Banner Archive for April 2009
 

Post, local police to exercise partnership Thursday, April 30
April 27, 2009 - Carlisle Barracks will host a joint law enforcement exercise on the morning on April 30 in the vicinity of the pool house behind the Letort View Community Center. Residents and employees should avoid the area, 8 am to 1:30 pm.

    The exercise area will also include the grounds around the pool, pavilion, playground and the lower parking lot between Armstrong Hall (314 Lovell) and the APFRI Annex (315 Lovell) along the Letort Spring Run. Indian Garden Lane will be blocked off behind LVCC to the lot by 310 Lovell. Travel on Pratt Road will be limited. Engineer Ave from Bldg 330 to the parking lot along Letort Spring Run will also be closed. 

    Exercise Area signs will be posted around entire area. The exercise is expected to be completed by 1:30 p.m.

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Strategy Conference tackles emerging technologies 

Dr. John A. Parmentola, Director for Research and Laboratory Management, U.S. Army, the keynote speaker for the Army War College 2009 Strategy Conference speaks in Bliss Hall April 15. The conference explored emerging technological developments and their potential implications for US strategic interests.  Photo by Lizzie Poster.     

 

April 16, 2009 -- Video games, bugs, geckos and nanotechnology were presented as options of the near-future during the first presentation of the all Army War College 2009 Strategy Conference, April 15 and 16 in Bliss Hall.

      The conference is exploring emerging technological developments and potential implications for U.S. strategic interests, April 15 and 16. A unique gathering of scientists, academics, historians, ethicists and strategic analysts explored the future for and, potential issues about, biotechnology, nanotechnologies, robotics and artificial intelligence.  

     The future of physics, genetic technology, molecular biology: this is what world leaders need to know, according to Dr. Richard A. Muller, Univ. of California, Berkeley, who is one of 29 experts to bring 29 perspectives to the potential wonders and perils of technologies.

      The stuff of sci-fi imagination is no longer limited to Hollywood movies. Transitioning rapidly from science fiction to science are robots, microbots, swarms of nanobots connected for intercommunication. They help sense the battlefield and hold the promise of achieving omniscience.

     Tiny little flea-sized robots are powered by ambient light in the room, like sunlight or light bulbs. They're equipped with sensors so that they can fly where needed, get data, and return – reducing the fog of war.

     Before strategists set aside Clausewitz, the annual Army War College Strategy Conference is considering  the hope and the hype of emerging technologies – and consider the ethical deliberation, the choices ahead for investing money and effort, and the range of options that technology appears to make possible.

 

Harnessing the 'technology' of nature

    The possibilities of harnessing these abilities have exciting applications for the military according to Dr. John A. Parmentola, Director for Research and Laboratory Management, U.S. Army, the keynote speaker for the conference.

     "Why emulate biological systems?" he asked. "Because nature develops though evolution optimal solutions to practical problems, understanding these solutions can enable innovation."

     Parmentola noted that insects' and animals' abilities could aid Soldiers in the field. Examples include insect flight control, moth sense and control systems and the biomechanics of gecko movements.

     Analyzing moth sense, for example, has lead to advancements in explosives detection. Lessons have been applied to the detections systems on the FIDOPackBot, that's being used by Soldiers in the field today to detect explosives.

      "Virtual humans" characterizes another technology breakthrough, said Parmentola. Virtual humans have been developed to incorporate dynamics of human thought process, communication and response into training experiences for Soldiers in situations like negotiations.Using a video game-like interface, users interact via microphone with virtual people in challenging situations.

     "These situations allow the user to practice recognizing and responding to a variety of negotiation tactics, deal with shifting coalitions and [learn] how to build credibility in a cross-cultural negotiating situation," he said.

 


Kelly Schloesser and Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Eder focuses on Army Reserve future, NCOs
Carlisle Barracks celebrates 101st Army Reserve birthday

Maj. Gen. Mari Eder, Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve, and Lt. Col. Leela Gray, Army War College student, cut the birthday cake during the Army Reserve 101st birthday celebration at Carlisle Barracks April 15. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

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    April 16, 2009 -- Carlisle Barracks celebrated 101 years of service by the Army Reserve to the nation at the Letort View Community Center on Wednesday, April 15. The event not only marked over a century of dedication but also looked at the evolution of reservists and their future.

    "The Army Reserve has offered and continues to offer a level of skill and professionalism to the current conflicts that is absolutely indispensible," said Maj. Gen. Mari Eder, deputy chief, Army Reserve. 

    "Our Soldier's all offer the expertise of their professions. We have Soldier's that are expert managers, computer technicians, communication specialists, or medical personnel."    

    "Reservists bring something different to the table," continued Eder.

    Eder addressed the Soldiers, civilians, and family members on the continued accomplishments and contributions during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

    "We are constantly transforming. With both OIF and OEF we continue to grow, to move, to change," said Eder.

    Eder, herself has over 30 years of Army service, both Active and Reserve, and has been mobilized for three active duty tours since Sept. 11, 2001.  

    "The reserve today is different than the one a year ago. Senior leaders are constantly making decisions to transform our abilities."

    The general was quick to note that the students that stood before her would be implementing these changes. 

    "Soon, you will be the strategic leaders. You will look at the second and third order effects.  You will be the leaders." said Eder.

    Eder also took the time to recognize the Year of the NCO.

    "The Year of the NCO isn't just a saying, we are changing the way we operate to support them," she said. "Their leadership is critical. Say thank you to them, thank them for their accomplishments."

    Col. Joe Charsagua, Army Reserve Senior Service Representative to the War College, spoke about the contributions that the Army Reserve provide to Carlisle Barracks.

·         24 Army Reserve students in the resident Class of 2009

·         6 Army Reserve fellow studying at Tufts University, Harvard and the University of Texas

·         296 Army Reserve students enrolled in the USAWC Distance Education Program for Academic Years 2009 and 2010

·         7 Active Guard Reserve Soldiers assigned to the faculty and staff of the USAWC and Carlisle Barracks

·         28 assigned Army Reserve Soldiers serving as Drilling Individual Mobilization Augmentees

·         10 Soldiers, both DIMAs and other Army Reserve Soldiers either mobilized on full-time active duty orders supporting the USAWC mission

·         54 Army Reserve Soldiers from the Individual Ready Reserve and other Army Reserve units that helped execute successfully the 2009 Strategic Decision making Exercise

    "With more than one million Soldiers available for service to the nation at any time, the Army Reserve provides a highly skilled, flexible force that can support the Army when and where they are needed," he said.

    Eder, a 2001 DDE graduate of the Army War College, also shared the lessons she learned as a student several years ago. 

    "You may not realize it yet, but when you graduate you will think differently, look at problems differently." said Eder.

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Gates address focuses on family, future, funding

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates speaks to Army War College students and selected staff and faculty in Bliss Hall April 16. He discusssed the budget recommendations he made to President Barack Obama in light of the importance of taking care of Soldiers and their families and adapting the force to be more agile and fiscally efficient. Photo by Scott Finger.

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April 16, 2009 -- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke to Army War College students and selected faculty in Bliss Hall April 16, discussing the budget recommendations he made to President Barack Obama in light of the importance of taking care of Soldiers and their families and adapting the force to be more agile and fiscally efficient.

    Gates spoke to an audience of almost 400: the U.S. military officers, senior federal civilians and international officers who comprise the Army War College Class of 2009, as well as teaching faculty during the hour-long lecture and question-and-answer session.  

    Gates said that his proposal aims to get rid of waste and to institutionalize the needs of today's war fighters, whose needs have generally been supplied via supplemental spending rather than in the base defense budget and to provide the leaders in the field a "seat at the table."

    Reliance on supplemental funding for programs like family support, wounded warrior care, and others puts them at risk in the event of funding shortfalls, he said. Shifting family programs from supplemental appropriations to the base budget ensures those programs will be sheltered.

    "The top priority recommendation I made to the president was to move programs that support the warfighters and their families into the services' base budget, where they can acquire a bureaucratic constituency and sustainable long-term funding," he said.

    "This shift, at a cost of $13 billion, should be of special resonance to our ground forces, which have borne the human and material brunt of the current conflicts.

    "This budget enhances and institutionalizes support for Soldiers and their families," he continued.   These programs include more funding for medical research and treatment for TBI and post-traumatic stress, improved child care, spousal support, housing, and education.

    "These proposals, then, begin the effort to establish an institutional home in the Department of Defense for today's warfighter as well as for tomorrow's."  

    In talks and visits with Soldiers he recognized that these programs were the most important to the troops. 

    "I frequently heard from troops and commanders about what they needed most to complete their mission," he said. "I went to the hospitals and talked to the wounded, and I went to the bases and talked to the families. And I read about shortfalls and other problems in the newspapers."

    "Then I raised some of the same issues at the Pentagon – and heard the building's response about what could be done, and how fast. And whether the issue was Walter Reed, fielding MRAPs, or sending more UAVs and ISR assets to theater, I kept running into the fact that the Department of Defense as an institution – which routinely complained that the rest of the government was not at war – was itself not on a war footing, even as young Americans were fighting and dying every day. 

    "For me, everything kept coming back to a simple question, "Is this really the best we can do for our kids?"

    The messages of the importance of Soldiers and their families didn't resonate only with U.S. military officers.

    "The most important thing for me is that he said that people, and taking care of people, is the most important thing," said German Col. Wolfgang Richter, International Fellow. "It's the men and women, Soldiers and families at home that are the most important. It's the humanity factor." Richter is one of 43 international officers studying alongside the 336 U.S. students at the Army War College.

    This is the first time Gates has traveled to speak to each of the services after releasing a budget proposal and marks a need to plan for future conflicts while providing for today's troops and families.

    "We must find a way to institutionalize a sense of urgency and higher levels of responsiveness in our defense bureaucracies.  The challenge is balancing support for the warfighter in an era of persistent conflict – where good-enough solutions are needed in months, weeks, or, better yet, tomorrow – with an entirely different dynamic for conventional and strategic programs – which can take many years to achieve the desired level of technology overmatch."

    Gates had previously spoken to students at the Marine Corps War College, U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., U.S. Air Force Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, and will speak at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. tomorrow. 

    "These recommendations are less about budget numbers than they are about how the U.S. military thinks about the nature of warfare and prepares for the future," said Gates. "About how we take care of our people and institutionalize support for the warfighter over the long term. About the role of the services and how we can buy weapons as jointly as we fight. About reforming the requirements and acquisition process. These are just the kinds of basic questions you will be dealing with as you go on to staff and command positions."

    Gates emphasized that his proposed budget wasn't just about trying to cut waste. "The proposals I have made are … about how we think about warfare in the future. It's about the role of the services. It's about taking care of our people. So there are some fairly far-reaching concepts behind what we're doing here.

    One of the more important factors in the proposed budget affected the Army's Future Combat Systems.

    "Parts of the Army's Future Combat Systems program have already demonstrated their adaptability and relevance," he said. "But the FCS vehicle program was, despite some adjustments, designed using the same basic assumptions as when FCS was first designed nine years ago. The service clearly must have a new, modernized fleet of combat vehicles to replace the Cold War inventory. But before we spend ten years and $90 billion, and before we send young soldiers downrange, we had better be sure to get it right – or as close to right as we can."

    His recommendation was to "re-boot" the program.  

    "So I am recommending that we cancel the existing FCS vehicle program, re-evaluate the requirements, technology, and approach in light of our combat and operational experiences in two wars – and then re-launch a new Army vehicle modernization program. There will be substantial money in the FY10 budget to get started and to make sure this happens. My hope is that we can be ready to move forward in FY11. And I have directed that all the money for FCS in the out-years be protected to fund the new vehicle modernization program."

   Gates closed by stating that the proposed budget will help the military remain poised for future success.

    "With this budget, I have tried to make a holistic assessment of capabilities, requirements, risks, and needs across the services. I ask you to do the same – to look outside your area of specialty, and outside your military branch. To look forward with the certainty that the battlefield is constantly evolving, and that the United States Army as part of a joint force must always be evolving with it."

    Those words struck a chord with Air Force Lt. Col. James Jinnette, student.

    "Sec. Gates really hit home the concept of teamwork in a joint task force environment. All the branches – Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines – all come together. The joint teamwork is what gets the job done overseas," said Jinnette.

    The insights and advice given by Gates would prove beneficial according to Col. Jack Pritchard, student.

    "As we move on in our careers your words now will help guide us."

    Col. Dan Williams, student, echoed those remarks.

   "I was very impressed that he's taking the time to visit all the senior leader colleges because we are the ones who will be affected by the decisions made today, and will be building on them," he said. "Some of us will be … generals and we will be the ones making the technical and strategic decisions in the future."

    After his prepared remarks, Gates answered student questions that ranged in topic from piracy off of the coast of Somalia to the ethical challenges he has faced as a strategic leader.

   

 

 


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
SSI panel focuses on energizing U.S. relations with 'The Americas'

Douglas Lovelace, director of the Strategic Studies Institute provides an overview of security in the western hemisphere at the "Agenda for the Americas" colloquium. Fellow panelist Michael Shifter from the Inter-American Dialogue and Carlo Dade from the Canadian Foundation for the Americas also addressed security issues at George Washington University in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, April 7.  Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

April 8, 2009 - Anticipating President Barack Obama's first official trip to Latin America, eight security and economic analysts convened to discuss future objectives in the region for the new administration. It foreshadowed the discussions of the "Summit of the Americas" April 17 in Trinidad and Tobago, where President Obama will meet with 34 heads of state from Latin America, South America, and the Caribbean.

     George Washington University hosted the event co-sponsored by the university's Center for Latin American Studies and the USAWC Strategic Studies Institute to explore the summit's theme:  "Securing our citizens' future by promoting human prosperity, energy, security and environmental sustainability."

    "It is the goal of the panel not to re-hash traditional policy objectives, but rather identify a short, practical to-do list for the new administration and congress," said Dr. Max Manwaring, professor of National Security Affairs in SSI.

    Despite a clear objective, coming to agreement on a "practical to-do list" was not quite so easy.

Economics panel: failing international markets and state of the economy in the region

    "You may have thought Latin America would be worse off. However, they have appeared to navigate their way through the failing world economies," said Mustafa Mohatarem, chief economist for General Motors Corporation.   

    "As long as the U.S. economy turns in this year -- and I think it will -- then, the Americas will continue to do moderately well," he continued.   

   

The first panel debated the economic hurdles Latin America, South America, and the Caribbean are currently facing.  The economic panelists - Ines Bustillo from the United Nations, Peter DeShazo from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Eric Farnsworth from the Council of the Americas- urged the U.S. government to ratify trade agreements with several nations in order to facilitate economic recovery. 

 

    In contrast, two panelists argued that the region's economy has significantly slowed in the past year and is terribly behind many of the developing nations in Asia.  Inés Bustillo, director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean, and Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council on the Americas both pointed to technology to curb this slowdown.

   "We are behind and will continue to slip behind industrial nations in Asia.  Science, innovation, research, and development of technologies is the future," said Bustillo. 

    Not all of the policy goals roused debate however. The panelists came toconsensus on trade agreements and improving relations with Brazil.

    "The first and foremost objective of this administration would be to complete the trade agreements that were set in place but never enacted with Colombia and Panama," said Mohatarem. 

    Other trade agreements throughout the region were discussed and all labeled as a top priority for the U.S. government.             

    Encouraging a greater relationship with Brazil was also a point of agreement. The panelists suggested that we should facilitate a relationship with Brazil similar to the one we have with China.

     "We should see them as a partner," said Peter DeShazo, director of the Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.       

    Despite commonalities on improving relationships through economic ties, Cuba managed to inspire great debate. The panelist argued that Cuba is the single most contended point in U.S.- Latin America policy.   

   "Our administration needs to decide how they are going to deal with the Cuba," said Farnsworth. Some panelists argued against the previous administrations no-talking policy with the Cuban government and urged the new president to open communications.   Other panelist went a step further and argued it was necessary to remove U.S. imposed trade embargos, an idea that is often fiercely contested in congress. 

Security panel: hemispheric shift from threats of ideology to threats of crime

 “As long as the U.S. economy turns in this year -- and I think it will -- then, the Americas will continue to do moderately well,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, chief economist for the General Motors Corporation.

    "We are no longer looking at simply military answers like we did in the past. That kind of defense worked for the border disputes in the 1980s and '90s," said retired Col. Douglas Lovelace, director of the Strategic Studies Institute.

   "Today we are facing larger security challenges that are socio-economic and political in nature.  In which case, we are looking at all elements of national power," continued Lovelace. 

    The "war on drugs" was the most contested topic of the panel. Even the name inspired debate. 

    "We should have never deemed it a war. It's transnational crime and there is no bigger risk to democracy in the hemisphere than the crime fueled by drugs," said Michael Shifter, vice president of policy for the Inter-American Dialogue.

    With the rise of violence in Mexico, the drug trade has once again risen to the forefront of foreign policy in the region. As a result of the resurgence, many academics, economists, and foreign policy experts have recently advocated for the decriminalization of drugs said Shifter.

    "I don't believe that the decriminalization of drugs is the answer to this," said Lino Gutierrez, former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina and Nicaragua.  

    "I don't want to tell my daughters and granddaughters that our solution to this problem was to throw up our hands and give up," he said.

    "I will disagree with my fellow panelist on decriminalizing the drug trade, I think there may be many benefits that we need to look at more closely," said Carlo Dade, executive director of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas.

   Promoting democracy was considered an important objective by the security panel. They all agreed that many of the democracies in the region are fragile at best and strengthening them should be a major priority of this administration.

    "The word democracy is no longer appealing to the region. It's become a negative. The U.S. spent the last several years carrying out the 'war on Iraq' in the name of democracy," said Shifter. 

   Shifter and the other panelists suggested implementing a different kind of rhetoric, in hopes of "detoxifying" democracy. Many on the panel voiced hope that our new president could do just that.

    For more information on the summit visit:  http://www.fifthsummitoftheamericas.org/ 

 

 

 


 Don Kramer, Army News Service
CSA emphasizes Army 'Year of the NCO'

Newly promoted Sgt. Maj. Terry Dokey and his family react after his daughter applies the new rank while the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., stands by to congratulate him at Fort Lewis, Wash., April 7, 2009. Casey was at Fort Lewis to talk with Soldiers and their families. Photo by D. Myles Cullen.

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - No one on Fort Lewis should be unclear about this year's Army theme, "Year of the NCO," thanks to a recent high-level visit.
    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. took time Tuesday in a day filled with meetings to drive home the importance of appreciating the noncommissioned officers of the force.
    Casey sent the message by recognizing 10 NCOs in a ceremony at Carey Theater. He presented five awards, promoted four NCOs, and appointed one to command sergeant major -- signaling the importance of the NCO Corps to current wartime operations and training.
    The last "Year of the NCO," which recognized the noncommissioned officer corps at another important time in the Army's history, he said, was in 1989 under a predecessor, Gen. Carl E. Vuono. "We had been through 20 years of rebuilding the noncommissioned officer corps after Vietnam," Casey said. "It seemed to us that this was the same type of seminal period."
    This year's theme was designed to accomplish three goals, the chief said.
    "We set out to recognize (first) what our noncommissioned officers do for this Army every day around the world," Casey said. "Second, we wanted to inform the American people of what a national asset they have."
    Whether he speaks to Congress or to the public, the chief said he goes out of his way to highlight the quality and dedication of the NCO Corps. "The last thing we wanted to do was institute a number of programs that will actually enhance the skills we give our noncommissioned officers to succeed in the 21st century security environment," he said. "We'll bring those programs on line over the course of this year."
    At a time when the force is strained and stretched with multiple deployments in foreign theaters, the role of the NCO corps has never been more important, Casey said.
    "To all noncommissioned officers (who) are present and their families," Casey said, "I would just like to say 'thank you' for what it is that you do for our Army and for our country every day."
    The chief arrived at Fort Lewis Monday afternoon for what he called a "periodic visit."
    Casey last came to Fort Lewis in November 2008 during the final stages of the I Corps Headquarters Mission Readiness Exercise. He said his trips away from the Pentagon are invaluable to him.
    "I try to get out and talk to Soldiers, leaders, and their families just to get my own sense of what's going on here," he said. "Strange as it may seem, you don't always get the straight story in Washington, so it's wonderful just to come out here and see what's going on."
    The chief filled his day interacting with and receiving feedback from Soldiers and family members in town-hall question-and-answer sessions. He said his stay on the installation and his interactions with its Soldiers filled him with pride.
    "I must say I'm very much impressed with what I'm seeing in talking to Soldiers, leaders, and families around here today and also this morning at PT," Casey said. "The energy that exists out there among the men and women of our Army, exercises under the leadership of their sergeants -- it's a magnificent Army."

 


Spc. Jennifer Rick, Army War College Public Affairs Office
War College students learn Army safety goals  

April 7, 2009 – U.S. Army War College students were given the opportunity to hear first-hand the Army's level of safety and accident fatalities during a brief by Brig. Gen. William Wolf, director of Army Safety, Commanding General, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.

    Wolf compared the number of off-duty Soldier deaths in the last few years. Compared to Fiscal year 2007, the Army has seen a 27 percent reduction in off-duty fatalities. The number of water-related deaths even saw an 80 percent decrease.

    The statistics aren't all good though – FY08 had an 18 percent increase in off-duty driving fatalities, especially accidents involving motorcycles, which went up by 34 percent.

    One of the biggest causes of Soldier deaths is personally owned vehicles and motorcycles.

  • 33 percent of sedan deaths are leaders (sergeant through colonel)
  • 74 percent are 18 to 24 years old
  • 43 percent did not wear seat belts
  • 65 percent of motorcycle deaths are leaders (sergeant through major)
  • 37 of 51 are sportbikes
  • 28 of 51 are single vehicle accidents

Brig. Gen. William Wolf, director of Army Safety, Commanding General, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center speaks to Army War College students in Bliss Hall April 7. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

     "We very much care about the loss of our Soldiers," Wolf said. "They are the only thing that cannot be replaced. These men and women will do anything for each other in combat, but we need to keep them safe out of combat as well."

Goals for FY09

    The plan for FY09 focuses on continuing to improve safety climate and culture, reducing off-duty loss by 20 percent and capturing the best practices from the field and sharing them with the rest of the force.

 

Participants in Carlisle Barracks' Motorcycle Safety Course eagerly wait their turn to practice safe driving in a parking lot on post April 5. The safety course is required for anyone who rides a motorcycle or scooter on post. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

    For more information, go to https://safety.army.mil/. The site offers tools such as the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPS), the Ground Risk Assessment Tool, Range & Weapons Safety Toolbox, Leader's Corner and the Family Engagement Kit. Information can also be found in "Knowledge", the Army Safety magazine, and at its Facebook, Twitter and Myspace pages.

 


J.D. Leipold, Army News Service
Army launches 2nd Sexual Assault Prevention Summit

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren opened the second annual I. A.M. Strong Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Prevention Summit April 6 in Arlington, Va., telling the audience that the Army would set the "gold standard when it comes to sexual assault investigation and prosecution." Photo by J.D. Leipold.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 6, 2009) - Secretary of the Army Pete Geren launched the second "I. A.M. Strong" Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault Prevention Summit in Arlington, Va., Monday morning, telling the audience of Soldiers and civilians that the Army would become the nation's "gold standard when it comes to sexual assault investigation and prosecution."
    Echoing the words of Lt. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle, the Army G-1, to "absolutely eradicate" sexual assault and sexual harassment in the Army, Geren said that since 9/11 nearly 2,000 American Soldiers had been punished for sexually assaulting a fellow Soldier. He also said that sexual assault is one of the country's most under-reported crimes.
    "Experts estimate that only one in five sexual assaults are even reported and that's not just within the Army, that's on the outside, but we assume that to be true in the Army," he said. "And, if that is true, those 2,000 reports mean since 9/11 that 10,000 American Soldiers have been assaulted by a fellow Soldier, blue-on-blue ... 10,000 American Soldiers."
    As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the second annual summit kicked off phase two of a four-phase strategy to wipe out sexual harassment and sexual assault and mount a campaign of Army-wide conviction whereby all Soldiers and members of the Army community take direct ownership of sexual harassment and assault prevention by proactively engaging as role models who personally take action and address any behavior which can lead to sexual assault.
    Phase one began Sept. 9, 2008 at the first Sexual Assault Prevention and Risk Reduction Summit in which leaders dedicated their efforts to implement the cornerstone of the I. A.M. Strong campaign with senior leader condemnation of sexual harassment and assault.
    "I A.M." stands for intervene, act and motivate, the cornerstones of the campaign.
    "Last year with the launch of the I. A.M. Strong campaign, we committed to the same sort of historic change within our Army with regard to sexual assault that you accomplished in regard to the ugly stains of racism that lingered for way too long in our values-based organization," Geren told the audience.
    "Sexual assault is an assault on the core values of every American Soldier and is repugnant to everything a Soldier stands for," he said.
    Geren said the Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Judge Advocate General have taken new measures to support victims and hold offenders accountable. The measures includes hiring experts in the field of prosecution and investigations. Additionally, 30 special investigators and 15 prosecutors have been placed at installations with the highest occurrences of sexual assault.
    He also said the Army has brought on board 35 examiners at the Criminal Investigation Laboratory and funded specialized training with the National Advocacy Center for prosecutors. The Army has also established a mobilized investigation training team to train all CID battalions.
    According to the secretary, the additional resources will augment current capabilities by establishing a special victim's approach in the handling of sexual assault cases and it will reinforce the Army's commitment to accountability.

 


Cynthia Kelley, Fort Polk Army Community Service
Commentary: What does sexual assault cost?

    Most rape victims are too embarrassed to report their assault to the proper agencies because they know their perpetrator and are worried about repercussions.
    We see that phenomenon quite a bit in the military when dealing with clients through the Army Community Service Family Action Plan Victim Advocacy Program. Most of our victims know their offenders and the fear of being shunned or not being part of the team anymore makes them reluctant to report.
    It is easier for most victims to report a sexual assault if the assailant is a stranger, somebody waiting for them in a dark corner on their way home, rather than the nice guy that everybody at work respects.
    Many clients we have worked with did not want to come forward and report because they blamed themselves. "Maybe I shouldn't have been drinking...", "I should not have agreed to watch a movie with him without anybody else present...", "It's my fault for trusting him..." are statements that we hear on a regular basis.
    Besides self-blame for the traumatic experience they have been through, victims of sexual assault deal with other physical and psychological problems. It is important for victims to seek help and get counseling.
    The Army offers resources including victim advocates, Social Work Services counselors and chaplains, just to name a few. The problem we see is that victims that decide to deal with their trauma themselves ultimately get to a point where they cannot function anymore, whether at work or in their Families. One rape victim shared the following account of her assault ...
    "Rape has repercussions far beyond the physical trauma, the damaged clothing, the embarrassment. Rape damages a victim in ways seen and unseen. The physical wounds heal but the emotional trauma is forever."
    My journey into victimhood began on a warm night during my freshman year. I was an 18-year-old high school graduate enjoying my first taste of freedom and adulthood at my state college. I'd never experienced such freedom. I was raised in a large family, all brothers, guys were my friends, and I had a steady boyfriend back home.
    Living in the dorm was beyond exciting -- always someone to talk with, always a party and we felt safe because it was an all girl dormitory. When you're 18, nothing bad is ever going to happen to you and your friends are your world. Well, on a beautiful fall night, one of my friends raped me. We were drinking but not enough to blot out the images that flash through my mind even today. We were laughing and watching television and somewhere between laughter and morning I was introduced to sex in the most brutal fashion imaginable.
    Years later, when I finally told someone, I found myself saying over and over again, 'I wish it had been a stranger, a stranger.' I would have felt less guilty, less ashamed ... I let my rapist into my room, offered him food and drink, shared my company and sofa and he left with my soul.
    While writing this story, I was asked: "What did rape cost you?" It cost me my youth, trust, faith in my own judgment ... in hindsight I can see that I reacted to my rape by self-destructing. I alienated friends and family because I couldn't share my experience. My rape became a shield that I used to keep people at a distance. I didn't want my parents, boyfriend and brothers to be disappointed in me and I knew if I told them they would blame me just as I blamed myself. Rapists are monsters; any idiot should be able to recognize a monster, shouldn't they?
    What did rape cost me?
    It cost me college - I flunked out.
    It cost me my body - I viewed it as something damaged, something dirty. I abused it for years.
    It cost me love - I couldn't let the man I love touch me and he didn't understand, so he left. I cloaked myself in anger and despair. I careened through life going from job to job, avoiding commitments, avoiding love. Punishing myself by denying myself every dream I had ever cherished.
    As I write this, I ask myself - all this trauma from just one physical act of aggression? I could detail the aggression; my rapist used his size and strength to control and hurt me. But it was more than the physical assault. It was having no control, no right to stop what was happening to me. I thought he would kill me. I didn't tell and in doing so I protected my attacker.
    Today, I'm a lot older. I found the help I needed to put my rape where it belongs. Today, if I were hurt in the same way I would not say no just to my rapist. I would be screaming it for my whole community to hear. 'I am here - I have been hurt - it is not my fault - I do not have to cooperate and be a good victim - I will take my control back. I am finally free.'

 


Gary Sheftick, Army News Service
Foundation honors USAWC's Foote, launches programs for Army women

Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia Pritchett accepts induction into the Army Women's Foundation Hall of Fame on behalf of all NCOs. Beside her are retired Brig. Gen. Evelyn "Pat" Foote and the foundation's executive director, Peggy Trossen.

WASHINGTON – Women who serve in the Army are better educated and often end up having better jobs than their civilian counterparts.

    Those were among the findings of a study conducted by George Mason University and discussed Tuesday on Capitol Hill during the inaugural symposium of the U.S. Army Women's Foundation.

    The Army Women's Foundation is not exactly a brand new organization, but the symposium was the non-profit group's first national networking event, according to its president, retired Maj. Gen. Dee Ann McWilliams. She said the organization, which traces its roots to 1969 when it founded the Women's Army Corps Museum, recently began new efforts to advocate for woman who serve in today's Army.

    The foundation launched a scholarship program last year for women in the Army and their children. Its first research project was the pilot study by the GMU School of Public Policy which found that one-third of 700 female veterans who responded to the survey had a personal income of more than $60,000 annually. Only 10 percent of women in the general population earned that much, according to the last U.S. Census.

   

Carlisle Barracks celebrated Women's History Month with a photo and book display in Anne Ely Hall. Photo by Megan Clugh.

    Nearly 60 percent of female veterans had a bachelor's degree or higher compared with only 26 percent of women nationally. Women veterans also had more leadership experience, as mentioned during all panel presentations at the foundation's "Army Women in Transition" Symposium.

    "I think it is an indicator of how far we have come as an Army," Casey said. He related that three years after he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1970 at Georgetown University, women were first admitted into the Reserve Officer's Training Corps. Then in 1976, they were first admitted into West Point.

    "So what's striking here is...how far we've come, frankly in my lifetime. And we're not resting on our laurels."

    Casey congratulated retired Brig. Gen. Evelyn "Pat" Foote and Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia Pritchett, who were inducted into the foundation's Hall of Fame Tuesday.

    Foote was the first woman to command a brigade in Europe, the first to serve as Army deputy inspector general, and the first female Army officer to serve on the faculty of the U.S. Army War College.

    But she said that she was reluctant to accept the award because "So many women who came before me did so much to open so many doors in which we were permitted to walk." She accepted the Hall of Fame award in the name of other female pioneers who blazed the way in the Army.

    Because of those who served before her, Pritchett said she can "be a theater combatant sergeant major and not have people blink an eye."

    Pritchett now serves as command sergeant major for the Army element of U.S. Central Command. She was the first command sergeant major of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. And from 2004-2006, she was the command sergeant major for Combined Forces-Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Runnels, HHC First Sgt.,  looks at one of the photos that were part of the display. Photo by Megan Clugh.

     "Today it's not an anomaly to see female leaders out there (in theater). And the male Soldiers do respect the women that we have today because of what we bring to the fight."

    She accepted the award on behalf of the Year of the NCO, she said, and for all non-commissioned officers in the Army.

    These first two members of the Army Women's Foundation Hall of Fame served together in the early 1990s when Foote was commanding general of Fort Belvoir, Va., and Pritchett was the installation's command sergeant major.

    Five $2,500 scholarships were announced at the lunch. Sgt. 1st Class Tammy Pallone was the only recipient able to attend. She returned from Iraq last month where she served with Task Force ODIN. An Army Reserve Soldier, she is now assigned to the U.S. Strategic Command and detached to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va.

    "The scholarship to me means that I can show members of my Family, my children – I can show my troops – that education is important, and you can do it no matter how tough times get," Pallone said, adding that she continued taking classes by distance learning while she was in Iraq. She added that she had final tests online this week with Strayer University.

    Other Legacy Scholarship recipients were Jennifer Bishop who is stationed in San Antonio. Jennifer Myrick, who is currently deployed in Qatar; Kimberly Zimmerman, an Army Reserve Soldier in Wisconsin; and Kristen Ribich, the daughter of an Army veteran.

    The foundation originally was created to found the Women's Army Corps Museum at Fort McClellan, Ala., almost 30 years ago. When that post closed, the foundation helped move the museum to Fort Lee, Va. Then about three years ago, the Women's Army Museum Foundation changed its name and dropped the word museum.

    "We wanted to do more than just support a museum," said Peggy Trossen, executive director of the foundation.

    "We wanted to have events like this," Trossen said. We wanted to do scholarships. We wanted to be more relevant to today's Soldiers," she said.

    The foundation's inaugural "Army Women in Transition" Symposium included three panel discussion groups Tuesday.

    The first panel, the "Role of Women in the Army and its Evolution" was headed by Foote, retired Brig. Gen. Barbara Doornink and Dr. Stephen S. Fuller of GMU. He discussed results of the study "Telling the Story of U.S. Army Women: Opportunities, Challenges and Benefits of Service."

    The second panel, "Workforce Development and the Transitioning Army Woman Soldier was headed up by Maj. Gen. Gina Farrisee, director of Military Personnel Management for G-1.

    The third panel was titled a "Legislative Perspective – Available Resources, Continued Challenges," and was headed by Dr. Betty Mosely Brown, associate director for the Center of Women Veterans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Brig. Gen. Belinda Pinckney, director of the Army Diversity Office and Representative Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire.

 

 


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
SHARP: Army committed to safety, well-being of fellow Soldiers

    April 1, 2009 -- "It's about leadership. It's about discipline," said Gen. George Casey, Jr., Army Chief of Staff.  "Respecting and protecting the dignity of all our Soldier's is the cornerstone of the Army,"

    Casey insisted on changing the Army's cultural understanding of sexual assault at the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Risk Reduction Training Summit in Alexandria, Va. The address, given this past September, is a part of the Army's new program Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP. April is the Army's Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

    Loyalty. Duty. Respect. Selfless Service. Honor. Integrity. Personal Courage. The same seven values our Soldiers know well were emphasized by the chief.

   "When a Soldier fails to intervene to protect a comrade from harassment or the risk of assault, he or she has forsaken the duty to never leave a fallen comrade," said Casey.   

    These values and the statements echoing them may sound like an ordinary speech typically given by the Chief of Staff of the Army.  However, this specific speech was on anything but an ordinary topic.  

SHARP Program

    In 2008, Department of Defense had approximately 2,900 reported cases of sexual assault, up eight percent from the previous year. Among those reports, 1,584 were within the Army.  This is more than double the rate of the other services. 

   SHARP was created as an education campaign designed to arm Soldiers with the information to both respond to and prevent sexual assaults.

    As a part of the April awareness campaign, SHARP has provided "I A.M. STRONG" sexual harassment and response kits throughout Army posts world-wide.  I A.M.  stands for "Intervene, Act, and Motivate."  Soldiers are encouraged to intervene when there is a threat to a fellow Soldier, to take action, and to motivate each other in keeping fellow Soldiers safe.

Defining Sexual Assault and Harassment

    Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

    Sexual assault refers specifically to rape, forcible sodomy, indecent assault, or carnal knowledge. It is a crime punishable by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    Sexual assault involves physical contact. While sexual harassment can involve physical contact, it also refers to verbal or other forms of gender discrimination of a sexual nature.

Reporting Sexual Assault

    Sexual assault is the most underreported crime in the nation.  As a part of the prevention program, the Army has created several resources for these crimes to be reported. Victims should seek medical care as soon as possible.

You can call:

-Carlisle Barracks Sexual Assault Response Coordinator 245-3775

-Carlisle Barracks Criminal Investigation 245-4807/3059

Additional Resources:

-Military One-Source Consultants 1-800-655-4545

-Carlisle Barracks Military Family Life Consultant 713-9173

 

From the SHARP website http://www.sexualassault.army.mil/ 

Q: What you should do if you know someone who has been sexually assaulted?

A: As an Army Soldier, you should report immediately any activity that indicates a sexual assault may take place or has taken place.

Guidance and Action:

- Get assistance for the victim, but never leave the victim alone.

- Support the victim and show respect, but don't be overly protective.

- Demonstrate empathy by concentrating on helping your friend, fellow Soldier, or colleague.

- Listen to the victim and take the allegations seriously, without asking the victim for details.

- Do not make judgments about the victim or the alleged offender.

- Encourage the victim to report the crime; however you should report the sexual assault to the proper authorities.

- Protect the victim's confidentiality by not discussing the assault with anyone, except the authorities.

- Repeat this message to the victim: "You are not to blame."

    The safety of your fellow Soldiers, your unit, and your community may depend on your reporting of these incidents. Report any suspicious behavior immediately.

Watch the SHARP Training Video http://www.sexualassault.army.mil/training_packages.cfm

 

 

 

 


Army Reserve birthday celebration April 15

 April 8, 2009 --  The Army Reserve resident students of the USAWC Class of 2009 and the community of Army Reserve Soldiers, Civilians and Family members at Carlisle Barracks are invited to join in the marking and celebrating the 101 years of service by the Army Reserve to our Nation and the Army on Wed. April 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center.

    The guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Mari Eder, Deputy Chief Army Reserve. A reception will follow the ceremony.   


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post celebrating Tree City, Earth Day April 24

April 8, 2009 – Carlisle Barracks will celebrate its dedication to the environment during a celebration of Tree City USA, Arbor Day and Earth Day April 24 at 10 a.m. at the Delaney Field Clubhouse.  An apperance by Smokey Bear, the planting of a tree and the sounds of CDC children singing song will round out the event.

    Each year, the U.S. Army celebrates Earth Day at approximately 200 major commands, installations and organizations in the continental United States and around the world.

   During the event Carlisle Barracks will be recognized for being a Tree City USA for the 18th consecutive year.   To qualify for the Tree City USA award, the post had to meet certain criteria. The installation established a tree board, a community tree ordinance and a comprehensive community forestry program. Each year the post must apply for the certification.

Why are trees important?

    Trees provide more than just shade on a sunny day, check out these facts from the Arbor Day Foundation.

·         The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day

·         Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home

·         If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3 percent less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12 percent

·         A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000."

·         In one study, 83 percent of realtors believe that mature trees have a "strong or moderate impact" on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98 percent

·         Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent.

·         One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.

·         There are about 60-to 200- million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving $4 billion in energy costs.

·         Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 - 50 percent in energy used for heating.

·         Trees can be a stimulus to economic development, attracting new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer, and space in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent.

·         The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams.

Arbor Day history

    The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn't disclose that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet, it was the lack of trees that led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800's.

    Among pioneers moving into the Nebraska territory in 1854 was J. Sterling Morton. He and his wife had a great love of nature. As Morton was a journalist and soon became editor of Nebraska's first newspaper, he was able to spread agricultural information and his enthusiasm for trees to an equally enthusiastic audience.

    Arbor Day was officially proclaimed by the young state's Governor Robert W. Furnas on March 12, 1874. Later in 1885, the date was switched to Morton's birthday, April 22, for permanent observance.

Earth Day history
    On April 22, 1970, the Environmental Teach-In held a nationwide day of environmental education and activism that it called Earth Day. The event was inspired and organized by environmental activist and U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin. Nelson wanted to show other U.S. politicians that there was widespread public support for a political agenda centered on environmental issues.

    Nelson began organizing the event from his Senate office, assigning two staff members to work on it, but soon more space and more people were needed. John Gardner, founder of Common Cause, donated office space. Nelson selected Denis Hayes, a Harvard University student, to coordinate Earth Day activities and gave him a staff of volunteer college students to help.

    Following the Earth Day celebration inspired by Nelson, which demonstrated widespread grassroots support for environmental legislation, Congress passed many important environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as laws to protect wilderness areas. The Environmental Protection Agency was created within three years after Earth Day 1970.

   In 1995, Nelson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton for his role in founding Earth Day, raising awareness of environmental issues, and promoting environmental action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Post chapel Holy Week, Easter events

April 8               Seder Meal                   6 p.m.

April 9               Holy Thursday Mass      6 p.m.

Followed by Adoration until Midnight In Blessed Sacrament Chapel

April 9               Tenebrae Service                       7:30 p.m.

April 10             Seven Last Words                     noon

April 10             Good Friday Mass                    7 p.m.

April 11             Holy Saturday Mass      8 p.m.

April 12             Sunrise Service             7 a.m.

April 12             Pancake Breakfast -       8 a.m.

                        Follows Sunrise Service

April 12             Easter Sunday Mass     9:15 a.m.

April 12             Easter Worship Service 11 a.m.

 


Cumberland County Recycling & Waste Authority release
County holding medication collection and disposal event

    April 6, 2009 -- The Cumberland County Recycling & Waste Authority is partnering with Dickinson College to offer a free unwanted and expired medication collection and disposal event on Saturday, May 2, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Current common medication disposal practices, such as flushing down the drain or toilet, are an emerging issue as studies continue to show trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies across the country. While the comprehensive risks are still unclear, researchers are finding evidence that even extremely diluted concentrations of pharmaceutical residues harm fish, frogs, and other aquatic species in the wild and impair the workings of human cells in the laboratory.

    Abuse, most notably by teenagers and young adults, of prescription and over the counter medications commonly found in homes is also an emerging issue. Removing unwanted and expired medications from the home helps to eliminate this abuse.

    This event will offer an easy, anonymous, free and environmentally friendly disposal alternative for unwanted and expired medications for humans or pets commonly found in homes.

When/Where?

  • Saturday, May 2, 2009, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Parking Lot, Kaufman Hall, Dickinson College, 400 West North Street, Carlisle, PA 17013

What can I bring?

  • Unwanted and expired medications for humans or pets, both prescription and over-the-counter, in tablet, liquid, ointment, inhaler, powder, or patch form.

What can't I bring?

  • DO NOT bring sharps, syringes, needles, thermometers, bandages, gauze pads, sun block, lipstick, deodorant, skin cream, and similar products. THESE MATERIALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

How should I prepare my medications?

  • Medications should remain in their original containers.
  • Do not remove labels. Personal information (i.e. names, addresses) should be crossed out, but information about the medication should be legible.

What should I expect at the drop-off?

  • To participate, you must bring acceptable materials to the parking lot of Kaufman Hall, Dickinson College on Saturday, May 2, 2009, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Drop off your unwanted and expired medications with the pharmacist working the event. You will see law enforcement officers and other people also working at the event. The reason law enforcement officers will be there is that, by law, only they can take possession of certain types of medications (i.e. Valium, Oxycontin, Percocet, codeine).
  • You may leave after handing your medications to the pharmacist. No personal information will be collected.

What else do I need to know?

  • All medications will be destroyed by incineration.
  • There will be no refunds given for unwanted medications. No medications collected at the event will be resold or used.
  • There is no charge to participate.
  • The program is only available to homeowners. No businesses can participate.
  • DO NOT flush unwanted or expired medications down the drain or toilet. This can lead to water contamination.
  • NEVER give unwanted medicines to someone else to use.
  • NEVER take a prescription that was prescribed for someone else.
  • Having unwanted medications around the home presents a danger to children, guests, and pets. Now is the time to get rid of them.

    Call the Cumberland County Recycling and Waste Authority at 717.240.6489 for more information about this event. The Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Coalition is a proud supporter of this medication collection and     disposal event.

    For more information about the Coalition, call 717.240.6300 and ask for Linda Doty.

    Funds to support this initiative have been provided by the Cumberland County Recycling and Waste Authority, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Capital Area Behavioral Health Collaborative.

 


Maureen Henne, Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club
Spouses' Club luncheon April 15

April 6, 2009 -- Forget about the TAX DEADLINE and come join us for this month's Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club luncheon Wednesday, April 15.  Social hour begins at 10:30 AM with lunch to follow at 11:15 AM.  Three events will be featured this month, to include Voting for the 2009 - 2010 upcoming board of officers, Recognition for Volunteers throughout this past year and BINGO.  You could be the winner of some great prizes.  Cost for lunch is $13.00.  
    Contact the following by April 10th to reserve your seat :

    A - I    Shannon Blocker        (717) 386-5335    blockerclan@aol.com

    J - R   Brenda Moreland        (910) 916-2577    DaveandBre@aol.com

    S - Z   Celeste Williams        (717) 386-5385    apftmax@juno.com   

 


IMCOM News Service
Fire safety campaign focuses on awareness, inspections

Two firefighters are engulfed in smoke as they battle a blaze in a construction dumpster on Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 15, 2009. Increased fire prevention awareness is the goal of a campaign launched March 31 throughout the Installation Management Command. Photo by Staff Sgt. Tracy Hohmanl.

April 6, 2009 - Increased fire prevention awareness is the goal of a campaign launched March 31 throughout the Installation Management Command. Campaign actions include promoting fire safety and increased inspections. The campaign extends through national Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, and concludes Oct. 31.
    "We've seen a disturbing increase in the number of fires," said John B. Nerger, executive director of the Installation Management Command. "During the first six months of fiscal year 2009, IMCOM garrisons experienced more than 130 fire-related incidents that resulted in one death, 14 injuries and more than $13.6 million in property damage. All fires were preventable. We must take aggressive action."
    Garrison Safety and Fire and Emergency Services personnel will team up on the commandwide fire safety campaign to raise awareness and provide guidance to Soldiers and Families on how to recognize, improve and practice fire safety.
    "We want to increase awareness of fire dangers and encourage all Soldiers, Family members, and civilian employees to practice fire safety, said Mario Owens, IMCOM Safety Office director. "Fires and burns are the third leading cause of unintentional home injuries and deaths according to the Home Safety Council. During this fire safety campaign, Safety will team with Fire and Emergency Services in conducting joint inspections to identify possible fire sources."
    Major causes of fires were malfunctioning electrical devices, misuse of space heaters and unattended cooking. Mishandling of flammables, candles and smoking materials also caused many fires, said Rocky Cook, chief of Fire and Emergency Services for IMCOM.
    "These fires could have been prevented," Cook said. "Unattended cooking and burning candles caused half of the fires on Army installations in 2008. Fires have displaced Families, disrupted the mission and, tragically, taken several Family members' lives and one active-duty Soldier's life."
    Education is essential to reducing fires on Army installations, Owens said. Safety officials will target where people work and live with awareness programs on hazard identification and elimination, safety demonstrations, and reporting and evacuation procedures. Fire safety information is available on the IMCOM Web page (www.imcom.army.mil) under the fire prevention heading.
    "Safety personnel will aggressively communicate fire prevention information, tips and lessons learned. Soldiers, civilians and Family members need to know how to practice fire safety and what to do when there is a fire," Owens said.
    Everyone should be trained to perform a fire safety inspection and recognize faulty fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, Cook said. Fire and Emergency Services personnel will inspect and test smoke and fire detection equipment in all facilities on IMCOM installations as part of the fire safety campaign. There is strong emphasis on testing, preventive maintenance inspections and ensuring installed fire detection and suppression systems are adequate, he said.
    "We also want people to know what to do when there is a fire. Fire and Emergency Services will introduce fire drills and ensure you know how to report a fire. Many people don't know what to do when there is a fire. The sooner a fire is reported, the sooner the fire fighters can douse the blaze," Cook said.
    Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 4-10, but Owens said fire safety must be practiced every day.
    "Soldiers, civilians and Family members are all valuable to the Army, which compels us to continue to promote fire prevention even beyond the end of the campaign," he said.  


Carlisle Barracks smoking policy

April 6, 2009 – Effective April 6, 2009, the use of tobacco products of all types, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, or snorting tobacco is strictly prohibited in all buildings to include all auditoriums, conference rooms, seminar rooms, seminar study rooms, staff and faculty offices, restrooms, elevators and hallways.

    Outdoor smoking areas will be at least 50 feet from common point of ingress/egress and will be clearly delineated as spaces available for use of tobacco products.

    Failure to comply with the policy subjects Soldiers, civilians, contract personnel and others to appropriate action.

 


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Blasts in Marshall Ridge to make way for homes

    April 3, 2009 -- Construction workers will blast through rock in order to complete the utility instillation for phase two of the Marshall Ridge housing area. There will be a total of nine small blasts, taking place over 3 weeks in April. Blasts are limited to one per day. 

    Blasting through the rock will allow the construction team to place all the utilities underground, making them less likely to be hindered by bad weather.

    The blasts will not disrupt residents on Carlisle Barracks. Those in the immediate area, Marshall Ridge and Quarters One, may hear a muffled sound during the blast execution. 

    Marshall Ridge Phase II, will provide 22 single family and 12 duplex homes for permanent party families. Phase II is expected to be completed in the fall of 2009.

Blast Dates:

  • April 7   
  • April 9 
  • April 13 
  • April 15 
  • April 17 
  • April 21 
  • April 23 
  • April 27 
  • April 29

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
33rd Annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days fast approaching 

April 3, 2009 – Spring is here, temperatures are starting to rise, and that means it's time for Jim Thorpe Sports Days to be held here April 23-25, 2009.

    Named in honor of Jim Thorpe, the great American athlete, Jim Thorpe Sports Days is an annual event which began in 1974 and demonstrates teamwork, discipline and physical fitness in a collegial environment.

   The opening ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on April 24 on Carlisle Barracks' Indian Field.    The historic Indian Field is located at the corner of Ashburn Drive and Forbes Avenue.

    The colorful ceremony kicks off the sports competition between student athletes of the Army War College, Air War College, Naval War College, National War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. The athletes of the various senior service colleges will march onto the field, the official 'Olympic' style torch will be lit and the Carlisle Barracks cannon will be fired. Immediately following the ceremony the competition begins with the always exciting men's and women's relay runs on the Indian Field track.

    "This competition and the planned social events give us an opportunity to share sportsmanship and comradeship" said Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant. "General of the Army Douglas MacArthur said that 'upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that upon other days, on other fields, will bear the fruits of victory.' Let us sow the seeds during Jim Thorpe Sports Day 2009 with good sportsmanship that will later serve our Nation on other fields of strife."

    The student athletes compete in soccer, golf, volleyball, basketball, softball, bowling, tennis, racquetball and in several running events.  These events begin at 5 p.m. on April 23 and continue through April 25.  The events are held on Carlisle Barracks and other off-post locations.   

    The complete event schedule can be found here

    The Opening Ceremony and sports events are open to the public.

T-Shirts, sweatshirts for sale

    Also for sale are Jim Thorpe Sports Days 2008 shirts and sweatshirts. More information on how to order can be found here.


Claremont Road gate restrictions April 7

    April 3, 2009 -- The Claremont Road gate will be restricted to inbound traffic only beginning at 9 a.m., April 7 for barrier maintenance.  This restriction should last approximately 2 hours.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Buzby stresses importance of ethical leadership

 Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, deputy chief of staff for Global Force Management and Joint Operations, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, spoke in Bliss Hall April 1 as part of the Commandants Lecture Series. His talk focused on his time as commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the importance of ethics. Photo by Megan Clugh.

April 1, 2009 – The unique operating environments around the world that the U.S. military operate in and the complex ethical dilemmas each present was the topic of the fourth lecture in the Commandants Lecture Series April 1.

    Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, deputy chief of staff for Global Force Management and Joint Operations, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, spoke frankly about his time as commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the importance of ethics.
   "There is a lot of interest in what we do," he said. "We have a huge responsibility for the lives we are charged to protect."

    He shared with the students, staff and faculty in Bliss Hall the importance of maintaining their ethical bearing, no matter the situation.

    "You have to balance the mission against whatever you are experiencing personally," he said. "That's why leadership is so important."  He said the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at Guantanamo Bay performed brilliantly with a difficult mission.    

   Buzby provided valuable insight according to  members of the audience.

    "He's a Sailor's Sailor," said Cmdr. Joe Keenan, War College student. "His experience makes him highly qualified to talk about this subject." 

     "In contrast to those scholars, all civilian theorists of military ethics and the just-war tradition, Rear Adm. Buzby was the first speaker in this year's CLS to represent senior-level professional leadership in the military," said Dr. David Perry, Professor of Arms, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management.  "His candid reflections on the challenges facing troops guarding detainees at Guantanamo, and the importance of upholding very high standards of integrity in spite of those challenges, were very well received."

    "It was great for him to come and explain ethical senior leadership from his perspective," said Navy Capt. Al Lord, the USAWC Navy Senior Service Representative. "The CLS presents the issues of ethics from both a theoretical and practical aspect. As a senior military officer he was faced with very significant challenges and it was very beneficial to hear about these decisions from someone who had 'been there.'"

Commandants Lecture Series

    The theme for this year's lecture series is Ethics in Strategic Military Leadership: Theory and Practice. The series presents prominent speakers representing diverse backgrounds, expertise and varied perspectives. Invited speakers include both senior military leaders and academic experts.

  Previous speakers in this year's CLS were:  Dr. Martin Cook, Professor of Philosophy at the U.S. Air Force Academy and author of "The Moral Warrior"; Dr. Albert Pierce, University Professor of Ethics and National Security at National Defense University; and Dr. Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and author of "Just and Unjust Wars."

 


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Army Field Band to perform a free concert at local school

The Soldiers' Chorus performs at a concert at Cumberland Valley High School in 2007. The group and the Army Field Band will return to the area for a free concert April 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Faust Junior High School Auditorium in Chambersburg. Directions can be found below.

 

April 1, 2009 – Enjoy an evening of diverse music that will have you humming all the way home.  The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band will perform a free concert on Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm in the nearby town of Chambersburg. 

The Army Field Band

    The band was originally founded in 1946 and has since delighted audiences all around the world with a diverse program of pop music, marches, overtures, patriotic selections, and vocal solos.  With their wide-range of performances, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy. 

    The band travels thousands of miles each year performing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to high school gymnasiums, with the goal of "carrying the story of our magnificent Army to the grassroots of our country."

    The band's members are selected through a highly competitive audition and are known to be the military's most traveled musicians, earning them the title, "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army."

The Soldiers' Chorus

    During the evening's performance, the Soldiers' Chorus will accompany the 65-member instrumental ensemble. As the vocal complement to the field band, the chorus have also preformed all around the world since they formed in 1957.

    Originally an all-male ensemble, the chorus incorporated its first female vocalist in 1974 and has since evolved to include a mix of sopranos, altos, tenors, baritones, and basses. 

    Similar to the Army Field Band, the 29-members of the Soldier's Chorus have diverse backgrounds including experience in opera, musical theatre, music education, and vocal coaching.  

     Despite the diversity of all of the band and choral members, they do have one feature in common. They are all American Soldiers.   

Tickets and Directions:

    Though the concert is free, tickets are required. To reserve tickets call (717) 261-3483. 

    The concert will be held at Faust Junior High School Auditorium in Chambersburg, a quick and easy drive down Interstate 81.

    Directions to the School from Carlisle –

  • Take Interstate 81 South approximately 29 miles
  • Exit 17 Walker Road, Turn right onto Walker Road
  • Turn left at Kohler Rd
  • Turn left on Woodstock Rd
  • Turn Right at Scotland Ave, school on left
  •  1957 Scotland Ave, Chambersburg, PA 17201

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Jazz Knights of West Point holding local concert
Complimentary tickets available  

March 19, 2009 – On April 9, at 8 p.m. will be a performance by the United States Military Academy Band's Jazz Knights and the Shippensburg University Jazz Ensemble for a night of big band jazz at the Shippensburg University H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

   The center is holding a block of complimentary tickets for the performance. If you plan to attend, please reserve your complimentary seats before Friday, March 27, 2009.

    The Jazz Knights of West Point are graduates of America's finest music schools and are selected through a competitive audition process specifically for service in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point.  Members of the band have played with such jazz icons as Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Ahmad Jamal, and the Glenn Miller Band.

    For more information or to reserve tickets contact Robin Maun, Executive Assistant to the President, at 717-477-1302.

Driving directions:

Approximately 20 minutes from Carlisle.

·  Take I-81 South to exit 29 (King Street)

·  Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto PA 174.

·  Travel 2 miles to a "T" intersection.

·  Turn left onto King Street (U.S. Route 11).

·  At the 3rd traffic light, turn right onto North Prince Street.

·  Proceed 1/2 mile to main entrance of the Shippensburg University campus.

·  When arriving on Campus, turn right onto Adams Drive. Follow Adams Drive to Bucks Ave.

·  The Luhrs Center is located at the corner of Bucks and Cumberland Avenues. Ample parking is available to the right of the building and directly across the street in front of the building.

 


Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse
April is Alcohol Awareness Month 

When many people think of alcohol abusers, they picture teenagers sneaking drinks before high school football games or at unsupervised parties. However, alcohol abuse is prevalent within many demographic groups in the United States. People who abuse alcohol can also be college students who binge drink at local bars, pregnant women who put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome when they drink, professionals who drink after a long day of work, or senior citizens who drink out of loneliness.

ALCOHOL IN THE WORKPLACE

    About 15 percent of U.S. workers said they either used alcohol at work or were impaired on the job, according to research from the University of Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions.

    Researchers interviewed 2,805 adult workers between January 2002 and June 2003, and asked them about workplace alcohol use and impairment over the previous 12 months. Questions included how often they drank within two hours of reporting to work, drank during the work day, worked under the influence of alcohol, or worked with a hangover.

    Lead author Michael R. Frone, PH.D., and colleagues found that 1.8 percent of the workforce drank alcohol at least once before coming to work, and 7.1 percent drank during the workday – often during lunch breaks but also during other breaks or while on the job. An estimated 1.7 percent of employees worked under the influence of alcohol, and approximately 9.2 percent had gone to work with a hangover, the authors said.

    "Of all psychoactive substances with the potential to impair cognitive and behavioral performance, alcohol is the mostly widely used and misused substance in the general population and in the workforce," Frone said. "The misuse of alcohol by employed adults is an important social policy issue with the potential to undermine employee productivity and safety."

    Alcohol use and impairment was more common among men than women, among younger employees, and more prevalent among evening and night shift workers.

    This study was reported in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol.

     The above information provided by the Army Center for Substance Abuse E-prevention newsletter.

Army Substance Abuse Program continues to offer training:

     The Army Substance Abuse Program is to ensure that all military and civilian personnel are provided prevention education/training services (that is a minimum of four hours for military and two hours for civilian personnel). In a continuing effort to accomplish this requirement the ASAP/Prevention staff will be providing several classes during April. The following one hour classes will be offered at the Army Substance Abuse training room. All participants must pre-register by calling 245-4576 or 5-3790. Class size is limited.  All classes are open to family members.

 APRIL – Alcohol Awareness Month & Month of the Military Child

Tuesday April 14                                    11 a.m.                             ASAP, Bldg. 632

Media Literacy – Parenting to Protect Children

 

Thursday April 16                                  1 p.m.                             ASAP, Bldg. 632

Media Literacy – Parenting to Protect Children

 

Tuesday April 23                                    11 a.m.                             ASAP, Bldg. 632

Media Literacy – Parenting to Protect Children

 

Thurs. April 28                                       1 p.m.                             ASAP, Bldg. 632

Media Literacy – Parenting to Protect Children

 

   The above class will focus on: The Video titled "Parenting to Protect Children will: Teach Violence Prevention, Develop Thinking Skills, Guard against Drug Use and Promote Your Values.

 

Tips for responsible drinking

     While the misuse and abuse of alcohol to dangerous and high-risk behaviors, it is possible to drink responsibly. The following are some easy tips to assist in making the responsible decision if you decide to drink:

    Eat before and during drinking – while a full stomach cannot prevent alcohol from affecting you, eating starchy and high-protein foods will slow it down.

    Don't gulp or chug your drinks; drink slowly and make the drinks last- try to drink no more than one alcoholic drink per hour.

    Alternate between alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks – this will give your body extra time to eliminate some of the alcohol.

    Remember the word HALT: NEVER DRINK if you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired.

    Before you celebrate, designate – identify a responsible driver who will not drink, or plan ahead to use public transportation.

Tips to avoid drinking

    It is always OK not to drink. Whether you always abstain from drinking, you simply aren't in the mood, or because you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired, it is always your choice to make. In instances where you feel pressured to drink alcohol, there are countless ways of saying no:

    "No, thank you" – It's your choice not to drink.

    "Alcohol's not my thing".

    "I'm the designated driver".

    "No thanks, I already have a drink".

    "I'm on medication".

    Simply walk away.

    Another way to avoid drinking alcohol is to enjoy mock tails. Mock tails, contain the same ingredients as many popular alcoholic drinks with one exception, they don't contain alcohol. Refreshing and fun, they can be consumed without having to worry about any of the consequences of alcoholic drinks.

    For more information or to schedule individual organization training, contact the Prevention office at 245-4576/3790. 


 Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
TRADOC Commander makes visit to War College

During a visit ot the Army War College March , Gen. Martin Dempsey, TRADOC Commander, addressed the USAWC Resident Class of 2009, gave a presentation at the Combined/Joint Forces Land Component Commander Course in Collins Hall, sat in on "Leading and Managing Change" elective class and toured the Army Heritage and Education Center. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

March 25, 2009 -- The new commanding general of the Training and Doctrine Command got up close and personal with many of the educational programs and opportunities at the Army War College during a visit March 25.

     "It's not practice that makes perfect; rather, its perfect practice that makes perfect," has said Gen. Martin Dempsey, TRADOC Commander. "It is, after all, the seemingly small disciplines and commitment to high standards that makes us who we are and binds us together as a force, an Army, in peace and in war. That's what we're committed to at TRADOC."

     During his visit, Dempsey addressed the USAWC Resident Class of 2009, gave a presentation at the Combined/Joint Forces Land Component Commander Course in Collins Hall, participated in an elective, and toured the Army Heritage and Education Center.

    While speaking to the student body, Dempsey focused on the importance of leadership and leader development. TRADOC operates 32 schools and centers at 16 Army installations. TRADOC schools conduct 2,734 courses (81 directly in support of mobilization) and 373 language courses. The 2,734 courses include 503,164 seats for 434,424 Soldiers; 34,675 other-service personnel; 7,824 international Soldiers; and 26,241 civilians. The Army War College is a TRADOC school.

      Dempsey spoke about how TRADOC needs to adapt to the changing environments to make sure that they are enabling graduates with the skills they will need in the future.

    "He has a daunting task … his number one job is leader development, which is what you students are involved in right now," said Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant. "This is no small task when the Army must focus on winning the fight."

     Dempsey thanked the International Fellows in the audience and the important role they play into today's environment.

    "I value our partnerships deeply. You play a vital role," he said. "I'm glad you are all here working side-by-side with this class."

     After his talk, Dempsey took questions from the students. Topics included TRADOC reorganization, Army Force Generation, junior officer training and FM 3.0.

    Dempsey also reminded the students that leadership is important at all level when spoke about Sgt. 1st Class Brian Eisch, the TRADOC NCO of the Year.

    "As you know, it is the year of the NCO and you should thank them for what they do," he said. "Spend any time with them and you can see that they are truly the backbone of the Army."

   

Dempsey spoke with Army War College students, staff and faculty in Bliss Hall during his visit. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

    Later, Dempsey experienced first-hand the educational programs at the Army War College with the "Leading and Managing Change" elective class.

    Before departing Carlisle Barracks, Dempsey addressed 14 general officers on "Operational Art and Doctrine" as part of the Combined / Joint Force Land Component Commander Course.  

 C/JFLCC background

    The C/JFLCC is a senior-officer level professional education course conducted at the Army War College, under the direction TRADOC that prepares senior officers to function effectively as Land Component Commanders for theater-level operations conducted in a joint, multinational, and interagency environment. The course helps prepare attendees to formulate and execute complex land operations that provide Combatant Commanders with a full spectrum of rapid, decisive and sustained land dominance capabilities that are critical to effective national policy accomplishment.

    The one-week long course is conducted three times each year at Carlisle Barracks. The course brings together 14 General Officers from all services in the grades of Brigadier through Lieutenant General.

Gen. Dempsey bio

    Dempsey assumed the duties of Commander, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command on December 8, 2008 after serving as Acting Commander U.S. Central Command.

    Dempsey graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an Armor officer in June 1974. His first duty assignment was in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he served as a Scout and Support Platoon Leader and Squadron Adjutant. In January 1979, after completing the Armor Officer Advanced Course, Dempsey became the Motor Officer for 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, at Fort Carson, Colo. Later, he commanded Alpha and Headquarters Troops, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, as well as serving as the Squadron Operations Officer.

    In August 1982, Dempsey began studies at Duke University, earning a Master's Degree in English, and upon completion in 1984 was assigned to the English Department at West Point. He performed duties as an instructor, and later assistant professor, in the department until summer 1987, when he was assigned to the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he earned a Master's Degree in Military Art and Science. In July 1988, Dempsey reported to the 3rd Armored Division in Friedburg, Germany, where he served as the Executive Officer of 4th Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, and then became Operations Officer and later Executive Officer for 3rd Brigade, 3rd Armored Division, deploying in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In July 1991, Dempsey assumed command of the 4th Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division.

    In summer 1993, after five years in Germany, Dempsey was assigned as Chief of the Armor Branch at U.S. Total Army Personnel Command. He then continued his studies at the National War College in 1995, earning a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In July 1996, Dempsey returned to Fort Carson, taking command of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following this assignment, he served as the Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs Europe and Africa J5 and Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C., from July 1998 through September 2001. From September 2001 to June 2003, Dempsey served as Program Manager, Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program, Saudi Arabia. General Dempsey left Saudi Arabia in June 2003 to take command of the 1st Armored Division and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    After completing 14 months in Iraq, Dempsey redeployed the division to Germany and completed his command tour in July 2005. In August 2005, Dempsey returned to Iraq and assumed command of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq until summer 2007, when he departed for his next assignment as Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command. In August 2007, Dempsey assumed the position of Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command, and served as Acting Commander, U.S. Central Command, from March 28, 2008 to Oct. 30, 2008.

    Dempsey's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and "V" Device, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Air Force chief shares insights

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz speaks about stewardship in Bliss Hall March 24. Photo by Megan Clugh.

March 24, 2009 – Army War College students heard first-hand the issues and challenges facing not only the Air Force, but the entire Department of Defense during a talk by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, March 24 in Bliss Hall.

    "The art and science of national defense is very important," he said. "The proper application of the elements of national power is important, and that's what you're learning here. You time here will have meaningful strategic results."

    Schwartz spoke about the importance of stewardship and the responsibility that the armed forces have to the American public.

    "It doesn't matter what uniform you wear, we all serve collectively. We serve the people of the United States. We serve those around us. We must never forget this."


Pamella Gray, International Fellows Program
International Fellows trip adds to USAWC experience

Col. Pietro Tornabene, International Fellow from Italy, takes notes during a lecture at one of the first stops on the United Command Field Study, a visit to the Asian Pacific Center in Hawaii. Courtesy photo.

March 26, 2009 -- After 22 days of seeing first-hand more than 20 U.S. regional commands or agencies, Army War College International Fellows returned just in time to share their knowledge with their classmates before their capstone exercise.

    The Unified Command Field Study took place from Feb. 8-27, and provided the International Fellows exposure to the Department of Defense structure, combatant commands, and regional security issues these commands face.

    "I hoped the IFs would gain a perspective of the make-up and complexities of the combatant commands and other organizations in DoD," said Dr. James Gordon, USAWC faculty member who facilitated the trip. "I also wanted them to understand the difficulties the U.S. military has with accomplishing national interests with the resources available."

    During the three week trip, the Fellows visited the more than 20 commands or prominent agencies, including the Pentagon, U.S. Pacific Command and U.S Joint Forces Command in order to gain this understanding.

    "Although I thought the pace and tempo was pretty rapid, it was necessary to cover the many places we visited in the time allotted. They mentioned on more than one occasion that it is unfortunate that their American counterparts were not able to have the same experience," said Gordon about the Fellows.

    The field study built on the knowledge from the previous core courses during the academic year. The trip allowed the IFs the liberty to examine these commands' and agencies' implementation of such subjects as national policy and security strategy.

    "One of the goals was to have the IFs learn from first hand observation how the unified command structure actually operates, and first-hand experience how the U.S. military carries out its mission," said Ambassador Cynthia Efird, Deputy Commandant for International Affairs.

    One of the challenges the group faced was that many of the key decisions were still under discussion, noted Efird.  She explained this was because of the timing of the trip and a new administration. 

    "It was good for our IF's to see this command structure in transition and under development," she added.

    However, this tour also rendered a valuable tool for the remaining academic activities and requirements.

    Efird explained that each IF takes a regional elective and the exposure to the geographical commands they visited gave a foundationfor understanding regional issues.

     The trip gave sound footing for the Strategic Decision Making Exercise, conducted just days after their return. Many of the IFs served in various commands as exchange officers during the exercise, added Efird.

    "It was a good bridge from the core courses to the SDME and electives," she said.

    One of the most important elements of the program is to foster international relationships.

    "It's very interesting-- Americans are so curious-- we would walk into a fast food restaurant and people would see the IFs in their uniforms," Efird remembered.  "Some of them came up to a few of the coalition forces thanking them for their service."

 

 


Spc. Jennifer Rick, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post kids' art moves on to national competition 

Georgia Roach, 12, created this pastel piece of artwork that will be judges in the national level 2009 National Fine Arts Exhibit Program. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

March 25, 2009 -- Two local children have proven their talent in the art world recently by creating winning artwork in the regional competition of the 2009 National Fine Arts Exhibit Program.

    Earlier this year, all the children involved in Youth Services' Art program submitted pieces to be judged in several categories.

    The artwork was displayed at Dunham Army Health Clinic. The winning pieces from the local competition were sent to Vermont to be judged in the regional competition.

    Georgia Roach, 12, and Jasmine Buckley,  13, created pastel pieces that will be judged at the national level competition in Atlanta, Ga. Their work will be judged against pieces from all over the United States and military bases world-wide. Results of the competition are expected in May.

 

This piece was created by Jasmine Buckley, 13. Three Youth Services children have placed first in the national competition in ths past. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

  Local winners incude:

    Jasmine Buckley, 13, mixed media, wire sculpture, block print, watercolor

    Chandler Zastrow, 12, block print

    Victoria Sangrie, 7, sculpture

    Morgan Caprish, 7, pastel

    Gannon Donnelly, 10, mixed media

    Alan Hanks, 12, watercolor

    Faith Kallien, 8, mixed media

    Claire Mayette, 9, block print

  

    Ally Ruch, 8, watercolor

    Cynthia Hall, 11, plaster sculpture

    Georgia Roach, 12, pastel


Ladycliff College reunion

  March 27, 2009 -- Friends and Graduates of Ladycliff College will host a reunion on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at the West Point Club on Hudson from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  The reunion is open to all classes, as well as the last freshman class of 1979-1980.

  For additional information contact: Taffy White-Pritulsky, kure4@suddenlink.net  or go here

 

 


Pamella Gray, International Fellows Office
IF spouses host spouses club luncheon 

International Fellows spouses hosted a recent Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club luncheon March 18 that provided an opportunity for many of them to thank their sponsors or people that have made their year away from their home memorable. Photo by Pamella Gray. Want more photos?

April 1, 2009 -- International Fellows Spouses entertained, charmed, and delighted members and guests of the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club March 18 at the Letort View Community Center.

    The spouses club offers spouses a venue to gather together and meet each other in order to form new friendships, and focus a significant amount of time on raising money for outreach projects to our local community and our scholarship program. 

    "We are very honored and privileged to have quite a large group of International Spouses as honorary members of the CBSC," said Amy Turner, spouse club president.

    The CBSC invites the IF spouses to host one of these luncheons, usually in March or April.

    "The ladies were responsible for all aspects of planning and executing the luncheon," noted Beth Woods, Cultural Program Director.

    Preparations began in January with menu choices, followed by forming committees for invitations, decorations, entertainment, display area, opportunity gifts and more.

     "In less than three months these ladies presented the community with a first class event," Woods added.

    Charu Mudholkar, from India and chairperson for the luncheon, described how she wanted to highlight what the IF spouses have to offer the Carlisle Barracks community.

    "All put their best foot forward to make the day a great success," she said. "We had a global dance program and grand finale of this was us holding some of our country flags. We presented Deb Williams a huge tree of friendship made by us using all country flags and our message to all was signifying global cooperation and unity."

   

The International Fellows spouses put their best foot forward to present an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon for members and guest of the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club. Photo by Pamella Gray.

    Just like every CBSC luncheon, members may invite a guest.  For this luncheon many IF spouses requested their sponsors and /or people who may have been extra special to them during the year join them.

    "We all enjoyed putting up this luncheon together and this bonded us even better.  This was also our way of saying thank you to the USAWC for inviting us and providing us with a home away from home," Charu reminisced.

    The IF spouses sold opportunity tickets for door prizes and the money they raised went toward Breast Cancer Awareness.

    "This year's luncheon was huge success and was facilitated wonderfully," Turner commented.  "Several people came to me and told me how much they enjoyed the luncheon."

 


Spc. Jennifer Rick, Army War College Public Affairs Office
APFRI NCO stays busy, upholds standards

Sgt. 1st Class Ponce Shepard, NCOIC for all three Army Physical Fitness Research Institute annexes, gives Lt. Col. Sonya Edmonds some tips on working out, and finding the maximum weight she can lift. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

March 17, 2009 -- From coordinating behind-the-scene details for operations at the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute to helping execute detailed health assessments, APFRI's noncommissioned officer-in-charge has a hand in almost everything.

    "I'm in charge of safety and security, maintenance and I have a role in the budgeting and assessments," 14-year Army veteran Sgt. 1st Class Ponce Shepard said.

    Each year, more than 600 students pass through the gates of Carlisle Barracks, and each one is encouraged to participate in an APFRI health assessment. APFRI's goal during the health and fitness assessments is to provide the students with the best screening measures available to evaluate their risk for cardiovascular disease  and to determine their current health and fitness levels.

   This includes hitting the treadmill to test overall aerobic capacity and physical endurance. "They are pushed during this phase to about 85% of their maximal capacity," Shepard said. "That way, we are able to help them understand what is happening to their heart rate and blood pressure.  If something isn't working as well as it should, we will see it."

    "My role is mostly with assessing body composition using a variety of measures to include the Bod Pod, taping and measuring strength and flexibility," said Shepard, who is a physical therapy technician.

    Besides working at Carlisle Barracks, Shepard is also the NCOIC of the other two APFRI annexes at the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and the Sergeants Major Academy at Ft. Bliss, Texas. He routinely visits each site to do an inventory of all equipment, and help out if needed.

    In the future, Shepard will also be the NCOIC at new APFRI annexes. Currently, there are preliminary plans for APFRI sites at the Army Management Staff College, Warrant Officer Candidate School and several Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course locations. Targeted are mid-career commissioned and warrant officers, senior enlisted leaders and mid-career NCOs, who are known to be more at risk for health issues stemming from the strain of multiple deployments.

    "We all work as a team to help people improve their lives," Shepard said. "During assessments the teamwork is phenomenal and it makes you proud of what you're doing and proud to be a part of this program."

    Shepard enjoys his work and finds it rewarding.

    "What we do for our customers really has a positive influence on their lives," he said. "Sometimes they will come back to tell us what a constructive impact this program had on them, and that's a good feeling."

    "Not only am I a part of the APFRI team," Shepard said, "I am a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Army. As such, I am a member of the most unique group of professional military practitioners in the world."

     Lt. Col. Stephen Barone, APFRI deputy director, sees Shepard's motivation and dedication.

    "He has a very good work ethic and understanding of how NCOs support the organization. He enforces those standards in the organization and does a very good job."


DA housing survey coming to post residents

April 1, 2009 -- Within the next few days post housing residents will be receiving an official Department of the Army Resident Assessment Survey.  This is your chance to let the Army know about your on post housing experience.  

    If you have any questions or concerns, contact Sedina Lupfer in the Residential Communities Office at 245-4959.