Banner Archive for April 2017

Volunteers thanked for ‘invaluable’ contributions to community

Laughter, hugs and words of thanks filled the Letort View Community Center April 27 as Carlisle Barracks honored volunteers for the nearly 50,000 hours of their time and talents donated in the last year.

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As part of the Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony a “check” was presented to Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Commandant, Army War College and Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander, in the amount of $1,088.966 dollars, representing the value of the time donated by the 556 registered volunteers at the 17 agencies around the installation. Volunteers gave their time at agencies including the Army Heritage and Education Center, post Chapel, Army Community Services and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center.

“Today, we proudly recognize you all for your time, dedication and commitment to keeping our military families strong,” said Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander. You are a valuable resource that significantly extends the Army’s budget by millions of dollars annually – without this work, the Army mission would not be fulfilled.” 

The event is held in conjunction with the Army’s Volunteer Appreciation Week (VAW) and highlights the volunteers' contributions and accomplishments.

The theme for this year’s event was Army Volunteers...Service for Life," and a series of bingo games were held, with prizes and door prizes awarded for attendees.

“We have traditionally held a very formal luncheon,” said Becky Myers, Army Community Services director. “After speaking with volunteers throughout the year, they liked the idea of something less formal and fun.  We will still make this a special event and acknowledge their commitment and time they gave to the community.”

The event was hosted by Ank and Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Maldonado, Installation CSM, who also served as guest bingo callers for the event.

“Your willingness to raise your hand and volunteer your valuable time, your resources, your boundless energy and your creativity to help the people, families, programs and activities here at Carlisle Barracks is a vital part of the positive and welcoming atmosphere of this community,” said Ank. “Volunteers, you make a difference every day to this magical place and to the Army.

Our volunteers work is nothing short of exceptional. Thank you.”

Volunteers are essential to the Army's mission. Thousands of volunteers around the world devote their time regularly by serving the Army community. Volunteers are able to accomplish community work that would not have been done otherwise due to time constraints and financial limitations faced by the Army. The support of volunteers assists in accomplishing the Army's missions. The Army recognizes and appreciates the commitment, contributions and sacrifices of the volunteers.

Carlisle Barracks hosting severe weather exercises April 27, 28

Carlisle Barracks will conduct a series of severe weather exercises starting April 27 and continuing on April 28. Both Ashburn and Claremont Road gates may be closed for up to 10 minutes, but minimal delays can be expected for inbound traffic.

The exercises will take place at the following times:

April 27, 6:30 p.m.

April 28, 4:30 a.m.

April 28, 9 a.m.

The giant voice will be used during the April 27 and morning of the 28th session.

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Joint Staff Must Boost Global Coordination; No New Powers Needed: J5 

 By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. , Breaking Defense

April 27, 2017 at 11:24 AM

ARMY WAR COLLEGE: Global conflicts require global military decisions so the Joint Staff must step up to coordinate operations around the world, said a top aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. But, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told faculty and officer-students at the Army War College here, the Joint Staff can manage this role without new legal authorities and without undermining the authority of the nine Combatant Commands.

In the end, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs will make recommendations to the President, the commander in chief, and the president will make the decisions that cut across combatant commanders’ boundaries. The Defense Secretary will arbitrate the conflicts between the combatant commanders and, of course, make his own recommendations to the president.

Gen. Joe Dunford, the current chairman, first floated this idea almost two years ago. “I personally don’t believe the current planning and organizational construct or command and control are optimized for the current fight,” Dunford said in September last year, adding a bit of meat to the bones. “What really is required is global integration.”

“Since the Second World War” — with its clear division between European and Pacific theaters — “our approach has been regional,” said McKenzie, director for strategic plans and policy (J5) on the Joint Staff. “We need to change that. (Today), everything we do has global impact so…you have to move away from regional thinking.”

“It doesn’t mean the Joint Staff’s going to become a general staff,” McKenzie emphasized. “We actually actively argued against that in a recent congressional debate over the (National Defense Authorization Act),” where Senate Armed Services chairman John McCain suggested giving the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs limited authority to order forces from theater to theater. “We don’t need any more authorities for the Chairman,” who will remain outside the chain of command as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense.

To start with, more authority isn’t politically possible, McKenzie said. During studies last year, “we examined an idea that would give more authority to the Joint Staff. That is not an idea that has any viability in the American political system, within American culture,” he said. “The American people don’t want a general staff. They’ve been very clear on that since the end of the Second World War.”

Nor is additional authority necessary, McKenzie continued. “We believe, actually, that everything we need to do is available to us within current legislation,” he said. In the past, it’s not that the Joint Staff lacked authority, it’s that it didn’t use it to the fullest.

Conversely, “we don’t think that there’ll be any erosion or loss of combatant commander authority,” he said. “You’ve had some powerful personalities standing up here in the combatant commands. Nothing lessens their authorities.”

In fact, you want those regional perspectives to stay powerful. “You can’t homogenize the approach (where) everything’s decided in Washington,” he said. “You can’t template a single approach to everywhere, because there are uniquely different challenges depending where you are in the world, you’ve got to be keenly sensitive to that.

What, then, will the Joint Staff add?

Consider a war with Russia. You can’t reduce such a sprawling problem to a classic numbered war plan, McKenzie said. You still need to work out all the detailed logistical planning and sequencing of those traditional plans (known in Pentagonese as Time Phased Force Deployment Data, TPFDD). But no one combatant command could contain a conflict with Russia, which could spread beyond Europe (EUCOM) to

?the Pacific (PACOM),

?Afghanistan (CENTCOM),

?the Arctic (EUCOM and NORTHCOM),

?and to outer space and cyberspace (both under STRATCOM for now, but CYBERCOM will probably soon be independent).

?Reinforcement and resupply for any operation will have to flow by air and sea despite attacks by everything from hackers to submarines. That’s the task of Transportation Command, “probably the most stressed and vulnerable of the combatant commands.”

“You’ve got to tie all those activities together. You cannot do that at the regional combatant commander level,” McKenzie said. “I’ve been a combatant commander’s J-5, I know whereof I speak.”

That is where the Secretary of Defense comes in. He has authority to arbitrate and coordinate between the COCOMs, McKenzie said — but the Joint Staff does his legwork. “Whereas the regional combatant commander thinks about setting his theater for operations, we set the globe for the Secretary of Defense and the President to make their decisions,” said McKenzie.

“The global integrator is the chairman, (but) the chairman’s not in the chain of command,” McKenzie emphasized. “The chain of command for the application of force… is always going to go from civilian leadership to the combatant commanders.” 

“We see absolutely no reason why the Joint Staff would ever get into that mix,” McKenzie continued, “but…we can assist the Secretary of Defense in making those decisions that he and the President will have to make that are uniquely theirs.”

What does all this mean in practice as combatant commands wrestle for limited resources? “Over time if the approach is going to mean anything… it’s going to drive allocation of resources,” McKenzie said. “You don’t get that overnight, because you don’t change posture overnight. But I would tell you over the next couple of years, as we adopt a top-down approach to this problem, we’re going to look at how forces are postured forward, how they rotate forward, what’s kept back, how the joint force measures its readiness.”

“I don’t think it’s going to change anything at the flying squadron, the infantry battalion, the ship level. We’ve very good there,” McKenzie said. “It’s a cultural change at the strategic level, where we actually think about how we link problems together.”

Don’t expect a wholesale redrawing of org charts or COCOM boundaries, because those popular shortcuts to reform rarely work, McKenzie said. “The organizational change is going to be very minimal because organizational change is usually unsatisfying,” he said. “You’ve got to drive the cultural change, talk to audiences like this.”

“We believe that war is changing,” McKenzie said. “We have an opportunity to change with it and perhaps anticipate it.”


MORE: Army Strategy Conference on video,

Army War College leaders salute top educators

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Army War College and Carlisle Barracks leaders gathered to honor top educators of the region’s five school districts, Carlisle Christian Academy, Saint Patrick’s School and Trinity High School, while celebrating a strong commitment to and selfless support of military children at the Excellence in Education Reception in their home, Quarters One, on April 25.

2017 marked the 14th annual reception to highlight the unique relationship between schools and the military children who live a challenging life of many moves and many school transitions.

“Debbie and I host many official gatherings here each year – but, truly, none is more important to us than this event to honor those who care for, and about, our children,” he said. “You commit your interest, your questions, your encouragement, your skill in ensuring that our kids and all kids know that they matter in this community.”

Rapp spoke of the investment that the Department of Defense has made in military families, including Army Community Services and youth activities and continues to refine family programs.

“But, we know now that the idea that the Army can take care of everything is simplistic,” he said “We need you. We appreciate you.”

He said that the Army recognizes the value of close coordination, partnerships and the role that schools and educators play with families.  

“There’s no one more important than the teacher, or counselor, or coach, or staffer who can help ‘our’ kids feel safe and appreciated and part of ‘the club,’” he said, noting that half of all the military personnel and families live off the installation and in the surrounding communities. “You, personally, have made investments in keeping kids active and accepted and part of your clubs.

Rapp noted that as he and his wife, Debbie, leave the community later this summer, that families and children are in good hands.

“When we look into the rear view mirror, I’ll see a caring community,” he said. “I thank you for that. On behalf of my family, our war college student families, all military families who can know that this is what right looks like.” 

     The exceptional principals, teachers, and counselors who educate military children were identified for honors by the superintendents of the districts and schools. On a daily basis, administrators, teachers, coaches and counselors have shown commitment to military children and other children whose parents live a transient life through thoughtful policies and a relentless focus on children’s success and well-being.

Those honored at the event were:

Big Spring School District: Mallory Farrands, Stacey Gibb, Ashley Gleeson, and Stacey Kimble.

Carlisle Area School District: Ed Boardman, Heather Bosnyak, Kamala Cunard, Matt Fahnestock, Melissa Klingel, George Null, Betsy Richwine, and Eric Sands.

Carlisle Christian Academy: Donna D’Alessandro.

Cumberland Valley School District  Jan Beck, Susan Bianca, Judy LaPointe, Missy Rulapaugh, and Cheryl Silfee.

Mechanicsburg Area School District:Sandy Guido, Marck McManus and Christina Paterniti.

Saint Patrick School: Jessica Melphis and Trinty Kane.  

Trinity High School: Alan Blackledge.

South Middleton School District: Kristen Baer, Aaron Beardmore, Tracy Lyons and Kimberly Spisk.

Tieman Child Development Center – Letterkenney Army Depot: Lauren Schooley and Karen Alexander.

Moore Child Development Center – Carlisle Barracks:  Mary Angelia Larkin and Dawn Prettyman.

Youth Services – Carlisle Barracks:  Sallie Bathavic and Alanna Kelso. 

Prom season is here, tips for parents, kids

Imagine it is 5:00 pm on the day of your prom.  Perhaps you are finishing preparations or getting dressed.  Maybe you’re already at dinner. 

Let your imagination skip ahead to the middle of the Big Night.  You are at a nice restaurant, or maybe at the dance itself.  Your friends are around.  You’re feeling happy, or excited, or nervous.

I hope that imagining your prom night conjures up feelings of joy and happiness.  If so, my wish is that prom night goes precisely as you imagine it.  My experience, though, is that SOMETHING during the evening may go differently than you imagine it.  One of your heels might break.  The waiter might spill a soda on your tuxedo.  Your date might say something offensive. 

Developing the emotional skills to manage frustrations like this is an important part of maturing (and helping our kids develop these skills is an important part of parenting.)  Being aware of what my imagination says is *the perfect prom* and recognizing that I can have a great time even if it doesn’t go perfectly is a great first step.

Similarly, developing skills to deal with realities of alcohol and drug use among peers is also vital.  STUDENTS THINKING ABOUT DRINKING OR USING DRUGS: I strongly encourage you to reconsider.  I won’t lecture you about the dangers of drugs and alcohol (though no one ever got arrested for staying sober).  You may think they add short-term fun.  But prom is one of your last major high school events together.  I hope you care enough about your friends to be present and clear-headed with them rather than making things fuzzy.  STUDENTS APPREHENSIVE ABOUT THE PRESENCE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL: make a plan.  Know how you will say no.  Enlist a friend who thinks the way you do and have an exit strategy if things get out of hand. Ask a parent or adult to be “on-call” in case you need more assistance.  Staying true to your principles is an admirable trait.  STUDENTS WHO KNOW DRUGS AND ALCOHOL WILL NOT BE A PART OF THEIR PROM: Your brain thanks you!

PARENTS: Recognize that prom night is, unfortunately, a night when some high schoolers treat drugs and alcohol as a rite of passage.  Recognize that your child is not immune from peer influence.  Be open and honest about your expectations of their behavior.  Be loving but firm when setting ground rules.  If you don’t want them to drink, say so.  You may be surprised at the influence you still have over them.   

Prom night and graduation are the opportunity to spend time with the people you have developed caring friendships with.  They are for making memories.  Alcohol and drugs will make them fuzzy at best, and nightmarish at worst.  So this prom focus on friendships, not on alcohol! 


Rick Gross is the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks.  He has worked as a Counselor in the Substance Abuse/Mental Health field for 15 years and is a member of the Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

Army strategy conference underway 'virtually'

Sir Hew Strachan opened the Army Strategy Conference by urging more analysis before weighing solutions – he was speaking of formulating strategy but it equally describes the point of the conference. This conference about concepts doesn’t seek to create solutions but to understand the changing environment. Technological leaps, e.g., robotics, public influence on policy makers, and international perspectives will change the nature of waging war, won’t they? If so, what changes do these infer for military operations, strategy and policy?

Wednesday, at 1-2 p.m., the Pentagon’s J5 director of strategy and policy, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie will speak about the military implications of a changing character of war.

The conference is streamed live, today and April 27, at The Army War College is the physical audience; virtual audiences can participate via Twitter questions and comments, #StratConf.

With Army War College students comprising the physical audience, Strachan shared with them the paradoxes of war strategy and policy since 9/11. He drew from 10 years with the Character of War project at Oxford to propose a list of paradoxes, e.g., commitment to use military power to resist change although the military action itself will change the status quo. And, we seem to see the making of strategy as something done by expert elites although civilian leaders may create different, confusing narratives for the public.

Decision-makers need to approach the public as if they’re complicit in decision-making about the conduct of war, said Strachan.  The paradox is that the people who study this sort of thing are at places like the war college although it’s more useful to share that expertise among the Clausewitzian people/military/policy makers trinity, he said, invoking a laugh about studying ‘dead guys’ like Clausewitz. In turn, a student asked, What, then do we need to unlearn?

The promise and challenge of robotics, autonomous systems, other technological advances triggered discussion with the Army War College students in the auditorium, e.g., about ‘killer robots’ by unethical battlefield actors. 

We need an operational mindset to maneuver against the enemy in this space, rather than an Info Tech mindset, said Emily O. Goldman, director of the US CyberCommand Combined Action Group. Achilles heel for robotics, now, is communication, said Robert Sadowski who led off with the technology panel, sharing insights about the dueling priorities of getting robotics into play now versus deliberative approach to effective, ethical use.  “This is a burgeoning field -- robotics and autonomous solutions -- with potential about thinking differently about how to fight and giving different options to commanders,” said Sadowski. This is not about reducing force structure or to give a commander more options or strengthen a coalition partner which lacks logistics to come along.

All videos will be available by end of April at– Listen to the technology panel with Dr. Robert W. Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), RDECOM – TARDEC;  Dr. Emily O. Goldman, Director, Combined Action Group, USCYBERCMD BG Randolph Staudenraus, Commander, 175th Wing, Baltimore.

Listen live Thursday, or look for youtube videos Friday for the following panel discussions.

The April 27 panel on International Perspectives, 8:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. will feature the ideas of Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School;  Dr. Larry Wortzel, commissioner of the US-China Economic and Security Review;  Australian Maj. Gen. Roger Noble, Deputy Commanding General-North; Leonid Polyakov, former Ukraine Deputy Minister of Defense; German Admiral Manfred Nielson, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander-Transformation.

The final panel, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m, will explore Strategy and Policy implications of the changing character of war, with Robert Johnson, Oxford Changing Character of War Project and Sibylle Scheipers, senior lecturer at the University of St. Andrews.





5k run/walk set to honor local law enforcement

Get ready to break out your running shoes and bring the whole family for the first fun run of the season April 29, 8am- 2pm, as the Carlisle Barracks Department of Emergency Services and Morale, Welfare and Recreation present a 5K Run/Fun Walk and Expo in appreciation of our installation law enforcement and their community counterparts.

The public is invited to register for the 5K or just come out and support the runners and law enforcement agencies for free. Participants may run or walk depending upon their ability and there will be separate starts for both.  Food and drink will be available for purchase on site.

In addition to the race/walk, various agencies will have displays, giveaways and demonstrations. More details will be provided closer to the date of the event.


Registration (After April 1) - $25

Day of Registration- $35

You can register online at  or call (717) 245-4070.

Carlisle Barracks to recognize volunteers at April 27 event

Volunteerism has been a hallmark of the Army since its earliest days, so it’s only appropriate that nearly 450 volunteers donated nearly 50,000 hours of their time and talents in the last year at the Army’s second oldest installation.

Carlisle Barracks will honor the contributions of the almost 560 volunteers with a special “bingo night” at the Letort View Community Center at 5 p.m. on April 27. In attendance will be representatives from the 17 organizations on post that benefit from volunteers including the Army Heritage and Education Center, post Chapel, Army Community Services and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center.

“We have traditionally held a very formal luncheon,” said Becky Myers, Army Community Services director. “After speaking with volunteers throughout the year, they liked the idea of something less formal and fun.  We will still make this a special event and acknowledge their commitment and time they gave to the community.”

The event will be hosted by Lt. Col Greg Ank, Garrison Commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Maldonado, Installation CSM. They will also serve as guest bingo callers for the event.

“The support of volunteers is nothing short of exceptional, they truly the backbone of this community” said Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander. “Soldiers and their families giving back is a hallmark of our Army.”

The event is held in conjunction with the Army’s Volunteer Appreciation Week (VAW) and highlights the volunteers' contributions and accomplishments.

The Army uses VAW, which was established by executive order in 1974, to communicate through community organizations to formally recognize and celebrate our volunteers and help contribute to esprit de corps throughout the Army Family.

Volunteers serve Soldiers, Families, retirees and civilians, through Family Readiness Groups, coaching youth sports, assisting administrative offices and other ways critical to building a strong community.

The Army supports volunteers through U.S. Army Installation Management Command programs like Army Community Service, the Army Volunteer Corps and Army OneSource by giving them the opportunities, resources and tools for success.

The Army Volunteer Corps (AVC), managed by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command's G9 - Army Community Service, uses this program to generate interest and commitment for volunteers to identify service opportunities, log service hours and receive support and guidance. This year's recognition theme during VAW, April 24 to 28, is "Army Volunteers: Service for Life."

Through volunteerism, AVC develops and enhances volunteers' career mobility, establishes partnerships with off-post organizations and promotes a lifelong commitment to service. During VAW, garrison AVC coordinators are planning to conduct events to publicly show gratitude for volunteers' efforts including recognition ceremonies with garrison leadership presence.

Volunteers are essential to the Army's mission. Thousands of volunteers around the world devote their time regularly by serving the Army community. Volunteers are able to accomplish community work that would not have have been done otherwise due to time constraints and financial limitations faced by the Army. The support of volunteers assists in accomplishing the Army's missions. The Army recognizes and appreciates the commitment, contributions and sacrifices of the volunteers.

Post youth learn about safety, importance of honeybees, more at Earth Day event

Post youth learned about the importance of honeybees, learned about bike and street safety and about fire safety as part of the 2017 Earth Day and Safety Day celebration here April 21 at the Delaney Clubhouse.

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The Carlisle Barracks Fire Department, Carlisle Barracks Safety Office,  Balfour Beatty Communities and resident bee expert Paul Herzer,  hosted youth from the Moore Child Development Center and spoke of the importance of taking care of the environment.

Earth Day is just one part of the environmental program here at Carlisle Barracks, according to Darrell Spoonhour, Biological Science Technician here. He used the energy conservation project, the recycling program and the evasive species programs as a few examples of the ways that Carlisle Barracks helps to protect our environment and conserve resources. The post is also in the process of replacing all light fixture with more energy-efficient LED ones and have installed motion sensors is most high-occupancy buildings.

“Environmental stewardship and energy conservation are very important to us,” said Spoonhour. “It’s our duty to make sure we are using our resources wisely and ensuring we’re doing our part to keep this community beautiful for the next generation.”

Spoonhour shared some tips on how you can conserve energy both here and at home:

  • Make sure that all doors and windows are closed, especially during the heating and cooling seasons.
  • If your building has any unheated rooms or areas, keep their doors closed to prevent infiltration to conditioned spaces.
  • Periodically check the weather stripping and caulking. If it is old and dried or peeling, be sure to submit a work order (or replace for homeowners) for repairs.
  • Inspect for air leakage in and around electrical outlets. Rubber inserts are generally available through self-help to seal any leaky outlets.
  • If the building is drafty, check to see if there is insulation in the attic (if there is one), walls and under the floors if it is above grade.
  • If you have window air conditioners, make sure that they are covered and vents are closed during the heating seasons or have them removed whenever possible.
  • Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.

Heating and cooling tips

  • Reduce air conditioning costs by using fans, keeping windows and doors shut and closing shades during the day. Most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb.
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Recommended temperature are 68 degrees during the winter and 74 degrees in the summer.

Lighting tips

  • Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and save 75% off lighting costs or LEDs and save 85% or more off lighting costs. LEDs preferred over CFLs for energy savings and environmental issues.
  • Turn off unnecessary lighting and use task or desktop lamps with LEDs or CFLs instead of overhead lights.
  • Use “task” lighting rather than overall room illumination.

Army ‘Keeps the trophy here’ - after annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days April 20-22

A colorful opening ceremony kicked off the Jim Thorpe Sports Days competition Thursday, April 20 at 5 p.m. on Carlisle Barracks’ historic Indian Field where Jim Thorpe and others once displayed the teamwork, discipline, and physical fitness that inspires the athletic games at Carlisle.

The colorful ceremony included a 13-gun salute from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard; a color guard from Cumberland Valley High School Junior ROTC; an Olympic-style walk-on with the athletes of every school; the National Anthem, welcome remarks from Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant; remarks from Neal McCaleb, Ambassador at large for the Chickasaw Nation; a torch relay lap around the track, and lighting of the cauldron.

"It is upon this field that Jim Thorpe first began to demonstrate his physical prowess as a great football player and in track and field events, and it is right and appropriate that we should gather here today in his memory and in respect to his accomplisments," said McCaleb.

This year teams from the U.S. Army War College, National War College, the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, and the Air War College are competing in the three-day competition with the winner awarded the Commandants’ Cup.

Sporting events include golf, soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball, trap and skeet, men’s and women’s relays, cycling and a 5K run.

Students from these senior service schools average 22 years of military service and 42 years of age. Also competing are international officers from each of the schools.

Immediately following the torch lighting was the men’s and women’s one-mile relay team competition on the Indian Field track.

Kids activities are planned for Sat, April 21, 9 a. to noon near Indian Field and will include a bounce house, soccer, corn hole and more.

The event will close with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 on Indian Field. If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will move to the Root Hall Gym.

The games will run from April 20-22. A schedule, results and photos will be posted at


Overall Standings:

Army:                     92
Eisenhower:           68
National:                58
Air War College:    42
Women's 1 Mile Relay, Winner Air War College

Air War College took 1st with a time of 5:41, Army War College walked away with 2nd, Eisenhower with 3rd, and National took 4th.

Men's 1 Mile Relay, Winner National

The National War College came in 1st with a time of 4:12. Army took 2nd, Eisenhower with 3rd, and the Air War College 4th.

Softball Game 1, Winner Army

Army 36, Air War 10

Softball Game 2, Winner Eisenhower

Ike 15, National 5

Softball Game 3, Winner National

Air War 6, National 16

Softball Game 4, Eisenhower

Army 2, Ike 12

Softball Game 5, Army

National 12, Army 21

Softball Game 6, Winner Eisenhower

Ike 14, Army 4

Soccer Game 1, Winner National

Ike 1, National 2

Soccer Game 2, Winner Army

Air War 0, Army 4

Soccer Game 3, Winner Air War

Air War 2, Ike 1

Soccer Game 4, Winner Army

Army 4, National 3

Soccer Game 5, Winner Eisenhower

Ike 1, National 0

Soccer Game 6, Winner Army

Army 1, Ike 0

Basketball Game 1, Winner Army

Army 58, Air War 26

Basketball Game 2, Winner Eisenhower

Ike 43, National 35

Basketball Game 3, Winner National

National 56, Air 35

Basketball Game 4, Winner Army

Army 31, Ike 27

Basketball Game 5, Winner Eisnehower

Ike 35, National 25

Basketball Game 6, Winner Eisenhower

Ike 50, Army 49

Baskestball Game 7, Winner Army

Army 42, Ike 28

Volleyball Game 1, Winner National

Ike 0, National 2

Volleyball Game 2, Winner  Army

Air War 0, Army 2

Volleyball Game 3, Winner Eisenhower

Ike 2, Air War 0

Volleyball Game 4, Winner Army

Army 2, National 1

Volleyball Game 5, Winner National

National 2, Ike 0

Volleyball Game 6, Winner Army

Army 2, National 0

Tennis Game 1, Winner Army

Army 2, National 1

Tennis Game 2, Winner Eisenhower

Ike 3, Air War 0

Tennis Game 3, Winner Air War College

Air 2, National 1

Tennis Game 4, Winner Army

Army 3, Eisenhower 0

Tennis Game 5, Winner Air War College

Air 2, Ike 1

Tennis Game 6, Winner Army

Army vs Air

Cycling, Hill Climb: Winner Army, time 1:07:10

2nd Ike, time 1:17:44, 3rd National, time 1:18:45, 4th Air 1:22:07

Bowling: Winner Eisenhower, points 1,869

2nd National, points 1,598, 3rd Army, points 1,1546, 4th Air, points 1,464

Skeet, Winner Eisenhower, points 223

2nd Army, points 197, 3rd National points 166, 4th Air War, points 104

Trap, Winner Army, points 201

2nd National, points 189, 3rd Ike, points 180, 4th Air, points 139 

Golf, Winner Army, points 452

2nd Ike, points 462, 3rd Air, points 481, 4th National, points 577

5K Run, Winner Army

2nd Air, 3rd Ike, 4th National

Cycling Criterium, Winner Army

2nd National, 3rd Eisenhower, 4th Air


Why Jim Thorpe Sports Days?

Very early in its existence, organized physical exercise became a part of the Carlisle Indian School routine. The Jim Thorpe Gym, in use today, was built for the Indian School students' use.

The Carlisle Indian School first played collegiate football against Yale in 1896. Soon its teams were regularly playing Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Lehigh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Princeton. By 1897, Carlisle football was known throughout the country, a fame that garnered financial support. Baseball, track, and lacrosse teams were also well known. Some athletes were celebrated by the popular media, including Jim Thorpe, Charles 'Chief' Bender and Louis Tewanima -- and coaches and trainers, "Pop" Warner, Vance McCormick, and Wallace Denny.

Jim Thorpe, the school's greatest football and track and field athlete, won the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Because of the accomplishments of Thorpe and long-distance runner Tewanima, the Indian School accumulated more points at the1912 Olympics than any college or university in the United States.

About Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe was born circa May 28, 1888, near current-day Prague, Oklahoma. An All-American in football at the Carlisle Indian School, he won the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics before his gold medals were revoked on a technicality. Thorpe played professional baseball and football, and sought an acting career after retiring from sports. He died on March 28, 1953, in Lomita, California.

Early Years and Schools

Jim Thorpe was born circa May 28, 1888, near current-day Prague, Oklahoma. A child of Sac and Fox and Potawatomi Indian bloodlines, as well as French and Irish roots, he was given the name Wa-Tho-Huk, meaning "Bright Path," but christened Jacobus Franciscus Thorpe.

Thorpe learned to hunt and trap prey at an early age, developing his legendary endurance via extensive excursions through Indian Territory. His aversion to the classroom was exacerbated by the early deaths of his twin brother and both parents, and his stints at the Haskell Institute in Kansas, the local Garden Grove school and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania were marked by long bouts of truancy.

As a student at Carlisle in the spring of 1907, Thorpe joined a track-and-field practice session on campus. Clad in his work clothes, he launched himself over a 5'9" high bar to break the school record, catching the attention of coach Pop Warner. Thorpe soon became the star of the track program, and with his athletic skills he also enjoyed success in baseball, hockey, lacrosse and even ballroom dancing.

However, it was football that propelled Thorpe to national renown. Starring as a halfback, place kicker, punter and defender, Thorpe led his team to a surprise victory over top-ranked Harvard in November 1911, and fueled a blowout of West Point a year later. Carlisle went a combined 23-2-1 over the 1911-12 seasons, with Thorpe garnering All-American honors both times.

Olympic Glory

Named to the U.S. team for the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden, Thorpe burst out of the gate by winning four of five events to claim the gold medal in the pentathlon. A week later he overwhelmed the field in the decathlon, winning the high jump, the 110-meter hurdles and the 1,500 meters despite competing in a pair of mismatched shoes. Finishing the three-day event with a total of 8,412.95 points (of a possible 10,000), a mark that bested the runner-up by nearly 700 points, Thorpe was proclaimed by Sweden’s King Gustaf V to be the greatest athlete in the world.

Thorpe was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City as part of his hero’s welcome home. However, a newspaper report the following January revealed that the Olympic champion had been paid to play minor league baseball in 1909 and 1910. Despite his handwritten plea to the Amateur Athletic Union, Thorpe was stripped of his amateur eligibility and forced to return his gold medals, his historic performance stricken from the Olympic record books.

Professional Sports Career

In 1913, Thorpe married his college sweetheart, Iva Miller, and signed to play professional baseball with the New York Giants. Troubled by the curveball, Thorpe batted just .252 over a six-year big-league career with the Giants, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Braves, although he managed an impressive .327 average in his final year.

Thorpe made a much bigger impact in the early stages of pro football. He signed with the Canton Bulldogs for $250 per game in 1915, justifying the price tag by drawing massive audiences and leading the team to championships in 1916, '17 and '19. In 1920, the Bulldogs were among the 14 clubs that made up the American Professional Football Association -- soon to be renamed the National Football League -- with Thorpe serving as league president for a season. He went on to found the Oorang Indians, an all-Native American team that performed “war dances” and other rituals to entertain audiences, and also played for the NFL’s Cleveland Indians, Rock Island Independents, New York Giants and Chicago Cardinals through 1928.

Tree removal to affect parking in Lovell Ave lot

In order to conduct tree removal and trimming near the Lovell Ave parking lot between 314 and 315 there will be parking restrictions starting April 24. Please see the map below for restrictions.  

ISR, CLS, SMS, SSP, PAR – find out what they all mean at April 27 session

ISR, CLS, SMS, SSP, PAR, no these aren’t abbreviations for your favorite sports team or new slang that is being used by teens in texting or social media, but are abbreviations for important tools and metrics used by Installation Management Command Leadership to measure effective programs at the garrison level.

Still confused? That’s why the Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office is hosting a class April 27, 9-11 a.m. in the Bradley Auditorium in Upton Hall, that would help explain what these tools mean, how they function, and how leaders can use them to help make business decisions, allocate resources and set priorities.   

Thomas Easterly, PAIO director, said his office wanted to provide something extra to the directorates and support offices in the Garrison. Tenant organizations are welcomed to attend as well.

“We decided to set up a class that would provide exactly that,” he said. “We have developed information for the agencies that provide services to the service members, civilians, and family members who come on our installation.”

The training session is a live, virtual, and constructive class where attendees can see in real-time how the ISR and SMS systems work and how to input data and will be led by Dwight Wimer, PAIO Management Analyst and Performance Assessment Review  expert.

“Our goal is for the attendees to leave with more knowledge than they came in with,” said Easterly. “I want them to go back to their Directors and say I learned something I did not know and it will benefit our agency and our Carlisle Barracks community.”

For those leaders who are unfamiliar with the processes but will be unable to attend the training, Easterly gave a brief overview of each.

Installation Status Reporting-Services

Easterly said that ISR-S determines the quality and reports the cost of installation support functions.

“Performance and cost data from ISR-S are the basis upon which the Army develops Base Operations Support funding requirements during the Program Objective Memorandum process.”

ISR evaluates the quality and cost of providing base support services at reporting Army installations worldwide, assesses installation service quality against established standards and the cost to provide those services, communicates the condition of installation services to the Army, OSD, and Congressional Leaders through the POM process and DRRS-A.

“ISR feeds into the big Army’s decision-making processes that affect our installation, Soldiers, Families, and Civilians,” said Easterly.  “Though scaled, installations are expected to maintain common levels of support in key functions, referred to as service support programs, in order to ensure that our Army community customers are similarly serviced whether they’re at Carlisle Barracks or Fort Hood.”

Strategic Management System

SMS is a web-based performance management software, that enables Army leaders at all levels to make performance-based decisions in support of the Army’s Strategy, displays key performance indicators, and monitors cost, performance and schedule outcomes for IMCOM, according to Easterly.

“The bottom line is that SMS brings information together into a common operating picture,” he said. “Both ISR and SMS are types of per-say report cards that are used at all levels of command.  These systems feed the Army and provide data for the decision making process.  Garrisons conduct performance assessment reviews as a way of informing the command, and higher-ups, where more emphasis or resources needs to be placed.”

For questions contact Easterly, Wimer, or Sgt. Maj. Jamie Lethiecq, PAIO Operations.

‘Spring cleaning’ at Carlisle Barracks means clean up, water tower, tree work to start

With the weather finally warming up (fingers crossed) a few projects will kick off next week at Carlisle Barracks.

It all kicks off with a volunteer spring cleanup by the Soldiers and civilian employees of Carlisle Barracks. Volunteers can come to Upton Hall at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18 to get their bags, vests and assignments. Those taking part are invited to a cookout at the pool pavilion later that day.

Power washing and re-painting of the large water tower at Butler and Sumner Roads will begin April 19 and is expected to be complete by April 28. Temporary fencing will be installed on April 18, with power washing to follow and painting to start April 21. There will be NO road closures during the project.

Lawn mowing operations will being starting April 17 and dead trees near the Exchange will also be removed. 

Strength of human spirit theme of USAWC Holocaust Remembrance Observance

The Carlisle Barracks community is invited to attend a Holocaust Remembrance Observance, in the Wil Washcoe Auditorium located in Root Hall, April 24, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Speaker for this year's event is Dwight Raymond, Peacekeeping Operations Specialist and Instructor in PKSOI. Raymond will touch on the Department of Defense theme "The Strength of the Human Spirit," and address the DoD mission "The Responsibility to Protect."   


From April 23-30 the DoD recognizes a week of reflection for Holocaust Days Remembrance. Days of Remembrance was established by the U.S. Congress to memorialize the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust--as well as the millions of non-Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. The week of remembrance is set aside to honor and to remember the victims of the Holocaust and their liberators, se we never forget the great atrocity of which mankind is capable and to remember the Strength of the Human Spirt. Days of Remembrance raises awareness that democratic institutions and values are not simply sustained, but need to be appreciated, nurtured, and protected.  It also clearly illustrates the roots and ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping in any society. More importantly, silence and indifference to the suffering of others, or to the infringement of civil rights in any society, can--however unintentionally--perpetuate these problems.

April 7, 2017 -- While the nature of war is enduring, its character depends on the context within which wars occur.

The Army Strategy Conference 2017  will examine political, technological, and social trends of the emerging operating environment and consider the implications of these trends for the character of war, U.S. security policies and strategies, and the future of our Army.

The Army Strategy Conference for 2017 will take place on 26-27 April 2017.

Each event, listed below, will be streamed live:

ALL are welcome to participate remotely in the question-and-answer sessions for each event:  via Twitter #StratConf.

The Army War College student body will comprise the on-site audience.


The Character of War

Conference Question

How is the Character of War Changing?

What factors are driving changes in the Character of War? 

What are the implications for the Joint Force, security strategy, and foreign policy?



Day 1

Wed – 26 April

0830 - 0845

Welcome & Administrative Remarks

0845 - 0945

Event #1: Keynote

Keynote Speaker

Hew Strachan

Theme & Question


“What is ‘the character of war’?”

“Is the nature of war immutable and the character of war changing?”

0945 - 1000


1000 - 1130

Event #2: Technology

Panel Chair

Professor Howard C. Taylor (NSA visiting professor)

Theme & Question

Cyber, Space, Electronic Warfare, and Semi-Autonomous Systems:

“To what degree do advances in technology affect the character of war?”

- Deterrence:  “Do new technologies require a new approach to deterrence, as an element of the character of war?


Dr. Robert W. Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), RDECOM - TARDEC

Dr. Emily O. Goldman, Director, Combined Action Group, USCYBERCMD

BG Randolph Staudenraus, Commander, 175th Wing, Baltimore, MD

1130 - 1300

Lunch on your own

1300 – 1400

Event #3:  Keynote

“The Changing Character of War: Military Implications”


Keynote Speaker

LtGen Kenneth McKenzie –

Director, Strategy and Policy (DJ5), The Joint Staff - USMC

Theme & Question

Military Implications:  “What are the military implications of changes in the character of war?”

14:00 – 14:15


1415 - 1600

Event #4:  Seminar


Faculty Instructors

1800 – 2000

Dinner on your own

The Zimmermann Telegram and American Entry into World War I

The anniversary of America’s entry into World War I offers interested persons a unique opportunity to read, and listen, to subject matter experts around the world as they discuss the Great War and how it was meant to end all wars.

Recently in anticipation of the upcoming anniversary the Army War College's own Dr. Michael Neiberg, the Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy, and noted World War I historian, was interviewed by BBC radio to discuss American’s involvement and entrance into the war.

Neiberg also discussed the interception of the “Zimmerman Telegram” in which Germany asked Mexico to invade the United States and distract the U.S. from the War in Europe. The “Zimmerman Telegram” was the last straw for President Woodrow Wilson, and the U.S. would soon send troops and actively enter the war in Europe.

Neiberg’s published work focuses on the American and French experiences in the two world wars.

He is the author of many books, including Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I; The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944; Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe.

His most recent publication The Treaty of Versailles: a Concise Historyexplains the enormous challenges faced by those who tried to put the world back together after the global destruction caused by World War I.

The World War I Centennial presents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the legacy of Army American Expeditionary Forces, and honor their contributions to victory in the First World War, and honor the service of more than four million Americans who served in WWI and to remember the sacrifices of the more than 300,000 killed, wounded or captured.

Read Neiberg’ s recent blog on Defence-in-Depth on his new book The Path to War: America and the First World War a Century On(Oxford University Press) and you can hear Neiberg discuss the new book on Dan Snow’s History Hit Network.

‘Close the gap’ at vow renewal ceremony, workshop

One of the hallmarks of Carlisle Barracks is that it allows servicemembers and their family’s time to reconnect, spend time together and take advantage of the many programs and opportunities in the community.

The relationship between spouses is one of the most important in their lives, according to Chap. (Col.) Jerry Sieg, Garrison Chaplain. An upcoming renewal of vows workshop and ceremony will provide an opportunity for servicemembers and their spouses to reconnect, discuss important issues and gain valuable skills before they depart the post for their next assignment.

“This assignment allows you to take a knee, reflect on what’s important in your life and gain a new perspective so when you move on, you are moving on as a solid family unit,” said Sieg. “This event will allow you to renew your commitment to each other.”

The non-denominational event will take part in two sessions, a preparation session and couples dinner at the LVCC on Friday, April 28, 6-9 p.m. and a renewal of vows ceremony at the chapel Friday, May 19 5:45-7 p.m. Childcare will be provided for both events and is open to all married couples.

The idea for the event came about after an Army War College International Fellow and his spouse renewed their vows at a ceremony earlier this academic year, said Chap. (Lt. Col) David Bowlus, a student in the class of ’17.

“Several of the fellows and members of his seminar came out to the event, which was very inspiring to see,” said Bowlus, who also officiated the ceremony. “The response for similar ceremonies was overwhelming and we wanted to create an opportunity for more couples to take part.”

Bowlus said that recent by remarks by Gen. Dan Allyn, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, about the importance of “closing the gap” with your family with the time that the students have remaining here at the Army War College.

‘We all understand how busy our lives will be when we leave here so it’s important we take the time to strengthen our marriages while we are here,” he said. During the inutal session, couples will learn about the details of the vow renewal ceremony, have a “Marriage 401” session that will discuss their “next lap” together as a couple, and sessions on discussing lingering issues and forgiveness and updated views of spouses.

To register for the event visit (CAC required)

Registration are required by April 20. For more information contact the Chapel at (717) 245-4205/3318.



Rick Gross, Prevention Coordinator, Army Substance Abuse Program
It all starts with one word: Habit

Monday, April 10 is National Alcohol Screening Day.  On this day, those of us in the alcohol abuse prevention field put a special emphasis on helping others raise awareness of their own potential for alcohol abuse or dependence. 

Here’s the good news: about 2/3 of American adults either don’t use alcohol or use it in such a way that they are never at risk for injury or health problems.  But that leaves 1/3 of Americans who at least occasionally use alcohol in a way that puts them at risk, and that is still quite a lot of people.

Here’s another good thing: most of the people in that upper 1/3 are NOT dependent on alcohol.  They will not experience withdrawals if they stop drinking, and changing their alcohol use patterns will involve simply some well-focused effort.  For these people, it really comes down to what HABITS they’ve developed, and what it takes to change those habits.

But DO they need to make changes?  It’s a good question, and the purpose of National Alcohol Screening Day is to help people investigate it more closely.  On Monday, 10 April, I will be available to do brief alcohol screenings for anyone who wants one.  Screenings take less than 5 minutes, they are voluntary, and no records are kept.  It is very informal.  I do not provide a diagnosis, but I do provide individual-specific information about alcohol use patterns and what they mean.  Referral information for those wanting or needing in-depth assistance will be available.

- From 8 to 10 a.m. I will be in the Atrium of the Dunham Army Medical Center.

- From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I will be in the Mary Walker Room in Root Hall, near the cafeteria.

- From 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 pm I will be in the lobby of the PX.

I encourage you to join me at one of these locations and get more information.  If you would prefer total anonymity, you are welcome to use the following link to do an online screening:  If you use the online tool and have concerns or questions, please call us immediately at 245-4576.

We all have things we can improve on.  I encourage you to use National Alcohol Screening Day to investigate whether alcohol use is something you would benefit from changing.  For questions or to get more information or help, call 245-4576.

Lenten / Holy Week / Easter at the USAWC Memorial Chapel

Protestant Services & Events

9   April – Palm Sunday Service at 1100

11 April - Protestant Seder Meal at 1800

13 April - Tenebrae Service at 1930

16 April - Easter Sunrise Service at 0700 (Pancake Breakfast following Sunrise Service)

16 April - Protestant Easter Service at 1100


Catholic Masses & Events

3 March - First Friday: Praying of the Rosary at 0700 followed by breakfast

3 March–7 April – Stations of the Cross at 1800 each Friday in the chapel followed by simple soup dinner in the Fellowship Hall

5 March - Fatima Celebration Movie Matinee “Mary the Mother of God” at 1500

13 March - Fatima Celebration - Praying of the Rosary at 1630

28 March - Lenten Penance Service at 1900

2 April - Fatima Celebration - Movie Matinee “Divine Mercy” at 1500

8 April - Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Vigil Mass at 1730

9 April - Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord at 0915

13 April - Fatima Celebration & Praying of the Rosary at 1630

12-14 April                                **No Noon Mass**

13 April - Thursday of the Lord’s Supper & Evening Mass at 1800

13 April - Adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from 1900-2200

14 April - Friday of the Passion of the Lord at 1800

15 April - The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night at 2000

23 April - Divine Mercy Sunday Mass at 0915
26 April - Fatima Celebration & Movie Matinee “The Song of Bernadette” at 1500

Army War College selects new Provost to be chief academic officer

The next Provost for the U.S. Army War College has been selected by an executive search committee to serve as the chief academic officer for the dual mission of strategic education and strategic ideas at the Army’s senior service college and the Army’s Center for Strategy Education.  

James G. Breckenridge, Ph.D., will become the 2nd Provost of the U.S. Army War College in summer 2017. He will succeed retired Brig. Gen. Lance Betros, Ph.D., who served as Provost since 2012.

Dr. Breckenridge is currently dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, at Mercyhurst University; and executive director of the college’s research arm, the Institute for Intelligence Studies, both in Erie, Pa.

“I am extremely confident that he will help take the Army War College to the next level in leader and idea development, as well as our support to the wider Army and Joint Force,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, USAWC Commandant.

“I sought this position at the Army War College in order to contribute my leadership, knowledge and experience in American higher education to advancing the mission of producing our next generation of strategic leaders,” said Dr. Breckenridge. “The Army is where I began my career, and deeply influenced my development as a leader, citizen-soldier and teacher. I am profoundly honored by this appointment and look forward to interacting with the outstanding faculty and students at the Army War College.”

Dr. Breckenridge’s career in academic leadership is marked by increasing scope, responsibility, and innovation. He will contribute military practitioner experience and two decades of teaching and administrative experience in the multidisciplinary field of intelligence analysis and interagency collaboration.

Since 2013, Dr. Breckenridge established the School of Intelligence Studies, and developed it into the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania. As the Ridge College Dean, he created an interdisciplinary program incorporating intelligence studies, forensic science, business, math, computer science, criminal justice, political science, sociology and communication. The evolution of the college was paralleled by innovations in delivering education through both residential and distance, online learning.  Applying the Ridge College emphasis on interagency work, he developed effective partnerships with the Department of State and networks of experts in national security policy, business strategy, and law enforcement.

Previously, as Dean of the Walker School of Business and Chair of the Intelligence Studies Department, he initiated the interdisciplinary business-intelligence program that is now the hallmark of the Ridge College. In 2010, he founded and served as the chief organizer for the biennial Global Intelligence Forum, held in Dungarvan, Ireland.

Dr. Breckenridge served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1998 after assignments in Europe, the Middle East and the United States, including service at the U.S. Military Academy, 1987-1990, as course director of the World History Program.

Dr. Breckenridge has published in multiple forums about the field and practice of intelligence, and has presented extensively at academic and practitioner conferences about the essence of expertise in intelligence application, e.g., the 2013 OSINT and Non-Proliferation Workshop of the International Centre for Security Analysis at King’s College, UK.

Dr. Breckenridge is a tenured full professor with a doctorate in Organizational Learning and Leadership, and a master’s in Business Administration at Gannon University.  He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in History from the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Dr. Breckenridge has been honored with the Legion of Merit, among numerous military awards, and was selected as a Foundation for Defense of Democracies Fellow in 2011 for the study of Middle Eastern security issues. He serves as a member of the Mercyhurst University Provost’s Council.

Dr. Breckenridge and his wife, Mary ‘Missy’ Breckenridge, Ed.D.,will reside at Carlisle Barracks. The Breckenridges have three adult daughters -- Army Maj. Catherine Crombe, Annemarie Depue, and Army veteran Christine Schwartz – and four grandchildren.

Commandant speaks to ending sexual harassment, assault: We own this

"We own this,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Commandant of the Army War College. “It’s on us to stop sexual harassment and assault.”

More than a mark on the calendar, the month of April is a trigger to re-address the scourge of sexual harassment and sexual assault and to readdress the need for commitment. Everyone must make a personal commitment to safeguard dignity and respect, he suggested to a formation of commanders, directors and leaders from throughout the Army War College, Dunham Army Health Clinic, and Carlisle Barracks Army Garrison.

Rapp made it clear: This is personal for him and for all.  “We have to have the courage to step up and do the right thing,” he said. “It starts with being vigilant.

“There is no such thing as a bystander to sexual assault – only a person who makes the conscious choice not to get involved.

In parallel with the ‘Not in MY squad’ mindset that makes all unit members responsible, Rapp spoke of every individual’s responsibilities to ensure that ‘Not in OUR Army’ pervades every organization, every staff, every office.

Every one of us has to live the core values of our profession, he said. Every one of us has to live the values of integrity, respect, and dignity – for that builds trust.

Rapp introduced to newcomers his advisor in sexual harassment/assault response and prevention, SARC advisor SSG Mia Gillens.  Gillens’ office is in room 220 in Anne Ely Hall. She has designed it to be an inviting and relaxing atmosphere, to encourage anyone to stop by to talk, to learn, to pick up educational material. Call her at 717.245.3086.

Jim Thorpe Sports Days cycling race for April 22 on post

Route to cause temporary road closures, residents asked to move vehicles

Come out April 22 and cheer on your Jim Thorpe Sports Days Cycling team as they compete in a relay race on Carlisle Barracks. There will be temporary road closures on Forbes Ave, LeTort Lane, Flower Road and Gibner Road from 6:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Set-up for the race will begin at 6 a.m.

The race begins on Forbes Road/Ashburn Road Intersection (across from the Fire Station), turns right onto Liggett, turn left onto Butler until it meets Marshall Road, turn left onto Marshall Road, turn left onto Barry, turn right onto Letort Lane which becomes Engineer Ave, turn hard left onto Flower Road, turn right onto Gibner, until Gibner becomes Forbes; continue until final lap and finish at Start point.

Residents along the race route are asked to remove their cars from the street the night before the race in order for the roads to be cleaned. Residents are asked to park in their driveways, garages or the Collins Hall and Anne Ely parking lots.

Relo one stop – all you need for your next PCS move

Looking for an easy way to make preparations for your next PCS move? Then stop by the “Relocation One Stop” April 4 or 26 in the Root Hall Gym.
Register at http:// to receive your one stop checklist and pre-order your Welcome Guide CD for your next assignment.

Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment. Not in Our Army

In April, the U.S. Army will observe Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The theme will be "Sexual Assault. Sexual Harassment. Not in Our Army." Carlisle Barracks will recognize this important month with a series of events, starting with ribbons being handed out at the gates, followed by a proclamation signing and food sampling in Bliss Hall Foyer starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 3.

Events scheduled include:

·         April 3: Teal Ribbon Day-giving ribbons at the gates at 7 - 8a.m.

·         April 3: Proclamation Signing and food sampling 11 a .m. Bliss Hall Foyer.

·         April 20: Brown Bag Lunch and Learn 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 46 Ashburn Dr, Anne Ely Hall Classroom 202.

·         April 22: 5K SAPR Run at Ft. IndianTown Gap

o    The Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Program will host a Fun Run 5K to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness month. The event will take place at the Memorial Lake Park in Fort Indiantown Gap. All are invited to participate and support the event. To register visit

o    Registration is free, but donations are accepted and encouraged. All donations will go to support the Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties. Please refer to the link below to learn more about the work SARCC does in our local communities.

o    Registration confirmation starts at 11 a.m., race starts at noon.


·         April 26: Denim Day

o    An 18-year old girl is picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He takes her to an isolated road, pulls her out of the car, wrestles her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully rapes her. Threatened with death if she tells anyone, he makes her drive the car home. Later that night she tells her parents, and they help and support her to press charges. The perpetrator gets arrested and is prosecuted. He is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.

o    He appeals the sentence. The case makes it’s all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor is overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”

o    Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same, which in turn spread to Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since.

o    This year Carlisle Barracks is participating in Denim Day, a rape prevention education campaign. We are asking community members, to make a social statement with their fashion statement—and wear jeans as a visible protest against myths that surround sexual assault.

Military children focus of April events

From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt to present and future changes deserves our respect and admiration. In an effort to recognize the hard work- and applaud- the courage of military children, the Department of Defense (DOD) has deemed April as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). It is a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the Army Family. MOMC also reaffirms the Army’s commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services as well as, providing a strong supportive environment where children can thrive.

This year marks 31st anniversary of the Department of Defense designating April as Month of the Military Child, recognizing that the strength of the nation is built on the readiness and resilience of every member of the all-volunteer Army, including the personal sacrifice of Family members and, in this case, the children of military service members and Department of the Army Civilians. This year's theme, "Military Kids: At Home Across the World," will help our nation understand how important our military children are, no matter where they are stationed.

At Carlisle Barracks, multiple events are planned to help recognize these important members of our community.

Month of the Military Child Kick Off Parade

April 3, 9:15 AM

Depart from the Moore CDC.

The Wilson Middle School drummers will lead the parade, as we "kick off" the Month of the Military Child.


Iron Chef for Middle School/Teens (6th-12th grades)

April 6, 4:30 PM

McConnell Youth Center

Create a masterpiece with the ingredients provided. Prizes will be awarded.


CYS Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 9 a.m.

Moore CDC

Bring your Easter basket and gather eggs in this exciting event!


Scholastic Book Fair

April 8-14,

Moore CDC & McConnell YC

Help the Easter Bunny out! Come shop for books for your child's Easter basket.

Both facilities will receive with new books as a result of the sales during this event.


Purple Up! for Military Kids

April 14

All CYS facilities.

Wear purple to show your support for our military kids!

*Please note:  The Purple Up day is held on 15 April annually; however, since all our facilities are not open, we will celebrate it on 14 April this year!



Family Movie Night

April 15, 7- 9 PM

McConnell Youth Center

Come dressed in your jammies or comfy clothing. Bring your blankets and pillows!


Iron Chef for School Age Care (1st-5th grades)April 20, 4:30 PM

McConnell Youth Center

Create a masterpiece with the ingredients provided.

Prizes will be awarded.



Parents' Night Out

April 21, 6 PM-11 PM

$45 per child

Moore CDC: Infants-Pre-K

McConnell YC: K-5th grade

Must be a registered member.

Must have at least 12 children at each facility to provide care.