Banner Archive for April 2012

 Suzanne M. Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Renting Camping Equipment on Carlisle Barracks now more accessible




Photo by Megan Clugh

 Carlisle Barracks Outdoor Recreation celebrated its Grand Opening at its new location on Apr. 20.




   If you enjoy camping, kayaking and playing outdoor games, make your way to Carlisle Barracks Outdoor Recreation and check out all the equipment for rent--canoes, kayaks, canopies, pop-up campers, sleeping bags, badminton sets, and much more.

  The Carlisle Barracks Outdoor Recreation celebrated its “New Location Grand Opening”  April 20,  860 Sumner Road (former location of the Class VI store) with free food, demonstrations, and kid’s activities.

  “I am interested in fly fishing so I thought I would check out the demonstration,” said Dr. Christopher Bolan, USAWC.  “It’s great,” said Command Sgt. Major Robert Blakey.  “I want to try a pop-up camper in June when my son is out of school, maybe fly fishing and kayaking also.”

  In addition to renting pop up campers, Outdoor Recreation has two trailers on site at the Drummer Boy Campground in Gettysburg.

  All active duty military personnel, family members with ID cards, retirees, reservists and DoD civilians are eligible to rent the equipment.

  Outdoor Recreation also offers trips which are open to the public.

  “I am happy to have one home with my office and equipment in the same building,” said Susan Cantalupi, Outdoor Recreation manager.   “It’s almost like a store,” she said.   “It’s very customer friendly.”

   “I think that it will be great because of the location, said retired Col. Jim Gibson.  “It is very accessible right between the Exchange, Commissary and Thrift Shop.  “It’s all about location, location, location,” he said.

  The hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  For more information on equipment and trips, call 717-245-4616 or visit their website at:

U.S. Army Major General Robert Brown Opens Carson Long Leadership Lecture Series


     NEW BLOOMFIELD, Pa. – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert B. Brown will be the featured speaker as Carson Long Military Academy begins its Leadership Lecture Series on Monday, May 7.

    This event is open to the public.

    Maj. Gen. Brown is the commanding officer of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga.  He will speak on leadership and teamwork during the event held in the Carson Long campus chapel.

    A reception catered by Little’s Catering will be held at 6 p.m. in the Maples, with the lecture series set to begin at 7 p.m. 

    “It is an honor and a privilege to have a distinguished speaker such as Major General Brown to open the Leadership Lecture Series,” said Col. Matthew Brown, President of Carson Long Military Academy, the oldest boarding school in the United States that still provides military training.  “Major General Brown’s leadership skills have been evident as he commanded soldiers at all echelons of the military service. Leadership and character are core values we focus on every day with our cadets.  Major General Brown brings a unique perspective that we believe will resonate with the audience.” 

    Maj. Gen. Brown also served as an advisor to the USA Olympic basketball team as the group prepared for the 2008 Beijing, China, Olympic Games.  Brown was a four-time letterman at Army from 1978-81 under Coach Mike Krzyzewski, now a legendary coach at Duke University and head of the U.S. National Team.

For more information, contact Jennifer Chunn, Marketing Director at Carson Long Military Academy, at 717.582.2121 or at


Jack Giblin, Army Heritage and Education Center
Army’s History lives at Army Heritage Days May 19-20


Army Heritage Days will be held May 19-20 at the Army Heritage and Education Center.  This year's event features an expanded look at the War of 1812 and showcases living historians representing Soldiers from before the French and Indian War all the way to Vietnam.  file photo.


Come see the sights and hear the sounds of the U.S. Army’s history on May 19th and 20th at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s Army Heritage Days 2012 event.  Army Heritage Days is a timeline living history event which examines nearly every era of U.S. Army history. This year's event features an expanded look at the War of 1812 and showcases living historians representing Soldiers from before the French and Indian War all the way to Vietnam.  Especially exciting this year is an expanded artillery demonstration with black-powder guns spanning from the Revolution to the Spanish-American War.

In addition to a special look at the War of 1812, the Army Heritage Days events include numerous large displays.  BAE will feature several of their current-operations vehicles, including the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.  Re-enactors and veterans driving Vietnam Gun Trucks will display alongside sutler’s tents and 18th Century children’s games.   The extensive Civil War and 18th Century exhibits will accompany Korean War living historians and several “adversary” units, including German World War II mountain troopers.  The entirety of USAHEC’s Army Heritage Trail will be packed with displays of historical military equipment, vehicles, gear, and live demonstrations. Just a few of the planned demonstrations include Civil War infantry drill, small arms in World War II, an in-depth look at how soldiers lived and worked in the trenches of World War I, and a 19th century baseball game.

The bulk of activities occur on the outdoor Army Heritage Trail, but both days offer additional events inside the Visitor and Education Center.  The hallways and exhibit spaces will be full of displays, activities, and demonstrations with lectures from notable military historians topping the list of indoor attractions. As always, the USAHEC gift shop will be open and will feature the Army Heritage Days book sale, an annual crowd favorite.

Army Heritage Days 2012 is a FREE Event and includes FREE parking.  The event opens to the public at 9 AM on Saturday, May 19th and on Sunday, May 20th.  The event will end at 5 PM both days, as well.  Food vendors, including our own Café Cumberland, will offer a wide variety of refreshments.  For more information, please call 717-245-3972 or visit

Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
USAWC students, staff make sure Navy vet receives his piece of history


James Foster (center) a Navy vet who served on the first crew of USS WORCESTER, holds a plank from the ship’s deck after being presented it by nine members of the Army War College Community, CAPT Tim Sheridan, CH (Cmdr) Joseph "Vic" Sheldon III, CAPT Mark Light, Cmdr. J. J. Patterson, Cmdr. Michael Matis, CAPT Steven Gardiner, Cmdr. Brian Montgomery, Cmdr. Nels Swanson, and Cmdr. Bruce Apgar.  Standing with them is  his wife, Mila. courtesy photo.


April 26, 2012 -- A long-standing U.S. Navy tradition says that any Sailor who serves on the first crew of a Navy vessel is called a "plank owner", implying bragging rights and ownership of one of the planks of the ship's deck. Earlier this week, nine Navy members of the Army War College community made sure that a Navy vet received his long overdue piece of history. 

James Foster, who served in the Navy from 1947-1968 was on the crew that commissioned and first served on USS WORCESTER, received his plank thanks to the hard work of his hospice chaplain Timothy Wheeler, who works at Celtic Healthcare in Carlisle, and Navy Capt. Mark Light, USAWC faculty member.

Light was contacted by Wheeler who shared Foster’s story, including the years he served in the Military Sealift Command, serving on ships that are owned and operated by the Navy using mostly civilian crew.  “These ships constitute the bulk of the Navy's surface logistics assets and operate closely with active Naval combat ships,” said Light.  Several of members of the USAWC Class of 2013 serve or have served in the MSC. 



Foster holds a photo of the USS WORCESTER and his plank after the presentation.


Wheeler contacted the USS WORCESTER Association, and they provided a piece of the original teak decking from the ship. Wheeler contacted the USAWC to see if someone from the Navy could make the presentation.   

“Mr. Foster dedicated his life to the service of his country - not only through his more than 40 years at sea, but through his wife who stood by him, and his three children who also served in the military,” said Light. Foster’s two daughters were present on Tuesday, and his son is in Guam, retiring this month from the Navy after 20 years. 

“He is rightfully very proud of his service, and said he has been waiting a long time to get a plank of USS WORCESTER,” he said. “The WORCESTER was one of only two ships in its class of Light Cruisers and he has remained very fond of his first Navy ship.”

Light said it was an honor to make the presentation.

“At present his health is failing and it was very rewarding to be able to come together as a group and honor Jim's dedication, along with that of his family, and present to him a very small but significant token in recognition of his service to his country.”

Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
USAWC Seminar helps develop ‘other half’ of leadership teams


Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, spoke to participants in the Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar, a three-day program that provides spouses training to enhance their roles as senior leaders, mentors and advisers to benefit the military community. 


April 26, 2012 – Today’s military depends on strong, effective and caring leaders but those leaders are not always wearing a uniform as pointed out during a recent seminar held at the Army War College.

60 spouses of USAWC students and staff now have new tools to help them in the future, thanks to a recently completed three-day Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar.

“The Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar brings to USAWC spouses the training needed to be effective and caring leaders in the communities they move to following their departures from Carlisle,” said Christine Yuengert, Director of the USAWC Military Family Program. “The Army supports this training as a broader effort to prepare our spouses to be strong advocates for Soldiers and their military Families.”

SSLS is a complimentary program, sponsored by the Military Family Program, and taught at the master’s level to USAWC Spouses by a Department of the Army team of volunteers.

“Its single purpose is to provide further applicable skills that our senior spouses will need at their future military assignments as leaders in their communities,” said Yuengert. “The overwhelming opinion of several of this year's participants is that this training is important, relevant to them as senior spouses, and not taught at the pre-command course.”

The impact that these leaders have on their communities is not lost on the USAWC leadership.

“You are an important part of our military team,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, at the kick-off of the seminar. “Our profession and our military are all about the people. I encourage all of you to use the skills you will develop and refine here to remain engaged in our communities. We need you.” 

The seminar tackled topics like “Coaching, Mentoring, and Advising,” “Working with Volunteers,” “Protocol at the Senior Level,” and “The Balancing Act: Taking Care of Yourself.”  

“We are at a new place in our careers and realize that we may need some new skills to be able to tackle the challenges ahead,” said Kelly Lesperance, of her future with her husband David, a USAWC student.  “One of the aspects I found really useful was the reminder to practice active listening. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we are thinking or trying to think of a solution that we aren’t really listening to what the other person is saying.  Two-way communication is key.”

“I really wanted to take part in this seminar to find out how I can support and compliment what my husband does professionally,” said Melissa Golden, spouse of Air Force Col. James Golden.

For more information on other Military Family Programs visit

Suzanne M. Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service receives highest accreditation


  To ensure Soldiers, civilians and families receive uniform levels of quality support, each Army Community Service center undergoes a rigorous accreditation process. The Carlisle Barracks ACS is awarded the top accreditation with perfect scores.

 "The accreditation is something the Department of the Army looks at very carefully, said Linda Slaughter, ACS Director.  “It's a way of standardizing services across the Army.”

  “One of the most important things we can provide to Soldiers and Families is consistency in services and programs and this is what the accreditation process does, said Slaughter. “There are certain specific requirements, programs or services that all ACS Centers must provide so that a Soldier who rotates from Ft. Bragg to Ft. Stewartwill, in essence, find the same level and quality of services at each installation.”

  The accreditation evaluation is based on Installation Management Command (IMCOM) accreditation teams applying DA standards.  (AR 608-1, DA Form 7419, 7419-1, 7419-2, 7419-3 and 7419-4)

  The U.S. Army IMCOM evaluates the accreditation team recommendations and makes a decision about compliance.

  “The accreditation team delves into every single aspect of the individual programs, said Slaughter.  “This means nothing is too insignificant to escape scrutiny:  standing operating procedures, meeting minutes, training rosters, even ensuring the ACS Center is handicap accessible is inspected by the team.”

  Carlisle Barracks ACS was evaluated April 2-6, 2012 and received 290 out of 290 points for the Category 2 standards and passed all Category 1 standards. 

   “Category 1 standards are either pass or fail and any failure of any category 1 standard causes a failure of the entire accreditation, said Linda Slaughter.  “Carlisle Barracks ACS will be recommended for Accreditation with Commendation,” she said.

  The ACS programs evaluated include:  Family Advocacy, Exceptional Family Member, Relocation Readiness, Family Employment Readiness, Deployment Readiness, Financial Readiness, Information, Referral and Follow-up, Army Family Action Plan, Army Family Team Building, Army Volunteer Corps, the Victim Advocacy and the Sexual Assault Response program.

  “Many of the programs ACS has oversight of, such as the Exceptional Family Member Program, rely heavily on other agencies, such as health care providers, Child, Youth and School services; Community Recreation Division, and the Directorate of Public Works – are also inspected,” said Slaughter.

  "If they fail their part of the accreditation, then the overall accreditation is gone. “It's a community effort,” she said.

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs

Leaders honor outstanding employees  for significant accomplishments


April 23, 2012 -- Military and civilian members of the Carlisle Barracks workforce were singled out for their significant accomplishments at the Installation Awards Ceremony, Apr. 16, Letort View Community Center.

“Today’s ceremony recognizes and applauds the accomplishments of our military and civilian team,’” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant.  “You all deserve many thanks for the great job you do every day.”

Karen Finkenbinder, research and publications analyst in the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, was named Civilian Employee of the Year.

  Finkenbinder was nominated for this award by her supervisor for her outstanding research products, and her work with the PKSOI intern program.

Karen Finkenbinder was named Civilian Employee of the Year at the Installation Awards Ceremony, Apr. 16, LVCC.

  Photo:  Megan Clugh




  “The intern program that she began has grown into a world class, quality internship, supported by many high ranking institutions,” said Col. Rory Radovich, chief of PKSOI's Publications and Knowledge Management Division.

Lisa Briner, librarian in the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Technical Services Branch, was selected as the Civilian Employee of the Quarter.

  Briner was nominated for her significant management skills in upgrading and testing the Historical Materials Management System (HMMS).

  “Lisa was invaluable to the success of the new HMMS system, said USAHEC’s Registrar.  “Every setback was met with her expert guidance as to how to approach the contractor to resolve the issue.”

  Army Achievement Medals for exceptional and meritorious achievement for being selected NCO of the Quarter and Soldier of the Quarter were awarded to Sgt. Charles Posey, III, U.S. Army War College, and  Spec. Brigetta Fisher, U.S. Army Medical Command, U.S. Army Veterinary Services.

   A 25-year Length of Government Service certificate and pin were presented to Anne Hurst, ACS Family Advocacy.

  The Commanding General’s Bonus Program awards were presented to:

  Sgt. Kevin Koons, police training OIC, Directorate of Emergency Services, was nominated for his outstanding contributions to the DES monthly collective training packages.

  Amos Myers, education and training technician, Department of Distance Education, USAWC, was nominated for his administrative support and guidance to DDE students.

  Barb Sadler, administrative assistant to the Deputy Commandant, USAWC, was nominated for her consummate professional and untiring work ethic and attention to detail.

  Lori Sekela, supervisory librarian, AHEC, was nominated for administering a replacement integrated library system for the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. 

PENNDOT re-opens section of Trindle Road


April 30, 2012 -- PennDOT Cumberland County Maintenance has re-opened the previously closed section of Route 641 between Mechanicsburg and Carlisle along the Monroe/Silver Spring Township Line in order to repair a sinkhole.

USAWC grads in the news

The chief of staff, Army announced April 19 the following assignments:

Brig. Gen. Richard P. Mustion, who has been selected for the rank of major general, director, military personnel management, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., to commanding general, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

Brig. Gen. Bryan G. Watson, who has been selected for the rank of major general, director, Joint Engineering Directorate/commander, U.S. Army Engineer Division, Trans-Atlantic (Forward), U.S. Forces-Afghanistan to deputy director for Joint and Coalition Warfighting J-7, Joint Staff, Suffolk, Va.

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Officer
Experiential education: Distance Education enriches learning

Experience got them here, and experiential education keeps them engaged and challenged. Senior national security professionals of the USAWC Distance Education program experience learning differently than resident students, but no less connected to faculty and peers. The majority of students in the two-year program are senior Reserve and Guard officers balancing a civilian career, a military one, and a master’s program; others are pursuing the USAWC degree while deployed.

USAWC Distance Education faculty gathered in a conference room to discuss the online student experience. Recreating the kind of threaded discussions that students participate in were Col. Marty Wilson, deputy chair and exercise director; Col. Joel Hillison, director of First Year Studies; Col. Brett Weigle, 2nd Year director; Dr. Kevin Weddle, retired Army colonel and director for War and Military Strategy; Dr. Jeff Groh, director of Contemporary Military Issues.

Threaded discussions aka Distance Education forums

Groh: “Our students are deployed, and on the go. They read in airports and while commuting for hours in Los Angeles.”

Weddle: “The thing we try to do here is to replicate the seminar experience, that they can’t get otherwise, in several ways and every class has an online forum, perhaps discussing a faculty instructor’s question or role-playing an interagency policy committee to develop policy in Iran or China. It could be a debate on the classical theorists.”

Weddle: “Clausewitz is the greatest theorists ever – and you’d be surprised how well they understand after several days of developing pro-and-con arguments.”

Hillison: “Taking a position in a debate forces them to look at a problem from different perspectives and identify the arguments, and reconsider theirs. It forces them to question their own assumptions and get into the details – a vehicle to think critically and question logical fallacies.”

Hillison: “Online forums are asynchronous and more thoughtful – with time to think and reflect on other comments, as opposed to the free flow conversation that was my [resident student] experience. Studies show that online discussion will get to a higher level of discussion.”

Weigle: “This is graduate work and we evaluate at the graduate level. We expect well-thought-out comments with citations.”

Weddle: “You can’t wing it in a forum. It allows faculty instructors to reach the best students and the weakest. You can get to the sophisticated level for the smartest student and everybody benefits when they see the back-and-forth.”

Hillison: “In the Regional Studies Course for Europe, the discussion about US national interests in Europe may introduce the economy and, from there, debt crisis … European Union … US trade with Europe. A new thread may be that US security interests are paramount … a student may chime in about collaborative efforts with crime. Students who are struggling will reach comprehension. Advanced students can get to analysis and synthesis.”

Wilson: “We use a carrier exercises as a vehicle to facilitate student learning. For the class of 2013, the exercise has a China – Iran focus. During the First Resident Course [between 1st and 2nd year studies], speakers address our interests in China and Iran. In a seminar about the interagency process, they’ll engage about strategic culture. In the regional studies course, they’ll engage in studies on China’s and Iran’s interests vis-a-vis each other – all in the context of US interests and foreign policy. A strategy formulation exercise – our capstone exercise – brings it all together.”

Weigle: “For example, students are doing joint operations planning processes for multinational intervention in the Sudan in some ‘future.’ One room is working constraints and restraints … another one, assumptions and facts. Everyone has access to all [online] rooms and can track and even post in other ‘rooms’.”

Weigle: “One student leads with initial draft, and other students add, discuss and refine the final product.”

Weddle: “It’s generally dispassionate. You don’t get the passion in a controversial issue such as strategy for Afghanistan. The forum tamps down emotion and gets to the heart of the issue.”

Weigle: “And, by the way, every forum includes someone in Afghanistan.”

Groh: “What gives me personal satisfaction is how this experiential learning is applied immediately: ‘I’m using this in the job – and now I get it,’ they say.”

Weigle: “We get comments like, ‘We’re doing Mission Analysis right now in my command and now I can contribute at a higher level.’”

1st resident phase includes staff rides

Weddle: “We offer two staff rides [during a 2-week resident phase at Carlisle]: Gettysburg, and Antietam … Antietam is outstanding for theater strategy learning … the battle had great strategic significance.”

Electives offer choice

Weigle: “Electives create a student-centric choice. Why give everyone the same thing? If you have a passion, you can pursue it through an elective – and 98 percent of them include a paper and a forum.”

Weigle: “In another example, one officer is writing a personal experience monograph about his experience in working operational design to build a theater security cooperation plan.”

2nd resident phase includes academic visits to DC-based agencies

Groh: “It’s an amazing experience for a few hours [in seminar, post-DC] to hear different perspectives around the [seminar] room. It’s all about relationships in the Guard and Reserve world. After two years, they go to meet people who practice policy development.

Groh: “We have 16-17 students for a full [2nd] year and I can objectively tell that they move to a better level of strategic thinking …. Writing is important for senior leaders and they do improve through experience.

Groh: “The Effective Writing Seminar offers additional guidance, with video support – and that’s available online to anyone.” For more


Public Affairs staff report
Staff rides provide unique learning opportunity

The Army War College is always looking for creative ways to help educate and inform strategic leaders. One of the most innovative learning experiences – the Gettysburg Staff Ride – helps Army War College students learn from the lessons of the battle while retracing the steps of leaders nearly 150 years ago.

The Gettysburg staff rides are a whole-of-Army War College effort that brings USAWC experts from all of the centers and institutes together with the students of the resident and distance education classes.

“The staff ride serves many purposes,” said Prof. Len Fullenkamp, a professor of military history for the Department of National Security and Strategy. “It affords our students an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of leadership at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war, as well as the opportunity to reflect on the complexities of using war and battle to achieve political ends. It is a tremendous learning experience,” he said.

The staff rides are designed to show real-world examples of strategic leadership and view lessons that are still applicable today through a historical context. A full day staff ride of the Gettysburg battlefield led by a USAWC historians, is followed by seminar discussions focused on strategic leadership and related topics.

“First, unlike a lecture or presentation, the staff ride is interactive, akin to our seminar discussions,” said Dr. Jim Helis, chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy.

“I personally liked walking the actual grounds where the particular battles and skirmishes took place,” said Col. Al Abramson III, student. “To actually see what the leaders saw was a very unique experience. Being on the actual battlefield greatly assisted me in envisioning the rationale as to why they made the decision they did at the time.”

One of the most valuable aspects of the staff ride is that the lessons learned there are still applicable today, said Helis.

“They are drawn into discussing lessons derived from the battle,” he said. “Leadership, decision making, the human dimension of war, fog and friction on the battlefield are topics as relevant today as in 1863.”

“When students came to the Army War College they were focused on tactics and the battle directly in front of them,” said Fullenkamp. “However, when they leave here, they will shift their focus to strategy. They won’t be able to just focus on the battle in front of them but will also have to focus on the battle that will be fought next week or two months from now.”

As they walk the battle grounds, USAWC faculty remind the students of the three things that make a great Army: leadership, tactics and discipline.

“Of the three, leadership matters the most.”

For some seminar members, the most sobering part of the day was learning about some of the difficult decisions that the Civil War commanders had to make during those three days in July.

“Sacrificing a regiment to delay an advance until reinforcements can arrive is a dilemma that I hope I never have to face,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Mallets. “If presented with the situation, I saw the effect that it had on the overall effort and pray that I know the right decision to make.”

At the end of the day, students say the staff ride provided them insights into strategic leadership.

“I suppose the biggest take away from the staff ride is the role that good leadership, both above and below, plays in accomplishing the end state, whether that’s a military end state or a political end state,” said Lt. Col. Carey Wagen.

“The personality of the leaders and their qualifications were critical to the success or failure of the individual battles,” said Mallets. “Commanders taking liberties with what they thought was the right move ended up putting the overall battle in jeopardy. Not to mention, not all of the commanders were professional military officers. Their lack of training and experience might have turned the tide for the enemy,” he said.

“I believe staff rides provide a better understanding of the issues/challenges discussed in the seminar,” said Abramson.

“Talking about an issue is one thing, but to actually visit the location -- you gain a better appreciation, and sense of the challenges the leaders had to endure.”

Ritchie Dion, Center for Strategic Leadership
CSL uses experiential learning to develop future security professionals


Students at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky, take part in a Center for Strategic Leadership sponsored International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise. 

April 18, 2012 -- The recent war in Iraq and the continuing effort in Afghanistan have identified necessary changes to the U.S. military skill-set: changes that have moved Soldiers into areas that were once the sole concern of State Department diplomats – namely the conduct of negotiations. In both conflicts noncommissioned and commissioned officers of all ranks increasingly found themselves in negotiation with military leaders, tribal leaders and local politicians as part of their daily mission. However, most military school curriculums do not encompass formal training in negotiations. While mastering negotiation techniques is not a core task of the military, it has become a necessary skill in the era of asymmetric warfare where winning the hearts and minds of local populations and leaders is an essential component.

For its part, the Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership has been in the vanguard of teaching negotiation skills and techniques as part of its experiential education mission.

Since 1998, CSL has run a strategic-level negotiation exercise for its International Fellows class – the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise. Since 2003 CSL has used a slightly modified version of this exercise – the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise – in partnering with universities from around the country to educate and develop future leaders.

This partnership began with Georgetown University and has expanded to include Princeton University, the University of Kentucky, Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, Syracuse University, Penn State University, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. The rapid expansion was due in no small part to the popularity of this unique experential learning event.

The IFSCNE and ISCNE are both experiential learning simulations set in future years against the backdrop of a United Nations Summit. The summit has been called to attempt to resolve a long-standing and potentially volatile crisis – such as the almost three decade-old frozen conflict involving Nagorno-Karabakh in the South Caucasus region, or the long-term international dispute over the island of Cyprus. Up to 80 participants are placed into roles as members of a diplomatic mission on country-teams invited to the summit. The teams are charged by their governments with negotiating an advantageous solution based on their own confidential instructions and publically and privately held positions. Students work as part of their team to negotiate the best solution in a tough, real-world stalemated conflict.

These exercises are true experiential learning events, as the ebb and flow during the two-day exercise is strictly based on student interactions and decisions – nothing is scripted. Students are asked to assume new and unfamiliar roles and positions. In these roles they develop negotiation strategy, work through a series of bi- and multilateral negotiation sessions, write communiqués and press releases and strive to arrive at a solution while protecting their national interests.

The exercise culminates with a Ministerial Meeting to report their progress to a United Nations Special Representative. Throughout the process, mentors – career diplomats, senior military officers, regional experts and university faculty – coach and teach the students as they hone their strategic thinking and negotiation skills. Of significant note is the participation of retired U.S. Ambassadors as mentors. The ambassadors are chosen because of their significant experience in these regions and conflicts or have actually been the lead U.S. negotiators in the real-world efforts to resolve these conflicts. For university students and war college Fellows alike, this experience and interaction with seasoned diplomatic practitioners is a priceless component, and help make these exercises unique learning opportunities.

The U.S. government’s shift to more “full spectrum foreign policy” highlights the need for full spectrum national security practitioners – foreign service, economic, cultural, military and international law professionals who are adept at navigating the demanding 21st century international environment. The U.S. Army War College and the Center for Strategic Leadership are well-positioned as valuable partners in the development of these practitioners – both military and civilian.

USAHEC supports force, preserves history through experiential learning

by Molly Bompane, Melissa Wiford and Jessica Sheets, USAHEC


April 18, 2012 -- The United States Army Heritage and Education Center maintains many invaluable resources for the United States Army—thousands of manuscript, photograph and audio visual collections, library holdings, oral histories and artifacts. Not only does USAHEC make its historical holdings available to the Army, but it also offers the vast subject matter expertise of its staff. The staff shares its knowledge of the history of the United States Army; the management of archival, photograph and audio visual collections; the creation, management and preservation of digital content; artifact and materiel culture identification; and conservation and preservation practices.

To support the force, USAHEC has engaged entities within the Army, Reserves and National Guard to share this expertise and provide training through experiential, group-based learning. This method of active, cooperative, hands-on learning has proven extremely effective and beneficial. In this environment, USAHEC staff assesses needs and builds training accordingly. Initial training sessions present foundational information through instruction that allows the trainees to put the subject matter into context. After the overview, the trainees are broken into small groups to discuss the principles outlined. They also apply the concepts by working with materials in the USAHEC collection.

USAHEC has provided training to TRADOC Command Historians, National Guard Archives and Museum Specialists, Active and Reserve Military History Detachment Personnel, and Soldiers attending the Special Forces Warrant Officers Tactical and Technical Course. As an example, the TRADOC Command Historians conducted annual training at USAHEC. USAHEC staff set up a multiday training and archives practicum. The historians learned about archival processing, photograph identification, digitizing collections, preservation and conservation of archival and photographic material, and proper collection housing. During the practicum, the historians were divided into groups to work on small manuscript collections with a USAHEC archives staff member. During this process, the staff was able address any questions. After returning to their installations, several historians put into practice the archival policies and procedures they learned by organizing their archives more efficiently and thus making collections more accessible.

As USAHEC’s role as a training center to support the Army evolves and grows, the organization looks forward to addressing the needs of the Army and providing assistance and solutions. By offering its resources and expertise, USAHEC stands ready to assist the Army with any challenges it may face.

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant
Commandant's Column: Envisioning USAWC 2020

Jim Thorpe Sports Days are upon us.  For the Army War College team, it’s about fitness and fun, friends and family, and… victory!  It’s a healthy change of pace from our deep commitment to academic studies and strategic research projects.  Jim Thorpe Sports Days celebrate collegiality and competition among peers at sister service colleges.  There’s a special poignancy to this year’s event on the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games, in Stockholm Sweden, where Thorpe’s legendary athleticism garnered two Olympic gold medals and inspired the Jim Thorpe Sports Days.

Jim Thorpe Sports Days are, as well, a reflection of the changing times.  In recent years, the Naval War College and this year, the Air War College, have stopped participating for budgetary reasons. This year, the games will be a great competition with the National War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  For future Jim Thorpe Sports Days, as for everything we do, we must reassess what we do and how we do it, taking a fresh look at the balance of tradition and innovation.  

Tradition and innovation are rarely easy companions. And these are not easy times, as we grapple with the realities of this new age of austerity.

Last year, Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced the need to examine the Army’s organizational structure and business practices.  In August of 2011, he noted the scope of the task: “…The simple fact is that large scale institutional transformation takes years to mature before agile, cost-effective organizations emerge – with a culture of continuous improvement incorporated in all activities.”

The Secretary, the Chief of Staff of the Army, and the TRADOC Commander have charged all commanders and leaders to review operations, processes and organizations, in order to become more effective, efficient and adaptive for the future.  As the institution responsible for educating and inspiring strategic leaders to lead change, we must adapt our war college to meet this intent.     

We created Task Force USAWC 2020 to execute a complete functional review of the Army War College and its institutes. The Task Force has developed several courses of action and recommendations to transform and adapt the Army War College so as to maintain critical functions in educating senior and strategic leaders within a resource constrained environment.  The task force must meet current mission requirements while we make those institutional adaptations that will prepare us to meet future challenges. Importantly, the Task Force is focused on ensuring we move into our future with a “whole of Army War College” approach. 

I have charged the Task Force USAWC 2020 with executing a deliberate series of steps – to analyze our mission, functions, current organizational structure and processes, to consider current and emerging doctrine, and to incorporate both technology and the knowledge and experience of students, faculty and staff.  The task force has proposed creative, innovative, and adaptive organizational structures that we believe will best position us to become a better, more agile, cost-effective institution.  The USAWC leadership in the Strategic Planning Committee has received several updates, and their organizational representatives have provided their expertise and input to the Task Force during the development of the various proposals.    

We take this initiative to shape our future and respond to the priorities of the Secretary of the Army, the Army Chief of Staff, and the TRADOC Commander.  We do this by implementing a thoughtful strategy that ensures institutional adaptability to assess, identify, and act on new opportunities to achieve a “culture of continuous improvement.” 

Make no mistake -- any institutional change of long-held organizational relationships will prove difficult and challenging.  To that end, we must reconsider long-held assumptions and identify creative and innovative solutions to better position our Army War College in support of TRADOC, our Army and our nation.  

I am confident in our ability to forge an efficient and effective USAWC 2020. As we make decisions for the future of our Army War College, we are carefully balancing tradition with the current and emerging requirements. We will remain true to our founding purpose and adhere to the essence of Elihu Root’s principle that has guided us ably for more than a century: “to study and confer on the three great problems of national defense, military science, and responsible command.”  

Prudens Futuri -- Wisdom and Strength for the Future

Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs
Regional studies electives expose students to regional issues, challenges


Danish Lt. Col. Kim Schmidt, a USAWC International Fellow, speaks to the European Studies elective as part of a panel discussion March 22. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

April 18, 2012 -- Once the 368 members of the Army War College Class of 2012 graduate and move onto their next assignments, they will realize their focus has shifted from a narrow, tactical focus, to a wider, world-wide strategic one.

To help prepare them for this new world, during the elective period, students are able to take Regional Studies Electives, which focus on a specific region of strategic interest in the world. This article is the first in a two-part series that will look at these elective courses and the faculty who teach them.

The College offers seven RSEs covering Afghanistan-Pakistan, sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas North and South, East and South Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Eurasia (Russia, Caspian/Black Sea and Inner Asia), and the Middle East & North Africa.


Africa elective

“The electives allow students to gain a better understanding of U.S. policy and specific issues and challenges facing a particular region,” said Col. Tom Sheperd, who teaches the Africa elective. “Africa differs greatly from region to region and we attempt to highlight these differences to provide the students with a basic understanding of how it may affect US policy.”

The elective provides a deeper understanding of the African Continent by examining US national interests in Africa, how colonization and de-colonization affects nations today and looks at the African Union and the trends in specific areas.

“The continent is huge,” said Sheperd. “You can fit the US in many times over and with 54 nations you cannot use a cookie-cutter approach. That’s what we’re trying to help the students understand by looking at the region trends. This is a very complex continent. “

Sheperd brings first-hand experience to the region as a Foreign Area Officer with six years in Africa including positions in Kenya, and Eritrea.

“We have to provide our students the information so that they can ask the right questions,” he said. “The students have to be able to adjust their lens and be judicious with scarce resources to achieve the maximum effect.”

The class looks at current events and US policy in the region.

“A true strategic leader needs to be able to look at an environment and see what needs to be done and have the right acumen to get it done,” he said. “It’s our hope that we are able to provide the students with a baseline understanding of the issues and challenges so that if called upon, they can make informed decisions.”


Europe elective

Col. Charles Van Bebber, director of European studies, leads 40 students in the Europe elective which focuses on the cultural challenges facing the region and the European Union.

“We really take a look at how the identity of Europe and the EU is changing, especially given the financial and immigration issues they are facing,” he said. The elective takes a paced, focused approach at the regions and sub-regions from a cultural standpoint, rather than as a strategic assessment, he said.

“We really allow the students to delve into a specific country and look at the cultural, religious and financial challenges facing them and how it may affect others in the region,” he said. “At the end of the course we really hope that the students see how interconnected these nations are and how it plays into their relationship with the United States.”

One of the most effective ways to gain a better understanding of these issues is from the International Fellows themselves who participate in a series of regional panels during the elective.

“These officers are able to share in 20 minutes what would take years to learn otherwise about a particular issue,” Van Bebber said.

The course examines current issues and the significant cultural differences in the region.

“This course attempts to help the students see Europe through a different lens,” said Van Bebber. “We sometimes forget that Europe is not just one big nation. Cultural differences, competing interests, a migration of religion and the legacies of colonial empire all create a very dynamic region that changes on an almost daily basis.”

Van Bebber has seen plenty of change in the region during his 18 years as a Foreign Area Officer, specializing in Russian and European studies. He has served in a variety of positions in the region, including being the first American student to study at the Romanian National Defense University.

“My career has provided me with some insights to the region that I hope are helpful for the students as they examine Europe,” he said.

Lt. Col. Mark McCann, Public Affairs Office
USAWC Strategy Conference: Collaborative approach is key to future U.S. grand strategy

Richard Armitage, president of Armitage International and former Deputy Secretary of State, delivers the keynote address about America’s role in a 21stcentury world at the U.S. Army War College’s 23rdannual Strategy Conference at Carlisle Barracks recently. Photo by Megan Clugh.

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CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – Apr. 16, 2012 – Strategists from all branches of military service, international partners, industry, and academia gathered at the U.S. Army War College last week for a three-day event focused on the future of U.S. grand strategy.

The 23rdannual Strategy Conference, sponsored by the USAWC Strategic Studies Institute, explored challenges and opportunities available as we develop future U.S. grand strategy in an age of austerity.

“Coming out of almost a decade of war, we need to develop a national narrative to address changes that will come in a new security environment,” said Maj. Gen Gregg Martin, commandant of the Army War College, in his remarks to open the conference. “We owe it to our most precious resource, America’s sons and daughters who are in harm’s way, to develop new, creative ways to advance and preserve our nation’s security. We have to get it right for them.”

Keynote speaker Richard Armitage, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, opened the conference with a call for the United States to remain active in the global dialogue. 

 “U.S. strategy must find a way to keep us engaged throughout the world,” said Armitage.  “America’s role in the 21stcentury is that we must remain engaged to help other nations see what they can become.”

Armitage focused his remarks on Asia, Afghanistan, and the Middle East and indicated that world events will shape future grand strategy. He addressed also the idea that U.S. defense strategy is shifting toward Asia and the Pacific.

“We never left Asia,” Armitage said. “We are just re-balancing our focus in Asia to address the re-rise of China.

Lt. Gen. Keith Walker, Deputy Commanding General, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), discusses the Army 2020 concept during a panel discussion on the role of the military in future U.S. grand strategy at the  U.S. Army War College’s 23rdannual Strategy Conference at Carlisle Barracks recently.


“Sometimes it seems like China is searching for its own identity on the global stage,” he continued. “The question is:  what are the Chinese willing to do to advance the ‘global good’?”

He talked about how an understanding of history is important as we address strategic issues and that he believes the U.S. is anything but a nation in decline.

“I’m not of the school of American decline. Our system is correcting itself,” Armitage said. “There is no question in my mind that we will continue to be the dominant, indispensible nation in the world.”

The conference’s first panel focused on understanding what austerity is and how it will affect grand strategy. The panelists agreed that austerity is nothing new, that it is an old challenge that must be defined and viewed through a lens focused on the current security environment.

“We have been down this road before,” said Mr. M. Thomas Davis, vice president of strategic planning for the General Dynamics Corporation. “There are just different issues we have to deal with.”

The panel discussed challenges related to thinking about new ways to address an old problem, which all things appear to run in cycles, and U.S. grand strategy will not be immune to this. One of the keys to future strategy is establishing priorities and ensuring those priorities can be supported in an era of declining budgets.

“We have to debate what strategy is, and define what our interests are,” said Dr. Thomas McNaugher, a senior visiting professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program. “We are buying less with our defense dollars than we used to. So when we have this debate on strategy, we need to have the defense budget to support this strategy.”

A critical component to developing U.S. grand strategy in an age of austerity involves the role of international partners. While many expect the U.S. to continue in a leading role, collaboration based on trust and a vision of shared risk and opportunity will be essential moving forward, according to retired Lt. Gen. Paul Newton from the United Kingdom.   

“There is the expectation that you will lead, but you will have to consult and cede some of your power if you want to have real partnerships,” said Newton, who holds a chair in security and strategy at the University of Exeter in England. “What do you want from your partners? Do you want them to be a mirror of your capabilities or do you want them to do something else?”


James R. Locher III, veteran Washington insider and former executive director of the Project on National Security Reform, discusses state of U.S. strategy during an evening banquet at the U.S. Army War College’s 23rd annual Strategy Conference at Carlisle Barracks recently.


Newton also noted that as the U.S. military continues to develop new capabilities, it must be mindful that its tempo could outpace the ability of some of their partners.

According to Mr. William F. Owen, editor of the Asian Defense Journal, one of the challenges will be developing strategy that is mutually compatible with goals of international partners, so there must be a common understanding of what strategy is and what it is used for.

“Many different communities have different ideas about the use of force to achieve political ends,” said Owen. “How do you mold your policies to make them compatible with your partners to achieve common ends?”

Complementing the role of international partners, a panel focused on the role of the military in development of U.S. grand strategy discussed the need for our military to adapt so that it will remain relevant and ready to continue in its ability to help the nation achieve future strategic ends.

Speaking as part of the panel, Mr. Robert Work, Undersecretary of the Navy, said that it is time to balance the elements of national power.

“We are at a ‘strategic inflection point’ where the U.S. military will play a different role in future grand strategy,” he said. “Maintaining global freedom of action is critical. Priorities for 21stcentury defense will be a smaller, more agile joint force that will amplify its capability through the use of technology.”

One luxury that future strategists will not be able to rely on is predictability, according to featured speaker and panelist  Lt. Gen. Keith Walker, Deputy Commanding General, Futures at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC).  Strategists must be confident that our military forces are adaptive and agile enough to engage potential adversaries across a broad spectrum of conflict and respond to any number of humanitarian crises or natural disasters.

“In the past, defense strategies have had a specific focus arrayed against a single adversary, so we were able to focus tasks, training, and capabilities against that enemy,” said Walker. “Now our potential adversaries are diverse. This is significantly different than what history shows. We don’t have a Soviet Union to line up against anymore. “

Adapting is challenging, but recognizing the need to adapt will be a critical component that guides future strategy, according to Dr. Thomas Mahnken, Jerome E. Levy chair of economic geography and national security at the U.S. Naval War College. 

“Challenges exist in areas where the services are not comfortable,” said Mahnken. “They have to think of things they have not traditionally done in ways they’ve not done them with constrained resources.”

Panelists focused on future options for U.S. grand strategy indicated that much of the world will continue looking toward the United States for leadership, so we will have to consider if future grand strategy leads to more or less involvement around the world, especially when it comes to the use of military force.

They posed a fundamental question, should U.S. grand strategy consider reducing military options while requiring our international partners to do more?

“We are unlikely to make major strategic changes in the near future,” said Dr. Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. “A fundamental shift could focus on whether or not the U.S. will remain the sole global power and are we trying to develop capable, empowered allies who are willing to take a greater role in regional security?”

Amelia McConnell named Army Child of the Year

By Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs

Amelia McConnell, who was named the Army Child of the Year by Operation Homefront, stands with her parents, Kathryn and Col. G. Scott McConnell.

April 17, 2012 -- Multiple moves, changing schools, losing friends and finding something new around the corner – these hallmarks of life for military children are as common as they are notable.  For Amelia McConnell, 17, military life was punctuated by war, death, illness, family, friends, faith and spirit and recognized by her selection as Army Child of the Year by Operation Homefront. 

One of five military children of the year, they are the “best of the best,” according to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey who addressed the audience of military and family members gathered in Washington, D.C, to celebrate the children’s awards. Joining the chairman was special guest speaker, Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. 1st Class Sammy L. Davis.

“If I had to be identified as the best of the best among any group in America today, I’d actually like to be known as the best of the best among military kids, because of what we ask them to do, and what they do,” said Dempsey.

“What this whole experience has shown me are the effects of 9/11 for my generation,” said McConnell. “I was in class in Vicenza, Italy, when the attacks occurred and it didn’t really sink in to me what it meant. As a result of that day, both my father and brother deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. I think I speak for the kids who are now realizing the impacts.”

She was surprised at the award.

“Knowing how many kids were nominated for this, it was a shock to be named a winner,” she said. “It’s an honor to even be nominated, to represent all military kids. It’s a blessing to be the one who is able to share my story.” 

McConnell is youngest child of Kathryn and Col. G. Scott McConnell, who is faculty director for Army Planning at the U.S Army War College. She and her family have moved nine times since she was born and in 2006, her father was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after returning from Iraq. When remission followed treatment, he returned to Iraq in 2007. Two years later, Amelia’s brother, Army Sgt. Andrew McConnell, was killed in Afghanistan.

When her father left for Afghanistan, Amelia said she made it a point to make life as easy as she could for her mother.

“His first deployment was a challenge for me, I was only in the fifth grade,” said McConnell. “I was watching my mom run all over the place with six kids trying to get us all to our activities. It was an adjustment for all of us.”

When he returned home she said there were more adjustments needed.

“It was a big transition, going from a year of only hearing his voice every few days to having him back in the house,” she said.

Then her father was diagnosed with leukemia.

“It was really hard because all I wanted was my dad because he was home,” she said. “He was always high-spirited but we knew he was sick. It was hard but I did my best to help my mom.”

Once he finished his treatments and the cancer was in remission, he was again deployed to Iraq in 2007.

“That was even tougher,” she said. “I just wanted that time with him. Having that taken away was difficult but I understand now that was his job and he loves doing it. He’s great at what he does.”

She said that her family togetherness was a vital part of helping her get through the tough times.

“I look up to them. They set the path for me and taught me some very important lessons,” she said. 

Close friends also helped, as they understood her experiences.

“While my dad was deployed, I had friends who supported me because they understood what was going through our minds with worry and the stress at home … that ‘need’ to talk to your dad but you can’t,” she said. “We all understood the sacrifices that were being made. So when we were having those rough days we can relate to each other.”

She admitted the stresses of being a military child can be hard to manage but do have their rewards. 

“It can be a struggle at times, but it’s also helped shape who I am.”

McConnell said hat her father’s most recent deployment was especially tough.

“It was tough to have him gone again,” she said. “Plus, he was going to the place where my brother was killed the year before.”

Through everything she maintained a 3.75 grade point average and began volunteering for the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity her brother had designated for donations in the event of his death. At Carlisle High School, Amelia became a member of the many National Honor Societies including German National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society for which she served as vice president.

In addition to her volunteer work, McConnell also plays varsity soccer, plays acoustic guitar in her church band and helps raise money for cancer research.

McConnell also helps “pay-it-forward” by volunteering as a soccer coach for the Youth Services Sports programs.

“When I was a kid I remember playing sports at the Youth Services with the other kids and it was such a great experience,” she said. “I wanted to help create that for others. I love teaching others and sharing my love of the game.”

McConnell shared some advice for other military children.

“Get involved. Moving around there are plenty of opportunities to get and involved and once you are you will meet more people and become more comfortable,” she said. “It really makes it an easier transition.”

McConnell will graduate this Spring and plans to attend Longwood University and major in Graphic Design.

McConnell was chosen from more than 1,000 nominees as the Army’s military child of the year by a committee including active duty military personnel, Family Readiness Support Assistants, teachers, military mothers, and community members. A teacher and family friend, Theresa Dixon, nominated her for the award.    

Each award recipient received $5,000 and was honored at a special recognition ceremony on April 5, 2012. As part of the award, they received a private tour of the White House and the Capitol Building and were honored at a gala later that night. 



The other winners included:

  • James Nathaniel Richards, of Jamul, Calif., for the Navy
  • Chelsea Rutherford, 17, of Panama City, Fla., for the Air Force
  • Erika Booth, 16, of Jacksonville, N.C., for the Marine Corps
  • Alena Deveau, 17, of Fairfax, Va., for the Coast Guard.

Military Child of the Year Award Background

Ideal candidates for the Military Child of the Year Award demonstrate resilience and strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life.  They demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities.

“The sons and daughters of America’s service members learn what patriotism is at a very young age,” said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront.  “Children in military families understand sacrifice and live with the concept of service.  This is what the Military Child of the Year Award honors.”

Carol Kerr, Army War College
UN military advisors, police advisors community tap PKSOI expertise


April 13, 2012 -- In New York City, there are 120 military advisors and police advisors, each assigned to their nation’s Mission to the United Nations. They meet throughout the year in a cooperative forum called the UN Military and Police Advisors Community. The Army War College’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute hosted the group this week in response to a request from the U.S. Mission to the UN.

The Gettysburg Battlefield staff ride, led by PKSOI’s resident historian/security sector reform analyst Ray Millen, was the primary interest of the military advisor for the Slovenian Mission to the UN, but he and about 30 others got a dose of history, reality, and future focus in the two-day event.

Bill Flavin reviews emerging USG Peace and Stability Operations policy and doctrine for the UN Military and Police Advisors during interactive briefings with the staff of the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.

“When a peacekeeping mission is put on the ground, it can be affected by interpretation of the UN Security Council mandate, the DPKO military service concept, and sometimes national caveats,” said Glenn Sadowski, one of the deputy military advisors at the US Mission to the UN. “Through our community and through exposure to different doctrines, we hope to come to consensus on how peacekeeping missions could be more effective.” The United States, represented by PKSOI, is president this year of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers and a natural resource for the community, he noted.

 “We coordinated to offer PKSOI insights about those areas for which we have mutual interest,” said Bill Flavin, PKSOI’s voice of experience in working with the UN.   PKSOI staff led interactive briefings about –

  • emerging USG peace and stability operations policy and doctrine
  • Whole-of-Government planning and interagency education
  • full-spectrum approaches to exercises, simulation and training in peacekeeping
  • Counter-corruption education and leader development, directed by the International Security Assistance Force
  • Protection of civilians, tied to the MARO and MAPRO manuals
  •  Mass Atrocity Response Operations, as represented in the MARO Military Planning Handbook,co-authored with by PKSOI Harvard’s Carr Center;  and the MAPRO Handbook,a collaboration among PKSOI, Department of State, and the Office of Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Prof. Jim Embrey leads a discussion with an international group of military advisors on sustainable security, effective governments, and the military commander's challenge to change the environment in which corruption is a block to systems that can operate for all.


PKSOI’s activities are always collaborative, noted Col. Lorelei Coplen, the center’s deputy director as she welcomed the group.  PKSOI’s current work with military advisors and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations are examples.

“We speak with various military advisors depending on what’s happening over time. Some, we meet with regularly,” said Flavin, pointing to the prototype programs intended to develop capacity, as part of the UN New Horizons program.

“We’ve been involved in developing all three pilot programs through the DPKO, said Flavin, about the United Nation's initiatives: medical, infantry battalion, and staff officer study projects to help assist and improve contributing nations’ capacity.

PKSOI’s Col. Roberto Nang, a former hospital commander, is working with the UN on the medical pilot project, developing medical guidelines for UN peacekeeping operations. Nang participated recently a review of current UN military medical support in Cyprus and Lebanon.

PKSOI’s Col. Tim Loney assisted in developing the Staff Officer Handbook for use at all the UN Peacekeeping Training Centers. He helped develop the handbook, and established a forum for review and recommendations on the SOLLIMS collaborative website.The Stability Operations Lessons Learned Management System is an online knowledge management that allows U.S. military, USG civilian agencies , multinational military and civilian organizations, IOs, NGOs, and private sector organizations to collaborate in collecting, analyzing, disseminating and integrating the lessons of peace and stability operations.

The Infantry Battalion project has reviewed the capabilities and requirements for a standard infantry battalion deploying in peacekeeping missions.

“Everybody has their own infantry battalion doctrine, but the UN never had a general one for UN missions,” said Flavin. PKSOI’s Col. Jim Ruf and German Lt. Col. Jurgen Prandtner [GS] are assisting in initial drafting, with a small group of military advisors. Soon, a final draft will go to all contributing nations, he noted.

Commissaries announce coupon policy changes

 By Rick Brink,DeCA public affairs specialist

FORT LEE, Va. –Changes are on the way in how commissaries handle coupons and product returns without receipts, among other things, as the Defense Commissary Agency enacts customer service policy changes to protect the commissary benefit.

“The average coupon user might not notice the policy changes because they are aimed at preventing possible misuse of the commissary benefit – primarily using coupons to get large amounts of cash back,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO.

Commissary shoppers are big users of coupons, as evidenced by DeCA’s consistent ranking among the top 10 grocery retailers in coupon redemptions over the past several years. Commissaries welcome coupon usage, and to acquaint customers with the changes in the coupon acceptance policy, it has been posted on the agency’s Web site www.commissaries.comand on Facebook at      

            Key changes, which go into effect May 1, include:

  • Gift cards will be issued to a customer in conjunction with cash whenever a transaction total reflects $25 or more is owed to the customer due to coupon “overages” (when the face value of the coupon exceeds the selling price of the item purchased and the transaction results in a negative balance)
  • Gift cards will be issued to customers, in conjunction with cash, for refunds of $25 or more when a receipt is presented showing the merchandise was originally purchased with gift cards
  • Gift cards will be issued to customers, in conjunction with cash, for refunds of $25 or more when a receipt is not presented
  • Clarification for instances of suspected privilege abuse
  • Update to the coupon acceptance policy that clarifies dot-scan barcode requirements and PIN requirements for unique numbering, that photocopies and counterfeit coupons are not accepted, and that coupons must be printed in English

The changes harness the scope of the new commissary gift card, which has been in use since last summer. Available only in denominations of $25 and $50, issuing gift cards as an alternative to paying out large sums of cash brings DeCA in line with other retailers’ practices and ensures DeCA’s cash flow is not adversely impacted. Amounts under $25 will be in cash.

“Commissaries are providers of a benefit that sell groceries at cost, and using the gift cards to cover certain refunds and coupon ‘overages’ discourages practices contrary to DeCA’s mission,” Jeu noted.

“We value coupon usage because it helps our customers boost their savings,” Jeu said. “These changes are in the best interest of all concerned to help ensure that coupons continue to be a great source of savings for our customers.”

Carlisle Barracks celebrates Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the sacrifices made by military families and their children. This celebration is the legacy of former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, who established it in 1986 to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. Carlisle Barracks is taking time to host special events honoring militray children and their families.


Thrift savings plan to offer new Roth option

 By Karen Parrish, American Forces Press Service


WASHINGTON, April 13, 2012 - Service members and Defense Department civilian employees who are eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan will soon have a new Roth option for retirement savings under the program, defense finance officials announced today.

The change will allow participants to contribute after-tax dollars to the federal government-sponsored retirement savings and investment plan, according to a Defense Finance and Accounting Service statement released today.

As with traditional and Roth individual retirement accounts, the TSP's two options will now allow plan participants to invest either before- or after-tax dollars, although limits on annual contributions, catch-up contributions and agency matching funds will remain the same, officials said.

The plan, which is similar to a 401(k), is open to federal civilian employees and military members. For 2012, the maximum contribution is set at $17,000. Catch-up contributions, available to participants 50 or older, are capped at $5,500 over the standard limit.

Agency matching contributions are one percent for all eligible employees, dollar-for-dollar for the first three percent of pay an eligible employee contributes to the plan and 50 cents on the dollar for eligible employee contributions of between three and five percent. Contributions above 5 percent of pay are not matched.

The current plan treats all contributions as pre-tax dollars ?participants do not pay taxes on pay they put into the plan, but will pay deferred taxes when they receive those funds in retirement.

The new Roth option will allow contributions that are taxed in the year they are made, but will be tax-free in retirement, TSP officials said.

Greg T. Long, TSP executive director, urged in a letter to participants that they carefully consider whether Roth TSP would be to their advantage.

"As with all tax matters, you should seek the advice of a qualified tax or financial advisor for information pertaining to your specific tax situation," Long wrote.

He added the plan's website will soon offer a Roth calculator, and other website content including forms and publications will be updated in May to include information about the Roth feature. 

Defense finance officials said the Roth option will be available on a phased basis by military service from June to October. Officials said the schedule will allow service finance employees to complete and thoroughly test the complex changes needed to the various payroll systems.  

Defense finance officials said more specific deployment dates on Roth TSP elections will soon be available on

Officials said service members and their families may contact Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to schedule an appointment with a financial consultant.

A new edition of the Army War College journal,  Parameters,  (Winter 2011-12 Vol. 41 No. 4) is now available online, featuring --

Future Warfare and the Decline of Human Decisionmaking
by Thomas K. Adams

What Not to Learn from Afghanistan
by William R. Hawkins

Chaos as Strategy
by P. H. Liotta

Soldiers of the State: Reconsidering American Civil-Military Relations
by Richard D. Hooker Jr.

In Praise of Attrition
by Ralph Peters

The Need to Increase the Size of the Deployable Army
by Michael O'Hanlon

Beyond Vom Kriege: The Character and Conduct of Modern War
by Richard D. Hooker Jr.

Neo-Classical Counterinsurgency?
by Frank G. Hoffman

New Challenges and Old Concepts: Understanding 21st Century Insurgency
by Steven Metz

A Strategy of Tactics: Population-Centric COIN and the Army
by Gian P. Gentile

Integrating Civilian and Military Activities
by Richard A. Lacquement Jr.

From the Editor
In this issue . . .
The Parameters’ staff is still basking in the overwhelming response to the 40th Anniversary edition of the journal. Accolades from around the globe have confirmed just how much readers appreciated the historical tour through the journal’s past. As with any edition, however, there are those who find an issue wanting for any number of reasons. Several of the responders suggested that we may have purposely omitted a number of the more recent articles impacting today’s strategic environment. I can assure that small group of nonbelievers that selections were based solely on statistics and editorial archives. In an effort to ensure that we had in fact “chosen wisely,” we reviewed the selection process and were immediately struck by the number of articles that missed selection by just a few percentage points, especially a number of the more contemporary manuscripts. We have heard the clarion call and recognize it is only just that we share the most popular articles of the past decade. We hope you will appreciate, as we have, the wisdom, insight, and forethought presented.

From Thomas Adams’s 2001 article “Future Warfare and the Decline of Human Decisionmaking” to Richard Lacquement’s 2011 offering of “Integrating Civilian and Military Activities,” readers were provided with insight regarding the challenges and initiatives impacting America’s military. Authors examined a plethora of questions related to the international environment and the appropriate role for the US military. Would technology offset the need for maneuver warfare and “boots on the ground”? What is the appropriate role for the world’s last remaining superpower in ensuring world peace and tranquility? These are but a few of the conundrums that authors such as Richard Hooker examined. Hooker’s “Soldiers of the State: Reconsidering American Civil-Military Relations” (2004), and his 2005 manuscript, “Beyond Vom Kriege: The Character and Conduct of Modern War,” provided answers to a number of these questions. His work, along with Ralph Peters’s 2004 article “In Praise of Attrition,” and Michael O’Hanlon’s offering of that year, “The Need to Increase the Size of the Deployable Army,” addressed critical issues related to the employment of military force in the modern era. What is now accepted as an underlying principle in our strategic lexicon was P. H. Liotta’s examination of “Chaos as Strategy,” a thesis that was considered purely hypothetical when introduced in 2002.

How insightful can one person be? At the same time Liotta was asking readers to understand chaos as a strategy, William Hawkins was prophesying the future of America’s Army in “What Not to Learn from Afghanistan.” Readers need to remember that these were the early days of our intervention into Afghanistan. We were a nation at war against an enemy that dared violate the sanctity of our homeland—an enemy that appeared almost immune to the application of overwhelming military force. These were asymmetric threats that many in the leadership of the nation and our armed forces insisted could be met through the limited application of airpower, a few Special Forces, and some light ground forces (preferably foreign auxiliaries). There was no longer a requirement for capable maneuver forces. These were the days before “surges” and the successes that combined arms teams would eventually reap. Hawkins concludes his prophesy with a profound admonishment—as a nation we need to learn from history and understand that asymmetrical strategies cut both ways—and it is always better to be stronger than weaker when waging war.
If there is one theme that dominated the military genre of the past decade, it was an attempt to comprehend the role played by insurgents and how best to counter their impact. Primary to this discussion was an analysis of the Army/Marine Corps counterinsurgency (COIN) manual, FM 3-24. As with any new entry to the doctrine and strategy arenas, the manual and its basic tenets received as much criticism as acclaim. Frank Hoffman’s 2007 analysis of the manual and its supporting principles, “Neo-Classical Counterinsurgency?” was instrumental in inspiring the dialogue that continues to this day. The author, critical of the “classical school” of thought related to insurgencies, provided readers with an understanding of the need to revise classical COIN principles if we are to successfully resolve the realities of today’s strategic environment. Following Hoffman’s analysis was Steven Metz’s “New Challenges and Old Concepts: Understanding 21st Century Insurgency.” The author took the US military, and particularly the Army, to task for forgetting the counterinsurgency lessons of the 1960s, 80s, and 90s. Metz recalls the prevailing belief of the time was that these relics of the Cold War would pose little challenge in the “new world order” of the twenty-first century. As a result, professional military education and doctrine shifted almost exclusively to the new requirement for “peacekeeping.” This would all come to an end one September morning. The author suggests that as the military struggled to quickly regain the counterinsurgency capabilities of the twentieth century, it failed to comprehend that these new threats were distinct from the insurgencies of the past. America was once again deriving new strategies from old conflicts, and again preparing to fight the last war. Following on the strategic theme of insurgencies and counterinsurgency strategy was Gian Gentile’s 2009 contribution, “A Strategy of Tactics: Population-Centric COIN and the Army.” Gentile assumed a contrarian’s view of the population-centric “way of war” outlined in FM 3-24. He detailed his belief that the US military had moved beyond the manual’s doctrine for countering insurgencies and was in the process of transforming every soldier into a counterinsurgent. Population-centric counterinsurgency was perverting the way wars should be fought, substituting a strategy devoid of improvisation and practicality. The author espoused the view that population-centric counterinsurgency was simply a military operation, nothing more, and certainly not an overarching strategy.

We sincerely hope readers will appreciate these contemporary assessments of America’s political, social, and military affairs during the past decade. Certainly, the value of the works presented is best appreciated when considered in light of when the authors penned their manuscripts. Please enjoy the best of Parameters from the past decade -- R. H. Taylor, Parameters Editor

IMCOM and FORSCOM ROC Drill:  Teamwork and Collaboration Ensure Mission Accomplishment

FORT POLK, La. -- Senior leaders from the Installation Management Command and Forces Command met with commanders from Fort Irwin, Calif., and Fort Polk, La., April 12 to discuss the delivery of readiness and Family and installation services. The overall concept was to openly discuss current installation funding, delivery of services and a way ahead.

The meeting, held at Fort Polk, was co-hosted by LTG Mike Ferriter (IMCOM commander and assistant chief of staff for Installation Management) and LTG Howard B. Bromberg (FORSCOM deputy commanding general and chief of staff). In-depth review and follow-on discussions -- a rehearsal of concept drill -- allowed stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of the mission and commanders’ intent, address challenges and collaborate on solutions.

In the first of three planned ROC drills between FORSCOM and IMCOM, senior leaders covered the 2012-2014 budgets and resources of the two representative installations: Fort Polk, the home of the Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center, and Fort Irwin, the location of the National Training Center. Two follow-on ROC drills will be held at Fort Stewart, Ga., and Fort Hood, Texas.

Combining lessons learned with collaboration between the two Army commands is of paramount importance to successfully support the mission and the Soldiers who carry it out, said Ferriter. “We have learned from our experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is only by working together with our cards facing out, in the spirit of transparency, that we can develop a shared understanding of the impacts of Army resource reductions. Together we can prioritize the most important support services and determine how to support our most pressing needs,” he said.

The central question driving the ROC drill: What IMCOM programs and services are absolutely essential to mission readiness and quality of life? Involving senior leaders from every echelon of the participating commands helps outline the complexity of those issues. The bottom line, said Army officials, is that installations will continue to provide the quality infrastructure and healthy environment that Soldiers, Families and civilians need to train, work and live.

Bromberg emphasized the importance of teamwork in facing challenges and finding solutions.

“Forces Command is committed to this effort and the follow-on sessions at Fort Stewart and Fort Hood. When resources decline, an organization usually does one of two things: Turns in to itself, trying to solve the problem alone, sometimes becoming irrelevant – or faces out, partners with other stakeholders so everybody succeeds,” he said.

In closing, Ferriter reminded participants that the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army offer their full support to Family programs, Soldiers and unit readiness. “The Army can change methods and tighten processes while still delivering essential Family and Soldier programs. Great work, Team!”

USAWC wins Jim Thorpe Sports Days 2012

For hundres of photos check the USAWC Facebook page

The Army War College won the 2012 Jim Thorpe Sports Days, an annual event which gathers athletes from the nation’s senior military colleges -- the  Industrial College of the Armed Forces,  the National War College, and  the Army War College --  in a test of competitive team spirit and personal fitness.

Event results:





Women's Bowling-ICAF

Men's Bowling-USAWC



5-mile run (team)-ICAF

5k (team)-USAWC

Two-Mile relay (men's)- USAWC

One-Mile relay (women's)- USAWC



Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
Central Pennsylvania World War II Veteran finally receives medals for his Service to his Country
Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Commanding General at Carlisle Barracks, gives USAWC Coin to Pfc. Mark Paradise, WWII Veteran, during award ceremony, Apr. 10, AHEC. 
Tuesday, April 10- Today, in a ceremony surrounded by family and friends, Mark Paradise, WWII veteran from central Pennsylvania, was formally presented with the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge for his service during WWII by Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, commanding general at Carlisle Barracks, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Blakey at the Army Heritage and Education Center here.
  “It is over 60 years since that day when I was on Utah Beach,” said Paradise. “This is a special honor to receive this award."
  “I thought basic training was hard -- that was nothing compared to the actual D-Day landing, he said.”
  During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Martin called Mark Paradise a true American hero.  “Thank you for giving us the opportunity and privilege to award these medals which are so overdue,” said Martin.
  Martin mentioned that AHEC is a great place to be holding this ceremony since the purpose of AHEC is ‘To tell the Army Story one Soldier at a time.’
  “I think it’s great, quite an honor,” said Paradise.  “I was surprised, didn’t realize I was being awarded the Bronze Star until Col. Ginter told me.  “I guess it’s my big day.”
  Army War College faculty member Col. Karl Ginter was capturing the memories of his father’s friend, Private 1st Class Mark Paradise, when he recognized that Paradise had earned more than he had received w
hen it came to Army awards and decorations. Ginter conducted the necessary research and paperwork resulting in receiving these special awards.
  In receiving the Combat Infantryman Badge, Maj. Gen. Martin said, “There is no greater honor for an Infantry Soldier.”
Along with the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge, Paradise received a Congressional Citation from Pa. Congressman Tim Holden, a USAWC Coin from Maj. Gen. Martin and a case displaying his military medals and decorations.
  “This is incredible,” said Paradise’s son Jeff Paradise.  “I’ve learned more about him in the last few weeks than I ever knew because he doesn’t talk about that time.  I am glad that he is able to be here, and that we are all able to see this,” he added.
  “I think it was three years ago when my sons Ron and Jeff decided to take me and my friend to D.C. to see the WWII Memorial and Air Force Memorial and at the end of the day we watched the changing of the Guard.  It is that day -- and today -- that I will remember,” said Mark Paradise.
L to R - Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Jeff Paradise, Pfc. Mark Paradise, Ron Paradise and Col. Karl Ginter
Narrative from the Ceremony
PFC Mark J. Paradise  
  Born on 29 July 1925 in Tower City, Pennsylvania, Mr. Mark Paradise was drafted into the Armed Forces during the height of America’s World War II mobilization.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania supplied nearly 1/8 of the Army’s 8 million men, and 1/12 of the total military manpower throughout World War II.  Mr. Paradise entered the Army at New Cumberland, Pennsylvania in October 1943, and attended 13 weeks of Basic Infantry Training at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. 
  Following Infantry training, he was shipped north to Rhode Island, where he embarked a troop carrier headed for Newton-Abbott, England, and was assigned to Company E, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division as a Rifleman.  During the Spring of 1944, PFC Paradise and his Regiment conducted amphibious assault training throughout the Moors of South England.  On the 6th of June 1944 -- D-Day -- PFC Paradise’s Regiment assaulted Utah Beach, penetrated Fortress Europe, and arrived in the vicinity of Pavenoville, Franceby D-plus one.  It was the beginning of a long, tough slog across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, and the final liberation of Europe.
  PFC Paradise was wounded in the hedgerows of Normandy on 15 June 1944, returning to England for hospitalization and recovery.  He rejoined his Regiment in October 1944, just in time for the assault on the city of Aachen, Germany – timing is everything, isn’t it?!
  By the time PFC Paradise was mustered-out of the Army at Fort Indiantown Gap in January 1946, his World War II campaigns included Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe.  His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/Silver Campaign Star & Bronze Arrowhead Device, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal w/Germany Clasp, Presidential Unit Citation w/2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Belgian Fourragere, and Combat Infantryman Badge. 
  Today, we are rectifying a 67-year oversight, and bestowing decorations that were earned, but never awarded -- the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.  GEN George C. Marshall stated “The fact that ground troops, infantry in particular, lead such miserable lives, makes the award of the Combat Infantryman Badge so important.”  The Infantry blue badge with the image of a 1795 Springfield musket is the most prized award among infantryman.  The Bronze Star Medal is awarded for valorous or meritorious achievement against an armed enemy of the United States.

 Lt. Col. Mark McCann, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs
Annual conference explores 'big ideas” on the Future of Grand Strategy

Watch the conference live here or follow the live blog on Twitter @ArmyWarCollege     #USAWCStratConf

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – Mar. 22, 2012 – The U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) hosts its 23rdannual Strategy Conference here from April 10-12.

“The Future of U.S. Grand Strategy in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities,” is the topic explored by a diverse gathering of opinion leaders from the military, industry, think tanks, and academia during this two-day event.

Featured speakers include:

             Hon. Richard Armitage, career diplomat, former Deputy Secretary of State for the Bush Administration, and president of Armitage International, who will open the conference on Apr. 11, with a keynote address.

            Lt. Gen. Keith Walker, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Command at the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, who will talk about the Army of 2020 later in the afternoon and then participate in a panel discussion on the role of the military in the broader context of grand strategy.

            Mr. James Locher, III, veteran Washington insider, former President and CEO for the Project on National Security Reform, and author of Victory on the Potomac: The Goldwater-Nichols Act Unifies the Pentagon, who will speak at a banquet later in the evening about big changes in national security strategy and why they succeed or fail.      

“Each year the U.S. Army War College conducts this flagship event focused on timely and critical issues of national security,” said Prof.  Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., director of SSI. “In a period of increased economic crisis, combined with an ever-changing international security environment, the 2012 Strategy Conference will address challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. in devising and implementing effective and efficient grand strategy.”

Panel I - As national security policy makers develop strategy in an era of increasing demands and decreasing resources, panelists Dr. Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Mr. Tom Davis, vice president for strategic planning at General Dynamics, and Mr. Thomas McNaugher of Georgetown University will explore “An Age of Austerity: What Is It and What Does It Mean?”

Panel II – Increasing demands and an interconnected global community mean that no nation will go it alone. Panelists Lt. Gen. P.R. Newton, a retired officer from the British Army and director for the Centre of Strategic Studies at Exeter University, Dr. Albert Palazzo, from Australia’s Directorate of Army Research and Analysis, retired Chinese Rear Adm. Yang Yi, former director of the of the People’s Liberation Army National Defense University Strategic Studies Institute, and Mr. William Owen, editor of Asian Defence and Diplomacy, provide perspectives on how others view U.S. grand strategy and the role of partners in its development and implementation.

Panel III – As military forces begin to wind down operations after more than a decade at war and austerity looks to re-shape the military, panelists Undersecretary of the Navy Robert O. Work and Dr. Tom Mahnken from the Naval War College and a visiting scholar at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies examine how strategy will define “The Role(s) of the Military: Doing What? With What?”      

Panel IV – With military forces downsizing and budgets shrinking, there is an increasing need for other government agencies to receive greater consideration as policy makers develop grand strategy. Panelists Dr. Peter Feaver from Duke University, Mr. James Stephenson, a senior advisor from Creative Associates International and former mission director for USAID, and Mr. Michael Lekson from the U.S. Institute of Peace will discuss “The Role(s) of Civilian Agencies: Doing What? With What?”

Panel V – As grand strategy continues to evolve as it seeks to address national security concerns in an age of austerity, panelists Dr. Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the CATO Institute, Dr. Bernard Finel of the National War College, and Dr. Steven Metz from the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute will provide insight on “U.S. Grand Strategy Options.” 

Panel VI – Leadership is critical to the development and execution of any strategy. Panelists Prof. F. William Smullen, III, from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, Mr. William Eggers of Deloitte Research, and Dr. Don Snider from the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute will discuss how the nation is and should be “Developing Strategic Leaders for an Age of Austerity.”

“This year’s conference promises to be an especially important and thought-provoking event, and a valuable contribution to the evolution of U.S. strategic thinking,” said Lovelace.

The Strategic Studies Institute is the Army's institute for geostrategic and national security research and analysis. It conducts strategic research and analysis to support the U.S. Army War College curricula, provides direct analysis for Army and Department of Defense leadership, and serves as a bridge to the wider strategic community.

For more information, contact the SSI at or by going to

Can’t make it to the Conference? You can catch all of the action on our live blog on Twitter: follow us @ArmyWarCollege. Attending? share your comments #USAWCStratConf

Lebanon VA Medical Center invites Veterans to their 6th Annual Welcome Home Event


Lebanon VA Medical Center invites all Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Freedom (OIF)/Operation New Dawn (OND) Veterans and their immediate family to attend the 6th Annual Welcome Home Event, Saturday, June 9, 2012.

                    Drive-in Movie Night at the Lebanon VA Medical Center Building 18 Parking Lot
                                                       Parking begins at 7 p.m.

                         Movie (for audiences of any age) starts at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.)
Refreshments/activities available for registered attending OEF/OIF/OND Veterans and their direct families

          "Not enrolled or not sure if you are enrolled, simply call the contact below to inquire"
            To register:  e-mail or call 717-272-6621, ext. 4565
                                             Bring your Car - Lawn Chairs - Blankets


 Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation extends scholarship application deadline for children of active duty service members
  The Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to honoring military personnel – active, disabled and fallen – and their families, has extended the application deadline for its academic scholarship program to May 15, 2012. High school and undergraduate students residing in Balfour Beatty Communities at Carlisle Barracks are eligible.
  One of the Foundation’s primary goals is to promote the pursuit of education and a commitment to community leadership through academic scholarships for the children of active duty service members that live in Balfour Beatty Communities family housing.  With this extension, the Foundation hopes to ensure widespread awareness and participation in this important program.
  The scholarship program is one of many ways the Foundation strives to honor its commitment to active duty service members and their families.  By providing financial assistance to those students in need, Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation recognizes not only their academic and leadership achievements, but also the contributions of their parents and the many sacrifices made by their families. 
  Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation Scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 academic year are available online at  
  Completed applications should be sent via mail to the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation at 10 Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073, attention Sharon Marcone.

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention Campaign
  As we know, in September 2008, the Army launched the comprehensive I. A.M. Strong (Intervene. Act. Motivate.) Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention strategy and a five-year campaign to end sexual violence within the Army's culture.
  The campaign consists of four overlapping phases. As we begin Phase III (Achieving Culture Change) the commitment of every Leader, Soldier and Civilian is paramount to achieve these goals.  Your dedication and personal involvement will ensure the success of this strategy and the safety of Soldiers, Civilians and other community members throughout the Army--together, we are all "The Force Behind the Fight."
  Sexual violence is the most under-reported (18%) crime in the Nation. Based on Army research, only 33% of the Soldiers assaulted within the last 12 months are reporting the crime. This is a LEADER's issue that affects individuals (victim and offender) and unit readiness. 
  Carlisle Barracks holds a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault. It is the Army's goal of increasing propensity to report sexual crimes to 90% by FY15 and reducing the actual numbers of assaults by 50%.
  The month of April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Promotional/educational materials have been provided to Carlisle Barracks POC's SHARP coordinator- Master Sgt. Timothy Banks.
Materials include banners, posters, booklets, brochures, and touch cards.
This material is to be provided to all soldiers, civilians, and faculty and is to be displayed in all offices, common areas, and on official bulletin boards to help promote and raise SHARP awareness.
Each building or facility manager please coordinate/pick up materials at the Equal Opportunity Office, Anne Ely (Building 46) and ensure they are properly displayed around your designated building.
Call/e-mail Master Sgt. Timothy Banks X3661 or Mrs. Ashlea Cordell-Lowe X3151

Karen Finkenbinder, PKSOI
PKSOI publishes mass atrocity policy planning handbook

PKSOI just released its latest publication in the Protection of Civilians line of effort, MAPRO:  Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response Options, A Policy Planning Handbook.

This latest publication is a cooperative effort of PKSOI and representatives from the Office of Secretary of Defense and the Department of State. The MAPRO Handbook is intended to assist the interagency policy community in understanding, preventing, and responding to mass atrocity situations.

But MAPRO is only one piece in the Protection of Civilians.  PKSOI’s interests in this area began prior to MAPRO.  PKSOI serves as the Army Combined Arms Center lead for POC issues and works closely with DoD’s proponent for POC, OSD’s Office of Law and Detainee Policy.  

In 2007, Professor Bill Flavin, a longtime senior staff member at PKSOI, was part of the the U.S. Genocide Task Force, chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen.  This task force published Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers that noted that DoD has “not developed specific tools to prevent or respond to genocide” and “lacks…understanding of what missions to halt genocide may require.” These observations prompted PKSOI to look more closely at such issues and resulted in the Mass Atrocity Response Operations project, collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

PKSOI worked with Dr. Sarah Sewall and Sally Chin of the Carr Center to produce theMARO Handbook, a reference for military commanders and staffs that may have to conduct operations related to mass atrocity situations, and which is being officially incorporated into formal joint military doctrine. During the MARO collaboration, senior participants from agencies in government observed that though it is essential that the military be able to adequately address MARO, the policy community, likewise, must be able to address the issue.  Events in Kurdistan, Cote d’Ivoire, and others reinforced the need; thus, MAPRO was envisioned as the next logical step in dealing with MARO.  The recent Presidential Study Directive on Mass Atrocities (PSD 10) added further urgency to this already ongoing process.

MAPRO outlines six guidelines when developing these policies and plans and in them promotes prevention and the use of a wide range of diplomatic, informational, military and economic tools.  MAPRO recognizes that it is not the military alone that prevents mass atrocities.  The military is merely one tool in the toolkit and multilateral efforts are preferable to unilateral action.  But, it also warns policy makers of dawdling as quick action is important for prevention – and prevention is always better than reacting.

PKSOI staff, in conjunction with the Henry L. Stimson Center and others, are now working on other POC products – much of it doctrinal in nature.  Over the next few months, you can expect to see publications on civilian casualty mitigation, a Protection of Civilians Military Reference Guide, and gender-related issues.

“DoD is not an island unto itself but is very much part and parcel of a complicated and interconnected society, said Flavin.  “We must be prepared to meet these complex issues and as we are into the second decade of the 21st Century, we now see that POC needs are, unfortunately, not going away.” 

Elaine Sanchez, American Forces Press Service

Senior leaders honor Military Children of the Year

ARLINGTON, Va., April 6, 2012 – From a 9-year-old blogger to a 17-year-old community-service volunteer, children from military families took center stage here last night during Operation Homefront’s 2012 Military Child of the Year awards gala.

The military’s top brass heaped praise on five of these children -- one from each service plus the Coast Guard -- for their resilience, strength of character and leadership.

Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families, annually gives the award to a child from each service to honor military kids’ service and sacrifice.

These children are the “best of the best,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told an audience of military and family members. Joining the chairman was his wife, Deanie, top military leaders from each service, and special guest speaker, Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. 1st Class Sammy L. Davis.

“If I had to be identified as the best of the best among any group in America today, I’d actually like to be known as the best of the best among military kids,” Dempsey told the audience, “because of what we ask them to do, and what they do.”

The honorees included a 9-year-old who started a blog to support other children dealing with deployment to a 17-year-old who dealt with her Army father’s illness, then the loss of her soldier brother in Afghanistan.

Though people have said military children are tough and resilient despite their hardships, the chairman said, he takes an opposite view.

“I think that our military kids are who they are because of the hardships,” he said, citing their adaptability, strength and ability to embrace diversity. “Kids become who they are because of what we ask them to do and because of what they see us do [and] see their moms and dads do.”

These children are the nation’s future leaders, Dempsey noted. He said Nathaniel Richards, the Navy’s Military Child of the Year, put it best when he wrote this on his blog site: “Even though we are young, we still have great ideas. We can help. We can make a difference.”

Dempsey thanked Operation Homefront for its efforts to honor military children. “Let me tell you how proud we are of America’s military kids,” he said. “And let me tell you how very proud we are of the five that have been identified tonight as the best of the best.”

Following Dempsey’s remarks, senior service leaders presented the awards to their service’s honoree -- first citing their exceptional qualities and accomplishments and passing on their personal gratitude for their service and strength.

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the Army’s vice chief of staff, acknowledged military children’s challenges, particularly after a decade of war. Yet, he said, “it is remarkable to see these young people routinely rise to the challenges of military life and excel under what are very difficult circumstances.”

Through their unyielding support, military children increase not only their military parents’ strength, but also their resilience, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz added.

Following the awards ceremony, actor Gary Sinise, a staunch military supporter famous for his role as a wounded warrior in the movie “Forrest Gump,” shared his gratitude to the children via prerecorded remarks. “You are representing the best of our military youth,” he told the military children of the year. “We as a country earnestly want to honor you for the special contribution you have given your family and your nation.

“There is no greater sacrifice than to serve our nation and you young people are living examples of that dedication and commitment,” he added.

Sinise introduced Davis, who is among the 81 living Medal of Honor recipients, to a standing ovation and resounding applause. Davis received the nation’s highest military honor for his heroism during the Vietnam War.

Some people believe today’s kids are going in the wrong direction, Davis said, but he doesn’t believe this is the case. “Truly we have good kids in this nation, and what we’ve seen here tonight is just proof in the pudding.”

Seeing the children receive their honors, he added, “made my heart swell with pride.”

Amelia McConnell, the Army’s Military Child of the Year, said she was “honored and humbled” by the honor and the opportunity to represent thousands of other military children. “I love being a military kid,” she said with a smile.

Each award recipient will receive $5,000 from Operation Homefront, along with additional gifts from nonprofit organizations such as Soldiers’ Angels and Veterans United Foundation. Jim Knotts, Operation Homefront’s president and CEO, called the honorees examples for thousands of other military children. “I know you will all do us proud,” he told them.

A committee of active duty service members, family readiness support assistants, teachers, military mothers and community members selected the children from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees.

The recipients of this year’s Military Child of the Year award are:

-- James Nathaniel Richards, of Jamul, Calif., for the Navy. This 9-year-old’s three brothers and father all were deployed at the same time. To share his lessons learned, he started a blog for other military children called “Nate the Great: A Military Brat.” He leads the anti-bullying committee at his school and volunteers at the USO -- clocking more than 200 hours last year collecting Christmas toys for children in need and wrapping hundreds of stockings to send to troops in Afghanistan.

-- Amelia McConnell, of Carlisle Barracks, Pa., for the Army. At 17, McConnell is the youngest of six children. She’s moved with her family nine times, and her father has deployed three times. In 2006, after her father returned from Iraq, he was diagnosed with leukemia. After six months of treatments, the disease appeared to be in remission. He returned to Iraq in 2007. Two years later, her only brother, Army Sgt. Andrew McConnell, was killed in Afghanistan. A year later, her father deployed to Afghanistan shortly after the family moved to Pennsylvania from overseas. While helping her mother at home, McConnell also served as the vice president as the National Art Honor Society, and she is a member of the Germany National Honor Society.

-- Chelsea Rutherford, 17, of Panama City, Fla., for the Air Force. She has two parents in the military and has attended five different schools. Still, she’s an honor roll student with a 3.6 grade point average and serves as the vice president of the Student-to-Student Club, which introduces new students to the campus and helps to ease their transition. She’s also an avid volunteer who clocked nearly 180 hours with nonprofit organizations in 2011, and is a member in the Society of Leadership and Success and the National Society of High School Scholars.

-- Erika Booth, 16, of Jacksonville, N.C., for the Marine Corps. She was an avid softball player until she was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects her blood and requires painful monthly kidney checks. While dealing with her own health issues, Booth also helps to care for her 13-year-old brother, who has autism. Despite these challenges, Booth is ranked first in her class academically, serves as the junior class president and vice president of her local Health Occupations Students of America chapter, and volunteers as a mentor with the Drug Education for Youth program. She also works with other military children and adults to help them cope with the challenges of military life, and has traveled abroad with the People to People Ambassador Program.

-- Alena Deveau, 17, of Fairfax, Va., for the Coast Guard. She has visited 40 states during her father’s career. When she was in the seventh grade, Deveau’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer, followed by hip cancer. He underwent multiple surgeries before being diagnosed with brain cancer. Her father, who now is medically retired, was hospitalized for nearly three months. Deveau’s mother spent her time by her husband’s bedside, and Deveau held up the home front, helping to care for her 15-year-old sister. Still, she found time to volunteer as an organizer of the local Veterans Day dinner.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army War College Public Affairs
ICYSmiles video program first stop, Carlisle Barracks

Families at Carlisle Barracks and its sister post, Letterkenny Army Depot, are the first in the Army to get the ICYSmiles video recording system and introduce a new tool for military families to stay close to their far-away service members.

Luke Lindenmeyer, age 8, uses the new ICYSmiles video system to send a video to his father, Lt. Col. Vincent Lindenmeyer who is currently deployed.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

On March 20ththe first system was installed at the Carlisle Barracks Child development Center, followed by another system at Letterkenny’s CDC and the Carlisle Barracks Child Youth and School Services building.

The ICYSmiles system – “I See You Smile” – give family members another way to communicate with their service members.

 “This system allows family members to send up to three minute private video messages via secure infrastructure to family and friends within the active military and Army civilian community,” said James Johnson, functional technology specialist for CYSS.  “Anyone with an AKO account can receive one of these videos.”

“This service was developed as part of the Army Family Covenant,” said Johnson.  “It is intended to promote the well-being of the Army’s Soldiers and families by increasing and facilitating communication to those in remote locations.”

Luke Lindenmeyer was one of the first children at CYSS to use the system.   He sent a video to his deployed father Lt. Col. Vincent Lindenmeyer.  The eight year-old said he found the system very easy to use.

“While the system is installed here and at Letterkenny, it is available to everyone, active duty, National Guard, reservists and retirees,” said Mel Irwin, the director of the Carlisle Barracks/Letterkenny Youth Services program.

“Since Carlisle Barracks is a small post with few deployed service members, we have found creative ways to use it,” said Johnson.  There are approximately 18 children on post who are registered with CYSS, who currently have a deployed service parent.

“Let’s say a Soldier is TDY,” said Irwin.  “Their family member can send them a video as a morale boost.  Or the staff at CDC can make a video for a new parent and send it to them at work.  There are a lot of ways we can use it to support the families.”

“We also have the capability to record video elsewhere, upload it to the system and send it to anyone with an AKO address,” said Johnson.

If you would like to record a video, they are available anytime CDC or CYSS is open on a first come first serve basis during regular hours at the Moore Child Development Center (M-F, 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) or the Carlisle Barracks Youth Center (M-F 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., 1 to 7 p.m. )  The Letterkenny CDC is open M-F from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You do not have to be registered with CYSS to use the system.

Lt. Col. Mark McCann, Public Affairs
New York Guard leaders get strategic education at Army War College

Mar. 23, 2012 – The U.S. Army War College concluded a week-long Middle Eastern regional and cultural “immersion” seminar here preparing leaders from the New York Army National Guard’s 27thInfantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) for an upcoming deployment.   

The brigade, headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y., with units from across New York and elements of units from seven other states, was in pre-deployment training for missions in Afghanistan when they learned that evolving operations in U.S. Central Command would change their missions.  The brigade headquarters and half the unit would deploy to Kuwait to conduct security force and training missions and serve as a Military Assistance Team (MAT) for ARCENT.

Brigade commander Col. Geoffrey Slack and deputy commander Col. Chuck Crosby turned to the expertise they knew from their Army War College education to fill gaps in their readiness to execute an ambiguous, strategic-level mission.

Led by the Army War College cultural advisor, Dr. Adam Silverman, the Army War College presented a week-long program for 27thBrigade leaders’ appreciation of the modern religious, nationalistic, cultural and historical trends and how understanding of these concepts would improve its ability to execute its engagement mission.

“We wanted to give them enough to get them thinking, get them some concepts and tools to think about going forward and also provide them with reach back to get answers,” Silverman said. “We wanted them to walk away with an understanding of the bigger picture, an understanding of history and culture in a broader context as it applies to current conditions in the region.” 

The week-long program, hosted at the Center for Strategic Leadership’s Collins Hall here, included:

  • Historical, religious, and cultural overviews and conduct of military to military and military to civilian engagements from college faculty Dr. Silverman and Dr. Larry Goodson, USAWC professor of Middle Eastern studies
  • “Regional economic inequities as drivers for discontent,” from Prof. Richard Coplen, professor of economic development at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • “Focus on corruption,” from Col. Louis H. Jordan, Jr., deputy director of the Strategic Studies Institute
  • Regional panel discussions with International Fellows in the USAWC student body, and Foreign Area Officers.

“We had a whole-of-U.S. Army War College approach, showing the depth of the ability here,” said Silverman. “Every component of the College was involved here – SSI, PKSOI, CSL, AHEC, and the College – which shows the utility of what we have here all in one place.”

Silverman introduced outside experts from the Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio to discuss security cooperation planning,  and a veteran Foreign Service Officer with extensive experience in the Middle East to discuss current affairs in the region.

The officers and senior NCOs of the 27th also established points of contact at the Army War College for “reach back” assistance, should questions arise while they are deployed. 

“The holistic approach to what we have here – the broad perspective and specialization in specific areas – makes this more pragmatic for any team conducting a military assistance team effort,” said Slack. “We made contacts here and encouraged the team to reach back to discuss emerging issues.”

 “After they analyzed the situation based on our request, they knew more about what we were getting into than we did, and they pulled the right experts together,” said Slack, about the responsiveness of the Army War College team.

 “This turned out to be the ‘crown jewel’ in our military assistance team training and the center of gravity in our reach back.”

The rapid nature by which the program was assembled prompted representatives at the War College to capture the overall framework and logistics of this instruction to be presented as an option for practitioners needing supplemental training or for units who need assistance in preparing for future complex missions in strategic environments.







April is 'Month of the Military Child'

Month of the Military Child: Military Kids, Heroes for the Future

What is it?

Since 1986, throughout the month of April, Army installations around the world recognize the honor and courage of military children, by celebrating the Month of the Military Child. Approximately two million children have experienced deployment of one or both parents, since 2010. These children bravely endured the effects of over ten years of conflict, and even as Soldiers are transitioning home from the wars, many challenges remain for military families, and their children.

What has the Army done?

Army installations sponsor various fun and educational events to recognize the service and support military children provide the nation. Army leaders will take part in ceremonies and events recognizing the unique challenges that military children face, and to reinforce the Armys commitment to maintain the quality of life for both Soldiers and their families. This years theme Military Kids: Heroes for the Future was developed by the Army Teen Panel. Activities will include teen forums aimed at addressing challenges military children face at school and at home, concerts, fairs, picnics, art shows and other events that are designed to highlight the resiliency of military children.

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

The Army is committed to providing military children with a quality of life commensurate with their service to this nation. The Army is delivering on these promises through services provided by child, youth and school service programs increased emphasis on school support and school transition services and standardizing and funding programs worldwide that support the military child.

Why is this important to the Army?

Our men and women in uniform cannot focus on the missions or challenges ahead, if they are concerned about their children at home. Providing a safe, nurturing environment for military children creates a stronger more resilient fighting force. The Month of the Military Child reinforces this concept, reminds the nation that our servicemembers children also serve, and gives communities an opportunity to share their gratitude for the service of military children. The strength of our nation comes from the strength of our Soldiers and their families, including military children who serve as Heroes for the Future.


April 2012 Community Events

Volunteer Income Tax Center

The tax center is open weekdays (by appointment only) from Jan. 30 – Apr. 17, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., in Room 202, Building 46, Anne Ely Hall.  For appointments call 717-245-3986 or 4940.


Post Chapel Holy Week Services


1 Apr., 11 a.m.  Palm Sunday Service

3 Apr., 6-9 p.m. Passover Seder

5 Apr., 7:30-8:30 p.m. Maundry Thursday Communion Service

6 Apr., 12-1 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service

*8 Apr., 7 a.m. Sun Rise Service

8 Apr., 11 a.m.  Easter Sunday Service


1 Apr., 9:15 a.m.  Palm Sunday Service

5 Apr., 6-7 p.m.  Lords Supper

5 Apr., 7-11 p.m.  Holy Thursday Adoration

6 Apr., 6-7 p.m.  Lords Passion

7 Apr., 8-10 p.m. Easter Vigil

* 8 Apr., 7 a.m.  Sun Rise Service

8 Apr., 9:15 a.m.  Easter Mass

*Denotes combined Protestant/Catholic Services


Parent Education Workshop – Chart your Course

Monday, Apr. 2, 9 a.m.-noon, LVCC, information presented by the Military Child Education Coalition and Carlisle Barracks CYSS on suggested curriculum for on-time graduation, despite multiple transitions, college application process, financial aid and more.  For more information contact the School Liaison officer, 717-245-4638.


Seminar Spouse Representative Meeting

This meeting will be held Wednesday, Apr. 4, 1-2 p.m., Visitor and Education Center, AHEC.  For more information, call 717-245-4765. 


Conversation and Culture Programs

International Fellow spouses’ country presentations will be held from noon-2 p.m., Carlisle Barracks Post Chapel on the following dates:

Tuesday, Apr. 3:    Country presentations:  Czech Republic, Japan, and Nigeria

Tuesday, Apr. 10:  Country presentations:  Brazil, Korea, and Sri Lanka

Tuesday, Apr. 24:  Country presentations:  Saudi Arabia and Lithuania


Carlisle Barracks Enlisted Soldiers to hold Car Wash

Saturday, Apr 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Post Chapel parking lot, the Carlisle Barracks Enlisted Soldiers will be holding a car wash--money raised will go towards the Fallen Soldier Remembrance Wall in Shughart Hall.


Easter Brunch

Sunday, Apr. 8, LVCC, seatings are 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.  Prices:  $19.95 adults, $6.95 kids (5-12), Free 4 and below; reservations are required by Apr. 4, 717-245-3991 or visit:


Commissary Holiday Hours

On Sunday, Apr. 8 and Monday, Apr. 9, the Commissary will be closed for the Easter Holiday. It will reopen for business on Tuesday, Apr. 10 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Monthly event

The Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ luncheon will be presented by the USAWC International spouses on Wednesday, Apr. 18, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Letort View Community Center.  For reservations contact Theresa Crean, at reservations@cbspousesclub.orgor call 717-386-5808 by noon Friday, Apr. 6.


37th Annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days

Apr. 12-14, 285 athletes from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the National War College and the Army War College will meet to test their competitive spirit and personal fitness.

The opening ceremony is Friday, Apr. 13 at 2 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. 

The colorful ceremony will include the Joint Service Color Guard from the 3rdInfantry Regiment in Washington, D.C.; music from the West Point band; a 13-gun salute from the 108thField Artillery Battalion of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard; an Olympic-style walk-on with the athletes of every school; a flyover by a B-52 from the 5th Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana; welcome remarks by USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, a torch relay lap around the track, and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. 

In commemoration of the Civil War 150, a detachment of the 1st Pa. Volunteer Cavalry will deliver batons for the relay races.

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, cycling, soccer, trap and skeet, softball, basketball, volleyball and tennis.

Events schedule:

Monitor facebook for updates and scores throughout the games at:

or visit the Jim Thorpe Sports Days website:


Wingin It – Improv Comedy

Sunday, Apr. 15, 4-5:30 p.m., Reynolds Theater, this free event is open to the entire Carlisle Barracks Community.  For more information visit:


Installation Awards Ceremony

Monday, Apr 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m., the Commanding General of Carlisle Barracks will host this event at the LVCC to recognize outstanding military and civilian personnel of our community.  All personnel are encouraged to attend.


 Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance

Tuesday, Apr. 17, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Wil Washcoe auditorium, the guest speaker will be Dr. Leon Bass.  As a nineteen year old Soldier serving in a segregated unit of the U.S. Army, Leon Bass participated in the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945.  This will be a brown bag event.


 USAR Birthday Celebration

The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 18, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Root Hall Patio.


 USAHEC Perspectives lecture

Wednesday, Apr. 18, “No Sure Victory:  Measuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War,” will be presented by Col. Gregory Daddis, Academy Professor of History, U.S. Military Academy. The lecture will be held in the AHEC Visitor and Education Center Multi-Purpose room, 7:15 p.m.  For details, call 717-245-3972 or visit


Outdoor Recreation Grand Opening Celebration

Friday, Apr. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bldg. 860 (Sumner Road) previously Class VI Store, check out the outdoor displays, vendors, hot dogs and drinks, bouncy house for kids, and more.


Middle School and Teen Lock-in

Friday, Apr. 20, 6 p.m.-7:30 a.m., Youth Services, Grades 6-12--lots of fun activities—movies, games, sports to celebrate the Month of the Military Child.  To register call 717-245-3801/4555 by Apr. 18, the cost is $10.


Spring Yard Sale

Saturday, Apr. 21, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., located throughout the post and in the grassy area surrounding the Exchange parking lot.  Only Carlisle Barracks residents, students, staff or valid ID card holders (retirees, Department of the Army civilians) may participate as vendors.  For more information call 717-245-4616.


Medication Take-Back Event

Saturday, Apr. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., AHEC.  Safely dispose of unwanted medications.  Visit this link for more information:


Military Family Program:  Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar

Apr. 23-25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Collins Hall, open to all USAWC student and faculty spouses with priority to student spouses.  The seminar provides training to enhance your role as SR leaders, mentors, and advisors.  For more information contact Chris Yuengert, 717-245-4787 or visit:  http://carl_mfp_coordinator/    or


Garrison Town Hall Meeting

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 24, 4-5 p.m., Bliss Hall auditorium.


Seminar Spouse Representative Meeting (May)

This meeting will be held Wednesday, May 2, 1-2 p.m., Visitor and Education Center, AHEC.  For more information, call 717-245-4765.


Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History (May)

Thursday, May 3, 7:15 p.m., Visitor and Education Center, AHEC, Mr. David Finkel, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Washington Post, and Col. Ralph Kauzlarich, USAWC Class of 2012,  will present a lecture entitled, “The Good Soldiers.”  The lecture is free and open to the public.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7:15 p.m.


Parent Education and Advisory Council (May)

Friday, May 4, 11 a.m.-noon, Delaney Field Clubhouse, military affiliated parents of all-aged children are encouraged to attend.  Open forum to discuss child care and local school issues.  For more information call the School Liaison officer, 717-245-4638.


 Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College

The Clarke Forum connects Dickinson College students and faculty and members of the broader community with scholars, practicing professionals and activists through the use of lectures, seminars, and conferences.

All events are free and open to the public.

For information on The Clarke Forum Spring 2012 schedule, visit:


Carlisle Events Car Shows

The 2012 season starts with the Spring Carlisle – Apr. 25-29.  For the 2012 event schedule and information visit:


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Jim Thorpe Sports Days right around the corner


To see the Jim Thorpe Sports Days 2012 rally video, click the image.

We are just days away from the 37th annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days, April 12-14, which gathers 285 athletes from the nation’s senior military colleges -- 70 from the  Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 60 from the National War College, and 155 from the Army War College to include 32 volunteers --  in a test of competitive team spirit and personal fitness.

The opening ceremony is Friday, April 13 at 2 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. 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; a flyover by a B-52 from the 5th Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana; Welcome remarks by USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, a torch relay lap around the track, and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. 

In commemoration of the Civil War 150, a detachment of the 1st Pa. Volunteer Cavalry will deliver batons for the relay races.

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, cycling, soccer, trap and skeet, softball, basketball,volleyball and tennis. 

Check out the schedule  

Monitor facebook for updates and scores throughout the games at:

or visit the Jim Thorpe Sports Days website:


USAWC in the news March 27

The Army Chief of Staff announced today the following assignments:

  • Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Dowd, Class of 1999, commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, to director, logistics operations, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.
  • Maj. Gen. Michael R. Eyre, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy chief of engineers for Reserve component, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C., to commanding general, U.S. Army Engineer Division, Trans-Atlantic, Winchester, Va.
  • Maj. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, U.S. Army Reserve, assistant to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff for Reserve matters, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., to chief of staff, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
  • Maj. Gen. Jeff W. Mathis III., Class of 1999, Army National Guard, deputy director for anti-terrorism/homeland defense, J-34, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., to commander, Joint Task Force-Civil Support, U.S. Northern Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
  • Brig. Gen. Walter T. Lord, Army National Guard, assistant division commander (maneuver), 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard to deputy senior military representative/chief, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Advisory Team-Sarejevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Brig. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, Class of 2007, deputy director for trans-regional policy, J-5, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., to director, Information Dominance Center, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

USAWC faculty member Retired Col. Charles Allen was honored with a ROCK of the Year Award at the 38th Annual Spring Gala and Awards Banquet, hosted by the National Board of the ROCKS Inc. and the Washington D.C. Chapeter of the ROCKS Inc.

New Pa laws in effect regarding bicycles, motor vehicles

Effective April 2, 2012, motorists must allow at least four feet between your vehicle and a bicycle for the vehicle to safely pass the bicycle. When safe to do so, it is legal to cross the center double yellow line if necessary to provide the required four feet when passing a bicycle.

 Also, no turn by the driver of a motor vehicle shall interfere with a bicyclist proceeding straight on a roadway or shoulder. (75 PA CS 3303 (a) (3)