Banner Archive for October 2011

Be prepared when winter weather comes

   Oct. 28, 2011 -- Wondering where to go for information about post closures, delays?

   The best place to check for all official post operations is the information line at 245-3700. Updated at least daily, this number always has the latest on post operations.

Also check the USAWC Facebook page at and the Banner at

    You can also find information about delays or closures on the following media outlets.

Television Stations

·         WGAL-TV 8

·         WHP CBS 21

·         WHTM-TV ABC 27

·         Fox 43

·         WITF


Radio Stations

·         Carlisle - WIOO (1000AM).

·         Harrisburg - WHP (580 AM); WITF (89.5 FM); WRVV (97.3 FM); WNNK

·         (104.1 FM); WTCY (1400 AM); WWKL (92.1 FM); WTPA (93.5 FM); BOB (94.9 FM);

·         KISS (99.3 FM).

·         Chambersburg - WCHA (800 AM); WQCM (94.3 FM); WIKZ (95.1 FM).

·         Greencastle - WCBG (1590 AM); WSRT (92.1 FM); WAYZ (104.7 FM); WWMD

·         (101.5 FM).

·         Gettysburg - WGET (1320 AM); WGTY (107.7 FM).



·         Carlisle Sentinel

·         Harrisburg Patriot-News

   Preparing your home

    Start to prepare your home for the winter cold, snow and ice now so it will be ready when the bad weather arrives. There are several things a person can do to make sure their home is ready for winter weather. recommends that dead branches should be removed from trees.  Ice and snow could cause weak branches to break and cause damage to structures. Also, as days become shorter, make sure your outdoor lighting is in good working order.  Good lighting can protect you against crime and falls.

   You should check smoke and Co2 detectors to make sure they are working properly. Replace the batteries if they are not hard-wired to your electrical system.

    "It's a good idea to get into the habit of changing your smoke detector batteries when the time changes for daylight savings," said Jim O'Connell, Carlisle Barracks fire department. "When you change your clocks, just make a point to change the smoke detector batteries, too."

    Always make sure you have a snow shovel and salt on hand to keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice. This can prevent injury from falls, says the FEMA website.

    If you have a weather related emergency this winter contact the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department at 245-4419.  For all other issues call the Department of Public Works order desk at 245-4019.

             Home preparation check list

  • Make sure exterior vents are clear.
  • Remove exterior garden hoses and shut off faucets.
  • Remove weak trees and branches.
  • Check outdoor lighting.
  • Check and change batteries in fire and Co2 detectors.
  • Make sure you have a snow shovel and salt for sidewalks.

Preparing your car

    A well running car in the winter can be the difference between making it home and sitting in the cold.

   You should place a winter emergency kit in each car, which should include a shovel, windshield scraper, battery powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, extra hats and mittens, a flashlight, chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables and emergency flares.


            Car preparation check list

  • Keep oil changes up to date.
  • Check radiator fluid/flush.
  • Check fluid levels.
  • Check all belts.
  • Check all hoses.
  • Check or replace wiper blades.
  • Check tire tread.
  • Check or replace battery.
  • Check or replace thermostat.
  • Lubricate working parts.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit.

Winter driving tips

    Ice, snow and slush on the roads in the winter can create a very hazardous situation. Planning ahead can make your road trips much safer. You should always plan ahead with safety in mind.  Be sure to check the forecast; if a winter storm is predicted for the area in which you will be driving, think twice, (or) ask yourself if the trip is necessary.  Also, check road condition reports on the television, radio or Internet.

    When driving in the winter, always wear your seatbelt; remove ice and snow from windows, license plates and lights; reduce your speed while driving; watch for slick spots under bridges and on overpasses and keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

            Winter driving check list

  • Watch weather reports.
  • Watch road condition reports.
  • Wear seatbelts.
  • Clear ice from windows and lights.
  • Reduce your speed.
  • Watch for slick spots on the road.
  • Keep gas tank at least two-thirds full.


    Start preparing for the winter months now so you're ready when harsh weather strikes.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Carlisle Barracks works to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency


The solar panel for the heat water heater on the new Strategic Studies Institute building is just one of the energy saving projects at Carlisle Barracks.

Oct. 24, 2011 – October is Energy Conservation Awareness Month but that doesn’t mean that Carlisle Barracks doesn’t work all year long to become more energy efficient.

"As both military members and federal civilian employees, we have an obligation and a responsibility as good steward for the Army in terms of money and the both energy and environmental conservation seriously to reduce the energy consumption here at Carlisle Barracks,” said George Reilly, Carlisle Barracks Energy Manager. “It has to start small with just turning off the light switch when you leave your office to conserve energy to the bigger conservation methods of improving the post infrastructure with more energy saving fixtures and equipment."

Two of the biggest projects this year are the construction of the new Strategic Studies Institute building and renovations to the post chapel. All of the initiatives have helped the post decrease usage more than one percent from 2010.

“The design and construction of the SSI building has incorporated energy efficiency in the design and construct and is set to be the first Certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental DesignSilver building on post once completed,” said George Reilly, Carlisle Barracks Energy Manager. The installation of a solar hot water heating system in the facility will also greatly help reduce energy consumption.” 

LEEDis an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

At the post chapel, new windows, insulation a high efficient air cooled chiller and new HVAC system in the assembly room have helped make the facility more eco-friendly. 

Other energy initiatives on post include a new HVAC system in Armstrong Hall, upgrading os the lighting in the Root Hall seminar rooms and upgrading the water plant pumps with new energy star rated efficient pumps.

For the last year, a new Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) which will allow Carlisle Barrack to accomplish energy savings projects without up-front capital costs and without special Congressional appropriations has been being worked through the Huntsville Corps of Engineering office,” said Reilly.

On the housing side, Balfour Beatty has also enacted programs to reduce energy consumption. Some of those initiatives include:

  • Provide energy efficient light bulbs in the homes
  • Perform energy assessments for residents who desire information and evaluation on how to conserve in their homes
  • Handy coloring sheet on the website with “Balfour” and conservation tips for children
  • Old appliances that no longer work are replaced with Energy Star rated appliances
  • Recycling program to include Partnership with Project Share a local Carlisle Non-Profit
  • Renovations done to existing homes includes the installation of Energy Star rated appliances
  • New homes are designed to an Army SPiRiT “Gold” rating for efficiency which equates to approximately a LEED “Silver” rating


Here are some helpful tips which can lead to a reduction in the energy consumption in your home:

  • Turn off kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing to retain heated air.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Take short showers instead of baths

USAWC, Carlisle Barracks give back to the community

Oct. 22, 2011 -- As part of Make a Difference Day, more than 40 volunteers from Carlisle Barracks took time to spend the morning at Project SHARE, the local food bank -- helping distribute food, organize the warehouse, pick fresh apples, -- at Habitat for Humanity, responding to request to help landscape, paint and upgrade the office and helped out at Carlisle CARES. The volunteers included members of the USAWC Class of 2012 and their families and USAWC and Carlisle Barracks staff and faculty.

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!


  Have you ever wondered how a museum curator catalogs an artifact, how a conservator takes care of a moldy book, or how a photo archivist selects images for an exhibit? 

  Join the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center staff (USAHEC) on Friday, Nov. 4, 1-4 p.m., for an Open House for the USAWC Class of 2012 and their families, the staff of Carlisle Barracks, and the public, to celebrate 10 years of service to the Army’s Soldiers and the Nation.  Refreshments will be served.

  The Open House will feature several stations covering all aspects of the USAHEC’s mission, vision, and day-to-day activities.  Visitors will have the opportunity to better understand how the USAHEC operates and will receive in-depth presentations about the MHI archival holdings, cutting-edge photographic and audio-visual preservation processing, acquisitions, collection management, preservation, and conservation. 

  In addition, there will be displays offering an inside view of how exhibits are designed and created, and how the USAHEC’s visitor services and education programs reach out to the Army and the public.

  On Oct. 11, 2001 the Secretary of the Army announced that the Military History Institute (MHI) would be developed into the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. 

  The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is the United States Army's preeminent museum and research complex. The USAHEC staff is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served their nation as Soldiers and making historic materials available for all to see and use. 

  For more information, visit or call 717-245-3972.

Mission Command Training Program: New name reflects new direction

What is it?

For 25 years, the Mission Command Training Program (MCTP) - previously known as the Battle Command Training Program - has been the U.S. Armys only deployable combat training center, sending teams wherever needed to support commanders as they trained their brigade, division and corps staffs.

In addition to its role of providing a realistic training environment for commanders and their staffs, MCTP has served since October 1986 as a reservoir of skilled officers who can supplement the staffs of deploying units. In 2008, BCTP received the Army Superior Unit Award, one of the Armys top unit awards, for its unique contributions to U.S. Army readiness and capabilities.

What has the Army done?

Organized in 1986 as the Battle Command Training Program, the unit was part of the first revolution in Army training that saw the creation of maneuver combat training centers (MCTCs) at Fort Irwin, Calif. Fort Polk, La. and Hohenfels, Germany. The MCTCs concentrated on training maneuver battalions fighting against a realistic opposing force. Earlier this year, the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas-based organization changed its name to the Mission Command Training Program. The new name reflects MCTPs increased focus on the commanders need to empower operationally adaptive leaders to conduct simultaneous offensive, defensive, and stability or civil support operations against a combination of conventional forces, irregular combatants, terrorist organizations and criminal gangs.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

MCTPs focus on Mission Command will prepare versatile Army units - from Brigade Combat Teams, Functional and Multi-functional Support Brigades to echelons above Corps - and leaders who are more agile, adaptive, and capable of overcoming present and future threats. While continuing to support Mission Readiness Exercises for Deployable Expeditionary Forces, MCTP will begin to implement Full-Spectrum Exercises (FSXs) for Contingency Expeditionary Forces. The Mission Command Training Program will continue to serve as a key gate in ARFORGEN training strategies, serving at the forefront of Army doctrine and evolving to help maintain Americas Army as the best fighting force in the world.

Public Affairs staff report
Army leadership discusses challenges, solutions with Army War College students

 Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, spoke in Bliss Hall at the U.S. Army War College Oct. 18 as part of Anton Myrer Leader Day, the capstone event for the college’s strategic leadership course. He spoke about the health and welfare of the force, the budget, modernization, and challenges facing the Army.  Photos by Megan Clugh.


Oct. 18, 2011 –  Senior members of the Army staff joined Army War College students in seminar to address the complex, strategic issues and challenges that will face the 368 students when they complete studies in June 2012.

The Army leaders participated in Anton Myrer Army Leader Day, the capstone event for the college’s strategic leadership course.

“This is an incredibly important day for our students,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, welcoming the general officers and senior civilians.  “You will enrich their knowledge and experience while here, which will in turn serve them well in the future. Encourage them to ask the tough questions to help us solve the challenges we face as an Army.”

Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, led the “all-star” Army staff who held discussions in each of the 23 seminars about the lessons of leadership after a formal address in Bliss Hall to the full student body.

Chiarelli focused his remarks on the health and welfare of the force, the budget, modernization, and challenges facing the Army. 

“We are different from the other services:  we are people-centric,” he said. “As we go into an era of decreased budgets, we need to remember that. For us, the money is in the people.

“We are going to have to make sure we get maximum value out of every dollar spent. As we draw down, balance is essential. The force has to be well-equipped and well-trained. This has to be our priority.” 

Senior Army leaders like Maj. Gen. David Quantock, Army Provost Marshal General and commander of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, came to the Army War College Oct. 18 to address the complex, strategic issues and challenges that will face the 368 students when they complete studies in June 2012.


Chiarelli challenged the students to help with the signature wounds of the current wars.

“When you leave here, I need you to help lead us to erase the stigma of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury,” he said. “When you have PTSD, you are six times more likely to commit suicide. We have got to change. We have to encourage people to get the help they need and to be leaders in this area.”

“The real problem with post traumatic stress is that people usually wait 12 years before they seek help. There are issues that arise before they receive help -- anger management, spousal abuse, and alcohol and drug abuse.  We have got to change this. We have got to be leaders in this area.”

Chiarelli discussed the Army’s efforts to help Soldiers through better education, research studies and addressing gaps in the detection and response systems.

After Chiarelli finished his remarks, the 23 Amy leaders joined USAWC students in seminar discussions keyed on the role of strategic leaders.

 “This was a great opportunity to find out about what issues and challenges our senior leaders are facing and have an open dialogue about them,” said Army student Lt. Col. Eric Flowers.

Brig. Gen. Leslie Purser, assistant deputy chief of staff, G-2, talks with U.S. Army War College students.

“Despite their hectic schedules, it is good to hear that senior leaders find time to focus on people and professional and leader development,” said Army student Col. David Fleckenstein.

“It is important for people outside the Army to hear best practices so civilian counterparts [in DoD] can tailor programs to support warfighters,” said DoD civilian student Mitchell Cook, in the Defense Senior Leader Development Program. “It brings us closer to the men and women in uniform and ties us closer to the organization.”

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, a USAWC Class of 1997 graduate and Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower and Personnel, touched on topics ranging from manning the Army, to the repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, and civilian employee development.

“I learn something new every day,” he said. “That is key to continuing your development as a strategic leader. Don’t’ stop learning. Don’t stop becoming an independent thinker. Your personal level of expertise is vital to our Army.”

Bostick also shared a piece of advice for the students about building relationships with the international students in the class.

 “Every nation brings a unique capability to the fight and we all need to work together to be successful,” he said. “Build those relationships here.”

Maj. Gen. Peter C. Bayer, Jr., USAWC Class of 2004, director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G3/5/7, spoke to students about the importance of positive leadership, being able to think critically to reach solutions to challenges and the importance of communication skills. 

“The Army War College focuses students back to the basics,” he said. “Here [students] have an opportunity to study theoretical concepts. But now we can talk about fundamental skills they’ve known their entire careers – leadership, thinking, communication. This is an affirmation to them from members of a team who are out there about the importance of skills like positive leadership.”

Bayer also spoke of the importance of maintaining a “strategic perspective” – awareness of issues faced by senior leaders and by the institution; and understanding of the myriad issues all competing for the same limited resources.

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, USAWC Class of 1998 and director of Force Development, G8, shared insights about the G8 mission – where the Army sorts out what it requires and what it can afford – noting the challenge of setting strategic choices to guide budget choices.

He shared experiences in recommending an azimuth for senior leaders working within parameters set by ethics and international law. At senior levels, he noted, leaders increasingly confront ambiguity; it’s a senior leader’s job to make decisions in that environment and to ensure that guidance passed to subordinates is clear and unambiguous.

Cucolo, who served as Chief of Army Public Affairs before commanding the 3rd Infantry Division, urged students to become succinct, candid communicators, willing to engage with positive energy.                     

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Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest equals family fun


Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, hoists the first beer after the tapping of the keg during the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest Oct. 15.  Martin was joined by German Col. Jens Koltermann, an International Fellow in the Class of 2012.  Want more photos?

Carlisle Barracks hosted Oktoberfest at the Army Heritage and Education Center Oct. 15. The traditional German salute to fall at the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest included fun for all ages -- a 5-10K Volksmarch, food and craft vendors, free kids games and activities, the traditional fest tent with Oompah music, soccer, contests, hot air balloon rides, Cheap Sneakers Rock Band, and more.    







Marine Corps Lt. Col. Kenneth Kassner and his family, Lisa, Kurt, Erich, Alekzander, and Khristopfer pose for a photo during the event. Kassner is a member of the USAWC Class of 2012.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College
Seminar provides updates, collaboration for senior National Guard leaders


Members of Seminar 17 discuss strategic leadership during the Adjutants General National Security Seminar Oct. 4. The week-long seminar allows Adjutants General to receive updates on national security issues and creates an open dialogue with U.S. Army War College students and faculty during seminar room and social discussions. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.


Oct. 4, 2011 -- Eleven senior National Guard leaders came to the Army War College recently to discuss strategic issues with USAWC faculty and talk face-to-face with USAWC students as part of the Adjutants General National Security Seminar.

Each year the USAWC offers an opportunity for the 54 state Adjutants General and Deputy Adjutants General to come to Carlisle Barracks for one week during the resident academic year.

“Events like AGNSS provide greater visibility to those senior leaders who are encouraged to nominate and send their best and brightest to the USAWC in either the residence or distance education programs,” said Col. Lover Norrell, USAWC Army National Guard Advisor. “They can see the value of our programs by exposing them to our curriculum and to our students.  Although many of them are graduates of our programs or have previously been exposed to them, this opportunity can reinforce their understanding and appreciation of our mission and the benefits that our graduates derive.”

In addition to updates on national security issues, participants exchange ideas with the resident class on issues affecting the Army and provide USAWC students with insights regarding issues confronting the senior leadership of the National Guard.

“This interaction improves the learning process for both the attendees and the students as the attendees are exposed to new and different points of view from the variety of students with whom they interact and the students are provided the opportunity to discuss strategic issues with general officers whose focus extends from the state and local level to national level issues and policies,” said Norrell.

“This is a great opportunity to learn so much about a variety of issues and challenges in one place,” said Maj. Gen. Perry Smith, Adjutant General of Alabama. “This isn’t an experience you could get anywhere else.”

“I think being able to talk with the students and faculty and see what is on their minds and the challenges they are facing is invaluable,” said Brig. Gen. Brian Goodwin, Assistant Adjutant General of Rhode Island.

“It’s really helpful to have these leaders take part in our discussions,” said student Lt. Col. John Price. “They are able to bring up issues and ways to solve problem from a Guard perspective that really add to the experience.”

Norrell said that the seminar is a natural fit for the USAWC education programs.

“We bring our students here to increase their knowledge and exposure to what may be a new and different way of viewing the military and the world in general,” he said. “By expanding their horizons and by creating opportunities for them to interact with senior leaders who may operate outside their realm of current knowledge and experience can significantly improve their knowledge and provide a deeper understanding of our national defense challenges and policies.”

During the seminar the guests receive briefing from the Army Heritage and Education Center, take part in a Gettysburg Staff ride and have sessions with USAWC faculty.

National Red Ribbon Campaign 2011 ‘It’s up to me to be drug free’


Oct. 13, 2011 -- In 1990, the Department of Defense (DoD) joined in the national effort by commencing an award program to encourage service members to keep communities drug-free and to recognize outstanding outreach programs. This year's Red Ribbon Week theme is, "it's up to me to be drug free".

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 23 – 31 October.

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


Schedule of Events:

Monday, Oct. 3

  • Poster contest, “IT’S UP TO ME – TO BE DRUG FREE” will run Oct. 3 – 26

Thursday, Oct. 20

  • Posters and ribbons distributed throughout the installation.

Saturday, Oct. 22

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

Monday, Oct. 24

  • Guards will hand out Red Ribbons at gates in the morning while supplies last.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

  • McGruff and ASAP staff to visit children at CDC at 9 a.m.
  • Official Kickoff ceremony with Garrison Commander and McGruff.  Program to be held at the Youth Center at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments to follow – join us.

Monday, Oct. 31

  • Halloween parade on Indian Field to begin at 5 p.m. (line up starting at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Poster contest prizes awarded
  • McGruff will be present from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Halloween Party at LVCC, 7- 9 p.m., for grades 6 – 12.



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

  • Bowling Center – a free small soft drink with the purchase of a food item
  • Golf Course - $2.00 off an electric cart rental during a round of golf
  • Skill Development Center – free self-help in the framing area and auto shop
  • ITR/ODR – enter to win a MWR Bus Trip w/purchase at ITR or ODR. Good for one seat on any MWR Bus Day Trip. Value NTE $20.00

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





Dunham Health Clinic Updates Oct. 2011


Greetings!  Here is a quick Top 10 update on some pertinent clinic and military healthcare issues.


1.  The Defense Distribution Center (DDC) Army Health Clinic was renamed the Fillmore Army Health Clinic on 3 October 2011 in honor of SFC Earl R. Fillmore Jr., a PA native, Army medic and then Special Forces medic.  SFC Fillmore was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity against hostile enemy forces while with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta, Task Force RANGER, during combat operations in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 3 October 1993.  

2.  Refill Pharmacy Number Change and Formulary Site Update:  The toll free refill phone number has been changed to 1-800-377-1723, select 2 to pick-up refills at an Army facility, and then select 4 for Pennsylvania facilities. You can also request refills on  The National Capital Area Formulary web site is changing. The old web site,, is not operational, but the new web site is under construction.


3.  Flu Vaccination Schedule:  We provided more than 1,200 vaccinations last week at Thorpe Gym and will now vaccinate those 6 months and older at Dunham Clinic, Oct 4-13 on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 1 to 4 p.m. 


4.  Retiree Appreciation Day:  This annual event will be held Oct. 15 on Carlisle Barracks at Bliss Hall and the Root Hall gym.  We will provide influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations as well as TRICARE and Population Health information.  Our main pharmacy and laboratory will also be open to pick up any refills and new prescriptions along with getting your annual Diabetic A1C/Urine Micro albumin screening completed.


5.  TRICARE Online (TOL) Updates:  You can now request e-mail and text reminders through TOL for your appointments,  view and see all appointments booked regardless of how they were booked, and  book two appointments online (versus just one).  TOL also lets you see your lab and radiology results, see previous appointment history, and refill your prescriptions.


6.  TRICARE Enrollment Drive:  We are enrolling new TRICARE Prime patients at our three clinic locations:  Carlisle Barracks, Fort Indiantown Gap (FIG) and Fillmore Army Health Clinic (FAHC), New Cumberland, PA., and also TRICARE Plus at FIG and FAHC.  AD personnel and their eligible family members can enroll free; and Retired military personnel and their eligible family members pay just a low annual premium.  For more info visit the Dunham TRICARE Service Center, call 877-TRICARE, or go to Heath Net Federal Services' web page at


7.  Population Health:  We will call and send reminder letters to our patients who are, or appear to be, overdue for their preventive health screening to include diabetic tests, mammograms, and colonoscopies.   We strive to take the best care of our patients and to help prevent any future medical issues.  Contact call Population Health at 717-245-4285 for assistance.


8.  APLSS:  The Army Provider Level Satisfaction Survey is a comprehensive Army Office of the Surgeon General survey that randomly mails out post visit surveys.   Please complete any you receive online or by mailing it in.  It provides immediate feedback for clinic leadership, as well as the all our higher Commanders.  The surveys allow us to recognize individuals and areas that do very well, and improve any shortcomings.  For immediate feedback complete a comment card in our clinic, call our Patient Advocate at 717-245-3911 or e-mail:


9.  Pharmacy Costs Changes:  Generic medications filled through home delivery will now be $0, while retail network medications will see a modest increase.  More information is available at the following link:


10.  TRICARE Prime Enrollment Fee Increase:  For the first time since the start of TRICARE in 1995, the TRICARE Prime enrollment fee changed effective Oct 1, 2011 for new enrollees.  A modest increase of $30 for a single member and $60 for family per year ($2.50/$5.00 a month).  For those already enrolled, the new fees will take effect Oct 1, 2012.   More information is available at the following links:;jsessionid=TFMKVd05FMNRjGpBJg44ngSpJP0ntpdpkFxbYdrdyMPQ82bw5nVB!1294051568?puri=%2Fhome%2FMedical%2FCosts


11. Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH): This is a team based approach focused on developing a stronger partnership between you and your primary care team. The goal is to making your healthcare experience a more personal one, and it is based on the concept that YOU, the patient, are the center of every decision regarding your healthcare. At each visit, you and your team will create an individualized Plan of Care that will be monitored to assure that goals are met and optimal healthcare achieved. To learn more about PCMH click:  If you would like to shape the Dunham care, call 717-245-3326 to volunteer for our PCMH Council which meets the 3rd Thursday monthly.


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To your best health,

The Dunham Team

National Depression Awareness Month

What is it?

October is National Depression Awareness Month for the Army. On Oct. 6, 2011, organizations and communities across the U.S. will observe 'National Depression Screening Day' to educate people about the various signs and symptoms of depression and the availability of free anonymous behavioral health screenings. The Army theme for 2011 is "Healthy Body - Healthy Mind."

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Crowley kicks off Commandant’s Lecture Series

P.J. Crowley, the 2011-12 Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership, spoke to the Army War College Class of 2012 as the first speaker of the 2011 Commandant’s Lecture Series in Bliss Hall Oct. 5. Photo by Scott Finger.

Oct. 5, 2011 – P.J. Crowley, a former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, opened the Commandant’s Lecture Series in Bliss Hall Oct. 5.

Maj. Gen. Gregg, Martin, Army War College commandant, spoke about this year’s lecture series.  

“The theme for this year is the military profession, engaging political leadership, which combines elements of last year’s theme of officership and the profession with civil-military relations,” he said.

“This theme is crucial, relevant and timely because in the future, you will serve in positions where you must be able to render wise and effective strategic counsel to our military and civilian leaders, at the highest political levels.

“In short, the lecture series will go to the heart of the strategic leader’s most critical obligation – how to render expert military advice to our political leaders, within our complex democracy – that leads to the wise and effective application of national power to protect the nation.”

Scheduled speakers for the series will include retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, author Tom Ricks and Dr. Eliot Cohen, a Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

“Our lecture series will bring in world-class experts – military and civilian – who will explore the challenges and opportunities of providing strategic advice, both military and the other elements of power – to political leaders.

 “We have to figure out how to achieve results through limited means, limited military force and greater investment in the other elements of national power,” said Crowley.  

He continued on to say that while military objectives during a campaign are traditionally much quicker to accomplish, many times the political objectives lag behind. 

“You may be tempted to say that we in the military handle the military objective and ignore the political, but that would be shortsighted,” he said. “Every conflict has a political end and you need to be aware and engaged.”

Crowley used examples from Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya to illustrate the changing world that the students will return to once they graduate.

 “Credible communication and being associated with responsible reform is increasingly important. What we have accomplished in Libya, matches up very closely with the COIN strategy,” he said. “We have learned from our experience in Iraq. If civilians are a key lynchpin, then what the local population thinks is vital. How we are perceived around the world makes a difference. “

Crowley is also the 2011-12 Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership. 

Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership

This chair is sponsored by Dickinson College, the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, and the Army War College.

Named for World War II hero Omar Bradley, the chair offers a visiting scholar the opportunity to explore with students and faculty at Dickinson and the Army War College, the nature of leadership and how it can best and most ethically be exercised in a world transformed by globalization, technology and cultural change. The joint chair also strives to enhance the study of leadership and to encourage civilian-military dialogue. Previous chair-holders include retired United States Navy four-star Admiral Dennis Blair, who also served as director of national intelligence, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Rick Atkinson.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

Photos by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos and Scott Finger

USAHEC celebrates “Civil War 150”

The grounds of the Army Heritage and Education Center the first weekend in October suggested a step back in history.  Men and boys were enlisting in the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment.  Soldiers, dressed in Union Blue, camped on the grounds, practiced Soldier skills and played baseball.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, the USAHEC Fall living history event featured camp life during the first year of the war in "Civil War 150: Going to Winter Camp 1861,” Sep. 30 to Oct. 2. 

Fighting was suspended and both armies settled into camps when winter weather multiplied the logistical difficulties of fielding, feeding and moving an army,  said Jack Giblin, USAHEC's director of Visitor and Education Services.

"There were still skirmishes that went on ... but they were just that, skirmishes," he added.

Roland Cadle hews a log while building a replica of an 1860s-era winter camp cabin. Want more photos?

During the transient campaign season soldiers frequently slept in tents, but they built log cabins for the semi-permanent winter camps. They spent their days developing basic Soldier skills needed when the fighting would resume. The Winter Camp 1861 living history event on the Army Heritage Trail recreated the daily drills in soldier skills as well as activities to pass the time.

"Most of these Soldiers, of course, had gone into the campaign with little experience.  And so, when they went into their winter quarters for the year, they wanted to make sure they were drilling these men and really getting them to understand what they needed to be soldiers," Giblin said about the soldiers' commanders.

The event featured a Civil War-style exhibition baseball game.

“Civil War-era baseball was different than the game played today,” said Doug “Pops” Pendergist of the Mechanicsburg Nine team.  “The ball was larger and softer than the one used today and the players did not wear gloves." A catcher could  deliberately drop a third strike with the bases loaded, forcing the batter to become a base runner and forcing an out when the catcher picked up the ball and stepped on home plate, explained Pendergist.


A Civil War re-enactor takes a turn at bat during a Civil War-era baseball demonstration.  Baseball became increasingly popular during the Civil War.

The Winter Camp re-enactment included construction of a replica winter camp cabin using methods and tools from the Civil War period.  The cabin will become a permanent exhibit at USAHEC.

“Once the Corps of Engineers cut the logs, 14 Soldiers would have two weeks to build a cabin that they would live in,” said Roland Cadle, restoration expert who helped build the cabin. 

“Most Civil War cabins used the French style of cabin building which used upright logs, because they were easier to build than the “Lincoln Log” type of log cabin that most people are familiar with,” said Cadle.

Lectures about Civil War life and times complemented the re-enactor activities.

“This is sacred ground,” said Robert Lee Hodge, in his lecture about Civil War battlefields.  “We are preserving our memory. Without memory we are nothing,” said the Emmy-Award winning filmmaker and Civil War battlefield preservationist .

The Fall living history event on the Army Heritage Trail is known for its School-age Friday.

"The first year I brought my kids here I got a standing ovation when I got back on the school bus," said Marta Hamme, 8th grade Social Studies teacher in West Shore School District. "They were so excited.

Because it is so geared to involvement with engagement, it's just an awesome experience."

Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
Dempsey vows to maintain, strengthen U.S. Military

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, left, and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, observe the playing of the national anthem during the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff change of responsibility ceremony on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 30, 2011. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen was succeeded by Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who became the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff., during the ceremony.DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey.

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va., Sept. 30, 2011 – Navy Adm. Mike Mullen transferred responsibility as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey during ceremonies here today.

Dempsey vowed to maintain and strengthen the military during his term.

Dempsey is the 18th chairman, and he thanked his predecessor and his wife, Deborah, for their patriotism and friendship.

“Although you’re a sailor and I’m a soldier, in the tradition of the horse cavalry, I want you to know that I will be proud to tell people that I rode with Mike Mullen during some of the most challenging times in our nation’s history,” Dempsey said.

The oath of office Dempsey swore as he became the new chairman is the same all commissioned officers take upon getting promoted or assuming a new position. He spoke of that oath in his remarks.

“You’ve all heard me … swear an oath to our nation and to the ideals that define it as those ideals are embodied in our Constitution,” the general said. “The oath reflects the sacred trust that exists between the military forces of the United States and the people of the United States. I will live up to that oath and I will maintain that trust.”

Today, Dempsey said, the U.S. armed forces “are powerful, responsive, resilient, versatile and admired.”

Those soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen provide leaders with a wide range of options to counter threats and crises. “And when sent to do the nation's bidding, we are an unambiguous signal of our nation’s resolve,” the new chairman said.

“Our people -- America’s sons and daughters -- are our decisive edge,” the general continued. “We’ll change and we’ll be challenged, but when I complete my tenure as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I intend to be able to say exactly the same thing: We will be the joint force the nation needs us to be, so help me, God.”

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks works to combat suicidal behavior

Four days before Christmas 2004, Gen. Carter Ham, commander U.S. Africa Command, experienced, “the worst day of my life,” when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mess hall at a U.S. military base in Mosul, Iraq, killing 14 U.S. troops.  Ham, who was serving as the commander of Multinational Brigade (Task Force Olympia) – North, arrived at the scene 20 minutes later.  After returning home and taking a job at the Pentagon, Ham was still having difficulty dealing with the stress of what he witnessed.  He had difficulty sleeping, couldn’t enjoy things he had enjoyed in the past.  The stress of what he saw could have ended his career, but Ham realized he needed help, so he sought screening for post-traumatic stress disorder and got counseling.

Ham is one of two top Army generals who talk about getting help for PTSD.

PTSD stemmed from his time as a brigade commander in Anbar Province, Iraq, for Brig. Gen. Gary Patton, deputy commander for Programs, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. 

“You also have the trauma of seeing loss of life, Iraqi citizens, innocents, being blown up by suicide bombs," Patton said in an interview with USA Today. "You had the trauma of killing another human being. We killed a lot of terrorists and insurgents in direct combat and gunfights."

The trauma followed him back to Fort Carson, Colo.  He had difficulty sleeping and experienced nightmares.

“My initial thinking was, 'I'm a tough airborne Ranger infantryman, just get on with life,'” said Patton.  “There clearly is a part of Army culture that says, 'Tough it out. You just work your way through it.' That's clearly where I thought I was. I didn't think I needed anybody to help me.

"It took the love of my life to say, 'You need to talk to somebody.' I'm glad that she did that, and I think she's glad that I did that,” said Patton. “I think I am a better general for seeking help."

In the early 19th Century Soldiers called it exhaustion; later generations of Soldiers would name it, shell shock, war neurosis or battle fatigue.  Whatever the name, the Soldiers were suffering the same illness, post traumatic stress disorder.  If left untreated, PTSD can lead to suicide.

In the last few years, the Army, alarmed by the rise in suicides among Soldiers has worked to reach out to Soldiers and get them the help that they needed.   However to assure that Soldiers get help the leadership must be actively involved.

During the last week of September Carlisle Barracks held two workshops to help educate and spread awareness of suicidal behavior.

On Sept. 27, the Dunham Health Clinic held “Gatekeeper Training” which was aimed at military spouses.

“What we are teaching today is the QPR program which is, question, persuade, referral,” said Dr. Ines Roe, a psychologist at the Dunham Army Mental Health Clinic.  “This program is the equivalent to CPR for suicide prevention.”

Historically the Army culture has stigmatized mental stress as a sign of weakness, so many Soldiers are afraid that seeking help will harm or end their career.  To combat this thinking the Army is training its leaders to be more sensitive to their Soldiers needs.  “Leaders need to be the one to set the stage to allow Soldiers and their families to seek help,” said Roe.   Leaders that ignore the emotional needs of their Soldiers are destined to fail.

On Sept. 30 Maj. Paul Ciechoski, the TBI program manager at Dunham Health Clinic presented a class on Traumatic Brain Injury & Suicide – “A Leaders Perspective.”

“Many times people suffering from a traumatic brain injury will experience anxiety, depression, irritability and mood swings,” said Ciechoski.  “If left untreated these symptoms can lead to depression and a higher risk for suicide,” he said. “Out of fall of the suicide deaths in the Army between 2005 and 2009, the percentage with PTSD rose from 4.6 percent in 2005 to 14.1 percent in 2009.”

“One of the most difficult leadership challenges is that leaders need to understand their role in decreasing suicide in the Army,” said Ciechoski.  “There is still a stigma within the military that seeking help is a sign of weakness, and that getting help would negatively affect their career.”

 “We have to rid the Army of the stigma of talking to mental health providers,” said Col. Stephanie Wilcher, Dunham Army Health Clinic commander.  “We have to normalize it as much as possible in our ongoing efforts towards wellness.”

If you or someone you know needs help you can call the Dunham Army Health Center Behavioral Health office at 245-4602 or the national suicide hotline at: 1-800-SUICIDE.

Remember: To Save a Life…

Realize someone might be suicidal.

Reach out.  Asking the suicide question DOES NOT increase risk.

Listen.  Talking things out can save a life.

Don’t try to do everything yourself.  Get others involved.

Don’t’ promise secrecy and don’t worry about being disloyal.

If persuasion fails, call your mental health center, local hotline or emergency services.

QPR for suicide prevention

Q Question the person about suicide.

P  Persuade the person to get help.

R  Refer for help.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College
USAWC experts share experience, strategic exercises with Ukraine military leaders


Col. Anita Raines, support branch director of the Operations and Gaming Division, and Lt. Col. John Mowchan, strategic intelligence officer talk with Ukraine Col. Viktor Artykhovych, 2011 Army War College graduate, and Maj. Gen. Viktor Nazarov, First Deputy Chief, main Operational Directorate, General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during a visit to the Army War College Center for Strategic Leadership Sept. 28. The group came to learn more about strategic-level simulations.  Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

Sept. 28, 2011 – Members of the armed forces of the Ukraine came to the Army War College recently to better understand the important role of experiential educational events such as strategic war-gaming in the development of a professional officer corps.

Ukraine Col. Viktor Artykhovych, 2011 Army War College graduate, was joined by Maj. Gen. Viktor Nazarov, First Deputy Chief, Main Operational Directorate, General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, for a visit to the Center for Strategic Leadership to learn more about how CSL executes exercise, simulations and other training events to prepare senior and strategic leaders.
“It was a wonderful experience for me here at the Army War College,” said Artykhovych. “I’m glad to have the opportunity to share part of my experience with my countries leadership.”

Nazarov pointed out that security, logistical issues and political considerations for the upcoming UEFA EURO 2012 soccer championship as an example of the strategic challenges facing his country. 

“We understand that we lack the experience and should collaborate with others for solutions,” he said. “The multiple layers of command and control required for an international event of this magnitude are not unique. That is why we are here, to see how other nations train and educate their leaders for these types of situations.”    

“A visit such as this emphasizes the great return on investment provided by our International Fellows Program,” said Bernie Griffard, professor of Strategic Military Logistics Plans & Operations. “Through our international alumni, the USAWC and its experiential education capabilities are introduced to Armed Forces around the world. The exchange of ideas with international planners and strategists provides information that allows our scenario authors to strengthen their products which then benefits the whole USAWC student body.” Griffard, Col. Anita Raines and Lt. Col. John Mowchan, from the Operations and Gaming Division,  facilitated the visit.

The group received an overview of the Strategic Decision Making Exercise, the Joint Land, Air, and Sea Strategic Exercise and the International Fellows Strategic Crisis Negotiations Exercise.

“The Ukraine General Staff identified a need to learn more about strategic-level simulations that stressed political-military interdependence in the strategy development process,” said Griffard. “As part of the USAWC's mission to provide support to the Operational Force, we have worked with USEUCOM over the past five years to provide USAWC expertise in support of their Theater Cooperation plan.”

Griffard said that USAWC participation in these military-to-military events allows the USAWC to directly support theater strategies of global combatant commanders. During the past five years, CSL has provided three or four traveling contact teams per year in support of military-to-military initiatives throughout the Balkans and in States of the former Soviet Union and this is the third group hosted at Carlisle.

‘Welcome Jam’ welcomes USAWC newcomers

The Carlisle Harvest of the Arts celebration was a perfect backdrop for the “Welcome Jam” for the members of the Army War College Class of 2011 and other post newcomers. In one place, newcomers and their families got to see what arts, entertainment, restaurants and more are available in the Carlisle community. Photos by Suzanne Reynolds.

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Sept. 26, 2011 -- Army War College families and other newcomers to Carlisle Barracks were welcomed to the Carlisle community during a welcome jam held in downtown Carlisle Sept. 24.

Army War College newcomers perused booths manned by local artists and vendors at the Carlisle Harvest of the Arts and got to know some of the local people before heading to Veterans’ Square to see Col. Scott King, USAWC 2011 Class President, present a 2011 Class print to the Downtown Carlisle Association.  






Col. Scott King,  (top left) class president of the USAWC Class of 2011, presents a 2011 Class print to the Downtown Carlisle Association.  Also pictured are: Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, Mayor Kirk Wilson, Heather Kattouf, DCA President, Col. Robert Bennett, Class of 2012 President,  Trish Hanley, Seminar 21 and Brian Peters from Members 1st Federal Credit Union.






     "When War College students get together and share their War College experience from different locations, the USAWC students proudly boast that they attended USAWC at Carlisle as their Family had the Carlisle Experience.  The Carlisle Experience is not just something that happens in the classroom but the Small College Town Environment that we enjoy here.  We are proud to say that our kids go to school in this town and that we have so many great facilities, stores and people in Carlisle that truly support the Army Family, said Col. Scott King, USAWC Class of 2011 President. 
     "Two weeks ago we took some time to reflect on what happened to our Nation ten years ago on 9/11 when we were attacked.  I ask that as we look forward we reflect to what happened ten years ago starting on 9/12 as our Nation and local communities like Carlisle rally together and demonstrated support for all the Service members who deployed in the Global War on Terror," said King. 
     "The Carlisle Community has been a great supporter of us and we, the USAWC Class of 2011, wanted to say thanks for your support and ask that you continue to support the Service members and their Families.  Many of my classmates deployed the last year but left their Families here in Carlisle as they knew that Carlisle was a community that would support their Family during their deployment.  Again, the USAWC Class of 2011 presents this print of their Class Gift, 9/11 Ten Years Later The Fight Continues to the town of Carlisle thanking you for support to us and to our Families and ask that you continue to support the following on classes  Thank you,"said Col. Scott King in presenting the print to Heather Kattouf, Downtown Carlisle Association President.

New DoD decal policy effective Oct. 13

Decals no longer needed on vehicles

Sept. 29, 2011 -- Under a policy that goes into effect Oct. 13, a Department of Defense sticker is no longer required for motorists entering Carlisle Barracks.

The Department of the Army mandated change will allow visitors to drive to the vehicle access point off of Claremont Road, show a driver's license and enter the post after receiving a visitor’s pass. The elimination of decals will also produce a significant cost savings for the Department of Defense in production costs.  

Effects of the policy change:

What stays the same:

  • Non-DoD ID Cardholders still need to have visitor passes issued by the security guards.            
  • Requirement to register golf carts and ATVs used by Carlisle Barracks employees will remain in effect and occur at the Police Station.
  • All non-DoD ID Cardholders visitors must enter Carlisle Barracks via the Claremont Road Gate.
  • Army Community Services will continue to issue Gold Star Family Decals.
  • Carlisle Barracks will continue Motorcycle Registration and issue DoD sticker to validate MSF Safety Card requirement.
  • The Ashburn Drive gate (Route 11) will be open only to DoD card holders for entrance.

What changes:

  • Entry onto Carlisle Barracks for DoD ID Cardholders is based solely on presentation of DoD ID Card.
  • Security guards will no longer look for current DoD Decals on windshields.
  • Carlisle Barracks decals may be removed, but bear in mind that not all military installations have adopted this new policy

The vehicle registration office will close on Oct. 13. Weapons and motorcycles will now need to be registered at the police station.

This new policy is already in effect at Fort Benning, and other Air Force and Navy installations.