Banner Archive for November 2013

By Tom Conning

AHEC receives trove of military medals, including Medal of Honor

Maybe Edward A. Allworth wanted to preserve his father’s legacy that included a Medal of Honor for future generations when he decided to send his dad’s military items to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. He wanted to preserve the history and he had no one else to pass it on to, said Mike Mira, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center registrar. “This collection helps us tell the story of recipients from that time period and it’s pretty rare to get that type of thing,” he said.

Army Capt. Edward C. Allworth poses for a picture in his uniform. Allworth earned the Medal of Honor for his actions at Clery-le-Petit, France during World War I. On November 6, Allworth’s son donated this prestigious award and seven other medals to the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pa.

On November 6th, The Army Heritage and Education Center received a package from Edward A. Allworth. The package contained eight medals and a note from Allworth: “In this transmission to you, I send, for the Center and its Museum, the following eight decorations awarded around the end of World War I to Edward Christopher Allworth in honor of his actions in France and Germany during that conflict.”

The WWI Medal of Honor is a significant artifact as there were only 90 awarded to the Army out of a 119 total to all US Forces, said Jack Leighow, Army Heritage Museum Director. It was an unexpected donation and we will be able to rotate it into the exhibit after a conservation review and cataloging into the Army Historical Collection Accountability System, he said.

AHEC is an Army War College facility with historical resources for Soldiers, researchers and museum visitors and is dedicated to education about the legacy of the men and women who have served their nation as Soldiers and the preservation of their stories. To support this, it accepts donations of historical materials, including letters, equipment and personal stories to fill collection gaps or improve holdings with items of exceptional U.S. Army and/or Soldier story value.

Army Capt. Edward C. Allworth’s medals: Medal of Honor; Purple Heart; World War I Victory Medal with St. Mihiel, Meuse Argonne and Defensive Sector clasps; Army of Occupation of Germany; French Medal of Honor; French Croix de Guerre with 2 palms; Italian Royal Order of Military Merit; Levi Washington State diamond Medal.

For more Soldier stories like Allworth’s or how to contribute your story or memorabilia, visit the Army Heritage and Education Center’s website at:

Army Capt. Edward C. Allworth’s, 60th Infantry, 5th Division, Medals:

Medal of Honor

Purple Heart

World War I Victory Medal with St. Mihiel, Meuse Argonne and Defensive Sector clasps

Army of Occupation of Germany

French Medal of Honor

French Croix de Guerre with 2 palms

Italian Royal Order of Military Merit

Levi Washington State diamond Medal

Edward C. Allworth’s Medal of Honor Citation:

While his company was crossing the Meuse River and canal at a bridgehead opposite Clery-le-Petit, the bridge over the canal was destroyed by shell fire and Capt. Allworth's command became separated, part of it being on the east bank of the canal and the remainder on the west bank. Seeing his advance units making slow headway up the steep slope ahead, this officer mounted the canal bank and called for his men to follow. Plunging in he swam across the canal under fire from the enemy, followed by his men. Inspiring his men by his example of gallantry, he led them up the slope, joining his hard-pressed platoons in front. By his personal leadership he forced the enemy back for more than a kilometer, overcoming machinegun nests and capturing 100 prisoners, whose number exceeded that of the men in his command. The exceptional courage and leadership displayed by Capt. Allworth made possible the re-establishment of a bridgehead over the canal and the successful advance of other troops.

Food truck offers variety, convenience

Busy, hungry Dunham Health Clinic patients and employees now have a spicy fresh food service ... practically on the doorstep. The Carlisle Barracks Food Truck is a meal-ready-to-eat business -- Tuesdays at Dunham, Thursdays at Indian Field, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The food truck is a Morale, Welfare, Recreation activity to support Soldier and Family programs.

There are limited food options available on the Dunham end of post, said Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples, Carlisle Barracks garrison commander. “We plan to start out slow, but are planning to use it for events like Oktoberfest, Army Heritage days, the car shows, etc.  We also plan to use it to support catering events at AHEC,” she said. “Our plan is to park one day a week at Dunham, and then we will adjust from there throughout Post.”

MWR used to operate a breakfast and lunch café in Dunham, but that service ended three years ago, said Joseph Vancosky, Dunham executive officer. “We’ve had repeated requests from patients and staff to have some sort of food service available,” he said.

 Col. Rebecca Porter, Dunham Army Health Clinic commander, receives her order from the new Carlisle Barracks Food Truck. The food truck will operate at Dunham on Tuesdays and Indian Field on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

MWR will update the truck’s location and operating hours on the MWR website and Facebook page. Visit more information.

Possible menu items – may vary by day:

-Sunny Side Up Burger - 6 oz hamburger grilled to your liking and topped with bbq, bacon, cheddar cheese, a sunny side up egg, red onion, and tomato served on a Kaiser roll.

-Warthog Fries - French fried potatoes smothered in 1000 Island dressing, chopped red onion, bacon, and Swiss cheese.

-Black & Bleu Burger - 6 oz hamburger grilled to your liking and topped with bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, and black pepper served on a Kaiser roll.

-The Chairman - Warm turkey breast smothered with Swiss cheese, tucked in a warm pita with ginger- wasabi aioli, lettuce, tomato, and red onion.

-Pyong-Yum - grilled chicken tossed in sriracha and tucked in a warm pita with kimchi and red onion.

-Not an MRE - Chunky chicken and pepperoni in a perfectly seasoned marinara sauce tossed with mushrooms, onions, and rotini pasta.

-Chicken Caesar Wrap - grilled chicken, lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese, and caesar dressing wrapped in a tortilla shell.

-Chicken Caesar Salad - grilled chicken, croutons, parmesan cheese, and caesar dressing on a bed of romaine lettuce.

-Beer Battered Fish Sandwich - Redd's Apple Pale Ale beer battered haddock deep fried and served on a ciabatta roll.

-Honey-Jerk Pulled Pork Sandwich - hand pulled pork slow cooked in honey and carribean jerk seasoning served on a kaiser roll.

-The Rubicon - salami, pepperoni, and capicola with avocado, banana pepper rings, black olives, lettuce, tomato, Italian dressing, and mayo.

-Reuben - hand pulled corned beef and sauerkraut smothered in Swiss cheese served on toasted rye bread.

-Grilled Veggie Wrap - marinated artichokes, diced tomato, red onion, black olives, spinach, minced garlic, and parmesan cheese tucked in a tortilla shell.

-Fish tacos- still working on this recipe, but it will have a great homemade slaw

*All sandwiches will be served with chips and a pickle, with an option to up-charge for french fries. We will also have some special items and sauces to run weekly.

CANCELLED: "College Financing" presentation Nov. 26

 Update: Due to inclement weather this presentation has been cancelled. It will be made up at a later date.

All members of the USAWC/ Carlisle Barracks community are invited to attend the "College Financing" presentation that will be held in Bliss Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


The speaker will be Carol L. Handlan, Higher Education Access Partner with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in Harrisburg. She has been involved in the student financial aid industry for more than 45 years. She is responsible for and committed to working with secondary, post-secondary and community organizations providing a variety of higher education-related services to students, families, educators, schools, community partners and the general public.

Prior to her position at PHEAA, Carol spent 15 years at New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority, and also held positions with Law School Admission Services, the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ and Susquehanna University.

Fall edition of the Torch now available

The Fall 2013 edition of the Torch is now available and features—

  • The Carlisle Experience –Not Your boss’s Army War College
  • War College welcomes new Ambassador
  • 35 years with the International Fellows: Why it Matters
  • War College faculty bring experience, knowledge

And more  at

Be prepared for holiday travel – tips to keep you safe

Here are some tips to help combat these travel-related problems and also keep the people at home happier in your absence:

-Get extra sleep the week before you depart and during the trip. If possible, stay on the same time schedule that you’re on at home. Even the change of an hour either way can make a difference in your energy levels.

-Eat a balanced diet and try to exercise while you’re gone. If you change altitudes, eat and exercise in small amounts at first. People feel fatigued during the first 24 to 36 hours in a higher altitude.

-Plan ahead so you leave the office well organized instead of in the sort of disarray that will increase stress when you return.

-Call home frequently. This is a good investment for both you and your family.

-If you know you’ll be traveling a great deal, a thorough physical can help head off potential problems. See your family doctor for advice.

Be cautious about traveling during a winter storm. Follow these tips from the CDC:

-Listen for radio or television reports of travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service.

-Do not travel in low visibility conditions

-Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses and bridges if at all possible.

-If you must travel by car, use tire chains and take a mobile phone with you.

-If you must travel, let someone know your destination and when you expect to arrive. Ask them to notify authorities if you are late.

-Check and restock the winter emergency supplies in your car before you leave.

-Never pour water on your windshield to remove ice or snow; shattering may occur.

Don’t rely on a car to provide sufficient heat; the car may break down.

Always carry additional warm clothing appropriate for the winter conditions.

Army names Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute as Army and Joint Proponent for Peace and Stability Operations

PKSOI celebrates 20 years of collaborative contributions to Peace & Stability Operations

The Army on Oct. 28, 2013, named PKSOI as the Lead Agent for the Army for peacekeeping and stability operations; the Army is Joint Proponent.  The Army decision reflects the USAWC organization’s expert knowledge and its network of relationships throughout the DoD, interagency community, and international community.

PKSOI, known for its experience and expertise as advisors, educators, partners, collaborators, integrators and publishers, will take lead for the Army and DoD in collaborative development and integration of joint capabilities for peacekeeping operations and stability operations.

As proponent lead, PKSOI will leverage existing relationships to partner with key organizations of the P&SO communities – among them USMC Small War Center; Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Civil Military Relations and Peace Training Center; NDU’s Center for Complex Operations; USUN; USMOG; U.S. Institute for Peace, Department of State; U.S. Agency for International Development; and numerous non-governmental organizations and think tanks.

Recent initiatives and activities attest to the strength of PKSOI expertise and networks:

       --As the Army and DoD lead for the Joint Stability Operations Capabilities-Based Assessment, PKSOI successfully resolved controversial issues such as the need for a DoD-Interagency planning framework; increased capacity to provide post-phase 3 law enforcement, and education for transitional governance roles and responsibilities. The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff signed Joint Requirements Oversight Council Memorandum 172-13, Nov. 4, 2013, in a validation of this comprehensive DOTMLPF-P Change Recommendation.

     --PKSOI provides Regionally Aligned Forces with specialized training concerning UN PK missions, protection of civilians, and peace support tasks not currently covered in the Army’s Decisive Action METL/Training Plan. 

          --Most recently, PKSOI supported 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division preparation for USAFRICOM missions.

          --When 1st Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division serves as a Regionally Aligned Force in support of the NATO French Rapid Reaction Corps, its leaders will be armed with insights about what U.S. Forces can expect as members of a NATO-led multinational exercise force. The insights were provided in pre-deployment training by PKSOI staff Col. Dave Krall and German Lt. Col. Jurgen Prandtner; and two International Fellows, Hungarian Col. Romulusz Ruszin and Romanian Col. Iulian Berdila.


Brig. Gen. Koko-Eissen of Nigeria briefs his multi-national ECOWAS staff during Exercise Western Accord in June at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Center, Accra, Ghana.


     --PKSOI trained ECOWAS staff officers to work as a staff team to command and control a multinational peacekeeping operation in Africa. In fact, many of those involved with the training will do so as members of the newly formed UN-mandated mission in the country of Mali. Col. Bo Balcavage taught Command-and-Control, Interoperability, and Multinational Operations.  Col. Ed Lowe reviewed International Policing and Police Reform concepts. Col. James McFadden taught the officers about International Law and the Law of Armed Conflict, and Tony Lieto introduced Governance Reform and Security Assistance.


     --PKSOI was co-lead with Pakistan for the Peace and Stability Operations Challenges Forum in Stockholm in October: the fourth in a series of meetings spanning 18 months.  PKSOI supports the Challenges Forum as a Department of State co-representative, working with the International Organizations Secretariat.

     --PKSOI collaborated across the P&SO community to review and update Army FM 3-07.

     --PKSOI co-hosted the Sept. 2013 Army Security Cooperation Planners’ Course in partnership with HQDA-G3. Lectures and small-group discussions culminate in a five-part practical exercise that includes partner country land forces assessment, geographic combatant command country planning, country support planning, indicators and measures of performance and effectiveness, and activities and resource planning. U.S. Army Africa Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Vollmecke provided the capstone lecture and graduation remarks to about 50 planners at the course, offered quarterly at Carlisle.

     --The Protection of Civilians Military Reference Guide, published in 2013 by PKSOI, surveys planning considerations for PoC as a moral, political, legal and strategic priority for all military operations.  The guide is a resource for military commanders and staffs who must consider Protection of Civilians while conducting operations. The guide’s value extends to international organizations, national militaries, training centers, and civilian and police officials, at

     --PKSOI supported the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) deployment preparation for the 353rd Civil Affairs Command in August with PKSOI’s interagency team Doctor (PhD) Jim Embrey; Doctor (PhD) Mike Spangler of the State Department; and Carol Horning of USAID.  The unit was challenged with a new computer-facilitated tool that simulates a dynamic environment in which leaders confront the multitude of players with varying complementary, independent or competing purposes in a conflict zone. “The beauty of the SENSE was that it took the 353rd CA out of their comfort zone by presenting them new problems in greater depth and complexity than they’d experienced in previous exercises,” said Spangler, whose dual role was to mentor the deploying leaders with security sector experience while assessing the utility of SENSE as an experiential learning tool for The War College.

     --PKSOI is working with the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Developments Command, Small Wars Center and Irregular Warfare Integration Division, and the Center for Advanced Cultural Learning to incorporate host nation culture lessons into stability operations functions.

Next, for PKSOI --

     --On Nov. 25, former Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan will lead featured speakers at the PKSOI 20th Anniversary Celebration hosted by AUSA at its headquarters in Arlington, Va. The event, “The Future of Peacekeeping and Stability and PKSOI’s Role” will commemorate PKSOI’s collaborative contributions to the greater communities of interest and practice in peacekeeping and stability operations over the past 20 years and will celebrate PKSOI’s recent designations as the Army and Joint lead for peacekeeping and stability operations.

     --The 2014 Peace and Stability Operations Training and Education Workshop, at George Mason University, Jan. 13-16, is a partner effort among the GMU Peace Operations Policy Program, the Simons Center, USIP FSI, CAC, Joint Staff J7, Army Staff G3/5/7 and PKSOI.  A wide range of military, international, academic, and interagency professionals will develop recommendations for the best ways to develop effective partnerships during peacekeeping and stability operations through innovative educational and training efforts.

     --The Joint Humanitarian Operations Course will be hosted by PKSOI in January; the course provides opportunity for collaboration with the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations.

     --PKSOI is part of the core planning group for the May 2014 Interagency Exercise Working Group.

Join the PKSOI collaboration --

     --The SOLLIMS collaborative, interagency, open-access lessons-learned forum is populated by insights from practitioners and academics.  Users appreciate the specific communities of practice, e.g., the lessons captures on the Mali COP within the Stability Operations Lessons Learned Information Management System, or SOLLIMS.

      --Learn more – and join the collaborative dialogue – via the PKSOI Update, available online, updated monthly, at  The Sep. 2013 edition is dedicated to the relative merits of peace operations worldwide.





Noontime Lecture to Address 2003-2004 U.S. Mission in Israel and the Middle East peace process
In 2003, the George W. Bush Administration stepped in to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by proposing the “Roadmap to Peace in the Middle East.”  On December 5th, 2013, at noon, retired Army Maj. Gen. David T. Zabecki, PhD, will present his take on the mission in a lunch-time lecture titled, "The U.S. Coordinating and Monitoring Mission in Israel, 2003-04."  As a Senior Department of Defense (DoD) Advisor, his intimate involvement and knowledge of the project will inform a one-of-a-kind lecture that pulls no punches and is extremely candid about the effort.
In 2003, the Bush Administration created the U.S. Coordinating and Monitoring Mission (USCMM) as a robust inter-agency operation to put pressure on both the Israelis and the Palestinians to compromise in their age-old dispute and to build confidence in each other. During the tenuous period of the fragile Hudna (Ceasefire) of the Second Intifada, the USCMM came heartbreakingly close to making a major breakthrough. All efforts ultimately failed because too many factions worked hard to oppose any resolution of the conflict.  The chief of the USCMM, Ambassador John Wolf, had the help of his senior security advisor and defacto deputy, Maj. Gen. David T. Zabecki.  Zabecki and his executive officer were the only two DOD representatives on the team and worked closely with the defense attachés at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to try to find a lasting peace.
Zabecki is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in War Studies at Britain’s University of Birmingham.  In 2012, he served as a Visiting Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in the Dr. Leo A. Shifren Distinguished Chair of Military and Naval History.  He also serves as the Chief Military Historian of the Weider History Group, the world’s largest publisher of history magazines, and from 2000 to 2009, he was the editor of Vietnam magazine. He has published eleven books on military history topics and has written more than 600 articles for professional journals, magazines, and encyclopedias.  General Zabecki earned a PhD in Military Science, Technology, and Management from the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, United Kingdom.  He has also earned an MA and BA in History from Xavier University. General Zabecki enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an infantryman in Vietnam in 1966, followed by forty years in active service, and finished his military career as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mobilization and Reserve Affairs for U.S. Army Europe.
The noontime lecture is open to the public and FREE to attend.  Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch or purchase lunch from Cumberland Café in the Visitor and Education Center.  Parking is free, and the Museum Store and book sale will be open.  For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: or call 717-245-3972.

Alabama to hold special General Election for Representative in the 1st Congressional District
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -The State of Alabama will hold a special general election in the 1st Congressional District on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Jo Bonner. The 1st Congressional District consists of Baldwin, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties, and a portion of Clarke County.
December 17 special general election deadlines are as follows:
Deadline to register to vote:  Friday, December 6, 2013
Ballot request deadline: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Ballots must be postmarked No later than: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Ballots must be received No later than: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 12 noon CST
All Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voters with an active absentee ballot application on file with the county Absentee Election Manager, or who have submitted an absentee ballot application to the Alabama Special State Absentee Election Manager, will be sent general election ballots based on the following schedule:
Application on File as of November 2, 2013: a special general election ballot containing the names of the Democratic Party candidate and two Republican Party candidates.
Application on File as of November 19, 2013: a standard general election ballot containing the names of the Democratic Party candidate and Republican Party candidate.
Once the Absentee Election Manager receives your application, you will receive your general election ballot from the Alabama Secretary of State's office electronically or by mail, based on your preference as stated on the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) or the Federal Absentee Write-In Ballot (FWAB). If you reside outside the United States and have requested your ballot be mailed to you, it will be sent by express mail and will include a return express mail envelope for return of your voted ballot. Absentee ballot applications are also available from a Voting Assistance Officer or the Alabama Secretary of State's website:
You can register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot at: Do not forget to indicate on the FPCA how you would like to receive your absentee ballot (electronically or by mail).
If you are concerned about not receiving your ballot in time to vote, use the FWAB.
The FWAB online assistant is available at: The FWAB is also available at many military installations, embassies and consulates.
You can track the status of your ballot at:
Submit your FPCA to:
   Ed Packard
   Special State Absentee Election Manager
   600 Dexter Avenue Room E-210
   Montgomery, Alabama 36130
For more information on FVAP or assistance with the absentee voting process, visit

Florida to Hold Special Primary Election for Representative in the 13th Congressional District
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The State of Florida will hold a special primary election in the 13th Congressional District on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, to fill the seat vacated upon the passing of Congressman Bill Young.
The special election will only impact voters in Pinellas County.
January 14 special primary election deadlines are as follows:
Register to Vote Monday, December 16, 2013
Ballot Request (by mail) Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Ballot Request (by fax or email) Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Ballot Postmark Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Ballots must be received
*     7pm EST, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 (absent Stateside military)
*     7pm EST, Tuesday, January 24, 2014 (10-day extension for overseas military and civilians)
There is no special run-off election as the candidate who receives the highest number of votes is declared nominated for the office.
The special general election will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
You can register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot by using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) automated tool at:
If you are registered and have requested your ballot, but are concerned you may not receive your ballot in time to vote, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB cannot be used to register to vote. Florida allows voters to use the FWAB to vote in elections for any Federal office, and any State or local office with at least two candidates.
The FWAB online assistant is available at: The FWAB is also available at military installations around the world. You can track your ballot status online by logging in directly to your local election official’s website at: indirectly through the Florida Division of Elections’ Voter Lookup Portal:
For more information on FVAP or assistance with the absentee voting process, visit

Follow five tips for safe Turkey Day

  1. Read all of the instructions and precautions and follow manufacturers recommendations
  2. Use small turkeys – up to 12 lbs
  3. Use oils with high smoke points such as peanut, canola and sunflower; peanut oil adds flavor, but can be a concern if guests have peanut allergies
  4. Don’t overfill with oil, it could spill out of the unit when the turkey is added and the oil may hit the burner/flames causing a fire to engulf the entire unit or blow it up
  5. If your fryer doesn’t have fill lines, put the turkey in the basket and place in the pot; add water until it reaches 1 to 2” above the turkey; lift the turkey out, and use a ruler to measure/mark the water line; pour out the water and dry the fryer completely before use

Confronting new realities, SSI conference examines Energy Security in the 2010s and implications for the U.S. military

Streaming live Nov. 19-20:  What does the changing global energy situation mean to the US military --

For two days, leading experts will address the question, what is the state of global energy supplies and energy security -- and what can that mean for the U.S. military? The conference is open to the public at the ROA Minuteman Memorial Buidling in Washington D.C.

Changes in consumption, technological changes, and a host of  social, political and economic challenges will have implications for the U.S. global strategy, and for the U.S. military. Katherine Hammack Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment --  and -- Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Opeational Energy Plans and Program, are the lunchtime keynote speakers for Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

The USAWC Press will produce a quick-turn publication of two-page executive summaries for decision-makers, as well as an edited volume of contributor comments and papers.

 The Strategic Studies Institute and USAWC Press is partnering with the ROA Defense Education Forum for this event.

New ways for Pennsylvanians to support and honor their 950,000 Veterans

Thanks to a partnership between the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania is now offering a new specialty license plate, “Honoring Our Veterans,’’ for cars and light trucks up to 10,000 pounds. Fifteen dollars from the sale of each $35 license plate goes to the Veterans’ Trust Fund.

The Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), administered by DMVA, provides funds to assist and support Pennsylvania veterans and their families. The VTF will fund grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans’ service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs. The fund can assist veterans in need of shelter and with the necessities of living.

In addition to the license plate, Pennsylvanians can make a $3 tax-deductible contribution to the VTF simply when applying for or renewing a Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo ID, or renewing a motor vehicle registration. Individuals or organizations can also make a tax-deductible grant, gift or donation directly to the VTF.

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services was established to increase information sharing between commonwealth departments and commissions, coordinate complementary programs, and enhance service accessibility to veterans’ benefits within Pennsylvania.

This coordinating council will consist of representatives of the departments of education, public welfare, corrections, probation and parole, labor and industry, drug and alcohol programs, as well as members of the military and veterans’ affairs.

A new mobile Veterans Outreach van now travels throughout the state to assist veterans in obtaining information and initiating benefit claim paperwork.  The wheelchair-accessible van can be scheduled in support of community activities, county directors of veterans’ affairs, veterans service organizations and other veterans service officers.

By March 2014 persons who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces will be able to obtain a veterans’ designation on state driver’s licenses or PennDOT photo ID cards.

“The veteran identifier for drivers’ licenses provides long overdue recognition for veterans who may not have other military identification,” said Govenor Tom Corbett.  “While participation is voluntary, it will allow veterans to qualify for discounts or other benefits.”

For more information about the VTF, visit follow DMVA on Facebook at Twitter at

For more information and to get a copy of the application for the “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate visit:


Army looks to change culture to combat sexual assaults

November 14, 2013

By Mr. Robert P Johnson (Leonard Wood)


If you think you can identify a sexual predator within your unit based on looks alone, think again.

"Most people think they can identify the 'wolf in sheep's clothing' very easily, but the fact is that sexual predators hide among us," said David Markel, Sexual Assault Highly Qualified Expert for the U.S. Army Military Police School, during an Officer Professional Development session, Nov. 7 in Abrams Theater.

Rather than identify sexual predators before they strike, the Army is adapting a program to combat sexual assaults by changing the culture within the organization, Markel said.

"Can we eliminate sexual assaults? No, but we can mitigate and reduce them by changing how we think about sexual assaults. It is a cultural change that shifts the emphasis from the attacker to the attacked, Markel said.

Markel went on to describe that sexual assault within the military is an insider threat and is more dangerous than those outside the wire because of trust.

"We trust them. They are the Soldiers standing next to us -- and it's far more dangerous. Within any demographic group within the military, 95 percent are not sexual predators, but 5 percent are," Markel said.

"In a crowd this size, (referring to the ODP session), there is at least one," Markel said.

In fiscal year 2012, there were a total of 3,374 reports of sexual assault Department of Defense-wide involving service members as victims or subjects, an increase from the 3,192 reports received in fiscal 2011. These reports involved offenses ranging from abusive sexual contact to rape.

"This is a defining time for our entire military community," said Maj. Gen. Gary Patton, DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response director, in a DoD news release. "Our continuing focus is on the health and safety of our service members. Our troops take care of each other on the battlefield better than any military in the world, and now we must extend that same ethos of care to combating sexual assault."

One of the ways to reduce sexual assaults is through the response leaders give to the victim, said Russell Strand, U.S. Army Military Police School and Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Division chief.

Strand said that the average sex offender has about a 3 percent chance of getting caught and some have more than 300 victims. Elimination of the offender begins when a victim reports an incident.

"When a victim comes to you, take all reports serious, regardless of reputation or credibility," Strand said. "Then take the appropriate actions."

Insights into the psychology, trauma and dynamics of a sexual assault are changing the way investigators are looking at victims.

Often in the past, the trauma of the attack, combined with alcohol use, caused the victim to change parts of their story as they remembered it, which caused law enforcement and medical personnel to doubt the victim's version.

Today, the culture needs to change to better understand the effects of an attack on a victim and to treat every report as serious, officials said. With better response, reports are more likely to be filed allowing investigators to find patterns in the offender's past.

"Roughly 30 percent of all assaults in the military are reported compared to only 22 percent in the civilian sector," Markel said. Without adequate reporting, the offender can stay hidden and find addition victims.

Offenders tend to operate in three worlds, Strand said.

"There is the public -- which is what we all see every day. Then there is the uninhibited persona, which is what the person shares with ones very close to them, such as a spouse. And finally, offenders operate in the private, where their actions are held in secret to themselves and the sexual offender thrives," Strand said.

"We cannot judge character, we can only judge what we see," Strand said.

Installation employees are recognized for their top contributions


Members of the installation gathered to honor employees for their top contributions for the last six months.  Michael Lynch, Dale Clements and Master Sgt. Gregory Newton were among those honored for leadership and service.

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, USAWC commandant, hosted the Installation Awards Ceremony to recognize Carlisle Barracks Military and Civilian professionals for job excellence, Nov. 14 at the Letort View Community Center.  Cucolo called attention to the incredible breadth of effort going on inside this tiny post.

 “The rewards reflect who we are--a diverse team of military and civilian professionals who care about what they do and are committed to doing their best, and actually on a routine basis, do more than is expected,” said Cucolo.

Presentation of Awards

Michael Lynch was honored as the Civilian Employee for the 2nd Quarter.  He is a research historian at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  Dale Clements was awarded the Civilian Employee of the 3rd Quarter.  He is an information technology specialist at the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development.


Dale Clements receives an Achievement Medal for Civilian Service certificate from Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, USAWC commandant.  Army War College Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish is also pictured.


The ceremony recognized all the nominees for both quarters—Christine Cromwell, Genevieve Hobson, Leah Hohn, Chiquita Morrison, Michael Polinski, Kaleb Dissinger, David Hagg, Rebecca Thumma, Christine Wakefield and Chad Reynolds.

Master Sgt. Gregory Newton received the Army Commendation Medal for planning and executing the Medal of Honor dedication ceremony for Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart on Oct. 3, 2013.

The Carlisle Barracks Color Guard--Staff Sgt. Charles Posey, Staff Sgt. Joseph Rodenay, Spc. Ricardo Vasquez, Jr., Pfc. Brittany Slogar and Staff Sgt. Evelyn Pollard--received the Army Achievement Medal for service in support of the 2nd Cavalry Association Reunion 2013 at Gettysburg. 


Carlisle Barracks Color Guard Soldiers receive Army Achievement Medals from Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, USAWC commandant.  (l to r) Pfc. Brittany Slogar, Spc. Ricardo Vasquez, Jr., Staff Sgt. Joseph Rodenay, and Staff Sgt. Charles Posey, not pictured is Staff Sgt. Evelyn Pollard.  Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples, garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish are also pictured.


Three employees received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service--Barry Shughart for service as the acting DPTMS from May to Aug. 2013, Darla Grove for leadership for the Skills Development Center from Jun. 1998 to Nov. 2013 and Michele Bitetti for leadership and management of the food, beverage and entertainment services from Oct. 2011 to Nov. 30, 2013.

The Commander’s Award for Civilian Service was awarded to Chiquita Morrison, David Birdwell, George Frame, Keith Norris and Dr. Anna Waggener, for their contributions to the War College’s first TRADOC accreditation process.

Herman Punihaole, Carlisle Barracks Property Book officer, received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.  

Thomas Zimmerman, public affairs specialist, was presented a TRADOC Certificate and 4-Star Note for his 1st place article for the 2013 Keith L. Ware journalism competition.

The Commanding General coin was presented to members of the Directorate of Contracting--John Thoman, Linda Fox, Ed Ruud, Dennis Jolliffe, Larry Brown, Claudette Lyons, Kevin Kauffman, Roger Miller and Dawn Whitmore.

Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic staff members Lt. Col. Page Karsteter, Cory Erhard, Sgt. 1st Class Lawrence Romero, Staff Sgt. Maria Morris, Sgt. Christopher Biggs and Sgt. Jared Chumley received the Commanding General coin for their development and instruction of the “Dynamic Stretching Program.”


Join the Great American Smokeout

November 18 is a date for Great American Smokeout. It might be the perfect day to plan quitting smoking or using other tobacco products. On that day bring your tobacco products to the Army Wellness Center and exchange it for a Subway certificate for free 6 inch “Cold Turkey Sub” for the Carlisle Barracks Subway and “I’m quitting” stickers.

The health benefits of quitting start immediately. In 20 minutes after you quit, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. 12 hours later the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. Quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. By quitting - even for one day – you are taking an important step toward a healthier life, one that can lead to reducing risk of cancer and other illnesses, related to tobacco use.

Do you know all the benefits to quitting tobacco? Do you need help quitting? Do you know how much you can save quitting tobacco habits? You can find answers to these questions and much more if you join the Great American Smokeout. Army Wellness Center serves support to those who want make this decision today. You can find weekly postings on tools and resources supporting the process of quitting smoking or using other types of tobacco products at You are also encouraged to sign for:

- The class for stress management group education at The Army Wellness Center on Nov. 20. To register, call 717-245-4004.

- The Tobacco Cessation group education class at Dunham Army Health Clinic on Dec. 11.  To register, call 717-245-3410.

New general manager at Carlisle Barracks Exchange

There’s a new face within the Carlisle Barracks community, and she has introduced a new movie theater feature. On a trial basis in November, new Exchange manager Stephanie Wilson has introduced Sunday matinees with family-friendly movies, Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Wilson came to Carlisle from Patrick Air Force Base in Fla., where she was The Exchange store manager there. This is her fourth duty location working for The Exchange.Wilson has worked for The Exchange for more than 10 years, where she started as a college retail trainee in its management training program.

I’m a military brat, Wilson explained. The Exchange is a good combination of retail and military life that has kept me in the community, she said. “Home is wherever I’m at.”

Both her father and her husband are retired Soldiers.

I’m looking forward to different Carlisle Barracks community event opportunities, said Wilson. “I enjoy the scenery most, especially the leaves changing color this time of year,” she said regarding her new home.

The Sunday movie matinee concept is a response to community requests. The trial program at Reynolds Movie Theater on post will offer matinee movies every Sunday in November. The family-friendly movies will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Challenge yourself--Run, walk or trot at the 5K Drumstick dash this Saturday
The “Strength for Wisdom” Fitness Challenge is on!  Challenge your friends, your family or yourself!
The first two events will take place this Saturday, Nov. 16 at Indian Field –
5K Drumstick Dash (all ages)
--7-7:45 a.m. Registration/Check-In at Indian Field - registration fee $10 and $5 for children 11 and under
--8 a.m. Race begins
--T-shirts guaranteed to first 100 participants!
--Call 717-245-4029 for more information
CYSS Gobble Gallop Kids Runs (ages 4-13)
--Race Day registration 11-11:45 a.m.
--Races begin at noon (¼, ½, and 1 mile races)
--Free T-shirts to the first 100 kids registered!
--Bouncy house, face painting, music & food.  Fun for the whole Family!
--Call 717-245-4555 for more information
Strength for Wisdom: Fitness challenge enhances Carlisle Experience

Cardio Challenge

5K Drumstick Dash (Nov 16): opening event, relatively easy to train for, 5K is a great way to improve your running or start long distance walking

Indoor Rowing Challenge (Nov-Dec): 100,000 meters in 30 days; the goal can be reached in a series of a short daily exercises for consistency or a short series of longer distance rows for endurance

10K Run (March): 6.2 miles running or walking requires a good level of fitness and preparation

15K Community Run (May): 9.2 miles running race which will be a capstone event and confirmation of the improvement in running and racing skills.

Strength Challenge 

30 Day Squat Challenge (Feb): great for a total lower body workout, that helps to tone and strengthen the legs, lifts the butt, strengthens the core and increases joint flexibility;

Strength Challenge (March): purest test of total body strength, this modification of the classic powerlifting competition involving the Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift, will be focusing on number of repetitions instead of the amount of weight to reduce injury risk

Spirit of Thorpe Decathlon (April): 10 sport’s competition testing strength, speed, power, endurance and stamina in performing Squats, Bench Press, Deadlift, Sled Push, Pull-ups, John Deere Gator Pull, Rowing, Indoor Cycling, Shuttle Run and 5K run.

 Additional Challenges

30 Day Abs Challenge (Dec):  Opportunity to get your body in shape and tone up abs and the  stomach area with exercises that you can do anywhere and anytime for almost any fitness level;

New Year’s Resiliency Resolution (Jan):  Keeping in the spirit of New Year and the initial motivation to exercise, this event will help to keep up with a habit of exercising without burnout, through 15 workout sessions by the end of January;

Get Fit Carlisle 90 Day Challenge (Jan-March):  A three month commitment to lose weight and build muscles. The weight loss is more for those who have a significant amount of weight to lose and challenges participants to lose the largest percent of body weight. The transformation and building muscles is for those who are hoping to get ripped.



5 things to know about Soldier 2020


FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Nov. 14, 2013) -- U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is currently leading two efforts within Soldier 2020, the Army's plan to integrate women into previously closed military occupational specialties. As these efforts continue to shape the future of the force, here are five things to remember about TRADOC and Soldier 2020:

1. It's about standards

TRADOC's first effort, in collaboration with U.S. Army Medical Command's U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, is a study of the physical demands required for each military occupational specialty, or MOS, throughout the Army, beginning with MOSs currently closed to women.

TRADOC and USARIEM have identified the critical physically demanding MOS specific tasks. Applying scientific rigor and methodology, USARIEM is using laboratory equipment to instrument Soldiers while they carry out these tasks. These measurements will determine the physiological capabilities (e.g., strength, endurance and energy) that an individual must have to complete specific tasks to acceptable standards. These measurements will also help the Army establish clear, updated standards across the force.

"Soldier 2020 is about a standards-based Army; upholding the standards of our profession -- the Army Profession," said Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, TRADOC senior enlisted adviser. "Our work will allow us to match the right Soldiers, regardless of whether they are men or women, to jobs that best correspond to their abilities."

2. It's about leadership

TRADOC's second effort, led by the TRADOC Analysis Center, is an extensive study of the institutional and cultural factors associated with integrating women into previously closed MOSs.

Using focus groups, interviews, surveys, Soldier feedback, an ongoing literature review and collaboration with numerous outside agencies, TRAC's effort will not only study current policies and processes, but will also look at potential implementation strategies and possible barriers to success that may be driven by culture and tradition.

"As we move toward integrating women into previously closed occupations, we must do so with the understanding that the leadership and culture of a unit -- the history, lineage and social dynamics -- are crucial to successfully dealing with changes that will occur," said Col. Lynette Arnhart, TRAC's Fort Leavenworth, Kan., deputy director and senior military analyst.

3. It's about doing it right

Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of TRADOC, said the studies will take time in order to be successful and must be done right in order to maintain the credibility of the institution while improving standards throughout the Army.

"The combat readiness of our Army must remain the first priority," Cone said. "While this integration requires a well-thought out approach, I am confident we can do this right and improve the total force."

During a visit earlier this year to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III said the changes won't -- and shouldn't -- happen overnight, but rather, they should be deliberate and incremental.

"The first and largest obstacle the Army must overcome for integration is the culture," Chandler said. "There is still a perception in some parts of the Army that female Soldiers won't be able to do the same things as their male counterparts, or that we won't be as successful if we have them in combat arms organizations. I think the people saying these things are a vocal minority."

4. It's about Soldiers

Using a standards-based approach, Soldier 2020 aims to remove barriers, thereby giving every Soldier the opportunity to serve in any position where he or she is capable of performing to the standard, according to TRADOC's commanding general.

"Soldier 2020 holds the promise of improving quality across our warfighting formations, while providing a level field upon which all soldiers can succeed based upon talent," Cone said.

Additionally, the Army will be better able to select and train Soldiers -- regardless of gender or age -- who are able to safely perform the physically demanding tasks of the MOS, with the goal of fewer training injuries.

"There are Soldiers right now in almost every MOS who are not capable of doing their jobs," said Marilyn Sharp, USARIEM research scientist and project lead investigator for Soldier 2020. "And not only are they the ones who probably get passed over for promotion, but they're the ones who get hurt because they're in a job they're not physically qualified for."

Fewer injuries mean stronger Soldiers, and stronger Soldiers means a stronger Army.

5. It's about building a stronger Army

The Army of the future will require mental agility, teamwork and resilience from all Soldiers, regardless of gender, and the goal is to identify, select and train the best-qualified Soldiers for each job, which ultimately strengthens the Army's future force.

"In the end, we will only get better because all of our Soldiers -- men and women -- continue proving themselves as highly capable warriors on a daily basis, Cone said. "By expanding opportunities and assignments for women, we will only strengthen the force."   

Celebrate American Indian culture, history during appreciation month 

Carlisle Barracks has been a haven of history throughout its existence, from the French and Indian War to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and beyond.

In November, the Army War College/Carlisle Barracks celebrates the country's Native American heritage by featuring a traditional American Indian dance demonstration; honoring Native Americans awarded the Medal of Honor; and adding to the online collection of photos of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School era.

The Indian School, a "vo-tech" school, taught boys and girls English and other academic courses as well as a mechanical trade or domestic skill. At the same time, the school divested the children's cultural traditions, such as dancing.

Redhawk Dancers Free Perfomance at USAHEC

Performers from the Redhawk Dancers, a part of the Native American Arts Council, will dance at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The dancers will demonstrate ceremonial and social dancing techniques from different eras and nations in American Indian culture. The dance demonstration will include interactive presentations, inviting guests of all ages to join the dancers.

American Indian dances can be rituals performed during religious ceremonies, marriages or birthday celebrations. Others dances are performed to help the harvest, to invoke rain or as a medium of storytelling. Additional social dances teach tribe history and folklore. Dance participation is intergenerational, allowing the older tribe members to pass their values and traditions on to the next generation through dance.

Carlisle Indian Industrial School

As part of the spotlight on the American Indian heritage, USAHEC has highlighted its online photo collection about the lives and times of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, at Carlisle Barracks, 1879-1918.

AHEC's collections of photographs cover the entire period of the Indian School's history. Contemporary photographers captured every aspect of the Indian School's existence, including Native Americans in their tribal attire; Indian School students in the classroom, the fire company, band, sports, and graduation. The collection includes images of teachers. One of the photo albums of school teacher Ann Ely identifies more than 316 Indian students by name and lists their associated tribes and indentifies 31 Indian School staff members.

To view the photos, visit

Visit the U.S. Army tribute to the Medal of Honor awardees whose heroism and achievements have earned the nation's enduring respect, at

For more information about Native American Appreciation Month, visit

TRADOC commander visits USAWC

Gen. Bob Cone, Commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, spoke to the Army War College Class of 2014 about how to best balance landpower with the future capabilities of each service in Bliss Hall Nov. 7.


Gen. Bob Cone, Commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, addressed the USAWC Class of 2014 during a visit to the Army War College Nov. 7.

In addition to his time with the class, Cone also spoke to the students of the Coalition/Joint Force Land Component Commander Course.

Cone focused his remarks on the challenges facing TRADOC and the Army -- with special emphasis on the two-year study that looked at the Army as a Profession, and the increased importance of doctrine as the Army begins its evolution after 12 years of sustained conflict.

Contrasting the Army of 2001 with today, he noted how important it is to capitalize on the lesson learned from Afghanistan and Iraq as Soldiers transition back to garrisons.

“We have seen the importance of re-establishing doctrine,” he said. Cone added that TRADOC has evolved the way that doctrine is written in order to capitalize on the experiences gained in recent conflicts.

In hand with that, Cone said, is making sure those lessons are passed down to the younger generation of Soldiers, one of the shortfalls identified by the recent study of the Army as a Profession.

“We have to remind Soldiers why we do what we do when they return back to their garrisons,” he said. “This is a time where we have an amazing collection of unique knowledge and we need sure to capture that and pass it along to others. If we don’t remember that, we will lose our way.”  

Cone outlined TRADOC’s major focus areas which include:

·Driving change

·Building the future Army

·The Army profession

·Supporting Strategic Landpower

·Leadership thoughts

About the Army War College

The US Army War College educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of Landpower.

The purpose of US Army War College at this time in our Nation's history is to produce graduates from all our courses who are skilled critical thinkers and complex problem solvers in the global application of Landpower. Concurrently, it is our duty to the Army to also act as a "Think Factory" for Commanders and Civilian Leaders at the strategic level worldwide and routinely engage in discourse and debate on ground forces' role in achieving national security objectives. We will accomplish this dual purpose along the following lines of effort:

  • Provide high quality Professional Military Educationat the strategic level that further develops accomplished officers and civilians, both graduates and faculty, who depart our institution armed with the right balance of theory, history, practice, and communication skills to clearly articulate options for solutions to complex strategic problems and immediately be of value to any organization.

  • Aggressively Conduct Research, Publish, Engage in Discourse, and Wargamewith the entire faculty, staff, students and fellows; generate ideas and test concepts as the Army's intellectual broken field runner for the application of Landpower at the strategic level.

  • Conduct Strategic Leader Developmentthrough agile, constantly reviewed and updated courses of instruction and other products that advance strategic leadership skills and senior leader abilities in the Profession of Arms.

  • Attract, Recruit, and Retain a high quality faculty and staff

Coalition/Joint Force Land Component Commander Course

The Coalition/Joint Force Land Component Commander Course is a senior level program held at Collins Hall, three times each year. The course focuses on preparing senior officers 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.

Under the direction of senior mentors, retired general officers who have previously served as joint and combined force land component commanders, this seminar-based course challenges senior officers to examine the key elements of developing and executing functional land component command operations at the theater level in support of joint force commanders and in conjunction with air, maritime, and special operations functional commands. The course also explores the challenges of maintaining sustained land dominance in a complex operating environment. It includes a rigorous exercise which is crafted to challenge the attendees to issue guidance and devise solutions to deploying, forming, controlling, protecting, operating, and sustaining a combined and joint land command at the theater and operational level of war.

Month of Military Family: Poems earn teen recognition, honors

Last year, a 16-year-old Carlisle Barracks teenager won a gold medal in the national Scholastic Arts competition for a personal memoir that was selected for publication. The memoir was about Michaela Coplen’s thoughts about her mother’s deployment to Iraq:

"For the first six months, you pray every night. It's not until month seven that you realize no one is listening."

"You wonder why war exists. You can't fathom why a human being would seek to hurt another human being, to push a button or pull a trigger and kill without honor. At month eight you discover the horrible, selfish, animal blackness within your soul when you realize that you could care less who wins and who suffers and who is hurt and who dies, as long as your mom comes home."

"... You hate your mom for leaving you alone and you hate yourself for hating her. So you blame the Army that has pulled you around like a marionette since before you were born. Your path was chosen for you, and you are helpless to change it. You can either adapt to this life, or end it."

Michaela is now a year older, has added yet another substantial bullet to her writing resume and met the First Lady, Michelle Obama. In September, the National Student Poets Program selected Michaela, along with four other students, for a year of service as national poetry ambassadors. They travelled to Washington D.C. and met in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House September 20.

First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets (from left: Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee, Nathan Cummings, Louis Lafair, and Aline Dolinh) in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson).

According to the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards website:

“The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partner to present the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.”

 “National Student Poets are chosen from among the national medalists in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by a jury of literary luminaries and leaders in education and the arts. Student Poets receive college scholarships and opportunities to present their work at writing and poetry events throughout their term.”

This recognition is a rare honor for her and her poet peers, said Michaela’s mother, Col. Lorelei Coplen, Army War College operations officer. “I wonder how she finds the time to do it all,” she said. “She is unafraid of telling me when my opinion doesn't matter or when I have missed the point of her poem!”

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards website features six of Michaela poems, including:

Cassandra breaks the speed limit

I told you what I was.
I told you I was a series of boxes.
I told you I was nine homes
that never showed me where the heart is
And seven schools that defined “love”
but never taught its application.
I told you I was a child of war who never learned to be at peace.
I told you that when they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up,
I said “gone.”
I told you I saw life through a burgundy kaleidoscope.
I told you there were things I couldn’t tell you.
I told you the truth.

So why am I contemplating the fractal patterns of a broken windshield
and the texture of a telephone pole
and the way that rumble strips seem to sing goodbye?

I told you it would come to this,
And you didn’t believe me.

For more of Michaela’s poems, visit

Editorial: Tribute to a Warrior-Servant

As our nation approaches Veterans Day 2013, it is fitting to remember the life of a young American soldier who was among four service members killed in Afghanistan on October 6, 2013.

The usually imposing edifice of the Pentagon was diminished by the foreground of marble headstones in Arlington National Cemetery.  One of the last internments of the day was for a young Ranger, Sergeant Patrick Hawkins.  Those gathered to honor Patrick included family and friends, serving comrades in arms, neighbors and retirees, and motorcyclists who accompanied the funeral procession.  Although the attending senior officials were the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army, rank did not matter. All joined equally in somberly celebrating the life, service and sacrifice of this young soldier. 

In an award ceremony earlier in the day, we heard his father recount the life of a son emerging as a young man in the 21st century.  Full of passion, Patrick sought to find himself in skateboarding, cars, music, and cooking—a typical celebrant of our American pop culture.  His dad, a retired colonel, spoke of how he and his wife supported Patrick in his many endeavors.  We can readily imagine the pride of his parents when Patrick told them he wanted to join the Army. In our Carlisle community, many sons and daughters follow their mothers and fathers’ example of military service.  At a time when the nation’s culture seems to neglect building the character and values of our youth, we see evidence to the contrary in Carlisle.

Patrick excelled as a soldier. He qualified as an Airborne Ranger and was assigned to a Ranger battalion. He served several combat tours in Afghanistan.  His fellow ranger sergeant and buddy informed us that Patrick was not just a tab-and-badge wearer, he was a leader among his peers and of others placed in his charge. His buddy also told how Patrick met and pursued the love of his life, Brittanie, his young bride.  Patrick’s passion for life was intensified by his love for his wife, his family, and his nation. This hardened warrior had a loving spirit.

Patrick’s body tattoos, the artifacts of his generation, displayed the legacy of his family’s immigrant past. He was all American.  Patrick’s mother told us that he had another special tattoo added after joining the Army. It epitomized his service—especially on the final day of his life as he rushed to the aid of comrades: John 15:13, “Greaterlovehasnomanthanthis, that amanlay down his life for his friends.” 

The Army Secretary and Chief Of Staff spoke briefly to the family of Sergeant Patrick C. Hawkins, then stepped aside.  After honors were rendered with a 21-gun salute, the presiding officer concluded the ceremony with: “On behalf of the President of the United States and the people of a grateful nation, I present this flag as a token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service your loved one rendered this nation.” We too should honor the sacrifice of a warrior-servant as one of our own.


COL (Ret) Charles D. Allen

U.S. Army War College

O’Hanlon kicks off Commandants’ Lecture Series Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow with the 21st Century Defense Initiative and director of research for the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, served as the first speaker for the Commandants’ Lecture Series in Bliss Hall Nov. 12. 

The Commandant’s Series this year explores Landpower and the balance of joint capabilities for 21st century challenges.

His talk focused on key issues facing the U.S. and provided his thoughts on some of the challenge the Army will face in the near future.

“We don’t need the capability to fight a simultaneous ground war,” he said. “In the future we will need to better utilize our air and sea power, that’s where I see the future for possible conflict.”

He also said that that while the Army may see its budgets disproportionally reduced in the next round of budget cuts, it’s not all negative.

“You have done what we have asked you to do,” he said to the Army students in the class. “You have gotten rid of Saddam Hussein and his sons, and while Iraq is still turbulent, you have helped bring stability to the region. Budget cuts shouldn’t be seen as a question of your relevancy, it’s more of an acknowledgement of a job well done.”

O’Hanlon said that as far as long-term planning for the Army, the situations in Iran, North Korea and India and Pakistan will dictate the future for policy and strategy.

“The QDR may not provide much clarify because of budget issues, he said. “We have to come up plans for 2020 in order to be prepared for the serious threats on the horizon.”

 O'Hanlon specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American foreign policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His most recent book is Healing the Wounded Giant: Maintaining Military Preeminence while Cutting the Defense Budget (Brookings Institution Press 2013).

Be prepared when winter weather comes

   It's never too early to plan for winter weather. Wondering where to go for information about post closures, delays?

   The best place to check for all official post operations is the information line at 245-3700. Updated at least daily, this number always has the latest on post operations.

Also check the USAWC Facebook page at and the Banner at

    Preparing your home

    Start to prepare your home for the winter cold, snow and ice now so it will be ready when the bad weather arrives. There are several things a person can do to make sure their home is ready for winter weather. recommends that dead branches should be removed from trees.  Ice and snow could cause weak branches to break and cause damage to structures. Also, as days become shorter, make sure your outdoor lighting is in good working order.  Good lighting can protect you against crime and falls.

   You should check smoke and Co2 detectors to make sure they are working properly. Replace the batteries if they are not hard-wired to your electrical system.

    "It's a good idea to get into the habit of changing your smoke detector batteries when the time changes for daylight savings," said Jim O'Connell, Carlisle Barracks fire department. "When you change your clocks, just make a point to change the smoke detector batteries, too."

    Always make sure you have a snow shovel and salt on hand to keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice. This can prevent injury from falls, says the FEMA website.

    If you have a weather related emergency this winter contact the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department at 245-4419.  For all other issues call the Department of Public Works order desk at 245-4019.

             Home preparation check list

  • Make sure exterior vents are clear.
  • Remove exterior garden hoses and shut off faucets.
  • Remove weak trees and branches.
  • Check outdoor lighting.
  • Check and change batteries in fire and Co2 detectors.
  • Make sure you have a snow shovel and salt for sidewalks.

Preparing your car

    A well running car in the winter can be the difference between making it home and sitting in the cold.

   You should place a winter emergency kit in each car, which should include a shovel, windshield scraper, battery powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, extra hats and mittens, a flashlight, chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables and emergency flares.


            Car preparation check list

  • Keep oil changes up to date.
  • Check radiator fluid/flush.
  • Check fluid levels.
  • Check all belts.
  • Check all hoses.
  • Check or replace wiper blades.
  • Check tire tread.
  • Check or replace battery.
  • Check or replace thermostat.
  • Lubricate working parts.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit.

Winter driving tips

    Ice, snow and slush on the roads in the winter can create a very hazardous situation. Planning ahead can make your road trips much safer. You should always plan ahead with safety in mind.  Be sure to check the forecast; if a winter storm is predicted for the area in which you will be driving, think twice, (or) ask yourself if the trip is necessary.  Also, check road condition reports on the television, radio or Internet.

    When driving in the winter, always wear your seatbelt; remove ice and snow from windows, license plates and lights; reduce your speed while driving; watch for slick spots under bridges and on overpasses and keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

            Winter driving check list

  • Watch weather reports.
  • Watch road condition reports.
  • Wear seatbelts.
  • Clear ice from windows and lights.
  • Reduce your speed.
  • Watch for slick spots on the road.
  • Keep gas tank at least two-thirds full.


    Start preparing for the winter months now so you're ready when harsh weather strikes.

Army Community Service & Memorial Chapel holiday assistance program 


Open to ALL Military/DoD/NAF Civilians

ID Card Holders

November 12 - January 3


Grocery Store Gift Cards


· An assessment work sheet can be picked up at the ACS Office.

· Must provide proof of ID.

· Appointments can be scheduled between the hours of 9am-3pm.

· Walk-ins from 9am-3pm.


NOTE: Availability of financial assistance is limited.


Army Community Service

632 Wright Avenue

(717) 245-4720/3685

Email: cora.l.johnson8.civ@mail.milor

International Fellows host "Know Your World"


Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Army War College Commandant, tries a dish at the display set up by the Macedonia Fellow Lt. Col. Goran Pavleski during the Know Your World event Nov. 7.  Find more photos at www.facebook/com/usawc

The International Fellows from the USAWC Class of 2014 hosted the “Know Your World” event Nov. 7.

One of the largest ever held, the event allowed the 77 International Fellows from 67 Nations to set up displays highlighting each of their nations Culture, Food, Religion, Tourism, and Industry.

This event provides the International Officers an opportunity to present some aspects of their respective countries, cultures and customs to the Carlisle community.

Enduring Fortitude, Unfailing Valor


Army War College students, faculty and friends celebrated the Marine Corps 238th birthday Thursday, Nov. 7 in Bliss Hall.

November 10 is the official founding date of the Continental Marines in 1775.

IMCOM welcomes new deputy commanding general
By Jade Fulce
U.S. Army Installation Management Command


SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 1, 2013) - U.S. Army Installation Management Command welcomed Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols to the team as the new Deputy Commanding General for Operations and Chief of Staff in a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston Theater.

More than 200 Army senior leaders, civilians, friends and guests gathered to recognize Nichols' accomplishments and to welcome her to the Installation Management Community and San Antonio.

"She was handpicked for this position and we are blessed to have her," said Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, IMCOM commanding general. "She knows the business of taking care of people. She's knows the business of transforming."

In her previous assignments, Nichols was U.S. Army Contracting Command's first commanding general and served as program executive officer, Program Executive Office Soldier, at Fort Belvoir, Va.  

Nichols has more than 25 years experience in Department of Defense acquisition. She has also served in various engineer jobs earlier in her career as an engineer officer in tactical engineering units. Nichols has a unique distinction as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic women's handball team, serving as manager and assistant coach.

"Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your team," said Nichols. "I look forward to meeting and spending time with all of you."

Nichols enlisted in the Army in 1975 in her home town of Niagara Falls, N.Y. In 1981, she was commissioned as an engineer officer upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

After Nichols' welcoming ceremony, IMCOM held its monthly town hall, which focused on employee appreciation and wellness.

Paul Smith, the new IMCOM wellness program coordinator, said wellness is not just physical, it's a lifestyle.

"I wasn't eating properly," said Smith, a transitioned Soldier. "I was used to running four to five times a week. However, I started a sedentary job, working 8, 10, 12 hours a day and the pounds started building up."

Smith shared his personal story: How he changed his diet and started walking 45 minutes during his lunch period, resulting in a 20-pound weight loss in two-and-a-half months. Smith cautions that wellness means different things to everyone, so it's up to the individual to make changes in his or her life.

"This is your program - success depends on you," said Smith.

The town hall ended with IMCOM command team thanking employees for their dedication and service. "We have the best team in the DoD," said IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice.


About the U.S. Army Installation Management Command:

IMCOM handles the day-to-day operations of U.S. Army installations around the globe – We are the Army's Home.  Army installations are communities that provide many of the same types of services expected from any small city.  Fire, police, housing, and child-care are just some of the things IMCOM does in Army communities every day. Our professional workforce strives to deliver on the commitments of the Army Family Covenant, honor the sacrifices of military Families, and enable the Army Force Generation cycle.

Our vision: Ready & Resilient Army: Provide Soldiers, Families and Civilians with a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their service.

Our mission: IMCOM will synchronize, integrate, and deliver installation services and sustain facilities in support of Senior Commanders in order to enable a ready and resilient Army.

To learn more about IMCOM:



November is National American Indian Heritage Month

What is it?

National American Indian Heritage Month begins each year on November 1st to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of this country's original inhabitants, explorers and settlers. Throughout our Army's 238-year history, American Indians have served valiantly and with distinction in times of peace and war, while also fighting for the right to be an equal part of our nation. We recognize their rich heritage and honor their spirit and true devotion to our country.

What has the Army done?

Army leadership has asked the entire Army family to give sincere thanks and appreciation for the past and present contributions American Indian Soldiers, civilians and family members have made. As a tribute to all American Indians, units, agencies and Army activities will be executing appropriate commemorative activities throughout the Army to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month. We know there is strength in diversity. In celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month, we not only emphasize American Indians significant contributions, but also the value the Army places on diversity.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

We are Army Strong because we not only place great value in having different perspectives, approaches, and skills but also because we value having ethnic and cultural diversity. Throughout the year, we will celebrate and commemorate the diversity of our Army and leverage and draw strength from the rich diversity within our military and civilian ranks by recognizing the critical roles we all play in strengthening our nation's presence around the world.

Why is this important to the Army?

American Indians have a distinguished legacy in the Army - many thousands have served in the armed forces from the early days of the Revolutionary War, with the Lewis and Clark expedition, as Scouts with the U.S. Cavalry and as Code Talkers in World War II.

This legacy continues today with the brave Soldiers who have served and continue to serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. To this day, 24 American Indians have earned the Medal of Honor for their courage and devotion to our nation. The nation is proud of the lasting contributions American Indians continue to make as Soldiers, civilians, veterans and family members in professions that will benefit the nation and Army for many years to come.

Carlisle High School to Host College and Career Exposition

Carlisle’s two Rotary Clubs invite the greater Carlisle community to attend Carlisle High School’s College and Career Exposition, scheduled to take place in Gene Evans Gymnasium from 6-8p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

This event is designed to provide information to students and their parents on possible career paths and combines the efforts of both career speakers and post-secondary school admissions representatives. Over 25 post-secondary schools have agreed to participate as well as experienced career speakers representing a wide range of careers.  A financial aid workshop begins at 7:15 p.m. in the McGowan Auditorium.

While the event is focused on providing information to students and their parents from the across the county, it is also open to the public and will be a great source of information about pursuing a new career field. Anyone requesting additional information about the College and Career Exposition should contact the Rotary Club’s event coordinator, Bill Blankmeyer, at 245-2622 or Michele Orner, Career and Technology Center Director, at 240-6800 extension 13814.

Schools Scheduled to Attend

Art Institute                                                                 McCann School

Bloomsburg University                                               Messiah College

Central Penn College                                                 Millersville University

DeRielle Cosmetology Academy                                PA College of Technology

Dickinson College                                                       Penn State University

Duquesne University                                                  Shippensburg University

Empire Beauty School                                                Temple University

HACC                                                                         Thaddeus Stevens

Harrisburg University                                                  Triangle Technical Institute

Indiana University of PA                                             York College of PA

Johnson & Wales University                                       York Campus-Baltimore School of Massage


Career Areas Represented 

Agriculture                                                                   Arts-all aspects

Health and Human Services                                       Culinary-Chef and Baker

Transportation                                                             Military

Construction                                                                Education and Training

Hospitality and Tourism                                               Manufacturing

Business                                                                      Information Technology

Non-Profit                                                                    Engineering-Architect

Communications                                                         Criminal Justice

Firefighting                                                                  Aviation                                               


Veterans Day in Carlisle, War College Commandant, students speak at ceremonies

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. Lt. Col.Paul B. Culberson, Dickinson College Professor of Military Science, is the guest speaker.

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Commandant of The U.S. Army War College, will be speaking at three events honoring veterans around the area. On November 8, Gen. Cucolo will speak at Big Springs High School, on November 12, he will speak at Citi Military Veteran’s Network Kickoff and on November 13, he will speak at the Association of the United States Army and Military Officers Association of America.

Additionally, Army War College students will be featured speakers at multiple Veterans Day events around the greater Carlisle area. Eighteen students will speak at local area schools, retirement homes, churches and clubs that are honoring veterans.


Shippensburg - The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will perform at Grove Theatre at 7:30 p.m.


Boiling Springs – Boiling Springs High School Interact Club will host its twelfth annual Veterans Day Breakfast at 9 a.m. The guest speakers are Col. Dave Funk, Army War College Deputy Commandant, Col. Allen Estes and Mr. Gary Tallman, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Portage – Portage High School will host its 65th annual Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Peter Whalen, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Shippensburg – Shippensburg High School will honor veterans with a Veterans Day program from 8:15-10 a.m. Lt. Col. Cliff Gehrke, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014, is the guest speaker.

Hanover – Homewood at Plum Creek is hosting a Veterans Day Observance at 2 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Tony Audrey, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.


Camp Hill – Christian Life Assembly of Camp Hillwill host a Veterans breakfast at 8 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. F. Wayne Brewster, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.


Shippensburg – Oakville United Methodist Church will hold its annual Veterans Day Service at 9 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col Michael Best, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Big Spring – Big Spring United Methodist Church will hold a Veterans Day event beginning at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Steven Greiner, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Mt. Holly Springs – Mt. Holly Springs American Legion 674 will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 1 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Chuck Freeman, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.


Red Lion – Red Lion VFW will host a program honoring our veterans at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker is Chaplain Lt. Col. Claude A. Crisp, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Mt. Holly Springs – Mt. Holly Springs Elementary School will honor Veterans Day at 9:30 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Nicole Jones, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Mechanicsburg – Bethany Village Retirement Community will hold a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is Cmdr. Michael Ferns, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Elizabethtown – The Masonic Village of Elizabethtown will host a Veterans Day program beginning at 1:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Col. William Byron Penland, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Carlisle – Cumberland Crossings will host a Veterans Day event at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Greg Smith, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Carlisle – The VFW in Carlisle will honor veterans with an event at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is Ms. Shannon Driscoll, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Hanover – Hanover High School will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 8:45 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Wayne Grieme, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

Duncannon – Susquenita Middle School will host a Veterans Day recognition ceremony at 9 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Shawn R. Edwards, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.


Littlestown – The Littlestown Rotary Club will host an event honoring Veterans at 7 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Herb Koehler, U.S. Army War College Class of 2014.

The Longest War: A Discussion of U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Heralded by Publishers Weekly as "A searing indictment of how President Barack Obama's 2009 Afghanistan surge was carried out," Rajiv Chandrasekaran's second book, Little America: the War within the War for Afghanistan (Knopf), highlights his insights as an in-country reporter for The Washington Post.

Chandrasekaran details the challenges faced by the U.S. Administration through bickering, mismanagement and lack of cultural understanding of the Afghanis. He explores the nuances surrounding the lack of success of the surge through his experiences with top military commanders in the field and the locals, providing viewpoints from every possible angle.

In this talk, Chandrasekaran will evaluate the U.S. military's role, capabilities, and the Afghani culture to help create a better understanding of the complex challenges which have impacted America's relationship with Afghanistan since its involvement in the area during the Cold War on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor at The Washington Post. From 2009 - 2011, he traveled extensively through the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, Afghanistan where he experienced first-hand the impact of President Obama's decision to double the U.S. Force's presence during the surge.

In addition to his work with The Post, Chandrasekaran has served two terms as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. He has also served at the Center for the New American Security as the author in residence and has been the journalist in residence at the International Reporting Project at the John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

His first book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, recounts Chandrasekaran's experiences as the Post's Baghdad Bureau Chief within Iraq as the U.S. worked to rebuild Baghdad. Mr. Chandrasekaran holds a degree in Political Science from Stanford University.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center sponsors a monthly public lecture series, "Perspectives in Military History," which provides a historical dimension to the exercise of generalship, strategic leadership, and the war fighting institutions of land power.

All lectures are held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building opens at 6:30 p.m., the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972.

November 13, 2013 (Wednesday) 7:15 p.m.
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
Title: "The Longest War: A Discussion of U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan"

New exhibit to showcase the art of Lt. Carl Holmstrom, POW in, Stalag 3

"Kriegie Life: The Words and Artwork of Lieutenant Carl H. Holmstrom, Prisoner of War"

When Lt. Carl Holmstrom's widow donated her husband's artwork to the Military History Institute in 1980, she said that although Carl had mailed some drawings from Germany to his mother, he carried the rest all over Europe, even during forced marches. “He thought that he had something that he could give to this country,” she said.

Thursday, Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m., the Army Heritage and Education Center will open a new exhibit and share his work with the country.

Portrait of a fellow POW, Second Lieutenant Frank M. "Hoss" Newton from Cameron, Texas by Lt. Carl Holmstrom.

The Kriegie Life exhibit, on display until June 2014, features drawings and watercolors that capture prison life during two years as a World War II POW in Germany. After storage for more than 30 years, Holmstrom's collection of prison camp life in Stalag Luft III will be the inaugural exhibition in the newly created General Omar Nelson Bradley Memorial Art Gallery in the Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle Pa.

Born in Branford, Conn., Holmstrom studied art and graduated from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1940. After enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps on March 6, 1941 and completing his training as a bombardier at Midland, Texas, he was commissioned a lieutenant and sent overseas. On January 3, 1943, he was taken prisoner by the Germans on a Tunisian desert in Africa when his plane crashed landed. He was shipped to Frankfurt, Germany and then to the Stalag Luft III prison camp in Sagan, Germany, finally being liberated by Gen. George Patton’s Third Army on April 29, 1945.


U.S. history rife with irregular warfare

By Tom Conning

Many Soldiers who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have first-hand experience dealing with irregular warfare. On Tuesday, about 20 Army War College students learned that their counterparts from 150 years ago had to deal with the same types of situations in the American Civil War.

Confederate guerrillas destroy the city of Lawrence, Kan. and massacre its inhabitants August 21, 1863. This illustration appeared in Harper’s Weekly September 5, 1863.

The Noon-Time Lecture, named Irregular Warfare in the American Civil War, was presented by Dr. Christian B. Keller, Army War College history professor. There are incredible parallels that we can draw from this period and apply to today, said Keller. “An educated commander, one familiar with the nuances of history as well as the implications of modern ethics and political concerns, is therefore of paramount importance,” he said.

“If Federal officers thought they had it tough trying to figure out who it was they were fighting and thus what they could—or should—do in response, modern American military leaders face even greater challenges in identifying and countering irregular threats, especially at the strategic and operational levels."

International Fellow Col. Ioannis Tzanetakis, of Greece, thought the insights in the lecture were good. It’s proof that irregular warfare is not something new, said Tzanetakis. Irregular warfare creates hard feelings and pushes warfare to an extreme end, he said.

Noon-Time Lectures happen throughout the academic year and are complimentary programs designed to enhance the Army War College curriculum.

Dr. Christian B. Keller, Army War College history professor, discusses Irregular Warfare in the American Civil War during a Noon-Time Lecture October 22. Noon-Time Lectures happen throughout the academic year and are complimentary programs designed to enhance the Army War College curriculum. 

Dr. Keller is one of several American Civil War experts on staff at the U.S. Army War College. For more from Dr. Keller, visit

For additional American Civil War insights visit