Banner Archive for February 2017

Go green – recycle your oil at Barracks Crossings

As part of the Army’s commitment to the environment, the Carlisle Barracks is offering free used motor oil drop off at their Auto Shop, located at 870 Jim Thorpe Road. The used oil is then recycled by a local company.

Oil can be dropped off during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The oil drop off is open to all, including the general public.

ACS programs can help you save now, enjoy later

Cora Johnson, a financial manager and certified counselor at Army Community Services, discusses a few financial education programs with Sgt. 1st Class Eric Towns, during a recent office visit. Johnson and ACS offer more than 15 classes aimed at helping Soldiers, family members and civilians learn financial management skills. 

As spring gets closer many of our minds think of upcoming vacations and getting away from the office for a few days. But if you don’t start planning financially now, those dreams may never become reality.

To help remind servicemembers and their families of the importance of saving and planning for the future, Military Saves, as part of the nationwide America Saves Campaign, is a yearlong effort focused on the financial readiness of military members and their Families. To kick off the campaign, the Department of Defense designated Feb. 27 through Mar. 4 as Military Saves Week. It is conducted in cooperation with the Consumer Federation of America, one of the Department of Defense's official financial readiness nonprofit partners.

The week is an opportunity for the military community to come together with federal, state and local resources, along with military banks and credit unions, to focus on debt reduction, financial management and future savings. The year's DOD theme is "Making Saving Automatic."

“Help is available -- much more help than most people realize,” said Cora Johnson, a financial manager and certified counselor at Army Community Service. “We offer a wide variety of financial services to help improve your financial life. No matter what your financial situation, we can help you to establish a plan of action for achieving your financial goals.”

Johnson said that there are 15 individual programs within the Financial Readiness Program, which range from learning good savings habits to credit/debit management, mortgage counseling and first time home buying. Her expertise was recently recognized as she received an IMCOM Certificate of Achievement for her commitment to Soldiers, family members and civilians through the development and implementation of new financial assistance programs.

ACS offers the classes in personal financial readiness and consumer affairs as well as personal financial counseling. These services are also available to support commanders in maintaining unit financial readiness and to educate service members and families on financial self-sufficiency. Some services are offered on an individual basis.

One of the hidden danger of poor financial management is the impact it can have on your career. Nearly half of all security clearance applications are denied due to financial problems, according to the Office of Personnel Management.  DoD guidelines state that people with a history of being unable to live within one’s means, satisfy debts, and meet financial obligations may raise questions about the individual’s honesty and put people, property or information systems at risk.

Planning, not panicking are keys to sound financial management, according to Johnson.

“Learn how to assess the situation, identify resources, set priorities, create a plan, and communicate with your creditors during a financial crisis,” she said. “Don’t wait for the crisis to get worse.  The monetary benefits of dealing with financial problems—saving more, paying down expensive debt—will improve not just your bottom line but your overall mood as well. The less you worry about dealing with finances and money issues, the more you can enjoy life.”

To learn more about the ACS financial programs call (717) 245-4357 or visit



Air Force Vice Chief of Staff promotes joint relationships
Story by Curt Keester
CARLISLE, Pa. (Feb. 21, 2017) – In today’s politically dynamic world our nation’s leaders rely on strategic advisors for dependable advice on a wide range of issues affecting our national interests. USAWC students learn that strategically-minded advisors must understand this relationship between decision maker and advisor and, when asked to do so, to offer their best and honest advice.
Gen. Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, spoke to this relationship between leader and advisor when he addressed the assembled student body of the U.S. Army War College during a lecture in Bliss Hall here, Feb. 21.
Anticipate the likelihood, very soon, that you will be expected to give your best military advice, Wilson said to the senior military officers. We as a joint team engaged around the globe owe our civilian decision makers the best military advice, so they take that advice into the decision-making process, he said.
Gen. Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, speaks to the relationship between leaders and advisors as he addresses the student body of the U.S. Army War College during a lecture in Bliss Hall, Feb. 21.
Wilson stressed the benefit of developing joint force and interagency relationships as the military operates in the multi-domain environment where partnership between military branches and civilian agencies will be crucial to mission success. 
“He reminded the Army that the Air Force is committed, as a moral obligation, to be able to provide the air superiority or the air supremacy required for any kind of engagement or contingency operation,” said Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman, faculty instructor.
Gen. Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, speaks to the group of Air Force students who attend the U.S. Army War College during his visit here, Feb. 21.
Wilson addressed a range of the professional officers’ concerns, to include the need to find balance and restore resiliency.
For the demanding and stressful responsibilities that await the students after graduation, Wilson suggested a 2/10/5/7 life balance:  two hours of time to yourself in the morning, ten hours for work, another 5 hours to unplug from emails, and seven hours for sleep. “Putting balance back on life I think is really important,” said Wilson. “I ask you to put balance in your life, and look out for each another.”
 Gen. Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, sits down with the Air Force students of the Class of 2017 during a photo opportunity in the U.S. Army War College's Bliss Hall foyer, Feb. 21.

Credit union, ATM updates        

Plan ahead starting March 1 as there will be no ATM on post as the transition continued between the outgoing and incoming financial institutions.

The Members 1stATM currently located near the Exchange will be removed March 1 and the Navy Federal Credit Union ATM will not be operational until March 15. For that two week period there will be no operational ATM on Carlisle Barracks.

The Carlisle Barracks branch of Navy Federal is set to open in late March, more information will be announced in the coming weeks.

News and notes, what’s going on in your community this month

MWR update on hourly care

Hourly Care is a program that meets the needs of parents requiring short term child care on intermittent basis and reservations can be made on-line 30 days in advance for a maximum of 20 hours per week. To reserve a spot, visit WebTrac at  There are 10 spaces available 8:00 – 3:30 M-W-F and 30 spaces available 11:30 – 3:30 T-Th. Spaces are “first come-first served.”  If you must cancel, please call by 8:00 on the requested day of service.

Questions? CYS administrative staff can assist you at (717) 245-4555, if you have any questions.


March 1 College Prep Series to focus on ROTC, Service Academy application process  

As part of their Road to College Readiness Series, the Carlisle Barracks School Liaison Office is hosting an ROTC/Service Academy information session March 1, 7-9 p.m. in Bliss Hall. The session will be moderated by Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp and representatives from the AF Academy, US Military Academy, US Naval Academy will present a short brief and will be available at the end for personal questions. The Army ROTC recruiting officer from Dickinson College will present a short brief and several AROTC cadets will also share their experience and insights. For more information call (717) 245-4555.


Army Community Services, Military Family Program hosting “Relocation One Stop” April 4, 26

In an effort to help families as they prepare to PCS this summer, Army Community Services and the Military Family Program is hosting two “Relocation One Stop” events, one on April 4, 9-11 a.m. and April 26, 11:30 – 1 p.m., both in the Root Hall Gym.

Organizations on site will include Transportation, CYSS School Liaison, Tri-Care, Balfour Beatty, Army Housing, Vet Services, MWR Skills Center, PJA, and ACS, including EFMP. Registration is required at to receive your one stop checklist and pre-order your Welcome Guide CD for your next assignment. For more information call ACS at (717) 245-4357.

Spouse employment workshop set for March 22-23

To help assists spouses to prepare to enter or re-enter the work force, ACS is hosting a two-day workshop that will include sessions on resumes, Linked In profiles, personal branding and networking.

You can register starting Feb. 27 at

Carlisle Barracks Community Garden sites available for reservation

Spring is almost upon us and it’s time to reserve your own (or seminar) self-maintained garden plots, located off of Liggett Ave. Grow your own vegetables, fruits and flower. Garden tools are available (or bring your own) and a water hose and buckets are on-site. For more information contact Outdoor Recreation at (717) 245-4616.

Upcoming events at the Army Heritage and Education Center

March 16, 7:15- 9 p.m. - Army Heritage Center Foundation Film Screening and Panel Discussion, Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield

March 18 2- 5 p.m.  - Perspectives in Military History Roundtable, “Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War,”

March 20, 1-2 p.m.  - Women’s History Month Living History Presentation: “‘Angel of the Battlefield:’ Clara Barton”

April 6, 3-4 p.m. - World War I Exhibit Opening, “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France”

News and notes:

Army Wellness Center hoisting Strength and Resistance Training for Women May 23, 10-11 a.m.  For reservations call (717) 245-4004 (walk-ins welcome). The session will debunk myths about strength training and help you learn how to increase lean mass and metabolic rate while decreasing fat mass.

Upcoming Military Family Programs: (For more information call (717) 245-4787

Feb 28             Post 9/11 GI Bill NTL                            Bliss Hall       11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

March 8           Using Social Media and Security        Bliss Hall       11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.         

March 22-23   Spouse Employment Workshop         AHEC             9 a.m. – 3 p.m.           

March 30         Ethical Issues for Leaders                   WWA              11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

April 4               Relocation One Stop Session 1          Root Hall       9-11 a.m.

April 11            Caring for Aging Parents                       Bliss Hall       11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

April 26            Relocation One Stop Session 2           Root Hall       11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

May 2-4           Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar LVCC                9 a.m. - 3 p.m.










‘You don’t have to do this alone,’ key message of Prayer Breakfast

Keynote speaker speaker Chap. (Col.) John Kallerson, Army War College Professor of Ethics and Senior Chaplain, spoke about the importance of faith and relationships during the Carlisle Barracks National Prayer Breakfast Feb 23 in the LVCC.

Feb. 23, 2017 -- The importance of faith and relationships in uncertain times was the theme of the day during the Carlisle Barracks observance of the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 23 at the LeTort View Community Center.

The crowd of Carlisle Barracks employees and Army War College students, staff and faculty, as well as local clergy, were treated to an early morning of food and fellowship before listening to remarks from keynote speaker Chap. (Col.) John Kallerson, Army War College Professor of Ethics and Senior Chaplain.   

Kallerson shared a story of World War II Chaplain Capt. Delbert A. Kuehl, who was portrayed in the movie “A Bridge Too Far,” which highlighted the actions of the 3d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment as American and British Soldiers attempted to cross the Rhine River in Holland. Kuehl, the unit Chaplain, accompanied the unit in the initial assault daylight crossing and voluntarily remained there for hours rendering first aid to the many injured, and helped evacuate 35 wounded Solder despite being wounded himself.  He received a Silver Star for valor and a Purple Heart for his actions.

While serving in the same unit decades later, Kallerson met Kuehl and had an opportunity to meet him and ask about his experience. He asked if the moments before he left on the mission was a major life changing event. Kuehl responded by saying that it wasn’t that moment, or big moments in a Soldiers life that make him see the value of faith and trust in his fellow Soldiers, but it’s the little moments that truly make a difference.  

 “That made me realize that Soldiers learn to operate in an uncertain world and we understand it in a way that most people don’t,” he said. “We live through connections, shared experience, adversity and faith connections.”

The Carlisle Barracks community was joined by local clergy during the annual prayer breakfast.  

He said that his time with Kuehl reinforced the importance of faith and relationships.

“Your life is part of a larger purpose and you exist for a reason,” he said to the audience. “You don’t have to deal with this uncertainty alone.”

The Prayer Breakfast was hosted and sponsored by the Post Chapel.

Transform, transfer or translate? European military innovation in the face of global change

Live-streamed presentation to the USAWC Community: Monday, Feb 27, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 in Wil Washcoe or via

 Feb. 23, 2017 -- European militaries have been in a state of flux since the end of the Cold War, and especially since the sovereign debt crisis. What are the key determinants of that change, and how will new demands from Washington for more equitable burden-sharing affect ongoing reform efforts?

Simon Smith will discuss his comparative research on an array of European countries over the last decade, helping to shed light on the factors most responsible for driving and shaping defense reform.

Dr. Smith is a lecturer in International Relations at Staffordshire University, UK, as well as a Senior Research Fellow at the Scotland Institute and an Honorary Research Fellow at Aston University.  He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Defence Studies.

Leadership names Army Colonel Donald P. Shaw as USAWC  Distinguished Fellow

Feb. 17, 2017 -- Retired Army Col. Donald P. Shaw has been appointed posthumously as a U.S. Army War College Distinguished Fellow—the most prestigious award given to former faculty members.  Col. Shaw will be long remembered for his contributions to the U.S. Army War College, the Army, and the Nation.

Shaw, who died in 2002, was singled out for recognition by the USAWC Academic Board and the Commandant, Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp.  A host of professional achievements supported the decision to name him a distinguished fellow.  He first served in Carlisle in 1971-73 as the deputy director of the USAWC Operations Group, and then completed the resident education program in the class of 1974. He served as faculty member for three years in the Department of National and International Security Studies, during which he leveraged his extensive education and experience:  a BS from the U.S. Military Academy, two Harvard master’s degrees, instructor experience in the USMA Social Sciences Department, and two decades as a Cavalry officer.

To qualify as a distinguished fellow, a retired faculty member must have a record of extraordinary and enduring contributions whose influence extends beyond the Army War College.  According to USAWC Provost Dr. Lance Betros, “Don Shaw easily met that criterion during his 12-year association with this institution.  The Army and the nation owe him a debt of gratitude, and I am therefore very happy that we could recognize him with the institution’s highest award.”

Shaw’s service in the 1960s and ‘70s included two combat tours in Vietnam and command of a cavalry squadron in Europe.  In the latter assignment, he overcame shortages of “virtually every necessity,” according to his contemporary, retired Col. Lewis Sorley, also a USAWC Distinguished Fellow.  “Challenges across the Army in Europe made his squadron’s achievement all the more noteworthy,” noted Sorley about the achievements of Shaw’s unit in tank gunnery. 

While serving a war college instructor, Sorley selected Shaw from the student body to join the USAWC Current Affairs Panel.  The small team traveled to more than a dozen college campuses to engage articulate, probing students and faculty members about the U.S. military and, always, about the U.S. role in Vietnam.  “It was often a challenging task, as the atmosphere of the late Vietnam era was at many venues decidedly anti-military,” wrote Sorley in his letter nominating Shaw for recognition as a USAWC Distinguished Fellow.  Today, the Eisenhower Series College Program continues the example of Shaw and his peers when USAWC resident students share the insights of experience and education with college and civic audiences across the United States.

A desire to link education and professional practice motivated Shaw during his tenure at USAWC.  His experience in Europe inspired him to collaborate with U.S. and NATO staffs to reinvigorate a key block of instruction on national security.  He created an innovative multimedia-supported course in U.S. domestic issues.  Additionally, he designed the first integrated core curriculum, which the Deputy Secretary of Defense endorsed as a model for all senior-level colleges. 

Shaw devoted his final years at USAWC—as the MHI director—to expand the use of history in professional military education.  He noted that the Army at the time was “a-historical” due to the absence of military history in the curricula of Army educational institutions.  “Not everything we do is being done for the first time,” he argued, “and an involved and responsive staff historian could make a vital contribution to our approach to current problems and issue.”  Today, MHI supports military education with the largest collection of U.S. Army records and related materials in existence.

“Don led MHI from 1977 to 1984, as the Army was rebuilding itself in the aftermath of the war in Vietnam,” said Betros. “Through his vision and leadership, MHI influenced the Army to renew its commitment to the study of military history. The Army’s service schools – especially the Army War College – embraced historical study and leveraged MHI’s growing archives.”

Former MHI researcher and USAWC Distinguished Fellow Dr. Richard Sommers is renowned among a generation of USAWC students for mentorship in historical research.  He singled out two key Shaw efforts to preserve historical insights for Army education.

"In the late 1970s, combat experience was passing from the ken of the officer corps,” noted Sommers.  “To capture that experience and convey it to our Armed Forces in the future and to history, Col. Shaw launched a major oral history project to interview every Army War College student and faculty member, 1983-1985, who had commanded a company or battalion in the Vietnam War.

"Col. Shaw quadrupled MHI's World War I Survey to create the best collection anywhere of personal papers and photos of the American Doughboy in the Great War—resources that are proving invaluable to AHEC's upcoming exhibit this April commemorating the 100th anniversary of United States entry into that conflict,” added Sommers.

Colonel Donald P. Shaw will be recognized at USAWC’s annual faculty awards ceremony in May, 2017.


Great Decisions, March 17: Col. Ian Lyles will speak on Latin American politics

The U.S. Army War College's Great Decisions program offers an interactive experience for anyone in the greater Carlisle area to listen and engage on topics of interest to American citizens.  The series kicks off Friday, Jan 20 and continues Friday afternoons, 1-3 p.m. through March 17, at the Army Heritage & Education Center. Café Cumberland will be open for lunch and snacks.  Community members are invited to attend any or all of the free lectures. Below is the list of subjects and speakers.

Latin America’s Political Pendulum    Friday, March 17, 1 – 3 p.m.

Speaker: Col. Ian Lyles. Col. Lyles is the Director of Americas Studies at the U.S. Army War College, he is a Latin American Foreign Area Officer and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin.

The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward again. The forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. The final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance.

Saudi Arabia in Transition    Friday, Jan. 20, 1 – 3 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. David Commins, Dr. Commins is professor of history at Dickinson College specializing in modern Islamic thought, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries point out the lack of democracy, women’s rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia, Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral relations.

Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan    Friday, Jan. 27, 1 – 3 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Larry Goodson, Department of National Security and Strategy, USAWC

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

 U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum     Friday, Feb 3, 1 – 3 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Bryan T. Stinchfield. Dr. Stinchfield is an Associate Professor of Organization Studies at Franklin and Marshall College;formerly, a U.S. Army pilot and counter-terrorism officer

What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity. Policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy.

Nuclear Security    Friday, Feb. 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Marybeth Ulrich. Dr. Ulrich is the Professor of Government in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the US Army War College. 

Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats still persist. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?

The Future of Europe    Friday, Feb. 17, 1 – 3 p.m.find last weeks lecture at

Speaker: Col. Thomas Moffatt, Col. Moffatt is a U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer with a regional concentration on Europe and currently serves as the Director of European Studies at the U.S. Army War College.

The United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Trade and Politics    Friday, Feb. 24, 1 – 3 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. John Troxell. Prof. Troxell is a Research Professor of National Security and Military Strategy, with the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, and for the past seventeen years has taught an elective course on the Economics of National Security. - 

The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. Trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. Has the metrics used to gauge economic strength—Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade— kept up with modern manufacturing.

Conflict in the South China Sea    Friday March 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

Speaker: Amb. Daniel Shields, Amb. Shields is a Senior Foreign Service Officer whose extensive Asia experience includes service from 2011-14 as the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei in Southeast Asia. 

The South China Sea is a region of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years. Despite rising international pressure, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.

The Great Decisions is a national civic education program and publication of the Foreign Policy Association, dating to 1954. Great Decisions encourages American citizens to become aware and engaged in important global challenges. The Carlisle area Great Decisions series is sponsored by the Army War College, MOAA, and USAA. All Great Decisions lectures are free and open to the USAWC community and the public at the Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pa.

Faculty of the Army War College, Dickinson College and Franklin and Marshall College will share knowledge, and take questions about key topics selected by the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2017 program.

All lectures will be available a week later at

For weather-related decisions, call 717-245-3700 or go to:

IMCOM – Training leadership visits Carlisle Barracks


Vincent Grewatz, director, Installation Management Command – Training, met with Carlisle Barracks Garrison directors during a working lunch Feb. 14. Grewatz and his leadership team made their first visit to the historic post.

Feb. 15, 2017 -- Vincent Grewatz, director, Installation Management Command – Training, visited with Carlisle Barracks and Army War College leadership during a visit to the installation Feb. 13-14. 

Grewatz was accompanied on his visit by Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Geddings, senior enlisted leader of IMCOM-Training, to see first-hand the successes and challenges of the Army’s second oldest active Army post. They made their first visit to the post as after IMCOM realigned its command structure away from regions to concentrate on different focus areas such as readiness, sustainment and training. The new “ID-T” is headquartered at Ft. Eustis, Va., to create synergy with the Training and Doctrine Command.

While here Grewatz met with garrison directors, toured the post and held a working lunch to share his priorities as director, how the stand-up of the new directorates is going and find out what issues the garrison needs assistance with.

“This will be a good transformation, but it will be bumpy until we get there,” he said. “Do not assume this transformation will be like others you have been through. This is an opportunity to rest IMCOM.”


Jim O'Connell, Fire Chief, talks to Grewatz about the fire station and the challenges of operating out of a 1930's era building.

Grewatz discussed how the new structure should allow for better support to the garrisons.

“We have functional depth that can help you,” he said. “We should be more effective in helping you, help us grow into this role. Ask for help and over-communicate if you need to.”  

He outlined his four priorities as director:

  • Deliver services to standard.
  • Build & move the IMCOM Training team.
  • Know our installations: issues/challenges, strengths/weaknesses in order to provide value-added support in achieving solutions.
  • Establish processes and procedures.

“Tomorrow is not the same as today,” he said. “Use this transition as an opportunity to see what needs to change.”

He thanked the staff for their hard work and dedication supporting the Army War College and the Army.

“You’ve got a lot to be proud of here,” he said. “To help us make this transition smooth it is critical that you all keep doing what you are doing. We need you to help us define what right looks like.”


 Army War College congratulates local middle school essay finalists

(Feb 15, 2017) – The U.S. Army War College recognized a talented group of young writers today during its annual African American History Month celebration held here in Bliss Hall Auditorium. The middle school-age writers received honors for their participation in an essay writing competition related this year’s African American History Month.

Ms. Sheila Dow-Ford, CEO of Dow/Ford Strategies, led a discussion panel prior to the local students’ recognition. Joining her were USAWC students Col. Arvesta Roberson and Col. Kareem Montague, who offered their insights on the numerous contributions made by African-Americans throughout history to the nation and military.


“I thought this was an extraordinary event,” said Dow-Ford. “The concept of taking young people, giving them an assignment, and then bringing them in to acknowledge the work around the assignment ... that’s critical. I hope you do this again.”

Dow-Ford currently serves on the boards of the Education and Policy Leadership Center, PA Partnerships for Children, The Hershey Company and is a director of Harrisburg University. Dow-Ford served in numerous educational positions throughout her career, among them,  executive vice president and chief counsel of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, chief counsel of the New Jersey School Boards Association, and acommissioner on the New Jersey Governor’s Quality Education Commission.

After honoring the middle school award-winners, the audience will enjoyed a cultural food sampling in the Bliss Hall foyer.

This year's 2017 Black History Month - Essay Contest Awardees are:

Big Spring Middle School                                                                                 Eagle View Middle School
Principal, Dr. Wilson                                                                           Principal, Mr. Gallagher
6th Grade: Nick Walter                                                                       6th Grade: Ashley Ross
7th Grade: Laila Moore                                                                       7th Grade: Kharace Ogunnaike
8th Grade: Abigail Bicking
Good Hope Middle School                                                               Grace Baptist School
Principal, Mr. Hosenfeld                                                                       Principal, Mr. Drummond
7th Grade: Christian Foust                                                                  6th Grade: Ariella Cook
8th Grade: Akshaj Kumar                                                                   7th Grade: Savannah Bowlus
                                                                                                        8th Grade: Jesse Beck
Lamberton Middle School                                                               Mechanicsburg Middle School
Principal, Mr. Colestock                                                                       Principal, Dr. Yohn
6th Grade: Benjamin Myers                                                                 6th Grade: Jacklyn Wyszynski
6th Grade: Roma Cervino                                                                   7th Grade: Raihana Yameogo
6th Grade: Sam Salomone                                                                  8th Grade: Marissa Duggan
Saint Patrick School                                                                       Wilson Middle School
Principal, Mr. Fly                                                                                Principal, Mr. Friend
6th Grade: Antonio Centenera                                                           6th Grade: Jakyra Gottshall
7th Grade: Eve Hornick                                                                     7th Grade: Sejla Podzic
8th Grade: Lucy Cooper Silvis                                                            8th Grade: Destiny McFalls
Yellow Breeches Middle School
Principal, Dr. White
6th Grade: Martha Mundell
To read the award winning essays, please follow this link:

Spouses Club Auction - THU, Feb. 16 - Having fun while doing good

Feb. 6, 2017 -- Doing good can be fun when the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club takes the reins.

On Thursday evening, Feb 16, the LVCC will host the silent auction and live auction of the Diamonds Are Forever benefit fundraiser for charity donations. Doors open at 5:30 p.m, cocktails at 6 p.m., and live auction begins at 7.

Last year, the club donated $20 thousand to causes across the Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks communities, to include scholarships.

This year, participants can enjoy heavy hors d'hoevres and good company while planning the next bid.

For more details, see The tickets are available for purchase on Wednesday evenings during the ballroom dancing class or contact Deanna  at 208-794-4504. 

Short post-wide power outage set for Feb. 17

In order to switch back to the main electrical feed from the current alternate feed, a short power outage is set for 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 17. There will be a momentary loss of power while the switch is made that will affect the entire installation.

Allies, Partners and Rivals -- and European Strategic Autonomy?

On Tuesday, Feb, 21 at 11:45 a.m. Sven Biscop will address students, faculty and researchers at the Army War College, about the future of the US-EU relationship.

You're invited to tune into the presentation --  to be live streamed  at Set your calendar and save the URL.

Not only has US President Trump asked whether NATO is obsolete, he has also welcomed the Brexit and expressed the interest that more EU Member States would follow the British example. 

Plenty of actors see themselves as rivals of the EU as they are seeking to control markets, territories, and resources. But perhaps new partnerships can be imagined as well. When the strategies of the great powers as well as the balance of power between them are shifting, creative strategic thinking on Europe’s part is called for. With great foresight, High Representative Federica Mogherini wrote a call for strategic autonomy into the June 2016 EU Global Strategy.

Dr. Biscop of the Egmont Institute asks:  But do all Europeans have the same understanding of what EU strategic autonomy means? Which ends can the EU realistically aspire to, can it achieve strategic autonomy in doing so, and who can be its partners?

Learn more -- -- Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9 weather-related schedule changes

For your safety and the public works operations, this schedule is in effect:

1. Employees and students report to post no earlier than 10 a.m.

2. USAWC classes begin 10:30 a.m.

3. Child Development Center/ Child Youth Services open at 10:30 a.m.

4. Dunham Army Health Clinic will remain closed for patient care Thursday, and re-open Friday at 7:30 a.m.  (Dunham employees report by 11:30 a.m., for scheduled Thursday afternoon in-service training). 

5. Army Heritage and Education Center will open to public at Noon.  Employees may arrive no earlier than 10 a.m.

6. All organizations and services on post will follow these guidelines, opening no earlier than 10 am.

Be safe. Call ahead.  Check this site and for updates.

About our snow  operations --

DPW plowing priorities

The main snow removal priorities for post are the main thoroughfares (Claremont Gate to Ashburn Gate) in order to facilitate emergency vehicles. After that, roads around Dunham Clinic, Root Hall, Collins Hall and the post retail areas are cleared. Housing and secondary roads, parking lots and the rest of post will be plowed.  


Preparing your home

Start to prepare your home for the winter cold, snow and ice now so it will be ready when the bad weather arrives. There are several things a person can do to make sure their home is ready for winter weather. recommends that dead branches should be removed from trees. Ice and snow could cause weak branches to break and cause damage to structures. Also, as days become shorter, make sure your outdoor lighting is in good working order. Good lighting can protect you against crime and falls.

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

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

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

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

Home preparation check list

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

Preparing your car

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

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


Car preparation check list

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

Winter driving tips

Ice, snow and slush on the roads in the winter can create a very hazardous situation. Planning ahead can make your road trips much safer. You should always plan ahead with safety in mind. Be sure to check the forecast; if a winter storm is predicted for the area in which you will be driving, think twice, (or) ask yourself if the trip is necessary. Also, check road condition reports on the television, radio or Internet.

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

Winter driving check list

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

DA Civilians now eligible to utilize SHARP services

Effective Jan. 5, the Army implemented a one-year pilot expanding reporting options and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) services for Department of the Army Civilians who are victims of non-intimate partner sexual assault. These services are available for appropriated and non-appropriated funds employees.
“This is an effort to provide confidential help to civilian victims, who might not otherwise report their assaults,” said Sgt. 1stClass Mia Gillens, Army War College Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.

During the pilot period, DA Civilians have two reporting options:

  • Restricted reporting, which allows an individual to disclose a sexual assault and obtain advocacy services without initiating an investigation.
  • Unrestricted reporting, which results in notification to the supervisor or chain of command and the appropriate law enforcement agency. DA Civilians' sexual harassment complaints will continue to be processed through Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) channels in accordance with AR 690-600.

Either reporting option elected will allow DA Civilians to receive services from SHARP professionals such as a sexual assault response coordinator, a victim advocate, or a victim representative. SHARP professionals will offer DA Civilians:

  • Referral services for medical and legal care, authorized by law or policy.
  • Off-post resources such as additional advocacy services, appropriate medical resources and counseling available in the local community. DA Civilians are not eligible for expedited transfer, a request to move to a new unit or installation.

For more information contact the Army War College SARC office at (717) 245-3086, cell phone (717) 609-7453 or the 24 Hour hotline at (717) 245-4998. The office is located in Anne Ely Hall, Room 207.

‘Souper Bowl’ raises money for local foodbank

The New England Patriots weren’t the only winners this weekend as the “Souper Bowl,” held at the post chapel, raised $2,424.06 in donations for a local food back, Project SHARE.

Since 1990, youths across the country have been collecting money and food in the weeks leading up to the “Big Game.” Teaming up with local partners, these groups give 100% of donations to local charities, changing the nation's largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring.

Held locally for 10 years, chapel youths collect donations after church services on Feb. 4 & 5 and sponsored a "Souper" luncheon, with soup donated by the youth and chapel community.






Mattis issues budget guidance, says 2017 submission will rise

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued budget directives Tuesday aimed at addressing shortfalls in the department and building a more lethal joint force.

The budget directives have a quick trigger, with the first request -- for an amendment to the fiscal year 2017 budget -- due to the Office of Management and Budget by March 1. The budget request for fiscal 2018 is due May 1.

Mattis listed three goals: improve warfighting readiness, achieve program balance by addressing shortfalls, and build "a larger, more capable, and more lethal joint force."


The guidance also launches the effort to devise the 2018 National Defense Strategy.

The Department of Defense is currently operating under a continuing resolution, which freezes spending at fiscal 2016 levels. Mattis's guidance is aimed at strengthening the armed forces and making the nation more secure, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said.

"The secretary is committed to achieving maximum value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense," Davis said. "This process reforms our budget process to improve warfighting readiness, fill pressing shortfalls and build a larger and more lethal force while taking care of our service members and their families."

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work will manage the review processes for the March and May submissions.


The immediate priority is the 2017 budget amendment. Mattis said in his memo that the amendment will address "urgent warfighting readiness shortfalls across the joint force" and new requirements that may be needed as the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant accelerates.

The Obama administration prepared the 2017 submission, and the amendment is the Trump administration's chance to put in its priorities. The budget request was for $582.7 billion. Congress has not passed the budget.

"The amendment may increase force structure in critical areas where doing so would have an immediate impact," Mattis wrote. It also will contain a provision for DOD to shift funds from lower-priority programs. Mattis wrote that he anticipates a net increase over the 2017 topline budget request the previous administration put forward.


The fiscal 2018 budget will continue efforts to balance the department, address programmatic shortfalls and rebuild readiness. The budget request -- again drawn up in part by the previous administration -- will examine buying more critical munitions, funding facilities sustainment at a higher rate, building programs for promising advanced capability demonstrations, investing in critical enablers and growing force structure at the maximum responsible rate.

There is no mention in the document about sequestration, a provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that imposes across-the-board spending cuts if Congress and the White House cannot agree on more targeted cuts aimed at reducing the budget deficit. President Donald J. Trump has pledged to work with Congress to repeal that law.

The 2018 National Defense Strategy will contain a new force-sizing construct that will inform targets for force structure growth, Mattis wrote. "It will also determine an approach to enhancing the lethality of the joint force against high-end competitors and the effectiveness of our military against a broad spectrum of potential threats," he added.

All of this must happen as the department looks to ways to spend taxpayers' money more wisely and effectively, the secretary said.

Tax Center now open for business

Tax Center volunteers, garrison staff and members of the Carlisle Barracks team cut a ribbon opening the Carlisle Barracks Tax Center for the 2016 tax year. 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.

Jan. 31, 2017 -- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center opened its doors for business February 1 and will close on April 17 for the 2016 tax filling season for all Active Duty 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 starting Jan. 23 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.

Ashburn Gate closure Feb. 18-20

The Ashburn Drive gate will be closed to the Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 18-20. It will reopen at 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 21.