Banner Archive for December 2011

By Lt. Col. Mark McCann
Crowley shares expertise with diverse audiences as Omar Bradley Chair

P.J. Crowley, the current Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership, speaks to students during a class at Dickinson College. The Bradley Chair is an initiative between the Army War College, Dickinson College and the Penn State University School of Law and School of International Affairs. Photo by Carl Socolow, Dickinson College.

Dec. 27, 2011 -- The U.S. Army War College, a leader in military education and interagency cooperation, is part of a unique partnership with a local college and law school.

Started in 2001 between the Army War College and Dickinson College, with the Penn State University School of Law and School of International Affairs joining two years ago, the Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership was created to promote the exploration of leadership issues and military-civilian interaction.

Philip J. “PJ” Crowley, former assistant secretary of state for public affairs holds the chair at the three schools this year.

“The commandant [of the War College] and deans recognize this is a unique opportunity to draw the institutions together and promote greater interaction,” said Crowley. “What is unique about Carlisle is it hosts three distinct educational institutions that share a common sense of community.”

Through classes on national security-related subjects and faculty exchange, the Bradley Chair uses an academic setting to foster interaction between military and civilian students.

“Even with our professional military, which is the most capable in our history, we still have a gap between the military and broader society,” said Crowley. “The military can get blinders on and lose sight of the larger picture of how it supports broader national objectives and not just military operations.”

“On the civilian side, we must continue to develop national leaders who know how to deploy the military to support strategic objectives and how to support the military long-term,” he continued. We need to bring this relationship closer, more into balance, especially in the context of our educational institutions. “

In a joint academic setting, military and civilian students develop an appreciation of the others’ role in national security and international affairs. This leads to a better understanding of the value of working together to address complex future security challenges.

“There are opportunities for joint sessions between soldiers and students,” said Prof. Chuck Allen, director of the Bradley Chair at the Army War College from 2005 to 2008. “Exchanges are important because of the ‘insular’ nature of the military according to Allen. “Students bring perspectives that we might not be aware of, and we bring new perspectives to the students. This helps us re-create the link between the military and the society it serves.”

“Society appreciates the military, but doesn’t understand what’s going on in the military,” said Neil Weissman, provost and dean at Dickinson College. “This is not healthy for American democracy, and we can use higher education to create better understanding.”

The Bradley Chair is a described as a distinguished individual recognized as a subject matter expert in the areas of national security and international affairs. All nine past chairs, both military and civilian, were leaders in their respective fields whose unique perspective asked students to examine national security issues in ways they might not have considered.

“It is our job to challenge students to think beyond their own experiences, beyond their assumptions and provide them with the tools to talk about them,” said Prof. Amy Gaudion, assistant dean for academic affairs at Penn State University’s School of Law and School of International Affairs. “It is important that we have someone in the chair who really pushes them outside their comfort zones.”

“This provides Army War College students with another venue to reach out to students, focusing especially younger students,” said Col. Michael McCrea, Ph.D., director of the Bradley Chair. “I think it gives them a greater understanding of the strategic role War College students play, and an understanding of the role our military plays on a world stage.”

This year, Crowley will teach a course on media in the 21st Century global environment, tailored to each unique academic audience. He recently concluded the fall semester at Dickinson, and will teach at both Penn State University School of Law and School of International Affairs and the Army War College this spring

By Suzanne Reynolds
Officers step into civilian communities
Speakers share experience, knowledge of military, its missions


Col. Martin Clausen, the U.S.AWC student was invited to share his experiences at a Veterans Day event at the Tri-Valley High School.


Dec. 27, 2011 -- The U.S.AWC Speakers bureau is unlike any other.

In the past four months, U.S.AWC students, staff and faculty members have spoken to more than 100 audiences representing organizations from New Jersey to Virginia, to include high schools, colleges, veterans’ service organizations, civic groups, and more.

Throughout the year, about 350 events feature knowledgeable speakers, from the Army War College, reaching out to a vast number of fellow citizens. Speakers share insights and stories about their own military experiences, discuss specialty expertise and the military role in national security, and informed perspectives on today’s security issues.

Col. Dennis Tewksbury, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, spoke to several audiences in his hometown for Veterans Day 2011.

“At the conclusion of my remarks, I was approached by a lady who was in tears and said that her son had just deployed to Afghanistan. At that point she had no idea where he was based,” said Tewksbury.

“Prior to my presentation, she had no idea what the situation was like in Afghanistan but she had gained a better understanding,” said Tewksbury. He said that he had met many with a poor understanding of what was taking place “over there--communicating the mission, what life was like for the average Service Member, and what the Afghan culture and people were like,” said Tewksbury.

The West Chester University Military History Club hosted U.S.AWC speakers to discuss personal experiences about counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The student newspaper described Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Florio’s discussion of the U.S. military’s work with Afghanistan to create jobs. “In order to help the government, Florio talked about meeting with Mayors, Sheiks, and populace, and listening to their feedback,” wrote Angela Thomas in the West Chester University student newspaper, The Quad.

Student Lt. Col. John Krenson traveled to Hanover, Pa., to speak to high school students. He linked the service of his fellow Tennessee National Guardsmen with the legacy of veterans’ service.

“Both school programs included mentions of faculty members’ previous military service. This was an excellent opportunity for students to see that military role models are present in their daily lives,” said Krenson.

Faculty and students who engage outside audiences represent a wide and deep range of topics. The strategic focus of the Army War College encourages students to speak of their experiences through a strategic lens.

Recent topics –

• Military role in the national security process

• U.S.-China relations

• Counter-SCUD operations in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

• Ethics and Law of War

• Climate change and the challenges/opportunities for U.S. national security

• NATO and the European Union today

• Contemporary lessons from the U.S. Army in the Indian Wars

• Marine Corps role in national security

• Norway and its military

• The Military and Hollywood

• Military space operations.

By Thomas Zimmerman
Students learn, teach at civilian universities, organizations

This year 89 Army War College Senior Service College Fellows are studying at various universities, civilian think tanks, and government agencies around the world. The selected officers take part in a unique 10-month program that partners the Army and the organizations in lieu of residence at a senior service college.


Dec. 28, 2011 -- The art of strategic learning at the Army War College isn’t just limited to taking part in the U.S.AWC resident or distance programs, select officers also take part in a unique 10-month program that partners the Army and various universities, civilian think tanks, and government agencies.

Each year the Department of the Army selects a limited number of officers, about 15 percent, as Senior Service College Fellows. Officers from the active component, National Guard and Reserve are assigned to the U.S.AWC to study and conduct research in this capacity during a given academic year. This year, 89 Fellows are taking part 47 different fellowship programs. The 89 fellows include 15 Army National Guard and six Army Reserve officers, are the largest in the program’s history.

“The program serves as an opportunity for the officer to obtain a strategic orientation experience based at a civilian institution where there are different goals and objectives,” said Kevin Connelly, program director. “They are able to see how the corporate and civilian worlds work strategically.” The officers participate in the program in lieu of the U.S.AWC resident or distance education programs.

“I have sought to engage the students, faculty, and community and provide a tactical and operational lens to the strategic studies and conversations,” said Col. William Ostlund, a fellow at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. “Without fail, this community is amazed at the vast array of responsibilities the Army is taking on. This leads to great questions about who should be responsible verses who is able and available – who is present for duty in contested areas. I have had follow on discussions with professors, students, and community members. “

“The fellowship has enabled me to research, read, reflect and most importantly, absorb, key information pertinent to both the operational and strategic level for a military leader,” said Lt. Col. Kara Soules, a fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School. “The Fellows have been afforded the opportunity to learn, teach, build relationships, inform/advocate, and interact with personnel across the JIIM environment, and as importantly, with the local community too. This experience has been unique, rewarding, relevant and broadening. Ultimately, my time as a Fellow has enabled personal and professional growth to a greater extent than most of my previous assignments.”

“I wanted to take part in this fellowship to gain a different perspective on strategic issues,” said Col. Dave Trybula, who is studying at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C. “I will be able to look at issues from outside the Army and DOD perspective while I think will help in my development as a strategic leader.”

Other organizations and universities that are hosting fellows include Columbia University, Georgetown University, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the NATO Defense College, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Originally started in 1972, the program began as the Army Research Associate Program, where selected officers could volunteer for a year at an academic institution in lieu of attending a senior service college. In 1987, under the direction of the Chief of Staff of the Army, the U.S.AWC established a direct affiliation with the fellows and created the current program.

Differences exist between senior service fellow, U.S.AWC resident programs

There are some differences between the resident program and the SSCF besides their location. SSCF receive a U.S.AWC certificate and will have satisfied all requirements expected for a DOD Senior College Graduate, but they do not receive credit for JPME Phase II, nor are they eligible for a U.S.AWC Masters of Strategic Studies degree.

Program encourages civilian-military discussion

Another important aspect of the program is the benefit of having a senior Army officer at a civilian institution where the learning can be two-fold.

“These fellows are many people’s only link to the U.S. Army,” said Col. Scott King, Deputy Director, Joint Education. “We consider them ambassadors for the Army to share with their fellow students and faculty firsthand knowledge experience about the roles and missions of the Army. These fellowships also allow fellows to gain a different perspective by working with civilian institutions on some concerns for the Army.”

“We are immersed and participate in presentations and projects, which allows great interaction with very top quality students,” said Ostlund. He has also participated in the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services, an undergraduate organization dedicated to improving civilian-military relations. “Through joint education, research, and training, ALLIES provides military and civilian students and professionals alike the opportunity to explore significant topics, events and policy while developing relationships that will last a lifetime.”

By Jessie Faller-Parrett, U.S.AHEC
USAHEC uses technology, innovative educational programs to help others understand Army history


Soldiers from an Army Re­serve Engineer Company helps children make mortar during a recent Army Heritage Days. This is just one of the creative ways that the U.S. Army Heri­tage and Edu­cation Center helps bring his­tory to life. File photo.


Dec. 28, 2011 -- A young paratrooper of the 506th PIR telling his WWII history; an interactive website application accessible from iPads or smart phone; original Vietnam gun trucks that you can climb inside and feel what it may have been like to drive through the Southeast Asian jungle on patrol; assisting students from around the state with their research for that award winning National History Day project about a Soldier -- these are just a few of the examples of how the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center brings to life the history of the U.S. Army Soldier everyday at Carlisle Barracks.

The U.S.AHEC is the nation’s premier center for unofficial U.S. Army historical materials and Soldier history. U.S.AHEC’s mission is to preserve Army heritage, honor veterans, and educate the Army and the Nation on the role of the Soldier in the development and protection of the Nation. To accomplish that mission the U.S.AHEC staff uses current technology, with hands-on educational programming, to give the general public easier access to historical holdings, unique historical experiences both on-site and off, and fun ways to learn history for the whole family. Here are just a few of the innovative ways the U.S.AHEC tells the Army’s story, one Soldier at a time:

• Perspective in Military History Lecture Series and Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Reading Series - Thought provoking lectures and publications review seminars offer in-depth analysis of various periods of U.S. Army history, from the Revolutionary War through Current Operations

• Interactive “living history” programming on the Army Heritage Trail from major events in the Spring (Army Heritage Days) and Fall (WWII event on North Africa Campaign) to individual education programs for area schools

• New interactive website allows for an offsite experience of the Army Heritage Trail, while Quick Response (QR) codes improve interactivity for application drive computers and smart phones

• On-line resources such as the AHCO catalog and digitized collections such as the Civil War Photography Collection available on the U.S.AHEC website, the U.S.AHEC collection accessible from anywhere in the world

• Our on-site exhibits give the visitor access to U.S. Army history through displays of artifacts or photographs. How many people know that Elvis Pressley gave General Omar Bradley a .45 caliber Christmas present?

The U.S.AHEC’s collection of Army and Soldier history is unique. The distinctiveness of this collection allows the U.S.AHEC to help the public connect to their piece of Army history through innovative means, with hands on interactions and constantly developing technologies

By Thomas Zimmerman
Staff rides trigger unique learning for business, government leaders

Members of RPM International look out over the Gettysburg Battlefield during a recent Strategic Leader Staff Ride. Photo by Charity Murtorff.


Dec. 28, 2011 -- While the Battle of Gettysburg took place nearly 150 years ago, the leadership lessons from the battle still echo with relevance today, a fact not lost on military, business and academic leaders who have participated in Army War College Strategic Leader Staff Rides.

The staff rides are a whole-of-Army War College effort, conducted by the Center for Strategic Leadership, that brings USAWC experts from all of the centers and institutes together with leaders of business and academia to discuss and learn about the art and practice of strategic leadership and critical thought. Since 2003, the USAWC has hosted 103 staff rides with almost 1,800 participants. More than 56 percent of participants hold positions of vice president or higher in their organizations.

“A lot of organizations grapple with issues of leadership, organizational management and how to lead during a time of transformation,” said Col. Robert Rice, Director, DA Support Branch. “These are all issues and challenges that the military has been dealing with and working through for decades. I think we are able to provide some lesson through the staff ride program that these organizations can use.”

The staff rides are designed to show real-world examples of strategic leadership and view lessons that are still applicable today through a historical context. The staff ride takes place over two and one-half days and includes a orientation dinner with U.S.AWC students and faculty, a full day “staff ride” of the Gettysburg battlefield lead by a USAWC historians, followed by a half-day of seminar discussion focused on strategic leadership and related topics facilitated by the USAWC faculty.

“First, unlike a lecture or presentation, the staff ride is interactive, akin to our seminar discussions,” said Dr. Jim Helis, chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy. “Participants are drawn into discussing lessons derived from the battle. Leadership, decision making, the human dimension of war, fog and friction on the battlefield are topics as relevant today as in 1863.”

“Leadership is timeless,” said Col. Barry Di Ruzza, the staff rides coordinator. “What we look at, motivating people to do something they wouldn’t normally do, is a challenge that isn’t unique to the military. We use the Battle of Gettysburg as a way to show how it can be done.”

The experience also provides discussion on critical strategic leadership lessons including the importance of self awareness, knowing your subordinates and personalities in leadership, succession planning and the art and practice of strategy development.

“People have told us how they are personally and professional impacted by taking part in this program,” said Di Ruzza. He said that many organizations have made the staff ride program part of the professional development programs, coming back each year with a new generation of developing leaders.

“This is the single best ‘executive development’ experience in my 23 year career,” said one recent participant from Deloitte.

“I have attended many seminars and programs and would rate this program above all, bar none,” said a participant from Copper Development Association. “The knowledge of the staff, insights provided, and discussion that they provoked was immediately applicable and useful.”

The program allows Army leaders to learn what issues and challenges are on the minds of civilian leaders said Rice.

“Through these staff rides we build relationship with leaders of very prominent business and academic leaders,” he said. “We learn from each other during this experience.”

General officers from the Pentagon and Non-commissioned officers at CSL who have recently returned from theater also take part in the staff rides, providing perspective to the issues discussed from a senior leader and tactical perspectives.

“The benefit of having the leaders and Soldiers there is really two-fold,” said Rice. “The civilian leaders can talk to leaders at these two different levels and see how the lesson’s they’ve learned can apply to their business. On the other side, our senior leaders gain some insight into the challenges facing our business and academic leaders. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

For more information on the Strategic Leader Staff Ride visit

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

Rudd looks back on Reconstructing Iraq during Perspectives Lecture

As the war in Iraq ended, Dr. Gordon Rudd, Strategic Studies Institute, looked back on the United States’ attempt to change the regime in Iraq from a dictatorship to a representative democracy during a lecture on, “Reconstructing Iraq: Regime Change, Jay Garner, and the OHRA”, during the December Perspectives in Military History Lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

“Marshall had two years, and you are giving me two months,” said retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, upon being told in January 2003 that he was going to head the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq.

“OHRA was established on Jan. 20, 2003, two months before the invasion,” said Rudd, who was one of the first people to join the team.  “From the beginning we had problems.

OHRA was made up of volunteers from many different government agencies, which was good,” said Rudd.  “The problem was they were not always the best people for the job.  For example many members of the State Department joined the team, but very few of them were Foreign Service officers.

There was also this prevailing belief that reconstruction would only take a few months.  So there was no real planning for long term reconstruction.”

OHRA’s efforts were further undermanned when U.S. Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, replaced Garner in May, 2003 because of their differences over de-Ba’athification.  ORHA was dissolved and the Coalition Provisional Authority was established.

“Garner never envisioned a de-Ba’athification process similar to the De-Nazificaiton done in Germany,” said Rudd.  “Because he realized that while some Ba’ath officials were corrupt many of them were not and needed to continue to run the government.

“Many of the bad ones will have fled the country or be dead.  The Iraqi people will tell us who is corrupt and we will deal with them,” Rudd said recounting what Garner told him.

Shortly after de’Ba’athificaiton went into effect, Garner also disbanded the entire Iraqi military.  “This also hindered reconstruction efforts because it left a lot of unemployed angry people,” said Rudd.  “OHRA had planned to use the Iraqi Army, especially combat support, to help rebuild the country.”

The CPA had executive, legislative and judicial authority in Iraq until it was dissolved on June 28, 2004 when sovereignty was transferred to the Iraqi Interim Government.

On Jan. 18, 2012 Dr. Geoffrey Megargee will present a lecture entitle “Inside Hitler’s High Command.” As part of the next Perspectives in Military History lecture series.  The lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m.

USAHEC Kick’s Off Winter Program Series with a Free Class on Military Genealogy

  Do you have photographs of family members in uniform, but don’t know the story behind them?  Do you have military records from a service member in your family, but don’t know how to use them to explore family genealogy? 

   Understanding and analyzing military records can be a challenging task, but the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is here to help! 

  On Saturday, January 21, 2012, the USAHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania invites you to attend, “Military Records and the Family Historian,” a free presentation and workshop explaining how to use military records to research and construct family history.  USAHEC staff will be available throughout the day to share their expertise on the study and analysis of these records through presentations and guiding attendees during hands on research. 

  The workshop begins at 10 a.m. in the Visitor and Education Center with a lecture from retired Lt. Col. Martin Andresen detailing how to begin the process of researching family history, and how best to utilize the resources available at USAHEC.  Following the presentation, we invite participants to purchase lunch at the USAHEC’s new Café Cumberland, before completing the day with an afternoon of exploration and research in the Ridgway Hall Reading Room. 

   Military service is an important part of many family histories, and records of service are often a vital asset in understanding genealogy.  Take advantage of this free workshop, and the valuable insights from USAHEC staff to help further unlock your family’s genealogical puzzle!

  “Military Records and the Family Historian” begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2012.  The workshop is free, but registration is required, as there is only space available for 30 participants.  The USAHEC’s facility has ample parking, as well as handicap parking available.  For additional information, visit our website: or to register call 717-245-3972.

  Later in the year, on a quarterly basis, the Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHCF) at USAHEC will be hosting in-depth classes on how to conduct genealogical research in military collections.  There is a fee associated with these classes.  Please contact the AHCF staff at 717-258-1102 or for further information.

By Thomas Zimmerman
Eisenhower National Security Series creates dialogue between military, civilian community

Eisenhower National Security Series members are (l to r) (back row) Marine Lt. Col. Curtis Mason, Sai Miyamoto, Col. Jon Neumann, Lt. Col. Tony Nesbitt, Lt. Col. Michael Marti, Col. Scotty Patton, (front) Navy Cmdr. Mike Matis, Air Force Lt. Col. Dave Morrissey, Col. Al Abramson, Lt. Col. Brian Scott and Col. Nestor Sadler. Photo by Scott Finger.

Dec. 27, 2011 -- Imagine if you could ask a senior military officer any question you wanted about national security, what it’s like to serve in the military or what it was really like in Iraq or Afghanistan?

You now may have that chance, thanks to the Eisenhower National Security Series, an outreach program that brings select Army War College students together with college students and faculty across the U.S. to engage them on a variety of military and national security topics.

“The Eisenhower program is an exercise in ‘educational outreach’ with the American public,” said Dr. Larry Miller, one of the Eisenhower Series advisors. “The officers and the public benefit from an open, honest and frank exchange on significant issues of national and international concern.”

The program focuses the discussions on national security issues.

“National security matters impact us all,” said Miller. “Our senior leaders must be able to explain why and how the U.S. military implements national policy in the way they do as they respond to assorted crises, both natural and manmade, foreign and domestic, as elected U.S. government officials may direct.”

Miller said that programs like these are important for both the U.S.AWC students and their hosts.

“These venues also provide an opportunity to let the American people interact with their military and reduce the divide that many of our senior leaders have described between our civilian population and the military that serves them,” he said.

This year the group is made up of Sai Miyamoto, civilian, Col. Jon Neumann, Col. Nestor Sadler, Navy Cmdr. Mike Matis, Lt. Col. Tony Nesbitt, Lt. Col. Michael Marti, Col. Al Abramson, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Curtis Mason, Air Force Lt. Col. Dave Morrissey, Lt. Col. Brian Scott and Col. Scotty Patton.

“I hope that I’m able to provide the perspective of civilian employees who work for the military and the skills and abilities we bring,” said Miyamoto. “It’s important for the military for the civilian population to have an understanding go our capabilities and how we make decisions.”

“This program is a great opportunity to interact with our community in a relaxed environment,” said Abramson. “If you look at the percentage of the population that knows someone in the military it’s quite low. This is an opportunity for us to show them what we do to protect the nation.”

“With the Eisenhower program we get to talk with the younger generation, many of whom may be leading companies, communities and educational institutions in the coming years,” said Mason. “It’s important that we have an open dialogue so we understand where each other are coming from and how we can work together.”

Throughout the next few months the team will travel places like the World Affairs Councils in Pittsburgh and Dallas, Arkansas State University, University of Mount Union, LSU, North Dakota, Louisville University and Southeastern Louisiana University.

The Eisenhower Series College program dates to 1969 when it was known as the Current Affairs Program. This year approximately 50 students applied for the competitive selection of Eisenhower participants.

Army Homefront Fund provides assistance to wounded warriors, families

The Army Homefront Fund provides emergency financial and other support to the families of Soldiers, with a focus on wounded warrior care and transition assistance.

We provide cash GRANTS, not loans, usually paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, utility companies, doctors, and other providers. Assistance is usually provided within 24-72 hours after receiving pertinent information from the warrior or family member. The Army Homefront Fund was launched June 13, 2011 with a Memorandum of Understanding between Operation Homefront and the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command.

The Army Homefront Fund provides:


- Emergency financial assistance
- Emergency food
- Emergency home repairs
- Critical baby items
- Budget counseling
- Vision care assistance

- Transitional family housing
- Vehicle repair assistance
- Furniture and household items
- Local moving assistance
- Morale programs
- Wounded Warrior Wives retreats


Through a short financial application, we do a full needs assessment. Whenever we identify a need we do not meet directly, we take an active role in getting the warrior to a partner organization that can help with things such as travel assistance, job training, and placement support.

For more information visit

Commandant thanks Soldiers for volunteerism

On Dec. 20, Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Army War College Commandant, opened up his home to the enlisted Soldiers of Carlisle Barracks to wish them Happy Holidays, and thank them for the hard work they put in helping the Carlisle Barracks Thrift Shop move to its current location. 

“We could not have moved without your help,” said Nancy Gibson, thrift shop manager.

  Photos by Suzanne Reynolds
Wreaths across America honor our Veterans
by Suzanne Reynolds
  Twelve tractor trailers, identified by decorated evergreen wreaths on the truck grills, made a stop in Carlisle this morning before heading to their destination at Arlington National Cemetery to deliver 92,000 wreaths by 3 p.m.
  Barry Pottle, owner of a trucking company in Bangor, Maine, has delivered wreaths to Arlington for 4 years.
  “I’m not a veteran, but I think it is a great way to give back and show our Soldiers that we care, they and their families sacrifice a lot for our freedom,” he said.
  Wreaths across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992.
  Their mission—Remember, Honor, Teach--is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on the second Saturday of December at Arlington, veterans’ cemeteries, and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.
  “This is the 20th year and the biggest for Arlington,” said Pottle.  “This year 325,000 wreaths will be delivered to 712 national cemeteries throughout the U.S.,” he said.
  In meeting these dedicated individuals, I was amazed to learn that the truck owners and drivers are from all over the U.S., and donate their time, trucks, and  cost of fuel, to honor servicemen and servicewomen.  They drive to Maine to pick up the wreaths and then deliver them to national cemeteries throughout the United States.
  Don Crouse of Indiana, and a former resident of Newville for 16 years, will be delivering wreaths for his second year.
  “My health wasn’t good enough to get in the service, I appreciate what they do,” said Crouse.  His son Chris, a veteran who still lives in Newville, was able to spend some time with his parents this morning before they departed for Arlington.
  Another full time truck driver, Steve Whitehead of Baltimore, Md., is also a master sergeant in the Air Force Reserve with the 459th Air Refueling Wing.  He will be deployed to Afghanistan in February.
  For Southern California natives, Marvin Rollins and his wife Nancy, it is their first time.
“I’m a former Marine and my son-in-law is in the Army and has served five tours in Iraq,” said Rollins.  “He is now stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.”  I am doing this to honor the Soldiers and Servicemen,” he said.
  “When we arrive at Arlington National Cemetery there will be 2500 volunteers to help unload the wreaths and place them on the headstones,” said Don Crouse.
  The annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery will take place Saturday, Dec.10, at noon.
  To learn more about the Wreaths across America program, visit

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos
Army War College youths nominated as ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’

Dec. 10, 2011 -- Earlier this month 91 area high school students were nominated as “Leaders of Tomorrow” for making a difference in their community, seven of those nominated are from the Carlisle Barracks community.

“So many bright, enthusiastic young people are working hard to make our communities better, but their hard work often goes unnoticed,” said Debbie Keyser, public affairs manager for CenturyLink.  “It is important that we recognize and support the wonderful things our youth are doing.”

“These are pretty significant numbers representing our military children and newsworthy in the Carlisle Barracks community,” said Lisa Towery, whose son Nathan was nominated.  “I think it speaks volumes of our military children.”


They are:


Zach Chini– Son of retired Lt. Col. Matt and Stephanie Chini. Zach is an Eagle Scout.  While living at Hill Air Force Base Zach led a food drive, a weekly food pantry, and organized a team of teens and adults to build fences and clear areas at the Ogden nature Center.  Earlier this year, he helped with a flood victims clean-up crew and assisted with the children’s Mass in the Carlisle Barracks parish.  He has also completed youth leadership trainings with the Boy Scouts of America and is a Boy Scout patrol leader.


Chris Kauffman– Son of Lt. Col. Heidi and Mitchell Kaufman.  As part of his Eagle Scout project, Chris helped renovate the Salvation Army Thrift Store.  He ranks sixth in his Carlisle High School class and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.


Wes Loudon– Son of retired  Lt. Col. Lawrence and Kelly Loudon.  For the past four years, Wes has volunteered as a junior counselor at the Cumberland County Historical Society.  He is active in his church and volunteers in the Just Like New Children’s Community Event.  He also has helped at Project SHARE mission Central and with Hurricane Lee clean-up.  Zach is ranked 20th in his Carlisle High School class and a member of both the National Honors Society and German National Honor Society.  He attended Keystone Boys State and the National Student Leadership and Medical Conference at the University of California Berkeley.


Amelia McConnell– Daughter of Col. Scott and Kathryn McConnell.  Amelia has been active in the Carlisle Barracks community, serving as a Vacation Bible School teacher and as a Youth Services soccer camp coach and counselor.  She has also raised money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and the Wounded Warrior Project.


Mark Sexton-  Son of Col. Thomas and Jeanne Sexton.   Mark has served in the Civil Air Patrol for four years and has earned his certification as a ranger field medic.  He also teaches children’s church and Sunday school at his church.  He has volunteered at the Salvation Army, Project SHARE, and organized a blood drive, as well as assisted at the LeTort Elementary School Field Day.  He also attended Keystone Boys State and is a member of the National Honor Society and the German National Honor Society.


Nathan Towery- Son of Col. Bobby and Lisa Towery.  For the past four years Nathan has served with the Cumberland/Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission’s Youth Advisory Board.  He has also been active in the Teen Discipleship Team, which planed and leads church youth group activities.  Nathan has also been active in the Carlisle Barracks community, serving as a line judge during Jim Thorpe Days and volunteered at the Spouse’s Club Auction which raised   scholarship money for military family members.  Nathan is the president of the Carlisle High School Student Council and serves as the teaching assistant for his broadcast communications teacher.


Mary Yuengert – Daughter of Col. Louis and Christine Yuengert.  Mary has completed more than 182 hours of community service during high school by organizing children’s volleyball camps, volunteering with the Carlisle Arts Learning Center, the Central PA Down Syndrome Awareness Association, distributing food through Project SHARE and with her church.  She has also participated in three Relay for Life events.


The Leaders of Tomorrow program is sponsored by CenturyLink and The Sentinel to honor area high school students who exhibit outstanding leadership and community volunteerism.

RC Soldiers demobilizing over the holidays


(Army News Service)  The Pentagon, December 16, 2011 - Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno issued instructions Wednesday concerning Reserve Component Soldiers who will be demobilizing at bases in the United States over the holidays.


"Our Guard and Reserve Soldiers sacrifice so much for our country and they are an indispensible part of the Army team," Odierno told a group of the Army's most senior uniformed leaders at the Pentagon.


With the continuing drawdown in Iraq and normal unit rotations from Afghanistan, thousands of Guard and Reserve units are expected to out-process through six demobilization sites between now and early January.


"I know that after a long deployment these Soldiers just want to get home as soon as possible, Odierno said."However, it must be balanced with a complete and thorough demobilization process.  We will ensure that our returning citizen-soldiers are provided the opportunity to take a four-day pass over the holidays, and the chance to the spend the holidays with local families near our demobilization sites for those that are far from home," he said.


By Army Regulation, RC Soldiers can only receive a pass of up to four days when demobilizing.   Odierno directed Lt. Gen. Bill Ingram, the director of the Army National Guard and Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, to review their plans to ensure Soldiers at the demobilization sites get the pass opportunity, or, if Soldiers choose not to take a pass, that they have opportunities to participate in holiday activities on post or with local families.


"We realize that being back on U.S. soil at a mobilization center is not the same thing as being home for the holidays for our Guard Soldiers," Ingram said. "We appreciate the continued sacrifices our Soldiers and their families are making in spending one more holiday apart from each other, and we will do what we can to allow them to take advantage of a pass or otherwise enjoy the holidays where they are."


"We appreciate the Army's focus on supporting Army Reserve Soldiers as they return to the states and begin the demobilization process," Stultz said.


"Our Soldiers understand the challenges of demobilization and will comply with the 1st Army and installation requirements at each site."


"If that includes a four-day pass to be with their families, then I can think of no better way to celebrate the holidays," Stultz added.  "We're just glad they have arrived safely home."


The Army executes a detailed program at the demobilization site for RC Soldiers when they return from a deployment.


According to Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli, this process is essential and cannot be cut short.  "We owe it to all Soldiers who serve-and, that includes our Guard and Reserve Soldiers-to ensure they are properly evaluated and receive the care and support they require upon redeploying.


We recognize they want to get home to their loved ones as quickly as possible; but, their short- and long-term health and well-being is our top priority."


"We certainly try to avoid bringing Soldiers to the demobilization centers over the holidays, but in some cases it's simply not possible," Chiarelli said.


Army officials at the demobilization sites are working with local authorities to identify families that would be willing to host Soldiers over the holidays.

Dempsey: Exit from Iraq is not exit from region

By Cheryl Pellerin, American Forces Press Service

KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT, Dec. 14, 2011 - As the last 5,700 U.S. troops leave Iraq to govern itself as a sovereign nation, the best way for the United States to support that country's success is to stay broadly engaged in the region, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

As part of his first USO holiday tour as chairman, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey landed at dawn at Kuwait International Airport, traveling with his senior enlisted advisor, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, their wives, and celebrities arriving to entertain the troops.

"The exit from Iraq is not an exit from the region," Dempsey told reporters just before the USO show at Camp Buehring, one of three remaining staging posts for troops and their equipment in northwestern Kuwait.

"The best way to ensure Iraq has the kind of future we all want for it is to stay engaged broadly," the chairman said, adding that the Strategic Framework Agreement, signed by the United States and Iraq in 2008 to establish long-term bonds of cooperation and friendship, directed that the relationship be built through mutual interests in security as well as trade, education and culture, law enforcement, environment and energy.

Dempsey's thoughts about Iraq and its future arise from years of experience there.

In 1991 he deployed with the 3rd Armored Division in support of Operation Desert Storm, a war waged against Iraq by a U.N.-authorized, U.S.-led coalition force representing 34 nations in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

In June 2003, Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad and served there for 14 months. In 2005 he returned to Iraq for two years to train and equip the Iraqi security forces as commanding general of the Multinational Security Transition Command�Iraq.

"Based on the [Iraqi] security forces' ... ability to manage their internal security threats, I think they're on a very stable platform," he said.

"That needs to continue to develop," the chairman added, noting that they have work to do on building some of the architectures that define stability.

"They have and will continue to work on air sovereignty, intelligence architectures, logistics architectures and the training and education component," Dempsey said.

The United States will offer Iraq support through an Office of Security Cooperation, established to help Iraqis acquire and then learn how to use military equipment they buy from the United States.

In Iraq that office will include 157 people assigned to the U.S. embassy and under the authority of the ambassador, and some who might come in on individual contracts for two or three months at a time to help the Iraqis train on U.S. equipment.

Having spent three years in Iraq working to help the leadership establish their own stability and build their own capabilities, Dempsey said the goal always was to help Iraq become a stabilizing influence in the region.

"We always thought they had the potential to do that," he added, with their economic strength, rich cultural history, good education system, agricultural development and water resources.

Dempsey said the intense effort to move troops out of Iraq, prompted by President Barack Obama's Oct. 21 announcement of the 2011 end-of-year deadline, delayed the emotional impact of the reality.

"The truth is I only found myself thinking about that in ... the last 24 hours," he said.

In those moments, he said, "I reflected on the fact that this has been a 20-year journey for me" and others who were part of the conflict with Iraq that began in 1990.

"If you were in the service, notably in the Army, and notably the heavy force of the Army," the chairman said, "Iraq was the defining element of the last 20 years of our careers."

Dempsey said he's proud of what U.S. military forces and others did in 1991 in Iraq and what U.S. forces have done over the past eight years.

"I think we've given Iraq an enormous opportunity," he said.

"We've built relationships with the Iraqi military that will persist well into the future," Dempsey said, "and on that basis they've had the chance to become the responsible stable nation state that they say they want to become."

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

After 33 years, Larry Hoover says good-bye to Commissary

Larry Hoover, manager of the Carlisle Barracks Commissary , says good-bye to the commissary employees and community members during his retirement ceremony Dec. 15.  Hoover has completed 33 years serving the Carlisle Barracks community through their commissary benefit.   Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

In 1978 Larry Hoover walked into the Carlisle Barracks commissary to start his new job as the new assistant commissary officer.  Gas was $0.63 a gallon and milk cost $1.71 a gallon.  As the year closes out, Larry Hoover will also close out this chapter of his life as he clocks out of the commissary for the last time. 

“Larry Hoover is synonymous with Carlisle Barracks,” said Stephen Oldham, store administrator.  "Part of the reason for this is not only because of his longevity, but because of the way he treats his employees."

“I don’t look at people who work for me as under me, but as part of a team working together to achieve a common goal,” said Hoover.

“I am going to miss the employees both at the store and at Carlisle Barracks the most,” he said.  “Hopefully I have made a difference in your life as you have made a difference in mine,” said Hoover to the commissary staff at his retirement ceremony.

“When I arrived we did everything manually,” said Hoover.  “This was before computers were widely used.  Everything had to be priced with an individual sticker and the cash registers were mechanical.  ,Everything had to be inputted manually.  There were no bar codes.”

“When I arrived, each service ran its own commissary,” said Hoover.  “The Army ran it under the Troop Support Agency. But in the early 1990s they consolidated to improve on service to the customer and the Defense Commissary Agency was established.”

Even though many things have changed during Hoover’s tenure, much has stayed the same.   “The majority of our customers have always been retirees who come every two weeks to do their major shopping because of the savings they can get here,” he said.  “They earned the savings they get shopping here through their service to the nation.” 

In 2010, DeCA announced that the average family of four saves more ten $4,400 dollars a year by shopping regularly at the commissary.  Military consumers save money by shopping at the commissary which sells at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge for operating costs.

“The surcharge covers electricity and overhead, but not salaries,” said Hoover.

As the store director, Hoover was responsible for supervising day-to-day operations in the store.  This included making sure that the customers were able to find what they needed, reviewing inventory and sales records, dealing with vendors, and taking care of customer comments, among other things.

“When I was a kid, I didn’t dream of being a grocery manager,” said Hoover.  “Like many people, I kind of fell into my career. 

"When I was 18 I was working as a grocery manager at Giant.   I was going to leave but they gave me a $0.05 an hour raise to $1.55 an hour so I stayed on.”    Hoover stayed at Giant for a total of thirteen years before moving to the commissary at Carlisle Barracks.

“I didn’t originally plan to stay here this long,” said Hoover, about the commissary.  “The original plan was to stay here until the kids finished school, but we were building a new store, and that was exciting.”

Seventeen years after the new store was built, DeCA planned a major renovation.

“We needed to renovate our refrigeration system,” said Hoover.  “We still had the original refrigeration units that were put in when the store was built in 1994.”

This year the commissary completed a $3.9 million upgrade, which included a décor package of wider aisles and brighter colors, along with new technology aimed at reducing costs and energy use. 

“I was going to retire last year, but we were in the middle of our multi-million dollar renovation, so I stayed,” said Hoover.

 “I was able to make a good life from the work.”

Holiday social an annual prelude to holidays
By Suzanne Reynolds
Lt. Col. Charles Unruh, Dunham Clinic, is the escort for guest from Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, at the 56th Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Social, Dec. 8, LVCC.
Dec. 8, 2011 -- Entertainment galore, delicious cookies, festive surroundings, and Elvis rocking and swaying could only mean one thing—the U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks annual Senior Citizens Holiday Social.
  The 56th Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Social was held on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Letort View Community Center here.  More than 140 senior citizens from Carlisle retirement centers attended the event, which depends on the dedication and work by hundreds of USAWC and Carlisle Barracks volunteers who bake cookies, serve as escorts, provide entertainment, and much more.
  Master of Ceremony, Col. Robert Bennett, USAWC Class president, welcomed everyone to the 56th annual event.  The event’s host, Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, saluted the veterans in the audience, and asked everyone to remember the service members in harm’s way and the families who will miss them this holiday season.
  Songs by young kids and Irish dancing took top billing from guest Marion Deibert of Manor Care.
  Entertainment featured the Post Chapel Praise Band, preschool children from the post’s Moore Child Development Center, dancers from the Coyle School of Irish Dance, a Christmas poem from Joshua Douglas Orsi, Hanukkah songs from Cantor Sharon Kunitz, Temple Ohev Sholom, Harrisburg, and songs from Emily Johnson, Rosalie Chesney and Grace Moore, Samantha Brainerd, and Seminar 11 Holiday Choir, and of course, Elvis. 
  “I think it’s a great event,” said Col. John Ulrich, USAWC student.  “I really enjoyed the entertainment and the ability to spend some time with our distinguished members of society.”
  “It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Ulrich.
  For Jim Quickel, a resident at the Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, it was his first time at the event.
  “It couldn’t have been any better,” he said.  “I had a wonderful escort and I was treated wonderfully.  “I don’t think they can go out and buy better entertainment.”
  A WWII Marine veteran, Quickel was a code radio operator on Guam during the war and was with the 1st Marine Division in China after the war.
 Col. Oliver Norrell, USAWC National Guard Advisor, greets his guest, Jim Quickel from the Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
  It was also the first time at the event for Quickel’s escort, Col. Oliver Norrell, USAWC National Guard advisor. 
  “He had a wonderful time,” said Norrell.  “It was very heartwarming, and I am glad I was able to give back,” said Norrell.  “I wish I would have done this sooner.”
  Turning 97 in February 2012, Joe Dopsovic thought the event was very interesting and particularly enjoyed the Irish dancers.  The Chapel Pointe resident keeps himself young by keeping active, getting up early, and participating in all the activities at Chapel Pointe.
  USAWC student Lt. Col. Frederick Olison escorted Kathy Bashore of Manor Care.
  “I loved it,” said Bashore.  “I would come back next year if I could.”

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

Balfour Beatty Welcomes new Community Manager

Earlier this month, Theresa Steele joined the Carlisle Barracks Balfour Beatty Communities team as the new community manager.  Steele, a military spouse, has worked for BBC for several years.  Prior to coming to Carlisle she worked as the assistant community manager for Balfour Beatty Communities, at Naval Air Station, Newport, while her husband was stationed at the Naval War College.

 “We are here to provide housing for military families,” said Steele.  Not to create hardship.  I will do everything I can to help.  I want to hear from everyone, you are my eyes and ears.  My door is always open.”

As a military spouse I understand the mentality of military families and appreciate the stresses of moving frequently, and the desire to have a place to call home,” said Steele. 

Colonel MFE, OS, FS DA Promotion board results

The FY11 Colonel MFE, OS, FS DA Promotion board results were released Dec. 14. 48 officers from Army War College educational programs were selected by the board:


LTC Darrell W. Aubrey           Sem. 13

LTC Milford H. Beagle          SSC Fellow

LTC Peter N. Benchoff         Sem. 7

LTC Christopher M. Benson                Sem. 3

LTC Michael K. Bentley       Sem. 3

LTC Thomas D. Boccardi      SSC Fellow

LTC John W. Brennan            SSC Fellow

LTC Nichoel E. Brooks          SSC Fellow

LTC James D. Brown             Sem. 22

LTC Tony K. Cho                     AY11 Deployed

LTC Andrew Cole              Sem. 7

LTC Andrew C. Cooper        Sem. 8

LTC Daniel J. Cormier          SSC Fellow

LTC Charles D. Costanza      SSC Fellow

LTC Harry R. Culclasure       Sem. 22

LTC Thomas J. Edwards      Sem. 23

LTC Timothy P. Fischer        Sem. 24

LTC Omuso D. George         Sem. 24

LTC Brian W. Gibson              Sem. 2

LTC Joseph P. Gleichenhaus             Sem. 1

LTC Richard L. Hansen         Sem. 11

LTC Thomas A. Hays             Sem. 23

LTC David J. Horan               SSC Fellow

LTC Jonathan E. Howerton                SSC Fellow

LTC Michail S. Huerter         Sem. 10

LTC Scott A. Jackson             SSC Fellow

LTC David P. Jewell               Sem. 23

LTC Kelly T. Knitter               Sem. 16

LTC Timothy C. LadouceurSSC Fellow

LTC Matthew R. Lewis         SSC Fellow

LTC Ian B. Lyles                       Sem. 8

LTC Michael Marti            Sem. 22

LTC Eric D. Martin                  Sem. 11

LTC David W. May                   Sem. 3

LTC Robert G. McNeil           Sem. 11

LTC Randy Murray           SSC Fellow

LTC Guy B. Parmeter           Sem. 19

LTC Bryan E. Patridge          Sem. 23

LTC James P. Payne              Sem. 6

LTC Matthew F. Rasmussen             Sem. 8

LTC Richard A. Rivera           Sem. 10

LTC Kurt A. Schosek               Sem. 14

LTC Douglas A. Sims              SSC Fellow

LTC Kara L. Soules                SSC Fellow

LTC Scot N. Storey                Sem. 17

LTC Randall D. Wickman      SSC Fellow

LTC David L. Wood               Sem. 7

LTC William H. Zemp             AY11 Deployed

Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club December Outreach Recipient


The Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club presented $250 to Camp Koala Children's Bereavement Camp at the December luncheon, Dec. 14, Letort View Community Center.





                                                                                                                        Photo by Suzanne Reynolds

Col. Sam White, Center for Strategic Leadership
USAWC program partners with top universities to educate future diplomats

Gustave Feissel (center at table) presides over the UN Ministerial Meeting at the University of Kentucky as part of the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise.

In one room, a heated discussion breaks out between diplomats over competition for natural resources. In the next room, top national security professionals discuss regional conflicts that have erupted as a result of this competition. The situation is not playing out in a United Nations General Session but, instead, in the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise.

Each year, future diplomats and national security professionals partner with the Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership to host the ISCNE at top-tier universities and institutes around the nation.  The exercise was hosted recently at Georgetown University, the University of Kentucky and for the first time at the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

More than 160 graduate and undergraduate students honed their strategic thinking and negotiation skills, “learning by doing.”  Students, assigned to one of seven country-teams, represented participants at a mock UN-sponsored conference called to address a tough, real-world, stalemated conflict. 

A CSL team brings the ISCNE to each university, complete with the scenario, maps, background information, and the special -- and confidential -- instructions that each team will follow to negotiate an effective outcome. As the exercise unfolds, each team develops a strategy and works to negotiate the best solution to the conflict based on the scenario and instructions from their governments.

Career diplomats and regional experts coach and mentor each team through the diplomatic process.  The exercise brings in real-world experts, like Gustave Feissel, a career diplomat who spent more than 15 years as a member of the United Nations team working on the issues in Cyprus. Feissel took part in the exercise at the University of Kentucky, which focused on the nation.

“I was very impressed with the way the exercise was organized and with the background material that was prepared,” he said. “I have not seen a better paper setting out the history of the Cyprus problem.” 

Delegates from the Russian team negotiate the composition of peacekeeping forces during the ISCNE at the Air Force Academy.



The program is far reaching, with exercises hosted for students at Georgetown University, Princeton University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse University, among others.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
USAWC honors outstanding alums, celebrates history


Retired Gen. Glenn Otis, retired Lt. Gen. Arthur Gregg, retired Lt. Gen. Theodore Stroup and retired Maj. Gen. Edward Atkeson were honored as outstanding alumni during a celebration in Bliss Hall Dec. 12. Photo by Megan Clugh.

To see a video chronicling the 110 years of Army War College history go here

Dec. 12, 2011 -- Leadership lessons and the strategic thinking skills learned at the Army War College apply long after the graduate has left the school and the military. Just ask the four outstanding alumni honored Dec. 12 here.

Retired Gen. Glenn Otis, retired Lt. Gen. Arthur Gregg, retired Lt. Gen. Theodore Stroup and retired Maj. Gen. Edward Atkeson were each honored for continued leadership beyond military service.  The Outstanding Alumni awards highlighted the student celebration of the Army War College’s 110th birthday.   The Army War College Foundation sponsored the awards and the Bliss Hall event.

“These leaders embody the fundamental purpose of the Army War College – to apply strategic leadership in service to the nation,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant. “These four outstanding alumni stand out as exemplars of our values – strategic leaders for life. These four leaders took the lessons of the Army War College to the next level.

“After serving a full, distinguished career in formal military service, each of these men wrote an entire post-War College and post-uniform chapter of service.  They represent the best of us. They embody the strategic leader attributes we teach – vision, leadership, and selfless service to the nation.”

Martin challenged the 368 students of the USAWC class of 2012 to uphold the honored alumni’s commitment to service.

“Make the most of this year and give it your all – with passion – and be a strategic leader for your life-time, like the four great Americans we honor here today, he said.”Be like them.”

Each of the honored alumni found, in military retirement, the opportunity to apply leadership to their passion.

 “You have to find an organization or activity that you enjoy and that you can relate to,” said Theodore Stroup, Class of 1981, who served formerly as the Army’s deputy chief of staff for Personnel, and is currently vice president for Education and executive director of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare.

“In my case it was easy. It was, how does one stay connected to the Army and continue to serve Soldiers and families, he said.” Stroup created a program at AUSA to develop national security analysts from leading universities to prepare them for greater responsibilities within the executive and legislative branches of the government. 

“When I retired there were a number of community-based organizations and some national   organizations that were doing great work for Americans and it was my great pleasure to join them,” said Arthur Gregg, Class of 1968, who is a former Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, and served in the Army for 35 years, rising from Private to Lieutenant General.

“Over time, you become very passionate in their mission,” he said about his service with organizations dedicated to education. He has served on or as a trustee for the Board Advisory Council for Mission Readiness Military leaders for Kids, a non-profit organization supporting America’s youth, the Council of Trustees for AUSA, and at Excelsior College.  

“There are a lot of things that needed commentary and I’m a writer,” said Edward Atkeson, Class of 1969, whoserved as aformer USAWC Deputy Commandant and commanding general of the U.S. Army Concepts Analysis Agency. He has authored four books on grand strategy, regional analysis and the global perspective. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Defense Intelligence College and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the U.S. Army.

“It’s important to observe what’s going on, who’s’ doing it and leading it, what effect it’s having on other people. So I’m highly tempted to comment on those where I think commentary might be healthy.”

“It pays to be able to participate someplace where you can hope to achieve honesty, “said Glenn Otis, Class of 1970, who served formerly as a commander of Training and Doctrine Command. Since his military retirement he has served on the Defense Science Board, as Chairman of the Board on Army Science and Technology, and on the House Armed Services Committee’s Commission to assess U.S. National Security Space Management and Organization.

The honorees credited their Army War College experience for transforming their thinking.

“The experience and tone you get here that gives you a flexibility of mind that you can consider other problems that not every one may recognize,” said Atkeson. “Leadership at the strategic level calls for more demands on the academic side of thought. It’s no longer just, ‘what should we be doing?’ and ‘how can we get that done?’  It’s,” what potential force do we need to back up our position and make sure people understand why we are doing it’?”

“This course allows you to refresh your skills in strategic thinking and look at what the Army should be doing,” said Gregg. “I could not have imagined the tremendous professional growth I received as a result of my time here at the War College. “Your time here will truly prepare you for positions of greater responsibility.”

 “When one comes to the War College, your view is quite narrow,” said Otis. “The breadth and depth of subject matter here is just tremendous. It teaches you to use that knowledge for the future.”

 “You will not only benefit from your experience here, so will those around you,” said Stroup. “My time here was a great base for the years that I served after I left Carlisle.

The ceremony concluded with video highlights of the Army War College’s 110 years --

  • Established in 1901 by Secretary of War Elihu Root to serve as the Army’s General Staff as well as its senior school to prepare officers to strategize and develop capacities for future crises.
  • Graduated in 1905 its first class of Army and Marine Corps officers
  • Reopened in 1919, after two years suspension for World War I, with revised curriculum of historical studies, responsible command, and the effects of political, social and economic factors on national defense
  • Educated, in the interwar years, key World War II leaders including generals Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, Omar Bradley and Admiral William Halsey
  • Reopened and relocated at Fort Leavenworth in 1950, after WW2 closure
  • Relocated in 1951 to historic Carlisle Barracks, adjacent to the college town of Carlisle
  • Integrated, in 1978, international officers to advance strategic understanding and relationships
  • For 60 years at Carlisle Barracks, evolved the curriculum to reflect and anticipate the strategic environment
  • Continued, through the post-9/11 years, to educate officers through professional and intellectual development for future requirements and responsibilities.


Army-Navy Game: Renew old rivalry in new venue

One of the most storied rivalries in all of college sports will be on display for the 112th time when Army & Navy renew acquaintances Dec. 10, at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., for the annual Army-Navy football game.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the CBS television network and the radio over the Westwood One network. The game will also be aired world-wide on the Armed Forces Network.

USAWC Library release
USAWC library display highlights the holidays


Stop by the U.S. Army War College Library to unique seasonal displays and decorations. As you enter the lobby, you will be greeted by a fun book tree created by the staff using a variety of materials drawn from the Library's collections. And in a public display case, enjoy a selection of German Christmas items on loan from Colonel Judith Robinson, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management faculty, which includes ornaments, a traditional smoker, plates, and a nativity carved from Triberg wood. The tree was created by Merrie Wyrick and Trisha Dixon.


Dec. 9, 2011 -- While reviewing websites last winter, U.S. Army War College Library technician Merrie Wyrick came across an article featuring a college library staff in Michigan that had constructed a tree made entirely from books. She proposed the idea to supervisory librarian Ginny Shope, who put it tentatively on her calendar for this December.

With Library Director Bohdan Kohutiak's approval, on Monday morning when library staff gathered to decorate for the holidays, Mrs. Wyrick along with co-worker Trisha Dixon, carefully stacked materials from the Library's collections to build the first USAWC book tree. Starting with thick red New York Times volumes at the base to simulate a tree skirt, they layered "branches" one on top of another, and then topped it off with yellow boxes of microfilm.

"What makes the USAWC's book tree different from others we found on the Internet," Mrs. Wyrick explained, "are the brightly colored issues of Wired magazine that we included to create an illusion of light strings circling the tree – making our tree sort of wired!"

Many students, staff, and faculty walking through the lobby to enter the Library, stop to admire the tree and then ask, "What if someone needs to use that book in the middle?" "They're mostly old indexes, so that's not likely," replies Shope with a grin, "but have you ever heard of the game Jenga?"

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

Privatization of Army Lodging is coming to a post near you

Dec. 9, 2011 -- For most of us PCSing means a stay at a post lodging facility.  At Fort Polk this means staying at a Holiday Inn Express.

In August of this year, Fort Polk and 10 other Army installations privatized temporary lodging as part of an Army wide initiative to privatize all Army Lodging by 2013.

According to, website, 80 percent of Army lodging needs to be repaired or replaced outright.  This would cost the Army nearly $1 billion and nearly 20 years to complete.  Privatization would allow for long-term sustainment of the facilities as well as lower the cost of the rooms to the consumer. 

“The Army is excited to extend the monumental success that we have had with housing privatization to our hotel products. Soldiers will now be offered the same brands of hotels as are available outside the gate, with comparable levels of services and an even better location,” stated Rhonda Hayes, chief Army Capital Ventures Directorate.

Under the Privatization of the Army Lodging program the Army transferred their existing lodging facilities with a 50-year lease to Actus Lend Lease and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to build, renovate, operate and maintain adequate and affordable lodging.

“We are excited to be able to offer military and government travelers an improved lodging experience and are looking forward to continuing to do so in the future,” said Marc Sierra, managing director for Actus. 

“IHG has been providing guests with quality accommodations and a great hotel stay experience for over 60 years and we are excited to do so for the guests visiting IHG Army Hotels,” said Angela Brav, chief operating officer, North America, IHG. “We bring the convenience and consistency of our hotel brands, like Holiday Inn Express, while providing a guest experience specially tailored for Army travelers.”

Requisite real estate and environmental work is currently underway at the remaining 21 to-be-privatized installations. When completed Army lodging hotels will be a mix of well recognized and well respected IHG brands such as: Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites, and Holiday Inn Express, and renovated historic facilities.

According to a paper published by, many of the renovated facilities will be converted to Holliday Inn Express hotels, and IHG Army Hotels will offer enhanced guest services including complimentary breakfasts, pet-friendly rooms and the IHG Priority Club frequent-stay program. 

Carlisle Barracks is scheduled to have its lodging privatized in the near future.  Next month a PAL team will visit the installation to set up the preliminary requirements for the change-over.

“We are hopeful that the privatization will bring modernization of our Army Lodging,” said Lt. Col. William McDonough, Carlisle Barracks garrison commander.  “We have been unable to reinvest dollars into the furnishings and comfort items of the rooms and such standardization should assist us in this endeavor.”

Carlisle Barracks on-post lodging currently includes 45 rooms for official travelers and visitors to the post.

“During fiscal year 2011 we had nearly 14,000 guests,” said Wendi Kent, Carlisle Barracks Lodging business manager.  “Most of our guests stayed with us in a TDY capacity.”

Upon completion, the privatized portfolio will span 42 installations (15,500 rooms) with more than $1 billion dollars of private capital reinvested in the facilities.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
USAFRICOM commander shares strategic lessons with USAWC students


Gen. Carter Ham,  USAFRICOM Commander, speaks to the U.S. Army War College Class of 2012 in Bliss Hall Dec. 7. Carter addressed current challenges and the U.S. role in assisting African partners. Photo by Megan Clugh.


Dec. 7, 2011 – Arab spring, regional conflicts, growing economies, a population of more than one billion, and the threat of violent extremism.  Gen. Carter Ham, USAFRICOM Commander, addressed current challenges and the U.S. role in assisting African partners, while at the Army War College, Dec. 7.

Ham spoke to the students of the Army War College class of 2012 about U.S. interests in Africa from a security standpoint, and about what U.S. Africa Command is trying to achieve on behalf of the nation. 

“That’s principally the effort to strengthen the defense capabilities of our African partners in order to contribute to increased stability in Africa,” he said.

He noted ongoing events in Libya as an example.

“As we think now about what’s next in Libya, it’s a very perplexing problem,” he said. “It’s compounded by the fact that the Libyans don’t have any experience in running their own government ….

“I think the U.S.’s   best military effort would be in helping the Libyans build the institutions necessary for their armed forces … a personnel system, a logistics system, a medical system, transportation system, recruiting and training system, none of which exists in Libya today. The Libyans are good fighters -- they don’t need a lot of extra training at the tactical level. I think our best effort is at the institutional level.”

Ham discussed the benefits of an Army War College experience for African leaders.

“The Africans would readily send twice as many officers here if we could accommodate that,” he said. “There is a real thirst, a real interest in sending their officers here to learn. I think that’s a great testament to the War College and the staff and faculty here.

Ham referred to the mutual benefit of African officers gaining greater understanding of how the United States operates, and creating new networks. He emphasized the opportunities that will be available through a greater sense of collaboration and cooperation among the African senior leaders.

The address by Ham was an opportunity for international officers from Africa to speak directly to the man in charge of U.S. military interests there.

“I appreciate his insights and discussions of how AFRICOM is interacting and working with the colonial powers in Africa,” said Lt. Col.  Oumar Diarra, Mali. “In Africa, we recognize there are interests and implications that trace back hundreds of years that are still important today. I feel that he (Ham) understands this.”

Ham  met also with students in the Advanced Strategic Arts Program while here to discuss U.S. relationships with nations on the African continent. ASAP is a focused 6-month curriculum, for select USAWC students, in strategic art, theater design, campaign planning, and the policy-strategy interface.


Ham said the USAWC experience was an important step for senior military officers' development for strategic responsibilities.

 “Leadership at the strategic level, at the national level, is the most complex endeavor in which I’ve ever been engaged,” he said. “There is a reason that we require our officers to grow over a career of service before they are in these most senior, national-level positions.  Unlike many other professions, you can’t just hire somebody without that experience and park them in these national-level positions.

The Army War College exposes officers to the mechanics of the national security decision-making process. “More importantly, they have an opportunity to think, to discuss, to debate in an academic environment –which is largely penalty free—and start to think about when they do advance into these positions. What are the values that are going to guide them as they’re making decisions and, most often as military folks, recommendations to civilian leaders?  

“The role of the Army War College in that process is invaluable because it affords the officer that opportunity for personal and professional growth that you just can’t get when you’re in an operational assignment because you’re consumed by the day-to-day activities.”        

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, U.S. Army War College Commandant
Commandant recognizes Dean Johnsen’s 10-year leadership, announces next dean for Army War College


Dec. 7, 2011 -- After ten years of magnificent service as the dean of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Bill Johnsen has decided to step aside.  I look forward to the opportunity this June to honor and celebrate the extensive contributions of this masterful College leader.  

Dr. Johnsen’s leadership set a wise course for the College throughout the extraordinary post-9/11 period.   Despite the enormous demands of an Army at war, our Army leaders signaled the value they placed in the Army War College by sending top officers here to study and develop professionally for future requirements and challenges.

It is with our thanks and admiration that Dr. Johnsen will complete his tenure as dean through the graduation of the resident class of 2012. I look forward to standing with him in June as we congratulate the 10th student body to have benefited from the vision and leadership with which he has shaped this great institution.  Dr. Johnsen will then take a well-earned sabbatical.

The next years for the Army War College must be marked by continued commitment to excellence and innovation as the nation and the Army War College adapt both to new fiscal realities and to a changing strategic environment.

As I look back in admiration on Dr. Johnsen’s contributions, I look forward in anticipation to the contributions of the next dean of the Army War College, Lance Betros.

Col.  Betros is currently Professor and Head of the Department of History at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.  After this year’s USMA graduation, he will retire at the rank of brigadier general, and then take the lead for the College.  We expect that he will join the distance education students at their graduation in July 2012, get to know the faculty this summer, and welcome the class of 2013.

Dr. Betros was selected from among a highly competitive pool of almost 50 gifted candidates.  The selection process was supported by a panel of senior Army War College leaders and academic professionals.  Through a multilayered selection process, Dr. Betros emerged clearly as the finest candidate among an extremely talented group of finalists.

Dr. Bill Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academics.


Lance Betros will bring to Carlisle a passion for intellectual and leader development, as well as leadership and administrative skills honed during 35 years of commissioned service. 

Since his commission into the Infantry at the U.S. Military Academy in 1977, Dr. Betros has gained the military experience and academic credentials that made him an ideal choice to be the new dean.  As he spoke to the selection committee about his background, he demonstrated wisdom in identifying the lessons and values of each experience.  Following battalion command, he served as the senior military aide to the Secretary of the Army.  The assignment gave him a better understanding of the civil-military interactions at the highest levels of government.  As well, he gained greater insight about how the Army operates within joint and combined environments.

His doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is consistent with a lifelong respect for the value of history to the military professional.  He holds master’s degrees from the School of Advanced Military Studies at the Command and General Staff College, and from UNC-CH.   He elected to stay in D.C., after working with the Secretary of the Army, to pursue his military education at the National War College, where he was a distinguished graduate.

In recent years, he refined his skills in leading faculty, developing curriculum, and building programs to develop leaders and enrich education. For example, he restructured the core curriculum in history to better integrate and align the USMA cadet’s experience with regional studies, foreign language and culture.  Additionally, he founded the West Point Center for Oral History, an online archive of first-person interviews with Soldiers and other national security professionals.

"Professional military education is vital. The Army needs officers of the highest quality, and their intellectual preparation is the surest way of influencing the contributions they will make as senior leaders." –Col. Lance Betros, Ph.D.




Dr. Betros exhibits the commitment to excellence and innovation that must be the hallmark of the Army War College.  I find inspiration in his humility and enthusiasm about the opportunity to guide our institution, our faculty and our students.  Our shared future will be founded on his deep respect for the professional excellence of the staff and faculty of the Army War College.

Dr. Betros and his wife, Laurel, will be a great fit and a significant addition for this institution.  They look forward to joining our community and are already aware of its appeal. Dr. Betros has a love for Carlisle’s historic roots and an appreciation for the historical collection of USAHEC’s Military History Institute.

I am absolutely certain that Lance Betros is the right leader to guide our Army War College in providing wise, innovative and inspired leader development at this critical point in our history.

“Prudens Futuri “ – Wisdom and Strength for the Future.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
USAWC faculty recognized for excellence

Dec. 7, 2011 -- The U.S. Army War College mission is to develop, inspire and serve strategic leaders for the wise and effective application of national power, in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment, emphasizing development and employment of land power. That mission could not be done without the world-class faculty, many of whom were recognized during a ceremony Dec. 7 in Bliss Hall. 

“We’re here to celebrate a team of all-stars,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, U.S. Army War College commandant, when talking about the entire USAWC faculty. “The faculty we recognize today help define the Army War College and propel us toward our vision for the future – the world’s best institution for developing strategic leaders and thought. Efforts like theirs will make us the international institution of choice.

The faculty members we single out today are on the front lines in executing the total Army War College mission – to develop, inspire and serve strategic leaders who will be prepared for the complex global security challenges of the 21st century. “

Martin then spoke to the honorees.

 “You inspire us by your commitment to strategic leader education and strategic thought,” he said of the honorees. “You’re the rock stars of the military teaching profession. Your influence will endure through your studies, your publications … and through these students.”

Dr. Bill Johnsen, Dean of Academics, echoed Martin’s thoughts.

I am delighted that our student body can see the considerable pool of talent that our faculty represents,” he said. “Each of you has set that example, gone far beyond what was expected and produced an outstanding product with far ranging effects.  You have truly touched thousands of readers, listeners, and students.”


Martin closed the ceremony by issuing three challenges to the students gathered in Bliss Hall.

“When we are confronted with inspiring people, we have a simple choice,” he said. “We can wonder at those who work at the speed of excellence. Or, we can follow their lead.”

“First get to know these experienced, wise, dedicated professionals. Maintain relationships, and they will be resources for you as you move through your careers,” he said.  “Then strive to be like these role models. Tap into their knowledge about how to get published. Advance your ideas.  Co-author with a faculty member.  – And, apply your ‘Can-Do’ mindset to get published. 

Finally, Recognize opportunity to give back. Our leadership is reenergizing the idea of the practitioner returning to the classroom.  Our leaders want to instill a new principle: to follow the privilege of command with the responsibility of teaching. The best of the practitioners will come back to the institution and teach. It’s a time-honored tradition of the Army, and it’s time now for you to put that on your planning horizon. “


Those honored during the awards ceremony were:


The Col. John J Madigan III Writing Competition Awards were announced:


  • Dr. Tami Biddle -“Leveraging Strength: The Pillars of American Grand Strategy in World War II,” Orbis
  •  Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II -“American Operational Art, 1917-2008,” in The Evolution of Operations Art
  •  Dr. Paul Rexton Kan-“Making a Sandwich in Afghanistan: How to Assess a Strategic Withdrawal from a Protracted Irregular War,” Small Wars Journal, 24 February 2011:1-13
  •  Dr. Kevin J. Weddle - “The Fall of Satan’s Kingdom: Civil-Military Relations and the Union Navy’s Attack on Charleston, 1863,” The Journal of American History 74, no. 2 (April 2011)
  •  Dr. Larry P. Goodson and Professor Thomas H. Johnson- “Parallels with the Past: How the Soviets Lost in Afghanistan, How the Americans are Losing,” Foreign Policy Research Institute E-Notes, April 2011
  •  Col. Richard Lacquement - “Integrating Civilian and Military Activities,” Parameters 40 no, 4 (Spring 2010)


  • Dr. Max G. Manwaring -“Gangs, Pseudo-Militaries, and Other Modern Mercenaries: New dynamics in Uncomfortable Wars,” University of Oklahoma Press.

Six officers were recognized for military tenure:

  • Col. Stephen C. Sobotta, Department of Command, Leadership and Management
  • Col. Ricky T. King, Department of Distance Education
  • Col. Deborah Hanagan, Department of National Security and Strategy
  • Col. Michael V. McCrea, Department of Command, Leadership and Management
  • Col. Jerry Cashion, Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations
  • Col. Richard A. Lacquement,Department of National Security and Strategy







Dr. John Bonin, Department of Academic Affairs was promoted to Title X faculty.


“This promotion recognizes Prof. Bonin’s long and faithful service to all aspects of the USAWC mission,” said Johnsen. “Equally important, it also recognizes his many, significant, and unique contributions to Army and Joint Doctrine and force structure. Without exaggeration, no one in the world knows more about doctrine and force structure at the theater level. He is truly an Army and national asset.”


Four academic chairs were also announced:


Dedicated Chairs

  • Col. Thomas E. Sheperd- The General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair of The Profession of Arms
  • Professor Harry A. Tomlin- The General John J. Pershing Chair of Military Planning and Operations


Honorary Chairs

  • Mr. P. J. Crowley- The Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership
  • Dr. Carol Reardon- The Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History

Be prepared when winter weather comes

   Dec. 7, 2011 -- Wondering where to go for information about post closures, delays?

   The best place to check for all official post operations is the information line at 245-3700. Updated at least daily, this number always has the latest on post operations.

Also check the USAWC Facebook page at and the Banner at

    You can also find information about delays or closures on the following media outlets.

Television Stations

·         WGAL-TV 8

·         WHP CBS 21

·         WHTM-TV ABC 27

·         Fox 43

·         WITF


Radio Stations

·         Carlisle - WIOO (1000AM).

·         Harrisburg - WHP (580 AM); WITF (89.5 FM); WRVV (97.3 FM); WNNK

·         (104.1 FM); WTCY (1400 AM); WWKL (92.1 FM); WTPA (93.5 FM); BOB (94.9 FM);

·         KISS (99.3 FM).

·         Chambersburg - WCHA (800 AM); WQCM (94.3 FM); WIKZ (95.1 FM).

·         Greencastle - WCBG (1590 AM); WSRT (92.1 FM); WAYZ (104.7 FM); WWMD

·         (101.5 FM).

·         Gettysburg - WGET (1320 AM); WGTY (107.7 FM).



·         Carlisle Sentinel

·         Harrisburg Patriot-News

“From the Army’s Home Front:” Caring exemplifies the spirit of the holiday season                                                               

 Editor’s Note:  Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter assumed command of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command at Joint Base San Antonio Nov. 17. He is also Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. IMCOM is the Army’s home. Its mission is to provide Soldiers, Civilians and their Families with a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their service.

Gate guard Jimmy McCoy and then - Maj. Gen.  Michael Ferriter, when he was commaning general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga. in 2010. 

One of the world’s greatest leaders was a gate guard who worked at the main gate of Fort Benning, Ga. What made Mr. McCoy so great was that he knew his job was more than checking ID cards. With his awesome attitude, he conveyed to every person passing through his lane that he cared.

Somehow he succeeded in making a difference just through his genuine message of “Welcome Home!” I’ve talked with many people who had contact with him—Soldiers, parents visiting their Soldiers, Civilians going to work, and visiting retirees who were stationed at Fort Benning years ago, and all agreed. He made a difference.

We’ve all seen this type of inspired leadership on every installation. Showing that we care exemplifies the very spirit of the holiday season.

The great thing about being part of the Army Family is that caring goes beyond the holiday season. It is day in, day out, year-round.

Margie and I and our four kids have lived and grown as a Family on Army installations around the world.  In addition to Mr. McCoy, we’ve met many whose sense of service far exceeded their job description—really dedicated people at a housing office, Youth Sports coaches, and Child Development Services, to name just a few. My family’s experience is not unique. Every Soldier and Family member can point to service providers on our garrisons who go out of their way to help.

The same sense of caring is why so many Soldiers, Family members, Civilians and retirees volunteer their time and talents across the installation. Our volunteers welcome newcomers. They teach classes, mentor children and teens, and run play groups for young mothers and toddlers. They plan outings for Wounded Warriors, build houses for disabled veterans, support Survivors, help prepare Families for deployment and throw welcome home parties.

Caring and selfless service is ingrained in our Army culture, and we are much stronger because of it.

Army Strong!

To everyone who has extended a helping hand this past year, whether in a professional capacity or as a volunteer, thank you. Thank you for choosing to go the extra mile to make a difference for Soldiers, Civilians and Families.

Let’s all enjoy what the season offers, wherever we are, and enjoy time with friends and loved ones.  As we celebrate, let’s remember those who are deployed and extend extra support to their Families at home.

Let’s also be mindful of those around us who may find this time of year more difficult. For those who need assistance, our installations provide a number of Soldier and Family support services. If you are unsure where to go, start with Army Community Service or the chaplain’s office.

 From my Family to you and yours, we wish you a safe and happy holidays and a blessed new year.

Commandant's Holiday Message

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – Nov. 30, 2011 – "As we begin the holiday season, it is important to reflect on the many blessings in our lives and take the time to be with our families and loved ones," said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, commandant of the U.S. Army War College in his traditional holiday video message.

It also is important that we remember the many military service members, international partners and civilians deployed far from home at this time of year, standing together in distant lands to bring hope and freedom to millions.  We think of them and their families who await their safe return.

Maj. Gen. Martin also offered his thanks to the many members of the Carlisle Barracks community - students, families, faculty and staff - and extended his best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. 

And finally, as inclement weather approaches, he cautioned travelers to exercise care while on the road to minimize risk.  

Click on photo to view video message.


National Drinking and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

Army Substance Abuse Office

December 1 – 31 Focus – Impaired Driving

Carlisle Barracks leadership stands in front of a car that was involved in an alcohol-related accident to demonstrate what can happen when you drive impaired.


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

Safe driving

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

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

Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.

Do not pressure guests to drink.

Serve food to slow the rate of absorption of alcohol.

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

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

Having a FUN holiday is having a SAFE Holiday.


Impaired driving

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

The Reality

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

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

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

The more alcohol you consume, the more impaired you become.



Plan Ahead

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

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

Protective Programs

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

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


Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption


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

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

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

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


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


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



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


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


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


Lunch and learn presentation


Thursday, 15 December, 1130 – 1300 at Ann Ely Hall, room 202

“What is Responsible Drinking, and DUI – Facts You Need to Know & Holiday Safety”


Pre-registration required by calling 245-4576.


This class will cover the following:

  • “Responsible Drinking” – This class will challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high risk alcohol abuse, physical tolerance vs mental tolerance.  We will discuss how our choices can protect or harm the things that we love and value.
  • PennDot DUI and DUI Crash Stats'
  • "DUI's don't get past us"
  •  DRE's - Drug recognition Experts - What are they? Where do they come from?
  •  Drunk / Drug Driving PA Laws
  •  Alcohol Time Effects
  •  Plan ahead – who you can call for assistance
  • Holiday Safety



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

    Carlisle Barracks Christkindlesmarkt 
       Holiday shoppers visited the Carlisle Barracks Christkindlesmarkt on Saturday, Dec. 3, Root Hall gym, to find that one-of-a-kind gift.
      Approximately 2100 people attended, making the 3rd annual Christkindlesmarkt a successful one.
  Photos by Suzanne Reynolds

Lt. Col. Mark McCann, Army War College Public Affairs
Army edges Navy in defensive contest

Members of the U.S. Army War College Class of 2012 took each other on in a friendly game of flag football on Indian Field Dec.1. The game served as a warm-up for the Army-Navy game to be played on Dec. 10. The Army team won the game 2-0.  Photos by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.  want more photos?

 Dec. 2, 2011 – In what could only be described as a defensive-minded contest, Army avenged last year’s defeat by beating Navy 2-0 in the U.S. Army War College’s annual Army Navy flag football classic at Indian Field here.

In the true spirit of the “Carlisle Barracks experience” here at the Army War College, teams represented the entire student population with members from all services, civilians and international students in the game and events.

“This game gave all students an opportunity to spend time with their classmates and families, was a great PT – physical training – session, and lived up to the tradition of Army beating Navy,” said Army student and class president, Col. Bob Bennett.

In what became a defensive contest, the outcome was settled on the game’s first possession after Navy fielded the opening kickoff.

With Navy backed up to its own goal line, Army’s defense capitalized on an offensive miscue and forced a safety for an early 2-0 lead in what ultimately became the game’s only score.

After receiving Navy’s free kick, it looked like Army  was primed to break the game open early, completing two long passes and moving past midfield. But a third long pass attempt was intercepted deep in Navy territory, ending the threat.

The remainder of the first half became a back-and-forth, contest with each team building an attack but never getting into the red zone to produce a scoring opportunity.

Adding to the American football experience was music by the Big Spring High School Marching Band.

Army provided some excitement late in the first half, as it got an opportunity to run a two-minute drill, but ran out of time before they could hit pay dirt.

Each team exchanged punts to start the second half, and then Navy went into a “ball control” offense that consumed several minutes and kept the ball out of Army’s hands. But several untimely penalties proved costly, negating big gains. 

 Finally, with time running out and its back against the wall, Navy’s last desperation pass attempt fell short, and all Army had to do was run out the clock to avenge last year’s defeat.

“This truly was a community effort with Carlisle Barracks DFMWR playing a huge part in orchestrating all of this,” said Bennett. “They set up the tents available to tailgaters, provided large grills, and got the stadium ready to go. We owe them a great deal of thanks for all of their effort to make this a great event.”

Contributing to the pageantry was the game’s public address announcer from local Boiling Springs, Pa., High School, the band from nearby Big Spring High School in Newville Pa., cheerleaders, children of current Army War College students from nearby Carlisle, Pa., schools, and the color guard from Carson Long Military Institute in Bloomfield, Pa.

Senior civilian leaders illuminate path to success

by Lt. Col. Mark McCann, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs

Ms. Ellen Helmerson, Deputy Chief of Staff, G1/4, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, provides a organizational overview and talks with civilian students attending the Army War College during "Civilian Career Days" last week at Carlisle Barracks. Photo by Scott Finger

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – Dec. 1, 2011 – Civilian students at the U.S. Army War College met with Senior Executives here to learn about the path to career success and discuss the placement process for senior civilian positions following graduation next June.   

Each year, the College offers select civilian employees from a wide range of government agencies the opportunity to study about strategic leadership.

This year’s 368-student class includes senior officers from all U.S. services, international military officers, and 25 civilians from the Departments of the Army, State, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency.

The recent “Civilian Career Days” provided a forum for the 13 Army civilian students to exchange ideas with senior civilian leaders from their service about professional development and the path to career success in the Army Civilian Corps.   

“This is a forum for facilitating interaction between U.S. Army War College civilian students and senior civilian leaders,” said the College’s Associate Dean Julie Manta. “It provides our civilian students with an opportunity to think about their future and opportunities available to them as they continue their service after graduation.”

Diversity in assignments is an invaluable component to overall civilian leader development, according to Ms. Ellen Helmerson, a senior executive who is the Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Deputy Chief of Staff, G1/4.

“While education and training certainly are important, do not underestimate the value of experience,” she told the students. “You are here because the Army needs you to build the knowledge, skills, and ability so you can move into more demanding assignments.”

“There is a benefit to seeing different areas of the Army that we haven’t been exposed to,” said Army civilian student Pete Dulniawka. “This was an opportunity for us to speak with senior civilian leaders. There was a benefit in this exchange of ideas.”

When Army civilian employees are selected to attend the College, they sign mobility agreements to leave their current positions. Civilian students begin working a placement process before graduating from their year-long resident study program so they can use their education in senior civilian leadership positions.

 “This is a great opportunity for Army civilians to be in the room with colleagues and their military counterparts so they get a feel for a more strategic approach to things,” said Mr. Joe Capps, executive director to the commanding general of the Installation Management Command. “Because we do this, civilians walk away from here with a common understanding of the Army’s strategic picture leading to one unified strategic approach.”

Army civilian student Linda Groat thought it was good to hear civilian senior leaders dispel the myth that Army organizations only promote from within.

“This has been enlightening to know that there are valuable positions that we can be placed in and to hear that there is a positive outlook in placing people from other organizations,” she said. “It also is good to hear that Army commands look forward to having civilian graduates from the U.S. Army War College placed in their organizations.”

“This supports strategic leader development of our civilians,” said Manta. “We want to make sure our civilian students go to positions that will enable them to use the education they received here.”

In speaking with the Army civilian students during his visit, Capps said, “It is clear to me that we are sending quality people here who receive a quality education, and that is value added to the Army.”

Senior leaders from the Army G-1, the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, the Army Training and Doctrine Command, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Installation Management Command participated in this two-day event, co-sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs’ Civilian Senior Leader Management Office and the Army War College.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
FLAGS creates leaders for life

20 Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills facilitators completed their training and celebrated with a graduation ceremony Nov. 30. These new leaders will now train other spouses during FLAGS workshops in January. FLAGS, offered at the USAWC since 1992, is a volunteer-based to help senior military spouses become strategic thinkers and problem solvers. Photo by Megan Clugh.

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Nov. 30, 2011 – Life-changing educational programs and personal growth are not just available for the military officers going through the various educational programs at the Army War College, there are opportunities for spouses and family members as well.  

For the last few weeks, spouses of USAWC students have been taking part in the Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills training seminar facilitator training. The 20-member class celebrated with a graduation ceremony in the LVCC Nov. 30.

“This is a unique program specific to the Army War College, but it is not just a military spouse training workshop,” explained Lisa Towery, who has been the program director since 2007. “It provides the opportunity for more effective leadership abilities and skills in the roles that they may take on in the future.”

Col. Bobby Towery, deputy commandant, compared the program to the Airborne school in the Arm y during their ceremony.

“You facilitators are now the ‘jumpmasters’ for this FLAGS program,” he said. “You will now help guide and train the next generation of senior spouse leaders. We need you to pass on your knowledge.” 

FLAGS, offered at the USAWC since 1992, is a volunteer-based to help senior military spouses become strategic thinkers and problem solvers, but the spouses who have been training for a facilitator spot say the program offers much more.

“I think the FLAGS program was a great opportunity not only to learn a great deal about myself, but also about the groups I interact with and how to be more effective,” said Sheri Fisher. “This type of information for me is perfect. I’m a life coach, so I spend a great deal of time interacting with people, so understanding myself and different perspectives is invaluable.” 

“As a professional I wanted to sink my teeth into something and hone the skills I have and develop some new ones,” said Jennifer Eyre. “The self-knowledge I’ve gained and the skills I’ve acquired I can immediately use in my marriage and my family. As a teacher I can also use them in a group setting, no matter what the audience is.”

This year’s class of 20 is the largest in the programs history according to Christine Yuengert, Military Family Program Coordinator.

 “The setting is an experiential learning workshop and provides the opportunity for self-awareness and validation with further opportunities to learn more from those who are in the group,” said Towery. “Everyone learns group dynamics through the group experience and they learn a lot from what is presented, but they ultimately learn more through each other.”

Towery explained that facilitators first learn about the individual and self-awareness which lends itself to understanding how individuals, when grouped, understand a given situation or information presented.

“They learn about the individual first and about whom they are as individuals and then they shift into a group setting, focusing on communication, assumptions, first impressions and our need for inclusion, our ability to choose a leadership style and ability to identify audiences,” she said. “These skills are applicable to any setting within a group, managing groups or resolving conflict with people.”

 “The ability to learn more about who you are and what your strengths are is really an eye opening experience,” said Cassie Gonzales.  “This has really helped me see how applicable the skills we learn here are to almost any situation.”

“I have heard from other spouses who have taken part in the program that this is a great opportunity for personal and professional growth,” said Patti Eassa. “It really helped clarify for me what I want to do and how I can best use my strengths.”

“What is so beneficial is that this is not just a military program, it allows for growth within your family, within yourself, and in your career,” said Sherry Eifler.

“One of the most valuable parts of the program for me was the Myers-BriggsType Indicator,” said Amy Dunleavy. “I tend to be quiet, but have learned that I’m moving towards that midline of being an extravert through all of my experience with the military. I’m becoming more comfortable in participating and leading groups because of that.”

The training occurs through the use of video, small group and large group activities, personal reflection, partnerships and other multiple venues that provide insight into how strong leaders develop their skills.

The first week of FLAGS seminars will be offered the week of Jan 27. A second FLAGS session will be offered the week of Feb. 27.

FLAGS is open to all spouses of the Army War College, both student and faculty or staff, and consideration is given as well for attendance to USAWC staff employees based on space availability.

“FLAGS is a good fit for anyone who has a desire to be a more effective group member, both in groups currently affiliated with, as well as those [he or she may be] affiliated with in the future,” said Towery.

The new facilitators are:

Kris Bailes

Heidi Baine

Sylvia Bennett

Patti Bentley

Ann Dunleavy

Patti Eassa

Sherry Eifler

Jennifer Eyre

Sheri Fisher

Heather Flores

Maryellen Forsyth

Cassie Gonzales

Christy Grubbs

Rachel Halford

Stephanie Kauzlarich

Lela Magee

Evelyn Pannell

Michelle Peavie

Tanya Rowell

Jeanette Swanson

For more information on how to sign up for FLAGS, contact Christine Yuengert at by phone at 245-4787.

Carlisle Barracks trims Trees during the Holiday Season

A freshly shorn tree stands in front of the post Fire Department.  Tree limbs were cut for safety reasons.  Photo by Carol Kerr.


The Carlisle Barracks Department of Public Works is spending part of the holiday season cutting trees on post.  However, these trees are being cut for safety reasons. 

“After the storms this summer we realized that there were several trees on post that presented a hazard to the community,” said Tom Kelly, director of the Carlisle Barracks Department of Public Works.  “For example the fence along Claremont Road has been damaged several times due to falling limbs.” 


Crews will be out this week and next week trimming trees around post.

Photos by Suzanne Reynolds

Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club Outreach Recipients for November 2011

  The Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club presented a check for $750 to help purchase bread for Project SHARE's November food distribution.  Project SHARE helps to feed more than 1000 families in need each month.  Receiving the check for Project SHARE was Nicole Deary, Media Relations Director.

  Veterans Memorial Gold Star Healing and Peace Garden in York is a living memorial that will name the Pa. fallen service in the War on Terror.  The Garden was the idea of Cher Kondor whose son, Army Specialist Martin W. Kondor was killed in 2004.  A check for $500 was presented to Harrisburg Gold Star Chapter President and newly elected Gold Star Pa. President Bonita Lewis and Cindy Hochhalter, architect for the garden.  The garden will be completed in June 2012.

  For more information on the Gold Star Garden, visit:

  Presenting the checks from the Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club were Nancy Loney, Outreach Chair and Gail Dillon, President.

Tim Hipps, U.S. Army Installation Management Command

Ferriter takes command of Installation Management Command

SAN ANTONIO -- Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter took the reins of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command from Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch during a change of command ceremony Nov. 17 on Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno presided over the changing of the guard for the command, which relocated from suburban Washington, D.C. to South Texas during the past two years as part of Base Realignment and Closure.

Ferriter, a 1979 graduate of The Citadel, came to Texas from a tour as deputy commander for advising and training for United States Forces Iraq, supporting Operation New Dawn. Before that, he commanded the U.S. Army Infantry Center and the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga.

As well as IMCOM commander, Ferriter is now the Army's Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.

All three Soldiers served as "battle buddies" at some point during the war in Iraq.

"Both Rick Lynch and Mike Ferriter, I've known for awhile," Odierno said. "Most important, I got to see them operate in combat. These are two Soldiers who not only understand what it's like to take care of our Families, but they understand what it's like being at the tip of a spear. There's no better person to lead us in installation management than somebody who's experienced both."

Ferriter's combat tours include Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and two tours in Iraq.

"I'm confident that Mike Ferriter is the right man for the job -- a proven leader with the right experience to lead us into the future," Odierno said. "He understands Soldiers and Family and is the right leader at this important time of transition for our Army."

Ferriter and wife Margie have four children who understand Army life: Dr. Meghan Ferriter, Capt. Dan Ferriter, Capt. Paddy Ferriter and 1st Lt. Mary Whitney Whittaker.

"The Ferriters are a great Army Family and IMCOM is fortunate to have them," Odierno said. "Always remember that the strength of our nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers is our Families. And that's what makes us Army Strong."

Ferriter said, "there are hundreds of thousands of Army Families that are exactly the same, and that's where we get our inspiration."

Lynch, the only commander IMCOM has known, was quick to thank Odierno for his mentorship.
"I've been blessed in my 35 years of uniformed service," Lynch said. "One of the top … blessings is my relationship with Ray Odierno."

Odierno thanked Lynch for a career well done, capped by the complex move of an Army command from the nation's capital to the heart of South Texas.

"Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch has served selflessly in our Army with extraordinary distinction for nearly 35 years," Odierno said. "He's devoted his career to taking care of Soldiers and their Families. I have watched Rick for years, always step forward, raise his right hand, and say 'Put me in. I want the toughest job. I want the tough jobs and I'll make it work. I'll make it happen.'

"We thought he was the perfect person to lead IMCOM and transform it into a world-class organization focused on our customers. The customers are our Soldiers and their Families and our retirees."

He cited the 120,000 people who make up IMCOM.

"We are grateful for the dedicated Army civilians and contractors that have made IMCOM such a large success," Odierno said. "In short, the IMCOM team has been and will remain a key ingredient in our ability to protect and sustain combat forces around the world. I thank each and every member of IMCOM for your untiring effort and commitment to our Soldiers, their Families and the Army."

Odierno commended Lynch for embodying words like courage, confidence, candor and compassion.

"In your 35-plus years, you have made history," Odierno told Lynch. "You have lived in the arena and you have excelled inside that arena. Thank you for your steadfast dedication and loyal service to our Soldiers and our nation."

Odierno applauded Lynch's wife, Sarah, for her dedication to the mission.

"Sarah has been serving alongside Rick every step of the way," Odierno said. "She's dedicated herself to our Soldiers and Families. Whether it be leading [Family Readiness Groups] or working with the Families of fallen Soldiers, Sarah has met and listened to the Gold Star Families to assess how the Army was meeting their needs and helped the Army improve its services.

"I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that Sarah has selflessly given of herself to the Army, to our Families and to our nation. Sarah, you are a true American patriot and hero. We want to thank you for all you've done and sacrificed throughout the years for our Army."

The ceremony also marked the passing of the responsibility of IMCOM command sergeant major from Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola to Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Felt. Felt, top noncommissioned officer for the IMCOM Central Region, will serve until the scheduled arrival of Command Sgt. Maj. Earl L. Rice.

"I want to personally recognize Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola," Odierno said. "He was side by side with me for 15 months in Iraq when I was the multi-national corps commander probably during the most difficult time there was in Iraq. And frankly, I couldn't have done it without him. We were merged at the hip. We were merged in our own minds with each other.

"There is no other finer NCO, no other noncommissioned officer I would have liked by my side than Neil Ciotola. He's a Soldier's Soldier, a combat leader, and the epitome of a command sergeant major."



USAWC Members of ROCKS fill Thanksgiving Dinner bags for Carlisle's Project SHARE, Nov. 10.





 Photo by Suzanne Reynolds


Thanksgiving contributions to Project Share

by Lt. Col Tyrone D. Clifton, USAWC Class of 2012  

  During an 8-day event in November, the local chapter of ROCKS, in conjunction with the AWC Students, successfully sponsored a Project SHARE Thanksgiving Food bag collection event. 

  As a part of community service, charity, and good will to the local Carlisle community, 23 seminars collected assorted food items and provided monetary donations in order to provide charitable contributions to the local Project SHARE Community organization. In total, we turned in 25 complete food bags, 25 assorted food bags, and donated over $1600 to Project SHARE. 


Julie Anderson, Diet Technician, Army Physical Fitness Research Institute
Healthy Holiday Habits


The holidays are just around the corner and so are the family gatherings, work parties and an over-filled schedule.  Now is the time to start developing a plan that focuses on Healthy Holiday Habits!  Over the next 6 weeks, we will provide you with tips for healthy eating, fitness and stress release so you can start the holiday season out right! 


Don't go to a party hungry: this causes us to eat faster and which in turn, causes us to eat more. Therefore eat a wholesome breakfast and a nutrient dense lunch on the day of the party to avoid overeating later.


Bring the healthy dish: at least you’ll know you have something nutritious to eat that isn’t laden with butter, cheese, or a lot of meat.  A fruit or vegetable salad, black-bean dip, or a big batch of roasted root vegetables are all good choices.


Act like an accountant: create a budget for your calories, just as you would for your finances.  Don’t waste calories on foods and beverages that you don’t really like; or try to follow the three-bite rule.  Studies have shown that after the third bite, your taste buds don’t register the flavors as sharply, so unless it’s amazing, it’s not worth the calories.


Make a conscious choice to limit high fat items:  high fat food items can be found in fried food, cream-based soup, cheese-filled casseroles, pies, processed meats such as salami and sausages, some pastries and baked goods.


Try other versions of alcohol: instead of beer, cider, Bailey's and Kahlua: try dry wine or Bloody Marys. Remember: excess calories from alcohol tend to be stored as abdominal fat. People who are already overweight may gain weight more easily when they consume alcoholic beverages.


Drink plenty of water:alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your cells. Try this strategy:  alternate alcohol and water.  You will get in plenty of water and consume less alcohol.  The American Heart Association’s recommendation for Healthy Happy Holidays is one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.


Physical activity: take nice brisk walks with your loved ones and enjoy their company in the holiday season. Take every opportunity to add movement to your day, such as carrying packages back to the car after each purchase on your shopping days.


Healthy snacking:keep lots of fresh veggies and a low-fat dip handy for frequent veggie platters.  Having one nearby while cooking or (especially) baking will fend off hunger while reducing the need to lick the bowl. If you can’t find them already cut or in bite-size portions (e.g., cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, broccoli florets, etc), wash and cut them when you bring them home or when you have the energy. Plan ahead!


When polling the APFRI staff for their favorite tips for maintaining their weight through the holidays, it boiled down to just 2 things: 1) Eat what you like, but in moderation and 2) Don’t stop exercising. The aforementioned tips should help you achieve these 2 goals.

Army Leaders Meet to Discuss Future of Operational Energy

by Lt. Col. Mark McCann, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs

Leaders from across the Army gathered at the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., for the Army Energy Operational Roundtable from Nov. 21-22. Photo by Megan Clugh

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – Nov. 24, 2011 – The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment and the Army G-4 sponsored an “Army Operational Energy Roundtable” at the U.S. Army War College recently to address the Army’s challenges in ensuring a sustainable energy future.

During the two-day event, hosted by the War College's Center for Strategic Leadership, senior Army leaders discussed issues such as making operational energy a part of everyday Army culture, and using it to increase mission effectiveness, reduce Soldier vulnerabilities, and increase overall capability. 

In operational theaters right now, almost 40 percent of fuel consumption occurs on bases with generators being the largest consumer.  Almost 80 percent of logistics movement in theater is for “liquid” supplies – fuel and water. 

 “Understanding where and how we use energy can have a dramatic impact on energy consumption and, if anything, can have a positive impact on the fight,” said Hon. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment in her opening comments to the participants. “We need to think about energy conservation as a way to enhance mission effectiveness.”

Defined as, “energy required for training, moving, and sustaining military forces and weapons platforms for military operations and the energy used by tactical power systems, generators and weapons platforms,” operational energy is about building capability.

“Operational energy is about reducing consumption because future military strategy will require us to look at a smaller logistical footprint,” said the Army’s G-4, Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason. “Reducing operational energy means fewer resource requirements, providing more flexibility to commanders.”

The common thread running through the conference was the need to make operational energy and energy conservation a greater part of mainstream Army culture, especially among junior Soldiers and leaders.

“It is a significant challenge for the Army to make energy a consideration in all that we do,” said Mr. Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment. “We need to add momentum to the process of institutionalizing this positive change across the Army.”

One area of culture where operational energy will play an important role is development of future capabilities. Making capabilities more energy efficient has the potential to reduce operational vulnerabilities and increase Soldier effectiveness.

"We must shape the definition of operational energy that reflects concerns specific to the Army,” said Col. Tim Hill, Director, Operational Energy and Contingency Basing for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. “The Army has unique considerations as a force, and if we look at operational energy, we will bring capability to the force.”

A major emphasis is on the Soldier, for example if batteries are lighter and more efficient, Soldiers will need to carry fewer, thereby decreasing weight load and increasing individual Soldier capability.  

Operational energy will have an impact on Soldiers because it, “reduces the weight they [Soldiers] carry, makes living conditions in field environments better and reduces risk,” said Kidd.

According to Hill, “Operational energy improves soldier capability by building more capability into the Soldier.”

Operational energy also addresses consumption of resources – food, water, fuel – by Soldiers in operational theaters. Leaders and Soldiers need to start thinking about energy conservation in terms of mission effectiveness.   

"The U.S. is a large consumer of resources, and our reliance on them increases our vulnerability," said Dr. Kent Butts, one of several subject matter experts from the Center for Strategic Leadership who facilitated discussion during the event. "One of the threats to national security is regional instability, and in the future this will be a constraint on our ability to access vital resources."

“Provision of water and fuel is a requirement, we don’t just fall in on these resources in theater,” said Hammack. “We have a responsibility to value fuel, but we don’t want the thought of fuel consumption to restrict the mission. We need to prioritize fuel efficiency to enhance the mission."

“Policy makers need to think about this so Soldiers don’t have to,” Hammack said.

The conference leaders concluded with a commitment to infuse change and make operational energy into a force multiplier.    

 “We need to develop metrics that provide incentives to performance that changes behavior in a positive way -- metrics that make sense and will bring this in line with mission priorities,” said Hill.

 “If we do operational energy right, it will save lives and improve Soldier quality of life,” said Dr. Vic Ramdass, director of the Army G-4 Operational Energy Office.