Banner Archive for March 2014
 

Peace & Stability Operations Training, Education Workshop kicks off  

Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer for the Association of the United States Army, was the keynote speaker for the 2014 Peace & Stability Operations Training, Education Workshop.

This year’s Peace & Stability Operations Training, Education Workshop kicked off this week with an address from retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer for the Association of the United States Army, and Clare Lockhart, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for State Effectiveness at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia on March 24. 

The theme for this year’s workshop is “Partnerships and Innovation: Novel Approaches to Training, Educating, and Engaging in Peacekeeping and Stability Operations.”  For the second and third days of the workshop, the 200 workshop attendees are divided among three working groups that address conflict prevention - partnering for success in prevention and management efforts, disaster preparedness and risk reduction engagement strategies to support the health sector, and governance innovation for security and development.  The workshop is a team effort among the Force Readiness and Training Directorate, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness); George Mason University; the U.S. Army War College’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute; and thirteen other stakeholder organizations.

During the last seven years, the Peace and Stability Operations Training and Education Workshop has provided a forum through which a broad assembly of educators and trainers can dialogue on essential content, methods and practices in the areas of conflict response/prevention and peacebuilding programs; and to collaborate on the development and presentation of integrated, cross-organizational curricula and programs that advance leader development, education, and training across our community of interest.The goals of this workshop are:

  • to provide a forum that addresses the equities of the community of practice and its activities;
  • to foster collaboration between the joint professional military education and academic communities;
  • to link community efforts; and
  • to inform and support senior leaders, to monitor progress and to provide feedback on the recommendations over the next year.

 


Army developing new training opportunities for civilians

March 11, 2014

By David Vergun

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 10, 2014) -- Army civilians seeking leadership opportunities now have a more effective roadmap for advancements and new assignments.

GS-14s and 15s have a path to professional development, senior-level educational or experiential opportunities and leadership positions through the Senior Enterprise Talent Management program, or SETM. Training includes attending the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., two-year enrollment in the Defense Senior Leader Development Program and temporary duty to a developmental assignment.

This program, in place now for three years, provides the depth and breadth of experiences needed for advancement to Army enterprise leadership positions, said Scott W. Rowell, capabilities-based civilian workforce integrator, Army G-1.

Other tracks are now being developed for other GS levels, he said, and those programs will not only benefit civilians, they will also provide additional talent for the Army.

The Enterprise Talent Management program, or ETM, is being designed for GS-13s and 14s. This too will provide a pathway toward enterprise leadership, he said. Selectees will attend a 24-month-long executive leader development program and go TDY for up to 90 days to locations where they can broaden their expertise.

Another opportunity under development for civilians is a 10-month-long course at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The course launch is planned for 2016, with 20 civilian enrollees, GS-13/14. The details, such as follow-on assignments, are still being worked out. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is assisting with the development of this rollout, Rowell said.

The Army is now working to develop similar programs for civilians who are GS-12 and below, he said, not only for leader development tracks but also for technical development.

Those efforts are just some of what's been going on under the big umbrella of Civilian Workforce Transformation, a plan that's been in place now for four years.

There are about 250,000 civilians categorized as technical experts, just under 35,000 functional leader/managers and the goal of these efforts, he said is to grow about 2,000 "enterprise leaders" from within to fill senior positions.

Other CWT initiatives include improved career program development and Army Career Tracker, or ACT. Every Army civilian is now benefiting from these initiatives, he said.

In 2011, all Army civilians were mapped to one of 31 career programs. Previously there were 23 career programs.

Those 31 career programs were mapped to the framework that will support the Army of 2020, he said. This effort gives "the civilian cohort a true capability to the Army," he said, "designed to help the Army achieve its missions."

Each of those 31 career programs has a leadership chain and professional staff that includes career management support and career program managers. Those 31 career program managers, he said, are now equivalent to branch proponent managers on the uniform side.

Staff in each of the career programs have been receiving training and they are now in the position to implement new and existing initiatives. Equally important, they can now help civilians determine their own developmental pathway, he said, adding that he expects a real person to answer the phone if someone calls with a question.

Not long after the 31 career programs were stood up, the Army Career Tracker went live.

ACT is a leadership development website that allows users to search through and select education and training opportunities, monitor their career development and get personalized advice from their leaders about which opportunities may be the most helpful, Rowell said.

ACT, he said, was initially only for enlisted Soldiers, but in 2011 was expanded to officers and now Army civilians.

As with any initiative, Rowell said command emphasis is essential in ensuring civilians complete their individual development plans and get the necessary counseling to further their training and development.

The end state, he said, is to build a "capabilities-based workforce that's focused on putting the right person in the right job at the right time with the right development, to benefit the Army."

Those interested in leadership development should contact their supervisors or career program managers or the Senior Civilian Leader Management Office.

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Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
 
A ‘hymn worth singing’ is written for those who serve
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Bert Tussing sings the "In Battle and Campaign:  A Soldier's Hymn" at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 27 at the Post Chapel.  The hymn will be published in this Military-style bible (photo courtesy of Rev. Arthur Pace).

                                                       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When Bert Tussing sang “In Battle and Campaign:  A Soldier's Hymn” at the Carlisle Barracks National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 27, many took notice ... some were moved …and former Army Chaplain retired Col. Art Pace took action to share it.
 
Tussing, Army War College director of Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group, partnered with old friend and retired Army Lt. Col. John Wheatley, to write the hymn. “Bert, there’s not a Soldier's hymn, there ought to be, and we ought to write it,” Tussing remembers him saying.
 
“My only regret is the title,” said Wheatley.  “Many folks limit the term Soldier to just the Army.  I really wanted the song to serve all the folks who slug it out on the ground, doing the unglamorous, the dirty, dangerous, day-to-day business of land warfare.”
 
Wheatley once worked with Tussing on wargame development and now writes about Central Pennsylvania’s natural history. He recruited Tussing – a retired Marine officer.
 
“I asked Bert for his help because he is musically accomplished,” said Wheatley. “I have no musical ability. I have a rather nice baritone, but sadly, a four-note range.”  Wheatley added, with a laugh, that he has been “dis-invited” from a number of church choirs and that he has learned his lesson.  “I’m just another joyful noise-maker in the pews.”
 
That’s where Tussing came in.
 
“He converted my concepts to song, and made some key changes to the words along the way” said Wheatley.
 
The hymn is set to the tune of the Finlandia Hymn.  Tussing downplayed his musical background, and said that his contributions were his love of music and a love of Soldiers – and Marines, of course.
 
Wheatley’s good friend Dr. Timothy MacDonald was instrumental in the development of the hymn.  “He kindly spent a couple of hours on the phone with me trying to impart some of the finer points of composition, said Wheatley about the director  of music at Rockhurst University and director of the choral group Musica Sacra of Kansas City. “His recommendations led me to a major re-working of the original concept.”
 
The team started developing the hymn in 2012 and performed it the first time in the spring of 2013 at the Carlisle Barracks Chapel. 
 
“When I heard Bert sing the Soldier's hymn at the Carlisle Barracks National Prayer Breakfast, I was incredibly moved, and knew I had to include it in our upcoming bible,” said Pace, an Army War College graduate who served as installation chaplain at Carlisle Barracks, 2006 to 2009.  “Best position I ever held in my career,” said Pace.
 
Now, the executive director of the Armed Services Ministry of the American Bible Society, Pace plans to incorporate the Soldier's hymn into their compact military bible, which are distributed to Soldiers, Marines and members of sister Services, and their Families.
 
“In Battle and Campaign:  A Soldier's Hymn" will be first in our hymn section in the bible,” said Pace, who noted that the military bible is being edited now for publication in a few months.  “It will be read by thousands of folks by year’s end.”
 
Tussing and Wheatley had hoped that the hymn would someday be made available widely to Soldiers.
 
“I’m delighted that the message of the hymn will find a wider audience,” said Wheatley.  “I hope it well serves those who read it or hear it sung.”
 
 

Integrating women into combat

March 24, 2014 -- Unless our strategy includes women, we are failing, said one of three Army War College students who shared research and experience at a free public panel discussion at the Army Heritage and Education Center about integrating women into combat roles.

The event in honor of Women's History Month was opened by Brig. Gen. Carol Eggert, USAWC Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs, who highlighted the historic contributions made by women in the military.  The panel, moderated by Col. Lorelei Coplen, featured Col. Alan Kellogg, Lt. Col. Kevin Lambert and Lt. Col. Toya Davis.

With restrictions for women in ground combat removed by the Department of Defense in January 2013, the military has been testing and planning options for effective integration. Kellogg's and Lambert's research examined some of the positive aspects of this transformation, concluding that integrating women into previously closed specialties can improve team performance, and will better align the Army with the society it serves, while enhancing the overall performance of combat arms units. 

Kellogg's research was guided by Harvard Business School Professor John Kotter's book, Leading Change. Kellogg said that unless our strategy includes women, we are failing to achieve our full potential as an Army.

"Women often create a more mature and balanced culture," said Kellogg.  

With respect to his research, Lambert, an infantry officer, concluded that there is a culture of resistance to this integration, and that this culture of resistance is largely misunderstood and must be identified. He said, "The more we are able to integrate ourselves in the infantry the better we are going to be."

Davis said that we have to make sure we do not set quotas for women, but select the best people based on performance. We have to tie progress to merit.


Chinese delegation exchanged ideas and information

Evaluating Asia-Pacific regional security and discovering areas for U.S. – China cooperation are among a few of the topics that were covered during the Chinese Academy of Military Science delegation’s visit to the U.S. Army War College from March 17 to 19.

The 10-member delegation, led by Maj. Gen. Pi Mingyong was engaged in discussing hot spots in the Asia Pacific, the U.S. military’s rebalancing towards the Pacific, maritime security, and China – U.S. military relations. The Chinese Academy of Military Science was founded in 1958 and is the highest level research institute of the People’s Liberation Army.

This is the first time the PLA has sent a group of strategic thinkers and high-level analysts to engage in an in-depth discussion with their U.S. counterparts on security issues of vital importance to China and the U.S. The U.S. Army War College and Strategic Studies Institute are ideal places for in-depth U.S.- China military research and education exchanges, said Col. M. Scott Weaver, Director of Academic Engagement. Military exchanges at the level of the research and

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo III, Commandant of the Army War College speaks with Maj. Gen. Pi Mingyong 

of the Chinese Academy of Military Science.

education institutions will promote a deeper understanding of the fundamentals at the two nations military and security organizations, he said.

Prof. Douglas Lovelace said he was pleased to host a delegation of senior officers from the People's Liberation Army/Academy of Military Science Agency. This exchange marks a significant resumption in the PLA's Academy of Military Science and U.S. Army War College relationship that began approximately 17 years ago. While the United States and Peoples Republic of China have developed extensive relations, in many areas, over the 35 years of ‘normalized relations,’ our military contacts have remained relatively few, and some might characterize them to be largely superficial. Much work remains to be done to establish the understanding that will lay the foundation for mutual trust and cooperation,” said Lovelace.

The delegation expressed their interest in institutionalizing this relationship and extended an invitation to the Commandant to lead a USAWC/SSI delegation to China in 2015. Developing a mutual understanding and trust is necessary to avoid misinterpretations and other errors, said Lovelace. “The U.S. and the People’s Republic of China are great powers. Our two militaries bear great responsibilities not only for each nation's security, but also for promoting international peace. Therefore, one cannot understate the importance of improving our relationship,” he said.

As relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China continue to advance, the People's Liberation Army have demonstrated their readiness to work towards improving their relationship with the U.S. military. Opening up a dialogue between the Academy of Military Science and the U.S. Army War College is a strategic step in the right direction for both nations. Chinese delegation exchanges ideas and information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Officers from the Chinese Academy of Military Science toured the Army Heritage and Education Center during their visit to the U.S. Army War College

       


Women’s History Month event:  Integrating women into combat roles panel open to the public
 
 
 
 
Lt. Col. Kevin Lambert, Col. Toya Davis and Col. Alan Kellogg will share insights about integrating women in combat, based on research and experience, during the Women's History Month panel discussion, Monday, Mar. 25 at 1:30 p.m. to the Army Heritage and Education Center.   
 
 
 
To celebrate Women’s History Month, a panel of three Army War College students will discuss “Integrating Women into Combat Roles,” Monday, Mar. 24, 1:30 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
Army War College students, Col. Alan Kellogg and Lt. Col. Kevin Lambert will discuss their research on women’s integration, and Col. Toya Davis will share her experiences as an Army Soldier and leader.
 
With restrictions for women in ground combat removed by the Department of Defense in January 2013, the military has been testing and planning options for effective integration.
 
Col. Kellogg and Lt. Col. Lambert’s research examined some of the positive aspects of this transformation, as integrating women into previously closed specialties can improve team performance, and will better align the Army with the society it serves, while enhancing the overall performance of combat arms units.
 
With the positive aspects of this change, however, come challenges, as the Army faces the need to change previously held cultural beliefs and assumptions. The panelists’ discussion will address both the advantages and challenges of this change, and how the Army can most successfully implement it.

Parking is free and easy to access at 950 Soldiers Drive. Café Cumberland -- named a hidden gem by Carlisle Sentinel reporter Tammie Gitt -- will be open, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and snacks, supporting Soldiers programs.  For more information, please visit:  www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.


Order your Jim Thorpe Sports Days t-shirt today

Looking for a way to remember this year’s Jim Thorpe Sports Days? Place an order now for your Jim Thorpe Sports days 2014 t-shirt.

The T-shirts will be made of polyester moisture-wicking material imprinted with the 2014 Jim Thorpe Sports logo on the left breast, and a Gen. MacArthur quote on the back.

All you have to do is simply write your name and quantity by size (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL) on the outside of an envelope, put your payment inside ($9 x number of shirts), and seal.  You can drop orders off at the Alumni Gift shop in Root Hall. Cash or check is the only acceptable method of payment; make checks payable to Craig Unrath.

The deadline to submit an order is Friday, April 4 and the shirt are expected to arrive on April 22 or 23. More information will be made available when the shirts will be available for pick up.  


Obama presents long-overdue Medals of Honor to 24 Soldiers

By J.D. Leipold
Army News Service

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2014 – Twenty-four U.S. Army veterans from three wars -- World War II, Korea and Vietnam -- received upgrades to the highest military decoration for uncommon bravery and gallantry at a White House ceremony yesterday.

 

President Barack Obama presented posthumous Medals of Honor to family members and representatives of 21 of those soldiers, and draped the sky-blue ribbon and five-pointed star-bearing medals around the necks of the three living veterans from the Vietnam War.

Each of the 24 had received a Distinguished Service Cross for the same fearless actions for which they were now receiving long overdue upgrades to the Medal of Honor.

"This ceremony is 70 years in the making and today, we have the chance to set the record straight," the president said, noting that more than a decade ago Congress mandated a review to ensure heroism of veterans wasn't overlooked due to prejudice or discrimination. During that review, the 24 soldiers -- Hispanic, Jewish and African-American -- were identified as deserving of the Medal of Honor.

"This is the length to which America will go to make sure everyone who serves under our proud flag receives the thanks that they deserve," Obama said. "So with each generation, we keep on striving to live up to our ideals of freedom and equality, and to recognize the dignity and patriotism of every person, no matter who they are, what they look like, or how they pray."

Obama invited each living soldier to the stage, one at a time, dressed in uniforms they could have worn in their 20s, but they now were filling out in their 70s with a full complement of ribbons and badges that testified to their skills as young soldiers. Their citations were read, their Medals of Honor were draped, and handshakes were exchanged.

"These are extraordinary Americans. They are exemplary soldiers," the president said.

Following the presentation to the three Vietnam veterans, Obama called them all to the stage.

"Santiago Erevia, Melvin Morris, Jose Rodela -- in the thick of the fight, all those years ago, for your comrades and your country, you refused to yield," he said. "On behalf of a grateful nation, we all want to thank you for inspiring us -- then and now -- with your strength, your will, and your heroic hearts."

Sons, daughters, nephews, brothers, wives, friends and representatives of the 21 soldiers who didn’t live to receive the long-overdue recognition each were called to the stage to hear their soldier's citation read aloud for a final time.

While some fought tears, others smiled, faintly remembering. Then each was presented with the framed citation and Medal of Honor their soldier had earned. There was little doubt their soldiers would never be forgotten again.

"Ladies and gentlemen, it is very rare where we have the opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary courage and patriotism of such a remarkable collection of men," Obama concluded. "We are so grateful to them, we are so grateful to their families, it makes us proud and it makes us inspired."


U.S. Army Installation Management Command
IMCOM announces April 8 change of command

SAN ANTONIO (March 18, 2014)  -  Lt. Gen. David Halverson assumes commandof the U.S. Army Installation Management Command April 8 during a 10 a.m. ceremony on MacArthur Parade Field, Joint Base San Antonio -- Fort Sam Houston.

Halverson takes over for Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter who has served in the position since November 2011.

The public is invited.

Halverson’s comes to IMCOM from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., where he serves as Deputy Commanding General.

As well as IMCOM commander, Halverson will also take over the role of the Army's Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.


Jaime Yingling, Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

Problem Gambling: “The Hidden Addiction”

Manipulated, deceit, anger, worry; these are a few words that describe what a family member feels when someone they love has a gambling problem. Problem gambling is an addiction and it not only hurts the individual who has the problem but it also hurts everyone around them.  March is National Problem Gambling Month.  The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) states that, “problem gambling includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt, or damage, personal, family, or vocational pursuits.”

The problem gambler can get the same effect from gambling as someone else may get from an alcoholic beverage or drug.  Gambling can cause a person’s frame of mind to be shifted and they begin to chase that feeling.  This tends to cause a craving for the problem gambler and it can become more and more difficult for them to curb the craving. The problem gambler may feel the need to continue to gamble in order to ‘win’ their money back.

Obviously problem gambling can have a huge impact on one’s financial stability.  This can lead to ruined relationships with family, friends, co-workers, etc.  The problem gambler can become depressed and have suicidal thoughts.  According to the NCPG, “problem gamblers have the highest rate of suicide among any other addictive disorder.”

The following are a few things you can look for if you suspect someone you know or care about has a gambling problem.  The individual could have a difficult time concentrating.  They can appear frustrated and angry. Lying will become more and more frequent. They may start to miss work.  The person could begin to worry about their debts and how they are going to pay for them.

 It is important to know that gambling can happen to anyone, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, etc. You may feel the need to help someone out who has a gambling problem but enabling the person will not help them in the long run.  In fact “bailing out” a problem gambler can make the problem worse. 

If you or someone you care about has a gambling problem and you would like additional information on problem gambling, please call Cumberland Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission at 717-240-6300.  The Commission can help to connect you with helping resources.  Often known as the “hidden addiction” due to lack of awareness, the Commission can also provide training and education for any group, youth or adult, who is interested in learning more about this emerging problem.  Additional information can be found at www.PAProblemGambling.com, www.gamblersanonymous.org, www.gam-anon.org,   and www.ncgambling.org

Jaime is a program specialist with the Cumberland Perry MH/IDD Program and member of the Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

The Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (SAPC) is a collaboration of community organizations and county residents who have united to address the prevention of substance abuse. Please contact the Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission at 240-6300 for more information.

The Army Substance Abuse Program is an active member of the Coalition. For additional information contact the ASAP office at 245 – 4576.


 National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week  March 16 - 22  

 

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.

One of five students in America has used an inhalant to get high by the time he or she reaches the eighth grade.Parents don't know that inhalants, cheap, legal and accessible products, are as popular among middle school students as marijuana. Even fewer know the deadly effects the poisons in these products have on the brain and body when they are inhaled or "huffed." It's like playing Russian Roulette. The user can die the 1st, 10th or 100th time a product is misused as an inhalant.

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 www.inhalants.organd the Army Center for Substance Abuse site. For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Prevention office at 245 – 4576.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
322-A Thompson Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405
 


Chinese delegation exchanges ideas and information

Evaluating Asia-Pacific regional security and discovering areas for U.S. – China cooperation are among a few of the topics that were covered during the Chinese Academy of Military Science delegation’s visit to the U.S. Army War College from March 17 to 19.

The delegation, led by Maj. Gen. Pi Mingyong was engaged in discussing hot spots in the Asia Pacific, the U.S. military’s rebalancing towards the Pacific, maritime security, and China – U.S. military relations. The Chinese Academy of Military Science was founded in 1958 and is the highest level research institute of the People’s Liberation Army.

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo III, Commandant of the Army War College speaks with Maj. Gen. Pi Mingyong
of the Chinese Academy of Military Science

Prof. Douglas Lovelace said he was pleased to host a delegation of senior officers from the People's Liberation Army/Academy of Military Science Agency. This exchange marks a significant resumption in the PLA's Academy of Military Science and U.S. Army War College relationship that began some 17 years ago.

 “While the United States and Peoples Republic of China have developed extensive relations, in many areas, over the 35 years of ‘normalized relations,’ our military contacts have remained relatively few, and some might characterize them to be largely superficial. Much work remains to be done to establish the understanding that will lay the foundation for mutual trust and cooperation,” said Lovelace.

Developing a mutual understanding and trust is necessary to avoid misinterpretations and other errors, said Lovelace. “The U.S. and the People’s Republic of China are great powers. Our two militaries bear great responsibilities not only for each nation's security, but also for promoting international peace. Therefore, one cannot understate the importance of improving our relationship,” he said.

As relations between the United States and the People's  Republic  of  China continue to advance, the People's Liberation Army have demonstrated their readiness to work towards improving their relationship with the U.S. military. Opening up a dialogue between the Academy of Military Science and the U.S. Army War College is a strategic step in the right direction for both nations.

Officers from the Chinese Academy of Military Science toured the Army Heritage and Education Center during their visit to the U.S. Army War College

Journalist-author Kimberly Dozier named General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership

Kimberly Dozier, best-selling author of "Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive, and Get Back to the Fight" (2011), has been named the 2014-15 General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership.

While in residence, she will teach at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, Dickinson College, and the U.S. Army War College.

"I look forward to sharing some tough lessons from the field, and from Washington, D.C., with the students of three great institutions, while working on another book to pay it forward to those taking risks on our behalf overseas."

Dozier covered the war in Iraq for CBS News from 2003 until May 29, 2006, when she was critically wounded in a car bombing that killed the U.S. Army officer that her team was filming, Capt. James Alex Funkhouser, his Iraqi translator "Sam," and her CBS colleagues, cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan. In her memoir "Breathing the Fire," Dozier recounts the attack, her injuries and the long road to recovery, including dozens of major surgeries, skin grafts, and extensive physical rehabilitation before she was able to resume her career nine months later.

The author's proceeds from the paperback and e-book go to charities for the combat injured like Fisher House, including donations of the paperback to patients and families going through the same medical crisis.

Dozier left CBS News in March 2010 for The Associated Press, where she spent the past four years covering intelligence and special operations.

During her time as the Bradley Chair, her research will focus on a new book on resiliency, the intelligence community and special operations. In addition, she will be a contributing writer for The Daily Beast.

Dozier has received a Peabody award, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, and four American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Gracie Awards. She is the first woman journalist to receive the National Medal of Honor Society's Tex McCrary Award for her coverage of Iraq.

Born in Hawaii, Dozier graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Anthropology/Human Rights and Spanish, and earned a Masters of Foreign Affairs/Middle East at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Named in memory of the World War II hero, the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership provides a visiting scholar the opportunity to explore with students and faculty the nature of leadership and how it can best and most ethically be exercised in a world transformed by globalization, technology and cultural change. The chair also seeks to enhance the study of leadership and encourage civilian-military dialogue and contribute to the educational and research activities of the partner institutions.

A joint initiative among the U.S. Army War College, Dickinson College and Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership has been held by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Rick Atkinson; Dr. Richard Kohn, a nationally recognized expert in the relationship between civilian leadership and the military officer corps; Navy Admiral Dennis Blair; Phillip "P.J." Crowley, former assistant secretary of state for public affairs; and former Congressman Joe Sestak.

She can be reached on Twitter @kimberlydozier or via www.kimberlydozier.com.

 


Infrastructure upgrades to cause Wright Ave closures, detours

In order to complete work necessary for the post fiber infrastructure upgrade, traffic changes are scheduled on Wright Ave, near the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development starting Monday, March 17.

The work is scheduled to begin after 8:30 a.m. each morning, to allow employees and school buses to use Wright Ave.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. on March 17, Wright Ave from the intersection of Forbes Ave to just past the parking lot entrance will be closed.  Motorists will use Liggett Ave to access CSLD parking. Letort Lane, along the creek, will be open one-way in the opposite direction for exiting traffic. This section of the road should be re-open by 4:30 p.m.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday March 18 through Friday, Wright Ave will be closed from the intersection of Butler Road to the second entrance of the CSLD parking lot. Traffic will still be able to enter the CSLD parking lot from the first entrance off of Wright Ave and the lower lot using Butler Road.  Motorists will use Liggett Ave to access CSLD parking. Wright Ave will re-open to traffic each night with steel plates placed over the construction area. It will then re-close at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.

Letort Lane way one direction to temporarily shift

There will also be a TEMPORARY change in the one-way traffic direction on Letort Lane during construction. Traffic will now exit via the Root Hall side of Letort Lane and enter near the post bowling alley. This is the opposite direction of the normal traffic flow.

Signs will be posted to alert drivers of the traffic changes.


Army Strategy Conference to tackle questions of capability and capacity of future Joint Force, U.S. and allied

Join the conversation about ‘Balancing the Joint Force to Meet Future Security Challenges’ April 8-10,  at Carlisle, Pa, or virtually at www.carlisle.army.mil

Hosted by the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, April 8 – 10,  the 2014 Army Strategy Conference will help senior DoD leaders and policy makers identify and prioritize future military demands and requirements worldwide.

The conference, an Army-USAWC-Joint Staff partnership -- will explore the theme, Balancing the Joint Force to meet future security challenges, by bringing into one venue competing ideas on two important questions: 

  • What are the most important military demands for U.S. and allied and joint forces through the current decade and
  • How should they prepare to meet them?

“We will proceed from an acknowledgement that the use of military forces will change as a consequence of thirteen years of continuous military operations, fewer material resources, changing threat perceptions, and new levels of discrimination in the conduct of foreign and security policy,” said Nate Freier, conference planner for the Strategic Studies Institute. 

Prominent national security leaders of the US and UK are selected to give keynote comments, selected based both on their unique insights into the last decade’s most important defense-relevant lessons and their perspective on the salient threats, challenges and opportunities that are likely to shape military forces and operations through the forthcoming decade.

  • General Raymond Odierno, current Army Chief of Staff
  • retired Admiral Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence & former USPACOM commander
  • Robert D. Kaplan, national security writer for The Atlantic and Stratfor, named one of Top 100 Global Thinkers
  • Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb, former Deputy Commander, Multi-National Forces — Iraq and Director of British Special Forces.

A wide spectrum of perspectives will examine the Joint Force in the context of these panel topics: global security and decision-making environments; specific regional challenges, service roles and missions; key characteristics of the most effective future Joint Force.

Scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, and informed citizens will find value in the conference's keynote presentations and panel discussions. In addition to deep exploration of key issues by distinguished speakers and panelists, extensive question and answer periods will offer on-site and virtual audiences a rare opportunity to engage directly with important voices on future defense and military affairs.

Virtual participation will be possible by way of a live webcast, dedicated Twitter feed, and the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the conversation by way of phone, email and tweets.

Find the full agenda and more details about the 25th Annual Army Strategy Conference at   -- www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil


New Veterans designation announced for Pa. driver's licenses and identification cards
 
The new Veteran’s Designation for Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and identification cards--an American flag with the word “Veteran” beneath it, will appear on the front of licenses or identification cards.
 
“The brave men and women who put their lives on the line as part of their service to this country deserve to be fully recognized for their efforts,” Corbett said.
 
Qualified applicants for a Veterans Designation include those who have received a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty/DD214 or equivalent, for service in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component, or the National Guard who were discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.
 
There is no fee for the Veterans Designation, however regular renewal or duplicate fees still apply. Forms for driver’s license or ID renewals and duplicates now have a box for applicants to certify that they are a veteran, and to have the designation added. Once the Veterans Designation has been added to a driver’s license or identification card, it will automatically appear each time the card is renewed. 
 
Veterans holding a non-commercial driver’s license or identification card can immediately apply for the designation by visiting www.dmv.state.pa.us and clicking on the American Flag/Veterans Designation icon. 
 
“The veterans’ designation on drivers’ licenses and identification cards now provides immediate recognition for veterans who may not otherwise have any military identification,” said Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, adjutant general of Pennsylvania. “While participation is completely voluntary, it allows veterans to qualify for discounts or other benefits that they are eligible for.”
 
To renew a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and add the Veterans Designation, applicants must complete and mail in a DL-143CD form and applicable fees. To obtain a duplicate CDL with the Veterans Designation, applicants must complete and mail in a DL-80CD form and applicable fees.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month 2014

What is it?

Traumatic Brain Injury is a disruption of function in the brain resulting from a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury. Causes of traumatic brain injuries may include falls, motor vehicle crashes, assaults, and combat events such as blasts. TBIs are classified at the time of injury as mild, moderate, severe, or penetrating.

The vast majority of traumatic brain injuries that occur in the Army are mild TBIs, also known as concussions. Early identification and treatment following a concussion are essential to maximizing recovery.

What has the Army done?

In 2009, the Army implemented its own mild TBI (mTBI)/concussive injury management strategy of Educate, Train, Treat, and Track.

The Army TBI enterprise management provides a standardized, comprehensive program that delivers a continuum of integrated care for all severities of TBI from point-of-injury to return to duty or transition from active duty.

In June 2013, the Army published HQDA EXORD 165-13: Department of the Army Guidance for Management of Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Garrison Setting. The policy directs that any deployed Soldier who is involved in a potentially concussive event, such as being involved in a motor vehicle crash, must undergo a medical evaluation. For those Soldiers diagnosed with a concussion, HQDA EXORD 165-13 mandates a minimum 24-hour recovery period.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will continue to aggressively educate all Soldiers and train Department of the Army medical providers about TBI, conduct vital research, continue neurocognitive testing, validate every medical treatment facilities that provides TBI care, and track those Soldiers screened for and diagnosed with a concussion.

The Army will also continue to collaborate with its many partners ranging from those in the Department of Defense (DOD) to academic institutions to learn more about the brain and how it heals in order to deliver the best TBI care possible. The desired end-state is to deliver responsive, reliable, and relevant TBI care that enhances Soldier and unit readiness, optimizes value, and transforms the care experience of the Soldiers and their families.

Why is this important to the Army?

According to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, more than 168,000 Army personnel have sustained a TBI since January 2000. TBI not only impacts mission integrity and force health protection, but also affects military family members. The Army remains committed to providing world-class healthcare for its Soldiers and their families.


Julie Shelley, Directorate of Communication and Public Affairs U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
Army Safe Spring Campaign now live online

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center launched the annual Army Safe Spring Campaign online March 1, providing leaders and Soldiers easy access to seasonal safety materials.

The spring campaign, along with its counterparts for autumn, winter and summer, are designed to augment safety programs already in place in formations throughout the Army.

“Our goal is to help leaders and safety professionals develop the most robust safety programs possible,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, USACR/Safety Center. “This campaign helps them maximize their time and reinforce safety messages unique to their formations.”

Edens said this year’s campaign topics, many of which emphasize private motor vehicle safety, correspond with the factors most often seen in accident reports during the March-May time frame.

“Now is when we’ll see the beginning of the uptick in PMV accidents,” he said. “The weather is nice, and more Soldiers are traveling than in the previous months. Those who ride are also bringing their motorcycles out of storage after the winter hiatus.”

Edens said early planning could reap large rewards later in the year, especially during the critical days of summer.

“Getting these messages out now reminds Soldiers of the risks before they have a chance to encounter them,” he said. “It’s a proactive way to ensure safety doesn’t get lost in the rush to enjoy their off-duty time.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C. Cain agreed, adding that leaders should set the standard for their Soldiers. “Leaders have a personal responsibility to be a positive role model,” he said. “They should live safety, not just talk about it."


FY15 Army budget, request includes small pay raise, 490K end strength

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 4, 2014) -- Under the Army's fiscal year 2015 budget request, Soldiers will receive a 1 percent pay increase as well as a basic allowance for housing increase of 1.5 percent and a 3.4 percent increase in basic allowance for subsistence.

The rollout of the Army's budget submission, along with those of the other services and the Defense Department was announced today in the Pentagon. Congress will weigh in on the request in the coming months.

The FY15 budget request for the Army is $120.5 billion, down from $125 billion last year and a peak of $144 billion in FY 2010. These figures exclude the overseas contingency operations money for operations in Afghanistan and the reset of returning equipment.

The OCO request for FY15 has not yet been determined, pending the status of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, according to Under Secretary of Defense Robert F. Hale, who addressed the Defense Department's total budget.

The FY15 Army budget reflects a drawdown from FY14's 510,000 to 490,000 for the active component, 354,200 to 350,200 for the National Guard and 205,000 to 202,000 for the Army Reserve. Hale noted that if sequestration continues, active Army end strength could go to 420,000 by FY19.

As for Army civilians, Maj. Gen. Karen E. Dyson, director, Army Budget, said 16,000 civilians were drawn down from the work force in FY13 and the Army "is continuing to analyze future adjustments in light of the drawdown beyond FY15. Her remarks followed Hale's.

Speaking on behalf of the entire Department of Defense, Hale said the "goal is to reduce the civilian workforce by 5 percent between FY14 to FY19."

Dyson said that the Army's budget reflects difficult decisions to accelerate the drawdown in end strength and prioritize near-term readiness for select units, while risking sufficient levels in modernization.

"While the Army's guiding principle is keeping balance in readiness, end strength and modernization, the Army is not in balance in FY15," she added.

Dyson noted that personnel costs for all Army components total 46 percent of the FY15 budget. The next biggest slice is 35 percent for operation and maintenance and 17 percent for procurement, research, development, test and evaluation.

To cut personnel costs, she said the Army's active force "will continue to use force-shaping boards and temporary early retirement authorities to meet the accelerated end strength declines in FY15."

She added that "recruiting and retention for FY15 dropped by an aggregate 8 percent across the total force due partially to the expiration of anniversary payments and declining bonuses."

The Army anticipates 19 combat training center rotations in FY15 to validate brigade combat team readiness for full-spectrum combat capabilities, she said. That training will focus on units preparing to go to South Korea, Afghanistan and the Global Response Force.

For other units not in those categories, training is expected to only reach company or battalion level, while the Guard and Reserve are funded to individual crew and squad level in FY15, she added.

Other priorities reflected in the budget include an emphasis on the regional alignment concept, which she said is critical to the Army's "prevent, shape, win" strategy.

Also, funding for ready and resilient programs will be increased by 46 percent in FY15. These are programs like Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, suicide prevention, transition assistance and sexual assault prevention.

That increased funding level "demonstrates the Army's continued priority to take care of Soldiers, families and civilians," she said.

MODERNIZATION

Davis S. Welch, deputy director, Army Budget, addressed the smallest part of the budget, modernization.

The modernization portion of the budget is $20.1 billion, he said, which translates to "a 6.1 percent reduction from the FY14 enacted level and a 17.3 percent reduction from the FY13 sequestered level."

A major shift in the FY15 budget, he said, included "science and technology funding at (sufficient) levels to mitigate risk to the Army of 2020 and beyond."

Specific investments include $84.8 million for Nett Warrior communications gear and $32.8 million for the M4A1 carbine.

Regarding the carbine, Welch said the money would be used to continue converting M4s to M4A1s. The latest model carbines include heavier barrels for extended life and ambidextrous controls, meaning Soldiers who are left-handed will be able to use the carbines more effectively.

The National Guard will retain UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, CH-47 Chinook helicopters and UH-72A Lakota helicopters, while garnering an additional 111 UH-60s to enhance medevac and lift capabilities. He added that all AH-64 Apache helicopters will transfer to the active component.

The Kiowa Warrior A, C and D helicopter models as well as the TH-67 Creek training helicopters will go out of the inventory and training will commence using the UH-72A, he said.

The AH-64E, along with unmanned aerial systems, will temporarily fulfill the Kiowa's armed aerial scout mission, he said.

The air and missile defense system defends the homeland and the BCTs, he said, adding that nine of the 15 Patriot missile batteries are currently deployed protecting U.S. forces and critical assets.

As such, the budget provides $420 million for procurement of 70 Patriot Missile Segment Enhancement systems, $400 million for Patriot software, $143 million for the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense System, $54 million for Joint Aerostat Project demonstration and $60 million for developing technology for gun, missile and high-energy lasers to defeat rockets, artillery, mortars, UAS and cruise missiles.

Funding for the Ground Combat Vehicle will be discontinued "because it is no longer affordable under the budget constraints," he said. In the interim, funding will go toward improving the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle until resources become available.

The Bradley, along with the Abrams tank, will together receive $549 million for modernization.

The Armor Multi-Purpose Vehicle will get $92 million as it replaces the M113 armored personnel carrier, he said.

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle will receive $210 million, which will allow low-rate initial production for 176 vehicles. JLTV replaces the HUMVEE and affords protection similar to the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

Indirect fire systems to be funded include the AN/TPQ-53 Radar at $247 million, the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System at $173 million, the M119A2 howitzer at $73 million, the Army Tactical Missile System at $49 million and indirect fire science and technology at $56 million.

Unmanned aerial systems funded include the Grey Eagle at $237 million and the Shadow at $142 million.

The Army's intelligence network, known as the Distributed Common Ground System, will get $148 million for continued development and testing.

For a full FY15 budget, download the pdf: http://asafm.army.mil/Documents/OfficeDocuments/Budget/budgetmaterials/fy15//overview.pdf


Ukraine to be the Focus of a Panel Discussion at Dickinson College

 

(Carlisle, Pa.) - Due to inclement weather predictions for Monday, Dickinson

has moved its panel discussion on the issues arising in Ukraine to Thursday,

March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, located

at 360 West Louther Street. The event is free and open to the public.

 

As the Sochi Olympics drew to a close, the long simmering tug-of-war between

the European Union (E.U.) and Russia over the future of Ukraine boiled over

into street violence and political turmoil in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.

This panel will examine the origins of the crisis, the interests at stake

for Russia, the E.U. and the U.S., and the possible outcomes and

consequences for international relations and Ukraine.

 

The panelists are Karl Qualls, Dickinson College; R. Craig Nation, Dickinson

College; Marybeth Ulrich, U.S. Army War College. Russell Bova, Dickinson

College, will moderate the discussion.

 

Qualls is an associate professor of history at Dickinson College who

specializes in Russian history. His book "From Ruins to Reconstruction:

Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II" illustrates how this

city, which is at the center of current Russia-Ukraine tensions, emerged

from the war more clearly identified with Russia than the Soviet Union or

Ukraine.

 

Nation is visiting professor of political science and security studies at

Dickinson and a professor of strategy and director of Russian and Eurasian

studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle. 

 

Ulrich is a professor of government in the Department of National Security

and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College. She has written extensively in

the field of strategic studies with a special emphasis on European security,

civil-military relations and national security democratization issues.

 

Bova is a professor of political science at Dickinson. He teaches a variety

of courses on international relations and comparative politics, and has

published numerous articles and book chapters on Russian politics and

comparative democratization.

 

The event is sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. For more

information, visit www.clarkeforum.org<http://www.clarkeforum.org> , or

call 717-245-1875.


IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-112-14

March 04, 2014

 

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Release of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget and 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

Today the president released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the Department of Defense.  This defense budget contains the recommendations I announced last week and is responsible, balanced and realistic.  It matches our strategy to our resources.

This budget also supports - and is informed by - our updated defense strategy outlined in the recently completed 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which is also being released today.  This QDR defines the historic transition unfolding throughout our defense enterprise.  As we move off the longest continuous war footing in our nation's history, this QDR explains how we will adapt, reshape, and rebalance our military for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

The QDR prioritizes America's highest security interests by focusing on three strategic pillars: defending the homeland against all threats; building security globally by projecting U.S. influence and deterring aggression; and remaining prepared to win decisively against any adversary should deterrence fail.

The QDR outlines key missions of our strategy - including the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, sustaining our security commitments in the Middle East and Europe, and building partnership capacity throughout the world.

The QDR highlights the critical capabilities - enduring and emerging - the military will need to operate across the full spectrum of conflict - including special operations, space, cyber, missile defense as well as certain conventional, high-intensity capabilities we should emphasize in today's fast moving security environment.  It also recognizes the emerging technological capabilities of adversaries that will present new threats and challenges to the United States.

This year's QDR also considers resource constraints.  These continued fiscal constraints cannot be ignored.  It would be dishonest and irresponsible to present a QDR articulating a strategy disconnected from the reality of resource constraints.  A strategy must have the resources for its implementation.

Today's world requires a strategy that is neither budget driven nor budget blind.  We need a strategy that can be implemented with a realistic level of resources, and that is what this QDR provides.

This QDR clearly articulates the consequences - and risks - of budgetary constraints.  In particular, it shows that sequestration-level cuts would result in unacceptable risks to our national security if they are re-imposed in Fiscal Year 2016, as is currently the law.  The QDR shows that continued sequestration requires dangerous reductions to readiness and modernization.It would mean that DoD would be unable to fulfill its defense strategy, and it would put at risk America's traditional role as a guarantor of global security.

That's why the president's budget plan adds $115 billion above sequestration levels.  These additional resources will be required to meet the president's defense strategy, although we will still be assuming higher risk for certain military missions because of continued fiscal constraints.  It would have been irresponsible not to request these additional resources.

No strategy or budget is risk-free.  Even the largest defense budgets have limits - as does our knowledge and ability to predict the future.  But the strategy articulated by the QDR is one that department leaders and I believe is the right strategy given the reality we face.

There are difficult decisions ahead, but there are also opportunities.  We have an opportunity to reshape our defense enterprise to be better prepared, positioned, and equipped to secure America's interests in the years ahead.

U.S. Department of Defense

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

On the Web: http://www.defense.gov/releases/


Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg addresses Army War College students, faculty and staff on force reductions. Bromberg is responsible for developing, managing, and executing manpower and personnel plans, programs, and policies for the total Army.


Dr. Richard J. Sommers, left, is presented a token of appreciation by Prof. Charles D. Allen of the Army War College. Dr. Sommers, a world renown expert on the Civil War presented the lecture “Margin of Manpower: How Black Soldiers Helped Win the Civil War” as part of  USAWC’s Black History Month observance.


Help keep Carlisle Barracks clean, safe

Pet owners are asked to help keep Carlisle barracks beautiful and safe by policing their pet waste.  Residents can expect stricter enforcement starting March 1 of the existing Carlisle Barracks Regulation 40-1 regarding pet waste and littering.

The proper disposition of animal waste is the responsibility of the pet owner or the pet handler.  Aside from keeping this historic Army Post clean and our green space welcoming to all for recreation, proper disposal of pet waste is necessary to prevent certain contagious diseases that can be passed between animals and humans.  The Carlisle Barracks Police Department will begin a targeted enforcement throughout the Installation.  Failure to comply may result in a citation or letter of warning, and could result in the loss of pet privileges.  Please continue to help us keep Carlisle Barracks safe and clean.


As part of the Kermit Roosevelt Lecture Program, British Lt. Gen. Sir Nick Carter, Commander Land Forces, lectured the Army War College Class of 2014 on “The Evolving Character of Conflicts,” Feb. 25. The Kermit Roosevelt Exchange Lecture Series began in 1947. The idea for an annual exchange of American and British military lecturers came from Mrs. Kermit Roosevelt, who intended it as a memorial to her late husband.