Banner Archive for May 2010
 

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 www.lcb.state.pa.us/edu/ or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at www.fish.state.pa.us

 

 

 

 

 



USAWC students, staff, faculty will speak at Memorial Day events throughout Cumberland County

May 31 --  Maj Gen. Robert Williams is guest speaker at the Memorial Day event at Gettysburg National Cemetery, Soldiers National Monument, 3 p.m., following the Memorial Day Parade. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at the corner of East Middle Street and East Confederate Avenue and arrives at the Gettysburg National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.  The 143rd annual Memorial Day event is sponsored by the Joint Veterans of Gettysburg.

Saturday, May 29 

  Bendersville – Guest speaker is Col. Ivar S. Tait, USAWC Class of 2010 for the Memorial Day Service at 3 p.m. at the Bendersville Cemetery.  (American Legion Post 262)

Sunday, May 30

  Arendtsville – Guest speaker is Col. Roger R. Dansereau, USAWC Class of 2010 for the  Memorial Day Service at 1 p.m. at the Arendtsville Cemetery.  (American Legion Post 262)

Biglerville – Guest speaker is Col. Harrold J. McCracken, USAWC Class of 2010 for the  Memorial Day Service at 3 p.m. at the Biglerville Cemetery.  (American Legion Post 262).   

 Boiling Springs – Guest speaker is Lt. Col. Scott Perry, USARNG and Pennsylvania State Representative 92nd District .  Memorial Day parade and picnic.  The annual Memorial Day parade starts at Iron Forge Middle School on Forge Road  at 1 p.m.  The parade will end at the Memorial Clock Tower at Children's Lake and Cumberland County War Memorial 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.  (Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8851)

 Codorus – Guest speaker is Col. Thomas A. Salo, USAWC Class of 2010.  The parade will form at the parking lot of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 47 Hanover Street at 1:15 p.m. and will begin to move to the Jefferson Community Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.  The Service will be held at 2 p.m. at the cemetery.  In the event of inclement weather the Service will be held indoors at Christ United Church, 30 Baltimore Street.    (Jefferson Borough)

  Littlestown – Guest speaker is Col. Mark D. Landers, USAWC Class of 2010.  The parade will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremony at the VFW at 6:45 p.m.  (VFW Post #6954)

  Newville – Guest speaker is Lt. Col. Anthony R. Ramage, U.S. Air Force, USAWC Class of 2010, for the Memorial Day Service, 10:30 a.m., Big Springs United Methodist Church.

  Shippensburg – Guest speaker is Col. Marcus C. Black, USAWC Class of 2010, for the Memorial Day Service, 9 a.m., Oakville United Methodist Church. 

   Spring Grove – Guest speaker is Lt. Col. George B. Lavezzi, U.S. Air Force, USAWC Class of 2010, for the Memorial Day Ceremony at 5 p.m. at the VFW(VFW Post #5265)  

Monday, May 31

  Camp Hill – Guest speaker is Col. Karl F. Frantz, U.S. Army Retired.  The Memorial Day parade begins 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.  (American Legion Post 43

   Carlisle – Guest speaker is Col. Arlester Vernon, USAWC Class of 2010, for the memorial service in Memorial Park at 11 a.m. followed immediately by a roll call and service at Union Cemetery at noon.  The Cumberland County Honor Guard will provide a firing detail.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the post home.  (American Legion Post 826)

  Carlisle – AMVETS Post 274 will serve free soup and sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  Carlisle – Guest speaker is Lt. Col. Neil Salkowski, Commanding Officer, 108th FA, PAARNG.  The Annual Memorial Day Parade will form at 8:30 a.m. and start 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 Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle)

  Glen Rock – Guest speaker is Col. John R. Dabrowski, Strategic Studies Institute, USAWC, for the  Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Church Street Cemetery.   (American Legion Post #403)

   McConnellsburg – Guest speaker is Col. John W. Cross, USAWC Class of 2010, for the Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Courthouse.  (VFW Post #655)

  Mechanicsburg – Guest speaker is Lt. Col. Michael McElrath, Associate Athletic Director for Operations, U.S. Military Academy, for the Memorial Day program, 11 a.m. at the Post Headquarters, 4545 Westport Drive.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors.  (VFW Post 7530)

  Mechanicsburg – Guest speaker is Col. Herbert "Zak" Grogan, Department of Distance Education, USAWC.  The Memorial Day parade starts at 10 a.m. and is 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 American Legion Post 109, Mechanicsburg.  (The Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council)   

  Mechanicsburg – The Vietnam Veterans of Mechanicsburg 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. 

  Mt. Holly Springs – Guest speaker is Lt. Col. Robert C. Horneck, USAWC Class of 2010 for the Memorial Day service with the Cumberland County Honor Guard at Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery beginning at 2 p.m.   (American Legion Post 674 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7343) 

  New Bloomfield – Guest speaker is Cmdr. John Patterson, U.S. Navy, USAWC Class of 2010.   The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Borough building and will end at the cemetery.  The ceremony will follow.   (VFW Post 7463)

  Newville – Guest speaker is State Representative Will Gabig, 199th District.  The Memorial Day parade starts at 1 p.m.  Memorial Day services will immediately follow the parade at the Fountain at the Veterans Memorial.  In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the Memorial Day services will be held at VFW Post 6070.  (The Joint Veterans Council of Newville)

Shippensburg – The Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg will hold their 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 Shippensburg Veterans Memorial Park at Noon.  At 1:15 p.m. the Navy 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 unit returns to the post for refreshments. 


IF Class of 2010 donates tree to commemorate time here

A Norwegian Red Maple tree donated by the International Fellows Class of 2010 was planted near Indian Field May 26 as a way to commemorate their time at the Army War College. The Fellows commissioned a placed near the tree that reads:  Presented to the US Army War College, the Class of 2010 International Fellows “A Lasting Coalition in the Service of Peace".

There are 50 International Fellows in the USAWC Class of 2010 including officers from Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan (2), Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Yemen. Photos by Charity Murtorff.   


Public Affairs staff report
Carlisle Barracks honors volunteers

Col. Doug Mastriano received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star device from Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander, for his work as scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 173 during the 22nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony May 21 in the LVCC.  

 

May 21, 2010 -- Carlisle Barracks took time May 21 to honor a group of people who volunteered, donating time, talents and effort totaling 68,229 hours worth more than $1.5 million dollars in the last year.

Guest speaker for the event was Valerie Pritchett, a report with ABC27 who spoke about the value of volunteerism and the role it plays in building strong communities.

Volunteers were honored for their contributions to both Carlisle Barracks and the surrounding Cumberland County community for the 22nd consecutive year. 14 of the volunteers were recognized at the ceremony.

  • Col.  Tony Pelczynski has contributed more than 250 hours as the Pack 173 Webelos Leader and Asst Scoutmaster for the installation. His dedication to providing leadership, coaching and mentoring to 15 scouts was immeasurable.  Tony displayed a true sense of volunteering at all scout meetings and events constantly teaching the scouts the true sense of volunteering and doing the right thing.       

 

  • Melissa Jones Pelczynski volunteered to form and lead Daisy Girl Scout Troop 10540 to enable girls between the ages of 6 and 7 years old to learn and explore new skills and character building experiences through fun activities and friendship.  She provided untiring leadership and selfless service to the Daisy Girl Scouts and their family during the Scouting year.  Melissa was personally responsible for assisting in coordinating the Borough of Carlisle-wide Daisy Girl Scout Movie Day on Carlisle Barracks that brought together more than 40 Daisy Girl Scouts for an evening of fun and friendship.

 

Holliday and Col.  Tony Pelczynski, Army War College student and honoree for his work as the Pack 173 Webelos Leader, hold a check representing the monetary value of the 68,229 hours donated by post volunteers.

 

  • Ted H. C. Kelley has served with great distinction and honor as a member of the Carlisle Barracks Retiree Council and as the retiree recorder. Kelley has been a main contributor to the decision making process for a highly successful retiree council. Kelley has also served with great distinction as the master of ceremonies during the Retiree Appreciation Day activities, which ensured all activities stayed on the timeline schedule.  He volunteered more than 15 Hours at Carlisle Barracks.

 

  • Carole Mineo has provided exemplary voluntary service to the USAWC Memorial Chapel for more than 600 hours this year.  Her supervision of the Sacristy Staff of the Catholic Parish has contributed greatly to the enhancement of the quality of life for Carlisle Barracks by making sure all lectors and Eucharistic ministers are ready each service. Carol ensures everything is put back in order and cleaned up after each church service. Carol takes care of all the Alter linen and takes them home to be cleaned, prepare books and religious material need for the Baptism and marriage celebrations.

 

  • Kaitlin Garman has provided outstanding service as a volunteer at the Army Heritage and Education Center from November 2009 to March 2010. Her attention to detail, ability to learn complex conservation treatment procedures and provide excellent communications skills were an asset in preparing over 100 artifacts for three exhibits.  Her accuracy, work ethic and team spirit were noticed by all.  She has more than 320 volunteer hours at AHEC.

 

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  • Marie Powell has volunteered more than 80 hours with the Thrift shop.  She painted the volunteers entrance sign on Bldg 632 and is responsible for a customer information sign.  Both of these were done on a highly professional manner.  She has contributed expertise and insight as a computer consignor and served as a member of the board.  Powell has contributed toward the decisions, profits and destinations of funds that come through the Thrift Shop.

 

  • Janet Wright’s work as a “book mom” at the Child Development Center included receiving book orders from parents, orders books, and distributed them to parents who wanted to purchase books for their children.  With Wright’s assistance, parents are able to purchase high quality, low price books for their children.  It also helps the Child Development Center receive bonus points to get wonderful books and resources absolutely free. Wright has more than 100 hours at the CDC. 

 

  • Laurie Harkie, a Red Cross volunteer, is known throughout the clinic for providing customer service orientations recording and recruiting volunteers for Dunham Health clinic. She cares for the needs and concerns of volunteers in her charge as well as those of patients and clinic staff by creating a joyful volunteer experience while at Dunham.   Laurie always keeps the mission of the clinic and corresponding responsibilities of the American Red Cross in her activities as a volunteer coordinator. 

 

 

A group of volunteers and family members pose for a photo after the ceremony.

 

  • Nick Mineo has been a valuable part of the Strike Zone Bowling Center team for 14 years.  Nick manages all league activities at the bowling center, handling all of the league’s secretarial activities, along with many of the league’s treasury duties.  Nick volunteered 515 hours this year at the lanes.  He promotes all programs while inside the center and out.  Nick is an integral part of the Strike Zone team, and without him, it would be much more difficult for the center to achieve their mission of serving Soldiers and their Families at Carlisle Barracks.

 

  • Amy Turner accepted an award on behalf of the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club which has collectivity donated more than 3,712 hours to the Carlisle Barracks Community.  The Spouses’ Club has volunteered at many events throughout the year supporting and raising funds for scholarships and other organizations. The Spouse club has awarded $23,000 in scholarships and donations during this year. 

 

  • Sgt. Jeffrey Poland accepted an award on behalf of the Carlisle Barracks Installation Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers President. Poland planned, set up and participated in events where BOSS members provided community service support for the Carlisle Barracks community.  He also provided opportunities for the BOSS members to have fun on and off the installation. Poland serves as a forum through which single Soldiers could voice their thoughts, issues, problems and concerns.

 

  • Col. Doug Mastriano accepted an award as scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 173. The troop consists of 54 scouts ranging in age from 10-18 years. Doug’s contributions prepared these young men to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Specifically, he provided positive leadership, was a strong role model, and spent countless hours teaching scout skills, the responsibilities of citizenship, physical fitness and civil war history.  His efforts resulted in more than 617 hours in preparing scouts to be better prepared and responsible citizens and leaders.  Mastriano received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star device.  

 

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2  Chad Bowen was honored for his work with Youth Services and has coached, trained  and mentored the game of soccer to more than 200 youth ranging from 7 to 17 years of age.  He has held and coordinated soccer clinics for those wanting to play soccer during the winter months.  Additionally, during the winter, training sessions were provided weekly.  He works hard to provide a good quality sports experience for kids and teach them to strive to be better.

 

  • Dan Barney volunteered 215 hours, during which he prepared federal, state and local tax returns for 135 customers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.  His efforts resulted in saving his customers approximately $28,000 in tax preparation fees and refunds.  His ability to identify little known deductions and credits further enhanced his customer’s savings.   He has become a leader in the Tax Center and customers seek out his expertise, as many returning customers requested him by name to prepare their 2009 tax returns.

DES Exercise slated for May 28

The Directorate of Emergency Services will be conducting their monthly training exercise on Friday, May 28 at the Ashburn Gate, temporary traffic delays and closures are possible.


Dunham reaffirms commitment to quality care

Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant, speaks after he and Col. Kenneth Trzepowski, Dunham Clinic Commander, signed the Army Medicine Covenant May 24. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

May 24, 2010 -- Leaders committed to the highest quality of health care, support during the healing process, and assistance in providing a healing environment that focuses on mind, body and spirit, May 24, when the senior leaders of the Army War College and Dunham Army Health Clinic signed a formal covenant representing the Medical Command's commitment to provide quality health care to Warriors and their Families.

“This is basically a formality as each and every one of you already provides top-notch care to our Soldiers and their Families,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, Carlisle Barracks top leader, to the gathered employees and health care providers.

The covenant reaffirms the Army’s commitment to providing quality health care to Soldiers and their Families, demonstrating there is no higher priority than caring for those who have made personal sacrifices in the defense of the nation.


Martin named next USAWC Commandant

The Chief of Staff of the Army announced today that Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, will be assigned as the Commandant, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

Maj. Gen. Robert Williams will close out 36 years Army service at a retirement ceremony on the Carlisle Barracks parade ground, Wheelock Bandstand, June 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Martin is currently serving as Deputy Commanding General of Third Army/ US Army Central, combined Forces Land Component in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Prior to that assignment, he served as  Commanding General, United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Born in Massachusetts, Martin graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West point with a bachelor's degree and was commissioned in 1979 into the Army Corps of Engineers. He subsequently earned master's degrees in civil engineering and technology policy, as well as a Ph.D. in engineering management and public policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Naval War College and the Army War College [Class of 2000].


Next town hall meeting slated for June 1

Garrison commander Lt. Col. Janet Holliday will hold the quarterly state-of-the-installation information session for all interested military and civilians employees and residents June 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Bliss Hall Auditorium. She will take questions from the audience. 

You can also attend the Town Hall virtually via post channel 14, and submit your questions and comments by email to carl_townhall@conus.army.mil.  Questions will be accepted before, and during, the townhall meeting.

 The information update will discuss ongoing and upcoming construction projects, graduation information, an overview of the summer CYS programs and more.  


Museums offer free admission to Military Families

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2010 – Active duty servicemembers and their families will gain free access to hundreds of museums throughout the nation this summer, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.

More than 600 museums in 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed up so far to participate in Operation Appreciation: Blue Star Museums. The program offers active duty servicemembers -- including activated Guard and Reserve -- and up to five of their immediate family members free admission to participating museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

“The Blue Star Museums initiative is a tangible expression of appreciation to servicemembers and their families,” said Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy, children and youth. “It warms our hearts to see how other federal agencies and local communities can think creatively to recognize their sacrifice and contribution to the nation.”

People can visit http://www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index.php for a complete list of participating museums, which run the gamut from children’s and fine arts to history and science museums. Participating museums include the Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and all of New Mexico's 14 state-run museums and historic monuments.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for servicemembers and their families to enjoy the cultural experiences that might have otherwise been inaccessible because of cost,” Thompson said. “We truly appreciate the generosity of the National Endowment for the Arts and the participating museums.”

While admission is free of charge, some special or limited-time exhibits may not be included in the program, according to a Blue Star Museums news release. People should contact the museum directly for specifics.

"There have always been wonderful examples of partnerships between museums and military installations, but the scale of this gift from the museum community to military families is thrilling," Kathy Roth-Douquet, chairman of Blue Star Families, said in a news release. "Military families work hard for this country, and it is gratifying for us to be recognized for that.

“We anticipate that thousands of military families will participate in the program and visit museums this summer – many of them for the first time,” she continued. “Blue Star Families will work hard to help our military families make the most of these opportunities."

A group of military spouses formed Blue Star Families in December 2008 to raise awareness of the challenges of military family life in partnership with civilian communities and leaders, according to the organization’s website. The nonprofit group has grown to include spouses and families from all services and walks of life, including National Guard and Reserve, as well as veterans and civilians.


Army War College ‘family’ member killed in Afghanistan

 

    May 24, 2010 -- Col. John M. McHugh, member of the USAWC Class of 2009, received prayers and remembrances of the Memorial Chapel communities here Sunday.  

    McHugh died May 18 in Afghanistan while assigned to the U.S. Army Battle Command Training Program as commander of Operations Group A, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He was serving on a NATO key leader training mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. McHugh was among five U.S. Soldiers who died in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attached their convoy with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. 

    McHugh is survived by his wife, five children and a granddaughter.

    At Fort Leavenworth, a memorial service at the Lewis & Clark Center was held May 24 for the community to pay respect and honor his memory.  

    McHugh and his family were active members of the USAWC ‘family’ during his student year, 2008-09. He is remembered as an avid athlete and father --  softball player, Youth Services soccer coach, and friend to fellow students.

    “During the course of the year, I never had to tap him to do anything to help me out – if he saw something that needed to be done, he approached me and told me, ‘hey, Ken, I got this. I’ll organize it’. It was terrible news for all of us,” wrote Col. Ken Johnson, chairman of Seminar Five, McHugh’s USAWC seminar. Johnson remembers him on graduation day – “a wide grin on his face, looking mighty pleased.”

    “What I will always remember about John was the way he integrated his faith, his love of family, and his service to our nation,” wrote Col. Richard Gross. “John demonstrated balance in his professional and personal life better than anyone I know, and his love for life was a lesson to us all.

    “I would be remiss if I didn’t add that he was the best shortstop I ever met,” added Gross. 

    “I couldn’t begin to describe in words that would truly give justice to the wonderful friend, family man, and officer that John was,” said fellow student Linda Legier, director of the CASCOM Lessons Learned and Quality Assurance Directorate. “He had a smile on his face every day and left a positive impact on all with whom he came into contact.”

    A formal memorial service will be scheduled in the coming months by the Alumni Affairs office. McHugh’s name will be inscribed on the memorial here, and the event will give opportunity for classmates and colleagues to honor his life.

A “Remembering Johnny Mac” Facebook site can be found at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=122722157757475&v=wall&ref=mf

 

 

 


 

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of Installation Management Command

Supporting Army Soldiers, Civilians, and their Families with Information Technology

The Installation Management Community is committed to leveraging the power of technology to expand our communication capabilities and enhance our ability to serve and support Solders, Civilians, and Families. In today's world, IT is at the core of all we do at work, at home, and at play. Smaller, more powerful, and less expensive IT products hit the market every day. Becoming savvy with state-of-the-art technology helps us work smarter, learn more efficiently, and play harder.

Over the past six months, I have visited many garrisons, listening to many members of the Army Family to better understand how they prefer to receive information and communicate. Because more than 75 percent communicate and retrieve information through the Internet and other electronic means, I now communicate through my Facebook page and the IMCOM Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube sites. This implements the Deputy Secretary of Defense, 25 February 2010, memorandum that requires DOD unclassified networks be configured for Internet-based capabilities like YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Google Apps.

Because IT is so critical to how we do business and communicate, I have made IT one of the focus areas of the Services and Infrastructure Core Enterprise (SICE) in my role as co-lead of the SICE board. SICE is a collaborative and cross-functional team of more than 15 commands, organizations, and staff offices formed to develop solutions to Army-wide challenges. Presently, the SICE team is developing plans to modernize and standardize IT services on Army installations. The results will enhance delivery of IT in the deployment process, training, and programs such as Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. Also, look for improved IT to lead to improvements on how we deliver on our promises of the Army Family Covenant and Army Community Covenant.

The most important components of IT – telecommunications, information assurance (IA), and data processing – tie into every aspect of installation management. We use telecommunications to connect Soldiers to their Families by video teleconference when they deploy. Tech-smart Soldiers and Family members use it when they ‘tweet’ to friends and family through their Twitter accounts. Information assurance (IA) measures and practices reduce risk and ensures our communication and information remain secure from malicious attacks. IA enables Soldiers and Civilians to communicate with Government-issued Blackberries, knowing conversations are secure from unauthorized individuals. Most of us use data processing to manage our bits and bytes of information each day when we work on desktop computers, laptops, scanners and copiers. And, cell phones may be the most powerful device of all since they incorporate all three of these IT components.

Every day, the universe of IT products expands. Mobile handheld devices like the current generation of smartphones open up possibilities only dreamed of a few years ago. The convergence of cell phones, digital cameras, music players, GPS, video games, camcorders, electronic book readers and mobile web browsers rapidly change how we communicate and interact.

As the IMCOM commander, I am dedicated to embracing these new, exciting technologies and adapting them to continue to be ahead of the curve in supporting Soldier, Civilian, and Family well-being and mission readiness. Each generation of Soldiers brings a valuable, new perspective to the Army. It is up to us to stay in step with communication capabilities that are in synch with a quality of life commensurate with service.

We Are the Army’s Home.
 


Amanda Keene, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post security guards protect the Nation’s most valuable resource -- people  

 

Department of the Army Guard Staff Sergeant Andy Madisonperforms a vehicle inspection at the Ashburn Drive Gate May 21. Madison has been a security guard at Carlisle Barracks since 2004. Each guard has received a campaign medal during their military career, either for combat service or serving during wartime, ranging from Vietnam to Guantanamo Bay. Photo by Amanda Keene.

May 21, 2010 -- The security guards here who form the first line of defense at Carlisle Barracks bring with them expertise gained from careers serving in the military as well as the top-notch training they receive here, all to protect the residents and workers of Carlisle Barracks.

At Carlisle Barracks, security guards have one mission – force protection.  They maintain access control at the entry gates, and do so with significant experience.  Each guard has received a campaign medal during their military career, either for combat service or serving during wartime, ranging from Vietnam to Guantanamo Bay.

When asked how it feels to be the first person to greet employees and visitors to Carlisle Barracks, Staff Sergeant Andy Madison replied, “It’s a pleasure helping people.  When you get to know the people who work here every day and you become friends, it makes the job enjoyable.”

Madison has been a security guard at Carlisle Barracks since 2004.  He served four years in the Air Force at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico during the Vietnam era, testing guided missile systems.  After serving in the Air Force, he obtained an associate’s degree in Computer Science from Williamsport Area Community College and later completed a bachelor’s degree in Business from Bloomsburg State College.  He worked in PennDOT’s IBM computer center then went to work at Woolworth’s for 22 years.  Madison has two children, ages 33 and 31, and enjoys fly fishing.

Lee McLure is a Pittsburgh, Pa., native.

Lee McLure, captain of the guards, served nine years in the Army as an Infantry Soldier, including duty stations in Somalia, Kuwait, Panama Bay, and Korea, before becoming a security guard at Carlisle Barracks.  McLure is originally from Pittsburgh and transferred to the Carlisle area with his wife, Barb, who works at Dunham Clinic.  From spring to fall, McLure enjoys kayaking and rock climbing.  During the winter, he plays bass for a band that plays 70’s flash-back music. Madison first met McLure while fly fishing.

 

Officer Steve Brown served in the Navy for 20 years as an air traffic controller and joked that he  was buzzed “quite often” in the tower.   After serving in the Navy, he returned to his hometown area of Mount Holly Springs with his wife, Jane, and stepchildren.  Brown is an avid runner and takes pleasure in tending his vegetable garden.

Officer James Mathes moved to the Carlisle area with his wife Jennifer, after serving five years in the Army as Military Police, Corrections, including a tour at Guantanamo Bay.  Mathes and his wife met in Kansas while they were both on Active Duty and now have a six-month old son, Parker.  When he’s not at work, Mathes enjoys golfing and fishing.

Officer Steve Brown is a 20-year Navy veteran.

Officer Gary Stackhouse served twenty-two years in the Marines, and retired as an Aviation Gunnery Sergeant.  Stackhouse, originally from York, lived in North Carolina for ten years before moving to York Springs, where he currently resides.  He describes himself as “a homebody,” being an enthusiastic reader, especially books on history, and a Phillies, Flyers and Eagles fanatic.  Stackhouse is the father of two children and two stepchildren and a grandfather of six, soon to be seven, this coming July. Stackhouse was also recently named the Carlisle Barracks Civilian Employee of the Quarter for his job manning the Root Hall security desk.


Amanda Keene, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Three post youth lead local girls’ soccer team win championship

 

Members of the Carlisle Revolution Girls Soccer Team, (left to right) Grace Moore, Brianna Sikes, and Adriana Hutson.  Photo by Amanda Keene.

May 19, 2010 -- Three kids from Carlisle Barracks are part of the Carlisle Area Youth Soccer League’s under-9 Girls team that won the 2010 Challenge Cup at Eastern Pennsylvania’s Youth Soccer Association tournament in West Chester, Pa. 

Brianna Sikes, Grace Moore, Adriana Hutson all play for the Carlisle Revolution Girls Soccer Team, who won the tournament that ended May 15.

Brianna, whose father Col. Reginald Sikes, an Army War College student, is a goal keeper and midfielder, and said she enjoys staying outside to play when she’s not in school or at practice.  Grace, whose father is Lt. Colonel Charles Moore,  Basic Strategic Art Program director,  plays left or right fullback and loves to read and hula-hoop. 

 Adriana , whose parents are Staff Sergeants Catherine and Brandon Hutson, who work at HRD and Dunham Clinic respectively, plays forward and also likes to play kickball in her free time.  Grace and Brianna are in third grade at Bellaire Elementary, while Adriana is in second grade at LeTort Elementary.

The team’s assistant coach is our own Chief (CW2) Chad Bowen, HRD.  The team’s head coach is John “Pat” Weis. 

The Challenge Cup was in a World Cup format, with division play-offs, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final round.  Teams from all over Eastern Pennsylvania came to the two-day event and participated with divisions made of teams, age eight to seventeen, both boys and girls. 

The Carlisle team (“Carlisle Revolution”) blasted through the Challenge Cup, winning the top spot in their bracket to make it to the quarter-finals, where they won 1-0 vs. PA Rush Nike, Lenape Valley Soccer Club.  The Revolutions went onto the semi-finals, winning 3-0 against LMSC Storm, Lower Merion Soccer Club.  Finally, they beat the CRUSA Crushers, Council Rock United Soccer Association from Richboro, PA, 2-1.

The Carlisle Revolution team has four more local games for the season, and then will be participating in a tournament at Gettysburg on Memorial Day weekend. 

All three girls were excited for their win and agreed they had fun even though they said they were tired after the final game.  When asked if the Crushers were a hard team to beat, all three nodded their heads in unison.  They had shut-out their quarter- and semi-final competition, but had to work a little harder to beat the Crushers.   All three girls said they really like to play soccer, and would like to continue playing through high school, and possibly college.

The Carlisle Area Youth Soccer League’s Carlisle Revolution under-9 Girls Soccer Team, 2010 EPYSA Challenge Cup Champions, May 15th, 2010 in West Chester, PA with Assistant Coach Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chad Bowen. Photo by Susan Hughes.


Army Secretary, USAWC students trade thoughts on Army, leadership

Secretary of the Army John McHugh sought USAWC student perceptions on their studies, their instructors, and their preparation for future responsibilities.

The two-way exchange included questions from the students. One student asked him how the Army is strategically preparing for the future.

 

"The most important thing to prepare for the future is happening right here -- create leaders who are comfortable operating in an environment of uncertainty," said McHugh.

 


Army Heritage Days 2010

 

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There were plenty of new sights to see at this year’s Army Heritage Days. Along with its previous display of an American WWI trench, there was also a German concrete machine gun post from the same era. Visitors also got to see plenty of machinery, including Vietnam War-era gun trucks, WWII-era German weaponry and modern BAE Systems equipment. 

     The Ranger Group Parachute Team, a group of professional parachute artists and former U.S. Army Rangers dropped from the sky onto a 50-foot target area on Saturday. Also present were two Vietnam-era gun trucks manned by some of the original Soldiers who built and piloted these “land battleships” that helped protect Army convoys in the jungles of Vietnam.  Visitors had an opportunity to see these vehicles and talk with the men and women who built and operated them. 

    Another event was the dedication of a memorial commemorating members of the U.S. Army Air Corps 44th Bomb Group that saw action during World War II.  The bomb group saw action in the skies over Europe and was based in Shipdham, England. Surviving members of the group reunite about once a year.


Post holds Armed Forces Kids' Run

Carlisle Barracks held its first America's Armed Forces Kids' Run on Saturday, May 15, on Indian Field track. Approximately 45 children, ages 4-13 participated in this fun event and received free T-shirts and medals. Age group winners received gift certificates from the Carlisle Barracks Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES).

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America’s Kids Runs celebrated its 25th year as the largest children’s running event worldwide through participation on military bases here and abroad.  For more information on America’s Kids Run visit:  www.americaskidsrun.org

Photos by Suzanne Reynolds.

 


G.A. Volb, Army News Service
Diet: major piece of Soldier's health, fitness puzzle

Dietician Mrs. Jennifer Eiland, left, discusses possible changes Master Sgt. Anthony Jones may want to consider regarding his diet to help better his overall fitness. Jones, a Philadelphia, Pa., native lost nine pounds in just over a month following his initial meetings with Eiland. "I just used a few common sense diet and lifestyle changes that Jennifer suggested," the 44-year-old Jones said.

As Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. stresses the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy finds itself at the tip of the spear in offering health and fitness insight to its enlisted members.

Senior Army leadership not only wants a broadly-skilled NCO treading the battlefields of tomorrow, but one that is both physically and spiritually fit. The former is a product of fitness regimens designed to enhance Soldier's ability to withstand the stresses and challenges of today's real-world operations tempo -- and diet, not surprisingly, is a major piece to the puzzle.

"The food choices you make and when you eat have a direct impact on your energy level, ability to concentrate, overall feeling of well-being and gut function," said Jennifer Eiland, a dietician and part of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute's staff at their USASMA annex. "It also affects your ability to complete an exercise session."

Casey, it should be noted, is so big on Soldier fitness that he's made the CSF Program, established in 2009, a priority as the Army tries to focus on the five dimensions of strength: Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual and Family.

The general's intent is to increase the strength, resilience and enhance performance of all Soldiers, family members, and Department of the Army civilians. None of it is possible if the old quip, "You are what you eat" makes sense and everyone is shoveling junk food down their necks.

"Diet is extremely important to realizing health and fitness goals," said the 25-year dietitian from Roy, Utah. "It influences almost three-quarters of the results of our health assessments. It can also influence a person's aerobic capacity; heavier participants typically have lower V02 or lung efficiency as a result. Mood and alertness are also affected by diet."

She stressed that eating a diet full of sugar, salt and fat lowers one's energy level and ability to concentrate, which in turn, can negatively affect school work and a Soldier's performance.

"It affects chronic disease risk on a number of levels as well," she offered. "Obesity increases the odds of contracting cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Excessive sodium intake can increase blood pressure in over two-thirds of the population and risk of stroke and heart attacks according to the latest from the American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control."

In a recent letter to the troops, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston emphasized the need for Soldiers to work on all five areas stressed by the CSF Program; most of which can be affected by diet.

"We want CSF activities to become a part of our daily lives, just as we do physical training every day to build and strengthen the physical dimensions of CSF," said Preston in his letter. "We want the members of our team to do more than just cope with adversity; we want them to grow from their life experiences."

"Reflecting on the past eight years of war and our deployment experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, we can now begin to understand the individual health and resilience problems associated with our deployment tempo," he said.

An unhealthy Soldier is less effective," said Eiland. "A sergeant major's overall health, including how he or she eats, influences their ability as leaders ... and the influence they have on the health choices of their young Soldiers."

Eiland pointed out that a prominent group of retired military leaders want junk food taken out of America's schools because the obesity epidemic, especially in young people, is limiting the number of people who can be recruited into the military, making obesity a national security issue.

On a positive note, she added that many Soldiers have a sincere interest in improving their eating habits.

"A good majority tend to eat more meat and fewer fruits and vegetables than is considered optimal for good health," said Eiland. "Including more whole grains and less processed foods is also an area I frequently discuss with Soldiers. Sugary beverages seem to be a favorite as is eating fast food and microwave meals given their busy schedules. However, if dietary changes are presented in a practical and doable way to them, most will make changes."

The major challenges, according to the dietitian, are getting organized and planning ahead.

"Enlisting uncooperative family members, finding time to cook their own meals and changing an old mindset are also challenges," she said.


Army Substance Abuse Office
100 days of summer campaign kicks off Memorial Day

Plan Before You Party This Summer – Don’t forget to use a Designated Driver (one who is not drinking).

The “100 Days of Summer” represent one of the most dangerous and deadliest times of year on the nation’s highways. One big reason is a significant jump in alcohol-related traffic crashes and fatalities.

Increased alcohol use throughout the Summer, and particularly around major holiday weekends, beginning with Memorial Day, continuing through the Fourth of July and ending with Labor Day, has made the “100 Days of Summer” a very grim season for law enforcement, emergency medical staff, highway safety officials, and the friends and families of impaired driving victims.

 “The ‘100 Days of Summer’ represent one of the most dangerous and deadliest times of the year on the nation’s roadways. “One big reason is the significant jump in the number of alcohol-related traffic crashes and fatalities.”

 “That’s why our goal this summer is to remind everyone, whether they are heading out to the beach, the lake or the mountains, to their favorite summer concert, to the ballpark, or just going to a barbecue or picnic with friends, if they plan on using alcohol, they need to use a designated driver before they get started.”

Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest problems. Nationally, more than 17,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2003. Every 30 minutes, nearly 50 times a day, someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash, and more than 300,000 are injured each year. According to NHTSA, about three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.

Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is simply not worth the risk because the consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant.

Too many people still don’t understand that alcohol, drugs and driving don’t mix. Impaired driving is no accident – nor is it a victimless crime.

“Driving impaired is simply not worth any of the pain you can cause yourself or someone else.”

Tips for a safer summer season:

  • Identify your Designated Driver before going out;
  • If drinking alcohol, don’t even think about driving when impaired – and never let your friends drive if you think they are impaired; remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.
  • Drink lots of water during your activities to avoid dehydration, and don’t drink alcohol on an “empty stomach”;
  • When impaired, ask a sober friend for a ride home, use mass transit, call a cab or your local sober rides program.
  • Ask a friend or family member to come get you, or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
  • And, of course, always remember to wear your safety belt. It is still your single best defense against death or injury in a crash.



Please remember to Plan Before You Party This Summer – Don’t Forget to us a Designated Driver.”

Information provided by the Army Center for Substance Abuse.  For additional information contact the Prevention Office at 245-4576.

 

 


 Claremont Raod gate sign off for repairs

The Claremont Road gate digital sign will be turned off for while it undergoes repairs. The middle panel shows red and may be distracting for drivers.


Paving to make delays possible at Claremont Road gate May 20

On Thursday, May 20, paving will begin at the Claremont Road gate. Due to this, traffic will be alternating between the new road and the temporary road, multiple times throughout the day. There will also be paving done around the railroad crossing and the Meadows entrance so traffic will be diverted as necessary.

Motorists should expect delays and follow directions given by the constructions crews/flagmen.

The timeline is weather dependent.


Erin O. Stattel, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs
Gaining perspectives from Capitol Hill, Pentagon, Nation’s Seat of Power

Army War College International Fellows meet with Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, director of the Army Staff, at the Pentagon as part of the Washington, D.C. academic trip. During the trip more USAWC students met with members of Congress, State Department officials, and representatives of key government agencies, non-governmental organizations and others. Photos by Erin O. Stattel.

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(May 14, 2010)--Embarking on a three- day whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C. Army War College students met with elected officials, State Department officials and leaders of different international and non-governmental organizations, broadening their political and international horizons.

One of the first stops on the trip was made by the international fellows to the Pentagon to meet with top Army staff officers.

“It is wonderful to have you here, but more importantly, congratulations on Jim Thorpe,” said Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, director of the Army staff and former commandant of the U.S. Army War College.

Huntoon offered international fellows some advice for their years after Carlisle.

“You’ll remember each other and you will remember the relationships you make while in Carlisle,” he said. “What I will tell you to do is to continue to sustain these relationships.”

 “He gave us a very broad overview of some of the major challenges that the U.S. Army faces today with the many pressures which the U.S. Army has to confront, as well as confronting the economic costs of maintaining this military machine,” said Brig. Gen. Naseer Khan, of Pakistan. “From what the general said, I think they are looking in the right directions and they will find the right solutions.”

Col. Vladimir Avdiaj called Huntoon’s briefing “sincere.”

“I feel that this was a sincere briefing by a high leader in the hierarchy of the Army and he gave great expressions of ideals and spoke about the real problems,” Avdiaj said. “That is something we don’t always get to hear.”

Legislative fellow and naval officer Jason Peppin explains the layout of Statuary Hall in the Capitol building to one of the small groups on the academic Washington D.C. Trip.

The academic trip picked up steam as the rest of the students arrived May  10 and began making small group visits to places such as the National Security Council and the BBC’s Washington bureau, then on to Capitol Hill for congressional visits over the next two days.

“We visited the National Security Council’s director of Defense Policy and Strategy and I thought it was an opportunity to explore areas and issues we were unable to confirm or deny in seminar,” said Lt. Col. Trey Johnson. “It really served as a capstone to our coursework because we were able to apply our critical thinking at the strategic level.”

“Our particular small group visit related to our systems organization and structure course, as well as coursework we have done in strategic communication and cultural diversity, it all tied together from what our host was talking about,” explained Col. Wendy Bechtel, who visited the BBC. “We learned how the news outlet delivers news reports about other nations and their people, at the same time gaining support in producing news reports for people to learn from. The fact that this is something that is not forced yet is something that people want was an interesting angle to how this particular news organization is able to survive and deliver the news.”

With many senators and representatives away from their offices and on the Hill for votes, some groups were able to meet with military legislative liaisons.

“The legislative liaison in Rep. Joe Sestak’s (PA-7) office was very impressive,” said Col. Joe Birchmeier. “I thought his knowledge and understanding of political processes was incredible for only having been there for five months.”

 

Another group of students visited the BBC during the trip.

The trip closed out with a stop at the State Department and a presentation by Undersecretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns before groups broke out into smaller sessions with various State Department officials briefing students on what U.S. diplomacy faces today.


 

Carlisle Barracks Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance

  The Carlisle Barracks Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance will be held Tuesday, May 18, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Letort View Community Center. 

  The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Shirlene Ostrov, U.S. Air Force.  Ostrov is currently serving as a National Defense Fellow in the Department of State, Office of the Special Envoy to Sudan.

  "Throughout my travels in Africa, people asked me 'What nationality are you?'  I always replied 'American,'" said Lt. Col Ostrov.  "They would then, through the interpreter, say, 'No, ask her what kind of blood she has.' And I would reply 'American.'  This gave me a chance to say that what unites our country is not the same heritage but shared values of freedom, peace and democracy," said Ostrov.

  In addition to the guest speaker, there will be ethnic food sampling and a book display.

 


Outreach Checks help many local Organizations provide for those in need

Pat Seely, representing S.P.Y. (Summer Program for Youth) accepts an outreach check for $500 from Nancy Davis, Spouses' Club Outreach Chair on Apr. 21 at the CBks Spouses Club April program. 

 Photo by Suzanne Reynolds

   At the April 21 Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club program, four Carlisle-area organizations were presented with outreach checks.

  $500 donation to S.P.Y. (Summer Program for Youth) will provide children ages 6 to 10 years old, identified by local school counselors, with the opportunity to attend an eight-week summer day camp at St. John's Episcopal Church.  Activities at the camp include a reading program, arts and crafts, weekly field trips, movies and more.

  $500 donation to the Carlisle YWCA for their Youth Leadership Conference that focuses on issues of diversity and racial justice.  The conference which serves 100 students from 8 to 10 school districts is held at Dickinson College.  Each school group commits to do at least one activity over the school year in response to what they learn at the conference.

  $500 donation to New Hope Ministries for crisis assistance in eastern Cumberland County.  In 2009 New Hope Ministries helped 6,917 people experiencing challenging life circumstances such as paying for rent, mortgages, utilities, medical costs and more.

  $500 donation to the Cumberland County American Red Cross for services to the community.  The services include first aid and C.P.R. training, Armed Forces emergency services, disaster education and more.

  The next Spouses' Club luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 19., 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Letort View Community Center.

 


 


Maureen Henne, Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club
Upcoming Spouses Club events

Please join us for our last CBSC luncheon for the year as we celebrate good times and good friends.  The theme for this event is "Hawaiian Luau" and will be held Wed, May 19, 2010 outside under the pavilion by the Tiki Bar.  Social hour begins at 10:30 AM with luncheon to follow.  Cost is $13.00 and reservations must be made by NOON, Sunday May 16th by contacting the following according to your last name.

A - L: Leslie Sullivan at reservations@cbspousesclub.org

M - Z: Michele Pritchard at reservations@cbspousesclub.org

The end of our year is near and it's time to move - So grab your favorite jeans and get in the groove for "DENIM and DIAMONDS" night.  This evening will help culminate the USAWC academic year 2010 for all student spouses.  This FUN farewell will take place Tues, May 25th at LVCC with cocktails at 6 PM followed by dinner, program & dancing thru 9:30 PM.  Purchase tickets for $25 no later than May 19th thru your Seminar rep or visit http://www.cbspousesclub.org/for more information.   


Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
Post Chapel opens doors for local religious leaders

 

 

 

 Col. Bobby Towery, Army War College Deputy Commandant,  welcomes senior religious leaders to Carlisle Barracks, Tuesday, May 4, Bradley Auditorium.  You can find more photos here Photo by Lizzie Poster     

 

 

The Carlisle Barracks Memorial Chapel opened its doors May 4 to religious leaders from the Carlisle area to provide insight into the religious support and strategic leadership programs of the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks.

  “This was an opportunity for community spiritual leaders to visit Carlisle Barracks and learn what we do to develop future leaders,” said Deputy Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Carter.”   

  About 30 senior clergy from Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, Dillsburg, Marysville, Orrtanna and New Freedom, attended this first-time event, which included tours of the chapel, AHEC and post, briefings by USAWC and Carlisle Barracks senior leadership and a panel discussion with USAWC academics and students.

  “Wow, what a fantastic resource.  You get an understanding of how they educate the students and international students and how they are impacting the world, said senior pastor Brett Hartman, New Covenant Fellowship PCA, Mechanicsburg.  “I was thinking of the wealth of information we have in our own backyard.”

  Installation Chaplains Col. Gregory D’Emma and Carter said they were very pleased with the clergy’s vocal feedback during the day.

 “I believe we accomplished what we wanted to accomplish,” said D’Emma.  “We lifted the veil of mystery about Carlisle Barracks for our local clergy.”

 


Claremont Road construction causes changes for pedestrians

 

May 12, 2010 – Construction at the Claremont Road gate are causing some changes for pedestrian traffic until the project is complete June 1.

“We’ve made these changes for safety reasons while the construction is going on,” said Lee McLure, Captain of the Guards.

A walking route has been established that will take pedestrians around the new inspection site and also out of the way of traffic and ongoing construction for their safety. 

When exiting post via Claremont Road, pedestrians are asked to follow the sidewalk along Claremont Road as opposed to walking straight towards the new access control point or turning left and walking along the ongoing construction.

As they follow this sidewalk, they will meet the parking area adjacent to the Skill Development Center, which they will walk through until they meet up with the existing portion of Jim Thorpe Road, leading them to the Meadows or Golf Course.

Pedestrians should be aware and take care as they will be facing traffic coming to the access control point. 

People coming to post should follow the same path to come onto post.

 


 

Gold Star wife named Army Spouse of Year

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, May 10, 2010) -- “It’s very humbling,” said Military Spouse Magazine's Army 2010 Spouse of the Year, “and it makes me feel good about the work I have done."

Nicki Bunting was named the magazine’s Army spouse of the Year for her work in organizing a memorial run in honor of her late husband, Capt. Brian "Bubba" Bunting, who was killed in Afghanistan.

Called “Bubba’s Belly Run,” the Sept. 27 event on the grounds of Bullis High School in Potomac, Md., raised more than $56,000 for military charities including Flat Daddies, Fisher House and the American Widow Project.

“It’s nice to know where that money goes,” said Bunting. “Part of that money went to the American Widow Project and that money essentially went to the entire remaking of their website.”

Bunting’s husband, a member of the Individual Ready Reserve, was assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team when he was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His vehicle hit an improvised explosive device Feb. 24, 2009, shortly after he returned from R&R at home in the states. He and three other Soldiers died in the attack.

About a week after her husband’s death, Bunting found that she was pregnant with their second child. “His greatest wish in his life was to have a large family. So keeping me pregnant really made him happy. So we are going to keep it Bubba’s Belly Run forever," Bunting said.

Last year, in addition to the run, her foundation accepted donations to purchase flags. The American flags were placed along the route of the run, one for every servicemember killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“The morning of the race we lined the streets with at that point it was almost 5,200 flags. That was quite a sight to see” Bunting said.

Bunting said she wants to continue getting the word out and help other military spouses deal with the stress of deployments and military life. “I like to be able to remind people that no matter life’s biggest obstacles, you can stand tall with a head on your shoulders and keep going."

Bunting plans to make the 5k run and annual event with the next race being planned for Sept. 26. For more information about the run please visit www.bubbasbellyrun.com


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Construction to affect Claremont Road gate, Meadows, golf course traffic

May 11, 2010--- Work continues on the Claremont Road gate and all signs still point to a June 1 completion date, according to Deamer Davidson, engineer tech, DPW.

"The ongoing work this week is the widening of  Jim Thorpe Rd and construction of the road bed," he said. "The placement of concrete curbing and site lighting is ongoing this week also and paving of Thorpe Rd should be the week of May 17 . Following that paving will be line painting and signage. Once all that is complete, Thorpe will be reopen."  

    Starting April 26, Jim Thorpe Road from Claremont Road to the entrance of the Meadows, was closed until approximately June 1 so that it can be widened and repaved. 

    All traffic to Carlisle Barracks, the Meadows and the golf course entera through a temporary road that is marked.

    Upon turning off of Claremont Road, there is signage directing traffic to their destination:

•Meadows and Golf Course traffic will turn left and proceed as normal

•Carlisle Barracks traffic will turn right to the new access control point

Upon approaching the new access control point there will be three options:

• Visitors without a DoD Decal will enter the left lane, where they will be directed to the inspection area

• DoD decal holders will enter the center lane

•Buses and trucks will use the right lane

Meadows Residents, golf course visitors also affected

   A change will also be in effect during this time for those leaving the Meadows or golf course as all traffic will travel through the access control point before leaving the installation. Motorists will follow the lane assignments above. Motorists will show photo ID at the access control point.


STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, May 10, 2010
iWATCH ARMY

What is it?

iWATCH ARMY is a modern version of neighborhood watch focused on the threat of terrorist activity. iWATCH ARMY is designed to heighten public awareness to the indicators of terrorist activity and encourage reporting of suspicious behavior or activity to Military Police or local law enforcement agencies for investigation. The Headquarters Department of the Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG,) is leading this effort. OPMG's Antiterrorism Branch has developed the iWATCH ARMY initiative and media awareness products (including posters, brochures, websites, and public service announcements) to educate the Army community.


 State Senator speaks to members of Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic

 Photo by Megan Clugh

In recognition of National Nurses' Week, Pa. State Senator Pat Vance spoke to Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic nurses and staff on Thursday, May 6, on the role of nurses in the public sector.

Sen. Vance is the only member of the Legislature who is a professional nurse. A member of the Senate since 2005, Vance served 14 years in the Pa. House of Representatives.


Census bureau workers will be on post for the next two weeks following up on the 2010 Census. Census takers visit local homes several times to capture resident information for the Census.

If a census taker visits you, here's what you should do:

·         First ask to see their ID. All census workers carry official government badges marked with just their name; they may also have a "U.S. Census Bureau" bag

·         Note that the census taker will never ask to enter your home

·         If you're still not certain about their identity, please call the Regional Census Centers  at 1-866-872-6868 to confirm they are employed by the Census Bureau

·         The census taker will ONLY ask the questions that appear on the census form.

If you prefer, you can schedule a visit with your census taker. Should the census taker come when you are away from your home, they will leave a contact number.

For more information on the Census visit http://2010.census.gov/2010census/index.php


 

 

New Scholarship for children of fallen service members

Benefit honors Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry

WASHINGTON– The children of military personnel who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001 can apply for an educational scholarship similar to the new Post-9/11 GI Bill.  Benefits are retroactive to Aug. 1, 2009.

The scholarship, which is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, are named after Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, 28, a Texas native who died in Iraq in 2006 while disarming an explosive.  He was survived by three young children.

“The Fry scholarship represents this nation’s solemn commitment to care for children whose mothers and fathers paid the ultimate price for our country,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. 

VA begins accepting applications for the Fry scholarship on May 1, 2010.  For more information or assistance applying, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551), or visit the VA GI Bill Website at www.gibill.va.gov.

VA estimates nearly 1,500 children will receive benefits under the Fry scholarship program in 2010.  Recipients generally have15 years to use their benefits, beginning on their 18th birthdays.

Eligible children attending institutions of higher learning may receive payments to cover their tuition and fees up to the highest amounts charged to public, in-state students at undergraduate institutions in each state.  A monthly housing allowance and stipend for books and supplies are also paid under this program. 

VA will begin paying benefits under the Fry scholarships on Aug. 1, 2010.  Eligible participants may receive benefits retroactively to August 1, 2009, the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect. 

Eligible children may be married.  Recipients are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100 percent level.  

When dependents also serve in the military, the reserves or are Veterans in their own right, eligible for education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty, the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserves or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), then they would relinquish their eligibility under those programs to receive benefits under a Fry scholarship.


Army War College Foundation updates

 May 7, 2010 -- In Aug. 2009, the President and Board of Trustees created a Strategic Task Force in to review the strategy and structure of the organization one year after the successful merger of the Army War College Foundation and the Alumni Association.  The task force recommendations have been unanimously approved and the two primary personnel are:

    Retired Col. Ruth Collins has been appointed to the new position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and will oversee all operations of the organization, and report directly to the President and Board of Trustees.

    Dan Monken, has been selected as the new Director for Development.  He reports directly to the CEO.

    Also, Retired Lt. Gen. Richard Timmons stepped down after 10 years as Foundation President. Timmons remains on the board as President Emeritus. Retired Lt. Gen. Tom Rhame, the Vice President, Finance and Administration, Association of the United States Army, was elected as the Foundation’s new President. 

    Lou Manzi, former Vice President for World Wide Recruitment, GlaxoSmithKline, and current President, Arrow Consulting, has been elected as the Foundation’s new Vice President.


American Forces Press Service
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' online inbox goes live

A new online inbox that enables servicemembers and their families to comment anonymously about the impact of a possible repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law has gone live.

The inbox will enable servicemembers and families to offer their thoughts about how a repeal of the law that prohibits gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military might affect military readiness, military effectiveness and unit cohesion, recruiting and retention, and family readiness, a defense official explained.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates created an intradepartment, interservice working group to conduct a fair, objective, comprehensive and dispassionate review of these issues, the official said. The online inbox is one method the group will use to systematically engage with the force and their families.

A non-Defense Department contractor will monitor comments made through the inbox and eliminate any identifiable information inadvertently submitted to ensure anonymity, the official said.

The inbox is posted at http://www.defense.gov/dadt

Respondents must possess an official Common Access Card to provide input.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
USAWC students get to test cutting-edge technologies at Robotics Day

Visitors check out the Mobile Detection Assessment Response Systems (MDARS) UGV, one of the cutting edge technologies that were on display at Robotics Day April 28. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

Indian Field and the front of Root Hall were turned into a Sci-Fi fans dream April 28 for the 7th annual Robotics Day demonstration as nearly 20 vendors and agencies brought with them cutting edge technologies that may one day replace or enable Soldiers to do their battlefield tasks safer.  An assortment of air and ground robots, autonomous (independently operating) robotics systems, robotic exoskeleton, and miscellaneous robotic devices were on display.
 “We wanted to be able to show the students some of the advances in technologies that the Army and civilian companies are coming up with to make their jobs easier,” said Bill Waddell, one of the event organizers and a technology electives instructor at the Army War College. “There is a good chance these students will encounter some of these types of machines in the near future. This provides an educational opportunity for them to learn about some of the things they will be helping to make decisions about when they leave here.”
Robotics Day builds to increase USAWC student awareness and that of the surrounding community about recent advances in robotics systems, especially those being fielded for use in ongoing operations, as well as those in research and development at various research laboratories, battle labs, and warfare centers.
 “It all started off as a small demonstration for students in the technology electives,” said Waddell. “Then it kept growing and growing as more people became involved and became what you see here today.”
Event highlights were  demonstrations of the RQ-75 Shadow 200 Tactical UAV1 by members of D Troop 2-104th Cavalry, Pa. National Guard, a TALON SWORD with M240 Gun Unmanned Ground Vehicle and iRobot who brought various Packbot Unmanned Ground Vehicles.
“It’s fascinating what they are doing now with technology, especially the unmanned aerial vehicles,” said Col. Tracy Bannister, USAWC student. “If you can send something electronic or digital into an area instead of a Solider, it can save lives.”
 “Being able to take a look at these new technologies as well as taking the technology electives really help keep us connected to what’s going on in the field,” said Lt. Col. Sherman Lacost, student.

Area school children learned about the latest and greatest in technology from military and civilian contractors, in the free public Robotics Day. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.


 Visitors also heard first-hand about the real-world applications of these technologies from the PANG Soldiers who used it on a recent deployment.
“These UAVs give us a real-time look at the battlefield that you can’t get any other way,” said Sgt. Nicholas Gerace, a UAS Operator with the 104th. “They have become an essential part of warfighting. With them we can conduct 24-hour ops without overstressing our force.”
“Their value is immense,” said Maj. Guy Smith, a member of the 56th Stryker Brigade who recently returned from a deployment to Taji, Iraq. “They let you see things you wouldn’t normally, like through sand and fog, that you just can’t with the human eye. That provides a tremendous value to a commander when decided how to utilize his forces.”
 The vendors also work with Soldiers to find out how they can improve their products to better meet their needs.
“We set up an Army Evaluation Task Force at Fort Bliss to help us evaluate our equipment,” said Sam Tricomo, Program Executive Office Integration. “They take our stuff, beat it up, break it and tell us how we can make it better to serve them in the long run. It’s a perfect way to do things.” The AETF was set up in 2008 to help develop future capabilities.  
Students from area high schools, home school associations, first responders, colleges, JROTC, ROTC, USAWC alumni, local military installations, and Carlisle-area residents, were invited to participate and learn about these examples of applied science and technology.


Army Substance Abuse Program
Alcohol at- prom and graduation time

 Teens Expect Drinking and Driving on Prom Night, Survey Says
 

    A survey of 11th- and 12th-grade students finds that 90 percent believe that their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night, but few think that the behavior carries a high degree of risk, USA Today reported April 9.

    The survey of more than 2,500 students, conducted by Liberty Mutual and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), found that 79 percent of students expected their classmates to drink and drive on graduation night. More than one in three students also said their parents had let them attend a party knowing that alcohol would be served.

    "Newspapers, television, YouTube and Facebook are rife with tales of tragedy from reckless driving on prom and graduation nights, yet an 'it won't happen to me' attitude continues to be so pervasive among our teens," said Dave Melton of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. "Add to the alcohol factor distractions like texting or talking on the cellphone while driving, or the greater likelihood of multiple people in the car, and the crash potential is very real."

Parents – Don’t be a Party to Teenage Drinking, - It’s Against The Law.

What Parents Should Know: Underage Drinking Laws

    As a parent, you should know that IT IS ILLEGAL to give alcohol to your teen or your teen’s friend under the age of 21 under any circumstances, even in your own home, even with their parent’s permission.

    You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, even your own child, in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.

If You Break the Law:

  • You can face a fine up to $1,000.00 for the first violation and $2,500.00 for each subsequent violation.
  • You could face jail time up to one year.
  • You have the potential for Civil Liability and the loss of your assests such as your home and your personal property.

Things You Can Do as a Parent:

  • Refuse to supply alcohol to children.
  • Be at home when your teen has friends over.
  • Make sure the alcohol in your home is locked up and that your teen’s friends are not bringing alcohol into your home.
  • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your child will be attending.
  • Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so your teens feel welcome.
  • Report underage drinking anonymously by calling the toll-free hotline a 1-888-UNDER-21.

    Information provided by the Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition.

    For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245-4576.


Col. Burl Randolph, Jr., ROCKS, Inc and Army War College student

Carlisle Barracks ROCKS, Inc conducts mentorship forum with Dickinson College ROTC cadets

ROCKS, Inc. members Lt. Col. (P) Rick Emerson,  Col. Jay McCurdy, Lt. Col. (P) Mike Talley, Col. Patrick Brewington, Col. Burl Randolph, Jr., Lt. Col. (P) Fred Hannah, recently met with more than 30 Dickinson College Senior ROTC cadets to discuss leadership. Courtesy photo.

May 3, 2010 -- In the early hours of April 13, seven Army War College students met with 30 Dickinson College Senior ROTC cadets and cadre, to conduct a group mentorship session designed to connect current warfighters with future warfighters.  Military Science II, III and IV cadets were the future warfighters and arrived prepared, asking questions ranging from expectations of a new Lieutenant, to comparing and maintaining competitive military professional credentials commensurate with civilian counterparts.  The USAWC panel consisted of members from the MG Charles C. Rogers Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc, an organization dedicated to leadership, scholarship and mentorship.  Lt. Col. (P) Rick Emerson, Military Intelligence and chapter President led the contingent of highly qualified officers from various branches:  Col. Jay McCurdy, Signal Corps; Col. Sammie Hargrove, Logistics; Lt. Col. (P) Mike Talley, Medical Services Corps and Col. Patrick Brewington, Air Defense Artillery.  Col. Burl Randolph, Jr., Military Intelligence, was the event organizer and moderator, and Lt. Col. (P) Fred Hannah was the photographer and conduit to the USAWC Class of 2011 ROCKS organization. 

    Each officer brought a unique blend of personal experience and professional knowledge about their particular branch, as well as Army life in general.  McCurdy spoke on networking and mentoring, while Hargrove talked about the importance of teamwork and expectation management.  Talley explained the lasting effects of first impressions, while Brewington noted that ‘only you can forfeit your integrity’ and spoke on the vital importance of communications.  Emerson told the cadets to “ask as many questions as you need to, to get an answer that makes sense to you, and to always remember the importance of humility.”

    Lt. Col. Adrienne Eckstein, Dickinson Professor of Military Science, asked each officer for a short synopsis of what a new Lieutenant should expect in each of their branches, and explained to the cadets, “These are your future Brigade Commanders.  Get their expectations while you have them in front of you.”  The cadets were not short of questions and took little prompting to garner participation.  The group mentorship session was all part of the ROCKS-Dickinson College SROTC Mentorship-Partnership that began in October 2009.  Each of the commissioning cadets for 2010 was assigned a mentor from the ROCKS, to help prepare them as newly commissioned Second Lieutenants.  Other cadets and cadre had access to ROCKS members as needed, with participation in such activities as the Dickinson SROTC Ball, a field trip to Capitol Hill and the commissioning ceremony on May 22.

    Eckstein stated that “The partnership and the group mentorship sessions were both huge successes, and I look forward to the continued partnership with the next Army War College class.”  McCurdy’s insightful final remarks are applicable to all ranks and professions when he told the cadets: “Never forget the power you have to mentor each other.”      


Army Heritage and Education Center events
  Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Book Reading Series:  On Thursday, May 6, Dr. Richard Dinardo, U.S. Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, will present “Breakthrough:  The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915.”   
Ridgway Hall, AHEC, opens at 6:45 p.m.; the talk begins at 7:15 p.m. and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m.
  Army Heritage Days:  Saturday-Sunday, May 15-16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a two-day event featuring living history, lectures, exhibits, demonstrations, book sales and more.
  Perspectives in Military History Lectures Series:  On Wednesday, May 19, Richard B. Frank, historian, will present, “Ending the Pacific War:  Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King and the New History.”
Ridgway Hall, AHEC, opens at 6:45 p.m.; the talk begins at 7:15 p.m. and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m.
  Summer hours for AHEC Ridgway Hall:  Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays, 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Summer hours will run until Oct. 31, 2010.   For more information on these events call 717-245-3803 or visit www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec

International Fellows vs. U.S. student soccer game May 5
  The IF’s and the U.S. Students will take to the field of battle and engage in “mortal soccer combat” to see who will be crowned champions by the Commandant, on Wednesday, May 5, 5 p.m., Carlisle Barracks Indian Field.
Carlisle Barracks Spring Yard Sale May 15
  Saturday, May 15, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. located throughout the Post and in the parking lot of AAFES.  For more information call 245-4029/4343. 
Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance May 18
  The Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance will be held Tuesday, May 18, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Letort View Community Center.  The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Shirlene Ostrov, U.S. Air Force.  Ostrov is currently serving as a National Defense Fellow in the Department of State, Office of the Special Envoy to Sudan. 
In addition, there will be ethnic food sampling and a book display.
 
Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Luncheon
  Wednesday, May 19, the Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Luncheon will be held at the Letort View Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  For more information on these events visit www.cbspousesclub.org
Installation Town Hall Meeting May 25
  This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 4-5 p.m., Bliss Hall Auditorium.
2010 Advanced Motorcycle Safety Course
  This course will be held on Saturday, May 29 in the parking lot adjacent to Buildings 314 and 315.  For registration contact the Safety Office, 717-245-4353.
 
Dickinson College events
(These events are free and open to the public)
  Tuesday, May 4, Chamber Music Concert, Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts. For more information on events visit, www.dickinson.edu/news-and-events
 
Cumberland County Historical Society events
  Now through Oct. 30 – Exhibit “Sitting Pretty:  Plank Bottom Chairs of Cumberland County.
  Wednesday, May 26, CCHS, 7 p.m., “One of a Kind” presented by Beth Coolidge.  This talk discusses the distinguished couple who built the Thornwald Mansion in 1909, takes guests on a virtual tour of the mansion as it originally existed, and traces ownership of the mansion to the present day.     For more information on Programs and Exhibits, call 717-249-7610 or visit www.historicalsociety.com
 
Carlisle Events (Performance & Style)
  May 8-9, Carlisle Events will present Performance & Style; May 21-23, Import and Kit Nationals at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. 
  For more information and a calendar of events, visit www.carlisleevents.com
 
Downtown Carlisle Association events
  Friday, May 7, noon to 5 p.m., First Friday on North Hanover--NO End Music and Artwalk.
  Saturday, May 29—Borough pools open.
  For information on Carlisle events, visit:  www.lovecarlisle.com
 
Golf outing to benefit Hope Station May 22
  Hosted by First Lutheran Church, Saturday, May 22, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Visit www.eaglescrossing.com or www.firstlutherancarlisle.org or www.hopestation.org for more information.
 
Veterans Memorial 5k Run/Walk May 22
  Saturday, May 22, Silver Spring Township Parks and Recreation Department in support of the Veterans Memorial for Silver Spring Township, are hosting the Veterans Memorial 5K Run/Walk at Stony Ridge Park.  Visit www.silverspringtwo-pa.gov for more information.
Memorial Day Events
  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.   Check the Banner on-line at www.carlisle.army.mil/banner for a complete list of area Memorial Day events.
 
Post Pool Opening May 29
Open May 29- Labor Day. Hours Sunday-Sat Open swimming daily from noon to 7 p.m. Lap swimming from 11 a.m. to noon only. For more information call 245-3560.
 
 
Fore more events visit https://publicportal.carlisle.army.mil/
 

USAWC series focuses on resilience, comprehensive fitness

Webster defines resilience as, “the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress” and “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.”
“The strength of our Nation is only as strong as the Soldiers, Families and Civilians that courageously support and defend it,” said Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Commander of the  Installation Management Command. “Over the last eight years, more than one million Soldiers have deployed to combat, more than 3,900 Soldiers have sacrificed their lives, and more than 25,000 have been wounded in service to our country. Our approach to supporting resiliency for the Army Community is to enhance their ability to adapt to stress by supporting, maintaining, and developing programs and services that promote total wellness.”
At Carlisle Barracks, this focus includes a series of noon-time lectures to make Army War College students, staff and faculty aware of the programs available.
“It’s important to not just support our Soldiers in the field but at home as well,” said Col. Frank Zachar, who hosted the lectures on different components of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness with a focus on resilience, the week of April 19.
Comprehensive Soldier Fitness is a program to develop and institute holistic fitness programs for Soldiers, families, and Army civilians in order to enhance performance and build resilience.  Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program encompasses the five dimensions of strength: physical, emotional, social, family and spiritual. A key component of that program is Master Resilience Training, developed in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania.
“With this program you get to learn a lot about yourself and how you deal with situations and how you view life,” Zachar said. “I strongly feel that if you, yourself, can identify problems and handle them more effectively, then you’ll be more positive in your life - not only in your work life, but also in your personal life. Resilience helps you with that.”
Some of the keys to resilience are thinking flexibly and accurately, taking other perspectives, identifying and understanding problems, and being willing to try new strategies, according to Zachar.
Another lecture focuses on mental agility
A session  featured a speaker from the Army Center for Enhanced Performance which is teaching Soldiers techniques drawn from sports psychology such as visualization and bio-feedback to help deal with stress and other mental consequences of combat. 
The ACEP mission is to develop the full potential of Warriors and Families using a systematic educational and developmental process grounded in cutting edge performance psychology and learning strategies in order to enhance adaptive thinking, mental agility, and self-regulation skills essential to the pursuit of overall personal strength, professional excellence, and the Warrior Ethos across the Army.
“Soldiers need to be strong in both body and mind,” said Capt. Andy Riise, ACEP Outreach Instructor. “Developing the entire human dimension is crucial to success on the battlefield and in life.”
The center teaches five sets of skills, including goal setting, imagery integration or visualization and energy management, which uses bio-feedback and breathing exercises to help soldiers regulate their response to stressful situations. In bio-feedback training, soldiers are hooked up to medical equipment that shows them changes in pulse rate and blood pressure. 
For more on ACEP visit http://www.acep.army.mil/
For more information on CSF, visit http://www.army.mil/csf/
 


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Army reaffirms commitment to families of deceased Soldiers

In neighboring Pennsylvania communities, families who have lost a Soldier now have a new Army program to assist them. The first Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) Forum, hosted by the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service, took place here at the Post Chapel, Apr. 30 for invited surviving family members.
The Army recently launched this comprehensive program to improve services for survivors of deceased Soldiers, regardless of the circumstances or cause of death. Locally, the Army met with Gold Star Mothers to learn about their experiences and needs, and work with them to spread the word about the new SOS program.

The SOS program provides advocates to help survivors get the right package of help at the right time, and to coordinate a comprehensive support package on their behalf. This can include financial planning, support groups, counseling, life skills education and other services specific to the individual’s needs.
The SOS program is part of Army Community Service at Carlisle Barracks, and can easily link into other ACS programs.
Through Soldier and Family support services like SOS, the Army honors those who serve and extends the commitment to survivors through personal commitment and professional services.
To contact the Carlisle Barracks ACS office, call 717-245-4357.
For more information on SOS and other helpful links, visit:  www.MyARMYOneSource.com


Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Earth Day celebration showcases ‘Army Green’ post

Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Powell helped children from the Child Development Center seed a wildflower meadow during the April 30 Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration. Photo by Scott Finger.

April 30, 2010 -- Though it’s been said it’s not easy being green, Carlisle Barracks community members who change their habits can actually reap rewards and have a little fun in the process.
“Every day as I walk around post, I am struck by the natural beauty here and feel that we, as residents, are bound to protect that for future generations,” said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander at Carlisle Barracks. “Our event today is one way to reinforce that to the children of our community to be good stewards of our environment. It’s an honor to be recognized as a Tree City community and I think the opportunity to plant a new tree in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day highlights our commitment to preserving the natural environment here on Carlisle Barracks.”
Carlisle Barracks community members enjoyed the beautiful weather on April 30 as a day to add more green in their lives, participating in the Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration. It  kicked off with a Tree City USA tree planting ceremony near the Butler Road Bridge, where children from the Child Development Center helped plant the tree.
The planting was immediately followed by a beekeeper demo on the value of honey bees to our rural communities; a seeding of a wildflower embankment to help halt soil erosion; and a barbecue at the Delaney Field Clubhouse where various organizations had set up displays about  the benefits and ease of going green.
“This year, we are using Earth Day as an opportunity to renew our commitment to environmental stewardship and highlight our efforts in both energy conservation and enhancing our recycling program,” said Donna Swauger, biological science technician for Carlisle Barracks.
Enhancing environmental stewardship has been the focus of several initiatives around post. From implementing a Lean 6 Sigma program on the mission side, to the Live Army Green energy conservation program on the residential side, with a push for increased recycling in between, Carlisle Barracks community members are being asked to think, live and work green.
“With our program we are measuring energy usage in buildings around post,” explained Pete Collins, about the Lean 6 Sigma project.  “What we have found is that since 2006, when we began collecting data for mission buildings, certain buildings are actually doing better than we initially thought. One example is the LeTort View Community Center, one of the highest consumers of energy per square feet on post, but they have been able to reduce their usage by some basic energy conservation rules of thumb like changing light bulbs to high efficiency bulbs, diligently turning off lights and appliances when they aren’t in use, things of that nature.”
As for the outdoor element of environmental stewardship at Carlisle Barracks, the installation has been recognized as a Tree City USA community since 1992 because of its dedicated tree management program and creation of green space in the central Pennsylvania area.
For this year’s tree planting ceremony, a flowering dogwood was selected and donated by residential housing partner Balfour Beatty Communities. The tree was planted near the LeTort Spring Run, a high-quality coldwater fishery.
Carlisle Barracks Morale Welfare and Recreation also sponsored an essay contest in honor of the day, challenging teens with the task of explaining “why green makes sense,” as well as a poster art show for younger children to express why it is important to practice green methods.
Other Earth Day displays in Delaney Field Clubhouse demonstrated the inside story of how Carlisle Barracks works  to keep the post beautiful and green including the Pelican street sweeper, the Ditch Witch Jet Vac and alternative energy vehicles.
Carlisle Barracks also employs the use of alternative energy vehicles such as the electric golf carts which garrison staff uses when personnel need to get around post in a hurry.
Also among the displays was the Dickinson College plastic bag model which shows how many plastic bags one person accumulates during his or her daily lives, and examples from the Department of Environmental Protection on energy conservation and the benefits of pervious pavement. In addition to Colonel Carlisle, a friendly cartoon eagle who reminds community members to use the proper recycling bins and make living green a regular aspect of their daily lives, Smokey Bear, a character from the Forest Service who has a long history with the Army, was also present.


Public Affairs staff report
Local educators honored for work with military children

Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC commandant,  presents Mary Kay Durham, Carlisle Area School District superintendent, with an award during an outstanding educators recognition April 26 at Quarters One. Durham was honored for her more than 30 years of working with military families and their children. Photo by Charity Murtorff.

You can find a video about the event here

More photos from the event can be found here

 April 27, 2010 --  The Army War College thanked local educators for their dedication in working with the children of military families during an outstanding educators reception  April 26 at Quarters One on Carlisle Barracks.
Pa. Secretary of Education, Dr. Gerald Zahorchak, joined Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Robert M. Williams in recognizing outstanding educators from five local school districts during the event.
 “This is a great opportunity to thank all of our educators for everything they do,” said Zahorchak. “These types of relationships are great for everyone involved and it really benefits the children in the long run.”
The exceptional teachers and counselors were identified for honor by the superintendents of the five school districts that educate military children were from the Carlisle Area, Cumberland Valley, Big Spring, Mechanicsburg, and South Middleton districts.  School board members, superintendents and principals, as well as Army leaders and parents, gathered to salute top educators.
The Army War College sponsored the first annual reception to acknowledge the unique relationship between schools and the military children who live a challenging life of many moves and many school transitions.
“Many of our students at the Army War College are here for only a year and that can be disruptive for the children,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, commandant of the Army War College. “One of the reasons our families are doing quite well is the commitment of the community and the teachers. We wanted to recognize that here tonight.”

    

Nearly 40 local educators came to Carlisle Barracks as part of the recognition ceremony April 27. Photo by Charity Murtorff.

 Top educators honored were these:

 Big Spring School District -- Ms Charlene D'Amore, teacher; Mrs Sherri Mains, counselor; Mrs Judith Creps, counselor; Mr Steve Smith, principal; Mrs Jeanne Temple, assistant superintendent; Mrs Kelly Fry, teacher.

Carlisle Area School District -- Ms Laura Shaffer, principal; Mr Jim Burgess, principal; Mr Keith Colestock, principal; Dr. Karen Quinn, director of curriculum; Ms Christina Spielbauer, director of special education; Mr Gary Worley, principal.

Cumberland Valley School District -- Mr Donald Snyder, principal; Mrs Kathy Harlan, counselor; Mr Paul Wade, teacher; Dr. Stephanie Bowen, principal; Mr John Gallagher, principal; Mr Wes Beard, teacher; Mr Bill Creps, principal.

Mechanicsburg Area School District -- Mr Paul Bigham, acting director of student services; Mr Steve Kessler, counselor; Ms Kristie Markel, counselor; Mr Joel Yohn, assistant principal; Mrs Krista Rosensteel, teacher; Mrs Ashlyn Rehn, principal.

South Middleton School District -- Mr Joseph Mancuso, principal; Mr Scott McQuaig, counselor; Dr. Fred Withum, principal; Mr Denis Sicchitano, counselor; Mrs Janet Adams, principal; Mr Elmer Barrick, counselor; Mr David Boley, principal; Mrs Carole Posavec, counselor.

These five school districts have made a special, additional commitment by becoming members of the Military Child Education Coalition several years ago. On a daily basis, administrators, teachers, coaches and counselors have shown commitment to military children, and other children whose parents live a transient life, through thoughtful policies and focus on children’s success and well-being.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Peacekeeping partnership established with Dickinson College

The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute and Dickinson College are partnering for a new Securities Studies Certificate Program at Dickinson. Col. John Kardos, PKSOI director, and Neil Weissman, provost and dean of Dickinson College, sign an agreement April 9 in the Dickinson College Memorial Hall. PKSOI will assist in course development, teaching exchanges, research, publication, and internship programs. Photo by Scott Finger.

 

April 15, 2010 -- The Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute is collaborating with Dickinson College to create new educational opportunities for students and faculty in Dickinson's new security-studies program.

    “Arrangements like these improve the quality of education for all,” said Dickinson College President William Durden during an April 7 ceremony marking the agreement. “This brings together two different perspectives to look at peacekeeping to better serve our nation.”

    The agreement is a natural one, noted Col. John Kardos, PKSOI director.   

    “This is a great match between what we are doing at the Army War College and what you are doing here at Dickinson College,” he said. “We are very much looking forward to this collaboration.”

    This partnership will include internships, workshops, research and publication opportunities, teaching exchanges and faculty-development programs that advance understanding of peacekeeping and stability operations.

    PKSOI will serve as a resource for students in Dickinson’s new security-studies program, as they study international-relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. national-security policy and strategy and transnational issues and concerns. The program is designed for students pursuing careers in policy studies, political science, international relations, the military and the environmental sciences.

    As a result of Dickinson's partnership, students who are curious about the world will be better equipped to embrace new ways of thinking, solve problems creatively and address important social issues purposefully, as they address security, defense, conflict and strategic issues across our nation and around the globe, according to Durden.

    To learn more about Dickinson’s new certificate program visit http://www.dickinson.edu/academics/programs/security-studies/


Jim Thorpe Sports Days 2010 Results

Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant, John Thorpe, grandson of Carlisle Barracks Indian School Alum and famous athlete Jim Thorpe, George Yuda, son of the Thorpe’s baseball teammate’s Montreville Speed Yuda, and USAWC Class of 2010 President Col. Roger Shuck hold the Commandants Cup, awarded to the winner of Jim Thorpe Sports Days.  The Army War College won the annual athletic competition between senior service schools. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

 

April 24, 2010 -- The Army War College won the annual athletic competition between senior service schools.

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Overall Competition

Army War College

Industrial College of the Armed Forces

Air War College

National War College

 

Basketball

ICAF

Army

Natl

Air

 

Volleyball

Air

Army

Natl

ICAF

 

Softball

Army

ICAF

Natl

Air

 

Cycling

Natl/ICAF (Joint Team)

Army

Air

 

Trap

Army

 

Skeet

Air/Natl (tied)

 

Women’s 5K

Army

Natl

ICAF

Air

 

Men’s 5K

Army

ICAF

Air

Natl

 

Men’s Bowling

Army

Air

ICAF

Natl

 

Women’s Bowling

Natl

ICAF

Air

Army

 

Men’s Golf

Army

ICAF

Air

Natl

 

Women’s Golf

ICAF

Army

Natl

Air

 

Soccer

Army

ICAF

Air

Natl

 

Racquetball

ICAF

 

Tennis

ICAF

Air

Army

Natl


DoD News Release
Interim Fort Hood recommendations approved

                The Department of Defense announced today near-term actions to address gaps and deficiencies in personnel policies, force protection measures, emergency response, mass casualty preparedness and support to DoD healthcare providers identified by the DoD Independent Review panel.

                The actions follow-up on 26 of the 79 recommendations made by the panel chaired by former Army secretary Togo D. West, Jr., and retired Adm. Vern Clark, the former chief of naval operations, in the wake of the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas on Nov. 5, 2009. DoD's follow-on review, which is headed by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense & Americas' Security Affairs Paul Stockton, will recommend to Secretary Robert M. Gates what actions should be taken on the remaining 53 recommendations in June.

                Among the actions to be taken in the near-term are:

          (1)   Expand the pilot program to fully deploy eGuardian as the DoD-wide force protection threat reporting system to handle suspicious incident activities. The eGuardian system, which is FBI-owned and maintained, will safeguard civil liberties, while enabling information sharing among Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, including interagency fusion centers. 

          (2)   Complete the deployment of the Law Enforcement Defense Data Exchange system (D-DEx) allowing all DoD law enforcement agencies to share criminal investigation as well as other law enforcement data as appropriate. D-DEx  will be a consolidated database to enable organizations across the Department  to query, retrieve, and post criminal investigation and law enforcement data in a single repository. 

         (3)   Establish the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs as the DoD lead for the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force program.

         (4)   Strengthen DoD's antiterrorism training program by incorporating lessons learned from the Fort Hood incident, Department of Homeland Security best practices on workplace violence, and civilian law enforcement active shooter awareness training.

                Gates' implementation memo, as well as a detailed description of the actions to be taken on each of the 26 recommendations, can be found at http://www.defense.gov/news/d20100415fthood1.pdf


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
New portal, training coming to make information sharing easier

April 16, 2010 -- Big changes are coming for the way that users store and share information at Carlisle Barracks and the leadership notes that users’ voices are being heard.

     A plan to revert the shared “G” drive to “read only” status in April has been delayed until at least Jan. 2011. Instead, organizations will use online training assets, and organizations will assess their needs with help from the experts.   

    “Tiger Teams” made up of representatives from the Chief Information Office, Network Enterprise Center and Chief Knowledge Office, will meet with content managers and SharePoint Site administrators for each organization to help determine collaboration and process opportunities available to them to meet unique their requirements.  The current schedule for site migration is determined by the academic departments place in the USAWC curriculum. The plan is that the academic department data will be migrated and portal sites established before that department’s block of instruction for the AY11 year. 

    For all users, on June 15, the existing CBnet intranet page will be replaced by Carlisle Barracks Online (CBO), a portal landing page. CBO will be the entry point for teaching materials, regulations, and a host of documents now stored on various network drives.

     “Moving content from shared drives to the SharePoint portal is not about “cleaning out the storage closet” – this is about collaboration,” said Col. Bobby Towery, deputy commandant. “Right now, our content is stored in multiple silos throughout Carlisle Barracks.  There is no single point of entry to search across the multiple shared drives for specific data or content.”

    “Moving content to SharePoint will allow users at all levels to use all the great work published here at Carlisle,” he said. “In addition, with shared permissions, SharePoint will facilitate the collaboration of content as well – this is why we are concentrating on moving content associated with AY2011 in our initial phases of the Portal Migration plan.”

    One of the biggest benefits to converting to the SharePoint portal is the ease of information sharing across the entire USAWC community and beyond. Ultimately select content will be accessible and searchable to external users such throughout the operational Army.  

    The portal provides all users a more effective means of electronic collaboration. At the same time, it promises to increase efficiency and effectiveness of work processes such as staffing actions by reducing redundancy, improving tracking and accountability, and enhancing situational awareness for all.  Using the portal also presents a more effective means of managing our network capacity and storage needs while increasing access and saving costs.

    To help prepare for the transition, a training plan has been established for all users.

  • SharePoint Site Administrator (SPSA) training will occur on April 21, 22 and a makeup session on April 27. All SPSAs will be trained by April 30.  The SPSA will serve as the first level of support for the organization.
  • SPSA tasks include:
  • How to establish a site
  • Setting up sub-sites
  • Adding web parts
  • Oversight of SharePoint Site Administrators establishing their organizational base and applying the USAWC template

 

  • User training will soon follow. Experienced portal users can test out of the training. A pre-test will asses a user’s ability to perform basic functions in SharePoint. The end users performance will be evaluated by the organizations SPSA. Based on the end users performance on the exam the SPSA will determine if the end user needs additional training.
  • The 100 level tasks are:
  • Open a document in SharePoint
  • Create a new document
  • Create a new folder
  • Save file to a library
  • Upload single or multiple documents
  • Edit a document in Sharepoint
  • Check out and check in files
  • Rename document libraries
  • Delete a file in a document library
  • Using the explorer view in a library
  • Send a link to a library file (must share permissions)
  • Setting unique permissions to a document
  • Add a new event to a calendar
  • Edit or delete an event
  • How to connect the SharePoint calendar to Outlook

 

    Get a head start and get smart about using the portal:  online training is easy and easily accessed -- on the portal, of course.  Go to: CBPortal and find the link on the opening page for "self-paced online Portal Training."


    By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs

CENTCOM commander offers insight, advice from top

    (April 22, 2010)—Students received some candid advice from one of the most senior military leaders who is developing the strategy in both Afghanistan and Iraq during the April 21 video teleconference in Bliss Hall with the CENTCOM commander.

    General David Petraeus outlined the purpose, structure and responsibilities of the CENTCOM combatant command and spoke about some of the lessons learned in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Issues facing the command range from the progress in Iraq and work to be done in Afghanistan to piracy off the coast of Somalia.

    “From today’s presentation I believe he feels confident that we are on the right track as a nation with regards to our strategic policy,” said student Col. Robert Burk, whose next assignment will likely send him to Afghanistan. “After listening to him, I believe Iraq will resolve itself well and so will Afghanistan, if we follow through on the changes we have made there.”

    Petraeus gave students a layout of the combatant command, all the way from the basic function as a strategic headquarters down to ensuring the C2 architecture is accurate.

    Brig. Malik Iqbal, an international fellow from Pakistan, asked Petraeus about his country’s role within CENTCOM’s area of responsibility. The commander’s answer highlighted the importance of coordinating regional partners in order to bring stability into the area.

    “He gave us a great layout to what CENTCOM is doing and he spoke with diplomacy regarding the Pakistani officer’s question and the importance of coalition building,” said student Col. Mark Cushman. “Really, Gen. Petraeus spoke about all the things that they espouse us to do here at the Army War College and it is useful for us to see someone who is actually doing the things we are being taught, so that was a great link.”

    The CENTCOM commander offered students advice at the end of his presentation.

    “People will follow your lead,” he said and emphasized the importance of setting examples that others will follow. “Never forget how important you are to our force.”


Hoelscher honored by Georgia-Carolina Boy Scout Council

Bonnie Heater
Fort Gordon Signal staff

Robert Hoelscher expresses his appreciation to some guests and council members for nominating him for the Silver Beaver Award March 23 at the Richmond on Greene Augusta during the Georgia-Carolina Council Boy Bonnie Heater Boys Scouts of America, one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with more than four million youth, has been influential in developing leaders in industry, government, the military, sports and political, since it was founded in 1910. Recently one of those scouts , a former military leader on post, was recognized for his contributions at the council level in the organization.

Col. Robert Hoelscher Jr., former commandant of the Leader College for Information Technology at Fort Gordon and now the U.S. Army War College chief of information officer/G6, was one of four scout leaders presented the Silver Beaver Award during the Georgia-Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America’s annual Recognition Dinner held March 23 at the Richmond on Greene in downtown Augusta.

He represented the Kiokee District. Dawn Langley-Brady, also of the Kiokee District, Tom McLauglin of the Chickasaw District, and Reed Miller of the Yamasee District were the other three award recipients.

The Silver Beaver Award is given to scout leaders who go above and beyond what is expected of them, according to Carl Jacobs, a 2001 Silver Beaver Award recipient at the dinner.

“They have given time, effort, and money to support Boy Scout programs,” said Jacobs, the presenter for the award at the recognition dinner.

The Silver Beaver Award is not earned, but awarded based upon nomination.

It was created in 1931 as a pin-on medal, but due to the heavy weight of the medallion it was switched over to a neck ribbon in mid-1932. A blue-white-blue ribbon bar was introduced in 1934 for informal uniform wear. In 1946, ribbon bars were replaced by the current knot insignia.

It was initially awarded only to men. The Silver Fawn Award, an equivalent for women was awarded starting in 1971. Later in 1974 the Silver Fawn was discontinued and the Silver Beaver began to be awarded to women.

Hoelscher, one of the recipients, spent about a year in the scouts as a youngster. “I was a Cub Scout and then a Boy Scout, but I only made it to Tenderfoot,” he said. “My only regret is I never stayed in long enough to earn Eagle Scout.

“I got back into scouting when my son Jakob became a Cub Scout,” Hoelscher explained. “We were in a unit when the Cub- master received a short notice to PCS [permanent change of station]. My son really enjoyed Cub Scouting and rather than have him disappointed, I volunteered to lead the Pack.”

While at Fort Gordon he became involved in the coed program of the Boy Scouts, “Venturing,” after his oldest daughter, Heidi, became old enough to join the program. “She loved the high adventure activities which included: caving, sea kayaking, backpacking, rafting and rock climbing,” he said.

He also served as a Den Leader and Assistant Cub Master for Pack 620, an advisor for Venture Crew 615, and an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 119 in Evans, Ga.

“Hoelscher co-chaired the Fall 2007 Pal-N-Me Cub Scout event, the chairman of the Fall 2008 Venturing Weekend, and the chairman of the 2009 Jimmie Dyess Days. Each of these was a Council-wide event – the Georgia Carolina Council serves 17 counties in the Central Savannah River Area.

The colonel also served as the Kiokee District Family Friends of Scouting Chair in 2008 and 2009.

Between the events and fundraising, the father of three, assisted the Council in raising about $90,000 in the past 3 years.

The John B. Stetson University alumnus continues to be a strong advocate of scouting. “I see its values based, character developing program as being the best leader development program available to kids,” said Hoelscher. “Unlike sports, scouting develops all aspects of a child’s character, teaches right from wrong, teaches leadership and citizenship and prepares them for life.”


New AHEC exhibit honors America’s last five-star general, Omar Bradley

 A 24k gold engraved pistol given to the last American five-star general, Omar Bradley, by Elvis Presley is one of the unique items on display as part of a new AHEC exhibit honoring Bradley. Photo by Scott Finger.

    He was called “The Soldier’s General” and American’s throughout the last half of the 20th century called him a hero.  Gen. Omar Bradley was the last general officer in the history of the United States Army to wear five stars as designation of rank.  The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) has opened a new exhibit that examines the life and times of this American icon.

    The exhibit entitled, “America’s Last Five Star General,” features many of the unique personal items and military artifacts that set GEN Bradley apart.  Objects such as the 24 K gold engraved pistol given to him by Elvis Presley as a Christmas gift, or the M-1 Carbine that he carried in his jeep across Europe, and even a GI Joe doll made in his likeness, are on display.  

    The exhibit is open Monday – Friday 9 am to 4:45 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 4 pm, and will run through the spring of 2011. While you are at the USAHEC, be sure to explore the other featured exhibit, “Carlisle Barracks Then and Now,” which highlights the 253 year history of Carlisle Barracks.

The M-1A1 Carbine that Bradley carried across Europe is also on display.


Camping trip offered to military families at no charge

    On June 26 and 27 Camp Noble Cause will open its doors to all active duty military Families in the Tri-State area. Space will be limited to the first 300 participants who sign up.           

    This no-charge, fun-filled, memorable weekend will provide the usual summer camp activities such as swimming, fishing, mountain biking, archery, crafts, rifle shooting, boating, field sports and campfires.

    The idea behind Camp Noble Cause is to bring military Families together to make new friends and join in some much-deserved carefree fun. Through contact with other military families, the camp aims to lend comfort in the form of camaraderie and recreation at beautiful Camp Winnebago, a Boy Scouts of America certified camp located near Picatinny Arsenal in Hibernia, NJ.

    Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years of age.

    Camp Noble Cause is sponsored by the Patriots' Path Council, of the Boy Scouts of America.

    For more information and a list of frequently asked questions, visit: http://noblecause.ppbsa.org/

    Register online today at: http://www.doubleknot.com/Registration/CalendarDetail.asp?ActivityKey=49