Banner Archive for February 2011

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks celebrates employees hard work at the installation awards ceremony

Carlisle Barracks honored some its top employees at the 4thquarter 2010 Installation awards ceremony held at the LVCC on Feb. 24.  Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, officiated the ceremony. 

“I want to thank and congratulate the great members of our team that are being honored here today for the work they do,” said Martin.

Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, congratulates Ritch Dion for being named the Carlisle Barracks Civilian Employee of the Quarter for the 4thquarter of 2010. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos


Civilian employee of the quarter, 4thquarter 2010 – Richie L. Dion

Richie L. Dion, the Joint and Multinational Initiatives Plans Operations Officer at the Center for Strategic Leadership, was named the civilian employee of the quarter for the forth quarter of 2010. 

“Ritch is the hardest working guy in CSL,” said Col. Sam White, the director of the Joint and Multinational Initiatives, Center for Strategic Leadership.  “He touches more things that impact both Carlisle Barracks and the Army and helps spread the message of what we do across the United States.”  

Dion attributed his success to his supervisors and colleagues.

“I want to thank the folks I work with for giving me the trust , confidence, space and freedom to do what I do and succeed at what I do,” said Dion.

As the operations officer for the Joint Land, Air, Sea Strategic Exercise, Dion was responsible for completely revising the World Summary document which provides the global framework not just for the students at the Army War College, but also for the students taking the elective at the Naval, Air, and Marine War Colleges and the National Defense University.

In October he also served as the operations officer and senior controller for the USAWC sponsored International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise at Georgetown University.

Dion also edits the Collins Center Update, a quarterly world-wide newsletter published and distributed by the Center for Strategic Leadership.

Several Carlisle Barracks employees were recognized for their contribution to the garrison and the Army War College.

Dahalia K. Trevenen, DOC Industrial Property Administrator, was given the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for her services as the U.S. Army Garrison property book officer.

Kenneth A. Thompson, Chief of Plans, Analysis and Integration for USAG Carlisle Barracks, was given an IMCOM Northeast Region Certificate of Appreciation for being nominated for the 2010 IMCOM Stalwart Award.  The Stalwart Award is an Army-wide competition for Soldiers and civilians to be recognized as an individual whose superior performance, promotion of the IMCOM mission and high standards is an embodiment of the spirit of IMCOM.

Donald A. Basil and Stacy J. Firemoon, AAFES, Certificates of Appreciation for services to the Carlisle Barracks community.

FMWR employees, Renea Jones, Kendra Lehman, Rachel Miller and Dawn Prettyman, were given certificates of Appreciation for volunteering as greeters at the 2010 Christkindlesmarkt holiday crafts bazaar.

Dr. Richard Sommers and Amy Magnuson were given length of service awards to mark their years of government service.  Sommers has worked at Carlisle Barracks as a historian at the Military History Institute and Army Heritage and Education Center for 40 years and Magnuson has worked at the DFMWR Child & Youth Services for the past 10 years.

Staff Sgt Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

College Arms homes demolition delayed

The “Smurf Village” houses, which were slated to be demolished this summer, have a one year stay of execution since the 2011 federal budget has not been passed yet.

“The money for the demolition of the College Arms and construction of the new Heritage Heights homes is earmarked in the 2011 Army budget, but until the federal budget passes, the money is not available,” said Ty McPhillips, Project Director for Balfour Beatty.  “So we are going to keep using the College Arms homes for one more year.”

“The delay supports the incoming class because we can now place students into the College Arms homes for one more year,” said Heidi Puente the Community Manager for Balfour Beatty.  “If the development (housing demolition) occurred we would be asking some families to live in town due to lack of inventory.”

In July 2012 the remaining 69 College Arms homes as well as the Farm House will be torn down to make way for the building of 56 new Heritage Heights homes. 

“We plan on building approximately 24 homes during the 2012-13 school year, with the remainder being built by summer 2014,” said McPhillips.

USAWC Strategy Conference: Military Families and Society

What issues do U.S. military spouses and children—both active duty and reserve component—confront as they play a role in both American society and the military profession? Panelists Maj. Gen. Fred Rees, Oregon National Guard; Ms. Laura Kubica, Military Family Programs; Dr. Wayne Hunt, Johns Hopkins and Maryland Army National Guard will discuss the issues and challenges facing military families.

Lt. Gen. John E. Sterling Jr, Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, TRADOC, , will close the conference with his insights about the Army-wide initiative to refine the understanding of what it means to be in the Profession of Arms.

Key topics of the conference will be --

o  America's society and the military profession

o the media perspective on the military and society

o the role of faith in the US military and in American society

o the roles of Military families, spanning the military community and the Armerican society

o Military leaders call for investing in America's youth

o Physical, mental, economic impacts of veterans re-integrating into our American society

o Expectations:  do Americans look to the US military for more than fighting wars ... border security, diplomacy, humanitarian mission?

Registration deadline is April 3. Visit, to register, view the full agenda, and other admin information. 

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Industry Day encourages thinking outside the box

The Army War College brought together leaders of industry to talk with Army War College students during the 2011 Industry Day.

The annual event provides a forum for students to gain a better understanding of the military-industrial relationship, the Army requirements and capabilities development process, and the acquisition processes. 

“It is a unique opportunity for students to consider the complexities of providing the correct mix of capabilities to the warfighter now and in the future,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, during his opening remarks.

The day-long event includes both Bliss Hall lectures and seminar room discussions with invited guests such as retired Lt. Gen. David Melcher from ITT Defense and Information Solutions, Heidi Jacobus the chairman and CEO of Cybernet Systems and Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, U.S. Training and Doctrine Command.

“It so important to bring together students and industry for events like this,” said Melcher. “You learn a lot about each other from experience like these. You need to know what each other think and needs.”

Melcher, also a USAWC graduate, had thanks and advice for the students.

“I have a deep appreciate for people in this audience,” he said. “Thank you for the services you have rendered for the last nine years. This is a great year, take full advantage of it. You get to think more critically, reconnected with your families and take care of yourself.”

The event also strives to help students understand the role of industry in providing materiel solutions for warfighters’ current and future needs, and to gain an increased appreciation for the perspective and interests of industry as a key member of the defense industrial base.

“This is a great group of professionals who want to make sure the warfighter has what they need,” said Melcher. “They want to share ideas and tools with you that will enable you to better leader.”   

Jacobus spoke about the role of small businesses in the procurement and development process.

“Small businesses often address unsolved problems or unmet needs,” she said. “We need to be more agile in the procurement process.” She pointed out how need equipment for Navy subs, Army Strykers and others came from small businesses. She said that small businesses many time are able to complete short-fuse requests from necessary equipment and may save money due to less overhead costs.

“We need to learn how to think outside the box,” she said. “Small businesses can contribute more to DoD acquisition.”

Vane, also a USAWC grad, spoke about the issue from the military perspective.

“Whether you are civilian or military, odds are you will serve in a job that will deal with acquisition or force management at some point,” he said. “This force management, how you develop and train the force is very important. Effectiveness and efficiency are vital in both.”

Air Force Lt. Col. Matt Smith a student, said that the event helped expose the students to the ways that industry looks at an issue.

“We really need to be able to look at issues from their point of view in order to make sure we are solving the problem most effectively,” he said. “It may not always be the big companies that can best solve our problems, small business play an important role.”

Other topics discussed during the day included the changes of operating and acquiring new equipment in a constrained economic environment, the procurement process, analyzing strategic issues that affect defense industries and ways to develop effective partnerships toward fulfilling warfighters’ materiel requirements.

  National Prayer Breakfast held at Carlisle Barracks


  The ballroom of the Letort View Community Center filled with members of the Army War College community for the annual National Prayer Breakfast, February 17. 
  Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin highlighted the event with his personal insights about balancing Faith, Family and Profession.  His anecdotes about critical decisions in his professional and family life offered advice to leaders about maintaining balance in the challenging lives of senior leaders, and of the significant role that caring leaders can play in the lives of their Soldiers.  
Photo by Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
  Martin quoted Gen. George Marshall, saying that, "Morale is a state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope. It is confidence, zeal, and loyalty. It is elan, esprit de corps, and determination.
   "It is staying power, the spirit which endures in the end, and the will to win. With it all things are possible, without it everything else -- planning, preparation, and production -- count for naught."  Marshall's words date to 1941 in an address at Trinity College.
   The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event that has taken place since 1953.

SSI February Newsletter is now available

Be sure to read the February 2011 edition of the Strategic Studies Institute’s Newsletter for the latest articles and analysis of strategic issues.  The newsletter can be found at:

Articles include:

Is Tunisia Tipping?By Warren P. Gunderman.

How Smart Economic Strategy Could Strengthen the Afghan Counterinsurgencyby Dr. Leif Rosenberger.

The Conflicts in Yemen and U.S. National Securityby Dr. W. Andrew Terrill.


SSI will also hold their 22ndAnnual Strategy ConferenceAmerican Society and Its Profession of Arms from April 5-7.

  Westboro Baptist Church and the First Amendment


  Should the Westboro Baptist Church be protected by the First Amendment?

  This question will be addressed at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Monday, Feb. 21, 1-2 p.m., Room 112, Lewis Katz Hall.

  Sean Summers represented the father of fallen Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder at the U.S. Supreme Court last October. Snyder’s funeral was protested by members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

  Summers, a former Carlisle Barracks Post Judge Advocate, and partner at Barley Snyder LLC, will speak about the case and his experience arguing before the Supreme Court.

  Penn State Dickinson School of Law has opened this event to the public.  The event is sponsored by Phi Alpha Delta, Burr Chapter.

4-way stop sign added to intersection

Attention motorists--Please be aware that there is a new 4-way stop sign at the intersection of Claremont Road and Army Heritage Drive.

2011 AER campaign kicks-off

Feb. 16, 2011 - On Feb. 15 Carlisle Barracks kicked-off its annual Army Emergency Relief campaign with a breakfast at the LeTort View Community Center.  The campaign will take place from March 1 to May 15.

AER  is the Army’s own emergency financial assistance program that provides interest-free loans and grants to Soldiers, dependents, retirees, as well as the surviving spouses and orphans of Soldiers who have died on active duty or after they have retired.  

 “Last year the Carlisle Barracks AER office raised over $80,000 and gave out $64,000 to help the Soldiers, family members and retirees of the Carlisle area,” said Col. Elmer Speights Jr., Army War college student, who was the keynote speaker at the breakfast.

AER donations are essential to promote the continued success of assisting service members in their time of need.

This year’s goal is to raise $50,000.  If you would like to donate money see your AER representatives:


APFRI  (Army Physical Fitness Research Institute)                          Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Scott

DRM & DOL                                                                                               Mr. Kevin Kauffman

Dunham Medical Clinic                                                                          Sgt. Corey O'Connor

RSO (Religious Support Office)                                                            Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Wicks

Network Enterprise                                                                                  Mrs.  Carol Wentzel

PKSOI                                                                                                         Ms. Barbara Glasgow

CSL (Center for Strategic Leadership)                                                Master Sgt. Richard Morris

DPW (Directorate of Public Works)                                                      Mrs. Bonnie Mumper

AHEC (US Army Heritage & Education Center)                                 Mr. Tommy Shird

Healthy Heart—Healthy Body
Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
 Healthy Heart-Healthy Body
  Did you know that cardiovascular disease kills more women than men and that heart attack signs are more subtle in women than men. 
  These facts and many others were addressed by Charlotte Libov in her presentation on “Healthy Heart, Healthy Body:  How to beat the #1 Killer of Women, Monday, Feb. 14, Bliss Hall auditorium.
  “By protecting your heart, you are basically protecting your body and reducing other things that can happen to you such as diabetes, stroke and lung cancer,” said Libov.
  Libov addressed the following risk factors that you can change with proper diet and exercise—
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Smoking and oral contraceptives
  • Inactivity                                                                                         Photo by Megan Clugh                                                                                 
  • Stress/depression
  • Excessive alcohol use
  Additional risk factors include age, family medical history and race.  “It is very important to know your family medical history,” said Libov.
  Libov wants to put the fun back in health.  “You need to feel good in order to have passion,” she said.  “We have done a lot to empower ourselves over the years and now it is time to empower our health.”
  Charlotte Libov is an award-winning health author, TV health expert, and founder of National Women’s Heart Health Day.  She, in fact, was born with a hole in her heart which nearly killed her.
  Libov’s first book, The Women’s Heart Book, was made into a groundbreaking PBS special and earned several awards.  She is also a popular guest expert on TV and radio talk shows which include NPR’s Morning Edition, Today in New York, and more.
  The presentation was sponsored by the Army Physical Fitness and Research Institute through donations from the U.S. Army War College Foundation.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks striving for “Net Zero” energy use

As part of its on-going recycling efforts Carlisle Barracks recycles much of the material from demolished post buildings. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos


Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin has nominated Carlisle Barracks to be one of the five installations to lead the way and achieve “Net Zero” ten years earlier then the Army standard.    By doing so the Army War College Commandant is challenging Carlisle Barracks to implement programs that will reduce the amount of energy and water it is using. 

“(Net Zero) is a growing and important domain for our Army and nation, who are trying to be leaders in all this,” said Martin.  “As the center for developing strategic leaders and thought, I think we can, and should be more aggressive in this field.”

“Net Zero” means that the amount of a substance produced on an installation is equal or less then the installation’s demand.

“The goal is net-zero: net-zero energy, net-zero water and net zero waste,” said Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and the environment.

The first step is conducting an assessment and coming up with a plan to meet those goals according to Tom Kelly, Carlisle Barracks Department of Public Works director.

“This is an opportunity for Carlisle Barracks and the USAWC to help shape the future of our Army and nation,” said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, Carlisle Barracks garrison commander.  “As the Army's home for developing strategic leaders, we believe we have a responsibility to do what we can in a bold and innovative way. We see the Net Zero campaign as fitting squarely within our greater Army War College and Carlisle Barracks’ Campaign Plan and we are excited to take on this important Department of Energy initiative.”

Even though Carlisle Barracks does not yet know if it has been chosen by the IMCOM as one of the five posts, it is working hard to decrease its environmental footprint by decreasing the amount of waste, energy and water used.

“Regardless of whether we are chosen as one of the five installations we are moving forward on our energy saving programs,” said Kelly.

“We have reduced the amount of energy used to heat and cool homes by approximately 20 percent by installing geothermal heating and cooling systems underneath the housing areas,” he said.  Geothermal or ground source systems use the earth as a heat or cooling source by taking advantage of ground temperatures to boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of heating and cooling systems.

Streetlights on post have been upgraded to use new induction lighting, which uses 50 percent less energy than traditional lighting.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos



Kelly also pointed out that the streetlights and homes on post all use energy efficient bulbs, and motion based lighting and exhaust fans have been installed in Root Hall.

New building projects on post are being built with an eye towards reducing energy consumption.  The new SSI building will feature solar panels that will support the electric water heater.

Many of the existing buildings on post are also receiving energy efficient upgrades.  “We are installing energy efficient heating system in the chapel as well as replacing all but the stained glass windows in the chapel with double glass windows which will provide more insulation and decrease the amount of energy needed to heat the chapel,” said Kelly.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency the average American produces 100 garbage cans full of garbage every year.  Many of this garbage can be recycled and reused.  Carlisle Barracks is working on ways to reduce its carbon footprint through recycling.

“To reduce the amount of waste we are producing Carlisle Barracks has implemented a single-stream recycling program,” said Kelly.  “This system allows people to put all of their recyclables in one container instead of sorting them into different containers.”  DPW is working to buy more containers so they will be available in most post buildings.

Single-stream recycling containers are also used at all on-post housing.

“Recycling is a big part of our renovation efforts,” said Heidi Puente, the community manager of Balfour Beatty.

Carlisle Barracks also reduces waste is by recycling the bricks, copper pipes and siding from buildings that are demolished said Kelly. 

Solar energy is also a way to become more energy efficient, but the historical nature of many post buildings present a unique challenge, however solar panels have been installed on some newer Carlisle Barracks buildings.

 “The solar panel on the DPW building is currently producing about 15 amps of electricity a day,” said Kelly.  “This is enough electricity to run a home computer.  We are also planning on installing solar panels on the new SSI building to act as a secondary source of power for the building’s water heater.”

The “Net Zero” campaign is something that everyone who lives and works on post can participate in. 

“Everyone can do their part to reduce the amount of energy, water and waste they are producing,” said Kelly.  “If everyone, when they leave their office at night, turns off their computer monitor and the lights,that will reduce the amount of energy we are using.  If everyone recycles their drink cans instead of throwing them out that will reduce the amount of energy we are using,” Kelly said.

“The short-term goal of the “Net Zero” campaign is to save energy, water, and increase recycling.  The long-term goal is to be absolutely "Net Zero" in all three areas; we will strive to produce more energy than we need, more water than we need, and have zero waste,” said Holliday.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
‘Black Hawk Down’ pilot recounts mission that changed his life


Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Durant reads a plaque in Shughart Hall on Carlisle Barracks. The building is named for Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions attempting to secure Durant's crashed Black Hawk helicopter site during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993. The story was later written about in the novel Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and later turned into a movie. Durant was at the USAWC to speak about the experience and some lessons learned. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.


Feb. 15, 2011 -- Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Durant, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot who was shot down and held captive in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993 spoke at the Army War College Feb. 15 about the events leading up to the battle and how it affected him personally and professionally.

Durant was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers) whose actions supporting Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu were immortalized in the book and film Black Hawk Down.

But before speaking in Bliss Hall, Durant took time to stop at Shughart Hall, the enlisted Soldier barracks on Carlisle Barracks. The building is named for Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart, a Newville, Pa., native, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions attempting to secure Durant's crashed Black Hawk helicopter site during the Battle of Mogadishu.

During Operation Gothic Serpent, Durant was the pilot of Super Six Four, the second Black Hawk helicopter to crash during the battle on October 3, 1993. The helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in the tail which led to its crash about a mile southwest of the operation's target.

Two Delta Force snipers, Master Sgt. Gary Gordon and Shughart, had been providing suppressive fire from the air at hostile Somalis converging on the area. Both volunteered for insertion and fought off the advancing Somalis until they ran out of ammunition and were overwhelmed and killed, along with the rest of Durant’s crew, Bill Cleveland, Ray Frank, and Tommy Field.

Both Gordon and Shughart received the Medal of Honor posthumously for this action.

“I woke up and wished I hadn’t,” Durant said. “At that time Gordon and Shughart were there and I thought the rescue force had arrived. I didn’t realize that they were it. It would have taken seven hours before anyone could get to us.”

He credits those two for helping to save his life.

“Randy and Gary requested three times to go in and finally were given it. They got me and the rest of the crew out of the helicopter as fast as they could,” he said. “The volume of fire was tremendous. I fired all my rounds and thought it was all over.  Randy was the last man standing and then the crowd came for me. I was convinced my life was over."

Durant was taken hostage by the Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. He recounted the horrors of his eleven days of captivity, including his recovery from a broken leg and badly injured back, which continued after his release.

“The aftermath was a significant challenge,” he said. “Just like the tens of thousands of Soldiers we have coming home today.”

Durant eventually recovered from his injuries and returned to flying with the 160th. He offered advice and hope for those who come back injured from conflict.

“It really comes back to family, friends and organization,” he said. “The recovery is physical, psychological, professional and spiritual. You can’t go through something like this and not have it change your life.

Don’t ever quit. You can’t do it if you take no for an answer.  You have to strive and overcome the obstacles in your way. “

Carlisle Barracks Community Donations

Outreach donations were presented to recipients of local organizations by Carlisle
Barracks Spouses' Club board members, Kim Cale, President and Wendy Mitchell,
Outreach Chair, Feb. 9, LVCC.
Photo by Suzanne Reynolds

  The Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club outreach donations for February were presented on Wednesday, Feb. 9.  LVCC. 

  Checks were presented to Lori Peters, executive director, the Carlisle Area Family Life Center, $500 for a special project; Jim Washington, Hope Station, $500 to purchase milk and fresh fruit; Stephanie Tichenor, Carlisle Salvation Army Senior Action Center, $300 to purchase a digital camera; and Lisa Streett-Liebetrau, Camp Koala, a bereavement camp for children, ages 7-12, $500.

Valentine's Day presentation--Healthy Heart, Healthy Body:  How to Beat the #1 Killer of Women
  Award-winning health author, TV health expert, and founder of National Women’s Heart Health Day, will discuss how to beat the #1 killer of women, Monday, Feb. 14, 1-2:30 p.m., Bliss Hall auditorium here.
  This Valentine's Day presentation is open to the public.
  Ms. Charlotte Libov, women’s health advocate, is devoted to raising awareness to save women’s lives, and will instill that awareness in attendees during her presentation.  Because of her own health experiences—Libov was born with a hole in her heart which nearly killed her and underwent open-heart surgery, she is an award-winning health author.
  Libov’s first book, The Women’s Heart Book, was made into a groundbreaking PBS special and earned several awards.  She is also a popular guest expert on TV and radio talk shows which include NPR’s Morning Edition, Today in New York,  and more.
  This presentation is sponsored by the Army Physical Fitness and Research Institute through donations from the U.S. Army War College Foundation.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Former USAWC staff member named assistant adjutant general, Alabama National Guard.

Gen. David Brown, the assistant Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard poses with Col. (ret.) Tom Torrance the former deputy commandant of the Army War College after his promotion ceremony.

Feb. 14 -- Army War College graduate and staff member, Brig. Gen. David R. Brown, has been promoted to brigadier general and named the Alabama National Guard assistant adjutant general.  In that position he will advise the adjutant general on all Alabama National Guard programs, policies and operations.

Brown, a 2006 graduate of the War College, served as the Senior Guard Adviser to the Commandant from June 2008 to September 2009.  Prior to that, he was the director of the Joint and Multinational Initiatives at the Center for Strategic Leadership.

“We at CSL are very happy to hear about Dave’s promotion and selection,” said Prof. Doug Campbell director of the Center for Strategic Leadership.  “He was a great part of the CSL team.”

While serving as the Senior Guard Advisor to the Commandant, Brown was responsible for coordinating programs like the Adjutant General National Security Seminar and the Senior Reserve Component Officer Course.

While JMI director, Brown also served as the Deputy Exercise Director for the Joint Land, Air, Sea Simulation elective and as the Deputy for Lower Control during the Strategic Decision Making Exercise, the capstone exercise for Army War College students.

“As the Deputy for LOCON during SDME he was responsible for integrating about 50 subject matter experts into a cell capable of responding to student questions regarding the location, status and readiness of forces throughout the world and the responses of various component headquarters to questions from the students as they developed policy and security recommendations,” explained Campbell.

Brown has served in a variety of positions at every level of leadership within the Alabama National Guard.  After his student year here, Brown served as the director of Installation Management for the 226th Area Support Group.

A 1987 graduate of Auburn University, Brown received his commission through the Alabama Military Academy’s Officer Candidate School at Fort McClellan.  Brown holds a master’s degree strategic studies from the Army War College, and a master’s in agriculture from Auburn.

Leebcor Services, LLC will start a $1.7 million construction project, through the Baltimore Corps of Engineers, to create the new home for the USAWC Strategic Studies Institute.  The  new SSI building will be located at the corner of Gibner Road and the Parking Lot for Anne Ely Hall. Some will remember that as the former location of the old garrison headquarters building.   

As many as 18 parking stalls along Gibner Road and the construction site will be barricaded during the construction period expected to start 21 Feb and continue through October of this year.

Drivers should stay alert to the construction vehicles operating in the vicinity of Gibner Road and the Anne Ely parking lot.

The new facility will become the research and writing center for the Strategic Studies Institute staff whose publications have made them "The source for national security research and analysis."  All SSI publications are available online at

SSI sponsors the Army War College's annual Strategy Conference. The April 5-7 conference is expected to attract wide attention as it explores the relationship between 'American Society and its Profession of Arms."   Keynote speaker Greg Mortenson, famed for his books,  "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools," has spoken to critical military audiences with interest in the communities of Afghanistan -- and will bring his insights to the conference. Conference panel topics include: faith in the US military, military families and society; reintegrating veterans into American society; reciprocal expectations of the military and society; and special closing address by TRADOC Commander Gen. Martin Dempsey.

USAWC Strategy Conference: America's Society and its Military Profession

The relationship between American society and the military profession has evolved over time. Now, a decade after September 11, 2001, triggered the nation's protracted war,  the Army War College is leading an examination of the military-society relationship and values.

Greg Mortenson will share his thoughts about non-military engagements, through education and literacy programs in remote mountain regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.  

Lt. Gen. John E. Sterling Jr, Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, TRADOC,  will close the conference with his insights about the Army-wide initiative to refine the understanding of what it means to be in the Profession of Arms.

Key topics of the conference will be --

o  America's society and the military profession

o the media perspective on the military and society

o the role of faith in the US military and in American society

o the roles of Military families, spanning the military community and the Armerican society

o Military leaders call for investing in America's youth

o Physical, mental, economic impacts of veterans re-integrating into our American society

o Expectations:  do Americans look to the US military for more than fighting wars ... border security, diplomacy, humanitarian mission?

Registration deadline is April 3. Visit, to register, view the full agenda, and other admin information. 

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Mullen talks changing world, challenges ahead to USAWC audience


Admiral Mike Mullen, the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke in Bliss Hall at the Army War College Feb. 10 as part of the Commandant’s Lecture Series, which this year is focused on officership and the profession. Photo by Megan Clugh.

To view his remarks visit the USAWC YouTube site.

Feb. 10, 2011 – The tremendous sacrifice of servicemembers and their families, the changing and challenging  nature of warfare and the ability to attract and retain quality military and civilian leadership were all topics discussed by the military’s top officer during a talk in Bliss Hall Feb. 10.

Admiral Mike Mullen, the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to the Army War College student body as part of the Commandant’s Lecture Series, which this year is focused on officership and the profession. 

“This is an extraordinarily difficult time to lead and serve,” he said. “What our country has asked us to do and, by virtue of that, what we have asked our families to do is a tremendous sacrifice.  I owe a debt of gratitude to each one of you and your families. This is the greatest military.”

Mullen said that, for the last 10 years the military has been faced with a rapidly changing environment that places an emphasis on international, interagency and joint operations.

“We have moved far beyond the U.S. being able to do it all alone,” he said. “The interconnectivity of the world has changed how we must adapt and operate. We must fully leverage what the last 10 years of fighting wars has taught us. We are now truly a joint and international force. We need to make sure we don’t lose those skills.”

Just as important, according to Mullen, is to remain connected to those we serve.

“We can’t drift away from the American people,” he said. “We just can’t keep talking to ourselves. We have to tell them who we are and what we are doing. They want to know us better. How we make that connection is key.”

He said that current relationships by members of the Guard and Reserve may show a path to success.

“We have to leverage our great Guard and Reserve forces who know how to make these connections,” he said. “They know how to connect with our communities and their leaders. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them. “

He also spoke of the importance of attracting and retaining quality talent, whether military or civilian.

“We need great talent,” he said. “The missions and equipment we have don’t matter is we don’t keep the right people. We are going to have an even more difficult time if we don’t.”

Part of retaining those quality junior officers and NCO’s Mullen said was making sure that their families are being taken care of.

“Many of our families today don’t know what it’s like to serve in a time other than war,” he said. “We don’t really know how this has fully affected our families. All we know is that it’s our duty to do whatever it takes to give them what they need.”

Mullen reaffirmed his commitment to funding family programs and initiatives like family readiness groups, counseling and post-traumatic stress services.

“Every dollar must be spent well,” he said. “It has to go to our people.”

Mullen also spoke briefly on the current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“You should be proud of what you have accomplished in Iraq,” he said. “Challenges remain, but every time I go there the changes are night and day.”

In Afghanistan, he said, the key to stability is legitimacy in the government.

“It’s not just about security there,” he said. “This year will be different from last year, just as the year before that was different, but we have the forces in place to help achieve stability,” he said, adding that nearly 35,000 Afghan trainees preparing to safeguard their own nation.

“We have been there a long time but now we have the resources,” he said. “Stability in the region will continue to be a challenge but change is coming.” 

The instruments of change include those gathered in Bliss Hall.

“I hang my hat on the leadership of people like you,” he said of the students. “We’re going through some difficult times but will be successful because of you.”

Motorcycle safety courses dates for 2011 set

Thinking about Spring?  Start your Motorcycles and/or Scooters and join us for the CBKS Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course & the Experience Rider Course.  Registration is now open!  

The class dates are as follows:

Basic Rider Course            April6-10

Basic Rider Course            May 4-8

Basic Rider Course            June 1-5

Experience Rider Course       June 26

Basic Rider Course            July 13-17

Basic Rider Course            Aug 10-14

Basic Rider Course            Sept 21-25

Experience Rider Course       Oct 1


Note: Basic Rider Course classroom on Wed and Thur from 6Pm to 9pm

      Basic Rider Course range on Sat and Sun from 8:30am to 2:00pm

      Experience Rider Course classes 8:30am to 2:30pm


To sign up call 245-4353.

Department of Health Advisory: Possible measles exposures in Perry and Dauphin counties

Harrisburg–While investigating a cluster of measles cases in Perry County, the state Department of Health has identified a suspected case of measles that could have exposed other persons while infectious, officials said today.

The possible exposures could have occurred at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 2, between 5:50 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at a book sale that took place in the basement of the Newport Public Library, 316 North 4th Street, Newport.
  • Friday, Feb. 4, between 4 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store, 4000 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg.

Most people in the United States are immune to measles, either because they received the Measles Mumps Rubella, or MMR, vaccine in childhood, or because they were exposed to measles in the pre-vaccine era. 

However, the following groups of individuals are at risk of becoming infected with measles:

  • Infants less than one year of age who are too young to have received the MMR vaccine;
  • Persons who were vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine, which was used from 1963 through 1967, and have not been revaccinated;
  • Persons born after 1957 who have only received one dose of MMR vaccine;
  • Those who refused vaccination; and
  • Those from parts of the world where there is low vaccination coverage or circulating measles.

If you or your children are at risk for measles and become ill with the symptoms of this disease (see below) one to two weeks after possible exposure, you should tell your healthcare provider that you’ve been exposed to measles so that precautions can be taken to avoid exposing anyone else.

Health care providers who suspect measles should call the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH for consultation and to arrange testing.

Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus. Symptoms will begin one to two weeks after exposure and include a runny nose, watery eyes, cough and a high fever. After four days, a raised, red rash starts to spread on the face, down the body and out to the arms and legs. The rash usually lasts four to seven days.

An individual with measles can spread the virus to others for four days before and four days after the rash begins. It is spread by infected droplets during sneezing or coughing, touching contaminated objects, and direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions. Infected droplets and secretions can remain contagious on surfaces for up to two hours.

Complications from measles can include ear infection, diarrhea and pneumonia, encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain), and even death. Measles can also cause miscarriages or premature delivery in pregnant women.

The MMR vaccine is given to toddlers when they are 12 to 15 months of age, and a second dose is required for all Pennsylvania school children. However, individuals who have received only one dose of the vaccine, instead of the recommended two doses, may still be at risk of infection with this virus. The MMR vaccine can help prevent infection if it is given within three days of exposure. There is no risk in getting an additional dose of the MMR vaccine for individuals who may have already received it.

For those in whom MMR cannot be given (pregnant women, infants under 6 months of age, persons with compromised immune systems), or if it has been more than three days since your exposure, a dose of immune globulin can provide protection up to six days after the day of exposure.

If you are not immune to measles and want to receive MMR or immune globulin, ask your healthcare provider or contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

For more information about measles, see the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at

The Dickinson College Clarke Forum presents

People Power in the Middle East: Challenges for U.S. Policy

              ** BREAKING ISSUE **

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Stern Center, Great Room – 7:00 p.m.


Edward Webb – professor of political science and international studies, Dickinson College
Andrew Wolff – professor of political science and international studies, Dickinson College
Larry Goodson – professor of Middle East studies, U.S. Army War College
W. Andrew Terrill – professor of national security affairs, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
Moderator – David Commins – professor of history and Middle East Studies, Dickinson College

The wave of Arab protests sweeping through Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan and Yemen caught American policymakers by surprise, posing the dilemma of choosing between apparently reliable autocratic allies and democratic principles.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)
Ed Webb is assistant professor of political science & international studies and a founder of Dickinson’s Middle East studies program. Formerly a member of Britain’s Diplomatic Service, including serving at the British Embassy in Cairo in the 1990′s, he has a B.A. from Cambridge University and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching and research interests in the Middle East include secularism, education, authoritarianism, and media, including digital and social media. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education.

Andrew Wolff is an assistant professor in the political science and international studies departments at Dickinson College. In 2010, he completed a doctorate in international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His dissertation examined the influence of geopolitics on the decision-making process for enlarging NATO into Central and Eastern Europe. He also holds a bachelors of arts degree in politics and European history from Washington and Lee University and a master’s degree in European studies from Johns Hopkins University SAIS. His research interests include U.S. foreign policy, transatlantic relations, NATO security policy, international relations theory, and European politics.

Larry P. Goodson is professor of Middle East Studies at the U.S. Army War College. He is regularly consulted by senior government officials about Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East. In 2008-2009 he served on a four-month temporary assignment with the U.S. Central Command Assessment Team, where he focused on U.S. strategy and policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan for General David Petraeus. As U.S. Central Command Fellow in 2004, he served as a senior adviser to General John Abizaid on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prof. Goodson held the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security at the U.S. Army War College from 2004 to 2007. In 2002, Prof. Goodson was technical adviser on Elections and one of the International Election Monitors for the Emergency Loya Jirga in Afghanistan.

W. Andrew Terrill joined the Strategic Studies Institute in October 2001, and is SSI’s Middle East specialist. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Middle East nonproliferation analyst for the International Assessments Division of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). In 1998-99, Dr. Terrill also served as a Visiting Professor at the U.S. Air War College on assignment from LLNL. He is a former faculty member at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and has taught adjunct at a variety of other colleges and universities. He is a retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel and Foreign Area Officer (Middle East). Dr. Terrill has published in numerous academic journals on topics including nuclear proliferation, the Iran-Iraq War, Operation DESERT STORM, Middle Eastern chemical weapons, and ballistic missile proliferation, terrorism, and commando operations. He is also the author of Global Security Watch – Jordan (Praeger 2010). Since 1994, at U.S. State Department invitation, Dr. Terrill has participated in the Middle Eastern Track 2 talks, which are part of the Middle East Peace Process. He has also served as a member of the military and security working group of the Baker/Hamilton Iraq Study Group throughout its existence in 2006. Dr. Terrill holds a B.A. from California State Polytechnic University and an M.A. from the University of California, Riverside, both in Political Science. He also holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.

David Commins is professor of history and the Benjamin Rush Distinguished Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Dickinson College. He teaches courses in the Middle East Studies program and the history department. His publications include Islamic Reform: Politics and Social Change in Late Ottoman Syria (Oxford University Press, 1990), Historical Dictionary of Syria (Scarecrow Press, 1995, revised edition 2004), and The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia (IB Tauris, 2006).

  For more information on the Dickinson College Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and their Spring Schedule, visit:


Carol Kerr, USAWC Public Affairs

USAHEC:  Researchers’ favorite destination poised to be national destination


Feb. 8, 2011 - Foreign Policy’s Tom Ricks raved about the place in his blog.  “For me it was like going to Disneyland …. On top of that, the institute’s staff was both informed and friendly.

Pa. Rep Stephen Bloom reads the Elvis Presley letter that accompanied his gift of a pistol to General of the Army Omar N. Bradley in a large new exhibit of his life in Ridgway Hall.  Bloom toured the new Visitors and Education Center, due to open Spring 2011. Photo by Scott Finger.

“If the entire federal government were this helpful, we’d all be better off,” he wrote about the Army’s Military History Institute, here on the USAHEC campus.

Ricks, journalist and author, spent a recent week absorbed by the special finds in the MHI library.  “I pored through Marine message logs from the Chosin Reservoir campaign, got a deeper understanding of the Korean War overall, and sampled the institute's wonderful collection of obscure military history books,” Ricks wrote.” Did you know that the expression "going blooey" (that is, falling apart) comes from the chateau at Blois, France, where the U.S. Army shipped its fired officers during World War I?”

But you don’t need to be a published author to find something to like about the Army Heritage & Education Center.

When  Gen Carter F. Ham led the Pentagon’s review of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, he brought an Army research team to Ridgway to understand its background. For many years, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting team has relied on USAHEC research about troop movements and unit locations during WW2, the Korean conflict, and Vietnam.  Official Army research has included research into airport contamination cases for which historic data helped absolve the Army of several million dollars of liability. Recent Pa. Adjutant General Jessica Wright hosted the Pennsylvania Veterans Council at the new Visitors Education Center, ushering in a new era of veterans’ meetings and reunions.

Jack Giblin looks on as Lt. Col. Mark Viney, USAHEC Director, tells Soldiers' stories to Rep. Bloom at the USAHEC's Ridgway Hall, Jan. 27.  Photo by Scott Finger.

The story of USAHEC is its ability to offer so much for so many.

More than 91 thousand people visited the USAHEC campus in 2010, tapping into one or more of its programs – from the Army Heritage Trail events, Ridgway Hall lectures and exhibits, veterans’ reunions, school activities, and research.  

Some USAHEC patrons vote with their feet. Army Heritage Days attracted almost 11 thousand to the two-day celebration of the nation’s Army heritage. Oktoberfest-2010 was a celebration of camaraderie and heritage on the Army Heritage Trail for 7500 visitors. Visitors officially made USAHEC the #2 destination for tourists in Cumberland County, after Carlisle Productions.

Others relish the ability to use the famous collection remotely. Increasingly, parts of the massive collection are digitized and available online, such as the unique collection of photographs on the Carlisle Indian Industrial School added this year. Good enough for award-winning authors and producers, the collection is good-to-go for everyone now.

Traveling displays introduced USAHEC to new audiences at the Carlisle Truck Show, the AUSA Conference, and the Army’s All-American Bowl in Texas.  These unique audiences reflect the USAHEC mission. USAHEC wants today’s Soldiers to know that this is a place that can preserve and protect their history. Nearly 600 veterans requested the Military History Institute’s renowned veterans survey – when they return a survey to MHI, they enrich the USAHEC ability to ‘tell soldiers’ stories … one soldier at a time.” Traveling exhibits make new connections with potential visitors to the campus in Cumberland County.

For veterans, there is no better place to entrust treasured belongings and memories.

Donations are the heart and soul of both the research collection and the artifact collection of uniforms, equipment, and a host of military items. In 2010, donations included a M109 self-propelled howitzer from the Maine National Guard, howitzer refurbishment by BAE Systems, retired Gen. Paul D. Harkin’s photo albums of his WW2 service on Gen. Patton’s staff, Samuel Tappan’s War of 1812-era journal about the 23rd Infantry Regiment, and WW2 letters and artifacts donated by retired Gen. Carl Vuono.  Donated photos and videos found new life in several award-winning videos that complement the current Ridgway Hall exhibits about General Omar Bradley and the Schools at Carlisle.

The critical donation of 2010 was the new Visitors Education Center, donated by the Army Heritage Center Foundation on behalf of state, county and private contributors.  With more than 15 percent increase in visitors in 2010, the opening of the VEC in 2011 promises more exploration and education for more USAHEC patrons and fans.

Celebrate Black History Month by reading to Elementary School Students
  To celebrate Black History Month consider reading to local elementary school students and provide first-hand knowledge and education on African American--Black History. 
Schools have a selection of books available.  You may bring your own if appropriate for elementary school students.  Estimate 20 minutes per reading.
Listed below are the elementary schools and available dates:
  Crestview Elementary School--February 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 22 and 23. 
  Letort Elementary--February 1-4.
  Dates for Hamilton and Bellaire Elementary Schools are forthcoming.
  If you are interested, contact the USAWC Equal Opportunity Office, 245-3151.  Provide your name and phone number, the name of the school, date, and time of availability (morning or afternoon).

Chandler to become next Sergeant Major of the Army


Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. announced today that Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond F. Chandler, III will become the Sergeant Major of the Army March 1.

"We have the utmost confidence in Command Sgt. Maj. Chandler and look forward to having him join our leadership team," said McHugh. "He has the right qualities and credentials to assume this vitally important duty that Sgt. Maj. of the Army Preston has skillfully and adeptly performed for the last seven years."

Chandler is currently the commandant of the U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. He will succeed Kenneth Preston, who has served since January 2004.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Chandler is the right Soldier to lead our NCO Corps," Casey said. "He has demonstrated excellence in every position, and has the depth of experiences required to help us lead our Army."

Chandler will be sworn into the new position March 1 in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

"Being named the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army is truly an honor," Chandler said. "I am humbled, yet excited by the opportunity to serve our soldiers and their families in light of the challenges ahead."

In June 2009, Chandler became the first enlisted commandant of the U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.

In his new position, Chandler will serve as the Army Chief of Staff's personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force. The role involves extensive travel and focuses on Soldier training, noncommissioned officer development and the well-being of families.

The Sergeant Major of the Army recommends quality-of-life improvements to Army leadership and often sits on councils that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their families. He also routinely testifies before Congress on these issues.

Preston leaves the position as the longest serving SMA after being selected by previous Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker.

"Many of the great CSMs and SGMs serving around the Army today are a product of CSM Chandler's leadership and development efforts," Preston said. "He brings a broad breadth of experience and I have no doubt he will provide the strategic vision and professionalism long associated with this position."

A native of Bridgewater, Mass., Chandler joined the Army in 1981 and has served in every enlisted leadership position from tank commander to command sergeant major. Before his assignment as the commandant of the Sergeants Major Academy, Chandler served as the command sergeant major for the U. S. Army Armor School.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, eight Meritorious Service medals, eight Army Commendation medals, two Army Achievement medals, Korea Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Army Superior Unit Award and Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Combat Action Badge. He is also a recipient of the Order of Saint George (Bronze Medallion), the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Durbin, Westphal provide perspectives on force management


The Honorable Joseph Westphal, undersecretary of the Army, speaks in Bliss Hall Feb. 4 during a talk on enterprise and force management. He was joined by Lt. Gen. Robert Durbin, Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff for Enterprise Management. Photo by Megan Clugh.  


Feb. 4, 2011 – Army War College students received a “wake-up call” regarding the challenges in force management from two of the Army top experts in the subject during a talk in Bliss Hall Feb. 4.  

Lt. Gen. Robert Durbin, Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff for Enterprise Management, and the Honorable Joseph Westphal, undersecretary of the Army, spoke to the students as part of an introduction to Defense Enterprise Management, the next focus of the USAWC curriculum.   

“Here you develop the management skills you’ll need to further develop as strategic leaders,” said Durbin. “You will play a vital role in helping to man and prepare our forces for the future.”

Durbin and Westphal spoke about many important topics concerning force and enterprise management, including the importance of the civilian-military relationship, the challenges of managing in a decreasing funding environment and the utilization of forces when facing changing operational demands.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
African Symposium sheds light on complex issues, challenges           

Margaret Culbert, a Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst for Africa at the Defense Intelligence Agency, talks with Air Force Lt. Col. Chuck Bowes during a seminar discussion during the African Symposium Feb 1. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Feb. 1, 2011 -- The Army War College dedicated two days to bring together government, civilian and military experts to talk over the issues, challenges and potential success stories for the African continent during a regional symposium Feb. 1-2.

“This symposium was designed to shape and inform the discussion of the complex issues facing the African continent,” said Col. Tom Sheperd, USAWC director of African Studies. “The goal is provide an exposure to some of the underlying key strategic factors that play a role in shaping the way the United States achieves its national interests in a regional context.”

Guest lecturers Margaret Culbert, Dr. Jeff Herbst, Col. Tom Galvin, Dr. William Reno, Joshua Eisenman, Amb. Vicki Huddleston and retired Amb. Lou Nigro each brought their unique perspectives to the diverse continent of Africa.

 “This region presents a nuanced set of challenges that will help shape the future of stability and security not only for Africa, but the entire world,” said Sheperd, to the student body. “You will find these same themes continuing throughout the rest of the year as you continue to wrestle with the ‘wicked problems’ of national security.”

“The game has changed, he added, later. “When these students leave they will be encountering these complex issues and challenges.”

 This was especially true for USAWC student Lt. Col. Kristin Baker, who will assume a position in AFRICOM after graduation.

“This was a great opportunity to enhance my knowledge of the issues and challenges facing the region,” she said. “Each of the speakers brought their own unique perspective to the topics discussed which creates a great discussion.” 

“The symposium really challenges you to think about the challenges that the African continent faces, and what the implications may be for the rest of the world,” said student Marine Corps Col. Terry Trenchard.

“What really makes it valuable for a nation like Georgia that is so far away is that it helps to show how truly universal these issues are,” said Georgian Fellow Col. Bondo Maisuradze. “A nation’s problems don’t always stay within their own borders. It can spread to other areas, so we need to be aware of that and be prepared to help.”

The symposium comes after the completion of many of the USAWC core courses and challenges the students to apply their skills.

“This is an opportunity for the students to sit, listen and apply the critical thinking skills we’ve been emphasizing all year in relation to strategy, policy and the operational environment,” Sheperd said. “Then we hope they use these skills to get to the crux of how these issues shape and affect the U.S. during the seminar discussion sessions.”

Given the current context of civil unrest in Tunisia and Egypt, Sheperd said that one of the symposium objectives was to help explore how one incident in Tunisia, no matter how small at first glance -- such as someone setting himself alight -- may have far-reaching effects.

“It’s easy sometimes to see how a large incident has a big impact on the strategic environment," he said. “But it’s sometimes more important to see that seemingly small things, under the right circumstances, can have a huge effect on the long-term strategic environment. We hope  the students are able to take a longer view towards complex issues and regions.”

Culbert, a Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst for Africa at the Defense Intelligence Agency, focused her remarks on how factors like demographics, population growth, urban growth and climate change will shape the region’s future.

“It’s important that schools like the Army War College are taking time to focus on Africa,” she said. “If you are going to be deployed to Africa then you really need to have a grasp of the multiple concerns on the continent, no matter whether you are there for military, human rights or other reasons.”

She also said that the complex nature of the problems necessitate the use of all of the elements of national power.

“When you are building these professional military institutions, they have to be built simultaneously with political, social, judicial and penal institutions,” she said. “You have to build an environment in which democracy can grow.”  

Herbst, president of Colgate University, spoke of the effect that decolonization had for Africa and how it at times receives an incorrect label as an unstable region.

“If you look at the changes in boundaries in Europe and the former Soviet Union in the last 50 years there has actually been more change there than in Africa,” he said. “What really hurt the region was the destruction of the existing military structure when the continent was decolonized, which has helped to create the instability we see now.”  

Herbst also discussed the potential challenges that the recent South Sudan’s referendum for independence and the still unstable Somalia may pose for the region.

Eisenman, senior fellow for China Studies, American Foreign Policy Council, brought a unique perspective to the regioin when he focused his remarks on China's interest in Africa and what that could mean for the world.

"There is a dearth of information about why China is interested in Africa, and what they are trying to achieve there," he said. "Resources are a key, but there are diplomatic and trade advantages for them as well. How this situation unfolds could say a lot for the future of the continent."

Galvin, chief of the AFRICOM Commander’s Action Group, provided students with a wealth of information about AFRICOM and what security challenges face the region.

“It’s important to remember that African problems are global security challenges,” he said.

Amb. Vicki Huddleston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, talks in Bliss Hall during the African Symposium. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Galvin said that AFRICOM activities like supporting partner counterterrorism efforts, promoting interoperability and balancing ground, maritime and air capabilities have led to success. He said that lessons about the importance of partnership, executing a resourced comprehensive approach and communications strategically have already been learned and applied to future operations.

Huddleston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, spoke about the need for building African capacity.

“We’re there to reinforce and enable the African states – militarily, through training, as well as through civilian assistance like health and education,” she said. “As President Obama says: Africa for Africans.

African military under civilian control allows them to protect their citizens and defend their borders,” she said. “If it’s well done, as with Egypt and Tunisia, the military is the friend of the people, the constitution and the state.”  In large part, that’s “because of experiences with the US military, like the US Army War College.”

Nigro, a former Ambassador to Chad and DNSS faculty member, spoke about the challenges facing AFRICOM. 

“AFRICOM is still a new organization, evolving,” he said. “We really need to ensure the integration of State, DoD, USAID and other agencies, like Justice and Agriculture, across the spectrum of the US government to achieve our national goals. Resources are never enough if we don’t integrate and synchronize and harmonize efforts.”

He also touched on the importance of the establishment of the nations militaries. 

“African militaries will develop as their societies develop,” he said. “A state acquires legitimacy when the military and law-enforcement elements of the state are [at an equal pace] with the development of the state itself, and when the society is willing to hand off control of their lives to a state they consider legitimate.”

In seminar later, students discussed the difficulty of finding agreement among nations about, what is security and where does it come from. The dialogue considered the challenges of achieving the regime’s security, territorial security and human security.
















Gen. Rick Lynch, IMCOM Commander
IMCOM Commander: Net Zero is 100 percent benefit

The Army has a bold vision for managing natural resources on its installations: they will become net zero. That is, as we go about the complex business of living, working and training on installations, our use and production of resources will balance out, so that in the end, we do not over-consume or waste. The most exciting part of the Army Net Zero vision is this: we all have a part to play in achieving it.


When the concept of net zero was first applied to installations, it was in terms of energy.  A task force that grew out of a 2008 joint initiative of the Departments of Defense and Energy studied the possibility of net zero energy installations, or installations that produce as much energy on site as they use over the course of a year. Army Net Zero goes beyond energy, though, to also include water and waste.


Army Net Zero’s holistic approach increases our ability to achieve the larger goal of sustainable installations. With an eye to all three, energy, water and waste, we are more likely to move beyond isolated projects, which carry the risk of succeeding in one area at the expense of another, to an integrated plan that balances benefits and costs across our operations.


Installations reach net zero through five interrelated steps: reduction, repurposing, recycling and composting, energy recovery, and disposal. To achieve net zero energy, garrisons start with aggressive conservation efforts, to reduce the amount of energy being used in the first place. Then they repurpose energy, or find secondary uses for building exhausts, boiler stack exhausts and other thermal energy streams, and recover heat from the electricity generation process. Once they have reduced their load through conservation and efficiency measures, they can meet their remaining requirements through renewable or alternative energy projects.


A net zero water installation limits the consumption of fresh water and returns water back to the same watershed, so as not to deplete the groundwater and surface water resources of that region in quantity or quality.  Similar to the process with energy, installations aiming for net zero water begin with rigorous conservation efforts. Then they repurpose the water used in showers, sinks, washing machines and cooling towers, capture rainwater for on-site use, and treat wastewater for recharging into groundwater aquifers. They achieve net zero water by capturing, repurposing, and recharging an amount equal to what they consume.


A net zero installation reduces, reuses and recovers waste streams, converting them to resource values with zero landfill. In other words, a net zero waste installation aims to make disposal an unnecessary step. Garrisons start by reducing the initial amount of waste, and then find ways to repurpose waste with minimal processing. For example, they might crush construction rubble to use on trails. When they cannot reuse waste, they recycle or compost as much as they can or convert it to energy. They achieve net zero waste when they have nothing left to send to the landfill.


During my site visits over the past year, I have seen how our garrisons have taken steps—great strides in some cases—to manage our resources more efficiently.  Look at the water projects at Forts Huachuca, Bliss and Belvoir; the waste management projects at Forts Bragg and Jackson and Joint Base Lewis-McChord; and the energy projects at Forts Drum, Wainwright, Carson and Campbell, to name just a few. So I know there will be tremendous interest in an opportunity that the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment is launching this month.  The ASA (IE&E) is asking garrisons to nominate themselves to become Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water or Net Zero Waste installations, or all three, by 2020. Five will be selected in each category, with one to become all three. These installations will receive long-term, in-depth training and support and become showcases for the strategies, technologies and best practices of sustainable resource management.


I encourage every garrison to take on this challenge. It will require commitment and a lot of hard work. Not only do we have to learn about energy, water and waste management best practices and technologies, but we also have to learn the business practices that support them. We have to build partnerships with those in the private sector and in non-government organizations who will join us in investing in the net zero vision. However, this is a prime opportunity to learn lessons we will be required to know in the future.


Everyone, every Soldier, Civilian and Family member, has a role to play in managing our resources. Maybe it seems like a smaller role—turning out the lights, adjusting the thermostat, or separating out recyclables at home. Maybe it is a more direct role, such as running an installation waste management program or writing enhanced use leases or energy savings performance contracts.  Regardless, every effort adds up, and what it adds up to is important—our future.


Energy efficiency and security is a critical issue for the Army.  The Army depends on a reliable, safe, cost-effective supply of energy to accomplish its mission, as well as provide a good quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians and Families on installations worldwide. To the extent that the supply and distribution of energy lay outside the Army’s control, the ability to accomplish our mission is open to risk. The same can be said of water, or practically any of our resources. If the Army is to accomplish its mission in the future, if we want to be good neighbors to those outside our gates and to leave a healthy world for our children and grandchildren, then we have to start operating sustainably today. It is the right thing to do.

SRP turn in a family affair

Army War College student Col. Hunt Kerrigan and his family turn in his strategy research project to his advisor, Dallas Owens. A reminder to all students that SRPs are due March 24.

National Children of Alcoholics Week Feb 13-19

Children living with addiction in their family need to know that it is not their fault that a parent is alcoholic or drug addicted. They need to hear the message, “It’s a disease; it is not your fault, and there are safe people who can help.”

 Join a support group

Many schools have assistance programs that offer support groups for students who are living with alcohol or drug abuse in their families. These programs help with problem solving, and they give you the opportunity to meet other young people who are struggling with the same problems at home that you might face. They can help you see how others are able to have a good life in spite of what is happening at home.

 Alateen is for you

Alateen is a group for teens who are affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use. It holds meetings, like a club, where young people share tips on how to make their lives easier when a family member drinks too much or uses drugs.

The meetings are sponsored by Al-Anon. You can find the location of meetings near you by looking in the phone book under Al-Anon or Alateen, or ask a youth minister, your school counselor, your doctor or another adult you trust to help you get to a meeting near you. You can also find out about Alateen at or by calling toll-free at1-888-425-2666.

 If it is your friend’s Mom or Dad who drinks too much

Don’t walk away, and don’t pretend you don’t see it.

Things you can say that might help:

• It’s not your fault that your parent drinks or uses drugs.

• You’re not alone – lots of kids come from families where this is a problem.

• There are people who can help.

Things you can do:

• Tell your pastor or youth minister that you are worried about your friend.

• Be a good friend – include your friend in your activities and your family’s fun.

• Encourage your friend to talk to a trusting adult.


More information is available

SAMHSA’s Helpline for Alcohol and Drug Information 1-800-662-HELP


The National Association for Children of

 Alcoholics (NACoA)


Contact your Army Substance Abuse Program for additional information, 245-4576.

Carlisle Barracks Community members assist in judging Science Fair Projects
Representatives from the Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks Communities judge Grades 6-12 science projects, Friday, Jan. 28, Yellow Breeches Middle School
Photos by Suzanne Reynolds
  Representatives from the Army War College and Dunham Army Health Clinic participated as judges at the Carlisle Area Science Advisory Committee Science Fair, Friday evening, Jan. 28, at the Yellow Breeches Middle School.
  "I enjoy not just judging the projects but more importantly being given the opportunity to provide feedback to each student on what they did well and what they could have done to improve their projects," said Col. Kenneth Trzepkowski, commander, Dunham Army Health Clinic.  "For the students, it's an opportunity to receive feedback from other than their parents or teachers.  This year I brought along three other judges who also enjoyed the experience," said Trzepkowski.
  Col. James Raftery, USAWC student, mentioned that it was a good time.
  The total was just under 700 projects entered and judged across all four divisions," said Kevin Spicer, CASAC Judging Committee.  "The bulk of the judges are science college professors, high school science teachers, elementary teachers, and professionals typically involved in math/science related fields," said Spicer.
  "The Grand champions are the best of all of the first place awards, and these students receive a monetary award, trophy and certificate," said Kevin Spicer.

USAWC Strategy Conference: Faith in the U.S. Military

How does the role of faith in the U.S. military differ from its role in American society? Is the current exercise of faith in the military appropriate?

Panelists Mikey Weinstein, Military Religious Freedom Foundation; Jay Sekulow, American Center for Law and Justice will discuss this topic as part of the USAWC Strategy Conference April 5-7.

This is just one of the panels that will be held during the conference, designed to address the role of the military, the potential divergence of military professional values from those of the society from which it derives, the challenges America faces in providing qualified new entrants into the military profession, and the reintegration of departing members of the profession back into larger society.

Guest speakers include Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea,” and Gen.  Martin E. Dempsey, TRADOC commander. The conference co-directors, Dr. Lenny Wong and Prof. Trey Braun of the Strategic Studies Institute, will lead a group of distinguished scholars in examining this timely and relevant subject.

Visit, to register, view the agenda, and find other administrative information

 Jack Giblin looks on as Lt. Col. Mark Viney, USAHEC Director, tells Soldiers' stories to Rep. Bloom at the USAHEC's Ridgway Hall, Jan. 27.

Photo by Scott Finger






 Pa. State Representative Stephen Bloom, 199th District, visited Carlisle Barracks, the Army War College and AHEC, Thursday, Jan. 27.