Banner Archive for October 2014

Post movie theater offering free advanced showing of new Disney film

AAFES is offering a free, advanced showing of the new Disney movie Big Hero Six (rated PG), this Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m. at Reynolds Theater.

Get there early so you can see Carlisle Barracks will honor their own hero, PFC Christopher Edwards, who has taken on the responsibility of representing Single Soldiers at the installation level by becoming the BOSS President. He currently works as an optometry technician at Dunham Clinic.
Tickets can be picked up at the Exchange and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

IMCOM revises overseas tour policy to enhance development opportunitie

SAN ANTONIO (October 28, 2014) – A new U.S. Army Installation Management Command policy, published today, will open development doors to its general schedule employees in grades nine and above by reducing a backlog of employees past their five-year overseas tour rotations and placing them in stateside positions to create a leadership development cycle. 

The IMCOM Enhanced Placement Program policy 690-15, which goes into effect Nov. 3, uses the Priority Placement Program mechanism to rotate overseas civilians past their five year tour into positions stateside, opening overseas tour development positions to others.

The policy’s outcome equates to growth, development and advancement opportunities that shape IMCOM careers and support the re-shaping of America’s Army, according to IMCOM Director of Human Resources, Ms. Karen Perkins.

"This initiative supports the Department of Defense five-year tour limitation policy

by enhancing placement opportunities of IMCOM overseas talent who have been

extended beyond 5 years,” Perkins said.  “It provides placement assistance to positions back in CONUS.  As part of this strategy, the OCONUS vacancies created by the program will open up additional opportunities for our CONUS employees who wish to obtain experience in the overseas environment. This facilitated mobility of the IMCOM workforce is a key component of LOE1 and the strategic human capital plan to facilitate talent management and leader/workforce development."

Beginning Nov. 3, IMCOM non-displaced overseas employees registered in PPP will be matched to stateside placement opportunities within the command and receive increased priority. The combination of strictly adhering to five-year overseas tour limits and increased placement opportunities for OCONUS employees in PPP will create succession for leadership professional development facilitating talent management throughout the command, according to policy proponents.

To take advantage of the opportunities, said Perkins, IMCOM employees, supervisors and leaders should immediately familiarize themselves with the policy and procedures, available on IMCOM Sharepoint at  Employees should carefully review and update resumes and, in overseas locations, work with local Civilian Personnel Advisory Centers staff to ensure proper coding and registration is completed.

IMCOM developmental assignment programs, Department of the Army career programs and specified garrison key leader selection processes remain in place. 

For general information about IEPP, contact the IMCOM Human Resources at (210) 466-0416 or local CPAC.

Voting Guidance for Army War College & Carlisle Barracks Employees

Pennsylvania voting polls are open Nov. 4.

Excused absence may be granted to permit an employee to report to work 3 hours after the polls open or leave work 3 hours before the polls close, whichever involves less time away from work.

For example, if the polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., an employee with duty hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. may report to work at 9:30 a.m. The 30 minutes of excused absence would permit the employee to report to work 3 hours after the polls open.

Remind your out-of-state military family members & colleague:  Pennsylvania deadline for military and overseas electors to return absentee ballots is Nov. 12.

Learn more at

Army War College and Class leadership dedicate the Class of 2012 graduation plaque.

Select this link to Watch the 2012 plaque dedication video.

Oct. 27, 2014 --  Members of the Class of 2012 returned to Carlisle for the Oct. 24 ceremony to dedicate their Army War College graduation plaque, now displayed on the front of Root Hall, the academic building named for Elihu Root, Secretary of War who established The War College in 1901.The 2012 plaque joins the long bronze row of plaques bearing the names of Dwight Eisenhower, Ray Odierno, Charles Eassa and Paul Conti, among others. 

This is what pride looks like. Members of the class of 2012 traveled far distances to review their place in history.

The event marked the formal recognition of all the members of the Class of 2012's  distance program, resident program, International Fellows, and USAWC College Fellows, now serving at home and abroad.  

"[They are] successfully applying the skills they obtained or refined during their courses of study at the U.S. Army War College," said Army War College Provost Dr. Lance Betros.  "We especially recognize those members of the Class of 2012 serving far from home and in harm’s way."

"It is absolutely the strength of the nation that comes through these doors," said Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp about the class representation of all the Services, civilian comrades and international fellows. "These plaques represent your connection to the Army War College and the ideals that make all of our Armed Services so strong."

Representing fellow graduates 2013 resident graduates, Col. Charles Eassa said, "At our convocation, Maj. Gen. Martin charged us to develop ourselves professionally in preparation for the responsibility of senior leadership and service at the strategic level."  We took [Commandant] Maj. Gen. Martin's  charge seriously. We engaged each other and our faculty to  gain a  deeper perspective on the meaning and understanding of our profession, why we exist, how we approach complex problems, and grasping complexity."

The class of 1912 probably did much as we did, he said.  Then as now, the college and students are committed to exploring our profession and being prepared to defend our nation. "In 1912, they struggled as one-third the Army was stationed in the Philippines; large contingents were stationed in Hawaii and Panama, focused on the Pacific.  They were wrestling with new technologies like the machine gun, the radio, trucks, and airplanes. They built relationships that brought them through world wars."   

A hundred years from now, a colonel from the class of 2112 will dedicate their plaque, noted Eassa. They will study us and the actions that we take in the next several years as we put to use the Army War College experience,new insights, new tools and relationships.   

Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp (l) and Command Sgt. Major Malcolm Parrish (r) look on as Class of 2012 graduates Col. Charles Eassa (2nd from left) and Col Paul Conti unveil the Class of 2012 graduation plaque on Root Hall, Carlisle Barracks.

Representing the 2012 distance education graduates, Lt. Col. Paul Conte recounted a comment heard early in his two-year education that, 'when you're done with this you'll never look at news the same way again'. "At first, I thought they meant you're never going to look at news again -- true, because after all the homework, there wasn't time for anything else!"

Now, he sees both the plaques and the news through a different lens.

When I first got here, I saw these plaques as dates with a lot of names, said Conti. "... these names on these plaques -- these folks are solving the global issues of our times. When you watch the news, and you see ebola, ISIS, Afghanistan, Syria ... there's somebody on one of these plaques who is working diligently behind the scenes to try to bring resolution or do the best they can to advise folks to make decisions  to solve these conflicts.
That's what changed, he said. That's why "you won't look at news the same way again."






Army War College opens nominations for National Security Seminar: May 31 – June 4, 2015

The academic program for the resident Army War College class of 2015 will close with a four-day forum among USAWC students, faculty, and a cross section of America, invited to participate in the National Security Seminar.

Each year, the Army War College invites approximately 160 Americans who have no prior association. They contribute perspectives that reflect a rich variety of career experiences and geographical backgrounds. Their participation in vigorous informed discussion enriches the academic experience for the U.S. military officers, federal civilian leaders, and international officers of the Army War College student body. NSS participants are encouraged to probe and examine the students’ ideas so as to give the benefit of their personal experiences and perspectives.

NSS participants benefit, in turn, from access to and dialogue with students, faculty, and other NSS participants: a cross-section of America.  Topics are iintroduced daily to speakers of national prominence who are selected from the national security policy environment, the military, and academia to address national security issues of interest to military and civilians alike.

The non-attribution policy of the Army War College applies throughout all activities of the National Security Seminar, so as to encourage and protect candid, valuable discussions.


National Security Seminar participants are nominated by Army War College students, alumni, staff and faculty; prior National Security Seminar attendees; and Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army.

The college does not accept self-nominations.  Nominations close 31 December 2014 for the 2015 seminar.

Use this NSS link   to learn more and find the nomination form.

Local AFAP conference set for Nov. 18, 19

The Carlisle Barracks Army Family Action Plan Conference will be held Nov. 18-19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center.  The conference will bring members of the community together to surface issues of concern, propose possible solutions and report to USAG Carlisle Barracks 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 backbone of the AFAP program is at the local level where AFAP delegates, representing a cross-section of the community’s demographics, identify, develop and rank their concerns.

AFAP has been in operation since 1983 and 689issues have been identified in the past 31 years.  AFAP has driven 128 legislative changes, 208 Army policy and regulatory changes and 197 improved programs and services.  It is also notable that 61 percent of all active AFAP issues impact all the Services.  AFAP provides the “voice” for the force to elevate their concerns, and remains the preeminent means for commanders, at all levels, to seek solutions to the concerns of their communities. 

The key to a successful AFAP is to have your issues submitted in time for the conference.  Registration forms and Issue forms can be obtained on the ACS webpage at 

The Delegate Registration Form should be returned to the AFAP Coordinator, Army Community Service, Building 632, Wright Avenue, no later than 7 November 2014.   All delegates must pre-register to attend the conference.

Fore more information call 717-245-3684.

Dr. Rory Cooper to headline  awareness month breakfast Oct. 30

Carlisle Barracks will spotlight the vision to Expect - Employ - Empower, for  National Disability Employment Awareness Month.   The breakfast event starts  at 6:45 a.m., with a pay-as-you-go breakfast and a feature speech by Dr. Rory Cooper who was selected to serve as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army in consideration of his extraordinary career in rehabilitation science and technology on behalf of the disabled.


Join the class of 2012 virtually with live streaming of the ceremony: -- Friday/ 23 Oct/ 11:45 a.m.

Post Chapel hosting bus trip to National Cathedral Nov. 7

On. Nov. 7, the Carlisle Barracks Memorial Chapel will host a bus trip to the Washington National Cathedral for a Veterans Appreciation with the Chaplain Prayer Breakfast that will feature guest speaker retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen.

The trip will include a private War Memorial tour of the cathedral, a presentation at the Lincoln Memorial and a late lunch during the return trip. Spouses are welcome. The bus will depart at 5 a.m. from the chapel and return at approximately 4 p.m. The uniform is ASU but bring a comfortable change of clothes.

For more information, call 717-245-3318.

Family finance series kicks off Oct. 21  

Colonel (Retired) George Doran, a certified financial planner, will present a five part Family financial planning series to increase your awareness of the financial advantages offered by military service. The focus of the series is to help increase your awareness about how to set the conditions for financial success within your military or civilian careers and to position yourself and your Family for a successful retirement.  Dates of the presentations follow:

         Oct. 21        The Military Financial Advantage                     Wil Washcoe

         Oct. 23        Financial Basics                                            Wil Washcoe

         Oct. 30        Investments                                                        Wil Washcoe

         Nov. 06       Insurance                                                           Wil Washcoe

         Nov. 24       Estate Management and Review                     Wil Washcoe

These presentations will cover specific factors and benefits applicable to military personnel and their Families that should be considered in developing a financial program.  Information will be provided on investments, insurance, tax requirements, and how each works together to provide a financially secure future.  Specific investment and insurance plans and programs will not be covered.  The informal setting of the presentations, and the experience of the presenter, is intended to facilitate the sharing of ideas and answers to many of your questions.

Each program is designed to complement the other; however, attendance at each session is not necessary to receive the benefit of each individual session.

For those of you who are geographically separated or not able to attend the presentation, it will be streamed live at

This site can be accessed from any computer and does not require a CAC card. 

These presentations are open to the entire Carlisle Barracks community.  Spouses are strongly encouraged to attend.  For more information, please call the Military Family Program at 245-4787.  

Military Family Program hosting -Caring for Aging Parents (Part I) Oct. 21

The Military Family Program will offer a presentation on "Caring for Aging Parents" in Bliss Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 21 7 to 9 p.m.  This is the first of a two-part presentation series and will focus on the medical and legal aspects of caring for an aging parent.  A legal expert specializing in elder care will discuss estate planning, living wills, living trusts, etc.  A medical representative will explore strategies to ensure the well-being of aging parents.  There will also be an Alzheimer expert in attendance to answer questions.  Supervising an employee dealing with this challenge will also be covered. 

For those of you who are geographically separated or not able to attend the presentation, it will be streamed live at 

This site can be accessed from any computer and does not require a CAC card. 

This presentation is open to the entire Carlisle Barracks community.  For more information, please call Laurel Cioppa in the Military Family Program office (245-4787).  

Halloween safety tips

Here’s hoping that your HALLOWEEN is an exciting, fun-filled time for all.  Unfortunately, Halloween is also a time for increased accidents, injuries, and deaths.  Here are some things you can do to help make this Halloween safer for everyone.

Avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts. 

Look at the label on your costume, mask, beards and wig for flame resistance.    

Leave your porch lights and any exterior lights on if you are expecting or welcoming trick or treaters.   

Only allow your children to consume treats that show no signs of tampering. 

When your children are leaving the house you should ensure they are with at least two friends for the entire evening, and designate a specific route for them to take.  

Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. 

Expect the unexpected.  Keep dogs and other pets away from doors so children will not become frightened. 

Never hesitate to call 9-1-1 immediately to report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department. 

PARENTS – Should remind their children of the THREE D’s

  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • Do not take short cuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
  • Do not go inside anyone's home.

Have a happy and safe Halloween -- Always put safety first

Carlisle Barracks Safety Office (717) 245-4353

Under SecArmy Carson: Civilian employees 'indispensable' from Afghanistan to Africa

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 16, 2014) -- As the troop drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the demand for Army civilian employees there will increase, predicted the service's under secretary.

Speaking at the Department of the Army Civilian Luncheon Oct. 15, during the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition here, Under Secretary of the Army Brad R. Carson said the Army's civilian workforce is indispensable. He pledged to continue support for career program development and training for civilians serving worldwide.

More than 1,000 Army civilians now serve in Afghanistan, Carson said, adding that more than 16,000 have served there over the past few years.

Army civilian employees assist with logistics, budgeting and planning, he said. Others help train Afghan security forces as part of the Advise and Assist program.

"The skills of the Army civilian workforce are as much needed as those brought by our military personnel," he said.

With Soldiers now deploying to West Africa to help contain the Ebola epidemic, the under secretary predicted Army civilian employees will also assist with the mission there.

"For it is our civilians who possess those skills necessary to serve in positions like advisor to the minister of health, contract specialist, lawyer, engineer or safety (specialist)," Carson said. "So whether in Afghanistan or Sierra Leone or the many dusty places in between, this is not easy work and it is not work that is going away."

A total of about 225,000 civilians currently work for the Army, Carson said, adding that's only appropriated-fund employees. If non-appropriated fund, or NAF, employees were included, the total would be about 301,000.

Despite this workforce size, Carson said civilian personnel have not always been given the best professional development opportunities. Progress is being made, though, he said.

All Army civilians today are in one of 31 career programs. Just four years ago, only 40 percent had career programs.

That means four years ago, only 40 percent of the Army's employees had access to funds for professional development, explained Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civilian Personnel Gwendolyn R. DeFilippi.

Professional staffs have been hired to assist career program managers, she said. Employees have been given access to Army Career Tracker -- long used by Soldiers to chart career progression and now available to civilians.

"Indeed much effort has been spent to make life better for our civilian workforce," Carson said.

In August, the Army launched the Civilian Acculturation Pilot Program. The program familiarizes new employees with the Army's culture and mission at a number of installations and commands. The short-term goal of the program is to ease integration of new employees, Carson said. The long-term goal is to improve job satisfaction and retain talented professionals.

Since 2012, the Army has tripled the number of leadership development programs offered to civilians, Carson said. Programs have been established such as the Civilian Emergent Leadership Development Program initiated by the Army's Training and Doctrine Command.

Many strides have been made, Carson said, but more work needs to be done. He suggested more mentorship programs for civilian employees and a comprehensive talent management program for the workforce.

"I need your help," he said to civilians in the audience, "Your ideas, your passion, your commitment. I believe that together, we and the Army can do some revolutionary things."

The Army civilian workforce has a "long and rich tradition of service," he said. He used the example of John Garand, developer of the M1 rifle.

Garand was a civilian firearms engineer who worked for the Army from 1919 to 1953. His M1 rifle was eventually lauded by Gen. George Patton "as the greatest battle implement ever devised."

"Mr. Garand did not develop this mainstay of the American Soldier overnight," though, Carson said. "His design was forged through years of deliberate trial and error -- years rife with the inevitable failures that ultimately enabled success."

He said Garand had something in common with Army employees of today: a desire to make a difference and to be part of a cause larger than himself.

Carson pointed to a current Army employee who made a difference -- Ashley Russell, who with a graduate degree from the University of Chicago, originally took a GS-7 position with the Army Medical Command. As a GS-11, she led a review of the Army's Medical Evaluation Board, or MEB, process at Fort Riley, Kansas.

At the time, MEBs were taking an average of 254 days at Fort Riley. Her team identified a number of processes that could be shortened, lowering the average MEB completion time there to 120 days.

Originally, narrative summaries that were supposed to be completed in five days were taking 60. She put together a standard for Medical Command that shortened the average completion time for narrative summaries by more than 50 days.

Russell, who now serves as a GS-12 with Army G-1, was recognized earlier this year at the Lean Six Sigma awards ceremony in the Pentagon.

She saved the Army millions of dollars by "vastly improving" the MEB process, Carson said. "More importantly her work made life better, simpler, easier for injured Soldiers and their families. And there is no price tag on that."

(Luc Dunn of AUSA NEWS contributed to this article. For more ARNEWS stories, visit, or Facebook at, or Twitter @ArmyNewsService)   

More than 500 turn out for Retiree Appreciation Day


Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, provides an update on the War College as part of Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 11 in Bliss Hall.

More than 500 military retirees came to Carlisle Barracks Oct. 11 for an update on TRICARE, Veterans Affairs and more as part of Retiree Appreciation Day.

This year’s crows, one of the largest ever, were welcomed by Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, before hearing briefings in TRICARE for Life, an update on Dunham Clinic services, a legal brief in estate planning and a benefits update from the VA.

"I have been attending the event for the past five years, said one of the retirees after the event. “It runs like a well-oil machine (smooth) each time I gain new information and updates.  I am very grateful for this annual event and appreciate all efforts that makes it such a success.  I thank all the Carlisle Barracks staff and the retiree council-they truly keep us connected.”

In addition to the briefings, attendees were able to get flu shots, new ID cards and a mini-health screening in the Root Hall Gym.   

Face of Defense: Soldier Pulls Grenade From Man's Leg

Army Staff Sgt. David Mensink from the 789th EOD Company, based at Fort Benning, Georgia, received a call from the Birmingham Police Department bomb squad around 1 a.m.

The police sought Mensink's advice to determine what kind of explosive item was stuck in the man's leg.

"From the initial X-ray, it looked like a 40mm grenade," said Mensink, a 27-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan veteran from Seale, Alabama.

*Explosive was a military round*

Once the police discovered that the explosive was a military round, Mensink and his EOD team were called to support a team of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies on scene. The agencies involved included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the FBI; Alabama State Bureau of Investigations; and the police departments of Birmingham and the Jasper, Alabama.

Escorted by Alabama state troopers from the Georgia-Alabama state line, the team left Fort Benning at 4:15 a.m. and arrived at the hospital two hours later. The man was isolated inside the ambulance behind barricades more than 30 feet from the hospital with two paramedics who volunteered to stay with him.

On his first trip into the ambulance, Mensink discovered that the grenade was lodged so deeply in the man's thigh that it exposed his femoral artery.

Mensink returned to the ambulance with a doctor who volunteered to make an incision in the man's leg, while a paramedic stood by with tourniquet in case the man's artery was damaged. Another paramedic monitored his vital signs.

Mensink then carefully removed the grenade from his leg. Paramedics rushed the man into the hospital. Officials said the man had no permanent damage.

*Priming charge could have been fatal*

The explosive turned out to be an M713 red-smoke grenade. According to Mensink, the priming charge on the smoke grenade could have been fatal if it had detonated.

The man told authorities that the grenade activated and fired into his thigh while he was dismantling it. He initially sought treatment at the Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, and later was taken to the hospital in Birmingham, a Level 1 trauma center.

In addition to Mensink, the 789th EOD Company Team consisted of Army Sgt. Johnny Lowthorpe from Columbus, Georgia, and Army Spc. Brandon Fair from Daytona Beach, Florida. The team was accompanied by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyron Mathews from Royal, Florida, senior EOD officer.

The EOD team was part of the 789th EOD Company, 184th EOD Battalion, 52nd EOD Group, 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Command.

The 20th CBRNE Command combats chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive hazards around the globe. Stationed on 19 posts in 16 states and headquartered on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 20th CBRNE is the Defense Department's only standing multifunctional formation focused on conducting defense support to civil law enforcement agency missions.

*More than 2,000 explosive mitigation missions*

During fiscal year 2014, 20th CBRNE Command EOD technicians completed more than 2,000 explosive mitigation missions across the nation.

Capt. Ryan M. Plemmons, commander of the 789th EOD Company, said the incident was the most unusual mission his company had accomplished during his time in command.

"It definitely shows why I have such confidence in my soldiers," said Plemmons, a Reno, Nevada native who served in Afghanistan. "Everybody worked together well to make sure that we completed the mission."

Mensink said he became an EOD technician "because of its challenging mission set."

"Explosive ordnance disposal technicians directly defeat our current enemy's weapon of choice," said Mensink, a 9-year U.S. Army veteran who previously served as an infantry soldier.

Out of the 180 EOD missions Mensink has been involved in, both at home and in Afghanistan, he said, none were as unusual as removing a grenade from man's thigh.

"It was definitely a first," he said.

Combined Federal Campaign 2014 underway

The Combined Federal Campaign is an annual opportunity for US federal employees to support charities, service organizations, youth organizations, and military related associations. The 2014 campaign began Oct. 1, is scheduled to conclude Dec. 12.

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 Elton Manske at 245-4898.

Carlisle Barracks Exchange keeping the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving

Carlisle Barracks– With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving Day will be on family and shopping will have to wait until Friday.  

Customers will not have to wait long to start their holiday shopping as the Carlisle Barracks Exchange doors open at 4 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving.

“As a part of the military community, the Exchange understands that time with family, for both customers and associates, is a priority,” said the Carlisle BarracksExchange’s General Manager, Stephanie Wilson.“An early opening at the Carlisle Barracks Exchange on ‘Black Friday’ will allow shoppers to give thanks with loved ones and still partake in the savings.”

Authorized shoppers can get a head start on special promotions, updated throughout the holiday season, by visiting the Exchange’s “Sale Flyers” page at

Army Medical Department returns to its roots at Carlisle Barracks

Members of the command teams from Army Medical Department Activity, Fort George G. Meade, Md., pose for a photo in front of the Army Medical Services Monument on Carlisle Barracks. In 1920 the Medical Field Service School was established under Colonel Percy M. Ashburn's command at Carlisle Barracks.

Dunham Army Health Clinic recently played host to the command teams from the Army Medical Department Activity, Fort George G. Meade, Md., for a meeting. What many of the attendees didn’t know was that Carlisle Barracks was the original home for Army Medicine, tracing its roots back to shortly after World War I.  

Medical Field Service School at Carlisle Barracks

In the fall of 1920, the Medical Field Service School was established under Colonel Percy M. Ashburn's command. Drawing on the lessons of World War I, the school developed medical equipment and doctrine suitable for the battlefield. More than 30,000 officers and NCOs passed through the school during its 26-year tenure at Carlisle Barracks. They applied classroom instruction and field exercises to train in care of casualties and disease prevention, the latter a major problem for the military until improvements in sanitation and antibiotics.

World War I brought advanced weaponry, chemical warfare and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Forcing the U.S. Army to find effective and innovative solutions to the medical problems such challenges presented to soldiers on the battlefield. The Army Medical Field Service School at Carlisle Barracks was the answer to those medical concerns.

The Medical Field Service School took over the military reservation on Carlisle Barracks on September 1, 1920. The initial organization included the Departments of Military Art, Enlisted Training, Hygiene, Equipment and Transportation, along with the Veterinary and Dental Corps.

The U.S. Army has been at the forefront in developing innovative battlefield medical treatments as far back as the American Revolution. Arguably the most famous of improvements developed at Carlisle was the "Carlisle Bandage". Originally called "First-aid Packet, U.S. Government Carlisle Model", the "Carlisle Bandage" was carried by every soldier in a web pouch on his equipment belt during World War II.

The ambulance was transformed from a horse-drawn carriage to the wheeled vehicles of today partly through research conducted at Carlisle. The helicopter, for the purposes of medical transportation, or medical evacuation, was also introduced there. The inventors of the helicopter brought two machines to Carlisle Barracks in 1935 for demonstrations before the Medical Department Board. At that time the pilots demonstrated by repeated landings and takeoffs the very small amount of level ground needed for the machines. The helicopter would later be used to great effect in Korea and Vietnam.

The advances in medicine that resulted from the research conducted at the Medical Field Service School saved many lives. Whether for transporting injured soldiers and medical supplies; or for teaching battlefield first aid and preventing disease, the Army has continually sought to improve health care delivery systems and programs for soldiers.

Lessons learned at the Medical Field Service School were applied on the beaches of Normandy, during the Inchon Invasion, in the rice paddies of Vietnam and in present day Iraq. These lessons were also adopted by civilian hospitals and medical practitioners.

In all, over 30,000 officers and NCOs passed through the school during its 26-year tenure at Carlisle Barracks. The school moved to Fort Sam Houston in 1946, and continues pursuing medical advances and improvements in health care. The telemedicine of today will spawn the next wave of new technologies that will help soldiers stay on the battlefield, and in time, improve the quality of life for everyone.

Editor’s Note: The information on the school originally appeared in an article by John Kurash, of the U.S. Army Military History Institute.

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, “Love Yourself - Be Drug free." 

Oct. 1. – Youth Poster contest will begin and run through Oct. 27. Judging will be held on Oct. 28.

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

Oct. 23 - Plant a Bulb, bulbs planted by teens at Youth Center at 4 p.m.

Oct. 23 – Drug Prevention Resource table set up in the Youth Center, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Oct. 28 - Judge poster contest submissions

Oct. 28 - Drug Dog Demonstration, and Sobriety Check Point demonstration at Youth Center, 4 p.m.

Oct. 29 - Lunch n Learn “It’s a Thin Line Between Use, Misuse, and Abuse”, Prescription Drug Abuse. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  @ Education Center, Bldg. 632.

Oct. 30 – Halloween Parade with the presentation of awards to the poster contest winners.

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

AHEC Presents:  Civil War Expert to lecture about lessons of the Siege of Petersburg, Oct 15 at 7:15 pm

 From June 1864 to March 1865, the hard-bitten Civil War veterans of the Union and Confederate armies converged on the Virginia town of Petersburg. The resulting siege remains the longest in American history, inflicting nine brutal months of trench warfare on the soldiery of both sides. At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present the third lecture in the 47th Annual Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series. Dr. Richard Sommers will present the lecture entitled, “Richmond Redeemed: The Enduring Lessons in Leadership from the Siege of Petersburg,” focusing on lessons in leadership at corps, army, theater, and national levels of command.

Union forces, commanded by Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, assaulted the reeling Confederates under the indomitable General Robert E. Lee, but the unsuccessful attack forced the Federals into more than thirty miles of muddy trenches surrounding the city. The Siege at Petersburg ultimately involved more than 180,000 soldiers, thirty percent of which became casualties. Grant only realized victory after dwindling resources forced General Lee to abandon Petersburg and Richmond in April 1865, leading to his retreat and surrender at Appomattox Court House.

Dr. Sommers served the U.S. Army Military History Institute at the Carlisle Barracks for over twenty years as Chief Archivist and Military Historian and won the U.S. Army War College’s Harold K. Johnson Professor of Military History in 2007 and 2008. He served in various positions in the archives and patron series at USAHEC. He teaches American history courses at the U.S. Army War College and has made numerous television appearances. Dr. Sommers has written over 100 books, articles, entries, and reviews, primarily on the Civil War. Richmond Redeemed: The Enduring Lessons in Leadership from the Siege of Petersburg is his most recent work and highlights the courageous leadership skills demonstrated by Generals Grant and Lee and their men during the harsh fighting of the Siege of Petersburg.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture will begin at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: <blocked>  or call 717-245-3972.

Fire prevention week activities set for Oct. 5-11

The recent fire in Root Hall served as an important reminder that we all play a role in fire safety. The National Fire Protection Association's Fire Prevention Week is set for Oct. 5-11, and the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department will participate in a number of ways.

The fire department held a Kids Fire Academy on Oct. 4 that allowed youth to hear a fire safety message and participate in activities including hose rolling, search and rescue, fire hose advancement, water stream direction, and fire extinguisher use simulation.

Additionally the fire department is conducting fire drills and fire prevention briefings at the Moore Child Development Center, and is handing out information to residents on Oct. 7 and 8.

Everyone is invited to stop by the fire house any time if they have questions about how to help prevent fires and home or at work,” said Capt. Jim O’Connell, Carlisle Barracks Fire Chief.

The theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives - Test Yours Every Month!"

According to the NFPA, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

The NFPA offers the following tips for proper smoke alarm usage:

• Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

• Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms to provide enough protection.

• For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound.

• An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) are recommended.

• Install smoke alarms following manufacturer's instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling.

• Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year.

• If an alarm "chirps," warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.

• Fire warning equipment is available to awaken people who are deaf or hard of hearing. This equipment uses strobe lights and vibration equipment (pillow or bed shakers) for people who are deaf and mixed-low-frequency signals for people who are hard of hearing. Some of this equipment is activated by the sound of the smoke alarm.

• All smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month using the test button.

The NFPA also warns against the danger of cooking fires. According to the NFPA, the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

The NFPA recommends the following cooking safety tips:

• Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don't use the stove or stovetop.

• Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

• If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

• Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains - away from your stovetop.

• Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

• If there is a cooking fire, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
• In the event of a fire, call 911 or the local emergency number after you leave.

• If you try to fight a fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

• Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

• For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Upcoming 'Strength for Wisdom' events

The Army War College Community wants to make sure that students, Families, staff and faculty are able to enrich not only their minds but their bodies as well with the "Strength for Wisdom" fitness campaign. By bringing together all of the physical fitness activities available to the U.S. Army War College community, the campaign serves as an easy to follow roadmap for improved fitness for folks of all fitness levels and abilities. For more information visit

Upcoming events:

Run Carlisle Barracks Aug. 9-Oct. 4

- The Run Carlisle Barracks program is a series of nine weekly runs starting and August and ending the first week of October. This program is designed to help prepare runners for the Army Ten Miler in October. Runners who are trying to increase running mileage and are also encouraged to participate.

Oktoberfest Volksmarch Oct. 11

The walk passes through the Army Heritage Trail, around the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course and enters the Carlisle Barracks where it passes numerous historic sites, and view the back of the Wilson Grist Mill. The walk is on sidewalks, paved and natural surfaces and is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

Letort Run One, 4X1 Mile Relay Oct. 24

This is a relay style race which involves 4 team members each running 1 mile (1/2 mile out and back) along the Letort Creek.

5K Drumstick Dash & Gobble Gallop Nov. 15

This is a family event that includes a 5K race combined with an optional 1 mile fun run.

2015 Military Child of the Year nominations now open

Operation Homefront is pleased to present the Military Child of the Year® Award to outstanding military children who demonstrate resiliency, leadership and achievement. Recipients representing each service branch are recognized at a Washington, DC Gala celebration in April each year. 

The seventh annual award will be presented April 16, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton,  Pentagon City, near Washington, DC.

This award is presented to an outstanding child from each branch of service - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the National Guard.  The recipients each receive a $10,000 cash prize and a laptop, and are flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special awards gala on April 16. In previous years, recipients have had the honor of meeting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, First Lady Michelle Obama, and philanthropist and singer Bret Michaels, who were guest speakers for the event awards ceremonies.

 Nominations will be accepted until December 12.  Further information and the nomination form are available on the website at:

Carlisle Barracks Military Retiree Appreciation Day set for Oct. 11

Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Carlisle Barracks will take place Sat., Oct. 11 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.

Registration opens at 7:30 -- with retirement benefits offered throughout the day

  • Flu Shots, Root Hall Gym, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • ID cards: Anny Ely Hall, 8:30 a.m. to noon. 
  • Mini-health screening in Root Hall Gym, all day: blood pressure checks, bone density testing, mammography information, nutritionist on site, and “Ask the Optometrist.”
  • A TRICARE representative will be available in Reynolds Theater 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.
  • Dunham Pharmacy will be open 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Commissary open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Exchange open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. with cake at 12:15 p.m.
  • JAG Office in Upton Hall will be open for power of attorneys and wills 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Briefing schedule:

  • Formal program opens with Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, CG, Carlisle Barracks: 9 a.m.
  • Dunham Army Health Clinic update: 10:15 a.m.  
  • TRICARE briefings: 11 a.m. (TRICARE-FOR-LIFE: Bliss Hall; Under-65: Reynolds Theater)
  • Veterans Affairs benefits briefing: 1 p.m.
  • Legal Briefing: general estate planning: 2 p.m.

Post, Carlisle fire fighters respond to Root Hall office fire  

Carlisle Barracks and Carlisle Borough Fire Fighters responded quickly to a report of smoke in a Root Hall office Oct. 5 and their quick actions prevented the spread of the fire.
The fire was in a single faculty office in the Root Hall academic building and was believed to have been caused by an electrical issue. No one was in the office at the time and the Carlisle Barracks fire fighters are investigating to confirm the nature of the electrical problem.
"The professional, quick assistance by off-post fire fighters is just another example of the importance of our mutual aide agreements with local fire responders," said Col. David Funk, Army War College Deputy Commandant.
Army War College classes and activities will continue as scheduled. Clean-up efforts will continue this week.

Plan properly for a safe long holiday weekend

By Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commanding general, U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and IMCOM Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey S. Hartless

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 3, 2014) -- Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937. Each of you deserves some rest and relaxation. Celebrate and enjoy this time off with your family and friends. As you embark on your long weekend, please be careful and emphasize safety.

If you are travelling, go online and check out the unique hazards of the location you plan to visit. Columbus Day often means one last trip to the coast. Think safety: Never swim alone, always use sunscreen and don’t let alcohol impede your judgment.

With seasonal changes approaching, consider using this weekend to prepare for winter risks and hazards. Remember - and remind your coworkers of - the factors brought by the fall, like shorter days, much cooler nights and foraging wildlife. Past harsh winters taught us to be proactive in not only identifying hazards around the house, but also doing minor maintenance, such as checking and insulating water pipes, before harsh weather transforms minor problems into major damage.

National Fire Prevention Week also kicks off during this holiday weekend, October 5 through 11. For those of us relaxing at home, now is a good time for a preseason inspection of heaters and for testing and replacing smoke detector batteries. More helpful fire prevention tips can be found here:

Finally, limit the use of alcohol. If you drink, don’t drive. Have a designated driver. The Army Safety Center has several tools you can use ( to plan a road trip and keep you and your family from harm.

CSM Hartless and I are extremely proud of all that you do for our nation’s Army. IMCOM supports our warfighters across the globe and our people are the key to our success. Enjoy your weekend. You earned it.


Army Strong!



LTG David Halverson                                        CSM Jeff Hartless

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

What is it?

The Domestic Violence Awareness Month honors the most important asset of the Army, the family, as they are a vital part of the nation's security through the foundation they provide to the Soldiers. With the theme, Relationships should be safe, respectful and positive, the focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of domestic violence, inform victims that help is available and emphasize the negative impact it has on family readiness.

What has the Army done?

The first Domestic Violence Awareness month was held in October 1987, and the first Commemorative Legislation passed by U.S. Congress in 1989. Though domestic violence has dropped by almost two-thirds since then, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimate that as many as three women lose their lives to domestic violence each day. The U.S. Army Installation Management Command is making a concerted effort during Domestic Violence Awareness month to highlight their resources that support the resilience of Army families through posters and social media platforms. New this year is a program titled Love is not abuse, targeted at teens and young adults, helping them recognize healthy dating and family relationships.

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

The Family Advocacy Program helps Soldiers and their family members develop skills to restore stability and health in their relationships. Resources include support groups for young parents, reintegration programs for families experiencing deployment and redeployment stress, and programs on anger management, dating violence and gender issues. Throughout the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaigns will be executed at each garrison to highlight prevention programs and services to the Soldiers and family members. These programs are designed to promote awareness, encourage reporting, provide safety for victims, encourage all members of the Army community to look out for one another, and ensure treatment or administrative action when needed. Family Advocacy Program's preventive educational programs are a primary resource for Army families to learn these life skills; prevention and education are the primary goals.

Why is it important to the Army?

Domestic abuse is contrary to Army Values and has negative effects on both family and Soldier readiness. The Army is committed to fully support its families and assist in the development of their resiliency, health and well being. We all must acknowledge that interpersonal violence is wrong, reach out to support victims, hold offenders accountable and create a climate of safety and respect.


Dunham Clinic launches the Fall '14 Flu Vaccination Campaign Oct 6

Full schedule --

* USAWC students, staff & Garrison staff

-- Oct 6 – 10 Root Hall Gym

Mon, Tues Friday  10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m.  

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

-- Oct 14-17 -

Wed/Fri 1 – 4 p.m.

Tuesday: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Thursday:7:30 a.m. – noon  

* Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 11, Root Hall Gym 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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 past
  • 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. Parker Hahn 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:

National Depression Screening Day -- Oct. 9

Robin William’s death has sobered us all to the reality of pain. People who contemplate suicide do not want to die – they just want the pain to stop. It is sad to recognize that there are many people who fully understand Robin William’s choice because they too have lost their connection to hope.

The one unifying principle in suicide is hopelessness. Someone once described depression as being in a deep dark hole in the ground with no ladder or rope. This feeling is the sense of hopelessness. The only apparent way out of the hole for them is to end their life.

People who are hopeless will often say things like:

  • Things will never get better.
  • I will never be happy again.
  • I will never get over what happened.
  • There is no point in trying anymore.
  • I just want to give up.
  • Things are hopeless.
  • What do I have to look forward to?
  • There is nothing that I can do to make things better.

We shouldn’t speculate about what made Robin William’s make the decision to end his life. It would be too simplistic to just say that he was hopeless. Suicide is always multi-determined. However, when people have a broken leg they use crutches until the leg heals. When people have a break in their spirit that leads to hopelessness it is “ok” to use a crutch and lean on someone else’s hope until the despair heals.  

Depression and hopelessness can be treated.

As simple as it sounds lifestyle changes can have a big impact on depression

  1. Incorporating a healthy diet with Omega3’s has been shown to have a positive impact on depression.
  2. Letting the light in spending time in the sun.
  3. Spending time in cardio exercise has a positive impact on both the body and the mind
  4. Developing healthy sleep habits


Additional treatment is to be open to working with a therapist who may suggest a consultation with a psychiatrist for medication.

Research shows that therapy alone can have a positive impact on depression. Medication alone  can impact depression. However the combination of the two has shown to have the most positive impact.

When people question the idea of treatment a way of thinking about it is to consider what it is like to drive a car with no shock absorbers. Every bump in the road is felt. With therapy and/or medication it is like changing the shock absorbers in the car. The bumps in the road are still there but the car does not bottom out. Treatment can help lessen the impact of the bumps in the road. Treatment can change the hopelessness of “Things will never get better” to the possibility of having a rope to help climb out of the hole.

Selecting Dunham Behavioral Health will only track how many people from our community take this screening and the results.  No personally identifiable information is retained.

For additional information, resources or to schedule an appointment if you are a beneficiary, call Dunham Behavioral Health at 245-4602. More facts on depression can be found at


Carlisle Barracks to hold ‘Click it or Ticket’ safety campaign in October

Did you know that wearing a seat belt while driving is already a Pennsylvania state law and Army policy? To help reinforce this important safety concern Carlisle Barracks will conduct a “click it or ticket” campaign in October to remind motorists to drive safely. 

Starting Oct. 6, post law enforcement will establish checkpoints at both entrances to post as well as two locations on the installation. Motorists without seats belts will be sent to the inspection area where they will be issued a 1408 citation. A 1408 violation is reported to that employees’supervisor, but does not carry a monetary penalty.  If a motorists accumulates multiple 1408’s the Garrison Commander may suspend their driving privileges on the installation.

Campaign schedule






Seat belt facts

  • In 2012 seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying. From 2008 – 2012 seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives.


  • In 2012, 3,031 additional lives could have been saved if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts.


  • Cops aren’t just cracking down for the fun of it. Wearing a seat belt is a serious issue.

For the first time in five years, fatalities for unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants have gone up. In 2012, there were 10,335 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants who died. Because of these fatalities, cops are stepping up enforcement and cracking down on those who don’t wear their seat belts.

  • Young adults are dying at a disproportionate rate because they are not wearing their seat belts. Sixty-two percent of 18- to 34-year-old passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts.


  • Those who drive and ride in pickup trucks may think that their large vehicle will protect them more than other vehicles in a crash. This false sense of security may cause them to not wear their seat belts, but the stats show that this bravado is misplaced. Sixty-six percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed were not buckled up. That’s compared to 45 percent of car occupants who were killed while not wearing their seat belts.


  • More men than women die every year in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2012, 65 percent of the 21,667 passenger vehicle occupants killed were men. Men also wore their seat belts less than women in fatal crashes – 56 percent of men were unrestrained, compared to 43 percent for women.