Banner Archive for October 2013

Junior Firefighter program unveiled

Fire safety is everyone's responsibility and a new Carlisle Barracks initiative wants to make sure that everyone knows, all the way down to its youngest residents.

“We started a ‘Junior Firefighter’ program here that we modeled after the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Program,” said Todd Hooper, Carlisle Barracks Fire Inspector. “Children roughly ages 6-13 can pick up a workbook at Youth Services that has activities for them to complete that will teach them fire safety, fire preparedness, and a little about fire mitigation.”

After they complete the majority of the workbook at home, there is a page that they bring to the fire station, where they would get a tour of the firehouse, a closer look at the fire trucks, and some information about some of the basic tools that firefighters use.

“At the end of their visit, they get ‘sworn in’ as Junior Firefighters with a certificate, a Junior Firefighter hat, and a unique Junior Firefighter Patch modeled after the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department patch,” said Hooper.”

This program is a joint effort between Youth Services and the fire department. The workbook can be picked up at 637 Liggett Road. For more information call 245-4555.

   US Army Heritage and Education Center named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center celebrated a significant national recognition for the work of the USAHEC professional team of teams, past and present, October 30.

USAHEC was named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Harold Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations, marked the important new partnership in a short ceremony Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center. Closter presented the Smithsonian Affiliation certificate and offered remarks.

The Army center at Carlisle is the first U.S. Army museum or historical organization to join this select group of museums and cultural institutions. Smithsonian Affiliations offers museums, educational and cultural organizations the opportunity to have access to Smithsonian collections and resources. The goal of this program is to establish long-term relationships with Affiliate partners to maximize the cultural and educational benefits that both the Smithsonian and the Affiliate can bring to a community.

“We are honored to begin this new partnership with the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, an organization that has done much to preserve an important part of our nation’s history,” said Harold Closter. “The Center is well-recognized for its professional staff, first-class facilities, and highly-regarded conservation program.

“We look forward to collaborating with the Center on a wide range of research, exhibition and education programs in order to help the public better understand and appreciate the service and sacrifice that so many have given to our country,” said Closter.

The partnership will benefit both the Smithsonian and the Army Heritage and Education Center.

   Harold Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations, hands a certificate to Col. Matthew Dawson, Army Heritage and Education Center Director, symbolizing the new affiliation between USAHEC and the Smithsonian during a ceremony October 30. The goal of this program is to establish long-term relationships with Affiliate partners to maximize the cultural and educational benefits that both the Smithsonian and the Affiliate can bring to a community.   

"Being recognized by the Smithsonian team is incredible,” said Col. Matt Dawson, director of the US Army Heritage and Education Center. “Additionally, we benefit from an annual Affiliates conference every year in Washington, DC. We’ll have access to the Smithsonian Affiliations website for guidelines, press information, and resources, and guidance from staff to help navigate the Smithsonian for collaboration opportunities.

“The Smithsonian Affiliations Visiting Professional Program is offered to help further the professional development of Affiliate staff members. And, we’ll have the opportunity to share resources with the Smithsonian's many museums and research centers," said Dawson, who counted these among many benefits to the Smithsonian Affiliation.

"We have much to learn as we break ground for the Army with this affiliation, but we know this partnership will make us better across all disciplines -- archive, library, museum, outreach, and programs,” he said. “We certainly thank the U.S. Army War College, our Foundation, and our supporters -- but we offer a special thanks to the great people of the Smithsonian.

Since 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations has established partnerships with more than 180 museums and cultural institutions in 43 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.



TRADOC commander: Civilian furloughs 'no way to treat full partner'

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 24, 2013) -- The furlough of civilian employees is "no way to treat a full partner in the business of the Army," said the commanding general of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, known as TRADOC.

"Certainly we're at a point in my workforce -- my 22,000 civilians at TRADOC -- [where] we're very seriously concerned about the long-term impact that this has had," said Gen. Robert W. Cone.

The general spoke during a lunch in honor of Army civilian employees, Oct. 23, during the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, in Washington, D.C.

Cone said he thinks it is "belittling" to civilian employees for them to be told they are "not essential" and that they must go home.

In the last six months, Army civilians faced two work stoppages. The first began in July with six weeks of four-day work weeks. Most recently, civilians faced more than two weeks of a government shutdown.

"It wasn't a real good thing for us on the military side," Cone said. "I can just tell you on the days that we have been without our civilians, productivity has essentially stopped."

On the home front, Cone said, the uncertainty and delay in pay associated with the furloughs created a " day-to-day, hand-to-mouth struggle" for some government civilians on the lower end of the "Government Schedule," or GS pay scale.

With the furloughs, pay freezes, cuts in training and reductions in force, Cone said he fears good Army civilians might seek employment elsewhere. The fiscal uncertainty could also drive away young Soldiers, he said.

Army leaders need to come up with a "vision for the future" to show that the Army will be leaner but focused, and have opportunities for training and advancement for civilians, Cone said.

As a way to retain the best employees and create a more adaptive work force, Cone said the Army must help its civilian employees chart career development and advancement paths. He also said that where possible, those civilian employees must be included in training opportunities within TRADOC.

Other important points in developing the best civilian workforce include talent management, stewardship of the profession, and recognizing that everyone has a responsibility for enforcing the standards of the profession.

Cone said that when he was a young officer in the Army, he didn't work much with civilians. By contrast, he said, today's uniformed personnel are used to working with a civilian counterpart.

"We need to capitalize on that in the leader development area and understand that commanders are not just military commanders," he said. "They have a responsibility to you (civilians) as a leader, as your representative, and your commander."

He also said the "next big idea" is leveraging the military leader development system for civilians.

"We see a lot of opportunities," he said.

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TRADOC: Senior leaders identify challenges past 2020

WASHINGTON (Army News Service Oct. 22, 2013) -- Senior leaders provided a snapshot of the challenges that the Army faces past 2020, during the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, in Washington, D.C.

"In the last 12 years our Army has adapted remarkably well to the challenges we faced from Iraq and Afghanistan," said Gen. Robert Cone, Training and Doctrine Command, known as TRADOC, commander. "The challenge we face as we transition from an Army of execution to an Army of preparation is [that] we must reallocate some of our energy toward the future."

Over the past year, TRADOC has conducted seminars, studies, experiments and war games to look at the decade of 2030.

"We have not written a concept for the deep future in over ten years, because we have correctly focused on the war," said Lt. Gen. Keith Walker, TRADOC deputy commanding general for futures.

The capabilities of today will continue to evolve further in the future, Walker said. "The issue is, in 2030 or 2040, will those systems provide our Soldiers and leaders the tools they need to adapt in order to do whatever the nation asks the Army to do at that time."

Dr. Kathleen Hicks, director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies believes "the United States will remain the preeminent military power beyond 2020, but we are doing so amid a growing multi-polarity, particularly in the economic and cultural spheres."

Hicks explained that one thing she finds interesting is the impact of this on the international institutions that the United States helped build following World War II. Such organizations include the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other institutions that reflected a very Western European and North American view of the future security environment.

"I think you will see more stress on those (institutions) that will either make them stronger because they adapt, or they will fall apart due to that stress," she said.

Globalization of economies and cultures will continue in the future and have both positive and negative impacts, Hicks said. Positively it creates interdependencies from a security perspective that may help to tamp down any desire to go into armed conflict. Globalization may also create brittleness because of the interdependency.

"The system, as we have already seen economically, can create single points of failure that can have catastrophic consequences across the system, so we have to ensure we have a resilient future as we globalize it," Hicks said.

Projected growth rates for the world's population predict that by 2040, about 65 percent of people -- or six billion -- will live in urban environments. About a third of those will live in slum-like conditions, Hicks said.

"When you combine those conditions with a very high potential for a lack of governance you sow the seeds for potential collapses, insurgencies and other effects that will increase as we get to the 2030s and 2040s," Hicks said.

One of the things that may be more important according to Walker is what doesn't change.

"What doesn't change is [that] conflict is human," he said. "We are already seeing this now, the momentum of human interaction increases exponentially through globalization and the internet."

There is no "one" definition for asymmetrical warfare or hybrid threats, Hicks said. "I think it is always the enemy being smart," she added. "For us it means that we have to be smart."

Walker agreed.

"Our adversaries know what our strengths are and they are not stupid, so they will avoid our strengths. [And] there will likely not be an intermediate staging base where we can over months employ forces ... and get ready to go," Walker explained.

The reason this becomes important, Walker said, is because when the nation asks the Army to get a force somewhere quickly, speed will be even more important. Continuous engagement with regional partners will be essential in the future.

"We will provide a deployable ... regionally aligned focused Army that has a depth of regional understanding, which allows us to move faster and more efficiently when called upon," said Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., director of training for the Army's G-3/5/7.

Physically and mentally tough leaders are going to still be needed in the future and the Army is going to continue to foster their growth, Grigsby said. "This physical and mental toughness builds this resilience in our leaders that allows them to lead in this complex environment."

The Army's No. 1 investment must be leadership development in the future, Walker said.

"Today's fifth grader will be the company commander in 2020, the battalion commander in 2030, and a brigade commander in 2040," Walker said. "The question, therefore, is what we invest in now so that they have the tools when the nation makes that decision to employ the Army."   

Pedestrian & Bicycle safety videos available from PennDOT

Pedestrian and bicycle safety videos targeting children (K-8), parents, and young motorists are available on the Safe Routes to School website. PennDOT has developed the videos to provide a visual and entertaining way to teach pedestrian safety and help to keep children safe in their walks to and from school.

Go to<>  or use the links below to access the free videos.

Pedestrian Safety:

*           One Parent to Another <>  – Targets parents on how to teach their children the basics of safe walking.

*           Walk This Way <>  – Teaches elementary school children safety tips when walking to and from school.

*           Why Walking Rules <>  – Teaches middle school children safety tips when walking to and from school.

*           Close Call <>  – Teaches young motorists how and why to safely operate a motor vehicle in relationship to pedestrians.


Bicycle Education:

·         Before You Ride <>  – Targets elementary school students and parents on such basics as bike selection, helmet fitting, bicycle safety checks, and securely parking a bike.

·         Basic Riding Skills <>  – Describes essential riding skills, such as braking, balancing, turning, hand signals, and selecting safe travel routes to school to elementary school students and their parents.

·         Riding on the Road <>  – Teaches middle school students and others learning to ride their bicycle on the road the rules of the road and demonstrates riding with traffic, yielding, stopping, turning, avoiding hazards, passing parked cars, and proper lane positioning.

·         Sharing the Road <>  – Covers roadway positioning of cyclists, traffic and hand signals, safe turning, and cyclists' rights on the road to younger motorists, bicyclists, and others who are unfamiliar with existing bicycle laws. Also discusses how motorists and bicyclists can safely share the road.

·         Bicycle Laws <>  – Demonstrates common offenses by both motorists and bicyclists and reviews common misconceptions of bicycle laws. Target audience is motorists, cyclists, and law enforcement officials.

Former Congressman Joe Sestak to present “Leadership to Restore the American Dream”

Joseph Sestak, former congressman and a former U.S. Navy three-star admiral, the Gen. Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, a faculty appointment shared among Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, Penn State School of International Affairs, Dickinson College, and the U.S. Army War College, will present “Leadership to Restore the American Dream,”November 4 at 6 p.m. in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom/Auditorium, 333 W. South Street in Carlisle – and offered via live webcast. Check for video link, at ...

"We once had leaders who recognized the expectations of the people, and turned them into demands that advanced the American Dream for both individual opportunity and the common good of the nation. Leadership must once again be accountable for brokering the shared alliance that deepens the individual strengths of these two great values of our American character so that we can restore the dream," Sestak said.

His presentation will draw on his distinguished 31-year career in the U.S. Navy and his tenure as director for defense policy on the National Security Council, the first director of “Deep Blue,” the U.S. Navy’s counterterrorism unit, a sea-going Commander of an aircraft carrier battle group in war, and a U.S. Congressman representing Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District.

Sestak plans to discuss the American Dream, the belief that one's children will have the opportunity to do even better than their parents. "It was a unique alliance of rugged individualism and our collective response to challenges that created an unparalleled environment in America for this opportunity," he said. He will address what is missing in today's leadership which he identifies as a willingness to be accountable for this special character of America. 

Sestakis the recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit awards, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal.He holds a doctorate in political economy and government from Harvard University.

Sestak is the 2013-2014 Gen. Omar N. Bradley Chairin Strategic Leadership, a faculty appointment shared among Penn State Law, Penn State School of International Affairs, Dickinson College, and the U.S. Army War College, all sponsors of this event. Its objective is to advance the study of strategic leadership and enhance civilian-military dialogue by offering distinguished individuals the opportunity to contribute to the educational and research activities of the partner institutions.

Barracks volunteers help homeless

By Tom Conning

Saturday mornings are usually thought of as opportunities to get some extra sleep, spend quality time with family or work on the to-do list. That wasn’t the case for almost two-dozen members of the Carlisle Barracks community this weekend.

Instead of taking care of personal errands or sleeping-in, 23 adult, eight teen and children volunteers met at nine a.m. and started cleaning and making repairs to the Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. (Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter) Homeless Shelter. The minor repairs and deep cleaning lasted six hours.

Pfc. Brittany Slogar, preventive medicine specialist at Dunham Health Clinic, paints a wall at the Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. Homeless Shelter Oct. 26, 2013. Slogar and 22 other members of the Carlisle Barracks community volunteered to help clean and make repairs to the facility during Make A Difference Day 2013.

The effort was part of Make A Difference Day 2013, which is a national day of community service where volunteers strive to improve the lives of others. Selinda Torbert, Army Volunteer Corps Program Manager, coordinated the effort. We chose Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. because there’s been such an increase in homelessness this year in Carlisle, said Torbert.

"The greatest gift that anyone can ever give is the gift of time and that impact was shown in a big way on Saturday," she said. "Our volunteers rock."

The next volunteer opportunity will be on Nov 23, 2013 at the Project Share distribution center where volunteers will work in the wharehouse. Army Community Services is still recruiting Families for this event, the National Day of Families Volunteering.

Staff Sgt. Paul Jones, Dunham Dental Clinic Detachment Sergeant, does handy-man work at the Carlisle C.A.R.E.S Homeless Shelter Oct. 26, 2013. Jones and the other Carlisle Barracks volunteers donated six hours of their Saturday to community service as part of Make A Difference Day 2013.

A group of local congregations and social service providers started Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. in 2004. It can house more than 50 homeless families and is open seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Installation of new electric substation to cause parking restrictions, traffic changes

The replacement of the existing electric substation with a new, life-cycle replacement will enhance the delivery of electrical power to the installation. The installation will cause some parking restrictions and traffic changes from Oct. 24-29.

Starting Oct. 24 -- DES will block the parking lot behind the Outdoor Recreation Building after all patrons/employees have left for the day. This parking lot will remain closed until the project is complete on Oct. 29.

Starting at 6:30 a.m., on Oct. 25, Claremont Road gate will serve as an inbound gate only until approximately noon to facilitate the delivery of equipment.

The installation of the equipment will begin on Oct. 28 and will cause the loss or parking in front of the Commissary. Work is expected to be complete that day, but parking restrictions may last until Oct. 29. 

No power outages are expected to occur as a result of this work.

Army War College opens nominations for National Security Seminar: June 1-5

The first week of June, the final week of the Army War College students' academic year, is a unique academic opportunity for candid exchange between USAWC students, faculty and invited guests representing a cross-section of Americans.

For National Security Seminar, The War College will invite approximately 160 Americans who do not have an association with the military.  Their participation in vigorous informed discussion will enrich the academic experience of the U.S. military officers, civilian leaders, and international officers of the Army War College student body.

In turn, the NSS participants will learn from guest speakers, from the students, and from each other.   Topics are introduced daily by speakers of national prominence, selected from the national security policy environment, the military and academia. Current defense issues have significance to military and civilians alike. The non-attribution policy of the Army War College applies throughout all activities of NSS week.

NSS participants are encouraged to probe and examine the students' ideas so as to give the students the benefit of their personal experiences and perspectives. 


NSS guests are nominated by War College students, alumni, staff and faculty; prior National Security Seminar attendees;  and Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASAs).  The College does not accept self-nominations.

Find more details about NSS week and submit the nomination form by mid-December to

Submissions received after Dec. 15 will be placed on a waitlist.

SecArmy McHugh: Budget cuts affecting readiness

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 21, 2013) -- Budget cuts, sequestration and continuing resolutions have exacted "great cost" on Army readiness, said the Army's secretary.

During the opening of the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh said the Army has worked hard to make ends meet in the face of requirements to reduce the budget, sequestration, lack of timely appropriations bills, furloughs and a recent government shutdown.

But despite those efforts, he said, the Army has suffered in real ways, in terms of preparedness.

"We're making every possible adjustment in these random across-the-board reductions ... adjustments that have helped us better prioritize our most pressing needs," McHugh said. "But I want to be very frank here. For all of our efforts, for all of the hard work that everybody has put forward, the current and the ongoing fiscal realities have extracted a great cost, not just in financial terms, but costs in real-world programs and real-world preparedness and real-world manpower."

McHugh said the "indiscriminate nature" of sequestration has forced declines in readiness for the Army. In particular, he cited equipment readiness and personnel readiness for Soldiers.

The secretary said the Army's chief logistician recently told Congress that there is an inventory of equipment that needs to be repaired from Afghanistan -- 800 vehicles, 2,000 weapons and 32 helicopters, for instance. It's "unrepaired and unavailable," he said. Soldiers are also not getting qualified on their M-4 weapons unless they are getting prepared to deploy.

The secretary said sequestration has cost the Army $1.7 billion for reset in fiscal year 2013.

"This is no way to manage the greatest military the world has ever known," he said. "And it sure as hell is no way to manage the greatest country on the face of this earth."

Later, during a press conference alongside Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the secretary said that despite the budget cuts, and lack of uncertainty in funding for Army training and equipment readiness, Soldiers will never go to war unless they are ready to go.

"The chief and I have made a commitment to ourselves and to the men and women who wear the uniform and their families, and that is for all the of the tough times that they have ahead, whatever the Army end strength and its budgets may look like, we will never send the Soldier into war unprepared, untrained and improperly equipped," McHugh said.

Odierno told reporters at a press conference following the opening ceremony that right now, there are only two brigades are ready for combat operations. Another two brigades, he said, are ready to go to Afghanistan. But those units are ready for "train and advise" missions, not combat operations.

Odierno said he expects to up that number to seven brigades trained by June 2014, however.

McHugh and Odeirno also touched on some force-reduction efforts. In particular, a directive by the secretary of defense to reduce headquarters staffs by 20 percent. McHugh, however, upped that number to 25 percent.

"The headquarters cuts are not directly intended to address units, these are administrative functionaries," he said.

The secretary said those personnel, largely civilians, play an important role in the Army. But he said he and the chief feel they can take some out.

"The chief and I felt very strongly that headquarters reduction was a place that we could just do things more smartly and do it with fewer people," he said.

Odierno said the potential cuts could be in the thousands, and the plan might be implemented somewhere around 2015 and beyond.

"The response we've gotten is very positive from our subordinate commands. They are working this hard. They understand that we have to become more efficient and effective," he said.

On the military side, there are already plans to reduce the end strength of the Army to 490,000 by 2017. Earlier this year, the Army spelled out which brigades would be eliminated to make that happen.

Odierno said that now that plan may be sped up to 2015, instead of 2017.

"We are still working through the budget process to decide that," he said.   

Carlisle Barracks to mark Red Ribbon week Oct. 23-31

Since 1990, the Department of Defense has joined the na­tional effort to keep communities drug-free and to recog­nize outstanding outreach programs with the Red Ribbon Campaign. As part of the effort, the following activities and events will take place on Carlisle Barracks Oct. 23 – 31.

This year’s Red Ribbon Week theme is, “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.”

Monday, Oct. 1. – Youth Poster contest will begin and run through Oct. 29. Judging will be held on Oct. 29.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 - Guards to hand out Red Ribbon pen­cils. Each gate will have 1,000.

Thursday, Oct. 24 – Drug Prevention Resource table set up in the Youth Center, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26 – DEA Medication Take Back initiative, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. AHEC, open to the community. Resource table/materials will be available. This event is collaboration be­tween the Carlisle community and Carlisle Barracks.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Judge poster contest submissions

Thursday, 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.

AUSA Professional Development Forums - Institute of Land Warfare Events Schedule

In addition to the defense industry exhibits, the Army will sponsor professional development venues and Army leadership will leverage this communication platform to share guidance about the Army's strategic direction for the force of the future, and, The Army War College will be represented by Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo and CSM Malcolm Parrish who speak on Oct. 23 as part of the Warrior's Corner, (tentatively: mid-day).

See details about authorizations to attend, uniform, and bus, below.  No government funding will be authorized. Most events will be STREAMED LIVE, many with plans to interact with the virtual/ remote audience. The streams can be viewed at

For more about the DC-based annual event and the Institute for Land Warfare topics - see


Student uniform for AUSA attendance: Military will be in ACU (w/ USAWC sleeve patch) or Service Equivalent; Civilian students/staff/faculty in business attire.




**** 21 OCTOBER **** 


1300-1600 - Military Family Forum I

1430-1630 - ILW Forum, ARMY AFTER 2020 with TRADOC CDR, G8, G3/5/7, ARCIC



1500-1700 - ILW Forum, READY & RESILIENT ARMY with VCSA, G1, Surgeon Gen,



1730-1830 - International Military VIP Reception (invitation only)




0830-1100 - SMA Professional Development Forum


0900-1200 - Military Family Forum II


1000 -1130 - Army National Guard Seminar, with DIR, ANG






1400-1700 - AUSA Military Forum III


1430-1600 - CAR SEMINAR







****  TUESDAY, 23 OCTOBER: *****  




0900-1200 - AUSA Military Family Forum





Officials announce deadlines for holiday mail delivery

American Forces Press Service


WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2013 - Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for service members overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 for delivery by the holidays.

Officials at MPSA, an extension of the U.S. Postal Service, have published a chart at shows deadlines for various mailing options, broken down by the APO/FPO/DPO numbers of various destinations.

USPS is offering a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at $14.85. The price includes a $2 per box discount for military mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide, officials said.

Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available free at local post offices, or can be ordered from USPS online. Postage, labels and customs forms also are available online.

CFC 2013 back underway

After a delay due to the government shutdown, this year’s Combined Federal Campaign resumed Oct. 16.

The CFC is an annual opportunity for US federal employees to support charities, service organizations, youth organizations, and military related associations. The 2013 campaign began Sept. 1, is scheduled to conclude Nov. 15.

The program works on a bi-weekly payroll deduction, and participants can donate any amount over $1.00 per pay period.  Participants have the option to select which agencies they wish to contribute to. Any federal employee may contribute to the program by check, cash or payroll deduction.

To receive CFC funds, organizations must meet strict standards – they must have tax-exempt non-profit status; they must provide service, benefits or assistance to activities that promote human well-being; they must spend no more than 25 percent of their revenue on fundraising; and they must not disclose the names of CFC contributors, among other rules.

For more information contact

Staff Sgt. Charles Posey at 245-4220

Heather Rebuck at 245-3688

Elton Manske at 245-4898.

Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic launches the Fall'13 Flu Vaccination Campaign Oct 12

Military Retirees and their Family Members will be first for flu vaccines during RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY provided by Dunham Army Health Clinic: Saturday, Oct. 12 in the ROOT Hall Gym: walk-up throughout the day, 7:30 – 3 p.m.

Full schedule --

* USAWC students, staff & Garrison staff

-- Oct 15 – 18:  1 to 4 p.m. in the ROOT Hall Gym

* Retirees and post employees (4 years & up)

-- Oct. 22 – 25:  1 to 4 p.m. in the JIM THORPE Gym 3RDFLOOR

* Family Members, Retirees, and Post Employees (6 months & up) in DUNHAM Clinic:

MON 28 Oct, WED Oct. 30, FRI Nov. 1:  7:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 pm

TUES 29 Oct:  4:30 – 7 p.m.

MON Nov. 4, WED Nov. 6, FRI Nov 8: 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 pm

TUES Nov 5: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

THURS Nov. 7: 1-4 p.m.

Dunham Commander Col. Rebecca Porter takes the lead in getting an annual flu vaccination, adminstered here by Maj. Vanessa Worsham, deputy commander for Dunham Nursing and Allied Services.

 Who? should get FluMist, a live influenza virus for active immunization --

  • healthy people 2-49 years of age
  • pregnant women should NOT receive the FluMist.
  • provides the same level of protection as the flu shot
  • administered by inhaling the vaccination mist into one’s nose.

Who? should get the Flu Shot, an inactivated vaccine --

  • healthy people older than 6 months of age
  • healthy pregnant women
  • those with chronic medical conditions
  • administered with a needle, usually in the arm.

Who? Should consult a physician before any form of flu vaccination

  • People who have a severe allergy to eggs
  • People who have had a sever reation to the flu vaccine in the pst
  • People with Guillan-Barre Syndrome
  • People who have moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until symptoms lessen.

 Flu tips -- Wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

 Contact for more detail about the flu vaccination campaign: Maj. Vanessa Worsham or Staff Sgt Evelyn Pollard, 717-245-3630.

For more information about the flu and flu vaccines, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website:




Carlisle Barracks Spouse's Club Auction set for Nov. 1























The Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club proudly presents its 14th Annual Benefit Auction, to take place on the evening of November 1st, 2013 at the LVCC. Please join us on the evening of November 1st, from 6-11pm, for a delicious dinner of pastas, individual pizzas, salad, and an array of desserts as we prepare to bid during both Silent and Live Auctions, and take a chance on Opportunity prizes!   Every bit of profit goes to provide Scholarships and Outreach through the CBSC fund.  

To see some of the items that will be sold on November 1st, please visit You'll find vacation and hotel stays, memorable experiences, dinner packages, (how about dinner with 39 friends, catered by the Command Group?), handbags by Kate Spade, Brighton and Coach, as well as other amazing donations from seminars, USAWC faculty, staff, and families, and generous vendors from near and far.

Tickets (including dinner) are just $20 per person, $10 for E-5 and below, and $25 after 28 October, or at the door. 


The ticket registration form is available at, and tickets can also be purchased at the following venues and through these neighborhood reps:

Ballroom Dance Classes/LVCC   Wednesday evenings  see Lisa Daniels

CBSC History and Legends evening/LVCC   10/17    5:30pm

PX Lobby     Tuesday, 10/22     11-1pm


Lisa Daniels           The Meadows

Marla Cushing        The Meadows

Chris Yuengert        Carlisle Borough

Gabrielle Winton     Garrison Lane

Sharon Haseman    Marshall Ridge

Melissa Unrath       Heritage Heights


If your department or seminar is so inclined to donate to this fundraising Auction, the deadline for donations is Monday, Oct. 21.   

American Forces Press Service
Hagel stresses workforce's value after 'manufactured crisis'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a message to the Defense Department's workforce today, welcoming back employees furloughed by the 16-day government shutdown and emphasizing their value to the nation.

Here is the text of the secretary's message:

Today the Department of Defense is resuming normal operations across the world, now that Congress has finally restored funding for DoD and the rest of the federal government. This manufactured crisis was an unwelcome and unnecessary distraction from our critical work of keeping the country safe.

I know that each of your lives has been disrupted and affected in different ways. I regret the impact that this shutdown had on so many of our civilian personnel, particularly those who I was previously unable to recall from emergency furlough.

Starting today, we will be welcoming all of our civilians back to their normal duties. To those returning from furlough: know that the work you perform is incredibly valued by your military teammates and by me. I appreciate your professionalism and your patience during this difficult period of time, which came on top of last summer's sequestration-related furloughs. Your managers will have more information about this, but I can assure you that you will be paid in full for the time you were furloughed during the shutdown.

Now that this latest budget crisis has come to an end, we have an opportunity to return to focusing on the critical work of this department. Unfortunately, Congress did not end the budget uncertainty that has cast such a shadow of uncertainty over this department for much of the year. In the months ahead, they will have an opportunity to do so. My hope is that they will realize that these kinds of crises do great damage to our people, our national security, our economy, and America's standing in the world. Congress has a responsibility to govern, and it must fulfill those basic responsibilities in order to keep our country strong.

Make your voice heard -- Carlisle Barracks Army Family Action Plan 2013

This year a new wrinkle has added a new way to take part in the Army Family Action Plan. Due to budget challenges the Department of the Army will be hosting the annual event “virtually” and taking submissions online.

Its extremely important for community members to participate in AFAP because it’s an opportunity to help makes changes according to Jeff Hanks, Army Community Services director.

Do you have a quality of life issue that could improve the well being for the Carlisle Barracks community?

If so, log onto www.myarmyonesource.comSelect Family Programs and Services, and look for the Army Family Action Plan Issue Management System (IMS) to submit your issues.

You may also visit submit issues

If you prefer paper submission drop box locations include: Commissary, Post Exchange and Dunham Clinic. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31.

The annual AFAP provides an opportunity where the Army Family identifies and submits issues that are critical to improving Army life. The purpose of the online submission is to allow members of the community to submit issues of concern, to propose possible solutions and report to Carlisle Barracks Military Community's senior leadership. 

The AFAP functions on the premise that all members of the Army are experts on Army standards of living.  Operating throughout the Army, from the lowest echelons to the highest, AFAP responds to the issues these experts consider important. 

The process starts at the installation, where volunteer delegates participate in an AFAP conference. These delegates are assigned to working groups to review issues, suggestions and concerns submitted for consideration by members of the community. These working groups address specific areas of concern, including medical and dental, benefits and entitlements, family support, force support and many more. Delegates include Soldiers, National Guardsmen and Reservists, military retirees, family members and Department of the Army civilian employees.

Since AFAP's inception in 1983, the process has resulted in more than 117 legislative changes, 162 Department of Defense or Army policy changes and 178 new or improved programs and services.

Delegates review and prioritize issues which are presented to the Garrison commander on the last day of the conference. Some issues will be resolved at the local level, and some will be forwarded to higher headquarters for further action.

Volunteers are still needed – to volunteer as a delegate, facilitator, recorder or conference staff contact the AFAP coordinator, at 245-4357.

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno
CSA lays out strategic priorities for uncertain future

WASHINGTON (Oct. 16, 2013) -- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno laid out his strategic priorities today, in an email to the entire force, for the Total Army -- the active-duty Army, the Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserve -- so they will remain ready to accomplish the range of military operations they may perform in an unpredictable future.

It read:

As your 38th Army Chief of Staff, I have visited with Soldiers serving around the world as well as at our installations across the United States. At every location our Soldiers, civilians, and family members have inspired me with their passion, courage, and commitment to each other, to our Army, and to the nation.

Our Army serves in a period of dynamic uncertainty. International threats by both state and non-state actors to America's national interests and those of our Allies and partners are in the headlines every day. The unpredictability so prominent in the contemporary security environment will almost certainly remain a characteristic of the future.

In this challenging environment, it is essential that our Total Army -- the active-duty Army, the Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserve -- be ready to accomplish the range of military operations we are directed to perform. Our leaders and the American public rightly place their confidence in our professional competence and character, and they expect us to succeed.

While we continue to support our Soldiers and civilians who are in harm's way around the world, we are making changes to our institutions and processes to ensure that we are maximizing the limited resources available to the Army.

To communicate my intent for how the Army must move forward, I am publishing here the following five priorities:

- Adaptive Army Leaders for a Complex World
- A Globally Responsive and Regionally Engaged Army
- A Ready and Modern Army
- Soldiers Committed to Our Army Profession
- The Premier All-Volunteer Army

These priorities are the basis for the objectives outlined in the upcoming 2014 Army Strategic Planning Guidance. That Strategic Guidance will provide the Total Army a definitive statement of our mission as we look ahead to build upon our hard-earned experiences of the previous decade of war and toward a future that poses distinct challenges of its own.

The attached document explains my priorities. I expect every member of the Total Army to know these and to implement decisions and actions in accordance with them. I look forward to discussing them with you further as I visit your duty locations.

Army Strong!

Raymond T. Odierno
General, 38th Chief of Staff
United States Army   

Fiscal 2013 was Army's safest year


By Julie Shelley, Directorate of Communication and Public Affairs U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center


FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Oct. 15, 2013) - Fiscal 2013 was the Army's safest year to date, according to end-of-year data recently released by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.


Accidental fatalities declined 9 percent between fiscal 2012 and 2013, falling to an all-time low of 137 losses. The previous benchmark was set in

fiscal 1997, when 150 Soldiers were killed in accidents.  

"This is an outstanding accomplishment for our leaders and Soldiers," said Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. "It not only testifies to their safety commitment and leadership at all levels across the Army, but also strengthens evidence that we are moving in the right direction."


On duty, accidental losses fell 6 percent from 2012, continuing a years-long downward trend in work-related deaths. The drop in off-duty fatalities was

even more impressive, with a 17 percent reduction that was more than double last year's decline. A marked drop in fatal private motor vehicle accidents, historically the No. 1 accidental killer of Soldiers, was largely responsible for this success.


The 40 percent decline in sedan deaths and 15 percent decrease in motorcycle fatalities, the latter coming after a three-year upward trend, validates

steps the Army has taken in recent years to combat these losses, said Command Sgt. Maj. Richard D. Stidley, USACR/Safety Center.


"We can't overstate how important this is for our PMV safety programs," Stidley said. "More Soldiers are home now than in at least the previous 10

years, so that means greater exposure to the hazards of driving and riding. Engaged leadership, Soldiers looking out for one another and better training

opportunities are making a real difference."


While most accident categories experienced double-digit reductions throughout fiscal 2013, water-related fatalities were up 225 percent from

the previous year. Seven Soldiers drowned during the last quarter alone.


"Boating and drowning deaths tend to rise during the third and fourth quarters every year because that's when Soldiers are on the water most,"

Edens said. "While this isolated cluster of incidents doesn't necessarily indicate a trend, it and the rash of ATV accidents we experienced earlier this year show we can't let down our guard, no matter how well we're doing in the big picture."


While 2013 was a banner year for safety, senior Army leaders called for a further 10 percent reduction in fatal accidents service-wide in the 2014

Army Safety and Occupational Health Objectives. The signed memorandum is available at

Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor at White House

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 15, 2013) -- Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson received the nation's highest military award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for actions during a fierce, six-hour battle following a deadly ambush in Afghanistan.

Swenson, who is the first Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan, was honored at the White House, Oct. 15.

Guests at the ceremony included other Medal of Honor recipients, members of Swenson's team, and the families of service members who died in battle.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III also attended.

Before draping the medal around Swenson's neck, President Barack Obama recounted the heroic actions of the Army officer who saved more than a dozen lives during the Battle of Ganjgal in Kunar Province, Sept. 8, 2009.

Swenson is the second person to receive the Medal of Honor for that battle. Then-Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer was honored for his valor two years ago.

Swenson is a remarkable example to the nation of the professionalism and patriotism that everyone should strive for, the president said.

"Captain Will Swenson was a leader on that September morning," Obama said.

"But like all great leaders, he was also a servant -- to the men he commanded, to the more than a dozen Afghans and Americans whose lives he saved, to the families of those who gave their last full measure of devotion on that faraway field," he said.

Swenson was an embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border Police, Task Force Phoenix, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, in support of 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).

Swenson said the honor is for all who served that day and for the families of those who were killed in the battle.

"The value of an award is truly what we as a nation put into it, what we value it as," he told reporters after receiving the award.

"This award is earned with a team, a team of our finest Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy and our Afghan partners standing side by side," he said. "Now that team includes Gold Star families who lost their fathers, sons, and husbands that day. This medal represents them, it represents us."

Around sunrise that day four years ago, Obama said, a column of Afghan soldiers and their American advisors were winding their way up a narrow trail toward a village to meet with elders.

"But just as the first Soldier reaches the outskirts of the village, all hell breaks loose," Obama said.

The American forces and their Afghan partners were ambushed by more than 60 well-armed, well-positioned enemy fighters, the Medal of Honor citation said.

Insurgents surrounded three Marines and a Navy corpsman, Obama said, and rocket-propelled grenades, mortar and machine-gun fire poured in from three sides.

"Will and the Soldiers in the center of the column are pinned down," he said.

Swenson called in fire support, Obama said, but initial requests were denied because Swenson and his team were too close to the village.

After finding out his non-commissioned officer, Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook, was injured, Swenson risked his life to aid him.

"Will breaks across 50 meters of open space, bullets biting all around," said Obama. "Lying on his back, he presses a bandage to Kenneth's wounds with one hand and calls for a MedEvac with the other, trying to keep his buddy calm."

Swenson continued to fight the enemy and risked his life getting Westbrook to the MedEvac, said Obama. Before the helicopter left, Swenson kissed Westbrook on the forehead in "a simple act of compassion and loyalty to a brother in arms," said Obama.

Risking his own life again, Swenson then drove an unarmored vehicle straight into the kill zone to rescue injured Afghan forces, said Obama.

He returned into the path of enemy fire again, when he and a Humvee crew recovered the four fallen service members, said Obama.

"Will and the others carry them out, one by one," said Obama. "They bring their fallen brothers home."

The service members killed were Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Johnson, Marine 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Kenefick and Navy Corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class James Layton.

Nine Afghan National Security Force personnel died.

Westbrook survived the battle, but died a month later from complications.

"To the families of those we've lost, we will never forget," Obama said, adding that the nation is grateful for those who served that day and all who continue to serve "with such incredible courage and professionalism."   

Dental Clinic Detachment changes responsibility


After 22 years in the Army and more than four years serving the Carlisle Barracks community, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Bowden, Dental Clinic Detachment Sergeant, relinquished his responsibility during a Change of Responsibility Ceremony at the LeTort View Community Center October 15. Staff Sgt. Paul Jones is replacing Bowden as the Detachment Sergeant.

Col. Michael Garvin, Carlisle Barracks Dental Clinic Commander, presided over the ceremony.

“Sgt. Bowden has been my battle buddy and right arm, said Garvin.”

“His tenure has been marked by uncompromising professionalism, selfless service, true mentorship to his subordinates, Soldiers and peers and a magnificent example to his superiors.”

Following the Change of Responsibility, Bowden officially retired from the Army.

“My wife and I felt it was time to move on to the next chapter of our lives,” said Bowden. “I’ll miss working with Soldiers.  I felt I’ve done the most with helping Soldiers progress in their careers.”


Bowden will stay in the dental field, working as a customer consultant at a dental laboratory near Cleveland, OH.

Army live-stream of AUSA exposition to allow viewer participation

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 1, 2013) -- This year, the Army will live-stream nearly every discussion panel that occurs at the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. Remote viewers will also be able to interact with panelists via social media.

Many Soldiers will not be able to attend the Oct. 21-23 event in person, due to lack of budget and restrictions on travel. However, the educational and professional development panels will be available to them online, and they will even be able to ask questions.

"We look at the Army part of AUSA as a great opportunity for professional development," said Maj. Alison M. Hamilton, of Army Public Affairs. "Live-streaming these forums will give Soldiers the opportunity to hear senior-leader priorities, learn how they view changes in the force over the next ten years, and hear about important policy decisions and the Ready and Resilient Campaign. They will also be able to ask questions, feel engaged, and be more connected to decision makers."

This year's AUSA will undoubtedly have an emphasis on declining budgets. But the symposium will also feature discussions related to military families, equipment modernization, the Ready and Resilient Campaign, energy security, regionally aligned forces, leader development, equipping the Army of the future, and the security of North America.

Live-streaming of the multiple panels will be available through a microsite on, at Soldiers and family members will also be able to ask questions of the speakers at appropriate times through social media. On site at the convention, moderators will pass questions from remote viewers on to the speakers.

"If I'm in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, I'll be able to say my name and submit my question -- to address questions to the panel or to specific panel member," said Hamilton.

The Army has live-streamed AUSA panels in the past. But last year, for instance, only the "family forums" allowed for interaction. This year, all panels will allow for virtual engagement, Hamilton said.

"Every year the virtual audience increases," Hamilton said. "Last year the Institute of Land Warfare forums were not interactive. This year we thought about how to make it better, and encourage more to watch. We thought about giving them the ability to participate, feel connected, and get important questions answered."

Hamilton said every effort will be made to answer as many questions as possible -- but it will not be possible to answer them all.

Opening up all the panels for interaction is something that Hamilton said was requested by Soldiers and family members in the field.

"This is a cost-effective way to be able to reach a larger sort of total Army audience," she said. "We're trying to increase support to the Soldiers that can't travel, so they still can benefit from professional development."

Hamilton also said that multiple events will be live-streamed at the same time, and will also be recorded. Soldiers will be able to go back at a later time to watch panels they missed.

WWII veteran, Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest

PARAMUS, N.J. (Oct. 15, 2013) -- Retired Master Sgt. Nicholas Oresko was honored at a public funeral service Oct. 10, in Paramus, N.J. Oresko died Oct. 4, at the age of 96, and was the oldest living World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient.

"Thinking about the words and phrases that capture the essence of the 'Greatest Generation,' I realized that they represent what made Sergeant Oresko great," said U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr. "Traits like selflessness, loyalty, courage and integrity were evident in everything he did. Sergeant Oresko embodied the Army values; he made honor a matter of daily living--carrying out, acting and living our values each and every day."

Oresko served in the 302nd Infantry, 94th Infantry Division, and arrived in France two months after the D-Day invasion in 1944. Recalling Oresko's account of his actions on Jan. 23, 1945, at the Battle of Bulge, Caslen said the non-commissioned officer demonstrated awe-inspiring courage when he conducted a lone assault on two machine gun positions on a hill to advance his platoon.

"Sergeant Oresko was wounded in the attack, yet despite his wounds, he continued to fight in order to protect his Soldiers and complete the mission," Caslen said. "He is an outstanding example of dedication and is exactly what a leader should strive to be, when he refused to be evacuated before he was sure the mission was successful."

He was presented with the Medal of Honor at the White House on Oct. 30, 1945, by President Harry Truman. Oresko continued to serve Soldiers for 32 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs and retired as a supervisor.

West Point's commanding general told the guests in attendance he spent a lot of time learning about Oresko's life and found him to be the type of man people felt better off having met.

"By all accounts, he was a tremendous friend to so many, and would always take the time to talk about his experiences," Caslen said. "Looking through pictures, I was struck by how happy Sergeant Oresko always looked. His infectious smile from when he was a young man seemed to carry through his entire life. People, I'm told, always felt better about themselves, when they were in his presence."

Caslen, who spoke on behalf of the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff, was followed by retired Marine Corps Col. Harvey Barnum, one of four Medal of Honor recipients in attendance. Presiding over the service at Bergen Community College was Chaplain (Maj.) Kenneth Nielson from West Point and David Tarantino, an Eagle Scout with Troop 113 in Hackensack, N.J., sang the National Anthem. John M. Carbone, a family friend, was master of ceremonies. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered flags to be raised at half staff for a week to honor the local war hero.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said that honoring Oresko's actions also honors all service members who raise their right hands to defend this country and the heroes who have sacrificed for this nation. In a statement, he wrote:

"Master Sgt. Oresko represents what every man and woman who dons the uniform strives to be: an individual who has earned the trust of all with whom he serves; one who possesses a humility an selflessness that we all respect, and one who embraces the esprit de corps and consistently demonstrates a dedication to their profession that epitomizes the ethos of the American Soldier."   

Blowtorch: Robert Komer, Vietnam, and the American Cold War Strategy

All lectures are held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building opens at 6:30 p.m., the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972

October 16, 2013 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Frank L. Jones

Frank L. Jones
Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College
Lecture Date: October 16, 2013
Title: "Blowtorch: Robert Komer, Vietnam, and the American Cold War Strategy"

Robert Komer was the leading national security expert during the Cold War and proved his capabilities serving no less than three United States Presidents. While his abrasive personality and curt interactions with officials earned him the nickname, "Blowtorch," he became President Johnson's "point man" in working towards peace in Vietnam. In the first biography ever written about Komer, Blowtorch: Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War Strategy (Naval Institute Press), Professor and Scholar Frank Leith Jones highlights Komer's actions as he labored to eradicate Communism in Southeast Asia through his multi-dimensional approach which included social, economic, and military facets. Jones' lecture will focus on the American involvement in Vietnam within the wider scope of the Cold War, allowing for analysis of the conflict and Komer's impact on American policy and strategy in more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Frank L. Jones is Professor of Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA, where he holds the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security. As a retiree from the Senior Executive Service, he has more than thirty years of federal experience. During the course of his civilian career, he held a number of high-level policy and strategy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Policy and Support. Professor Jones has published several book chapters and articles on national security topics. His awards and accolades are numerous and include the Department of the Army Outstanding Service Award. He attended St. Lawrence University on a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship and received a B.A. in History. He holds an M.A. in public administration from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Jones served the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer.









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Tangible symbol of bravery: Community gathers to commemorate heroic deeds of SFC Randall Shughart

His actions embodied everything that Soldiers and Service members strive for, said Col. Matt Dawson, Army Heritage and Education Center historian who recounted the challenges of Somalia, 20 years ago, during a ceremony to mark the deeds of a Soldier: a Quiet Professional.

See a video of the ceremony at

Hundreds gathered Thursday, Oct. 3 for a memorial to Sgt 1st Class Randall Shughart who gave his life for another Oct. 3, 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia.

His selfless actions were honored by the nation with the Medal of Honor.

His legacy was revisited by friends, family, Newville neighbors, Big Spring School colleagues, military from JROTC through Army War College students and International officers and more. They gathered for the dedication of a new memorial at his grave site in Carlisle, near his Pennsylvania home town.

The event happened because of a grass-roots community effort that spread through southcentral Pennsylvania, through the Special Forces Association and a host of military and veteran organizations to create a marker that was more than the humble, dedicated Randy Shughart would have asked for, according to his brother Michael.

Replacing a small grave marker, the new memorial design includes a granite slab with the Medal of Honor citation engraved upon it, and a distinctive granite bench bearing a quote from his widow, Stephanie:

"It takes a remarkable person to not just read a creed, or memorize a creed, but to live a creed."

"This beautiful stone memorial that we dedicate today … symbolizes a group of fellows Soldiers who never forgot a buddy, Randall Shughart, said Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo who spoke at Westminster Cemetery about the meaning of Shughart's actions and the meaning of his comrades' memories.

"They saw the physical public marker in this cemetery … and felt it was appropriately humble and therefore a match to his personality. But it did not seem right for the magnitude of the legacy Randy left: a legacy and a memory other Americans and all passersby actually needed to see.

"In seeing [the memorial], perhaps more would hear the story of the 3rdof October 1993 and learn of the bravery of many young men and women -- but in particular, learn about the valor of a young man from Central Pennsylvania, feel gratitude that a family raised a Randy Shughart and a military trained him – and hopefully think about what it takes to keep this nation strong, maybe even consider following in Randy’s footsteps.

"When Sgt 1stClass Shughart and Master Sgt. Gordon saw U.S. aircraft down in Mogadishu, Somalia, and saw fellow Soldiers in trouble, their reflexive reaction was to join them, said Cucolo. “Their character would not permit any other option. Their minds very quickly moved from recognition of the downed helicopter to the need to act:

My fellow Soldiers are in trouble …

They trust that I will do everything to save them ...

I will not let them down.


“They asked to be put in against overwhelming odds," said Cucolo, "and they were denied – unacceptable – so they asked again and were again denied – still unacceptable – and Gary Gordon pressed a third time, and finally thery were inserted more thatn 100 meters from the crash site. They found their way in, linked up with the beleaguered survivors of Super 64: Bill Cleveland, Ray Frank, Tommy Field and Mike Durant.

“They then set about defending their position and killing the enemy – I will not let you down.

Randy, calmly handed a weapon to Mike Durant – we’re in this together … one last radio call for assistance, and, after the last round fired, finished his defense of his comrades in hand-to-hand combat.

Speaking to a mixed audience of all military services – Active, Guard, Reserve – International officers, and “a community who appreciates us,” he said, “I am confident in our future. You –all you present today – are a symbol of this commitment and this fighting spirit. You will not let Randy or his actions be forgotten.

“You did not let his memory down.”

Medal of Honor Citation:

Sergeant First Class Shughart, United States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on 3 October 1993, while serving as a Sniper Team Member, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Sergeant First Class Shughart provided precision sniper fires from the lead helicopter during an assault on a building and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fires. While providing critical suppressive fires at the second crash site, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the site. Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After their third request to be inserted, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader received permission to perform this volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader were inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site. Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Sergeant First Class Shughart pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position. Sergeant First Class Shughart used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while traveling the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. Sergeant First Class Shughart continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Sergeant First Class Shughart's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army.


For more about the context of the heroic actions of SFC Randy Shughart and MSG Gary Gordon, see --

“Somalia 20 years later: lessons learned, relearned and forgotten,” by Mike Marra and Dr. Bill Pierce, U.S. Army War College, published by Small Wars Journal

Why Oktoberfest at Carlisle Barracks?

Rain kicked the start date to Saturday, Oct 12. Now a two-day event, Oktoberfest at Carlisle Barracks will go on.  All proceeds will be used locally, directly supporting the military communities of Carlisle Barracks, Fort Indiantown Gap, and Letterkenny Army Depot.

WHEN: SAT, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m -- AND --  SUN, Oct. 13 from noon to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Army Heritage & Education Center (AHEC) 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013

*** Carnival rides and games for all ages AND  food and beverage vendors

Sat. from  8 a.m. to 3 p.m:  Volksmarch

Sat from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Arts and Crafts inside

Sat. noon SOCCER:  International Fellows vs the Chester County Businessmen, on AHEC campus

*** Fest tent with LIVE music, both days, featuring -- 

Sat.  at 11 am. THE HAPPY WANDERERS, live

Sat. at 4 p.m LEVI ROAD, live

Sat at 6:30 p.m. MATT PLEVER, live


Sun. at 4 p.m. BUCK'n'CHET, live/

WHAT NOT to BRING: Pets, bicycles, weapons, illegal drugs or personal alcoholic beverages are not permitted at Oktoberfest.

The attraction of Oktoberfest reaches across the military base and into surrounding communities with a Fall-in-Germany recreation theme for all ages. Oktoberfest is open to the public with free admission and free parking.The days are filled with a variety of entertainment, games, activities, friendship, and the traditions of Oktoberfest. Many service members have spent countless tours of duty in Germany and remember fondly the culture and traditions.

The Army's Morale-Welfare-Recreation organizations exist to enhance quality of life and foster a sense of community for Soldiers, Family members, and Civilian employees. Oktoberfest is a great community event for them -- and, equally, an important source of funds for programs such as Summer Camps for children, Children's and Youth programs, recreational activities for Soldiers and Families throughout the year.

MWR employees man the Child Development Center, Youth Services, recreational programs such as fitness centers, bowling, golf, etc., which are fee-supported.  Because they are 'non-appropriated funds' employees, they are not part of the emergency furlough linked to the lapse in federal budget appropriations.

"We give back to our Soldiers a quality of life that they have pledged to defend for us all," said Liz Knouse, MWR director for Carlisle Barracks and its associated programs at Indiantown Gap and Letterkenny.

Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Carlisle Barracks will take place Sat., Oct. 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as scheduled to share important command information briefings for military retirees, family members, survivors, and those who will retire soon.

Ashburn Gate open for ID card holders, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shuttle busses will rotate throughout post parking areas to the Root Hall/ Bliss Hall center of activities.


  • Flu Shots, Root Hall Gym, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • ID cards: Anny Ely Hall, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Mini-health screening in Root Hall Gym, all day: blood pressure checks, bone density testing, mammography information, nutritionist on site, “Ask the Optometrist,” and TRICARE representative to answer questions.
  • Carlisle Barracks Dental Clinic will be present with a dental chair and dentist to conduct Oral Health Screenings and offer "Ask the Dentist." This will give the retirees a free opinion on their dental needs, but cannot be considered an exam as the clinic cannot treat them.
  • Army Wellness Center will open its doors at 315 Lovell Avenue for questions and tours: 8:30 am -- 3 p.m.

Briefing schedule:

  • Formal program opens with Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, CG, Carlisle Barracks: 8:30 a.m.
  • Dunham Army Health Clinic update: 9:15 a.m.  
  • TRICARE briefings: 10:30 a.m. (TRICARE-FOR-LIFE: Bliss Hall; Under-65: Reynolds Theater)
  • Veterans Affairs benefits briefing: 12:45 p.m.
  • . Legal Briefing: general estate planning: 2 p.m




Lunch options (11:30 – 12:45) include the Root Hall Joint Deli or at Oktoberfest (courtesy bus available).

Neuropsychologist Dr. Grisalono to address Multiple Deployments and Effects on Children

Lee Ann Grisolano, Ph.D., is a Developmental Neuropsychologist, with the  Grisolano Center for Neurodevelopment.

On Wednesday evening, October 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., she will meet with interested parents and all community members to discuss children's emotional, cognitive and behavioral considerations with attention to the effects of multiple deployments.

The information session will be at the Army Community Service Classroom/Education Center, 632 Wright Avenue on post.

"I don't think we, as military parents, fully understand the effects of multiple deployments on our military children, said Army Community Service's Kelly Villalobos, sponsoring the program.

Villalobos is the manager of the Exceptional Family Member Program and the Family Advocacy Program, and invited Dr. Lee Grisolano to share her expertise about child behavior,  the psychological and physiological effects of multiple deployments on children, and how to aid in developing children's  resiliency.

"We may be seeing children who are thought to be attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder when they may, instead, actually have  anxiety related to multiple deployments," said Villabos.

There is no cost associated to attend.

For more information, contact ACS at 717-245-HELP.




CHANGE TO THE CHANGE in the Route 11 gate schedule

Ashburn Gate will be CLOSED FRIDAY, Oct. 9 -- closing Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.

Ashburn will be open during Retirement Appreciation Day, SAT, Oct. 12, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Garrison commander Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples asks for patience with security guards who are working for the security of our workforce and resident families.

"Please make time to thank our security personnel as you pass through our gates," she said. "These dedicated professionals are working in an understrength force -- working long shifts through this period of government shutdown in addition to an existing hiring freeze.

"We can be grateful for their continued commitment to our personal security and the defense of the Carlisle Barracks community, regardless of conditions."

The post will initiate hiring actions for guards and, eventually, resume original hours when the budget is in place and hiring is authorized.

Monday, Oct. 14 -- Ashburn Gate operations will revert to the NEW schedule:

o weekdays, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

o weekends and federal holidays, closed

o PEDESTRIANS who wish to exit between 6 - 9:30 p.m, can call 5-4115 for a patrol car to open the walking gate.

NOTE: Ashburn Gate is for ID card holders only. Claremont Visitor Gate is open 24 hours/7 days per week.

CARLISLE BARRACKS -- Supporting Soldiers and Families, the Carlisle Barracks Commissary workforce is back -- and the operating hours are back to normal:

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.   Tuesday through Saturday

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday

Big picture --

Military commissaries worldwide are returning to normal operating schedules effective Oct. 7, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency.

“This is certainly good news for our patrons and our employees,” said Joseph H. Jeu. “All our stateside stores are now returning to their regular schedules as of Oct. 7.”

The DeCA announcement comes in the wake of the Department of Defense’s Oct. 5 decision that most Department civilians will be recalled to work beginning Monday. As part of DOD’s guidance, commissary operations were deemed necessary support to service members and their families.

Most stateside stores had previously closed Oct. 2 as part of the government shutdown. Overseas commissaries had been allowed to remain open.

Returning to regular schedules on Monday means stores normally open on that day will serve customers. Those stores that are normally closed on Mondays will be open on their normal operating schedule. Customers are advised to check www.commissaries.comfor their store’s operating schedule. 

“We recognize the disruption that the shutdown presented to our stateside patrons as far as access to their commissary benefit,” Jeu added. 

Since the shutdown began, about 11,000 of DeCA’s more than 16,000 employees were furloughed. The path to stateside commissaries reopening began upon President Obama’s signing of the Pay Our Military Act into law. DOD subsequently determined the legislation did “allow the Department of Defense to eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members.”

With all commissaries open, Jeu asked that patrons be patient as product delivery schedules return to normal.

“We will do everything possible to ensure that our shelves are properly stocked with the products our customers want when they shop,” he said. “However, there will be a short adjustment period as our stores settle back into their pre-shutdown operating and delivery routines.”

Hagel Announces Recall of Most Defense Department Civilians

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today he is recalling most of the Defense Department civilians who were placed on furlough as a result of the government shutdown which began Oct. 1.

“Today, I am announcing that most DOD civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week,” he said.

“Immediately after President [Barack] Obama signed the Pay Our Military Act into law, I directed DOD’s acting general counsel to determine whether we could reduce the number of civilian personnel furloughed due to the shutdown,” Hagel said.

The Defense Department, he said, consulted closely with the Department of Justice, which expressed its view that the law does not permit a blanket recall of all civilians.

“However, DOD and DOJ attorneys concluded that the law does allow the Department of Defense to eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members,” Hagel said.

“Consequently, I am now directing the military departments and other DOD components to move expeditiously to identify all employees whose activities fall under these categories,” he said.

Hagel noted he expects the military departments to be able to “significantly reduce – but not eliminate – civilian furloughs under this process.”

“Employees can expect to hear more information from their managers starting this weekend,” he added.

The defense secretary said the department has tried to “exempt as many DOD civilian personnel as possible” from furloughs, and will continue to try to bring all civilian employees back to work as soon as possible.

“Ultimately, the surest way to end these damaging and irresponsible furloughs, and to enable us to fulfill our mission as a department, is for Congress to pass a budget and restore funds for the entire federal government,” Hagel said.

“This has been a very disruptive year for our people – including active duty, National Guard and reserve personnel, and DOD civilians and contractors,” he said. “Many important activities remain curtailed while the shutdown goes on.”

Civilians under furlough, Hagel said, face the uncertainty of not knowing when they will receive their next paycheck.

“I strongly support efforts in Congress to enact legislation to retroactively compensate all furloughed employees,” he said.

“And I will continue to urge Congress to fulfill its basic responsibilities to pass a budget and restore full funding for the Department of Defense and the rest of the government,” Hagel said.

Make a Difference Day is Saturday, Oct. 26 --

and Carlisle Barracks volunteers are poised to make a difference at an area family homeless shelter sponsored by Carlisle CARES.

More volunteers WILL make a difference.

 If you can contribute your time and energy for all or part of the time period, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., contact Selinda at 717.245.HELP for details.

Memorial: Special Forces Association, USAWC Military to honor SFC Randy Shughart on 20th anniversary of his Medal of Honor actions

A small grave marker is a silent but often-overlooked sentinel at the gravesite of a quiet hero in Carlisle, Pa.   A Special Forces ‘Quiet Professional’ honored by the nation with the Medal of Honor, Sergeant First Class Randall ‘Randy’ Shughart may not have asked for more. But former friends, professional colleagues, and members of the Special Forces community believe that this hometown hero deserves better.  The Special Forces Association Chapter 64 has sponsored an effort to replace the current marker with a more visible and meaningful memorial for Randall Shughart.

Thursday, October 3 at 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Westminster Cemetery, Carlisle, Pa – A special ceremony will dedicate a new cemetery marker created to recognize the courage, dedication and sacrifice of this American Soldier on the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu.  The ceremony will honor Randall David Shughart, Medal of Honor, SFC US ARMY, Veteran of Panama and Somalia whose life spanned from Aug. 13, 1958 to Oct. 3, 1993 when he was killed in action in Mogadishu, Somalia.


      Scouts learn the right way to honor deceased Veterans at Westminster Cemetery.


New marker and installation is completed, courtesy of SFA Chapter 64, Westminster Cemetery, veterans, friends, and community.

The memorial commemoration will include several elements.  Army Col. Matt Dawson, director of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will give a short historical review of U.S. actions in Somalia 20 years ago.  Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo,  U.S. Army War College Commandant, will offer his thoughts about Shughart, his actions under fire, and the ageless significance of his bravery to Soldiers today and tomorrow. Thirty members of the extended Shughart Family will be in attendance.  Veterans groups have been invited to present wreaths.  The SFA new memorial design includes a granite slab with the Medal of Honor citation engraved upon it, and a distinctive granite bench bearing a Shughart Family quote.

o  Open to the public, the ceremony will take place rain or shine, at Westminster Cemetery, 1159 Newville Road, Carlisle.

o  A reception with light refreshments will follow, nearby at the West Pennsboro Fire Department, 20 Park Road, Plainfield, Pa.


Previously, the marker for SFC Randall Shughart did not include the Medal of Honor Citation.

The ceremony is sponsored by the Special Forces Association, the U.S. Army War College, the West Pennsboro Fire Department and Veterans Groups. In support of the SFC Shughart commemoration, Boy Scout Troop & Pack 173 will post U.S. flags at more than 400 Veterans’ gravesite within the cemetery.

Small Wars Journal published on Sept. 11 a full-length article co-authored by Mike Marra and Dr. Bill Pierce, Army War College faculty members, entitled, “Somalia 20 Years Later: Lessons Learned, Re-learned and Forgotten”.


                                                                Medal of Honor Citation:

Sergeant First Class Shughart, United States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on 3 October 1993, while serving as a Sniper Team Member, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Sergeant First Class Shughart provided precision sniper fires from the lead helicopter during an assault on a building and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fires. While providing critical suppressive fires at the second crash site, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the site. Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After their third request to be inserted, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader received permission to perform this volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader were inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site. Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Sergeant First Class Shughart pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position. Sergeant First Class Shughart used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while traveling the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. Sergeant First Class Shughart continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Sergeant First Class Shughart's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army.

Firefighters on duty: fire house Open House and the popular Kids' Fire Academy will take place

The Carlisle Barracks Fire Department is fully operational during the government shutdown. Safety and security operations are excepted from furlough.

 These October events will occur as scheduled to introduce military families to the Carlisle Barracks firefighters and pass on smart safety tips:

** Fire Department Open House, Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Open to everyone, the Open House includes fire house tours, introduction to fire apparatus/ equipment displays. You'll leavn about the fire department's response capabilities and general fire prevention tips.



** Kids Fire Academy, for children ages 6-13, two dates

-- Sat, Oct. 5 -- fully booked

-- Sat, Oct. 19 -- added by popular demand: 9 - 11 a.m.

-- Sat, Oct. 19 -- added: 1 - 3 p.m.

Each session offers the same information and experience for kids to learn about fire prevention, use fire hose to spray water, crawl through a training maze, use a fire extinguisher, and several other fire department related activities. 

Space is limited to 20 children per session.

Call ahead to sign children up for one or the other session, using the fire station's business number, 717.245.4419.

October 2, 2013 -- Impact at Carlisle Barracks: Government Shutdown due to Lapse in Appropriations

updated 3:46 P.M.  OCT 4

Federal appropriations expired at 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 30, 2013. By law, in the event of a lapse in appropriations, the Department of Defense can only conduct activities designed to protect safety of life and property. That includes specific military operations approved by the Secretary of Defense; police, fire and emergency medical protection; and activities labeled “excepted activities.”

  • Military personnel are not subject to furlough. Contract personnel are not furloughed, subject to availability of funding. Individual DoD civilian personnel are either excepted if engaged in excepted activities; or furloughed.
  • DoD civilian employees at Carlisle Barracks who are not excepted from the furlough are receiving formal notices of decision to furlough due to lapse of appropriations. This is an Emergency Furlough for which employees will be in a non-pay, non-duty status. The notifications detail the reason for the furlough and the employee’s rights. Guidance on furloughs is available at

At Carlisle Barracks, the impact of furlough depends on whether an activity is excepted from furlough. In some cases, e.g., the Child Development Center, the activity is supported by user fees and is not subject to furlough.

These activities will NOT continue during the government shutdown:

  • Cancelled: USAWC students’ Gettysburg Staff Ride
  • Cancelled: USAWC students’ Strategic Art Film Program
  • Closed: Commissary
  • Closed to all but official USAWC researchers: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
  • Closed: Café Cumberland
  • Closed: Military Personnel Services
  • Closed: Retirement Services -  Retiree Appreciation Day remains scheduled for SAT, Oct. 12
  • Cancelled:  International Fellows Hall of Fame induction for GEN Bikram Singh, India, to be rescheduled
  • Cancelled:  Joint Service Reserve Component Officers Course


These activities will continue (with limited operations and/or limited manning). These are excepted activities and contracted or fee-based activities:


  • Army War College courses
  • International Fellows Program support


  • Dunham Army Medical Clinic medical care to all beneficiaries
  • Carlisle Barracks Dental Clinic dental care for active duty beneficiaries
  • Army Wellness Center
  • Army Substance Abuse counseling


  • Police and gate security
  • Firefighters
  • Safety Office
  • Essential safety/security activities in Public Works and Environmental Services
  • Sexual Assault/ Harassment Program
  • Survivor Outreach


  • Chapel Services
  • Defense Finance & Accounting Service (limited services)
  • RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY, SAT. Oct 12: command info briefs for Retirees/Families within Military Community


  • Military Family Life Consultant
  • ID card services (limited services)
  • Defense Finance
  • Child Development Center at Carlisle Barracks and Letterkenny Army Depot
  • Carlisle Barracks Youth Services
  • Physical Fitness Campus – all gyms. NOTE: 6 a.m. TRX and Spin classes cancelled; All combative classes cancelled.
  • Food service: LVCC, golf course, bowling center, Root Hall cafeteria
  • Recreation services at the Golf Course, Bowling, Auto/ Crafts Shop, Leisure Travel Services, Outdoor Recreation (limited services)
  • Transportation Office (limited services).

All furloughed employees have been advised to monitor the national news for a,, or phone the operations line at 717.245.3700

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO (September 26, 2013) - - The benefits provider for nearly 20,000 nonappropriated fund employees around the world has prepared information to assist with decision making related to the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Army Installation Management Command NAF Employee Benefits Office wants civilian employees at garrisons around the world to pay close attention as the marketplace healthcare exchanges become available in their states beginning Oct. 1, 2013.

"This is a decision-making event that may affect some employees and their families," said Bob Ramsey, chief of NAF Benefits. "We want our NAF employees to be aware of how the marketplace exchanges will become available and, more importantly, what decisions have to be made to comply with the new law."

The ACA, commonly known as Obamacare, was signed into law in June 2010 by President Obama. Some provisions of this law have already taken place, such as the ability to allow children to stay on their parents' health insurance coverage until age 26.

"Oct. 1 is significant, as it is the first time that enrollments in Marketplace Healthcare Exchanges can start," said Anne Bright, NAF Employee Benefits Operations manager. "Who qualifies and who can sign up in the exchanges is the information we're trying to get out to our employees and retirees."

The marketplace was designed to help everyone find health insurance to meet their needs and fit within their budget. In addition, some may qualify for a new tax credit that will help lower their premium.

Current NAF employees who are enrolled in the DoD NAF Health Benefit Program need not do anything. This program meets the requirements of the ACA.

"In the DoD NAF HPB, the NAF employer pays 70 percent of the premium and this is likely the employee's best option under the rules of ACA," said Gloria Mick, Medical Program manager. "Some NAF employees, such as FLEX employees, are not eligible for our DoD NAF HPB, so they will have to get coverage on another employer's plan, on their parent's plan if eligible or purchase healthcare from the Marketplace Healthcare Exchanges."

A tax penalty may apply for those who fail to or choose not to have health insurance. In 2014, the tax penalty starts at the higher of $95 or 1 percent of income, but increases each year to 2.5 percent in 2016.

"The ACA offers premium tax credits to help pay for coverage," said Mick. "These premium tax credits will depend on the person's income, but only become available when insurance is purchased through the exchanges."

Citizens living abroad for at least 330 days of the year are treated as if they have the minimum coverage.

"Our OCONUS employees who are not enrolled in the DoD NAF HBP are not required by exception; however, this may be their best option," said Mick. "We want to encourage everyone to find the best insurance option that protects their family and saves them money."

Some retirees under 65 years old who are enrolled in the DoD NAF HBP will have the option of dropping coverage and seeking a better or more affordable plan on the marketplace exchanges.

"It will depend upon the balance between the employer paid percentage and the insurance premium tax credit," said Mick. "This will be a difficult decision for our under 65 retirees because it will depend on the individual's actual income stream. Once a retiree drops their NAF coverage, they are not allowed to re-enroll."

If an employee drops their NAF HBP and applies for coverage through the exchanges, they will be asked specific information about the employer plan. This information can be found on the or the links provided below.

More detailed information and links to official information websites can be found at

Below are excerpts from Secretary McHugh’s letter to the Army.

To read the entire letter, go to

Oct 01 2013

To the men and women of the United States Army:

"It is with deep sadness that I write you regarding the government-wide shutdown, and the actions the Department of the Army must now take to come into compliance. This great disruption of our operations was made necessary after Congress failed to enact either a FY 2014 budget or a temporary funding measure that would have allowed normal operations to continue after the 2013 fiscal year ended on September 30.

"While Congress and the President have taken prudent steps to protect military pay for our men and women in harm's way, our civilian workforce will likely be deeply and personally impacted. A large number of our civilian workforce will be temporarily furloughed beginning today. As Secretary of Defense Hagel noted recently, decisions about who will be furloughed are dictated solely by law. Please know that if you are furloughed, it in no way diminishes the importance of your work to the Army or our mission.

"Coming so soon after a six-day furlough required by budget sequestration, this furlough will create a tremendous hardship on both our workforce and their families. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and that we hope for a speedy resolution to this impasse. Thank you for all you have done, and will continue to do, for the United States Army.

John M. McHugh

Secretary of the Army