Banner Archive for February 2010
 

Schedule change at post theater this weekend

Feb. 26, 2010 -- This weekend, Book of Eli will be shown on Friday and Spy Next Door will be shown Saturday at Reynolds Theater. 

 


 


Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Office
ASAP prevention, education schedule

Feb. 25, 2010 -- The vision for the Army Substance Abuse Program is to deliver prevention services to the total Army community. Alcohol and other drug abuse prevention include all measures taken to deter and reduce the abuse or misuse of alcohol and other drugs to the lowest possible level. The Army Substance Abuse Office ensures that all military and civilian personnel are provided prevention education/training services to meet the mandatory requirement (that is a minimum of four hours for military personnel and two hours for civilian employees). In an effort to satisfy this requirement the ASAP/Prevention Office will be providing a variety of training opportunities throughout the year.

    The following is a schedule of (no more than) one-hour sessions for FY 10. If you cannot attend one of the scheduled classes call the Prevention Office and make arrangements to come by and view one of our training videos/DVD at your leisure. Training can also be accomplished via the USAWC/USAG Training Portal.

    You must pre-register, class size is limited. For additional information or to schedule individual

organization training, contact the Prevention Office at 245- 4576. A minimum of five people will be required for the class to be a go.

     Family members/spouses are invited and encouraged to attend.

     All classes held at the ASAP office, Bldg. 632 Wright Ave.

MARCH 2010

TOPIC: National Inhalant Awareness Month/Gateway Drugs.

What are inhalants? What are the effects of inhalants? Addiction, signs of abuse and how not to use. The class will review what are considered to be gateway drugs – Inhalants, Marijuana, Alcohol and Tobacco. This is excellent information to share with the young people in your life.

Tues. March16                                                   11:30 a.m.

Tues. March 30                                                  11:30 a.m.

APRIL 2010

TOPIC: Responsible Drinking, and Alcohol Abuse.

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

Thurs. April 29                                                               11:30 a.m.

MAY 2010

TOPIC: Prescription and Over the Counter Drug Abuse.

This class will provide participants with the most current information about the physical effects of abusing these products in a way that is easy to understand, and provides the knowledge necessary to make factbased choices about non-prescription drug use. We will discuss proper disposal guidelines and how to safeguard you medications.

Thurs. May 13                                                               11:30 a.m.

Thurs. May 20                                                               11:30 a.m.

June 2010

TOPIC: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for supervisors and employees.

What is the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)? Who may use the EAP services? Is EAP confidential? For supervisors, there is help in the form of the EAP. EAP is your partner in the effort to evaluate, assist and restore struggling employees with job performance problems. Managing employees can be very challenging and the EAP is available to support supervisors every step of the way.

Tues. June 15 (employee)                                              11:30 a.m.

Tues. June 22 (supervisor)                                             11:30 a.m.

JULY 2010

TOPIC: Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace.

This class will help you learn what to stress, or, in other words, how to manage your stress. Whether your stress comes from personal problems or professional pressures, you’ll learn how to approach stressful situations on and off the job and how to manage your own reactions to stress. 

Tues. July 20                                                                  11:30 a.m.

Tues. July 27                                                                  11:30 a.m. 

 


Expected winter weather causes changes for Feb. 25

Feb. 24, 2010 -- Due to expected inclement weather, Carlisle Barracks will open at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 25. Army War College classes will start at 9 a.m.

Liberal leave is authorized.

Call 245-3700 or check the USAWC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usawc for updates if neccessary.

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Students discuss military role in disaster relief, talk with NORTHCOM deputy

Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, Deputy Commander of U.S. Northern Command and 1989 USAWC grad, spoke to Army War College studnets about the role of U.S. Northern Command. Photo by Scott Finger.

Feb. 2, 2010 -- After spending the morning discussing how the military can assist to an emergency on American soil, Army War College students got to listen first-hand to one of the people responsible for coordinating the response.

   Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, Deputy Commander of U.S. Northern Command and 1989 USAWC grad, spoke to students and faculty in Bliss Hall Feb. 2 about defense support to civil authorities, the role of U.S. Northern Command, and how Hurricane Katrina has helped transform NORTHCOM.

   Blum spoke about how the events of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina helped shape and focus NORTHCOMs mission. As a result of Katrina, NORTHCOM created detailed plans that laid out the commands role in defense support to civil authorities.

    “The discussion in Bliss Hall resulted in my Seminar, 2, spending additional time discussing the idea of ‘who is in charge during DSCA mission,’” said student Lt. Col. Shawn O’Brien. “He did not make a big deal out of this question. His response was you are a leader of troops and leaders take care of their people.  The opinions varied on this response but in the end his experience and insight from all of his National Guard experience were thought provoking.”

  Student Lt. Col. Carla Campbell had a similar experience.

   “The information Lt. Gen. Blum provided was a great fit for the DSCA discussion,” she said. “His organization and how they anticipate what may be required was of great interest and assisted with understanding the strategic implications that NORTHCOM tackles.” 

    Blum also noted that the role of NORTHCOM wasn’t just focused on disaster relief. According to Blum, NORTHCOMs role is to anticipate, prepare, and respond to threats and aggression aimed at the United States, its territories, and interests within the assigned area of responsibility and, as directed by the President or Secretary of Defense, provide defense support of civil authorities including consequence management operations.

 

Orders now being accepted for 2010 USAWC class print

Feb. 19, 2010 -- The Limited Edition Print,  “Unlocking the Frontier” by Don Troiani is available now.  This print, commissioned by the Army  War College Class of 2010, commemorates the 250th anniversary of the surrender of Fort Detroit to Rogers’ Rangers.  November 29, 1760.

   Only 400 prints are available, order your for only $125. This offer expires June 1.

   For more information see your seminar representative or contact Lt. Col. Jeffery Powell at jeff.powell@ us.army.mil

 

Elaine Wilson, American Forces Press Service

Spring to mark start of personnel system transition

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2010 – The Defense Department is on track to transition the majority of its more than 220,000 civilian employees out of the National Security Personnel System by Sept. 30, more than a year ahead of deadline, the official heading up that transition said today.
    The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act called for the termination of NSPS by January 2012, bringing an end to a controversial personnel system that’s been operational for less than four years.
    The majority of employees will transition -- starting this spring -- back to the decades-old General Schedule system, but with an assurance in regard to pay.
    “I am committed to ensure, as directed in the National Defense Authorization Act, that employees experience no loss of, or decrease in, pay upon conversion,” said John James, Jr., director of the Pentagon’s NSPS transition office. “The department believes in that and believes it is the right thing to do.”
    This preservation of pay encompasses all employees. For instance, NSPS employees who are paid a salary that exceeds Step 10 -- the highest step under the GS system -- of their pay grade will retain their pay upon conversion, James explained.
    An employee’s grade upon conversion will be determined by classification specialists using the same criteria in use for GS employees, James said.
    “An employee’s position will be evaluated under the General Schedule system and classified,” he said. “If that position classifies out as a GS-13, then that employee will become a 13 when they transition.”
    While the Defense Department has a goal for transition completion, James noted that each organization and component will make a determination on a timeline based on four factors:
-- No undue interruption to mission or hardship to employees;
-- Established processes to classify NSPS positions into the appropriate non-NSPS system;
-- Existence of a legacy performance management system; and
-- An information technology system capable of handling the transition.
    As officials work to ensure a smooth transition, they also are turning an eye to the road ahead. Along with terminating NSPS, the act gives the Defense Department new authorities to look at developing a successor performance management system that incorporates the best practices of NSPS and GS.
    “One of the best advantages under NSPS that we saw was the clear alignment between employees and the organization about what their contribution means to the priorities and the direction of the organization,” James said. “As we develop the new authorities and transition employees to the GS system, in most cases, we plan to reinforce that directive and that effort to ensure the employees are aligned with the organization.”
    Officials also will examine the law’s requirements for hiring flexibilities and a personnel performance fund that rewards employees or teams for their performance, he said.
    These processes will continue to be open and transparent, James vowed. “I envision the transition and development and use of the new authorities to be a collaborative effort with supervisors, management, leadership, union partners, labor partners, the Office of Personnel Management and other stakeholders. I see this as being an entirely inclusive process.”
    James emphasized the importance of communication throughout the transition process and future personnel system modifications. “You can’t overcommunicate a change,” he said.
    To that end, the NSPS Web site, http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps/, now includes transition updates and a training module called GS 101, he said.
    “Employees who have never been in the GS system, and there are a few, can go in and walk through that,” James said. “It really is informative and tells them how the GS system works.” It’s also of value to employees who were in the system before, he added.
    James encouraged employees to continue to ask questions. “Employees should feel free to ask their chain of command about how that process is being implemented,” he said. “GS is very prescriptive in how the process works. They will be informed how their job will be classified and transitioned.”

 


March schedule for film discussion program

Feb. 22, 2010 -  The AY10 Campaign Analysis Course is offering an optional Strategic and Operational Art Film and Discussion Program. The program offers interested students insight into selected episodes in the evolution of warfare from antiquity to the present. A series of films addressing strategic and operational themes will be shown throughout the academic year on Tuesday evenings, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., in Wil Waschoe Auditorium. A discussion period moderated by a faculty instructor familiar with the period and issues addressed will follow each film. The Association of the U.S. Army supports the program which is open to all students, staff, faculty, and retirees. The films showing in March are listed below.

 

Date Showing               Title  / Issues                                                                                             Moderator

 

March 2                                    Pork Chop Hill / Leadership, Ethics, Diplomacy                              Prof Don Boose

 

March 9                                    We Were Soldiers / Leadership, Ethics                                           Dr. Jerry Comello

 


   By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs

Children now welcome to attend inaugural Mardi Gras event

    (February 18, 2010)--Mardi Gras fun can now be enjoyed by everyone! With the addition of children's tickets to Friday's Mardi Gras at Carlisle Barracks, the event is now one the whole family can enjoy.

    Children ages 12 and under, accompanied by a parent, can attend the dinner event at the Letort View Community Center from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and tickets are half-price at $7.50 per child. Babysitting options are also available at the CDC and the CYS for the night. Tickets for children over the age of 12, accompanied by a parent, are $15.

    The first-ever Mardi Gras celebration at Carlisle Barracks will be held Friday, February 19, kicking off with a parade at 4 p.m. and a dinner buffet at the Letort View Community Center afterwards.

    "We want to continue providing excellent and exciting events for the community which promote camaraderie," explained Dana Bovender, LVCC manager. "The essence of this event is to provide team building, competition, and recreation for all entities associated with USAG Carlisle Barracks including seminars, military personnel, directorates, and civilians."

    Known as Carnival in other parts of the world, this year's celebration of "Fat Tuesday" has been tailored for the Carlisle Barracks community to include a parade full of decorated floats, a New Orleans buffet at the LVCC, costume contests and Cajun entertainment.

    The events are open to all Army War College students, staff and faculty and garrison departments and employees. 

     One of the highlights is an opportunity to participate in the parade by transforming a commissary shopping cart into a Mardi Gras parade float. Carts can be obtained from the commissary for a fee of $10, which includes the use of the cart, and beads and candy to throw to crowds on the sidelines.

    The dinner event at the LVCC runs from 5 p.m. until 10p.m. in the ballroom. "A Taste of New Orleans" will include a menu of red beans and rice, sausage jambalaya, Cajun crab dip and beignets in addition to many more famous southern foods. The cost is $15 per person. Tickets for children ages 12 and under are half-price at $7.50 per child. 

    For more information about the event and child care options, please contact DFMWR at 245-4352.


Free Active Parenting course takes the guess work out of parenting for kids 5-12

The popular 'Active Parenting' course returns for the 4th year to help Carlisle Barracks parents understand and interact with their children. Jen Starner, an instructor from Pressley Ridge services for children and families, is a returning instructor for the Carlisle Barracks Active Parenting course scheduled for March  9, 16, 23.

"Jen relates very well with parents," said Anne Hurst, the ACS Family Advocacy director. She'll use video clips of children's behavior and parental reactions – and then guide the parents in discussion about what they've seen and what responses will be more effective, added Hurst.

"We found it very useful," said Lt. Col. Mark Viney. He and his wife returned to the course a second time. "One thing most useful was the interaction we had with other parents, listening to their experiences and recognizing that you're not alone in the situations you're dealing with.

"You'll have parents with kids of different ages, so there's a unique and helpful mix of perspectives," said Viney. We're not taking it a third time, he noted, but they did enjoy the pizza and soda.

Childcare is provided free of charge; the class is free; and the book is free. Parking is available at the chapel.

The Active Parenting class is for parents of children 5-12. Open to all Carlisle Barracks personnel, the classes are held in Moore Child Development Center – Three Tuesday evenings, 5:30 – 7:30 pm:  March 9 and 16 and 23. Register no later than March 3, by calling 717-245-3775, or -4357.

  • Session 1. Communication and Cooperation:  Styles of Parenting, Problem-Handling Model, Active Communication, Family Meetings
  • Session 2. Discipline and Responsibility:  Effective Discipline and the Problem-Handling Model, Logical Consequences vs. Punishment, Problem Prevention talk
  • Session 3.  Power, Courage, and Self Esteem: Avoiding Power Struggles, Parenting and Anger, Building on Strengths, Emphasizing the Family Unit

Mardi Gras parade traffic changes, details

Feb. 18, 2010 -- In support of the Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 19 the block of Lovell Ave between Guardhouse Lane and Lovell Ave will be closed to traffic.

For parade participants:

·         The Parade will start at the intersection of Guardhouse and Lovell inside the barricade, travels on Lovell past the LVCC and turns at the tennis courts sidewalk, then proceeds to Quarter Two to be judged

·         The parade continues down the sidewalk in front of Coren Apartments and ends at the intersection of the sidewalk and Lovell

 


Carlisle-area organizations to benefit from Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club donations

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office 

Melissa Manning (left) of Sadler Health Center, accepts a $500 check from Nancy Davis, CBSC Outreach Chairperson at the Spouses' Club program, Feb. 17.

Photo by Suzanne Reynolds

 

 

 

The Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club presented outreach checks to Carlisle organizations during their February program, Wednesday, Feb. 17.

·         $250 donation to Carlisle CARES (Combined Area Resource for Emergency Shelter)  will be used to provide shelter to six families for one night.

·           $500 donation will be used to buy table corner guards, car seats, cabinet latches, outlet covers and safety gates for the Sadler Health Center's Nurse Family Partnership Program, that links trained nurses with low-income, first-time mothers during pregnancy and until their child turns two years of age. 

·           $250 will be used to provide week-long summer art programs for at-risk youth at Hope Station and for the CONNECT program for at-risk teens.

·           $500 will be used to purchase classroom materials for the English as a Second Language program for the Employment Skills Center. Serving more than 300 adults with educational or employment skills needs

 


Two ways to participate in town hall meeting today at 4 pm 

Feb. 18, 2010 -- Garrison commander Lt. Col. Janet Holliday will hold the quarterly state-of-the-installation information session for all interested military and civilians employees and residents on Feb. 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Bliss Hall Auditorium. She will take questions from the audience.

 

You can also attend the Town Hall virtually via post channel 14, and submit your questions and comments by email to carl_townhall@conus.army.mil.  Questions will be accepted before, and during, the townhall meeting.

 

The information update will review growth plans for the Army War College, the new Strategic Studies Institute building, the new Youth Center, and the DoD program for utility billing in the housing areas, as well as upcoming CYS, CDC and MWR programs.

 

 

 

 

Army Emergency Relief Kick-Off luncheon Feb. 25
Pa. State Representative Scott Perry guest speaker   

Feb. 16, 2010 --  Nearly everyone, at some point in their life, has been in a situation when they needed emergency financial assistance. The Army Emergency Relief program is here make sure that Soldiers are not left without help in their time of need.

    You can help. Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 Army Emergency Relief Kick-Off luncheon which will be held Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center. Guest speaker for the event will be Pa. State Representative (and Pa. Army National Guard Lt. Col.) Scott Perry.  

    Perry is the Commander of the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion.  He assumed the command in February of 2008. That unit was called to service in Iraq, deploying in January 2009. The deployment ended in January 2010, after a successful mission, and returned to the base at Fort Indiantown Gap. He returned to his duties serving the constituents of the 92nd Legislative District on Feb. 1.

    Since 1942 AER has been helping Soldiers with their financial emergency needs, but the money that goes to helping the Soldiers doesn't come from the governmental budget. The money comes from Soldier and civilian donations, according to the AER website.

    The money that you donate will go to Soldiers and their families needing financial assistance with things such as food, rent, utilities, emergency transportation, vehicle repair, funeral expenses, medical and dental expenses and more, according to the AER website.

    Tickets are $10, call 245-3296 or 245-3244 for more information.

 

   

 

 

 Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs

Is your family ready to Live Army Green?

Carlisle Barracks residential community to start utility billing in July

    (February 16, 2010)--Residents will soon be able to earn rebates while they conserve energy at Carlisle Barracks, benefiting both wallets and the environment.

    "This is a Department of Defense program that is mandatory for all posts with privatized housing, and we have spent the last year measuring the utility usage in our homes and establishing baselines so that there will be fair and equitable billing," said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander. "The bottom line is that if you are good stewards of energy, you will not have to pay utility bills, or you may even get a rebate to your basic allowance for housing."

    As part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense's new policy to ensure the viability of the housing privatization initiative and to help reduce DoD's consumption of utilities, residents on post already receive "mock" utility bills, and will begin to receive "actual or live" utility bills July 1, 2010. The initiative exists to promote conservation and environmental awareness on military installations across America.

    After July 1, residents who conserve energy below the baseline, or the average usage in a particular neighborhood, can earn rebates or credits, while those who exceed average figures will be required to pay overage fees.

    "This OSD directive and Army policy really began as a tool to encourage residents to conserve energy and with all of our new construction and renovations on our residential housing, utility meters have been installed," explained Bif Coyle, chief of the Army Housing and Residential Communities Office.

    "Go Green, Be Green, Live Army Green," is the mantra Balfour Beatty Communities is touting at military installations across America. The tagline is designed to get Soldiers and Army families to start thinking environmentally as part of the housing management's Residential Communities Initiative and actual billing process.

    Residents can ask questions about utility billing during the town hall meeting scheduled for Feb. 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Bliss Hall Auditorium. Holliday will hold the quarterly state-of-the-installation information session for all interested military and civilian employees and residents.

    Can't make it there? You can also attend the town hall virtually via post channel 14, and submit your questions and comments by email to carl_townhall@conus.army.mil.

    Carlisle Barracks residents can learn more about the new utility billing program at Balfour Beatty Communities' Live Army Green website, as well as review a video featuring helpful tips about how to conserve energy and avoid paying overages on utility bills at http://www.balfourbeattycommunities.com/livearmygreen/default.aspx.


(This event scheduled for Feb. 13 and 14 is cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.  It will be rescheduled in the March or early April timeframe)

WWI Soldier Training to Occur on Army Heritage Trail

On Feb. 13 and 14, WWI re-enactors representing both American and French troops will occupy the trenches on the Army Heritage Trail, recreating some of the training and exercises that American Soldiers endured at Gondrecourt. 

When the United States Army arrived in France in the spring of 1917 to support the World War that had erupted, they were not prepared for the intensive "trench style" warfare they were about to encounter.  The First Division and other associated units were rushed to the First Training Area at Gondrecourt, France for six months of training.

Training will utilize the AHEC's full scale trench (zig zag with mortar pit, MG position, foxholes, CP and aid station bunkers), primitive civilian structures and include instruction on the Hotchkiss machine gun, Chauchat machine gun, hand grenades  and mortar launcher, use of the M2 mask, gas warfare and trench assault - defense tactics. 

This is a training school for the re-enactors to prepare for the season and our Army Heritage Day event in May.

While this is not a major public event, it is an opportunity for Carlisle Barracks residents and the public that may be using the Army Heritage Trail on that weekend to see some of the early Soldier-training of WWI.


Former Army leader Michele S. Jones to headline Black History Month event here

The post's Black History Month event will feature a woman whose military career spanned multiple military operations, and whose civilian career links the White House and Defense Department. Army leader and motivational speaker, she was the first female CSM of the Army Reserve, the first woman to serve as class president at the US Sergeants Major Academy, and as a division CSM.

Michele S. Jones now applies her experiences and skills as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense White House Liaison -- the principal DoD contact with the Presidential Personnel Office, White House Military Office, and principal DoD liaison for the White House Political Affairs Office, White House Intergovernmental Affairs and the President's Council on Women and Girls.

Jones will be the guest of the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks Black History Month observation -- and the keynote speaker:

  • Wed, Feb. 24 from 11:45 am to 1 pm.
  • All military, civilian, family members of the Carlisle Barracks community are invited.
  • Letort View Community Center
  • ethnic food sampling at no fee:  fried/baked chicken, corn on cob, collard greens, tossed salad, black-eyed peas and peach cobbler
  • For additional details, call: (717) 245-3661.

A career Soldier, Jones held many positions of leadership from squad leader, section leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major. Some of her career highlights include assignments to 78th Division, (Training Support), Edison, NJ; United States Army Special Operations Command (Airborne Troop Program Unit), Fort Bragg, NC; United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) Fort Bragg, NC; 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg; 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.

 She has served during every major contingency operation including - Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Restore Hope, Provide Comfort, Joint Endeavor and Nobel Eagle. She toured extensively throughout Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Uzbekistan.

 Jones has been featured in multiple newspapers and magazines around the world, including Ebony, Jet and was highlighted in Essence Magazine's Anniversary Edition as 1 of 35 of the World's Most Remarkable Women.  She has appeared on the nationally syndicated Tavis Smiley Show, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Steve Harvey Morning Show and numerous radio stations.  Additionally, she has served as a panelist at several universities across the nation and at the "Women Shaping the World Summit" in New York City.   Ms. Jones is frequently invited as a keynote speaker for various military and civilian organizations. She was the 2005 recipient of the NAACP Meritorious Service Award, the only enlisted service member to receive the award in the NAACP history.  She most recently received the 2009 National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Inc.  Spirit of Democracy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Additionally, she has been recognized for her dedication to the community, youth and the elderly.  She was a featured keynote speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and served as a surrogate speaker for Presidential Nominee Obama throughout the country, during the Presidential Campaign.

As a motivational speaker for both the civilian community and the Army's Planning for Life Program, Jones has spoken to over 45,000 middle and high school students both in the U.S. and abroad during the last two years. She also is a facilitator for the Family Leadership Institute- conducting multiple workshops to help parents become leaders in their homes. In addition, she is a principle agent with the Army's H3 Program (Healing Helping Hiring Wounded Warriors), and continues to be an advocate and speaker for the military through multiple events.  She is President and CEO of The Bones Theory Group, L.L.C 

Some of her awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Parachutist Badge, German Army Forces Airborne Wings, and Royal Thai Airborne Wings. 

 


Post Soldiers, employees recognized for dedication

Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander, presents Capt. Joe Mickley and 1st Sgt. Carlos Runnels with a gift from students from the Belaire Elementary School thanking them for a recent class on how to care for the U.S. flag.

Feb.  12, 2010 -- Carlisle Barracks took time Feb. 9 to recognize the accomplishments of post Soldiers, Civilians and contractors during the Quarterly Awards Ceremony at the LVCC.

 

· Sgt. Radouane Moukraj, CSL - Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter

 

·         Mark H. Olley, LVCC - Civilian Employee of the Quarter

 

·         Ms. Donna L. Swauger, DPW - Commander's Award for Civilian Service

 

·         Sgt. Radesha J. Dantzler, Chapel - USAG Certificate of Appreciation

 

·         Ms. Susan Berrier, Skills Development Center - 25 Years Length of Service

 

·         Ms. Julie K. Teague, DPTMS - 20 Years Length of Service

 

·         Mr. Elton R. Manske, DHR - Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

 

·         Capt. Joe Mickley & 1st Sgt. Carlos Runnels - Recognition from Belaire Elementary School

 

The Visual Information Division of the Metro/Ciber/NEC team won four major International awards in 2009.

·         Helen Musser's efforts on the Dean's A-Wing Mural earned Platinum recognition.

 

·         Jason Percoco's "Operation Iceberg" hallway mural for DCLM earned a Gold Award.

 

·         The Army War College Birthday/Historical perspective production earned Platinum recognition for Russell Hartman, Sam DeProspo and Kelly Schloesser.

 

·         The 2009 Jim Thorpe Sports Day production earned Gold recognition for Travis Volz, Heath Freeland and Sam DeProspo.

 

 

 


Feb 11 -- Carlisle Barracks will be open for normal operating hours on Friday, Feb. 12.

Dunham Army Health Clinic will open at 7:30 am for full operations.

Note that extensive snow clearing has cleared trafficways and parking. Pedestrians, however, are cautioned to watch for large icicles and falling snow when walking near buildings.


Weather-related schedule change for Feb. 9, 10

Due to the approaching bad weather the following is in effect:

Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Early dismissal (59 minutes) for faculty and staff is authorized. Student release will be executed by the Faculty Team in IAW the DEAN's guidance.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Post opens at 0930 and Army War College classes begins at 1000.

Please stay tuned to all CBks information sources in the event the weather gets worse on Wednesday. We will manage student and employee releases based on the weather conditions as the day progresses.

Liberal leave is authorized for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Again, please stay tuned to all CBks information sources in the event the weather is worse than expected on Wednesday. The U.S. Army War College Facebook http://www.facebook.com/USAWC  or the Post Operations Line 245-3700 are excellent sources for current information on all post closures.    

The following activities are cancelled

The Spiritual Development Breakfast Seminar scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Chapel, Feb 10, 7 – 8 a.m, has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather.  Any questions can be directed to Chapel Admin at 245-3318.

TUESDAY Feb. 9

YS Basketball

Seminar basketball

Tabeo 

Taekwondo

 

WED Feb. 10

YS Basketball

Intramural Basketball

All exercise classes schedule in Thorpe Hall.

 

The Feb. 9 CAC Film and Discussion Program is being cancelled due to inclement weather conditions and its rescheduling is TBD

The Feb. 13 and 14 World War I Soldier Training on the Army Heritage Trail has been cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.  It will be rescheduled in March or early April timeframe.

 

 


Feb. 5, 2010 - The Youth Services today celebrated its "banner achievement" for the School-Age Services Program. Garrison commander Lt. Col. Jan Holliday presented a banner to the staff responsible for the  banner highest score possible by the National After School Association.

"The accreditation is important in that it gives our School-Age Program validity as being a certified after-school program on a national level of very stringent criteria," said Bob Salviano, Youth Services director. 

"Our standards are considerably higher than just having a basic after-school program where kids are just "baby sat."  Our Child and Youth Program assistants are all credentialed in an After-School Certification program that lends itself to further validity of an acceptable nationally accredited program," he said.

Youth Services School Age Program earned the highest score ever given by the National After-School Association endorser, noted Salviano. "We have an outstanding staff at Carlisle Barracks, but I never expected such a high score and overwhelming comments.We are very proud of those high marks."

"This is the second time we have been accredited on the first go around," said Bob Salviano about the four-year recurring requirement. "Getting accredited by NAA is not an automatic thing for before-and-after school programs. Their guidelines are very stringent." The centers are also accredited separately by the Department of the Army.

According to the kids, the YS program here is great because their voices are heard and their ideas become part of the plan -- like the new Cafe planned around youth recommendations.

Youth Services' School Age Services is offered to military, civilian DoD employees, military retirees, National Guard and Resrve, and all veterans' children, grades Kindergarten to 5th.  SAS provides before and after school programs, summer care and care during school vacations for children in grades K - 5. Our programs offer a wide range of physical activities, arts & crafts, homework assistance, computer lab, character building, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H Chapter, fields trips and more.  Call (717) 245-4555.

SAS Summer Camp is one of the many programs available through Youth Services at Carlisle Barracks. Summer Camp runs from June through the end of August. The camp is set up by the week, so you do not have to sign your child up for the entire summer. You can choose the weeks you wish to participate. We also offer several programs for flexibility -- 

  • 5 Full Days- Enjoy our camp Mon-Fri all day.  All activities, field trips and meals are included.
  • 5 Half Days- Enjoy 5 days of all camp activities up until 1:00 P.M.   Field trips, morning snack and lunch are included.
  • 3 Full Days- The children will participate in all activities for the 3 days chosen.  Thursdays (field trips) are not included in this package. All meals are included.
  • 3 Half Days- Your child will enjoy all morning activities until 1 pm for the 3 days chosen.  Field trips, swimming and bowling are not included.  Morning snack and lunch are included.

Registration starts April 1. Call (717) 245-3801 for summer camp program fees and enrollment procedures.

 


Love the snow? Act now to sign up for a memorable Presidents Day Weekend, Feb 12 - 15 

Tuesday is the deadline to join the group heading north to "The East's Heaviest Snowfall!" -- Snow Ridge Ski area in upstate New York.

MWR has planned a double treat: a day of snowmobiling and a day on the slopes to ski or snowboard. The almost-all-expenses-paid trip includes bus travel to Fort Drum NY, Army Lodging at Fort Drum with breakfast, busing to and from snow activities, 90-minute snowmobile certification class [required by NY], snowmobile rental, ski or snowboard rental and lift ticket . "I ski slowly but I'll be fast on a snowmobile," said Lindsey Carver, outdoor rec planner who packaged the snowmobile/ski trip with Fort Drum lodging for a real deal.

The small fee for the big package of travel, lodging, snowmobiling and ski slope fun is gets even smaller if you go with friends. You pay only lunch and dinner  --

  • Single: $325 per person
  • Double: $275 per person
  • Triple/Quad: $225 per person

The bus leaves Friday, Feb 12 at 6 am from the 632 Wright Avenue parking lot, and is scheduled to return Monday, Feb 15 at 7 pm.

Reserve your space no later than Tuesday, Feb 9 at Outdoor Recreation. Call (717) 245-4616 for details.

 

 

 

 


Joint Pub Renovations Feb. 11 and 12

Due to renovations Joint Pub operations will be held in the Main Bar of the Letort View Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 12.

Hours of operation are 4 to 10 p.m.  A Pub dining menu is available from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information call 717-245-3991.


Weather Announcements for Carlisle Barracks activities and personnel

Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic will close at 3:30 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 5, 2010.

Great Decisions [1 pm at Chapel] is cancelled. [No decision as of yet about rescheduling]

The Youth Services recognition ceremony to receive the Accreditation banner is changed to 2 pm, today, at the Youth Services building. Garrison commander will thank the Carlisle Barracks School Age Services Program for receiving the highest score possible given by the National After-School Association. 

Youth Services Activities:

Closing at 6 p.m. tonight - Friday, Feb 5

Dodge ball canceled for this evening - Friday, Feb 5

Youth Services closed Saturday, Feb 6

Youth Services open Sunday for Super Bowl Pizza Party, Sunday, Feb 7

Youth Basketball - canceled Friday, Feb 5 and Saturday, Feb 6

CYSS Music Lessons - canceled for Friday, Feb 5

Color Me Mine Ceramics class canceled for Friday, Feb 5

Skill Development Center closed on Saturday, Feb 6   

Thorpe Hall Fitness Center - open for normal hours

Bowling Center:

Closed Saturday, Feb 6

Open Sunday for normal hours

LVCC:

Super Bowl Sunday party will take place as scheduled

Local Schools:

Due to the impending winter storm the Northern York County School District will be dismissing secondary students at noon and elementary students at 1pm. There will be no PM Kindergarten and all evening activities are canceled. AM Kindergarten students will be dismissed at the regular time. http://www.northernpolarbears.com/

The Big Spring School District will have an early dismissal today, February 5, 2010, due to the approaching winter storm.  The early release schedule will be as follows:  Middle School and High School - Release at NOON Elementary Schools - Release at 1PM http://www.bigspringsd.org/home

The Carlisle Area School District will have an early dismissal. There will be no afternoon kindergarten; middle schools will be dismissed at 12:35 PM; high school at 12:45 pm; and elementary schools at 1:30 PM. Morning kindergarten will dismiss at its regularly scheduled time. There are no after school or evening activities throughout the district. http://www.carlisleschools.org/

South Middleton School District middle and high school students will be dismissed at noon today. Elementary students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. The boys' basketball games scheduled for this afternoon will be held, but all other activities for after school today and on Saturday are canceled. http://www.bubblers.k12.pa.us/

Cumberland Valley School District secondary schools will dismiss students at noon and elementary schools will dismiss students at 1:00 p.m. Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11 a.m. There is no afternoon kindergarten today and extended-day kindergarten students will be transported home on the bus that brings them to school. http://www.cvschools.org/

 

 


Next Spouses Club luncheon Feb. 17

Feb. 4, 2010 -- This month's Carlisle Spouses' Club luncheon features "American Revolution in Cumberland County."  You will be taken back in time to learn the dynamic story of how Central Pennsylvania "rioters" became Patriots of the revolution.  "Molly Pitcher" will tell her story and the role women played throughout the war.  The event will take place at the Letort View Community Center, Wed, Feb. 17 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at a cost of $13. 

    PLEASE RSVP by Noon, Sunday, Feb. 14 to the following according to your last name -

    A - L: Leslie Sullivan reservations@cbspousesclub.org

    M - Z:  Michele Pritchard reservations@cbspousesclub.org

 

Get ready, winter's coming

Feb. 1, 2010 — Where to go for information about post closures, delays

   The best place to check for all official post operations is the information line at 245-3700. Updated at least daily, this number always has the latest on post operations.

    You can also find information about delays or closures on the following media outlets.

Television Stations

·         WGAL-TV 8

·         WHP CBS 21

·         WHTM-TV ABC 27

·         Fox 43

·         WITF

 

Radio Stations

·         Carlisle - WIOO (1000AM).

·         Harrisburg - WHP (580 AM); WITF (89.5 FM); WRVV (97.3 FM); WNNK

·         (104.1 FM); WTCY (1400 AM); WWKL (92.1 FM); WTPA (93.5 FM); BOB (94.9 FM);

·         KISS (99.3 FM).

·         Chambersburg - WCHA (800 AM); WQCM (94.3 FM); WIKZ (95.1 FM).

·         Greencastle - WCBG (1590 AM); WSRT (92.1 FM); WAYZ (104.7 FM); WWMD

·         (101.5 FM).

·         Gettysburg - WGET (1320 AM); WGTY (107.7 FM).

 

Newspapers:

·         Carlisle Sentinel

·         Harrisburg Patriot-News

 

   Preparing your home

    Start to prepare your home for the winter cold, snow and ice now so it will be ready when the bad weather arrives. There are several things a person can do to make sure their home is ready for winter weather.

    Ready.gov recommends that dead branches should be removed from trees.  Ice and snow could cause weak branches to break and cause damage to structures. Also, as days become shorter, make sure your outdoor lighting is in good working order.  Good lighting can protect you against crime and falls.

   You should check smoke and Co2 detectors to make sure they are working properly. Replace the batteries if they are not hard-wired to your electrical system.

    "It's a good idea to get into the habit of changing your smoke detector batteries when the time changes for daylight savings," said Jim O'Connell, Carlisle Barracks fire department. "When you change your clocks, just make a point to change the smoke detector batteries, too."

    Always make sure you have a snow shovel and salt on hand to keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice. This can prevent injury from falls, says the FEMA website.

    If you have a weather related emergency this winter contact the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department at 245-4419.  For all other issues call the Department of Public Works order desk at 245-4019.

             Home preparation check list

  • Make sure exterior vents are clear.
  • Remove exterior garden hoses and shut off faucets.
  • Remove weak trees and branches.
  • Check outdoor lighting.
  • Check and change batteries in fire and Co2 detectors.
  • Make sure you have a snow shovel and salt for sidewalks.

Preparing your car

    A well running car in the winter can be the difference between making it home and sitting in the cold.

   You should place a winter emergency kit in each car, which should include a shovel, windshield scraper, battery powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, extra hats and mittens, a flashlight, chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables and emergency flares.

 

            Car preparation check list

  • Keep oil changes up to date.
  • Check radiator fluid/flush.
  • Check fluid levels.
  • Check all belts.
  • Check all hoses.
  • Check or replace wiper blades.
  • Check tire tread.
  • Check or replace battery.
  • Check or replace thermostat.
  • Lubricate working parts.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit.

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.

            Winter driving check list

  • Watch weather reports.
  • Watch road condition reports.
  • Wear seatbelts.
  • Clear ice from windows and lights.
  • Reduce your speed.
  • Watch for slick spots on the road.
  • Keep gas tank at least two-thirds full. 

 

    Start preparing for the winter months now so you're ready when harsh weather strikes.

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
USAWC student lessons, friendships take to the ice

Students Lt. Col. Steve Nott, Lt. Col. Irving Smith and faculty member Dr. Larry Miller pose for a photo during a recent ice hockey game at Twin Ponds. The three, along with fellow student Lt. Col. Shawn O'Brien have been playing in recreation leagues since the fall. Courtesy photo.

Jan. 22, 2010 -- Lessons and relationships built at the Army War College don’t just pay off on the battlefield, sometimes they are just as important on a 200 foot  x 85 foot slab of ice.

    Students Lt. Col. Steve Nott, Lt. Col. Shawn O’Brien, Lt. Col. Irving Smith and faculty member Dr. Larry Miller are all participants in the Twin Ponds Adult Hockey League. Smith, Nott and Miller all play for the Land Sharks team. O’Brien plays for the Rahal team and is also a volunteering his time to assist the Carlisle High School and Cumberland Valley hockey teams.

    Nott and Smith are both members of Seminar 9 and that’s what helped bring the group together.

    “I heard about the program from Steve and one of my friends Col. Michael McCrea introduced to me to Shawn O'Brien based on our mutual interest in hockey,” said Smith. “Shawn and I decided to link up at the Twin Ponds East rink and see what the league was all about.”  

    Nott is playing his first season as a defenseman and scored his first goal on Jan. 21.

   Each of the students has their own reason for wanting to play the game.

    “Hockey is therapeutic for me,” said Smith. “When I am playing I kind of forget about all of the other things going on around me, I am consumed by the game.”

    “From the beginning I have always enjoyed the game’s speed, skill, and intensity,” said Nott. “As I grew older I also began to appreciate the creativity the lines inject into their shifts.  These aren't just athletes, they are also artists.”

    O’Brien has been playing hockey for nearly 30 years, which he says was partially a result of having Canadian parents.

    “I’ve played for most of my life and previously played for a National Guard Team in New Hampshire,” he said. “There is a passion for hockey that I just can’t explain. It’s a sport you can truly play for your whole life.”

   Miller helps show that faculty-student interaction doesn’t have to end once the class day is over.

O'Brien (left) stands with Col. Phil Tissue, USAWC faculty member and Cumberland Valley Middle School Hockey coach and his son, William. O'Brien also volunteers his time to help with the team. Courtesy photo.

   I regularly play forward, on wing, with the Land Sharks along with USAWC teammates Smith and Nott,” he said. “It is really great to be able to skate with USAWC students.  They are warrior sportsmen on the ice all the time and I feel truly honored to be in their company.”

     For Miller, the speed and beauty of the game are what keep bringing him back.

   “It’s about skating hard, catching a pass and putting a move on an opposing player, then scoring,” he said. “It just doesn’t happen every game for me.”

    Miller had taken up playing hockey in his early 40’s after moving to Detroit.

    “I skated a little while I was growing up in Ohio when the rivers and ponds froze over, but I never owned a pair of new skates before moving to Detroit,” he said. “I never had an opportunity to set foot in an ice arena until well into my adult years when I took my son to an arena to learn to play and he played through high school.  By the time I moved to Carlisle in 2004 I was playing twice a week and attending hockey school once a week.”

    For Nott, playing hockey is a family affair, though his career didn’t begin until he was 38.

    “Although I didn't play as a kid, I have always loved this sport more than any other,” he said. “My oldest son, Christian, shares this enthusiasm.”

    His foray into competitive hockey began when Christian’s coach needed an assistant so he volunteered.

    “I told him I couldn't skate backwards and had difficulty stopping, but was willing to help. Just by getting on the ice two to three times a week with the kids I rapidly improved my skating ability.  In the spring, I attended an adult learn-to-play program at the Shawnee (Kansas) rink. I have been playing ever since.”

    O’Brien is also volunteering his time, as he is helping the Carlisle High School team develop their defensemen.

    “Working with the kids is great,” he said. “Being able to give back and help them learn more about the game makes it all worthwhile.”

   Smith, a veteran player, said he enjoys the Harrisburg-area league.

    “I started playing when I was kid growing up in Albany, New York,” he said. “I have played in other men's leagues and this is one of the largest and most competitive that I have played in. It offers something for all skill levels.”

    The players teamed up for a memorable moment earlier this season.

    “In a game against the Firefighters on Sep 21, 2009, the War College connection all contributed to our 4th goal of the game,” said Nott. “I passed to Larry, who passed to Irv who then shot and scored.  The official score sheet captured all three of us on this goal.”

   To follow the Land Sharks progress into the playoffs go to http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-team.html?teamid=211246

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Weight loss story shows benefits of teamwork, taking advantage of post programs

 

Before (left) and after (right) photos show the results from Air Force Col. Jeff Caton fitness and weight loss efforts. Working with APFRI and the fitness programs offered by MWR, he has been able to drop 16 percent body fat (from 31 percent to 15 percent) and 36 pounds in his first year. Courtesy photos.

 

Jan. 21, 2010 – While it’s always fashionable to make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, it’s important to remember that it’s a marathon not a race and that there are many resources on Carlisle Barracks to help you meet your goals, just ask Air Force Col. Jeff Caton, Director, Research, Development, & Acquisition in the Department of Command Leadership and Management.

   Caton has taken advantage of the program offered by the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, Dunham Clinic, and the fitness programs offered by MWR, and has been able to drop 16 percent body fat (from 31 percent to 15 percent) and 36 pounds in his first year.

     Caton began his journey shortly after arriving at the Army War College in 2007 when he had his initial APFRI assessment.

    I realized that I don't have to approach 50 years with declining health,” he said. “However, since genetics are working against me at this point, I need to put more effort into maintaining my health.” In early 2009 he laid out his plans to drop weight and get in better shape, largely based on the programs advocated by APFRI. He set two goals -- to lose 40 pounds and compete in the Army 10-miler.

    I'm at what I consider the midpoint of a two-year program. I call it my glideslope to 50,” he said.  “In 2009, my focus was on weight loss, flexibility, and aerobics.  My goals were to lose at least 40 pounds and I picked a specific fitness goal of completing the Army 10-miler.  I was successful in both and had an Army 10-miler time of 1:21, not bad for a rookie.” He said his blood work and blood pressure also showed significant improvements.

   Caton said that starting out at APFRI helped prepare him for success.

    “One of the strengths of the APFRI program is that they realize the age demographics of their target population, and present healthy recommendations appropriate for those in their 40's and 50's,” he said.

    The APFRI programs really help someone who is serious about making serious changes in their life according to Caton.

    “By far their holistic approach to health and wellness really helps,” he said. “They not only provide an assessment in key areas of fitness -- diet, body composition, strength, flexibility, endurance-- but also practical advice on how to recognize and mitigate health risks based on your personal profile.”

    He had advice for anyone who wanted to take control of their health and fitness.

    “First, take the ‘long-haul’ approach to the process; and second, don't do it alone,” he said. “Taking a long-term approach helped me deal with the inevitable minor tactical setbacks and concentrate on the larger trends.  It also helped me develop a program that best matched my lifestyle, making it easier to stick with.” 

     Caton said it’s not just the experts who can have the most influence on the process.

    “The most valuable member was my wife, Linda, who also lost over 40 pounds during the last year,” he said. “She was my main ‘dietary coach’ and we kept each other honest on eating and exercise.” 

    He said it’s also important to remember that fitness is at times a team process.

    “The Carlisle Barracks community provides awesome support if you want to get healthy,” he said. “I'm very impressed by and thankful for the staffs not only at APFRI, but also at Dunham Clinic, and MWR, especially the Thorpe Gym team.  Together, they provided all the tools I needed to put together a program I can stick to.” 

    Caton said that he also found support and “teammates” among his fellow faculty members.

    “There are a group of us that do individual PT at Thorpe Gym at about the same time during the week, and we provide each other informal accountability to keep with the program.” 

    He said that plans and programs are fine, but it’s really the people who helped make him achieve his success.

    “All this is done with a positive attitude and true willingness to help--and it’s all available for free.”

 

 

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
USAWC students learn more about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

Col. Frank Zachar talks about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness in Bliss Hall Jan. 25. CSF is designed to increase the resilience of Soldiers and Families by developing five dimensions of strength:  Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual, and Family. Photo bu Megan Clugh.   

Jan. 25, 2010 -- Col. Frank Zachar, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Master Resilience Trainer, spoke to Army War College students in Bliss Hall Jan. 25 about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, a program designed to increase the resilience of Soldiers and Families by developing five dimensions of strength:  Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual, and Family.

   "Our goal is to combine the great programs here at the Army War College to help reach these goals," said Zachar. He pointed out that many organizations, including the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, Army Community Service and Child and Youth Services all play vital roles.

    "CSF aims to equip and train our Soldiers, Family members and Army Civilians to maximize their potential and face the physical and psychological challenges of sustained operations," according to Gen. George Casey, Chief of Staff of the Army. "We are committed to a true prevention model, aimed at the entire force, which will enhance resilience and coping skills enabling them to grow and thrive in today's Army."

    Learn more about CSF at http://www.army.mil/csf/

 


Kevin Crouch, FMWRC Public Affairs
Army Family Covenant continues to provide for Army children

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The goal of the Army Family Covenant is clear-cut - take care of not only Soldiers, but also Families who have endured eight years of hardships as troops deployed downrange numerous times.

That promise also includes supporting the service's youngest members: sons and daughters of Soldiers.

"Since the Army Family Covenant signing two years ago, our Child, Youth and School Services directorate has focused on improving and standardizing existing programs, as well as ensuring we can support Families ... when our Army is at war," said M. A. Lucas, director of the Family director of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command’s CYS Services.

Moreover, Lucas noted, "We are committed to ensuring excellence in these services, no matter how large or small the Army installation may be."

A notable deployment-cycle-support initiative the Army implemented after the Covenant signing in late 2008: providing increased assistance to Families during a Soldier's deployment as well as to Warriors in Transition Families. Currently, the Army provides 16 hours of respite childcare, per child per month, at no cost for Families of deployed or wounded/fallen Soldiers.

The Covenant also provides these Families free childcare during medical appointments; reduced child care fees during other times; and has eliminated fees for children to participate in four CYS Services instructional classes and two individual sports during a unit's deployment cycle.

Overall, the Army ensures all installation CYS Services are Department of Defense certified, which is the military equivalent to meeting state licensing requirements, and that all Child Development Centers and School Age programs are accredited by national professional accrediting agencies.

According to a 2009 National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies report, DoD ranks at the top of two lists tied to state standards and oversight criteria - with no single state appearing on both lists. "DoD stands alone as a model," the report stated.

And while the Army is certainly concerned with providing quality programs, it also strives to ensure quality facilities exist as well.

"The Army provided funds for construction of 72 child development centers and 18 youth centers in fiscal year 2008 alone," said Lucas. "Between now and fiscal year 2014, the Army has programmed for 59 additional child development centers and seven additional youth centers."

Such centers certainly help in stretching a Soldier's paycheck.

A prime example of how CYS Services helps Army Families financially is the elimination of initial registration fees and reduction of program charges.

"It is critical to the financial wellness of many Families to have affordable and readily available CYS Services," Lucas said. "There are many dual-working parents or single-parent households who rely upon us to provide quality childcare and youth services when (an adult) isn't home."

Additionally, CYS Services programs operate beyond an installation's gate to serve activated Guardsmen and Reservists, as well as geographically dispersed active-duty Soldiers.

"Regardless of the location or the component, we must be able to reach all children and youth of Army Families," Lucas said.

For example, Operation Military Child Care and Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood are childcare fee assistance programs for geographically dispersed active-duty and activated Reserve Component Families. These programs serve children 6 weeks to 12 years of age and are available in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Operation Military Child Care services are available during the Army Force Generation cycle in licensed care settings. Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood is available during continental U.S. duty assignments in nationally accredited community care settings.

The Army Family Covenant has also delivered community-based outreach services in 49 states and the District of Columbia to children and youth of all deployed Soldiers (active, Guard or Reserves) through Operation: Military Kids, which provides youth program opportunities for school age, middle school and teenaged youth by connecting them to support resources near where they live.

Operation: Military Kids has its own Web site, www.operationmilitarykids.org, to provide extensive information on various child and youth programs and services.

A popular initiative offered through Military Kids is Hero Pack, a knapsack filled with donated items from partner agencies and given to military youth in gratitude for sacrifices they make while parents are deployed.

Another enterprise is Speak Out for Military Kids, a youth speakers bureau that advocates for military children affected by deployment. Plus it raises community awareness of issues faced by geographically dispersed military children, and allows for military youth to gain leadership, research, organization and public-speaking skills.

The Army Family Covenant has also re-emphasized school support. The service placed 40 additional school liaison officers at highly impacted installations, ensuring students receive the benefits of the Secondary Education Transition Study Memorandum of Agreement, which is meant to assist military children who move frequently. Today, more than 400 school districts are signatories to the agreement.

Furthermore, in 2008 the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children was signed and has now been adopted by 26 states. The program seeks to removes barriers to educational success that military children might experience because of frequent moves and deployments.

Both the Secondary Education Transition Study Memorandum of Agreement and the Interstate Compact address four categories of educational concerns to military Families: eligibility, enrollment, placement and graduation.

Plus Army children now have access to 24/7 online interactive tutoring through a CYS Services program, Study Strong, that ensures CYS Services homework centers and technology labs are equipped with curriculum materials and educational software to support academic success.

"We intend to sustain our commitment to the principle established in the Army Family Covenant," stressed Lucas. "We will ensure that excellence in programs and services for military children and youth is our top priority." 


Army War College grads gather for reunion at Iraqi War College

Jan. 26, 2010 – Iraqi Brig. Gen. N. Karam Jabbar hosted members of several USAWC classes Jan. 23 at the Iraqi War College. Jabbar is a 2006 USAWC grad and now serves as the Strategic Studies' Section's Director at the Iraqi War College.

     Guests included Class of 2005 grads, Col. Mark Campsey, Lt. Col. Cheryl McAuley, Col. John Angevine; Class of 2006 grads Col. Kipling Gore, Col. Richard Welch and Brig. Gen. N. Karam Jabbar; and Class of 2009 gradsAir Force Col. Steven Stater, and Lt. Col. Pressley-Sanders and Khalil Alaa, Iraqi War College professor.   

 

 

 

 


Make it a win-win: 15 mph on post, 5 mph in parking lots

 

Jan. 27, 2010 -- We live and work in a great walking town. Students and faculty who live on post can walk to work. Sidewalks fill with bikes, runners, walkers during the lunch period and the    Kids emerge from their homes to enjoy their freedom here in good weather and bad.

    That's why the post speed limit is 15 mph.

    For those who don't live here, there's a pressure to hurry. Hurry and park and get to class. Hurry to get the last parking space. Hurry to get home from the clinic, the commissary, or the office.

    That's why the parking lots' speed limit is 5 mph.

    It's tough to change habits for those who speed.

    That's why police write speeding tickets. They're writing more than usual lately, according to post traffic supervisor Michael Owen. Eighty percent of accidents happen in parking lots, he noted. It's typically carelessness while backing up or lining up for the last parking space. 

    That's why it's a win-win solution to change your own behavior and skip the speeding ticket.

 


Tech. Sgt. Chyenne Adams, 11th Wing Public Affairs
First lady's priority: Taking care of military families 

1/27/2010 - BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. (AFNS) -- First Lady Michelle Obama was the featured speaker at the Joint Armed Forces Officers' Wives Club's 32nd annual luncheon Jan. 26 at the Bolling Officers Club here.

     About 400 spouses from all branches of the military gathered to hear Mrs. Obama share her insights on military families, and announce a record budget request for military family support initiatives in her husband's forthcoming budget.

    "You are all leaders in your own right," the first lady said. "You are that vital link between your husbands and the troops they command ... making sure their needs, and those of their families, are heard, and met. You're that mom away from home, the person other military wives go to for advice and support. And you do all this for other families even as your own families serve. For that alone, you deserve this nation's unending gratitude."

    She recognized several groups for their service, including military wives and "Blue Star" mothers, women who have personally served in uniform, and the Arlington Ladies; a "remarkable group of ladies" who, for 40 years, have ensured no American is ever buried alone at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

    The first lady also spoke about her family's first year in office, and their first year in a new city, new house, new school and more.

    "And so when people ask me what I am most proud of this first year, I have two responses," Mrs. Obama said. "As a mother, I'm most proud that our two girls have adjusted and built a new life here and are happy and healthy. As first lady, at the top of the list is the time I have spent highlighting the service of our incredible military families."

    She spoke about some of her and Jill Biden's, vice president's wife and "Blue Star Mom," visits to various military installations and their goal of listening to, and learning about, the needs of military families.

    "All of you -- our troops and families -- you do your duty and you do it without complaint," she said. "You give your all and ask little in return, only that we back you up, so our troops can do their job. That's why my husband and his administration have worked to do right by our armed forces and their families ... to be there for you like you have been there for us ... to lighten your load as you have lightened ours."

    She then spoke of the president's move to increase the size of the military. Also, about how his first budget included military pay raises, funding for better military housing, more money for childcare, and funds for spousal counseling and support.

    The budget also included the largest percentage increase in the Veterans Administration budget in more than 30 years and money to improve care and treatment of wounded warriors.

    Mrs. Obama said she was also especially proud of the work of her husband and Congress to extend the Family and Medical Leave Act to all military families and caregivers of wounded warriors.

     "I'm happy to announce that the president's 2011 budget, that he'll introduce next week, will further increase funding for military family support programs, by more than 3 percent, to a record $8.8 billion," the first lady said. "This includes additional increases in funds for counseling and support to spouses and families -- including our Guard and Reserve families -- to $1.9 billion. It includes $1.3 billion to reduce shortages in military child care anlitayd to keep our military child care among the best this country has to offer."

    Mrs. Obama spoke about the effects of military life on children and how they serve in their own way every time one of their parents is called to duty. She also explained that part of the allotted budget includes funds to improve and build new Department of Defense Dependents Schools stateside and overseas.

    "We can never forget just how much these wars affect our military kids," she said. "And we all have an obligation to ensure they have the support they need at home and at school."

    She said this money is budgeted toward these "major investments" as part of an ongoing commitment to care for troops and their families, even after the fighting ends.

     One of her priorities includes asking all Americans to join the cause of supporting military families, because, in addition to government, supporting troops and their families require active citizens.

     "Our men and women in uniform and their families sacrifice for every single one of us; and every single one of us can do something in return, even if it's as simple as saying 'thank you,'" the first lady said. "As first lady, I can't thank you all enough and I promise you that I will use every ounce of my being to make sure that America always takes care of you."

     Mrs. Obama joined a line of distinguished speakers at the officers' spouses' club event including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, former first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton (current secretary of state), former Secretary of State Colin Powell, retired Army general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili, and former President George W. Bush.

 


MCEC arts competition now open to all military children for art, film and writing on The Art of Being a Military Child

Carlisle Barracks has had several winners in past years. Their work has been published, according to CYS director Liz Knouse.

Now it's time to put this year's talent to the test. "The Art of Being a Military Child" is accepting submissions in visual arts, film and writing [poetry and short stories].  The competition is sponsored by the Military Child Education Coalition. Winning entries may appear in their annual calendar, conference program, MCEC's On the Move magazine, or other MCEC publications.

Open to all military-connected children, kindergarten through high school.  Check  HERE   for full details and suggested topics. DEADLINE:  All submissions are to be postmarked no later than February 26, 2010.