Banner Archive for March 2010
 

Great Decisions Lectures and Video Information

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

March 30, 2010 -- The Great Decisions Lecture Series for 2010 videos, featuring Dr. Jim Helis, chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the Army War College, Dr. J. Sherwood McGinnis, State Dept. faculty member at the Army War College, Col. Tom Sheperd, director of African Studies, USAWC, Col. Christopher Bolan, director of National Security Studies, USAWC,  Dr. Michael Fratantuono, associate professor, Dickinson College, Dr. David Lai, professor of National Security Affairs, Strategic Studies Institute, USAWC and Dr. Paul Kan, professor of National Security, Department of National Security and Strategy, USAWC, are posted  HERE .

 


Free Classes available through the Cumberland County American Red Cross

The Cumberland County American Red Cross has received a grant to provide a limited number of free Health & Safety classes to active military and their families, and veterans and their families. The following classes are available:

Monday, March 15 Adult, Child & Infant CPR/AED 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17 First Aid 5 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, March 23 Adult CPR/AED 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 30 Adult CPR / AED 5 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13 Adult CPR/AED 5 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20 First Aid 5 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, April 22 Adult CPR/AED/First Aid 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 24 Pet First Aid 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 24 Babysitters Course 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scholarships are limited. Please call Evelyn at 243-5211 ext 33 or e-mail sdavis@ccarcpa.org to register. Please register early to guarantee a space.  www.cumberlandcountyarc.org


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office


Run/Walk with USAG on March 26

Join members of the Carlisle Barracks Community as they run/walk with U. S. Army Garrison Soldiers on Friday, Mar. 26.

This 5K motivation run and 2.5K walk will start at Indian Field at 6 a.m. 

Military attire is the physical fitness uniform; Civilian attire is athletic clothing.

For more information call 245-3244, or -3462.

 


IMCOM Public Affairs
Installation residents receiving census survey forms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Soldiers and family members living on military installations can expect to receive the 2010 U.S Census Survey by April 15.

Residents of group quarters - such as barracks, guest housing and military treatment facilities - will have their surveys delivered by Department of Defense personnel working in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau. Those living in family housing will receive their surveys in the mail. People living overseas will not receive the survey. Instead, the Defense Manpower Data Center will provide the bureau with their statistical data based on a person's home of record.

This year's survey is the shortest to date, consisting of only 10 questions that will take just minutes to answer.

Every 10 years, since 1790, residents of the United States and Puerto Rico are asked to participate in the U.S. Census. This year, the Census Bureau will conduct the Nation's 23rd Decennial Census, marking April 1 as National Census Day.

"Participation in the census is a chance for all living in this great country to stand up and be counted," said John Nerger, Installation Management Command executive director. "It is an opportunity to do their civic duty. All should consider it an obligation of citizenship, just as voting is."

Many people still associate the census with a long-form survey that collected demographic, social, economic and housing information used to help communities determine where to locate services and allocate resources.

The Census Bureau designed the American Community Survey in 2005 to replace the long form - and to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing. The long form is still issued; however, it samples a smaller population and data is collected every three to five years.

Some may not be aware that participation in the census is required by law. Residents who do not return the survey within the indicated time can expect a knock on the door from a census representative, who will need to collect the information in person.

All information collected by the Census Bureau is protected by law, with census employees sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 and/or five years in prison.

For more information on the 2010 U.S. Census of the American Community Survey, visit: www.census.gov

 


Linda Armitage, Clinical Workflow Analyst, Dunham Clinic
Duham to implement Patient-Centered Medical Home later this year

What is it?

PCMH is a patient-focused approach to primary care practice that is supported by major health care organizations such as:  the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP). It provides a "Team-Based" delivery of healthcare to our soldiers, retirees and family members. PCMH is supported by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the standard practice model for Primary Care delivery across the Military Health System.

What does it mean to me?

Currently when you enroll in Tricare Prime, you are assigned to a Primary Care Provider, who can be a Physician or a Physician Assistant. This provider is part of a Patient-Centered Team who coordinates your care here at Dunham, FIG or DDC. This team comprises several individuals such an LPN or Nursing Assistant, the Provider and Discharge Nurse. It can include other individuals such as a Behavioral Health specialist, a Pharmacist or a Benefits Health Advisor. The outlying clinics: DDC and FIG will also participate in this process using the same patient-centered concepts when delivering care.

*The PCM Team has one goal: To provide comprehensive, quality healthcare services when you need them and assist you in establishing meaningful health behaviors to keep you well.  You, the patient are also a member of this team.

What does it mean to be a member of the team?

You are the most important part of our team! The patient is an important part of the decision making and evaluation process. You provide vital feedback into how well we do our job. Were your needs addressed? Were you involved in making decisions regarding your care? Did we provide you with the tools, treatment and information to resolve your health problem? Did you have problems getting an appointment in a timely manner? When you arrived, were we on time? Did you feel you had adequate time with the provider? How did our staff treat you, were they professional and respectful? Did you get your questions answered? How did our ancillary departments service you, how long did it take you to get your prescriptions? Did you fully understand what medications you were taking and how to correctly take them. Was our refill process convenient? You will be given an opportunity to give us your input and feed back every step of the way.

The goal of Patient Centered Medical Home is to provide an environment that exceeds your expectations to provide efficient, professional, evidenced based quality primary care. The care is patient- focused and designed to provide you with a meaningful experience that empowers you to stay healthy.  Patient- Satisfaction is our top Priority!

Will anything Change?

You will notice improved continuity of care which starts with an assignment to a team. Assignment to a team means that all team members play a role in your care, not just your PCM provider.  Your Provider WILL NOT change! Upon check-in, you will receive your intake, exam and discharge all in the same room. A Flow sheet will be used throughout the encounter to coordinate your care. This flow sheet will be reviewed with you and given to you at the end of the visit. It will clearly document which tests, labs, meds, preventative screenings, consults and follow-up appointments are needed. A nurse will review your discharge instructions and facilitate any follow-up care or appointments needed so that you don't have to make unnecessary calls or visits to our clinic. 

When will this happen? Goal to implement  :Mid 2010- Stay Tuned!

 


Special events and schedules are in store for early April and the Easter weekend --

You've asked for extended hours for the PX -- and the PX will test their patrons' level of interest in evening shopping. Starting April 1 for 60 days, the PX and the Class VI store will both remain open Thursdays until 7 p.m.  PX management will analyze sales and personnel costs after the trial period to determine if it makes sense to continue, said AAFES manager Donald Basil.

  • Carlisle Barracks Subway will open for breakfast daily beginning April 1:  Monday-Friday starting at 7 am, Saturdays at 8 am and Sundays starting at 9 am
  • The Easter Bunny will be at the PX April 2 from 1200-1400 and April 3 from 1000-1400.  Come and take pictures with the Easter Bunny
  • The Commissary will be closed Easter Sunday, with no changes in other operating day schedules.

 

 


 Auction benefits Students and Community for ten years

   Would you like a 3-day/2-night stay at the New York Grand Hyatt plus transportation to get there, or how about a poker party at Alibis.  Well, these are just two of the exciting items up for bid at the Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club 2010 Spring Benefit Auction.

  Open to the public, this event will be held Friday, March 19, 6 p.m., at the Letort View Community Center.

  This is the tenth year for this event which starts out with a welcome cocktail, paddle registration, and silent auction, followed by the live auction.

  Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.  Also included in the ticket price is an array of international appetizers.

  More items to be auctioned off include overnight stays at bed-and-breakfasts, specialty gift baskets, fondue sets, antiques, a West Point chair, and a wide variety of other options.

  Funds raised from this event fund scholarships for outstanding students and provide outreach money for Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle-area, and national organizations. 

  Past recipients of these funds have included Carlisle Project Share, the Veterans Service Organization Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Sadler Health Center, Carlisle CARES, Hope Station and the International Fellows' Spouses Conversation and Culture Program.

  For more information on the auction, contact Shelisa Baskerville at bshelisa@aol.com or fundraising@cbspousesclub.org

 


Air Force Col. Gerald Goodfellow
Eight USAWC Class of '08 Air Force grads chosen for command

March 17, 2010 -- A huge percentage of the Air Force officers from the 2008 Army War College class were recently chosen for command. Eleven of the 26 AF Officers from the 2008 AWC Class are headed to Command in the U.S. Air Force.  Eight of them reunited recently at Maxwell AFB, Ala., where they attended the Air Forces Pre-Command Course.

Top Row Left to Right:

Col. Michael Katka – Vice Commander 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, Ali Al Salem, Kuwait

Col. Nathan Hill – Commander, 388th Operations Group, Hill AFB, UT

Col. Cynthia Brown – Commander 360th Recruiting Group, New Cumberland, PA

Col. William Tart – 432nd Operations Group, Creech AFB, NV.

 

Bottom Row Left to Right:

Col. Henri Lambert – Commander, 99th Security Forces Group, Nellis AFB, NV

Col. Gerald Goodfellow – Commander, 7th Operations Group, Dyess AFB, TX

Col. David Goldstein – Vice Commander, Space Systems Wing, Los Angeles, CA

Col. Russell Hula – Commander, 673 Civil Engineering Group, Elmendorf AFB, AK.

 

Not shown from 2008 Class but chosen for Command:

Col. Philippe Darcy – 56th Mission Support Group, Luke AFB, AZ

Col. Margaret Larezos – 350th Electronic Systems Group, Hanscom AFB, MA

Col. John Quintas – 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Exercise places USAWC students at center of crisis

Army War College student Lt.Col. Michael Dvoracek answers a question during a short notice interview during the Strategic Decision Making Exercise which was held this month at the Center for Strategic Leadership. The exercise served as the capstone event for USAWC students. USAWC photo lab.

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March 8, 2010 – If Army War College students looked frazzled and stressed out in March it's because they have been dealing with a tense situation in the Middle East, freedom of navigation issues all over the world and the threat of terrorism in the United States.

    Of course, it was 2021, and each of those scenarios and more were all part of the Strategic Decision Making Exercise, held from March 3 to 10 in the Center for Strategic Leadership at Carlisle Barracks.

    The exercise, or SDME as it is commonly referred to, serves as the capstone exercise for U.S. Army War College students. SDME is a six-day, interactive, strategic-level, political-military exercise based in the year 2021, which gives students the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge they've acquired during the academic year to a "real-life" situation.

    "Learning by doing is the most effective way to learn, and the exercise allows students to apply the principles they learned in the midst of a fast-paced, complex exercise that allows them to see how frictions affect the processes," said Dr. Bill Johnsen, Dean of Academics.  "The SDME exposes students to new issues and areas that they will become involved in for the remainder of their careers."

    According to Doug Campbell, CSL director, planning for the exercise starts at the beginning of each school year.

    "Initial planning begins with the receipt of student and faculty comments on this year's SDME," explained Campbell. "The second key factor is the receipt of next year's International Fellow student roster so we can determine IF expertise available to support the exercise.  Detailed planning begins in September as we begin to develop scenario material."

    The process of developing each scenario for the exercise isn't a simple one either.

During the exercise students assume the roles of leaders at all levels and also take part in mock congressional testimony with actually U.S. Congressmen. USAWC photo lab.

    "Scenario development takes considerable time and effort.  We begin with an assessment of learning objectives to be achieved, identify potential areas of the world which meet the criteria of possible, plausible and important enough to the U.S. and its allies that a scenario would pass the 'so what test','" said Campbell. "Following that assessment we develop a story outline, which lays out basic goals, objectives and flow of the scenario.  After scenarios have been developed then all the scenarios must be integrated so that we understand their interaction and load factors and the impact on learning objectives."

    The hard work to design and execute the excise is not lost on the students.

    "Normally I'm not a fan of simulations or exercises because they really don't test you or give you a realistic experience," said Col. Tim Whalen. "That wasn't this case with SDME though. The depth and breadth of this exercise was more than I expected. It really makes you dig down deep and get to the root of the issues and forces you to work that interagency and intergovernmental relationship."

    "The way that this excise is designed and executed really made me feel like I was back at the Pentagon," said student Mary Marshall. "At any given time you have fires to put out, meetings and issues to de-conflict and have to deal with constantly shifting priorities."

     The exercise is designed to give the students a wide range of experiences.

    "The most beneficial parts of the exercise are when we place students in difficult role playing situations," said Campbell. "Frequently that is when they interface with outside participants, such as Congressional Hearings -- during which they testify before members of Congress or Congressional staffers playing Congressman, where they have to engage the media, in either a briefing or in a stand-up question period, where they have to brief and answer questions from distinguished visitor's who role play a special assistant to the President." 

The more than 330-member USAWC student body is split into two worlds, which are further divided into student cells that focus on specific geographic regions. Distinguished visitors add to the cell experience, providing real-world tips from those who have served in positions of authority in their regions. USAWC photo lab.

        The visitors added a level of realism to the exercise according to Whalen.

    "The distinguished visitors that came into our cell really helped our understanding of the scenarios and the possible solution that were available," he said. "The time they spent with us was one of the highlight of the entire experience."

   Marshall agreed, saying that the ability to conduct a mock congressional testimony helped prepare her in the event she would have to do so in her career.

    "The congressmen and women who participated treated it like a real event so that was extremely helpful."

   Col. Tony Pelczynski said that the ability to assume the role of a non-military leader gave him a new perspective on how they look at a crisis.

   "By assuming a role where I was forced to look at a scenario from a non-military perspective, it forced me to use the other elements of power," he said. "I think that was the best part, having to turn off the military officer part of my brain and look at an issue from a policy or diplomatic perspective."  

    During the exercise War College students perform many of the duties and tasks that they will face once they graduate.

    "They are also required to conduct VTC's with Combatant Commander staffs and perform bilateral negotiations with International Fellows role playing foreign government officials," said Campbell. "The most taxing element is the requirement to absorb information and make recommendations or decisions under time pressure."

    SDME has been very beneficial and a great learning experience, according to the students.

    "One of the best parts of the exercise was when one of our collegues would come back and tell us what they had been through, whether it was a meeting, congressional testimony or media event," said Col. Frank McClary. "We all learned as a team."  

    The exercise also brings together more than 600 personnel from the War College and subject matter experts from outside the school to serve as controllers, observer controllers, or exercise facilitators. Personnel participating in the exercise come from numerous government organizations, including the Department of State, Joint Staff, FEMA, CENTCOM, FBI, and the CIA. Each year more than 50 distinguished visitors participate as role-players in the exercise; most as leaders from the military, diplomatic, interagency, business, and education communities.

    "The students participate in video teleconferences with members of Congress, who role-play as members of the House Armed Services Committee while the students testify. Each year there are ten to twelve serving members of Congress who participate by VTC from Washington," said Campbell.

    Another important part of the exercise involves the students interacting with various national and international news media outlets.  During press conferences and interviews, controllers act as reporters from different national and international news organizations. The sound bites from these media events are then incorporated into television news broadcasts televised in Collins Hall each day.

The filming of the interviews and the actual television broadcasts are produced by Army Reserve Soldiers from the 206th Broadcast Detachment out of Dallas, Texas.

       The exercise teaches lessons that will be valuable for years, according to Johnsen.

    "The SDME requires students to continue to hone the critical thinking and creative thinking skills that they have developed during the course of this year, and upon which they will rely for the rest of their careers.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Puerto Rico plans to cancel previously issued birth certificates in July

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 15, 2010) -- Recent legislative action by Puerto Rico will soon begin affecting U.S. servicemembers from that territory.
    In January, the government of Puerto Rico implemented a new law aimed at strengthening the issuance and usage of birth certificates to combat fraud and to protect the identity of all people born in Puerto Rico. As of July 1, the law will invalidate all birth certificates issued before that date by the Puerto Rico Health Department, through its Vital Statistics Record Office.
    Why such extraordinary measures? According to a fact sheet by the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, many common official and unofficial transactions on the island "unnecessarily" required the submission, retention and storage of birth certificates. Meaning: hundreds of thousands of original birth certificates were stored without adequate protection, "making them easy targets for theft."
    Subsequently, many birth certificates have been stolen from schools and other institutions; sold on the black market for prices up to $10,000 each; and used to illegally obtain passports, licenses and other government and private section documentation and benefits.
    The administration fact sheet also noted that because of such problems, "approximately 40 percent of the passport fraud cases investigated by the State Department's Diplomatic Security Services in recent years involved birth certificates of people born in Puerto Rico." This left Puerto Rico born-citizens vulnerable to identity theft, ruined credit, stolen Social Security benefits and increased random security checks at airports.
    Recognizing such enormous risks - including homeland and nation security concerns - the government of Puerto Rico took action to enhance the safekeeping of birth certificate data and to better protect the public from fraud and identify theft.
    Accordingly, the Vital Statistics Record Office will begin issuing new birth certificates July 1, incorporating technology to limit the possibility of document forgery. Moreover, the new law will invalidate all birth certificates issued before July 1.
    Does this mean that everyone will need to run out and request a new birth certificate immediately? No, said Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration officials. In fact, they recommend that only people who have a specific need for their birth certificate for official purposes - such as passport application - request a new document.
    "Those people who want to obtain a copy of the new birth certificate for their records are encouraged to do so at a later date to prevent an unnecessary rush of applications," said officials, "and to ensure those individuals who have a specific need for the birth certificate are able to obtain them in a timely fashion."

 


Operation Purple Camp applications close April 16

March 16, 2010 -- Each summer, the National Military Family Association offers summer camps to children of deployed military members free of charge through its Operation Purple program.

    The goal of these camps is to impart the message to our nation's youngest heroes that "Kids Serve Too." Camps are open to military children of all ranks and services: active and reserve components. The program helps military kids experience carefree fun while learning coping skills to deal with war-related stress and fostering relationships with other kids in similar situations.

    The 2010 traditional Operation Purple camp applications are now available. The application period closes on April 16th.

    Find a camp link http://www.militaryfamily.org/our-programs/operation-purple/camps/

 


Next USAWC library book talk set for March 23

March 15, 2010 -- The next installment of the USAWC Library Book Talk will be held March 23 at 11:45 a.m. and will feature Dr. Henry Gole. He will talk about the process of becoming a published writer.

    Gole has written three books, General William E. DePuy: Preparing the Army for Modern War;, The Road to Rainbow: Army Planning for Global War, 1934-1940; and Soldiering: Observations from Korea, Vietnam, and Safe Places

 


Ken White, IMCOM Europe
IMCOM commander's 'Stamp Out Stupid' Campaign takes Europe garrisons by storm

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Through the ages, great military campaigns have proven to be the hallmarks of great leaders under the most trying of circumstances.
     Consider a 20-something Alexander the Great and his force of 20,000 that crushed a Persian Army outnumbering him by a factor of five, the brilliant leadership of Julius Caesar in defeating a Gaul force outnumbering him by 8 to 1, or Marshall Zhukov's masterful campaign that turned a last-ditch defense into a counter-attack that completely obliterated the German Army in the snows of Russia.
    During the recent whirlwind visit of the Installation Management Command commander to Europe garrisons, the first since taking command of the organization that oversees the Army's 163 Army garrisons, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch spoke about the launch of a military campaign of a slightly different flavor.
    "The current campaign is entitled 'Stamp out Stupid' because it amazes me at some of the stupid things we still do," Lynch candidly remarked to a large group of IMCOM employees at a town hall meeting in Heidelberg recently, referring to wasteful processes and functions he's witnessed at garrisons and at IMCOM staff levels.
    "I get it all the time, when I'm walking around at one of 163 installations in the Army worldwide, where people are doing stuff that they know is stupid, and I ask them, 'What are you doing,' and they say 'Well sir, we've always done it that way.' Well that's a stupid answer to the question," he said to the laughter of the Heidelberg audience.
    "There are things that we are doing today that are fundamentally stupid that we've got to stop," he said, going on to explain that he recently solicited every garrison commander in the Army for their input to get to the root of what processes and programs don't make sense or needlessly waste already lean resources at Army garrisons.
    From the input received, he then narrowed input to a list of 100 issues. Of those, he will announce later this month 60 processes that will be immediately ceased at all garrisons. A further 30 were identified as regulatory, policy or legislative issues that will be changed or eliminated through deliberate staff work over time, while 10 issues remained.
    "These [10] things aren't stupid, the person who submitted them was stupid," Lynch joked to the laughter of the audience. "They didn't know why we were doing these things so what we're going to do is communicate why they are being done this way, and then it won't appear to be stupid."
    In addition to unveiling the Stamp out Stupid campaign, in April at the AUSA installation symposium in San Antonio, Lynch will unfurl his campaign plan, charting the way forward for IMCOM for outlying years.
    Lynch explained that his campaign plan will also streamline bureaucracy that will make life better for him and, most importantly, garrison commanders who are often consumed with these cumbersome processes. He used the example of the 4,000 IMCOM metrics he is currently expected to use to make decisions about Army garrisons, a number that his campaign plan will reduce to a mere 186.
    "Let's face it, the only reason we do that metric analysis is to refine the information I need before I make decisions on resource allocation," he stated. "Do you really believe that I sit there in my office or my house and review 4,000 data points on a daily basis to make decisions?"
    Lynch acknowledged the strange twist of irony of his appointment to command IMCOM current command after having personally endured the frustrations at having been an IMCOM "customer" during previous senior commander tours in Georgia and Texas. It was clear that this fact is driving his quest to bring about improvements during his command that will make IMCOM more value added to Army commanders and families.
   "See, I'd been a Corps commander, and that's the reason candidly that I'm in this job now," he admitted. "So nobody can say Lynch and Sergeant Major Ciotola don't understand the issues, because for over 30 years we've lived it."
    He also acknowledged the image challenge he and the entire IMCOM command face as it devises a collective strategy to help the garrison commanders and their staffs do the very best they can to support the senior commander on the installation that truly take care of our Soldiers, their families and the great civilian workforce on the installation.
    "A lot of my peers, two- and three-star generals today, they don't believe that IMCOM should exist," he frankly offered, adding that, "I was so frustrated at Fort Stewart and Fort Hood, Texas, that somebody at IMCOM in San Antonio or Washington, D.C., was telling me what's best for my installation."
    "It made no sense, because they weren't walking the streets, they weren't in the PX, they weren't in the hospital, they weren't in the commissary, they weren't living in the houses, they weren't living in the barracks. So how could they sit and watch then try to tell me what to do," he remarked.
    Lynch and his wife, Sarah, accompanied by IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, also spent a great deal of time during their visit expressing appreciation to forward stationed Army families and the civilian workforce for their sacrifices.
    "I tell people all the time that you have a choice in life as an adult, you can either read history or you can make history, and IMCOM's chosen to make history," he excitedly explained during his Heidelberg Town Hall presentation.
    "I worry that folks like you think that the real critical piece is walking the streets, the battlefield of Baghdad or Kabul or wherever they're going to be, and it's not true," he said to the crowd of IMCOM employees in Heidelberg. "The critical piece is walking the streets here in Germany, or in Italy, or back in the States, and taking care of the families."
    He said he feels he and his sergeant major's experience as combat leaders has placed him in a perfect position to bring the command of IMCOM to new levels of effectiveness, respect and impact on the force, its families and the workforce. He weaved in the relationship of his wife to drive home the point.
    "We worry all the time, not about these older married couples -- Sarah and I have been married for 27 years, and I've been away from this lady four of the last seven years -- but we're got a relationship that has stood the test of time," he stated. "But while being apart is a strain in our relationship, can you just imagine the strain on a relationship in a family that's newly married with newborn children?"
     Lynch went on to relate the story of a young captain came into his office when he was the Corps commander with tears in his eyes, and he was begging for help after having served for five years, and in those five years had been deployed three times. He had just received orders to the Joint Readiness Training Center, a job that was going to cause him to be away from my family even more than when he was deployed.
    "He looked me in the eye and he said, 'General, my son is 4 years old, and he calls me by his first name because he doesn't know me as a father,'" Lynch said.
    "That's the challenge we're dealing with in the military right now, and with that kind of strain on the families, we'll do the best we can as the IMCOM family to focus on the Army family."
    That's certainly a military campaign that will be worthy of greatness and the history books.


Elaine Wilson, American Forces Press Service
Employment program to resume for enrolled spouses

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2010 – The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, commonly known as MyCAA, will resume March 13 for the more than 136,000 spouses who already have established an account, the defense official who heads up the program announced today.
    Officials announced a temporary halt in the program Feb. 18, pending a top-to-bottom review, after a six-fold spike in enrollments in January, a surge that overwhelmed the system and caused the program to nearly reach its budget threshold.
    "We made a commitment to our military spouses when they established a career advancement account, and we will be true to our promises," said Tommy T. Thomas, deputy undersecretary of defense for the Pentagon's office of military community and family policy.
    The Defense Department will resume the program for the 136,583 military spouses currently in the program at noon EDT March 13, Thomas said.
    "We sincerely apologize to our military spouses for the added burden caused by the pause in operation," he added.
    While the program will resume for enrolled spouses, new MyCAA accounts or financial assistance applications will not be accepted yet, Thomas said, noting that the comprehensive review of the program still is under way.
    "We are working hard to adjust the program to meet the demands of the MyCAA program and to arrive at a long-term solution for military spouses who would like to establish an account," he said. "Until that time, we encourage spouses to consult with the MyCAA career counselors who can provide career exploration, assessment, employment readiness and career search assistance."
    The top-to-bottom review includes procedures, financial assistance documents and the overall program, which is intended to provide military spouses with opportunities to pursue portable careers in high-demand, high-growth occupations.
    The program has been growing in popularity since its inception March 2, 2009. Enrollments had been increasing at a rate of about 10,000 a month, and in January, the number spiked to 70,000.
    "We had very little time to react to that," Thomas said. "I make no excuses for that. We should have done a better job of notifying our military spouses." Thomas said he will work hard to restore the confidence lost when the program was halted.
    "We certainly know we have lost some confidence, and we want to rebuild that confidence," he said. "We will restore that faith hopefully by one, restoring the program, and two, having appropriate resources to ensure everyone that applies for the program receives the appropriate financial assistance.
    "We appreciate what [spouses] do, and we hope that through this, that once we get this program back on track, that we don't lose any … spouses," he continued. "We value and treasure everything you do each and every day, not only for the Department of Defense, but for this nation."
    Thomas said he will ensure the lines of communication stay open in the days ahead. An e-mail has been sent to all program participants, informing them of the program's resumption, and spouses will see the announcement letter when they log on to their MyCAA accounts. A "media blitz" of information will precede any announcement that applies to all military spouses, he vowed.
    "We don't want to make the mistake we made in the beginning, and that is not notifying you what's going on," Thomas said. "We want to make absolutely sure that you understand that we're working in your best interest."
    In the meantime, Thomas urged spouses to be wary of questionable Web sites enticing them with employment opportunities.
    "Stay the course with us and allow us to work this to finality by restoring the program," he said. "We will make every effort possible to ensure we educate you and get the necessary funds to continue this program."
    Along with MyCAA counselors, spouses also can request free career counseling through Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 or at http://militaryonesource.com.

 

 


staff report
Wong, Gerras: Kids 11-17 cope better with multiple deployments when their parents' call to duty is valued

March 11, 2010 -- Despite the increased attention on the impact of repetitive deployments on Soldiers, there has been very little research examining the effects of multiple deployments on Army children.  Much research seeks to answer the question, are Army children stressed by deployments?  Previous studies and thousands of Army households can confirm that deployments do cause stress in children. 

In 2009, SSI research professor Dr. Leonard Wong and USAWC professor Dr. Stephen Gerras focused research to determine factors influence adolescent stress during a parent's deployment. 

They reviewed online survey responses from a random sample of more than 2,000 Soldiers in FORSCOM.  The Soldiers—36% of whom were deployed—were also given a link and password to forward to their spouses, so over 700 spouses completed an identical survey.  And, they gave Soldiers links for their children 11 – 17 years, which netted 550 completed adolescent surveys. A second phase included 101 individual interviews with Army adolescents at eight Army installations.  Interviews fleshed out trends that emerged in the quantitative surveys. 

The interaction of the three subgroups in our survey -- Soldiers, spouses, and children – revealed insights from the most relevant sources. To know how many times a Soldier has been deployed, the best source of that information is the Soldier, not the child.  To know how well a non-deployed spouse handles things when their Soldier is deployed, ask the spouse, not the Soldier.  To know how adolescents feel—if they are nervous, if they have disturbing thoughts, if they worry about what will happen in the future—ask the children, not their parents. 

The authors expected a cumulative effect of deployments – that each subsequent deployment would result in higher stress in children.  That's what the Soldiers thought as well. But adolescents who had experienced two previous deployments actually reported lower average stress than those with only one deployment in their past. Adolescents reported even lower stress, on average, with three deployments. 

"It appears children learn coping strategies and mature," said Wong.

The research revealed that the best predictors of stress experienced by an adolescent during a deployment are –

  • involvement in activities – specifically sports
  • strength of the child's family
  • the child's belief that the American public supports the war.

Participation in sports as a predictor of deployment stress was unremarkable and youth sports programs are relatively easy to create.  The strength of the family as a mitigator of deployment stress was also expected, but building strong families is definitely a much longer term concern.  But that the strength of a child's perception of public support for the war would be associated with their deployment stress was unexpected and is a much more complex issue, said Wong.

The researchers additionally examined strategies for dealing with the difficult role of as son or daughter of a Soldier during a long war. A surprising 56% of Army adolescents responded that they coped well or very well while a much lower 17% said they coped poorly or very poorly.   

Today's Army adolescents realize that they too are inextricably linked to the war fight.  If one out of every six Army adolescents reports doing poorly with repeated deployments, the situation can hardly be considered satisfactory.  Yet, the findings illustrate an unanticipated and remarkable resiliency in most Army adolescents in dealing with lives marked by multiple deployments.

The research revealed that the best predictors of stress experienced by an adolescent in a life marked by multiple deployments are -- during multiple deployments are --

  • the child's belief that their parent's call to duty is worth the sacrifice
  • strong family
  • keeping kids busy
  • public opinion concerning the war.

Wong believes that maturity of today's Army adolescents is exemplified by the comments of a Sergeant Major's16-year-old daughter who said, "My daddy always being gone makes me stress out the most. He is in charge of a lot of Soldiers and he always has to do what they do. "Set the example,' he says, 'Don't ask a Soldier to do something you can't or won't do.'  I get scared that sometimes he will forget to be careful and he will get hurt. He has deployed so many times already, but he tells me to not worry. 'Somebody has to do the job and take care of the younger Soldiers.'

"I just wish that sometimes he would forget about Soldiers and remember me and my sister, she countered. We need him too. I just wish the fighting would stop, then he would be able to stay home with us. I love my daddy to death, but he will never give up on taking care of his Soldiers."

The full study, The Effects of Multiple Deployments on Army Adolescents, is available at www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil

 

 


Carol Kerr, Army War College Public Affairs Officer
Post town hall meeting addresses key issues

    Three topics monopolized audience attention during the 2nd quarterly townhall meeting sponsored by garrison commander Lt. Col Janet Holliday and her staff.

    Extensive discussions about an equitable plan to bill residents for excess electricity consumption, a safety-first snow removal plan, and the post's redundant plans to communicate about weather were triggered by questions from the residents and workers in Bliss Hall and others who participated virtually and submitted email questions.

    Holliday introduced the plan for electric usage billing that will start in July for Carlisle Barracks residents.  Most residents have been receiving mock utility bills to help make the residents aware of their usage patterns. Starting in July, residents will receive usage statements. 

    Until July, utilities are included in the housing allowance that military families forfeit to live in Army family housing.  As of July, residents will see a link between utility use and a bill for electric  usage.  Utility bills will be based on average usage among 'like' residences.  Where there are at least 10 to average, such as the Meadows or Marshall housing, average-usage residents will owe nothing, higher-than-average use will generate a bill, and lower-than –average use will earn a rebate.

Where there are not at least 10 'like' residences, the government is not requiring utility billing.

·         College Arms, Bouquet Road and Liggett Road will not receive statements and will not be billed due to scheduled demolition

·         Coren, Lovell, Pratt, Flower, Wilson House, Quarters 1,2,3,4,28 and Young Hall will not be billed as there are not enough like quarters to determine a baseline

·         Marshall Ridge Phase 2 – the new homes -- will start receiving mock bills

·         All other homes will begin live billing in July.

    Ivan Bolden leads the Army's private initiatives and the program to develop utility billing. He participated in the townhall meeting to explain the Army's intent and express his basic principle – equity.

Residents responsible only for excess consumption

    From privates to general officers, 70 thousand Soldiers are included in the residential community utility billing program.  A third of them pay an average of $32. A third of residents owe nothing. Another third receive a rebate averaging $36.

    Two-thirds of today's Soldiers live off-post and they pay utility bills every day – and none of them get a rebate, Bolden noted. The program to bill utilities in Army residential communities has helped Army families pay renewed attention to their own energy use. "We are already seeing decreases in consumption – greater than 15 percent at most projects. Savings goes to build more new homes or provide additional amenities to residents," said Bolden.

    The program is equitable, said Bolden.  "We won't execute utility billing here 'til we get it right," he affirmed.

    Later, Bolden addressed concerns about a nationwide expectation that utility rates will jump.  When rates rise, the monthly average rises – and since utility bills are based on the rolling monthly average, residents will not He explained that Army privatized housing will make monthly or immediate changes to residents' baseline utility costs. When rates rise, the average rises; since utility bills are based on the rolling monthly average, Army housing residents will be In short, "the project takes the risk on prices increases, not the Solder."

Safety first in snow removal

    Tom Kelly, the Public Works director, responded to queries about snow-removal plans. Our priorities are safety and security, he began, and gave a street-by-street review of the plan to make sure fire trucks and ambulances can get through. The plowing starts at the helicopter pad, through the vehicle checkpoint, from the Claremont gate to the Route 11 gate.  They then clear from the fire station to the Dunham Clinic – followed by residential streets. AHEC is a lower priority. Sidewalks do get attention, but they too are a lower priority. Most sidewalks are the responsibility of the resident or the building workers.

    Audience members weighed in on the communication plan for post delays and closures.  Facebook is proving a popular way to learn about changes in operations and activities: it's fast and anyone can look. As a faculty member noted, you don't need a facebook account to check the Army War College site. Check www.facebook.com/usawc .

     The new way of communicating didn't bump out the tried-and-true ways. Once PAO is notified, the office contacts the four local TV stations and most radio stations.  Schools, churches and businesses created lengthy lists of closures during the big February storm – making the official post news sources a better source.  Call 717-245-3700 for the official announcement. Check the Banner and check Facebook.  The February snowstorm motivated the first widespread use of the Mass Notification System to automatically call employees and students.  Some missed calls triggered a review of the system and that, in turn, identified a coding problem – now fixed.  The system leaves a voice mail message alerting you to check 245-3700 or facebook. Employees can call 717-245-3676 and ensure that your phone number is accurately on file.  

 Circle this date: Tuesday, May 27 Town Hall at 4 pm -- and plan to participate in Bliss Hall or by email.

 


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Event recognizes diverse accomplishments of women throughout history

 

Retired Lt. Col. Cheryl Solomon was the guest speaker for the 2010 Carlisle Barracks Women's History Month observance March 10 at the Post Chapel. Solomon, a Harrisburg native, was the first African American woman from Pa. to graduate from West Point.  Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.

 

March 10, 2010 -- "The truth has to come out; it has to come out in our families, our history books, otherwise it is not history," said retired Lt. Col. Cheryl Solomon during the Carlisle Barracks Women's History Month observance, March 10 at the Post Chapel.

    Solomon knows of what she speaks. She made history as the first African American woman from Pennsylvania to graduate from West Point. Originally from Harrisburg, she graduated from West Point in 1987 and received a commission as a second lieutenant in the Military Police Corps.

  During her military career, she served in a variety of command and leadership positions to include assignments as brigade executive officer, U.S. Army Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and as a member of the Department of the Army Military Review Board at the Pentagon.

  "Why is history important?" asked retired Solomon.

   "There are many reasons," she said.  "First, it is a source of pride—I feel a special connection to the women in the military who have paved the way.  History establishes our heritage, traditions in our family."

Solomon spoke about the importance of history and making sure it's recorded for future generations. Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.

    According to the National Women's History Project, the history of women often seems to be written with invisible ink.  Even when recognized in their own times, women are often not included in the history books.

  "The recording of history is important for our children," said Merrie Wyrick, USAWC Library.

   "The fact that we consider our family part of history is also vital," said Karen Ellwood, USAWC Library.

  In Feb. 1980 President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women's History Week.  In 1987, after months of lobbying, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month.

  The Carlisle Barracks Women's History program also included a reading of the Presidential Proclamation, a book display from the USAWC Library, food and refreshments.

 

 


Apply now for Spouses Club scholarship program

Feb. 25, 2010 -- Each year, the Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club offers scholarships to qualified military children and spouses through funds raised throughout the calendar year.  Applications are now available for the 2010 program.

    Visit the CBSC website for more information, the qualification SOP and application form. The postmark deadline for application submission is March 30th.

 


Women's History Month to be Observed

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

  "Writing Women back into History" is the theme of this year's Women's History Month observance which will be held on Wednesday, March 10, at the Post Chapel, 11:45 to 1 p.m.

  Recently retired Lt. Col. Cheryl Solomon will be the guest speaker for this event.  A U.S. Military Academy graduate, Solomon retired after twenty-two years of service as a military police officer.  During her career, she served as the Brigade Executive Officer at the U.S. Army Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and as a board member, board recorder and senior quality control officer to the Department of the Army Military Review Board at the Pentagon.

  Solomon is now working on creating a non-profit organization where she can use her skills in coaching, counseling, and personal and organizational consulting, as well as continue her mission of helping people improve their lives.

  Along with Solomon's presentation, there will be a book display, food and refreshments. 

 

 


Government-Owned Golf Carts/Utility Vehicles (GC/UV) Registration

Trevor Kent, Carlisle Barracks Police

  Updates to CBks 190-5 Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision can be viewed by going on CBNET, Electronic Forms, CBks Regulations.  Major changes have been made to Section 4 which deals with Golf Carts/Utility Vehicles (GC/UV).   Registration and safety standards can be found on pages 11 and 12.

  Privately owned Golf Carts/Utility Vehicles (GC/UV) are prohibited on Carlisle Barracks property.  For those organizations that have government-owned GC/UV closely review the changes and comply. 

  Register vehicles by May 1, 2010 at the Vehicle Registration Office. 

  A 90-day grace period will be given by the Police Department on violations of any NEW post regulations.  For more information call 717-245-4909.  

 


Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Office
National Inhalants, Poisons Awareness Week March 14-20
                                             

    March 9, 2010 -- They're all over your house. They're in your child's school. In fact, you probably picked some up the last time you went to the grocery store. Educate yourself. Find out about inhalants before your children do.

    Most parents are in the dark regarding the popularity and dangers of inhalant use. But children are quickly discovering that common household products are inexpensive to obtain, easy to hide and the easiest way to get high. According to national surveys, inhaling dangerous products is becoming one of the most widespread problems in the country. It is as popular as marijuana with young people. More than a million people used inhalants to get high just last year. By the time a student reaches the 8th grade, one in five will have used inhalants.

What is inhalant use? Inhalant use refers to the intentional breathing of gas or vapors with the purpose of reaching a high. Inhalants are legal, everyday products which have a useful purpose, but can be misused. You're probably familiar with many of these substances -- paint, glue and others. But you probably don't know that there are more than 1,000 products that are very dangerous when inhaled -- things like typewriter correction fluid, air-conditioning refrigerant, felt tip markers, spray paint, air freshener, butane and even cooking spray. See Products Abused as Inhalants for more details.

Who is at risk? Inhalants are an equal opportunity method of substance abuse. Statistics show that young, white males have the highest usage rates. Hispanic and American Indian populations also show high rates of usage. See Characteristics of Users and Signs of an Inhalant User for more details.

What can inhalants do to the body? Nearly all abused products produce effects similar to anesthetics, which slow down the body's function. Varying upon level of dosage, the user can experience slight stimulation, feeling of less inhibition or loss of consciousness. The user can also suffer from Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. This means the user can die the 1st, 10th or 100th time he or she uses an inhalant. Other effects include damage to the heart, kidney, brain, liver, bone marrow and other organs. Results similar to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome may also occur when inhalants are used during pregnancy. Inhalants are physically and psychologically addicting and users suffer withdrawal symptoms. See Damage Inhalants Can Cause to the Body and Brain, Long-Term Effects of Inhalant Usage and Signs and Symptoms of a Long-Term User for more details.

What can I do if someone I know is huffing and appears in a state of crisis? If someone you know is huffing, the best thing to do is remain calm and seek help. Agitation may cause the huffer to become violent, experience hallucinations or suffer heart dysfunction which can cause Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. Make sure the room is well ventilated and call EMS. If the person is not breathing, administer CPR. Once recovered, seek professional treatment and counseling. See What To Do If Someone is Huffing for more details.

Can inhalant use be treated? Treatment facilities for inhalant users are rare and difficult to find. Users suffer a high rate of relapse, and require thirty to forty days or more of detoxification. Users suffer withdrawal symptoms which can include hallucinations, nausea, excessive sweating, hand tremors, muscle cramps, headaches, chills and delirium tremens. Follow-up treatment is very important. If you or someone you know is seeking help for inhalant abuse, you can contact the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition at 1-800-269-4237 for information on treatment centers and general information on inhalants. Through a network of nationwide contacts, NIPC can help (but not guarantee) finding a center in your area that treats inhalant use.

What should I tell my child or students about inhalants? It is never too early to teach your children about the dangers of inhalants. Don't just say "not my kid." Inhalant use starts as early as elementary school and is considered a gateway to further substance abuse. Parents often remain ignorant of inhalant use or do not educate their children until it is too late. Inhalants are not drugs. They are poisons and toxins and should be discussed as such. There are, however, a few age appropriate guidelines that can be useful when educating your children. See Tips for Teachers for more details on how much to tell your children or students in the classroom about inhalants.

Inhalants are a diverse group of organic solvents, volatile substances, and propellant gases that are intentionally concentrated and inhaled for their psychoactive effects, which range from an alcohol-like intoxication to hallucinations.

The above information was taken from the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition site and the Army Center for Substance Abuse site. For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Prevention office at 245 – 4576.



 


Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Office
Prevent impaired driving this St. Patrick's Day

March 9, 2010 -- Saint Patrick's Day is widely observed by Americans of all ethnic backgrounds. While it's a day to celebrate Irish heritage and perhaps enjoy the company of friends, it can turn deadly due to impaired driving.  Whether you're attending a parade or making a trip to the local pub, don't rely on the luck of the Irish to keep you safe. Designate a sober driver before the party begins - Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk.

Driving while impaired during the St. Patrick's Day holiday puts everyone on the roads at risk:

    · Over the past five years, 851 people lost their lives in motor vehicles crashes during the St. Patrick's Day holiday.  Out of that number, 327 were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

    · In 2007 alone, 91 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a BAC of .08 or higher during this holiday.

    · Every year, thousands of people needlessly lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes involving impaired drivers and motorcyclists.  Of the 41,059 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2007, 12,998 involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a BAC of .08 or higher. 

    * NHTSA defines the St. Patrick's Day Holiday as 6:00 p.m. March 16th through 6:59 a.m. on March 18th.

Whether you're meeting a few friends at the pub or attending the local parade, if you plan on drinking, don't drive.  If you notice your friend is showing signs of impairment, don't let him or her get behind the wheel.

·    Plan a safe way home before your celebrations begin;

·    If you plan to get a ride home with someone else, designate a sober driver before any drinking begins;

·    If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;

·    Consider using your community's Sober Rides program

·    If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;

·    And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride their motorcycle while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Impaired driving has dire consequences.  Don't rely on the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick's Day. 

·    The tragedies and costs from drunk driving are not limited to death, disfigurement, disability or injury.  They also can lead to the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest, which can be very significant.

·    People that break the law often face jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines, court costs, increased insurance rates, car towing, repairs, lost time at work, etc.

·    Plus there is the added embarrassment and humiliation after informing family, friends, and employers.  Remember on St. Patrick's Day, Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk.

·    For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245-4576.


Information provided by the Army Center Substance Abuse Program.

 

 

 

 


Carlisle Barracks Safety Awareness and Leisure Expo

On Thursday, Mar. 18, the Carlisle Barracks Safety Office and ITR will be conducting a Safety Awareness and Leisure Expo, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Letort View Community Center.  

Participants include:

- CARLISLE BARRACKS FIRE DEPARTMENT
- ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
- U.S. POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE
- U.S. COAST GUARD AUX.
- ADCO DRUG & ALCOHOL OFFICE
- ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
- PROVOST MARSHAL OFFICE
- DUNHAM U.S. ARMY HEALTH CLINIC
- BALTIMORE ZOO
- FORCE PROTECTION
- CARLISLE EVENTS
- CARLISLE BARRACKS EXCHANGE
- NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION
- NATIONAL PARK SERVICE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
- HAMPTON INN
- HERSHEYPARK
- COSTCO
- SIGHT AND SOUND THEATRE
- BJ WHOLESALE CLUB
- DEFENSE AND VETERANS BRAIN INJURY CENTER

Visit all of the participant tables and receive a free helmet from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.

For more information call the Safety Office at 245-4353 or ITR at 245-3309.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Editorial: AER -- family taking care of family

Private 1st Class Henry Johnson woke up at 3 a.m. to a phone call he hoped would never come. His mother, Janet, who had raised him as a single mother since birth, had passed away suddenly and the funeral was going to be in a few days.

   Johnson knew he had to get home immediately but there was a problem. He was stationed at the U.S. Army Garrison in Daegu, Korea and needed to get on a plane to Iowa within the next two days. He had no idea how he was going to pay for it; he had no way of coming up with the $2,000 to book a last-minute flight out the next day.

    Enter Army Emergency Relief. Johnson went through his chain of command who helped him get the paperwork together to apply for aid and he was on a plane in time to attend the funeral. 

   What I've just told you is a story similar to those that have been told all over the Army for 68 years. Soldiers prefer to keep their stories quiet and there were 71,000 Soldiers and families who were helped in 2009 alone. 

    Since 1942 AER has been helping Soldiers with their financial emergency needs, but the money that goes to helping the Soldiers doesn't come from the governmental budget. The money comes from your donations. AER is one way that allows the Army family, both Soldiers and civilians, to help "pay it forward" and take care of others in their time of need.  

    Remember, the money that you donate will go to Soldiers and their families needing financial assistance with things such as food, rent, utilities, emergency transportation, essential vehicle repairs, funeral expenses, and medical and dental expenses.

    Assistance can be interest-free loans, grants and even scholarships. Of the $79 million in financial assistance provided last year by AER, more than $12 million was in scholarships. 

    Locally, Carlisle Barracks assisted more than 80 Soldiers, family members, retirees and widows with more than $84,000 in financial assistance last year.

   One of those helped was a family of a Soldier who had only been deployed for two weeks when his wife and their four children woke up to a flooded apartment. They lost almost everything and had no renters insurance. Within 72 hours after going to AER, they were in a new apartment and had money to purchase the basics to get back on their feet.  This helped the Soldier concentrate on his mission, knowing his family was being taken care of.

    This year's campaign kicked off Feb. 25 with a luncheon featuring Lt. Col. Scott Perry who recently concluded a year-long tour of duty in Iraq with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion commander.  

    "AER brings help to Soldiers and their families right when they need it," he said. "This is our family helping our family. It's about more than money, it's about giving help and hope."

     In these times of extended conflict and deployments, AER is more important than ever. Families separated by thousands of miles now have somewhere to turn in their moment of need.

    Will you help? The money you donate will help someone down the road or across the globe. Do your part call 245-3296 to make a donation.  The campaign will run from March 1 to May 15.


Van pool info session set for March 9

    A van pool coordinator will be at Dunham Army Health Clinic on March 9 from noon until 1pm to distribute literature about future van pools at Carlisle Barracks.  For questions,  contact Donna Horton at 245--4077.

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Symposium helps prepare civilian students for next phase of career

March 2, 2010 -- Civilian students of the Army War College met face-to-face with senior leaders to learn about the challenges and issues that may face them in their future assignments during the Civilian Career Days Feb. 23-24 at the Army War College.

    The symposium is part of a continuing effort to assist USAWC civilian students in their careers after they complete their studies. In 2006, the Army War College established a Senior Civilian Advisor position to assist in the placement of civilian students after graduation. In prior years, the students returned to their previous assignments.  

    "The placements are successful primarily due to the involvement of Senior Executive Service Functional Chiefs and Career Program Managers," said Dr. Sara Morgan, USAWC Senior Civilian Advisor. "The senior officials are invited to Carlisle each year to interview Army War College students for placement in the various Army Commands represented."

    "The objective is to provide reassignment abilities for the USAWC civilian students to learn the mission, vision, and goals and get us interested in the respective command," said Mary Marshall, USAWC civilian student. "By arranging this opportunity, Dr. Morgan is making sure that USAWC civilian students have every opportunity to be placed in strategic leadership, advisor, and planner positions." Marshall said that students are able to formally accept positions once they complete their studies.  

    She said that opportunities like these are important to the students.

   "Opportunities such as Career Days are important for civilian students because they ensure students are placed in strategic positions where the Army is able to benefit from the educational investment they have made in us for the academic year at the USAWC."

  Morgan said that the symposium also helps provide students with the insight into strategic leadership issues and challenges they will face in their future assignments, according to Morgan.

  "It also serves as an opportunity to provide students with information regarding key strategic leader, advisor, and planner career positions for placement consideration prior to graduation," she said. "The Army's senior leadership recognizes the importance of developing civilian leaders. Senior Service College education prepares civilians for positions of greater leadership responsibility, and provides advanced leadership education in order for them to make greater contributions to the Army."

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Course helps senior reserve officers to stay on cutting edge of military education

Senior Reserve Component Officer Course attendees listen to a panel discussion Feb. 24 in Wil Waschoe Auditorium. During the week-long course, more than 30 senior reserve component officers came to the Army War College to discuss national security decision-making, contemporary national security issues and joint processes for land power development. Photo by Scott Finger.

March 1, 2010 -- The Army War College welcomed more than 30 senior reserve component officers for the 48th Senior Reserve Component Officer Course Feb. 22-26.

    The main purpose of the course is to familiarize senior Reserve Component leaders with the USAWC and its curriculum, according to Col. Joe Charsagua, Director, Reserve Component Integration and Army Reserve Adviser to the Commandant. During the course participants also review and discuss national security decision-making, contemporary national security issues and joint processes for land power development.

    The course is designed to be an opportunity to exchange ideas on issues affecting the entire military, including force integration, equipping and manning, and joint processes and land power development, according to Charsugua.

   "This is a great opportunity to see again the great programs here at the Army War College," said attendee Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards, Deputy Commanding General, 108th Training Command in Charlotte N.C. and USAWC 2005 graduate. "The opportunity to talk with the students and learn what they are concerned about is really valuable."

    The attendees are fully integrated into the resident classes and listen to guest speakers and learn about the USAWC institutes and organizations.

   "The greatest value in this event is the cross-pollination that occurs between the resident students and the SRCOC guests," said Charsagua. "Students gain an appreciation of the issues facing senior RC leaders that they can discuss frankly in the seminar environment."

    The course is also an opportunity for the leaders to see with their own eyes the student experience at the Army War College.

     "The reserve component senior leaders get to share their insights with students and they in turn gain an appreciation of the academic program at the Army War College, the caliber of the students attending, and hopefully to return back to their commands to encourage their junior officers to aspire and apply for resident attendance at the senior service colleges, in particular the Army War College," he said.

    The keynote speaker for this year's course was the Honorable Dennis McCarthy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. He spoke about the continually changing nature of warfare and the issues and challenged facing the Reserves.

   On the last day of the course the participants travel down to the Gettysburg battlefield where Army War College faculty link expertise in the leadership domain with lessons of Gettysburg to demonstrate that the strategy, sacrifice and leadership lessons are as applicable in 2009 as they were in 1863.

    "Being able to come here and see first-hand what we're teaching our future senior leaders in this collaborative environment was fantastic," said. Brig. Gen. Daniel York, Division Commander of the 104th Training Division located at Vancouver Barracks, Wash and USAWC grad. "I hope that the students were able to learn from me because I learned so much from them."


Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Installation Management Command Commander

Army Community Covenant - What gratitude looks like

 

Feb. 22, 2010 -- As our Nation commits to preserving freedom through the uncertainty of deployments and conflicts across the world, Americans give us a special gift: embracing Soldiers and their families with sincere support.
    It warms my heart to see adults, children, organizations and businesses that represent all walks of life sending care packages to deployed Soldiers and extending special invitations when they return. In a larger way, the Army Community Covenant generates a great deal of community support for Army Families while their Soldiers are away.
    The Secretary of the Army created the ACC in 2008 to build mutual relationships and strengthen bonds between Soldiers, Families and American communities. It fosters and sustains effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families. On the ground, the ACC accomplishes two things. First, it recognizes the selfless service of community volunteers, highlighting their great personal contributions. It also shows Soldiers the compassion and support of the American public.
    Now in its third year, the ACC kicked off with a series of signing ceremonies affirming the mutual support and trust between the military and local communities. To date there have been more than 450 signing ceremonies.
    While the signing ceremonies are the public, outward display of a vital mutual relationship - support from communities helps build resilience in our Families - the Army Community Covenant is a highly beneficial two-way partnership that strengthens ties between our Soldiers and home town America.
    The generosity of America's neighborhoods, towns, cities, and counties is astounding.
    Every day communities devise new ways, both small and large, to demonstrate their appreciation for Soldiers and Families. Adults, children, organizations, and businesses send care packages to deployed Soldiers, offer emergency relief to Families in need, welcome Soldiers home after deployment, and most importantly provide a support network to complement and enhance Soldier well being. From students baking cookies for deployed units, to elected leaders promoting legislation that builds equity in school transition for children of Military Families, each is a gift.
    Volunteers from all walks of life devote countless hours to giving back to those who defend our Nation's freedom. Here are a few Community Covenant initiatives to give you an idea of the scope of support that target financial, employment, health, youth programs, training, or other needs unique to a particular garrison or group of Soldiers or Family members:
    *Camps focus on fun learning experiences for young people that last a lifetime. Some camp sponsors are private organizations like the 4-H Clubs, Girl Scouts, Operation Military Kids; state National Guards sponsor others. Kids form new, lasting friendships with children from a variety of military backgrounds.
    *Educator seminars help teachers learn what makes life different for children with parents serving in the military. From frequent moves to deployment and redeployment, military children have a special set of experiences that moves with them, school to school, and that affect their education experience.
    *All volunteer Adopt-A-Unit programs support deployed units in-theatre and celebrate returning units with event invitations. These programs also enthusiastically remember those currently deployed through the Yellow Ribbon program, encouraging community members to display yellow ribbons at their homes and offices.
    *Financial support programs from states, counties and private organizations take many forms, whether help with property taxes, assistance for Soldiers of all components who deploy in support of the Overseas Contingency Operations, or grants or no-interest loans for emergencies for Reserve Component Soldiers.
    *Programs abound to help Families focus on building quality time together. Reduced or free admission to state parks, amusement attractions, and sports events help Soldiers and Families enjoy memorable time together. Retreats for families of fallen Soldiers build strong networks of friendship for those members of the Army Family who have experienced the ultimate loss.
    *There are community-based organizations that solicit donations exclusively to fund a variety of programs with 100 percent of all donations going to the designated programs. In-kind donations from community members and businesses entirely fund administration expenses.
    *Education support for Soldiers and Family members through scholarships, continuing education opportunities, or grants helps further both individual and Army readiness through access to education.
    *Special programs honor the children of wounded warriors, and Families and children of fallen heroes with personalized, commemorative items like hand-made quilts.
    These best practices embody selfless service on the part of Americans around the country, but there are many more. I mention them here as great examples of how citizens endure in their support with lasting relationships in the face of multiple and lengthy periods of military conflict.
    The Community Covenant Web site - http://www.army.mil/community - is a great resource for Soldiers, Family members, leaders, and community organizations to see best practices from around the country. Follow the latest developments and get ideas for your community by following the ACC on Facebook, and join in the discussion on Twitter, both linked via the ACC homepage.
    As the Army reflects the face of America, the Army Community Covenant reflects the face of America's gratitude. It's all about relationships. Go out of your way to thank a Community Covenant partner for their active caring for Soldiers and their Families. Work together with community leaders, private organizations, faith-based groups, and individual American citizens.
    Help America help Soldiers by always taking to heart what partnering opportunities may be possible.

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Defender 6
Commander, Installation Management Command

 

 

You asked, we listened: Free bus service for Military Community

The new, free shuttle bus service will be welcome news for military families -- and for students and fellows living near Carlisle Barracks.

Youth Services kicks off a regular bus route schedule on Monday, March 1. Three weekday afternoon routes start March 1 to bring kids to Youth Services programs. "When we make it easier and safer to get to the YS, we make life better for our families," said Liz Knouse, acting director of Family & MWR programs.

Military ID card will be required. Children under 18 must have a parental permission slip, and will be issued a bus pass at the YS. YS is ready to issue bus passes Wednesday.

Questions about the route, the service or the kids?  Call the YS at 245-4555, or -3801.

Coming soon: Saturday Shuttle will benefit the grown-ups

Others will benefit soon. Students and Fellows who live nearby post will find this the solution they're looking for on Saturdays when headed to the Library, the Gym, and other events in and around post. In a few weeks, the YS will introduce the Saturday schedule for free shuttle bus service. Keep your eyes on the Banner for the Saturday Shuttle schedule.

YS WEEKDAY SHUTTLE  RUN #1:

  • 3:45        Depart Youth Center
  • 3:55        Keystone Arms – Corner of West Point & Marshall
  • 4:00        Keystone Arms – Corner of Sherman & Eisenhower
  • 4:05        The Meadows – Corner of Thomas & Chickamauga
  • 4:12        Arrive at Youth Center

YS WEEKDAY SHUTTLE RUN #2:

  • 4:15        Depart Youth Center
  • 4:25        Keystone Arms – Corner of West Point & Marshall
  • 4:30        Keystone Arms – Corner of Sherman & Eisenhower
  • 4:35        The Meadows – Corner of Thomas & Chickamauga
  • 4:42        Arrive at Youth Center

YS WEEKDAY SHUTTLE RUN #3   (Return all youth to Meadows/Keystone)

  • 5:30        Depart Youth Center
  • 5:40        Keystone Arms – Corner of West Point & Marshall
  • 5:45        Keystone Arms – Corner of Sherman & Eisenhower
  • 5:50        The Meadows – Corner of Thomas & Chickamauga
  • 5:55        Bus returns to Motor Pool

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Industry Day provides insight into military-industry relationship

Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Company executive vice president, was the keynote speaker for the 2010 Industry Day at the Army War College. Almost 30 leaders of industry came to here to discuss issues and challenges facing technology research, development, and acquisition with USAWC students and faculty. Photo by Megan Clugh.  

Feb. 19, 2010 – Technology affects almost every aspect of our lives, whether it’s using a cell phone to call home to say you’re running late, watching from your computer in New York as a nephew graduates at Stanford or posting a photo of your newborn daughter to Facebook within minutes. Technology has had a tremendous impact and changed lives in the military.

    As those changes and advancements will keep coming, almost 30 leaders of industry came to the Army War College Feb. 18 to discuss issues and challenges facing technology research, development, and acquisition as part of the 2010 Industry Day.

    Industry Day provides Army War College students 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 “balancing warfighter support in an era of persistent conflict.”

    Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Company executive vice president, headed the day’s events. He spoke of current projects that Boeing is working on with the military and how important relationships and the opportunities for open and honest dialogue are.

    “These types of events are so vital because you are our customer and we need to know what it is you want and need,” he said. “It’s fundamentally important that we have strong and mutually beneficial relationships and these kinds of events help foster that.”

   Student Lt. Col. Mark Towne had a similar view, from the military perspective.

    “I know that the subject of working with our industry partners is uncomfortable for some because they are unsure of how ‘close’ they can get and they’re worried about crossing that ethical line,” he said. “While I agree that it’s important to keep that in mind, these partnerships with industry are vital to our success. Neither the military or industry can be successful without the other.”

   Towne said that it’s also important to remember that building these relationships take time and that these types of venues help foster them.

   “Muilenburg reminded us that the most successful partnerships are formed over decades,” he said. “It takes time; you can’t just flip it on and off. That’s why the opportunity to meet our partners face-to-face and discuss the issues facing us both is so important.”

    Muilenburg also spoke about how the ending of Future Combat Systems has affected the industry and how their work on the new AH-64D Apache has lead to longer-range weapons accuracy and all-weather/night fighting capabilities.

 Industry Day guests joined USAWC seminars and discussed the issues facing both the military and the civilian sector. Here Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Company executive vice president, answers a question while sitting in with Seminar 2. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Panel of experts discuss technology, acquisition challenges

    Students also learned from a panel of industry and government panel members that included Helen Greiner, CEO of CyPhy Works, Inc., Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, deputy acquisition and systems management for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. The students and panel members discussed a range of issues ranging from the export of U.S developed technologies, and government investment in technology to the challenge of competition in the global marketplace.

   Grenier discussed the advances in unmanned technology and pointed out examples where it saved lives and where technology is evolving with disruptive technologies.  She said that the future of warfighting may depend more on these technologies that accomplish the desired objective with minimal possibilities of human danger and at a fraction of the cost.

    Brown discussed the intricacies of the Army acquisition process and how the force structure factors into it.

    After the morning sessions, panel members and guests joined the students in their seminars for more frank and direct discussions on the issues and challenges facing research, development, and acquisition.

    Muilenburg sat in with Seminar 2 and discussed topics ranging from cyber threats to budget issues, government investment in math and science, import/export control and global competition for resources.

   The opportunity to speak directly with leaders of industry about a wide-range of issues was helpful, according to two members of Seminar 2.

     “The seminar discussion was very diverse, topics ranged from military contracts to opportunities in green energy, solar-wind, was very interesting,” said student Lt. Col. Shawn O’Brien. “Dennis was very candid when he addressed corporate ethics regarding issues from the past and the need to provide the best equipment for the warfighter and US tax payer.”

   “I thought that small group discussions were particularly interesting,” said student Col. Robert Byrd. “I definitely appreciated being able to better understand how a company such as Boeing manages the many different aspects of their business while striving to be as efficient as possible. It was really a great insight. There are certain aspects of how private industry runs that can and should applied to DoD.”

An Army War College student asks a question during the Industry Day panel discussion with Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Company executive vice president,  Helen Greiner, CEO of CyPhy Works, Inc., Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, deputy acquisition and systems management for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. Prof. Bill Lord moderated the panel. Photo by Megan Clugh.

    O’Brien said that the event was another great aspect of the USAWC program.

   “Industry day was a success in my view and regard it as another critical learning event at the resident Army War College experience,” said O’Brien. “The take-aways from today will assist me in my future roles & responsibilities that I will encounter as I move forward in my military and civilian career.”

    Muilenburg said that Industry Day at the Army War College reminded him that industry can learn from the military.

   “You produce great leaders here and industry could learn a lot from you,” he said. “We need to learn how to invest in our people and their ideas.”

     “It is a privilege to serve you and we work hard


Richard J. Sommers, Ph.D., Senior Historian, U.S. Army Military History Institute
AHEC mourns passing of Dr. Arthur W. Bergeron

Feb. 22, 2010 -- AHEC mourns the passing of Dr. Arthur W. Bergeron, Chief of Patron Services of the Military History Institute. 

    Dr. Bergeron succumbed to cancer on February 8.  Throughout his professional career in Louisiana, Virginia, and since 2004 at MHI, he established a distinguished reputation as an historian of the American Civil War.  His numerous books and articles on Louisiana troops and on the Civil War in Louisiana marked him as the foremost authority on those aspects of the war.  He was active in the Civil War Round Tables in Baton Rouge, Richmond and most recently Harrisburg/Camp Hill.  His beloved Louisiana will be his final resting place. 

    The family has requested that memorial donations in his name be given to the American Cancer Society or the March of Dimes.  MHI is also taking up a collection for a memorial paver at Ridgway Hall.

 


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Black History Month Speaker motivates audience to empower others 

Michele S. Jones, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense White House Liaison, was the guest speaker for the 2010 Carlisle Barracks Black History Month program.. Photo by Megan Clugh.  

  Feb. 24, 2010 -- Black History Month honors the great contributions of African Americans to the United States and Carlisle Barracks recognized this during a program at the Letort View Community Center on Feb. 24. 

  Michele S. Jones, who serves as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense White House Liaison, was the guest speaker and her message to the audience was loud and clear--"Empowerment"--the love of giving to others.

  "Empowerment is not about you, it is about something else--a legacy that you leave," she said. "Ranks and titles go away, but what does not go away is your ability to empower someone else."

    Jones, a career Soldier, held many positions of leadership from squad leader to command sergeant major.  She retired from the military on March 1, 2007 after 25 years of service in both the active and Reserve components. In her current position she is responsible for the management of the Department of Defense staffing, recruitment, vetting and clearance process for political personnel, and boards and commission appointments.

  Jones left the audience with these words:

    "When you are frustrated and want to give up remember the 'Bones.'"  1.  'Backbone'--courage to let go to give someone else a chance; 2.  'Wishbone'--believing and hoping that it is possible--everyone that made history had a wishbone; 3. 'Funny bone'--sometimes you get mad and angry, instead of getting caught up in that drama, go home and giggle, laugh and let go; and 4. 'Tailbone'--you have to get up off your tailbone and make it happen."

    Along with the speaker, there was a book display, courtesy of the USAWC Library, and a display of artifacts "Defending America" courtesy of Col. Oliver Norrell, Mr. Dave Peifer, and Col. Pat Cassidy. 

 


Carroll Kim, TRADOC Public Affairs
Dempsey talks TRADOC future, leader development at AUSA

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command, gives a speech during the Winter Symposium for the Association of the United States Army in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 25, 2010. The speech was on TRADOC's perspective on the Army's need to adapt and decentralize while retaining the fundamentals that have succeeded throughout the Army's history. Photo by Sgt. Angelica Golindano.

Feb. 25, 2010 -- Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, delivered remarks on leader and concept development during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium and Exposition here today.
    Dempsey began by explaining the conditions of the battlefield and its ramifications on the force and leader development.
    "If you think about what was going on ... in the late 19th century, that was an age of discovery and science and how systems fit together and the Industrial Age was affecting the social fabric and so forth," he said.
    "Systems are interdependent. And in their interdependence, if you want to keep up with the systems, then you have to evolve at least as fast as the system. And if you want to get ahead of the system, you have to evolve at least twice as fast."
    A way that TRADOC has been focusing on these concerns is through the Army Capstone Concept, published in December. The Capstone Concept addresses the conditions of the battlefield and how the Army is evolving to meet those demands through technology.
    "It causes [leaders] to reconsider, rethink and challenge the assumptions upon which previous capstone concepts were made," he said. "Some of the assumptions we've made about technology have just not been realized because adversaries, or potential adversaries, understand what it takes to deliver those first."
    Dempsey continued, "They've decentralized ... they use the network and they've proliferated the technology. They live among the population. Which means that you can't gain the kind of knowledge you think you can from a distance, and deal with it exclusively through precision."
    In order to combat decentralization, the Army has also had to decentralize and provide more decision-making power into the lower ranks.
    "We've done it remarkably well and for the most part, invisibly. There are implications to that decentralization. If you're on a path to build the network that affects echelons above [the brigade combat team], now you find yourself in a situation where what you really want is a network optimized at echelons below BCT."
    However, decentralization has also been met with challenges, but Dempsey believes that systems have to be able to adapt to new audiences, situations and needs.
    "Those kinds of challenges clearer to us today after the challenges of the past eight years, but it also means that though you should, in reaction to the changes in the world, decentralize, you also better recognize that at some point, you may have to have the ability to reaggregate those resources."
   Dempsey also cited changes in leader development because of the different roles of Soldiers provided by full-spectrum operations.
    "We've conceded that a leader must be grounded in not only tactics, techniques and procedures of force-on-force, but also in integrating his capabilities with other capabilities in a battle space that's increasingly crowded and increasingly transparent. So now we choose the term 'mission command' because we think it sends the right message on what we're about."
    As decision-making abilities move down the ranks, Dempsey reinforced that junior leaders need to be empowered with orders that have a balance of guidance and room for the junior leader to critically think and apply their skills to develop the situation.
    "We used to sit and think that the best information came from the top down, but this document implies that the best information comes from the bottom up. And if it does, you have to prepare young people to deliver it and you have to prepare them to prevail in it."
    Dempsey assured a balance between preparing for future operations and maintaining a professional ethos will continue to be achieved through TRADOC schools.
    "I'm worried about a drift in our fundamentals," he said. "We will not allow that to happen. So as we hurry helter-skelter we will never forget the fact that there are things that are fundamental to our profession."
    Concluding his remarks, Dempsey took a look at the Army's role in national security in a quickly changing world.
    "We've talked about an environment where competitiveness is the norm. We're in a competitive security environment. The dimension in which we have to prevail is the competitive learning environment because if we prevail here, we can make the changes and adaptations," he said.

 


Suzanne Reynolds, Erin Stattel and Thomas Zimmerman Army War College Public Affairs Office
Jim Thorpe Sports Days fast approaching 

March 1, 2010 -- Future allies and friends on the battlefield will face-off on the athletic fields during the 2010 Jim Thorpe Sports Days April 22-24 at Carlisle Barracks.

    Like the traditional rivalry of the annual Army-Navy Football Game, Jim Thorpe Sports Days pits Army, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard, Interagency and International Fellow students against each other in an annual match up of the nation's senior service schools.

    Participants from the Air War College,  Industrial College Of The Armed Forces, National War College, Army War College and the Marine War College will compete in this years games.

  During the three –day series of sports competitions, student athletes participate in 14 sporting events to include women's one-mile relay, men's two-mile relay, women's 5K run, men's  five- mile run, men's and  women's bowling; men's and women's golf; racquetball; basketball; soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Army War College students share a laugh during a pep-rally for Jim Thorpe Sports Days Feb. 26. This years games will 
take place April 22-24. 
Photo by Megan Clugh.    

  In addition to individual medals in each event, the college that accumulates the most points will be awarded the Commandants Cup.  

    The opening ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on April 23 on Carlisle Barracks' Indian Field, located at the corner of Ashburn Drive and Forbes Avenue.

Athletes prepare for competition

   Websters dictionary defines "esprit de corps" as the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honor of the group. This is especially true for the student-athletes profiled below who will be competing in this year's  Jim Thorpe Sports Days.

Racquetball   

    Lt. Col. Rick Zoller started playing racquetball as a freshman at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind., in 1983.  According to Zoller, he mostly played to keep himself in shape during the football off season. 

  "During my first assignment in Munich, Germany, I became a serious player and played in quite a few tournaments," Zoller said. "I have no idea what my chances are of winning, but I know I'll give it my all," said Zoller. "I'm sure our coach, Bob Coon, will push us to be the best."

  Zoller's last assignment was at Fort Gordon, Ga., where he worked capabilities development for the Signal Corps.  After he graduates in June, Zoller is scheduled for assignment as the J6 of Strategic Command in Omaha, Neb.

Men's Running

    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Powell came on active duty in 1983 as a private in the Field Artillery, received his commission in 1989 and is currently a Finance officer.  He has deployed to the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan and will report to the Pentagon next.

    Powell is trying out for the running team for the 5 mile run, and the bowling team and has experience in competitions like JTSD.  

    "I have competed in and won multiple swimming and weight lifting events over the years," he said. "Too bad neither is a JTSD event."

  Powell has also run road races and or triathlons in the U.S., Germany, Italy, Bosnia, Kosovo, Croatia, Afghanistan and Iraq. 

    Lt. Col. Dirk Plante, a Nuclear Research and Operationsofficer, originally commissioned in the Corps of Engineers in 1989, will also take part in the running events.

    "I'm training to compete in the men's running events, 4x800 meter relay and the 5 mile run," he said. Tryouts in April will determine the final roster for the events.

    Plante said he's been a life-long athlete.

    "I've liked running since my twin brother joined the high school cross country team," he said. He was real good, and of course I had to then join also to show him up. That never happened though, he was way better than me."

   Plante said he has run quite a few marathons as well as shorter distances. At his last duty station, Fort Belvoir, Va., he participated in the installation's intramural program.

    "I played in as many sports as possible, even if I wasn't naturally talented at them, like table tennis and racquetball."

Bowling

    Col. John Cushman may be a 22-year logistics officer and garrison commander, but he has his eyes on a set of bowling pins that could lead the Army War College's bowling team to victory during the annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days. The lanes are heating up as students brush up on bowling skills, trying to make the cut for the Jim Thorpe Sports Days Bowling Team.

    With career moves that have taken him to Egypt, Israel, California, and in the not too distant future, the Caribbean, Cushman is looking to land some strikes and, maybe even a few turkeys, at the Bowling Center right here at Carlisle Barracks.

    "The bowling team is not yet fully formed as all those who are trying out have until March 12 to bowl 18 games and the highest eight averages will make it," Cushman explained. "We have a men's and ladies' team and we practice on Fridays at 4 p.m."

 

Jim Thorpe Sports Days history

    The event is named after Olympian Jim Thorpe who grew to national fame in football, track and other sports. He also attended the Carlisle Industrial Indian School.       

    Thorpe participated in the 1912 Olympic Games and blew away the competition in both the pentathlon and decathlon and set world records that would stand for decades. "This year's event marks the 100th anniversary that Thorpe was named first team All-American.  

     In 1950, the nation's press selected Thorpe as the most outstanding athlete of the first half of the 20th century and in 1996-2001, he was awarded ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Century for his Olympic accomplishments and as a professional football player.

     A special guest this year will be Jim Thorpe's grandson, John Thorpe.

    "This is truly a team effort to host this event, it takes everyone from the student athletes, full time employees and many volunteers whom we need to make this event happen," said Chuck Gentile, sports director. Gentile said he needs volunteers to act as road marshals, announcers and help to clean up.

    To volunteer contact Gentile at 245-4343.