Banner Archive for April 2015

Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer
Local educators honored for work with military kids

Army War College and Carlisle Barracks leadership honored nearly 40 local educators for their work with military children April 28. Pictured here are educators from the Carlisle Area School District. The rest of the photos can be found at

Being a child in a military family presents its own unique challenges. They attend multiple schools in a short period of time, face the challenge of making new friends with each new move. Many military kids experience things many of their civilian classmates do not.

That’s why the Army War College community took time April 28 to honor nearly 40 local educators from five local school districts and Saint Patrick’s School and Trinity High School, for their work with military children. The superintendents of Carlisle, Big Spring, Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg and South Middleton school districts, Saint Patrick’s School and Trinity High School, worked with the school liaison office here to identify the exceptional principals, teachers, and counselors who educate military children for honors.

The event was hosted by Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, and his wife, Debbie.

“I want to say thank you for what you do for our children,” said Rapp. “The military moves a lot. My kids are no different. What makes it special is the reception that they get by school districts in the areas into which we move. The reception that they get makes being a military kid that much more fulfilling. This is our opportunity to thank you.”

He pointed out that an overwhelming majority of the students who attend the Army War College bring their families with them and the school districts here are a major factor in their decision.

“That was the case when I was here as a student in 2003. It was because of the schools and the work you all do in welcoming them.”


Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, hosted the event honoring local educators.

Rapp acknowledge the challenge for teachers and coaches who may only have these kids for a year, but still make a heavy investment in them.

“It’s hard to invest in a kid that you know only has one year, but I’ll tell you, they’re good kids. They are deserving of a chance and you all give it to them. This is our opportunity to say thank you.”

Guest speaker Pedro Rivera, Pa. Acting Secretary of Education, expressed his appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the educators.

“This is a reminder that I am member of an incredible team,” he said. “Especially in education, no one does this alone. It truly takes a village to support the students that are entrusted in our care. Being here is a great opportunity to celebrate exactly that. To celebrate teachers that I know … have made an impact and influence in their community.

Pedro Rivera, Pa. Acting Secretary of Education, was the guest speaker for the event.

“You are educators that have made a difference in the lives of children.”          

Leadership and parents alike attended the ceremony to show their appreciation for the districts’ work with their children.

Air Force Lt. Col. Casey Cooley talked about the reception his three kids in South Middleton School District received.   

“They were very accommodating in making sure that [the kids] got the classes they needed while they were here, since they were going back to another high school,” he said. “Great people to work with, all the way from the superintendent, Dr. Moyer, down to the teachers in the classroom.”

The educators, along with a team of school liaison officers here at Carlisle Barracks, work together to ensure a smooth transition and work through any challenges that may arise during the year.

“We came from overseas and have navigated schools on three continents,” said Christie Cormier, one of the post’s school liaison officers who has two kids in the Carlisle School District. “Because of that experience, I really can identify with the international students on how different our school system are. My job as a school liaison officer is to help international families transition over the summer – everything from dress codes and attendance policies to clubs and school sports.”    

Programs including Herd 100 at Carlisle High School, that the district sponsors to help new kids – both international and U.S. -- adjust to life in Carlisle.

“This is a great transition program for the kids … it really helps acclimate them to the district.”

One of those international students, Norwegian Col. Eirik Kristoffersen, has five children attending local schools.

“The teachers here are so professional and understanding,” he said. “They help them with the language, mathematics, including algebra. Everything is new for the kids. It’s just been a great experience here.”

Kristofferson’s wife, Liv, pointed out that the first few months are the toughest for the kids but they become more comfortable and by the time the year is over, they don’t want to go back to Norway.

“As the months have gone by they’ve become more confident, learned the language, thanks to the great teachers,” she said.

Also honored were employees of the Carlisle Barracks and Letterkenny Army Depot Child, Youth, and School Services for their close collaboration with parents and schools in providing educational summer and after-school programs.

List of honorees:

Carlisle Area School District

Mr. Chuck Roeder, Social Studies Teacher, Carlisle High School

Ms. Diana Cody, ESL Teacher, Carlisle High School

Ms. Stephanie Weimer, Librarian, Lamberton Middle

Mrs. Dawn Durham, Literacy Coach, LeTort Elementary

Mrs. Mary Ann Evans, Counselor, Bellaire Elementary

Mrs. Ann Gerras, LeTort Elementary School Guidance Counselor

Ms. Jane Schmeck, Registrar for Carlisle Area School District

Mrs. Bethany Bratten, Wilson Middle School, ESL Teacher

Mrs. Leigh Hamilton, Carlisle High School Junior Varsity Cheerleading Coach

Mrs. Julie Brent, Carlisle High School Varsity Cheerleading Coach


Cumberland Valley School District

Mrs. Sandy Arena, District Office Central Registration Registrar

Mr. Jeff Thompson, Eagle View Middle School Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Diane Otto, Middlesex Elementary School ESL Paraprofessional

Mr. John Gallagher, Eagle View Middle School Principal

Mrs. Christina Stoshack, ESL Supervisor, Cumberland Valley School District


South Middleton School District

Mr. Brandon Deitch, Social Studies Yellow Breeches Middle School

Mrs. Joetta Sunday, Iron Forge Educational Center 4thgrade teacher

Mrs. Kimberly Spisak, Assistant Principal Rice Elementary

Ms. Charlene D’Amore, ESL Teacher

Ms. Sandra Slifko, Guidance Counselor Boiling Springs High School


Big Spring School District

Mr. Karen Ward, Principal, Mt. Rock Elementary School

Mr. Timothy Kireta, Social Studies Teacher, Big Spring High School

Mr. Shawn Britcher, Social Studies Teacher, Big Spring Middle School

Mrs. Anne Fulker, Guidance Counselor, Big Spring Middle School


Mechanicsburg School District

Mr. William Richie, Mechanicsburg Senior High School, Technology Education Teacher

Mr. Clay McAllister, Social Studies Teacher

Mrs. Kelly Newell, Grade 5 Teacher

Mr. Tim Bianchi, Social Studies Teacher         


Saint Patrick School

Mrs. Judy Mullery, Saint Patrick School 7thgrade teacher

Mrs. Guyer, Saint Patrick School 4thgrade teacher


Trinity High School

Mrs. Karen McDermott, Director of Admissions


Tieman Child Development Center – Letterkenny Army Depot

Ms. Samantha Harding, Infant Room Caregiver

Mrs. Ruby Cardona, Pre-Toddler Teacher


Moore Child Development Center – Carlisle Barracks

Ms. Barbara Barnes, CDC Nutritionist

Ms. Tiffany Kruger, CDC Admin Assistant


Youth Services – Carlisle Barracks

Ms. Kathy Yekatherina, Training and Curriculum Specialist for Child, Youth & School Services

Ms. Kara Durgin, School Age Center Program Lead.


Jones named new GM of Carlisle Barracks Exchange

“I love Carlisle already, this is such a friendly and welcoming community,” said Trish Jones, the new Exchange General Manger.

Jones, who has worked for AAFES for more than 20 years, said her experience as a military family member helps her understand the needs of families.

“I know what it’s like to deal with deployments, TDYs and the stress they put on families,” she said. Her former husband served in the Army for 15 years and she has three daughters. “Family is very important to me and I want the community to know that we are here for them.”

She wants to hear from customers to find out how the Exchange can provide more items and services they want.

“My door is always open to hear from our customers,” she said. The Exchange complex consists of the main store, barbershop, optical shop, Subway. The main Exchange stocks shoes, clothing, electronics, music, health and beauty care, jewelry and watches, toys, outdoor living and a small assortment of military clothing items.

“For items that we don’t carry, is a great way to get what you need,” she said. “It’s fast, easy and helps support your local store as well.” A portion of all sales made at AAFES facilities is returned to the community to support family programs here.

Jones also oversee operations at Reynolds Theater that shows movies each Friday and Saturday night with occasional Saturday matinees throughout the year.

Jones has worked at a number of AAFES facilities, to include those at Fort Lee, Fort Eustis, and Andrews and Boling Air Force Bases.  Jones is also responsible for Exchange operations at Fort Indiantown Gap, New Cumberland, Middletown and Moon Township, near Pittsburgh.

Housing survey coming soon to post residents

Soon Carlisle Barracks’ family housing residents will be receiving a Headquarters, Department of Army Resident Assessment Survey.

The purpose of this online survey is to let servicemembers and their families tell the Army and its housing partners how well housing occupants needs are being met.  The Army is surveying more than 80,000 residents living in RCI accompanied and unaccompanied housing.

“The information residents provide will help guide the Army and our Private RCI partners in development of future improvements to our privatized housing facilities and services, said Lt. Gen. David Halverson, IMCOM Commander, about the importance of the survey.  

Responses to the survey are strictly confidential.

“Decisions we make today, based on the survey results, will impact generations of Soldiers and their Families in the future.”

The survey is expected to be sent to Carlisle Barracks residents at the end of April.

Jim Thorpe Sports Days: Air War College takes home the trophy

For more photos from the games visit

Senior military officers celebrate comradeship, teamwork, discipline and athleticism

Event results:

Women’s 1 Mile Relay
1stPlace – Eisenhower
2ndPlace- National

1st Place - Air
2nd Place - Eisenhower

Men’s 1 Mile Relay

1st Place- Air

2ndPace- Army


1stPlace- National

2ndPlace – Eisenhower


1st place – Air

2nd Place – Eisenhower


1stPlace- National

2ndPlace – Air


1stPlace – National

2ndPlace- Air


1stPlace – Eisenhower

2ndPlace – Air


1stPlace- Army

2ndPlace- Air


1stPlace – Air

2ndPlace- Army

5k Run

1stPlace- Air

2nd Place - Army


1stPlace- Army

2ndplace – Eisenhower


1stplace -Army

2ndplace – Air


April 23, 2015 -- Opening ceremony was cold -- and spirited.  USAWC Lt. Col. Jeff Van Cleeve started the official ceremony as MC, but the student/athletes were the focus of attention as they paraded Indian Field, named for the sports programs of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School which produced famous athletes to include but not limited to Olympic decathlete Jim Thorpe.

The Carlisle community during Jim Thorpe Sports Days includes (left to right) Bill Gollnick, guest speaker from the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin (far left); George Yuda whose dad Montreville 'Speed' Yuda played baseball with Jim Thorpe (in red);  USAF Maj. Gen. Brian Bishop, Air War College Commandant (in blue), The Adjutant General, Pennsylvania,Maj Gen. James Joseph;  USMC Brig. Gen. Thomas Gorry, Eisenhower School Commandant; Army Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, Debbie Rapp and Sharon Parrish.

The parade of sports teams included representatives of Air War College from Maxwell Air Force Base, National War College and Eisenhower colleges from Fort McNair, and the home team Army War College. Students recruit among the student bodies and the teams themselves are 'joint' -- an Army War College team, for example, includes officers from multiple Services, countries, and federal civilians.

Marine Lt. Col. Jim Shelton, Army War College student, runs the first leg of the Olympic-style torch relay, before lighting the cauldron.

Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp formally welcomed visiting schools, family members and community friends. Bill Gollnick, a member of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin Indians, offered unique memories that tied today's athletes to the athletes of a century and more ago, at the Carlisle Indian School. Gollnick's grandfather and father-in-law both atttended the Calrisle Indian School, which operated at Carlisle from 1889 - 1918; his grandfather was a runner, here.

"The story goes that he broke one of Jim Thorpe's running records ... whether he actually did it or not," he said to laughter from the crowd. Mixed feelings resonate among Native Americans about the Indian School, he said, but We appreciate what you are doing .. what they have done ... what they will do in the future. As you compete, think about all the Indian people that participated on this field and how perhaps the one thing that resonated for them was the ability to engage in a team sport that allowed them  to show their true self.  If you can think of your fellow team mates as those who are aspiring the same values, this is going to be an exciting weekend."

Representing the scholar/athletes at the academically rigorous senior military schools are mascots for National War College, Eisenhower, and the Army's 'Colonel Carlisle' (left)

as of close of business 23 April --

Eisenhower won the women's 1-mile relay;  Air won the men's 1-mile relay;

Soccer: Eisenhower defeated National 2-0; Army defeated Air 3-2

Softball: Army defeated Air 21-0

Basketball: Air defeated Army 62-44.

Eisenhower defeated National in volleyball.
















The 108th Field Artillery Soldiers, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, offer a hand salute and a  13-gun salute to the Joint Force leaders of the war college, at Opening Ceremony (above).

Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp (below) thanks the JROTC cadets of the Cumberland Valley High School who provided the color guard.

100 years later, allies and former adversaries join for ANZAC Day at the Army War College

April 24, 2015 -- The colors and inspiration of Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and the United Kingdom were represented by USAWC International Fellows at an ANZAC Day centennial commemoration with their academic colleagues and community friends and families on the steps of the Army War College academic building, Root Hall, today at dawn.

Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’ (ANZAC) actions at Gallipoli in 1915 in the battles to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul) in World War I have inspired movies, art, the ANZAC Legend that is now engrained in the identity of those nations, and annually, a commemoration at dawn across those countries, Turkey, and wherever Australian or New Zealand military personnel can gather colleagues in remembrance. 

The Army War College commemoration at Carlisle, Pa., included the small assembly in the traditions of a century:  the hymn 'Abide with me,' a prayer with U.S. student Chap. (Col.) Jeff Hawkins, wreath laying, The Ode, The Last Post bugle call, and a moment of silence.

The ANZAC story is remarkable, said New Zealand Fellow Col. Christopher Parsons, who quoted from a 1993 address by Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. 

“The campaign was a costly failure. More broadly, the Great War was a ‘mad, brutal, awful struggle, distinguished more often than not by military and political incompetence; because the waste of human life wa so terrible, some said victory was barely discernible from defeat; and because the war which was supposed to end all wars in fact sowed the seeds of a second even more terrible war – we might think those who made the ultimate sacrifice did so in vain.

“But in remember and honoring our war dead, as we always have and as we do today, we declare that this is not true,” said Parsons, quoting Keating. “This is surely the heart of the ANZAC story.

“It is a legend not of sweeping military victory so much as triumphs against the odds, of courage and ingenuity in adversity. It is a legend of free and independent minds and spirits whose discipline and motivation were born of mateship and the demands of necessity.”

“In nine months, about 58,000 allied soldiers – including 29,000 British and Irish soldiers and 11,000 Australians and New Zealanders lost their lives during the ill-starred operation to take the Gallipoli peninsula; a further 87,000 Ottoman Turkish troops died fiercely defending their homeland, and at least 300,000 more on both sides were seriously wounded,” according to The Guardian’s ANZAC Day coverage, April 23, 2015.

Turkey’s Fellow Col. Taskin Heken, in the Army War College, class shared remarks from Kemal Ataturk in a 1934 tribute to the ANZACs who were killed in Gallipoli.

ANZAC Day is a reminder of what and who we lost, and of what we gained, according to Australia’s Fellow Col. Simon Stuart.

Seventy-nine military officers from across the globe study alongside U.S. military officers and senior federal agency civilians at the Army War College in its 2015 resident course.

USAWC Prof. Jim Shufelt renders honors with a bugle made in London in 1916 and carried by a former member of a new Zealand Territorial Army regiment on the Western Front in WWI.  His grandson, Paul Barton of central Pennsylvania, loaned the bugle for the event, recounting that his grandfather played it every Remembrance Day until his death in the early 1970s.

Robert D. Martin, USAWC Public Affairs
Former EOD sergeant awarded Purple Heart for injuries suffered in Iraq
April 23, 2015 -- Former Army Sgt. Richard T. Beasley received the Purple Heart award for injuries sustained in combat while assigned to the 756th Explosive Ordnance Company at Joint Base Balad in Iraq. In a small Bliss Hall ceremony with gathered members of the College and Garrison command groups, Command Sgt. Major Malcolm Parrish presented the award.

Then-Sgt. Beasley was on a route clearance mission from Balad to find improvised explosive devices.  “While out on patrol we found an IED in a hole and we laid a round in there,” Beasley said. “We did what we typically do -- we tried to detonate it, tried twice, and it just dented the round and did not actually explode.

 Purple Heart awardee Richard Beasely stands with Command Sgt. Major Charles Rosado, top NCO of the Army Garrison at Carlisle Barracks (left) and Command Sgt. Major Malcolm Parrish, Army War College CSM, at the United States Army War College's Bliss Hall, April 23.  

“We decided that it was safe enough to throw into the truck and carry on with the mission,” Beasley added. “While in the cab of the truck we noticed there was an odor. We pulled over and threw it into the side bin of the truck … and, the next day I noticed while out on another route clearance mission that my pant leg was wet and discovered blisters at the same time.”  

It would later be determined that Beasley had been in contact with mustard gas. While still on active duty, Sgt. Beasley’s name was submitted for a Purple Heart that was disapproved by headquarters of the American-led coalition. His Purple Heart award was recently approved by the Defense Department.  The DoD has re-set its policy to provide medical support to Americans exposed to chemical agents in March 2015, including mustard and sarin, during the Iraq War, and to recognize veterans who had been previously denied awards.

“I was overwhelmed to receive this award from Sergeant Major Parrish,” he said, after the ceremony. He  said that if he had received this award earlier, it would not have been at this scale.  Beasley continued to say that when he was originally denied, he felt scorned. “It wasn’t like I intentionally hurt myself, and I definitely did not put that round in the ground, said Beasley.

“It’s good to have the Purple Heart,” he added. “It feels good to be acknowledged.”

 Robert D. Martin, USAWC Public Affairs Office
100th anniversary of ANZAC Day:  two choices to commemorate ANZAC Day with US allies

On April 24 at 5:55 a.m. on the Root Hall patio, International Fellows from Australia and  New Zealand along with Army War College students, staff and faculty will sponsor a traditional dawn service to commemorate the 100thyear anniversary of ANZAC Day, named for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

On April 25, 8 a.m. a public commemoration will take place at the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Memorial, next to Collins Hall parking, supported by the Australian Embassy to the US.  With bugler Jim Shufelt, Chap. (COL) Gregory D'Emma, and refreshments provided by the Soldiers' club, BOSS.

ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions, according to Saturday’s event coordinator Maj. Deane Giles, Security Assistance Liaison Officer Australia. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

On the morning of 25 April 1915, the Anzacs set out to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul) on the Gallipoli peninsula.  Landing on Gallipoli the Anzacs were met with fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders and what had been planned as a bold strike to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate. By the end 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, 8709 Australian and 2779 New Zealand Soldiers were killed during the Gallipoli campaign. The events of Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remember the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.

Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left us all a powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as the "ANZAC legend" became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways they viewed both their past and their future.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.


April “Alcohol Awareness Month” TIPS

Information Provided By The Army Center For Substance Abuse and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Alcoholism, also known as “alcohol dependence” is a disease that includes four symptoms:

  • Craving: a strong need, or compulsion, to drink.
  • Loss of control: the inability to limit one’s drinking on any given occasion.
  • Physical dependence:withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.
  • Tolerance:the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to “get high”.


Information source: Army Center for Substance Abuse

HIGH - risk drinking, also known as episodic drinking, is defined as “the consumption of five or more drinks in a row on one occasion”. High-risk drinkers are not necessarily alcoholics, but they do have a greater chance of being involved in other high-risk behaviors. According to a recent Harvard School of Public Health alcohol study, drinkers who frequently participate in high-risk drinking are 21 times more likely to:

  • Fall behind at work
  • Damage property
  • Be hurt or injured
  • Engage in unplanned or unprotected sexual activity
  • Drive while intoxicated

Tips for responsible drinking

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

  • Eat before and during drinking – while a full stomach cannot prevent alcohol from affecting you, eating starchy and high-protein foods will slow it down.
  • Don’t gulp or chug your drinks; drink slowly and make the drinks last- try to drink no more than one alcoholic drink per hour.
  • Alternate between alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks – this will give your body extra time to eliminate some of the alcohol.
  • Rememberthe word HALT: NEVER DRINK if you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired.
  • Before you celebrate, designate – identify a responsible driver who will not drink, or plan ahead to use public transportation.

Tips to avoid drinking

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

  • “No, thank you” – It’s your choice not to drink.
  • “Alcohol’s not my thing”.
  • “I’m the designated driver”.
  • “No thanks, I already have a drink”.
  • “I’m on medication”.
  • Simply walk away.

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

For additional information contact the ASAP Prevention Office at 245 – 4576.


Carlisle Barracks celebrates Earth Day

Carlisle Barracks celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day today at the Delaney Field Clubhouse. Kids learned more about bee keeping courtesy of Paul Herzer, and went home ith a small potted flower to help decorate their homes. For more photos visit

Neighborhood News:  Service dogs for veterans

 April 20, 2015 -- Dog T.A.G.S. (Train Assist Guide Serve) is a Mechanicsburg-based charitable organization that helps veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. The organization currently includes 47 veterans in the program, working with their dog and trainers on a weekly basis.  They are at various levels of training but the ultimate goal is for each veteran to train an ADA/ADI qualified Service Dog for each of them.

Dog T.A.G.S. was founded by combat veterans suffering from PTSD who needed to have trained service dogs to help them deal with the pressures of ordinary life.  Today, its trainers and social workers are all volunteers.

Dog T.A.G.S. trains the veterans’ own dogs to become their loyal Service Dogs.   "Service Dogs become the buddy who always has the veteran's back," according to the program.  Nights are more bearable with a service dog able to turn on lights and offer solace.  Anxious moments are more manageable with a service dog whose touch is calming.

Dog T.A.G.S. is a non-profit 501(c)(3)charitable organization. Learn more at

Meriah Swope, Carlisle Barracks Boys & Girls Club
Teen wins Youth of the Year honor for Carlisle Barracks Boys & Girls Club

Selected among several local outstanding youths, William Hammer will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Pennsylvania Military Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. As the new Youth of the Year for the Carlisle Barracks Boys & Girls Club, 16-year old William Hammer is a true example of an extraordinary young man recognized by BGCA for his leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

“Will is a natural born leader and is always willing to help out others when he can. He is a tremendous asset to the club!” said Meriah Swope, Lead Child & Youth Program Assistant at McConnell Youth Center

“We are very proud of the young man Will is becoming. He has always been a kid full of compassion and laughter. His engaging personality and concern for others has naturally grown into solid leadership skills amongst his peers. Will is always ready with a joke, a laugh and a high five for a job well done.” said parents, Col. Brian and Jennifer Hammer 

As a leader Will has the confidence to handle himself and others in any situation. Will has had a unique experience at Carlisle Barracks. Many of the youth that come to our youth center are here for 10 months to one year because they have a parent that attends the Army War College, and then they move on. However, Will has been at Carlisle Barracks for 3 years and has seen friends come and go many times. Not only has he helped new youth acclimate to the community, but he befriends the new youth each year and tries to introduce them into groups that have lived here for many years. In extension of this ability Will has been a Boy Scout for the last seven years. As a Boy Scout Will has worked with children with special needs, served as a chaplain’s aid, a patrol leader and a troop guide. In these leadership positions he has been a role model for younger scouts and gained an understanding of what it takes to not only lead, but to follow as well.

Finally, Will has also been an assistant section leader in the trumpet section of his high school marching band. Will’s personality is self-reliant yet caring and compassionate. He shows this compassion through his volunteer work. In the past year Will has accumulated over 80 hours of community service at our youth center on Post, and in the local community. At the youth center Will is our resident DJ. He volunteers his time to assist in running the music for our Welcome Jam events, elementary socials and teen dances. Within the Carlisle Barracks community, Will volunteers at the chapel to help with Vacation Bible School and geographical bachelor’s dinners for which he helps cook, serve, and clean up after the meal. Finally, he also volunteers with local food bank, Project Share. When donating his time to Project Share Will he helps out at the farm stand and at the warehouse to get goods ready for distribution. He also aids in keeping the food organized and the warehouse clean. As a military youth, Will has developed a resilient character. He knows what is necessary be a productive member of our society. He dreams of attending Texas A&M University to major in Secondary Science Education with a concentration in Chemistry.

The Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a committed partner who has worked with BGCA on many Academic Success initiatives, and the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, BGCA’s premier partner for teen empowerment.

If Will wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Regional Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2015, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit .

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and




April – Alcohol Awareness Month -- Prom and Graduation

The choices you make today, impact your life tomorrow

Getting there and home is half the battle. Fifty-five percent of fatal car crashes involving teenage drivers during prom and graduation season also involve alcohol. Here are some tips to help avoid becoming a statistic, as well as general advice to help you arrive safely.

Plan safe transportation well in advance

Never get into a car with someone who’s been drinking, taking drugs, or someone who is exhausted – even if it is your date.

Be aware of others on the road.

Know where you’re going before, during and after the main event. Make sure your parents know where you’ll be.

Don’t forget to wear your seatbelts.

Say “no” gracefully.

Parents – talk to your teen. It is illegal to host or allow teen drinking parties in your home. It is illegal to provide alcohol to anyone under 21.

Underage drinking is against the law.

Information provided by Pennsylvania Department of Health. And the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

For additional information contact Army Substance Abuse Prevention at 245 – 4576.


America's PrepareAthon!

What is it?

America's PrepareAthon! (AP!) is a biannual national campaign of action that provides a recurring opportunity to learn more about the hazards that threaten our communities and to practice actions that will help them minimize their vulnerabilities to disasters, including tornados, hurricanes, fires, floods, and earthquakes.

The April 2015 AP! campaign key message encourages individuals to "Take Action to Prepare and Register" AP! culminates with National PrepareAthon! Day on April 30, 2015, as a capstone event that promotes preparedness activities across the country. During this AP! campaign, the Army's focus remains steadfast: to educate, empower, and involve the Army community in preparedness activities that enhance the Army's resiliency and increase the nation's readiness for all-hazards events.

What has the Army done?

In 2009, the Army established the Army Emergency Management Program outlined in Army Regulation 525-27 implementing all-hazards preparedness planning. To bring awareness to this program and increase Army preparedness, HQDA G-3/5/7 executed the Ready Army campaign, a proactive community awareness campaign to empower Soldiers, families, and civilians to prepare in advance for natural or man-made disasters. In 2013 and 2014, the Army joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency in their America's Prepareathon!.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue for the future?

The Ready Army campaign continues to incorporate outreach tools and educational material to encourage Soldiers, Families, and civilians to turn awareness into action that enhances individual and Family preparedness. The Army will stride forward and align stakeholders such as Family readiness groups with the all hazards planning process. In order to enhance protection capabilities, the Army will continue to modernize installation emergency management systems. All Army installations and organizations are requested to participate in the April 2015 AP! campaign, culminating with National PrepareAthon! Day on April 30, thereby ensuring the Army community and installations are prepared for the types of disasters they may encounter.

The entire Army community can join these initiatives by visiting the Ready Army website and clicking on the National PrepareAthon! Day link; "Take Action to Prepare and Register." Your commitment underscores the importance of working together to foster a culture of preparedness and advances our Nation's security and military readiness.

Why is this important to the Army?

Under the National Response Framework, citizens are expected to be self-sufficient for 72 hours when base services such as water, power, and government support may not be available. Every member of the Army community and their families must be ready to survive under these conditions.


#ItCanWait Put down the phone, stop distracted driving

“We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn’t stop most people from continuing to do it,” said Chris McCormick, Carlisle Barracks Safety Manager. “This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use and other distractions while driving.  We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road.”

In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. That same year, eleven percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

While anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive.

The national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education – the same activities that have curbed drunk driving and increased seat belt use.

“Every driver on Carlisle Barracks has a role in this effort,” said McCormick. “However, we especially want to reach out to parents with teen drivers because we know that statistically, the under-20 age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes.”

Our goal is simple – save lives by getting drivers to remember that “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.”

EEO Office change in operations, new POC available for Carlisle Barracks personnel

As of March 26, the EEO Office will be temporarily unmanned, but assistance will be available through the IMCOM office in the interim.

Any employee who has an EEO issue or concern should contact Ms. Cheryl Neal Green, Program Manager, Installation Management Command (IMCOM) HQ EEO Office, at 210-466-0638, or at

IMCOM has identified a temporary EEO officer, Ashley Reid, who will be on post starting April 20.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during the hiring process.

Strategy Conference begins with 1st principle of defense: identify future threats

Deputy Secretary of Defense addresses the first fight --  for technological superiority and operational excellence

See the DepSecDef presentation at

There’s a clock ticking that demands significant and lasting changes in the next two years, based on the big strategic issues we face -- to include the nature and character of future ground warfare.

“The pace of strategic change that we see right now … and the pace of technological innovation that’s going on primarily in the commercial sector will not allow us to simply graft incremental changes upon the operational organizational constructs which we are familiar and comfortable with,” said U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work in the keynote address about Future Defense Strategy April 8, 2014 at the United States Army War College at Carlisle, Pa.

‘First principles for 21st century defense’ is an especially apt theme, he said -- exactly what the entire Department is trying to do, wrestling with the future shape and structure of our joint force. It’s starts with getting principles right.

One of the first principles of successful innovation is to correctly identify those specific future challenges that demand solving today, he said, making the right adjustments and changes to get after them, he said. In his remarks, he noted that job one is to recognize the multiplicity of types of adversaries and the inevitable proliferation of precision guided munitions, among other technological advances. This first principle informs the strategies, technologies, organizational constructs, and operational concepts to fight future adversaries, he said.

Third offset strategies will target a plethora of different types of competitors, and each of the strategies we pursue against them will be different. Third offset strategies will be possible by identifying the technologies, the operational and organizational constructs, new operational concepts to fight our future adversaries.

“If you do choose right, you’ve set yourselves up to be among the best competitors in the future landscape.”

Drawing comparisons with the experience of Israeli Defense Forces, he noted the qualitative and quantitative challenge of hybrid threats – although smaller forces, they will be disciplined, organized, with effective command and control and will be equipped with stand-off weapons in large quantities. “Defeating hybrid adversaries will demand entirely different skills than those needed for counterinsurgency,” said Work.

In addition to irregular warfare and hybrid warfare, our land warriors must be ready to fight wars like we have seen in Crimea and Ukraine. “In both places, the Russians have unleashed what their chief of the general staff called ‘nonlinear warfare’ which evolves from covert action by special operation forces to sustained unconventional combat waged under an umbrella of denial, and then ultimately escalating to high-end force-on-force proxy warfare, with the state actively involved in combat operations,” said Work, who drew a contrast with our understanding of the norms and ‘avenues of approach’ of a conventional fight. “Nonlinear adversaries are going to use agents, paramilitaries, deception, infiltration, and persistent denial to make those avenues very hard to detect – operating in the so-called Gray Zone.”

As difficult as fighting in the Gray Zone will be, worse will be escalation to state-sponsored and space-directed proxy war, he said.

“Future ground warfare, regardless of type, is going to see a proliferation of guided munitions and advanced weaponry,” said Work. “We’re not too far away from guided 50-caliber rounds. We’re not too far away from sensor-fused weapon that instead of going after tanks will go after the bio-metric signatures of human beings.”

The Defense Innovation Initiative is about focus on increasing our competitiveness by attracting talent, through technological superiority and operational excellence, and through accountability and efficiency throughout the [Defense] Department.

Learn more about the technological innovations and new operational concepts described by Deputy Secretary Work at

The Strategy Conference is co-sponsored by The War College's Strategic Studies Institute with the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy.


Vice Chief of Staff of Army: leader development is key to ‘win in complex world’

Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, 50th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, addressed the senior US and international military officers and civilian leaders in the Army War College student body with his insights about leader development as the key to winning in a complex world.

April 7, 2015 – Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, 50th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, addressed the senior US and international military officers and civilian leaders in the Army War College student body as the key element of Army Leader Day, today.  Allyn was accompanied to Carlisle by the principal Army Staff officers who followed the keynote discussion in seminar engagements, giving 16 students the opportunity for in-depth one-on-one discussion.

Army Leader Day creates opportunity for The War College students to understand from the Army’s top leaders how they make decisions at the strategic level, how they operate in the interagency environment, and how they achieve lasting change in the large organization that is the Pentagon, said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, USAWC Commandant, in setting the tone for the class.

“What will stay with me is that not everything is ‘sweet,’ there is a part of Army life that is challenging and concern for Soldiers is always close to the minds of senior leaders who must try to find a balance,” said Polish Fellow Col. Robert Drozd, after the presentation in Bliss Hall.  “He shared with us about team work and creating a learning organization. This means a lot to me – that he is a four-star [general] and very honest in his conversation.”

Allyn spoke of balance, leader development, and the senior leader’s obligation to exemplify what is expected of the junior officers who will be the agile leaders for a high-performing ‘winning’ Army for a complex and extraordinarily unstable world. 

The Army Operating Concept is driving how we are posturing our Army for the future, but the strategy hinges completely on how well Army leaders commit committed to “relentless commitment to leader development,” he said. “It’s absolutely critical that we sustain that focus. It’s really what’s sustaining our Army and our Joint Force through this period of instability and strategic transition. It’s what will ensure that ... we remain the dominant landpower on the globe,” said Allyn.

He recounted the story of A Company commander from 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 1st who deployed his company into Lithuania. “As he was flying up there … I suspect he had probably 4 or 500 thoughts about what his responsibilities were going to be, what he needed to be prepared for, how his unit would be postured to seize the opportunity … and I guarantee that nowhere in that 500 was, ‘And I better be ready to be met by the president of Lithuania as soon as I step off’.”

“This is the environment that our leaders at the tactical level are currently operating in. They truly are strategic warriors who have to sustain the same level of tactical competence, mastery of all their tactical acumen – and, be ready to be strategic intercessors on behalf of the United States of America.   This is the new norm for leadership responsibilities,” he said about small unit deployments around the world. Our responsibility is to adapt our leadership development practices to ensure that they are ready to fulfill this responsibility and that they will thrive in this environment.

Army War College alumni and Army Staff members return to Carlisle for Army Leader Day, here with Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, left of the 'torch of wisdom.'   The student body engaged April 7 at Carlisle with the Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn and 24 senior leaders from the Army Staff to explore their insights of leading and managing change.



He offered guidance to role model expectation as touchpoints for shaping adaptive leaders --

  • Exemplify mission command at every level – continue the empowerment and accountability that has enabled our success on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Exemplify and drive cultural change by connecting top-down focus with a bottom-up approach to empower the first line leader to take ownership for our Profession.  As example, the Sergeant Major of the Army is introducing the belief, “Not in my squad, Not in this Army: trusted professionals,” as a grounding for trusted professionals.
  • Drive culture change in your organization through day-to-day decisions that send the message of what you expect.  Risk management is an example.  About the USAWC study by Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras, “Lying to Ourselves,” he addressed the risk dialogue that must occur at echelon between commanders:  battalion commanders giving priorities to company commander … company commanders highlighting what can’t then be done … and,  battalion commander saying, “I underwrite that risk.’ “That’s a conversation we are not having in our echelons today – and we have to change that,” said Allyn, noting that the future brigade-level commanders in the audience will have primary responsibility for company commanders, and the ability to change this critical area through discussions about risk. “We have mastered this in combat; we have to re-master it back in our garrison, training, and preparation for war staging operations.”
  • Exemplify an opportunity-based approach – and the whole organization will seize an emerging challenge as, instead, a great opportunity to solve a really hard problem today for the US Army.
  • Work collaboratively and inclusively. “The days of being able to be the main effort and solve a problem with no external help: those aren’t the problems that we face today.” Connect with leaders across the Joint Force and the international team represented in the Army War College student body.

A member of the Joint Force weighed the Army-centric insights from the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and recognized common ground.  “It was enlightening for all the Services with regard to sequestration, budget, force drawdown, how we’ll maintain a balance of excellence, and how we’ll maintain our current requirements across the globe with the personnel drawdowns and limited resources,” said Marine student Lt. Col. Daren Erickson.

“The biggest concern is the force drawdown – to keep the good people and not lose faith with the people we’ve got to say goodbye to,” said Erickson.

Army student Col. Brett Gordon added, “It was refreshing to hear a senior leader not brush off the Gerras-Wong article and address that as not-a-new problem, but a problem that we can get at by leaders setting priorities, assuming risk, and underwriting that risk. I think that message needs to hit that audience and also go further down,” he said.

Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer
Halverson part of ‘all-star’ cast for Army Leader Day

Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, 50th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, addressed the senior US and international military officers and civilian leaders in the Army War College student body as the key element of Army Leader Day, today.  Allyn was accompanied to Carlisle by the principal Army Staff officers who followed the keynote discussion in seminar engagements, giving 16 students the opportunity for in-depth one-on-one discussion. Army Leader Day is an integral part of the War College resident educational experience.  It is a unique opportunity for many of the U.S. Army's senior leadership, military and civilian, to come to Carlisle and interact with the class.  The event allows students to talk directly with current senior Army leaders in order to learn more about the unique aspects of leadership required at the strategic level.

Army Leader Day creates opportunity for The War College students to understand from the Army’s top leaders how they make decisions at the strategic level, how they operate in the interagency environment, and how they achieve lasting change in the large organization that is the Pentagon, said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, USAWC Commandant, in setting the tone for the class.

One of the Army leaders who took part in the event was Lt. Gen. David Halverson, commanding general of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.

While his focus would seem to be on the brick and mortar aspects of his job, he reminded the students that the flesh and blood of the Soldiers, civilians and Family members are the most valuable part of the military.

“I have the greatest job you can have, “he said. “I’m taking care of Soldiers and their families.” Many of the topics he discussed during a two-hour discussion with a group of students focus on “human capital,” and touched on leader development at all levels, how to retain outstanding young leaders and the challenges that budget cuts play in readiness, education and family programs.

Halverson, a 1998 Army War College graduate, shared his lessons at leadership at all levels, including the strategic level at which the students will find themselves upon graduation. He pointed out that experiences like the oral comprehensive exams, makeup of the student’s seminar and the diverse perspectives provided by the international fellows will all serve them well in their next assignment. 

He also answered questions from the students on a possible round of BRAC in the future, the way ahead for energy efficient initiatives and how IMCOM can better support garrison command teams.

Army Emergency Relief kicks off 2015 campaign

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 18, 2015) -- Army Emergency Relief, or AER, opened its annual campaign, March 1, with the theme: "Army Emergency Relief - Making a Difference."

The campaign runs through May 15 with the goal of creating greater awareness of the benefits of AER as well as providing Soldiers the opportunity to donate to their fellow Soldiers.

"Making a difference is a great theme at many levels for this year's campaign," said AER's director, retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert Foley. "For leaders, it provides incentive for creating an environment that encourages Soldiers to embrace AER when faced with an unexpected financial emergency. For Soldiers, it provides reinforcement that AER will always be there when needed for financial assistance."

Army Emergency Relief is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Soldiers, active and retired, and their Families. Since it was founded in 1942, AER has provided more than $1.7 billion to more than 3.6 million Soldiers, families and retirees.

Last year, AER provided nearly $74 million in assistance to more than 51,000 Soldiers and Families, which includes $8.8 million for 3,500 scholarships to spouses and children of Soldiers.

Soldiers needing AER assistance can either contact their unit chain of command, or go directly to one of the 78 AER sections at their nearest Army installation. Additionally, AER has reciprocal agreements in place with the other military aid societies.

Soldiers and Families not near an Army installation can also receive AER assistance at the nearest Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard installation with the respective military aid society, or from the American Red Cross call center at 877-272-7337. Additional program information is available at

Each Seminar has their own AER rep.

Duhham Health Clinic - SFC Romero, and SPC Edwards

Vet Services - SGT Russell

Dental Services - SSG Stoudemire

G-3 - SSG Godfrey


CSLD - SGT Jones

PKSOI - Christine Bowers

Anne Ely - Karol Chaney

DES - David Myers

Contracting - JoAnn Sowa

ACS - Donna Jones

AHEC - Billy McElrath

AER Officer - CPT Wiseman

AER Manger - SFC Towns

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Army Strategy Conference: First Principles for 21st Century Defense

Participate in twitter dialogue #StratConf

April 8, 2015 -- Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work;  Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Scher;  Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth;  National Intelligence Council Chairman Dr. Gregory Treverton;  British Minister Steve McCarthy are among the experts to anchor discussions during the annual Strategy Conference at Carlisle.

Worldwide virtual participation is open to national security practitioners, academics, policy makers and opinion leaders -- to enhance the dialogue led by a roster of experts in defense strategy for the 2015 Army Strategy Conference, sponsored in its 26th year by the USAWC Strategic Studies Institute, April 7-9, at the U.S. Army War College, April 7-9.  The conference will explore the fundamental questionIn light of anticipated security conditions, and defense demands, what are the most relevant first principles for the next decade's defense stratetgy and planning?

This conference is co-sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Policy.  Policy-relevant voices will include those representing OSD, RAND, Council on Foreign Relations, Center for a New American Security, Center for Strategy and Budgetary Assessments, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, US Air Force Academy, New America Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania.

This year's panel partners reflect broad interest and deep expertise in security issues:  Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies and Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (INSS) , the Atlantic Council's Brent Skowcroft Center on International Security, Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), and the National Intelligence Council.


Day 1 - Tuesday, April 7, 2015
11:30AM-1:00PM   Carlisle Scholars Panel: "Hiding from Hard Choices: Defense Strategy and Risk Management"
Location - AHEC

Panelists: LtCol Derek O'Malley, United States Air Force; LTC Cliff Trout, United States Army; LTC Chuck Rush, United States Army; Professor Andrew Hill, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management, USAWC

2:00PM-4:00PM   "The Strategic Landscape: Trends in International Security"
Location - AHEC
USAWC Partner: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Panelists: Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director, International Security Program, CSIS; Mr. Andy Hoehn, Senior Vice President — Research and Analysis, RAND; Dr. Mara Karlin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Capabilities; Mr. Nate Freier, Associate Professor of National Security Studies, USAWC Strategic Studies Institute

Day 2 - Wednesday, April 8, 2015
8:30AM-9:15AM   Keynote Address — "International Security and Future Defense Strategy"
Location - Bliss Hall Auditorium

Speaker: The Honorable Robert O. Work
Deputy Secretary of Defense

9:30AM-10:45AM   "A Prisoner's Dilemma? The Ten Year Defense Outlook"
USAWC Partner: National Defense University/Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)
Location - Bliss Hall Auditorium

Panelists — Dr. Richard D. Hooker, Jr., Director, INSS; Dr. Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Dr. Janine Davidson, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Dr. Michael Meese, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary, American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association; Dr. Frank Jones, Professor, USAWC Department of National Security Studies

11:00AM-12:15PM   "Synchronizing Strategic Forecasting and Defense Strategy Development"
Location - Letort View Community Center (LVCC)

Speaker: Dr. Gregory Treverton
Chairman, National Intelligence Council
12:30PM-1:45PM   "The New Great Game: Asia/Pacific Security Competition and its Impact on U.S. Defense Strategy"
Location - Bliss Hall Auditorium
USAWC Partner: Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)

Panelists: Dr. Eric V. Thompson, Vice President and Director of Strategic Studies, CNA; Dr. Patrick M. Cronin, Senior Adviser and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security; Mr. Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; Dr. David Lai, Research Professor of Asia Security Studies, USAWC Strategic Studies Institute; Dr. Phillip Saunders, Distinguished Research Fellow, INSS

2:00PM-3:15PM   "The Gray Zone: Russia and Iran's Hybrid Playbook"
Location - Bliss Hall Auditorium
USAWC Partner: Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Panelists: Robert Nurick, Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security; Dr. Maren Leed, Senior Adviser, CSIS; Dr. Michael Connell, Senior Research Scientist and Director, Iranian Studies Program, CNA; Dr. John R. Deni, Research Professor Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational Studies, USAWC Strategic Studies Institute; Mr. Frank G. Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, INSS

3:30PM-4:45PM   "Forever War: MENA/SA Disorder and Its Worldwide Military Implications"
Location - Bliss Hall Auditorium
USAWC Partner: National Defense University/Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA)

Panelists: Dr. David W. Lamm, Deputy Director, NESA; Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland; Dr. Joshua Landis, Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma ; Dr. Robert D. Lamb, Visiting Research Professor, USAWC Strategic Studies Institute

6:30PM-9:00PM   Banquet/Speaker: "Strategic Planning Priorities Through 2025"
Location - Bliss Hall Auditorium/LVCC

Speaker: The Honorable Robert Scher
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities

Day 3 - Thursday, April 9, 2015
8:30AM-9:30AM   Morning Address: "Partners & Allies: Maximizing the Opportunities "
Location - Bliss Hall Auditorium

Speaker: Mr. Steve McCarthy, Minister (Defence Material), British Embassy Washington

9:45AM-11:10AM   "Gray Swans, Black Swans, and Future Regret"
Location - Bliss Hall Auditorium
USAWC Partner: Global Security Program, National Intelligence Council

Panelists: Mr. Dan Flynn, Director, Global Security Program, National Intelligence Council; Dr. Michael Horowitz, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Maura Sullivan, Chief of Strategy and Innovation, Department of the Navy; Dr. Steven Metz, Director of Research, USAWC Strategic Studies Institute; Dr. Nadia Schadlow, Senior Program Officer, Smith Richardson Foundation

11:00AM-12:15PM   Elective Noontime Lectures

  • "New Frontiers: Climate Change, Public Health, and the Impact on DoD Missions"
    Location: Letort View Community Club
    Panelists: Ms. Maureen Sullivan, Director, Environmental Management, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Mr. Dennis Carroll, United States Agency for International Development
  • "Defense Challenges in Cyberspace and the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum"
    Location: Letort View Community Club
    Panelists: Professor William Waddell, USAWC Center for Strategic Leadership and Development
  • "Economy of Force? Security Challenges In and From the Americas and Africa"
    Location: Letort View Community Club
    Panelists: Mr. Richard Downie, Deputy Director and Fellow, Africa Program, CSIS; Dr. R. Evan Ellis, Associate Professor of Latin American Affairs, USAWC Strategic Studies Institute
  • "Homeland Security in the Post-9/11 World"
    Location: Letort View Community Club
    Panelists: Mr. Bert B. Tussing, Director, Homeland Defense and Security Issues, USAWC Center for Strategic Leadership and Development; Additional TBD
  • "New Defense Technologies and Their Impact on Performance"
    Location: Letort View Community Club
    Panelists: Mr. Paul Scharre, Fellow and Director, 20YY Warfare Initiative, Center for a New American Security; Andrew Herr, President Helicase LLC
12:45PM-2:00PM   Senior Adviser Roundtable — "Choices and Risk: Key Principles for Defense Planning"
Location — Bliss Hall Auditorium

Panelists: Dr. Peter W. Singer, Strategist and Senior Fellow with New America Foundation; Franklin D. Kramer, Distinguished Fellow with Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security; Lt. Gen. Christopher D. Miller, USAF, Ret., Distinguished Graduate Scholar with USAF Academy; Lt. Gen. Terry A. Wolf, USA, Ret., Director of NESA; Lt. Gen. Wallace C. Gregson, USMC Ret., President of W.C. Gregson & Ass.; and Mr. Nate Freier, Associate Professor of National Security Studies with USAWC Strategic Studies Institute.






Gold Star Wives Day is April 5 

What is it?

The first Gold Star Wives Day was designated Dec. 18, 2010. Every year since 2012, the Senate has passed a resolution designating April 5 as Gold Star Wives Day. Named in honor of the "Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.," an organization which has advanced the interests of surviving Family members since 1945, the day is an opportunity to honor all of the Family members of fallen Soldiers.

The Gold Star is a symbol of loss dating back to World War I. In 1947, Congress approved the design, manufacture and distribution of the official Gold Star Lapel Button, a symbol worn by Family of Service members who lost their lives in combat operations. In 1973, the Lapel Button for Next of Kin of Deceased Personnel was introduced to symbolize active-duty Soldiers who lost their lives in non-combat operations. Today, surviving Family members wear either a Gold Star Lapel Button or the Lapel Button for Next of Kin of Deceased Personnel in honor of their fallen Soldier. Family members typically receive these pins from the Army during their Soldier's funeral service.

What is the Army doing?

This year's theme is "Remember and Honor." Army Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is hosting events such as remembrance ceremonies, luncheons and Run for the fallen races. Events are open to all survivors.

The Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website will feature guest blog entries written by surviving spouses and children. These blogs give survivors an opportunity to share their stories and experiences.

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

The Army is committed to providing ongoing support to all surviving Family members. SOS offers supportive counseling, financial education, benefits coordination and support groups to Family members.

In addition, the Army has produced public service announcements (PSA) describing the symbols of honor worn by surviving Family members to expand awareness of the Gold Star Pin.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army remembers, recognizes and honors the ultimate sacrifices made by our fallen Soldiers and is dedicated to taking care of more than 60,000 surviving Family members. These individuals forever are part of the Army community.



Prevention key to eliminating sexual assault

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (April 1, 2015) -- In an effort to further decrease the number of sexual assaults and continue to increase reporting when they do occur, an office here is stepping up efforts in April to eliminate the behaviors that create an environment conducive to sexual assault.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and this is the first time that the Department of Defense has added the word "prevention" to the campaign, which in the past has focused solely on commitment to victim care, said Aimée LeMaster, U.S. Forces Afghanistan Sexual Assault Response coordinator, or SARC.

"'Know your part…Do your part…Prevent sexual assault' is our slogan with an emphasis on creating awareness and preventing sexual assault within our community," LeMaster said. "No one should ever have to experience this crime. Prevention is the only way to stop sexual violence."

Scheduled events during the month include a self-defense class, a 'Take Back the Night' event that includes a 2K team race while carrying the U.S. and teal ribbon flags, volleyball and a poker tournament. The keynote event of the month-long observance is the grand opening, April 1, at the Bagram Advocacy Resource Center, LeMaster said.

"The center, located at 'Hotel 8,' Building 15805, provides victims a place to come to receive a host of advocacy services all in one location from legal assistance, to investigative services, to transport for medical treatment if necessary," she said.

"Rather than be forced to go from one location to another to seek advice or treatment, this center will provide much needed advocacy as a one-stop shop," she said. "It offers a place away from headquarters that'll provide privacy, and spare the victim from having to repeat their story over and over again to different people."

The Bagram center is one of 12 such facilities located worldwide, with other locations on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Fort Stewart, Georgia, and six other installations, she said.

As a SARC, LeMaster advocates for the victim, ensuring they understand that her primary objective is to deliver consistent, effective victim services and support, while instilling confidence and trust in the system.

A sexual assault victim's wishes are paramount, she said, adding that as she explains to each victim what their options are, it is made abundantly clear that creating a culture of respect and dignity is a prime objective.

"They can either make a 'restricted' or 'unrestricted' report," LeMaster said. "The main difference between the two is the number of agencies involved and the depth of the report, which ultimately impacts the privacy of the victim and whether the perpetrator can be brought to justice."

A restricted report allows the victim to make a written statement of what occurred, seek medical treatment, receive counseling and have a support system of professional counselors like LeMaster to talk to. This differs from an unrestricted report, where in addition to all the info previously mentioned, the Army's Criminal Investigation Division thoroughly investigates the incident, legal services are offered to the victim, and a request for an expedited transfer to another unit can be processed at the victim's request, LeMaster said.

According to a 2014 DoD presidential report on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, or SAPR, results from a DoD survey show an overall decrease in the past-year prevalence of sexual assault from fiscal years 2012 to 2014. Furthermore, the significant increase in the number of victim reports of sexual assault during the same time period has greatly expanded a SARC's ability to provide support and services to victims and hold offenders appropriately accountable.

The report also showed that the increased reporting signified a growing trust of command and confidence in the response system. Fiscal Year 2013 had a 50 percent increase in sexual assault reporting from 2012, and in 2014, reporting increased by another eight percent. Whereas only one in 10 victims was reporting just two years ago, that rate has increased to one in four today.

"Every year, we've seen an increase in cases reported, but don't know if that means there's more sexual assaults, or more people reporting them," LeMaster said. "Statistics are showing that because reporting numbers are up, there's increased confidence in the chain of command [to take action]."

Although women far outnumber men in reported instances of sexual assaults, a common misconception, she said, is that men can not be victims of sexual assault, or that women can not be the perpetrators of the offenses. Nothing could be farther from the truth because it is not a gender-based issue.

People make decisions and continue behaviors based on cultural conditioning and norms learned through reactions from others. Bystander intervention shifts responsibility to both men and women, and military members are encouraged to safely intervene when they see situations at risk for sexual assault, the DoD report said.

For resources and information on prevention, or what you can do if you are a victim or witness a sexual assault, if you are stationed in Afghanistan, contact LeMaster at 318-481-3320, or call the SHARP hotline at 070-679-7015. You can also go to

National Alcohol Screening Day set for April 10

National Alcohol Screening Day will be held April 10 and will focus on the link between stress and drinking.

The annual screening and education day raises awareness about alcohol misuse and abuse, while providing the public with beneficial screening and treatment resources. This year’s National Alcohol Screening Day highlights the link between stress and drinking, as stress is commonly believed to be a factor in alcohol abuse and dependence. According to 2012 research published in Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, men and women who report higher levels of stress tend to drink more. While drinking may lead to positive feelings in the short term, problems can develop when stress persists and an individual continues to binge drink to cope.

The pattern of binge drinking when stressed can lead to a number of health problems. Alcohol itself affects the body in psychological and physiological ways that may intensify the effects of stress. Additional problems include unintentional injuries, high blood pressure, alcohol poisoning, sexually transmitted diseases, and depression.

For more information contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 717-245-4082

The ASAP mission is to foster resilience and readiness in the Army

and the greater Army family (family members, DA employees, retirees and their beneficiaries) regarding alcohol and drug abuse through awareness, prevention, and treatment.

There are three (3) major ASAP functions:

-- Random drug testing as a means of deterrence and detection.

-- Prevention and Risk Reduction (awareness, education, and training).

-- Clinical Counseling (treatment)--assessment, evaluation, treatment, and follow-up for alcohol and/or drug abuse/dependency.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


632 Wright Ave



70 years after the holocaust, Carlisle Barracks remembers

Coinciding with the 70thanniversary of the April 1945 liberation of Auschwitz, two local observances of International Holocaust Remembrance Day are planned by the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, co-author of Mass Atrocity Response Operations handbooks.

The Army War College is collaborating with Dickinson College to share the impact of speaker Charlie Brown. A senior advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Brown will speak twice:  April 16 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Bliss Hall on Carlisle Barracks, and that evening to a public audience from 7 to 9 p.m. at Dickinson College’s Anita Tuvin Auditorium.

The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.  Each year state and local governments, military bases, workplaces, schools, religious organizations, and civic centers host observances and remembrance activities for their communities.

The international community links Holocaust Remembrance Day to the Yom Hashoah, the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.


Learn more about Holocaust remembrance at

Top Air Force speaks of Leadership – Trust – Victory

Drawing on 965 days as the flight lead, Air Force Chief of Staff gave a personal message to Army War College students on leadership.

 On March 31,Gen. Mark A. Welsh III spoke to Army War College students at Bliss Hall. The 387 students of the resident course include 39 Air Force officers, and Welsh addressed both Air Force and Joint Force interests, expressing surprise when he is asked, “Why do we still need an Air Force?”

The aviation assets of the Army, Marine Corps, and Navy are fantastically good at what they do, but they can’t do what the Air Force does, he said. There is one Air Force in America, he said – contributing air superiority, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, global mobility and command-and-control. Air Force core missions are not going to change in the next 30 to 40 years, he said, but how we do them will change.

 “When you leave here as strategic officers, your slate is clean. You will start all over again. Understand that we have an outstanding enlisted force that needs your leadership,” he said.

“The heritage we share is a gift, given by those who have gone before and magnified by those we stand beside.” Welsh said. “Leadership is also a gift. It’s given by those who follow and we have to be worthy of it -- that’s our job,” he said.

Air Force Chief of Staff, General Mark Walsh speaks to an audience of Army War College students
and staff on a recent visit to Bliss Hall, March 31.

Army to revise tattoo policy

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (April 2, 2015) -- The Army will update its policy on tattoos during the coming weeks, making it more accommodating to current social norms, the Army's chief of staff said.

During a press conference during the Association of the United States Army Global Force Symposium and Exposition here, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the service regularly reviews and makes updates to Army Regulation 670-1.

"As part of the regular process that we go through in reviewing regulations, covering the wear and appearance of the Army uniform, and the appearance of our Soldiers, we will be releasing in the coming weeks, an update to that policy, and the most notable change is going to be the change in the tattoo policy in the Army," Odierno said.

Soldiers will no longer be limited to a particular size or number of tattoos permitted on the arms or legs, Odierno said, provided those tattoos are not extremist, indecent, sexist or racist.

The policy will, however, continue to prohibit tattoos above the T-shirt neckline, on the head, face, wrists and hands. There will be an exception allowing one ring tattoo on each hand.

Odierno said that changes to the policy came after listening to feedback from Soldiers, and after discussion with senior enlisted leaders.

"We have listened to the Soldiers," Odierno said. "I've talked to our sergeants major and our non-commissioned officers and some of our officers and frankly, society is changing its view of tattoos, and I think we need to change along with it."

During an interview last week, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey discussed the upcoming change to the Army tattoo policy. He said that the message from the Soldiers he talks to is clear: Soldiers have tattoos, tattoos are acceptable now, and the tattoo policy might affect a decision to re-enlist.

"You can't go anywhere without hearing about the Army's tattoo policy," Dailey said. "It came up when I was at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy too. So it's not just Soldiers, but leaders as well."

The sergeant major said American culture has changed, and that tattoos are more accepted now than they have ever been before. The Army is a reflection of American society, and American society, he said, accepts tattoos.

"I think this is a realization that we are in a different generation," he said. "Tattoos are more prevalent in young Americans than I think they have ever been throughout American history."

When it was implemented, the current Army tattoo policy did not force out Soldiers who had tattoos below the elbow or knee or above the neck line. However, the policy did require Soldiers to have those tattoos documented. It also limited additional tattoos in those places.

"These Soldiers understand that, they know they are grandfathered in," Dailey said. "But they have fears. We have documented every one of those tattoos, and they expect that could one day be used against them with regards to promotions or things like that."

Dailey said he has asked Soldiers about how the current tattoo policy might affect their decision to separate from military service. He said "overwhelmingly," Soldiers have said the policy would play a role in their deciding to stay in or to leave.

Dailey said he did not want the tattoo policy to be the deciding factor for why a good Soldier might decide to leave the Army. He said he felt that the policy might in some way be at odds with the requirement to maintain an all-volunteer force.

"So then we struggle with - do the standards of discipline we've established override the needs of what we need to maintain the all-volunteer force, and the quality all-volunteer force, even more so as we draw down," he asked. "When we move this standard too far to the right, can we actually maintain the all-volunteer force in the future?"

Dailey's discussions with Soldiers and his concerns regarding the effects of the existing tattoo policy on the Army's ability to maintain the all-volunteer force, were included in his own recommendations regarding the tattoo policy that he made to the Army chief of staff and the Army secretary.

April Community news and events


1          Month of the Military Child CDC Kick Off Parade at the Moore CDC starting at 9:15 a.m.

1          Month of the Military Child McConnell Youth Center Party 4- 6 p.m.

1          Summer Camp, British Soccer Camp registration opens -- call 717-245-4555 to register

1          Geo-Bachelor Dinner at the Post Chapel 6-7:30 p.m.

2-6        Army War College Spring Recess

3          Month of the Military Child Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

3          Month of the Military Child Family Pictures 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. at the McConnell Youth Center

3          School Age Care Month of the Military Child Trivia Night 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the McConnell Youth Center

5          Easter Buffet at the LVCC 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Reservations are required, call 245-4329. Price is $24.95 for adults, $10.95 kids 5-12, 4 an under are free.

6          Middle School/Teen Paintball Tent at the McConnell Youth Center 1 – 4 p.m.

6          Lost and Found: The Discovery of Fort Morris, Shippensburg, PA at the Cumberland County Historical Center at 7 p.m. 

            For more than 100 years the location of Fort Morris, a Pennsylvania provincial fort dating to 1756-1764, was debated by historians and scholars. Learn how multidisciplinary research, incorporating archaeology, history, and cultural geography, was employed to discover the site in Shippensburg, PA.

7-9        26th Annual Army Strategy Conference

            For more information visit

14-17    Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar

            For more information call the Military Family Program at 245-4787

15         Purple Up for Military Kids – wear purple in support of military kids

15         Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club Luncheon at 5:30 p.m. at the LVCC

15         Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club Scholarship Deadline

            For more information visit

15         Perspectives in Military History Lecture: “Lincoln’s Gamble” from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center

16         Holocaust Remembrance Day 11:45 a.m. in Bliss Hall

            Charlie Brown, senior advisor for the Under Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Defense, will present a lecture on Justice and Accountability: International Responsibilities Regarding Genocide.

18         MHI 101: Basic Research Methodology 10:30 a.m. to noon

            The program will feature an in-depth presentation by Mr. Rich Baker on conducting research using the USAHEC Collection and the online USAHEC Research Catalog and Digital Archive.

21         Strategic Art Film Program Dinner and a Movie, “Dr. Strangelove” 5:30- 9 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

22         Army Reserve Birthdayat 11:45 a.m. in the Bliss Hall Foyer

22         Jim Thorpe Sports Days Pep Rallyat 12:15 p.m. in Bliss Hall

23-25    Jim Thorpe Sports Days

25         NYC On Your Own to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

            For more information call 245-4048.

  • MST Operation Megaphone Lock In7 p.m. – 7 a.m.

25         Parents Night Out 6 to 11 p.m.

25         Family Fun Fair 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

            In recognition of Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Awareness Month. ACS in partnership with DES will host a Family day of fun with games, food, vendors, animals and more on Indian Field. A family fun run will kick off the event at 9:30 a.m.          

28         Relocation One Stop 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Root Hall Gym

30         ACS Volunteer Recognition Ceremony 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the LVCC

Presidential Proclamation -- National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2015


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As Americans, we each have the power to shape our country's course and contribute to the extraordinary task of perfecting our Union.  For more than two centuries, progress has been won by ordinary citizens -- women and men who joined arms and marched toward justice.  This month, we are once again reminded that we can change our culture for the better by standing together against the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and refusing to accept the unacceptable.

Nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape.  Every year, too many women and too many men are sexually assaulted and abused.  This is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end.  Sexual assault harms our communities, weakens the foundation of our Nation, and hurts those we love most.  For survivors, the awful pain can take years to heal -- sometimes it never does.  When an individual's possibilities are limited by the scars of violence and abuse, our country is deprived of enormous potential. Sexual assault takes a collective toll on all of us, and it is everyone's responsibility not only to speak out, but also to take action against this injustice.

More than two decades ago, then United States Senator Joe Biden did both.  At a time when many victims were stigmatized or left to suffer in silence, he authored the Violence Against Women Act, which would forever improve the way our country responds to sexual assault and domestic violence.  In the decades since, our Nation has built on that progress.  We have taken strides toward changing the way people think about sexual misconduct, making it clear that every person has the fundamental human right to be free from sexual assault and domestic violence.

Thanks to the work of advocates, community leaders, public servants, and courageous survivors who shared their stories, our Nation has come an incredibly long way.  But from schools to military bases and throughout all communities in America, we must do more to end the crime of sexual assault.  My Administration has made this a priority since day one, beginning with the establishment of the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women.  And we will keep fighting as long as it takes.

We have taken action to strengthen our criminal justice system, uphold the civil rights of victims and survivors of sexual assault, and ensure that all people can live free from sexual violence.  Now in its second year, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault is helping schools live up to their obligations to educate students in safe environments.  We continue to address the impact of sexual assault on persons living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.  I have also made clear that violence and abuse have no place in the finest military this world has ever known.  And last fall, we launched the "It's On Us" campaign to let people know everyone has a role to play in preventing and effectively responding to sexual violence.

It's on parents and caregivers to teach their children to respect and value others.  It's on teammates, classmates, and colleagues to recognize sexual misconduct and intervene to stop it.  It's on all of us to work for the change we need to shift the attitudes and behaviors that allow sexual assault to go unnoticed, unreported, and unpunished.  During National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, let us commit to being part of the solution and rededicate ourselves to creating a society where violence is not tolerated, survivors are supported, and all people are able to pursue their fullest measure of happiness without fear of abuse or assault.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2015 as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.  I urge all Americans to support survivors of sexual assault and work together to prevent these crimes in their communities. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.



APRIL – Alcohol Awareness Month - Under 21 in PA – Zero Tolerance

Information provided by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Alcohol Education.

LCB-202 - 03/14.

Under 21 in PA – Zero Tolerance

Under 21: It is illegal for anyone under 21 to possess, purchase, attempt to purchase, consume or transport any alcohol, liquor, malt or brewed beverages. It is also illegal for anyone under 21 to lie about their age or to carry a false ID card to obtain any alcohol, liquor, malt or brewed beverages.1

Penalty: Minors (persons under 21) convicted of any of the offenses cited above face fines up to $500. Minors convicted of the above offenses will also lose their driver’s license for ninety (90) days for the first offense, one (1) year for the second offense, and two (2) years for any offense thereafter. If the offender is under sixteen (16) years of age, the suspension will begin on the offender’s 16th birthday.2

Zero Tolerance

Mixing alcohol with driving is always extremely dangerous. If you’re under 21, drinking and driving in Pennsylvania imposes stiff penalties. If you’re caught driving with ANY measurable amount of alcohol in your blood, you may be arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The”Zero Tolerance” law (Section 3802(e) of the PA Vehicle Code, Title 75) lowered the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) for minors to .02%.

Why Zero Tolerance?

Motor vehicle crashes were the number one cause of death for U.S. citizens ages 15-24 in 2010. That accounts for one third of all fatalities in that age group or 7,250 in one year.³ In 2009, 33% of car crash fatalities between the ages of 15 and 20 had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 or higher, and over 28% had a BAC of .08 or higher. 4.  An estimated 6% of 16 or 17 year olds and 15% of 18 to 20 year olds reported driving under the influence of alcohol in 2010. 5  

Young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the U.S. population. However, they account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.6  In 2010, approximately 1,300 Pennsylvania drivers who were under the age of 21 were involved in alcohol-related crashes.7

1. Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Title 18

2. Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, Title 75

3. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010

4. U.S. Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2009

5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2010


7. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 2010

The effects of a DUI arrest can continue for years. You may experience:

Work Problems – without a driver’s license, you may not be able to get to work. If your job requires travel, you could be fired. Future employers may use the DUI arrest as reason not to hire you.

Insurance problems – you can expect your car insurance rates to increase after an arrest. Some companies may cancel your policy, and others may refuse coverage.

For information concerning the serious consequences and other penalties for a DUI if under 21 go to the LCB link below.

For additional information contact Army Substance Abuse Prevention at 245 – 4576 or visit the PA LCB website at

A special emphasis program will be held for Middle School and Teens titled

                        PA’s Tolerance for Underage Drinking is ZERO

Under 21 Know the Law – The choice you make today will impact your life tomorrow

                                    9 April 2015 – 1630 – 1730

                         Mcconnell Youth Center – Carlisle Barracks

Contact Army Substance Abuse Program for additional information at 245 – 4576.



It’s Not Your Call,

It’s the Law

From the SARC: The Grooming Process in Sexual Assault

     In March’s article I talked about victims not feeling comfortable telling others about a sexual assault that has occurred, oftentimes because of a process known as “Grooming.”  The grooming process is designed to identify victims, gain their trust, and break down their defenses.  Grooming helps offenders gain access to the victim and set up a relationship that is based on secrecy so that the crime is less likely to be discovered or reported.

     When grooming occurs with young victims, a perpetrator may tell that child that their relationship is a secret because it is “special” or that “no one will understand how special we are together”; or perhaps the abuse is being masked as “punishment” for something they did wrong; they may even be made to believe that they are partially responsible for the events that have taken place because they have accepted gifts, have accepted invitations for special outings, or they may be told they have actually encouraged the relationship by complying with previous occurrences.  For this reason, a child tends to feel responsible, guilty, ashamed, and probably very confused by what is happening.  Especially since, in most cases, the abuser is someone who plays a pivotal role in that child’s life.  It may be their teacher, their coach, their neighbor, their youth director, their parent or some other close relative ~ someone they trust and someone who is supposed to care about and protect them.  A child doesn’t quite understand what is happening and is probably extremely scared and hesitant to say anything to anyone.

     Adults are groomed in much the same manner.  We know that sex offenders have a special ability to identify and exploit their target’s vulnerabilities.  They gain trust by watching and gathering information on a potential victim, getting to know their needs and stepping in to become the person who fulfills those needs.  In this regard, sex offenders mix effortlessly with responsible caretakers because they generate warm and calibrated attention.  Often times, an offender will use alcohol as their drug of choice for adult victims.  Alcohol diminishes a person’s inhibitions, takes away their ability to fight back, and is also a great way to make a victim feel responsible ~ an end result of which offenders are well aware.  Victims who consume alcohol often feel partially responsible for the event, as if it is because of their intoxication that they were sexually assaulted.  The victim is not in any way responsible, but they may feel responsible and this alone will prevent them from telling someone what happened to them.  There is also usually some confusion about the actions that took place leading up to the event.  Of course, regardless of those actions, if a person did not give permission (that is, their consent whilenot under the influence of alcohol or the threat of harm) for another person to touch them in a sexual manner, that person has now committed the crime of sexual assault. 

     Blame and shame, embarrassment, guilt, fear of losing benefits associated with the relationship ~ all of these are reasons people do not tell others that they were sexually assaulted.  Grooming, whether the target is a child or an adult, is designed to reduce the resiliency of a victim, keep them quiet about the occurrence, and minimize the victim’s ability to remove themselves from the harmful relationship.  Children, adults, parents, co-workers and friends will trust these individuals, they are upstanding citizens who do good things in the community and have gained the respect and admiration of people ~ so much so that it is difficult to believe they would ever do anything to harm someone.  

As we head into Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I ask that you do one thing ~ 

Start By Believing.  Believe that if someone you know is being threatened they will not tell you or anyone else that they are being victimized.  Believe that people who say they were sexually assaulted are telling the truth.  Believe that rapists attack an average of six times so that one failed response can equal five more victims.  Believe that regardless of the circumstances surrounding an event, when someone is brave enough to come forward it is because they feel their body has been violated, not because they regret something or feel guilty about something.  Believe that not everyone is who they appear to be.

Your SARC,

Gina Beck

* Excerpts for this story were taken from Child Sexual Abuse and the “Grooming” Process at, The National Center for Victims of Crime at, Child Sexual Abuse: 6 Stages of Grooming at, and

Kids to learn more about bees, environment at Earth Day celebration April 17

Carlisle Barracks will celebrate Earth Day/Arbor Day on April 17 at 9 a.m. at the Delaney Community Center. The event will feature a bee keeping demonstration by Paul Herzer, post Public Works, and Balfour Beatty Communities is sponsoring a grocery bag decoration contest. The theme for the event is “Bee friendly to the earth,” and small potted flowers will be given to children to take home.

Help us celebrate Month of the Military Child


Each April Carlisle Barracks, in conjunction with the entire Department of Defense, takes time to recognize military children.

“Many times we overlook the sacrifices our kids make -- whether it's when their parents are deployed, through the frequent moves, or starting new schools and making new friends on a continuing basis,” said Liz Knouse, director of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Carlisle Barracks. “We wanted to make sure to take time this month to show our kids how much we appreciate them."

To honor military children, Carlisle Barracks has planned activities this month that range from discounts at facilities to literacy and art events.

A few of the highlights are:

April 1 – Kick-off parade at the Moore CDC at 9:15 a.m.

April 15 – “Purple Up” Military Kids Day  when adults wear purple to show support of children from all the services

April 25- Family Fun Fair, 10am – 1pm, Indian Field

April 30 - Youth of the Year & Youth Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony at the McConnell Center at 4:30 p.m.

Month of the Military Child Events

MWR specials


Bowling special

All April, Every Sunday – Strike Zone Bowling Center

Up to 2 FREE games for children under age 18 when adult pays the same.  Shoe rental not included. More Information 717-243-3027

Golf special

All April - Carlisle Barracks Golf Course

FREE bucket of range balls for children under 16 years of age with the purchase of a bucket by a supervising adult. More Information 717-243-3262

Outdoor recreation special

Half price youth with adult purchase on April 4 Bike trip or April 11 kayaking trip

More Information 717-245-4616


Easter Sunday buffet

April 20, 11am - 2pm, Letort View Community Center, reservations required, 717-245-4329


Kick-Off Events


Kick-off parade

April 1, 9:15am – Moore CDC


Kick-off party

April 1, 4-6pm, K-12th grade, McConnell Youth Center, FREE


Special events  


Military children art display

April 6-20, Carlisle Barracks Commissary


Family movie night

April 11, 7-9pm, Everyone Welcome, How to Train Your Dragon 2, McConnell Youth Center, FREE


Family advisory board meeting

April 14, 11am – Noon, McConnell Youth Center, FREE


Purple up for military kids

April 15, All Day, Everyone is encouraged to wear purple or decorate in purple to show support & thank military children for their strength & sacrifices, Post Wide


Family fun fair

April 25, 10am – 1pm, Indian Field, FREE


Jim Thorpe Sports Days

April 23-25, Indian Field


Youth open recreation

April 23 & 24, 1-7PM, K-12th grade, McConnell Youth Center, FREE


Parents night out

April 24, 6-11pm, Infants – Pre-K at CDC / K-5th grade at CYSS, $30 per child


Youth of the Year & Youth Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony

April 30, 4:30pm – Come Celebrate Our Youth – McConnell Youth Center, FREE


Ice cream social

April 30, 2:30pm –Moore CDC, FREE


Middle School & Teen Events

(All events meet at McConnell YS and are FREE unless otherwise stated)


Service projects

April 2, All Day - Reading to SAC children, Flat Stanley

April 8, 4:30pm - CYS Clean Up Day



April 6, 1-4pm - Paintball Tent

April 18, 12:30-6pm – Wanna Play Paintball Field Trip, register by 4/16, $20


Art projects

April 7, 4:30pm - Popsicle Stick Portraits

April 28, 4:30pm - Plastic Cups or Fine Art?

April 14, 5:30pm - Map Our Lives



April 13, 3:30-4:30pm - Bike Club

April 20, 5pm - Boys & Girls Club Triple Play – Healthy Habits

April 21, 5:30pm - Tech Lab – Robots

April 23, 4:30pm - Keystone Club Meeting

April 29, 5:30pm - Photography Club – What I Have Seen



April 10, 9pm – Midnight, register by 4/9 – Girls Night In

April 16, 4:30 - YOUTH COUNCIL – Operation Megaphone Planning Meeting

April 17, 9pm – Midnight, register by 4/16 – Guys Night In

April 24-25, 7pm - 7am, register by 4/23 - Operation Megaphone Worldwide Lock-In



April 3, 2-4pm - Rock-N-Bowl

April 9, 4:30-5:30pm - Zero Tolerance Policy Awareness Presentation

April 11, Noon - 4pm, register by 4/10 - Dodgeball Tournament

April 22, 4-6pm - Garden Project

April 27, 4pm - Outside Obstacle Course

April 27, 5-6pm - Family Spaghetti Dinner Night


School age children events k-5th grade


(All events meet at McConnell YS and are FREE)


Flat Stanley project

April 2, All Day


Parents luncheon & family pictures

April 3, Family Pictures 11-1pm & 4-6pm / Luncheon with Parents 11:30-12:30pm


Friday night fun night 4:30 – 6pm

April 3, Family Trivia

April 10, Center Stage

April 17, Art

April 24, Games


Parents luncheon & family pictures

April 3, 11am – 1pm


My life story 4:30-6pm

April 7, Picture Wall, Bring in family pictures

April 8, Family Heritage

April 9, Places I’ve Lived

April 13, Story Writing – All About Me!

April 16, Poetry Writing

April 20, Life of a Military Child A-Z Book Sharing

April 21, Trading Cards

April 29, All About ME!

April 30, Family Tree


Breakfast with parents – Waffle Bar

April 14, 7 – 8AM



April 18, 7pm – Midnight, Register by April 16 – 6pm


Earth day activities

April 22, 4:30-6PM


Cupcake bake & design

April 23, 4:30-6PM


Family spaghetti dinner night

April 27, 5-6pm


Inaugural dance off

April 28, 4:30-6pm



Moore CDC Events

Creative me days

April 2, Dog Tags

April 7, Friendship Quilt

April 9, Military Mobile

April 13, Love for Your Country

April 16, My Favorite Things

April 28, Make a Hug Day


Creative dress days

April 3, Military Hat or Shirt

April 8, Silly Hair

April 24, Sports Jersey

April 29, Mismatch


All about me week

April 6-10


Ice cream social

April 10, 2:30 – 3 pm, open to parents & families


Why I love being a military child interviews

April 14, All Day


Bike day

April 17, 9:30-11am


Oh! The places you go (or have gone!)

April 20-30, All Day


Earth Day – Plant a Flower

April 21, All Day


Movie day

April 22, 9:30-11am


Field day

April 23, All Day


Letters to children

April 27, All Day


Diversity day & luncheon

April 30, 11:30am