Banner Archive for December 2012

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Carlisle Barracks leadership and staff remind you to think before your drink and always have a designated driver.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a nationwide impaired-driving prevention campaign. The campaign was implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop impaired driving and to save lives during the holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during December 2010, 2,597 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 30 percent (775) involved an alcohol-impaired driver. Holiday celebrations offer a perfect opportunity to enjoy a good time with family and friends. Soldiers, Family members, and Civilians must be proactive and have a responsible plan if choosing to drink. Whenever your social plans involve alcohol, make plans so that you don’t have to drive after drinking. Be responsible

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 FREE non-alcoholic soft drinks or water throughout the event. You will receive a sticker that will identify you as such. (Wear it proudly).

The staff will make sure you get home safely, even if you should need a ride.




Corporate group to initiate Holiday Inn Express operations using post facilities May 1

The horizon moves closer for InterContinental Hotels Group to start operating the three Army Lodging buildings on Carlisle Barracks as Holiday Inn Express as of May 1.

Throughout the past year, IHG has toured and assessed existing facilities and requirements for changeover under the Privatization of Army Lodging Program.  An early decision was to retain and maintain the existing hotel facilities – 46 rooms in Ashburn, Pratt and Washington Halls -- rather than build a new hotel .

Some changes will accompany the private operation.  Anyone who can gain access to a U.S. Army post can stay at an IHG Army Hotels location, according to IHG publicity. “While we mainly cater to military personnel and their families, we also regularly serve official guests of the U.S. Army as well as civilians,” according to the IHG web site,  “IHG Army Hotels … offer the same comforts, amenities and services as off-post hotels, but they’re located inside the gates of Army posts across the U.S.”

The first Holiday Inn Express on a military installation was opened at Fort Polk, La., in August 2009; the largest is at Fort Sill. Now located on 21 Army posts across the country, IHG Army Hotels publicize the services and courtesies that military travelers require, to include pet accommodations for a small fee.

The Army introduced the Privatized Army Lodging program to transfer responsibilities for hotel operations, management, renovation and revitalization to the private sector, so that Army Garrisons can focus on the primary missions.

The 12 days of security reminders for the holidays

In the spirit of the Holidays, the G2 wants to make sure all USAWC staff, faculty, and students have a great Winter Recess. Each of the next twelve days you will be receiving a security tip/reminder.

On the 1st day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me...

To report any projected foreign leave travel to the OCONUS Travel Assistant (x5-4188) prior to your departure. It may be necessary to obtain a country or theater clearance even for personal travel. In addition, the G2 staff will provide you with current specific country information.

On the 2nd day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me...

To travel safely during the Holidays. Refrain from using military duffel bags or bags with government patches or logo's and use concealed luggage tags. Don't use rank or title to reserve airline tickets and hotel rooms. Keep a low profile in dress and demeanor.

Be cautious about giving out information regarding family travel plans to those who don't have a "Need to Know." Don't post your travel plans on your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts. If you upload pictures from your mobile device to your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or other social networking device - others will know you are away from home. Instead wait until you return before you post those fun holiday pics.

On the 3rd day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me...

About Vehicle Security and Safety. Don't leave valuable items, gifts, or other items thieves may want visible to people walking by your car. Store your valuables in the trunk of your car ?? locked. Never, ever leave your keys in your car (the motor running or not) while you quickly run into a store or to do some errand.

Be sure to close the windows and lock your car, even if you are only stopping for a few minutes. Car thieves are very fast ?? it only takes a moment for them to steal your car. Don't think auto theft can't happen to you; it can.

On the 4th day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me...About Cyber Security.

Cybercriminals can put out a Wi-Fi signal that looks similar to a free one that you use. Choose the wrong Wi-Fi, and the hacker can steal credit card data while you're shopping online. So when using a Wi-Fi connection in public, never give out your credit card information.

Hackers can also build sites that profess to have high-demand items. That site gets pushed onto the search engines and people may click on links that go to the site. That site contains malware and will infect your PC. So make sure that your web browser is fully updated and will warn you if a site is unsafe.

On the 5th day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me... 

About Personal Electronic Device Security (cell/smart phones, blackberries, iPods, etc.). They have the ability to give your location away through geotagging. Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification to photographs, video, websites and SMS messages.

It is the equivalent of adding a 10-digit grid coordinate to everything you post on the internet. Many people are unaware of geotagging possibilities held in the gadgets they own, while for others, they know but forget to disable them. 

Geotagging information could potentially give someone intent on scaring you (such as a stalker) or a potential house thief the opportunity to know your exact whereabouts, particularly where you've cross-posted your check-ins on places such as Twitter, Facebook, and any other sites.

Another problem with geotagging is that it has the potential to "establish patterns" of your movements. If you post photos or use geotracking sites on a regular basis, it is possible for someone to work out where you end up at particular times during the day.

This might allow a person to determine where you work and live, simply by watching your daily patterns. This is true for your family members as well, so make sure you talk to your children about what they are posting, or better yet, disable the geotagging functions.

On the 6th day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me...

About Driving in Bad Weather. Be especially careful during any winter weather. Plan ahead so you don't have to rush, which increases the risk for accidents. If you have car problems or are in a car accident and need a tow, verify the tow truck that arrives is the one your insurance company or auto club sent and not a scam artist who just happened to drive by and see you as his next target of opportunity.

In addition, your cell/smart phone can be one of the most important security tools during bad weather. But it only helps if it’s charged and with you! Record and keep numbers in your contact list for your insurance company, roadside emergency services, house sitter, family members, and co?workers. If traveling, ensure you have hotel and rental car numbers. If your child has a cell phone, make sure it lists emergency numbers, it’s charged and with them.

On the 7th day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me...

To check your credit card and bank statements twice, to see who's naughty or nice. You want to make sure that each charge is legitimate. Most people are busy with holiday preparations, and at this time of year, there are likely to be additional charges because of travel, entertaining, and gifts.

Some family members may even share the same account for common, repetitive purchases. It's sometimes difficult to know exactly who purchased what. It's easy just to pay the bill instead of carefully scrutinizing the statement.

That makes it easier for a dishonest person at the register to slip through an extra charge and pocket the cash. Done repeatedly, it adds up. This is the kind of fraud that a credit card company or bank probably won't notice. So through all the hustle and bustle, just like Santa, check your list twice!

On the 8th day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me...

About OPSEC at Home. The holidays can be a very inviting time for thieves. Things often get so hectic around the holidays that we sometimes completely forget about basic security.  Remember to keep these tips in mind: 

- Quickly unload holiday purchases from your car.

- Be alert to public works crews and other personnel requesting access to the residence. Verify their identity before allowing entry to your home.

- Write down the license plate number of suspicious vehicles and note the description of occupants.

- When socializing at parties over the holidays, don't talk "shop" around those who don't have a "need to know" and be wary of attempts to elicit information, even from friends and family.

- If you use a home security system or employ a security patrol company, the holiday season is a good time to reacquaint yourself and your family with pertinent procedures and telephone numbers. Alarm systems are an effective deterrent. Nine out of ten convicted burglars agree they'd avoid a house protected by an alarm system. Security system decals and signs are also an effective deterrent.

- If you display gifts under a tree, keep nearby windows closed and drapes/blinds shut at night and while no one is at home.

- Don't let your holiday trash make you a target. Boxes from expensive items like jewelry or electronics (such as computer, television, and stereo boxes) left curbside for trash collection provide good indicators to potential burglars about what high value items are located in the household. Your trash may help determine which house thieves may target.

On the 9th day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me...

About OPSEC at the Airport. Whether travelling yourself or picking up family and friends, stay especially alert at the airport. Watch your bags and laptop computer at all times. Don't let anyone but uniformed airline personnel handle your bags.

Watch out for staged mishaps, like someone bumping into you or spilling a drink. Often it's a ploy to divert your attention. Carry your purse close to your body, or your wallet in an inside front pocket. Better yet, wear a money pouch under your clothes.

Keep a separate record of the contents of checked luggage. Keep anything of value in a carry?on that stays with you. Avoid displaying expensive cameras, jewelry and luggage that might draw attention. Your aim should be to blend in with the crowd.

On the 10th day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me...

About Active Shooter Awareness. I actually had a different security tip picked out for Day 10, but when my young son heard talk from friends at school about Friday's school shooting and started asking me questions yesterday, it got me thinking about what we all must know about an "active shooter." So on the way to school, my son and I had the talk about how he should be aware of his surroundings and how to react in that situation.

While shooting incidents and workplace violence issues are not something we like to think or talk about during this festive time of the year, current events have shown us, we should all be prepared any place, any time. These incidents continue to be an unfortunate reality plaguing our communities, schools, and businesses throughout the country.

Today's tip is rather lengthy, but please continue to read and have discussions with loved ones when appropriate. An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use a firearm(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooters usually will continue to move throughout a building or area until stopped.

Basic Guidelines for individuals present during an active shooting incident: FIRST, ASSESS THE SITUATION.

SECOND, REACT. Should you Evacuate, Hide out/Shelter-in-Place, or Take Action Against the Shooter?

When to Evacuate

- If the shooter is in the area, and it is safe to do so, evacuate the area.

- Run away from the sound, putting as much distance between you and the shooter as possible.

- Have an escape route and plan in mind.

- Warn individuals not to enter an area where the active shooter may be.

- If it is safe to do so, evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.

- Leave your belongings behind.

- Help others escape, if possible.

- Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.

- Keep your hands visible so it is clear to first responders that you are not armed.

- Follow the instructions of any police officers.

- Do not attempt to move wounded people.

- Call 911 when it is safe to do so.

- If this happens in the workplace, go to pre-established emergency meeting spot.

When to Hide out/Shelter-in-Place

- If safe evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.

- Find an area, away from exposure to glass and common areas.

- Stay hidden if possible and away from windows and exterior doors.

- Your hiding place should:

     . Be out of the active shooter's view.

     . Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed and locked door).

     . Not trap you or restrict your options for movement.

     . Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.

     . Potential safe locations might include a secure storage room, office, emergency stairwells, utility closets, mall corridors, etc.

     . Stay in your hiding place, unless instructed to do otherwise by the police officials or other local authorities.

     . Do NOT open the door for anyone that cannot provide you with appropriate first responder/security identification and/or show you a badge.

If the active shooter is nearby:

- Lock the door.

- Silence your cell phone and/or pager. (Even the vibration setting can give away a hiding position.)

- Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks).

- Remain quiet.

- Consider the difference between cover and concealment. Cover will protect from gunfire and concealment will merely hide you from the view of the shooter. Choose the best space that is available quickly.

- If it is safe to do so and possible, lock all doors.

- For places with multiple exits, lock doors closest to vicinity/direction of shooter, if it is safe to do so.

When to Take Action Against the Shooter?

- AS A LAST RESORT AND ONLY WHEN YOUR LIFE IS IN IMMINENT DANGER, attempt to incapacitate the active shooter.

- Act with physical aggression against the shooter, throw items, improvise weapons, yell and commit to your actions.


- When it is safe to do so, inform individuals and co-workers in the area. If you have access to a Public Announcement System, state that a person is in the building shooting a weapon.

- Call 911 and be prepared to provide as much information about the shooter as possible, including physical description/location of shooter; location of the active shooter(s); number of shooter(s), if more than one; physical description of shooter(s); number and type of weapon(s) held by the shooter(s); number of potential victims at the location.

How should you react when law enforcement arrives?

- Remain calm and follow officers' instructions.

- Immediately raise hands and spread fingers.

- Keep hands visible at all times.

- Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety.

- Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling.

- Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises.

On the 11th day of the Holidays, the G2 reminded me...

About Holiday Scams and Internet Fraud. Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of Holiday scams and internet fraud. 

*     Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.

*     Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.

*     Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Virus scan all attachments, if possible.

*     Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.

*     Always compare the link in the e-mail to the link you are actually directed to and determine if they match and will lead you to a legitimate site.

*     There are legitimate mystery/secret shopper programs available. Research the legitimacy on companies hiring mystery shoppers. Legitimate companies will not charge an application fee and will accept applications on-line.

*     No legitimate mystery/secret shopper program will send payment in advance and ask the employee to send a portion of it back.

For information on the most common complaints and scams, see the annual reports of the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, a partnership of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. Also see its information on Internet Crime Schemes,, and its Internet Crime Prevention Tips. Use the IC3 website to report potential cases of cyber fraud.

On the 12th day of the Holidays...


Don't let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season distract you from doing the things you know are right to protect your family and yourself.

"If you see something, say something!"

Be alert and report suspicious activity!

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
New Family Readiness Support assistant hopes to help Waiting Families
The new Army Family Readiness Support Assistant at the Army War College hopes that she can help Family members during the time their Soldiers are deployed.
Ramona Clifton’s role in command-directed support to waiting Families is to communicate with the command, support Families while their Soldiers are deployed, and make sure that information is widely disseminated.  “I am the liaison between the command and the waiting Families,” said Clifton.  “If I can help to solve an issue, I will then report the status to the command.”
The job is helpful to her as a waiting spouse, as well.  “It gives me a purpose to be able to help someone,” she said.
Clifton knows all about Family Readiness support and being separated from loved ones.  Clifton’s husband, Col. Ty Clifton, graduated from the USAWC in June 2012 and was deployed to Kuwait a week later for a one-year tour.
The Cliftons have three children.  Jeff just joined the Navy and will be shipping out to the Great Lakes facility for his initial training this month.  “He aspires to be a Navy SEAL,” said Clifton.  Alexis is an 8th grade student at Lamberton Middle School and Joshua, 3, attends the Carlisle Barracks Child Development Center.
Clifton is a member of Seminar 21, the Army War College Family Readiness group.  As its community liaison officer, she advocates a relationship between the on-post and off- post communities.  “I try to do that through volunteerism,” she said.  Members of Seminar 21 have volunteered at Project SHARE.  They’ll use funds from a cake auction at the post’s Chili Cook-off in January to benefit scholarships for military children.
Experience in the Family Readiness support program
Clifton also has a great deal of experience in Family Readiness support.  An Army veteran, Clifton was assigned as the Family Readiness Liaison at the 336th Military Police Battalion in Pittsburgh from 2008 to 2010, and Family Programs Assistant for the 200th Military Police Command in Pittsburgh from 2010 to 2011.
Importance of the Army Family Readiness Program
“As a military spouse, I know first-hand the importance of this program,” she said.  “When we are disconnected from our family, your military community becomes your family and you have to rely on so many people for so many things.
“The program here is unique because all of the waiting Families are senior leaders, so we have been through multiple deployments and separations,” she said.  “We don’t necessarily need as much support as enlisted Families and junior officer Families.”
Members of Seminar 21 got together to have fun and watch the Army/Navy Game, Dec. 8.

Newly selected Colonels

The Fiscal Year 2012 Colonel, Reserve Component Promotion Selection board results are:

Paul B. Chauncey - Staff and Faculty

Olive N. Griffin - Seminar 12

Roger A. Presley - Seminar 17

Ricky C. Pressnell - Seminar 13

Charles S. Sentell - Seminar 1

Please congratulate them!

Post closures for holiday season


Army Heritage and Education Center

Closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1


DFMWR Activities


Pro Shop:

December 25 Christmas Day – Closed

January 1 – New Year’s Day - Closed

December 26 - February28 – Pro Shop will be closed during inclement weather Snack Bar:  October 29 - March 16 - Closed



December 24 Monday - Closed

December 25 Christmas Day - Closed

December 26 Wednesday - Closed

December 31 New Years Eve - Closed

January 1 New Years Day - Closed



December 24 Christmas Eve – close at 2:00 pm.

December 25 Christmas - Closed

December 31 New Year’s Eve – Open all day • New Years Eve Party till 1:00 am.

January 1 New Years Day – Closed



December 24 - January 1 – Closed

Re-open for normal business hours on Wednesday, January 2nd



December 16-30th – Closed

December 31 Open for New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1 New Year’s Day – Closed



December 21 - January 2 Closed



December 24 – January 1 Bldg 842 - Closed

December 25-27 – AHEC – Closed



December 24 - 26 Closed



Root Hall – Thorpe Hall and Indian Field Grandstand

Mon 24 Dec     Closed

Tues 25 Dec    Closed

Wed 26 Dec     6 am – 5 pm

Thu 27 Dec      6 am- 5 pm

Fri 28 Dec       6 am – 5 pm

Sat 29 Dec       7 am- 5pm

Sun 30 Dec      8 am-5 pm

Mon 31 Dec     Closed

Tues 1 Jan       Closed

Wed 2 Jan        5 am - 8:30 regular hours

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
Desserts lead to charity donations, local benefits
More local donations and support to military family scholarships are on the horizon, thanks to the generous dessert donations and happy bidders who helped the Spouses’ Club earn $2401 at the club’s 2nd annual Dessert Auction, Dec. 12 at the LVCC, said Laura Patnaude, publicity chair.  Proceeds will support scholarships for military families and donations to local and national organizations, such as the $500 donation to the Pennsylvania Veterans Affairs Council earlier this year. 
Auctioned desserts included elaborate cakes, cookies, candy and fruit displayed with decorative, seasonal items:  a hand-painted sled, Christmas tree, an antique shutter, dog bed, unique glass vessels and more.  
Ethel Lange, the club’s outreach chair, presented $500 donations to these organizations:  
  • Hope Station in Carlisle for an after-school program with healthy snacks and nutrition education
  • $500 to Samaritan Fellowship in Carlisle for fuel, food and shelter                                                                                                          
  • $500 to United Through Reading national program that enables deployed parents to read to their children through video recordings. 

by Thomas Zimmerman
Army War College faculty recognized for accomplishments, expertise


Madigan Writing Award winners Dr. Clayton Chun, Dr. Paul Kan, Dr. Marybeth Ulrich, Prof. Charles Allen, Dr. Steven Metz and Dr. Antulio Echevarria, II, pose for a photo with retired Lt. Col. Charlotte Kinney, Military Officers Association of America representative after the faculty awards ceremony Dec. 17.

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Watch the ceremony online here

Dec. 17 – Nineteen members of the U.S. Army War College faculty were presented awards that recognized their diverse expertise and research and writing skills during a ceremony in Bliss Hall Dec. 17.

“They are a talented and committed body of academicians and practitioners who serve as your instructors and intellectual mentors,” said Dr. Lance Betros, Army War College Provost, to the students in the audience. “They do a magnificent job from year to year.”

Awards presented at the ceremony included faculty writing awards, military faculty stabilization, academic promotions and the awarding of academic chairs.

Dr. Jeffrey Groh, Professor of Information and Technology in Warfare, Department of Distance Education, was promoted to Full Professor.

Madigan Writing Awards

The Madigan Award is intended to encourage and recognize published writing on national security issues.  The competition is open to all current staff and faculty members of the U.S. Army War College.  This year’s awards cover articles and books published during the period from May 2011 through April 2012. 

“Through this annual competition, the college casts a spotlight on those members of the staff and faculty who have contributed to the body of scholarship on national security affairs,” said Betros.  

  • Dr. Marybeth Ulrich, Department of National Security and Strategy, won a 2011-2012 Madigan Award for her article “The General Stanley McChrystal Affair: A Case Study in Civil-Military Relations," that was published in Parameters.
  • Dr. Steven Metz, Strategic Studies Institute, for his article “Insurgency,” that was published in Conceptualising Modern War by Columbia University Press.
  • Prof. Charles Allen, Department of Command, Leadership and Management, for his article Assessing the Army Profession,” published in Parameters. Allen was also the recipient of the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for his work as a strategist supporting the Training and Doctrine Command Strategic Initiatives Group from January to August 2012.
  • Dr. Clayton K.S. Chun, Department of Distance Education, for his monograph, The last boarding party: the USMC and the SS Mayaguez 1975, was published by Osprey Publishing.Chun also received a second Madigan Award for “The European Campaign: Its Origins and Conduct,” published by SSI and co-authored by Dr. Samuel Newland of Washburn University.
  • Dr. Paul Kan, Department of National Security and Strategy, for his article “What We're Getting Wrong About Mexico,” published in Parameters.
  • Dr. Antulio Echevarria, II, Strategic Studies Institute for his article “American Strategic Culture: Problems and Prospects,” was published in The Changing Character of War.

Military faculty stabilization

“Each year, the Army Chief of Staff approves a small number of stabilized positions for military faculty members at the War College,” said Betros. “By granting stabilization, we retain on the faculty a core of highly talented military professionals who provide teaching excellence, institutional knowledge, and continuity of academic programs.

This year seven military faculty members were selected:

  • Col. Michael Current, director of Strategic Intelligence, Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations
  • Col. Darrell Fountain, director, first resident course, Department of Distance Education
  • Col. Karl Ginter, Director, Instructional Services Group, Department of Distance Education.
  • Col. Robert Hamilton, Professor USAWC and Director, Military History, Department of National Security and Strategy
  • Col. Steven Landis, professor USAWC and Director, Command Leadership Instruction, Department of Command Leadership and Management
  • Col. Jerome Sibayan, professor U.S. Army War College and Director, Regional Studies, Department of Distance Education
  • Col. Tarn Warren, Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations (Currently Deployed).  

Presentation of Academic Chairs

  • Elihu Root Chair of Military Studies - Dr. Antulio Echevarria, II
  • Admiral William F. Halsey Chair of Naval Studies - Cmdr. John Patterson VI
  • Harold Keith Johnson Chair of Military History - Dr. William Allison
  • General Walter Bedell Smith Chair of National Intelligence Studies - James Smeltzer
  • Defense Intelligence Agency Chair of Defense Intelligence - Denis Kaufman
  • General Douglas Macarthur Chair of Research - Dr. Leonard Wong.

Army beats Navy in annual War College student game

Army War College students pose with the trophy and Col. Bobby Towery, Deputy Commandant, after beating the Navy students Dec. 14 on Indian Field.

Reversing a trend in the West Point vs Annapolis game, The War College Army team beat their Navy opponent in a flag football game Dec. 14. 

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Department of Defense releases 2013 BAH rates

The Department of Defense released today the 2013 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, which take effect Jan. 1, 2013.  Overall rates will increase an average of 3.8 percent this year.

For members with dependents, average increases in BAH are approximately $60 per month.  A typical E-6 with dependents, for example, will find his/her BAH about $60 per month higher than last year, while an O-3 with dependents will receive about $55 more than last year.

In areas where rates will decrease, the decrease will only apply to members newly reporting to those locations.  Members are protected by individual rate protection which ensures that those already assigned to a given location will not see their BAH rate decrease, however, they will receive the increase if the rate goes up.  This assures that members who have made long-term commitments in the form of a lease or contract are not penalized if the area's housing costs decrease.

Three components are included in the BAH computation:  median current market rent; average utilities (including electricity, heat, and water/sewer) and average renter's insurance.

Total housing costs are calculated for six housing profiles (based on dwelling type and number of bedrooms) in each military housing area.  Basic Allowance for Housing rates are then calculated for each pay grade, both with and without dependents.  An estimated $20 billion will be paid to more than 1 million service members in 2013.

For more information on BAH, visit

Bill Boehm, National Guard Bureau
National Guard celebrates 376th birthday

ARLINGTON, Va. (Dec. 13, 2012) -- The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded in 1630. More than 5,000 men, women, and children made the two-month voyage to the New World. In doing so, their actions tread new ground in the country that would become the United States of America.

The military organization we know today as the National Guard came into existence with a direct declaration on December 13, 1636. On this date, the Massachusetts General Court in Salem, for the first time in the history of the North American continent, established that all able-bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to join the militia. The North, South, and East Regiments were established.

The decree excluded ministers and judges. Simply stated, Citizen-Soldiers who mustered for military training could be and would be called upon to fight when needed.

Laws often evolve from well-intentioned actions yet sometimes prove themselves to be ineffective. Given such odds and past failures on the continent, would this work?

Colony leaders decided that a proactive and ready state of mind must be kept by all citizens, owing to many earlier failures in the time that English settlers had attempted. Military tactics must be taught and exercised. Being part of citizenry in the small villages required that a price must be paid for the freedoms that could potentially be enjoyed. To enjoy that desired freedom, the price exacted meant taking responsibility for defending the settlements of the Massachusetts Bay.

The settlers of the new outposts experienced austere surroundings. With no established or familiar conventions upon which to rely, the colony relied upon male pioneers to provide food, shelter and defensive protection for the women and children present, as well for themselves. Even with all available hands working, this was a difficult task. Worse, the nearby Pequot Indian tribe proved a restless and unpredictable neighbor, leaving the Massachusetts colonists vulnerable to guerilla-style attacks that could decimate the fledgling settlements.

In an environment rife with disease, poor sanitation, and harsh weather conditions, all able-bodied members of the Massachusetts colony pulled together out of necessity.

Self-sufficiency proved instrumental. In a new land, hiring mercenary fighters in the European tradition to ward off Indian attacks would be impossible. The colonists had no money. Other foreign interests in the New World such as the French or Spanish, even if they were available for defensive purposes, did not share English views on religion and political matters. They would have seriously undermined the stability of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Governing and policing the settlement would have to be left to the colonists themselves. Therefore, the militia system of self-defense brought from England had the best chance of succeeding for the colonists.

And it did succeed. Soon after the establishment of the militia in Massachusetts, the entire New England region defended itself against the aggression of the Pequot nation. Other colonies such as Connecticut and Rhode Island mustered militia units to fight the Indian tribe. The colonists succeeded in forcing the Pequots to capitulate in 1638. Ultimately, the militia enlisted from the many small villages proved a strong component in building confidence for the settlement as a whole.

Massachusetts proved to be the first entity among the nation's first colonies to maintain continuous service. The North, South and East Regiments established encompass part of the Commonwealth's exemplary military tradition of today. The four lineal descendants of the Massachusetts National Guard that continue in active service include the 101st Engineer Battalion, the 101st Field Artillery, the 181st Infantry Regiment and the 182nd Infantry Regiment.

In addition, the legal precedent first establishing the first three units remains intact.

The National Guard still consists of Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen providing protection from natural disaster and training regularly to sharpen readiness skills to benefit local communities. It has also developed into an active, ready force deploying to faraway countries to protect the national interests of the United States abroad.

The National Guard has grown into a worldwide military force, yet it still retains the core characteristics that came into being on December 13, 1636. It is a community cornerstone rooted in the rule of law across the land. It enabled the early colonial settlers to meet the challenges of an uncertain world then as it does now.

The National Guard will continue to be always ready and always there for the citizens that it serves.

by Thomas Zimmerman
Army War College honors four 'Outstanding Alums' during birthday 111th celebration  

Retired Lt. Gen. Clarence McKnight, Class of 1972, retired Maj. Gen. Robert Gaskill, Class of 1972, retired Lt. Gen. Donald Jones, Class of 1978,  and the Honorable (retired Col.) Robert Poydasheff, Class of 1976, were honored by the Army War College Foundation as Outstanding Alum during a ceremony Dec. 11.  Photo by Scott Finger.

The video can be found online here

Dec. 11, 2012 -- Four outstanding Army War College alumni were honored Dec. 11 for their continued service to their nation and military long after retirement as part of the celebration of 111 years of educating and developing strategic leaders during a ceremony in the Bliss Hall Auditorium.

Retired Lt. Gen. Donald Jones, Class of 1978, retired Lt. Gen. Clarence McKnight, Class of 1972,  retired Maj. Gen. Robert Gaskill, Class of 1972 and the Honorable (retired Col.) Robert Poydasheff, Class of 1976, were the honorees.

“Do you realize you are in the presence of living history of legends of American military service?’ asked Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Army War College Commandant, of those gathered in Bliss Hall. “They knew the nation needed a small core of senior professionals to raise the next generation of those who would defend freedom. Class of ’13, it is not often you get to put eyes on and hear from those to whom you are legacy. I just hope you realize the significance of this moment and who is in your presence.”

Cucolo said that the students in the class should also look at the honorees as examples that service doesn’t end when you take off the uniform.

“Today you will hear examples of even further redefinition of success through service in life after the military,” he said. “These individuals redirected their energies and continued to contribute to their communities and their nation. These special graduates have made our nation better for their efforts. I hope they have given you all food for thought as you each ponder how you will consider your own futures.”

The honorees each spoke about what their time at the War College meant to them and helped them in their Army and civilians careers.

“It was an amazing time to meet so many wonderful people that I learned from immensely,” said McKnight.  “I found that the principles, ethics and desire for understanding strategic concepts in a global we looked at and discussed here served me well.”

“Being here had a tremendous effect on me, not just for my time in uniform, but once I got out as well,” said Jones.  “I realized the importance of giving something back, which is why I’ve gotten involved in many services that help our Soldiers, including the Gold Star Mothers, Survivors Outreach Services. I see every day the stress that these deployments have on them and their families and I apply what I’ve learned here to help them.”

“My time here helped me to develop a frame of reference for the challenges I encountered for the rest of my career,” said Gaskill. “It inspired me to look at the total problem rather than just the immediate problem.”

“It was a fantastic year,” said Poydasheff. “It made me realize how important of a role the War College plays in developing principled leaders who will take the reins of government and the military. The time that my great classmates and I spent here and the skills of analyzing complex problems and remaining transparent prepared us well for the rest of our lives.”     

“It was great to hear from them about their time here and how it helped shape their careers, both in and out of uniform,” said student Gloria Duck. “They reminded us that service doesn’t stop once we retire, it continues on. Service to the community is just as important.”

The outstanding alum program begun in 1996 as a way to recognize graduates who contributed in some substantial way after their retirement from government service through community or volunteer service and are sponsored by the Army War College Foundation, Inc.

2012 'Outstanding Alums' Award recipients citations:

Retired Lt. Gen. McKnight, Jr., Class of 1972, hasdistinguished himself since his retirement by continuing to selflessly dedicate himself to communities in and beyond government.  He completed his active service in 1987 as the Director, J6, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arguably the most critical military position in Command, Control, and Communications in the Department of Defense.  McKnight then dedicated himself to exploring new ways to use technology to permit customized curricula for individual learners, be they in the military, K-12 system, or in higher education.  In 1992, he wrote that after 35 years of active service, he still felt he was a citizen soldier.  He embarked on a challenge to develop and maintain high-tech skills in the Reserve and National Guard forces, better connecting the industrial base with the capability of the nation to surge during crisis periods.  He co-founded the Community Learning and Information Network, or CLIN, a non-profit entity launched initially by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and later in collaboration with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  This was based on digital technology partnership between the public and private sectors linking learning and information for all.  This effort also promoted the development of the National Guard’s Distributive Training Technology Project, honored by an award from the Smithsonian Institution for visionary use of information technology to produce positive social, economic, and educational change.  With a vision to explore the feasibility of a nationwide system to improve public education through distance learning, he recognized the potential of utilizing National Guard armories on a shared-usage basis as distance learning classrooms.  He has been tireless in his efforts to advance education and integration of technologies into all sectors.  He was a key member in the establishment of the National Science Center headquartered in Augusta, GA, designed to bring math and science programs to all children across the country.  He has been a long-time member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, a large, non-profit organization committed to enhancing professional standards for communications and electronics in the Armed Services. McKnight has continually mentored associates to offer professional advice and to provide concrete assistance with real-world communications issues, utilizing his specialized talents for the improvement of numerous communities.   

Retired Lt. Gen. Jones, Class of 1978, hasdistinguished himself since his retirement by continuing to selflessly dedicate himself to communities in need.  He completed his active service in 1991, after serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Manpower and Personnel Policy.  Following his retirement, he served for ten years as Vice President and Senior Vice President of the American Red Cross focused on Disaster Relief and Services.  He then returned to Texas and actively took up other volunteer activities supporting veterans and active Soldiers.  His focused efforts have been instrumental in the establishment of the Survivor Outreach Services and Tragedy Assistance for Survivors programs; the Spiritual Fitness Center and Resiliency Campus; the Warrior Transition Unit Facility; and the Gold Star Bereavement Facility.  He has aggressively supported the PTSD-TBI Care program for Soldiers and their families at Scott and White Hospital through Military Homefront Services, a program to provide anonymous, free and unlimited mental health services to service men and women and their families who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He has traveled throughout Texas, defining the need for these programs, requesting assistance, making face-to-face appeals, and securing the critical resources needed to support these important programs.  He is an outstanding example of what a dedicated volunteer can accomplish when focused on supporting Soldiers during a time of war and crisis.  He has also served as a member, Vice President, and President of the Ft. Hood Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, producing some of the best scholarship and Soldier support programs in AUSA.  He also served a full term as the President of the Fourth AUSA Region, has been an active supporter of the Military Child Education Coalition, has headed up the NASA summer scholars program, helped underwrite specialized mental health care of Soldier and their families, and worked to provide personal care items for hundreds of Wounded Warriors at Darnell, Brooke, and Walter Reed Medical Centers.  At the national level, he has also served as a Special Assistant to the President for Emergency Preparedness, and on an Evaluation Group assessing the World Trade Center Disaster for the Office of Domestic Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security, and much more.  Jones is a selfless officer whose positive impact on Soldiers and veterans has been truly substantive and lasting.     

Retired Maj. Gen. Gaskill, Sr., Class of 1972, hasdistinguished himself since his retirement by continuing to selflessly dedicate himself in an extraordinary way to helping others.  He completed his active service in 1981 as the Deputy Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, and has embodied the military veteran spirit of “still serving” in the 30 years since.  After his retirement from the U.S. Army, he has engaged in multiple educational, religious, professional, civic, and mentoring activities.  For twenty years, he served on the adjunct faculty team at Northern Virginia Community College, teaching accounting, business, and public management.  As part of that College’s outreach program, he taught classes at the Prince William County Police Academy, Defense Logistics Agency, and the District of Columbia Prison at Lorton, Virginia.  From 2006-2009, he served on the Northern Virginia Community College Board as the county representative, advocating for better opportunities for young people as they matured into full citizens.  Since 1996, Gaskill has been an active member of Unity in the Community, a non-profit, grass-roots civic organization serving Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, Virginia.  He is a past Chairman of this organization which promotes multicultural and interfaith understanding and cooperation, and which provides leadership in preventing, stopping, and responding to hate crimes and other hate activities.  He has been a long-time member of The ROCKS, a professional military organization that provides mentoring and professional career development to its members and to pre-commissioning students.  As an active member of the Washington Chapter, he serves as an Alumnus Advisor to the Howard University Reserve Officers Training Corps cadre and cadets.  Gaskill received the NAACP’s “Giving Back Award” in 2011 for his exceptional efforts to promote civil and human rights for all.  He has also modeled his strong commitment to servant leadership as an active Elder in his church at every level, teaching, volunteering, and serving those with critical needs in many communities. Gaskill’s dedication to others provides an exceptional example of character and leadership for all.

Retired Col. Poydasheff, Class of 1976, hasdistinguished himself since his retirement by committing his time, resources, and expertise for the betterment of his communities.  He completed his active service in 1979, after assignments as Legislative Counsel to the Secretary of the Army and Staff Judge Advocate at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  He went directly into public life in Columbus, Georgia, and began serving this complex community in virtually every sector – business, education, legal, and community affairs.  He served as City Councilor for eight years and then was elected and served as Mayor from 2003-2007.  This community is home to a large military population, but it had never had a former military mayor.  As mayor, Poydasheff initiated the revitalization of the south portion of the community, an area that had become less and less attractive and suffered from increased crime, lower property values, and a general lack of attention.  During his tenure, he created a non-governmental organization, Columbus South, Inc. that brought together the community leaders, business leaders and citizen organizations in the area and developed a comprehensive program of growth.  He also worked with Columbus State University to create a downtown campus that fundamentally improved the nature of the downtown.  He created the One Columbus initiative to help the community be one that prides itself for the diversity of its citizens.  Poydasheff also served as an educator and mentor, as an Adjunct Professor at Strayer University, Columbus State University, Beacon University, and Troy University.  He has served on the Boards of Hughston Hospital, Brookstone School, Doctors Hospital, the Columbus United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, the Military Order of the World Wars, the Columbus Civilian-Military Council, the Columbus Symphony, the Springer Opera Arts Association, Georgia Legal Aid, and many others.  He has served as a Past President of the Chattahoochee Valley Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army and as Past Chairman of its Legislation Committee.  He has worked tirelessly as a Legal Advisor to the Ranger Memorial Foundation, the National Infantry Association Advisory Board, the National Infantry Foundation, the National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation, the Cavalry and Armor Association, and the Society of the 3d Infantry Division. Poydasheff has devoted his life to service, stepping up and making a difference.

The ceremony concluded with video highlights of the Army War College’s 111 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.

By Thomas Zimmerman
Next generation of FLAGS leaders ready to share leadership lessons

Sixteen Army War College spouses have recently completed the Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills facilitator training and are ready to share their lessons learned during two upcoming sessions, the first starting Jan. 28. Photo by USAWC photo lab.

Dec. 12, 2012 -- Leadership is important at all levels and it doesn’t matter if you wear a uniform, just ask the determined group of 16 Army War College spouses participating in the Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills facilitator training.

“This is a unique program specific to the Army War College, but it is not just a military spouse training workshop,” explained Lisa Towery, 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.”

FLAGS, offered at the USAWC since 1992, is a volunteer-based to help senior military spouses become strategic thinkers and problem solvers.

“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.”

“The FLAGS Workshop provides opportunities for participants to learn more about facilitation, leadership, and group skills as well as refine their personal style in managing conflict and stress, difficult behaviors, and strategic communication,” said Christine Yuengert, Military Family Program Coordinator and manager of the FLAGS program.  “The FLAGS Course offers each participant an opportunity to see the bigger picture and understand the dynamics often present while interacting and relating with other people.”

“This has been an eye-opening experience and the skills I’ve refined will help me in almost any environment or situation,” said student spouse Chuck Long. “This has really helped give me insights and awareness of traits and behaviors that make it easier to facilitate group discussions.”

 “This has helped me realize both the seen and unseen stresses in our lives and how we can better deal with them,” said spouse Jennifer Presley. “I really wanted to become more involved while we are here at the Army War College and this was a perfect way to do so.” 

“FLAGS has really helped me grow both personally and professionally,” said spouse Kim Baker. “I’ve taken part in similar courses like this before but nothing has been as valuable as this experience.”

The FLAGS program uses video, small and large group activities, personal reflection, partnerships and other multiple venues to provide insight into how strong leaders develop their strategic thinking skills.

The FLAGS One Week Workshop will be delivered twice Session 1 Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 and Session 2 March 11-15. The course will run Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Signups for the workshop will begin Jan. 3. Those interested in taking the course can contact the Military Family Program at 245-4787 or by email at

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

LTG Ferriter & CSM Rice Holiday Message -- Team, Service, Safety, Future

It’s been immortalized in carols as “the most wonderful time of the year,” and it is for the Army’s home.  It’s a wonderful time to be part of U.S. Army Installation Management Command.  We have an incredible workforce and mission.  Ours is a diverse team made up of Soldiers, civilians and family members.  The IMCOM team hails from every corner of the globe, with differing cultures and beliefs – all united in the service of others.  It’s just the right mix to support troops, provide programs and offer world class customer service to the best trained Army in the world.  Whether anticipating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukah or time among family and friends during this holiday season know that you are a valued member of the team.  Command Sergeant Major Rice and I can never thank you enough for the life of service and sacrifice you’ve chosen and for the opportunity to share that with you here at IMCOM, the Army’s home.

We hope that this holiday season provides opportunities for reflection, recreation and renewed commitment to improvement.  Team, we’ve accomplished a lot in the last ten years --developing our workforce, being good stewards of financial and environmental resources, improving the quality of life in Army communities worldwide.  IMCOM is a world class operation because of you.

Our mission is complex – a job that is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  While some can rest briefly, others may not.  Remember your teammates who will be manning facilities, serving chow to deployed troops or helping newly arrived families find lodging.  This is the essence of what we do every day – provide a quality of life commensurate with their quality of service.

Now more than ever is the time to remember your family and extended Army family as well -- battle buddies, co-workers and the person next to you now.  As you travel or attend celebrations, be mindful of your actions and surroundings, keeping safety and responsibility to your teammates and families in mind. 

We wish you and your families a happy holiday season, prosperous New Year and look forward to starting 2013 with each member of this team, ready, resilient and committed to the next step in enhancing the lives of our Soldiers. Army strong!

LTG Mike Ferriter and CSM Earl Rice


Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa's visit put everyone in a Festive Holiday mood


The Carlisle Barracks community came out to enjoy the festivities associated with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 5.







The long wait is over as children show their excitement at Santa's arrival in front of the Post Chapel on Dec. 5 






    Santa - hot off the fire truck





With candy canes in hand children are eager to tell Santa what they want for Christmas












 Carriage rides on Post were part of the holiday festivities.








 Photos by Megan Clugh, USAWC

New Strategic Studies Institute newsletter now available

The latest SSI newsletter is now available online:

The newsletter features the op-ed, "Can Sanctions Be More Effective Than Military Action in Iran?" The newsletter also features our recently published studies and articles:

       - Lead Me, Follow Me, Or Get Out of My Way: Rethinking and Refining the Civil-Military Relationship;

       - The Future of American Landpower: Does Forward Presence Still Matter? The Case of the Army in Europe;

       - A "Hollow Army" Reappraised: President Carter, Defense Budgets, and the Politics of Military Readiness;   

       - Russia's Homegrown Insurgency: Jihad in the North Caucasus; 

       - How Nation-States Craft National Security Strategy Documents;

       - State-Building Challenges in a Post-Revolution Libya;

       - Beyond the Battlefield: Institutional Army Transformation Following Victory in Iraq;

       - Jihadist Cells and "IED" Capabilities in Europe: Assessing the Present and Future Threat to the West;

       - The Energy and Security Nexus: A Strategic Dilemma; and

       - Learning by Doing: The PLA Trains at Home and Abroad

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USAWC grads in the news

Maj. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux, for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as commanding general, Eighth U.S. Army/chief of staff, Combined Forces Command, Korea.  Champoux is currently serving as assistant chief of staff, C-3/J-3, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea/deputy commanding general, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea.

Col. David B. Haight has been appointed Commandant of the U.S. Army Infantry schools at Ft. Benning.

American Forces Press Service
President Proclaims National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 – “Today, we pay solemn tribute to America's sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice at Oahu. As we do, let us also reaffirm that their legacy will always burn bright -- whether in the memory of those who knew them, the spirit of service that guides our men and women in uniform today, or the heart of the country they kept strong and free,” President Barack Obama said in his proclamation issued today declaring Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The proclamation reads:

“On December 7, 1941, our Nation suffered one of the most devastating attacks ever to befall the American people. In less than 2 hours, the bombs that rained on Pearl Harbor robbed thousands of men, women, and children of their lives; in little more than a day, our country was thrust into the greatest conflict the world had ever known. We mark this anniversary by honoring the patriots who perished more than seven decades ago, extending our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind, and showing our gratitude to a generation of service members who carried our Nation through some of the 20th century's darkest moments.

“In his address to the Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt affirmed that "with confidence in our Armed Forces -- with the unbounding determination of our people -- we will gain the inevitable triumph." Millions stood up and shipped out to meet that call to service, fighting heroically on Europe's distant shores and pressing island by island across the Pacific. Millions more carried out the fight in factories and shipyards here at home, building the arsenal of democracy that propelled America to the victory President Roosevelt foresaw. On every front, we faced down impossible odds -- and out of the ashes of conflict, America rose more prepared than ever to meet the challenges of the day, sure that there was no trial we could not overcome.

“Today, we pay solemn tribute to America's sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice at Oahu. As we do, let us also reaffirm that their legacy will always burn bright -- whether in the memory of those who knew them, the spirit of service that guides our men and women in uniform today, or the heart of the country they kept strong and free.

“The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2012, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.”

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
Spreading Holiday Cheer to members of the Carlisle Community
Army War College and Carlisle Barracks volunteers spread holiday cheer to more than 140 guests from area nursing and retirement centers at the 57th Annual Senior Citizens’ Holiday Social held Dec. 6 at the LVCC here.
“The Senior Citizens’ Holiday Social is a very worthwhile event that is important to the Carlisle community,” said Army student Col. Josslyn Aberle, who chaired the event with hundreds of volunteers from the Class of 2013 and their Families.
“We could not have made today's Social happen without the tremendous outpouring of support from all of the volunteers from Carlisle Barracks and the surrounding community.  “We are grateful for everyone who baked cookies, shared their talents, acted as escorts and volunteered for today's event.  It was a very special day for us and our guests," said Aberle.
Guests enjoyed an afternoon of conversation with their escorts, drawn from the Army War College student body. Cookies, punch, Santa and entertainment filled out the afternoon.  Children of the Moore Child Development Center Preschool Choir sang, teenagers from Cedar Cliff High School danced, children performed Irish dance and students, faculty and Family members sang and played musical instruments.  Finally Elvis appeared and provided leis to the ladies.
Each guest received home-made treats and a framed photo to remember their visit.  Following the event, students delivered cookies and poinsettias to the seniors who were unable to attend.
“We were notified about this event in late August by our faculty members who talked about the internal connection and joy you would get,” said civilian student Rick Lauber.  “My guest, Al Hollenbaugh from Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was never married, does not have kids and has lived in Pennsylvania his whole life.  He probably doesn’t have many relatives.  So it has to be lonely.
“It was neat meeting him and maybe this event brought a little light into his life,” said Lauber. 
 “It is good to take care of the community, especially the seniors,” said Navy student Cmdr. Arthur Fong.  “It is great to listen to their experiences. It puts you in the holiday spirit and is also a good break from schoolwork.”
It was the first time for Linda Crum from Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to attend the Senior Citizens’ Holiday Social at Carlisle Barracks.  I had a great experience,” Crum said.  Linda’s escort, Moroccan Fellow Lt. Col. Karim Aboulghit said it was a great event and that there should be more events held in order to keep in touch with the guests.
“It was a wonderful experience to be with my guest, Edna Myers from Thornwald Home,” said Pakistani Fellow Brig. Gen. Ikram Ahmed.  “It is a great service to the community, and I am sure the volunteers really feel very proud. 
“It was a fun way to give back,” said Ahmed.
“I did not get to know my grandparents so to see everyone with their guest definitely puts you in the spirit,” said Army student Col. Melinda Mate, who escorted Martha Wilson from the Thornwald Home. 
“It is a fantastic opportunity for the students to get together with senior citizens from the community and pay forward holiday cheer, said Army student and Class President Col. Steve Maranian.

Army War College 2012 -- year in review  

It’s been an exciting year at the U.S. Army War College. The nearly 800 distance and resident members of the Class of 2012 have come and gone, a new commandant has taken command on in between Carlisle Barracks hosted nearly 10,000 guests at more than 200 conferences and events.

Take a look back at the year with just a few of the highlights.

January 2012

-- 38 Army War College students joined counterparts from the Naval War College, Air War College, Marine Corps War College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces for the Joint Land, Air, Sea Strategy Exercise.

-- ‘Arab Spring’ focus of USAWC symposium

-- Col. Matthew “Matt” Dawson became Director of the US Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, January 16.

-- Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin selected to be President of the National Defense University



-- The Army War College educates more than just the resident and distance USAWC classes -- just ask the nearly 45 general officers and Army Reserve Ambassadors from the U.S. and Canada who came to the USAWC to take part in the 50th Senior Reserve Component Officer Course.

-- Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Thomas R. Lamont led an all-star panel discussion as part of the Defense Enterprise Management Course, one of the final courses of the 10-month Army War College academic program.

-- Retired Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik named the next General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, shared by the Army War College, Dickinson College, and Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs.

-- Retired Gen. Richard Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current Colin L. Powell Chair for National Security, Leadership, Character and Ethics at the National Defense University, spoke to the Army War College Class of 2012 as part of the Commandant's Lecture Series.

-- Strategic Studies Institute settles into new home

-- Army leaders discuss decision-making process at Senior Leadership Seminar

-- The International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise confronted 33 Penn State students with the challenges of a tough, real-world, stalemated conflict



-- Military Strategy Dept introduces Building Partner Capacity elective

-- Lt. Gen. Claudio Graziano, Chief of the General Staff Italy becomes the 38th International Hall of Fame Inductee

-- British General Sir Richard Shirreff  delivers Roosevelt Lecture at USAWC

-- Strategic Decision Making Exercisechallenges students to apply lessons learned at the strategic level



-- 60 spouses take part in the Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar, a three-day program that provides spouses training to enhance their roles as senior leaders, mentors and advisers to benefit the military community

-- Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service receives highest accreditation

-- 23rd Annual Strategy Conferencestresses that a collaborative approach is key to future U.S. grand strategy

-- Carlisle Barracks Amelia McConnell named Army Child of the Year

-- UN military advisors, police advisors community tap PKSOI expertise

-- Army War College wins Jim Thorpe Sports Days 2012



-- TRADOC workshop aims to develop strategic advisors for Joint Force 2020

-- Gen.  David Hurley, Australian Chief of the Defense, becomes 40th International Hall of Fame Inductee

-- Army War College students descend on nation's capital

-- New academic prep course helps IFs gain the most from USAWC experience



-- Army War College Resident Education Class of 2012 set to shape future

-- Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, 48thUSAWC Commandant, passed the colors to Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo, during a change of command ceremony June 15

-- Approximately 150 citizens drawn from across American life and various fields of endeavor became “new members” of Army War College seminars during the 58th annual National Security Seminar

-- After more than a year of learning together behind computer screens all over the world, more than 350 members of the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2013came to Carlisle Barracks for the first of two resident courses

-- International Spouses find development, inspiration in the Carlisle Experience



-- Distance Education Class of 2012 graduates 349 Military, Civilian, International Leaders

-- Dr. Lance Betros was officially introduced to the faculty as the U.S. Army War College dean by Commandant Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo in a short ceremony in Bliss Hall, July 27

-- 71 international officersbegin their Army War College year, where they will read, study and share their own unique experiences alongside their U.S. counterparts as members of the USAWC Class of 2013

-- Army War College hosts Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander Course



-- Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan presents the 2012 USAHEC General of the Army Omar N. Bradley lecture “Transforming the Army of the 90s: Strategic Leadership in Challenging Times” in Bliss Hall

-- Army tackles ‘Health of Force’ through senior leader education through the Strategic Leader Resiliency Program

--  Gen. Odierno to War College students: Education, adaptability key to future of Army

-- 90 Army War College Fellowsand members of The War College Class of 2013 began their experience with a new orientation program that includes more integration with the members of the resident class



-- Army War College takes a knee to focus power, attention on suicide prevention

-- U. S. Army War College students and International Fellows traveled to Gettysburg to learn strategic lessons about the 149-year-old Gettysburg Campaign that took place during the Civil War.

-- Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed the Army War College student body today, urging them to take the opportunity of this academic year to learn, think, write, relax, and build relationships in preparation for future leadership challenges.

-- Leaders salute new Army Wellness Centerat Carlisle Barracks

-- They are no longer with us: USAWC remembers 9/11

-- Carlisle Barracks Child, Youth and School Servicesreceive high marks

-- PKSOI develops, fields Army Leader Education Program for Counter-Corruption



-- Twenty six Army “all stars,” including 13 Army War College graduates, came to the U.S. Army War College Oct. 18 to share their experiences, insights on the current state of the Army and discuss the issues and challenges facing the military as part of Army Leader Day.

-- Gen. Carter Ham, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, came back to the Army War College Oct. 24 to talk about the progress being made there and the challenges still ahead.

-- Twenty five senior National Guard leaders came to the Army War College to discuss strategic issues with USAWC faculty and talk face-to-face with USAWC students as part of the Adjutants General National Security Seminar

-- More than 18,000 people took part in the fun and made new memories at the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest at the Army Heritage and Education Center



-- The opening of the Indian Field Fitness Centerat 119 Forbes Avenue, across from the Root Hall Gym, marked the first phase of expanded fitness opportunities for the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks community.

-- Demolition of remaining  “smurf village” homes begins, signaling the beginning of a demolition-construction project

-- Leadership from the Israeli National Defense College came to the Army War College to meet with expert War College faculty and discuss leadership, educating leaders in national security and strategy and the challenges of cyberspace

-- War College Class of 2013 descends on New York City for insights from non-military leaders  



-- Navy Adm. Jim Stavridis, commander of European Command and as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, shares vision of future challenges, solutions with students in Bliss Hall lecture

-- 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.

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Officer
Senior Executive Service leaders advise, invite USAWC Civilian Students


Richard A. Davis, Army Cyber Command Deputy for Cyber Operations/Director of Operations, Gwendolyn DeFilippi, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Force Management, Manpower and Resources, and Peter B. Bechtel, director of Capabilities, Integration, Prioritization, and Analysis, Army G3/5/7, were just three of the experts who came to speak and advise Army War College civilian students recently.


Civilian Students have been part of the Army War College for more than 20 years for a simple reason: it works – for the civilians, the military, and the School.

Since 2003, Civilian Student graduates of the senior service colleges are directly placed into senior civilian positions so as to maximize the Army’s return on investment and ensure civilian graduates use their senior level competencies across the Army, as is the case with military graduates.

To prepare current Civilian Students for imminent career choices, Senior Executive Service leaders participated in Civilian Career Day, Oct. 11-12. Here to speak about roles and opportunities for civilian strategic leaders were Mr. Peter B. Bechtel, director of Capabilities, Integration, Prioritization, and Analysis, Army G3/5/7;  Ms. Gwendolyn DeFilippi, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Force Management, Manpower and Resources; Dr. Pam Raymer, director of the Army Continuing Education System; Mr. James T. Faust, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence/ Army G-2; Mr. Byron J. Young, executive director of the Army Contracting Command; Mr. Richard A. Davis, Army Cyber Command Deputy for Cyber Operations/Director of Operations; Mr. Stacey K. Hirata, chief of Installation Support Division, US Army Corps of Engineers.

“The Army War College education prepares civilians to be effective at the Service or Agency level, and helps the Services build a bench for future senior executive service positions. Developmental positions after The War College have included directors of strategic planning, staff directors, deputy garrison command positions and directors at large installations, and policy makers at Service level.

 “It’s a unique opportunity to interact with military counterparts in a collegial environment, and an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of national security policy and strategy,” said Julie Manta, Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Senior Civilian Adviser here, speaking about the year of graduate studies at Carlisle.

Integrating civilian and military students in a classroom introduces cross-fertilization of ideas, cultures and professions, according to Dr. Robert Nye, Deputy Provost.

“Our intent is to broaden thought of our military and interagency students,” said Nye. “They bring a minority voice to discussions that can bring to bear against group-think and majority voice.”

They add depth and understanding to their military counterparts about how large organizations run at the strategic level, noted Manta.  “Civilians understand the management of large systems, given their experience and understanding of the processes and procedures – like resourcing, manning, training, budget, and programs needed to run complex organizations, working with diverse groups across multiple career fields in the federal government.”

In turn, the School is a broadening experience that enhances their own strategic leader skills, as well, such as strategic thinking and critical thinking,” she said.

Senior Civilians, in the grades of GS14 and 15, can apply for selection for an Army War College education through their organization’s civilian leader development program.

This year, 13 of 25 civilian students are Army Civilians. “We typically have about 10 from the Interagency Community: foreign service, intelligence community, homeland security, and Veteran Affairs,” said Manta.

Members of the Class of 2012 left The War College to more challenging assignments than they’d formerly held. Blanche Ostrosky is a strategic planner in Vincenza, Italy.  Glenn Wait is Assistant to the Commander with oversight of operations and tenant units at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; and Saiko Miyamoto is a South Asia desk officer with Army International Affairs, G3/5/7.

Stay safe ... stay out of the fenced construction zone!

Please remember that the College Arms area is fenced off due to the pending demolition of 69 homes. The fence has gone up and even though it may appear nothing is happening, there are several working pieces in progress to prepare for the demolition to occur.

Remember this is a construction site inside the fence line, there is no traffic other than authorized vehicles allowed to access, there is no foot traffic authorized other than authorized personnel. Periodically throughout the business day the fences are open ONLY for authorized vehicles and personnel.

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
Family Life Chaplain sees his role as an ‘agent of hope’
  The new family life chaplain will split time between his Root Hall office near students, and his Upton Hall office, more easily accessible for families.  The new chaplain position has been added to the Carlisle Barracks community to enrich human relationships by providing preventive and therapeutic pastoral care and counseling.
  “His special skills are a valuable commodity and bring something unique—the spiritual aspect of individual and family life and relationships,” said Chap. (Col.) Gregory D’Emma, Carlisle Barracks Installation Chaplain, about Chap. (Lt. Col.) William Barbee.  “He helps people work with that spiritual dimension of their relationships.” 
  “He brings hope,” said D’Emma.
  Barbee’s first mission here will be to set up the Family Life Center in the basement of Upton Hall in order to schedule appointments and classes and his Root Hall B19 office.
  “The spiritual wellness programs will include education, skill building, counseling and therapy, programs about relationships, parenting, family, and individuals,” he said.
  “As chaplains we provide the spiritual approach on how to view relationships,” said Barbee.  “All counseling with chaplains is confidential.”
  “I see my role as an ‘agent of hope’,” said Barbee.
  As the Family Life chaplain and Base Support Battalion chaplain from 2000-2006 in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck, Barbee provided relationship counseling—communication and parenting skills to families--and resiliency training and personal counseling to Soldiers returning from deployment.
  “I have dealt with deployment across the board,” said Barbee.  “Location doesn’t matter, there are always deployments.”
  “There is nothing as valuable to a military community as what a family life chaplain brings to the table,” said D’Emma.
  Barbee arrived in Carlisle in November from his last assignment as director for the Army Chaplaincy Center for Spiritual Leadership at Fort Jackson, S.C., where he was the lead agent to provide spiritual development for the Army Chaplain Corps, and taught at the Army Chaplain School.
  “In my short time here, Carlisle has impressed me as a very connected and inviting community and a great place to call home,” said Barbee.
  Barbee has been an Army chaplain for more than 25 years, during which he and his wife Cindy raised two children, Army Capt. David and daughter Holly.  They have made their new home on Carlisle Barracks.

Carol Kerr and Thomas Zimmerman
War College Class of 2013 descends on Big Apple for insights from non-military leaders  

Army War College students talk national and international issues with Dean Baquet, managing editor of the New York Times during the academic trip to New York City.

The bustling streets of New York City were just a little busier Nov. 14-17 as the U.S. Army War College Class of 2013 descended on the city to learn more about contemporary domestic issues and how that can affect national security strategy and policy.  

For the three-day academic visit, students split into 24 groups and met with organizations like the New York Times, Morgan Stanley, the Council of Foreign Relations, Associated Press and the New York City Fire Department to discuss strategic issues.  

“This trip presents a tremendous chance for our students to meet national, international, federal, state and local leaders to discuss the challenges they face and provide different perspectives in strategic leadership,” said George Teague, acting director of the Department of National Security and Strategy. “You just couldn’t replicate that experience here at the War College.”  

Teague said that the course comes at an appropriate time in the curriculum.

“It really builds and allows the students to synthesize the key concepts they have learned during the previous blocks on instruction,” said Teague. “They are able to speak with these leaders and see how they are able to use their creative and critical thinking skills to solve complex problems.”

During their visits, the students said they found leadership lessons in each unique opportunity for in-depth conversation with non-military people with significant leadership responsibilities.


The busy streets of Manhattan served as the backdrop for the academic trip, aimed at exposing students to leadership lessons and challenges from non-government organizations.

"It was good to talk with other industry leaders and see how they do things," said Army student Lt. Col. Craig Merutka." It was interesting to see the parallels in long-term planning, change and adaptation."

When War College students met with Associated Press's top leaders, the commonalities of strategic planning and professional standards stood out.

Army student Lt. Col. Larry Fletcher once worked as a journalist and noted the AP's planning and initiatives to maintain standards of accuracy as they maintain relevance in a rapidly changing information environment.

"They no longer can count on their evening news and print media with the 24 hour news cycle. They had to move in with new technologies and new ways of doing business, or they too will find themselves fading away.

The AP assessment of issues and new strategies matches discussions in class, said Fletcher. It's an enduring issue to size up a changing environment and maintain the relevance of the Army, or Navy, especially in a post-war situation with demands for down-sizing and expectations to do more with less, he said.

"I learned there’s a bureau of the AP in North Korea, which really surprised me ... definitely a move in the right direction," said Army student Lt. Col. Brett Clark. "I think it ties directly to our studies at The War College, that it’s really all about relationship building -- no different for the AP or FOX News or anyone else."

Several students drew insights from the challenges of budget management for New York City -- described by one student as a grand-scale budget for an entity that could be a foreign county in itself.

"Infrastructure management is part of what I do," said Air Force student Lt. Col. Monte Harner, who commented the mayor's representative's insights about public reticence to decrease services. "It's very difficult to cut back on infrastructure. There are those who think we should eliminate base housing, where people can live on the economy, but we have a tradition of providing services and it’s very difficult to cut back. Even though fiscally it may make the most sense, politically it may not be possible."

"We all have a solid understanding of the military but I don’t have a specific understanding of the economic security of our institutions, and this visit to discuss NYC’s budget office put things into perspective," said Navy student Cmdr. Jonathan Still, speaking about the Office of Budget and Management. "One thing I was impressed with was his candor about dealing with the cards you’re given. There will be challenges; there will be difficulty. But he was optimistic about the future and the U.S. role in the world, and about our economic institutions. His impression of Wall Street and US Banks was particularly strong.

"The U.S. society is pessimistic today," he noted. "No doubt we have challenges, but so does the rest of the world like China and the EU. Our part is not greater and our relevance is secure.

During their visit to the New York Times, a group of students were able to learn more about the challenges of reporting news from around the world, leadership lessons and the factors that affect decisions of news reporting in a 24/7 news environment during the front page meeting that included the managing editors of the paper.  Another meeting with Phil Corbett, the Times Standards Editor, shed light about ethical decision making and leadership challenges for a paper with a staff of more than 3,000. 

“This was a great opportunity to talk with leaders of the New York Times to see how they deal with many of the same issues the government does – declining resources, personnel management and how to plan both near and long term,” said Jennifer Jessup, who met with Dean Baquet, managing editor of the Times as part of her small group visit.

 “The dialogue we were able to have on a first-hand basis with their senior staff was something you could never get without coming here in person,” said Marine Corps Lt. Col. Gordon Miller, who also visited the Times. 

Another key aspect of the trip were the 64 visits to the United Nations Missions for the International Fellows in the class.

“It’s important for our students to see issues and challenges from a non-U.S. perspective,” said Teague.  “By visiting these groups they are able to see what strategic challenges our UN partners are facing and also receive some direct feedback on U.S, policies. You can’t place a value on that experience.”

By Tom Conning and Carol Kerr

Boy Scout earns Eagle and accolades through Alvin York project

President Barack Obama recognized the military family's challenges in the face of multiple deployments, multiple moves, and demanding lives when he declared November as Military Family Month.

“With loved ones serving far from home, military spouses take on the work of two. Their children show courage and resilience as they move from base to base, school to school, home to home. And even through the strain of deployment, military families strengthen the fabric of each community they touch and enrich our national life as shining examples of patriotism.”

The president could have been referring to Josiah Mastriano, military family member at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., who has moved from base to base, school to school, and home to home over his 15-year lifetime.

Josiah has participated in the Boy Scouts for ten years while he attended the new schools, new homes and new bases. He has followed his father, Col. Doug Mastriano, a U.S. Army War College student, throughout a military career that has taken the family to Europe, Canada and Pennsylvania.

In Canada, Josiah earned Canada's highest Scouting honor, the Chief Scout Award as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He is about to earn his Eagle Scout badge on December 1, based on completion of an Eagle Scout Service Project that took him to World War I battlefields. 

The Armed Forces Network (AFN) interviews Josiah Mastriano on the site where Alvin York won the Medal of Honor for his actions in WWI. Josiah and a group volunteers erected the sign at the site and made numerous other improvements along the Alvin York walking trail in France in May, 2011.

In France’s Argonne Forest, Josiah led a volunteer group of 30, performing more than 300 hours of work, to create a historical walking trail designed to honor an American Soldier.

It was an ambitious project, according to his dad, that honors the actions of Corporal York, who earned the Medal of Honor for his battlefield actions of Oct. 18, 1918.

Josiah Mastriano stands on a pile of gravel that he and a group of volunteers will spread over the Sgt. York walking trail in France. In May, 2011, Josiah’s Eagle Scout project improved and expanded a trail through the battlefield where Alvin York won the Medal of Honor.

Over a seven-year period, during two assignments to Germany, father and son visited the battlefield and tried to determine where York fought, said Josiah. He chose this project because of his, his dad’s and other Eagle Scouts’ commitment to the battlefield.

“I accomplished the legacy of continuing on what my dad and other Eagle scouts started,” Josiah said.

“His work entailed improving and expanding the five-kilometer trail on the World War I battlefield where Alvin York fought off a German bayonet attack, eliminated a German machinegun and captured 132 German prisoners,” said his dad.

They placed 25 tons of gravel, built curbstone to stop erosion, planted flowers and grass, produced and placed tourist brochures in multiple languages at the trail entrance, installed signs and log rails along the trail and created a paved pool for an artesian well to prevent flooding.

 When the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation Board learned of Josiah's accomplishment, the members voted unanimously to give Josiah the Sgt York Award at his Eagle Scout Ceremony Dec 1 at the Carlisle Barracks Chapel.

Josiah Mastriano and other volunteers spread-out the last load of gravel on a one kilometer stretch of the Sgt. York walking trail. The group spread multiple tons of gravel on the trail in May, 2011 for Josiah’s Eagle Scout project.

“It is normally reserved for college age recipients, and they made this exception for Josiah due to his extraordinary efforts to honor the legacy and memory of Sgt. York,” said Doug.

Sgt. York’s son, George Edward York, traveled from Tennessee to present the award, with his father, retired Army Lt. Col. Gerald York, of Virginia.

We were in communication with the Mastrianos during the project, said Gerald. “We went to France for the 60th anniversary of the WWI event and met the family.

“There is a generation that doesn’t know about Sgt. Alvin York and what he did. There were years in which the military was not well respected,” he said, about the Josiah’s work to introduce new generations to the Sgt. York story that unfolded Oct. 8, 1918, near Chatel-Chehery, France. After his platoon had suffered heavy casualties and 3 other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, Cpl. York assumed command. Fearlessly leading 7 men, he charged with great daring a machinegun nest which was pouring deadly and incessant fire upon his platoon. In this heroic feat the machinegun nest was taken, together with 4 officers and 128 men and several guns.

 York was honored with the Medal of Honor for his actions as a U.S. Army corporal in Company G, 328th Infantry, 82d Division.

“Probably more important than what he did in war was that he came back and did not seek attention and glory, and turned down commercial deals,” said Gerald. “He felt he did his duty.”

 York returned to his Tennessee home with an understanding that the world was much larger than he’d known before the war, and he wanted the kids in Tennessee to get a good education, said Gerald, explaining the story behind the Alvin York Foundation.

New Eagle Scout Josiah Mastriano, c, is congratulated for his achievements for Scouting and for the legacy of Sgt. Alvin C. York, by York's grandson, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gerald York (l) and son, George Edward York.

York founded the York Agricultural Institute in 1926, using his own money and hands to build the original school, buy school buses and pay teachers. In 1937, he transferred the York Institute to the state of Tennessee, which continues to operate it as a public high school.

The Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation is restoring the historic York Institute; see

'Honor Flight' documentary to be screened in DC for Pearl Harbor Day

In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, a documentary called, "Honor Flight," will be screened at the DAR-Constitution Hall, Friday, Dec. 7 -- sharing the story of volunteers who fly World War II veterans to Washington DC to see the WWII Memorial and honor them for their service to the United States.

By the time the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in 2004, 75 percent of World War II veterans had passed away.  Many of the 2 million who remain have been unable to make the trip to visit this monument built in their honor.

HONOR FLIGHT NETWORK  brings these veterans together to visit their memorial in Washington, D.C., in a show of thanks to their service and sacrifice. The network has transported more than 100,000 veterans to date.

The HONOR FLIGHT NETWORK partners with the USO and Blue Star Mothers.  Learn more at

The Wisconsin Honor Flight Chapter is featured iin the documentary film, "HONOR FLIGHT" - in turn honoring the community for celebrating the World War II veterans who live in our communities,  and sending them on a journey to Washington D.C.

 2012 Holiday Season Security Awareness

Everyone is reminded to report any suspicious activity to the authorities, police or local law enforcement.  Everyone needs to remember, if you see something, say something.

If you are traveling, complete the required AOR-specific AT awareness training prior to any OCONUS travel.  AOR-specific AT awareness training information and materials are available through each geographic combatant command. 

Family members and family readiness groups can access supporting AT awareness information, products and tools via the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) homepage ( by clicking on the iWATCH Army logo at the bottom right of the page; this will direct individuals to the Army iWATCH webpage on Army OneSource which is available to the entire Army Community.  It includes all of the iWATCH Army products, as well as a broad set of general AT awareness products and information.  Commanders should disseminate the FMWRC website to the family readiness groups for dissemination to family members.  This site is updated as new products supporting Army AT awareness are created.

Up-to-date information on OCONUS security conditions is available from the DoS by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the US and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 elsewhere in the world, or at their website at

The DoS smart traveler enrollment program (STEP) is also available.  STEP allows US citizens to register their OCONUS travel plans with DoS online via the STEP website at  This free service permits a traveler to enter information about their upcoming trip abroad so DoS can better assist them in an emergency.  As a part of this service, travelers can receive updates on travel warnings, travel alerts and other information for a particular country.

Military Family Month: Military Family focused documentary showing Dec. 6 at USAHEC

Plan to come view the documentary "FLAT DADDY" at USAHEC on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7pm. 

The documentary follows four families with deployed loved ones using life-sized cardboard cutouts of their deployed family members. "Flat Daddy"

and "Heroes on a Stick" explore the lasting impact of deployment on the families left behind. The co-directors will be on hand for the screening and a Q&A period will follow the showing of the film. This is a family friendly program.

The film trailer can be viewed at their website:

Questions should be directed to Jessie Faller-Parrett, Chief/Visitor Services, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Phone: 717-245-3641, or email her

December is National Drinking and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month
Focus – Impaired Driving
  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 is approaching and 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 party host, here are some things you can do to promote responsible drinking:
--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 and driving is a dangerous combination.  Take steps to prevent impaired driving and protect yourself, your passengers, and others on the road.
The Reality
--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.Learn how your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) affects your ability to drive  [PDF - 46 KB].
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 checkpoints are traffic stops where law enforcement officers assess drivers’ level of alcohol impairment. These checkpoints consistently reduce alcohol-related crashes, typically by 20%.
--Ignition interlocks are 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 and Strike Zone Bowling Center - inform the bartender or staff 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).
The staff will make sure you get home safely, even if you should need a ride.  Additional information, contact the Army Substance Abuse office at 245-4576. 
Thursday, Dec. 20, 11:30–1 p.m. at the Education Center, 632 Wright Ave. Carlisle Barracks.  “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, and the Directorate of Emergency Services, Carlisle Barracks

The holidays provide an ideal time to visit the new Soldier Experience exhibit at AHEC

The new Soldier Experience exhibit gives patrons a chance to honor Veterans by sharing their stories of military experiences, in peace and conflict, using interactive exhibits, pictures and interpretation.

View to see more.

Each element features personal items, clothing, photos and the words of individual Soldiers selected from six eras: Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom

Visitors can select a dog-tag scan card and follow a Soldier's story scanning the card at five different stations to learn additional information about the Soldier’s experience.

AHEC will be closed Dec. 24-25 and 31, 2012 and January 1, 2013 but will be open during normally scheduled business hours otherwise.

The Soldiers Experience exhibit at the Army Heritage and Education Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A gift shop and the Cumberland Café are on site.

The 7,000-square foot gallery provides an in-depth look at the history of the U.S. Army as seen through the eyes of Soldiers. Its materials come from the extensive historical collection of USAHEC, which covers every period in the U.S. Army’s history from the Spanish-American War through current operations.

USAHEC’s collection of nearly 67,000 artifacts, 2 million photographs, and 11 million archival and library items, includes a broad spectrum of materials related to the service of individual Soldiers and constitutes nearly 10 percent of all artifacts within the U.S. Army Museum system.

Visitors can:

  • Experience a simulated Army rifle range
  • Lift gear that today’s Soldiers carry
  • Experience a bunker attack during a Korean War battle
  • Parachute into Normandy during D-Day
  • Obey orders from a drill sergeant during basic training

Visitors will select a dog tag scan card that will tell a soldier’s story and use it throughout the new Soldiers Experience Gallery exhibit at the Army and Heritage Education Center that opened Nov. 9.

In addition to the Army history timeline, the gallery features an electronic rifle range where visitors can test their marksmanship, a Normandy parachute simulator, a Korean War bunker featuring sounds of war, and "Stories from the Heart," a feature film.

Throughout the exhibit there are opportunities to compare the size and weight of different types of weapons and body armor, as well as opportunities to take pictures in current combat gear.



Visitors to the Soldiers Experience Gallery exhibit will be able to take pictures in current combat gear at the Army and Heritage Education Center that opened Nov. 9.

The gallery features interactive components and immersive displays that highlight some of the best Soldiers’ stories found in the Heritage Center’s historical collections. The exhibit encompasses the Army’s history from the Spanish-American War through current operations featuring Soldiers’ stories at home, abroad, during combat and in support.