Banner Archive for December 2008

Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs
Fisher House receives donation from 2008 War College Class


Lt. Col Anthony Johnson, 2008 Yearbook Treasurer, and fellow classmate Col. Gordon Roberts, present a $2,690 check to Maurice Borde, Fisher House Assistant Manager, in Washington D.C.   

Dec. 31, 2008 -- With thousands of wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Fisher House has become a necessity in military communities across the nation. The organization provides military families a "home away from home," and many people agree that the houses are an intricate part of the recovery process for Soldiers.

    Recognizing this, the War College Class of 2008 elected to donate funds to the Fisher House Foundation. Lt. Col Anthony Johnson, the 2008 Yearbook Treasurer, and fellow classmate Col. Gordon Roberts, presented a $2,690 check to Maurice Borde, Fisher House Assistant Manager, in Washington D.C. Nov. 25. 

    The decision to donate the money to Fisher House was made unanimously among the class.  

    "We chose to donate the money to the Fisher House because of all it does to give back to Soldiers and help families," said Johnson, now the Director of Law Enforcement, Peacekeeping and Stability Institute.   

    "The house gives families a chance to stay with their Soldier, which is really important in the healing process," said Johnson. 

     Instead of worrying about where to stay or how they can afford it, families can focus on getting their Soldier well. 

    "The ability to reside free-of-charge in a Fisher House eases the financial difficulties during the transitional periods between hospital trauma care, recovery, rehabilitation, and therapy," added Johnson.

    Currently, there are more than 40 Fisher Houses located on 18 military installations and ten VA medical centers. Several more are under construction.   

    "It was a great experience to see some of the wounded warriors in the house; it was an honor to present the check on behalf of the class," said Johnson.    

    The Fisher House was founded in 1990 by Zachery and Elisabeth Fisher, with the goal to provide comfort, care, and compassion beyond the call of duty for the retirees, veterans, reserve, and active military members and their families. 

    For more information on the Fisher House, visit


2008 Army War College Award winners 

Madigan Writing Awards


  • Dr. Tami Davis Biddle (DNSS) — "Shield and Sword:  U.S. Strategic Forces and Doctrine Since 1945"
  • Dr. Conrad C. Crane (AHEC) — "Minting COIN: Principles and Imperatives for Combating Insurgency"
  • Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II (SSI) — "Clausewitz and the Nature of the War on Terror"
  • Dr. Paul Rexton Kan (DNSS) — "Drugging Babylon: The Illegal Narcotics Trade and Nation-Building in Iraq"
  • Mr. John F. Troxell (CSL/OGD) — "Presidential Decision Directive-56: A Glass Half Full"
  • Dr. Marybeth Ulrich (DNSS) — "Ukraine's Military Between East and West" 


 Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II (SSI)Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century

Newly Appointed Tenure

  • Col. Joel Hillison
  • Col. Michael McMahon
  • Col. Robert Nye
  • Col. Dean Stodter
  • Col. John Tisson

Title X Faculty Promotions

  • Dr. Tami Biddle
  • Dr. Larry Goodson
  • Dr. Al Stolberg
  • Dr. Kevin Weddle
  • Dr. Rich Meinhart
  • Prof. Ed Filiberti

Academic Chairs

  • Dr. James Gordon – General of the Armies John J. Pershing Chair of Military Planning and Operations
  • Dr. Kevin Weddle – General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair of the Profession of Arms

Dedicated Chairs

  • Prof. Anthony Williams – Francis W. DeSerio Chair of Strategic and Theater Intelligence
  • Dr. Mark Grimley – Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History
  • Col. Jeffrey Caton – Transformation Chair



Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Banner editorial: Helping Wounded Warriors is our duty

Dec. 22, 2008 -- November was designated Wounded Warrior month by the Army, but there should be no end to the commitment by those who take care of those injured while defending America's freedoms.

     "We owe those who wear the uniform all the support they can possibly have. We'll give them the best medical care, and for the docs and nurses here, there's no doubt in my mind our troops get the best medical care possible," said President George W. Bush during a recent ceremony at the White House honoring wounded warriors.

    While Carlisle Barracks may not deploy large numbers of Soldiers to theater, the military and civilians here can -- and do – dedicate efforts on behalf of Wounded Warriors.

   More than 40 Soldiers who were injured in the line of duty have enjoyed the Pennsylvania tradition of hunting turkey and deer, thanks to Randy Rakers, security manager and special security officer at the Army Heritage and Education Center. Since Spring 2007, he and his friends in the Michaux Yellow Breeches chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation have hosted Soldiers from the Army Wounded Warrior Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

    Special veterans' licenses and the required tags were donated, as well as all the equipment the Soldiers would need. Each Soldier was decked out from head to toe in warm, blaze orange hunting clothes.

    Rakers isn't alone in finding a way to help.

    Members of the Army War College 2008 class donated $2,690 to the Fisher House at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Responding to a unanimous choice to support the Fisher House, graduates Col. Gordon Roberts and Lt. Col. Anthony Johnson presented a check November 25 to Maurice Borde, in support of the unique program that meets humanitarian needs beyond those normally provided by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

    There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and offer the comforts of home in a supportive environment. More than 10,000 families find a home at one of the Fisher Houses annually – and no family pays to stay at any Fisher House. Donations are used to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

    The Army's Wounded Warrior Program is the official program to assist and advocate for severely wounded, injured, and ill Soldiers and their Families, wherever they are located, for as long as it takes. AW2 gives individualized support to this unique population of Soldiers, who were injured or became ill during their service in the Global War on Terrorism.

      "There is no higher priority for the Department of Defense, after the war itself, than caring for our wounded warrior," said Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense.

    Everyone who enjoys the freedoms that our brave Soldiers provide us every day owes it to them to do what they can to help.

    Check out the support groups and nonprofits organizations. Help focus your local church, civic group or veterans organization on ways to help. 

    Volunteer at the Wounded Warrior Project to become a community liaison, or donate to the Wounded Warrior fund, CFC 11425 of the Combined Federal Campaign or to Army Emergency Relief.

    "We owe more than just our gratitude to our wounded and fallen, their families and those who stood beside them in combat. We must do everything within our power to ensure they receive the care and benefits they so richly deserve. These veterans have given one-hundred percent and they deserve one-hundred percent back," said Amd. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, in a letter to all servicemembers. 

    It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you do something. What are a few minutes, a few dollars or a few days to give to someone who has devoted their life to protect yours?


Post breaking ground on new VAC site

Dec. 22, 2008 -- Early work is underway in the construction project to create a new, relocated Vehicle Access Control site for the Claremont entrance to Carlisle Barracks.

    The Army awarded the project to Odyssey International, Inc., of Lancaster, Pa.  The contract of approximately $1.5 million value runs through July 2009.

    During December, the site has undergone evacuation work, clearing trees and placing markers for the new road. Utilities have been placed underground.

    The new vehicle checkpoint will be relocated away from the Meadows Housing Area, providing for both security and better quality of life in the neighborhood.

    The construction and relocation will enhance traffic flow on Claremont and minimize morning congestion. The horseshoe-shaped access road will be set back deeper than the current VAC access road, closer to the railroad tracks, with room for more cars awaiting security checks. And, the project includes creating a right hand turn lane from Claremont Road onto Thorpe Road. 

    The new road plan is designed to eliminate confusion for visitors and increase efficiency. All vehicles will travel the same route.  Trucks will be inspected without having to drive a second loop. Cars with decals will enter post as they do now after the first checkpoint. Cars without decals can either continue on to the Barracks Crossing Vehicle Registration or to the Search Office, where they can obtain a visitors pass. 

    The project includes plans to upgrade the stop light, add street lights, place a new pedestrian sidewalk from the Meadows to the gate, and create new landscaping at the current site.    

    The current vehicle access operations will continue throughout the construction. The project is not expected to disrupt traffic flow on Claremont nor entry into post at the Claremont gate.

Spc. Jennifer Rick, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Alternative transportation available to post employees

Dec. 22, 2008 -- As part of continued efforts in "Going Green," Carlisle Barracks employees can now participate in car and van pooling through Commuter Services of South Central Pennsylvania.

     The RideShare database offers options for people in seven local counties –Adams, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Dauphin and Cumberland – to connect with other commuters in the same area to share a ride to work, explained Laura Lutz, employer outreach manager with Commuter Services.

    Commuters can car pool, share the driving cost and use one of their personally owned vehicles. It is a more flexible option, that doesn't need to be used every day. Van pooling is more rigid, and takes up to 15 people at a time. 

Local Program

    Carlisle Barracks employees just recently started using the RideShare program to travel to the installation from Chambersburg and Shippensburg.

    "The van originates at the Scotland exit in Chambersburg at the Park and Ride around 6:25 a.m., and then continues to the Shippensburg Kmart to pick up employees around 6:45 a.m.," said Donna Horton, management analyst. "Then it proceeds to Carlisle Barracks with an arrival time of approximately 7:20 a.m."

    "With this program, you have 15 people in one van," said Randy Carpenter, military personnel administration center supervisor and volunteer driver of the local van. "That's 14 less vehicles on the road, 14 less vehicles putting exhaust in the air. Also, people are saving a lot of money. When you factor in gas, vehicle repairs and wear and tear on the car, and multiply that by the number of people using the program, the amount is huge."

    So far, the people using the program have been very happy with it.

    "I think it's a really good program," said Laurie Christman, secretary to the Chief of Staff. "It's very convenient, especially not having to drive in bad weather." She had been driving a total of 90 miles each day, and says she is saving around $120 a month in gas.

    Carpenter, who volunteered to be the driver, is enthusiastic about the program.

    "It's really a great thing," he said. "Hopefully it will stay around for a long time. It helps so many people. It's all about the team, taking care of one another and looking out for one another."


    People using the system may not have to pay for it.

    "There is currently no charge to the employees because the van is full with 15 passengers," Horton said. "The more employees we have sign up, the lower the cost."

    Each government employee registered for the program recieves a $115 voucher each month. That money pays for the use of the van, and all of the gas it uses. With a full load of passengers, no one has out-of-pocket costs for the service.

    With smaller numbers, people may have a small fee to make up the difference in the total cost of the van and what the government is paying.

    Personnel can still use their personal vehicle whenever they need to. Also, if an employee has taken the van to work and an emergency requires an early departure, the program will reimburse a cab ride home, up to six times per year.

Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks volunteers are important in post’s operation
Dedication makes Post Chapel a full-service facility

Margaret Lippi, assistant sacristan, and Carole Mineo, sacristan, prepare the post chapel altar for Mass. Both donate more than 20 hours per week. Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.

Dec. 22, 2008 -- A three-war veteran has given more years in volunteer service at the post chapel than he served in his full military career.  
   Since volunteering at the chapel for more than 30 years, retired Maj. Don Shultz, 84,  has been a Sunday school teacher and superintendant, an acolyte coordinator and Protestant Youth of the Chapel coordinator, to name a few. “I do everything but preach,” he said.
   “My wife told me after I retired that I would not be sitting around the house doing nothing. It is something to do and something I want to do. It is one big happy family,” Shultz said. “I am so fortunate because the Army has been my life. “We found a happy home and we just want to give back.”
  “About 623 chapel volunteers literally do everything from setting up to cleaning up, teaching, training, leading, cooking, organizing, singing, playing and filling in wherever a need arises,” said Ch. (Col.) Arthur Pace, installation chaplain.  “Over 19,000 volunteer hours are logged each year for chapel events.”
  “Because our staff is so small, without volunteers, we could offer very little beyond basic services on Sunday mornings,” said Pace. “We could not even offer Sunday School or CCD or even collect offerings or have them counted without our volunteer ushers.”
  Carole Mineo has been the Catholic sacristan since 2005. In this position, she prepares the altar with proper linen, prepares the vessels and liturgy books, lights the candles and more.  Mineo donates more than 20 hours per week to assist the Catholic Chaplain. 
   Mineo has three assistants who help in completing these daily tasks, Margaret Lippi, Cheryl Chun and Ann Mangol. 
  Lippi, who became a chapel volunteer in 1980, became an assistant sacristan in 2003, and also gives more than 20 hours of service weekly. 
  “I look forward to coming to the chapel every day,” she said.
  “We really love what we are doing,” said Carole Mineo.  “It is rewarding and very uplifting.”
  “They are wonderful,” said Ch. (Col.) Philip Mahalic,  Catholic chaplain.  “They are here all the time—just conscientious, dedicated ladies.”
  “These volunteers allow us to be a full-service chapel, offering a wide variety of services and programs for our parishioners,” said Pace. “This has a direct and significant impact on the quality of life at Carlisle Barracks. Because of the wide breadth of programs and opportunities, almost 75,000 people each year participate in chapel events.”

Holiday operating hours for post facilities

Army Community Service

Dec 25-26 – Closed (Christmas)

Jan 1-2 – Closed (New Years)


Sun, Dec. 21     11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mon, Dec. 22    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tue, Dec. 23     9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wed, Dec. 24    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Thu, Dec. 25     CLOSED                                       

Fri, Dec. 26       CLOSED

Sat, Dec. 27      9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 28     11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mon, Dec. 29    CLOSED

Tue, Dec. 30     9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wed, Dec. 31    9 a.m. - 6 p.m.  

Thu, Jan. 1        CLOSED

Fri, Jan. 2         9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 3        9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Letort View Community Center

Dec 22-30 – Closed (Christmas)

Dec 31–New Year's Eve Party (7pm– 1am)

Jan 1-2 – Closed (New Years)


Root Hall Joint Deli

Dec 22 thru Jan 2 – Closed (Christmas/New Years)

Dunham Clinic

Dec. 19 – Closed noon- 4:30 p.m. 

Dec. 25 – Closed

Dec. 26 – Closed

Jan. 1 – Closed

Jan. 2 – Closed


Dunham Clinic Cafe

Dec 21 thru Jan 2 – Closed (Christmas/New Years)


Golf Course

Dec 25 thru Mar 1 - Closed (Standard Closure Dates)

Pro Shop (Closed during Inclement Weather)


Skills Development Center (Auto/Arts & Crafts)

Dec 24 – Close at 1pm

Dec 25 thru Jan 5 – Closed (Christmas/New Years)

Auto will re-open on Jan 5


Information, Ticketing and Registration

Dec 23 thru Jan 2 - Closed (Christmas/New Years)


Child Development Center

Dec 24-26 – Closed (Christmas)

Dec 31 thru Jan 2 – Closed (New Years)


Youth Services

Dec 24-26 – Closed (Christmas)

Dec 31 thru Jan 2 – Closed (New Years)


Strike Zone Bowling Center

Dec 24 – Close at Noon

Dec 25 – Closed (Christmas)

Jan 1 – Closed (New Years)


Root Hall Gymnasium

Dec 22 thru Jan 4 – Closed (Christmas/New Years)


Thorpe Hall Fitness Center

Dec 25-26 - Closed (Christmas)

Jan 1-2 Closed (New Years)


Outdoor Recreation

Dec 23 thru Jan 2 - Closed (Christmas/New Years)





Tests Showed Coliform Bacteria in Carlisle Barracks Water

Purpose:  Tier 2 public notification of 5 November 2008 was worded incorrectly and did not meet standards of 25 Pennsylvania Code Section 109.411.  This public notification clarifies the public notification of 5 November 2008 and meets standards.

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for drinking water contaminants. We took five samples to test for the presence of coliform bacteria on 4 November 2008. Two of our samples showed the presence of total coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than one may do so.

Additional samples were taken 5 November 2008.  All of these samples tested negative for the presence of total coliform bacteria. 

What should I do?

You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.


What does this mean?

This was not an emergency.  If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the system's treatment or distribution system (pipes).

Coliforms are bacteria, which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.


What happened?

There are many possible explanations for a sample to test positive.  For example the water may have been sitting in the pipes for a long time.  It can be almost impossible to say for certain.  That is why additional samples are taken.  If another sample tests positive, more investigation and corrective action is done.  If all additional samples test negative, monitoring is increased but further investigation and corrective action are not warranted.


What was done?

Additional samples were taken in the same building and in other buildings along the water line 5 November and were tested.  All additional samples tested negative for total coliform bacteria.

For more information, please contact Donna Swauger, Biological Science Technician at Carlisle Barracks, DPW, 717-245-3908 or 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by Thomas Kelly, Director of Public Works, US Army Garrison, Carlisle Barracks


PWS ID#: 7210010                                                                                                          Date distributed:  12 December 2008

New dates for Military family Program presentations

·         Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, 11:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m., Wil Washcoe Auditorium,  Financial Management--#4, Risk Management.

·         Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, 11:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m., Wil Washcoe Auditorium. Financial Management--#5, Estate Management.

    These presentations are open to the entire Carlisle Barracks Community, For more information call or email Joe York at 245-4787 or


John Harlow, TRADOC News Service
Army releases new training manual

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (TRADOC News Service, Dec. 16, 2008) – The Army released the new field manual FM 7-0, Training for Full Spectrum Operations, at the Training General Officer Steering Committee conference at Fort Leavenworth. Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, introduced the new manual.

    The new manual replaces the 2002 edition of FM 7-0, Training the Force.

    "Today's full-spectrum operations environment demands more from our men and women in uniform than ever before, and nothing is more important than training to ensure their success," said Caldwell. "This manual will have a direct impact on our Soldiers – codifying our current doctrine directly into training the full breadth and complexity of today's missions, to include offensive, defensive and stability operations."

    This is the first time the Army has synchronized the manuals for operations and training.

    "Now is the right time to release the new training manual," said Brig. Gen. Robert B. Abrams, director of the Combined Arms Center-Training. "We've been at war a little over six years, and our last training manual was published just after 9/11. A lot has changed since then. The operational environment has changed, and we now have a force that is the most combat-experienced in the history of the country. There are many factors that went into the need to update FM 7-0."

    In 2008, the Army has released three important field manuals. FM 3-0, Operations, changed the way the Army operates, with the focus of the Army being on offensive, defensive and stability operations. FM 3-07, Stability Operations, went into detail of how the Army will perform its mission when called upon as a stabilizing force. FM 7-0 provides training guidance to prepare the Army to train the way it will fight.

    "FM 7-0 is almost entirely driven by FM 3-0," said Abrams. "This is the first time in recent doctrinal history that our Army's capstone operations manual FM 3-0 has been at the forefront of our training manual. They have been related before, and FM 7-0 has embraced the operational concepts in some degree or another, but in this particular case, the starting of FM 7-0 was about six months behind FM 3-0.

    "The two writing teams have been nested from the beginning so that for the first time, all the operational concepts and the most important concept, that we are a full-spectrum Army, means that offense, defense and stability operations are our core concepts as an Army," Abrams continued. "These concepts are now nested throughout our training manual so that we train to be a full-spectrum Army, not just in name, but in reality."

    FM 7-0 challenges leaders to train as they will fight – train as a full-spectrum force but not lose sight of the first priority of the Army, which is to fight and win our nation's wars.
      FM 7-0 sets out to change the Army mindset. The manual states that the Army cannot return to its pre-9-11 focus of training for offensive and defensive operations in major combat operations. Army leaders must think differently about training and leader development in an Army that must be capable of conducting simultaneous offense, defense and   stability or civil-support operations.

    The manual's four chapters address the breadth and depth of Army training concepts – the "what" of Army training. The Web-based Army Training Network will address the "how" of Army training. It will provide examples of concepts in FM 7-0; training lessons, examples and best practices for implementing the 7-0 concepts; and solutions to training challenges. 

    "We are using emerging technologies and leveraging the power of the Web. We are going to take what has been previously published in FM 7-1, Battle Focused Training, and we're going to take those concepts and put them on the Web as the Army Training Network," said Abrams. "It is going to have the same format and same fundamentals you would see in FM 7-1 in terms of techniques for conduct of training management. What we want to show with the power of the Web is that we can get constant updates from the field and input on best practices."

    The operational concept requires the Army to be ready to conduct simultaneous offense, defense and stability or civil-support operations anywhere along the spectrum of conflict, from general war to stable peace.

    FM 7-0 is designed to help develop an expeditionary Army, comprised of Soldiers and civilians, experienced and knowledgeable enough to be comfortable with operating anywhere along the spectrum of conflict in any type of operation, under any conditions. Its principles and concepts are intended to produce agile leaders who can rapidly and easily adapt to changing, ambiguous situations.

    To download FM 7-0, go to



Spc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Red Cross volunteers are important members of Dunham team

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Robert Harder and his wife mary have spent a combined 65 years volunteering. They currently spend four hours each volunteering at Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

December 18, 2008 – Among the dozens of skilled doctors, nurses and physician's assistants at Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, are the able hands of more than 15 Red Cross volunteers.

    These people spend a combined 280 hours per month to serving the clinic and the servicemembers, family members and retirees that use it, explained Laurie Harkey, Red Cross volunteer coordinator for Carlisle Barracks.

    These volunteers work in medical records, behavioral health, the lab and at the pharmacy. They help out with jobs like clerical work and greeting patients.

    "They free up the clinic staff to do the types of activities they are trained for," said Harkey.

    One volunteer, retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Robert Harder and his wife Mary, have spent a combined 65 years volunteering. They each spend four hours per week volunteering at Dunham.

    "When you retire, it's important to be doing something with your time, and we both very much enjoy doing something that helps the military in some way," Harder said.

    Most of the volunteers here are retirees, but everyone is welcomed to help out, said Harkey.

    All the volunteers are appreciated, especially by the clinic staff and command group.

    "Our Red Cross volunteers here at Dunham are some of the most dedicated and faithful volunteers that I have seen in any Army Health Care facility," said Col. Kenneth Trzepkowski, Dunham's Commander. "Volunteering is a win-win situation. It allows the volunteer to be a part of the Dunham Team, and the team gets an enthusiastic player – often one with many years of experience."

Army Heritage Center Foundation to start construction of the Visitor and Education Center at the Army Heritage and Education Center

    Dec. 18, 2008 -- The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that it has selected R. S. Mowery & Sons, Inc. to design and build Phase One of the Visitors and Education Center. "Today is a great day for the Army and the Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHEC).  Having raised funds sufficient to support design and construction, the Foundation is moving forward with this exciting project.  R.S. Mowery & Sons shares the vision of the Foundation and will work with project shareholders to create this valuable component of the Army Heritage and Education Center – the Visitor and Education Center," says Retired Major General Bob Scales, Chairman of the Army Heritage Center Foundation Board of Directors. 

    The construction of Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) will provide the first museum gallery and urgently needed public space for educational programs, veterans' reunions, and other public gatherings.  Phase One will also include a museum store and other services for visitors.  Ground breaking for the VEC is planned for the Summer of 2009.  Phase Two of the VEC will bring additional exhibit and meeting space that will enhance the visitors' experience.  Upon completion of each phase the Foundation will transfer responsibility for the VEC to the Army.

     The Army Heritage and Education Center is a 56-acre military history, educational and cultural campus in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  The complex is being developed to honor the service and sacrifice of Soldiers and their Families by sharing their personal stories; to preserve and make available for study artifacts and archival materials; to educate and inspire visitors; and to promote greater heritage tourism regionally and across the Nation.

     The AHEC currently includes the Military History Institute at Ridgway Hall, a public research library and archives for the personal papers of Soldiers and their Families, and the Army Heritage Trail.  The Army Heritage Trail is an outdoor museum that captures the life of the Soldier spanning the history of the Nation and supports education, living history and interpretive programs.  Future components at the AHEC will include a federally funded Conservation Center, programmed in the 2009 Army construction budget, and the privately funded Army Heritage Museum.

      The construction of the Visitors and Education Center at the AHEC is the result of cooperation among the Foundation, Cumberland County and its local governments, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and numerous private individuals, corporations and foundations. 

     "We are very pleased with the Foundation's ability to move the project forward and congratulate the Foundation on their success," said Barbara Cross, Cumberland County Commissioner.  "The County has supported the project and is enthusiastic that the AHEC is continuing to grow."

     The Army Heritage Center Foundation is an IRS not-for-profit 501(c)(3) registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the Military Heritage Foundation, Inc.  To more closely identify its efforts in support of the AHEC, the Foundation uses Army Heritage Center Foundation as its "doing business as" name.

     The Army Heritage and Education Center is an activity of the Department of the Army and a component of the United States Army War College.  The AHEC is a key resource for the Army and the public.


Sumner Road open to two-way traffic

Dec. 18, 2008 -- Sumner Road re-opened to two-way traffic Thursday, Dec. 18.  The road was previously one-way alongside the PX parking lot from the Delaney intersection to the water tower and the back of the commissary.     

    The opening of Sumner Road marks the completion of the new storm drain for the Heritage Heights housing area. Phase 1 of the housing area is scheduled for summer 2009 completion.

 Photos: President George W. Bush visits USAWC

Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, U.S. Army War College
Commandant, introduces President George W. Bush
inside Thorpe Hall Dec. 17 before an address to students and staff and faculty.. 
Photo by Scott Finger.


U.S. Army War College students wait eagerly outside
Thorpe Hall. The topic of the president's address was of
special interest to the class as more than 75 percent of U.S. students have served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Photo by Megan Clugh.


Bush spoke to a packed audience about his time as
Photo by Scott Finger.


This was the second time President Bush has addressed
students of the U.S. Army War College. Bush previously
spoke in a prime-time address in 2004.
Photo by Spc.
Jennifer Rick.


Children from the Moore Child Development Center
outside Root Hall to greet Bush as he arrived.
Photo by Megan Clugh.


After his remarks, Bush answered questions from
students about leadership and other topics.
by Spc. Jennifer Rick.






Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Bush shares leadership vision with Army War College


President George W. Bush addressed Army War College students, selected staff and faculty in Jim Thorpe Gym on Dec. 17. The president talked about the strategy to keep the country safe, the results achieved and the institutions left to carry on the struggle against terrorism in a post-9/11 world.  Photo by Scott Finger. want more photos?

The presidents remarks can be found here.

Dec. 17, 2008 – President George W. Bush gave the Army War College students a unique opportunity to hear his thoughts on strategic leadership and national security as he thanked them for "the honor of a lifetime: to serve as your Commander in Chief."

    Bush spoke to an audience of 500: the US. military officers, senior federal civilians and international officers who comprise the Army War College Class of 2009, as well as teaching faculty and several spouses of deployed Soldiers, December 17 at Carlisle Barracks.

    "In institutions like the Army War College our men and women in uniform are studying new counterinsurgency and counterterrorism strategies because we're going to depend on you. Long after I'm gone, presidents will count on you. We will leave behind a strong coalition of more than 90 nations, composing almost half the world who are committed to combating terrorism, sharing intelligence and keeping our citizens safe."

   One of those nations is Australia, which Col. Don Roach, USAWC International Fellow, calls home.

      "It was a great opportunity to hear him say thank you to those people and nations he's worked with," he said. "After listening to his remarks, I think it's quite clear why he made the decisions he did."  

    The president talked about the strategy to keep the country safe, the results achieved and the institutions left to carry on the struggle against terrorism in a post-9/11 world. 

    Bush recalled the events of September 11, 2001 in New York City, the Pentagon, and   Pennsylvania.

    "By nightfall, the sun had set on a very different world. With rumors of more attacks swirling, Americans went to bed wondering what the future would bring. On that night virtually no one would have predicted that more than seven years would pass without another terrorist attack on American soil.

    "It's not a matter of luck. It's a tribute to the dedicated men and women who work day and night to defend our great land," he said to applause.

   The students of the Army War College have played a major role in the war on terrorism.  The majority of students have served in the military campaigns Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. 

   "In the broader struggle between freedom and terror, people around the world have made their choice clear," said Bush. "In Afghanistan, eight million men and women went to the polls to elect a president for the first time in their history. In Iraq, 12 million people defied the terrorists and elected a representative government. 

    "One of things I'll never forget are the ink-stained fingers of people who had a chance to vote their conscience.

    "While there's room for an honest and healthy debate about the decisions I made -- and there's plenty of debate -- there can be no debate about the results in keeping America safe," Bush said.

     "You can't argue with his security success," said student Col. Steven Williamson.  "He's supported the military and has been honest about the challenges ahead."

    "The opportunity to hear the president speak is a testimony to the importance of senior service schools and the importance of strategic leaders," said Air Force Lt. Col. James Forand. "It was great to hear some of his reflections of the last eight years."

    A private discussion with students following the formal address focused on the president's thoughts on leadership.

This is the second time in five years that President Bush visited the Army War College. He addressed the student body May 24, 2004 in a major policy address on Iraq and the war on terror. His first visit marked the first time in 210 years that a sitting president has visited Carlisle Barracks. Photo by Scott Finger.

    "The dialogue we had on his style of leadership was excellent," said student Lt. Col. Anthony Hall. "To have that kind of opportunity with the commander-in-chief was great."

    "At the Army War College they educate us to take us from the tactical level to think at the strategic level and the decisions that come along with that," said Coast Guard Cdr. Joseph Hester. "This was a great opportunity to hear from someone at the top and how the national security decisions are made."   


2009 Campaign Analysis Course schedule

    The AY09 Campaign Analysis Course is offering an optional Strategic and Operational Art Film and Discussion Program. The purpose of this program is to offer interested students insight into selected episodes in the evolution of warfare from antiquity to the present. A series of films addressing strategic and operational themes will be shown throughout the academic year on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in Wil Waschoe Auditorium. A discussion period moderated by a faculty instructor familiar with the period and issues addressed will follow each film. The Association of the U.S. Army supports the program which is open to all students, staff, faculty, and retirees. The films showing in December are listed below. Come and join us the following evenings for professional discussion of an important episode in the evolution of the military art.


Dec. 16 Dec "Zulu Dawn"

Col. Thomas Dempsey

Strategy, Diplomacy, Leadership


Jan. 6 2009 "Dr. Strangelove"

Prof Glenn Cunningham

Deterrence, Strategy, Diplomacy, Leadership


Jan. 13 "55 Days at Peking"

Prof Glenn Cunningham

Strategy, Leadership, Diplomacy, Ethics


Jan. 20 "The Wind and the Lion"

Col Dave Kelley

Strategy, Leadership, Diplomacy


Jan. 27 "Paths of Glory"

Col Mike Marra

Leadership, Strategy, Ethics


Feb. 3 "Sand Pebbles"*

Prof Glenn Cunningham

Leadership, Ethics, Diplomacy


Feb. 10 "The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell"

Dr. Jerry Comello

Ethics, Leadership


Feb. 17 "G.I. Joe"

Prof Glenn Cunningham

Leadership & Ethics


Feb. 24 "The Longest Day"

Prof James Kievit

Strategy, Ethics, Campaign Planning & Leadership


March 3 "Patton"

Dr. Jerry Comello

Strategy, Campaign Planning, Ethics


March 17 "Pork Chop Hill"

Prof Don Boose

Leadership, Strategy, Ethics & Diplomacy


March 24 "We Were Soldiers"

Dr. Jerry Comello

Leadership, Ethics


* Will be shown in Bliss Hall.


Kelly Schloesser, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office  
Hayden discusses key players in national security to USAWC students

CIA Director Michael V. Hayden addresses students in Bliss Hall on Friday, Dec. 12.  Hayden named al-Qaida, China, Russia, and the EU as the four key players in U.S. National Security during the next administration. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick. 

Dec. 15, 2008 -- Al-Qaida, China, Russia, and the European Union will be the most important players in U.S. national security and policy over the next century argued CIA Director Michael V. Hayden during a talk with USAWC students on Friday, Dec. 12 in Bliss Hall. 

    "As we are preparing for our first wartime presidential transition in 40 years, we face several foreign policy challenges as well as opportunities during this next administration," said Hayden. 

    During the assessment Hayden noted that this is the same national security briefing he provided to the in-coming Obama Administration.

    "Hayden's key players were directly in line with what we are learning here at the War College. I was really glad to see that we are tracking the same security issues," said Lt. Col. Jeff Edge, student. 

    "Terrorism, the rise of China and Russia, and relationships with our key allies in the EU are all discussed in our classes," continued Edge.

    Hayden argued that despite our seven-year engagement in the War on Terror, al-Qaida remains the most clear and present danger to America.

     "The sub-national actor, al-Qaida poses the greatest threat to our security, more than any nation-state," said Hayden.  

    Hayden's assessment on how the war was going was simply "not bad, we are doing pretty well."

    "Al-Qaida has experienced many setbacks, but they are adaptive. They are both resilient and yet vulnerable. This war is far from over," said Hayden.

    Hayden contended that operationally, U.S. and NATO forces were doing well.  Still, he said, it is the ideological fight, especially along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, where we are encountering trouble. 

    "Pakistan has been fighting in these tribal areas since about August, and are proving to be an asset to this war," said Hayden. He emphasized our fragile but important relationship with the central government in Islamabad.    

    "We very much appreciate their help and collaboration on this. Still, Pakistan must do more," concluded Hayden.   

    "Winning the hearts and minds of the people living in these areas is a real challenge for us as a foreign force. Very much of it depends on the Afghan government and their ability to provide goods and services to these people." said Hayden in response to a question posed by Brig. Gen. Naushad Kayani of Pakistan, USAWC International Fellow.

    Following terrorism, China and Russia were said to be key players in U.S. foreign policy as world power shifts to Asia. 

    "America will remain the permanent power but we will see a dramatic shift from the Atlantic to the Pacific," said Hayden.  

    Hayden warned students that we should see China as a competitor but not an inevitable enemy. Similarly, Russia he said will continue to restore their position as a world influence. 

     While discussing the European Union as key player, Hayden noted that they are our closest ally on terrorism.

     "Still the U.S. and the EU fundamentally disagree about how to go about it, and this difference will likely not change with a new administration," he said.

    Many students said they were impressed with Hayden's assessment and how well it tied in with their classes. 

     "He really solidified what we are learning here. It was great to hear that this was the same assessment he provides for the new administration," said Jimmie Vaughn, student.


J.D. Leipold, Army News Service
Army opens living history exhibit at Pentagon

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. opened the U.S. Army Pentagon Exhibit - A Living History, Dec. 15.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 15, 2008) - The corridors of the Pentagon opened Monday to the Army's "Living History" exhibit which features more than 400 historical artifacts, some 80 pieces of original artwork and hundreds of photographs and films that tell the history of the American Soldier since the Army's birth on June 14, 1775.
    At the ribbon-cutting ceremony Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Army Chief of Staff George W. Casey Jr. spoke on the importance of the exhibit and how it will allow viewers to enter into a deeper understanding of the contributions of Soldiers past and present, from Yorktown, Va., to the Afghanistan mountains.
    "It is important to an institution such as ours to stop and reflect on our past - to reflect on our great history," said Geren. "When you reflect on that history you cannot help but wonder how different the history of our nation would be, in fact how different the history of the world be if not for the United States Army."
    The chronological walk-through exhibit was prepared using artifacts and information from throughout the Army Museum System and the Army History Program. More than 70 companies and individuals provided materials and artifacts for the exhibit which was assembled and presented by the Army Heritage and Education Center.
    "This is the first time that the Pentagon has seen an exhibit with such a sweeping scope," said Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, director of the Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. "Far from focusing on battles, the exhibit shows the Army's involvement as a leader in exploration of the land, builder of infrastructure and leader in technology and social change."
    Dalessandro said the 10,000-square-foot exhibit - the size of a small museum -- was put together in 67 days and consists of 39 cases. It includes artwork from Army combat artists that go back to World War I when the Army first began placing artists in the field.
    Army Art Curator Renee Klish said the service had eight artists in World War I, more than 40 in World War II , and more than 50 in Vietnam.
    "Since World War I, the artists have been told to paint in whatever style or medium they wished, as long as the subject was recognizable and as long as they understood they weren't there to paint an official portrait of the general," she said. "We also added another caveat saying that no one tells the artist what to paint or what to draw. The whole idea is to get the Soldiers and the reaction of the artist on paper or canvas and express what they lived."
A few of the featured exhibits include:
″ Dr. Bodo Otto compass: Otto was the senior surgeon of the general hospital at Valley Forge who served with Gen. George Washington throughout the Revolution. Otto established a system for mass inoculation of Soldiers against smallpox. The compass was donated to the Army by Otto's descendants.
″ The Girandoni Air Rifle: Designed and manufactured in Vienna, Austria in the 1780s, the weapon fits the description of the air rifle taken by the Corps of Discovery on their expedition in 1803-1806. The rifle has the marks of use and repairs consistent with the descriptions in the Lewis and Clark journals.
″ World War I Signal Pigeon "President Wilson:" The pigeon served with the Tank Corps at St. Mihiel, France where it carried critical messages identifying the location of enemy machine-gun positions that were blocking the American advance. Homing pigeons were used to carry messages between units, direct the delivery or cessation of artillery fire and provide locations of enemy units or other critical information.

Suzanne Reynolds, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office 
Dedicated Volunteers make Carlisle Barracks Chapel a full-service facility

Margaret Lippi (left), assistant sacristan, and  (right) Carole Mineo, sacristan, prepare the Post chapel altar for Mass. Mineo, a Post Chapel volunteer since 2003, donates over 20 hours per week to assist the Catholic Chaplain. Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.

 Dec. 16, 2008 -- One individual who has volunteered at the chapel more years than he served on active duty is retired Maj. Don Shultz.  Shultz, 84, and a Carlisle resident, is a three-war veteran. 

  He retired from the Army in 1969 from Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pa., where he was the first officer in charge of the U.S. Army Adjutant General Field Office.   

  Since volunteering at the chapel for more than 30 years, Shultz has been a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendant, an acolyte coordinator and Protestant Youth of the Chapel coordinator to name a few.  "I do everything but preach," said Shultz.

   "My wife told me after I retired that I would not be sitting around the house doing nothing."  "It is something to do and something I want to do."  "It is one big happy family," Shultz said.

  Asked why he does this, Shultz said, "I am so fortunate because the Army has been my life."  "We found a happy home and we just want to give back."

  "About 623 chapel volunteers literally do everything from setting up to cleaning up, teaching, training, leading, cooking, organizing, singing, playing and filling in wherever a need arises," said Ch. (Col.) Arthur Pace, installation chaplain.  "Over 19,000 volunteer hours are logged each year just for chapel events."

  "Because our staff is so small, without volunteers, we could offer very little beyond basic services on Sunday mornings," said Pace. "We could not even offer Sunday School or CCD or even collect offerings or have them counted without our volunteer ushers."

  Carole Mineo, a volunteer at the chapel since 2003, has been the Catholic sacristant since 2005.  In this position, she prepares the altar with proper linen, prepares the vessels and liturgy books, lights the candles and more.  Mineo donates more than 20 hours per week to assist the Catholic Chaplain. 

  "It is very time consuming, but I love doing it," said Mineo.  "It makes me feel valuable and needed."

  Mineo has three assistants who help in completing these daily tasks, Margaret Lippi, Cheryl Chun and Ann Mangol

  Lippi who became a chapel volunteer in 1980, became an assistant sacristant in 2003, again, giving over 20 hours of her time. 

  "I look forward to coming to the chapel every day," she said.

  "We really love what we are doing," said Carole Mineo.  "It is rewarding and very uplifting."

  "They are wonderful," said Ch. (Col.) Philip Mahalic, the Post Catholic chaplain.  "They are here all the time—just conscientious, dedicated ladies."

  "These volunteers allow us to be a full-service chapel, offering a wide variety of services and programs for our parishioners that rival any civilian church," said Pace.  "This has a direct and significant impact on the quality of life at Carlisle Barracks."

  "Because of the wide breadth of programs and opportunities, almost 75,000 people each year participate in chapel events," said Pace.

 Spc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
AFAP Conference provides potential solutions to local issues

Dec. 15, 2008 – As part of the Army's ongoing process of improving the quality of life for its Soldiers, family members and retirees, an Army Family Action Plan symposium is held each year to give them a voice.

    Carlisle Barracks' conference will be held Jan. 21-23 at the Letort View Community Center. All enlisted or commissioned servicemembers, spouses, teens, Department of the Army and Department of Defense Civilians and retirees are welcomed to be delegates for the conference.

    The delegates will be separated into groups of 10, explained Linda Slaughter, director of Army Community Service. The groups will be separated by affiliation – such as single Soldiers, Soldiers married with children, married without children, civilians, etc. There will be another work group for teens, held separately, either before or after the three-day conference.

    Each group will get together to discuss Army-wide and local issues and concerns. At the end of the conference, the top three issues will be presented to the Carlisle Barracks senior leadership. Some issues will be resolved by the post's leadership, and others will be presented to leadership at the regional level, and will continue to the Department of the Army level.
    "In the Carlisle Barracks community active duty personnel - both single and married, civilian personnel, family members of both military and civilian personnel, and local military and civilian component retirees, can contribute to community efforts to improve our local quality of life," said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander.

    The skateboard park and lighting in the parking lot adjacent to the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute on Lovell Ave. are results of the AFAP symposium, explained Jeff Hanks, employment assistance manager at Army Community Service.

    To participate in the conference, you must register by filling out a registration form (available at ACS), contacting ACS or filling out the form online at

    Delegates must attend all three days. Observers are also allowed to attend the conference, but will not be allowed to participate.

    "The main reason for people to participate is so their ideas and concerns are given a chance to be heard," said Hanks. "There is no issue too small to be brought up to be resolved by the AFAP process. The process has accomplished some major changes by its submissions, whether is was resolved locally or sent up to the Department of the Army."


AFAP History

    Since its establishment in 1983, ideas from delegates in the Army Family Action Plan have resulted in policy decisions being made on more than 633 major issues. Symposium and conference efforts have preceded more than 102 legislative changes, 152 policy changes and 168 new or improved programs or services. The AFAP process on local installations impacts not only local community members, but can have broad impact across the total force.

AFAP success stories include:
    ·Servicemembers Group Life Insurance increased from $50,000 to $200,000.
    ·Basic Allowance for Housing increased by 11% - part of a plan to eliminate out-of-pocket housing costs by 2005.
    ·A Military Savings Plan was implemented.
    ·A vehicle may be stored at government expense when a Soldier is reassigned to an area where shipment isn't authorized.
    ·Family Separation Allowance was increased from $75 to $100 per month.
    ·Programs such as Army Family Team Building (AFTB) and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) were created.
    ·Informational and interactive websites have been established to address retirement information and planning, employment opportunities and application and enlisted Soldier assignments.

 Army Family Team Building celebrates 16th birthday

Elaine Leist, deputy garrison commander, speaks at the Army Community Services Army Family Team Building birthday ceremony Dec. 12 at the Carlisle Barracks Commissary. With her is Loy Hicks, a retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer who was shopping at the commissary with his wife. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

December 15, 2008 -- The Army Community Services Army Family Team Building program celebrated its 16th birthday at a cake cutting ceremony Dec. 12 at the Carlisle Barracks Commissary.

    AFTB is a program designed to provide training to Army families to improve military life, and personal and family preparedness. 

    Elaine Leist, deputy garrison commander, explained to the crowd that AFTB's program "Army 101 Basic Training" is designed to introduce spouses and family members to Army life, how the military works and what is available to them.

Shelley DeIvernois, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
Friday Dec. 26 declared holiday for DA Civilians

Dec. 15, 2008 -- President Bush has signed an Executive Order making Friday, 26 December a holiday for DA Civilian employees.  Time cards for 26 Dec should be annotated as LH.  Employees who had use or lose leave scheduled for that date will need to reschedule that leave or donate it to someone in the leave transfer program. 

    Questions regarding this message should be directed to the HR Specialist who services your organization.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Regional symposium sheds light on Africa

Dec. 9, 2008 – Thanks to a series of experts of diverse backgrounds, Army War College students, staff and faculty learned more about the diverse continent of Africa during a two-day regional symposium in Bliss Hall Dec. 9 and 10.

    "Immense progress is being made in this region. Many times the people have been let down by their senior leaders but times are changing," said retired Ambassador Johnnie Carson, National Intelligence Officer for Africa, National Intelligence Council.

    Topics included the role of USAFRICOM in the region, effects of the drug trade, ethnic tensions and the status of the African Union and a question and answer session that delved deeper into the issues. 

    Carson gave a snapshot of the region as one that is slowly emerging from decades of poor leadership to stabilize the region.

    Nigerian Col. Ndagulu Imam, a USAWC International Fellow, gave a first-hand opinion during the session.

    "The world is following the steps to improve security in Africa," he said. "But we still need your support." Carson agreed that the military plays an important role in the region, along with international aid.   

    Jennifer Cooke, Africa Program director at the Center for Strategic and International Issues, discussed the status of governments in Africa, specifically those in the Congo, as well as the history of U.S. interaction in the region and how ethnic tensions are affected by economic factors.

    "Resource scarcity and weak governments create a vacuum that many times lead to ethnic tensions," she said. "But the rise of the middle class and organizations of professional organizations, such as those of tea growers, help to look past ethnic issues and look at issues that affect industries as a whole." 

    The issue of corruption in the region was one that particularly piqued the interest of USAWC student Jimmie Vaughn, student.

    "I knew how prevalent corruption had been in the region but this symposium really put into context for me what the U.S. role may be, " said Vaughn. "The ability for DoD to work effectively with the State Department is really going to be key."

     The United States Africa Command was also discussed and the commander, Gen. William Ward, spoke to the students via video teleconference on Dec. 10.

    Vaughn said she felt the standup of AFRICOM would cause a shift in thinking for both the State Department and Department of Defense.

    "It really is a paradigm shift for both of us," she said. "The military is used to having the lead for many of these situations. In Africa, in order to be effective, the DoD will have to assume more of a support role. Both organizations will need to be able to communicate effectively both internally and externally."

    Lt. Col. Thomas Solhjem, student, said the discussion with Ward helped to validate many of the things they'd been learning about the role and responsibilities of AFRICOM.

    "He really laid out for us the role of the State Department and the Department of Defense and answered any questions we had," he said. "The elements of influence are much broader. The region is much more relationship based and that will have to be the focus of our efforts."

    Louis Mazel, Director Office of African Regional and Security Affairs, Department of State, focused on the developing relationship between China and Africa. 

    "China has recognized the value of Africa," Mazel said. "They have identified that Africa is a great market for low-cost Chinese consumer goods like TVs, pots and pans and dresses." He pointed out that 90 percent of the Chinese gross domestic product is made up of trade and Africa is China's second largest trading partner.

    In the increasing global completion for energy resources, Africa plays a key role.  

    "One-third of the new oil discoveries have occurred in Africa," said Mazel. "Add that to the fact that Africa is a tremendous source of strategic materials like chromium, and the reasons for Chinese interest are obvious."  China has built infrastructure in the continent as well, to include sports stadiums and parliament buildings, he added.

    Mazel also pointed out many programs where the U.S. and China have joined together to combat issues in the region, including those for malaria treatment and prevention. 

    Theresa Whelan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs, gave the students a look at Africa from the perspective of the Secretary of Defense Office.

   "Governments that cannot support themselves will pose a threat to U.S. national security," she said. "We need a security partnership with African nations to solve our common problems." Whelan also talked about the standup and progress of AFRICOM, but pointed out that security policy is only of part of the U.S. - African collaboration.

   "We also focus on health issues, trade promotion, peacekeeping capacities, human rights and joint training." 

  Africa was chosen as the region sot study for a number of reasons.

    ""We are always looking ahead and trying to anticipate what may be the next areas of interest," said Col. Tom Sheperd, director of African studies, Department of National Security and Strategy. "The trend lines point to a greater importance of Africa to the U.S. and it has received a lot of attention from the Bush administration as indicted by the standup of AFRICOM. We chose this region because we wanted to make sure the students are exposed to a region they will probably be dealing with in the near future."



Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Woodward shares insights with students


Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with the Washington Post, spoke to Army War College students, staff and faculty in Bliss Hall Dec. 2. He spoke about his experiences during the Watergate investigation, lessons learned during his talks with Bush, and any advice he had for the incoming administration. Photo by Megan Clugh.


Dec. 3, 2008 – "You have to deal with the truth. Truth is a great remedy," said Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, to Army War College students, staff and faculty in Bliss Hall Dec. 2.  

    Woodward backs up his words with more than 30 years of journalism experience at the Washington Post. He has covered many of the most important stories of the last few decades to include the Watergate scandal of the 1970's, to discussing the Iraq War with President George W. Bush. He focused on the importance of credibility between an author and his subject, and the challenges of writing on national security issues.

    War College students asked Woodward about his experiences during the Watergate investigation, lessons learned during his talks with Bush, and any advice he had for the incoming administration.

    "Bob Woodward's comments were candid, refreshing and often times very funny," said student Lt. Col. Irene Glaeser. "It was both provocative and entertaining. Many of us agreed this was our favorite speaker to date. He used the majority of his allotted time for question and answer, which ended up being his vehicle for weaving together illustrative stories from throughout his long career, such as how he first learned of President Ford pardoning President Nixon for Watergate."

    Woodward was invited to speak to the students as part of the USAWC course that explores National Security Policy and Strategy.

    "As a world renowned journalist with unprecedented access to the highest levels of American policy and decision making he was an ideal capstone speaker for the National Security Policy and Strategy course," said Col. Michael Moon, Department of National Security and Strategy   "His thoroughly researched and documented books on the current administration's decisions on going to war in Iraq will no doubt be studied for years."

Woodward background

    Bob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post since 1971. He has won nearly every American journalism award and the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal.

    In addition, Woodward was the main reporter for the Post's articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. Woodward was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2003.


Lt. Col. Frank Misurelli, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Importance of NATO topic of latest Perspectives lecture

Michael Lynch, chief of educational programs at the Army Heritage and Education Center, presents Col. John Dabrowski with a token of appreciation for his presentation on "The U.S., NATO and European Basing, 1949 - Present" Dec, 10 at Ridgeway Hall. Photo by Lt. Col. Frank Misurelli. 

December 11, 2008 -- "The NATO Alliance has stood the test of time on the eve of NATO's 60th anniversary," said Col. John Dabrowski, a military historian assigned to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. 

    Dabrowski's topic, "The U.S., NATO and European Basing, 1949-Present," is the final seminar for the calendar year as part of the 41st Annual Seminar Series, Perspectives in Military History at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

    "NATO is the most important U.S. multilateral alliance that remains from the era of the Cold War,"Dabrowski said. "NATO was tested during the Berlin Airlift, 1948-49, the Korean War, and during the Berlin Wall Crisis, 1961, and most recently in the Balkans," said Dabrowski.  "Over the years, the NATO members have had their disagreements, which many took as a sign of weakness. Yet, NATO has endured, and now has 26 members, up from its original 12 at its founding in 1949."

    Dabrowski answered the question is NATO still important 60 years after its inception with aresounding yes to the crowd of nearly 100.

    "NATO has promoted democracy and stability and now includes members of the former Soviet Warsaw Pact/East Bloc countries, and that fact would probably make Stalin and other former Soviet leaders turn over in their graves," he said. 

    He concluded his hour-long remarks by NATO's participation on the global war on terror in current combat operations in Afghanistan.

    "Our NATO allies have been criticized in not contributing more to the global war on terror, especially in Afghanistan.  This criticism may be unjust in that the other NATO nations just do not have the resources available to them as does the U.S.  As a matter of fact, in Afghanistan, both Turkey and Britain have been quite active in training the Afghan National Army (ANA). NATO has kept the peace in Europe for almost 60 years, and has now embarked on a comprehensive reform process to ensure that the Alliance is as equipped to deal with the security threats of the new century as it was in the last."


Public Affairs staff report
Balfour Beatty participates in cell phone for Soldier 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 Balfour Beatty. courtesy photo.

Dec. 10, 2008 -- 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' housing partner Balfour Beatty Communities 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 Balfour Beatty, 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 Balfour Beatty and it has been expanded to all 44 Balfour Beatty sites in 21 different states.

   Balfour Beatty 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 Balfour Beatty office. Balfour Beatty will continue to take donations after the presentation, explained Beecher.

    For more information, contact Kathy Beecher at 243-7177 or, or visit


Kelly Schloesser, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Volunteers unite for Holiday Social at Carlisle Barracks

Pfc. Moses Deng, originally from Southern Sudan, escorts Martha Wilson into the Letort View Community Center Dec. 10 for the annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Social. The two-day event brought nearly 300 guests to the installation for cookies, punch and entertainment. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick. Want more photos?

Dec. 10, 2008 -- As a young boy running around his village in Southern Sudan, Pfc. Moses Deng knew he wanted to move to America and join the U.S. Army. 

    "I always admired the military here in the states, I would hear about all the good they were doing and I knew I wanted to be a part of it," said Deng. 

    Seeing the Sudanese military operate as a boy only strengthened his admiration for the U.S. Army.

    "They were corrupt and were doing bad things to people I knew and loved.  I knew that if I wore a uniform, it wasn't going to be for Sudan. It would be for the United States," said Deng.

    As Deng assisted a Carlisle retirement home resident out of a vehicle and into a wheelchair to attend Carlisle Barracks Annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Social on Thursday, Dec. 11, the scene offered a stark contrast to the life he could be living in Sudan. 

    "Volunteering is a part of the American society that I have always liked. In my culture seniors are highly respected, so the Holiday Social is something I am very happy to be doing," said Deng.

     More than 400 volunteers gathered to share in holiday festivities with senior citizens from local retirement homes at the Letort View Community Center on Carlisle Barracks, home of the U.S. Army War College.

    The event, spanning two days, united the post of War College students, international fellows, spouses, and faculty as well as Carlisle Barracks Soldiers and civilians in the spirit of volunteerism. 

    "This event is what the holidays are all about. I am glad to be giving back to the Carlisle community," said Air Force Lt. Col Rick Matton, student.

    "Volunteering for the social is humbling. It's great to see everyone at the Barracks come together and offer a small token of appreciation to the local Carlisle community that gives the college so much support," said Matton. 

     The nearly 300 guests shared cookies, punch, and lots of laughter with Army volunteers as they enjoyed entertainment ranging from the Moore Child Development Center's preschool choir to Lt. Col. Todd Isaacson, student performing as the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley.

    Elvis was a highlight for many of the female guests in the audience, as he serenaded the lucky ladies with his rendition of Blue Christmas while placing Hawaiian leis around their necks.

    "It was a great feeling to see their reaction to my performance.  I'm glad I brought some joy to people's lives, even if I had to wear this crazy outfit," laughed Isaacson. 

U.S. Army War College students and their guests enjoyed entertainment provided by pre-schoolers from the Moore Child Development Center, a local high school, War College students and more. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick

    Philippines Col. Jac Motril, International Fellow, sang two songs to the crowd, Away in the Manger and The First Noel. The latter held personal importance to him. 

    "I wanted to perform The First Noel since my daughter was born on Christmas Eve and we named her Noelle," said Motril.  "Whether I am in the states or at home in the Philippines, Christmas is my favorite time of year and I wanted to share that with everyone here."   

   Several volunteers noted that the event aligned with the USAWC mission of uniting people from various branches of service, nations, and civilian organizations.   

    "It's about bringing everyone together no matter where they come from or what they believe in, for the sole purpose of sharing in holiday traditions and spreading a little bit of happiness," said Col. Glenn Richie, student.      

    This is what the holiday season is all about declared the hundreds of volunteers that crowded the poinsettia filled community center at Carlisle Barracks.

    "My wife and I wanted to come to America for a better life and the Army has given that to us. Today is a great example," said Deng, donning his U.S. Army Class A's, as he held the arm of Carlisle senior citizen Martha Wilson and led her to see the shining red, green, and gold Christmas tree.

Carlisle Barracks Annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Social photos
Photos by Spc. Jennifer Rick


One U.S. Army War College student dances with her
guest to holiday music at the Social.


Lt. Col. Darrell Duckworth escorts his guest into the Letort View Community Center.


Sri Lankan Maj. Gen. Laksiri Amaratunga ushers a senior citizen into the festivities.


U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Bob Sofge and his guest leave the LVCC after an afternoon of fun.


Air Force Lt. Col. Kerri Grimes talks to Elizabeth and Grace Hughes Dec. 10.


This visitor is all smiles as she ends her day on Carlisle Barracks.


Spc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post youth hone skills at mini basketball camp

Six-year-old Adriana Hutson practices dribbling at the three-day mini basketball camp, hosted by Youth Services. This is Hutson's second year playing basketball, and she seems to enjoy it. "My favorite part is stealing the ball!" she said. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

Dec. 11, 2008 – Carlisle Barracks youth recently got a chance to be coached and practice their basketball skills during a mini basketball camp held Dec. 8-10. 

    The three-day camp was coached by Don Watkins and Bobbi Stodter of Youth Services. The camp was used as an assessment period, as well as teaching the younger kids the basics of the game, explained Stodter. 

    "I do assessments to see the skill levels of the players, so I can put together the teams for the regular season," said Watkins.

    Youth Services' regular basketball season starts Jan. 5 with regular practices and games, which will be ran by volunteer coaches. The teams, broken down by age groups, will play against each other on post.

    Kids that would like to be a part of the basketball team can sign up at Youth Services. The cost is $40 per child for the whole season.

    The 45 children that attended the camp was also separated into groups – 1st and 2nd grades, 3rd through 5th grades, middle school and senior girls, and middle school and senior boys. 

    The kids seemed to enjoy their time on the court.

    "I just love playing!" said seven-year-old Alison Barlow.

Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
FLAGS, creating leaders world-wide

Participants in the Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills seminar check their notes during a recent session in Collins Hall. FLAGS is one of the unique programs offered exclusively at the Army War College designed to refine leadership and problem solving skills. FLAGS however, is for the spouses, not the students. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.      

Dec. 10, 2008 - "My husband is definitely a lion, there is no doubt about it," said one senior leader spouse, smiling. Laughter broke out in a Collins Hall classroom as 15 senior military spouses gathered to train for the annual Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills seminar held in February. Upon graduating from the training in December, these spouses will be prepared to lead their own FLAGS seminar group and share what they have learned to others.     

    On Oct. 29, the lesson was identifying one's strengths based on three distinct personality types: lions, owls, and St. Bernard's. And for an intriguing twist, the spouses were naming their husbands' personalities instead of their own. 

    Though this may not seem like a typical leadership seminar, FLAGS is one of the unique programs offered exclusively at the Army War College designed to refine leadership and problem solving skills. FLAGS however, is for the spouses, not the students.  

    The program began at the War College in 1992 and has remained a success ever since.  The lead facilitator of the program this year, Lisa Towery, describes the lessons learned as a toolbox of skills.  Towery emphasized that these skills are applicable in a wide rang of situations, whether in one-on-one conversations, small teams, or in a leadership role.         

    "The goal of FLAGS is to provide a unique opportunity for self-exploration in a safe and open environment," said Towery.

    During the five-day program, participants take various tests, exploring their personality, leadership style, conflict management and approach to decision making.  Additionally, by engaging in peer-to-peer activities, they will discover their own and others preferences for listening, learning, and inclusion.    

     "By participating in all of these activities, they will gain a better understanding for themselves and others," said Towery.

        "Ultimately by understanding ourselves and others in a group, whether that can be applied to a military group like FRG or in a more professional environment at work, we will make better and stronger members," said one spouse.    

    Similar to the goals of the war college, it is the hope that the skills acquired during this program will transfer to installations worldwide. 

    "As we head to our new post, I have no doubt I will take the skill set I learned here to other spouses, especially in a situation like a Family Readiness Group," said Army Spouse, Jackie Anders.

    "For me, this is a great help professionally," said Jane Arundell, an International Fellow's spouse and community health nurse in the United Kingdom. 

    "As I pitch FLAGS to the international spouses I will highlight that this is free professional training and can easily be applied to any profession worldwide," continued Arundell.

  "Wherever we may move to next, we are all going to pay this forward," said Air Force spouse, Shannon Enold.

    The spouses agreed that the leadership skills learned during the program will not just benefit those attending the program here at Carlisle Barracks but also community members at the installations these FLAGS graduates will soon join.

    The one-week program offered in February is open to USAWC spouses as well as civilian personnel with the permission of their supervisor. Sign-ups will be held in January through Military Family Programs. 

    For more information and to sign up for the program contact MFP Director, Joe York, 245-4787.





War College celebrates National Guard birthday
photos by Megan Clugh

The Army War College celebrated the National Guard birthday in the Letort View Community Center Dec. 4. Known originally as the militia, the National Guard turns 372 years young Dec. 13. It all started in 1636 when the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which functioned as the colony's legislature, ordered existing militia companies from the towns surrounding Boston to form into three regiments: North, South and East.


Col. Jerry Cusic, Army War College student and member of the Army National Guard, (left) and a U.S. Air National Guard representative cut the cake at the National Guard birthday Dec. 4 in the Letort View Community Center.



Army National Guard members of the Army War College Class of 2009 pose for a photo.


Staff Sgt. Kevin Betton represented current operations Soldiers at the ceremony.



(courtesy National Guard website)

Happy 371th Birthday National Guard!

What is a few years younger than the Mayflower Compact (1620); a lot older than the Declaration of Independence (1776) and U.S. Constitution (1787); predates the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps by 139 years; and is 311 years older than the Air Force?

Answer: The National Guard.

Known originally as the militia, the National Guard turns 372 years young Dec. 13.

It all started in 1636 when the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which functioned as the colony's legislature, ordered existing militia companies from the towns surrounding Boston to form into three regiments: North, South and East. 

While other English colonies like Virginia and Spanish colonies like Florida and Puerto Rico had individual towns with militia companies before 1636, Massachusetts was the first place in the New World where the population was large enough to justify organizing companies into regiments for command and control. These regiments became a kind of military "family" for members. Although their names have been changed and individual companies have come and gone, the three regiments still exist in the Massachusetts National Guard. 

In retrospect, a string of 20-year career enlistments divides the Guard's life span into more than 18 "generations." The differences between generation one and the current 19th generation are countless. Yet, even as the National Guard has transformed many times, it remains true to the Founder's intent of a citizens' Army; and, for the last three generations, a citizens' Air Force.

The American colonies adopted the English militia system, which obligated all males to possess arms and participate in the defense of the community. This early militia enforced local laws and battled Britain's enemies in America. Now, a force of more than 450,000 men and women serve voluntarily and can be deployed anywhere in the world.

From its very beginnings, the United States has been a militia –Guard nation.  The existence of and need for the colonial militia was ratified by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution. Congress specifically defined those missions the militia would be used for: "to Execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions." 

Since then, Congress has enacted several militia and defense acts to strengthen the National Guard. The first of these laws, passed in 1792, governed the militia for 111 years of the country's existence.

The Militia Act of 1903 created the modern National Guard and affirmed the National Guard as the nation's primary organized combat reserve force. The National Defense Act of 1947 established the Air National Guard as a separate reserve component at the same time it established a separate Air Force.

In 372 years and more than eighteen 20-year enlistments, the weapons and technology have changed drastically, but the Guard's contribution to the nation's defense has remained paramount.

Generation seven rallied to battle the British at Lexington and Concord. Generation 12 faced off, brother against brother, in the Civil War. Generation 14 "Remembered the Maine" during the Spanish-American War. Generation 16 was already on duty when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Generation 19 will never forget and is still responding to 9/11.

In 1636, the militia's primary firearm was the crude matchlock musket which could take 56 steps to load and fire. Nearly one-third of militia Soldiers carried only a long pole, or pike, into combat. Today, the Guard's small-arms arsenal includes M-16 and M-4 rifles, and the Squad Automatic Weapon which fires of 750 rounds per minute.

Our colonial forefathers could not have imagined much of what their descendants can use in combat today – jet fighters, tanks, satellite radios, laser-guided munitions, global positioning systems, rocket artillery, and countless other high-tech devices.

Now, after 372 years, what does the future hold for this always ready and reliable force?

Future National Guard generations will continue to employ all of the modern technology at its disposal at home and abroad. At the core, however, today's National Guard members and yesterday's Minutemen remain the same person: citizens with the conviction that their military service is required to make their nation and communities a safer and better place. 


Army defeats Navy in USAWC football game
photos and story by Spc. Jennifer Rick.



Dec. 8, 2008 -- For the second time, the spirit of competition in the Army versus Navy football game has been brought home to the U.S. Army War College with a friendly game of flag football among the students.

    The teams squared off in a seven-on-seven match up on Indian Field Dec. 5, a day before the actual Army and Navy teams would play in Philadelphia.

    "The game is about much more than just the sport," said Col. Jody Petery, student. "It's about pride in your service."

    The idea for the local game started last year with the Carlisle Barracks sports staff, explained Jim Price. Many students were enthusiastic about being involved in the game, and many more were out showing their support.

    After a lively game, the Army team came out on top, 26-14.

    "We had a great turn out, and everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously," said Price. The sports staff plans on making this game an annual event.

The teams:

Army                                                                     Navy

Col. Mike Aberle                                              Cmdr. Ray Bichard

Col. Norm Allen                                                Lt. Col. Mike Farrell

Col. Brett Barraclough                                       Cmdr. Dennis Lazar

Lt. Col. Darrell Duckworth                                 Lt. Col. Rick Matton

Lt. Col. Andy Hall                                              Lt. Col. Chris Mayette

Col. Ash Hayes                                                  Bernie McMahon

Lt. Col. Tyler Harder                                          Lt. Col. Jack Monroe

Lt. Col. Ted Hildreth                                          Lt. Col. Bob Sofge

Lt. Col. Chris Himsl                                           Cmdr. Mark Stroh

Lt. Col. Todd Isaacson                                      Lt. Col. Vince Sumang

Justin Mitchell                                                   Capt. Tom Wedding

Col. Bobby Mundell

Col. Jody Petery

Col. Robert Roggeman

Col. Keith Sledd

Col. Jim Smith

Col. Tim Sughrue

David Williams





Public Affairs staff report
Post breaking ground on new VAC site

Dec. 10, 2008 -- Carlisle Barracks has started initial stages of a construction project to create a new Vehicle Access Control site that will relocate the VAC processing farther away from the Meadows – to better preserve family quality of life in the Meadows Neighborhood.

    The Army awarded the project to Odyssey International, Inc. The project is scheduled to continue past the June USAWC graduation and through Summer 2009.

    The project has been designed so that construction work will NOT disturb normal traffic flow nor change your access to the Meadows Neighborhood and the installation. 

    We will keep you informed with details about the construction project as it moves into new phases.  If you have questions about the project, please call Bif Coyle, Chief of the Housing/Residential Communities Office, at 245-4951.


Upcoming FMWR December events

Dec 10 - ITR - Lancaster Rockvale Outlet

   Shopping Trip on the MWR Bus

   (717) 245-4048


Dec 11 - Post Tree Lighting Ceremony

   4:30pm in front of the Post Chapel

   Free Horse-drawn Carriage Rides until 7pm

   Light Refreshments


Dec 12 - Army Family Team Building


   Stop by the Commissary for the

   Cake Cutting - 10am - 12pm

   INFO: (717) 245-4720


Dec 13 - ITR - NYC Rockettes or Day On Your Own

   Rockettes $165 p/p - Bus Only $47 p/p

   (717) 245-4048  


Dec 13 - YS Roller Skating Extravaganza

   Grades 4-12

   Stop by YS for more details.


Dec 16-18 - AFTB "Army 101 Basic Training"

   Military Acronyms and Customs - Stress Mgmt

   Military Benefits - Basic Problem Solving

   Expectations and Impact of the Mission on Families

   8am - 4pm, LOCATION: ACS, Bldg 46, Room 106

   INFO: (717) 245-4606/4720


Dec 19 - YS Hersheypark Christmas Candylane Trip

   Grades 4-12 - Stop by YS for more details.


Dec 21 - ITR/Ski Roundtop Trip on the MWR Bus

   $12.25 p/p.  (717) 245-4048



   NYE Monte Carlo Night @ the View

   $80 per couple

   RESERVATIONS: (717) 245-3991


Dec 31 - NYE Family Fun Night

   Strike Zone Bowling Ctr

   7pm-9pm Family Time $12 p/p

   Family movie, Free popcorn, pretzels, party favors

   bowling, shoes, & sparkling cider for toast.


   10pm-1am Watch the Ball drop from NYC

   $15 p/p - Free popcorn, pretzels, party favors

   bowling, shoes, & sparkling cider for toast.

   RESERVATIONS:  (717) 245-3027



John J. Kruzel, American Forces Press Service
Retiring general hands over Army's training command


WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2008 – Army Gen. William S. Wallace today relinquished the colors of the U.S. Army command responsible for developing Soldiers' skills and doctrine.
In a ceremony at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters at Fort Monroe, Va., Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised Wallace's leadership, saying TRADOC became the Army's institutional and intellectual epicenter during the general's three-year tenure as commander.
    "Spurred by the demands of fighting brutal and adaptive insurgencies in two theaters, the Army has seen a dramatic and historic shift in the way it is organized, equipped, and, above all, trained," Gates said.
    TRADOC is responsible for the Army's architecture and doctrine -- from recruiting and training Soldiers to establishing the branch's standards and building a future Army. The command conducts more than 3,000 courses at 32 schools on 16 Army installations.
    In addition to the command change, today's ceremony doubled as a farewell for Wallace, who is leaving the Army after a 37-year career that included a post commanding U.S. ground forces during the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.
    As commander of 5th Corps in the opening phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Wallace saw firsthand the modern operational environment, Gates said, describing it as "a toxic admixture of the conventional and irregular, the high-tech and the low, the Internet and the IED," or improvised explosive device.
    "During General Wallace's tenure, the best brains inside and outside the Army were brought together to publish new doctrine on counterinsurgency and stability operations – bolstered by a substantial increase in the amount of instruction devoted to irregular and asymmetric conflict in the Army's staff colleges," Gates said.
    In an interview with TRADOC News Service, Wallace said the changes to Army field manuals that occurred under his command represented "a doctrinal rebirth."
    "We think that it's a recognition that the operational environment has changed, and therefore we've got to reflect the changes in the operational environment and how we intellectualize how we do our business within the Army," he said.
    During Wallace's time as TRADOC chief, the Army met its annual recruiting goals, basic training was retooled to better teach survival skills, and national training centers became more grueling and realistic, the secretary said.
    "Because of [Wallace's] efforts," Gates said, "new Soldiers arrive at their units today far more ready to deploy and fight than in years past."
    Taking over the reins of TRADOC is Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who received his fourth star today. Most recently, Dempsey was acting commander of U.S. Central Command following the departure of Navy Adm. William "Fox" Fallon.
    Gates expressed confidence in TRADOC's incoming leader.
    "General Marty Dempsey – with his experience commanding U.S. troops in Baghdad, overseeing the training and equipping of Iraqi security forces, and his leadership of Centcom – is uniquely suited to take the helm of this organization at this critical time," he said.



Traffic changes Dec. 10, 11

  There will be traffic chnages on Dec. 10 and 11 due to the Carlisle Barracks Holiday Social.

--314/315 parking lot will be closed on Dec. 10 and 11. 

--Lovell Ave and Guardhouse Lane will be made one-way from 10:45 1.m. to 2:30 p.m.  on Dec. 10 and 11 to facilitate drop off and pick up of attendees for the Holiday Social.

--Flower Road will be open for two-way traffic during the above times for traffic traveling to Engineer Ave.

Carroll Kim, TRADOC News Service
Dempsey promoted to four-star general

FORT MONROE, Va. (Dec. 8, 2008)—Lt. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey was promoted to the rank of general today on Fort Monroe.

Robert M. Gates, secretary of defense, delivered opening remarks at the historic Chamberlain hotel to crowd of more than 200 military, civilians and family members.

“Marty is a Soldier’s Soldier,” said Gates. “He’s happiest on the field with mud on his boots.”

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., host for the ceremony, read from Dempsey’s entry in the West Point yearbook to describe his time working with him. “’Dempsey’s athletic prowess, keen wit, and diplomatic approach are unmatchable,’” Casey read. “When you read some of the lines from the yearbook, you can see that the characteristics that build the Soldier are well-defined even in his last year at West Point.”

Dempsey’s family, to include wife Deanie, daughter Megan, son Chris, an Army captain, and his mother, helped to pin the fourth star on the 34-year Army officer.

Dempsey most recently served as the deputy commanding general of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. During the period from March to October 2008, he served as CENTCOM’s acting commander. Prior to CENTCOM, Dempsey served as Commander, Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq, and was responsible for training and equipping the Iraqi security forces. 

Dempsey attributed his career accomplishments to a network of leaders, peers, and subordinates who have supported him throughout the years. He relayed a story of a Soldier who had served in his command when he commanded the 1st Armored Division in Iraq who had distinguished himself in combat.

“I told this young man that what he did was very heroic,” said Dempsey. “And he replied, ‘I don’t think so, but I do walk with heroes everyday.’”

Dempsey recognized a number of supporters in the audience, to include his wife and family, who inspired him throughout his vast Army career.

Dempsey received his commission as an armor officer upon his 1974 graduation from West Point. Other previous assignments included operations officer and executive officer for 3rd Brigade, 3rd Armored Division, during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; chief of the Armor Branch at U.S. Total Army Personnel Command; assistant deputy director for Politico-Military Affairs Europe and Africa J5; and special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey also deployed for 14 months to Iraq as commander of the 1st Armored Division and deployed again as commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq from 2005 to 2007.

“The Army has answered the call, and it’s the dedication, the determination, and the willingness to sacrifice that the young men and women meet everyday in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan that has to inspire us,” said Dempsey.

“This causes me to want to be part of the effort to make them a better, more effective fighting force. They’re unbelievable now, but we need to re-double our efforts to keep that edge and we must triple our efforts to make their lives more predictable. I’m extraordinarily excited to be a part of TRADOC and to do our best to make that all possible.”

Dempsey holds three masters degrees: in English from Duke University Durham, N.C.; in Military Art and Science from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University, Fort McNair, D.C. He also taught English at West Point, advancing to assistant professor before attending CGSC.

Dempsey has earned several awards and decorations through his career, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with “V” Device, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.


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

Dec. 8, 2008 -- 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.

Jay A. Graybeal, Army Heritage Museum
Two planes, eight guns, and lots of “Zeros”

    The Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor targeted Navy and Army assets including Schofield Barracks and Army airfields. The first wave struck Wheeler Field, where most of the pursuit (fighter) aircraft were based; Hickam Field, the Army’s largest aviation facility; and Barber’s Point. 

    Initially caught by surprise, Army Air Forces personnel were soon fighting back and inflicting casualties. Second Lt.'s George S. Welch and Kenneth M. Taylor, 47th Pursuit Squadron, took off in partially armed P-40s and scored several victories. They were recommended for the Medal of Honor but received instead the Distinguished Service Cross -- because they had taken off without orders.

    Welch’s citation read, in part:

“When surprised by a heavy air attack by Japanese forces on Wheeler Field and vicinity at approximately 8 a. m., he left Wheeler Field and proceeded by automobile, under fire, to Haleiwa Landing Field, a distance of approximately ten miles, where the planes of his squadron were stationed.

He immediately, on his own initiative, took off for the purpose of attacking the invading forces, without first obtaining information as to the number or type of Japanese in the attacking force, and proceeded to his initial point over Barbers Point. At time of take-off he was armed only with .30 caliber guns.

Upon arrival over Barbers Point he observed a formation of approximately twelve planes over Ewa, about one thousand feet below and ten miles away.

Accompanied by only one other pursuit ship [Taylor], he immediately attacked this enemy formation and shot down an enemy dive bomber with only one burst from three .30 caliber guns. At this point he discovered that one .30 caliber gun was jammed.

While engaged in this combat his plane was hit by an incendiary bullet, which passed through the baggage compartment just in rear of his seat. He climbed above the clouds, checked his plane, returned to the attack over Barbers Point.

He immediately attacked a Japanese plane running out to sea, which he shot down, the plane falling in the ocean.

No more enemy planes being in sight he proceeded to Wheeler Field to refuel and replenish ammunition. Just as refueling and reloading was completed, but before his guns had been repaired, a second wave of about fifteen enemy planes approached low over Wheeler Field.

Three came at him and he immediately took off, headed straight to the attack and went to the assistance of a brother officer [Taylor] who was being attacked from the rear. This enemy plane burst into flames and crashed about half way between Wahiawa and Haleiwa.

During this combat his plane was struck by three bullets from the rear gun of the plane he was attacking, one striking his motor, one his propeller, and one the cowling.

This attack wave having disappeared he returned to the vicinity of Ewa and found one enemy plane proceeding seaward, which he pursued and shot down about five miles off shore, immediately thereafter returning to his station at Haleiwa Landing Field.”

    Although the citation contains some errors -- Welch was actually credited with four victories -- it captures the essence of aerial combat during the opening hour of the attack. 

    On the first day of the war, Army Air Forces pilots flew twenty-five sorties and were credited with destroying ten Japanese aircraft. America’s entry into World War II rapidly accelerated an already transforming Army. 

    The Army Air Forces defenders at Pearl Harbor and elsewhere developed into a force with unparalleled strategic and tactical capabilities including the first use of atomic weapons.

    This article is part of the feature, This Week in Army History, which is written by employees of the Army Heritage and Education Center and can be found at



Gen. William S. Wallace's farewell message

As we depart TRADOC, Sharon and I want to convey our sincerest thanks to the entire TRADOC-Fort Monroe Community.

Throughout the years, Fort Monroe’s dedication to our Soldiers and our Army has truly inspired us. We’re equally honored to have served with the dedicated professionals of the TRADOC team — Soldiers, Leaders, Civilians, and Family members here and throughout our centers and schools — thank you for your patriotism and enduring friendship. Above all, thanks for the memories and the tremendous support you have shown us over the past three years here at Freedom’s Fortress and across the command.

From my early days at West Point to my retirement with almost 40 years of military service, I am humbled and awed every day at the dedication, sacrifice and professionalism of our Army Soldiers, Families and Civilians. It has been a privilege to have served my country with each and every one of you and to have worn our Nation’s uniform. I will sincerely miss the Army.

As Sharon and I look forward to the next chapter of our lives, we wish you and yours a joyous Holiday Season. God bless our Soldiers — the incredible men and women who wear the Army uniform — and may God bless the United States of America.

William S. Wallace
General, U.S. Army


Volleyball photos: Seminar 3 vs 7
Photos by Spc. Jennifer Rick

Standings as of Dec. 4


A member of Seminar 7 dives for the ball during a game Dec. 3 in the Root Hall Gym. Seminar 7 won the game.


A member of Seminar 3 sets up a shot for his teammate.


A member of Seminar 3 sets up a play.


A member of Seminar 7 tries in vain to block a shot.


A member of Seminar 7 tries to block a shot.


Seminars 3 and 7 battle for control of the game. 

109th Army-Navy Game Dec. 6
Game can be seen locally at noon on WHP CBS-21, Comcast Cable channel 3

Army War College Army and Navy students to square off Friday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. on Indian Field.

What is it?

    The Black Knights of the United States Military Academy at West Point will host the Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy in the 109th edition of the historic Army/Navy Game, Dec. 6, in Philadelphia.

    Army brings a 3-8 record and a high-powered option running attack into the game against the 6-4 Midshipmen, who are scheduled to play Northern Illinois on Nov. 25, prior to the epic rivalry matchup.

What has the Army done?

     Coach Stan Brock oversaw major offseason offensive adjustments – schematically and personnel-wise – to energize an offense that struggled during the 2007 football campaign. Army unveiled a run-based option offense that has seen the Black Knights jump into the top 25 of rushing offenses nationally. While the 2007 team totaled 1408 rushing yards, Fullback Collin Mooney has run for 1285 yards alone during the first 11 games of the 2008 season.

    The Army defense has also seen improvement this year. Through the first 11 games, the Black Knight defenders have yielded 76 less points than at the same point last year. Senior Lineback (LB) Frank Scappaticci leads the Army team with 82 tackles and sophomore LB Stephen Anderson is credited with 72 tackles while also tying the Army single-season record of five fumble recoveries.

Why is it important to the Army?

    Only 10 Football Bowl Series (formerly Division 1-A) rivalries have featured more games than the Army-Navy series. The series began when Cadet Dennis Mahan Michie accepted a "challenge" from Naval Academy Midshipmen for a football game against the Cadets. That first contest was held on "The Plain" at West Point on Nov. 29, 1890. The more experienced Mids, who had been playing organized football since 1879, defeated the Cadets 24-0.

    Eighty of the 108 Army-Navy games have been played within the Philadelphia city limits. With but seven exceptions, the Army-Navy classic has been played in Philadelphia annually since 1945. The 1983 game was played at the Rose Bowl, while the 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2001 confrontations took place at Giants stadium. The city of Baltimore hosted the 2000 and 2007 contests.

    The Army-Navy series has been tied on 13 occasions (five times since 1979). The latest tie came following Navy's victory in 2004. The Mids' win in 2005 gave Navy its first edge in the series since 1993. Until winning in 1980 to break a 37-37-6 stalemate, Navy had not led in the series standing since 1921, after just the 24th meeting between the academies.

What continued effort does the Army have planned for the future?

    The 110th Army-Navy game is scheduled for Dec. 12, 2009, also in Philadelphia. This will be the first Army-Navy game played on the second Saturday of December. Traditionally, the game has been played on the first Saturday of December.


For additional information, see the following Web sites:

United States Military Academy home page <>

Web page for all West Point intercollegiate athletics <>

City of Philadelphia Web site for Army-Navy classic <>



Post tree lighting ceremony Dec. 11

    The Carlisle Barracks tee lighting ceremony will start at 4:30 pm. in front of the Post Memorial Chapel.  Immediately after the lighting there will be cookies, punch, hot chocolate and coffee provided and FREE carriage rides until 7 p.m. 

    For other holiday events check here or the Carlisle Barracks Community Calendar.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
War College celebrates 107th birthday
The history of the U.S. Army War College captured in video: here


Retired Army Lt. Gen. Richard Trefry, the last Alumni Association President and 1969 graduate of the Army War College, Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant, and retired Gen. Glenn K. Otis, 1970 USAWC graduate, cut the cake during the USAWC 107th birthday celebration in Bliss Hall Dec. 4.  Photo by Megan Clugh.


Dec. 4, 2008 – Army War College students, staff, faculty and guests gathered together to celebrate 107 years of educating strategic leaders Dec. 4 in Bliss Hall, a building named after one of its first president, Gen. Tasker H. Bliss.

    Established from the principles learned in the Spanish-American War, the college was founded by Secretary of War Elihu Root, and formally established by General Order 155 on November 27, 1901. Washington Barracks — now called Fort McNair — in Washington, D.C. was chosen as the site.

    The first president of the Army War College was Gen. Tasker H. Bliss and the first students attended the College in 1904. The College remained at Washington Barracks until 1940, when it was closed due to World War II. It reopened in 1950 at Fort Leavenworth, and moved one year later to its present location at Carlisle Barracks.

    At Carlisle, the Army War College grew steadily as it performed its mission of preparing officers for leadership at the highest levels. The college soon outgrew its main academic building (the current Upton Hall) and transferred to the newly constructed Root Hall in 1967. Two specialized agencies evolved into integral parts of the Army War College: the Strategic Studies Institute, first formed in 1954, and the Military History Institute, established in 1967.

Students, staff and faculty grab a piece of birthday cake after
the celebration. 
Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.    

   The Center for Strategic Leadership, a state-of-the-art war gaming complex that opened in 1994, contributed another unique dimension to the college and to Carlisle Barracks' history as a distinctive U.S. Army campus. Other organizations like the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute and the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute also contribute greatly to the students' experience.

    "You don't realize it now, but this is the fastest year of your life," said retired Army Lt. Gen. Richard Trefry, the last Alumni Association President and 1969 graduate of the Army War College, at the ceremony. "Three years from now you'll realize what you have here. You will continue to foster the relationships you have developed here."

   The celebration was sponsored by the Army War College Alumni Association and the Army War College Foundation.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Richard Trefry, the last Alumni Association President and 1969 graduate of the Army War College, spoke at the ceremony. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
Obama taps Gates to keep serving as Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will remain in the Pentagon's top post when President-elect Barack Obama's administration takes office.
    Obama, who also announced his other nominees for top national security posts today, cited the necessity of continuity as the United States fights wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as his rationale for asking Gates to stay.
   In a statement, Gates said he is "deeply honored" that the president-elect asked him to continue serving.
    "Mindful that we are engaged in two wars and face other serious challenges at home and around the world, and with a profound sense of personal responsibility to and for our men and women in uniform and their families, I must do my duty -- as they do theirs," Gates said in his statement. "How could I do otherwise?
    "Serving in this position for nearly two years -- and especially the opportunity to lead our brave and dedicated soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and defense civilians -- has been the most gratifying experience of my life. I am honored to continue to serve them and our country, and I will be honored to serve President-elect Obama," Gates said. 
    Obama also announced his intent to nominate the following people to serve in his administration:
-- New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to be secretary of state;
-- Retired Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones Jr. to be national security advisor;
-- Eric H. Holder to be attorney general;
-- Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to be secretary of homeland security; and
-- Susan Rice to hold Cabinet rank as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
    Gates will not have to go through the Senate confirmation process. President George W. Bush nominated Gates as defense secretary in November 2006. The Senate approved the nomination, and he was sworn into office in December 2006 to succeed Donald H. Rumsfeld. Gates will be the first Cabinet officer to continue serving in an administration from a different political party.
    Clinton has represented New York since her election in 2000 and has served on the Senate Armed Services Committee. She served as the chairwoman of the Task Force on National Health Care Reform in 1993. She has supported military action in Afghanistan, and has opposed recent actions in Iraq. In the Senate, she sponsored legislation to increase the size of the Army and has consistently worked to help military families. If confirmed, she will replace Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
    Jones retired in 2007 after serving as NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command. Before that assignment, he was the Marine Corps commandant. Jones received his commission through Georgetown University in Washington in 1967 and served in Vietnam. He received the Silver Star for his actions there. As NATO commander, he led the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. As national security advisor, he will help to coordinate all aspects of U.S. power in the war on terror. He is currently chairman of the Atlantic Council of the United States. If approved, he would replace Stephen Hadley.
    Holder served as deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration. He also has served as a judge, a prosecutor and as a front-line lawyer in the Justice Department. A native New Yorker, Holder received his law degree from Columbia University. If confirmed, he would succeed Michael Mukasey.
    If confirmed, Napolitano would be responsible for the Coast Guard as part of her portfolio as homeland security secretary. A lawyer, she served as Arizona's attorney general before being elected as governor in 2002. Napolitano would replace Michael B. Chertoff.
    Rice served on the National Security Council in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary of state for African affairs. She will replace Zalmay Khalilzad in the U.N. post.

Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
Military financial road show heads to Washington state

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2008 - As headlines scream news of an economic recession, a Defense Department team is heading to the Pacific Northwest tomorrow to help drive home the point that financial readiness is a big part of mission readiness.

    Fort Lewis, McChord Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Bremerton in Washington state will host the next in a series of Financial Readiness Challenge events.

    The program brings financial experts to military bases, where they present seminars and one-on-one sessions to help servicemembers and their families better manage their finances, explained Navy Cmdr. Dave Julian from the Pentagon's new Office of Personal Finance and Transition.

    The events have been received "very, very well" at bases that have hosted them in the last month, Julian said, with participants calling the information they received practical and worthwhile.

    Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., offered the first all-day session, which consisted of general discussions about budgeting, spending and savings. Participants who wanted individual assistance also got the opportunity to meet with financial experts to discuss their situations.

    Larry Winget, a best-selling author and television personality known as the "Pitbull of Personal Development," was a featured speaker.

    Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., hosted another major program, expanding the offerings to two days that included a Saturday. One session used games and other fun activities designed to introduce military children to the concepts of saving money and spending responsibly.

    Although every installation's program is tailored to its specific priorities and needs, all build on what Julian calls the "pillars of personal financial readiness." These are:

-- Establishing and maintaining a good credit record;

-- Living within one's means and resisting the "buy now, pay later" mentality;

-- Establishing a routine savings plan that includes an emergency savings fund;

-- Planning for the future through a Thrift Savings Plan or Savings Deposit Plan;

-- Investing in Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance and other insurance plans critical to financial security;

-- Borrowing, when necessary, with lower-percentage loans offered through military aid associations and base banks or credit unions;

-- Taking advantage of discounted tickets, gear and services offered through morale, welfare and recreation activities; and

-- Recognizing that seeking financial counseling won't cause a security clearance to be lost or denied -- but that getting buried under in debt could.

    Julian said the economic downturn that's devastated many Americans hasn't hit most military families quite as hard. That's largely because servicemembers have secure full-time jobs, commissary and exchange privileges, free medical care and cash for housing if the military doesn't provide it.

    "But military families aren't immune to what's going on in the economy," he said. "They are feeling the pinch just like everyone else."

    The Financial Readiness Challenge events don't replace the free financial counseling and other services installations already provide, Julian noted. They augment those services. "We're an additional resource to help them reach out to servicemembers and their families," he said.

    The goal, he explained, is to help them cope with the financial crisis so they don't face financial hardships that ultimately can become a readiness issue.

    Worrying about whether they are going to be able to pay their bills or are about to lose their homes distracts troops from concentrating on the mission. That can put them and their buddies at risk, Julian said.

    "We want to keep our men and women overseas, especially the ones in harm's way, concentrating on the mission at hand and the important tasks they have to accomplish, rather than their financial situation at home," he said.

    Additional Financial Readiness Challenge event are slated for Fort Belvoir, Va., Jan. 24; Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., Feb. 23; Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., week of Feb. 25; San Diego region, Calif., week of Feb. 25; Norfolk, Va., Feb. 25; and Fort Polk, La., March 7.



Military & Family Life Consultant Program Presentation on Dec. 4

    On Thursday, Dec. 4, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., in Wil Washcoe Auditorium, a Military & Family Life Consultant will give a presentation on the services provided by this new program at Carlisle Barracks.

    The ongoing war on terror and the subsequent increase of deployments have heightened the stress placed on military families. They struggle with issues including single parenting resulting from deployment, childcare, financial stability, fluctuating family income, frequent relocations, and more.  In response the Department of Defense established the Military & Family Life Consultant or MFLC Program to provide non-medical, short term, situational problem solving counseling services. Come and hear how this service can help you and your family as you cope with the stressful events created by deployments, war, and reintegration.

    This presentation is open to the entire Carlisle Barracks community.  For more information call the Military & Family Life Consultant at 717-713-9173 or Joe York at 245-4787 or email

 Next Perspectives lecture slated for Dec. 10
"U.S. NATO and European Basing, 1949-Present"
Col. John Dabrowski, Ph.D.,
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

DATE: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

TIME: The doors open at 6:45 p.m. the talk begins at 7:15 p.m.
PLACE:  Ridgway Hall, Carlisle Barracks, PA.
For more information, call (717) 245-3803.
For updates and any last-minute changes in "Perspectives" meeting times and places check the AHEC homepage at

    With the advent of the Cold War in the late 1940s, and the specter of monolithic Communism and growing Soviet military strength, the US sought to counter Soviet expansionism and hegemony with a series of treaties, both multilateral and bilateral, the most important being the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, signed in 1949. Additional treaties such as SEATO and CENTO would over time, fall by the wayside. It is the endurance of the NATO treaty and America's presence in Europe that has over the past six decades contributed to the peace and stability of that continent. The American military in Germany in the immediate post-war years, went from an Army of Occupation, to that of a forward deployed force, trained to meet a Soviet attack on Western Europe. The American forces needed basing and through a series of negotiations with the various host nations, American troops found homes in practically every Western European nation. From Keflavik NAS, Iceland, to Incirlik AB, Turkey, and points in between, the US military has stood as a guardian, along with its NATO allies, against Soviet Communism and helped to win the Cold War.

    Co. John R. Dabrowski, US Army, is a Civil Affairs officer and military historian assigned to the US Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC), US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. During his career he has held numerous command and staff positions both on active duty and in the reserve components to include duty as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Dickinson College and as a faculty instructor for the US Army War College's Department of Distance Education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in History from East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and a doctorate in History from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. He is a 2002 graduate from the US Army War College and also holds a Masters of Strategic Studies Degree from the War College. Additionally, he is a 2000 graduate of the Air War College Seminar program. Colonel Dabrowski retired from the US Army Reserve on 1 September 2007 after 30 years of service only to be recalled back to active duty on 30 December 2007 to assist with the Senior Officer Oral History Program at AHEC. His area of expertise and research is the Second World War, specifically the Third Reich and the wartime operations undertaken by the German Wehrmacht and Waffen SS. He and his wife Mary are the parents of two teenagers, Keith, 19, a freshman at Harrisburg Area Community College, and Christina, 15, a sophomore at Fort Walton Beach High School in Florida.



Spc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post tests newly improved External Mass Notification System

Tom Vinette, installation anti-terrorism officer, speaks into the microphone of the post's external Mass Notification System. The number of speakers around post was more than doubled recently to ensure that everyone can be notified in the event of a weather-related or other type of emergency. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick. 

December 3, 2008 – As the size of the post grows, efforts in preparation and emergency readiness must also be increased.

    In the event of severe weather or other emergency situations, people on all areas of the installation can be notified via the Mass Notification System, explained Tom Vinette, installation anti-terrorism officer. The system consists of eight strategically placed speakers that are controlled from the Installation Operations Center.

    "We needed to be able to talk to the people on post," Vinette said. "If there's a severe weather issue, such as a quickly approaching tornado, we can get on the speaker and tell people they need to take shelter immediately."

    "Improving the system ties into our efforts in being StormReady," said Jill Smith, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Operations Specialist. "We need to have an efficient external system to alert the people on Carlisle Barracks of emergencies, mostly weather-related."

    The system previously consisted of three speakers, located at both water towers on post and on Brooke Avenue. Five new speakers have been added and are currently being tested. They are located at the Army Heritage and Education Center trail, the Golf Course Club House area, next to the Strike Zone Bowling Center, adjacent to Barracks Crossing and near the Royal American Circle.

This speaker is located next to Collins Hall, behind the Strike Zone Bowling Center. Eight of these speakers are located around the installation, the golf course, and the Army Heritage and Education Center trail to alert personnel in the event of an emergency. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

    The system is capable of playing both tones and voice messages, and can also be programmed to play other things such as Reveille and The Star Spangled Banner.

    The watch officer at the IOC handles the system during the day, if the need arises. After hours, it can be turned on and run from the Department of Emergency Services police station.

    "Warning capability is imperative for our Soldiers, families, civilian employees and visitors to Carlisle Barracks," said Vinette.

Jamie Findlater, Special to American Forces Press Service
New social media platform helps military members with relocation  

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2008 - From a civilian perspective, it may be hard to understand the challenge of constant relocation that comes with military service. Finding new schools, identifying new organizations to join and tracking down a safe neighborhood can be an overwhelming process. As a result, many military families turn to others in the military community for information and resources.

    "What one person doesn't know, someone else usually does," retired Army Col. Dale Kissinger said. "The problem is finding that person."

    Kissinger is co-founder of, a military-oriented Web site that offers moving, travel and lifestyle services and discounts. The site recently launched a new online platform for relocation information exchange.

    "MilitaryAvenue Answers" is a community-based question and answer platform that allows the military community to seek information and assistance directly from other military members, the local base community and industry experts.

    To access the online forum, visitors can go to, type in a question and get answers from a variety of sources. The forum is organized so users can either ask general questions such as "What moving company offers a military discount?" or more specific area-based questions such as "What is the best pizza place near Fort Bliss?"

   Once a question is asked, it is forwarded to a stable of volunteer experts and posted online so anyone with relevant information can respond.

    "The platform allows for multiple responses to help ensure a well-rounded answer for each question," Dan Kissinger, the company's chief executive officer, said. "All information will be permanently catalogued and available to assist other military members with similar questions and concerns."

    The new tool empowers members of the military community to help one another by tapping into others' individual knowledge and experience, he added.

   " began as a way to disseminate information about local base communities and the military life to its highly mobile members," the CEO said. "MilitaryAvenue Answers is empowering those members to disseminate their own information."

    Dan Kissinger said he hopes the platform will be a useful resource not only for military members and their families, but also for military "outsiders" interested in better understanding the life and sacrifices made by military families or who may have access to additional information and resources.

    The interactive nature of the site is geared to assist younger military families who have grown up with the Internet and rely on community forums like this regularly for information exchange, Dan Kissinger said. "With this flexible and easily updated platform, is providing a much-needed resource for younger military members accustomed to seeking information from social media communities," he explained.

    Looking forward, he said he is hopeful that this tool will set a precedent in how military members access and share information with one another.

    "The goal is to move the entire site toward an exchange of information, rather than the display of information," he said. "There needs to be more than a one-way conversation."


U.S. Army extends "Army Strong" campaign with new advertising
New ads show Army opportunities that create a "Strength Like No Other"

WASHINGTON (November 13, 2008) – The United States Army has extended its "Army Strong" campaign with four new national advertising spots that started rolling out on Veterans Day (Nov. 11).  The new advertising will further define the unique personal development opportunities gained from serving our Nation as a Soldier under the "Strength Like No Other" theme. 

    "These new ads underscore what the Army does for an individual in helping them to find strength like no other," said Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, Commanding General of U.S. Army Accessions Command.  "Our approach allows potential recruits to visualize their aspirations –working with our newest technology, advancing their education, finding challenging training, being on a winning team – things they will use throughout their career.  We want them to see that your Army provides opportunities like no other company, school, team or shop."

    "These new ads convey that there is no other place in the world that offers the experiences you will gain through public service in the Army," said Ed Walters, Chief Marketing Officer for the U.S. Army.  "Whether a young person decides to stay in the Army for a full career or decides to pursue another career after the Army, they receive the skills that the American public values and employers desire.  The Army develops these skills through high tech training, leadership experiences, and educational opportunities at prestigious civilian and military institutions."

    The four spots, which began airing Nov. 11, each feature a different aspect of the benefits of serving as an Army Soldier – teamwork, personal development, leadership and job skills training.  Each ad begins with an activity that could occur in the civilian world and ends by revealing how that same activity is unique to a Soldier doing the same action in the Army. 

    "Team" underscores the benefits of being on a team in the Army made up of heroes like no other.  "Shop" demonstrates what it would be like to work in a shop that teaches a Soldier everything from technology of robotics to working on jet engines.  "School" illustrates the only classroom in the world where Soldiers can learn technology, strength, and leadership skills all in one day.  "Company" alludes to the many business leaders who began their careers in the Army and following their service to our Nation moved into a world filled with career opportunities and respect.

    Each TV spot will drive people to the Web site. The site is enhanced with web films featuring Soldiers sharing their unique experiences going through basic training, living on an Army installation or deployed overseas.

    "The Army recognizes that young men and women spend a significant amount of time online and are socially connected to their peers," said Walters.  "These unique ads are designed to spark attention and encourage interested people to visit to experience the Army through real Soldiers who are their potential peers."

    Army Soldiers were used in the new round of advertising and lend an authentic feel to the spots. 

    Additional advertising executions are expected later in the year and in early 2009.  McCann Worldgroup, the U.S. Army's marketing agency of record, produced the fully integrated campaign.


Samantha L. Quigley, American Forces Press Service
Music industry sings military's praises for second year 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2008 – Just in time for Thanksgiving, 14 musical acts are showing just how thankful they are for what the military does for everyone back home. 
    Led by John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting, the musicians lent their hit talents to "For the Troops II," a CD featuring 14 hit singles covering the spectrum of musical genres.
    The songs are some of the biggest hits yet for the participating artists, but the music is secondary to the CD's message, the performers said.
    "At the end of the day, it's really not even about the songs," Ondrasik said. "It's about the gesture of thanks and support and appreciation. I salute all these artists who did that."
    Ondrasik started the project last year with the help of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and the Recording Industry Association of America. That original CD, "For the Troops," was downloaded more than 350,000 times and another 200,000 servicemembers and retirees worldwide received hard copies of the disc.
    The sequel was somewhat easier to pull off because they already had channels open to the recording companies, Ondrasik said. On the other hand, he said, he exhausted "some friendship cards" and had to look for different talent.
    "This time I wanted a whole new line up of artists, and with the exception of Josh Groban, who's on here again just because the military wives love Josh, everybody's new," Ondrasik added. "So, I didn't have those relationships. We just started reaching out to anybody and everybody."
   That method netted the participation of groups like 3 Doors Down, Good Charlotte, Daughtry, and Maroon 5. Individual musicians who lent their crooning to the project include Gretchen Wilson, Jude, Joe Perry, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson and Trace Adkins. The late Isaac Hayes also gave a song to the project before he passed away.
    "We have a Roy Orbison [song], which is really cool," Ondrasik said. "Roy's wife, Barbara, gave us a song.
    "Roy Orbison adds a certain stature to this CD," he added. "We've got a legend of legends on here."
    As long as he receives positive feedback from the troops, Ondrasik said, he's more than willing to keep the project going in the future, though there may be a twist to "For the Troops III," he hinted. Regardless of what's on this CD or the next, it all boils down to one thing for Ondrasik.
    "We can't lose sight of what's going on," he said. "We can't lose sight of who protects us, and I think, now more than ever, we need to keep the troops in our hearts and our minds."
    A complete list of song titles is available on The tunes will be available for those with valid military identification, including veterans, to download beginning Thanksgiving Day and will remain available through mid-March, Ondrasik said. The entire CD, as well as individual songs, can be downloaded at no charge.
    If problems are encountered in the downloading process, Ondrasik suggested contacting Operation Homefront or contact CD For the Troops through the Web site.

Dunham Clinic closures for FY09


December 2008

19 – Closed noon- 4:30 p.m. – Clinic Holiday Party Afternoon

25 – Closed – Christmas Day Holiday

26 – Closed – Training Holiday


January 2009

1 – Closed – New Year's Day Holiday

2 – Closed – Training Holiday

19 – Closed – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday

20 – Closed 7:30 a.m. - noon – Quarterly Commander's Forum at 8 a.m. 


February 2009

13 – Closed – Training Holiday

16 – Closed – President's Day Holiday


April 2009

2 – Closed at 12:30 p.m. – Quarterly Commander's Forum at 1 p.m.


May 2009

22 – Closed – Training Holiday

25 – Closed – Memorial Day Holiday


July 2009

3 – Closed – Independence Day Holiday (observed)

6 – Closed – Training Holiday

9 – Closed at 12:30 p.m. – Quarterly Commander's Forum at 1 p.m.


September 2009

4 – Closed – Training Holiday

7 – Closed – Labor Day Holiday


Gen. George W. Casey, Chief of Staff of the Army
Chief of Staff of the Army safety message

Nov. 24, 2008 -- Through a renewed emphasis on safety by our leaders and Soldiers, and the implementation of safety program improvements and initiatives targeted at leading accident causal factors, Army achieved significant accident reductions in FY08.  Overall, accident fatalities were down 16%.  Our Army experienced a significant reduction in on-duty mishaps and our serious aviation flight accident rate decreased by 52%.  We all appreciate that one accident is one too many, and we have a long way to go in reducing accidents, but we need to stop and recognize the tremendous efforts being made across the Army, and that these efforts are saving lives and reducing pain and suffering.

    However, driving fatalities - again the leading cause of accidental deaths, accounting for 62% of accident-related fatalities - increased 17% from FY07. The lives of 126 Soldiers were lost to privately-owned vehicle accidents in FY08.  Motorcycle accidents contributed to over 40% of that number.  The major causes of motorcycle accidents are excessive speed and failure to follow published procedures or violation of established standards.  We have got to find a way to get through to our Soldiers - particularly those in the 32 and under age bracket - to stop the indiscipline and high risk behavior behind many of these fatalities.

    As we begin FY09, I ask that you take another look at the Army's safety objectives.

-  Approximately 75% of our FY08 accidental fatalities occurred off-duty.  While sustaining our on-duty accident prevention efforts, we need to target our loss prevention programs on off-duty accidents, primarily towards motor vehicle accidents.

-  We must improve the Army's safety climate and culture.  The US Army Combat Readiness / Safety Center has developed some great tools - including the Army Readiness Assessment Program as well as Individual and Leader Accident Risk Assessments - to assess climate and culture.  Use your command safety professionals and the Combat Readiness / Safety Center and develop plans to fill any gaps in your command's safety climate and culture.

-  Every leader must take a holistic look at his or her command environment and find ways to influence our Soldiers, their Family members, Civilian and contractor employees to use risk management - on, and especially off-duty.  Get creative.  Look to Families and the community to help us save lives.

    Our Soldiers are our most valued assets and preventable losses impact our formations every day.  While Soldiers have clearly taken greater responsibility for their personal safety, as well as the safety of their fellow Brothers in Arms, leaders must continue to stay engaged in their Soldiers' lives to affect smart decision-making.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
New York City trip gives students first-hand look at global issues


 Richard Betts, the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, talks with Lebanese Lt. Col. Marwan Azar during a small group visit to the Columbia University Institute of War and Peace Nov. 20. The visit was part of the New York City Academic Trip, which helps provide the entire student body with real-world applications of the lessons they have learned about in the National Security Policy and Strategy course. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

    Nov. 25, 2008 -- "This is the right way to learn. You should be on the ground talking, learning and sharing ideas and information with the people who are doing the work," said Robert Johnson, Bronx County District Attorney.

    Johnson was one of the guest speakers who shared lessons learned and ideas with Army War College students during the academic field trip to New York City Nov. 19-22. The experience provides the entire student body with real-world applications of the lessons of the National Security Policy and Strategy course. 

    "The NYC Trip offers students the opportunity to tie together three key courses of the core curriculum, Strategic Thinking, Strategic Leadership, and National Security Policy and Strategy," said Dr. Bill Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academics.  "Small group visits to important public and private sector businesses and think tanks, municipal, county, state, and federal agencies, the United Nations, and the UN missions of our International Fellows offers students and faculty the opportunity to see in practice the theory and concepts that they have discussed in the seminar room for the past three-plus months." 

    "This is a unique learning experience to be able to see firsthand many of the things we learned in seminar," said student Lt. Col. Tyler Harder.  "We discussed the application of strategic leadership skills, weighed the impact of national policies on local governments, explored the challenges facing our cities, and considered the problems confronting major corporations in today's complex international security environment.  We have seen the interplay of the financial, economic, informational, and law enforcement elements of power at work."

    "It gave my seminar an excellent example of intergovernmental workings and relationships outside of DoD," said student Lt. Col. Irene Glaeser. "We learned firsthand about how agencies depend upon one another to accomplish their broader objectives."

    "We learned about how they respond to challenges, for example, the different communication methods that the various agencies responding to 9/11 employed, and how they addressed them for future incidence," she said. "The applications of New York City and its successes and sometimes failures can be applied to military strategy as well."

    During the four-day trip, students visited organizations that have key roles in the public and private sector. Some of the organizations visited during this year's trip were the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, New York City Police, Department of Homeland Security and Customs and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. 

  Ten students visited the Columbia University Institute of War and Peace where the students discussed international issues with the faculty.  

  Robert Johnson, Bronx County District Attorney, talks in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt in New York City during the domestic affairs portion of the academic trip. Johnson was one of the guest speakers who shared lessons learned and ideas with Army War College students during the academic field trip to New York City Nov. 19-22. Johnson focused on local issues and how they fit into the bigger picture of safety and security. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.  


 "Our visit to Columbia enabled us the opportunity to discourse with first-rate academics who are studying the same issues we are," said student Col. Brian Butcher.   

     One was Richard Betts, the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. 

    "You need to be able to look at issues from both the short and long term angles," Betts said. "Many times the faults in policy can be traced back to a short-sighted view of the world."

    Betts has also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as a consultant to the National Security Council and Central Intelligence Agency.

    Betts shared his thoughts on current events and national security policy.

    "We need to make sure we're looking past the current problems of terrorism, because that's never going to go away," he said. "What we need to worry about is what hasn't happened yet." He and the students discussed the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea and how they may shape policy for the foreseeable future.

     "If anyone has a quick solution for any of these, it's Nobel Prize-worthy," he joked.

    The professors provided three pragmatic, focused discussions on the multitude of challenges confronting the new administration," said student Lt. Col. Scott Sharp. "The perspective and research provided by the Institute of War and Peace gave context to National Security issues at the core of the National Security Policy and Strategy Course."

   Other students visited the New York Police Department and saw how they operate and how they face similar challenges to the military.  

  "They really took the time to demonstrate to us the massive amount of recruiting and training that goes into their being one of the premier police departments in the world. They struggle with many of the same challenges as the military," said Glaeser.  

    On day two, the topic of discussion was the United Nations. A panel made up of Amb. Roseanne DiCarlo, U.S. Alternative Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations, Netherlands Col.  Willem van Dullemen, Chief Current Military Operations Service to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, stimulated thought and discussion.

Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, speaks in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt in New York City during a United Nations panel discussion Nov. 21. Haroon spoke about the situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the history of the United States - Pakistan relationship. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

    "Today we have robust support in the UN for a United Nations' role in Iraq," said DiCarlo. "We also have a responsibility to protect Darfur. We have to come in and help. We need to refocus the UN on human rights. "

    Van Dullemen discussed the structure and role of the Military Affairs Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

    "Integrated cooperation between the members is key to the success of any mission," he said. "We need to be able to execute multi-dimensional peacekeeping. Many times these missions are launched before the conflicts end and we need to be able to both protect those we're trying to help and the forces trying to keep the peace as well." 

    The UN is involved in 19 peacekeeping missions, with more than 113,000 troops from 119 countries deployed.

    "We are facing an increasing demand and need all member nations to participate."

    Haroon talked about the situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the history of the United States - Pakistan relationship.

   The morning of day three focused on domestic issues and included talks by Robert Johnson, Bronx County District Attorney and Brad Billet, New York City Deputy Commissioner. Billet directs and advises on matters of security and emergency management related to the international community.  He coordinates with all law enforcement and emergency service agencies in preparation for high-security events, such as the United Nations General Assembly Debates and UN Special Sessions.

Another group of students visited the New York Police Department for their small group visit and saw how they operate and how they face similar challenges to the military. Photo by Lt. Col. Irene Glaeser.


   Billet focused his talk on the role the international community plays in New York City.  

    "More than 40 percent of the New York City population is born outside of the United States," he said. "Diplomatic issues in the world have effects that at times reach all the way to our city and vice-versa. That's why relationship building is an important part of what we do. Public safety, especially when terrorism is a chief concern," he said. Billet pointed out the possible dangers and issues that arise while recounting the 9-11 attacks and 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.            

     "You're never totally prepared for an incident of that magnitude," he said. "That's why emergency planning at every level is so important."

    Johnson focused on local issues and how they fit into the bigger picture of safety and security.

    "I'm a large believer that prevention is wiser than prosecution," he said. "That's why the youth and community programs are so important. The younger and more often you can get to people and stress their role and responsibility the better."

    At the conclusion of his talk, the students boarded the buses for their trek back to Carlisle, armed with fresh perspectives.

    "We had the opportunity to meet with some of the most senior executives and practitioners in business and government who are resident in the world's most vibrant city," said Harder.

    "It was an extremely useful trip and an opportunity to better understand the complexities of the contemporary urban environment and to gain a better understanding of the United Nations and its operations," said Butcher.  




Carol Kerr, Army War College Public Affairs Officer
Women's health day message: make a new priority for yourself


Nutritionist Leslie J. Bonci, who guides the food choices of football players and other athletes at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, speaks in Bliss Hall Nov. 4 as part of APFRI's Women's Health Day. The day-long program focused on small changes that women can make to live longer, healthier lives. Photo by Megan Clugh.


Nov. 29, 2008 -- Women  can live longer, better lives,  according a preventive cardiologist who spoke at APFRI's Women's Health Day, in Bliss Hall, Nov 4.  A healthy long life requires no special money or exercise equipment or expensive diet.

    Dr. Richard J. Flanigan was introduced by Debra Williams, the USAWC senior spouse, with her own prescription for fellow spouses. "We take care of others before we take care of ourselves. We'll even put the neighbors first," she said. "The word's not even in our vocabularies but we have to be selfish in order to be selfless."

    It's not rocket science, apparently, but it is backed up by medical evidence that 10 lifestyle decisions will add enjoyable years. Nutrition and exercise aren't just good ideas, they're a targeted assault on the diseases that kill

    Flanigan laid out the hard facts – the 10 diseases that shorten lives – and linked each killer to the proven nutrition and exercise choices to fend off a shortened, unhealthy future.

1 & 2. Heart disease and stroke are 10 times more likely than breast cancer for women. More women will die of heart disease than men. But we know that heart disease doesn't happen with a cholesterol level of 150 or less, and we can reverse plaque buildup in arteries by lowering blood pressure through statins.

3.       Lung cancer is women's biggest cancer killer.  Every cigarette costs seven minutes of life. Flanigan's prescription? No smoking, no second-hand smoke, no smokeless tobacco.

4.       Overall, 80 – 90 percent of cancers are due to external factors. Everything we put in our mouths can be good for us but processed foods, saturated fats, white grains, and high-fat dairy are not. One or more servings of fish per week, on the other hand, offers a 60 percent decrease in the incidence of Alzheimer's.  He recommended "superfoods" like berries, the highest antioxidant food. He recommended fruit, vegetables, alcohol, nuts, olive oil, fatty fish, legumes, onions/garlic, whole grains and sunshine/vitamin D.

5.       The body deteriorates 6 percent every decade 'til 70, when the rate picks up to 20 percent. But, you can affect what kind of condition you're in at 70. The true fountain of youth is exercise.  Walk 3 miles a day/ 20 miles a week. Jogging slows down the effect of aging. Running is the most efficient exercise you can do, he said, admitting his admiration of golf as a wonderful form of exercise.

6.       Weight is the biggest contributor to diabetes, he said, prescribing exercise and good nutrition.

7.       Accidents come in at #7 killer. Only 47 percent of high schools wear seat belts. 

8.       Alzheimer's seems to be a vascular disease, and the same factors can affect it, he noted. Control dementia by eating fruits and vegetables, and treating blood pressure. After 55, men should take two baby aspirins, women take one.

9.       Half a drink a day is the most beneficial plan for wine. 

10.    There's a link between sunshine deficiency and cardiovascular disease.  Everyone north of Atlanta is Vitamin D deficient in the winter months, he said. Take 1000 mg Vitamin D daily, and a multivitamin.

    Dr. Flanigan was followed by nutritionist Leslie J. Bonci, who guides the food choices of football players and other athletes at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. An expert nutritionist and a realist, Bonci makes lifestyle changes seem possible.

Dr. Richard J. Flanigan speaks in Bliss Hall as part of the program. Flanigan focused on the 10 diseases that shorten lives – and linked each killer to the proven nutrition and exercise choices to fend off a shortened, unhealthy future. Photo by Megan Clugh.  


        Bonci urged the women in the audience focus what's in it for them. "Choose something encouraging you can do every day to improve your well-being profile," she said. "Do one thing good for your body daily that's physically or mentally stimulating. Sleep 6 to 9 hours. Use positive messages to yourself and others: I can and will do this," she said, role-modeling a mental exercise to make a change.

    "Develop a good body image; if you spend time thinking about what your body is not or how much you should lose, it's negative," she said.

     "Make your eating environment conducive to success. Sit down so you are paying attention, and will recognize when you have had enough. Eat when you're hungry. Eat soup. And, recognize you need to move. If you move 5 minutes every hour for 18 hours daily, you get 90 minutes of movement. Physical exercise is good for all your body's systems.

    The APFRI symposium received support from the Army War College Foundation, Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club and Carlisle Barracks Thrift Shop.



Mass Notification System testing Dec. 2

    Nov. 26, 2008 -- The External Mass Notification System Enhancement is installed and is expected to be ready for testing Tuesday Dec. 2 after noon.  

    Testing will consist of both tone and voice messages.  Where possible, both tone and voice annunciation will be preceded or concluded with a 'TEST' caveat.

Testing will be conducted by the Contractor on the following dates and times.

  • Tuesday   Dec. 2, noon- 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday Dec. 3, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Thursday  Dec. 4, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Youth Services basketball registration

    Dec. 1, 2008 -- Youth Basketball Registration going on now until Dec 15. The fee is $40 and a three-day mini basketball camp is included.

    Sign up at Youth Services at 46 Ashburn Drive or call (717) 245-4170.


Daniel l. Hocker, Carlisle Barracks ADCO
Change in season also causes changes in mood 


    I have always said when talking with people about the changing seasons that they "do a body good". My belief is that your body "needs" these transitions for balance. To create a kind of normalcy to our lives. We need the rejuvenation of spring, the light hearted, relaxing days of summer, the caloric buildup and lowering temperature changes of fall, and yes, the lathargicness of winter. I have always believed that. That is, until about a week ago. I was discussing the upcoming approach of fall and winter with some friends and doing my predictable "seasonal" repartee when someone brought up the downside. You know what I'm talking about, the winter blues, cabin fever, the "snow is dirty and I just want it to be spring" feeling. So I got to thinking, it has been around 7+ years since I went through an entire winter.  Had I forgotten what it was like? Had I fallen into that fantasy world of believing it all was just a winter wonderland encased in a snow globe? So I started to look into this "downside" and was amazed to find out the following.


     As if there aren't enough afflictions and diagnosable disorders in the world, Walla, here's another one. I had never heard of SAD. If you asked me what the acronym stood for I would have come up with possibilities ad infitum. However, this acronym and its definition caught me by surprise. It is identified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Forth Edition (DSM-IV) as a cyclical type of depression believed to be brought on by insufficient light. As the days shorten and become cloudier during the fall and winter seasons many people experience an increase in symptoms associated with this disorder. The causes are still partly a mystery, but it is known that the nerve centers in our brain controlling our daily rhythms and moods are stimulated by the amount of light entering the eyes. During the night glands produce a substance called melatonin (the same chemical that is in turkey), which makes us drowsy. At daybreak the bright light causes the glands to stop producing this melatonin. But on dull winter days, especially indoors, not enough light is received to trigger this waking up process. More recently good evidence has been found to link exposure to bright light with the increased production of a substance called Serotonin.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, i.e. it carries signals from the output of one nerve to the input of the next inside the brain. Lack of serotonin is known to be a cause of depression, and indeed this maps well onto what people say: tasks that are easy when you are well, become frustratingly difficult when you are depressed. Some symptoms identified with SAD are depression with fall or winter onset, a lack of energy, decreased interest in work or significant activities, increased appetite with weight gain, carbohydrate cravings, increased sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, afternoon slumps accompanied by decreased energy and concentration, and social withdrawal.


    If you asked me if I ever exhibited any of these symptoms I would probably say, "Yea, everyday! What else is new?" However, this is serious business. Why? I firmly believe that the more we find out about why we do the things we do, the healthier we become. I never was one to believe that "ignorance is bliss". I want to be happy AND educated about myself. So what do we do about SAD? Since SAD is associated with diminished light, surround yourself with bright white light for between ½ to ¾ hours per day should be sufficient. The light must be suitably bright. At least 2500lux (lux is the technical measure of brightness) is needed, which is 5 times brighter than a well-lit office (a normal living room might be as low as 100lux); brighter lights up to 10,000lux work quicker. The lights must deliver the lux at a sensible distance, so you don't have to be sat too close to it. Contrary to the old belief the light does not need to be special daylight, color matching or 'full spectrum' light; simply changing the lamps in a room to these special types will not produce sufficient light. Daily exercise has been shown to be helpful, particularly when done outdoors. Even if done on a cloudy day it is better than no light. For those who tend to crave sweets during the winter, eating a balanced diet may help one's mood.

     For now, know that this does exist. Since I believe in a holistic triad approach to life, it is only wise to recognize what may be going on with our bodies and to seek out help in all areas. This includes not only the physical, but the mental and spiritual sides as well. SAD is a form of Depression. If you, or someone you know may exhibit some or all of these symptoms it may be beneficial to consult a professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment. There are also more than enough sites on the Internet that deal exclusively with SAD or have links to sites that do. 

Army Family Team Building Level I Classes to be held Dec. 16-18

    Army Community Service announces "Army 101 – Basic Training" classes to be provided for all interested active duty service members, Family members, Department of Defense civilians and retirees.  Level I Army Family Team Building (AFTB) classes are scheduled for 16-18 December 2008 and will be held in room 106 Anne Ely Hall, Carlisle Barracks.  Topics covered in Level I training include, Expectations and Impact of the Mission on Families, Military Acronyms and Terms, The Chain of Command, Basic Military Entitlements and Benefits, Introduction to Common Military Customs and Courtesies, Basic Problem Solving, Stress Management and others.

    AFTB is a volunteer-led organization with a mission to provide training and knowledge to spouses and family members to support the total Army effort.  Strong Families are the pillar of support behind strong Soldiers.  It is AFTB's goal to educate and train all of the Army in knowledge, skills and behaviors designed to prepare our Army Families to move successfully into the future.

    AFTB contributes to the Army mission by educating and training the Army Family to be self-sufficient leaders within their communities.  AFTB Level l focuses on the basic skills and knowledge needed to live the military life.  Level II teaches skills the participant can use to grow into a community leader.  Finally, Level III provides information for inspiring and mentoring others into leadership positions.

    Soldiers can earn promotion points by completing the Level I Army Family Team Building Course.  For more information contact Cora Johnson, Army Family Team Building Coordinator at 717-245-4720 or

    To register for AFTB Level I, please call Army Community Service at 245-4357 or 245-4720. 


Photos by Spc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post chapel hosts Soldiers' Thanksgiving dinner

Staff Sgt. Samuel Wilbert receives a plate-full of stuffing
at the Post Chapel during a Thanksgiving meal for the
Soldiers of Carlisle Barracks Nov. 25.  Volunteers serve
Thanksgiving dinner to Soldiers and their families each


Guests at the dinner were asked to write down and share
with others what they are thankful for this holiday season.


Soldiers, civilians and family members of all ages came
out to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal and the company of


One volunteer is all smiles as he serves traditional Thanksgiving
turkey to visitors at the chapel.