Banner Archive for December 2013
 

Mission command goes mobile

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Dec. 3, 2013) -- Just as many Americans continue to unplug and go mobile, so does Army mission command.

As a vital link between dismounted Soldiers and their higher headquarters, tactical vehicles are evolving into mobile mission command centers - strapped with the latest in situational awareness and messaging technology.

This fiscal year the Army plans to field Joint Battle Command-Platform, or JBC-P, the next-generation system providing mounted mission command, friendly force tracking and situational awareness capabilities. JBC-P will also serve as the first version of the Mounted Computing Environment, known as the MCE, one of six computing environments that make up the Army's Common Operating Environment, or COE, a new set of standards that enable the rapid development of secure and interoperable applications.

JBC-P provides the foundation for the MCE, allowing Soldiers to access new applications, as well as tools they rely on today such as Tactical Ground Reporting, or TIGR. This user-friendly JBC-P framework will also operate seamlessly with the smartphone-like Nett Warrior devices that deliver timely blue force tracking and situational awareness information down to dismounted Soldiers.

"If you compare the mobile, handheld computing environment to an iPhone and compare the stationary command post computing environment to a desktop computer, MCE - with JBC-P being the core capability - is the iPad," said Lt. Col. Michael Olmstead, product manager for JBC-P. "You might not necessarily need the same app for the handheld that you need for the command post, but just like the commercial model, they would be compatible and interoperable."

By incorporating TIGR into JBC-P, Soldiers out on patrol can access a searchable database of unit activities that uses a Google Earth-like interface, pictures and text. TIGR can disseminate tactical information across multiple Army echelons and systems, and allows units to track people such as local police chiefs, religious leaders or other key figures for counterinsurgency and stability operations.

"The ability to upload everything that was significant after a patrol, and to know that anybody on that network can see what I uploaded, is a great asset," said Staff Sgt. Scott Harrison, with the task analysis branch of the Maneuver Center of Excellence Directorate of Training and Doctrine.

Harrison, who used a previous version of TIGR while deployed to Iraq, recently evaluated the next generation of TIGR at Fort Benning, Ga., during a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager, Brigade Combat Team Mission Command, or BCT MC, user jury.

"I planned patrols in and out of Fallujah almost every day and TIGR was my main asset," Harrison said. "I would pull up the historical data for what happened in my area, and it would allow me to plan my routes. To have situational awareness of what had happened in the area historically was invaluable."

JBC-P is the Army's latest incarnation of the widely fielded mounted friendly force tracking system known as Force XXI Battle Command Brigade-and-Below/Blue Force Tracking, or FBCB2/BFT. Displaying blue and red icons over a digital map, FBCB2/BFT has provided lifesaving situational awareness information to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Today, that blue force tracking information is being delivered down to dismounted Soldiers through the Army's handheld mission command system known as Nett Warrior. Composed of an Android handheld device connected to a tactical radio, Nett Warrior allows dismounted leaders to see their own location, the locations of their fellow Soldiers and the locations of known enemies on a moving map. Recent work between the JBC-P and Nett Warrior project offices has improved the interoperability of these two systems, filling a critical gap in mission command between mounted and dismounted Soldiers.

Project Manager, PM JBC-P, assigned to the Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical, is also developing a pilot that would enable compatibility between new Android-based capabilities certified by the Army and the JBC-P baseline.

"JBC-P is the core of the MCE, which is a game-changer for mission command on the move," Olmstead said. "MCE allows us to streamline product development of emerging technology while ensuring capabilities are compatible across the Army."

The Army's COE strategy embraces a commercially-based set of standards that enable secure and interoperable applications to be rapidly developed.

"Under the MCE, developers will provide just those unique components or 'apps' that take advantage of the common software provided by the MCE framework instead of creating a whole separate program with its own operating system and services," said John Gillette, PM JBC-P team lead for MCE. "Our initiative to leverage the Android environment will utilize an open standard that everyone knows and understands. That's the real power of it."

The overall goal of the MCE is to bring together the diverse mission command systems that are on the platforms today, reducing redundant software services and shrinking the command and control hardware footprint. To do this, PM JBC-P is capitalizing on the current FBCB2/BFT hardware that is integrated on more than 120,000 platforms.

As JBC-P accepts the migration of more capabilities through the MCE, the need for increased performance is evident. Invoking a Headquarters, Department of the Army directed requirement, PM JBC-P issued a contract for the development of common hardware for mounted platforms, known as the Mounted Family of Computer Systems. This new capability will bring interoperability through standardized tactical computers that are scalable and tailorable to the mission and vehicle. It also reduces size, weight and power demands, a key element of COE and a crucial enabler for MCE.

 


The Ashburn Drive Gate will be closed on the following dates:

Winter Recess (Dec. 21 - Jan. 1 )

MLK Holiday (Jan. 17-20 )

Washington's Birthday (Feb. 14-17 )


Gibner Road closure set for Dec. 24, 31

Gibner Road from Bouquet Road to the Dunham parking lot will be closed on Dec. 24 and 31 for construction necessary for a post infrastructure upgrade project.

There will be detour signs directing people down Garrison Lane to Gibner Road so they can access Dunham and the Dental Clinic. 


Response to discussion about Confederate artwork --

A Sincere note to our Alumni, friends, and all concerned regarding questions about Confederate art:

     Major General Tony Cucolo here, Commandant of the US Army War College. I’d like to address an issue that has come up based on a Washington Times web posting and article in its paper of 18 December 2013.

     Even though last night's posting had a photo at the top of that article showing a picture of one of our entry gates with huge statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson mounted on horseback on either side of the sign, and today's posting showed a dignified photo of Robert E. Lee at the top of the article, it might be misleading as to what is in question. For what it is worth, I must tell you there is only one outside statue on Carlisle Barracks and that is of Frederick the Great. There is no statue of Lee, there is no statue of Jackson; that picture is photo-shopped – I assume to attract attention to the article. We do however have many small monuments, mostly stone with bronze plaques, but those are for a variety of reasons. There are small memorials to the service of British units (during the French and Indian War), memorials of Army schools that had been based at Carlisle Barracks over the last two-plus centuries, memorials to Carlisle Indian Industrial School students and significant personalities of that period from 1879 – 1918, a memorial for US Army War College graduates killed in action since 2001 and more. We do not have any public memorials to the Confederacy, but we do have signs on the walking tour of the base that will tell you for a few days during the Civil War, three North Carolina Brigades camped on the parade ground and then burned down the post (save one building) as they departed on July 1st, 1863, to rejoin Lee’s forces at Gettysburg. We also do not have any large stand-alone portraits of Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson. 

     So, no statues or big portraits, but a recent event here sparked the reporter’s and other public interest in the topic of the article, which I find makes a good point – for topics like this, have a thoughtful conversation before making a decision.

     Here is what happened: a few weeks ago, while relocating his office to a new floor in our main school building over the weekend, one of my leaders looked outside his new office location and simply decided to change the look of the hallway. He took down, off the wall, a number of framed Civil War prints that depicted Confederate States of America forces in action against Union forces or depicted famous Confederate leaders. He did this on his own. There was no directive to “remove all traces of the CSA.”  Since this is a public hallway with seminar rooms and offices, the sudden new look drew attention the following week. And since there was no public explanation of my leader’s action, some of my folks jumped to conclusions, even to the point of sending anonymous notes to local media. We have since attempted to clarify the action within our own ranks.

     If it matters to any of you, you could walk into this building today, and see ornately framed paintings and even a few prints similar to the ones that came down off that hallway wall of Confederate forces and leaders mixed in an among countless other paintings and prints of the Army (and the other services) in action from the Revolutionary War through the current fight in Afghanistan.  I must admit, there are in fact a large number of Civil War paintings, depicting both North and South. I can only assume one of the reasons there are so many is that we are barely 30 minutes from Gettysburg, home to many renowned artists, a few of whom have been commissioned by US Army War College classes of the past to capture some iconic scene of that conflict.

     Finally, and with ironic timing, I also must tell you that I am in the midst of planning a more meaningful approach to the imagery and artwork that currently adorn the public areas on the three primary floors of The War College. There will be change: over the years very fine artwork has been hung with care – but little rationale or overall purpose. Just today, I left the “George S. Patton Jr. Room”, walked by the “Peyton March Room” and nearby hung a picture of a sharp fight in Iraq, 2003, right next to a Civil War print, which was near a series of prints honoring Army Engineers, and a few feet further hung a painting of the Battle of Cowpens. We can do better; we’d like our students, staff, and faculty to walk through a historical narrative that sends a message of service, valor, sacrifice, and courageous leadership at the strategic level.

     But I will also approach our historical narrative with keen awareness and adherence to the seriousness of several things: accurate capture of US military history, good, bad and ugly; a Soldier’s life of selfless service to our Nation; and our collective solemn oath to defend the Constitution of the United States (not a person or a symbol, but a body of ideals). Those are the things I will be looking to reinforce with any changes to the artwork.

     Much more information than perhaps you wished to know, but this topic has the ability to bring out the extremes of opinion and discourse, and I at least wanted the facts of our own activities to be known.

 

Respectfully,

Tony Cucolo

Major General, US Army


IMCOM welcomes new command sergeant major

SAN ANTONIO (Dec 12, 2013) --- Pledging to "give everything I have" to Soldiers, their Families, civilians, veterans and wounded warriors, Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey S. Hartless assumed the responsibilities of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command's most senior enlisted advisor in a ceremony at IMCOM's Fort Sam Houston Theatre.

Hartless takes over for departing IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice. Rice is retiring after 32 years' service in the U.S. Army.

Formerly command sergeant major of IMCOM's Europe region, Hartless said the headquarters is to focus on supporting the regions and the garrison command teams. The garrisons are "the tip of the spear" in delivering services, he said.

His experience in IMCOM-Europe will now benefit the command as a whole, according to LTG Mike Ferriter, IMCOM commander. "We are blessed to have Command Sgt. Maj. Hartless on our team," he said, calling Hartless "the perfect leader at the perfect time."

Rice called Hartless a "personal friend and awesome leader. All … who know Jeff Hartless know of his dedication."

Ferriter gave the noncommissioned officer's sword to Hartless after receiving it from Rice, symbolically passing responsibility in front of a theater filled with garrison commanders and command sergeants major in town for IMCOM's annual leadership conference, as well as family members, friends and headquarters staff.

The role of IMCOM command sergeant major carries great responsibility, Ferriter said. Leading IMCOM takes total dedication to our Soldiers, civilians and their Families. "Command Sgt. Maj. Rice carried the load as if it were easy, and when it got hard he would look over and ask me if he could carry some of my load," he said.

Beginning his farewell remarks, Rice stepped to the American flag and touched its fringe. "This is what it's all about," he said. "We get to dedicate our lives to defending this great nation."

"This certainly isn't about what we're doing here [holding a ceremony], it's about the unfailing leadership shown by our [garrison] command teams," Rice said.

The 82nd Airborne Division, where he spent much of his career, calls itself America's 911 service, Rice said.

Just as the 82nd has to be ready at a moment's notice to defend the nation, he learned garrison staffs have to be ready to respond on the communities they operate. "Garrison commanders and command sergeants major are the 911 force on-call team on the installation level," he said.

"I am proud to have served alongside each and every one of you."

Hartless was born in Lynchburg, Va., and graduated from Amherst County High School in 1981. He entered the U.S. Army in April, 1983, completing Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga.

During his 29 years of service, Hartless has served with the 75th Ranger Regiment; Special Operations Aviation Regiment; 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); 173d Airborne Brigade; 503rd Infantry; United States Army Garrison, Fort Polk; Warrior Transition Brigade, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and United States Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy. He has completed multiple combat tours.

Rice assumed duties as IMCOM command sergeant major on Feb. 20, 2012. He enlisted in November 1981 and received basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Rice held numerous command sergeant major positions including XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg and United States Forces Iraq.  
 


Post holding law enforcement exercise Dec. 17

Carlisle Barracks will hold a law enforcement exercise Dec. 17. Throughout the year, first responders exercise responses and cross-agency coordination in a series of exercises on post. Please obey the instructions of law enforcement personnel and posted signs.


No cannon fire at retreat starting Dec. 20

There will be no cannon fire at retreat starting Dec. 20 as the howitzer will be undergoing maintenance and painting for approximately one week.


Daria Dunning, Public Affairs Office

Drivers alert:  View from the patrol car

Carlisle Barracks Detective Svend Sheppard, police investigator and traffic supervisor, talked about what he worries about – and hopes that drivers here will share his concerns and guidance.

December is a month of unexpected weather changes as well as the time for exchanging visits with family and friends. Whether you stay in Carlisle or plan to travel it is good to remember few safety tips:

  • If your car is registered in the State of Pennsylvania, you are required to get your vehicle inspected at a certified inspection station every year. This inspection will include safety checks to make sure that your vehicle is prepared to successfully navigate on winter roads. Winter weather can bring unexpected conditions, so make sure that both you and your vehicle are ready for ice and snow.

 

  • If you plan to drink, don’t drive! Plan your friend and family gatherings so you can stay safe when you plan on drinking. Get facts you need to know about responsible drinking and drunk/drug driving PA laws; find out about physical tolerance vs. mental tolerance. More about responsible drinking and DUI you can find attending presentation on Dec. 17, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bradley Auditorium (Upton Hall). Remember that in Pennsylvania, you can be found guilty of driving under the influence if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit of .08%.

 

  • If you are driving your vehicle, don’t fail to yield for the pedestrians entering street at the cross walk. As a pedestrian, don’t assume:  make eye with approaching motorists before stepping into the cross walk.

 

  • Using your cell phone while driving can be dangerous. It is illegal in Pennsylvania to send or receive texts, emails, or messages of any kind while driving. It is not illegal to make phone calls while driving – but, if you must make or receive a call while driving, pull off the road whenever possible; use a hands-free device.

 

  • NOTE! Use of hands free device is mandatory for all cell phone use while driving on military installations: not texting, no phone calls.

 

  • If you are in the front seat of a car, youmustwear your seat belt. Anyone under 18 years old in the vehicle must wear a seat beltat all timesboth in the front and back seat. Additionally, children under 4 years old must use a federally approved child car seat, appropriate for the height and weight of your child. Kids 4 to 8 years old must usea booster seat until they reach the height/weight max.

 

  • Remember to stop when you meet a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended. You must stop at least ten (10) feet away from the school bus and wait until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving. Do not move until all the children have reached a place of safety.

 


Year 58:  Army War College students bring holiday cheer to more locations, more Seniors with new approach to the Senior Holiday Social

 

A decades-long holiday tradition continues this year.  Since 1956, the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks sponsored a Senior Citizens Holiday Social on post – and this year, War College students are bringing the holiday cheer to the area nursing homes.

The Holiday Senior Socials will bring song, games, conversation, and a change-of-pace to all the residents and staff of 10 seniors’ nursing and retirement centers, to include the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

“This year the format will change to a concept that will allow Army War College students to tailor events to those specific care centers and provides the ability to reach and contact more care facility residents,” said USAWC student Army Lt. Col. Kyle ‘Rudy’ Riedel, who is coordinating the students’ Senior Social project.  All 24 student seminars are participating in this long-standing tradition; some are collaborating with other seminars for a better effort with the homes.

When students of USAWC seminars 6, 7 and 8 visited the Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Dec. 3, they participated in holiday gatherings in the recreation room, the dining facility, and the Alzheimer’s ward.

Melissa Halstead visited the residents at Claremont. “I recommend that future classes follow this distributed model to engage more senior citizens,” she said later.

The annual holiday social for senior citizens started in December 1956, when members of the Carlisle Barracks Women’s Guild invited 50 residents from Carlisle-area nursing homes to the officers’ club on post to celebrate the holiday season.

The concept evolved through time from the original Christmas Tea to the Senior Citizens' Holiday Social at the club, but this year’s class was thinking bigger.

“It sounds like we will reach a lot of people,” said USAWC Prof. Bill Lord, who has volunteered for the Senior Holiday Social since 1991.  His participation reflects the personal attention incorporated into the event: he served as a personal escort to senior citizens, valet parking, coordinated directly with a nursing home activity coordinator, and since 2000 managed the photo operation that put a holiday photo with Santa into every guest’s hand – along with the holiday cookies to go.

The new Senior Socials preserved the spirit, one-on-one conversations, and the holiday photo keepsake. The plan is to provide a framed photo of senior resident and USAWC service member for each visit, which includes room-to-room visits.

Army War College students are visiting these nursing and retirement homes through the month of December:

Chapel Pointe
Church of God Home
Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Cumberland Crossings
Forest Park Health Center
Green Ridge Village Retirement Center
Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Sara Todd Home
Thornwald Home
Lebanon VA Medical Center
 
 

 


Water main break triggers Child Development Center actions

UPDATE 1530: The water main break that affected the CDC today has been repaired. Children and staff will remain at the Chapel today for parent pick-up, but will return to normal operations tomorrow morning.

The Child Development Center this morning moved children and staff to the Chapel Annex, so as to guarantee reliable access to water in response to a water main break on post.

The mid-morning move is a precautionary one on behalf of the children. CDC staff are notifying parents by phone or email, as pre-arranged, so that they know where and why ... and, give directions to pick up kids at the end of the day at the Chapel.

Contractors working on the fiber network for Information Technology upgrades hit a very old water main unmarked for that location on existing schematics. A quick-turn, interim fix restored water flow to the Dunham Army Health Clinic and DENTAC clinic.

CDC staff will man the center desk for those with questions, at 717.245.3701.


 

  

 


U.S. Army War College celebrates 112 years of service, recognizes alumni of outstanding service to Nation

The U.S. Army War College leadership, faculty, staff and students celebrated the institution’s 112thanniversary, Dec. 9, 2013, by honoring four Outstanding USAWC Alumni whose exceptional service following retirement reflects the values and strategic vision fostered by the Army War College education. The outstanding alumni reflect both the resident and distance education programs of the Army’s senior level college; they include the first women to be recognized as USAWC Outstanding Alumni.

The Outstanding Alumni Program has selected 23 USAWC graduates for recognition of their substantial contributions made after retirement from government service, accomplished through community or volunteer service.

VIDEO OF THE EVENT --

http://youtu.be/Mza2Ct_7wkQ

PHOTO ALBUM --

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Richard G. Trefry:

Trefry graduated from the Army War College in 1969 and retired after spending 33 years in the military. He has spent the last 30 years selflessly contributing to the nation and local community in various capacities, including serving as military assistant for President George H.W. Bush, serving on the Board of the Army Emergency Relief, assisting in starting a world-class library and more.

 

Lt. Gen. Trefry’s exceptional service cannot be detailed in a brief summary, said Retired Army Maj. Gen. William F. Ward. “He has served Soldiers and their Families for generations, consistently working to leave the organizations better than he found them,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert Arter:

Arter graduated from the Army War College in 1971 and retired after spending 36 years in the military. He has spent the last 27 years selflessly contributing to the nation and local community in various capacities, including reviewing Kansas’ state, municipal, county and volunteer agencies emergency management capabilities, serving as a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, serving as the Frontier Army Museum Association president and more.

After retirement, Lt. Gen. Arter became engaged in many activities and organizations where his outstanding leadership and experience have had major impacts, said Retired Army Lt. Gen. Arthur J. Gregg. “Lt. Gen. Arter exemplifies the very best in post active-duty military service leadership, commitment and service,” he said.

 

 

 

Retired Brig. Gen. Clara L. Adams-Ender:

Adams-Ender graduated from the Army War College in 1982 and retired after spending 34 years in the military. She has spent the last 20 years selflessly contributing to the nation and local community in various capacities, including serving on the Board of Visitors for her alma mater, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, overseeing the credentialing, continuing education and disciplining of health care professionals on the Virginia State Board of Medicine and mentoring and providing professional career development to ROTC students and more.

In retirement, she has continued her dynamic, selfless public service, said Retired Maj. Gen. Robert C. Gaskill. “Brig. Gen. Adams-Ender is that special kind of team member, and team leader, who designs and implements strategies to get tough jobs done right – even when much of her professional service is pro bono,” he said. “She makes her colleagues proud.”

 

Retired Army Col. and Dr. Sharon I. Richie:

Richie graduated from the Army War College in 1988 and retired after spending 26 years in the military. She has spent the last 17 years selflessly contributing to the nation and local community in various capacities, including providing trauma care for veterans in need, volunteering at veterans’ homeless shelters, serving on the Board of Directors of the Emergency Mental Health Services and Women Veteran Support Services and more

She deserves to be recognized by the Army War College Alumni Association, said Retired Brig. Gen. Jerry L. Neff. “Col. Richie’s volunteer service to her community, state and nation in the past 17 years has made a significant, long-term contribution and impact for the benefit of the people of the United States of America,” he said.

 

 

 

 

Today, the U.S. Army War College offers multiple programs of education at the strategic level. The senior level college education delivered by the Army majors hone the craft of a strategist in the Basic Strategic Art Program. War College graduates serving in critical strategic positions refine skills and understanding of the strategic environment during the Senior Leader Seminar. The War College now offers several strategic education programs for general officers: the Combined/Joint Forces Land Component Command Course; the Joint Service Reserve Component Officer Course; and the Senior Leader Seminar-II course to be piloted at The War College at Carlisle Barracks in Spring 2014.


U.S. Military adaptations to the changes in warfare in the past half century

 

Fifty years ago, the Vietnam War raged in Southeast Asia and American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines fought at the cusp of a major shift in conventional warfare.  To better understand the shift in the American way of war since Vietnam, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present a lecture by Dr. Michael Gambone as part of the 46th annual Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 7:15 p.m. Gambone will dissect American military involvement in the “small wars” of the latter half of the 20th Century through the Global War on Terror.  American military might has shifted dramatically from fielding armies on a grand, industrialized scale to inserting smaller, technologically superior forces into diverse conflicts of differing size and scope.

The lecture will be based on Dr. Gambone’s book, Small Wars: Low Intensity Threats and the American Response Since Vietnam (University Of Tennessee Press).  The U.S. Army, in dealing with its role in each of the “small wars,” has changed to meet the unique challenges presented by conflicts in lands governed by tribal traditions and ethnicity.  In his book, Dr. Gambone discusses not only the goals of America’s involvement in these “small wars” since the Vietnam War era, but also the conduct and consequences of each military engagement.  From Vietnam to interventions in Central America, through the Cold War, the Gulf War, Kosovo, and to the Global War on Terror, Gambone will present the evolution toward our current hybrid of traditional and innovative military techniques.

Dr. Gambone is a professor of history at Kutztown University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1993. Dr. Gambone is the author of Capturing the Revolution: The United States, Central America, and Nicaragua (2001) and The Greatest Generation Comes Home: The Veteran in American Society (2005). Between 1985 and 1988, he served as an officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. In 2006, he deployed to Iraq as a contractor for the U.S. Army.

All Perspectives in Military History Lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend.  Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m.  Parking is free, and the Museum Store will be open.  For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.orgor call 717-245-3972.


Carlisle Barracks presents ... "What is responsible drinking and DUI - facts you need to know - and holiday safety"

Better watch out ... just when you think you know all you need to know about driving under the influence -- here's a 90-min update. Think of it as an investment in yourself, your family, and your future unit members.

A special session on Responsible Alcohol Use and DUI will include the perspectives of -- drug recognition experts; Pennsylvania drunk-and-drug driving laws; Pennsylvania and post police;  Pa. Dept of Transportation insights about DUI and DUI crash statistics, and more.

Is your understanding of drinking and DUI based on another place, another time?  Get smart about Pennsylvania laws, among other things. This class will challenge common beliefs about "Responsible Drinking", e.g., high-risk alcohol abuse, physical tolerance vs mental tolerance. The session will underscore how choices can protect, or harm, what we value most.

Get smart with, “What is Responsible Drinking, and DUI – Facts You Need to Know & Holiday Safety”: Tuesday, 17 December, 2013, 1500 – 1630, Bradley Auditorium, Upton Hall.

NOTE:  The presentation is open to ALL:  students,  faculty, staff of all post activities, family members.   Pre-registration is required. Call 717- 245-4576.   Presented by the Army Substance Abuse Office and the Directorate of Emergency Services, Carlisle Barracks.


Holiday Weight Gain? Tips to prevent overeating

By MAJ Lisa M. Giese, MS, RD, LN; Chief, Nutritional Medicine, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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


Save lives by designating a sober driver

Almost 32 people in the U.S. die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver, amounting to one death every 48 minutes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

December is designated as National Drinking and Drugged Driving Prevention Month which reminds us to "Designate before we Celebrate" and encourages safe and sober driving.

The Holiday season generally means more parties, which raises potential drinking opportunities.  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.

Below are Carlisle Barracks programs and more information regarding safe alcohol consumption.

Carlisle Barracks Programs:

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.

If you attend and event at the LVCC or 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.

Additionally, the staff will make sure you get home safely, even if you should need a ride. For more information, contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576

Responsible Alcohol Use and DUI Presentation

“What is Responsible Drinking, and DUI – Facts You Need to Know & Holiday Safety”: Tuesday, 17 December, 2013, 1500 – 1630, Bradley Auditorium, Upton Hall, 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

-Holiday Safety

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

Additional information:

Safe Driving

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

-Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.

-Do not pressure guests to drink.

-Serve food to slow the rate of absorption of alcohol.

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

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

Impaired Driving

Alcohol-impaired driving endangers the health and lives of drinking drivers, their passengers and others on the road:

-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.

Plan Ahead

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

-Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.

-Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.

-If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.

-If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.

Protective Programs

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

-Sobriety checkpointsare traffic stops where law enforcement officers assess drivers’ level of alcohol impairment. These checkpoints consistently reduce alcohol-related crashes, typically by 20%.

-Ignition interlocksare devices that are installed in the vehicles of people who have been convicted of driving while impaired. They prevent operation of the vehicle by anyone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above a specified safe level (usually 0.02% – 0.04%). When installed, interlocks are associated with about a 70% reduction in arrest rates for impaired driving.

Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption

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

-Heavy drinking is defined as more than two drinks per day on average for men or more than one drink per day on average for women.

-Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks during a single occasion for men or four or more drinks during a single occasion for women.

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

-Approximately 5% of the total population drinks heavily and 15% of the population engages in binge drinking (CDC). 

-People aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States. More than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinks.


 
Military Family Appreciation Month: Entire Family contributes to community
 
 The Cantwell Family—Greg, Maureen, Maryanne and William—reflects the independence, strength and service of military families.
 
Greg is the scoutmaster of Troop 173 on Carlisle Barracks with over 50 scouts and was selected to lead a group of 36 scouts from central Pa. to the National Jamboree in West Virginia.  Additionally, he has coached Youth Sports Soccer teams, supports a variety of Carlisle School District special events and is a Pa. Hunter Education instructor and NRA-certified rifle and shotgun instructor.
 
“It’s just a natural extension of what we do as a community,” said Gregg.  “You volunteer because it’s the right thing to do, to make the community a better place."
 
 
The Cantwell family includes Col. Greg Cantwell, son William, daughter Maryanne and wife, Maureen.
 
 
Maureen has coached in the Youth Sports soccer program, assists with the Chapel Youth group and teaches with the youth ministry team.  She volunteers with the Lamberton Middle School Veterans Day Program, and the Carlisle School District coordinating special events. 
 
Maryanne is a high school student who volunteers as part of the school’s Student Council and participates with the Young Adult Writing group.  With the church youth group, she assists with many of the volunteer projects.
 
William is a Boy Scout who volunteers for many Eagle Scout projects on Carlisle Barracks.  He assists with the church youth group and has supported Project Share distribution, cleaning the chapel, and making cards for the nursing home residents.
 
 
 

Military Family Appreciation Month:  Bikes reach across Military Community

The Allens have a yearly quest to provide fun and a sense of belonging to the families of the Army War College International Fellows.

Since 2008, retired Army Col. Chuck Allen, USAWC professor of Leadership and Cultural Studies, and his wife, Ann, have encouraged efforts to procure, repair, and hand out bicycles to International Fellows families, adults and children, to enjoy during their time here in Carlisle.  Ann and Pam Lord began the program which has expanded greatly since its inception.

The biggest challenges each year are collecting the bikes, doing safety checks and repairs, and then re-issuing to the new families, said Allen.  The garrison staff and local storage companies have provided much needed support for storing the growing inventory, he said.

 

Kosovo Fellow Col. Ilir Qeriqi, USAWC Class of 2014, and his family receive bikes this summer.

 

To date, the inventory stands at over 150 bikes, trikes, and scooters, said Allen.  This year more adult and teen bikes were needed,

“If you have serviceable bikes in your basements, garages, or elsewhere, we have IF families who can put them to good use,” said Allen.  Contact us at allencd@pa.net or 717-701-0844.


Military Family Appreciation Month:  Marine reaches wounded warriors
 
 
When Marine Col. Alan Orr II volunteered to represent the Army War College at a Chambersburg ground breaking for Homes for Our Troops this Summer, he was surprised to learn that he already knew the wounded warrior destined for a new, handicapped-accessible home.
 
Faculty member Orr is the USAWC professor of theater planning and founder of a non-profit organization dedicated to wounded warriors since 2005.
 
"I took Sgt. Zachary Stinson on a hunting trip last year with the non-profit that I run," said Orr, now retired. "To date, we have taken over 3500 wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen on phenomenal outdoor adventures across the U.S.,” he said, about the Combat Marine Outdoors organization. 
 
The camaraderie, friendship and fellowship associated with each outing have had an incredible healing property, and in many cases, were a turning point in their emotional recovery, Orr said.
 
Sgt. Zachary Stinson was one of three double amputees who flew to the YO ranch west of San Antonio, said Orr. Stinson had lost both legs above the knees and suffered severe damage to his hands in an IED blast in Afghanistan, 2010. 
 
The Stinson family will receive the keys for their new home at the Homes for the Holidays event Friday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m., in Chambersburg.
 
To learn more about these organizations visit:  www.hfotusa.org and www.combatmarineoutdoors.org