Banner Archive for December 2007
 

PVT2 Jennifer Rick,U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Hard work, teamwork help make Quarters One open 
houses possible

 

Sgt. Ana Rivera, enlisted aide to the commandant ,shows off her beef brisket 
in Quarters One. Photo by 
Shelaine Tuytschaevers.  

 

Dec. 21, 2007 -- Every year during the holiday season, the commandant of the United States Army War College opens his home to the people who live and work on post in a series of open house dinner parties. This year alone, Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr., and his wife, Margaret, welcomed more than a thousand people into their home during the holiday season.

    "This house is a Christmas house that lends itself to special occasions," said Mrs. Huntoon. "It's important to have people come through here and have a good visit. We want to create a welcoming atmosphere."

    A large part of the festivities is the huge meal that is provided for the guests.

    "I think that during the holidays it's important to provide a supper, not just hors d'oeuvres, but a real meal," she said. "It's an example of leadership to invite people over and show them they are important, thank them with a proper meal. It's important we toast together, to communicate socially. It's valuable to us that we make time to sit down together."

    The feast is largely the creation of Sgt. Ana Rivera, enlisted aid to the commandant. While it's a collective recipe effort between Huntoon and Rivera, Rivera does most of the cooking herself, spending hours in the kitchen preparing and cooking.

    "By myself it's a two-day process. I shop one day and prep the food. The second day is putting things into the oven, " Rivera said.

    Rivera got some help with this giant project this year. Several Soldiers from Carlisle Barracks pitched in and gave their time and talents by helping out in the kitchen. They prepared food, cooked, arranged platters of appetizers and much more.

    Spc. Anniel Samujh of Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, said, "I'm enjoying the change of pace. It's something different, plus, I get to learn some new cooking skills."

    Everyone at the house really appreciated the help they recieved from the Soldiers.

    "I'm very ecstatic to have help," said Rivera. "The Soldiers here at Carlisle Barracks have done a wonderful job pitching in. There's no way I could accomplish this by myself."
    A lot of work goes into the preparation and carrying out of these holiday parties. Rivera often starts her day at 9 a.m. and doesn't finish until around 10:30 p.m.  Even after the party is over, she is still there, cleaning and getting ready for the next event.

    Of all the different foods that were made, the one that was the most time-consuming were the cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon. Each one was made by hand, and 600 of them were consumed each night. Other foods that took a while to make were the entrees, beef brisket and Chicken Marbella. Six trays of brisket and 50 chicken breasts were eaten each evening.

    Preparation for these feasts begins as early as the day after Thanksgiving, with the baking of the 2,000 cookies that were served along side the meal.

    Rivera's hard work does not go unnoticed.

    Mrs. Huntoon said, "She's done a great job and provided us with some really incredible food."

    The guests at these events also take note of the work that goes into the meal.

    "Many people take the time to stop back in the kitchen and thank me personally for the food, and ask for recipes," she said.

    The guests and hosts alike enjoy these holiday festivities.

    "I think its fun, is in the spirit of the holidays to do something for the post, and we do this for the community as well," Mrs. Huntoon said. "We always make room for our guests. This house belongs to the community, and people should feel free to come here."

 


MWR Holiday operating schedule

**LVCC**

Dec. 24 – 30 – Closed

Dec. 31 – New Years Party (1900 to 0100)

1 Jan – Closed

 

**Root Hall Joint Deli **

Dec. 24 thru Jan. 1 – Closed

 

**Dunham Clinic Snack Bar**

Dec. 21 thru Jan. 1 – Closed

 

**AHEC Snack Bar**

Dec. 21 thru Jan. 2 - Closed

 

**Joint Pub**

Dec. 20 & 21 - Closed

Dec. 27 & 28 - Closed

 

**Golf Course**

Dec. 25 thru March 1-  Closed (Standard closure dates)

 

**Skills Development Center**

Dec. 22 thru Jan. 2 - Closed

 

**CDC**

Dec. 24 thru 26 – Closed

Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 – Closed

 

**Youth Services**

Dec. 24-25

Dec. 26-28 - Open, new hours 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 29 – Jan. 1 - Closed

 

**Bowling Center**

Dec. 24 – Close at Noon

Dec. 25 – Closed

Jan. 1  – Closed

 

**Sports/Fitness Center**

Dec. 21 - Open 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dec. 24 thru 25 – Closed

Dec. 26 - Open 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Jan. 1 – Closed

 

**ITR **

Dec. 21 thru Jan. 1 - Closed

 

**Army Community Services**

Dec. 21 - Closed

Dec. 24 thru 25 - Closed

Dec. 28 - Closed

Dec. 31 - Closed

Jan. 1 - Closed

 


John J. Kruzel, American Forces Press Service
Army announces plan to station Soldiers, boost bases

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2007 - The Army's new plan for stationing its growing number of troops will affect 380,000 Soldiers and family members and cost more than $66 billion in construction projects through 2013.

    Announced today, the plan is the largest Army transformation since World War II, and moves the force toward a "modular," or brigade-centric, posture. The Army's vice chief of staff told reporters at the Pentagon today that the design represents a holistic improvement across the entire service branch.

   "We're changing the footprint of our Army to a make it more agile, more expeditionary, but also to place our formations and our family members in post camps and stations that have a higher quality of life, have a higher quality of training ranges," Army Gen. Richard A. Cody said.

    Plans will be implemented as the force expands its active duty Army, Army Guard and Army Reserve by 74,200 Soldiers by 2010. In accordance with a 2005 base realignment and closure analysis, the plan:

o       Stations two infantry brigade combat teams each to Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Fort Bliss, Texas.

o       Stations eight support brigades across the country, including an air defense artillery brigade at Fort Hood, Texas; a military police brigade at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; a maneuver enhancement brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo; a fires brigade at Fort Bliss; an expeditionary sustainment command at Fort Lewis, Wash.; and a battlefield surveillance brigade at Fort Polk, La. A maneuver enhancement brigade will be restationed to Fort Drum, N.Y., and Fort Richardson, Alaska, pending completion of an environmental analysis.

o       Retains two heavy brigade combat teams in Germany for two years. The two extended brigades tentatively will relocate in fiscal 2012 and 2013 to Fort Bliss, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M., respectively.

    The decision to extend two brigades in Europe supports the theater's near-term security needs, Cody said. It also allows time for workers to build new houses and prepare infrastructure on bases before Soldiers and their families arrive.

    Meanwhile, more than 740 construction projects are outlined in the plan, totaling an estimated $66.4 billion between fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2011. Projects include 20 brigade complexes, 69,000 barracks spaces, 4,100 family housing units and 66 child development centers.

    "It's a win for our Soldiers and their families, it's a win for our Army, and it's certainly a win for our nation," Cody said. The general noted that by improving on-base infrastructure, the Army is "truly building communities."

    Cody expressed optimism at the Army's plan to grow and improve its overall force.

    "It gives us a better quality of life for this all-volunteer force that has defended us so well here for six years in combat," he said. "We're getting bigger, but more importantly, we're getting better as an Army."

 


Tom Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
DA guard loves job and it shows

Staff Sgt. Victor Riddick. Courtesy photo.

Dec. 19, 2007  --  When the holidays roll around, many of us look forward to some time off to enjoy with friends and family, away from the hustle and bustle of work. However, for some employees of Carlisle Barracks, Christmas isn't a day off, it's a day that will be spent guarding gates, checking IDs and protecting the post.

     One of those charged with helping to protect the people of Carlisle Barracks is Staff Sgt. Victor Riddick, a Department of the Army guard shift supervisor. Riddick is well-known for his cheery demeanor while working the Route 11 gate entrance to post. He has been working at Carlisle since August 2005.

    When asked about how he stays so cheerful while working the 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. shift, Riddick had a simple answer.

    "People are energizing, you smile at them and they smile back at you, it's that simple."

    Riddick says that he truly enjoys what he does.

    "I'm always a happy man when I'm driving home from work just thinking about the day," he said. "When they drive up and are happy to be coming to work, it makes you feel good about what you are doing."

    Before coming to Carlisle, Riddick was a guard at Ft. Riley, Kansas for two years as a contractor. He came here because he wanted to work for the government. He also served in the U.S. Army for 20 years.

    "When I'm working the gate it's great to meet everyone when they come in, almost like an ambassador," he said. "When I'm on gate duty I love it, I love greeting people."

    Working during the mornings at the gate also occasionally has its rewards according to Riddick.

    "Just last week some of the ladies from TRICARE brought us a dozen donuts," he said. "That was great. When I got the call I thought I was in trouble at first!"

    In addition to working on post, Riddick is also pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Penn State Harrisburg.

    "A few mornings a week I go directly from working to class," he said. He also said that many of his co-workers joke that he never sleeps.

    "It's true I might be tired some days when I come in, but the folks really give me energy when I'm at work."

    The same can be said for employees who are greeted by Riddick in the morning.

   "He's a breath of fresh air when I come in that gate in the morning," said Scott Finger, photo lab manager. "It always starts the day off on a good note."

    Those who he works for also appreciate his efforts.

    "He does a great job," said Bob Suskie, director of emergency services.

    Riddick's family lives in Indiana, including a 26-year-old son.

 


Secretary of the Army Geren meets with USAWC spouses

 

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren poses with spouses of U.S. Army War College students. Geren was at the War College to speak to students and faculty and also received an update on family programs on post. Photo by Megan Clugh.


Public Affairs staff report
Key dates to focus NSPS employee planning

     Dec. 20, 2007 -- College employees in NSPS can circle two key dates on calendars: interim evaluations are due April 30, and final evaluations will be completed by September 30.  Recent decisions explain what happens after September 30.

    All employee evaluations will be rated in a single pay pool. Because of the number of NSPS employees in the college – about four times the garrison numbers – the review process will be handled by four pay panels:

·        AHEC employees

·        CSL and PKSOI

·        DAA

·        Command group/ Chief of Staff, SSI and APFRI and CIO 

    Each panel will include five panel members, with representation from each organization.

    The first evaluation period is months away. All employees are required to complete an interim self-evaluation within the Performance Appraisal Application by April's end. Supervisors and employees will use the interim evaluation to review progress to date on performance objectives, and reset plans as necessary.

    A selection of the interim evaluations will be reviewed by mock pay panels in May. Col. Lou Yuengert, USAWC chief of staff and NSPS manager, intends each of the pay panels to exercise the process of reviewing about 20-30 employee performance appraisals.

 


Post honors Soldiers, employees 

Major General David Huntoon, Jr. shakes the hand of Lynne Wilson-Bruchet of Dunham United States Army Health Clinic, who was named the Civilian Employee of the Quarter at the Quarterly Installation Award Ceremony November 20 at the Letort View Community Center.

Other award recipients were:

  • Brad Nielson, ASAP, Installation Management Command, Northeast Region Certificate of Appreciation and Coin
  • Lynn Snyder, DRM, USAWC Certificate of Achievement
  • Lois E Gleim, LVCC, 25 Years of Service
  • Denise Bagby, DPTMS, 20 Years of Service
  • Marlene Quinn, CDC, 20 Years of Service
  • Chadwick D. Johnson, Sports, 10 Years of Service
  • Philip D. Foster, Strike Zone, 5 Years of Service
  • Barry L. Shughart, DPTMS, 5 Years of Service

The Commanding General's Bonus Program Recipients

  • Christine Celona, CIO
  • Olivia Jones, Education Center
  • Christopher Semancik, AHEC
  • Tom Vinette, DPTMS
  • Rene Singley, Exec Svcs

 


College-Age Social at Quarters One Dec. 20

 Attention -- College-Age youth at Carlisle Barracks -- Come to Quarters One on Thursday, Dec. 20 between 7-10 p.m. for food, fun, and games.

    Attendees are encouraged to bring school supplies or a can of food for the homeless as your "ticket"

    To RSVP, call 249-8968 by Dec. 19.

 


PVT2 Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
RV lot open for post residents

The new recreational vehicle parking lot has opened along the Skill Development Center loacted off of Claremont Road. Photo by Megan Clugh.

 

Dec. 13, 2007 -- The long-awaited parking lot for recreational vehicle storage for residents of Carlisle Barracks is now open and ready for use.

    The new lot was created to replace the old one, which was in poor condition. It is on the same location as the old lot, behind the Skill Development Center, on Thorpe Road and Claremont Road.

    Any RV up to 40 feet long, including trailers, boats, cars and more, can be stored there, said Kevin Small, the Chief of Business and Recreation at the Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

    Everyone with an RV parked in the temporary area between MWR (building 632) and the Veterinary Clinic needs to register their RV and get it moved into the new lot by December 15, 2007. Citations will be issued for RVs that have not been moved after this date.

    To register your RV, contact Kevin Small at kevin.j.small@us.army.mil or the MWR office. At the time of registration, bring the registration for the RV, proof of ownership and be prepared to make the payment for your space in the lot. The cost is determined by the size of slot needed.

 


Breaking News: Area school district closings for Dec. 13

Here are the area school closings and delays for Thursday, Dec. 13:

Big Spring Schools: CLOSED

Carlisle Christian Acad.: CLOSED

Carlisle Schools: CLOSED

Cumberland Valley Schls: CLOSED

Cumberland-Perry VoTech: CLOSED

Grace Baptist School: CLOSED

Harrisburg Academy: CLOSED

Mechanicsburg Area Schools: CLOOSED

Shippensburg Schools: CLOSED

South Middleton Schools: CLOSED

St. Patrick's School Carlisle: CLOSED

Trinity High School: CLOSED

 


Lovell Ave will be turned into a one- way Dec. 14 to accommodate parking for a large luncheon.  Parking in the section of Lovell designated 1-way is for Luncheon guests only.  After the luncheon ends, the one-way will be cleared.  Any vehicles remaining on the wrong side of the street will are subject to ticketing. 


 Quarters One opens doors for Soldiers, employees   

Guests at the annual Holiday Open House at Quarters One, hosted by General and Mrs. Huntoon, were treated to a plethora of food prepared by Sgt. Ana Rivera. On the menu was Chicken Marbella, brisket, shrimp, appetizers such as fresh cheeses and shrimp, a variety of festive holiday cookies and much more. Photo by PVT2 Jennifer Rick.

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 Whether you drive an economy car or a SUV, you can improve your gas mileage

  • Avoid aggressive driving. Speeding, fast acceleration, and hard braking wastes gas.
  • Lighten your car of extra weight, and remove roof racks or carriers if not used frequently.
  • Clean air filters can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.
  • Properly inflated and aligned tires will improve gas mileage by 3%.
  • Using the right grade of oil can increase mileage up to 2%.

PVT2 Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
GMH supports 'Cell Phones for Soldiers' program

Bins such as this one are located at the Post Exchange, Commissary, Post Office and Youth Services to collect unused cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers project, which was brought to Carlisle Barracks by GMH Military Housing. Photo by PVT2 Jennifer Rick.

Dec. 12, 2007 -- Many people agree that one of the hardest things for this country's servicemembers is not having the ability to call home and talk to their families during today's frequent and often long deployments. To help these brave men and women, two teenagers from Norwell, Mass., started a non-profit organization called Cell Phones for Soldiers, which provides a way for deployed Soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen, and Guardsmen to call home without racking up a huge phone bill.

    Carlisle Barracks' GMH Military Housing has brought this project to the post so local people can help the deployed servicemembers.

    Cell Phones for Soldiers was started three years ago, and operates by collecting unused cell phones that people donate from communities across the country. The cell phones are sold to a company called ReCellular, who refurbishes approximately half the phones they receive and sells them to wholesale companies around the world. The other half of the phones that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled for materials such as gold, silver, platinum, copper, nickel, iron, cadmium, lead and plastic. 

   The money generated from selling the phones is used to purchase pre-paid calling cards for deployed servicemembers, said Kathy Beecher, the resident specialist/outreach coordinator for GMH, as well as the coordinator for Cell Phones for Soldiers at Carlisle Barracks. Each donated cell phone provides one hour of talk time.

    Beecher brought the program to GMH and it has been expanded to 36 Army posts.  

   "We wanted to do something different," said Beecher. "I knew this was the right one as soon as I saw it."

   GMH has set up collection baskets around Carlisle Barracks at the Post Exchange, Commissary, Post Office and Youth Services, as well as their own office. The project will run through January 2008, and end in a presentation of the phones at the corporate GMH office. GMH will continue to take donations after the presentation, explained Beecher.

    For more information, contact Kathy Beecher at 243-7177 or kbeecher@gmh-inc.com, or visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

 


Carlisle Barracks lights holiday tree

Santa Claus bends down to hug a little girl during his appearance at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Post Memorial Chapel December 7. The ceremony featured an invocation by Chap. (Col.) Arthur Pace, words from Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, a scripture reading by Sgt. George Frame and holiday carols led by Allen Campbell of Youth Services. Following the ceremony, cookies and hot chocolate were provided in the chapel. Photos by PVT2 Jennifer Rick.

 

 

 

 

 


Stand-To excerpt: Civilian Education System

What is it?

    The Civilian Education System (CES) is a progressive and sequential leader development program that provides enhanced educational opportunities for Army Civilians throughout their careers comparable to that provided to officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers. CES is comprised of four courses delivered via distributed learning and resident instruction, and is based on leadership competencies from the Office of Personnel Management and FM 6-22, Army Leadership.

What has the Army done?

    The Command and General Staff College and the Army Management Staff College completed the development of four courses that were piloted during FY07: Foundation Course (FC) (for all new Army Civilians); Basic Course (BC) (for team leaders or first-line supervisors); Intermediate Course (IC) (for both direct and indirect supervisors); and Advanced Course (AC) (for more senior-level managers or supervisors of programs). The new CES was marketed Army-wide and initial policy was published to provide guidance for this new Army Civilian leader development program. A new on-line course management system, CES Civilian Human Resources Training Application System (CHRTAS), was fielded in June 2007 to manage the training and education application process for potential students and provide notification of application status to applicants and supervisors. In addition, three civilian leader development on-line courses—Action Officer Development Course (AODC), Supervisor Development Course (SDC) and Manager Development Course (MDC) have been revised and updated for civilian use as mandatory or self-development courses.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

    As the new CES continues to evolve, required changes will be made to the curriculum and policies refined and published in the next revision of Army Regulation 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development. A CES Community of Practice will be developed and implemented. Additionally, a Continuing Education for Senior Leaders Course that will address contemporary issues, Army transformation, and leadership at the strategic and senior organizational level will be offered in FY08. As additional resources are provided, the CES infrastructure to support the system will be ramped up and increased training opportunities provided to our civilian leaders.

Why is this important to the Army?

   Although Army Civilians have historically made significant contributions in the execution of the Army's mission, our reliance on Civilians today is even more pronounced. The Global War on Terrorism has diverted uniformed leaders increasingly from Generating Force roles to warfighting missions. As the Army transforms, Army Civilians will assume a greater number of leadership roles and responsibilities to support Army operations at war. Freeing-up military manpower to perform more military-specific tasks required in the contemporary operating environment is critical. A fully implemented CES will help meet the Secretary of the Army's vision to develop leaders who are multi-skilled and possess the attributes of the 21st century Army leader.

 


Spouses club announces deadline for outreach requests

    Dec. 11, 2007 -- Each year, the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club (CBSC) gives thousands of dollars towards scholarships and financial outreach to organizations within the Carlisle community and on post.  

    Those organizations interested in applying to receive outreach funding need to complete an OUTREACH REQUEST FORM or write a letter that includes the following information

--Name of Organization

--Point of Contact and Signature

--Phone Number

--Amount Requested

--Reason for Request

--Additional Information

            - -Number of people benefited by request

            --Other fund raising activities

            --Any benefit to military (active duty, dependents, retired)

            --If you have received funds in the past and how much

    Requests for funding must be received by Monday, March 12, 2008.  For more information, contact:  

                 Patricia Dickman

                                    Outreach Chairperson

                                    Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club

                                    PO Box 924

                                    Carlisle, PA 17013-5254

 


Public Affairs staff report
AKO E-MAIL account phishing attempt

Dec. 9, 2007 -- We have received several reports of phishing type e-mail attempting to acquire AKO account and personal information that was delivered on Carlisle Barracks over the weekend," said Sam Waldrop, the installation Information Assurance Manager. "This issue has been reported for investigation and action."

     The email can be seen below, but Waldrop said that people who receive it should just ignore and delete it.

     "If you receive a copy of the below, delete it, do not respond."

VERIFY YOUR ARMY KNOWLEDGE ONLINE (AKO) EMAIL ACCOUNT NOW

!!!

 

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owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center.

We are deleting all unused us.army.mil email account to create more space

for new accounts.

 

To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below so

that we will know that it's a present used account.

 

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Shelaine Tuytschaevers, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks opens doors for annual holiday tea

Lt. Col Gerald Goodfellow escorts his guest, Edward Warren, a Vietnam veteran at the U.S. Army War College 52nd Annual Holiday Tea. More than 300 elderly residents from local nursing and retirement homes came to Carlisle Barracks and were assisted and escorted by countless volunteers from the faculty and staff, students, employees and family members who helped them to enjoy the entertainment and holiday refreshments. Photo by PVT2 Jennifer Rick.

Dec. 7, 2007 -- The U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., believes that especially during the holiday season, it is in the spirit of the Army Family Covenant to reach out, not just to Army families, but to extend good will to the local community.  

    For more than 52 years, Soldiers at Carlisle Barracks have been hosting the "Annual Holiday Tea," providing a chance for senior citizens to feel welcomed into their Army family.

    "This is an honor for me to meet these people.  Not only that, but I have a chance to brighten the day for people in my community.  So many of the people we escort are veterans or have family members who served and I know they've sacrificed a great deal.  It's a small thing, for me to do and only one day a year, but it does means a lot to me to talk to them, to learn their history and thank them personally," said Navy Cmdr. John Eden, USAWC student.

    For many volunteers participating in the Holiday Tea, it was a chance to put into action the values of military service. 

    "To me, the Army Family Covenant is extending ourselves beyond our own family, to include those in the community who may not have much to look forward to," said Sgt. George Frame Jr, a volunteer at the Holiday Tea.  "We understand that some people may not have a family to be with at Christmas or it's very hard for them to get out and experience some family entertainment." 

    This two-day event requires at least 300 volunteers to escort guests from local nursing and retirement homes to the Letort View Community Center.  Students, their spouses, children, faculty and staff all come together to take on the incredibly rewarding mission of providing food, gifts, entertainment and decorations.

    Florence Stone from the Claremont Home enjoyed her day out escorted by a USAWC student, Marine Lt. Col. Jim Glynn. 

    "It's just so nice to have someone to talk to.  This is my first time attending the Holiday Tea and I already look forward to coming back next year," said Stone.  "This means a lot to me, I just love the decorations.  It all makes me feel very happy."

    Stone's escort started out as a stranger, but he immediately discovered they had something in common.

    "This is very enjoyable for me as well.  I get a chance to visit with a new friend, Florence, whose husband was Marine in Iwo Jima, Japan," said Glynn.  "She was excited to learn we'd have so much to talk about."

    Preparation for this social was no small task as more than 1,138 homemade cookies were pledged and souvenir photos for each guest required purchasing over 100 boxes of Polaroid film.  Those in nursing homes who couldn't physically attend were delivered cookies and poinsettias. 

    Outreach was also extended to other organizations as some were donated to youth centers, security guards and given to the holiday party for families of prisoners at the Cumberland County Prison.

     "We had to make sure there were sugar-free cookies, and volunteers to deliver.  Gift bags for seniors were given out by the Girl Scouts, and each year the Bermudian Springs High School bakes and donates, 350 dozen cookies," said Joanne Glover, chairperson for refreshments. "It was definitely a group effort." 

    Once the event gets rolling, it's all about having fun and most of all, it's a chance for veterans serving in the present to connect with veterans who served in the past. 

    "I'm from the Church of God Home and this is my first time coming.  It's always good to get out and having my picture taken with Roger has been my favorite part," said Ken Wiediger, a World War II veteran. 

    Wiediger's escort, Col. Roger Sangvic, a USAWC student, enjoyed his opportunity to learn about someone with a lifetime of experience.

    "I've learned a lot of interesting things about Ken," said Sangvic.  "Ken was married 58 years, he was a police captain in Utica, N.Y., and he served as a Marine throughout the Pacific.  Today I get a chance to personally say 'thank you' to a great American and veteran like Ken."   

     Entertainment is a jackpot of variety, ranging from bell choirs, jazz bands, Celtic dancers, vocalists, and of course fans gave some extra holiday cheer to a celebrity performance from Elvis.  Santa and Mrs. Claus were also on hand to welcome visitors and serve afternoon refreshments.  

     "Everybody does their part to help.  I was impressed with the willingness and flexibility of all the volunteers," said Lt. Col Patrick Sweeney, who organized volunteers for the event. "Everyone worked together and best of all it provided an opportunity for residents of Carlisle Barracks to meet and interact with residents in the community." 

    Come sun or snow, Soldiers, families, faculty and staff at the USAWC, plan to continue this long-standing tradition.  

    "I'm here today escorting a Vietnam veteran and this is an example of the military taking care of the military.  There's a huge generation of veterans out there who are still a part of our military family," said Air Force Lt. Col Gerald Goodfellow, USAWC student.  "We may be on a post, but we are still connected to those in our community.  When you're in the military, you feel apart of a bigger family, and we want to extend that good feeling to others." 

    Originally sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Women's Guild, the first holiday tea in December 1956 brought 50 women from homes around the Carlisle area to the installation's officers club to celebrate the holiday season. The tea has grown vastly over its 52 year history with this year's event being one of the largest.


Holiday Open house at Quarters One Dec. 7 

Nov. 20, 2007 -- Maj. Gen. and Mrs. David H. Huntoon, Jr., will host a Holiday Open House at Quarters One for all Carlisle Barracks civilian employees and enlisted personnel on Friday, Dec. 7. Drop by between 1-4 p.m. and enjoy the beautiful decorations and delicious snacks.

 


Tom Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
APFRI helps change the life of former student

    Dec. 4, 2007 -- The Army Physical Fitness Research Institutes strives to help foster a culture of health and fitness for senior military leaders. That is especially true in the case of Joe Snow, a graduate of the U.S. Army War College Distance Education Program.

    "My first contact with APFRI was in June 1985 and the personal assessment had a significant affect upon me and my life style," said Snow, a retired lieutenant colonel. "I had just completed a successful battalion command at Ft. Hood. I activated a new tank battalion (3/66 Armor) in the 2nd Armored Division. There was no blueprint for organizing, equipping, or manning a new battalion. It went very well but was extremely stressful."

    This stress in his life had an adverse affect on his heath Snow went on to say.

    "I thought I was very fit because I would run eight miles a couple of times a week. However the APFRI assessment indicated that my fitness program was not balanced," he said. "I learned that wellness involves not only the ability to run, but also includes a healthy diet, strength training, and flexibility exercises."

    As part of their War College experience, each resident and distance education student undergoes a complete health assessment. The assessments help to give the APFRI staff a baseline for each student's health, fitness, nutrition and well-being. From that information the staff is able to identify each individual's strengths and areas where they could improve. Each student received their results and educational materials to reinforce the importance of their assessment results in terms of cardiovascular disease.

    This new knowledge helped Snow to realize he needed to make some lifestyle changes.

    "I took the recommendations to heart and changed my life style," said Snow. "For the next 23 years I lived a balanced life. I reduced my running to only five miles three times a week. I worked out with weights and did flexibility exercises the other three days."

    The change in life style became even more important when he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer with disseminated metastases in August of 2007.

    "The cancer had spread from my lungs to my lymph nodes, ribs, spine, and brain. The initial medical evaluation was extremely negative, with a projected chance of survival of only 13%. They gave me four months to live," he said. "The doctors were hesitant to try anything other than palliative care."

   However, after learning of Snows intense fitness program, it changed the outlook of his doctors.

    "The day before I met with my medical team, I ran five miles, did 50 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, and series of other exercises. The medical team was astonished that a 66-year-old with very advanced cancer could accomplish these tasks. I told them that I was committed to this protocol until I die."

    As a result, Snow began to undergo an aggressive radiation and chemotherapy program.

    "I have been in treatment for more than three months and the cancer is showing signs of remission," he said.

     Snow said that he believes that the regiment instilled in him by the APFRI program has helped extend his life.

    "If in fact the cancer goes into remission, I credit the wellness program from APFRI for extending my life. I would encourage anyone who has had a wellness assessment to follow the recommendations of APFRI. It will increase the quality of your life and may actually extend your life." 

     Col. Tom Williams, APFRI director, said that the Snow's experience is what the program strives for.

    "Joe Snow offers the model for what we hope senior leaders will do with a program focused on senior leader health and fitness.  He leads by example and works tirelessly to bring awareness and opportunity to others so that they too might benefit," he said. 

APFRI background

    The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute seeks to achieve national preeminence in age 40 and over health and fitness programming through research, education and outreach. They seek to establish, promote, and sustain a culture that measurably impacts the overall health of the U.S. military and allied senior leadership in support of the national military strategy.

    In 1982, the TRADOC Commander directed the establishment of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute (APFRI) on the grounds of the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Its mission was to develop a comprehensive health and fitness program designed to fit the needs of senior middle-aged officers. A key focus was reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Over the years, the APFRI staff designed programs for stopping smoking, lowering blood pressure, improving nutrition, managing stress, and increasing flexibility, strength, and aerobic fitness 


PVT2 Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post contractors send care packages to deployed Soldiers

Lizzie Heard and Charity Murtorff pick items to go 
into care packages for deployed Soldiers. 
Photo by Shelaine Tuytschaevers.   

Dec. 4, 2007 -- It's easy to take for granted the little things in life that we don't normally think much about, such as using our favorite shampoo or eating our favorite snack. Deployed Soldiers often go weeks or months without these things.

    People working for the Remtech Services Team (including Metro Productions and Cordev) on Carlisle Barracks recently helped out deployed Soldiers from around Pennsylvania by sending them care packages filled with food and other items donated by employees, friends, the Army Recruiting Battalion in Harrisburg and the Carlisle Home Depot.  

    Some of the items included were fruit snacks, gum, instant coffee, tea bags, chocolate bars, beef jerky, energy bars, playing cards, pens, eye drops, envelopes, leather gloves, hand sanitizer, batteries, water bottles, and 75 minute phone cards. They also included a signed letter in each package.

    The care packages were sent to 23 Soldiers that are currently serving in Iraq, explained the members of the team that organized the project. Charity Murtorff, Lizzie Heard, Ann Irwin, Stephen Rybacki and David Shrader spearheaded the project.

    When it came time to pack the boxes, it was a total team effort with more than a dozen people helping. The group received more than 25 different food items, over 30 non-food items and $600 in monetary donations.

    The Soldiers received their packages about a week after they were sent, and were very appreciative. Many of them sent emails and photos to the team to thank them.  

    "I received a wonderful care package from your company a few days ago. I sincerely appreciate your support and the fantastic goodies that were in the box," said 1st Lt. Dana Howett in an email to Shrader.

    For some Soldiers, getting these provisions was a very big deal.

    "Thanks to you and the employees for keeping us in your thoughts. The items will be very appreciated. We are rather isolated where we are at, and do not have the opportunity to purchase anything. Thank you again for keeping us in your thoughts. It means a great deal to me and my Soldiers," said Capt. Brad Pierson in another email to Shrader.

    All the members of the team said that they felt good about the contributions they made. The group agreed that this has been a very humbling experience and they are all proud to be able to be a part of it.  

    "It was a small thing to do for them when they do so much," said Rybacki.


  Free financial planning workshop Dec. 17

A free financial planning workshop hosted by Robert M. Hammond III is being held on Monday, December 17th from 12:45 till 2 p.m. at the Wil Washcoe Auditorium in Root Hall.  

   For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Cora Johnson, Financial Readiness Program Manager, ACS at 245-4720 or email: cora.johnson@us.army.mil.

 


 Post Memorial Chapel Holiday events

The Post Memorial Chapel is scheduled to host several activities over the holiday season. All are welcomed to attend. They are as follows:

  • Advent Wreath Making, Sunday Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
  • Advent Penance Service, Monday Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
  • Protestant Christmas Choir Concert, Sunday Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Chapel Chili Cookoff and Caroling on post, Sunday Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.
  • Christmas Ever Services, Monday Dec. 24
    • Catholic Mass, 5 p.m.
    • Protestant Service, 7:30 p.m.
    • Catholic Mass, 10 p.m.
  • Catholic Christmas Day service at 9:15 a.m.

 


Upcoming Reynolds Theater movie schedule

Fri, Dec. 7   30 Days of Night  Rated R              7:30 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 8   Dan in Real Life  Rated PG-13        2 p.m. MATINEE

Sat, Dec. 8   American Gangster Rated R           7:30 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 14  Martian Child     Rated PG              7:30 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 15  The Comebacks     Rated PG-1      2 p.m. MATINEE   

Sat, Dec. 15  Fred Claus        Rated PG             7:30 p.m.                                               

 


 Post celebrates contributions of Native Americans

 

 

Members of the Mother Earth's Daughter's Drum Group perform a native spiritual song at the National American Indian Heritage Month celebration at the LVCC Nov. 29. The celebration also included displays, dancing, and foods to try. Photo by Charity Murtorff.


DA Stand-to excerpt
Army Extends Family Readiness Support Assistant positions to battalion level

What is it?

    The Army is expanding the Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) program to reach all the way to the battalion level, Army-wide, to support deployed Soldiers and their Families. Currently, there are slightly less than 400 FRSAs Army-wide, including Guard and Reserve units. They are primarily contract, term or temporary overhire positions, funded by Global War on Terrorism supplemental funding or unit funds, and managed by their respective Army Commands.

What has the Army done?

    Under the new program, approved by the Chief of Staff of the Army, the positions will be added to unit manning documents, centrally funded, and FMWRC will provide oversight to the program.

What continuing efforts does the Army have planned?

    The plan calls for an end-state of as many as 1,100 FRSAs throughout the Army, placing a support assistant in each battalion, brigade, division and corps headquarters. The FRSAs will hold DA Civilian positions, at the GS 6 level.

    The FRSAs will remain a component of the unit commander's Family readiness program, and will be supervised by the commander or his designee. Their primary duties will be to provide administrative assistance in support of the unit's Family readiness programs and activities.

    Some examples of the duties include assisting with the preparation of pre-deployment and redeployment activities; scheduling and coordinating Family readiness or unit-sponsored training; assisting in developing and distributing unit newsletters; coordinating video teleconferences for Families and deployed Soldiers; and serving as a link between the garrison community agencies and the unit. Training for FRSAs will be provided by Army Community Service professionals and Reserve Component Family Program staff.

Why is this important to the Army?

    The growing number of Soldiers serving multiple deployments drove FRG volunteers into overtime that became impossible to sustain.
By adding a full-time, paid employee to the brigade commander's staff, FRG leaders and family members were given an easily accessible contact, and the commander was given someone he could hold accountable to ensure the Families received the support needed.

    While the bulk of the work an FRSA does is administrative, they also serve to improve connections with other Army support services and programs available for Soldiers and Family members. Just as importantly, the position remains in place even when the unit is not deployed, providing continuity in a world climate that requires units to participate in multiple deployments.

 

 


DA Stand-To excerpt
Education update: College of the American Soldier

What is it?

    The College of the American Soldier (CAS) is a new Army program aimed at maximizing potential college credit for a Soldier's military training and education. Targeted toward the NCO Corps, it works with Service Members Opportunity Colleges Army Degrees (SOCAD) member schools so that a Soldier could realistically retire with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree based on American Council on Education (ACE)-recommended credit for military training and education and the completion of college classes. CAS will link with a portal called Army Career Tracker, which will show a Soldier a specific "map" toward a degree. Soldiers will be able to see what Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) courses will transfer as equivalent credit at any point in their career – from basic training through the Sergeants Major Course (SMC). The portal will list exactly what a SOCAD school will grant for each credit source, and it will provide a list of other guaranteed ways to meet degree requirements.

Why was CAS established?

    Out of the Army Leader 21 Implementation Plan came nine key initiatives* to improve NCO development. One of those initiatives is to develop and implement a lifelong-learning strategy for a warrior leader-development program for NCOs. Army Initiative 5** (Accelerate Leader Development), under Army Imperative Transform, focused this initiative by selecting the lifelong-learning strategy as a quick win; AI 5 also included creation and development of the Warrior University under that initiative. A critical first step of Warrior University is creation of CAS, which includes the Career NCO Degrees Program (CNDP). The Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey approved U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)'s NCO development strategy in September 2007, including creation of the Warrior University and CAS, and directed Headquarters Department of the Army G-3 to provide the required resources.

What is CAS doing?

    TRADOC Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John D. Sparks, in coordination with TRADOC's G-3/5/7 and Army's G-1/Human Resources Command's Army Continuing Education System (ACES), negotiated the criteria for participation with SOCAD. Since this is a new program, work needs to be done yet, such as TRADOC's G-3/5/7's development of the strategy document for staffing during the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2008.

What is planned for the future?

    The CNDP portion of CAS began Nov. 1, 2007, with full implementation planned for February 2008. The CNDP is available to all NCOs at any point in their career – but maximum credit for Army leadership schools will be based on completion of NCOES up to the SMC. Army Career Tracker will continue to evolve for not only NCOs, but also officers, warrant officers and Army civilians. Changes in NCOES will continue to occur, such as development and implementation of the Structured Self-Development Program (SSDP), consisting of five levels, with about 80 hours of Web-based content in each level. The first 20 hours of SSDP Level 1, targeted at the private first class / specialist level, will be tested in March 2008.

″ For more information, see TRADOC News Service's Web special on accelerating leader development, here; the TRADOC CG's comments on leader development, here, and the three-part TRADOC News Service series on the changes in NCOES here.

″ The nine key initiatives are: study/analysis of Army/NCO culture; create one school system under one command; continue to transform NCOES; institute structured/guided self-development; develop and implement a lifelong-learning strategy for NCOs; develop and implement a comprehensive Army learning strategy; create Warrior University and Army Career Tracker; migrate Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) access to the basic combat training level; and continue to reduce course lengths.
″″Areas of focus for AI 5 will be the NCO lifelong-learning strategy; self-development; Army Career Tracker; Warrior University; revision of BNCOC and ANCOC; and investment in MTTs.

 

 


ASAP release
Army Substance Abuse Program – Drinking, Drugged, Driving (3D Campaign)

 

    Dec. 2, 2007 --  If you drink, make sure that you remember the acronym HALT (don't drink if you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired), and that you have a buddy you can trust and have planned a safe, sober ride home.

Use these easy tips to assist in making the responsible decision if you decide to drink:

*      Eat before and during drinking

*      Don't gulp or chug your drinks; drink slowly and make the drink last – try to drink no more than one alcoholic drink per hour and no more than three on any given day (have higher rates of health and impairment problems)

*      Alternate between alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks

*      Remember the word - HALT

*      Before you celebrate, designate – identify a responsible driver who will not drink, or plan ahead to use public transportation

Know what to look for: Signs of impairment can include:

* Lack of coordination

* Aggressive behavior

* Very talkative

* Very indifferent

* Slurred speech and incoherent

Pennsylvania DUI

*      PA's laws are among the strictest in the country

*      .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is considered legally drunk in PA

*      There's a possibility of fines up to $10,000 depending on the level of impairment and the offense

*      There may be jail time depending on the level of impairment and the offense

*      You may have your driver's license suspended depending on the level of impairment and the offense

*      Refusal to take a chemical test will result in automatic and immediate loss of license for one year

REMEMBER – It is always OK not to drink.

What is High-Risk Drinking?

    HIGH-risk drinking, also known as episodic drinking, is defined as "the consumption of five or more drinks in a row on one occasion". High-risk drinkers are not necessarily alcoholics, but they do have a greater chance of being involved in other high-risk behaviors. According to a recent Harvard School of Public Health alcohol study, drinkers who frequently participate in high-risk drinking are 21 times more likely to:

  • Fall behind at work
  • Damage property
  • Be hurt or injured
  • Engage in unplanned or unprotected sexual activity
  • Drive while intoxicated

Impaired Driving

    IMPAIRED driving, or driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or another drug such as marijuana or cocaine, is an enormous problem throughout the Army and the United States as a whole. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study states that every 30 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash and that every two minutes someone will be non-fatally injured. In 2002 alone, 17,149 people died as a direct result of impaired driving. This represents 41 percent of all of the traffic-related deaths that year.

    While traffic accidents cannot always be prevented, alcohol-related crashes CAN BE. Before celebrating or going out, plan ahead, choose one person who will not drink to be your designated driver, or use public transportation. Many areas around the country also offer Safe-Ride Programs or free cab rides during holiday weekends such as: Independence Day, Christmas and New Years.

    Check with your local Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at 245 – 4576 to find out if these programs are offered in your area.

 

 


Tom Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
CBTV brings the news you want to know 24 hours a day

Nov.30, 2007 -- Some new and exciting changes have come to Carlisle Barracks Television that you'll want to check out.

A few months ago we told you that in addition to adding the Pentagon Channel programming to our post command channel, located on Comcast channels 14 in post housing and channel 10 in post facilities.

Well, that time has come!

Want to know when the Holiday Tea is? CBTV knows.

Missed the Rick Atkinson lecture in Bliss Hall? CBTV will re-air it.

When you tune into CBTV, not only will you see the exciting and informative Pentagon Channel, you will also see news and information about post organizations, events and changes in hours of operations. There is also a crawl at the bottom of the screen that will give you the current time and temperature, so you know if you need to bundle up before you step outside.

We have set up three times during the day where you can tune in and get all the post information you need. At 8 a.m,, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. you can tune into CBTV and view full-screen information about upcoming post events.

    We've also set up three blocks per day to run original post programming. Did you miss the recent lecture at AHEC? It will run on CBTV in the near future. This and other important events will be re-broadcast on CBTV as they become available at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

CBTV and the Banner Online are your one-stop shops for all the post information you need to know.

In addition to airing the Pentagon Channel and programming information slides, CBTV will also be the place to turn to during snow-related and force protection events. CBTV will be updated with the most current information, day or night when it comes to delays, closings or emergency situations. Why sit through 10 minutes of delay and school closing information on the local news channels when you can turn to CBTV and get it right away? Important information will either run on the screen, or appear as a crawl on the bottom.

This is your station that has the news and information that's important to you. Tune into CBTV today.

 



Volunteers needed for annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea

Nov. 20, 2007 -- Carlisle Barracks will host the 52nd Annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea on December 5th and 6th. More than 300 senior citizens from eight area nursing homes will be invited to this two-day event.

    This is a tremendous community effort and will require approximately 600 volunteers in a variety of roles from a decorations committee, to escorts and attendants, to entertainers, to hosts and hostesses, to people to bake cookies for the event," said Lt. Col. Pat Sweeney, 52nd Annual Holiday Tea Chairperson.

    Volunteers work from approximately noon to 3:30 p.m. each day, with the arrival of guests at 12:30 p.m. and their departure at 3 p.m.

    Those interested in volunteering can get more information or register from the Holiday Tea website located at: www.carlisle.army.mil/holiday_tea/holiday_tea.htm

    :The role requiring the greatest number of volunteers is that of the escort.  Volunteer escorts from the greater Carlisle Barracks community (military, civilians, spouses) are paired with a nursing home guest to escort throughout the Tea," said Sweeney.

    "We will hold escort and attendant briefs in Bliss Hall on Nov. 29 and Dec. 4 from 12- 12:45 p.m.," said Sweeney. "All escorts and attendants are required to attend one of the briefs where they will receive the concept of the operation and how to safely assist our Senior Guests." 

    "In addition to providing an escort for each senior citizen, the Tea Committee arranges a wonderful entertainment program," said Sweeney.  "This too is an all-volunteer effort and we are looking for talented people to perform."

    For further details, you can contact the Project Coordinator, Lt. Col. Pat Sweeney, by email at patrick.sweeney@us.army.mil or by phone at 717-245-3086.

 


Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College Commandant
Holiday safety 2007

Nov. 15, 2007 -- During this holiday period Thanksgiving Day through New year's day, the thoughts of all American's turn to home and family. While a joyous season, it is also a particularly dangerous time if the year. Holiday travel dramatically increases our risks of accident and injury.

    Automobile accidents remain the largest killer of Soldiers, civilians and family members. The three most common causes are drivers who are tired, drive too fast and fail to wear seatbelts.

    Before the holiday season, leaders must ensure Soldiers, civilian employees and their families understand and employ risk management and safety awareness programs available. We must remind them to identify and reduce hazards, avoid driving when fatigued or when weather is bad, use seatbelts, don't drink and drive and obey posted speed limits.

 


Samantha L. Quigley, American Forces Press Service
America Supports You: Artists Create CD to Thank Troops

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2007 – Just in time for the holidays, 13 major recording artists have created a musical "Thank You" for the troops.

    "CD for the Troops" will be available for anyone with a valid military identification card to download at no cost from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Web site, www.aafes.com, beginning tomorrow.
    "We're thankful to all the artists who have agreed to lend their name and talent to this special CD," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communications and community liaison. "To have 'CD for the Troops' produced and dedicated in special honor to our active-duty military members and veterans is just another demonstration of the support so many people in our nation have for our troops."
    Mitch Bainwol, chief executive officer of the Recording Industry Association of America, agreed. "This is an historic project. It shows that a music community that has many voices speaks with just one when it comes to support for men and women in uniform," he said in a news release from the Defense Department's America Supports You program. "We are proud to come together to help offer a compilation with some of today's best-selling artists and songs. We hope his album will be music to the ears of our troops."
    America Supports You is a Defense Department program connecting citizens and corporations with military personnel serving at home and abroad.
    Getting this project, which combined the music of Billy Joel, Brooks & Dunn, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jewel, Josh Groban, Los Lonely Boys, Melissa Ethridge, the Neville Brothers, Sarah McLachlan, the Lt. Dan Band, Montgomery Gentry, The Fray, and Five For Fighting, to troops' ears took true teamwork. John Ondrasik, the singer-songwriter who performs under the stage name "Five For Fighting," was intimately involved with making sure that happened.
    "Beyond the artists and managers, all the record companies and publishers had to approve free downloads to over 1.5 million potential users," he said. "(It) also could not have been achieved without the financial, logistical, and emotional support of (the Recording Industry Association of America), AAFES, TriWest Health Care Alliance, America Supports You, Media Base and Sony Manufacturing."
    Ondrasik spearheaded the CD after being asked to write a forward and contribute a song to a compilation of local bands sending music to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    "I thought it was a wonderful gesture," he said, explaining his belief that music is a unique medium that can affect morale and mental health. "I started making a few calls to friends of mine, and six months later we have the CD for the troops."
    A staunch supporter of the nation's troops, Ondrasik said he is grateful for the sacrifices of American servicemembers. He said he knows men and women who made and are making those sacrifices have ensured his family's liberty and enabled him to pursue music as a profession.
   "Let's be honest, there would be no songs of consequence without the soldiers who allow us a voice," he said. "I can't speak for anyone but myself, (but) I think it's important to recognize that artists from across the political spectrum came together to make this gesture of appreciation and thanks to our troops."
    While Ondrasik hopes the downloadable version of "CD for the Troops" will be available on the AAFES Web site through April, tangible versions also will find their way to the troops. Troops in theater, military hospitals and Fisher Houses will get a share of 200,000 hard CDs, he said.
    Of those CDS, 50,000 will go to two care package groups that are supporters of America Supports You. Utah-based Operation Give will get 40,000 for its Operation Christmas Stocking program, and Operation Shoebox will get 10,000 for its holiday packages.
    No matter how the troops hear the music, Ondrasik said he hopes it "inspires, motivates, provides an avenue for reflection, or simply distracts you from a mission few can imagine, much less undertake," he said.
    "If anything, let each tune be a small piece of home to carry you forward," he said to the troops. "Thank you for all you do, and feel free to shoot me an e-mail with requests for 'CD for the Troops II.'"

 

 


Army Substance Abuse Prevention Office release
Buzzed driving is drunk driving

   Nov. 19, 2007 -- Many drivers convince themselves and friends that they are able to drive under the influence when they should not drive. Talk to impaired drivers who think it's acceptable to get behind the wheel after they've had enough to drink to feel "buzzed" --don't let them drive.

   Since 1981, every President of the United States has demonstrated his commitment to preventing impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month.

   December is Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month. Since 1982, Army

installations have supported National 3D Prevention Month activities as part of the annual nationwide public information campaign against impaired driving during the holiday season.

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving - meaning the driver's BAC is .08 or higher --
    Despite recent reductions in fatalities, impaired driving remains one of America's deadliest social problems. In 2004, nearly 13,000 drivers or motorcycle operators died in crashes with a BAC level of .08 or above- the illegal limit in all states. Most people don't intend to drive home drunk, but too many find themselves at the end of the night without a sober designated driver. Unfortunately, many of these drivers convince themselves and friends that they are able to drive with the comment, "I'm okay, I'm just buzzed."

   Like any good communications program, the Drunk Driving Prevention campaign is constantly exploring ways to build on its success. This year, the U.S. Department of Transportation is expanding on the "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign to include "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving." The "Friends" message, designed for the friend or family member, asks them to take the keys of an impaired driver. The new campaign shifts the message to personal responsibility, by talking to the impaired driver him or herself, those who think it's acceptable to get behind the wheel after they've had enough to drink to feel "buzzed". The campaign is designed to convince those drivers that "buzzed" means that they are too impaired to drive, so that they will give up the keys.

    Once again, The Army Substance Abuse Program will team up with the Installation Safety Office, in providing the Carlisle Barracks community with Safety and Prevention information.  Each week during the month of December we will publish important information that will assist you, your family and work site to have a safe and happy holiday season. 

The Designated Driver Program on Carlisle Barracks: "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. LeTort View Community Center and The Strike Zone Bowling Center will support the Designated Driver Program.

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

    If you or your organization is holding a Holiday party at either of these locations the following will be offered:

 LVCC - inform the bar tender that you are the designated driver and you will receive FREE non-alcoholic drinks throughout the event. They will give you a sticker that will identify you as such. (Wear it proudly).

STRIKE ZONE BOWLING CENTER – inform the staff that you are the designated driver and you will receive FREE non-alcoholic drinks throughout the event. You will receive a sticker that will identify you as such. (Wear it proudly).

    Additional information can be found on the NHTSA website (www.nhtsa.gov), or contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576.

 


Tom Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Chairman stresses uncertain nature of conflict to USAWC students 

Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with U.S. Army War College students and faculty in Bliss Hall on Nov. 28. Photo by Megan Clugh.

 Nov. 28, 2007 – Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to U.S. Army War College students and faculty in Bliss Hall on Nov. 28, about the persistent nature of changing conflict.

    "In my time in the military, this is the most vital and unprecedented and possibly dangerous time to serve," he said. "I commend you for all that you do."

    During the hour-long talk, Mullen talked about the current status of operations and what the future may hold.

    ""We live in a time of tremendous change. Almost every dimension of what we do is changing," said Mullen. "That's why it's important to focus at the strategic level. Our people and mission sets are changing. Everyone is asked to do more."

    He also challenged the students to look beyond today's conflicts.

    "The United States will continue to be globally engaged," he said. "Keep focused on Iraq and Afghanistan but also what could be in the future."

    Mullen focused multiple times on how people are an integral piece of the present and the future of the military.  

    "People are the most precious resource we have," he said. "We need to make sure that we get the right people to the right place. Taking care of them is what's important."

    Mullen stressed that taking care of wounded servicemembers was also important.

    "I want to do everything I can to take care of those wounded in battle and so should you," he said. "It's our duty to make sure they are okay."

    The students were reminded that it's not only military actions that stress the nation.

    "We now operate in a global environment where we also help respond to possible pandemics, humanitarian assistance and other types of emergencies," he said. Mullen stressed that education about these types of events was vital to their development as leaders.

    Mullen recognized the contributions of the international students who attend the college.

    "I appreciate all of you coming to study here, many of you far away from home," he said. "We can't do it all alone, that's why coalitions are so important. These relationships will bear fruit in the future."

    One of the students in the audience, Col. Laura Loftus of Seminar 5 said she enjoyed Mullen's talk.

    "I thought his whole speech was incredibly interesting, especially regarding democratization and the role the U.S. plays," said Loftus. "His whole approach to people and families was very clearly stated that as military members and family we need to find ways to support and retain our own Soldiers." 

     Mullen said that he felt strongly about the leaders who were gathered in Bliss Hall.

    "Leadership is one of the most important things in our lives and leading in these challenging times is a privilege," he said. "You represent that important leader and that challenge lies on your shoulders."

 Adm. Mullen Background

    Admiral Mullen was sworn in as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 2007. He serves as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council.

    A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968.

   He commanded three ships: the gasoline tanker USS Noxubee (AOG 56), the guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough (DDG 20), and the guided missile cruiser USS Yorktown (CG 48).

    As a Flag Officer, Admiral Mullen commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2, the George Washington Battle Group, and the U.S. 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic.

    Ashore he has served in leadership positions at the Naval Academy, in the Navy's Bureau of Personnel, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Navy Staff. He was the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2003 to October 2004.

    His last operational assignment was as Commander, NATO Joint Force Command Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

    Admiral Mullen is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

    Prior to becoming Chairman, Admiral Mullen served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations.

 U.S. Army War College background

    The mission addresses Senior Level College education for lieutenant colonels and colonels. There are three concurrent classes: the 10-month resident education program and the first and second-year phases of a two-year Distance Education Program. Graduates of both programs currently receive Joint Professional Military Education Phase I certification, earn the Army's Military Education Level 1 identifier or equivalent, a Master of Strategic Studies degree, and the U.S. Army War College Diploma.

    The War College education centers on the development and employment of land power and addresses Strategic Thinking; Theory of War and Strategy; Strategic Leadership, National Security Policy and Strategy; Joint Processes and Land Power Development; and Implementing National Military Strategy.  Students also take electives, which must include one of six Regional Studies. The intent is to focus students on how to think versus what to think. Students are encouraged to explore and debate a variety of positions through critical thinking to develop a range of viable options vice a single solution.

    The resident class is comprised primarily of U.S. military officers, but also includes civilians from various government agencies and 41 international students from allied nations. Each resident class typically has 340 students. The current resident class student body is comprised of 60 percent U.S. Army officers, with the remaining 40 percent of students coming from other military services, government agencies, and international allies.

    Each resident class is divided into 20 seminar groups that include members from all U.S. service branches, government agency civilians and international students.  Students bring unique perspectives into their seminar discussions, allowing classmates to view the strategic landscape from multiple points of view.

 

 

 


PVT2 Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Youth Services offers fun, safe environment for post children

 

Children of all ages gather around one of Youth Services' big screen TVs to play with the Nintendo Wii on November 15.

Nov. 27, 2007 -- Need a safe, reliable place for your children to spend their time before and after school when you can't be at home with them? Need somewhere to take your preschooler for a few hours during the day? Then Carlisle Barracks' Youth Services may be the place for you and your children.

    Located on Liggett Road, Youth Services is open six days a week for the children of military families and Department of Defense Civilians that work at Carlisle Barracks.

    They offer before and after school care, hourly care for preschool age kids, a homework tutoring program and a fun place for middle school and teenage kids to hang out until 9 p.m.

    During the summer Youth Services hosts a camp for the kids, said Bob Salviano, Director of Youth Services. They have a bike club, go swimming every week, work on community projects and go on weekly field trips.

    The facility houses many activities for the kids to partake in, said Salviano. They have more than 4,000 books, four big screen TVs, several game systems, stereos, board games, a pool table, ping pong, chess, checkers and more. They offer classes in arts and crafts, cooking and piano lessons.

    The classes are all part of a pre-planned curriculum, taught by specific staff members.

    "Youth Services is an accredited youth center, one of the few in the military," said Salviano. "The people in charge of the children and their activities at Youth Services are very well-trained."

    He went on to say that every staff member has a background check done, must not have any drug or alcohol offenses, and has a physical to make sure they are physically capable of caring for children. They go through annual training on things like CPR, ethics, drugs and alcohol and anti-terrorism.

    "They get as much training as the people in the military do," said Salviano. "It's amazing what they go through. We have a great staff here. Most of them are very seasoned. People like being here, being around the kids."

    "Mr. Salviano has a lot of pride in his program and his staff and it really shows," said Staff Sgt. Catherine Hutson, whose five-year-old daughter Adriana goes to the youth center before and after school, as well as attends the summer camp.

    Besides the specific classes, the kids can partake in other activities of their choice. There is a small computer lab and weight room that all the kids can use. There are even educational games on the computers for the pre-kindergarten-aged children.

    "They always have activities planned for the kids and the Youth Sports program is wonderful too," said Hutson.

    Youth Services is also the sponsor of all the youth athletics on post. They play sports such as soccer, T-ball, golf, tennis and tae kwon do.

    The kids are sometimes taken on field trips to places such as amusement parks, Friday night football games, Gettysburg and paintball ranges.

    Salviano said that between 350 and 400 kids are able to use Youth Services in some way every year. The child must be a member of Youth Services in order to benefit from its programs. To become a member, simply register at the Youth Services building and pay the annual fee of $18.

 


Dunham holding silent auction Dec. 4-6

Nov. 29, 2007 -- Dunham U.S. Army Clinic is scheduled to hold its second annual Silent Basket Auction Dec. 4th - 6th. The bidding will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the 4th and 5th and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 6th.

    The baskets being auctioned will have themes such as cookbooks, stationary, bath and body products, wine and cheese, coffee and more. The auction will be open to everyone.

    The proceeds from the auction are used for the Dunham Family Support Group.

    For more information contact Sgt. Amanda Rollins at 245-3890 or amanda.rollins@amedd.army.mil.