCC. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.   

October 1, 2008 – Come to the Joint Pub at the Letort View Community Center now to see all the changes that have gone on at the Carlisle Barracks hot spot.

    The interior of the Joint Pub has been re-painted and the furniture has been refurbished. The purpose was to revive the lounge, but keep its rich history intact.

    If you visit the Joint Pub, you will notice notes and signatures all over the ceiling from previous students of the U.S. Army War College, said Staci Cretu, Marketing Director for the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "We kept that to give our Joint Pub uniqueness and history."

    New to the establishment is a poker table, pool table, two dart boards, a Nintendo Wii game system, a karaoke system, dance floor and shuffleboard.

    The Joint Pub will be open from 4 to 8 p.m., with hors d'eourves from 5 to 7 p.m.

     Regular hours of operations are Thursday and Friday from 4 - 9 p.m.   

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Softball games about more than just wins, losses

Oct. 1, 2008 – The 2008 USAWC Seminar Softball league crowned its champion today with Seminar 15 defeating Seminar 13 by a score of 5-0, but that's not the end of the story.

    Sports activities and athletics are an integral part of the USAWC experience. A healthy atmosphere encourages vigorous individual exercise, as well as organized sports and games. The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute provides a Sports Injury Prevention Program in coordination with Dunham Army Health Clinic, and game officials.  This program maximizes sports participation and minimizes the risk of sports injury. Each student seminar organizes itself for seminar level competition in softball, basketball, and volleyball.

    "I am a big fan of the seminar intramural program in general and of the softball program in particular," said Col. George Teague, USAWC Deputy Dean. "Students and faculty alike learn more about each other in an environment that is generally more relaxed and fun than the classroom, and the seminars begin to bond in a way that would likely not occur otherwise."

    After going through the regular season with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss, they ran through the post-season tournament setting up the finale against Seminar 13, the Division B #1 seed.

    The team is made up of Army War College students and staff and brings together officers from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, government and interagency civilians and International Fellows.

    The effects of the games reach beyond the field according to Teague.

    "I have found that sharing time on the field with students is a great way to break down some of the communications barriers that sometimes exist between students and faculty early in the year," he said. "It is often hard for military folks in particular to forget about rank when debating serious issues in the classroom, but not so hard when playing together in athletic events."

   Others agreed.

    "It helps break the ice in the beginning of the year when the students are a little more timid," said Col. Dennis Tewksbury, Academic Affairs Chairman. "It pays off in the seminar for the rest of the year."

     "The championship game was a defensive battle between two teams that made very few errors," said Jim Price, Sports Office. "We should have very good team this year for Jim Thorpe Sports Day."

    The next opportunity for the seminar to clash in athletics is the Seminar Volleyball season, which kicks off Oct. 14 according to Price.

    "You will find that Volleyball is a little less strenuous on the body so everyone heal up in the next two weeks and we hope to see you on the court."

 

   
   


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
As new homes go up, old ones come down

 

The 24 new homes on Marshall Road are now complete are being occupied by U.S. Army War College families. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

 

Oct. 2, 2008 -- Progress is apparent on Marshall Road as the first phase of construction has been completed and the new homes are being occupied by U.S. Army War College families.

   The new development boasts 12 new duplex units, 24 homes total, and families began the pilgrimage form the old red homes to the new homes earlier this month.

    Now that all of the residents are out of the older homes, phase two of the project will soon commence. The existing red homes will be fenced off and demolished.

  

The existing homes on Marshall Road are being prepared for demolition to make room for 22 new homes as part of the second phase of the project. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

   "In this area we're going to construct 22 single family homes and six duplex units, 12 homes," Ty McPhillips, the project director for Balfour Beatty Communities, Carlisle Barracks partner under the Residential Communities Initiative. Construction will start near Quarters One and will progress down the road towards the bowling center. These homes will also be for permanent party personnel.

    The project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2009.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Pulitzer-Prize winning author: Strategic decisions key to World War II victory

David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer-Prize winning author
and Stanford University professor, speaks in 
Bliss Hall 
Sept. 18 as part of the 9th Annual Col. Ronald A.
Roberge Memorial Lecture. 
Photo by Scott Finger.   
 

Sept. 18, 2008 – A series of strategic decisions led to the Allied Victory in World War II, according to a Pulitzer-Prize winning author who spoke Sept. 18 in Bliss Hall as part of the 9th Annual Col. Ronald A. Roberge Memorial Lecture.

    "The keys to victory actually started almost a decade earlier when then President Roosevelt, after seeing the result of World War I, said the United States needed to become the great arsenal of Democracy," said David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. "This meant assembling the equipment, supplies and supply channels necessary to wage a powerful and successful campaign."

   A professor at Stanford University since 1967, Kennedy was named the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History in 1993. The Army War College Foundation sponsored Kennedy's address to USAWC and community members, entitled "A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won World War II."

     One of these crucial moves was the decision to largely incorporate military aircraft as a dominant part of the national military strategy.

    "The use of U.S. aircraft, specifically the bombers was made well before we entered World War II," said Kennedy. This decision helped lead to the first of the three cities named in the lecture's title.

Rouen, France

    On Aug. 17, 1942, a squad of 12, U.S. B-17 bombers took off from England and dropped their payload on Rouen. The lead U.S. pilot, Paul Tibbetts, would later attack the city of Hiroshima, piloting the Enola Gay, the first airplane to drop an atomic bomb.

    Rouen is the historical capital city of Normandy, in northwestern France on the River Seine. Along with much of France in 1942, Rouen was under German occupation.   

    "The highly successfully mission reinforced the decisions made almost a decade earlier to focus on strategic bombing, to utilize the great advantage of U.S. and British aircraft," said Kennedy. "Strategic bombing had two key benefits. One, it demolished the economic capacity of the target. Two, it terrorized the civilian population and weakened their will to fight."

Washington, D.C.

    A set of key decisions made in Washington D.C. in October 1942 reset the timeline and scope for the Allied invasion of Normandy.  These decisions were made with economic and logistic factors in mind, noted Kennedy.

  "Donald Nelson, the Chairman of the War Production Board,was charged with implementing the 'Victory Program,' which would in part help shift the American economy from a civilian-driven one to a war-time driven one," said Kennedy.  The purpose of the board was to regulate the production and allocation of materials and fuel during World War II in the United States. It rationed such things as gasoline, heating oil, metals, rubber, paper and plastics.

    "Nelson was one of those that said the plans and schedule laid out in the plan weren't feasible and would in the end be ineffective," said Kennedy. The plan was eventually re-scaled, after visits from the vice president.

Kennedy said that he felt that key strategic 
decisions led to the Allied
victory in World War II.  
Photo by Scott Finger.     
 

 

    "Nelson felt that this plan would have put in action plans that could have crippled the U.S. economy, therefore significantly hampering the effort to win the war."

    "Some of the key decisions that were made was that the target date for the D-day Invasion was shifted almost a year, to 1944, and the original plan to mobilize 215 divisions was taken down to 95 divisions," said Kennedy. 

Stalingrad, Soviet Union

    The battles of Stalingrad, now called Volgograd, are considered by many historians to be the turning point of the war.

    A major industrial city on the Volga River, Stalingrad was an important objective for Hitler for two primary reasons. Its capture would mean control of a vital transport route between the Caspian Sea and Northern Russia. And, it would secure the left flank of the German armies as they advanced into the oil-rich Caucasus region -- with the strategic goal of cutting off fuel to Stalin's war machine.

    The battle of Stalingrad was one of the largest battles in human history, raging for 199 days. When it finally ended in February, 1943, it laid to rest Allied fears that the Soviet Union would either fall or look for a political escape from the war, as it had done in World War I.

    "This Soviet victory ratified the viability of the decision made earlier by the American military," said Kennedy. The victory allowed the focus to shift back to the Western Front and helped lead to the success of the Normandy Invasion on June, 6, 1944. 

    Overall, Kennedy said that World War II had a tremendous effect on the United States.

   "Before the war, the economy was very weak and the country tended to be rather isolationist," he said. "But as a result of the war, the U.S. emerged as the largest economic power in the world."

    This possibility wasn't unforeseen, according to Kennedy, who referred to a quote by Winston Churchill, upon hearing of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    "He said that the United States stands at this moment at the summit of the world," said Kennedy. "How prophetic it was. In fact, the U.S. is the only nation to actually see its economy grow during a war. It has led to unprecedented economic prosperity that continues to this day."

   Kennedy was the perfect person for the topic, according to a former student.

    "No one knows more about how wars have changed America," said Dr. Conrad Crane, director of the Military History Institute.  "That's been his life's work."

    Joe McDonald, a retired Army Soldier, said he appreciated Kennedy's great job.

   "I can remember my father telling me stories about the war and how tough it was," he said. "It's great to hear more about what my father and millions of other Soldiers went through.

 

    Kennedy's books include the 1971 Bancroft prize-winning Birth Control in America; 1981 Pulitzer Prize finalist Over Here: The First World War and American Society, and Freedom From Fear, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history in 2000.

 

Lecture background

    The Col. Ronald A. Roberge Memorial Lecture honors the late Col. Roberge of the USAWC faculty and USMA Class of 1951. The Roberge Lecture is given annually in September as the first lecture of the Military History Institute "Perspectives in Military History Lecture" series. The Army War College Foundation sponsors the Roberge Lecture in support of the student body.

    For more information check the AHEC website http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/index.htm

 

Upcoming Perspective lectures

 

October 15, 2008 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
Mitchell Kaidy
WWII Veteran
Title: "World War II in Europe: A View From a Foxhole"

November 13, 2008 (Thursday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
Joseph L. Galloway
Independent Scholar
Title: "We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam"

December 10, 2008 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
COL John Dabrowski, Ph.D.
Army Heritage and Education Center
Title: " U.S. NATO and European Basing, 1949-Present"

 

January 21, 2009 ( Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
Dr. Henry Gole
Independent Scholar
Title: "General William E. Dupuy: Preparing the Army for Modern War"

 

February 18, 2009 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
Dr. Peter S. Kindsvatter
Command Historian
U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School
Title: "The G.I. Experience in the Korean War"

 

March 18, 2009 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
LT COL John Grenier, Ph.D.
U.S. Air Force
Title: "The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier, 1607-1814"

 

April 22, 2009 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
Quang X. Pham
Independent Scholar
Title: " A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey"

 

May 20, 2009 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
Dr. Robert F. Jefferson
Associate Professor, Xavier University
Title: "Fighting for Hope: African American Troops of the 93rd Infantry Division in World War II and Postwar America"

 

June 17, 2009 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
Dr. Reina Pennington
Professor of History
Norwich University
Title: "Wings, Women, and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat"

 

July 15, 2009 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
Barnet Schecter
Independent Scholar
Title: "The Devil's Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America"

 

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
'Washingtonburg' transports visitors to 18th century 

 

Visitors to the "Market at Washingtonburg" talk with one of the living historians Sept. 20. More than 8,000 people came to the three-day event that showcased 18th century life. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman. want more photos?

 

Sept. 22, 2008 -- The Army Heritage Trail was transformed into an 18th Century market Sept. 19-21 for the "Market at Washingtonburg," a living history event that gave a glimpse at life more than 200 years ago.

    More than 300 living historians took part in the three-day Army Heritage and Education Center event, which traced the early history of Carlisle Barracks from the French and Indian War through the American Revolution when the Barracks was known as Washingtonburg. About 8,000 people attended this year's event, including more than 1,000 school children on Friday.

    "They experienced firsthand the lifeways of the Eighteenth Century American Frontier," said Col. Robert Dalessandro, AHEC director.

    "This is absolutely amazing," said Gina Alvarez, who came to the event from Newville, Pa. "I've been reading about this time period in class, but it's totally different seeing it live and in front of you." Alvarez is a history major at Millersville University.

    Visitors were able to browse the wares brought by the sutlers, see demonstrations of 18th century military techniques and were treated to the sounds of bagpipes by the Ceol Neamh Pipe Band, of Lancaster, Pa. The group marched onto the field and played a selection of music for the visitors.

   

Members of the Ceol Neamh Pipe Band, of Lancaster, Pa, march into position during the event. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

    "My favorite part was the bagpipes," said Lindsay O'Brien of Mechanicsburg, Pa. "It brought back memories of sitting on my grandparents' floor while my grandfather listened to records of old Irish music."   

    Other people came out just to enjoy the beautiful weather.

   "We were just driving by and saw that this was going on," said Todd Grabow of Carlisle. "We were planning on going out to Pine Grove Furnace since it was such a beautiful day but this was much closer and we've had a lot of fun." Grabow brought his wife Kelly and their two sons Aiden and Joshua. "We'll definitely be back next year."

    For more on AHEC events, visit http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/index.htm

 


C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service
Final housing privatization partners chosen

 

Col. Jack Pritchard and his family cut a ribbon outside of a home in "the Meadows," a Residential Communities Initiative housing development at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. The ribbon cutting was part of a ceremony to celebrate the housing project, which includes the first new family housing built on Carlisle Barracks since the late 1960s. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

 

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sep. 23, 2008) -- The final partners have been chosen to team up with the Army in its housing privatization venture.
    The partners will work with the Army to privatize housing, under the Residential Communities Initiative, at seven more installations. Those installations include Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Fort Greely, Alaska; Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. and Fort Richardson, Alaska.
    The Army first transferred Soldier housing to the private sector in 1999 at Fort Carson, Colo. That property was developed under RCI as a single project, and like follow-on RCI projects, the land there was transferred as part of a 50-year lease. Since that time, the Army has transferred an additional 37 properties to the private sector. By March 2010, the last of the RCI properties, family housing at Fort Richardson, will be handed over to the private sector for development. Those last seven properties will be developed as four different projects.
     RCI is the Army's program to privatize housing across the continental United States. By 2020, as many as 89,000 new or renovated homes will be made available to Soldiers through the RCI's housing portfolio. The RCI private sector partners will collect rent from the Soldiers who will live in them and provide the maintenance services for the homes and yards
    "When the smoke settles, it'll be around 97 percent of Army's housing around the United States that is privatized," said Geoffrey G. Prosch, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for installations and environment, adding that the Army has already transferred to RCI partners housing operations at 38 installations.
    Four employees who helped develop the partnerships that are allowing the Army to rebuild its housing portfolio through RCI were recognized Sept. 19 at the Pentagon. Rhonda Q. Hayes, Matt Keiser, Jim Rich and Bill Mysliwiec received the Army Commanders Award for Civilian Service Medal from Prosch during a small ceremony.
    The four were recognized for, among other things, selecting RCI partners for the Army by using the request for qualifications acquisition process and for the enviable record of awarding contracts for 35 RCI projects that resulted in no successful protests.
    "This record of success is a model for the military and one that has resulted in Soldiers and their families receiving new homes sooner rather than later," Prosch said.
    The RFQ acquisition process reduces time and costs for both the Army and private sector developers. The process allows the Army to choose a potential partner based on key abilities the service thinks will be needed in order to accomplish a job -- such as building or remodeling homes, or planning and managing a housing community.
    "We looked at a number of criteria in our selection process," said Rhonda Hayes, Director Transaction Management for the Office of Energy and Partnership. "We looked at experience in development, ability to finance the deal, past performance, their use of small businesses, and their preliminary concept and proposed design of the installation."
    The RFQ process differs from the request for proposal process in that RFQ seeks out a partner first, based on qualifications, and then develops the plan of action with the partner. In the RFP process, the Army develops the plan of action on its own, followed by a request for proposal from the private sector to determine who can complete that plan at the lowest cost. Under the process used by RCI, the Army and the partner develop community development plans together.
    "With RFQ, we are selecting a quality partner, not a scope of work. We choose the partner that will sit down with us and identify that scope of work," Hayes said. "It's a collaborative plan we have worked with the private sector to develop and they do it better than we do."
    Prosch commented, "When I came onboard with the Army, the service had between a $6 and $7 billion dollar backlog of unfinanced requirements for maintaining military family housing. Now the Army's portfolio of homes, one of the largest in the nation, is on track to being first rate -- and the Army accomplished it through privatization at a fraction of the cost of what it would have taken in MILCON dollars."
    "The Army has contributed a little less than a billion dollars in equity to our development partners," he said. "And in return we've received over 10 billion dollars in initial development scope. That's an 11-to-one ratio. That's phenomenal in the construction industry. And it's allowed us, at all these 45 installations at the same time, to move out simultaneously and rapidly recapitalize our housing."
    RCI is beneficial for both Soldiers and the Army. For Soldiers it means their homes will be better maintained by a private contractor that is competing with the rest of the private sector for their dollars. For the Army, it is means fewer MILCON dollars must be requested, and also means an indirect boost in mission readiness.
    "Taking care of Soldiers, families and quality of life directly affects retention," Prosch remarked. "We have transformed as an Army. Today, over half our Soldiers are married. If you are going to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan every other year, it's a real readiness issue to know your family is being taken care of. You can keep your head focused on the battle knowing they are being taken care of very well."

 

 


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle FEW chapter sponsoring Breast Cancer Awareness Program 

  Sept. 25, 2008 -- The Carlisle Chapter of Federally Employed Women will sponsor a Breast Cancer Awareness program on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center on Carlisle Barracks.

  The program includes lunch, informative guest speakers, displays and door prizes. 

  The menu is marinated chicken breast, Italian roasted potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, butter, coffee, tea or soda and cake, pie or jello.

  Tickets are $15 and include lunch.  All proceeds benefit Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition and Carlisle YWCA Cancer Wellness Program.  Tickets can be purchased until Oct. 17.

  For information and tickets contact:

  Collins Hall:  Renee Mountz 245-3551/Wendy LeBlanc 245-3154

  Dunham Health Clinic:  Tara Mowery 245-4591

  AHEC:  Pam Cheney 245-3698

  Root Hall:  Dot Overcash 245-3191

  Upton Hall:  Susan Wise 245-3520

 


Spc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks prepared for emergencies, named StormReady

Representatives from Chester and Juniata counties, the city of Williamsport and Carlisle Barracks received certificates after their communities were declared "StormReady" at a ceremony Sept. 18 at the Letort View Community Center. Photo by Scott Finger.

September 18, 2008 – If there's one thing that is certain in this world, it's uncertainty; you can never predict exactly what's going to happen. The weather conditions are a prime example – they can turn on a dime. Being prepared for weather-related and other emergencies is key to helping keep people and families safe.

    Carlisle Barracks, Chester and Juniata counties, and the city of Williamsport were recognized Sept. 18 for being "StormReady", in a ceremony held at the Letort View Community Center.

    StormReady, a program started by the National Weather Service in 1998, strives to prepare communities with a plan of action in the event of severe weather.

    "The first 72 hours of an emergency is something everyone needs to be prepared for," said Robert French, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. "These programs help us take care of ourselves. StormReady has been very successful. Many communities, counties and military installations are participating."

    To be considered StormReady, a community must be in conjunction with the NWS, state and local emergency services to:

·         Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operation center

·         Have more than one method of receiving severe weather forecasts and warning, and alerting the public

·         Create a system that monitors local weather conditions

·         Promote the significance of public readiness through community seminars

·         Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding exercises

    Chester County has an extensive storm preparedness system in place, explained Karl Mehn, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, Chester County Department of Emergency Services. The county is blanketed with weather-watching equipment, has backup batteries to provide three weeks of power in case of an emergency, is partnered with the University of Delaware and continually improving their systems.

    "We are really looking forward to completing our system," Mehn said.

    Mehn accepted a certificate a certificate on behalf of Chester County for their continued efforts in being StormReady. Accepting certificates for Juniata County were Teresa O'Neil, Juniata County Commissioner, and Allen Weaver, Juniata County Emergency Management Coordinator. Mayor Gabriel Campana and Assistant Fire Chief Tom Swigart accepted the award for the City of Williamsport. Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander, accepted the certificate for Carlisle Barracks.

    The post becoming StormReady comes at a time when emergency preparation is already in focus. September has been declared National Preparedness Month, and the Army recently launched the Ready Army campaign.

   Ready Army's mission is to prepare all Soldiers, families, Army Civilians and contractors for all hazards, man-made or natural, and encourage them to "Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed."

    Carlisle Barracks has taken several steps to prepare for weather-related emergencies. Barry Shughart, post force protection officer, explained that 25 post employees – from the Department of Public Works, grounds workers and others who spend a lot  of time outside – have been trained as "storm watchers". They attended a class give by the NWS at State College, Pa., to learn what weather clues to look for, and who to notify in the case of impending severe weather.

    There is also a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro 2 Weather Station at the Carlisle Barracks helipad.

    "This station is capable of reading and displaying real-time temperature; wind chill and heat index; humidity; wind speed and direction; barometric pressure and trend; daily, monthly and annual rainfall; rain rate; UV index and dose; and also displays an up-to-date forecast," explained Jill Smith, CBRNE Operations Specialist at Carlisle Barracks.

    The station, which has been operational for three months, is maintained by Installation Operations Center personnel, and is also used to give real time weather conditions to helicopter pilots landing at Carlisle Barracks.

The Vantage Pro 2 Weather Station Console
records information about temperature, wind, rain, barometric 
pressure and more. 
Courtesy photo.    

    The post has also implemented numerous loudspeakers as part of its External Mass Notification System. With 10 to 15 speakers around post, and more going in at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course, the Army Heritage and Education Center, and the new housing developments, all areas of post can be alerted in the event of an emergency, said Shughart.

    The safety of Carlisle Barracks personnel is of the utmost importance to its leaders.

    "Our primary focus is the Soldiers, families and civilians on our post, and keeping them safe," said Dickerson.

     French commented on the importance of being ready for anything.

    "It sends a strong message to your citizens and the Soldiers on this post, that you are doing your part in leadership to make sure you are prepared," he said.

 

What can you do to be ready?

    For information about being prepared for emergencies, check out the following websites:

- http://www.pema.state.pa.us/

- http://www.weather.gov/stormready/

 


SMA Kenneth O. Preston
Be smart, do your part, Vote  

 

Sept. 26, 2008 -- I strongly encourage you to participate and cast your vote in the 2008 General Election. Voting is the essence of our democracy and one of our most fundamental Constitutional rights.
   Our elected officials have very important roles and responsibilities. You have a voice in who we elect to perform these responsibilities, if you vote.
   You can exercise your right to vote by completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA Standard Form 76) or complying with the ballot request procedures enacted by the state in which you vote.
    The FPCA Standard Form 76, or other request, must be mailed or sent electronically as soon as possible. You should then receive your absentee ballot as requested.
    The Federal Voting Assistance Program has been working with the states to allow ballots to be submitted and received electronically. Check with your Unit Voting Assistance Officer (UVAO) for your state requirements. You must be a U.S. citizen to register to Vote.
    Mailing guidelines differ from state to state; therefore, we recommend you check your state's guidelines by contacting your UVAO, or by visiting the Army Voting Assistance Program website at www.vote.army.mil.
    It is imperative that you complete and send in your ballot immediately to ensure it is received by your hometown local election officials no later than your state's deadline.
   If you are an overseas voter and have not received your regular absentee ballot 30-45 days prior to your state's deadline, you should complete a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) and send it to your local election official. If you later receive your absentee ballot, you should also complete and send it in for processing.
    The 2008 General Election is quickly approaching, so don't wait until the very last minute to register and or send in your absentee ballot.

BE SMART. DO YOUR PART. VOTE!

SMA Kenneth O. Preston

Military, civilian voting assistance

    Military can get help obtaining ballots from their home states and more from the Federal Voting Assistnce Program.  The voting assistance officers are armed with federal postcard applications and the 2008 Voting Assistance Guide.  The guide is also posted on the Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site at www.fvap.gov.

    Civilians who need voting assistance can pick up registration forms at local post offices, county libraries, school guidance counselors and the Motor Vehicle Administration.

   There are also people at Carlisle Barracks who can assist.

  • Installation VAO:  Mr. Elton Manske, DHR, Room 111 Upton Hall, 245-4898
  • TRADOC/AWC VAO:  Maj. Steven Toth, Collins Hall Room B010, 242-3265
  • Dunham VAO:  Capt. Jane Hicks, Dunham USAHC Suite #1, 245-3658

 

 


'Ready Army' campaign begins as part of National Preparedness Month

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 2, 2008) -The Army launched the "Ready Army" campaign Sept. 2, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Month, which encompasses the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

   Ready Army is designed to prepare the entire Army family at installations and communities across the nation and around the world for all potential hazards, natural and manmade, officials said.

    "While partnered and aligned with the Department of Homeland Security's national preparedness campaign called 'Ready,' Ready Army is specific to Army communities and is intended for use at the installation level," said James Platt, chief of the Asymmetrical Warfare Office's Protection Division. "Quite a few products have been developed for Soldiers, civilians and their families to inform them about all types of hazards and encouraging individual, family and community emergency preparedness," Platt said.

    Materials being sent to installations include an implementation guide, public service announcements, briefings, brochures, posters, emergency management kit information and readiness checklists, family emergency management planning templates, an electronic media kit, children's activities, parent/teacher resource guide and web-based tools.

    "At command and installation levels we're asking that public affairs offices partner with their emergency preparedness personnel, directors of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, first responders and family program personnel to promote this program," said Col. Jon Dahms, chief of Planning Support in Army public affairs. "This program will educate our Families on disaster preparedness and motivate them to 'Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed,' as the program's motto encourages," Dahms said.

Patricia Powell, Ready Army program manager, said the campaign's concepts were tested in a one-year pilot program at Fort Hood, Texas, and at Army installations in Germany. 

    "In March, during Ready Army Week, Fort Hood emergency preparedness personnel worked with city officials of nearby Killeen to distribute brochures and pamphlets that provide valuable information about how to prepare for emergencies," said Powell.

    As part of an after-action report provided by the Fort Hood pilot program, the Army has identified several "best practices" that other installations should consider as they launch this program at the local and installation level. They are:

″ Secure leadership buy-in: Brief senior leadership on both garrison and mission sides, and area civic and community leaders.

″ Have a campaign strategy ready by working closely with Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Public Affairs Office.

″ Integrate Ready Army across the installation, all units, organizations and local community partnerships through a variety of outreach methods, including proclamations, brochures, promotional items, speaking engagements, and media coverage.

″ Have Ready Army fact sheets available for all types of emergencies. For example, tornado, flood, hurricane, lightning, wildfires, house fires and even school shootings. Let Ready Army sell itself as important every day, every month, every year.

″ Place static displays in areas of greatest outreach potential on post and in the community.

    Mark Peterson, a Fort Hood Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or high-yield Explosives operations specialist, started at the top by presenting the Ready Army campaign to Fort Hood and community leaders in the fall of 2007 at a meeting that focused on children.

    The quarterly "Fort Hood 2020" meeting is attended by installation commanders, senior spouses, area school district superintendents, and educational partners. Originally founded in the 1990s by a Fort Hood commander, the program is intended to identify issues and brainstorm solutions regarding about 30,000 area military students and their education. 

    At a kickoff ceremony, Fort Hood's installation commander signed a proclamation that urged all residents to become active in emergency preparedness. The mayor of Killeen urged the city to do the same, signing a twin proclamation. 

    "This was the springboard," Peterson said. "Our community is very supportive."

    The City of Killeen received a $20,000 grant to assist with the community effort, Peterson said. 

    In addition to these best practices, some ideas for events and promotions at the installations are school activities to educate children on the need for a family plan so they know where to go and what to do in an emergency; displays at commissaries and post exchanges highlighting the program; emergency preparedness exercises and demonstrations highlighting the program; presentations and demonstrations by local emergency preparedness personnel and installation-sponsored safety programs.

    Another key part of National Preparedness Month will be the debut of the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System or ADPAAS, officials said, adding that this will be the official Army tool for personnel accountability in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. 

    "Hurricane Katrina caught the services off guard with no real procedures in place to gain and maintain accountability of personnel and their family members," said Lt. Col. Trudy Leonard, chief of the Personnel Contingency Cell for the Army G-1. 

    ADPAAS was built based on a directive from the Department of Defense to address this issue. This Web-based tool allows Families to update information by using the internet or calling a toll-free number. In addition, ADPAAS will assist officials to determine the status of Army Families and then provide assistance as needed. For more information on ADPAAS, visit: adpaas.army.mil.

    "The bottom line is that preparedness increases the resiliency of America's fighting forces and supports Soldiers who are forward-deployed," Leonard said. "We want our Soldiers downrange to feel comfortable that their Families are being taken care of at home."


Fall file cleanup

    Oct. 1, 2008 -- Fall cleaning of files on G: Drives, U: Drives and Email provides easier file and email access/retrieval of existing information for all users.

    Users should review data currently stored within email and on their G and U Drives in order to eliminate redundant files as well as those that are no longer needed. You may also choose to store your archived files on a DVD and then remove them from your G or U Drive. Historical email that needs to be retained should be stored within Personal Folders (PSTs).

What files could be deleted?

* Draft copies of files.

* Double versions of files (keep the most recent).

* Electronic files that contain information you already have in hard copy or can easily find on the internet.

    For email cleanup, we recommend that you clean your mailbox in this order: Inbox, Sent Items and then Deleted Items.

1. Inbox - Delete any messages that you do not wish to keep and move messages you want to keep into your Personal Folder. Your Personal Folder is located on the Network and does not count against your limit.

2. Sent Items - Delete any Sent Items that you do not wish to keep and move messages you want to keep to your Personal Folder.

3. Deleted Items - Once messages are deleted in other folders, they are moved to your Deleted Items folder. These items still count against your storage capacity until you empty your Deleted Items folder by simply right clicking on the Deleted Items folder and selecting Empty "Deleted Items" Folder.

    If you need assistance with fall cleaning any of your files or email, please call the Service Desk at 245-3000.

 


Ready Army -- Are you and your family ready for an emergency?

    Oct. 1, 2008 -- Emergencies affect hundreds of thousands of people every year. One may hit your installation and community and affect you and your family. When emergencies occur, military and civilian organizations respond, but it takes time to mobilize, and they focus on the most critical needs first. You should get ready to manage on your own for at least three days. Failure to prepare can put yourself, your family, and your property in jeopardy!

Start preparing today, take these three simple steps to prepare—

Get a kit, Make a plan, Be informed

Get a Kit

    Assemble a collection of first aid supplies, food, water, medicines and important papers that can sustain you and your family until a crisis passes. Consider the unique needs of your family and pets, then assemble emergency supply kits in your home, car and workplace.

Make a Plan

    You and your family members may not be together when an emergency strikes. Planning ahead for various emergencies will improve your chances of keeping in touch, staying safe and quickly reuniting.

Be Informed

    Emergencies can arise from weather and other natural hazards, industrial and transportation accidents, disease epidemics and terrorist acts. Anticipate the emergencies most likely to affect you and your family. Knowing what to do can make all the difference when seconds count. This booklet helps you think through the basics of preparing yourself and your family for all hazards. In addition to checklists and sources for further help and information, there is a detachable Family Emergency Plan form. Play it smart. Preparing for emergencies doesn't take a lot of time or effort, but it brings peace of mind. And it could keep an emergency from becoming a disaster for you and your family.

What kind of emergencies should you plan for in South Central Pa.?

    Here in Central Pa, you don't usually have to worry about hurricanes or Tsunamis, but that doesn't mean you still shouldn't plan. Ice storms, high winds, power outages, tornado, and criminal or terrorist acts still require planning. Don't wait unilt it's too late, get a kit, make a plan and be informed today.  

 


Senior Citizens’ Holiday Social

December 10 & 11, 2008

12:30-3p.m.

LeTort View Community Center (LVCC)

    Oct. 1, 2008 -- The U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks is proud to host the Annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Social.  Every year staff, faculty, students, and spouses work together to provide nearly 300 residents from local nursing homes a wonderful afternoon of holiday festivities.  Please help spread holiday cheer to our senior community in the following ways:

    Be and Escort:  Escorts spread holiday cheer by spending the afternoon talking with their very special senior while enjoying the entertainment and refreshments.  We are seeking one escort per guest and need one car per two escorts. Typically, an escort will pick their guest up at a local nursing home, attend the party, and then return their guest to their nursing home.   We need 150 each day!

    Be an Attendant:  Attendants provide valet parking for the escorts and their guests at the LVCC. Additionally, attendants assist seniors in and out of the vehicles at the LVCC and at the nursing homes.  We need 50 each day!

    Be an Entertainer:  Entertainers bring joy to our guests by preparing holiday performances.  Past performers have been singers, musicians, and comedians.  If interested in providing a holiday performance or serving as the chairperson, please contact LTC Pat Sweeney at 245-3086, today.  We need six to eight acts each day!

    Be a Decorator:  Decorators prepare the LVCC the first week of December and take down the decorations after the holidays.  If interested in serving as the decorations committee chairperson, please contact LTC Pat Sweeney at 245-3086, today.

    Cookies:  Please bring both regular and sugar free cookies to the LVCC in disposable containers on Monday, December 8th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Ms. Donna March, 245-3521, donna.march@us.army.mil, if you would like to work at the event sorting cookies.  We need 700 dozen cookies!  
    Please sign up to volunteer at http://www.carlisle.army.mil/holiday_tea/holiday_tea_form.cfm by November 18th


Ready Army: Kids Fire Academy Oct. 11

 

Post youth put out a mock fire during the 2007 Kids Fire Academy. This years free event will take place on Oct. 11. 
File photo.  
   

 

Oct. 1, 2008 – Want to learn how to help make your family safe in the event of a fire? Then you should attend the 2nd Annual Kids Fire Academy, as part of National Fire Prevention Week and National Preparedness Month, which will be held on Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the firehouse for kids 6-13.

    Kids will be exposed to some of the jobs that firefighters do on a daily basis including:

  • Using hose lines to attack a simulated car fire
  • Using fire extinguishers to attack small fires in a controlled environment
  • Conducting a "search and rescue mission" to find a missing child while blindfolded

    It's recommend that kids wear old clothing appropriate for the weather the day of the event as they will be outside for part of the activities. Pictures will be taken and certificates of completion will be issued to each child.

    Call (717)245-4419 to make a reservation.

 


Ready Army: Finanacial and insurance records 

Oct. 1, 2008 -- To ensure that you are protected after an emergency, it is necessary to protect and preserve your family's valuable financial and insurance records. During the excitement of an emergency situation, it is easy to forget about protecting important records. Instead, prepare for such an event by making sure these records are already part of your emergency supply kit.

Important Records

·         Personal:

  • Military ID cards
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage licenses and divorce records
  • Social Security cards
  • Passports
  • Citizenship papers
  • Medical records
  • Wills
  • Vehicle registration/ownership records
  • Power(s) of attorney (personal/property)

·         Financial

  • Tax returns and property tax statement
  • Bank/credit union statements
  • Credit/debit card statements
  • Retirement accounts
  • Investment accounts
  • All income records (including government benefits, child support and alimony)
  • Mortgage statement or lease
  • Bills (electricity, gas, water, etc.)

·         Insurance

  • Health insurance card
  • Insurance statements (property, rental, auto and life)

 

Preparing Your Records for an Emergency

·         Make sure you have dated copies of all important personal, financial and insurance records.

·         If possible, make electronic copies and store them on a disk to be placed in your emergency supply kit.

·         Place important records in a waterproof/fireproof container to be taken with you in case of an emergency, or store them in a bank safe deposit box.


 

Where to Find Additional Information

·         American Red Cross—

○        www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/FinRecovery/FinPlan/records.html#supplykit

○        www.redcross.org/services/prepare/0,1082,0_188_,00.html

·         Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—

○        With Operation Hope—www.operationhope.org/fileupload/File/effak_english.pdf

○        www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/recordsplan.shtm