Banner Archive for November 2011

Brighten a Senior Citizen’s Holiday Season by volunteering


The opportunity is almost here to brighten your Holiday Season and the senior citizens from the local retirement centers who will be attending the 56thAnnual Senior Citizens’ Holiday Social, Thursday, Dec. 8, noon-3 p.m., at the Letort View Community Center here.

  The holiday season is about traditions.  One tradition that the Carlisle Barracks and Army War College staff, faculty, students and spouses have celebrated since 1955, is treating local senior citizens to an afternoon of holiday cheer and entertainment.

  To volunteer as an escort, go to the Senior Citizens Holiday Social Signup form at: is still time to volunteer for this special event.  Escorts are still needed to make this year’s event a successful one.  

  "This is a really nice thing to do for the community, and clearly, you can see how happy everyone is to get to spend the afternoon with the officers and people here at Carlisle Barracks. The residents look forward to coming every year," said a former Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center activity director.

   "This is the best part of the holidays for me," said a Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center resident. "I love seeing the kids sing and the music really gets me into the spirit."

   "I've always loved the holidays since I was a little girl," said a guest.  "This reminds me of the holidays as a kid when the whole family would get together."

    For some, the holiday social reminds volunteers they are a part of the post "family," said Michele Pritchard, USAWC 2009 Class president’s spouse and 2010 Carlisle Barracks resident.  "I baked last year, but I decided to volunteer and hostess this year.  I thought this would be a great way to give back to this generation, she said.  I just love seeing their faces light up."

  “The silent communication between the escorts and their guests spoke volumes with regards to the appreciation, happiness they felt,” said Lt. Col. Richard Wilson, Class of 2011.

   “I think the true measure of this event’s success is in the smiles on our guests’ faces,” said Lt. Col. Scott Rainey, event coordinator.

    In addition to receiving an escort all afternoon, each guest receives a gift bag of homemade treats and a framed photo to remember their visit.  Following the event, cookies and poinsettias are delivered to the area nursing and retirement homes for residents who are not physically able to attend.




2012 Scholarships for Military Children opens Dec. 1


FORT LEE, Va. –2011 Scholarships for Military Children recipient Jordan Cherry said receiving extra money for college lightened her financial load.

“This scholarship definitely decreases the financial burden of school, which we all know is a big benefit,” she said.

Applications for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children Program will be available starting Dec. 1 at commissaries worldwide as well as online through a link on http://www.commissaries.comand directly at

Awards will be based on funds available, but the program awards at least one $1,500 scholarship to a student at each commissary. Scholarships are funded by donations from commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public. Every dollar donated goes directly to funding scholarships. No taxpayer dollars are expended on the scholarship program.

If there are no eligible applicants from a particular commissary, the funds designated for that commissary are used to award an additional scholarship at another store.

The scholarship program was created to recognize military families’ contributions to the readiness of U.S. armed forces and the commissary’s role in the military community. Since the program began in 2000, it has awarded more than $9.3 million in scholarships to 6,069 military children from 62,000-plus applicants.

“While these numbers are impressive, what’s even more impressive is what past scholarship recipients are doing with their education,” said Defense Commissary Agency Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “Many recipients have entered a wide range of career fields such as teaching, business, law and military service – to name just a few. Many others have earned advanced degrees. They are making their way in this world, and they are making a difference.”

To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must be a dependent, unmarried child, no older than 21 – or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. Eligibility is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database.

Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military ID card. The applicant must also be planning to attend or already attending an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2012 or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

Applicants must submit an essay on a topic which will be available Dec. 1 on  Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 24, 2012.

The scholarship program is administered by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members and their families. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship-management services organization, evaluates applications and awards these scholarships. If students have questions about the scholarship program application, call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

Carlisle Barracks celebrates Military Family Month

As part of its commitment to military families Carlisle Barracks offers several youth sports leagues such as soccer, basketball and T-ball throughout the year. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

Nov. 29, 2011 -- Every November, Carlisle Barracks and  all military installations around the world celebrate military families and convey to them the respect and appreciation for the sacrifices they make in support of service members on military missions around the world.

“During Military Family Month, we celebrate the exceptional service, strength, and sacrifice of our military families, whose commitment to our Nation goes above and beyond the call of duty,” said President Barack Obama as he proclaimed November as Military Family Month.

“We dedicate the month of November to military families to thank them for their dedication, support and service to the military and their country,” said Elaine Leist, Carlisle Barracks deputy garrison commander.

The local staff of the Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation office have been at the forefront of celebrating military families with savings and specials  on recreation and leisure activities.

"While this is a special month set aside to recognize the military family, it is our hope in FMWR that we show that each and every day,” said Liz Knouse, director Carlisle Barracks FMWR.  “Thank you for all that you do for your country!"

 Military Family Month extends into December here at Carlisle Barracks with several family friendly  activities throughout the month.

Dec. 1 – Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 3 - Christkindlmarkt Holiday Crafts Bazaar and Outdoor Recreation is offering a trip to cut your own Christmas tree.

Dec. 18, Holiday Brunch with Santa at the Le Tort View Community Center

Trips to New York City to see the Rockettes and the Nutcracker Ballet

Some of the November Military Family Month savings and programs were:

 ·  Barracks Crossing offered 10 percent off complete framing

 ·  On Sunday’s in November the bowling center ran a Sunday Family Special where kids under 18 could bowl two free games when accompanied by a family member paying regular price.

·  On Thanksgiving Day FMWR  hosted a traditional Thanksgiving Feast at the Le Tort View Community Center.

 A Carlisle Barracks family takes advantage the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course walking trail.  The golf course is one of the services FMWR provides for military families.  File photo.

During the Army War College student’s annual trip to New York City, Youth Services and the Teen Center offered special activities and extended hours for the post youth, including cooking dinner for the children and their caregivers as well as showing movies in the evening.

Military Family Appreciation Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA as a way to demonstrate the nation’s support and commitment the families of military personnel.

 “Day after day, week after week, spouses resolutely accomplish the work of two parents, sons and daughters diligently keep up with homework and activities, and parents and grandparents patiently wait for news of their child and grandchild's safe return,” said Obama.  “To these families, and to those whose service members never come home, we bear a debt that can never be fully repaid.”

Carol Kerr, Army War College Public Affairs Officer

International peacekeeping community hosted by Army's Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute

A global set of Army War College alumni, classes 1987-2008, play key roles in the peacekeeping community gathered in Carlisle for the first U.S.-based conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Institutes. Front row, l to r, retired Col. William Martinez, U.S. Army; retired Col. Daniel Pike, USA; USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin; retired Lt. gen. Hasan Chowdhury, Bangladesh; Maj. Gen. Jorge Pena, Ecuador; Col. Lorelei Coplen, USA. Back row, l to r, retired Col. Christopher Holshek, USA; retired Lt. Gen. Joseph Inge, USA; Nicholas Seymour, UK; Jeffrey Stefani, USA; retired Col. Scott Wuestner, USA; Col. Timothy Loney, USA; IAPTC president Col. Clifford Crofford, USA. PKSOI sponsored the conference.

Nov. 22, 2011 --  Recent years brought a proliferation of training efforts to allow the “blue helmets” of United Nations peace missions to deploy and operate more effectively.   The first U.S.-based conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers created time and space to look at how to better communicate and coordinate across the 60-plus centers and international organizations.

The weeklong conference at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. was hosted by the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. An original member of the 16-year-old international association, the PKSOI is a partner in the interagency and multinational process to develop doctrine and share lessons learned from diverse peacekeeping missions.  U.S. Army Col. Clifford Crofford, director of the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, closed the conference Nov. 18 as the IAPTC president for the coming year.

The 2011 IAPTC president and commandant of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations Training, Brigadier General Imamuzzaman, opened the conference with a challenge to the participants. “Greater harmony in training approaches is needed to prepare for difference in doctrine, operational mindset, and experience in social and cultural diversity among the blue helmets,” he said.

 As long as peacekeeping is a fundamental tool to obtain international peace and security, there is a corresponding responsibility for continuous innovation in the field of training for peacekeepers, he said.

“The challenges of training and education need to be mission specific, and yet the mission specificity and training should not overrule the need for standardization,” said Imamuzzaman. Comprehensive training enables the peacekeepers to jointly function in a complex multidimensional setting to achieve the ultimate purpose of international peace and security, he said.

Discussions of the difficult issues of training for the large and growing spectrum of peacekeeping missions took place in formal settings and the informal Ideas Exchange of the IAPTC Conference, Nov. 16-20, 2011. The international gathering of peacekeeping practitioners developed and deepened relationships that support prevention, and peaceful resolution, of conflict.

Several speakers addressed the changing environment of peacekeeping missions. United Nations Security Council resolutions include increasingly diverse and complex tasks.  The peacekeeping personality changed dramatically since 1991 when the top nations contributing peacekeeping personnel were France, Pakistan, Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom. The five now are Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nigeria and Egypt.

 Izumi Nakamitsu, director of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training, characterized the current situation. Today’s peacekeeping operations are increasingly marked by friction within the peacekeeping partnership, greater expectations for protection of civilians, more robust approach to deterrence requiring use of force and operational readiness,  expectations for peace-building tasks, she said.

As keynote speaker, Victoria A. Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of International Organization Affairs, called this a pivotal time for peacekeeping.

“Where this organization works is the exactly the space between the ambitions of the international community for peacekeeping and what happens in the field,” she said, about the members of the IAPTC.


Anthony Banbury, the United Nation's Assistant Secretary General for Field Support, offered the UN perspective about increasingly complex peacekeeping mandates.  Banbury was one of multiple interagency representatives who called for adaptability and flexibility in support of country-specific and mission-specific requirements. 

Peace operations are a gamble, she said.

“We can only hope and pray that the peacekeepers who have been deployed – military, police, and civilian – have the best strength they can, have the best leaders they can, have the best training they can … because what they do is what we care about.”

The tempo of peacekeeping missions has not diminished, she noted.

“East Timor is winding down, Sierra Leone has almost completed but many missions started in the last decade are still with us today,” said Holt. “And we’ve seen an increase in  expectations for these missions. Not only have peacekeepers been asked to go … to help the law take hold, to help the political peace strengthen, and help the government govern, but we’ve also asked peacekeepers to go into places where you need that Chapter 7 authorization where everyone has not laid down their guns, where those who wish to continue the fight have done so. The role of the peacekeepers at the very low level is to make sure that things stay together .... We’ve added to what UN missions are asked to do.

Holt appealed to the IAPTC community to identify lessons learned and build a community of knowledge to move peacekeeping training in three ‘hard’ issues critical to a chance of stable peace –

  • “Put content behind” protection of civilians -- which is different from military skills and can be the linchpin to the credibility of the peace mission.
  •  include training for peacekeepers who will face sexual- and gender-based violence as a component of war.
  • Prevent mission compromise by peacekeepers who are themselves abusive.

“I am banking on all of you to tell us how it’s going, what we’ve done so well that we need to know better and how we can only get better in the future,” she said to the assembly of trainers and leaders.

“If there’s a larger theme for the U.S. government, it is partnership,” said Holt. “We see our role in the world as rolling up our sleeves and being part of multilateral organizations, working alongside regional organizations, working within the UN, not because the UN is a perfect institution or that we have an idealized vision of it, but exactly because it’s what we have and we want to make it more effective, more able to deliver on both our moral and strategic ambitions.

The trainers and leaders in attendance used the conference to explore options for sharing lessons and learning from others.

“How do we measure the impact of training? It’s why I’m here – to create dialogue within this community of practice,” said Analyze Crete, from Italy, who works within 13 training institutes under the Europe Commission and welcomed the opportunity for cross-talk about training standards.

“If you take a general human rights course with its 4 essential components, including the legal framework, then, we need to adapt for individual mission mandates, like the UN mandate on protection of civilians -- which evolves with the evolving political situation.  

“This is not competitive,” said Dories Sanftenberg, from Germany, who added to Creta’s remarks about measuring training success by the peacekeepers’ mission success. “Peacekeeping is always evolving but we need all peacekeeping participants to arrive with the same training package, starting at the same point, operational from day one.”

The weeklong conference engaged almost 200 military, police and civilian participants from more than 60 nations in formal presentations and informal exchanges.   The aim of the IAPTC is to facilitate communication and exchange of information between peace training centers and those interested. To understand the increasingly complex peacekeeping environment and exchange practices.

The Army War College hosted the conference at Carlisle Barracks.

When Commandant Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin welcomed the conference participants, he noted the Army War College’s shared commitment to apply education in the pursuit of stability and a better peace. “The true value of this conference is to gather professionals united by a common purpose. Your business is to explore ideas and address challenges for education and training for those who will be responsible for ‘winning the peace’ as an alternative to conflict or in its aftermath.

“Our Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute is at the forefront of this effort today,” said Martin. “PKSOI represents the Army’s commitment to responsible peacekeeping and stability operations, and to the power of professional relationships.”  

The PKSOI works with interagency partners, as evidenced by the conference speaker list, to include Victoria Holt;  Jean-Marie Guehenno, director of the Center of Conflict Resolution;  Anthony Banbury, Assistant Secretary General for Field Support at the UN;  Izumi Nakamitsu, director of the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations; and, Dr. James Schear, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations.

Stronger Installation Management Community, stronger support for Soldiers, Civilians and Families

When Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch took command of the Installation Management Command two years ago his goals were to make sure IMCOM was doing the right things and doing things right and to find better ways of doing business. 

“This self-evaluation was particularly important at the time, as the Army was focused on finding the right kinds and levels of support for Soldiers and Families stressed by repeated and extended deployments,” said Lynch in his monthly D6 Sends report.

“First we started expanding our identity. Today when we talk about providing for Soldier, Civilian and Family quality of life, we don’t just mean the Installation Management Command—we mean the Installation Management Community,” he said.

“Over the past two years the IMCOM has reviewed programs, services and infrastructure in areas such as child care, youth development, housing, education, employment, recreation and behavioral health,” said Lynch.  “As a result, a number of programs and services have been enhanced, to include Survivor Outreach Services, the Exceptional Family Member Program, the Army Community Service, Child, Youth and School Services, the Army Substance Abuse Program, the Total Army Sponsorship Program, the Army Career and Alumni Program, and Soldier and Family Assistance Centers.”

Carlisle Barracks has also been reviewing and changing many of their programs.

“In the last two years the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Services has expanded our programs by incorporating the Survivor outreach Service to our program list,” said Jeff Hanks, Carlisle Barracks Employment Readiness officer.

“We have also expanded the Transition Assistance Program/ Army Career Alumni Program (ACAP) which used to be 3 1/2 days to a 4 1/2 day workshop.  This allows the transitioning service member and their spouses to gain more valuable information which will help make their transition smooth in the event they retire or separate from the military.

“The Family Advocacy Program has increased the demands for services to support families at risk,” said Anne Hurst, Carlisle Barracks Family Advocacy Program Manager. 

“We are also working to make sure that the Exceptional Family Member Program reaches all active duty Solders within central Pennsylvania, by providing them with advocacy and respite care.”

"We at Carlisle Barracks have worked hard to make sure our programs are the best they can be to thank the Soldiers and their families for their dedication, support and service to the military and their country," said Elaine Leist, Carlisle Barracks deputy garrison commander.

“As we moved IMCOM’s headquarters from Virginia to Texas under Base Realignment and Closure, we also integrated a subcommand, the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, into the headquarters, and reduced from seven to four regions worldwide,” said Lynch.  “In doing so, we reduced overhead costs and streamlined delivery of services to our customers.

Even as we are addressing today’s fiscal challenges, we are looking to the future and how we will support the Army of 2020. Through BRAC, our installations have built and renovated facilities to support the reshaped Army,” he said. 

 “IMCOM has a huge impact on the lives of Soldiers, Civilians and Families—on how we work, train, live and play. The immediate resource challenges only intensify our focus on the mission. We are dedicated to doing our best in serving Soldiers and Families today—and we will find ways to serve even better tomorrow.”

This is Lt. Gen. Lynch’s last article as IMCOM commander.  He will be retiring on Dec. 1.  Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter has replaced him as IMCOM commander.

USAWC Public Affairs staff report
New York City trip allows USAWC students, international experts to exchange ideas


Amb. Gerald Scott, U.S. Senior Advisor to the United Nations for Africa, discussed the U.N. and how functions as an organization where nations come seeking to address diplomatic issues and challenges, during the United Nations Forum as part of the New York City Academic Field Trip Nov. 18.

Nov. 21, 2011 -- New York City has long been considered a gateway to the world for the United States so it was only appropriate that the 368-member U.S. Army War College Class of 2012 traveled there to learn first hand about national, international, economic, diplomatic issues during an academic field trip Nov. 16-19.

For the three-day academic visit, students split into 30 groups and met with organizations like Time Inc, Patriarch Partners, CBS, Forbes, the New York Police Department, Federal Emergency Management Agency  and Department of Human Services to discuss strategic issues. About a quarter of the visits were associated with economic and financial organizations. 

“All of the visits I went in lead to very candid and interesting discussion on leadership and how the economy is affecting everyone,” said Lt. Col. Ric Javier, who visited Patriarch Partners, a private equity firm. “Everyone has to adapt to this new way of operating and there are lessons and new ways of doing business that we all can learn from.”

“One of the benefits of coming to a city like New York City is that you can gain experience from vastly different opportunities in the same day,” said Lt. Col. Michelle Ryan, who visited Time Inc and Patriarch Partners. “Where else can you meet with leaders of media, business, economic and international organizations so easily?”

Every student was also exposed to the diplomat's perspective of the United Nations, and visited at least one nation's mission to the UN, hosted by the International Fellows in the class.

“The experience with the UN is a close encounter with the diplomatic community and an appreciation for the UN can factor into different jobs,” said Dr. Jim Helis, chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy. “I hope they take away an appreciation for contemporary domestic issues and can fit that into their thinking of National Strategy so they have a better appreciation of the role of the UN and our allies' views,” he said.

“This trip as well as the whole entire Army War College experience is a very valuable opportunity for a chance to see how different nations look and attempt to solve very complex problems,” said Pakistan Brig. Sani Farhat Abbas. “Many lessons you can only learn by talking to people face-to-face. There is a great value in gathering a variety of perspectives on leadership and management."  

USAWC students learn about New York Times support to war coverage and foreign reporting during their visit. Students split into 30 groups and met with organizations like Time Inc, Patriarch Partners, CBS, Forbes, the New York Police Department, Federal Emergency Management Agency  and Department of Human Services to discuss strategic issues. About a quarter of the visits were associated with economic and financial organizations.  

“The visit to the Moroccan embassy was very eye opening,” said Ryan. “I had no idea how much of a role that Morocco played in stability and avoiding conflict in Africa. They are very engaged in peacekeeping operations and seeing how they operated was very valuable.”

Amb. Gerald Scott, U.S. Senior Advisor to the United Nations for Africa, discussed the U.N. and how functions as an organization where nations come seeking to address diplomatic issues and challenges.

While the U.N. may not be a perfect solution according to Scott, it still is the best system in place and an important organization to facilitate an exchange of ideas between nations to resolve conflict. It is a place where diplomacy is allowed to occur – that confidential and candid exchange of dialogue between diplomats working to communicate in the best interests of their respective nations.

“One of the jobs of a diplomat is to maintain the dialogue,” said Scott. “The U.N. is as real of a choice as we get and it is incumbent on us to make it work in the best way that we can.”

USAWC students learn about the changing nature of news coverage and how social media and new technologies have altered the landscape during a visit to Time Inc.

Army Reserve student Lt. Col. Alan Schrews said, “Diplomacy is very complicated and it’s never going to be perfect.” “It is important to manage expectations.”

As part of his discussion, Scott, a career diplomat with many years of distinguished international service, discussed the challenges of being a member of the U.N. to include obligations the United States incurs as a prominent member of the organization.


The discussion set the stage for upcoming consulate visits later in the day. Small groups of students accompanied international fellows on visits to several consulates located throughout New York City to discuss the international system as it related to pertinent issues from each respective nation.

Army civilian student Maureen Riggs, who works for IMCOM in family programs, used this forum as a primer for her consulate visit later in the day.

“I am interested to hear about what the U.N. wants to do regarding the safety of their homeland as it relates to families,” she said. “It is important we are there to support countries related to family safety.”

Student Lt. Col. Carey Wagen said, “He provided a wealth of information on the United Nations and international process while bringing a historical perspective that was relevant to today.”

Earlier in the trip, students met with executives and leaders from several corporations and representatives from city government agencies to discuss strategic leadership as part of their year-long resident academic program.

“The New York City academic trip is an integral part of the Army War College resident educational experience and accomplishes several learning objectives,” said Helis.“It is a unique opportunity to expose students to large and complex public and private enterprises with the objective of examining local, national, regional and international issues within the dynamic urban environment of America's premier city and the world's financial capital.”   

International Fellows leverages the UN forum with US government official to explore the power and limitations of the diplomatic element of power.

Seeing the lessons in action and how to apply them in their own careers is one of the focal points of the trip.  

“The learning occurs there in New York, but part of the experience also occurs here when they share their experiences with the rest of their seminars.  We really want them to take advantage of what strategic opportunities there are out there and capitalize on the opportunity to speak with civilian leaders on behalf of the military,” said Helis.

“The visits and panels were outstanding and relevant to what we are studying,” said student Lt. Col. Rod Garfield

“The visit to Time was very valuable for me to see how different and influential the American media is,” said Nigerian Col. Charles Ofoche. “The relationships in this country between the military and the media are very different.” He shared personal experiences during the visit about how publications like Time and Fortune magazine have in his nation.

“We don’t have equivalent of those in my country, so it’s very important to get a sense of what else in going on in the world from these types of respected publications,” he said.   

The trip was a valuable series of opportunities to educate herself, said student spouse Stephanie Canfield.

"I liked learning through different perspectives -- and, to see how the military is perceived by others," she said.  "Bob Woodruff was great," she said about the ABC visit, "It was good to compare the ABC media perspectives at ABC with that of advertiser Young and Rubicam and how they use the media and look at the military as a brand."

"The U.S. Attorney's Office was exciting, with a young group of attorneys who were fired up," said student spouse Kim Slocum. "Although we went well over our time, no one minded. Later, the FBI was interesting in revealing the way they think and plan  differently than they did before 9/11.

"Anybody can do the NYC tour but this is an incredible opportunity," said student spouse Lisa Parmeter.

"I used to work in Manhattan and wouldn't miss this opportunity to be invited into these organizations and meet the top leadership," said Parmeter, about participating in the small group visit to the New York Times and the Greater New York office of the American Red Cross.

"I was surprised that we did get such a special opportunity to meet with the organizations'  leadership. It was like being a fly on the wall," she said, and generated interesting comparisons, like the foreign news budget at the New York Times and the Red Cross, fighting for every dime.

"As a spouse, I'm getting the vibe of who we are as a group (of officers and spouses) who will work at a higher level in the future," said Parmeter. "The trip is an incredible opportunity for spouses because often we are thrust into leadership roles.  Whether the press wants to interview a spouse or others look to us for guidance, this was an opportunity to a get a broader perspective and further our understanding of what leaders deal with and what may be in our future."

"This trip explores the question, how do you deal with those with different backgrounds," said Parmeter.

Students start the New York City trip with the expectation of exposure to strategic leaders of major corporations and agencies. They are often surprised at the depth and scope of learning. You don't know what you don't know, said one student about confronting new strategic realities.

Student Marine Lt. Col. Boyd Miller's group witnessed a series of court cases at the King's County Supreme Court, followed by an introduction to Phoenix House work with alcohol and drug addiction. "It was a powerful experience for military leaders to see the agencies working with veterans who find help through the courts and intervention."

Being in the nation’s financial capital provided a prime opportunity for discussions for the students about the economics element of national power.

"It was extremely valuable to get a world-class perspective on economic power as it relates to the world," said Rob Nye, deputy dean of the College. "Our experience at Deutsche Asset Management included a focused discussion about the bonds market and a briefing by one of the partners who spoke at the strategic level."

"One partner was named recently to be the foreign policy advisor for Mitt Romney," said Nye. "We received insights from him about the interconnection of economic vitality, foreign policy and politics."

An urban affairs panel on the trips final day provided some insights to how a city the size of New York City handles challenges like terrorism, transportation and emergency management from guest speakers Joseph Bruno, Office of Emergency Management Commissioner and FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.  

Bruno and Cassano discussed the challenges of a city that hoists 50 million visitors a year, transports 7.5 million per day using public transit, has a GDP of 1.3 trillion and less than 50 percent of it inhabitant own cars and is a constant target for terrorism.

“It’s truly impressive to see how much change has occurred in New York City since 9/11,” said Marine Corps Lt. Col. Curtis Mason. “They way the different agencies share information, work together and use technology is something the military can definitely take and apply to our operations.”


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

Military Family Life Consultant Program is here to help You

Need to talk to someone?  The Carlisle Barracks Military and Family Life Consultants can help.

“We provide free confidential short-term non medical counseling to service members, retirees, family members and DoD civilians,” said the Carlisle Barracks Military and Family Life Consultant.

Consultants work under clinical supervision and a military point of contact (POC). The role of these consultants is to asses the needs of individuals in need of services and then provides support and/or refers them to resources as needed.

All consultants are masters and PhD clinical counselors that are trained to offer help in many areas:

  • Children and adolescents
  • Couples and families
  • Grief and loss
  • Veterans or Veteran Affairs
  • Military personnel and families
  • School systems
  • Work in various environments
  • Rapid assessment and problem resolution

How the MFLC Program Helps

The MFLC program provides counseling services to military families for the following reasons:

  • Relationships
  • Crisis intervention
  • Stress management
  • Occupational
  • Other individual and family issues

The program also offers psycho-educational presentations to units on many different topics such as:

  • Deployments
  • Grief/Loss
  • Reunion/Reintegration
  • Stress and Coping

How Consultants Help

Services provided by MFLC are short-term and non-medical.  If it is determined that the patient needs more than 12 sessions, the consultant will then refer them to long-term counseling. All information is confidential, no records are made and information is not shared, unless there is a legal duty to warn.

“The only thing we are required to report to appropriate authorities is if suicide ideations, domestic violence, or sexual assault is revealed. Other than that the patient doesn’t have to even tell us their name,” said the Carlisle Barracks MFLC consultant.

Counseling is informal and guide individuals through the effects of military life and provide support through the many tribulations. They do not diagnose mental disorders or provide psychological treatment.

“MFLC are not authorized to conduct mental health testing, so if we suspect the patient might be suffering from a mental disorder we will refer them to a mental health facility for testing,” said the Carlisle Barracks consultant.

Some of the main ways counselors help are:

  • Use techniques to improve problem solving process
  • Provide insight to increase individual and family competency
  • Empower with information and coping skills to increase confidence in handling military life stressors
  • Ensure that personal issues do not hamper operational readiness

Basically, counselors help you understand your situation, find ways to change it and move towards a better place mentally and emotionally.

“Sometimes people just need to talk to someone, and we don’t operate under time constraints. If a patient needs to talk all day they can.”

MFLC For Kids

Kids also have a place in the MFLC. Through the Child and Youth Program, and individual one-on-one counseling MFLC provides a broad-range of support to military children and youth as well as to the family members who support them.  They do this by:

  • Engaging in activities with children
  • Providing direct intervention in classroom or family childcare situations, including assisting staff in setting and managing boundaries
  • Conducting parent and staff training sessions

This greatly helps parents who are temporarily single due to a deployments and need a beneficial place for their children's care.

How to Begin Services

MFLC is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is located in Anne Ely Hall in the ACS area.  They accept walk-in appointments or you can call 717-713-9173.

All services provided by the MFLC are offered free of charge, which means that finances can never get in the way of getting the support you and your family need.

Army War College Fellow Assumes Command of IMCOM


Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, an Army War College Class of 1999 Fellow, assumed command of the Installation Management Command today.  Ferriter replaces Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch who has served as IMCOM commander for the past two years.  Lynch will retire from the Army on Dec. 1.

Ferriter was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in May 1979 upon graduation from The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.

His assignments include Platoon Leader, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry (Mechanized), Fort Riley, Kan., Commander, C Company (Airborne), 6th Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and Commander, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.

General Ferriter’s other command and staff assignments include S3 (Operations), 4th Battalion (Mechanized), 23rd Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, S3 (Operations), 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, S3 (Operations), 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Commander, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., Commander, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga., Commander, 11th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Assistant Division Commander (Operations), 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg.

His combat tours include Operation Restore Hope in Somalia with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and two tours in Iraq as Deputy Commanding General (Operations), Multi-National Corps, Iraq, and one tour as Deputy Commanding General (Advising and Training), United States Forces – Iraq.

He served as the Executive Assistant to the Commander and later the Director for Operations, J-3, United States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, and Deputy Commanding General for Operations, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. He recently commanded the US Army Infantry Center and the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Ga. and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Citadel, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and has served as a Senior National Defense Fellow at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Medford, Mass.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

USAHEC celebrates grand opening of photo exhibit and Café Cumberland

Guests look at USAHEC’s new photography exhibit, “Understanding War through Imagery: The Civil War in American Memory.”  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center celebrated two grand openings on Nov. 16 with the opening of the new Civil War photography exhibit, “Understanding War through Imagery: The Civil War in American Memory,” and the opening of Café Cumberland.

 “Our staff has worked for several months to create this exhibit,” said Tom Hendrix, USAHEC director.  (Their) “purpose was to bring to life the vivid history and heritage of this conflict through the photographs and stories of Soldiers.”

As the archivists began assembling the collection, common themes and topics materialized that showed a clear connection between Civil War Soldiers and their 21st Century counterparts.

“Some of the common themes include: a Soldier’s call to duty, the pride of wearing the uniform for the first time, the harsh reality of warfare and military leadership or lack thereof,” said Stephanie Wiford, collections division archivist. 

While the exhibit highlights the role of women during the war and the use of illustrators to tell the story of the war, the exhibit focuses on two Civil War Soldiers; Abial Hall Edwards, an 18 year-old mill worker from Casco, Maine.  Edwards, motivated by a profound sense of duty and an desire to provide for his younger siblings, enlisted in 1861.  The other Soldier was John Terrill Cheney a 31 year old business man from Dixon, Ill.  He also enlisted in 1861 and commanded Battery F in the western theater in the Army of Tennessee. 

“Through their extensive letter writing and diary entries we became personally connected to them through their expressive and quite often opinionated views of the war and specific details about their experiences,” said Wiford.

The exhibit is currently on display on the second floor of Ridgeway Hall.

USAHEC visitors sample food from Café Cumberland, which opened for business on Nov. 16. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.


After the photo exhibit was opened, the guests went downstairs to the grand opening of the Café Cumberland.  The café, which is located on the first floor of Ridgeway Hall will offer a variety of menu items to include soups and sandwiches.  The café will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 11a.m. to 2 p.m.

Café Cumberland is the culmination of work between the Carlisle Family Morale Welfare and Recreation, the greater Carlisle community, AHEC and the Carlisle Barracks Garrison.

“This is what creativity, working together as a team and partnering with the community gets you,” said Elaine Leist, deputy garrison commander.

“USAHEC is what right looks like,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Army War College Commandant.  “This is the gold standard of what happens when we partner together and collaborate to make things happen.”

Public Affairs staff report

Center for Strategic Leadership lends expertise to Geopolitics of Strategic Minerals

The OPEC oil embargo of 1973 and 74, subsequent oil embargoes and Middle East wars have called the attention of the American people to the fact that the United States imports over 50% of its petroleum.

Less known is that the United States is more than 80 percent import-dependent for its most important strategic minerals. About 61 percent of the 18 minerals for which the United States is fully import-dependent are produced in China. The recent embargo by China of rare earth element shipments to Japan and the West has drawn the attention of Congress, which has introduced multiple bills to reduce US minerals import vulnerability and China’s minerals leverage.

The link between national security and access to critical resources inspired the  Rare Earths, Critical Metals, Energy and National Security Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 2, which included speaker Dr. Kent Butts, USAWC professor in the Center for Strategic Leadership.

The conference focused on the rare earth elements and other strategic minerals upon which the defense sector and economy depend, the geopolitical risks faced by the United States, and legislative options for supporting critical metals strategies.

Butts spoke on the topic of “The Geopolitics of Strategic Minerals.”

The luncheon speaker was Sen. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska; other congressional speakers included Representative Doug Lamborn, US 5th District, and Representative Mike Coffman, US 6th District.

The conference was an opportunity to bring key policymakers, executive branch analysts (DOD, USGS, DOE), the investment banking community, and think tank experts together to develop options for shaping U.S. mineral resource policy. The conference was sponsored by the National Center for Policy Analysis and the American Resources Policy Network.

70th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony
  All veterans and the general public are invited to attend a remembrance program to mark the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, sponsored by Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg in Hampden Township.
  This year's program will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, in the East Wing Rotunda, Main Capitol, Harrisburg, 12:55 p.m. 

  If you know of a Pa. Pearl Harbor attack survivor or need more information about the event or 'Project Pearl Harbor Attack Survivors'--a local and statewide community outreach to capture stories of Pa. Survivors--please contact the Navy base's public affairs officer, Mike Randazzo, at 717-605-2448,, or on Facebook (keyword search: Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg).

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IAPTC conference begins

The first day of the 17thannual International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers conference began Tuesday Nov. 15 with speakers discussing various challenges for peacekeeping training and operations and ended with an Ideas Bazaar held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  The conference is scheduled to end on Nov. 18.

Key note speaker  Tony Branbury discusses “Evolving Peacekeeping Training Challenges” during the first day of the IAPTC conference.  Photo by Megan Clugh.







Conference members listen to keynote speakers discuss peacekeeping training challenges during the IAPTC conference.


2011 Combined Federal Campaign

  The Carlisle Barracks 2011 Combined Federal Campaign runs from Oct. 4-Nov 11.  See your organizational project officer/key person to “Step Up.”
Army Family Action Plan Conference
  The AFAP Conference will be held Nov. 1-3 from noon-4 p.m., Letort View Community Center.  Delegates, recorders, facilitators and administrative volunteers are needed.  Work groups include:  Housing and Public Works, Healthcare, Community Support and Consumer Affairs, Children and Youth, Teens, DA Civilian and Force Support.  For more information call 717-245-3684 or visit:
Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History
  USAHEC presents the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History, Thursday, Nov. 3.  Independent Scholar Dr. Edward G. Longacre will present a lecture entitled, “War in the Ruins:  The American Army’s Final Battle against Nazi Germany.”  The lecture will be held in the Visitor and Education Center Multi-Purpose room, 7:15 p.m.  For details, call 717-245-3972 or visit
U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center 10th Anniversary Open House
  The Open House will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, 1-4 p.m. 
  • See how the USAHEC staff preserves and makes available the history of the Army Soldier through eight-interactive stations.
  • Tour the new Conservation Facility
  • Shuttle van available from Root Hall to USAHEC every half hour beginning at 1 p.m., with last drop-off at Root Hall at 4:30 p.m.
Military Family Program Financial Planning Series
  Financial Planning Series #2 will cover sources of retirement income and taxation differences on Monday, Nov. 7.
  Series #3 will cover investment products (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, money market accounts) on Monday, Nov. 14.
  Series#4 will cover risk management and insurances, their types and differences on Monday, Nov. 21.
  Series#5 will cover estate planning and review all presented material on Monday, Dec. 5.
  The Series will be held in Wil Washcoe Auditorium from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.  The presenter is retired Col. Roberto Doran.
Soldier’s Thanksgiving Luncheon
  Soldiers and their families are invited to attend the annual Soldier’s Thanksgiving Luncheon, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Post Chapel. 
Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Monthly event
  The Carlisle Barracks monthly meeting for November will feature “BUNCO” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Members $13) Letort View Community Center.  For reservations contact Theresa Crean at reservations@cbspousesclub.orgor call 717-386-5808 by noon Friday, Nov. 4.
National American Indian Heritage Month Observance
   “A Contemporary Native Perspective,” will be addressed by guest speaker Dr. Perry Horse, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Wil Washcoe Auditorium, Root Hall. Dr. Horse is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and is known throughout Native American country for his work in higher education/community college development.   Dr. Horse served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1966.
U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Celebration
  Celebrate the Marine’s 236th Birthday on Thursday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m., Bliss Hall Auditorium.
Carlisle Veterans Day Ceremony
  The Ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m., at the Old Court House, corner of Hanover and High Streets.  Maj. Gen. Ben Hodges, Army Chief, Legislative Liaison, will present the Veterans Day Message.
Foreign Policy Association Presents:  2012 Great Decisions Lectures
  The Great Decisions Program consists of an 8-week session beginning Friday, Jan. 20-Mar. 9, 2012, on a variety of international topics by speakers from the U.S. Army War College and Dickinson College.  Location, speakers and topics will be announced later.
If you would like to purchase the Great Decisions 2012 book, please contact Charlotte Kinney, Great Decisions Coordinator, 717-245-9343, greatdecisions.char@gmail.comby Nov. 15.
Please share this information with others who may be interested in attending.
USAHEC Exhibit Opening
  USAHEC’s newest exhibit, “Understanding War through Imagery:  The Civil War in American Memory,” will open Wednesday, Nov. 16, 4:30 p.m.  The exhibit showcases various stories from the Civil War by combining photographs with in-depth research and displays of letters.
Perspectives in Military History Lecture at AHEC
  USAHEC presents the November Perspectives lecture:  On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Mr. Ed Bearss, Independent Scholar, will present a lecture on “Forts Henry and Donelson Campaign.”  The lecture will be held in the Visitor and Education Center Multi-Purpose room, 7:15 p.m.  For details, call 717-245-3972 or visit
Carlisle’s 2011Toys for Tots Parade
  The 2011 Parade theme is “Favorite Holiday Story” and will be held on Monday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. in Downtown Carlisle.  The parade will boast more than 40 parade units including U.S. Marine Corps troops and vehicles, scout troops, dancing groups, costumed characters and Carlisle’s first visit from Santa Claus.  Individuals will be on hand to collect new, unwrapped toys.
USAWC Student Army/Navy Game
  This event will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, 2-4 p.m., on Indian Field.  For more information on this event, call 717-245-3906.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    The Ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, 4:30-7 p.m., in front of the Post Chapel.  Free carriage rides, refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus, 5-7 p.m.
Christkindlesmarkt (Holiday Crafts Bazaar)
  This festive event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Thorpe Fitness Center and Root Hall Gymnasium.  More than 60 vendors will offer a wide range of holiday ornaments and decorations, as well as unique holiday gifts and baked goods.  There will also be seasonal music performances, door prizes, and photo opportunities with Santa.
Toys for Tots
  A box for new-unwrapped toys is located in Root Hall’s front entrance foyer until Dec. 22.  Other boxes are located in the Exchange, Child Development Center, and Balfour Beatty office.


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  2. Downtown Carlisle Association at
  3. Cumberland County Historical Society at
  4. The Carlisle Theatre at
  5. Dickinson College Calendar of Arts at
  6. H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center (Shippensburg University) at
  7. Hersheypark Stadium at
  8. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts at
  9. Bosler Library at


Veterans Day in Carlisle, Nov 11:  Army Chief Legislative Liaison, MAJ GEN Ben Hodges is honored guest

  Maj. Gen. ‘Ben’ Hodges, the Army’s Chief Legislative Liaison, is guest of honor for the Carlisle Veterans Day event, Nov. 11, at 10:30 am.

  The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will conduct the annual Veterans Day Ceremony in the Courtroom of the Old Courthouse, 2nd Floor commencing at 10:30 a.m.  The Cumberland County Honor Guard is providing the firing squad and bugler.  The guest speaker is Maj. Gen. Ben Hodges, Army Chief, Legislative Liaison, Washington, D.C.
  Army War College students and staff will be featured speakers at multiple Veterans Day events around the greater Carlisle area.  Additionally, 14 students will address audiences at out-of-state events and the multiple members of the USAWC community will join veterans from the Lebanon VA Medical Center at the annual Carlisle Elks Club Veterans Dinner, Nov. 17.
Boiling Springs – Boiling Springs High School Interact Club will host their tenth annual Veterans Day Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the school cafeteria.  The guest speakers are Lt. Col. David W. May and Lt. Col. Ralph J. Waite, USAF, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Carlisle– 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.
Dillsburg – Northern High School will hold a Veterans Day Breakfast and Program at 7:45 a.m. in the school cafeteria and then auditorium.  The guest speaker is Col. Steven L. Hite, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Carlisle – The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will conduct the annual Veterans Day Ceremony in the Courtroom of the Old Courthouse, 2nd Floor commencing at 10:30 a.m.  The Cumberland County Honor Guard is providing the firing squad and bugler.  The guest speaker is Maj. Gen. Ben Hodges, Army Chief, Legislative Liaison, Washington, D.C.
Carlisle – Bellaire Elementary School will hold Veterans Day Programs for students at 9:30 a.m. and for Grandparents at 2 p.m.  The guest speaker for both programs is Lt. Col. George J. Hanhauser, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Carlisle– Saint Patrick School will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in their auditorium.
Carlisle– Crestview Elementary School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 9:30 a.m. in their auditorium.  The guest speaker is Maj. Michael J. Watson, Dunham Army Health Clinic, Carlisle Barracks.
Chambersburg– AMVETS Post 224 and Cumberland Valley Twenty-one Day Retreat will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 10:15 a.m. at the Square.  The guest speaker is Col. Judith A. Lee, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Chester– Widener University will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. in front of the school’s main building.  The guest speaker is Col. Anthony K. Whitson, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
East Stroudsburg– East Stroudsburg University will hold a Veterans Day and Memorial Program at 2 p.m. on campus.  The guest speaker is Col. Robert W. Bennett, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Hanover – The Hanover High School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 8:30 a.m. in their auditorium.  The Hanover Middle School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 2 p.m.  The guest speaker for both events is Lt. Col. John G. Krenson, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Harrisburg American Legion Post 1001 will hold a Veterans Day Program at 6 p.m. at the Post.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col Darrell W. Aubrey, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Hegins– Tri-Valley High School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 10:30 a.m. in their auditorium.  The guest speaker is Col. Martin C. Clausen, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Mechanicsburg– The Silver Spring Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Willow Mill Park.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. David J. Francis, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Mechanicsburg– Lower Allen VFW Post 7530 will hold a Veterans Day Program at 11 a.m. outside the Post at 4545 Westport Drive, Mechanicsburg.  The guest speaker is Col. Lionel W. Magee, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
MechanicsburgMechanicsburg 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.  Lunch will be served immediately afterwards at VFW Post 6704.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be at VFW Post 6704 at 4907 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col Mark Martin, U.S. Army
Middletown – Penn State Harrisburg will hold a Veterans Day Program at noon on campus.  The guest speaker is Col. Tommy R. Mize, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Mt. Holly Springs– Mt. Holly Springs Elementary School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 9 a.m. in their auditorium.  The guest speaker is Col. Robert L. Bailes, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Mt. Holly Springs– Mt. Holly Springs American Legion will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 1 p.m. at the park.  The guest speaker is Col. Stephen A. Elle, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Newport – The National Honor Society at Newport High School will hold a Veterans Day Program at 1:40 p.m. in their auditorium.  The guest speakers are Lt. Col Lee K. Grubbs and Col. Everett D. Knapp, Jr., U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Mercersburg – Mercersburg VFW Post 6241 will hold a Veterans Day Program at 6:30 p.m. at their Post.  The guest speaker is Col. Darin L. Brockington, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Matamoras– Matamoras Community Church will hold a Veterans Recognition Banquet for their area Veterans at noon in the Banquet Hall.  The guest speaker is Col. Samuel L. Russell, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Newville– Big Spring United Methodist Church will hold its annual Veterans Day Service at 10:30 a.m.  The guest speaker is Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael E. Brainerd, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.
Shippensburg – Oakville United Methodist Church will hold its annual Veterans Day Service at 9 a.m.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col Richard M. Monnard, U.S. Army War College Class of 2012.

Happy 236th Birthday Marine Corps


For ten years now, our Corps has been engaged in continuous combat operations against those who threaten the security of America and our allies.  We turned the tide in the Anbar province of Iraq and continue to see success today in southwest Afghanistan. While it has come at a cost... we have much to be proud of.

This past year in operations around the world including humanitarian disaster relief, counter-piracy, theater security cooperation, special operations, counter-insurgency and many more, you continued to solidify our place as America’s expeditionary force in readiness.  Since the continental congress created two battalions of Marines 236 years ago, our legacy as an ever-ready, ever capable, victory producing organization remains intact.

Our rich heritage of selfless service and fidelity to nation and to one another lives on in all who currently wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor - those who have answered the clarion call to duty with remarkable courage, dedication and unshakable resolve that Marines are so well known for.  To all Marines -- past and present -- and especially to our families... I extend my deep gratitude for all you have done and all you continue to do.

As we celebrate our 236th Birthday, let us look forward to future challenges -- whatever they may be -- and reaffirm our pledge to be America’s premier crisis response force; to be the first to fight... always ready for the toughest and most challenging assignments.

Happy Birthday, Marines and Semper Fidelis,

James F. Amos, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps

Exchange rewards B-and-better students

Now in its eleventh consecutive year, “You Made the Grade”recognizes students who achieve a “B” average or better with a benefits-filled booklet. Exclusive offers include A free Subway 6” combo, video rental and $2 off any new release DVD at the PowerZone, to name a few.

Students who made the grade can also register for a drawing to win a savings bond worth up to $5,000 by filling out and mailing an included entry form. 

To receive a “You Made the Grade” booklet, students simply present a valid military ID card and proof of an overall “B” or better average at the Carlisle BarracksExchange. Students may receive one coupon package for every qualifying report card, but may enter the savings bond drawing only once per calendar year.

New, extended Layaway comes to Carlisle Barracks Exchange

Clothing, shoes and even handbags are eligible for 30-day layaway while all other merchandise (excluding fine jewelry, which is eligible for 120 days of layaway) can be put on layaway for up to 60 days. Additionally, layaway for toys and bikes has been extended to 90 days.

Any purchase of $25 or more is eligible for layaway at the Carlisle Barracks Exchange. A 15 percent deposit on the total purchase price is required to hold the product.

Merchandise excluded from the Exchange’s layaway program includes clearance merchandise, computers, peripherals, major appliances, furniture, mattresses, exercise equipment, electronics $299 and up as well as seasonal and outdoor living products.


Shoppers using their MILITARYSTAR® Card at the Carlisle Barracks Exchange, Carlisle Barracks Subway,and Indiantown Gap Express will now receive 10 percent off their entire purchase.

Additionally, MILITARYSTAR® Cardholders receive exclusive savings at the pump with a five cents a gallon discount every time they fuel up at the Express. On top of the everyday savings, steeper discounts are offered periodically throughout the year. From Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 30-Jan. 4, the New Cumberland Army Depot Exchange and the Indiantown Gap Express will provide a 20 cents per gallon discount at the Express when using a MILITARYSTAR® Card.

Carlisle Barracksfamilies can contact the Exchange at 717-243-2065 for more information.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at


USAHEC saves, shares veterans stories

Visitors get VIP behind-the-scenes look at Army Heritage and Education Center

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

LeAnn Fawver, a Collections Division archivist at the Army Heritage & Education Center shows how the center stores physical copies of letters and manuscripts.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

Frank F. Sempa didn’t really talk about his experiences in the Second World War with his children.  His son, Francis, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, remembers hearing snippets of his father’s experiences as they watched World War II documentaries together.   It wouldn’t be until a few years after Frank’s death, when his daughter Barbe stumbled upon her father’s World War II letters in an old shoebox, that his real story would be pieced together.

Frank’s World War II story began on the blood-soaked beaches of Normandy where he and the rest of the 29th Division began their fight through France.  From there he assisted in the capture of St. Lo, participated in the siege of Brest, helped destroy the Siegfried Line and then marched into Germany.

If Barbe had not stumbled across her father’s old letters, Frank’s story might have been lost to the ages, but these stories don’t need to stay buried in shoe boxes or in the memories of veterans.  The stories can be taped and the artifacts can be donated to the U.S Army Heritage and Education Center so they can be collected and preserved for history.

“Many people, when they bring in donations, start the conversation with, ‘You wouldn’t want this, would you?’”, said Greg Statler, director of collections management at USAHEC.  The staff takes about 90 percent of the items and processes them.

On Nov. 4 the USAHEC opened its doors to the public to give them a behind the scenes tour of the facility so they could see how Soldiers stories are collected and preserved for history.

The USAHEC campus is divided into four primary working buildings: the Visitor and Education Center, Ridgway Hall, the Storage Facility and the new conservation center.  The campus also includes a one mile long outdoor Army Heritage Trail which consists of stationary exhibits depicting various periods of U.S. Army history.

A clipping from the Scranton Tribune shows Staff Sgt. Frank F. Sempa, after the August 1944 liberation of Paris. Sempa's story is just one of the thousands of stories of veterans you will find at USAHEC. 


Ridgway Hall

Named after Army Chief of Staff General Matthew Ridgway, it is the home of the Military History Institute.  This research facility holds over 15 million items covering the entire span of U.S. Army history.  It is open to the public every day except Sundays. 

Along with a reading room that can be used by the public, the hall also has several small exhibits of artifacts and photographs representing the USAHEC holdings.  These exhibits include a collection of General of the Army Omar Bradley’s personal artifacts, as well as a comprehensive display of the first year of the U.S. Civil War.  Next week, USAHEC will unveil a photographic display called, “Understanding War through Imagery: the Civil War in American Memory.” 

“We try to shoot for a new exhibit every 12 to 18 months,” said Kaleb Dissinger, curator of uniforms and equipment.  “Right now we are working on a new display, ‘Taking the Field for Greatness: the Carlisle Indians and American Football,’ which will be housed at Root Hall.”

All of these exhibits are free and open to the public.

Visitor and Education Center

The VEC opened in May of this year to the general public.  It is the welcome and orientation site for visitors, and along with a 7,000 square foot museum, it also houses a gift shop, two multipurpose rooms and a snack bar.  It is open to the public every day except Mondays.

The conservation center and storage facility

  • Consists of two climate-controlled storage rooms with moveable shelves where the artifacts are housed.
  • Includes an analytical lab where technicians can examine artifacts to determine the best way to conserve them.
  • A digitization room allows technicians to digitize photographs, papers, and audio and video clips to become available for patron use. 
  • Laboratories for conservation work on paper documents, objects, textiles and art.
  • The conservation center and storage facility is not open to the public.

Preserving artifacts

“Many of the documents come to us in raw form so our first task is cataloging and organizing everything to see what we have,” said Mellissa Wiford, collections division archivist.

Once the documents are cataloged, finding aids, or a list of where the documents are stored, is compiled to assist the researcher.

“The papers of Harold K. Johnson, Army Chief of Staff from 1964-1968, is housed in over 200 boxes,” said Wiford.  “Without a finding aid it would take forever to find a specific item.  We want people to use the artifacts and the finding aids assist in this.”

“Once the collection is processed and a finding aid is completed, there are actually four copies maintained, two electronic and two print,” said Wiford.  A printed and a digital copy are kept internally by the Archives branch, and the other two are available for public access.

The public can access digital copies of the documents by using the Digitally Document System (DDS), or the collection catalog record which is located in the research catalog located on the Integrated Library System (ILS).  Both of these digital systems can be accessed via the USAHEC website.  A printed copy is also available to the public in the reading room.

“To access the collections, guests will need to fill out a collection request form and hand it over to our circulation staff and they will go pull the material for use,” said Wiford.

Many of the letters and photographs are scanned into computers which has the double purpose of making the document easier to find, and allows for examination without damaging the original.  However that does not mean that researchers do not have access to original copies of documents.

“Papers and photographs deteriorate slightly every time they are touched,” said Wiford.  “This is due to the oils and dirt on our fingers reacting with the paper.”

Once the artifacts are organized they are cleaned of dirt, tarnish, rust and other damage.  Clothing and other textiles are repaired if possible.  Many of the items USAHEC receives have been damaged by time and improper storage. 

“Our job is to preserve it and make it available for folks 200 years from now,” said Statler.

Army Heritage Trail

The one-mile outdoor walking path houses exhibits on various eras of U.S. Army history including a World War II in processing center, a World War I trench, a M4 Sherman Tank, and a Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter.

Twice a year USAHEC hosts two large living history events.  The first one, Army Heritage Days, takes place in May and features re-enactors from all eras of U.S. Army History.  The second event, which takes place in September changes themes every year.  Next year’s fall living history event is on the North African Campaign In World War II.

USAHEC hours of operations


Ridgway Hall
(Military History Institute)


Visitor and Education Center

Monday- Saturday: 9am - 4:45pm
Sunday: Closed


Monday: Closed
Tuesday- Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 1100am - 5pm

USAHEC will be open on Veterans Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

Carlisle Barracks Residents get a ‘Chance to Change Tomorrow’ at AFAP Conference

“Because you have ideas that sergeants major and generals might not hear without you, your voice is really important,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant.

Members of the Carlisle Barracks and Army War College leadership listen to the readout of the issues presented by the various working groups at the AFAP conferencePhoto by Megan Clugh.

“The strength of the nation is the Army,” said Martin as he opened the Army Family Action Plan conference here Nov. 1.  “The strength of our Army is our Soldiers and the strength of our Soldiers is their families.  This is why the AFAP conference is so important, families are our foundation.”

In an effort to improve the quality of life for the military families living and working here, Carlisle Barracks held its annual AFAP conference Nov. 1-3 at the LeTort View Community Center.  At the end of the conference, the groups finalized their top issues and reported them to Martin and Lt. Col. William McDonough, garrison commander.

“This is the forum for service members, family members, Department of the Army civilians and retirees to be heard,” said McDonough.  “The suggestions made and problems identified are either solved here or elevated to higher headquarters for action.”

Later this month McDonough and his staff will meet to go over the suggestions made at the conference and determine which can be taken care of locally, and which ones need to be sent to TRADOC for their consideration.

The AFAP attendies below, included a cross section of the Carlisle Barracks community: active and reserve Soldiers, military spouses, DoD civilians and their spouses and retirees.  Teens had their own group.

Teen issues

The teen group identified three issues that they wanted to see addressed.    Juliana Hanks, who out briefed for the teen group, noted the lack of employment opportunities for underage kids on post.  Currently the only job minor teens can hold on post is as a bagger at the Commissary.

When teens noted the confusion over the post curfew time McDonough identified it as 10 p.m. for teens 15 and younger and 11 p.m. for 16 and 17 year-olds.

The teens also said that they wanted the guest policy re-addressed for Youth Services and the Teen Center. Right now it is limited to registered military teens and DoD civilians, and the guest policy is very strict.

“It is silly to think that military teens are only hanging out with other military teens,” said Liz Knouse, director, Carlisle Barracks Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation.  “We will look into changing the policy.”

Health and Dental group

For three days groups, representing the Carlisle Barracks community, discoused issues that they wanted the Carlisle Barracks leadership to address.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

The health and dental group identified two issues that concerned them.  The first was a comprehensive vision care plan that would provide corrective lenses or contacts for dependents.   “Glasses can cost up to $200 a pair, and usually need to be replaced once a year” said Health and Dental group spokesman, Tommy Shird.  “This can get very expensive for military families.”

The second was whether it would be possible for the Dunham Army Health Clinic to create a program where residents could turn in their unused or expired medical prescriptions.  “More kids died from overdosing on prescription narcotics last year then died from cocaine or heroin,” said Shird.

The Dunham pharmacy is currently accepting all non-controlled medications for disposal but is prohibited by the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 to take back controlled substances.

Twice a year, once in the spring and the other in the fall, the Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program, in partnership with the Cumberland/Perry County Drug & Alcohol Commission’s Prevention Coalition Committee, sponsors the Medication Take Back Program.  This event allows for the take back of controlled and non-controlled substances.  The next event is scheduled for spring 2012.

Community support group

The community support group had three issues that they brought to the attention of the leadership.  The first issue was building an exit only pedestrian walkway at Ashburn Gate to allow exit after the gate is closed.  “Many people live outside of Ashburn Gate,” said spokesmen Tom Kruegler.  “Without a way to exit the premise they have to exit through Claremont Gate where there are no sidewalks or drive everywhere.”

The next issue was to re-evaluate the Defense Personal Property System which is used by residents when they move to and from post.  “Right now service members don’t use the system enough to become proficient,” said Kruegler.  “It is confusing and it would help if there was a dedicated person at the installation that could walk them through it from cradle to grave.”

The last issue was the lack of career progression opportunities for lower level civilian employees here.  “Many offices have junior level and high level positions but no mid-level positions,” said Kruegler.  “In order for the junior personnel to move up they have to move to another installation.  So we spend all this time and money training people to become indispensible members of the team, just to see them move a few years later.”

Force support group

The force support group examined issues that affected Soldiers.  They had two issues for the command group. 

The first was government funded Wi-Fi in the enlisted barracks rooms.  The second was doing away with the age cap for Soldier’s children to use the post 9/11 GI Bill.  “The current age cap is 26,” said spokesman Gus Keilers.  “However, a spouse, regardless of their age, can use the GI Bill.  Cutting off a child at 26 does not fit in with life-long learning.”

The last issue raised was starting a single service member’s support system relationship reinforcing retreat.  “The Army has focused on the importance of retreats that allow married couples the chance to reconnect and bond, especially after a deployment,” said Keilers.  “But there are a lot of Soldiers, who could use this type of experience to reconnect with their boyfriend/girlfriend, parents or siblings, and there should be something in place for them.”

After hearing all of the recommendations, Martin praised the group for their hard work. 

“We will fix locally what we can, because that is how we do it at the War College,” he said.

“I have heard loud and clear the issues that are important to you,” said McDonough.  “I have already begun to take care of the local issues.

Many of the ideas that came about at earlier AFAP conferences resulted in far-reaching changes for Army families.  For example:  In 2009 distribution of Montgomery GI Bill benefits were approved for dependents.  In 2008 military annual leave carryover was increased from 60 to 75 days.


Businesses offer free meals, deals on Veterans Day


FORT MEADE, Md. (Army News Service, Nov. 7, 2011) -- More than a dozen restaurant chains are offering free meals or specials to veterans and service members over the Veterans Day weekend and many other businesses are giving discounts in honor of military service.

Hundreds of inns across North America, along with bed and breakfast locations, are also offering free rooms the night before Veterans Day to those who have served in the military.

More than 500 innkeepers throughout the United States and Canada are participating in the "B&B for Vets" program by offering at least one room free to a veteran and guest.

Many of the bed and breakfast rooms have already been reserved, but as of Monday, vacancies still remained from Maine to Hawaii. For instance, rooms were available on Tybee Island, Ga., in Silverton, Colo., at Turtleback Farm in Washington state and at scores of other locations.

A full list of participating inns and B&B locations can be found at The free rooms are only for Thursday night, so that veterans and service members can wake up in the facility on Nov. 11.

Kathy Daaman, owner of the Waldo Emerson Inn, said her establishment in Kennebunk, Maine, is participating "just to help out and show our thanks to all the people who served." She said although their free room is already reserved, discounts are being offered to veterans through Nov. 17.

Proof of veterans status may be requested by the inns, restaurants and other businesses offering specials, organizers point out. Such proof could range from a military identification card, to military discharge papers, to a universal access card issued by Veterans Affairs. Some businesses are even accepting a picture of the veteran in uniform.

In addition to freebies offered by businesses, the National Park Service is offering free admission Nov. 11-13 to service members and veterans at more than 100 locations across America.

The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) is offering free admission to its concert Friday night at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The concert features the legendary rock band Kansas. Free tickets can be obtained from Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities.

If a free meal before the concert is desired, restaurant chains advise calling ahead to specific locations, because they warn that not all franchises honor the specials offered by their parent organizations.


Applebees -- All veterans and active-duty military eat free from a limited menu on Veterans Day.

Chili's -- Veterans and service members can dine for free from a special six-item menu on Veterans Day.

Golden Corral -- Military Appreciation Monday includes a free dinner, Nov. 14, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for military retirees, veterans, and current service members.

Famous Dave's -- Offers for free or discounted meals on Veterans Day vary by location.

Hooters -- All veterans and service members get 10 free wings with the purchase of a drink.

Krispy Kreme -- A free donut is available for all service members, retirees and veterans.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants -- This Sunday, participating McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants are offering a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu on a space-available basis. Online reservations are highly recommended.

Outback Steakhouse -- Nov. 7-15, Outback will offer veterans and military a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage

Subway Restaurants -- Free six-inch sub or flatbread available to military vets on Veterans Day.

Texas Roadhouse -- Free meals available to veterans from opening until 4 p.m. on Veterans Day.

T.G.I. Friday's -- Veterans and service members can buy one meal and get another free, Nov. 11-13.

UNO Chicago Grill -- Nov. 7-15, UNO is offering a 19.43 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic beverage beverages to vets and military. The chain explains that 1943 was the year UNO invented the deep dish pizza.

Abuelo's Mexican Food -- Offers vary by region.

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants -- Special offers for vets on Veterans Day.

RETAIL DEALS -- A free downloadable MP3 album includes 12 songs performed by military bands and ensembles from now through Veterans Day.

The Dollar General -- Veterans, service members and their immediate families can receive a 10-percent discount with a Veterans Day coupon.

Home Depot -- Offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans on Veterans Day. Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount year-round to active duty military and retirees.

Lowe's -- All veterans receive the 10 percent discount for purchases of up to $5,000. A 10 percent discount is available year-round to active-duty military and retirees.

Sam's Club -- Nov. 9-11, Sam's Club will give away collapsible Hugo Canes on Veterans Day to military veterans who need them.

Seven-Eleven -- On Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., veterans can get a free small Slurpee.

Cabela's Outdoor Store -- Employee discounts are being offered to all veterans, active-duty military and reserve-component troops, along with law-enforcement, fire and emergency-management personnel Nov.11-12. Discounts vary from 5 percent to 50 percent, depending on item.

Build-a-Bear Workshop -- Members of the armed services, including the Coast Guard and ROTC, receive a 20 percent discount Nov. 11-15 on any one transaction at the workshop.

Fashion Bug -- Offering 20 percent off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse's military ID.

Sports Clips Haircuts -- Offering free haircuts to active-military and veterans on Nov. 11.

Overseas service photography project announced

            The Department of Defense announced today that it seeks donations of photographs of U.S. military service life overseas from current and former service members for use in a photo recognition exhibition planned in conjunction with the State Department.

            The project called "Serving Abroad...Through Their Eyes" will choose images that depict six specific categories: daily life, friendship, places, faces, loss or triumph.  Selected images may be used for display in a special photography exhibition planned for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pentagon and other prominent venues, stateside and overseas.  Submissions will be accepted beginning Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011, through Presidents Day, Feb 20, 2012.

            "It is simply phenomenal, and absolutely fitting that photos by America's bravest during tough duty abroad get this sort of national recognition.  I can't wait to see them and take part in the new conversations and relationships this is sure to inspire," said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

            "America's Foreign Service officers and military personnel represent our country all over the world and often in the most difficult of circumstances.  This photography exhibition provides a unique view of their work to resolve conflicts and forge new partnerships and advance America's interests and values.  So I am delighted the office of ART in Embassies is honoring the service of these brave men and women," said Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

            New York Times photographer Joao Silva has volunteered to convene the photo jury, which will work with a panel of noted Americans to review the photographs and announce the selections on Armed Forces Day in May of 2012.  The ten 'Best in Show" photographers will be invited to Washington, where they will be honored and participate in the exhibition's November 2012 - VIP opening celebration.

            The selection panel includes former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Retired Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, Retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, Retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Retired Gen. Colin Powell.

            Renowned video artist, Lincoln Schatz will create a video-audio montage of the images as a signature creation for ART in Embassies (AIE) 50th anniversary celebration with the exhibition additionally available via DoD, DoS and AIE websites -- and social media.

            Rules, entry form and submission guidelines may be found at  The Defense Media Activity will provide technical services to receive submissions and assist in screening for any operational security or privacy concerns.  To help ensure suitability, entrants should consult with their public affairs officer before photographic submission is made.

            This unique DoD and DoS collaboration is in conjunction with the office of ART in Embassies celebrating 50 years of international cultural exchange.  The ART in Embassies program plays a vital role in our nation's public diplomacy.  The ART in Embassies program was originally established by the Museum of Modern Art in 1953 -- and formalized by the Kennedy administration in 1962.  It is one of the premier public-private partnership arts organizations in continuous operation, with a presence in some 200 venues within 180 countries worldwide.

Chapel Community hosts Thanksgiving for Soldiers


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 Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Army War College Commandant, shares Thanksgiving lunch with Carlisle Barracks Soldiers on Nov. 8.  The meal was cooked by members of the Carlisle Barracks Memorial Chapel as part of the 19thannual Soldiers Thanksgiving Luncheon.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

AFAP issue: What you need to know about Carlisle Barracks curfew policy and child supervision

One of the questions raised at last week’s Army Family Action Plan conference concerned the curfew on Carlisle Barracks. Lt. Col. William McDonough, garrison commander, promised the teens that he would address the issue and below is the information.

Children 12-15 must be in their house by 10 p.m.

Children 16 and 17 must be in their house by 11 p.m., unless they are involved in a supervised activity.

It is recommended that children up to 15 years old have various levels of supervision. 

Newborn to Three years old:  These children require close supervision and must be under direct contact with a qualified supervisor at all times.  EXAMPLE:  If playing in the yard, children must be with a supervisor.  They must not be left alone in vehicles or in quarters for any period of time for any reason.

Four and Five years old:  While it is not necessary for a supervisor to be in direct contact, supervision shall be, at a minimum, by indirect contact.  EXAMPLE:  Should the children be in the backyard playing, supervisor does not have to be with them, but should monitor their well-being through a window/door in such a way as to be able to intervene immediately should a problem develop.  They must not be left alone in vehicles or in quarters for any period of time for any reason.         

Six to Nine years old:  These children shall be supervised at a minimum in an indirect method.  While the children should be allowed to explore their world, parents or parent designees should know their whereabouts and check their welfare frequently.  EXAMPLE:  Playing in an area playground in such a manner as to be heard by the supervisor from quarters for any period of time. 

Ten to Fifteen years old:  These children should be mature enough to start to exercise their own responsibility to supervise themselves without placing themselves in danger.  These guidelines suggest indirect supervision of such a nature as not to impede self-assurance, but to reassure the children should a problem arise.  Children between ages 10 and 11 may be left alone for short periods of time (maximum three hours) without parent or parent designee having direct contact with the children but cannot be left alone overnight.

AFAP issue: Dunham Clinic clarifies medication disposal guidelines

One of the topics raised at last week’s Army Family Action Plan conference here was how Carlisle Barracks residents could dispose of their unused or expired medication, and if it would be possible for the Dunham Army Health Clinic to set up a program to accept the medication.

“The Dunham US Army Health Clinic Pharmacy accepts all non-controlled medications for disposal,” said Lt. Col. Charles Unruh, deputy commander, Dunham Clinic.  “Non-controlled medications can be brought to the pharmacy during normal business hours for disposal.

Dunham Clinic, like all pharmacies, is prohibited from accepting controlled substances by the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act (CSA), of 1970.

However, the Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program, in partnership with the Cumberland/Perry County Drug & Alcohol Commission’s Prevention Coalition Committee, sponsors the Medication Take Back Program, twice a year in the spring and fall.  This event allows for the take back of controlled and non-controlled substances. The most recent event was held September 17, 2011 in Mechanicsburg. The next Coalition sponsored event is spring 2012. 

While the Carlisle Barracks Community encourages people to dispose of their medication through community take back programs there are other ways they can be disposed of properly.

Disposal techniques vary by medication and people should follow any specific disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information that accompanies the medication. Specific disposal information can be found at

To dispose of medication in the garbage:

1) Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag. If medication is a solid (pill, liquid capsule, etc.), add water to dissolve it.

2)Add kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds (or any material that mixes with the medication and makes it less appealing for pets and children to eat) to the plastic bag.

3)Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash. 

4) Remove and destroy ALL identifying personal information (prescription label) from all medication containers before recycling them or throwing them away

The FDA recommends flushing of certain medication to include several types of controlled medications.  Flushing these medicines will get rid of them right away and help keep families and pets safe. A listing of medications recommended for flushing is found at

Carson Long Military Academy celebrates Veterans Day
  Celebrate Veterans Day at Carson Long Military Academy Annual Military Parade Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

  10:20 a.m. at Alumni Field at Carson Long - All Veterans in attendance will be asked to serve as reviewing officers

  11 a.m.- Moment of silence will be observed
  Reception in the historic Maples building following the parade

  For more information, contact Jennifer Chunn @ 717-582-2121 or 200 N. Carlisle St., New Bloomfield, PA 17068

Carson Long Military Academy Celebrates 175th Anniversary


CLMA is Oldest Boarding School in U.S. to Still Provide Military Training
     As the new academic calendar year approaches, Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield, Perry County, continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary while receiving recognition at the borough, county and statewide levels.
     “This is a special time at Carson Long Military Academy,” said Col. Matthew Brown, president of CLMA. “To reach a milestone such as this is a testament to the quality education and training provided at Carson Long. It speaks volumes about the academic programs, military training and the faculty and advisors as well as our cadets.”
     Carson Long Military Academy has received commemorative 175th anniversary citations from Bloomfield Borough, Perry County and even Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, whose office presented a Letter of Congratulations. CLMA also received a Congressional Citation, House of Representatives Citation, County of Perry Commissioners’ office recognition, and Senate of Pennsylvania congratulations.
     Carson Long has produced special two-year 175th anniversary calendars to commemorate the milestone. Other activities have been held as part of the ongoing celebration. A special Veterans Day event in November officially will cap the 175th celebration.
     CLMA is the oldest boarding school in the United States that still provides military training. Carson Long and its predecessor, New Bloomfield Academy, have had an estimated 3,000 graduates. The academic program is designed to prepare a student for life, a college education or the service academies. Each year 150 cadets are educated in the classrooms, military facilities and athletic fields on the 50-acre campus.
     “Carson Long Military Academy offers young men the ability to achieve academic excellence, character based leadership development, and opportunities that allows them to develop and grow into future leaders all in a boarding school education,” Col. Brown said. “A student may underperform at a large public school but can excel in sports, academics, and make lifelong friends in a 24/7 learning environment.
     “By following the traditions of military training, discipline and education, Carson Long has continued for 175 years and will continue to develop young men of character.  By adapting and changing when necessary, Carson Long has maintained the excellence of education it was founded on in 1836.”
     Since its roots as a direct descendant of the New Bloomfield Academy founded in 1836, Carson Long Military Academy has molded the lives of thousands of cadets. In 1914, Theodore K. Long, a Chicago attorney and native of Millerstown, Pennsylvania, bought the school as a memorial to his son, William Carson Long, who had died at an early age. Under a new name and Long’s guidance the school continued to grow, and in 1919 became a full-fledged military school with an all-male student body.
     In the decades that followed, Carson Long has grown and thrived. It has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) since 1929. CLMA is a member of the Association of Military Schools and Colleges of the United States (AMSCUS), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).
     “Being a part of this historical institution that has been around for 175 years and affected so many lives is unbelievable,” Col. Brown said. “Since being here, I have had former students from all eras tell me what this school means to them and how it has affected their lives and decisions they made as adults. 
     “Parents tell me how Carson Long was the right choice and how they would easily send their son here again,” Brown continued. “We have had the opportunity to develop young men from all areas and countries. When you see them come back and walk the campus, return to their old room, or just sit on the steps and look out, you see the young boy they were reflected in the face of the man they have become. We, Carson Long, played an important part in that development. Any school can do academics and technology, but few schools can or do academics/technology and character based leadership development -- Carson Long can do exactly that.”
For more information, contact Jennifer Chunn at Chunn at 717.582.2121 or at

Elaine Sanchez, American Forces Press Service
TV special to celebrate Veterans, Military Families


WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2011 - A Veterans Day TV special will celebrate service members and veterans and spotlight the issues they face as they leave the military and re-enter their communities and the workforce.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 'Rise and Honor' A Veterans Day Special" will air Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. The show teamed up with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Hollywood's leading charity, to present the one-hour special, a news release said.

The reality show undertakes massive home renovations for families in need with the help of a builder and a host of volunteers. This season's premiere featured Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy veteran who has devoted her life to helping homeless female veterans.

"In 200 episodes, we've seen thousands of armed forces volunteers to help us rebuild homes and lives," said Brady Connell, the show's executive producer. "Now we're thrilled to be able to honor all veterans with this television special."

The special will feature host Ty Pennington as he revisits past episodes with some of the show's most memorable military stories. The "Extreme Makeover" crew also will visit with some of the families featured in those episodes to find out how they've been faring since their home makeover and how they're continuing to aid their fellow veterans.

Throughout the show, celebrities will spotlight the issues veterans face after service, and the strengths and skills they bring to the workforce and their communities, the release said. Celebrities include Whoopi Goldberg, Jewel, George Lopez, J.R. Martinez, Rachael Ray, Sherri Shepherd, Robin Williams and Major League Baseball players Daniel Murphy of the Mets, Shane Victorino of the Phillies and Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox.

Additionally, the Entertainment Industry Foundation will launch its "Rise and Honor" program during the special. The program raises funds to support reintegration services for veterans and their families, benefiting organizations such as the Fisher House Foundation, Hire Heroes USA, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, USO, Volunteers of America and Welcome Back Veterans. These organizations offer veterans and their families services and support such as housing, job placement, health care, rehabilitation and mental health treatment.

"We've highlighted the difficult struggles our veterans often face when returning home," George Verschoor, executive producer, said. "We are so proud to take this a step further with a moving tribute to our nation's heroes, while inspiring Americans to give back to those who've given our country so much."

The special will culminate with an event featuring an audience of active-duty service members and veterans, along with a live musical performance by Jewel, who also will co-host the special.

In the news release, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis cited the importance of efforts such as this one that shine a light on veterans' issues as they transition from military to civilian life.

"All across the country, we have talented and dedicated veterans who have been unemployed for far too long," she said. "These service men and women are right here and ready to get back to work. They just need a little help from all of us to find a good job at a fair wage and successfully transition from military to civilian life.

"We applaud ABC and the Entertainment Industry Foundation for broadcasting this special show to raise awareness of the needs of our returning veterans and their families," she added.


Service chiefs: Sequestration damage could be irreversible

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2011 -- Damage to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps could be irreversible if the Budget Control Act's "sequestration" provision takes another $600 billion from the defense budget, the military service chiefs said today.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos testified before the House Armed Services Committee here on the future of the military services.

A bipartisan congressional committee is working to identify $1.5 trillion in federal budget savings and to make a recommendation to Congress by Nov. 23. If Congress fails to act on the committee's recommendation by Dec. 23, the sequestration mechanism would kick in.

Odierno said he shares concerns expressed by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and other military officials about the harmful effects of sequestration, which would mean a total Defense Department budget reduction of more than $1 trillion over 10 years.

"Cuts of this magnitude would be catastrophic to the military," Odierno told the House members. "In the case of the Army, it would significantly reduce our capability and capacity to assure our partners abroad, respond to crisis and deter our adversaries while threatening the readiness and potentially the all-volunteer force."

Sequestration would significantly reduce active and reserve component strength, impact the industrial base and nearly eliminate Army modernization programs, Odierno said.

"It would require us to completely revamp our national security strategy and reassess our ability to shape the global environment in order to protect the United States," the general said.

"With sequestration," he added, "my assessment is that the nation would incur an unacceptable level of strategic and operational risk."

In the Navy's view, sequestration would cause "irreversible damage," Greenert said.

"It will hollow the military, and we will be out of balance in manpower, both military and civilian, procurement and modernization, he said, adding that the subsequent effect on the industrial base "might be irrecoverable."

Likening the Marine Corps to an affordable insurance policy, Amos said that at less than 7.8 percent of the total DOD budget, the Marine Corps and its Navy-counterpart amphibious forces "represent a very efficient and effective hedge against the nation's most likely risks."

While the nation works to reset its military forces with the last U.S. forces scheduled to leave Iraq shortly and a drawdown under way in Afghanistan, "it does so in increasingly complex times, as we explore ways across the department to adjust to a new period of fiscal austerity," he said.

The clear imperative, Amos added, is that the United States "retains a credible means of mitigating risk while we draw down the capacity and the capabilities of our nation."

For the Air Force, Schwartz said sweeping defense cuts mandated by the sequestration provision would gravely undermine the nation's ability to protect itself.

"At a minimum, [such cuts] would slash all our investment accounts, including our top-priority modernization programs such as the KC-46 tanker, the F-35 joint strike fighter, the MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft and the future long-range strike bomber," he added.

"It would raid our operations and maintenance accounts, forcing the curtailment of important daily operations and sustainment efforts," Schwartz said, adding that second- and third-order effects, some now unforeseen, "will surely diminish the effectiveness and well-being of our airmen and their families."

The ongoing DOD budget review shows that further spending reductions "cannot be done without substantially altering our core military capabilities, and therefore, our national security," the general said.

Another Air Force capability that would succumb to sequestration cuts is that of executing concurrent missions across the spectrum of operations around the globe, he added.

"For example, the Air Force's simultaneous response to crisis situations in Japan and Libya, all the while sustaining our efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, will be substantially less likely to happen in the future, from humanitarian relief in East Asia to combat and related support in North Africa," Schwartz said.

"In short, your Air Force will be superbly capable and unrivaled, bar none, in its ability to provide wide-ranging game-changing air power for the nation," the general said, "but as a matter of simple physical limitations, it will be able to accomplish fewer tasks in fewer places in any given period of time."

At the Pentagon today, Press Secretary George Little characterized for reporters what sequestration-prompted defense cuts could mean for the services.

"The reality is that we've done the analysis, and we would face the smallest Army and Marine Corps in decades, the smallest Air Force in the history of the service, [and] the smallest Navy since the Woodrow Wilson administration if sequestration were to happen," he said.

Such cuts would have a severe impact on jobs inside the Defense Department and for the defense industrial base, he said, adding that skills and expertise in the defense industrial base create new capabilities for the U.S. military going forward.

"The threats aren't going away, and we need to be prepared," he added.

Hollowing out the force and the defense industrial base "would create significant problems for our national security," Little said.

Presidential Proclamation -- Military Family Month, 2011




With every step we take on American soil, we tread on ground made safer for us through the invaluable sacrifices of our service members and their families.  During Military Family Month, we celebrate the exceptional service, strength, and sacrifice of our military families, whose commitment to our Nation goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Just as our troops embody the courage and character that make America's military the finest in the world, their family members embody the resilience and generosity that make our communities strong.  They serve with heroism in their homes and neighborhoods while they are without the comfort of having loved ones nearby.  Day after day, week after week, spouses resolutely accomplish the work of two parents, sons and daughters diligently keep up with homework and activities, and parents and grandparents patiently wait for news of their child and grandchild's safe return.  To these families, and to those whose service members never come home, we bear a debt that can never be fully repaid.

As Americans, we are at our best when we honor and uphold our obligations to one another and to those who have given so much to our country.  Earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden challenged all Americans to serve those who sacrifice in our name with the Joining Forces initiative.  Joining Forces strives to enlist support for our men and women in uniform and our veterans not only when they are away at war, but at every stage of their lives.  My Administration is dedicated to doing more for our military families by enhancing learning opportunities for our military children, championing our military spouses as they advance their careers and education, and providing better mental health counseling to heal the wounds left in war's wake.

Our service members swore an oath to protect and defend, and with each step we take on this land we cherish, we remember our steadfast promise to protect the well-being of the family members they hold dear.  Every act of kindness we can offer helps cultivate a culture of support for our military families, and I encourage each American to make a difference in the lives of these patriots.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2011 as Military Family Month.  I call on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


Officials outline Pentagon's support to industrial base

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2011 - The Defense Department's role in sustaining its industrial base is as complex as the base itself, a senior defense official told Congress yesterday.

Testifying before the defense industry panel of the House Armed Services Committee, Brett Lambert, deputy assistant defense secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said the defense industrial base is not a monolithic entity.

It includes companies of all shapes and sizes, from garage start-ups to some of the world's largest public companies, he noted. The vast majority of those companies act as suppliers, and only a few deal directly with the federal government, Lambert added.

"Companies at any tier and at any size may offer critical or hard-to-produce products that ultimately lead to the systems used by our warfighters," he said.

Lambert said the challenge for defense officials is analyzing the mass of companies that provide goods and services to the military. As defense budgets grow leaner, the nation's military superiority can be maintained only if key elements of the industrial base are sustained, matured and nurtured, he added.

"For decades, the U.S. has commanded a decisive lead in the quality of the defense-related research and engineering conducted globally, and in the military capabilities and products that flow from this work," he said.

That advantage is not a birthright, Lambert told the panel.

"In the high-budget environments of the past, many companies have grown to expect high [profit] margins, independent of quality," he said. "As budgets shrink, this practice must end. As the budget environment changes, we do expect some niche firms to face difficulty due to decreased demand."

Those niche firms may be suppliers to prime contractors and may not be readily apparent to defense program managers, who typically have "soda-straw visibility" of projects, he explained.


"We do need greater insight. ... We need better data at that second- or third-tier level," he acknowledged.


DOD officials are working to map and assess the industrial base tier by tier and sector by sector so they can identify "fragility" in the industrial base before critical capabilities are lost, Lambert explained.


Defense officials also are increasing industry outreach efforts, investing in research and development programs and pursuing purchasing strategies that diversify acquisitions across multiple companies, rather than relying on single providers, he said.


"Our commitment to working with industry, however, does not mean the department should underwrite sunset industries or prop up poor business models," Lambert noted. "It does mean the department will create an environment in which our vital industrial capabilities, a foundation of our strength, can thrive and continue to provide our warfighters with the best systems available at a reasonable cost."


Andre Gudger, director of DOD's Office of Small Business Programs, also testified before the panel on the department's initiatives to expand defense market opportunities for small businesses.


His office manages three programs aimed at fostering small business opportunities, Gudger said: the mentor-prot�g� program, which gives small businesses one-time help from a larger company to develop future capability; the small-business research and technology transfer program, under which DOD funds technology and services development to meet urgent department needs; and the Indian incentive program, which authorizes contracting officers to make 5 percent incentive payments to Native American-owned subcontractors.


Gudger said his office also has changed acquisition regulations to speed payments to small businesses.


"We recognize access to capital [is] a challenge for most small businesses," he explained. "This put billions of dollars into small-business pockets ... to allow them to hire workers, expand their capabilities and look for ways to participate in new contracting opportunities more rapidly."


Gudger said the continuing resolutions that have funded federal spending since September 2010, along with uncertainty over the depth of future defense budget cuts, have hindered opportunities for small businesses.


"With the amount of uncertainty, small businesses tend to not invest and make key hires for the future," he noted.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
TRADOC commander addresses senior leaders’ role in transition


Gen. Bob Cone, Commander, Training and Doctrine Command, speaks to the 368-member Army War College Class of 2012 in Bliss Hall during his visit Oct. 26. Photos by Scott Finger.

Oct. 26, 2011 – Two sets of leaders in Army War College strategic education courses confronted the realities of doctrine and practice from the unique perspective of the commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Gen. Robert Cone spoke to both the flag officers engaged in the Combined/Joint Force Land Component Command, and the “crown jewel of our leadership and our Army,” as he described the Army War College resident class, Oct. 26.

Cone’s intent was to share his insights about TRADOC’s role in transitioning the Army’s structure and its people. A TRADOC challenge will be to make the most of the operational experience in the force today and make sure it’s institutionalized.

TRADOC is listening, he noted, and Army students in the USAWC class will be critical to planning and executing the Army’s transition.

“The Army is in transition and it will require the vision of senior leaders such as Gen. Cone to help guide us, as well as the commitment and support by all leaders across the Army,” said Army student Col. Thomas Dorame, reflecting on the TRADOC commander’s message to students.

 “TRADOC is heavily involved as we re-shape the force through development of doctrine, implementing organizational design, and incorporating new methods of training/learning across the Army. 

“Additionally, they will play a key role as the Army focus on re-vitalizing the "Army Profession" across all levels of leadership,” said Dorame.

Cone spoke about the strength of experiences and ideas shared within the USAWC student body, in an interview following his formal comments.

“I think the opportunity to think, share and reflect with others on their experiences is tremendous.

Gen. Bob Cone, Commander, Training and Doctrine Command, talks with Dr. Conrad Crane, director of the Military History Institute, during his visit to the Army War College Oct. 26. Cone was joined by his wife, Jill, and Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant and his wife, Maggie.


“The greatest thing at the War College is the student body,” he said. “This particular group – joint, interagency -- really reflects the success we’ve had in the last 10 years in terms of people working together to achieve this nations ends. They are truly the crown jewel of our leadership and our Army.

“You’ve got an all-star leadership and faculty here that really understand the needs of this aspiring professional body and that’s very impressive,” said Cone.

Cone had one last message for the students. As the Army navigates uncertain times, emphasis must be on leader development.

“The focus is broadening and balance,” said Cone. “It’s absolutely important that we grow young leaders who aren’t just masters at the tactical level. We expect that of them. We have to give them experience outside the operational unit-- at civilian academia, a variety of assignment experiences -- that will help broaden their background and experience so they are prepared to think more broadly.   

Cone’s comments about leader development resonated with USAWC students.

“What really captured my attention is that we are not going back to the way things were,” said Marine Corps civilian Kelly Gibson, who works for the Marine Corps. “The world has and continues to change and we will have a whole new baseline. We need to make sure we can adapt to this new environment.”

 “His remarks about mentorship really struck me,” said Army civilian student Maureen Riggs.  “He said that it’s important for both the senior leaders and subordinates to be equally engaged and taking an active role. This applies not only to the military but the civilians as well. We need to be personally invested in each other.”

A student in the Army War College Class of 2012 asks Gen. Bob Cone, Commander, Training and Doctrine Command, a question about strategic leadership during his visit Oct. 26.

Gen. Cone and his wife, Jill, explored several enhancing features of the Army War College experience. Visiting the Army Heritage and Education Center, the couple learned of its contributions to Army leader development and public education.

Jill Cone participated in the Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills training seminar. FLAGS is a ‘flagship’ program for senior military spouses to refine leadership skills in preparation for future responsibilities with military family programs.

 “I’m very impressed at all the programs there are here to help families,” said Jill Cone. “Everyone here really works hard to make sure our families receive what they need and are a part of the community.”

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Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander Course

The Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander Course is a senior level program hosted by the USAWC’s experiential education center, Collins Hall. The course develops senior officers’ readiness to function effectively as land component commanders in a joint/combined, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment. These commanders will need to plan, prepare for, and execute land-centric operations that provide coalition commanders with capabilities to achieve policy objectives through rapid, decisive, and sustained land dominance.

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CSA challenges Army War College students to define, develop Army of the future


Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army,  speaks to the 368-member Army War College Class of 2012 in Bliss Hall during his visit Oct. 28. Photos by Megan Clugh.


CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – Oct. 28, 2011   This is a great time to be thinking about the future; this was a key message the Army Chief of Staff had for the Army War College Class of 2012 here today.  

Gen. Raymond Odierno challenged this class to use their time at the Army War College to reflect, think, discuss and publish papers because they will be the ones who develop solutions to the many national security challenges we face in the future. 

“This is the year they take time to learn and think about the future – to take their experiences and use them to think about what challenges do we have in the future as an Army,” said Odierno about his address to the class.

He continued, “As we look to the future, whether it be the our fiscal problems, whether it be the uncertainty of our security environment throughout the world – then take that, think through those problems, help us define and develop the Army of the future.”

He noted that the future will be framed by a complex strategic environment. While we currently are a nation at war, we must broaden our focus to view the world through a more global lens, understanding the impacts of globalization, defending and sustaining access to the global commons, and addressing the emerging challenges in the domains of space and cyberspace.

 Odierno took this opportunity to discuss his priorities noting, first and foremost, that the Army will always provide trained and ready forces to defend the nation.  He is committed to developing a versatile, agile, decisive, and lethal force for the future with sufficient depth to meet a broad range of contingencies while continuing to sustain a high-quality all-volunteer force.  

“Very difficult decisions will require leadership courage and creative solutions,” said Army student Col. Sean Mulcahey, following the address. “We will continue the need to advocate for national security despite resource constraints.”

Commitment to the Army profession was his final priority, and Odierno spoke about trust as the bedrock of our Army profession and that we cannot lose focus of its importance. The Army is a way of life, and we must maintain trust with our fellow Soldiers, with our families, and with the American public we are privileged to serve. 

Odierno, a 1995 USAWC graduate, made his first visit to the college since assuming his duties as the Chief of Staff of the Army.

He talked briefly about the art of strategic and operational leadership and how important it is to never stop learning about ourselves. One of the greatest challenges for strategic leaders in the future will be leading change. Leadership is about vision, and vision drives change. 

“You guys sitting in the audience need to be part of the solution and that the skill we need as strategic leaders is leading through change,” was the message Army Lt. Col. Chris Benson heard. “The fact is we have tough times ahead that will require leadership and we have a job to do.”

Strategic leaders must understand the importance of building relationships, the limits of military power, and creating organizational climates that empower subordinate leaders to be innovative and take risk.  And strategic leaders also must be skilled communicators who not only are able to communicate effectively with their own organizations, but also with a broad array of external audiences as well. 

“He talked about the importance of understanding interagency and how we as leaders should depart from traditional models of thinking to make sure we can operate in complex environments, said Dr. Aubrey Butts, an Army civilian student. “You have to have more tools in your toolbox than just a hammer.

Odierno also spoke to the flag officers engaged in the Combined/Joint Force Land Component Command during his visit Oct. 28.


Earlier in his visit to Carlisle Barracks, Odierno met and spoke with U.S. and international general and flag officers attending the Combined /Joint Force Land Component Commander (C/JFLCC) Course here. This one-week seminar-based course challenges senior officers to examine key elements of functional land component commands at theater and/or operational levels.  It also explores the challenges of conducting sustained land dominance operations in joint, interagency and multinational environments.  

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Lithuanian Chief of Defence, Class of 2004 grad, newest member of IF Hall of Fame

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, U.S. Army War College Commandant, and Lithuanian Lt. Gen. Arvydas Pocius, Chief of Defence of the Republic of Lithuania and USAWC Class of 2004 graduate, unveil a photo of Pocius during his induction into the International Fellows Hall of Fame. Photos by Megan Clugh.


Oct. 21, 2011 -- Lithuanian Lt. Gen. Arvydas Pocius, Chief of Defence of the Republic of Lithuania and U.S Army War College Class of 2004 graduate, became the 37th member of the USAWC International Fellows Hall of Fame during a ceremony Oct. 21 in Bliss Hall.

“General Pocius has demonstrated the finest professional competence and courage in leading his nation’s armed forces,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant. “His connection to the US Army War College — and to you as future strategic leaders of this and other nations — is a vital part of the network of friendship and partnership that connects military professionals during these uncertain, dangerous and challenging times.

“General Pocius is equally engaged at the most senior national and international politico-military leadership levels, and his counsel is frequently sought and requested by senior Afghan, European, US and NATO leaders.”

When asked to reflect on his time at the Army War College, Pocius replied, “I got a ticket to my future to come here, and also a big responsibility on my shoulders as the first Lithuanian officer to attend the War College and represent my country.”

He said that his time here helped prepares him for the complex world he returned to after graduation.

“It was very beneficial because when I came back to my country, I was promoted to brigadier general and land forces commander in my country,” said Pocius. “It also was a time (in 2004) when we were sending troops to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans, and after my studies it helped me understand why we were doing these things.”

Pocius speaks to the USAWC Class of 2012 during his induction.


Both Martin and Pocius stressed the need for the relationships like those that are formed between the U.S. students and the fellows.

“All together, we are strong,” said Pocius.

“Following graduation, our International Fellows move on to assume continuously higher positions of trust and responsibility in their own countries, and your current and future friendships will be of mutual benefit to us all,” said Martin.  

During his visit to the area, Pocius also visited with Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, Pennsylvania Adjutant General, at Fort Indiantown Gap to discuss the partnership between Lithuania and the Pennsylvania National Guard.  Pennsylvania has a history of cooperation with Lithuania and has served as Pennsylvania's partner nation in the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program since 1993.

Hall of Fame background

The USAWC established the International Fellows Hall of Fame to provide a prestigious and visible means of honoring international fellow graduates who have attained, through military merit, the highest positions in their nation’s armed forces or military service, or who have held an equivalent position by rank or responsibility in a multinational military organization.  

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USAHEC Open House extends the VIP treatment to all of USAWC Community

"There's nothing like this anywhere in the world," said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, about the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

Gen.  Bob Cone, Commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, visited the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center during his visit to the Army War College on Oct. 26.  USAHEC will be holding an open house for the Carlisle Barracks community on Nov. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Photo by Scott Finger.

Martin escorted TRADOC Commander Gen. Robert Cone through the new Conservation facility -- the latest addition to the USAHEC campus -- and now you, too, can get the Distinguished Visitor behind-the-scenes tour.

Open House at USAHEC is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.  The "DV" treatment will be extended to the USAWC community -- students, staff, faculty, families from across Carlisle Barracks.

“In addition to celebrating the 10th anniversary of the USAHEC, the focus of the Open House will be to highlight the USAHEC’s holdings available for patron use,” said Jack Giblin, director of Visitor and Education Services for USAHEC.  “A secondary focus will be to provide attendees an orientation and tour of the recently completed conservation facility.”

The USAHEC Open House features 8 unique stations that will explain and demonstrate USAHEC activities. Learn how they handle donations ... how they preserve materials from jackets to journals ... how you can tap into the tremendous resources online and in Ridgway Hall ... how do USAHEC experts guide those who want to research grand-dad's service in World War II ... how do they develop the exhibit plan to link historical facts with soldiers' personal items and interpretive information.

The Open House stations will be in Ridgway Hall, the VEC, and the Conservation facility.

1: What types of patron research they support

2: How finding aids, like reference bibliographies, help you research

3. How USAHEC grows its collection, and what type of material it collects

4. The processing of manuscript materials and the development of finding aids

5. Processing of photographic/audio-visual materials

6. Highlights of the USAHEC education programs, staff rides and upcoming significant events/activates.

7. How artifacts are processed and incorporated into the various exhibits.

8. Highlighting how materials are preserved and prepared for display.

Visitors will also be able to go behind-the-scenes and tour the conservation facility.  This tour is usually only available to distinguished visitors.

For those who do not wish to drive, a van will be available for pick-up in front of Root Hall beginning at 1 p.m. to transport people to AHEC.  The van will return to Root Hall every half an hour for drop-off and pick-up until 4;30.

TRADOC discusses Doctrine 2015 during AUSA

When Soldiers think of the word "doctrine," they may not necessarily think of easy to read, highly accessible guides; however, that's about to change with what the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is calling "Doctrine 2015."

During an Oct. 10 panel presentation on Doctrine 2015 at the 2011 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting, Brig. Gen. Charles Flynn, U.S. Combined Arms Center acting director, spoke on the new look of Army doctrine.

Flynn used the first publication of the new concept -- Army Doctrine Publication 3-0 (Unified Land Operations) -- to emphasize the importance of capturing the lessons learned from the past 10 years of war. Equally as important, he added, was to deliver the doctrine using interactive tools and modes that young Soldiers and leaders use.

"With today's generation learning differently, we have to deliver tools that are much more interactive," he said.

Retired Col. Clinton Ancker III, panel member and director of the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate addressed several innovations of Doctrine 2015, including what it should look like, how to best get the message across and how to get the information into doctrine.

"What would ADP 3-0 look like if it were only 10 pages?" Ancker asked. He explained that Doctrine 2015 is a fundamental restructuring, to create fewer, shorter, more accessible and more collaborative doctrine for the Army.

"This is the most significant change in how we format and present doctrine that the Army has undertaken, since we've been a doctrinal Army," Ancker said.

To accomplish this, the ADPs will be formatted to be concise. How concise? Most will run no more than 10 or 11 pages.

Army Doctrine Reference Publications (ADRPs) will be created to add a layer of information for those who want more, while Field Manuals will serve as the most comprehensive reference manuals in the series.

At the edge of these written texts, Soldiers will access and contribute information through wiki-platforms, digital applications and other modes of interactive media.

TRADOC expects to have all of the ADPs and supporting ADRPs completed by late summer of 2012. The FMs are expected to be completed by the summer of 2014.

Visit the Carlisle Barracks Thrift Shop at Their New Location









The Carlisle Barracks Thrift Shop has moved to building 842, (right next to Outdoor Recreation). They are open Tuesday and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Nationwide test of Emergency Broadcast System Nov. 9

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania- On November 9th at 2 pm, the FCC will conduct an unprecedented nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, formally known as the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS).  While testing of this system occurs locally and at the state level on a weekly basis, this will be the first time the systems reliability will be tested on such a large scale. 


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) describes EAS as a “media communications- based alerting system that is designed to transmit emergency alerts and warning to the American public”.  The test will last approximately 3 minutes and will sound and look very similar to the tests you have experienced in the past. The date of November 9th and time of 2pm were carefully selected for this test. November 9th places us at the end of hurricane season and well in advance of severe winter weather, decreasing the potential for an emergency that would require use of the EAS. The 2pm time slot was chosen to minimize disruption during rush hour and ensure that the test happens during working hours.


Though the testing of this system can feel like a nuisance, when there is an emergency the prompt notifications delivered by EAS can and does save lives! So on November 9th at 2pm tune in or turn on to witness history as the FCC conducts this nationwide test!  To learn more about this test and EAS visit

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks “team of teams” gather to celebrates teammates’ hard work at the installation awards ceremony

The team of teams gathered to honor the best of civilian, military and canine workers on post.

“Rosie came here to work,” said her handler, Police Officer Harold J. Weary, Jr., as she was honored by Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, for her service to the Carlisle Barracks community during the 3rdQuarter Installation Awards Ceremony held at the LVCC on Oct. 31.

 “I want to recognize and applaud the effort of the whole team, both civilian and military for their hard work,” said Martin.  “It is the capabilities of the total team that make the Army War College unique.”

Even though the entire Carlisle Barracks/Army War College team works hard to accomplish the mission of making the Army War College the premier senior service college, some of the employees stood out from their teammates.

Civilian employee of the quarter, 2ndquarter 2011 – Elizabeth Heffner

Elizabeth K. Heffner, an administrative assistant at the Center for Strategic Leadership, was named the civilian employee of the quarter for the third quarter of 2011. 

“Ms. Heffner flawlessly supported the Strategic Leader Seminar pilot course by facilitating the processing and adjustment of TDY orders for 77 U.s. Army and civilian senior leaders stationed around the world,” said Col. Eric L. Ashworth, Director Operations and Gaming Division, Center for Strategic Leadership.  “This support ensured the success of one of the premier professional development seminars for U.S. Army senior leaders.”

Other garrison staff members recognized for their achievements this quarter were:

Certificate of Appreciation for patriotic service

Rosie the dog, Department of Emergency Services.  As the canine member of the civilian explosive detection team, Rosie and her handler Police Officer Harold J. Weary Jr., paroled 4,671 hours, searched 9,418 vehicles for explosives, supported 365 V.I.P. missions, participated in 27 K-9 demonstrations and supported local and federal law enforcement agencies in 15 separate engagements during her nearly three years at Carlisle Barracks.

Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Quarter:

Staff Sgt. Joseph Mutaku, Center for Strategic Leadership and Spc. David Carlisle, Center for Strategic Leadership were awarded Army Achievement Medals for representing the “best of the best in a field of professional noncommissioned officers and Soldiers at Carlisle Barracks.

The Commandant honored five employees for their dedication in serving the United States government

Susan L. Wise, Garrison Command Group – 35 years

Mary L. Moreland, DFMWR – 15 years

Karen R. Wright, DFMWR – 15 years

Katie Sheffler, DFMWR – 5 years

Doris Phelps Thompson, DFMWR – 5 years

AUSA Citation for Exceptional Service

Robert C. (Chris) Browne, PKSOI.

Commanding General’s Bonus Award Program, April 1 – Sept. 30, 2011.

Kevin Searfoss, Protocol Assistant, USAWC Executive Services

Robert Hoss, Center for Strategic Leadership

Angela Walter, Administrative Assistant, Post Chapel

Janice Hollis, APFRI Annex at Command and General Staff College

Bettina L. Lyons-Lilly, Director’s Secretary, USAWC Strategic Studies Institute

The next Quarterly Award Ceremony will be held at the LVCC early next year.

Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
Dempsey: Complex threats require multiple options


ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 1, 2011 - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey's two most striking impressions after just a month on the job as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are the complexity of the issues facing the U.S. military and the caliber of the service members who volunteer to serve, knowing what will be asked of them.

"The kind of threats that our nation faces are a lot less definable than ... 10, 15, 20 years ago," said Dempsey, who joined Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr., the Coast Guard commandant, yesterday aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton.

The security environment has become much more competitive, Dempsey said. He noted, for example, that some of the adversaries the Coast Guard works against in its counternarcotics mission are "as well-armed and as well-equipped and probably as well-trained as any nation state on the face of the Earth.

What's clear, the chairman said, is that the United States needs to take advantage of every available resource from across the national security framework to confront these and other security challenges.

"It's about providing as many options as possible for the nation," he said. "We don't want to be a one-trick pony."

Dempsey noted that different authorities reside within different federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard, the FBI and the Defense Department.

"And I think that what makes us great is that we can bundle those," he said. "We can use the appropriate tools for the appropriate job, and know that we can get the job done because we become far more interoperable."

Papp said the Coast Guard brings special, niche capabilities to the national security picture, both at home and abroad. And although its historic role has been to provide wartime support to the Navy, it now lends these capabilities to broader Defense Department missions.

For the past eight years, for example, a squadron of six Coast Guard patrol boats has been providing security for offshore Iraqi oil platforms in the North Arabian Gulf, he said. In addition, Coast Guard units in Kuwait's Aishwarya port are providing security as military equipment is on- and off-loaded.

"These provide capabilities that the Defense Department then does not have to provide for or worry about, because they can rely on the Coast Guard," Papp said.

This additional source of capability is particularly valuable in light of constrained budgets, the commandant said, noting that he strives to develop "complementary, yet nonredundant, capabilities" within the Coast Guard.

"There is no reason we should try to duplicate some of the things that reside in the other four services," he said. "But where we can help out, [we] then focus on those mission areas so we can be of assistance."

Dempsey said he's seen many of the Coast Guard's contributions firsthand as commander overseeing the training and equipping of Iraqi security forces and as acting commander of U.S. Central Command and welcomed the opportunity yesterday to learn more about Coast Guard capabilities.

Just as important, Dempsey said, was the chance to meet the Coast Guard members who provide those capabilities.

"The hardware is important, clearly. We want to overmatch whatever adversary we encounter, whether it is a nation state, non-state actor or criminal groups," he said. "And we do that through our hardware, but it is truly about people."

Dempsey said his first month as the nation's top military officer has reinforced his pride in the quality of people who volunteer to serve their country.

"Every place I go, in every service Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard the quality of the young men and women in uniform is just a treasure," he said. "We have no idea as a nation how fortunate we are."

Dempsey said he has traveled around much of the world and seen many different militaries. All have their own skills and attributes and connection with their societies, he said. "I am just awfully proud to be the chairman of this particular armed force at this particular time in our history," the chairman added.

Carlisle Barracks Community Celebrates Halloween



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  Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, delivers acceptance letters to new Hogwarts students as they lined up outside the school.  For the second year in a row, Maj. Gen. Martin and his wife Maggie turned their house into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the benefit of all the witches and wizards who live on Carlisle Barracks.