Banner Archive for April 2011
 

President praises Gates, nominates new security team

Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 - President Barack Obama today thanked Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates for his service as he officially announced his intention to nominate CIA Director Leon E. Panetta to lead the Pentagon after Gates retires June 30.

Obama said Gates will go down in history as one of the finest defense secretaries in U.S. history.

The president also nominated Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to succeed Panetta at the CIA and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John R. Allen to succeed Petraeus as commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Obama also is nominating Ryan C. Crocker to return from retirement and serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. The nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.

"Given the pivotal period that we're entering, I felt that it was absolutely critical that we had this team in place so that we can stay focused on our missions, maintain our momentum and keep our nation secure," Obama said in the White House East Room.

Gates will step down after serving more than four and a half years in office. President George W. Bush nominated Gates for the job at a time when prospects in Iraq looked bleak. The surge of U.S. forces into Iraq was hitting its stride, and hundreds of attacks occurred each day on coalition forces in the country.

"Today, every American must know that because he helped to responsibly wind down the war in Iraq, we're in a better position to support our troops and manage the transition in Afghanistan," Obama said. "Because he challenged conventional thinking, our troops have the lifesaving equipment they need, and our military is better prepared for today's wars.

"And because he courageously cut unnecessary spending," the president continued, "we'll save hundreds of billions of dollars that can be invested in the 21st-century military that our troops deserve."

The United States military has fought in two wars every day of Gates' tenure. Service members have also stood watch elsewhere around the globe. "It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve and to lead our men and women in uniform and our defense civilians," he said. "They are the best America has to offer.

"My highest priority from my first day in office," he added, "has been to do everything I could for our uniformed men and women in harm's way to help them accomplish their mission, to come home safely, and if wounded, to get them the best possible care from battlefield to homefront. I've done my best to care for them as though they were my own sons and daughters, and I will miss them deeply."

The president said Panetta has the right skills to trake over for Gates. "The patriotism and extraordinary management skills that have defined Leon's four decades of service is exactly what we need in our next secretary of defense," Obama said. "As a former congressman and White House chief of staff, Leon knows how to lead, which is why he is held in such high esteem not only in this city, but around the world."

Panetta has served as CIA director for more than two years. The president said he has played a decisive role in the fight against violent extremism.

"He understands that even as we begin the transition in Afghanistan, we must remain unwavering in our fight against al-Qaida," Obama said. "And as a former [Office of Management and Budget] director, he will ensure that even as we make tough budget decisions, we will maintain our military superiority and keep our military the very best in the world."

Panetta thanked the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency for their superb, but unheralded work.

"I spent 40 years in public service, and it began when I served in the Army as an intelligence officer in the 1960s," he said. "I was proud to wear the uniform of our country, and my respect and admiration for our nation's armed forces has only grown in the decades since."

Obama stressed continuity, noting that Petraeus will carry on Panetta's work at the CIA. After 35 years in uniform, the general will retire from the Army to become the next CIA director, effective early September, pending Senate confirmation. 

"As a lifelong consumer of intelligence, he knows that intelligence must be timely, accurate and acted upon quickly," Obama said. "He understands that staying a step ahead of nimble adversaries requires sharing and coordinating information, including with my director of national intelligence, Jim Clapper."

 

Obama said he values Petraeus' flexibility and adaptability. "Just as General Petraeus changed the way that our military fights and wins wars in the 21st century, I have no doubt that Director Petraeus will guide our intelligence professionals as they continue to adapt and innovate in an ever-changing world," the president said.

 

And Allen is the right man for the job in Afghanistan, the president said.

 

"As a battle-tested combat leader, in Iraq he helped turn the tide in Anbar province," he said. "As deputy commander of Central Command, he's respected in the region and has been deeply involved in planning and executing our strategy in Afghanistan."


Lt. Col. Vince Lindenmeyer, Center for Strategic Leadership
Staff ride provides unique learning opportunity for business leaders 

 

Dr. Jim Embrey discusses leadership lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg during a Gettysburg Staff Ride Leadership Experience for 16 members of the Deloitte Women’s Executive program. The strategic leader staff ride program is a whole-of-Army War College effort that invites corporations to take part in a program that provides them a unique view into their United States Army and how strategic leaders are developed through the art and practice of strategic leadership and critical thought. Photo by Megan Clugh.

April 29, 2011 -- Leaders and experts from across the Army War College, the military and private business came together for a Gettysburg Staff Ride Leadership Experience at the United States Army War College the week of April 25.

Sixteen members of the Deloitte Women’s Executive program, including Sharon L. Allen, the chairman of the board of Deloitte, LLP, participated in a tailored event, hosted by the Center for Strategic Leadership.  

“The Gettysburg staff ride came alive with the probing questions that Dr. Jim Embrey (of the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute) asked and making this leadership experience exceed all of my expectations,” said Mimi Justice, a Deloitte partner. “I learned to ask the right strategic questions as I approach future problems in my career.”

The staff ride experience included a unique panel discussion that included more than 40 women, including resident students and faculty of the Army War College.  They discussed mutual challenges facing women in leadership and the panelists included Allen, Navy Rear Admiral Janice Hamby from the Joint Staff, Brig. Gen. Annette Deener of the Maryland National Guard, Carol van Voorst, USAWC Deputy Commandant for International Affairs, and Ellen Stafford-Sigg, Deloitte Partner.

During the three-day event, commonalities of their experiences led to a free flowing discussion on topics like mentorship versus sponsorship, and having fun while seeking opportunities and challenges.

The Gettysburg Staff Ride Experience also provided an opportunity for discussion on critical strategic leadership lessons including the importance of self awareness, knowing your subordinates and personalities in leadership, succession planning and the art and practice of strategy development. 

The staff ride participants and select USAWC students and faculty members pose for a group photo in front of Collins Hall. Photo by Megan Clugh.

 

Other sessions included a session on physical wellness. Dr. Tom Williams, Army Physical Fitness Research Institute director, hosted a discussion on “Issues Unique to Women Performing at Their Peak,” that focused on bringing out mental, physical and emotional aspects of performing at one’s peak at home and work

Deloitte, LLP, is the largest client services partner providing accounting, assurance and advisory, risk, tax, strategy, financial, technology and human capital services to global clients.  Allen is the first chairman of the board for Deloitte, LLP, and an $11 billion corporation. 

The strategic leader staff ride program is a whole-of-Army War College effort designed to bring together faculty from all of the centers and institutes to support the unique outreach mission to  inspire and develop strategic leaders for our future challenges.  This program reaches out to corporations to give them a unique view into their United States Army and how strategic leaders are developed through the art and practice of strategic leadership and critical thought. 

For more information on the Strategic Leader Staff Ride program at the United States Army War College contact Lt. Col. Vince Lindenmeyer at 717-245-4525.  


Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
Rodriguez delivers winning USAWC speech

 Air Force Lt. Col. David Rodriguez delivers his winning speech "Humanitarian Intervention: Is it Justified?" during the 2011 Army War College Public Speaking Competition. Other participants were Air Force Lt. Col. Chuck Bowes, Col. Christopher Lawson, Col. Greg Maxton, and Col. Michael Miller. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

 April 27, 2011 – Five Army War College students faced one of their biggest fears April 27 in the Command Conference Room. No, not for a promotion board or congressional testimony  -- worse, public speaking.

Air Force Lt. Col. Chuck Bowes, Col. Christopher Lawson, Col. Greg Maxton, Col. Michael Miller and Air Force Lt. Col. David Rodriguez tackled topics like national legitimacy, effects of Mexican drug cartels infiltrating America, producing the next generation of military leaders, controlling the national debt and how to build a more resilient force for the 2011 Army War College Public Speaking Competition.

Rodriguez won the contest, with his speech “Humanitarian Intervention: Is it Justified?” He was followedby Miller, Bowes, Lawson and Maxton. The contest’s theme was “Strategic Security: The Way Ahead” and the presenters each delivered a persuasive speech limited to seven to 10 minutes in length.

“When we’re looking at human intervention in a situation like Libya there are three basic questions that we need to answer,” Rodriguez said. “Is this the right situation for human intervention? What is our desired end state? And would you send your own son or daughter?”

Rodriguez said more than just national legitimacy is at stake.

“One of the foundations of our nation is only using lethal force to deal with an imminent danger,” he said. “You have to ask how many people does it take to constitute a humanitarian crisis and how many can we kill and call it just?”

He said that healthy debates about these answers are necessary.

“If we are going to maintain our status as the greatest democracy in the world, then we need to talk about these tough questions.”   

Runners-up focus on other strategic issues

Miller discussed creative ways to solve the growing national debt by looking at it like a garage.

“At first we had plenty of room, then it began to fill up and we had to move things around,” he said. “Now there is no clear path due to how much is in there and we have to take a look at where we can start cleaning it out.”

He suggested that the best way to solve a huge issue like this is for people to look at areas where they can save in their own organizations.

“The margins are what we can influence,” “Every leader has the responsibility to remember that the citizens have put their faith and trust in you with their tax dollars.”

He pointed out that looking at ways to save money on things like TDYs, equipment and others can have an effect in the long run. 

“If we start this process now, our young leasers will grow up in this environment.”

Col. Michael Miller,  Air Force Lt. Col. David Rodriguez,  Air Force Lt. Col. Chuck Bowes, Col. Greg Maxton and Col. Christopher Lawson wait for the judges results. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.  

Bowes also discussed an important issue facing the military, the next generation of leaders.

“U.S military leaders must have the cognitive ability to think and make decisions faster than their adversaries,” he said. “Right now, our student achievements may not meet the military’s future needs.” 

He suggested that an increased emphasis on education for gifted and all students could be created that may help this shortfall.

Lawson focused his remarks on the most important resource of the military, the people.

“We have to invest in people, to make them resilient adapted and supported by their family,” he said. “Leadership matters here. They are responsible to provide clarity. They have to know what’s going on with their Soldiers.”  

Maxton wrapped up the contest with a speech on the security threat that Mexican drug cartels pose to America.

“These cartels operate with extreme violence to protect their business,” he said. “We’ve already begun to see this spill over to some of our border states. If they are allowed to expand they will bring with them this violence and threaten our security as a nation.” He said that it’s necessary to work with Mexico to curb these cartels before their violence can spread further.

As the winner, Rodriguez’s name appears on a perpetual trophy for the competition. All participants received items courtesy of the Army War College Foundation.

Participants for the contest are self-nominated and select a topic relevant to the chosen theme.


TRICARE Young Adult enrollment open for coverage as of May 1

   DoD announced today the Tricare Young Adult (TYA) program is now open for enrollment with coverage beginning May 1, 2011

   Military dependents under 26, unmarried, and not eligible for their own employer-sponsored health care coverage may be qualified to purchase TYA, which offers Tricare Standard coverage, for monthly premiums of $186, as long as their sponsor is still eligible for Tricare.  Those eligible for TYA who have been saving receipts since Jan. 1, 2011, in anticipation of the new program, can also pay all premiums back to January to purchase coverage retroactively.

    Beneficiaries can find out where to send their form and payment by filling out the simple profile at http://www.tricare.mil  to get information tailored to their specific location.  Once the initial three-month fee is made, monthly premiums must be paid in advance through automated electronic payment.

   TYA coverage will be offered in phases:

Phase I -- TRICARE Standard/Extra -- May 2011 start date with option for retroactive coverage back to the statutory date of January 1, 2011. Monthly premium is $186.

Phase II -- TRICARE Prime Plans -- October 2011 start date to purchase or switch to a Prime Plan. Monthly premium is $213.

   When the application is processed, Tricare coverage will begin the first day of the following month.  However, since TYA was "fast-tracked" to begin enrollment as soon as systems changes, forms, premiums and other rules governing the program were approved and in place, a short term waiver will allow coverage back to May 1, 2011, as long as enrollment forms and payment are received (not postmarked) by the regional contractor prior to May 31, 2011.

   After getting a welcome letter and enrollment card, dependents and their sponsor should visit uniformed services identification (ID) card issuing facility to obtain a dependent ID card.  This card will identify eligibility for health care, prescriptions and access to military installations for the dependent.  Nearby ID card facilities can be found through a link at http://www.tricare.mil/tya  .

    A Prime benefit will be available later this year.  To get e-alerts on TYA and other Tricare news, sign up at http://www.tricare.mil/subscriptions  .

 A complete telephone list of regional healthcare support contractors can be found at http://www.tricare.mil/tya  .

 For more detail about the program, attached here is the  transcript from the April 11, 2011, TRICARE Young Adult Webinar with Mark Ellis, policy analyst for the TRICARE Young Adult Program: 

 


Cone to assume command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

Lt. Gen. promotable Robert W. Cone, designated as Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, will assume command  Friday, April 29, during a 10:30 a.m. ceremony in Continental Park hosted by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army.

Cone has commanded III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, since September 2009, and served as Deputy Commanding General - Operations, for U.S. Forces, Iraq, in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn during March 2010 to February 2011. He was confirmed by the United States Senate during a vote April 14 to become the new TRADOC commander. Cone will be promoted to the rank of general prior to the assumption of command.

The ceremony is open to the public.


P.J. Crowley, former State Department spokesperson, named General-of-the-Army Omar N. Bradley Chair 

Philip J. “P.J.” Crowley, former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, has been named as the 2011-2012 recipient of the General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership. While in residence at Carlisle, Crowley will conduct classes at the U.S. Army War College, Dickinson College and Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

Crowley served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of State from May 2009 to March of this year.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Crowley was a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, with a particular policy focus on homeland security and combating terrorism in ways that are consistent with the rule of law, and can sustain long-term public support.

Crowley completed a 26-year US Air Force career as a colonel, having served in the Gulf War;  as Special Assistant to the President for national security affairs;  and as Senior Director of Public Affairs for the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration.  During the Kosovo conflict, he worked under Javier Solana, Secretary General of NATO,helping to develop a strategic communication capability to keep American and European publics informed about military operations, and to counteract Serbian government -controlled media coverage against the NATO campaign.

As the General Omar N. Bradley chair, his research and teaching interests will focus on national security policy, public diplomacy, and the impact of the global media environment on conflict, policy and politics.

“I will use current developments such as Guantanamo, WikiLeaks and the unfolding Middle East transformation to discuss how the U.S. deploys military, civilian and economic power in a manner consistent with its values and interests,” Crowley said.

Crowley recently made headlines for comments on the treatment of Pvt. Bradley Manning, who was in pre-trial detention  at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., for allegedly providing classified documents to WikiLeaks. Speaking to an MIT seminar class in March, Crowley referred to conditions as “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid.”

In public comments following his resignation, Crowley called the disclosure of classified information “a serious crime under U.S. law,” but took full responsibility for his remarks and submitted his resignation from the State Dept.  Crowley noted that his comments “were intended to highlight the broader, even strategic impact of discrete actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership. The exercise of power in today's challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values.”

The Omar Bradley Chair is a joint initiative among the U.S. Army War College, Dickinson College and Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs. Its objective is to advance the study of strategic leadership and enhance civilian-military dialogue by offering distinguished individuals the opportunity to contribute to the educational and research activities of the partner institutions. Previous chair-holders include former director of national intelligence and retired United States Navy four-star Admiral Dennis Blair and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Rick Atkinson.


Safely dispose of your unwanted, expired medications April 30

Do you want to dispose of your unwanted or expired medications?

On Saturday, April 30, the Giant Food stores on South Spring Garden in Carlisle, Trindle Road in Camp Hill and Cumberland Parkway in Mechanicsburg will collect expired and unwanted medications as part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s national “Take Back” program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Karns Quality Food store on Centre Road in New Bloomfield is also taking part in the program.

All medication will be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner at no cost to the customer. Customers will not receive refunds. Personal information should be crossed out or removed. No sharps or syringes will be accepted.


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Former Army of the Republic of Vietnam soldier discusses book

For most Americans the long nightmare that was the Vietnam War began in 1964 with the Gulf of Tonkin incident.  For the Vietnamese people the nightmare began in 1945 when the Allied victors of World War II refused to acknowledge Ho Chi Minh’s declaration of Vietnam’s independence from France.  For the Vietnamese people the nightmare wouldn’t be over until the Fall of Saigon 30 years later.

As part of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s Perspectives in Military History series, South Vietnamese Col. Ha Ma Viet presented his book, “Steel and Blood: South Vietnamese Armor and the War for Southeast Asia,” on April 20.

Viet spent 21 years in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, beginning with his graduation from the Reserve Officer School at Thu Duc and the French Armor Branch Training Center, Far East in 1954.  During his time in the Army, Viet commanded armored units at every level from platoon through battalion. 

Viet stated that he wanted to write his book because he wanted to honor his fellow Vietnamese soldiers.

“When I was a boy my father told me that in the future, if you have the opportunity, you should do something that benefits future generations,” said Viet.  “This is why I wrote the book. I wanted to leave my point of view for future generations, and I wanted to honor Vietnamese soldiers whose reputation has been scarred by Communist propaganda.”

Many of the former soldiers that Viet spoke to were reluctant to talk to him because, like American veterans of the war, it is still a very painful subject for many Vietnamese veterans to talk about.

In the west the Vietnam War has largely been portrayed as an American vs. Vietnamese conflict, but as, Viet stressed, the ARVN carried the brunt of the fight both before and after U.S. involvement. 

The other aspect that may come as a shock to many Americans is that many ARVN units viewed their American advisors not as a source of advice but only as a source of firepower, and that if the United States hadn’t withdrawn their fire power, the South Vietnamese Army may have been able to defeat the North Vietnamese Army. 

Viet used the “Easter Offensive” of 1972 as an example, when General Vo Nguyen Giap of the North Vietnamese Army, launched the first all out invasion of South Vietnam.  The purpose of the invasion was not to win the war, said Viet, but to put North Vietnam, who had been faring badly against their ARVN, in a better position to negotiate an end to the war at the Paris Peace Talks. 

Unlike American military officers, who largely stay out of politics while they are in uniform, it was common for ARVN officers to also serve in a political role while still serving in the military. Viet served as the province chief of Quang Tri Province located on the North Central Coast of Vietnam, while serving in the Army.

“When I became province chief, I was in charge of a city without people,” said Viet.  “All I had was a bombed-out city.”  The province had been a principle battleground throughout much of the war, passing back and forth between the North Vietnamese and the South Vietnamese until it finally fell permanently to North Vietnam in March 1975.

One of the first things that Viet did upon becoming province chief was to go to the nearest refugee camp and find people for his city.

“I went to the refugee camp in Da Nang and asked the people to return to the city,” he said.  “Some of them wanted to go south, so I provided transportation for them.  Others came back with me and we rebuilt the city.  We built new houses for families, markets and schools.”

After the fall of Saigon in 1975, Viet was briefly separated from his wife and five children.  After relocating them in a refugee camp, the Viet family immigrated to the United States later that year.

The next Perspectives in Military History lecture, “Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen During King Philip’s War,” will take place on May 18. 

For more information on this and other AHEC upcoming events go to: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/events.cfm.


 

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Army War College continues Jim Thorpe winning streak

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Commandant’s Cup will be staying at the Army War College for another year.  After winning seven of the 17 events in the 36th annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days, Army has, for the seventh year in a row, won the competition with an overall total of 104 points.  Air War College came in second with 82 points, ICAF was third with 78, and the National War College came in last place with 76 points.

After the Army War College was named the winner of Jim Thorpe Sports Day, Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, presents Col. Scott King, AWC Class of 2011 class president, with the Commandant’s Cup.  Netherlands Col. Wilfred Rietdijk, the International Fellows class president, looks on. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.
 

The Jim Thorpe Sports Days competition was held from April 14 to 16, and gathered 420 athletes from the nation’s senior military colleges --150 from the Air War College, 65 from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 60 from the National War College, and 143 from the Army War College to include 32 volunteers – in a test of competitive team spirit and personal fitness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, and Army War College student, Col.  Fred Hannah, bump chests during the opening ceremonies of the Jim Thorpe Sports Day competition held at Carlisle Barracks. The competition featured athletes from the Army War College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Air War College and the National War College. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

 

"Being in the military is like being on a sports team – we’re all athletes, our leaders are our coaches, and we work as a team," said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Army War College commandant.

The heart of JTSD is competition; not only competition between the various colleges to see which one is the best, but competition between the athletes themselves for dominance.

 

Tracy Szcepaniak, a student at the National War College shot the first ever hole-in-one in the history of Jim Thorpe Days.  She did this despite the fact that it was a pouring rain.

Navy Cmdr. Caroline Gaghan, a student at the  Army War College, cross the finish linein the  woman’s 1 mile relay race. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

The winners of the men’s 5-mile race and the woman’s 5K race proved that just because you are in your forty’s does not mean you have to slow down.  Brian Floey a student at the National War College averaged a 5:51 mile to win the race in 27:58.  Lt. Col. Joni Matthews, an AWC student, averaged a 7.37 mile to win the 5K race in 22:43.   To put that into context, to max the run portion of the Army Physical Fitness test an 18 year-old man needs to run it in 13:00, and an 18 year-old woman would need to run the same test in 15:36.

Of course JTSD is not just about competition.  It is also about family and fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This competition is all about having fun, making friends and getting in shape,” said Martin. 

Jim Thorpe Sports Day officially kicked off with a torch relay around Indian Field.  The relay featured Army War College students, representing the five services, international fellows and civilian employees that make up the class of 2011. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

 

Several family friendly activities were available for the competitors and their families to enjoy.  In conjunction with the Month of the Military Child the Carlisle Barracks Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Services offered kid-friendly activities such as a bouncy house, face painting, crafts and pony rides.

An Army batter hits the ball during a softball game between the AWC and the National War College.  The game was played as part of the Jim Thorpe Sports Day competition held annually at the Army War College. Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

The Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club annual duck derby was also another highly-anticipated tradition of the JTSD celebration.  The event which has rubber ducks float down LeTort Springs raises money for charity.  The driving rain and swollen spring forced many of the ducks to float sideways to victory.  “Cinco de Ducky”, Seminar 5’s entry was the over-all winner.

 

 

 

Even a driving rain couldn't keep fans from cheering on their ducks at the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club Duck Derby.  "Cinco de Ducky", Seminar 5's entry, won the race. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

 

As the Jim Thorpe Sports Days ended for another year, Hannah reminded the assembled competitors that they would look upon the days of competition for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travis Stodter, an employee with the Carlisle Barracks Child Development Center, helps kids with their arts-and-crafts projects during the Jim Thorpe Days events.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

 

 

 

 


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Ten years later: Army War College students reflect on changes to Army Reserve

After leading the assembled audience in a chorus of “Happy Birthday Army Reserve,” Col. Greg Martin, senior Army Reserve advisor to the commandant, Maj. Gen. William Waff, commander of the 99thRegional Support Command, and Army War College student, Lt. Col. Vanessa Gattis, cut the birthday cake on April 13, at the LeTort View Community Center. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

 

 

Gone are the “weekend warriors” who put their uniforms on two days a month and a couple of weeks in the summer.  Today’s Army Reserve Soldier has the same demands as an active-duty counterpart, with the additional demands of working at a civilian job or school.

On April 13, members of the Army War College class of 2011 gathered at the LeTort View Community Center to celebrate the 103rd birthday of the Army Reserve, and to reflect on how much it has changed.

“When I joined the Reserve in 1992, we were a strategic reserve that operated with the ‘In case of war, break glass’ mentality.  The mindset of the Soldiers in the Reserve was, it’s a part time job,” said student Lt. Col. Adam Roth.  Prior to coming to the Army War College, Roth served as an Active Guard/Reserve officer with the 844th Engineer Battalion in Knoxville, Tenn.

Roth has spent the majority of his Army career as a Reserve Soldier.  After being commissioned in 1988, he spent four years on active duty before transferring the Reserve force.  For 10 years Roth had a typical Reserve career in which he put on his uniform only for weekend drills and yearly training exercises.

That all changed on Sept. 11, 2001.  A member of Columbia Engine Company #1 in Oceanside, N.Y., Roth spent the days after 9/11 at Ground Zero. 

“After having come up from underneath what was left of Tower 2, I realized that I needed to be back in uniform,” said Roth.  An Army reservist with the 411th Engineer Brigade at the time, he was quickly mobilized and served in New York, Fort Leonard Wood and the Pentagon.  In August 2002, Roth switched to the Active Guard/Reserve and has been on continuous active duty since then. 

As an AGR member he has served in various locations throughout the United States and deployed to Iraq twice.

 “The Army Reserve Soldiers of today joined the Army Reserve fully knowing that they might be going to war,” said Roth.  “Today, Army Reserve Soldiers can expect the potential of mobilization once every five years."

After Sept. 11, the mission of the Army had changed.  The role of the Army Reserve had transformed. 

“The Reserve has changed for the better,” said Col. Greg Martin, senior Army Reserve advisor to the commandant.  “Before the realignment to a more operational force we were not so good.  Now there is no difference between what the Reserve and the active duty force is capable of doing.”

Lt. Col. Joyce Junior, student and Reserve officer with the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Fort Belvoir, Va., is a “traditional reservist” who balances a civilian job along with the demands of a military career. 

“While this is in theory a part-time job, as a commander I usually spend about 40 hours a week dealing with the various issues of command,” said Junior.  “As the commander of the 942nd Quartermaster Detachment I had to make sure that all the Soldiers were current on basic soldiering skills such as physical fitness, marksmanship and medical readiness.  I also had to make sure that their civilian employers had been provided with a copy of their deployment orders as well as a memorandum notifying them that that their employees would be gone for 12 to 18 months,” said Junior.  Unlike their active duty counterparts, the majority of the Reserve force Soldier’s training is done during their drill weekend.

The biggest challenge the Army Reserve will face in the continuing decades is balancing the challenges of multiple deployments while providing the citizen Soldiers with some semblance of a civilian career, Roth said. 

“If we are to continue having an operational Reserve force we need to have predictability,” said Martin.  “We owe it to the Soldiers, their families and also their employers to let them know how often they will be taken away from their civilian jobs to do their military job.”

“The Army Reserve has fundamentally changed from ten years ago,” said Roth.  “It has contributed in so many ways to our overall efforts in the long war.  It cannot go back to the way it was.”


Suzanne Reynolds, Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

More than a sports event – Jim Thorpe Sports Days celebrate fun, fitness, friendship

See scores and photos on the USAWC Facebook page

View the Pep Rally video here

Clausewitz is great – but what’s better than playing sports and partying afterward?  Competition and camaraderie are the buzz words for the athletes, fans, families of the Jim Thorpe Sports Days.

 Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Commandant, USAWC, hoists the Commanders Cup trophy during a pep rally held in Bliss Hall March 30.  The Army War College has won Jim Thorpe Sports Days every year since 2005.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

The 36th annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days, April 14-16, gathers 420 athletes from the nation’s senior military colleges --150 from the Air War College, 65 from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 60 from the National War College, and 143 from the Army War College to include 32 volunteers – in a test of competitive team spirit and personal fitness.

"Being in the military is like being on a sports team – we’re all athletes, our leaders are our coaches, and we work as a team," said Commandant Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin as he reminded the athletes to follow APFRI guidelines:  “Stretch, then crush the competition.” 

The opening ceremony is Friday, April 15 at 1 p.m. on Carlisle Barracks’ historic Indian Field, where Jim Thorpe and others once displayed the teamwork, discipline and physical fitness that inspires the athletic games at Carlisle.  Special guests this year will include Jim Thorpe’s grandson, John Thorpe, and George Yuda, from Carlisle, whose dad Montreville ‘Speed’ Yuda played baseball with Jim Thorpe’s. Both men have brought good fortune to the team for several years, and this year they will present the overall trophy, the coveted Commandants Cup.                     

The colorful ceremony will include the Joint Service Color Guard from the 3rd Infantry Regiment in Washington, D.C.; music from the West Point band;  a 13-gun salute from the 108th Field Artillery Battalion of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard; an Olympic-style walk-on with the athletes of every school; the National Anthem sung by Rebecca Aclin, daughter of Professor John Aclin; DNSS, Flyover-C-5 Galaxy from the 326th Airlift Squadron, 512th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Del.; Welcome remarks by USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, a torch relay lap around the track, and lighting of the cauldron.

In commemoration of Civil War 150, three cavalrymen from the 1st Pa. Volunteer Cavalry Detachment will deliver batons for the relay race.

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Immediately following the torch lighting, the men's two-mile relay and the women's one-mile relay team competition on the Indian Field track will begin.The competition schedule starts the previous afternoon, Thursday, for softball, basketball and soccer.

 

Members of the men's running team practice for Jim Thorpe Sports Day during their lunch break.  The men's running team is the defending champion of the 5K relay event. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

 

All of this year’s sports events and opening ceremony are free and open to the public.  Sports events include the women’s one-mile relay and 5K run, men’s two-mile relay and five-mile run, men’s and women’s bowling and golf, racquetball, cycling, soccer, trap and skeet, softball, basketball,volleyball and tennis.  Check out the schedules and maps -- Monitor facebook for updates and scores throughout the games at www.facebook.com/usawc

 

 

 

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The games are a prime link for visiting schools to the famous Army Physical Fitness Research Institute. Back by popular demand, APFRI has scheduled its 3rd annual Jim Thorpe Health & Fitness Symposium, April 14 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in Bliss Hall.  

APFRI is the nexus of leadership, health and fitness – and shares current insights about enhancing the performance of the athlete. Two topics will be relevant to officers, guests and families long after Army wins the cup:   Durable Athletic Performance & Military Physical Training, offered by Robert Stanley, the APFRI executive fitness program health fitness instructor, and Fueling for Performance & Health with Nancy Clark.

Meet a few of the USAWC Class of 2011 Athletes

Participating in three events Lt. Col. Mark Deschenes, an Army Engineer, believes that you have to have a competitive spirit to do this.  "The opportunities don't present themselves as frequently as when we were younger officers," he said.  "It's a great way to stay in shape.  Team sports are a great way to motivate you and have fun."
Deschenes is participating in soccer, the 800-meter relay and 5-mile run, and cycling.  His favorite sport is soccer which he played in high school and then played rugby in college.  "Soccer combines so many different things--it's a team sport and much more competitive than cycling or running where you are on your own competing against the clock," he said.  Deschenes feels that JTSD fosters competiveness between the senior service colleges, along with friendship and social connections.
 
Basketball teammates Lt. Col. Sam Cook, U.S. Marine and Lt. Col. Troy Molendyke, U.S. Air Force, have been practicing since November, playing on intramural teams and the Carlisle Barracks' team.  Sam and I play well together," said Molendyke.  "As a very well coached player, Sam knows what to do." 
Cook played basketball at the Naval Academy and in high school.  In fact, the Carlisle Barracks Command Sergeant Major Robert Blakey and Lt. Col. Cook played against each other on arch rival high school teams in Virginia.  "It was quite a good shock to see him again after over 20 years since we had played each other," said Cook.
Molendyke played basketball at the Air Force Academy and in high school in Oregon where he was player of the year.  In 2000 Molendyke was the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Male Athlete of the Year.  He also played semi-pro basketball in the Netherlands.
"Troy is remarkable," said Cook. "He changed high schools three or four times and made the team every time."
Both men agreed that the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute played an important part in their conditioning.  "APFRI helped me to achieve my goal," said Cook.  "The personal trainor designed a work out program for me for general fitness and to help maintain and increase stamina."  "APFRI refocused me on eating better and taking better care of myself," said Molendyke. 
They both feel the Army War College has an excellent chance to win, and they want everyone to come out and support the team.

Enjoy

Jim Thorpe Sports Days is a family event; geo-bachelors will find this the perfect weekend for a family visit.  Plenty of kid-friendly activities will serve as reminder that April is the Month of the Military Child. Family and MWR Services here many activities such as bouncy house, face painting, crafts and pony rides to channel the kids' energy and enthusiasm.  The activities will be offered on April 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the field across from the Tiki Bar.

The place to be after the sports days will be the Tiki Bar, located behind the LeTort View Community Center, next to the pool.  On April 15, the Tiki Bar will hold its grand re-opening for the season with a party.  The band, “Second Time Thru” will provide live music for the event which runs from 4-10 p.m.

Two popular traditions of the Jim Thorpe Sports Days will welcome the whole community: the buffet dinner April 15 which starts at 6 p.m. at the LVCC, and the Closing Ceremonies Bar-B-Que on April 16 starting at noon on Indian Field. Tickets for each event are $12 in advance and $14 at the door.  Tickets for children age 6-15 are $6; children under 5 eat for free.  Buy tickets in advance at the Joint Deli in Root Hall, the Root Hall Gym Sports Office and at the Thorpe Hall Gym Desk.

The Carlisle Barracks Child Development Center is offering Parents' Night Out child care  on April 15 from 6 to 11 p.m.  The cost is $30 for the first child and $20 for each additional child.  Payments must be made at the time of registration, and registration is due by April 8.  You must be a registered CYSS member to participate in this program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC public affairs

Military Archbishop makes first visit to Carlisle Barracks

Three years ago Archbishop Timothy Broglio was named the head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, which oversees the Roman Catholic Church’s pastoral and spiritual services to those serving in the U.S. armed forces.  Earlier this week he visited Carlisle Barracks for the first time.

Col. James Scudieri, his son Anthony, and wife Yon, talk with Archbishop Timothy Broglio after Mass.  Archbishop Broglio, the head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, was at Carlisle Barracks to preside over a confirmation Mass for 15 children.

He presided at the confirmation of 15 children in the Catholic congregation of Memorial Chapel, on post.

"We thought it would be a good idea for him to come here to gain an understanding of what the Army War College does, said Chap. (Col.) Gregory D’Emma, installation chaplain. "The confirmation Mass was taking place so it was easy to coordinate the two events together," he noted.

During his visit, Broglio celebrated Mass each day, visited the Army Physical Fitness Research Center, received a tour of Carlisle Barracks and visited the Army Heritage and Education Center.

“The Archbishop was duly impressed with the caliber of people here and the school,” said D’Emma.

While touring the Army Heritage and Education Center, Archbishop Broglio was able to get a behind the scenes look into “the stacks” where historical documents, books and photos are kept for safe keeping.

 

Broglio spent the majority of his career as a papal diplomat. Although he's never served in the armed forces, he has encountered members of the U.S. military in the various countries that he has served in.  His personal goal as leader of the archdiocese is to increase the number of Catholic chaplains serving in the military, he said.

Three hundred Catholic chaplains serve 66,000 service-members who self-identify as Catholic.


 The ROCKS Annual Scholarship Program

  The Major General Charles C. Rogers Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc. is currently accepting applications for the 2010-2011 academic year Major General Charles C. Rogers Achievement Scholarship. 
 
  The deadline for submission is April 30, 2011.  Two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded. 
 
  The purpose of the scholarship is to provide recognition, inspiration and encouragement to aspiring students who are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree.
 
  Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  –Must be a current college student or graduating high school senior
  –Must demonstrate a minimum overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher
  –Plan to pursue/pursuing undergraduate study at a college or career/technical institute
  –Provide three letters of recommendation (i.e., teacher, coach, Pastor, etc.—one must be a teacher)
 
The MG Charles C. Rogers Chapter will present scholarships in May 2011.
 
APPLICANTS MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIP
 
MG CHARLES C. ROGERS CHAPTER

  The ROCKS, Inc. is a non-profit [501c(3)] organization comprised of active duty, reserve, retired and former commissioned officers of the U.S. Armed Forces, widows and widowers of deceased members, and other uniformed services.  The organization was formed to provide professional and social interaction/development to strengthen the officer corps.

  Mission:  As a non-profit service organization, our mission is to ensure military officers are afforded the maximum opportunity to excel as professional career or non-career officers and achieve the highest rank and position consistent with their potential from the time of commissioning through transitioning from the services.

  The MG Charles C. Rogers Chapter (Carlisle Barracks Chapter) was formed in 2000 with the mission of providing mentorship, professional networking and sharing.

 
U.S. Army War College
ATTN:  Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 129
Carlisle, PA 17013
Email:  jeffrey.fletcher@us.army.mil

Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Scholarship Program
 
Applications will be accepted up until May 2, 2011. This $1,000 award is presented annually to a Carlisle Barracks/Cumberland Valley AUSA Chapter member or to a Chapter member’s child.
 
Criteria for the scholarship are as follows:
 
1. The applicant must be a member of CB/CV AUSA Chapter, or be the child of a member of the Chapter.
 
2. The applicant must be a high school senior or undergraduate freshman accepted in a college or university in a four-year program leading to an undergraduate degree.  Scholarship will be awarded contingent upon acceptance.
 
3. The applicant must complete and return the enclosed application together with the three specified attachments no later than May 2, 2011Application Form
 
Additional applications are available from Edward Filiberti, (717) 245-3715 also at Edward.Filiberti@us.army.mil. Questions can also be referred to him.
 
The Chapter Board will convene a scholarship panel composed of AUSA members in good standing, who will review the applications and recommend a primary and an alternate recipient. Final approval will rest with the Board. The selections will be based upon demonstrated leadership qualities, academic qualifications and demonstrated potential using objective criteria and the subjective judgment of the panel and Board.  The goal is the selection of a well-rounded individual who combines academic excellence with leadership qualities who has high potential as a future civic or military leader.
 
Although one $1000 scholarship will be awarded; other applicants may be recommended for an award by the Panel and voted on by the AUSA Chapter Board.  Last year, four other scholarships for $250 each were also awarded in addition to the $1000 scholarship.
 
Applications should be submitted to Edward J. Filiberti at USAWC Box 408, or mailed to: Prof Edward J. Filiberti, 1112 Oak Street, Carlisle, PA 17013

Gen. Dempsey Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony remarks

April 11, 2011 -- I noticed the groom’s side  is a lot quieter than the bride’s  side over here. Let’s see if we can pick it up a notch. Thank you all for being here today to welcome the Dempsey family back to Washington DC.

I do want to start by saying how much Deanie and I regret that George and Sheila Casey are not here today with us. The 36th Chief of Staff and Sheila have been mentors, role models, and friends to us. As you all know, the Casey’s are fighting through a very deep tragic personal loss. But it won’ t surprise you to know that the way in which they are fighting through it is as inspirational as the way in which they have led our Army with great strength, with great dignity and with great resolve. As my first official act as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, I applaud and celebrate the service of George and Sheila Casey. Through their 41 years of service, they have ensured that our Army remained the most capable fighting force on the planet. God Bless them.

Thanks to all of you who planned, rehearsed, reorganized, planned again, scaled up, scaled back, re-planned, rehearsed, reorganized and finally executed this ceremony today. If that’s not an example of an adaptive Army, what is? Let’s give the people who put this thing together a round of applause.

I am always inspired by the sight on the field of the famous 3rd Infantry Regiment the Old Guard. And I’d like to dispel any rumors right from the beginning of my tenure that I intend to rename it Dempsey’s own. At least not for now.

I want to note that this is the fourth ceremony at which our esteemed Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates, has been present as I have either taken or relinquished command. Now I’m not sure what it means that I’ve changed jobs four times, and that in that time, you’ve remained in one job. It seems that one of us can’t hold a job and the other can’t seem to shake his! What I do know is that the Nation is blessed by your service, and I am excited to be back among your circle of advisors. I feel the same kinship and loyalty to our Secretary of the Army, John McHugh. Challenging times require tireless, dedicated and visionary leaders, and Secretary McHugh is every bit of that and more. Mr. Secretary, I’m  proud to be on your team.

I want to give a shout out to that rough looking bunch over there are my classmates of the Class of 1974 from West Point. 

That explains why they were noisy here. Almost 40 years ago, we chose as our class motto “Pride of the Corps,” and in doing so, we set a very high standard for ourselves in the service of our country. I just couldn’t be more proud of what our class has accomplished. We are business, medical, academic, governmental and military leaders. We care about America. Your presence here today is a testament to your love and support of our Army and its Soldiers. Well done Class of 74. But I do want to encourage my security detail to keep an eye on them since they are children of the 60’s and have a reputation as a rather mischievous bunch.

I note with great joy the presence here today of many of our international friends and partners. I’ll mention two in particular: General Sir Peter Wall, my counterpart from Great Britain, and General Babakir al Zabari, my counterpart from Iraq. Thank all of our international partners for what you do to help us promote our common interests.

As I stood at the shelter behind us preparing for the ceremony, I saw a parade of former and current mentors. I saw friends and colleagues. I can’t possibly mention them all, but I will tell you this: I am very well aware that it is on your shoulders that I stand here today. So thank you all for what you’ve done.

To the members of my family, especially the kids: Chris, Julie, Megan, Kory, Caity and Shane, who is currently deployed in Africa, and to the grandkids: Kayla, MacKenna, Luke and several players to be named later, thank you for your love and support through the years and for celebrating this day with us. I think the Army is especially blessed by its new First Lady, Deanie, and I’ll have more to say about that in just a moment.

You know, events such as these seem to me to be best captured in images, not necessarily words. I imagine my Grandmother Bridget, a 16 year old Irish immigrant, widowed mother of three in her early 40’s, janitress of a small public school in Bayonne, New Jersey. I imagine her bragging to Saint Peter that her oldest grandchild is the Chief of Staff of the United States Army. I have no doubt she’s up there doing that. I imagine my mother Sarah, who’s seated down here, the unassuming and saintly matriarch of the Dempsey family, quietly remembering that were it not for her insistence, I would never have gone to West Point in that tumultuous summer of 1970. I imagine what it must have been like for my father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tom and Marge Sullivan, who are also here with us, to give their daughter to a young, idealistic Calvary Officer headed off to Cold War Europe. By the way, they joined us here today despite the fact that my father-in-law is in the middle of cancer treatments. Now that’s Army Strong!

I now have new images in my life. Each morning in our quarters I walk past the images of my predecessors as Chief of Staff: Pershing, MacArthur, Marshall, Eisenhower, Abrams, Sullivan, Shinseki. I step out on my porch and I see the symbols of our nation: the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Capitol. And then on the way to the Pentagon I drive past row after row after row of those who have fallen in the service of our nation, including hundreds who have fallen while under my command in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These images are almost overwhelming. I say almost because I know that inside this great Army are hundreds of thousands of Soldiers, Leaders and Families -  Active, Guard and Reserve -  on whom I can always rely to do what’s right. I say almost overwhelming because I am joining a team of Joint Chiefs who are equally dedicated to protecting America and promoting our values. I say almost overwhelming because we are teamed with scores of dedicated civilians who share a passion for the nation and for its Army.

You know, sometimes life is just about starting a journey based on faith. I have faith that we have a team that will figure “it” out, whatever “it” becomes. To paraphrase one of our great poets, Maya Angelou, “I have many rainbows in my clouds of doubt.”

To my high school sweetheart Deanie, the most beautiful and beaming rainbow in my life, thank you for accepting yet another adventure. I know I asked you to stick with me just through Battalion Command, but I think we both knew that walking away from the Army that we both love was never really in the cards as long as the Army still wanted us around. I look forward to sharing this experience with you over the next four years. To the care of your three kids, your three grandkids, and one really maintenance-heavy husband, I now add about three million Soldiers and Family members for you to be concerned about. And I have absolutely no doubt you’ ll live up to that task.

Now as an Irishman, I tend to be a little superstitious. I know that surprises some of you. So I often research the history of the date on which I am about to give some remarks.

On this day in 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated his throne and was subsequently banished to the Isle of Elba. On this date in 1951, President Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his command of U.S. Forces in Korea. On April 11 1962, the New York Mets lost their inaugural baseball game and went on to lose 120 games out of 160. Sorry, Pop. I am hoping that I can turn the tide on this April 11th thing.

You should know that I’ve always considered service in the Army a privilege. And that privilege is even more pronounced and more evident when our very way of life has been challenged as it has been these past ten years. I stand before you today with confidence that whatever challenges confront us in the future, your Army will respond with the same courage and resolve with which it has responded over the past 235 years.

Today, our Army is in transition. This is certainly not a new phenomenon for us. We are always in transition. However, this particular transition is somewhat unique in that we have persevered through a decade of war with an all-volunteer Force. That’s an incredible testament to America’s Soldiers and their Families. Their resilience, their courage, and their dedication to the mission are inspirational. I, for one, several years ago, had some doubts about whether we could persevere this long with an all-volunteer Force. And there’s a lesson in this for me and for you. Never underestimate the patriotism and willingness to sacrifice of this new greatest generation. They will carry us forward into the future as their predecessors have so honorably in the past. I’m humbled by their sacrifices; I’m inspired by their willingness to serve in time of war; and I’m encouraged that we have a solid foundation on which to build as we prepare our Army for future challenges.

You know, their expectations of us senior leaders are as simple as they are profound: they trust that we will provide them the resources they need to succeed in the fights in which they find themselves currently engaged. And they trust that we will have the wisdom and resolve to prepare them for the future challenges that they know surely await them.

Now, to chart a path for America’s Army that preserves and builds upon our legacy, we must center our sights on who we are as an Army. Therefore, I’d like to share just a few themes that the Secretary of the Army and I have discussed on this first day of my tenure as the Chief of Staff.

We will provide whatever it takes to achieve our objectives in the current fight. We will win in an increasingly competitive learning environment. That’s the domain in which we must prevail. We will develop a shared vision of our Army of 2020. We will design units and prepare Soldiers and Leaders to overmatch their adversaries. We will master our fundamentals and develop deep global expertise. We’ ll change. Change is inevitable, but when we change, we’ll change to contribute to the versatility and relevance of the nation’s military instrument of power. We’ll maintain a reputation as good stewards of America’s resources. We’ll remain connected to America. And we’ll succeed in all of that because we’ll  reconnect, engage, empower and hold our leaders accountable.

Now between now and the Army birthday, I will engage our Army’s senior military and civilian leaders, my fellow Service Chiefs and the Combatant Commanders and then publish a document that charts our way ahead, including a portfolio of initiatives intended to deliver on the themes I’ve just mentioned. I look forward to the collaboration and the dialogue.

Now many of you know we’re involved in a campaign this year to examine ourselves as a profession. Related to that and one of the early insights of this campaign of study, is that I want to highlight an important quality, not necessarily a quality that is unique to the military, but a quality that must define us as a profession. That quality is trust. Trust between leader and led. Trust among Soldiers, leaders, Families, our wounded and our Veterans. Trust between those of us in uniform and the elected leaders whom we serve. Trust among us and our partners. Trust among the Active, and Reserve components of our Army. Trust between this institution and the American people.

My commitment and expectation of this great Army is that we will work on strengthening the bond of trust among those with whom we work, among whom we support, and among those who march with us into battle. On that foundation of trust, we will overcome any challenge that we confront in the future.

Thanks again for being here today. I’ll end by quoting Benjamin Franklin. Ben Franklin said, “Well done is better than well said.”  So beginning right now, I’ll get to work to deliver on some of these promises. God Bless America, and it’s Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their Families. Thank you very much. Army Strong!


Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club outreach benefits IF Conversation and Culture Program

 

International Fellows' Conversation and Culture Program receives outreach check from the CBks Spouses' Club, Apr 13, LVCC.

Pictured left to right--Umran Gor from Turkey, Aneliya Petrova Hristov from Bulgaria, Kim Cale, Spouses' Club President, and Wendy Mitchell, Spouses' Club Outreach Chairperson.

Photo by Suzanne Reynolds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A $500 check was presented to the International Fellows' Conversation and Culture Program on Wednesday, April 13, at the LVCC. 

The program assists international spouses adjust both socially and culturally to the Carlisle Community and the U.S. Army War College.  Accepting the check were Umran Gor from Turkey and Aneliya Petrova Hristov from Bulgaria.


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Dental Clinic replaces aging equipment, adds patient capacity

A patient relaxes in one of the new dentist chairs, as his dentist examines his teeth.

Visitors to the Carlisle Barracks dental clinic will notice that the operational areas of the clinic have a whole new look.  Thanks to a federal government stimulus package, the dental clinic was able to buy new dental chairs, replace the dental treatment units and get new lighting at each station. 

“This new equipment will allow the dentists and technicians to better serve their clients because the old equipment was past its age limit,” said Jason Bowden, senior enlisted advisor at the dental clinic.

During the renovation, the clinic was also able to reorganize and better utilize their existing space which allowed them to add another dental chair, which increased their capacity to ten. 

 

New dental treatment units are part of the improvements made at the Carlisle Barracks dental clinic.


Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
Dempsey lays out themes for tenure as Army Chief

To view the ceremony go here

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2011 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates wanted an Army chief of staff willing to challenge the status quo, and he believes he has one in Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.

Dempsey succeeded Gen. George W. Casey Jr. as the Army chief of staff during a ceremony at Fort Myer, Va., today. Due to a family tragedy, Casey and his family did not attend the event.

“Whatever challenges confront us in the future, your Army will respond with the same courage and resolve with which it has responded over the past 235 years,” Dempsey said.

Gates extolled the new chief of staff saying that he was impressed with Dempsey’s “keen mind, strategic vision, quiet confidence and the energy he brings to every assignment.”

Dempsey served as the commander of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad in 2003. He then helped put in place the Iraqi army and police. He served as the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command and stepped in as acting commander when Navy Adm. William Fallon resigned.

“While serving as acting Centcom commander, General Dempsey reorganized the headquarters, published new theater strategy and campaign plans, all the while managing the rotations and deployments of tens of thousands of troops throughout his command’s [area of responsibility],” Gates said.
He moved to the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command where he “spread the gospel of adaptation in a world, where, as he is fond of saying: ‘Uncertainty is the only certainty in life in this century,’” the secretary said. “He has pushed the Army to become more versatile and decentralized, and overhauled its approach to war-fighting, publishing a new capstone concept that elevates adaptation to an institutional imperative.”

Today the Army is in transition, which is not a new phenomenon, Dempsey said in his remarks. The Army is always in transition, but this one is unique because the Army is entering its 10th year of war with an all-volunteer force. The general called that an “incredible testament to America’s soldiers and their families.”

The way ahead will be tough and the service must “center its sights on who we are as an Army.”

Dempsey spoke about themes important to him and the service moving forward. “We will provide whatever it takes to achieve our objectives in the current fight,” he said. “We will win in an increasingly competitive learning environment -- that’s the domain in which we must prevail.”

The service must develop a shared vision of the Army in 2020. “We will design units and prepare leaders to over match their adversaries,” he said. “We will master our fundamentals and develop deep global expertise.”

He said the Army will continue to change, but that the service will change only when it contributes to the versatility and relevance of the nation’s military instrument of power.

In an era of constraint, the Army must maintain a reputation as a good steward of America’s resources. “We will remain connected to America, and we will succeed in all of that because we will re-connect, engage, empower and hold our leaders accountable,” he said.

Between now and June 14, the Army Birthday, Dempsey said he will engage the senior military and civilian leaders of all services. He will publish “a document that charts our way ahead including a portfolio of initiatives that chart our way ahead to deliver on the themes.”

Trust is the heart of the military, the general said. “My commitment and expectation to this great Army is that we will work on strengthening the bond of trust among those with whom we work, among whom we support and among those who march with us into battle,” he said. “On the foundation of trust we will overcome any challenge we confront in the future.”


April is alcohol abuse awareness month

Army Substance Abuse Program: 245-4576.

Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drug in the United States (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Americans drink alcohol for a number of reasons including relieving stress, celebrating milestones, and relaxing with family and friends. Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and encourage people to make healthy, safe choices. During this month, take time to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

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Carlisle Barracks, eight other commands win quality of life awards

 

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 8, 2011) -- Nine teams and garrisons from Korea to Maryland have earned recognition in the 2010 Secretary of the Army Quality of Life awards.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh has signed certificates which will be presented this month to recognize individuals, commands, and team efforts in improving Soldier and Family Quality of Life.

SUPERIOR QOL AWARDS

Three garrisons won Superior Quality of Life Awards for initiatives that officials said could be emulated by installations and commands world-wide: Discounted activities for families of deployed Soldiers, a customer feedback program and a mass transit partnership.

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, earned the Superior Quality of Life Award for a large unit or installation for developing the "Blue Star Card," which provides discounted and free services to help keep family members engaged and entertained throughout their Soldier's deployment.

The Blue Star Card program has significantly helped ease deployment stress and anxiety for deployed Soldiers and waiting families, officials said.

U.S. Army Garrison, Yongsan, Korea earned the Superior Quality of Life Award for a medium-sized unit or installation for implementing an aggressive action plan and employing best practices to increase the community's use of their 'Voice of the Customer' feedback program.

These efforts have provided the Yongsan community with standardized, effective and efficient services, facilities and infrastructure, which have improved the quality of life for servicemembers, civilians and families, officials said.

U.S. Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey, Calif., earned the Superior Quality of Life Award for a small unit or installation for successfully teaming with a local mass transportation company under the Mass Transportation Benefit Program and the Transportation Incentive Program. The garrison addressed customer requirements, alleviated parking constraints, reduced pollution and traffic congestion, helped preserve the environment, expanded transportation alternatives and created a safer, more cost-effective mode of transportation for their community.

COMMAND TEAM AWARD

U.S. Army Garrison Command Team at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., earned The Command Team Quality of Life Award for demonstrating personal involvement in initiating quality of life improvements within their command. The garrison's command team engaged in a myriad of unique strategies to make their private housing partner part of the "Garrison Team," and committed to an unprecedented level of customer service.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Command Team earned a Special Recognition award for demonstrating exceptional resiliency after a tornado struck the installation on New Year's Eve, destroying 47 homes and damaging 97 others. Their extreme focus and expedient recovery operations enabled continuation of their mission and put their facilities back to pre-storm status within the year, with no disruptions in scheduled training cycles for between 80,000 and 90,000 students.

BEST PRACTICES

Army Community Service and Directorate of Human Resources, 1st Infantry Division and U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Riley, Kan., earned the Best Practices Award presented to an installation, command or group that has demonstrated the ability to develop "best practices" to improve Soldiers' and their family members' quality of life for establishing the Resilient Spouse Academy, a unique program which focuses on family members' resilience.

The Resilient Spouse Academy has provided the community a network of trained, prepared and motivated spouses with the ability to identify Soldiers and families at risk and assist them in locating the support they need.

QOL PARTNERSHIP AWARD

The Meade Alliance, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort George G. Meade, Md., earned the Quality of Life Partnership Award presented to new or exciting partnerships that have improved Soldier or Family quality-of-life programs.

The installation partnered with a consortium of more than 250 local businesses, universities and private organizations, to include the United Service Organization - to entirely furnish and outfit a new Soldier and Family Assistance Center. This dynamic partnership enabled the community to positively impact the lives of their 200 Warriors in Transition and their family members in less than 12 months, without cost to the U.S. Government.

COMMUNICATION AWARD

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marketing Team, U.S. Army Garrison, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, earned the Quality of Life Award for Communication Excellence presented to individuals or commands that have employed new or unique communication efforts for creating "Eddie the Eagle" and successfully marketing, promoting and generating interest in Family and MWR programs and services.

"Eddie the Eagle" is a highly successful branding technique which embodies the Family and MWR mission and goals and significantly supports the garrison's mission of providing high-quality programs to Soldiers and families.

HONORABLE MENTION

The 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 192nd Infantry Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga., earned the Quality of Life Honorable Mention Communication award for developing unique and creative communication abilities with families of Initial Entry Training Soldiers. The battalion's success in employing traditional and non-traditional communication techniques has built a lasting community network which has significantly improved Soldier and family quality of life, officials said.

METHODOLOGY

This year's competition was open to all Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands, Direct Reporting Units, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Units.

The awards were progressive in nature, with recognition being given at local, region and headquarters levels. Finalists from each of the command headquarter levels were forwarded to the Department of the Army level selection panel Feb. 1.

A panel of 10 judges from across the Secretariat and Army Staff reviewed and independently ranked each nomination. Panel members assembled Feb. 9, discussed each nomination, averaged their scores and determined winning nominations. The nominations were forwarded to the secretary of the Army for confirmation.

The awards are scheduled to be presented during the Association of the United States Army Installation Symposium in San Antonio, by Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal, April 19.


 

 Carlisle Barracks kids hunt Easter Eggs

 

The Easter Bunny stopped at Carlisle Barracks a few weeks early to  hand out candy to post children before they embarked on the Easter Egg Hunt held at the Moore Child Development Center on April 9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mother helps her child put Easter Eggs in the basket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A child pauses to wonder what is inside her egg during the Easter Egg Hunt at the CDC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A family opens their eggs after the Easter Egg Hunt held at the Moore CDC on April 9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

The Civil War at 150

 

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

The Civil War at 150

During the third weekend of May the bark of musket guns and the thundering of the Napoleon 12-pounder cannon will once again reverberate in Carlisle as Union and Confederate Soldiers, meet on the battlefield.  They will meet at the Army Heritage and Education Center as part of the Army Heritage Days on May 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year marks the 150thanniversary of the start of the deadliest conflict in U.S. history, a conflict that saw 620,000 military casualties.  Ten percent of all Union Soldiers between the age of 20 and 45 and 30 percent of Confederate Soldiers between the ages 18 and 40, died.

To commemorate this event, the Army Heritage and Education Center, along with the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, will be “leading the charge” in kicking-off events and activities that commemorate Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War. 

The first event commemorating the “War Between the States,” will be an exhibit at the USAHEC Visitor and Education center entitled, “A Great Civil War, 1861: The Union Dissolved,” that will open on May 14.  This exhibit will be the first in a series of four exhibits covering the full spectrum of the U.S. Civil War over the next five years. 

Display cases that will soon hold Civil War artifacts are moved into position in Ridgeway Hall at the Visitor and Education Center at the Army Heritage and Education Center. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

 

The exhibit will include displays on not just the infantry and artillery, but also on the newly formed signal corps, where Civil War Soldiers used the art of “wig-wagging” or semaphore to relay messages.  There will also be a field surgical tent complete with flies, as well as displays of general camp scenes.

The Army Heritage Days will also feature the:

  • Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show -The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in association with the Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Committee created a traveling exhibit that conveys the story of Pennsylvania's role in the Civil War. The exhibit is contained in an expandable 44-foot tractor-trailer and will be set up on the USAHEC grounds during the weekend. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to learn more about Civil War Soldier's stories and the impact of the war on the lives of Pennsylvanians.
  • A photograph exhibit entitled, “Understanding war through imagery: The Civil War in American memory.” This exhibit will be the focal point of a conference that will be held on June 25 and 26.
  • Union and Confederate Artillery -Re-enactors portraying Union and Confederate Soldiers will operate several cannons over the course of the weekend. Several of the pieces on display will be original to the period, with one Confederate piece dating to 1861.

The Army Heritage Day’s events will feature more than just the Civil War.  Several hundred re-enactors covering all periods of Army history will occupy the Army Heritage Trail over the weekend, turning the static displays into living interactions with history. 

Events include:

  • Army Equipment -JLG from McConnelsburg, PA and BAE Systems, from York, PA, will provide large equipment currently used by the United States Army. This year's vehicles will include a M109A6 Paladin (self-propelled howitzer), a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored fighting vehicle and an Atlas, fork lift-type vehicle.
  • "Swing Into Victory"- a three-part educational/entertainment program sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the USAHEC, the Cumberland County Historical Society and Allenberry Playhouse, through a tourism grant from the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau. The program is a getaway weekend package of WWII era entertainment and lectures on historical topics that includes a performance of the band "Swing Fever" and period dancers at the USAHEC's new Visitor and Education Center on Saturday afternoon.  

Another aspect of the exhibits that will be featured at the Army Heritage Days is that the display areas are both environmentally friendly and they protect the artifact.

“The display cases are all fitted with an inferred sensor that will turn the lights on or off, depending on whether people are nearby,” said John Leighow, the director of the Army Heritage Museum.

One of the most important things for any museum is preserving their artifacts.  “If the relative humidity gets above 65 or 70 percent mold starts to grow, and once you get mold you have a big problem.  If the humidity gets below 45 percent or so, wood can start cracking.  So it is important that the artifacts remain in a controlled environment,” said Leighow.  To protect the Civil War artifacts AHEC uses desiccant or silicon jell packets in the bottom of their display cases to keep the humidity at a constant.

Of course the other reason the exhibits are largely kept in display cases is so people don’t touch them.  “I don’t care how well trained you are, people can’t resist touching things,” said Leighow.

To find out more email CARL_AHEC-VES@conus.army.milor call 717-245-3641.

For update on these and other USAHEC events visit their website at: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/index.cfm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Celebrating Month of the Military Child, Raising Strong Kids Year Round

The Army first observed the Month of the Military Child in 1986, to honor the youngest members of the Army community.  As we celebrate it again this month, 25 years later and in the 10thyear of ongoing conflict, recognition of the sacrifices and strength of our military children is more vital than ever.

The life of military children has always had its challenges, foremost among them being frequent relocations. Every time Families move, children have to make new friends, get used to new schools, and find new clubs and teams to join. A lot of military children take these changes in stride and some even thrive on them, but it is hard—kids have to rebuild their world every time and find their place in it.

Now, in this time of persistent conflict, the challenges are compounded—they are more serious and affect more Families. About 1.8 million children have a parent currently serving in the military. Since 2001, an estimated 900,000 children have had one or both parents deploy multiple times. Our children are dealing with long and repeated separations from their parents. They are dealing with the happy but disruptive time when their parents come home and the family has to regain normalcy. Sometimes they have to deal with the worst thing children can imagine, the death of a parent. In the face of all this, for all of their contributions and sacrifices, our children need and deserve our best efforts.

From the highest levels of leadership on down, the Army has committed to providing Families with a quality of life that is commensurate with their service and sacrifice. For our children, that includes a commitment to ensure excellence in schools, child care and youth services—to ensure they have the support and care they need to develop into strong, resilient, well-rounded young adults.

Army Child, Youth and School Services is central to delivering on these promises. CYSS currently serves almost 300,000 children ages 6 weeks to 18 years in on- and off-post programs around the world.  Through its Child Development Centers, School Age Care, and Middle School and Teen Centers, CYSS provides healthy and enriching environments that help children grow mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. For the school age children and teens in particular, the CYSS programs provide a whole world of topics to explore, including fitness, health, arts, science and technology, leadership, citizenship, life skills and careers. In addition, CYSS runs a robust sports program, with more than 112,000 children participating in team and individual sports and sports clinics.

To meet the greater need for services, CYSS has made tremendous efforts to increase access and offerings, both on and off post. On installations in the States and overseas, CYSS has constructed 150 new child care and 24 new youth centers since 2007. They have also introduced innovative programs such as Neighborhood Activity Homes, which provide places for older kids outside of traditional facilities. Off post, CYSS has partnered with a number of local providers and national organizations to serve Families who live in areas far from an installation or in high-impact areas where the need exceeds the capacity on the installation. CYSS extends 16 hours of free care per month to the Families of deployed Soldiers, Wounded Warriors and Fallen Soldiers, a total of more than 1.08 million hours in fiscal year 2010.

The focus on increasing access does two things for our Families. When parents can take advantage of CYS S, it decreases stress on the Family. Parents know that when they are deployed, when they are working, when they are at medical appointments, their children are in a safe place. They can focus on what they need to do, knowing that their children are well cared for. Also, these programs provide our children with much needed support. They are in a caring environment with adults and peers who understand what they are experiencing, and they have the chance to pursue a wide range of interests and build their strengths.  

In addition to providing quality out-of-school programs, CYSS is also focusing on supporting military children in school. Military children attend on average nine different schools before they graduate high school. The transition between schools can be rough when there are incompatible requirements to enroll, to join extracurricular activities or to graduate. It can be tough for students to settle in, when school personnel do not understand the issues—the stress of being the new kid yet again, the fear of separation, the disappointment that Mom or Dad is missing another game or recital.

Schools Liaison Officers are located at every garrison to help Families with these and other school-related issues. They play an important role in helping students make a smooth transition and succeed at their new school, by working with Families and school districts to meet needs and requirements on both sides. 

In a new two-year pilot program School Liaison Officers at seven garrisons—Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Forts Benning, Bliss, Polk, Stewart, Hood, and Wainwright—will be joined by Military Student Transition Consultants.  The consultants will be located in school district offices and work closely with the School Liaison Officers to build understanding between school districts, garrisons and Families about the needs of military students and to support efforts, such as mentoring programs, which help students plug into their new school. The consultants will be in place this May to support Families through the summer PCS season. 

I can point to any number of other ways Army CYSS is doing a phenomenal job of supporting our children. In addition to daily child care and afterschool care which meet the highest national standards, CYSS provides special events and camps, both on post and far from any post. There’s Tutor.com, where students can get online tutoring anytime and anywhere. There are the Military Family Life Consultants, who provide counseling to kids in school, and the Child Behavioral Consultants, who work with children in the afterschool programs, when they are having difficulties with their parent’s deployment.

Army CYSS strives to provide a comprehensive range of services for Families to help grow strong and resilient children. However, this is only possible with the support of a number of dedicated, longstanding partners, including universities, nonprofit organizations, and local and state governments. They conduct research on the needs of military children, draft policies and legislation in support of military Families, develop curricula we use in our programs, provide training for educators, counselors and others who work with military kids, and provide services to military children who do not live near an installation. We must continue to reach out to them and communicate how they can help our children, because we cannot do it without them.    

The Month of the Military Child is an important observance, and a lot of fun. Installations worldwide are holding hundreds of fairs, parades, carnivals and other events throughout the month. I encourage you to get out in your community and join in honoring and celebrating our children.

The Army does not confine its commitment to children to one month a year—we owe our children more than that. They do not sign up for the challenges military life brings, and yet they are right in there with us, making sacrifices everyday and showing a lot of bravery. It’s our job to do the best by them that we can, providing the care, support and opportunities they need to thrive in the face of challenges. Our children are our future: when they are strong, we are strong.

 


Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, U.S. Army War College Commandant

“Whole-of-Army War College” -- the Strength & Wisdom of the Army Starts Here

You’ve heard rumors about possible closures at the Army War College and I’ll take this opportunity to separate fact from rumor. 

The Secretary of Defense has tasked the Services to reduce civilian manpower. The Army Staff and the Commands, as a part of the planning, programming, budgeting and execution process are examining multiple courses of action to present to senior Army Leadership.  The Army Staff and Commands will present their recommendations for decisions beginning in mid-April. 

All courses of action are pre-decisional. But, there should be no doubt that a cost-cutting culture will require hard decision-making about what each organization must do to support national security.  

The Army War College and its institutes are not immune from review.  We are executing our own internal USAWC-wide review.  We welcome the review as an opportunity to underscore the value of each of our institutes as relevant to Army Leaders and the Soldiers they lead and unique among all other Army organizations. This is a one-of-a-kind place.  The power of the Army starts with its Army leaders: the strength and wisdom of the Army starts here.   

Throughout our long history, the Army has developed capable and prominent strategic leaders. We pride ourselves in the long line of strategic leaders who have served this great Army and our beloved nation through its highs, its lows and everything in between for 235 years. To preserve this great legacy, it is our obligation to “keep first things first” and ensure leader development remains our first and foremost priority.

The Army War College executes its mission -- to develop, inspire and serve Army leaders and leaders throughout the Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational community – with a carefully-crafted integration of expertise and guidance.   On a daily basis, the Army War College educates almost 1000 leaders.  It takes all of us: the Army Heritage and Education Center, the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, the Strategic Studies Institute, and the Center for Strategic Leadership and the College to coalesce into a formidable, synchronized force for senior Army Leaders.

The ultimate outcome of the full Army War College education is a senior leader informed by history and ethics; ready to exercise critical reasoning and creative thinking; resilient in the face of volatile, ambiguous environments;  and confident in planning for complex strategic scenarios.

When a critical decision is to be made, our nation must be confident in senior Army Leader decision-making.  Such decisions may put the lives of our Soldiers at risk and shape the future of our Nation. Army Soldiers, their families, and their communities deserve to have faith that their Army Leaders are at the absolute top of their game – in terms of knowledge, historical grounding, thinking skills, physical and mental health and fitness, and cultural intelligence.  Each of our USAWC institutes contributes to the development of the Army Leader.

That’s why I am committed to all of the Army War College organizations working in collaboration for senior leaders, even as they exercise tremendous strategic reach for the Army and the Nation. Let me share some insights about the strengths of our institutes.

The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute is a potent Army Leader resource. It has literally saved lives. It is a catalyst for developing Soldier Well-Being as leaders infuse military units worldwide with nutrition insights, habits for resiliency and fitness mindfulness. APFRI is about to start developing an Army-wide concept for a continuum of health that crosses medical, fitness and resiliency fields and guides the Army to create healthy Soldier lifestyles.

The Army Heritage and Education Center is TRADOC’s best historical collection and a critical asset in senior leader development. General Martin Dempsey, our next Chief of Staff of the Army, recently wrote about changes underway in our professional military education and training – “We’re discovering and re-emphasizing the study of history in our leader development programs.  To be articulate and persuasive in providing advice to senior military and civilian leaders, our leaders must understand our history and they must understand what it means to be a member of the profession of arms." The Army Heritage and Education Center supports historically-informed leader development, historic mentorship, and historic materiel about strategic leader decision-making.  The remarkable collection of papers, books and artifacts make USAHEC as highly valued by our community partners as it is prized by the prominent American and international military historians who write the Army story for future American generations.  

The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute is the Army's onlyorganization focused on strategic and operational-level concerns associated with stability operations and peace operations. You may not realize the global reach of the PKSOI – writing doctrine for Stability Operations, working across the U.S. interagency spectrum, and fostering relationships for the Army. It is the only peacekeeping center in the U.S. military for engagements with other nations’ PK training centers, and supports Geographic Combatant Commands’ PK-focused mil-to-mil engagements. PKSOI supports pre-deployment exercises and training for Corps and Division-level battle command exercises, combat training centers, and the Atterbury center for training interagency civilians. 

The Strategic Studies Institute sponsored the strategy conference that asked the compelling questions, what is the nature of the civil-military gap, and what are the implications for the Army? This line of questioning, debate and publication is typical of the SSI’s commitment to address and help understand compelling, complex issues of national security. If you don’t subscribe to the SSI Newsletter, you should.

The Center for Strategic Leadership creates strategic decision-making exercises for Army War College students and for other federal agencies. It supports Army leaders’ understanding of emerging issues like cyberspace operations and the national security implications of climate change. It promotes Army relationships through strategic education workshops to build partner capacity and, CSL represents the Army in strategic communication events. 

Clearly, the Army War College is a team of significance for our senior leaders. Thank you for all you do to make it so.


 


 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Army War College focuses conference on civil-military relationship

Lt. Gen. John Sterling, deputy commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, led a discussion about the Army as a profession during a keynote address during the Army War College Strategy Conference, “American Society and its Profession of Arms.” photos by Megan Clugh.

 

April 8, 2011 – A year-long review of the military as a profession served as the backdrop for the 2011 Army War College Strategy Conference, “American Society and its Profession of Arms.”

Hosted by the Strategic Studies Institute, the three-day event brought together leaders from the military, academia, and government to discuss topics like the roles of military in society, reintegrating veterans and the impacts of multiple deployments on military families.

“These types of conferences are vital to keep an open dialogue on the issues facing our nation and our military,” said Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin about beginning the dialogue on these important issues.  “They are not just important for our military, but our entire nation.”  

 

Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea talks about the value of education and its national security implications during the opening keynote for the USAWC Strategy Conference.

Greg Mortenson provides opening keynote

Kicking off the discussion about the importance of education to global security was Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea.

Mortenson focused his remarks on the impact of education in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan and its implications for national security. He shared the experience of helping to build a school in Korphe, Pakistan, and the effects it had on the local community.

“The more I do this the more I understand that education needs to be one of our top priorities," he said.  "There are 120 million children around the world who are not in school. We’ve seen that one benefit of this is that women and those who are educated are less likely to encourage their children into terrorism.”

He also said that education would be the key in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"We live in a global society. Education is the intellectual capital of any society,” he said. “Education gives you the ability to make choices. It gives you power."

Mortenson spoke about his experience working with the military in these regions and how they were just one part of the solution.

 “I think that the American public sometimes places too much pressure on the military. The solution to Afghanistan is much broader,” he said. “The solution is in sight, we can’t throw in the towel now. We have made a commitment and a promise. We can make it to the end.”

After his remarks, local children from James Buchanan Middle School in Mercersburg, Pa, presented him with a jar of pennies representing the money they raised for his "Pennies for Peace" program, investing in education in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

 TRADOC deputy leads discussion of Army profession

The Profession of Arms campaign triggered discussion about why the Army has tackled a yearlong review of the Army profession, directed by keynote speaker Lt. Gen. John Sterling, deputy commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command.

“We have seen some signals that some in our society question that trust,” he said. “That’s why we are looking at ways to strengthen our profession. We are only a profession if we have the trust and confidence of the American people. Trust is the underpinning of our profession.”  

Sarah Noll, a student at Old Dominion University, asks a question of Lt. Gen. John Sterling, deputy commander of the Training and Doctrine Command, during the closing keynote address.

Sterling spoke about the Army’s special relationship with the American people.

“It has always been important and has grown as we are increasingly relied upon to achieve our national objectives,” he said. “The American people trust us to do what is right. We act as a profession, a self-regulating organization that routinely applies our expert knowledge in the efficient application of lethal combat power. If we do not demonstrate that we are worthy of that trust we as a nation have a collective problem.

“After nine years of war we need to look at our profession,” he said. “We haven’t looked at our Army as a profession since the Vietnam War. It’s time to take a look at how we instill the ethics of the profession into our Soldiers.”

 “We need to look at how we need to adapt in this new era of persistent conflict,” said Sterling. “We owe that to the American people.”  

 

Civil-military history

A discussion of civil-military relations featured Dr. Brian Linn, Texas A&M University, Dr. Richard Hooker, NATO Defense College and Dr. Peter Feaver, Duke University.

"Many say there is a values gap between the two, but I say no,” said Hooker. “The basic conceptions between right and wrong and the two are the same. Many issues and social concerns are seen in the same light."  

Hooker suggested there may be class distinctions involved.

"The burden of these conflicts seems to be borne unevenly by the lower class,” he said. “Many middle and upper class families appear to discourage military service. The implications from this may be a lack of understanding between the civilian leaders and the military."

Feaver discussed what researchers have learned about the civilian-military gap and why it's important.

"We're entering a post-war debate and it will be ongoing,” he said. "The issues that we found in the 90's are very similar today. We're talking about working with NATO, operations with undetermined outcomes and gays in the military. Not much has really changed."

 

     One of the sessions featured Michael Gordon, New York Times, who discussed with New Republic journalist Lawrence Kaplan the view of the military and society from the media perspective.     

 

Media perceptions

New York Times journalist Michael Gordon discussed the civil-military relationship through the lens of media reporting.

The media is a bridge between the force and society, he said, able to explain back home what’s happening with deployed forces. The military today expect to see the media, and may say ‘our reporter,’ he said. Gordon dismissed the notion of military-media hangover from Vietnam, noting that service-members today were not yet born during Vietnam and some, not during the first Gulf War.

 

Reintegrating veterans

Another panel considered wounded warrior care as the key issue for reintegrating veterans.

"Our findings show that deployment to a combat zone is associated with substantial adverse mental health effects," said Dr. Joseph Sabia, Department of Social Sciences at  the U.S. Military Academy.

"The way that we are attacking this issue continues to change and be refined," said Lt. Col. David Lyle, Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis. "We have to look at ways to encourage Soldiers to get care and we're also working to make sure that a gap doesn't exist between when someone returns from theater and they to start receive care. It's constantly evolving." 

Dr. George Rutherford of the Institute for Global Health credited technology for making it easier to provide care.

"We've entered a golden age for electronic medical records which really helps us analyze the information," said Rutherford in response to a question about the ease of sharing medical data. "The DoD has really been out in front for this issue."

 

Military families

"It doesn't take a study to see that the military family is stressed," said Laura Kubica, coordinator of the USAWC Military Family Program.  "There is pressure on spouses from all angles -- the unit, the family, the Army. There is an expectation that we have all the answers. A spouse needs to determine if they feel comfortable in taking a leadership role." 

'We can't do it all, sometimes we need assistance. We need to continue to fund those programs that have the most impact for our military families."

"The world for us has really changed since 9/11," said fellow panelist, Maj. Gen. Fred Rees, Oregon Adjutant General, who described Oregon’s job placement assistance and family reintegration programs for men and women returning from deployment.

"Our biggest challenge was getting people connected to the resources they needed. Programs like Military OneSource have been a great resource … and many local organizations are willing to step in and help as well,” he said. “We created a reintegration program that then became known as the Yellow Ribbon program.”

Rees noted the value of gathering a wide variety of expertise and experience to explore the civil-military relationship

“We each bring our own unique perspectives to the table that helps add to the experience of ourselves and others,” he said. “We need to work together to solve these very complex problems.”

 

“I really had no idea what to expect, but this conference exceeded anything I could have expected,” said Sarah Noll, a student from Old Dominion University. “The range of topics and experiences of the presenters made this a wonderful educational opportunity. I hope to take some of these ideas and concepts with me as I continue to think and discuss these issues.”

 

Faith in the military

A panel on faith in the U.S. military balanced tension with a determination to explore the issue.

"The state of the separation of church and state in the military today is a disaster,” said Mikey Weinstein, Military Religious Freedom Foundation. He went on to point out examples where he believed that commanding officers had attempted to exert undue influence on servicemembers in the areas of religious beliefs.

"I'm glad to be here for such a low-key subject," said Robert W. "Skip" Ash, with a smile. The American Center for Law and Justice attorney said, "I think it is very important for us to discuss this issue during a conference like this. We need to maximize individual liberty.

"We need to have a balance. This issue is a minefield and needs to be dealt with delicately.”

While they may have differed on some of the details, both Ash and Weinstein agreed with Bush that religious issues have national security implications.

"We perform an important role in advising commanders of the religious implications of military operations," said Bush. “Being aware of the significance of a particular day or season can drastically affect how a military operation is viewed around the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


USAWC Joint Military Ball May 7

This year’s event will be held at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey, Pa.. The reception starts at 6 p.m., the ball at 7 p.m. This event is open to all members of the USAWC and Carlisle Barracks community.

  • Tickets go on sale March 15
  • A shuttle bus is available to and from Carlisle Barracks
  • Child care is also available at Carlisle Barracks and the Hershey Lodge

For reservations call 717-533-3311.


Live blog -- USAWC Strategy Conference

Can't make it to the Army War College Strategy Conference? Keep checking back here for updates---we’ll be blogging all day long from the USAWC Strategy Conference April 6-7.

Looking for the Day One blog?

 

3:01 p.m.- "This was a great way to close out the conference," said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant. "This is a great conference. Hopefully everyone was able to learn from each other. Please stay engaged with us as we continue to develop and inspire senior strategic leaders."

 

2:58 p.m. - “We at TRADOC believe in the one Army concept. We training Soldiers and officers from all of the elements, we cannot meet our directives without all three components," he said. "Whatever school you go to, we make sure that the experience is equal.”

 

2:35 p.m.- Sterling is now speaking in Bliss Hall.

 "Our goal in the Army is to increase our capabilities by empowering our people," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:49 a.m.- After the lunch session featuring retire Maj. Gen. Robert Ivany, the next presenation will be at 1:30 and is the Closing Keynote by Lt. Gen. John E. "Jack" Sterling, Jr., U.S. Army, the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and is leading an Army-wide initiative to refine the understanding of what it means to be expert members of the Army profession of arms after nine years of war.

11:30 a.m. - The panelist are responding to questions. Policy reform, the role of civilian leadership and development have been some of the topics.  

10:50 a.m. - "We've exported the worst of Washington to the field," she said. "What the U.S. needs and still needs to develop is a sensible way of organizing the extensive civilian expertise that exists and applying it to war."

10:46 a.m. -"The focus should be how to integrate civilian and military expertise to achieve our desired end state," she said. "Unity of command is not being developed but is vital."

 

 

 

 

 

10:38 a.m. - "We've been engaged in these wars for 10 years now, which have created a lot of changes," said Schadlow. "The problem today lies in the civilian community who do not fully understand the impacts of war. There is a disagreement over who should lead. It is a highly politically motivated issue. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:35 a.m. - "We must look for ways to get the military and civilians together while in college," said Stuart.  

10:28 a.m. - "In a post-cold war and post 9/11 environment, the relationship between the military and the civilian leadership will continue to be complicated," said Stuart.  

10:21 a.m. - "US civil-military relations is a very complex issue," said Stuart. "Our military must repsond to a vareity of different missions, using skills like diplomacy."

10:00 a.m. - We're on break until 10:15, when the panel "Roles of the Military and Society: Reciprocal Expectations?" will kick off. The panel features Dr. Douglas Stuart, Dickinson College; Dr. Diana Putman, U.S. Agency for International Development and Dr. Nadia Schadlow, Smith Richardson Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:48 a.m. - The question and answer period continues.

"We do find affects of deployments at the unit level for families," said Lyle in respone to a question about the effects of multiple deployments on the mental health of family members.

"We've entered a golden age for electronic medical records which really helps us analyze the information," said Rutherford in response to a question about the ease of sharing medical data. "The DoD has really been out in front for this issue."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

9:38 a.m. - "We're working to make sure that a gap doesn't exist between when someone returns from theater and they start receive care," said Lyle.

9:33 a.m. - Questions for the panel have included the costs of care, the effects of pre-deployment training, prescription drug abuse, and the affects of multiple deployments.  

9:30 a.m. - "The way that we are attacking this issue continues to change and be refined," said Lyle. "It's constantly evolving."

 

9:25 a.m. - Rutherford answers a question during the panel discussion.

"People do get better once they receive treatment," he said in response to question about wounded warrior care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

9:22 a.m. - "Our findings show that deployment to a combat zone is associated with substantial adverse mental health effects," said Sabia.  

8:55 a.m. - Sabia has begun his remarks which focus on the different styles of treatment for injuries sustained in conflict.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:40 a.m. - Lyle is explaining the changes in veterans injuires since World War II and Vietnam.

"What we're looking at what makes someone want to volunteer for assistance," he said. "We have to look at ways to encourage Soldiers to get care."   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:35 a.m. - "We have an obligation to our men and women returing from war to make sure their needs are taken care of," said moderator Dr. John Smith.

8:31 a.m. - We're back, Dr. Leonard Wong, SSI, is introducing the panel.

7:45 a.m.- The conference will kick off today at 8:30 a.m. with a panel focused on Reintegrating Veterans into American Society and will feature panelists Lt. Col. David Lyle, Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis; Dr. George Rutherford, Institute for Global Health and Dr. Joseph Sabia, U.S. Military Academy.


Social Security numbers to be removed from military ID cards

In June 2011, SSNs will no longer be printed on any new ID Card. SSN removal will occur in three phases. New cards will be issued within 30 days of expiration of the old cards, current cards will remain active and will not need to be replaced. Those individuals with an indefinite expiration date can get the new cards issued once they are available (tentative date is 2 June 2011).

1. Your new ID Card will have a DOD ID Number in place of the SSN.

2. Your DOD ID Number will be used as the Geneva Conventions serial number.

3. If you are eligible for DOD benefits, there will also be a DOD Benefits Number printed on your new ID card.

The Carlisle Barracks ID card/DEERS office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, except the second Wednesday of the month, when the office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information about Social Security Number removal, please visit the following website:

www.dmdc.osd.mil/smartcard


 

USAWC Strategy Conference Blog Day 1

4:45 p.m.- That's all for today. Be sure to check back here tomorrow for more coverage of day two of the conference. Scheduled events include:

8:30 a.m. - Reintegrating Veterans into American Society
What are the physical, mental, and economic impacts on members of the U.S. military profession as they return to society? What are the policy implications of these impacts?

Panelists: Lt. Col. David Lyle, Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis; Dr. George Rutherford, Institute for Global Health; Dr. Joseph Sabia, U.S. Military Academy
Moderator: Dr. John Smith.

10:15 a.m. - Roles of the Military and Society: Reciprocal Expectations?
As a steward of society, what is the proper role of the U.S. military? Should it be limited to fighting wars or expanded into other areas such as border security, diplomacy, or humanitarian missions?

Panelists: Dr. Douglas Stuart, Dickinson College; Dr. Diana Putman, U.S. Agency for International Development; Dr. Nadia Schadlow, Smith Richardson Foundation
Moderator: Prof. Douglas Lovelace.

Noon- Luncheon, retired Maj. Gen. Robert Ivany, former USAWC Commandant

1:30 p.m. - Closing Keynote – Lt. Gen. John "Jack" Sterling, Jr., U.S. Army
LTG Sterling is the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and is leading an Army-wide initiative to refine the understanding of what it means to be expert members of the Army profession of arms after nine years of war.

 

4:19 p.m. - "You just can't replace people who want to help just because they want to help," said Kubica."They add and provide so much."   

4:02 p.m. - The panel is now taking questions.

Questions have included how much funding is available for family programs, whether the military or private sector provides better services and is a stigma still exists for those who receive assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

  

3:55 p.m. - "The longer you wait to deal with the issue, the worse off it will be," he said. "Don't hide from it. Deal with issues as soon as you can. It will benefit you in the long run. If you don't control it, it will control you."

 3:38 p.m. - Hunt is tackling the issue from the perspective of a clinician from his recent experience from the Maryland National Guard.

"It's hard for Soldiers sometimes," he said. "They are coming back from war and think it's not going to be a problem but it can be hard. Reintegration affects the entire family."  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:43 p.m. - "We need to continue to fund those programs that have the most impact for our military families," she said.

3:36 p.m. - Kubica is presenting the issues from a family member’s perspective.

"It doesn't take a study to see that the military family is stressed," she said. "There is pressure on spouses from all angles, the unit, the family, the Army. There is an expectation that we have all the answers. A spouse needs to determine if they feel comfortable in taking a leadership role." 

'We can't do it all, sometimes we need assistance."  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:24 p.m. - Rees is outlining the programs that the Oregon National Guard has for families and servicemembers including job placement assistance and family reintegration programs.

"The world for us has really changed since 9/11," he said. “We recognized that we had to do something to help our men and women who were returning from deployment, sometimes without jobs to come back to.”

"Our biggest challenge was getting people connected to the resources they needed. Programs like Military OneSource have been a great resource. That and many local organizations are willing to step in and help as well. We created a reintegration program that then became known as the Yellow Ribbon program.”

3:21 p.m. - Rees is presenting the perspective of the issue from a National Guard perspective.

"It's tough at times when you are the only DoD asset in a particular region," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:15 p.m. - We're back. Introducing the panel is Dr. Steve Gerras, USAWC faculty member.

2:58 p.m. - We're taking a short 15-minute break and be back for the next panel at 3:15. This panel will focus on Military Families and Society and features Major General Fred Rees, Oregon National Guard; Laura Kubica, USAWC Military Family Programs; and Dr. Wayne Hunt, Johns Hopkins and Maryland Army National Guard.

2:48 p.m. - Questions for the panel have included changes in the chaplaincy since World War II, the inclusion of catholic Nuns in the U.S. and U.K. militaries and the challenges that religion plays in military operations.

 2:34 p.m. - Ash and Weinstein both respond to a question about why this issue is so important to discuss this issue at a forum like this. They both agreed that it is an important issue that has national security implications.

2:31 p.m. "This panel i think was a great example that shows the tension that can exist when discussing this issue," said moderator Chaplain (Col.) David Reese.  

2:29 p.m. - The panelists have finished, now it's question and answer time!

2:14 p.m. - Dr. Michael Snape, University of Buckingham, UK, opened his remarks by thanking Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant,  for the invitation. 

"It's been quite hectic at home given the impending royal wedding," he joked.  He went on to explain some of the history of religion in the U.S. and U.K militaries.

"Much of what we have now for both nations is a direct result of our nation’s interactions during World War II," he said. "Even the criticisms we receive are very similar."

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

2:08 p.m. -  "We are one of the few countries that express such religious tolerance," said Ash. "This issue is a minefield and needs to be dealt with delicately.”

1:58 p.m. - Robert W. "Skip" Ash, American Center for Law and Justice has begun his remarks.

"I'm glad to be here for such a low-key subject," he joked. "I think it is very imporant for us to discuss this issue during a conference like this. We need to maximize individual liberty. We need to have a balance."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:46 p.m. - Mikey Weinstein, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has taken the stage for his remarks.

"The state of the separation of church and state in the military today is a disaster,” he said. He went on to point out examples where he felt that commanding officers had attempted to exerte undue influence on servicemembers in the areas of religious beliefs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1:42 p.m. - "We perform an important role in advising commanders of the religious implications of military operations," said Bush.

1:36 p.m. -Panel introductions are complete, and Bush is delivering his opening remarks about the expression of faith in a military context and what's it's like to be an active practitioner in the military.

"We continue to be one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world and our service reflects that," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:28 p.m. - After an invigorating lunch session, we're back in Bliss Hall for a panel on faith in the U.S. military featuring Chaplain (Col.)  Kenneth Bush, Army Chaplain School, Mikey Weinstein, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Robert W. "Skip" Ash, American Center for Law and Justice,  and Dr. Michael Snape, University of Buckingham, UK.

12:56 p.m. - Gordon dismissed the notion of military-media hangover from Vietnam. He said that the military today was not yet born during Vietnam, or for some during the Gulf War. He felt the media has to become the bridge between the force and society, explaining back home what's happening.

12:41 p.m. - Gordon and Kaplan discuss the media's perspective of the military during the session in the LVCC.  

"The old media has become the new media," said Gordon, referring to the fact that they are web-first publication now. "They have the audience and they have the reporters."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:39 a.m. - The next session is a lunctime panel by Michael Gordon who will discuss with journalist Lawrence Kaplan the view of the military and society from the media perspective.

 11:17 a.m. - The panelists are now taking questions from the audience. Questions have ranged in topics about the effects of social media, to the affects of less veterans serving in Congress.

 "The American public is invested emotionally in our military. That has not changed," said Hooker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 10:52 a.m.  - Dr. Peter Feaver is discussing what we've learned about the civilian- military gap and why it's important.

"We're entering a post-war debate and it will be ongoing.” He is also speaking about how political differences may also affect the gap.

"The issues that we found in the 90's is very similar today. We're talking about working with NATO, operations with undetermined outcomes and gays in the military. Not much has really changed."

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:36 a.m. - Dr. Richard Hooker discusses the percieved gaps between the military and the general public.

"Many say there is a values gap between the two, but I say no. The basic conceptions between right and wrong and the two are the same. Many issues and social concerns are seen in the same light."  

Hooker did go on to say that there may be class distinctions.

"The burden of these conflicts seems to be borne unevenly by the lower class. Many middle and upper class families appear to discourage military service. "

"The implications may be a lack of understanding between the civilian leaders and the military."

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

10:28 a.m. - Dr. Brian Linn is talking about the civil-military relations and the draft and the possibility of it being used to provide the servicemembers necessary to fight today's wars.

"I think the success that it had during its use in history in the United States was an anomaly. We talk about the quantity of the troops, but not the quality."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:18 a.m.- And we're back. Dr. Conrad Crane, director of the Military History Institute, is introducing the panel.

10:01 a.m. - We're on a break and will resume around 1015 with a panel discussion on America's Society and its Military Profession featuring Dr. Brian Linn, Texas A&M University, Dr. Richard Hooker, NATO Defense College and Dr. Peter Feaver, Duke University.
 

9:56 a.m. - Local children from James Buchanan middle school in Mercersburg, Pa, present Mortenson with a jar of pennies representing the money they raised for his "Pennies for Peace" program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:53 a.m. - "We live in a global society. Education is the intellectual capital of any society. Education gives you the ability to make choices. It gives you power. That's why education is so important."

9:48 a.m. - Mortenson provided this assessment of the situation in Afghanistan.

“I think that the American public sometimes places too much pressure on the military. The solution to Afghanistan is much broader. The solution is in sight, we can’t throw in the towel now. We have made a commitment and a promise. We can make it to the end.”

9:45 a.m. - Mortenson spoke about the progress that has been made.

“In 2000 there were about 800,000 children in Afghanistan attending schools, most men. In 2010, that number was about 8.3 million, including 2.8 million girls.”  

 

 

9:35 a.m. - Mortenson shared the story of the work that went into building a school in Korphe, Pakistan.

"The more I do this the more I understand that education needs to be one of our top priorities." He also pointed out why the education of women is so important.

“Women who are educated are less likely to encourage their children into terrorism.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:28 a.m. - Mortenson shared the story of how a meeting with a village and seeing their schools after attempting to scale K2 led to his project to start building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

9:22 a.m. - "30 years of conflict have disintegrated the traditional relationships between the elders and the mullahs in Afghanistan. This has helped lead to some of the radicalization of the tribes. Our challenge now is to counteract that."  

9:10 a.m. -Mortenson explained the title of his book, Three Cups of Tea.

"There is a saying, with the first cup of tea you are a stranger, the second cup a friend, and the third cup, you are family."  He explained how after meeting in Gen. David Petraeus, he applied those concepts to relationship building.

"He said to me after reading it that his policy has three steps as well. Listen, respect, and build relationships. Before you can work in an area, you need to truly understand it."

9:03 a.m. --"Many times after a disaster like the earthquakes in Pakistan we focus on food, shelter and medicine, but forget about education. It is just as vital of a resource," said Mortenson. 

 

 8:56 a.m. --  "There are 120 million children around the world who are no in school," he said. "Many are forced to be child soldiers. They are never taught the importantance of life."

"There is no reason in the world that a child should be a slave. No child should be denied an education."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:9 a.m. -- Mortenson is showing a video documenting his time setting up schools in Afghanistan.

 "We continue to build schools in Afghanistan but the need never seems to end," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:2 a.m.-- Mortenson begun his remarks reflecting on the time her served in the Army in Germany from 1975 to 1977 as a medic.

"My time in the military made me appreciate our nation's diversity."

 

8:37 a.m.---Amb. Carol van Voorst, USAWC Deputy Commandant for International Affairs, is introducing Greg Mortenson.

"Because he writes so well, he has made a difference to men and women serving all over the world. He has given us an unforgettable look at the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are in for a treat."

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:22 a.m.-- Bliss Hall is filling up, the conference should kick-off in the next ten minutes....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:43 a.m.---The conference attendees are starting to roll into Bliss Hall, getting ready for the keynote address by Greg Mortenson at 830....

 

For more information on the conference visit http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/conf/


Army War College strategy conference explores the relationship of, “American Society and its Profession of Arms,” April 6-7 in Carlisle, Pa.

A live blog of the conference can be found here

 

Tom Brokaw calls him, "one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, who is really changing the world." Greg Mortenson will open the Army War College’s conference, “American Society and its Profession of Arms,” April 6-7. Mortenson has established, or supports over 170 schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has been kidnapped by the Taliban, escaped an Afghan firefight, and co-authored the New York Times bestseller, Three Cups of Tea.

Greg Mortenson, author of the New York Times bestseller, Three Cups of Tea.

We invite you to hear his keynote address, April 6 at 8:30 a.m., open to the public, and free.  The Army War College student body will be joined by conference participants for Mortenson's address. Overflow audience will find seats at the Reynolds Theater. Visitors to post can enter the gate at Claremont & Jim Thorpe roads, and follow Special Events signs on post to parking.

All panel events in Bliss Hall, below, are open to members of the Carlisle Barracks community to attend.

The two-day event will explore the relationship between America and its military through the multiple lenses of -- society's expectations for military roles; military and religion; media perceptions of the military; family roles in military and non-military communities;  veterans' reintegration; and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                   Lt. Gen. Jack Sterling, deputy commander, TRADOC

Lt. Gen. Jack Sterling will close the conference, April 7 at 1:30 p.m., with insights about what it means to be expert members of the Army.  Sterling is the deputy commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, and is leading the Army-wide initiative to take the pulse of the profession after nine-plus years of war.

 Expert presentations and Q&A exchanges with participants will take place in Bliss Hall, unless otherwise noted --

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Media and the military [April 6, noon, at LVCC; conference registration required] with Michael Gordon of the New York Times, and Lawrence Kaplan of The New Republic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Faith and the military [April 6 at 1:30 p.m.] moderates with Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation;  “Skip” Ash of the American Center for Law and Justice; and Chap. [Col.] Kenneth Bush of the Army Chaplain School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Kubica, Army War College's Military Farmily Programs

·         Military families and society [April 6 at 3:15 p.m.] Chap. (Col.) David Reese moderates with Dr. Wayne Hunt of Johns Hopkins; Maj. Gen. Fred Rees of the Oregon National Guard; and Laura Kubica of the Army War College’s Military Family Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Military leaders for kids: [7 pm LVCC banquet presentation, registration required] with retired Gen. Richard E. Hawley

·         Veterans and Society [April 7 at 8:30 a.m. ] Dr. John Smith moderates with Lt. Col. David Lyle of the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis; Dr. George Rutherford of the Institute for Global Health; and Dr. Joseph Sabia, of the U.S. Military Academy

·         Society and the roles of the military [April 7 at 10:15 a.m.] Prof. Doug Lovelace moderates with Lt. Gen. John Mulholland of Special Operations command;  Dr. Douglas Stewart of Dickinson College;   Dr. Diana Putnam of US Agency for International Development [USAID];   and Dr. Nadia Schadlow of the Smith Richardson Foundation.

·         Historic relationship: military and society [April 6 at 10:15 a.m.] Dr. Con Crane with Dr. Brian Linn of Texas A&M University;   Dr. Richard Hooker of the NATO Defense College; and Dr. Peter Feaver of Duke University

For full schedule and more: http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/conf/<http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/conf/>


Chief of Staff Change of Responsibility Ceremony webcast April 11

A Change of Responsibility Ceremony for the United States Army chief of staff is scheduled to take place April 11 at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Summerall Field.

Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who became the 36th chief of staff of the Army on April 10, 2007, will hand the helm to Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who was confirmed by the Senate March 16.

Watch a video stream of the Change of Responsibility Ceremony starting at 3 p.m. EST April 11 by visiting the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System website - www.dvidshub.net.



 

 

Carlisle Barracks to begin using USAJobs/Application Manager

Carlisle Barracks will soon begin using USA Staffing for civilian recruitment. This is the start of DOD components aligning all HR processes and tools. All Army job announcements will be on www.armycivilianservice.com or www.usajobs.opm.gov. Each announcement will link you directly to USAJobs/Application Manager or include the familiar Army self-nomination procedures that use Resumix. Applicants should follow instructions in each job announcement.

Announcements for Carlisle Barracks will soon have applicants apply through USAJobs/Application Manager. Applicants will apply with a resume they have created in USAJobs. You may create and store up to 5 Resumes in USAJobs, allowing customized resumes to be used for specific vacancies. Resumes may be in any format as long as the required information is included. Resumes may be created in USAJobs from scratch, copied and pasted from the Army Resume Builder or uploaded. Applicants will have clear instructions on what documentation is required in each job announcement depending on the claimed eligibility, qualifications requirements and other requirements. A complete application package in USAJobs will include your resume, assessment questionnaire responses and supporting documents. Everything must be submitted before the close of the announcement. Uploaded supporting documents in USAJobs/Applicant Manager; may be reused for all future applications.

New under USA Staffing is the assessment questionnaire which contains a series of questions embedded in the announcement. USA Staffing allows applicants to answer questions related to the skills, knowledge or abilities that management considers vital for a successful candidate. This will make job requirements more obvious than Resumix in which candidates did not know the skills which had been identified for the position.

The CPAC will hold several briefings on USA Staffing for all Carlisle Barracks employees. The briefings will show you how to create your resume in USA Staffing and use Application Manager to apply for jobs. We will be notifying employees of the briefings prior to the deployment date, so stay tuned for more information.


The Exchange flexes hours, customers 'pass'

April 4, 2011 -- The Exchange at Carlisle Barracks finds that the bulk of its customers are military retirees. But the resident population is so important to Exchange leadership that they've flexed hours to meet requests -- only to find few takers.

The Exchange will drop its Thursday extended hours as of Thursday, April 7 when closing time changes from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The one-hour change in operating hours comes after a six-month trial. Customers are not voting with their feet for the later closing.

"We have experienced low sales during that added hour, and the average customer count is 4 to 6 customers during that 6-7 pm hour," explained Don Basil, Exchange Manager, about the results of the six-month trial.

"The Exchange is sponsoring a special "trunk show," April 16-22, featuring a special selection of clothing brands, he added.

AAFES customers can shop online --  AAFES  -- or at the Carlisle Barracks store:

   Store Hours
 Sun: 1100 - 1700
 Mon: 0900 - 1800
 Tue: 0900 - 1800
 Wed: 0900 - 1800
 Thu: 0900 - 1800
 Fri: 0900 - 1800
Sat: 0900 - 1800

Suzanne Reynolds, USAWC Public Affairs Office

Army War College graduates from Ghana and Canada inducted into the International Fellows Hall of Fame     

March 31, 2011--The U.S. Army War College honored two alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their nation’s armed forces at an induction ceremony on March 31, Bliss Hall auditorium.

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, commandant USAWC, stands with Lt. Gen. Peter Blay, chief of the Defense Staff, Ghana, and Lt. Gen. Peter Devlin, chief of Land Staff, Canada, after their induction into the International Fellows Hall of Fame.  Photo by Charity Murtoff.

 

The College welcomed back Lt. Gen. Peter A. Blay, chief of the Defense Staff, Ghana; and Lt. Gen. Peter Devlin, chief of Land Staff, Canada. 

Blay, a member of the Army War College class of 2000, received his basic military training at the Ghana Military Academy and continued on to the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, United Kingdom. 

He was commissioned into the Ghana Army in October 1971 as an infantry officer.

Prior to becoming Ghana’s Chief of the Defence Staff, Blay was the Defence Advisor at the Ghana High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria.

Blay referred to the Army War College “as a place of opportunities and inspiration, which enhances one’s self discovery, and propels the individual on to new horizons.”

“The College is also a place for sharpening strategic competencies and wisdom that if held positively impacts on ones environment and propagates growth and development,” said Blay.

Lt. Gen. Peter Devlin, chief of Land Staff, Canada, shares a joke with Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, commandant USAWC, prior to Devlin’s induction into the International Fellows Hall of Fame.  Photo by Charity Murtoff.

 

Devlin, a member of the Army War College class of 2005, was commissioned as an infantry officer into The Royal Canadian Regiment in 1978.

Devlin has several operational tours, including two NATO tours in Bosnia, one in Cyprus, and from 2006-2008 her served as the Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps –Iraq.

In discussing strategic leaders, Lt. Gen. Devlin said, “Character is everything, as a leader nothing that you do goes unseen.  The true weapon system of the general is influence and coup d’oeil,” said Devlin.  “I recommend that you surround yourself with great and highly motivated people.  Be a pragmatist not a purist,” he said.

Blay and Devlin join a uniquely prestigious alumni group as the 34th and 35th members of the U.S. Army War College International Fellows Hall of Fame.

“Their connection to this institution to each other, and to you as future strategic leaders of your own nations remains paramount as we face the dangers, and new threats of the 21stcentury,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, commandant of the U.S. Army War College.


Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office 
IMCOM commander talks with Army War College, Carlisle Barracks community

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the Installation Management Command, shakes hands with George Fritz, command executive assistant, who is retiring after more than 40 years of government service. Lynch came to Carlisle Barracks March 29 and spoke to Army War College students and garrison personnel about the issues and challenges facing the Army. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

See his remarks on the USAWC YouTube page.

 

March 29, 2011 – Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the Installation Management Command, came to Carlisle Barracks today and met with garrison personnel, spoke to the Army War College Class of 2011, and toured the Army’s second-oldest active installation.

“It’s great to be back here at Carlisle Barracks,” said Lynch, a 1996 USAWC graduate. “We loved the years we had here.”

During his talk to the class, Lynch covered a variety of topics including energy conservation, fiscal responsibility and his thoughts on the state of the Army and its families.

“Our Army is not going to break because of the strain we have placed on our Soldiers,” said Lynch. “But it may break due to strain we have placed on our families.

Commonly referred to as the “family first” general, Lynch said that the Army is asking more of families now, than during any time in the past.

“I take our responsibility to provide quality services and programs for all Soldiers and families very seriously,” he said. “We are always looking for ways to enhance our programs and services, based on research, program results and feedback.”

Lynch also spoke about the importance of fiscal responsibility, given anticipated budgetary constraints.

"You have to ask not what is good for me, but what is good for all of us,” he said. “You have to weight benefits and costs. You have to ask yourself, is there a better way and what are you willing to do without?”

Lynch also spoke about energy conservation and how nearly 80% of residents living in post housing receive rebates due to lower energy usage.

“This is great news and now we need to find a way to bring those savings over to our facilities,” he said.

Lynch also spoke to garrison employees during a noon-time session. He spoke about the potential for budget cuts, the importance of taking time for your families, yourself and your health, and honored some garrison employees for their efforts.  


USAWC sponsoring program focused on readiness

Events open to entire Carlisle Barracks community

Can't make it? You can find some of the presenations the day after at http://www.youtube.com/usarmywarcollege

March 24, 2011 --  The Military Family Program is sponsoring a lecture series focusing on readiness the week of March 28. The series, held in the Wil Waschoe Auditorium in Root Hall, is open to the entire Carlisle Barracks community and will provide an update on recent updates and initiatives. The schedule of events is listed below. For more information call 245-4787.

March 28

11-45-noon Opening by Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant

Noon-12:55 p.m.           Shaunya Murrill, chief of the Outreach and Strategic Integration Division, FMWRC, will make a presentation on Army One Source

March 29

11:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.  Maj. Juanita Chang, director of the Online and Social Media Division of the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs will present a session on social networking

March 30

11:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.  Juanita McKeown, FRG and FRSA program manager, Mobilization and Deployment, will present a session on family readiness groups and family readiness support assistants

March 31                           “Spouse Readiness Day” – Registration required for this event
 
8:30-9:30     WWA                             "Media? Me? What Should I Know?"
                                                        Carol Kerr, Carlisle Barracks PAO
 
 
9:30-10                WWA                     Mentoring, Mrs. Paula Van Antwerp
 
10-10:15              Break
 
10:15-12:15         WWA                      Spouse Panel
                                                           Mrs. Tracy Dougherty, Ft. Knox
                                                           Mrs. Leslie Love, Ft. Jackson
                                                           Mrs.  Julie McCree, Ft. Bragg
                                                           Mrs. Pat Wilkinson, Ft. Pickett
                                                           Mrs. Michele Gayler, Ft. Campbell
                                                           Mrs. Ann Miller, Ft. Sam Houston
                                                           Mrs. Amy Hutmacher, Ft. Campbell
 
12:15-13:30                                            Brown Bag/Break out Group

 

April 1

11:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.  Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, commanding general of Family Morale Welfare and Recreation Command, will make a presentation on FMWR initiatives


Public Affairs staff report
USAWC experts lead discussion at Pacific Environmental Security Conference

March 28, 2011 -- Japan was struggling with the cascading effects of the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 11 when Australia's John Owens said to an international group:  “Environmental issues don’t respect natural boundaries and because of this we must deal with them together… and the military is uniquely poised to lead in this most important issue, Environmental Security.”

Owens, Head of Infrastructure for the Australian Department of Defence addressed an international group during the three-day Pacific Environmental Security Conference, March 15-17, in Honolulu.  The Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership partnered with the Pacific Command and the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment for the conference.

“Continued support of the Geographical Combatant Commanders’ theater security cooperation initiatives allows the Army War College to share its wellspring of talent. At the same time, this allows the faculty to return to the classroom with the latest information from the operational force,” said USAWC Prof. Bernard Griffard.

“It established a forum that promotes unity of effort in addressing the environmental security challenges within the USAPACOM area of responsibility.”  said Griffard, who joined Dr. Kent Butts, Col. Phil Jones and Col. Doug Charney on the USAWC team that helped develop and execute the conference.  “This inaugural conference was highly successful,” said Griffard.

Civilian and military leaders represented 16 regional countries, Canada and the United States, international organizations, the private sector, and the academic community. The major environmental security issues facing the region were explored in depth: Environmental Security and Sustainability, Water Resources Management, Adaptation to Climate Change, and Seismic Disaster Preparedness.

Butts, an internationally recognized advocate for environmental security issues, addressed the conference about the history of PACOM’s environmental security history, and moderated several panels on environmental security and sustainability.   Brig. Gen. Kevin O’Connell, PACOM's director of Logistics, Engineering, and Security Assistance; and Brig. Gen. Marty Wong, director of PACOM's Engineering Division, played lead roles in bringing the PESC to life. Both are graduates of the USAWC Class of 2005.

The “elephant in the room” was the ongoing complex crisis in Japan. The cascading impacts put in motion by the  reinforced Owens' opening remarks, and called attention to the seismic disasters that pose the region’s leading environmental security threat.

“As we face the increasing impacts of climate change within the Pacific Region’s Ring of Fire, the importance of civil-military cooperation in all phases of disaster management is obvious,” said Griffard.

The importance of Japan as a strong and viable partner in achieving environmental security goals in the region was emphasized by Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, in her keynote speech. She called attention to USPACOM’s key role in providing humanitarian and disaster response aid to the stricken areas, and recognized the additional support from the regional countries represented at the PESC.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
USAWC faculty member tackles narcotics, corruption as part of ISAF task force

Dr. Paul Kan, Henry L. Stimson Chair of Military Studies and associate professor of national security studies, shakes hands with Gen. David Petraeus, Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Kan recently returned from a three-week deployment at ISAF working on an anti-narcotic and anti-corruption task force.  courtesy photo.

 

March 24, 2011 – An Army War College faculty member knows firsthand the issues and challenges that narcotics and corruption are creating in Afghanistan, thanks to his recent assistance visit to ISAF.

Dr. Paul Kan is back from a three-week deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan where he supported the International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan. Kan was part of the international task force Shafafiyat, or "transparency" which is tackling   these very issues.  

“Our task force took a hard look at how to tackle narcotics and corruption and focused of efforts on how to link up these operations with the counter-insurgency operations to increase their effectiveness.  

“Each nation and organization brings their own unique perspective and abilities to this issue,” said Kan, describing the joint and international task force with members from  Canada, France, Spain, Poland, the United Kingdom and the FBI.

The task force focused their analysis on issues such as the corruption in banks, local governments and the opium trade.

“Corruption and the narcotics trade really undermine the efforts for and the viability of Afghanistan,” he said. “There needs to be a legitimate government without the criminal elements and corruption.” 

Kan and the team reviewed existing doctrine and plans, taught classes about how to combat narcotics and helped set up a new initiative with the Army's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.

“I will be working with PKSOI to develop new curriculum that will help educate people on the many elements and types of corruption, so they will know how to approach it when they encounter it,” said Kan.

His time in Afghanistan, and the experiences of other Army War College faculty and staff who deploy  to support the operational force, really helps benefit the students as well, he said.

“It’s important for me to see firsthand what is happening in the ongoing operations that we discuss in seminar,” said Kan. “We have an obligation to be current for our students. They bring to the table a tremendous wealth of experience and our ability to see what they have experienced for ourselves really helps us engage and bring value to the conversation in class.” 

Kan said that his time in Afghanistan made him confident in the people who are continuing this fight.

“I worked with some great people who are really dedicated to the pursuit of an unknown outcome,” he said. “They are doing their best every day. It really is a noble thing.”

Kan is the USAWC Henry L. Stimson Chair of Military Studies and associate professor of national security studies.


Photo illustration:

(First illustration) Primary blast injury: An explosion generates a blast wave traveling faster than sound and creating a surge of high pressure followed by a vacuum. (Second illustration) Secondary Blast Injury: Shrapnel and debris propelled by the blast can strike a soldier's head, causing either a closed-head injury through blunt force or a penetrating head injury that damages brain tissue.  (Third illustration) Tertiary Blast Injury: The kinetic energy generated and released by an explosion can accelerate a soldier's body through the air and into the ground or nearby solid object. Once the body stops, the brain continues to move in the direction of the force, hitting the interior of the skull and then bouncing back into the opposite side, causing a coup-contrecoup injury.  Graphic by Al Granberg

 

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC public affairs

Carlisle Barracks providing treatment for traumatic brain injuries

March 30, 2011- Traumatic brain injuries have been called the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Improvements in medicine and armor have allowed more Soldiers to survive bomb blasts that would have killed them in the past. 

However, the explosions are leaving some with lingering wounds.  Those suffering mild traumatic brain injuries are especially difficult to detect because they frequently leave behind no obvious signs of trauma.   Although most Soldiers with mild TBI in theater will be asymptomatic by the time they redeploy, 20-40% may have residual symptoms, according to Paul Ciechoski, a physician’s assistant who works with TBI patients at Dunham Behavioral Health Clinic. 

Those who seek help will find it in the newly expanded Army programs for TBI screening, identification, treatment, and rehabilitation services at each Army Medical Treatment Facility.   Carlisle Barracks is one of 40 centers nationwide that is fully validated to diagnose and treat TBI.  The expansion of these facilities is largely because Soldiers, family members and civilian employees have, through the Army Family Action Plan, asked the Army to expand treatment for TBI patients.

Thanks to better programs, more military personnel are being better diagnosed.  Between 2000 and 2010 there were nearly 115,000 reported cases of TBI in the Army, and unknown numbers never reported.  Nearly 31,000 brain injuries were reported last year alone and more people are getting treatment for mild or moderate injuries.

A CT scan of the head after a traumatic brain injury.  The arrow shows a damaged, empty space.

 

 

Unlike previous wars when the enemy used traditional weapons, the weapon of choice among insurgents is an improvised explosive device.  The explosion can cause a brain injury when the skull hits another object, or when the blast creates a concussive shock wave, or when the brain is rocked back and forth inside of the skull.  

When an IED is detonated, the shock wave creates a high-pressure front that compresses the air around it.  This is followed by a sudden onset of negative pressure.  This sudden change in air pressure delivers kinetic energy through the body which can cause metabolic changes in the brain structure that control things like balance, blood pressure and speech.

 “Immediately after the blast the basic fight or flight reflexes take over as the brain tries desperately to right itself,” said Dr. James Kelly, a neurologist and director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence.  “Once the residual effects of the metabolic changes that occurred during the blast wear off and the brain’s metabolism has slowed down then the effects of the injury can begin to show.”

To combat this, the Army requires all Soldiers be screened for TBI upon returning from theater and again, three to six months after returning home. 

“Until very recently many mild TBIs were not being diagnosed until months after the incident, if at all” said Ciechoski.

“As recently as a few years ago, the prevailing thought was you’re not bleeding, you’re not bruised, you didn’t hit your head, you’re fine,” said Marsha Charlesa psychometrist at Dunham Clinic. “However, even if the IED or the accident didn’t cause you to hit your head against another object, your brain can still be injured if it is jostled or hits  because the skull.” 

Another problem with TBI is that the effects are cumulative. 

“A Soldier might not think much of one mild TBI,” said Ciechoski.  “Many Soldiers have walked away from a blast, thinking, ‘All I have is a mild headache, I am fine’.  But each subsequent injury, especially if it happens before the brain has had a chance to heal, can compound the problems.”

“Some people are also more susceptible to multiple TBI,” said Charles.  “If you have had head injuries in the past from playing sports, for example, you are more likely to experience a greater severity of symptoms and require more time to recuperate after a subsequent TBI.”

TBI caused by blunt trauma to the head usually results in a concussion.  Signs and symptoms of a concussion are: headache, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, ringing in the ears, fatigue, vision problems, balance problems, sleep problems and increased sensitivity to light

A neuro-psychiatric brain injury can be caused by rapid deceleration of a vehicle, or from a concussive blast wave from an IED.  Some of the signs are: depression, anxiety, irritability, impulsiveness, aggressiveness, apathy, and lack of normal inhibition

Other symptoms, such as difficulty in concentrating, memory problems and difficulty in planning may take months or years to develop.

Taking care of the problem when a concussive event takes place will minimize the risk of severe problems later on. The military has now recognized that the victim of a mild TBI needs to rest their brain completely, so now these Soldiers are taken out of combat so they can heal.

“Since last summer the Army is requiring all Soldiers who have suffered a concussion to be put on 24 hours of no physical activity, the second head injury requires seven days of no physical activity and the third requires evaluation by a neurologist in theater,” said Ciechoski.  “However, ‘no physical activity’ does not mean go back to your hootch and play video games or watch movies or do any of the other activities that Soldiers do to kill time.  You do nothing.  The brain needs to rest, in order to heal, and it can’t if you are using it to entertain yourself.”

“At Carlisle Barracks our TBI treatment program mostly sees people with mild brain injuries and a few military personnel with moderate injuries who may be assigned to a Community Based Warrior Transition Unit,” said Ginger Wilson-Gines, the Chief of Behavioral Health at the Dunham Health Clinic.

“Many of our patients are self-referred. They realize that something is not quite right and they may be experiencing some neuro-psychiatric symptoms that do not necessarily relate to their previous blasts exposure.  However, our doctors are trained to spot cluster symptoms of possible head injuries and then will refer them to us,” said Wilson-Gines.

“Many Soldiers have been hesitant about being screened because they still feel there is  a stigma about any non-visible injury,” said Ciechoski. “However, you know yourself, you know when something isn’t right.  Leaders should know their Soldiers well enough to know when something isn’t quite right.”

When a patient comes in for a TBI screening they are first seen by a medical provider who assesses the symptoms, then the patient may be referred to a neuropsychologist for further assessment.  At Dunham, they would be seen by a psychometrist who administers cognitive tests to assess memory, reasoning and other brain related areas.  Each treatment is individually developed, based on the injury and its extent.

If you think you may have a TBI call (717) 245-4602 to schedule a screening appointment or see your primary care physician.


Elaine Sanchez, American Forces Press Service
DOD celebrates Month of the Military Child

 

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 - Children of U.S. service members around the world will be honored throughout the month for their contributions to their families' well-being and sacrifices on behalf of the nation, a Defense Department official said.

 

Each April, Americans pause to recognize the nation's 1.8 million military children during the Month of the Military Child, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.

 

"It's really exciting that the Department of Defense, the White House and civic leaders recognize the sacrifices that military children make," Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon's office of family policy, children and youth, told American Forces Press Service. "It's particularly important during these times of conflict, when children are missing their parents and are sacrificing a lot, to say your sacrifice is recognized and we want to commend you for what you do for your family."

 

Throughout the month, military installations worldwide will host programs and activities for military children, including fairs, picnics, carnivals and parades, Thompson said. Communities also can get involved by sponsoring fun events to celebrate military children, she added.

 

Military children's sacrifices and contributions have risen to the forefront in recent years, Thompson said, as people have become increasingly aware of the impact a decade of war is having on military families. Along with the typical military-related stressors of multiple moves and schools, children also have had to deal with long-term, multiple deployments and separations from one, or both, parents over the past 10-plus years, Thompson said.

 

More than 900,000 military children have had a parent deploy multiple times, she added.

 

Military children have known only war since 9/11, Thompson noted, and recent research suggests deployments and the length of time separated have an impact on children's academic success and psychological well-being. Other research regarding children and attachment indicates that "this has to be a difficult time for military children," she said.

 

Just as important as caring for children is caring for their parents, Thompson added. "We know that if the parent is taken care of, the children are taken care of," she said.

 

Thompson praised the introduction of programs such as the Defense Department's military family life consultants, who provide coaching and nonmedical counseling to children, families and staff in schools and child development and youth programs. Sports and camps offer other opportunities for children to thrive and grow, she said.

 

However, she said, the Defense Department can't tackle all of these issues alone.

 

The nation took an important step forward in January, Thompson said, when President Barack Obama unveiled a governmentwide plan to strengthen military family support. Federal agencies committed to nearly 50 new programs and cooperative efforts to improve quality of life and well-being for military families.

 

Thompson also called for a strong "circle of support," in which schools, communities, health care providers and federal agencies come together to support military families. "We know that it takes a village," she said.

 

"Without a doubt, when we can recognize their sacrifices, when we can tell them that we'll reach out and help them, that we care about them and will connect them with the resources they need, then we're doing right by them," she said.


Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
McEldowney takes USAWC experience, knowledge to Afghanistan

Lt. Col. Eric McEldowney, director of the maintenance and logistics division for the Center for Strategic Leadership, poses for a photo with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai during the planning and construction of the Afghan Presidential Information Coordination Center, which McEldowney was the NATO Training Mission- Afghanistan lead for.  courtesy photo.  

March 30, 2011 -- You don’t have to be an Army War College graduate to be able to apply what you’ve learned here. That’s what Lt. Col. Eric McEldowney, director of the maintenance and logistics division for the Center for Strategic Leadership, learned while on a one-year deployment to Afghanistan.

McEldowney returned in February after serving as the executive officer for Plans and Policy (CJ5) for the NATO Training Mission- Afghanistan. In this role he was responsible for everything from synchronizing the efforts between the planning and assessment sections of NTM-A to working with the Afghan National Security Council.

“My two and a half years here at the Army War College really helped prepare me for what I experienced while deployed,” he said. “I’ve been able to learn so much here about thinking and planning at the strategic level that I wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else.”

Prior to his deployment, he served in a variety of roles, including as the coordinator for the strategic leader staff ride program at CSL, and coordinating the special education events and international fellows “white cell” for the Strategic Decision Making Exercise.  He was also able to affiliate with a USAWC seminar which he said he also found very beneficial.

During his time in Afghanistan, McEldowney undertook a variety of projects.

“One of the things I’ll remember most is being the NTM-A lead for the development and construction of the Afghan Presidential Information Coordination Center, which is very similar to the White House situation room,” he said.  While briefing his plans for the center to the Afghan Deputy National Security Advisor, he was informed that he’d be briefing Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai himself.

“That was a pretty exciting experience,” he said. “It’s not often you get an opportunity like that.”

McEldowney was also picked to escort a group of 11 Afghan National Army Officers from the Afghan National Army Training Center and the Afghan National Security University, their equivalent of West Point, to NATO Headquarters and SHAPE in Belgium.

“They were the first group of Afghan Army officers to ever visit there,” he said.  “It was an honor to not only be a part of the historic event, but to also spend a week with the Afghans learning from their perspective.”

McEldowney said that the deployment was valuable for him and those at the Army War College as well.

“I was able to carry a lot of knowledge with me from here down range, and also serve as a conduit for my fellow officers in Afghanistan to reach back here to the War College for assistance,” he said.  McEldowney said that he was also contacted by staff and faculty members from the USAWC while deployed for assistance and up-to-the-minute updates on events.

“It was really a great situation for everyone, I’m fortunate to have been able to do this.”


Public Affairs staff report

Eisenhower Series creates dialogue between military, college students

The Eisenhower Series College program is now on Facebook. Follow them at http://www.facebook.com/EisenhowerSeriesCollegeProgram

 

Marine Corps Lt. Col. Shane Conrad, Navy Cmdr. Eric Mason, Lt. Col. Peter Evans, and Col. Eric Tilley, members of the Eisenhower Series College Program, talk at Susquehanna University March 31. The panel discussion covered topics ranging from energy conservations of the military to the current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

 

March 30, 2011 -  USAWC students Marine Lt. Col Shane Conrad, Navy Cmdr Eric Mason, Army Lt. Col. Peter Evans, Army Col. Eric Tilley, spoke  with students at Seibert Hall, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa. about China, violence and drugs on the US-Mexican border, future challenges of the US-NATO relationship, energy independence and the nuclear challenge. 

“This discussion was really valuable because it allowed us to hear the thoughts and ideas right coming right from these officers who have seen these issues firsthand,” said Jennifer West, a political science major at Susquehanna University. “It really made me want to look more into issues like energy conservation and the issues along the US-Mexico border.”

Questions from the audience ranged from whether or not the officers thought China would be taking a more active role militarily in the world to how prevalent they felt gang members were in the military.

Eisenhower Series program students travel across the United States to various colleges, universities and other institutes of learning to engage students and the community on a variety of military issues to promote better understanding between the two groups. 

Lt. Col. Harrison B. Gilliam and Col. Eric Tilley take questions after their presentation at the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pa.   Gilliam and Tilley, members of the Eisenhower Series program, were at the library as part of the “Threats to National Security throughout the World,” lecture series sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Courtesy photo.

 

Throughout March,  students on the Eisenhower Panel traveled to the University of Mount Union, Ohio; the University of South Carolina; North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Ga., Saint Mary's College in San Antonio.  The Eisenhower schedule started Feb. 15 when two members of the  program, Col. Eric Tilley and Lt. Col. Harrison B. Gilliam, traveled to the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pa., as part of the “Threats to National Security throughout the World” lecture series.

Tilley, who spoke about the United States’ role in NATO, said he found the experience valuable because it provides an opportunity for military members to have candid exchanges with the public about a wide variety of topics. 

The hallmark of the Eisenhower Series is the candid exchange between the experienced military officers and the questioning members of college classes or the general public.

“The discussion we had at the Peters Township Library was an outstanding forum for us to discuss issues and concerns that Americans have on a wide variety of topics such as civilian control of the military,” said Tilley.

Gilliam, an Afghanistan war veteran, discussed Afghanistan policy.  He said that the Eisenhower Series program offered an excellent venue for members of the military to interact with the American people. 

“It gives us a deeper understanding of what people are thinking, and it provides them the opportunity to get to know us and what we think and feel,” said Gilliam.  “It allows us to connect with America.”

“This program provides me a sense of what topics interest college and high school students,” said Army Col. Kristin Baker, a member of the program.

Army Col. Richard Root, Navy Cmdr William Richardson, Air Force Lt. Col. Carl Jones, Army Lt. Col. Shawn Harris,  and Air Force Lt. Col. David Rodriguez round out the roster of Eisenhower students, each selected for experience, education, speaking skills, and interest in national security issues. In addition to required coursework, the Eisenhower students undertake an intensive individual study program throughout the academic year.

The Eisenhower Series College program will also visit Texas Tech in Lubbock; Southeast Louisiana University, Louisiana State University and Loyala School of Law in New Orleans; the University of Arizona, Tucson;  Seton Hall in New Jersey; and Auburn University in Alabama.

The Eisenhower Series College program dates to 1969 when it was known as the Current Affairs Program. This year approximately 50 students applied for the competitive selection of Eisenhower partipants.