Banner Archive for November 2016

IMCOM stands up new IMCOM Directorates

The U.S. Army Installation Management Command stood in formation in its new configuration of five IMCOM Directorates for the first time Nov. 29, 2016, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. This formation represents the 50,000+ IMCOM team members worldwide, and visually displays the transformation of IMCOM's two stateside geographic regions into three IMCOM Directorates (IDs) co-located with their supported Army Commands. The modern IMCOM formation also includes the two overseas IDs (IMCOM Europe and IMCOM Pacific) and the U.S. Army Environmental Command. The three stateside IDs are integrated into the supported ACOM/Army Service Component command headquarters (TRADOC, FORSCOM and AMC) to solve functional challenges for garrison commanders, coordinate IMCOM headquarters support, and drive and assess garrison execution of service delivery in support of senior commanders.

Carlisle Barracks is part of the IMCOM Directorate-Training, located at Ft. Eustis, Va. (TRADOC).

Holiday Weight Gain? Tips to prevent overeating

So Thanksgiving has flown by. Did you have to let out a notch on your belt? With about five more weeks left of the holiday season, what are your plans? How are you going to handle the holiday parties, goodies, and other traditional temptations?

Most people believe they gain 5-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. However, on average most people gain about one pound during the holiday period. Furthermore, those at special risk (overweight and obese people) are more likely to gain five pounds than those without weight problems. Those with weight issues are more vulnerable during the holiday period.

Strategies for controlling holiday weight gain were investigated in the National Weight Control Registry among successful weight losers and normal-weight people. Successful weight losers were more active and diligent with dietary restraint before and during the holidays. They paid better attention to weight and eating with the holiday season.  They also worked harder to manage their weight compared to normal-weight people.

So do not wait until the New Year to make resolutions.

  1. Prevent weight gain by focusing on maintaining weight during the holidays. Trying to lose weight during the holidays might be a self-defeating goal.
  2. Watch portion sizes. If you normally make a double batch of a tempting food, it might be better to make a half-batch to reduce the quantity available.
  3. Make small, lower calorie meals during the day, so you can selectively enjoy the holiday party. Do not skip meals during the day; this may result in overeating. Remember breakfast is essential. Research shows those that eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day.
  4. Before heading out the door, eat a small snack to prevent overeating at the party.
  5. Bring a low-calorie, healthy dish such as whole-grain pasta salad, fresh fruit, or a yogurt and vegetable tray to please all.
  6. Mingle rather than bellying up to the buffet bar. Focus on talking instead of eating. Conversation is calorie-free!
  7. Scope out the food items and select those that you will truly enjoy rather than the spontaneous high-calorie items.
  8. Use a smaller plate to reduce amount of food on your plate. Portion control, such as just a taste, can help keep the pounds from packing on.
  9. Start by filling half your plate with vegetables and salad before entrees and desserts.
  10. Eat slowly and savor each bite. Wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds to assure that you truly are still hungry.
  11. Drink in moderation since alcohol provides extra calories. Limit the alcohol to no more than one drink for women and two drinks for men daily.
  12. Increase activity to help reduce stress and weight gain. Balance more calories with more physical activity. Consider taking the stairs while shopping or working rather than the escalator or elevator. Play actively with family members; the laughter and memories will be worth leaving the calories out in the cold. Take a walk after the meal, even if it is only around the block.

Remember to be more mindful of eating, not mindless, during the holidays. Eat in moderation. Spend more time talking rather than eating to keep those calories at bay. Your goal is to notlet out your belt after the holidays. The holiday season is a marathon, not a race, so pace yourself.

The Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic staff is available to promote your enhanced and sustained healthy lifestyle. Army Wellness Center health educators can assist you with an assessment and activity follow-up. Working together with the clinic dietitian, we can help you meet your nutrition goals. If interested, please contact the Army Wellness Center at 245-4004 or the clinic dietitian at 245-3400.

Ashburn Drive gate to close Dec. 22 through Jan. 2

Due to traditionally low traffic numbers during the holiday season, the Ashburn Drive Gate to Carlisle Barracks will be closed to all in and out-bound vehicle traffic from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. The Ashburn Gate will close at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 and reopen at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 3.

During this period all vehicular traffic must enter and exit through the Claremont Road main gate. Pedestrians may call (717)245-4115 (Police Desk) and a police patrol will respond to open the gate for entry and exit.  Trucks must still exit the Ashburn gate using the same phone number. 

“Our traffic numbers are traditionally very low during this time period, so this was an opportune time to close the Ashburn Gate and provide some personal time back to our hardworking guard force and keep them fresh throughout the holiday period,” said Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander.  “We appreciate your patience and understanding.  The Claremont gate is designed to handle increased traffic so any delays are expected to be minimal."

Fire fighters fight ‘blaze,’ unruly occupant


Members of the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department respond to an alarm at the “Old Mill” on Route 11 as part of their monthly training program. Training at the mill is valuable because it allows the crews to experience working in small and dark areas.

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Sometimes firefighters have to do more than just put out the fire – that was the lesson of a recent Carlisle Barracks fire department training at the “Old Mill” on post.

As part of their regular training program, the post firefighters responded to a simulated fire at the mill, located on Route 11. Once they arrived they not only had to contend with the fire, but search for survivors and deal with an out-of-control “resident” of the building, (played by another member of the DES team.)

“We train for a variety of different scenarios during our weekly and monthly exercises,” said Chief Jim O’Connell, Carlisle Barracks Fire Chief. “We make sure that each member of our crew gets regular training on each of the scenarios.” The trainings usually occur over a two day period.  

Training at the mill is valuable because it allows the crews to experience working in small and dark areas.

“You never know what the call coming in is going to be for,” said O’Connell. “The mill allows us to gain value experience in the event we have to respond to an incident where there is little to no light.”

 2016 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) continues through Dec 30

    The Combined Federal Campaign, CFC, is the federal tool for supporting charities, health, welfare, and emergency relief organizations in your neighborhood, nationally or internationally. It's all on line. Use CFC code 0751 and follow these steps to give directly or via payroll.

    The CFC, which will run at Carlisle Barracks from Oct 11 through Dec. 30 enables community members to contribute to more than 2,000 local, national and international health, welfare and emergency relief organizations. The Carlisle Barracks CFC code is 0751.

    A big change for this year is that all donations are made online via one of the links below:

     The program works in two ways – on a bi-weekly payroll deduction, and participants can donate any amount over $1.00 per pay period or they can make a one-time donation. Participants have the option to select which agencies they wish to contribute to.

    These charities range from military, veteran and patriotic organizations to human and civil rights organizations to environmental organizations to religious and cultural organizations.
    To receive CFC funds, organizations must meet strict standards – they must have tax-exempt non-profit status; they must provide service, benefits or assistance to activities that promote human well-being; they must spend no more than 25 percent of their revenue on fundraising; and they must not disclose the names of CFC contributors, among other rules.

   The Combined Federal Campaign is designed, specifically, to present many opportunities to affect the “greater good.” 

Harrisburg Foreign Policy Association formally welcomes USAWC International Fellows

Continuing a tradition that has lasted 40 years, the Harrisburg Foreign Policy Association honored 79 International Fellows of the resident class of 2017 when it hosted its annual reception Nov. 17, 2016 at the Letort View Club.

Senator John Eichelberger stands with Col. Ahmad Faizal from Indonesia after receiving his proclamation from the Harrisburg Foreign Policy Association

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.

Senator John Eichelberger and HFPA President Dr. Michele Sellitto along with members of the Foreign Policy Association represent the central Pennsylvania region.





Qatar Col. Ali Al Marri (left) Brig. Gen. Basem Alalween from Jordan,  and Lt. Col. Mohammad Alsumaiti from  the UAE (right) at the HFPA recepetion.

Red Blanket Native American Drum and Dance Troop educate and inspire through dance

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center hosted the Red Blanket Native American Drum and Dance Troopas part of the Native American Heritage Month on Nov. 14.  With a crowd of over 300 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.

Throughout history, Native Americans have served in this nation's military with great courage and distinction. Native Americans have fought in every war since the nation's founding and have taken their rightful place as heroes in the nation's history. Today, more than 4,000 Soldiers of American Indian or Alaska Native descent serve in the Army. They are valued members of the Army team who continue a long legacy of professionalism, selfless service, dignity, and respect. 24 Native American have earned the Medal of Honor for their courage and devotion to the nation.

We are "Army Strong," because we not only place great value in having different perspectives, approaches, and skills but also because we value having ethnic and cultural diversity. 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.

Help keep our community safe, slow down

One of the hallmarks of Carlisle Barracks is the “small-town” feel and looking out for our neighbors, and bringing attention to the concerns of our residents and employees. Recently we’ve received some feedback on what we can all do to help make this a safer, better place to live and we’re asking for your help.

The on-post speed limit is 15 MPH. While this may seem slow, it’s what is required for an installation this size, amount of traffic and size of our roads. We’ve had some concerned residents who have brought to our attention that some motorists, especially in the areas of the Child Development Center and Young Hall, have frequently disobeyed the posted speed limits, especially during the 8 to 8:30 a.m. timeframe.  These areas are frequented by our children and families, so we ask that all motorists obey the posted speed limits. There will be increased police patrols and speed enforcement as well.

You’ve probably notice the construction going on at Young Hall. Our private housing partner, Balfour Beatty, is in the midst of a project that is repairing damaged concrete and will soon begin a project to replace the roof of the 1930’s-era building. As a result, the speed limit on Forbes Ave behind Young Hall will be changed to 10 MPH for the duration of the project.

Additionally, resident parking spaces along the building have been moved to previously open parking spots along Forbes Ave, and are marked with parking cones. We ask that non-Young Hall residents do not park in these marked spaces. Additional signs will be placed to clearly mark these areas.

‘Heart of Carlisle Barracks’ honored at awards ceremony

Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, addresses a packed Letort View Community Center Nov. 15 during the Installation Awards Ceremony.

Carlisle Barracks is often called “the most strategic 500 acres in the Army,” not just because it’s home to the Army War College, but because it is home to some of the best and brightest Soldiers and employees in the Army, according to installation leadership.

The post took time Nov. 14 to recognize the hard work and dedication of some of those employees at an awards ceremony hosed by Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, in the Letort View Community Center.

The packed LVCC saw the awarding of numerous servicemembers and employees, including the civilian and Solider of the Quarter Awards.

Spc. Isaac Gonzales, Environmental Health Technicon at Dunham Health Clinic was named the Carlisle Barracks Soldier of the Year, FY 16 for his hard work, determination and dedication to exceed standards.








Spc. Stefanie Otley, Preventative Medicine Specialist, Dunham Clinic was named the Carlisle Barracks Soldier of the Quarter, 3rdQuarter, FY 16, for her hard work, determination and dedication to exceed standards.










Donna Ferry, an education technician for the USAWC Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations, was awarded the Civilian Employee of the Quarter Award, 3rdQuarter, FY 16. She was recognized for her efforts to administer all aspects of the Advanced Strategic Studies program ranging from travel arrangements to close editing program of instruction syllabi and supporting the ASPA students involved in Integrated Research Projects.  “Donna is a selfless servant who has made every job immeasurably easier and is always looking for ways to help the e tire SMSPO faculty and students,” said her award citation.  William (Bill) Berger, Occupational Health Nurse, Dunham Clinic, was also nominated for the award.




Todd Wheeler, Operations Chief, U.S. Army Garrison Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilizations and Security, was awarded the Civilian Employee of the Quarter Award, 4thQuarter, FY 16. Wheeler was recognized for his efforts with the after duty hours watch officer program, which led to improved efficiency, developed a Watch Officer SOP, and has fostered a very positive relationships with all the mission partners on Carlisle Barracks which has vastly improved the Garrison’s ability to support critical operations.  Christopher Johnson, System Administrator for CSL, Leann Fawver, Archivist for the Army Heritage and Education Center, Wendy LeBlanc, Operations Officer-It Manager, CSL, Michael Kelly, Supply Technician, CSL and Jaime Gordon, Supervisor Medical Technologist Dunham Clinic were all nominated for the award.

A number of special awards were also handed out.



Terry Phoenix, Supervisory Instructional Systems Specialist, with the Department of Distance Education, received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for her leadership and management skills and working tirelessly to ensure that all DDE courses were published on time. She has also led the development of a program to match the Joint Program for Military Education, Phase II objective to DDE requirements.






Dr. Thomas Galvin, Professor of Resource Management, Department of Command, Leadership and Management, received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for his work in support of the Collaborative Academic Institutional Review board. His work helped develop crucial polices for the USAWC.







Chiquita Morrison, Education and Training Technician, Department of Command, Leadership and Management, received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for her work in department for the previous six months.








Cora Johnson, Financial Readiness Program Manger and Army Emergency Relief Officer, Army Community Services, received an IMCOM Certificate of Achievement for her commitment to Soldiers, family members and civilians through the development and implementation of new financial assistance programs.







Heather Nickel, a volunteer with Army Community Services, received a Garrison Certificate of Appreciation for her efforts with the Family Advocacy, Exceptional family Member and Relocation Programs.   

Carlisle Barracks hours of operation for Thanksgiving week


DFMWR Office

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Café Cumberland

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Root Hall Joint Deli

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Leisure Travel

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Open for Thanksgiving Brunch



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Outdoor Recreation

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Skill Center

24-26 November (Thursday-Saturday)


24-26 November 0500-1300

Thorpe Hall Gym

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26 November 0700-1700

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Indian Field Gym

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23 November 0500-1300

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The Legal Assistance Office will be closed on Friday, November 25.                                                                       Claims services will be available 0800-1430, please call 245-3242 prior to arrival.

USAWC cake cutting ceremony honors 241st Marine Corps Birthday

Class of 1910 Army War College graduate and 13th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Gen. John A. Lejeune, directed on Nov. 1, 1921 that a reminder of the honorable service of the Marine Corps be published by every command, to all Marines throughout the globe, on the birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

Honoring the wishes of its alum, the Army War College paid respect to Lejeune by celebrating the 241st birthday of the United States Marine Corps at a cake cutting ceremony held in Bliss Hall on Nov. 10.

The ceremony began with the republishing of Lejeune’s original birthday message, known today as Article 38, United States Marine Corps Manual, Edition of 1921, which begins as follows:

“On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.”

Following the reading of Lejeune’s message, the official Marine Corps birthday cake was escorted on to Bliss Hall’s stage, and, in keeping with the long held tradition, which is observed by Marines around the globe, the oldest and youngest Marines present were presented with the first piece of birthday cake. The tradition symbolizes the passing of knowledge and experience from generation to generation.

The oldest Marine present was Mr. David Bennett, a Marine aviator who left the Marine Corps in 1974, and who served as a faculty member here at the Army War College. After taking his first bite he passed the cake to the youngest Marine, Lt. Col. Elizabeth Perazzo, a current Army War College student.

Following the cutting of the cake the ceremony concluded with the playing of Anchors Away and the Marines’ Hymn after which those who had gathered enjoyed birthday cake and coffee in the atrium of Bliss Hall.

Donated Soldiers Crosses now stand at the Army War College Alumni Memorial 

Two original sculptures now stand as silent sentinels at the Army War College Memorial at Carlisle Barracks. They have been donated by George and Michelle Turak on behalf of the American Legion Post 405 at the Union League of Philadelphia.

The Soldiers Cross sculptures are ‘posted’ within the quiet, reflective memorial space that was refined and developed by the Resident Class of 2015 as their class gift: an enduring contribution to the memory of those USAWC alumni who died in conflict.

“I’d like to honor the people who have sacrificed everything,” said Turak, a veteran of the 1stCavalry Division, 2ndof the 12th, in Vietnam, 1969-70.

“Because I lost some of my buddies over there, this is how I try to give back, honoring the men and women who have sacrificed everything, and honoring the gold star families.

“They’ve given more to America than all the politicians put together,” said Turak. “These are the people who do things for America.”

On November 9, at 3:30 p.m., the leadership of the Army War College will join with Turak and his colleagues to dedicate the Soldier Cross.  He will be accompanied by Vietnam veterans who share Turak’s passion for honoring veterans, having themselves earned Purple Hearts and a long list of honors:  Bill Vosseler, David A. Christian, Bill Wheatley, Paul Werner, and the artist Andrew Chernak.

Chernak is a Vietnam veteran with a Purple Heart, and a skill for sculpting.  He has created these Soldiers’ crosses, gave a gold star plaque of his design and sculpture to each of the Armed Services, and is currently creating the Gold Star Mother statue at Arlington, said Turak.

Turak is a long-time art dealer now retired from his gallery in center city Philadelphia.  He has demonstrated his commitment to honoring America’s current and veteran military members. He is a friend to, and donor for, the Army Heritage & Education Center and the National Museum of the US Army. “The average Soldier doesn’t get his story told,” he said, about his support to the two organizations. And, after attending the National Security Seminar at the Army War College in June 2014, he was inspired to give back, and turned to his colleagues on the Union League’s Armed Services Council.

American Legion Post 405- The Union League of Philadelphia is descended from Meade Post 1 Grand Army of the Republic, established in 1866. Colloquially known as “Benjamin Franklin’s post or “Philly Post 405” it is the City of Philadelphia’s cornerstone in support of military veterans and the patriotic spirit of the city, according to its web site.


Local events, restaurants, retailors honor veterans, offer discounts, freebies

Veterans Day, a national day when Americans unite and honor all those who’ve served in our nation’s armed forces.

The day is often marked by events paying tribute to these veterans, and is a time when many restaurants and retailers offer discounts or free meals to those who've answered our nation’s call.

The below is a list of some of the local events throughout Cumberland County and around the U.S. Army War College where veterans can go and participate in the day’s tributes to their service.

The list include some of the many restaurants and retailors who are extending discounts and free meals to our veteran community.

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.

Keep in mind 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.

Friday, November 11, 2016:

Carlisle — VFW Post 477 will hold a Veterans Day event at 2104 W. Trindle Road, Carlisle, beginning at Noon. A light lunch will be provided for veterans preceded by indoors posting of the colors by the Cumberland County Honor Guard. There will be a guest speaker from the U. S. Army War College with a presentation of a Veterans' Tribute Plaque to the Post. Contact is Rick Olson, Quartermaster, at 329-6055.

Carlisle - The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will conduct the Annual Veterans Day ceremony in the 2nd Floor Courtroom of the Old Courthouse commencing at 10:30 A.M. A special unveiling and dedication of a memorial dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients of Cumberland County will be conducted in Veterans' Memorial Courtyard immediately following the indoor ceremony. The monument is the Eagle Scout project of Matt Kunkle. The Cumberland County Honor Guard is providing the firing squad and bugler. The guest speaker will be R. J. Harris, WHP 580 Radio. Contact is Jim Washington at 226-1966.

Mechanicsburg — Lower Allen VFW Post 7530 will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony beginning at 11:00 A.M. at the Post, 4545 Westport Drive, Mechanicsburg. The guest speakers are Brian Spagnoletti and Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Doyle. Contact Brian Spagnoletti at 460-2622.

Mechanicsburg- Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council (American Legion Post 109 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6704) will conduct Veterans Day ceremonies at the GAR Monument in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery at the corner of Frederick and Marble Streets beginning at 11:00 A.M. In the event of adverse weather, the ceremony will be at American Legion Post 109. The guest speaker will be U. S. Army Sergeant Major Jamie M. Lethiecq. Contact is Paul ICreiner, Jr., at 579-4560.

Newville- The Newville Joint Veterans Council will conduct a Veterans Day service honoring all veterans by placing flowers at the Memorial located at the fountain and the playing of TAPS. Hometown Heroes Banners will be given to family members. The service will begin at 11:00 A.M. In the event of adverse weather, the service will be held at the VFW, West Main Street, Newville. The guest speaker will be Lonnie Frampton, Chief Warrant Officer 3. Contact is Patricia Reed at 776-7825.

2016 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Starting Nov. 10, 2016:

Red Lobster, Nov 10 -11, 2016. Free Appetizer or Dessert from a select list. 

Golden Corral (5pm – 9pm): The 16th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. 

Veterans Day - Nov. 11, 2016:

Applebee’s. Free meal from special menu. Beverage and gratuity not included.

Baker's Square. Free breakfast from select menu.

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse. Free entree, up to $12.95 value. $5 beers for Guests over the age of 21.

Bob Evans. Free select breakfast, lunch, and dinner items.

Bonanza. Free buffet for veterans and active duty members at participating locations.

Bonefish Grill. Free Bang Bang Shrimp.

Boston Market. Free Brownie or Cookie with any purchase for all veterans, service members, and their families. No ID required.

California Pizza Kitchen. Choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only.

Chipotle. Buy One Get One Free from 3pm-close on Nov. 11th, 2016, at all Chipotle locations in the U.S.

Cracker Barrel. Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake.

CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries. Complimentary craft beer to active and retired military personnel. Locations that are prohibited from providing a free craft beer will offer a free appetizer.

Denny's (5am - 12pm). Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® for all active, inactive, and retired military. Participating locations only.

Friendly’s. Free breakfast, lunch, dinner from select menu. Participating locations.

IHOP. Free Red, White and Blue pancakes. Participating locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation.

Long Horn Steakhouse. Free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions). Additional 10% off for their guests.

Olive Garden. Free entrée from a special menu. Entrées are served with unlimited soup or house salad and garlic breadsticks.

Outback Steakhouse. Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. Also receive 15% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2015.

Red Lobster’s will offer a free appetizer or dessert with a valid military ID on November 10th and 11th.

Red Robin. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries.

Ruby Tuesday's. Free appetizer (up to $10) at participating

Texas Roadhouse. Free meal from special menu. Includes sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea.

T.G.I. Friday's. Free lunch for current military members and veterans from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participating locations only.

Tap House Grill. Free meal for service members and veterans with proof of service.

Travel Centers of America. Free meal and beverage from select menu for military members. Dine-in only. At participating locations.

Village Inn. Free INN-credible V.I.B. breakfast. Call ahead to verify.


Freebies for Veterans Day

Free Car Wash: Visit for a list of participating car washes.

Free Hair Cut: Great Clips is offering a free hair cut for military and veterans. Non-veterans can get a coupon to give to a veteran.

Free Hair Cut: Sport Clips, free hair cut at participating locations

Free Night at a B&B: Free night’s stay at a Bed & Breakfast on Veterans Day. See list of participating B&B’s (these fill up fast!). Visit

Free Kindle Book: Operation Money: A Financial Guide for Military Service Members and Families, by best-selling author, Jean Chatzky. Download 

Discounted Kindle Book: One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot's Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview, by Jason B. Ladd. Limited time discount – only $2.99 on Kindle ($16.99 list)! Download Kindle Version.

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Dell Military Discount. 10% off every day, 15% off from 11/5/2016 – 11/15/2016.

Home Depot 10% Military Discount. Some restrictions.

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World peace takes center stage during U.S./China talks

The People’s Republic of China and United States sat down to talk about world peace at a meeting held at Carlisle, Oct. 20.

The cordial, around the table discussion, included a delegation of peacekeeping and stability experts from the Peoples Republic of China and hosts from the U.S. Army War College’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. This is the second US-China meeting on peacekeeping at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute of the Army War College.

Col. Gregory Dewitt, the director of PKSOI, explains the history of the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute to a delegation of peacekeeping and stability experts from the Peoples Republic of China during a cordial, around the table discussion, Oct. 20.


The Chinese delegation comprised members of the Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Public Security, to include the director of the Center for Security Cooperation within the MND’s Office for International Military Cooperation. The two delegations discussed the increasing importance of peacekeeping and stability operations throughout the world during this, the second, U.S./China Peacekeeping Technical Experts Meeting.

A member of the Chinese team offered context for their interest in peacekeeping. He said that the country’s importance in the world as the 2nd largest economy and their national interests explained their entry into peacekeeping. China’s peacekeeping operations began in 1990 with five men. Since then, the country has pledged 8,000 stand-by troops for peacekeeping operations, 2,000 troops trained for minesweeping operations, and $100,000,000 to be put to use toward peacekeeping and stability operations in Africa.

During the course of the day’s conference the two groups talked also about the U.N.’s standards for peacekeeping operations around the world, and training peacekeepers to uphold these standards. The United Nations Peacekeeping site identifies Protection of Civilians as “the heart of the U.N. mandate,” and the course of discussion revealed that to be equally important to both Chinese and U.S. significance of the topic to all at the table.

The delegations from both the U.S. and China take a moment to pose for a group photo during the second US-China meeting on peacekeeping at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute of the Army War College, Oct. 20.

PKSOI representatives referred to the efforts of Hervé Ladsous, the Under Secretary General of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations to establish cooperative support among all peacekeeping contributors. The US contributes to the development of standards and policy through the DoD executive agent, the Army, which has delegated that work to PKSOI. One example of the PKSOI working with the UN is that PKSOI is helping to develop one of two UN Counter-IED handbooks. While Ireland has the lead for this manual titled the "UN CIED Process", PKSOI will help to develop a final working draft then facilitate the reviewing process for final publication.

PKSOI director Col. Gregory Dewitt thanked the Chinese for the dialogue.

“We’ve enjoyed this dialog,” said Dewitt. “It’s been extremely beneficial … Based on the exchange, there’s some common ground when it comes to peacekeeping operations.”

Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” 

This exchange was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, which hosted day one of the two-day exchange in the District of Columbia the previous day.