Banner Archive for November 2010
 

The Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen will discuss today's public release of the report of the Comprehensive Review Working Group at 2 p.m. today during a press conference at the Pentagon.

They will be followed immediately by the co-chairs of the working group, Jeh Johnson, General Counsel of the Department of Defense and Gen. Carter Ham, Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army. The hearing can be found live on the Pentagon Channel http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/


Prestigious Community Award presented to AHEC Staff member
 
Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
 
  Congratulations to Jack Giblin, director, Visitors and Education Services, Army Heritage and Education Center, for being awarded the "Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau Partner of the Year" on Tuesday, Nov. 16., at the 2010 Cumberland Valley Tourism Conference, Allenberry Resort.
 
  According to Kristen Oakley, CVVP PR coordinator, there were over 600 stakeholders to choose from with 15 nominations for the award from the CVVB staff.
 
  Jack Giblin was selected by the CVVB staff for his 5 years of service on working to build relationships with the CVVB, USAHEC and AHCF, and developing innovative programs to make Cumberland County a major regional tourist destination.
 
  “Jack is a tremendous resource and asset to our community, and he chooses to share his knowledge and perspective," said Shireen Farr, CVVB director.  "He doesn’t just give ideas but he gets in the trenches with you to work through those ideas,” said Farr.
 
  Giblin was presented with a clock, which read--"Partner of the Year 2010, John F. 'Jack' Giblin, Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau 'So thankful we found you!'"

Commanding General's Thanksgiving Message

Maggie and I wish you a happy Thanksgiving, a uniquely satisfying celebration of family, friends, and community. This national day of thanks has a special meaning for you and your families who have sacrificed much in service to our great nation.

We have much to be grateful for.  As we celebrate, we will keep in our hearts the thousands of military men and women who will spend this Thanksgiving far from home and family.  We will remember families who wait while their loved ones are in harm's way. And, too many of us have lost friends and comrades.  The life we lead makes Thanksgiving all the more relevant as a point in time to take stock of what, and who, we value.

I urge you to show your respect for our military colleagues by taking the steps for a safe, smart holiday.

Millions will travel this weekend -- and some will deep-fry the bird for the first time! So, be the smart ones on the road and in your neighborhood. Plan ahead for your travel and your safety. Prepare for others on the road who are rushed, distracted by cell phones, unfamiliar with the traffic and weather, and who may not share your respect for safety. 

Smart leaders keep safety a priority in all circumstances.  Don't get behind the wheel when tired or after drinking.  Use seat belts and designated drivers. Don't use your cell phone while driving; it's prohibited on military installations and a bad choice everywhere. Commanders and directors will conduct safety briefings --  please engage and share with colleagues your own concerns, observations and lessons learned.  

Knowledge and practice of safety is an investment in your future. For family, friends, and community, please join me in a safe and joyful Thanksgiving celebration.

MG GREGG F. MARTIN

Wisdom and strength for the future


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle kids “start smart” with exercise

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, American kids are in the worst shape of any generation because of the availability of junk food, TV and lack of exercise.  The National Institute of Health states that children need at least one hour of physical activity every day.

Lindsey Bradshaw runs with pre-school students at the Carlisle Barracks Child Development Center, as part of her program to encourage children to be physically active.  The pre-school students spend one hour-a-day with Lindsey as part of the “Start Smart” program. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

 

At Carlisle Barracks, Lindsey Bradshaw, the youth sports and fitness program associate, is making sure that kids are getting the exercise they need.

Bradshaw runs several fitness programs designed at getting kids to enjoy exercise and make it apart of their daily routine.

“I try to make physical activities enjoyable so the kids will want to do them,” said Bradshaw.  “If it is fun then the kids are more likely to stick with it as they grow up.”

Bradshaw runs a “Start Smart” program for children age 3 to 5.  The program, which was created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, teach basic and sport specific  skills to pre-school age kids.  “I begin with teaching the kids basic sports skills such as how to throw, catch or kick a ball,” she said.  “Once they have learned that, I move into teaching the kids how to play different types of games, such as baseball, basketball or soccer.  Each sport segment lasts about six weeks. 
 

However, not all of Bradshaw’s exercise programs are sports directed.  “I want the kids to be physically active when they play, so I incorporate fun activities such as ribbon play, to keep kids active.”

Once the children move onto elementary school they can join Bradshaw’s “just run” program.  This program focuses on running as a way to promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle. 

“We are training for the Armed Forces Kids Run which will take place at military installations all over the world on May 21, 2011,” said Bradshaw.  “This will be the second year that Carlisle Barracks has participated in the run.”

To help the kids prepare for May’s run, Carlisle Barracks will be holding a “Gobble Gallop” at Indian Field on Nov. 20 for kids age 4-13.  “The Gobble Gallop will be a test run for the kids,” said Bradshaw.

Bradshaw also teaches kids the proper ways to lift weights.  “Before the kids can use the weight machines at the youth center, I very specifically express to the kids the goal they should be striving for, which is challenging your body to be more physically fit.  Not competing with your friends to see who can lift more or trying to bulk up by power lifting.”

“What I hope kids take away from these programs is that physical fitness can be fun, and the benefits are lifelong,” said Bradshaw.


Medal of Honor awarded to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

What is it?

Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta will receive the Medal of Honor - the nation's highest medal for valor - from President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony slated for 2 p.m. today. Staff Sgt. Giunta is the third Soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Afghanistan, and the first living recipient for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the medal's inception during the Civil War, more than 3,400 Americans have received the award; more than 2,000 of them were Soldiers.

What has the Army done?

Staff Sgt. Giunta demonstrated conspicuous gallantry Oct. 25, 2007 while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom with Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, based in Vicenza, Italy. Staff Sgt. Giunta was serving as a rifle team leader when he engaged the enemy to recover a wounded Soldier that the enemy was trying to take prisoner. After throwing hand grenades at the enemy positions in order to suppress them, Staff Sgt. Giunta moved forward without hesitation, into what had been enemy fighting position only moments before. Staff Sgt. Giunta engaged two enemy fighters and then rescued his wounded comrade, and assisted in keeping him alive before the Soldier eventually succumbed to his wounds.

Why is this important to the Army?

Staff Sgt. Giunta's actions embody the Army values and its highest ideals. His selflessness, leadership and service above and beyond the call of duty exemplify what is best in our young Soldiers. As a living Medal of Honor recipient, Staff Sgt. Giunta enjoys unique status and prestige. His humility, practicality, commitment to the team and down-to-earth demeanor make him an ideal spokesman for the Army. Staff Sgt. Giunta can deliver the Army message with unique force and credibility due to his powerful underlying narrative and attractive personal qualities.

What is planned for the future?

In addition to today's ceremony at the White House, Army senior leaders will recognize Staff Sgt. Giunta, his family and friends during a Pentagon ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17. Staff Sgt. Giunta will receive the official picture, citation and Medal of Honor flag during the ceremony. The ceremony will also feature the unveiling of his Hall of Heroes plaque. Department of the Army and U.S. Army Europe communicators will leverage the opportunity presented by Staff Sgt. Giunta's entry into the annals of American military valor to engage internal and external audiences.

Resources:

View live @ 2 p.m. on Nov. 16- White House Medal of Honor ceremony for Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta


Medal of Honor Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta


Congressional Medal of Honor Society


U.S. Army's Medal of Honor website


Carlisle Barracks Exchange Carves Up Prices for Post-Thanksgiving Shopping

 The first 200 shoppers to visit the Carlisle Barracks Exchange on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving are in for a special treat.

The first 200 in the Exchange will receive scratch-off cards offering a variety of specials including $100, $50 and $25 gift cards, $10 off any purchase of $100 or more and 25 percent off Nike apparel.

The feast of savings begins at 4 a.m. on "Black Friday" with a smorgasbord of deals on electronics, jewelry, clothing and everything in between. Shoppers will find --

o a Sony 52” LED TV for just $1,499, a savings of $500

o Hewlett Packard desktop bundles for $349

o $400 savings on 1½ carat Moissanite stud earrings in 14K white or yellow gold. 

o  all Coach handbags will be 25 percent off from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

 Saturday’s 'delicious' prices are served up beginning at 6 a.m. and includes --

o 55” Sharp LED TVs for $1,399

o 25 percent off all fashion jewelry

o Sony Blu-ray players for $97

o two carat 14K white gold black diamond stud earrings for $199, a 60 percent savings,

o Magellan RoadMate 1420 GPS units on sale for $75 and much more.

“Pricing is going to be dynamic through the end of the year,” said the Stacy Firemoon, Store Manager. “We’re going to be making adjustments throughout the holidays to ensure the Exchange is providing the best possible value for authorized patrons.”


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army War College Public Affairs Office

Chapel community hosts Thanksgiving for Soldiers

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, serves Thanksgiving dinner to Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Blue.

Thanksgiving brings up images of home, of family, of friends and the start of the holiday season and this was all on display at the Carlisle Barracks Memorial Chapel Nov. 15 for the annual Soldiers Thanksgiving Luncheon.

However many Soldiers, have and will continue to, spend this holiday away from their family in far away places. Sgt. 1st Class Preston Grant, who works at Dunham Army Health Clinic, spent last Thanksgiving at Camp Victory in Baghdad.  “You get used to being deployed during the holidays.  The Soldiers around you become your family,” said Grant.   

The sense of family is what the chapel community, many of whom are veterans and retired military, was hoping to replicate when they started this event 18 years ago.

“I began helping as a student, then as a faculty member, as a way to say ‘thank you’ to the Soldiers who sacrifice so much,” said retired Col. Ed Murdock.  “This meal is a way for us to replicate the taste and love of a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.”

“The chapel community started this to express their appreciation to all Soldiers who serve on this post, especially the enlisted Soldiers, they are the rock of the Army,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.)James Carter.  “This is our way of bringing them together and thanking them for their service to our community and to the nation.”  

It is tradition when Soldiers gather together to share a holiday meal, that the officers serve the enlisted Soldiers their food.  This Thanksgiving was no different.  Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, honored that tradition and served his Soldiers their meal. 

Soldiers enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at the Carlisle Barracks Memorial Chapel.

“If you look around, this is a reflection of a very loving community that truly appreciates the Soldiers,” he said.

“This is probably the best even the chapel does for the Soldiers,” said Spc. Thomas Fiedler, chaplain’s assistant.  Spc. Matthew Ornot, who was sitting with his wife and baby, agreed.


Homeland Security conference examines challenges at home and abroad -- civil and miltary

November 17, 2010 - Unity of effort in homeland security response; lessons learned from international terrorist events, maritime aspects of homeland defense, and the national preparedness effort are four key lines of discussion for the conference, "Homeland Security:  Layered Defense, Ready Response," at the Army War College's Bliss Hall, November 18.

Paul Stockton, assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs will offer insights at the keynote address, not to be streamed live.

The conferencer reflects the expertise of a  five-year consortium of organizations dedicated to a common concern for the United States' ability to plan for and respond to manmade and natural disasters. Participants include military, academic, and policy experts.

Each partner in the Consoritum for Homeland Defense and Security in America leads a focus panel discussion -- each to be available live, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m -- and, shortly afterward available on www.youtube.com/usarmywarcollege.

The USAWC's Center for Strategic Leadership explores 'Unity of effort in preparation and response: integrating the intergovernmental effort.'

The Center for Strategic and International Studies examines 'Maritime security.'

The Homeland Security Policy Institute focuses on 'International best practices and lessons learned for combating violent extremism.'

The Heritage Foundation sponsors informed discussion on 'Building a national preparedness framework.'




 


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC public affairs

Carlisle Barracks provides support for waiting kids

Olivia Gorak-Lacquement reads from the book Night Catch, while attending a deployment workshop for "waiting kids." Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

Frequent and multiple deployments are the norm for our Soldiers.  However the burden of these deployments is being felt not only by the Soldier and his spouse but also by the children. 

To help Carlisle Barracks children cope with their parent being deployed, the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service and Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation joined together to help ease the burden.  They did this by setting up an Elementary School Age Deployment Workshop, which was held on Nov. 3 and 10.

The two workshops gave the children the chance to make items that they could send to their deployed parent and most importantly, meet other children who are going through the same thing they are.

According to a study put out by Dr. Leonard Wong, USAWC Strategic Studies Institute, there are six factors that determine how well a child reacts to the stress of having a parent deploy.  Three of the factors, supportive mentors, participation in activities and frequent and deep communication are what the Carlisle Barracks ACS is focusing on.

“The parents asked us to have something for the kids,” said Donna Jones, ACS.  “We have a waiting family’s spouse support group, so we are starting one for the kids.  Many of the kids don’t know each other so this is a way for them to get together, make things to send to their parent, and most importantly, realize that they are not alone.”

Right now the waiting kids group is for children age 5-12 but ACS is planning on starting a teen waiting families group in the future.  The next workshop is planned for January.

If you, or your child, is interested in joining one of these groups, please contact Donna Jones, ACS Relocation Readiness Program Manager at 245-3685 or email her at: donna.a.jones@us.army.mil.


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army War College Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks celebrates family fun

A Carlisle Barracks family returns to earth after their balloon ride.

 

To celebrate Military Family Appreciation Month the Carlisle Barracks Child Youth and School Services held a Military Family Fun Day on Nov. 14 at Indian Field.  The event featured tethered balloon rides, pony rides and paint ball games.

The balloon ride, which had originally been scheduled for Oktoberfest, was a big draw. 

"While we got off to a slow start with the Hot Air Balloon Rides because of some small wind gusts, we were able to get everyone up in the balloon before dark,” said Bob Salviano, CYSS program manager.  “We had almost 180 kids and adults take advantage of this unusual event.”

It turned out to be a very nice Sunday afternoon for families at Carlisle Barracks,” said Salviano.

 

 

As a safety precaution, all participants in the paintball course were required to wear helmets and chest protectors.  Approximately 80 people participated in the paintball course.


 

MEMORANDUM FOR All Carlisle Barracks Personnel

SUBJECT:  Veterans Day Safety Message

1.  The Veterans of our Armed Forces share a bond of valor and sacrifice.  Generations of military veterans have served our Nation honorably, from the citizen-Soldiers at the dawn of our Nation to the most recent veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and assignments throughout the world. 

2.  Our veterans have served the Nation honorably and faithfully.  These patriots inspire us with their sacrifice and service.  And, they remind us of the significance of the Army War College work.  

 3.  While you enjoy this Veterans Day with Family and friends, I ask you to remember the courageous men and women who have earned our respect and appreciation.  I ask you to pause to remember colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 

 4.  I ask you to honor their service and sacrifice by staying smart and safe during the holiday.  Manage your travel time to avoid driving while fatigued or stressed.  Manage your environment to avoid driving distracters.  And, manage yourself; do not drink and drive.  This day of celebration must not be marred by risks and accidents.

 5.  Maggie and I are blessed to be part of this USAWC Family.  You inspire us daily.

I hope we all find inspiration in the patriots among us – the veterans, civilians, and military men and women who share our passionate dedication to the Nation. 

 Wisdom and Strength for the Future ...                                                                                                                                                                                                     Not to promote war, but to preserve peace ..

 

GREGG F. MARTIN

Major General, USA

48th Commandant


 Commanding General

United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

Fort Monroe, Virginia 23651-5000

Veterans Day 2010

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 to honor the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I and to recognize the sacrifices of all those who served in that conflict.

It’s been more than half a century since Armistice Day was renamed “Veterans Day” to honor all of our Nation’s veterans. Over that time, Americans have continued to set aside Nov. 11 as a special day of solemn observance and reflection to honor those who have proudly worn a uniform in defense of freedom.

Today, America has troops deployed around the globe and the demands on our force are many. However, the American Soldier continues to answer the call of service to face every challenge and to accomplish every mission.

I take pride in my service as a member of our profession. I hope each of you feels the same sense of pride and accomplishment as we continue to serve our great Nation.

On this 2010 Veterans Day, Deanie and I would like to say thank you to each and every one of you for your service and sacrifice. We’d also like to thank your loved ones for their hardships and for the sacrifices they endure. Together, you embody the selfless patriotism that keeps America strong and free.

I ask that you devote a moment in observance of this patriotic day of tribute to remember and thank all of our men and women in uniform, past and present, who have so bravely served and sacrificed for our Nation.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

God bless our veterans and their Families!

 Martin E. Dempsey

General, U.S. Army


Test your health on APFRI’s new blood pressure station

 

Scott Finger, USAWC photo lab manager, tests his blood pressure on the new machine outside of the Root Hall Library. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

 

APFRI has installed an updated automated blood pressure machine just outside the Root Hall Library for your use.  Please check your blood pressure regularly after sitting quietly for five minutes, with legs uncrossed. 

Learn your blood pressure numbers to determine if you are at risk for pre-hypertension or hypertension.

High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer”.  You may have it and not know it.  You may live many years without any symptoms or ill effects but that does not mean it is not hurting you.  Both hypertension and pre-hypertension force your heart to work harder to pump blood, increasing your risk for stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney failure

Listed below are the categories of blood pressure levels as determined by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks continues energy saving projects

A solar array on the DPW building is just one of the many energy saving initiatives at Carlisle Barracks. The post has focused on innovate ways to help save energy costs across the entire installation. Courtesy photo.

Nov. 5, 2010 – Energy conservation is a hot topic not just for homeowners, but for the Army as well. In the last year, Carlisle Barracks has made a conscious effort to become more energy efficient through a series of programs and new initiatives. Projects have included everything from installing new energy-efficient light bulbs to replacing HVAC systems in post buildings. 

“It's important for all of us to be good stewards of resources. Sometimes we forget about saving energy because it is somewhat intangible. You can't see electricity or gas so measuring our consumption takes some effort,” said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander. “There are a number of small things we can do like turning off lights, recycling, installing energy efficient bulbs, etc., that together can make a huge difference in the amount of energy our community consumes.”

“The Army has set forward very positive and ambitious goals through the Army Energy Security Implementation Strategy issued by the Secretary of the Army in January 2009.  At Carlisle Barracks we want to meet and surpass those goals,” said Tom Kelly, head of the post’s public works. “We want to be a leader in energy management.  Reducing our dependence on legacy energy systems through the use of renewable energy, such as solar power, and reducing our overall energy usage through the installation of new technologies potentially saves all of us money and reduces our impact to the environment. Energy management an integral component of our current and future master planning efforts.”

One of the newest projects was installing a solar array on the DPW building.

“Our goal is to monitor how much energy the solar array generates to see if we can develop future solar projects,” said Kelly. “Right now the solar array is generating about 15 amps per day.” 

The post also received $3.6 million in federal stimulus money which was used to do the following energy efficiency projects:

  • 222 streetlights on post are being upgraded to new induction lighting, which uses 50% percent less energy than traditional lighting
  • Advanced metering for electric and gas is also in progress for buildings on post more than 29,000 SF to establish baseline usage for future conservation efforts. The Army Heritage and Education Center’s Museum Support facility and new Strategic Studies Institute building will also have advanced metering. Advance metering is a smart meter, usually an electrical meter, that records consumption in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information at least daily via some communications network back to the utility for monitoring and billing purposes.
  • The post water plant has also seen upgrades as part of the stimulus program. DPW is  adding new raw water pumps there and a new supervisory control and data acquisition system that is an industrial control systems that monitors and controls industrial, infrastructure, or facility-based processes to increase efficiency.

 

 

 

222 streetlights on post are being upgraded to new induction lighting, which uses 50% percent less energy than traditional lighting. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

 

Root Hall

  • Seminar rooms have new dimming ballasts and occupancy sensors
  • Motion-based lighting and exhaust fans have been installed in the restrooms
  • Replaced the eight existing air handlers pneumatically controlled outside air louvers with energy efficient motorized controlled outside air handler louvers in order to economizer systems operation and performance

Armstrong Hall, (314 Lovell Ave)

  • Design and Install new HVAC system using air handler in attic for new wing with Therma-fuser diffusers to replace fan coil units
  • Design and install new HVAC system using air handlers and adjust temperature range in EMS where HVAC is turned off (reduce or eliminate dead band)
  • Designed and installed a new direct digital control  system to replace the old Johnson control Meta System


Post Chapel

  • Design and install air handler in assembly room and re-commission Sanctuary Air Handler
  • Define the desired control of equipment and building temperature schedule
  • Replace Sanctuary fan coils with units with high efficiency motors
  • Replace pneumatic controls with all electric control and commission
  • Design and install occupancy sensors in classrooms and assembly room
  • Weatherization: air sealing to attic; weather-strip doors; attic insulation, new windows with the exception of the stain glass windows

Other projects include:

  • The lighting in the post theater has been upgraded to LED lighting, with a savings of nearly 94 percent in amps usage
  • Geothermal heat and cooling systems have been installed for the housing on Flower Road, Garrison Lane, Forbes Road, Quarters 318 and 321, Lovell Ave quarters 311 and 312.
  • The new Strategic Studies institute building will be LEED Silver certified, meaning that it has been designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. It will include features like solar power water heaters and water efficient technologies
  • The Visitors and Education Center at AHEC was also designed and built to LEED Silver standard.
  • At the Commissary a project will incorporate the use of extensive sustainable and energy saving design features including use of high efficiency lamps, ballasts; lighting controls with daylight sensors. energy star rated equipment,  energy conserving night curtains for open display cases, and refrigeration monitoring and control system for refrigeration, HVAC systems, lighting, and utility metering
  • Replacing two main electric transformers and eliminating the post steam plant.
  • Post homes have also had meters installed that will establish base line usage details for the next year. Once enough data has been gathered from all post homes, base line averages will be established and real billing is scheduled to start in July 2011. Residents who use less than the base line average will receive rebates while those who go over will receive bills for their energy use above the base line.

Army War College Public Affairs Staff Report
Showing a new kind of support for wounded Veterans

Showing support for our military is Doug Adams, who is cycling across 50 states in a year (about the length of a deployment) culminating with the Iron Man in Hawaii, all to bring attention to our veterans and our Soldiers. After serving with the Washington National Guard and serving as an AUSA Chapter President, Doug and his wife, a fellow Army retiree, are making their way across the nation, refusing to lose track of the people who fight our wars. With 1,000 miles down and 15,000 to go, Doug's theme is, "If you need help get it and if you can help, offer it." Doug details his ride at www.dutyhonoramerica.com.

 (November 8, 2010)—From riding a bike across the nation to participating in local runs, showing support for Veterans has seemed to take a more physical fitness friendly approach than in years past.

On Nov. 5 retired Army officers Doug and Deb Adams made a pit stop here at the Army War College on their “DutyHonorAmerica Tour,” across the nation, through every state. There is just one catch; Doug is doing it all on his Cannondale bicycle while Deb drives the “chase van.”

“Dad told me about ministering to veterans, and he turned to me and asked, ‘What are you doing to help them?’”  Adams said.

And so, Doug Adams is on his way. He’s covered the first thousand miles in a 16,000 mile journey.  After a year of training, Adams started his journey at Fort Drum, New York, with Lewis in support. He’s enroute to his last stop in Hawaii, and the big hurdle on the horizon is the Rockies in June.

“When I think of the next mile, I don’t think of an individual soldier,” he said. “I think of the Soldiers deployed for this year while I’m cycling the nation. I think of the Soldiers in the mountains and cold of Afghanistan. I think of urging veterans who need help to get it, and those who can help, to offer it.” 

This weekend a small number of runners from the Army War College community traveled down to Mount St. Mary’s University in Emitsburg, Md. and participated in the Run with Dennis, a worldwide run which raises money for wounded warrior projects across the services.

This year marked the fifth year for the run, named after Lt. Dennis Zilinski, a Soldier with the Rakkasans of the 101st Airborne Division and a New Jersey native who was killed in Iraq, November 19, 2005. The official three and half mile race kicks off each year at the PNC Bank Performing Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, but other “shadow” runs are held across the nation and in other countries, even at military outposts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Participating in the Emmitsburg run and supporting wounded warriors through their footsteps were several members of the Dunham Army Health Clinic and the Army War College community.

“I like to race, and like it even more when it is for Wounded Warriors or fallen-comrades causes,” said Lt. Col. Charles Unruh, deputy commander for administration at the Dunham Medical Clinic. Unruh was joined by Sgt. Corey O’Connor and Senior Airman Carrie O’Connor at the Run with Dennis.

This year’s beneficiary is the Brendan Marrocco Road to Recovery Trust. Marrocco became the first quadruple amputee of the Iraq War on April 12, 2009 after the vehicle he and other soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division were riding in was hit by an explosive fired projectile. The goal of the trust is to raise enough funds to build Marrocco a handicap accessible home that can support him as he returns from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Currently, Spc. Marrocco is awaiting an arm transplant and continues to mentor new Walter Reed patients with similar wounds.

Still looking for more ways to show support for Veterans? There is another running opportunity right here in Carlisle with the Dickinson College ROTC, this Thursday, Nov. 11, kicking off at 6:30 a.m. behind the ROTC house at 450 W. High St. For more information, please call (717) 245-1221.


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks honors the best

Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander, presents Chris Browne, the civilian employee of the 3rd quarter, 2010,  with a clock while Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, presents him with the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.  Photo by: Megan Clugh

Carlisle Barracks honored its best employees at the first quarter 2011, Instillation awards ceremony, held at the LVCC on Nov. 5.  Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant officiated the ceremony. 

“The USAWC is a ‘team of teams’,” said Martin. “They are the best people I have ever worked with.”

Civilian employee of the quarter, 3rd  quarter 2010– R. Christopher Browne

Chris Browne, the PKSOI publications coordinator, was awarded the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for his dedication and outstanding contributions to his job.

Four Carlisle Barracks employees were recognized for their contribution to the garrison and the Army War College.

Randy L. Carpenter, HRD Human Resources Specialist, was given the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.  Over the past five years Carpenter has continuously exceeded Department of the Army standards by processing over 600 evaluations and over 1,000 awards with a 99 percent timeliness rate and a 100 percent accuracy rate.  

Karen R. Wright, DFMWR Financial Management Technician, was given the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.  In August and September 2010, Wright took charge of coordinating the move of the entire staff of the directorate of FMWR.  While doing this she also kept the financial management division working.

1st Sgt. Carlos Runnels, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, was given a certificate of appreciation from the Association of the U.S. Army for his outstanding service and dedication in support of the Carlisle Barracks/Cumberland Valley chapter of AUSA.  Runnels was responsible for greatly increasing membership among the junior enlisted Soldiers.

Mark Rathgeber, Lead Sales Clerk for the U.S. Postal Services working with the Carlisle Barracks Postal Annexwas given a USAG certificate of appreciation for his support, professional knowledge, and team-oriented attitude. 

“When you go into the post office to mail something, Mark will tell you the best way to package it and the fastest and cheapest way to send it,” said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, Garrison Commander.

Commanding General Bonus Program Awards

Jessie Faller-Parrett, AHEC Chief, Education Services, was given the award or developing and implementing the new AHEC social media websites.  This provided AHEC with the means to share their collection of information, exhibits, and events with the world.

George (J.R.) L. Frame, Jr., DPTMS Operations Assistant, was given the award for reorganizing and upgrading the DPTMS portal page to make it more navigable, user friendly and secure. 

Daniel L. Koss, CSL Administrative Assistant.  From April to Sept. 2010, Koss served as the administrative assistant for the USAWC support branch and for the operations and gaming division of the Center for Strategic Leadership.  He made sure all administrative requirements were executed efficiently for both organizations.

Danielle M. Lenox, DDE Education Technician.  Lenox, who was hired to provide administrative support to the first year DDE students, automated many tracking programs within first year studies and helped implement the first DDE effective writing program.

Rita Rummel, SSI Publication Assistant.  Over a period of six months Rummel prepared forty-six manuscripts for publishing which comprised a total of 5,203 pages.  This six month total exceeded the annual total of 14 of the last 16 years.

Length of Service Awards

Rhonda D. Newcomer, CPAC Human Resource Specialist, 30 years.

Chris Reitman, DFMWR marketing Manager, 15 years.


 

Staff Sgt. LaSonya Morales, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Hood shooting victims remembered during Afghanistan cross-fit competition

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- By 9:30 a.m. Nov. 5, more than 50 servicemembers gathered at the Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, boardwalk to participate in the Lumberjack 20 Cross-fit competition to honor the Soldiers who lost their lives in the Fort Hood shootings, Nov. 5, 2009.

"The cross-fit workout is a way to collectively pull everyone together for a common goal. It will allow Soldiers to get out their aggressiveness and sharpen their skills," said 1st Lt. Brian Mackey, 20th Engineer Battalion tactical officer. "We do this in memory of the four Soldiers we lost, to carry on their names in honor."

The Fort Hood-based "Lumberjack" battalion was two months from deploying and had several Soldiers going through the final phases of pre-deployment screenings at the shooting site.

Four Lumberjack Soldiers were killed in the shooting and 11 were wounded.

The Lumberjacks held a ceremony before the competition started to unveil a memorial to honor the fallen Soldiers and their families.

"There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about them," said Mackey, who is from Pittsfield, Mass.

The 20th Engineer Battalion's main mission in Afghanistan is route clearance. They search for, and destroy, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on Kandahar Province's many routes. It is a dangerous job, as IEDs are the number-one weapon used by the Taliban to attack Coalition Forces.

Of the wounded Soldiers, a few were able to join the unit in Afghanistan.

"The guys were all courageous," Mackey said. "We had a number of guys whose doctors' told them they would not be able to deploy, but they pulled through on time and it was really inspiring."

The Lumberjack 20 Cross-fit competition consisted of 20 dead lifts, 20 kettle-bell swings, 20 pull-ups, 20 box jumps, 20 squat and leans, and a 400-meter run after each event.

"It looks fun, but it's not," said 1st Sgt. Shannon Carver, 510th Engineer Company and native of Tyler, Texas.

He said the rugged and challenging competition was a perfect fit to honor the "hardcore" Soldiers who were killed.

"There is no better reason than remembering the Soldiers who lost their lives that day," Carver said.

Carver added losing Soldiers while still at home station was a tough way to start the deployment.

"Nothing is done in vain. There's a reason we're here. There's a mission we're accomplishing," Carver said.

Cpl. Jonathan Rivera, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, was one of the first to tackle Lumberjack 20.

"I'm not a fan of cross-fitness, but the main reason I am here is to support my battle buddies [who] were lost November 5 (2009)," he said.

He was at the site just before the shooting started. He said he left to get lunch. As he was coming back into the building he heard the shooting.

"It was a pretty rough day. A lot of people were hurt. A lot of people lost their lives," said Rivera.

Rivera said it is a tragic what happened, but he hopes everyone will move forward in their honor and in their memory.

The winner of the Lumberjack Cross-fit Competition was Capt. Ross Browning, HHC, 20th Engineer Battalion.


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Lt. Gen, Rick Lynch, IMCOM Commander

Building resiliency and restoring balance for Soldiers, Civilians and Families

Given the Army’s 235-year history, resiliency is a relatively new word in our vocabulary. We hear it often nowadays, from the highest levels of leadership on down, as we talk about how we are addressing the effects of nine years of conflict. There may be a danger that someone will hear the word once too often and tune it out as the latest buzz word. However, we need to keep talking about it until every member of the Army community—every Soldier, Civilian and Family member—hears it and gets the message that we want them not only to survive, but to thrive.

A dictionary definition of resiliency is the ability to recover from misfortune or adjust easily to change. When we in the Army talk about resiliency, though, we are talking about more than the ability to bounce back from adversity. We are also talking about the ability to realize personal growth and development in the face of challenging situations.  Resiliency is rooted in physical, mental and spiritual fitness. It is about finding the balance in your life between work, family and self, and living your dash—the line on the tombstone between the dates of birth and death—to the fullest.

During the last nine years of conflict, our Soldiers, Civilians and Family members have faced challenging situations, and in too many cases, tragedy. Multiple deployments and too little dwell time have strained our relationships. We can see the stress manifest in rising rates of divorce, domestic violence, suicide and other destructive behaviors. We have to reverse the trends. We owe it to our Soldiers, Civilians and Family members to help them build the resiliency they need to cope with their challenges and come out stronger and better.

The Army is recognizing the stress and strain on our forces and families. We are making resiliency a priority and a part of Army culture, and have taken a number of steps to assess and build resiliency in our Soldiers, Civilians and Family members. One of the initiatives is the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program. The program is designed to enhance the resilience, readiness and potential of Soldiers, Civilians and Family members by building strength in every area of life: not just physical fitness, but also emotional, social, spiritual, and family.

CSF is mandatory for Soldiers, but geared to the whole Army community, with components for Family members and Civilians as well. Soldiers, Civilians and Family members begin with the Global Assessment Tool, which measures strength in each of the five areas. The GAT is located at the CSF website, http://www.army.mil/csf. The results of the assessment direct an individualized training plan, which includes virtual training, classroom training and support from resilience experts. It is a long-term program, meant to help every member of our community succeed in his or her job and grow personally.

Another resource that helps Soldiers, Civilians and Family members build their resiliency are the Army Wellness Centers. Like the CSF, the Wellness Centers are focused on prevention. They are focused on helping individuals identify their problem areas and make positive changes for their health and well-being. Wellness Center programs include metabolic and fitness testing, nutrition education, weight management, stress management, and tobacco cessation. 

One challenge for the Army is to make sure that every member of the Army community, including National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, and Family members who are not located near an installation, have access to the resources they need to build resiliency. Every member needs to know what support exists for them and where they can access it. We have plenty of great programs and services, such as the CSF program and Army Wellness Centers, but we need to make sure we are effective and efficient in delivering them to the Army Community members who can use them.

In the spring I will be joining senior commanders and other Army leaders at Fort Hood to discuss the importance of resiliency and the different ways we are approaching the issue. We are meeting there to take a look at a bricks-and-mortar model, the Fort Hood Resiliency Campus.  The Resiliency Campus is a one-stop shop where Soldiers, Civilians and Families can go to strengthen their mind, body and spirit.  Composed of several buildings located next to each other, the campus offers a comprehensive array of services and programs, including spiritual and physical fitness programs, personal financial assistance, culinary classes, individual and family counseling, Warrior Adventure Quest, and Family Programs. 

The symposium will also consider the possibility of a virtual resiliency campus, which is in the beginning phases of conceptualization and development. IMCOM Headquarters’ Chaplain Ministry Team will demonstrate a virtual Spiritual Fitness Center, which would be a core component of a virtual resiliency campus. The virtual Spiritual Fitness Center will be accessible both as a conventional website and in Second Life, on the Army One Source Survivor Island web page. Both avenues will provide Soldiers, Civilians and Family members faith-based and non-faith-based resources for building their spiritual fitness.

The virtual campus merits serious consideration. Like a physical campus, it would offer a single point of access to assess needs and direct the individual to the best source of help, but it would also be available to Army community members anywhere and anytime.  Ultimately, the symposium will consider what models of resiliency campuses, virtual and physical, can be standardized to benefit the whole Army.

The Army’s focus on resiliency is important. It puts mental, emotional and spiritual fitness on par with physical fitness, all of which we need to perform successfully. It also acknowledges that the Soldiers who make up our all-volunteer Army and their Family members need and want balance in their lives.

It is easy to get knocked off-balance by the challenges we face, which is why I encourage you to take the time to build your resiliency and find your balance.  As I said, you have to live your dash.  For me the dash signifies not only serving my country, but even more importantly, being a husband and father and making time for friends. When you are taking your last breaths, you are probably not going to wish you spent more time working, but more time doing the things you enjoy and being with the people you love.  Especially during the fast-approaching holiday season, take the time to do what recharges you, to spend time with those important to you, and ultimately, to live your dash well.

 


The Military Family Program will offer a presentation on Veteran Affairs Education Benefits.  The presentation will be held in Bliss Hall on Monday, 15 NOV 2010, from 1145 to 1245.

Mr. Bill Spruce, Team Leader for Education Service, Veteran Affairs Central Office, Washington D.C., will cover VA Education benefits including the Post 9/11 GI bill, Yellow Ribbon Program, the Fry Scholarship and other information that will be helpful in both your personal life and professional career as leaders. 

This presentation is open to the entire Carlisle Barracks community.  For more information, please call The Military Family Program 245-4787 or e-mail carl_mfp_coordinator@conus.army.mil.


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC public affairs

AFAP outlines what is important to community

In an effort to improve the quality of life for the military families living and working here, Carlisle Barracks held its annual Army Family Action Plan conference Nov. 2-4 at the LeTort View Community Center.

Members of the Housing and public works group debate the issues that will be brought to the command groups attention at the end of the AFAP conference.  Photo by Megan Clugh

The AFAP conference gives a voice to the Soldiers and their families and allows them to not only voice any problems or shortfalls but to also offer up creative solutions to problems.  

“The plan functions on the assumption that all members of the Army are the experts on Army standards of living,” said Linda Slaughter, Army Community Services, the conference sponser.  “The AFAP process is an essential ingredient in the preservation of a high quality of living for the total Army.”

During his welcome remarks, Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, asked the conference to “take a good, hard look at all the programs and services (Carlisle Barracks) offers.”

“Tell us, are there gaps?  Are there redundancies? You be the judge.  We must make sure we have the right mix of programs that help us all grow stronger in five areas, social, spiritual, emotional, family and fitness.”

Attendees were divided up into five working groups; housing and public works, community support, force support, health and dental and teen issues.  All of the groups, except the teen group, consisted of different types of members of the Carlisle community; active duty and reserve Soldiers, their spouses, DoD civilians and their spouses, and retirees.

The working groups spent the first two days discussing approximately ten issues apiece. Their mission was to narrow the issues down to the top two or three they felt was most important, come up with a solution, and then present it to the command group on the last day of the conference.

While the working groups focused on different things, every issue they brought to the command group’s attention focused on enhancing both comprehensive Soldier fitness and the Army quality of life. 

The health and dental group focused primarily on Soldier and family fitness.  The recommended that Army doctors be allowed to refer Soldiers requiring chiropractic care to civilian practitioners if there isn’t an Army facility nearby. 

“Right now, a Carlisle Barracks Soldier who requires chiropractic care would have to drive down to Walter Reed Hospital,” said Theresa Nickey, the group’s spokesman.

The housing and public works group focused on the requirement that single Soldiers with the rank of sergeant and below be required to live in the barracks. 

“I understand that barracks were designed to give young Soldiers a place to live where there would be some supervision, but here at Carlisle the youngest Soldier living in the barracks is twenty-seven years old,” said Spc. Thomas Fiedler.

“This is a morale and retention issue,” said Lt. Col. Ernest Szabo, Strategic Studies Institute.  “To tell a single sergeant or staff sergeant who was living on the economy at another post, that he must live in the barracks here because there are empty barracks rooms contributes to Soldiers leaving the Army.”

There was also a general consensus among all the groups that, while Carlisle Barracks offers many services and programs, they are not always available when it is convenient for people to go. 

For example many people would like to participate in some of the exercise classes offered at the gym but are unable to, due to work constraints, to get away during the day.  A request for fitness classes to be offered during the evening was suggested. 

The working groups were also asked to identify the top five most valuable Army services on post and the five things that are going well at Carlisle Barracks.  While each group came up with their own lists, many of the same services came up on each list.  Family, Morale, Recreation and Welfare programs on post were listed by four of the five groups as one of the most valuable Army services, while medical, dental and Army Community Services were given that rating by three of the groups.

The working groups also agreed that Carlisle Barracks’ youth services programs and the ability to get a medical/or dental appointment quickly were two of the things that were going well here. 

Once the command group has the recommendations of the conference, they will work to implement the changes that they can at this level.  Changes that require the support of either our higher MACOM, or the Department of the Army are forwarded up.  It takes about a year for local issues to get to the Department of the Army level.

“AFAP works,” said Slaughter.  “Many improvements in the Army family’s quality of life started as an AFAP issue at the local level.  For example, ‘TRICARE for life’ started as a local AFAP issue.  As did increasing the weight of household goods service members are allowed to have,” 

Here on Carlisle Barracks, issues that have been brought up are listened to.  

“We are getting a military clothing section at the PX because it was brought up at an earlier Carlisle Barracks AFAP conference,” said Slaughter.

AFAP was created in 1980 through focus groups but was fully developed with the first official AFAP Conference held July 1983. Its mission is to help Army leaders address the needs and concerns of the total Army Family.

“In the 26 years that AFAP has operated it has spearheaded 123 pieces of legislation, over 172 policy changes, and more than 192 new or improved programs or services,” said Slaughter.


 
 
 
 
Invited guests attend Premier Party for the new Army
Catering Program, Monday, Nov. 1, LVCC. 
Photo by Megan Clugh
 

 

 

 

 Letort View Community Center previews new Army Catering program

Suzanne Reynolds, USAWC Public Affairs Office  

Carlisle Barracks, Nov. 2, 2010 -- Carlisle Barracks was selected as one of the first Army installations to debut the new level of Army catering featuring a new menu, presentation, and service.

  The new Army Catering program was unveiled to invited guests from the USAWC and Carlisle community at a Premier Party, Monday, Nov. 1 at the Letort View Community Center.   Jim Perricone, who manages the Army’s FMWR Food and Beverage Program, believes that the new Army catering program will enhance customer interest in high-level catering events at MWR facilities.  

  The purpose of the event is to demonstrate the quality of the LVCC for community members considering their next party, meeting or event.  “We can adjust menus to meet our customer’s needs. It is really making our program more competitive and customer focused,” said Liz Knouse, director of the Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program here. 

  The party included a reception, four-course dinner and dessert station where guests sampled items from the new menu as the community center profiled its table displays and new standards of service.

  “The evening was an elegant display and delicious sampling of FMWRs new catering menu,” said Kim Bourque, active spouse in the Carlisle Barracks community.  “My favorites were the yummy bananas foster, the mouth-watering beef tenderloin and the very satisfying pickled shrimp appetizer!”

  “Fantastic, especially the dessert part,” said Gary Cline, president, Carlisle Kiwanis Club.  “My daughter had a wedding reception here 10 years ago, and we have been fans since.  This has really been a class act,” he said.

  The Army Catering program was developed to standardize and streamline the systems and processes used in the execution of the Army’s MWR catering program. 

  “Every installation will have a base menu,” said Juan Joubert, executive chef for the Army’s FMWR Catering Program.  “The service will be more high class and only enhance the existing program,” said Joubert.  He and Perricone attended the event, after training the local club staff on the new menu and standards. 

  The Premier Party was the final test of the local staff’s ability to bring together months of training and create a special event at the LVCC.

  “The presentation was perfect, said Dennis Eckman, of Hooke, Hooke and Eckman Real Estate.  “I have been attending events here for 20 years and this is absolutely superior.”


AREA VETERANS DAY EVENTS
 
 
CARLISLE’S VETERANS DAY PROGRAMS – NOV 10 and 11, 2010
 
The Carlisle Vietnam Veterans will conduct their annual all-night vigil on the steps of the Old Courthouse to honor and remember all POW-MIAs beginning at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10.   
 
The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will conduct the annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Carlisle in the Courtroom of the Old Courthouse, 2nd Floor, commencing at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11.  The Cumberland County Honor Guard is providing the firing squad and bugler.  The guest speaker is R. J. Harris, host of WHP-AM Morning Show. 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
 
Dillsburg– Northern High School will hold a Veterans Day Program starting at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. James Brandenburg, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011
 
Shippensburg- Shippensburg High School will hold a Veterans Day Breakfast from 7:30-8:15 a.m., followed by a Program to honor local veterans and those still serving.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Robert Lowe, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
 
 
Carlisle –Lamberton Middle School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 7:45 a.m. around the flag pole.  The guest speaker is Air Force Lt. Col. J. D. McCune, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Carlisle– Crestview Elementary School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 9:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.  The guest speaker is Col. Kevin Vereen, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Carlisle– Bellaire Elementary School will hold a Veterans Day “Salute for Grandparents” Program at 2 p.m.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Tommy Thompson, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Chambersburg –The Veterans Day Parade will form on Fifth Avenue at L.W.E. at 9:45 a.m., move west on L.W.E. at 10:15 a.m. and disband at Memorial Square at 11:15 a.m.
 
The Annual Community Veterans Day Service will be held at 4 p.m. at the Letterkenny Chapel on Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg.  The service is jointly sponsored by the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area and the Joint Veterans Council of Chambersburg.  The guest speaker is Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Douglas A. Etter, executive officer of the Office of the PA Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans’ Affairs.
 
Greencastle- The Greencastle American Legion, Frank L. Carbaugh Post # 373 will hold a Veterans Day Program at 11 a.m. in front of borough hall, 60 N. Washington Street.  The guest speaker is Col. James Rose, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
HanoverHanover High School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 8:30 a.m. in their auditorium.  The guest speaker is Col. John Janiszewski, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Hanover Hanover Middle School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 1:30 p.m. in their auditorium.  The guest speaker is Col Christopher Lawson, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Harrisburg– Sutliff Chevrolet will hold a Veterans Day Program at 9:30 a.m., at 13th and Paxton Streets.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Jonas Vogelhut, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Littlestown– St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a Veterans Day Service at 7 p.m.  The guest speaker is Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Barbara Sherer, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
McConnellsburg – The McConnellsburg VFW Post 655 will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m., outside the Court House.  The guest speaker is Col. Rodney Fogg, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Mechanicsburg– Lower Allen VFW Post 7530 will hold a Veterans Day Program at 11 a.m. outside the Post at 4545 Westport Drive, Mechanicsburg.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the post.  The guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Robert Burton, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Mechanicsburg Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council (American Legion Post 109 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6704) will conduct Veterans Day Ceremonies at the GAR Monument in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery at the corner of Frederick and Marble Streets beginning at 11 a.m.  In the event of adverse weather, the ceremony will be at the American Legion Post 109, corner of York and Main Streets.  The guest speaker is Representative Sheryl Delozier, 88th Legislative District.
 
Middletown –Penn State Harrisburg will hold a Veterans Day Program at 12 p.m. on campus.  The guest speaker is Col. Christopher Crate, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Mt. Holly Springs –The Mt. Holly Springs Elementary School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 9:15 a.m. in the school auditorium.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Dennis Zink, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Mt. Holly Springs– VFW Post 7343 and American Legion Post 674 will honor all veterans and POWs beginning at 2 p.m. at Trine Park in Mt. Holly Springs.  The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army Col. Tom Faley.
 
 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
 
Boiling Springs– The Boiling Springs High School Interact Club will host its ninth annual Veterans Day Breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the high school cafeteria.  Guest speakers include Lt. Col. Brian Tempest and Lieutenant Colonel Heather Garrett, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2010
 
Shippensburg – Oakville United Methodist Church will hold its annual Veterans Day Service at 9 a.m.  The guest speaker is Col. Steven Rohlena, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.
 
Newville– Big Spring United Methodist Church will hold its annual Veterans Day Service at 10:30 a.m.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Thomas Woods, U.S. Army War College Class of 2011.

Fort Hood lessons promote better force protection

Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2010 - One year after a tragic shooting spree left 13 people dead and 32 more injured at Fort Hood, Texas, the military is working at every level to apply lessons learned to protect the force against an increasingly complex threat, an Army force-protection official told American Forces Press Service.

The Fort Hood incident forced the military to evaluate, "not just the tactical-level response that happened at Fort Hood specifically, but also the processes and systems and policies that were in place for the Department of Defense as a whole that could have led to what happened," said Mary "Chris" Frels, deputy provost marshal for U.S. Army North.

As U.S. Northern Command's Army component, Army North has responsibility for force protection at Fort Hood and all other Army installations in the U.S. homeland.

Frels cited solid departmentwide progress in fixing shortcomings identified in several investigations and reviews following the Nov. 5, 2009, incident. These include findings of an independent panel Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates appointed to study the issues and recommendations in their 86-page report issued in January.

The military has improved its ability to identify internal threats ? something she said it hadn't focused on before what many soldiers now refer to as "5/11" ? and to report information up the chain of command and through the law enforcement community in a timely, less-stovepiped manner, Frels said.

Before the incident, the Army and its sister services concentrated their force-protection efforts predominantly on external threats: outsiders trying to target military members or assets or infiltrate military installations, she said.

But the alleged Fort Hood perpetrator, Army Maj. Nidal Halik Hasan, was a soldier himself. That, Frels said, forced the military to re-evaluate its entire risk assessment process to encompass internal as well as external threats.

"This changes the dynamic of the entire threat picture, and how you go about addressing it," she said. "It truly shed light on the threat we face today. The threat right now is very complex and, quite frankly, it's not clean."

A broad range of initiatives has been put in place, from the policy level down to the operational and tactical level, to improve force protection in light of this threat and tighten gaps in personnel policies, emergency response and mass-casualty preparedness, Frels reported. "We are moving out on this at every level," she said.

"A lot of information has been put out to the field ? lessons learned, things intended to get everybody's head in the game in terms of what to look for and what to report," Frels said.

Meanwhile, new efforts are ensuring these reports get shared among the appropriate law-enforcement organizations.

Based on one recommendation from the independent panel, Gates ordered a complete deployment of the Law Enforcement Defense Data Exchange System that will allow all the department's law enforcement entities to share criminal investigation and other law enforcement data.

He also ordered an immediate expansion of an "eGuardian" pilot program throughout the department to promote information sharing. The FBI-run force-protection threat reporting system is designed to track suspicious activity reports.

Frels said this initiative will promote greater situational awareness and with it, better force protection, particularly at some of the military's most vulnerable locations, such as recruiting stations.

She cited other steps to help DOD ally more closely with the FBI, the lead agency in responsibility for terrorism within the United States. For example, a newly updated memorandum of understanding will enable more military criminal investigative agents to embed with the FBI.

"Our relationship with the FBI is extremely important to ensure we get the information we need to adequately protect ourselves," Frels said.

Meanwhile, Army first responders are forging closer ties with their counterparts in the communities just outside their installations' gates to ensure they're prepared should an incident occur.

Frels credited groundwork with neighboring communities that already had been laid by Fort Hood officials with providing the prompt response that saved lives during the shooting rampage.

"This has highlighted the absolute requirement for memoranda of understanding and agreements with civilian communities, because, in the United States, our military installations and facilities are not the first line of defense," she said. "The civilian law enforcement community is."

A close relationship with local law enforcement agencies is vital, Frels said. "We have to be fully integrated in terms of communications, common operating pictures and [ensuring] MOUs are in place" in the event that the military installation's capabilities are exceeded, she explained. She noted that the military also can lend first-responder capability to the civilian community when needed.

Since the Fort Hood incident, the services also are moving out on Gates' call for stronger DOD antiterrorism training programs that incorporate best practices learned by the Department of Homeland Security.

As one example, the military has stepped up "active shooter training" to ensure its law enforcement personnel know exactly how to react to an attack in progress, Frels reported. Additional training is being offered to the military community at large so people know how to protect themselves in a crisis and what kind of information they can provide to assist first responders.

Frels emphasized the need for vigilance in maintaining force protection. "The threats we are facing here are for the long term," she said. "So you have to keep at it. You have to keep focused, and you have to try to address and fix the things you can."

Ultimately, she said, there's no simple answer for protecting the force and preventing another incident like the Fort Hood shooting.

"No one solution is going to address adequately how we protect our soldiers and our family members and our citizens," she said. "It is going to take a constant reassessment of exactly what we are up against, and what we think is the best way to mitigate it."


By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs

Leadership skills developed, honed with FLAGS training

(October 26, 2010)—Have you ever been puzzled by the hours your spouse has spent exploring the communication styles and gropup dynamics of your household?   You may be surprised to find out he or she is receiving leadership building skills courtesy of Facilitating Leadership and group Skills.

The FLAGS training seminars at Collins Hall have been training Army War College spouses for the January FLAGS sessions, an annual event since 1992. The FLAGS mission statement identifies the program as volunteer-based and strives to help senior military spouses become strategic thinkers and problem solvers, but the spouses who have been training for a facilitator spot say the program offers much more.

 “This course is very insightful and now I can see things in group settings that I may not have seen before and now I know how to apply these skills to scenarios such as conflict resolution and beyond,” said Shelle Altieri, spouse.

FLAGS Program Director Lisa Towery reviews tools, such as the Johari Window, used during the training for program facilitators to better understand communication within groups and relationships. Photo by Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs.

 “The information is applicable to every facet of life, whether with friends, family, or peers-It is for the improvement of all those areas,” said Patricia Hanley, a fellow spouse.

“The setting is an experiential learning workshop and provides the opportunity for self-awareness and validation with further opportunities to learn more from those who are in the group,” explained Lisa Towery, who has been the program director since 2007. “Everyone learns group dynamics through the group experience and they learn a lot from what is presented, but they ultimately learn more through each other.”

A common feeling for many of the participants is the great value placed on the skills acquired during the workshops and their versatility.

“This is a unique program specific to the Army War College, but it is not just a military spouse training workshop,” Towery explained. “However, it provides the opportunity for more effective leadership abilities and skills in the roles that they may take on in the future.”

Towery explained that facilitators first learn about the individual and self-awareness which lends itself to understanding how individuals, when grouped, understand a given situation or information presented.

“They learn about the individual first and about whom they are as individuals and then they shift into a group setting, focusing on communication, assumptions, first impressions and our need for inclusion, our ability to choose a leadership style and ability to identify audiences,” she said. “These skills are applicable to any setting within a group, managing groups or resolving conflict with people.”

 “I find this training to be very beneficial. We are not teaching or instructing anyone, we are facilitating. There is so much difference between groups and their settings but going through the course we are all building self-awareness. I can see myself using these lessons in a lot of different scenarios,” said Rita Spreu. “While I am an Army spouse, and I see it as being useful in a family readiness group setting or Army Family Action Plan groups, I also see it useful for private life with groups of friends. I now know how to handle certain situations because of certain characteristics of groups and people. Work-wise and business-wise, I am a former embassy employee and this kind of thing is absolutely great in embassy work.”

The training occurs through the use of video, small group and large group activities, personal reflection, partnerships and other multiple venues that provide insight into how strong leaders develop their skills.

Terry Drushal, presented a session on Friday, October 22, and said while she was front and center, she felt how important and challenging it was to try and convey meaning and understanding to a group with all different insights and perspectives to add to the presentation.

“My goal was to try to get them to understand the concept of feedback and how it is best used effectively and how it can be ineffective,” she said. “I think they did understand in the end, my goal was to get them to think a little bit differently about feedback. I think this was a confidence builder, I was more out of my comfort zone but I was able to apply what I have been learning.”

Drushal, a former Army officer, said she feels like she is better prepared to handle situations in Family Readiness Groups, for instance, but sees the value in applying the skills throughout the rest of her life as an Army Family member.

The first week of FLAGS seminars will be offered the week of Jan 25-29, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A second FLAGS session will be offered later in the year based on student spouse interest as well as space to conduct the training. FLAGS is open to all spouses of the Army War College, both student and faculty or staff, and consideration is given as well for attendance to war college staff employees based on space availability.

“FLAGS is a good fit for anyone who has a desire to be a more effective group member, both in groups currently affiliated with, as well as those [he or she may be] affiliated with in the future,” Towery said of the program.

For more information on how to sign up for FLAGS, contact Military Family Programming Coordinators Laura Kubica and Amy Manning at carl_mfp_coordinator@conus.army.milor by phone at 245-4787.


Carroll Kim (TRADOC Public Affairs)

TRADOC launches Profession of Arms study

WASHINGTON (Oct. 26, 2010) -- Leaders from across the Army discussed the Profession of Arms in an Institute of Land Warfare forum at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting. This forum followed Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey’s announcement of a year-long campaign to study the Profession of Arms.

“I have asked Gen. Martin Dempsey and TRADOC to conduct a comprehensive review over the next year to examine the state of our profession after a decade of war to make recommendations, for changes to Army policies and programs that will strengthen us as an institution,” Casey said.

Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, AUSA president, opened the panel with remarks affirming the timeliness and value of the campaign.

“This is the beginning of a very important dialogue,” he said.

The Profession of Arms Campaign and its three Lines of Operation (Assess, Dialog, Review/Revise) will probe and involve all major cohorts comprising the Army: officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers and civilians.

Various efforts will take place within each Line of Operation to include activities such as detailed assessments, forums and symposiums, policy reviews, social media conversations, development of training apps, professional curriculum reviews, and reviews of existing field manuals, to name a few. This approach will require collective reflection, dialog and codification of the Army's professional foundations and ethic.

The timing of the study is critical for the Army. Reflecting upon nine years of combat, the Army is exploring the strengths that have sustained Soldiers and the challenges that they are facing as a profession. The Army will also use the time to discuss its commitment to education, efforts to sustain the bond of trust between the Army and the American public, and the impact of decentralized operations.

Don Snider, senior fellow at the Center for Army Profession and Ethic at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and adjunct research professor at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., spoke about what it means to be a profession and the unique challenges that the Army faces.

“You’re not a profession because you say you are,” he said.

“[A] Profession is society’s way of organizing expert work, the kind of work it takes years to learn. Professionals act and practice their knowledge, which is expert knowledge.”

“The professionals’ work is absolutely critical to the survival of the society,” he said, referencing the gravity of a Soldier’s expert knowledge. “And true professionals are servants. They lead a life of servitude for the satisfaction of a job well done.”

Snider went on to discuss the tension in the Army between an occupation-based culture and a profession-based culture. The campaign is seeking to leverage the successes of the Army to maintain it as a profession and avoid becoming an occupation-based culture.

Retired Gen. Frederick Franks, former TRADOC commander, shared his thoughts on the dialogue on the Profession of Arms and the progress he has seen in decades of service.

“I have never seen the Army so tough, so focused and, so resilient as I see now,” he said. “What is it about the profession that has helped achieve results [in Iraq and increasingly in Afghanistan]?”

For the dialogue, Franks charged the audience with three considerations. He recommended that Soldiers recommit themselves to the culture of service. He reminded the audience that how they approach the topic of Profession of Arms would influence how they would feel about the discussion. Finally, he reminded the audience to keep the past, present and future in mind and be certain to rediscover the Profession of Arms and how it interacts with other professions.

“In the Army profession, these are necessary to the accomplishment of the mission,” he said.

Maj. Gen. Robert Brown, chief of staff of U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, mentioned how the responsibilities of Soldiers had changed over the years and what that means for the Army profession and ethic.

“[Soldiers] are solving complex problems with creative and agile solutions,” he said. “A [specialist] is now doing the kind of work a sergeant first class may have done, and a lieutenant is doing what a captain used to do.”

Col. Walter Piatt, a former brigade commander and Army Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, talked about the importance of personal values in shaping an individual Soldier’s moral standards and conduct.

“We approach our targets with our moral compass everyday and we saw so many positive examples of junior enlisted Soldiers,” said Piatt. “We have to think about how we can capitalize from our moral and value base. Everytime I come back from a deployment, I feel like we’re starting over. We need to build from this base and I think that’s what we need to learn. We need to take all of these adaptations and evolve and be more decisive.”

Piatt shared about how a grenade was thrown in the direction of a Soldier and when the Soldier had found the source, decided not to fire because there were too many children around.

“[The grenade] was thrown by a young boy, about 11 years old,” said Piatt. “We found the child’s parents, their tribe and their village are forever grateful because this Soldier knew right from wrong, and it’s hard to train Soldiers to do that.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Grippe, command sergeant major for I Corps at Fort Lewis, Wash., discussed the role of the profession in the garrison setting and Soldier readiness.

Along with maintaining training standards, Grippe reminded the Army to close the gap between operations in the field and operations and life at home to include discipline concerns among Soldiers.

“We are one of the most razor-sharp armies that has ever been produced, and the challenge is to keep it that way,” said Grippe. “We have to make sure that we do not dull and there are challenges that we need to address or we risk losing that sharpness; higher suicide rates, higher sexual assault [incidents], higher drug and alcohol abuse. All of these issues can be traced back to the high operational tempo of the last nine years and we have to overcome these issues with research, education and resources.”

Grippe cited that leadership and mentoring is key.

“We have to keep in mind that we have a combat-seasoned force, but as a profession, we have to coach and mentor and affect at the lowest levels,” he said. “That has to be translated down to sergeant and staff sergeant: the most junior leaders.”

To learn more about the Profession of Arms, visit http://acpme.army.mil/


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Altenburg shares lessons on officership, freedom of speech

    

Retired Maj. Gen. John Altenburg Jr., the current General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Joint Chair in Strategic Leadership, spoke in Bliss Hall Nov. 2 for the 2010 Sonny and Martha Moore Ethics Lecture, part of the Commandant’s Lecture Series. He spoke about the issues and challenges that will face Army War College students once they graduate and for the rest of their careers. Photo by Scott Finger.

Nov. 2, 2010 – “The environment and the world that we are living in have become increasingly more complicated, much more so than 10 to 15 years ago,” said Retired Maj. Gen. John Altenburg Jr, during a lecture in Bliss Hall Nov. 2.

Altenburg, the current General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Joint Chair in Strategic Leadership, spoke about a variety of leadership and ethical challenges for the Sonny and Martha Moore Ethics Lecture, part of the Commandant’s Lecture Series.

“It’s important that our senior leaders are thinking about the issues and responsibilities they will face when they leave here,” he said.

He offered guidance and insights from a 28-year legal career in the Army on issues like the rights of free speech for military personnel, the importance of voting, the don’t ask don’t tell policy and role the media plays in framing public discussion .

“As the Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership, he is an integral part of the Army War College experience, offering access to the students throughout the year and especially during the elective he will offer in the spring,” said retired Col. Lee Deremer, a professor in the Department of Command, Leadership and Management. “His career as a Soldier, JAG, and legal advisor to at least seven flag officers who went on to wear four-star-rank exposed him to the details and dynamics of policy decisions at the highest levels of our national security structure.”

Altenburg will also teach a course on Law and National Security at Dickinson College.

The relationship between Dickinson and the Army War College is an example of what needs to happen in today’s ever-changing environment, according to Altenburg.

“These types of relationships ensure an active dialogue between the military and civilian institutes that allow both sides to understand the issues from a different perspective,” he said.

The Commandants Lecture Series brings in nationally recognized experts to challenge USAWC students to examine their assumptions and broader national security contexts of the issues presented.

“The theme for academic year 2011 is "Officership and the Profession," said Deremer. “It covers a wide range of timeless and relevant topics, such as professional ethics, the nature of the military and army professions, officership, dissent, stewardship, and civil-military relations. These are foundational issues for senior service school graduates as they assume duties of tremendous responsibility.”

The topic for the lecture series is one of great importance to Sonny Moore, USAWC Class of 2001, and former Chief Chaplain at Carlisle Barracks. This annual lecture series in Military Ethical Leadership was created in 2003 to honor Chaplain Sonny and Martha Moore and supported by the Army War College Foundation.  The series brings in speakers like Washington Post reporter Dana Priest and Ambassador R. James Woolsey who examine issues related to ethical leadership of interest to both civilian and military communities.

“Ethics and integrity are hallmarks that form the core of our military values,” he said. “It’s vital that we have these discussions so that we remain focused on the goal of creating a safe and secure world.”     

Altenburg background

Altenburg joined the Washington, D.C., office of Greenberg Traurig following a 28-year legal career in the Army. In his role as deputy judge advocate general, he advised senior military and civilian leaders on critical legal and policy issues and directed the day-to-day operations of approximately 1,800 civilian and uniformed attorneys and 3,000 National Guard and Army Reserve attorneys in providing legal services to more than one million commanders, Soldiers and civilians in the Army worldwide. His law practice focuses on contract litigation, primarily in the national-security and homeland-defense sectors and in international law, representing corporations and the government.

Altenburg, who retired from the Army in 2002, also served as a consultant to the president of the World Bank Group before joining Greenberg Traurig. In 2004, he took a public-service leave from the law firm following his selection by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to serve as the appointing authority for the system of military commissions that the Bush administration created to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba who were charged with war crimes.

Altenburg has experience in both military justice and operations law including service or legal oversight in Vietnam (1969-1970, 9th Infantry Division), Special Operations (1974-1978, 5th Special Forces Group), Operation Desert Storm-Kuwait/Iraq (1990-1991, 1st Armored Division), Operation Restore Hope-Somalia (1992-1993, XVIII Airborne Corps), Operation Uphold Democracy-Haiti (1994, Joint Task Force 180), Operations Joint Endeavor/Guard-Bosnia and Joint Guardian-Kosovo (1995-2001, Army Staff). 

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and international studies from Wayne State University, a Juris Doctor from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law and a Master's of Military Art and Science in military history from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. A graduate of the National War College, Altenburg's decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), the Bronze Star Medal (2), Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Diver's Badge and Special Forces Tab.  

Named for World War II hero Gen. Omar N.  Bradley, the joint chair offers a visiting scholar the opportunity to encourage civilian-military dialogue and share lessons on leadership, globalization, technology and cultural change with students and faculty at the Army War College and Dickinson College. The Chair is sponsored by the Army War College, Dickinson College and Penn State Law School at Dickinson and supported by the Army War College Foundation.

 

 


November is Military Family Appreciation Month Nov 1, 2010

By Neal Snyder (U.S. Army Installation Management Command)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- November marks the return of Military Family Appreciation Month. Throughout November, the Army, the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the Families of the nation's servicemembers.

More Soldiers have Families today than in any time history. According to the latest report by the Office of Army Demographics (2009), 58 percent of Soldiers are married, and another 6.7 percent are single with children. The Army counted more than 850,000 Family members.

These Families, already used to a life of deployment and separation, are seeing the effects of more than nine years of persistent conflict.

"Never before in the history of our Army have we asked so much of our Families," said Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Army, recently. "They are serving side-by-side with our Soldiers, enduring their hardships, providing the unconditional love and support that truly makes our Army strong."

Throughout November, Army families will be recognized and honored in a variety of ways. Installations are planning special Family events, from observance ceremonies to "Family Fun Nights."

Community leaders, businesses, and garrisons are teaming up to recognize Army Families through special events including open houses at Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Army Community Services Centers, fun runs, Family fun nights, community dinners and sporting event nights.

MWR facilities, local businesses, the Defense Commissary Agency and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service are planning discounts and other specials.

This year's theme is "Army Families - We Honor Your Faithful Commitment, Strength and Resilience."

"In order to be effective, we have to make sure we are taking care of those things that the Soldier truly cares about," said Secretary of the Army John McHugh at the recent meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army.

As he visits to deployed units, "One of the first things every Soldier brings up is how much they care about, how concerned they are for the welfare of those loved ones they left behind," McHugh said. "The last thing we want Soldiers to be worried about ... is whether or not their families are being taken care of."

The Army Family Covenant represents the Army's promise to provide Soldiers and their Families a quality of life commensurate to their sacrifice to the nation, according to Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, commander of the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.

"We believe that if we take care of our Families, our Soldiers will do what our nation asks them," Jones told the AUSA audience.

 

The Covenant is built upon five core commitments from Army leadership:

* Standardize and fully fund Family programs and services

* Increase accessibility and quality of health care

* Improve Soldier and Family housing

* Ensure excellence in child, youth and school services

* Expand education and employment opportunities for Family members

And even in tight economic times, the Army "is not going to walk away from fully funding the Army Family Covenant," said Lt. Gen Rick Lynch, commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command.

"I am dedicated to deliver on the Army leadership's promise to continue to provide the best care and quality of life possible to Soldiers and their Families. Our commitment to delivering the Army Family Covenant is non-negotiable. We will not depart from this commitment," Lynch wrote in the fall issue of the Journal of Installation Management.

First Lady Michelle Obama expressed her gratitude to military Families in a July 4 message. "Military Families are proud, patriotic Americans. They are some of the most selfless people that I've met. I want to thank those Families for their dedication and sacrifice and service," she said.

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with Family." -- Author Anthony Brandt

Find Military Family Appreciation Month posters and other marketing materials from the FMWRC marketing division at http://www.mwrbrandcentral.com/. For more information, visit IMCOM at http://www.imcom.army.mil/hq


DOD takes steps to stop bullying

By Elaine Wilson

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2010 - It can begin with a single, seemingly harmless act: a taunt at recess, a snub in the lunch room or a juicy piece of gossip posted to Facebook or Twitter.

But each act, multiplied over time, can equate to some devastating consequences, including shattered self-esteem, depression, fear and, in the worst cases, suicide.

Bullying has dominated the headlines in recent months with the highest-profile cases splashed across front pages, bringing national attention to an issue once relegated to school halls and locker rooms. Several teens reportedly took their own lives rather than face ongoing torment from their persecutors.

What once was an issue that most chalked up to an inevitable rite of passage is now being re-examined for its true impact, from Defense Department schools all the way up to the highest echelons of the nation's leadership.

Last year, the departments of Education and Health and Human Services joined with four other departments, including the Defense Department, to create a federal task force on bullying. And in August, the task force held its first National Bullying Summit to bring light to the issue and to find a path to stop it for good.

"It's gotten the attention of the country just how invasive any type of bullying is to the well-being of a victim," said Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon's office of family policy, children and youth.

Although they're extremely adaptable, military children may be particularly susceptible to bullying in public schools, where they tend to be the "new kid on the block," Thompson said, especially when moving to an area where their classmates have been living since kindergarten.

According to national statistics, about 32 percent of students ages 12 to 18 report being bullied in school. They most commonly said they were made fun of, were the subject of rumors or were pushed shoved, tripped or spit on. However, only about a third of the victims notified a teacher or another adult about it.

"It's important for all parents to be vigilant and to ask their children how things are going in school," Thompson said. "Create an open forum where a child feels comfortable to say, 'I'm scared' or 'I don't like the way I'm being treated.'"

Bullying happens to some extent in all schools, but that doesn't make it acceptable, said Patricia Cassiday, director of pupil personnel services for the Department of Defense Education Activity. DoDEA oversees all of the department's schools, both overseas and stateside.

"For those of us who work with kids in schools, we don't want children to be humiliated and embarrassed and have to 'put up with it,'" she said. "It's against the law, and it's not OK."

The education activity has built bullying prevention lessons into the curriculum for students in kindergarten up to 12th grade. Instead of focusing on punishment and repercussions from the top down, the curriculum underscores the importance of preventing the problem from the ground up.

"We stress the importance of students supporting each other and saying, 'Not in our school,'" Cassiday said.

Schools also push the bystander role to the forefront rather than putting the onus solely on the victim to get help. Students are encouraged to intervene, whether it's to come to the defense of a victim in a nonviolent way or to distract a bully, who may also be a friend, from picking on others.

A student at Wiesbaden High School in Germany recently produced a short video that echoes this message. He urges students to stand "shoulder to shoulder," and to take action if they see a student who is being isolated or seems disheartened. The video is now posted on DoDEA's website.

Despite the best-intended prevention efforts, bullying will still occur, Cassiday noted. If it does, DoDEA's school officials encourage a step-by-step process, starting with urging the victim to speak up, but in a way that won't exacerbate the situation.

"Be assertive," Cassiday advised. "Right away, be clear you want them to stop. Say, 'I don't like it when you ...' then get out of the situation."

If it continues, victims should let the bully know they are going to ask for help. Students are taught this isn't a case of "tattling," but of self-preservation, she said.

The next step is to encourage the victim to sit down with the bully and a counselor to discuss the issue, Cassiday said. Or, if the victim isn't comfortable being there, the counselor will meet with the bully alone to call for an end to the destructive behavior. By doing so, "we're keeping the bully from having all of the power," she said.

If the bullying happens a third time, disciplinary action will be taken by the school, Cassiday said.

"Now there's a whole history of behavior," she said. "We try to make this a learning experience for both parties. Not just, 'The bully is a bad kid,' but 'The bully made a bad choice.'"

All bets are off, however, when physical violence is involved, Cassiday said. In those cases, immediate disciplinary action will be taken.

Along the way, students are encouraged to talk about the incidents to a parent or trusted adult. In turn, the parent should immediately let the teacher or school administration know what's going on if they're not already aware. What parents shouldn't do, Cassiday said, is tell their children what they might have been told in their own youth: to hit back.

"If you hit back, then both parties are going to be disciplined," Cassiday explained. "It's tough for schools to know who is to blame if both are involved."

Parents also can choose to go to the parents of the bully, but not on the attack. Cassiday advises they make it a learning situation, and use the approach of, "I'm not sure you're aware of this, but ...." Above all, she added, it's just as important for parents to speak up as it is for their children.

"To remain silent, you're condoning the behavior," she said. "Your child doesn't have to ever put up with bullying."

Complicating the matter, bullying no longer is relegated to cafeterias and locker rooms. Bullies now can take their taunts worldwide via the Internet. The stories are rampant: bullies posting slander to Facebook and Twitter or circulating a compromising photo through text messages. In a survey on WiredSafety.org, nearly half of the participants reported they'd been "cyberbullied" before, and more than 50 percent had a friend who had been bullied online.

Cyberbullying can have an impact that extends far beyond the school's walls, Cassiday noted. To prevent online bullying, Defense Department schools are using a variety of computer training tools to emphasize the importance of online safety and responsibility to students, she added.

Outside of school, parents should monitor computer use and let children know they're doing so, she advised. However, there's a fine line between protecting children's online privacy and a parental responsibility to protect them against a possibly unsafe environment, Thompson noted.

"Children really do need to have parental and adult involvement regarding how they receive information and post it," she said.

The Defense Department is working with children and youth services managers to highlight online dangers and to teach them how to respond if a child approaches them with a concern, she added.

Additionally, the Defense Department's Military OneSource site at http://www.militaryonesource.comoffers free online resources and printed materials that are aimed at helping parents and children deal with bullying, whether the traditional or digital kind. The information also is directed at helping bullies change their behavior. Bullies, studies indicate, often were bullied themselves.

Thompson said she recently learned about a military child who went to a bullying prevention workshop. He realized there that he'd become mean to others because he was angry about his father's deployments. "We need to work to break the bullying cycle," she said.

The Defense Department will continue its efforts to shed light on the pervasive problem, not just for military children, but for all children, Thompson said.


AA meetings offered at post chapel

Weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting are offered at the post chapel each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. in Room 28. For more information call 245-4694.


 
 
 Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club Outreach Recipients  for October 2010
 
 
 
  Wendy Mitchell, Outreach chairperson, presents a check for $300 to Laura McCracken representing "United Through Reading" at the CBks Spouses Club luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
  United through Reading provides books, DVDs and a private, quiet place for Soldiers serving overseas to read a book in front of a camera to his/her children.  The money will be used to cover the purchase of books and postage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photos by Suzanne Reynolds
 
  The Army War College Foundation received $800 to support the College's Military Family Member Program and the U.S. Army Physical Fitness Research Institute.  These programs contribute to the morale, health and wellness of the CBks military community.  Ruth Collins, CEO, represents the Foundation.
 
  Other recipients include the Carlisle Barracks Retirement Services Office - $500 for the upcoming Retiree Appreciation Day and Pink Hands of Hope.  The Carlisle Barracks community donated over 35 bags/boxes of clothes, books and useful items to the Pink Hands of Hope to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer. 

Flu shot clinics scheduled for students, families, TRICARE beneficiaries, DoD civilians

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, receives his flu shot from a Dunham Clinic Soldier in the Root Hall Gym. Dunham Clinic is hosting multiple flu shot clinics for all eligible beneficiaries.

Oct. 25, 2010 -- Flu season, take note.  Dunham Army Health Clinic vaccinated 330 TRICARE beneficiaries Monday -- and two more days are scheduled for TRICARE beneficiaries ages 4 years and older.  

This season, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated, even if they got a seasonal or 2009 H1N1 vaccine last season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine has been updated to protect against the three flu viruses that CDC expects will cause the most ilness in the United States this season.

Both the seasonal influenza vaccines (spray and injection) are available at the immunization clinics scheduled below.

 TRICARE beneficiaries (children 4 years and older)

 Oct. 25, 26, 27, 29 at the Thorpe Gym Basketball Court from 1 to 5 p.m.

 

Children 6 months to 10 years

Dunham Clinic, Nov. 2-18

Tuesday’s: 4:30-7 p.m.

Thursday’s: 1 – 4 p.m.

 

Who should get FluMist?

FluMist is a live influenza virus for active immunization of healthy people 2-49 years of age.  It provides the same level of protection as the flu shot.  It is administered by inhaling the vaccination mist into one’s nose.  Pregnant women and children under 2 years of age should NOT receive the 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. 

 

“It is highly recommended for all pregnant women and anyone with a chronic illness to receive the flu shot!”

 

If you are 65 years or older and have NOT received the Pneumonia immunization (Pneumovax) please come into the clinic to have your records reviewed and receive your vaccination.  No appointment is needed, just report to the check-in station at Dunham Clinic.

 

Contraindications:  There are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician.  This includes but is not limited to: people who have a severe allergy to eggs, people who have had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past; and people who have Guillan-Barre Syndrome (GBS).  People who have moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.

 

Two ways to prevent the spread of the flu are washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

 

For more information contact Maj. Michael Watson or Staff Sgt. Chris Beckman at (717) 245-3630 or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

DES fights 'fire' in Root Hall

Imagine you are sitting in your seminar room at Root Hall, you notice that the trash can is on fire.  You try to put it out, but instead of extinguishing, it spreads.  So you vacate the room and call the fire department, who rushes over to fight the fire.

The problem is fighting a fire in a multi-story building like Root Hall, isn’t easy, it is a logistical headache.  That is why the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department practices, so if they have to do it for real, they are ready.

Firefighter Todd Hooper carries a high-rise pack into Root Hall as part of a DES training exercise held in Root Hall.  The high-rise pack is a folded up hose that connects to a stairwell stand pipe, and is used in fighting fires in mutli-level commercial buildings.

 

“The Department of Emergency Services requires us to conduct a structural training drill and a combined exercise with the police and guards once a month,” said Carlisle Barracks Fire Chief James O’Connell.

On Oct. 21, the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department, along with the police department, conducted their monthly training exercise at Root Hall.

“This is the first time, since I have been here, that we have been able to use Root Hall for training,” said O’Connell.  “This command group is really supportive of our training objectives.”

“The training objective was to have the responders arrive on the scene, enter the locked building, make their way to the fire and then make an offensive attack using high-rise packs connected to the stairwell stand pipes,” said O’Connell.

“The hardest thing about fighting a fire in a multi-story building is man power,” said O’Connell.  “It is tiring to get the hoses and other equipment up to the fire.  Plus we only  have one engine and four fire fighters on duty at once time, so we have to rely on other fire departments to help us out.”

Firefighter Todd Hooper agreed that the logistics of getting the equipment to the fire was the hardest thing.

A firefighter attaches a hose to a stand pipe connector, during a training exercise held in Root Hall.

 

 

 “We are dropped off at the front of the building, and the fire truck is parked at the side of the building where the water is,” said Hooper.   “Then we have to carry all of our equipment up several flights of stairs and down the halls.  So if we forgot something, like the keys to get in the building, it is a long walk back.”

Fortunately the firefighters brought all their equipment and the “fire” was put out with minimal damage to the room. 

Since Carlisle Barracks relies on outside help with many of their emergencies, the DES is planning on holding a joint training exercise with other Carlisle area fire and rescue teams in the new future.


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

AUSA annual meeting focuses students on families.

This year’s Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition gave Army War College students a chance to learn from the Army’s top leaders, about the state of the service with a special focus on military families Oct. 26.

Col. Mark Moser pages through literature while attending the 60th Annual AUSA conference in Washington DC on Oct. 26.

 

One of the highlights of the student’s visit to the conference was the Dwight D. Eisenhower luncheon which featured Gen. George Casey, Army Chief of Staff, as the guest speaker.  This luncheon gave the students the opportunity to hear from the Army’s top leaders, the current state of the Army.

Gen. Casey told the assembled audience that the Army needed to continue to restore balance to the Army by allowing Soldiers to spend more time at home with their families.

USAWC students said they found the event informative and useful for both what they were learning at the Army War College and for their careers after their time here.

“Prior to attending the war college I was in force management,” said Lt. Col. Phillip Stanley.  “I will most likely be going back to that once I finish here, so being able to go down to the exposition and see the new types of programs that are out there let me get my head back into the game.”

Norricia Speights, whose husband Col. Elmer Speights Jr. is a student here, said she found the family information the most beneficial to her.  Speights had been a life skills educator at the Fort Bliss Army Community Services before her husband received orders to come here. 

“I was pleased to find out that the Army is not planning on cutting any of the family service programs,” said Speights.  “The more programs we can provide for the Soldiers and their families, the more they can focus on the mission.”

“I really enjoyed the Family Forum II, because it focused on how children handle their parent(s) many deployments,” said Speights.  “It gave me new insight on how to help, my own family and other families.”

Laura Kubica, military family program said that the exhibit’s emphasis on families was good because it kept the students updated on the multitude of programs available.

The Annual Meeting consists of informative presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops and important AUSA business meetings. The three-day event also includes over 500 industry and military exhibits occupying 500,000 square feet of exhibit space.


DOD unveils smart phone mental health application

By Cheryl Pellerin, American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2010 - A free smart phone mobile application that will help servicemembers, veterans and family members track their emotional health is now available, Defense Department officials announced this week.

The application was developed at the National Center for TeleHealth and Technology at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

"Our mission here ... is to leverage technology to support the behavioral health needs of servicemembers and families," Perry Bosmajian, a psychologist with the center, told American Forces Press Service.

Though several companies and organizations offer online, digital and even paper mood-tracking tools, he said, the DOD center "focused on issues that would be related to deployment."

The application lets users monitor emotional experiences associated with common deployment-related behavioral health issues such as post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety, Bosmajian said. Users also can add issues they'd like to monitor, such as pain.

Each issue has a set of 10 descriptions called affective anchors, or feeling anchors, that let users focus in on exactly how the issues are making them feel. Within depression, for example, the rating screen shows a set of 10 anchors, Bosmajian explained. "One might be depressed-happy, and you would move a slider to indicate where on that scale you fit," he said.

Others might include worthless-valuable, tired-energetic or lonely-involved. The application also lets users make notes about special circumstances for any given day or rating.

"It's very easy," Bosmajian said. "It's the same as typing in a text message."

The application keeps track of the user's inputs. "Once you've made your rating for a given day," he said, "you go immediately to a graph that shows every rating you've done in that particular area. If you were rating depression, you'd get a graph of all your depression ratings for as long as you'd been monitoring that issue."

Servicemembers, veterans or family members can use the results as a self-help tool or share them with a therapist or health care professional as a record of their emotional experience over time.

"Therapists and physicians often have to rely on patient recall when trying to gather information about symptoms over the previous weeks or months," Bosmajian said. "Research has shown that information collected after the fact, especially about mood, tends to be inaccurate. The best record of an experience is when it's recorded at the time and place it happens."

Bosmajian said more than 5,000 people have downloaded the application in just over a month and have recorded more than 8,000 sessions.

Use of the application, he added, spans every continent except Antarctica. "We've gotten very good feedback from users," he said. "It has a four-plus star rating."

The National Center for TeleHealth and Technology is part of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

The T2 MoodTracker application, available now for smart phones that use Google's Android operating system, should be available for iPhone users in early next year.


 

Army working to improve care for families of fallen

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 28, 2010) -- Nickayla Myers-Garner and her husband Capt. Mark Garner discussed his final wishes before he deployed to Afghanistan ... wishes she hoped she'd never have to carry out.

But on July 6, 2009, Mark was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy in the Agrandab District of Afghanistan.

"Mark planned his funeral, I only implemented it at a time when I was so stressed out that it was hard to even think straight," Myers-Garner said, now thankful that he had left such detailed instructions. "I'm lucky I had that ... it was a gift Mark gave me."

Myers-Garner explained during a Family Forum on military survivors at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, that discussing final arrangements with loved ones is an uncomfortable but necessary task to carry out before deployments. She said that without her husband's directions, she would have been overwhelmed during her time of mourning.

"I know exactly what Mark Garner wanted for my life. We need to help our family members and our Soldiers prepare for the unthinkable, because frankly, for all of us, death is inevitable," she said, stressing preparedness.

However, Myers-Garner pointed out that due to Army policy, she had to pack up her belongings and move off of base housing in Germany within 90 days of her husband's death -- a period she says is too short for a person in mourning.

Myers-Garner and other spouses, parents and siblings had the chance to address senior leaders at the forum about their experiences of loss and give suggestions on how to improve current programs.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and his wife Shelia took questions from survivors and listened to their concerns.

"If you haven't been through it, you don't get it," said Casey, whose father was killed in Vietnam. "You need to know that your loved one's sacrifice is recognized and appreciated."

Survivor Outreach Services, created in 2008, was designed to embrace the families of fallen Soldiers. As an Army Community Service program, the goal of SOS is to provide short and long-term support to the survivors of Soldiers who die while on active duty. Prior to the inception of SOS, some families said they felt isolated and unsupported by the Army.

Issues raised included financial confusion, unfamiliarity with military procedures, housing and the legalities of being a beneficiary.

"Grieving is a very individual process. You can't give a cookie-cutter solution for it," Casey said about survivor programs.

The answer, Casey said, is to have an array of services available should families wish to use them. SOS should also pursue survivors, never leave them feeling alone, yet understand when to back off, he said.

"Our journey as a mom and dad, we had no connection with any families who had ever lost a child, let alone one in war," said Deborah Tanish, whose son, Sgt. Patrick Tanish, was killed in Iraq in 2004.

"Prior to SOS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors kept our marriage together if not alive and gave us a new path to take," Tanish explained.

Tanish commended the Army for creating SOS and said she is glad that now families will have more help knowing where to turn in a time of crisis.

"A lot of parents are completely lost when it comes to the military ... they may not get followed up on as well as the spouses," another parent of a fallen Soldier added.

Prior to SOS, some survivors said that when their Soldier died, they felt as though they lost their Army family too.

An Army spouse whose husband committed suicide in 2007 said the unit she was so closely ingrained with while her husband was alive didn't reach out to her after his death -- because, she felt, they didn't know what to say.

"I have to applaud the military for all the suicide-prevention programs being put into place, but there needs to be more done," the woman said.

She added that once SOS was created, it became her lifeline.

Another survivor of suicide, Liz Sparks, the mother of Pfc. Cody Thompson who committed suicide in 2008, addressed Casey about the stigma of suicide that still lingers among the ranks.

"I want to help stop this suicide stigma, general, because it's still there," Sparks said.

Casey, and Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, the commanding general of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, assured the survivors that this kind of critique is exactly what they want to hear in order to provide better care.

"This program is designed to embrace and reassure our survivors," Jones said. "That's what SOS is all about."

Jones said that when he meets with survivors, he tells them, "we will never, ever leave you behind."

He explained that survivors deserve a network of comprehensive support and compassionate case management, a goal the Army is striving to reach.

"We go where survivors go," he said. "We will search tirelessly to find assistance for those survivors."

One suggestion that will soon be implemented is specially-designed Army base vehicle decals for the surviving Families of fallen Soldiers. These will guarantee survivors have access to bases and never feel separated from the Army family.

Legacy books were another suggestion talked about. Some units are now requiring Soldiers to complete information on their final wishes prior to deployment and leave a copy with their families. Some survivors suggested this be mandatory for all Soldiers.

For more information on Survivors Outreach Services visit www.myarmyonesource.com and click on Family Programs and Services, then find 'Surviving Families.'


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Halloween comes to Carlisle Barracks.

The signs of fall are all around us at Carlisle Barracks.  The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and ghosts and goblins, as well as princesses and superheroes, are roaming around the post.  Halloween came to Carlisle Barracks on Oct. 28.

Kids Trick-or-Treating on post.

 

While many children and families took part in trick-or-treating, the Halloween parade was a big hit.  The parade, which was run by the Carlisle Barracks Child and Youth School Services, featured prizes for best costumes for children, adults and families.

Due to the high number of witches and wizards on post, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with several faculty, staff and students, “apparated” on the post to enroll the new students.  Once the students were welcomed by the staff, they had a chance to meet some of their classmates and tour their new school.

For more Halloween photos please go to: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/banner/mediagallery/photoGallery.cfm?catalogID=213

 

 

 

 

 

“Hogwarts Professors Sybill Trelawney, Albus Dumbledore  and Poppy Pomfrey,” welcome new students to Hogwarts.


Tool makes it easy to report suspicious activity

See something suspicious on post, online or get a strange phone call probing for information and don’t know what to do? You can report it using the Suspicious Activity Report tool located at http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/iwatch/SuspiciousActivityReport.cfm

    “The tool provides employees and residents with an easy to way report anything suspicious,” said Barry Farquhar, head of the post’s plans and training division. The reports can be made anonymously if desired.

    If you've seen the recent news about the Marine Corps Museum and attack at the Pentagon, you'll note that vigilance is always wise. 

    “Disclosure of the reporter's personal contact information is voluntary, but important if additional or clarifying information is needed,” said Farquhar.

     The tool also allows the post to be able to track these reports to see if there are patterns developing.

    “Using previous reporting systems we really had no idea if anything was reported at Carlisle Barracks because it was reported to another organization,” said Farquhar. Now reports will come into a central location and will be delivered to the appropriate organization, whether it’s law enforcement, the intelligence analyst or sent higher for more analysis.

 Incident reporting tips:

    * Be Observant & Attentive

    * Remember Details about People, Places, Conversations, and Vehicles (Including License Plate Numbers)

    * Act Non-Committal and Ask for Time to Think Over Any Offers

    * Report the Incident Only to US Army Intelligence Special Agents

    * Do not self-investigate

 

 

   Immediate threats should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Provost Marshal Office 24 Hour Line at (717) 245-4115.


USAWC in the News

Below are links to some Army War College students, staff and faculty who have been in the news lately. Click the links to find out more. Note: links to an outside organization does not imply federal endorsement.

 

Retired Col. Charles Allen, Professor of Cultural Science in the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management, answers the question "Considering all spheres of endeavor, who would you nominate as Leader of the Year in 2010? Why?"….. Col. Kevin Richards, director of Asian studies at the U.S. Army War College, discusses North Korea in a recent op-ed published in the Patriot-News..... Tom Ricks salutes the Military History Institute in his "Best Defense" blog on the Foreign Policy Magazine web site, not only noting the great materials, but the 'terrific' people who work there….. USAWC National Security Seminar member, Michael Van Milligen, Dubuque, Iowa, City Manager, named a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow….. Dr. Larry Goodson, professor of Middle East Studies at the USAWC, spoke about the death of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and what it could mean for the future with Voice of America….