Banner Archive for October 2012
Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs
Taking the National Disability Employment Awareness Challenge 
Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, USAWC Commandant and Cpt. Jarod Parker, take the touch and smell challenge at the Disability Employment Challenge, Oct. 29, Root Hall gym  
 Photo by Megan Clugh
“I just think this is awesome to put yourself in someone else’s shoes,” said Rhonnda Clark, Medical Assistant, Dunham Army Health Clinic.  “Participants learned how hard everyday tasks are when something hinders our ability to tie shoes or throw a basketball,” she said.
  Soldiers and civilians took the National Disability Employment Awareness Challenge on Oct. 29 in Root Hall gym.   At nine awareness stations participants experienced physical limitations in completing specific tasks:  Seated one-arm free throw, writing challenge, impaired shoe/jacket challenge, one-hand keyboard challenge, wheelchair challenge, blind walk challenge, identification of items by touch and smell, communication challenge and audio challenge.
  “This challenge promotes awareness and education that even though you have disabilities, you can succeed as long as you put forth the effort,” said Sgt. 1st Class Rose Menil, Equal Opportunity Advisor.
  After taking the blind walk challenge, Sgt. Shaketa Rodgers, Chaplain assistant, said, “I felt like I was going through a crash course, you don’t know what is going to happen next.”
  “Being prior military I have had back and knee injuries and vertigo, so I understand a lot of the things that people take for granted, said Preston Grant with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. 
  “This is the first year this challenge has been held, and it has the potential to grow,” said Col. George Patterson, Dunham Army Health Clinic.
  “We appreciate all the support from the leadership and community, said Patterson.  “It was great having them all come out and participate in the challenge.”
  Held each October, the National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.  For more information visit:

Keep food, water safe after a disaster or emergency

Food may not be safe to eat during and after an emergency. Safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene includes bottled, boiled, or treated water. Your state, local, or tribal health department can make specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area.

Note: Do not use your fireplace for cooking until the chimney has been inspected for cracks and damage. Sparks may escape into your attic through an undetected crack and start a fire.

Identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat.

  •  Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or storm water.
  •  Throw away food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out.
  •  Throw away perishable foods (including meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) in your refrigerator when the power has been off for 4 hours or more.
  •  Thawed food that contains ice crystals can be refrozen or cooked. Freezers, if left unopened and full, will keep food safe for 48 hours (24 hours if half full).
  •  Throw away canned foods that are bulging, opened, or damaged.
  •  Food containers with screw-caps, snap-lids, crimped caps (soda pop bottles), twist caps, flip tops, snap-open, and home canned foods should be discarded if they have come into contact with floodwater because they cannot be disinfected.
  •  If cans have come in contact with floodwater or storm water, remove the labels, wash the cans, and dip them in a solution of 1 cup (8 oz/250 mL) of bleach in 5 gallons of water. Re-label the cans with a marker. Include the expiration date.
  •  Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula.

Store food safely

    While the power is out, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.

Feeding infants and young children

  •  Breastfed infants should continue breastfeeding. For formula-fed infants, use ready-to-feed formula if possible. If using ready-to-feed formula is not possible, it is best to use bottled water to prepare powdered or concentrated formula. If bottled water is not available, use boiled water. Use treated water to prepare formula only if you do not have bottled or boiled water.
  •  If you prepare formula with boiled water, let the formula cool sufficiently before giving it to an infant.
  •  Clean feeding bottles and nipples with bottled, boiled, or treated water before each use.
  •  Wash your hands before preparing formula and before feeding an infant. You can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer for washing your hands if the water supply is limited

Clean and sanitize food-contact surfaces.

CDC recommends discarding wooden cutting boards, baby bottle nipples, and pacifiers. These items cannot be properly sanitized if they have come into contact with flood waters. Clean and sanitize food-contact surfaces in a four-step process:

  • Wash with soap and warm, clean water.
  • Rinse with clean water.
  • Sanitize by immersing for 1 minute in a solution of 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach (5.25%, unscented) per gallon of clean water.
  • Allow to air dry.

Congratulate a Colonel

Congratulations to the Carlisle Barracks officers who the promotion board selected!

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, U.S Army War College Commandant, said that the board only selected 37 percent of Lieutenant Colonels in the primary zone, which was a very tough cut.

“For those selected, we will all congratulate and celebrate your making a most difficult gate. I am completely confident that along with your elation and pride there will also be humility for yourself and empathy for others...those on your left and right who were not selected” he said.

Lt. Col. Jose L. Aguilar – Seminar 17

Lt. Col. Blace C. Albert – Seminar 11

Lt. Col. Terry L. Anderson – Seminar 17

Lt. Col. John J. Bonn – Seminar 2

Lt. Col. Thomas A. Boone – Seminar 13

Lt. Col. Gerald A. Boston – Seminar 8

Lt. Col. Detrick L. Briscoe – Seminar 6

Lt. Col. Lawrence T. Brown – AY12 Deployed

Lt. Col. Curtis A. Buzzard – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. Cameron M. Cantlon – Seminar 14

Lt. Col. William J. Carty – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. Riley J. Cheramie – Seminar 18

Lt. Col. Ralph L. Clayton – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. William D. Conner – Seminar 23

Lt. Col. Robert J. Davis – Seminar 16

Lt. Col. Ketti C. Davison – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. Thomas E. Dillingham – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. William T. Draper – Staff and Faculty

Lt. Col. Layton G. Dunbar – Seminar 25

Lt. Col. Matthew L. Eichburg – Seminar 11

Lt. Col. Jerry L. Farnsworth – Seminar 16

Lt. Col. Mitchell D. Franks – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. Richard A. Fromm – Seminar 6

Lt. Col. Lance B. Green – Staff and Faculty

Lt. Col. Brandon L. Grubbs – Seminar 14

Lt. Col. Christine A. Hackett – Seminar 20

Lt. Col. John W. Haefner – Seminar 25

Lt. Col. Brian J. Hammer – Seminar 9

Lt. Col. Christopher S. Hart – Seminar 22

Lt. Col. Roger P. Hedgepeth – Seminar 13

Lt. Col. Joseph L. Hilfiker – Seminar 15

Lt. Col. Joseph C. Holland – Seminar 3

Lt. Col. Janet R. Holliday – AY12 Deployed                       

Lt. Col. Timothy W. Holman – Seminar 2

Lt. Col. Angela M. Holmes – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. Timothy D. Huening – Seminar 22

Lt. Col. Robert M. Kirila – Seminar 3

Lt. Col. Randall R. Klingaman – Seminar 19     

Lt. Col. Brian E. Linvill – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. Timothy D. Luedecking – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. Christopher S. Luekenga – Seminar 9

Lt. Col. Michael C. McCurry – Seminar 20

Lt. Col. William G. McDonough – USAG

Lt. Col. Charles D. Mills – Seminar 18

Lt. Col. Michael W. Milner – Seminar 24

Lt. Col. Kenneth J.  Mintz – Seminar 9

Lt. Col. Christopher C. Mitchiner – Seminar 16

Lt. Col. Ivan Montanez – Seminar 11

Lt. Col. Patrick D. Morrow – Seminar 23

Lt. Col. Michael E. Panko – Staff and Faculty

Lt. Col. Michael J. Philbin – Seminar 14

Lt. Col. Jennifer B. Piolo – Seminar 13

Lt. Col. David J. Preston – Seminar 6

Lt. Col. Andrew T. Rendon – Seminar 19

Lt. Col. Stephen C. Rogers – Staff and Faculty

Lt. Col. Lee R. Salmon – Seminar 18

Lt. Col. Hugh D. Shoults – Seminar 8

Lt. Col. Jeff R. Stewart – Seminar 4

Lt. Col. Maurice H. Stewart – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. Alan C. Streeter – Seminar 19

Lt. Col. Maxwell S. Thibodeaux – Seminar 6

Lt. Col. Ronald L. Tucker – Seminar 11

Lt. Col. Richard P. Ullian – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. Robert M. Villalobos – Seminar 5

Lt. Col. Douglas G. Vincent – Seminar 18

Lt. Col. Anthony M. Wizner – USAWC Fellow

Lt. Col. Michael T. Wright – USAWC Fellow

All post activities closing at 2 p.m. Oct. 29, will re-open Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: As of 10:25 a.m. Oct. 29 --   Due to the anticipated impact of Hurricane Sandy, Routine operations at Carlisle Barracks will cease effective 2 PM today, 29 Oct 12. Directors of all USAWC and Carlisle Barracks organizations are authorized to release workers up to 59 minutes prior. There will be no scheduled activities at any Carlisle Barracks organization on Tuesday, 30 Oct 12. Unless there is a power outage, Carlisle Barracks organizations will resume normal operations at 9 AM Wednesday, 31 Oct 12. Civilian Employees will use the code “LN” (for administrative leave) to record their time between 1400 hours, 29 October to 0900 Wednesday, 31 October 2012.

 ALL post activities are cancelled until 9 a.m. Oct. 31.  

The School of Strategic Landpower will cease operations at 1 PM today. The Reading, Writing, and Research Day scheduled for Wed, 31 Oct has been moved to Tues, 30 Oct. Activities for Tues will now occur on Weds, 31 October beginning at 9 AM.

The Ashburn Drive Gate will be closed Oct. 30. It will re-open at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

Children and Youth Services operations:  Currently open until 2 p.m. Staffs are asking families to pick up your children prior to 2 p.m. so we may close operations for the safety of our staff and families.  Tuesday: closed operations

Business & recreation operations such as ODR, golf, bowling, leisure travel services, LVCC, deli, café Cumberland, auto & framing shop,: Currently open until 2 p.m. Tuesday:  Closed

Gym operations: Closing at 2 p.m. today.  Tuesday: Closed 

Also, outdoor recreation has a few lanterns , gas stoves, and sleeping bags available for rentals.  Also have coolers and water jugs, and propane available. Supplies are limited. Call 245-4616.

  Any changes to this guidance will be distributed through command information systems and the chain of command.

The Cumberland County Department of Public Safety is urging residents to take time this weekend to prepare for Hurricane Sandy. While forecasters are still uncertain of Sandy’s path or impact, the potential exists for Cumberland County to see large amounts of rain and high winds.

At Carlisle Barracks, closures, delays and other information can be found by calling the Operations Line at 245-3700 or visiting

If this storm tracks into Central Pennsylvania, widespread utility outages are possible. Area utility companies are already busy preparing for potential outages and have auxiliary crews on standby ready to respond. Residents should take the time before the storm to prepare for these outages by stocking their disaster supply kits with items including but not limited to flashlights, water, non-perishable foods, prescription medications, blankets and spare batteries.

The threat of flooding exists with this storm, so residents are also urged to avoid traveling through flooded areas and have an evacuation plan in place if they live in a flood prone area.

Take the National Disability Employment Awareness Challenge 
  Come to Root Hall gym on Monday, Oct. 29 and take the National Disability Employment Awareness Challenge from 6:30-8 a.m.
   "For this event we have developed nine awareness stations designed to physically limit a person's ability to complete a given task," said Cpt. Matthew Barrett, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic. 

   Challenge events will include:  seated/one arm free throw, wheelchair, blind walk, communication, writing, keyboard, and more.

  "Score cards will be handed out to bring friendly competition and a certificate will be handed out once all nine stations are completed," said Barrett. 

  "The events will give an idea of the everyday challenges that disabilities bring on a normal day-to-day bases as well as providing education and awareness," said Sgt. 1st Class Rose Menil, USAWC Equal Opportunity Advisor.
  Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
  This year's theme is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?" NDEAM's roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week."
  In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month."
  Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since. Although led by ODEP, NDEAM's true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers, schools and organizations of all sizes and in all communities are encouraged to participate in NDEAM, and ODEP offers several resources to help them do so. Activities range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program.

  Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive America, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month.

   For more information on NDEAM, please visit their website:





CSA draws blueprint for complex global environment

To see the full transcript of his remarks go here

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 23, 2012) -- The Army has revised much of its doctrine over the last year and will release more top-level doctrine over the next 10 months, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno.

Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army's congressional staffers breakfast Tuesday, he said the force is in the midst of the biggest revision of doctrine he's seen in at least the last 30 years.

Doctrine is the blueprint the Army uses to educate the force and execute in a complex environment, he said, adding the Army of today and the future will operate in an "extremely complex environment."

"The environment will not be easy," he continued. "It will be one that has varied threats: conventional threats, unconventional threats, terrorism and criminality, all in an environment of instantaneous movement of communications."

To understand and better respond to those threats, he said the Army has poured over lessons learned in the past 11 years of war and also examined all possible scenarios of future crises. The culmination of all this is massive doctrine revision

"We've worked hard and rewritten every piece of doctrine over the last eight to 12 months and are releasing the top-level documents in this doctrine over next eight to 10 months," Odierno said.


Operating smarter and having greater agility and flexibility of worldwide response, Odierno said, requires continued efforts at regional alignment; the right type and mix of units, training and equipment; and proper balancing of the forces.

The Army is developing a readiness and training model for units operating in the complex environments and making "constant adjustments," he said, providing some examples, including a decisive action rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., last month; doctrine and training validation at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., next month; and current training in Europe involving the Joint Mobilization Training Center.

He said the Army needs the right balance and flexibility of units and equipment, including a "mix of armored medium and light airborne units that can be tailored and scaled to a range of missions (that) we can deploy rapidly in complex environments to accomplish many missions."

The Army must continue building a headquarters capable of commanding joint task forces, he said.

"Over the last eight or nine years, we proved we can do this," he explained. "Our corps have deployed multiple times in a joint, multinational environment."

Odierno said it is important that Soldiers have the flexibility, protection and speed needed to move with agility around the battlefield.

"To be networked, mobile and survivable, we will continue to use the JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) for light force, the Stryker for medium forces and the Ground Combat Vehicle," he said.

Modern communications is vital to future warfare, he said.

"The single Soldier and his squad must be connected to major commands so they can make the right decisions to apply the right capabilities, wherever that might be. So we're going to develop a network that allows them to be connected and we're making tremendous progress on that," he said, citing ongoing communication network exercises taking place at Fort Bliss, Texas.

As the Army reduces its active end strength by 80,000, Odierno said it must adjust its forces accordingly, continuing to engage in Afghanistan, while adapting to meet the new Defense Department 2011 National Military Strategy, which states that the military must work with "government and interagency partners, and our friends and allies, as we meet our 21st-century responsibilities in a dynamic, yet uncertain, future."

To do this, Odierno said, requires the Army to regionally realign its forces "to better support combatant commanders so they can shape their own operational environments." Regional alignment refers to focusing on military-to-military partnerships in a specific world region, and includes receiving cultural and language training and familiarity with that area's people and Soldiers and enhanced joint/combined military interoperability.

"We'll do our first regional alignment this year," he said, with a brigade in U.S. Africa Command. "We already identified 93 separate missions (for the brigade), broken up into small, scalable, tailorable pieces that will be used in the active operational environment. Rotational units will be there to host alliance and partnerships such as the NATO response force.

"We'll continue to develop our partners who've helped us in Afghanistan and other parts of world," he continued. "We'll continue to develop relationships through interdependence and using the strengths of each other's capabilities. That's what the future will look like."

Odierno said the Army must have the right mix of active and reserve-component troop strength.

"The active component retains the required agility, readiness and capacity to rapidly respond to crises and can be engaged in complex, selective training.

"The reserve component provides depth and unique capabilities -- operational reserve in strategic depth, a strong state partnership program, specialized expertise in civilian skills, operational reserve in strategic depth and connection to the broader U.S. population.

"It's not one or the other (components). We've got to have both of these entities working together."


Odierno lauded the quality of the force, noting that today's Soldiers are the "most experienced combat ready forces we've ever had." He said the entire modernization and transition effort of the Army is centered around the Soldier.

Good Soldiers must continue to have good leaders, he added. He said a lot of work is going into improving leader development programs at all levels for officers and enlisted. He admitted that when he was a young officer times were simple and Soldiers must now think about the "socioeconomic aspects of what goes on around them" so they can make correct and rapid decisions at the right time and place.

"Our leaders have been asked to do extraordinary things and we're going to keep a lot of these leaders and young men and women who understand where we've been and where we need to go, so I'm very encouraged," he said.

Odierno touched on how the Army's Ready and Resilient campaign and Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program is vital to improving performance and readiness of Soldiers and families though "enhanced physical and mental performance that improve Soldiers' ability to bounce back in face of adversity, to build resilience, and to help Soldiers and families deal and understand the complex nature of what we ask them to do."

He said the Army will continue to work hard on its sexual harassment and assault prevention and response programs, disability evaluation system and transition programs throughout the Soldier's lifecycle.

Odierno concluded his remarks saying, "the strength of the nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of ours Soldiers is our families. And that's what makes us Army strong."

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

Oct. 26, 2012 --  – 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."

Estimated energy consumption savings over the last year is more than two ercent in consumption savings from last year.

One of the biggest projects this year was the installation of two new energy efficient chillers and a new cooling tower for Root Hall. Root Hall also  has upgraded lighting installed in the subbasement, basement, library and corridors with the installation of occupancy sensors to shut off lights in areas when unoccupied.

“Everyone can help by just turning off your office lights when not in the office or your computer monitor when you leave,” said Reilly. Unplug any electrical devices that are not in use, even when a devise is turned off. As long as it is plugged in at an electrical outlet, it can possibly still consume energy depending on the device. Every little bit adds up.”

For the two years, an energy savings performance contracts which allows Carlisle Barracks 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. 

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

Caring for aging parents noon-time lecture

Update: The Military Family Program has postponed this program.  Please check back later for other updates.

Caring for a loved one with a chronic or sudden illness can be daunting when juggling a military career, maintaining a marriage and raising children, especially when the ill parent is in a different geographic location. Planning ahead can help to avoid financial hardships, heartache and tensions among family members.

Dr. Linda Rhodes, former Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging, will speak from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. about caring for aging parents on Monday, Oct. 29 in Wil Washcoe Auditorium. She is an expert in the field of elder care and is an award winning author.

Dr. Rhodes will provide answers to your legal, financial and medical questions about aging parents.

For more information, e-mail the Military Family Program at usarmy.carlisle.imcom-fmwrc.mbx.mfp-coordinator@mail.milor call 245-4787.

Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs
AFRICOM commander shares strategic lessons with USAWC students


Gen. Carter Ham, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks to Nigerian Fellow Col. Solomon Udounwa before talking to the U.S. Army War College Class of 2013 in Bliss Hall.

Oct. 24, 2012 – 2011 in Africa was a year dominated by headlines of the Arab spring, regional conflicts, and an extremist organization stifling progress in Somalia.

Gen. Carter Ham, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, came back to the Army War College Oct. 24 to talk about the progress being made there and the challenges still ahead.

Ham discussed the role of AFRICOM and how a secure and stable African continent was important to not only the region, but to the world.  He said that the U.S. plays an important role in supporting these nations and helping them find African solutions to African problems. 

The stand-up of African Command in 2006 demonstrates a U.S. commitment to the continent according to Ham.

“A safe, secure and stable Africa is in the best interest of the world,” he said. “We are there to help strengthen the defense capability of our African partners and to contribute to regional security.”

He also stressed the importance of collaboration and partnership in the region.

“These nations are committed to security and solving their problems along with their neighbors,” he said. “But they are looking for partners, someone who will stand with them as they confront challenges.  We can be that partner.”

He pointed to a situation in Somalia as a perfect example of this in action.

“The African Union and surrounding countries wouldn’t stand for the occupation of the capital and key ports of Somalia by al-Shabaab,” he said.“They worked together to collectively dislodge them from these locations in an effort to bring more stability to the nation. What is present there now is hope. ”

Ham’s experience with the African continent stretches all the way back to his days as a student at the Air War College when he visited South Africa, Botswana and other African countries.

“I’m beginning to understand just how much I don’t know,” he said. “When you think you understand the complexity and diversity of the continent, another layer is added.”

He pointed out that six of the top 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa, has a population of more than one billion people and has both a strategic location and materials.

“Those facts alone help illustrate the increasing importance of Africa to not only the U.S., but the world as a whole,” he said. Ham pointed out that nearly 40 percent of the European Union business community uses the East Coast of Africa as a primary shipping route.

“The U.S. and the world needs to care what happens in Africa.”

The address by Ham was an opportunity for international officers from Africa to speak directly to the man in charge of U.S. military interests there.

“It’s important for both the African nations and the United States to talk and help find creative solutions to the challenges facing Africa,” said Nigerian Fellow Col. Solomon Udounwa.  “We all want peace and stability and together we can work to make that a reality.”   


"READ" Poster Campaign promotes literacy
  The American Library Association's (ALA) Celebrity READ Campaign has been an internationally recognized program for more than 30 years.
  READ posters encourage literacy by providing images of popular people enjoying good books.
  On Oct. 22, the Army War College Library unveiled their “READ” campaign posters for AY 2013.  This year’s celebrities include:  Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, USAWC Commandant, Dr. Lance Betros, Provost, Col. Richard Lacquement, Dean of the School of Strategic Landpower, and Chaplain (Col.) Gregory D’Emma, Installation Chaplain.
  “I want to thank you for running a world-class facility here with your staff, said Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commandant.  “I have been impressed with all you do to help the students, staff and faculty and your ability to impact and give us an international reputation for professional excellence in academics is absolutely key,” said Cucolo.
  “A tremendous gift to me, I can’t say enough good things about this library,” said Chaplain Gregory D’Emma.

Delays expected at Ashburn Drive gate Oct. 29

There may be delays from 9-11 a.m. and again from 1-3 p.m. at the Ashburn Drive Gate due to construction on Oct. 29. Flagmen will be posted as workers remove and replace concrete.

Miss an AUSA presentation? Watch it online

All of the presentations from the 2012 AUSA meeting are being archived for viewing at 


































Many topics at the 2012 Association of the U.S. Army Convention that are important to the TRADOC community will be available to view online by visiting the Army's Professional Development website:

You can also check out the TRADOC website for more information,

Live-streamed Institute of Land Warfare Panels Include:




The deadline for submitting questions is Oct. 18, noon EST.

These TRADOC Army Forums will not be live-streamed, but will be available on the Army's Professional Development Website:

  • Doctrine 2015
  • Human Aspects of the Operational Environment
  • Future Role of Land Power
  • One Army School System
  • Maneuver Forces for the Future
  • Developing Leaders: The Key to Readiness, Sustaining the Profession
  • Fires in the Army of 2020

By Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs
Snider shares challenges for strategic leaders leading a profession

“One of the biggest challenges you will face as strategic leaders as the defense department reforms is to maintain the Army as a military profession,” said a world-renown expert on the subject recent during a recent talk to the U.S. Army War College.

Dr. Don Snider, Senior Fellow in the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic at West Point and Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College, spoke to the War College Class of 2013 in Bliss Hall. 

“The Army cannot simply declare itself to be a profession and its Soldiers or Civilians to be professionals,” he said. ““Profession” is not the default or natural character of the Army. The responsibility to develop Army professionals, both leaders and followers, both uniformed and civilian is mutually shared between the institution and the individual.”

Strategic leaders must have certain “meta-competencies” in order to lead a profession according to Snider.

  • Identity-Maturity beyond self-awareness
  • Mental Agility-Adaptability within cognitive complexity; improvisation
  • Cross-cultural Savvy- Understand, work within “foreign” culture e.g. JIIM
  • Interpersonal Maturity- Beyond face-to-face leadership to external power relationships, negotiation, consensus building; mentoring
  • World-class Warrior- Strategic insights for the full spectrum of operations
  • Professional Astuteness- Beyond members of a profession, to stewards of it


“Professional must earn and maintain the trust of their society by the effective and ethical application of their expertise,” he said. “As a steward of the profession, you have a responsibility to be a professional . Without that trust, we lose our autonomy in the application of our art.”

He said the unique relationship of the military and the government create unique challenges for strategic leaders.

“The Army is not simply an ‘organization.’ It is not a business or corporation, rather an institution in constant tension between government bureaucracy and profession,” he said.

Snider pointed out three key challenges that Army strategic leaders must focus on in order for the profession to be successful:

  • Expert knowledge - what is needed forward, Army 2020; prioritizing the knowledge
  • “Developing” professionals for a “practice” with that expertise (educate, train, inspire)
  • Negotiating Jurisdictions – legitimizing Army work through Army expertise, complementary within the joint arena


For more on Snider and to view some of his recent publications visit

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College
Seminar allows National Guard leaders to learn more about The War College, issues facing Army

Twenty five 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. This year marked the largest class in the recent history of the program according to Col. Oliver Norrell, USAWC Army National Guard Advisor. 

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. New this year was presentations by the Director of the Army National Guard and the Army National Guard G3.

Many of the officers have found the experience so beneficial they have attended multiple times, according to Norrell.

 “This program provides a great opportunity for the officers to gain an exposure to the views of our students who will be or advise the future leaders of our military,” he said. “In addition, the officers are able to share with our students the unique perspectives of our Army and Air National Guard leaders. They are able to share, face-to-face the issues and challenges they face from the state and local level to national level issues and policies.”

“I’ve really been able to gain some valuable insights on some of the challenges that the Guard is facing around the country and not just in my own state,” said Brig. Gen. Harold Reed, Chief of Staff for the Wyoming Air National Guard. He said that the question and answer sessions with the guest speakers and in the student seminar were especially helpful.

“We all – active Army or Guard and Reserve – have common issues and challenges,” he said. “In order for us to operate cohesively as a team, we need to share ideas.” 

AGNSS can provide a greater understanding to the expert War College programs and institutes.

“While they are here the attendees are able to learn more about programs like BSAP, DSC and the distance education program,” he said. “This was in addition to updates from PKSOI, CSLD and SSI.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.”

AGNSS fits perfectly into the mission of educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level said Norrell.

“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.”


by Thomas Zimmerman
Army ‘all stars’ share experiences, learn from War College students

Gen. Lloyd Austin, 1997 Army War College graduate and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, speaks to the Army War College Class of 2013 in Bliss Hall as part of Army Leader Day.

Twenty six Army “all stars,” including 13 Army War College graduates, came to the U.S. Army War College Oct. 18 to share their experiences, insights on the current state of the Army and discuss the issues and challenges facing the military as part of Army Leader Day.

Gen. Lloyd Austin, 1997 Army War College graduate and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, kicked off the day with a Bliss Hall talk with students, staff, faculty and the 25 state Adjutants General and deputies participating in the Adjutants Generals National Security Seminar.

During his remarks, Austin laid out the near, mid and long-term goals for the Army.

“We need to invest in our people, optimize our force and selectively modernize in order to meet the challenges of an increasingly disorganized world,” he said.

The War College is an important step for these future strategic leaders and advisors, said Austin. 

 “What you learn here is very important,” he said. “Take the time to learn about each other, especially our international partners. It will serve you well in the future.”


Students talk in seminar with Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army.  

Austin spoke at length about one of the major challenges the military faces, the visible and invisible wounds of more than a decade of war.

“What is most important are our Soldiers and their Families,” he said. “We must lead the effort in dealing not only with the physical wounds, but the invisible ones like traumatic brain injury as well. We have a duty to do everything we can.”

The War College students will play a key role, he said.

“You have to lead by example and we must maintain their faith.”  

He expressed confidence that the military leaders studying at The War College – Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy, Coast Guard and International – are up to the challenges the world will face.

“I am very optimistic about the future of America and the world just by looking around this room,” he said.  “There is an incredible amount of talent in this group.”

“Having been to this event for three years while I was on the Army Staff, I know how valuable this experience is,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Army War College Commandant. “I know the students will take full advantage of this rich experience.”

Following the keynote address, the students moved to 24 seminar rooms for candid, in-depth discussions with a member of the Army Staff and the Secretariat.

Army Leader Day is an integral part of the War College resident educational experience.  It is a unique opportunity for many of the U.S. Army's senior leadership, military and civilian, to come to Carlisle and interact with the class.  The event serves as the capstone for the Strategic Leqdership block of instruction and provides students the tools to comprehend the unique aspects of leadership required at the strategic level,   analyze the role of the strategic leader in evaluating the climate and culture of an organization, aligning these with the strategic vision, and then leading the organization through the change processes necessary to implement this alignment and comprehend the role of senior military leaders as stewards of the profession of arms.

War College staff member runs like the wind

Col. Marty Muchow, U.S. Army War College Deputy G-3, took first place in his age division at the Army Ten-Miler Oct. 21. 

Col. Marty Muchow holds his first place trophy from the Army Ten-Miler.  The race took place Oct. 21.  Photo by Tom Conning

Muchow finished the race with a time of 55 minutes and six seconds beating the next closest racer by 35 seconds.

This is Muchow’s eighth race and he said the ten-miler is a great race.

“It’s one of the best organized, sponsored and supported races throughout the United States” he said.

To view the full race results, visit: 


An Army Ten-Miler first place trophy sits on Col. Marty Muchow's desk.  Muchow won the 45-49 year-old age group for the second year in a row.  Photo by Tom Conning.

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs
Members of Seminar 21 are “Making a Difference” in the community
  Seminar 21 members will be volunteering their time this Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., to help pack 100,000 meals to feed families in need around the world and in our community for “Kids Against Hunger” at the Carlisle Expo Center.
  Volunteers will be packing a rice-soy supplement which contains the same nutrients as 3 pounds of red meat and provides a meal for a family of six.  Both Project SHARE and The Salvation Army will receive 12,500 meals to distribute to those in need in the local community.  The remaining 75,000 meals will be shipped overseas to Haiti to combat childhood starvation.
  Seminar 21 was organized to support spouses of deployed members, most who were in attendance as students at the Army War College.
  “Our spouses are deployed all over the world not just Iraq or Afghanistan, said Ramona Clifton, Seminar 21 Community Liaison.  “We try to get together at least once a month for a lunch, brunch or other activity to have fellowship and to disseminate information,” she said.  If a member is in need we support each other or get the support needed to that member.
  “This year I wanted Seminar 21 to not just be about the mutual support that we all give one another, or the exclusivity of our group, because that's a given, said Clifton. “I wanted to extend that into the community through meaningful deeds, good will, and outreach beyond the military community and into the greater Carlisle community,” she said.
  “I chose this project because I feel like even in our circumstances, spouses being deployed, we can still give back to the community, said Clifton.  “We are fortunate that we have our Carlisle Barracks military community to support us. “Most of us have been through a deployment or multiple deployments, and I think we are in a unique position in our military life and our physical location to have our spouses be deployed,” she said.
  For more information on this event, contact Birger at Thrivent Financial, 717-254-6433, or visit the organization websites:;, or

AUSA Family forums kick off Oct. 22

The Army War College community is invited to take part in the 2012 Association of the United States Army Family Forums Oct. 22-24. The forums will be held in Bradley Auditorium in Upton Hall. The schedule can be found below.

  • AUSA Conference: Family Forum I Virtual Delegation, Bradley Auditorium – Oct. 22  – 2-5 p.m.   Family Forum I: Our Leaders Speak. Army senior leadership from both the active and reserve components will provide their views on the status of the Army Family and Army Family Programs.
  • AUSA Conference: Family Forum II Virtual Delegation, Bradley Auditorium – Oct. 23  – 8-11 a.m.   Family Forum II: Army Families, Behavioral Health, "Challenges and Triumphs."  This Forum will focus on the challenges and successes of various behavioral health initiatives recently created for Military Families.
  • AUSA Conference: Family Forum III Virtual Delegation, Bradley Auditorium – Oct. 23 – 2-5 p.m.  Family Forum III: Army Families; Transitions and New Beginnings. The voices of families of the wounded and survivors will be the focus of this three hour forum.
  • AUSA Conference: Family Forum IV Virtual Delegation, Bradley Auditorium – Oct. 24 – 9-noon   Family Forum IV: Army Families; Military Children-Our Nation's Future. Reintegration issues affecting military children will be discussed from an educational and developmental perspective. Speakers will focus on the impacts on healthy child development and best practices that are resonating with our kids in today's Military Family environment.

By: Tom Conning

College or bust

With college costs soaring, student debt ballooning and graduates facing a tough job market, it may be time to start thinking about your child’s education in a strategic manner.

The Army War College’s Military Family Program sponsored a lecture in Bliss Hall on Oct. 1 as part of its two-part College Planning Process series that featured Lloyd Scott, the Director of Admissions for Appalachian State University.

Scott shared his experiences as an admissions counselor and a father who has helped three of his children plan for college.  “Remind yourself that the decision they make, like my son, is not necessarily the decision I would have made, but for him it’s a really good decision” he said.  “College is about exploration.”

Scott encouraged parents to plan ahead, something that Christine Yuengert, Director of the Military Family Program reiterated.  “Approach the application process as a job and start early” she said.  “Some students actually start their freshman year.  They look at their goals and then do their backwards planning to make sure they have met the academic requirements to meet those goals.”

Backwards planning, strategic thinking and the second part of the College Planning Process series on college finances should help prepare you and your student for a successful college experience.

Click on view the first College Planning Process lecture.

The next three Military Family Program events are:

Caring For Aging Parents

Monday, Oct 29, 11:45 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Dr Linda Rhodes, former State of PA Secretary of Aging, will discuss the legal, financial and medical concerns of this readiness issue to our military members. Dr Rhodes is credited for initiating Pennsylvania's Family Caregiver Support Program which is often cited as the national model. Bring your lunch and your questions.

Location: Wil Washcoe Auditorium


FLAGS Facilitator Training #2

29 Oct – 9 Nov, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., M-F

This second FLAGS session, Train-the-Trainer will focus on the One Week Workshop as Facilitator/Trainers. Skills training includes Facilitator Roles and Skills, Common Problems faced as a Facilitator, and how to Manage Stress and Conflict.

Location: Collins Hall


Financial Readiness Series #1

Monday, 19 Nov, 11:45 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.

First session in the five-part financial readiness series; the first session will focus on the Military Advantage and your benefits as a service member preparing to retire.

Location - Wil Washcoe Auditorium

Learn the Current Trends in the Carlisle Community in the Marijuana Subculture


  Information on what is current in the Carlisle Community to include "Spice" - synthetic marijuana and "Bath Salts" will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Upton Hall auditorium.

  Sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program, presentors will include Matthew T. Bennett, M.S., B.A., B.A., Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission, and Ann Marie Wolf, B.S., A.C.P.P., Army Substance Abuse Program.

  For more information and to register call 717-245-4576.

Congratulations: Seminar 16 brings  home The War College softball trophy

Col. Bobby Towery, deputy commandant , congratulates Seminar 16 and team captain/ fellow student Col. Lou Zeisman at the close of the Class of 2013 softball tournament.  The pursuit of physical fitness, lasting relationships -- and mastery of understanding,  applying strategic landpower -- are integrated into The War College experience at Carlisle.

Retired Gen. James Dubik to discuss Leadership Under Pressure in Iraq Oct. 22

Retired Gen. James M. Dubik, the current General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, will discuss the strategic mistakes made in Iraq during a lecture Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Dickinson College Lewis Katz Hall, 333 W. South Street in Carlisle.

During his talk, Dubik will also discuss the myths that are partly responsible for these mistakes, the transformation that turned Iraq from a strategic failure to a strategic opportunity, and how the U.S. should incorporate its experience in Iraq in addressing current ongoing events in the Middle East and North Africa.

Dickinson College, Penn State University and U.S. Army War College are co-sponsors of this event.

The General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership is a joint faculty appointment among the United States Army War College, Dickinson College, and Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs.

As the Bradley Chair, Dubik participates in academic life at all three schools. Through classes, lectures, and participation in exercises and studies, he is expected to deepen each school’s curriculum,   stimulate thinking and exchange with faculty, and enrich student experiences at each institution.

The three schools select the Bradley Chair to represent a range of communities, including business, military, politics and academia.  Each field plays a critical role in guiding students’ understanding of leadership, from the perspective of liberal arts and sciences at Dickinson, law and international affairs at Penn State, and in the environment of international security studies at the Army War College.

Dubik is currently teaching an Army War College elective, “Contemporary Challenges to Modern War Theory.”

Retired Gen. James Dubik will present a leture Iraq: Leadership Under Pressure, Oct. 22.

Dubik was commissioned an Infantry officer following graduation from Gannon University in 1971.  He held leadership and command positions around the world. He commanded U.S. and Multinatioinal forces in northern Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy, was deputy commanding general for Task Force Eagle and Multinational Division North in Bosnia-Herzegovina during Operation Joint Forge, and commanded the 25thInfantry Division in Hawaii.  Dubik also was an associate professor of Philosophy at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Gannon University and a master’s degree in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. Dubik completed the Advanced Operations Studies Fellowship at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and attended both Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government executive program for national and international security and the National Security Leadership Course at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Dubik said that relationships like the one between the War College and Dickinson and the PSU Law School are very important.

“In an era where a very small percentage of the U.S. population serves in our military services, these kinds of program create a window into military serves for those less familiar with it.”

Don't turn your back on domestic violence

In recent years, there has been an upward trend in substantiated cases of domestic violence in the Army.  It is important to realize that many causes and conditions contribute to domestic violence, and it takes more than the usual effort to reduce the risk.  We should never assume that someone else is solving the problem for us.

Everyone in the Army community needs to know that whether you are an offender, a victim or a bystander, you can act to make a difference.  The Army Family Advocacy Program is here to help.

The message to everyone in the Carlisle Barracks’ community is:  Don’t turn your back on domestic violence!

Who is supposed to end domestic violence, reduce other stressors, and help eliminate the hopelessness and isolation that many victims caught up in a domestic violence cycle may feel?  If we want these things gone from our personal life, and the lives of our friends and Family, if we want these things gone from the Army, then we all have to do some of the work.

Ask yourself:  If I see these things in other people's lives, what can I do to help?

All of us are supposed to help prevent domestic violence.  What can you do to help prevent domestic violence?

  • Prepare– by recognizing and solving problems early. 
  • Prevent– by reducing risks and seeking help.
  • Protect – by taking personal responsibility and reporting abuse.

Contact the Family Advocacy Program at our Army Community Service center at 717-245-3868 or 717-245-4357.  We are here to help.

A Salute, Thank you and Remembrance honoring those who serve
  The students of Saint Patrick School thank America’s veterans for their sacrifices and reward them with the honor they so richly deserve.
  Join the students for a Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m. at the Parish Activity Center auditorium, 87 Marsh Drive, Carlisle.
  If you plan to attend, please R.S.V.P. by Friday, Nov. 2 to 717-249-4826 or e-mail:

Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest provides fun for the whole family  

For more photos visit the Army War College Facebook page

More than 18,000 people took part in the fun and made new memories at the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest at the Army Heritage and Education Center Oct. 12-14.

The largest event in its 5-year history, the traditional German salute to fall at included carnival rides, a 5K Volksmarch, food and craft vendors, kids’ games and activities, a traditional fest tent with “Oompah” music, soccer, contests, live music and more.

“This is by far the best Oktoberfest I’ve been to since we left Germany,” said Army veteran Linda Cavanaugh, who came to the event with her husband and two children.  “There is so much to do here and the best part is that most of it is free.”

One of the main attractions this year was an expanded carnival section that offered food, games and rides.

“This reminds me of the street fairs that I used to go to as a kid,” said James Shea, who brought his 5 and 6 year-old children with him to the Oktoberfest. “The kids are having a great time and I am too.”


A highlight of Oktoberfest was the unveiling of the Army War College Class of 2013 brew. After voting at the BoatYard wars, this years brew is an ale-flavored beer,

Program provides donated bikes to international fellows families

America is on the move and for the children of International Fellows, bicycles are not just mobility, they unlock the door to gathering with other kids, exploring their American experience, enjoying local Pennsylvania culture, and having fun. 

During Independence Day week, more than 50 international officers and family members received offerings of bicycles with the support of a growing group military spouses, employees and retirees of the Carlisle Barracks community.  For some adults, the bikes will provide daily transportation to and from post; for kids, the bikes will open horizons and fill the gap of friends and toys left in their home countries.

The story began in 2008 when Ann and Chuck Allen took note of American kids riding bikes through the Keystone Arms neighborhood while the children of the international officers of the Army War College merely watched.

The Allens launched a project that is now in its fourth year that provides  international children that same freedom and fun.

In the summer of 2008, Allen and her allies distributed 19 bikes among international families. Since then, the numbers have grown and the project has expanded to include adults as well as kids.

The project relies on donations, good will, and cycling enthusiasm.  In some years, the project was able to donate unused bikes to Project SHARE, which distributed them to local Carlisle children. At the close of each academic year, the IF bikes are collected, repaired, and tuned up for the next IF class.

Thanks to the generosity of military and community families and cooperation of Cole's Bike Store, the program has generated an inventory of nearly 100 bikes before arrival of the International Fellows for the USAWC Class of 2013.  

The grass-roots project has benefited from community members who donate bikes their kids have outgrown, and others who comb yard sales.

The need grows annually - especially for bikes for teens and adults. To donate or learn more, contact Ann Allen at

 TRADOC schools train joint, interagency, multinational students

by Tony O'Bryant, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Oct. 11, 2012) -- By the end of fiscal year 2012, more than 500,000 Soldiers will have completed courses taught by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, instructors.

But a lesser known fact is that TRADOC also provides training and professional military education to more than 33,000 students from other services, 3,000 foreign military students and 31,000 civilians from other Department of Defense and U.S. government agencies.

"The training of non-U.S. Army personnel by TRADOC schools is a vitally important function, which directly enhances the Army's ability to successfully conduct joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational operations," said Roger Spadafora, TRADOC's chief of the Interservice Training Office.

Spadafora said he believes that Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen like the diverse training the Army provides, and that it is a good fit for their requirements.

"Other services like the high-quality training provided by TRADOC schools and courses because doing so reduces their own costs for training development and it frees up the training facilities on their installations," Spadafora said. "The Army provides more than five times the amount of interservice training than other services -- 33,000 airmen, Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen compared to 6,000 Soldiers."

One example of a TRADOC course heavily attended by other services is the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence's Entry Level Food Service Course at Fort Lee, Va., which trains more than 2,200 Marines, Airmen and Sailors to become food service professionals.

Pfc. Paull Shin is assigned to the Marine Corps Detachment's Alpha Company at Fort Lee and is taking the eight-week course.

"There is a lot of camaraderie in this course between the Marines and Soldiers," Shin said. "I've learned a lot from the Army instructors -- they really enforce the standards, but they treat everyone the same. The course teaches you the importance of following instructions and directions when preparing your menu, and I was surprised by the amount of work and equipment you need when operating in a field environment."

Besides developing working relationships among U.S. services, TRADOC schools also help to build familiarity and relationships with international militaries.

Each year, more than 3,000 foreign military students from more than 130 different countries attend courses in nearly all of TRADOC's 20 schools for professional military education, or PME, and skill training. The majority of this training and PME takes place under two security assistance programs -- Foreign Military Sales and International Military Education and Training.

Although most foreign military members attending TRADOC schools and courses are junior-grade officers and enlisted, the Army War College's International Fellows Program is an example of an Army institution that develops strategic-level leaders.

"The International Fellows Program, in my opinion, is the quickest return on investment for the United States in respect to relationship building," said John Baer, the director of TRADOC's Security Assistance Training Field Activity. "The Army's chief of staff sent invitations to 79 countries, inviting them to send their best and brightest emerging leaders to this yearlong program, where they will develop academically and professionally, but just as important, they will develop personal relationships with other future strategic leaders from the U.S. and partner foreign armies."

Those relationships, according to Baer, can potentially lead to significant operational and strategic dividends.

"I sometimes talk to groups where, because the world can be so complicated and difficult, there is this notion that the United States should just return to a more isolated role," Baer said. "And my response to those folks is that those days are long gone. Today's world is so complicated and intertwined and inter-dependant on many different domains -- economic, business, cultural and security -- it is impossible for the United States to go it alone. We need mutually beneficial partnerships."

Baer said that SAFTA's job is to facilitate relationship building by working to find solutions to foreign Army training and professional military education requirements through attendance at TRADOC's schools and courses.

Each day his team at TRADOC Headquarters works with the international military student officers, or IMSOs, located at each TRADOC Center of Excellence.

Russ Mott, the chief IMSO at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, coordinates with Baer's team to place international military students in Infantry and Armor Schools and courses.

During fiscal year 2011, Army instructors taught more than 800 international military students in 26 different courses at the MCoE.

Maj. Philipp Schoch is an Armor School instructor and deputy commander for a tank battalion in the Swiss army, and is currently at Fort Benning, Ga., taking the MCoE's Captains Career Course.

Schoch just finished the four-week pre-course that international students take to better prepare them before starting the CCC. The pre-course focuses on speaking in English, learning how to brief using U.S. Army terms and becoming familiar with U.S. Army doctrine.

Now that he has started the CCC, Schoch is impressed with his experience so far.

"I had a very good first impression with the course and my small group instructor," Schoch said. "My instructor is tough and is well prepared. He focuses on things we need to be good company commanders and how to handle different situations besides just warfighting - like leading and dealing with Soldiers."

Schoch said he believes the daily interactions and exposure to Soldiers from different countries provides lessons to both the international students and the U.S. instructors.

"The great thing I've noticed about the [captains career] course is that the instructors regularly ask me how we do things in Switzerland, and they ask other international students about how they handle situations in their armies, and a lot can be learned because the quality of the international students is very high," Schoch said. "We have officers from Pakistan and Norway who are some of the best in their armies."

Schoch and his fellow international students who graduate the course will be awarded the Foreign Military Badge, which -- according to the MCoE's website -- has been presented to international military students for more than 60 years and is proudly worn by many senior leaders in their countries today.

Army recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What is it?

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in women. This year, approximately 226,870 women in the U.S. will receive a diagnosis of invasive breast cancer and 63,300 women will be diagnosed with in situ (in one location) breast cancer. In addition, about 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the United States. It is anticipated that approximately 39,510 women and 410 men in the U.S. will die from breast cancer this year.

What has the Army done?

The United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) is the executor of DOD's Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP). Their continued efforts have resulted in more than $2.6 billion in congressional appropriations through fiscal year 2011. The BCRP vision is adapted yearly to ensure that the program remains responsive to what is currently happening in the research community.

In 1992, the Army began its own breast cancer research program in conjunction with acquiring mammography equipment. That year, a highly visible lobbying campaign by grassroots advocacy organizations, primarily the National Breast Cancer Coalition, increased awareness among policymakers of the need to expand funding for breast cancer research. In response, the Congress allocated specific funds for breast cancer research and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs were formed to execute peer reviewed funding in breast cancer. From 1992 to 2011, over $2.6 billion dollars have been included in appropriations. During the past 20 years, BCRP has funded over 6,100 research awards and brought forward new diagnostics, therapeutic drugs, mammography registries for surveillance, improved website information, advances in identification of genetic bio-markers, and therapeutic development using nanotechnology.

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

As requested by Congress, the Army's Medical Research and Materiel Command will continue to fund innovative research in breast cancer and partner with Tri-Services and the Veterans Administration to bring research advances forward for evidence based prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.

Why is it important to the Army?

Early detection of breast cancer can provide early treatment for the service member and beneficiaries. For those diagnosed with localized (stage 1) breast cancer there is over a 98% probability they will survive five or more years. Lowering the risk of death from breast cancer contributes to the Army's overall readiness and well being of those who serve.


Army Breast Cancer Research Program

Anchors Aweigh: Army War College celebrates Navy birthday

The Army War College faculty and student body saluted the Navy today.

"We champion peace and we continue to shield the Republic," said Navy student Cmdr Jonathan Still who led the cheer for 237 years of proud Naval Heritage. He reminded his military colleagues that the 8 bells ringing at noon reflected two traditions -- signaling 'end of watch' and end of another Navy year.


Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike D. Stevens sent his 237th Navy Birthday Message to the fleet Oct. 9.
"Shipmates and Navy families,
As we honor the 237th birthday of the United States Navy, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all Sailors, civilians and family members for your service and dedication to our great Navy.
One of the primary reasons I believe our Navy is so great is because of the way we treat each other with decency and respect and how we conduct ourselves professionally. This is something that we should all actively strive to do every day. It adds value, influences those around us in a positive way, and is truly important to our primary mission of warfighting.

I personally look to our history as a roadmap and a guide to help us stay the course and aid us in navigating through the challenges we face today. It is these challenges that create the opportunities that allow us to grow as Sailors, citizens and leaders. The Navy's birthday gives us a chance to think about the things that we are doing today and how we are creating history from which future generations can draw courage. In everything that we do, we need to provide future generations something to be proud of and celebrate. This is our time and we are part of a new history. We must seize the day, because if we don't, who will?

To all of our Sailors and Navy families, I would like to wish you a very happy birthday as we celebrate 237 years of excellence and service to our great Navy.
All the Best!
 Very Respectfully,

American Forces Press Service
Chairman, enlisted advisor urge troops to vote

The military's top commissioned and noncommissioned officers have joined forces to urge service members to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his senior enlisted advisor, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, recorded a video message for distribution throughout the Defense Department.

"Throughout history, the men and women of our Armed Forces have fought to protect and defend our constitution, including our right to vote," Dempsey said in the message. "Voting is indeed democracy in action, and it defines, in no small part, what it means to be an American."

Battaglia emphasized that service members have every opportunity to vote. "Whether overseas or at your home station, absentee ballot or the polling station, voting has never been easier for you and your family," he said. "And we strongly encourage each of you to exercise your right. If needed, your unit voting assistance officer stands ready to help."

Dempsey noted that even as service members participate in the election, their mission remains unchanged.

"As we cast our ballot and leaders are elected, we will all continue to proudly serve with loyalty and honor," he said. "It simply reaffirms our dedication and trust as members of this great profession. Thank you for your service."

At Carlisle Barracks the voting assistance officers are:

Elton Manske245-4898

CW2 Marion Mellette245-3615

National Red Ribbon Campaign 2012 ‘The best me is drug free’

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, “The Best Me is Drug Free.”

The Red Ribbon Campaign is an opportunity to send a consistent “No Drug” message to people everywhere.  The following activities and events will take place Oct. 23 – 31.  


Monday, Oct. 1 – Youth Poster contest will begin and run through 26 October. Judging will be held on Oct. 30. 

Tuesday, Oct. 23- Guards to hand out pens with Red Ribbons on them. Each gate will have 1,000.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Drug Prevention Resource table set up in the Youth Center, from 3-5 p.m. 

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – A Drug & Alcohol Presentation, Lunch n Learn titled ” Current Trends in The Carlisle Community” to include Spice, Synthetic Marijuana and Bath Salts, will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Bradley Auditorium, Upton Hall. This presentation is open to the entire community.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Judge poster contest submissions.

Wednesday, Oct. 31  – Halloween Parade with the presentation of awards to the poster contest winners.

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



Army War College graduates in the news

The chief of staff, Army announced today the following assignments for Army War College graduates:

Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., deputy chief of staff, intelligence, International Security Assistance Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan to commanding general/commandant, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Maj. Gen. Gregg C. Potter, commanding general/commandant, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to deputy chief of staff, intelligence, International Security Assistance Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. Theodore D. Martin, commandant of cadets, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., to commanding general, National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Fort Irwin, Calif.


Farmhouse demolition on hold: Army to reevaluate building’s history

Planned demolition of a 19thcentury farmhouse at the Army’s Carlisle Barracks is on hold indefinitely.

The farm and farmhouse, dating to the mid-1800s, supported the Carlisle Indian Industrial School during some of the school’s 39-years at Carlisle Barracks, 1879-1918. The farm no longer exists but the farmhouse housed military families for decades until a decision of several years ago to replace it with modern homes.

New information offered by several Native American nations and a coalition of descendents of Indian School students has prompted the pause in order to address their concerns and questions about the cultural connections between the building and the Carlisle Indian School.  

Carlisle Barracks has a one-of-a-kind relationship with Native American nations across North America and it's a matter of pride for the Army to honor the memory of the Native people who lived here during the Carlisle Indian School years,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commanding general of Carlisle Barracks.  

A new study of the farmhouse history and its eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places is underway.   Carlisle has contracted the professional services of a team of historians to fully investigate historical records at the National Archives and local archives with respect to the new information.

“History matters to the Army and the nation, and we're going to make our decisions with a full understanding of history and of Native American interests,” said Cucolo. “I intend to reach out to every Indian Nation and we will consult with all interested parties.”


Much of the original Carlisle Indian Industrial School buildings are preserved today on the Carlisle Barracks Army base. The Army War College campus is now centered on the same buildings where Indian School students lived, studied, developed vocational skills, and played sports.  Jim Thorpe was the most famous of the Indian School athletes who lived in the athletes’ dorm that stands today.

Existing structures connected with the Indian School include the superintendent’s quarters, bldg. 2; the administrative building, bldg 3; the athletes’ residence, bldg 7;  Thorpe Hall Gymnasium, bldg 23;  hospital, bldg 36;  doctors’ quarters, bldg 37;  the guard house, bldg 38;  staff housing, bldgs 32-34, 311, 312, 318, 321;  teachers’ quarters, bldg 24;  print shop, bldg 313;  laundry facility, bldg 314;  warehouse, bldg 315; and the Leupp Indian Art Studio, bldg 322 -- as well as the cemetery where almost 200 Native Americans are buried. The former guard house is now the Hessian Museum that houses a self-guided tour of the Carlisle Barracks history to include the Indian School period. 

Military housing construction project to continue, excepting the farmhouse

The Department of the Army formally requested that Balfour Beatty Communities put the farmhouse demolition on hold, pending the re-evaluation.  BBC is the Army housing partner which owns and manages the family housing here.

BBC will continue the rest of the project, excepting the farmhouse.  Within days, BBC will issue a notice for the construction company to proceed with the final development phase of the base-wide Residential Communities Initiative development project, started here in 2006.

Within weeks, post residents will see fencing appear around the block of 69 houses that were built in the 1950s, in preparation for the 90-day demolition activities.  March will bring work to lay in the infrastructure and full-scale site development for the construction phase of the project.  The two-year project will create dozens of modern homes for military families with duty at Carlisle Barracks.

Links to history and to Native American interests

Because of the significance of the Indian School legacy, Carlisle Barracks has communicated with interested Indian Nations through the years with respect to traditional cultural properties and sites within the boundaries of the Army installation. Previous studies and consultations by independent agencies in 1988, 1991, 1996, 2000, and 2004 identified a “non-significant” historical association for the farmhouse;   the new study will add to the record and understanding of historic and cultural relationships.  

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School photo collection tells a visual story of the students’ experience online at

Visitors are welcome to tour the historic Indian School campus, which is physically centered on the original parade ground of Carlisle Barracks.  Walking Tour Guides are available from the gate guards, who ask for photo identification of all visitors at the entry gate at ‘Jim Thorpe and Claremont roads, Carlisle Pa. 17013.

Carlisle Barracks itself dates to 1757, with a long history of innovative Army schools in addition to the Indian School years, 1879-1918.  Since 1951, it has been home to the U.S. Army War College which educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of Landpower.

By Tom Conning

Class of 2011 dedicates plaque

War College alumni travelled from around the country, including South Dakota, Michigan and Delaware to attend the class of 2011 plaque dedication ceremony.  The ceremony took place in Bliss Hall’s foyer on Oct. 4.

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Army War College Commandant, Lt. Col. Shawn Harris, vice-president of the resident class and Col. Ron Czmowski, president of the distance class unveil The War College class of 2011’s plaque in Bliss Hall on Oct. 4, 2012. Photo by Megan Clugh.

  Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, War College Commandant, told the audience why The War College doesn’t post graduates’ names online. 

“I see the plaque as a physical manifestation of commitment.  Commitment by the institution and commitment by individuals,” he said. 

“As you look at your plaque take its place next to the others, you really need to take pride of being part of an elite group of professionals who are committed to the defense of the nation. Congratulations to the class of 2011,” he said.

Lt. Col. Shawn Harris, vice-president of the resident class and Col. Ron Czmowski, president of the distance class spoke on behalf of their 2011 classmates.

“Take time with your family, get your SRP done before Christmas and win Jim Thorpe,” said Harris to the current students at the ceremony. “For the class of 2013, this will be the best year of your military career.  Enjoy your time here.”

Lt. Col. Shawn Harris, vice-president of the resident class of 2011 talks about his time at The Army War College as Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo looks on. The plaque dedication ceremony took place on Oct. 4, 2012 in Bliss Hall’s foyer. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Col. John Howard, a fellow from New Zealand and Col. James Learmont, a fellow from the United Kingdom joined their 2011 classmates for the dedication.

3 - Command Leader Information Forum
Special topics to include the Oktoberfest and New York City trip will be addressed at the October CLIF for AY13 senior spouse representatives, USAWC Command Group spouses and USAWC and Garrison senior spouses on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at AHEC.
4 - CFC Regional Kick-off event
CFC supports all federal agencies in the Pa. capital area.  This event will include breakfast, speakers, and a non-profit agency fair on Thursday, Oct. 4, 9-10:30 a.m. at AHEC.  For more information call 717-245-4898.
4 - USAWC Class of 2011 Plaque Dedication Ceremony
The Army War College 2011 Class Plaque will be dedicated in a ceremony, Oct. 4, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on the Root Hall Patio.
6 - Motorcycle Safety Course/Experienced Rider
Hands-on training course for the experienced rider will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Building 314 and 315 parking area.  For more information call 717-245-4353.
6 - 33rd Annual Shippensburg University Army ROTC 10K
Join Shippensburg U. ROTC students on a scenic course through rolling hills on country roads, Saturday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. starting at Heiges Field House, Shippensburg U. with same-day registration 7:30-8:30 a.m. For details on prizes, registration and other info:   call 717-477-1892 or e-mail
9 - All Hands Makeup Brief
A makeup session will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in Bradley auditorium.
10 - Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Monthly luncheon
The October luncheon will feature “Interior Decorating” by Becky Tisson on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center.  Make your reservations by Friday, Oct. 5 to:
10 – Post Chapel Event
The geo-bachelor/bachelorette dinner will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Chapel Assembly Hall.
10 - USAHEC Perspectives in Military History lecture
“Growing up Patton” will be presented by Ben Patton, Independent Scholar on Wednesday, Oct. 10. This free lecture will be held in the Visitor and Education Center Multi-purpose room, AHEC at 7:15 p.m.  For details, call 717-245-3972 or visit
12 - U.S. Navy Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the Navy’s 237thBirthday with our Navy colleagues, Friday, Oct. 12, 11:45 a.m., Root Hall patio.
12 - Installation Employee Appreciation Fest
Opening day of Oktoberfest is the Installation Employee Appreciation Fest for all members of the Carlisle Barracks community – military, civilian, and Families.  Pay-as-you-go carnival rides, games, food and beverages, live entertainment --Friday, Oct. 12, noon - 4 p.m.  Employees are encouraged to drive to AHEC but a shuttle bus will be available:  starting at 11:30 and on the half hour – stopping at Upton Hall (side entrance); Anne Ely (Indian Field entrance), Exchange entrance, and Oktoberfest site.
12 –14- Oktoberfest
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13 - Military Retiree Appreciation Day, Sat. Oct 13
  • 7:30-9 a.m., Root Hall gym, Registration
  • 9 a.m. Bliss Hall, MG Cucolo greets the military retiree community
  • 9:30 a.m. Warren Schneeweis, MOAA Director of Benefits Information and Financial Education Department
  • 10-10:30 a.m. Dunham Clinic update,
  • 11-11:45
    • Bliss Hall: TRICARE-for- Life briefing
    • Reynolds Theater: under-65 TRICARE briefing
  • 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch on your own; shuttles buses available to Oktoberfest
  • 1-1:45 p.m. Bliss Hall: VA briefing
  • 2-2:45 p.m. Bliss Hall: legal briefing
Health Screenings for Retiree Day
  • Visit the Carlisle Barracks Dental Command’s field dental chair for oral cancer screenings, staffed with dentists, 8:30 a.m – noon, Root Hall Gym
  • Take advantage of the health screening options offered by the Dunham Army Health Clinic, to include -
  • flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, blood pressure checks, bone density checks, glaucoma and vision screening, nurse coaching for weight control and disease prevention, stretching demonstrations and grip strength tests offered by the Army Wellness Center , 7:30 – 3 p.m., Root Hall Gym.
  • a nurse on site to offer coaching about weight control and disease prevention and management, 7:30 – 3 p.m., Root Hall Gym.
  • Full-service pharmacy and lab will be open, 7:30 – 4 p.m., at the Dunham Health Clinic.
13 - Flag Retirement Ceremony
Members of the Lewis B. Puller Jr. Detachment 524 Marine Corps League sponsor an annual flag retirement ceremony Saturday, Oct. 13 at 9:30 a.m. (rain or shine) at the Veterans Memorial at the West Pennsboro Park in Plainfield.  Guest speaker will be Col. Wilbur Wolf III.  The Carlisle Town Band will play patriotic songs. The public is welcome to bring all their retired and unserviceable flags on this date for the ceremony.  For further information, contact Bill Foster at 717-319-3093.
15-19 - Topcoat and Suit Sale
The Exchange’s special offer on topcoats and suits, will be held Oct. 15-19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Root Hall Gym.
22 - Gen. Omar N. Bradley Lecture at Penn State Dickinson School of Law
“Leadership under Pressure” will be presented by retired Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, the Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership, Monday, Oct. 22, 7-9 p.m. at Katz Hall, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, 333 W. South Street, Carlisle.
23 - Newcomers Brief
Garrison Commander invites all newcomers and families to an installation and community briefing Tuesday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. in Anne Ely Hall, Room 202. 
29 - Military Family Program:  Caregiver Readiness:  Caring for your Aging Parents
Hosted by the Military Family Program, Dr. Linda Rhodes, former Pa. Secretary of Aging, will present a program on caring for your aging parents when geographically separated from them.  Dr. Rhodes shares her personal experiences and the lessons learned in caring for her parents from afar.  She also has experience with the VA system and offers the latest technology/websites being used to support caregivers. Monday, Oct. 29 from 11:45 a.m.-12:55 p.m. in Wil Washcoe auditorium.
29 - Installation Awards Ceremony
The command and community honor top achievements and performers Monday, Oct. 29 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Letort View Community Center.
31 - Halloween Parade, Trick or Treating and Teen Party
Three options for youth, Oct. 31, on post.
  • Parade line-up at 4:30 p.m. on Indian Field; kick-off at 5 p.m.  Prizes will be awarded for the most original, cutest, funniest, best storybook character, best family and best dressed pet.
  • Trick or Treating, 6-8 p.m.
  • YS Teen Party (grades 6-12) offers free snacks, music, a ghost walk and more, 7-10 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center.
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Leaders to learn:  Why the Combined Federal Campaign? 


Army War College leaders and all federal leaders and employees in the Capital Area CFC region -- 10 counties in central Pa. -- representing 15,000 federal employees, gathered for the CFC Kick-Off  Thursday, Oct. 4, 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center, with breakfast buffet hosted by the Cumberland Café at the Heritage Center.






The event is designed to energize leaders, key workers and contributors to get behind the campaign.  Joe Capita, the regional director, spoke to the needs that CFC attempts to fill.

Special speaker Claire Crego,  a cognitively challenged woman, was the face of the CFC beneficiaries, as she spoke about her experiences and how she has benefited from the support and services of the Combined Federal Campaign.  

There were about a dozen nonprofit agency fair so that attendees may engage with the service providers that are benefited by CFC contributions.

The Regional CFC decided the Army Heritage and Education Center was a great location that's easily accessible by the public.

"Carlisle Barracks is a perennial Pillar Awardee within the Capital Area campaign," said Elton Manske, the CFC campaign coordinator at Carlisle Barracks and a committee member for the local federal coordinating committee. The Pillar Award is given to those federal workforces that have contributed more than $100K to the total regional CFC campaign.

CFC identifies itself as the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year.

Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

Long-term Interstate 81 ramp closure to start Oct. 6

Motorists are advised that the ramp on the east shore from northbound Interstate 81 to Front Street will be closed for approximately 40 days starting next Saturday, October 6. The ramp from northbound I-81 to Front Street includes both southbound and northbound Front Street.

Weather permitting, this ramp is scheduled to close early Saturday morning, October 6, and remain closed for a little more than a month. The detour will direct motorists to continue northbound on I-81 to the interchange with Route 22/322 (I-81 Exit 67B), west on Route 22/322 to the interchange with Linglestown Road, and then west on Linglestown Road to Front Street.

The current ramp closure affecting northbound Front Street to southbound I-81 over the George Wade Memorial Bridge will be reopened to traffic on the night before (Friday, October 5). This ramp has been closed for repairs since Sept. 5. 

The ramp closures are necessary as part of the major rehabilitation project underway for the George N. Wade Memorial Bridge. Nearly all of the ramps associated with the bridge have been repaired over the past two years.

Three ramps associated with southbound I-81 were scheduled for repairs this year. The ramp from southbound I-81 to southbound Route 11/15 on the west shore was the first of these three ramps. The ramp from South Front Street to southbound I-81 on May 16 was the second of these three ramps.

The ramp from North Front Street to southbound I-81 was the last southbound ramp to be closed for repairs. This fall, the last ramp closure for repairs this year is the ramp from northbound I-81 to Front Street. In general, the rehabilitation work for this last ramp involves structural steel repairs and protective painting of portions of the steel.

People can view the traffic patterns and traffic conditions on the I-81 George N. Wade Memorial Bridge by way of a traffic camera on PennDOT's 511 traveler advisory website at Motorists can also use the website to check on travel conditions on other major expressways and interstate highways in south central Pennsylvania and statewide.

In addition to the website, motorists can also check on travel conditions by way of their telephones or cell phones by calling 511. This is a free travel information service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

PennDOT has contracted with J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Pennsylvania, to rehabilitate the Interstate 81 "George N. Wade Memorial Bridge" over the Susquehanna River at an original contract cost of $36.5 million. This project on Interstate 81 extends from East Pennsboro Township on the west shore in Cumberland County to Susquehanna Township and the City of Harrisburg on the east shore in Dauphin County.

Work on the overall project began in October 2009 and is now scheduled to be completed in early 2013. The southbound "express lane" should be removed in November and traffic should then be returned to its normal traffic patterns over the bridge. This is a major rehabilitation project to remove the bridge from being classified as structurally deficient (SD).

Most of the work is not visible to motorists driving over the bridge. Instead, the majority of the work deals with metal and concrete repairs to the substructure and superstructure of the bridge. 

The George N. Wade Memorial Bridge, also known as the North Bridge, was built in the late 1960's and early 1970's. It was opened to traffic in
August 1973. The bridge is 5,188 feet long and varies in width from 109 feet to 230 feet. It carries six lanes of traffic and has two collector road and
five ramp connections. Average daily traffic counts for this section of Interstate 81 are nearly 32,000 vehicles in each direction.

By: Tom Conning

Thousands experience a blast from the past

    German forces waited in trenches as automatic weapons and mortar fire echoed throughout the Pennsylvania countryside. These sounds meant the Allied forces were preparing for the invasion of North Africa during an educational re-enactment.

 World War II re-enactors fire authentic weapons for visitors during The Army Heritage and Education Center’s living history event, “Training for the North African Campaign” on Sept. 28, 2012.  Photo by Tom Conning.

The Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pa. hosted these activities, as well as a parachute demonstration, lectures by World War II veterans and other educational events during a living history event that took place Sept. 28 – 30.

This free public event educated the Army and the nation on the role of the soldier in the development and protection of the nation in an interactive way.

A member of The Ranger Group parachute team conducts a parachute demonstration during The Army Heritage and Education Center’s living history event, “Training for the North African Campaign” on Sept. 29, 2012.  Photo by Tom Conning.

Re-enactor Tom Kelly, a 90thInfantry Division Soldier, told visitors what it was like to be a mortar-man. He wore World War II garb, described K-rations and talked to guests about other hardships World War II Soldiers faced.

“We come here so we can interact and talk about the war,” he said. “It’s usually the first thing we say. Do you want to put on a helmet and see how heavy this thing is? Do you want to see what the soldiers ate?”




World War II re-enactor Tom Kelly describes K-rations to children who were visiting The Army Heritage and Education Center’s living history event, “Training for the North African Campaign” on Sept. 29, 2012.  Photo by Tom Conning.

Kelly said his unit tried this approach to make information more understandable for children.

Another option for the public to learn about the war was through interactions with World War II veterans who participated in lectures and meet and greets.

 William Lentz was 22 year-old R.O.T.C. cadet when the United States entered World War II.  Three years later as an Army first lieutenant in a field artillery unit, he was in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge.

Lentz enjoys telling people about his experiences, he said.  One story involved him firing his artillery piece at the enemy.

“I didn’t actually destroy the weapon, I destroyed the attitude of the German soldiers who were on the guns, who ran like hell,” he said.  “It’s worthwhile for the public to come and see what war - - what it might have looked a little bit like.”

World War II re-enactors talk to visitors about authentic weapons during The Army Heritage and Education Center’s living history event, “Training for the North African Campaign” on Sept. 28, 2012.  Photo by Tom Conning.

The weekend on the Army Heritage Trail might have looked a little bit like war for 3,250 visitors to the three-day event.

Learn more about public education programs and lectures at




Children participate in an authentic World War II obstacle course during The Army Heritage and Education Center’s living history event, “Training for the North African Campaign” on Sept. 28, 2012.  Photo by Tom Conning.







World War II re-enactors describe and demonstrate how to fire a mortar at The Army Heritage and Education Center’s living history event, “Training for the North African Campaign” on Sept. 29, 2012.  Photo by Tom Conning.


by Suzanne Reynolds

Welcome Jam at the Harvest of the Arts event welcomes Army War College students, newcomers and Families to Downtown Carlisle

Sept. 29, 2012 -- U.S. Army War College students, staff and families were introduced to the many reasons to go downtown at the Welcome Jam held in conjunction with the Harvest of the Arts fest.

Highlights of the event included juried and non-juried artists, live entertainment throughout the day, special kids’ activities, great food, and more.

Lt. Col. Tim and Suzie Huening and son register at the Army War College Hospitality Tent at the Welcome Jam/Harvest of the Arts to be entered to win gift certificates from Downtown businesses on Sept. 29, 2012.     Photo by Suzanne Reynolds 


Carlisle Mayor Bill Kronenberg welcomed the Class of 2013 and introduced Carlisle Barracks Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo who thanked the community for making USAWC students feel that they are a part of the Carlisle community and for their sponsorship to many of the International Fellows and their Families.




Col.  Stephen Maranian, 2013 Class President and Maj. Gen. Cucolo presented to the Mayor a 2012 Army War College print.

“I want to thank the town and residents of Carlisle on behalf of all of the students of the Class of 2013 for the warmth and hospitality that they have shown us,” said Maranian.  “I went to college in central Pennsylvania about an hour north of here in Lewisburg and my first assignment in the Army was here, said Maranian.  “So coming to Carlisle has felt to me like coming home again. “I also want to thank all the vendors and performers who have come out and made today such a wonderful event,” he said.