Banner Archive for December 2014
 

 

Operation Enduring Freedom comes to an end

WASHINGTON (Dec. 28, 2014) -- President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel each issued statements today marking the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan.

After 13 years of combat operations, Operation Enduring Freedom drew to a close today in a ceremony at the International Security and Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"Today's ceremony in Kabul marks a milestone for our country," Obama said. "For more than 13 years, ever since nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken from us on 9/11, our nation has been at war in Afghanistan. Now, thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion."

"At the end of this year," Hagel said, "as our Afghan partners assume responsibility for the security of their country, the United States officially concludes Operation Enduring Freedom. … In 2015, we begin our follow-on mission -- Operation Freedom's Sentinel -- to help secure and build upon the hard-fought gains of the last 13 years."

Today, though, "we give thanks to our troops and intelligence personnel who have been relentless against the terrorists responsible for 9/11 -- devastating the core al-Qaida leadership, delivering justice to Osama bin Laden, disrupting terrorist plots and saving countless American lives," the president said.

"We are safer, and our nation is more secure, because of their service," he said. "At the same time, our courageous military and diplomatic personnel in Afghanistan -- along with our NATO allies and coalition partners--have helped the Afghan people reclaim their communities, take the lead for their own security, hold historic elections and complete the first democratic transfer of power in their country's history."

"I want to express my deep gratitude to all U.S. personnel, both military and civilian, who have served in Afghanistan since 2001, many on multiple deployments," Hagel said. "I also thank the thousands more who were a part of the mission at home and around the world. In fighting America's longest war, our people and their families have borne a heavy burden, and some paid the ultimate price."

"We honor the profound sacrifices that have made this progress possible," the president said. "We salute every American -- military and civilian, including our dedicated diplomats and development workers -- who have served in Afghanistan, many on multiple tours, just as their families have sacrificed at home.

"We pledge to give our many wounded warriors, with wounds seen and unseen, the world-class care and treatment they have earned. Most of all, we remember the more than 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan, and we pledge to stand with their Gold Star families who need the everlasting love and support of a grateful nation."

"Afghanistan remains a dangerous place, and the Afghan people and their security forces continue to make tremendous sacrifices in defense of their country," Obama said. "At the invitation of the Afghan government, and to preserve the gains we have made together, the United States -- along with our allies and partners -- will maintain a limited military presence in Afghanistan."

The United States will pursue two missions in Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Hagel said. "We will work with our allies and partners as part of NATO's Resolute Support mission to continue training, advising and assisting Afghan security forces. And we will continue our counterterrorism mission against the remnants of Al-Qaeda to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used to stage attacks against our homeland."

"Our personnel will continue to face risks, but this reflects the enduring commitment of the United States to the Afghan people and to a united, secure and sovereign Afghanistan that is never again used as a source of attacks against our nation," Obama said.

"These past 13 years have tested our nation and our military," the president said. "But compared to the nearly 180,000 American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan when I took office, we now have fewer than 15,000 in those countries. Some 90 percent of our troops are home.

"Our military remains the finest in the world, and we will remain vigilant against terrorist attacks and in defense of the freedoms and values we hold dear. And with growing prosperity here at home, we enter a new year with new confidence, indebted to our fellow Americans in uniform who keep us safe and free."   


Beck brings experience, passion to vital position

Gina Beck is the new Carlisle Barracks Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.  

A face new to Carlisle Barracks, but not the Army or Central Pa., is bringing with her lessons learned from a nearly 20 year Army career as the new Carlisle Barracks Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.

Gina Beck, who was most recently the SARC for the entire Pennsylvania National Guard, based out of Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pa., steps into an important role here. A native of Donora, Pa., Beck has served 19 years in a variety of positions in the Army Reserve, Pennsylvania and North Carolina National Guard and active duty Army.  

I really want to get people to understand the prevalence of sexual assault, talking about it more, and knowing the resources that are available for those who have been victimized," she said. In her role as the SARC, she will create training and policy that will increase awareness, focus on prevention, and streamline reporting and response time for victims.   

While she said there are not necessarily problems here, it extends to all parts of life outside the gates.

“Recent studies have said that as many as one in four women and one in six males have been a victim of a sexual assault,” she said. “That’s what I want to make sure to try and educate not only our military personnel but our civilian employees as well. I want to make sure everyone is armed with all of the resources and know of the programs available.”

She noted that coming here from the Pa. National Guard was quite a change in the scope of her job.

“I'm coming from a program that was responsible for more than 20,000 military men and women to an environment of more like 1400, with a majority of those being civilians,” she said. “I’m excited to be here and to tackle this new challenge.”

To learn more about the programs available here call 717-245-4925 or visit  http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/acs/sexual_assault.cfm


 

The Importance of Bugle Calls

Every morning at 0630 and every evening at 1700, Soldiers, Family Members, and Civilian Employees can see, hear, and participate in a ritual that honors our nation, while continuing a tradition as old as the U.S. Army. Cars stop, work pauses, and games cease, while we render honors to the colors. Yet Reveille in the morning and Retreat at night are only two of many bugle calls that punctuate daily life at Carlisle Barracks. Most of us think of old western movies and cavalrymen when we hear a bugle call, but few Soldiers understand the significance of most of the bugle calls that we hear throughout the day. This pamphlet will not only explain what they mean, but how these cues have long made life in the Army distinctive and special for Soldiers and Family Members at outposts of pride and military tradition–like Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

History and Traditions

 

When George Washington first assumed command of the Continental Army in 1775, drums and bugles were already a fixture of military life and operations. In a time before radios and texting, there was simply no other way for a commander to communicate his orders amidst the din of firing muskets, clashing sabers, and booming cannon. Yet drums and bugles were also useful in camp. For instance, work parties far from camp gathering forage for the horses–even a small army required several tons of feed a day–knew to return to camp when they heard the call for “Recall.” As the U.S. Army developed, it standardized the use of these bugle calls for a disciplined lifestyle.

Life at a Frontier Outpost

In the frontier outposts of the late 1800s, bugle calls united Soldiers and their Families. These small, lonely forts with garrisons of only one hundred Soldiers or less were often far from the nearest town. In these communities, the bugle calls were as much a part of the lives of the Family Members as the Soldiers. Household clocks were set by the bugle calls; one Army wife even used “Assembly” as the signal for the children to take their afternoon nap!

Days began early for Soldiers as they began feeding and grooming the horses before dawn. Following “Reveille” and breakfast, Soldiers came together for inspection when they heard the call for “Assembly.” The Soldier with the best uniform and equipment was selected to be the commander’s orderly, which gave them bragging rights and (sometimes) the following day off. After inspection, the Soldiers trained in critical skills of the day: marching, riding, bayonet drill, marksmanship, and gun crew drills. “Mess Call” to lunch ended the morning’s training. Soldiers spent most of the afternoon in fatigue details, such as chopping wood, maintaining the buildings and stables, and, as always, taking care of the horses. Soldiers returned from these tasks when the bugler sounded “Recall,” giving the Soldiers time to prepare themselves for the evening parade and “Retreat.” The day at most frontier outposts ended with a parade of the entire command around the central field. This was, of course, a way to inspect the discipline and equipment of the unit, but it was also a community social event that was attended by nearly all of the Family Members. Prior to the 1890s, Soldiers were required to assemble for a final roll call at 2200 at the sound of “Tattoo,” but this practice–along with inspections on Sunday–ended when the Army made efforts to improve the quality of Soldiers’ lives.

The Army has changed greatly since those frontier days, but the pride and sense of community associated with bugle calls remained. After returning from nearly two years in a German prisoner of war camp, a World War II Soldier remembered, “It wasn’t until I heard Retreat sound that I knew I was home.”

 

Purpose of Bugle Calls

First Call 
Sounded as a warning for Soldiers to begin assembling for a formation.

Reveille 
Signals the Soldiers to Stand-To for morning roll call and accompanies the raising of the National Colors.

Recall 
Signals that the present period of physical training, duties, or drill is over.

Mess Call 
Signals breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Assembly
Sounded to call in a group of Soldiers or scouts. It is also sometimes referred to as “Fall in”.

Officer’s Call
Signals all officers to assemble at a designated place.

Retreat 
Signals the end of the official
duty day.

To The Colors 
This call used to render honors to the nation when no band is available or in ceremonies requiring honors to the nation more than once. It requires the same courtesies as the National Anthem. It is used to accompany lowering or casing the National Colors.

Call To Quarters 
Symbolically signals all Soldiers to their quarters for the night.

Tattoo
Signals that all lights in squad rooms be extinguished and that all loud talking and other disturbances be discontinued within 15 minutes.

Taps  
Signals that unauthorized lights are to be extinguished. This is the last call of the day.

Chapel Call 
Signals religious services are about to begin.

Schedule of Bugle Calls at Carlisle Barracks

Monday - Friday

0625              First Call
0630              Reveille (with cannon salute)
0730              Recall
0800              Assembly
0830              Officer’s Call
1200              Mess Call
1300              Assembly
1630              Recall
1700              Retreat/To the Colors (with cannon salute)
2100              Call to Quarters
2245              Tattoo
2300              Taps

Saturday & Holidays
1200.............. Mess Call
1700.............. Retreat/To the Colors (no cannon salute)
2100.............. Call to Quarters
2245.............. Tattoo
2300.............  Taps

Sunday
0900              Chapel Call

1200               Mess Call
1700               Retreat/To the Colors (no cannon salute)
2100               Call to Quarters
2245               Tattoo
2300               Taps

Guide to Proper Courtesies

“Reveille”

1.  Soldiers in formation: Execute the commands of the officer or noncommissioned officer in charge.

2.  Soldiers in uniform but not in formation: Face the flag (or the direction of the music if the flag is not in view) and render a hand salute until the last note of music.

3.  Civilians and Soldiers wearing civilian clothes: Face the flag, come to the position of attention, remove any headgear with the right hand, and place the right hand over the heart until the last note of music. Soldiers, veterans, and retirees may render a hand salute rather than placing their hand over their heart (see note 1 below).

“Retreat” and “To the Colors”

1.  Soldiers in formation: Execute the commands of the officer or noncommissioned officer in charge.

2.  Soldiers in uniform but not in formation: Face the flag, stand at attention until the firing of the cannon or the first note of “To the Colors,” then render a hand salute until the last note of music.

3. Civilians and Soldiers wearing civilian clothes: Face the flag, stand at attention, remove any headgear with the right hand, and place the right hand over the heart until the last note of music. Soldiers, veterans, and retirees may render a hand salute rather than placing their hand over their heart (see note below).

Note:
Congress passed a law in 2009 that allowed Soldiers, veterans and retirees to render a hand salute when in civilian clothes.

 

 


Holidays hours for Carlisle Barracks facilities

There are a few changes to operations for the upcoming holiday season -- check out the scheduled closures for many post organizations and facilities --

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ashburn Gate on Route 11 will be closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan 1.


Drive sober or get pulled over

NHTSA wants to remind all drivers that it’s dangerous to drive after drinking. You have to choose your role before drinking begins: will you drink or will you drive? Remember, even if you only have a little bit to drink and think you’re "okay to drive," you could still be over the legal limit ... Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Each year more than 10,000 people die on the road due to drunk driving. In order to stop this deadly epidemic, cops are on the lookout for drunk drivers. And they'll see you before you see them.

There's nothing like a night out with friends. And when it’s time to go home, you may think you’re okay to drive. But alcohol has a way of messing with your judgment. And turning a great night out into a great big problem.

  • The consequences of even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, having a crash.
  • If you have been drinking, there are always safe ways to get home—do not drive. You can call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation.
  • Help others be responsible, too. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Remind others: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
  • Call the police if you see someone driving drunk. It is your business. Getting drunk drivers off the roads saves lives.

Keep your holidays happy and safe.  When you have any alcohol, let someone sober do the driving. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov. Or contact The Army Substance Abuse Office at 245 – 4576.


Memorial service for Duane Donison set for Dec. 11

There will be a memorial service Dec. 11 at 10 am at the Carlisle Barracks Chapel for former Carlisle Barracks guard and retired CSM Duane Donison, who passed away Dec. 4. The uniform for the memorial is duty uniform.


Army War College celebrates National Guard birthday

December 10, 2014 -- The Army War College celebrated the 378th birthday of the National Guard, with the traditional military cake-cutting ceremony at Bliss Hall here.

The 24 National Guard students attending the Army War College. Newly appointed Brig. Gen. George M. Schwartz, who is dual-hatted as the Pa. National Guard Assistant Adjutant General and USAWC Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs, participated in event also.

 The 24 National Guard students of the USAWC that arranged the celebrations of the 378th birthday of the National Guard are grouped together at Bliss Hall, Carlisle Barracks, 9 Dec., with USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp (far left) and Brig. Gen. George M. Schwartz (far right) who is the Pennsylvania National Guard Assistant Adjutant General and USAWC Deputy Commandant of Reserve Affairs.

The National Guard traces its roots as an institution to Dec. 13, 1636. The National Guard's oldest regiments met for their first drill on the village green in Salem, Massachusetts, to provide defense against the Pequot Indians.

Today the National Guard is part of the Total Army, participating in Joint Force in operations around the world. Guard units provide trained personnel to the United States, its territories and the District of Columbia to protect life and property, and to conduct homeland security missions and disaster relief operations at home. 

USAWC students, Faculty and staff gather to celebrate the 377th birthday of the National Guard, in Bliss Hall, Dec 9.


Soldiers, civilians honored at awards ceremony

Staff Sgt. Dwayne D. Benjamin, Outpatient/Behavioral Health NCOIC, Dunham Army Health Clinic, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, after receiving his award as the NCO of the Quarter. Also pictured are (Left to right) Command Sgt. Major Charles Rosado, Carlisle Barracks CSM, Lt. Col. Kim Peeples, Garrison Commander, Benjamin, Rapp, and Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish, Army War College CSM.

For more photo visit www.facebook.com/usawc

 

Dec. 3, 2014 -- Carlisle Barracks and the Army War College took time Dec. 3 to honor the hard work and dedication of Soldiers and employees during the Installation Awards Ceremony at the Letort View Community Center.

“It’s extremely important that we take time to recognize the hard work that our Soldiers and civilians put in each and every day,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, during the ceremony.   

  • Civilian Qtr, 2nd Qtr, CY14:  Danyel Martin, Medical Technician, Dunham Army Health Clinic
  • Civilian Qtr, 3rd Qtr, CY14:  Dana C. Hare, Simulations Specialist, Center for Stratgeic Leadership and Development
  • NCO of the Quarter, 3rd Qtr, FY14:  Staff Sgt. Dwayne D. Benjamin, Outpatient/Behavioral Health NCOIC, Dunham Army Health Clinic
  • Soldier of the Quarter, 3rd Qtr, FY14:  Private 1st Class Ronnie M. Leary, Food Inspector, U.S. Army Veterinary Clinic
  • NCO of the Year, FY14:  Sgt. Andrew G. Palaszczuk, DLA, New Cumberland
  • Soldier of the Year, FY14:  Spc. Brittany M. Slogar, Dunham Army Health Clinic
  • NCO of the Quarter, 1st Qtr, FY15:  Sgt. John Beavers, DLA, New Cumberland
  • Soldier of the Quarter, 1st Qtr, FY15:  Spc. Peter J. Heikkinen, Carlisle Barracks Chapel
  • Commanders Award for Civilian Service:  Emilio Montanez, IF Program
  • He was recognized for his coordination of a record five International Hall of Fame ceremonies
  • Achievement Medal for Civilian Service:  Dr. James H. Embrey, PKSOI
  • He was recognized for his planning and analysis of joint requirements linked to the Army War College as they pertain to peace and stability operations.
  • Commanding General’s Certificate of Appreciation and Coin:  Staff Sgt. Sherita E. Flowers, Preventive Dentistry Sergeant, CBks Dental Clinic
  • She was recognized for providing high quality dental hygiene support to her patients and support to the dental readiness and wellness of the Carlisle Barracks community.


Free holiday concert Dec. 12 at post chapel

The Carlisle Town Band will hold a free holiday concert Friday, Dec. 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Barracks Chapel.


Display serves as a reminder not to drink and drive

You've probably noticed the crashed vehicle that has been placed at the Claremont Road Gate. It serves as a stark, visual reminder what can happen when you get behind the wheel after drinking. Post leadership, law enforcement, and the Army Substance Abuse Program want to remind you to arrive alive -- don't drink and drive. You can learn more at tow upcoming lunch and learn events
about responsible drinking, DUI and what you need to know -- Monday Dec. 15 (Wil Waschoe) and Thursday Dec. 18 (Bradley Aud) -- with a presentation by Det. Svend Sheppard. Both presentations run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Commissary holiday hours of operation

Sunday Dec. 21 - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 23- 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 24, 9 a.. - 4 p.m.

Thurs. Dec. 25 - Closed

Friday Dec. 26 - Closed

Sat. Dec. 27 - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 28 - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Monday Dec. 29 - Closed

Tues. Dec. 30 - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 31 - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 1 - Closed

Friday, Jan. 2 - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 3 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


By Kevin L. Robinson, DeCA public affairs specialist
Commissary Value Brand returns for more savings

FORT LEE, Va.In response to growing patron demand for products comparable to the low-cost private label items sold in civilian stores, the Defense Commissary Agency is re-energizing an “old friend” known as Commissary Value Brand.

Starting in December, commissaries worldwide will highlight about 300 Value Brand products in 33 categories such as frozen vegetables, pizza and entrees; pet foods; health and beauty care; cereals; cleaning supplies; soft drinks; coffee; canned fruit, soup and fish; disposable lunch and storage bags; condiments and more.

The average savings for Commissary Value Brand items will be about 25 percent when compared to the store brand and private label items found in commercial retail stores, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. In some instances, savings will be as much as 50 percent.

“We are rolling out a renewed program that will offer consistent, quality, everyday low-cost pricing on name brand products equal to or better than private label items in commercial stores,” said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “In essence, we are a making a good deal of a commissary benefit even better.”

Now when customers venture into their commissary they will see select items on the shelf identified by an orange “Value” sign. They will also see posters, banners, buttons and danglers that point the way to these extra savings.

The resurgence of the Commissary Value Brand comes as more and more customers are asking their commissaries to have products at prices similar to the private label savings they see off post, said DeCA Sales Director Tracie L. Russ.

“We first began what was then known as the ‘Best Value Item’ program 14 years ago, and now the time is right for a comeback,” Russ said. “Over the years, what we called BVI took on many forms and eventually splintered into many individual savings venues. Today, we have once again gathered the best of the best under one ‘Commissary Value Brand’ sign.”

Russ said this program wouldn’t be possible without the agency’s industry partners – manufacturers, vendors and suppliers – whose representatives worked with her category managers to identify the brands from industry proposals that best met the Commissary Value Brand criteria. Every six months, patrons may see products added or subtracted to DeCA’s Value Brand inventory based on price, sales performance and market changes.

“Those products are subsequently guaranteed to be on our shelves at everyday prices for a minimum of six months that’s consistently equal to or lower than the store brand and private label products downtown,” Russ said.

Commissary patrons looking for Commissary Value Brand items will see new shelf signage and, in some instances, special displays. Shoppers who venture on DeCA’s website, commissaries.com, or stay tuned to the agency’s social media outlets, especially Facebook and Twitter, will also be able to get a heads up on value deals before they hit the store. 

In addition to Commissary Value Brand items, shoppers will continue to see biweekly promotions and other special sales that offer targeted discounts.

However, when it comes to comparing prices with commercial store brand or private label products, the Commissary Value Brand will take savings to a consistent, everyday low price, Jeu said.

“Some things never go out of style and our Commissary Value Brand program is one of them,” he said. “So we’re dusting it off, giving it a new look and bringing back even more savings for our service members and their families who’ve earned this benefit.”   


Chriskindlesmarkt -- free holiday crafts bazaar -- set for Dec. 6

Find that perfect holiday gift and support Soldier and Family programs by stopping by the Carlisle Barracks Christkindlesmarkt Holiday Crafts Bazaar Dec. 6 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at the PA National Guard Armory at 504 Cavalry Road. Free Admission and Parking - Open to the Public.


Dr. Jim Gordon, Army War College
Carlisle Barracks Tae Kwon Do Program sets records

 

Pictured left to right front row: Robyn Thompson, Anja Prandtner and Victoria Thompson, Rear row left to right: Jason King, Michael Brokate, and Russ Hartman.

 

Carlisle Barracks Tae Kwon Do program set a new record for 2014. The Carlisle Barracks Tae Kwon Do team won twenty nine trophies, in state and local competitions. The program was established thirty three years ago. Over that period of time our team had won an average of eight events.

On November 8, the team participated in the 2014 Battle in Hershey, Open Karate Tournament. In the adult division of competition, Jason King a 1st degree brown belt received a gold trophy in forms, a silver trophy in weapons and a bronze trophy in sparring. Russ Hartman, a 1st degree brown belt received a gold trophy in sparring, a gold trophy in weapons and a bronze trophy in forms. Robyn Thompson, a second degree brown belt received a gold trophy in forms and gold in weapons.

Victoria Thompson, a white belt, received a gold trophy in forms and gold in weapons. Michael Brokate, a second degree brown belt competed in the teen division and received a bronze trophy in sparring.

 

Several of the team's individuals, Anja Prandtner, Caroline Fields and Ella Farmer had prior commitments and could not attend the November 8 competition. All individuals are members of the Carlisle Barracks Tae Kwon Do club 187. The club is an official member of the US Tae Kwon Do Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado and a life member of the Military Marshal Arts Academyat Fort Dix, New Jersey.

The Carlisle Barracks Tae Kwon Do instructors are (right to left):

John Cerifko, 5th degree black belt, 33 years, William Beidel, 5th degree black belt, 22years, James Gordon, 5th degree black belt, 18 years, Ruthie Gordon, 4th degree black belt, 16 years, Trisha Folan, 2nd degree black belt, 13 years, Jeremy Wright (Not pictured), 2nd degree black belt, 13 years, Patricia Doss-Maryuardt (Not pictured), 1st degree black belt, 8 years.

Also, like to thank the former black belts who helped makethis program work: William Beidel Sr., Tom Shultz,Joseph McGarvey, Judy Horn Lanoue, and Stanley Lanoue.All individuals have given their time and labor to support services to the Carlisle Barracks and the Carlisle Community.


Jeffrey Hanks, Army Community Service, Army Family Action Plan Action Coordinator
Conference gives community a chance for change

Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples, Garrison Commander, and Command Sgt. Major Charles Rosado, Carlisle Barracks CSM, hear a concern from a Army Family Action Plan conference attendee during the local event Nov. 19.

Carlisle Barracks held the annual Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference on November 18 and 19, at Letort View Community Center. 

Fourteen members of the diverse Military Community had the chance to discuss issues submitted to the conference and had the opportunity to come up with issues during their workgroup.  This venue allows submissions and ideas from the community in order to improve the quality of life for our military Families.

AFAP is a program that seeks input regarding the most significant issues that affect the wellbeing of Soldiers, Families and DoD civilians.  It gives everyone in the Army the opportunity to influence his/her own quality of life and standard of living.  Feedback from the conference alerts leadership to problems impacting the force; it lets them know what service members, civilian employees, retirees, and their family member’s value.

The backbone of the process is at the local level, where delegates, who represent a cross-section of the community’s demographics, identify, develop, and prioritize their quality of life concerns, and make recommendations for solution.  These issues typically impact the entire Army Family and require changes in policy, regulation or legislation changes.  Local issues that are specific to Carlisle are forwarded to the Community Leaders Information Forum (CLIF) and can be resolved quickly by the local command. 

The Army is the only military service that has such a program, yet it benefits all branches – approximately fifty percent of AFAP issues are applicable across the Department of Defense.  It is a powerful tool, giving Soldiers and Families a voice, and leaders, real-time information.  To date, AFAP results include 128 pieces of legislation, 179 Army and OSD policies, and more than 200 programs and services initiated or improved

This year’s workgroup prioritized one issue to forward to Department of the Army: 

Title: Disposition of deceased retired (DD Form 2) and Family member (DD Form 1173) Identification cards. 

Scope: Identification cards have been destroyed in front of surviving Family members despite request to retain ID card.  IAW AR 600-8-14, Identification cards of deceased retiree/Family members are confiscated and destroyed upon surrender.  Destruction of an identification card in front of the grieving Family member is insensitive.

Recommendation: Amend and enforce AR 600-8-14, to state Identification cards of deceased Retiree/Family member will not be destroyed in front of the surviving Family member unless requested.

Amend and enforce AR 600-8-14, to authorize removal of PII from the ID card and return the ID to the Surviving Family member.

One of the other tasks for the delegates was to list the five installation services they felt were going well. These included:

Top 5 Things Going Well:

Activities available for youth

Army Wellness Center Program

Physical Fitness Centers

Military Family Life Programs

Contact the AFAP Coordinator at Army Community Service at DSN 242-3684 or COM 717-245-3684, email, Jeffrey.hanks@us.army.mil for more information on how you can get involved next year.


Carlisle Barracks Ashburn Drive gate to re-open weekends starting Nov. 16

Carlisle Barracks, Pa. - The Ashburn Drive gate will re-open for DoD ID card holders on weekends from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. p.m. starting Nov. 16. It will remain closed on federal holidays.