Banner Archive for April 2013
 

Army Medicine selects Dunham officer for promotionArmy Medicine released the lieutenant colonel promotion selection list for fiscal 2013 today. Please congratulate Maj. Vanessa Worsham, Dunham Army Health Clinic’s deputy commander for nursing, for her selection.


By Tom Conning

Happy birthday! Army Reserve turns 105

In most organizations, it would be unusual to have two dozen people celebrate a birthday on the exact same day, but that isn’t the case for Army Reserve students at the Army War College.

April 23 marked the 105th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Army Reserve. The Army War College celebrated the anniversary April 17 with a lunchtime ceremony in Bliss Hall that featured a video teleconference keynote address from Maj. Gen. Luis Visot, Army Reserve Deputy Commanding General for Operations, the Army song, and a birthday cake.

Maj. Gen. Luis Visot, Army Reserve Deputy Commanding General for Operations, speaks to Army Reservists in Bliss Hall via teleconference during the 105th celebration of the establishment of the U.S. Army Reserve, April 17. The Army War College has an Army Reserve officer in each of the 24 seminars of the resident class.

Think about the Army Reserve’s legacy, challenged Visot. “What do you want to be remembered,” he said. “Really think about the hearts and the minds of those you have come into contact with on a day-to-day basis in your role as leaders of our nation.”

My legacy could affect others in my field, said Army Reserve student Col. Patricia Ten Haaf. “I lay a path for traditional reservists and people in medical units to take command and responsibility that are new and unique to traditional roles we’ve played,” she said. “I feel if I don’t do it well, it will close doors for future Soldiers.” After graduation, Ten Haaf, who is a nurse, will command the 452nd Combat Support Hospital in Milwaukee, Wi. This is unique because nurses normally do not command hospitals, she said.

The last decade has influenced my perspective, said Army Reserve student Col. Robert Humphrey. “The reserve has served as an integral and invaluable resource for the Army,” he said. “How do we leverage going forward the continued integration within Human Resources Command of active and reserve components in support of the Army Reserve?” After graduation, Humphrey will be deputy director for the Office of Personnel Management at Army Human Resources Command.

Prior Army Reserve Soldiers’ sacrifices and Army War College experiences have shaped my thoughts about legacy, said Army Reserve student Lt. Col. Daniel Cole. “I hope to take what I’ve learned here and be a better leader to Soldiers,” he said. Cole will be taking command of the Army Reserve Careers Battalion in Fort Story, Va. after graduation.

Currently, there’s an Army Reserve officer in each of the 24 seminars of the resident class and 302 Army Reserve officers in distance education.


Carlisle Barracks Civilian of the Year honored at ceremony
 
 
 
At the place where senior officers are challenged to combine their operational and tactical experience as they further develop into strategic leaders, it’s only fitting that someone who has been called a Soldier, teacher, photographer, and artist was named the Carlisle Barracks Civilian Employee of the Year for 2012.
 
James McNally, curator of art at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, was honored by Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, U.S. Army War College Commandant, as the Carlisle Barracks Civilian of the Year for 2012 during the Installation Awards Ceremony, Apr. 22 at the Letort View Community Center
 
“It is very humbling, an honor, but very humbling,” said McNally.  “I would love to break up the award and give it to the rest of the team,” he said of his teammates at USAHEC.  “I’m part of a great team and you’re only as good as the team you play on,” he said. McNally also received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service during the ceremony.
 
While McNally was recognized for his recent accomplishments at USAHEC – including spearheading a project developing an Army exhibit at the Pentagon and the recently completed Soldier Experience exhibit in Ridgway Hall -- his dedication to The War College goes back almost 40 years.
 
Assigned as a Soldier to the U.S. Army War College after Vietnam, McNally was the last official Signal Corps photographer to have served at Carlisle Barracks.
 
After completing college, McNally worked as a school teacher in the Bronx, N.Y., for five years.  He returned to The Army War College in 1981 as the photographic supervisor, multi media department head and reprographics manager for 22 years.
 
McNally joined USAHEC in 2003 and since then has had multiple poster exhibitions showcased at Dickinson College, Lebanon Valley College, Juniata College, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
 
Given his dedication to Carlisle Barracks and The War College, it’s fitting that McNally has found his home at USAHEC, the Army's preeminent museum and research complex, dedicated to educating and preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served their nation as Soldiers.
 
Looking to the future McNally said he plans to develop an art gallery at USAHEC, featuring Soldier-produced artwork and artwork about Soldiers.
 
“He is passionate about Soldier stories and Soldier artwork,” said John Leighow, director of the museum at USAHEC. “His enthusiasm is translated into his ability to work across the AHEC and USAWC to create a quality product.  
 
 

Message from the Commandant

Teammates:

      Almost daily there is news reporting on furloughs and, if you are like me, the mix of speculative reporting and the reporting of actions being taken by agencies outside of the Department of Defense has created some confusion. The purpose of this short note is to bring you up to date on the current situation for all of us here at Carlisle Barracks. 

      Almost immediately after our town hall session on March 21st, the Defense Department "paused" the plan to start furloughs in April. Since then, Secretary of Defense Hagel announced that the DoD might limit furlough days to 14, instead of 22 days as originally planned. I know there's analysis underway at the highest levels to see if that number of days, 14, could be cut even further. But bottom line, there has been no -- say again, no -- decision made on furloughs.

      As we await a decision, we are assuming and planning for 14 days of furlough to start in mid- to late-June. If there is a such a decision, I will come back to you in mid- to late-May with details on how we would execute such a plan and if there were any further or new exemptions. Regardless, I will inform you immediately if that plan changes.

      You continue to have my deepest appreciation for your outstanding patience, service and perseverance during these uncertain times.

Best regards,

MG Tony Cucolo


War College presentation features man who influenced generals, president

Meet the man whose mentorship influenced and helped shape Generals Patton, Marshall and Eisenhower during a presentation at the Army Heritage and Education Center, May 2 at 7:15 p.m.

Maj. Edward Cox will present, “Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship" as part of the 9th Annual Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History Lecture Series. In the U.S. Army’s history, Conner's name is synonymous with mentorship and he has been referred to as the "grey eminence."

Cox’s lecture will pull from his book, “Grey Eminence,” which combines existing scholarship, with long-forgotten references and unpublished original sources. The lessons from Conner’s career provide a model to develop strategic leaders that still holds true today. Cox’s book received a Silver Medal for Best Non-fiction Biography of 2011 by the Military Writers Society of America.

Cox holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and masters’ degrees in public administration and international relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. From 2008 to 2011, he was an assistant professor of American Politics, Public Policy, and Strategy in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy. He taught courses in American politics, American foreign policy, and civil-military relations. Cox is currently assigned as International Engagements Officer, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.

This event and parking are FREE and open to the public. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m. The facility is located at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pa. For more information, call 717-245-3972 or visit www.usahec.org.


By Tom Conning

It’s PT test time across Army

“Twelve forty-five,” bellows Staff Sgt. Charles Posey, Carlisle Barracks military personnel noncommissioned officer in charge, shattering the silence that normally engulfs Carlisle Barracks in the morning time, especially on foggy, wet and rainy mornings. The first runners were nearing the end of the two-mile run route.

Soldiers stationed at Carlisle Barracks take official fitness tests in April and October and a group of them completed their fitness test in the early and misty morning hours April 17. Another group took their test on April 24.

Staff Sgt. Christian Adams, Center for Strategic Leadership and Development network connectivity manager, evaluates Staff Sgt. Roth Quednau, Army War College commandant’s driver, during the push-up event for the Amy Physical Fitness Test for Soldiers of headquarters company and Dunham Clinic in Thorpe Hall, April 17.

Sgt. Shaketa Rodgers, a Carlisle Barracks chaplain assistant, shaved some time off her run at the first physical fitness test. New exercise equipment on the Comprehensive Fitness Campus and her leadership helped, she said. “It was because Capt. Tomkins showed Staff Sgt. Adams and me a lot of drills with the new equipment to help to strengthen my leg muscles,” said Rodgers about the former commander of headquarters company.

Capt. Joseph Wiseman, the new commander of headquarters company as of March 22, wanted to see the results of the physical fitness test before he implemented any changes to the training program, he said. “It is a good thing that this is happening while I’m first getting here, so that’s going to be a measure of how successful the current program is,” said Wiseman. “The way things are done here are different than it was when I was with an infantry brigade.”

Soldiers are responsible here, said 1st Sgt. Sabrina Washington, first sergeant at Carlisle Barracks. “We all have our own physical training regimen we do on our own,” she said. “They all do what they’re supposed to.”


By Tom Conning

Holocaust Remembrance Month ends with trip, movie

Carlisle Barracks, Pa.– The month-long recognition here of the Holocaust held its final presentation on April 23. Students, faculty and staff listened as Dwight Raymond, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute protection of civilians expert, talked about humanitarian intervention at a noon-time lecture in Wil Washcoe Auditorium.

It is important to define certain words regarding humanitarian intervention, said Raymond. “You can pretty much say that all genocides are mass atrocities but not necessarily the reverse,” he said. These definitions can be important for criminal prosecution and intervention, Raymond continued.

The Remembrance Month began with a presentation by Dr. Richard Breitman, author of "FDR and the Jews," who offered commentary about President Franklin D. Roosevelt's leadership options during World War II. The American University professor shared information on how historians view FDR’s actions. “Was Franklin Roosevelt a rescuer? Well, no,” said Breitman. “Was he a bystander? As we argue in the book, at times he was a bystander."

Dr. Richard Breitman, author and professor, discusses his book "FDR and the Jews" at the Army Heritage and Education Center April 4.

On April 8, the student body of the Army War College engaged with Charlie Brown, senior advisor in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense/Policy, about Genocide, Mass Killing and U.S. Foreign Policy.

We tend to think of holocaust in terms of graves, while we need to remember the people, said Brown. The students here will play a crucial role in the fight to prevent future genocide, he said.

Charlie Brown, senior advisor in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense/Policy, speaks to Army War College students about Genocide, Mass Killing and U.S. Foreign Policy April 8 in Bliss Hall.

On April 16, staff, students and faculty attended a noon-time lecture featuring Julia Fromholz, Department of State atrocity prevention team leader, in Wil Washcoe Auditorium.

Fromholz spoke about how the U.S. cannot prevent mass atrocities by itself. She also pointed out that atrocities do not happen spontaneously, they are organized efforts.

Fromholz and Brown had alternative perspectives, said Col. Robert Balcavage, Chief of Operations and Integration at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. “I thought her discussion on the need for some form of a direct intervention litmus test was thought-provoking,” he said. “I think the key take away was understanding the role of the Atrocity Prevention Board, namely raising awareness of potential mass atrocity situations.”

Holocaust Remembrance events underscore the role of the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, here.  For example, PKSOI has published three documents featuring protection of civilians and mass atrocity prevention, one of which was a collaborative effort with Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. For more information about Holocaust Remembrance Month, visit http://www.carlisle.army.mil/AHEC/awards/holocaust.cfm.

The month long observance will help link the lessons of yesterday with the urgency of civilian protection in today’s conflicts.


By Donna Miles,American Forces Press Service
Official makes case for more base closures, realignments

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2013 - Recognizing congressional resistance to another round of base realignments and closures, a senior defense official told a Senate panel yesterday it would be irresponsible to cut the military's "tooth" without doing everything possible to eliminate excess within its "tail."

John C. Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, made the case for a 2015 BRAC round during testimony before the Senate Armed Service Committee's readiness and management support subcommittee.

DOD is facing a serious problem in light of its declining budgets and force structure, but has limited flexibility to adjust its infrastructure accordingly, he told the panel.

"We need to find a way to strike the right balance so infrastructure does not drain too many resources from the warfighter," he said. "We need to be cognizant that maintaining more infrastructure than we need taxes other resources that the warfighter needs -- from depot maintenance to training to bullets and bombs."

Conger cited $8 billion in annual, recurring savings from the first four rounds of BRAC in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995. BRAC 2005 is producing another $4 billion in annual savings through avoided costs for base operating support, personnel and leasing costs, he reported.

Meanwhile, BRAC 2005 eliminated 13,000 civilian positions -- an example of the kind of workforce efficiencies the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires, he said. Previous BRAC rounds averaged 36,000 eliminations per round.

"Congress has already demanded these civilian personnel cuts, and if they are not made through BRAC, they will need to be made elsewhere," Conger argued.

As the department seeks cost-saving measures, it also is undergoing a comprehensive review that kicked off in January to identify potential cases for closure or consolidation there, he noted.

"There are other examples where we're driving towards efficiencies throughout the department, and we have to do that. Installations are just one piece of the puzzle," Conger said. "But as we cut down in force structure, it would be irresponsible of us not to ... propose ways to cut the tail as we cut the tooth."

Conger acknowledged skepticism in Congress about the need for another round of BRAC, most likely, he said, because implementing the last round cost so much more than anticipated.

"To be clear, BRAC 2015 will not look like BRAC 2005," he told the panel. The previous BRAC, he said, was conducted while the force structure and budgets were growing, and under leadership-directed transformations across the department.

"Today, force structure is shrinking, the budget is shrinking, and we are firmly focused on reducing our future costs," he said, noting similar circumstances during the first four rounds of BRAC.

"I can assert with confidence that a 2015 round will have far more in common with them than it would with the 2005 round," Conger said.

The BRAC discussion came within the context of the Defense Department's fiscal 2014 budget proposal. It includes $11 billion for military construction, $10.9 billion for investments to sustain and restore DOD facilities and $3.8 billion for environmental measures.

The request, Conger noted, is slightly higher than the fiscal 2013 appropriation. This is in part because all but the most critical projects and measures were curtailed this year due to sequestration.

"While budgets are constrained and force structure shrinks, our infrastructure is being held constant," he told the senators, emphasizing that DOD must maintain its 550,000 buildings and structures that support military operations and readiness.


War College faculty member’s recent book highlighted in Foreign Affairs

Blowtorch: Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War Strategy, by Frank Jones, professor of Security Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy, recently received high praise from Foreign Affairs.


PKSOI staffer helps Indiana University ROTC Cadets earn German Proficiency Badge

Recently German LTC (GS) Jürgen Prandtner, Chief International Doctrine, PKSOI, presented members of the Indiana University Reserve Officer Training Corps the German Military Proficiency Badge.

The 28 cadets prepared for three months to accomplish five tests: First aid, NBC-basic skill, physical training (100 m swim with clothes, shuttle-run, flex-arm-hang, 1000 m track run), shooting and a road march.

Prandtner supervised the final tests and said it was a great opportunity to talk with future US military leaders about military leadership training.

“I was able to explain foreign military and culture aspects and also talk about what the Army War College is doing,” he said.


Baltic Defence College leadership meets with War College experts

Maj. Gen. Vitalijus Vaiksnoras, takes a look at the Soldiers Experience exhibit at the Army Heritage and Education Center during a visit by the Baltic Defence College April 9.

Lithuanian Army Maj. Gen. Vitalijus Vaiksnoras, Commandant of the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia, visited Carlisle Barracks April 9 for a visit focused on gathering "best practices" in professional military education and expanding cooperation between the Baltic Defence College and the U.S. Army War College.

Vaiksnoras met with leaders from the Senior Leader Resiliency Office, the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, the International Fellows Program, and the Department of Distance Education, held a lengthy round-table discussion with this year's International Fellows from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and visited the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.


Galli assumes duties as new Army War College Chief of Staff

 

On April 24, Col. Donald N. Galli was assigned as the Chief of Staff, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

Galli is a Distinguished Military Graduate from East Stroudsburg University.  He was commissioned as an Aviation Officer on May 17, 1986.  He is a graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, UH-60A/L Aircraft Qualification Course, AH-64D Aircraft Qualification Course, and the Aviation Advanced Course at Ft. Rucker, AL, Civil Affairs Advanced Course, and Psychological Operations Advanced Course at Ft. Bragg, NC, Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and the United States Naval War College at Newport, RI.

His command assignments include: Commander, A Company, 4th Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, Schofield Barracks, HI; Commander, 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Aviation Brigade, Ft. Campbell, KY where he deployed the battalion to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Commander, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, GA where he deployed the Brigade to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His past assignments include service as an Assault Helicopter Platoon Leader with A Company, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment and Assistant Battalion S-3, 4th Battalion 101st Aviation Regiment, Ft. Campbell, KY; Brigade Aviation Officer, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operation Desert Shield/Storm; Assistant Brigade S3, 25th Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, HI; Brigade S5, 8th Military Police Brigade, Seoul, Korea; Aviation Training Team Leader, Readiness Group Sheridan, Ft. Sheridan, IL; Battalion S3, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment and Brigade Executive Officer, 159th Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, KY; Aide-de-Camp and Executive Officer for the Commanding General , First United States Army at Ft. Gillem, GA; Military Professor, Joint Military Operations, United States Naval War College, Newport, RI, and Chief of Staff, United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Ft. Rucker, AL.

Galli has a Masters Degree in International Relations from Troy University and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.  His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with OLC, Bronze Star Medal with 2 OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 OLC, the Air Medal with numeral two, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLC, the Army Achievement Medal with 3 OLC, the Humanitarian Service Medal with two stars, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Col. John Laganelli, the outgoing chief of staff, will become the Deputy Chief of Staff, 3rd Army/U.S. Army CENTCOM. He will serve as the Chief of Staff Forward in Kuwait.


Central Pennsylvania to participate in National Take Back initiative
 
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Area police departments will host special medication drop-off points as part of the National Take Bake initiative on Saturday.
 
The event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, gives area residents a chance to drop off medication for proper disposal. Residents should try to make sure medication is in the correct bottles — though they should remove or black out their names and personal information on the bottles.
 
Syringes will not be accepted.
 
In Cumberland County, state police at Carlisle will have a drop-off point at its barracks at 1538 Commerce Ave., Carlisle. Carlisle Barracks will sponsor a location at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, while the Shippensburg Borough Police Department will have a location at its department building at 60 W. Burd St., Shippensburg.
 
East Pennsboro Township Police will have a medication drop-off at Giant at 310 E. Penn Drive, Enola, while Hampden Township Police will once again pair up with Mechanicsburg Borough Police to host a drop-off point at Giant at 5301 E. Simpson Ferry Road in Mechanicsburg.
 
In Perry County, state police at Newport will have a drop-off point at its barracks at 52 Red Hill Court, Newport.
 
In the Harrisburg area, there are a number of police departments that will host National Take Back locations. Harrisburg City Police will have a location at the Giant pharmacy at 136 Kline Village, Susquehanna Township Police will host a location at its Giant pharmacy at 2300 Linglestown Road, Lower Paxton Township Police will have a location at the Giant at 5074 Jonestown Road and Swatara Township Police will have a drop-off point at its department at 599 Eisenhower Blvd.
 
Northern York County Regional Police will have a location at Giant at 2130 Palomino Road in Dover.
 
All of the locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for National Take Back.
 
For those who can’t make it to any of the sites on Saturday, the Hampden Township Police Department will continue to offer a year-round medication drop-off box at its department at 230 S. Sporting Hill Road. The police department is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, but closed on Sunday.
 
For more National Take Back locations, go to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.
 

Carlisle Barracks Thrift Shop to close after 3 decades of business

 

The Carlisle Barracks Thrift Shop scheduled its last day of business -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Wednesday, May 1-- after 3 decades of "business" on behalf of military families.

"It brought many people and good experiences into my life," said Nancy Gibson, Thrift Shop manager since 2001.

The post salutes the hundreds of volunteers who manned the Thrift Shop through the years, raising funds for military family scholarships and donations to organizations in our neighboring community, e.g., Project SHARE and the Salvation Army. 

Times have changed, and budget challenges and competition have led to the decision to close. 

The Thrift Shop is a private organization authorized to operate on post, as has been the tradition at worldwide Army installations for many decades.   Therefore, the decision of the Thrift Shop Board was based on its assessment of diminishing clientele and income insufficient for operating costs.   Reduced use of the Thrift Shop reflects a population that relies less on the Thrift Shop than in the past and, in turn, eliminates its ability to donate funds to worthy community causes.

In the meantime -- there are only four shopping days left: Tuesday, Apr. 23, Wednesday, Apr. 24, Tuesday, Apr. 30, and Wednesday, May 1, each day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 


By Tom Conning with information from American Forces Press Service

Medal of Honor awarded to Army chaplain

Being close to Washington D.C. can have its benefits. Two Army War College student chaplains found this out by receiving the chance of a life-time: an invitation to attend Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapuan’s Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House April 11.

During the ceremony, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Chaplain Emil J. Kapaun for extraordinary courage, faith and leadership that inspired thousands of prisoners to survive capture and captivity during the Korean War.

The Army’s Chief of Chaplains invited Col. Paul Hurley and Lt. Col. Eric Albertson to the ceremony.

One of the reasons the Chief of Chaplains invited Albertson was because he was a former 1st Cavalry Division chaplain, Kapuan’s same unit, said Albertson.

“The whole experience was difficult to put into words,” said Albertson. “It was very surreal and powerful.

Chaplain (Lt. Col). Eric Albertson has his photo taken with Ray Kapuan, Chaplain Emil Kapaun’s nephew (right), and another family member after a Medal of Honor Ceremony at the White House April 11.

"As a priest and combat chaplain, Chaplain Kapaun's story has always resonated with me and been a source of inspiration,” said Albertson. “The event left me feeling close to him even though we never met.”

Kapaun served with the 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy at Unsan, Korea, November 1-2, 1950.

When Chinese communist forces viciously attacked friendly elements, Kapaun calmly walked through withering enemy fire to provide comfort and medical aid to his comrades. When they found themselves surrounded by the enemy, the able-bodied men were ordered to evacuate.

Chaplain Emil Kapaun (right) and a doctor carry an exhausted soldier off the battlefield in Korea, early in the war. The photo shows Kapaun to the GI's left, and Capt. Jerome A. Dolan, a medical officer with the 8th Cavalry regiment, to his right. (Photo courtesy ACME)

Kapaun, fully aware of his certain capture, elected to stay behind with the wounded. As hand-to-hand combat ensued, he continued to make rounds.

As enemy forces approached the American position, Kapaun noticed an injured Chinese officer among the wounded and convinced him to negotiate the safe surrender of the American forces. Shortly after his capture, he pushed aside an enemy soldier preparing to execute a comrade.

Kapuan, a Roman Catholic priest, died May 23, 1951, at a prison camp in Pyoktong, Korea. His nephew, Ray Kapaun and family members were on hand for the ceremony.

For more information about Chaplain Emil Kapuan, visit http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/kapaun.


Cone addresses future of education during Army War College talk

The future of educating Army leaders at all levels in the application of Strategic Landpower was the theme for the man in charge of key Army education and training institutions.

Gen. Robert Cone, commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, spoke to Army War College students and faculty in Bliss Hall April 18.

He discussed a wide range of topics including current and future of Army education, from the NCO to senior leader levels.  Education will be vital to prepare the Army for future success.

Students will become drivers of change when they finish their studies here, said Cone, who spoke at length about the study of the Army Profession, calling it the bedrock of most of the decisions made by Army leadership. As the Army plans for the future, the human dimension will remain an important focus.  Multiple initiatives within TRADOC and the Army to support leader development include strengthening professional military education, re-establishing mentorship,  and extending talent management to all leaders.

Many of the themes and messages Cone discussed reminded one Army War College student of a similar time earlier in her career.

“When I was a lieutenant in 1992-1996 in Germany - the issues facing the Army were very similar, transitions, transformations, reducing budgets, and developing people,” said Lt. Col. Christine Hackett. “I have no doubt that the institution will not just reduce, but improve, becoming smaller but more capable. Pulling it off will require hard work, creative thinking, and strong leadership with an articulate and resourced vision.”

Those traits are also important for the human capital aspect of Cone’s remarks, Hackett said.

“Vision and leadership are also needed to focus on the Service on the profession of arms, and human capital development,” she said. “It is true that the ‘beauty of no money is plenty of time to develop people.’ It is equally true that generating excitement for the profession and the Army’s role will require creativity, imagination and all that newly found white space on the leader’s calendar.”

 


By Karen Parrish, American Forces Press Service
DOD 'scrubbing money pot' to reduce furloughs, Carter says

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013 - Pentagon leaders from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on down are looking for ways to reduce the pending civilian employee layoffs known as furloughs, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday.

Under the department's current plan, more than 700,000 civilian employees will receive furlough notices in early May notifying them of furloughs to begin in June. Furloughs would happen over seven two-week pay periods until the end of September and the close of the fiscal year, with employees likely to be told not to come to work for two days during each of those pay periods.

"I hate the idea of furlough," Carter said during a discussion with service members and civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

"I think it's outrageous. I think it's unfair," Carter said, noting he is planning to cut his own pay, though not his workload, commensurate with any furlough of civilian employees. As a Senate-approved presidential appointee, Carter can't be furloughed.

"I don't want to be collecting my whole paycheck while other people [can't]," the deputy defense secretary added.

The sequester cuts that took effect in March will cost the department $46 billion through the end of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, officials have said.

Carter noted the continuing resolution Congress passed in March to fund that period gives DOD some flexibility in operations and maintenance spending. The "O and M" account, as it's commonly known, contains funding for civilian pay as well as for training, operations at military installations and family and troop programs. After Congress acted in March, Hagel announced the department would cut the planned number of furlough days from 22 to 14.

Defense leaders are submitting a "massive reprogramming" request to Congress in response to "the idiocy of sequester," Carter said. According to the DOD comptroller's office, reprogramming can involve moving funds from one appropriation to another or within an appropriation, and cannot be performed without statutory authority. Carter added that he hopes Congress will "give us some additional [budget] relief of some kind" over the summer.

The deputy secretary said department leaders are focused on managing a depleted fiscal year 2013 budget as skillfully as they can.

"Of course, it's not just to alleviate the furlough. ... We have other things that are important -- all these things are important," he said. "We have to make sure our nuclear deterrent forces are at full readiness. We have to support [troops in Afghanistan]. We have to take care of wounded warriors."

Defense leaders are looking to balance spending and "enlarge that pot," Carter said. He added that he hopes the department can further reduce civilian furloughs.

"It's a terrible way to treat people who are dedicated to the nation," he said.


Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
 Report suspicious activity -- here's how

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

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

See something suspicious on post, online or get a strange phone call probing for information and don’t know what to do? You can report it using the Suspicious Activity Report tool located now at http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/iWatch/SuspiciousActivityReport.cfm

“The tool provides employees and residents with an easy to way report anything suspicious,” said Barry Farquhar, head of the post’s plans and training division. The reports can be made anonymously if desired.

“Disclosure of the reporter's personal contact information is voluntary, but important if additional or clarifying information is needed,” said Farquhar.

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

“Using previous reporting systems we really had no idea if anything was reported at Carlisle Barracks because it was reported to another organization,” said Farquhar. Now reports will come into a central location and will be delivered to the appropriate organization, whether it’s law enforcement, the intelligence analyst or sent higher for more analysis.

Incident reporting tips:

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

   Immediate threats should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Provost Marshal Office 24 Hour Line at (717) 245-4115.


By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
Hagel eliminates Distinguished Warfare Medal

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has eliminated the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DOD officials announced today. 

Instead, the military will recognize service members who directly affect combat operations without being present through distinguishing devices that will be affixed to already existing awards.

Soon after being sworn in as defense secretary Feb. 27, 2013, Hagel asked Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to lead a review of the medal.

"The Joint Chiefs of Staff, with the concurrence of the service secretaries, have recommended the creation of a new distinguishing device that can be affixed to existing medals to recognize the extraordinary actions of this small number of men and women," Hagel said in a written release.

"I agree with the Joint Chiefs' findings, and have directed the creation of a distinguishing device instead of a separate medal," Hagel said in the release.

Hagel added: "The servicemen and women who operate and support our remotely piloted aircraft, operate in cyber, and others are critical to our military's mission of safeguarding the nation."

The distinguishing devices will serve to recognize these service members' achievements, he said.

The undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness will develop the award criteria in close coordination with the services and the Joint Staff, officials said.

DOD announced the creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medal Feb. 13, 2013.

"I've always felt -- having seen the great work that they do, day-in and day-out -- that those who performed in an outstanding manner should be recognized," then-Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during a news conference announcing the medal.

"Unfortunately," Panetta added, "medals that they otherwise might be eligible for simply did not recognize that kind of contribution."

Members of veterans' service organizations and others objected to the Distinguished Warfare Medal, officials said. The medal's order of precedence was to be just below the Distinguished Flying Cross and just above the Bronze Star. Some commentators objected that it would rank higher than the Purple Heart -- awarded to those wounded or killed in action.

"When I came into office, concerns were raised to me about the Distinguished Warfare Medal's order of precedence by veterans' organizations, members of Congress and other stakeholders whose views are valued by this department's leadership," Hagel said.

The distinguishing devices can be affixed to awards at different levels, so, once written, the criteria for the awards must reflect that, officials said. For example, the criteria for affixing a device to an Army Commendation Medal would be different than those for a Meritorious Service Medal -- a higher award.


by Thomas Zimmerman
Strategy conference tackles Landpower, strategic issues facing the nation

Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, spoke about a wide-range of topics with NPR Newshour’s Margaret Warner as part of the 2013 Army War College Strategy Conference. Odierno spoke about the importance of maintaining a proper balance in the Joint Force, the future of the Army and the importance of strong leaders. He also answered questions from the audience. View the entire interview at www.youtube.com/usarmywarcollege

 

Carlisle Barracks, Pa. -- Experts from academia, military and government converged on Carlisle Barracks to discuss links between Landpower and vital strategic issues facing the nation and the world during the Army War College Strategy Conference April 9-11.

The theme of this year’s event was “The Future of American Landpower” and was met head-on by conference keynote speaker Professor John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago.

“We’re not only talking about the future of Landpower here, we are talking about the future of the U.S. Army,” he said. “The pivot to the Pacific region, the effects the nation feels as the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts end, and the uncertainty of the U.S. economy will affect the future for the Army and not necessarily in a positive way.”

Landpower is the principal ingredient of military power, it was hard for him to see a situation where a major land war would occur between the U.S. and China, said Mearsheimer.

“The most likely scenario in the Asia-Pacific region involving the Army will be aggression on the Korean Peninsula,” he said. “It’s unclear whether other challenges in the region will involve a large-scale Army presence.”

He cautioned that this situation could cause the Army to fall behind the other services in the fight for funding in an already constrained environment.

“There is no reason to think that spending cuts are going away and this shift could have a drastic effect of Army funding, perhaps dropping all the way down to third behind the Navy and Air Force,” he said. “The Army needs to develop a narrative to describe how and why it’s necessary to American security.”

Professor John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago was the keynote speaker for the conference. He shared his thoughts on the future of the Army as the DoD re-balances to the Asia-Pacific region and what it could means in terms of strategy and funding.

 

Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, provided counterpoint in an interview with NPR Newshour’s Margaret Warner conducted as part of the conference.

“We are here to make sure we have the right Joint Force,” said the Army Service Chief. "We have to maintain the right balance. We can’t get so far out of balance that we cannot present all options to the President.”

Despite fiscal challenges, he conveyed confidence in the future of the Army. 

“With our expertise we can adjust to any mission,” he said. “Only one Army in the world can deploy quickly and sustain for the short and long term – the U.S. Army.”

Odierno said that he realizes that as operations draw to a close in Iraq and Afghanistan changes are necessary.

“This is a time of evolution, not revolution. What we are doing now is a part of an iterative process to get national security right,” he said. “What we have to do is continue to evolve as we look to the future. We have to look as what capabilities we need to have as the world changes around us.”

He said that what the changes will require strong leaders and predictable funding.

“We still need leaders. The complexity of the challenges facing us is greater than ever before,” he said. We are going to ask our men and women to do some very difficult things and we cannot let them down.”

In addition to the presentations by Mearsheimer and Odierno, the conference included five panel discussions on topics ranging from state sponsored crime and gangs to how to address rising non-hostile rivals like China, and evening presentations by experts like Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. 

The United States has a role in every corner of the world, but strategy is as much about deciding what we're not going to do as what we will do, said Krepinevich, speaking at the evening presentation, April 10.

He spoke of the increasingly lethal battlefield, even against irregular forces, suggesting that we run the risk of pricing ourselves out of certain forms of warfare.

Krepinevich noted efforts to deter aggression must be based on an understanding of the cost from the other country's perspective. China doesn't want war, he said, but they do want victory in the sense of Sun Tzu.

Each presenter contributed to the informed dialogue, according to Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Army War College Commandant.

“Here we question assumptions … and examine all sides of the debate to effectively determine the way ahead,” he said during the opening of the conference. “We are all better after we have been challenged.”

A new wrinkle to this year’s conference was the ability to participate remotely, so as to avoid travel costs. Each of the presentations were streamed live over the internet and an interactive discussion took place on Twitter using the hash tag #USAWCStratConf

All of the presentations from the conference can be found on the Army War College YouTube page at www.youtube.com/usarmywarcollege

  • Keynote Address - The Rise of China and the Decline of the U.S. Army
  • Professor John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

 

  • Dialogue with Gen. Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, and PBS NewsHour's Margaret Warner, with Q&A
  • "The Future of American Landpower"

 

  • Panel I - A Moderated Debate: Is American Foreign Policy Overly Militarized?
  • Moderator: Mr.Tom Bowman, NPR Pentagon Correspondent
  • Debaters: Dr. Dan Drezner, Tufts University & Mr. Nathan Freier, Center for Strategic & International Studies

 

  • Panel II - Great Power Rivalry: How To Address Rising Non-Hostile Rivals
  • Chair: Dr. Andrew Scobell, RAND
  • Panelists: Dr. Zhu Feng, Beijing University; BG (R) Gurmeet Kanwal, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses; Dr. Stephen Blank, SSI, U.S. Army War College

 

  • Panel III: Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications
  • Chair: Dr. Paul Kan, U.S. Army War College
  • Panelists: Dr. William Zartman, Johns Hopkins; Dr. Phil Brenner, American University; Prof. Greg Aftandilian, Center for National Policy

 

  • Panel IV - Augmenting Our Influence: Alliance Revitalization and Partner Development
  • Chair: Dr. John Deni, SSI, U.S. Army War College
  • Panelists: Dr. William Tow, Australian National University; Dr. Sean Kay, Ohio Wesleyan University; Dr. Carol Atkinson, Vanderbilt University

 

  • Panel V - State Sponsored Crime and Non-State Actors: Gangs, Guns, and Graft
  • Chair: Dr. Stephen Blank, SSI, U.S. Army War College
  • Panelists: Edward Lucas, The Economist; Karen Saunders, Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence; Douglas Farah, International Assessment and Strategy Center

 

  • Luncheon Speakers
  • Moderator: Dr. Steven Metz, SSI, U.S. Army War College
  • Presenters: Dr. Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Mr. Thomas Donnelly, Co-Director, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, AEI

 

  • Banquet Keynote - American Defense Budget and the Future of U.S. Landpower
  • Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

 

  • Luncheon Speaker - Recoiling from Long Wars, or How We Re-Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Bombs
  • Dr. Conrad Crane, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


by Carol Kerr
School of Strategic Landpower introduces Comprehensive Exams

 
Austrian Col. Rudolf Zauner, an International Fellow in the Class of 2013, answers questions from faculty members Col. Dave Dworak, Navy
Capt. James Boswell and Dr. Craig Bullis. The new “comps” initiative requires students to demonstrate the ability to synthesize concepts
across the core curriculum.

 

Academic rigor, communication skill and mastery of strategic concepts are on review for students facing the pilot program for oral comprehensive exams at the Army War College.

“One of the main charters we’ve set for ourselves is to show students’ transition from the tactical and operational world they came from to operating at the strategic level of war and national security policy,” said Col. Richard Lacquement, dean of the School.  “This is a key mechanism to learn whether they’ve done so, and to do so in a short period of time and in a pretty demanding environment.”

“I hope that most of the students will see this as an opportunity to gauge themselves against the standards – to take the challenge and face a very intelligent panel of questioners who will give them some fairly deep questions and see how well they can verbally create a coherent, intelligence answer that, frankly, deal with pretty profound topics of national security,”

The comprehensive exam requires a student to integrate understanding from across the nine institutional learning objectives of the core courses to respond in detail to a question like this:  What are the enduring characteristics of war that have stood the test of time, and what challenges should we have been better prepared for in the past 10 years?

If we were to ask a student what we’ve learned from the last 10 years of war, he or she should be able to draw on the theories of war and strategy that we’ve addressed as part of the core curriculum, such as Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, modern theorists, counterinsurgency  doctrine, and actual events.  The student would apply that understanding for contexts as diverse as the Afghan conflict and the Peloponnesian War of more than 2400 years ago.  The discussion would reveal the student’s knowledge of the past; events of the recent past and contemporary actions; and a sense of what this means for the military profession going forward. 

The student’s challenge will be to inter-relate theory, research and practice of the core course subject areas:  strategic thinking, strategic leadership, theory of war and strategy, national security policy and strategy, theater strategy and campaigning, and Defense management, according to Brig. Gen. Carol Eggert, who developed the comprehensive exams concept for the School. “This is not a simple set of questions-answers,” she said.

Comprehensive exams close out the core curriculum for academic year 2013:  an opportunity for the School of Strategic Landpower to invest in one-on-one sessions with each student, evaluate the process, and revise the ‘oral comps’ program before full implementation in AY 2014.

“We’ve had several opportunities to engage them with written assignments throughout the core curriculum, and they’ve had some requirements for oral presentations in seminar, but this is the one opportunity to see how well they integrate the key concepts across the core curriculum.

For both the school and the student, it’s an opportunity to see how well they ‘get it.’ Do they think at the strategic level?  Do they understand the dominant challenges strategic leaders face, and how to deal with them?

“How well they ‘get it’ is a function of the partnership between the school’s resources for their education and the students’ responsibility to participate in their education”, said Lacquement. “As with any evaluation, we expect the oral comps to give us feedback into our curriculum review and our course refinement process.”


by Phil Evans, U.S. Army War College Fellows Program
Army War College Fellowships promote learning, outreach value for Army

 

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, War College commandant, visited the Fellows in the Boston area and met with Fellows program administrators, and senior academic program leads.

 

The 90 officers serving as U.S. Army War College Fellows spend their academic year in residence at a variety of institutions spanning universities, industry, think tanks, government-funded organizations, and government agencies.  In their capacity as Fellows, they are expected to benefit from an education in environments not normally available to Army officers, assist the Army by virtue of research and publication, and help tell the Army story.  They do all of this while remaining plugged in to the parallel-running resident class. 

While senior leader education can come in many forms, those Fellows who are in an academic environment receive the benefit of formal instruction at any of the 22 universities in which they are assigned.  There are multiple programs presented to the Fellows within the universities.  At Harvard, for example, the 10 Fellows are either enrolled in the John F. Kennedy School of Government or in a separate Management and Leadership Program.  At Stanford University the three Fellows assigned are enrolled either at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, or the Hoover Institution. 

In most cases, the Fellows can take courses outside their “primary” schools or programs, often with the encouragement of their faculty hosts, allowing them to gain a great breadth of experience.        

At MIT, three Fellows are involved in separate programs. The program attended by Col. Kirk Dorr keys on national security studies. Col. Dan Rickleff is concentrating on supply chain logistics serving the military at the highest levels. Col. Dave Pendall is aligned with a program based not on MIT’s main campus but at Lincoln Laboratory, west of Boston, where he deals with new and emerging defense-related technologies. 

In general, the Fellows assigned to universities audit graduate-level courses.  This is by formal agreement between the Army and the various institutions. In reality, most Fellows are routinely asked to provide the benefit of their previous military lessons in the classroom, whether by their professors or their fellow students.  Select Fellows also serve formally and meaningfully as course co-presenters, assistant instructors, and seminar leaders at internationally-attended institutions.  For example, Col. Greg Brady and Col. George Thiebes at the George C. Marshall Center, Col. Pete Don at the Asia Pacific Center, and Col. Jody Nelson at Queens University all engaged in academic instruction in the fall of 2012.     

Education does not only come as a result of classroom attendance.  The two Fellows in corporate Fellowships this year are learning at close hand how large private organizations are led and operate.  Lt. Col. Bill Canaley, assigned at NCR Corporation, has had the opportunity to view technology strategy and financial roll-up discussions at the senior-most level, and even accompanied NCR leaders for a global manufacturing operations strategy meeting held at a key manufacturing plant in Manaus, Brazil. 

Col. Wayne Green, at Merck and Company, assisted his company in the preparation and execution of a leadership event at Merck’s global headquarters, has attended CEO-level meetings, and has also had the opportunity to travel to other sites to compare business lessons learned, such as at Pratt and Whitney.  Importantly, both officers have also have taken advantage of multiple outreach opportunities to spread the Army message in formal and informal presentations with their hosts.

On the subject of outreach, the Fellows present information at a large number of venues either at their hosting institutions or in the larger geographic area. 

Col. Chris Croft, at Columbia University, is in an ideal large market area to deliver the Army message, and has, to groups as disparate as Avalon Marketing Group, the Learning Forum, the NYPD, and of course at Columbia University itself, whether in his particular school or with other resident programs. 

Not all outreach events are conducted in brick and mortar settings. 

Col. Bill Carty, with the assistance of several other Army and other government Fellows assigned to the Fletcher School at Tufts University, expanded on the base course Evolution and Strategy within his curriculum.  He led a voluntary Saturday staff ride to the Lexington and Concord battlefield sites for an audience of 38 appreciative professors and students, with lessons focused on senior-level decision-making, the meaning of vital interests, and the impact of tactical events at the operational and strategic levels.    

The Fellows are also charged with creating articles of strategic import for publication in a wide variety of media, and for producing a research project that will assist the Army and wider defense community. Normally, the Fellows’ research advisor is a leader, academic or otherwise, at the hosting institution. This year, Gen. Ray Odierno , the Chief of Staff of the Army, has also aligned three and four star Army generals with the Fellows, with the goal of giving the Fellows a senior Army mentor to bounce ideas off of, potentially resulting in projects that most closely fit the needs of the current and future Army.  This is a work in progress, with the Fellows meeting with their senior Army mentors in person, via VTC, and through other electronic means.  Odierno himself is serving as the senior Army mentor for six Fellows.

Another initiative this year, led by Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, War College Commandant, has been to create a much closer alignment between the Fellows with the U.S. Army War College throughout the academic year, leading to a greater association by all parties of the others’ offerings and possibilities.  As a result, the Fellows attended an expanded orientation at the beginning of the academic year, embedded in the resident seminars, and formed an earliest relationship with the faculty instructor teams.  The Fellows have also been presented with a variety of references to assist their development as professional Army officers and future senior leaders, to include electronic access to presentations made to the class at Carlisle Barracks and the same information references that the resident students receive.  The Fellows also receive daily information about Army concerns and developments from the Fellows Program office. 

This is not by any means a one way street:   Fellows in such far flung locations as Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Germany, and Hawaii have all assisted as hosts or coordinator for U.S. Army War College groups in their assigned locales.  They have performed similar missions for the Army senior leadership. 

The U.S. Army War College Fellows continue to learn while positively influencing those around them in their assigned Fellowship locations.  They provide great value to the current and future Army.        

 


 
 
 
 
U.S. ARMY WAR COLLEGE and CARLISLE BARRACKS COMMUNITY NEWS TIPS

APRIL 2013

 

Army Emergency Relief Campaign
The Carlisle Barracks 2013 AER Annual Fund Campaign will be conducted Mar. 1 through May 15, 2013.
Last year, Carlisle Barracks assisted 67 Soldiers, retirees, and widows with over $78,000 in financial assistance. 
AER has assisted many service members and their families with interest-free loans and grants.  Emergency financial assistance is provided to eligible individuals for such items as food, funeral expenses, emergency travel expenses, utilities, rent, and repairs to essential vehicles. 
 
Donations can be dropped off at the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service office--a locked box is located outside the office of the ACS Finance Officer, Mrs. Cora Johnson; or by contacting 1st Sgt. Sabrina Washington.
For information contact 1st Sgt. Sabrina Washington, AER Campaign Manager at 717-226-3988 or email at:  sabrina.m.washington@amil.mil
 
Memorial Chapel Events
Monday, Apr. 1– Training Holiday – No Mass
Sunday, Apr. 14– Catholic Youth of the Chapel – Youth Sunday
Sunday, Apr. 28– Protestant Youth of the Chapel – Youth Sunday – Youth led Worship Service
 
Army Wellness Center group classes
Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2-3 p.m. - Upping Your Metabolism
Wednesday, Apr. 10, 11 a.m.-noon- Meals in Minutes
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2-3 p.m.- Stress Management              
Friday, Apr. 26, 11 a.m.-noon- Stress Management         
Tuesday, Apr. 30, noon-1 p.m.- Upping Your Metabolism
To register call the Army Wellness Center at 717-245-4004 or visit:  http://dunham.narmc.amedd.army.mil/armywellnesscenter/default.aspx
 
International Fellows’ spouses Conversation and Culture Programs
The programs are held in the Post Chapel, noon-2 p.m.    
Tuesday, Apr. 2- Country presentations:  Denmark and Australia
Tuesday, Apr. 9- Country presentations:  Netherlands, France and Egypt
Tuesday, Apr. 16 - Country presentations:  Bulgaria and Austria
Tuesday, Apr. 23 - Country presentations:  Lithuania and Nepal
Tuesday, Apr. 30- Country presentations:  Turkey and New Zealand
 
ACS Family Resilience Training
Training will be conducted in the ACS Classroom from 10 a.m.-noon.
Wednesday, Apr 3- “Hunt the Good Stuff”
Thursday, Apr. 4- “Mental Games”
Wednesday, Apr. 10- “Real Time Resilience”
Thursday, Apr. 18- “Identify Character Strengths in Self and Others”
Thursday, Apr. 25- “Character Strengths, Challenges and Leaderships”
 
3 - CLIF
The monthly community leader information forum will be held Wednesday, Apr. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., AHEC.
 
Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar
The three-day seminar will be held 16-18 April in Collins Hall and will focus on coaching, mentoring and advising; working with volunteer organizations, protocol for senior spouses, and the balancing act:  taking care of yourself.  To reserve your seat in this seminar, RSVP NLT Apr. 12 to 717-245-4787; or email:  christine.e.yuengert.civ.@mail.mil
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
 
17 - Geo-Bachelor/Bachelorette Dinner
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 6-8 p.m. in the Chapel Assembly Hall, the dinner is sponsored by the combined Chapel community for single and geographically separated War College students and International Fellows.
 
18 - Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Monthly Event
Carlisle Barracks history will be brought to life at the 2nd annual Carlisle Barracks History and Legends Tour/Social, Thursday, Apr. 18, LVCC, 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:30 p.m. Dinner Buffet. Reservations and cancellations by noon, Friday, Apr. 12 to:  reservations@cbspousesclub.org
 
18 - AHEC free, public Perspectives in Military History Lecture
Dr. Christian Keller will present “Flying Dutchmen and Drunken Irishmen: The Myths and Realities of Ethnic Civil War Soldiers,” on Thursday, Apr. 18, 7:15 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center.  Call 717-245-3972 or visit:  http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/events.cfm
 
19 - Employment Readiness Program
A Federal Resume Writing class will be held Friday, Apr. 19, 9 a.m.-noon at ACS.  For information call 717-245-3684.
 
24 - International Fellows Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
On Wednesday, Apr. 24, 11:45 a.m. in Bliss Hall, Gen. Tibor Benko, Hungarian Chief of Defense (USAWC Class of 2001) will become the 44th inductee of the International Fellows Hall of Fame.
 
27 - Medication Disposal Event—National Take-Back Initiative
Open to the public - Safely dispose of unwanted medications at this upcoming take-back day, Saturday, Apr. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Army Heritage and Education Center. 
 
Acceptable products include:  unwanted and expired medications for humans or pets, both prescription and over-the-counter, in tablet, liquid, ointment, inhaler, powder or patch form.  Medication should remain in original container – Do Not Remove Labels – cross out personal information only – information on medication should be legible.  For information contact the Army Substance Abuse Office, 717-245-4576.
 
These materials will NOT be accepted:  sharps, syringes, needles, thermometers, bandages, gauze pads, sun block, lipstick, deodorant, skin cream and similar products.
 
29 - Military Family Program
Dr. Leonard Wong will deliver his very popular talk, "Generation to Generation," that discusses the generational differences as they relate to leadership development and parenting on Monday, Apr. 29, 12-12:45 p.m. in Wil Washcoe auditorium. Very enlightening topic for senior military spouses working with younger spouses!
 
30 – Excellence in Education Reception
Selected educators from five local school districts will be honored for their commitment to excellence in education and support of military children on Tuesday, Apr. 30, 6 p.m. at Quarters One by Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, and selected students, staff and faculty.
 
Register now for:
 
Spring Soccer - Regular Season Apr. 1-May 16 - Preschool, Bantam (K-2nd), Elementary (3rd-5th), Middle School (6-8th), High School (9th-12th)  Costs:  Preschool $20, all others $40, Multiple Child Discount $35
Youth Sports Spring T-Ball - Regular Season Apr. 5-May 25, ages 3-6 $20/Child
Volunteer Coaches needed for T-Ball and Soccer
Summer Camp - Grades K-6
For information call 717-245-4555 or visit:  www.carlislemwr.com
 
May 

1 - CLIF
The monthly community leader information forum will be held Wednesday, May 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., AHEC.

1 - Military Family Program
Dr. Deborah Gilboa, MD, will discuss "Teach Resilience:  Raising Kids who can Launch!" on Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m. in Bliss Hall 
auditorium.  She will address the myriad ways that military families can strengthen kids who face lives of seemingly constant transition.
2 - AHEC free, public Readings in Military History
Maj. Edward Cox, U.S. Pacific Command, will present “Grey Eminence:  Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship,” Thursday, May 2 at 7:15 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center.  Call 717-245-3972 or visit:  http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/events.cfm
 
3 - National Prayer Breakfast
Inspirational speaker Dave Roever will be the guest speaker for the Carlisle Barracks National Prayer Breakfast, Friday, May 3, 6:30 a.m. at LVCC.
 
10 - U.S. Army Garrison Change of Command Ceremony
The ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 9 a.m. at Wheelock Bandstand and Parade Field.  The inclement weather location will be Root Hall Gym.
 
For all post and community events:
  1. Check the Carlisle Barracks Community Calendar at: https://publicportal.carlisle.army.mil/sites/comcalendar/Pages/IMC.aspx
  2. Follow:  Twitter.com/armywarcollege
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Alcohol Awareness Month and
Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 1-30, 2013

Information provided by the Army Center for Substance Abuse

During the month of April, the Army Center for Substance Abuse Program and Army Sexual Assault Prevention Program are joining together to provide awareness in our Military Communities. Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about alcohol misuse and encourage people to make healthy, safe choices. Nationally, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) occurs in April and commits to raising awareness and promoting the prevention of sexual violence through use of public education. Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in the United States (National Institute on Drug Abuse). "From FY2006-11, alcohol was known to be involved in almost 63% of all rapes and aggravated sexual assaults", per the "ARMY 2020: GENERATING HEALTH AND DISCIPLINE IN THE FORCE AHEAD OF THE STRATEGIC RESET REPORT 2012." During this month, take time to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of alcohol misuse. If you have questions or concerns about alcohol's impact on your health, safety, work performance, and relationships with people you care about, it is time to get some answers.                                                                                         

Prevention Resources

https://www.safehelpline.org/    Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline provides support for Service members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault, and provides live, one-on-one confidential support.

http://www.sapr.mil/  SAAM provides commands/installations an annual opportunity to highlight Department of the Army (DA) policies addressing sexual assault prevention and response

http://www.nsvrc.org/  National sexual violence resource center provides a variety of resources to assist in the work of preventing and responding to sexual violence.

Military mental health.org provides a free online anonymous alcohol assessment National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, INC. (NCADD) provides an educational brochure on indentifying alcohol poisoning and how to react in a medical emergency

Military referrals.org provides a detailed listing of military referrals and various resources of where to turn for help and support

     Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs provides a digital version of the Alcohol brochure. The brochure identifies binge drinking and responsible drinking.

     Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs provides a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Presentation and a Lesson Plan in Microsoft Word. The brochure identifies binge drinking and responsible drinking

     The Department of Defense Military Pathways program provides NASD Kits and other materials to military units, installations or DoD/VA organization which supports military members and their families. Order materials free of charge to support your military community

Prevention Resources

  1. https://www.militarymentalhealth.org/welcome.aspx
  2. DrinkingTooMuchTooFastCanKillYou-NCADD.pdf
  3. https://www.militarymentalhealth.org/resources/military_referrals.aspx
  4. https://prissod1.acsap.hqda.pentagon.mil/Pdf/Alcohol_trifold.pdf
  5. https://prissod1.acsap.hqda.pentagon.mil/slides/Responsible%20Drinking.pptx
  6. https://www.militarymentalhealth.org/order.aspx

                                                                 Sexual Assault Prevention Month

National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, known as SAAM, is an annual campaign to raise awareness and educate communities on the prevention of sexual violence. The Army in conjunction with the Department of Defense is implementing the new 2013 SAAM theme - "We own it ... We'll solve it ... Together" - that is designed to strengthen our collective moral and ethical commitment, in keeping with Army Values and our Warrior Ethos, to show respect and dignity for every Soldier, DA Civilian, their family members, and the nation we serve.

Sexual Harassment/Assault

 

The Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, known as SHARP, exists so the Army can prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults before they occur. Our goal is to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual harassment by creating a climate that respects the dignity of every member of the Army family. Additionally, we strive to:

  • Reduce the stigma of reporting
  • Protect the victim
  • Increase prevention, investigation, prosecution and victim care capabilities
  • Increase training and resources
  • Refine and sustain response capability

 

Sexual harassment and sexual assault are inconsistent with Army Values and will not be tolerated. One assault is one too many. We must foster a climate of trust that respects and protects our Soldiers, civilians, and family members. We are aggressively implementing and expanding the Army's comprehensive Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program. SHARP is a commander's program. We are committed to ensuring engaged leadership at all levels to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment. We will hold offenders appropriately accountable. It is critical to good order and discipline that commanders retain authority and responsibility for the prevention of and response to sexual assault and the disposition of sexual assault cases.

Army leaders at every level must:

 

  • Establish a command climate of trust and accountability
  • Reinforce that command climate with continuous education and training
  • Use command climate surveys and other appropriate tools to ensure sustainment of the right environment within their organizations
  • Safe Helpline - Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community
    (877) 995-5247
    Text: 55-247 (inside the U.S.)
    Text: 202-470-5546 (outside the U.S.)

 

Please contact the Local Sexual Response Coordinator for further information at (717)226-3414


USAWC Students, Staff and Faculty share their insights and experiences with area high school students

 

U.S. Army War College students and faculty took part in the International Affairs Association at Penn State University at Harrisburg Model United Nations Conference on Feb. 22 to groups of high school students assigned to serve as the delegates from particular countries to the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         USAWC student Mr. Richard Otto discussed human trafficking 

 

Dr. Larry Goodson briefed students on the Syrian Revolt                        

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USAWC student Lt. Col. Todd Berry addressed drug trafficking

                                                                                                  

                                                                                                USAWC student Lt. Col. Terry Anderson discussed Israel/Palestine issues

 

 

 

 

Col. Tom Sheperd discussed Islamic Insurgencies and Terrorist Groups in West Africa


Army War College International Fellows share their U.S. experiences and information on their home countries

 

Colonels Solomon Udounwa from Nigeria and Nicolaas Vanderzee from the Netherlands spoke to members of the College-Community Partners on Apr. 4 at the Carlisle Borough Hall.

Udounwa and Vanderzee shared their U.S./Carlisle experiences and their country's politics, demographics, culture and issues and answered a myriad of questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Army War College Strategy Conference 2013:  The Future of American Landpower, April 9-11

To register and more information visit http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/conf/

Can't make it? Follow the livestream at http://www.carlisle.army.mil/liveevent/

Join the conversation on Twitter #USAWCStratConf

 

The Army War College Strategy Conference 2013, April 9-11, will focus on the Future of American Landpower. Senior leaders, policy-makers and experts will share insights and engage with conference participants about Landpower with respect to rival power transitions, social and political revolutions, international organized crime, the changing nature of alliances and partnerships, and the role of the military in advancing U.S. foreign policy.

The Defense Department’s Strategic Choices and Management Review will address all past assumptions, systems and practices – examining the choices that underlie Defense strategy force posture, investments and institutional management.

The Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno will participate in the Strategy Conference hosted by the Army War College to contribute timely examanation of the Landpower implications of policy decisions.

The Army War College is collaborating with distinguished speakers who study, develop, and execute national security policy – including Gen. Odierno, Dr. John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago,  Dr. Andrew Krepinevich of the Center for Strategic  and Budgetary Assessments,  and Margaret Warner of the PBS NewsHour – as they discuss and debate the Future of American Landpower at the 2013 Strategy Conference in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 

Recognizing a new era to reduce the costs of physical conference attendance, Strategy Conference 2013 is designed for virtual interaction by remote participants with livestream video and a robust capability to receive and respond to questions raised in emails and #USAWCstratconf tweets.  "We know many conferences have been cancelled across the Army and the College is doing its part to make no-cost participation possible," said Professor Doug Lovelace, director of the Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute.

"The Future of American Landpower is too important a topic now to not have this dialogue,” said Lovelace.

Registration is open for scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, and the informed public at www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/conf/.  The conference is free; registration is required.

If attendance is impossible, register as a virtual participant.  A question/dialogue period will follow each speaker and panel presentation.

  1. Follow live streaming:  http://www.carlisle.army.mil/liveevent/
  2. Ask questions:  Usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ssi-conference-questions@mail.mil
  3. Participate in the Twitter discussion:  #USAWCStratConf

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 -

  • Many Dangers, Little Money:  Strategic Choices during the Interwar Years, 1500-1700:  History panel with Dr. Conrad Crane,  U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, and Dr. Robert Citino,  Univ of North Texas, and Dr. Michael Neiberg, Army War College, and Dr. Tami Biddle, Army War College;

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 –

  • Keynote: Emerging Strategies for the Future, 0830-1000: Dr. John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago
  • Is American Foreign Policy Overly Militarized?Tom Bowman, National Public Radio,  Dr. Dan Drezner, Tufts, and Dr. Kalev Sepp, NPS
  • Recoiling from Long Wars, or, How We Re-learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Bombs:  Dr. Conrad Crane, US Army Heritage and Education Center, video added to above web site, April 11
  • Great Power Rivalry: How To Address Rising Non-Hostile Rivals, 1330-1500: Dr. Zhu Feng, Beijing University, and Retired Brig. Gurmeet Kanwal, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, and Dr. Stephen Blank, Army War College/ SSI, AND Dr. Andrew Scobell, RAND.
  • Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications, 1515-1645:  Dr. William Zartman, Johns Hopkins, and  Dr. Phil Brenner, American University, Prof. Greg Aftandilian, Center for National Policy, and Dr. Paul Kan, Army War College
  • American Defense Budget and the Future of U.S. Landpower: Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, video added to above web site, April 11

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 –

  • CSA General Raymond Odierno dialogue on the Future of American Landpower, with Margaret Warner of the PBS NewsHour, with Q&A from virtual and on-site audience, 0830-1000
  • Augmenting Our Influence: Alliance Revitalization and Partner Development, 1015-1145:  Dr. William Tow, Australian National University, and Dr. Sean Kay, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Dr. Carol Atkinson, Vanderbilt University, and Dr. John Deni, SSI
  • State Sponsored Crime and Non-State Actors: Gangs, Guns, and Graft, 1345-1515:  Edward Lucas, The Economist, and  Karen Saunders, Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence, and Douglas Farah, International Assessment and Strategy Center, Dr. Stephen Blank, Army War College/ SSI
  • Concluding remarks; Way ahead, 1515-1530:  Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, Commandant, U.S. Army War College

By Cory Erhard

Dunham becomes tobacco free

Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable death and disease in the United States. In 2006, Vice Adm. Richard H. Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General, concluded that the evidence of smoking on health has become stronger. “There is NO risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke,” he said.

In an ongoing effort to prevent disease and improve health, Dunham Army Health Clinic and its outlying facilities became tobacco free campuses Apr. 1. 

According to www.tobaccofreekids.org, more than 22 percent of adults in Pennsylvanian smoke. Of those smokers, 20,000 will die this year from smoking. Additionally, roughly 17,000 children under the age of 18 will become smokers and more than 850,000 kids are exposed to secondhand smoke at home annually. This childhood exposure leads to approximately 300,000 premature deaths. 

  • Secondhand smoke exposure has an adverse impact on the cardiovascular system and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Individuals who smoke suffer cardiac, respiratory and a host of other conditions that result in debilitating diseases and death
  • Smokeless"spit" tobacco contains over 2,000 chemicals, many of which have been directly related to causing disease and death

Dunham and its associated clinics became tobacco free because of the irrefutable evidence that tobacco use is deadly, the staggering numbers of individuals who succumb to tobacco induced disease and death, the overwhelming cost to society in health care dollars, the loss of productive members of society and the devastating human suffering experienced by individuals and families. A tobacco free healthcare campus ensures that employees and beneficiaries work and receive care in a healthy and safe environment.

Dunham’s tobacco free campus accompanies the establishment of a comprehensive tobacco cessation program. This program is open to beneficiaries and DOD employees interested in quitting tobacco. Carlisle Barracks’ clinic, Army Wellness Center and Occupational Health facilities have partnered to develop an evidenced based program utilizing proven methods for tobacco cessation. Contact Occupational Health at 717-245-3410 for more information or to enroll.    


SSI experts collaborate on article focused on adaptability

A collaboration between Dr. Douglas Lovelace and Dr. Steve Metz of the Strategic Studies Institute has been published in the latest edition of the New Republic. Their article “Don't Give Up on Ground Troops,” asserts that with budget cuts looming, the Pentagon should focus on adaptability—not just technology.  

Their article can be found at http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112860/us-military-should-not-give-ground-troops#


Carlisle Barracks to test loudspeaker system April 10

Carlisle Barracks will test their loudspeaker system April 10 between 1:30 and 2 p.m. These will only be test messages, no actions are neccessary.


Bouquet Road closure April 8- May 2013

A portion of Bouquet Road will be closed starting at 6 a.m. April 9 until mid-May to support construction of the new post Youth Center.

 


By Karen Parrish, American Forces Press Service
DOD review will lead to ‘big choices,’ Hagel says

 

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today signaled possible big changes ahead for his department in acquisition, personnel and organization as he delivered his first major policy speech as Pentagon chief.

Hagel outlined his plan of attack for the strategic and financial challenges the Defense Department faces during remarks at the National Defense University here.

“We need to challenge all past assumptions, and we need to put everything on the table,” he said.

Hagel said DOD’s task is to prepare for the future, “but not in a way that neglects, or is oblivious to, the realities of the present.”

At his direction, Hagel said, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, working with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is leading a review of the department’s strategic choices and management. The review is intended to identify the challenges, uncertainties, risks and opportunities connected to both strategic priorities and budget uncertainty. It’s also “about matching missions with resources -- looking at ends, ways and means,” he said.

The review will consider big choices -- “change that involves not just tweaking or chipping away at existing structures and practices but, where necessary, fashioning entirely new ones that are better suited to 21st-century realities and challenges,” the secretary said.

Reshaping the defense enterprise means confronting “the principal drivers of growth in the department’s base budget -- namely acquisitions, personnel costs and overhead,” Hagel said.

The Pentagon’s biggest budget challenge is not its top-line budget, he said, but “where that money is being spent internally.”

Spiraling costs to sustain existing structures and institutions, to provide personnel benefits, and to develop replacements for aging weapons platforms will, if unchecked, eventually crowd out spending on procurement, operations and readiness, he said, which are the budget categories that enable the military to be, and stay, prepared.

Hagel said the U.S. military has grown more deployable, expeditionary, flexible, lethal “and certainly more professional” since 9/11.

“It has also grown significantly older -- as measured by the age of major platforms -- and it has grown enormously more expensive in every way,” he said.

The department will “get out ahead” of challenges, Hagel said. He said he has told the senior leaders across the department and the services that “we are all in this together, and we will come out of it together.”

Hagel said the military’s modernization strategy “still depends on systems that are vastly more expensive and technologically risky than what were promised or budgeted for.” The department must develop an acquisition system that responds more quickly and effectively to the needs of troops and commanders in the field, he said -- one that rewards cost-effectiveness “so that our programs do not continue to take longer, cost more and deliver less than initially planned and promised.”

On the personnel front, Hagel said, DOD leaders must determine how many military and civilian people they have, how many they need, and how to compensate them for their service. He said that process will involve questioning the right mix of civilian and military members, the right balance between officer and enlisted service members, and the appropriate troop strength dedicated to combat, support and administrative duties.

Hagel said he also advocates a hard look at defense organization. The military’s operational forces, its battalions, ships and aircraft wings, have shrunk dramatically since the Cold War era, he noted.

“Yet the three- and four-star command and support structures sitting atop these smaller fighting forces have stayed intact, with minor exceptions,” he added, “and in some cases, they are actually increasing in size and rank.”

Hagel said the review will examine funding for those headquarters and support structures, along with DOD elements including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the combatant commands and the defense agencies and field activities.

“The military is not, and should never be, run like a corporation,” Hagel said. “But that does not mean we don’t have a good deal to learn from what the private sector has achieved over the past 20 to 30 years, in which reducing layers of upper and middle management not only reduced costs and micromanagement, it also led to more agile and effective organizations and more empowered junior leaders.”

The secretary acknowledged that making dramatic changes in acquisition systems, benefits and force structure could prove unwise, untenable or politically impossible. “Yet we have no choice but to take a very close look and see how we can do all of this better,” he said.

Hagel noted that his two immediate predecessors as defense secretary -- Leon E. Panetta and Robert M. Gates -- each led efforts to cut costs across the department. But sequester cuts and budget uncertainty have “led to far more abrupt and deeper reductions than were planned or expected,” he added.

“Now, DOD is grappling with the serious and immediate challenges of sequester -- which is forcing us to take as much as a $41 billion cut in this current fiscal year, and if it continues, will reduce projected defense spending by another $500 billion over the next decade,” the secretary said.

Much more hard work, difficult decisions and strategic prioritizing remain to be done, he said, and “deep political and institutional obstacles to necessary reforms will need to be engaged and overcome.”

The secretary said the department’s enduring mission -- defending the nation and advancing America’s strategic interests -- must be approached in the context of “unprecedented shifts in the world order, new global challenges and deep global fiscal uncertainty.”

The 21st-century security landscape is marked by the threat of violent extremism from weak states and ungoverned spaces in the Middle East and North Africa, Hagel said. Other security issues, he said, include the proliferation of weapons and materials; increasing access to advanced military technology among state and nonstate actors, risks of regional conflict that could draw in the United States, and “the debilitating and dangerous curse of human despair and poverty, as well as the uncertain implications of environmental degradation.”

Hagel said cyberattacks, “which barely registered as a threat a decade ago, have grown into a defining security challenge” which allows enemies to strike security, energy, economic and other critical infrastructure with the benefit of anonymity and distance.

All in all, Hagel said, the world is combustible and complex, and America’s responsibilities are enormous. The military’s role in meeting those responsibilities is essential, he said, but as part of a total government approach.

“Most of the pressing security challenges today have important political, economic, and cultural components, and do not necessarily lend themselves to being resolved by conventional military strength,” the secretary noted.

Defense leaders need time, flexibility, budget certainty and partnership with Congress to effectively explore new approaches to acquisition, personnel, and overhead costs, he said. Hagel emphasized that future strategic planning will emphasize DOD’s “inherent strengths” of leadership development, training, mobility and logistics, special operations, cyber, space, and research and development.

“The goal of the senior leadership of this department today is to learn from the miscalculations and mistakes of the past drawdowns, and make the right decisions that will sustain our military strength, advance our strategic interests, and protect our nation well into the future,” Hagel said.

The secretary concluded with some comments on the nation’s role in the world. Amid budget turmoil, financial crisis and a war-weary population, Hagel said, questions arise about America’s global leadership.

“America does not have the luxury of retrenchment,” the secretary asserted. “We have too many global interests at stake, including our security, prosperity, and our future.”

If America leaves a leadership vacuum, he said, the next great power may not be as judicious or responsible as the United States has been since World War II.

“We have made mistakes and miscalculations with our great power,” Hagel said. “But as history has advanced, America has helped make a better world for all people with its power. A world where America does not lead is not the world I wish my children to inherit.”

Quoting President Theodore Roosevelt, Hagel said America “cannot bear these responsibilities aright unless its voice is potent for peace and justice … with the assured self-confidence of the just man armed.”

What distinguishes America and its people, he said, is “our commitment to making a better life for all people.”

“We are a wise, thoughtful and steady nation, worthy of our power, generous of spirit, and humble in our purpose,” he added. “That is the America we will defend together, with the purpose and self-confidence of the ‘just man armed.’”


Army authorizes the Officer Selective Early Retirement Board

As our Army begins to take the necessary steps required to drawdown to a 490,000 Active Duty end strength, we must do so in a thoughtful manner while maintaining our readiness. One of the first actions we must take to shape the officer corps for the future is the Selective Early Retirement Board (SERB). We will execute the SERB with precision yet care and compassion toward our transitioning personnel knowing that the Army will retire some great Americans who’ve rendered quality service to their nation.

Putting this SERB into action is an integral part of the Army drawdown plan. The board will consider regular Army lieutenant colonels who were not selected for promotion to the grade of colonel two or more times as of the Fiscal Year 2012 Colonel Army Promotion Selection Board and colonels with a date of rank of Aug. 1, 2008, or earlier – those with five or more years time in grade.

Officers who meet the criteria for consideration by the SERB are encouraged to discuss their options with immediate supervisors, mentors, human resources managers, assignment officers and their Families as soon as possible.

The SERB will select up to 30 percent of those officers eligible in each grade and competitive category for involuntary retirement. Each SERB-eligible officer will receive face to face notification from their first-line general officer within their chain-of-command. Officers in the considered population may apply for voluntary retirement up to July 8, 2013. Applying by this deadline will afford SERB-eligible officers the opportunity to have up to 18 months for transition preparation rather than the less than seven months allowed by law for those officers selected by the SERB.

Requests for voluntary retirement must be received by U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC) or Senior Leader Development (SLD) office not later than July 8, 2013, but officers may request a retirement date as late as Sept. 30, 2014. Officers with an approved voluntary retirement request by the convene date of the board will be removed from consideration. Army Transition Program personnel are available to aid in easing the separation process for those transitioning from Active Duty service.

In early April, the HRC will publish a military personnel message, outlining the details of the SERB. It will include a timeline that shows officers the timeline for voluntary retirement and the timeline for SERB selected officers.

We will do all we can to ensure complete information is available for all impacted officers allowing them to make a timely decision and in honor of these men and women who have served full careers in our Army and for our nation.

Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg Army Deputy Chief Staff for Personnel


Spring 2013 Army War College Torch digital copy now available

Want to see the latest Army War College news? Check out the latest digital edition of the Torch.
http://www.carlisle.army.mil/banner/torch.pdf


Carlisle Barracks salutes the Month of the Military Child
 
 
Take this opportunity to recognize military children for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifice and continued resilience by enjoying these events with your children.
 
YS Age Group:
 
Saturday, Apr. 13- Middle School & Teen Golf Outing
Hit golf balls at the CBks Golf Course, followed by miniature golf at the Sports EmporiumSpace is available for the first ten registered/paid CYSS members, grades 6-12 - $10.
 
Thursday, Apr. 25- Youth of the Year & Youth Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony
Celebrate the Youth of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and outstanding volunteers who have given selflessly to on-Post and off-Post programs, Thursday, Apr. 25, 4:30 p.m. at Youth Services.  Light refreshments will be served.
 
Friday/Saturday, Apr.26-27 - 6 p.m.-7 a.m.Middle School & Teen Lock-In
Middle school and teen (6th-12thgrades) CYSS members are invited to attend the annual Lock-In and participate in dodge ball, a movie, bowling, pizza party and more.  Meet at Youth Services at 6 p.m. Friday, Apr. 26.  Registration and $10 refundable deposit required.
 
School-Age Children:
 
Friday, Apr. 26 - Family Day
Snack with Family members from 3-4:30 p.m.; Bingo, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
 
All Ages:
 
Monday, Apr. 15- Purple Up! for Military Kids
Encourage everyone across the State of Pennsylvania to wear purple on Monday, Apr. 15, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.
Friday, Apr. 19- Free Family Movie Night
Families, bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Root Hall gym, Friday, Apr. 19, 7-9 p.m. for a free family-friendly movie event with kool-aid and popcorn to celebrate the Month of the Military Child.
Saturday, Apr. 20 - Carnival of F-U-N
This event will be held on Saturday, Apr. 20, 1-4 p.m. at Youth Services and will include:  a bouncy house, face painting, fish bowl toss, sand & water tables, frog catapult, inflatable paintball (age restrictions apply) a DJ, free prizes, fun and food.
 
CDC Age Group:
 
Monday, Apr. 1 - Parade around the CDC
Parents are encouraged to come out and participate in the parade walk around the CDC, 10-11:15 a.m.  The children will be decorating streamers and ribbons.
Friday, Apr. 5 - Military Day
All day event --Both children and families are encouraged to participate in Military Day by wearing their favorite military attire. 
Tuesday, Apr. 9 - Field Trip to the Commissary
Full-day Preschool and Part-day Pre-K will be taking a trip to the commissary from 10 to 11:15 a.m. The goal of this trip is to teach and encourage children to have healthy eating habits.
Wednesday, Apr. 10 - Planting a Garden
Spring is here!  What a wonderful way to start off the spring season with beautiful things that bloom.  A vegetable garden will be planted starting at 10 a.m. for the children to take care of and grow on their own.
Friday, Apr. 12 - Sports/Jersey Day
Wear your favorite sports jersey and meet at the soccer field next to the CDC, 10:30-11:30 a.m. with your sports team represented. Activities will include:  tug-o-war, a bouncy house, and different activities and games for family, children, and staff.
Tuesday, Apr. 16 - T-Shirt Painting
Feel like getting a little messy? The Toddler classroom will be decorating T-shirts with different colored paint and designs. Parents are asked to bring a plain white T-shirt for their children to use.
Wednesday, Apr. 17 - Crazy Hair Day
All day - Join in on the fun with your most creative hairstyle!  Whether you spike it, swoop it, or rainbow dye it, we want to see your best hair-do!
Friday, Apr. 19 - Ice Cream Social
Come join us for a bit of fun in the sun at the Ice Cream Social, 2:45-3:15 p.m.  If you have a sweet tooth for chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry with sprinkles and hot fudge on top, then the CDC is the place to be.  Parents and families are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, Apr. 24 - Bike Day
Fletcher Road in front of the CDC will be blocked off for children to ride their bicycles from 9:30-11 a.m.  Parents will be asked to bring their children’s personal bikes from home for the children to participate. The CDC will also be providing bicycles for children as well.
Thursday, Apr. 25 - Pajama Day
Children and staff will wear their pajamas and enjoy a Dr. Seuss film and popcorn and juice.
Friday, Apr. 26 – Hat Day
Celebrate the day by wearing your favorite hat.
Monday, Apr. 29 - Parachute Play
The children will be having parachute activities during outside play time. Children and staff will be creative by using developmentally appropriate items and children following different play instructions.
 
Note:  Lunch will be provided to CDC children only. Parents are asked to bring a bagged lunch to eat with their child or children.
 
 
Carlisle Barracks Month of the Military Child discounts:
 
Bowling - Sundays in April - all kids up to age 18 can bowl up to 2-free games when a parent bowls the same.  Shoe rental is not included.
Golf - April at the driving range - kids will receive a free bucket of balls with the parent's purchase of a bucket.
Outdoor Recreation - every weekend in April - 1/2 price weekend rental on Castle bounce houses.
 
 
 
 
 

ANCORA 2013:  Addressing Hurt, Offering Hope and Promoting Healing
 
 
A special workshop hosted by the Post Chaplain's office will be held on Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center to help military spouses address the issue of suffering:  ANCORA 2013.  The word "Ancora" is Latin for "anchor" drawn from the workshop's theme verse of Christian Scripture in Hebrews 6:19, which states in part, "We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place..."
 
You are cordially invited to attend, to extend this invitation to your spouse, and to let others know of this important workshop.  Our aim is two-fold:
 
  • Help military spouses of all services explore and validate what suffering they have experienced, and:
  • Help them see that suffering need not be a final place of life but can lead to healing, growth and hope in God.

 Two questions:

  • When someone experiences chronic or even traumatic suffering, how does that affect them and their critical relationships?
  • Is that suffering an end unto itself or is it a means to end...of healing, growth and even hope?

 

In the past 12 years of persistent conflict, families of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and DoD Civilians have had to face these two questions.  Much has been done within the DoD to help service members face them, but what of their spouses?
 
There will be an expert group of presenters, to include:  Dave and Brenda Roever, Richelle Hecker, Barb Willey, and others.  The day will consist of plenary sessions, networking, fellowship, breakout sessions, and even a service of healing for those who desire to attend. 
 
For uniformed service members, attendance in a PTDY status is optional upon approval by the local command.  For information and registration forms, call the Memorial Chapel at 717-245-3318 or email workshop coordinators at:  ancora2013info@gmail.com.
Registration deadline is April 5.