Banner Archive for October 2017
 
Robert Martin, USAWC Public Affairs Office
Harrisburg Foreign Policy Association Welcomes USAWC International Fellows

Germany, India and Egypt all represented under one roof might be a scene you’d expect to find at the United Nations in Washington D.C., but no, this was the scene here in Central Pennsylvania at a reception recently held to welcome visiting students.

Col. Alexander Kiknadze of Georgia and Dr. Clem Gilpin of the HFPA carry on a discusion during the IF welcoming reception at the Army Heritage and Education Center, Oct. 26.

Continuing a 41-year tradition, the Harrisburg Foreign Policy Association welcomed 79 International Fellows of the Army War College 2018 resident class during an annual reception held here at Carlisle Barracks’ Army Heritage and Education Center, Oct. 26.

 

“We welcome the 79 International officers of the class of 2018,” said Dr. Michelle Sellitto, President of the Harrisburg Foreign Policy Association. “More than 60 percent of the over 1,500 international fellows that have graduated from the Army War College, to date, have gone on to become general officers. It is our honor to recognize the best and the brightest military officers in the entire world,” she said.

A highlight of the event is the informal ceremony, in which the Association provides each International Fellow with a Pennsylvania Senate Proclamation that serves as a formal welcome to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

A Member of the Harrisburg Foreign Policy Association shares a good laugh with Lt. Col. Aomar Mouzaoui from Algeria during the IF welcoming reception at the Army Heritage and Education Center, Oct. 26.

Senator John Eichelberger spoke briefly at the event. During his remarks, he described his experience as a performer with international touring group, “up with people,” and related how his experiences helped to develop his understanding of living and working in another country.

“I appreciate the need to understand other cultures, other languages, other ways of life and how we can work together better,” said Eichelberger. “If we have a network of people that we have some trust with and understanding of, I think the world could be a better and safer place for us all. The community appreciates what you are doing here and what we can learn from you,” he said. 


Dunham Clinic alters hours for Halloween

Due to Halloween activities on post Oct. 31, many Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic services will close at 4:30 p.m. The main pharmacy will remain open until 6:30 p.m. and the Exchange refill Pharmacy will remain open until 5:30 p.m. Regular services and hours will resume Wednesday, Nov. 1.


Keep Halloween a fun time with these safety tips

Carlisle Barracks’ trick-or-treat hours are set for 6-8 p.m. on October 31, and will immediately follow the 5 p.m. Halloween Parade on Indian Field.  Installation residents, workers, and visitors are reminded to exercise extreme caution during these times to ensure the safety of the installation's children.

The speed limit throughout the installation is 15 miles-per-hour, however, vehicle operators are strongly encouraged to drive even slower in housing areas and pay extra attention when passing vehicles parked along the curb as they may obscure excited youngsters and other pedestrians crossing the street.  A parent or other designated adult should always accompany young children during the neighborhood rounds while trick-or-treating.  Parents and residents are encouraged to notify the Carlisle Barracks Directorate of Emergency Services at (717) 245-4115 if they observe unsafe conditions or suspicious activity.

Installation housing residents who plan to hand out treats should leave their porch lights on, while those not interested or unavailable should turn them off.  This also promotes safety by illuminating walkways and making potential tripping hazards visible.  Residents can help by picking up anything a child could trip over and sweeping leaves from the nearby sidewalks and steps.

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective tips that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury.

• Costumes should be flame retardant and fit properly. Avoid oversized shoes, high heels and long skirts/pants that could cause a child to fall. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.

• Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

• Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and to trick-or-treat in groups

• Only trick-or-treat in well-known areas. Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat. Never agree to help a stranger find a lost person or pet. Stay with your parent or group.

• Obey traffic and pedestrian regulations; always walk, never run across a street. Only cross the street as a group. Use marked crosswalks when available. Remove masks or items limiting eyesight before crossing a street.

• Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

• Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Look left, right and left again when crossing the street and keep looking as you cross.

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs

• Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

For more Halloween safety tips, please Safe Kids Worldwide at https://www.safekids.org/halloween.


Another option for prescriptions: TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery

As the renovations at the Dunham Clinic Pharmacy continue, you should know about another easy option to get your prescription refilled, the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program.

Enjoy convenience, safety & savings with Home Delivery!  The TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery is the least expensive way to fill prescriptions after military pharmacies.  You can get up to a 90-day prescription for most drugs at the following costs: Generic: $0; Brand Name: $20; Non-formulary: $49.  TRICARE delivers more than 97% of prescriptions filled through home delivery in less than a week.  Pharmacy Home Delivery is optimal for recurring health maintenance medications.  It is recommended that you utilize your military pharmacy or network pharmacy for medications to treat an acute condition. The form can be found here

Visit https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Pharmacy/FillPrescriptions/HomeDelivery for detailed information on the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery option.  Additionally, TRICARE has posted an informational video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-cPpYuagts&feature=youtu.be to explain the different pharmacy program options within TRICARE.  Frequently asked questions about TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery can be found at https://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/faq/prescription_home_delivery.shtml

How to Register

You have three easy ways to register for Home Delivery

1.       Online – you can register online for each eligible family member.  You’ll have online access to your account and general information on health and prescription drugs.  Go to https://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE  and sign in.  Don’t have an account?  Registration only takes a minute.

2.       Phone – You can call 1-877-363-1303 (TDD/TTY: 1-877-540-6261)

3.       Mail – You can download the mail order registration form and mail to:  Express Scripts, Inc., P.O. Box 52150, Phoenix, AZ 85072-2150. Also include your written prescription and your prescription copay (if applicable).

New Prescriptions

There are three ways to send new prescriptions to Express Scripts for Home Delivery.  Ask your provider to write the prescription for the maximum supply allowed, which is 90 days for most drugs.

1.       Electronically - E-Prescribing is the easiest, safest, and most effective way.

a.       Sent by your provider to Express Scripts

b.      Your provider

                                                               i.      Selects the TRICARE formulary in their e-prescribing system

                                                             ii.      Chooses the default location of “Express Scripts Mail Pharmacy.”

c.       Express Scripts uses the information submitted with your prescription to complete your registration.

d.      By law, e-prescribing currently doesn’t allow prescriptions for controlled substances.

2.       Fax

a.       Sent by your provider (with a fax cover sheet) directly to Express Scripts:

                                                               i.      1-877-895-1900 in the United States

                                                             ii.      1-602-586-3911 if Overseas

b.      Express Scripts will only accept prescriptions faxed directly from your provider’s office.

c.       By law, faxing currently doesn’t allow prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances.

3.       Mail

a.       Sent by you to Express Scripts

b.      Complete the Mail Order Registration Form – follow all the instructions on the form.

c.       Write the following information on the back of each written prescription:

                                                             i.      Patient’s full name

                                                             ii.      Date of birth

                                                             iii.      Address

                                                             iv.      Sponsor’s ID number

d.      Include your prescription copayment (if applicable).  Payment can be by credit card, check, or money order.

e.      Mail the completed form, written prescription and copayment to: Express Scripts, Inc., P.O. Box 52150, Phoenix, AZ 85072-2150

Refill Prescriptions

You can order prescriptions refills online, by phone, or by mail.  You can also set up auto-refills so you don’t have to think about it.

1.       Online

a.       Visit www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE

b.      Sign in or activate your online account.  This will make future visits fast and easy.

c.       With you online account, you can:

                                                             i.      Order refills

                                                             ii.      Check your order status

                                                             iii.      Get help with cost-effective choices

                                                             iv.      Look Up general information about prescription drugs and health conditions

2.       Express Scripts Mobile App – Download the new, enhanced “Express Scripts” Mobile App from your device’s app store to view and manage your prescriptions anytime, anywhere to order refills, renew prescriptions, track prescriptions ordered through Home Delivery, set medication reminders, and much more.

3.       Phone

a.       Call 1-877-363-1303

b.      Have this information ready

                                                               i.      Your sponsor’s ID number

                                                             ii.      Your prescription number

                                                            iii.      Credit Card

4.       Mail

a.       When you got your first prescription, Express Scripts included a Prescription Refill form.  Fill out this form an mail to: Express Scripts, Inc., P.O. Box 52150, Phoenix, AZ 85072-2150

b.      Also include your prescription number on the form and your payment.  If you already have a credit card on file, your card will be billed automatically (if applicable).


Ceremony officially recognizes Breckenridge as USAWC Provost
CARLISLE, Pa. (Oct. 27, 2017) – Considered to be one of the oldest ceremonies in academia, the investiture ceremony harkens back to the earliest days of English universities, and is thought to be an adaptation of a dignified ceremony heralding knighthood. The word investiture comes from the Latin phrase to dress and robe, and today in academic circles it means to recognize the individual who will don the college’s insignia and regalia, both figuratively and realistically, and lead the college forward.
 
Dr. Jim Breckenridge comes to the Army War College from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. where he served as the Dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences. Breckenridge was officially recognized as the chief academic officer of the Army War College at an investiture ceremony held in Bliss Hall Oct. 26.
 
“Fortunately for all of us, we now have Dr. Jim Breckenridge here to help guide and shape the Army War College,” said Col. Ken Adgie, deputy commandant, during his remarks at an investiture ceremony held in Bliss Hall Oct. 26. The ceremony officially recognized Breckenridge as the chief academic officer of the Army War College, and invested him with the responsibility of leading the War College forward.
 
“The Army War College has a long tradition of preparing students for strategic level leadership generating rich ideas, and researching and developing academically solutions to complex problems,” said Adgie, who spoke on behalf of Commandant Maj. Gen. John Kem.  “Both are and will remain key focal points of our collective efforts and, as we collectively pursue our educational tasks ready for the near term challenges and continue to prepare for the future, we need strong, gifted faculty and a great academic governance culture to help us strive in these lofty efforts.
 
“That is where people like Dr. Jim Breckenridge come in. We all know firsthand how important teachers and, later, professors were and continue to be in our own growth into who we are today. Professors helps us develop our own skills. They motivate and inspire us. They stretch us. They helps us imagine the opportunities in the near term and over the horizon in what we can become, broader and better than we can imagine ourselves.
 
 
Dr. Jim Breckenridge addresses the assembled crowd of faculty and staff during his remarks at an investiture ceremony held in Bliss Hall Oct. 26. Breckenridge, the second provost of the Army War College, was officially recognized as the chief academic officer at the ceremony.
 
 
“In Jim Breckenridge we have someone who has done just that as a professor, coach, mentor both in uniform and then in a very successful academic career over the past decades,” said Adgie.
 
Breckenridge, is the second provost of the Army War College arriving in July 2017. He succeeded Dr. Lance Betros, who served as the provost from July 2012 to July 2017.
 
“It is both a profound and deep honor to be appointed as the provost of the United States Army War College,” said Breckenridge, as he made his acceptance remarks. Breckenridge retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1998. “After 18 years away, it’s great to be back and a part of this wonderful institution we call the United States Army.”
 
Breckenridge comes to the Army War College from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., where he served as the Dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, and was the executive director of the research arm of the college, the Institute for Intelligence Studies.
 
 

Col. Ken Adgie, deputy commandant or the Army War College presents Dr. Jim Breckenridge with a framed copy of General Order No. 155, 1901, which established the Army War College. Breckenridge was officially recognized as the second provost of the War College during an investiture ceremony held in Bliss Hall Oct. 26.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“You can’t ignore the fact that you’re educating and developing strategic leaders and advancing knowledge in the global application of land power, and the difference that makes in your charge is extraordinary,” said Breckenridge. “What we do here makes a difference, a profound difference, and it makes a difference in terms of the nation too … I hope to serve well here, with your help, and I’m deeply appreciative of the opportunity to serve,” he said to the gathering of faculty and staff.

Dickinson College, Carlisle Barracks team up for Military Appreciation volleyball game

Dickinson College and College Barracks hosted the first of their Military Appreciation events last night at their volleyball game versus McDaniel College. Lt. Col. Sally Hannan, Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander, served as an honorary team captain and Col. Jeff Greenwood, USAWC faculty sang the national anthem. Before the game military members, retirees, veterans and their families were recognized and all attendees received special pins to wear. Mark your calendars now for the next event Nov. 11 as Dickinson will host Ursinus at their last home football game at 1 p.m.  See more photos at www.facebook.com/usawc

 


Army War College opens nominations for                 National Security Seminar: June 4 - 7, 2018

October 25, 2017 -- The U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar (NSS) is scheduled for Monday through Thursday, June 4-7, 2018 - immediately preceding the war college class graduation.  

The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2018.

Submit nominations on the NSS web site - https://www.csl.army.mil/nss

(You can nominate candidates by clicking the “Nominate Now” graphic found on all NSS web page.)

The National Security Seminar is a four-day event, during which approximately 160 selected guests -- NSS New Members -- are invited to join our seminars to examine current national security issues and exchange candid dialogue. Each day generally begins with a distinguished speaker at Bliss Hall and proceeds to seminar-based dialogue, culminating with an evening social event. NSS New Members are exposed to leaders within their armed forces and government, while students in turn are afforded a better understanding of our diverse society.

Daily social events include an “ice breaker” at the Army Heritage and Education Center, a seminar social, and the Commandant's Reception held at Quarters One. New Members are also provided the opportunity to take a Gettysburg Battlefield Staff Ride with our experienced historians.

Not all nominations are selected for invitation -- selection is competitive, and selection criteria ensure a diverse pool of attendees, from across the nation, who do NOT generally have a close association with the military.

Invitees are required to provide their own transportation to the Carlisle-Harrisburg area, but hotel accommodations, local daily transportation, and meals are provided by the Army War College.  Nominees will be notified in February of their selection status. 

For more information about NSS, see please our website, or contact Mr. Mark McKamey (ACOM for Outreach) at 717-245-3224.


Carlisle Barracks opens guard positons to both veterans, non-veterans

Looking to get a job at one of the oldest military installations in the Army helping to protect the men and women of Carlisle Barracks? Then you just might be interested in a new announcement from the post.

The Carlisle Barracks Directorate of Emergency Services is coordinating with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center to announce new GS5 Security Guards employment opportunities.  The positions will be announced in USAJobs by Aberdeen Proving Grounds' Delegated Examining Unit.  This "DEU" announcement means that veterans as well as non-veterans will have an opportunity to compete for the vacancies. 

The training, excellent benefits and dependable schedule are just a few of the reasons to consider a guard position here, according to Bob Suskie, Director of Emergency Services.

“Army Security guards receive excellent medical, retirement, and Thrift Savings Program opportunities that are not available to non-Federal security guards,” he said. Paid leave and sick leave for new hires are another benefit that isn’t available for many new hires at other jobs.

A robust and comprehensive three-week training program run by the emergency services division helps prepare new hires for their jobs. 

“Carlisle Barracks is a relatively small Army installation where it is easy to get to know many people, and not just be a face in the crowd,” said Suskie. “Our security guards are the cornerstone of our security program and have the additional task to conduct criminal history background checks and issue visitor passes and inspect vehicles.”

Being able to hire both veterans and non-veterans allows the guards to share experiences in the security field from not just the military, but positions in corporations and prisons.

Working conditions and dependable schedules are also among the best in the area.

“All of our guard booths are equipped with air conditioners and dual heaters with canopies built over each guard booth to keep the guard out of the rain as much as possible,” said Suskie. “Our guards are assigned to non-rotating shifts so they know what days of the week they are off to plan activities during their off time.”   

For more information or to apply visit USAJobs at  https://www.usajobs.gov


War College online education: Collaborating across distances
 
Joint Studies Program provides JMPE-II certification
 
CARLISLE, Pa. (Oct. 24, 2017) A program within a program, the Joint Studies Program is an Army War College Distance Education Program proof-of-concept that will hopefully lead to a Joint Professional Military Education-II accreditation. Currently the program has four seminars with the student and faculty requirements to create a joint educational experience.
 
Dr. Joel Hillison, Professor of National Security Studies, demonstrates a synchronous online forum. Students participating in synchronous forums weigh in at the same time from locations around the world, e.g.,South Korea, Germany, the Pentagon, and Oklahoma, among others.
 
The first proof-of-concept seminars graduated in July 2017, when 48 graduates from three seminars received the JMPE-II curriculum; the majority of the student body was awarded JPME-I credit as well as a Master’s of Strategic Studies and USAWC Diploma.  As the second iteration unfolds, the Army War College is examining future options to meet the JPME-II standard of no more than 60 percent of faculty and students from a single Service. In July 2018, the Distance Education Program will undergo a Joint Staff accreditation review to certify the program as JPME-II, like the Resident Education Program.
 
Distance Education Program promotes collaboration
 
The benefits of joint collaboration might not be on the mind of the distance education student starting the two-year online war college curriculum. Come graduation however, he or she will have benefited from the experiences and perspectives of classmates from sister services, civilian agencies, congressional staffs and foreign militaries around the world. 
 
Collaboration with fellow students and faculty begins at a voluntary resident orientation in Carlisle, Pa., in May. The colonels and lieutenant colonels who have been selected for senior service education meet colleagues assigned to the same seminar for year one, and start building the professional collaborations that can last a lifetime.
 
When the program begins, in July, distance students balance individual studies, online coursework with their full-time occupations and, often, with Guard or Reserve duty. Decisions to carve out time for study are as unique as the individuals: lunch breaks, early mornings, or after the children have gone to bed. As they proceed through case studies, lectures and discussion forums, they’ll develop how-to-think skills about complex issues and geopolitical and strategic topics through case studies, lectures and discussion forums.
 
“This is a distance education version of the resident course with all the same hurdles and the same material covered,” said Col. Albert Morris, director of the final two-week resident phase that’s capped by graduation.
 
By the middle of September students have completed their orientation classwork andthe Strategic Leadership course, and have moved into the National Security Policy and Strategy course which will continue until December. While the bulk of work calls for independent reading, study, and writing, the experience is broadened by seminar online interactions. Duplicating the collaborative element of graduate studies, the online forums provide the space for students to interact, trade perspectives and professionally critique one another.
 
“This is a good analog to sitting in a seminar room and talking,” said Dr. Kevin Weddle, Professor of Military Theory and Strategy. “Different, but I think the way we do it is very beneficial.”
 
For the typical distance education student, the seminar comprises about 16 to 18 students, overwhelmingly Army Reservists or Army National Guardsmen. Importantly diverse perspectives are provided by officers from the active Army, other branches of military service, civilian employees of Defense and other federal agencies, congressional staffers and international students. In academic year 2018, for example, the 379 members of the non-resident (or distance) student body includes 323 Army, 15 Marine Corps, 5 Air Force and 3 Navy senior officers, 6 congressional staffers, and 18 civilian employees from executive agencies like the Departments of State, Justice and Public Health Service; the 9 International Fellows include senior officers from the United Kingdom, Lithuania and the Czech Republic.
 
“Students are not just introduced to but have the opportunity to interact with those of other services, DoD employees and the foreign students in the non-resident program,” said Morris.
 
 “We can’t give them a seminar experience during the course of the school year, so in order to give them an experience that’s similar, at least in some ways, we provide several opportunities for them -- one online forum per course as a minimum,”he said.
 
“We recently finished the first forum in Strategic Leadership,” said Weddle about using Blackboard to support both synchronous and asynchronous forums that complement the student’s course work. Each forum can last between eight and ten days, with pre-scheduled sets of questions that are posted according to a plan for each segment of the forum.All seminar members responds to the questions, and to each other’s posts. 
 
The distance student’s online collaboration is supplemented by a two-week resident phase in Carlisle: in June between the two years, and in July at the end. The resident phases offer in-person interaction with fellow students, faculty and guest speakers, such as the Chief of Staff of the Army, Commandant of the Marine Corps, U.S. Ambassador(s), and other prominent leaders and decision-makers in national security policy.
 
“It’s that interpersonal communication that you can’t get online, and you can’t do on the phone,” said Morris when speaking to the importance of the two two-week resident courses. “That interaction is very important.”
 
In the second year, students complete four additional core courses and electives before returning for the second resident phase. Electives offer a new set of relationships while pursuing in-depth focus on specialized subjects, such as Strategic Leadership Case Studies, or Economics and National Security.
 
“The vast majority would rather be here if they could, but if they can’t, they see this as a really good alternative, because they have so many competing things [in their lives], and because our course is really rigorous,” said Weddle. “When they’re done, they’ve earned a Master’s Degree, and they know it, and they are very proud of that.”

Visiting? A few simple tips to help you avoid meeting the Carlisle Barracks police

When traveling to a new location, we all rely on our smart phones, GPS devices or even old-school maps. What you may not know is that they are not always updated with the latest information, including the proper entrance procedures to Carlisle Barracks.

For example, if you type in any on-post address, including homes and businesses, it will direct you to enter the installation through the Claremont Road or Ashburn Drive gates. While correct, these directions omit so vital information that can delay your arrival or even get you a visit from the Carlisle Barracks police. Some simple tips are listed below to help make your trip to Carlisle Barracks faster and less eventful.

All visitors

·        Map your route to 870 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle 17013 -  This will route you through the security gates. Do not map your route directly to an on-base address - you risk that your mapping system will direct you to make an unauthorized entry, with resulting police intervention and possible citation. Then follow signage on post to your destination.

·        The Claremont Road gate is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

·        The Ashburn Road gate is open 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday and closed on Federal Holidays.

Non-DoD ID card holders

·        ALL Unescorted visitors coming to Carlisle Barracks, who do not have a Federal government-issued identification card, will be vetted through the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC-III) at the Carlisle Barracks Visitors Center at 870 Jim Thorpe Road. More information can be found at http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/VisitorCenter/index.htm

·        The Ashburn Drive entrance gate is for DoD-ID card holders only. Non-card holders will be re-directed to the Visitors Center at 870 Jim Thorpe Road.


Vietnam Combat Medic to Recieve Nations Highest Military Honor

Watch the Medal of Honor ceremony live webcast, today at 3:00 p.m. EDT
 
https://www.facebook.com/USarmy/videos/vb.44053938557/10155363712943558/?type=2&theater

Retired Capt. Gary “Mike” Rose enlisted in the U. S. Army, April 4, 1967. He attended basic training at Fort Ord, California, and Infantry Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. After graduating from AIT, he was promoted to private first class and attended the U.S. Army Jump School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Mike Rose, the Army medic who will receive the Medal of Honor, Oct. 23, for his heroic actions in Laos back in Sept. 1970, discusses his participation in the mission that earned him the nation's highest award for military valor. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo )

In October 1967, Rose began Special Forces Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. A year later, he graduated as a Special Forces medic and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. In April 1969, Rose was assigned to the 46th Special Forces Company, headquartered in Lopburi, Thailand. In April 1970, Rose was reassigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group, 5th Special Forces Group.

In April 1971, Rose attended the Spanish Language School in Anacostia, D.C., then assigned to the 8th Special Forces Group (later designated the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Group) in Panama until August 1973.

In August 1973, Rose was selected to attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery in December 1973, and attended Field Artillery Officer Basic at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 1978, Rose attended the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course followed by various field artillery assignments in Germany, New Mexico, Korea and Fort Sill.

Rose graduated in December 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in General Education and Military Science from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and a Masters of Arts in Communication from the University of Oklahoma in December 1989.

Pfc. Gary M. Rose at Fort Benning, Ga., September 1967. Retired Capt. Gary Michael Rose will receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on Oct. 23, the White House announced today. (Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Gary M. Rose)

Rose retired from the U. S. Army in May 1987. He then worked as an instructional designer writing operator, user and maintenance manuals, as well as designing training for the manufacturing industry. He permanently retired in 2010. Rose has been married to his wife Margaret since 1971. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. In retirement, Rose has remained involved in charity activities primarily through the Knights of Columbus.

Rose’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster and “V” device, the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal with two knots, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign with star, Presidential Unit Citation (MAC SOG), Vietnam Civic Action Honor Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation – with Palm Combat Medical Badge, Special Forces Tab, U.S. Army Parachute Badge, Thai Army Parachute Badge, Vietnam Parachute Badge, and several service ribbons.


Emergency services exercises set for Oct. 25-26

The Carlisle Barracks Police and Emergency Services will be hosting a series of exercises on Oct. 25, 26 at the entrance and exit gates of the post. During this exercise the gates will remain open and will last no longer than 10 minutes. Any actions seen at the gates are for exercise purposes only.


Winter youth basketball signups now underway

Carlisle Barracks Youth Basketball is currently OPEN for registration. Practices and Games begin the first week of January. Cost is $45 per player, with a multi-sibling discount available if you're looking to register additional children. Open to those 1st grade through 12th grade; specific divisions for each.

We are also looking for volunteer coaches for the program. Please reach out if you are interested so we can begin the process. Head coaches will receive a FREE LEAGUE FEE.

Contact Dustin Rutz, Youth Sports Director at (717) 245-3354 for further questions, comments or concerns.

 


New civilian personnel system training continues as transition approaches

Elton Manske, director of human resources for Carlisle Barracks, explains some of the finer points of the new Defense Performance Management and Appraisal Program, which will replace the existing Total Army Performance Appraisal System for civilian employee evaluations.

Carlisle Barracks employees continue to learn about a new appraisal program impacting Army War College and Carlisle Barracks employees covered by the Total Army Performance Appraisal System, as the Army continues to make progress in creating a culture of engagement and high performance.

This program, known as New Beginnings, is a collaborative labor-management effort to improve human resource practices and policies in the Army.

Elton Manske, director of human resources for Carlisle Barracks, is hosting a series of training sessions for employees who will be effected by the new system. Kathy Benton, Management Analyst in the Army War College G-1 has also conducted training sessions for the USAWC staff. 

A major initiative under New Beginnings is the implementation of the enterprise-wide Defense Performance Management and Appraisal Program, which is designed to implement significant human resource practices and policies, including the implementation of a new department-wide performance management and appraisal program. New Beginnings also encompasses reforms in the areas of hiring flexibilities, training and development and workforce incentives. It effects all Army General Schedule civilian employees currently covered by the TAPES and their civilian and military supervisors.

The new Defense Performance Management and Appraisal Program is intended to both enhance employee satisfaction and organizational performance by:

·         Identifying and emphasizing Core Values

·         Linking what employees do to organizational missions/functions and priorities

·         Emphasizing supervisor - employee interaction = Engagement

·         Establishing 'objective' vs. 'subjective' performance standards

·         Providing accountability for performance plans and timely, effective performance counseling via an online, auditable appraisal system

New Beginnings program officials said the program will also work to improve capabilities in recruiting, developing and rewarding to a dynamic and effective workforce. The program is designed to encourage communication between supervisors and employees leading to a more collaborative process in the performance management arena resulting in employees receiving appropriate recognition for their performance under DPMAP.

"Two things to remember, the first being transparency," "Under TAPES, the communication design seemed largely one way, supervisor to employee, which is not effective for our dynamic operating environment and 21st century workforce," said Steve Stacy, the command's DPMAP action officer and a human resources specialist.

"Assuming both parties conduct their required responsibilities under DPMAP as expected, there should no 'surprises' for either individual at the end of the appraisal cycle. Second, unlike TAPES, DPMAP is an automated, computer-based system with features that make it far easier for employees to compile their accomplishments for review by their supervisors, and for supervisors to document the accomplishments of each of their employees and assign ratings," Stacy added. "To facilitate this, employees and supervisors should monitor and document individual performance accomplishments throughout the appraisal period. This will make it easier to write these accomplishments up at the end of the appraisal cycle."


Army leadership share knowledge with USAWC class

Future challenges, how the Army does business and insights from the careers of 24 senior leaders were themes of the day at an annual gathering at Carlisle Barracks.

The senior Army leaders were participants in the Army War College’s Army Leader Day, Oct. 19, 2017, which is an annual event held to pass knowledge from current senior leadership of the Army to the future strategic leaders, through lectures and face to face discussions in seminar. Thirteen of the leaders were Army War College graduates or former Army War College Fellows.

Gen. James McConville, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, began the program in Bliss Hall by speaking to the student body on topics ranging from Army readiness to the future Army and taking care of Soldiers.

Gen. James McConville the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army speaks to the class of 2018 on the future of the Army, readiness and balancing unit responsibility of that with your personal responsibilities during his visit to the Army war College as part of Army Leader Day, Bliss Hall, Oct 19

He echoed the theme “pray for peace, but prepare for war” as introduced earlier this month by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. McConnell touched on topics on the forefront of many Americans like potential flashpoints in North Korea, Russia and terrorism and reminding the audience that it often takes troops on the ground to solve these complex problems.

Other issues discussed included strategic leadership, integrity, the multi-domain battle field, Army modernization priorities and the importance of balancing unit responsibilities with personal family time.

Following the keynote address, the students moved to 24 seminar rooms for candid, in-depth discussions with other senior leaders of the Army staff.

Lt. Gen. Gary Cheek, Director of the Army Staff, quickly introduced himself to the students gathered in seminar 21, and just as quickly questions began to flow as Cheek lent his experience and expertise while answering some of the probing questions.

Lt. Gen. Gary Cheek the Director of the Army Staff speaks to seminar 21 about leadership and integrity during his visit to the Army War College as part of Army Leader Day, Root Hall, Oct 19

Cheek also shared what he and other senior leaders expect from new Army War College graduates.  He mentioned that writing a concise and clear paper is very important. He made recommendations for discussing issues with senior leadership and stressed that it was vital to be able to explain the problem in clear and concise writing and also to provide options and recommendations.    Lastly he stressed the importance of a positive outlook and build relationships. When you have an issue you will be able to find assistance, because you have invested the time in building a relationship.

Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, Director, Office of Business Transformation, discussed the importance of strategic minded leadership, and shared some of the lessons learned over the course of a 36-year career. He talked about the future of the Army, and shared his opinions on how the Army prepares for future conflicts.  He spoke informally to the group in seminar 22, and emphasized the responsibility of senior leaders to keep reading, learning, and growing long beyond their war college graduation.

Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon the Director of the Office of  Business Transformation speaks to seminar 22 about discussed the importance of strategic minded leadership during his visit to the Army War College as part of Army Leader Day, Root Hall, Oct 19

 

 

Thirteen of the leaders were Army War College graduates or former Army War College Fellows.

From left to right second row: Lt. Gen. Gary Cheek; Mr. Randall Robinson; Maj. Gen. David Glaser; Maj. Gen. Lewis Irwin; Lt. Gen. Thomas Horlander; Brig. Gen. Keven Wolfhorst. First row: Mr. Warren Whitlock; Lt. Gen. Paul Hurley; Lt. Gen. David Quantock; Retired Maj. Gen. Robert French; Gen. James McConville; Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite and Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands.

 

 

 

 

Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, spoke about the challenges that face the Army and DoD with aging and excess infrastructure.

Lt. Gen. Gwen Bigmam the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management speaks to seminar 24 about challeges with aging and excess infrastructure during his visit to the Army War College as part of Army Leader Day, Root Hall, Oct 19

Army Leader Day is a unique opportunity for senior Army leadership, military and civilian, to visit Carlisle and interact with the current class.  The event allows students an opportunity to speak directly with current senior Army leaders and learn more about the unique aspects of leadership required at the strategic level.


Dunham Army Health Clinic staff

October 18, 2017 -- Dunham Army Health Clinic's pharmacy renovation project will span August through December for work that will create more efficient, safe and quality care support to beneficiaries. During the construction, staffing shortfalls have created some peaks in wait times that were longer than expected.

Dunham has moved all refill prescription pick-ups to the Exchange pick-up site for the duration. Now, the command is placing additional Soldiers at the Exchange location to help speed up the process of dispensing medications. Additionally, the clinic leadership has requested additional assistance from its high headquarters to improve wait times.

Right: More than half of the Dunham Pharmacy is under renovation, with construction work scheduled after patient hours. This is the view from the pharmacy windows waiting for a prescription.

"We appreciate your patience as we struggle with staffing shortages and limited work space.  We are working on improving our processes to fit this dynamic situation," said Maj. Megan C. Moakler, Dunham Deputy Commander for Nursing.

"Our pharmacy staff has been amazing during our renovation, often volunteering to stay 1-2 hours past our closing time to make sure we meet the needs of all of our beneficiaries.

"We realize that many of you are frustrated with our current pharmacy operations, but please continue to be considerate and understanding of our pharmacy staff.  Our main priority is to provide a safe environment for our staff and safe dispensing of medications for our patients," said Moakler.

Changes underway, on behalf of Dunham Clinic beneficiaries, includes the new ticketing categories for the pharmacy:

A Ticket – This ticket is for Active Duty Service Members in uniform (to include USAWC student uniform) who are picking up prescriptions for themselves.  If you are not in uniform or if you are picking up prescriptions for family members, please respect all of our other beneficiaries and choose a different ticket.  The intent of the A Ticket is to promote readiness by keeping Service Members in class or at work during the duty day.  It is similar to being able to walk to the front of the line at the PX between 11 am and 1 pm.

B Ticket – This ticket is for all beneficiaries who are picking up new prescriptions ordered by their provider.  These prescriptions are either hard copy, faxed, emailed, or entered by DUSAHC providers through the electronic healthcare record to the Dunham Pharmacy.  This includes all renewals of medications (medications that have run out of refills and your provider had to re-prescribe them).

 C Ticket – This ticket option is for beneficiaries who have a hard copy prescription that they would like to drop off and return later (3 hours up to the next day) to pick up.  Each hard copy prescription needs to be hand entered and checked by our pharmacy staff and takes more time to process than electronic prescriptions that are already in our system.

PX Refill Pharmacy – We have initiated a mandatory refill pick-up at the Carlisle Barracks Exchange refill pharmacy location.  To better serve you, please call in your refills at the earliest date possible and allow 3-4 days to pick them up from the Exchange pharmacy. 

 


Robert D. Martin, USAWC Public Affairs
Two Estonian Generals inducted into the International Hall of Fame

In a unique International Hall of Fame ceremony last week, the Army War College recognized two outstanding international alumni, Oct 12 in Bliss Hall. Both inductees are from the Estonian Army and were Estonia’s Land Forces Commander at one time. 

Brig. Gen. Indrek Sirel, class of 2009 was appointed the Deputy Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces in July 2016. Brig. Gen. Artur Tiganik, class of 2011, has served since July 2016 as Estonia’s military representative at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe. They are respectively, the 64th and 65th inductees into the Hall of Fame.

Maj. Gen. John Kem the Commandant of the Army War College and Brig. Gen. Indrek Sirel unvial the image of Sirel what will hang in the Hall of Fame in Root Hall, Bliss Hall, Oct 12.

International Fellows Program Director Col. Frank Intini introduced each, in turn, to the Bliss Hall audience of leadership, faculty, students and former colleagues of Sirel and Tiganik. After the formal induction ceremony with War College Commandant Maj. Gen. John Kem, each spoke to the student body, reflecting on how they applied their war college education.

Brig. Gen. Indrek Sirel

“This year is an opportunity to reflect on your profession,” said Sirel. “You are really on the turning point of your career where you probably will not do anymore of that small tactical stuff. From here you use the strategy taught and go do the big stuff.”

As Deputy Commander of Estonian Defense Forces, Sirel advises and assists the Chief of Defense on EDF, training, development and educational questions. His main focus is on the land forces.

“Understand the landpower environment, it’s a great opportunity to look and understand how to better your service. Look at what the military instrument is doing, and how to cooperate with other services and agencies,” he said. “ I recommend to you, to really think about what this is – Landpower-- what we contribute to the bigger picture, how we can do better with other services, agencies and as well,  with our allies.”

Brig. Gen. Indrek Sirel speaks to USAWC leadership, faculty, students and former colleagues duirng his induction into the Hall of Fame, Bliss Hall, Oct. 12. 

“Leadership – with all the readings and discussions, as well with the leadership development program you hear from three and four star leaders speaking in this hall. It’s not so much as where you put the comma, or how the word defenses is spelled through oxford or English dictionaries. It’s about you the leader, to create an environment where your subordinates can excel. This will be your task,” he finished.

Brig. Gen.  Sirel joined the Estonian Defense Forces in 1993.  He attended the Army Command and General Staff College Course at Fort Leavenworth 1999-2000. In 2004 he deployed with International Security Assistance Force VI as a Staff Officer, CJ3 plans, and served as well as the Senior National Representative of the Estonian ISAF contingent during the deployment.

In 2005-2006 he assumed Command of the Scouts Battalion, moving on in 2006 to be the Chief of Staff, Land Forces Headquarters and simultaneously fulfilling the position of Acting Commander of the Estonian Land Forces. He was appointed Commander, Estonian Land Forces in 2008 and held that position until 2012.

Brig. Gen. Artur Tiganik

“When I first came here, our first gathering in Bliss Hall. Maj. Gen. Martin was the commandant,” said Tiganik.  He was very enthusiastic and his first words to us were ‘This will be the best year of your entire career.’ Now,  going through the War College, being in the service in Estonia and now at SHAPE, that was a great year,” he said, noting that his year of studies was an important opportunity to spend time with his family.

Brig. Gen. Artur Tiganik speaks to the class of 2018, faculty, leadership and former colleagues during his induction into the Hall of Fame, Bliss Hall, Oct. 12.

“Critical thinking, strategic thinking helped me a lot later on in my career.  Campaign planning and strategic exercises help me the most,” he said about the long-term value of his coursework here. We continuously used critical and strategic thinking. We learned to negotiate during these exercises. We were very tough on each other, we learned from each other especially the international fellows.

“We learned how to listen to people, how to try to understand everyone’s biases, opinions and their interests,” said Tiganik. “If you understand their interest you will succeed in negotiations. This has help with my assignment in the NATO environment.”

Tiganik graduated from the Basic Officers’ Course in Ryazan Airborne Military Academy, Soviet Union, and commanded Estonian units from platoon level up to battalion of the Kalev Single Infantry Battalion.

In 2005, he was appointed to the International Security Assistance Forces mission in Afghanistan as CJ3 Staff Officer. Between 2005 and 2006 Tiganik was Chief of the Training Department in the Estonian National Defense College. From 2009 to 2012, he commanded Land Forces HQ as Chief of Staff; form 2012 until 2014, he served as Estonia’s Land Forces Commander. Between 2014 and 2016, Tiganik served as Deputy Chief of Estonian Defense Forces.

Maj. Gen. John Kem the Commandant of the Army War College walks down the Hall of Flags with Brig. Gen. Tiganik after his induction into the International Fellows Hall of Fame, Bliss Hall, Oct 12.

The Army War College Hall of Fame provides a prestigious and visible means of honoring International Fellow graduates who have attained through military merit the highest position in their nation’s Armed Forces or who have held an equivalent position by rank or responsibility in a multi-national military organization.


ACS, Pa gov’t partnership just one example of community collaboration

Becky Myers and Jeff Hanks from ACS and emergency manager Barry Shughart and volunteer Brian Proa took part in the multi-day mass care focused exercise held at Shippensburg University and Penn State Harrisburg Aug. 13-16.

Members of the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service and Emergency Management staff recently took part in evaluating a State Health and Human Services exercise.

Becky Myers and Jeff Hanks from ACS and emergency manager Barry Shughart and volunteer Brian Proa took part in the multi-day mass care focused exercise held at Shippensburg University and Penn State Harrisburg Aug. 13-16.

“We were involved in all the planning starting in August of 2015, helped evaluate and contributed to the After Action Review,” said Shughart. “This exercise was a great opportunity for our ACS staff who do sheltering (safe haven) for Carlisle Barracks, to see how sheltering is managed at the state level.”

Shughart also said that the experience allowed the ACS and Emergency Management staff to make valuable contacts at the state, Red Cross and many other strategic level providers that will be invaluable if a large incident requires sheltering of Carlisle Barracks personnel.

“We also better understand the mechanics, management and who to contact in these types of emergency response or requests which will reduce the impact to Carlisle Barracks personnel quickening the recovery process,” he said.

The experience is just one of the ways that Carlisle Barracks partners with the community for emergency response. The installation police and fire departments partner with many local townships and boroughs to help create and safe and more secure community.  

Partnerships are "win-win" for both the Army and the organizations they partner with. It allows a sharing of resources, training opportunities, and work together for the good of the community.

One of the key areas of partnerships here are aimed at youth and families. Through partnerships with organizations such as 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Military Child Education Coalition, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, and organizations in the local community, the Carlisle Barracks Child and Youth Services is able to deliver quality education programs to children and youth, as well as provide support to Army Families.

For organizations like Army Community Services, these partnerships are vital for their operations. They allow them to expand their reach and provide services to a larger client base, including retirees. Through the ACS  Information & Referral role, they maintain a directory of resources and are constantly updating this directory. Leveraging partnerships allows us to stay relevant and current regarding resources for our military families. These services and partnerships include job fairs, joint trainings and more.

One of the most visible partnerships here at Carlisle Barracks are with local first responders. Carlisle Barracks has partnerships with the Cumberland County Chiefs of Police Association; Castle's K9 Inc.; and the Fire departments in Carlisle Borough and North Middleton Townships. These relationships allow the departments to share information, training opportunities, and resources.

An example is the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department supporting Cumberland County to provide additional support to the Community's volunteer firefighters and partners with the County HAZMAT Team for training and resources sharing.

The community also values the expertise of the staff here. For example, Det. Svend Sheppard of the Department of the Army Police here hosts an annual bicycle officers training course that brings officers from all over the region. The Army War College speaker’s bureau places nearly 300 speakers each year at events all over the region to include civic organization events, college and high school classrooms, and ceremonies. This academic year it has placed nearly 100 speakers who have shared their expertise on topics like U.S. operations in Afghanistan, leadership, the U.S role in humanitarian assistance, ethics, and the role of the military in response to ISIL.


Dunham Clinic announces flu shot dates for 2017

It’s that time of year again, time to get your annual flu vaccination.

To help make it easier for employees, retirees and family members to get their flu vaccinations this year, Dunham Clinic has set up a number of opportunities. For the 2017-2018 flu season, the Army will offer injectable flu shots to Soldiers, federal civilians, and beneficiaries. In accordance with effectiveness recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Army will not be offering live attenuated influenza vaccine, known as FluMist.

Who should get the Flu Shot?

The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months of age and all pregnant women, including those who are healthy and those with chronic medical conditions.  The Flu shot is an inactivated vaccine that is administered with a needle, usually in the arm.

Who can get the Flu Shot?

All military service members must receive annual influenza vaccinations IAW AR 40–562/BUMEDINST 6230.15B/AFI 48–110_IP/CG COMDTINST M6230.4G.  All exemptions must be reviewed and confirmed by a medical provider. All DA Civilians, contractors, and eligible family members may receive the vaccine if desired.

Don’t let the flu bug catch you! Get your immunization early.

Mandatory flu shots for military personnel, faculty and staff

On Oct. 13, Dunham will be conducting mandatory flu shots in Root Hall Gym, 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  The target audience will be as follows:

  7-8:30 a.m.   USAWC students/faculty

  8:30-9:30 a.m.  SSI/CSL/USAG

  9:30-10:30 a.m.  AHEC/USAG

  10:30-11:30 a.m.  PKSOI/USAG

  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Staff/CSL/USAG

  12:30-2:30 p.m.  USAWC students/faculty/USAG

 

Oct. 16-20, 23-27 at Dunham Clinic

Family member, retirees and all other beneficiaries 6 months and older

Mon/Wed/Fri: 1-5 p.m.

Tuesday: 4:30 -7 p.m.

Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - noon


Robert D. Martin, USAWC Public Affairs Office
IF families take first step toward overcoming language barriers

Oct. 4) Everyday communication for family members of international fellows living here in the United States can be puzzling, confusing and, at times frustrating, as they try to navigate the day-to-day world of the Carlisle community.

From left to right,  the ESL beginner class consisted of Tatu Betram, Tanzania; Houreya Sampana, Mali; Zakia Tamar, Morocco; Binita Khadka. Nepal; Zehane Abdoulaye Hamidou, Niger; Instructor Mrs. Sharon Haseman and Ashlea Cordell - Lowe, Sponsorship Program Coordinator

However, the Army War College International Fellow’s program has a solution, and offers an 8-week English as a Second Language course taught by certified ESL teachers. The course includes a Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Level English class, to meet the needs of the spouses. Spouses who participated are evaluated and placed with others who have a similar understanding of the English language.

As an example, the beginner's English class discussed how to express feelings, say the time or handle U.S. currency, and covers Basic English language concepts such as vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, conversation and comprehension.

“The program is more than just learning a second language,” said Col. Frank Intini, International Fellows Program Director.  “It is really an opportunity for a diverse community of spouses to build friendships from literally around the globe.”

From left to right, the intermediate English class: Dinora Juarez, El Salvador; Janneth Romero, Colombia; Desislava Gyudzhenova, Bulgaria; Vanesa Lanz Rujana, Argentina; Maja Radulovic, Montenegro; Marina Monaco, Italy; Martina Mikulova, Czech Republic; Elena Apopei, Romania; Farzana Sultana, Bangladesh; Instructor Mrs. Andrea Jacobsen; Kahina Edjekouane, Algeria; Tsendmaa Dorjkhuu, Mongolia; Ashlea Cordell - Lowe Sponsorship Program Coordinator; Sopio Nutsubidze - Kiknadze, Georgia; Liuba Vicol, Moldova; Nadia Diaz, Mexico; Begona Bernal, Spain;

 

“It is very easy for families to go into a foreign country and stay in the protection and comforts of their home and not venture out," said Intini to the graduates. You all have taken the option of learning more and exploring more, and I want to thank you for participating in this program,” he said.

“In the beginning of the program the spouses were shy and uncomfortable about communicating, but we get into a method of talking to each other and go over some basic language.” said Andrea Jacobsen, ESL instructor. “The most important thing is practice and the bonds they form with each other. Through those bonds language skills develop, it’s really wonderful.”

“The advanced course subjects were very interesting because we can use them every day,” said Admita El Osta from Lebanon. “They were about fashion, how to use your credit card, how to shop at a super market, how to make a doctor’s appointment. They were very practical and very useful.”

From left to right, the advanced ESL language classes. Admita El Osta, Lebanon; Alketa Allajbej, Albania; Cathrine Klingenschmid, Austria; Manjola Alla, Albania; Asta Pasvenskiene, Lithuania; Instructor Mrs. Victoria Lynott; Monique Caelen, Netherlands; Aida Mohamed, Malaysia; Peta Meyer, Germany; Seokyoung Lee, Korea; and Sponsorship Program Coordinator Ashlea Cordell - Lowe;

“Apart from improving my English -- which was important -- the opportunity to meet a lot of spouses from other countries which otherwise would have been impossible was special,” said Begona Bernal of Spain. “We spent a lot of time learning about different countries and their cultures, and by the end you become very close. For me it has been a very good experience.”

“It’s a shame we are finished but we are going to see each until June, we are on the same team, we have the same problems, we are in a foreign country so we have to get closer together,” she said.

Intini commended the graduates during the ceremony held at Upton Hall.

“I hope this course was worthwhile and each of you are not only improving your skills in a second language but also had  a chance to see what the local area has to offer. I hope this course open doors for you and now that this course is over it is not the end of your exploration. You will continue to get together and go out to see some of the sites in the area,” said Intini.


Pray for Peace, But Prepare for War, Milley Says

“We will pray for peace every day, but at the same time, the U.S. Army will prepare for war,” said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley during a lunchtime address. “No one wants war,” he said, but the Army must maintain a laser focus on readiness.

Milley delivered his remarks during a well-attended event at the 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army. 

In the speech, an impassioned Milley outlined his views on the Army’s role in a rapidly changing world. “The world is becoming more complex and dangerous,” Milley said, adding that in order to understand the shifting dynamics, “all you have to do is pick up a newspaper.” As such, “Combat readiness is our No. 1 priority,” Milley said. “The need has become more apparent.” And, he said, it may be accelerating.

The most dangerous near-term threat, Milley said, is North Korea. “If history has taught us anything,” Milley said, it’s that we must not ignore threatening words when the threats are combined with capabilities. North Korea issues threats repeatedly, Milley said - and has the ability to implement them. If carried out, those threats could create unimaginable consequences, he said, such as a nuclear strike on the American homeland.

Other threats could emerge from Europe or China, he said. Potential adversaries in both locales have been studying our strengths and how to counter them, Milley said. Additionally, threats could stem from the Middle East, or continue to evolve via “the long reach of terrorism.” The Army chief could not say which threat would nor could trigger first, if at all. “I’m not in the business of predictions,” Milley said. “I’m in the business of readiness.” That, Milley said, is the Army’s No. 1 task. As such, he said, the Army is immersed in maintaining readiness. 

Among other things, he said, the service is pre-positioning stocks and equipment. It also is in the process of standing up a new command aimed at streamlining the modernization process, Milley said, reiterating a plan he announced yesterday in conjunction with Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy. 

The Army wants new, lethal equipment and weapons. Weapons alone are not the answer, though. “It won’t matter if you’re dead,” he said. As such, force protection is key. So, too, is training. Training must be rigorous, hard and constant, he said, and will include being set in dense urban combat environments.

During his often stirring address, Milley acknowledged the importance of others. Valued foreign partners provide much value to national and international security, Milley said. So, too, do the American people. “Armies do not go to war,” Milley said, highlighting how the American people consistently pull together in time of crisis, including weather disasters and shocking events such as the recent shootings in Las Vegas. “Nations go to war.” That includes first responders such as police, medical personnel and EMTs, plus industry.

“We all of us are in there together,” Milley said. If the Army neglects readiness, “We will lose the next war.” Hence the laser-like focus on keeping the force ready to fight. “It has never been more important,” Milley said.

Susan Katz Keating


Carlisle Barracks set to celebrate Halloween

The signs of fall are all around us at Carlisle Barracks.  The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and soon superheroes, ghost goblins and more will be roaming the streets for Halloween. A number of activities are planned for Carlisle Barracks for you and your families.

Oct 12 – Exceptional Family Member Program Halloween Party

6-8 p.m. at the McConnel Youth Center, open to Exceptional Family member families and friends.  Lower sensory event for all special needs and family/friends.  Prizes, games, and dinner will be included in the evening fun. Costumes are welcome but please leave scary and gory ghouls at home and every costume gets a prize. 

Oct. 31 Halloween Parade and trick or treating

·        4:30 p.m. Halloween Parade Line Up and costume judging on Indian Field

·        5 p.m. Parade and prizes for best costumes

·        6-8 p.m. Trick-or-Treating (Note this is the same date/time as the Carlisle Boro)


Vietnam War era recognition highlight of Carlisle Barracks retiree event

Lt. Col. Sally Hannan, garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Jamie Lethiecq, Garrison CSM, share a laugh with a Vietnam War-era veteran during a special recognition ceremony Oct. 7.

 

More than 100 Vietnam-era veterans were recognized as part of the Carlisle Barracks Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 7.

As part of the national commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, Lt. Col. Sally Hannan, Garrison Commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jamie Lethiecq, Garrison CSM, led a short ceremony recognizing the service and sacrifice of servicemembers of the Vietnam era and their families.

“As a garrison commander you often to get to take part in special events, but this is one that is truly special,” said Hannan. “As a Soldier, it is truly an honor to recognize you and those who paid the ultimate price during this period in our nation’s history.”

During the short ceremony, a proclamation was ready and veterans walked down to the front of Bliss Hall to receive a commemorative pin from Hannan, Lethiecq and Mark Overberg, director of the Army’s Retirement Services division.

“It was truly an honor to be recognized in this way, in front of our fellow veterans,” said retired Staff Sgt. James Vermett, who served in Vietnam from January 1967-March 1969 as a member of the 4th Infantry Division. “We didn’t have the same reception coming home that a lot of our fellow Soldiers did, so it’s really special to be a part of something like this.”

The event was the highlight of the day-long event that featured guest speakers on topics form TRICARE to Veterans Affairs updates. Tables were also set up in the Root Hall Gym to allow veterans and their families to ask questions and receive their annual flu shot.


US Army War College hails new Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs

October 1, 2017 -- Brig. Gen. Kelly A. Fisher became the US Army War College Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs as of Oct. 1, 2017. In this role, she will advise the commandant on Reserve Component considerations; and mentor the curriculum of the Army War College’s MSS programs for colonels/ lieutenant colonels, and the Army Strategic Education Program for Army general officers of all components.

Brig. Gen. Fisher holds a dual role as the Land Component Commander, California Army National Guard, responsible to provide oversight and guidance to the non-divisional Soldier of the California Army National Guard. Prior to this position, General Fisher served as special advisor to the Chief of National Guard Bureau as the Chief of General Officer Management Office. 

Fisher deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 2011-2012, and deployed her battalion to Fort Lewis, Wash., in support of Operation Noble Eagle.  In addition to her California Army National Guard assignments in staff and command assignments, in military intelligence and military police units,  her career has included several assignments with the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., to include service as the NGB Strategic Analyst, and Chief of the General Officer Management Office.

Fisher holds a master’s degrees from the California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, and from the U.S. Army War College. She has been awarded the Defense Superior Service medal, the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal, among many awards and decorations.

Command, colleagues thank Schwartz for 3years as Deputy Commandant

Fisher replaced Brig. Gen. George M. Schwartz who was dual-hatted as both the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Assistant Adjutant General and USAWC Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs.

On Sep. 14, the command group and colleagues gathered to farewell Schwartz just prior to his retirement at the end of the month.

Commandant Maj. Gen. John Kem honored Schwartz for 33 years of service and highlighted his three years of contributions and commitment to the students of the Army War College. “We only met a couple of weeks ago,” said Kem, explaining why he tapped into the memories of retired Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, whose three-year tenure as commandant overlapped Schwartz’s time with the Army War College.

Brig. Gen. George Schwartz, Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs, offers a National Guard Heritage Painting to Commandant Maj. Gen. John Kem, on behalf of the College at a farewell gathering Sept. 14, upon his imminent retirement.  The painting as well as his dual assignments bridged the worlds of Soldier and educator, he said. “Men of Iron” depicts the World War I-era 109th Army National Guard Regiment, now known as the PAARNG 55th Brigade, which Schwartz had commanded.

Through Kem, Rapp recounted the value of Schwartz’s advice on reserve issues, providing a conduit back to Guard and Reserve leadership working unique issues about unique people and policies;  his outreach efforts representing the Army, Pennsylvania Guard, and Army War College; and his contributions to the faculty and leadership team. Especially, he noted Schwartz’s efforts in general officer development for the Reserve Component.

“As we worked through the GOMO education effort … breaking barriers -- I want to thank you for all that work,” said Kem. “The evolution of the last few years, from the initial idea that maybe the war college should take over GO education to where we are today, when every single colonel-promotable from all three components all go to the same general officer course. It’s never happened before. And you had a big hand in pulling all that together.”

In an impromptu set of toasts, Sam White noted the DCG’s work in support of the Center for Strategic Leadership, to include the RC education courses. Dean Richard Lacquement talked to specific support that Schwartz gave to the School, and especially the Distance Education Program. Prof. Harry Tomlin remembered how well Schwartz represented the Reserve Component while a student in the Army Strategic Art Program as well as the generous interaction with ASAP when he returned as the Deputy Commandant, followed by Prof. George Woods who remembered him as a student who pushed himself to accomplish, and brought pride and satisfaction to his instructors.

 “I couldn’t pay for the great experiences I had here, especially the interactions with students. As an educator, it’s been a real blessing to be here,” said Schwartz. “Most of all, being here in this assignment brought together my two worlds,” he said, referencing his civilian career in higher education and his identity as a Soldier.

“Previous to coming here, I was the first Guard DCG at Fort Benning…. I had a great job at Fort Benning. As a combat arms officer, I loved being down there.” Yet, he said, “When I was offered the job with the Army War College, it was too good to pass up.

“Every time I came here for duty, I really felt at home. Part of it had to do with the two domains that I operated in. But the bigger part had to do with all the great people I got to work with.”

 


Enable readiness, save energy

October each year is Energy Action Month. This year’s theme is “Energy Resilience Enables Army Readiness”

The Army’s goal is to ensure the capability of uninterrupted mission-essential operations for a minimum of 14 days without resupply of fuel and water. - ENERGY RESILIENCE!

The Army can achieve this capability by developing reserves of energy and water through conservation of existing resources and the development of energy reduction programs and projects and in developing alternative energy sources in conjunction with the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)

Here at Carlisle Barracks we will be hosting a “Resource Efficiency Management” (REM) team later this month to conduct an Energy Audit of all the prime energy-consuming facilities on post.  

We can all help in this mission by doing little things like turning off unneeded lights, replacing burned out light bulbs with the new, extremely efficient and long-life LED bulbs and turning off PCs and monitors at the end of the day.

Have a local utility company do an energy audit of your home and implement their recommendations.

Energy is a critical enabler of military capability. We can all participate in keeping “Army Strong”! Promote “Energy Awareness.”


Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest back Oct 5-8

Enjoy the traditional German salute to fall with a fun twist at the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest Oct. 5-8.  There will be fun for all ages to include: Carnival rides and games, food and craft vendors, local wine, crisp apple cider and seasonal beverages. The annual event features a traditional fest tent with live music, games, craft fair, Oompah, Pop, Rock and Country music and more. Admission and parking are free.

Event hours: 

Thursday, Oct. 5, 4-9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6, 4-9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Arts and Crafts Fair inside of USAHEC is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Sunday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

So mark your calendars to attend Carlisle Barracks’ 10th Annual Oktoberfest—a four-day, family-oriented event.

The event will be held rain or shine.

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 http://carlisleoktoberfest.com/

Highlights include

Oct. 5-8            Carnival rides and games for all ages

Oct. 5-8            Red 102.3 and WIOO “Red Stage”
Oct. 7               Arts and Crafts Fair inside of USAHEC
Oct. 7               Tapping War College Brew

The Army Heritage and Education Center is located at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle.  For directions: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/directions.cfm


Robert Martin, Army War College PAO
Dickinson College community welcomes International Fellows

Faculty and staff members of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. celebrated a longstanding relationship with the Army War College by welcoming 79 international fellows to a reception in Dickinson College’s Rector Science Complex, Sep. 25, 2017.

Maj. Gen. John Kem, Commandant of the Army War College listens to Col. Amar Shambaljamts of the Mongolian Army while Japanese Col. Yutaka Okada looks on during Dickinson's International Fellows reception at Dickinson College’s Rector Science Complex, Sep. 25, 2017.

Margee Ensign the Dickinson College President, ROTC cadets, and members of the college community gathered with international fellows from 76 countries, families, and representatives of the Army War College as part of the International Fellows Reception.

“Dickinson and the Army War College have established a unique relationship over the last decade,” said Ensign. “Beginning with guest lectures, joint research and student internships with the college, we have truly become regional partners.”

Dickenson students work directly with international fellows as part of a multi-level tutoring program, and the fellows and can find assistance with their strategic research project at Dickinson’s Norman M. Eberly Multilingual Writing Center. 

Ensign welcomed all the international fellows to attend classes, lectures, events. “You are truly now a part of the Dickinson community,” she said.

“We are so glad that we have 79 international fellows this year,” Maj. Gen. John Kem, Commandant of the Army War College. “The contributions they make in the classroom truly are amazing. When you are big organization like the United State Army it is easy to get myopic, and the way to prevent that is to bring in people that see things differently and have a different view point. The International fellows’ perspective in the class room is incredible.”

Mr. David Bennett from the Army War College chats with an Dickinson College ROTC student and Army Colonel during Dickinson's International Fellows reception at Dickinson College’s Rector Science Complex, Sep. 25, 2017.

“You can recognize the tremendous amount talent that the international fellows bring here, somewhere in the order of 50 percent of them will be a General officers. What is nice for us is, we have the very best students, and the very best in U.S. academia with Dickinson College.  It’s great for Army War College,” said Kem.


Robert Martin, Army War College PAO
Seminar 13 Wraps up the 2018 Softball Crown

Last night saw the closing of the Army War College’s softball season as seminars 13 and 4 faced off on a sun drenched cool evening to determine this year’s softball champion on Carlisle Barracks softball fields.  

Lt. Col. Tim Brower scores the first run of the game for seminar 4 during the Army War College softball championship game, Oct. 2, 2017.

Both teams had just beaten their opponents in the single elimination tournament to make it to the Championship game, Seminar 13 beat seminar 5,  9 to 4 and seminar 4  ten run ruled seminar 12, 14 – 4.  

The first inning saw three consecutive hits by seminar 4 singles by Brower, Schreiber and two run RBI double by Curry. The scoring closed with a sacrifice fly by Redzwan making it 3 – 0 going into the bottom of the first.

The lead by seminar 4 was short lived as seminar 13 opened their flood gates as they scored 8 runs in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Teague led off with a single up the middle, then with one out EJ Irvin crushed the ball over the left center fielders head for a inside the park home run making it 3 – 2. After a ground out seminar 13 scored 6 runs with two out, Silas and Smith both singled then O’Connor hit a two run double putting them ahead 4 – 2. Then consecutive hits by Lopez, Cognitore, Brady and Teague led to four more runs. 8 – 3 seminar 13.

The second inning saw seminar 4 first two batters ground out the seminar’s 13 short stop EJ Irvin then a single by Ostby is all they could muster up.  Seminar 13 had singles by Lindfors and Smith, a walk and an error leading to two more runs. At the end of 2 it was 10 – 3 seminar 13.

Lt. Col. EJ Irving of seminar 13 hits the ball out to right center field during the Army War College softball championship game, Oct 2, 2017.

Inning 3 was led off by Bower with a single, then Curry driving in bower with a single.  Next up was the power of seminar 4 as Steward cracked a two run home run.  A 6 – 5 – 3 double play by seminar 13 closed up the top half of the third. 10 – 6 seminar 13

The bottom of the third was three up and three down for seminar 13 as was the next inning as the bats went silent for both teams in the 4th inning also.

The top of the 5th saw seminar 4 bats come alive as Maddox single with one out then Brower singled with two outs, bringing up Schreiber who smacked a two run double bringing in Maddox and Bowers, Curry then single in Schreiber from second.  Then with one on Steward yet again sent one to deep left center as he put seminar 4 ahead 11 – 10.   

The bottom half of the 5th was scoreless for seminar 13 as they left Teague on third after hitting a triple.

Seminar 4 went down quietly in order in the top of the sixth.

The bottom of the inning had EJ Ivring lead of with a single, a home run over the left field fence by Cognitore put seminar 13 back on top, a couple of errors by seminar 4 made it more interesting as Lopez singled in another run, but with the bases load and an opportunity to put the game out of reach seminar 13 batters struck out and flew out to end the inning, 13 – 11 seminar 13 leading.

Lt. Joe Cognitore, seminar 13 hits the game winning home run in the top of the sixth to put his team up 12 - 11 during the Army War College championship softball game, Oct 2, 2017.

It was now or never for seminar 4 as batters 9, 10 and 11 were due up in their top half of the seventh, but with little effort by seminar 13 they put down seminar 4 in order ending an exciting game 13 - 11.

 

The Championships trophy was presented by USAWC Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Martinez to Teague and EJ Irving.


Meet Your Garrison: Shughart keeps post on cutting edge of security programs

Members of the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service and Emergency Management staff recently took part in evaluating a State Health and Human Services exercise. Becky Myers and Jeff Hanks from ACS (middle) and emergency manager Barry Shughart (far left) and volunteer Brian Proa took part in the multi-day mass care focused exercise held at Shippensburg University and Penn State Harrisburg Aug. 13-16.

While Carlisle Barracks may be one of the smaller installations in the Army, the employees and programs here focused on security are among the leaders in the Army.

“I helped build the protection programs we have at Carlisle that lead the way for the Army. Carlisle is usually ahead of the Army protection trends,” said Barry Shughart, Installation Emergency Manager. He has been tapped by the Army on numerous occasions to help build new security and protection programs.

“I was asked to be part of developing the Army's Emergency Management and Protection programs and I brought those ideas back to Carlisle,” he said.

He was quick to note though, that the development and execution of these programs is a team effort.

“But it isn't just me, the working groups have helped me develop these programs, convince the leadership this is the direction we need to go and we have all built a great set of protection programs here at Carlisle,” he said. “I get to interface with my counterparts in the military and in the civilian sector. I get to work closely with all the local military, including the MDW area, HQDA, West Point, Ft Lee and Ft Detrick. We have a good working relationship with our county, regional task force and the State emergency management agencies.”

 

The emergency management program here is multifaceted, including making sure they are complete, exercising them on a regular basis and ensuring that installation employees are trained in what to do during an emergency.

 

Shughart, a Carlisle native, joined the Army in 1976 because he wanted to “learn how to climb mountains and jump out of airplanes.” After getting out for a year after his initial four year commitment, he re-joined and stayed in until 1998. He came to work at Carlisle Barracks in 2002 in operations. He has since served as an Operations Center watch officer while the EOC was 24/7 and through the changeover and birth of IMCOM. He has also been an Antiterrorism Officer, OPSEC officer, Chief of Plans and Operations, for a brief time the DPTMS and currently the Installation Emergency Manager.


Construction, holiday weekend to affect Claremont, Ashburn gate hours Oct. 4-9

Replacement of the cement barriers at the Ashburn Drive and Claremont Road gates will cause temporary traffic changes to allow the work to proceed overnight.

On Oct. 3, the Ashburn Drive gate will close at its normal time of 5:30 p.m. for construction. It is expected to re-open at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 4.

Due to guard rail construction, Oct. 4 the Claremont Road gate will close at 5:30 p.m. and all traffic must enter/exit the post using the Ashburn Drive gate, which will remain open all night. Visitors will be processed at the Ashburn guard booth and the road will also be open for truck traffic. The Claremont Road Pedestrian gate will remain open. The gate will re-open at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 5. There may be noise during the overnight hours due to the construction.

 

In observance of the holiday weekend, the Ashburn Drive gate will have modified hours this weekend. The gate will be open for normal operations Oct. 7, but will be closed Oct. 8-9.

Pedestrians may call (717) 245-4115 (Police Desk), and a police patrol will respond to open the gate for entry and exit.


Keep Carlisle Barracks safe: See something, Say something

Across the nation, we're all part of communities. In cities, on farms, and in the suburbs, we share everyday moments with our neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends. It's easy to take for granted the routine moments in our every day—going to work or school, the grocery store or the gas station. But your every day is different than your neighbor’s—filled with the moments that make it uniquely yours. So if you see something you know shouldn't be there—or someone's behavior that doesn't seem quite right—say something. Because only you know what’s supposed to be in your everyday. Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. "If You See Something, Say Something."

We all know that our police, guards and emergency responders are the front line in keeping the Carlisle Barracks Community safe. But each of us also has a very important role in keeping our community safe and secure. This includes everything from vandalism to possible security concerns.

Part of that personal responsibility is reporting anything that you see that is suspicious. There are a number of ways to do so at Carlisle Barracks.

If the situation is an emergency or requires immediate attention, call 911.

Carlisle Barracks and the United States Army War College has an “ iWATCH ” Program; See Something – Say Something. In short, suspicious persons, packages, and vehicles that are seemingly out of place should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Police Desk at, (717) 245-4115 or online using the suspicious activity report at http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/iWatch/SuspiciousActivityReport.cfm

The form can be filled out anonymously.  

Give as many details as you can. Here is a checklist to help you.

1. The date and time

2. Where it happened

3. What you witnessed.

4. A description of who was involved

  • Male or female
  • How tall
  • Build
  • Hair color, skin color, age
  • English speaking or another language?

5. Was there a car? Note the license plate number.

6. Have you seen this activity in your neighborhood before?


Construction, holiday weekend to affect Claremont, Ashburn gate hours Oct. 4-9

Replacement of the cement barriers at the Ashburn Drive and Claremont Road gates will cause temporary traffic changes next month to allow the work to proceed overnight.

On Oct. 3, the Ashburn Drive gate will close at its normal time of 5:30 p.m. for construction. It is expected to re-open at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 4.

Due to guard rail construction, Oct. 4 the Claremont Road gate will close at 5:30 p.m. and all traffic must enter/exit the post using the Ashburn Drive gate, which will remain open all night. Visitors will be processed at the Ashburn guard booth and the road will also be open for truck traffic. The Claremont Road Pedestrian gate will remain open. The gate will re-open at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 5. There may be noise during the overnight hours due to the construction.

 

In observance of the holiday weekend, the Ashburn Drive gate will have modified hours this weekend. The gate will be open for normal operations Oct. 7, but will be closed Oct. 8-9.

Pedestrians may call (717) 245-4115 (Police Desk), and a police patrol will respond to open the gate for entry and exit.


Take command to make a smooth transition with TRICARE in 2018

You may be wondering what action you need to take, if any, to ensure you continue TRICARE coverage in 2018. If you’re currently enrolled in or eligible for TRICARE coverage on Dec. 31, 2017, you’ll transition to your respective TRICARE plan on Jan. 1, 2018. If you want to enroll in a TRICARE plan or change coverage after Jan. 1, 2018, you’ll need to take action to enroll in the plan of your choice.

All beneficiaries should take action by making sure their information is current in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). If you’ve experienced any changes (for example, marriage, birth, divorce and death), update DEERS as soon as possible to ensure continuous TRICARE coverage.

TRICARE is Changing. Here is what you need to know:

Automatic Transition for Current Enrollees

Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Prime, either stateside or overseas, as of Dec. 31, 2017 will remain enrolled in TRICARE Prime on Jan. 1, 2018. If you have TRICARE Standard or TRICARE Extra as of Dec. 31, 2017, you’ll transition to TRICARE Select. TRICARE Select replaces TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra on Jan. 1, 2018.

If you’re enrolled in any TRICARE premium-based plan on Dec. 31, 2017, you’ll remain enrolled in your plan on Jan. 1, 2018 as long as you continue to make your premium payments. These premium-based plans include:

  • TRICARE Young Adult
  •  TRICARE Reserve Select
  • TRICARE Retired Reserve

On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE will transition its stateside regional contractors from three to two. Beneficiaries who pay premiums or enrollment fees by electronic funds transfer or recurring debit/credit card payment will be contacted to update their payment information. If you currently pay through a Defense Finance and Accounting Service allotment, your payments will automatically transfer. 

If your current TRICARE health plan coverage doesn’t automatically transition, contact the TRICARE contractor for your region. The are no changes to the TRICARE For Life (TFL) benefit. TFL beneficiaries will not have to take any action.

Automatic Enrollment of New Enrollees

New active duty service members are automatically enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Prime Remote if they live in remote areas in the U.S. Stateside active duty family members (ADFMs) who become eligible for TRICARE on or after Jan. 1, 2018 will also be automatically enrolled in TRICARE Prime if they live in a Prime Service Area. If family members live outside a Prime Service Area, they’ll be automatically enrolled in TRICARE Select. ADFMs who are automatically enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select have up to 90 days after the eligibility date to change health plans.

TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP) ADFMs will be automatically enrolled in TRICARE Select. They will also have 90 days to change their enrollment to TOP Prime or Prime Remote if they are command sponsored.

This is Your Benefit! Are You Ready?

Enroll by Nov. 20, 2017 for Coverage Beginning Jan. 1, 2018

By Nov. 20, 2017, beneficiaries should complete any and all enrollment actions. During December 2017, there will be an enrollment freeze for TRICARE Prime enrollments, and a delay for primary care manager changes. You’ll still be able to receive care during the enrollment freeze. If you have a problem accessing care, contact your regional contractor.

For all other stateside beneficiaries, you’ll also need to complete any and all enrollment actions by Nov. 20, 2017 to ensure continued health coverage in 2018. As long as your regional contractor receives your completed enrollment application by the 20th of the month, your coverage will begin on the first day of the next month. The 20th of the month rule doesn’t apply to beneficiaries overseas, and will go away for everyone starting in 2018.

Enrolling is easy. You can enroll in certain TRICARE plans over the phone, email or mail. Check out how to enroll or purchase a plan.

Visit the TRICARE Changes page to stay informed with the latest information. You can also sign up for email alerts to get an email anytime new updates are available. Staying informed will help you take command of your health and prepare for changes in 2018.