Banner Archive for February 2012

‘Get fit challenge’ kicks off March 1

The Get Fit Carlisle Barracks 90 Day Challenge is a program designed to help you keep the promise we all make each year to lose 10lbs, get in shape, or just make healthy changes in our life. The 90 Day Chal­lenge is not about making empty promises; it’s about you setting realistic achievable fitness goals and our knowledgeable staff is available to guide you so you can achieve them. The 90 Day Challenge will enable you to accomplish a greater level of success in fitness. You will be a winner in every sense of the word – personally, physically, and mentally.

First, determine how you want to measure your personal success and follow through with this program for the complete 90 days (i.e., dropping weight, fitting into that dress you keep going by the store and looking at, losing inches on your tape measurement, or reducing body fat percentage by using fat cali­pers).

The Carlisle Barracks Fitness Challenge is designed to be a 90-day program. You will definitely see positive results within that period of time. There will be noticeable changes in your appearance blood pressure and cholesterol reading if you stick with your program. Once you have completed the 90 Days and celebrate your success, you don’t have to stop. We encourage you to keep setting new goals until you reach them. At that point, the program becomes a part of your everyday behavior. This will keep you in shape for Years to come. Remember - the goal isn’t to get in shape just once...but to make a positive lifestyle change.

The Get Fit Carlisle 90 Day Challenge is a program that has been designed to ensure that every person can achieve results without being a fitness or diet expert.

The key to Success is to make healthy lifestyle changes in small steps that will successfully lead to achieving the end result you’ve envisioned. We recommend that you do this by eating 5 small frequent meals throughout the day and that you routinely integrate a combination of cardiovascular and resis­tance training into your program. The important thing is that you enjoy the activities and Changes. If you enjoy your training, you’ll stick with it in the long run.

Two Big reasons that people are unsuccessful with their plans to get into shape:

1. People simply start out with misleading information

2. People get discouraged and lose the drive after a few weeks

On the flip side, there are a few reasons why you will be successful in achieving your goals:

1. You will align yourself with like-minded people – that if you associate and enjoy time with others who have the same goals, it will make it easier for each of you to work hard to achieve success

2. Our staff will give you the right information and will keep you motivated and focused throughout the program

Once you have the right program and the proper tools to help you stay motivated, the “get in shape” equation is completed therefore enabling you to achieve your body shaping goals. Please keep in mind that it won’t happen without work, but if you have the right map and you are motivated enough to fol­low it through to completion, YOU WILL get into great shape.

Now, I want you to listen to this carefully

No matter what shape you are in now, you CAN improve your body, and by extension, your self-image! And in many cases, you can improve so much that your family and friends won’t believe your transfor­mation.

Here’s how to sign up:

1. Come to the Thorpe Fitness Center on March 1 between the hours of 9am – 3pm.

2. Medical Personnel will take an accurate blood pressure and draw blood for a cholesterol reading. Depending on your blood pressure measurement, you will either be cleared to begin the fitness pro­gram or you will be recommended to see your PCM for further evaluation.

3. We will weigh you in and take a before picture of you.

4. You will sit through a nutrition class where you will be given the means to calculate the amount of calories that are recommended for your gender, height, weight, and age. You will also be provided with a list of common food items and their nutrient breakdown to enable you to make healthy food choices throughout the program.

5. You will be taken on a tour of the facility and will be introduced to all of the instructors so that you will feel comfortable not only using the equipment but also in asking questions.

6. You will also be given a list of exercises and shown examples of workout programs.

7. There will also be scheduled weigh-ins two times a month.

For more information call 245-3418.

USAWC taking part in  Joint Women's Leadership Symposium


WASHINGTON (February 22, 2012)– Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey; Assistant to President Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama Tina Tchen; Co-Chair on Military Issues for the Congressional Women’s Caucus Rep. Susan Davis; Olympic Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee; Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy; Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus;andhigh ranking female military officers, who have paved the way forfuture generations, will be among the presenters at the Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA)’s 25th Silver Anniversary Joint Women's Leadership Symposium, March 5-6, 2012 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center at National Harbor, Md. The annual conference is the largest gathering of women in uniform nationwide with an anticipated 1,500 participants this year.

 The Army War College is also participating in this event.

Taking place during Women’s History Month and International Women’s Week and themed “United in Service: Our Global Impact,” this year’s symposium will spotlight the global impact of women military leaders and focus on professional growth and leadership development. All five branches of the U.S. military are participating in the symposium. Military officers from nations across the world will also be in attendance.


Throughout the day on Monday, March 5, attendees from the five services will gather to hear speakers and panels including addresses from Tina Tchen, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Rep. Susan Davis, Gen. Martin Dempsey, and Michèle Flournoy. Joyner- Kersee will be addressing female empowerment, leadership and overcoming challenges in her career.


Dempseywill offer the keynote address for the Joint Leadership Awards Luncheon where each of the five service branches will recognize individuals from their respective branch for their exemplary leadership, ideals and dedication. Navy Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben, the chaplain of the Marine Corps and the deputy chief of chaplains of the U.S. Navy, the first female to serve either of the roles, will give the blessing.


Among those being recognized during the luncheon is George Washington University Student Midshipman 1st Class Charlotte Wygant, whois being honored with The Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA) Leadership Award, granted to an outstanding NROTC senior midshipman, who is a top performer and has demonstrated superior leadership abilities through academic accomplishments, leadership style and community involvement.The U.S. Air Force will honor retired Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, president of the Board of Directors of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc. for her trailblazing leadership and dedication to honoring all women who have served in uniform.

A Female Flag and General Officer panel featuringpioneering female leaders takes place on March 5.  Among the participants are Rear Adm. Michelle Howard, first African-American woman to command a warship in the U.S. Navy; Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, the U.S. Army's chief

information officeratHeadquarters, Department of the Armywho has commanded at every level from platoon to Army SignalCommand; andBrig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, the first female Marine to ever hold a command position in a battle zone and the first female general to command Parris Island, S.C. Air Force Brig. Gen. Gina Grosso, former Joint Base and 87th Air Base Wing commander at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.,the nation’s first and only tri-service joint base and Coast Guard Rear Adm. Linda Fagan, first womanto command Sector New York, the largest operation field command in the Coast Guard are also participants.


Among the Global Impact of Women in Uniform panel participants are Vice Adm. Carol Pottenger, the highest ranked female officer in NATO;retired Air MarshalPadmavathy Bandopadhyay, the first woman Air Marshal in the history of the Indian Air Force; andCmdr. Jan Dunmurray, commander of the Swedish Defense Command Centre for Gender in Military Operations. The session will examine the varied approaches nations are taking towards gender integration in their Armed Forces.


The March 6 agenda will include programs specific to each service branch, including remarks from high ranking officers.  


Navy: Presenters include Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus andChief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert.


Among the attendees of the WAVES Luncheon will be Elizabeth Robinson,age 91;Marie Cush, age 89;andArlene Howard, age 88. Among the first women to serve in the Navy, they served during World War II. The WAVES were brought in during the war with the understanding that at its completion, they would not be permitted to continue Navy careers.


Air Force: Maj. Gen.Margaret Woodward, the first woman to command an offensive air operation during the NATO mission in Libya will give a keynote address “Be the Voice: Legacy of Courageous Leadership.” Also delivering a keynote address will be the highest ranking woman in the Air Force Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, recently nominated by President Obama for her fourth star; if confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first female four-star general in the Air Force.


Maj. Allison Black, known as “The Angel of Death,” the first femaleAC-130H Spectre navigator to open fire in combat operations; and former WASP Ms. Elaine Harmon, will be panel participants on “Inspiration from Airmen.” The WASPs were a trailblazing group of civilian female pilots who were the first to fly military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.


Army:  Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson,deputy chief, Army Reserve (IMA); Office of the Chief, Army

Reserve, the first African-American woman to be promoted to Maj.Gen. in the U.S. Army will be

the keynote speaker.


Retired Col. Nancy Jane Currie, first female Army officer to become an astronaut, will speak on the global impact of math, science and engineering and the gender divide. Additional participants include Ellen Helmerson, deputy chief of staff for personnel and logistics, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; and Dr. Mary Matiella, assistant secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller.



Coast Guard: Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp will be offering the day two keynote address.


The Marines also have a diverse selection of speakers and panels planned.


To speak with a representative from the Sea Service Leadership Association about the symposium, please contact Victoria Shapiro at (216) 712-1926 (cell) or (202) 414-0774 (desk phone), or through e-mail at

USAWC Public Affairs Office wins awards

The U.S. Army Installation Management Command announced that the Army War College Public Affairs office won six of the IMCOM-level Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware public affairs communications awards Feb. 21.

The awards were:

1st place, Web Site

1st place, Personality Feature Article (military author], Staff Sgt. Corinna Baltos, "Skies are not the Limit: World War II veteran celebrates 90th birthday with a tandem jump at USAHEC"

2nd place, Community Relations Special Event, Army Heritage Days

3rd place, News Article/civilian author, Suzanne Reynolds, "Indian general, USAWC Class of 2001 grad, inducted into IF Hall of Fame"

3rd place, Picture Page/ military photographer, Staff Sgt. Corinna Baltos: "Welcome to Carlisle!"

Honorable Mention, Photograph/Military photographer, Staff Sgt. Corinna Baltos, "Chest Bump"

The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs conducts the Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition annually in order to recognize, cultivate and inspire excellence within the Army Public Affairs community and is open to both Soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees.


Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware was an Army officer who received the Medal of Honor in World War II and was killed in action while commanding a division during the Vietnam War.

Article and photos by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Commandant opens home to Carlisle Barracks families

“The neat thing about this house is that it always welcomes people,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, as he gave a tour of Quarters 1 to the Carlisle Barracks Homeschoolers Group. 

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, explains the significance of the posters lining the stairs to Carlisle Barracks children during a tour of Quarters 1.

Quarters 1, which has been the home to every commandant since 1969, was originally built for Carlisle lawyer George Barnitz in 1932 on land that used to be known as “Indian Woods” by the local community because the students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School used to hike and play there, said Jim McNally, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center museum curator.

In 1958, as the Army War College was expanding, the Army bought the house from Barnitz’s widow for $100,000, and used it for bachelor officer quarters.  In 1969, Maj. Gen. William McCaffrey and his wife were guests of the bachelor officers when Mrs. McCaffrey suggested that the house would be perfect for the commandant to live in.  McCaffrey’s successor, Maj. Gen. George Eckhardt, was the first commandant to live in the house.

Martin hosts approximately 50 events annually at Quarters 1.  These events range from dinners to receptions to get-to-gethers.   Guests range from the President of the United States and other international leaders, to Army War College students, Carlisle Barracks employees and school children. 

The Martins open the house twice a year to post community members.  On Halloween trick-or-treaters are treated to a tour of the house, and during the holiday season post employees and Army War College students, staff, faculty and families are invited to the quarters for a reception.

“This house is billed as the biggest set of living quarters in the Army,” said Martin.  “When Maggie and I were here while I was a student and on the faculty we lived in one of the “Smurf Village” houses with our three boys. Now that we have plenty room they are no longer living with us.”

While Quarters 1 is an official residence each commandant is allowed to decorate it to suit his interests and personality.  Official furniture that stays with the house mixes with the commandant’s personal furniture, while official decorations sit next to family photos and personal mementos. 

Upon moving into the quarters the commandant will traditionally meet with McNally to pick out art and other items that will reflect both the history of the Army and the War College, as well as the interests of the resident.

Portraits of former Secretary of the Army Elihu Root and former Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Lt. Gen. Leonard Wood, hang on the living room wall.

“When I came here I was very interested in learning more about Elihu Root, the founder of the Army War College,” said Martin as he pointed to a photo of Root that hangs in the living room. “I was also interested in General Leonard Wood for two reasons, the initiatives he implemented as Army Chief of Staff laid the ground work for the modern Army and because he was a physician, the commander of the “Rough Riders” during the Spanish American War, military governor of Cuba and Governor General of the Philippines.  He was the David Petraeus of his day.”

Historical posters representing each military service, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hang on the wall going up the stairs.

“Even though this is the Army War College, we have students from every branch of the military,” said Martin.  The engineer poster was added as a tribute to Martin’s background as an Army engineer.

Built during prohibition, Quarters 1 has a secret exit built into the wall of the library.  The exit leads from the first floor to the basement, which allowed residents and guests to exit or enter the premises without being seen by the police.  Martin entered the library through the secret passage during a tour of the house.  Behind him you can see signatures on the wall where guests have signed their names over the years.


One of the highlights of the tour was when the children investigated the secret passage way built within the library walls. 

This house was built during prohibition and if the police showed up, the guests needed a place to hide the alcohol and leave the premises without being seen.” explained Martin. 

Many of the guests throughout the years have signed the walls of the secret passage by guests of the house. 

“President George W. Bush signed the wall when he visited here a few years ago, as did actor James Earl Jones,” said Martin.  He then invited his guests to sign the wall. 

Martin told the children that one of his favorite rooms was the foyer.  “This room is like being in a castle,” he said.  On sunny days he enjoys sitting near the window with a book and soaking up the sun, he said. 

Feb. is National Children's Dental Health Month, some tips to help you stay healthy

Sipping, Snacking, Tooth Decay

Now, more than ever, Americans are consuming larger portions of food and drinks high in sugar and starch. It’s clear that junk food and soft drinks have gradually replaced nutritious choices for many people. A steady diet of sugary food and drinks can ruin teeth, especially among those who snack throughout the day. Many Americans do not realize that numerous everyday activities may contribute to an increased risk of tooth decay. These include grazing on foods with minimal nutritional value and frequently sipping on sugary drinks.

When sugar is consumed repeatedly and in large, often hidden amounts, the harmful effect on teeth can be dramatic. Sugar residue on teeth provides food for bacteria, which produce acid. The acid in turn, can eat away the enamel on teeth.

While many of these foods contain important nutrients and almost all foods have some type of sugar that cannot and should not be eliminated from our diets, there is a risk for tooth decay from a diet high in sugar and starches. Starches can be found in everything from bread to pretzels to salad dressing. So read labels and plan carefully for a balanced, nutritious diet for you and your kids.

Reduce your risk of tooth decay:

- Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.

- Limit between-meal snacks. If craving a snack, consider nutritious foods.

- If you chew gum, make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid.

- Monitor beverage consumption. Instead of soft drinks all day, consider water and low-fat milk.

- Develop good brushing and flossing habits.

- Schedule regular dental visits.

- Contact your dental treatment facility for additional information.

Mouth guards: Sports equipment that protects the smile

It’s easy to take some things for granted until they’re suddenly gone. Have you ever thought about how it would feel if you lost one or two of your front teeth? You’d probably avoid smiling. It would be uncomfortable talking with someone face-to-face. It wouldn’t be easy pronouncing certain words. And how about eating an apple? Until your teeth are gone, you might not miss them. Blows to the face in nearly every sport can injure your teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. A properly fitted mouth guard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can protect your teeth and smile.

You don’t have to be on the football field to benefit from a mouth guard. New findings in sports dentistry show that even in non-contact sports such as gymnastics, rollerblading, and field hockey, mouth guards help protect teeth. Many experts recommend that a mouth guard be worn for any recreational activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth. There are also suggestions that a properly worn mouth guard can lower the risk of concussions.

There are three types of mouth guards: The ready-made, or stock, mouth guard; the mouth-formed boil and bite mouth guard; and the custom-made mouth guard made by your dentist. All three mouth guards provide protection but vary in comfort and cost.

The most effective mouth guard should have several features: It should be resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable. It should fit properly, be durable and easy to clean, and not restrict your speech or breathing.

Generally, a mouth guard covers only the upper teeth, but in some cases the dentist will instead make a mouth guard for the lower teeth. Your dentist can suggest the right mouth guard for you.

Here are some suggestions for taking good care of your mouth guard:

- Before and after each use, rinse it with cold water or with an antiseptic mouth rinse. You can clean it with toothpaste and a toothbrush, too.

- When it’s not used, place your mouth guard in a firm, perforated container. This permits air circulation and helps prevent damage.

- Avoid high temperatures, such as hot water, hot surfaces or direct sunlight, which can distort the mouth guard.

- Check it for tears, holes and poor fit. A mouth guard that’s torn or in bad shape can irritate your mouth and lessen the amount of protection it provides.

Contact your dental treatment facility for more information.

Does gum disease cause coronary heart disease?

Gum disease is common among adults in the US and is a possible source of chronic, or constant, inflammation. Gum disease can cause gums to be red, swollen, and bleed easily. If it is not treated, gum disease can get worse and damage the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is also called gingivitis or periodontal disease, depending on how bad it is. Gingivitis is usually seen as red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss because the tissues that hold your teeth in place, such as bone, are destroyed.

So, are people who have periodontal disease more likely to have or develop coronary heart disease? In order to answer this question, a group of researchers looked at seven studies. The studies involved between 175 and 170,000 people. The researchers noted that people who had periodontal disease were also likely to have coronary heart disease. They also found that the risk of illness or death related to coronary heart disease increased in people who had 10 or fewer natural teeth. The researchers found this association whether any other known risk factors of coronary heart disease, like smoking, were present or not.

The researchers found that people who have periodontal disease or a history of periodontal disease are also likely to have coronary heart disease. At this time, it is not known whether one causes the other. It is important to practice good oral hygiene in order to help prevent the development of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Here are some tips for good oral hygiene:

- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

- Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Bacteria that cause cavities can be found between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove the sticky film on teeth called plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.

- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Contact your dental treatment facility for additional information.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Students tackle Defense Enterprise Management


Retired Lt. Gen. David Heebner, executive vice president of General Dynamics, spoke as part of Industry Day at the Army War College Feb. 15. Industry Day was part of the Defense Enterprise Management course, which helps students become familiar with the processes and systems that drive the development of forces and capabilities for the Combatant Commanders. Photos by Megan Clugh.


Feb. 22, 2012 -- Once the 368 members of the Army War College Class of 2012 graduate, many of them will find themselves in a new world—one dominated with decisions about how to use the existing military and civilian systems and processes to respond to the new strategic environment. 

The Defense Enterprise Managementcourse helps prepare the students for the roles many of them will fill once they graduate.

“Successful warfighting and other military operations do not occur without well- trained, properly equipped, and doctrinally sound forces,” said Col. Michael McCrea, the course director. “The serious-minded military professional invests the time to understand how the services develop, train, resource, equip, and sustain those forces.”

Through a combination of readings, lectures, exercises, and seminar dialogue, students become familiar with the processes and systems that drive the development of forces and capabilities for the Combatant Commanders.

McCrea said that the course serves as a capstone for the students, and it incorporates the lessons and concepts from the previous five courses.

“The 14-lesson course takes the students out of the tactical and operational force and introduces them to the institutional force, which is where many of them will work once they leave here,” he said. “Students are exposed to and are able to learn more about the relationship between various defense management systems and processes, their functions and purposes, and their interdependencies. This course attempts to provide a foundation for professional education on DOD, Joint, and Army systems and processes.”

The goal, McCrea said, is to provide a learning environment that encourages reflection, reinforces critical thinking, and requires the exercise of strategic decision-making skills. A new exercise this year challenged students to rank their priorities in two different geographic areas using just-issued guidance from the Secretary of Defense and President.

“We wanted to bring in these real-world polices and allow the students to being exploring how to apply them,” he said.

Lt. Gen. William Grisoli, director of the office of business transformation, served as the keynote speaker for the course.

“As you become more senior, you will see that more of what you do will be focused on transformation of the institutional force,” he said. “You will be the ones entrusted for setting the conditions for success. You have to understand what the priorities are and what the implications of those decisions might be.”

Grisoli provided the students with an overview of Army Enterprise Management and what is being done to sustain the long-term success of the Army.

“We have to transform our institutional Army to align it with the operational force,” he said.”It’s all about how well you take care of the force, which will dictate what kind of Army we will have in 2020.”


Lt. Gen. William Grisoli, director of the office of business transformation, served as the keynote speaker for the course.


Industry Day highlights DEM course

Another major component of the course is an “Industry Day” event that was held Feb. 15 and provides a forum for students to gain a better understanding of the military-industrial relationship, the Army requirements and capabilities development process, and acquisition processes. The theme for this year’s event was “defense industrial base for the 21st century.”

“As strategic leaders we have learned about the profession of arms and leading and managing the force,” said aid Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, when speaking at the kick off of the event.   “You have to be able to work with business and industry to get the best equipment at the right cost into the hands of our servicemen and women.” 

Guest speakers Helen Greiner, CEO of CyPhy Works, Inc.and retired Lt. Gen. David Heebner, executive vice president of General Dynamics provided the industry perspective during the event.

Heebner spoke about managing risk, how changes in the military defense base affects industry, the changing nature of the defense-government relationship and the importance of open and honest relationships.

Greneir spoke about the different methods of technology adoption, using her experience as a founder of iRobot. She also discussed the challenges of constant advancements in technology and provided a small business perspective on the military-private industry relationship. 

“It was really beneficial to see two different perspectives, one from a large business and one from a small business,” said student Kelly Gibson who previously handled life cycle management at Quantico, Va. “The course and Industry Day both helped open my lens to the whole picture of procurement environment, not just the small portion to which I have been exposed.”

After the Bliss Hall discussions, students and the nearly 50 guest returned to seminar to confer on the issues and challenges facing both sides.

“This event has been the highlight of DEM for me,” said Col. Louis Wilham, student. “Not only have the guest speakers provided a wealth of great knowledge by the ability to take to members of the military industrial complex one-on-one has been very helpful.”

“This course has allowed me to get a glimpse of this process that I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to otherwise,” he said, referring to his career as an officer in the National Guard. “I’ve appreciated the opportunity to talk to both retired military and non-military people who work in this field to see how their perspectives differ.

McCrea said that the true value of the event lies in the discussions that occur back in seminar.

“The new fiscal reality that we find ourselves in will call for a greater importance of relationship and coordination between the military and the defense industrial base,” he said. “It’s valuable to start forming those relationships here.”  

The Association of the United States Army co-sponsors the event with the Army War College.


Panel discussion features Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Thomas R. Lamont led an all-star panel discussion Feb. 23 as part of the Defense Enterprise Management Course, one of the final courses of the 10-month academic program.

Lamont spoke about the issues and challenges facing the Army, including manning and equipping the force and sustainability and readiness for the all-volunteer force.

“Supporting and managing our people, -- our most valuable resource -- is crucial to a sustainable force,” he said. His office serves as the Army's lead for civilian and military manpower policy, human resources, the review of soldier records, reserve/active component force structure policy, the Army-wide Equal Employment Opportunity Program and other critical matters as part of the Army leadership.

The other panelists were John Newmanm director, Training, Readiness, and Mobilization, Larry Stubblefield, DASA for Diversity and Leadership, Gwendolyn R. DeFilippi, director, Civilian Senior Leader Management Office, Samuel B. Retherford, DASA for Military Personnel, andJay D. Aronowitz, DASA for Force Management, Manpower and Resources.    

“I think that in a world of fiscal austerity, we more than at any other time have to understand DEM in order to make informed decisions and recommendations to our senior leaders,” said Aubrey Butts, student.

“They talked a lot about what we have to do to make sure that our Army have the necessary resources, both people and equipment, to perform the missions we are asked to do This is probably one of the most important block of instruction we have here at the Army War College.”


NORTHCOM deputy commander closes out course     

Lt. Gen. Frank Grass, deputy commander, US Northern Command, closed out the course by speaking to the class via VTC on Feb. 24. Grass discussed the roles and responsibilities for NORTHCOM, how it integrates Guard and Reserve forces and the partnership with Canada and Mexico.

NORTHCOM is responsible for includes air, land and sea approaches and encompasses the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water out to approximately 500 nautical miles. It also includes the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida, portions of the Caribbean region to include The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The commander of NORTHCOM is responsible for theater security cooperation with Canada, Mexico, and The Bahamas.

Dr. Conrad Crane, director, Military History Institute
Making History: The Army War College Curricular Collection

The extensive files from the Army War College Curriculum collection fill many hundreds of feet of shelving in Ridgway Hall, and rovide the richest archival source anywhere on the intellectual history of the College and the Army.


While history is an enduring theme enriching the course of instruction at the Army War College, the rich past of the institution itself also provides invaluable insights to guide the future course of the nation and its Army. 

Among the many treasures housed in the Army Heritage and Education Center archives in Ridgway Hall, are the extensive holdings dealing with the history of the College. They provide not only a rich narrative of the growth and evolution of the Army’s senior service college; they also offer a unique intellectual history of the service itself.

The USAWC archives are generally in three separate collections. There are more than 800 boxes filling more than 350 linear feet of shelf space that cover the era before World War II when the USAWC was at Fort McNair. These holdings cover the lectures given to students and course content, along with general records.   These are the resources mined so expertly by author Henry Gole in his groundbreaking study The Road to Rainbow: Army Planning for Global War, 1934-1940. His book describes the extensive strategic planning carried out by students and faculty at the USAWC in coordination with the Army’s General Staff in preparation for coming conflict.

The bulk of the USAWC materials at AHEC cover the period after the school reopened at Carlisle Barracks in 1951. There are more than 1,000 boxes covering almost 500 linear feet of shelf space of a general USAWC archives series.

This collection includes administrative files, various lecture series, important studies and reports, special programs, various assessments, and many educational and accreditation studies.  Related to these holdings is a similar sized Army War College Curricular collection, which covers specific courses, both core and elective. These files reveal the issues deemed most important by the USAWC and the Army, and the evolution of thought and policy concerning them.

Another unique source from this period of the USAWC contained in the AHEC archives are 15,000 student research papers. After its move to Carlisle Barracks, the college changed its academic requirements from reports prepared by student committees to projects written by individuals.  These papers are another rich source often consulted by current students, scholars, and official researchers. Brian McAllister Linn relied heavily upon them for his influential book, The Echo of Battle: The Army’s Way of War. The author used the writings of USAWC students to illuminate different trends and traditions in the way the service has envisioned and prepared for contemporary challenges future conflicts.  USAWC students today must be aware that they are not only studying and using history in their classrooms, they are also creating valuable historical resources themselves in the curricular and research products they leave behind.     


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
USAWC program brings together senior reserve officers, students

Coast Guard Capt Doug Dawson talks with Brig. Gen. Paul Benenati, commander of the 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Wichita, Kan., before a panel discussion Feb. 22 as part of the 50th Senior Reserve Component Officer Course. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

The Army War College educates more than just the resident and distance USAWC classes -- just ask the nearly 45 general officers and Army Reserve Ambassadors from the U.S. and Canada who came to the USAWC to take part in the 50th Senior Reserve Component Officer Course.

“SRCOC has many benefits for the participants and the college,” said Col. Greg Martin, Army Reserve Advisor to the Commandant, and coordinator of the event. “First, it gives our resident students insights into our reserve components. Second, it gives them extensive exposure to senior officers in seminar and third it gives the attending general and flag officers a pulse on how the students see things.”

The annual event includes interacting with USAWC students in their seminars, as well as briefings from key components of the college, such as the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, Center for Strategic Leadership, and the Army Heritage and Education Center. 

“There is no program like this in the entire Department of Defense that brings together general officer and flag officers together with students to interact and learn with and from each other,” said Martin. “It’s important for the students to meet with and learn from the people who are serving in or have served in the jobs they may assume later in their careers.”

“It was an honor to be invited here,” said Leon Caffie, Army Reserve Ambassador from Michigan. “This has been a great learning opportunity for me and I can’t wait to share with others what I have learned here.”

“This has been a great week of learning from the faculty, students and other officers here,” said Brig. Gen. Paul Benenati, commander of the 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Wichita, Kan. “You can’t gather together this distinguished group to talk about the issues and challenges that face our nation and Army anywhere else.”

“I think it’s always good to be challenged about the way we look at an issue,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Tony German, Assistant Adjanduts General for New York. “Being in the seminar and talking with these great students has really been a great and educational experience.”

Guest speakers this year included Lt. Gen. Frank Grass, deputy commander of Northern Command, Maj. Gen. Keith Thurgood, deputy commanding general , Army Reserve Command,Honorable David McGinnis, acting assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, and Sarah Nagelmann, special adviser to the Chief of Staff of the Army. 

New for this course was a panel that focused on U.S. policy options for China featuring David Lai, Strategic Studies Institute, Dave Helvey, OSD Policy Office, Andy May, Office of Net Assessment, Aubrey Carlson, China Desk, U.S. Department of State and retired Col. Frank Miller, Defense Intelligence Agency.


Nearly 45 general officers from the U.S. and Canada came to the Army War College to take part in the 50th Senior Reserve Component Officer Course. Photo by Charity Murtorff.


“Having served in the area and being familiar with the issues and challenges that face the region, I was really looking forward to this panel,” said Tom Anderson, Army Reserve Ambassador. “I wasn’t disappointed as they brought up some challenges and solutions that I hadn’t considered.”

“We have partnerships and relationship with China so this panel was a great opportunity for me to learn more and talk with the experts,” said Canadian Col. James Claggett, commander of the 32 Canadian Brigade Group.

The course was schedule this year to coincide with the conclusion of the Defense Enterprise Management course of the USAWC academic program.

“Many of these guests serve in positions that are directly involved in DEM and can provide first-hand knowledge from their own experience,” said Martin.

The guests received an overview of the course from USAWC faculty and were able to provide their own experience and feedback during seminar and Bliss Hall discussions.    

Senior spouses were also given an opportunity for professional and personal development during a series of lectures, group discussions and meetings with USAWC faculty, staff and spouses.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Lamont speaks to USAWC class as part of enterprise management course

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Thomas R. Lamont led a panel discussion Feb. 23 featuring John Newmanm director, Training, Readiness, and Mobilization, Larry Stubblefield, DASA for Diversity and Leadership, Gwendolyn R. DeFilippi, director, Civilian Senior Leader Management Office, Samuel B. Retherford, DASA for Military Personnel, and Jay D. Aronowitz, DASA for Force Management, Manpower and Resources. Photo by Megan Clugh.      


Feb. 23, 2012 -- Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Thomas R. Lamont led an all-star panel discussion Feb. 23 as part of the Defense Enterprise Management Course, one of the final courses of the 10-month Army War College academic program.

The Defense Enterprise Managementcourse helps prepare the students for the roles many of them will fill once they graduate.

Lamont spoke about the issues and challenges facing the Army, including manning and equipping the force and sustainability and readiness for the all-volunteer force.

He stressed that supporting and managing people whoich he called "our most valuable resource,"  is crucial to a sustainable force. His office serves as the Army's lead for civilian and military manpower policy, human resources, the review of soldier records, reserve/active component force structure policy, the Army-wide Equal Employment Opportunity Program and other critical matters as part of the Army leadership.

The other panelists were John Newmanm director, Training, Readiness, and Mobilization, Larry Stubblefield, DASA for Diversity and Leadership, Gwendolyn R. DeFilippi, director, Civilian Senior Leader Management Office, Samuel B. Retherford, DASA for Military Personnel, and Jay D. Aronowitz, DASA for Force Management, Manpower and Resources. After their opening remarks, the leaders took questions from the USAWC student body.     

The panel touched on many of the crucial facets of enterprise management.  

“Successful warfighting and other military operations do not occur without well- trained, properly equipped, and doctrinally sound forces,” said Col. Michael McCrea, DEM course director. “The serious-minded military professional invests the time to understand how the services develop, train, resource, equip, and sustain those forces.”

Through a combination of readings, lectures, exercises, and seminar dialogue, students become familiar with the processes and systems that drive the development of forces and capabilities for the Combatant Commanders.

“I think that in a world of fiscal austerity, we more than at any other time have to understand DEM in order to make informed decisions and recommendations to our senior leaders,” said Aubrey Butts, student.

“They talked a lot about what we have to do to make sure that our Army have the necessary resources, both people and equipment, to perform the missions we are asked to do This is probably one of the most important block of instruction we have here at the Army War College.”

McCrea said that the course serves as a capstone for the students, and it incorporates the lessons and concepts from the previous five courses.

“The 14-lesson course takes the students out of the tactical and operational force and introduces them to the institutional force, which is where many of them will work once they leave here,” he said. “Students are exposed to and are able to learn more about the relationship between various defense management systems and processes, their functions and purposes, and their interdependencies. This course attempts to provide a foundation for professional education on DOD, Joint, and Army systems and processes.”

Leading the Transition to the Army of 2020- Winter AUSA Symposium discussion

What is it?

The Army of 2020 is the steady vision that will transition the Army into a future force focused on developing adaptive leaders and organizations, modernizing equipment, and revolutionizing training to strengthen the Army.

What has the Army done?

The chief of staff of the Army has directed U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to lead an effort to design the Army of 2020 to provide national security decision makers greater flexibility in how the Army defends the nation. TRADOC established a task force to develop a strategic narrative that will guide the Army of 2020 and aid in redesigning the force structure of the Army.

What is planned for the future?

Gen. Robert W. Cone,
commanding general of TRADOC, will speak about Leading the Transition to the Army of 2020 during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium, held Feb. 22 through 24, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Lt. Gen. Keith Walker,
director of the Army Capabilities and Integration Center, and Lt. Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center, will chair a panel discussion with senior Army and industry leaders on the topic of the Army Investment Strategy.

TRADOCs second ILW panel, the Agile Capabilities Lifecycle Process, will be chaired by Brigade Modernization Commands Brig. Gen. Randal Dragon. This panel will highlight how TRADOC capitalizes on technological advances and frequent Soldier evaluation to accelerate modernization at a rate far exceeding traditional acquisition strategies.

TRADOC events at AUSA Winter Symposium

Feb. 22, 2012:
1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Requirements Determination (TRADOC exhibit #1405)

Feb. 23, 2012:
7:30 a.m.- 8:20 a.m. Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of TRADOC, remarks following retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan opening remarks (Floridian Ballroom)
10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. ILW Panel #4 Investment Strategy Approach to Modernizing (Floridian Ballroom)
1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. 21st Century Training (TRADOC exhibit #1405)
4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. ILW Panel #6 Agile Capabilities Lifecycle Process (Floridian Ballroom)

Feb. 24, 2012:
9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. The Squad: Foundation of the Decisive Force (TRADOC exhibit #1405)

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army of 2020 will deliver the capabilities required to support the Joint Force and to ensure the Army is the nations adaptive land force for decisive action.


Watch live panel discussions @ U.S. Armys UStream channel

2012 Army Posture Statement

The 2012 Army Posture Statement is the written expression of the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army to Congress for the annual posture hearings. The Army Posture Statement informs Congress on the state of the Army and outlines the Armys priorities for Congress to consider when reviewing the Presidents budget for the following fiscal year.

The Army Posture Statement also informs internal and external audiences about recent Army accomplishments and current initiatives. The online version of the Army Posture Statement includes 18 addenda which explain key programs and policies, including ARFORGEN, Equipment Reset, Energy, Cyber, Equipment Modernization and the Army Profession. It also contains over 330 information papers which provide details on important initiatives and activities.

Strategic Contest and 3 Focus Areas

The 2012 Army Posture Statement describes this years strategic context and identifies three focus areas of the Army. After the Department of Defense published its Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense and Defense Budget Priorities and Choices leaders across the Army Headquarters assessed the Armys posture and developed a plan for the future of the Army as part of the Joint Force of 2020. The Army also developed a public website to publish the Army Posture Statement which includes supporting addenda and information papers. The Army Posture Statement, addenda, and information papers are accessible online at Army Posture Statement 2012. (Note: This site will go live at 2 p.m. EST.)

The Army Posture Statement provides Congress, the Army community, think tanks, the defense industry, and other interested parties, an overview of the Army - strategic context and focus areas - in these times of fiscal realities. The Army Posture Statement is an authoritative document that highlights what the Army is doing around the world, and communicates the challenges the Army will face.

Additional Resources

The print version of the Posture Statement will be provided to each member of Congress prior to senior Army leader testimony related to the fiscal year 2013 budget. The on-line version of the Army Posture Statement 2012 will be available today at 2 p.m. and will remain available throughout the year. The Posture Statement will be printed in booklet format and available in March through the Executive Strategy Group, Office of the Director of the Army Staff. Subject matter experts will periodically update information papers on the 2012 Army Posture Statement website to ensure that they remain current and relevant.

Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense
Defense Budget Priorities and Choices

Army Posture Statement 2012
(This site will go live at 2 p.m. EST)

Dunham Clinic offering restorative sleep workshop

Open to All Beneficiaries -Tuesday, Feb. 21 & 28  10-11:30 a.m. in the Dunham Command Conference Room

Capt. (P) Jessica Schultz is a clinical psychologist, who will share with you the most current information and best practices demonstrated to effectively improve sleep.  This workshop provides:

  •    Information about sleep regulation
  •    Practical strategies that have been proven to enhance sleep
  •    Techniques to apply skills to your specific needs


Be prepared for hands on application and work towards getting restorative sleep. Each session is sequential, so be sure to schedule BOTH sessions on your calendar.

Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible at 717-245-3350 or

Listen live as leaders discuss how TRADOC is leading the transition to the Army of 2020 during AUSA

FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Senior leaders from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command will discuss how TRADOC is leading the Army's transition to the Army of 2020 during the upcoming Association of the U.S. Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 22 through 24.

This year, those who are unable to attend the exposition will have the unique opportunity to watch TRADOC panels and presentations live via streaming Web video courtesy of the Army's Ustream channel.

"We've got one chance to get this right," said Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of TRADOC, referring to the structural and human transitions the Army currently faces. "This time of transition -- after a decade of war -- is one of the most important times in the command's 38-year history."

Cone's presentation, titled "Leading the Transition to the Army of 2020," is one of the TRADOC panels and presentations that will be broadcast live on the Army's Ustream channel,, throughout the three-day exposition.

TRADOC events at AUSA Winter Symposium:
Watch the following events via the Army's Ustream Channel:

Leading the Transition to the Army of 2020 - 7:30 to 8:20 a.m. Feb. 23.
Gen. Robert W. Cone, TRADOC commanding general, will discuss "Leading the Transition to the Army of 2020" during his opening remarks. Cone will discuss how TRADOC is leading the Army's transition to the Army of 2020 through structural and human transitions, modernizing with creative, iterative and affordable solutions.

Investment Strategy Approach to Modernizing across DOTMLPF --
10:45 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m. Feb. 23.
Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, deputy commanding general of Futures and director of TRADOC's Army Capabilities and Integration Center, will lead an Institute of Land Warfare Panel composed of Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of the Combined Army Center, senior Army leaders, industry reps and other members from non-Department of Defense agencies. The panel will explain how TRADOC's comprehensive approach to modernization will help provide timely, innovative, effective and affordable solutions to help the Army transition to the future force of 2020. A media roundtable will be held following the event.

The Agile Capabilities Lifecycle Process - 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, along with Brig. Gen. Randal Dragon, Brigade Modernization Command, Fort Bliss, Texas, and a panel of other senior Army leaders and representatives of industry and non-DOD agencies will discuss how the process for getting capabilities into the hands of Soldiers more quickly offers a more comprehensive evaluation, better refinement and quicker fielding from a government and industry perspective. A media roundtable will be held following the event.

The following TRADOC presentations will available via TRADOC's Youtube site:

TRADOC Amphitheater Demonstration: Requirements Determination - 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22.
This presentation by Mr. Rickey Smith, Army Capabilities Integration Center Senior Professional for Capabilities Development, will provide audiences with a better understanding of how the Army generates requirements.

TRADOC Amphitheater Demonstration: 21st Century Training - 1:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23.
Col. Robert White, deputy commander of the Combined Arms Center-Training, will discuss how commanders train at home station to develop agile leaders and versatile units. He will also address the roles of the schools and the combat training centers in complementing home station training.

TRADOC Amphitheater Demonstration: The Squad - Foundation of the Decisive Fighting Force -
9:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 24.
Col. Walter Piatt, commandant of the Infantry School, will discuss the first step in the Army's long-term plan for shaping the Army of 2020 by determining what the squad needs to achieve overmatch against the enemy. He will also discuss the Army's enhancements to increase effectiveness of the squad and the plan to mitigate critical capability gaps. He will be joined by Command Sgt. Maj. Steven McClaflin, Infantry School command sergeant major.

Follow TRADOC's AUSA panels and presentations through Facebook and Twitter:

USAHEC expert discusses contributions of Soldiers during Civil War

Dr. Dick Sommers presents "How Black Soldiers Help Win the Civil War" at the Army War College

SAN ANTONIO -- On Feb. 20, our command will observe Presidents' Day. We honor our former Commanders-in-Chief and with special pride and celebrate the rich legacies of Presidents Washington and Lincoln. These men were crucial in forming our national heritage and instrumental in making our great nation what it is today.

Before we set forth on this long weekend, I want to thank all of you for your tremendous efforts in your service to our Nation. I am extremely proud of your commitment and dedication to our warfighters. Keep up the great work. A few tips that help all of us: Watch your buddy -- together you are twice as strong. The weekend provides a great chance to rest and grab great P.T., maybe even twice a day!

This holiday weekend, I ask you simply to be safe and to apply composite risk management (CRM) as a life skill. Make sure you manage risks 24/7 with good and informed decisions. Motor vehicle accidents remain the number one killer of our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members. Use the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPs) at, a proven tool to help identify and mitigate the risks of traveling.

Have a safe and enjoyable Presidents' Day celebration.

Army Strong!

LTG Mike Ferriter

Commander, Installation Management Command







Left:  Stephanie Tichenor, representing the Salvation Army, receives check from Nancy Loney, CBSC Outreach Chair and                                 CBSC President, Gail Dillon. Feb. 8, LVCC
Right:  Jane Alleman, representing Bethesda Mission of Harrisburg, accepts check from Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club, Feb. 8
Photos by Suzanne Reynolds

Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club Outreach for February 2012


  The Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club presented checks to the following recipients for February 2012:

  The Salvation Army Senior Center of Carlisle received $300 to support a local senior to attend a weeklong camp.  Receiving the check for the Salvation Army Senior Center of Carlisle was director, Stephanie Tichenor.

  Bethesda Mission of Harrisburg received $700 to be used for food, clothing, shelter and spiritual counseling for homeless veterans.  Receiving the check for Bethesda Mission was Jane Alleman.

  Presenting the checks from the Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club were Nancy Loney, Outreach Chair and Gail Dillon, President.

  For more information on the Salvation Army, visit:

Bethesda Mission visit:

Army Heritage Center Foundation Book Sale
  The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce a public book sale on Saturday, February 18, 2012. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the new Visitor and Education Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education 
Center (USAHEC), located at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle.
  The book sale will coincide with USAHEC's first "Recruiting Station" weekend event for people interested in meeting re-enactors, or learning how to join military re-enactor or living history groups, historical dance groups, and other history organizations.  Included in the book sale are several hundred hardback and paperback books, many of which are history and military titles. Out-of-print and collectible books, as well as fiction, how-to, literature, outdoor sports, and other titles will be available. CDs, DVDs, models, and more will also be for sale.
  All book sale items have been donated to the Foundation by private parties for its use.  No U.S. government property will be for sale. Cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) will be accepted. An ATM is also available onsite.
  Proceeds will benefit the Army Heritage Center Foundation which supports the development of the public buildings on the USAHEC campus and USAHEC's many programs.
  For more information about the book sale, contact the Foundation offices at museumstore@armyheritage.orgor at (717) 991-2823.
  Information about the  "Recruiting Station" and other USAHEC exhibits, lectures, and public events is available at:   or call (717) 245-4491.
 Admission and parking are free.  See for driving directions and maps. 

DOD releases fiscal 2013 budget proposal

President Barack Obama today sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $613.9 billion for fiscal 2013.  The request for the Department of Defense (DoD) includes $525.4 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund base defense programs and $88.5 billion to support Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), primarily in Afghanistan.

The proposed FY 2013 budget will ensure U.S. forces will remain capable across the spectrum of missions, fully prepared to deter and defeat aggression and to defend the homeland and our allies in the world's complex security environment.  It results from an intensive strategic review conducted by DoD's senior military and civilian leaders under the leadership and guidance of the president.  The defense strategic guidance, "Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense," was published in January 2012.  The proposed budget makes more disciplined use of defense dollars to maintain the world's finest military and sustain U.S. global leadership.  It applies strategic guidance to force structure and investment.  It preserves the All-Volunteer Force as the foundation of the U.S. military.  And it fully supports deployed warfighters.'

 "This budget plan represents a historic shift to the future, recognizing that we are at a strategic point after a decade of war," said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

 "The plan is aligned to strategic priorities we have identified to keep America safe and maintain the strongest military in the world.  It is also a signal of the department's commitment to our men and women in uniform and their families.  We are also redoubling our efforts to make better use of the taxpayer's defense dollar and meet our fiscal responsibilities," Panetta said.

 The $525.4 billion for the base budget includes cuts and other initiatives that will reduce planned spending by $259 billion over the next five years and $487 billion over ten years, levels that are consistent with the Budget Control Act. The budget adjusts programs that develop and procure military equipment; begins to re-size ground forces; slows the growth of compensation and benefit programs; continues to make better use of defense resources by reducing lower-priority programs, and restructures the defense organization to achieve more efficient approaches to doing business.

This budget request focuses on funding priorities for a 21st century defense that protects the country and sustains U.S. global leadership.  It reflects the need for DoD and the military to adapt in order to proactively address the changing nature of the security environment and to reflect new fiscal realities.

The separate OCO budget totals $88.5 billion, $26.6 billion below the fiscal 2012 enacted budget of $115.1 billion.  The proposed budget reflects the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq in December 2011, as well as savings due to operational progress in Afghanistan and the transition to Afghan responsibility for security.

Highlights of the proposed DoD budget are outlined at  For more information and to view the entire fiscal 2013 budget proposal, please visit http://www.budget.miland download the "FY 2013 Budget Request Overview Book."  Budget-related transcripts can also be viewed at

Lisa Daniel and Karen Parrish, American Forces Press Service
Budget proposal requests smaller, more modern, agile force

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2012 - The military will reduce its end strength by 5.5 percent over five years, while preserving military pay and benefits for current members and investing in technology and systems to counter future threats, according to Pentagon budget documents released today.

The fiscal 2013 proposal calls for a $525.4 billion base budget, down $5.2 billion from the current year, and $88.5 billion for overseas contingency operations, down $26.6 billion.

The proposal follows the military strategy guidance President Barack Obama released last month that provides a transition from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to a more agile and flexible military that responds to broad challenges and maintains global superiority while also helping to reduce the national deficit, officials said.

The administration has been working toward a $487 billion reduction in projected defense spending over the next decade, and the fiscal 2013 budget proposal calls for $259 billion in savings in the next five years. Officials said those savings would come from continued efforts at becoming more efficient, reducing overhead and duplication, and slowing the growth of personnel costs.

Defense officials said they followed a three-prong strategy for the budget request: to make disciplined use of resources, to follow strategic military guidance on decisions about force structure and investments, and to ensure the quality of the all-volunteer force while also slowing the growth of pay and benefits.

The proposal calls for $61 billion in spending cuts through fiscal 2017 -- a continuation of $150 billion in proposed budget "efficiencies" in the current budget year -- through reduced overhead and support, as well as improved business practices. It also calls for the department to become audit-ready by 2017.

The plan would increase investments in unmanned aircraft and tactical vehicles, maintain the joint strike fighter, and terminate the C-27 airlift aircraft and new weather satellites.

Also as part of the budget proposal:


-- The Army would eliminate at least eight brigade combat teams;


-- The Navy would eliminate seven cruisers and two dock landing ships;


-- The Marine Corps would eliminate one infantry regiment headquarters, five infantry battalions, one artillery battalion, four tactical air squadrons and one combat logistics battalion;


-- The Air Force eliminates six combat coded fighter squadrons and one noncombat coded fighter squadron, and 303 aircraft, including 123 combat aircraft, 150 mobility and tanker aircraft and 30 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.


End-strength reductions would rise incrementally from a 1.4 percent reduction in fiscal 2013 to a 5.5 percent reduction in 2017. The breakdown by service would be:


-- For the Army, a 0.9 percent reduction next year to 1,115,300, going to a 6.8 percent reduction in 2017;


-- For the Navy, a 1.7 percent reduction next year to 385,000, going to a 3.9 percent reduction in 2017.


-- For the Marine Corps, a 2 percent reduction next year to 236,900, going to an 8.3 percent reduction in 2017; and


-- For the Air Force, a 1.9 percent reduction next year, going to a 2.3 percent reduction in 2017.


The budget request includes a 1.7 percent military pay raise, a 4.2 percent average increase in the basic housing allowance, and a 3.4 percent rise in the basic allowance for subsistence.


As part of the plan, the Military Health System would receive $48.7 billion, down from $52.8 billion this year. Though there would be some fee increases in TRICARE and pharmacy co-pays for retirees younger than 65, officials said, fees will not increase for active-duty service members, survivors of military members who died on active duty or medically retired service members.

The budget request matches TRICARE military health plan fee increases to retirement pay. Retirees receiving $22,589 or less would pay $600 in enrollment fees in 2013, rising to $893 in 2017. Those receiving retirement pay of $45,179 or more would pay $820 in 2013 and $2,048 in 2017.

The budget request does not change the military retirement system in 2013, but includes a Defense Department request that Congress establish a military retirement commission to determine whether cost-effective changes should be made to the current system.

Defense leaders are fully committed to assisting service members and their families, officials said. The budget request includes $8.5 billion for family support programs.

The request provides $1.3 billion in funding for child care space for more than 200,000 children, as well as $1.4 billion for family support centers and morale, welfare and recreation programs. It also commits $2.7 billion for the education of more than 61,000 students at DOD Education Activity schools in 12 countries and more than 33,000 students in seven states, Puerto Rico and Guam.

The request includes more than $50 million to improve public school facilities on military installations.

Military construction funding is set at $9.1 billion, and family housing at $1.7 billion.

Under the proposal, the DOD civilian work force will decrease by 1 percent in 2013, and will receive a 0.5-percent pay raise, following a two-year pay freeze.

The budget request also seeks increasing opportunities for flexible work schedules and supports employee leadership development, training and wellness.

The request includes an overall $88.5 billion for Afghanistan and Iraq, down from $115.1 billion this year. Funding requirements have dropped in balance with decreased troop levels, officials said. The number of troops in Afghanistan is set to fall from 95,000 in the first quarter of this year to 68,000 by the end of 2013. Funding for Iraq -- $2.9 billion is requested for 2013 -- provides for equipment reset and DOD's costs for the State Department-led Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq.

Overseas contingency operations costs include $48.2 billion for operations, $9.3 billion for equipment reset, and $5.7 billion for Afghan army and police forces.

The budget request includes $5.1 billion for force protection, including body armor and protective gear as well as armored and mine-resistant vehicles. Another $4.5 billion is planned for military intelligence funding, which includes investments in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets.

The request would invest $1.4 billion in funding divided among the NATO alliance ground surveillance system, the combatant command exercise and engagement program, the National Guard State Partnership Program and the Security Force Assistance Program.

The request also provides for $3.8 billion in unmanned air systems, $3.4 billion for cyber, $9.7 billion in ballistic missile defense, $8 billion for space systems, and $11.9 billion is science and technology, including a $2.1 billion set-aside for basic research.

Program cuts projected from fiscal 2013 to fiscal 2017 total $75 billion, including $15.1 billion from the joint strike fighter and $13.1 billion in reduced shipbuilding.


Army War College Public Affairs
Dubik named next General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership

Carlisle Barracks, Pa., Feb. 13, 2012 - Retired Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik has been named the next General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, shared by the Army War College, Dickinson College, and Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs.

“He is one of the Army’s great intellectuals – a strategic thinker and innovator,” said Army War College Deputy Dean Col. Robert Nye.  “We can anticipate that he will contribute in powerful ways to the examination of leadership across the nation and globe.”

 His background makes Dubik a wise choice for all three schools, said Nye.  Extensive experience in the international arena and in building security cooperation marked his nearly 40-year Army career. Before retiring from the Army, Dubik commanded I Corps during a deployment to Iraq, and  Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq, responsible for developing, organizing and training the Iraqi security ministers, Iraqi security forces, and the Iraqi police.  He has been called on to provide advice at the highest level.

 Lt. Gen. Dubik was commissioned an Infantry officer following graduation from Gannon University in 1971.  He held leadership and command positions around the world. He commanded U.S. and Multinatioinal forces in northern Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy, was deputy commanding general for Task Force Eagle and Multinational Division North in Bosnia-Herzegovina during Operation Joint Forge, and commanded the 25thInfantry Division in Hawaii.  Dubik also was an associate professor of Philosophy at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Gannon University and a master’s degree in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. Dubik completed the Advanced Operations Studies Fellowship at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and attended both Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government executive program for national and international security and the National Security Leadership Course at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

His present work as a senior fellow at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare allows Dubik to devote time to researching and writing on issues of national security.

As the Bradley Chair, Dubik will participate in academic life at all three schools. Through classes, lectures, and participation in exercises and studies, he is expected to deepen each school’s curriculum,   stimulate thinking and exchange with faculty, and enrich student experiences at each institution.

The three schools select the Bradley Chair to represent a range of communities, including business, military, politics and academia.  Each field plays a critical role in guiding students’ understanding of leadership, from the perspective of liberal arts and sciences at Dickinson, law and international affairs at Penn State, and in the environment of international security studies at the Army War College.

The current Bradley Chair is Mr. Philip J. Crowley, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

Chartered in 1783, Dickinson is a highly selective college, which is home to 2,400 students from across the nation and around the world. Defining characteristics of a Dickinson educationinclude a focus on global education? at home and abroad, and the study of the environment and sustainability, which is integrated into the curriculum and the campus.

With a $150 million investment in new faculty appointments, signature facilities, and exciting new clinics, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law is preparing its students to engage in a lifetime of advocacy, counseling, and service on both the national and international stages. Penn State Law was formed from a merger in 2000 of the Dickinson School of Law – founded in 1834 in Carlisle, Pa. – and one of the world’s great research institutions, Penn State University.

The Army War College was founded in 1901 by Secretary of War Elihu Root, “to preserve peace by intelligent and adequate preparation to repel aggression, through studying and conferring on the great problems of national defense, military science and responsible command.” For 100 years, AWC has educated strategic leaders for strategic responsibilities in military and national security organizations.  By developing a greater understanding of why people fight, the nature of conflict, and the conduct of war at the strategic level, AWC students will be able to fulfill Root’s mandate “to preserve peace.”

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Former CJCS shares strategic leader perspective 


Retired Gen. Richard Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current Colin L. Powell Chair for National Security, Leadership, Character and Ethics at the National Defense University,  spoke to the Army War College Class of 2012 as part of the Commandant's Lecture Series. Photo by Megan Clugh.


Feb. 9, 2012 – “When you get to the strategic level there are demands on your intellectual thinking and the way you approach problems that are different than they are at the tactical level,” said retired Gen. Richard Myers, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current Colin L. Powell Chair for National Security, Leadership, Character and Ethics at the National Defense University. He spoke to the Army War College Class of 2012 as part of the Commandant's Lecture Series.

Myers spoke about strategic leadership and outlined skills and traits he felt were vital.

  • Being intellectually open — we live in a very complex world and the challenges are too great to be solved by just one element of national power
  • Understanding the nuances of the issues you’ll face
  • Having Intellectual agility is necessary to handle a multitude of different issues and not apply old paradigms to new problems
  • Being the integrator, understand more than just what you are an expert in, and integrate the elements of our national power
  • Being a team builder

Myers commented in detail about providing military advice to political leaders. One of the key areas are pre-and post-decision, he noted.  Pre-decision is where the military advice is most vital and effective. After the decisions are made, the impacts are somewhat limited.

He also spoke about the value of his time here, saying that the relationships, faculty and the ability to learn from each other, made this year one of the “most important years of his career.” 

“This is the time to reflect, to think about the skills, develop the capabilities that will allow you to go to the next level of leadership,” he said. “This is a vital year and our professional military education system is what differentiates us from all other militaries. We take this very seriously.”  

He said that students will never forget the tactical world they have served the majority of their careers in, but they are now becoming part of the strategic leadership. How they approach it and if they have the skills necessary going forward will help dictate their success.

Student Col. Barry Diehl said he appreciated Myers comments given the uncertainty that faces the military as budget and manpower cuts loom.

“He led the military through a time of great uncertainty, leading us after 9/11 and through events like Hurricane Katrina,” he said. “He can provide excellent advice on what we can expect as strategic leaders.”  

USAWC commandant takes part in Naval War College conference

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Army War College commandant, took part in a Naval War College Ethics Conference discussion entitled “Ethical Complexity of the Senior Leader Environment: A Case Study.”

Army to open six jobs, combat battalion staff positions to women

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 9, 2012) -- The Army announced its intent today to open six occupational specialties and more than 13,000 positions to women.

These six military occupational specialties, or MOSs, were previously closed to women because they were normally co-located with direct combat units:

-- 13M Multiple Launch Rocket System crewmember
-- 13P MLRS Operations/Fire Direction Specialist
-- 13R Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator Specialist
-- 91A M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer
-- 91M Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer
-- 91P Artillery Mechanic

DOD officials said at a Pentagon press conference Thursday afternoon that they have notified Congress of their intent to open these MOSs to women, and the change will become effective after 30 days of continuous Congressional session, as required by law. This is expected to occur later in the spring, said Maj. Gen. Gary Patton, principal director for DOD Military Personnel Policy.

In addition, officials announced that another 1,186 positions at battalion level would be opened to women in the Army, Marine Corps and Navy. These are in specialties already filled by women, but only at the brigade or higher level.

The 1994 DOD policy known as the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule had prohibited women from serving in combat units below the brigade level. But the secretary of Defense has now granted an exception to policy to allow women to serve in some positions in combat units at the battalion level.

The six specialties previously barred to women were due to the "co-location" element of the 1994 policy. That provision has restricted women from serving in MOSs that by doctrine are located with combat units.

DOD intends to eliminate the "co-location" provision due to the non-linear and fluid nature of today's battlefield where there often is no front line, said Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy Virginia "Vee" Penrod.

"The battle space we have experienced in Afghanistan and Iraq require our forces to be distributed across the country," Penrod said. "There is no rear area that exists in this battle space. Continuing to restrict positions as solely on being co-located with direct combat units has become irrelevant."

Patton said it may take some time to recruit and train women in the six specialties where they haven't served before. Training them as tank mechanics, for instance, will take longer than placing them at battalion level in MOSs they already know, he said.

Women will be placed in the new positions as men are scheduled to rotate out, Patton said. A normal rotation schedule will be followed and men will not leave the positions earlier than expected, he said.

About 280,000 positions across the services remain closed to women due to the combat exclusion policy.

After six months, DOD will assess the feedback from women serving in the new positions and use the information to take another look at the suitability and relevance of the direct ground combat unit assignment prohibition, Penrod said.

"This is the beginning of the end" of the combat exclusion policy, she added.

"We recognize the expanded role of women in the military," Patton said. "I've seen women in combat perform in an expanded role. I'm very proud of them."

Lt. Col. Heidi Kaufman, Army Physical Fitness Research Institute
Nutritional Tips on How to Overcome and Prevent a Gout Attack

The Western world has experienced an increased prevalence of gout in almost epidemic proportion during the last century.  Gout is a disorder of purine metabolism or kidney excretion of uric acid resulting in abnormal levels of uric acid in the blood.  Its symptoms include acute or chronic pain, swelling, extreme tenderness in a joint, and sometimes stiffness or discoloration of the skin around the affected joint.  Numerous factors are associated with increased risk: genetics, gender, age, medical conditions, and certain foods and medications. The body’s immune response during gout attacks mimics that of other inflammatory responses. This has led researchers to look at lifestyle habits that may enhance or reduce the potential for attack. Co-morbidities such as diabetes, obesity, sleep apnea, renal insufficiency, and hypertension are common with gout and should be medically managed since they may otherwise severely aggravate the gout condition.

As the disease advances, gout attacks occur more frequently and are more prolonged. Trivial injury or unaccustomed exertion may trigger the episodes, and attacks have been related to excessive eating, drinking, and exercise.  The holiday season, for that reason, may actually trigger an attack. Likewise, the urge to drop a few pounds following the holiday splurge can also trigger an attack if extreme dieting and exercise techniques are used.

Certain dietary patterns appear to influence the risk of developing gout.  Foods such as meat, seafood, beer, and fructose from soft drinks are linked to higher risk. Traditionally, gout has been treated with low-purine diets, however, drugs have largely replaced the need for rigid restriction of dietary purines.  During the acute stages of an attack, however, it is still considered wise to avoid or limit foods high in purine.   



Table 1: High Purine Content   (100-1,000 mg per 3 ½ oz of food)


Anchovies, mackerel, mussels, sardines, herring, roe, and scallops

Flavor Enhancements:

Bouillon, broth (as in chicken noodle soup), consommé, meat extracts, and gravy

Organ Meat: 

Brains, heart, kidney, liver, and sweetbreads


Goose, bacon, partridge, game meat (as in venison), mincemeat, baker’s and brewer’s yeast (as in beer)




Table 2: Moderate Purine Content   (9-100 mg per 3 ½ oz of food)


Fish, poultry (chicken, duck, turkey), meat (beef, lamb, pork, veal), and shell fish (except those in group 1)


Vegetable & cream soups, asparagus, dried beans, lentils, mushrooms, dried peas, cauliflower, and spinach


Whole grain breads and cereals, oatmeal, wheat germ, and bran



There are also some foods and beverages that have protective effects against gout:  low fat dairy products, vegetables (regardless of purine content), coffee, and foods higher in vitamin C.  Foods that will raise the pH level of urine will help to dissolve and excrete uric acid.



Table 3: Foods to Help Prevent Gout Attacks


Low fat and non-fat milk products, buttermilk


Beets, Swiss chard, kale, spinach, and turnip greens


All, particularly vitamin C rich fruits, except cranberries, prunes, and plums; tart cherries


Almonds, chestnuts, coconut, and coffee



To prevent future gout attacks, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute(APFRI) recommend gradually reducing body weight to lessen the impact of arthritic pain and high triglycerides that usually coexist with gout. Avoid drastic restrictions of calories and meal skipping since this can result in muscle breakdown and an increase in uric acid production.  Since carbohydrates promote excretion of uric acid, it is wise to include grains, fruit, and/or vegetables with all meals. Fats inhibit the excretion of uric acid, therefore, a high fat diet is not a wise choice. Keep the heart- healthy plant sources of fat (nuts, seeds, olives, and avocado) but apply portion control and limit the fats from full fat dairy, butter, and meat.  To help excrete uric acid and prevent stone formation, it is wise to drink adequate fluids to produce clear colored urine.  Mild or moderate use of alcohol does not necessarily induce an acute attack; however, ethanol does increase uric acid production and it is wise to limit intake for that reason.

During the acute stages of a gout attack, it is most important to drink liberal fluids, up to 4 quarts per day, to keep urine dilute, with at least half of that from water.  To limit purine intake during the attack, it is better to consume protein from low fat or non-fat milk, cheese, eggs, tofu, nut butters, and vegetables while avoiding or severely limiting the protein from meat, fish, and poultry to no more than 4-6 ounces per day.  Continue to consume carbohydrates and limit animal fats.  During an attack, it is strongly advised to avoid all sources of alcohol. See previous table of high purine foods to help guide in meal planning during an acute attack; limiting the intake of purine to 100-150 mg per day may help to reduce the discomfort of an attack. Since gout results in an inflammatory response, the value of eating a variety and ample amounts of food with anti-inflammatory properties versus those with pro-inflammatory properties remains important.



Table 4: Foods with Established Anti-Inflammatory Properties   (recommended daily)

Beans & Legumes

All dry beans and tofu


Green tea; red wine (up to 5 ounces for women and 10 ounces for men)


Cod, halibut, herring, oysters, salmon and tuna


Bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, garlic, greens, onions and sweet potatoes


Apples, berries, cherries, citrus fruits, pineapple and tomatoes

Herbs & Spices:

Basil, cinnamon, turmeric (curcumin), ginger, mint, oregano and thyme


Almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, and walnuts


Dark chocolate (but limit the portion size)


Canola and extra virgin olive




Table 5: Foods with Pro-Inflammatory Properties   (recommend moderation or elimination)

Refined Sugars:

Candies, pastries, and sugar-sweetened beverages

Highly Processed Carbohydrates:

Doughnuts and potato chips

Processed Meats:

Hot dogs, luncheon meats, sausage


Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil

Trans fatty acids:




Seeking medical advice and making lifestyle and dietary adjustments are some of the practical steps everyone can take to improve the overall quality of life with gout.  While research continues to identify new and better medications to help manage the disease, it is still wise to apply some basic principles of prevention and figure out your main triggers to reduce the frequency of gout attacks.



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  3. R. A. Jacob , et. al. “Consumption of Cherries Lowers Plasma Urate in Healthy Women,” J Nutr 133, no. 6 (June 2003): 1826-9.
  4. Qing-Hua Hu et al., “Allupurinol, Rutin, and Quercetin Attenuate Hyperuricemia and Renal Dysfunction in Rats Induced by Fructose Intake: Renal Organic Ion Transporter Involvement,” Am J Physiol Renal Physiol, no. 297 (2009): F1080-F1091.
  5. D. C. Nieman, “Immunonutrition Support for Athletes,” Nutr Rev 66, no.6 (2008): 310-320.
  6. Kathleen Mahan and Marian Arlin, Krause’s Food, Nutrition & Diet Therapy (W.B. Saunders Co).
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  8. Kathryn E. Piehowski and Sharon M. Nickols-Richardson, “Osteoporosis and Obesity: Inflammation as an Emerging Link,” Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Pulse 28, no. 3. (Summer 2009): 1-6.



PAO Staff Report

The Class VI Store has moved into the Exchange

The Class VI Store moved into the Main Exchange January 29. 

A patron shops in the new Class VI area in the Carlisle Barracks Main Exchange.

The new Class VI in the Exchange stocks all the assortment available in the stand-alone building, and minimizes costs.  The space is adequate for growth for new warm sold beverages, and doubles the amount of cold beverages available for sale. Currently, a cash register at the front of the store is dedicated to Class VI use. 

The Exchange planned the move to reduce the overhead costs of operating the Class VI store as a stand-alone facility. Moving the store into the Main Exchange reduces personnel, utility costs, and other overhead expenses.

Increased sales will boost revenue that comes back to this community from the Exchange via MWR dividends.

The next phase of the Exchange plan for Class VI is to construct a new, separate entrance and locate a cash register and new walk-in cooler in the Class VI area of the building. 

The former Class VI building will now become the new location for the post's Outdoor Recreation office, part of the Family Morale Welfare and Recreation. The Outdoor Rec move is planned for Spring.

Left:  The Chilean officer answers questions about his country
at the International Fellows "Around the World" event, Jan. 20, LVCC.
Right:  The Saudi Arabian family prepares food and drink samples for attendees at the event.
Many experience cultural ‘Around the World’ immersion
by Suzanne Reynolds
  It was an explosion of international culture at the “Around the World” event, sponsored for fellow students and community sponsors by the International Fellows of the USAWC Class of 2012, at the Letort View Community Center, Jan. 20.
  International families from 66 countries opened windows into the unique cultures of their countries through traditional dress, colorful table displays, videos, books, and a sampling of national food and drink.
  “Michael and I took about three days of solid work to put together the display, costumes and cooking, said Robyn Prictor of Australia.  “For months prior we were gathering/purchasing cultural items and food that we wanted to use for the display.  It was a family effort with my adult girls involved in sewing, painting, cooking and preparing the powerpoint presentation,” she said.
  “We enjoyed the opportunity to present Australia to the other IF's and to our American friends and to experience the culture of the other countries on display,” said Prictor.
  “I just wish that I could have talked more to all the people who wanted to learn about our country,” said Maj. Sissel Mangersnes of Norway.  “I would like to see it scheduled for a whole Saturday and that way more people could come,” said Mangersnes, a Norwegian officer whose husband is in the USAWC class. Mangersnes works part-time with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.
  “I liked the crowd,” said Faridah Isamil of Malaysia.  “People wanted to know about our country, and tasted our food,” she said.
  Attendees appreciated the journey through many nations’ foods, cultural dress, and hospitality.
  “What an amazing event!” said student Col. Chip Bircher.  “It really shows how we are all connected and gives families a chance to experience a little bit of another culture.” 
  “Everyone that I spoke to was very impressed with the food, decorations, and all the work that went into showcasing their countries,” said Wiebke Jablonsky of Carlisle, who sponsors the Indian family and is a Conversation and Culture program team member.
   'It was a great show, and we really enjoyed learning about the different cultures,” said Ron and Clary Johnston, International Fellow community sponsors from Carlisle.  “The Italian display was great, and we're looking forward for our trip to Italy now.”
                                             The International Fellow from Taiwan shows attendees a cultural item from his country.
                                                                             Photos by Megan Clugh and Charity Murtorff

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chairman's Corner: Strategic Directive to the Joint Force

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2012 - The past 10 years have been some of the most challenging in our military's history. Our service members and their families have endured every hardship and met every challenge with courage and dignity throughout, 

The responsibility for defending our nation is one we have proudly carried for centuries. As we examine how the past 10 years have affected our military, the Joint Force faces three points of transition which will test our leadership and shape our future: the transition from two large land wars to a complex security environment with many challenges, the transition from abundant to constrained resources, and, as our active force shrinks in size, the transition of many service members and families into civilian life.

In October, I published my Letter to the Joint Force, which outlined four focus areas as we face the future. These focus areas will guide us through the transitions:

-- Achieving our national objectives in our current conflicts;

-- Developing a Joint Force for 2020;

-- Recommitting ourselves to the Profession of Arms; and

-- Keeping faith with the Military Family.

As a follow up, I've just released my Strategic Direction to the Joint Force. This document goes into greater detail of the key efforts in each of our focus areas. Read these with a critical eye and ask yourself what you can do to contribute to these efforts and make them better.

I invite you to comment on my blog, my Facebook page or on Twitter. Share your thoughts with me on how we can improve the Strategic Direction and together address the needs of our future.

Harrisburg St. Patrick's Day Parade to honor Military and Military Families
The honor of your participation is requested to "HONOR OUR MILITARY AND MILITARY FAMILIES," during this year's Harrisburg Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration, Saturday, March 24, 2012.
Thomas and Romayne McGinnis, the parent's of American and Pennsylvania hero, Medal of Honor recipient, Spc. Ross McGinnis, will be this year's Grand Marshals for the Harrisburg Saint Patrick's Day Parade Association (HSPDPA). 
There will be several opportunities to meet the McGinnis family and hear Ross' Army story. You are invited to participate in any or all of the activities.
On March 24 at 8:30 a.m., there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the McGinnis memorial marker located in Soldier's Grove at the Capitol complex.  Please R.S.V.P to
March with them in the Harrisburg Saint Patrick Day Parade.   Information about the parade may be found at:

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks gathers to honor innovation during installation awards ceremony

The Carlisle Barracks community gathered to honor innovative smart leadership during the quarterly installation awards ceremony Feb. 6.

“I appreciate it -- the entire team, we appreciate what you do every day to advance our mission,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant.  Martin went on to praise the awardees for finding ways to accomplish their missions, despite budget constraints, through innovation and thinking outside the box.

Darby Burkholder, an educational technician with the Department of Distance Education, was named the civilian employee of the quarter.

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin presents Darby Burkholder, an educational technician with the Department of Distance Education, with an Achievement Medal for Civilian Service during the installation awards ceremony.  Burkholder was named Carlisle Barracks Civilian Employee of the Year.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

Burkholder was nominated for the award by her supervisor because of her dedication to the needs of the distance education students.  Col. Brett Weigle, director of 2nd Year Studies for Distance Education, cited Burkholder’s work in providing all administrative and logistical support for the Commandant’s National Security Program, which takes place during the second resident course of distance education, as an example of her dedication.

“Ms. Burkholder interacted with an average of 20 of our 360 students every day via phone, and another 30 via email,” said Weigle.

“Most of these communications are 'crisis' contacts as students prepare to travel to Carlisle Barracks to attend both First and Second Resident Courses, or require immediate attention in order make suspense or fix errors," he said. "She handles all queries with aplomb regardless of caller attitude, focusing on solving each student's problem as if it were affecting her personally.”

Three civilian employees were awarded the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for making In- and Out- Processing faster and easier for students.   

George L. Frame Jr., Human Resources Directorate, Timothy Arnold and Ray Leist, both in the Defense Finance and Accounting Services, were recognized for streamlining the in-processing for 2012 Army War College resident students and Army War College Fellows.

Martin commented on numerous calls and emails from students praising the ease in which in processing was handled here.

Many Army War College and garrison employees were recognized for volunteer work.

Sgt. Jeffrey Poland, HRD, was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his work as the president of the Carlisle Barracks Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers program.

Charlotte Kinney and John Blair, both retired military officers, were presented with certificates of appreciation from the Garrison Commander for volunteer support of the 37th Annual Carlisle Barracks Retiree Appreciation Day.

The garrison commander also presented certificates of appreciation to several Carlisle Barracks employees for volunteering at Oktoberfest. Nearly 8000 attendees enjoyed the entertaining family day, thanks to work contributed by -- Wendy Bladksmith; Brad Bower; Susan Cantalupi; Mannie Chesney; Jackie Chicchi; Courtney Crytzer; Simone Crytzer; Kim Foltz; Wanda Gentile; Bree Hovetter; Wendi Kent; Ann Miller; Fran Piper; Larry Piper; Melanie Ramos; Judy Scott; Ken Sjoberg; Brandon Shiposh; Katherine Stewart; Teresa Strohm; Regina Thames; Cleo Williams; Karen Wright; Nathaniel Wright; Barbara Yeager; Zach Zimmermann.

 Mary Anne Turnbaugh was recognized for her 19-year contribution to the Carlisle Barracks Family Morale Welfare and Recreation community during the ceremony.  Turnbaugh, who retired at the end of last year, began her career as a budget assistant in 1992 and retired as chief of the Nonappropriated Fund Management Division for FMWR.   Along with certificates of appreciation and retirement, she was awarded an Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

Article and photos by: Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Strategic researchers occupy new SSI building

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant discusses the “cutting-edge strategic research and outreach,” that SSI does, during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Strategic Studies Institute celebrated a significant milestone in its 60-year history today, as its director and the Army War College commandant cut the ribbon on their new facility. 

The new building, located at corner of Bouquet Rd. and Forbes Ave., is special for two reasons, said Professor Doug Lovelace, director of SSI. 

“First, it was constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, which means it is not only extraordinarily energy efficient, but also very functional, and second, this is the first building ever built at Carlisle Barracks with the needs of a world-class strategic research facility and staff in mind,” he said.

“Getting to this point was hard work and required a true team effort,” said Lovelace.  “The most remarkable aspect of this journey has been how the entire Carlisle Barracks team worked together innovatively to create a facility that will promote as much productivity as one twice its size.”

Col. Phillip Cuccia, Director, SSI Academic Engagement, shows his family his office in the new SSI building.

Throughout its existence, SSI has been located in Root Hall, but the expansion of the International Fellows program triggered new demand for seminar space in Root Hall.

The new building for SSI is part of a larger campus modernization plan for the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks, added Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant.

"They do cutting-edge strategic research and outreach," said Martin after the event. "Right now, they are helping the G3 and Chief of Staff of the Army think through the grand strategy for the nation. That work has inspired the theme for the Army War College's strategy conference this year.

"It's smart, strategic thinking being done by professional soldiers and researchers who have tremendous breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. They do high-quality, important and relevant strategic thinking, writing, and publications of great importance to the senior leaders of the Army, the military and the nation."

Dr. Steve Metz, SSI Regional Strategy Department Chair, takes residence in his new office in the SSI building.

SSI staff are engaged in relevant research on issues that matter greatly, said Martin, who highlighted the professional focus of SSI researchers:

o David Lai, on China

o Don Snyder, the Army Profession and civil-military relations

o Jeff McCausland, nuclear nonproliferation

o Andy Terrill, Arab Spring o Steve Metz, future of American strategy

o Lenny Wong, senior leader development

o Robin Dorff, Operation Iraqi Freedom strategic decision-making o Steve Blank, US-Russia relations in the 21st century

o William Braun, future of the US Army

o Corey Dauber, visual imagery in the global war on terrorism

o John Denny, US Grand Strategy

o Max Manwaring, Mexico

0 national security criminal nexus, and Latin American security affairs SSI studies are available online,

Dr. Don Snider, SSI adjunct professor, watches Steven Reese, a network Enterprise Center technician, set up the computer in his new office.

(r) Dr. Jeff McCausland admires the desks in the new SSI building.




Lt. Col. Mark McCann
Faculty deployments strengthen curriculum, validate classroom concepts

Col. Eric Ashworth, right, meets with an Iraqi battalion commander at the Iraqi Maneuver Center, Besmaya, Iraq, 2009.   Courtesy photo.

Jan. 26, 2012 – U.S. Army War College faculty who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and served at the strategic level of command return with lessons that validate classroom concepts, keep courses relevant, and strengthen the academic mission of educating future strategic leaders.  

“Deploying allows them to fulfill their professional obligations by contributing to ongoing operations in a meaningful way,” said USAWC Dean Dr. Bill Johnsen, about the faculty.  “It refreshes the faculty and the curriculum, and makes them better faculty when they return.

“Most faculty go to high level jobs, dealing routinely with senior leaders, so they are exposed to senior leader issues and observe how senior leaders work, which is what we teach here,” Johnsen continued. “They can take theories and concepts from the classroom, see how they are applied in the ‘real world’ and bring those lessons back to the students.”

One faculty member who returned this past September was Deputy Dean Col. Rob Nye.

During his 14-month deployment in Iraq, he was chief of the action group for the Deputy Commanding General (Advising and Training), U.S. Forces-Iraq. This organization trained, advised, and developed military, police, and other security organizations in Iraq’s fledgling democratic government.

Nye’s 10- person, joint service group worked directly with the deputy commander, preparing him for meetings with senior U.S. and Iraqi military and government leaders, providing insight on complex issues ranging from downsizing large organizations in the wake of the U.S. drawdown to working with the Iraqi government on a $3.5 billion contract to equip Iraq’s air forces with F-16 fighter aircraft.  

“I got to observe how senior leaders maneuver through the political / military process that we see on a daily basis,” said Nye. “Most of the problems we dealt with are problems we present to the students with the same complexity and same difficulty.”

“Being able to operate in the ‘unknown’ with limited guidance, while being able to trust one’s instincts was critical,” said Nye. “It also was critical to understand ‘strategic patience,’ or knowing when to insert an issue or idea into the commander’s ‘mindspace’ or decision cycle.”  

Dr. George Woods, III, a professor of strategic leadership, went to Afghanistan in January 2008 to teach a class on leadership at the Afghan War College while still on active duty as a faculty member here.

That experience compelled him to volunteer for a longer assignment in Afghanistan.

Later that same year, he returned there and was assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan where, initially, he helped create the new U.S. Forces-Afghanistan headquarters and then served as an advisor to the Afghan minister of defense. 

“Students here have served many rotations overseas, so I felt an obligation to do my share to provide them with something in class relevant to their experiences,” said Woods.


Col. George Woods, center, attends the first meeting between Gen. Stanley McChrystal, right, and Abdul Rahim Wardak, Afghan Minister of Defense, left, during the NATO Minister’s Conference in Brussels in June 2009. McChrystal was in Brussels to meet NATO Defense Ministers enroute to Afghanistan to assume command of ISAF.   courtesy photo.



When he first arrived, Woods said that the command asked him what he wanted to accomplish during the deployment.

“I told them I wanted to be exposed to strategic leadership and decision making, and I wanted to have a better understanding of Afghan culture and how Afghans and the U.S. interrelate,” he said. “My time there helped me learn the importance of relationships at a strategic level, how relationships are established and maintained, and how relationships are an important factor in how decisions are made.”

When he returned, Woods collaborated with many of his colleagues who also deployed to Afghanistan. Working through the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) here, they developed two elective courses on Afghanistan for Army War College students, focused on policy, operations, and culture.

“As the main effort shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan, we wanted to put together courses designed specifically to help students who would be going to serve there,” he said. 

Prof. James Boling, who teaches in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations here, deployed to the International Security and Assistance Force headquarters in Afghanistan in 2009. There he was the senior military advisor to an Afghan National Planning Cell, working mainly out of the Afghan Ministry of Defense.  

Boling’s multinational team worked a dual mission to advise, mentor, and help Afghan National Security Force senior officers develop operational planning skills while ensuring the synchronization of ISAF and Afghan National Security Force operations. 

When he returned, Boling became director for a regional security elective course on Afghanistan.

“The benefit of having been to Afghanistan was being able to talk about how ‘advisorship’ worked there and what drives Afghan society, and be able to share insights about operational partnership,” said Boling. “We redesigned the course to include more on Pakistan and to re-emphasize things like patronage networks, kinship influences, the Afghan cultural setting and politics, and how Afghan society really works.”

Col. Rob Nye, foreground, attends an event where Iraqi forces demonstrated their capabilities with the M1-A1 tank for the Iraqi minister of defense, the public and the media. The event highlighted another milestone in the development of Iraqi defense forces. Courtesy photo.

“It simply added another layer of experience in a different context to previous experiences, allowing me to bring to bear in class that much of what was done there, we teach here,” he said.

A deployment to Iraq was beneficial to Col. Eric Ashworth, director of Operations and Gaming Division at the Center for Strategic Leadership. Ashworth deployed in 2009 and served as deputy director for the Partnership Strategy Group-Iraq at the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq headquarters.  

Working with the strategy group, he experienced the complexity of planning the transfer of hundreds of functions from the Department of Defense to the Department of State in helping to establish the Office of Security Cooperation.

 “It is valuable to War College students to provide examples where times may have changed, the principles they learn here still can be applied to solve problems they may face after graduation,” said Ashworth. “In many ways, my deployment validated the lessons we teach here.”   

Carol Kerr, Army War College Public Affairs
Army leaders discuss decision-making process at Senior Leadership Seminar

  Col. Lew Irwin, Senior Leader Seminar participant, engages Gen. Bob Cone after the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commander's remarks to the 85 Army colonels and senior civilians selected for the Army's one-week program. Photo by Carol Kerr.    


There's a point at which select Army officers and senior civilians are in positions to make things happen and set the conditions for the Army's future if they are prepared to do so. Twice a year, the Army's Senior Leader Seminar (SLS) triggers that preparation by exploring the information needed for decision-making in a changing environment.


Eighty-nine Army colonels and DA GS-15s convened for the January seminar in Shepherdstown, W. Va., to explore issues presented by Army leaders during the second iteration of this Army Leader Development initiative. Executed by the Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership, the SLS educates and broadens senior leaders selected by the Senior Leader Development office.


"This is exactly where we need to put our emphasis in leader development," said TRADOC Commander Gen. Robert Cone who spent several hours in SLS dialogue about Army Leader Development from TRADOC's perspective and from his own personal perspective.   


"This program stems from systematic analysis of how we develop leaders," said Cone. "We identified this cohort of leaders and wanted to ensure that we provide the breadth and depth of understanding about the strategic environment that they'll deal with.

"It's important that they understand the full context of the peacetime world - team play, sharing information and building coalitions," said the TRADOC commander.


"It's about team play at this level," said Cone. "For most of their career, they've focused on their own lane. Now the job is to understand external relationships."


Cone's focus complemented that of Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, who emphasized these leaders' responsibility to lead change in a changing world and at a time of fiscal constraint.


The Army leaders who addressed the group were candid about creating consensus for complex challenges. Sharing insights from positions of responsibility and experience were Gen. Odierno, Gen. Cone, Third Army/USARCENT commander Lt. Gen. Vince Brooks, Inspector General Lt. Gen. Peter Vangiel, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy.


The seminar included experts' guidance about the high-visibility, high-expectation world of the strategic leader.


Dr. Don Snider identified the definitions of the Army Profession campaign as a precursor to future Army "build-down."  Col. Mike Meese, professor and head of the Department of Social Sciences at West Point shared the economic literacy needed for strategic decision-making. Professional Congressional Staff Member Bill Sutey joined with the Chief of Legislative Liaison Maj. Gen. "Ben" Hodges to clarify what Members of Congress need and expect, and why that understanding matters.  The mysteries of interagency coordination were deconstructed by representatives of the departments of Homeland Security and State, DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Alan Cohn and DoS Minister-Counselor Karen Aguilar.

Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, spoke to the group about  the leaders' responsibility and challenge to lead change in a changing world and a time of fiscal constraint


Emerging themes included the value of relationships, skill in seeing the Army from outside perspectives, and the need to survey personal skills and knowledge to recognize and develop blank spots in a leader's skill set.


"I value the simple fact of knowing what others are thinking," said SLS participant Col. J.T. Thompson, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. "Rarely do we get the opportunity to reflect on the issues facing the military in the next three to five years, and allow us to brainstorm."


"This is exploratory learning," said Thompson. "You get an appreciation for the enormity and diversity of the situation ahead of us. There is no silver bullet. You appreciate what is ahead. To be a part of that among all these people? I'll take that," he said about the cohort of SLS leaders who will set the conditions for the future.


"This is important in that it guides my self-development," said participant Col. Bruce Antonio, 4th Infantry Division Chief of Staff. "To hear what senior leaders are thinking about is valuable. As I hear the issues important to senior leaders, I know where I'll want to put more attention in personal development."

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
USAWC hosts Penn State students for negotiations exercise

33 students from Penn State University took part in an International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise Feb. 2-5 at the Army War College Center for Strategic Leadership. The exercise challenges the students to use their negotiation and communication skills to help solve real-world conflicts. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.


Feb. 3, 2012 -- The International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise confronted 33 Penn State students with the challenges of a tough, real-world, stalemated conflict Feb. 2-5.

The program challenged the students by assigning each of them to one of seven country-teams, represented participants at a mock UN-sponsored conference called to address a series of international events. The students are members of the Penn State University Presidential Leadership Academy.   

“I really wanted to take part in this program to help develop my negotiation skills,” said Sarah Espinoza, advertising major. “The skills I help hone here by taking part in this exercise can really be applied to any situation.”

“For me, being able to expand my experiences by taking part in this program is really valuable,” said Jordan Rolon, a recreation, park, and tourism management major. “In my future career and internships I will need to be able to effectively communicate with groups that come from all different backgrounds and perspectives. This exercise has already helped me see how important our own filters can be when we approach an issue and how that needs to be taken into consideration by both parties.”

The program also exposes these students to the military, many of them for the first time.
“I think it’s extremely valuable to see how the military trains and conducts exercises,” said Espinoza. “We don’t get this type of experience in school and I think it will be extremely valuable for me in the future.”

“I wanted to take part in this because I’ve never been exposed to the military and I think it’s important to have at least a basic understanding of how the military operates and approaches different issues and challenges,” said Christian Heliman, a broadcast journalism major.  “This program will help me develop my communication skills and expand my experiences which I hope pay off in the future.”

A CSL team develops the scenarios, maps, background information, and the special -- and confidential -- instructions that each team will follow to negotiate an effective outcome. As the exercise unfolds, each team develops a strategy and works to negotiate the best solution to the conflict based on the scenario and instructions from their governments.

During their three days here, the students participate in negotiation sessions, toured the Army Heritage and Education Center and spoke with career diplomats and regional experts who coach and mentor each team through the diplomatic process. 

Community Events and Information for February 2012
Seminar Spouse Representative Meeting
This meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1-2 p.m., Visitor and Education Center, AHEC.  For more information, call 717-
Volunteer Income Tax Center
The tax center is open weekdays (by appointment only) from Jan. 30 – Apr. 17, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., in Room 202, Building 46, Anne Ely Hall.  For appointments call 717-245-3986 or 4940.
Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History
On Thursday, Feb. 2,“Of Duty Well and Faithfully Done:  A History of the Regular Army in the Civil War,” will be presented by Dr. Charles R. Shrader and retired Lt. Col. Clayton Newell, Independent Scholars.  The lecture will be held in the Visitor and Education Center Multi-Purpose room, 7:15 p.m.  For details, call 717-245-3972 or visit
Great Decisions 2012 Lecture topics and dates
Friday, Feb. 3:    Dr. Paul Kan, USAWC, will discuss, “Mexico.” 
Friday, Feb. 10:  Col. Kevin Richards, USAWC, will discuss, “Indonesia.” 
Friday, Feb. 17:  Dr. James Helis, USAWC, will discuss, “Exit from Afghanistan & Iraq.” 
Friday, Feb. 24:  Dr. Kent Butts, CSL, USAWC, will discuss, “State of the Oceans.”
These presentations are free and open to the public and will be held from 1-3 p.m.  The Feb. 10 presentation will be held in the Post Chapel – all others in the Visitors and Education Center, AHEC.
Installation Awards Ceremony
The Commanding General of Carlisle Barracks will host this ceremony at the LVCC, Monday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m.  All personnel are encouraged to attend.
Conversation and Culture Programs
International Fellow spouses’ country presentations will be held from noon-2 p.m., Carlisle Barracks Chapel on the following dates:
Tuesday, Feb. 7:    Country presentations:  Chile and Algeria.
Tuesday, Feb. 14:  Country presentations:  Australia.
Tuesday, Feb. 21:  Country presentations:  Yemen and Macedonia
Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Monthly event
The Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Fashion and Furs Show luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Letort View Community Center.  For reservations contact Theresa Crean, at or call 717-386-5808 by noon Friday, Feb. 3.
Parent Education and Advisory Council
This open forum to discuss child care programs and local schools will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. at the Delaney Field Clubhouse.  Military-affiliated parents of all aged children are encouraged to attend.  For more information call 245-4638.
Valentine Dinner Dance
This event will be held Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30-10 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center.  For reservations call 717-245-4049.
USAHEC Perspectives lecture
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, “Over the Beach:  U.S. Army Amphibious Operations in the Korean War,” will be presented by retired Col. Donald W. Boose, USAWC.  The lecture will be held in the AHEC Visitor and Education Center Multi-Purpose room, 7:15 p.m.  For details, call 717-245-3972 or visit
National Prayer Breakfast
The Carlisle Barracks National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30-8 a.m., LVCC, features guest speaker, Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald L. Rutherford.  Rutherford was the Carlisle Barracks chaplain from Jun. 2000 to Jun. 2003.  He is now the Army’s Chief of Chaplains.  For tickets and information contact the Post Chapel, 717-245-3318.
President’s Day Training Holiday
The Training Holiday is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17.
Re-enactor and Living Historian Recruitment Program
This programwill be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at AHEC.  Those interested in participating in living history are invited to interact with reenactment units looking for new members.  A range of historical periods will be represented.  Read more at:
Dunham Clinic Closure
Dunham Clinic will be closed Monday, Feb. 20 for President’s Day holiday.
Commissary Closure
The Commissary will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 20-21, for restocking and President’s Day holiday.  The store will reopen for normal operations on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m.
African American and Black History Observance
On Thursday, Feb. 23, 11:45 a.m. in the Letort View Community Center, Carlisle Barracks and the USAWC present guest speaker, Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson, first U.S. Army African American female major general.  This year’s theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History.”  Ethnic food will be available for sampling.
Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College
The Clarke Forum connects Dickinson College students and faculty and members of the broader community with scholars, practicing professionals and activists through the use of lectures, seminars, and conferences.
All events are free and open to the public.
For information on The Clarke Forum Spring 2012 schedule, visit:
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Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Public Health Command
USAWC grad Keenan takes command of U.S. Army Public Health Command

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND-NORTH, Md. (Feb. 1, 2012) -- Maj. Gen. Jimmie O. Keenan assumed command of the U.S. Army Public Health Command during a traditional military ceremony Jan. 27 at the Top of the Bay, Aberdeen Proving Ground--North.

She is the first two-star general to head the U.S. Army Public Health Command, or USAPHC, or its predecessor organizations, the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine and the Army Veterinary Command.

Before hundreds of USAPHC Soldiers and civilians, guests, family and friends, Command Sgt. Major Gerald C. Ecker received the unit colors from Keenan, after she received them from Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the 43rd Army surgeon general and commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, and reviewing official for the ceremony.

Horoho commended Col. Dennis C. Brown for his extraordinary leadership while serving as the acting commander of the USAPHC, and expressed her continued confidence in him as he returns to the command's chief of staff position.

Horoho also praised Keenan's leadership, and said the command's future is bright with leaders like her.

"Major General Keenan's skills and experience as a leader and administrator make her most qualified to take the reins as commander and to ensure that the Public Health Command remains a key enabler for Army Medicine and for the entire military health system," said Horoho. "We look forward to her bold leadership, enabling us to prevent disease and promote good health at every level from the individual deployed Soldier to the entire Army family."

Keenan is the 12th commander and fourth nurse to lead the U.S. Army Public Heath Command. She said she looks forward to broadening the organization legacy of outstanding service to Soldiers and retirees, their families and Army civilians. She said she was humbled to serve in her new position, and called the command the "bedrock of prevention-based, wellness-focused health care."

She emphasized that the mission of prevention is key to the future of Army medicine, as well as to the well-being of each individual the USAPHC supports.

"Our responsibility is great," she pointed out, explaining that Army Medicine looks to the Public Health Command for identification of diseases, epidemics and spikes in medical conditions that signal the need for medical intervention; for injury prevention; and for analysis of the factors that contribute to suicide.

"We monitor, mitigate and archive environmental health risks (and evaluate) occupational exposures in our workplaces, helping to protect both Soldiers and civilian employees, empowering us make the healthy changes that will help ensure our quality of life," said Keenan.

Despite the potential for budget constraints, Keenan expects the demand for USAPHC's public health services to increase.

"We will continue to champion the cause of those we serve," she said. "We will remain pioneers, creating initiatives that promote both mental and physical wellness. Together, we will continue to improve, to pursue promising initiatives and to base our decisions on good values, good science and good practice."

In her new duties as commanding general of the USAPHC, Keenan will lead a worldwide organization with more than 3,000 Soldiers and civilians assigned. The USAPHC promotes health and prevents disease, injury and disability in Soldiers and military retirees, their family members, and Army civilians, and assures effective execution of full-spectrum veterinary services for the Army and Department of Defense.

Keenan was commissioned into the Army as a Nurse Corps officer after receiving her Baccalaureate of Nursing degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. She also holds a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the Medical College of Georgia and a Master's in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

She has enjoyed a variety of medical and command assignments of increasing responsibility, both in the U.S. and overseas. She was selected as an Army Congressional Fellow assigned to the staff of then-Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Her most recent assignments were as the first chief of staff, U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command, and as commander of Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo.

Keenan's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal.

She has earned the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

Keenan was the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award winner for the Health Services Command in 1988, and a regional finalist in the White House Fellowship Program in 1992. She is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Deadline Feb. 24 for scholarship applications 

FORT LEE, Va. –Eligible students who want to apply for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program still have time, but the clock is ticking. Applications must be completed and delivered – not postmarked, but delivered – to a commissary by close of business Feb. 24.

Scholarship applications are available in commissaries and online at– choose the “News & Info” tab and then the “Scholarship Info” tab. Applications are also available at At least one $1,500 scholarship will be awarded at every commissary with qualified applicants.

The following are key reminders for scholarship applications, which are also available in greater detail on

  • Current military ID.Applicants and their sponsors must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System DEERS database and have a current military ID card.
  • Military family member.Applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child – no older than 21, or 23 if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, a reservist, guardsman or retiree, or survivor of a service member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree.
  • College bound. The student must be planning to attend, or already be attending, an accredited college or university, full time in the fall of 2012 or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.
  • Essay.The essay must be 500 words or less, stapled to the application and written in the following format: typed, double spaced, no more than two pages, applicant’s name in upper right-hand corner of each page. The essay topic: “Whose four faces would you place on a 21st century Mount Rushmore-type monument, and why?” The person must be nonfictional, U.S. citizen, male or female – the time frame for the selection is 1850 to 2011.
  • Correct address.Applicants must provide their permanent home address on the front page of the application – not their college address.
  • Complete package.The submission package must include the following: 1) transcript or copy of applicant’s grades; 2) essay with applicant’s name on each page; 3) parent or guardian’s signature as well as the applicant’s signature on application; and 4) applicant’s high school College Board Code number (if available).
  • Keep a copy.Applicants should also maintain their own copy of their application and essay.
  • Submit to one commissary. Applicants can only submit their application to one commissary; submitting to more than one store will disqualify the applicant from consideration.
  • No faxes or emails.Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

For more information, call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at

Army Substance Abuse Program
Children of Alcoholics Week Feb. 12 – 18

Imagine coming home from school and dreading what you might find. Imagine having no friends because you’re too embarrassed to bring them home in case Mom or Dad are drunk, or worse. Imagine living in a home full of fear and having no one to turn to because everyone denies there’s a problem.

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 at 1-888-425-2666.


 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.

USAWC grad nominated for General 

President Barack Obama has nominated Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Via, a Martinsville native, for a fourth star and appointment to the rank of general.

He also was nominated for assignment as commanding general of Army Materiel Command (AMC) at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made the announcement Jan. 25, according to a Department of Defense news release.

Via, a 1976 graduate of Carver High School, now is deputy commanding general/chief of staff of AMC at Redstone Arsenal.

Such presidential nominations must be confirmed by the Senate. The release did not include information about when the Senate will consider the nomination, which was one of three announced Jan. 25.

According to a story in The Huntsville (Ala.) Times, Via assumed duties as the AMC’s deputy commanding general in May after serving as the director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems, J-6, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

He was commissioned May 18, 1980, in the Signal Corps after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Virginia State University. He later earned a master’s degree from Boston University.

Via also is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (class of 1991) and the U.S. Army War College (class of 1999), according to the report.

Via and his wife, the former Linda A. Brown, have two sons, Brian and Bradley.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

IMCOM Deputy CG visits Carlisle Barracks

Tom Kelly, director of the Carlisle Barracks Public Works, discuses plans for the proposed renovation of Upton Hall with Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, deputy commanding general, IMCOM, while Lt. Col. William McDonough looks on.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.


Eleven years after completing his USAWC education at Carlisle Barracks, Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones returned as deputy commanding general of the Installation Management Command, Jan. 18 and 19. 

“While Maj. Gen. Jones is a graduate of the USAWC, there have been numerous changes within IMCOM culture,” said Elaine Leist, deputy garrison commander, who helped familiarize Jones to the post today. 

The garrison commander reviewed the request for funding for the renovation of Upton Hall, and updated Jones about personnel authorization for the gates here.

“Upton Hall is key to the campus modernization plan,” said Lt. Col. William Mcdonough, garrison commander.  “Aesthetically this building looks very nice, but structurally it has problems that need to be fixed.” 

“This building is worth keeping. It’s a great building,” said Tom Kelly, director of Carlisle Barracks Public Works, who offered details about the facilities during a tour of the building constructed for the Army Medical Field School in 1941. “They don’t build them like this now.” 

If funded, Upton Hall would likely begin its two year renovation in 2014.

Due to Department of Defense funding constraints, Carlisle Barracks, like other military posts, is having difficulty securing the money to continue these much needed projects.

"Due to the current hiring freeze imposed by IMCOM, hiring of security guards is not possible at this time,” said Bob Suskie, Director of Emergency Services.  “However, we currently have sufficient security guards to maintain our current gate operational hours."

“Right now my guards are working overtime, which is affecting their morale,” said McDonough.

Liz Knouse, director of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation, discussed with him plans for a new Youth Services building, behind the Moore Child Development Center. 

“The drainage issues are progressing through the state, and the modular portions of the building are currently being built," said Knouse. "Maj. Gen. Jones has assured me that the new Youth Services building would not be programmed for another installation.”

 Last year when he was head of FMWR, Jones received briefing on the plans for Cumberland Café at the Army Heritage and Education Center. This visit was Jones’ first chance to see the completed café, which opened up in November, as well as try the food. 

Jones was also briefed on the improvements to the Root Hall Deli, as well as the plans for the demolition of Heritage Heights, familiarly known as “Smurf” housing, this summer as part of a two year long new housing construction project.

“This was an incredibly productive visit for this installation” said McDonough. “We were able to highlight some new initiatives and provide clarity and seek assistance for some festering issues.”

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

Carlisle Barracks medics teach area Boy Scouts life saving skills

Sgt. Devin Taylor watches Dylan Nelson puts a sling on Ryan Way during the practical portion of the Boy Scout’s First Aid Merit Badge requirements.  Taylor and other medical personnel at Dunham Army Health Clinic taught First Aid to Troops 173 and 146 on Jan. 28.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.


On Jan. 28 volunteers from the Dunham Army Health Clinic medical staff opened their doors to the area Boy Scouts, to teach them valuable life saving skills.

The Scouts, representing Troop 173 from Carlisle Barracks and Troop 146 from Wellsville, gathered in the clinic atrium to complete the requirements to earn their First Aid Merit Badge. 

“The clinic really stepped up to help us,” said Col. Dave Dworak, USAWC faculty member, and assistant Scout Masters for Troop 173. 

“Sgt. 1st Class John McLaughlin and Maj. Michael Watson, really stepped up to help us out.  These boys aren’t just getting a merit badge, but learning skills for life.”

“A first aid merit badge is one of the badges that are required for achieving Eagle Scout,” said Col. Bob Hoelscher, Scout Master for Troop 173.

The medics broke the boys into small groups to teach them first aid for: treating for shock, performing CPR, heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, the proper procedures for treating head, neck and back injuries, the use of a tourniquet, bandaging broken bones, and moving a casualty. 

“I thought the training went well,” said McLaughlin.  “It gave the Soldiers the opportunity to  teach first aid to a group other then the military, and as a good community outreach type program, it was a win-win type of event.”

“The kids were very excited about training with the medics,” said Col. Greg Cantwell, assistant Scout Master for Troop 173.  “They (the Scouts) know that this is their job and not just some guy reading out of a book.”

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office

DIA director points to skills leaders need for new international environment


Jan. 4, 2012 -- A world in transition, uncertain challenges, and the need for even more interagency and international cooperation are just a few of the tests that will face students of the Army War College Class of 2012 when they graduate, according to the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. 

Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, DIA director, discussed these challenges and more as part of the Francis W. De Serio Lecture series, Jan.  4.

Burgess  reviewed the significant international developments of the past 18 months, including the end of the Iraq War, the death of Osama bin Laden, the continuing effects of the Arab Spring and the impacts of social media in Egypt and Syria.

“Many of you will be at the center of the challenges we face,” said Burgess.  “The leaders of today and tomorrow must have the skills needed to operate within an accelerating pace of change -- one in which flexibility and continuous adaptation are required. This is our new baseline.”

“You are here to broaden your minds and to begin to contemplate the breadth of responsibilities yet to come, and to contemplate the evolving challenges confronting our nation,” he said. Schools like the Army War College are important for developing mental agility and a grasp of the role of relationships. The students will need to recognize the need for information sharing and cooperation both interagency and with our international partners,” he said.

Instincts, intuition and integrity are vital traits for future leaders, according to Burgess. These will guide them as they balance relationships and make decisions based on incomplete and ambiguous information.

“In the end, as tomorrow’s senior military officers, how you eventually apply what you have learned in combat at such great costs, may be among the most honorable and fitting ways to honor those who joined you in battle and failed to return home,” he said.

“Your most important contributions and your greatest legacy lie ahead. The faculty, readings and lectures in these hallowed halls will enable your future success as tomorrow’s national military leaders.”  

  The Bliss Hall lecture to students and faculty was sponsored by the Army War College Foundation, honoring the memory of Francis W. De Serio, USAWC Class of 1972.