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 Memorial Day Events      

Sunday, May 24, 2009

    Boiling Springs – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8851 will hold a Memorial Day parade and picnic.  The annual Memorial Day Parade will form behind the Iron Forge Middle School on Forge Road and start promptly at 1 p.m.  The parade will end at the Memorial Clock Tower at Children's Lake where ceremonies will be held.  The "FREE" picnic will be held immediately following the parade across the street in the Boiling Springs Tavern parking lot.  In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the ceremonies will be held in the Boiling Springs High School Auditorium with the picnic at the VFW Post on Hamilton Road.  The guest speaker is retired Army Col. H. Robert Davis.  Contact person: Bill Hartman, 609-6534.

    Codoras - Jefferson Community Memorial Day Parade will be held at 1 p.m. at the Town Square.  Following the parade, the program will be held at the cemetery at 2 p.m.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Daniel T. Ames, USAWC Class of 2009.  Contact person:  Lloyd Keene, 225-1367.

    Landisville – Landisville-Salunga Community will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. at the Hempfield Fire Department Park Pavilion.  The guest speaker is Col. Timothy J. Starke, USAWC Class of 2009.  Contact person:  Kerry Johnson, 538-2454.

    Mt. Holly Springs – American Legion Post 674 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7343 will hold a Memorial Day Service with the Carlisle Town Band and Cumberland County Honor Guard at Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery beginning at 2 p.m.  A tribute to the Unknown Soldier of Mt. Holly Springs will be held with a new tombstone from Post 674 and Post 7343.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Trygve Trosper, USAWC Class of 2009.  In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the American Legion Post 674.  Contact person:  August Ginter, 486-4786 or 701-1174.

    Spring Grove – Private Allen J. Beck, Jr. VFW Post 5265 will hold a Memorial Day Service at 5 p.m. at the VFW Post.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. John S. Kolasheski, USAWC Class of 2009.  Contact person:  Robert Zeigler, 225-3928.

Monday, May 25, 2009

    Camp Hill – American Legion Post 43 will hold a Memorial Day parade beginning at 9:30 a.m.  A Memorial Day service will follow the parade at 11 a.m. at the Camp Hill Cemetery behind the Fire Hall at 2145 Walnut Street, Camp Hill.  In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Camp Hill Borough Building at 2145 Walnut Street, Camp Hill.  The guest speaker is Marine Corps Col. Phillip C. Tissue.  Contact person:  Commander Gary E. Lower, 763-4823 or 329-4856.

    Carlisle - The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will hold the Annual Memorial Day Parade forming at 8:30 a.m. and starting promptly at 9 a.m. with services following the parade at Veterans' Memorial Courtyard at 9:45 a.m.  In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the ceremonies will be held in the Old Courthouse.  The guest speaker is Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Ronald S. Coleman, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Marine Corps Headquarters.  Contact person: Jim Washington, 249-5144. 

    Carlisle – American Legion Post 826 will hold a memorial service in Memorial Park at 11 a.m. followed immediately by a roll call and service at Union Cemetery at 12 p.m.  The guest speaker is Col. Drefus (Drey) Lane, USAWC Class of 2009.  Contact person:  Jim Washington, 249-5144.

    Glen Rock – American Legion will hold a Memorial Day Service at the Cemetery at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is Air National Guard Lt. Col. Gregory P. Fernandez, USAWC Class of 2009.  Contact person:  Frank Buck, 889-1140.

    McConnellsburg – VFW Post 655 will hold a Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. at Union Cemetery.  The guest speaker is Navy Cmdr. Mark A. Stroh, USAWC Class of 2009.  Contact person:  Floyd McGinnis, 485-3147.

    Mechanicsburg – The Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council will hold a Memorial Day Parade starting at 10 a.m.  The parade will be followed by a ceremony at the Mechanicsburg Cemetery on Marble Street at 11 a.m.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the VFW Post 6704, 4907 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg. Contact person: Paul Kreiner, 579-4560.

    Mechanicsburg - The Vietnam Veterans will hold a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Colored Cemetery off Winding Hill Road in Mechanicsburg.  The service will be conducted rain or shine.  Contact person: Paul Kreiner, 579-4560.

    Mechanicsburg - VFW Post 7530 will hold its Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. at the Post Headquarters, 4545 Westport Drive.  The guest speaker is Navy Cmdr. Joseph M. Keenan, USAWC Class of 2009.  Reception follows for members and guests only. Contact person:  John Hafer, 591-9092.

    Mercersburg – VFW Post 6241 will hold their annual Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m.  The guest speaker is Col. John Van De Loop, USAWC Class of 2009.

    Newville – The Joint Veterans Council of Newville will hold a Memorial Day parade starting at 1 p.m. Memorial Day services will immediately follow the parade.  The guest speaker is Maj. Gen. Robert M. Williams, Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the Memorial Day services will be held in the Big Spring Area Community Center at 1 p.m. Contact person: Becky Heberling, 776-4393.

    Red Lion – American Legion Post 543 will hold a Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a Service.  The guest speaker is Col. Richard L. Shepard, USAWC Class of 2009.  Contact person:  Cheryl Herman, 676-2372.

    Shippensburg – The Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg will hold the annual Memorial Day ceremonies and parade beginning at 10 a.m. at Locust Grove Cemetery, followed by services at Spring Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m. and flag raising ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park at 12 p.m.  At 1:15 p.m. the Navy and Marine Memorial services will be conducted at Branch Bridge on King Street.  The Memorial Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. from the corner of King and Prince Streets.  In the event of inclement weather, each post will retire to their home post or visit one another.  Contact person: Dick Guyer, 530-7986 or Tom Everett, 532-8142.

   York Springs – Lions Club will hold a Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. at the York Springs Cemetery.  The guest speaker is Col. John Dabrowski, SSI, USAWC.  Contact person:  Gene St. Clair, 528-8916.

Spc. Jennifer Rick, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Congresswoman Bordallo helps celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month, promotes leadership to local Girl Scouts

Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo was the guest speaker for Carlisle Barracks' Asian Pacific Heritage Month observance at the Letort View Community Center May 18. Bordallo spoke about the island of Guam, where she lived and got her start in the political world, highlighted some of the native culture and explained the country's plans for the 3rd Marine Division's upcoming return. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

May 20, 2009 – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo was the guest speaker for Carlisle Barracks' Asian Pacific Heritage Month observance May 18 at the Letort View Community Center.

    "This month is not just about the many Asian Pacific trailblazers and pioneers," she said. "It's about the grassroots people who live and work together. Our differences enrich our heritage and we are all proud Americans."

    Bordallo went on to describe the patriotism that can be seen on the island of Guam, where she grew up and started her political career.

    "I have been told by many military commanders that the Soldiers and Marines from Guam always stand out. They are morale builders, take orders with a smile and have the best barbecues," she added with a laugh.

    She said more than 100 members of Congress have accompanied her to Guam, and all have commented on the warmth and hospitality of the country's people.

    While taking questions from the audience, Bordallo described the actions being taken to prepare for the 3rd Marine Division's return to Guam from Okinawa, Japan, where they have been based since 1956.

    "We are spending $14 billion to create an environment for the incoming Marines," she said. "It is an island-wide project to upgrade the whole infrastructure – the powerplants, sewer, water, dump sites. Everything is being improved."

    "We will be working with the military to improve our lives and theirs," she added. "Guam is planned to be ready by 2014. Many people feel that the 3rd Marine Division liberated us, and we like to think of it as a homecoming for them. We are looking forward to them moving back, and we are working hard to prepare for their arrival."


Local Girl Scouts hear first-hand leadership experience from Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo. Bordallo spoke to the scouts about growing up to be good leaders. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

    After the observance, the congresswoman met with a group of local Girl Scouts to share her experiences and give them guidance on how to become a leader.

    Bordallo reflected on her time as a Brownie in Guam when she was young.

    "Girl Scouts helps create leaders," she said. "That's how I started out. It's a great basis for learning leadership skills."

    The scouts were given the opportunity to ask Bordallo questions about her life and her work in Congress. Several questions were asked about her own leadership skills and which ones she believes are the most important.

    "You have to be persistant," she emphasized. "Stand up for what you believe in and don't always take no for an answer. You must also be optimistic and fair."

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Expanded education benefits for children of fallen Soldiers

What is it?

    The policy regarding the education of the dependents of fallen Soldiers has been expanded. The new policy allows currently-enrolled students in Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) who are dependents of fallen Soldiers to continue in DDESS schools without limitation, regardless of their physical residence or upcoming school transition points. The policy change is effective immediately.

Why is it important to the Army?

    The prior policy allowed currently-enrolled DDESS students who were dependents of fallen Soldiers to continue in DDESS schools until the end of the school year without any special permission. It allowed for students to stay in the DDESS school until they would normally transition to another school level - i.e. elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school.

    After reflecting on the previous policy and with input from families and commanders, DoDEA reevaluated the policy. Continued enrollment now only requires a one-time parental request to the respective school. Yearly registration is required and students will need to meet all other requirements for enrollment. The student's family will have to assume responsibility for transportation.

    The Army doesn't leave Soldiers behind on the battlefield; nor will the Army leave their families behind. The Army is committed to ensuring excellence in schools and expanding education opportunities. This commitment extends to school-aged family members of fallen Soldiers. The Army recognizes the commitment and increasing sacrifices that families are making every day. The Army recognizes the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families. Thus, the Army is committed to providing Soldiers and families a quality of life commensurate with their service and sacrifice.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Army Heritage Day highlights NCOs, life of a Soldier

Visitors portraying new Army recruits stand at attention during an indoctrination ceremony during the 2009 Army Heritage Day May 16. The event saluted the American Soldier and highlight the NCO: Backbone of the Army. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

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May 16, 2009 – The Army Heritage Trail was the perfect place to be May 16 to witness first-hand what it was like to live like a Solider and take a moment to honor the non-commissioned officer, the "backbone of the Army."

    This year's Army Heritage Day, held at the Army Heritage and Education Center, highlighted the NCO through a series of living history events, lectures and demonstrations held during the day-long event.  More than 50 living historians participated, giving visitors a glimpse of life from the French and Indian War through today's current operations.

    One of the highlights of the event for eight-year-old Connor Jackson of Carlisle was the WWII-era obstacle course.

    "That was awesome!" he screamed after finishing the course for the fourth time, according to his father Tim. Connor said that he wanted to join the Army when he was done with school.

    The obstacle course also brought back memories of his own basic training for Henry Avery, a retired staff sergeant who served with the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam. 

    "It seems like just yesterday I was going through a course similar to this and learning the skills that would be vital to me once I was in the war," he said. Avery said this was the first time he had been to AHEC and wanted to bring his grandchildren so they could see what it was like when he was in the Army.

    Avery said he had another reason for coming to Heritage Day. He wanted to thank the men and women who were serving today for their service.

    "In a lot of ways I think that we sometimes forget these wars are being fought by men and women dedicated to protecting our country," he said. "I wanted to tell them thanks for volunteering to help keep us safe."

    The NCO was also honored during a lecture held in the AHEC Reading Room. Veterans from the 502nd and 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment who served in WWII talked about their experiences and what it was like to be an NCO in the Army.

    At Heritage Day was also the 358th Engineer Company out of New Cumberland, Pa., and an exhibit of vehicles used in current operations provided by BAE Systems.

    The A-3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle was "like something out of a video game," according to Barry James, 13, of Carlisle.

    "I can't believe how big and cool it looks," he said. James said his uncle is deployed to Iraq and it was cool to be able to get up close to see something he might be using.

    Janice and Derek Kore of Newville said that the event was perfect for them and their family.

    "We were surprised about how much there was here to see," said Janice. "It's great to be able to bring my four kids (ages 4 to 12) especially since it was free. You can do too much for free anymore and this was well-worth coming."

    For James Cunningham of Halifax, the event served as a shadow of things to come.

   "I'm going off to West Point this fall, and this was a great place to show my family why I wanted to join the Army," he said. "The history of the military is so rich and I want to be a part of that."



Spc. Jennifer Rick, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Outdoor Recreation offers variety of equipment, adventure

The Carlisle Barracks Outdoor Recreation office offers camping equipment like this camper, trips and game equipment. Anyone with a valid Department of Defense I.D. card has the ability to use Outdoor Rec, including active duty military, National Guardsmen, Reservists, DoD Civilians, contractors and family members. File photo.

May 13, 2009 – While the operational tempo remains high, the Army is taking measures to bridge the gap between life in theater and life back home.

    A big player in this is the utilization of installation Outdoor Recreation facilities. Carlisle Barracks expanded its Outdoor Recreation facility by bringing in Lindsay Carver, program manager, to broaden its horizons and take the program to new levels.

    "A lot of Soldiers come back from deployments very different from when they left," Carver said. "After living for so long constantly being on the move and being in high-adrenaline situations, they need to do something to get that feeling back…the adrenaline, the thrill. That's where we come in. We can take them to a lot of high-energy activities."

    It's not all for the thrill-seekers though.

    "Outdoor Rec now offers trips to various places every weekend," Carver said. "We do a lot of different activities to appeal to all demographics, from day trips to Baltimore to sky-diving."

    "With us, you can do things outside the norm, things you don't see every day," she said. "When you go through us, everything is taken care of. All you have to do is make a reservation, show up and have a good time. We take care of the rest."

    Anyone with a valid Department of Defense I.D. card has the ability to use Outdoor Rec, including active duty military, National Guardsmen, Reservists, DoD Civilians, contractors and family members. People outside the military community can participate if they are sponsored by an I.D. card holder.

    "We are trying to provide activities that will appeal to everyone," she said.

Upcoming Trips

    Pocono Whitewater Rafting: May 23 at the Lehigh River Gorge.

    Indoor Rock Climbing: May 27

    Rocky Knob Hike: May 30, 4.3 mile hike with an easy to moderate difficulty level.

    A skydiving trip is scheduled for the weekend of August.


Rental Equipent

    Outdoor Recreation offers a wide variety of rental equipment to its patrons for a wide variety of needs. The equipment can be rented by the day, or at a weekend rate.


Camping Equipment

    -Several sizes of tents   

    -Sleeping bags and mats

    -Air mattresses

    -Folding cots



    -Tables and chairs



    Canopies come in many sizes, from 10 by 10 feet to 30 by 40 feet.



    -Small and large pop up campers

    -25, 27 and 30 foot travel trailers

    -Outdoor recreation has three trailers that can be rented at Dogwood Acres, a campground 13 miles from Carlisle. The campground offers a pool, arcade, playground, walking trails and more.


Game Equipment

    -Bounce houses, 13 by 13 feet and 13 by 15 feet

    -Dunk tank

    -Outdoor yard games


Miscellaneous Equipment

    -Tables and chairs

    -Water coolers

    -Gas and charcoal grills

    -Canoes and kayaks

    -Fishing boats

    -Gas generator


    For more information about trips and equipment rental, and to sign up, contact Outdoor Recreation at 245-4616/4206.




Spc. Jennifer Rick, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks Bike Patrol strives to keep community safe

Carlisle Barracks Police Bike Patrol Sgt. 1st Class Mike Finkenbinder, Officer Mike Owen, Sgt. 1st Class Svend Sheppard, Officer Brad Cramer and Officer Jeff LeMasters post with their police mountain bikes outside the Department of Emergency Services Headquarters on Carlisle Barracks. The team focuses on keeping residents, staff and visitors of Carlisle Barracks safe during the warm summer months. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

May 13, 2009 – The warm weather brings people of all ages outside to enjoy the sun, including the Carlisle Barracks Police Bike Patrol who are constantly on the move during the summer and fall months to keep post residents, workers and visitors safe.

    The program was started two years ago by Department of the Army Police Sgt. 1st Class Svend Sheppard, in order to create a connection with the community and increase their safety.

    "Our main goal is to watch out for the pedestrians on post," Sheppard said. "Part of that is making sure drivers are following the laws and being safe. Also, cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles."

    The five-officer team has many of the same capabilities and equipment as their counterparts in patrol cars. The specially-designed police bikes are equipped with space to carry equipment, and even have a siren and red and blue LED lights mounted on the handlebars.

    "When we pull over a vehicle, it's pretty much the same as when a car does it. The only difference is that once the car has stopped, we park the bike off the road, and approach the vehicle from the right side," Sheppard explained. "Because we don't have the protection of a vehicle behind us, it's safer for the officer to be on the right."

    In some ways, officers on bicycles have an advantage over vehicles.

    "We can go places that cars can't, such as under the bridge on Ashburn Drive. If we get called to AHEC [the Army Heritage and Education Center], we actually beat the patrol cars there because we can take the jogging trails around the golf course and AHEC. We've timed it before, and we can almost always get anywhere on the installation in the same time or faster than the patrol cars," he said.

    The officers learn to use the bike as a tool, and are continually training in bicycle handling skills, including the correct way to fall to avoid injury and damage to the bike, laws, police tactics and maintenance.

    Each officer must be recertified in April of every year through the International Police Mountain Bike Association.

    Officer Mike Owen spent two weeks in Albuquerque, N.M. learning the nuts and bolts of bicycle mechanics.

    "I am able to do everything from a quick tune up to a complete overhaul of the bike," Owen said. "Being able to do all the mechanics in-house saves a lot of time and money because we aren't sending our equipment out or bringing someone in to service it. Officer safety and efficiency is increased when the bikes are in top condition."


Post hosting bicycle police training, bike rodeo slated for Aug. 15

    June 16-19 Carlisle Barracks will be hosting a Police Cyclist School to train other officers in the field of bicycle policing.

    The course includes learning about effective cycling, group riding, hazard recognition, basic bike maintenance, traffic laws and legal issues, uniforms and equipment, patrol tactics and maneuvers, and other topics designed to maximize their effectiveness and keep them safe, Sheppard said. After completing the course, the officers will be certified by the IPMBA.   

    "New Cumberland will be enhancing their program by going through our training," said Sheppard, who is a certified instructor for the course. "What we do helps support many Department of Defense missions."

    After the class, the Carlisle Barracks Department of Emergency Services will be adding three new officers to its bicycle program. Sheppard said the plan is to enhance the program to include night patrols.

    August 15 will bring the annual Bike Rodeo, a class to teach kids and their parents about bike safety. Parents and children from on and off post are welcomed to attend. No registration is necessary. Parents are required to attend with their child.

Biking: state and local laws

    -Every person operating a bicycle shall yield the right of way to pedestrians at all times.

    -Bicycles shall not be ridden upon any stairway, bench, or other structure or facility. Bicycles shall not be ridden within any building, nor on or over shrubbery or flowerbeds.

    -No person riding a bicycle shall be attached in any manner to a moving vehicle.

    -Bicycles shall not be ridden on any sidewalk except in front of the person's quarters or at vehicle access points.

    -No person riding a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle, or other article that prevents the operator from using at least one hand on the handlebars.

    -Every bicycle shall be equipped with brakes, reflectors and other safety devices at such times as is required by state law for operating a bicycle on streets or highways.

    -Bicycles shall not be parked on or at handicapped ramps, handicapped entrances or other facilities designated for handicapped traffic or in such a manner as to impede to free and clear use of such facilities.

    -Bicycles shall not be parked at or attached to any fire hydrant, standpipe, building service equipment or other safety device.

    -Joggers and bicycle riders are required to wear a reflective belt or vest during the hours of darkness (including the period from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise).

    -Joggers and bicycle, scooter and rollerblade riders are encouraged to wear a reflective belt or vest at all other times to maximize their visibility and increase their safety.

    -Joggers, non-motorized scooter, bicycle and rollerblade riders will wear a shirt and appropriate shoes at all times.

    For a complete list of state and installations laws, go here: State Carlisle Barracks

Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
West Nile Virus season upon us again, are you at risk?   

    May 18, 2009 -- You are standing in the backyard, eating barbeque chicken, chatting with friends and family, having a good time. Meanwhile, a female Culex pipiens mosquito is looking for her next meal - blood. She needs the protein to produce several hundred eggs. She bites; you scratch your arm. A few days later, you have a fever, headache and body-aches; typical symptoms of the flu. You visit your doctor and the diagnosis is a mild form of West Nile Virus. Your doctor treats the symptoms, and a few days later, you feel as good as new.

    While no cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Cumberland County yet this year, surveillance and common sense are the best course of action to avoid infective mosquito bites.

    There has been a report West Nile Virus this year. State officials said the mosquito borne virus was detected in a dead American crow found in Springettsbury Township, York County. This is the earliest reported evidence of West Nile in the state since 2003, when the virus was detected in late April of that year, according to the state's West Nile Virus Surveillance Program.

    According to a press release issued by the state, the virus, which can result in serious illness, or even death, in humans, has not been detected in any humans yet this year. In 2008 West Nile virus was discovered in 37 counties, with 14 people infected. One death was attributed to the disease last year.

    The fact that West Nile virus was found early this year means that now is the time to start taking steps to reduce your risk of infection," said Health Secretary Everette James. "It's never too early to start thinking about using insect repellants containing DEET and cover exposed skin to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes." While most people do not get sick when infected with West Nile virus, a small percentage of those exposed will experience a fever, rash, headache, meningitis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the brain), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or even death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Most people bitten by an infected mosquito never experience symptoms, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and 20 percent of those who do experience flu-like symptoms. In rare, severe cases, the disease can be life threatening with symptoms including high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. People over 50, and adults and children with weak immune systems are most at risk.
    By following some general guidelines, you can reduce the risk of being infected. Consider staying indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If that isn't possible, wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and use bug repellent containing 5-24 percent DEET. Also, drain standing water, such as birdbaths and wading pools, because this prevents mosquitoes from laying their eggs.

How you can help protect yourself and others
 There are things every individual can do around the home and farm to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas. Some of these tips include:
· Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property.

· Pay attention to discarded tires. Stagnant water in tires are where most mosquitoes breed.

· Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.

· Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.

· Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. Stagnant water in a wading pool becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed.

· Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths. Both provide breeding habitats for domestic mosquitoes.

· Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use. A swimming pool left untended by a family on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.

· Keep water in buckets and troughs fresh and clean.

· Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes may breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.


    For more information visit


    For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the CDC Web site at



Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
AHEC event to highlight the NCO: Backbone of the Army

Free event focuses on history of American Soldier

Visitors talk with a Soldier during the 2008 Army Heritage Day. This years event will salute the American Soldier and highlight the “NCO: Backbone of the Army,” on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Army Heritage Trail.  file photo.
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    A timeline living history program will salute the American Soldier and highlight the “NCO: Backbone of the Army,” on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Army Heritage Trail at the Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive in Carlisle. 
    Food and beverages, free parking and handicapped parking are on site for this free, public event with more than 45 living history military units bringing history to life.
     A special highlight of the event focuses on the WWII action and the indoctrination and basic training of WWII veterans of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, made famous in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers.
    More than 50 reenactor units will be on site all day to interact with visitors and share the stories of many eras of US history. Scheduled events include -- 
  • Book sale
  • Citizen Soldier Living History Encampment
  • WWII-era Induction and Basic Training Camp will include an obstacle course and bayonet course
  • lecture: "Gone for a Soldier: Basic Training and Jump School instruction during WWII by veterans from the 502nd and 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
  • M-1 Rifle course of instruction
  • Civil War Company Firing demonstration
  • Lecture: Fighting for Hope: African American Troops of the 93rd Infantry Division in WWII by Dr. Robert Jefferson
  • Moving the Army: 18th Century Army transportation at the Living History Encampment.
      Activities are scheduled to explore U.S. Army training during World War II and commemorate the perseverance of the NCO:  Backbone of the Army.

     You will also be able to visit a vast array of exhibits that outline the Army Heritage Trail or interact with Living History Interpreters representing all eras of U.S. Army history as they emulate various Soldier stories through peace and war.

     The Exhibits include a World War I trench, a Revolutionary War Redoubt, French and Indian War way station, a variety of Civil War cabins, a World War II company area, a Vietnam exhibit and newly constructed current operations Entry Control Point.

    The schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m.    Parking lot opens to the public                    

9 a.m.        Program opens to the public, book sale opens                                                       

9:30 a.m.    A Citizen Soldier (French and Indian Cabin)                          

10 a.m.      WWII-era Induction & Basic Training Camp opens           

11:15 a.m.  Lecture:  "Gone for a Soldier:  Basic Training and Jump School Instruction  during WWII"  Veterans of 502nd,  506th PIR, 17th Airborne                                                        

12:15 p.m.   Marching and Drill:  Baltimore United Volunteers        

1 p.m.       Federal City Brass Band                                  

2 p.m.     Small Unit Tactics Demonstration                   

2:30 p.m.  Civil War Company Fire                                  

3 p.m.    Lecture:   "Fighting for Hope:  African American Troops of the 93rd Infantry Division in World War II," Dr. Robert Jefferson                            

4 p.m.  Moving the Army: 18th Century Army Transportation            

4:30 p.m.   Book sale closes                                        

5 p.m.   Program closes

     AHEC is minutes from Interstate 81, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Routes 11 and 15. Follow signs to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
    For details, visit

Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Developing senior leaders: hands-on learning inside the beltway  

USAWC students discuss the national security policy with Barry Pavel, senior director of defense policy at the National Security Council during the three-day visit to the nation's capital.  Photo by Kelly Schloesser

May 14, 2009 – After nine months of strategic studies curriculum in the Army War College's seminar rooms, the senior leaders were able to put their knowledge and skills to the test inside the beltway.

    "We have spent much of the year studying national security policy and how that gives rise to military strategy. We have looked at formulating it, constructing it, and implementing it," said Col. Kenneth Tatum, student. "On this trip to Washington we are taking what we learned in the classroom, strengthening it through our visits, and seeing how we would apply it."

    During the college's annual National Capital Region Trip from May 11-13, more than 300 USAWC students traveled to Washington D.C. to talk with members of Congress, directors within the State Department, military leaders, and representatives of key government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

    "This trip is about education. We are learning to be senior leaders. There is no way to replicate the experiences we have had all year at the college or here in Washington," said Col. John Leaphart, student.

    The visit to the capital helps students gain a broader perspective on National Security Policy and National Military Strategy by providing them with face-to-face interaction with those who influence, create, and implement policy, said David Bennett, faculty coordinator for the trip.   

    The academic mission of the Army War College is to prepare our military, civilian, and international students to take on positions of strategic leadership. The seminar room gives them the foundation and opportunities like the Washington trip allow the students to validate that, he said.

 Group visits broaden understanding of policy and strategy

    While at the war college, the students are immersed in a joint, interagency, and international environment, learning not just from their faculty instructor but from each other. 

    "What the war college has done is really broadened how we learn. Anytime you can get diverse people together, you begin to eliminate preconceptions and expand critical thinking," said Col. Hugh Van Roosen, student, after visiting the Progressive Policy Institute on Pennsylvania Avenue. 

     "That visit to PPI did just that. I think many of us would have been closed-off to hearing what they had to say a year ago. Today, we had a great discussion with a think-tank that influences policy and have a better understanding how they go about it," he continued.

     General Odierno, Commanding General, Multinational Force-Iraq, updated students on operations in Iraq and shared insight on the importance of using all elements of national power to successfully complete the mission. Photo by Kelly Schloesser 

    Eleven students gained a better perspective on creating policy and strategy on their visit to National Security Council, just steps away from the White House.

    "This was a great time to visit the NSC since they are currently working on the new administration's National Security Strategy," said Col. Bobby Mundell, student.

    While at the NSC, the students were briefed by civilian directors and military liaisons.

    "Talking with both the military officers and civilians working the day-to-day issues was incredibly rewarding," said Mundell.

  "You saw the people who actually do the work and I think saw the kind of work you could actually be doing in that type of position," said faculty escort Rich Yarger, Ph.D, to the students after the visit.

    Discussions ranged from the Obama administration's policy changes to the development of military strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    "It was great to see that what we learned in the seminar room, the same debates and discussions we had, are the same ones the NSC is having," Navy Cmdr. Jim Gerlach, student. 

    While visiting the Department of State and USAID, the students discussed the importance of a three-way approach to National Security Strategy, defense, diplomacy, and development.

    "These visits provided insights on how we can approach international problems differently. That we do not always have to look for a military solution but one that has a complete solution set to include defense, state, and development organizations," said Navy Cmdr. Tim Daniels, student.

    At the State Department, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg reinforced the important ties between state and defense. The deputy answered several student questions to include the possible expansion of the State Department's role at the combatant commands and new priorities abroad set by the Obama administration.

    "I think our military, diplomatic, and development agencies are making progress in working together in many regions around the world.  But, I think we all agree that we can still improve our coordination and really bridge the gaps," said Lt. Col. Michael Castellanos, student.

Building relationships with the policy makers

Learning goals for the Washington trip aimed additionally to enhance students' understanding of the legislative process and to further the relationship between the military and Congress.   

    While visiting the hill, students had the opportunity to sit down and talk with both senators and house representatives.

    "Talking with our congressman really gave us first hand insight to current policy and appropriations that impact our national security both domestically and internationally," said Col Timothy Starke, student. 

    Students discuss the defense budget and appropriations process with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. "Talking with our congressman really gave us first hand insight to current policy and appropriations that impact our national security both domestically and internationally," said Col Timothy Starke.  Photo by Kelly Schloesser

Several students remarked on the candor of the representatives and their willingness to discuss the appropriations process regarding the defense budget.

    "It was a great discussion to have, to understand how the process works, and also provided the opportunity to expand our relationship with congress," said Col. Ashton Naylor, student.  

    For many students, the three-day trip to the nation's capital was the perfect conclusion to their year at the Army War College. 

    "After arriving at the college, I realized all that I did not know. Ten months later, I have learned from my incredibly experienced and thoughtful colleagues," said Col. Donald Buldoc, student.

    "I have learned to appreciate diverse perspectives and how to apply that to critical thinking. And this trip to Washington, visiting and appreciating the perspectives of everyone from congressmen to security strategists, has really validated how far all of us have grown this year and developed into the leaders we want to be," he said.

    The Army War College class visits Washington, DC each year to provide students a broader perspective of domestic organizations that effect national security policy and military strategy.  USAWC students find learning opportunities in small-group visits to Capitol Hill and several national agencies, to include:  Department of State, Department of Commerce, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Transportation, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Middle East Institute, Department Health & Human Services, National Security Council, FBI, Department of Justice, Security & Exchange Commission, Department of Treasury, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Congressional Budget Office, Brookings Institute.

Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks recognizes volunteers  

Col. Thomas Torrance, deputy commandant presents Col. Robert Hume with a volunteer award for his work with the Cub Scouts Pack 173. Photo by Kelly Schloesser

May 14, 2009 – Carlisle Barracks volunteers were honored for more than 100,000 hours of service at the annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 14 at the Letort View Community Center. 

    "Our volunteer activities are what make the military way of life unique. The efforts of our volunteers help our community, our families and our Soldiers," said Col. Thomas Torrance, deputy commandant.  

    The ceremony included a luncheon, the recognition of individual volunteers, a slide-show presentation, and the presentation of a check for the money saved by volunteers. Entertainment was provided by the Carlisle/Shippensburg Band.

    "This year, volunteers saved Carlisle Barracks nearly two million dollars, a significant part of our budget," said Jeff Hanks, installation volunteer coordinator. 

    The volunteers honored were not only recognized for their work on Carlisle Barracks but also their contribution to the surrounding Cumberland County community. Speaking on behalf of the county was Commissioner Barbara Cross.

    "I have no doubt that your determination and commitment has kept the doors open of numerous organizations in the area," said Cross. "You all continue to help people every day and I can say from experience that there is nothing more rewarding than volunteering."

    Several organizations recognized individuals who continually went above and beyond.  Among the individuals honored was Ray Porter, chapel volunteer.

    "Each week for sixteen years, Ray has shopped for groceries at our weekly prayer breakfast.  He has organized, supervised, and assisted the cooking of the food for 40 people. In addition, he serves on the Parish council and organizes the annual Faith Fest for over 700 people," said Hanks.

   With rousing applause, spouse Heike Juzukonis accepted an individual recognition award for her work with the Carlisle Barracks Spouse Club. 

   "She is responsible for the planning of eight luncheons, which includes coordinating vendors, menus, and event speakers, along with decorations and giveaways," said Hanks.

  Other individuals recognized at the ceremony included: Vincent Brazier for the Cumberland County Red Cross, Tina Leidigh and Brianne Brenneman for the Child Development Center, Edward Filliberti for the Carlisle Barracks & Cumberland Valley AUSA, Radesha Dantzler for the BOSS program, Rita Sirel for the Conversation & Culture events, Robert Hume for leading the Cub Scouts Pack 173, Petra Smith for the Thrift Shop, Jacqueline Chicchi for Army Community Services, Nick Mineo for the Bowling Center, William Derr for Retirement Services, and Vicford Forest for the Skills Center. 

USAWC speech contest to focus on Year of the NCO

May 15, 2009 – The 11th Annual Army War College Public Speaking Competition will be held May 22, at noon in Wil Waschoe Auditorium.

   The four contestants, Col. Fred Johnson, seminar 7, Lt. Col. Haldane Lamberton, seminar 11, Col. Timothy Starke, Jr., seminar 12, and Jimmie Vaughn, seminar 20 will each focus their remarks on noncommissioned officers.

   The event is sponsored by the Army War College Foundation.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, TRADOC commanding general
Gen. Martin Dempsey 2009 Memorial Day message  

May 15, 2009 -- Established in 1868 to honor Civil War soldiers, Memorial Day is today a day of remembrance for all those who have sacrificed and died in the service of this Nation.  In his proclamation to set aside this day, General John A. Logan, the Commander-in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, directed that homage be paid to "…cherish tenderly the memories of our heroic dead who made their breast a barricade between our country and its foes."

    Soldiers joining the Army today raised their right hand at a time when our Nation is at war knowing full well what that means.  I admire their courage, respect their devotion to duty and applaud their commitment to the defense of our Nation.

    What worries our enemies is that men and women of different races, religions and social status can came together to work toward a common purpose.  What worries our enemies is that men and women who have other options in their lives volunteer to serve their country and its interests at home and abroad.  What worries our enemies is that men and women of strong character and conviction remember what happens when our Nation becomes complacent and are ready to fight for and defend her values and our American way of life.

    On Memorial Day, it is important to not only recognize the service of those who have gone before us but to ensure that the purpose for which they fought will never be forgotten.  To honor America's fallen heroes 19TH Century American writer Francis Marion Crawford wrote this verse:

'They fell, but o'er their glorious grave

Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.'

    God bless those who gave their lives defending this great Nation, our Soldiers who stand ever vigilant today securing our freedoms and God bless the United States of America.


Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program
Summer Sense Campaign: Drinking, Boating & the Law

It's a bright sunny day on the water. It might seem like an ice-cold beer or a mixed drink would make your day of boating just about perfect, but think again. Alcohol and boating are a dangerous combination. Each year, about 700 people die in boating accidents. Alcohol is involved in close to 40% of these fatalities.

    Long before a person becomes legally intoxicated, alcohol impairs his or her balance, reaction time, vision, and judgment. On the water, elements like motion, vibration, sun, wind, and spray can intensify alcohol's effects. Alcohol affects a boater very quickly. The results of boating under the influence can be just as tragic as drinking and driving.

Know the Basics.

     Balance: A 1.5 ounce shot of 80 proof liquor, 5 ounce glass of wine, or a 12 ounce can of beer, can impair a person's sense of balance. When combined with the motion of the boat, this may be enough to cause a boater who has been drinking to fall overboard. Alcohol can also confuse a person to the point where he or she is unable to swim to the surface.

    Reaction time: Alcohol slows the reaction time. It is difficult to process the sights and sounds around you in time to react after you've been drinking.

     Judgment: Alcohol can keep a person from making sound decisions. A boater who has been drinking may take risks he or she normally would not.

     Vision: Alcohol causes tunnel vision and makes it harder to focus. It can also impair depth perception, night vision, and peripheral vision, making it harder to judge speed, distance, and follow moving objects.

     Illegal: It is illegal to operate a watercraft (including personal watercraft and jet-skis) on all waters of the Commonwealth while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

What Happens if I Get Caught?

    -If you are arrested for operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, you could face:

    -fines between $500 and $7,500

    -up to 2 years in jail

    -suspension of your boating privileges for up to one year

    If you refuse to take a breath, blood, or urine test, the Boating Commission will suspend your boating privileges for one year.

     Homicide by watercraft while under the influence carries fines up to $15,000, and three to seven years in prison.

     Boaters who drink can often face other charges, such as:

    -reckless or negligent operation of boats

    -public drunkenness

    -disorderly conduct

    -open containers

    -underage drinking

 Boat Safely.

    Whether you're operating a sail boat, a motorboat, or a jet ski, safe boating requires a clear head, steady hand, and observant eye. A boater who has been drinking cannot function as sharply as one who has not. If you drink before or while operating a boat, you risk your own life, as well as the lives of your passengers, crew, and others on the water. 

    Stay safe. Don't operate a boat under the influence of alcohol.

    For additional information contact the Substance Abuse Office at 245 – 4576 or visit the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board web site at  or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at

Carlisle Barracks Annual Spring Yard Sale this Saturday

    If you love Yard Sales, you will definitely want to be on Carlisle Barracks this Saturday, May 16, for the annual Spring Yard Sale.

     The event, sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is open to the public.

     The Yard Sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine) in front of the participating individuals' on-post quarters and in the grassy area surrounding the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) parking lot off Sumner Road.  There will also be a Non-Appropriated Fund sale in the parking lot of Building 632.

     Individuals who do not have a Department of Defense decal on their vehicle will enter Carlisle Barracks through the Claremont Road Vehicle Access Center.  All visitors must show a driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

Traffic changes

    Sumner Road will be limited to one-way traffic from Delaney Road to Butler Road. Traffic restrictions will be in effect from 5 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. All patrons using the PX and Commissary areas should use the Delaney Road entry and exit.  

    For more information call 717-245-4029.


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Delegate from Guam to highlight Asian Pacific American Heritage event

  The first woman to represent Guam in the U.S. House of Representatives will be the guest speaker at the Carlisle Barracks Asian Pacific American Heritage event on Monday, May 18 at the Letort View Community Center.

  Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo brings to Congress more than forty years of public service experience in the executive and legislative branches of the Government of Guam and numerous non-governmental organizations.   The 111th Congress is  Bordallo's fourth term.

  Born in Minnesota, Bordallo is a resident of Tamuning, Guam.

  The theme of this year's event is Leadership to Meet the Challenges of a Changing World.

  The event at LVCC is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a book display and ethnic food sampling.

  Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States.  Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week and in 1990 it was expanded from a week to a month-long celebration. 


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks salutes Military Spouses

Deb Williams, spouse of Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, Army War College Commandant, spoke during the Military Spouse Appreciation ceremony May 8. "You are truly the backbone of the military and are an important part of the Army life," she said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to recognize how extremely valuable spouses are to our Soldiers and community." Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick

 May 12, 2009 -- "Spouses are the glue that holds us military members together and without you, we wouldn't be able to accomplish our missions," said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander, at the Carlisle Barracks Military Spouse Appreciation Day event on Friday, May 8 at the Post Commissary.

    The special event, sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Services, featured a cake and a drawing for give-aways.  

    On May 8, Army leaders at all levels, senior spouses, Soldiers, and family members, paid tribute to military spouses through recognition, and shared stories. 

    Twenty-five years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation officially recognizing Military Spouse Day. The commemoration is held the Friday before Mother's day every year to show appreciation for the sacrifices of military spouses. Army spouses routinely put the welfare of their Soldier, family, and nation above their own. After almost a decade at war and multiple deployments, our Active, Reserve, and National Guard spouses continue to support America's Army unconditionally. We salute military spouses; Army families equal Army Strong!

 Why is it important to the Army?

     Spouses are essential to the Army and a strong nation, as they support their Soldiers. For more than 234 years, spouses have supported their Soldiers on the field and on the home front. The support and dedication of military spouses is vital not only to the Soldier's family, but to the Army as well. Much as the NCOs are the backbone of the Army, military spouses are the backbone of the families who support our nation's Soldiers. Additionally, Army spouses are community leaders, careerists, mothers, fathers, and Soldiers. The Army pays tribute to all military spouses. We salute you; you are our silent heroes.

   "It's a way to say thank you to the spouses for their support to service members and the Armed Forces," said Linda Slaughter, Army Community Service Officer.

    Deb Williams, spouse of Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, Army War College Commandant, added, "You are truly the backbone of the military and are an important part of the Army life. This is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to recognize how extremely valuable spouses are to our Soldiers and community."

   Spouses said they were appreciative of the event.  

  "It's the first time that I have ever seen a tribute done to service spouses," said Christine Paul, spouse of retired Navy Capt. Richard Paul of Newville.  "I am very happy about it."  "This is a lovely surprise, it made my day," she said.

  "We appreciate being appreciated and the cake was good, especially the icing," said Chris Stater, spouse of USAWC student Air Force Lt. Col. Steve Stater.

   "This is great, the spouses do a lot and it is great any time they get recognized, said Amanda Clayburn, spouse of USAWC student Col. Eric Clayburn.   

Military Family Program Spouse project receives awards

   A team that volunteered to work on the AY 2009 USAWC Military Family Program Spouse Project was also recently recognized for going above and beyond in developing the Individual Augmentee Handbook.

    "This handbook will provide information to each garrison on setting up a model similar to the Seminar 21 Family Readiness Group we instituted here at Carlisle Barracks, said Joe York, USAWC Military Family Program.  "With this model implemented all Individual Augmentees would receive the same level of support as if they deployed with a unit." 

     "This is just the latest Spouse Project Book that has been produced by the USAWC Military Family Program that is available online at and click on Families," he said.

  The spouses were awarded letters from Williams and Certificates of Appreciation.  As co-leaders of the project, Ginger Perkins and Stacy McMahon received the Commanders Award for Public Service.

  "You did not have to step forward, but you did," said Col. Bobby Towery, USAWC Chief of Staff. 

Seminar 21 Family Readiness Group

   Waiting Family Members--Seminar 21 will hold a meeting for incoming and outgoing spouses on May 21 at 11 a.m. at Anne Ely Hall, Room 106. 

  "This meeting will include a round-table discussion, new members meeting other members, and outgoing members saying their good-byes," said Donna Jones, Army Community Services.  

Army Substance Abuse Program Release
"Summer Sense Campaign" held Memorial Day through Labor Day
Summer is upon us and once again the Army Substance Abuse Program will support the Summer Sense Campaign, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    For many people summer time means more time outside with friends and family. Be it at the beach, the pool, a BBQ or any other outdoor activity, summer means more social time for many. Unfortunately, summer brings with it an increased rate of alcohol abuse and drunk driving.

    Increased education combined with an increased law enforcement presence on the roads and at sobriety checkpoints, will result in more people realizing that if they're going to drink they need to stay at home or identify a sober designated driver. The Designated Driver is a person who is NOT drinking.

    This summer program will emphasize healthy and safe ways to engage in summer activities.

    To raise the awareness level of the community, the Army Substance Abuse Program will be highlighting a variety of topics, and will increase public awareness through a variety of media sources. Check the Banner, Current Events, and bulletin boards throughout the installation for important facts and information that will help you and your family enjoy a safe summer.

    The following prevention classes will be offered throughout the campaign. You must make a reservation to ensure a space in the class.

 JUNE 2009

TOPIC: Think Twice, Marijuana and Cancer.

    For years, marijuana has been regarded as a harmless drug – especially by young people. Conflicting scientific data and social attitudes have hidden many of the side effects from the public. However, over the last few years, recent advances in research technology have provided new evidence concerning marijuana's health risks. In particular, the link between marijuana smoking and cancer has become quite clear. Find out more by attending this class.

Tues. June 9                                               1 p.m.                           ASAP, Bldg 632

Thurs. June 11                                            11 a.m.                          ASAP, Bldg 632

Thurs. June 18                                            1 p.m.                           ASAP, Bldg 632

Tues. June 23                                             11 a.m.                          ASAP, Bldg 632


JULY 2009

TOPIC: Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace.

    This class will help you learn what to stress, or, in other words, how to manage your stress. Whether your stress comes from personal problems or professional pressures, you'll learn how to approach stressful situations on and off the job and how to manage your own reactions to stress.

Tues. July 14                                                            1 p.m.                          ASAP, Bldg 632

Tues. July 21                                                            11 a.m.                        ASAP, Bldg 632

Thurs. July 23                                                          1 p.m.                           ASAP, Bldg 632

Tues. July 28                                                            11 a.m.                          ASAP, Bldg 632


    For more information, to register for a class, or to schedule individual organization training, contact the Prevention office at 245-4576/3790.

Final spouses club luncheon May 20

The Carlisle Spouses' Club presents its Final Luncheon for the 2009 year.  Come join us to celebrate A Year In Review of CBSC activities shared with friends old and new. 

    Our monthly luncheon will be held Wed, May 20 with a social hour to begin at 10:30 AM and  lunch to follow at 11:15AM.  Lunch will consist of a Buffet Menu to include Spinach Salad, Cornish Hens & Sliced Roast Beef, Scalloped Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts.  A drawing will be held to award a Special Grand Prize to a member who has had perfect attendance at this year's CBSC luncheons.  Please contact the following by May 15th, to reserve your seat:

    A-I        Shannon Blocker        717-386-5335

    J-R        Brenda Moreland        910-916-2577

    S-Z        Celeste Williams        717-386-5385   

Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Recognition ceremony to honor volunteers

   It takes an Army to run Carlisle Barracks - an Army of volunteers.  With more than 1,000 volunteers annually, Carlisle Barracks is taking time to give special thanks for all of their hard work at the annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the Letort View Pavilion from 12-2pm on Thursday, May 14. All volunteers and their guest are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.     

At last year's ceremony, Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, Debbie Teague, Post Memorial Chapel, and Jeff Hanks, Army Community Service held a check totaling $1, 870,016.40, the dollar equivalent for more than 106, 000 hours of volunteer service from the last year. Photo by Megan Clugh.

    The ceremony will thank all volunteers for their continued support and also highlight 18 volunteers for individual recognition, one per organization. 

    "The volunteers on Carlisle Barracks contribute thousands of hours and this event is our chance to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts," said Jeff Hanks, installation volunteer coordinator.

    Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander, will present individual awards.

   "These individuals play a critical role and this is our time to say job well done," said Hanks.                                                  

    Some of the organizations recognizing the support include:

  • Dunham Clinic & Red Cross
  • Army Heritage and Education Center
  • Retirement Services
  • Child Development Center
  • Bowling Center
  • Chapel
  • Tax Office
  • Thrift Shop
  • Army Community Service


Post parking lot to close for safety course

The parking lot adjacent to Armstrong Hall and the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute (Buildings 314 &315) will be closed May 16 and 17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for motorcycle safety training.

   A complete schedule can be found here.

Pamella Gray, Army War College International Fellows Program
International Fellows program seeks sponsors

International Fellows and sponsors meet at the Welcome Picnic. The event is held during the incoming IF class's orientation each year. Photo by Scott Finger. 

May 6, 2009 -- The International Fellows Program at the United States Army War College adds another dimension to the USWAC experience which significantly broadens the academic environment for both students and faculty.

    The association with senior international officers destined for high level leadership positions in their respective armies can do much to improve the mutual understanding of national security problems, operations, and preparedness.

    The International Fellow's sponsorship program consists of three sponsors. Each IF is assigned a Carlisle Barracks Sponsor, a Community Sponsor and a Seminar Sponsor.

    Sponsors, in cooperation with the IF Office, are responsible for the logistical and administrative arrangements necessary to make the Fellow's year in the United States professionally and personally rewarding.

    "Sponsorship is a commitment to the Officer and when accompanied, their family, but the rewards (professional and personal) far outweigh the time and effort," said Todd Wheeler, associated with Sponsorship Program since 2004, a staff member of the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.  "Remember you are part of a sponsorship team and do not have to do it all."

International Fellows, sponsors and their families are all an important part of the program. Photo by Scott Finger.

    The IFP is currently recruiting for sponsors for the upcoming academic year.  There is a 25% increase in the International Fellows attending the United States Army War College this year, so the need for sponsors is now greater than ever.

    "Without sponsors, it would be very difficult to take care of all of the IFs and their family member's needs," said Kevin Bremer, Deputy Director for the International Fellows Program.  "We are a small office with a small staff.  Sponsors become an invaluable support mechanism for the IFs."

     For nearly half of the International Fellows, this is their first trip to the United States; others will have already attended one or more U.S. service schools. Many of them have also attended a previous foreign staff college course.

    Bremer continued that the most critical time in the sponsor program is when IF and his/her family arrives.  It is important that they are greeted warmly and sincerely and offered quite a bit of support in their first few weeks.

    "The biggest assistance is getting them settled with a place to live and transportation," noted Professor Bernard Griffard, USAWC faculty and sponsor since 1995.   "After that you assist in familiarizing them with the community and where to shop for food and other items. If there is an ethnic food store you introduce them to it."

    "My sponsor and his wife were a great influence on me, my wife, and children," said Maj. Gen. Laksiri Amaratunga, the International Fellow from Sri Lanka.  "They helped us settle in very well."

    However, assisting the International Fellow and their family is only the beginning.  The goal of the program is about building relationships, fostering an understanding of one another's culture, and offering an opportunity for the International Fellow to experience the American lifestyle.

    "The sponsor program reflects the traditions of the U.S. hospitality, and the nature of ethics of the American people," remarked Col. Alaa Alshaikhli the International Fellow from Iraq.  "We learned from them how to open our hearts to others.  They gave us a big help to feel that we are not strangers."

    The experience of the program depends so much on the energy from the sponsor and their rapport with the IF.

    "Be willing to engage with the sponsored IF and his family.  Initially, there is a bit of a time requirement.  Finding a place to live, a car to drive and all that goes with it simply takes time and effort," Bremer said

    "I like to recommend to potential sponsors that monthly contact seems about right on average," he continued.  "For some sponsor/IF relationships, it is almost daily contact - for others, it is 3-4 times during the academic year." 

    The IFP recruits sponsors on a volunteer basis, however not everyone posseses the time, interest and interaction required for this role.

    "What we hope to avoid are sponsors who show up at the initial welcome event and are never heard from again until the farewell event," Bremer noted.  "This kind of situation leaves a bad impression with the IF and his family and ultimately a potentially bad experience while at the USAWC."

    Many sponsors find the experience valuable and rewarding as long as they enter into the responsibility with an open mind and willing attitude.

    "Stay in contact...let them know you are available to help but don't try to take over their life," said Griffard.  "Be helpful, and most of all listen."

    "We have been what it is all about," said Col. Indrek Sirel, the IF from Estonia. "They were always there when we needed them; they were always welcomed in our home as friends and we in theirs."


Hints & Tips

    Here are some hints and tips to better assist you in becoming a great sponsor. These are not requirements nor are they all inclusive.

Write your Fellow an early letter to introduce yourself. Tell him that you will meet him when he arrives and that you will help him get settled.

Help assure that your Fellow's arrival is a pleasant experience by:

  • Meeting him and his family when he arrives at the Airport.
  • Learn the proper pronunciation of the names of your Fellow and his family members right away.
  • Assist in inprocessing him and his family.
  • Assist him in becoming acquainted with post facilities and activities.
  • Meet with the entire family and let them know you are there to help them during their stay in Carlisle.

 Acquaint your Fellowand his family with our customs and way of life. They want to make friends and learn as much as possible.

  • Assist him in buying or leasing a car, obtaining insurance, Pennsylvania license plates, Pennsylvania Driver's License (if necessary) and post decal. (Please consult the IF Office before proceeding with these.)
  • Attend, if possible, those functions sponsored during the year for sponsors by the Army War College. You will be notified in advance of these activities.
  • Show your interest by demonstrating some knowledge of the Fellow and his country.

You should be knowledgeable of:

  • Routine and Emergency Sick Call and Dental Procedures.
  • Letort View Community Center rules and facilities.
  • Bus and taxi service.
  • Post recreational facilities.
  • Banking, car registration, etc.
  • Shopping areas.
  • House and car rental procedures.
  • PX and Commissary procedures.
  • Child Day Care Center.
  • School, pre-kindergarten and local college registration.
  • Army Community Services lending closet.
  • Obtaining services for home repairs.
  • Procedures for securing utilities to include telephone, trash pickup and recycling policies.

Country Information

    Some knowledge of the native land of your Fellow is important. The knowledge will provide an easy conversation basis and will impress the Fellow that you have taken the time and effort to learn about his country. You will find it most useful, for example, to become familiar with:

Location and size of country, particularly in relation to other nations:

  • Capital and major cities
  • Form of government
  • Main products
  • Ethnic characteristics
  • Religion
  • History
  • Political situation
  • Dietary customs

    You should know the same facts about your own country, state and local community, so these can be shared with the Fellow and his family. You will often find that they have done their homework.

    Culturegrams on your Fellow's country are provided by the IFP Office. Other materials are readily available in the USAWC library.

Customs Considerations

    Most Fellows (there are exceptions) do not voluntarily discuss their private lives as openly as Americans. They are often more formal in their relationships with each other. In many countries even people who have been acquainted for years still address each other as "Mr." or "Mrs." This reflects custom, not anti-social attitudes.

    People from various parts of the world sometimes have a different "comfort distance." That is, some tend to stand much closer to each other when they converse than we do. Indeed, some of them cannot talk comfortably unless they are very close to their conversational partners. If we back off when they stand close to us, they wonder whether we are being cold and distant. For others, the "comfort distance" is even greater than ours.

    Dinner to many Fellows means an evening meal (and to some very late) and not, as we sometimes use it, a meal in the middle of the day. Be sure that if you invite him to "dinner," you inform him of the time of day you want him to arrive. Punctuality is not as important in many societies as it is in the United States; therefore, do not be discouraged or offended if a Fellow arrives 15-30 minutes later than the prescribed time.

Community Activities

    Some of the sports and activities that we take for granted may prove quite new and interesting to our visitors. The following local attractions are also possible new experiences for them:

    Public Library, Special Discussion Groups, Supermarket, Adult Education Classes, Drive-in Bank, Shopping Centers, Drive-in Movie, Museums, Drive-in Restaurant, Sports Places, P.T.A. Meetings, Historical Sites, Flea Markets (Silver Springs).

    A steady flow of conversation in English may tire your guests. Allow them some silent intervals for observing, absorbing and resting. It is helpful to reserve time after touring to review what you have seen and answer any questions that remain, or urge your guests to tell you of similar activities in their country.

Considerations in Conversation

    The Fellows' capabilities with English will vary considerably from one individual to the next. One of the most difficult but important things to remember when there is a language problem is to speak clearly at a moderate pace and in a normal tone. Many of us tend to raise our voices in the effort to conquer a language problem, knowing all the time it does not help a bit.

    Your importance as an ambassador of goodwill for the United States cannot be overstated. Good diplomatic relations on any level require tact, patience, and understanding.

    Your guest should know that your attitudes and expressions of opinion may not necessarily agree with those of other Americans. Fellows should be left in no doubt that the thoughts you express are your own.

    While being a host family seeking to convey an accurate impression of Americans, you are not a sales agent for the United States. Propagandizing is all too easily spotted and therefore self-defeating.

    While our form of government is cherished by us, we have to acknowledge, it may not be most suitable for our visitors' homelands.

    You will also be dealing with the fact that while the material accomplishments of the United States are well known, our cultural and social values are equally or more significant and often not as well known.

    There is nothing wrong with relaxing and reflecting if there is a lull in the conversation. Silence is a universal language that can convey respect and understanding that many words might fail to convey.

    Rest assured that our visitors are probably informed, at least in some manner, about our national and local problems. You need not avoid discussing them. You can explain many events and customs in terms of our cultural background and history. But it is not necessary to attempt to justify all that happens in the United States.

    The opinions and reactions of your Fellow may not coincide with your own. This is where mutual understanding and respect are a "must".

Conversation starters:

  • National dishes
  • Festivals
  • Sports
  • Future Plans of Visitor
  • Newspaper Items
  • Role of Women/Men
  • Educational Systems
  • Family Life
  • Travel in the United States or your Fellow's country

    You will foster respect and learn a great deal by encouraging your Fellow and his family to talk about themselves, their country and ideas.

Army Substance Abuse Program
Prom Safety Tips

The high school prom is a milestone and an event most teenagers look forward to for months. It presents a wonderful opportunity for you as a parent to share in your child's anticipation and excitement. It's also important in the weeks before the prom to help your teenager think about important safety issues, including alcohol consumption, drug use, driving, and all-night parties. Here are some ideas to help you and your teen plan together for a fun, safe, and happy prom.

Plan ahead

    ·  Participate in your teenager's prom preparations. Talk with your teenager about the prom and about safety. It's a good idea to go over all the details of the evening,from how your teen will get to the prom to exactly where he will be in the hours after it has ended. Talking to your teen ahead of time helps avoid conflicts the night of the prom.

    ·  Discuss what limits and guidelines you want to set with your teen. Agree together on rules for the evening. And remember that every person is different. Some teens are more responsible than others -- even within the same family. The rules that were appropriate for your daughter two years ago may not be right for your son today. Chances are, if your teen has been responsible and trustworthy in the past, he'll be responsible and trustworthy on prom night.

    ·  You may choose to adjust some of your family's rules, especially about curfews, on prom night. You might decide that it's fine for your child to stay out late as long asshe checks in at determined times so you know she is safe.

    ·  Speak with your teen about how you expect him to behave around alcohol and drugs. Don't assume your teenager knows how you feel about drinking alcohol andusing drugs. State your views clearly. Remind your teen that underage drinkingis illegal, and that possession of drugs is illegal.

    ·  Be sure your teenager has safe transportation for the entire evening. If he's driving with friends, insist that one of the teens act as a designated driver who promises not to drink any alcohol or use drugs. If he and his friends are renting a limousine, will it be available for the post-prom event, too? What are the Limo policies when it comes to alcohol use? Offer to provide transportation if needed. Perhaps you have an older child who could help out. It's best if all of these arrangements are ironed out ahead of time.

    ·  Stress that under no circumstances should he get into a car with a driver who has been drinking or using drugs. You might say, "Let's talk about who's going to drive, and what you'll do if your friends have been drinking or using drugs. It's not safe to drive with that person, even if he insists he is not intoxicated. Let's make a backup plan just in case." Even if your teenager will be driving or will be riding with someone who has agreed not to drink or take drugs, it is important to reiterate the necessity of driving defensively, especially late at night and on prom night.

    ·  Decide if you want to revisit discussions you've had in the past about sex and about risky behaviors. The prom is a good time to talk again with your teenager aboutrisky behaviors like drinking, taking drugs, sex, and unsupervised parties. Remind your teenager to try to avoid situations that could become risky. Let her know she can always call home for help.

    ·  Talk with your teen about peer pressure. Many teenagers view the prom as a night without boundaries -- a perception that can lead to unsafe behavior. Remind your teen that it's important to say no to his friends if he feels what they are doing is wrong.

    ·  Make sure you know your teen's date or the friends she'll be going with. Invite her friends over beforehand. Taking pictures is a good way to share in your teenager's excitement.

    ·  Consider holding a post-prom party at your home. Ask your teen how she'd feel about hosting a party. Or you might get together with a group of parents and host a party jointly.

On the night of the prom

    ·  On the night of the prom, review the specifics of where your teen will be for the entire evening. If your teen plans on attending a party before or afterwards, get theaddress and phone numbers of the families hosting the parties. You may wantto contact them to say hello, confirm the particulars of the party, and to offer your assistance. You might offer to help with food preparation. A gesture like this can help open a dialogue about the party -- what adults will be present, and what activities are planned for the night.

Prom Safety Tips

    ·  Remind your teen to call home if there is any change in plans. This includes even small changes, such as picking up an additional friend on the way to the postprom party.

    ·  If your teen plans on sleeping at a friend's house, contact the friend's parents to confirm the arrangements. If it makes you feel comfortable, have your teenager call you once she reaches her friend's house.

    ·  If you're available on prom night, let your teen know that if he runs into trouble you'll pick him up, regardless of the time. If you cannot be available, try to find a friend or relative who can provide transportation if needed. If this is not an option, urge your teen to call a cab, and be sure he has cab fare.

    ·  Try to stay awake until your teen returns home from the prom. That way, you'll be available in case there's a change in plans, or in case your teen needs last minute transportation. Your teen will probably be too tired to share details of her evening with you when she returns home that night. Your post-prom debriefing may have to wait until the next day.


Information provided by: Written with the help of Wendy L. Turanski, M.Ed. in counseling psychology. Ms. Turanski has extensive experience in clinical psychology research with a focus on mood disorders and adolescence. She is a teacher certified in multiple states and has worked at educational institutions for 9 years.

© 1998, 2004 Ceridian Corporation. All rights reserved.

Elizabeth M. Collins, Army News Service

Army war games for future conflicts

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa., May 6, 2009 - The year is 2018 and North Korea has just crossed the DMZ, its Army camouflaged among refugees forced across the border into South Korea. It has nuclear weapons and has launched cyber attacks against the U.S. and South Korea.

    The scenario is one of four the Army, its sister services, governmental and nongovernmental agencies and multinational forces are confronting here this week during Unified Quest 2009, the Army's future game and the chief of staff's mechanism to examine conflicts the Army might face in 10 years and the capabilities it could need.

    Sponsored by Training and Doctrine Command, players included representatives from Forces Command, the Air Force, Navy and Marines, Special Operations Command, the State Department and other countries. Students from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., were on hand to help develop responses to the challenges.

    "Unified Quest examines the future operational environment to frame the issues and help inform the leadership of decisions they will need to make, specifically the chief of staff of the Army," said Lt. Col. Paul Coyle, of TRADOC's joint warfare branch. He noted that the decisions Gen. George W. Casey Jr. makes now in his budget requests will affect how the Army operates in 2018, and that research and development for capabilities the Army might need should begin now.

    The CSA provided objectives and questions to help guide Unified Quest, Coyle said, such as "What do we need to do with our concepts in the future? How do we need to conduct operations? How do we provide a venue to continue to integrate (special operations forces and general forces)? Implications of emerging technologies?" 

    Another important concept the players used was the Commander's Appreciation for Campaign Design, a new theory that was developed as a result of last year's game and will be included in Field Manual 5.0. According to Coyle, CACD teaches commanders to look at problems and operational environments systemically, taking into account factors such as key actors, environmental issues and history to create a problem framework. It goes beyond the military to political and economic spheres to help commanders plan how to best achieve success. 

    Interagency collaboration was a big part of this year's Unified Quest, along with the Army Capstone Concept, TRADOC's vision for an agile, adaptive future force, and force generation. Coyle said they've learned that there is more to the generating force than simply providing forces to combatant commanders. Sometimes this can include generating capabilities as well. 

    Getting that outside perspective from other agencies and nations is what sets Unified Quest apart from other war games, because they challenge the assumptions of Army leaders and Soldiers, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the TRADOC commander, told reporters.

    "Early in my career, we challenged leaders with mass: this Soviet array coming at you," he said. "Compressed time because they're marching on a timetable. If you wanted to raise the bar on a leader while training, you either added more mass or you compressed the time. 

    "Now, I think the paradigm should be that we challenge leaders through increasing complexity and extending time. What I mean by that, is in a campaign, the enemy is going to mutate. He's going to change the way he confronts you...Your adversary today and in the future is not going to stay in one place because they'll try to find ways to confront you where you don't have the advantage. So how do you train a leader to see that complex problem?"

    In another scenario, a border dispute between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, fueled by competition over water, oil and natural gas resources, becomes a mass casualty situation when Uzbekistan occupies the disputed area. In South America, Bolivia is divided between left and right wings after the failure of a leftist regime and the U.S. Army is providing medical aid and building roads, while fighting foreign and domestic terrorists and drug gangs at home. A domestic radical group attacks Washington, D.C., with anthrax while drug gangs attack El Paso, Texas, in an attempt to control that city and the U.S.-Mexico border. 

    In all of these scenarios, the Army joins in a whole-of-government approach to use all the components of national power in solving the problems.

    A blue team on each panel represented the United States and its allies, while a red team played the enemy. A third team, green, stood for other people and organizations who weren't necessarily on either side, but contributed to the outcome of a conflict, such as civilians. An overall Global Strategic Panel took the emerging trends and framed them in a global context.

    The TRADOC G-2 (Intelligence) helped choose the countries, but no one should attach any message to the choices, cautioned Col. H.R. McMaster, the director of concept development at TRADOC's Army Capabilities Integration Center. They were picked as countries where challenges the Army is facing today could be magnified to realistically represent the future for the purposes of the game.

   The heart of all the scenarios is increasing instability in a world where resources are becoming scarcer thanks to population growth and global warming, and terrorist groups and drug gangs continue to rise. The traditional battles where two large armies face each other are probably things of the past, Dempsey said. He explained that the Army needs to adapt the way it trains its leaders, and that they must be flexible and able to adapt to a range of threats that can change rapidly. And it's good if the Army guesses wrong while war gaming because it leads to more adaptation. The important part is the process of reacting to changing threats.

    "I think what we're really about is trying to build an Army and develop leaders who will be versatile and agile enough so when we get it wrong, they'll be able to adapt to the situation ... What we're seeking is maybe a sweet spot on a map where we're going to be versatile enough and have developed leaders who are agile enough that they can take a situation that is not exactly what we thought it was going to be and they have the tools to do it... 

    "I think what you see us analyzing here is, where should we be optimized? Dempsey said. "And I don't know the answer to that yet, but that's our task," he said.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day celebration May 8

Celebrate military spouses across the world Friday, May 8 in the Commissary front entrance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A cake cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.

    For more information call Army Community Services at 245-3684

 Swine Flu (H1N1) Information (PA Department of Health)

   Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States and internationally.

  Pennsylvania currently has one confirmed case located in Montgomery (1) county and several probable cases located in  the following counties Philadelphia (2), Montgomery (2), Lycoming (1), Luzerne (1) and Bucks (1) counties.

  Federal health officials have determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious, but it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people.

  The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu.

 Travel recommendations (Center for Disease Control)

  CDC also has prepared some information below about issues related to the travel industry. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and CDC will provide new information as it becomes available.

  At this time, CDC recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico. Changes to this recommendation will be posted at Please check this site frequently for updates.

 If you must travel to an area that has reported cases of H1N1 flu (swine flu):

·         Check updates from these sources:

o    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

o    Secretaria de Salud,

o    World Health Organization

o    Pan American Health Organization

·         Monitor announcements from Mexico's Ministry of Health and local government, including information about affected areas, as not all areas are equally affected.

·         Follow local public health guidelines, including any movement restrictions and prevention recommendations.

·         Be aware that Mexico is checking all exiting airline passengers for signs of H1N1 flu (swine flu).  Exit screening may cause significant delays at airports.

Prepare for your trip

  Antiviral Medications: Antiviral medications for the prevention of H1N1 flu (swine flu) should be considered for travelers from the United States going to Mexico who are at high risk of severe illness from influenza. This would include persons with certain chronic medical conditions, persons aged 65 or older, children younger than 5 years old, and pregnant women.  The recommended antiviral drugs for H1N1 flu (swine flu) are oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu®) and zanamivir (brand name Relenza®). Both are prescription drugs that fight against H1N1 flu (swine flu) by keeping it from reproducing in the body. These drugs can prevent infection if taken as a preventative. Talk to your doctor about correct indications for using influenza antiviral medications. Always seek medical care if you are severely ill.

  Further information about CDC's recommendations for antiviral use for the prophylaxis and treatment of H1N1 flu (swine flu) outbreak can be found at the following websites:

  • Health-care professionals


  • General public


  For all travelers, CDC recommends the following steps to help you stay healthy:

  • Be sure you are up to date with all your routine vaccinations, including a seasonal influenza vaccine. The seasonal vaccine is not expected to offer protection against  H1N1 flu (swine flu), but it can protect against seasonal flu which may still be circulating in Mexico and the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Pack a travel health kit that contains basic first aid and medical supplies. See Pack Smart in Your Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel for a list of what to include in your travel health kit.
  • Identify the health-care resources in the area(s) you will be visiting.
  • Check if your health insurance plan will cover you abroad.  Consider purchasing additional insurance that covers medical evacuation in case you become sick.  For more information, see Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad

from the U.S. Department of State.

       Remember that U.S. embassies, consulates and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or to give medications, vaccines or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.


Q.  Will the flu shot provided in fall 2008 protect people from the strain of influenza?

A.  This H1N1 influenza strain is different than the human strains that were used in creating the vaccine in 2008.  Therefore, we would not expect any protection from the vaccine for this particular strain.  The vaccine will protect against the commonly occurring strains of human influenza.

 Q.  Are deployed service members in danger of infection; what preventive measures are in place across the Army?

A.  Based on the most recent information, deployed service members are at no increased risk of infection.  The Army is encouraging everyone to follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on what can be done to stay healthy.  These recommendations are:

    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

    Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. (Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective).  

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

    Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

    Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

    If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

 Q.  Is this an epidemic or pandemic and what is the difference?

A.  An outbreak is when there is an increase in the number of cases of a disease above the baseline levels.  When there are a large number of cases that constitutes an epidemic.  When there are multiple sites around the world of large numbers of cases that is a pandemic.  The CDC is currently calling this an epidemic, but both military and civilian experts around the world are monitoring this closely.

Maj. Ed Weinberg, Deputy Commander for Administration, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic
Some things you need to know about H1N1
Red Cross also hosting  Pandemic Preparedness Seminars

For up-to-the-minute information check:

Army Surgeon General Blog, Swine Flu Update:

Army Medicine Web Site

Centers for Disease Control Swine Influenza Web Site

Also Ready Army supports H1N1 Preparedness

April 28, 2009 -- A non-seasonal flu identified as H1N1 appears to have originated in Mexico. This virus has spread to the United States. In the United States, this virus has resulted in relatively mild illness. 

     Dunham  Army Health Clinic stands by in conjunction with the local community to support you and your families. We are conducting active surveillance of the patient population, and have the capabilities to test and provide treatment for confirmed influenza cases.

    Healthcare professionals and front desk personnel at Dunham may wear surgical masks around those with influenza like symptoms in order to minimize the potential spread of flu and to protect the caretakers.

    Masks are available to Dunham patients at all clinic entrances and at the front desk. If you have influenza like symptoms, particularly cough, we ask that you please put a mask on before entering the facility.

Red Cross hosting Pandemic Preparedness Seminars

    The Red Cross will host Pandemic Preparedness Seminars for individuals next week at the Red Cross office at 79 E. Pomfret St. in Carlisle. Seating is limited to 48 per session so people are asked to RSVP to 243-5211 ext. 0.

    These seminars are scheduled for the following times:

 Wednesday, May 6th 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 7th  1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 7th  5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Important facts:

- No pandemic has been declared at this time.

- H1N1 flu is a respiratory disease that typically infects only pigs. In late March and early April, cases of human-to-human infection were first reported in Mexico and then Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas.  Most recently, cases have been reported in New York, Kansas and Ohio.  The CDC has determined that this virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. 

What are the signs and symptoms of H1N1 flu in people?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.  Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting.  If you get sick with these symptoms, call your doctor and limit your contact with other people as much as possible. 

How serious is H1N1 flu infection?

Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.

- As a precautionary measure, the United States has declared a public health emergency, which they have stressed is a standard operating procedure and does not signal a greater threat to Americans.

- Social distancing is imperative to decrease the spread of swine flu.

- Spread of the swine flu is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads - mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing.  Touching something with the flu virus on it and then touching your own mouth or nose may cause infection.

- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Avoid touching surfaces and then touching your face.  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

·    Fast breathing or trouble breathing

·    Bluish skin color

·    Not waking up or not interacting

·    Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

·    Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

·    Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

·    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

·    Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

·    Sudden dizziness

·    Confusion

·    Severe or persistent vomiting

American Psychological Association
Managing your anxiety about H1N1 Flu

May 1, 2009 -- The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about H1N1 flu can cause anyone to feel anxious and worried. These reactions are understandable because there are unknowns about the spread and severity of the illness. Even during this period of uncertainty, you can take several steps to manage your anxiety and have a positive outlook.

Keep things in perspective. Government officials need to prepare for worst-case scenarios in order to protect the public. The public, however, does not need to expect the worst. To date, the cases that have been identified in the United States are not severe. Americans who have contracted the illness have recovered.

Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as news from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (, a local or state public health agency, or local elected official such as a state governor. This is a rapidly evolving situation, so gather information at regular intervals in order to help you distinguish facts from rumors. Be wary of unsubstantiated rumors, which can be upsetting and may deter you from taking appropriate action.

Maintain a hopeful outlook. Public health agencies around the globe are working on identifying outbreaks of the illness and to ensure the availability of the best medical care to those who are sick. Throughout the centuries, people have survived difficult life circumstances and gone on to live fulfilling and productive lives. There is no reason why this situation cannot be similar. Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to upsetting media coverage.

Stay healthy. A healthy lifestyle—including proper diet and exercise—is your best defense against any disease threat. Adopting hygienic habits such as washing your hands regularly will also minimize your exposure to all types of germs and disease sources. A healthy body can have a positive impact on your thoughts and emotions, enabling you to make better decisions and deal with the flu’s uncertainties.

Build resilience. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, threats or significant sources of stress. Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage life’s adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during this challenging time. See APA’s Road to Resilience brochure.

Have a plan. Think about how you might respond if swine flu were discovered in your area. You may want to stock up on non-perishable foods in case officials recommend staying home, explore options for working from home, and caring for sick family members, and establish an emergency family communication plan. Explore how you might spend your time if schools or businesses are closed. Working out some of these scenarios in advance can lessen your anxiety.

Communicate with your children. Discuss swine flu with honest and age- appropriate information. If your children have concerns, addressing those together may ease their anxiety and distress. Parents can also help allay distress by focusing children on routines and schedules that remain unchanged despite any changes due to swine flu preparations. Remember that children will observe adults behaviors and emotions for cues on how to manage their own emotions during this time.

Keep connected. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. If officials have recommended limiting your social contact to contain an outbreak, you can stay connected via e-mail and telephone.

Seek additional help. If you have intense feelings of anxiety or hopelessness or are having trouble performing your job or other daily activities, a licensed mental health professional such as a psychologist can help you develop an appropriate strategy for moving forward. You can find psychologists near you by contacting your state psychological association or through APA’s psychologist locator.

Camaraderie, dedication, important for Jim Thorpe Sports Days players
Learn more about student-athletes competing in this weekends games
All athletic events are free and open to the public event schedule can be found here, event locations, directions to the YMCA for raquetball, directions to Letort Park for softball

For photos from this years event go here


Brigadier Ajit Mudholkar from India, and Brigadier Naushad Kayani from Pakistan, members of the Jim Thorpe Sports Day tennis team, share a laugh with one of the coaches, Capt. Derek Leo, post Judge Advocate. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

  April 20, 2009 -- The Webster dictionary defines "esprit de corps" as the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honor of the group. This is especially true for the  seven student-athletes profiled below who will be competing in this weekend's Jim Thorpe Sports Days.

    Two of those athletes are two Army War College International Fellows in the Class of 2009--Brigadier Ajit Mudholkar from India and Brigadier Naushad Kayani from Pakistan.

   Both are members of the Army War College Jim Thorpe Sports Days tennis team and both will be doing their best to assist their teammates in winning the tennis trophy.

   "We want to be part of the academic, social and sports events.  They accepted us as students so we want to do our best for the college," said Mudholkar, with Kayani's agreement. 

    "We want to beat the other teams," he said.

   Jim Thorpe Sports Days is an annual event held here combining sports, fellowship and camaraderie.  The event is 35 years old.

  Students of the Army War College compete against students from the other military senior service colleges in approximately 70 different competitive events covering 14 different sports.

Athleticism comes easy

  Mudholkar enjoyed playing other sports but his fascination with tennis started in 1978.  Mudholkar was selected to participate in the Indian Army Championship in 1984. 

  "Representing the Army itself was a great achievement, he said."

  Asked to describe Mudholkar's skill, Kayani said that Mudholkar's overall game is excellent.  Fellow student Robert McIlwaine noted that Mudholkar has a wicked serve.

  Kayani is a squash, cricket and hockey player, who was selected to participate in the Pakistan Army Championships in 1984 through 1986. 

  Mudholkar described Kayani as a very effective doubles tennis player, despite the fact that Kayani didn't take up the game until 1996. 

   "I was not impressed by tennis at that time because it was a slow game," said Kayani.  "I am a part-time player.

    "I play for enjoyment as a team."

The Jim Thorpe tennis team

Kayani practices his serve April 16. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

Tennis team players include India Brig. Ajit Mudholkar , Pakistan's Brig. Naushad Kayani, Col. Eric Clayburn, Col. Gary Johnston, Air Force Lt. Col. Rick Matton, and Lt. Col. Trygve Trosper. Coaches are Dr. Marybeth Ulrich, Capt. Derek Leo, and Jan Helis.

  "I feel that our players are very motivated, spirited, and good sportsmen. Jim Thorpe was a great icon  and motivator," said Mudholkar.

  "Marybeth Ulrich is a motivating coach for us," he added.  "She makes us sweat.  She pushes us hard on the court to improve our shortfalls." 

  They're preparing especially for the competition with the Air War College team. They hear there's a French International Fellows who is very good.

  They are both looking forward to competing in Sports Days. 

   "You meet a lot of new people," said Kayani.  "We get to know our team members well and form a strong bond.  It is relationship that matters the most."

  In every way, this has been one of the best years of our lives as well as our families, said Mudholkar.

Dedication pays off for Jim Thorpe golf team

  His father introduced him to golf as a child, and he's playing for the Jim Thorpe Sports team 33 years later.

  "It is actually my passion, if I am not playing it, I am watching it on TV or reading about it," said Lt. Col. Teddy Fox, Army War College student.

  As a high school senior, Fox went to the Nebraska statewide tournament in 1983 and placed 8th in the state.  Awarded a golf scholarship to a junior college in Iowa, he stayed one year and transferred to the University of Nebraska but did not play golf because of other priorities which included ROTC.

The sun came out and so did members of the USAWC Men's Golf team trying to get some practice in before competing this Friday and Saturday in the Jim Thorpe Sports Days. Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.

    Fox didn't get back into playing golf until he was a captain at Ft. Knox, Ky.  In 2007 when Fox was stationed at Ft. Jackson, S. C., he made the Ft. Jackson golf team.  He participated in some tournaments with the largest being held at the Jacksonville Naval Station in Florida in October 2007.

  "All services participated in this tournament sending their best golfers, said Fox.      "There were some awesome golfers that showed up at this tournament and it was a very tough golf course."  He placed 33 out of 120 golfers.

  After graduation from the Army War College in June, Fox will be assigned to U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, as the deputy adjutant general. He'll be returning to a very nice course he played when stationed there 2002 to 2004, he said.

The Jim Thorpe golf team

  The golf team is scheduled to play a two-day tournament on April 24 and 25 starting at 8  a.m. (shot-gun start) at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course.

  "Our chances are great," said Fox.  "We have some super golfers."

  "There are 12 players on the men's team with 5 to 6 having single-digit handicaps and consistently shooting in the 70's with the rest shooting in the 80's," said Fox. 

A few of the USAWC Women's golf team members also take advantage of the sunshine to practice for this week's Jim Thorpe Sports Days. Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.

    The men's golf team includes Marine Lt. Col. Tom Eipp, Col. Norm Allen, Col. Marlon Blocker, Lt. Col. Ernie Erlandson, Lt. Col. Teddy Fox, Col. Scott Kimmel, Col. Bob Knutson, Col. John Laganelli, Col. Tarek Mekhail, Lt. Col. Rod Mentzer, and Lt. Col. Frank Zachar.

  "The women's team has three players. They are a solid team and should do well," said Fox, referring to Col. Tricia Anslow, Chap. (Lt. Col.) Marti Hayes, and Belinda Gemme.  

  The coach is Col. Scott Horton (USAWC staff).

  "I think our toughest competition and biggest challenge will be the Air Force because they can play year round in Alabama.

Track team member fights through pain to compete

Air Force Col. Ben Leitzel, coach of the track team goes for a run. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

    The five-mile Jim Thorpe race is barely a warm-up for running fanatic and track team member, Lt. Col. Frank Donovan. 

   Just two weeks ago, Donavan competed in a 100-mile Ultra-Marathon in North Carolina, finishing in a mind-blowing time of 21 hours and 18 minutes. 

    "I actually found it kind of enjoyable," said Donavan, after asking him about the shear pain and the exhaustion his body must go through in a race of that length.

    Donovan had spent the past several months recuperating from a softball injury and has been working at length to ensure that he would not just run again but run well.     

    "Completing the race was really just to demonstrate to myself that I could this," said Donavan. 

    He also noted that without the help of Lt. Col. Allyson Pritchard at APFRI, he may have never fully recovered from the softball injury that resulted in a torn quad. 

    "She was awesome. Without her help I could never have done it," said Donavan.

    Donavan also expressed his gratitude to the track coach, Air Force Col. Ben Leitzel. 

    "He's great. Some coaches coach from the sideline. Not Ben. He's out there up-front setting the pace. And you better keep up."

    As for the teams' likelihood of beating out the other war college competition, Donavan said the team is great and is likely to do very well.

Life-long soccer player to test soccer skills

    A lifetime of soccer practice will soon be put to the test for one student during Carlisle Barracks' annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days competition.

    U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Rick Uribe has been playing soccer for most of his life, including his time in college at California Polytechnic State University as a midfielder and forward, and is now the captain of the team for JTSD.

    The 16-person team will be playing against teams from the Air War College, National War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

    "This is a great opportunity for us," he said. "The competition between strategic leaders and the teamwork involved helps to build friendships and relationships that will last a long time. We will run into each other down the road and be able to utilize the same camaraderie and teamwork that we have here to solve problems in the future."

Former four-sport athlete to help lead softball team

    Most of us slacked our way through high school but that's not the case for Air Force Col. Mitch Berger, student and member of the softball team.

    "I played four sports in High School; soccer, basketball, baseball and swimming," he said. "Sports kept me out of trouble and fueled the competitive fires.  I was offered a scholarship to continue the last two years of college, but at the time I was tired of school and was looking for another challenge.  That is when I enlisted in the Air Force."

    The college third and first baseman said he looks forward to the games.

    "We have a solid team with an exceptional offense and solid defense," he said. "We should be very competitive."   

JTSD Background

    Named in honor of Jim Thorpe, the great American athlete, Jim Thorpe Sports Days is an annual event which began in 1974 and demonstrates teamwork, discipline and physical fitness in a collegial environment.

    Like the traditional rivalry of the annual Army-Navy Football Game, Jim Thorpe Sports Days pits Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard, Interagency and International Fellow students against each other in an annual match up of the nation's senior service schools.

    "This is a great opportunity to show your service spirit, just like the Army-Navy Game," said Dr. Craig Nation, an Army War College faculty member who has participated in the games as a running coach for ten years.

    "The games are a great part of the senior service school experience," he said.

   The opening ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on April 24 on Carlisle Barracks' Indian Field.    The historic Indian Field is located at the corner of Ashburn Drive and Forbes Avenue.

    The colorful ceremony kicks off the sports competition between student athletes of the Army War College, Air War College, Naval War College, National War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. The athletes of the various senior service colleges will march onto the field, the official 'Olympic' style torch will be lit and the Carlisle Barracks cannon will be fired. Immediately following the ceremony the competition begins with the always exciting men's and women's relay runs on the Indian Field track.

    Nation will serve as an assistant running coach for this year's competition.  Although he has never participated in the games, as an athlete he said he feels that the competition, "builds team work and discipline, and generate relationship that carry over into professional life."

    He also reflected on his athletic and personal relationship with Col. Brian Allgood, the top runner in the USAWC class of 2002.  Allgood was killed in action when his helicopter crashed in northern Baghdad in January of 2007.

    "Brian gave 110 percent of himself both off and on the track and is a symbol of the warrior spirit and we honor his service," said Nation.

    During the three –day series of sports competitions, student athletes participate in 14 sporting events to include  ladies one-mile relay, men's two-mile relay, ladies 5K run, men's  five- mile run, men's and  women's bowling; men's and women's golf; racquetball; basketball; soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

     In addition to individual medals in each event, the college that accumulates the most points will be awarded the Commandants Cup which maintains the trophy until next year's competition.

    "This competition and the planned social events give us an opportunity to share sportsmanship and comradeship" said Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant. "General of the Army Douglas MacArthur said that 'upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that upon other days, on other fields, will bear the fruits of victory.' Let us sow the seeds during Jim Thorpe Sports Day 2009 with good sportsmanship that will later serve our Nation on other fields of strife."

    The student athletes compete in soccer, golf, volleyball, basketball, softball, bowling, tennis, racquetball and in several running events.  These events begin at 5 p.m. on April 23 and continue through April 25.  The events are held on Carlisle Barracks and other off-post locations.   

    The Opening Ceremony and sports events are open to the public.




Army Emergency Relief continues to raise funds for Soldiers in need

The annual Army Emergency Relief Campaign, held from March 1 through May 15, is in full swing at Carlisle Barracks.

    By conducting its annual campaign and operating 87 local AER offices worldwide, the Army not only helps raise critical support for AER, but improves Soldiers access to AER for much needed assistance. In 2008, AER disbursed $83 million in financial assistance to over 71,000 Soldiers and their families. 
    In 2008 at Carlisle Barracks raised more than $64,000 and paid out more than $82,000 in loans and grants.
    This year, more than $45,000 has been collected for this important cause.
    "AER is a Soldier's lifeline in times of financial trouble," said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, Garrison Commander. "No other financial service is as responsive, flexible and willing to help Soldiers, military families and retirees. I completely support the program, having used this resource to help several military members and their families."

    To make a donation, contact AER at 717-245-4720.

Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks goes 'green' all year-round

Construction workers deconstruct a 'smurf home' in the College Arms housing area. Materials from the home were recycled, aiding in the Carlisle Barracks mission to reduce its environmental and energy footprint. File photo.

April 22, 2009 – Thousands of trees will be planted across the United States this week in celebration of April's annual holiday, Earth Day. Along with our nation, Carlisle Barracks will take part in the festivities of Earth Day, Tree City USA, and Arbor Day on April 24, at 10 a.m. at the Delaney Field Clubhouse. The event will include a visit from Smokey Bear, a tree planting, and performances by CDC children. 

     While having such an event to commemorate green practices is a tradition for Carlisle Barracks, the post is actively doing its part to help the environment all year-round -- not just on Earth Day.

     As a part of an Army-wide mission to reduce its energy footprint, Carlisle Barracks is engaged in several projects that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Energy saving projects from stimulus money 

    Carlisle Barracks, along with several Pennsylvania military facilities, was awarded stimulus funds for improvement projects as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    The post will see approximately $2.5 million for specific projects in energy and efficiency upgrades for the post. With these additional funds, Carlisle Barracks will be able to tackle their to-do list of upgrades sooner than expected. It is estimated by the Directorate of Public Works that the projects will reduce energy consumption in the upgraded buildings by over 30%. 

    The stimulus funds are currently slated for the following green projects:

  • Energy efficiency upgrades for the Chapel, DPW, and Armstrong Hall
  • Provide energy saving lighting to Root Hall
  • Replace aging  high voltage cables throughout post
  • Retrofit street lighting with energy fixtures throughout post
  • Install sewer line metering throughout post
  • Evaluate Water Plant for future upgrades
  • Provide roof repairs throughout post

Installing geothermal heat pumps

    In 2003, the post installed its first geothermal heat pumps in houses and offices to make both heating and air-conditioning more efficient. Since their installment, Carlisle Barracks has been saving both energy and money.

    The post estimates it has saved more than $679,000 to date in energy and related maintenance costs, said Gary Sweppenhiser, general engineer with Public Works here.

    This type of heating has been called the most eco-friendly, cost-effective and efficient system according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the earth's relatively constant temperature to provide heating, cooling and hot water. The systems are electrically powered and utilize "geothermal" or "ground source" heat pumps to get the work done and will allow the post to save in maintenance and manpower costs.    

    All of the new homes, including those in The Meadows, Marshall Ridge, and Heritage Heights, are being built with geothermal heat.

 Major construction leads to recycling

    Carlisle Barracks is giving new meaning to the saying "what comes up, must come down."  As a part of one of the largest construction periods Carlisle Barracks has seen, the demolition of old homes and buildings is a major aspect of the transformation.

    The post has made strides in green construction practices and that includes recycling demolition materials, which include lumber, drywall, metals, and masonry. Instead of simply knocking down the old homes along Marshall Ridge and former College Arms, construction crews have engaged in "deconstruction".  The process of deconstruction is more time consuming, but it means that some of the original material can be recycled as an alternative to throwing materials in a landfill.

 Root Hall, the main academic building for the Army War College, will receive new energy saving lighting thanks to the stimulus money provided by the government. Carlisle Barracks will receive approximately $2.5 million as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for energy and efficiently upgrades throughout the post. 

New lighting saves energy

Additionally, the post has been installing energy efficient lighting throughout major buildings.  The new lights use significantly less energy and will reduce Carlisle Barracks overall energy-footprint.  The commissary, for example, upgraded its lighting in 2004 and has since saved approximately $96,000 in electricity.  

    Recently, Public Works has been testing the efficiency and effectiveness of LED and induction lighting in post parking lots. Both of the lights are considered far superior to traditional street lamps and claim to reduce wattage energy by approximately 50%.

Keeping our water clean

    Carlisle Barracks received good news from the Department of Environmental Protection.  The DEP conducted an unannounced water inspection on post last week.  

    "We passed with flying colors," said Tom Kelly, director, DPW.  


Van pool looking for Harrisburg area riders

April 22, 2009 -- Carlisle Barracks is still seeking interested members of the Carlisle community who would like to take advantage of this great service.  Not all riders in the van pool must be Federal employees.  We would like to start a route from the Harrisburg area, to include Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg.  If you are interested, contact Donna Horton, 245-4077 for further details.


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Eisenhower program educates beyond the barracks

Col. Steve Williamson, a member of the Eisenhower Series College Program, addresses a classroom during their week-long trip to Pittsburgh recently. The communication and outreach program is designed to encourage dialogue on national security and public policy between students and the public. Courtesy photo.


April 23, 2009 -- The Army War College is known for annually producing well-educated senior officers and civilians, equipped to become our nation's future strategic leaders. The lesser known success of the war college is that it not only educates our students on national security issues but also goes beyond the borders of Carlisle Barracks and educates the nation's public.

   The Eisenhower Series College Program is a communication and outreach program designed to encourage dialogue on national security and public policy between students and the public.  Every year, a select group of 10-12 war college students travel throughout our nation to academic institutions, professional organizations, civic groups, businesses, and media organizations. 

    "The goal of the Eisenhower program is to bring the issues that we are studying here at the college to the outside community," said Lt. Col. Irene Glaeser, ESCP member. 

    The program members are currently concluding a three-month, nation-wide tour, where they visited over 15 colleges, several high schools, public libraries, and civic organizations. 

The 'hot' issues

    Every individual in the program is well-versed on a few "hot" military topics and are ready to provide a presentation on the topic and also undergo a question and answer period with the audience.

    "We spent several months prepping on the topics and digging deeper into them.  With Afghanistan operations, I combined my personal experience while deployed and my interest in the culture, environment, and mission," said Col. Steve Williamson.

   The troop build-up and the Afghan-Pakistan region was only one of the many hot topics that ESCP provided experts on are:

·         The "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy 

·         North Korea and Nuclear Weapons

·         Ethics, Torture and Abu Ghraib

·         US. Policy and Iran

·         International Criminal Courts and U.S. Law

·         Piracy in Somalia and U.S. Navy Challenges

·         Civilian Casualties in war

·         Closing Guantanamo Bay

The educational benefit

     The members of Eisenhower all agreed that the hard-work and long travel hours were all well worth it. 

   Many of the students noted the personal gain was immense.  Since they were further educating themselves on not just the topics they were discussing but the art of public speaking and strategic communication.  Strategic communication has been a learning objective for all of them throughout the year at the war college.

     "One of the major personal take-aways from this was certainly learning the art of rhetoric," said Williamson.

    Glaeser agreed.  

     "Communicating effectively to diverse audiences is a skill that I think we are all taking with us," said Glaeser.

    The members all had their own story of when they knew they were having a lasting effect on those they were speaking to.

    "For me personally I found the trips to Brown University and Purchase College the most valuable," said Lt. Col. Hal Lamberton

    Lamberton noted he was slightly anxious after reading on both schools' well-known political-leanings and was concerned how the group of military members would be received. 

    "We were actually very well-received. The students and faculty were truly interested in gaining more information and getting the bigger picture. There were no snap judgments being made and I really think we had the kind of impact on our audience that we strive for," said Lamberton.

    That trip, he thought, had the biggest pay-off for the war college and the military in general. 

    "We really introduced people to a new way of thinking and I think built a new relationship with our audience," Lamberton continued.

    For several, the first trip to the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh was the most memorable.

  "My favorite experience was our Pittsburgh trip since we engaged everyone from intelligent high school students to senior citizens at public libraries.  It was really a diverse group and it really helped us work on staying on your message while at the same time encouraging dialogue," said Glaeser. 

   "There was defiantly a moment in Pittsburgh where I just felt like we were really breaking down the perceived barrier between the public and the military," said Williamson.

    The Eisenhower team spent an entire week with the council in Pittsburgh and talked to hundreds of community members with whom they formed lasting impressions.

    "They all provided us with such an outstanding week of programs. Our students and teachers are still talking about the seminars they attended, and I feel like I really learned a lot, too," said Christina Unger, education program manager for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

Members of the Eisenhower Series College Program

·         Col. Mike Hoadley, faculty advisor

·         Col. Maxine Girard

·         Lt. Col. Irene Glaeser

·         Lt. Col. Hal Lamberton

·         Air Force Lt. Col. Eugene McFeely

·         Col. Bob McLaughlin

·         Navy Cdr. Greg McRae

·         Marine Col. Jack Monroe

·         Col. Glenn Richie

·         Andrew Stewart

·         Col. Fred Taylor

·         Col. Steve Williamson





Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Scholarship and outreach funds made possible by rubber ducks 

A thousand rubber ducks will float down the Letort Spring Run on April 25 as part of the 2009 Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club Rubber Duck Derby. The annual event provides funds for scholarships and Carlisle Barracks and Carlisle-area organizations. File photo by Megan Clugh.


April 23, 2009 --  Imagine close to 1,000 patriotic-themed rubber ducks floating down the Letort Spring Run.  Well, if you are on Carlisle Barracks on Saturday, April 25, you will see exactly that.

  Held in conjunction with the annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days, the Duck Derby is sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club. 

  "Proceeds from the Derby are divided between Scholarships and Outreach," said Tony Gray, Spouses Club Outreach Coordinator.  "The Scholarship Committee provides funds to Carlisle Barracks military children based on merit and the Outreach Committee provides funds to community organizations based on the evaluation criteria found in the application form," he said.

  The Derby begins at noon with the ducks being released, actually dumped, into the Letort at the starting point behind the Letort View Community Center.  The float will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes for the ducks to reach the finish line which is located between Barry Drive and the Carlisle Barracks Bowling Center.  Money and prizes will be awarded for various categories.  Prizes were donated by Carlisle and Gettysburg businesses.

  A separate race for children, the Jr. Duck Derby, will start at 11:30 a.m.  Prizes will also be awarded. 

  "It will be a fun thing for everyone to watch," said Bowers.

  "We have had a great time putting this all together; the committee volunteers have gone over and above," said Laurel Bowers, Duck Derby Coordinator, aka "Head Quack."  "The funds raised are going to good causes," she said.

  With the help of the Carlisle Cub Scout Pack 173, a wet run, to make sure all 1,000 ducks would float, was conducted on Saturday, April 4.  Cub Scouts helped to clean the Letort of any debris that would create a duck jam and assisted with retrieving the ducks.  Participating Scouts will receive a Leave No Trace Award or community service credit.

  Ducks will be available for adoption on Thursday, April 24 at the Root and Thorpe Hall gyms from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on Friday, April 25, on Indian Field from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  Prices for ducks are $5 each or $20 for five; Jr. Derby ducks are $1 each. 

  You do not have to be present to win.



Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
Military monitors Swine Flu with focus on protecting force 

For up-to-the-minute information check:

Army Surgeon General Blog, Swine Flu Update:

Army Medicine Web Site

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2009 – The Defense Department is monitoring the swine flu situation closely, with its primary focus on protecting the military population, a senior Pentagon official said today.

    As the Department of Health and Human Services leads the U.S. effort, the military is posturing itself to respond if required, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters today.
    "We certainly have a number of contingency plans for dealing with health incidences like this, because our primary goal is preservation of the fighting force," he said. "So we obviously have plans and take measures to ensure that we can preserve the fighting strength of the military in the event that there should be a greater crisis with respect to a health situation like this."
    Two prescription anti-viral drugs, relenza and tamiflu, already are standard stock at U.S. military treatment facilities, and larger quantities are stockpiled at several sites in the United States and overseas, Whitman said.
    President Barack Obama told the National Academy of Sciences today the emerging incidence of swine flu in the United States "is obviously a cause for concern and requires a heightened state of alert, but it's not a cause for alarm."
    The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 40 cases of swine flu virus infection in the United States in California, Kansas, New York City, Ohio and Texas. Greater cases of infections have been reported internationally, particularly in Mexico.
    Obama said HHS has declared a public health emergency only "as a precautionary tool to ensure that we have the resources we need at our disposal to respond quickly and effectively." HHS, the CDC and the Department of Homeland Security will provide the American people regular updates about steps being taken and precautions that may be required, he said.
    Meanwhile, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry distributed CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of swine flu to the federal work force. Berry also distributed guidance for federal agencies to protect their work forces and the public and to ensure continuity of operations in the event that they must institute their already-prepared pandemic influenza preparedness plans.
    CDC recommends the following actions people can take to stay healthy:
-- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
-- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    CDC also recommends avoiding close contact with sick people, particularly if they are coughing or sneezing, and to stay home if you're sick to avoid infecting others.

Swine Influenza Q &A

What is swine flu?
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.

Are there human infections with swine flu in the U.S.?
In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Other U.S. states have reported cases of swine flu infection in humans and cases have been reported internationally as well. An updated case count of confirmed swine flu infections in the United States is kept at CDC and local and state health agencies are working together to investigate this situation.

Is this swine flu virus contagious?
CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it not known how easily the virus spreads between people.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

How does swine flu spread?
Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

How can someone with the flu infect someone else?
Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

What should I do to keep from getting the flu?
First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).

How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?
People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?
Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germs can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.

How long can viruses live outside the body?
We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?

If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water. or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. we recommend that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

What should I do if I get sick?

If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.

If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

How serious is swine flu infection?
Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

Related Sites:
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Claremont Road pedestrian access to close for two hours May 1

April 28, 2009 -- The Claremont Gate pedestrian access point will be closed for two hours on Friday, May 1, from 9 - 11 a.m. so the sidewalk can be replaced by the contractor.  This work is required due to the removal of the old flagpole and monument.

    Ramps will be built over the two new concrete sections to allow pedestrian traffic over those areas while the concrete cures.  These ramps will be removed on Monday. 

Vehicle registration delayed opening May 15

    The Vehicle registration office will have a delayed opening on May 15. The office will only be open from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Note: This is for May 15 only, and is not a permanent change in the operating hours for vehicle registration.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Ted Sorensen speaks ethics to USAWC audience

Ted Sorensen, former counsel to President Kennedy, signed books after speaking to Army War College students, staff and faculty April 29. Photo by Megan Clugh.

April 29, 2009 -- Ted Sorensen spoke to Army War College students, staff and faculty April 29 in Bliss Hall about ethical dilemmas of a commander in chief from the perspectives of an adviser to President John F. Kennedy in the Cuban Missile Crisis.  

    The now 80-year-old Sorensen is best known as President Kennedy's special counsel, adviser, and speechwriter and provided a framework for leaders to use when making ethical decisions.

    "It's important to consider your allies, adversaries, advisors and avenue," he said. "Life is much different today with the 24-hour news cycles, so the decisions you make are much more magnified. You have to pick the right adversary and the right priority to be successful."

    "The single most important quality for leaders is judgment," he said. "You need to surround yourself with people you trust. The decisions that President Kennedy made in his first 100 days helped lead to a successful resolution of the crisis. "

   The importance of ethics comes into play when making tough decisions.

   "Follow the ethical approach; gather the people with the right recommendations, not those that are necessarily the easiest."

    Sorensen also stressed the importance of allies.

    "He knew that allies can be helpful; they can provide wisdom, intelligence and other important methods of assistance," he said.  He pointed to times where Kennedy sent representatives to leaders of countries like France, the Organization of American States and Germany to make them aware of the developing situation in Cuba.

    "Working within the framework of international law was very important then and I think that importance is rising again." 

   How you decide to attack or influence an adversary is important as well. He pointed to the planning of the Normandy Invasion and the blockade that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis as examples.

   After his remarks Sorensen took questions ranging in topic from the Vietnam War to President Barack Obama.

   Sorensen was the most recent speaker in this year's Commandants Lecture Series which focused on ethics in strategic military leadership. Each year a number of lectures are invited to speak at the College on a designated theme or area of emphasis.

    "He is extremely well qualified to address ethical issues and challenges in strategic leadership," said Jim Sizemore, student. "We are grateful to have the opportunity to hear from such an experienced, accomplished and reflective public servant. His is an authentic national treasure."