Banner Archive for December 2015

Post housing receives high marks from residents

This year, military housing residents were asked to provide customer feedback as part of the annual national customer satisfaction survey, also known as the CEL & Associates survey. Carlisle Barracks Homes, managed by Balfour Beatty Communities, has earned an A List award for the Coren Apartments and Marshall Ridge neighborhoods, as a result of resident feedback.

As part of the survey, residents graded the property management company on service points from leasing and operations, housing unit features, appearance and condition, as well as quality of maintenance, resolution response time, resident communications, and other important service criteria. There were 43 Army installations surveyed for the 2015 CEL and overall property satisfaction for Carlisle ranked 3rd out of 43 and in overall satisfaction Carlisle ranked 7th out of 43.

“This is fantastic for such a small post and looking forward to next year's survey,” said Theresa Steele, Community Manager for BBC at Carlisle Barracks.

“Best-in-class customer service is what we strive for every day and the CEL resident survey is a critical benchmark of our performance, said Balfour Beatty Communities senior vice president Anne-Marie Niklaus. “Our residents have a choice about where they live and we care deeply about their feedback, suggestions and – ultimately – the quality of their living in a Balfour Beatty Communities-managed property.”

New edition available:  The US Army War College Quarterly, Parameters

Dec. 11, 2015 -- The latest edition of The US Army War College Quarterly, Parameters (Autumn Vol. 45, No. 3) is now available online, hardcopy edition will follow.

View the issue here:


Soldiers Fighting Alone: The Wars of the Market-Security State by Patrick Porter


Civil-Military Relations: The Role of Military Leaders in Strategy Making by William E. Rapp

The Centurion Mindset and the Army's Strategic Leader Paradigm by Jason W. Warren


Arming Our Allies: The Case for Offensive Capabilities by Jakub Grygiel

Understanding Coercive Gradualism by William G. Pierce, Douglas G. Douds, and Michael A. Marra


Dealing with Uncertainty in Strategic Decision-making by Yakov Ben-Haim

 Understanding Groupthink: The Case of Operation Market Garden by David Patrick Houghton


Order and Counter-Order: The European System and Russia by Ted Middleton

 Expanding the Rebalance: Confronting China in Latin America by Daniel Morgan   

Carlisle Barracks Holiday Hours

Many Carlisle Barracks organizations will have changes in the hours of operations during the holiday season. Customers may want to call ahead to ensure that an organization is open before traveling if not listed here.

Exchange :  OPEN Dec. 18 until 7 p.m.

CLOSED Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
   SUBWAY:  CLOSING at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31
                      CLOSED:  Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
Alterations: CLOSED Dec. 24-26

                   CLOSED Dec. 30-Jan. 1

Dry Cleaners, Barber Shop, Optical Shop: OPEN Dec. 24 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

                       CLOSED Dec. 25

                       OPEN Dec. 31 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

                       CLOSED Jan. 1


        OPEN Dec. 21 (9 a.m. -5 p.m.)
        OPEN Dec. 24 (9 a.m. -4 p.m.)
        CLOSED Dec. 25- 26
        OPEN Dec. 31 (9 a.m. -5 p.m.)
        CLOSED Jan. 1

Dunham Clinic
-Monday, Dec. 21, normal operating hours:  0730-1630

-Tuesday, Dec. 22 adjusted operating hours:  0730 - 1630 (No Evening Clinic to include Pharmacy or Lab)

-Wednesday, Dec. 23, adjusted operating hours:  0730 - 1530 (Closing 1 hour early)

-Thursday, Dec. 24, Clinic Closed

-Friday, Dec. 25, Clinic Closed

-Monday, Dec. 28, normal operating hours:  0730-1630

-Tuesday, Dec. 29, adjusted operating hours:  0730 - 1630 (No Evening Clinic to include Pharmacy or Lab)

-Wednesday, Dec. 30, normal operating hours:  0730-1630

-Thursday, Dec. 31, normal operating hours:  0730-1200

 -Friday, Jan. 1 Clinic Closed

MWR Office:  CLOSED Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

ACS Office:  CLOSED Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

Bowling Alley (Strike Zone): 
           CLOSING at Noon on Dec. 24
           CLOSED 25-Dec. 27; 1-3 JAN
           OPEN Dec. 31 (8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. )

Café Cumberland (AHEC):  CLOSED Dec. 24 thru Jan. 1; OPEN 2 JAN (10 a.m. -1400)

CYSS:  OPEN Dec. 24 (6:30 a.m.-Noon)
                   CLOSED 25-Dec. 26; 1-2 JAN
                   OPEN 28-Dec. 30 (6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. )
                   OPEN Dec. 31 (6:30 a.m.-Noon)

Golf Course:  CLOSED Dec. 25 thru 3 JAN

Root Hall Deli:  CLOSED Dec. 21 thru Jan. 1

Leisure Travel:  CLOSED Dec. 21 thru Jan. 1

LVCC:  CLOSED Dec. 21 thru Jan. 1…
                   EXCEPTIONNew Year’s Eve Party -OPEN 6 PM Dec. 31  – 12:30 AM Jan 1             

Outdoor Recreation:  CLOSED Dec. 21 thru Jan. 1

Skills Development Center:  CLOSED at Noon Dec. 24; CLOSED Dec. 25 – Jan. 1

Thorpe Gym: 
                  CLOSED 24-Dec. 25; Jan. 1
                  OPEN Dec. 26 (10 a.m. -3 p.m. )
                  OPEN Dec. 27 (10 a.m. -5 p.m.)
                  OPEN 28 thru Dec. 30 (6 a.m. -5 p.m.)
                  OPEN Dec. 31 (5 a.m. -Noon)

Indian Field Gym:
                   CLOSED 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1
                   OPEN Dec. 24 (5 a.m. -Noon)
                   OPEN Dec. 26 (10 a.m. -3 p.m. )
                   OPEN Dec. 27 (10 a.m. -5 p.m.)
                   OPEN Dec. 28 thru Dec. 30 (6 a.m. -5 p.m.)

Root Hall Gym:
                    CLOSED 24, 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1
                    OPEN Dec. 26 (10 a.m. -3 p.m. )
                    OPEN Dec. 27 (10 a.m. -5 p.m.)
                    OPEN Ce. 28 - 30 (6 a.m. -5 p.m.)


Registration open for spouses' leadership workshop: FLAGS

Dec. 11, 2015 -- Registration is now open for the USAWC FLAGS Workshop, "Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills," sponsored by the Center for Strategic Leadership.

The workshop uses a small group setting for participants to actively engage in learning experiences. The objectives are to increase self-awareness and improve group leadership skills, through sessions designed to --

o understand one's own behavior;

o understand group and family members

o explore positive leadership, team-building, and communication skills.

Interested?  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, through Lisa Riley of the USAWC Military Family Program: or 717.245.4787.  Contact Lisa with your preference for one or both workshops, each offered twice --

FLAGS PART 1. Self-Awareness workshop, Tuesday, Feb. 16  OR Thursday, Feb 18 -- from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FLAGS PART 2. Communication, Leadership & the Group Dynamic, T-W-Th, March 1-3 OR T-W-Th, March 15-17 -- from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

NOTE: The FLAGS Certificate will be awarded to those who participate in both workshops, but registration for one workshop of choice is an option.

FLAGS is a Military Family Member program, a series of educational opportunities offered for personal and professional development of Army War College student spouses, complementing the students' professional education.

Drive sober or get pulled over

Carlisle Barracks leadership and law enforcement want 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?


Did You Know?

  • Drunk driving is often a symptom of a larger problem: alcohol misuse and abuse.
  • Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $59 billion annually, according to the CDC.
  • During the 2013 holiday period (December 18-31), there were 1,180 people killed in crashes on our nation’s roads, and almost a third (30%) of those fatalities were in drunk-driving crashes.
  • Over the entire month of December 2013, a staggering 733 people lost their lives in crashes involving a drunk driver.
  • If you look at crash fatalities in December from 2009-2013, there were a total of 3,857 people killed in crashes that involved drivers with high blood alcohol concentrations (BACs).
  • Drunk driving is an epidemic in our country year-round. According to NHTSA, 32,719 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013, and 10,076 of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes.
  • Compared with other age groups, teen drivers are at a greater risk of death in alcohol-related crashes, even though they’re too young to legally buy or possess alcohol. Nationally in 2013, 29 percent of the young drivers (15 to 20 years old) killed in crashes had a BAC of .01 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher.

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.

  • With the holidays coming up, there will be an increase in social events that involve alcohol. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that this results in an increase in DUIs and fatal drunk-driving crashes around the holidays.

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.


  • If you’ve been drinking at all, you should not be behind the wheel. It will cost you—possibly your life.
  • Planning ahead is the key to avoiding a DUI or a deadly drunk driving crash. You make plans to attend parties, go to bars or sporting events, or gather with family and friends. So why not plan how to stay alive and out of jail? A sober driver is an essential part of any plan that includes drinking.
  • Law enforcement actively looks for drunk drivers, especially around the holidays. So keep in mind that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Are you willing to risk a DUI or a fatal crash for the “convenience” of driving yourself home after drinking?
  • If convicted of a DUI, you face jail time, the loss of your driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work—there’s also the added humiliation and consequences of telling family, friends, and employers of your arrest.
  • The average DUI costs the offender about $10,000. For a lot less money, you could pay for a taxi.
  • 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 isyour business. Getting drunk drivers off the roads saves lives.
  • Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.


Keep your holidays happy and safe.  When you have any alcohol, let someone not drinking do the driving. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

Information provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For more information, visit Or contact The Army Substance Abuse Office at 245 – 4576. 

Robert D. Martin, PAO USAWC
New Chair takes leadership of National Security, Strategy teaching department
Dec. 9, 2015 –  A political economist will add his academic expertise and experience to the leadership team of the Army War College's School of Strategic Landpower.

Dr. Mark Duckenfield became chair of the School's department of National Security and Strategy, on the heels of his experience in a dual role at the Air War College, as professor in International Security Studies Department and Course Director for the Global Security curriculum. Previously, he taught at University College London from 2000 to 2004 and the London School of Economics from 2004 to 2009.

“My experience of spending 12 years abroad as a professor and focusing on economic policy right in the middle of an economic crisis is of great importance to the management of the military enterprise,” Duckenfield said. “Knowing how we are situated within the broader federal budget, within the wider economy and the pressure we are under there I think are quite important.”

 “Now we have the issue of rising economic powers and what that means economically, politically and military,” he said. “China and India’s rise is something I look forward to helping our students appreciate, he said about the challenges and the opportunities related to those developments.”

Dr. Mark Duckenfield settles into the USAWC battle rythm as the Chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy.   Duckenfield  has previously  taught at University College London, the London School of Economics, and the U.S. Air War College. 

He said he looks forward to meeting and getting to know the professors whose work he has read and the scholars whose work contributes to both the education of Army War College students and the broader debates within American society.

Duckenfield holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University where he specialized in European political economy. Duckenfield's research has focused on European monetary union, gold, financial crises and the economics of national security. He has given invited lectures on topics ranging from European economic policy and the euro to the ongoing financial crisis in the United States, Europe and Asia.  Recent articles on international political economy include "Fiscal Fetters: The Economic Imperatives of National Security in a Time of Austerity" can be found in the Strategic Studies Quarterly and "The Baltics and the Political Economy of Regional Integration," which is included in the volume “The Baltic Security Puzzle.” He authored the 2006 book, "Business and the Euro: Business Groups and the Politics of EMU in Germany and the United Kingdom.

The Department of National Security and Strategy

“The chairman of NSS is an administrative position and a professor as well,” saidDuckenfield. “Along with the Dean and senior members of the department, I am here to provide intellectual leadership for the department in the development of its main programs.”

“We have quite a range of programs,” he said. “Theories of War and Strategy which introduces students to general concepts of strategy; National Security Policy Studies that looks at the strategy of one particular country, the United States, and the Regional Studies program which looks at different regions for American national interests in which students have the opportunity to discuss and debate how U.S. strategy and U.S. goals can best accomplished in places such as East Asia, in the Middle East or Europe,” said Duckenfield.   

Visitors Center work continues, next step in keeping community safe 

Members of the Garrison Command team get their first look at the Visitors Center, loctaed at 870 Thorpe Road. Once open, the center will serve serve as the primary entrance point for all post visitors without a DoD ID card.

Construction continues on a new facility designed to help keep the post and community safer.

Located at 870 Jim Thorpe Road and adjacent to the Claremont Road entrance to post, the Visitors Center, once complete, will serve as the primary entrance point for all post visitors. A parking area and the entrance to the center will be in the rear of the building, near the MWR RV lot.

Work is currently underway to redesign the inside of the rear of the center to make room for offices, a waiting area and other equipment needed to screen visitors to the installation that do not possess a valid U.S. Government Common Access Card (CAC), and/or Uniformed Services Identification (ID) Card.

Visitors will be able to stop in the center, provide proper identification, and get a visitor's pass in order to gain access to the installation. Maps and other information on Carlisle Barracks will also be available.

“Our intent is to make this process as easy as possible for visitors,” said Bob Suskie, director of emergency services at Carlisle Barracks. “The safety and security of the post are our number one priority. By being able to run a quick background check on those wishing to come on post we can continue to help make our community safe.” 

The center and new visitor access changes are being implemented as part of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 directs the Department of Defense to use the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC-III) to vet personnel entering the installation.

The center is just one of the many ways that the force protection staff works to keep the community safe.

“We regularly practice security and emergency response scenarios both internally and with the help of our borough and township neighbors to coordinate efforts that controls the situation, saves lives, and ensures safety and security of the mission and the surrounding supportive community,” said Lt. Col. Greg Ank, garrison commander. In addition to exercises, the post regularly meets with local law enforcement and emergency responders to share information, techniques and has mutual aid agreements for fire, hazmat and emergency response.

The new center is expected to be open for business in early 2016.

Ashburn Drive gate to close Dec. 23 through Jan. 3

Due to traditionally low traffic numbers during the holiday season, the Ashburn Drive Gate to Carlisle Barracks will be closed to all in and out-bound vehicle traffic from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3.

During this period all vehicular traffic must enter and exit through the Claremont Road main gate. Pedestrians may call (717)245-4115 (Police Desk) and a police patrol will respond to open the gate for entry and exit.  Trucks must still exit the Ashburn gate using the same phone number.  The Ashburn Gate will close at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 and reopen at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 4.

“Our traffic numbers are traditionally very low during this time period, so this was an opportune time to close the Ashburn Gate and provide some personal time back to our hardworking guard force and keep them fresh throughout the holiday period,” said Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander.  “We appreciate your patience and understanding.  The Claremont gate is designed to handle increased traffic so any delays are expected to be minimal."

Chapel, Carlisle community team up for care packages for deployed servicemembers


Col. Ryan LaPorte, director of the Combined Joint Operations Center Headquarters, Resolute Support in Kabul, Afghanistan, and recent Army War College graduate, stand with members of his staff who were the recipients of 51 care packages courtesy of the Carlisle Barracks Chapel and Carlisle Community.

The holidays became a little brighter for the Soldiers at the Combined Joint Operations Center Headquarters, Resolute Support in Kabul, Afghanistan thanks to the efforts of the Carlisle Barracks Chapels Catholic and Protestant communities, chapel staff and the local community.

“We were absolutely surprised when 51 care packages arrived for us on Thanksgiving Day,” said Col. Ryan LaPorte, director of the CJOC and recent Army War College graduate. “This truly made our Thanksgiving Day extra special for everyone here.”

His wife, Kimberly, and the staff of the chapel helped organize the collection of the care packages. 

“Our team could not believe how many care packages arrived. Everyone was so little kids.  It was a sight to behold,” said LaPorte. “Some of our international officers do not receive any mail and their eyes lit up when we passed out the packages and they received their own individual box.  All of our female service members truly appreciated the special care packages made for them by the Anchors group at the USAWC Memorial Chapel.” The “anchors” a group of Protestant adults who worship at the Chapel.

Kimberly said that the care package were a total community effort.

“So many people helped take part in providing donations for the packages,” she said. “The core that helped pull this project together were the Chapel Anchors, but there was also tremendous support from the local Gold's Gym and the girls and families from the All-Stars Gymnasium.”

Items in the packages included soap, tooth paste, deodorant and snacks like beef jerky and crackers.

“This generous act of giving had a significant positive impact on the morale of our team,” said LaPorte. “This special act warmed everyone's hearts knowing how many volunteers and supporters made this possible.  It truly means so much to be supported in such a special way during the holidays from our friends and families back home.”

ID Card Section relocating for renovations beginning Dec. 21

The Carlisle Barracks ID Card/DEERS Office will undergo renovations from Dec. 16 to Jan. 22, 2016.  The office will have limited services available at its current location on Dec. 16 & 17 and will be closed on Dec. 18. Services will resume on Dec. 21 at its temporary location in Room 202 of Anne Ely Hall until renovations are completed on/about Jan. 22, 2016.


Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Carter Opens All Military Occupations, Positions to Women

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2015 — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception.

For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be able to contribute to the Defense Department mission with no barriers at all in their way. 

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces his Women in Service Review during a press brief at the Pentagon, Dec. 3, 2015. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

“They ’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry soldiers into combat," Carter added. "They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers, and everything else that was previously open only to men."

Harnessing Women’s Skills, Perspectives

Even more importantly, he said, the military services will be better able to harness the skills and perspectives that talented women have to offer.

Despite real progress in recent decades and lately, opening more than 111,000 positions to women across the services, Carter said that about 10 percent of military positions -- nearly 220,000 total -- have remained closed to women.

These included infantry, armor, reconnaissance, and some special operations units, the secretary said.

Over the past three years, he added, senior civilian and military leaders across the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command have studied the integration of women into these positions.

“Last month I received their recommendations [and] the data, studies and surveys on which they were based regarding whether any of those remaining positions warrant a continued exemption from being opened to women,” Carter said, noting that the Army, Navy, Air Force and Socom said none of the positions warranted exemptions.

The Marine Corps asked for a partial exemption in areas that included infantry, machine gunner, fire support reconnaissance and others, he added, “[but] we are a joint force and I have decided to make a decision which applies to the entire force.”

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. was the Marine Corps commandant at the time, and Carter said that he and Dunford have discussed the issue many times.

“I just met with him and the other chiefs and service secretaries today, and he will be a full part of implementation," Carter added, noting that he believes the issues raised by the Marine Corps can and will be addressed in implementation.

Departmental Memorandum

In a memorandum to the secretaries of all military departments and others, Carter directed the military services to open all military occupational specialties to women 30 days from today -- a waiting period required by law -- and by that date to provide updated implementation plans for integrating women into the positions now open to them.

Carter said Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul Selva will oversee the decision’s short-term implementation, ensure there are no unintended consequences to the joint force, and periodically update Carter and Dunford.

Women will be fully integrated into combat roles deliberately and methodically, the secretary said, using seven guidelines.

Seven Guidelines

1. Implementation will be pursued with the objective of improved force effectiveness.

2. Leaders must assign tasks and jobs throughout the force based on ability, not gender.

3. Equal opportunity likely will not mean equal participation by men and women in all specialties, and there will be no quotas.

4. Studies conducted by the services and SOCOM indicate that on average there are physical and other differences between men and women, and implementation will take this into account.

5. The department will address the fact that some surveys suggest that some service members, men and women, will perceive that integration could damage combat effectiveness.

6. Particularly in the specialties that are newly open to women, survey data and the judgment of service leaders indicate that the performance of small teams is important.

7. The United States and some of its closest friends and allies are committed to having militaries that include men and women, but not all nations share this perspective.

Integrating Women in all Military Jobs

Implementation won't happen overnight, Carter said.

“Fully integrating women into all military positions will make the U.S. armed forces better and stronger but there will be problems to fix and challenges to overcome,” he said. “We shouldn't diminish that.”

The military has long prided itself on being a meritocracy, where those who serve are judged only on what they have to offer to help defend the country, Carter said.

“That’s why we have the finest fighting force the world has ever known,” he added, “and it’s one other way we will strive to ensure that the force of the future remains so, long into the future.”


Outbound lane repairs to cause minor delays at Claremont Gate Dec. 2

Motorists using the Claremont Road gate today between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. may expect minor delays as crews make some repairs to the outbound lane. Outbound lane enhancements will force drivers exiting Claremont to use inbound lane. Flagmen will provide traffic control to safely accommodate both inbound and outbound traffic via the inbound lane. Drivers are advised to use the Ashburn Gate during this period, is possible. 

CFC 2015 now underway

The winds are getting chillier, the days are getting shorter, and the thermometers have appeared on the digital signs, which can only mean one thing-- it’s time for the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign.

    The CFC, which will run at Carlisle Barracks from Nov. 9 through Dec. 11 enables community members to contribute to more than 2,000 local, national and international health, welfare and emergency relief organizations.

      From Water for the People to the Armed Forces Foundation and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, donors can decide where they want their contribution to go.  Contributions not directed toward a specific organization will be split up between all organizations.

    A big change for this year is that all donations are made online at

     The program works on a bi-weekly payroll deduction, and participants can donate any amount over $1.00 per pay period.  Participants have the option to select which agencies they wish to contribute to. Any federal employee may contribute to the program by check, cash or payroll deduction.

    These charities range from military, veteran and patriotic organizations to human and civil rights organizations to environmental organizations to religious and cultural organizations.
    To receive CFC funds, organizations must meet strict standards – they must have tax-exempt non-profit status; they must provide service, benefits or assistance to activities that promote human well-being; they must spend no more than 25 percent of their revenue on fundraising; and they must not disclose the names of CFC contributors, among other rules.

   The Combined Federal Campaign is designed, specifically, to present many opportunities to affect the “greater good.”  The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is one of them.

    The food bank’s web site noted that 43 percent of those who seek service at food banks are children, and six percent are senior citizens. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank consolidates food donations from area businesses and distributes about three tractor-trailer loads a day. That’s equal to about $20 million a year, the site said.

 National Drinking and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Dec. 1 – 31 

Focus – Impaired Driving

December is annually designated as National Drinking and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (often referred to as 3D Month). Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes, and the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $59 billion according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 3D Month reminds us to "Designate before we Celebrate" and encourages safe and sober driving.

Safe driving

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

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

-- Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.

-- Do not pressure guests to drink.

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

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

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

-- Having a FUN holiday is having a SAFE Holiday.

Impaired Driving

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

The Reality

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

How big is the problem?

  • In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.1
  • Of the 1,149 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2013, 200 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.1
  • Of the 200 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2013, over half (121) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.1
  • In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.3That's one percent of the 112 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.4
  • Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol.5

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 neverthe 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.

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.

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.

Lunch 'N Learn presentation Dec. 4

What is Responsible Drinking – Alcohol Use – Misuse - Abuse -- DUI Facts You Need to Know

Friday, Dec. 4 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Education Center, 632 Wright Ave            

Presented by: Ann Marie Wolf, BS, ACPP, Army Substance Abuse Prevention Detective Svend Sheppard, DA Police Investigations.

This class will challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high risk alcohol use/abuse, physical tolerance vs mental tolerance. We will discuss how our choices can protect or harm the things that we love and value.

DUI Field Sobriety Testing – Get the Answers to the TEST.

Bring a bag lunch and join us.

For additional information contact ASAP at 245 – 4576.

See something, say something

As always, the Security team here reviews and adjusts force protection measures regularly, and incorporates additional measures on a random basis so as to avoid predictability.

All personnel have a role in security: maintain general awareness of surroundings in order to become a target of opportunity; AND report all suspicious activity.

See something suspicious on post, online or get a strange phone call probing for information and don’t know what to do? You can report it using the Suspicious Activity Report tool located now at

The tool allows the post to be able to track these reports to see if there are patterns developing.

Incident reporting tips:

  • Be Observant & Attentive
  • Remember Details about People, Places, Conversations, and Vehicles (Including License Plate Numbers)
  • Act Non-Committal and Ask for Time to Think Over Any Offers
  • Report the Incident Only to US Army Intelligence Special Agents
  • Do not self-investigate

   Immediate threats should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Provost Marshal Office 24 Hour Line at (717) 245-4115.

ID Card section relocating to new location during renovations Dec. 21

The Carlisle Barracks ID Card/DEERS Office will undergo renovations from Dec. 16 to Jan. 22, 2016.  The office will have limited services available at its current location on Dec. 16 & 17 and will be closed on Dec. 18. Services will resume on Dec. 21 at its temporary location in Room 202 of Anne Ely Hall until renovations are completed on/about Jan. 22, 2016.

Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Maldonado, Post CSM
Holidays a time for family, taking advantage of opportunites

It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since we took command here at Carlisle Barracks. The time has truly flown by, as I’m sure it has for you and your families.  As we take some time to celebrate the holidays over the next few weeks, I urge you to take advantage of some of the great opportunites in our community and take time to enjoy some of the uniquely Carlisle experiences.

The staff here at Carlisle Barracks are hard at work planning some great events for you and your family, all kicking off with the tree lighting ceremony Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Chapel.  The events continue over the next few weeks including Christkindlesmarkt on 5 Dec. hosted at the PA National Guard Armory, brunches with Santa at the Letort View Community Center, holiday services at the Chapel and many New Year’s Eve events as well.

All of these wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the dedicated staff here at Carlisle Barracks.  I heard about the outstanding reputation of this installation, but seeing it up close has really been an eye- opening experience.  From the clerks in the ID Card section to the engineers in DPW, every person I’ve met has been professional in every sense of the word and taken great pride in their jobs.  From the guards protecting us at the gates, the child care professionals taking care of our children at the CDC and Youth Services, to the Public Works engineers keeping the heat and lights on in the dead of winter, our Carlisle employees always place the mission first and never let us down.

YOU are what makes Carlisle Barracks such a great community to live and work in.  YOU are why we are the community so many of us decide to call our home after retirement.  YOU are why we feel comfortable leaving our families for deployments around the world.  YOU are Carlisle Barracks.  

On behalf of our families, thank you for all you do. Happy Holidays.


Commissaries accepting scholarship applications starting Dec. 15

Now entering its 16th year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program will be accepting applications from eligible students beginning Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at

A total of 700 scholarship grants, each worth $2,000, will be awarded for the 2016-17 school year. Those students selected for the honor will join nearly 9,000 who’ve been awarded more than $13.9 million in scholarship grants over the last 15 years.

At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected based on a prorated basis, so more scholarships will be awarded at those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 — or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university — of a service member on active duty, a Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.

Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods to the commissary where the applicant’s family normally shops by close of business Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.

Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2016 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

Students who are awarded a full scholarship or receive an appointment to one of the military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses.

Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps service members and their families, administers the program. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization, manages and awards the scholarships.

The commissary’s industry partners — vendors, suppliers and manufacturers —and the general public donate money to the program, and every dollar donated goes directly toward funding the scholarships.

For more information, students or sponsors can visit You can also call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at

Military Personnel Services Division - Reassignments


The Reassignments Section is part of the Military Personnel Services Division (MPSD) and is located in Anne Ely Hall, 46 Ashburn Drive, Room 133, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA 17013.  The phone number is (717) 245-4685 or DSN 242-4685.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday (except Holidays and Training events) 0730 to 1530 hours & 0900 to 1530 hours on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Purpose:  To produce reassignment orders, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) & Temporary Change of Station (TCS), and NATO Travel orders for Soldiers assigned to the following installations and/or units:

  1. USAWC STUDENT DETACHMENT, Carlisle Barracks and Worldwide (FELLOWS)
  2. SCH USA WAR COLLEGE, Carlisle Barracks
  3. USAG, Carlisle Barracks
  4. DUNHAM US ARMY HEALTH CLINIC, Carlisle Barracks
  5. USA DENTAL CLINIC, Carlisle Barracks
  6. USA DEPOT LETTERKENNY, Letterkenny Depot
  7. USA DEPOT TOBYHANNA, Tobyhanna Depot

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Orders.  Our office receives the same Request for Orders (RFO) or EDAS Assignment Instructions (AI) that you receive; therefore, contacting us upon receipt of RFO or AI is not crucial.  We will contact you, via your Enterprise Outlook email, for any additional information, after we download your RFO or EDAS AI.

Please remember, we work diligently to produce your orders as quickly as possible.  Delays do occur but, mostly, you can count on the orders soon after the RFO(s)/AI(s) are posted.  Stateside (CONUS) PCS orders are the quickest and easiest to complete. The speed of completion is predicated on the accuracy and timeliness of answers to any questions we forward to you.  Overseas (OCONUS) orders are systemically time consuming.  Remember that all OCONUS PCS orders, when Family Members are included, must be Command Sponsored by the gaining Command.  The source of their decisions are based upon forms from you that we submit to them for consideration.  Orders cannot be completed or approved until the Command Sponsorship is approved. 

Temporary Change of Station (TCS) Orders.  We receive copy of the tasker from the USAWC G-3 and utilize the DAMPS-OCOTCS website.  DAMPS-OCOTCS is managed by IMCOM G-8 and HQDA G-3/5/7.  Two issues to be aware of:  1. DAMPS-OCOTCS does not allow publishing orders more than 60 days prior to the departure date for CRC or the AO.  2.  The WIAS Tasker is a guideline which often identifies “requirements” that neither IMCOM nor G-3/5/7 will approve.

In both PCS and TCS orders, we cannot deviate from RFOs or WIAS taskers pertaining to locations, dates, durations, etcetera.  For changes you wish to occur with the PCS orders, you must coordinate with SLD/HRC POCs listed in the RFOs posted.  With TCS, coordinate back with Ms. Bonnie Moore and/or the gaining TCS unit.

NATO Travel Orders.  The NATO Travel Order (NTO) is required for entry into, travel within and exit from Nations who are NATO member states IAW the Department of State Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG).  To produce a NTO, this office requires the following:

  1. City, State, Country & Date the traveler is departing from and going to.
  2. City, State, Country & Date the traveler is departing from and returning to.
  3. Travel order number.

Your Military Personnel Services Division - Reassignments tech works diligently to produce the orders required for your PCS or TCS.  We work in concert with the DEERS/ID Card Section and the Passports & Visas Office.  Success of our efforts is dependent on your cooperation, accuracy and timeliness.  The goal is to make receipt of PCS, TCS and/or NATO Travel Orders a smooth and efficient action; attempting to minimize the requirement for you to take time from your busy schedule to come to our office.  We utilize the Enterprise Outlook email system as the primary form of communication to exchange information, send documents and forms and, finally, provide you with your order.  We look forward to assisting you.


December Community News & Events

2- Community Leaders Information forum (CLIF) Community Meeting and Discussion (CLIF) 11 a.m., LVCC

3- Carlisle Barracks Annual Tree Lighting Celebration  4:30 p.m., Post Chapel

Enjoy cookies, punch, hot chocolate & coffee inside the Chapel while visiting with Santa Claus, sponsored by MWR & Youth Services. 

4:30pm Official Tree Lighting Ceremony & Carols
5pm Santa Arrives by Fire Truck
5-7pm FREE Carriage Rides

4 - Responsible Drinking/Use of Alcohol 3 D Month - Lunch and Learn, 11:40 a.m., 632 Wright Ave

Responsible Drinking - this class will challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high risk alcohol use/abuse, physical tolerance vs mental tolerance. We will discuss how our choices can protect or harm the things that we love and value.

 5- Christkindlesmarkt Holiday Craft Bazaar, 9 a.m. at the Pa National Guard Armory

Looking for that unique holiday gift? Check out the crafts bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pa National Guard Armory on Calvary Road in Carlisle. Open to the public, parking and admission is free. For more information visit

5 – Sensitive Santa for exceptional family members, 11 a.m., 632 Wright Ave

Sensitive Santa is an opportunity for EFMP Families and military friends to meet Santa Claus in a comfortable environment with a staff who is sensitive to their needs.  Every family will receive a free digital photo of their visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and a special elf friend!  Children will get the chance to write letters to Santa and send them back with him to the North Pole.

5- Discussions in Military History Roundtable with Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy, 2 p.m., USAHEC

The roundtable discussion will center on the arguments made by O'Shaughnessy in his latest book, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary War and the Fate of the Empire. The book follows the careers and decisions of the primary leaders during the war, from King George III himself to the generals on the front line.

6- Christmas Caroling and Chili Cook-Off, 5 p.m.

Meet at the Chapel at 5 p.m. and begin with Christmas Caroling around the Barracks, followed by a Chili Contest at the Chapel.

7 - MFP - Family Financial Planning Series "Insurance," 11:45 a.m., Dr. Mary Walker Room, Root Hall

George Doran, a certified financial planner, will present a the fourth in a five-part Family financial planning series to increase your awareness of the financial advantages offered by military service. The focus of the series is to help increase your awareness about how to set the conditions for financial success within your military or civilian careers and to position yourself and your Family for a successful retirement. 

8- Class of 2016 Army-Navy Student Flag Football Game, 2:30 p.m., Indian Field

Come cheer on the Class of 2016 as they take part in a friendly game of flag football starting at 2:30 p.m. on Indian Field.

9 - Run Science #3 – Strength and Power, 3:30 p.m., Thorpe Gym

This class will address the concept of incorporating strength and power movements into an exercise program for improved running performance. Other topics will include recommended types and volume of exercises. The class will include a practical demonstration of proper exercise technique and movement.

9 - Geo Bachelor/Bachelorette Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Post Chapel

10- National Guard Birthday, 8 a.m., Reynolds Theater

13- Carlisle Town Band Christmas Concert at the Post Chapel, 6:30 p.m.

14- Installation Awards Ceremony, 10 a.m., LVCC

Join Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, and Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander, as they recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Soldiers, Family Members and Civilians during the Quarterly Awards Ceremony.

16- ID Card Section relocating for renovations beginning Dec. 21

The Carlisle Barracks ID Card/DEERS Office will undergo renovations from Dec. 16 to Jan. 22, 2016.  The office will have limited services available at its current location on Dec. 16 & 17 and will be closed on Dec. 18. Services will resume on Dec. 21 at its temporary location in Room 202 of Anne Ely Hall until renovations are completed on/about Jan. 22, 2016.

16 - Perspectives in Military History Lecture, 7:14 p.m., USAHEC Visitors and Education Center

On Wednesday December 16, 2015 at 7:15 PM, author and reporter Eric Poole will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, about the stories of Sabo and his brothers in the 3/506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Based on his recent book, Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company's War in Vietnam, Poole's lecture will explore how narratives stemming from the Vietnam War affected the men he profiled.

19 – Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m., LVCC

Start the holiday week off right with Breakfast with Santa at the OLVCC starting at 9 a.m. Adult tickets are $12, Kids 5-12 are $6 and 4 and under are free.  Reservations are required. For more information call 717-245-4329.

24- Christmas Eve Children’s Mass, 5 p.m. , Post Chapel

24- Protestant Christmas Service, 7 p.m., Post Chapel

24- Christmas Eve Mass, 10 p.m., Post Chapel

25- Christmas Holiday

31 – LVCC New Year’s Party, 6 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Celebrate New Years with music, foods, dancing and more at the annual event t the LVCC. Prices are $50 per person, $80 per couple, and $30 for dancing only. For more information and reservations, call 245-4329. Reservations are due by Dec. 29.

31- New Year’s Eve Party at the Bowling Center, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

A family part is set for 7-9 p.m. and features cosmic bowling, shoes, snacks and a mock countdown with sparkling cider and/or Champagne Toast. Cost is $16.95 per person.

A late party is set for 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with cosmic bowling, shoes, Hors d’oeuvres buffet, snacks and a midnight toast with sparkling cider and/or champagne Cost is $24.95 per person. For more information, call 717-245-4109.