Banner Archive for May 2014

Commissary patrons can save on their emergency supplies

FORT LEE, Va. – On May 20, 2013, Moore, Okla., home to 50,000 people on the outskirts of Oklahoma City, was struck by an F5 scale tornado, with winds in excess of 200 mph. Fourteen years earlier, Moore had also been the destination of an epic F5 tornado May 3, 1999, this one going down in history clocking winds of 318 mph – highest ever recorded.

Natural and manmade disasters can strike anywhere at any time. And with the start of the U.S. Atlantic hurricane season June 1, the Defense Commissary Agency is reminding its patrons that they can save money by visiting their local commissary for the items they need in their survival package.

“You should always be prepared for power outages, disruption of water or the possibility of an evacuation connected with a natural storm or manmade crisis,” said Randy Chandler, DeCA’s director of sales. “We want our patrons to know that the commissary has partnered with its industry suppliers to offer savings for their emergency supplies.”

Since April 1, an assortment of items has been reduced in price as part of DeCA’s severe weather preparedness promotional package that runs until Oct. 31. The package includes the following items: beef jerky and other assorted meat snacks, soup and chili mixes, canned goods, powdered milk, cereals, batteries, airtight bags, weather-ready flashlights, tape (all-weather, heavy duty shipper and duct), first-aid kits, lighters, matches, lanterns, candles and hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes Specific promotional items may vary from store to store.

This preparedness emphasis parallels the peak activity for both tornadoes and hurricanes in the United States. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, covering the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Tornado season runs from April to July.

In 2013, there were 261 weather-related disasters worldwide according to the Climate Central website,, of which 41 events each resulted in more than $1 billion in damage. The No. 1 weather event was flooding.

On May 22, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a less-active season with a 70 percent chance for about eight to 13 named storms, three to six of which could become hurricanes; and one to two are expected to be major hurricanes. However, the NOAA’s predictions cannot pinpoint a hurricane’s potential landfall – if at all – weeks or months in advance, according to their website:

“Unfortunately, disasters rarely come with an exact schedule of when and where they will occur,” Chandler said. “So, it’s prudent to be prepared for any emergency.”

Emergency preparedness officials suggest having a disaster supply kit that includes the following items:

  • Water – at least one gallon daily, per person (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  • Nonperishable foods – canned meats, fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, cereal, crackers, cookies, energy bars, granola, peanut butter, and foods for infants and the elderly (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  • Paper goods – writing paper, paper plates, paper towels and toilet paper
  • Cooking items – pots, pans, baking sheet, cooking utensils, charcoal, a grill and a manual can opener
  • First-aid kit – including bandages, medicines and prescription drugs
  • Cleaning materials – bleach, sanitizing spray, and hand and laundry soap
  • Specialty foods – diet and low-calorie foods and drinks
  • Toiletries – personal hygiene items and moisture wipes
  • Pet care items – food, water, muzzle, leash, carrier, medications, medical records, and identification and immunization tags
  • Lighting accessories – flashlight, batteries, candles and matches
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Duct tape, scissors
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

            For more information about preparing for emergencies, visit the following websites: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,; the Centers for Disease Control,; the Red Cross,; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency,

Take steps to improve your heath with the Performance Triad kick-off June 3-6

Dunham Army Health Clinic and the Army Wellness Center are hosting a Performance Triad Kick-Off the week of June 2.

“This is an Army Medicine initiative for transforming from a healthcare system to a System for Health, aimed at impacting our beneficiaries Lifespace; Improving our health outcomes,” said Maj. Vanessa Worsham, Dunham Deputy Commander for Nursing and Allied Services. “Positive behavior changes, adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors, improving health, preventing injuries and diseases helps improve our quality of life.”

The kick-off will include:

June 3

Noon – 1 p.m. :  Upping Your Metabolism Class at the Army Wellness Center

1:30-2:15 p.m.:   Yoga for Warriors at the Army Wellness Center

2:30-3:15 p.m.:   Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra at the Army Wellness Center

June 4

7:10-7:25 a.m.:   Chi Gong (Clinic Lawn)

June 5

1- 2 p.m.:   Water Challenge at the Army Wellness Center (Educational)

                         -  Drink 8, 8 oz. glasses of water per day for 30 days

June 6

9- 10 a.m.:    Healthy Sleep Habits (Atrium of Clinic)

Simon Hetherington,  Canada's fellow in the USAWC Class of 2014, was promoted to brigadier general on May 27.  

Maj. Gen. Nick Mattern, the Canadian Defense Attache, (right) officiated the ceremony in Bliss Hall.

Brig. Gen. Hetherington thanked family, colleagues, fellow students, and the staff and faculty of the Army War College.

"This year has prepared me like nothing else," said Hetherington. "This curriculum and this experience gave me the opportunity to think strategically, he said.

To his colleagues, he advised, "Be proud of what you do."

Previous to the Army War College year of study, Hetherington  commanded the 2ndCanadian Mechanized Brigade Group, and the Second Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.  He has served at the National Defence Headquarters as director of the Canadian Forces Transformation Team.

He is a veteran of multiple deployments with the International Security Assistance Force- Kandahar, and with Operation PALLADIUM in Bosnia. He served in peacekeeping operations, Cyprus, and earned multiple Afghanistan Campaign Stars, Canadian Forces Decoration, Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medals, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and NATO Meritorious Service Medal, among others.

Angie Marpoe, Public Affairs Office

Bike borrowing program closes for one IF year, preps for next

 May, 28 2014 -- This week closes out the International Fellows bike borrowing program for the 2013-2014 year. Started in 2008 by Professor Charles Allen and his wife, Ann, the International Fellows bike borrowing program has given international students and their families a way to get around the barracks and surrounding community, and just have fun.

When the international students come to Carlisle for the War College, they can't bring a lot of luggage with them, especially not bikes for the family.

So when the Allens noticed Americans riding around on bikes and that international students could not join them, they and their friends Pam Lord and Laura Hume decided to do something about it.

"It helped me a lot for exercising, said Col. Jawhar Ahmad, here from Iraq. "Especially, my kids love riding when we have free time. I even use them to ride to the shops," he said to emphasize how much they've helped his family.

The Allens started out with just kids' bikes and then realized adults wanted And needed bikes as well, so bike numbers have increased drastically throughout the years. The first year they started with 10-15 bikes, by the 2nd year they had around 40 and now they have about 200 bikes. Many of the bikes have been donated by Cole's bike shop, others from military and non-military families and still others are from garage sales.

The bikes are given out around late June and collected when the International Fellows are preparing to leave[, then will] be serviced and stored for the next group. Trindle Road Storage gives a free storage unit to store the bikes when they're not being used. As the number of bikes grew, the number of volunteers [also] grew. Notable people who have helped service the bikes when returned in the past are Mike Chesney, John Cummings, Mark Light, Joe Dill, Mike Slojkowski, Debbie Jussel, and Terry Keiser along with other great helpers.

 Commandant of the Marine Corps talks about defense  

May 28, 2014 – Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos addressed Army War College students in Bliss Hall about the current and future situations the military faces.

“What I worry about most is the defense of this nation,” Amos said as he asked the audience to consider what role does America play in conflicts throughout the world?

The U.S. does not have colonial interests, but as part of goodwill towards all, has a responsibility to assist where needed. The economy is a key element to peace and, as people and nations are more prosperous, the probability that violence will occur is reduced, said Amos.

When asked about whether the U.S. has two land forces, the Marines and the Army, Amos said, “We are not a land Army, we are a crisis response force.”

The Army and Marine Corps enjoy a great working relationship, he noted. They have successfully worked side by side throughout the present conflicts with Army commanders in charge of Marine units, and Marine Corps officers commanding Army units.

 May 28, 2014 – Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos addressed Army War College students in Bliss Hall about the current and future situations the military faces.

“What I worry about most is the defense of this nation,” Amos said as he asked the audience to consider what role does America play in conflicts throughout the world?

The U.S. does not have colonial interests, but as part of goodwill towards all, has a responsibility to assist where needed. The economy is a key element to peace and, as people and nations are more prosperous, the probability that violence will occur is reduced, said Amos.

When asked about whether the U.S. has two land forces, the Marines and the Army, Amos said, “We are not a land Army, we are a crisis response force.”

The Army and Marine Corps enjoy a great working relationship, he noted. They have successfully worked side by side throughout the present conflicts with Army commanders in charge of Marine units, and Marine Corps officers commanding Army units.    

May 15, 2013 - The Virginia Military Institute recognized Professor Bill Flavin Assistant Director of the U.S. Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute as an outstanding alumnus.  The recognition was part of VMI's celebration of the 150thanniversary of the Battle of New Market.

Memorial Day message from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel


Memorial Day is a time for citizens across this nation to remember and pay tribute to America's sons and daughters who sacrificed themselves in service to their country.


For the Department of Defense family, Memorial Day offers each of us a moment to quietly reflect on the more than 6,800 members of the Armed Forces who gave the last full measure of their devotion over the past 13 years of war. As we honor their service and sacrifice, we think of the mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters who they left behind. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to all of them.


As difficult as Memorial Day is for all of us who lost a loved one, friend, or teammate, it is also a day of hope. That's because the spirit of those who sacrificed so much lives on in each of us ? and we will never forget them.


As Civil War veteran and former Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said one Memorial Day long ago, "Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death ? of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring."


This Memorial Day, as we honor our fellow countrymen who gave everything to a noble cause, we strive to be worthy of their great sacrifices as we all work toward making a better future for all mankind. That will remain our task for generations to come. 

As part of the public speaking requirement, Lt. Col. Mark Parker, (below) and Lt. Col. Arturo Horton (left) spoke at "Government: It’s Your Business Military Appreciation Luncheon" held last week at White Sulphur Springs Conference Center near Bedford, Pa. Kelly Goodman Shaffer, Executive Director, Bedford County Chamber of Commerce said, "They did an excellent job with their presentation and answered many questions from the audience. We could not be more pleased."

Carlisle Barracks welcomes new fire engine

Carlisle Barracks and local fire fighters celebrated the “housing” of a new engine during at the Fire Station May 22. Post firefighters "wet" and pushed the new apparatus into the firehouse, a fire service tradition that dates back to the 18th century when the horses that drew the apparatus had no reverse gear.

The ceremony marked the end of a five-year effort to get an additional fire engine for the post.

Post infrastructure upgrade reaches final stages, Lovell Ave traffic change

Good news -- the exterior work, including road closures and delays, is reaching its final stages for the fiber optic cable installation on Carlisle Barracks. In order to facilitate work necessary, the following traffic changes are planned.

.               Friday, May 23, Lovell Avenue between the intersection with Ashburn and the entrance to the parking lot will be closed. Traffic wishing to enter the parking lot should follow the detour signs -- Garrison Lane to Guardhouse Lane to Lovell Ave.  

.               On Tuesday, May 27, work will be done to restore the asphalt will reduce traffic to one lane of traffic.

Carlisle Barracks community honors hard work, dedication of volunteers

Hundreds of volunteers from organizations all over Carlisle Barracks were honored May 20 at the Letort View Community Center.  Find more photos at


Volunteers were celebrated at a post-wide appreciation event hosted by Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Army War College Commandant, at the Letort View Community Center May 20.  Volunteers at Carlisle Barracks include all members of the community -- active duty of all ranks, family members, civilian employees, retirees International Fellows and youth.

“The value of volunteer contributions cannot be overlooked because they provide a valuable resource that greatly enhances the quality of life at Carlisle Barracks,” said Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples, garrison commander. “In fact at any given time there are more than 600 volunteers serving in 19 different organizations at Carlisle Barracks.”  In 2013 Carlisle Volunteers gave more than 63,588 volunteer hours with a savings of more than $1.6 million.  

“You have all sorts of reasons not to volunteer and yet you still do,” said Cucolo to the gathered volunteers and their guests. “Thank you for all that you do.”

Volunteering at Carlisle Barracks can be as informal as sponsoring an incoming family, providing meals for someone during an illness, beautifying housing areas or chaperoning a youth group, — it’s people helping each other.

Representing hundreds of volunteers that typify the Carlisle Experience are these members of our community:

 “I love the mission of Army Community Service. Volunteering to help Military Families become stronger, more resilient, keeps me better prepared to meet my own challenges”.

  • Carolyn O’Steen, ACS Volunteer

Carolyn thrives on helping and serving those who have served or are serving our country.  She is a consummate professional in working with our staff and other volunteers.  She always arrives on time ready for her mission.  She is always prepared to assist any ACS program manager that may need help on that day; always up for the challenge and ready to provide assistance to anyone.  She provides assistance with in processing Soldiers and their Families into the U.S. Army War College upon their arrival at the Relocation One Stop events.  She also provides excellent customer service at our front desk assisting with the Information and Referral Follow-Up Program.  She has been known to get her hands dirty cleaning shelves in the lending closet or helping to file away memos she is a true team player.  She is an outstanding example of a volunteer rock star! And we all know how lucky we are to have her. 

“This work gives me a reason to keep moving…I’ve been volunteering for over 20 years, it’s a great reason to get up in the morning”

  • Nick Mineo, Bowling Center Volunteer

Nick Mineo is probably one of the best known faces of volunteerism on Carlisle Barracks. Nick is the face of league bowling at the Bowling Center, handling secretarial duty for 80% of the leagues here, and helps set up the other 20%.  He has also donated his time at the post tax center and numerous other organizations on post.

"I enjoy working with the Boy Scouts and helping to further develop young men into leaders of character."

-Col. Sam Haseman, Boy Scout Volunteer

In addition to his duties at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, Col. Sam Haseman, volunteers as the Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 173. One of the biggest projects this year was coordinating a scout trip to Valley Forge and battleship USS New Jersey.  

“Since I began volunteering at USAHEC, I have learned more about American military history and have come to greatly appreciate the sacrifices of past and current service members and families.”

  • Annette Keener-Farley, USAHEC Volunteer

Annette Keener-Farley began her U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center volunteer service as a trained Docent. Over time, Annette expanded her volunteer efforts to include editing inventories, and finding aids of photo collections and screening military publications (specifically Army Regulations). Presently, Annette is now spending some five hours every Thursday morning screening a substantial Army Regulation (AR) transfer from the Army (now the Pentagon) Library. There are an estimated 12,500 regulations that have been transferred to the USAHEC.

“The satisfaction of helping good people file their income taxes with the help of the other volunteers, a group of “team players” with enormous professional capabilities, made it a tremendous experience and worthwhile effort.”

  • Tom Stubits, Tax Center Volunteer 

Tom Stubits was a true “rookie” this year at the tax center, but his hard work and dedication helped ensure another successful program. After completing numerous classes and gaining the certification for tax filing, he was able to overcome his nervousness and provide a valuable service to the Carlisle Barracks community.              

 Almost every organization on post benefits from volunteers. Some highlights are included below.

  • American Red Cross volunteers offered medical record keeping, volunteer clinic receptionist and pharmacy assistance
  • Army Community Service volunteer represented more than 500 hours with the lending closets, relocation program, and community events
  • Army Heritage and Education Center volunteers who were involved in research, cataloguing, exhibit construction, and conservation of artifacts
  • Cub Scout Pack 173 volunteers and Scouts of Pack 43 contributed 5,600-plus hours to provide leadership, coaching and mentoring to cub scouts
  • Memorial Chapel’s volunteers are responsible for more than 19,000 hours supporting Child Watch, Vacation Bible School, and serving as ushers
  • USAWC Military Family Program volunteers and seminar spouse representatives dedicated hundreds of hours developing the Battle Buddies video set that’s expected to help military families worldwide
  • Retirement Services volunteers represented peers on the Retiree Council
  • Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club volunteers contributed thousands of hours and thousands of dollar helping each other and helping others through community outreach donations and scholarships for military family members
  • Youth Services volunteers with more than 280 hours of support to children’s events
  • Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers
  • Child, Youth and School Services                                   
  • Conversation and Culture program
  • Girl Scouts volunteers donated more than 740 hours of community service and leadership
  • Youth Services gym and coaching staff volunteers coached games and taught at sports camps
  • Strike Zone Bowling Center volunteers donated 200-plus hours assisting bowling leagues and providing help in the snack bar
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance volunteers guided members of the military with tax returns.

Local AFAP workgroup results now available

As part of the Army’s ongoing process of improving the quality of life for its Soldiers, Family members and retirees, an annual Army Family Action Plan workgroup is held each year to give them a voice.

What made this year’s event different was that issues were submitted all year long from enlisted or commissioned servicemembers, spouses, teens, Department of the Army and Department of Defense Civilians and retirees and a workgroup was held in order to see what issues could be handled locally and what issued needs to be forwarded to high headquarters.

AFAP is extremely important to do because it gives everyone a voice to change the change and improve quality of Military Life worldwide,” said Selinda Torbert, AFAP program manager at Carlisle Barracks. “No matter what the issue it will be addressed and answered no issue is too small.” 

Below are the issues considered by the workgroup and their current status:

Issues solved at the local level

Issue: Commissary Special Order Items

Resolution: The workgroup found that if the UPC code and description is provided to the commissary the item can be special ordered. 

Issue: After hours childcare needed for special events at the War College

Resolution : The workgroup found that Child, Youth, and School Age Services provides a child care list of Red Cross trained babysitters who are available for special events.

Issue: Poor Public Schools

Resolution: Collaborate with local superintendent for voucher system to allow War College/permanent party residents to choose local schools.  Issue will remain open and tracked at the quarterly AFAP Steering Committee.

Issue: Availability of Adult Fitness Classes

Resolution: The workgroup found this issue is being addressed by other community resources and referred the issue to the Carlisle Barracks Fitness Manager. 

Issues forwarded on to HQ AFAP

Issue:  Military Spouse Executive Order restricts spouses seeking employment beyond a two year time limit. 

Scope:  Military Spouse Executive Order for Time and Distance stipulation limits a spouse from using the preference beyond the 2 year time limit.  The current Military Spouse Executive Order is only valid for 2 years during a PCS movement or deployment which limits the spouse’s opportunities for gaining employment.  This 2 year limitation dampens Military spouses from finding Federal employment within the two year time frame in today’s employment market.

Recommendation(s): Explore the impact that Military Spouse Executive Order has on spouses seeking Federal employment in today’s hiring market. Change the time and distance restriction to three years on the Military Spouse Executive Order to allow Military spouses to utilize their Military Spouse Executive Order to gain employment during PCS or geographically separated due to deployment. 

Issue: Child and Youth Sports Registration

Scope: Child and Youth Services (CYSS) registration forms are too time consuming and should be streamlined to lessen time required by parents of children seeking sports only registration. Parents are required to complete an eight page registration form to register a child for youth sports. This process should be separate from childcare registration.

Recommendation(s): On base youth sports registration can be processed more like its counterparts off base such as YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club which are not tied to the child care registration process. The requirements of a completed physical exam and paperwork of no more than 2-3 pages should allow a child participation in youth sports.


AFAP History

    Since its establishment in 1983, ideas from delegates in the Army Family Action Plan have resulted in policy decisions being made on more than 633 major issues. Symposium and conference efforts have preceded more than 102 legislative changes, 152 policy changes and 168 new or improved programs or services. The AFAP process on local installations impacts not only local community members, but can have broad impact across the total force.

AFAP success stories include:

  • Servicemembers Group Life Insurance increased from $50,000 to $200,000.
  • Basic Allowance for Housing increased by 11% - part of a plan to eliminate out-of-pocket housing costs by 2005.
  • A Military Savings Plan was implemented.
  • AER
  • A vehicle may be stored at government expense when a Soldier is reassigned to an area where shipment isn’t authorized.
  • Family Separation Allowance was increased from $75 to $100 per month.
  • Programs such as Army Family Team Building (AFTB) and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) were created.
  • Informational and interactive websites have been established to address retirement information and planning, employment opportunities and application and enlisted Soldier assignments.


Motorcycle safety - practice what you preach

Before the director of Army Safety rides his motorcycle, he performs a safety inspection. It's a habit.

"As commander of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, and as a rider, I see how motorcycle safety is an important part of taking care of our Soldiers," said Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, USACR/Safety Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Before a recent group ride around Fort Rucker during National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Edens and 20 other riders rallied to discuss the ride, inspect their machines and address safety issues. They were motorcyclists about to take to the road, rank didn't matter.

Edens, who has been riding only since 2012, paired up with his aide-de-camp, Capt. Bill Heidt, a rider since 2006.

"Age, rank or professional status do not necessarily have anything to do with safe riding," said Edens. "I waited more than 20 years to get my Harley, and of all the riders out here today, I'm likely the least experienced. I stand to learn something today, and it's a good opportunity for Capt. Heidt to give me a little mentoring since he's been riding longer than me."

The focus on safety during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month couldn't come at a more critical time for the Army since the number of Soldiers killed in motorcycle accidents this year is up significantly from last year. Data from the USACR/Safety Center show the majority of deaths this year involve Army leaders above the rank of E-5. As of the publish date of this article, 15 of the 19 reported Army motorcycle fatalities involved Soldiers E-5 and above, to include an active duty colonel.

"The beauty of these bike rallies is that every rider can take away something to make them a better rider, and ultimately, a safer rider," said Heidt. "I shared some of my experiences and thoughts about riding with my boss, and I really think he appreciated me doing so."

The greatest threat to Army motorcycle riders is indiscipline such as speeding, alcohol use, lack of training and failure to adequately use personal protective equipment, according to statistics from the USACR/Safety Center.

"Soldiers receive motorcycle safety training based on their riding skills level and it's critical that leaders hold their Soldiers, and themselves, accountable to the standards no matter how much experience they have," Edens explained. "They need to use what they learn from the required safety training the Army makes available."

Because the Army is spread out around the world and it's always riding season somewhere, it means there is never a time when Army leaders don't need to be concerned with motorcycle safety.

"The Army's safety program covers many areas, and all of them require a 24/7 commitment," Edens said. "In motorcycle safety, the highway is a great equalizer where rank isn't the issue and skills, safe habits and experience lead the way."

To assist riders and Army safety professionals, several tools, including an updated Motorcycle Mentorship Program guidebook, are available at

AHEC presents: Robert Citino on the Wehrmacht, fighting a lost war in 1943

Dr. Robert Citino will share his skills as researcher, writer, and educator in his discussion of the Wehrmacht's fall in the face of the Allies during a free public Perspectives in Military History lecture and question period, Wed., May 21 at 7:15 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

By 1943 in World War II, the once unstoppable advance of the German Army, known as the Wehrmacht, turned to the defensive as they desperately attempted to push back the combined Allied forces of the United States, British, and Soviets. Dr. Citino will share insights from his most recent book, The Wehrmacht retreats:  Fighting a lost war, 1943 as he describes how the disastrous decisions of the German officer corps, as well as Adolf Hitler and the German High Command, helped bring an end to the German army's earlier success.

Robert Citino is an Army War College visiting professor from the University of North Texas. He is an historian of German and American military history, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Cold War.  He is a trustee at of the Society for Military History, and a fellow of the Barsanti Military History Center.  His book, Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare was honored with the Distinguished Book Award of 2004; and the American Historical Association selected it as book of the year in military and strategic history.  Among his publications:  Was the Reputation of the Wehrmacht for Military Superiority Deserved?Quest for Decisive Victory: From Stalemate to Blitzkrieg in Europe, 1899-1940, and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years War to the Third Reich.

The Army Heritage and Education Center will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:15 p.m. lecture. Parking is free as always and the Museum Store will be open. For more: or 717.245.3972.




War College supports Memorial Day observances

The Army War College is proud to support 25 Memorial Day events in the greater Cumberland Valley area.

Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III, Commandant, U.S. Army War College will be the Grand Marshall in the 147th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony at Gettysburg National Military Park on May 26. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Lefever Street in Gettysburg and heads northeast to Middle Street; turns west on East Middle Street and south on Baltimore Street to the Soldiers' National Cemetery. The Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the Rostrum in the Soldiers' National Cemetery with Cucolo as the keynote speaker.

Col David. E. Funk, Deputy Commandant, U.S. Army War College is the guest speaker at the Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle, May 26. The parade starts at 9 a.m. followed by services at 9:45 a.m. in the Veterans’ Memorial Courtyard.

The remainder of the weekend’s events are listed below.

Friday, May 23:

12 p.m. Rolling Green Cemetery, Lt. Col. Stephen P. Snelson, U.S. Air Force

9 a.m. Capital Blue Cross, Lt. Col. Chad J. Hartman, U.S. Air Force

2 p.m. Claremont Nursing & Rehab Center, Lt. Col. John W. Eller U.S. Air Force

2 p.m. Homewood at Plum Creek Continuing Care Retirement Community, Col. Daniel A. Pinnell, U.S. Army

Sunday, May 25:

9 a.m. Oakville United Methodist Church Memorial Day Service, Col. Fred Gellert, U.S. Army

10:30 a.m. Big Spring United Methodist Church Memorial Day Service, Lt. Col. Kerry Maloney, U.S. Army

1 p.m. VFW Post 7343 at Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery, Col. Charles D. Krumwiede, U.S. Army

10:30 a.m. Dickinson Presbyterian Church, Lt. Col. Trent Carpenter, U.S. Air Force

1 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8851 Picnic, U.S. Navy Commander Brian Leese

Monday, May 26:

1 p.m. Newville Joint Veteran’s Council, Col. Tim Brown, U.S. Air Force

11 a.m. American Legion Post 43 Camp Hill, Col. Larry S. Oakes, U.S. Army

11 a.m. Mechanicsburg VFW Post 7530, Lt. Col. Patrick W. McCuen, U.S. Marine Corps

10 a.m. VFW Post 655 McConnellsburg Memorial Day Ceremony, Prof. Bert Tussing

11:30 a.m. Union Cemetery, Col. Keith Rivers, U.S. Army

12 p.m. Elizabethtown VFW & American Legion at War Memorial, Lt. Col. John M. Cushing, U.S. Army

11 a.m. Silver Spring/Willow Mill Park, Lt.Col. Sean Gavin, U.S. Army

5:30 p.m. Cumberland Crossings Retirement Center, Col. Wade Yamada, U.S. Army

12:00 p.m. Carlisle Christian Fellowship Picnic, Lt. Col. Paul D. Noyes, U.S. Marine Corps

7:30 a.m. Hanover Allied Veterans Council, Lt.Col. Rogelio Maldonado, U.S. Army

8 a.m. Combined Veterans Council of Waynesboro, Col. James H. Harrell II, U.S. Army

11 a.m. Bethany Village Retirement Community, Col. Robert E. Lowe, U.S. Army

Tuesday, May 27, 2 p.m.. Manor Care Health Services, Lt. Col. Kimberly A. Peeples, U.S. Army

Friday, May 30, 5:30 p.m. Littlestown Allied Veterans Council, Col. John J. Burbank. U.S. Army

 Sgt. Maj. of the Army focuses leaders on future challenges

May 19, 2014 – Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III addressed Army War College students in Bliss Hall about the Army profession and leaders’ roles in maintaining and refining competence, commitment and character in the force. 

Asking, how do we measure commitment and character? Chandler noted that engaging and role-modeling with Soldiers will be important.

The challenge is that the future Army will be more expeditionary, leaner and smaller but using technology to maintain our overmatch, said Chandler.  Advances in digital technology allow us to do a lot more with equipment we already have, but we have not trained to maximize the things that provide overmatch.

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler, III, spoke to Army War College students, staff and faculty today about the Army profession and the future challenges to provide trained Soldiers.

We’ll need to retain the hard-won competence that exists, recruit from a diminishing pool of eligible young Americans, and incentivize those with skills needed for cyber, science and technology, he suggested.  Somewhere between 2020 and 2023 it is anticipated that less that 20% of eligible Americans will meet recruiting criteria. Obesity and low ASVAB test scores among recruits continue to be problems.

“In order to enable an Army Force of 2025, at the end of the day it will be people who will make that difference,” said Chandler.



Summer Sense Campaign – Army Substance Abuse Program

101 Critical Days of Summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day) safety campaign is intended to remind us that we cannot afford to lose focus on safety either on or off duty. The summer season is a dangerous time of year for the Army with notable increases in off duty accidental fatalities. Festivals, road trips, swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, camping, and motorcycle riding are common outdoor activities during the summer. Intense planning often goes into making these outdoor activities a success. When planning your summer activities, remember the effects of alcohol or prescription drugs, and identify the risks associated with impairment while participating in various activities. Always remember to make responsible decisions while enjoying your summer activities.

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: Get the Facts

Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.

Thankfully, there are effective measures that can help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol-impaired driving.

How big is the problem?

  • In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Of the 1,210 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2010, 211 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • Of the 211 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010, over half (131) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
  • In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That's one percent of the 112 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
  • Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol.


Who is most at risk?

  • Young people:
    • At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people.
    • Among drivers with BAC levels of 0.08 % or higher involved in fatal crashes in 2010, more than one out of every 3 were between 21 and 24 years of age (34%). The next two largest groups were ages 25 to 34 (30%) and 35 to 44 (25%).
  • Motorcyclists:
    • Among motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in 2010, 28% had BACs of 0.08% or greater.
    • Nearly half of the alcohol-impaired motorcyclists killed each year are age 40 or older, and motorcyclists ages 40-44 have the highest percentage of deaths with BACs of 0.08% or greater (44%).
  • Drivers with prior driving while impaired (DWI) convictions:
    • Drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or higher involved in fatal crashes were four times more likely to have a prior conviction for DWI than were drivers with no alcohol in their system? (8% and 2%, respectively).





How can deaths and injuries from impaired driving be prevented?


Effective measures include:

  • Actively enforcing existing 0.08% BAC laws, minimum legal drinking age laws, and zero tolerance laws for drivers younger than 21 years old in all states.
  • Promptly taking away the driver's licenses of people who drive while intoxicated.
  • Using sobriety checkpoints.
  • Putting health promotion efforts into practice that influence economic, organizational, policy, and school/community action.
  • Using community-based approaches to alcohol control and DWI prevention.
  • Requiring mandatory substance abuse assessment and treatment, if needed, for DWI offenders.


What safety steps can individuals take?


Whenever your social plans involve alcohol, make plans so that you don’t have to drive after drinking. For example:

  • Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
  • If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver

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.

Educational Lunch and Learn Presentations:

“Responsible Alcohol Use”– This class will challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high risk alcohol abuse, physical tolerance vs mental tolerance.  We will discuss how our choices can protect or harm the things that we love and value.

Thursday, June 12, noon – 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 10,  noon – 1 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 7, noon – 1 p.m.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - The session will include a brief summary of the cause of FASD, and symptoms in the child. Strengths, Difficulties, and Approaches, Prevention and Risk Reduction Resources

Thursday, June 19, noon – 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 24, noon – 1 p.m.

All sessions will be held at the Education Center, Bldg. 632 Wright Ave. Registration is required by calling 245 – 4576. Register three days before the scheduled class. We must have at least 5 participants registered for the class to be held.

Information provided by the Army Center for Substance Abuse and Center for Disease Control.

     For additional information contact the Prevention Office at 245-4576.


Summer Sense Campaign: Stay Afloat, Don’t Drink and Boat - Drinking, Boating & the Law – information provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Alcohol Education.


Pennsylvania National Safe Boating Week May 17-23, 2014


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.

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?


A BAC of 0.8% is the legal limit for intoxication while operating watercraft on Pennsylvania waterways.


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 five (5) years in jail and/or
  • suspension of your boating privileges for up to one (1) 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 three (3) 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, or even a canoe, kayak, or rafting, 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 Fish and Boat Commission at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board at






By Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer
Post youth awarded scholarship named in honor of fallen Carlisle Soldier

The first Patrick Hawkins Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Janie Haseman, May 2 in Root Hall. The scholarships is named in honor of Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, an Army Ranger from Carlisle, was killed on Oct. 6, 2013 while aiding a fellow wounded Ranger in Afghanistan.

Pictured are: Rachel Brandt, Secretary of Carlisle High School Class of 2007, Julie Brent, President of the CHS Class of 2007, Sheila Hawkins, Patrick's mother, Mrs. Sharon Haseman, Ms. Janie Haseman, scholarship recipient, retired Col. Roy Hawkins, Patrick's father, and Kevin Wagner, Representative of the Staff and Faculty of CHS.


Janie Haseman was awarded the first Patrick Hawkins Memorial Scholarship during a ceremony May 2 in Root Hall.

Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, an Army Ranger from Carlisle, was killed on Oct. 6, 2013 while aiding a fellow wounded Ranger in Afghanistan. Hawkins graduated from Carlisle High School in 2007, and enlisted in the Army in 2010.

Hawkins was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga., was killed along with three other Soldiers by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Kandahar Province. Hawkins was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart for his actions.  

 “At first I was just really excited about getting some more financial help for college,” said Haseman. “But as I read through the scholarship letter and the papers that came with it -- there was one that talked about Patrick, and another that discussed how the scholarship fund had been created -- I was just blown away. I was incredibly humbled. I couldn't believe that I had been chosen as a person who, in a way, they trusted Patrick's legacy with; all I can really say is that I am so honored.”

At the ceremony were Patrick’s parents, retired Col. Roy and Sheila Hawkins. The opportunity to receive the scholarship and meet the Family was emotional, she said.

“I wasn't just getting a scholarship, I had been honored with the opportunity to help carry on someone's legacy,” she said. “To meet the people that had helped shape Patrick into the man he became, who supported him and encouraged him in creating the legacy he left behind, and to have them present me with the opportunity to help continue it was incredibly moving.”

“When Patrick was killed, his 2007 Class spontaneously responded with love and action to keep Patrick's memory alive at Carlisle High School, as did the staff and faculty of the high school,” said Ruth Collins, Chief Executive Officer of the Army War College Foundation. “Since we had an active scholarship program and the parents desired to have Patrick associated with the Barracks, it was a very easy mutual decision to designate one of our scholarships ‘The Patrick Hawkins Memorial Scholarship.’”

At the ceremony were Rachel Brandt, and Julie Brent, classmates of Hawkins who helped spearhead a fundraising campaign for the scholarship and Kevin Wagner who represented the staff and faculty of the high school.

The connection was also personal for Collins.

“Patrick lived with his family on Royal American Circle, just a door away from me and my family,” she said. “It was a great blessing to have been neighbors and to have Patrick and my son grow up on the same cul-de-sac on post.  Patrick was a vibrant high-schooler who had a gift, and a passion, for skate-boarding.  My son was too small for skate-boarding but we admired Patrick and his athletic abilities which seemed to defy gravity.”

The scholarship will be given out annually to a high school senior from Carlisle High School who is the son or daughter of a lifetime member of the Army War College Foundation.

Army War College international alum: 1st female UN peacekeeping force commander

May 15, 2014 -- Major General Kristin Lund of Norway will become the first female Force Commander of a United Nations peacekeeping force, taking the military helm in Cyprus.

“Our operation in Cyprus becomes the first in the world to have a dual female leadership,” said UN Secretary-General Ban at the official announcement in at the UN’s New York Headquarters this week, who noted thatthe top UN official in Cyprus, Lisa Buttenheim, is also a woman.

A 2007 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Lund has had a distinguished military career with more than 34 years of military command and staff experience at national and international levels.  She was appointed Norway’s first female General in 2009, having taken deputy command of the country’s armed forces in 2007. Her most recent position was head of Veteran Affairs on the Norwegian Defence Staff.

Her history with UN peacekeeping began in 1986 when she was deployed with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. She also has served in the Middle East during the first Gulf War in 1991; in Bosnia with the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and later with the NATO-led force; and in Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from 2003 to 2004.

Her experiences in Bosnia, she said, “formed me as a leader because you have to play like an orchestra” [to cope] with the various military components and the people involved in the conflict.

“You learn how important the mandate is,” she said, referring to the responsibilities tasked to the Mission by the 15-member UN Security Council. “You see the importance of not taking sides.”

“I think it’s very important that the UN took this step to appoint a female force commander and I hope that I can be a role model for other female officers that see that it’s possible,” said Lund. “When you approach a challenge in a country such as Cyprus, it’s important also that you represent … the other 50 percent of the population in the world.”  

In August, Maj. Gen. Lund will replace Chinese Major General Chao Liu as commander of about 1,000 peacekeepers in Cyprus,  The Security Council established UNFICYP, which marked its 50th anniversary in March, to contribute to a return to normal conditions following violence and bloodshed between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots communities. UN troops supervise the de facto cease fire lines established in 1974, and maintain control over the buffer zone dividing the island.






Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration May 19 at 5 p.m.

Join us just before Retreat on Indian Field and enjoy a sample of Asian and Pacific cuisine and entertainment provided by the Hawaiian Entertainment Company.

The Hawaiian Entertainment company will demonstrate and explain cultural touchstones -- and the Strategic Studies Institute will recognize local elementary students that participated in the SSI Art Contest.

This month marks 145 years since the final spike was hammered into the transcontinental railroad, an achievement made possible by Chinese laborers, who did the majority of this backbreaking and dangerous work. This May, they will receive long-overdue recognition as they are inducted into the Labor Hall of Honor. Generations of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have helped make this country what it is today. Yet they have also faced a long history of injustice -- from the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii and its devastating impact on the history, language, and culture of Native Hawaiians; to opportunity-limiting laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Immigration Act of 1924; to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Even today, South Asian Americans, especially those who are Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh, are targets of suspicion and violence.

Please visit to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

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Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian

International Hall of Fame Inducts General Humberto Oviedo

May 12, 2014 – Gen. Humberto Oviedo,Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army, was inducted into the International Hall of Fame at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.

The War College leadership, staff, faculty, students and distinguished visitors honored Oviedo, a 2000 USAWC graduate and the 48thinternational fellow to be inducted.

Oviedo began his military career as a cadet in the Chilean Military Academy. Showing great promise early on, in 1978 he was selected to participate in a student exchange program with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and subsequently graduated at the top of his class in Chile. Oviedo is also a graduate of the Chilean Army War College, holds three master's degrees and a Certificate of International and National Security for Senior Government Executives from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Of his Army War College experience, Oviedo said, “Returning here today brings back many beautiful memories.”  He said one of the best parts about the Army War College is the contact with different professors and students representing a cross section of diverse nationalities. He said this experience has enabled him to generate a network of support.

In closing, he thanked his wife of 31 years, Marianne V. Stegmann, who has supported him throughout his career, and who now manages the Army Wife Foundation in Chile.

William Bradner, U.S. Army Installation Management Command
Army unveils 2nd ‘Gold Star’ PSA during Memorial Day weekend

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO (May 7, 2014) – The Army announced plans today to release the second of three public service announcements developed to increase awareness of DoD-issued gold star and next-of-kin lapel pins.

Fox Sports plans to air the PSA this weekend as part of a recognition ceremony hosted by the Anaheim Angels and honoring L.A.-area Gold Star families.

The pins are designed to signify the loss of a loved one in support of our nation. Although the gold star pins have been in existence for decades, many Americans are unfamiliar with their meaning. The PSAs were developed to help educate and inform the public of the significance of the pins.

“It’s heartbreaking to think that a mom wearing a gold star might have someone ask her, ‘What a beautiful pin, where do I get one?’,” said Donna Engeman, a gold star wife who manages the Survivor Outreach Services program for the Army.

“We decided we had to do something to ensure the nation—the world—recognizes what that pin really signifies,” Engeman said.

The first Gold Star Pin PSA was broadcast by Fox Sports in the half-hour prior to the Super Bowl last February. Since then, the video has been aired on a variety of networks more than 4,000 times, according to Army officials, with an estimated potential audience of more than 800 million viewers.

During Phase II of the awareness campaign, which launches the week of Memorial Day, Engeman will literally take her message cross-country. She and three other representatives from the Installation Management Command, headquarters over the Survivor Outreach Services Program, will travel by motorcycle to the District of Columbia as part of the annual "Run for the Wall" motorcycle rally.

The Run for the Wall is an American Motorcycle Association-sanctioned event in which thousands of bikers ride from California to the Pentagon to raise awareness about prisoners of war and service members missing in action. Engeman will represent Survivors at each stop in the event, and will host a booth in the Pentagon parking lot prior to the annual "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle event, which travels from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Memorial.

"We'll share the PSA wherever possible, at the stops along the way," Engeman said. "I'll also have flags on my bike promoting the pins."

"Again, this is all about awareness. The more people know the pins exist, the better," she explained.

The PSAs consist of documentary-style interviews and narrative stories from real survivors who volunteered to be a part of the project.  The voice-overs were provided by Academy-award-nominated actor Gary Sinise.

“We tried to ensure the PSAs reflected the diversity of surviving families as well as honoring their service and sacrifice,” said Hal Snyder, chief of IMCOM’s Wounded and Fallen Support Services office. “The PSAs include moms and dads, brothers and sisters, children, husbands, wives….”

“The point is you might see a Gold Star pin on just about anyone,” Snyder continued, “and we wanted to make sure everyone knows what that pin represents.”

The PSAs also serve to gently remind the American public that the freedom they enjoy comes at a cost, Snyder said.

“The call to action is to honor and learn,” he explained. “Honor those who have fallen, and learn about a small, but meaningful symbol presented to families who have lost a service member.”

Phase II of the outreach plan includes an outreach effort through social media, where members of the Army Family will be encouraged to share pictures of their fallen loved ones – or pictures of their favorite memorial honoring the fallen—on between Thurs., May 22 and Memorial Day.

During that same time period, survivors of the fallen will take part in a number of events in the D.C.-area, including the wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, the concert on the Mall, and the National Capital's game, where the PSA will be aired both on the jumbo-tron during the game and on Fox Sports during their broadcast of the game.

Gold Star Family members will also take part in the Canadian Memorial Dedication Ceremony, events at Mount Vernon and the Vietnam Memorial, the Memorial Day Parade, and the concert on the lawn.

Program managers and survivors across America are also calling on their elected officials to include mention of the stars, and their meaning, in any Memorial Day events they might be taking part in at their home towns, districts or states.

“The more people who see these, the greater the opportunity to recognize and honor families of the fallen,” Snyder said.

The Army’s Survivor Outreach Services program currently supports more than 55,900 surviving military family members.

War College Students on Capitol Hill

May 9, 2014 – Students of the Army War College study the various elements that contribute to policy making and strategic issues to prepare them for senior leadership roles. The curriculum includes many distinguished guest speakers and two major trips designed to contribute to their learning experience.

The National Security Staff Ride, Washington, D.C. allowed students to meet and speak with members of Congress and representatives of key government agencies and non-governmental organizations, May 6-8.

Students were organized into small groups with a faculty leader. On Tuesday the groups each visited one of a variety of offices as diverse as the National Security Agency to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Wednesday was dedicated to visiting the Senate and House of Representatives, while on Thursday the small groups visited Congressional offices and/or additional organizations.

Col. Christopher Doneski, Sen. J.D. Rockefeller, Col. Lorri Anne Golya and Col. Frances Hardison

“The NSSR Washington, D.C. trip enhances the students' knowledge gained over the course of the year.  Specifically, the visit to FEMA demonstrated an overview of how federal and state agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations work together to reduce the loss of life and property and protect communities in times of hazards, man-made and natural disasters, and acts of terrorism,” said Dr. Anna T. Waggener, Director of Institutional Assessment at USAWC. “The Institute for Defense Analyses showed us how research contributes to objective analyses of national security issues,” she said.

The small group led by Col. Matthew Richards had the unique experience of first meeting officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs and subsequently meeting Rep. Dan Benishek M.D. of Michigan’s first district, a retired VA physician and harsh critic of the VA.

Students meet with FEMA administrators

U.S. Army Heritage Days returns to AHEC May 17-18 with new exhibits

A Union Army Reconnaissance Balloon and a World War I bi-plane are among two new exhibits that will be on display at this year’s Army Heritage Days.

Army Heritage Days, a timeline living-history event examining nearly every era of U.S. Army history, returns to the grounds of the Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle Pa. on May 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with food vendors on site.  This event is free and open to the public.

Kevin Knapp will be re-enacting the role of Thaddeus Lowe, the founder of the Union Army Balloon Corps. Knapp and fellow living historians will display a balloon of similar design to those used to gather intelligence by the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Robert Baslee of Airdrome Aeroplanes, will be showcasing a reproduction Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a, a World War I bi-plane. During WWI the U.S. Army used British developed bi-planes, including this deadly aircraft, to train their pilots and scout enemy positions.  Baslee will also tell stories of the 25th Aero Squadron, part of the American Expeditionary Forces who flew throughout the war.

Thaddeus Lowe inflating his balloon Intrepid during the Battle of Fair Oaks (Photo courtesy of  the Smithsonian Institution).                                                                

Army Heritage Days will also include a display on Vietnam Gun Trucks, German and other adversary soldiers and weapons, and of course, American Soldiers from all eras of U.S. Army history.  Returning favorites, such as lectures, the Children's Passport Program, and Meet and Greet Army Veterans, will also be highlighted.  Kids partaking in the Passport Program can win prizes by interacting with re-enactors on the Army Heritage Trail! Witness living historians using weapons and tactics from a variety of periods during live demonstrations of small arms, cavalry, and artillery.

In addition to the historical military equipment, vehicles, gear, and live demonstrations on the Army Heritage Trail, this year's event will feature 60 re-enactor groups, an expanded look at World War I, and living historians representing Soldiers from before the French and Indian War through the Vietnam War. 

Café Cumberland will offer hot and cold refreshments, and the museum store will be open and feature the Army Heritage Days book sale, an annual crowd favorite. 

For more information, please call 717-245-3972 or visit

Carlisle Barracks honors two outstanding youth


Ryan Torbert holds a plaque bearing his name as the Carlisle Barracks Youth of the Year during a ceremony May 6 at Youth Services. Ryan accumulated more than 140 hours of community service in the past year.

As the celebration of the Month of the Military Child drew to a close, Carlisle Barracks took time to honor its Youth and Youth Volunteer of the Year during a ceremony at the Youth Center May 6.

“Much focus is spent on their parents' dedication and sacrifices, while children in military families are often overlooked,” said Lt. Col. Kim Peeples, garrison commander. “The so-called "military brats" often make huge sacrifices of their own due to the great demands on their parents.

“Taylor and Ryan are two examples of our kids who make those sacrifices.  But instead of focusing on the moves, making new friends and new schools every few years, they both give freely of their time to make the communities around them better. I’m happy to honor these great kids and the example they set for others in our community. “

Ryan Torbert was selected as the Carlisle Barracks Youth of the Year. Ryan accumulated more than 140 hours of community service in the past year. Many times he helps his mother Selinda, with her job at Army Community Service doing projects

“I believe that if every person would do something each day for the community that the world would be exponentially better,” he said.  Ryan also leads the Youth Council and Cooking Club at Carlisle Barracks and serves as part of the student council at his school.  

In his application essay Ryan talked about how coming to the Youth Center allowed him to make friends and have experiences that caused him to grow. He also wrote about how being from a military family has been difficult with the changes that occur but also the best times he can remember were his experiences and friends all over the world.

“Ryan comes to the MST program every day after school,” said Meriah Swope, Middle School/ Teen Lead. “He is a great leader and the other youth really look up to him. He is one of those people that you can sit and have a great conversation with and he is very mature for his age. We often talk about his future, current events, and popular culture in a very informed and respectful manner. He also helps out around the program without being asked because it comes so naturally to him. “

The Volunteer of the Year is chosen based on the number of volunteer hours that youth have logged at the Youth Services Center. This year’s winner is Taylor Haupt, who logged more than 230 hours of service working with the 5-8 year old summer camp kids this past summer.

Taylor Haupt, Carlisle Barracks Youth Volunteer of the Year, talks with Lt. Col. Kim Peeples, garrison commander, during the ceremony. She assisted the staff members by facilitating activities, games, and crafts with the kids, logging more than 230 hours in the summer.Taylor is a great asset for the Youth Center,” said Swope. “She was a kid in our summer camp since she was little and when I started working here she helped me get to know the norms of the camp. It’s still weird walking into the office when she is in there because I still think she is a kid but she has grown into an excellent leader. She works well with the youth and greatly helps out when the staff need her to.”

Taylor assisted the staff members by facilitating activities, games, and crafts with the kids. She would also assist them in gathering materials and being extras hands where ever they were needed.







International Hall of Fame welcomes Ambassador Duncan Lewis


Ambassador Duncan Lewis, former Australian Secretary of Defence an 1999 graduate, speaks to the Army War College Class of 2014 in Bliss Hall during his induction into the International Fellows Hall of Fame May 5.


May 5, 2014 – Ambassador Duncan Lewis, former Australian Secretary of Defence, Major General, Australian Army, retired, and current ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg, European Union and NATO was inducted into the International Hall of Fame at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.

The War College leadership, staff, faculty, students and distinguished visitors honored Amb. Lewis, a 1999 USAWC graduate and the 47th international fellow to be inducted.

Lewis’ military career began after graduation from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1975. His last military appointment was as a Major General, Special Operations Commander – Australia, where he was responsible for Special Forces units in Iraq and Afghanistan. In October 2012 Lewis was appointed as Australia’s ambassador to Belgium, the European Union, Luxembourg and NATO.

“The U.S. is a world-leading nation,” said Lewis. And so it is for the U.S. officers sitting here, at some point in their lives they will be the person to whom others will look to for leadership, he said.

“You should never underestimate the power of trust in personal friendships when you are conducting international business,” said Lewis. “The opportunity you have here is unique and priceless.”

Carlisle Barracks ID Card Section recognized as best in the Army


Brig. Gen. David McEwen, 59th Adjutant General of the U.S. Army and Executive Director of the Military Postal Service Agency, recently the Carlisle Barracks ID Card section for outstanding performance in support of the Defense Enrollment (DEERS) and Real-time Automated Identification System (RAPIS) as the ID Card section of the Year for the Army.

“This is truly a customer focused organization and you can see that from their website, flexible hours and friendly faces,” said McEwen. “It just goes to show that no matter the size of the organization great things can be done.”

“This award reflects the dedication, commitment and professionalism of each member of the ID Card

team to provide first class customer service,” said Bill Hoffer, Chief of the Military Personnel Services Division here. Honored were Frederick Gleave, Karen Balestrini, Kristina Frame and Carolyn Humphrey.

Jacqueline Chicchi, Directorate, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Military Spouses play a vital role in the readiness of our Army

Military Spouses play a vital role in the readiness of our Army.  As their loved ones in the military take on higher commands, spouses often take on inherent and implied roles as program advisors, mentors and advocates for Army Families.

The Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar is conducted at the Army War College in Carlisle as well as the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. It is offered to spouses of Soldiers attending those schools and also includes Soldiers of equivalent status from the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve and at the Army War College the class also includes spouses from other service branches and International military spouses. The seminar offers an opportunity for participants to explore and refresh skills that can help make their roles more successful.

The three-day seminar concentrates on topics such as Working with Volunteer Organizations; Coaching, Mentoring, and Advising: Taking Care of Yourself; Fostering Resiliency; and Protocol for Senior Spouses.  The life of a military spouse can be challenging. Along with the challenges come new and unique experiences and increased resiliency. You can take a look into the life of a military spouse in their own words below. Please join us in celebrating all military Spouses.

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Being an Army spouse for 22 years has been a adventure. A wonderful part of being a member of the biggest family in the world is being able to visit and live in some amazing places all over the world. I also enjoy being able to meet the  most wonderful people that I will cherish as friends forever. One of the most difficult challenges I have faced is being away from the person you love for a long period of time. Another challenge I have faced is being both father and mother to our 10 year old twins.  Even with all the ups and downs I would not change my life. I love being an Army spouse.

Kimberley Brooks:
I look at being an Army wife as an adventure. I have mastered skills that I never thought I would need. I can fix a computer, unclog a toilet and move half way around the world with a few weeks notice. I have become a pro at staying in touch with people I love via Skype and Facebook. Some people look at our lives and question how we can be happy. Yes, I hate the deployments - but when my husband gets home, we get to date and fall in love all over again. Being away from family is tough - but I have lived and traveled all over the world. It’s all about perspective!

Cindy Ruedi:
I met my Soldier ten years ago while he was attending CGSC at Fort Leavenworth, KS. After he was finished with school and was already stationed at Fort Hood, TX. We decided to get married after eleven months. I soon moved to Killeen, TX. and in a short amount of time I became an Army Wife, mother of six and moved to a new city where I knew no one. Not knowing anything about being an Army wife, I had to learn quick since my husband deployed five months after we got married. I learned how to communicate in late-night 15 minute phone calls, to always send enough brownies and cookies for your soldier to share in care packages, to never put a deposit down on a vacation and that Murphy’s Law isn’t a military spouse’s friend because if it can will!! I also learned that no one out there will understand what you are going through like another military spouse! They are your “sisters and brothers” and will be with you for life if you just open yourself to the others around you! When I married my soldier I didn’t realize that I was getting a family quite so large! Army is a way of life and one I’m so very proud to be a part of! To me being a military spouse is about being a family and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Deborah Lee Moretti:
I love being a military wife; I feel it is an honor. Yes, there are several challenges thrown my way, from moving every other year to being a single parent while my Soldier is deployed. But there are so many rewards that come with all of the challenges, making new friends, visiting and living places I would probably never have had the chance to, having an extended family where ever we go with doors always open to us.

Melissa Unrath:
I’m married to Craig Unrath, a colonel in the US Army. We have two children. Megan age 15, 9th grade and Tyler age 12, 6th grade. When we move this summer to Ft. Leavenworth, KS it will be our 13th move in 24 years in the military. Also in June, we’ll celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. He’s my high school sweetheart. We’ve lived in Germany and all over the United States. It’s been a wonderful experience with the opportunity to live and visit many places that we otherwise would have never seen or lived. We’ve met so many wonderful people from all over the world that are now lifelong friends. The biggest challenges would definitely be moving our children and entire household every couple of years, saying goodbye to friends, finding new schools, doctors, dentists, and hairdressers. But ironically, after all of these years, we now realize that the cause of these challenges is also the reason for the biggest rewards. With each move comes new adventures, an opportunity to live in a new place, and most importantly, the excitement of adding more lifelong friends.

IF program still looking for Class of  '15 sponsors 

The International Fellows Program is accepting new Sponsors for the AY 15 class. If you enjoy helping others, while building everlasting International relationships, please fill out the application below to become a Sponsor.

After you have filled out the application, you will be contacted by the IF Office.  One member of your household must attend one Sponsor briefing, but all are welcome.

Dates for the upcoming Sponsor Briefings:

May 15, 5- 7 p.m.  

Briefings will be held in Wil Washcoe Auditorium, Root Hall.

Job fair set for May 31

The Employment Readiness Program at Carlisle Barracks invites you to come to the Spring Job Fair on Saturday, May 31 at the 108th National Guard Armory, Building 502, Calvary, Carlisle, PA 17013 from 10 am to 2 p.m. 

The Carlisle Barracks and 108th National Guard Job Fair is open to everyone in the community.  This year’s job fair has a variety of local, national and government agencies participating in this hiring event.   

This Job Fair will give employers and prospective employees the opportunity to meet a wide- range of professionals and non-professionals with a variety of experience and employment goals who seek permanent, long-term career opportunities as well as flexible and temporary positions.  

Any employer wishing to participate in the Job Fair on May 31st, 2014 please pre register with the Employment Readiness Manager at (717) 245-3684/(717) 226-4634 or (717) 249-3609 ext 115 or email

Job fair participants include:

SECCO Home Services

PA Department of Veterans

Norfolk Southern

HJ Heinz

Milton Hershey School

Excel Inc

Securitas Security Services

Premier Reporting LLC

Berks and Beyond Employment

Robert Half


Schwan’s Home Service INC

JLG industries INC

Central Penn College

Stonebridge Health and Rehabilitation Center

Nestle Purina Pet Care CO

Hershey Entertainment &Resorts

Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking

Sentinel Newspaper

Defense Logistics Agency

VSTECH Solutions

Nationwide Insurance

Home Depot


Penn State Hershey Med Ctr

KFJ Enterprise LLC

ShaleNet Penn College

Craig Technologies

Novitas Solutions


Info Matrix Corporation

PA Civil Service Commission



PNC Bank

Transport Service Co

SMX Staff Management

GCA Services Group INC

G4S Secure Solutions

ABF Freight Systems


New Horizons

TEX Visions

The ARC of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC)


PA State Police

'Soldier for Life' website to be new online home for retirees

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 1, 2014) -- The Army's "Soldier for Life" website, launched today, is designed to be a new online home for retired Soldiers.

The Army's web portal "Army Knowledge Online" -- better known as "AKO" -- has been available to retirees and family members for many years now. However, the Army is transitioning to a more secure enterprise network for business users -- Soldiers, Army civilians and contractors.

Retirees will continue to be able to access important information about the Army, and information pertaining to health, retirement, employment and education benefits online at

Mark E. Overberg, who serves as deputy chief of Army Retirement Services, said the new website will allow "ongoing communications with the retired community."

In February, the Army Retirement Services office was moved under the newly created Soldier for Life program, Overberg said, because retired Soldiers are "a part of the whole Soldier lifecycle -- the last part of the Soldier lifecycle."

Right now on the website, retirees can also opt-in to receive a newsletter that lets them know what's going on in the Army "with a primary focus on news that retired Soldiers care about," Overberg said.


On AKO, retirees and family members had access to web-based email services that gave them a ".mil" email address. Currently retirees and family members are no longer able to send email from their AKO accounts or read emails within the site. What they are still able to do, however, is instruct AKO to forward any emails they might receive there to a commercial account. The AKO website will continue forwarding emails to commercial accounts, until Dec. 31.

Overberg suggests retirees and family members set up a free commercial email account to replace what AKO used to provide for them. He said after setting up such an account, they should notify family, friends, and professional contacts about the new e-mail address.

Additionally, he said, retirees and family members should contact any businesses or other websites where the AKO email address is a part of their contact information and update it to reflect the new email address.

One such site in particular to update, he said, is the Defense Finance and Accounting Service's "MyPay" website, where retirees and Soldiers alike can look at their leave and earnings statements and other important documents.

To ensure that DFAS can contact them, Retired Soldiers should visit the "MyPay" site and ensure that a new or non-AKO email address is listed. Overberg said that today, some 500,000 Army retirees have MyPay accounts. Of those, he said, about 350,000 are still registered there with their AKO-provided email address. By not signing up for a commercial e-mail service and updating business account information, former AKO users risk not receiving important notifications.


Right now, the Soldier for Life website is extremely new. Overberg said the site is only in "stage one" of its development. But he said there are several ideas about what will be brought aboard as the site's development progresses into "phase two."

Future upgrades to the Soldier for Life website might include a "white pages" feature similar to what was one available on AKO, Overberg said. The difference will be that the white pages-style directory will include only those retirees who "opted in" to the listing.

Also under consideration for inclusion in the next-generation of the site is a "Retired Soldiers Blog," Overberg said. "The intent of this blog will be to provide a three-way communication: the Army to retired Soldiers, retired Soldiers to the Army and retired Soldiers to other retired Soldiers."

Overberg said that commenters to blog posts will be limited to those who have retired from the Army. "When somebody posts a comment, we'll want to make sure they are a retired Soldier."

Part of making that happen, he said, is ironing out the technical details of how to authenticate retired Soldiers on the site. That might include integration of services from DoD Self-service Logon.

Overberg also said that the Soldier for Life website has been designed to be easier to use than AKO. He said he has heard complaints from retirees that AKO was too complex -- and so they stayed away from the site.


The Soldier for Life program, and its website, is about more than just retirees. In fact, the retiree program was just recently folded into the SFL program.

"Soldier for Life," is in fact about the entire "lifecycle" of being a Soldier: from the moment a Soldier shows up at basic training: "Start Strong;" to the day they arrive at their first command and begin their Army career: "Serve Strong;" to the moment they make the decision to transition from a uniform-wearing Soldier back into a productive member of civilian society: "Reintegrate Strong;" to the final separation or retirement from Army service and transition into an example in their community about what it means to be a Soldier: "Remain Strong."

Lt. Col. Wenceslao G. Angulo, who serves as the communications and outreach director of the Army's Soldier for Life program, said the SFL program and its website aims to serve those in all four phases of being a Soldier.

"We want to attract talented young men and women to join the Army," he said.

"The new site provides current information and links to resources for all Soldiers, which include active duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve," Angulo added. "We also provide access to information and links to resources for those preparing to transition to civilian life. Now with retirement services joining the Soldier for Life program, we can now provide services and information for those who have retired from the Army, but remain Soldiers for life."

For more information about the AKO transition, please visit:

May 2, 2014 – Adm. Jonathan Greenert addressed Army War College students in Bliss Hall to explain the current situation and future goals for the U.S. Navy.

Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations said, “We have to be where it matters when it matters.” Eighty percent of the world’s population lives with 100 miles of the coast and a majority of global trade travels by water, he said.

From a strategic perspective Greenert emphasized there are only 6 areas through which most of the maritime world trade must cross. But it takes four ships in the continental U.S. to keep one forward in a rotation, he said.

Innovations are coming online to reinforce amphibious and air capabilities. Just last year for the first time, an unmanned aerial vehicle was successfully launched and recovered on an aircraft carrier, said Greenert.

Bringing his closing remarks back to the value of attending a senior service college, “It’s about the friends you meet here.”

Department of Distance Education Orientation

One-hundred and forty-nine new first year Army War College Distance Education students participated in the first of two weekend orientations held here on May 2 and 3.

Next week another 176 DDE students will participate in the same two-day orientation which covers using Blackboard, configuring their laptop computers, textbook issue, library tutorial,  and getting to know each other and the area. The second day of orientation introduces students to their first course, DE230, Strategic Leadership with Col. Karl Bopp and also an Introduction to Critical Thinking by Dr. Stephen Gerras.

Of the 433 students the majority are from the Army components: Army Reserve - 182, Army National Guard - 155 and active Army - 61. The remaining students are from the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force both from reserve and active components. There are civilians from the Department of Defense, Interagency, and Department of the Army as well as one International Fellow enrolled in the DDE class of 2016.

Lt. Col. Tony Atlas of the 79th Sustainment Support Command in Los Alamitos, Ca. said he made the effort to attend the orientation because this is a difficult, challenging course and he wants to be able to navigate his way and know what is required in order to be successful.

Another student is taking on this challenging course while also serving as a battalion commander out of is Army Reserve Lt. Col. Donna Abrokwa of the 95th Training Division who said, “This is a great opportunity, to actually be able to interact with your professors, be a part of the war college experience.”

“I appreciate the fact that my brigade commander is totally supportive and said you have to go,” said Abrokwa. She said she is grateful for the fact everyone has been willing to take the time here to assist her and make it possible for the distance education students to spend these two days in Carlisle.

War College NCO completes half, full marathon in same weekend


When most of us think of going to Walt Disney World we think of riding rides, relaxing by the pool or enjoying the time spent with our Families.

This wasn’t exactly the case for Master Sgt. Stephan Potsko, operations NCO to the Army War College Command Sgt. Maj., who recently completed the “Goofy Race and a half challenge” in January.

The challenge is composed of a half marathon the Donald Duck Half Marathon on Saturday followed by a full marathon the Mickey Mouse Marathon on Sunday. The course for both events takes runners through the various theme parks at Walt Disney World.

He began his training in September and followed a 16-week program where he was able to increase his distance from 26 miles per week to more than 40 miles/week. Potsko also relied on the experts in the Army Wellness Center and Strategic Leader Development and Resiliency office to achieve his goal.

“I had been charting my health and fitness through the Army Wellness Center here on post for over a year and even that far back my goal was to run a marathon. Monthly progress and 90 day fitness assessments gave me the motivation and encouragement to work harder,” he said.  “After an injury in November I was able to make an appointment with SLDR and do their Performance Movement Analysis. They identified that my stride was too long and it was the cause of my ankle pain. They made some recommendations and I was running pain free once again.”

He said he wanted to complete the challenge for a number of reasons.  

“I wanted to honor my brother Chris’ memory, it was over seven years ago we lost him to an industrial accident,” he said. “It was his prodding that inspired me to wake up early and run, even when my legs felt heavy. Long runs that lasted up to two hours he was my companion when the miles became monotonous.” He also wanted to celebrate his younger brother Andrew.

The final factor according to Potsko was that he turned 40 the weekend after the race and that running 39 miles while he was still 39 years old was also a neat coincidence.  

Race Day

The race began on Saturday morning at 5:30 a.m. and had more than 20,000 participants.  At the first photo stop Potsko met up Drew, a retired Army medic, who allowed him to tag along at his pace and finish together.

“It’s amazing how Soldiers find one another in the oddest places,” he said. He completed the Half Marathon in 2:49:52.

He was also able to meet up with Drew on the day of the full marathon, where he finished with a time of 5:36:43.

“I had doubts about my ability to finish even as late as the start of the full marathon, but with supportive friends and family it made the accomplishment that much more grand,” he said.       

War College faculty share Vietnam experience for USAHEC project

Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo, III, Army War College Commandant, honored three USAWC faculty members, Professor Doug Campbell, Professor Bernie Griffard  and Professor Doug Lovelace for their service in Vietnam. 

On Thursday, May 1, Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo, III, Army War College Commandant, honored three USAWC faculty members, Professor Doug Campbell, Professor Doug Lovelace, and Professor Bernie Griffard for their service in Vietnam.     

The oral history interviews were conducted as part of the Army’s oral history program. 

Professor Campbell served as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Cavalry and commanded K Troop, 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron, 11th United States Cavalry; Professor Griffard served as the S-4 and B Company Commander, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade; and   Professor Lovelace flew with D Company (Cobra gunships), 101st Aviation Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division.

The U.S. Army Military History Institute executes two DA-directed oral history programs, the Senior Officer Oral History Program (SOOHP), and the Division Command Lessons Learned Program (DCLL).  The SOOHP includes biographical interviews as well a topical interview on subjects of interest to the Army. 

The interviews of Professors Campbell, Lovelace, and Griffard are examples of topical interviews.  These transcripts will become part of the USAMHI oral history collection available to the public.

If you have any question about the MHI Oral History program, contact Brent Bankus at 245-4573.

U Pittsburgh rehabilitation researcher, engineer invested as Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army

May 1, 2014 -- The plan was for an informal ceremony. The reality was all the more meaningful for its simplicity when Dr. Rory Cooper was invested as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, at the Army War College’s Collins Hall, May 1. 

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, host of the Mid-Atlantic Regional CASA Convention, shared honors with the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Gerald O’Keefe, who executes CASA program oversight on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

Administrative Aide to the SA, Gerald O'Keefe, observes as Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo administers the oath of CASA service to Dr. Rory Cooper (right).

The oath that Cooper took is the oath that U.S. Soldiers around the world take when they swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic … bear true faith and allegiance to the same ….”    New colleagues within the CASA community congratulated him for the commitment that inspired the Secretary to select him to represent the Army in Pennsylvania -- on yet another level.

Dr. Cooper has already committed skill and commitment on behalf of Soldiers.  He is Director of the Center of Excellence for Wheelchair and Related Technology, VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Center, and a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Cooper holds an appointment as chair and distinguished professor of the Department of Rehbailitation Science and Technology of the University of Pittsburgh; and a secondary appointment at Pitt as Professor in both the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering. Dr. Cooper is also a Professor in the Robotics Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Cooper works in collaboration with several organizations, such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society North America, and the American Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Cooper holds 8 patents and is the author/editor of 10 books, 30 book chapters, and over 600 journal publications, editorials and letters, and peer-reviewed abstracts and proceedings publications. He is a Founding Editor of the Assistive Technology Research Book series. He serves as an editorial board member for American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Assistive Technology, Journal of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, and Medical Engineering and Physics.

Dr. Cooper has received numerous honors for his work, including the Paralympic Sports Science Award from International Paralympic Committee, Secretaries Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the U.S. Army War College, Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Power of Work Award from Goodwill Industries of Western Pennsylvania, the da Vinci Lifetime Achievement Award from the National MS Society - Michigan Chapter, and the Certificate of Appreciation from the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development - National Institutes of Health, amongst many others.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh selected Dr. Cooper to represent Army interests within Pennsylvania and, in turn, to represent Pa. interest with the Secretary.  The CASA program, dating formally to 1922, is a critical link between the Army’s leadership and the American public. CASAs are often business or civic leaders who are asked to be official advocates for the Army to business, professional, and government audiences within their communities.

In attendance for the multi-day conference at Carlisle Barracks were these CASAs:  Terry Wiley for Delaware; Woody Goldberg, District of Columbia; Turhan Robinson of Maryland; Bob Maguire representing New Jersey; Tony Keating of New York;  Bill LaPrise and Bill Willoughby of Ohio;  Karen Conlin, Joe DeFrancisco, and Carter Melton representing Virginia;  Bruce Moss of W. Virginia; and, now, Rory Cooper of Pennsylvania. 

Anne Ely Hall to gain six parking spaces

As part of a plan to create six new parking spaces in the Anne Ely Hall parking lot, DPW crews will be removing the concrete islands in the parking lot starting at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 5. During this time the spaces adjacent to these islands (approximately 4 spaces in total) will be closed. The work is expected to take approximately three days.

The realities of Army motorcycle accidents

I don’t like to start these columns, or any of my correspondence to the field, with bad news. Truthfully, our Army is still doing very well overall with regard to safety; as of April 28, total accidental fatalities were down four percent from fiscal 2013. That’s a great accomplishment, and I don’t want to take away from it by focusing on the negative. But, I think it would be a disservice to you and our Soldiers to gloss over the fact that motorcycle fatalities are up sharply from this time last year, that indiscipline is still their leading cause, and that NCOs continue to make up a disproportionate share of the deaths.

Obviously, that kind of news begs immediate consideration. With May being National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, let's take advantage and give this problem the attention it deserves. We have the entire month to make our Soldiers aware just as riding season gets into full swing for many of our installations. We can’t let unseasonably cold temperatures lull us into complacency about our motorcycle riders; the longer they go without riding, the more eager they’ll be to hit the road when the days finally stay warm.

The Army does a tremendous job in training Soldiers on motorcycle safety. Civilians in the general population don’t have nearly the same training opportunities as our riders, especially progressive training courses that build upon basic skills. There’s simply no excuse for Soldiers killing themselves via indiscipline on their bikes, and while it’s true leaders can’t be with their subordinates 24/7, they can set the example and follow the standards themselves. Honestly, that seems to be where we’re falling most short, given that 10 of the 14 motorcycle fatalities reported this year have been leaders.

Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford Cain, USACR/Safety Center, last month published a note to the field addressing this issue (, and I’d like to reiterate a couple of his points. First, what’s the status of your unit’s motorcycle mentorship program, and are the right people leading it? If you can’t answer that question, perhaps it’s time to revisit your training and mentor selection. Check out the new “Leader’s Guide for Selecting a Motorcycle Mentor” at for tips on forming the best team possible. Second, are your leaders disciplined? The leaders we’ve lost to indiscipline-based motorcycle accidents aren’t the only ones out there, but their poor example can have an irreversible impact on our formations if left unchecked or written off as “we can't fix stupid.”

Between training, mentorship and disciplined, engaged and accountable leadership, we have the tools we need to reduce motorcycle losses. Each works, and each saves lives. I encourage you to widely share a letter we recently received from a junior leader and motorcycle rider who had a close call with a reckless driver just after finishing required safety training. It’s very powerful and speaks to the lifesaving effects of training, if the trainee takes what he or she learns seriously. The letter is available at

While not directly related to Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, we have important update coming soon: a major overhaul to the Travel Risk Planning System, or TRiPS. Beginning May 5, the system will offer users a wide variety of functionality and upgrades, including better travel planning options, improved user email compatibility, and freestanding applications for smartphones (coming soon). Please make leaders aware of these changes and encourage them to use the upgrades as a means to improved communication with their Soldiers. TRiPS attached to a DA31 will never make Soldiers safe, but it has proven effective when used by first-line leaders to force dialogue with their Soldiers and actually assess and mitigate the risk posed by their travel plans.

Thank you all for the hard work you do every day in safety that directly impacts readiness — I know your jobs aren’t easy. It’s not my intent to be negative here, but I know you want to face the harsh realities head on. Our Soldiers’ lives are simply too important to sugar coat facts, especially when far too many are dying for no good reason. Please let me know what more I can do to help.

Army Safe is Army Strong!


Brigadier General, USA 


Capt. Joe Steere, Carlisle Barracks PJA Office
Post lawyers celebrate law day with local middle school students  

Although it may not show up on every calendar, May 1 brings with it the national celebration of Law Day. This year, the Carlisle Barracks Post Judge Advocate’s office celebrated with a group of local 6th, 7th and 8th graders at the Eagle View Middle School in Mechanicsburg.

There, Capt. Joe Steere and Lt. Dennis Harbin described the role of Judge Advocates to the students and also presented a case study on the 4th amendment. The students responded in turn with insightful and zealous legal thought, arguing for both the defense and prosecution during a mock hearing.

Officer Harold Weary of the Carlisle Barracks was also in attendance with his k-9 unit, Brutus. The two were a hit with the students and gave a presentation on their roles in maintaining security on the installation and local area. Despite his background in apprehending criminals, Brutus was a hit with the kids who lined up to pet him.

The holiday was developed under the Eisenhower administration and is meant to encourage education on the topics of democracy, rule of law, and civil society.

Spring Yard Sale set for May 17

If you love yard sales and are looking for that one special treasure, the place to be on Saturday, May 17 is Carlisle Barracks for their annual Spring Yard Sale.

For the first time ever, this year’s event will host a “flea market” on Indian Field where off-pots vendors will bring items of interest and bounce houses, food and other Family-friendly events are scheduled. 

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

The Yard Sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine) in front of the participating individuals’ on-post quarters.  

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

For more information call 717-245-4616.

Army Heritage Days returns bigger than ever

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is excited to announce its annual Army Heritage Days Event is back this year and bigger than ever. This year's event features an expanded look at World War I and showcases living historians representing Soldiers from before the French and Indian War through the Vietnam War. After a hiatus, more than 200 re-enactors from all periods are eager to return to the Army Heritage Trail to bring Army history alive once again.

Throughout the two day event, historical equipment, vehicles, gear, and live demonstrations will fill the USAHEC’s Army Heritage Trail. New additions in 2014 include the unique experience of a World War I bi-plane flyover, and a two-day military music tattoo program, featuring performances of military and patriotic music by local and historical bands. While Army Heritage Days will feature exciting new programming, some favorites from the past several years will return, including the used book sale, the children’s passport activity, and the meet and greet with Army veterans from WWII through current operations.

For more information visit

Northwestern State University to honor War College's director, Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group

April 30, 2014 -- Northwestern State University will award an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Bert B. Tussing, director of Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College, at spring commencement exercises Friday, May 9. Tussing will be honored at the 10 a.m. ceremonies.

The first journal sponsored by the Homeland Defense & Security Issues Group is now available at  A peer-reviewed journal published by the Army War College Press, the USAWC Homeland Defense Journal is senior managed by editor-in-chief Bert Tussing.

Tussing joined the United States Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership and Development in October of 1999. His focus areas include Homeland Defense, Homeland Security, Terrorism and Civil-Military Relations. Since the spring of 2001 he has led and served in multiple forums and studies focused on homeland defense, homeland security and military support of civil authorities.

Tussing graduated with honors from The Citadel and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. During a 24-year career in the Marines, Tussing served operationally with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, the 2nd Marine Division, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, Marine Helicopter Squadron One where he was designated a Presidential Command Pilot and with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). He participated in multiple humanitarian relief exercises in the Caribbean including Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, operations as a part of the Multinational Force in Beirut, Operations Provide Promise and Deny Flight in Bosnia and the final withdrawal of U.S. forces from Somalia.

Following his operational assignments, Tussing was assigned to the Pentagon where he served as Marine Corps Analyst to the Secretary of the Navy in the Office of Program Appraisal. While there, he participated in the Secretary of the Navy’s focus group for the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces and served as a consultant on the Defense Science Board on “Tactics and Techniques for the 21st Century.” Tussing was subsequently selected for a Brookings Legislative Fellowship, through which he served on the staff of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Personnel Subcommittee. Following the fellowship, he assumed duties as Deputy Legislative Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with a Combat V, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Presidential Service Badge, the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award.

 Army War College community salutes top local educators


Educators from the Carlisle Area School District pose for a group photo during the Excellence in Education Reception April 30 at Quarters One. The Army War College community took time to honor top educators from the regions five school districts and Saint Patrick's School for their work with military kids.

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April 30, 2014 – Select top educators of the region’s five school districts and Saint Patrick’s School were honored by Army War College leadership and parents during a ceremony at Quarters One April 30.

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, U.S. Army War College Commandant, hosted the Excellence in Education Reception in his home, to thank local educators for all they do for military children.  The exceptional principals, teachers, and counselors who educate military children were identified for honors by the superintendents of Carlisle, Big Spring, Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg and South Middleton school districts and Saint Patrick’s School.

The value of the relationship between the schools and Carlisle Barracks is apparent for Lt. Col. Sean Gavin, Class of ’14, who was Carlisle High School student himself when his father was an Army War College student.

“What I really noticed is that there isn’t a stigma anymore with being a ‘postie,’ instead of someone who have lived here their whole life,” he said. “The schools here really embrace our kids and help them with any potential struggles. Constantly uprooting our kids is tough but great schools like Carlisle make it so much easier for them.”

One of the honorees, Jeffery Bell, principal of Bellaire Elementary School, was honored to be selected for recognition.

“As educators it’s our duty to ensure the best possible experience for all of our students,” he said. “I really accept this honor on behalf of all of my teachers and staff who put in the hard work day in and day out to ensure our kids get the most out of their time here.”

John Friend, Carlisle Area School District Superintendent, said he was thankful that the War College Community took time to honor local educators, including 10 from his district, which has the largest number of War College children in their schools.

“It’s incredible that the leadership here continues to make it a point to honor local educators,” he said. “We understand the unique challenges that these students face and we are prepared to do everything in our power to ensure the best experience for the students. The close relationship we have with Carlisle Barracks is vital, without that, this would not work.”

He pointed out that the relationship is truly beneficial for all parties.

“I truly believe it’s valuable for our students as well to be in class with both American and the international students that come through the Army War College,” he said. “They are able to share their unique experiences living all over the country and the world that really makes for a richer experience for all of our students.”

Cucolo spoke at the event not only as a senior commander, but as a parent of three “military brats” who spent their lives going from school to school.

“We parents, we invested and demanding parents, who pass through your magnificent communities, we have great expectations of our teachers,” he said. “And as the representative of our tiny but high impact Carlisle Barracks and U.S. Army War College community, I’m here to tell you that all of you present and honored tonight far exceed our expectations.” 

The Army War College sponsored the fifth annual reception to highlight the unique relationship between schools and the military children who live a challenging life of many moves and many school transitions.

Cucolo explained that the quality of life both inside and outside the gates for servicemembers and their Families is vital to the all-volunteer force.  Employees of the Carlisle Barracks Child, Youth, and School Services were also recognized for close collaboration with parents and schools in providing educational summer and after-school programs.

“Inside the gates I control this, but outside the gates I do not, that takes community commitment,” he said. “A key part of this quality of life outside the gates I speak of is the knowledge that our Families will be embraced by understanding and empathic folks who recognize the very special and different nature of our wonderful ‘brats.’ You recognize that each is a unique individual - and the fact this takes additional attention, energy and even administrative coordination is not lost on any of use or taken for granted.

“So tonight we thank you as well for allowing us to do our duty. You should go home tonight knowing that your selfless and exceptional performance of your duties is in fact keeping the nation strong.”

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

List of honorees:


Carlisle Area School District

Mr. Bruce Rowland, Teacher

Mrs. Sue Biondo-Hench, Teacher

Mr. Eric Sands, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kristen Furness, Teacher

Mr. Michael Gogoj, Assistant Principal

Mr. Mark Smeltz, Teacher

Mrs. Diane Reisinger, Teacher

Mr. Jeffrey R. Bell, Principal

Ms. Danielle M. Bailor, Teacher

Ms. Kathi Smith, Teacher


Cumberland Valley School District

Mr. Joseph Shirvinski, Principal

Sgt. Richard Vargas, CV JROTC

Col.  John Kardos, CV JROTC

Mrs. Lisa Fones, School Counselor

Mrs. Laura Jones, Teacher


South Middleton School District

Mrs. Sharon Giselman, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Tara Trostle, Librarian

Mrs. Jennifer Chamberlin, Teacher

Ms. Amy Necci, Teacher


Big Spring School District

Mr. Steve Smith, Principal

Mr. Scott Anderson, Teacher

Mr. William August, Principal

Mr. Scott Penner, Teacher


Mechanicsburg School District

Mr. Nicholas Butt, Counselor

Ms. Cheryl Dellinger, Teacher

Mrs. Brenda Schmidt, Counselor

Mr. Daniel Williams, Teacher


Saint Patrick School

Mrs. Jill Brown, Teacher


Tieman Child Development Center – Leaderkenny Army Depot

Ms. Ronda Cover

Ms. Martha Farner


Moore Child Development Center – Carlisle Barracks

Ms. Marlene Quinn

Mrs. Susan Keller            


Youth Services – Carlisle Barracks

Mrs. Amy Magnuson

Ms. Meriah Swope