Banner Archive for March 2016

Tree trimming to close Letort Lane parking March 31, April 1

On March 31 and April 1, Antietam Tree Service will be trimming trees along Letort Lane. As a result the parking area along the creek (below the 315 Lovell Ave parking lot) will be closed both days.

Carlisle Barracks team tackles energy, water conservation

When you are responsible for an installation that is almost 260 years old with some buildings dating back more than 150 years, energy management and water stewardship can be a challenge.  

In order to find ways to conserve both, Carlisle Barracks recently hosted a team from the Installation Management Command Energy Management Division. The team spoke to building energy managers, who are each responsible for finding ways to reduce energy and water consumption in their facilities.  

“As the Army is promoting an energy and water stewardship culture, you are the individuals on the front line in every Army facility here on Post that will be maintaining this stewardship,” said George Reilly, energy manager with the posts Public Works. The challenge for leaders is that utility expenses represent a significant "must pay" bill for the Army and on a per unit basis, they are rising much faster than the standard rate of inflation, according to the team. Each Army installation has been given a mandate to reduce energy consumption by 2.5 percent each year or 25 percent by fiscal year 2025, based on their fiscal year 2015 baseline.

As part of the training, building monitors were provided checklists that provided them a starting point to see where they might be able to be more efficient.

Some of the tips for building managers and home-owners are:

  • Make sure that all doors and windows are closed, especially during the heating and cooling seasons.
  • If your building has any unheated rooms or areas, keep their doors closed to prevent infiltration to conditioned spaces.
  • Periodically check the weather stripping and caulking. If it is old and dried or peeling, be sure to submit a work order (or replace for homeowners) for repairs.
  • Inspect for air leakage in and around electrical outlets. Rubber inserts are generally available through self-help to seal any leaky outlets.
  • If the building is drafty, check to see if there is insulation in the attic (if there is one), walls and under the floors if it is above grade.
  • If you have window air conditioners, make sure that they are covered and vents are closed during the heating seasons or have them removed whenever possible.
  • Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.

Water Conservation tips

  • Hot water generation and its consumption often account for up to 10% of a building’s energy use. If possible, reduce your hot water temperature to about 130 degrees.
  • Check toilets, faucets for leaks

Heating and cooling tips

  • Reduce air conditioning costs by using fans, keeping windows and doors shut and closing shades during the day. Most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb.
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Recommended temperature are 68 degrees during the winter and 74 degrees in the summer.

Lighting tips

  • Replacestandard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and save 75% off lighting costs or LEDs and save 85% or more off lighting costs. LEDs preferred over CFLs for energy savings and environmental issues.
  • Turn offunnecessary lighting and use task or desktop lamps with LEDs or CFLs instead of overhead lights.
  • Use “task” lighting rather than overall room illumination.


2016 election year guidance for DoD personnel

During the election cycle all DoD personnel, military and civilian, should be aware of the various limitations that exist when it comes to participation in political activity.












































SHARP office at Carlisle Barracks invites you to have a seat

From an empty office space to an inviting and relaxing atmosphere, Sgt. 1stClass Mia Gillens and Ms Gina Beck have transformed the SHARP office itself to reflect the team’s commitment to help any individual be comfortable in stopping by to find information, discover useful resources, educate themselves, or report an incident.

 On the first floor of 315 Lovell Avenue, at the intersection with Ashburn, the program office for Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, reflects the military-civilian SHARP teams commitment to both professionalize and humanize their services by offering a place where dialogue can easily flow on any topic related to sexual assault prevention and recovery. The SHARP office is open from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is there to support both military and civilians alike. 

Sgt. 1st Class Mia Gillens and Ms. Gina Beck stand in front of their SHARP Center door on 315 Lovell Avenue

SHARP is an all-encompassing program working to minimize sexual assault incidents within the armed forces. The SARC works under that umbrella and manages the SHARP program at the organizational level.

“We are not here just to take reports, we are here so people can pick up information and resources, become more informed about the prevalence of sexual assault, and learn how to talk with their children about appropriate relationships,” said Beck, the civilian Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, or SARC. 

The SHARP office is building an educational library, where military or civilian employees or family member can come in, sit down, and get information, for example: a list of off-post crisis centers. 

 “Our office is always open to have a conversation with individuals, to talk them through some ideas that might help them or their family members,” said Beck.  “We have had family members come in just to get resources for their children, friends or themselves and have had very good feedback.”

“Sgt. 1stClass Gillens and I are here to help people,” she said. “We know how difficult it is for people talk about sexual assault or to ask for help. We are passionate about getting people moving toward the path of healing.”

“Many people have carried this burden around with them for a long, long time. We want this to be a safe space for them,” said Beck.

SHARP may be a military program, but the team’s attention and assistance extends across the Carlisle Barracks community – military, civilian employees, and family members.

“Our center is different from other active duty resource centers,” said Gillens, SARC, describing SHARP offices at larger posts with co-located SARC; victim advocates; legal team; medical providers. But the ease in coordinating across specialists here – victim advocacy, legal team and medical providers – permit this SHARP office to focus on resources and education.

Since civilians comprise the workforce majority here, this SHARP office makes civilian education and assistance a priority.

“If a civilian came in we would not say, ‘You need to go to a crisis center’,” said Gillens. “We will assist them through every step. If they need counseling, need to talk to us, need the chaplain, or just want some self-help guides, we will help them as much and for as long as they need,” she said.

“Our desire is for people to come in and relax,” said Gillens.  If they have been victimized, we don’t them want them to feel pressured to report, they can just come and get resources and information. This will allow them to get the knowledge needed to make a decision if they want to report or not.”

A clothing drive is underway to collect clothing and personal hygiene items for victims, to help make the Carlisle Barracks office, local hospitals, shelters, and crisis centers ready to offer a full range of help to a possible victim. This outreach effort is inspired by Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Designated drop boxes are situated at the Exchange, Commissary, Dunham Health Clinic, Root Hall and the SHARP office through March.

Beck contrasted Carlisle demographics with that of most Army posts. Across the Army, the majority of active duty [SHARP] cases are with those between the ages of 18 and 24, explained Beck, who noted that we don’t really have many in that age group here.

 “Our demographics are older than that. We find that older people -- whether they are now a victim, were previously a victim, or know someone who is a victim -- tend to want self-help guidance more than they want to report,” she said.

“Sometimes it’s enough for people to know that there is someone who cares, will listen, and will always be there to help,” she said. “That’s what you’ll find in this office.”

Both Gillens and Beck have earned the new skill identifier for Sexual Assault Response Coordinators. To receive that designator, SARCs and Victim Advocates must be credentialed by the DOD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program through the National Organization for Victim Assistance.  

The SHARP program aligns with the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategy. Implementation of SHARP follows the Chief of Staff of the Army’s five imperatives:  prevent offenders from committing crimes; report every allegation and ensure it is professionally investigated; create a positive climate and an environment of trust and respect; hold every individual, unit, organization and commander accountable for their actions; and engage the chain of command.

Changes, open house and more coming to Exchange, Commissary

March 23, 2016 – Exciting times are ahead this spring for both the Carlisle Barracks Exchange and the Commissary as both retail outlets are bringing in new items, hosting open houses and case lot and sidewalks sales over the next few months.


  • Summer athletic wear and dresses are now in stock, most of which is on sale for an average of $10 less than off-post
  • An Outdoor Living grand opening is set for April 30, 9 a.m. – 2p.m. and will feature sales, face painting and giveaways in addition to tons of outdoor supplies and equipment
  • A sidewalk sale will be held in conjunction with the Commissary case lot sale June 2-5
  • A new layout and design of the Exchange is expected to be finalized this Summer

The Commissary

  • 154 new items added in the last month including new produce, “K-Cup” coffee flavors and snacks
  • New self-checkout equipment is being installed in the next few weeks
  • New weekly managers specials are being offered on a variety of items and are placed at the front of the store
  • Effective immediately, the Commissary will be OPEN the Tuesday after a Monday holiday
  • The “case lot” sale will be held June 2-5

See something, say something

As always, the Security team here reviews and adjusts force protection measures regularly, and incorporates additional measures on a random basis so as to avoid predictability.

All personnel have a role in security: maintain general awareness of surroundings in order to become a target of opportunity; AND report all suspicious activity.

See something suspicious on post, online or get a strange phone call probing for information and don’t know what to do? You can report it using the Suspicious Activity Report tool located now at

The tool allows the post to be able to track these reports to see if there are patterns developing.

Suggested Personal Security Measures:

. Be vigilant of your surroundings.

. Watch for potentially hostile situations and proactively move away from them.

. Sensitize family members to also watch for situations which look out of the ordinary and ensure they inform you or notify law enforcement.

. Look for safe havens you can get to quickly.

. Have an exit plan and a re-group point if you are separated.

. Ensure someone in your group of acquaintances knows your travel plans.

. If you see something suspicious, report it to the appropriate authorities.

. Carry a cell-phone and ensure it is charged.

. Try to avoid traveling alone.

Incident reporting tips:

  • Be Observant & Attentive
  • Remember Details about People, Places, Conversations, and Vehicles (Including License Plate Numbers)
  • Act Non-Committal and Ask for Time to Think Over Any Offers
  • Report the Incident Only to US Army Intelligence Special Agents
  • Do not self-investigate

   Immediate threats should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Poice Desk at (717) 245-4115.

Carlisle Barracks hosting BSEP/FAST Classes for GT Improvement

BSEP-Basic Skills Enhancement Program

The Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) is an on-duty program that supports the Army goal of enlisting and retaining quality Soldiers by providing instruction in the basic skills of reading, math, and language to assist Soldiers preparing for AFCT retest. Formal classroom instruction is augmented with computer-based training and software to allow for individual needs. Basic Skills/GT Improvement courses are three weeks in length, 7 hours (0800-1600 with hour lunch) per day, three days per week (M, W, F). Enrollment is completed at the Carlisle Barracks Education Center, 632 Wright Avenue or by contacting Rebecca Sober, Education Services Specialist, (717-245-4135 or Once enrolled, you will be given a copy of your On-Duty Enrollmentwhich must be signed by your Commander and returned to the Carlisle Barracks Education Center prior to class start date. Classes will be held at the Carlisle Barracks Education Center.

A Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is required prior to enrollment to assist in placement and determine individual needs.


  • CONTACT CATHY POPE (717) 245-4820 OR catherine.s.pope.ctr@mail.milTO SCHEDULE YOUR TESTING APPT
  • CONTACT REBECCA SOBER (717) 245-4135 OR rebecca.l.sober2.civ@mail.milTO RECEIVE YOUR ON-DUTY ENROLLMENT FORM


FY 16 BSEP Course Schedule

April 11-29 (M, W, and F 0800-1600)

June 13- July 1 (M, W, and F 0800-1600)

August 8-26 (M, W, and F 0800-1600)

ACS Job fair slated for March 31

The 28thAnnual Job & Franchise Fair, sponsored by the Army Community Services Employment Readiness Program, is set for March 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K Street in Carlisle.

At the fair you can network with more than 100 Central Pennsylvania businesses/franchises in all career fields. Bring your resume & Dress for Success.

For more information contact ACS at 245-4357.

Employer participants include:


Army Community Service (Information Booth Only)


ABF Trucking


Allen Distribution

American Mint

APEX Fun Run Franchise              


Berks and Beyond Staffing

Bimbo Bakeries USA

Carlisle Career Link

Carlisle Carrier Corp

Caring Matters Home Care

Carlisle Chamber of Commerce

Carlisle Construction

Coca Cola

Combined Insurance/CHUBB

CORNERSTONE FCU                       



Cumberland Crossings Retirement Community

DeVry University

ESGR Edward Jones Enterprise Holdings

Entrepreneur’s Source Express Employment

FARMERS Insurance                      

FedEx Ground  

First National Bank

Geisinger Health

GHG Home Care


Henkels & McCoy

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Holy Spirit Hospital

ITWORKS!  Franchise


JFC Staffing Company

Keystone Human Services

Kelly Services                    

Liberty Excavators

Masterbrand Cabinets

Mack Employment Services, INC.

McCann School of Business & Technology                           

Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.

Messiah Lifeways


Milton Hershey School                 

Monster Tree Service Franchise

N-Hance Wood Franchise

Nestle Purina PetCare  

Office Depot

Orrstown Bank 

PA Department of Corrections

PA State Police

PA Department of Labor and Industry/State Civil Service

PA Veterans of Foreign War (VFW)

Patrice & Associates Franchise

Penn State Hershey Medical

Pepperidge Farm


Philly Pretzel Franchise


Pinnacle Health




R. H Sheppard CO INC


SDI, Inc.

Skills of Central PA

Service King Collision


S&H Express

Shalnet Penn College                    


TDY Medical Staffing / TDY Government Services


The Faulkner Organization

TransForce, Inc.

Troops to Teachers

Tuckey Mechanical                         

United CoolAir Corp

PA Veterans of Foreign War


ULTA Beauty


Visiting Angels

Werner Enterprises

Carlisle Barracks hosts college, education fair

The Carlisle Barracks Education Center hosted a College and Education Fair March 17 at the Post Chapel and included representatives from many Pennsylvania colleges/universities including Shippensburg University, Kutztown University, Penn State and others.

In addition to being able to talk with the reps, Education Services provided information on how to use GOARMYED and Tuition Assistance (TA) and GI Bill (using the benefits or transferring to dependents, how to apply, etc.), scholarships, FAFSA, etc. The Pennsylvania National Guard Education Center shared information on TA, GI Bill, and the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) which is a grant specifically for National Guard Soldiers.

Carlisle Barracks Members 1st branch to close July 1

Members 1st Federal Credit Union recently announced that their Carlisle Barracks branch will close for business July 1 at 5 p.m.

Carlisle Barracks has begun the process to bring another financial institution to Carlisle Barracks. The ATM located near the Exchange is expected to remain.



National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week March 20 - 26, 2016

So What is Inhalant Abuse?

Inhalant abuse refers to the deliberate inhalation or sniffing of common products found in homes and communities with the purpose of “getting high.” Inhalants are easily accessible, legal, everyday products. When used as intended, these products have a useful purpose in our lives and enhance the quality of life, but when intentionally misused, they can be deadly. Inhalant Abuse is a lesser recognized form of substance abuse, but it is no less dangerous. Inhalants are addictive and are considered to be “gateway” drugs because children often progress from inhalants to illegal drug and alcohol abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that one in five American teens have used Inhalants to get high.

This information is to be used as a resource to inform individuals about what to look for in regards to appropriately target inhalant abuse and prevent it from happening.

Statistical Data in the U.S.

So, how prevalent is Inhalant Abuse in the United States?

  • Over 2.6 million children, aged 12 – 17, use an Inhalant each year to get high.
  • 1 in 4 students in America has intentionally abused a common household product to get high by the time they reach the eighth grade.
  • Inhalants tend to be the drug that is tried first by children.
  • “Sniffing” and “huffing” can begin at age 10 or younger.
  • 59% of children are aware of friends huffing at age 12.
  • Inhalants are the fourth most-abused substance after alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana.
  • The number of lives claimed by Inhalant Abuse each year is unknown because these deaths often are attributed to other causes.

These facts are stunning. We must join together as a community of concerned parents, friends, family and even the daily passer by, to stop inhalant abuse before it starts.

What Products Can be Abused?

There are more than a 1,400 products which are potentially dangerous when inhaled, such as typewriter correction fluid, air conditioning coolant, gasoline, propane, felt tip markers, spray paint, air freshener, butane, cooking spray, paint, and glue. Most are common products that can be found in the home, garage, office, school or as close as the local convenience store. The best advice for consumers is to read the labelsbefore using a product to ensure the proper method is observed. It is also recommended that parents discuss the product labels with their children at age-appropriate times.

Huffing, Sniffing, Dusting & Bagging

So what exactly do those terms mean?

Inhalation is referred to ashuffing, sniffing, dusting orbaggingand generally occurs through the nose or mouth. Huffingis when a chemically soaked rag is held to the face or stuffed in the mouth and the substance is inhaled. Sniffing can be done directly from containers, plastic bags, clothing or rags saturated with a substance or from the product directly. With Bagging, substances are sprayed or deposited into a plastic or paper bag and the vapors are inhaled. This method can result in suffocation because a bag is placed over the individual’s head, cutting off the supply of oxygen.

Other methods used include placing inhalants on sleeves, collars, or other items of clothing that are sniffed over a period of time. Fumes are discharged into soda cans and inhaled from the can or balloons are filled with nitrous oxide and the vapors are inhaled. Heating volatile substances and inhaling the vapors emitted is another form of inhalation. All of these methods are potentially harmful or deadly. Experts estimate that there are several hundred deaths each year from Inhalant Abuse, although under-reporting is still a problem.

Read more: Dangers & Effects caused by Inhalant Abuse

The Inhalant user will initially feel slightly stimulated and, after successive inhalations, will feel less inhibited and less in control. Hallucinations may occur and the user can lose
consciousness. Worse, he or she, may even die. Please see Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome below.

Long-term Inhalant users generally suffer from:

weight loss, muscle weakness, disorientation, inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability and depression. Different Inhalants produce different harmful effects, and regular abuse of these substances can result in serious harm to vital organs. Serious, but potentially reversible, effects include liver and kidney damage. Harmful irreversible effects include: hearing loss, limb spasms, bone marrow and central nervous system (including brain) damage.

Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome:

Children can die the first time, or any time, they try an Inhalant. This is known as Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. While it can occur with many types of Inhalants, it is particularly associated with the abuse of air conditioning coolant, butane, propane, electronics and the chemicals in some aerosol products. Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome is usually associated with cardiac arrest. The Inhalant causes the heart to beat rapidly and erratically, resulting in cardiac arrest.

Warning Signs

1. Include Inhalant Abuse in substance abuse discussions with your child:

First, parents should arm themselves with as much information about Inhalant Abuse as possible. Know what products are potentially harmful if intentionally abused as Inhalants. Learn what slang words are used to describe Inhalants and the act of Inhaling. Go to the various web directory and read as much information as possible. Ask your pediatrician to tell you about inhalant abuse and ask if he or she has had any experience dealing with children that have abused Inhalants.

One of the most important steps you can take is to talk with your children at an appropriate but early age, about not experimenting with Inhalants. In addition, talk with your children’s friends, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches. By discussing this problem openly and stressing the deadly consequences of Inhalant Abuse, you may help save a life.

2. Know the warning signs:

If someone is an Inhalant Abuser, some or all of these symptoms may be evident:
– Drunk, dazed, or dizzy appearance
– Slurred or disoriented speech
– Uncoordinated physical symptoms

– Red or runny eyes and nose
– Spots and/or sores around the mouth
– Unusual breath odor or chemical odor on clothing
– Signs of paint or other products where they wouldn’t normally be, such as on face, lips, nose or fingers
– Nausea and/or loss of appetite
– Chronic Inhalant Abusers may exhibit symptoms such as hallucinations, anxiety, excitability, irritability, restlessness or anger.

3. Recognize other telltale behavior signs of Inhalant Abusers:

– Painting fingernails with magic markers or correction fluid
– Sitting with a pen or marker by the nose
– Constantly smelling clothing sleeves
– Showing paint or stain marks on face, fingers or clothing
– Having numerous butane lighters and refills in room, backpack or locker (when the child does not smoke)
– Hiding rags, clothes or empty containers of the potentially abused products in closets, under the bed, in garage etc.

4. Know what to do in case of an emergency:

-First, stay calm, do not excite or argue with the abuser while they are under the influence.
-If the person is unconscious or not breathing —call for help immediately. CPR should be administered until help arrives.
-If the person is conscious, keep them calm and in a well-ventilated area.
- Do not leave the person alone.
-Activity, excitement or stress may cause heart problems or lead to “Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome”.
-Check for clues, try to find out what was used as the inhalant. Tell the proper authorities.
- Seek professional help for the abuser through a counselor, school nurse, physician, teacher, clergy, or coach.
-Be a good listener.

For additional information go to: www.inhalant.orgor contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245 – 4576.

New guard booth to cause traffic changes at Claremont Road gate
Motorists urged to use Ashburn Drive gate

A new guard booth installation will cause traffic changes at the Claremont Road gate March 16-17. During the installation, the truck and DoD ID card lanes will be closed and all non-truck traffic will use the visitor’s lane. Visitors will then be directed to the inspection canopy location for processing and ID card holders will show ID and go straight onto post.  Trucks will line up through the remaining truck lane for processing. The areas closed will be coned off to assist with traffic flow and safety for all.

For this two-day period, ID card holders are advised to use the Ashburn Drive gate.

The new guard booths are part of the changes to post access in accordance with a DoD directive to screen all non-DoD ID card holders. Once the Visitors Center is operational in June, the far right lane will be used to process visitors during non-duty hours and weekends.


US Army outlines gender integration implementation plan

WASHINGTON, (March 10, 2016) -- The Army announced today details of its implementation plan for integrating women into all military occupational specialties (MOSs), paving the way for qualified female soldiers to serve in the Infantry, Armor, and Special Forces.

Initially, the Army will manage the assignments of women through a "leader first" approach. Beginning this year, women will be able to branch as Infantry and Armor officers, followed then by female enlisted soldiers to ensure they are assigned to operational units with integrated women leaders.

Under the new policies, all soldiers will have the opportunity to serve in any occupational specialty based on their individual capabilities and the needs of the Army, allowing the Army to recruit soldiers and leaders from a larger pool of qualified personnel.

"We're not going to turn our back on 50 percent of the population," said Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy. "We are opening up every occupation to women. I think that's pretty historic."

The Army is implementing full integration through five lines of effort: updating physical and administrative screening standards; managing talent to select, train, and promote the best qualified soldiers; building integrated units; educating soldiers and leaders and communicating how gender integration increases the readiness of the Army; and continually assessing integration strategies to successfully posture the force.

"An incremental and phased approach by leaders and soldiers who understand and enforce gender-neutral standards will ensure successful integration of women across the breadth and depth of our formations," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley.

Between May 2012 and October 2015, the Army led all services in gender integration by opening more than 95,000 positions and nine occupations to women. In 2015, three soldiers became the first women to complete Army Ranger School, one of the most demanding leadership schools in the U.S. military.

The Secretary of Defense's Dec. 3, 2015, decision opens an additional 220,000 positions to women; however, the force drawdown and continued force structure changes will affect any final numbers. As the department continues modernizing and innovating to stay ahead of future threats, its senior leaders have said they will develop policies and set conditions to recruit and retain the best people.

ROTC 100th Anniversary 5K set for April 13

Join ROTC Cadets and instructors from Shippensburg University and Dickinson College and local JROTC high school students in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps with a 5K run April 13 at 4:30 p.m. The run starts at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center and continues onto portions of the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course running trail. Parents, Soldiers and the public are invited to take part.

Competitors take on ‘Strength for Wisdom’ challenge


The top finishers for the 2016 Strength for Wisdom challege were Tessa Brophy, Women's First Place, Dorothy Wilkinson -Women's 2nd Place, Angela Niederer Women's 3rd Place, Stanley Gillens Men's First Place, Will Lanham Men's 2nd Place, Dale Snider Men's 3rd Place.

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11 competitors took part in the “Strength for Wisdom” challenge March 12 at the Jim Thorpe Fitness Center. The event included bench presses, squats and dead lifts.  Male competitors lifted 70% of their body weight and females lifted 45% of their body weight. The results are listed below.

  • Alejendro Sanchez  - 119 combined reps, Teen Winner
  • Tessa Brophy - 309 combined reps,  Women's First Place
  • Dorothy Wilkinson -301 combined reps, Women's 2nd Place
  • Angela Niederer- 251 combined reps, Women's 3rd Place
  • Stanley Gillens  -245  combined reps,  Men's First Place Winner
  • Will Lanham- 186 combined reps, Men's 2nd Place
  • Dale Snider - 137 combined reps, Men's 3rd Place Winner
  • Andrea Tomann- 139 combined reps
  • Alicia Lanham - 197 combined reps
  • Elizabeth Ginter -182 combined reps
  • Roy Carte - 118 combined reps

Carlisle Barracks unveils Pershing Tavern

On Feb. 10 the Carlisle Barracks MWR opened a highly anticipated addition to The Letort View Community Center, the Pershing Tavern, a neighborhood style alehouse and eatery that was named for John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing, the general who led American Expeditionary Forces to victory in World War I over Germany.

“My vision for the Pershing Tavern is to create a venue that can be used for any event including change of commands, wine tastings, seminar meetings, spouse’s club outings, as well as rehearsal dinners and private parties,” said LVCC manager Scot Richardson. “The tavern offers an old world setting with traditional tavern style food and drinks. Whether you are out for a pint with friends, hosting an event or large gathering the experienced staff at The Pershing Tavern will be there to provide world class customer service,” he said.

The tavern is the result of Scot’s hard work and dedication as he built the bar himself in addition to the custom molding and expansive cabinetry.

The tavern’s normal operating hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 10 pm. The facility is also available for rent. Contact the LVCC at (717)245-4329 for availability and rates.

Black History Month means Remembrance

Col. Randy White, USAWC Faculty, talked about hollowed places in terms of military campaigns in which his family participated throughout their generations. School Board Director Linda Manning, USAWC students Terence Battle and Lt. Col. Charlone Stallworth spoke of individuals and hallowed places in African-American history and the Army War College recognized essay contest winners from local middle schools for their essays on the theme.

panel members from left to right: Linda Manning, Carlisle School Board  Director; Terrance Battle and Lt. Col. Charlone Stallworth, USAWC Students and Col. Randy White, USAWC Faculty Instructor

Black History Month’s final event was celebrated at Carlisle Barracks on Feb. 26 in Bliss Hall. The audience included middle school principals, parents and USAWC students, faculty and staff.


“I learned from Black History Month that there are a lot things that people really don’t know or understand that have been left out of the history of slavery and black rights,” said Lilli Pallis, 8thgrader from Mechanicsburg Middle School.  “Black History Month means remembering the people who were not treated fairly and equally and that we should still remember them because we are all human and we need to love and respect each other no matter what we look like or where we come from,” she said.

Lili Pallis from Mechanicsburg Middle School excepts her award from Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Commandant USAWC (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Martinez during Carlisle Barracks's Black History Month celebration, Bliss Hall, Feb. 26

“It’s so very import that our children know that there are African-American people that played a substantial part of the history of the United States,” said Linda Manning. “By participating in Black History Month it gives the school children the opportunity participate in research, to learn and really appreciate and understand not only about history, but for people in evolved.

The Army War College partnered with 7 area schools for this year’s Black History Month recognition event. Children in grades 6th thru 8th were invited to participate in Black History Month essay contest.

From Eagle View Middle School the top paper were from Amina Farhat’s “Desegregation of Schools” and
Maddie Keefer’s “Congo Square, New Orleans, LA.”

Good Hope Middle School’s best papers were from Sharayah McDonald’s “Charles Street Meeting House, Boston, MA” and Tanish Bhowmick’s “Bloody Sunday and the civil rights movement, AL.

Lamberton Middle School top picks were all from the 6thgrade, Carter Smith’s “Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, AL,” Graham Lively”s “Madison-Dixon Line, Freedom Line” and Max Barr’s  “African American Burial Ground, NY.”

Mechanicsburg Middle School had three time winner Lili Pallis for her essay “Dr. Nathan Thomas House, OH,” and Bella Gilliard’s “Lorraine Motel, TN; Daisy Bates House, AR; Little Rock Central High School, AR,” Marissa Duggan’s “Little Rock Central High School, AR; New Orleans National Park for Jazz.”

From Saint Patrick School Lucy Cooper-Silvis’s “Battle of Palmito Ranch, TXand Matthew Hickey’s “Argonne Forest, France.”

Wilson Middle School picked their winners from essays “Little Rock Central High School, AR” written by  Hannah Alwine,  “Mary Church Terrell House, D.C.” by Elle Lehman and “African Meeting House, Boston, MA” penned by Madison Richwine

 Linda Manning Stands with Essay winners from the 
Carlisle Area School District                                                                                     Essay winners stand with Maj. Gen. Rapp and panel members

Tools to build Resiliency

March 11, 2016 -- Frequent moves, deployments and the pressures of unpredictability and thoughts of ‘war’ are on military children’s minds as much their parents’. So how do we build resilient children to weather these changes, asked a parenting expert to military experts parents who want to know.

Dr. Deborah Gilboa presented "Raising Resilient Military Kids" to a group of spouses, students and staff last evening in Bliss Hall as a feature of the USAWC military family program.

Dr. Gilboa is an internationally recognized family physician, author, and speaker on effective parenting for military families. She discussed the tools for raising resilient kids in the military and how parents can teach their children to be resilient and have the ability to recover from those frequent moves, deployments and the pressures of unpredictability.


Resilience is the ability to handle it when things don’t go our way, said Gilboa. Sometimes we want to step in when it doesn’t go our children’s way, she said and other times we want to protect them being hurt or upset.  It may be right to step in at times but, as a rule, we can help our kids more by taking a step back letting them experience it themselves, she said.


Developing resilience requires expressing emotion and the best way to teach kids is for their parents to explain and role model the behavior, said Gilboa.

She recommends five tools for building resilience: building trust, sharing bad news, accepting emotion, moving towards action; and guiding their plan.

If you’ve missed this presentation, contact MFP coordinator Christina Daily about viewing the video recording, 717.245.4787. Dr. Gilboa has also set up a USAWC page on her site that has the complete presentation including her slides at

Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer
Carlisle Barracks scores high praise from IMCOM inspection team


The Upton Hall Conference Room could barely contain all of the top performers who were recognized at the conclusion of the IMCOM Organizational Inspection Program of the installations service programs and organizations.


March 10, 2016 -- “They know what right looks like.” “This installation is an example of strong and efficient working relationships. “This was one of the best OIPs I’ve ever been a part of.”

These words of praise and more were heaped on the U.S. Army Garrison staff by the inspectors who took part in a week-long Organizational Inspection Program of the installations service programs and organizations.

The inspections serve as a way to ensure that programs and services are standard across Installation Management Command installations and to highlight programs that have created innovative and creative solutions to complex challenges.

“This is an awesome team here,” said Eustace Messiah, who led the OIP team from the IMCOM Atlantic Region that conducted the inspection. “We hope to be able to share some of these model programs and initiatives with other installations.”

The team looked at nearly 700 different aspects of installations services from Public Works to Information Technology to Safety and Security. At the end of the inspection, the post received a near-perfect score of 94% with a few dozen recommendations changes. More importantly, four programs were recognized as top performers and model programs – the Directorate of Public Works, the Army Substance Abuse Prevention program, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marketing program and the FMWR Community Recreation Programs.

“Each day, you impress us with your pursuit of what's important and valued at Carlisle Barracks,” said Lt. Col. Greg Ank, garrison commander, to his team after the summary of the inspection was presented to him. “You are what makes this installation function and we will never take that for granted. Once again, you've validated our confidence in this organization to do the right things- right.” 

Carlisle Barracks top performers according to the inspection team:

  • DPW – Mr. Robert Craft:  Craft has effectively established the Geospatial Information System at Carlisle Barracks.  He single-handedly coordinated with OACSIM GIS field Support contractor to update Record Data Layers (geospatial and meta data) to align with the Quality Assurance Plans.  He has built a Common Installation Picture to include roads, buildings parking elevations, and utilities that installation leadership can use in planning, energy, environmental and installation management.


  • ASAP Prevention – John Knowles, Ann Wolf, and Lisa Wilson. The team has played an integral part in administering an effective preventive education and drug testing program.  


  • Family and MWR Marketing Division: Chris Reitman, Melanie Strait, Ivy Blasser,  Randy Williams, and  George Rubio.  The Marketing Office was recognized for four commendable areas of inspection.  (1) The outstanding use of existing customer data (AFAP, CLIF) to drive programming and meet customer needs.  (2) The high level of support to Family and MWR major initiatives such as new Tavern Opening, Catering (Weddings) to increase participation and drive revenue.  (3) The cutting edge use of social media to include paid advertising and soliciting for sponsored content as a revenue generator.  (4) Partnership with the Army War College for inclusion in the annual strategic planning process for Carlisle Barracks to ensure well-coordinated events and programs, consideration of student schedules and other marketing shared efforts.


  • Family and MWR Community Recreation:  Kevin Small, Barbara Yeager, Curtis Keester, Bruce Nielsen, Don Watkins, and Keith Thompson. The Community Recreation Divisionis was recognized for its exemplary use of the FMWR Delivery System Concept.   The Carlisle Barracks DFMWR Team functions like a tight knit family that is focused on its individual and group strengths and weaknesses, coming together, as needed, to meet and overcome the challenges of providing programs that satisfy and reportedly exceed the interests and demands of its customers.

Zika Virus - What is it? What can you do?

What is it, where is it and how is it spread?

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus closely related to yellow fever, dengue, and West Nile viruses. A Zika virus outbreak was identified in Brazil in early 2015; since then, it has spread to more than twenty-five other countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 2 Travel Alert (Practice Enhanced Precautions) for areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. This includes the recommendation that women who are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Prevention - what can I do to prevent catching it?

The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten. There is currently no vaccine for Zika. Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime and prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near humans. The best prevention is to minimize standing water in items like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases.

What if I am pregnant or want to become pregnant?

If you are pregnant and plan to travel to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission, consider postponing travel until after delivery. If you are pregnant and traveled to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission, your provider can arrange for testing to see if you were infected, even if you never experienced symptoms. If you are not yet pregnant, there is no evidence that Zika infection prior to conception poses a risk for any future pregnancies.

If you think you've been infected, what should you do?

If you think you may be infected, see your primary care provider immediately. If you have recently traveled abroad, tell your healthcare provider when and where you traveled. Your healthcare provider may order blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viruses like dengue or chikungunya.

What are the symptoms?

• About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika).
• The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.
• The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
• Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for a few days but it can be found longer in some people.
• Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
• Deaths are rare


• There is no current vaccine available to prevent Zika infections.
• There is no specific treatment for Zika infections; instead, treat the symptoms.
• Your healthcare provider will recommend supportive treatment such as rest and rehydration.
• If you have Zika, prevent mosquito bites for the first week of your illness.
• During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to another mosquito through mosquito bites.
• An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

What are the Army and DoD doing?

Department of Defense (DoD) labs are enhancing techniques to test mosquitoes for Zika. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is offering voluntary relocation out of affected areas to all pregnant DoD employees and beneficiaries, and all Army medical facilities have been notified of the concerns surrounding Zika infections and are prepared to assist patients who may have been infected. The Armed Forces Pest Management Board recommends wear of permethrin-treated uniforms/clothing, use of approved insect repellent, and removal of standing water that may serve as mosquito breeding sites to prevent bites.

Learn how to save a life at two upcoming classes

Want to learn valuable skills that may just help you save a life? Then check out two upcoming events in April. On April 1, a Red Cross CPR & AED training will be held at the post chapel from 1 to 4 p.m., cost is $60 per person and participants can earn their CPR certification.

On April 2-3, a wilderness & remote first aid course will be held the the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center to teach skills and principles for emergencies and provide aid in areas that may not have access to immediate emergency medical services. The cost is $150 per person, with transportation provided. For more information on both events call 245-3657.









Tilley shares stories, talks importance of AER

Annual campaign runs March 1- May 15

Retired Sergeant Major of the Army Jack Tilley, the 12thSMA, spoke about his career as a Soldier, how AER helped him in a time of need and how it impacts the lives of Soldiers, retires and their families every day at the Army Emergency Relief kick off breakfast March 8.

“It’s not talking about what you can do, it’s about doing it,” said the 36-year Army veteran and former Sergeant Major of the Army at the Army Emergency Relief kick-off breakfast March 8 at the LVCC.

Retired Sergeant Major of the Army Jack Tilley, the 12thSMA, spoke about his career as a Soldier, how AER helped him in a time of need and how it impacts the lives of Soldiers, retires and their families every day.

“We are all part of the Army family and part of what we do is to take care of each other,” he said. That’s what AER does, it helps our members in their time of need.”

Tilley shared a story of when he was a staff sergeant and his son had developed very serious medical issues.

“My unit really stepped up and helped me get the financial help, including AER that I needed,” he said. “Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help, AER is here for you.”

The event served as the kick-off for the 2016 AER Campaign. Carlisle Barracks has set a goal of $67,000 and the campaign runs through May 15. To make a donation contact Capt. Shavayey Cato at 245-3244 or visit

Tilley said that impending budgets cuts, sequestration and a smaller Army may lead to more stress, especially financial, on Soldiers and their families.

“I worry that we will be cutting family programs and I wonder what effect that will have on our Soldiers and their families,” he said. “That’s why AER is important. They can relive stress for our Soldiers, their families and let them do their jobs.”

Army Emergency Relief is a private, nonprofit organization that was created to help Soldiers and their Family members who experience financial emergencies. AER provides funds to help Soldiers with immediate financial needs with rent, utilities, emergency travel, etc. AER also provides emergency funds to Soldiers' orphans and Widows and offers undergraduate scholarships to Spouses and Children of both active and retired Soldiers. Established in 1942, AER has assisted more than 3.6 million Soldiers and Family members with more than $1.7 billion in support.

Army National Guard Soldiers, and their dependents, ordered to federal active duty (Title 10, United States Code) for over 30 consecutive days are eligible to receive AER funds (this applies to Soldiers on active duty for training (ADT) and serving under various sections of Title 10, United States Code) are eligible for AER.

AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year nominations now being accepted

The AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving the well-being of Army families and the local community. Nominees are put forward by AUSA Chapters.

The winning family receives a trip to Washington D.C. for the Annual Meeting, a cash prize and a gift basket.  


  • Regular Army
  • Army National Guard
  • U.S. Army Reserve
  • Army Retiree
  • Army Civilian
  • Surviving Army Family Member

Previous national award, current AUSA chapter officers and their families are not eligible.

Nominations for the 2016 AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award may be submitted only through AUSA chapters. The deadline for chapter nominations is May 16, 2016. PLEASE EMAIL YOUR NOMINATION PACKETS TOVictoria Bivens at and copy Patty Barron at

A representative from each chapter should review all nominations received and may submit up to threefor consideration. Each nomination must be signed by the Chapter President or it will not be considered.

Who may submit a nomination packet to the chapters?

All nominations must be submitted and verified through a local AUSA chapterhowever you may solicit nominations through:

  • Unit chaplains
  • Bn and BDE FRG’s
  • ACS Volunteer Coordinators
  • Joint Family Support Assistance Program State Offices
  • Garrison Commands
  • Any other sources you have


Completed nomination packets should be sent to the Family Readiness Directorate by e-mail to Victoria Bivens who will be your primary POC at AUSA National HQ. Please email her at and copy pbarron@ausa.orgno later than 16 May, 2016.ONLY EMAILED NOMINATION PACKETS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Nomination Packet:

Each nomination packet should include:

  • Completed nomination form which includes a narrative (600-800words) highlighting what makes this families’ contribution worthy of the award.

Please note: nominations that do not follow the appropriate format will be returned for revisions as needed. It is unfair to nominated families if we cannot compare apples to apples. Your cooperation on this matter is especially important.

Please do not include pictures or award certificates in your submission packet. 

Selection Criteria

The selection of the award recipient will be based upon the following criteria:

  • At least two members of the nominated family must be currently volunteering for community, installation, or unit programs (not necessarily at the same location) beyond what would be expected due to one’s position in a unit or place of employment.  Please do not include volunteer dates before April 2014.
  • Nominated family members must have demonstrated outstanding leadership in planning, organizing or directing a major event or program that has resulted in a tangible benefit to the community or to Army families.
  • At least one nominated family member must have a demonstrable pattern of volunteering, leadership, and achievement which has been recognized by other awards.
  • Involvement in a variety of volunteer programs is desirable.
  • The AUSA Family Readiness Directorate believes that the entire family supports the efforts of dedicated volunteers in the family unit. It is not necessary for each family member to provide specific volunteer service but at a minimum two family members must have a proven record of volunteering activities for the family to be nominated.

Judging for AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award

All nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the Family Readiness staff. The top three nomination packets will be sent to the AUSA National Awards Committee for final selection. The winning family will be notified by General Gordon Sullivan or his designee.


FEMA exercises helps test Carlisle Barracks emergency response plans

Carlisle Barracks emergency responders and members of the Force Protection team took part in a Virtual table Top Exercise hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently to test their plans and learn from other participants.

FEMA conducts one VTTX each month and emergency management agencies from all across the country participate in them, according to Barry Shughart, Installation Emergency Manager. There are openings for 10 agencies at each VTTX, FEMA puts out a yearly schedule and an offering each month. This is the fourth VTTX that Carlisle Barracks has taken part in.

The tornado-focused exercise was split into three phases and each participants discussed their response and then briefed their actions to the other organizations participating.  

“The Crisis Management Team gets to work on our procedures in response to a Tornado and then they get to hear how the rest of the country handles the same scenario,” said Shughart. “This allows a sharing of information and procedures across a broad range of agencies from a small local emergency management agency to State and Federal agencies. It allows each to see how the response is managed on different levels.” Almost every on-post organization had a representative in the Upton Hall conference room and shared how their organization would respond to the event, which included a F-5 tornado hitting the installation.

Shughart said that lessons learned from taking part in this exercise included the importance of having contracts in place for emergencies, and how important continuity of operations is for each organization.

This was the latest in series of table top exercises, working groups and planning meetings the post executes each year in preparation for their annual full scale exercise, set for July this year.


MedSafe medication drop box installed at Dunham

    A question commonly asked by patients at the pharmacy is, how to dispose of expired, unused, or unwanted medications. The historical practice of flushing medications down the toilet is now not recommended, as the flushed drugs could leak into the water supply and some medications can cause blockage. Medications may still be disposed of at home, but proper steps should first be taken. These include mixing the medication with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds, and placing the mixture into a sealable container before putting this in the trash. However, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, in an effort to improve safety throughout the Carlisle Barracks community, has a new option for patients.

     If you have been inside the health clinic in the past month, you may have noticed the new addition to the lobby. The blue metal box on the left side of the patient entrance is a medication drop box called a MedSafe, and it was added to the clinic on January 28, 2016 to give patients another option for medication disposal. This is a safe, secure, and anonymous way to dispose of expired, unused, or unwanted medications. The box is locked and bolted to the floor and wall to ensure only the pharmacy staff who will be disposing of its contents have access.

    Acceptable items that may be disposed of in the MedSafe include prescription medications, controlled substance medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, medicated lotions/ointments, liquid medications in leak-proof containers, and transdermal skin patches. Items that are not accepted include needles/sharps, thermometers, contraband drugs, infectious waste/medical waste, personal care products, business waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, and inhalers. Before placing any items in the MedSafe, be sure to first remove any personal information, including Rx number, if the medication has a prescription label. Disposals may be made during clinic hours.

Robert D. Martin, USAWC PAO
Class of 2014 plaque dedication ceremony honors legacy

Video of plaque dediciation can be found at:

March 3, 2016 – The Army War College Class of 2014 was formally honored today as the graduates’ plaque was accepted into the long bronze line of Army War College class plaques on the walls of the Root Hall academic building, reflecting the march of time since the first graduating class.

Members of the Class of 2014 as well as today’s faculty, staff and resident students gathered for the plaque dedication ceremony outside Root Hall for the Army War College class of 2014 on Thursday afternoon, March 3.

Representatives of the resident and distance education student bodies addressed their colleagues.

Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Commandant USAWC (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Martinez (right) look on as Air Force Col. Col. John Wilkerson and Army Col. Marti Bissell unveil the Class of 2014 plaque.

“When you look at this plaque you will see columns of names as a historical record of who completed this course,” said Col. John Wilkerson, representing the resident students of the class of 2014.

“What you do not see is the excitement of softball games, the effort put into strategic research projects, the hundred pages of reading, personal growth that we achieved, the friends we made, or the professional relationships of trust and networking we established,” he said.

 “As I reflected on our time in the program and prepared for this speech, the word that came to mind was legacy -- not just the legacy of the U.S. Army War College whose graduates, faculty and staff are a laundry list of who’s who of the greatest strategists in the current era of warfare, but our own legacy both individually and collectively,” said Col. Marti Bissell, representing the distance learning class of 2014.

“We had the opportunity to learn from incredible instructors,” said Bissell. “Without their time, effort and energy, our names would not be on this plaque. I am grateful to have had a chance to learn from and engage with outstanding guest speakers and leaders of our time and more importantly, being able to spend time with some of the best and brightest our country has to offer.”

The Army War College commandant reminded all of the bond of professional service to nation.

 “This simply ceremony has deep meaning in our profession, we are all part of something larger than ourselves. There has many days regardless of time or weather when I have seen officers and their families out on this plaza looking for their names and those of their mates,” said Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp during the ceremony.

“Today, the class of 2013 is making its own history in the same timeless manner – through courage, selfless service, and a tireless commitment to the burdens and responsibilities of senior strategic leadership in a time of conflict and active deterrence around the globe,” said Rapp.


Members of the Class of 2014 point out their name and gather for a group photo after the dedication of thier class plaque, outside Root Hall, Carlisle Barracks, March 3.

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

For additional information and/or resources contact Army Substance Abuse Prevention at 245 – 4576.



Senior spouse leadership seminar set for April 26-28

Carlisle Barracks will host a Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar April 26-28 and the LVCC. Sponsored by Army Community Services and the Military Family Program, the three-day course conducted by experts from IMCOM, provides:

  • Training for spouses in ways to enhance their roles as senior leaders, mentors and advisors
  • Relevant, useful information on how to serve in a way to benefit their military community
  • Opportunity to discuss their roles as senior spouses and to explore and refresh skills that can help make them more successful

The seminar will take place form 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. For more information call (717) 245-4357 or register at

Women’s History Month

Working to form a more perfect union

For the past 30 years, Americans have paused each March to celebrate and recognize the tremendous contributions women have made to the peace and prosperity of this great nation. 

On Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12:00pm, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) invites you to join us to learn more about the extraordinary women who have served in the U.S. Army, with a special presentation entitled, “A New Protocol: Nursing the Army in the Vietnam War.”

What a moment it is not just to celebrate women's history month in the Army, but to continue making that history. Just last year, Army women built on the great and proud legacy of those who went before.  Three of them, Lt. Shaye Haver, Capt. Kristen Griest and Maj.  Lisa Jaster, became the first women ever to graduate the premier leadership school in the military, Army Ranger School.

These women and so many more have, through their leadership and example, lived the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month - “Working to Form A More Perfect Union.”

left to right: Capt.  Griest, Maj. Jaster and Lt. Haver

Women Soldiers have served in about every kind of role imaginable within the military, a legacy to inspire future women Soldiers. Army leaders across the department continue to set the conditions for all Soldiers to reach their full potential, and assign tasks and jobs throughout the force based on ability, not gender. For the first time in history, the U.S. Army has fully integrated women into all military positions, which makes the U.S. armed forces better and stronger.

From the early years of the Revolutionary War, women stepped forward to serve alongside men in the cause of freedom.  They tended the sick, carried supplies, served as spies and even fired on the British.

More than thirty-five thousand women served in the military during World War I, primarily as Army nurses and telephone operators.  During World War II, women flew planes as the Women’s Air force Service Pilots and operated radios as part of the Women’s Army Corps.

In Vietnam, women’s roles continued to expand - serving in hospitals, on medical evacuation flights, in MASH units and hospital ships, and in intelligence offices.  These women suffered the same hardships and in many cases the same dangers as the men who fought in that war.

During the Vientam War, more than 7,000 women serve, mostly as nurses in all divisions of the military: Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. All are volunteers.

In Afghanistan and Iraq, our female warriors contributed to the fight by walking patrol as medics and military police officers and intelligence analysts, serving on Female Engagement Teams that meet with Afghan women to gain understanding, and leading resupply convoys along some of the most dangerous roads in the world.

The Army is proud of today's women Soldiers who serve with distinction and are role models exemplifying the Army's highest values. Women play vital roles in accomplishing the Army's mission. Women are an asset in the military and integration of women in all career fields will strengthen the Army's readiness.

As President Obama said when he opened combat units to women: “Valor knows no gender.”  A look at Army history shows that to be true.

AER kick-off set for March 8

The 2016 Army Emergency Relief Campaign will kick off March 8 with a breakfast featuring former Sgt. Maj. Of the Army Jack Tilley.

The breakfast will start at 6:30 a.m., at the LVCC. Tickets are $10 per person. Contact ACS for more information and tickets at 717-245-4357.

About AER

AER provides funds to help Soldiers with immediate financial needs with rent, utilities, emergency travel, etc. AER also provides emergency funds to Soldiers' orphans and Widows and offers undergraduate scholarships to Spouses and Children of both active and retired Soldiers. Established in 1942, AER has assisted more than 3.6 million Soldiers and Family members with more than $1.7 billion in support. In 2014, AER processed more than 47,000 cases, providing $64.8 million in no-interest loans and grants and awarded more than $8.8 million in scholarships to 2,744 Children of Soldiers and 895 Spouses of Soldiers.

‘Hire Our Heroes’ event brings together job seekers, employers

Liz O’Brien, a self-employment director with "Hire Our Heroes," shared tips on resume writing as part of the event Feb. 24 at the LVCC.

Carlisle Barracks hosted the second in a series of “Hire Our Heroes” events Feb. 24 aimed for Spouses, Transitioning Service members, Veterans jobs seekers in the area to learn more about how to apply, and tips and tricks for resumes.

The event focused on how to build a LinkedIn profile, provided insight on career planning, shared more information on digital tools including "Career Spark," and provided resume help and professional headshots.

Liz O’Brien, a self-employment director with Hire Our Heroes, shared tips on resume writing, and Lauren O’Donnell shared information of transition counseling for Soldiers and family members.

The final step in the series will be the job fair March 31 at the Carlisle Expo Center. At the attendees will be able to network with more than 100 Central Pennsylvania businesses/franchises in all career fields. Bring your resume & Dress for Success.

For more information contact ACS at 245-4357.

Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer
Soldier for Life provides tools for life after military service

Transitioning servicemembers take part in a recent Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program seminar at the Army Heritage and Education Center. The five-day workshop provides separating personnel the skills and knowledge needed to obtain a new career.



He focused his gaze at the target in front of him. His palms were sweating as he tried to remember the instructions given to him. He knew that one false step could be the difference between success and failure.

“Just pick the blue one and it’ll be fine,” said the voice behind him. “It’s only a tie. You’ll be just fine on your interview.”

While this scenario is made up, the stress of servicemembers who are transitioning to the civilian world is very real, just ask Jeff Hanks, the Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program Manager at Carlisle Barracks.

Since 2005 Carlisle Barracks has had more than 3,000 Soldiers come through the Soldier for Life program formerly known as ACAP.  The program is open to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers.

“The Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program process works best when initiated early,” said Hanks. “Retiring or separating servicemembers may begin the process two years before their retirement date and separating servicemembers should begin no later than no later than 12-18 months out.”

Across the Army the transition program has changed from the old ACAP program which lasted only 2 ½ days to the new five day program.  Pre-separation/initial counseling is completed the prior to the start of the five day workshop. 

The workshop provides separating personnel the skills and knowledge needed to obtain a new career. Attendees are taught principles in setting objectives, networking, writing resumes’ and cover letters, interviewing techniques, salary/benefit negotiations, and other job search skills. Information is also provided to attendees regarding veterans’ benefits, health insurance, joining the Reserve and National Guard, and how to file for disability and unemployment insurance benefits. The workshops are conducted by Hanks and his team with VA representatives and Department of Labor facilitators.

“The program provides a tremendous amount of information and resources to the servicemember so they can get started in making the right choices as they exit the service to their next career,” said Hanks.

SFL-TAP workshops are conducted every month in the Education Center.  To get started on the path to transition, contact your local SFL-TAP at (717) 245-3788 or (717) 245-3684 and speak to Lauren O'Donnell or Jeffrey Hanks.