Banner Archive for October 2015

US Army Heritage & Education Center introduces: Educators Toolkit 

The Educators' Toolbox is custom-designed to support educators in their mission to inform current and future generations about United States Army history and to prepare students and educators alike for a visit to the USAHEC.

To accomplish these goals, the Visitor and Education Services Division has provided resources such as a sample itinerary, lesson plans, instructions on how to use the USAHEC Collection in the classroom, access to professional workshops, and information about using the resources of the USAHEC facility.

For the full USAHEC Educators Toolkit, go to  Take advantage of the USAHEC offer to coordinate by email and tap into additional resources.

Army Heritage & Education Center collection -- at your fingertips

The USAHEC massive collection includes unclassified/declassified documents, photographs, and other Army history resources available for use in educators' lesson planning.  The collection downloads are one-of-a-kind digitized materials that educators can use as desired. Examples --

Operation Overlord D-Day "Go" Memo

Pearl Harbor: CQ report for 25th Infantry Division HQ

WWI: Major Dwight Eisenhower's Army War College Paper from 1928

WWII: Efficiency Evaluation by General Patton on General Bradley

WWII: Hand Receipt for "Little Boy"

Materials can be used at the center of a larger lesson, display as supplemental resources in conjunction with your current discussion, and use as an activating strategy at the beginning of your lesson. These materials offer an unprecedented look at Army and American history and they are the best digitized materials the USAHEC currently has to offer educators.

American history lesson plans available

The pre-planned lessons in the Toolkit are linked to  primary sources from in the USAHEC collections. All lesson plans are aligned to the Common Core Standards via the National Standards for History from the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA. Examples: 

  World War I

  World War II

  Korean War

  Vietnam War


Help keep Carlisle Barracks clean – recycle

You’ve seen the blue bins all around post, but do you know what you are supposed to recycle?


• Aluminum beverage cans

• Steel food and beverage cans


• #1 ?#7 containers & bottles with necks smaller than their bases


• Clear, brown, & green glass food and beverage containers


• All sizes of cardboard boxes

• Food boxes (i.e. cereal & Jell-O boxes) • EMPTY paper towel & toilet paper rolls • Paperboard packaging (i.e. tissue boxes) • Office paper (any color) • Shredded paper (in clear plastic bags please) • Newspapers & inserts • Magazines, catalogs, & brochures • Envelopes & junk mail • Paper bags • Phone books & other soft cover books

How to Prepare Recyclables

Metal Cans, Glass, & Plastics

• Remove caps/lids

• Rinse thoroughly

• It is okay to leave on labels and neck rings Paper, Paperboard & Cardboard • Remove all packaging (Styrofoam, peanuts, plastic, bubble wrap, plastic liners, etc.) • Flatten ALL boxes/cardboard • Bundle all cardboard that does not fit into the recycling

Unacceptable Items to Recycle

• NEEDLES (Do NOT place used needles with recycling! This is a serious health hazard to everyone) • Food waste • Foam cups and containers • Plastic tubs, cups, & trays • Broken glass • Windows, mirrors, ceramics • Drinking glasses • Aluminum foil • Scrap metal • Tupperware or disposable plastic containers • Plastic tableware (knives, forks, spoons, etc.) • Plastic grocery bags • Light bulbs • All solvent, oil & chemical containers • Food soiled material • Paperboard juice and milk containers • Soaked and/or wet papers or cardboard • Plastic food wrappers • Used paper towels or tissues


Carlisle Barracks Safety Office (717) 245-4353
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 youcan 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 names NCO, Soldier of the Year winners


Spc. Dennis Swanson, an x-ray technician with the Dunham Army Health Clinic, Spc. Peter Heikkinen, Chaplain Assistant, and Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Mary Atienza, a Patient Administration NCO at Dunham, report for the Carlisle Barracks and Army War College NCO and Soldier of the Year board Oct. 21 in the Upton Hall Conference Room.

Oct. 21, 2015 -- Carlisle Barracks and the Army War College held their annual Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year board Oct. 21, 2015 to identify the best Soldier and NCO for 2015. Spc. Dennis Swanson, an x-ray technician with the Dunham Army Health Clinic, and Staff Sgt. Mary Atienza, a Patient Administration NCO also with Dunham, were the winners of the Solder and NCO of the Year honors.

The competition consisted of a board that chaired by Garrison Command Sergeant Major Nelson Maldonado; president of the board, and Sgt 1stClass Jeffrey Hudson, Sgt 1stClass Mia Gillens, Sgt 1stClass Eric Towns, and Sgt 1stClass Lawrence Romero. Each board member had four subject areas ranging from military leadership and counseling to Army History.

Each Soldier and NCO candidate demonstrated their confidence, military understanding and bearing while being tested on their ability to articulate their knowledge, and respond to a set of questions from the board members.The participants were each selected from amongst their peers after winning their own unit's competition and the Garrison level Soldier and NCO of the Quarter boards.


Atienza, the Carlisle Barracks NCO of the Year, answers question during the board. 










Swanson, the Carlisle Barracks Soldier of the Year, reports to the board.

Army War College leader heads to NASA’s Mission to Mars

Oct. 9, 2015 -- An icon of the Army War College experience for more than a decade, Dr. Thomas Williams, retired Army colonel, is headed to NASA to be the senior psychologist for the Mission to Mars project.

Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp lauded Williams’ contribution of “tremendous work” as the College leadership said goodbye to the renowned lecturer and leader in the interrelated elements of senior leader resilience and effectiveness:  health, nutrition, personal behaviors and habits, fitness, sleep, time management, stress management and personal and professional relationships.

 In the last 14 years, Williams has spread the ‘good word’ of senior leader resiliency knowledge to students and leaders of the Army War College, Marine War College, Air War College; he has addressed a wide variety of military, government, corporate executive development sessions about developing and sustaining leaders and about executive self-awareness. Because a key element of the leader development program is understanding of self, Williams directed the USAWC Strategic Leadership 360 Feedback Program in use at the Army and Air War Colleges and by the flag officers of the U.S. Coast Guard.

 Since 2012, Williams advised the USAWC commandant and thousands of students who have participated in any of the 16 strategic education courses here, as director of the Senior Leader Development and Resiliency Program. In his absence, that program will continue at the Army War College as part of the USAWC Center for Strategic Leadership.

Prior to 2012, then-Colonel Williams served as director of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute. APFRI had been established in 1982, in an era unlike today’s appreciation of fitness. In 1982, the APRFI was established as part of a comprehensive Army physical fitness system to promote a physical fitness lifestyle for leaders. Through the decades, APFRI’s multidisciplinary staff addressed the nexus of nutrition, fitness and wellness through hard-data assessments and customized counseling -- considered a premier element of attendance at the Army War College. 

Under Williams’s leadership, APFRI extended the investment in hardy, resilient students by recreating the model at the Sergeants Major Academy in 2009, and the Command and General Staff College in 2007.   When the U.S. Army established the Carlisle Barracks Army Wellness Center, Williams worked closely with the USAWC leadership to re-set selected educational components of the former APFRI. The Senior Leader Development and Resiliency Program was embedded in the Army War College as a senior leader educational program to complement the Army’s health and wellness programs.


Thomas J. Williams served as director of the USAWC Senior Leader Development and Resiliency Program, 2012-2015 and director of the USAWC Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, 2002-2012.  He retired in 2010 from a 30-year Army career, during which he deployed with the 10thSpecial Forces Group for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and with Special Operations- South for OPERATION WILLING SPIRIT.  During Pentagon duty, he designed the Medical Corps Optimization Study. At Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1995 to ’98, he served as both chief of the Department of Psychology and chief of the Strategic Planning Division.  After duty as the command psychologist for the 902ndMilitary Intelligence Group, he served as director of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, 2002-2012.

Willliams holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.  He is co-editor of Ethical Practice in Operational Psychology: Military and National Intelligence Applications.

Road to College Readiness

Service Academy and College ROTC scholarship information program

Open to the Public

Maj. Gen William E. Rapp, commandant of the Army War College and former Commandant of Cadets at West Point,  and guest presenter (via live feed) Dr. Robert Kirkland, author of “The Insider’s Guide to the Army ROTC Scholarship for HS Students and their Parents” will join panel members ROTC, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy to provide valuable information about applicationis and admissions.

The program takes place Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 pm, in Bliss Hall.

This event is open to all. For nonmilitary ID card holders please enter through the Claremont Gate at the intersection of "Claremont and Jim Thorpe Roads, Carlisle 17013"  -- and follow signs to Bliss Hall. Be prepared to show, driver’s license, car registration, proof of insurance and picture ID’s for all those in the vehicle.

The service academies annually award the biggest scholarships in the country. Each scholarship consists of four-years of education, room and board, pay, exclusive benefits and training.

For more information please call 717-245-4555 or contact: Nellie.m.funk.naf@mail.milor

Dunham Clinic launches the Fall '15 Flu Vaccination Campaign Oct 26

  • Active Duty
  • Retirees
  • Family Members
  • Post-Employees
  • Army War College Students & Faculty
  • 6 months and older

LOCATION:  Dunham Clinic

DATE: Oct. 26-30

Monday – 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday - 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday - 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to noon

Friday - 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


LOCATION:  Dunham Clinic

DATE: Nov. 2-6  

Monday – 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday - 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday - 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to noon

Friday - 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 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 reaction 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.

For more information contact Maj. Parker Hahn / Staff Sgt. Jared Chumley / Sgt. Maurice Jackson  (717) 245-3630

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

Robert D. Martin, USAWC PAO
 Renowned wheel chair designer Rory Cooper visits Carlisle Barracks

Cooper, founder and senior researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Lab spoke at the National Disability Employment Awareness event held here at the Letort View Community Center, Oct. 16.

Cooper, an Army veteran, has dedicated his career to engineering the most optimal wheel chair that can be made for the disabled.  It all began for him in 1980, while cycling in Germany when he was struck by a truck which left his lower body paralyzed.

“Running was a big part of my life, running 10,000 and 5,000 meters while in the Army,” Cooper said. “Then you get injured and you have to start all over again. I started out with an 80-pound wheel chair and began trying to get back in shape.”

“I started and finished in the back when i started running in 5k’s. In a few years I started and finished in the front. People began to change their attitudes. Instead of patting you on the head and saying how great it is that you are out here, they started to view you as an athlete and as an equal.”

“This is why we have the Warrior Games and National Veteran’s Wheel Chair Games. Sport…is a great way to trick the disabled into doing rehab. They are having fun, continue to work out and understand why they do their therapy,” he said.

“The best part of success,” he says, is “being able to help veterans and people with disabilities find and pursue their dreams.”

Dr. Rory Cooper talks with a local student interested in an internship at his University of Pittsburgh lab, Letort View Community Center, Carlisle Barracks, Oct 16.

Cooper earned his BS and MEng degrees in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 1985 and 1986, respectively. He earned a PhD in electrical and computer engineering with a concentration in bioengineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1989.

Service dog demonstration a highlight of National Disability Employment Awareness program

The Susquehanna Service Dogs came to the McConnell Youth Center as part of the National Disability Employment Awareness program Oct. 15. Post youth took part in an interactive training session for a 10-month old black lab named Cocoa. The service dogs spend about a year taking part in in-home training by volunteers before being matched up a child or adult with a disability to become more independent.The observance is sponsored by Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic.

For more photos check out the USAWC Facebook page

National Red Ribbon Campaign 2015 Oct 23- 31   
Respect yourself - be drug free

Red Ribbon history 

Enrique Camarena 1943 – 1985:  An American Hero

It was February 7, 1985 at 2 p.m. a warm winter afternoon in Guadalajara, Mexico, when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena locked his badge and revolver in his desk drawer and left to meet his wife for lunch. Kiki unsuspectingly crossed the street to his pickup truck. While unlocking the doors to his vehicle, he was grabbed by five men who shoved him into a beige Volkswagen. One month later, his body was discovered in a shallow grave.  Kiki and his informant, Alfredo Zavala Avelar, were savagely and grotesquely murdered.

Kiki joined the DEA in 1974 and asked to be transferred to Guadalajara, Mexico, the center of the drug trafficking empire. While investigating a multi-billion dollar drug scam, he confiscated thousands of pounds of cocaine, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana. He suspected the drug scam involved officers of the Mexican army, police and government. Kiki was a believer that one person CAN make a difference and he sacrificed his life to prevent drugs from entering the United States.

In 1985, the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth joined with DEA and implemented a Red Ribbon campaign that spread places as far away as Europe. The National Red Ribbon campaign is celebrated every year October 23 – 31, and is dedicated to Kiki Camarena and all of the people who have been wrongly killed due to the violence of drugs.

Since then, millions of Americans have gotten involved in, and been touched by the Red Ribbon Campaign efforts. No other single drug prevention movement has had such impact on so many lives.

In 1990, the Department of Defense (DoD) joined in the national effort by commencing an award program to encourage service members to keep communities drug-free and to recognize outstanding outreach programs. This year's Red Ribbon Week theme is, “Respect Yourself, Be Drug Free.”

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

Friday, Oct. 23– Plant a Bulb as a promise to be drug free. Youth Center 3:30 p.m. .

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

Tuesday, Oct. 27– Narcotic Drug Dog Demonstration, 4:30 p.m. at Youth Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 28 – Middle School & Teen/School Age training will cover Respecting Yourself, 4:30 p.m. at the McConnell Center

Mural Design & Photo Contest– sponsored by McConnell Youth Center. Contact CYS for event details at 717 245 – 4555 or

Events are sponsored by MWR Children & Youth Services, Army Substance Abuse, CBKS Department of Emergency Services and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department.

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

Festivities planned for official opening of large dog park

Carlisle Barracks will celebrate the opening of the large dog park on post with a fun-filled afternoon of games, giveaways and more Oct. 23, 4- 6 p.m.

Located at the intersection of Wright and Forbes Ave, the large dog park is aimed at dogs 35 pounds and over. Events scheduled include a ribbon cutting, dog fashion show, treats & giveaways and appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog.  

For more information call 245-4616.

 Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Maldonado

Soldier For Life is the Army's commitment to our team

Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander

With Retiree Appreciation Day coming up this month and Veterans Day right around the corner, I’d like to take an opportunity to thank all of those who served, are still serving or will serve our Nation through military service. You are what makes our Nation strong and I thank you for your selfless service and for you and your family’s sacrifices.

I’d also like to remind you about the Solider For Life program, what it is, and how you can take advantage of the programs, seminars and more, here at Carlisle Barracks.

The Soldier For Life mindset is a holistic approach to the military life cycle career of a Soldier. We want to take care of teammates by ensuring Soldiers start strong, serve strong, and reintegrate strong so they remain Army Strong serving their communities after they leave the Army.

The Chief of Staff of the Army created the Soldier For Life office to enable Army, government and community efforts to facilitate successful reintegration of our Soldiers, veterans, and their families in order to keep them Army Strong and instill their values, ethos and leadership within communities.

At Carlisle Barracks we assist transitioning service members in a variety of ways. One of the most visible are the Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Programs, a 5-day workshop hosted by Army Community Service, Employment Readiness Employment Manager. As part of the workshop there are presentations made by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pennsylvania Job Service, Veterans Employment Representative and the Career Link.

In the last year, Carlisle Barracks has hosted seven workshops with more than 400 attendees. Due to increased demand, we will be offering 12 seminars staring January 2016. For more information contact Jeffrey Hanks at 245-3684 or register at

This program is for all service members and family members who are retiring or who will be ETS’ing in the next two years. Information on the civilian job market and military career alternatives will be discussed along with following topics:

  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Stress Management
  • Analyzing your Skills
  • Preparing the Right Resume
  • Interviewing
  • V.A. Educational
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits (to include completion of V.A. Forms)
  • State Employment Applications
  • Army Community Service Resource Center
  • Employer Panel
  • SBA Boots to Business Entrepreneur track
  • Educational Track
  • Career Technical Track

Also, available as part of the programs for Soldiers is our ACS Employment Readiness Program. The program aims to assist families with the challenges associated with the job search, particularly as they are impacted by the Army's mobile lifestyle. Carlisle Barracks ERP provides a full range of information and referral services and assistance in the areas of employment, training and volunteer opportunities. The services are designed to give all active duty, retired military personnel, DoD employees, and their Family members the competitive edge necessary to secure employment. For more information contact Jeffrey Hanks at 245-3684.

                                                 Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Maldonado

What we want you to know is that the Carlisle Barracks community is here to support you, no matter what point you are in your career. Please take advantage of these resources and let us know how we can improve.

Civil-Military Relations is magnet topic for Harvard, Tufts events

 Army War College's 18 Boston-area Fellows join fellow students, faculty 

BOSTON, Mass. -- Harvard and Tufts hosted the Army War College's senior leader for several presentations and dialogue sessions about Civil-Military Relations, October 6.

Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp spoke to faculty and students at the Harvard Faculty Club, drawing on multiple experiences to include his tenure as the Army's Chief of Legislative Liaison, prior to becoming commandant of the US Army War College in Summer 2014.

Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, USAWC Commandant, addresses faculty, students at Harvard Faculty Club.

The Harvard Weatherhead Center sponsored the event which included the nine Army War College Fellows studying at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.  These USAWC Fellows will complete a year of study, research, and publishing in lieu of attendance at one of the nation's War Colleges; they will be credited for senior service level education.

In a second event, Rapp addressed faculty and students invited by the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Rapp's discussion of civil-military relations addressed the sensitive and important subject of military leaders responsibility to give Best Military Advice to US civilian leaders.

In addition to the Fellows at Harvard, there are four USAWC Fellows at Tufts, and five at MIT's Lincoln Lab & Security Studies/ Security Studies Program/ Center fo Transportation and Logistics. Rapp met with hosting faculty and senior administrators at these schools, the Harvard Business School and Harvard Belfer Center.

Harvard-based USAWC Fellows gather with Jean Woodward, senior assistant director of the JFK School: (l to r) Lt. Col. Shawn Cody, USAWC Fellows Engagement Director Phil Evans, Lt. Col. Eric Strong, Lt. Col. Shawn Schuldt, Lt. Col. Scott Thomson, Lt. Col. Teresa Feliciano, Chap (Lt. Col.) Addison Burgess, Jean Woodward, Lt.Col. Richard Ferguson, CSA senior fellow Col. Steve Ruth, USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, and Col. Tim Walsh.  

Rapp also visited with the USAWC Fellows at each of the Boston locations where they are learning this year:  Harvard; MIT; and Tufts; and conducted office calls with their hosting faculty and senior administrators, plus at Harvard Business School and Harvard Belfer Center.

The 18 Boston-area Fellows are among 88 USAWC Fellows studying in 48 fellowship programs across the United States and abroad. The all-component program includes 73 active duty Army officers, 8 Army National Guard and 7 Army Reserve officers.


Jim Thorpe, Claremont Road closure Nov. 2-4

Due to necessary repairs to the railroad tracks that cross the road,  Jim Thorpe Road leading to the golf course will be closed Nov. 2- 4.  To access the golf course, you will need to park at the Army Heritage Center and golf carts will be on location for you to shuttle yourself back and forth to the clubhouse.

Additionally, Claremont Road at the Railraid tracks (Near Agway) will be closed Nov. 2-6. During that timeframe, visitors must enter the Claremont Road Gate through the Post Road side.

National Disability Employment Awareness lunch set for Oct. 16

Join Dunham Army Health Clinic in observing National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a luncheon tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. in the LVCC. This years guest speaker will be Dr. Rory Cooper, Pennsylvania (West) Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. The program is open to everyone, and a buffet style lunch available for purchase.

Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest back again for four days

Due to inclement weather the opening of Oktoberfest is delayed until 6 p.m. for Oct. 9.

 Oktoberfest and other annual events reaches across the military base and into surrounding communities with a Fall-in-Germany recreation theme for all ages. Oktoberfest and many other events are open to the public with free admission and free parking. This year's event is set fot Oct. 8-11.


Enjoy the traditional German salute to fall with a fun twist at the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest Oct. 8-11. There will be fun for all ages to include: Carnival rides and games, 5K Volksmarch, food and craft vendors, local wine, crisp apple cider and seasonal beverages. The annual event features a traditional fest tent with live music, soccer, games, craft fair, Red 102.3 and WIOO Country Gold “Red Stage” including Oompah, Pop, Rock and Country music and more.

Admission and parking are free. The event will be held rain or shine.

Oktoberfest is scheduled from Oct. 8-11 at the Army Heritage Trail, Army Heritage and Education Center.  Event hours:  Thursday, Oct. 8 from 4-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9 from 4-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Volksmarch registration 8-11 a.m. and Arts and Crafts Fair inside of USAHEC is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 11 from noon–7 p.m.

So mark your calendars to attend Carlisle Barracks’ 8th Annual Oktoberfest—a four-day, family-oriented event.

Free shuttle service will be available to the public from Dickinson College, Carlisle High School and Comfort Suites all four days.  A schedule of events, shuttle service, and more is available at

      Highlights include

Oct. 8-11           Carnival rides and games for all ages

Oct. 8-11           Red 102.3 and WIOO “Red Stage”

Oct.10              5K Volksmarch
Oct.10              Arts and Crafts Fair inside of USAHEC
Oct.10              Tapping War College Brew

 *A Volksmarch is an organized non-competitive hike or walk.  Developed in Europe, Volksmarching is good exercise and encourages outdoor physical activity for people of all ages.

The Army Heritage and Education Center is located at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle.  For directions:

Carlisle Barracks Military Retiree Appreciation Day set for Oct. 10


A variety of activites are planned for Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 10, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flu shots, ID cards and important updates are all slated as part of the event.  

Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Carlisle Barracks will take place Sat., Oct. 10 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:

  • Keynote address: Mark Overberg, Deputy Chief, Army Soldier for Life, Retirement Services 8:30 a.m.
  • Retiree Council presentation: retired Col. Michael Zang, Carlisle Barracks Retiree Chair 9:30 a.m.
  • Legal Briefing: 9:45 a.m.
  • TRICARE briefings: 10:45 a.m. (TRICARE-FOR-LIFE: Bliss Hall; Under-65: Reynolds Theater)
  • Dunham Army Health Clinic update: 12:50   
  • Veterans Affairs benefits briefing: 1:20 p.m.
  • Exchange and Commissary updates: 2:10 p.m.

Community events for October

5 – Happily Ever After – Enhancing your marriage both near and far, 11:45 a.m.

Oct. 5 2015, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Dr. (Col.) Lisa Teegarden, Chief of Psychology, Walter Reed NMC will present “Happily Ever After – Enhancing your marriage both near and far” in the Wil Washcoe Auditorium. This Noon-Time-Lecture is open to the Carlisle Barracks Community. The presentation will be live-streamed for those that are geographically separated at:


7 - Community Leaders Information Forum at the LVCC 11 a.m.

To provide information and discussion to the community leaders and US Army War College community regarding ongoing and future events and decisions.


8 - Hispanic Heritage Appreciation Month observance, noon

Join Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army War College in recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month at noon Oct. 8 in the LVCC.  Hear insights on faith, family, education, and learn more about the strategic significance of Latin America from guest speakers Dr. Evan Ellis, Strategic Studies Institute and LTC Alberto Rodriguez, USAWC Class of 2016. Also, enjoy a traditional Hispanic Cultural presentation and sample Hispanic cuisine.   


8-11 Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is scheduled from Oct. 8-11 at the Army Heritage Trail, Army Heritage and Education Center.  Event hours:  Thursday, Oct. 8 from 4-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9 from 4-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Volksmarch registration 8-11 a.m. and Arts and Crafts Fair inside of USAHEC is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 11 from noon–7 p.m.


10 – Retiree Appreciation Day, 7:30 a.m.

Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Carlisle Barracks will take place Sat., Oct. 10 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.

12 – Columbus Day Holiday

13- Navy Birthday Celebration, 8 a.m. Root Hall Patio

13- Military Family Program Financial Series -  The Military Financial Advantage 11:45 a.m.

The first in a 5-part 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. The event is held in Wil Waschoe Auditorium in Root Hall.


14 - Geo Bachelor/Bachelorette Dinner, Post Chapel 5:30 p.m.

15 – National Disability Employment Awareness Month - Service dog demonstration, 4:30 p.m.

Join Dunham Army Health Clinic in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month for a demonstration by the Susquehanna Service Dogs.  It is free to the public and child friendly.  The event will held at the  McConnell Youth Service, starting at 4:30 p.m.

15 -  Cyber Safety - Do You Know What Your Kids Know? 6 p.m.

Become familiar with the current risks on the internet.  Be as fluid as your children are with knowledge about the current aps, sites, and dangers. The event will be held in the Army Community Services Class room at 632 Wright Ave.


21 - Perspectives in Military History Lecture “The European Battlefield in the 19th Century: Napoleon III and Military Leadership During the Second French Empire” 7: 15 p.m.

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.


28 - Military Family Program Financial Series - Financial Basics 11:45 a.m.

The second in 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. The event is held in Wil Waschoe Auditorium in Root Hall.


29 - Halloween Parade / Trick or Treating / Middle School & Teen Party 5 p.m.

The Halloween Parade line up starts at 4:30 p.m.  on Indian Field, with the parade starting at 5pm. Prizes for most original, cutest, funniest, best storybook character, best family & best dressed pet. Trick or Treating will take place 6-8pm on post.  The Middle School & Teen Halloween Party is set for 7-10pm. Come in your favorite costume, dancing, snack foods, Halloween games at the free event at the McConnell Youth Center. Must be a registered CYSS member to attend party.  


29 - Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Reading in Military History: Junior Officer Leadership During the Civil War: 1862 West Point Grads, with Mr. Brian McEnany 7:15 p.m.

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.



Energy savings project to begin in next few weeks

Carlisle Barracks will begin an energy savings project in the next few weeks that aims to save the installation 13 percent in energy costs per year.

The installation has begun taking part in an Energy Savings Performance Contracting program through the Huntsville District of the Army Corps of Engineers.  The program is designed to help installations meet the Army’s 30 percent energy and 15 percent water reduction goals without upfront capital costs. Actual energy cost savings pay for the ESPC efforts on a yearly basis. The project will save $300,000 per year at Carlisle Barracks.

The ESCO performs operations and maintenance on major systems, allowing limited Department of Public Works maintenance resources to be spent on other activities. Implementation and development costs are financed for up to 25 years. These third party financed agreements allow the facility to focus appropriated funds on mission critical requirements.

At Carlisle Barracks the project is two fold. A lighting improvement initiative at 12 key buildings on post will include the replacement of existing lighting with energy efficient fluorescent and LED bulbs and the replacement of lighting at five key street and parking lot areas with high intensity and LED lighting.

The second phase of the project will focus on the energy management control system, which will allow DPW to view energy usage details and issues in real-time at their headquarters. This phase also included upgrades to the existing systems at Upton Hall, Thorpe Hall Gym, Collins Hall and Ridgway Hall and the Visitors and Education Center.

The work will be done during the 19-month project, led by the Wormleysburg, Pa office of NORESCO, one of the largest energy services companies in the U.S. NORESCO will utilize local contractors to complete much of the work according to their project director.

2015 AUSA: Win in a Complex World

Secretary of the Army John McHugh describes the AUSA conference as “a key strategic communication and outreach platform for the Army. One that serves that serves the professional development of the entire Army, to include civilians and family members.”

From October 12 to 14 the AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition held in Washington D.C. It is one of the largest land warfare expositions and professional development forums in the world. The Annual Meeting consists of informative presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops and important AUSA business meetings. The three day event also includes over 500 industry and military exhibits occupying over 250,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Presentations on the state of the Army and related defense subjects are given by the Secretary of the Army, the Army Chief of Staff and other senior Army and Department of Defense representatives.

The speakers for ILW’s Contemporary Military Forums and other events at AUSA’s Annual Meeting will be determined in coordination with the office of the Army Chief of Staff. Once the panel leaders have been identified, the composition of each panel will be determined either by the office of the Chief of Staff or by the panel leaders themselves. - See more at:

Starting Monday morning will be live streaming the event and for a quick over view of the conference:


Dr. Ellis notes the strategic significance of Latin American during Hispanic Heritage celebration

Carlisle Barracks and The U.S. Army War College recognized National Hispanic Heritage Month today at the Letort View Community Center. The event featured guest lecturer Dr. Evan Ellis, Strategic Studies Institute, and USAWC Key Note Speaker: LT. Col. Alberto Rodriguez, Class of 2016.

Dr. R. Evan Ellis is a research professor of Latin American Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Dr. Ellis is an expert on Latin American economic, political, and security issues, with a research focus on Latin America’s relationships. Dr. Ellis spoke of the strategic significance of Latin America.

 “This celebration remembers Hispanic Americans that energize our nation’s diversity. Hispanics who have served in so many capacities,” said Lt. Col. Alberto Rodriguezcruz, Class of 2016. “As members of the Armed Forces defending American liberties; as teachers and mentors in schools and in communities; as police officers and first responders, and there are also the ones who serve in the Supreme Court, and in the halls of Congress. Hispanics continue to serve in these roles every day, making a mark on this great nation of ours. ”

“As members of the Armed Forces, heroic Hispanic men and women have also fought and died to defend the liberties and security of the United States in every war since the American Revolution, many serving before becoming American citizens.  Many Hispanics have fought to preserve the Union between the North and the South, connected our Nation from east to west, and received our nation’s highest medal for valor. Sixty Hispanic-Americans are among the Medal of Honor recipients, “said Rodriguezcruz.

Army War College spouses participated by featuring a traditional Hispanic Cultural presentation of the Rebozos, a colorful woven scarf that dates back to the 1500s and have been featured in songs and poetry, are a symbol of Mexican culture.

Construction to alter travel to Skills Center, RV lot starting Oct. 19


Work will begin the week of Oct. 19 on the new Visitors Control Center which will cause some slight traffic changes for visitors to the Skills Development Center an RV storage lot.

Located at 870 Jim Thorpe Road and adjacent to the Claremont Road entrance to post, the VCC, once complete will serve as the primary entrance point for all post visitors. Visitors will be able to stop in the center, provide proper identification, and get a visitor's pass in order to gain access to the installation. The center and new visitor access changes are being implemented as part of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 directs the Department of Defense to use the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC-III) to vet personnel entering the installation that do not possess a U.S. Government Common Access Card (CAC), and/or Uniformed Services Identification (ID) Card.

As part of the initial phase of development, the road currently used to access the building will be closed and the RV lot fence will be under construction for approximately two weeks. During this time, anyone going to the Skills Center will use the visitor lane (far left lane) as the approach the access point and there will be no access to the RV lot. Those who need access to their RVs or other equipment stored in the lot should call 245-3319 for more information.

The Directorate of Emergency Services will post signage and guards will provide assistance as necessary. Traffic leaving the Skills Center will exit using the road under the canopy.

The VCC is expected to be complete and open for operations later this year.

Carlisle Barracks to mark family appreciation month in November

"Our nation owes each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support."

- President Barack Obama

Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month. This annual proclamation marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation's servicemembers.

Throughout the month of November, military families serving around the world are honored through a variety of observances and recognized for their commitment and the many contributions they make every day in support of the military and our nation.

In appreciation of military families, the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service will provide a “family photo shoot” session Nov. 6 and 7. Located behind their building at 632 Wright Ave, the staff will take advantage of the picturesque fall scene along the Letort Spring Run to take digital photos of military families, which will then be sent to their personal email addresses. Photos will be taken on Nov. 6, between 1 and 4 p.m., and Nov. 7 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.    

Call (717) 245-4357 for more information and to make an appointment.

Hurricane Joaquin may affect Carlisle, plan now to keep you, your family safe  

We value our residents and due to the uncertainty of Hurricane Joaquin, we want to ensure everyone is informed for our location and if you should have any travel plans that could be impacted.

It is simply too soon and the uncertainty is too high to determine any impacts from Joaquin itself for the U.S. East Coast at this time.

Hurricane Joaquin is expected to slowly churn toward the Bahamas Wednesday and Thursday. The extent of the effects on those islands will depend heavily on how close it gets and how much time it spends nearby before making the anticipated northward turn.

Although computer model simulations run Tuesday evening had the advantage of ingesting high-resolution real-world data from the Air Force reconnaissance flight earlier in the day, it doesn't seem to have brought them any closer to a consensus.

The American GFS model forecast showed Joaquin making an alarming northwestward turn, slamming it right into Virginia and Maryland this weekend. Meanwhile, the European ECMWF model showed Joaquin staying well away from the U.S. East Coast, and eventually curving out into the North Atlantic well off the coasts of New England and Atlantic Canada.

It is simply too soon and the uncertainty is too high to determine any impacts from Joaquin itself for the U.S. East Coast at this time.

 The official forecast remains a compromise between the competing scenarios from the computer models. Note that the official intensity forecast now brings Joaquin to Category 3 strength on Saturday morning, which by definition would make it a major hurricane.


There are several items that all Residents in general, and Residents of historic homes in particular, should be aware of. This list has been revised with additional items for ALL Residents. Action may be required, as follows:

1.  Inspect the drains around the immediate perimeter of your home. Make sure that there is no debris covering the drains. This is particularly important for drains outside of basement doors and basement garage doors.

2.  The primary concern about this weather event is the rate of rainfall and, upon the arrival of the tropical storm, both the rate of rainfall and the duration of the storm.

3.  If your home's basement has flooded previously, it is likely that the sheer volume of the rain, as forecast, will cause some flooding, even if your gutters, down spouts and in-ground leaders are clean and clear. The problem is the flow limit of the underground storm water system. Please maintain situational awareness.

4.  Drains can be blocked by floating debris and may need to be cleared more than once during the storms.

5.  We recommend elevated, waterproof storage in basements. If, however, you have items on, or close to, basement floors, you should elevate them at this time. We know from experience that some Residents use basements for other purposes. Now is the time to prepare.

6.  In the event that your basement is flooded, BBC offers clean-up assistance. We can bring wet-vacs, pumps and other tools to your home to assist you with mopping up after a flood. To obtain this assistance, please call 717-243-7177.

7.  During heavy rain, all Residents should watch for street flooding. In some locations, streams and creeks may exceed their banks.

8.  High winds may accompany any heavy weather we may receive. Make certain to bring in or to secure outdoor items to prevent them being caught in the wind and becoming a hazard to persons or property.

9.  Prepare to shelter in place. If you have not created a home emergency preparedness kit, you should do so at the time. For information about the minimum kit requirements, we recommend that you visit the FEMA website and view their kit recommendations.

10. Monitor forecasts and stay aware of changing forecasts and conditions.

This information was provided by Balfour Beatty Communities.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Army this month observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month to bring attention to an issue that undermines Army values. Confidential support is available from the Army Family Advocacy Program, Military OneSource, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Carlisle Barracks will host a series of events in support:

  • Starting Oct. 3, ribbons will be displayed as part of the Purple Ribbon Campaign leading up to Oct. 23. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple in support.
  • Oct. 15  - Cyber Safety Awareness class -- 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Army Community Services Classroom. This class, entitled “Do you know what your kids know.” will focused on preventing cyber stalking, and cyber victimization.   
  • Oct. 27 - Dating violence class for middle and high school children will be offered at the McConnell Center at 6 p.m.  
  • Oct. 29 - ACS will be giving out safety items at the Halloween parade to encourage family safety and child protection.