Banner Archive for October 2009
 

Installation of new outdoor digital signs begins  

    Workers install panels for the new digital sign along Ashburn Drive at Carlisle Barracks Oct. 27. The signs, like those found at many other military installations, will welcome visitors and provide safety messages and information of community-wide interest.

    Two new outdoor digital signs are scheduled to start operating Thursday, Oct. 29 at both entrances to post. Workers will be installing a third digital sign at Reynolds movie theater to update by-passers on movies and other information. Organizations can request outdoor digital sign displays with a DA 3903 [on CBNet] graphics work order.


Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Jung, Special to American Forces Press Service
Postal Service announces holiday mailing guidelines

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2009 - U.S. Postal Service officials have announced recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. servicemembers serving in Afghanistan and other overseas locations.

    First-class and priority mail for servicemembers stationed in Afghanistan should be sent by Dec. 4 for arrival by Christmas. The deadline for parcel airlift mail is Dec. 1, and space-available mail bound for Afghanistan should be sent by Nov. 21.

     Officials recommend that parcel post mail to all military overseas locations should be sent by Nov. 13.

     A chart with recommended mailing deadlines for all types of mail to various APO and FPO addresses is available at the Postal Service's Web site at http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2009/pr09_082.htm.

     Express mail cannot be used to mail packages to Afghanistan; however priority mail is available.

     Priority mail packaging products, including priority mail flat-rate boxes, can be obtained free at any post office, or online at http://shop.usps.com. The priority mail large flat-rate box can be used to mail to any overseas military address, no matter the weight of the box, for $11.95.

     The Postal Service offers free military care kits, designed for military families sending packages overseas. To order by phone, call 800-610-8734 and ask for the military care kit. Each kit includes two "America Supports You" large priority mail flat-rate boxes, four medium-sized priority mail flat-rate boxes, six priority mail labels, a roll of priority mail tape and six customs forms with envelopes.

     "All packages and mail must be addressed to the individual servicemember by name, without rank, in accordance with Department of Defense regulations," said Air Force Master Sgt. Deb LaGrandQuintana, the 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron official mail manager here.

     Military overseas units are assigned an APO or FPO ZIP code, and in many cases, that ZIP code travels with the unit wherever it goes, LaGrandQuintana added.

     The Postal Service places APO and FPO mail to overseas military servicemembers on special transportation destined to be delivered as soon as possible.

     Mail sent APO and FPO addresses may require customs forms. All mail addressed to military post offices overseas is subject to certain conditions or restrictions regarding content, preparation and handling. For general guidelines on sending mail to servicemembers overseas, visit http://www.usps.com/supportingourtroops/.

     Postal Service officials recommend taking the following measures when sending packages:

 -- If you use a regular box, use one strong enough to protect the contents with no writing on the outside.

 -- Cushion contents with newspaper, bubble wrap, or Styrofoam. Pack tightly to avoid shifting.

 -- Package food items like cookies, fudge, candies, etc. securely in leak-proof containers.

 -- Use pressure-sensitive or nylon-reinforced packing tape.

-- Do not use wrapping paper, string, masking tape, or cellophane tape outside the package.

-- Print your return address and the servicemember's complete name, without rank, followed by unit and APO or FPO delivery address on one side only of the package.

-- Place a return address label inside the package.

-- Stuff fragile items with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage.

-- Remove batteries from toys and appliances. Wrap and place them next to the items inside.

-- Purchase insurance and delivery confirmation service for reassurance of package delivery.

 


AAFES giveaway $9,900 in shopping sprees

 

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Sandberg & Sikorski by Firestone are getting into the holiday spirit as they try to stuff more than $3,000 into three lucky shopper’s stockings.

    Now through Dec. 24, BXs and PXs around the world are accepting entries for the Sandberg & Sikorski by Firestone Sweepstakes. After Christmas Eve, three $3,300 shopping sprees will be awarded to one lucky AAFES shopper in the Continental United States, Pacific and Europe.

    AAFES’ Sandberg & Sikorski by Firestone drawing will take place on or about Jan. 27, 2010. 

 



Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Joint Forces commander shares lessons with USAWC

Marine Gen. James Mattis, commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, spoke to Army War College students, staff and faculty in Bliss Hall Oct 23. Photo by Scott Finger.

Oct. 23, 2009 – Army War College students were able to learn more about the practical applications of the joint and multi-national operations they are learning about in seminar today as Marine Gen. James Mattis, commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, spoke to them in Bliss Hall.

    Mattis spoke about how the nature of today’s war is even more dependent on cohesive coalitions and joint warfare.  The importance of creating harmony among an international force is an essential skill as each nation has an important role to play, he said.

    “If you don’t believe that, you are helping the enemy,” he said.

    Col. Eric Homan, student, said that the topics Mattis discussed were perfect as they were fresh off of the strategic leadership block of instruction.

     “So much of what he said about communication, especially with our coalition partners reinforced what we have been discussing in seminar,” he said. “It was a very good discussion.”   

    Mattis also stressed  how important it is sometimes to analyze current conflicts through a historical perspective. He said that many of the same issues facing U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan are very similar to those faced by Alexander the Great’s armies. The important part is applying those lessons to today’s fight, he said.

    “I can’t think of a better leader to help us learn about today’s problems using historical context,” said Marine Lt. Col. Douglas Douds. “His experience and knowledge help bring a unique perspective to the fight which I think we all can learn from.”


Health and Benefits Fair Oct. 30

    It’s time to take charge of your health. Get prepared for this year’s open season (Nov. 8-Dec. 8, 2009) by stopping by our Health Benefits Fair, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Root Hall Gym,  to gather information and speak to the representatives about their plan coverage. Representatives from the various insurance companies will be on hand to answer questions to help guide you through your decision making.  Use this time to discover the benefits available to you.

Participants Include:

GEHA

Jim Aiello—Safety Officer

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Dunham—Blood Pressure Checks

Geisinger

Dynamic Massage Therapy

Health America

FEDVIP (Vision/Dental)

 


Erin O. Stattel, U.S. Army War College, Public Affairs Office

Resilience and balance are keys to Army leader success

    (October 21, 2009)—U.S. Army War College students were given a glimpse into the future of the Army during a presentation by Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. in Bliss Hall, Oct. 21.

    Casey described the Army at present as one of the most resilient forces and that the role of land forces will include active engagement in helping other nations.

    Students called Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George Casey, Jr.'s presentation an example of his messages of clear and direct communication. Photo by Megan Clugh.

    One of the key components to success for senior leaders in the Army, Casey said, is communication.

    "His communication with the audience was clear and transparent and since he was explaining how strategic leaders need to be able to communicate clearly, he was a great example," said Col. Abdallah Alhabarneh of Jordan. "It was good for us to hear that from him and to see it from him as well."

    Col. Drazen Bartolac of Croatia agreed.

    "Gen. Casey had so much respect and friendship with the audience," he said. "It was so helpful for me to hear him speaking about so many different things. But his demeanor with the audience was something that is new for me."

    By asking what is to be accomplished, leaders can clearly identify their objectives, Casey explained.

    "Gen. Casey provided clear vision on where we need to go and used the Army enterprise to work through the details of the goals for that vision," recounted Col. Mark Migaleddi.

    When asked if he thought strategic leadership education for senior level officers was necessary, Casey recounted his own educational experiences, calling them some of the most broadening experiences.

    Col. Frank Zachar said Casey's remarks reinforced many of his beliefs about today's Army.

    "I thought what he was saying was positive and I agreed with him that the Army is not hollow," Zachar said after the presentation. "I also agreed with the idea of balance in the Army both operationally and institutionally, I think that is a great ideal. I am hopeful that events in the world allow us and enable our leadership to do just that."

    Casey also emphasized balance in leaders' lives, telling students to find the right balance between their personal and professional lives by taking time off to spend it with family.


Erin O. Stattel, U.S. Army War College, Public Affairs Office

Leadership building done FLAGS style

(October 22, 2009)--Inspiring and instilling leadership skills in others can be challenging, but it is the outcome of the annual Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills training seminars taking place over the next few weeks in Collins Hall.

The peer to peer seminars, geared towards developing the leadership skills in senior leaders' spouses, will be held in January and February, said Lisa Towery, the program's lead facilitator, but the lead facilitators are receiving their training right now.

"At this time, we have the trainers in and they have been in for over two weeks now," Towery said. "Right now, we are concentrating on training the trainer and then they will take a team approach to developing leadership skills in other spouses in January and February when we hold the FLAG program."

The FLAGS mission statement identifies the program as volunteer-based and strives to help senior military spouses become strategic thinkers and problem solvers.

According to some of the spouses, some of the skills acquired are aimed at improving communication skills, managing stress and identifying how others learn.

"Part of good communication is knowing when to help and when to step back," said Army spouse Cheryl Sikes. "I know that I will be less stressed out in the future because I have learned how to communicate effectively and how to deal with stressors."

Through self-evaluation and a little bit of group reaction and reflection after presentations, facilitators learn how to successfully reach community members to build productive teams and organizations.

"FLAGS is only done at the U.S. Army War College and it has been done now for the last 17 years," Towery said. "I first went through in 2005 when my husband was a student here and I really discovered how to respect differences in others and that really made me a more confident leader."

All spouses agreed that the lessons learned in FLAGS are not specific to the military.

"This is not a military course and is not about learning how to be a better senior leader's wife," Towery cautioned. "But rather it is a place to become more self-aware and a place to become strategic communicators and strategic leaders ourselves."

Army spouse Dawn Pullar said that self-awareness allows an individual to see others a little more clearly.

"Through a greater self-awareness, you allow yourself to see how other people learn and that makes you more effective in your leadership role," Pullar said.

Self-awareness is what Towery hopes the FLAGS facilitators will learn and then teach participants early next year.

"My hope is that they will become more aware of themselves and the people around them," she said. "This kind of training and knowledge helps transitions and helps leaders to move groups forward to be more efficient and more effective."

It seems as if Towery's hope is playing out already because through fulfilling assignments and completing rotations as session instructors, the FLAGS facilitators are becoming more and more confident with their newly possessed skills.

"I am using these skills with my family; I am using these skills when I go to meetings for different organizations," said Army spouse Sally McGinnis. "I know that when meetings get away from the leader, I have the skills necessary to get the meeting back on track and working productively again."

Many of the spouses have already noticed improved communication within their families and said being a better individual leads to being a more productive team member.

"This seminar teaches you how to become a better member of a group and a better member of a team which can help with Family Readiness or any other advisory positions," said Army spouse Leslie Love. "I am really seeing the skills show in my communication with my husband and with my children. This course is making me a better wife, a better mother, a better daughter and a better sister."

McGinnis called the training "a gift."

"I feel like this is a gift," she said. "Often times, senior leaders' spouses are drawn into situations where they are expected to do some of the leading and this course offers spouses so many skill sets to handle those challenges."


Change to Civilian Education System registration process

Effective Nov. 18, 2009, individuals applying for Civilian Education System  courses must apply for and complete the respective distributed learning (dl) course (phase 1) before applying for the resident course (phase 2).

    Individuals will no longer be able to apply for the resident course and be automatically enrolled in the dl course. Individuals who already have an approved reservation for a resident course will not need to reapply for the dl or resident course. Individuals will still be able to apply for the dl (phase 1) for self development.

    CES training provides learning opportunities for all of the civilian corps and we are striving to make the application process more efficient and effective. CES provides a foundation of quality education and professional development crucial for successful job performance and future advancement. We challenge the civilian corps to become a highly educated workforce and actively seek educational opportunities through self-development and formal education.

 

CES course registration is available through the CHRTAS web-site at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/chrtas

 

 


 White House release

GreenGov Challenge - A Bottom-Up Approach to Greening Government

Oct. 21, 2009 -- To harness the collective wisdom of America's more than 1.8 million Federal and military personnel, we’re launching the GreenGov Challenge – an online participatory program that challenges federal and military personnel to take part in implementing the President’s Executive Order on Federal Sustainability by submitting their own clean energy ideas and suggestions and voting on others.

     In coordination with National Energy Awareness Month, any Federal employee or military member can submit a clean energy idea to WhiteHouse.gov/GreenGov from October 19th through October 31st.

     At the beginning of November, some of the top ideas will be presented to the Steering Committee on Federal Sustainability – a group comprised of a senior official from each agency who is responsible for delivering each agency’s sustainability plan. Though anyone can see the ideas, only Federal and military personnel can participate – so this is their chance to positively impact how their agencies will meet their 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.

     If you're a Federal employee or one of our brave men and women in uniform, take a look at Council of Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley’s kick-off video and get started greening government at WhiteHouse.gov/GreenGov:


myPay changes ramp up user security

 (Oct. 8, 2009) -- myPay, the Web-based pay account management system operated by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service for all U.S. military personnel and many federal civilian employees, will implement a new access strategy in the fall of 2009 in an effort to increase the security of user information.

    myPay allows many of the six million payroll customers of DFAS to access pay information and update such items as direct deposit account numbers, start or stop allotments, alter tax withholding amounts and retrieve tax forms.

   The new upgrade will require users to establish new user names and passwords.

   In the past, myPay account access used a user's Social Security number and a DFAS-provided PIN to establish a myPay permanent PIN. Later enhancements allowed the user to change their user name, known as a login ID, from their SSN to one of their own making. While the user names were masked (actual letters, numbers and symbols were not visible on the computer screen), more sophisticated "key logging" spyware could potentially provide this information to identity thieves should a user's computer become compromised.

    This was also behind an earlier security upgrade which required the use of a virtual keyboard when entering a PIN. The virtual keyboard uses mouse clicks rather than keyboard entry to enter a PIN and access a user's account.

    According to myPay officials, customized login IDs and passwords will allow DFAS customers more flexibility and opportunities to increase the security of their personal information.

    Login IDs, also known as user names, will require six to 129 alphanumeric characters that will be unique to one user only. Should a user attempt to create a login ID that has already been established, they will be informed to attempt another request using a different ID.

Login IDs must meet the following requirements:

·         No less than six and no more than 129 characters.

·         Cannot be nine numbers only (prohibits use of a SSN as a login ID).

·         May contain alphabetic (letters) and/or numeric characters and may also contain the following special characters: @ (at sign), _ (underscore), - (dash), . (period), ' (apostrophe)

·         Rather than using a myPay PIN, the new security enhancement will require users to establish passwords to accompany their customized login IDs.

·         Passwords will be created by each user and must meet myPay standards:

·         No less than eight and no more than 15 characters.

·         May not include the last four numbers of the user's Social Security number.

·         May not match the user's login ID.

·         May not match any of the user's previous 10 passwords for myPay access.

·         Must contain at least one letter and one number.

·         Must contain at least one of 10 special characters.

 

    Instructions for creating login IDs and passwords will be available on the myPay Web site to assist users. In addition, users can call the Customer Support Unit at 1-888-332-7411 or click the "Contact Us" link on the myPay home page for assistance.

    Accounts with a Restricted Access PIN, which allows access to pay account information without the ability to make changes for persons authorized by the primary user, will also be prompted to establish a limited access ID and password using the same requirements.

    Use of the myPay interactive voice response system, which allows telephone access to certain pay information, may still be entered using the Social Security number and myPay PIN.

    A virtual keyboard must still be used to enter a user's password.

    While this security enhancement is intended to help keep users' information secure and prevent unauthorized access to pay accounts, myPay officials encourage all users to take appropriate actions to keep their login IDs and passwords private. This can include storing them in a lockable and secure place, memorizing them and destroying any written record, and not sharing them with anyone.

 


Shelley A. DeIvernois, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center Director 
It's NSPS time again

 Oct. 19, 2009 -- Employees and supervisors are busy gathering their accomplishments, writing them down and entering them in the automated tool (PAA). As you can imagine, there are tons of people trying to access MyBiz and MyWorkplace during this timeframe. You can log directly into DCPDS/My Biz/My Workplace/CSU from the CPOL Portal Home/Login page. On this page under "Employee Portal" you will see at the bottom of the screen in red a link that will take you into DCPDS/My Biz/My Workplace/CSU without actually logging into CPOL Portal.

    The question concerning incentive awards in relation to NSPS rating and payout has been raised from time to time. There are no specific provisions in the CFR, DoD and Army issuances that provide guidance on this issue. We have answered inquiries concerning the issue from employee, rating official, and pay pool perspectives. We have advised that:

    - Employees should include all accomplishments in their self assessment, even if they have received an award (monetary and/or honorary) for any of the accomplishments. Although it is not a requirement, we advise employees to highlight the specific accomplishment and the associated award/citation received because the accomplishment is considered as a significant one from the supervisor's perspective.

    - Rating officials may want to consider honorary awards for accomplishments during the rating cycle and reserve all monetary considerations at the end of the rating period. Depending on the established pay pool business rules (payout distribution, etc.); rating official can determine what is most advantageous for the employee. (Note that awards are determined by the supervisor and chain of command while payouts are determined by the pay pool members.) Regardless of the business rules, rating officials must consider all accomplishments to determine the recommended rating even when the employee has received an award for the accomplishment.

    - When the pay pool determines the payout for an employee, the pay pool should take into consideration if an employee has received a monetary award for certain accomplishments so the accomplishment would not be "over compensated" or recognized/rewarded twice.

Specially situated employees

    CPMS has released an updated NSPS Guide to Specially Situated Employees for the 2010 payout year. The updated guide modifies the Guide to Specially Situated Employees last updated November 2008.

    The guide itself has been posted on the NSPS pages of CPOL, under the Performance Management button:  http://cpol.army.mil/library/general/ns ps/pm.html

NSPS Timelines

USAWC                                              Garrison

Employee assessments to Rater        10-07-09                                              10-16-09

Raters assessment to HLR                 10-17-09                                              10-23-09

Ratings to PPM                                   10-28-09                                              10-30-09

Sub Pay pool panels meet                  2-18 Nov                                            None

Pay Pool Panel Meets                        1-3 Dec                                               16-18 Nov

Timelines must be met to allow for pay pool decisions to be made and actions to be effective 3 January 2010.

 


Post 9/11 GI Bill, transferability to family members

    Oct. 19, 2009 -- The purpose of this message is to emphasize the basic procedures for establishing eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill as well as the Transferability of Education Benefits (TEB) to certain Family Members.

Spouses and family members must be enrolled under their servicemember sponsor in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System, also known as DEERS, to be eligible for the transfer benefit. Military members also can link to the site through http://www.defenselink.mil/gibill.

With the Post-9/11 GI Bill, servicemembers are eligible for 36 months of educational benefits -- the equivalent of four nine-month academic years. To qualify for the transfer benefit, servicemembers must have six years of service on active duty or in the Selected Reserve on or after Aug. 1 and commit to an additional four years of service.

Servicemembers have the option to use or transfer as much of their benefits as they want to, and they can revoke or redesignate who receives the benefit at any time.

Servicemembers can add names only while on active duty, and not after separating or retiring from active-duty service.

The unused benefits can be transferred to a spouse, two children or any combination. But children cannot start using the benefit until they're 18 or have a high school diploma or equivalent. Children enrolled in DEERS lose their military benefits at age 21 unless they are full-time students.

Only eligible dependents' names will appear on the registration Web site. Once servicemembers register on the site and designate who the benefits will be transferred to, the application will be processed through their appropriate service branch.

After the service verifies eligibility to transfer the benefits, the application will be forwarded and processed again through VA. And finally, when the selected dependent decides to use the benefit, he or she must go to the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site and fill out an online application to request a certificate of eligibility.

The certificate then can be taken to the school to be processed by its Veterans Affairs representative and used to request tuition, payment for books and the living stipend, which varies by institution and location.

Most servicemembers who have at least six years of military service as of Aug. 1, and agree to serve an additional four years qualify, he said. Department officials have proposed measures to support servicemembers who have at least 10 years of active service but can't serve the additional four because of service or department policy. They would, however, have to serve the maximum time allowed before separating from the military, he said.

Another provision will cover servicemembers who will reach the 20-year service mark, making them retirement-eligible, between Aug. 1, 2009, and Aug. 1, 2013.

Clark explained how servicemembers who complete 20 years of service will be able to transfer the benefits:

-- Those eligible for retirement on Aug. 1, 2009, will be eligible to transfer their benefits with no additional service requirement.

-- Those with an approved retirement date after Aug. 1, 2009, and before July 1, 2010, will qualify with no additional service.

-- Those eligible for retirement after Aug. 1, 2009, but before Aug. 1, 2010, will qualify with one additional year of service after approval to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

-- Those eligible for retirement between Aug. 1, 2010, and July 31, 2011, will qualify with two additional years of service after approval to transfer.

-- Those eligible to retire between Aug. 1, 2011, and July 31, 2012, will qualify with three additional years of service after approval to transfer.


Invitation to a 21st century town hall meeting 

Garrison commander Lt. Col. Janet Holliday will hold a state-of-the-installation information session for all interested military and civilians employees and residents -- Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 6 pm, in the Bliss Hall Auditorium.

You can watch remotely via post channel 14 or via CBNet/Live News/Post TV.

   

The information update will review construction projects, Dunham Clinic programs, winter weather plans, and important ACS and CYYS programs.

 

During the question-and-answer session, Lt. Col. Holliday and staff will respond to questions from the audience -- as well as questions received by email. 

 

Send your questions during the townhall, or beforehand to --

carl_townhall@conus.army.mil. 

 


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

Preserving important pieces of history

October 17, 2009—Long forgotten military papers, medals, uniforms and other treasures will have a home where they will be showcased, admired and used as teaching tools thanks to new facilities currently under construction at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

    Approximately 125 veterans, local community members, re-enactors and Carlisle Barracks staff members filled the halls of AHEC's Ridgway Hall to commemorate the Oct. 16 groundbreaking for the new Visitor and Education Center and Museum Support/Conservation Facility.

    "People forget how we got the freedoms we have, and facilities like these bring attention to what it took for us to get where we are today," said WWII and Korean War Veteran Sam Lombardo. "So many people have military stuff up in their attics, whether it is their own paperwork and uniforms or their father's or grandfather's, but what an honor it is to have it here for everyone to see. It means so much more when it will be on display here."

    Army War College Commanding General Maj. Gen. Robert Williams echoed Lombardo's sentiment in his address to the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    "It is deeply meaningful for those who donate their papers and uniforms," he said.

    Construction for the VEC began in August 2009 and will incorporate the first gallery for the museum, multipurpose rooms to support educational programs, seminars and veteran reunions, and support services for visitors. In order to honor and service the sacrifice Soldiers and their Families have made, military artifacts and archival materials will be properly restored and preserved so future generations may learn from tangible, historical relics.

    Army Heritage Center Foundation board members are joined by representatives from the Army Heritage & Education Center, the U.S. Army War College and members of both local and federal government in breaking ground for the new Visitor and Education Center and the Museum Support/Conservation Facility.

    "We can never too often remind our nation's citizens of our military's sacrifice and a facility like this helps to do just that," said U.S. Rep. Todd Platts. "The military's history is a crucial part of our own amazing history as a nation, and the written documents and artifacts such as communication between Soldiers and Families, tell the story of the sacrifices made by our men and women on the frontlines."

    For some, the museum and preservation efforts represent a place of healing and reflection.

   "I see this as a place of healing for a lot of folks, a place where they can escape the day-to-day life and come here to reflect on what it took to make this nation so great," said Gary Slack, an Army Heritage Center Foundation board member. Slack, who is president of US Combat Systems at BAE Systems, was on hand to present the foundation with $100,000 from BAE Systems.

    "We need facilities like the ones here at AHEC for the future of our military and so the younger generations know what we went through and so that they can actually understand what we went through," said Joe Novak, a Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War and one of the day's re-enactors. "Gentlemen like myself and those who are here today re-creating different soldiers' experiences give young people the opportunity to learn about what we did and why we had to do it."

    Novak said he loves driving down Interstate 81 and seeing the different equipment on display on the Army Heritage Trail next to the construction site at AHEC.

    "I think the whole museum is just awesome, especially when you are coming up the pike and see the Huey (helicopter), which we used in Vietnam," he said. "We have to have the knowledge there so it is never forgotten."

   The groundbreaking event was highlighted with re-enactors who were also present on the Army Heritage Trail for the Oct. 17 Volksmarch during Carlisle Barracks' Oktoberfest.

    Re-enactors lined the trail, hunkered down in their pillboxes, bunkers and barracks against the cold, rainy weather that is often a reality in warfare.

    "I think re-enacting different soldiers from different wars is an important education tool for children," said Morgen Dautrich, who portrayed a WWII paratrooper with the 508th PIR and the 82nd Airborne Division. "They have seen these types of things in video games and movies, but to let them feel the packs on their backs and carry the weight that these guys carried in war provides better understanding for what our men and women endured."

    The other sides of battle lines were also portrayed along the trail.

    Re-enactors brought history to life during the Oct. 16 VEC and Museum Support/Conservation Facility groundbreaking and Oct. 17 living history event along the Army Heritage Trail.

    "Schools don't always teach the German aspect of WWI and WWII," said Brad Wenger, a WWI German Infantryman re-enactor, who was holed up in the German pillbox display along the Army Heritage Trail. "Students come to the re-enactments with a decent understanding of the American soldier, but often they don't know about the other perspectives."

    The re-enactments and groundbreaking event served as reminders of how far the American military has come over the course of the nation's history.

    "Some of my father's papers are here and this means a lot to me," said Cumberland County Commissioner Rick Rovegno. "If you don't know where you came from, you won't know where you're going and facilities like the ones at AHEC remind us of where we came from and help us to know where we are going."


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

Discussing life before and after the Berlin Wall

    October 16, 2009--More than twenty years after President Ronald Reagan urged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, "Tear down this wall," four members of the Army War College's faculty will recount how living with the Berlin Wall shaped their personal and professional lives during a local panel discussion next week.

    Professor Bernard Griffard, Center for Strategic Leadership; Col. Richard Lacquement, Ph.D., Department of National Security and Strategy; Col. Susan Myers, Ph.D., Department of Distance Education; and Craig Nation, Ph.D., Department of National Security and Strategy, will all participate in "Living with the Wall," a Dickinson College Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues panel discussion, to be held Oct. 21, 7 p.m. in the Great Room at the school's Stern Center.

    The panel discussion highlights the twentieth anniversary since the wall which divided East and West Germany was torn down in 1989.

    "I am going to focus on the then and now from my experiences visiting East Berlin in 1984," Myers explained. "We had special orders and special transit routes and that enabled us to get into East Berlin, but we were pretty limited to where we could go and there were very little shopping opportunities, so I want to talk about how our opportunity to go into East Berlin was a show of force to some degree."

    In addition to recounting her previous experiences in Eastern Germany, Myers said she will also discuss the differences in lifestyles between people living in the eastern and western portions of the country.

    "It was pretty bleak in the East, it was my first real exposure to a communist country and it was a tremendous opportunity for young people to see what was on the other side of that wall," Myers said. "That wall kept the west out and I never thought I would see it fall in my lifetime."

    After World War II, Allied Powers split Germany into four occupied sections, and in 1949 the Soviet Union claimed its portion to be the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany. A fence was put up in 1961 and a concrete wall was later constructed a few years later to put a stop to refugees fleeing from East Germany to the west. The wall was torn down in 1989 at the end of the Cold War.

    "Last year I went to the German Leadership Academy and spoke with people and they just couldn't comprehend the lives that were lived like that in East Germany for all those years," Myers said. "Today, Germany has preserved several portions of the wall, like Checkpoint Charlie, so the education about that time can continue."

    Myers said that she also had the opportunity to speak with some German military officers who had a successful integration experience from East German forces into Germany's military as it is at present.

    "Some of these people didn't know if they were going to be arrested or if they would be allowed to continue in the service and the integration was successful and now some of them are rising to high ranks," she said. "It was a truly interesting time and I would encourage anyone to go visit Berlin."

    Myers and her fellow panelists will be discussing the Berlin Wall at the Stern Center at Dickinson College, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://clarke.dickinson.edu/single_post.php?id=810.


AHEC ceremony breaks ground for 2 new buildings

Groundbreaking for two new buildings attracted representatives of the Army Heritage & Education Center, Army War College and Carlisle Barracks together with representatives of Pennsylvania and Cumberland County.

Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, Pa. Sen. Pat Vance, Cumberland County Commissioner Gary Eichelberg offered comments about the future of the AHEC in serving veterans and visitors. 

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WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

The construction site today is marked by the new entry to the parking area, and site work taking place to the right and left of Ridgway Hall - preparing for two new buildings.

1/ Right of the entrance -- the Army is building the Museum Support Facility. It will be the Army's Conservation Center with labs and capabilities to restore military clothing, preserve documents and photos -- ensuring sure that donations from Soldiers and Veterans will be properly preserved for future generations.  

 2/ Left of the entrance --   The Army Heritage Center Foundation, in partnership with Pennsylvania and Cumberland County, is building the Visitors and Education Center. It will be the 'front door' for the AHEC -- with museum galleries, a museum shop, and space for classes, lectures and veterans reunions.

 DID YOU KNOW?   There were 74 thousand visitors to AHEC in 2009 to research, learn, and enjoy the American military heritage.

The two new buildings will increase the visitors, tourists, Soldiers, veterans, families and historians who come to the Army Heritage & Education Center -- where Soldiers' stories are remembered and retold.

OF SPECIAL NOTE --  FROM 9 AM TO NOON, Saturday, Oct. 17, several dozen Living Historians will be on the Army Heritage Trail during the Oktoberfest Volksmarch. It will be a great opportunity to create a personal interaction with reenactors at the Revolutionary War Yorktown Redoubt ... the Vietnam Firebase ... the World War I German and American trenches ... and the World War II compound.

 

 


SEEKING Army War College & Carlisle Barracks volunteers for Make a Difference Day: Sat, Oct. 24

Make-a-Difference Day is the largest national day of helping others.  Last year over 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns across the United States.  Learn more about the national progam at  http://www.usaweekend.com/diffday/index.html  Together, we CAN make a difference! 

This year, Linda Heussner has created a grassroots initiative to launch the first year of participation by Army War College and Carlisle Barracks volunteers.

You can sign up to volunteer as a seminar group, employee group, friends, or as an individual.

Contact the Community Relations Officer -- suzanne.reynolds@us.army.mil -- to be linked to work any of these projects:

Furry Friends Network:

-       Offer help for dogs at a foster home/kennel in Harrisburg area, e.g., walking adult dogs, hugging and playing with the puppies, cleaning some areas around kennels.

-       Offer help for cats at a foster home/adoption center, e.g., cleaning/sterilizing cat area, litter, toys, walls, etc.

Habitat for Humanity

Construction/building experience preferred (16 years and older) at a home in Shippensburg, 39 Highland Ave. 

Lebanon VA Medical Center

Two Bingo Events are scheduled for that day, in need of volunteers to facilitate.

Project Share:

-Food Drive

-Turkey Brigade:  In need of turkeys, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie mix, etc. for holiday baskets for families in need.

Salvation Army:  

 Several projects can be adopted by several seminars:

-       Painting in the Women and Children's Shelter

-       Curtains needed for the Women and Children's Shelter

-       New mulch put down around the grounds and curbs painted

-       Blanket Drive for Homeless Shelter

-       Heavy winter clothing, scarves, hats, gloves, shoes, blankets for homeless people

-       Adopt an individual family:  provide clothing, blankets, etc.

Carlisle Cares:  A group of churches facilitating a homeless shelter.

Seeking donations of the following items – and a seminar/group/individual to coordinate publicity and pick-up:

Toiletries:       deodorant, razors, shaving cream, feminine products, shampoo, conditioner

Cold Weather Gear: hats, scarves, gloves, socksFood Items:   boxes of cereal, individual cups of soup (nothing that requires mixing, adding ingredients)

 

 

 

 

 


Public Affairs staff report
Army leadership discusses wide range of issues with USAWC students

Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, spoke with Army War College students Oct. 14 as part of  the annual Anton Myrer Army Leader Day, the capstone event for the college's Strategic Leadership course. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Oct. 14, 2009 -- 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 changing nature of warfare and the commitment to the health of Soldiers.

    "Warfare has changed forever," said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. "Soldiers and their leaders today must be prepared to operate among the full spectrum of operations at almost a moment's notice."   

      Chiarelli addressed the class as part of the annual Anton Myrer Army Leader Day, the capstone event for the college's Strategic Leadership course. He described the strategic environment as ever-changing, with more responsibilities for the NCOs and junior officers at the forefront of the fight.

    Relationships formed with local leaders are sometimes just as important to the short and long term success of an operation, he said.

    "Sometimes these relationships truly make the difference in winning and losing."

    The changing nature of battle has also lead to a greater focus on the effects of battle on the Soldiers themselves.  A priority for Chiarelli is to tackle programs for post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

    "PTSD and TBI are real. I have seen the effects," he said. "The challenge is how to educate our Army about it." Chiarelli pointed out that the military has implemented many programs to help wounded Soldiers and that the progress must continue.

    "Finding a solution is absolutely vital. We have an obligation and commitment to our Soldiers." He pointed out the Army Wounded Warrior program as one step in helping take care of Soldiers who have suffered injuries.

    Chiarelli led the "all-star" Army staff, following the formal address, in discussions in each of the 20 seminars about the lessons of leadership.

    "Just the fact that the Army staff reached out to Army colonels is insightful and helps us prepare for life after the war college, said Col. Mark Sullivan, student.

    

Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, director of the Army Staff, speaks with members of Seminar 8. Photo by Megan Clugh.

   Sullivan's seminar explored case of senior-leader communication in a free-form discussion with Col. (P) Lew Boone, deputy chief of Army Public Affairs, testing assumptions about strategic communication, information operations and public affairs. They recognized a gulf between the tactically-oriented information at the brigade or below, and the communication challenges facing strategic leaders.

    "At brigade and below we do very well at communicating. Once you reach the strategic level, it becomes increasingly more complicated," concluded Sullivan.

  "What is our force going to look like in the future?" and "Are you concerned with the fitness of the force?"  asked Maj. Gen. Bernie Champoux, chief, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Army. Champoux, a 1999 Army War College graduate, discussed with frankness an array of topics to include strategic thinking and leadership, the changing dynamics of the military, the civil-military relationship, BRAC, retention in the military, and the don't ask don't tell policy.

    Champoux also discussed his position in working with Congress and a new program, Congressional Fellowship Program developed for competitive officers to work in legislative liaison to better understand the relationship between the military and Congress.

  "The candor particularly was refreshing," said Marine Lt. Col. Dave Sheehan, student.   "It gave us a good insight into the political aspects of the environment that most of us will be in our next job."

Army Surgeon General talks with students

    Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, commanding general of the Army Medical Command and Army Surgeon General, spoke to students about the future of the military and finding the talent to staff the medical commands.

    Schoomaker started off with a brief reflection about Army surgeon generals, highlighting the progress achieved in creating vaccines that prevented the further spread of diseases such as yellow fever and malaria, and how that mission of preventive measures still stands today.

    "One of the pleasures of being in uniform is that my first and most important goal is to keep the force healthy and to help prevent and treat injuries," Schoomaker said.

    Navy Cdr. Karlyna Andersen, who works in family practice, agreed with Schoomaker about the challenges in hiring the right people for the job.

    "One of the challenges we currently face is the shortage of talent, such as physicians and nurses," she said. "All services face this challenge and the question now is how to deal with this."

    Marine Lt. Col. Anthone Wright said the discussion was great given all the recent attention on healthcare.

    "The most important issues for me are how we confront healthcare for the next 10 to 15 years and it is good to know that people are already thinking of these things," he said.

    Col. Mark Fassl said he found Schoomaker's presentation interesting and that it put the medical command's job in perspective.

    "One of the broader aspects of having a population of Soldiers that are being saved on the battlefield more remarkably now than any other time in our past has caused the whole health system to undergo a transformation," he said. "Whether it is the administration of medicine, the structuring of hospitals or the treatment of silent wounds, such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), we now have a different cohort of people to worry about how to treat and that's significant for us. Plus, you have their families."

Director of the Army Staff returns to Carlisle

     Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, director of the Army staff, was one of the leaders who took part in the seminar discussions. He spoke with the seminar about the importance of life balance and the need to be an effective communicator. The students asked Huntoon about the challenges of a transition period following a presidential election and how the Army staff works at the Pentagon.

    Huntoon also had a message for the students about their time here at the Army War College.

    "Take full advantage of your time here," he said. "Take the time to re-balance your life, re-connect with your families. We are in a period of persistent conflict and you will need those skills."

 

 

 

 


 Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs
 Fighting fat, combating stress with exercise

    October 7, 2009-- The "battle of the bulge" took on a much different meaning from the messages about expanding waistlines and general nutrition and well-being from the speakers during the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute's Women's Health Symposium.

    The Army War College served as host for several speakers as part of APFRI's Women's Health Symposium, with lectures running from Oct. 1-5. Speakers included Dr. Pamela Peeke and her presentation "Master the Power Mind for Lifelong Mind and Body Fitness," nutritionist and fitness consultant Dr. Janet Brill who presented "Matters of the Heart: Optimal Lifestyle Rx for Cardiovascular Health for Women," an APFRI invitational brief courtesy of APFRI Director Col. Thomas Williams, and a presentation from Col. Cathy Nace, OB/GYN, which included one specifically for men, "What You Need to Know about Women's Health" and one lecture for women, "Women's Health Issues Update."

    Keynote speaker Dr. Pamela Peeke focused on how the mind affects the body and how the body reacts to stress during her Oct. 1 presentation in Bliss Hall, kicking off the symposium.

    "The more physically fit you are, the more mentally fit you are," Peeke told students and family members in the audience. "The mind is the driver and you have to keep stirring up the momentum in your body to keep running or keep exercising. What affects one, affects the other and if you want to be a good leader, you have to be physically fit."

     The importance of physical and mental conditioning for the warrior is paramount, Peeke said.

    "Stress is toxic to our bodies," she said. "Our bodies are designed to respond to stress and when we live with constant stress, it changes up everything in our bodies."

    According to Peeke, men and women have different coping mechanisms for stress. However, both men and women use food as a way to deal with what may be bothering them.

    "Men go straight to the bar and have a few beers and women eat when stress enters our lives," she said. "The development of fat can lead to a number of health problems, including elevated blood sugar levels and high cholesterol and blood pressure."

    Peeke told women to make more time for exercise and to not overload their schedules.

    "Too many times we cram more and more stuff into our schedules and volunteer for more things that we really don't have time for and what we leave out is time for ourselves and time to exercise," Peeke said of women's schedules. "We need to man up. Men just do it. The house could burn down and they are still leaving to go and get their workout in."

     Family members of Army War College students, also have each other to help deal with stress,  just ask Joan Grey and Susan Boling, whose husbands have both been deployed at different times.

    "I think I handle stress pretty well," said Joan Grey. "I rely on [Boling] for a lot of support while my husband is deployed."

    "It helps that we spend a lot of time together, and our children are married to one another, so she supports me while my husband is deployed and I support her," Boling said.

   Lauren Connelly, of Academic Affairs, said it was news to her that people who appear to be in good shape can still develop health problems without enough exercise.

    "I didn't know that [fat on the inside of the muscle wall] was such an important thing to consider," she said. "I think it was important that Dr. Peeke warned everyone that even thin people can still run the risk of heart disease and those kinds of problems if they don't exercise."

    Peeke suggested avoiding foods that are high in preservatives and instead, focusing on whole foods that are lean and high on protein.

    Dee Connelly, of APFRI, said she hoped students and their family members were listening to Peeke's advice.

    "This is the exact information that we are trying to reinforce and see students begin implementing in their lives," she said.

Dr. Janet Brill discusses heart disease

    How stress is managed directly affects the diet and Dr. Janet Brill echoed many of Peeke's sentiments, providing suggestions for handling stress with healthier foods.

    Brill spoke about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle by engaging in exercise and healthy eating habits, offering students and family members nutritious alternatives such as the Mediterranean Diet, which is rich in high protein foods such as nuts, beans and seeds and leaves out most red meats.

    "The Mediterranean Diet sounds good and I think I am willing to give that a try," said Linda Heussner, an Army War College family member. "I am going to start out small, avoiding fatty foods and too much red meat."

    Heussner said she was also going to take up Col. Williams and APFRI's invitation to family members to participate in APFRI's various health and fitness assessments.

    "I definitely want to get one done," she said of the assessments. "I have a family history of heart disease and high cholesterol so I would like to know what diet changes to make and get full blood work done to see where my good and bad cholesterol stand. I would also like to get a detailed exercise plan for my body type."

Col. Cathy Nace discusses women's health issues

    Col. Cathy Nace gave students and family members an education about women's bodies and what is important to keep in mind as they head into the peri-menopause and menopause phases of their lives, one of those suggestions was to continue exercising

   "I thought Col. Nace was great and wonderful for our age group," said Sonya Zoller, a family member. "She had great things to say and her emphasis on nutrition and exercise was great to hear, we have heard it in every seminar this week and that was perfect, because we need that validation."

    Nace told listeners to expect these changes and to educate themselves in order to cope with the changes that the body goes through.

     "You really should understand the process and discuss things with your spouses," Nace told listeners during the "WomenUpdate." "Continue exercising, try to exercise together with your spouse or family members."

     Nace said that as women age and enter menopause, their bodies become susceptible to osteoporosis, a condition that causes brittle bones and can lead to fractures.

     "We want you to do some sort of physical activity where you are using your body weight so jogging or walking is excellent for your bones because you are continuing to carry your own weight," she said. "Yoga is also another great way to keep active and it is low-impact and helps with flexibility. It is also a great way to de-stress."

     Nace said that exercise is a must in later years and that injury and like Peeke's advice, time constraints are not an excuse.

     "Make time to do it," she said. "Your kids are older, you are finding yourself with a little more time on your hands, so get out there and get moving."

 

 


Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs

Woodward speaks of challenges

    October 9, 2009--To publish or not to publish, that, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward told Army War College faculty and students, is the question for many journalists who have gained access to questionable government intelligence.

    "Do we publish or not?" he said. "When troops lives are at risk, how do we make that decision?"

    Washington Post writer Bob Woodward, perhaps best known for his work on the Watergate scandal with fellow journalist Carl Bernstein, spoke to USAWC students and faculty in Bliss Hall on Oct. 8.

     Woodward spoke about the predicament that journalists may find themselves in when asked to divulge sources, choose between disclosing sensitive material or sitting on a potential story, and challenging authority when it needs challenging.

    Students said they appreciated the opportunity to hear someone of Woodward's status speak about journalism and his experiences.

    Bob Woodward shared stories of his dealings with administrations past during the Oct. 8 presentation. Photo by Megan Clugh.

    "I really enjoyed it," said Marine Lt. Col. Jim Zientek. "I think the point about dissent was important."

    Woodward offered an example from Gen. George C. Marshall after his appointment to General of the Army.

    "After one week on the job, Gen. Marshall told his staff, 'I am disappointed in all of you. You haven't disagreed with a single thing I've done all week,'" Woodward recounted. "Disagreement is a necessary part of the process."

    Woodward also quoted Adm. Mike Mullen on the aspect of risk.

    "[Mullen] said that risk is inherent and that we should neither run from it or toward it, and I agree with that," Woodward said.

    Students discussed many topics with Woodward and one student asked the seasoned journalist if he would go to jail if it meant protecting his source's identity.

    "Absolutely," Woodward responded.

    Another student asked Woodward how he handles the authority that comes with the amount of free speech in his position and accusations of abuse of that privilege.

   "If something is wrong, it comes out in the reporting," he replied. "Facts matter and that is what counts."

    Lt. Col. Bret Ackerman said he enjoyed the presentation.

    "I enjoyed it," he said. "I think this kind of thing is important for us to hear."

Students had the opportunity to question Woodward on issues such as divulging sources. Photo by Megan Clugh.


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
New PX pharmacy annex open for business

Oct. 13, 2009 – Recently the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic opened a Clinic-Annex Pharmacy Service site adjacent to the Army Air Force Exchange Service Shopping Center on Carlisle Barracks for pick-up of refilled medications (currently excluding refrigerated and controlled items).

     Hours of operation for the PX site are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

     An official Grand Opening of the new PX site will be held on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m.

     In addition to the Dunham Clinic and PX refill pick-up sites, patients can also select the Defense Distribution Center (DDC) in New Cumberland or TMC at Fort Indiantown Gap (FIG) to pick up their refills.

     Since the other sites (PX Mall, DDC & FIG) are not fully stocked pharmacies, walk-up refill requests or new prescriptions cannot be processed.

     If requesting refills by utilizing the audiocare (phone-in) refill line, 1(800)248-6337, select #4 for facilities in Pa., then option #1 for the PX Refill Pick-up location; Option #2 for DDC in New Cumberland; Option #3 for TMC at Fort Indiantown Gap or Option #4 for the Dunham Main Clinic.

     Refills can also be requested on-line via www.carlisle.army.mil/dahc/dunhamhome/htm, click on Services, click on Pharmacy,

click on-line refill request, select Pharmacy location (Carlisle/Dunham/PX, Carlisle/Dunham, Carlisle/Dunham/DDC or Carlisle/Dunham/FIG).

     Hours of operation for the Dunham Clinic Main Pharmacy are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to noon.

    "Our goal is to improve services to our patient population, the quality-of-life and convenience for service personnel, beneficiaries and the entire Carlisle Barracks community, said Maj. Christopher Lindner, deputy commander for allied services, Dunham Army Health Clinic.

         For more information, visit the Dunham Army Health Clinic website:  www.carlisle.army.mil/dahc/dunhamhome.htm

 


Samantha L. Quigley, American Forces Press Service

Executive Order bans texting while driving for Feds

 

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2009 - In an executive order issued Oct. 1, President Barack Obama banned federal employees from text messaging while behind the wheel on government business.

    "With nearly 3 million civilian employees, the federal government can and should demonstrate leadership in reducing the dangers of text messaging while driving," Obama said in the order. "A federal government-wide prohibition on the use of text messaging while driving on official business or while using government-supplied equipment will help save lives, reduce injuries, and set an example for state and local governments, private employers, and individual drivers."

    Text messaging, or "texting," encompasses more than simply sending a text message via a handheld communication device. It also includes reading from any handheld or other electronic device, including for the purpose of SMS texting, e-mailing, instant messaging, obtaining navigational information, or "engaging in any other form of electronic data retrieval or electronic data communication," the order said.

    The order defines driving as "operating a motor vehicle on an active roadway with the motor running." This includes the time the vehicle is temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic light or stop sign or other cause.

    "It does not include operating a motor vehicle with or without the motor running when one has pulled over to the side of, or off, an active roadway and has halted in a location where one can safely remain stationary," Obama said in the order.

   While the order applies specifically to federal employees, it also asks contractors to follow suit, and encourages civilians to adopt the same measures while operating their own vehicles.

    Agencies are being directed to implement this order through the consideration of new rules and programs and re-evaluation of existing programs. Agency heads are urged to conduct education, awareness and other outreach for federal employees about the safety risks associated with texting while driving.

    "These initiatives should encourage compliance with the agency's text messaging policy while off duty," Obama said.

    Agencies have 90 days to take appropriate measures to implement this order, adopt measures to ensure compliance with the ban on text messaging -- including disciplinary action for violations -- and notify the transportation secretary of the measures undertaken.

    Agency heads may exempt certain employees, devices or vehicles that are engaged in or used for protective, law enforcement or national security responsibilities or on the basis of other emergency conditions, the order says.

 

 


 

National Red Ribbon Campaign 2009

                                               

    Oct. 13, 2009 -- The Red Ribbon Campaign is an opportunity to send a consistent “No Drug” message to people everywhere.  The Carlisle Barracks community is invited and highly encouraged to take part in this year’s celebration. The following activities and events will take place Oct. 23 – 31.  

    For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245-4576.

 

 

Schedule of Events:

 

Tuesday, Oct. 6

  • Poster contest, “DRUG FREE IS THE KEY” will run Oct. 6 – 28  

 

Friday, Oct. 16

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

 

Tuesday, Oct. 20

  • Teen Drug & Alcohol presentation by Cumberland/Perry Drug & Alcohol Commission. Program to be held at the Youth Center at 4:30 p.m. For additional information contact Youth Services.

 

Thursday, Oct. 22

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

 

Friday, Oct. 23

  • McGruff to visit CDC children with Red Ribbons and handouts, 0900.
  • Guards will hand out Red Ribbons at the gates in the morning.
  • Official kickoff ceremony 4 p.m. in the Youth Center with Garrison Commander.
  • Refreshments will be provided in Youth Center following the event.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 27

  • Movie-night at youth center (videos on drug-free awareness) free snacks.
  • Display table at PX with give-away items from 4-5:30 p.m. Enter to win dinner for two from Anthony’s Pizza along with two movies passes.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 28

  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention Presentation by Cumberland/Perry County Drug and Alcohol Program. Topic: Current Trends in the Carlisle community 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Upton Hall Auditorium.

 

Thursday, Oct. 29

  • Halloween parade on Indian Field to begin at 5 p.m. (line up from 4:30 – 4:55 p.m.)
  • Poster contest prizes awarded
  • McGruff will be present from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Halloween Party at LVCC, 6-9 p.m., for grades 6 – 12.

 

 


AHEC to break ground on new buildings, host living history event
Shuttle bus available for post employees

Oct. 13, 2009 --The Army Heritage and Education Center here will be a flurry of activity on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17,  for the official ground breaking of the Visitor and Education Center and the Museum Support Facility, along with a timeline living history program featuring the Vietnam War from 1959-1965.

    The groundbreaking will take place on Friday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. in front of Ridgway Hall.  Local and State representatives will be on hand to inaugurate these important economic development projects.

    A shuttle for employees will be available outside of Root Hall at 2:15 p.m. and will leave at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 16. The shuttle will return to Root Hall after the completion of the ceremony.

    In conjunction with the groundbreaking, the AHEC will host a timeline living history program along the Army Heritage Trail featuring our Vietnam fire support base.  The living history program will explore five key events and their relationship to the Soldier’s stories from the Battle of the Ia Drang in 1965.

    The living history event will be held on Friday, Oct. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.      

The event is free and open to the public    

    Tours of Fire Base Falcon begin Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m., tactical demonstrations will begin at noon. 

    Demonstrations from various periods from 1959 to 1971, including demonstrations of tactics by several Vietnam living history groups will be featured. 

    In addition to the Vietnam demonstrations, there will be displays and exhibits from other time periods as well, including WWI, Revolutionary War, and WWII.

    In November 1965 American Soldiers landed in the Ia Drang Valley and were quickly surrounded by North Vietnamese regulars.  After several days of close, savage fighting the American Soldiers, with the help of artillery support from Fire Base Falcon, were able to repel the North Vietnamese.  The Battle of Ia Drang is considered the first conventional U.S. battle of the Vietnam War. It later became the subject of the book and film, “We Were Soldiers Once and Young”.

    AHEC is minutes from Interstate 81, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and Routes 11 and 15.  Follow signs to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at 950 Soldiers Drive. Visit the AHEC website at www.usahec.org  or call 717.245.3641.

 

 

Next spouses club meeting Oct. 21

 

Oct. 8, 2009 -- Mark your calendar now for the Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club October luncheon to be held Wed, Oct 21, at the Letort View Community Center.  

   Meadowbrooke Gourds will be our presenter this month.    Come to learn what inspired a curious farmer create these wonderful works of art. 

Social time begins at 10:30 with lunch to follow including PA Dutch samplings of Chicken Corn Chowder and Whoopie pies.  Cost is $13.00  RSVP by Noon, Sunday, Oct 18th to the following according to your last name -

A - L:  Leslie Sullivan reservations@cbspousesclub.org

M - Z: Michele Pritchard reservations@cbspousesclub.org

 


Domestic Abuse Prevention Month brown bag lunches

 

Wednesday 21 October  11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.

“Killing Us Softly” – Advertising’s Image of Women

   With wit and humor, Jean Kilbourne uses more than 160 ads and commercials to critique advertising’s image of women.  By fostering creative and productive dialogue, she invites viewers to look at familiar images in a new way that moves and empowers viewers to take action.

Wednesday 28 October  11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.

“Wrestling with Manhood, Boys, Bullying & Battering”

    We will discuss the enormous popularity of professional wrestling among male youth and how its relationship to real-life violence relates to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence.

    All programs will be held in Room 106,  Anne Ely Hall

 


Ready Army: Do you have your kit?

 

Emergency preparedness kits have been set up in various locations throughout Carlisle Barracks to remind residents and employees of the importance of having their own kits. Kits can be found now in the Root Hall entrance way and post library. They will be displayed at other buildings and locations on post later this month.

Getting a preparedness kit together
    Assemble a collection of first aid supplies, food, water, medicines and important papers to sustain your family for at least three days after an event and until a crisis passes. Consider the unique needs of your family and pets, and then assemble emergency supply kits in the home, car and workplace. These kits will enable your family to respond to an emergency more quickly. The various emergency kits will be useful whether evacuating or sheltering-in-place.
Suggested basic items to consider for a home emergency kit:

? Water-at least one gallon per person per day for at least three days
? Food-nonperishable food for at least three days
? Formula and diapers for infants
? Food, water, other supplies and documents for pets
? Manual can opener
? Flashlight, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration battery-powered weather radio, battery-powered cell phone charger and extra batteries
? First aid kit with dust masks, antiseptic and prescription medications
? Sanitation supplies such as moist towelettes, disinfectant, toilet paper and garbage bags
? Important documents-personal, financial and insurance
? Family emergency plan, local maps and a copy of your command reporting information

Additional items can be essential for those serving abroad:
? Passports
? Birth abroad certificate for children born overseas
? Cash in local currency
? Card with local translations of basic terms
? Electrical current converter

Many other items could prove helpful:
? Fire extinguisher
? Any tools needed to turn off utilities
? Matches in a waterproof container
? Paper plates, paper cups, plastic utensils, paper towels
? Coats and rain gear
? Sleeping bags or other bedding
? Weather-appropriate change of clothes for each person
? Books, games, puzzles, toys and other activities for children

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

*Classes are located at Thorpe Hall Gym,

3rd Floor

 

*Mondays 1700 & Thursdays 1630 classes are held at Root Hall Gym

 

*0600 and 1145 classes are 45 minutes

 

*For more information call

245-4271/3387/4029/4343

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

0600 – Indoor Cycle

 

0900 – Zumba!

 

1630 – Bosu/Max (Root Hall Gym)

 

2

 

0600 – Indoor Cycle

 

0900 – Pilates

 

1145 – Indoor Cycle

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 October 2009 MWR Exercise Class Schedule

   For a complete class schedule go here.


Public Affairs staff report
What to do, when to do it for two types of flu this year

Oct. 5, 2009 -- We’ll see two types of influenza outbreaks this year. 
    The Dunham flu shot outreach clinic will continue its outreach program for seasonal flu shots this month. The adult clinic for families, retirees and DA Civilians is at the Post Chapel: 8 am to 3 pm on Friday, Oct. 2, Tuesday, Oct 6, Friday, Oct. 9. Seasonal flu shots for children, 6 months – 10 years are scheduled at the Dunham Clinic: 4:30 pm to 7 pm, on these Tuesdays: October. 6, 13, 20.  
    The H1N1 flu vaccine is expected to be available in October – after the seasonal flu shots are completed.
    The Banner online is the post’s single news source for updates on H1N1 and H1N1 vaccines. For additional details about flu, check the Center for Disease Control & Prevention web site at www.cdc.gov.
    Symptoms of seasonal flu and H1N1 flu are similar. 
    Treatment is the same for seasonal and H1n1 flu: stay home and rest.  
    Prevent -- now
a. Get your seasonal flu vaccination. The seasonal flu shot is NOT the H1N1 shot but it is an investment in your health.
b. Use all your options for personal prevention. Wash your hands -- well and often. Think twice before touching your nose or mouth. Flu viruses are present on surfaces and in the air.
c. Dunham Clinic will receive H1N1 vaccinations but the timing and amount are not known.  The wise course will be to tap into the supply that becomes available.
d.  When H1N1 vaccines become available in our area, pay attention to announcements in the civilian communities.  States will releaseH1N1 vaccinations according to current priorities.
e.  When you’re eligible for the H1Ni vaccination, get it. Historically, new flu pandemics come and go in waves.
Prepare -  when friends or family have flu-like symptoms –
a. Be aware that people with flu are contagious 24 hours before symptoms.
b. You need not stay away from work or classes if a family member has flu.  The CDC is reporting a likelihood of 8-12 percent that you’ll get the flu from someone in your home.
Respond - if and when flu-like symptoms occur –
a. Flu is marked by a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher AND flu-like symptoms: stay home, rest and drink fluids.
b. CDC and Dunham guidance is to stay home for 5-7 days after symptoms or 24 hours after the fever breaks,  whichever is longer.
c. Medical attention is not required, with these exceptions:


In children
• Fast breathing or trouble breathing
• Bluish skin color
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Not waking up or not interacting
• Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
• Fever with a rash


In adults
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Confusion
• Severe or persistent vomiting
d. Although Dunham Clinic has antiviral medications, like tamiflu, usage will be restricted to high-risk medical conditions, because of the risk of building resistance.


 


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Marshall Ridge Phase II welcome first families

New Marshall Road residents and members of the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks and Balfour Beatty leadership celebrate the next phase of the Marshall Ridge housing project with a ribbon cutting Sept. 30 at 214 Marshall Road. The unit is the first... complete in phase two of the project. The homes are designed for permanent party families. Photo by Erin Stattel.

 
October 1, 2009 -- Carlisle Barracks and its partner, Balfour Beatty Communities, celebrated the next phase of the Marshall Ridge housing project with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wed., Sept. 30 with an open house immediately following until 3:30 p.m. at 214 Marshall Road.

    The unit is the first completed in phase two of the Marshall Ridge project for faculty and staff families. 

    Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander, and Chris Williams of Balfour Beatty Communities will speak at the ceremony.  An open house will follow.

     "These new homes at Marshall Ridge Phase II are evidence of the enduring impact of the Army Family Covenant, the commitment the Army is making to take care of families and the quality of life we all enjoy here at Carlisle Barracks," said Holliday.

    The garrison commander praised the new neighborhood and the amenities the homes offer.

    "Any family would be proud to live here and these homes are further tangible proof of our successful partnership with the Balfour Beatty Corporation and their high standards of service to the Army," she said. 

    The single family homes along Marshall Road are approximately 2,700 square feet. The homes feature a large, open kitchen with black appliances, cherry-wood cabinets, corian countertops, a pantry, a built-in oven and convection microwave, and a separate gas range. The first floor also has a living room with a gas fireplace, a formal dining room, a separate office and a master suite. The upstairs has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with extra storage space.

 The homes along Marshall Road offer unique designs including brick and stone facades. The first homes will be ready for an early October move in. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

    "I think we are really changing the face of Carlisle Barracks and these new homes at Marshall Ridge are certainly leading the way in military housing," said Ty McPhillips, Balfour Beatty Communities.

    Following the completion of the single family homes, the remaining duplexes are scheduled for completion in late 2009. The first phase of Marshall Ridge was completed in September 2008 with 24 new homes for permanent party families.  Once completed, Marshall Drive will be home to 58 Carlisle Barracks families.

    For more on construction visit: www.carlisle.army.mil/construction


Commonly asked questions about Novel H1N1 Flu

See a video from Gen. Martin Dempsey, TRADOC Commander, here.

 

What is H1N1 Flu?

“Novel” H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza (“Flu”) virus causing illness in people.  This virus is spreading from person-to-person, probably in much the same way that seasonal influenza viruses spread.

 

How does Flu spread?

Flu viruses are spread mainly from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouths or noses.  H1N1 Flu virus is thought to spread in much same way as the seasonal Flu viruses.

Novel H1N1 viruses are NOT spread by food. You cannot get infected with Novel HIN1 virus from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

 

How can I prevent the spread of Flu?

Healthy habits will help keep you and others from getting and passing on the Flu virus, including H1N1.

·         Wash your hands often with soap and hot water or alcohol-based hand rub,  especially after coughing and sneezing

·         Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue whenever you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissue away in a wastebasket.

·         Cough or sneeze into the fold of your elbow or upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.

·         Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent germs from entering your body

·         Avoid kissing or shaking hands when greeting people, and do not share food, drinks or utensils.

·        

John McHugh assumes duties as 21st Secretary of the Army

 

John McHugh is sworn-in as the 21st Secretary of the Army during a Pentagon ceremony, Sept. 21, 2009.  Joyce Morrow, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, administers the oath of office as Anne LeMay, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, holds the Bible.

 

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sep. 21, 2009) -- John McHugh was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Army today following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
    As Secretary of the Army, McHugh has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the U.S. Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management.
    McHugh is now responsible for the Department of the Army's annual budget and supplemental of over $200 billion. He leads a work force of more than 1.1 million active duty, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve Soldiers, 221,000 Department of the Army Civilian employees, and 213,000 contracted service personnel. Also, he provides stewardship over 14 million acres of land.
    Also sworn in at the Pentagon ceremony was Dr. Joseph Westphal who assumed duties as the 30th Undersecretary of the Army. Westphal has served in distinguished positions within academia, private, and public service, including a brief tour in 2001 as Acting Secretary of the Army. He served as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works from 1998 to 2001.
    McHugh has served over 16 years as a member of Congress representing northern and central New York. During his service, he forged strong ties to Fort Drum and earned a reputation as a staunch advocate for Soldiers and their families, working tirelessly to ensure they had proper facilities, training, and the quality of life necessary to carry out wartime missions while caring for those at home.
    Over the last eight years, McHugh made 10 official visits to Iraq and four visits to Afghanistan and other deployed locations to visit U.S. forces.
    During his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee July 30, McHugh said that he was excited, humbled, and honored at this new opportunity to serve, but also that he understood the challenges facing the Army.
    "They are strained by the frequency of constant deployments and stress by the pressures levied against their families," he said. "Too often - far too often - they return home to only to be disappointed by a network of support systems that, despite high intentions and constant effort, continue to fall short of the level of support they so richly deserve and each and every one of us so deeply desire."
    As Secretary, McHugh will draw on his years of previous experience as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) which oversees the policies and programs for the Department of Defense and each of the Armed Forces. Prior to becoming the ranking member of the HASC, Mr. McHugh served as the ranking member of the HASC Military Personnel Subcommittee and previously as its chairman for six years.
    In addition, at the time of his nomination, McHugh was co-chair of the House Army Caucus, a bipartisan organization that works to educate fellow House members and their staffs about Army issues and programs, and a 14-year member of the United States Military Academy Board of Visitors.
    Secretary McHugh was born in Watertown, New York, where he began his public service career in 1971 as the Confidential Assistant to the City Manager. In 1976, he joined the staff of New York State Senator H. Douglas Barclay, with whom he served as chief of research and liaison with local governments for nine years. Succeeding Senator Barclay in 1984, McHugh served four terms in the legislature's upper house before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.
    McHugh received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1970, and earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the State University of New York's Nelson A. Rockefeller Graduate School of Public Affairs in 1977.
    In his concluding statement July 30, McHugh stated that he was inspired by the wounded warriors he'd met. "I have been so struck how these heroes, facing pain and loss and uncertainty, ask one question: 'What else can I do to serve?'"
    He continued, "We can ask no less of ourselves."

 

Erin O. Stattel, and Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Students ‘tackle’ missile defense issues

Riki Ellison, chairman and founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and former NFL linebacker, spoke with Army War College students about 
missile defense issues Sept. 22 in Bliss Hall. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman. 

Sept. 22, 2009 -  Army War College students were able to talk with a person who became an “agile leader” in a much different profession Sept. 22 when Riki Ellison, chairman and founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and former NFL linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champion, spoke to them about current trends in the country’s missile defense program.

    Lt. Col. Virvitine Sharpe said she was eager to what see Ellison had to say.

  “This morning I had Theory of War and Strategy class and have been learning from my peers, which is a different approach that I love,” she said. “I am looking forward to what he has to say about missile defense.”

    The day started off with a discussion in Seminar 11, where the students and their guest talked about issues facing missile defense and whether or not space was going to be the next global battleground. The group then moved to Bliss Hall for a discussion with three other seminars. The issue has taken on prominence lately, especially after President Barack Obama decided to discontinue the development of a European missile defense system. 

Ellison spoke about what missile defense means for the country today.

    “I am talking about what the country has in place now and the President’s decision last Thursday and the relevance of that decision,” Ellison said. “I am also going to probe the class on the future of missile defense.”

    Lt. Col. Tony Teolis said he found the presentation very relevant.

    “I found it very relevant to today’s political environment and how the new administration makes our policy in conjunction with US and Europe defense and strategy,” Teolis said after the presentation.

    For Ellison, the lecture proved to be a welcome challenge.

    “This was a little challenging since this clientele is very well-informed and very well-educated on the topic,” he said. “But I think it went well.”

 

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Canada's chief of the defense staff honored by Army War College International Hall of Fame

Gen. Walter J. Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff Canadian Forces, was inducted into the Army War College International Hall of Fame Sept. 23. Natynczyk is a 2002 graduate of the Army War College. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Sept. 23, 2009 – "It's all about relationships," said the Canadian graduate of the U.S. Army War College, reflecting on impact of that experience in his development as a senior leader.

    Gen. Walter J. Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff Canadian Forces, was inducted into the Army War College International Hall of Fame today and addressed former classmates, faculty members and students of the current Class of 2010 here.  

Role USAWC played in his development as a senior leader.
    "I'm a strategic leader because of what happened here," said the 2002 graduate. "Completing this class was a significant milestone in my life. I am the leader I am today because of the faculty and staff here."

      Natynczyk urged the international fellows and US students of the class to recognize the value of relationships started here and leveraged later.

    "Here we build up binds and trust in the international community that endure," he said. "Focus on the relationships, get to know each other. That is what is going to endure."

    Natynczyk is the 31st inductee into the USAWC International Hall of Fame, which honors those foreign officers who completed the Army War College program and have attained the highest positions in their nations' armed forces or equivalent position in a multinational organization. The Army War College has educated 1020 graduates of 122 nations since 1978.

Career highlights include key roles with U.S. military

    Following the Army War College, Natynczyk was appointed deputy commanding general, III Corps and Fort Hood. He deployed in January 2004 with III Corps to Baghdad, Iraq, serving first as the deputy director of Strategy, Policy and Plans, and subsequently as the deputy commanding general of the Multi-National Corps (Iraq) during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Natynczyk led the Corps' 35,000 soldiers, consisting of 10 separate brigades, stationed throughout the Iraq Theatre of Operations.

    Upon his return to Canada, he assumed command of the Land Force Doctrine and Training System. He was subsequently appointed Chief, Transformation, where he was responsible for implementation of the force restructuring and the enabling processes and policies.

    Natynczyk was promoted to Lieutenant General, and assumed the responsibilities of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff on 28 June, 2006.

    Natynczyk was promoted to General and installed as Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff on July 2, 2008.


 September 28, 2009--October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in acknowledgement of DVAM, the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program will be joining other military and civilian organizations in the DC metropolitan area for the 4th Annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil.  The Vigil will be held at the Women's Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, on October 8, 2009, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For more information on events throughout the month and national resources, please visit http://cs.mhf.dod.mil/content/dav/mhf/QOL-Library/MHF/253763.html.

    Local Carlisle Barracks Resources

    Locally, Carlisle Barracks offers various means of support. Please review the below list of resources to combat domestic violence.

    Carlisle Barracks Police:  54115

    Dunham Army Health Clinic, 450 Gibner Rd.

    Behavioral Health Services:  54602

    Military and Family Life Consultant, 46 Ashburn Dr.

    MFLC  (717) 713-9173

    Memorial Chapel, 452 Mara Circle

    CH Col. Gregory D'Emma, Catholic:  53318/54205

    CH Lt. Col James Carter, Protestant:  53318/53867

    Military OneSource

    www.militaryonesource.com                   1-800-342-9647

    Military HOMEFRONT Family Advocacy Program

    http://cs.mhf.dod.mil/content/dav/mhf/QOL-Library/MHF/253763.html


Airsoft guns are in the news – but the news is not good

Football players at Riverside-Brookfield High School, Illinois, were charged in September after allegedly shooting airsoft guns at pedestrians as they drove by.  "If that weapon was pointed at a police officer, we'd return fire," said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.

In Bangor, Maine, a man allegedly flashed a gun while robbing area businesses on two September days. He was charged with two felony counts despite the fact that one was a plastic airsoft gun he had spray-painted black. "The fact that the guns were toys does not downgrade the armed robbery charge because the victims believed they were real," said Police Detective Sgt. Jay Munson.

 In North Mankato, Minn, high school students were suspended and face expulsion after bringing airsoft guns onto school grounds recently and shooting at other students. Police Chief David Ulmen said it was a scary moment when police recovered the gun because it a close replica to the assault rifle he carries on duty. "It's just not a safe thing," he said.

New residents here raised questions recently about Airsoft guns on the installation.

Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Janet Holliday reviewed the question with her directors of safety and emergency services. She shot the gun, researched it exhaustively, and checked with other federal installations and surrounding communities. She found no reason to change the policy and multiple reasons to maintain it.

"I understand these guns are fun and that families like to use them for games," said Holliday.  "I also understand they are used extensively for military re-enactments and to teach squad tactics. 

"I wish Carlisle Barracks were large enough to establish an Airsoft range like some other installations have, but we could not find an area on Carlisle large enough to accommodate the 130 yard safe distance area that did not intersect with a playground, sidewalk, housing area, or the perimeter of the post," said Holliday.

Airsoft guns are not authorized at Carlisle Barracks. "For the safety of all personnel, carrying firearms, BB guns and air rifles on this installation is prohibited" with specific exceptions such as law enforcement people on duty, according to post command policies.

Carlisle and our neighboring townships do not permit use of air rifles.

 Pa. law prohibits youth under 18 to carry an air rifle on highways or public lands unless accompanied by an adult. Pa. law prohibits discharge of an air rifle from or across any highway or public land or any public place, except on a properly constructed target range. 

Airsoft guns fire hard, round plastic pellets.  They can reasonably be expected to cause bodily harm, according to Pa. law. Paintball guns are not considered air rifles and MWR sponsors the paintball arena.  

"We offer our own paintball arena which we will set up once per month until the weather gets too cold," said Holliday who noted also that Youth Services offers trips to Round Top to play paintball.  "While I realize this does not allow those who own Airsoft guns to shoot them, it does offer a similar alternative," said Holliday.

The paintball arena is scheduled for set up here on two Saturdays: October 10 and November 7, 2 – 5 p.m., behind the Youth Services building. Officials will monitor all games.  Youths grades 6-12 are invited to participate.  DFMWR will provide all necessary equipment and the event is being offered FREE of charge.  Please call the Youth Services Office to register at 245-3801.