Banner Archive for February 2015

Tax Center open for business

Jan. 1, 2015 -- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center opened its doors for buisness February 4 and will close on April 15 for the 2014 tax filling season for all military and their Family Members as well as military retirees.

The Tax Center is located at 309 Engineer Ave and hours of operation are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Call 717-245-3986 for appointments.

What to bring:

  • Military ID card
  • W-2 form (active duty will receive W-2s though "My Pay" no later than Jan. 24
  • W-2 forms for each family member who earned income
  • Form 8332 or copy of divorce decree for non-custodial parent claiming a child
  • Social Security card for taxpayer and every family member listed on your return
  • 1099-INT for any taxable interest paid to you or credited to your account
  • 1099-DIV for any income from stocks, mutual funds, investment companies or a real estate trust
  • If you sold stocks, bonds or mutual funds during the tax year, you must know your cost basis. If you do not know, call your broker to obtain the information.
  • Documentation verifying your 2014 real estate taxes paid on your primary residence
  • If you are itemizing deductions, you will need to provide proof of deductions – this is a requirement for charitable contributions
  • A voided check or deposit slip to ensure refund monies are dispersed properly
  • A copy of last year's tax return

Robert D. Martin, Public Affairs Office
Army War College's youth partners bring Black History alive

Feb. 25, 2015 -- senior military officers and members of the Carlisle community took time to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans and honor area students for their essays on prominent historical African-American figures as part of a Black History Month observance.

Twenty middle school students from eight Carlisle area schools received certificates of achievement for their essays about the past American century of black life, history and culture, Feb. 25 at Bliss Hall, Carlisle Barracks, as part of the Carlisle Barracks month-long observation of African-American contributions to the nation.


Black History Month essay winners, stand with Lt. Col. David Funk (top right corner), panel members and Carlisle Community leaders during Carlisle Barrack’s Black History Month event, Feb. 25, at Bliss Hall.      






Col. David E. Funk, USAWC Deputy Commandant, welcomed the 200 –member audience, including the essay writers and Carlisle community members. The panel of military speakers -- Army War College students Col. Felicia Brokawand Lt. Col. Hank Henry, PKSOI’s Col. Randolph White, and faculty member Prof. Charles Allen-- also discussed the winning essays with the schoolchildren as a way of recognizing the students for their accomplishments. Brokaw said she was pleased that many of the essays exposed her to people and events she had never heard of before.

Each of the panelists spoke about a different aspect of African-American history in the U.S. Allen focused on the role and importance of education, White shared the history of men in the military --including his own family that traces back to World War I – Brokaw discussed the history of Black History Month and Henry shared some of his personal experiences.

“Things have improved drastically,” said White of the accomplishments of African Americans in uniform. “But there are still obstacles left to climb.”

“You have to value and appreciate your traditions,” said Henry. “We all follow in the footsteps of others who have dedicated their lives to making a difference. We owe it to them to continue to make a difference.”

Wilson 6thgrader Hunter Culberson, son of Lt. Col. Paul Culberson, the Dickinson College ROTC director, was acknowledged for his essay on Justice Thurgood Marshall – one of 19 notable black Americans who inspired an essay. Gabe Bonsall wrote to honor Ralph Bunche, Noble Prize Laureate, among other individuals that have not let difficult circumstances deter them from achieving their dreams.

Click on each student’s name to find his or her essay.

Grace Baptist School students Julia Dimino wrote about Garrett Morgan, Julia Meyers about Wilma Rudolph, Kaitlyn Stine about Ruby Bridges.

Eagle View Middle School, student Bhargava Motupalli wrote about Charles Young.

Good Hope Middle School, students Mineso Kim wrote about Fannie Lou Hamer, Max Kluger about Arthur Ashe 

Lamberton Middle School, students Maya Neiberg wrote aboutIda Wells, Ian Case about Eric Dolphy, Sean Cornali about Berry Gordy.

Mechanicsburg Middle School, students Marissa Duggan wrote about Justice Thurgood Marshall, Lily Pallis about Oprah Winfrey, Nick Tewell about Rosa Parks.

Saint Patrick School, students Sam Bartosik wrote about Mayor Tim Scott, Matthew Hickey about Colin Powell, Brendan Campbell about Frank E. Petersen.

Wilson Middle School, students Hunter Culberson wrote about Justice Thurgood Marshall, Casey Padgett about Duke Ellington, Gabe Bonsall about Ralph Bunche. 

Yellow Breeches Middle School, students Kyle Shively wrote about Ruby Bridges, Kayla Lohman about Maya Angelou.

Every year area school children between grades 6th, 7th and 8th are invited to participate in Black History Month essay contest hosted by the Army War College.







Rutherford shares leader lessons at prayer breakfast

Maj. Gen. (Chap) Don Rutherford, Army Chief of Chaplains and Class of 2000 Army War College graduate, was the guest speaker for the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast at Carlisle Barracks Feb. 26. He shared his thoughts on what was necessary for the future of the Army to a packed LeTort View Community Center.


The importance of leadership at all levels, personal integrity and humility and collaborating with others to reach a common goal were the messages of the morning at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast at Carlisle Barracks Feb. 26.  

Maj. Gen. (Chap) Don Rutherford, Army Chief of Chaplains and Class of 2000 Army War College graduate, shared his thoughts on what was necessary for the future of the Army to a packed LeTort View Community Center. Speaking for the last time here before his retirement later this year, Rutherford reflected on a nearly 37-year Army career, and provided advice for those in attendance as they continue in the careers.

“Be humble in spirit, trust your NCOs, develop your leadership, nurture your relationships and remain faithful to your identity,” he said. “Do not worry about things beyond your control, rather, as Mother Theresa puts it ‘Be faithful in small things because it is in them your strength lies.’”   


Rutherford closed with some words of confidence for those in the audience who will assume vital roles upon their graduation from the Army war College in June.

“As I look forward to the future, I remember the timeless virtues that have sustained us in the past and will guide us forward,” he said. “It is because of you that I am confident that we can face the challenges of tomorrow.”

Gina Beck, Carlisle Barracks SARC

From the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator:  'Let's talk'

I am a daughter.  I am a sister.  I am a friend.  I am a mom.  I am in my 40s and even when I squint, it is tough to find that girl who was so manageable, so pleasant, and so willing to look past the nuisances in order to find the best in people. 

I started writing this story to ignite interest in the prevalence of sexual assault and talk about what we can do to stop the silence that so often plagues this epidemic.  Yes, I said epidemic.  Statistics show that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime.  Approximately 70% of them will be victimized by someone they know.  Then I thought, why stop at sexual assault when there are so many other things that we, as a society, don’t like to talk about.  So, (this is a little mental exercise) think about all of the things that you would like (or would have liked) to talk about but weren’t really given the platform.  It might be something that happened recently, or it might be something that occurred several years ago; it might just be something you think about or feel, but for whatever reason (or possibly no reason at all) it just doesn’t seem to be a good topic for discussion.  What if I told you there are millions of people who feel the same way you do – stifled, anxious, frustrated, and exhausted from not saying what they need to say; not just one certain generation, but every generation walking this planet.  When you think of it, it is absolute madness.  When you think about it in terms of sexual assault, it is agonizingly and utterly… sad.  From a mom’s perspective, there should be nothing more important than the happiness, health, and well-being of our children.  Yet, of all the children who have been sexually assaulted, studies show that less than 15% will ever tell anyone about it. 

Several months ago, I watched the movie “August: Osage County”.  Initially, especially after all of the Oscar buzz that surrounded it, I was less than impressed with its story line and ending.  Having said that, I couldn’t help but continue thinking about it and soon after understood its brilliance and profound applicability to the behaviors of so many parents and so many generations who are trying to be more, give more, and do better by their children than what was given and done to them.  In one scene, Meryl Streep tells of a disturbing and violent incident that took place on one of her Christmas mornings as a young girl.  She has not bestowed the same torture on her own children that she endured, but clearly has also not been the model mom to her children, played by Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson.  Was she perfect?  Far from it.  Was she a better parent to them than her parents were to her?  Yes.  The objective (in parenting or any other applicable aspect of our lives) should be to learn from our past; break those cycles that invoke feelings of hurt, anger, frustration and betrayal upon us and those we love; and make our world and the worlds of our children a better place.

Whew, that’s a tall order, isn’t it?  Not really – it’s exactly what everyone wants and what everyone needs.  We do it through love, through kindness, through compassion, and through real and sometimes very tough conversations. 

When I was growing up, there was a poem titled, “Children Learn What They Live” hanging on an upstairs wall.  I think I may have read that poem every single day, etching it into my memory, hoping that I could set a better example for my child than what I felt was set for me.  I also wanted to have an open mind, do more traveling, have open conversations about “girl” stuff or “boy” stuff, including conversations about sex and boundaries.  Even if you stumble a bit, it will open the door.  I promise you, any mistake you make during that conversation will not be as bad as assuming that your children will tell you about things that are important, to include that time when someone they trusted, and perhaps someone you trusted, took it upon themselves to violate your son or daughter in a sexual manner.  You have to ask if you want to be told!  Some of you know from personal experience how ashamed and frightened a child can feel after they have been assaulted.  Didyou tell anyone?  And what about other things that you would want your kids to tell you that you never would have told your parents?  In some of my trainings, I have asked adults with children how many of them thought their children would tell them if they had been sexually assaulted and the majority of adults raise their hands.  I know we all want to believe that, but it is not so.  When children (or adults) are manipulated by a sexual predator, they are made to believe that they are partially responsible for that action or event, a technique known as grooming (more on this in April’s article).  And when children (or adults) feel like they are partially responsible for an act they know is wrong, they aren’t very likely to tell anyone.   As parents, we need to establish an element of trust with our children.  We need to recognize that this isn’t an entitlement.  If you want your children to be safe and want them to trust that you will believe and support them through frightening and confusing times, you have to earn it through love and communication.  You have to give them that platform – that safe space that says, “Hey, whatever you have, I can handle; whatever you need, I will do my best to provide; whatever you want to work through, I am beside you.  Forever.  Unconditionally.  You are mine and I love you.”  Say it.  And say it over and over and over again because once isn’t enough and repetition leads to conviction.  You may think it and you may feel it, but if you never say it you are the only one who knows it.

Very Sincerely,

~ Your SARC, Gina Beck



Robert D. Martin, II, Public Affairs Office

Army War College Students brief high school delegates during Model United Nations Conference

Feb. 20, 2015 -- Five Army War College students lent support and knowledge to the Model UN Conference at Penn State University-Harrisburg today. More than 250 high school students from across the region are taking part in the mock Model UN proceedings at the PSU campus this weekend.

Marine Lt. Col. Brian Sharp walks through the student group while providing a briefing on ISIS to high school students in the Model UN Conference.

USAWC students Marine Lt. Col. Brian Sharp, Army Col. Arthur Addleman, Army Col. Kevin Wolfla, Army Lt. Col. Wilson Ramos led one-hour sessions with extended question-and-answer opportunities for the informed high school students.

Col. Kevin Wolfla shares his expertise on China.

The War College students drew on their studies at Carlisle to address these topics:  ISIS,  Boko Haram, China, Human Rights, and Russia-and-US, at the request of PSU-Harrisburg, which sponsors the Model UN Conference.




Lt. Col. Wilson Ramos addresses the U.S. position and global considerations related to Human Rights.

Model UN is an extracurricular activity for which students study to prepare to role-play delegates to a mock session of the United Nations and UN committees.

Students represent the positions and values of their assigned countries, adhering to official protocols when speaking, negotiating, and drafting resolutions. Consensus is important and the process of arriving at innovative solutions to global problems is the goal, according to Model UN literature.

Lt. Col. David Casey takes one of many questions about today's Russia-US relationship from the Model UN students.

COL Arthur Addleman keeps the attention of Model UN 'delegates' during a discussion of Boko Haram.

Army War College students respond, on a voluntary basis, to requests from high schools, colleges, businesses, and community groups to share their personal experiences and knowledge from their graduate work at The War College.  The educational mission takes priority; students seek opportunities to volunteer when schedules permit. Request a speaker at

JSRCOC:  Senior Reserve Component officers learn, lend insights during USAWC broadening course

Feb. 18, 2015 – It was an “all boats rise” week for the Reserve Component flag officers participating in a specialized one-week immersion course here, and for the resident course Army War College students who learned from their experiences as senior leaders.

"A highpoint of the week for these general and flag officers was connecting with the resident students from their respective reserve forces and sharing their insights on what will be required of reserve component senior leaders in the future,"  said Brig. Gen. George Schwartz, USAWC Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs and Pa. National Guard Assistant Adjutant General.

Col. Robert Mundell (right)introduces the JSRCOC participants to the 'big ideas' incorporated into the USAWC resident course lessons on Defense Management.


The Joint Senior Reserve Component Officers Course incorporated 35 general and flag officers, Feb. 8 – 13, in a series of professional development seminars customized for the JSRCOC participants and in seminar discussions with resident students, exploring issues related to Defense Management.

Each student seminar hosted two members of the JSRCOC class, which itself reflected the joint and international nature of the USAWC resident seminars:  2 Canadian reserve Officers and 2 Air National Guard and 3 Air Force Reserve; 9 Army National and 14 Army Reserve; 2 Navy officers, 1 Marine Reserve and 1 Coast Guard Reserve, as well as a Reserve Affairs officer.

Left to right: Mr. Matthew Dubois, SES, Reserve Affairs; USAR Maj. Gen. Scottie Carpenter; National Guard Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Holmes;  USAFR Maj. Gen. William Waldrop; and National Guard Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins consider Defense Management issues in a Wil Washcoe Auditorium presentation.

Seminar engagements between general officers and students involved a free exchange of ideas based on the senior officers’ seasoned experience, said The War College’s Col. Robert Mundell, who observed several seminars. In seminar 9, an Army general officer recounted his experience in a joint assignment, when suspending his assumptions about the Marine way of manning created a wider, more sophisticated understanding of the Services’ responsibilities and strategies for ‘manning the force’.

Mundell, who is chair of the Command, Leadership and Management Department, welcomed the group with a promise and a request. 

“I wanted them to have an understanding of the ‘big ideas’ associated with Defense Management,” he said, noting that the JSRCOC is scheduled to coincide with the Defense Management course within the core curriculum, which explores how Defense Management issues apply within the responsibilities of strategic leadership.

“The processes that we examine in Defense Management provide strategic leaders with information to make informed decisions,” he said. “It’s important to understand the tensions between the executive and legislative branches, between the Service chiefs and combatant commands, between science/technology and research/development, and between the military and civilian control.” 

JSRCOC is designed as a broadening forum to generate relationships among the general officers, introduce them to the Army War College curriculum, strategic-level publications, and faculty available as a reach-back resource, and broaden the perspective of Reserve Component flag officers.  In its 53rdyear, the JSRCOC now integrates Reserve officers, National Guard officers, and partner countries’ officers.  JSRCOC exposes the attendees to core courses of Defense Management, and provides opportunity to resident students to better understand the role and related issues of the Reserve Components as an Operational Force.



Norwegian Maj Gen Kristin Lund joins International Hall of Fame

Feb. 17, 2015 -- When Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund of Norway attended the Army War College, she was one of 41 International Fellows in the Class of 2007, was selected by her peers to be the International Fellows Class president, and earned a master’s in Strategic Studies alongside 297 U.S. military leaders and civilian national security managers.  Since her June 2007 graduation, Lund was promoted to Brigadier General and posted as Deputy Commander Norwegian Army Forces Command;   was appointed Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Home Guard – a responsibility equivalent to that of a U.S. Service Chief of Staff – and, in 2014, was appointed to command of the United National Peacekeeping Force, Cypress (UNFICYP).  

Today, the Army War College formally recognized her service at the highest position in a multinational organization by welcoming Maj. Gen. Lund into the International Fellows Hall of Fame in Carlisle Pa.  Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant of the Army War College inducted Lund into the small and prestigious company of those international Army War College alumni who have achieved the highest military positions.

Norwegian Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund receives congratulations from USAWC Commandant Maj. Bill Rapp, who is the 53rd international graduate to be invited into the International Fellows Hall of Fame, and the first woman.

Her achievements greatly honor her alma mater, and highlight the fact that the armies of the world send us their best officers,” said Col. John Burbank, director of the USAWC International Fellows Program, the largest among the senior service colleges.  “This ceremony today demonstrates how our international friends who study, work out and socialize together at this institution typically move on to assume important positions of trust and responsibility in their own country. Eight years ago, when Gen. Lund attended the Army War College, this institution made a difference in her life and career.”

“To study at the Army War College is truly an academic and cultural experience for life,” said Lund to the student body who attended her honors. “The insights into other countries’ armed forces and their way of thinking strategically and operationally is always valuable.   

“The network that you can establish, however, is priceless,” she said. “There are so many occasions when I have met fellow graduates from the Army War College and on all those occasions our joint experience in this institution has provided a very good starting point for cooperation.”

Lund urged today’s USAWC students to seize the opportunity to learn more about other cultural and military organizations and engage in critical thinking.  “I found that I did not need to agree with the US foreign security policy to earn valuable insights from the proponents of that policy, and even though I couldn’t convince others of my point of view, they were receptive to my argument and could understand the issue was not black-and-white.”

She described her current command of a UN mission as one in which a tactical issues can “in the blink of an eye” become political.  There’s great need for carefully deliberating the pros and cons in that operational environment, she said, noting that, “I find that an understanding for other people and other cultures has enhanced my ability to make the right decisions.”

As she shared anecdotes from recent assignments, she mentioned name after name of Army War College graduates with whom she could immediately connect. “Despite very different cultural and professional backgrounds, there was a common set of cognitive reference points that made our meeting more effective, she said about working with Georgia’s Brig. Gen. Vakhtang Kapanadze, a USAWC Hall of Fame grad,  when Norway was supporting the development of the Georgian National Guard. 

“As chief of the Norwegian Home Guard, I have also had the privilege to be part of the longest lasting reciprocal exchange program that the U.S. Department of Defense maintains with any nation – that of the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard, said Lund. Both the former and current Minn. Adjutants General are USAWC grads, as are key officers from the Argentina and the United States with whom she coordinates as force commander of UNFICYP.

Lund is the first Norwegian female Army officer to reach the rank of Major General, the first female international officer at the Army War College, and the UN’s first female Force Commander of a UN peacekeeping force. She is a veteran of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon; the Gulf War in 1991;  Bosnia with the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and later with the NATO-led force; and in Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), 2003 to 2004. Her professional interests include logistics, CIMIC (civilian-military cooperation/ coordination) and Light Infantry (Homeguard).  Her work on behalf of gender equalization within the Norwegian Armed Forces was honored with the Norwegian Armed Forces Equality Award in 2004.

The U.S. Army War College International Fellows Hall of Fame includes 53 members, each of whom has attained the highest position in his or her nation’s armed forces or who have held an equivalent position by rank or responsibility in a multinational organization. The first induction was held in March 1988. The Army War College has graduated 1380 international officers from its yearlong graduate-level program; 600 of these have been promoted to general officer rank. The program exists to promote mutual understanding and good working relationships between senior U.S. officers and senior officers of select foreign countries.


Cheryl Pellerin, DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Carter takes Oath of Office in White House ceremony

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2015 - With his wife, Stephanie, holding the Bible upon which he swore to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, Ash Carter took the oath of office as the 25th secretary of defense in a ceremony at the White House today.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath in the Roosevelt Room, characterizing Carter as a genuine scholar of strategic military affairs and nuclear weapons policy and as a profoundly capable manager "with universal respect and affection from the people you work with, reflected in a near-unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate."

"For me," Carter said after taking the oath, "this is the highest honor, to be the 25th secretary of defense. I'm grateful to [President Barack Obama] and the vice president for your trust and confidence, and to the U.S. Senate as well for their trust and confidence."

Attending the ceremony were Carter's son, Will, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., members of Carter's transition team, and several men and women in uniform.

*A Driving Intellectual Force*

In his introduction, Biden called Carter a "physicist and a genuine expert on the acquisition and technical capabilities that are going to help guarantee the U.S. military is second to none in the world."

Carter has a driving intellectual force behind all he does and all the administration has been doing, the vice president added, including strengthening the nation's cyber capabilities, improving the way the Pentagon does business, and implementing the Asia-Pacific rebalance, including deepening defense cooperation with India.

"Most important of all, you've been a fighter," Biden told Carter, "like the men and women in uniform here today, for the women and men who serve in uniform."

The defense secretary, like his predecessor, Biden added, "understands that while this country has many obligations, it only has one truly sacred obligation, and that's to equip and protect those we send to war, care for their families while they're there, and care for them and their families when they come home."

*Tough Missions Ahead*

Many tough missions lie ahead, the vice president said, from fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, strengthening NATO, and rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific region, to maintaining the nation's technological edge and continuous efforts to make the most out of every dollar invested in defense.

"Dr. Carter," Biden said, "as you take leadership of the greatest military in the history of mankind, ... you do so with the confidence of everyone in your building, confidence of the United States Senate, confidence of President Obama and me, and so many other people who admire your work."

Carter thanked his wife and children, his transition team and the team he joins at the Pentagon, including Work, Dempsey, Winnefeld and others.

The defense secretary characterized the defense of the nation as "the highest calling," and he made three commitments to the men and women of the Defense Department, to the president and vice president, and to his fellow citizens.

*Three Commitments*

"The first is to help our president make the best possible decisions about our security and the [world's] security, and then to ensure that our department executes those decisions with its long accustomed competence and effectiveness," he said.

While dealing with challenges to national security, Carter said, he wants to help the nation's leadership grab hold of opportunities that lie before the country, and to help make the world safer and a better place for the next generation.

"My second commitment is to the men and women of the Department of Defense, whom I will lead, to reflect in everything I do and to honor the commitment and dedication that brought them into service," Carter said, "and to protect their dignity, their safety, their well-being, [and] to make decisions about sending them into harm's way with the greatest reflection and care."

*A Force for the Future*

Carter's third commitment was to the future, he said, "to building a force for our future that involves not only securing the resources we need but making ... the best use of the taxpayers' dollar, making sure we embrace change so that years from now, ... we continue to be a place where America's finest want to serve, and a place that is a beacon to the rest of the world."

As Obama enters the fourth quarter of his presidency, the defense secretary added, "these commitments, ... I think, will help me help him and help the vice president to ensure that those years are productive, and that they leave our country's future in the best possible place -- in the best possible hands."

Robert D. Martin II, Public Affairs
Students examine strategic challenges for the defense industrial base
Feb. 10, 2015 -- The Army War College brought together senior military officers and industry leaders to discuss the role of commercial industry with the future leaders of the military.

The event has been an integral part of the U.S. Army War College resident educational experience since 2002. The day-long event included both Bliss Hall lectures and seminar room discussions with invited guests. This year's theme was: Strategic Challenges for the Defense Industrial Base.

“When one cuts through the din of constant chatter about conflicts of interests and cost overruns, one finds this true, [that] we and the defense industry have a mutually beneficial and important relationship,” said Col. David Funk, deputy commandant.  “We must engage one another in honest and frequent dialogue to ensure our common goals are met.  Let today be the start of that dialogue for you the strategic leader.”

Ellen Lord, president and CEO of Textron Systems Corp. and Gregory Glaros, CEO and CTO of SYNEXXUS, Inc., delivered the industry perspective during the academic event.

“I truly believe the biggest challenge we have in terms of government-industry partnerships is communication. Forums such as these really provide an excellent way to get the dialogue started,” said Lord. “In the current budget-constrained environment, increased government industry partnership and cooperation are going to be of a greater necessity. So, too, will be the new business models, practices and partners.”


“Ten years ago I was sitting where you are," said Glaros. "It is my hope as I stand before you today, that in the future you will be me ... you will be Ellen Lord here ...  you will take the leadership that we all shared and garnered in our uniform and participate afterwards,” he said. “Where you go next will determine how you can influence things directly."

Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and Director of Acquisition Career Management provided comments from the government perspective.

“The two speakers that you heard today have given you an education, said Williams. "It’s a really important piece of in what we do. So understanding the perspective of large business and the challenges they have, then immediately hear from a small business and a set of different challenges is really important,” said Lt. Gen. Williams, referring to Textron and SYNNEXUS, respectively.

"At the end of the day we have a relationship with vendors where they take risks -- they go out of their way to provide product for Soldiers and we can never, never forget that," said Williams. "Without industry, we don’t have those capabilities."

Industry Day is a major component of the Defense Management course for Army War College students 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. It provides opportunity for students to engage with industry leaders to consider the complexities of providing the correct mix of capabilities to the warfighter now, the next force, and future forces beyond that.

W. Andrew Terrill, Strategic Studies Institute

Strategic researcher talks about Jordan

 Jordan's role in the coalition against ISIS has refocused attention on the country’s role in the region.  Jordan emerged from a small Arab kingdom with arbitrary borders and no clear national identity to a confident and modernizing state, coping effectively with a variety of geopolitical challenges.

Feb. 6, 2015 -- The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is central to the geopolitics of the Middle East region and has substantial borders with Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Palestinian West Bank.   Although it has an important geographical position, Jordan is also a relatively small country (about the size of Indiana) with only around 8 million citizens.  To the extent possible, Amman has sought to remain engaged with all of its neighbors and head off any potential problems before they can develop into a crisis. Jordan is one of two Arab countries that has a peace treaty with Israel and has been an ally of the United States since 1951.  In 1996 Jordan was formally designated a Major Non-NATO ALLY (MNNA) of the United States by President Bill Clinton. Jordan is an important member of the international coalition waging war against the “Islamic State” and has intensified that commitment following the brutal murder of F-16 pilot, First Lieutenant (posthumously promoted to Captain) Moaz al-Kasasbeh by that organization.

Jordan is both a victim of terrorism and one of America’s most committed allies in the struggle against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.  As with the United States, the Islamic State’s predecessor al-Qaeda in Iraq has struck Jordanian targets without mercy.  One of the first al-Qaeda targets in post-Saddam Iraq was the Jordanian Embassy which was attacked with a car bomb on August 7, 2003 leaving 18 dead and over 50 wounded.  A few small scale al-Qaeda attacks within Jordan followed this strike, although most such efforts were foiled by Jordanian security forces.  Then on November 9, 2005, al-Qaeda terrorists bombed three large Western hotels in Amman murdering 57 innocent people. In a gloating post-attack message, al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi took credit for the attacks and in a later audiotape announced that he planned to behead Jordanian leader King Abdullah. 

The hotel strikes were Jordan’s 9/11, and Amman struck back at the terrorists through its General Intelligence Directorate.  These types of activities seldom come to light, but Jordanian King Abdullah has admitted that the GID had “a role” supporting the successful U.S. effort to find terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi who subsequently died in U.S. air strike in Iraq.   Jordan has also provided extensive counterterrorism training to friendly troops throughout the region at the state of the art, King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center, which was constructed with U.S. funds.  Moreover, in addition to waging physical war against the al-Qaeda and Islamic State terrorists, Jordan has also waged ideological war.  In November 2004 Jordanian political and religious leaders ostentatiously issued the Amman Message, (, a strong denunciation of Islamic extremism and especially terrorism in the name of Islam.  Since that time, the Amman Message has become a foreign policy fundamental for Jordan and is continuously quoted by the top leadership.  The web site for the Message displays an impressive list of senior clerics in Jordan and throughout the Islamic World who have announced their support for its opposition to terrorism and calls for tolerance.  

Jordanian politics and especially national security and counterterrorism issues are extensively discussed in Dr. W. Andrew Terrill’s Global Security Watch Jordan which is published by Praeger Press (2010) and has a foreword written by Anthony H. Cordesman.  Dr. Terrill has travelled to Jordan on numerous occasions and has met with a number of Jordanian civilian and military leaders.   He has served as a Research Professor of National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College since 2002.  His complete biography is available at

Snow piles, kids a bad combination

The huge snow piles lining the edges of parking lots and yards may look enticing for the kids, but this is not a good idea.  When plows push the snow into piles, they also push whatever is in the street such as broken glass or other debris that could hurt kids.  Also, there could be air pockets in the piles that could collapse is someone is on top.  It is advised for children not to play alone outside and not play on large snow piles, because the snow piles can collapse and trap someone without air. Please yield to snowplows while they are pushing snow.  Snowplow operators have difficulty seeing motorists and pedestrians that are too close to the plows because their field of vision is limited due to blind spots. In

addition, the wing blades of these vehicles obscure side views. The size and weight of snowplows make them difficult to maneuver or stop quickly, especially since the road ahead of a plow often is slippery or snow-covered.  These are all reasons to give plows plenty of room.

CPAC to offer ‘lunch and learns’ for civilian employee supervisors starting Feb 5

The first of the monthly lunch & learns designed to educate supervisors of civilian employees on the aspects of employee management will start at noon on Feb. 5 in Wil Waschoe Auditorium in Root Hall.  This session will cover Merit Promotion Principles and Prohibited Personnel Practices.

Here are the rest of the dates/topics that are scheduled.

Feb. 5        Merit System Principles/Prohibited Personnel Practices

March 12  Position Classification/WORKFORCE PLANNING TOOL

April 15     Hiring Process (Recruitment Options)

May 14      TAPES

June 16     Personnel Development & Ratings

July 9         Progressive Discipline

Aug. 13     Adverse Actions Process

Sept. 10    Unacceptable Performance

Oct. 15      Leave Administration

Nov. 12     USA Staffing Manager

Dec. 8       CPOL Portal

Carlisle commuter bus adds a stop at Carlisle Barracks

Capital Area Transit is expanding their commuter bus service in Carlisle and adding a stop right outside the Claremont Road gate.

Two buses will run on the Carlisle Circulator starting Feb. 9. The stop at Carlisle Barracks is located right outside the Claremont Gate, in the grass area near the intersection of Jim Thorpe and Claremont Roads. See the attached image for an exact location.

Tickets for the circulator can be purchased at the United Way, Carlisle Borough Hall, the Carlisle Regional Medical Center gift shop and Bosler Memorial Library.

For more information visit