Banner Archive for December 2016

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Jan 15 suspense draws near: Nominations for USAWC National Security Seminar, June 5-8, 2017

The U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar (NSS) is scheduled for Monday through Thursday, June 5-8, 2017 - immediately preceding graduation. The deadline for nominations is January 15.

Nomination can be submitted using the NSS web site -

(You can nominate candidates by clicking the “Nominate Now” graphic found on all NSS web page.)

The National Security Seminar is a 4-day event, during which approximately 160 selected guests -- NSS 'New Members' -- are invited to join our seminars to examine current national security issues and exchange candid dialogue. Each day generally begins with a distinguished speaker at Bliss Hall and proceeds to seminar-based dialogue, culminating with an evening social event. NSS New Members are exposed to leaders within their armed forces and government, while students in turn are afforded a better understanding of our diverse society.

Daily social events include an “Ice Breaker” at the Army Heritage and Education Center, a Seminar Social, and a Commandant's Reception held at Quarters One. New  Members are also provided the opportunity to take a Gettysburg Battlefield Tour with our staff ride historians.

Not all nominations are selected for invitation -- selection is competitive, and selection criteria ensures a diverse pool of attendees from across the nation who do NOT generally have a close association with the military.

Invitees are required to provide their own transportation to the Harrisburg area, but hotel accommodations, local daily transportation, and meals are provided by the Army War College.  Nominees will be notified in February of their selection status. 

For more information about NSS, see please our website, or contact COL Ed Fisher (ACOM for Outreach) at 717-245-3224.

U.S. Army War College celebrates its 115thyear, recognizes 4 outstanding alumni

Dec. 9, 2016 -- The U.S. Army War College leadership, faculty, staff and students celebrated the institution’s 115thanniversary, Dec. 5, 2016, 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.

“The outstanding alumni program was started in a small way to recognize graduates who after retirement rose to greater heights and accomplishments and set the standard for selfless service,” said Maj. Gen. William Rapp, commandant of the U.S. Army War College.

The Outstanding Alumni Program has selected 39 USAWC graduates for recognition of their substantial contributions made after retirement from government service, accomplished through community or volunteer service.

The four outstanding alumni for 2016 are retired Col. Catherine H.T. Foster, retired Gen. Carl E. Vuono, retired Maj. Gen. Hawthorne L. Proctor and retired Col. William V. Wenger. Vuono and Proctor were not present at the ceremony.

Dr. Catherine Taylor Foster has had a multi-pronged career, beginning with her education as a Registered Nurse with a civilian career that spanned positions from Staff Nurse to Professor and Nursing Department Chair. She has a Ph.D. in Research and Rehabilitation Nursing from New York University and M.S. in Public Administration from Shippensburg University. She also received her B.S. in Nursing and M.S. in Medical-Surgical Nursing from Marquette University.

"Foster is an exemplary nurse, humanitarian in addition to one of the nurses who 'cracked the brass ceiling' for future generations of women in the military,” wrote retired Maj. Gen. Margaret Wilmoth, when she nominated Foster.

Foster had concurrent 24 year career in the United States Army Reserve and New York Army National Guard. Assignments included duty in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs at the Pentagon. Her career culminated as Chief Nurse of a one thousand bed Army Reserve General Hospital Unit in three locations that included international mobilization site inspections.

Foster is the recipient of numerous civilian and military honors and awards including the Daughters of the American Revolution Founders Medal Award for Patriotism and the Lillian Carter Peace Corps Award presented by President Jimmy Carter. The All-Marquette University Alumni Award for Service to the Community, and the New York University College of Nursing Humanitarian Award.

Throughout his life, Gen. Carl E. Vuono has a long history of volunteering withorganizations that improve the quality of life of Americans across a broad spectrum of areas.  He has, for example, served as President of the Board of Advisors at the Army's Fairfax Retirement Community.  He has served on the Boards of the Association of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Distaff Hall, the Board of Advisors, the USO, the George C. Marshall Foundation, the Command and General Staff Foundation, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. And he has been an indispensable mentor to leaders - military and civilian - who have sought his guidance and counsel in meeting tough organizational challenges. To each of these tasks, and too many others of a similar nature, he brought the same measures of pragmatism, vision and enthusiasm that marked his professional life.

“In all that he has done, and all that he is, General Carl E. Vuono epitomizes the essence of the successful American military and corporate leader : visionary , pragmatic, mission-focused and committed to treat every member of his organizations with the dignity and respect to which they are entitled,” wrote Lt. Gen. Theodore G. Stroup, Jr., who spoke on behalf of Vuono at the ceremony.

After nearly 35 years of active military service, Major General Hawthorne L. "Peet" Proctor has continued his passion for mentoring and assisting others. He has balanced his work in his professional career with a myriad of civic and not for profit endeavors. Noteworthy among these included seven years of service with the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) as a member of its Board of Directors.

Further, General Proctor served on the Advisory Board of the ThanksUSA Foundation, from 2009 until 2014. Recently, he was elevated to the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Defense Logistics Agency Foundation. In 2011, he was one of two members of the ROCKS chosen as a ROCK of the Year. He is also an Alumnus Advisor to the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University's Army ROTC Department. Finally, in 2016 the Quartermaster General of the Army selected General proctor to be the new Colonel of the Quartermaster Regiment.

Proctor's outstanding leadership and unselfish service in support of soldiers, veterans and their families make him an ideal candidate to be selected as an Outstanding Alumnus of the United States Army War College,” said Gen. Ann Dunwoody, when she nominated him. 





Following military retirement,  Col. William Wenger was active with the Boy Scouts of American as a member of the Executive Council of the Long Beach Area Council BSA. Wenger is a life-long member of the BSA and an Eagle Scout. He is also a James E. West Fellow for significant contributions to Scouting.

Wenger was also an active member of both the El Segundo, California Rotary International and Kiwanis International, and served as a Commissioner on the LAX Citizens Advisory Commission.  

Wenger has been an active member of the California Hethushka, a 50-year-old organization gifted to a select group of Californians by the Native American Ponca Nation of Oklahoma. During his work in the country of Georgia, Wenger was recognized for his service to Georgia and inducted as a Knight of Justice of the Georgian order. COL Wenger was recently named the Distinguished Graduate for 2016 by the American Military University of the American Public University System. He also recently assumed significant responsibilities for Employer Support to Guard and Reserve as well as becoming the Vice President the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of AUSA.

‘Tis the season to spend responsibly


Cora Johnson, a financial manager and certified counselor at Army Community Services, discusses a few financial education programs with Sgt. 1st Class Eric Towns, during a recent office visit. Johnson and ACS offer more than 15 classes aimed at helping Soldiers, family members and civilians learn financial management skills.

Dec. 5, 2016 -- While the holidays are traditionally a time of fun and happiness, for some, the pressure to spend on gifts and the holidays can cause stress, and sometimes long-term problems.

The bad news is that according to the Department of Commerce, holiday spending is expected to rise 10 percent over last year’s totals, which can exacerbate existing financial problems for people.

The good news? Many programs exist at Carlisle Barracks to help you make better financial decisions and learn how to solve existing financial problems.

“Help is available -- much more help than most people realize,” said Cora Johnson, a financial manager and certified counselor at Army Community Service. “We offer a wide variety of financial services to help improve your financial life. No matter what your financial situation, we can help you to establish a plan of action for achieving your financial goals.”

Johnson said that there are 15 individual programs within the Financial Readiness Program, which range from learning good savings habits to credit/debit management, mortgage counseling and first time home buying. Her expertise was recently recognized as she received an IMCOM Certificate of Achievement for her commitment to Soldiers, family members and civilians through the development and implementation of new financial assistance programs.

ACS offers the classes in personal financial readiness and consumer affairs as well as personal financial counseling. These services are also available to support commanders in maintaining unit financial readiness and to educate service members and families on financial self-sufficiency. Some services are offered on an individual basis.

One of the hidden danger of poor financial management is the impact it can have on your career. Nearly half of all security clearance applications are denied due to financial problems, according to the Office of Personnel Management.  DoD guidelines state that people with a history of being unable to live within one’s means, satisfy debts, and meet financial obligations may raise questions about the individual’s honesty and put people, property or information systems at risk.

Planning, not panicking are keys to sound financial management, according to Johnson.

“Learn how to assess the situation, identify resources, set priorities, create a plan, and communicate with your creditors during a financial crisis,” she said. “Don’t wait for the crisis to get worse.  The monetary benefits of dealing with financial problems—saving more, paying down expensive debt—will improve not just your bottom line but your overall mood as well. The less you worry about dealing with finances and money issues, the more you can enjoy life.”

When it comes to the holidays, Johnson recommends sticking to your budget.

“The holidays are a time for celebrating, not stressing,” she said. “Financial difficulties have far-reaching impacts that are even harder felt during the holiday season. It is understandable why so many people—particularly those with children— push thoughts about their financial issues aside during the holiday season. There are two ways to improve your financial situation: spend less or earn more. If you can’t earn more, than spend less.”

To learn more about the ACS financial programs call (717) 245-4357.

Mark your calendars now for these holiday events

The Holiday Tree lighting at the post chapel is the unoffical kick-off to the season at Carlisle Barracks. It will be held on Dec. 7, starting at 4:30 p.m.

The holiday season in Central Pa. is like no other and Carlisle Barracks and the surrounding community have many events planned to help you get in the holiday spirit. Check out the lists below and also keep an eye on and or more events in the coming weeks.

Dec. 2 – Downtown Carlisle Christmas Parade, 7 p.m. The parade will start on North & North Hanover Street and end at the Square. This will mark the entrance of Santa as he concludes the parade and goes to Veteran’s Courtyard to light the tree and stay for pictures. Other crafter, food will be on-site along with most of the downtown stores will be open.

Dec. 2 - Dr. Strange (PG-13) Reynolds Theater, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 3- Carlisle Barracks Christkindlesmarkt/Holiday Crafts Bazaar, 9am-2pm at the Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pa.  Open to the Public, FREE Admission & Parking. For more information visit

Dec. 3 - Trolls (PG-13), Reynolds Theather, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 4– Chili Cook Off and Christmas Caroling at Memorial Chapel, noon in the Fellowship Hall. Join our chapel family for our annual Christmas Caroling and Chili cook off.

Dec. 7– Holiday tree lighting at post chapel, 4:30 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with the tree lighting at the post chapel. Music, carriage rides and a visit from a special guest are all planned for the FREE family event.

Dec. 8- Feast of the Immaculate Conception at the post chapel, noon and 6 p.m.

Dec. 11– Carlisle Town Band Concert at the post chapel, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 13- Advent Penance Service at the post chapel, 7 p.m.

Dec. 14  - Geo-Bachelor/ette Dinner at the post chapel, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16 - In order to facilitate necessary repairs on the post electrical substation, there will be a post-wide power outage Dec. 16, 5-5:30 a.m.  The Thorpe, Root Hall and Indian Field Fitness Centers will open at 5:30 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. as a result of the planned outage. While the outage is not expected to last 30 minutes, time is being allowed so the Directorate of Public Works can safely connect to alternate electrical feeds so repairs can be made.

Dec. 18– Breakfast with Santa at the LVCC, 8-11 a.m.. Adults $12, kids 5-10, $6, and 4 and under are free. Reservations are required by Dec. 14, call (717) 245-3960/4049.

Dec. 17- Holiday Walk with Outdoor Recreation at Little Buffalo State Park, 5-8 p.m.  $15 per person (transportation provided) and registration is require one week in advance.  Meet Santa in the woods and enjoy thousands of lights and holiday displays located along this quarter mile trail. For more information call (717) 245-4616.

Dec. 20 - Carlisle Barracks Public Works will execute a power outage of Root Hall on Dec. 20 from 4 to 7 a.m.  This outage is to test the mechanical functioning of the repaired switch with the new push rods.  HVAC techs will be onsite to ensure all HVAC systems are functioning properly once power is restored.   

Dec. 22- 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. The Ashburn Gate will close at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 and reopen at 6:30 a.m. 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. 

Dec. 24 - Fantastic Beast at Reynolds Theater, 2 p.m.

Dec. 24- Children’s Christmas Pageant at the post chapel, 5 p.m.

Dec. 24– Christmas Vigil Mass at the post chapel, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 24– Candlelight Service at the post chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 25– Christmas Day Mass at the post chapel, 9:15 a.m.

Dec. 25- Christmas Day Service at the post chapel, 11 a.m.

Dec. 31– New Year’s Eve Family Party at the Strike Zone Bowling Center, 7- 9 p.m. $16.95 per person covers “Cosmic Bowling,” shoes, chips, pretzels and party favors. 8pm Mock Countdown w/sparkling cider or champagne toast. For reservations call (717) 245-4109.

Dec. 31– Motown New Year’s Eve party at the Army Heritage and Education Center, 7 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. $50 per person, features classic Hors d’oeuvre stations 8-11pm, “Lovers of Music” band will be performing from 8:30pm-12:30am and a Champagne Toast at Midnight and Party Favors. Limited Seating, reservations are required by Dec. 28. Shuttle Service will be available for Carlisle Barracks and Carlisle Area. For reservations call (717) 245-3960/4049.

Before you buy that drone…

With Christmas just around the corner, residents may see great deals on drones and other unmanned aircraft. But before you buy, there are some rules and regulations you need to be aware of.

For safety and security purposes, the use of drones, remote control airplanes and unmanned aircraft is prohibited on Carlisle Barracks.

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, sales of commercial drones, or as the military calls them, unmanned aerial systems, will reach an all-time high this year, with more than 700,000 expected to be purchased by the end of the year. 

Federal Aviation Administration statistics show a surge in close call reports by pilots of manned aircraft, with nearly 700 incidents reported this year alone, roughly triple the total number recorded for 2015.

FAA guidelines on drones are extensive, but basic rules to consider include the following:

- UASs weighing more than 0.55 pounds must be registered with the FAA and may not fly within five miles of an airport without first contacting and receiving consent from air traffic control tower staff.

- UASs must give way to all manned aviation activities, which include and are not limited to airplanes, gliders, parachutists, etc.

- The operator must remain within visual line of sight of the UAS when in use.

- UASs may not operate over any persons not directly involved in the operation.

Detailed information on drone use, to include rules, regulations and registration can be found at

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Members of the Garrison Command team, the Army Substance Abuse Prevention program, and post law enforcement stand near a car that was driven by a drunk driver. The driver, who had a beer between his legs, crashed his car around 1:30 in the morning, slamming into numerous trees before coming to a stop. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Let this serve as a strong reminder not to drink and drive.

For many people alcohol use is a normal and enjoyable part of the holiday experience. On behalf of the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), here are some things to consider to lower or eliminate your risk for driving under the influence (DUI).  (NOTE: I am focusing primarily on alcohol in this article.  I will address marijuana and other drug use in a separate article.)

I see a common reaction when I talk to people about the risk of getting a DUI: “That will never happen to me.”  I can happily say that most people are correct.  Unfortunately, prior to getting a DUI most offenders had that same thought.  In my work as a substance abuse counselor with the Army, I see three categories of offenders:

  1. The classic alcoholic.  This is the person you would most expect to get a DUI.  They often drink daily, typically heavily, and in some cases need alcohol to feel normal or avoid withdrawals.  They often have multiple DUI offenses.
  2. The “I felt fine” offender.  This person has a high tolerance for alcohol, either through habitual use of alcohol or from having the “right” genetics.  This means they are able to drink a fair amount of alcohol without exhibiting the outward effects.  When it comes time to get home after a night out they are more likely to drive because they “feel fine.”
  3. The “morning after” offender.  This person drinks lots of alcohol on a particular evening, then goes to sleep for a few hours.  They wake up feeling refreshed if not a little groggy and hop in the car to go to work or home.  They do not realize that their blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is still above the legal limit because for each drink they consume it takes one hour or more to fully process that alcohol.

As you can see, alcoholics are not the only people who get DUIs.  Therefore, thinking you are not at risk because you don’t have a drinking problem is incorrect.  Here are some modest proposals for each of the three categories presented above:

  1. If you are a daily drinker, especially if you drink more than two standard drinks (defined as 1 12-ounce 5% beer, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1 1.5 ounce shot of hard liquor, consider slowing down or stopping.  If you can’t, go talk to someone about developing a plan.  (NOTE: Shakes, sweats, or trouble sleeping are signs of withdrawals, which can lead to seizures or even death.  Do NOT stop cold turkey.  Consult a physician before doing anything.)
  2. If you are someone who has a high tolerance because you enjoy drinking alcohol and do so on a fairly regular basis or because you have the “right” genetics, take extra precautions.  You are potentially the highest risk for a DUI even if you don’t think so because you probably haven’t had any trouble related to your alcohol use and you can “hold your liquor.”  Chances are you can still largely control your alcohol use.  Great!  Be conscious of limiting the frequency and amounts you drink, or at least change up your drinking routine.  With routines come complacency, and with complacency comes lack of attention to detail (such as whether you had 3 beers or 5 beers at the party).  If you are going to a place where you know you will be drinking, don’t rely on how you feel after the party.  Bring a trusted friend or spouse who you know will drink zero alcohol.
  3. If you don’t drink often but occasionally drink heavily on a particular evening (please, I discourage you from doing so – it’s terrible for your brain health and sets you up for other unwanted problems as well), give yourself time.  More time than you think you need.  You may feel better the next morning, but your blood doesn’t really care how you feel, it only knows how much alcohol you’ve had and that it’s still working to get it out of your system.

Other general precautions you can take include spacing drinks at least one hour apart; alternating water or non-alcoholic beverages between drinks; and eating before and during your use of alcohol.  However, keep in mind that generally accepted health guidelines are no more than 1 drink per day for women, and 2 per day for men.  Finally, keep in mind that prescription and over-the-counter medications can impact the way your body absorbs alcohol.  Read medication instructions carefully and if you aren’t sure, it’s best not to mix alcohol and medication.

As you can see, anyone who enjoys alcohol and then gets behind the wheel is at risk for a DUI during the holidays.  In 2015, Cumberland County, PA had 1,126 DUI cases.  That’s about 3 per day!  Not all of these people are alcoholics.  Anyone can get a DUI.  Take precautions.  Make a plan and stick to it: no driving after any amount of alcohol.

We here at the ASAP wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  For questions about this article or substance use in general, feel free to call us at 245-4694.

 Revised TRICARE Pharmacy Network begins Dec. 1

Walgreens pharmacies join the TRICARE retail pharmacy network on Dec. 1, 2016. CVS pharmacies, including those in Target stores, will leave the network on the same day. The revised network will have more than 57,000 locations, and still ensures timely access to retail pharmacies for TRICARE beneficiaries.

Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) manages the TRICARE retail pharmacy network under a contract with the Department of Defense. ESI reached a new network agreement with Walgreens, but not CVS.

Most pharmacy locations in the network aren’t changing, including other major chains like Rite Aid and Walmart, grocery stores, and thousands of community pharmacies around the country. About 98 percent of TRICARE beneficiaries still have a network pharmacy within 5 miles of their home.

If you fill a prescription at CVS after Dec. 1, it will be a non-network pharmacy. This means you will have to pay the full cost of the medication upfront, and file a claim for partial reimbursement. Starting on Dec. 1, you can transfer your prescription to Walgreens, or any other pharmacy in the TRICARE retail pharmacy network. TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery and military pharmacies may also be lower cost choices for some beneficiaries.

The ESI website has more information on the revised network, and can help you find a new retail pharmacy location near you, or call ESI at 855-778-1417.