Banner Archive for February 2008

Winter weather tips 

    Feb. 22, 2008 -- Residents and employees of Carlisle Barracks are advised that falling temperatures combined with today's precipitation could cause the roadways and sidewalks to be extremely icy tonight through tomorrow morning.

    Some tips for winter driving are included below.

Winter driving tips

    Ice, snow and slush on the roads in the winter can create a very hazardous situation. Planning ahead can make your road trips much safer.

    You should always plan ahead with safety in mind.  Be sure to check the forecast; if a winter storm is predicted for the area in which you will be driving, think twice, (or) ask yourself if the trip is necessary.  Also, check road condition reports on the television, radio or Internet.

    When driving in the winter, always wear your seatbelt; remove ice and snow from windows, license plates and lights; reduce your speed while driving; watch for slick spots under bridges and on overpasses and keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

    Remember, for information on delays or closings call the Carlisle Barracks operations line at 245-3700.


Roadwork to cause traffic changes on post

Jan. 30, 2008 -- Starting Feb. 11, motorists entering and exiting Carlisle Barracks will experience changes in traffic patterns. 

    On that date, work will be conducted on one of the two lanes of the Claremont Road gate, allowing inbound traffic only.  All traffic will exit the post via the Ashburn Drive Gate.  Once work on one lane is complete, inbound traffic will be rerouted to the opposite lane.

    After both lanes at Claremont Road gate are complete, work will move to the Ashburn Drive gate using the same work pattern.  While work is being completed at the Ashburn Drive gate, traffic will have to enter post via the Claremont Road gate as the Ashburn Drive gate will be an exit gate only. Normal inbound/outbound traffic will resume at the Claremont Gate while construction is ongoing at the Ashburn Drive gate.

    The entire project is expected to take about seven days per lane, weather permitting.  The estimated completion date is March 7.


Shelaine Tuytschaevers, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Robotics Day showcases new Army technology

Maj. Michael Pottratz, of the U.S. Army Armament Research, 
Development and 
Engineering Center, explains some of the unique features of the Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System, to a U.S. Army War College student Feb. 12 as part of Robotics 
Day. Just recently 135 of these unmanned ground vehicles were sent to Iraq and 165 more are scheduled to follow. Robotics Day is an annual event that showcases some of the emerging technologies for use on the battlefield. 
Photo by Megan Clugh

Feb. 13, 2008 -- "I'm almost glad when I see a robot with his arm blown off, because I know that a five hundred dollar part is a lot easier to repair than the arm of a Soldier," said Dave Kowachek, a mechanical engineer at Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center.

    TARDEC, a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Research,  
Development and Engineering Command, was one of the companies at the U.S. Army War College Robotics Day Feb. 12.  The event was an opportunity for future leaders to see emerging technology.

    Looking into the future of transformational technology means moving away from human capabilities and letting the robots do the dirty work. 

    "Robotics like this will help give EOD Soldiers a safe standing distance.  We want to take the man out any mission that's dull, dirty or dangerous," said Kowachek

    Robotics Day plays an important role in educating effective commanders said Bill Waddell, Director of Command and Control Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership.

    "This event has a valuable strategic impact for War College students to see newly developing robotic capabilities, and this is critical in helping these leaders understand how this emerging technology will influence the future."

    By inviting the robotic companies to the U.S. Army War College, the up and coming inventions have a stage to showcase their state-of-the art capabilities.

    The TALON EOD is one of the robots most recently fielded in Iraq.  With about 1,500 deployed in theater now, it is an unmanned ground vehicle, receiving good reviews from Soldiers using it for explosive ordnance disposal.  

    Other up and coming robots like the Battlefield Extraction Assist Robot, can do many jobs, even retrieving casualties.  Much like the familiar Segway, this creation can travel over rugged terrain and lift up to 500 pounds.  With the ability to extract a casualty from a battlefield or help someone trapped beneath debris, the BEAR, can take the place of a Soldier put at risk during a rescue situation. The BEAR can also detect bio-chemical hazards and has interchangeable hands for performing specific duties. 

    Andrew Allen, a robotics engineer for Vecna Technologies, Inc., is excited about the BEAR and points out its many possibilities.

    "I enjoy the opportunity to introduce this robot around the community and I am hoping to introduce it into fire fighting and search and rescue teams," said Allen.

Visitors to Robotics Day take a look at a CRUSHER High Mobility Unmanned Ground Vehicle outside of Root Hall. Photo by Megan Clugh.


     Students at the War College not only learn about the robots, but they learn the many issues involved in selection, funding, trialing and training.

    George Mouser, a retired colonel and former War College graduate, works with General Dynamics Robotic Systems.  He sees Robotics Day as a chance to encourage future leaders to consider the integration of robotics into advanced war fighter systems.

    "I see this as an opportunity for students to see the challenges of robotic integration, they can begin to think ahead and think of the Army as focused on modern technology that's on the very cusp of advanced ground robotics."

     Bob Barnes, of the USAWC Command and Control Group (Robotics), is one of the key organizers for the whole event.

    "Robotics Day in Pennsylvania in February is a challenge, but regardless of the weather, the contractors are always really excited and they enjoy interacting with their audience of future leaders," said Barnes.  It's great to get people interested in new technology, and maybe they'll go on to work in robotics one day."  

    Robotics Day is part of the core curriculum of the USAWC integrated with the DCLM,  Department of Command Leadership and Management.  This year, 24 guest instructors participated in the student seminars to discuss with future leaders how to help science and technology work together with acquisitions.  

Correction: Feb. 19, 2008


 The above version of this article has been corrected as of Feb. 19, 2008.






Carlla E. Jones, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion & Preventive Medicine
Diabetes: Separating myth from fact

    Feb. 12, 2008 -- About a third of American adults with diabetes do not know that they have this serious disease. Diabetes causes serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, gum disease and nerve damage. Diabetes can also cause serious problems with feet and legs, which can lead to amputations.

     Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses food for energy. People hear a lot of conflicting information about diabetes, including what causes it, how it is diagnosed and how it is managed. It is important to know the truth about diabetes, and to separate diabetes myths from diabetes facts.

Myth #1: Diabetes can only be inherited.

    Although diabetes does run in families, many people diagnosed with the disease have no close family members who have it. Lifestyle and other factors, such as certain viruses, may also increase the risk of developing the disease.

Myth #2: Someone knows they have diabetes from symptoms like weight loss or increased thirst.

    A person with type 1 diabetes (usually seen in children and young adults) will have obvious symptoms, because insulin needed to process food for energy is missing. However, people with type 2 diabetes (which usually occurs later in life) or women with gestational diabetes (special diabetes which only appears during pregnancy) may have few or no symptoms. Only a blood test can tell for sure if someone has diabetes.

Myth #3: Drinking water will wash away the extra sugar in the blood and cure the diabetes.

    A high blood glucose level cannot be "washed away" by drinking water. However, diabetes can be controlled by eating healthy food, being physically active, controlling body weight, seeing a health-care provider regularly, taking prescribed medications and consistently monitoring blood glucose levels.

Myth #4: Insulin is a cure for diabetes.

    At this point, there is no cure for diabetes. However, medications and lifestyle changes can help control diabetes.

Myth #5: People with diabetes can never eat any sugar.

    To control blood sugar, all sources of carbohydrates (such as bread, pasta and cereal) must be controlled. With careful planning, small amounts of sugar can replace other carbohydrates usually eaten at a meal. Too much sugar is bad for everyone—it provides only empty calories.

    Although diabetes is serious, the fact is that people should find out if they are at risk for diabetes or if they already have pre-diabetes by talking to their healthcare provider at their next visit. Then, take small steps towards the bigger reward of both a healthier lifestyle and diabetes prevention and control.

    This year, March 25 is American Diabetes Alert Day. Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, the day is intended as a "wake-up call" to inform people about the seriousness of the disease and encourage them to get tested by their healthcare providers to see if they are at risk for developing diabetes.

     According to the American Diabetes Association, some people are not diagnosed with the disease until seven to 10 years after onset. Early diagnosis is critical to preventing complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney diseases, stroke and amputation.

            For more information about diabetes, visit these Web sites:

·         Diabetes prevention:

·         National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse:

·         American Diabetes Association:


Post awards civilian employees

Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson congratulates Werner Heinneman, head chef at the LVCC, for being honored for 20 years of service at Carlisle Barracks at the Quarterly Awards Ceremony held February 12 at the LVCC. Photo by Scott Finger.

Other award recipients were:

  • Judy Serach, Department of Distance Education – Civilian Employee of the Quarter
  • Kenneth Thompson, Analysis & Integration Office – U.S. Army Certification, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • James Aiello, Safety Director – 35 Years of Service
  • David Myers, Children and Youth Services – 15 Years of Service
  • Seminar 21 Spouses – Freedom Team Salute Certificates of Appreciation

"The Army spouses and family members are the unsung heroes, and the Army is recognizing them for their achievements," said Dickerson about the spouses of Seminar 21.

Weather-related cancellations for Feb. 12

CAC film discussion cancelled


Due to inclement weather, the Campaign Analysis Course Film Discussion "Paths of Glory," slated for today , Feb. 12 at 7 p.m, has been cancelled.


The discussion will be rescheduled for a later date and time.


Boating Safety Course


The boating safety course scheduled for tonight has also been cancelled.  


Carlisle School District Spring Sports Physicals

Wednesday, Feb. 13

3 p.m.               Girls Volleyball (7th-8th)

3:30 p.m.          Girls Soccer (7th-8th)

4 p.m.               Girls Lacrosse (9th-12th)

4:30 p.m.          Boys Tennis (9th-12th)

5 p.m.               Boys Lacrosse (9th-12th)

5:30 p.m.          Special Circumstance Athletes



Wednesday, Feb. 20

3 p.m.               Girls Soccer (9th-12th)

3:30 p.m.          Baseball (9th-12th)

4 p.m.               Track and Field (9th-12th)

4:30 p.m.          Girls Softball (9th-12th)

5 p.m.               Boys Volleyball (9th-12th)

5:30 p.m.          Athletes who missed 2-13-08


ALL athletes who played a winter sport must get a RE-CERTIFICATION EXAM

in order to play a spring sport. NO EXCEPTIONS!


For more information call -245-4638.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
Many services, facilities available for civilians on post

     Feb. 11, 2008 -- Are you a DoD civilian employee and want to know what services and opportunities are available to you?

    One of the most economical benefits available to DoD civilians is the ability to use the fitness facilities located on post. Civilians may use the Root Hall Gymnasium. The gymnasium has a full-size basketball and volleyball court, regulation-size racquetball court and men and women's locker rooms with saunas.

    Another valuable benefit is the Armed Forces Vacation Club.  The AFVC is a "space available" program that offers DoD personnel the opportunity to take affordable condominium vacations at resorts around the world for only $234 per unit per week. It can be found online at

    Looking to take the family to an amusement park for the day? You should stop by Information Ticketing and Registration. Here you'll find discounts to attractions like Hersheypark, Disney World and Ski Roundtop.

    Civilian personnel also have the opportunity to use the Carlisle Barracks golf course. All DoD card holders are entitled to use the course and may sign up for tee times one week in advance. The par 72, 18-hole course also features the 19th Hole Snack Bar, a pro shop and a new driving range.

    Also available is the Letort View Community Center. The LVCC provides catering for those who contract for it, and also offer a daily lunch menu. The facility may also be is also available for private events, such as wedding receptions or proms. The LVCC does not have a daily lunch menu except for over at the Root Hall Deli.

    The Studios at Barracks Crossing are another benefit for civilians. The Crossings offers Laser-Engraving services and do everything from magnetic nametags to trophies and plaques. The studio offers arts & craft classes such as scrap booking, and beading,

    "This is also a great place to have those special mementos framed at a very reasonable price," said Barbara George, director, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

    Co-located with Crossings is the Auto Shop, which is also accessible to civilians. The Auto Shop offers both the PA mandated emissions and safety inspections for only $40. The average cost for an emissions inspection alone in the Carlisle area is $39. The Auto shop also conducts classes including a Teen Automotive and a Women's Automotive Workshop.

    Other valuable services exist including the Education Center and the Directorate of Community Activities Sports Department. The Education Center has a wide array of education programs and services including on-post classes, tuition assistance, and self-paced computer courses. The sports department organizes leagues for military and civilian employees in football, basketball, softball, volleyball, and bowling. Additionally, tournaments are held for tennis and racquetball.

     Another benefit for civilian employees is the RV lot located adjacent to Barracks Crossing and    George also pointed out that coming soon was an enhanced Outdoor Equipment Check-Out Center.

    It's important to note that benefits are not only limited to the employees themselves.  Children and spouses of DoD cardholders may also take advantage of some facilities on post. DoD civilians can use the Youth Services programs and the Child Development Center on post. The wide-ranging YS division includes sports programs and summer camps, and the CDC offers child care with a wide range of options.

    "We have a large number of civilian children in our programs. Many times they're the ones who come back year after year," said Bob Salviano, director of Youth Services.      

    However, there are some services on post that civilians are not authorized to use. The Post Exchange, Reynolds Theater, Commissary, Dental Clinic, and Class Six are only available for active duty and retired military personnel. These benefits are considered part of the benefit package for active duty military members and their families, many of which are regulated by law.

    Overall, there are a wide variety of services and facilities available to civilian personnel on Carlisle Barracks.  Some can be found below.     


Morale Welfare and Recreation

632 Wright Avenue


Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  


Army Community Service

Anne Ely Hall

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

(717) 245-4357


Barracks Crossing Frame and Engraving Studios and Automotive Center

870 Jim Thorpe Road

Hours of operation:

M,T,W,F: 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m

Th: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Self Help on Thu, Fri and Sat.

(717)245-3156 (Auto)


Carlisle Barracks Information, Ticketing and Registration Office  

842 Sumner Road

Hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday noon – 5:00 p.m.


Strike Zone Bowling Center

Located adjacent to Collins Hall

Hours of operation: Monday- Friday, 11:00 a.m. –9:00 p.m.

Saturday, noon-9:00p.m. 

Sunday, 1:00p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

(717) 245-4109


Letort View Community Center

313 Lovell Ave.

Open daily for lunches during the Resident Class year, other times by appointment

(717) 245-3215


Root Hall Gymnasium

120 Forbes Avenue

Hours of operation: (1 April - 31 August)

Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays Closed
(717) 245-4343


Letort Splash Zone (Swimming Pool)

Located behind the LVCC

Hours of operation: Daily, noon-12:50 p.m. (lap swimming), 1-7 p.m. (open swimming)

(717) 245-4029/3560


Education Services

609 Butler Road

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m

(717) 245-3943.


Moore Child Development Center

455 Fletcher Road

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(717) 245-3701




BREAKING NEWS: Post to close at 3 p.m. Feb. 12  

Feb. 12, 2008 -- Due to inclement weather Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army War College will close at 3 p.m. today, Feb. 12. All non-essential personnel may depart at that time.  All events associated with Industry Day will go as scheduled.

Feb. 13, all U.S. Army War College activities will start as scheduled. USAWC support personnel should report on time.

All other post personnel have a two-hour delay. For more information contact your supervisor.

Remember, for information on delays or closings call the Carlisle Barracks operations line at 245-3700.


Seminar 1 wins 2008 Chili cook-off

Feb. 8, 2008 -- Members of Seminar 4 serves chili to a visitor to their booth during the 2008 Chili Cook-Off Feb. 1 in the Letort View Community Center. Seminar 1 won the award for best chili. Other winners can be found below. Photo by Shelaine Tuytschaevers.

  • Best Booth - Seminar 3
  • Most Interesting Ingredient - Seminar 12
  • Best Chili - Seminar 1
  • Runner Up - Seminar 4 
  • People's Choice - Seminar 17  

 Sidewalk pretreatment for ice

     Starting at 1 p.m. on Feb. 11, DPW will be applying liquid ice melt to sidewalks in anticipation of an ice storm the morning of Feb. 12.  Sidewalks could be slippery and walkers need to exercise caution.


'Energy tip of the month'

    Feb. 11, 2008 -- The potential energy savings from reducing drafts (air leaks) in a home may range from 5 to 30 percent per year. You can use an incense stick; works best on a windy day since moving air will cause the smoke to waver.  Check for gaps along the baseboard or edge of the flooring and at junctures of the walls and ceiling. Check electrical outlets, switch plates, window frames, baseboards, weather stripping around doors, fireplace dampers, attic hatches, wall or window-mounted air conditioners, pipes, foundation seals, and mail slots.

    You can usually seal these leaks by caulking, weather stripping or expanding foam sealer. Check storm windows to see if they fit tight. You can install low-cost plastic sheets over the windows.  You may also wish to consider replacing your windows and doors with newer, high-performance ones.


Kelly L. Forys, Psychologist, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
Staying well at work 

Feb. 11, 2008 -- Imagine going to a place that promotes your physical and mental health, increases your connection to others, and reduces your stress level. Are you picturing yourself on an island with blue water, soft sand and big, shady palm trees surrounded by your friends?

    An island retreat would probably be beneficial, but some of the same health benefits can also be gained while on duty. An increasing number of workplaces are changing the working environment to promote health, which has the added benefit of increasing job satisfaction and reducing absenteeism.

    The Army has Command Guidance, Training Guidance, and Field Manual 21-20, which all promote health at work by requiring Soldiers to engage in physical fitness activities. In addition to physical fitness, other components of a workplace wellness program include flexible hours, encouraging breaks, and providing seminars and speakers on smoking cessation and healthy living.

    These wellness programs are good for the Army and good for the Soldier. The Army benefits because Soldiers take better care of themselves, are more motivated, are happier, are healthier, and have fewer sick days. However, even if a supervisor does not offer health perks on the job, an individual Soldier can take action to improve the working environment.

    Be armed with information to stay healthy at work. The Army's Hooah 4 Health Web site ( contains many tools, including newsletters and information on mental, physical and spiritual health that can be posted in the workplace.

Below are several strategies to help keep Soldiers well at work:

1. Take a break.

·         Use technology to program a calendar, watch or cell phone to send a "take a break" reminder every two hours.

·         A quick stretch break can help refocus energy and improve productivity.

2. Make time to workout.

·         Don't underestimate the power of movement! Moving the body can create energy. Even if going for a long walk or run is not appealing, putting on sneakers and going outside for just five minutes will often motivate a person to keep moving.

3. Organize a healthy group potluck at work.

·         Get fellow Soldiers and coworkers involved. Choose a day (Fridays often work well) two weeks in advance and ask coworkers to bring in a healthy dish for a potluck. Encourage coworkers to visit Web sites with healthy recipes such as and

4. Refresh communication skills.

·         All workplace environments can be stressful at times. Effective communication can reduce confusion. Repeat instructions when they are given to make sure that the instructions are clear, and ask for clarification at the beginning of a task.

    The majority of our waking hours during the week are spent at work or on duty. Spend that time wisely and stay well.


Carol Kerr, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
War College, Dickinson College faculty take on topics of 'Great Decision'

Questions of public policy are explored in Great Decisions. The public forum features Army War College and Dickinson College faculty. Lectures are held at the Army War College Chapel Annex on Mara Circle at 1 p.m. Fridays, on listed dates. 

Feb 8: Iraq end-game, with Col. Jim Helis
A recurring question found in most public opinion polls and on the 2008 presidential campaign trail: What will be the end-game for the U.S. in Iraq? How will U.S. decisions about continued engagement affect Iraq itself, and the Middle East?

Feb 15: U.S.-China trade policy, with Prof. Jef Troxell
Recent product safety scares have thrown the spotlight on the enormous role China plays in supplying products to the U.S. Could the large and growing trade imbalance with China have an adverse effect on the U.S. economy? What role does the undervalued Chinese currency play?

Feb 22, U.S. Defense & Security Policy, with Dr. Robin Dorff  The U.S. military is adopting new policies and methods for defending the U.S. and its interests abroad. What should U.S. priorities be? How should its forces be structured and deployed to meet new security challenges?

Feb 29, European Union at 50, with Prof. Alan Stolberg Having reached the 50th anniversary of the great experiment in European integration, it is time to take stock of the united Europe. Has the integration of new members been successful? What does the debate on Turkey's membership say about the future of EU integration and its changing demographics?

Mar 7, Russia – Prof. Tony Williams, Dickinson College During his two terms as president, Vladimir Putin has attempted to remake Russia into a major, independent world power. Some of his recent policies have provoked concern in the U.S. and Europe. With a 2008 Russian presidential election expected, what course will Russia take?

Great Decisions has been called, "America's longest-standing global affairs education program." The Carlisle Barracks program places thematic and geographic issues in context with discussion of background, current policies and alternative policy options.

Carol Kerr, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
What you don't know about NSPS could hurt

It's time for USAWC employees in NSPS to refresh plans to capture performance achievements. All NSPS employees in the college will complete a mid-point, or interim, self-assessment by March 31. Rating officials must complete the appraisal online [in the Performance Appraisal Application] no later than April 11.

Exercise, exercise, exercise
Mock pay pool panels will exercise the evaluation process in April. Four sub-pool panels will meet to review a percentage of performance appraisals – 1/3 to ½ of the PAAs for each sub-panel.

Everyone will be able to learn from the mock pay panel lessons in an open forum scheduled for May 21.

  • 31 Mar – Mid-point rating cycle Ends
  • 11 Apr – Mid-point evaluations due
  • 14-15 Apr – Pay Pool Training for panel members
  • 22-23 Apr –AHEC Mock Pay Pool Panel for AHEC employees
  • 28-29 Apr – CSL Mock Pay Pool Panel for CSL and PKSOI
  • 30 Apr-1May – Dean's Mock Pay Pool Panel for academic departments and Library
  • 6-7 May – Command Group Mock Pay Pool Panel for Cmd Group/ Chief of Staff organizations, DCIA/ International Fellows Office, DRM, Log & Maintenance, Senior Service Fellows, CIO, and APFRI, and SSI
  • 21 May – Mock Pay Pool Panel Lessons Learned
  • 30 Sep – Annual Rating cycle ends
  • 31 Oct – Annual evaluations due
  • Nov 08 – Pay Pool Panel

Still seeking better understanding of the PAA?
Pay Pools, Performance, and You is an interactive web-based course designed by DoD to teach employees how the performance management and pay pool processes interact, the activities that occur during the phases, and the roles of employees, rating officials and pay pool managers.

For more help
Army employees can now submit their NSPS questions directly to the Army NSPS Program Management Office. If you cannot find the answers to your questions on CPOL, visit:

Post chapel hosts National Prayer Breakfast

Lt. Col. Sylvester Brown, U.S. Army War College Class of 2008, spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast February 6. The breakfast, held at the LVCC, included words from retired Maj. Gen. David H. Hicks, Chaplain (Col.) Philip Mahalic, Chaplain (Col.) Arthur Pace, Chaplain (Col.) Duncan Baugh, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Phil Wright, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Ken Stice, and musical selections from Professor Bert Tussing, Joy Johnson and the Memorial Chapel Praise Team. Photo by Pfc. Jennifer Rick.

Shelaine Tuytschaevers, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Robots set to invade Carlisle Barracks

Feb. 7, 2008 -- Robotics demonstrations will feature military robots that replace Soldiers for high-risk battlefield tasks at the Root Hall Gym and parking area, Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Like a 'car show,' the event will display 'concept vehicles' as well as large and small robots in use for military jobs like surveillance, and disposal of explosive ordnance. 

    Carlisle Barracks employees and family members, high school students, as well as the students of the Army War College, are invited to participate and learn about these examples of applied science and technology.

    This is the Army's only educational robotics exhibition, designed for Army War College students to see the newest robotic technology developed in support of military operations.            

    Robotics Day will showcase the future with recently fielded examples and those in development at various government and university laboratories.

    "We want to show the students some of the advances in technologies that the Army and civilian companies are coming up with to make their jobs easier," said Bob Barnes, of the C2 Group in the Center for Strategic Leadership which helps create the demo event. "There is a good chance these students will encounter some of these types of machines in the near future."

    Some highlights will be a Future Combat System prototype called "Crusher", a medical helicopter UAV, and "Talon Swords," a weaponized robot recently fielded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    eCYBERMISSION – the online competition for 6th – 9th grade school students – will be represented at the robotics event. The eCYBERMISSION representative will be recruiting judges for the web-based science, math and technology competition.

     Also at the event there will be a drawing for a Roomba vacuum cleaner at the iRobot display.  The entire Carlisle community is invited to attend.


 "Crusher," a High Mobility Unmanned Ground Vehicle is one of the many exhibits expected for Robotics Day.

Landmark astronaut guest speaker at post observance

Guion S. Bluford Jr., a Philadelphia native was the guest speaker at the Carlisle Barracks Black History Month program on Feb. 6. Bluford was the first African American astronaut to fly in space.
Bluford, a retired Air Force colonel, told a packed Letort View Community Center about his time as an astronaut and also spoke about efforts to build the International Space Station.
He became a NASA astronaut in August 1979, a member of the first astronaut class. His first space flight was Aug. 30, 1983, where he served as a mission specialist. It was also the first flight with both a nighttime launch and landing.
Photo by Megan Clugh.


Fingerprinting services hours of operation 

Carlisle Barracks Police Department has announced new hours of operation for their fingerprinting services. The service is now available:

Tuesday/Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

No appointments are required.


DIMHRS brings self-service capabilities to Soldiers

    Feb. 7, 2008 -- The Army plans to transform the way it manages its human resources by launching the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System in early 2008.
     DIMHRS is a secure, self-service Web system that will give Soldiers 24/7 access to personnel data and the ability to update and review key personnel and family information without seeing a personnel specialist.
    "DIMHRS is a congressional mandated program sprearheaded by DoD, and will result in the Army significantly transforming the way it delivers military personnel and pay," said Maj. Gen. Carlos (Butch) Pair, Defense Business Systems Acquisitions Executive. "DIMHRS will provide Soldiers significant Web-based self-service capabilities, integrate all components on one database, and significantly reduce workload for commanders and Soldiers."
    The self-service system will help Soldiers avoid traditional written or verbal processes that can be time consuming and costly.
    DIMHRS will enable Soldiers to initiate requests for: assignments, training, retirement, record updates, awards, family-member travel, transition from the Reserve to Regular Commission, enlistment extensions, various waivers and enlisted commissioning programs.
    DIMHRS' self-service capabilities will also allow Soldiers to more efficiently start, stop or modify discretionary allotments and savings bonds; complete an Employee Withholding Request (Form W-4); complete an Employee Reissue W-2 Request; change personal direct-deposit information; and change their state of legal-residence declaration.
    "This real-time functionality will decrease processing time for personnel-action requests and improve customer service by virtually turning the personnel-action process into an almost paperless environment," said Sgt. 1st Class Jose Miranda, DIMHRS Clearinghouse NCO.
    Soldiers will be able to track the progress of their requests from initial submission to final approval. Electronic signatures, e-mail notifications and automatic routing are also available.
    Another key function in DIMHRS is the view-only screen, which lets Soldiers view such personnel and pay items as family member information; Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214) and any corrections to their DD Form 214; Service Members' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) election; Leave & Earnings Statements and Wage and Tax Statement (Form W-2); Record Brief; currently assigned checklists; a record of civilian and military education, awards, contracts, and evaluations; and a Department of the Army photo.
    For more information, visit the Army DIMHRS Program Office's Web site at or the DIMHRS AKO page at

Carlisle Barracks to celebrate African American Black History Month Feb. 6

Jan 31, 2008 – Carlisle Barracks will recognize the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans during their Black History Month Observance Feb 6, from 11:45 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the Letort View Community Center.

    Guest speaker for the event will be Guion S. Bluford, Jr., retired Air Force. colonel and former NASA astronaut. There will also be food samplings and book displays.


Public Affairs staff report
'Operation Financial Fitness' stresses savings

     Feb. 6, 2008 -- The Defense Department has designated February 24 through March 2, 2008, as Military Saves Week to encourage service members and their families to establish savings goals and set money aside for emergencies and other needs. The USAWC and Carlisle Barracks are proudly supporting this effort by asking military members/civilians to join Military Saves as part of Operation Financial Fitness, according to Cora Johnson, the posts Financial Program Manager.

    "Carlisle Barracks is delighted to support Operation Financial Fitness and the Military Saves campaign," said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander. "We see an incredible need for improved saving habits in today's world. This is a model program for changing lives by creating economic opportunity."

    Saving money and alleviating debt require dedication, sacrifice, and patience.  Military Saves provides the necessary tools to help accomplish that financial mission. Individuals simply make the commitment to save money on a regular basis to achieve their personal financial goals. Participants receive helpful financial tips and the much-needed encouragement to continue the savings habit. Visit for more information or to sign up for the program.

    Military Saves is part of the nationwide campaign, America Saves, and is sponsored by Consumer Federation of America, the Department of Defense, the NASD Investor Education Foundation, and a nationwide network of Defense Credit Unions and Military Banks.  Part of the DOD Financial Readiness Campaign, Military Saves encourages leaders to focus attention on encouraging their troops to get out of debt and save money.

    For more information or to register for the workshops contact Cora Johnson, Army Community Service, Financial Readiness Manager at 245-4720.


Financial Fitness Military Saves Campaign Agenda


Date      Subject                  Time                       Place         

Feb. 25     Sign up for Military Saves                9 a.m.- 1 p.m.                 Anne Ely Hall (Rm 202)


Feb. 26     Credit Report Review                       8 a.m.- noon                                         


Feb. 27     Complete Financial Profile                9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                                                                         

                  Members First Credit Union          10 a.m. -2 p.m.                                                                         


Feb. 28    One on One Financial Counseling     9 a.m.- 3 p.m.           


Feb. 29    Reviewing Your Credit Report           9 a.m.- 3 p.m.          


March 3     Sign up for Military Saves               8 a.m. – 1 p.m.                                                                           

                  Saving Your Income Tax Return     1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

March 4    Army Emergency Relief (AER) Scholarship Program   9- 11 a.m.

                Building Wealth through Military Saves                     1- 3 p.m.                 





Capt. Shane Reilly, Army Heritage and Education Center
This Week in Army History: Faith in the Face of Fear

"The Four Chaplians" stained glass window located in the Army War College Chapel, Carlisle Barracks , Pennsylvania.

    By January 1943, the Battle of the Atlantic was being fought at a feverish pace. Allied convoys continually sailed to the England and other destinations as the buildup began for the opening of the second front in Europe. This provided many targets to Germany’s highly trained and aggressive U-Boat force. Deployed along picket lines beneath the waves, the “Wolfpacks” patiently waited for an opportunity and then swarmed convoys in a blaze of torpedoes and explosions. 

    The dark night sky and calm seas provided a perfect opportunity for the U-223. The surfaced submarine tracked the three, slow moving silhouettes of the convoy ships. Among them was the United States Army Transport (USAT) Dorchester. The ship was outbound from Halifax and was carrying 904 replacement troops to Greenland. Among the passengers were four chaplains accompanying the troops: Reverend George L. Fox (Methodist), Reverend Clark V. Poling (First Dutch Reformed Church), Rabbi Alexander D. Goode (Jewish), and Father John P. Washington (Catholic). As the ship sailed, towards its destination, the U-boat crew prepared to engage. After triangulating the speed of and the distance to his target, the Dorchester, Kapitanleutnant (Lieutenant-Commander) Karl-Jurgen Wächter, unleashed a spread of three torpedoes. Two of the “eels” found the hull of the large ship. Since the torpedoes hit below the waterline, there was not a large explosion, so there was some hesitation in ordering the passengers and crew to abandon ship. One of the detonations knocked the power out and darkened the entire vessel. 

    The blackened conditions, only added to the panic of the inexperienced inhabitants of the vessel. In all of this confusion, the chaplains made their way to the main deck where there was nothing but terror and chaos. Crew members were struggling with the lifeboats; the cold February air froze the cables, and the boats that were lowered were over their capacity. In the midst of all of the confusion, the chaplains remained calm and did their best to reassure the young Soldiers and crew. In the excitement, many men hastily made their way topside without their lifejackets. The chaplains selflessly gave theirs up to some of these unfortunate men. Only 299 survivors were rescued from the icy Atlantic waters that night. 
    The fatally damaged ship slipped beneath the waves in a little more than twenty minutes. Eyewitnesses recounted that the chaplains remained together on the deck, grasping the railing and praying in their respective faiths as the Dorchester made its final plunge.

    These four men of faith in a brief period extolled not only the values of faith but also of the Army. Chaplains have always been an invaluable asset to the Army and its leaders. On the night of February 3, 1943, they were an island of faith and courage in an ocean of terror and turmoil.

    In 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower posthumously awarded all four chaplains the Chaplains Medal for Heroism, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Purple Heart medals. This is the only instance in which the Chaplains Medal for Heroism has been awarded.

Defense Commissary Agency news release
Scholarships for Military Children application deadline is Feb. 20 

FORT LEE, Va. Are you digging under the sofa cushions for misplaced change and rolling coins from your money jar to help pay for college tuition? Given the soaring costs of higher education, you certainly aren't alone. Perhaps a $1,500 scholarship could help?

    Applications for the 2008 Scholarships for Military Children Program must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 20. They are available in commissaries worldwide or online through a link at and directly at, where they can be filled out on the computer and printed, or printed and filled out by hand. At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants.

    The scholarship program kicked off in 2001 and, according to agency officials, has awarded more than $5.5 million dollars in scholarships to 3,532 of the best and brightest children of military families.

     Retired Marine Lt. Col. Fred Thomas's son Mark earned a scholarship in 2001. He said he's still paying for his son's undergraduate tuition, but every scholarship helps. "[This scholarship] was one more piece that allowed my son to attend a top university and excel by not having to work his way through," Thomas explained. Mark posted a 3.96 grade point average upon graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., with a Bachelor of Arts in theology, music and philosophy. He is presently a Senator Jacob K. Javits Fellow at Boston College, Mass., working on a doctorate of philosophy in religion.

    The scholarship program is open to unmarried children under the age of 21 (23 if enrolled in school) of active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired military personnel. Eligibility will be determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are currently enrolled in the DEERS database and that they have a current ID card. All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

    The applicant must be planning to attend, or already attending, an accredited college or university full-time in the fall term of 2008. Students at community or junior colleges must be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

     "Applications must be in the store by close of business Feb. 20," said Edna Hoogewind, DeCA's scholarship program liaison, "either by hand or mail." If you are not hand-delivering your application, Hoogewind recommends using a delivery method that supplies a return receipt. From April 15 through July 1, applicants can go online and verify receipt of their application in the "Verification of Receipt" section.

    Hoogewind also advises students to check all their materials carefully for simple things, like making sure the application is signed or that they are using the 2008 application, not one from previous years. Everything applicants need to know about the program can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the military scholar Web page.

    The Scholarships for Military Children program is funded through donations by the general public and by product manufacturers and brokers that sell groceries in commissaries. Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization best known for building comfort homes near military medical facilities, administers the Scholarships for Military Children program. Fisher House Foundation uses the services of Scholarship Managers, a professional firm that has handled more than 400 programs, to screen applicants and award scholarships. Neither Fisher House nor DeCA are involved in the decision process.



Uniform wear-out dates announced

    The Pentagon Telecommunications Center has recently announced wear-out dates for several military uniforms and accessories. The following items have a wear out date of April 30, 2008 for Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, and an April 2009 wear-out date for ROTC Soldiers:

 Battle Dress Uniform

  • Desert Battle Dress Uniform
  • T-shirt, brown
  • Boots, Combat, Leather black
  • Woodland and Desert Camouflage pattern caps
  • Olive drab green nametape and U.S. Army
  • Subdued olive green, shoulder sleeve insignias and subdued shoulder sleeve insignias – former wartime service
  • Black rigger belt
  • Belt, web with open-faced black buckle
  • Jungle boots (green and black)

    The black knit cap and black micro fleece knit cap for Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers has a wear-out date of Sept. 30, 2009.

    The coat, cold weather, woodland camouflage pattern (field jacket) for Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers has a wear-out date of Sept. 30 2010.

Tom Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Elections -  What you can and cannot do; politicking rules for government employees

    Feb. 5, 2008 -- With election activity steadily picking up, defense officials remind members of the military and Defense Department civilians that they're subject to rules regulating their involvement in political activities.

    Gone are the days when the military posted troops at the polls after the Civil War, an act that Steve Epstein, director of the DoD General Counsel's Standards of Conduct Office, said intimidated many southerners into not voting.

    Today, Epstein said two sets of rules help protect the integrity of the political process: a DoD directive for active-duty service members and the Hatch Act for federal civilians.  These rules keep the military out of partisan politics and ensure that the workplace remains politically neutral, he said.

Voting encouraged

    That's not to imply that military members and civilian employees can't participate in politics.  Epstein said DoD encourages both groups to register to vote and vote as they choose, and to urge others to vote.  Both groups can sign nominating petitions for candidates and express their personal opinions about candidates and issues-- but only if they don't do so as representatives of the armed forces.  Also, all federal employees can make contributions to political organizations or candidates.

Dos and don'ts

    Beyond that, the list of dos and don'ts differs widely, depending on whether the employees is an active-duty service member, a rank-and-file Civil Service employee, a political appointee or member of the career Senior Executive Service, Epstein said.

    Of all DoD employees, the men and women in uniform have the most restrictions regarding political activity, he explained.  A 1993 revision to the Hatch Act freed most Civil Service employees to engage in political activities outside the workplace that were once forbidden, although many restrictions still apply.

    For example, service members as well as government civilians can attend political meetings or rallies.  Military members can attend only as spectators and not in uniform.  They're not permitted to make public political speeches, serve in any official capacity in partisan groups, or participate in partisan political campaigns or conventions.

    On the other hand, civilian employees governed by the Hatch Act may be active in and speak before political gatherings or serve as officers of political parties or partisan groups.  They also are permitted to manage campaigns, distribute literature, write political articles or serve as a spokesperson for a party or candidate.

    Military members generally aren't permitted to campaign for a political office.  Civilian employees are, as long as it's a nonpartisan election.

    While the dos and don'ts concerning political activity may vary, Epstein said the basic rules hold true for all DoD workers. They can't use their position to influence or interfere with an election.  And they can never engage in political activity on the job, in a government vehicle or while wearing an official uniform.

Federal employees may-

  • be candidates for public office in nonpartisan elections 
  • register and vote as they choose
  • assist in voter registration drives
  • express opinions about candidates and issues
  • contribute money to political organizations
  • attend political fundraising functions
  • attend and be active at political rallies and meetings
  • join and be an active member of a political party or club
  • sign nominating petitions
  • campaign for or against referendum questions, constitutional amendments, municipal ordinances
  • campaign for or against candidates in partisan elections
  • make campaign speeches for candidates in partisan elections
  • distribute campaign literature in partisan elections
  • hold office in political clubs or parties

Federal employees may not-

  • use official authority or influence to interfere with an election
  • solicit or discourage political activity of anyone with business before their agency
  • solicit or receive political contributions (may be done in certain limited situations by federal labor or other employee organizations)
  • be candidates for public office in partisan elections
  • engage in political activity while:
    • on duty
    • in a government office 
    • wearing an official uniform
    • using a government vehicle 
  • wear partisan political buttons on duty

    More details about restrictions on DoD military and civilian employees' political activities are posted on the DoD Web site at

Military, civilian voting assistance

    Military can get help obtaining ballots from their home states and more from the Federal Voting Assistnce Program.  The voting assistance officers are armed with federal postcard applications and the 2008 Voting Assistance Guide.  The guide is also posted on the Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site at

    Civilians who need voting assistance can pick up registration forms at local post offices, county libraries, school guidance counselors and the Motor Vehicle Administration.

(Editors Note: Information used in this story was obtained from a DoD release)


Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, U.S. Army War College Commandant
Presidents' Day safety message

Feb. 5, 2008 -- On Feb. 18, 2008, we will celebrate Presidents' Day, paying homage to all of the distinguished individuals who have held the highest office of our nation.

    Automobile accidents remain the largest killer of Soldiers, civilians and family members. The three most common causes are drivers who are tired, drive too fast and fail to wear seatbelts.

    Before the upcoming holiday weekend, commanders, leaders, supervisors and employees of Carlisle Barracks should take advantage of the many risk management and safety awareness programs available. We must remind Soldiers and civilians to identify and reduce hazards; avoid driving when fatigued or when the weather is bad; use seatbelts; don't drink and drive; and obey the speed laws.


Next Kleber Reading slated for Feb. 7

The next in the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History series, "Soldiering: Observations from Korea, Vietnam, and Safe Places," will be presented on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 7:15 p.m. The presenter this month is retired Col. Henry G. Gole, Ph.D., and independent scholar.

    The event will be held in Ridgway Hall, Bldg. 950, Carlisle, PA. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 7:15. Thus event is free and open to the public.

    Directions to the Center and information on other programs are available at



Career after military topic of March 4 talk

    Feb. 5, 2008 -Retired Navy Captain Brian W. Blanchfield will present "Marketing Yourself for a Second Career" on March 4, from 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. in the Wil Washcoe Auditorium, in Root Hall. .

    This program has been presented all over the world and is held annually at more than 100 U.S. military installations, according to Joe York, director of the U.S. Army War College Military Family Program. It has a reputation as a 'must attend' for people three years or less from separation or retirement. It certainly may benefit anyone who is even five years from leaving the military.

    This presentation is intended for all officers and those NCOs who are considering a transition from military service.  Spouses of active duty members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Blanchfield will discuss job competition, transition planning, resumes, salary negotiation, networking, and interviewing.  All attendees will receive a free copy of "Marketing Yourself for a Second Career", a newly revised 75-page book published by MOAA. 

    This presentation is offered as part of the U.S. Army War College Military Family Program.   For more information, call Joe York at 717-245-4787.  


Carol Kerr, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Army War College certified for Joint Professional Military Education – Phase II

     Feb. 1, 2008 -- The U.S. Army War College has been certified for Joint Professional Military Education, Phase II credit for the resident program. Graduates of the June 2008 class will receive credit for the second phase of JPME, as well as the Master of Strategic Studies degree. Because the College met all standards and requirements during academic year 2007, the JPME Phase II certification was granted to the June 2007 graduating class. 

    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff approved the phase II certification, reflecting compliance with the educational policies set by the CJCS Officer Professional Military Education Policy.

    "The ongoing campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other operations in support of the Global War on Terror, have continued to highlight the increased need for officers with sophisticated joint strategic and warfighting skills necessary for success on current and future battlefields," according to Dr. William Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academics.  

    The legal authority granted by Congress for Senior Service Colleges to be JPME Phase II granting institutions, and the recent certification of the U.S. Army War College by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff will provide substantially increased numbers of graduates with the joint warfighting skills necessary for success in the contemporary security environment.

    "This certification is not an end unto itself, however," said Johnsen. "While we are justly proud of this accomplishment, we will continuously review, assess, and evolve the curriculum to ensure that our graduates are fully prepared to meet the ever-changing demands of current and future strategic conditions."

    JPME is a CJCS-approved set of learning objectives, policies, procedures and standards fulfilling education requirements for Joint Specialty Officer qualification.

    Joint professional military education certification serves to ensure that graduates are knowledgeable on joint matters, and are prepared for joint duty assignments.

    The recommendation for certification was made as a result of a week-long on-site assessment by a Professional Accreditation of Joint Education team during late September 2007.  The Program for Accreditation of Joint Education considered self study, peer review and CJCS statutory oversight. The team looked at the education that addresses theater-level and national-level strategies and processes.  The programs also examines how unified commanders, Joint Staff and DoD use the instruments of national power to develop and carry out national military strategy, develop joint operational expertise and perspectives, and hone joint warfighting skills.

    The certification represents the culmination of more than three years in redesigning, developing and delivering the revised JPME II curriculum for the resident USAWC program. 



Tom Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post RCI housing update

New post housing is quickly being constructed at the Meadows housing area located off of Claremont Road. The development is expected to be completed in July 2008. Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

Jan. 16, 2008  -- If you've come into Carlisle Barracks using the Claremont Road gate lately you've probably noticed quite a bit of progress on the Meadows housing area.

    Work has continued and has been aided by the unseasonably warm weather according to Ty McPhillips, the project director with GMH Military Housing, the post's partner in the Residential Communities Initiative.

    "At the Meadows, all of the building site pads are complete and 17 duplexes have been roofed and interior work has begun," he said.

    The ongoing work is framing the remaining duplexes and adding exterior siding, laying road stone, prepping for curbs, the interior work for plumbing, electrical, and heating, air conditioning and dry wall. When complete the housing area will have 46 duplex units. The houses are slated to be completed in July 2008 just in time for the 2009 USAWC class.    

    Work continues at the other sites as well to include the Delaney Field Clubhouse.

    "We've completed the fine grade for the pad, stabilized the ground, completed the storm drain work, hydro-seeded the field and storm water area to prevent erosion, and sub grade plumbing," he said.  Work that is ongoing includes running electrical conduit to the transformer location and pouring the building pad. The clubhouse is scheduled for a June completion date.

    "After we pour the pad, we'll start the framing of the building," McPhillips said.

    Finally, work has also progressed for the first phase of the Marshall Ridge housing area.

Inside some of the duplexes dry wall has been hung and is ready for more interior work.

    "The site work and sub slab plumbing are complete, as of Jan. 16 ry we've poured all the building pads, tapped water main, and cleaned up road in preparation for stone and curbing," he said. McPhillips said that in the next few weeks the road leading into the new housing area would be paved and the framing of the new duplexes would begin. When complete the first phase will include 24 new duplex homes.

    "Times are indeed exciting," he said.  


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency release
Recycle your cell phone, it's an easy call

    Jan. 18, 2008 -- As cell phones, computers, and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) become more prominent in our everyday lives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking steps to encourage consumers to recycle these products instead of adding them to our nation's landfills.

    As part of this initiative, EPA's Plug-In To eCycling program has teamed up with leading cell phone makers, service providers, and retailers to launch a national campaign encouraging Americans to recycle or donate their unwanted cell phones. The "Recycle Your Cell Phone. It's An Easy Call" campaign aims to increase the public's awareness of cell phone recycling and donation opportunities, with the ultimate goal of increasing the nation's cell phone recycling rate. Plug-In To eCycling partners supporting this campaign are: AT&T; Best Buy; LG Electronics; Motorola; Nokia; Office Depot; Samsung; Sony Ericsson; Sprint; Staples; and, T-Mobile.

    To kick off the initiative, the Campaign has released a series of print public service announcements that highlight the convenience and environmental and social benefits of recycling a cell phone. EPA has also released a series of downloadable podcasts featuring experts in the electronics recycling field discussing the many ways that consumers can reuse and recycle their electronics and addressing many common questions and concerns. During 2008, look for the Campaign to host special cell phone collection events and increase publicity for our partners' recycling programs.

    EPA has targeted cell phone recycling because, despite the large number of programs, most consumers still do not know where or how they can recycle their cell phones. Consequently, less than 20 percent of unwanted cell phones are recycled each year. Recycling cell phones leads to significant environmental savings and can benefit communities.

Recycling: an Easy Call

    Every day there are thousands of opportunities to recycle cell phones and accessories. Many cell phone retailers, manufacturers, and service providers have ongoing collection programs where phones can be dropped off or mailed in—regardless of the age or brand. Some charitable organizations and state or municipal solid waste programs also offer cell phone recycling. In most cases, cell phone recycling is free.

Recycling: a Green Call

    Recycling cell phones helps the environment by saving energy and keeping useable and valuable materials out of landfills and incinerators. Cell phones are made from precious metals, copper, and plastics—all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Recycling these materials not only conserves resources, but prevents air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, if all of the 100 million cell phones ready for end of life management in the U.S. are recycled, we could save enough energy to power more than 194,000 U.S. households with electricity for one year.

Recycling: a Social Call

    Donating your cell phone also benefits your community. When cell phones and accessories are in good working condition, some programs donate them to a number of worthy charities or provide them for discounted sale to those who need them. In addition, many recycling programs use the proceeds to raise funds for charitable organizations, schools, churches and other social causes. In some cases, programs buy the phone back from the consumer.

    Recycling your old cell phone, PDA, cell phone batteries, chargers, or other accessories, recovers valuable materials and reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Help EPA and our Plug-In To eCycling partners recycle unwanted cell phones! Here's how:

Drop It Off

Drop off your old cell phone, PDA, cell phone batteries, chargers, or other accessories at one of the retailers or service providers listed below. Visit their websites for detailed drop-off and collection event information.

    AT&T, Best Buy, Office Depot, Sony Ericsson, Sprint, Staples, T-Mobile, LG Electronics.

(Note:EPA does not endorse the commercial services or products of its Plug-In To eCycling partners)

Mail It In

Mail in your old cell phone, PDA, cell phone batteries, chargers, or other accessories at one of the retailers or service providers listed below. Visit their websites for detailed drop-off and collection event information.

    Nokia, Sprint, Samsung, T-Mobile, Motorola, LG Electronics.

Learn More

  • Before you drop off or mail in your old cell phone, make sure that you have terminated your service contract for the phone and erased any data in the phone.
    • To ensure that personal information is cleared from the phone, you can: manually delete all information and remove the SIM card; contact your service provider or phone manufacturer for instructions
  • Listen to EPA's podcast on recycling your cell phone to learn what happens to your cell phone once it's recycled and hear answers to common questions.
  • Learn the basics of the campaign in our campaign overview.
  • Visit EPA's electronics recycling Web site to learn about the environmental benefits of recycling, how to recycle other electronics, and what EPA is doing to help.

         To learn more, go to .



Army Family support goes virtual

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 23, 2008) - In an age of persistent conflict and geographically-dispersed Families, the Army is taking Family support to a new level with virtual installations and virtual Family Readiness Groups.
     The Army Reserve considers it's Family programs Web site - -a virtual installation where Families, who may live hundreds of miles from the nearest installation, can access the same support and resources as active-duty Soldiers and Families, such as: TRICARE, child and youth services, counseling and chaplain's programs and financial and legal information.
    "We need to retain these Soldiers and you do that by retaining the Families," said Laura Stultz, wife of Army Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz. "If the Families feel secure, the Soldier won't worry about them, and the Families will know that their problems will be looked into. They need the same services that active-component Families have on an installation because their Soldiers are putting their lives on the same line as everybody else. They deserve the same degree of help and resources."
    She added that they want to have a zip-code-based system online, where Soldiers and Families can enter their zip codes into the Web site and find the nearest place to get help and the nearest FRG, whether it is active-duty, Reserve or National Guard.
    The next step is to set up mini-Army Reserve centers in towns and cities across America, which would function like Army Community Service offices, repositories for community support, emergency relief and even places Families can go to renew their military IDs.
    "I was just insistent that there be some place that you can have face to face meetings with people. A lot of people don't have access to a computer, or English is their second language, or they just don't know how to explain their needs on the telephone. I wanted there to be offices or some place across the country where Families could go to and talk to somebody live.
   "In my experience, there are veterans who say 'What can we do to help?' In some instances, all we'll need to get is a computer and a telephone hookup for them; and others it will be finding a place. Some towns we can use the National Guard centers or the veterans' halls, but if there's no place to put it, we might have to find our own office space, in a shopping center or something people can find easily. Hopefully in a few years, everyone will know where it is, just like they know where the post office is," Stultz said.
    Right now, the Army Reserve is beginning focus groups with Families to see where they want these centers. The Reserve will begin building the centers near the heaviest Reserve population centers that are far from installations.
    Located two hours from the nearest FRG with four young children during her husband's deployments to the Persian Gulf and the Balkans in the Nineties, Stultz knows how hard it can be to fit crucial support meetings into busy schedules.
   Per the request of Families, especially children and teenagers, she and the Army Reserve are looking to find ways to incorporate chat rooms on the Web site, and plan to add this feature as soon as they work out security issues.
    Chat rooms, blogs and instant messaging are also a goal of virtual FRGs, said Shaunya Murrill, the automation manager for the Family programs directory at the Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command. She also runs a virtual FRG for her husband's Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion.
    Tested in 2004 and launched Army-wide in 2006, virtual FRGs are paid for by FMWRC and are a way for commanders, rear-detachment commanders and Family readiness leaders to provide up-to-date information to Families, even if they are geographically spread out, as with the reserve component.
    "It was never designed to replace the FRG, but it's an extension of it," said Murrill. "Family members can find out what's going on with their unit by logging in. This is an opportunity for the commander to stay connected. I think it's been a valuable tool to my husband and his colleagues because they don't necessarily have the time to have a lot of meetings or the funding to bring in Families from across the state. So this is an opportunity for them to get relevant, pertinent and timely information out.
    "If you want to get involved, you see what's available, you see the calendar, you jump in if you want to, and if you don't, you don't have to," she continued. "Before with the telephone tree, when people were doing it only the old way, people would leave and kind of fall off. Here, you come in and update your information with the automated telephone tree."
    To date, there are about 1,200 sites and 117,000 registered users throughout the Army. Commanders at the battalion level and up simply must fill out an application at, provide a point of contact and some basic information, and Murrill and her team set up the site. They provide tutorials for the site manager and any necessary technical support.
   The sites typically include news articles, photos, hyperlinks, frequently-asked questions and updates from commanders. FMWRC is still working on the security issues related to blogs and chat rooms, but the sites can have monitored forums.
    Virtual FRGs have undergone the Defense Information Technology Certification Information Accreditation Process and are completely secure. Soldiers provide a list of loved ones in writing and the system automatically generates an invitation to the unit site, complete with hyperlink. The list can include anyone the Soldier wants: spouse, but also parents and siblings, for example.
    Murrill said the most common feedback she receives are requests for more interactive features and comments that the Army waited too long to go virtual, but that she never hears anything bad about the virtual FRGs. The best thing, she said, is that instead of Families having to wait for their Soldiers to tell them about events or new initiatives, the Families are often updating the Soldiers.



Department of the Army release
DA issues authorized uniform changes

The following information has been released by the Pentagon Telecommunications Center on behalf of DA Washington, D.C.:

  • Gold Star Lapel Pin: Soldiers who have lost an immediate family member in combat are authorized to wear the gold star lapel pin on the Army Green Uniform. An immediate family member is defined as a spouse, mother, father, children, or step-children.
  • How worn: Enlisted Soldiers will wear the gold star lapel pin centered both vertically and horizontally on the left lapel of the Army Green Uniform. Officers will wear the gold star lapel pin centered on the left lapel ¼ inch below the branch insignia.

This authority is effective immediately.


Tom Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
PX manager prepares to depart after 15 years

Jack Scott, Carlisle Barracks Post Exchange manager, adjusts some of the DVDs on sale at the PX on Jan. 23. Scott will leave the PX later this month after 15 years as the manager.

Jan. 24, 2008 – A natural disaster helped bring Jack Scott, Post Exchange manger, to Carlisle but it has been the people who live and work here that kept him here for 15 years.

    Scott, who became the manager of the PX in January of 1993, will depart Carlisle Barracks later this month after overseeing a period of growth and great change.

    "I think I've been here for nine garrison commanders, and four commandants," Scott said jokingly. "In that time we've made a lot of changes to the Post Exchange area." He went on to talk about the removal of the gas station located at the current Class VI store, the movement of the Class VI from its previous location in Anne Ely Hall, along with the construction of a new PX at Fort Indiantown Gap.

    Scott also spearheaded a project to get a Subway restaurant put in at the shopping center.

    "With the growth of health-conscious customers, Subway seemed like a perfect fit," he said. "I'm glad we were able to get one here for our customers."

    Scott originally came to Carlisle Barracks after being the manager at the Homestead Air Force Base, Florida PX.

    "After Hurricane Andrew came through, I knew it was time to move somewhere else," he said. "Carlisle seemed like a great place to have and raise a family."

    He liked it so much here that he even turned down opportunities to leave.

    "A lot of people were shocked when I turned down some chances to leave, but the people who I work with and the people here made it an easy choice to stay," he said.

    Scott said that one of the hardest parts of leaving Carlisle will be the people.

    "This is a very special place, I have always thought of it almost like Mayberry," he said. "The people here are so friendly and professional; they really care about what they do. It's the people that make the difference. It's been a tremendous honor to be surrounded by such a great group of professionals"

    Others said that Scott was one of the people that have helped make the post such a great place to work and live.

    "Jack Scott is synonymous with community service.  He was always first in line to donate, support or promote any event for Soldiers, Civilians and their Family members," said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander. "After 15 years of dedicated support to Carlisle Barracks, he will truly be missed."

    Scott will leave Carlisle Barracks and report to Dallas, Texas to become the Retail Product Specialist at the AAFES Headquarters for the Central U.S. His replacement, Arlene Bocchino, now the PX manager at Robbins Air Force Base, Ga., will become the new manager. She was also an assistant manger at Carlisle Barracks in the 1990's.


Tom Zimmerman, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Huntoon promoted, set to direct Army staff 

Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr. former U.S. Army War College Commandant, has his third stars pinned on by his wife, Margaret, and his son, Capt. David Huntoon III, in Bliss Hall on Jan. 25. Huntoon is now the Director of the Army Staff. Photo by Scott Finger.

Jan. 25, 2008 – Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr. was surrounded by friends and family and the Army War College community today as his wife, Margaret, and son, David, pinned on his third star.

     Huntoon, the former USAWC Commandant, is now Director of the Army Staff at the Pentagon. He said during the ceremony that people at the War College helped prepare him for his future.

    "Enriched by the memory of this camaraderie, this mutual trust and this strength of character, we are ready for our future," said Huntoon. "We look forward to serving together with you whenever and wherever we hear the call to the colors."

    Officiating was retired Lt. Gen. Robert Foley, who has known Huntoon since he was a plebe at the U.S. Military Academy and Foley was Huntoon's company tactical officer. Foley expressed confidence when speaking of Huntoon's new responsibilities.  

    "I can't think of a more important post in our Army today than the one you will assume," he said. "I cannot think of anyone more qualified to take this position."

     Huntoon congratulated Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, the new USAWC Commandant.     

    "The Army could not have selected a finer leader to command this great place. All the best to you."

     Huntoon was the longest serving commandant in the history of the War College, having served here for four and a half years.

    "In this time of long conflict, the campaign must be waged from many outposts," said Huntoon. "This is a critical one. For here in the isolated splendor of Carlisle Barracks, far away from the day to day grind of current operations and the pain of conflict in that heart of darkness, we must also engage in the war of ideas.  Here, we need to ensure that compelling logic, critical thinking and the virtues of competence, candor and compassion all collaborate in common cause …. In doing so we can open up the promise of a secure future for those who today know only despair and the absence of hope."


Huntoon and his family listen to retired Lt. Gen. Robert Foley, who has known Huntoon since he was a plebe at the U.S. Military Academy and Foley was Huntoon's company tactical officer. Foley officiated the ceremony. Photo by Scott Finger.

    Also present at the ceremony was Huntoon's wife, Margaret, who received the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award, and their children David, Stewart and Alice. Another son, Ryan, a senior at the University of Washington ROTC program, was unable to attend due to an athletic commitment. Stewart is currently in his first year at West Point and David is a captain with the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Inf. Div., in Iraq.

    "Two months ago in Iraq I had the privilege of promoting David to Captain and he has come home to return the favor," Huntoon said. "If you ask me why I serve, look to my sons and all who wear this uniform today."

    Huntoon received the Distinguished Service Medal and the Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal.  





Public Affairs staff report
Williams installed as 47th U.S. Army War College Commandant

Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, the 47th Commandant of the U.S. Army War College speaks in Bliss Hall Jan. 28.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

Jan. 28, 2008 -- Maj. Gen. Robert Williams was installed as the 47th Commandant of the U.S. Army War College during a ceremony held Jan. 28 in Bliss Hall. Following are the remarks Williams made to the students, staff and faculty in attendance.

    Good morning everyone.  Let me begin by saying that Deb and I are absolutely delighted to be here.  What a great honor to be part of such a prestigious organization.  Without a doubt, the two of us consider this assignment a wonderful opportunity from both a personal and professional point of view.

    To the local community, regional and state leaders here today: thank you for coming and thank you for all your support to our servicemen and women as well as their families during these very challenging times. Although I am new here, I have heard throughout my career that no other post in the nation enjoys the level and quality of community support that Carlisle Barracks does.  I pledge to all of you, that we will work hard to keep our relationship a close one in the days and months ahead.

    Many of you do not know me, but I think I know many of you fairly well, if not personally, I know you by way of the impeccable reputation that this institution has earned over its many years of service to our nation.   My background for the last 33 years has been primarily operational, but on those occasions when I found myself --shall I say--"off the line" I was either a trainer or an educator, so while I recognize I have much to learn about the Army War College, I am feeling very comfortable in this world of academia that I find myself back in today.  With that short background complete, let me directly address a few of the audiences here today starting with the students.

    Up front, I believe that when someone is selected to attend this great institution it is an extraordinary achievement and so as your new commandant, let me congratulate all of you on your selection as well as the work that you are engaged in right now.  You are a very elite group in our nation, and I am looking forward to working with you and getting to know all of you personally. 

    I am very aware that many of you are veterans of this current war, you are also a diverse group representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, active, Guard, and Reserve, Department of the Army civilians, the interagency, and last but not least the international community. Your combined backgrounds bring a wealth of knowledge to the college at a time of enormous change for our nation, our military, and the world. 

    In the months and years ahead, many if not most of you, will assume missions and duties very different from those you experienced in the past. These new missions and duties will in some cases stretch you far beyond what you ever imagined. They will require a level of reflective thought and adaptability that will -- to be frank-- have you asking yourself, just as I asked myself,  "Why didn't I pay more attention when I was in the War College."  That being said, revel in your time here. As your new commandant, I want to reaffirm something I know my predecessor believed in.  And that is -- find what I call "balance" in your life.  If you haven't already done so, make sure you reconnect with your family.  As many of you have discovered, Carlisle has programs and support here that have no peer, and we expect you to recover and reset.  I will do my best to help create an environment that allows you the opportunity to achieve that balance.

During the ceremony, Williams spoke 
about what he hopes to 
accomplish during his time at 
Carlisle Barracks. 
Photo by Megan Clugh.     



To the faculty, I believe that to be given the opportunity to serve as a member of the faculty or staff at the Army War College is indeed an honor. An honor that is earned certainly through academic achievements, but is also earned through your ability to foster an academic environment that is very sophisticated and advanced in its technique and delivery.

    My initial sensing of this great institution is that we are on the right track and doing the right things.  The vision, and the mission, appear to be excellent, and the faculty's record of achievement in delivering strategic thinkers to the force is clearly a success, and firmly reflected by the great leaders who are serving throughout the world in very difficult, sometimes dangerous and always important jobs.

    Our number one priority remains the education of our future strategic leaders.   But while we do that, we must work hard to remain relevant and useful to our Army in the field, the joint force and the inter-agencies.

    The fact is our nation and our military are at a moment in time not dissimilar to the time that Secretary of War Root found himself in at the end of the 19th century.  If you will recall, our nation had just fought a difficult war abroad.  The nation found itself less than ideally equipped, manned and trained for that war.   We neither had the staffs, organization, equipment or the governing skills required to take on what became a global mission.  Perhaps most importantly, the Army and the nation had no way to educate and train senior leaders for the challenges of the century to come.

    The U.S. Army War College, as all of you know, became a major part of the solution to the challenges facing the nation at the beginning of the 20th century.  The college was a vehicle of change then, and it is today as well.  Its' principal means of delivering change is its' graduates, but it also serves as a place where difficult strategic issues can be taken on in an effort to help an enormously busy Army and Joint Staff and combatant commands.

    And so, as faculty, we must stay engaged with the operational force and the myriad of changes that are ongoing. In the months ahead there will most certainly be a new national defense strategy and a new military strategy. We must stay engaged and conversant with the changes that are coming in those documents and we should understand the challenges and required military competencies those changes will bring to us, and our students.

   As I close let me reaffirm -- our mission is very clear- we train selected leaders for the responsibilities of strategic leadership. To do that effectively I believe we must follow some key principles, first we must

  • Take care of our people and their families
  • We must promote innovative and reflective thought
  • Provide an atmosphere that encourages what I call the reconstitution and reset of the human capital that makes up this college
  • Set high standards both academically and militarily
  • Assist the operational force whenever and wherever we can
  • Last but not least we must always maintain our values and ethos.

     Thank you all for coming today. Deb and I look forward to working with each and every one of you in the days ahead.  We also look forward to being a part of this great team and community.

     One last message—in a few short months we will host a traditional event here known as Jim Thorpe Sports Days. Just so everyone understands how I feel about this event--I look forward to the complete defeat of all comers on this day to include my War College alma mater the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. 

    Again, thanks again for coming. I look forward to serving with each and every one of you, and I am proud to be on such a distinguished  team.

Army News release
Army programs focus on family care improvements

    Jan. 29, 2008 -- President George W. Bush discussed the vital role of military families, including Army Families, during the Jan. 28 State of the Union address to the nation from Washington, D.C. Army leaders appreciated the President's important remarks and echoed many of them, noting Army plans to expand Family assistance efforts under the Army Family Covenant while continuing improvements to many existing services.
    "Our military families also sacrifice for America," President Bush said. "They endure sleepless nights and the daily struggle of providing for children while a loved one is serving far from home. We have a responsibility to provide for them. So I ask you to join me in expanding their access to childcare, creating new hiring preferences for military spouses across the federal government and allowing our troops to transfer their unused education benefits to their spouses or children. Our military families serve our nation, they inspire our nation and tonight our nation honors them."
    "Military families make extraordinary sacrifices as their loved ones advance the cause of freedom around the world," said Army Secretary Pete Geren. "Military Families hang together. They help each other out -- neighbors helping neighbors. In the military, the bond of Family extends beyond bloodlines. Military Families take care of Military Families."
    "We're absolutely committed to ratcheting up what we're doing for our Families," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. "We're re-expressing our support for Families and our prioritization of Families and putting our money where our mouth is."
    The Army recognizes the sacrifices by Families and is working to deliver a quality of life that military Families so often have forfeited by virtue of frequent relocation or isolation. Proposed initiatives requiring legislative changes for Army Families include:

--Make GI Bill Benefits Transferable. The Montgomery GI Bill generally covers 36 months of education at a value of about $40,000. Today, 97% enroll, but only 70% actually use the benefit; and very few use all of it. This initiative would allow transfer to family members of the unused benefit.

--Enhance Military Spouse Careers. Military families move every few years. This initiative would provide richer opportunities to gain or sustain a promising career. This proposal would significantly expand an existing pilot program allowing military spouses to continue education and local universities or technical schools; create mert-based military spouse internships within the federal government to open the door to a possible federal service career; and grant military spouses direct hire status for placement in suitable jobs anywhere in the federal government.

--Enact "Dole-Shalala" Commission Recommendations. The President urged Congress to act promptly on the proposals put forward by the bipartisan Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors headed by Bob Dole and Donna Shalala.

--Quality Child Care. Two-thirds of military-families stationed in the United States live off base, sometimes in remote areas. They consistently report difficulty in locating child care, especially for infants, at the price and quality available at on-base facilities. Sometimes the on-base facilities need more capacity. This initiative would establish joint ventures with the private sector to make the same high quality care presently provided on base to all military families, at a comparable price. At the same time, the Army would accelerate its healthy plan for the construction of additional or expanded on-base child care facilities where that is appropriate.

    Beyond these ongoing and planned initiatives, the U.S. Army is committed to the Army Family Covenant of services and facilities for Army Families nationwide and overseas. This covenant formally recognizes the sacrifices made on the home front while the Army is at war and pledges funding for existing Family programs and services, increase the accessibility and quality of health care, improve Soldier and Family housing, ensure excellence in schools, youth services and child care, and expand education and employment opportunities for Family members.
    Last year, the Army moved $100 million into Family Support Programs to jump-start family programs. Examples included hiring additional full-time staff in "Army Community Services" as well as expanding childcare, respite care, and youth services. The Army is reworking future budgets to sustain this increased level of investment in our Families. The Army Family Covenant represents a $1.4 billion commitment this year to improving the quality of life for Army Families.
    The Army has listened to the feedback of families and acted on their behalf. For example, on Army installations across the nation construction is booming. To support our growing force and their families, more than 42 Child Development Centers have been built, with 133 more programmed in the coming years. 20,000 family housing units have been built or renovated, with 59,000 more scheduled.
    To overcome the limitations of geography for those families not living near an Army post, the Army is establishing the Army Integrated Family Support Network. This communications network promotes efforts integrating and synchronizing Family Support Services. These include basic services, such as information, referrals and training for Family Readiness Groups. It also jump starts funding for 80 community liaisons, the eArmyFamily messaging system, as well as new training for Army Community Service and reserve family-program staff.
    In the area of child care and youth services, the Army has eliminated Garrison child care registration fees, eliminated off post child care registration fees in Army off post programs, and eliminated fees for extended duty day child care. For Wounded Warriors, the Army reduced full and part day child care fees in Army operated or sponsored child care programs, and now provides free hourly care in Army operated programs during medical appointments.
    Army leaders across the nation have led in implementing these improvements, in order to provide Soldiers and Families a quality of life that is commensurate with their service.


Military Postal Service Agency release
Military mail allows for email inquiries on lost parcels  

  Are you a military member who has deployed or redeployed overseas, and are still waiting on your footlocker, duffle bag, or parcel to arrive?  There is now an e-mail address to inquire or claim mail that has yet to arrive and was sent more than 60 days from the date of mailing.  Military members and their families can now contact the Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) at the following e-mail address:

     Please include the following details in your e-mail to MPSA:  contact phone number, e-mail address, rank, first and last name, mailing address, return address, any insured, certified, registered or confirmation number (if applicable), date of mailing, type of container used for mailing, a detailed description of the container contents, and any additional information that could be used to help identify your item such as distinctive marking.  Once the information is received, MPSA will contact the service member to positively identify the owner and ship the item to the recipient should it be found.

     "The best way to ensure your package is delivered, in the event the address label is lost or destroyed, would be to enclose the mailing address information on the inside of each parcel," according to Tech. Sgt Steven Bennett, mail recovery coordinator for MPSA.  Address information can be typed or legibly written on a piece of 8 ½ X 11, bond paper or a 3 x 5 index card, and it must include the complete address information of the mailer and recipient.  This will help postal employees determine who the article belongs to and provide them an address to forward your items. 

      "This is just one example of the Department of Defense doing what we can to better serve those that serve the American people - our Soldiers and families.  Help us help you by contacting the Military Postal Service Agency at, " said Col.  David Ernst, Military Postal Service Agency Deputy Director. 

Roger Durham, Army Heritage Museum
This week in Army history
A New Year and a New War – The Tet Offensive 1968

    Jan. 31, 2008 -- By the close of 1967 the Viet Nam war had waged for several years but there was a feeling that the war had turned a corner toward a resolution. The Viet Cong (VC) and the North Vietnam Army (NVA) had been quiet and the Vietnamese looked forward to the upcoming "Tet" holidays. "Tet" is a traditional Vietnamese holiday that celebrates the beginning of the lunar new year and incorporates festivities similar to our Christmas and New Year.  During the Viet Nam war it was customary to observe a cease-fire during the holiday and the new year of 1968 was no different.  Both sides seemed inclined to follow this observance.  While intelligence indicated the NVA and VC might take advantage of the cease-fire, there was nothing to verify that this would happen.

    The Tet observation began on January 30, 1968 but after midnight the country began to erupt in gunfire. At 0300 hours (3:00 AM) on January 31, the NVA and VC launched simultaneous attacks on military bases, provincial capitals, district towns and the national capital at Saigon.  The offensive was the largest military operation yet undertaken by either side up to that point in the war.  In Saigon an assault team breached the US embassy's security and caused damage to the building and killed a number of US soldiers before the attackers were killed and the compound secured.  Television footage of this attack received widespread attention in the US and early reports indicated the US and South Vietnamese forces had been surprised and defeated.

     The initial attacks did take the allied forces by surprise but most were quickly contained and repulsed inflicting huge casualties on the NVA and VC forces.  The one exception was at the city of Hue where intense fighting lasted for more than a month before the NVA and VC forces were destroyed and the old city devastated. 

    Although the offensive was a disaster for the communist forces, it had a profound effect on the American administration and shocked the American public who had been lead to believe that the communists were not capable of carrying out such a large offensive due to previous losses and defeats.  Public opinion had been turning against the war in Viet Nam and the Tet offensive only increased the disenchantment that was evident in the American people over the war and how it was being prosecuted.  This disenchantment reached even to the highest office and in March of 1968 President Lyndon Johnson announced that he would not seek reelection.

    Tet ushered in a year of change not only in Viet Nam but also in the United States. The assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy lay only a few months away and the country would be shaken by conflict within its own borders. While the war would continue for another seven years, the support of the American people was lost after  January 31, 1968.  From that point the problem was not so much how to win the war, but how to disengage from it.



PV2 Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Seminar 10 takes home volleyball championship 

Seminar 10's team "Force X" proudly shows off their trophies from the AY08 Seminar Volleyball Championship. Courtesy photo.

Jan. 28, 2008 -- On Tuesday, Dec. 18 the volleyball team  from Seminar 10 defeated the team from Seminar 7 to win the AY08 Seminar Volleyball Championship.

    The championship, which was held in a series of single-elimination games played over the course of a week, was the culmination of a season of well-played games from War College students.

    The winning team had a record season with eight wins and zero losses. The season started in October.

    Seminar 10's team, called "Force X", was comprised of the following students, spouses and faculty:

  • Col. George Woods – Faculty Instructor
  • Col. Patrick Lyons – Coach/Student
  • Col. John Bessler - Student
  • Col. Steven Carrigan - Student
  • Col. Byung Hyuk Choi – International Fellow from Korea 
  • Col. Edwin Drose - Student
  • Mrs. Nancy Drose - Spouse
  • Lt. Col. James Glynn - Student
  • Mr. Chris Griffin - Student
  • Col. Erik Hansen - Student
  • Col. Stephen Hearn - Student
  • Col. Ken Ring - Student
  • Col. Napoleon Stewart - Student
  • Lt. Col. Roger Westermeyer - Student
  • Col. George Gregory Wright – Student


AHEC Trail advisory for Feb. 10 

    The Cumberland County Search and Rescue Squad of the Sheriff's Dept. will hold their regional practice on the Army Heritage Trail on Sunday, February 10, 2008 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. While the trail will remain open to the public, all dogs MUST be on a leash.