Banner Archive for November 2015

Pa. Lt. Governor to officiate at construction groundbreaking, Army Heritage & Education Center

Today, Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Mike Stack will officiate at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new local construction project to expand the visitor and education center of the US Army Heritage and Education Center, coincidental to the recent USAHEC milestone:  more than 1 million visitors to the Heritage Center in Cumberland County since 2004.
Lt. Gov. Stack;  Pa. Sen. Pat Vance;  Pa. Rep. Stephen Bloom; Middlesex Township Supervisor Donald Geistwhite, Jr;  will man shovels with Army War College lea dership; Army Heritage Center Foundation Board Vice-Chair Chris Gleason; Kenn Tuckey of the Cumberland County Industrial Development Authority; Pennsylvania VFW Commander Glenn R. Umberger -- on behalf of veterans -- and Construction Contractor Don Mowery and R.S. Mowery & Sons.

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack speaks to members of the Carlisle Community during the ground breaking ceremony at the Army Heritage and Education Center, Nov 23.

“This is the jewel in the crown, of Army culture, of Army Education in America, said Lt. Gov. Stack. “We could not be prouder of the great things that have been done here and all the great things that we are going to do.”

“It is so important that we all get behind this great resource that we have that we have here in Pennsylvania and this expansion really marks the fact that we are not just talking the talk but walking the talk.”    

 Col. Peter D. Crean, Director USAHEC shows the area of which the new addition of the Visitors Education Center will sit to Lt. Gov. Mike Stack during the ground breaking ceremony at the Army Heritage and Education Center, Nov 23. 

“As head of the military base protection committee this says that Carlisle Barracks and the Army War College is home for good. The Army knows it, Congress know it…I am very proud to be part of it,” he said.  

With a start date of Dec. 7 this year, the $2.25 Million project will add 7,500 sq ft to the Visitors and Education Center, an expansion planned for in the construction of the main building. The expansion -- The Hall of the American Soldier -- will make possible a new gallery of 1500 sq. feet, a newmulti-purpose meeting room of 2,000 sq ft and an enlarged seating area for the popular Café Cumberland.

“The U.S. Army War College and the Army Education and Heritage Center are inseparable, this is the Army’s archive, this is the Army’s premier library,” said Lt. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant of the USAWC. “The collection of Soldiers stories tied with Soldiers artifacts, it is a wonderful place to be and I cannot think of a more appropriate place than at the seat of so much history.”

“This is the history of the United States and the history of our Army are intertwined. The partnership of this community and is this state could not be stronger,” Rapp said.   

Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, USAWC Commandant and Pa. Lt. Gov. Mike Stack break ground for the new Visitor Education Center addition during the ground breaking ceremony at the Army Heritage and Education Center, Nov 23.

The expansion will make possible more meeting spaces for a growing demand from tourists, Army users, community members, and veterans. Additional exhibit space will add yet more reasons to visit USAHEC's one-of-a-kind mashup of educational exhibits and the stories linked to diaries, letters, photos and personal papers. 

The Army Heritage Center Foundation has made the expansion possible with funds raised from AHCF donors and an RACP Grant Agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

National Security Seminar: Nominations open for June 6-9 at Army War College

NSS is scheduled for Monday through Thursday, 6-9 June, immediately preceding graduation.  The deadline for nominations is 15 January. Find the nomination site at --

National Security Seminar nominations

National Security Seminar is a 4-day event, during which approximately 160 selected guests -- NSS 'New Members' -- are invited to join our seminars to examine current national security issues and exchange candid dialogue.  Each day generally begins with a distinguished Bliss Hall speaker and proceeds to seminar-based dialogue, culminating with an evening social event. NSS New Members are exposed to leaders within their armed forces and government, while we in turn are afforded a better understanding of our diverse society.

Daily social events include an “Ice Breaker” at the Army Heritage and Education Center, a Seminar Social, and a Commandant's Reception held at Quarters One.  New Members are also provided the opportunity to take a Gettysburg Battlefield Tour with our staff ride historians.

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

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

 For further questions about the nomination process, see please our website, or contact COL Tom Washington (ACOM for Outreach) at 717-245-3224.  For academic program questions, feel free to contact me directly as follows:


Many Carlisle Barracks organizations will have different hours of operation for the week of Thanksgiving. Please see below.

The claims and legal assistance offices will be CLOSED Nov. 27

Carlisle Barracks Commissary hours of operation for Thanksgiving week

OPEN SUNDAY      Nov. 22 – 11 a.m. – 4p.m.

OPEN MONDAY    Nov. 23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. **SPECIAL**

OPEN TUESDAY    Nov. 24 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

OPEN WEDNESDAY  Nov. 25 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


CLOSED FRIDAY       Nov. 27

OPEN SATURDAY    Nov. 28 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Native Pride Dancers educate and inspire during Native American Heritage Month Commemoration

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center hosted the Native Pride Dancers as part of the Native American Heritage Month on Nov. 16.  With a crowd of over 250 the dancers demonstrated ceremonial and social dancing techniques passed down from their ancestors for centuries. The demonstration included authentic dress, free-style movements, and sacred songs, enhanced by indigenous vocal and flute music from the Northern Plains.

Native Americans have a distinguished legacy of service in the Army. From the early days of the Revolutionary War to today, thousands have served in critical positions, including as guides with the Lewis and Clark expedition, as Scouts with the U.S. Cavalry and as Code Talkers in World War II. Notably, 27 Native Americans have earned the Medal of Honor for their courage and devotion to our Nation. This legacy of distinguished service continues today as Native Americans serve with honor and distinction around the world.

Throughout the Army's 240 year history, Native Americans have served valiantly and with distinction in times of peace and war, while fighting for the right to be an equal part of our Nation. During Native American Heritage Month, we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of this country's original inhabitants, explorers and settlers.

The Army is proud of the lasting contributions Native Americans continue to make as Soldiers, Civilians, Veterans and Family members in professions that will benefit the Nation and the Army for many years to come. Army Strong!

114 years old, U.S. Army War College celebrates its birthday

Recognizes four outstanding alumni for service to nation

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The U.S. Army War College leadership, faculty, staff and students celebrated the institution’s 114 years of education excellence, Nov. 16 2015, in Bliss Hall by honoring four Outstanding USAWC Alumni whose exceptional service following retirement reflects the values and strategic vision fostered by the Army War College education. The outstanding alumni reflect both the resident and distance education programs of the Army’s senior level college

The Outstanding Alumni Program started in 1996 and has selected 31 USAWC graduates for recognition of their substantial contributions made after retirement from government service, accomplished through community or volunteer service. This year’s selectees are:

Retired Gen. John R. Glavin (posth.) accepted by his daughter Erin Scranton and Doctor Bob Sorely made remarks on behalf of the family.

After retirement from the U.S. Army in 1992, the Washington Post described Gen. Galvin as “without peer among living generals” Immediately after retirement Galvin headed back to West Point as the John Olin distinguished Professor of National Security Studies. One  the conditions of employment was that he be assigned quarters on post so that he could interact cadet outside the classroom, after a highly successful first year he was asked to stay on for a second. At this time he also had membership in organizations such as: American Council of Germany, Center for Creative Leadership and Institute for Defense Analyses. He also accompany Henry Kissinger on diplomatic trips to such place as Moscow and Beijing.

“It was my privilege to be a friend of Jack Galvan’s for over fifty years, if he could have been here today I know he would have spoken with gratitude and modesty about receiving this recognition from the Army War College,” said Doctor Sorely. “Beyond that though he would not have talked about himself, rather he would have described his admiration for you and for the Soldiers that have led and are leading and for all your families. For the incredible devotion and confidence for which you and they have endured deployment after deployment, hardship upon hardship, over the past decade and more.”

“And he would have thanked you for that service,  observed that it was all the more remarkable coming to the last man and women from those that volunteered in trouble times to serve their country in the cause of freedom,” he said.

As a member of the Department of State Contact Group Galvin was sworn in as an envoy and was given the mission to try to persuade military leaders of Croats and Muslims in Bosnia to cooperate for their mutual benefit. After 36 hours of negotiations the frame work for the creation Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was accomplished.

After a very eventful West Point assignment Galvin accepted an appointment at the Ohio State University as the Distinguished visiting Policy Analyst. But, Galvan’s preeminent academic opportunity was when he was named Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a post he held for five years. While at Tufts he continued to participate in Global Strategy Seminars in Washington D.C. and take trips to Bosnia.

Retired Lt. Gen. David E. Grange: As with Gen. Galvin, Grange did not put his feet up to rest, after retirement he was immediately appointed by the Secretary of Defense to administer the establishment of U.S. Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command that included the modernization programs of Special Operation Forces. Simultaneously he was appointed by the Secretary of the Army to direct, mentor and report on all aspects of the recruitment, selection and assessment, and train9ing of the Ranger Regiment, Army special mission units and Army Special force. Grange was a significant and senior fellow at the Army’s Battle command Training Program leading and mentoring senior Army leaders.

“I learned a lot about what Generals have learned here and how important it was, you don’t realize it while you are here in the class,” Grange said. “But when I went through here there was only two National Guardsmen, you have 24 today, 24 reservist in this class. “There is only one Army, seamless, Reserve, National Guard and active a lot of that is done right here.”

“I want to say God bless to the Class of 2016, I know you will do well, you have your work cut out for you on graduation day. When you get that diploma and head out that gate, I know you are up to the task and I thank God that there are people like you protecting us,” said Grange.

Since moving to Pennsylvania Grange has coached and mentored numerous Brigade and Division commanders of the 28thInfantry division PAARNG and in 2013 he was recognized by the Senate of the Pennsylvania and inducted into the Department of Military Veteran Affairs Hall of Fame for service to the State of Pennsylvania. In May 2014 he received the First Region AUSA Mary G. Roebling Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his continual support to the U.S. Army.

Grange’s lasting legacy to the U.S. Army is the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition. Late 1981 the Ranger Department was requested to design and conduct a “ranger military Olympics” so that the Army can identify the best two-man Ranger team. Since then the competition as grown from just Rangers to teams representing organizations throughout the Army to include National Guard teams and has become an Army event supported by the entire Army.

Chaplain retired Maj. Gen. Kermit D. Johnson: could not attend due to health reasons, Maj. Gen. Robert C. Gaskill accepted the honor on Johnson’s behalf and read Johnson’s remarks.

Following retirement Chaplain retired Maj. Gen. Kermit D. Johnson served as the Associate director of the Washington Office of the Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Central America Working Group. He also represented the humanitarian organization Air Serv International that provides air transportation exclusively to the global humanitarian community in Africa.

Johnson devoted much of his time to subjects of war. Speaking and writing on nuclear war issues, peace, pastoral teamwork and other military leadership issues. Writing two books on these issues and authored many articles on military ethics and pastoral concerns. He advised the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains and was a consultant in the establishment of a Global Peace Force and served as a member of the Exploratory Project on the Condition of Pease a forum to explore the conditions needed for sustainable peace.


Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt: “You have all demonstrated the ability to deliver in depth that is what got you into this hall,” said Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt. “What starts now it your preparation to develop a broader perspective that breathe of strategic perspective that will guide what you do the rest of your military career and the careers that follow.”

“When I take a look at the environment which you have served, and particularly this constant warfare that we have been in since 2001,”he said. “We still need you to deliver in depth particularly when you lead those brave men and women that are today’s Soldiers. But in your studies here and the assignments to follow, make sure you also continue develop that strategic perspective that is going to be so important for your contribution to our country both in uniform and beyond,” Kimmitt said.

Kimmitt since retired from USAR as a Maj. Gen. in 2004 has served as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He has received the Distinguished Graduate Award by the Association of Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, a recipient of the President’s Citizens Medal and the Order of Merit, Germany’s highest civilian decoration.

Kimmett is a founding member and current member of the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Germany, Atlantic Council and USA Rugby.

The Ambassador is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and trustee of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and American Academy of Diplomacy and Trilateral Commission. For seven years he was also a member of the Director of Central Intelligence’s National Security Advisory Panel.

PPL to inspect power lines from the air Nov. 16

Just a heads up for all Carlisle Barracks residents and employees -- PPL, the company that supplies the post with power, will have a helicopter in the area today, Nov. 16 to inspect power lines. It is a black helicopter with red tail numbers.

Runners brave wind, cold for annual fun runs

The wind and cold didn't keep runners ages 4 to 60+ from enjoying a brisk Autumn Run on the Carlisle Barracks as part of the Drumstick Dash and Gobble Gallop Nov. 14.

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Here are the results!
Drumstick Dash Runners and Times - 2015

1) Jason Self 18:14.38
2) Bjorn Prandtner 18:26.31
3) Kevin Hammer 19:50.63
4) Toby Magsig 20:20.11
5) Joseph Sullivan 20:09.54
6) Jacob Parker 20:46.55
7) Jim Roche 20:53.33
8) Martin Snider 21:30.97
9) Anja Prandtner 22:16.18
10) Scott Fitzgerald 22:26.03
11) Andy Zieseniss 22:37.68
12) Mark Parker 22:51.33
13) Michael Ginter 23:14.04
14) John Cummings 23:22.97
15) Stuart Werner 23:37.64
16) Matthew St Clair 23:40.57
17) Michael Lalor 24:17.05
18) Michael Belenky 24:31.54
19) Sharon Parrish 24:38.74
20) Ed Siegfried 24:38.98
21) Max Haseman 25:15.46
22) Anas Namouchi 25:25.92
23) Karen Roe 25:26.46
24) Rolanda Colbert 25:47.55
25) Michael Shekleton 26:16.76
26) Caitlin Shekleton 26:22.92
27) Sharon Haseman 26:27.10
28) Jen Bower 27:13.89
29) Katie Magsig 27:46.08
30) Chuck Bear 28:06.53
31) Noah Magsig 29:07.79
32) Molly Snider 30:08.58
33) Mari Werner 30:26.42
34) Marland Burckhardt 31:01.98
35) Davina Davis-Motter 31:10.86
36) Debbie Beutler 31:13.05
37) Angela Plavchak 33:04.50
38) Austin Earp 33:59.30
39) Pam Davis 34:01.61
40) Michelle Parker 37:58.25

Native American Dancers help celebrate Native American Heritage Month

On Monday, November 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as part of Native American Heritage Month commemorated each November the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is excited to welcome performers from the Native Pride Dancers.  Dancing is a key component of Native American culture past and present, and watching a demonstration of various dances provides an opportunity to better understand the traditions and heritage of Native Americas.


These traditional native dancers will demonstrate ceremonial and social dancing techniques passed down from their ancestors for centuries. The demonstration will include authentic dress, free-style movements, and sacred songs, enhanced by indigenous vocal and flute music from the Northern Plains.

Each tribe maintains traditions and culture through many distinct styles of dance. The Native Pride Dancers are "passionately devoted to keeping traditions alive," and their mission is to "educate, inspire, motivate, and empower diverse communities to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions." For additional background on the Native Pride Dancers, please visit their website:

This event is open to the public and FREE to attend. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: or call: 717-245-3972.

Happy 240 years, U.S. Marines

While celebrations took place wherever Marines are stationed around the world, Marine resident students of the Army War College had a celebration of their own in Bliss Hall, November 10 to commemorate the Marines 240 years of existence as our nation’s expeditionary force.

“Each year on 10 November Marines around the world pause to commemorate the birthday of our Corps, said Marine Lt. Col. Victoria Kinsey, AWC resident student.  “On this date or very near it, Marines conduct ceremonies at every Marine Corps base or station at home and abroad, at every American Embassy where Marines are posted, aboard every ship with embarked Marines and around the globe where Marines are engaged in combat operations today.”

Lt. Col. Victoria Kinsey was the host of the Marine Birthday celebration, Bliss Hall, Nov. 10.

“Marines young and old, past and present gather to share a piece of birthday cake or an MRE biscuit to recall the corps long and illustrious history and pay tribute to our fallen comrades…Happy Birthday Marines,” Kinsey said.


Tradition dictates that the Marine Corps Order No. 47 be read every year on the Marines Corps birthday. This year Marine Lt. Col. Patrick Simon, resident Student had the honor of reading the order. Gen. Lejeune in 1921 order that on the anniversary of the Corps, that the order be republished each year.  The order summarizes the mission, history and traditions of the Corps.  


Lt. Col. Patrick Simon, resident student reads Marine Corps Order No. 47 during the Marine Corps 240th birthday celebration, Bliss Hall, Nov. 10.

Senior leaders' message on Veterans Day 2015

Nov. 10, 2015 -- Veterans Day has both historic and patriotic significance as we pause to show past and present Service members our appreciation for their valiant choice to serve in America's Armed Forces. This year we proudly celebrate more than 21 million living Veterans, more than 9 million of whom served in the U.S. Army. These men and women represent the experience, technical skills and prestige of a noble profession.

It is important that we honor and thank the brave men and women who selflessly served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms. President John F. Kennedy said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

Army Veterans are Soldiers for Life, and deserve enduring access to resources even after separating from military service. To this end, we are committed to providing support to Soldiers during their military career as well as after separation from service. We continue to advance these efforts through initiatives with other federal agencies and industry leaders to ensure Veterans are connected with opportunities for employment, education and healthcare.

Join us in celebrating our Veterans for their legacy of honorable service and dedication to our Nation. These men and women represent the highest ideals of service and patriotism to our country.

Find resources for Transition services,  such as Hero 2 Hired , matching the Guard and Reserve 2 jobs they deserve.  H2H is a powerful, comprehensive employment program that includes a focused marketing component. It contains everything a job seeker needs to find a job, including job listings, career exploration tools, education and training resources, advice and tips, and networking.

Vet Day 'Deals 2 thank Vets'

Many restaurants and retailers are offering Veterans Day discounts or free meals to service members and veterans.

Time magazine reporter Brad Tuttle writes about Deals4Vets this week. He notes that these are not the only deals available for military service personnel. Read full story at:

To thank members of the military past and present for their service, food and drink are on the house all over the country on Veterans' Day, which takes place on Wednesday, November 11. Before getting to the bars and restaurants offering freebies, let us also point out that they're not the only deals available to military service personnel.

The following discounts have been confirmed by for 2015, through either a press release or direct communication with the company. Visit the most up-to-date list here.

Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, military ID, DD-214, VSO card (groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA and The American Legion); some businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.

Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain's Veterans Day programs – be sure to contact your nearest establishment, via phone or Web, to make sure they are participating.

2015 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:

Farmers Market Family Diner, 260 York Road, Carlisle, thanks all veterans and military personnel: Pay 1950s prices for today's breakfast on Wednesday.  Call 717-706-3906.

Applebee’s – Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.

Bar Louie – Nov. 10-11, veterans and active military personnel get a free meal up to a $12 value.

Bob Evans – Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast from a select menu on Nov. 11.

Bonanza Steakhouses – Active-duty and retired military get a free buffet on Nov. 11, 4 p.m. to close.

Cattlemens – Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free small sirloin steak dinner on Nov. 11.

Cheeseburger in Paradise – Active and retired military personnel receive a complimentary burger with fries on Nov. 11.

Chili’s – Veterans and active military service members get a free entrée from a limited menu on Nov. 11.

Cracker Barrel - Veterans get a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert during lunch and dinner on Nov. 11.

Denny’s – Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Nov. 11 from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Active-duty military and veterans get a free lunch or dinner entrée on Nov. 11.

Friendly’s – Veterans and active military get a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Nov. 11.

Golden Corral – Golden Corral Restaurants' Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on Nov. 11 from 5-9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserves are all welcome.

IHOP – Participating IHOP restaurants offer veterans and active-duty military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Ikea - Veterans get a free entrée Nov. 8-11.

Krystal – Active and retired military receive a free Krystal chicken or sausage biscuit from 6-11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Little Caesars – Veterans and active military members receive a free $5 Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – On Nov. 8, participating McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entrée to veterans from a special menu.

Max & Erma's – On Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.

Menchie's – All active and retired military personnel will receive a free 6-ounce frozen yogurt on Nov. 11.

Mission BBQ – Veterans and active-duty military get a free sandwich and a slice of cake on Nov. 11.

On the Border – Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo” menu on Nov. 11.

Orange Leaf – Veterans and active-duty military get a free cup of froyo on Nov. 11.

Outback Steakhouse – All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on Nov. 11. Outback is also offering active and former service members 15 percent off their meals Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.

Pondrosa Steakhouse – Active-duty and retired military get a free buffet on Nov. 11, 4 p.m. to close.

Red Hot & Blue – Veterans receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée Nov. 9-11. Coupon required.

Red Lobster - Veterans, reserve and active-duty military personnel receive a free appetizer or dessert from a limited menu Nov. 9-12.

Red Robin – Veterans and active-duty military get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Nov. 11.

Rock and Brews – Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice throughout the day on Nov. 11.

Ruby Tuesday - Veterans, active-duty and reserve service members get a free appetizer on Nov. 11.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill – Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is offering a choice between complimentary hummus served with grilled herb flatbread or garlic cheese bread on Nov. 11.

Shoney's – Shoney's will offer a free All-American Burger to veterans and active-duty service members on Nov. 11.

Sizzler - Sizzler offers active-duty and veteran military members a free lunch and beverage from a limited menu on Nov. 11 until 4 p.m.

Spaghetti Warehouse – From Nov. 9-11, buy one entrée and get the second entrée free. Coupon required.

Sticky Fingers - Veterans, active, inactive or retired servicemen and servicewomen get a free entrée up to a $12.99 value on Nov. 11. In addition to the free meal, veterans who dine-in get a coupon valued at $10 to be used on their next visit.

Texas Roadhouse – Locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active-duty, retired or former U.S. military.

TGIFriday's- Veterans and active-duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill – Veterans and active military get a free entrée or individual pizza with an entrée or pizza purchase of equal or greater value on Nov. 11.

Village Inn – Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on Nov. 11 from a select menu at participating locations. Village Inn is also providing a “Thank you For Your Service” card valid for 20 percent off on the next visit.

Wienerschnitzel – Veterans and active-duty military receive a free chili dog and a small Pepsi on Nov. 11.

World of Beer – All veterans and current service members receive a free select draught beer on Nov. 11.

2015 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation Discounts:

9/11 Memorial and Museum – Veterans will receive free museum admission from Nov. 7-11.

Army Corp of Engineers 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 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Nov. 11.

Colonial Williamsburg – Active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans and their direct dependents receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission for Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 6–11).

Harley-Davidson Museum – The Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to active military, veterans and their families on Nov. 7, 8 and 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Killington Resort – Active-duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the military receive a complimentary lift ticket on Nov. 11.

Knott’s Berry Farm – Knott's Berry Farm is offering free admission for veterans and active-duty military personnel and one guest, as well as six additional tickets for a discounted price, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 20.

Mariners’ Museum – Military members receive a special $5 admission price on Nov. 11.

Meineke Car Care Centers – On Nov. 11, veterans are encouraged to visit participating Meineke locations for a free basic oil change.

National Parks – On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, veterans will have access to over 100 national parks requiring entrance fees for free.

National Veterans Day Run – The National Veterans Day Run on Nov. 11 offers veterans and active-duty military a reduced-rate entry into the race, as well as discounted rates to their spouses and children between 13 and 18.

Red Roof Inn - Red Roof Inn is offering 15 percent off stays in the month of November to veterans, active-duty military and their families.

Westgate Resorts – Starting Nov. 11, the first 2,500 eligible service members who complete an online military appreciation form will receive a complimentary three-day, two-night vacation. Veterans who don’t qualify are eligible for a 25 percent discount. Visit for the survey.

UFC GYM – Veterans and active-duty military, as well as their families, get free total gym access from Nov. 11-15 at participating UFC GYMs. UFC GYM is also offering a special basic training-themed Daily Ultimate Training class on Nov. 14.

World of Coca-Cola – Active-duty, reserves and retirees get free admission year-round, and Nov. 5-15, members of the armed forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family.

2015 Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:

Alfred Angelo – Military brides get a free wedding gown on Veterans Day. An appointment to the store must be made for Nov. 11 to qualify.

Alimond Studio – Veterans and active-duty service members get a free headshot at Alimond Studio on Saturday, Nov. 7. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Leesburg, Va.

Bellhops – The moving company is offering free moving labor for veterans from Nov. 13 to Dec. 15. Veterans must call on Veterans Day to schedule an appointment.

Brides Across America – Brides Across America holds a wedding gown giveaway in partnership with bridal salons across the country in November to honor Veterans Day. Qualifying brides register to attend the event at a participating bridal salon by completing the registration form and paying a $20 fee. Once verified, you will be assisted in finding a gown from the selection.

Cardiac Life – For the month of November, Cardiac Life is offering veterans $15 CPR courses.

Carhartt’s – Active-duty and retired military service members who present a military ID at one of Carhartt’s 21 company-owned stores will receive a complimentary exclusive hat, while supplies last.

Enterprise Car Sales – Active U.S. military members, veterans and their dependents get a Firestone Prepaid Maintenance Package with the purchase of any Enterprise vehicle during the month of November.

Firestone Complete Auto Care – Nov. 8-15, veterans and active-duty personnel receive an additional 10 percent off the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.

Grace for Vets – Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and service members on Nov. 11.

Great Clips – On Nov. 11, customers who come in for a 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.

Home Depot – Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans on Nov. 11. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year-round to active-duty and retirees.

Little Bra Company – Save 15 percent during the month of November on all regular-priced merchandise at the Little Bra Company when you shop online.

Lowe's – All veterans receive a 10 percent discount on Nov. 11. The offer is available in stores only.

Rack Room Shoes – Military personnel and their dependents get a 10 percent discount off entire purchase on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Sleep Number– From now until Nov. 15, active and veteran military members will receive exclusive discounts on Sleep Number products. Save up to $700 on select Sleep Number mattress sets.

Steve Madden – Steve Madden offers everyone 20 percent off the entire purchase, and service members receive an additional 10 percent off on Nov. 11.

Tires Plus – Between Nov. 8-15, veterans and active-duty personnel receive an additional 10 percent off the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.

Wheel Works – Between Nov. 8-15, veterans and active-duty personnel receive an additional 10 percent off the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.

USAHEC remembers 'In Flanders Fields' & fallen WWI heroes, 100 years later

                      “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
                       Between the crosses, row on row,
                       That mark our place; and in the sky,
                       The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
                       Scarce heard amid the guns below.”
One hundred years ago this month, Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae wrote the poem, “In Flanders Fields.” To commemorate this famous poem, to honor those who served in The Great War and in the years since then, the US Army Heritage and Education Center co-hosted, with the Canadian Consul-General, a special event Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. inside the USAHEC.

The event included welcome statements by Ambassador Daniel Shields, Diplomatic Advisor to the U.S. Army War College Commandant; remarks from Consul General Prato; a reading of the poem “In Flanders Fields;” and a prayer with a moment of silence to remember the fallen heroes from World War I.

“World War I was supposed to be the war that ended all wars, sadly we know this not to be true," said John Proto, Canadian Consul General.  "World War II soon beset the world, as would other conflicts that would require Canadians and U.S. Soldiers to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to defend to our freedom. Spanning from Korea to Afghanistan Canadian and U.S. Soldiers have fought side-by-side.”

Canadian Consul General John Proto speaks to the ground between two of Canada’s Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry reanactors which fought in the battle of Ypes.

“Every year on Nov 11 Canadians, Americans and our allies around the world, pause in silence to remember men and women who have served and continue to serve to this day our countries during times of war, peace and conflict. Whether you call it remembrance day as we do in Canada, or Veterans Day as we do here in the United States the objective is the same, to honor those who have served their country defending our shared values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law," siad Proto

Three WWI Re-enactment groups will also represent the US 304thEngineers, 79th ID; the French 18th Infantry Regiment; and Canada’s Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry, which fought at Ypres.

Lt. Col. John McCrae was the brigade-surgeon to the First Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery. In April 1915, he was in the trenches near Ypres, Belgium, in the area called Flanders where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place.  

During the Second Battle of Ypres, a close friend was mortally wounded and was buried like so many others, where wild poppies grew. In an effort to capture his feelings, McCrae penned the verses of “Flanders Fields.”

“In Flanders Fields” was first published in England's Punch magazine in December 1915. Within months, this poem came to symbolize the sacrifices of all who were fighting in the First World War. Today, the poem continues to be a part of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada and other countries throughout the world.

The poppy references in the first and last stanzas of the most widely read and oft-quoted poem of the war, contributed to the flower's status as an emblem of remembrance and a symbol of new growth amidst the devastation of war. Today, millions wear the bright red poppy to remember and honor the many thousands who lost their lives during the Great War.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Denim to Diamonds promises fun, fundraising for scholarships

Nov. 9,  2015 -- Early viewing announced for the  Denim-to-Diamond charity auction at LVCC. On Friday, Nov. 13, LVCC doors will open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to permit EVERYONE to purchase opportunity tickets. No need to attend the Denim to Diamond evening event as you will be notified upon winning the bid. Credit cards will be accepted.

Denim to Diamonds is the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club signature fundraiser.  Auction proceeds allows CBSC to support military/community organizations through Outreach grants and Scholarships for high school seniors and continuing education adults.

Friday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. -- Doors open at 6 p.m. The event kicks off with a silent auction. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.for $20 per person ($200 per table) and the live auction starts at 8 p.m. Everything happens at the Letort View Community Center.

CBSC members bring ticket sales to Root Hall and make it easy to plan ahead -- and buy ahead -- to attend at the Denim-to-Diamonds fun (fund-raising) auction, Friday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. at LVCC.

USAWC Board of Visitors: Federal advisory committee meets at Carlisle

Nov. 6, 2015 -- The Army War College’s accreditation was renewed by the Joint Staff for the Army War College’s authority to grant Joint Professional Military Education-level II certification to resident students.  The School is now exploring JPME-II credentialing for distance education students; they now earn JPME-I.

When the Board of Visitors met at Carlisle this week, one of two annual meetings, these board advisors to the Army War College received a full update on the initiatives of the War College.

Members of the USAWC Board of Visitors are selected through a process of nomination and extensive vetting which includes almost 50 offices of the Department of Defense, according to Dr. G.K. Cunningham, the Associate Provost.   Together, they serve as a federal advisory committee, offering expert counsel and advice relating to all USAWC organizations and activities. They offer external perspectives and insights about educational philosophy and objectives, academic accreditation, curriculum development, program effectiveness and other aspects of organization and management.

During this year’s BOV meeting, they learned about students and studies through first-hand experiences in the seminar rooms. They learned of the nature and topics of this year’s Integrated Research Projects, understanding the meaning of integrated – across student teams and faculty, and across the multiple USAWC resources of research expertise, Wargaming specialization, and networks. They met with the faculty council chair, and with the Provost to discuss the academic campaign plan and its integration with the USAWC strategic plan. Throughout, fact-finding was a prelude to dialogue and continuing counsel.

Current membership includes –

BOV Chair Linda Robinson is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies; serves on the Council of Foreign Relations; consults with Booz Allen Hamilton; has authored multiple books; and earned the Gerald R. Ford prize for reporting on National Defense.

Assistant Chair Fred Downey has served as vice president of the National Security Aerospace Industries Association; senior counselor and legislative assistant for Defense and Foreign Affairs for U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman; assistant director of the DOD Office of the Director of Net Assessments; following a 24-year Army career.

Dr. George Atkinson founded the Institute on Science for Global Policy and serves as its executive director; served as Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State; consulted with several agencies and corporations; served as Professor of Chemistry and Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona; and authored several hundred scientific publications and presentations. 

Dr. Gary Guertner is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona; served as dean of the College of International and Security Studies at the George Marshal Center for European Security Studies; participated in the START and DOD working groups for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency;  chaired the Army War College’s teaching department of Policy and Strategy; and served as a Marine in Vietnam.

Dr. Scott Snook is the Harvard Business School MBA Class of 1958 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration; was the USMA professor in Behavioral Sciences and Leadership; directed West Point’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Research and the joint master’s program in Leader Development; and, served 22 years in the US Army. (Snook was unable to attend this meeting.)

Mr. Robert Soeldner is the Chief Operations Officer at RWE Supply & Trade; has served as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army in Massachusetts; VP of Operations for RR Donnelley Co.; and, former commander of 1stSquadron, 7thCavalry Regiment.

Dr. Michael Wartell is the Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at the Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne; served as department manager for Sandia National Laboratories;  is serving a third term as a Science Board member; served as DIA Science and Technology Advisory Board member and chair; and authored numerous scientific studies and books.

Justice Jeffrey Johnson is an Associate Justice in the California Court of Appeal; served as former magistrate of the US District Court in California’s Central District; and has been an Assistant US Attorney.

Dr. David Schejbal is the dean of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Extension; was formerlu Associate Vice Chancellor and director of Continuing Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and served as a member of the executive committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, National Council for Science and the Environment.

'Hire our Heroes' job networking reception set for Nov. 16 

This networking event for Spouses, Transitioning Service members, Veterans jobs seekers in the area will be held at the Letort View Community Center, 313 Lovell Avenue, 5-7 p.m. This is the first of a series of employment networking events leading up to March 31st Job Fair at the Carlisle Expo Center.   There will be National and Local Employers to network with at these events.  Short presentations from Hire our Hero's.  There will also be interactive presentations on digital tools, LinkedIn, resume reviews and how to develop your "elevator pitch."  There will also be an opportunity to have your photo taken for your LinkedIn profile.

Register online at

Future Upcoming events are:

Feb. 24 2016            Career Workshop event for Military Spouses; Time and location to be TBD

March 30 2016           Networking event with Hire our Hero's and ACS Employment Readiness  5-7p.m.

March 31 2016           Spring Job Fair at the Carlisle Expo Center from 10-2p.m.

Employers in attendence include:

Abel Personnel


American Mint, LLC

Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce

Edward Jones

ESGR-Hero 2 Hired

Fairfax County Police Department

Farmers Insurance & Financial services

FDM Group

First Command Financial Services

JLG Industries, Inc.


Land O’Lakes

Liberty Excavators

Pennsylvania State Police


Schenker, Inc.


System One

The Faulkner Organization


System One



For more information call 717-245-3684

Penn State Basketball- Military Appreciation Day Tickets Now Available

Active duty, Guard and Reserve military, veterans, and fallen and Gold Star families are now able to apply online for free donated tickets to the Penn State-Eastern Michigan game on Saturday, Dec. 5 as part of the Hoops for the Holidays program.

In its second year, the program honors the commitment and sacrifices of veterans, families and loved ones by providing tickets at no cost to active and retired servicemembers. Penn State supporters, alumni and business donations have graciously made this possible.

Military members and veterans, their families and loved ones can visit to sign up for free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis to the Dec. 5 game. All active duty, Guard and Reserve military, veterans, and fallen and Gold Star families are eligible to redeem one complimentary ticket for themselves and three additional complimentary seats for immediate family members. Additionally, all qualifying individuals are eligible to purchase up to five additional tickets for a discounted rate of just $10 per person. All sign-ups are simply requests until confirmed via email by Penn State Athletics.

Nearly 1,000 tickets for the Hoops for the Holidays program have been purchased by members of the community and businesses to date. Supporters can still purchase Hoops for the Holidays tickets by visiting, or calling 1-800-NITTANY, Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets for the Hoops for the Holidays program are just $10 per person. Penn State supporters purchased 2,500 Hoops for the Holidays tickets last year in its inaugural season.

For more information about the Hoops for the Holidays program or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-NITTANY between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Nittany Lions open the 2015-16 campaign at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 vs. VMI in the Bryce Jordan Center. The home schedule features seven non-conference games, including two at historic Rec Hall, and eight Big Ten contests. Season tickets, Big Ten mini plans and single-game tickets for all home games are available from or by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

James Ellsworth to refine, extend opportunities in educational methodology 

October 29, 2015 -- Dr. Jim Ellsworth joined the Army War College this month to advise the executive leadership of the College in educational methodology and guide the strategy. Ellsworth’s previous position was at George Washington University where he was an adjunct Professor of Educational Technology Leadership.

“As the Professor of Educational Methodology, I am here to be a bridge between my colleagues in national security and my colleagues in education who are extending ... our understanding of how human beings learn,” said Ellsworth. “That’s going to comprise three primary lines of effort -- faculty development, experiential learning, and linking student assessment to outcomes without excessive testing that disturbs the integrity of the curriculum.”

Dr. Jim Ellsworth acclimates to the School of Strategic Landpower in his first days as the dean's advisor for education technology. Ellsworth will contribute his expertise in professional military education and educational technology.  

He said he plans a first-year priority of creating resources to help new faculty prepare to lead seminar students in complex subject matter, to include resources that will be available to them as soon as they know they'll be assigned in an Army War College faculty role.

He noted several near-future opportunities to link learning opportunities with the missions of the operating force, and he specifically mentioned experiential learning options and example rubrics that will link  existing student assessments more directly to the learning objectives identified by the Joint Staff.

“I am here in a strictly supporting role," he said. "You won’t find me pushing the latest flashy gizmo of new-age teaching philosophy.  Given his own experience teaching joint mlitary operations at the Naval War College, Ellsworth is primed to focus on the objective.

"My job is to help faculty identify their critical information requirements, survey the learning battlespace as they execute the mission, and provide them with focused answers and tools from my domain that will best help them reach the objective by the course of action they believe best," he said. And, ultimately, that objective is to provide the most effective learning experience to both resident and nonresident students, he added.

Educational methodology is meant to support curriculum and faculty and students -- "to help them transition from being  the tactical and technical experts to being the senior operational and strategic leaders who can forge a diverse joint, interagency intergovernmental and multinational force into a cohesive instrument for accomplishing America’s strategic objectives,” said Ellsworth.

Ellsworth described his career as one of dedication to design and leadership of innovative learning systems for the Army and Joint Force. A Certified Performance Technologist, he holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University, as well as master degrees in Business Administration, from Syracuse, and National Security Studies,from the Naval War College. He is a published author and scholarly speaker, and holds elected offices in educational technology and national security scholarly associations.

Dahl promoted, takes command of IMCOM

Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl receives the unit flag from Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, and becomes the new commanding general for U.S. Army Installation Management Command as the Change of Command ceremony takes place at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre, November 3, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. In the background are CSM Jeffrey Hartless (center), IMCOM CSM, and Lt. Ge. David Halverson the former IMCOM commander and current Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.

FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS (Nov. 3, 2015) -- Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl took command of U.S. Army Installation Management Command Nov. 3, from Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, during a change-of-command ceremony at the Fort Sam Houston Theater.

Gen. Mark A. Milley, the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army, presided over both the change-of-command ceremony and Dahl's promotion ceremony that took place before.

"K.D. (Dahl) is immensely qualified to be the commanding general," said Milley. "He's a proven combat leader, he's a man of great character, and I have no doubt in my mind that he's going to take IMCOM to the next level of excellence."

Until today, IMCOM and the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management were commanded by one three-star general, in a "dual-hatted" status. The creation of a new 3-star position and the decision to make IMCOM a direct-report to the Chief of Staff of the Army indicates how important the mission is to senior Army leadership.

IMCOM manages all the day-to-day infrastructure and support programs on Army installations, allowing the mission commanders to focus on their mission: to fight and win the nation's wars. It also allows for cost avoidance and cost savings by centralizing management and purchasing power, and enables Soldiers to focus on preparing for the current and future fight because they know their families at home are being cared for.

Dahl pledged that IMCOM would continue to provide the best support for command teams at Army installations around the world under his command.

"Having never served at the same place twice I can be justly accused of being an expert at nothing, but I will give myself credit for knowing a lot about the Army. Knowing where it lives and knowing what it does," said Dahl. "And I'm excited to be at this command for I have an opportunity to support all our senior commanders and enabling their critical missions that they execute in their own commands every single day."

MIlley explained that the split will allow IMCOM to be more efficient by placing a proven leader with the command on Fort Sam Houston, rather than have the ASCIM lead from the Pentagon remotely.

"The span of control was not as effective as if we could split it apart and pick a single (lieutenant general) to lead IMCOM and then have a staff officer as the ACSIM," said Milley. "Because putting both of them together is difficult and doesn't lead to the most efficient methods of using our leadership."

In Army tradition, Halverson relinquished command by passing the unit's colors, which symbolizes command, to Milley, who then passed the colors to Dahl, giving him the authority of command and formally recognizing Dahl as IMCOM's commanding general.

Halverson expressed his sentiments of leaving command and taking the responsibility of the ACSIM.

"This is a bittersweet day as you all know, but it is a great day for the Army," said Halverson. "It's been an honor. Thank you for bringing the Army's home everywhere and we'll continue to do that."

Dahl assured Halverson and those present that he would ensure IMCOM would continue to be the foundation for Army readiness.

"We will touch the entire Army every single day and everything that it does," said Dahl. "I am thrilled to be the commanding general of installation management command. I totally appreciate how lucky I am and I will not squander a single moment."

For more information about the installation management command and the services it provides to the Army, visit or

Paving on Carlisle Barracks to continue through Veterans Day

In order to complete work necessary for complete paving on post before the winter hits, paving crews will work on Carlisle Barracks Nov. 11. Work will not begin until after 8 a.m.

Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Maldonado, Carlisle Barracks CSM
Community gives thanks to military families

This month we take time to celebrate the Military Family, which is a special here at Carlisle Barracks. Family is important to each of us, especially as we look at the stress on the family after more than a decade at war.

Army families are vital - the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families. All Army families, Active, Guard, Reserve, veterans and retirees are giving back in this time of need. With thousands of Soldiers deployed, recognizing the daily sacrifices made by Army families has never been more important.

Any Soldier who has ever been separated from his or her family for an extended period, because of the needs of our Nation, fully understands the sacrifices both the Soldier and Family must make. The list of “missed moments” is long and varies with each Soldier but just a few are missed weddings, births, funerals, missed first steps, first days of school, first dates, graduations and missed birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and family reunions.

Military Family Month: “Keeping Our Military Strong” is an important way for a grateful Nation to recognize and acknowledge the sacrifices our military families make in support of America. Throughout the month of November, Army families serving around the world are being honored through a variety of observances and are being recognized for the commitment and contributions they make every day.

Here at Carlisle Barracks we design programs with our families in mind. For our Army War College students, the year here is a time for our families to reconnect during their year here. From the Welcome Jams for elementary to high school students in the early summer to the holiday activities in the fall and winter to Jim Thorpe Sports Days in the spring, we aim to provide a variety of activities for families.

This month we are hosting a series of event to celebrate the military family. Army Community Service will provide a “family photo shoot” session Nov. 6 and 7. Located behind their building at 632 Wright Ave. The staff will take advantage of the picturesque fall scene along the Letort Spring Run to take digital photos of military families, which will then be sent to their personal email addresses. Photos will be taken on Nov. 6, between 1 and 4 p.m., and Nov. 7, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.    

On Nov. 14, you and the family can enjoy fall at Carlisle Barracks with the 5K Drumstick Dash Fun Run and the Gobble Gallop. The Gobble Gallop and Drumstick Dash offer an opportunity for families to squeeze in a few extra calorie-burning miles before the holidays.  It's also a great showcase of Carlisle’s silliest turkey-themed attire you've ever seen.  Costumes are encouraged.  The more feathers the better.

There are many more activities planned and you can check out the Banner Online at

This is our way to thank you, the families, for all you do to support our Soldiers. Thank you for what you do every day. You help keep our military strong.

Support and Defend.

Drumstick Dash, Gobble Gallop a great way to kick off holiday season

Average Americans will consume approximately 3,000 calories during their Thanksgiving meal. If you add in pre-meal snacks and deserts, that number will easily grow to over 4,500 calories!  The Gobble Gallop and Drumstick Dash on Nov. 14 offer an opportunity for families to squeeze in a few extra calorie-burning miles before the holidays.  It's also a great showcase of Carlisle’s silliest turkey-themed attire you've ever seen.  Costumes are encouraged and rewarded. 

The 5K course routed throughout the historic Carlisle Barracks, offers a stimulating 3.1 mile run featuring beautiful historic buildings and landmarks. The 5K starts and finishes on the very place where Jim Thorpe once played and Pop Warner famously coached the Carlisle Indian Industrial School football team on Indian Field, Carlisle Barracks. The race starts at 8 a.m.

The Gobble Gallop Kids Run will begin after all runners have completed the Drumstick Dash at approximately 10 a.m. Open to runners ages 4 to 13, the races features varying distances to accommodate the level and ability of every child. Registration for 5K Drumstick Dash opens at 7 a.m. and Gobble Gallop Kids Run registration opens at 9 a.m.

This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  We will be collecting donations for the Holiday Assistance Programat the Drumstick Dash and Gobble Gallop. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable holiday food item that will go a needy family in our military community.  We hope you will join us in giving back.

Cost:Gobble Gallop Kids Run is FREEand open to ages 4-13.  The 5K Drumstick Dash Early Registration is ONLY$12 for ages 13+ and $8 for ages 12 and below. Day of registration is $15.

Registration for both family-friendly events begins October 12, 2015. Contact us at runs@carlislemwr.comfor questions.

November Community news, events


2- Newcomers Brief, 1 p.m. Anne Ely Hall, Room 202

3- “Everest” movie, 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Theater

4- Community Leaders Information Forum, 11 a.m. LVCC

4- “Know Your World” 6 p.m. Carlisle Expo Center

International Fellows will host the annual "Know Your World" event at the Carlisle Expo Center.  International officers and their families from 73 countries will display their culture and food for the Carlisle Barracks community.

5 – Military Family Program Financial Series #3, 11:45 a.m., Wil Waschoe Auditorium

Financial Series #3- Investmentsis the third in a 5-part family financial planning series to help increase awareness about how to set the conditions for financial success with your military or civilian careers and to position yourself for a successful retirement.

5 – Carlisle Chamber of Commerce Family Fair, 4 p.m., Saint Patrick Church and School

The entire family is encouraged to come out and enjoy the fair themed festivities, hosted the by Chamber of Commerce. Adults can mingle with local businesses to learn about their services and promotions and children will be entertained with complimentary fair-like food and games. The evening is sure to be fun for the whole family and will provide something for everyone. The event is located at 85 Marsh Drive, Carlisle.

6- "Courage, Commitment, and Fear: The American Soldier in the Vietnam War" opens at the U.S. Army Heritage Center and Education Center, 4:30 p.m.

The grand opening for this exhibit will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and recognition of the Vietnam Veterans whose stories are featured throughout the exhibit.

The exhibit will feature several unique immersive experiences, such as a "spider hole" and "booby traps," which will allow visitors to experience, first-hand, the types of challenges U.S. Soldiers faced. Each Soldier's story is unique, and the exhibit will showcase different areas of Vietnam, with corresponding Soldiers' stories to illustrate the experiences of the men and women who served throughout Vietnam. In-country experiences in combat and medical evacuation operations will be featured, in addition to sections relating to the experience of POWs and veterans upon returning home. The exhibit will also include the film, "Our Journey Through War," which was produced in-house by the USAHEC team, and features the stories of those who were involved in the conflict.

6- “Sicaro” movie, rated R, 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Theater

6-7 – Army Community Services Family photo shoots

In appreciation of military families, the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service will provide a “family photo shoot” session Nov. 6 and 7. Located behind their building at 632 Wright Ave, the staff will take advantage of the picturesque fall scene along the Letort Spring Run to take digital photos of military families, which will then be sent to their personal email addresses. Photos will be taken on Nov. 6, between 1 and 4 p.m., and Nov. 7 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.    

Call (717) 245-4357 for more information and to make an appointment.

7- “The Intern” movie, rated PG-13,  7:30 p.m., Reynolds Theater

10 – Marine Corps Birthday celebration 8 a.m., Bliss Hall

10- Remembering the Fallen: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of "In Flanders Fields" 10 a.m.Army Heritage and Education Center Visitor and Education Center

A joint commemoration event with the Canadian Consul General's Office to recognize the 100th anniversary of the poem, "In Flanders Fields" and to remember the fallen Soldiers of WWI.

11- Veterans Day holiday

11- Carlisle Joint Veterans Council Veterans Day Celebration, 11:30 a.m., Old Courthouse, 2nd Floor

Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander, will be the guest speaker for this year’s event, held in the Old Courthouse, at the intersection of High and Hanover Streets.   

13- Spouses Club Denim & Diamonds Auction 6 p.m., LVCC

The Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club is hosting their annual Benefit Auction at the Letort View Community Center. Proceeds from the auction go toward scholarships and outreach funds provided to organizations within the Carlisle area. Tickets are $20 per person, $200 per table. For more information visit

13- “Hotel Transylvania 2” 3D, rated PG, Movie 7:30 p.m.

14- “Pan” movie, rated PG, 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Theater

14- 5K Drumstick Dash Fun Run and Gobble Gallop 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., Indian Field

The Gobble Gallop and Drumstick Dash offer an opportunity for families to squeeze in a few extra calorie-burning miles before the holidays.  It's also a great showcase of Carlisle’s silliest turkey-themed attire you've ever seen.  Costumes are encouraged. For more information and to register visit

16 - Hire our Heroes and Carlisle Barracks, 5 p.m., LVCC

This networking event for Spouses, Transitioning Service members, Veterans jobs seekers in the area will be held at the Letort View Community Center, 313 Lovell Avenue. This is the first of a series of employment networking events leading up to March 31st Job Fair at the Carlisle Expo Center.   There will be National and Local Employers to network with at these events.  Short presentations from Hire our Hero's.  There will also be Interactive participation on Digital tools, LinkedIn, Resume Review and Elevator Pitch.   There will also be an opportunity to have your photo taken for your LinkedIn profile.

16- Native Pride Dancers, Native American Heritage Month Commemoration, 7 p.m., Army Heritage and Education Center

Dancing is a key component of Native American culture past and present, and watching a demonstration of various dances provides an opportunity to better understand the traditions and heritage Native Americas. As part of Native American Heritage Month, commemorated during the month of November, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will host performers from the Native Pride Dancers.  These traditional Native dancers will demonstrate ceremonial and social dancing techniques passed down from their ancestors for centuries. The demonstration will include authentic dress, free-style movements, and sacred songs, enhanced by indigenous vocal and flute music from the Northern Plains.

17 – Army Family Action Plan Conference noon, LVCC

AFAP provides Active and Reserve Component Soldiers, Army Civilians, Family members, Survivors, and Retirees a voice in shaping their standards of living by identifying issues and concerns for Army Senior Leadership resolution. Since its inception in 1983, the AFAP remains the only such partnership between a branch of the United States military and its constituents. Information provided through the AFAP process gives commanders and leaders insight into current satisfaction detractors, quality of life needs, and expectations of Army constituents. Leadership uses the information to effect changes that improve standards of living and support programs. These changes foster a satisfied, informed, and resilient Army Community.

To submit an issue visit

18- Geo Bachelor/Bachelorette Dinner. 5:30 p.m., Post Chapel

18 - Perspectives in Military History Lecture, 7:15 p.m. Army Heritage and Education Center

Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield. 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.

18- “Captive” movie, rated PG-13, 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Theater

23- Visitor and Education Center Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony, 11 a.m., Army Heritage and Education Center

26- Thanksgiving Day Feast 11 a.m., LVCC

Don’t feel like making your own dinner? Then get your tickets now for the Carlisle Barracks Traditional Thanksgiving Feast Serving from 11am-2pm.  Adults are $24.95, Kids (5-10) $12.95, 4 and under Free. Gratuity not included. Reservations are required by Nov. 24. For more information, call (717) 245-4329.