Banner Archive for November 2014
 

Post information line, Facebook official sources for closures, delays

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. You can also register for SendWord Now, the posts official mass notification tool at https://carlislebarracks.sendwordnow.com/HomePage.aspx

Also check the USAWC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usawc and the Banner at www.carlisle.army.mil/banner

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.

Ready.gov 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.


Carlisle Barracks suspending operations as of noon, 26 Nov

 

Due to the deteriorating road conditions, and the forecasted continued snow fall, Carlisle Barracks will suspend operations at 1200 hrs today, Nov. 26.

All services will close with the exception of the Commissary and Post Exchange which will close at 1 p.m. Check the US Army War College Facebook

page or the 245-3700 Hotline for further information and updates.


Lt. Gen. David Halverson, commander, U.S. Army Installation Management Command and IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Hartless
IMCOM commander, command sergeant major send Thanksgiving message

IMCOM Team,

Thanksgiving is a great American tradition. It offers us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the blessings in our lives. We are thankful to live in this great country, and for the liberties provided by our Constitution. We are blessed that we get the opportunity to serve the Soldiers, Family members, Civilians and contract teammates that make up the Army team.

We are especially thankful to each of you for what you do every day to accomplish the IMCOM mission. Your hard work and personal sacrifice makes a positive difference in the lives of our Soldiers and our Army Families. Be proud of your accomplishments!

This Thanksgiving, please take time to relax, unwind, and recharge. Feast, watch football, or spend time with your family. Many of you will also take time to volunteer for various service groups in the communities in which you live. For that we offer an extra measure of appreciation.

While you enjoy Thanksgiving, don't forget we want you to take precautions as you celebrate. The following tips will ensure we all have a safe holiday.

Be careful if you fry a turkey. Deep-frying a turkey may be great, but can be extremely dangerous if not done properly. See the Fried Turkey Safety link on the IMCOM Safety web page (http://www.imcom.army.mil/Organization/Safety.aspx) before using your fryer.

It's also essential to consider food safety this Thanksgiving. As a reminder, turkey meat is safely cooked only when internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees farenheit. See the FDA report at http://go.usa.gov/skc9.

The Army Safety Center recommends you visit https://safety.army.mil/OFF-DUTY/PMV-4.aspx to make vacation travel safer. Drinking and texting don't go with a steering wheel.

Don't post Thanksgiving travel plans on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. Thieves use the social media too. Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your house.

Lastly, as you prepare for Thanksgiving, please keep our Soldiers and Civilians who are deployed far from home in your thoughts. We are thankful for their service and sacrifices in the cause of freedom. Happy Thanksgiving!

Support and Defend!

LTG David Halverson CSM Jeff Hartless


PLA officers engage Army War College students

Nov. 21, 2014 – The expanding relationship between the U.S. Army and the People’s Liberation Army of China took a distinctly personal character when students at the U.S. Army War College engaged future policy and decision makers of the PLA today at Carlisle, Pa.

Sitting at a 30-person roundtable in the Command Conference Room, the group traded questions and comments

in friendly discussions both formal and informal.  Topics ranged from US/China economic interests, civ-mil relations, US alliances and partners, officer professional development, cyber war, and more. The conversation unfolded after the dean of the School of Strategic Landpower introduced the Army War College’s role, since inception in 1901, to educate and develop leaders – and its current parallel mission to advance knowledge of the global application of Landpower.

 “We help our student learn ‘how to think’ about complex issues regarding national security, said the dean of the USAWC School of Strategic Landpower, about the exchange between 16 Chinese officers and 17 members of Seminar 16, which itself includes three international officers.  Dr. Richard Lacquement later described the two-and-half-hour experience as an extension of the educational philosophy at the Army War College. “It was extremely valuable for our students to engage with the delegation of officers from the PLA – a group that we don’t typically interact with – to gain exposure to other countries, cultures, and approaches to strategy,” he said.  

Lacquement described to the visiting PLA members why the School seeks diversity, but it was the USAWC students who voiced the importance of the joint, interagency and multinational members of each seminar.  International Fellows and U.S. students explained the value of seminar dialogue to their counterparts:  seeking understanding of other perspectives, rather than consensus.

The delegation’s senior colonel drew parallels between President Obama’s trip to China and the mid-level military-to-military exchanges that are very important to peace and stability in the region and the world.  He opened a 90-min discussion with an invitation to the US students to comment on and assess the U.S. rebalance to the Pacific: the “return to Asia,” as he called it.

USMC officer in the class traded ideas with his PLA counterpart. Interspersed PLA officers and USAWC students, to include International Fellows, found opportunity for one-on-one discussions.

Finding common ground was seemingly effortless between PLA officers and USAWC students, who eased into one-on-one conversations about topics as diverse as home towns or provinces, Swiss knives and military uniforms.

“I think the students realize that as graduates of the Army War College, they’ll need to think globally and be politically astute while trying to find ways to preserve the peace, rather than head to war,” said Professor Mike Marra, a Seminar 16 instructor. “Our students are expert in ‘M’ but they are thinking ‘DIME’,” he said about the elements of national power: diplomatic, informational, military and economic.


External speaker system testing slated for Nov. 20

Carlisle Barracks will be testing the external speaker "giant voice" mass notification system periodically throughout the day today, Nov. 20. Any messages heard will be for testing purposes only.


David E. Myers, Fire Inspector, Carlisle Barracks Fire Dept.
Thanksgiving Fire Safety tips

On Thanksgiving Day, many families spend the holiday inside their home or the home of a friend or family member, with the family dinner being the highlight of the day.  This is way cooking fires nearly double on Thanksgiving Day.

Here are a few tips to play it safe on Thanksgiving.

  1.  Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  2. Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, & towels) away from the stove top.
  3. Check you fire extinguisher.
  4. If you are using a turkey fryer, make sure it is outside in an open area.
  5. Be alert! If you have consumed alcohol or are feeling sleepy don’t use the stove top.

Have a Fire Safe Thanksgiving from the members of the Carlisle Barracks Fire Dept.


By Jade Fulce, U.S. Army Installation Management Command
IMCOM unveils plan for 2025 and beyond

SAN ANTONIO (November 14, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Installation Management Command released  "IMCOM 2025 and Beyond," a new campaign plan operationalizing the commanding general's vision for the organization.

This plan provides a roadmap for IMCOM's future and serves as a change management document that focuses the command’s collective efforts, prioritizes resources and continues the exchange of information, Lt. Gen. David Halverson, IMCOM commander, wrote in his preface.

What we do must be nested within the U.S. Army senior leaders' priorities, Halverson said. 

IMCOM is transforming to support and enable Army Force 2025 and Beyond with services to support and enhance the readiness of a smaller, regionally aligned and globally responsive force.

IMCOM 2025 and Beyond contains three lines of effort are designed to set the conditions for success as the command transforms to support the force of the future: professional installation management workforce, effective base operations support services and infrastructure sustainment and revitalization.

Though this plan begins in Fiscal Year 2015 and covers a seven-year period, the strategy looks past 2025. The plan applies to all IMCOM components: headquarters, regions, Army Environmental Command and garrisons. The document directs garrison commanders to incorporate this strategic framework into their overall installation plan.

 

IMCOM 2025 and Beyond Plan is available at: http://imcom.army.mil/about/campaignplan.aspx


International Fellows welcomed by citizens of Pennsylvania: Harrisburg Foreign Policy Association

In an enduring tradition of 38 years, the Harrisburg Foreign Policy Association honored the 79 International Fellows of the resident class of 2015 when it hosted its annual reception Nov. 13, 2014 at the Letort View Club, for the officers representing countries across the globe.

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

HFPA President Dr. Clem E. Gilpin and members of the Foreign Policy Association represent the welcoming central Pennsylvania region, and the group's interest in international affairs.

Pa. Senator Pat Vance takes a moment with Australian Fellow Col. Simon Stuart after presenting the Senate Proclamation. (right)

Mozambique Fellow Col. Arsenio Zandamela, Burundi Fellow Lt. Col. Onesime Karikera, Togo Fellow Lt. Col. Koffi Kanayema, and Fellow Lt. Col. Juma Sipe of the United Republic of Tanzania pose during the Harrisburg Foregin Policy Association reception for International Fellows of academic year 2015. (below) 


National Drinking and Drugged Driving Prevention Month December 1 – 31 Focus – Impaired Driving

December is annually designated as National Drinking and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (often referred to as 3D Month). Every day, almost 32 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 3D Month reminds us to "Designate before we Celebrate" and encourages safe and sober driving. 

Safe driving

Once again the Holiday season soon will be approaching us. The Holiday season generally means more parties, which raises the potential to drink.  Driving defensively means not only taking responsibility for yourself and your actions but also keeping an eye on "the other guy." If you plan to drink, designate a driver who won't drink. Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all fatal motor vehicle crashes. 

If you are a host for a party, here are some things you can do  to promote   responsible drinking at a social function:

Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.

Do not pressure guests to drink.

Serve food to slow the rate of absorption of alcohol.

Stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party is over.

If guests drink too much, call a cab or arrange a ride with a sober driver.

Having a FUN holiday is having a SAFE Holiday.

Impaired Driving

Drinking alcohol and driving is a dangerous combination. Take steps to prevent impaired driving and protect yourself, your passengers, and others on the road.

The Reality

Alcohol-impaired driving endangers the health and lives of drinking drivers, their passengers, and others on the road. You may not have realized that:

  • Every day, 32 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 45 minutes.
  •  One in 3 fatal motor-vehicle crashes involves an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • Alcohol-impaired driving takes an especially high toll on young people. One of every three drivers ages 21-24 who was killed in a motor vehicle crash in 2008 had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 (which is the illegal limit) or above.

Thankfully, there are steps individuals and communities can take to make injuries and deaths from impaired driving less of a threat.

The more alcohol you consume, the more impaired you become.Learn how your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) affects your ability to drive  [PDF - 46 KB].

 

 

Plan Ahead

 

Whenever your social plans involve alcohol, make plans so that you don’t have to drive after drinking. For example:

  • Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
  • If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.

Protective Programs

When it comes to steps society can take to reduce impaired driving, sobriety checkpoints and ignition interlocks have been proven effective:

  • Sobriety checkpointsare traffic stops where law enforcement officers assess drivers’ level of alcohol impairment. These checkpoints consistently reduce alcohol-related crashes, typically by 20%.
  • Ignition interlocksare devices that are installed in the vehicles of people who have been convicted of driving while impaired. They prevent operation of the vehicle by anyone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above a specified safe level (usually 0.02% – 0.04%). When installed, interlocks are associated with about a 70% reduction in arrest rates for impaired driving.

 

Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption

 

Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is a risk factor for many health and societal problems. Among adults, it can take the form of heavy drinking, binge drinking, or both.

  • Heavy drinking is defined as more than two drinks per day on average for men or more than one drink per day on average for women.
  • Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks during a single occasion for men or four or more drinks during a single occasion for women.

Underage drinking can also be considered a form of excessive drinking because it is both illegal and often involves consumption in quantities and settings that can lead to serious immediate and long-term consequences.

  • Approximately 5% of the total population drinks heavily and 15% of the population engages in binge drinking (CDC). 
  • People aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States. More than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinks (OJJDP).

 

The Designated Driver Program on Carlisle Barracks: “You Drink – You Drive – You Lose”. LVCC and The Strike Zone support the Designated Driver Program.

 

  • A designated driver is a person in a group of two or more drinking adults who agrees not to drink any alcoholic beverages and to safely transport the other group member’s home.
  • If it is a large group, more than one Designated Driver may be needed.
  • Designated Drivers should not drink any alcoholic beverages and are therefore never the person least drunk.
  • Designated Drivers are also important if someone is taking medication that makes them drowsy or otherwise impaired.

 

 

 LVCC - inform the bar tender that you are the designated driver and you will receive FREE non-alcoholic soft drinks or water throughout the event.

 

STRIKE ZONE BOWLING CENTER – inform the staff that you are the designated driver and you will receive FREEnon-alcoholic soft drinks or water throughout the event.

 

The staff will make sure you get home safely, even if you should need a ride.

 

Additional information, contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576.

 Pennsylvania DUI “Facts You Need to Know”  presentations 

Monday, 15 December, 1130 - 1300, Wil Washcoe Auditorium, Root Hall

Thursday, 18 December, 1130 – 1300, Bradley Auditorium, Upton Hall

DUI – Facts You Need to Know & Holiday Safety”

Pre-registration required by calling 245-4576.

This class will cover the following:

 

  • PennDot DUI and DUI Crash Stats'
  • "DUI's don't get past us"
  •  DRE's - Drug recognition Experts - What are they? Where do they come from?
  •  Drunk / Drug Driving PA Laws
  •  Holiday Safety

Presented by the Army Substance Abuse Office, and the Directorate of Emergency Services, Carlisle Barracks.

 

 


National Military Family Appreciation Month 2014

What is it?

Military Family Appreciation Month is observed in November to recognize and honor families of service members from all branches for their unique contributions and sacrifices. The Army recognizes that the selfless dedication and commitment of Army families directly contributes to the readiness of our Soldiers. Families are the force behind the force.

What has the Army done?

Military Family Appreciation Month was established in 1993. Each November, government, military, community and business leaders team up to recognize Army families through a variety of activities such as family fun nights, fun runs, discounts at Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities, sporting events and special recognitions during community activities. Active, Guard, and Reserve leaders and Department of Defense organizations such as the Army Air Force Exchange Service and the Defense Commissary Agency frequently team up to conduct activities and events to express their appreciation to military families.

Why is this important to the Army?

Since the nation's fight for independence, when families became "camp followers" and directly supported Soldiers with food, clothing and medical support, Families have always been a vital part of the Army's ability to stand strong. Military families have never wavered in their support and patriotism, and the Army remains committed to providing them the support and services they need to remain resilient and steadfast in their support to our war fighters. During the month of November, all commands, installations, and units are encouraged to support local engagements designed to draw public attention and illustrate public support and appreciation to the Army family.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army is fully committed to helping families remain Army strong by offering a variety of programs and services through the garrison MWR programs, Army Community Services and Child Youth and School Services. These programs keep the Army's commitment to provide Soldiers and their families a quality of life commensurate with their service resulting in families feeling important, supported and connected to the Army and the nation.


10 things to know about the Carlisle Barracks  annual Denim to Diamonds event

1.  You can support this great cause even if you cannot attend the Friday evening event:  Make your way to the LVCC between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to  purchase an "opportunity ticket:"  6 tickets for $5 ... 12 tickets for $10 ... 30 tickets for $20 ... 50 tickets for $30.

2. Credit cards accepted for $20-plus donations .

3. "Denim to Diamonds" means Something for Everyone

4. Sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club, which supports scholarships for military family members, and donations for civic and military causes on post and throughout  our neighboring communities.

5. Cookies, mousse cups, brownies, cupcakes .... all homemade: need we say more?

6. Tickets for the Denim to Diamonds event are on sale now: $20 per person; $200 per table for dinner.

7. Dinner & Silent auction,  6 - 7:30 p.m.

8. Live auction, 8 p.m.

9. Letort View Community Center - - Friday, Nov 14

10.  Fun


GEN Raymond T. Odierno, Chief Of Staff,  United States Army

CSA introduces the updated Key Strategic Issues List

"Today we continue to face an uncertain, complicated and rapidly changing international security environment, as stated in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. At the same time, the Army has been asked to contribute to the restoration of our Nation's economic strength by rapidly drawing down Army forces in light of domestic fiscal challenges. In the face of continuing international tensions and budget stringency, the Army’s greatest challenge is to provide steadfast support to worldwide operational commitments, to include Afghanistan, while simultaneously drawing down, reorganizing and preparing the force for a wider array of security missions and threats in the future. We are committed to ensure the U.S. Army remains the most highly trained and professional land force in the world.


"Research on the topics contained in this document will assist us in shaping the Army of the future. We organize the topics to support the five strategic priorities identified in the 2014 Army Strategic Planning Guidance (ASPG).

"We must decide how to organize, train, and equip our Army efficiently and effectively so as to be prepared for the uncertain global environment ahead of us. To assist in doing so, we publish the Army Priorities for Strategic Analysis (APSA)

"I have a keen interest in each of the topics listed; however, I highlight at the front of the document a subset of these topics, the analyses of which are truly critical to our future success. I strongly encourage those conducting research through our Senior Service Colleges and Fellows experiences to consider those priority issues, as well as others listed in the APSA. The Army needs your study and analysis today more than ever.

"Given today's fiscal environment and the dynamic strategic environment, our vision, direction, and objectives must continue to evolve so that we can adapt to global challenges.

"The Army is the strength of the Nation."

Major General Harry Greene remembered, honored at USAWC Alumni Memorial

Nov. 10, 2014 -- A surprisingly pretty, crisp November day provided backdrop for a ceremony both somber and life-affirming. Friends, family, teammates, and Army War College classmates and faculty gathered today to honor the memory of Maj. Gen. Harold J. ‘Harry’ Greene at the USAWC Alumni Memorial. Killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 5, 2014, he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery Aug. 15.

“I’ve walked by this memorial many times and, now, have had time to pause and reflect and give thanks that Harry is remembered with some of his colleagues and heroes,” said Sue Myers about her husband, Harry, during the ceremony that included comments from the USAWC commandant and memories from the family’s friend, Dr. Jim Embrey.

She spoke of his dedicated service to learning -- putting into practice all the important attributes of strategic leadership, such as leading by example, putting complex concepts into terms everyone can understand, and treating people like we want to be treated.

“He loved to learn and this year was truly one of the best because we had the opportunity to connect as a family, to make life-long new friends,” she said. “We always considered Carlisle a second home. Our kids had the great fortune of graduating from Carlisle High School and we return here often ….”

“It’s such a pleasure to know that there’s a special tribute here at the Army War College.”

Sue Myers and Harry Greene both came to Carlisle as members of the Army War College Class of 2003. Ties to Carlisle were strengthened when Col. Myers was selected for the Army War College’s Professor USAWC program and subsequent assignment to the faculty.

“Harry went on to serve as one of the Army’s most senior and gifted acquisition officers in a series of assignments,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, commandant of the Army War College who noted highlights of a 34-year Army career. 

“He was able to serve in truly unique ways for the future of our Armed Forces and to set the standard for the Acquisition community,” said Rapp who noted that Greene was immensely qualified, with a doctorate in Material Science from the University of Southern California, four master’s degrees, and multiple program management credentials.

Rapp characterized several of Greene’s key assignments as very difficult and absolutely critical for the Army’s future:  Army Research and Development and Engineering; command of the Natick Soldier Systems Center, and Program Executive in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army.

“It was in this latter role that I came to know and greatly respect this superb patriot and leader,” said Rapp. “In morning updates to the Chief of Staff of the Army and on the Hill talking programmatics to Congressmen and staffers, Harry was like ‘E.F. Hutton’ -- his credibility and knowledge ruled the day.

“Harry also wanted to do his part for Soldiers and it was in pursuit of that goal that he deployed to Afghanistan as deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan,” said Rapp. ”Sadly it was there where his life was taken in a sudden and horrific attack on 5 August.

“Harry served the nation with all that he could give. So, today, with both sadness and pride we honor Major General Harry Greene with the addition of his name to this graduate memorial,” he said.

“Harry and those graduates before him made the ultimate sacrifice to this nation:  a sacrifice painful beyond description for all who loved him with all our hearts. It is in this small way that we can guarantee Harry’s service to the nation and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.”


Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues @ Dickinson presents ...

PTSD: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Panelists

Kimberly Dozier, 2014-15 Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership
Wendy Moffat, professor, Dickinson College
COL Rebecca Porter, commander, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, Carlisle Barracks
David Wood, senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying or traumatic event. It is not a unusual for veterans returning from war to experience this condition, whether the condition is brief, prolonged, or permanent. It is estimated that 11-20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are suffering from PTSD. This panel discussion will approach the complex issue of PTSD from multiple perspectives.

The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues

249-255 W. Louther Street
P.O. Box 1773
Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA 17013


Senior Leaders Message on Veterans Day 2014

On Veterans Day, we pause to honor and remember the men and women who have served during war and peace, defending our country and the American way of life. As a nation, we must never forget the debt we owe them for securing the many freedoms we often take for granted.

The volunteer Army is our nation's strength. Past and present, our Soldiers represent the honor, courage and commitment to serve that befits the profession of arms. Soldiers who are serving and those who have served in the active or reserve components are Soldiers for life, permanent members of America's Army. Whether in Normandy or Okinawa, Korea or Vietnam, Afghanistan or Iraq or elsewhere around the world, our Soldiers served willingly and nobly answered our nation's call. Through their support, their families have served, too, and equally deserve our respect and appreciation.

Every one of our Soldiers, veterans and their families have selflessly devoted themselves to serving our great nation. Their gifts are many. This Veterans Day, we encourage you to say thank you to those individuals who have worn the Soldier's uniform. At the same time, please continue to honor our fallen, our Wounded Warriors and those who still serve in defense of our country and its principles.


President awards Medal of Honor for Civil War heroism

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2014 – President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Union Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing yesterday for helping to stop Confederate Army Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.

Helen Loring Ensign accepted the medal during the ceremony, held in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, on behalf of Cushing, her first cousin, twice removed. Some 24 other descendants were present as well.

Long before Gettysburg, Cushing, who graduated from West Point in June 1861, "fought bravely" at the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, developing a reputation for "his cool, his competence and his courage under fire," Obama said.

Cushing commanded Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac, atop Cemetery Ridge. On that fateful day, some 10,000 of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's troops advanced toward them in a line, elbow-to-elbow, a mile wide, in the final, desperate hours of the battle.

Cushing Refused to Fall Back

Smoke from the guns obscured the battlefield, and the air was thick with lead. In the chaos, Cushing was hit and badly wounded, the president continued. His first sergeant, Frederick Fuger, urged him to fall back to the safety of the rear, away from the punishing fire. But Cushing refused, telling Fuger he'd rather "fight it out or die in the attempt."

Bleeding badly and growing weaker every moment, Cushing moved his remaining artillery closer to the front and continued to defend the Union line. "He used his own thumb to stop his gun's vent, burning his finger to the bone," the president related.

When Cushing was hit the final time, the 22-year-old soldier fell beside his gun. Obama said Cushing was later immortalized by a poet, who wrote: "His gun spoke out for him once more before he fell to the ground."

Letter to Cushing’s Sister

In a letter to Cushing's sister, Fuger wrote that "the bravery of their men that day was entirely due to your brother's training and example set on numerous battlefields." Etched on Cushing's tombstone at West Point is the simple epitaph, "Faithful Unto Death," the president said. And, his memory will be honored later this month, when a Navy cruiser -- the USS Gettysburg -- dedicates its officers dining hall as the "Cushing Wardroom."

Unbeknownst to Cushing, Gettysburg was a turning point in the war, the president said, and it was men like Cushing who were responsible for the victory. Historians often refer to where Pickett's Charge was stopped as the "high water mark of the Confederacy."

When President Abraham Lincoln later dedicated the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, he said these men gave their "last full measure of devotion."

Cushing's story "is part of our larger American story -- one that continues today," Obama said at the ceremony. "The spirit, the courage, the determination that he demonstrated lives on in our brave men and women in uniform who this very day are serving and making sure that they are defending the freedoms that Alonzo helped to preserve.

"And it's incumbent on all of us as Americans to uphold the values that they fight for,” the president continued, “and to continue to honor their service long after they leave the battlefield -- for decades, even centuries, to come."

Medal Was Long in Coming

Margaret Zerwekh, 94, a historian, attended the White House ceremony and was recognized by the president. Zerwekh researched Cushing's service in the Civil War. She was certain his valorous actions merited the Medal of Honor, and she lobbied her congressional representatives for decades to make it happen. She became interesting in Cushing's story because she lives on property in Wisconsin that once owned by the soldier’s father.

Typically, the medal is awarded within a few years of the action. Obama said. “But sometimes, even the most extraordinary stories can get lost in the passage of time,” he added. “No matter how long it takes, it is never too late to do the right thing."

This medal is about more than just one soldier, Obama said. "It reflects our obligations as a country to the men and women in our armed services -- obligations that continue long after they return home, after they remove their uniforms, and even, perhaps especially, after they've laid down their lives," he said.


Veterans Day deals available to troops

FORT MEADE, Md. (Army News Service, Nov. 6, 2014) -- Many restaurants and retailers are offering Veterans Day discounts or free meals to service members and veterans. Some offers even extend to family members.

National Parks and Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas are waiving entrance fees for veterans, service members and their families Nov. 11.


Most commercial establishments require proof of military service such as a military ID card or current leave and earnings statement, a driver's license with veteran's designation, DD 214 discharge paperwork, a veteran's organization card or a photograph in uniform.

Many of the companies offering deals are franchises, and officials recommend calling ahead to verify participation of specific locations, along with dates and times of the offers.

The following list was primarily compiled by military community services staff members and does not claim to be all-inclusive:

-- 7 - Eleven: Veterans, active members of the U.S. military and their immediate families can stop by 7-Eleven on Veterans Day and get a free small Slurpee drink. Just bring proof of current or former U.S. military service to participating stores.

-- Applebee Restaurants: A free meal will be provided to all active or retired service members and veterans. Proof of service is required. Locations can be checked at www.applebees.com.

-- Bar Louie: Active-duty military members and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free non-alcoholic beverage on Nov. 11. Military ID or proof of service is required.

-- BD's Mongolian Grill, Nov. 5-11: Service members can get half off on the purchase of stir-fry with a valid military ID, but only at participating locations.

-- Bed Bath & Beyond: Service members can receive 20 percent off their entire purchase Nov 9, 10 and 11, in-store only. U.S. military ID required at time of purchase.

-- Big Lots: A discount of 10 percent on entire purchase is being offered to active-duty military, Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members, with a valid ID.
-- BJ's Restaurant: Free lunch entree or free one-topping mini pizza at dinner is being offered.
-- Buckle: Military receive 10 percent off online purchases every day at Buckle.com, plus for a limited time, they can take advantage of Buckle's special offer and get a free t-shirt when they spend $100 or more on Affliction, American Customs, or Sinful branded merchandise at http://www.buckle.com.


-- buybuyBaby: A discount of 20 percent on entire purchase is offered Nov. 9, 10 and 11, in-store only. US military ID required at time of purchase.

-- Cabela's: The store's standard employee discount is offered to all U.S. military veterans, active-duty military, Guard/Reserve, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services personnel. Discounts varies from 5 percent to 20 percent, depending on the item.

-- California Pizza Kitchen: A free meal and non-alcoholic beverage is offered to veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service.

-- Champps: On Veterans Day, all veterans and active-duty military will receive a free burger (excluding the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger and The Kobe Burger). Please visit Champps Facebook page for more information.

-- Cheeseburger in Paradise: A free meal from a select menu is available with military ID or proof of service. Beverages and gratuity not included.

-- Christmas Tree Shops: Discount of 20 percent off entire purchase is offered Nov. 9, 10 and 11, in-store only. U.S. military ID required at time of purchase.

-- Chilis: Free entree available to veterans and active- duty military from 11 a.m. -5 p.m. on Veterans Day.

-- Cost Plus World Market: A discount of 20 percent off entire in-store purchase available to U.S. military. ID required at time of purchase.


-- Delta Sonic Car Wash: Free Super Kiss Car Washes and free oil changes offered to all military veterans and active service men and women on Nov. 11. Customers simply need to tell the car wash cashier or oil change technician that they are active or a veteran of the armed forces.

-- Denny's: Get free all-you-can-eat pancakes at participating Denny's restaurants.

-- Dollar General: Discount of 10 percent offered on entire purchase on Veterans Day. Offer good for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve, and immediate family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or by asking an employe. Also good online. Use Coupon Code VETERANSDAY.

-- Face Values Discount Health & Beauty: Discount of 20 percent offered Nov. 9, 10 & 11 off entire purchase, in-store only. U.S. military ID required at time of purchase.

-- Famous Dave's: Participating locations are offering different meal deals for current or retired military on Veterans Day.

-- Food Lion: Discount of 12 percent offered on groceries (some exclusions) for active and retired military personnel with a military ID and MVP card.

-- Fox & Hound and Bailey's Sports Bar: Veterans and active-duty military will receive a free item from the 7 under $7 menu. Active military ID, retiree card, or other proof of service required.

-- Free Car wash. More than a thousand locations around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day, coordinated by the Grace for Vets program. Businesses are participating in all 50 states and includes 467 carwash companies representing 1,181 carwash locations. Find a list at the "Grace for Vets" website.

-- Golden Corral: Restaurants will host their military appreciation with a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans. No proof is required to enjoy this buffet meal. Guests of veterans will have to pay the regular meal price. No take outs. Officials recommend contacting locations to find out their specific deal hours.

-- Great Clips: On Nov. 11 customers who come in for service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

-- Grizzly Industrial: A discount of 5 percent off all purchases is offered to active, veteran and retired military personnel from Nov. 11-28 at grizzlyindustrial.com.


-- Home Depot: Offering all active-duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10-percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran's Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 off and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations.

-- Hooters: A free meal of 10 hot wings available to military veterans and service members all day on Veterans Day at participating Hooters restaurants. A drink purchase is required.

-- Hy-Vee: A free Veterans Day breakfast is available from 7 a.m. -- 11 a.m. at all Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining. Please call ahead to verify participation, and bring proof of service.

-- JC Penny: Veterans, active-duty military and family members can receive an extra 20 percent off in stores Nov. 6-11 with coupon.

-- Knott's Berry Farms: Free admission to the park is offered to veterans or current serving military and one guest, with proper I.D. presented at turnstile. The eligible person must be present. Dependent I.D.s will not be accepted. Up to six additional tickets can also be purchased for $19.00 each.

-- Krispy Kreme: A free doughnut and small coffee available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Nov. 11.

-- Little Caesars Pizza: U.S. military and vets get a free order of Crazy Bread, with proof of military status/service. Call local Little Caesars to make sure they are participating in this deal.

-- Lone Star Steakhouse: All veterans and active-duty military will receive a free entrée from the Stars & Stripes Menu. ID required.

-- Long Horn Steakhouse: Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage available for veterans and active-duty military members.

-- Lowe's Military Discount: Lowe's Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10-percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards.

-- LYMY: Discount of 15 percent off on exclusive Love You Miss You t-shirts and hats offered to veterans, reservists, National Guard, active-duty military and their families at www.lymy.com.

-- Max & Erma's: Participating Max & Erma's locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries, and chocolate chip cookies.

-- McCormick & Schmick's: Complimentary lunch or dinner is offered at participating restaurants to veterans. Verification of service is required (retired ID card or DD214). McCormick & Schmick's highly encourages reservations for the Veterans Appreciation Event as tables fill up quickly for this event each year.

-- Massage Envy: Participating locations in the Washington, D.C, Maryland, and northern Virginia region are offering a complimentary one-hour massage to active military, veterans and spouses on Nov. 11.

-- Menchie's Free Frozen Yogurt: On Veterans Day, veterans and active-duty personnel get a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt. Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.

-- Musician's Friend: Discount of 15 percent off one item of $199 value or more available for veterans, reservists, National Guard, active-duty and their immediate family members at http://www.musiciansfriend.com.

-- National Parks: Fee-free days offered to all visitors at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. And making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.

-- Newegg: From Nov. 1 to Nov. 21, Newegg is offering 10 percent off purchases site-wide (up to $20) to all military, veterans and their family members verified through SheerID on Newegg.com.

-- Olive Garden: Veterans and active -duty military get a free meal on Veterans Day. With proof of service, choose from a special menu with breadsticks and a choice of soup or salad.

-- On The Border: "Sizzling Salute to Veterans" promotion. Mention this special, and On the Border will donate 15 percent of your purchase to Carry the Load, a non-profit military organization. Veterans and service members with ID who dine at On The Border will receive a certificate for a free entree (up to $10) valid at corporate locations only.

-- Outback Steakhouse: As an expression of Outback Steakhouse's appreciation to s veterans and active-duty military, a free Bloomin' Onion and Coca Cola will be available to them at every Outback in the country.

-- Paciugo Gelato Caffe: Paciugo will thank the nation's veterans and troops on Veterans Day with a free 12-oz gelatte. Military guests will need to provide proof of military service.

-- Recreation Areas: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve-component service members, and their families at the more than 2,200 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Nov. 11. The waiver includes fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches, but not camping or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. See http://www.army.mil/article/137102.

-- Red Lobster: Free appetizer available on Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers.

-- Red Robin. Free Red's Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

-- Pirate's Dinner Adventure: Nov. 8-11, veterans and active military can have a free admission with each paid admission. Valid at California locations only. Call 866 439-2469 to make reservation, and mention "Veterans Free".

-- Shoney's: The All-American Burger is offered free to all veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day.

-- Sizzler: Veterans and military can show proof of service to get a free 6-oz steak entree with the purchase of a second one.

-- Sports Authority: All Veterans and military personnel can stop at their local Sports Authority store to receive 15 percent off their entire purchase.

-- Sport Clips: Offers a Heroes discount for active and retired military. Please call ahead to verify participation.

-- Steve Madden: Doubling everyday military discounts of 15 percent to 30 percent off for veteran's Day. Valid with a form of Military identification (past or present) in Steve Madden stores only (not valid online) for full-priced merchandise only.

-- Subway: Select Subway locations offer a free six-inch sub to military veterans on Veteran's Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.

-- Texas Corral: A free entrée is available to all active -duty members and veterans with ID (dine-in only). Note: All Texas Corral locations also regularly offer a 50 percent discount to active-duty police officers, firemen and military personnel dining in.

-- Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch offered, but hours vary by location. Officials recommend calling ahead for more information.

-- T.G.I. Friday's: Free Lunch offered for all U.S. military and veterans. Uniforms should be worn, if permitted by the service, or military ID (old or current) can be shown.

-- The AARP: From Oct. 30 to Nov. 13, anyone can join the American Association of Retired Persons with 20 percent off membership dues, and when a new membership is purchased, AARP will use a portion of the dues to help provide RealPad computer tablets to veterans to help them stay connected. AARP also offers 20 percent off year-round memberships solely for men and women of the military who are 50-plus years of age, including veterans, active-duty, retirees, National Guard, Army Reserve, and military spouses.

-- The Olive Garden: A free entrée offered to veterans and active-duty military during regular business hours. Choose from a special menu; all entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Offer good in U.S. and Canada with proof of service.

-- Travel Centers of America: Anyone with a commercial driver's license who is also a veteran can eat a meal free on Veterans Day at participating full-service restaurants with proof of service.

-- Tucanos Brazilian Grill: All active-duty, reserve and retired military and veterans receive a complimentary Churrasco meal on Veterans Day. Veterans and troops who dine with their families also get 10 percent off their entire bill from Nov. 8 through Nov. 11.

-- Twin Peaks: A free entrée is available to service men and women (up to $10). Good for veterans and active service personnel with valid ID or proof of service. Dine in only; gratuity not included.

-- Uno Chicago Grill: Free individual pizza or entrée offered with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active-duty military and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required.

-- Virginia lodging: Hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and inns across Virginia are offering special rates, reductions and promotions for Veterans Day. See the Vacation in Virginia website.

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National Parks and Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas are waiving entrance fees for veterans, service members and their families Nov. 11.

Most commercial establishments require proof of military service such as a military ID card or current leave and earnings statement, a driver's license with veteran's designation, DD 214 discharge paperwork, a veteran's organization card or a photograph in uniform.

Many of the companies offering deals are franchises, and officials recommend calling ahead to verify participation of specific locations, along with dates and times of the offers.

The following list was primarily compiled by military community services staff members and does not claim to be all-inclusive:

-- 7 - Eleven: Veterans, active members of the U.S. military and their immediate families can stop by 7-Eleven on Veterans Day and get a free small Slurpee drink. Just bring proof of current or former U.S. military service to participating stores.

-- Applebee Restaurants: A free meal will be provided to all active or retired service members and veterans. Proof of service is required. Locations can be checked at www.applebees.com.

-- Bar Louie: Active-duty military members and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free non-alcoholic beverage on Nov. 11. Military ID or proof of service is required.

-- BD's Mongolian Grill, Nov. 5-11: Service members can get half off on the purchase of stir-fry with a valid military ID, but only at participating locations.

-- Bed Bath & Beyond: Service members can receive 20 percent off their entire purchase Nov 9, 10 and 11, in-store only. U.S. military ID required at time of purchase.

-- Big Lots: A discount of 10 percent on entire purchase is being offered to active-duty military, Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members, with a valid ID.


-- BJ's Restaurant: Free lunch entree or free one-topping mini pizza at dinner is being offered.


-- Buckle: Military receive 10 percent off online purchases every day at Buckle.com, plus for a limited time, they can take advantage of Buckle's special offer and get a free t-shirt when they spend $100 or more on Affliction, American Customs, or Sinful branded merchandise at http://www.buckle.com.


-- buybuyBaby: A discount of 20 percent on entire purchase is offered Nov. 9, 10 and 11, in-store only. US military ID required at time of purchase.

-- Cabela's: The store's standard employee discount is offered to all U.S. military veterans, active-duty military, Guard/Reserve, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services personnel. Discounts varies from 5 percent to 20 percent, depending on the item.

-- California Pizza Kitchen: A free meal and non-alcoholic beverage is offered to veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service.

-- Champps: On Veterans Day, all veterans and active-duty military will receive a free burger (excluding the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger and The Kobe Burger). Please visit Champps Facebook page for more information.

-- Cheeseburger in Paradise: A free meal from a select menu is available with military ID or proof of service. Beverages and gratuity not included.

-- Christmas Tree Shops: Discount of 20 percent off entire purchase is offered Nov. 9, 10 and 11, in-store only. U.S. military ID required at time of purchase.

-- Chilis: Free entree available to veterans and active- duty military from 11 a.m. -5 p.m. on Veterans Day.

-- Cost Plus World Market: A discount of 20 percent off entire in-store purchase available to U.S. military. ID required at time of purchase.

-- Delta Sonic Car Wash: Free Super Kiss Car Washes and free oil changes offered to all military veterans and active service men and women on Nov. 11. Customers simply need to tell the car wash cashier or oil change technician that they are active or a veteran of the armed forces.

-- Denny's: Get free all-you-can-eat pancakes at participating Denny's restaurants.

-- Dollar General: Discount of 10 percent offered on entire purchase on Veterans Day. Offer good for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve, and immediate family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or by asking an employe. Also good online. Use Coupon Code VETERANSDAY.

-- Face Values Discount Health & Beauty: Discount of 20 percent offered Nov. 9, 10 & 11 off entire purchase, in-store only. U.S. military ID required at time of purchase.

-- Famous Dave's: Participating locations are offering different meal deals for current or retired military on Veterans Day.

-- Food Lion: Discount of 12 percent offered on groceries (some exclusions) for active and retired military personnel with a military ID and MVP card.

-- Fox & Hound and Bailey's Sports Bar: Veterans and active-duty military will receive a free item from the 7 under $7 menu. Active military ID, retiree card, or other proof of service required.

-- Free Car wash. More than a thousand locations around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day, coordinated by the Grace for Vets program. Businesses are participating in all 50 states and includes 467 carwash companies representing 1,181 carwash locations. Find a list at the "Grace for Vets" website.

-- Golden Corral: Restaurants will host their military appreciation with a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans. No proof is required to enjoy this buffet meal. Guests of veterans will have to pay the regular meal price. No take outs. Officials recommend contacting locations to find out their specific deal hours.

-- Great Clips: On Nov. 11 customers who come in for service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

-- Grizzly Industrial: A discount of 5 percent off all purchases is offered to active, veteran and retired military personnel from Nov. 11-28 at grizzlyindustrial.com.

-- Home Depot: Offering all active-duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10-percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran's Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 off and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations.

-- Hooters: A free meal of 10 hot wings available to military veterans and service members all day on Veterans Day at participating Hooters restaurants. A drink purchase is required.

-- Hy-Vee: A free Veterans Day breakfast is available from 7 a.m. -- 11 a.m. at all Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining. Please call ahead to verify participation, and bring proof of service.

-- JC Penny: Veterans, active-duty military and family members can receive an extra 20 percent off in stores Nov. 6-11 with coupon.

-- Knott's Berry Farms: Free admission to the park is offered to veterans or current serving military and one guest, with proper I.D. presented at turnstile. The eligible person must be present. Dependent I.D.s will not be accepted. Up to six additional tickets can also be purchased for $19.00 each.

-- Krispy Kreme: A free doughnut and small coffee available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Nov. 11.

-- Little Caesars Pizza: U.S. military and vets get a free order of Crazy Bread, with proof of military status/service. Call local Little Caesars to make sure they are participating in this deal.

-- Lone Star Steakhouse: All veterans and active-duty military will receive a free entrée from the Stars & Stripes Menu. ID required.

-- Long Horn Steakhouse: Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage available for veterans and active-duty military members.

-- Lowe's Military Discount: Lowe's Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10-percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards.

-- LYMY: Discount of 15 percent off on exclusive Love You Miss You t-shirts and hats offered to veterans, reservists, National Guard, active-duty military and their families at www.lymy.com.

-- Max & Erma's: Participating Max & Erma's locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries, and chocolate chip cookies.

-- McCormick & Schmick's: Complimentary lunch or dinner is offered at participating restaurants to veterans. Verification of service is required (retired ID card or DD214). McCormick & Schmick's highly encourages reservations for the Veterans Appreciation Event as tables fill up quickly for this event each year.

-- Massage Envy: Participating locations in the Washington, D.C, Maryland, and northern Virginia region are offering a complimentary one-hour massage to active military, veterans and spouses on Nov. 11.

-- Menchie's Free Frozen Yogurt: On Veterans Day, veterans and active-duty personnel get a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt. Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.

-- Musician's Friend: Discount of 15 percent off one item of $199 value or more available for veterans, reservists, National Guard, active-duty and their immediate family members at http://www.musiciansfriend.com.

-- National Parks: Fee-free days offered to all visitors at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. And making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.

-- Newegg: From Nov. 1 to Nov. 21, Newegg is offering 10 percent off purchases site-wide (up to $20) to all military, veterans and their family members verified through SheerID on Newegg.com.

-- Olive Garden: Veterans and active -duty military get a free meal on Veterans Day. With proof of service, choose from a special menu with breadsticks and a choice of soup or salad.

-- On The Border: "Sizzling Salute to Veterans" promotion. Mention this special, and On the Border will donate 15 percent of your purchase to Carry the Load, a non-profit military organization. Veterans and service members with ID who dine at On The Border will receive a certificate for a free entree (up to $10) valid at corporate locations only.

-- Outback Steakhouse: As an expression of Outback Steakhouse's appreciation to s veterans and active-duty military, a free Bloomin' Onion and Coca Cola will be available to them at every Outback in the country.

-- Paciugo Gelato Caffe: Paciugo will thank the nation's veterans and troops on Veterans Day with a free 12-oz gelatte. Military guests will need to provide proof of military service.

-- Recreation Areas: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve-component service members, and their families at the more than 2,200 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Nov. 11. The waiver includes fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches, but not camping or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. See http://www.army.mil/article/137102.

-- Red Lobster: Free appetizer available on Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers.

-- Red Robin. Free Red's Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

-- Pirate's Dinner Adventure: Nov. 8-11, veterans and active military can have a free admission with each paid admission. Valid at California locations only. Call 866 439-2469 to make reservation, and mention "Veterans Free".

-- Shoney's: The All-American Burger is offered free to all veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day.

-- Sizzler: Veterans and military can show proof of service to get a free 6-oz steak entree with the purchase of a second one.

-- Sports Authority: All Veterans and military personnel can stop at their local Sports Authority store to receive 15 percent off their entire purchase.

-- Sport Clips: Offers a Heroes discount

November post, community events

5 - In order to find a large water leak on post, there will be a planned water outage from 9 p.m. Nov. 5 until 6 a.m. Nov. 6 for the following areas. Root Hall, Collins Hall, Forbes Avenue Housing, Young Hall, Reynolds Theater and the Indian Field Fitness Center.

6- Dr. Henry Gole presents the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Lecture at 7:15 p.m. the Army Heritage and Education Center. Gole will present a lecture entitled, "Exposing the Third Reich: Col. Truman Smith in Hitler’s Germany." This lecture is free and open to the public.

12- Native American Heritage Month -- Dancers from the Redhawk Native American Arts Council will combine traditions from various nations to demonstrate traditional dances and social dances, with verbal interpretation starting at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Army Heritage and Education Center Visitor and Education Center.

13- There will be a scheduled power outage on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in order to install new switch gear for the Marshall Ridge housing area. The installation of this equipment will create independent electrical feeds, minimizing power interruptions to housing and Root Hall. The areas affected will be Marshall Ridge homes, Quarters One and Building 253.

14 - The Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club will host their annual Benefit Auction in the Letort View Community Center. From 6-7:30 p.m. is a dinner and silent auction, with the live auction starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person, $200 per table. For more information email fundraising@cbspousesclub.org

14 - November is Military Family Appreciation Month and Carlisle Barracks is hosting an appreciation breakfast at the Chapel on Nov. 14 from 6:30 - 9 a.m. Sponsored by Army Community Services, the breakfast is free of charge and DoD civilians on post are also invited to attend. The breakfast will feature scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage, pancakes and orange juice.

14 - Native American Heritage Month -- Native American Storyteller, Dovie Thomason, will present stories to the children at Youth Services from 4- 5 p.m.

15- A 5K "Drumstick Dash Fun Run" starts at 8 a.m. on Indian Field. Register now at the Thorpe Fitness Center, Root Hall Gymnasium or Indian Field Fitness Center. Registration is $12 before Nov 13, $15 on Race Day and $8 Children 11 and under. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 100 participants. For more information, call 245-3906.

16 - The Ashburn Drive gate will re-open on weekends from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Nov. 16. It will remain closed on federal holidays.

18-19 - The Carlisle Barracks Army Family Action Plan Conference will be held Nov. 18-19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center. The conference will bring members of the community together to surface issues of concern, propose possible solutions and report to Carlisle Barracks senior leadership.

19- Perspectives in Military History Lecture -- Mr. Peter Van Buren will give a lecture entitled, "Iraq, Howe We Lost the Hearts and Minds," at 7:15 p.m. the Army Heritage and Education Center.

27- Thanksgiving Feast, two seating’s are available. First Seating: 11:30 am Second Seating: 1:30 pm. Adults $24.95 - Kids (5-10) $12.95 - 4 and under are Free. Reservations are required, for more information call 245-4329.


Meet your community: Det. Svend Sheppard, DES

No doubt you have seen him riding his bike on post as a member of the Department of the Army Police, but did you know that Det. Svend Sheppard started the bike patrol on post back in 2007?

"After attending the International Police Mountain Bike Association Officers Course, I was hooked right away," he said. Being the only certified instructor in the area, he has trained all of the officers on post, in addition to those in local police departments. His efforts have led to the expansion of similar programs from Derry Township to Shippensburg.

Sheppard is originally from Anaheim, California and joined the U.S. Army Military Police in June of 1986. His active duty assignments include Presidio of San Francisco, Frankfurt Germany, Northern Iraq and Fort Bragg, NC. He retired as a Master Sgt. in t he U.S. Army Military Police Reserves in June 2013. Sheppard said he knew he had found a home shortly after starting here in May 2005.

"We have a great DES Team here -- from the Guard Force and Fire Department to the Police Department," he said. "It’s full of great people that make this place feel like home and where I want to be. I really enjoy talking to people. I am part of a Team that provides the best security and protection available to a needed environment."

His love of bikes is not just limited to his day job. A proud owner of seven different scooters, including Vintage Vespas and Lambretta scooters, he belongs to a local club and spends most of his free time at a local shop.

"For me it’s not always how fast I get there, when I’m not at work, but the class and style in which I arrive."


Meet your community – Bill Hoffer, MPD

You may not know his name, but if you live or work on Carlisle Barracks odds are you’ve been the beneficiary of his more than 40 years of service in military human resources.

Meet Bill Hoffer, director of the Military Personnel Service Division on post. A retired Command Sgt. Major who retired as the CSM of the Army Human Resources Command, Alexandria Va., originally came to Carlisle in 2004. He was also selected to the Adjutant General Corps Hall of Fame in 2013.

"I love helping others, especially Soldiers, family members and retirees," he said.

MPD offers a variety of services to include issuing ID cards for active duty, retirees, family members and DoD civilians, PCS orders, retirement services, survivor benefit briefings, records updates and more.

"The people who work in the Military Personnel Service Division are some of the most dedicated people that I have ever been associated with in Military Human Resources in 41 years of Mil HR services." He said. "They do everything possible to help the Soldier, family members, and Retirees."

The office was singled out for praise as the ID card section for outstanding performance in support of the Defense Enrollment (DEERS) and Real-time Automated Identification System (RAPIS) as the ID Card section of the Year for the Army. "The award reflects the dedication, commitment and professionalism of each member of the ID Card team to provide first class customer service," he said. In his free time Hoffer enjoys fishing, reading and riding his Harley.


Commanders Column: Holiday season a time to give thanks

The leaves have changed and the holiday season is upon us. We have much to be thankful for.

This last year was challenging. We faced manning shortfalls, extreme weather, budget constraints, and most important the loss of members of our Carlisle Barracks family, Maj. Gen. Harold Green and Col. Steven L. Rohlena, just to name two. But through it all, with teamwork and community, we persevered. I’m thankful to be surrounded such caring professionals who put mission first and people always.

We are also very fortunate to be surrounded by a local community that cares about our Soldiers and their families. From the Welcome Jam to the First Friday Veterans’ Day appreciation event, these communities make it known that the Military is inextricably woven into the fabric of this beautiful county and for that they are grateful.

That’s why it’s important to spend some time with your family and friends this holiday season, and take advantage of the great opportunities Carlisle Barracks and Central Pennsylvania have to offer. Book that skiing trip with the family through MWR’s Outdoor Recreation or a vacation through Leisure Travel. Run with us on 15 November at the "Drumstick Dash" or LGobble Gallop!" Or, join us at one of the Thanksgiving meals on Nov.27th at the LVCC.

Whatever you choose, the Installation staff will continue to work tirelessly to ensure Carlisle Barracks remains one of the hidden jewels in the Army. We are the Army’s home, but more importantly, we are YOUR home. Thanks for your support and for what

each and every one of you do each day.


FLAGS creates leaders for life

Life-changing educational programs and personal growth are not just available for the military officers going through the various educational programs at the Army War College, there are opportunities for spouses and family members as well.

For the last few weeks, spouses of USAWC students have been taking part in the Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills training seminar facilitator training. The class celebrated with a graduation ceremony Oct. 31.

FLAGS, offered at the USAWC since 1992, is a volunteer-based to help senior military spouses become strategic thinkers and problem solvers. The training occurs through the use of video, small group and large group activities, personal reflection, partnerships and other multiple venues that provide insight into how strong leaders develop their skills.

These new leaders will now train other spouses during FLAGS peer-to-peer workshops Jan. 26-30 and Feb. 23-27. For more information visit http://www.carlisle.army.mil/orgs/SLDR/mfpPrograms.htm


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. You can also register for SendWord Now, the posts official mass notification tool at https://carlislebarracks.sendwordnow.com/HomePage.aspx

Also check the USAWC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usawc and the Banner at www.carlisle.army.mil/banner

    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.

    Ready.gov 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.


Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever

National American Indian Heritage Month is a time of reflection as members of our community honor the immeasurable contributions of American Indians for building our Nation and supporting the Military Services. However, it is also important we sincerely acknowledge the great legacy of resilience taught to us by the American Indians' painful history. Despite facing adversity repeatedly, their vision and determination have helped transform our National character and have enriched our understanding of their distinct culture. They serve as an example to all.

More than 20 American Indians are Medal of Honor recipients. Their distinguished acts signify the deep and abiding patriotism and heroism found among multiple generations who have served in our ranks. From the Revolutionary War to the brave Soldiers fighting in today's conflicts, American Indians have served with honor and distinction. This is yet another reminder of how our Army is much stronger today because we value the strength of a diverse workforce.

This month, join us in giving special recognition for the past and present contributions American Indian Soldiers, Civilians and Families have made to make our Army what it is today - a place where people from all walks of life stand proudly together in service to our Nation. Army Strong!   

SGM Raymond Chandler, SMA

Gen. Raymond Odierno, CSA

John McHugh, Secretary of the Army


Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
 Report suspicious activity -- here's how

As always, the  Security team here reviews and adjusts force protection measures regularly, and incorporates additional measures on a random basis so as to avoid predictability.

All personnel have a role in security: maintain general awareness of surroundings in order to become a target of opportunity; AND report all suspicious activity.

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

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

Incident reporting tips:

  • Be Observant & Attentive
  • Remember Details about People, Places, Conversations, and Vehicles (Including License Plate Numbers)
  • Act Non-Committal and Ask for Time to Think Over Any Offers
  • Report the Incident Only to US Army Intelligence Special Agents
  • Do not self-investigate

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


Oct. 24, 2014 -- Within days, Americans have learned of violent attacks at the Canadian Parliament and in New York City, a breach of White House fenceline, and others.   There are no known connections among these incidents. There are no known connections to foreign terrorist groups. However, these attacks are a reminder of a range of possibilities, from crime to seemingly random attacks to terrorism. 

For any possible threats, the installation reviews security options regularly – and so should every one.

The Carlisle Barracks Emergency Services does not signal its security posture: it does use a range of routine, random, and special measures for the safety and security of the military community, to include coordination with law enforcement partners in neighboring communities.

Every individual can refresh prudent precautions for themselves and family members --

  • Be vigilant … be aware of your surroundings
  • Be watchful … report suspicious activity with the iWatch link on the website (www.carlisle.army.mil) or call 911
  • Lock vehicles routinely, check for tampering
  • Protect your personal presence online, to include but not only Facebook; start a family conversation --
  • Make no comment about family/friends’ deployments
  • Check your privacy settings on FB
  • Include no personally identifying information, e.g., home address in publicly accessible pages
  • Be wary of posting personal information on the web

Looking for some fall, winter fun? Make Outdoor Rec your first stop

Fall and winter in Central Pa. brings a wealth of opportunities for you and your family. Before you plan your trip, make sure to stop by Outdoor Recreation and talk to director Bruce Neilson.

“Outdoor recreation provides snowshoeing trips, cross-country skiing trips, winter camping clinics, sledding trips and more,” he said. This winter he will lead snowshoeing trips to Ricketts Glen to see frozen waterfalls, and to v Pennsylvania's highest point Mount Davis.

If you already have a trip planned, you can rent equipment as well. Snowshoes are available for both adult and children's sizes. Snowshoe rentals include poles and are $ 10 day   $12 weekend   $15 a week

Snowboards are available for  $20 day   $25 weekend $40 a week.

Need some ideas? Check out some of the trips already planned. For more information call 717-245-4616 or visit http://carlislemwr.com/recreation-fitness/outdoor-recreation

Basic bike maintenance

If you ride a bicycle, then you need this class!  The Basic Bicycle Maintenance Clinic is an information class to learn the basics of how to extend the life of your bike and keep it running smoothly.  Topics include how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, do minor adjustments to your bicycle, and more.  Informational session only no bikes please.  Classes will be held at Outdoor Recreation. 

Dates:  Nov 16; Dec 4 & 12; Jan 21; Feb 18; Mar 1, 14 & 18

Time:  6-7pm

Cost:  $20 p/p

Must register one week prior to clinic

 

Self-help bike repair

If you’re an active cyclist this should peak your interest.  Bring your bike into Outdoor Recreation and use our full line of Park bike tools. Staff will be present to help. 

Dates:  Nov 15 & 22

Time:  6-7pm

Cost:  $20 per hour

Must register one week prior

 

How to go ultralight backpacking clinic

Learn how to choose and pack gear that lets you go fast and light.  Clinics will be held at Outdoor Recreation. 

Dates:  Nov 19; Jan 17; Mar 11 & 21

Time:  6-7pm

Cost:  $20 p/p

Must register one week prior to clinic

 

Improve your backcountry cooking class

This workshop will teach you how to cook more appetizing backcountry food.  Class will be held at Outdoor Recreation.

Date:  Nov 25

Time:  6-7pm

Cost:  $20 p/p

Must register one week prior to class

 

Hershey sweet lights

A winter wonderland awaits at Hershey Sweet Lights, A Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular. Enjoy nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays from the comfort of our vehicle as we drive through two miles of wooded trails. 

Date:  Dec 19

Time:  6-9pm

Cost:  $20 p/p (transportation provided)

Must register by Dec 5

 

Interpretive prisoner war camp hiking

Come tour the remains of an interrogation camp used during World War II.  All abilities welcome.

Dates:  Dec 7 & Mar 25 

Time:  10am-2pm

Cost:  $20 p/p (transportation provided)

Must register one week prior to event

 

Cross country skiing

Fun in the snow!  Bring a lunch, water and dress for the weather.  Location will be based on snow conditions.  All abilities welcome.  

Dates:  Jan 7, 11, 14 & 29; Feb 3 & 24

Time:  8am–4pm

Cost:  $25 p/p (transportation and skis provided)

Must register one week prior to event

 

Snowshoeing trips

Follow us on a trip in the great outdoors and enjoy the snow.  Bring a lunch, water and dress for the weather.  Location will be bases on snow conditions.  All abilities welcome.

Dates:  Jan 10, 11, 24 & 29; Feb 12, 17, 21 & 28

Time:  8am-4pm

Cost:  $25 p/p (transportation and snowshoes provided)

Must register one week prior to event

 

Winter camping clinic 

Learn how to stay cozy, warm and dry when the weather outside looks frightful. Come learn how to make your winter camping experience warm, safe and comfortable – and thus, more fun!  Clinic will be held at Outdoor Recreation.  

Date:  Jan 15

Time:  6-7pm

Cost:  $20 p/p

Must register one week before clinic

 

Sledding trips

Oh, What Fun It Is to Ride!  Sledding trips for the whole family.  Sledding is what makes winter a wonderland.  Bring a lunch, water and dress for the weather.  Location based on snow conditions.  All abilities welcome.

Dates:  Jan 25 and Feb 22

Time:  9am-4pm

Cost:  $20 p/p (transportation and sleds provided)

Must register one week prior to event

 

Red cross CPR and AED training

Training will be held at Outdoor Recreation.

Date:  Jan 31

Time:  10am-2pm

Cost:  $70p/p

Must register by Dec 18

 

Wilderness + remote first aid course

2 Day course held at Outdoor Recreation.  Prerequisites:  Current adult CPR/AED certification.  Minimum age for participation is 14.

Dates:  Feb 7-8

Time:  8am-5pm

Cost:  $160 p/p

Must register by Dec 18

 

Appalachian trail prep clinic

Thinking about doing a thru-hike of the AT?  Learn about AT culture and customs and how to stay safe.  Learn what to pack and what to leave at home.  Clinic will be held at Outdoor Recreation. 

Date:  Feb 11

Time:  6-7pm

Cost:  $20 p/p

Must register one week prior to clinic

   

Geocaching

Treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers, called geocaches, with other participants in the activity. All abilities welcome.

Dates:  Mar 7 and Mar 15

Time:  10am-2pm

Cost:  $20 p/p (transportation and GPS included)

Must register one week prior to event

 

Day hiking trips

Want to get out and hike scenic Pennsylvania? Outdoor Recreation offers the following section hikes on the Appalachian and Tuscarora trails. Learn the history of the trails, enjoy great company and nature nuggets. All abilities welcome.

 

Halfway Point of the Appalachian Trail

Date:  Mar 8

Time:  10am-2pm

Cost:  $20 p/p

 

Waterfall Hike – Rickets Glen

Date:  Mar 4 & 22

Time:  7am-5pm

Cost:  $20 p/p

 

PA High Point – Mount Davis

A lofty height of 3000 ft.

Date:  Mar 29

Time:  7am-5pm

Cost:  $20 p/p

 

Must register one week prior to event

 

Bike rides

Pennsylvania is home to countless rail trails.  Come with Outdoor Recreation and explore more on two wheels.  All abilities welcome.

 

Full Day Rides

Dates:  Nov 1 & 8

Time:  8am-4pm

Cost:  $25 p/p (transportation and bikes included)

 

Half-Day Rides

Dates:  Mar 28 & 31

Time:  10am-3pm

Cost:  $20 p/p (transportation and bikes included)

 

Must register one week prior to event