Banner Archive for May 2015

UN Peacekeepers Day: honoring professionalism, dedication, courage @ArmyWarCollege 

May 29, 2015 -- It’s no coincidence that the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute of the US Army War College sponsored UN Peacekeepers Day today with the students, staff, faculty and leadership in attendance. PKSOI is the Army’s lead for joint stability operations; their relationships and expertise with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Peacekeeping Training Centers around the world runs deep.

Japanese Col. Akitsugu Kimura, Spanish Col. Fernando Moron-Ruiz, Lithuanian Lt. Col. Arturas Jasinskas, Brazilian Col. Robet Oliveira, and Nepalese Col. Surya Khanal represented those in the class with peacekeeping experience, and the more than one million who have participated in UN peacekeeping operations -- 125,000 people serving today across 16 UN peacekeeping missions: W. Sahara, Central African Rep, Mali, Haiti, DR Congo, Sudan-Darfur, Syria, Cyprus, Lebanon, Sudan-Abyei, Sudan-South, Cote d’Ivoire, Kosovo, Libera, India/Pakistan and Middle East.   

Bangladesh Brig. Gen. Amin Akbar, USAWC class of 2015, raises hand in salute after three tolls of the bell -- for peacekeepers past, present and future (below, right). He shared his reflections on personal peacekeeping experience over three decades as he addressed fellow students, staff, faculty and War College leadership to honor International Peacekeepers Day. 

As Brig. Akbar struck the bell three times,  Cadet Patrick Murray of the Virginia Military Academy sounded TAPS in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice (below, left). Murray is an intern with faculty member Dr. Paul Kan, noted for his work in transnational crime and corruption.    


More than 3,000 heroes have given their lives in the cause of peace in the past 70 years of UN peace- keeping, and this month the figure grew by one, Akbar began. Nilkantha Hajong, a young soldier from Bangladesh Army was killed by militants in an ambush in Mali, leaving behind his pregnant wife – gone, without ever seeing his baby, he said.

“Peacekeeping isn’t easy and it’s getting even more challenging in today’s VUCA world…. I, at times, feel that we do not fully appreciate its significance and potentials,” said Akbar, who shared two insights from his experience and reflection.

“From the global security point of view, I think peacekeeping operations will gradually assume greater importance. Because of trans-border, hybrid and asymmetric nature of threats, nation states are more likely to gravitate toward an inclusive, broad-based and networked set of security solutions,” said Akbar. “This, in turn, will require greater collaboration between post-modern militaries across the globe, be it big or small. The UN model and its peacekeeping idea resonate very well with such a notion and trending.”

“From a development point of view, the blue helmets have been making huge contributions in support of troubled nations as they stride to make a turn around,” said Akbar. “It is heartening to see how some of these nations are now reaching out to others and returning the same service that once helped them  stand steady.”  

I think our collective wisdom and willpower will not let this blue planet that we call our only home to perish.  “In that human endeavor, our blue helmets will always shine bright,” he said.  



Academic chairs, faculty service acclaimed at awards ceremony

May 27, 2015 –  The College today announced its academic chair holders -- those faculty members whose work exemplifies all three standards of faculty excellence. Recipients are exceptional teachers, recognized scholars, and devoted servants of the nation. 


Faculty selections for academic chairs, promotions and service awards represent the USAWC faculty values of scholarship, service, and teaching. USAWC faculty often hold dual roles. They lend expert help to units and agencies outside of the Army War College, and invest deeply in developing strategic leaders and ideas for the Army and nation. They inspired appreciation among the student body who gathered May 27 in Bliss Hall to honor their faculty members and recognize the importance of faculty work in support of the Army, Army Component Commands, Army Cyber and Training Commands, the Joint Staff, NATO, State Department, Partnership for Peace, and the Government of Afghanistan.

“The role of the leader is not to put greatness into people, but to create the environment that elicits the greatness that is already there,” said Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp to the faculty, quoting John Buchan in his salute to the faculty’s ability to shape a learning environment that spreads and influences far beyond Carlisle.

“Developing strategic leaders and ideas invaluable to the Army and the nation doesn’t just happen.  It takes immense dedication and effort on your behalf in a wide variety of roles and subordinate missions,” said Rapp, to the faculty who are engaged in a wide range of projects, research, and educational development with value to an equally wide range of requestors.  

“Just listening to the roll call of achievements today heartens me greatly that we have exactly that kind of talent to help us become invaluable to the Army and the nation,” he said.




Camaraderie abounds among the newly appointed academic chair holders (below, left to right): Marine Col. Douglas Douds, General John J. Pershing Chair of Military Planning and Operations;  Dr. Paul Jussel, General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair of the Profession of Arms; Journalist and author Kim Dozier, the General Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership (held throughout ay2015);  Col. Chris Bado, General John Shalikashvili Chair of Military Studies; Dr. Adrian Wolfberg of the DIA, Chair of the Defense Intelligence Studies. Uniquely among academic institutions, USAWC chair holders receive an actual chair, courtesy of the Army War College Foundation.







The ceremony heralded two faculty promotions, for now-associate professors Dr. Andrew Hill and Col. Doug Mastriano.  Hill was honored as well for the inaugural year of the innovative Carlisle Scholars seminar. 


Right, Dr. Andrew Hill and Col. Doug Mastriano share the honor of faculty promotion to associate professor.







Excellence in Service Awards recognized practitioners and seasoned academics of the Army War College faculty  (below, left to right): Dr. Jim Embry, Dr. John Bonin, Prof. Harry Tomlin, Dr. Frank Jones, Mr. Robb Hoss, Col. Chuck Grindle, Dr. R. Craig Nation.

John Bonin’s professional reputation within the joint and Army doctrine and force structure community broadens not only his influence but the requests for his judgment and guidance. He has contributed that expertise to the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, HQDA, TRADOC and ARCIC, USARCENT and USARAF and more with a significant revision to the draft of JP 5-0, Joint Planning; participation in workshops related to Reversibility, AC/RC Mix, and future Army structure; among other projects. This year, he produced the “Army Operations and Employment Data,” used at USAWC, NWC and CGSC; and “Unified and Joint Land Operations: Doctrine for Landpower” published by AUSA, 2014, and in use at several institutions. Internal to The War College, Bonin lends his doctrinal and force structure expertise to The War College curriculum, USAWC Strategic War-games, the Basic Strategic Art Program, the Joint Forces Land Component Commander Course, and the Joint Land-Aerospace-Sea Simulation game that spans all war colleges. Later this year, the Army will learn much from the conference he is planning to produce a strategic analysis of the Landpower application in the past 14 years. Bonin is a member of the USAWC's Center for Strategic Leadership and Development.

Rob Hoss’s recognition for mastery of knowledge management is Army-wide. His Knowledge Management Maturity Model is the subject not only of an Inside Knowledge Magazine article, but the role model for TRADOC’s KM effort. He has been tapped for process insights from numerous Army TRADOC, OACSCIM/IMCOM, Human Resources Command, among others, that seek to replicate the efficiency of Hoss-designed applications. Internal to The War College, Hoss has invested his applications know-how to create efficiencies and metrics to support teaching departments, Operations, and the USAWC Strategic Plan – and even to support the Carlisle Barracks community with an activities calendar. Hoss is a member of the USAWC's Center for Strategic Leadership and Development.

Jim Embry is an established expert in stability operations, counter-corruption and exercise development, respected and requested by the Joint Staff J7, organizations across the Army, the State Department, and US Institute for Peace, among others. Hand selected by Thomas Ross, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security Cooperation, Embry assisted the Defense Dept. with integrating counter corruption within security cooperation programs. He completed two tasks for the Joint Requirements Committee, updating the OPMEP and conducting a review of joint planners’ courses.  He was a lead designer for an interagency table-top exercise on Nigeria. His work to help revamp two joint publications reveal his specialized expertise:  JP 3-08, “Interorganizational Coordination During Joint Operations,” and 3-07, “Stability Operations.” Internal to The War College, Embry teaches electives and supports a range of academic efforts, from JWASP to the Interagency lesson in the core curriculum to staff rides and a commitment to infuse stability operations knowledge throughout the faculty. Embry is a member of the USAWC's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.

Charles Grindle is a recognized expert regarding educational technology and cyber warfare within the Army’s Information Technology community, inspiring requests for guidance and advice from the Army G6/CIO for its Executive Board, from TRADOC for its distance learning initiatives, and from the University of Pittsburgh to help support an Army initiative to develop a Cyber education center in Pennsylvania. Internal to The War College, Grindle seeks out opportunity to improve student and faculty learning using educational technology initiatives – working through several key groups for which he was instrumental if not key in creating: the Instructional Support Group to migrate to Blackboard, Cyber Working Group with its charter to expand ties with Army Cyber Command for common educational and research efforts, and the Educational Methodology Working Group. Beyond his work as director of the Distance Education Department’s Instructional Support Group, he teaches, participated as a panelist in the Army Strategy Conference here this year, and has served on the College’s Academic Review Board.

Frank Jones’s broad knowledge and experience in the national security processes – from the interagency process to homeland defense and homelands security to US politics and national security decision-making -- have established him as the ‘go-to’ faculty member for any mission. He receives by-name requests for his assistance and shares his expertise widely, with the US CYBER Command for its inaugural Strategy Fundamentals Course, the Rumsfeld Fellows, Cold War Intelligence Forum and the Strategic Broadening Course for company-grade Army officers, for example. Internal to The War College, Jones helped launch the Executive Leadership Course for command sergeant majors, advises brigadier generals in the Strategic Leadership Seminar-II, and authored several lessons of the core curriculum. Most USAWC institutes have benefited from his teaching, conference panel participation, and educational leadership, e.g., with the Strategic Studies Course Working Group.  

R. Craig Nation is the associate director of the Partnership for Peace Consortium South Caucasus Group – a single example of his engagements and relationships within academia and government in the United States and Europe on issues of national security, particularly with regard to Russia, the Caucasus, and the Ukraine. Working with the Marshall Center, the International Policy and Perspectives on the Ukrainian Conflict at University of Texas-Austin, Dickinson College, the Kozmetsky Center, University of Jena, and Moscow State University Center for International Studies, he has been a regular contributor in understanding conflict resolution and security cooperation in the greater Caucasus region. Internal to The War College, Nation is course director and instructor for the Russia Regional Studies Corse, authored core course lessons, leads both faculty and students in lessons on Thucydides, participates in ASAP lessons and European battlefield staff rides, and recently invested his expertise in the Russia War Game, co-sponsored by the Carlisle Scholars seminar and Center for Strategic Leadership and Development.

William Pierce recently served a four-month tour with the Joint Staff J5 as a military strategist with Team Evergreen, the Joint Staff internal think tank that addresses issues of high priority for the chairman and other Joint Staff principals. There, he was treasured for “his experience and expertise, patience and persistence,” according to James H. Baker, the Principal Deputy Director, J5 Strategic Plans and Policy. Baker characterized as “important, tangible service” Pierce’s contributions to the National Military Strategy; papers on disruptive technologies and gradualism as forms of strategy being employed by US adversaries; and comprehensive review of a combatant command plan.  Internal to The War College, he took lead on an ambitious project to co-author an examination of the unique ways in which professions teach practitioners, identifying implications for senior-level professional military education. Additionally, while on sabbatical, he wrote updates for the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations about topics relevant to theater strategy and campaigning, and remained engaged with students.

Harry Tomlin has invested commitment and continuity for over five years to the Defense Education Enhancement Programme of the Enduring Partnership between NATO and Afghanistan as academic designer and lead facilitator for NATO’s Executive Senior Leaders’ Seminar series with Afghanistan. Each of six ministerial-level seminars for the general staff and ministry staff of the Government of Afghanistan has been supported by a comprehensive curriculum guide and program of his design. His work has supported the former International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, and now the NATO Resolute Support Mission. Internal to The War College, Tomlin served this year as program director for the Advanced Strategic Art Program, with its inherent requirements for course directives and planning national security staff rides, and reached across the faculty to provide faculty development based on his experience with NATO, the Afghan Government, and the Department of State.



Keep yourself, your family safe from Lyme disease this summer

May 27, 2015 -- Pennsylvanians are being urged to take the danger of Lyme disease seriously. On Tuesday, the State Department of Health launched the "Don't Let a Tick Make You Sick Campaign."

Residents are being asked to use repellents and protective clothing, and check your children and yourself for ticks.
Pennsylvania leads the nation in reported cases of Lyme disease and a recent study reported the blacklegged or deer tick, which carries the illness, in all 67 counties. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches and joint pain. An early symptom is a red rash that looks like a bulls-eye.

Ticks can be found everywhere, but you need to be especially cautious in areas with dense bushes or tall grass. When you're outdoors use repellents and protective clothing. After outdoor activities, check for ticks and, if you find one, promptly remove it.

Acting Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine says, "we recommend that you remove the tick carefully with a set of fine tipped tweezers. Showering within two hours of outdoor exposure may also help prevent transmission."

Here are some tips on Lyme disease prevention and treatment:

• When outside, avoid walking in areas of bushes and tall grass. Walk in the middle of the trail and avoid sitting on logs or leaning on trees.

• Wear a long-sleeved shirt fitted at the wrists.

• Wear shoes. Do not walk in the woods in bare feet or sandals.

• Wear long pants tucked into high socks or duct tape around pants.

• Wear white or light-colored clothing to make it easier to see ticks.

• Wear a hat and tuck in your hair if possible.

• Use insect repellent that has DEET as an active ingredient. Spray the repellent on the clothes including the pants legs, the cuffs of the shirt and on your shoes.

• Check your body for ticks immediately after any outdoor activity and three days later.

• If you find a tick that has not latched on, brush the insect off or throw it away in a Kleenex.

• If you find a tick that has latched on, remove it promptly using a set of fine tipped tweezers. Pull the tick straight out as close to the skin as possible to prevent the insect’s head from detaching.

• An early symptom of Lyme disease is a red rash that looks like a bulls-eye. If you see a rash, contact a doctor and seek treatment.

Army Heritage Drive evening closures set for June 8-10

Army Heritage Drive will be closing 6pm to midnight for three nights starting on June 8 for repaving announced Middlesex Township May 26.  

The project will take place over three days, one section per night.

June 8 -- The intersection of Claremont Road & Army Heritage Drive to the railroad tracks on Army Heritage Drive

June 9 – The railroad tracks to the I-81 overpass

June 10  --  The I-81 overpass to Trindle Road.

Inclement weather may impact the schedule.

Carlisle Barracks welcomes new Garrison Chaplain

A life that started in Selma, Ala., that has included stops at Ft. Bragg, Giessen, Germany, Ft. Rucker and Ft. Knox has brought the new Garrison Chaplain to Carlisle Barracks.

Lt. Col. (Chap) Adolph DuBose is the newest member of the chapel team having arrived earlier this month. The married father of three is a former Bio-medical Electronic Technician (BMET), he accepted his calling in the ministry Later in his Army career and after completing seminary became a chaplain. 

His duties at Carlisle Barracks include advising the Senior Chaplain on comprehensive religious support for staff, faculty, strategic student leader/families, and senior military international officers from every branch and serving as the Senior Protestant Chaplain and oversees AF Funds and Contracting Officer Representative.

Special graduation held for four who will deploy immediately

May, 27, 2105 -- Commandants have set the standard that Army War College graduates will be immediately of value to gaining units. For four members of the resident class of 2015, their test -- and their ability to contribute value -- is more imminent than expected.

Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp congratulates new USAWC grad Col. Sean Berg, with Provost Dr. Lance Betros and Dean Dr. Richard Lacquement who created a special graduation ceremony for Berg and three colleagues.

The USAWC Commandant, Provost and Dean graduated four Army students today in a special ceremony in the Bliss Hall in front of family, friends, and class of 2015 colleagues and faculty:   Col. Robert S. 'Sean' Berg, Lt. Col. Steven P. Basilici, Col. Benjamin C. Jones, and Lt. Col. Edward J. Fisher. They received the United States Army War College diploma and the Master's degree in Strategic Studies.

In a rare exception to the norm, these four students were graduated today, and will be released early to meet immediate military requirements.

Below, Col. Ben Jones accepts his diploma.


Below, Lt. Col. Ed Fisher walks the stage to receive his diploma and master's degree ... and below right, the whole seminar took part in this special event.

Lt. Col. Steve Bacilici enjoys the moment of achievement with USAWC leadership, below. Col. Ben Jones with his seminar mates, right.



COL Ben Jones with Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Dr. Lance Betros and Dr. Richard Lacquement, left.  Lt. Col. Steve Bacilici makes the stage a family and seminar affair.

Faculty applauded at annual awards ceremony

 May 27, 2015 -- Three domains of excellence -- in scholarship, service, and teaching -- represent the heights of faculty achievement at the Army War College. Twenty faculty members received honor and applause for a range of published scholarship representative of the range of topics in the curriculum: geopolitics and regional studies, military history, ethics, leadership, a re-thinking The American Way of War, and examination of the tension and opportunity that exist in the seams between interoperability and austerity, Defense strategy and Service roles, political expedience and military necessity.

“A world class educational program like the United States Army War College requires a world class curriculum, delivered by a world class faculty,” said Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp at the annual Faculty Awards ceremony today in Bliss Hall to the resident class of 2015, leadership, staff and faculty.

“Innovative thought is vital to create the optimum environment for the development of leaders ready for the rigors of the coming decades,” said Rapp.  “You have to be the kind of educational leader who inspires our students to be among those learning for a lifetime.

“You have to lead by example yourself in research, and scholarship -- and in the publishing that can have such a positive impact on our profession and on the vital mission of developing leaders and ideas.”

Madigan Awardees for ay 2015 excellence in scholarship include (front, from left) Dr. John Deni, Prof. Mike Marra, Dr. James Gordon, Dr. Tami Biddle, Prof. Robert Coon, Dr. Antulio Echevaria, Maj. Jason Warren and Dr. Christian Keller; and, (back row, from left) Harry Tomlin, Col. Doug Mastriano, Prof. Chuck Allen, Dr. Con Crane, Dr. Larry Goodsen, Dr. W. Andrew Terrill, Prof. Paul Kan, Prof. Frank Jones and Dr. Steve Gerras.

The Madigan Awards honor Excellence in Scholarship

For books

  • Antulio J. Echevaria, II: Reconsidering the American Way of War: US Military Practice from the Revolution to Afghanistan, (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2014).
  • Jason W. WarrenConnecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676,(Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014).
  • Douglas V. MastrianoAlvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne, (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014).  

For monographs and articles--

  • Kevin J. Weddle:  “A Change of Both Men and Measures: British Reassessment of Military Strategy after Saratoga, 1777-1779” published in Journal of Military History, September 2013, 837-865.  
  • Paul Rexton Kan:  “Mexi-Stan Human Security along the US-Mexican Border” published inState Responses to Human Security: At Home and Abroad, (New York, NY: Routledge, 2014), 105-128. 
  • Frank L. Jones:   “The High Priest of Deterrence Sir Michael Quinlan, Nuclear Weapons, and the Just War Tradition” published by LOGOS, Summer 2013, 15-43.
  • W. Andrew Terrill: “Iranian Involvement in Yemen” published in Orbis, Summer 2014, 429-440.
  • Stephen J. Gerras:  “Effective Team Leadership: A Competitive Advantage” published in JahrbuchInnereFOhrung 2014: Drohnen, RoboterundCyborgs(Berlin: Miles-Verlag, 2014), 285-304.
  • Tami Biddle:  “Strategic Bombardment: Expectation, Theory, and Practice in the Early Twentieth Century” published in The American Way of Bombing: Changing Ethical and Legal Norms, from Flying Fortresses to Drones, (London: Cornell University Press, 2014), 27-46.
  • Larry Goodson:  “The New Great Game: Pakistan’s Approach to Afghanistan after 2014” published in Asia Policy, January 2014, 33-39.
  • Conrad Crane: “Political Expediency vs Military Necessity: Allied Disputes over the Bombing of Occupied Europe” published in Museum Man: Essays in Honor of Gordon H. ‘Nick’ Mueller, (New Orleans: UNO Publishing, 2014), 183-198. 
  • Christian B. Keller:  “Chancellorsville Campaign” published in A Companion to the U.S. Civil War, Vol. 1, (West Sussex, UK: John Wiley and Sons, 2014).
  • John Deni: “Maintaining Transatlantic Strategic, Operational, and Tactical Interoperability in an Era of Austerity” published in International Affairs, May 2014, 583-600.
  • William G. Pierce, Harry A. Tomlin, Robert C. Coon, James E. Gordon, & Michael A. Marra:  “Defense Strategic Guidance: Thoughtful Choices and Security Cooperation,” Joint Force Quarterly, Third Quarter 2014, 72-79.
  • William G. Braun, III, & Charles D. Allen:  Shaping a 21stCentury Defense Strategy: Reconciling Military Roles, Joint Force Quarterly, Second Quarter 2014, 52-59.

Judges for the Col. John J. Madigan Awards are drawn from the USAWC academic chairholders, whose decisions reward those publications that best serve to promote the cause of national security and enhance the reputation of the Army War College.

HHC Commander relinquishes command as he heads for the Sinai

Where colonels and lieutenant colonels occupy more space than any other group, it’s all the more important to note the Soldiers and NCOs who are – in the best Army tradition – the backbone of the organization. At Carlisle Barracks, Soldiers and NCOs complete the work that makes senior-level education possible. They are the information tech professionals, healthcare specialist, equal employment advisor…. and they comprise the Headquarter Detachment of US Army Garrison, Carlisle Barracks.

Outgoing HHC Commander Capt. Joseph P. Wiseman (left), relinquished command to Capt. Shavayey K. Cato (right). Lt. Col. Kimberley A. Peeples, Garrison Commander, Carlisle Barracks presided over the change of command ceremony on the historic parade field at Wheelock Bandstand, Carlisle Barracks.

Today, Capt Shavayey K. Cato accepted command of the detachment from outgoing commander Capt. Joseph P. Wiseman in a formal change-of-command ceremony at the Wheelock Bandstand on the historic parade field, where dozens upon dozens of change of command ceremonies have taken place since the mid-1700s.   

Wiseman will  head to the Sinai Peninsula for a year of service with the Multinational Force Observers, or MFO, after completion of this tour, and then enter the Army Foreign Affairs Officer program.  The typical Army FAO will attend the Defense Language Institute for language training, followed with a year of in-country immersion.

Wiseman's concerns for enlisted quality of life led him to be a staunch supporter of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, known as BOSS, and had a positive effect on the program and increased Soldiers' participation. He also collaborated with Carlisle Barracks Fitness Center and instructed Level I and Level II combative training. The mission of the U.S. Army Combative training is to train leaders and Soldiers in close-quarters combat in order to instill the Warrior Ethos and prepare Soldiers to close with and defeat the enemy in hand to hand combat.

Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Kimberly A. Peeples passes the guidon to Capt. Shavayey K. Cato as he accepts command of HHC Carlisle Barracks.  To the right, outgoing Commander Joseph P. Wiseman stands at attention with HHC Detachment SGT, Sgt. 1stClass Eric Towns during the change of command ceremony, Wheelock bandstand, Carlisle Barracks.

Class of 2015 chooses gift of memory and meaning: Alumni Memorial

May 22, 2015 -- In time for Memorial Day, renovation and landscaping of the Army War College Alumni Memorial to graduates killed in hostile action will be completed this weekend.  

The USAWC Class of 2015 chose to give an enduring gift to the College and its alumni, according to Byron Smith, a member of the student gift committee. “We considered the Alumni Memorial to be a meaningful and lasting contribution linking us both to The War College and to fallen Soldiers,” he said.

Sneak peek, right, of work in progress to re-face and up-lift the Alumni Memorial.

 Current students were introduced to the Alumni Memorial this year during the Nov. 10, 2014 memorial ceremony when family, faculty, students and colleagues from throughout the Army gathered to honor the memory of Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene, killed in August in Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo, below)

The new work represents the depth of feelings of that day. It is a thoughtful reflection of the deep significance of military memorials for family, colleagues and for those who follow in their footsteps.

Gone is the narrow cement pathway leading from Forbes Road to the quiet spot surrounded by tall shrubs.  Uneven cement steps were recreated at code height. Interlocking pavers replaced the old cement pathway and create an extended formal patio around the memorial itself. Old and failing shrubs are replaced with designed landscaping of trees, new shrubs and flowers at the memorial and at street level, marking the formerly overlooked entry.

A notable change is the addition of a granite slab on the patio; etched into the granite is a map of the world and, as family and visitors view the names on the memorial in the future, they’ll see a mark on the map corresponding to the site of the graduate’s death.

There will be 32 indicators scattered across the globe and within the United States. On September 11, 2001, Lt. Gen. Timothy G. Maude, class of 1990, and Col. Canfield Boone, class of 2002, were killed in attacks on the Pentagon.  Col. C. Richard Rescorla, class of 1988, was killed in the World Trade Center, New York City, where the Army Reserve officer worked for Morgan Stanley.

Four names have been added since then:  Lt. Gen. Parami Kulatunge of Sri Lanka, class of 2003, killed in his country June 26, 2006;  Col. Brian D. Allgood, class of 2002, killed in Iraq Jan. 20, 2007;  Col. John M. McHugh, class of 2009, killed in Afghanistan May 18, 2010; and Maj. Gen. J. “Harry” Greene, class of 2003, killed in Afghanistan Aug. 5, 2014.

The landscaping and paving work has been accomplished by Souder’s Landscaping of Carlisle. 

A class gift to the Army War College is an age-old tradition.  Many classes choose to commission a painting, and the resultant gifts appear throughout the academic building.  The Class of 2015 sought to create a campus improvement. A “subtle plaque” will identify that this is a gift of the Class of 2015.                                      

Landscapers, right, prepare to plant new trees to frame the Alumni Memorial.



Army War College students speak throughout Central Pennsylvania this Memorial Day

Every year about this time joint Veterans committees, towns, churches, and veteran service organizations and businesses create special events to honor the lives, courage, and legacy of fallen service members. The Army War College is proud of the dozens of USAWC students who will participate in these Memorial Day events throughout south central Pennsylvania.

Friday May 22

Lt. Col. Matt Robbins: Capital Blue Cross, Harrisburg at 9 a.m.

Col. Nate Cook: Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill at noon.

Col. Philip Secrist: Homewood at Plum Creek, Hanover at noon.

Col. Greg Coile:  Claremont Nursing and Rehab Center, Carlisle at 2 p.m.

Sunday May 24

Col. Dan O’Grady: Oakville United Methodist Church, Shippensburg at 9 a.m.

Mr. Chan McKenzie: McClures Gap Church of God, Newville at 10 a.m.

Lt. Col. Jeff VanCleave: Big Spring United Methodist Church, Newville at 10:30 a.m.

Lt. Col. Edward Fisher: Jefferson County, Codorus at 1 p.m.

Col. Lance Oskey: American Legion Post 674, Mt. Holly Springs at 1 p.m.

Col. Americus Gill: East Hempfield Township Fire Company, Landisville at 2 p.m.

Sunday May 25

Cmdr. Stephen IIteris: Veterans Council, Waynesboro at 9 a.m.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Sgarlata: Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg at 10 a.m.

Lt. Col. Thomas E. Moore: VFW Post 5667, Elizabethtown at 10 a.m.

Col. Elizabeth Smith: VFW Post 8951, West York at 10 a.m.

Col. Marion Salters: Dickinson Presbyterian Church, Carlisle at 11 a.m.

Cmdr.  Brian Young: Lower Allen VFW Post, Mechanicsburg at 11 a.m.

Col. Joseph McCallion: Veterans Memorial Willow Mill Park, Mechanicsburg at 11 a.m.

Lt. Col. J. Scott Peterson: Bethany Village, Mechanicsburg at 11 a.m.

Lt. Col. Calvin Fish: VFW 477, Carlisle at 11 a.m.

Lt. Col. Kelly Holbert: Carlisle Christian Fellowship, West Pennsboro at noon.

Tuesday May 26

Col. Travis Rex: Shippensburg Rotary, Shippensburg

Lt. Col. Brett Criqui: Carlisle Exchange Club, Carlisle at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday May 28

Col. Steve Miller: NARFEL Carlisle Chapter Carlisle Fire and Rescue, Carlisle at 11:45 a.m.

Saturday May 30

Col. George Turner: Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Littlestown at 6 p.m.

If interested in requesting a guest speaker from the Army War College, please contact the Public Affairs Office on their web site: fill out an online request form.

Carlisle Barracks testing loudspeaker system May 20, 21

As part of our multi-layered security approach Carlisle Barracjs is testing our big giant voice mass notification system May 20 & 21. During the day residents and community members may hear a series of voice messages, tones and other audible sounds. They are for testing purposes only and you do no need to take any action.

Celebrate American diversity: Asian-American & Pacific Island Heritage, Bliss Hall, Wed @ 5:30 p.m.

“Many cultures, One voice” The War College community partners with speaker, grade school artists, a dance troupe and cultural institute to explore the richness of heritage, promote equality and inclusion. The Sunshine Dance Club and the Chinese Culture and Art Institute will be featured elements of this year’s Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage celebration on Carlisle Barracks, Bliss Hall, Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Listen to Chinese folk songs characterized by refreshing and poetic tune of the southern China. This graceful and elegant dance shows off the beauty of southern China through their movements, according to the Sunshine Dance Club web site.

Army student Lt. Col. Joe DiNonno will welcome the community with a short introduction to the value and contributions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, before introducing a cross-section of art, culture, and words in a 90-min program that includes food sampling.

Keynote speaker for this year is retired Brig. Gen. James Hirai, Army War College Class of 1995. Now Deputy Director of The Daniel K. Inouye Asian Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hirai joined APCSS in April 2006 after retiring from active duty in the U.S. Army. His experience in the Asia-Pacific region includes serving as commander of U.S. Army Alaska; chief of staff U.S. Army Pacific; commander of the U. S. Army Garrison, Hawaii. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Hawaii and a master’s degree in education from Troy State University.

Award-winning artists from area grade schools will be honored for their depictions of Asian-American/ Pacific Islander heritage. Carlisle Barracks and the Strategic Studies Institute sponsored an art contest for pre-school to 5th Grade students from Carlisle Area School District and for participants in the Carlisle Barracks Child and Youth Services Program. Children were invited to create a painting or drawing using any medium that depicts an aspect of Asian-Pacific Heritage from four categories: History, Sports, Nature, and Culture. As part of the entry, artists submitted a 50-75 word description of their project that explains what it is and why it is significant to Asian Pacific Heritage.

The theme for the May 2015 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is "Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion."

Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate APAHW during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America in 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

Missed Army Heritage Days?

For our community members that missed this weekend’s great turn out and festivities known as Army Heritage Days, or the opening of the Army History and Education Center’s new exhibit titled “Treasures of USAHEC, are reminded you may always visit the Army Heritage Trail which serves as USAHEC's outdoor museum and is open dawn to dusk daily and to also visit the Soldier Experience Gallery along with “Treasures of USAHEC” during regular museum hours.



1st Lt. Robert L. Aston's flight Jacket who served as a navigator on a B24 Liberator with the 44th Bomb Group in 1944. Aston's jacket includes a Walt Disney Studios designed 67th Squadron Patch.  USAHEC Treasures exhibit, May 16.










This receipt copy shows the chain of responsibility of the atomic bomb “little Boy,” that was dropped from the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gayover Hiroshima Japan, from Dr. Norman Ramsey, lead scientist of the Atomic Bomb construction team, to Brig. Gen. Thomas Farrell, field operations commander of Tinian Island Air Strip and lastly, to Capt. Parsons, mission commander of the B29.  




















a young re-anactor sits in a aircaft mock up depicting a WWII aiborne papatrooper and all thier equipment before they jumped from the aircarft  over Europe duirng airborne operations, AHEC, Army Heritage Days, May 16


A WWII Cpl. stands with hands on hips and hand gernades straped to his chest as he waits in a mock up of a vehicle maintenance area AHEC, Army Heritage Days, May 16

Army Heritage Days included nearly 300 reactors from different periods of U.S. Army history, displays of equipment, and demonstrations of cavalry encampments and artillery tactics.




















Candidates selected for Professor, USAWC

May 18, 2015 -- "If I were to build my whole life toward a job, this is what I would have done," said Lt. Col. Chris Hickey, reflecting on the career path to a unique opportunity with the Army War College faculty. He, Col. Silas Martinez, and Lt. Col. Jerad Harper have been selected for the Professor USAWC program, through which they will pursue a PhD and join the Army War College faculty.   Two years of study at educational institutions will be sponsored by the Army War College, and they'll complete dissertations during their utilization tours here.

All three shared the sense that this selection represents an ideal career development for the officer. In turn, the School of Strategic Landpower uses the program to build a faculty with desired academic credentials and extensive practitioner experience.

Three Army officers in the USAWC resident class of 2015 are selected for PhD study and follow-on assignment as Army War College faculty: (from left) Lt. Col. Christopher Hickey, Col. Silas Martinez, and Lt. Col. Jerad Harper.

Once, as an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy, an "academic track" was in his sights but he turned to Army operational focus and command, said Col. Silas Martinez.  He spoke of the professional reward in developing military leaders through assignments to include command of the 3rd Battalion (Engineer), 364thEngineer Regiment in the 191st Infantry Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. And, now, a future with Army War College students will provide the drive to spend 20 months at Wright State University where he'll start his doctorate in Industrial Organizational Management.  This will be a return trip for Martinez whose master's degree from Wright State prepared him to teach Introductory Psychology to USMA freshmen and Engineering Psychology to seniors.  He'll complete his doctorate after joining the Command, Leadership and Management faculty.

As soon as he applied for the Professor-USAWC program, his perspective changed, he said. "Everything could have future implications on how you do business teaching peers rather than cadets," said Martinez. "This year, I valued the frank discussions with my seminar mates, wrestling with the ultimately unsolvable problems, and looking at how the students I've come to admire in seminar would dissect the problem. What factors do they consider tackling for these wicked problems?" he asked. 

"The learning experience [here] is less about the specific topic and more about how we address the topic," said Martinez.  The War College experience is a process, he noted, rather than any set of single moments. "It's doing the reading, talking about the reading, addressing the disagreements aroundthe seminar room on a daily basis."

A strategic intelligence officer in the USAWC Class of 2015, Lt. Col. Jerad Harper will pursue a PhD in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics at George Mason University. 

An Armor officer by training and company-grade experience, his most recent 10 years as a Strategic Intelligence officer proved the importance of understanding of international relations. He said he relished his Army R.O.T.C teaching years, and sees this professor-development program as a great opportunity to mix the two interests. He'll apply his knowledge and experience as a member of the Distance Education faculty. 

"For me, one of the best things about The War College has been the seminar experience: everyone comes to it with so much experience and knowledge. As a future Distance Education faculty member, I’m very interested in how we can maximize online collaboration and ther resident phases to create these seminar exchanges,” he said. 

"I'm particularly interested in how we do post-conflict state building in counter-insurgencies, peace enforcement and peacekeeping," said Harper, who has first-person experience in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Having studied this topic for his master's paper, "I want to see how we can maintain and apply the lessons we’ve learned for these situations so that we can work more effectively as an interagency team right from the start of future operations,” he said.

Harper's current studies built on five years of experience in the CENTCOM J2’s Afghanistan and Iraq Analysis teams.  He was one of three students who shaped their Strategy Research Papers to provide research and analysis on behalf of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq. Harper used three cases

studies to suggest what works and what lessons and policy prescriptions could be applied  to developing a new Iraqi National Guard. He reviewed the British partnership with Oman to train tribal forces from 1967 to ‘73, the highly effective Saudi Arabian National Guard, and the U.S. Army National Guard’s role as part of our Total Army team – all with the view towards, “How can you build an organization that is effective, realistic, and works within the structure of the Iraqi government?”

Lt. Col. Chris Hickey will study International Security and Economic Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, before joining the Military Strategy, Policy and Operations faculty to teach Theater Strategy and Campaigning in academic 2018 - and that knowledge will drive his dissertation, he said. 

"The intellectual portfolio that DMSPO holds is where I've spent my education and most of my professional life," he said.   Building on his Infantry years, Hickey became an Army Strategist in 2005 and added planning experience in Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan. Hickey had studied international relations at Johns Hopkins as an undergrad, and focused his studies in international security and political economy during graduate work in Public Policy at Harvard.  His doctoral work will be an opportunity to more deeply explore his interest: "Since 1945, liberal capitalist governments have used military forces with a certain expectation of political results. I'll look at the gaps and the cause for those gaps," he said.

In his War College Strategy Research Paper, he applied game theory to military strategy and joint operational planning, "mapping a way to use the logic of interdependent decisions into our processes, and giving us insights different than with the other tools we use," said Hickey, who said he had used game theory in a USMA elective to help the cadets grasp the complexity of military strategy.

Hickey credits several faculty members for guiding his quest to earn a PhD and join the faculty, e.g., Doug Winton -- "He's an inspirational figure and if he's done something, it must be worthwhile" and Al Lord - "He taught me something new every day in Theater Strategy and Campaigning and kept it exciting, even though I've been a strategist for 10 years."

Robert D. Martin, Army War College Public Affairs
International Fellows getting a head start with Academic Preparatory Course
As US military officers plan to start rigorous graduate–level studies at the Army War College, a select group of very experienced officers are preparing to do so in a language that is not their own.
For academic 2016, 80 senior military officers from around the globe have been extended an invitation from the Chief of Staff of the Army to attend the Army War College. To prepare some of these International Fellows for a year of study and research, the Army War College offers 30 officers the Academic Preparatory Course, April 20 to June 19.
“The APC better prepares these IFs for success with their studies, makes them more capable of engaging with their peers in seminar, and generally allows them to get the most out of their academic experience at the USAWC,” said Burbank. “As the number of IFs attending the USAWC has increased, our number of IFs who speak English as a second language, who have less experience with the Western academic model, has increased as well,” Burbank continued.
International Fellows from around the world take part in the academic
preparatory course, the nine-week course, which started April 20, is made up
of diverse subjects on such topics as fundamentals of English grammar,
conducting research, and completing of a graduate level paper.
“This course is helpful because we are going back to the basics of English grammar, which I can apply while in the resident course since we need to complete research papers,” said Niger Air Force Lt. Col. Moctor Amodou Mounkaila. “The class teaches a good mixture of advanced and basic English. I will expect to widen my horizons and learn the meaning of the strategic thinking process so that I can apply them to my country.”
“I am expecting a busy schedule and I am eager to learn so my expectation is that I will learn to be an effective senior officer,” said Zambian Army Col. Amos Zimba. “The fact that my country selected me out of many officers to come to this course, gives me the emphasis to expect more and by expecting more, I actually am getting myself very prepared to come to grips with every task that may come before me.”
Academic preparatory course instructor Sharon Haseman (right) listens to International Fellow Brazilian Col. Valerio Luiz Lange (left) while Macedonian Fellow Lt. Col. Sashko Lafchiski looks on. The officers are taking part in the course to better familiarize themselves with English grammar and research techniques. 
“My first impression is that this is a bright group of guys who I expect good things from,” said Jeremy Beussink, who manages the prep course and servers as the writing and research skills instructor throughout the academic year. “We never know exactly what level of English proficiency, academic education, or operational experience an International Fellow will show up here with, but typically it's pretty good.”
“I will be learning how to read and operate at the strategic level, to include elements of national power,” said Colombian Army Col. Juan Correa.  “I want to learn more about how you do it, how you do it overseas and how you maintain your Army here. What are the relationships with government agencies and non-governmental agencies?" he asked, rhetorically.
“I expect a demanding learning system and to enjoy and share with my seminar comrades all my experiences, listen to their experiences and do the best we can in the coming year,” he said.
The nine-week course is made up of diverse subjects on such topics as fundamentals of English grammar, conducting research, and completing of a graduate level paper. The course also provides practice for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.  Fellows must pass this test to be eligible for the master’s degree in Strategic Studies.
International Fellows from Indonesian Col. Yogo Triyono (left) and Congolese Lt. Col. Fulgience Luhembwe go over study material during their academic preparatory course. The APC better prepares International Fellows for success with their studies while attending the Army War College.
 “It's not a cut-and-paste curriculum. It’s flexible, broad and includes a variety of materials and teaching methods so that each teacher may cater to the needs of their class,” Beussink said. “There is a good mix of English language communication, Army War College-specific content, and higher level academic skills such as writing a research paper,” he added.
 “Our hope is that at the end of the course our International Fellows will be confident about their ability to attain a master's degree in Strategic Studies, if that is their desire,” said Burbank.

May, June 2015 events - at Carlisle, home of the U.S. Army War College

  • Key events – open for free, public participation at Carlisle Barracks

May 16 – Post-wide yard sale.

May 16 – 17 - Army Heritage Days, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Army Heritage Days is a two-day living history event with nearly 300 historically accurate reenactors, equipment and demonstrations and a 10 a.m. parachute jump by the All Veterans Parachute Group famous for jumping (3 times) with former Pres. G.H.W. Bush. (scroll below for MORE details)

Inside the Visitors & Education Center:  Treasures of the USAHEC opens at 1 p.m. Sat with selections of the most interesting items in the collection. More details about two days chock full of ways to interact with US military history: see below.

May 20 - Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Observance, Bliss Hall, 5:30 – 7 p.m.  Chinese Dancing by Chinese Culture and Arts Institute of Harrisburg, Asian Dancing by The Sunshine Dance Club, Presentation of awards for Carlisle Schools Asian Art Competition, Asian Cultural Food Samples by LVCC. Guest speaker is, tentatively, Retired Brig. Gen. James Hirai of the Daniel K. Inouye Asian Pacific Center for Security Studies.

May 20 - Doughboys in the Great War, Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series withDr. Edward Gutierrez. 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. USAHEC’s Visitor and Education Center. For updates, or call the Information Desk: 717-245-3972.

Memorial Day Weekend:  Army War College students, colonels and lt. colonels, will be guest speakers at 22 Memorial Day observations across the region.

May 28 - 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show, Lebanon Valley College, 7 – 8:30 p.m. This FREE show is a high-energy 90-minute live musical production that showcases the talents of Soldiers who were selected by audition from throughout the Active-Duty, Reserve and National Guard Army. Seating is 1stcome/ 1stserved.

May 29 - UN Peacekeeper Day Ceremony, Root Hall patio, 8:30– 9 a.m. Brig. Gen. Amin Akbar of Bangaldesh, Army War College Fellow is guest speaker, accompanied by the many International Fellows in the class with United National Peacekeeping Mission experience.

June 1-4– The School and student body will host 160 civilian participants from across the nation for National Security Seminar, lodging in the local area and spending their days with national-level speakers and USAWC students. 

June 5– Friday, at 9 a.m. at the historic bandstand. The Army’s Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno is guest speaker for graduation of the Army War College resident Class of 2015:  387 students who will return to positions across the Services and Command, to federal agencies and to 79 countries as USAWC graduates. 

June 12 – Friday at 9 a.m. in a formal ceremony at the bandstand on the historical parade ground, with a salute to the Army Birthday. US Army Garrison will ‘change command’ from Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples to Lt. Col. Greg. W. Ank, most recently assigned to NORTHCOM Headquarters. Completing the new command team will be Cmd. Sgt. Major Jose Maldonado who will be recognized in a change of responsibility from Cmd. Sgt. Major Charles Rosado.    Peeples will join the resident Army War College class of 2016.

  • Of Note –

Summer means … Lots of students at Army War College courses: 

  • 2 groups of ~400 distance education students will spend two weeks (each) in residence. Students come to Carlisle mid-way through the two-year program (June) and return the following year for graduation. Distance Class of 2015 will receive MSS degrees July 24.
  • Executive Education Course (ELC) for 20 sergeants major serving in 1 and 2-star command (executive) nominative-level positions, in June
  • The Basic Strategic Art Program is an intensive 14-week program educates Army majors who are newly designated ‘Strategists’ in the fundamentals of strategy, and the unique skills, knowledge, and attributes needed as Army strategists, May through August.
  • 80 International Fellows arrive in late June for in-processing and orientation before classes start in August.

“We love our International Sponsors! – and we’re recruiting for the academic year 2016 class”  This month, the College, the International Fellows as a group, and individual Fellows and families are thanking the International Fellows’ Sponsors from the greater Carlisle community in a series of events.

Concurrently, the International Fellows Program is accepting volunteers who are interested in being an international sponsor for the coming year… or, interested in learning more. Point of contact is Mrs. Ashlea Lowe at 717-245-3937 or 717-385-4128.

Some will volunteer for one year, and some for 20 or more.    While the IF Office is always available to assist with complicated actions or resolve problems, sponsors give international officers advice and assistance with routine matters and provide them perspective as to how things work here in the United States. Ideally, sponsors can introduce International Fellows to see a broader spectrum of American life through the informal relationship they have with their Sponsors.

Army Heritage Days; Sat& Sun, May 16 & 17, 9 am to 5 pm: highlighted by ‘Treasures of the USAHEC’ opening

On the Army Heritage Trail --

  • Nearly 300 historically-accurate reenactors recreate varied periods of history, engaging with history buffs and children alike to bring history to life
  • Sat, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. Understanding Trench Warfare in WWI
  • Sat. May 16 at 10 a.m.  Arrive early to park and enjoy the All Veterans Group Parachute Team jump by the patriotic American jumpers with 50,000 parachute jumps to their name -- three with former President George H.W. Bush. 
  • Sat, May 16 at 11 a.m. Civil War Artillery demonstration
  • Military equipment displays, e.g., bi-planes and gun trucks of Vietnam
  • Organizational displays, e.g., the Scottish Heritage Society
  • Sun. May 17 at 10:30 a.m. Confederate Cavalry Demonstration
  • Sun. May 17 at 3 p.m. Army Baseball in the 19th century: Harrisburg Keystone Club v Army War College

Inside the Army Heritage & Education Center --

  • Sat, 11:45 a.m. West Point Alumni Glee Club performs
  • Saturday, 1 p.m. “Treasures of the USAHEC” exhibit opens with selections of the most interesting items in the collection:
  • property receipt for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
  • Brig. Gen. Judson (Kilcavalry) Kilpatrick’s Civil War presentation sword
  • Gen. Omar N. Bradley’s D-Day invasion map
  • 1778 printing of Baron Von Steuben’s drill manual, The Blue Book, used to train young Continental Army troops in the Revolutionary War
  • #3 Smith and Wesson revolver that belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Hobart Kemper Baily, who may have carried it when he met with Sitting Bull
  • And more … don’t risk missing the item that will fascinate you.
  • Lectures by well-known author/historians: 
  • Sat, May 16 at 2 p.m., John Ross: “Ace Eddie Rickenbacker and the Hat-in-the-Ring Squadron”
  • Sunday May 17, Kenneth C. Davis: “The Hidden History of America at War”
  • Always popular, this year’s Veterans Meet and Greet features veterans of operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) andWorld War II veteran SGT Cosmo J. Zizzi, who joined the US Army after the Pearl Harbor attack and served with the 7thArmored Division in France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany.
  • Veterans Surveys available to capture your story– to be preserved and shared with future generations
  • Soldiers Experience Gallery puts ‘you’ in the narrative of Soldiers in key eras of US history



Call Public Affairs at 717.245.4389 for questions about public events, or follow us at

Check www.usahec.orgfor Army Heritage & Education Center information.

*To request a speaker from the Army War College:

Summer Sense Campaign: Stay Afloat, Don’t Drink and Boat - Drinking, Boating & the Law

Pennsylvania National Safe Boating Week – Wear it! Always Wear Your Life Jacket May 16 - 22, 2015 

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. 

It is illegal to operate a watercraft (including canoes, kayaks, and personal watercraft, such as Jet Skis) on all waters of the commonwealth while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

The combination of boating and drinking alcohol would be very dangerous for you, your passengers, and other boaters as well. Each year more than 550 people die in boating accidents. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, accounting for nearly 16% of deaths .1

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

Know the Basics.

Balance: Alcohol 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.

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.


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 $10,000
  • up to five (5) years in jail
  • suspension of your boating privileges for up to one (1) year

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

Homicide by watercraft while under the influence can result in fines up to $25,000, and a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of three (3) years.

Boaters who drink often face other charges, such as:

  • reckless or negligent operation of boats
  • public drunkenness
  • disorderly conduct
  • open containers violations
  • 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.  Wear your Life Jacket – and ensure everyone on board wears theirs, it may save a life.

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







Carlisle Barracks Pool open for the season

Come visit the Splash Zone Swimming Pool for cool summertime fun. Located behind the Letort View Community Center, it offers a large slide, separate baby pool and splash pad. 

A sand volleyball court is available on a first-come, first-served basis during pool hours of operation. Volleyballs are available at the snack bar or you may bring your own. 

Join by the month or year for discounts, or drop in on a daily basis. We offer a fee structure that is both affordable and flexible.  
NEW:  Lap Swimming FREE for Active Duty Monday-Friday at 11 am-Noon. 

Hours of Operation
School in session
Lap swim: 11 am-12 pm
Open swim: 4-7 pm

Open swim: 11 am-7 pm

School out of session:
Lap swim: 11a.m.-noon
Open swim: noon-7 p.m.
Open swim: 11 am-7 p.m.

2015 Season Swim Lessons
Session I  June 15-26; Session II  July 06-17; Session III Aug 03-14

For more information on season passes, rentals, swimming lessons and more visit

Summer Sense Campaign 2015 kicks off Memorial Day  

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.

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.”

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

The Army Substance Abuse Program will be posting a variety of information/educational articles throughout the campaign.

Lunch and Learn

“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. We will answer that question – What is Responsible Alcohol Use?

Thursday, July 23, noon - 1 p.m. 

The Class will be held at the Education Center, 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.

Army Substance Abuse Office 245 - 4576

Indian Field Water tower repairs to begin May 14

Interior and exterior work to the Indian Field water tower is slated to begin May 14 and last through the end of August. Interior work, painting and repairs to the tower are all part of the project. Young Hall residents are asked to stay out of the fenced-in area.

During the construction the playground along Indian Field will be closed.

Rebecca Sober assumes duties as Carlisle Barracks Education Center lead

Rebecca Sober is the new lead for the Carlisle Barracks Eductaion Center, located at 632 Wright Ave. The education center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Testing services are by appointment only.

The Carlisle Barracks Education Center has a new leader who is aiming to re-energize the center and offering more robust educational opportunites for Soldiers.

Rebecca Sober assumed duties as the Education Services Specialist for the Army Continuing Education System here earlier this month. Rebecca began working for ACES in 2009 as a Guidance Counselor at Fort Riley, Kansas and moved to Carlisle in 2012 and served as the Education Services Specialist/Federal Tuition Assistance Manager for the Pennsylvania National Guard, before coming here.

A product of the ACES program herself, Sober earned her degree through the University of Maryland University College - European Division while stationed in Stuttgart, Germany.

Rebecca has been a lifelong military family member -- her father served 21 years in the United States Marine Corps and her husband, Lt. Col. Matt Sober, is currently serving as the Professor of Military Science at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA.

She said she was excited to assume her new duties and serve the Soldiers, Family Members, and Civilians of the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks.

“Without access to a functioning education center, Soldiers have been rerouted to other Army education centers to receive services,” she said.

Soldiers stationed at Carlisle Barracks or across the state can take advantage of an array of services at the Carlisle Barracks Education Center which include but are not limited to -- career and educational counseling, testing services, college transcript evaluations, GI Bill and Veterans Affairs information to include transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and using benefits, Federal Tuition Assistance Program counseling to include navigating the GoArmyEd portal and requesting Tuition Assistance, financial aid counseling, in and out-processing of the installation, and educational benefits briefings.

The education center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Testing services are by appointment only.

For more information, call 717-245-4135 or email at Additionally, any Federal Tuition Assistance related concerns, Soldiers can create a CRM Helpdesk case by logging into their GoArmyEd account and clicking on help.

Army Heritage Days this weekend:  All-Veteran Parachute Team leads long list of must-see, free, historical attractions

May 12, 2015 -- Witness amazing parachute jumpers and honor America's Veterans this weekend -- Armed Forces Day weekend -- at Army Heritage Days, Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This is the area’s largest and most popular living history event, taking place on the Army Heritage Trail, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle 17013.

Admission is free. All historical events are free. Parking is free. For your convenience, food vendors and the museum store will offer lunch, snacks, books and mementoes. 

Nearly 300 historically-accurate reenactors recreate varied periods of history, engaging with history buffs and children alike to bring history to life (left)

Youth learn as they meet reenactors, completing an educational Passport and, when complete, earning a small prize. (below)

Photo credit:  USAWC Photo Lab, 2014 Army Heritage Days




Literally hundreds of must-see events and people, indoors and out.  Select HERE for daily schedule.

On the Army Heritage Trail --

Sat, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. Understanding Trench Warfare in WWI

Sat. May 16 at 10 a.m.  Arrive early to park and enjoy the All Veterans Group Parachute Team jump by the patriotic American jumpers with 50,000 parachute jumps to their name -- three with former President George H.W. Bush. 

Sat, May 16 at 11 a.m. Civil War Artillery demonstration

Military equipment displays, e.g., bi-planes and gun trucks of Vietnam

Organizational displays, e.g., the Scottish Heritage Society

Sun. May 17 at 10:30 a.m. Confederate Cavalry Demonstration

Sun. May 17 at 3 p.m. Army Baseball in the 19th century: Harrisburg Keystone Club v Army War College

Inside the Army Heritage & Education Center --

Sat, 11:45 a.m. West Point Alumni Glee Club performs

Saturday, 1 p.m. “Treasures of the USAHEC” exhibit opens with selections of the most interesting items in the collection:

  • property receipt for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
  • Brig. Gen. Judson (Kilcavalry) Kilpatrick’s Civil War presentation sword
  • Gen. Omar N. Bradley’s D-Day invasion map
  • 1778 printing of Baron Von Steuben’s drill manual, The Blue Book, used to train young Continental Army troops in the Revolutionary War
  • #3 Smith and Wesson revolver that belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Hobart Kemper Baily, who may have carried it when he met with Sitting Bull
  • And more … don’t risk missing the item that will fascinate you.

Lectures by well-known author/historians: 

  • Sat, may 16 at 2 p.m, John Ross: “Ace Eddie Rickenbacker and the Hat-in-the-Ring Squadron”
  • Sunday May 17, Kenneth C. Davis: “The Hidden History of America at War”

Always popular, this year’s Veterans Meet and Greet features veterans of operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom)  and World War II veteran Sgt Cosmo J. Zizzi, who joined the US Army after the Pearl Harbor attack and served with the 7thArmored Division in France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany.

Veterans Surveys available to capture your story– to be preserved and shared with future generations

Soldiers Experience Gallery puts ‘you’ in the narrative of Soldiers in key eras of US history.

Turn about is fair play as visitors to Army Heritage Days 2014 meet a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Soldier of today. (below)



CPAC announces new hours of operations

In order to offer more opportunities for appointments and walk-ins, the Carlisle Barracks Civilian Personnel Advisory Center has announced new hours of operation.

Effective immediately  the hours are as follows:

M-Tu-Th-Fri  7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. CPAC is closed for training on Wed 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Walk-ins are welcome M-Tu-Th-Fri 7:30-11:30 a.m. Please, no afternoon walk-ins.

Robert D. Martin, USAWC Public Affairs Office
Installation awards ceremony names top Civilian, Soldier and NCO
Dunham Commander receives hightest medical award
May 11, 2015 -- Dana Hare is a ‘stand-out’ as the Carlisle Barracks Civilian Employee of the Year, anchoring an elite group of civilian and military employees who have been singled out for achievements and contributions to the Army War College, Garrison and Dunham Army Health Clinic missions at the Installation Awards Ceremony at the Letort View Community Center.

“From the time you hit the gate until you leave it, the people -- you all – who work and live here create an atmosphere that everyone in the Army wants to achieve, and you do it every day,” said USAWC Command Sgt. Major Malcolm Parrish, about the appreciation that is regularly expressed by students, International Fellows, residents, and the larger community of retirees, Reservists and Guardsmen who come here for services. “Be proud of yourself because what you do every day affects people every day.”

Hare, a simulations specialist who works in the USAWC Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, was honored alongside many outstanding members of the community:

Dana C. Hare receives the  Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Medal from Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant USAWC,  during the Carlisle Barracks installation quarterly award ceremony, Letort View Community Center, May 11.

Staff Sgt. Maryjane S. Atienza is the noncommissioned officer in charge of Physical Exams at Dunham Army Health Clinic, and now she is NCO of the Quarter, setting an example for fellow Soldiers.

Staff Sgt. Maryjane S. Atienza, is presented her cerfificate from Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant USAWC,  and Malcolm D. Parrish USAWC Command Sgt. Maj.



Private 1st Class Dennis J. Swanson is presented with the Army Achievement Medal from Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant USAWC,  and  Lt. Col. Kimberly A. Peeples, Garrison Commander  
Private 1stClass Dennis J. Swanson is a Dunham Clinic Radiology Specialist, selected as the installation Soldier of the Quarter, to recognize his hard work, determination and dedication to exceed standards.

Dale Clements, applications and web developer at the USAWC Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, was honored as Civilian of the Quarter, and received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

Dale Clements, receives the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service from Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant USAWC, and Malcolm D. Parrish USAWC Command Sgt. Maj.

Bif Coyle is the program manager and chief of Army Housing Services at Carlisle Barracks. She received the Superior Civilian Service Award for her performance and dedication to timely projects that represent major improvement for Soldier and Family housing services here.

The Superior Civilian Service Award was presented to Ms. Bif Coyle,  by Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant USAWC,
and Malcolm D. Parrish USAWC Command Sgt. Maj.

Geletha Darter is now a member of the USAWC Strategic Studies Institue, but her work in her previous position in the Garrison Public Works Directorate resulted in a successful inspection by the Army National Military Cemeteries organization of records and program guidance and that, in turn, resulted in the award of the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

Wayne A. Yaw, is the Security Supervisor for the Garrison’s Directorate of Emergency Services. His work to strengthen the DES Security Guard Force training program earned the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.
Col. Rebecca Porter, Dunham Army Health Clinic Commander, was honored for having earned "A" proficiency -- the highest award that the Army Medical Department gives for professional expertise, exceptional ability, and outstanding achievements in both clinical and academic medicine.

Col. Rebecca Port, Commander DAHC, receives the DA "A" proficiency Certificate from Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant USAWC, and D. Parrish USAWC Command Sgt. Maj.

The following employees recieved the Combined Federal Campaign Leadership Awards for the 2014 campaign:  Bernard Griffard, Thomas Kelly, Christopher Lackovic, COL Rebecca Porter, Dawn Tracy, and Daniel French.

Commandant Certificates were presented to those whose work was essential to the success of the 2015 Jim Thorpe Sports Days: Don Watkins, Ann Miller, James Price, Pete Carbaugh, Nate Wright, Eric Evans, Al Flick, Regina Franke, Angelina Davis, Bruce Nielson, Alec Fox, Richard Russell, Terry Myers, Michael Freundel, April Spinks, Scot Richardson, Jacqueline Schultz, and Amy Magnuson.

USAWC students in the National Capital Region: firsthand view of  national elements of power at work

May 12, 2015 -- A staff ride is an on-site learning event for which the place itself is critical to the learning experience; battlefield staff rides are commonly used in professional military education. The Army War College employs the staff ride concept in the National Capital Region, exposing its students – senior military officers - to the "give and take" of the Congressional offices and committees, federal agencies, and non-governmental entities like media organizations that vie for attention and resources.

"We took what we have learned conceptually in the class room and see how it is put into play and practiced here in our Capital," said Army student Lt. Col. Richard Wright about the academic field trip in mid-May.

Reuters senior editors and Pentagon correspondent talked at length and in depth with students of the Army War College (right).                              Photo credit Chuck Witt

Lt. Col. Juma Nkangaa Sipe, of Tanzania, put the National Capital Region field trip into the context of the yearlong study of the whole-of-government approach, using the military element of national power in concert with the diplomatic, informational and economic tools. Discussions at the State Department and FDIC inspired him to look at roles through new lenses. "We see how diplomacy generally considers the military as an important tool toward getting people to sit down and negotiate matters," he said. "We see how economics can influence activities the military is supposed to accomplish." 

Oklahoma's Sen. James Inhofe greets Canadian Col. Harold Middleton while Turkey's Lt. Col. Taskini Heken and Tanzanian Lt. Col. Juma Sipe (right) listen to his comments about military service and about national security issues. Photo Robert Martin

 "The security of any nation depends on how well the country manages its economy, and the management of the economy has to do with investors' confidence with that particular country's financial system," said Sipe, about discussions at the Federal Deposit Insurance Company, drawing thoughtful contrasts with the role of his country's central bank.

 Students Col. Bill Sheehy, Col. Ed Fisher and New Zealand's Col. Christopher Parsons discussed their group's visit to Reuters' News Office in DC. Between the New York City and DC academic trips, most students have the opportunity to engage with editors and managers of major news corporations, said Dean Dr. Richard Lacquement, as he described the link between the Reuters and other media visits and the USAWC curriculum about information as a national element of power.

Senator Joni Ernst, Iowa (right), reacts to comments by Army Lt. Col. David Casey (left) as Marine Lt. Col. Jim Shelton (center) and other USAWC students complete discussions about legislation she has sponsored.

To the editors' discussion of massive change in recent years, the students posed questions about how the company led cultural change, and how they will identify the next technological opportunity over the horizon.  For example, a short and vibrant discussion about cyber security and journalists' sources led to no specific conclusion but a new way to think about the military-media exchange of information.

Sheehy walked away with a new perspective about their decision-making. "They didn't seem to have an agenda. They do, it appears, try to balance information fairly - to include calling a leader when a detrimental story is in development." He noted especially the tension between values and competition. "What is victory:  Getting the story out first or getting it accurate?" And, he noted the very real concern that Reuters demonstrates with policy and support for their journalists in harm's way.

Handshakes were the hallmark of the 6-8 visits of each small group initiating relationships with congressional and interagency colleagues in national security.

The students found it an ideal exposure to media decision-makers operating in a fast-moving global media environment. Fisher, for one, compared the editors' comments to what he learned in the core curriculum and found it cause to reconsider an apparent gap in planning for strategic communication at the national level.

 Col. Steve Riley's day on Capitol Hill included an engagement with several professional staff members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  As he departed, Riley described his take-away bullets about Congressional engagements:  "work with the staffers and clearly articulate first of all what risk is, really, and also to have a narrative: what is really important to the services. Don't look at it as a confrontation but as a partnership, and try to help the staffers to ensure that they understand the Services' needs."

Christopher Newberry (left) answers Marine Lt. Col. Russ Mantzel's question following his presentation on mission and process of the FDIC. Photo Robert Martin

The SASC engagement was one of several large group sessions with professional staffers who work for the House Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, getting insights about how the business of Congress ensues from the hearings and Congressional/Staff delegations to develop understanding of the military’s concerns.

Additionally, student groups engaged with Members or staff in 81 House and Senate offices, from Congressman Rick Allen of Georgia to Senator John Thune of South Dakota.

 After an office call with Sen. Joni Ernst, of Iowa, Marine student Lt. Col. Jim Shelton came to a very practical conclusion about the so-called squeaky wheel. "There are decisions that have advocates on either side and if we are not astute enough to advocate for our position, or provide information that enable leaders to make correct decisions, then we are failing and we should not complain about the consequences," he said.

Ryan Cunningham (red shirt), legislative director for Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois, has a lively discussion about the relationships among labor issues, trade legislation, and international relations.

The focus on Congressional engagements was balanced with opportunity to better understand the interagency environment, with visits to Department of Commerce and the Department of State, among others.

 "The visit confirmed that there are competing agendas and competing views as far as national security strategies go … that what we in the military see may not align with what our elected officials believe is the correct approach, and may not align with what other federal agencies believe to be the correct approach," said Army student Lt. Col. Richard Wright.  National security deserves open discussion and a degree of give and take for the process to function, he said. "There is no right or wrong answer necessarily - always a complex problem that has to be addressed, and there are multiple solutions posed for very complex problems. I think that's definitely been underscored in talking to different agencies."

Paul Arcangeli, (below, left) professional staff member with the House Armed Services Committee, takes questions from four small groups of USAWC students seeking to understand the processes associated with the National Defense Authorization Act. The House Members, whose seats they took, were in recess.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

International Fellows sponsors make a joyful noise with enduring impact

April 30, 2015 -- A large outpouring of camaraderie and cheer characterized the group of International Fellows, their spouses, and sponsors gathered to congratulate each other for a year well done.

The largest class of International Fellows in history, 79, called for the largest group of sponsors.  On the evening of April 30 in the Letort View Community Center, Army War College leaders joined the International Fellows themselves to add a sober nod to the serious nature of the sponsor program, as well as the obviously joyful nature.

Col. John Burbank, IF Program Director, led the formal portion of the evening, speaking of the college’s deep appreciation for sponsors’ willingness to spend time and energy for the success of the International Fellows and Families’ stay in the United States.  Burbank gave special attention to several long-time sponsors.  Bob Reitzel was recognized posthumously; he and his wife, Debbie Reitzel, supported the program since 2007. Harold and Eileen Swidler were singled out for their 26 years as IF sponsors, Bernard and Honey Griffard for 21 years, and Laszlo and Margaret Pasztor for 15 years with the sponsorship program.

USAWC Diplomatic Advisor Daniel Shields recently joined the Army War College following service as U.S. Ambassador to Brunei and called his current assignment a homecoming for this Pennsylvania native.

 “I always had the sense that people of Pennsylvania are warm and friendly and welcoming -- and to see what the sponsors do here really vindicates that sense that I had, that the hospitality in central Pennsylvania and particularly here in Carlisle is unbelievably warm and sends such a great image of our region to the world.”

“Through the interactions between International Fellows and community sponsors, we’re really building connections between the United States and countries around the world,” said Shields, referring not only to the sponsors’ help and friendship but to the way that international officers, their spouses and their children offer understanding of their countries.

Deputy USAWC Commandant Col. David Funk asked the American sponsors in the audience to imagine the difficulty of being uprooted to live as a stranger in a strange land, needing to assimilate into the language, cultures, norms – and schools – of a foreign society.  

“Our job is make [the International Fellows] as comfortable as they can be because not only are they here in a foreign land, but we are putting them through some pretty tough academic rigor,” said Funk.  “We are asking them to learn the same things that the American students are learning.”  What you all bring is the …

Because of the simple honesty of the sentiment, Funk quoted Will Hammer, the 16-year-old Youth of the Year here who spoke recently at the Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony for Carlisle Barracks.  Funk repeated his words:  “I volunteer for me. I get so much out of what I do. By giving I get more in return.”

“It is my sincere hope that you – whether new to us or one who has been doing this for 20-plus years -- feel the same way, that you get as much out of this as you give,” said Funk. “The International Fellows program is that much richer for all that the community sponsors give.”


Robert D. Martin, USAWC Public Affairs
Two-day orientation gives prospective students leg up on 2 years ahead

Distance Education Class of 2017 meet peers, faculty, librarians, IT specialists


Dr. Clayton Chun, Department Chair for Distance Learning,  welcomes class of 2017 distance education students as they begin their two days of orientation at the Army War College, at the Letort View Community Center today.

Today, a percentage of the 450 distance education students who will soon begin their two years of learning visited the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks to orient themselves to the place, the people, and the processes.  Their online courses begin July 9, but 158 members of the DE Class of 2017 took advantage of one of two orientation weekends offered by the staff and faculty of Distance Education.      

"I enjoyed the orientation weekend, and am glad I attended," said Army Lt. Col. Melaina Sharpe. "The IT guys were super and helped me get my ancient laptop up to speed for the course and the USAWC software we will be using.

"I also found the critical thinking seminar and meeting my classmates very helpful," said Sharpe, who will soon begin her studies remotely, until first resident phase at the mid-way point in June 2016.

The Distance Education Program is a rigorous, two-year program of instruction that enables students to work a regular full-time job and still make time for a War College degree. Students return to the Army War College twice, at mid-course and end-of-course for two-week resident phases. Once the students have completed two years of requirements, they can earn the Master of Strategy Studies degree.

International Fellow Col. Jane Servaes of the British Royal Army receives her books as part of the DE Class of 2017 Orientation.


The orientation included introductory guidance about USAWC Library resources and access, USAWC blackboard software, and online collaboration, and a seminar on graduate-level writing.


This year 12 Congressional Staffers and 3 International Fellows will attend the distance learning course at the Army War College offering a different perspective and collaboration on online forums.



Col. Kurt O'Rourke,  Faculty Instructor (middle right), leads his seminar down the hall of flags between Root Hall and Bliss Hall to their next session during DE Class of 2017 Orientation, today







Larry Miller, Faculty Instructor (left) looks on as Lt. Col. Jerome Sibayan, Faculty Instructor, discusses creative writing with International Fellow Canadian Col. Matthew Houssmann and Congressional Staffer Timothy Wang during DE Class of 2017 Orientation, today



Carlisle Barracks celebrates militray spouses all year long

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day and at Carlisle Barracks, we celebrate spouses every day through exciting programs like the Military Family Program, Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills (FLAGS) trainings, the Blue Star Seminar for spouses of deployed servicemembers and more. We celebrate the tremendous sacrifice and commitment military spouses’ exhibit in support of our troops every day. Army Community Service is here to support you. We have resources to help you with PCS, employment counseling, financial questions, deployment and family needs. Stop in anytime at 632 Wright Ave to learn more.

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McHugh scales up civilian workforce transformation

By David Vergun

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 27, 2015) -- A new roadmap for Army civilian professional growth was announced this month by Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh -- and more changes are coming over the next year or so.

"Our Army demands that civilian employees commit to a lifetime of professional and personal growth," stated McHugh, in a memo April 10, introducing Army Directive 2015-24.

"I hold each Army civilian accountable for mapping and navigating a progressive program of self-development," McHugh wrote. He added that commanders, supervisors and managers have a shared responsibility in that endeavor.

The changes described in the directive affect a large portion of the 298,000 Army civilians, who make up about 22 percent of the total force. Future changes will impact the remainder of the civilian workforce.

The full title of 2015-24 is "Department of the Army Senior Enterprise Talent Management Program and Enterprise Talent Management Program," or, SETM and ETM respectively.

Explaining some of those changes was Gwendolyn R. DeFilippi, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army – Civilian Personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.


SETM, a leader development program for GS-14s and 15s, was launched a fewyears ago, said DeFilippi. It originally offered civilians a chance toincrease their knowledge through a residency at the Army War College with afollow-on reassignment to broaden their experiences.

Now, that program has been expanded with a Senior Fellow Program, wherecivilians can become part of a "think tank" for a year.  Another programenhancement, she said, is participants can be detailed into a seniorexecutive service-level position for up to a year to gain broader experienceand see what it's like leading at that level.

There is also a SETM-TDY module, which gives selectees a six-month career-broadening assignment where they gain valuable experience in another organization before returning to their unit. SETM modules present huge incentives for leaders to further develop in their current jobs or move on to larger enterprise positions, DeFilippi said.

Those who are interested need to immediately begin the application process, which closes May 15. To apply, go to the SETM automated website. Those who are selected will begin the program in 2016.


The ETM program is new - this is its first year. It is designed for GS-12s and 13s, with most of the openings at the 13 level, she said. If GS-12s have the right level of civilian education system, or CES, and a bachelor's degree, they can apply for two of the modules while GS-13s can apply for all four modules.

Those who are accepted to the program can be assigned to a 90-day project that requires some tough problem-solving skills, she said. Accomplishing this will enhance one's resume and boost the chance to be selected for a future job.

Secondly, up to 20 participants will get the opportunity to attend a 10-month Command and General Staff College residency on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In the coming years, the number eligible will increase to 90, she said.

Thirdly, participants will get the chance to shadow an Senior Executive Service, or SES, or GS-15 at their installation or on a temporary-duty assignment, if necessary. When we say shadowing, we mean working alongside the executive and getting in on the nuts and bolts of decision-making techniques.

Finally, there's a 10-week structured experiential leader development module that is spread out over 10-months, which allows Army civilians to participate in an existing DOD program. Called the Executive Leadership Development Program, or ELDP, it allows civilian employees to gain a greater understanding of the DOD mission, which in turn develops a cadre of future leaders with joint and interagency perspectives and skills.

The deadline for applying for this program is also May 15 and applications can be made using the SETM Automated website.


Still in development is the Emerging Enterprise Leader initiative, or EEL, a program for GS-11s and 12s, said DeFilippi.

EEL components will include a local developmental assignment, a group project and problem-solving challenge at one's installation, connecting with a mentor and self-study opportunities, she said.  The goals are to broaden participants' perspectives and build leadership competencies but at a more localized level.


Traditionally, new civilian hires are thrust into the workforce from day one without ever getting exposed to the Army culture and way of doing things, DeFilippi said. Soldiers get all of that in their initial military training.

The Army is conducting pilots at 18 locations, where new hires are presented with a more-informative introduction into Army life, she said.

On the first day, instead of a human resources person administering the oath of office, an SES, or general officer will do that.

Then, the civilians are told what the Army profession means and their part in it, she said. They are also introduced to the organizational structure.

Of course, the entire professionalization process cannot occur in the space of just one day, so it is spread out throughout the first year, she said.

Supervisors are an important part of the acculturation plan, she said. They are responsible for sitting down with their new employees and letting them know what the expectations are performance-wise. This occurs during the first week.

Then, supervisors will provide formal feedback at the six-month point and ensure performance appraisals are completed on time, she said. The importance is getting the personnel fully engaged with their supervisor and to understand the mission.

DeFilippi said the acculturation program will likely launch Army-wide in fiscal year 2016.

She said that although it is still a pilot, many federal agencies have adopted much of the Army materials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already adopted the entire program and NASA has adopted parts of it for their new hires.


In 2011, all Army civilians were mapped to one of 31 career programs. The Army Career Tracker, or ACT, allows civilians to track their progress in their respective career program.

Each of those 31 career programs has a leadership chain and professional staff that includes career management support and career program managers, she said. It also provides supervisors access to career maps for their careerist to help with coaching and mentoring.

ACT is a web-based leader development tool that allows users to search through and select education and training opportunities, monitor their career development, get personalized advice from their leaders about which opportunities may be the most helpful and complete an Individual Development Plan, she said.

Fortunately, more than half of the civilian workforce uses ACT, DeFilippi said. The challenge is to get leaders on board to realize the value and benefit of using ACT to develop their careerists, she said, and to also get the other civilians that are not yet using ACT to realize how valuable it is for planning their careers.


The Army is "refocusing" the intern program by matching job opportunities to what the Army's needs are anticipated to be in the future, DeFilippi said.

For example, it is anticipated that more openings will need to be filled in the science, technology, engineering and cyber specialties so placement will be increased in those areas relative to other areas, she said, with more decision-making authority made at the Army headquarters level vice at the installation level.


DeFilippi said all of the aforementioned program changes came about with the input of Army civilians and leaders. "These programs and a few more that we are working on are the result of focus groups, questionnaires, the 2013 and 2014 FEVS [Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey] results and feedback from Army leaders and Army civilians to build a more professional foundation for the Army civilian corps. "

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and other forms of feedback have shown that Army civilians want opportunities to grow developmentally throughout their careers, she said.

As the Army civilian workforce continues to draw down, those who are left will have even greater responsibilities in preparing Soldiers to fight our nation's wars, she said.

Army needs dovetail with civilians' desire to grow, so it makes perfect sense to offer those opportunities, she said.

DeFilippi added that civilians want to know that what they're doing is making a positive impact on the Army. "We want to make that happen.   We want Army Civilians to know their voices have been heard and workforce engagement, along with civilian hiring, career management, training, development and sustainment are a priority for all of us.”


Sharon Kingston

What’s The Buzz: MedReturn boxes offer area residents a safe way to dispose of unused medication

                In order to combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and protect our local water system, the Cumberland County District Attorney in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has installed 18 MedReturn Boxes throughout Cumberland County. These boxes make it easy for residents to dispose of unused and unneeded medications.

The Centers for Disease Control has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. Prescription drug abuse is defined as using a medication that has not been prescribed to you or using a medication in any way other than as instructed by your medical provider.  According the National Institute of Drug Abuse, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are the fourth most commonly abused substances by both teens and adults.  Only alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are abused by more people.  The epidemic of prescription drug abuse has serious consequences. Individuals who abuse prescription drugs risk developing addictions, other health related problems and most seriously death from accidental overdose. In fact, the number of deaths from unintentional overdoses from opioid pain relievers has quadrupled in the last 15 years.

                There is something that each of us can do to contribute to ending this crisis. Many individuals who abuse prescription drugs get the drugs from a relative or friend. In fact, this is how most teens who abuse prescription drugs, get them.  We can all pledge to properly dispose of unused medications instead of keeping unused and unnecessary medications in our homes.

                Unused medications should not be flushed. Flushed medications enter our water system where they have a negative impact on the environment and eventually the health of everyone in the community. Instead you can deposit unused medications in one of the 18 MedReturn Boxes throughout the county.  This is a free and anonymous service and you can remove any medication labels with identifying information or simply place your pills in a plastic bag before placing your medications in the boxes.  You can use the boxes to dispose of any prescription or over-the-counter pills, tablets, capsules, liquid medications, inhalers, creams, ointments or nasal sprays.  Pet medications can also be placed in the boxes.  Intravenous solutions, injectable medications, hypodermic needles and illegal drugs like marijuana cannot be placed in the boxes. If you unable to bring your unused medications to one of the MedReturn Boxes you can mix your medication in coffee grinds or cat litter and place the mixture in your garbage bag for pick up by the sanitation department. 

The newly formed Cumberland County Opiate Overdose Prevention Initiative (COOP) is working on a public awareness campaign to increase awareness of the dangers of flushing medications and the location of local medication drop boxes.  For more information on the PA MedReturn Boxes and a complete list of box locations visit:   You may also  call the Cumberland-Perry Drug & Alcohol Coalition at 1-866.240.6300.  For more information on prescription drug abuse and information on how to get help for yourself or a loved one visit

Let’s all do our part to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our community and our environment by properly disposing of unused medications.


























Survey shows decline in military sexual assaults

WASHINGTON (May 1, 2015) -- An independent survey confirms the prevalence of sexual assault in the military has dropped, Defense Department officials recently said.

Statistics in the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study show the percentage of active-duty women who experienced unwanted sexual contact during the past year declined from 6.1 percent in 2012 to an estimated 4.3 percent in 2014.

For active-duty men, the estimated prevalence rate dropped from 1.2 percent in 2012 to 0.9 percent in 2014. Based on these rates, an estimated 18,900 Service members experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2014, down from around 26,000 in 2012.

Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow, director of the DOD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, said the statistics also show a correlation between sexual harassment and sexual assault and give more information about the difference between men and women with regard to sexual assault. "We have suspected this, but this gives us a level of granularity that will be helpful in addressing this as we move forward," Snow said.


These trends show the department is making progress, Snow said. He acknowledged that sexual assault is an under-reported crime, but noted that since 2012, the DOD has seen a 70-percent increase in reporting. "While that's progress… by no means do we think this constitutes success," he said, "because we know that we still have three of four victims not coming forward."

And that is an overall message Snow said he wants to get across: there is no silver bullet for sexual assault prevention and response. Overcoming this crime will take time, effort, knowledge and persistence, he said.

The statistics show nearly 40 percent of women, who are victims of the crime come forward, but only about 10 percent of men report - so because the military is 85 percent men, there are more male victims of sexual assault than female victims in the military in terms of sheer numbers.

Snow said the survey statistics will allow his office to target programs toward male victims and improve the care victims receive.

On sexual harassment, the survey shows a clear correlation between harassment and assault, the general said. "In an environment that is perhaps permissive of sexual harassment or gender discrimination, women and men … are at greater risk of sexual assault," he said, adding that this suggests more effort may be needed at addressing sexual harassment.


The RAND Military Workplace Study confirmed previous military studies of sexual assault, Snow said.

"We really have two independent measures … that show there is a significant decrease in prevalence," he said. "The fact that between 2012 and 2014 we've had a 25 percent decrease in the prevalence of this crime is an indication of progress."

Linking this statistic with the increase in reporting, Snow said he sees the military closing the gap. "I'm encouraged about the dialogue going on about the crime," he said.

During a Dec. 4 Pentagon news conference on the results of the Defense Department's annual report on sexual assault, Snow emphasized that although the crime had become less prevalent in the military, the battle is far from won.

"No one here is declaring success," he said. "We have much more work to do. However, any decrease in prevalence indicates that there are fewer victims of this horrible crime, and I think we all would agree that is a step in the right direction."

Leaders get it, the general said, but first-line supervisors need still need to work on their skills. Junior non-commissioned officers and junior officers - those most in contact with the at-risk population - need more training, and they will get it, he said.


Last year, victims made 4,660 unrestricted reports and 1,840 initial restricted reports of sexual assault. Victims can convert their restricted reports to unrestricted, and last year 20 percent did so. This was up from 15 percent in years past.

The survey shows victims were satisfied with their decision. About 72 percent of victims, who responded to the survey, indicated that they reported their sexual assault and would make the same decision if they had to do it over again. Further, 73 percent of respondents would recommend that others report the crime.

"I am encouraged," Snow said. "I think the process is working, I think the dialogue is working, but ultimately we're trying to [reinforce an ethos of honor and trust], and it's going to take time. We've been able to demonstrate progress, but it's victory on."

Admiral Rogers discusses challenges facing military, world in cyber arena


Navy Admiral Mike Rogers, commander, U.S. Cyber Command and director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, speaks in Bliss Hall May 4.

Navy Admiral Mike Rogers, commander, U.S. Cyber Command and director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, spoke to the Army War College Class of 2015 in a packed Bliss Hall May 4 about some of the issues and challenges facing the force, specifically in the cyber arena.

“If you think cyber is something only your 6’s are going to deal with, you are sadly mistaken,” he said. “Cyber, I believe, is foundational to the future.”  He said that knowing your cyber structure and its strengths and weakness would be keys to remaining successful.

Rogers compared having a working knowledge of cyber to a ship commander that understands how the power plant in his ship it vital to its operations.

The advent and proliferation of technology down to the individual user level has made command and control easier, but more vulnerable, he said.

“Increasingly cyber offers our opponents the opportunity to take away the command and control systems that we’ve been using,” said Rogers. “We have gotten used to operating in an area where access to information is unlimited. I think the future is going to be a little different.”

He went on to explain that potential adversaries are catching up quickly in terms of abilities and reach due to globalization and technology. The dominance that the U.S. and its allies has had for decades will be challenged and proper training and education of leaders at all levels is necessary to help minimize vulnerabilities, according to Rogers.  

Since becoming a flag officer in 2007, Rogers has also served as the director for Intelligence for both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Pacific Command, and most recently as commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet. Rogers assumed his present duties in March 2014.

Carlisle Barracks recognizes volunteers at appreciation ceremony

Carlisle Barracks Soldiers who volunteered their time for the Better Opportunites for Single Soldiers program here pose for a group photo with Command Sgt. Maj Malcolm Parrish, Army War College CSM, Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, USAWC Commandant, Lt. Col. Kim Peeples, Garrison Commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Rosado, Carlisle Barracks CSM during the volunteer appreciation ceremony April 30 at the LVCC.  For more photos visit

Soldiers, civilians, retirees, spouses and post youths were honored for donating their time and talents at the Post Chapel, Army Heritage and Education Center and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center, and more were during a volunteer appreciation ceremony at Carlisle Barracks April 30.

Nearly 700 volunteers have donated 76,079 hours of their time and talents at 18 on-post organizations in the last year. That translates to a monetary donation of $1,755,142.53. 100 of those volunteers attended the ceremony, received a certificate of appreciation, a volunteer pin and a group photo with Army War College and Carlisle Barracks leadership.

“I’m impressed and humbled by those that donate their time to make their communities a better place to live and work in,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant. “What makes the Army successful are the supportive communities in which we serve. You are what helps make Carlisle so special.

“You are what makes this the best hometown in the Army.”   

Will Hammer, Carlisle Barracks Volunteer of the Year, was the keynote speaker for the event and shared why he volunteers.

“By volunteering I’ve learned the value of serving others and how to become more self-reliant,” he said. “I’ve been able to develop a greater pride in my community and build up my own self-confidence.”

Hammer volunteers at a variety of on-post and off-post organizations including Project SHARE, Vacation Bible School, Boy Scouts, Youth Services, and the McConnell Youth Center.

“Giving a little bit of your time magnifies the effectiveness of the organizations where you volunteer,” he said. “I can think of no better way to do your part in making your community better. Get out and volunteer.”

The theme of this year’s event was “Hands that Serve, Hearts that Care.”  Army Community Service staff hand crafted clay hearts as a memento for the volunteers.  Each heart was crafted individually and represents the unique contribution each volunteer makes to the community.

“Each of you really set are an outstanding example for our youth and what selfless service really means,” said Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples, Garrison Commander. “We could not do what we do here without you, you are what helps makes this community great.”   

Volunteers from multiple organizations were honored including Army Heritage and Education Center, American Red Cross at Dunham Health Clinic, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts, Retiree Council, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), Moore Child Development Center, Child & Youth Services, Youth Sports, Bowling, Sports, the Chapel, Military Family Programs, Conversation and Culture from the International Fellows Program, the Spouse Club and volunteers from Army Community Service.

Robert D. Martin, USAWC public Affairs
All-veteran parachute team among highlights of Army Heritage Days
Two-day event offers historic, interesting events for all: Sat-Sun, May 16, 17, 9 am- 5 pm
For more information, 717.245-3972 or

Experience what it would have been like to fight in World War I or II and get in in-depth look at the Army’s history on May 16th and 17th at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s Army Heritage Days 2015 event.  This is the area’s largest and most popular living history event, taking place on the Army Heritage Trail, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle 17013. Both event and parking are free; everything is handicap accessible.


Army Heritage Days is a two-day living history event full of different demonstrations and activities. Hundreds of living history interpreters occupy the Army Heritage Trail and recreate historical military moments throughout history. It includes Soldiers from as far back as the French and Indian War continuing through Current Operations.

The entirety of USAHEC’s Army Heritage Trail will be packed with displays of historical military equipment, vehicles, gear, and live demonstrations

The bulk of activities occur on the outdoor Army Heritage Trail, but both days offer additional events inside the Visitor and Education Center.  The hallways and exhibit spaces will be full of displays, activities, and demonstrations. As always, the USAHEC gift shop will be open and will feature the Army Heritage Days book sale, an annual crowd favorite.


 The following are just some of the events planned for the weekend.

Members of the All Veteran Group Parachute Team and the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment will present a historic display and jump at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16th

This weekend-long event features –

•  Re-enactors from all time periods of US Army history will interact with visitors, as well allied and adversary forces. focusing on Allied and German Forces to commemorate the centennial of WWI.

•  Displays of demonstrations of military equipment tactics and weapons such as: from WWI Fokker aircraft, Packard Truck, Staff Car and a German Half Track.

•  Special to this event: bi-planes, gun trucks, and a 19th century baseball game that will be played at 3 p.m. May 17.

 Go inside the Army Heritage & Education Center, next to the Trail and find –

•   West Point Alumni Glee Club will perform at 11:45 a.m. May 16.

•   Lectures by well-known historians John Ross and Kenneth Davis

•   Veterans Meet & Greet

•   Treasures of the USAHEC exhibit displays rarely-display, must-see historical items

•   Soldiers Experience Gallery

•   Museum Store

 Those attending the 2014 Army Heritage Days get the realism of a WWI trenches and interact with re-enactors. Be among the first to view the effects of winter renovation of this exhibit.


New EEO Officer available for Carlisle Barracks personnel

The temporary EEO Officer, Ashley Reid, is now at Carlisle Barracks and will be here for the next 120 days.

Any employee who has an EEO issue or concern should contact her at 717-245-3950 or email at

Carlisle Barracks is currently in the process of hiring a new, permanent EEO officer. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during the hiring process.

Evaluating Non-Lethal Weapons for military operations at Army War College

April 30, 2015 -- You’d be hard-pressed to find an ‘old school’ lecture approach to elective education here.  After oral comprehensive exams formally close out the core courses, students select the elective courses that hold promise for immediate value in follow-on career assignments. To characterize these courses, you’d note experiential learning approaches, and collaboration with experts while designing the course and during seminar discussion. Example, here, reflect the theme across electives – to learn through experience and through engagement with leading experts.

Army National Guard Lt. Col. Sean Klahn takes a kneeling position with the M203 grenade launcher fitted with the M1006 sponge grenade and ground dispersal rounds during the firing range segment of the NLW elective, April 30.

For the Non-Lethal Weapon Elective, DMSPO instructor Marine Col. Roger McFadden is collaborating with the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate and the Pennsylvania State University to explore the utility of non-lethal weapons. Through non-lethal technology presentations, immersive case studies – and a few hours on the firing range, today -- 27 students are considering best practices in use of non-lethal weapons across the range of military operations.  

Army Col. Will Flucker (front) and Air Force Lt. Col. Carlos Messer (back) take instructions from Marine Capt. Steve John, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, Quantico, Va., on the use of the M203 grenade launcher using the M1006 sponge grenade and ground dispersal rounds during the range.  (Photo credit, Robert Martin)



On the face of it, it’s a no-brainer: non-lethal trumps lethal -- or does it? The gist of the course is to explore the question. The students – among them, Military Police officers, Infantry, International Fellows -- developed case studies of NLW use as a means to better understand applicability in military operations.  Soldiers are highly trained to immediately react to threats, using muscle memory. It’s a different training challenge when a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine must take time to make a decision between options? NLW are useful at military checkpoints where its use can buy time and space to better understand the situation and decide about follow-on actions. However, with many of today’s NLWs having a maximum range of 50 meters, does reliance on NLW put Soldiers at risk from antagonists’ weapons?  These experience-based considerations inform the discussion within The War College course.

The key is how to use non-lethal weapons, suggested one student about the options now ranging from tasers to the active denial systems. USAWC students are determining the utility and limitations of NLWs and evaluating the current and future role to support military operations.

Army National Guard Col. Ralph Robovsky sites in a FN303 compressed air launcher marking system during the firing range segment of the Non-Lethal Weapon elective seminar, April 30.

Active Denial Technology includes two systems considered by The War College students.   The non-lethal and long-range capability creates a “repel” effects against human targets with minimal risk of injury, using a directed, millimeter-wave energy of a specific radio frequency.  The large-scale version of Active Denial Technology has been tested with more than 13,000 exposures on human volunteers both in static demonstrations and in realistic operational assessments,” according to the Joint NLW Directorate spokesperson Kelly Hughes

Non-lethal capabilities fielded among the Services today include --

* Optical distractors or "dazzling lasers" provide  non-verbal warnings to deter approaching individuals at a range of 25-1,000 meters

  • * Acoustic hailing devices produce focused,  directional sound waves with pre-programmed foreign phrases to deter  individuals at a range of up to 500 meters, depending on conditions
  • * Vehicle-entangling nets can be deployed in less than one minute to puncture and lock up the front tires of an approaching vehicle – and, in doing so, give time and space to assess intent.
  • * The Vehicle Lightweight Arresting Device can stop 5,500 vehicle moving at 30 mph. 
  • Non-lethal flash bang warning shots are effective up to 300 meters.
Within the Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program, the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate and the Services fund science and technology, research and development, as well as test and evaluation of non-lethal weapons. It is important to note that the Services procure/equip and maintain their non-lethal weapons. The Services are also responsible for training for their service members on  non-lethal capabilities.
Army Col. David Segalla (right) fires the M500 12 gauge shot gun using a LA52 joint warning munitions  round during the firing range segment of the April 30 NLW seminar session.        

Any new weapon the DOD develops is required to undergo a thorough legal, treaty and arms control compliance review prior to fielding.  Non-lethal weapons are no exception.  “All previously and currently fielded non-lethal weapons have undergone legal and arms control compliance reviews to ensure consistency with domestic law, and compliance with obligations assumed by the U.S. under applicable treaties, customary international law, and law of armed conflict,” according to Hughes.  “In addition, sharing accurate information on the technologies used in non-lethal weapons is an important part of our efforts at the JNLWD.