Banner Archive for May 2012

By: Tyler Davis

Carlisle Barracks recognizes volunteers at annual appreciation ceremony

12 volunteer organizations, more than 100,000 volunteer hours and a little more than $2 million were saved by the hard work and dedication of volunteers from the Carlisle Barracks Community in the past year.

Carlisle Barracks and the US Army War College recognized the dedication and generosity of the Carlisle Barracks community at the annual Carlisle Barracks Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony at the Letort View Community Center, May 30, 2012.

Guest speaker Sheri Wilensky Burke, a senior volunteer manager and organizer of special events, recognized and applauded the staff and families of Carlisle Barracks for willingly sacrificing their time to volunteer throughout the area.

Burke also encouraged that this trend continue in the future, and that Carlisle Barracks remains a committed force of volunteers.

“The number one reason people volunteer, is because they are asked.” Burke said, “It seems so simple, and it really is. So I am asking you today to think of one person you think would be a good volunteer and ask them.”

The 12 groups that were recognized for the commitment to volunteering were: The Cub Scouts, The Military Family Program, Spouses Club, Army Heritage and Education Center, Thrift Store, Federally Employed Women’s Club, Bowling Center, Post Judge Advocate, The Boy Scouts, Child Youth and School Services, Chapel Volunteers and Army Community Service Group.

These groups combined volunteered for 101,271 hours, which equates to $2,206,695.09. The US Government equates a volunteer’s time at the rate of GS-09 pay.

The event was sponsored by the 1stCommand Financial Services, Wegmans, Panera Bread, Giant, Weiss and Key Impact Sales and Systems Inc.

US Army War College Commandant, Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, gave the closing remarks and applauded the Carlisle Barracks Community for their time and dedication.

“Be encouraged, be strong, be courageous, be innovative, be imaginative, keep taking it to the next level, we need you,” said Martin about the volunteers, “In an era of downsizing budgets and austerity, we are going to  need you volunteers innovating, creating, stepping up, finding new imaginative ways to make it better, again thank you very much."

USAWC grads in the news May 31

The chief of staff, Air Force announced today the following assignments:

Maj. Gen. Robert G. Catalanotti, U.S. Army Reserve, Program Manager-Facilities Security Forces, U.S. Central Command, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to director, Exercises and Training Directorate J-7, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Brig. Gen. James H. Dickinson, commanding general, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, to commanding general, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Brig. Gen. Kelly J. Thomas, assistant commanding general for police development, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, to deputy chief of staff, G-1, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark M. McLeod, director of logistics, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to director for logistics, engineer and security assistance, Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

By Lt. Col. Mark Mccann
Hammack talks sustainability considerations for senior leaders with Army War College students


The Hon. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment discusses the importance of sustainability with students at the U.S. Army War College during an elective course focused on Army sustainability issues and challenges for senior leaders.


May 31, 2012 – U.S. Army War College students discussed sustainability considerations for senior leaders and the Army Net Zero program with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, the Hon. Katherine Hammack, during the capstone lecture in an elective class here.    

“I think it is important that leaders understand the challenges we face,” Hammack said when discussing her interaction with the students here. “There are opportunities for War College students to bring new ideas and strategies to the attention of senior leaders, to think of ways to adjust things we do to make sure we have the resources to sustain operations. “

According to Col. Judith Robinson who teaches the elective, “Preserving Strategic Options for the Future: Sustainability Considerations for Strategic Leaders,” students explore ideas and address sustainability from a more strategic perspective. 

 “The purpose of this elective is to get students thinking about sustainability with the ability to look forward and think about how to address issues and challenges related to sustainability,” Robinson said. “Sustainability is not an end product. It is a process of continual improvement.”

Robinson also said the elective gives students an exposure to different elements of sustainability including policy considerations, operations with some emphasis on the tactical side of sustainability.

During the elective period, students discussed how sustainability relates to training, contingency operations, procurement, and acquisition, and also how to integrate sustainability into installation planning.  The course culminated with the final two class periods focusing on emerging issues in sustainability. 

For this capstone class, Hammack talked with students about the main objectives of the Army sustainability program and how the Net Zero initiative seeks to change Army culture by focusing on management of critical resources – energy, water, waste – as a means to improve quality of life and ensure the Army maintains its ability to perform primary missions. 

“Sustainability is about increasing mission capability at installations and during contingency operations,” Hammack said. “It is about the management of resources to eliminate single points of failure and reduce vulnerabilities.” Hammack explains, the reason we developed the Net Zero Initiative was to ensure that our facilities and installations can be enduring in an uncertain environment.

Hammack also said, “We don’t have a Net Zero policy. We have a Net Zero program, a Net Zero challenge.” And she talked about how installations are taking the challenge and competing among themselves to reach goals.

“If we can take our Army communities to Net Zero, it will be a wonderful example to other communities about what can be achieved,” she said.  

The elective is one of several academic requirements students must complete before receiving their Master of Strategic Studies degrees at graduation in June. 

“This is an area that doesn’t get much attention, at least not in the operational force,” said Col. Sam Russell, a student taking the elective. “The things we read, DA and DoD policy, I had not read before, and it broadened my horizons.”



Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs


Good Grades Pay Off at the Carlisle Barracks Exchange

 According to the Military Child Education Coalition, an estimated 80 percent of military connected children are forced to move between 6-9 times as they complete their K-12 education and, along with geographical moves, comes changes in educational settings and curricula.

With these unique challenges in mind, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service rewards military students who excel. In fact, schoolchildren who receive a report card with an overall “B” average or better can pick up an array of free and discounted products through the Carlisle BarracksExchange’s “You Made the Grade” program.

Now in its 12thyear, “You Made the Grade” offers include a free Burger King hamburger kids meal, Subway 6-inch combo, a magazine of their choice and even a complimentary haircut, to name a few.

Students “making the grade” can also register for a drawing to win a $2,000, $1,500 or $500 Exchange gift card.

“Military students who excel in the classroom despite multiple moves and deploying parents deserve to be recognized,” said the Carlisle Barracks Exchange’s general manager Eric Desveaux.   “While good grades are their own reward, this program recognizes the hard work and dedication required of pupils at the head of the class.”

To receive a “You Made the Grade” booklet, eligible students can simply present a valid military ID and proof of an overall “B” or better average to the Carlisle Barracks Exchange. Students may receive one coupon package for every qualifying report card, but may enter the gift card drawing only once per grading period.

Military families can contact the Carlisle Barracks Exchange for more information about “You Made the Grade” at 717-243-2463.

Commandant’s Memorial Day Safety Message

Memorial Day is a time when we honor those citizens and members of our Armed Forces who gave their last full measure of devotion in the service of our country. On this unique American holiday, we remember that they gave everything to defend a nation built on life, liberty and hope, and we honor the sacrifice they made for our freedom.  We also mark the unofficial start of summer and launch the Army’s Summer Safety Campaign. 

Summer is a great time to take advantage of recreational activities in and around the water like swimming, boating, fishing and more. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in the Army, and alcohol is often a contributing factor. Whether at the pool, the ocean, or on one of the many lakes, rivers or streams in the region, I ask you to be mindful of risks and take extra precaution to ensure safety for yourself, your friends and your loved ones.

Soon the school year will end, and moving vans will be a common sight here at Carlisle Barracks. This also means an increase in the amount of vehicular traffic all across the installation.

            If your children ride bicycles, please ensure they understand basic rules of the road.  Make sure their equipment is in proper working order, and remind them that they must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle on post.

            Pedestrian safety is also important. If you are driving a motor vehicle, remember to obey posted speed limits and give pedestrians the right-of-way in all crosswalks.  Walkers themselves must be alert and should never step into a crosswalk without first checking for traffic.  Sidewalks should be used whenever possible.

Report accidents.  Accident reporting is one of the most important tools leaders have to identify issues and take corrective action. If you are not sure if an accident/incident needs to be reported, please contact the Installation Safety Office at 245-4353/4286. 

The first step toward accident prevention is vigilance. Each of you – students, faculty, staff, and family members – makes Carlisle Barracks a great Army community.  We need you to be safe, because you are why we exist, and why we are able to accomplish our vital mission of developing, inspiring, and serving strategic leaders.

So, as we commemorate the lives sacrificed in service on this Memorial Day, and we celebrate the start of summer, I encourage you to have a safe and enjoyable time with family, friends and loved ones. Army Safe is Army Strong!

Prudens Futuri -- Wisdom and Strength for the Future.

USAWC grads in the news May 11

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced today that the President has made the following nominations:

Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr. for appointment to the rank of major general.  Caravalho is currently serving as commanding general, Northern Regional Medical Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Leslie J. Carroll has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Carroll is currently serving as commander (troop program unit), 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), San Antonio, Texas.

Brig. Gen. Frederick A. Henry, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to chief of staff, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Md.

Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Bryan R. Kelly has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general and assignment as commanding general (troop program unit), Army Reserve Medical Command, Pinellas Park, Fla.  Kelly is currently serving as commander (troop program unit), Medical Readiness and Training Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Former USAWC Fellow Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, commanding general, U.S. Army Engineer Division, Southwestern, Dallas, Texas, to director, Joint Engineering Directorate, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. 

Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Peter S. Lennon has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general and assignment as commanding general (troop program unit), 377th Theater Support Command, New Orleans, La.  Lennon is currently serving as acting commander (troop program unit), 377th Theater Support Command, New Orleans, La.

Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Gary A. Medvigy has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general and assignment as deputy commanding general (support) (individual mobilization augmentee), Eighth U.S. Army, Yongsan, Republic of Korea.  Medvigy is currently serving as commander (troop program unit), 351st Civil Affairs Command, Mountain View, Calif.

Army Reserve Brig. Gen. David W. Puster has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general and assignment as commanding general (troop program unit), 84th Division (Institutional Training), Milwaukee, Wis.  Puster is currently serving as commander (troop program unit), 84th Division (Institutional Training), Milwaukee, Wis.

Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Megan P. Tatu has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general and assignment as commanding general (troop program unit), 79th Sustainment Support Command, Los Alamitos, Calif.  Tatu is currently serving as commander (troop program unit), 5th Brigade (Mission Command), 75th Training Division (Mission Command), Dublin, Calif.

Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Daniel L. York has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general and assignment as commanding general (troop program unit), U.S. Army Reserve Joint and Special Troops Support Command, Salt Lake City, Utah.  York is currently serving as the commander (troop program unit), 86th Training Division (Operations), Fort McCoy, Wis.

Army Reserve Brig. Gen. James V. Young Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Young is currently serving as deputy chief, Army Reserve, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, Washington, D.C.

Col. Walter Piatt, a former Army WarCollege Fellow, has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, commandant, U.S. Army Infantry School, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga., to deputy commanding general, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Col. Norman B. Green, United States Army Reserve, for promotion to the rank of brigadier general and assignment as the Commander (Troop Program Unit), 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), San Antonio, Texas.  He is currently serving as the Chief of Staff (Troop Program Unit), 79th Sustainment Support Command, Los Alamitos, California. (DDE Class of 2009)

Col. Troy D. Kok, United States Army Reserve, for promotion to the rank of brigadier general and assignment as the Commander (Troop Program Unit), 11th Aviation Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.  He is currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4 (Active Guard and Reserve), United States Civil Affairs Psychological Operations, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. (DDE Class of 2010)

Col. Stephen K. Curda, United States Army Reserve, for promotion to the rank of brigadier general and assignment as the Commander (Troop Program Unit), 351st Civil Affairs Command, Mountain View, California.  He is currently serving as the Commander (Troop Program Unit), 308th Civil Affairs Brigade, Homewood, Illinois. (DDE Class of 2009)

Army Reserve Col. Tammy S. Smith has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general and assignment as deputy chief, Army Reserve, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, Washington, D.C.  Smith is currently serving as chief (active guard and reserve), General Officer Management Office/director, Senior Leader Management Office, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Army Col. Paul Lebidine has been selected for to the rank of brigadier general. He is a member of the DDE Class of 2012.  

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


It’s a bright, sunny day on the water and you’re getting very thirsty. As you start looking for something to quench your thirst, remember to choose a nonalcoholic drink. The combination of boating and drinking alcohol would be very dangerous for you, your passengers, and other boaters as well. Each year more than 700 people die in boating accidents. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, accounting for nearly 21% of all fatalities.1

Long before a person becomes legally intoxicated, alcohol impairs his or her balance, reaction time, vision, and judgment. On the water, elements like motion, engine noise, vibration, sun, and wind 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 12-ounce can of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof liquor 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. This makes 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 $300 and $12,500
  • up to 5 years in jail and/or
  • suspension of your boating privileges for up to one year


If you refuse to take a breath, blood, or urine test, the Boating Commission may suspend your boating privileges for 18 months.


Homicide by watercraft while under the influence, can result in fines up to $12,500, and five years in prison.


Boaters who drink 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






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.


Dr. Steven Metz, Strategic Studies Institute
SSI--A small organization thinking big

The Strategic Studies Institute is a small organization thinking big. With the global security environment changing at a dizzying rate, the United States is working to sustain its leading role in world security. As vital participants in this process, the Army’s strategists and senior leaders must have a creative and critical understand of complex strategic issues. Since skill at strategy is something that must be developed and maintained over a career, SSI was designed to address this need through rigorous research and analysis-- something needed now more than ever.

The heart of SSI is a small group of renowned specialists on national security strategy and warfare, some civilian and some military. From its new building at Carlisle Barracks, SSI’s experts produce analytical research which is distributed throughout the Army and the scholarly world. SSI also publishes some of the best analysis from a network of external researchers which it developed over several decades. SSI publications are used everywhere from the classrooms of the Army War College and civilian universities to the conference rooms of the National Security Council and Office of the Secretary of Defense. At the same time, SSI’s experts influence national policy and explain the Army’s contribution to national security by writing for leading policy and academic publications, providing media interviews and congressional testimony, and speaking to a wide range of audiences.

In addition to producing its own analysis, SSI helps bridge the Army and the wider community of national security experts. Following the Vietnam War, there was mistrust, even hostility between the U.S. military and the academic world. To address this, Army leaders instructed SSI to develop a broad program of academic engagement. After years of effort, this paid off in an extensive and beneficial cooperation that continues today. SSI now works with universities like Harvard, Princeton and Stanford to explore national security issues through conferences and workshops. SSI analysts and other War College faculty members give presentations at leading academic conferences, publish in major scholarly journals, and speak at prestigious colleges and universities. This relationship continues to provide the Army with the new ideas and differing perspectives so badly needed in a rapidly changing security environment.

SSI also takes great pride in providing the Army with constructive yet critical thinking. Reflecting the Army War College’s policy of academic freedom, SSI’s analysts sometimes disagree with official positions or offer different perspectives. They are encouraged to do so as long as their analysis reflects careful thought and rigorous research, and helps Army leaders and strategists refine or expand their own ideas. This distinguishes SSI from organizations which provide analysis under contract. And it reflects a longstanding intellectual honesty on the part of Army leaders--it takes a confident organization to question its own assumptions, priorities, and conclusions.

Despite its small size, the Strategic Studies Institute addresses an extensive range of topics. Every year SSI publishes over 50 monographs and books, some written by SSI analysts, some by other members of the War College faculty, and some by external authors. These cover everything from drug trafficking to tactical nuclear weapons to the future of the U.S. military in the Middle East. Nearly every strategic issue important to the Army and the United States receives some attention through SSI’s array of products. SSI also publishes an annual Key Strategic Issues list of topics identified by Army and Joint leaders for analysis. All of the Institute’s publications are freely available in electronic form; many are reprinted or downloaded many thousands of times thus expanding the reach of SSI, the Army War College, and the Army.

But SSI is more than just publications. One of its most important roles is to host an annual strategy conference at Carlisle Barracks. Now in its 24th year, this brings a wide audience of strategy experts to the War College and provides an opportunity for War College students to interact with leading policymakers and strategic experts such as Richard Armitage, Martin Van Creveld, Michael Howard, Eliot Cohen, Colin Gray, Dick Cheney, Rupert Smith, and Richard Perle.

While SSI serves a wide audience, it remains an integral element of the Army War College. SSI publications are used extensively in the College’s curriculum (and by other schools in the Professional Military Educational system). SSI’s experts are in great demand as classroom speakers, mentors, and subject matter experts. The team of SSI’s research faculty and the College’s teaching faculty provide War College students with a rare wealth of experience and expertise as they develop into strategic leaders.

TRADOC workshop aims to develop strategic advisors for Joint Force 2020

Dr. Eliot Cohen was the keynote speaker for the Training and Doctrine Command “Strategic Leadership for the Army of 2020,” the three-day conference held at the Army War College. photo by Thomas Zimmerman.


While the class of 2012 was in the Nation’s Capital for the DC academic field trip, the Army War College hosted the leadership of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. An opportunity to explore “Strategic Leadership for the Army of 2020,” the three-day conference was inspired first, by USAWC historians’ Gettysburg staff ride lessons for strategic leaders, then by an unconventional view of strategic leadership for 2020.

Keynote speaker Dr. Eliot Cohen challenged the audience to consider that the world of 2020 is unknowable, that we can best prepare by developing effective strategic advisors, and that a liberal education is a wise investment.

Cohen, who is no stranger to the USAWC, was here at the invitation of TRADOC. Early in his academic career he taught for four years on the faculty of the Naval War College.  But his familiarity with, interest in and commitment to senior officer education began as a summer intern in the USAWC Dean’s office in 1978.  


His points are excerpted here:

  • As human beings we are terrible predictors of the future.We operate in an unpredictable, sometimes random world. What we need to do is to less attempt to forecast the future but to prepare ourselves for uncertainty, not by leading but by giving good advice.
  • As the Army develops its senior leaders for the future, it means the importance of education – serious, rigorous, and intense. Education is a craft business. Its best done in small batches over a long period of time by people who are completely committed to teaching and who understand it.
  • The military both executes strategy and advises in its formulation.Most military education and training prepares officers for the execution part. But another critically important part is the advising part. 
  • To become effective advisors, senior leaders should consider two hazards, six strategic questions, and four virtues of strategic advisors.
  • The hazards: First, they may actually follow your advice and, all courses may run ill. Strategic decisions are 51-49 kinds of decisions. Second, the desire to be in the inner circle, where strategic decision-making takes place, is profoundly corrupting. Strategy is an argument, reasoning from premises, evidence and logic. 
  • The strategic questions:   What are we trying to do?  What else is going on?  What are our options? What are our priorities?   What is the sequence? What is our theory of victory and why, and how, do we think this will work?
  • The strategic virtues:  Empathy (starting with the enemy). Curiosity (to include intellectual curiosity). Humility (face the likelihood of big mistakes and the need to correct them. Courage (Strategic advisors have to have courage to disagree with the boss, and it is very hard:  the courage to be in the right with two or three or, if necessary, alone … the courage to lose the fight and engage again when you have to).


Cohen was just one of the guest speakers brought in by TRADOC for the conference, which brought together leadership from TRADOC HQ and its subordinate institutions to discuss requirements, capabilities, and topics as they prepare for the Army of 2020 and support their mission of developing, educating and training Soldiers, civilians, and leaders to strengthen the U.S. Army as America’s Force of Decisive Action.

During the conference participants heard from a variety of experts including Gen. Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff who stressed the need for adaptability and flexibility of the force as the Army transforms to meet the demands of an uncertain future.

Gen. Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, was one of the guest speakers for the conference.  

Other guest speakers included retired Gen. Barry McCaffery, who discussed strategic leadership and Dr. Steve Gerras, USAWC Department of Command leadership and Management, who presented a session on general officer strategic leadership. Each TRADOC Center of Excellence made presentations on their role and programs to help prepare the service for the needs of 2020.

Participants also took part in a Gettysburg Staff Ride, led by USAWC experts.

“The staff ride was a great opportunity to learn valuable lessons from Gettysburg that we can apply today,” said Gen. Robert Cone, TRADOC commander.

Senior spouses also took part in a tailored program designed by Christine Yuengert, director of the USAWC Military family Program. The two-day program featured a “mini” Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills session, a USAWC program to help senior military spouses become strategic thinkers and problem solvers led by Lisa Towery.  Two special speakers spoke about TBI and supporting military children.

Carol Kerr
Strategic Studies Institute is ‘all about the questions’

What do our leaders need to be thinking about? What are we not noticing? The research team of the USAWC Strategic Studies Institute seeks to identify what the country will need in the future, to apply in-depth research to the strategic environment, and be the first source for strategic thinking.

You can ‘google’ or you can ‘SSI’.

Here’s a recent sampling –

Dr. Max G. Manwaring authored the asymmetric warfare trilogy that highlights his expertise in Latin America and military/ non-military operations other than war. Book 1 is on the SOCOM reading list: Insurgency, Terrorism and Crime (2008). Book 2, Gangs, Pseudo-Militaries, and Other Modern Mercenaries (2010) earned the Madigan Award. Book 3, The Complexity of Modern Asymmetric Warfare, has enticed interest of India and Brazil before its Fall 2012 publication, said Manwaring.

Taking a somewhat different enemy into consideration is of critical importance. In the present and future, the enemy will not be stupid enough to allow us to fight Iraq, Afghanistan, or even Vietnam over again, said Manwaring.

“I approached changing war operations as a result of asymmetric operations worldwide, looking at the Mexican cartels, Russians, finance, money laundering, etc. This is different from the experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army must know about this other kind of war – the only kind we’ve ever lost,” he said.

Dr. W. Andrew Terrill is the SSI’s Middle East specialist.

“I feel like I’m contributing by helping USAWC officers know before they need to,” said Terrill. “The most dangerous organization in the world is Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” he offered as example. “AQ-AP has tried to attack us twice – the Christmas bomber and Yemen -- and has the opportunity to grow territory and influence. This is a terrorist organization that, no kidding, hates us. The US core interests are at stake but there’s a limited array of options. It’s a particularly delicate problem, and calls for long-range thinking. “

A decade of published research presents Terrill’s guide to understanding the Middle East: Lessons of the Iraqi de-Ba’athification Program for Iraq’s Future and the Arab Revolution, May 2012; Conflicts of Yemen, 2011; Escalation and Intrawar Deterrence During Limited Wars in the Middle East, 2009, finds current lessons in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the 1991 Gulf War Against Iraq. He studied Jordan in 2008 and the US-Kuwait relationship in 2007. Regional Fears of Western Primacy, 2006, explores US options for military cooperation and basing needs in the Middle East.

Dr. David Lai’s work on Chinese thinking and operational art is found in The United States and China in Power, Dec. 2011. Lai’s writing to explain the key mindset for understanding the Chinese was acknowledged by Henry Kissinger, he noted.

Dr. Jeffrey McCausland collaborates with other academics for the Minerva project, characterized as new thinking on deterrence and control of nuclear weapons. Looking at the Russian stockpile, a workshop in October with academics and policymakers from Europe and the United States, produced Tactical Nuclear Weapons and NATO, April, 2012, by McCausland, Dr. Tom Nichols and Dr. Doug Stuart.

SSI expands its research scope by collaborating with external research contributors. Drug Trafficking, Violence and Instability, 2012, is written by SSI contributor Dr. Phil Williams with Dr Vanda Felbab-Brown. SSI’s Dr. Robin Dorff with Dr. Volker Franke edited Conflict Management and “Whole of Government’: Useful Tools for US National Strategy?

Conferences are an effective way to multiple expert collaboration -- and every conference produces a summary product, itself available online, like the compelling series of conference reports on the People’s Liberation Army. This month, Dr. Stephen Blank is coordinating The Transition to Putin II Conference at Carlisle Barracks. Upcoming conferences will explore cyberspace at CCNY and University of Pittsburgh; US and India with Dickinson College; Bosnia, with the Atlantic Council.

The topic of the year -- Grand Strategy in an Era of Austerity -- was not only the subject of the USAWC April 2012 Strategy Conference (view speeches, panels and discussions at com/usarmywarcollege) but of a series of academic collaborations -- the next in June at Kingston College in Ontario, Canada in June.

Subscribe to the monthly SSI Newsletter to learn what new research study is available about the enduring importance of land power, the future of American strategy and what that means for future force development, and the emerging issues that help leaders better fulfill roles as strategic advisors:

Col. Rory Radovich, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
PKSOI supports Army through lessons learned forum


In March 2011, The Combined Arms Center and Department of the Army G3/5/7 worked to produce a quick-turn request from the Commander ISAF to establish a dynamic quarterly Operation Enduring Freedom Lessons Learned Forum. Its goal was to facilitate the acceleration of the integration of observations, insights, lessons, tactics, techniques and procedures and operating environment changes to the field and into the operational and generating forces; enhance capabilities; and determine how to sustain them. So, what is the OEF LL Forum and what does it really do?

The OEF LL Forum is a working group comprised of all the major actors in the Army. This group meets in three ways each month: an action officer working group, a Counsel of Colonels, and a General Officer Steering Committee. The purpose of the forum is to quickly solve big problems for the ISAF Commander and then follow up with long term solutions in the training base.

PKSOI is a member of the OEF LL Forum and was chosen to lead 2 of the first 17 issues taken on by the forum. The first issue was a concern of the ISAF Commander that the Provincial Reconstruction Teams and the Brigade Combat Teams were not working together to accomplish their governance mission. PKSOI was given the mission to shape the problem and, in the end, the issue was determined to be a matter of unity of effort (or lack thereof). Four months later, PKSOI, with the help of many other agencies, assembled a working group, developed an action plan, wrote and submitted scenarios to the CTCs, coordinated communication sessions between PRT and BCT leaders, and published the “BCT-PRT Unity of Effort” reference guide (CALL pub no. 11-39, sep 11). The issue was completed and closed in less than 5 months.

The second issue PKSOI was charged to solve was the issue of counter corruption training, both prior to deployment and during deployment. This issue was brought up by Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the CJIATF Shafafiyat commander. The end result was a very comprehensive training site on the Army’s Training Network and multiple other engagements with deploying Brigades.

Most recently PKSOI was given the lead for an issue dealing with the mitigation of civilian casualties. This issue goes hand in hand with PKSOI’s mission as CACs lead on Protection of Civilians and aligns with other work PKSOI does in this area such as Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response. Similarly, other work involving gender violence issues, as they relate to peace and stability operations, are being developed in collaboration with Interagency and Non governmental partners.

Tyler Davis
Carlisle Barracks celebrates Earth/Arbor Day


Lt. Col. McDonough, garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Blakey help plant a tree as part of the Carlisle Barracks Earth/Arbor Day celebration. photo by Tyler Davis.

For more photos visit the USAWC Facebook page.

Carlisle Barracks held its annual Earth/Arbor Day celebration on May 17 at the Delaney Field House. Keeping with the spirit and tradition of Arbor Day, the Carlisle Barracks ceremonially planted a tree in front of the Post Chapel.

Lt. Col. McDonough, garrison commander, was accompanied by Theresa Steele, Community Manager for Balfour Beatty, Paul Herzer, Barracks Environmental Officer and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Blakey in the planting of a spruce tree in front of the Post Chapel.

Shortly after the tree was planted day-campers from the Child Development Center showered the tree with water and sang “This Land is Your Land”.

Following the ceremony, and continuing throughout the day, were exhibits and informational booths on how to be more environmentally conscious, arts and crafts vendors, and hamburgers and hotdogs for sale.

There were also booths on conservation efforts ongoing throughout the state. State Game Warden Timothy Wenrich presented information on Pennsylvania’s vast wildlife and game animals, while Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Chad Smith gave out information on the various tree species found in the state.

Col. Carlisle made an appearance to surprise the CDC day campers and reaffirm the benefits of planting trees and recycling.

This year marks the 140th Arbor Day, dating  back to 1872, when over a million trees were planted in Nebraska City, Nebraska.

Suzanne Reynolds, USAWC Public Affairs
Spouses of deployed service members say Seminar 21 is a valuable asset
 Photos by Megan Clugh
Lisa Towery welcomes Seminar 21 outgoing and incoming spouses at a luncheon celebration, May 14, Quarters Two.
  Army War College leadership took time May 14 at Quarters Two to celebrate Seminar 21’s outgoing and incoming spouses. 
  “This luncheon is to celebrate those coming to the end of being a deployed spouse and those of you joining Seminar 21,” said Lisa Towery, who hosted the event along with her husband Col. Bobby Towery, USAWC deputy commandant.
  Seminar 21, which started in 2003, is the official Family Readiness Support Group for spouses and family members of deployed or geographically separated service members who are currently assigned as students, faculty or staff at the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks, or spouses of formerly assigned students living in the Carlisle area.  In addition, honorary membership is extended to spouses of deceased service members living in the Carlisle area.
  One of the benefits of Seminar 21 is the support system and connection to the USAWC and Carlisle Barracks community for families that it provides.
  “This program reflects the social revolution of the Army, said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Commandant.  “With Seminar 21 you are together as a team--a way to network and bond and have that support necessary during deployment.”   “The strength of the Army is family.”
  Norricia Speights, whose husband, Class of ’11 grad Col. Elmer Speights, has been deployed to Afghanistan since June 2011, said the program was valuable.  “Most important for me is the information sharing and being able to be involved when someone needed something,” said Speights.
  This will be the third time that Melissa Reed, spouse of Col. Christopher Reed, current USAWC student, who will be deploying to Afghanistan in June, has been an IA spouse, and the first time that she will be involved in a program like Seminar 21.
  “It’s like you fell off the edge of the earth, she said.  “I would give anything if this program could be extended to all other posts.”  “It is really important to have a voice.”
                                                                                                                Outgoing members of Seminar 21, May 14, Qtrs. Two 
  Mary Heintzelman, spouse of Col. Scott Heintzelman, and Lisa Parmeter, spouse of Lt. Col. Guy Parmeter, both officers current USAWC students who will be deployed to Korea in June, are just a few of the spouses who will join Reed in the next Seminar 21 program that will consist of 29 members.
  “It is nice to be taken care of and be able to participate in everything,” said Lisa Parmeter.
  Col. Bobby Towery extended special thanks to current Seminar 21 leader Trish Hanley and co-leader Roz Johnson for stepping up as leaders for the organization in June 2011.
  It’s a wonderful program, said Trish Hanley.  “The support of the Command is phenomenal.  “I’m a firm believer that having this support makes it possible to survive and thrive through a deployment.”
  Laurel Cioppa, USAWC Family Readiness Support assistant, is the point of contact for all matters pertaining to membership and information sharing for Seminar 21.  She coordinates the program with Christine Yuengert, Military Family Program coordinator, to ensure that Seminar 21 is integrated into all USAWC social events, Military Family Programs and special functions. 
Incoming members of Seminar 21, May 14, Qtrs. Two

Suzanne Reynolds, USAWC Public Affairs

Gen.  David Hurley, Australian Chief of the Defense, becomes 40th International Hall of Fame Inductee

 Photo by Megan Clugh, USAWC

 Gen. David Hurley, Australian Chief of the Defense, becomes the 40th International Hall of Fame inductee, May 16, Bliss Hall auditorium

The Army War College recognized an outstanding international alum, Australian Chief of the Defense Gen. David Hurley, who became the 40th inductee into the International Fellows Hall of Fame here May 16.
“I am honored to host this event and delighted to honor an extraordinary graduate of our Army War College for his service as an exceptional strategic leader,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant.
  “Gen. Hurley has epitomized the tenets of the Army War College in leading his nation’s armed forces and in doing so greatly honors his alma mater.  “His connection to this institution is in each of you as future strategic leaders of your nation’s remains paramount as we face the dangers and new threats of the 21st century.”  
  Hurley entered the Royal Australian Infantry Corps in December 1975 and assumed his current appointment as the Chief of the Defense in July 2011.
  His career path covers a variety of operational command and staff appointments.  He served as the Exchange officer with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards (British Army); served as the Mechanized Infantry Adviser to the Australian Army project Team Malaysia in 1989; Commander 1st Royal Australian Regiment during Operation SOLACE (Somalia) 1993 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross; served as the Director General Land Development, Head Capability Systems and Land Commander Australia; appointed as Chief Joint Operations Command; and appointed as the Vice Chief of Defense Force.
  Hurley became a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Australian Defense Force in 2010.  The Companion is Australia’s greatest civic honor.
  Gen. Hurley expressed his sincere thanks to Maj. Gen. Martin for this honor and reflected that when he was an Army War College student that he didn’t expect that one day he would lead the Australian Defense Force and be honored in the College’s Hall of Fame.
  “It is indeed a great honor to be part and parcel of that esteemed company of former graduates,” said Gen. Hurley.
   Hurley told the USAWC Class of 2012 students that when he speaks to course members at the Australian Joint Command and Staff College, he tells them that they will fail if they do not get to know at least two international colleagues that they can contact.
  “Looking back, my time here at the college allowed me to establish relationships with senior U.S. Army officers that I have continued to build over the years, said Hurley. “The importance of these working level associations cannot be overstated.  “Ultimately the friendships you forge here will form the foundation of military and diplomatic alliances,” he said.

Photo by Scott Finger, USAWC

          Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin and his wife Maggie join new IHOF inductee Gen. David Hurley and his wife Linda in the International Fellows Hall of Fame, May 16, Root Hall.


Public Affairs staff report
Army War College students descend on nation's capital

Army War College students meet with U.S. Congressman Joe Heck during the 2012 National Capital Region Academic Trip. The students and faculty also visited Capitol Hill, to talk face-to-face with the officials about issues facing the nations and the military, including its legislative activities, and impact on national security policy.  courtesy photos.


May 17, 2012 -- For the last 10 months, the 368 students of the Army War College Class of 2012 have studied a range of  issues that they will face as strategic leaders -- often, working through interagency and multi-national coordination.

During the 2012 National Capital Region Academic Trip they 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 8-10, seeing these actions first-hand.

“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 Academic Affairs. “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.” 

U.S. Senator John McCain met with students during the academic trip.  

The experience 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 groups to broaden the experience.

 “It was an important trip to have at the end of the course,” said German Col. Jens Koltermann, who visited the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It was important for me to visit here because in Germany we are having very hefty discussions about veterans so we have nothing in place like you do here. The information I was able to get was unbelievable.”










Students talk with U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell during the DC Trip.


“The trip was a great opportunity to see some of these organizations and talk with their leadership,” said Marine Corps civilian student Kelly Gibson.

“We met with three congressmen, the KATO Institute and the Congressional Research Service which really gave me an opportunity to see and talk with very different organizations with very different focus,” said Marine Corps Lt. Col. Curtis Mason. “The interactions we were able to have with the presenters were really beneficial for us and them. I think that’s the greatest value of this trip, having an open dialogue with governmental and non-governmental organizations that really help expand your knowledge.”

“I was able to visit the National Security Council and that was an important because you see that there is always someone working a specific problem that faces our nation,” said Col. Ralph Kauzlarich.

The students and faculty also visited Capitol Hill, to talk face-to-face with the officials about issues facing the nations and the military including its legislative activities, and the impact on national security policy. 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, among others.

U.S. Congressman Joe Barton met with USAWC students.

Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club announces outreach recipients


Emily Fowler receives a scholarship from the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club as part of their outreach programs during a luncheon May 9.  Photo by Megan Clugh.


The following students and organizations were selected by the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club to receive scholarships or donations as part of the organizations outreach programs.   


Emily Fowler - $1500

Jared Ashworth - $1250

Nechelle Dolata - $1250

Bailey McKenney - $1000

Alexis Slocum - $1000

Alan Leach - $1000

Nathan Benjamin - $750

Abigail Panell - $700

Eryn Meeker - $700

Joshua Readshaw - $700

Melina Dolata - $700


First Command Education Foundation - Mary Yuengert - $1000


This year the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club has donated to 20 organizations and given out more than  $9,000. A total of 15 organizations received outreach donations.

Safe Harbour located here in Carlisle,

Safe Harbour has been awarded $500. 

Safe Harbour provides shelter and services to homeless and potentially homeless individuals.  Approximately 65 individuals are assisted.   The money donated will be used to support the renovation of the fourth floor of its James Wilson facility.  


The United Methodist Home for Children located in Mechanicsburg.

The Home for children has been awarded $500.

  The United Methodist Home for Children provides long-term residential care for emotionally troubled children, many who are suffering from abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.  The money donated will be used for Equine facilitated therapy. 


Army Heritage Center Foundation

 The foundation has been awarded $500. 

This is a non-profit that serves as the “friends group” for the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  The money donated will help with operating costs for a “Day at the Museum” educational program offered to children. 


Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation

The foundation has been awarded $500

This is a non-Profit organization formed to assist Veterans and their families in Pennsylvania (over 964,000 Veterans).  The PVF supports a variety of veteran issues; from individual emergency assistance to veteran outreach programs such as homelessness, unemployment, women veteran issues and mental health programs.


The Carlisle Family YMCA .

The YMCA beenawarded $400

The money donated will support the Mentoring Project that targets boys age 7-14 without a father in their household.  The program matches boys ages 7 to 14 in a home with positive male influences. 



The Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties.

The Domestic Violence Services has been awarded $425. 

This is a non-profit organization which works toward eliminating domestic violence.  They provide a 24 hour hotline; emergency shelters, counseling, and lengthy advocacy program. 


Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC)-

 CALC been awarded $300. 

The Carlisle Arts Learning Center is a non-profit art center.  The money donated will be used for the “Artworks Project”.  Students will create a large piece of artwork which promotes the importance of Carlisle Barracks Army War College in our community. 


Summer Program for Youth or SPY

SPY has been awarded $250. 

 SPY is an agency of the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County that hosts a summer day camp for at risk children recommended by their school counselors. 


Sadler Health Center Corporation

Sadler has been awarded $250. The Nurse Family Partnership program is a voluntary program where trained nurses visit low income first time mothers during pregnancy and until the child reaches age 2.


National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central PA.

The MS Society has been awarded $250.  

. The money donated will support the “What a Difference a Day Makes” project.  Teams of volunteers go into the homes of clients with MS and meet their needs (yard work, small repairs roof repair, heavy cleaning, ramp repair etc). 


Camp Koala

Camp Koala has been awarded $350. 

A bereavement camp for children ages 7-12.  The camp is a weekend long event that supports and facilitates healthy bereavement for local children. 


New Hope Ministries

New Hope Ministries has been awarded $300. 

This is a local social service agency that serves people in need.  In 2011, 6171 people were helped. The money donated will be used for crisis assistance. 



International Fellows Conversation and Culture

 The program has been awarded $1000. 

Conversation and Culture is a program that is offered to all IF spouses’ currently enrolled in the AWC.  The program helps the spouses’ integrate culturally and socially.  The money donated will help support operating costs.



Employment Skills Center

The ESL has been awarded $500. 

This is a non-profit adult education and employment; community based currently assisting 400 adults in our community with educational and training. The money donated will be used for the ESL program for the International Fellow spouses. 



Army Distaff Association

 The Army Distaff has been awarded $500.

 This foundation provides affordable, secure retirement housing and health care services to retired career officers of all uniformed services and their female relatives. 




Celebrate Carlisle Barracks Earth Day and Arbor Day      


  Help celebrate the Carlisle Barracks Earth Day and Arbor Day event on Thursday, May 17. 

  The ceremony and tree planting will take place at Mara Circle near the Post Chapel at 10 a.m.  Then visit the many exhibits, vendors, and kid's activities that will be located outside the Delaney Community Center.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance:  Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion


  The Carlisle Barracks and U.S. Army War College Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance will be held Tuesday, May 22, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center with Ethnic food sampling.

  The guest speaker will be retired Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba.  Taguba retired on Jan. 1, 2007, after serving 34 years on active duty.  He is now the President of TDLS Consulting, LLC, which provides business consulting services to small companies-disabled owned and 8a certified. 

    Born in Manila, Philippines, Taguba was commissioned as an Armor officer and distinguished military graduate from Idaho State University in 1972. 

  Taguba served in numerous command and staff positions from platoon to general officer level with service tours in the continental United States, South Korea, Germany and Kuwait.  During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Taguba served as Deputy Commanding General for Support, Coalition Forces Land Component Command/Army Central Command/Third U.S. Army, forward deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. 

  Upon his redeployment, Taguba served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, and was later assigned as Deputy Commanding General for Transformation, U.S. Army Reserve Command--his final active duty assignment.

  Taguba is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA degree in history, Webster University with a MA degree in public administration; Salve Regina University with a MA degree in international relations; the U.S. College of Naval Command and Staff with a MA degree in national security and strategic studies; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.


Pride of the Susquehanna to offer free cruise for military Saturday

From Sentinel staff reports | Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 5:42 pm

The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat will offer a special cruise for Armed Forces Day during the Armed Forces Day activities and celebrations on City Island Saturday, May 19.

The Pride will offer a 45-minute sightseeing Public Cruise from the City Island docks at 11 a.m. for all to enjoy. All active duty and veteran members of the armed forces can enjoy this cruise free of charge with appropriate ID. Families and others from the public are welcome to come onboard for the normal price of $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (59+), $4 for children (3-12), and children under 3 years of age are free.

The galley bar is available on board during this cruise to serve various snacks, candy, ice cream, soda, beer and wine.

Jack Giblin, Army Heritage and Education Center
Vintage base ball and the U.S. Army: Showcasing America’s heritage

Find a complete schedule of events here

The crack of the bat and the roar of cannon will mingle on the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s (USAHEC) Army Heritage Trail on May 19th and 20th!  The USAHEC’s annual tribute to the U.S. Army’s rich history will include a special visit and exposition by The Mechanicsburg Nine Vintage Base Ball Club.

The Mechanicsburg Nine play base ball, written as two words rather than one, in the uniforms and by the rules of 1864.  Vintage base ball is played in an open field rather than a diamond, uses a slightly smaller ball, and showcases how America’s Pastime was originally played.  The Mechanicsburg Nine is one of over four hundred vintage base ball teams in the U.S. and they will play for the Army Heritage Days crowd on Traditions Field on Sunday May 20th at 3 pm.

19th Century base ball is not the only attraction at the USAHEC’s family-friendly event.  The Heritage Trail will also feature extensive Civil War Confederate and Union Camps, a special look at the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, expositions from French and Indian War era living historians, and even displays of Vietnam Gun Trucks, complete with sheet steel armor.  All eras of U.S. Army history are covered, so there is something for everyone.

Come to meet the living historians and watch the base ball game, stay to experience the whole of U.S. Army history!  BAE Systems and JLG Corporation will feature several of their current-operations equipment, including the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, while members of the “Red Ball” group show examples of their WWII-era counterparts.  Sutlers from the Revolutionary and Civil War eras will pitch their tents aside 18th Century children’s games and Korean War living historians.  The entirety of the USAHEC’s Army Heritage Trail will be packed with displays of historical military equipment, vehicles, gear, and live demonstrations. Inside the Visitor and Education Center, the USAHEC’s museum exhibits will be open and the hallways will be full of displays.  Come inside to cool off, see the Paper Modelers life-like creations, and listen to lectures on the War of 1812.

Army Heritage Days 2012 is a timeline living history event and is FREE to attend.  Parking is also FREE. The USAHEC gift shop will be open and will feature the Army Heritage Days book sale, an annual crowd favorite. The event opens to the public at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 19th and on Sunday, May 20th.  The event will end at 5:00 PM both days, as well.  Food vendors, including our own Café Cumberland, will offer a wide variety of refreshments.  For more information, please call 717-245-3972 or visit to download the flier and schedule of events.

The Installation Management Command wants to thank military spouses for all they do to support our military. (Click the image below to view the video)

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College
Orientation program helps prepare distance education students for USAWC experience


Dr. Larry Miller, communicative arts director, speaks with members of the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2014 about writing at the graduate level during an orientation program May 4. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.  

May 7, 2012 -- Nearly 300 distance education students in the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2014 will come to Carlisle Barracks this month for an orientation program designed to provide a face to their online discussions and prepare them for success in the two-year program. 

For the 5th year in a row distance education students have the option to come here for a two-day orientation program that touches on everything from using the Online Automated Student Information System (OASIS) system to a refresher on how to write at the graduate level.

“These orientations give a human face to our faculty and reinforce our commitment to the students which you just can’t get online,” said Col. Darrell Fountain, director of the first year course.  The optional course took place on two weekends in May, each attended by about 140 students.

“We really try and provide the students with some of the tips, tactics for being successful in the course,” said Fountain. “We realize the challenges that the students will face in the two-year program. We try and prepare them as much as we can for what they are going to do.”

One of the most beneficial parts of the orientation said Fountain was a session on critical thinking held by Dr. Steve Gerras, professor of behavioral sciences.

“He really challenges the students to begin a critical review of what they are presented with,” he said. “He asks them to really analyze what they are reading and to agree or disagree with the conclusions it draws. This is a challenge they will face in the future as a strategic leader. Sometimes you have to question or challenge information you are presented.”

Navy Cmdr. Bruce Apgar, Center for Strategic Leadership
Resident phase of joint exercise brings senior service college students together

38 Army War College students recently took part in the Joint Land, Air, Sea Strategy Exercise. JLASS is a five-month war gaming elective USAWC students and their counterparts at the Naval, Air, Marine Corps war colleges and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

May 7, 2012 -- March 2022 – International terrorists have just poisoned the Rome drinking water system, Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz and gas just spiked to $150 per barrel.  Just another day in the newsroom?  Not for the 122 war college students participating in the Joint Land, Air, Sea Strategy Exercise.

JLASS is a four-month special program elective offered by the Center for Strategic Leadership that immerses selected US Army War College students in a challenging futuristic global environment alongside students from senior service colleges across the nation.  Thirty-eight USAWC students, representing all services, civilians, and international fellows functioned as the staffs of U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, Allied Command Operations (SHAPE), and the Joint Staff.

In 2012, all Geographic Combatant Commanders as well as U.S. Transportation Command and U.S. Special Operations Command were represented by students from the USAWC, the Naval War College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Air War College, and the Marine Corps War College.  2012 marked the 29th year for the exercise.

JLASS is designed to supplement the core curriculum by reinforcing the principles of critical thinking, policy and planning, and theater strategy that resident students have developed throughout the year.  JLASS is specifically not designed as an alternative to the USAWC’s capstone event, the Strategic Decision Making Exercise.  JLASS is designed to allow a “deep-dive” study into strategic decision making, environmental scanning, and the long-term outcomes and implications of strategic decisions but does not examine the Interagency System.  In short, the two exercises complement each other by examining strategic decision making through different lenses.

Col. Tommy Mize, a USAWC student role-playing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Geographic Combatant Commanders during the JLASS exercise. 

JLASS is a fully adjudicated wargame which allows student decisions to directly impact the daily progress of the scenario. Complicated global scenarios, projected ten years into the future place participants in a challenging strategic environment with very few “right” answers.  Through in-depth regional and global environmental analysis, students develop national-level policies and theater level strategies to attempt to influence events in support of national, alliance or global policy objectives.

The five-month exercise is played in two distinct phases.  In December, students from all learning centers begin distributed play, during which clock time runs on a day-for-day basis to allow environmental scanning and shaping while theater campaign plans are developed.  During distributed play, students from the individual learning centers meet separately in support of their schools’ academic calendars.  Then, in April, all participants come together for a five day interactive experience to execute their plans.  This second, collaborative phase was hosted at Maxwell Air Force Base’s LeMay Center Wargaming Institute.   During the collaborative phase, clock time is accelerated to allow longer-term repercussions of strategic decisions to manifest themselves – for better or for worse. 

USAWC grads in the news May 3


The chief of staff, Army announced today the following assignments for some Army War College alumnus:


Maj. Gen. Stuart M. Dyer, U.S. Army Reserve, commander, 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, Ga., to chief integration officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer/G-6, Washington, D.C.


Maj. Gen. Steven W. Smith, U.S. Army Reserve, chief integration officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer/G-6, Washington, D.C., to deputy commander, 335th Signal Command (Theater Operational Command Post) (Forward), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.


Maj. Gen. Luis R. Visot, U.S. Army Reserve, commanding general, 377th Theater Support Command, New Orleans, La., to deputy commanding general-operations, U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.


Brig. Gen. Thomas E. Ayres, commanding general/commandant, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Va., to commanding general, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency/chief judge, U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, Fort Belvoir, Va.


Brig. Gen. Norvell V. Coots, special assistant to the surgeon general, Falls Church, Va., to surgeon general, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan/medical advisor, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.


Brig. Gen. Steven W. Duff, Army National Guard, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., to chief of staff, Kosovo Force, Pristina, Kosovo.


Brig. Gen. Kaffia Jones, U.S. Army Reserve, commander, 505th Signal Brigade, Las Vegas, Nev., to deputy commander, 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, Ga.

Brig. Gen. Kevin L. McNeely, Army National Guard, director, strategic plans and policy (J-5), National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., to director, European Partnership Task Force, U.S. European Command, Germany.

Col. Peggy C. Combs, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, deputy commander, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Ky., to commandant, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.


Col. Michael D. Lundy, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, deputy commander (support), 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, to deputy commander, Combined Arms Center for Training, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.


Col. John M. Cho, who has been nominated for the rank of brigadier general, commander, 30th Medical Command, Germany, to assistant surgeon general for force management, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army, Falls Church, Va.

Col. Jeffrey B. Clark, who has been nominated for the rank of brigadier general, commander, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, to commander, Europe Regional Medical Command/command surgeon, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany.

Obama, Karzai Sign Partnership Agreement in Kabul

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2012 – President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed an agreement that commits the nations to negotiating and building a strategic partnership that will frame their future relationship.

Just after midnight May 2 local time, sitting at a table in front of U.S. and Afghan flags at the presidential palace in the Afghan capital of Kabul, the leaders signed the strategic partnership agreement.

“I've come to Afghanistan to mark a historic moment for our two nations and to do so on Afghan soil,” Obama said.

“I'm here to affirm the bonds between our countries, to thank American and Afghans who have sacrificed so much over these last 10 years, and to look forward to a future of peace and security and greater prosperity for our nations,” he added.

Neither Americans nor the Afghan people asked for the war, the commander in chief said, yet for a decade both nations have worked to drive al-Qaida from its camps, battle an insurgency, and give the Afghan people a chance to live in dignity and peace.

“The wages of war have been great for both our nations,” Obama said, “but today with the signing of this strategic partnership agreement, we look forward to a future of peace.”

Karzai thanked the people of the United States for the help given his own people over the decade, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan C. Crocker and Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of International Security Assistance Force and of U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

He also thanked Obama for bringing the partnership agreement to Afghanistan for signing, and the nations who are part of the ISAF coalition.

“They worked with us, helped us, supported us, … and of course the people of Afghanistan will never forget their help and their support and also their relationship,” Karzai said. “With these countries, we will have a new start with these relationships.”

In the legally binding strategic partnership agreement, according to a White House fact sheet on the document, Obama sought to define with the Afghan government the landscape on the other side of the transition there and the completed drawdown of U.S. forces by the end of 2014.

The agreement is a signal of the United States’ long-term commitment to Afghanistan and represents a common vision for the relationship and Afghanistan’s future, the fact sheet says. According to the document, U.S. commitments to support Afghanistan’s social and economic development, security, institutions and regional cooperation are matched by Afghan commitments to strengthen accountability, transparency and oversight, and to protect the human rights of all Afghans -- men and women.

The agreement includes mutual commitments in the areas of protecting and promoting shared democratic values, advancing long-term security, reinforcing regional security and cooperation, supporting social and economic development, and strengthening Afghan institutions and governance.

“Together, we've made much progress. … With this agreement, the Afghan people and the world should know that Afghanistan has a friend and a partner in the United States,” Obama told Karzai.

Difficult days lie ahead, Obama added, “but as we move forward with our transition, I'm confident that Afghan forces will grow stronger [and] the Afghan people will take control of their future.”

Obama also paid tribute to the Afghans who lost their lives alongside men and women of the United States who sacrificed all for their country.

Banner May 2012 Community Events


Conversation and Culture Programs

International Fellow spouses’ country presentations will be held from noon-2 p.m., Carlisle Barracks Post Chapel on the following dates:

Tuesday, May 1:  Country presentations:  Germany and Indonesia

Tuesday, May 15:  Country presentations:  Norway and Colombia


Seminar Spouse Representative Meeting

This meeting will be held Wednesday, May 2, 1-2 p.m., Visitor and Education Center, AHEC.  For more information, call 717-245-4765.


International Fellows Sponsors Meeting

The AY2013 Sponsor meeting will be held Thursday, May 3, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Wil Washcoe auditorium. 


Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History

Thursday, May 3, 7:15 p.m., Visitor and Education Center, AHEC, Mr. David Finkel, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Washington Post, and Col. Ralph Kauzlarich, USAWC Class of 2012,  will present a lecture entitled, “The Good Soldiers.”  The lecture is free and open to the public.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7:15 p.m.


Parent Education and Advisory Council

Friday, May 4, 11 a.m.-noon, Delaney Field Clubhouse, military-affiliated parents of all-aged children are encouraged to attend.  Open forum to discuss child care and local school issues.  For more information call the School Liaison officer, 717-245-4638.


Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Monthly event

Wednesday, May 9, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Scholarship and Outreach luncheon will be held at the Letort View Community Center.  For reservations contact Theresa Crean, at reservations@cbspousesclub.orgor call 717-386-5808 by noon Friday,

May 4.


Wounded Warrior Bicycle Tour

Thursday, May 10, Wounded Warrior riders will be at AHEC at 11:30 a.m., for all individuals interested in showing support.


Excellence in Education Reception

Friday, May 11 – 6-8 p.m., selected educators from the five area school districts, Saint Patrick’s School and Child, Youth and School Services, will be honored for their excellence in education and commitment to military children.  This event, by invitation, is hosted by Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Gregg Martin at Quarters One.


USAWC Joint Ball

Saturday, May 12, 6-11 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge


Mother’s Day Brunch at the Letort View Community Center

Sunday, May 13, the Letort View Community Center will feature a Mother’s Day Brunch.  Seatings are 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Adults $21.95, Kids (5-12) $8.95 & 4 and under Free

Reservations are required by May 10 – call 717-245-3991.


Annual U.S. and International Fellows Soccer Game

Tuesday, May 15, 3-5 p.m. on Indian Field, the USAWC Class of 2012 will hold the annual U.S. vs. IF Soccer Game.  Come out and support the teams.


Motorcycle Safety Course for Soldiers

Classroom and hands-on driving course for Soldiers will be held Wednesday, May 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Post Chapel.  For information call 717-245-4353.


International Fellows Hall of Fame

Wednesday, May 16, 11:45 a.m., Gen. David J. Hurley, Chief of Staff Australia, and USAWC Class of 1997 graduate, will be inducted into the International Fellows Hall of Fame in Bliss Hall auditorium.


Youth Sports Picnic

Wednesday, May 16, 4:30-5:45 p.m. at the LVCC Pavilion, the Youth Sports Picnic is free to youth who participated in a sport and volunteer coaches.  Open to all family members - $5 for adults and $3 for children, free t-shirt, food and prizes.  Register in person at Youth Services:  717-245-3801


USAHEC Perspectives lecture

Wednesday, May 16, “America’s School for War:  Fort Leavenworth, Officer Education, and Victory in World War II,” will be presented by Dr. Peter Schifferle, professor, School of Advanced Military Studies, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. The lecture will be held in the AHEC Visitor and Education Center Multi-Purpose room, 7:15 p.m.  For details, call 717-245-3972 or visit


Carlisle Barracks Earth Day Celebration

Thursday, May 17:  The Ceremony and tree planting will take place at 10 a.m. in front of the Post Chapel (Mara Circle).  Educational exhibits, vendors, and children’s activities will be located outside the Delaney Center until 5 p.m.  Members of BOSS will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for donations.  Come out and check out all the exhibits, vendors and more.


Armed Forces Day Run & America’s Kids Run

Saturday, May 19 at Indian Field: 

Adventure 5K Race (age: 14-adult)race begins at 9 a.m., $20 Pre-Race Registration Fee, $35 Race Day Registration; Register online at

Race Day Registration from 7-7:45 a.m. only

America’s Kids Run (age:  4-13)FREE – race begins at 10 a.m.

For more information visit the website:


AHEC Army Heritage Days 2012

Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, Army Heritage Trail from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the Army Heritage Days 2012 is a timeline living history event which examines nearly every era of U.S. Army history.  This year’s event will feature an expanded look at the War of 1812 and showcases living historians representing Soldiers from the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and many more.

For more information and the schedule of events, visit the Army Heritage Days website at:



16th Annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration 2012

Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe, Pa.  This event is presented by the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce and is in honor of Jim Thorpe.  The weekend includes a Native American tribute, musical performances, Native American folklore, dancing and drumming, craft and food vendors, and kid’s activities.


International Fellows Sponsors Appreciation Picnic

Saturday, May 19, 1-4 p.m., the AY2012 graduating class of International Fellows will be hosting their International Fellows Sponsors Appreciation Picnic at the LVCC Pavilion.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance

Tuesday, May 22, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., LVCC, retired Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba will be the guest speaker.  The topic will be “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.”  Taguba is the president, TDLS Consulting, LLC which provides business consulting services to small companies-disabled owned and 8a certified.  He is also a graduate of the USAWC.  There will be Asian food sampling and the USAWC Library will have a book display.


Newcomers’ Brief

Wednesday, May 23, 10-11 a.m., ACS Classroom, Bldg. 632, the Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander will present an installation and community briefing for all newcomers to Carlisle Barracks.  Families are welcome to attend.


Carlisle Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Monday, May 28, 9 a.m. Downtown Carlisle, The Carlisle Joint Veterans Council is honoring the military, veterans and the families of the War on Terror at the Annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony.  The parade elements will form beginning at 8:30 a.m. on W. North Street and commence at 9 a.m.  The Ceremony will take place at the Square after the parade, around 9:45 a.m.  Pa. State Representative Stephen Bloom will be the guest speaker for the ceremony.


Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Wednesday, May 30, noon-2 p.m., invitation-only event, 21 organizations will be recognized this year at the LVCC.


Carlisle Events Car Shows

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Montenegrin Officer at USAWC Receives Legion of Merit

by Lt. Col. Mark McCann, USAWC Public Affairs

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, commandant of the U.S. Army War College, presents Lt. Col. Rajko Pesic, representing the Army of Montenegro, with the Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) during a ceremony at Carlisle Barracks Monday. Pesic , currently an International Fellow in the Army War College’s Class of 2012, received the award for his achievements serving as Montenegro’s first-ever Defense, Military, Naval, and Air Attache in the United States from 2008 until he arrived at Carlisle Barracks last summer (Photo by Megan Clugh).  

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – May 1, 2012 – Montenegro’s first-ever Defense, Military, and Naval Attache received the U.S. military’s Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) during a ceremony here yesterday. 

Lt. Col Rajko Pesic, an international fellow who also is the first officer from Montenegro to attend the Army War College, received the award for his achievements as military attaché in Washington, D.C., from 2008 until arriving at Carlisle Barracks last year to attend the 10-month strategic leader education course here.

“I am very honored and privileged to be the first officer from Montenegro to receive this medal,” Pesic said. “It is important not only for me, but for Montenegro.”

In a brief ceremony, attended by Montenegro’s ambassador to the U.S., Srdan Darmanovic, and presided over by Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, commandant of the Army War College, Pesic was recognized for establishing the attaché office, setting the course for the office’s future, and establishing relationships with several U.S. and international military representatives.

“Lt. Col. Pesic provided assistance and knowledge as a military liaison essential to Montenegro’s increased presence as a cooperative partner in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization,” read the award citation. “His efforts fostered a strong relationship between Montenegro, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization members, and the United States.”

According to the Army regulation governing military awards, AR 600-8-22, the Legion of Merit may be awarded to friendly foreign government or military members in one of four “degrees.” In order of precedence, degrees are:

  • Degree of Chief Commander, awarded to a foreign chief of state or head of government;
  • Degree of Commander, awarded to the foreign equivalent to the Army Chief of Staff or higher, but not a chief of state;
  • Degree of Officer, for general officers in positions below Chief of Staff level, ranks equivalent to colonel for service in positions normally held by general officers in the U.S. Army, and foreign military attaches;
  • and, Degree of Legionnaire, for all other foreign personnel.

Following completion of his studies here, Pesic will return home to Montenegro, after serving almost four years in the United States, to assume duties yet to be determined. 

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College
New academic prep course designed to help IFs gain the most from USAWC experience

Instructor Julie Lankford talks with International Fellows of the USAWC Class of 2013 during a session of the new International Fellows Academic Prep course. photo by Thomas ZImmerman.


May 1, 2012 -- A new initiative by the Army War College International Fellows Program aims to help select Fellows of the Class of 2013 hit the ground running when they begin their studies later this year.

“From what I've seen, a lot of the Fellows arrive here with communicative English but are surprised by the level and pace of discussion within seminar and have a hard time meeting the academic writing standards,” said Jeremy Beussink, writing and research instructor and director of a new International Fellows Academic Prep course. “Most learn and adapt fairly quickly, but my opinion is that if they start core courses in August having already accomplished the preparation and adaption to college level academia and interaction, then their year here will be much more rewarding for them and their US counterparts.”

To that end, Jeremy has designed the course to prepare 13 senior level international military students to become academically successful USAWC International Fellows.

“There's some English teaching throughout the course, but the course is centered on preparation in all the skills necessary for a non-native English speaker to be successful in an Army War College seminar,” he said. “This means practice and learning in comprehension, group discussion, presentations, academic writing, research, and documentation.”

Col. John Burbank, IF program director, said it’s important for the Fellows to be able to focus on these skills before the core USAWC program begins.

“This really is an immersion course,” he said. “We wanted to hold this under conditions where the Fellows can focus on it, without the distractions of moving to a new country, family concerns and the workload of the USAWC curriculum.” The course will run until mid-June, when the normal IF orientation program begins.  

The nine-week course is made up of different modules and touches on topics like Presentations and Group Discussion, Research, Documentation, and Plagiarism; Writing Structure and Building Essays and preparing them for the “TOEFL” (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test, which is necessary for the students to receive a master’s degree upon completion of the USAWC program. Instructors Julie Lankford and Travis Robinson assist in teaching sections of the course.

“The structure of the course is similar to the seminar setting—meaning learning is based more on discussion and interaction rather than lecture,” said Beussink. “There is lecture included at times, along with group work, various skills exercises, and other small group teaching/learning methodologies. The idea is to be able to teach every student, to help each individual learn, while interacting in a group, rather than simply providing information to a body of students.”


Burbank said he hoped the course helped set the Fellows up for success.


“My hat goes off to all of the Fellows who are selected to attend the Army War College,” said Burbank. “It’s an extremely challenging, graduate level course that is demanding for even the best U.S. officers. Add in the language, cultural and other challenges and the Fellows have quite a task ahead of them. We want to do what we can to put them in a position to be successful.”  

USAWC student joins embedded journalist and best-selling author for public history lecture at AHEC


April 25, 2012 -- David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will partner with COL Ralph Kauzlarich, Army War College student,  for the next Brooks E. Kleber reading presentation at the Army Heritage and Education Center, Thursday, May 3 at 7:15 p.m. at the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center.

Finkel's New York Times bestseller, The Good Soldiers, relates the story of the U.S. surge in the Iraq War, drawing on his experiences and observations as an embedded journalist with the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry in Iraq -- then commanded by Col. Ralph Kauzlarich, USAWC Class of 2012.  They will share their unique insights in this free, public history presentation. 

"Beneath every policy decision made in the highest echelons of Washington about how a war should be fought are soldiers who live with those decisions every day.

"In January 2007,  President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq.  He called it "the surge."    ... the young, optimistic army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers -- about to head to a vicious area of Baghdad, they decided the difference would be them.  Fifteen months later, the soldiers returned home forever changed. Finkel was with them in Baghdad almost every grueling step of the way." -- excerpt from book review.

 David Finkel is the author of The Good Soldiers, the best-selling, critically acclaimed account of the U.S. "surge" into the Iraq war, published in 2009 by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The Good Soldiers was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by The New York Times Sunday Book Review, a best book of the decade by Military Times, and a best book of the year by The Chicago Tribune,, The Boston Globe, The Kansas City Star, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), and The Christian Science Monitor. The Good Soldiers received the 2009 Helen Bernstein book award for excellence in journalism, the J. Anthony Lukas book prize for exceptional nonfiction, and the Cornelius Ryan award from the Overseas Press Club for best nonfiction book on international affairs. An editor and writer for The Washington Post, Finkel has reported from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, and across the United States, and was part of the Post's war coverage in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He received a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S.democracy promotion efforts in Yemen.


COL Ralph Kauzlarich graduated from West Point in 1988 and was commissioned in the Infantry. He began his career with the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany and OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/STORM. After Company Command in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kauzlarich commanded a company in the 3rd Ranger Battalion at Fort Benning. He later served as battalion S3 and XO in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. COL Kauzlarich commanded the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry at Fort Riley and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, where he met and worked with David Finkel. He completed the Air Command and Staff College in 2000 and will complete the U.S. Army War College in June 2012. COL Kauzlarich's awards include the Bronze Star (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, and numerous other awards. He has earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge with one star, Ranger tab, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.



Note:  Doors to the center open at 6:45 p.m. There is no admission fee for this event, and reservations are not required. Groups are asked to alert us in advance so that we may ensure adequate seating.

AHEC's Visitor and Education Center is at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle PA 17013.   Call  (717) 245-3972 or check for more info.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

What is it?

Army Medicine recognizes that behavioral health (BH) is far more than the absence of a BH disorder. Behavioral health encompasses psychological, physical and spiritual resilience, and can impact each of these aspects regardless of age, race, religion, or income.

Overall, the total Army rate of Soldiers with a BH diagnosis is consistent with that of the general U.S. population, at 5.9 percent versus 6 percent. However, recent wars have had considerable impact on the population at large.

According to the Army database 8 percent of the Soldiers deployed between 2001 and 2011 received a BH diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While not all Soldiers deployed received BH diagnosis, many experienced related symptoms that could benefit from BH treatment. According to military research approximately 15 percent of Soldiers deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom have experienced Post Traumatic Stress symptoms, and another 10-15 percent will experience other BH problems.

What has the Army done?

The Army offers an array of BH services in garrison and operational environments to address the strain on Soldiers and families who have experienced multiple deployments and other demands of military life. These services include theater combat and operational stress control, routine behavioral healthcare, periodic assessments, and suicide prevention programs. Chaplains, Military OneSource, and Family Morale Welfare Recreation Command also offer substantial support to Soldiers and families.

By establishing annual screening for all Soldiers, regardless of deployment status, through existing Periodic Health Assessments, the Army is exceeding the standard established by the National Defense Authorization Act for enhanced BH screening. These enhanced BH screenings help in the early identification of PTSD, major depression, family issues, and concerns related to overall BH.

The Army is also improving access to care by offering tele-behavioral health services in 51 countries/territories across 19 time zones, allowing Soldiers and family members in remote locations the ability to link to BH providers at different locations.

In addition, the Army implemented the Behavioral Health System of Care Campaign Plan intended to further enhance the effectiveness of BH policies and procedures across the Medical Command and ensure seamless continuity of care to better identify, prevent, treat and track BH issues that affect Soldiers and families during every phase of the Army Force Generation cycle.

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

In fiscal year 2012 (FY12), the Army is increasing BH teams assigned to all its brigade size operational units that will provide two BH providers and two BH technicians assigned to every Brigade Combat Team, Support Brigade and Sustainment Brigade in the active, reserve and National Guard Army inventory. This increase will be complete by FY17 and increase the total available uniformed BH force by more than 1,000 additional personnel.


USAWC International Fellows meet Army ROTC cadets slated for cultural-and-language immersion in their home countries

When Army ROTC cadets of Shippensburg University celebrated the past year at the annual Dining Out, some  were looking ahead to overseas immersion experiences.   Thirteen cadets will spend part of their Summer break in one of 11 countries, and some met senior officers from those nations at theevent at Carlisle Barracks, April 28.

The Army cadets will experience life and work on language skills in Cape Verde, Korea, Malaysia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Georgia, Namibia, Peru, Thailand and Tanzania through the ROTC Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program.

CULP Immersion into foreign cultures exposes cadets to the different lifestyles, economic standing and world perspectives of other countries.  Meeting the International Fellows who study at the Army War College, 23 miles away, is a head start on the immersion experience.

Cadet Sean Fitzgerald (center) meets Mexican Brig. Gen. Iram Moreno-Gutierrez  and Thailand's Brig. Jittapol Kanthavijit at the Shippensburg University Army ROTC Dining Out.  Fitzgerald traveled to Tanzania with CULP two years ago, and extended an invitation to the USAWC International Fellows to attend his commissioning ceremony, May 5.

"We'd like to begin a tradition of inviting the International Fellows to attend our Dining Out, and link students with IF from the country they will visit," said Maj. Jim Struna, assistant professor of Military Science at Shippensburg University.

Cadet Command continues to offer other opportunities in lieu of Airborneand Air Assault to broaden the Cadet's experience, said Struna. 

"Cadet Sean Fitzgerald was the first cadet to participate in CULP from Shippensburg until this year," said Struna.  "Based on Fitzgerald's positive experience, we identified this as great recruiting and retention opportunity and strongly encouraged participation."

Instead of going home for three and a half months, the cadets will spend a month learning how the Army works and experience firsthand the humanitarian and military-to-military missions that the Army is involved in, he added.

The Army considers CULP an important investment in developing commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21st century, according to Cadet Command.  As they learn about how others around the world view the United States, the cadets learn more about themselves. The immersion experience can include up to three distinct venues, including humanitarian service, host nation military-to-military contact, and education on social, cultural and historical aspects of the county. In 2011, 455 ROTC cadets participated in Army Cadet Command's CULP program.

CULP slots are awarded on a competitive basis and take into account several factors, such as GPA, physical fitness, an essay, and other pertinent selection criteria.

The trips last approximately one month, which encompasses the deployment as well as a five-day Soldier readiness process.