Banner Archive for May 2011

Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
President Obama taps Dempsey, Winnefeld as Chairman, Vice Chairman


WASHINGTON, May 30, 2011 - President Barack Obama announced his choices as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a Rose Garden ceremony today.

Dempsey will replace Navy Adm. Mike Mullen when his term ends Sept. 30, and Winnefeld will replace Marine Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright when his term ends in July.

The president intends to nominate Gen. Raymond T. Odierno to succeed Dempsey at the Army post.

The Senate must approve the nominations and the president called on the body to act expeditiously so the military transition will be "seamless."

"The men and women of our armed forces are the best our nation has to offer," Obama said during the ceremony. "They deserve nothing but the absolute best in return ?that includes leaders who will guide them, support their families with wisdom and strength and compassion."

The president said the men he has chosen will make an extraordinary team at the Pentagon. "Between them, they bring deep experience in virtually every domain ?land, air, space, sea, cyber," he said. "Both of them have the respect and the trust of our troops on the frontlines, our friends in Congress, and allies and partners abroad. And both of them have my full confidence."

The president called Dempsey one of America's most respected and combat-tested officers. "In Iraq, he led our soldiers against a brutal insurgency," the president said. "Having trained the Iraqi forces, he knows that nations must ultimately take responsibility for their own security. Having served as acting commander of Central Command, he knows that in Iraq and Afghanistan security gains and political progress must go hand in hand."

Dempsey has a reputation of pushing his forces to change and adapt and the president said he expects that, as chairman, Dempsey will do the same for all forces, "to be ready for the missions of today and tomorrow."

Winnefeld led the USS Enterprise carrier battle group in some of the first strikes against al-Qaida in 2001. "Having served as a NATO commander, Sandy is well-known to our allies," Obama said. "Having served on the Joint Staff, he is known and trusted here at the White House. Most recently as the head of Northern Command, Sandy has been responsible for the defense of our homeland and support to states and communities in times of crisis, such as the recent tornadoes and the floods along the Mississippi."

Obama called Odierno one of the Army's most accomplished soldiers. Currently serving as the commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, Odierno served three defining tours in Iraq, the president said. They included commanding the troops that captured Saddam Hussein, partnering with Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to help bring down the violence, and then transferring responsibility to Iraqi forces, allowing the United States to redeploy more than 100,000 troops and end the combat mission in the country.

"After years on the frontlines, Ray understands what the Army must do: to prevail in today's wars, to prepare for the future, and to preserve the readiness of the soldiers and families who are the strength of America's families," Obama said.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gave an enthusiastic endorsement of the three nominees. "General Dempsey, Admiral Winnefeld and General Odierno have all excelled in key command and staff roles within their services and in the joint arena," the secretary said in a prepared statement.

"They possess the right mix of intellectual heft, moral courage and strategic vision required to provide sound and candid advice to the president and his national security team," Gates continued. "Above all, they are proven leaders of men and women in combat operations over the past decade, and are uniquely qualified to guide and shape our military institutions through the challenging times ahead."

Obama said he's been grateful for the advice and leadership of the current chairman and vice chairman. "Like President Bush before me, I've deeply valued Mike's professional steadiness and his personal integrity," he said. "On his watch, our military forces have excelled across the whole spectrum of missions, from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to relief efforts after the Haiti earthquake."

Mullen has helped revitalize NATO, helped re-set relations with Russia, and has helped steer important relationships with China and Pakistan, the president said. "I believe that history will also record Mike Mullen as the chairman who said what he believed was right and declared that no one in uniform should ever have to sacrifice their integrity to serve their country," Obama said, referring to Mullen's public support for supporting repeal of the law that prevented gays from serving openly in the military.

Obama called Cartwright a rare combination of technical expert and strategic thinker. The general has lead U.S. thinking on cyber, space and nuclear issues. "I'll always be personally grateful to Hoss for his friendship and partnership," the president said. "And as he concludes four decades of service in the Marine Corps that he loves, he can do so knowing that our nation is more secure, and our military is stronger, because of his remarkable career."

Gates echoed Obama's testimonials of the two men. "I have enjoyed working with Admiral Mullen and General Cartwright and benefited greatly from their wise counsel," he said. "All Americans owe these two fine officers and their families a debt of gratitude, and I look forward to paying fuller tribute to their accomplishments at the appropriate time."

Army Heritage Days kicks off summer, new exhibits, expanded hours at USAHEC

More than 400 re-enactors took part in the 2011 Army Heritage Days, which served as the kick-off to the summer season at the Army Heritage and Education Center. Demonstrated here was a Civil War Era rifle demonstration. Photo by Megan Clugh.   


May 30, 2011 -- The summer officially kicked off at the Army Heritage and Education Center with the Army Heritage Days event held May 21-22.

The event, which also served as the kickoff of the commemorative events for Civil War 150 in Cumberland County for 2011, was free and open to the public.  More than 400 re-enactors represented the nation’s military heritage – in interactive exhibits on the Trail which featured weapon systems, buildings, equipment that duplicate the life and times of U.S. conflicts from the French & Indian War through today’s conflicts in Iraq & Afghanistan.

Open for the first time to the public was the Visitor and Education Center at the Army Heritage and Education Center which features the new interpretive exhibit “A Great Civil War: 1861, the Union Dissolved."

Also present was the Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in association with the Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Committee created a traveling exhibit that conveys the story of Pennsylvania's role in the Civil War. The exhibit is contained in an expandable 53-foot tractor-trailer and was set up on the USAHEC grounds during the weekend. Visitors to the exhibit had the opportunity to learn more about Civil War Soldier's stories and the impact of the war on the lives of Pennsylvanians.

The new interpretive exhibit “A Great Civil War: 1861, the Union Dissolved," is a highlight of the now open Visitors and Education Center. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos


Expanded summer hours

Summer also means expanded hours for the USAHEC.  The Military History Institute in Ridgway Hall will now be open for research and touring on Saturdays from 9 am to 4:45pm. It will continue its normal weekday operations, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:45pm. MHI will continue to remain closed on Sundays. 

The new Visitor and Education Center building will open to the public Tuesday- Saturday 9 am-5 pm; Sunday 11 am-5 pm, and closed on Mondays. 


For more information visit

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Community partnership focus of Carlisle Memorial Day event

Col. Alan Bourque, former Army War College Chief of Staff, was the guest speaker for the 2011 Carlisle Memorial Day event, held in downtown Carlisle, Pa. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.


May 30, 2011 -- Service, sacrifice and the importance of community were the themes of the 2011 Carlisle Memorial Day observance May 30.

Col. Alan Bourque, former Army War College Chief of Staff, was the guest speaker for event, held in downtown Carlisle, Pa. Before his remarks, veterans groups, bands and fire responders traveled down a flag and people lined Hanover Street.

“Few communities can measure up to the tremendous support Carlisle, Cumberland County and Pennsylvania provides our service members,” he said. “Selfless concern for our neighbors and steadfast commitment to our national values is what this community is famous for.”

Under a driving sun, Bourque closed his remarks with a call to action.

"Let this Memorial Day be a beginning,  a rebirth of our commitment to live and to serve with passion, joy and enthusiasm. Let us start summer with a triumphant and joyous song, as we celebrate liberty, love and life."

Bourque was one of 25 speakers from Carlisle Barracks who took part in local Memorial Day events.




A Carlisle resident thanks Bourque for his and his family’s service to our Nation. He focused his remarks on the importance of community partnerships.

  Memorial Day events scheduled throughout Cumberland and nearby counties by Veterans Groups, Townships and organizations.
Friday, May 27, 2011
  Camp Hill(Rolling Green Cemetery) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at noon.
The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Robert D. Bradford, USAWC Class of 2011.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
  Duncannon(American Legion Post 340) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Circle at 9 a.m.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. George L. Charfauros, USAWC Class of 2011.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
  Arendtsville – (American Legion Post 262) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 1 p.m. at the Arendtsville Cemetery.  The guest speaker is Col. Keith R. Harris, USAWC Class of 2011.
  Biglerville – (American Legion Post 262)will hold a Memorial Day Service at 3 p.m. at the Biglerville Cemetery.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Edward J. Amato, USAWC Class of 2011
  Boiling Springs(Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8851) will hold a Memorial Day parade and picnic.  The annual Memorial Day Parade will form behind the Iron Forge Middle School on Forge Road and start promptly at 1 p.m.  The parade will end at the Memorial Clock Tower at Children’s Lake 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.  The guest speaker is Capt. Ed Starwzkowski, U.S. Army (graduate of Boiling Springs High School)
  Codorus – (Jefferson Borough) will hold a Memorial Day parade and service.  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.  The guest speaker is Col. James M. Fiscus, USAWC Class of 2011.
  Mt. Holly Springs– (American Legion Post 674 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7343) will hold a Memorial Day service with the Carlisle Band beginning at 2 p.m.  The guest speaker is Col. Eric Ashworth, CSL, USAWC
  Newville – (Big Spring United Methodist Church)will hold a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m.  The guest speaker is Navy Capt. Mark F. Light, USAWC Class of 2011.
  Shippensburg – (Oakville United Methodist Church) will hold a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m.  The guest speaker is Air Force Lt. Col. Pamela J. Powers, USAWC Class of 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
  Camp Hill(American Legion Post 43) will hold a Memorial Day parade beginning at 9:30 a.m.  A Memorial Day service will follow the parade at 11 a.m. at the Camp Hill Cemetery behind the Fire Hall at 2145 Walnut Street, Camp Hill.  In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Camp Hill Borough Building at 2145 Walnut Street, Camp Hill.  The guest speaker is Navy Capt. Brian T. Drapp.
  Carlisle(The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle) will hold the Annual Memorial Day parade forming at 8:30 a.m. and starting promptly at 9 a.m. with services following the parade at Veterans’ Memorial Courtyard at 9:45 a.m.  The Cumberland County Honor Guard will provide a firing detail.  In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the ceremonies will be held in the Old Courthouse. The guest speaker is Col. Alan Bourque, former Chief of Staff, USAWC.
  Carlisle(American Legion Post 826) will hold a memorial service at Lincoln Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.  The Cumberland County Honor Guard will provide a firing detail.  There will be no ceremony at Union Cemetery this year.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the post home at 148 W. Penn Street.  The guest speaker is Col. Jonathan J. “JJ” Johnson, USAWC Class of 2011.
  Dillsburg – (VFW Post 6771) will hold a Memorial Day parade and ceremony.  The parade begins at 1 p.m.; ceremony will follow.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. John A. Mowchan, CSL, USAWC.
  Greencastle(American Legion Post 373) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery at 9:30 a.m.  The guest speaker is Col. Joseph R. Feliciano, USAWC Class of 2011.
  Littlestown – (VFW Post 6954) will hold a Memorial Day parade and ceremony.  The parade will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremony at the cemetery at 6:30 p.m.  The guest speaker is Navy Capt. Mike A. Sokolowski, USAWC Class of 2011.
  Marysville(Veterans Memorial Committee of Marysville/Rye/Perdix) will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Marysville Square at 10 a.m.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. William E. McRae, USAWC Class of 2011.
  Maytown – (American Legion Post 809) will hold a Memorial Day parade and ceremony.  The parade will begin at 5 p.m.; followed by the ceremony at 5:35 p.m.  Inclement weather site is the elementary school.  The guest speaker is Col. Kenneth A. Lenig, USAWC Class of 2011. 
  Mechanicsburg(The Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council) will hold a Memorial Day parade starting at 10 a.m.  The parade will be followed by a ceremony at the GAR Monument at Mechanicsburg Cemetery on Marble Street at 11a.m.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside VFW Post 6704 at 4907 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg.  The guest speaker is retired Col. Thomas Faley.
  Mechanicsburg(VFW Post 7530) will hold its Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. at the Post Headquarters, 4545 Westport Drive.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors.  The guest speaker is Col. Frank Hancock, Senior Army Instructor for JROTC at Cedar Cliff High School.
 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. 
  Mercersburg (VFW Post 6241) will hold its Memorial Day service at 8 a.m.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Douglas A. Boltuc, USAWC Class of 2011.
  New Cumberland(Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7415; American Legion Post 143; New Cumberland Olde Towne Association) will hold its Memorial Day program at 11:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial on corner of Park Avenue and Bridge Street.  Parade immediately following ceremony will proceed down Bridge and end at 3rd Street.  In the event of heavy rain, program will be cancelled.  The guest speakers are Dave Taylor, Commander VFW Post 7415, and Bernie Bernholz, Commander American Legion Post 143.
  Newville(The Joint Veterans Council of Newville) will hold a Memorial Day parade starting at 1p.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 in the Big Spring Event and Activity Center at 2 Chestnut Street.  The guest speaker is Col. Wilbur Wolfe III, PA Army National Guard.   
  Shippensburg (The Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg) will hold the annual Memorial Day ceremonies and parade beginning at 10 a.m. at Locust Grove Cemetery, followed by services at Spring Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m. and flag raising ceremony at Shippensburg Veterans Memorial Park at 12 p.m.  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. 

OPSEC – Safety while on Social Networks


As a child, our parents told us not to talk to strangers.  Well, creating an account on a social network site (SNS) like Facebook could be exactly that, but instead you could be talking to hundreds if not thousands of strangers.  Proper use of SNS security settings limit what strangers are allowed to see.  Facebook alone has over 124 security settings.  Have you gone through each setting and adjusted them for the various groups, friends, and family members who have access to your page?  You should also be wary of what you post on an SNS.  You shouldn’t post things that you wouldn’t want a stranger, or someone who would do you harm, to see.  Doing so could cause you to lose your identity, your money, or even your life. 

There may be information on your SNS that you don’t want just anyone to access.  There’s information you should keep to yourself or within a trusted circle of family and friends.  Allow specific group access for family and those trusted friends by using the SNS security settings.  Then make a more restricted access group for those “friends” who are more like associates and then further limit the personal information they can see.  This will help prevent others from “accidentally” seeing something you don’t want them to see.

Most people don’t walk up to complete strangers as they leave their homes and announce their house is unoccupied and they will be gone for a few days.  So why would anyone want to do so on an SNS, allowing thousands of strangers to know their house is unprotected.  If you use Facebook’s“Places” feature, you could give on-line strangers exact information of where you are or where you’ve been and when.  You don’t need to advertise when and where you’re going or where you are; because it lets a potential adversary know your home is unoccupied. 

If you don’t want people to know what your home or house looks like or what kind of car you own, then maybe you shouldn’t post any photos of your home or car on an SNS.  Some digital photos you post can have hidden data in them.  This data is called Geotags.  Geotags can tell people where and when the photo was taken.  You may not want to let certain people know where you live, so be aware of all the information a photo shows (such as street signs, house numbers, and the like.) 

Unlike a face to face encounter with someone, you may not really know who you’re contacting on-line.  You shouldn’t necessarily trust that someone on-line is who they claim to be.  If you get a friend request and you don’t recognize the name don’t openly accept the request.  Granting access could give an unknown person information that you may not want them to have.  Verify who they are through a separate means.  Email a friend who you might have in common with the requestor.  Ask other friends if they know this individual.  Ultimately it’s up to you to accept or decline.  

Using Social Networking Sites can be an enjoyable pastime, but we all have to remain vigilant where our families are concerned. Protecting yourself and your family is also protecting TRADOC’s most valuable resource…our people.  If you have questions contact OPSEC Officers  Jessica Bittle at 245-4289 or Lt. Col. Ed Beck, 245-3086.

Maj Angela King-Sweigart and Maj. Cory Angell, Fort Indiantown Gap Public Affairs
Gap hosts annual wounded warrior turkey hunt


Sgt. John Schloder shows off his custom made "Cody Call" he received for his participation in the 2011 Fort Indiantown Gap Wounded Warrior Turkey hunt. Schloder was injured in 2009 while serving with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Pennsylvania National Guard in Iraq.


May 24, 2011 -- Volunteers hosted a turkey hunt for wounded warriors at Fort Indiantown Gap, May 6-7.

In addition to the hunt, which was also held in 2010, participants also enjoyed a free stay in a cottage, an afternoon picnic and fishing on Marquette Lake.

Two wounded warrior hunters participated this year: Pennsylvania Army National Guardsmen, Sgt. John Schloder, Wilcox, Pa., and Sgt. 1st Class Yohann Weaver. The event was supported by a host of volunteers from the Fort Indiantown Gap Fish and Game Club, Gap employees and businesses who donated food and items.

“You could tell that folks put a lot of effort into things,” said Schloder, who also brought his 10-year-old son Isaac to hunt. “They even did a lot of scouting beforehand so they knew the best places to take us.”

Two members of the Gap’s Fish and Game Club, Dave Miller and Denis Grim of Muir, Pa., helped cook breakfast and lunch while other members of the group spent time scouting for good spots.

“It’s nice that they serve their country for all of us,” said Grim. “This is our chance to do something for them.”

Well-known turkey hunter, Matt Morrett, winner of several national calling titles, also volunteered his time and called turkeys for Schloder’s son Isaac.

“This is a great way for our outdoorsmen to give back,” said Morrett. “These wounded warriors secured our freedom to do things like hunting.”

Isaac’s brother requested that his father get Morrett’s autograph, and Isaac seemed to enjoy the chance to hunt with a professional.

“We saw a huge gobbler about 15 yards away,” said Isaac. “But it ran away when it heard my safety click.”

One turkey was killed on the second day by Weaver. Former competitive caller Korey Harris of Pine Grove, Pa., helped call in the bird for a successful hunt.

Sgt. 1st Class Yohann Weaver, Army wounded warrior, holds his turkey harvested in the 2011 Fort Indiantown Gap Wounded Warrior Turkey hunt.  It's the second year that several sportsmen and business made donations and volunteered to support the event.


Both hunters didn’t go home empty handed. Bill Zearing, the founder of Cody Calls from Halifax, Pa., participated in the hunt and assisted in calling.

“I was here last year as well,” said Zearing. “I gave each hunter one of my hand made box calls specially made for them participating in the hunt.”

Schloder said he knew exactly what to do with his call.

“When we get back home I’m giving Isaac the call,” he said. “We both greatly appreciated everything everyone did and had a great weekend. I’m sure he’ll be out there calling as soon as we get home.”

Summer Sense Campaign: Drinking, Boating & the Law – information provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program

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

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

Know the Basics.

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

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

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

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

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

What Happens if I Get Caught?

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

  • fines between $500 and $7,500
  • up to 2 years in jail
  • suspension of your boating privileges for up to one year

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

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

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

  • reckless or negligent operation of boats
  • public drunkenness
  • disorderly conduct
  • open containers
  • underage drinking

Boat Safely.

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

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

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


Clean out your Cupboards and help your Neighbors
Balfour Beatty is collecting non-perishable food items during the move-out process to benefit community neighbors. 
Drop off your donated goods at the Delaney Field Clubhouse.  For more information call 717-243-7177.

Tuesday, May 24 Noon Time Lecture: 

The Impact of Adaptive Sports and Recreation on Wounded and Injured Soldiers and Veterans

Dr. Rory Cooper, accomplished athlete and veteran, is the guest speaker for the noontime lecture on Tuesday, May 24, from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Wil Washcoe Auditorium.  This important lecture is open to all.

Cooper is a distinguished professor from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation, and Founding director of the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence, and also an advocate for Soldiers and Veterans' Wheelchair Games.

"Dr. Cooper's presentation to our Carlisle Barracks Community will focus on how wounded and injured Soldiers and Veterans can engage in adaptive sports and recreation to achieve higher goals in life," said Dr. Thomas Williams, APFRI director.

The NVWG are the world's largest wheelchair sporting event held annually for active-duty military and veterans who are wounded, injured or ill and require a wheelchair to compete in the 17 different events ranging from archery to weightlifting. "The Games are as much a way to promote fellowship and healthy lifestyle as they are about competition," said Williams.  "Dr. Cooper excels at both, earning five of 18 gold medals in last year's games in Denver."

Dr. Cooper is the chair for the local organizing committee, 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) scheduled August 1-6, 2011 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., and in other venues in Allegheny County.

Carlisle Barracks celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! 
Carlisle Barracks will celebrate on Tuesday, May 24, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Reynolds Theater.   Bring your lunch and enjoy the live entertainment--hula dancers, fire dancers, drummers! 

New students of the Distance Education Program get in touch with technology, faculty
Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
Checking out the next day's schedule of events for the Orientation Resident Course are Lt. Col. George Barido, Lt. Col. Paul Sommerfield and Lt. Col. David Francisco, Distance Education Class of 2013 students, May 13. 
Photo by Suzanne Reynolds
Distance Education took on a personal touch May 13-14 when the Army War College’s Distance Education staff and faculty sponsored a voluntary two-day Orientation Resident Course for the Class of 2013, as a complement to the online orientation course. 
The two-year Distance Education Program at the U.S. Army War College is a rigorous program of instruction for which successful graduates receive a Military Education Level-1 diploma and master’s degree in Strategic Studies.
“We’re excited,” said Lt. Col. David Francisco, Guam Army National Guard who attended the Distance Education Orientation.  “We realize that it is not to be taken lightly, especially in light of the program and what it is designed to do,” he said.
The goal of the ORC is to help new students get acquainted with the USAWC distance education online systems and provide insights regarding course methodology.
More than 220 students took advantage of attending this voluntary training at Carlisle Barracks.
“It is a chance to establish rapport with faculty and other students,” said Lt. Col Paul Sommerfield, U.S. Army Reserve, Fort Knox, Ky.  “The distance education program is so tech-based that getting the baseline start technologically is a really good thing.”
“We all arrive with different circumstances.  What we will have in common is the sacrifice we will have to make to stay focused for the next two years,” said Francisco and Lt. Col. George Barido, U.S. Army Reserve, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.

Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs
Civil War 150 focus of Army Heritage Days

May 19, 2011 -- Army Heritage Days, May 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., is the kickoff of the commemorative events for Civil War 150 in Cumberland County for 2011.  The events are free and open to the public – in the new Visitors and Education Center and on the Army Heritage Trail at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle 17013. A complete schedule of events can be found at

  • Open for the first time to the public will be the Visitor and Education Center at the Army Heritage and Education Center which will feature the new interpretive exhibit “A Great Civil War: 1861, the Union Dissolved."
  • A military history lecture by Army Maj. John Pfau, 200th MP Command, about Iraq 2003: Army Reserves Transition to War, will be held in the Visitors and Education Center, Saturday at 11:15 a.m.
  • The Ranger Group parachute team will jump Saturday, May 21, at 12:15 p.m.,  on to a 50-foot target area flanked by static exhibits of helicopters and U.S. Army heavy equipment. The team includes professional parachute artists and former U.S. Army Rangers.
  • The weapons of Lewis & Clark will be featured Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Trail
  • “Swing Fever” is a World War II era dance band featured in the new Visitor & Education Center Saturday at 2 p.m.: everyone is invited to join in and dance with them.
  • Civil War Company Drill is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. on the Trail.
  • More than 400 re-enactors will represent the nation’s military heritage – in interactive exhibits on the Trail which features weapon systems, buildings, equipment that duplicate the life and times of U.S. conflicts from the French & Indian War through today’s conflicts in Iraq & Afghanistan.
  • Come inside the Visitors and Education Center Sunday at 11:15 a.m. for a panel discussion with members of the 5-73 Cavalry of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
  • Also featured this year will be the Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show, a 53-foot tractor trailer exhibit developed by the Commonwealth of Pa. to commemorate the Civil War in Pennsylvania.  This will be the first showing of the Road Show in the region.
  • Book Sales all day both days.

     For a schedule of events, directions and more, go to or call 717-245-3972 for more information.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Food, supplies drive to benefit victims of Alabama tornado's

May 19, 2011 --  After returning from seeing the devastation of the April 27 tornados in Alabama, a post employee knew that he had to do something to help.

“The small towns of Hackleburg and Phil Campbell, Alabama were just devastated by the tornado,” said Barry Farquhar, post plans and operations director, when discussing towns like Hackleburg, Ala., which were hit earlier this month by a series of devastating storms.

Farquhar, a Hackleburg native, recently returned from a week helping residents recover from the storms and says there is still a lot to be done.

“All of Hackleburg's schools were destroyed, the main residential district looks like a landfill with 190 homes damaged or destroyed,” he said. Additionally 30 of 31 businesses were damaged or destroyed, and 18 of the town's 1500 residents were killed.”  In total, this single EF-5 tornado killed over 70 people in north west Alabama and tore a path of destruction over 90 miles long.

“It was virtually destroyed by an EF-5 tornado on April 27. It’s such a challenge for these small towns to respond to and recover from something like this,” he said. “Much of the aid and focus tends to go to larger cities, which were damaged as well. But the storms that hit cities like Talladega rate an 8 out of 10 for destructiveness, the one that hit Hackleburg and Phil Campbell rates a 10. It’s crucial that they continue to receive help in the weeks and months ahead.”

To that end, Farquhar is assisting with a donation drive with Carlisle Barracks Cub Scout Pack 173 and Boy Scout Troop 173 to donate items like nonperishable food and other items to take to the affected areas on May 21.

Items that are needed include nonperishable food items (no refrigeration is currently available), canned food, underwear of all sizes, solar lights, tents, garbage bags, garbage cans, small plastic bottles, work gloves, sterile gloves, bandages, plastic storage tubs or totes, paper cups, paper plates, utensils, sun block, sun glasses, rags, two-cycle engine oil, duct tape, clear tape, electrical tape, wheelchairs, walkers, blankets, towels and wash cloths, gallon-size ziplock bags, rain ponchos.

A drop-off point will be at the Carlisle Barracks Chapel in the front of the building, 9 am – 2 pm on may 21.  Please no clothing.  There will also be food drop boxes at the commissary.  

After the items have been collected Farquhar will personally drive them down to Hackleburg. He will depart the evening of May 26 to deliver the collected items to the Hackleburg Disaster Relief Center prior to the Memorial Day Holiday.

“The further we get away from the event, the more important it is for these folks to get supplies and help,” he said.

Carlisle Elks Club to hold Flag Day Ceremony 

On Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #578 will honor our flag and our nation. There will be visitations from our elected officials and an address by retired Brig. Gen. Richard Potter, Jr. General Potter’s presentation is entitled “The Flag and the American Soldier.”

The general public is welcome to join the Elks in honoring our nation’s Flag.

Potter, a native of Detroit, Michigan was drafted into the Army in the late ‘5os where he attained the rank of Corporal. In 1961 he applied to and graduated from Infantry OCS. In total, he spent 35 years in the United States Army.  Potter spent time in Vietnam during the years ’65, ’66, ‘68 and ’69. His assignments were varied, being in the Armored, Infantry and Airborne Divisions. In addition to traditional assignments he held leadership positions in various Special Operations roles which include Commanding General Special Operations Command Europe, Deputy Commanding General US Army Special Ops Command. Additionally he held special operation commands during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and in Iraq, Zaire, Sierra Leone and Haiti.

The Carlisle Elks Club is located at 120 W. Ridge Street.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
USAWC grad shares lessons from Afghanistan

Col. Dennis Tewksbury, Army War College Class of 2006 graduate, talks with members of the Afghan National Army in his role as the Senior Advisor to Afghan Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the equivalent of the Chief of Staff of the Army. courtesy photo.

May 18, 2011 -- “It’s vitally important to the success of this institution and of our students that we remain connected to the fight and bring back the latest tactics and strategies,” said Col. Dennis Tewksbury, Army War College Class of 2006 graduate, during a recent noon-time lecture. He returned to the college to speak at a noon-time lecture focused on his current deployment to the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan as the Senior Advisor to the Afghan National Army Chief of the General Staff. 

In his role as advisor, Tewksbury has been working with Afghan Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the equivalent of the Chief of Staff of the Army, on a daily basis since last August.

“We are there to support Afghanistan as they continue to develop their security force,” he said. During his talk to the students, staff and faculty he discussed some of the challenges, exciting experiences and friendships he has made.

“It’s all about relationships and working together toward a common goal.”

He said that opportunities like these are important not just for those who are deployed, but for the Army and the War College as well.

“It’s important that we are able to bring the unique expertise our knowledge gained here at the War College and its associated institutes and share it with the rest of the Army. The scope of what is taught and analyzed here is unparalleled.” he said. “Also, in order to make sure we are able to relate to the experiences of our students and make sure we are helping them develop as strategic leaders we need to have this kind of experience.”

After his deployment, Tewksbury will return to Carlisle Barracks and work at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. He is also the former chairman of the Directorate of Academic Affairs at the USAWC.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
USAWC students descend on Washington DC, see policy, government in action


Members of the Army War College Class of 2011 talk with Congressman Lou Barletta, who represents the 11th District of Pa., during the academic trip to the nation’s capitol May 10.

May 12, 2011 --  Anyone who has ever said, “this is much better than the book,” will understand the Army War College students’ response to government agency visits after  nine months of studying interagency and multi-national coordination during a recent trip to the nation’s capital.  

During the 2011 National Capital Region Academic Trip nearly 350 USAWC students traveled to Washington DC to talk with members of Congress, and representatives of key government agencies and non-governmental organizations during the three-day academic program, May 9-11.

“The Washington, DC Trip, coming near the end of the academic year, offers a unique opportunity for students to synthesize all that they've been studying for during their time at USAWC thus far,” said Dr. Bill Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academics. “Small group visits to think tanks, policy organizations, and, especially, Capitol Hill allow our students to observe in real time the policies, practices, and processes to which they've been exposed.” 

The trip aims to help the students gain a broader perspective of government and non-government organizations that impact national security policy and national military strategy, with particular emphasis on those with interagency responsibilities. The class splits up into to small group to broaden the experience.

"The Army War College trip to Washington D.C. was an excellent way to see first-hand how our policy makers and elected officials address national security issues,” said Lt. Col. Mark Kjorness, student. “The visits to Capitol Hill and hearing from our Congressional members provided unique insights into how legislators balance national defense requirements with local constituent concerns."

"The small group visits gave us an opportunity to discuss the Army's interaction with other agencies and civilian institutions or in some cases even to debate future national strategies,” said Danish Lt. Col. Kim Simonsen, student. “It is always beneficial to see the challenges from different angles."

"In the seminar environment, it is very difficult to convey the human dimension of the national security issues we wrestle with and the concepts, frameworks, and processes we teach to work through these issues,” said Dr. George Woods, a small group escort and member of the PKSOI staff.  The trip to DC puts a face--a human component--to the organizations, agencies, and branches of government that contribute to our collective security."

15 of those students traveled to the headquarters of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to learn more about their programs and have an open dialogue about how they and the military can work together around the world.

“The discussion of civil, military relations at USAID helped me develop a mental picture of the friction that exists between the military and civilian counterparts and leadership, said Col. Elmer Speights, student. “The solution to reducing this friction is better understanding of each other followed by the ability to compromise.” 

The students and faculty also visited Capitol Hill, to talk face-to-face with the officials about issues facing the nations and the military.

Army War College students met with other government agencies like USAID during their visit.

“The congressional visits sparked discussions with our International Fellows that led to better understanding of the governments in their countries,” said Speights. “It is one thing to say that democracy comes in many different forms, it is another thing to actually discuss the differences and how other nations tackle issues similar to ours such as defense, security, and budgets.”

"Visiting the Senate and the Congress provided an interesting insight into American national politics and the close link to state interests as well as the busy schedule of the Representatives and their staffs," said Simonsen. 

Other organizations that hosted visits included the CIA, Department of Homeland Security, the Supreme Court, National Security Agency, Department of Commerce, the Anti-Defamation league and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

Carlisle Barracks honors volunteers

Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or for a cause, without payment for their time or their services.  While volunteering does promote a greater good and can improve the quality of life, it is also valuable as a social capital.

The social capital of volunteering is apparent at Carlisle Barracks.  On May 13, Carlisle Barracks honored the volunteers with an awards ceremony at the Letort View Convention Center. 

Over the past year Carlisle Barracks volunteers contributed 47,161 hours of their time volunteering at organizations and activities ranging from the post Judge Advocate volunteer income tax assistance program to Boy and Girl Scouts and everything in between.  Their combined hours were worth more than $1 million in saved money. 

“This community could not survive without our volunteers,” said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander.

“You make us proud.  You make us a community of character,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, commandant, Army War College.  “The volunteer spirit transcends the individual effort and the individual award.  It transforms the entire community.”

Tom Russell, a meteorologist with CBS 21 News, was the keynote speaker.  In 1998 Russell was on the receiving end of volunteers who provided him and his family with food and clean-up help after a hurricane destroyed the first floor of his home.  

“Volunteering is more than feel good events,” he said.  “It is where the rubber meets the road.”

The organizations and individuals honored were:

Cub Scout Pack 173 – Scouts and volunteers of Pack 43 contributed more than 3,000 hours to the installation in the past year.

Retirement Services group – Volunteers provided dedicated and selfless service during the Carlisle Barracks 36thannual retiree appreciation day.

The Army Heritage and Education Center – Volunteers perform a wide range of tasks including research cataloguing, exhibit construction and conservation of artifacts.

U.S. Army War College Military Family Program – Contributed 800 hours of volunteer service to several significant projects that have worldwide influence and impact for military families. One of the projects was the booklet, “Basics from the Barracks: Military Etiquette and Protocol,” has already proven to be a valuable resource for spouses groups, military family orientations, and family readiness groups.

Facilitating, Leading and Group Skills (FLAGS) Facilitators – Eleven volunteer spouses invested more than 225 hours to become certified as volunteer facilitators and trainers to deliver workshops to train, prepare, and deliver and intensive program designed to enhance the leadership skills of senior spouses during the winter quarter 2011.

Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club – The Carlisle Barracks spouses club provided over 1,500 hours of volunteer service to the Carlisle Barracks community.  They raised more than $10,000 for scholarships, and donated more than $15,000 to the community through their Rocking Auction.

Federally Employed Women group – supported local Soldiers’ families during the holiday season and sponsored a Breast Cancer Awareness program to educate Soldiers and family members.

Boy Scout Troop 173 – supported retiree appreciation day, the Chapel’s food ministry and retired American flags used by post organizations.

Individual awards:

Col. Ret. Ray Porter – has volunteered an average of 500 hours a year for the last 18 years.

Linda Chaudrue – has volunteered at the thrift shop for more than 19 years.

Carolyn Tolman - has volunteered with the American Red Cross and Dunham Army Medical Clinic, providing assistance with medical record keeping, and working as a volunteer clinic receptionist when needed.

Learn about Long-Term Healthcare

The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will present a program on Long-Term Healthcare Insurance, Monday, May 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bradley Auditorium in Upton Hall.

This program is open to the Carlisle Barracks community--come and learn how Long-Term Healthcare may benefit you and your family.

This program is sponsored by the Carlisle Chapter of Federally Employed Women.

USAWC YouTube page provides expertise to world-wide audience

In case you haven’t checked in lately, we’ve added some great new videos to the Army War College YouTube channel. Located at  , this page includes the latest lectures and other events to include:

  • Keynote and panel remarks from the recent Army war College Strategy Conference,
  • Videos about effective use of social media
  • Coverage of the recent Excellence in Education ceremony, where the college honored local educators for their work with military families.

If you are a YouTube member, you can become a fan of the page and get email alerts whenever the page is updated. If not, don’t worry, you don’t need to be a member to watch videos. Just visit to view the videos.

Summer Sense Campaign – Army Substance Abuse Program

The “101 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.

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

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 “101 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.

“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.”

Check the banner for prevention articles and special presentations provided by the Army Substance Abuse Prevention Office.

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


Bobbie Stodter, CYSS SKIES program coordinater

Carlisle Barracks families participate in Special Olympics Beaver Stadium Run


May 11, 2011 -- On April 17, Carlisle Barracks Child and Youth Services sponsored a trip for some very special military families to join runners and walkers of all ages and abilities in the Second Annual Beaver Stadium 5K Run/Family Fun Walk at Penn State University to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

Camryn Lilly, who served as a torch bearer during the Second Annual Beaver Stadium 5K Run/Family Fun Walk at Penn State, poses with the Penn State mascot.

The Run began in front of the Bryce Jordan Center moved through Penn State’s scenic campus, and concluded with runners racing through the Beaver Stadium Tunnel and onto the Nittany Lions’ home turf to the finish line.

The Beaver Stadium Run included individuals from law enforcement; Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) athletes; various Penn State University athletes and organizations; and the official starter of the Run, Pro Football Hall of Famer  Franco Harris, best known for his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Carlisle Barracks had 8 families participate and a very special “torch bearer” our own Camryn Lilly, daughter of Bettina Lyons-Lilly.  Camryn did a great job holding the Torch and inspiring runners and walkers in the race!  The Carlisle Barracks “racers” were given a guided tour of the Lasch Football building and the indoor football practice facility and ended their day at the Creamery. 

                         Presidential Proclamation—Military Spouse Appreciation Day       

In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the Carlisle Barracks FMWR hosted a cook out for the mil. spouses of Carlisle Barracks. Over 125 spouses attended the event. 


When Americans answer the call to serve in our Armed Forces, a sacred trust is forged. Our men and women in uniform take on the duty of protecting us all, and their spouses and families also help shoulder this important responsibility.

As we mark Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we reaffirm our steadfast commitment to supporting and honoring the husbands, wives, and loved ones of our Nation's servicemembers.

At the heart of our Armed Forces, servicemembers' spouses keep our military families on track. They balance family life, military life, and their careers -- all while supporting other military families and giving back to their communities. Many have served in uniform themselves and, understanding the obligations involved, can provide unparalleled support. They are pillars of strength in their families, often celebrating their children's life milestones while the other parent is away.

Military spouses also care for our wounded warriors and honor the memory of our Nation's fallen heroes, including their own loved ones. They impact countless lives on military bases and in schools, places of worship, and neighborhoods across our Nation. Their contributions help protect our freedom by strengthening our communities and our servicemembers.

My Administration is committed to improving opportunities and quality of life for these brave spouses and families who know the separation and stress of war. We are increasing servicemembers' compensation as well as funding for better housing, job training, counseling, outreach, and support for spouses and their families. We are also expanding our ground forces to reduce the strain of repeated deployments, and to give servicemembers more time with their loved ones.

There are many ways for each of us to show our appreciation for military spouses. Working through community-based organizations, workplaces, schools, and places of worship, we can help them support their families, establish or build a career, and address the unique challenges they face.

I am inspired every day by our men and women in uniform and their families. They are America's greatest military asset, and my Administration is committed to fulfilling our obligations to them. Today, let us honor the spouses and families who support our servicemembers and, in doing so, help defend our Nation and preserve our liberty.

United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2011, as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. I call upon the people of the United States to honor military spouses with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

Barack Obama

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Army War College honors outstanding local educators for efforts with military kids

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, presents an award to Laura Shaffer, LeTort Elementary School principal, during the Excellence in Education Reception held May 5 at Quarters One. Also pictured is as Christina Spielbauer, assistant superintendant of the Carlisle Area School District. Photo by Megan Clugh.

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May 5, 2011 – It’s fitting that the Army’s senior service school, dedicated to educating the next generation of military leaders, took time onMay 5 to honor educators from local school districts for their hard work and dedication in working with their children.

Quarters One, home of Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Army War College commandant,  served as the backdrop for the Excellence in Education Reception, which honored top educators from Carlisle, Big Spring, Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg and South Middleton school districtsfor their support to military school kids.

“Thank you,” said Martin. “Thank you for who you are, what you do and what you believe in. The most important thing in our lives are our children, and to raise them to make this world a better place. You do that through education. The least we can do is say thanks.”

These 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 whose parents live a transient life through thoughtful policies and a relentless focus on children’s success and well-being.

“You play an important role in supporting our families by partnering with us,” said Martin. “Their lives here are better because of you.” 

The exceptional principals, teachers, and counselors were identifiedfor honors by the superintendents of the five school districts that educate military children. 

Teachers and staff from the South Middleton School District poses for a photo after receiving their awards.


 “The kids bring with them unique experiences that make the experience for all of the students better,” said Christina Spielbauer, Assistant Superintendant of the Carlisle Area School District.

“As a former military officer I truly appreciate the unique and special relationship between the school districts of Cumberland County and the Army War College,” said Dr. William Harner, Cumberland Valley School District Superintendent.

 “These relationships really help us learn from each other,” said Dr. Mark Leidy, Mechanicsburg Area School District Superintendent. “That learning really pays off in the long run for the kids.”

“I called each of the teachers and invited them to this event and they were all so appreciative of the honor,’ said Dr. Sandy Tippett, South Middleton School District Assistant Superintendent. “They really enjoy working with the children from the War College, so to be recognized for that is even more special. They do what they do because they love it.”

USAWC students who have children in the local schools also came to show their appreciation.

“This has been a wonderful experience for my children,” said Pakistan Brig. Ali Anwar Hyder, who has two children in the Carlisle Area School District. “They will cherish the memories and friends they have made here. It wouldn’t have been possible without this special relationship.”

“I have three boys who are going to school here and they each have nothing but wonderful things to say about the teachers, staff and everyone involved in the schools,” said Lt. Col. Shawn Harris, student.  

Employees of the Carlisle Barracks children and youth programs were also recognized for collaborating with parents and schools to provide educational summer and after-school programs.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Robotics Day shows off newest technology

Area high and middle school students mingled with Army War College students, staff and faculty as they all saw firsthand some of the newest technologies being developed to aid Soldiers on the battlefield. Cumberland Valley student David Nesmith tries out the iRobot Model 310 SUGV (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle). Photo by Thomas Zimmerman. 

May 4, 2011 – If you thought you saw a robot roaming the halls of Root Hall May 4, your eyes weren’t deceived you. That was in fact a “trackBot” from the Robotic Collaborative Technology Alliance coming in from the rain to have its lens cleaned off.

Robots, unmanned vehicles and other cutting edge technologies were on display outside Root Hall and inside the Root Hall Gym as part of the annual Robotics Day. 

 “The purpose is for the students to experience a firsthand understanding of key components of robot technology to include mobility, communications, size, networking capability, and power systems,” said Ken Chrosniak, one of the event organizers and a faculty instructor who teaches an elective on robotics and cyber-operations.. “Senior leaders can see and experience the capabilities of some existing operating robotic systems, and use of the robotic systems presently funded and being used for reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence, logistics, convoy operations, medical, security, and mitigation of dull, dirty and dangerous jobs.”

In addition to the USAWC students, faculty and staff, there were about 100 schoolchildren from local high schools who took part in the event.

“I was amazed that some of the stuff that really exists,” said Jonathan Padlow, a student at Cedar Cliff High School, as he took his turn driving the iRobot Model 310 SUGV (small unmanned ground vehicle) of. “I really thought stuff like this only existed in the movies.”

The 310 SUGV is used for dismounted EOD missions and features an arm that allows for easy investigation and neutralization of suspicious objects. It is also used in theater for surveillance and reconnaissance and at checkpoints for inspections and explosives detection.

One of the other popular exhibits was for the TALON SWORDS (Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Direct-action System), which is being used in current operations. It has the ability to disarm and disable unexploded ordnance, move it to a safer location, blow it up in place, and more. It is controlled by a small control system that can be worn in conjunction with a Soldier’s other equipment. More than 3,000 of the vehicles have been deployed to combat theaters.  

Another exhibit was the Mobile Detection Assessment Response System, a small, unmanned robotic vehicle designed to relieve personnel of the repetitive and sometimes dangerous task of patrolling exterior areas that require some level of security.

Maj. Steve Toth, an operations simulation analyst with the Center for Strategic Leadership, talks to a rep from REDCOM,  one of the exhibitors from the Robotics Day on May 4.  Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.


“Any time you can use technology to save sending a person into harm’s way it’s a win,” said James Crofton, Foster-Miller, the company who manufactures the systems.

The MDARS robot is designed to perform random patrols around Department of Defense warehouses, airfields, ammunition supply depots, and port facilities. It detects intruders and determines the status of inventory, barriers, and locks. It is currently being used to protect Army Ammunition depots in the western U.S.

Cmdr. Bruce Apgar, Center for Strategic Leadership

Exercise brings together students from five senior service schools to tackle complex scenario

The Commander of US Africa Command and his staff are updated on a developing humanitarian crisis on the African Continent.  War College International Fellows fill key positions during the Joint Land, Air, Sea Strategy Exercise, including as Deputy Commander, USAFRICOM. courtesy photo.

The date is April 13, 2022…China and Japan are skirmishing over islands in the China Sea, a humanitarian crisis is looming in Sudan, Iran has tested a ground-based laser…the world is on the brink of global conflict!  Enter 109 select students from five senior service colleges - their goal - to bring the world back from that brink.

On April 13, 2011 twenty-four US Army War College students joined their peers from the US Naval War College, the Air War College, the Marine Corps War College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces for the culminating exercise of JLASS-EX 2011.   The Joint Land, Air, Sea Strategy Exercise (JLASS-EX) is an annual war gaming elective hosted at the Air University’s Lemay Center Air Force Wargaming Institute (AFWI) at Maxwell Air Force Base.  The service specific colleges typically represent Geographic Combatant Commanders while ICAF fills the roles of the national level policy makers.

A fully adjudicated war game, JLASS-EX pits students against challenging strategic scenarios placed 10 years into the future.  The “game” is played in two distinct phases over the course of four months.  In the first phase, students conduct distributed environmental scanning and strategic planning at their respective colleges using Video Teleconferencing and IP-based collaborative tools to coordinate their actions.  During the second phase, typically in mid-April, all the schools’ students converge at AFWI for seven days of intensive scenario play.

In 2011, US Army War College students filled roles in the US European Command Staff, Allied Command Operations (aka “SHAPE”) Staff, and the US Africa Command staff.  The 24 students represented all US service branches and included nine International Fellows.  Challenged by unfolding crises in the Baltic States and the Caucasus Region, Arctic Territorial Disputes, Environmental Disasters, and growing international terrorism, the USAWC teams drew upon their experiences in the Core Curriculum to develop feasible and acceptable solutions to these difficult problems using a whole of government approach based upon the DIME (Diplomatic, Informational, Military, Economic) Model.  As an adjudicated game, JLASS outcomes are driven by student decisions.  This year students averted conflict in Europe and the far East through insightful policy decisions, but saw less success against the challenges of international terrorism and in averting civil wars in Latin America and Sudan.

The President, played by Mike Pasquarett,  receives an update from key members of the National Security Council on developing crises. 


This is the second year that USAWC International Fellows have participated in JLASS.  Their experiences, perspectives and leadership added a valuable dimension of diversity that was recognized by the students and faculty from all colleges.  One International Fellow commented, “JLASS experience is absolutely positive.  Definitely, I will recommend JLASS to my successors because it is a great opportunity to learn how a joint staff works, to improve overall knowledge about staff planning and interagency operation, and how to deal with problems at a strategic level.”

Originally conceived in the 1980s as the CARMAX (Carlisle/Maxwell) exercise series, it has evolved over the years from a theater specific Air/Land battle scenario to a global strategic decision making exercise.  JLASS is unique as the only major educational event that integrates students from different War Colleges.   JLASS serves as the capstone exercise for the Marine Corps War College and as a special program elective for the other participating schools

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Camp liberators tell their stories to U.S. Army War College students, staff and faculty

May 4, 2011 - On April 30, 1945, the day that Adolf Hitler ended his life in a bunker below the streets of Berlin, an American Soldier walked into the town of Landsberg, Germany.    This town, about 40 miles west of Munich, had a special connection to Hitler.   It was here, 20 years earlier as a prisoner, he had written Mein Kampf.  However, this Soldier had not come to visit for this reason: he was here because of a camp built on the outskirts of town.  When he arrived he was overcome with horror and despair.   Cpt. John Ausland, 29thField Artillery Battalion, 4thInf. Div. had just walked into Landsberg Concentration Camp.

On May 3, 2011 the Soldiers and civilians of Carlisle Barracks gathered in Wil Washcoe Auditorium to remember the Holocaust during the, “Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. ” The event, introduced by Melissa Wiford, an archivist with the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, featured four different Soldier’s firsthand accounts of what they saw when they helped liberate Nazi concentration camps.

These artifacts are some of the many one-of-a-kind items that can be found at the USAHEC.  USAHEC hosts one of the largest military history libraries in the world, to include the personal papers, diaries, letters and photographs of many of the American Soldiers that have fought our nation’s wars.   

Ausland’s recollections

The day after visiting Landsberg, Ausland tried to explain what he saw in a letter.

“Such things cannot, do not happen in a civilized country.  Maybe Germany is not civilized.  The perpetrators of this crime do not deserve to live,” he wrote.  “The leaders who perpetrated this crime must die.”

He tried in vain to describe the camp, but the words failed him. 

“No human being would treat a dog as despicably.  There was no escape only death.  There was no sanitation.  All were unbelievably emaciated, just skin and bones,” he wrote. 

Like many of the men and woman who would witness first-hand the camps, Ausland felt that not only Germany’s leaders, but the German people should be punished for their crimes.

“Germany should never be given the means to control their own nation again,” he wrote.

Although he initially vowed to tell the world what he saw, Ausland was so traumatized by his experiences that 45 years would pass before he would bear witness.

Sgt. Leon Bass, 183rdEngineer Combat Battalion.  This photo is one of the thousands of personal artifacts that the USAHEC has in its collection.  Photo courtesy of the Military History Institute, USAHEC

Sgt. Leon Bass

Many of the men in Sgt. Leon Bass’ unit were not happy that they were fighting to make freedom a reality in Europe, when they were not entirely free in the United States.  Bass, an African-American, was in a segregated unit in the 183rdEngineer Combat Battalion.  He had spent his initial training at bases in the segregated south, where he was reminded daily that even though he wore the same uniform as his white counterparts, he was not equal to them.

In April 1945, Bass who had fought as a combat engineer during the Battle of the Bulge, came to a place that was somewhat like a prison.

“Outside of Buchenwald, it was beautiful.  There were grass and a suburban community,” he said.  “Inside there were horrors, I saw what should be human beings reduced to the point of survival.  They were the ‘walking dead.’  They were past the point of survival.”

The horrors that Bass saw became a part of him.  He left Buchenwald with unanswered questions.

“I wanted to get rid of it, but I couldn’t,” he said.  “What did these people due to deserve this treatment?  How had it gone on for ten years?  Why didn’t someone scream STOP?”

The scenes that Bass, and other Soldiers like him, witnessed, made him fight injustices’ in the United States.  In the 1950’s and 60’s Bass, who was by then a teacher, was part of the U.S. Civil Rights movement. 

He would remain silent about what he saw, until the 1960s when a student at the school he taught at, questioned whether the Holocaust ever happened. 

Lt. Helen Rickert-Simmons, 2ndAuxiliary Surgical Group.  Photo courtesy of the Military History Institute, USAHEC.

Lt. Helen Rickert-Simmons

Once news of what had taken place inside the camps became known, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander –Europe, decreed that everyone who could should visit a camp, so they would understand why they were fighting. 

One of these visitors was Lt. Helen Rickert-Simmons, a nurse with the 2ndAuxiliary Surgical Group.  While Simmons had seen the horrors that war can inflict on a human body, she was not prepared for the horrors that starvation, overwork, medical experiments and beatings can inflict, on a human body.  

The images of what she saw at Dachau Concentration Camp are, she said the worse things she saw in her life.

Logistical nightmare

The liberation of the camps was not only very difficult on a personal level for the Soldiers, but for the Army it was a logistical nightmare.  Most of the prisoners were suffering from advanced stages of starvation that was worsened by the well meaning American Soldiers giving their K rations to them. 

When commanders asked for supplies to help the newly liberated prisoners they were initially told that Army supplies were for Soldiers only, and that liberating the camps was not a military priority.  Many of the Soldiers went into the neighboring towns to force the inhabitants to give up food and supplies.  The Army would change their rules and allow Army provisions to be used for civilians.

Sgt. Art Goldman                                 

On April 13, 1945, Sgt. Art Goldman sat down to write a letter to the one woman he thought could give him solace  and comfort after experiencing, “the most gruesome day of my life,” – his mother.

Goldman tried to explain to his Mother the glorious barbarity that he witnessed when he helped liberate Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

“I saw the scaffold where slaves were hung.  I saw the acid pit where slaves were buried.  I saw the unburied bodies of slaves that had been shot by the Germans right before we arrived.”

He wrote to his Mother about seeing the pallets, scarcely bigger then a double bed, where four people slept.  Of hearing that these slaves, because that is what they were, worked from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. without rest, surviving on 200 grams of bred and a small bowl of watery soup a day.

The only positive that Goldman could hold onto was that seeing these horrors assured him of why he was fighting.

John D. Banusiewicz, American Forces Press Service
U.S. kills bin Laden in intelligence-driven operation

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2011 – An intelligence-driven U.S. operation in Pakistan killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden yesterday, President Barack Obama announced in a nationally televised address from the White House late last night.

“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” Obama said. “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.

“No Americans were harmed,” he continued. “They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

Obama noted that bin Laden had been al-Qaida’s leader and symbol for more than 20 years and continued to plot attacks against the United States and its allies.

“The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaida, yet his death does not mark the end of our effort,” Obama said. “There is no doubt that al-Qaida will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must, and we will, remain vigilant at home and abroad.”

The president revealed that shortly after taking office in January 2009, he ordered CIA Director Leon E. Panetta to make bin Laden’s death or capture the top priority of the U.S. war against the al-Qaida terrorist organization.

“Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground,” he said. The president said he met repeatedly with his national security team as information developed indicating bin Laden was at a compound in Pakistan, and that last week he determined enough information was available and authorized the operation.

The president emphasized that the war against al-Qaida is not a war against Islam.

“Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader,” he said. “He was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al-Qaida has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”

Counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped in finding bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding, the president said.

“Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people. Tonight, I called [Pakistani] President [Asif Ali] Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations, and going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al-Qaida and its affiliates.”

The president praised those who worked to find bin Laden and those who carried out the operation that killed him.

“Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome,” he said. “The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

“We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation,” he continued, “for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.”

Former President George W. Bush released a statement after he received a call from Obama:

"Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden the leader of the al Qaida network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."

Army clarifies guidance for Purple Heart award for concussion injuries 

FORT KNOX, Ky. — The Army is clarifying its guidance for awarding the Purple Heart for concussion injuries. This is a clarification.  This does not change the criteria or standard for the award of the Purple Heart.  The clarifying guidance is designed to assist the Chain of Command, Soldiers and Veterans understand the specific requirements for consideration and reconsideration retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001.


The clarification:

  1. More accurately outlines the signs and symptoms of a concussion injury following a hostile event and clearly outlines what constitutes treatment.  This clarification includes requirements for commanders and medical professionals to use in reviewing award submissions/resubmissions.  It clarifies what constitutes qualification for the Purple Heart for concussion injuries (including mild traumatic brain and concussive injuries that do not result in a loss of consciousness).    


  1. Outlines procedures to be used to reconsider previously disapproved Purple Hearts for concussion injuries. As part of this review, the first general officer in a Soldier’s peacetime chain of command is the disapproval authority for these resubmissions.

The Army is encouraging Soldiers and Veterans who were previously denied a Purple Heart for concussion injuries to resubmit documentation for reconsideration.  Soldiers currently serving in the Active Army, Army Reserves or Army National Guard should resubmit through their company chain of command.

Veterans should resubmit to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command at:

            Commander, USA HRC

            ATTN: Awards & Decorations Branch (AHRC-PDP-A)

            1600 Spearhead Division Ave.

            Fort Knox, KY  40122




Submission for reconsideration is not a guarantee of approval.  Items that Soldiers and Veterans should include when resubmitting for the award are:

  • DA Form 4187 (personnel action)  Blank DA 4187 can be downloaded here:
  • For Soldiers still on Active, Guard or Reserve duty, the DA Form 4187 must be signed by the chain of command through the first General Officer in the Soldier’s current chain of command. Veterans can do not require additional signatures. 
  • Deployment orders. Soldiers currently serving in the Army can obtain them from their Military Personnel Office. Veterans can obtain them from the Veteran’s Inquiry Branch by emailing  For more information visit
  • Officer Record Brief or Enlisted Record Brief (DA Form 2-1) Soldiers currently serving in the Army can obtain them from the Military Personnel Office. Veterans can obtain them from the Veteran’s Inquiry Branch at
  • One page narrative describing the qualifying incident and the conditions under which the Soldier was wounded.
  • Two eyewitness statements (or other official documentation) corroborating the narrative.
  • Casualty report.
  • SF 600 (Chronological record of medical care), obtained from the Soldier’s medical records. 
  • DD Form 214 (certificate of release/ discharge from active duty, if applicable).

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Class gift highlights continued fight against terrorism

Lt. Col. Adam Roth, class gift committee chairman, and the artist James Dietz, unveil "Ten Years Later, The Fight Continues," the class gift from the Army War College Class of 2011. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

May 6, 2011 -- Each year the resident and distance education classes presented a gift to the college, as a lasting memory of their time here.  In recent years, this gift has taken the form of a painting, commissioned by internationally-known artists.

The USAWC resident Class of 2011 commissioned world-renown artist James Dietz to create the painting “Ten Years Later, The Fight Continues,” which coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks, said Lt. Col. Adam Roth, a member of the gift committee.

“The print incorporates images of first responders, Wounded Warriors, coalition partners and all joint services together as they ascend to a common goal and that fight continues,” he said. "He (Dietz) is internationally known and his work here will help cement our legacy."


“The subject of the print was voted on and chosen by the members of this year’s class,” he said. “We had many themes to choose from, and at points there was a heated debate but at the end of the day we felt this was the right choice.” Everything from the determination to donate a print to the artist chosen was done as a result of surveys to the each member of the resident class.

“We were given unprecedented influence and access by the artist,” said Roth. “He worked with us each step of the way to make sure he captured our vision.” Dietz has done previous print for the USAWC as well as many U.S. Army organizations and associations to include: the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division, and the Command General Staff College.

"It is truly an honor to sit among you today," said Dietz at the print's presentation to the USAWC in Bliss Hall May 6. "I hope that when you look at this print, you will reflect on all of those that you have served with. That's what makes this so valuable. This will live past us and serves as a valuable reminer of what it it looked like to serve for the last 10 years."  

The 500-issue print has sold out.  Mini-prints will be available for purchase on May 16 from the Army War College Foundation and Alumni Affairs Office, located in Root Hall.    

Parameters celebrates 40 years contributing to national security dialogue


As the 40thanniversary of Parameters drew near, its staff considered how to recognize four decades of contribution to the intellectual mission of the Army War College and, how to capture the essence of the entire body of work?

They weighed a plan to republish 10 manuscripts that had received the greatest attention. Through the process of reviewing archives and consulting notes of former editors, the list grew to 17 articles of top reader appreciation. 

“Everyone associated with the project gained a new appreciation for the intellectual investment and sense of service demonstrated by the authors,” wrote retired Col. Robert H. Taylor, editor, in the special edition.

"Parameters has created a valued forum for its readers from within the senior defense community, business, academe, and the media, said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant.

When the college’s professional journal was established in 1971, then-commandant Maj. Gen. George Eckhardt wrote that Parameters would gather “the results of the best thought of the Army.”

“Most substantive issues involved in national security are politico-military in character,” wrote Eckhardt. “Therefore, in addition to their specialized military knowledge, concerned and responsible members of the Armed Forces must possess a deep understanding of the goals, the power, and the policies of the United States, as well as those of allies, neutrals, or potential enemies.

For 40 years, Parameters helped advance total understanding for a dedicated readership. Subscribers include almost 18 thousand defense intellectuals, academics, and senior military and defense officials.  Another thousand subscriptions go to libraries, educational establishments, US embassies and attaches. Many more find their way to the online edition.

“For 40 years, it's been recognized as a significant resource for contemporary issues and contending ideas,” he said. “As the Army War College's primary means of continuing education for its graduates, Parameters is a key component of our mission to develop, inspire and serve strategic leaders.

For the next 40 years, we commit to providing Wisdom and Strength for the future, said Martin, ‘not to promote war, but to preserve peace.’

The Parameters Editorial Board includes Col. Murray R. Clark; Dr. Martin L. Cook; Dr. Conrad C. Crane; Col. Mark J. Eshelman; retired Col. Leonard J. Fullenkamp; retired Lt. Col. James O. Kievit;  Dr. George E. Reed; retired Col.  John F. Troxell.

The seventeen articles selected for the 40thanniversary edition of Parameters are --

Leadership- General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Leadership involves a constant interplay between the leader and the led.

Generalship- Barbara W. Tuchman How does the role of Army leadership change when it become an instrument of state policy?

The All-Volunteer Military: calling, Profession, or Occupation?-Charles C. Moskos Jr. Three models of the emerging military are presented form a sociological perspective

Vietnam Postmortem: A Senseless Strategy- John M. Collins Analysis of how the US lost a won war by relying on physical strength and tactics instead of strategy

Development of a Coherent American Strategy- Andrew J. Goodpaster Is our nation willing and able to fashion and maintain security and a stable peace?

Lesson of History and Lessons of Vietnam-David H. Petraeus A discussion on how the lessons of historical conflicts such as Vietnam may be used to teach but must also be used with discretion and analysis

Soldiers, Scholars and the Media- Sam C. Sarkesian Why is there a distance between the media elite and the military profession?

For the Joint Specialist: Five Steep Hills to Climb-William E. DePuy Opportunities are offered to improve innovation for the joint specialist

What’s the Matter with being a Strategist? – John R. Galvin The issue of building and becoming a strategist in uniform is reviewed

Eisenhower’s Generalship - Stephen E. Ambrose General Eisenhower exercised leadership and learned lessons from mistakes

Deterrence Resurrected: Revisiting Some Fundamentals-Colin S. Gray A commentary to help people think about deterrence and associated arguments

The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012 - Charles S. Dunlap Jr. This article is an imaginary trip to a future America where the Army’s mission has dramatically changed

Constant Conflict- Ralph Peters A prescient article about a clash of cultures and information warfare fought with infantry in a new American century

Military Leadership into the 21st Century: Another “Bridge Too Far?” – Walter F. Ulmer Jr How can the US armed forces sustain excellence when Soldiers are deployed in a wide range of activates from fighting fires to operating medical clinics?

Caution: Children at war – P.W. Singer What happens if US forces are challenged in future interventions and peacekeeping operations by child soldiers? 

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Is the Gay Ban Based on Military Necessity? – Aaron Belkin An examination of four cases of foreign experiences in lifting bans on homosexual personnel

Reflections on leadership – Robert Gates Three principles of war for military leaders to follow when meeting challenges in the years ahead

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks Thrift Shop is accepting donations

May and June in Carlisle Barracks are filled with the sights and sounds of families preparing to move.   Trash bins get fuller as unwanted and broken items are discarded, while other items get set aside to be donated or sold at yard sales.

One of the places that is accepting gently used goods is the Carlisle Barracks Thrift Shop, located at 637 Liggett Rd.  In May and June the thrift shop will be open Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are two ways that items can be dropped off at the thrift shop.  They can be donated or consigned.

The owner determines the price of the consigned item, and if it is sold, pays the thrift shop a 40 percent consignment fee. 

There are restrictions on the types of items that can be consigned.

  • Items must be clean, free of stains and in good condition.
  • Litter boxes and bird cages must be disinfected and cleaned.
  • No used intimate wearing apparel such as undergarments or swimming suits.
  • No cosmetics or personal hygiene items.
  • No foods, flammable materials, liquid items, paints, drugs, liquor, alcohol, tobacco, R-rated materials, ammunition or firearms.
  • No mattresses or bed pillows.
  • No baby cribs or infant car seats, no children’s clothes, toys or books.

For those wishing to consign items to the thrift shop they are limited to 48 items a week.  Consigned items will stay at the thrift shop for up to two months, after that, if they have not been sold, they will become property of the thrift shop unless they are picked up by the owner.

The shop will be closed in July and most of August.    “Due to low sales, we will probably only open the shop one or two Saturday’s in August as the new class comes in,” said Nancy Gibson, store manager.  

The Thrift Shop is scheduled to move to a new location later this year.  The new shop will be at 842 Sumner Road, which is the same building that houses the Information, Ticketing, and Registration office and Outdoor Recreation.